TYPES OF CANNABIS THERAPIES
  • Smoked Cannabis –
    Cannabis is typically smoked in a joint or a pipe. Upon inhaling, THC and CBD goes into our blood through the lungs and then crosses the blood-brain barrier. The effects of smoking cannabis usually occur within a few minutes and wears off in 2-3 hours. Smoking cannabis in general treats acute problems such as nausea, vomiting and painful spasms. Smoking cannabis makes it is to titrate the dosage. One can take as many puffs if one feels like that they cannot feel the effect.
  • Vaporizing –
    Vaporizing with a vape pen offers the same immediate effects of the smoking. The only difference is that vaporizer heats the cannabis flower or oil without burning it, the active ingredients are inhaled as a vapor and no smoke is involved.
  • Tinctures –
    Tinctures are herbal remedies in which the active ingredients of cannabis are dissolved in alcohol or another solvent. Their effect, duration and dosing are similar to that of edibles.
  • Sublingual sprays –
    Sublingual sprays are made from cannabis extracts that may be mixed with another substance like coconut oil. The cannabis concentrate is sprayed under the tongue and quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa. First effects are generally felt within 5 to 15 minutes. Sublingual sprays are a good option for consistent, discreet, and timely cannabis dosing. There is no preparation involved and no lingering smell from smoking.
  • Edibles –
    Edibles are food items that are cooked with cannabis infused ghee, oil or butter. The effects of orally consumed cannabis are much longer than inhaled cannabis as the effects may last up to 4-6 hours. Though the onset of the edibles are much slower (30-90 minutes) than that of the inhaled cannabis or sublingual sprays. Slow onset makes them best suited for treating chronic conditions as they require a steady dose of medicine throughout the day. One might take a small dose of the edibles as overconsumption is the biggest risk when taking the dose orally.
  • Capsules and gels –
    Cannabidiol capsules allow you to get your daily intake of CBD through an easy-to-swallow capsule. CBD capsules are a popular option for those who are always on the go or simply looking for the most convenient way to add CBD oil into a daily routine. The suggested serving is one capsule once or twice a day, as needed, and the CBD oil capsules can be taken at any time of the day, allowing you to fit them into your schedule as you feel is necessary.
  • Cannabis Tea –
    Cannabis prepared as an herbal tea will include significant amounts of CBD and THC in their raw “acid” form (CBDA and THCA) because the heat required to steep tea is less than the temperature necessary for “decarboxylation,” which transforms CBDA into CBD and THCA into THC. Cannabis tea is not inebriating because cannabinoid acids do not bind with receptors in the brain. CBDA and THCA appear to have significant therapeutic properties, but there has been little research on these compounds.
  • Juices –
    Raw cannabis juice made with a blender will contain CBDA, THCA, and the other non-psychoactive cannabinoids since it’s also not heated. It is difficult to gauge a precise dose using this method of administration, but the health benefits are potentially significant.
  • Cannabis oil extracts –
    Cannabis oil extracts can be taken orally, sublingually or applied topically. Concentrated cannabis oil extracts can also be utilized as an ingredient to vaporize or cook with. Some cannabis oils come with an applicator for measured dosing. These oil extracts—CBD-rich and THC-dominant—are very potent. The time of onset and duration of effect vary depending on the method of administration.
FACTORS WHILE CHOOSING CANNABIS MEDICINE
  • CBD Rich Products: CBD and THC interacts synergistically to increase each other’s effect. One should lookout for a medicine which contains both CBD (non-intoxicating compound) and THC (main psychoactive compound).
  • Clear labels: Medicines should have a proper label on them in which quantity, ratio of CBD and THC per dose, manufacturing date and batch number (for quality control) should be there.
  • Lab Testing: It is important to check whether the manufacturer of the CBD oil is a licensed pharmacist and the hemp they are using to manufacture the CBD oil is organic and certified.
  • Extraction method: The extraction method used for the manufacture of the CBD oil should deliver the best possible product. Productive extraction processes such as CO2; a low temperature, high-pressure technique. In this technique CO2 is captured in a liquid state and CBD is drawn efficiently.
  • Cannabis or Hemp: As a huge amount of Industrial Hemp is required to extract a small amount of CBD, risk of other contaminants also increases as Hemp draws toxins from the soil. Due to this factor always look for the CBD oil that has been extracted from the Cannabis plant and not Industrial Hemp.