Are you trying to help a loved one get started with medical cannabis? Here are the top five products that every cannabis caregiver should know about.
Have you taken on the role of a cannabis caregiver or are you trying to convince a friend or family to start medicating with the herb? If so, it’s important to know about high-quality products that will administer the intended relief. The good news is that there’s more top-grade medical cannabis on the market than ever; the only bad news is that there are just so many different products to learn about! Since cannabis medication is not FDA approved, it’s sometimes difficult to tell a legitimate CBD product from a fake one.
To get you on the right track, in this article we will discuss five efficacious cannabis products that all caregivers should be aware of.
1) CBD hemp oil
CBD hemp oil products are available in every single state and D.C. and are similar to the full extract cannabis oils that are making media headlines thanks to their usage in pro-cannabis states. Industrial hemp is an unusual strain of cannabis sativa, that has a significantly reduced THC concentration in comparison to most marijuana plants. It’s important to only buy from reputable brands, but hemp-based CBD can deliver relief on a par to the CBD getting the most media attention.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 has opened up access to hemp-based products. State pilot programs now permit the cultivation of hemp plants, although not at levels to satiate the massive demand in the US market right now. The 2014 Act reclassified cannabis strains with less than 0.3 percent THC as industrial hemp.
The best-selling recreational strains are a world away from the high-CBD hemp plants that are imported from northern Europe. Recreational cannabis can contain as much as 20 to 25 percent THC, while a European hemp plant consists of THC levels below the 0.3 percent federal limit.
You can also buy hemp-based CBD products (such as CBD vape oil) online. The best products contain full-spectrum CBD, are grown organically and have had their quality verified through third-party laboratory testing.
2) Cannabis oil
Medical cannabis oil is probably the best-known marijuana product of the new cannabis era. These products are sold in various strengths and CBD to THC ratios, delivering specific effects for specific conditions. The most powerful oils tend to be full-spectrum or whole-plant, which keep all the plant compounds during the extraction phase, as opposed to isolate oils which separate one cannabinoid from the rest.
Cannabinoids are chemicals unique to marijuana – scientists have discovered many over the past few years, bringing the overall tally to more than 100. Cannabis also contains terpenoids, responsible for the aroma and flavor of cannabis, in addition to their own therapeutic qualities. The variation in the chemical composition of cannabis strains explains why no two plants are the same. However, knowing which compounds are present gives us a solid idea of what properties we can expect to harness from a strain.
Medical cannabis oils typically take a on a deep blown or black color, with a tinge of green. Bottles tend to come with a syringe to allow for measured dosing. High-quality cannabis oils, that are extracted via the CO2 method, are cleaner and purer, in both appearance and taste.
Cannabis caregivers can either administer medical cannabis oil sublingually by dripping it under the tongue, or by filling up capsules and having the patient ingest it orally.
4) Topical marijuana
Topical cannabis products have struck a chord not only in medicinal circles, but with the beauty industry too. Cannabis-infused creams, lotions, salves and balms double up as excellent skincare products with a therapeutic twist.
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of the THC, CBD and other cannabinoids deliver efficient, localized relief when administered through a topical delivery method. Furthermore, topical marijuana, even products with THC, do not induce a psychoactive high.
5) Transdermal patches
Transdermal patches have worked wonders as a method of smoking cessation, and the cannabis world is now utilizing this efficient method of delivery, too. The key difference with transdermal patches in comparison to standard topical cannabis, is that the THC can produce a psychoactive high here.
This is possible since transdermal patches have the ability to get medicine (in this case cannabinoids) through the top layers of the skin and into the bloodstream, where it can travel to the brain.
If you need to medicate with discretion, then transdermal patches cover all bases – they are effective, don’t smell and deliver steady, lasting relief. Companies like Cannabis Science, Inc. are already looking at developing transdermal patches tailored for certain conditions, like chronic pain.
In states where medical and/or recreational marijuana is legal, transdermal patches can be found in well-stocked dispensaries. Mary’s Medicinals is a leading brand in this niche market, and they also make non-psychoactive CBD patches too.
3) Raw cannabis
The juicing revolution is leaving no plant untouched, and yes, it appears that raw cannabis is something of a superfood. The flowers and leaves of the plant can be used to make smoothies, juices and salads which pack a therapeutic punch.
The compounds in raw cannabis are slightly different to decarboxylated, “activated” cannabis, but the effects are somewhat similar. Take THC: it’s still there, but in acid form, known as THCA. Interestingly, THCA is non-psychoactive, allowing THC to be enjoyed for its medicinal properties, in larger doses than one would be able to manage if it were in its psychoactive form.
All cannabinoids are initially cannabinoid acids, and scientists believe that these compounds have unique health benefits. THCA is a potent anti-inflammatory acid. Some medicinal users choose to combine their raw cannabis juice or smoothie with cannabis oil.