October 23, 2017

How to Self-Medicate with Cannabis

With marijuana, both recreational and medical, being legalized in more and more places there has never been a better time to self medicate with cannabis.

-Choosing the right strain

There are three basic kinds of cannabis: Indica, sativa, and hybrid, which is a blend of the two. Indica strains tend to affect your body more and sativa strains tend to affect your mind more. Hybrids have different ratios of sativa to indica that produce different effects.

If you are experience pain, insomnia, or appetite problems, you should look into pure Indica or indica heavy hybrid strains. Some popular strains to look for include Grape Ape, Northern Lights, and L.A. Confidential.

If you are looking to improve your mood or reduce anxiety, then a sativa strain would be more appropriate. Most sativa strains produce mood boosting effects without making you feel sleepy or groggy. Popular sativa strains include Sour Diesel, Lemon Haze, and Lamb’s Bread.

If you want to take advantage of the medical benefits of marijuana but don’t want to deal with the high, you can use CBD products. Whereas the THC molecules of cannabis produce the classic intoxication effects of marijuana, CBD molecules provide relaxation and pain stopping effects. There are strains, oils, and edibles available with a high CBD content and little to no THC content.

-Choosing how to consume cannabis 

The most popular way to consume marijuana is smoking. The plant can be smoked out of pipes or rolled up into marijuana cigarettes called joints. Although most people associate marijuana with smoking there is a variety of ways to consume it.

Edibles are a popular way to accurately dose cannabis, but they can take a while to kick in. Edibles come in the form of baked goods, candies, and drinks.

Vaping is a faster method that is healthier than smoking and conserves product at the same time. The downside is that vaporizers can be expensive and have to be charged often.

It will take some time to figure out how much cannabis you need to consume to medicate yourself. It is a trial and error process. If you do not have experience with cannabis you will want to take things slow your first few times medicating. If you’re smoking or vaping, just take one or two hits and then wait 20 minutes, then repeat if you need stronger effects. If you are taking edibles, start out with 5mg. Remember, edibles can take anywhere form one to three hours to start working. A common mistake beginners make is eating to many edibles because they don’t feel the effects immediately.