What Are the Best Cannabis Products for Me?
Discover the wide array of cannabis products on the market and the advantages of each. Find out which ones are best for your with our helpful guide.
Are you pursuing medical marijuana for a physical or mental health condition? Do you already have your prescription but you don't know where to start?
Many medical marijuana patients aren't as familiar with marijuana as casual users are. They often come from backgrounds where marijuana was actively discouraged, and now that they're starting this new step towards wellness, they're left confused and under-informed. There are so many options for cannabis products; how are you supposed to decide?
If this sounds familiar, we understand. We've been where you are and we want to educate you on various options so you can make an informed decision about your health. Keep reading to learn about the best cannabis products based on your condition and preferences.
Many people who are new to medical cannabis don't know the difference between CBD and THC. This is partially due to harmful anti-cannabis propaganda, but also due to a lack of overall educational resources.
Now that medical cannabis is legal, there's more opportunity to learn about these things, so here's a quick guide.
THC and CBD are both cannabinoids that come from the cannabis plant. They interact with the body's own endocannabinoid system in order to produce physical and psychoactive effects. That said, they work in different ways, and the experience of taking CBD is completely different from the experience of taking THC.
THC is what most people think of when they think about cannabis. It's what produces the psychoactive "high" feeling that everyone is acquainted with. It produces feelings of euphoria, relaxation, giddiness, and hunger.
Products that focus on THC content are popular for people who experience serious pain, debilitating mental health concerns, and people going through chemotherapy.
THC is most often used recreationally, but it has valuable medical benefits as well for both physical and mental health. Your doctor can discuss your options with you if you think it might be helpful.
CBD is also derived from the cannabis plant, but it has a completely different set of effects.
The most notable difference is that CBD doesn't give you the psychoactive effects that THC will. While THC presents itself in obvious ways, CBD is more subtle.
People report feeling more relaxed, getting better sleep, experiencing less chronic pain, and experiencing an overall feeling of "wellness." While the effects aren't as extreme, they're great for people who need to manage a condition without the psychoactive effects of THC getting in the way.
CBD often takes advantage of the entourage effect. This means that CBD and THC work in tandem to amplify the effects of both.
Both CBD and THC are good for physical and mental health benefits, but the one that works best for you is something that you can talk about with your doctor.
As a general rule, if you need to remain functional and alert, CBD is a good choice for day-to-day life. It's milder than THC and it's inconspicuous. That said, because the effects aren't as obvious as THC, it may not be the right choice for you. People with serious medical conditions may benefit more from THC.
The process of finding the best kind of medical cannabis product is trial and error.
Now that we have that out of the way, let's talk about some of the more popular ways that medical cannabis can be consumed.
The first mostly applies to CBD. CBD oil and CBD tinctures are great options for easy CBD dispersal. They're liquid, making them easy to add to food or place under the tongue.
When you use a product under the tongue, it goes through your system more quickly. Sublingual use lets the product go to your bloodstream faster than other methods of consumption.
For this reason, people who need immediate relief benefit from these liquid forms of CBD. This is great for anyone who needs to manage their anxiety before or during stressful events and doesn't have the time to wait for CBD to "kick in."
Capsules are another kind of cannabis product that's more commonly used for CBD. You take a capsule that's filled with CBD oil just as you'd take any medication or supplement.
These capsules are great because they're easy to carry around with you. They're inconspicuous and they're pocket-sized.
Unlike CBD oil and tinctures, capsules work slowly and build up over time. They make their way through your digestive tract before the CBD disperses through your body. We love capsules for chronic anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. You'll have relief all day without the initial intensity of the sublingual methods.
When people think of cannabis, this is what comes to mind. The flower is what we call the plant itself. It ranges in colour from dark green to brownish-green. Both CBD and THC can be consumed this way.
The flower of CBD or THC-based products needs to be ground up in order to consume it, but grinders are easily available and easy to use.
You have options when it comes to how you're going to consume this. We'll talk about edibles later, but if you happen to be extra savvy, you may be able to make them on your own from the flower. That said, this is a list for beginners, so we'll talk about the more popular options.
Most people choose to either smoke their flower or use a vaporizer (or "vape"). Both of these methods are quick, similar to the liquid methods. When you smoke or vape something, it enters the bloodstream almost immediately.
Smoking is harsh on the lungs, and anyone who lives in a rental unit knows that it's not allowed on the property. It can create an unpleasant scent and it's harder to clean up when you're done.
We prefer using a vaporizer. While you get the same quick result, it's easier to clean up, easier on the lungs, and it doesn't make a smell. It's easy enough to use in public without bothering other people.
If you're unsure, try both methods and see what works for you. Many people use both.
Cannabis concentrate is different, and many people don't know that much about it. Like flower and oil, concentrate has an immediate effect, and it packs a punch.
When you want a product that has all of the extra, unimportant "stuff" removed from it, you need to keep concentrate in mind. It's a concentrated form of cannabis that contains more cannabinoids and terpenes than cannabis flower alone.
You can use concentrate in several different ways. Many people add a small amount of it to their packed bowl to amplify the effects. Others add the concentrate to a vaporizer or use it in a dab rig. Using concentrate this way is tricky, so be careful if you're new to medical cannabis.
Because the effects of the cannabis are amplified, it's easy to overdo it. Start slow and don't be afraid to talk to a medical professional if you're unsure of what to do.
Edibles are a popular consumption method, and for good reason. Who doesn't like a little treat to help them get through the day? They come in the forms of sweet snacks, savoury snacks, and even drinks.
There are both CBD and THC edibles available for consumption. While you do take edibles orally, they don't work like sublingual methods. Similar to the capsules, they work their way through your digestive system and take some time to disperse.
Edibles can take anywhere between a half-hour and an hour to kick in, though there are outliers on either side. This makes them tricky for beginners. If you're new to edibles, start with a low dose (lower than you'd otherwise anticipate) to make sure you don't overdo it.
For CBD edibles, taking too much isn't much of a problem. The soothing effects of CBD will be amplified, but you'll otherwise be fine. If you're using a THC-based product, it's crucial that you go slow. While edibles are super effective, they can sneak up on you.
We love cannabis edibles for anyone who needs the effects to last for several hours. Edibles have a slow build and the effects last for a long time. Someone who is stuck at home with intense pain or side-effects from a mental health condition would make a great candidate for cannabis edibles.
You have so many options when it comes to cannabis products. Everyone has a preference, so make sure you try several options before committing. You may even find yourself getting benefits from all of them.
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