‘Cannabis’ is only one word, but it represents many medicines. Although some forms can be intoxicating, at Natural Care our goal is to help our patients find a dose that offers maximal benefits with minimal side effects. It usually takes some trial-and-error to find that “sweet spot”, but many patients are surprised to learn that at the right dose, their cannabis can address their symptoms with minimal to no intoxication.
But if even a little bit of euphoria is still more than you’d like to experience, don’t worry! Remember, the legal medical market offers a variety of products and modes of consumption. Here are three ways to consume cannabis and still feel clear-headed.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp. In studies, it has been shown to reduce inflammation, pain, nausea and anxiety.
In 2017, the World Health Organization declared that CBD is neither harmful nor habit-forming. As such, the organization recommended that CBD should not be classified as a scheduled or controlled substance.
CBD can be an effective treatment for various forms of epilepsy, and may also provide therapeutic benefits for conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, IBS and Crohn’s and anxiety, among others.
Researchers are still studying exactly how CBD and THC-infused topicals work, and why even high-THC topicals don’t typically cause euphoria. But early studies and early adopters alike say the creams, bath salts and balms can reduce pain, inflammation, muscle tension and itchy skin. Unfortunately topicals are not yet legally available in Canada, but you can easily make your own by mixing cannabis oil with a favourite cream or lotion, or by rubbing it directly onto your skin.
It’s worth noting that transdermal patches offer a topical delivery designed to penetrate into the bloodstream, and can be intoxicating. However, these products are not currently available in Canada.
Although CBD can do quite a lot on its own, many cannabis researchers believe it works better in combination with other cannabinoids and terpenes than it does in isolation. This phenomenon is known as the entourage effect.
Microdosing is the practice of consuming the lowest dose necessary for the desired effect. The technique is increasingly popular with patients seeking to harness THC’s proven analgesic effects while minimizing its intoxicating impact.
Whether consuming cannabis for strictly medicinal reasons or for fun, it’s generally accepted wisdom to start low and go slow. Every individual experiences cannabis differently and the best way to avoid negative side effects is to approach it conscientiously. Track doses and effects, and wait for a new session before gradually increasing the dose. And if you have questions, concerns or want to discuss changing your personalized cannabis medication plan, give us a call – we’re here to help.Natural Care ‘Cannabis’ is only one word, but it represents many medicines. Although some forms can be intoxicating, at Natural Care our goal is to help our patients find a dose that offers
Weed Wise: Non-Smokables to Keep Those Lungs Healthy
Let’s face it: Even in the best of times, it’s a good idea to give your lungs a break from time to time. And though we hate to say it, it’s doubly true in the midst of the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic. You don’t want to give a respiratory virus any excuse to settle into tired and harshed-out lungs.
Fortunately, there are tons of ways to get high without smoking, from flavorful extracts to potent tinctures to all kinds of yummy edibles. So next time you come by the dispensary—we’re offering easy curbside pickup to help maintain those important social-distancing regulations—why don’t you try something new? You just may be blown away by all the ways to get high without smoking!
Get High Without Smoking: Tinctures
Like extracts, these infusions offer a potent dose of cannabis in a discreet, easy-to-use format. Suspended in either neutral alcohol or a glycerine base, tinctures can either be added to your favorite foods or drinks, or just dropped under the tongue for a faster action (typically 15 to 45 minutes). They’re great for making fun cannabis-infused cocktails, fruit smoothies, desserts, or literally any other kind of food you can imagine! Here are a couple of our current favorites.
Stay Lifted Tincture, Yummi Karma
A unique and fun confection, this tincture combines a lot of things we love: Potent THC, guarana and green tea for a natural uplift, a splash of bright orange cream for flavor, and vitamin B-12 for a metabolic boost. It’s a great way to gently supercharge your day with creativity and inspiration.
THC Rich Tincture, Proof
Formulated for strong psychoactivity, this tincture delivers the goods with a soft, smooth and delicious intake. You should feel a well-balanced, euphoric high underscored with a relaxing body buzz. If you can’t tell, we’re big fans!
Get High Without Smoking: Edibles
These cannabis-infused treats probably don’t need any introduction. From gummies to mints to coffees to cookies and more, one thing is clear: The only limit to what you can infuse with cannabis is your imagination! As with extracts, the effects typically take up to 2 hours to come on. Here are some of our favorites.
Brown Butter Sage Marshmallow, Mellows
Combining the nutty toastiness of brown butter with a surprising touch of sage, these marshmallows are a unique and unforgettable treat. Crafted for flavor over potency, they deliver a very manageable 5mg of THC extracted from Red Congolese hash. They’re so good that the only real problem is restricting yourself to just one (or possibly two!).
Red Velvet Cookies, Dr. Norms
Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, these vibrant red treats deliver a healthy 10mg of THC per cookie. The white chocolate chips don’t hurt, either! Another winner from one of our favorite “elevated” bakeshops.
Get High Without Smoking: Extracts
These flavorful and potent cannabis concentrates are similar to those you’d find in a vape pen. But they’re just as good—or better—when they’re swallowed! They take longer to come on (be forewarned, sometimes it’s as long as 2 hours) but because the extracts are metabolized through the stomach and liver, the effect is more powerful and longer lasting, sometimes up to six hours! Pro tip: Put a drop under your tongue for a faster high. Here’s one of our favorites.
Mango Brulee, Sessions Supply Co.
This powerful indica-dominant hybrid is great for relaxing the heck out. And the creamy and sweet mango flavor lingers on, and on, and on….
You can find these products and more at our Sherman Oaks dispensary. Browse our online menu now to place your order.Especially with a respiratory virus on the loose, it’s smart to let give your lungs a break now and again. Here are some ways to get high without smoking! ]]>