Posted by:- Juile Adams –
Medical cannabis without the kick?
Many scientific studies and anecdotal accounts suggest that cannabis is an effective treatment for many illnesses. Many — including high-profile consumers — use medical cannabis for pain relief, anxiety treatment, better sleep, etc.
But for those who have never tried marijuana before, the idea of using it, even for medicinal purpose, can be confusing and fearful. CBD is one of 113 identified cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and this plant has long been associated with drug abuse.
However, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a major psychoactive compound in the plant, is what’s responsible for that euphoric, “high” feeling that’s so commonly associated with cannabis consumption. CBD, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive and non-addictive compound in the plant with numerous medicine properties.
All medical cannabis products on the market contain CBD, and contain zero or very low amount of THC.
Cannabis oils can be extracted through number of different methods. These oils are highly concentrated, exhibiting the highest potency levels in medical marijuana at present.
Traditionally, cannabis oils were extracted at home using solvents like alcohol to extract medicinal compounds from marijuana flowers. However, government-approved, licensed producers now prepare these oils using high-end extraction machines and technology that isolates out specific, beneficial cannabinoids like CBD. With marijuana oil, you not only get a very potent and therapeutic product; you also get more control over dosage and effects.
To fully absorb the extracted cannabinoids, cannabis oil is combined with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, or MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) oil. Cannabis oil can be used sublingually (taken under tongue), among other alternative delivery methods.
Topical cannabis products
Topicals refer to cannabis-infused balms, creams, oils, sprays and lotions that are directly rubbed on the skin for relief of pain, inflammation, and muscle soreness. Topicals contain far less cannabis than what you smoke or vape. They’re non-intoxicating and often used by patients seeking the therapeutic benefits of the plant without the cerebral euphoria associated with other cannabis consumption methods.
Cannabis topicals use the unique phytochemicals, such as CBD and THC, existing in the marijuana plant. Though THC is a psychoactive compound, it doesn’t have any mind-altering effects when applied topically. Instead, it works locally to reduce inflammation and pain.
Similarly, CBD does not cause systemic effects when used topically. Both these main compounds of the plant engage cannabinoid receptors on the surface of the skin.
Research indicates that these receptors regulate inflammation and pain in the skin and also help in the production of sebum, the natural oil produced by the skin. Sebum keeps the skin hydrated and is implicated in acne breakout. By engaging these receptors, topical cannabis products regulate skin functionality and keep it healthy.
You can buy cannabis juice from a grocery store or extract it at home. Juicing cannabis doesn’t require any heat, and it’s a safe way to ingest and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without any psychoactive effects.
Cannabis juices lack the “high” effects because cannabis in its raw form contains THCA, which is a cannabinoid that gets converted into THC when heated. As juicing cannabis doesn’t involve heating, it doesn’t cause psychoactive effects.
However, juicing marijuana isn’t as simple as juicing fruits and veggies in a blender with nuts. It requires raw marijuana buds and leaves to get it right. You can purchase fresh marijuana from licensed producers in the market if your jurisdiction allows.
Keep in mind that since you’re ingesting cannabis in raw form, its important to use plant material that’s free of harmful contaminants. You can mix other vegetable juices to reduce bitterness in the taste.
For many medical cannabis patients, finding the right dosage is a challenge. Most of the marijuana consumption methods require a trial-and-error approach. Fortunately, cannabis capsules are free of this requirement.
Marijuana capsules are available in the form of structured doses, and this is a major the reason why they are exploding in popularity. These capsules are safe to consume and have no psychoactive effects. It is the most portable form of medical cannabis, as it doesn’t require any preparation or clean up. Moreover, medical professionals are well familiar with cannabis capsules and feel comfortable prescribing it, given the better control over dosing.
Most people think about chocolates, pancakes, gummy bears, etc., when thinking about cannabis edibles. These over-the-counter edibles may be good for recreational use, but may not serve the medical purpose well.
Despite what you might have thought, marijuana edibles are much more diverse than brownies and cookies. This is good news because if you are consuming cannabis for medicinal purpose, eating sugary brownies every day is not the healthiest option.
Try healthy, homemade cannabis recipes available on the web. You can have cannabis-infused fish tacos, risotto, BBQ (Barbecue) sauce, and much more edibles cooked in your kitchen. It is one of the safest and healthiest ways to consume medical cannabis without getting high.
You can add raw cannabis to any food, as well as make butter or oil using it. Remember, because of the body’s digestive process, effects of cannabis edibles may take longer to feel. To avoid the psychoactive effects, start low and go slow.
With the medical benefits of cannabis being uncovered, the medical community is becoming more accepting of the drug. This is even more so where medical cannabis products lack the customary “high” effect that’s commonly associated to cannabis use. Thanks to the current waves of cannabis legalisation, and increasing acceptance of cannabis use globally, more studies into these benefits can be carried out freely. This also means more innovative medical cannabis products are forthcoming. These methods here are some of them, but the list isn’t exhaustive. However, they serve the purpose — use these methods to consume medical cannabis without getting high.