Curious about the therapeutic benefits of cannabis but hesitant to experience the high? While the euphoric effect of cannabis may be beneficial for people suffering from depression, many people express concern of experiencing a high when starting out with cannabis.
In an effort to find ways to treat mild pain through the day, while maintaining optimal mental function, I have found success focusing on the following methods.
Topical cannabis products
Perhaps the most surprising way to consume cannabis is by applying cannabis externally. I find that topicals help me target localized joint pain, muscle soreness, headaches and scar healing. Different infused cannabis products will have different levels of the active compounds including THC and CBD. For targetted pain relief, I use a THC-rich infused salve by Miss Envy Botanicals that also boast arnica oil and menthol, treating my aching muscles after a long hike. My cannabis-infused face oil contains jojoba and evening primrose oil to smooth and moisturize my skin.
CBD, cannabidiol, is one of the compounds in cannabis proving to have remarkable medicinal benefits. Although highly beneficial when combined with THC, CBD on its own can provide relief. While CBD does not bring on the same psychoactive head high as THC, it should be noted that CBD’s effects can be felt in the mind in the form of calmness and relaxation, dependant on the individual. I often consume CBD in oil drops, under the tongue, mainly to relieve stress, headaches, and anxiety.
Consuming right before bed
Cannabis works for me like a herbal nightcap. I consume a small amount of indica oil drops or I microdose an edible about half an hour before bed. This small edible might contain THC and CBD, but by consuming a very small amount I’m unlikely to feel it psychoactively and if I do, by falling asleep before it takes effect, it is more likely to be helping me stay in a deeper sleep state.
Cannabis in its raw plant form
Ever thought about juicing with cannabis? Cannabis is a superfood containing over 400 different chemical compounds, essential oils, vitamins and acids. These cannabinoid acids in their raw form, specifically THCa and CBDa, are non-psychoactive, in that they won’t get you high. It’s not until cannabis is heated, and goes through the process of decarboxylation that these cannabinoid acids are converted into their active form of THC and CBD.
By consuming cannabis in its inactive form, I am able to increase the number of cannabinoids I am absorbing for their immunity-boosting, anti-inflammatory, and disease-preventing properties. Would I eat a cannabis bud, dried and prepared for smoking? Not likely. Juicing requires raw and fresh product. Unfortunately, fresh cannabis is not legally available to everyone, but I do believe that one day soon I’ll be walking into a cannabis juice bar – yes please, order up!
Please keep in mind that when ingesting cannabis, by any method, there is always the chance that the effects could be felt more strongly than desired. Self-regulation and education is the key to a successful experience with cannabis; start low and go slow. Please let us know in the comments below, your favorite way to consume cannabis without the high!
Disclosure: The information shared in this post is a personal experience and not to be considered medical or legal advice. Please consult with a health practitioner and seek legal counsel on the cannabis laws in your area.