The cannabis plant is made up of many different constituents, some of which are responsible for the elevated mind (the high) and others are considered non-psychoactive or “non-high causing”. One of many of these non-psychoactive compounds is reaching mainstream media, Cannabidiol or CBD. CBD does not get you “high”. CBD helps with inflammation, which directly relates to range of motion and pain. CBD aids in receiving a goodnights rest, depleting anxiety and depression, and in recent studies it helps regulate blood pressure and blood sugar. It is also a neuro protectant that helps protect the brain and may even help in fighting Alzheimer’s. Inflammation is the root cause of many of the diseases we see today, so CBD working so well with fighting inflammation will lead the ode to health and wellness.
Do not give up on your CBD regiment. CBD may not seem to be working the first few doses but remember it has a residual effect and builds up in one’s system overtime becoming more effective. If a patient has been on CBD for prolonged periods and still are not happy with the amount of relief he or she is receiving then it may be time to start exploring more options of the Cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol or (THC) is another well-known part of the cannabis plant that when used in conjunction with CBD in the body, together they complement each other in the body becoming more effective at relieving symptoms. Micro dosing THC in the beginning is important when starting first time use with THC. A micro dose can be as little as less than 1 milligram. The dose is relative to the person, everyone’s tolerance is different. Being brand new one should always start on the small end up work their way up in dose because a dose can always be increased overtime but cannot be decreased once taken. Do not increase your dose until two hours or more have passed after consumption. The common mistake of the “first timer” is they take their first dose and wait an hour and they don’t feel anything at that point in time and decide to take second dose but the first dose has not run its full course yet. It usually takes 2 hours to be in peak medication. When eating THC it is a more intense effect that lasts almost 4 times as long as inhaling vapor or smoking cannabis.
When trying to find the proper edible dose the patient should start with a micro dose. If the patient is brand new it would be wise to start with a dose as little as one milligram or less. After two hours have passed the healthy adult’s body should have had enough time to break down and digest whatever edible form of cannabis consumed. In this process tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is being changed by the body to tetrahydrocannabinol which is a water soluble form of THC and it happens to be nearly 5 times stronger than its former form. The effects should last up to 8 hours or more in some cases. Now if the patient has taken their first dose and waited two hours and still has not received the desired effect or relief of symptoms then it would be safe to try another tad bit larger dose like two milligrams. Continue upping your dose every 2 hours until you reach relief. If the patient is noticing they have a higher tolerance and need more than the average first time patient that is ok too. There is nothing to be discouraged about some people average four hundred milligrams or more per dose. Everyone’s body reacts differently and some people need more than others to get the same effect. It could be your tolerance or it could be that there is an issue with your body’s digestion or metabolism which may be affecting the body’s ability to absorb and process the THC.
If the patient is open to smoking but cannot deal with the smell there are other options than just smoking flower. Of course there is the option of eating edibles. There is no smoke involved when eating the cannabis, but some people prefer smoking over eating cannabis. The patients who prefer smoking can easily switch over to a vaporizable form. Many of the vapes have reintroduced terpinoids. Terpinoids are plant essential oils that are responsible for the smell. When reintroducing terpinoids the companies are able to create new flavors which taste and smell like candies and berries smelling nothing like actual cannabis.
There is a couple different options when vaporizing. Patients can vaporize the concentrates out of a cartridge or you can vaporize the actual flower out of a box vape. Yes, both ways of vaporizing are healthier than combusting flower and inhaling smoke. When vaporizing cartridges make sure the concentrate is solvent free and propylene glycol free.
Terpinoids or terpines are the essential oils on plants responsible for the smell of the plant. Terpines are not only important for smell but they have therapeutic advantage in the body as well. Some terpines work as a bronchial dilator by actually helping one breath. Other terpines help with diabetes, improving brain function, reducing appetite, sedative properties, relieving heart burn, improving mood, fighting cancer, relieving pain and much more. If terpines were not reintroduced into some of these vapes the flavor would taste like a rubber glove, so they are reintroduced to better the individual’s experience.
All flower and edibles should be stored in a cool dark place. Anytime light and heat get introduced it can start the decarboxylation process which further changes the medicine and if left in that decarboxylation process for long periods of time one risks damaging the medicine. If a patient thinks they are going to have an edible for a long period of time then they could choose to freeze it for a later date. Do not freeze glass tinctures. Do not freeze flower. Store flower in air tight, cool, and dark area.
Wax is the general term for concentrates. Concentrates are the concentrated form of the resinous trichrome off the cannabis plant. The resinous trachoma’s are made up of all the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant which are responsible for all the therapeutic effects in the body. There are many different types of concentrates with many different names. Each type comes out with a different consistency hence the different names. All concentrates are concentrated forms of cannabis including hash, shatter, crumble, cake batter, clear, rosin, dry sift hash, terp sauce, diamonds, crystalline, butter, batter, and not limited to ear wax.
If a patient is noticing that their tolerance has been rising with flower and they are not getting the same effect as in the past, then they can graduate to trying a concentrate. The good news is the patient does not need a bong rig or any extra set up to try concentrates. The patient can easily top their bowl with the concentrate and smoke with on top of or in the middle of flower. If the patient then decides they enjoy the concentrates then they can look into other concentrate vaping devices.
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Medical marijuana is the dried leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of the Cannabis Sativa plant shredded into a product that resembles tobacco. The two main ingredients of marijuana are THC which produces psychoactive effects and is the cannabinoid tested to measure potency of medical marijuana and CBD which is the pain-relieving cannabinoid. The effects of medical marijuana depend on the ratio of THC to CBD it contains.
Medical marijuana can either be smoked or ingested. Marijuana can be rolled into tobacco paper to produce a “joint” or pushed into a hollowed out cigar wrapper producing a “blunt.” Smoking pipes and water pipes (bongs) are also common methods of smoking marijuana. Patients can also use a vaporizer to inhale marijuana or eat edibles laced with marijuana such as baked goods, sauces, gel-caps, capsules, melting strips, and candies.
The answer to this question is, “It depends.” Factors causing variances in the length of time in which medical marijuana is detectible in your system include your own metabolic rate, the amount of THC in the marijuana, the strain and how much and how often you consume, and the sensitivity of the test. Traces of marijuana can be found in your saliva up to 3 days after use, your urine up to 90 days after use with the average being approximately 30 days, and your hair up to 90 days after use. Patients must understand the different effects Indicas and Sativas have on their body and choose their strain base on that effect.
SATIVA – FOR DAYTIME USE
Sativas have a high THC to CBD ratio that results in a floating and energetic feeling. The effects of sativa are mostly cerebral with patients reporting feeling focused, energized and inspired. Sativas provide significant pain relief for many symptoms and create feelings of optimism and well-being. Sativas work well with patients who are creative. Common strains of Sativa include Silver Haze, Sour Diesel and Blue Dream. Sativas are known for treating multiple sclerosis, Turette’s syndrome and glaucoma.
INDICA FOR NIGHTTIME USE
Indicas have a high CBD to THC ratio that results in a calm and relaxing feeling. Indicas provide overall body paid relief and works well in treatment of insomnia. Patients report indicas as relaxing, sleep-inducing, stress and pain relieving as well as being effect against nausea. Common strains of Indica include Hindu Kush, Master Kush and OG Kush. Indicas are known for treating anxiety, inflammation, schizophrenia, nausea and convulsions.
Yes, yes, yes!!! Even low doses of medical marijuana can impair your driving motor skills, judgment, concentration, perception and slows your visual adjustment to changes in light.