FINDING THE BEST FORM OF CANNABIS BASED MEDICINE
What is most effective form of medical marijauan for your conditions and symptoms?
Besides smoking marijuana, there are 5 other main ways to take cannabis based medicines.
Smoking weed is a quick and easy way to medicate. The drawbacks are, you need fire and there is a small hazard in that. Some people don't like smoking period. Smoking weed generates a stench, and its smoke can be very annoying to particular others. People new to marijuana worry that smoking weed is a bad for their lungs, even though the research indicates that lung conditions such as lung cancer and asthma might well be treated by vaping marijuana. Then there is the phobia or stigma associated of being a "dope" user or addict.
The other methods of dosing cannabis come from the medical industry, which in turn had its origins in large part from traditional herbal practices. You can eat it, put ii in a pill, rub it on, or inject it. The job of the chemist is to make a formulation that absorbs the ingredients into the body.
There are now many types medicines on the market, but choosing the one that is best for you is a challenge. Though the right product is probably out there for you, your state may be legal for medical marijuana or there may be a problem getting the cannabis shipped into your home state.
One of the best ways to find the right form of cannabis based medicine is to join groups on facebook that have similar conditions and symptoms as you, and are of the same sex, age bracket
EXTRACTING CANNABINOIDS BASICS
Heating cannabis causes the cannabinoid acids to convert other more active forms. THC becomes psychoactive in this process. By extracting the natural THC Acid with a solvent, oil or by some other means, and then headed, a super high potency ingredient is produced that can be added to many recipes and beverages, with vege juice being particularly popular amongst enthusiasts.
EATING RAW CANNABIS
You can eat raw cannabis extracts, the juice, a tea, the oils and the protein. Without cooking, the medicinal ingredients are not psychoactive and don't get you high. Cannabis in this form works subtlety, but the its medicinal effects over the long term can be cumulative. Raw cannabis contains THCA, CBDA which act very differently than their heated forms THC and CBD. Also, very large quantities of cannabinoids can be consumed without nasty side effects like dizziness and psychosis.
The effect of edibles as compared to smoking is different in several ways. Edibles take an hour or two to kick in. Smoking pot takes a few minutes. The effects from edibles last 6 or more hours, whereas toking cannabis lasts about an hour. Toking or vaping is probably the best way to find the right medicine. You can try a number of types of cannabis meds in one day, whereas with edibles you have functionally one shot at it per day. Edibles tend to produce more of a body high as well.
You can add raw bud, cannabis oil, alcohol extracts or even the ingredients from a cannabis pill to any of your favorite recipes. You want to control the dose and note the exact amount added and how many mg of THC and CBD is in a serving. Dishes include the traditional brownies where chocolate and marijuana magically combine to produce an eclectic edible.
Or you can sprinkle baked budd flakes on top of spaghetti. Cannabis oil can be made by sauteing cannabis in butter. Cannabis butter can be substituted into any recipe that calls for oils and butters. Again, keep track of how much cannabis is in the butter and do the math to figure out how much is in the final edible product.
How to calculate dose in edibles. It's not hard to calculate the dose, but its also very easy to mess up. Go slow step by step as illustrated below. At the end of your calculations, check if the result is reasonable. If you add 100mg THC and there are 10 portions, obviously you have 10 mg per portion.
HOW TO CALCULATE THE DOSE
1 ounce = 28.35 grams
1 gram = 1000 mg
1 cup = 115g or 8 oz
1 tablespoon = 14.18g
EXAMPLE CALCULATION OF DOSE IN MG PER EDI BLE
1 g (1000mg) of budd with 20% THC contains 200mg of THC
1 g budd with 10% THC contains contains 100mg
So if you use 1 g of 20%, or 200 mg of THC budd in 10 brownies the dose is 20mg per brownie.
That's quite a lot, quite an adventure. Similarly if you extract 10 grams of marijuana (20%THC) into one cup of butter (115g) the total THC content is:
EXTRACT INTO BUTTER
The THC content of budd is 10 g budd x 0.2 (20% THC content ) = 1000mg
Each gram of butter contains: 1000 mg THC added / 115 g (cup butter) = 8.7 mg per g of butter.
One tablespoon butter is about 14 g. So one tablespoon of butter contains 14 x 8.7 mg = 122 mg. So if you add 1 tablespoon of butter to a recipe with 10 portions, each portion contains 12.2 mg THC.
In reality, when you extract THC from budd, you only get 80% to 90% unless you use special techniques and equipment so the total dose of THC in the above example is probably around 100 mg and not 122 mg (20% loss).
Marijuana edibles are probably the most popular alternative to smoking, and definitely one of the best. Edibles include any food item that’s been infused with cannabis. This can include traditional items like marijuana brownies and cookies, to more intricate dishes like spaghetti with cannabis-infused marinara sauce and olive oil. Cannabis-infused drinks such as sodas and teas are also gaining popularity.
The THC and CBD in edibles takes longer to kick in than smoking. This is both an advantage and disadvantage. Terpenes and other aromatic compounds are lost in the cooking process so you lose these medicinal benefits. Also terpenes can modulate the effect of THC, often for the better, eliminating or reducing paranoia and nicely balancing the overall effects. Edibles can be an interesting adventure because the ingredients in the food also interact at the cellular level to produce interesting and sometime sublime experiences.
So, this is not an exact science, but then again, nothing in practice actually is. Fortunately, cannabinoids are extremely safe as compared to practically any other medication. In comparison, a not at all uncommon cocktail of pharmaceuticals, blood thinners, corticosteroids, combined with opiates, results are anything but predictable, except that that the side effects are probably (statistically) a total disaster in the long term.
Topicals are probably the most underrated form of cannabis. Topical application tends to be much more passive than oral and inhalation consumption. THC is absorbed mostly locally and diffuses slowly throughout the body, largely through the lymphatic system.
“After arthritis, a lot of eczema and psoriasis patients find relief with topicals,” - An Warner
The result is that the medicinal action of THC is concentrated locally. Topicals are used to soothe aches and injury. If applied with a solvent like DMSO, topicals action can be accelerated to produce a more radical effect. This route of administration (with DMSO) is an exciting area waiting to be researched and deserves an article of its own.
“Arthritic pain is caused by inflammation. My products have [THCA] and CBD, both of which are anti-inflammatory. Active THC is not for inflammation, but when left in its acid form and combined with CBD, the two work to get rid of inflammation and the pain that comes with it.” - Cannabis Basics’ CEO Ah Warner
At the end of the day, we think that topicals could offer immediate, partial but substantial relief, and the subtle long term effects on the lymphatic and immune system are very interesting indeed. Again it is a process of trial and error. The cosmetics industry is notorious for overselling science they don't understand. Look for simple labeled products high in active ingredients. Stay away from spending your hard earned money on fancy labels and containers that you'll throw into the waste bin soon enough. Also, avoid plastics containing phthalates and BPA. Choose glass whenever possible.
TINCTURES AND NASAL SPRAYS
Anyone medical marijuana has to try tinctures. A tincture is an alcohol extract of cannabinoids, which most often include psychoactive THC and / or CBD. You can keep a vial of tincture beside your bed. Just put a drop (0.25ml) under your tongue and let is sit 10 seconds and you've got yourself a microdose that goes directly into the blood. The effects are usually mild and its a bad way to get high, which is good news to most people. Sublingual application can be powerful, as in the case of epilepsy where
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MMJDOCTORONLINE Notes: To buy cannabis based medicines in many states, including California and Nevada, patients must complete a 420 evaluation by a medical doctor to see if your conditions and symptoms could be treated with medical marijuana. Fortunately, the California Board of Medicine allows patients and doctors to get together online to complete the process.
With this process, patients only need to fill out an online questionnaire and the doctor processes the 420 evaluation the same day. Grower's permits, Cannabis ID cards and recommendation renewals are also supplied ,same day. Documents are accepted by state police, dispensaries, cannabis clubs, clinics, and delivery services in California and Nevada.