The world of medical cannabis is expansive. Beyond the typical plants, concentrates, and edibles you’d expect to find in a provisioning center, there have been a number of innovations to fit the needs and comfort level of each patient. One such specialty item is topical cannabis, an extract of cannabis meant to be applied directly to the skin to treat site specific or localized pain and/or inflammation. But what are topicals made from and how do they work? Can they make you feel “high”?
Although most people have seen cannabis used on TV or in the movies, it is difficult to know what to expect when first using medical marijuana. There are so many different strains, potencies and mediums of medication that your first time to a provisioning center may feel overwhelming. This article is to give you an idea of how to approach medicating with marijuana if you are unfamiliar with current cannabis culture.
If you’ve ever been to a provisioning center or spoken to someone about medical marijuana, chances are you’ve heard plenty of stories about cannabis treating or curing cancers. Despite a profusion of anecdotal successes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not found that marijuana is safe or effective at treating health issues at this time. Yet there have been many studies that found cannabis aids in the battle against many ailments and diseases such as cancers. In this article, we’ll take a look at how cannabis naturally causes cancer to “kill itself” on a cellular level.
Relieving pain is medical marijuana’s most popular purpose; however, it is also a powerful ally for fighting more nuanced diseases and disorders like depression. Depression is a serious illness that affects millions. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more than one in twenty Americans twelve years of age and older report moderate to severe depressive symptoms in the past two weeks. With a huge variety of strains available, many are well suited for treating and alleviating symptoms of depression. The key is finding the one that works best for you; Of course, everyone has their own preferences and a unique endocannabinoid system. While this list will be accurate for most, all of these strains will have a variety of effects on patients. As always, be aware of your disposition towards indica and sativa strains. Consult our guide if you are unsure or curious. Now, let’s take a look at the top five best strains to fight depression.
Medical marijuana, or cannabis, has long been known for its sleep inducing effects. Not all cannabis is created equal and some cannabis, often referred to as sativa, can produce a more awakening, energizing experience. Cannabis plants that produce a more relaxed body high are often referred to as indica. These indica plants usually help relieve patients of physical pain as well as insomnia; however, the effects of a cannabis strain will vary among individuals. For more information about the difference between indica and sativa, read our blog article What’s The Difference Between Indica and Sativa.
It is important to try a variety of strains to figure out the best medicine for you. Using other people’s experiences and reviews will help channel your own treatment plan, but you won’t know what works for you until you try a variety. Because THC medication can result in intense psychoactivity, over medicating or using a high THC cannabis may impede your ability to sleep. If you are new to cannabis, be sure to start small and slowly increase the amount of medication overtime as needed.
We have gone through a long list of cannabis strains and have found the five we find most helpful in allowing us to get a full night’s rest. Starting with number five: