So you want to experiment with medical marijuana and find out whether it can help you with a particular ailment, but you don’t want to feel ‘high’. You’re in luck: nowadays specialized CBD products (CBD is a powerful non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis sativa) are available, allowing users to enjoy just the medical qualities of marijuana.
But thanks to the influx of products, it’s easy to be bombarded. CBD vape juice, CBD-isolate, hemp CBD, full-spectrum CBD, CBD e-liquid – so many terms to become familiar with. Let’s focus on the CBD products that are best to medicate with.
Just because CBD products are almost THC-free doesn’t mean that other cannabinoids, terpenes and compounds cannot be present. While there is a market for CBD-only products, full-spectrum products that favor a ‘whole plant medicine’ approach are better. In strains, patients should be looking out for bud with a high CBD to THC ratio. Charlotte’s Web, named after Charlotte Figi, a famous child marijuana patient is an awesome strain to medicate with, but there are plenty of others and more cropping up every week.
In addition to actual medical marijuana products, derivatives like CBD e-juice are marketed for vapers. CBD can also be found in edibles, capsules, creams, tinctures and even coffee. The differing CBD bioavailability of each method means that dosages and reaction times vary from product to product.
And as a non-psychoactive substance that isn’t addictive or possible to overdose on, you shouldn’t be scared to experiment.
A thought for the future
However, as amazing as CBD clearly is, it may be foolish for medical marijuana advocates to go all-in with CBD-only products and legislation, and ignoring the potential for broader marijuana policies – in Washington and individual states – by incorporating THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid that also has medical uses.