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Cannabis is used in many ways, from recreational euphoria and relaxation to medicinal pain and even cancer relief; most people today know consumption of cannabis isn’t always for the express purpose of getting high. Marjiuana’s medicinal revolution attracts a broader reach of people, those who value weed as medicine but, often, aren’t interested in getting high. For those who are looking to get the benefits out of marijuana without the psychoactivity, we have a few tips:
1. Use CBD Oil
CBD products have recently seen a dramatic increase in popularity; in the United States alone, more than $350 million per year is being spent on it. The cannabinoid CBD or cannabidiol is the second-most prominent therapeutic compound in cannabis (after THC or tetrahydrocannabinol) and is not psychoactive. As such, consuming it will not give you the high most people associate with marijuana. Cannabidiol is one of more than 80 cannabinoids found in cannabis. It offers numerous health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, relieving pain and anxiety, and reducing cancer-related symptoms.
Using a CBD tincture is one of the most common and straightforward ways to consume CBD. Using the dropper, place some oil on your tongue and leave it there for around one minute before swallowing.
CBD can also be vaped, using either e-liquid or a CBD cartridge system. People who already smoke may find this the most enjoyable way to consume CBD.
If you want to be very precise with dosage, CBD capsules are a great option. Each cap contained an exact amount of extracted CBD, so you’ll always know just how much you’re taking and can easily adjust as necessary.
When it comes to weed, sometimes less is more. Microdosing is the practice of taking small, measured doses of marijuana on a regular basis. The long-term benefits, besides preventing you from forgetting your name, include relief from inflammation and pain. The miniscule amount allows a slight buzz to get through, enough to ease immediate symptoms, but not enough to create paranoia or other unwanted psychological effects. Most people consume approximately 1/10th of a standard dose when microdoing. They tend to report:
- Better focus
- Increased energy
- Enhanced creativity
- Improved relationships
- Less anxiety
One of the great things about microdosing is that it can flow with daily life, as opposed to interrupting it. From a less medicinal perspective, those with creative jobs often find microdosing brings a fresh perspective to their work.
So how do you microdose?
There’s a number of ways to microdose marijuana — it really depends on your preferences.
Bongs, pipes, and joints are an easy and enjoyable method of microdosing, but they aren’t ideal for consuming a specific quantity, and it is quite easy to exceed the intended microdose.
Vaping is a great option for microdosing; it will allow you to dose more accurately and has the added benefit of skipping the hazardous carcinogens that are created when buds are burned.
Weed edibles are another good choice for microdosing. The general microdose of THC for edibles is around 5mg. There are also many edible products on the market, such as weed fusion mints (containing 5mg of THC per mint), THC-infused chocolate bites and tea, and more. If you don’t feel comfortable measuring out the dose yourself, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to ready-made microdose products. Note that cookies and brownies don’t really fall into this category as, again, they are notoriously difficult to dose. Ideally, stick to pre-portioned options.
3. Eat Raw Marijuana
Consuming raw marijuana means you aren’t heating the flowers or the cannabinoids inside. As such, CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) and THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) remain as they are, rather than being transformed into CBD and THC. CBDA is an anti-inflammatory and THCA has many uses, such as treating epilepsy and protecting against neurodegenerative disease. Since you’re not consuming THC, eating marijuana does not get you high. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the benefits of weed without the buzz.
4. Use Topical Cannabis Balms
The skin is one of the bodies largest organs, but it’s often overlooked. Cannabis balms are a great medicinal marijuana method. Rather than distributing cannabinoids throughout the entire body, using topical balms allows you to isolate the application, concentrating it on where it’s needed most. Topical cannabis balms have anti-inflammatory properties and can help treat skin disorders such as shingles, eczema, and psoriasis.