Another thing I learned: CBD becomes more effective when taken in conjunction with a low dose of THC (tetradhydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis). For those who worry about getting high, fear not. I was initially concerned about the possibility of diminished faculties. After all, many single-serving THC edibles start at 10mg—but it’s good to note that most people won’t need even half as much. So you can do as I do and cut THC chocolate squares or gummies as you see fit—and then “pair” them with a CBD edible or tincture. I’ve also started to microdose edibles that contain both CBD and THC. (I quarter or halve a Dixie Synergy Milk Chocolate 1:1 depending on how I feel.)
These days I’m a believer. It’s difficult to ignore the fact that Epidiolex—the CBD-based epilepsy medication—was approved by the F.D.A last year. Or that athletes are abandoning NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen) for greener alternatives. Then there are Alfie Dingley and Billie Caldwell in the UK: Their cases involving rare forms of epilepsy have prompted UK home secretary Sajid Javid to say that specialists will soon be able to prescribe cannabis-based medication. Beyond that, nearly 7% of Americans are already using CBD—and given the population, that’s a staggering number.
Me? I haven’t taken an Aleve in more than a year. And no episodes either. Not after a particularly grim run or even a grueling Krav Maga session. Not even during a week-long fitness retreat. So here are a few of CBD favorites that have helped me deal with pain and soreness—plus a few THC–CBD combo products for those who are so inclined.
The New York Times may have called cannabis brand, Beboe, the Hermès of cannabis. But Lord Jones’ . [+] packaging is actually reminiscent of an Hermès box.
You see, I experienced my first “episode” at 31. I was standing over the sink one fall morning and sneezed. Hard. Before I knew it, my lower back gave way. Then a tremendous pain engulfed my body. And get this: The episodes recurred whenever they felt like it—peskier than a hungry mosquito. Twice a year if I was lucky, more if I wasn’t. (Once, in Paris, I actually had to purchase a cane. The only consolation to that otherwise crippling experience was that it felt comically chic: I was hobbling in The City of Light, clad in Hermès scarves.)
CBD North is a newcomer to the CBD industry in Canada; nevertheless, the quality of their CBD oils and other CBD products on site are second to none. Formerly Spark of Life CBD, they rebranded and changed the name to better reflect their values and local Canadian production.
CBD North offers both Full Spectrum and THC free CBD oils, as well as topical CBD products and CBD gummies.
Their CBD oils are formulated with MCT oil only as the carrier, which makes for a very light tasting oil. If you’re looking for the benefits of additional cannabinoids, this is the oil for you – their CBD oils all have elevated levels of cannabinoids other than just CBD, like CBG, CBDV, THCV, and more.
The benefits of the Entourage Effect are more in play with the addition of more cannabinoids. Enhanced CBD oil is a great way to deal with various health problems like pain, insomnia and more. It can also be an excellent treatment for anxiety and depression symptoms
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. It is generally found in low percentages in most strains, but its effects are more pronounced when found in quantities above four percent. Any strains containing greater than four percent CBD are considered high-CBD. High-CBD strains of cannabis are generally considered to be less intoxicating and high percentages of CBD may counteract the intoxicating effects of THC.
If you want to avoid or lessen intoxication and reduce the risk of experiencing negative side effects, you may wish to choose products that contain significantly more CBD than THC. Potency can be determined by reading the label and looking for total THC and CBD percentages. Although CBD is not thought to provide the “high” you may have come to expect from cannabis, it is still considered to be psychoactive and may modify brain function and potentially result in changes in mood and perception. When used alongside THC, you may still experience mild euphoria.
What is cannabidiol (CBD)?
If you prefer not to smoke or vape cannabis, BC Cannabis Stores carries high-CBD oils and capsules that may provide similar effects. Keep in mind that it can take significantly longer to feel the effects of ingested cannabis products than products that are inhaled. Start low, go slow and wait after using cannabis products. Effects from inhalation can be felt within seconds to minutes and may last up to six hours, whereas it can take between 30 minutes and two hours for the effects of ingested cannabis to be felt and they can last up to 12+ hours.
When choosing a non-medical cannabis product, consider one that could mitigate some of the potential risks of intoxication or overuse. Using low-THC products that contain greater than four percent CBD may help avoid or lessen intoxication.
As with all cannabis products, the experience will vary between individuals based on a variety of factors.