Low THC and CBD products are increasingly popular among people across demographic groups, from young adults to seniors. While many people associate THC with the idea of someone smoking marijuana to get “high,” CBD does not produce psychoactive effects, and many users report using CBD in a variety of forms to achieve potential health and wellness benefits such as improved sleep quality, decreased anxiety, and reduced pain, as well as an overall sense of balance and well-being.
Likewise, low THC products, such as low THC consumables, allow consumers to achieve the potential health benefits of THC without the feelings of being high – meaning they can reap the possible benefits for improved quality of life without interrupting their daily lifestyle.
With more consumers seeking relief from insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain and more turning to CBD and low THC products, we set out to gain some insights into how consumers can incorporate CBD and low THC into their daily lifestyles. To learn more about how low THC and CBD can be part of your daily health and wellness routine, we reached out to a panel of healthcare practitioners, wellness professionals, and CBD experts and asked them to answer this question:
“How are low THC and CBD a part of a health and wellness routine?”
Meet Our Panel of Healthcare Practitioners & Wellness Professionals & CBD Experts:
Read on to learn what our experts had to say about how low THC and CBD and be part of a health and wellness routine.
NOTE: The information and opinions expressed below represent the opinions of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Incredible Edibles.
Karena Dawn is the Co-Founder of Tone It Up.
“CBD has healing and calming benefits for those who don’t want to take any prescription medications for pain…”
Adding CBD in combination with a good diet and exercise is a great tool for overcoming that pain to achieve optimal mental wellness naturally.
Dr. Jenelle Kim is the founder and formulator of JBK Wellness Labs.
“Dating back 4000 years, cannabis has been a natural medicine…”
It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese medicine. As a formulator, I incorporate it into many of my formulations, from topicals to ingestibles. As part of a health and wellness routine, topicals are a great way to incorporate CBD. Our skin absorbs CBD, and it has a lasting effect. Using it daily on aches and pains or sore muscles is a great way to receive the benefits of CBD as well as finding relief.
Paul Miller is the President of Lokus Nutrition.
“As we know, CBD may be able to help with a variety of issues including…”
Relief from pain, anxiety, and stress, to better sleep, to an overall sense of well-being.
Not a doctor here, but from what I have found CBD seems to address whatever issue a person may be experiencing. For example, I am relatively pain-free, but my issue was getting hooked by people in my life…mad or upset. CBD has helped me even out my temperament to the point where I am more present and patient with those around me. Other users have reported pain relief, sinus relief, and a few others. So as part of a health and wellness routine, using CBD, which may remove obstacles such as those listed above and may clear the way for better health and wellness. By removing obstacles, you can focus on better living. And how do you put a dollar value on that?!
Elana is the author of the book Women and Weed as well as founding Editor in Chief of the magazine with the same title. She is also the Founder of the site IndigoandHaze.com.
“Dosage is key to cannabis therapeutics, and in many cases, less is more…”
Many people want the therapeutic benefits without the high, especially if they need to be focused and alert at work or when parenting. For others, too much THC or CBD can exacerbate the symptoms. An example: studies show that for anxiety, THC decreases anxiety at lower doses and increases it at higher ones. For pain, higher levels of CBD, a natural anti-inflammatory can unlock the therapeutic benefits.
At the end of the day, dosing requires:
- Understanding your cannabis needs. Why are you taking it?
- Understanding when you are taking it (environmental issues).
- Understanding what you are taking (THC v CBD).
Best advice: Start low and slow, titrate up to your optimal dose, and remember less may be more.
Sara Rose Kennedy, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of PuraPhy, the premier destination for all things CBD/hemp oil and hemp, has been consulting with CBD and cannabis brands from seed-to-sale for many years and is an undisputed expert in the category.
“As consumers become more and more aware of the benefits of CBD/hemp oil, brands are…”
Creating all types of new products directly for health and wellness routines. From CBD-infused tampons to CBD asthma inhalers, sleep tinctures, skincare routines, and more, the uses of CBD continue to grow! Once regulations started to ease on hemp oil/CBD, products in the US have become in demand and come in all types of forms like candles, candy, lotions, and of course the products mentioned above. According to reviews, consumers continue to enjoy the benefits and have incorporated CBD/ hemp oil into their daily routines.
Jennifer’s career spans a multitude of industries, from finance to cannabis to food. Her multidisciplinary background has put her at the helm of several startups and established businesses. She is currently the co-founder of Waveland, a CBD-infused tea brand.
“People are sometimes surprised to learn that the human body is predisposed to process CBD and THC…”
This is because of our built-in endocannabinoid system. Because of this, it makes perfect sense to incorporate CBD and some low-THC products into a regular wellness routine!
CBD provides several balancing effects on my day and generally lowers my stress levels. I find daily use helps center me, whether I’m out with friends on the weekend or pitching an investor on a Monday. I’m a creature of habit, so I try to get most of my good-for-me routines accomplished in the morning. Lately, I’ve been loving Winged CBD capsules. I take one every morning during breakfast. I’ll also usually make a cold-brew infused tea before lunch.
I’ve found that consistent use increases the effects of these products. CBD and low-THC products are not a cure-all for everything, but they help me feel centered and calm.
Ellen Ellingsworth, MS, RD, CD, CLC is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Consultant. She currently practices in Wisconsin for WIC and serves as a nutrition advisor to Parenting Pod.
“Daily CBD can be added into your normal wellness routine to help with the following items…”
- Pain relief
CBD has been found to help with pain by reducing inflammation and manipulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a physiologic system. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body and play a role in regulating a number of functions, such as sleep, appetite, pain, and immune system response.
The body can produce endocannabinoids which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors. CBD impacts the endocannabinoid receptor activity and the interactions between neurotransmitters.
- Reduce the effects of anxiety and depression
CBD acts on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior similar to pharmaceutical anti-depressant/anxiety drugs.
- May help reduce nausea/vomiting
The ECS regulates nausea and vomiting. CBD impacts the cannabinoid receptors, which can reduce nausea/vomiting.
- Lower blood pressure
CBD helps lower blood pressure because of its ability to reduce anxiety/stress by working on the brain’s receptors for serotonin (see above).
- Helps improve the quality of sleep
Similar to blood pressure, sleep can also be affected by anxiety/stress. As stated above, CBD can help reduce anxiety/stress by working on the brain’s receptors for serotonin.
Also, as stated above, CBD impacts the ECS, which regulates sleep.
Jamie Bacharach is a Licensed Medical Acupuncturist and Holistic Doctor.
“Low THC and CBD strains are an ideal element of many health and wellness routines because of their ability to…”
Offer just the right amount of relief and soothing to their users. Low THC and CBD strains allow either previously intensive CBD users to step down and progress to a less demanding dose, or alternatively offer moderate relief to users who are new to THC and CBD and trying to gain some initial relief. A doctor should be consulted before settling on a low THC and CBD strain for use, but they undoubtedly represent a great option for many CBD users and should be considered depending on the lifestyle and symptoms of the person in question.
Kendra Freeman is the VP of Product & Business Development of Mendi, an athlete-built and women-owned company with a mission to improve recovery for all athletes. As a major agent for change for legalization, Freeman built Oso Verde Farms with co-Founder Britt Price from scratch in an effort to advocate not just for the public benefit of cannabis, but to also champion her vision for social justice and equal opportunities.
“Here’s how low THC and CBD can be part of a health and wellness routine…”
Low THC and CBD are an essential piece of recovery. As Megan Rapinoe says, “You spend 1, 2, or 3 hours a day training and you spend 21 hours recovering.” In order to maintain health and wellness, you need to look at your recovery methods. THC and CBD have the most effective way to help your body stay in homeostasis and balance in order to get up and do it again. These cannabinoids help with key recovery modes, which are sleep, inflammation, and digestion. Any person, not just an athletes’ bodies need these recovery tools.
Dr. Jas is a strategic medical advisor for Green Gorilla, a leading brand of premium CBD. The company has produced Organic Ultra Wellness Gummies, CBD Infused Oils (for humans and pets alike), Botanical CBD Balms, and CBD Lip Balms, aimed at stimulating focus, calmness, and physical recovery.
“CBD (not psychoactive like THC, though both are cannabinoids) acts on…”
The endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is located throughout the brain, body, and immune system.
The ECS is responsible for regulating and balancing many of the body’s processes, including pain, temperature, and inflammation.
Common reasons for the use of CBD alone include pain relief, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and nausea. CBD can help people fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer. CBD can also modulate the feel-good hormone serotonin to improve mood and reduce anxiety and stress.
When it comes to incorporating CBD into your regular wellness routine, Green Gorilla’s brand-new face cream and body lotion are extremely beneficial. The quality of rejuvenating skin care ingredients and CBD in the luxe lotion will bring enhanced hydration and soothing healing to your body.
Green Gorilla also just introduced five vegan and organic CBD capsules with immunity-boosting herbal ingredients to support immune health, improve sleep, manage stress, provide relief to exercise-induced soreness or discomfort, and restore one’s sense of overall balance. All of the botanicals in the various capsules are blended with Broad Spectrum CBD to further revitalize with daily support.
It’s super easy to incorporate the capsules (or CBD gummies or oil for that matter) into an everyday routine to reap the best of what CBD has to offer for improved health overall.
Greg Dicum is the founder and CEO of Cultivating Wellness, a product development consultancy in the San Francisco Bay Area that creates CBD wellness products for some of the best-known consumer brands in the United States.
“While many people take high doses of THC and CBD to…”
Address specific ailments like pain and depression, lower doses are an emerging trend for general wellness.
THC is psychoactive, and many people do not want to consciously feel its effects. In fact, many people avoid it altogether in favor of straight CBD, but for those with access to THC, a small amount can dramatically increase the effectiveness of CBD. Even just 1mg of THC, a dose undetectable to most people, can be helpful.
Lower doses of cannabinoids are appropriate for frequent (daily or more) use for preventative wellness maintenance like neuroprotection, calming effects, and sleep regulation. A big new trend that we are currently working on is developing low dose products for post-workout recovery. In these, we’re combining CBD with other compounds that have their own wellness benefits to create daily-use products like drink mixes and other beverages.
Low dose topicals like lotions and even cosmetics are also gaining popularity. These can promote skin health and can be used regularly. Here, too, the trend is towards general-purpose wellness products that contain just a little bit of CBD. There are fewer low dose THC topical products because those products must be sold through medical marijuana dispensaries, which tend to cater to people looking for higher doses.
This new generation of low dose CBD and THC products fits smoothly into a healthy lifestyle, and we’ll be seeing a lot more of these wellness products in the months and years to come.
Rob Boirun is the CEO of The CBD Directory.
“Low-dosing THC and CBD in general can aid in maintaining a healthy endocannabinoid system…”
By integrating a daily routine of taking 2.5-5mg of THC for under 220lbs and 5-10mg for over 220lbs, you will start to balance out your body and should start to feel an overall sense of well-being with lower anxiety and stress. This low dose will help you to avoid any negative side effects such as nausea or a ‘high’ feeling,’ but you will still reap the benefits of what this medicine will provide to you.
Keith Myers is the Managing Editor of TheHempire.
“Cannabis is not just something that several individuals use on a recreational purpose in an effort to get high…”
While it definitely can be utilized for recreational purposes, cannabis has so many more uses.
The ability to promote better health and wellness stems from its interaction with the endocannabinoid system in the body. This system is tasked with regulating the brain, endocrine, and immune functions, and influences various experiences in the body, which includes appetite, pain, stress, anxiety, inflammation, and more.
The endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that hold together the cannabinoid receptors located throughout the central and nervous systems. The body produces its own cannabinoids that bind to these receptors. However, cannabinoids from outside sources, such as CBD and THC from the cannabis plant, can also serve a similar function.
When cannabinoids interact with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system – either directly or indirectly – they can relieve pain, minimize inflammation, improve mood, promote better sleep, and alleviate stress and anxiety.
Stephanie Johnson is a writer and content creator who specializes in beauty, CBD, and cancer survivorship.
“Cannabis – the plant family – came into my life in 2011, as…”
I had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and was looking to get through the upcoming difficult treatment plan.
I had researched extensively on the plant and breast cancer, and asked my oncologist on his opinions, too. Having felt armed with enough information, I went ahead and began consuming.
Now, I was not someone who thought about it before. I was 38 years old at the time, and it was new to me. I was given a 23% chance of living to see 5 years. That was 8 years ago.
Now, I enjoy hemp-based CBD products of varying delivery methods to be able to live my life, daily, and be a productive, normal person. I have chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy, a signaling disorder that has caused me great pain and many issues over these 8 years. As a result of my fight, I can either choose to take several over the counter medications that can contradict each other or I can enjoy hemp-based CBD products.
I enjoy different formats for different reasons. I usually consume in an ingestible form like gummy treats. I like topicals when my hands and feet are especially angry. I do like smokable flower, too, for the high bioavailability of it.
Elisha Millan is the owner of Grass Roots Health, Tennessee’s first hemp dispensary, and founder of Fund 129, a philanthropic initiative aimed at ending the opioid epidemic.
“The reason I got into the hemp business a few years ago was that…”
I experienced the health benefits of CBD personally and I wanted to share those benefits with others. In 2009, I became unable to work due to Chron’s Disease and inflammatory arthritis. Later, when I began taking CBD regularly, I noticed numerous health benefits, first starting with incredible sleep. When people visit my store wanting to learn about how CBD might help alleviate their health complications, one of the things I tell them right from the start is that they’ll need to commit to using it for some time before they notice substantial and sustained benefits. I also encourage people to track their progress, so they’ll be more aware of changes to their overall health and be able to attribute any new developments to dosage alterations, consumptions changes, or new products. For CBD to deliver daily health wins, it has to be used daily and tracked accordingly.
John Doherty is the founder and CEO of Credo. He’s a veteran digital marketer published around the internet and based in Denver, Colorado.
“I am a Denver-based tech entrepreneur and dad who has used CBD oil (with low THC) for the last 3.5 years to…”
Help me manage anxiety associated with being an entrepreneur. I also recently started using hemp CBD-infused bar soap in the shower, and the difference it has made to relax me during my day has been life-changing. CBD is a constant in my health routine moving forward.
Emily Fisher is the Founder of LeafWell. Emily is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in driving strategy, commercials, and operations across high growth companies. In 2016 she began working with medical cannabis clinics in California and saw the opportunity of improving patient access to care through telemedicine. Having worked with hundreds of patients and being a former medical cannabis patient, Emily is a strong proponent that cannabis is medicine.
“The ultimate aim of every health and wellness routine is to achieve optimal performance for one’s own body type…”
One of the key routes to achieving this is to strike a balance between diet, exercise, and recovery (or work, rest, and play). Low doses of THC and CBD can both be used to stimulate appetite, prevent and treat inflammation, regulate mood, and help a person get to sleep, making cannabinoids an excellent way of helping get this balance right. Essentially, if you are sleeping well, eating well, exercising, and managing to keep a roof over your head, you are less likely to get ill, thereby increasing longevity. There is also a not-insignificant number of athletes who utilize THC and/or CBD as a way to help aid recovery and prevent sore muscles.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is fundamentally involved in homeostasis, including immune response. Inflammation is behind the development of almost every disease and many injuries. In some instances, inflammatory responses can be useful. However, too much inflammation can be a problem, and the body’s immune system starts attacking itself. Learning how to control the ECS can help us learn how to modulate the immune system and prevent
inflammation and over-inflammation. Moreover, naturally derived cannabinoids are relatively safe when compared to many prescription drugs, making compounds like THC and CBD an ideal alternative to ibuprofen, benzodiazepines, steroids, and opioids.
Kathrin Garner is a professional editor, content strategist, and writer. She works with themes connected with marijuana in general, CBD helps for health. hair, and skin problems.
“There are a lot of known ways CBD can help improve the immune system…”
- Most trainers and sportsmen use CBD oil for aromatherapy and muscle massage, because CBD oil made with full-spectrum hemp extract is an excellent choice for individuals who prefer a natural alternative when it comes to their skin. CBD oil may be useful in pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. It may aid in reducing pain and hyperadrenergic symptoms.
- You may find its incredible healings helpful for migraines, even more so than some other pills.
- Also, I add CBD oil to my water before fitness training. Not only does CBD water provide our bodies with proper hydration, but it can also fuel our bodies with plenty of essential nutrients and even boost performance and speed up recovery. CBD infused water could help with back pain, fat loss, and helps replenish muscle tissue. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce the immune system’s inflammatory response. CBD can promote apoptosis or cellular death. CBD can prevent the proliferation of rapid cellular growth. CBD can also suppress the production of chemokine. They lead immune cells to an infection site so that the white blood cells can attack and destroy invading microbes. CBD can suppress T-cell production and function.
Sam Williamson is the owner of CBDiablo UK.
“Many people think of CBD as something to take when winding down towards the end of the day, but…”
I find it to be effective when taking the first thing in the morning as part of my morning routine. I’ll take a very small dose of CBD oil in the morning, and I find that it allows me to focus more clearly on the tasks at hand, which is crucial in the morning when generally I can feel a little fuzzy-headed.
Wayne Nasby is the COO of Ocean Grown Ventures, LLC and is also the founder and CEO of Global Compliance Specialty Group. He is an experienced specialist in quality management systems to ensure compliance with the Bureau of Cannabis Control and California Department of Health regulations.
“CBD and low THC work synergistically with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies to…”
Provide a variety of benefits by working with the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. These benefits are varied, wide-ranging, and are still undergoing research.
Cannabidiol (CBD) acts on the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the body to produce a variety of outcomes, including promoting homeostasis while reducing the sensation of pain and decreasing inflammation. However, CBD does not directly interact with the receptors, making it different from some cannabinoids such as THC which directly bind to them. CBD also modifies the activity of the ECS’s enzymes and transport proteins and modifies the concentration of anandamide – the “default” endocannabinoid. CBD calms the nervous system by working on the neurotransmitters regulating nerve cells in our brain. It tells your body it’s time to power down – so there is a relaxation component. This can be extremely helpful during stressful times when someone might experience heightened anxiety levels.
Harvey Craig of Harvey’s All Naturals based in Leadville, CO.
“Low THC and CBD, when taken consistently on a daily basis, may naturally help reduce pain, inflammation, and anxiety…”
All of which are a common thread for many issues we face in the modern world. I have found the main reason these products may help for such a large plethora of issues in the human body (and for our pets!) is that they work with our endocannabinoid system (which is another conversation in and of itself!). Unlike many drugs that simply focus on an issue, CBD (cannabidiol) helps to “boost” the body’s balance and communication with the brain. In general, it helps our body fix itself by helping our brain understand the issues at hand so it can send out the troops to get the job done. Even better, small amounts of THC and CBD, when combined, can help enact each other in our system to work even harder.
Keep in mind, hemp and marijuana are both parts of the cannabis family. Marijuana is the main THC producer and hemp produces mostly CBD. When using these products on a consistent basis, it is extremely important to source high-quality, full-spectrum hemp oils, especially in the current saturated market of low-quality products. Beware of scam products!
Brianna Bowes is a cannabis industry leader and founder of Nexx Holdings, a network of expanding cannabis service lines, products, and entities such as clinics, vending machines, and restaurants. She has a vision for the U.S. cannabis industry that protects it from turning into Big Pharma. Her goal is for the cannabis industry to focus on research, conscious development, inclusivity, and helping people learn how to use cannabis for health benefits, whether medical or aesthetic.
“Personally, low THC and High CBD are part of my health and wellness routine on a daily basis…”
In my career as a cannabis entrepreneur and leader, I am forced to handle sometimes difficult situations with mental clarity and quickness, which unfortunately heightens my already debilitating anxiety. Fortunately, by being heavily involved in such an industry, I am capable of remaining up to date with the latest ways to treat myself while improving my overall mental state, as well as my overall physical health.
CBD and all of the various other cannabinoids that we have only recently discovered pose many benefits to our physical state of being. The majority of Americans are not aware of these benefits. From my adult acne that derives from an overproduction of sebum to my endometriosis that’s capable of being alleviated, cannabis plays a palliative role in my wellness routine. I personally take a 500mg full spectrum tincture every morning and night, as this helps with maintaining my positive, collected outlook and physical state. I use low THC flowers in the middle of the workday, as I need clarity and to alleviate the constant stress I am under. I use topical treatments for my adult acne and endometriosis (the highest concentration of CB2 receptors in the female body is located at the ovaries, therefore providing relief for such a disorder).
And finally, I use infused beverages with my meals to emphasize the effects that may be wearing off from the early morning tincture. The list truthfully goes on, as I find that I can replace a majority of medications and ointments with a natural alternative such as cannabis. As the world continues to focus on repairing the systems we currently have in place, we are fortunate enough to maintain the ability and education to treat ourselves without the detrimental side effects of pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Chris Norris is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and Founder/Managing Editor of SleepStandards.com. He is a Chartered Physiotherapist and neurologist with board certification in sleep medicine and Clinical Associate Professor at The University of California. For over 10 years, he has served and helped patients at Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital with their sleeping disorders.
“Cannabis is not just something that stoners use on a recreational basis in an effort to get high…”
While it certainly can be consumed for recreational purposes, cannabis has so many more uses.
In fact, science continues to show us how the various cannabinoids in cannabis – including CBD and THC – play a key role in health and wellness and serve as a natural alternative to traditional remedies for various ailments.
CBD’s and THC’s ability to promote better health and wellness stems from its interaction with the endocannabinoid system of the body. This system is tasked with regulating brain, endocrine, and immune functions, and influences various experiences in the body, including appetite, pain, stress, anxiety, inflammation, and mood, among others.
More importantly, the system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis – or balance – in the body that’s needed to keep the body healthy and free of disease and ailments.
Why include them in your wellness routine?
The endocannabinoid system’s main job is to maintain homeostasis in the body. The body’s internal conditions must constantly be controlled and in proper balance because the cells depend on this environment to function properly. If the conditions are not optimal, certain processes will not function the way they should, and that can lead to disease.
CBD and THC can help the endocannabinoid system maintain this balance and help the body adapt to outside stressors. As such, adding this cannabinoid to your daily wellness regimen can help you boost your overall level of health and wellness.
Here are four main areas in which users can take advantage of the benefits of CBD and THC.
- Promote better sleep
- Induce an anti-inflammatory effect
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Promote healthier skin
Different Ways to Incorporate CBD into Everyday Life
There are various ways that CBD and THC can be used and implemented into your daily regimen, depending on your comfort level. Here are a few formats that CBD is available in:
CBD and THC can be quickly and easily added to beverages and foods and ingested orally. Whether you add the product yourself and create your own recipes or purchase consumable products that are already infused with CBD, they’re an easy and convenient way to add CBD and THC to your daily regimen.
Another simple way to consume CBD and THC is to use tinctures that can be taken sublingually, meaning under the tongue. The great thing about tinctures is that they provide CBD and THC in a concentrated form that bypasses the digestive system and takes effect more quickly once it is absorbed through the mucous membrane under the tongue.
Individuals who are looking to alleviate specific pain points may find topicals more convenient, as they can be applied and rubbed onto the exact areas where the pain is being experienced. Topicals are also useful for those who wish to apply them to the skin as a means to boost skin health and combat acne.
To quickly take the edge off and alleviate stress or anxiety, vapes tend to work quite well. Consuming CBD and THC in this manner also takes effect rather quickly because the CBD does not have to be digested before it starts working.
An easy way to take CBD and THC is in capsule format. That said, the exact dosing might be a bit more difficult.
CBD and THC continue to show great promise in the world of health and wellness. With so many different applications – including promoting better sleep, improving skin health, alleviating anxiety, and combating pain – CBD and THC certainly have a bona fide place in this sphere. And with a variety of different modes of application and consumption, CBD and THC can be implemented according to each individual user’s comfort level.
Anthony Franciosi is the founder of Honest Marijuana Company, which utilizes all-natural cultivation methods to produce only the finest organic and eco-conscious cannabis products. Anthony has shared his marijuana business and cultivation insight for many top cannabis outlets, including Cannabis Business Times, Marijuana Venture, and High Times.
“High CBD/Low THC marijuana strains are becoming ever more popular as doctors and patients alike discover the myriad medicinal benefits that this type of cannabis has to offer…”
Cannabinoids are the things that make marijuana the wonder drug that it is. If you want to deal with anxiety, stress, lack of good sleep and the fatigue that goes with it, hemp products – produced from cannabis but with no active THC – is a natural option that can help you to establish a good self-care routine.
THC is the cannabinoid that has given marijuana its reputation. It’s the chief psychoactive ingredient and is responsible for marijuana’s ability to alter your perception, mood, and consciousness. That’s not to say that THC is only good for getting high. It does, in fact, have some important medical benefits, including its ability to:
- Relieve pain
- Reduce nausea and vomiting
- Promote sleep
- Treat post-traumatic stress disorder
- Increase appetite
- Decrease inflammation
- Promote relaxation
- Prevent convulsions
THC can also be used to treat disorders like PTSD, Tourette’s, insomnia, asthma, and glaucoma. These medical benefits are often overshadowed by the psychedelic effects that are a major part of the THC experience.
If you take a THC product (even one with a low percentage) to achieve those medicinal effects, you’re going to feel some sort of altered perception. That can throw a major monkey wrench in your daily schedule.
THC does produce some medical benefits, but the true medicinal powerhouse is CBD.
First and foremost, CBD is non-psychotropic, meaning that, unlike THC, it won’t directly alter your perception, mood, or consciousness. But what it lacks in psychoactive effects, it more than makes up for in medicinal effects. Chief among those medicinal effects are pain relief, anxiety relief, psychosis relief, seizure/convulsion reduction, psoriasis treatment, and reduced risk of artery blockage.
CBD is great for those suffering from a wide variety of disorders, including anxiety and depression.
When you introduce CBD into your body, it eventually travels to your brain, where it activates two important types of receptors: the adenosine receptors and the serotonin receptors. When the adenosine receptors work properly, they decrease the anxious, paranoid feelings associated with social anxiety disorder (SAD) and other cognitive impairments.
Similarly, when CBD activates the serotonin receptors, it produces an antidepressant effect that lifts your mood and makes you feel better about life.
You can certainly get your CBD the traditional ways – joint, blunt, spliff, bong, or consumable. But if those don’t appeal to you, there are plenty of other options out there. When you factor in consumables (you can put CBD in pretty much anything) and other novel products, there’s something for everyone.
As with any substance taken for medicinal purposes, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor or a trained medical professional.
As the founder and principal consultant at CannaLilly Consulting, Tamara offers unique cannabis sommelier-led experiences and customized educational workshops, builds and represents brands, and hosts exclusive theme-parties. She also works as the CIO and Director of Education for the Cannabis Cooking Company, where students learn how to cook with cannabis safely, legally, and responsibly.
“Low doses of THC in conjunction with either low or high doses of CBD have a world of benefits…”
You can avoid the intoxication experience associated with THC, but still benefit from all of the therapeutic components of the plant. Cannabis has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-emetic, and analgesic properties, just to name a few. What’s more, with the myriad formulations available, consumers are empowered to select a product that will best meet their needs. For example, someone who would like to experience some of the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of cannabis without ingesting anything might consider a topical, due to its extremely low risk profile.
Athletes are increasingly using cannabis to manage the muscle soreness, inflammation, and fatigue associated with elite training. Essentially, cannabis stands to benefit anyone who is experiencing pain or tenderness from workout recovery. Practices that require deep levels of concentration, introspection, or relaxation like yoga, tai chi, or meditation may also be enhanced by using cannabis either beforehand or afterward. Micro-dosing, ingesting very small doses of cannabis, is strongly recommended as a starting point.
Given the highly individualized nature of the human endocannabinoid system, a one size fits all approach will never work. Those who are interested in incorporating cannabis into their health and wellness routine are advised to start low and go slow. Micro-dosing, especially with low doses of THC (the intoxicating cannabinoid) is strongly recommended. It is important to note that the two main cannabinoids in cannabis, THC and CBD, are both psychoactive, although CBD does not produce any intoxicating effect.
Shawn Lockery is an MD and Co-founder/CTO of InVivo Biosystems.
“Low THC and CBD can be part of a health and wellness routine in several ways…”
THC and CBD
THC or TetraHydroCannabinol is a chemical compound found in most of the marijuana forms that concentrate in certain parts of the brain associated with thinking, pleasure, memory, coordination, and time perception.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound again found in cannabis plants like marijuana and hemp, but unlike THC, it is not psychoactive and does not get you stoned.
Medical Benefits of THC and CBD
Both chemical compounds have many medical benefits and provide relief from several conditions. The low amount of both compounds lacks the side effects on the body when used. The FDA has approved medications that contain both the chemical compounds in low percentages and are used to treat rare, difficult to control forms of epilepsy. The medicines that include both the chemical compounds are used for pain relief, muscle spasticity, anxiety, nausea, inflammatory bowel disease, or mental disorders.
Tim O’Brien is the Owner of The Healthy Place.
“Taking CBD with only small levels of THC strengthens your body and your body’s systems…”
It accomplishes this through the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for bringing homeostasis or balance to the body. Taking a CBD oil that’s “full-spectrum” fuels your body’s ability to stay balanced. Full spectrum just means it has many different nutrients and cannabinoids, which would include small levels of THC.
I encourage people to take CBD daily for many reasons, including stress, anxiety, and depression. CBD can help with these ailments because of the way it nourishes the hippocampus in the brain.
Chronic pain is another reason to take CBD because of its positive impact on inflammation in the body.
It can also help with digestive problems because we all have a heavy concentration of cannabinoid receptors in the gut.
Literally every system in the body sees benefit in one way or another when taking CBD with small levels of THC. This is a highly recommended daily supplement to add to anyone’s regimen.
Matthew Snyman is Head of Design and Marketing at Grass & Co. As a designer, writer, and creative director, his role is centered around multimedia and digital storytelling.
“One of the main reasons CBD can be part of a health and wellness routine is because it has no psychoactive or addictive tendencies…”
Therefore, it can be used as a supplement for a range of wellness-related activities, such as yoga and meditation. In fact, combining CBD and yoga isn’t a new concept and can be traced far back to the practice’s ancient Indian roots.
CBD relieves tension naturally, helping people feel more calm, relaxed, and present. Many users also report a heightened mental focus when taking CBD before yoga and meditation. These are all key elements of mindfulness. It should also be mentioned that many people take CBD to help with pain, inflammation, and discomfort. The end result is a more enhanced and harmonious relationship with the body.