On Unjunkiefied, I strive to give my readers the best. As you know, medicinal marijuana is becoming legal in different states now. I want to learn about medicinal marijuana and if it can be used as a treatment for those in recovery. My friends at MMJ Canada have done even better. Jeff from MMJ Canada has provided us with an in-depth look at the correct information about medicinal marijuana. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to share this with you all!
Healthy & Alternative Ways to Consume Marijuana
There’s much debate around whether medicinal marijuana should be fully legalized everywhere for consumption. It is also arguable that using marijuana to assist coming off another hard drug such as heroin is only feeding into another addiction. Many of you may be asking then, is there really a healthy way to consume marijuana? Most of us are probably familiar with the traditional consumption method of smoking it, however, there are other ways to consume marijuana that may even be more beneficial and effective while having less of those nasty side effects? Let’s remember, any substance that takes you completely out of your body and pulls you out of sobriety is probably not the best form of treatment for you. That’s exactly why we’ll share will you some healthy & alternative ways to consume marijuana that will allow you to reap the benefits without subjecting yourself to the psychoactive effects.
At first thought, it may seem like a contradiction to suggest marijuana consumption to rid yourself of another problem but let’s take a look further to help explain. As Natasha shares in her Supermom blog post, there is a massive difference between being a supermom and a sober supermom. Getting over addiction and maintaining sobriety is a long journey that doesn’t come without challenges. For the purpose of this post, we are speaking about medicinal marijuana, specifically emphasizing why CBD (cannabidiol) and THCA (THC that has not been decarboxylated – this will not produce a high) are in fact healthy to use.
Ensuring that you are consuming cannabis in a healthy way starts with choosing the right strain for your system and possibly the condition you are hoping to assist with. If you’re interested in diving deeper into different strains. Your local dispensary has some great info on their site, breaking down the difference between Indicas, Sativas, and Hybrids
As with any treatment, if you’re using medicinal marijuana, there may be side effects. Take a look here at some of the typical side effects of marijuana use. Along with the side effects, there are also a number of benefits to cannabis, some of which have been published in an article from Harvard Medical School.
The most common side effects, as well as ways to counter them for healthy use, are as follows:
- Dry/Red Eyes: If you notice this symptom, you may want to consider switching to a different strain, one that is high in CBD (without psychoactive properties). Strains High in THC have been known to lower blood pressure and dilate the blood vessels in your eyes. Another way to help counter dry or red eyes is to keep hydrated.
- Cotton Mouth: For those who experience dry mouth, also known as cotton mouth, it’s recommended to chew on something to activate your salivary glands.
- Loss of Motivation: Frequent use of this natural drug has been linked with lowering one’s levels of dopamine. A lower amount of dopamine for those who may not know can be expressed by a loss of motivation. If you recognize your motivation slipping, don’t take it lightly, switch your strain or reduce your intake.
- Depression: In youth, studies have been shown to cause depression. The easiest way to counter this from happening is to seek out alternative treatments or make a switch to a strain that contains CBD and/or THCA.
- Memory Problems in Youth: With a brain that is still so impressionable, both psychologically and physiologically, young users may experience long-term memory problems if they continue to use marijuana to treat their ailments. As mentioned with depression, negative side effects may be experienced greater in youth and thus, a thorough analysis should first be conducted to make sure that using medicinal marijuana is the right option.
- Anxiety: Smoking cannabis can cause anxiety. In order to combat this, it is important to choose the right strain. Strains with high THC have been known to cause anxiety while strains with CBD claim to reduce anxiety.
The best bet and general rule for reducing all of the above side effects are by choosing a strain that is higher in CBD than THC and monitoring your consumption to ensure your intake is not greater than is actually required (Stick to a lower dose).
Alternative Ways to Consume
For those that are looking for alternative ways to consume, here are a few that are known to be healthier and with a lower level of psychoactive effects associated, one of the main reason why a stigma still exists around consuming Marijuana.
- The Craze (Vaping): In this method, the cannabis is heated to release all of the chemicals intended for consumption while keeping you from consuming the harmful chemicals often taken in if having smoked the cannabis. Vaporizing is seen as a healthier way to consume cannabis. The psychoactive effects in this method, as well as the Pipe/Bong, will most likely be greater than the other alternatives which are why if you have a history of addiction or are trying to maintain a life of sobriety, it may be best to stick to other alternative ways of consumption. With that being said, this method will provide a massive amount of relief without a huge high.
- Pipe/Bong: Another great way to get rid of any dangerous smoking substances is by using either a pipe or bong to smoke your cannabis. Through this method, harmful toxins are removed thus positioning this method in the ‘clean’ category.
- Crafty Edibles (Cooking): Unsure of how to cook with cannabis, take a look at this basic guide. Edibles in the form of cannabutter or cannaoil, when cooked into your food, take longer to release into the bloodstream. If cooking up your own edibles, start with small doses of cannabis to ensure you are consuming safety.
- Teas: A brewed beverage of leaves and stems, often called cannatea, is seen as one of the most natural ways to consume cannabis with little to no psychoactive effects. You can also add cannaoil directly to your tea which is faster than having to prepare your cannatea from scratch.
- Topicals: Creams and balms that have been infused with cannabis. These are great for muscle aches and pains and have been shown to treat many injuries such as those experienced by burn victims.
- Tinctures & Tonics: An extraction which involves the entire cannabis plant; a mixture of cannabinoids mixed into alcohol or coconut oil. What makes this form of intake so great is that it’s easy to take and the psychoactive high is very limited. For a more rapid effect, make sure not to swallow the tinctures.
Not fond of any of the above options? Try juicing raw cannabis cola buds and adding them to a juice or smoothie. Using this method will allow you to reap the benefits of the cannabis without the high.
As you can see, there are many ways to consume cannabis in a healthy way without subjecting your body to any nasty chemicals or undergoing crazy psychoactive effects. If you are interested in finding out more information about medicinal marijuana, strains, benefits, and to read up on other articles speaking about cannabis, check out the MMJ Canada Blog.
MMJ Canada has provided cannabis and cannabis alternatives to eligible patients in a safe, professional, and upscale environment for over 4 years. Offering free education from our friendly consultants, as well as complimentary consultations with medical professionals who have dedicated their time to educating patients on what will work best.