November 15, 2018

Medical Cannabis: do I have to get “high”?

Medical Cannabis: do I have to get “high”?

One of the biggest misconceptions of cannabis right now is the idea that you will get “high” if you use it. Cannabis is a plant species and within that species there are different strains with different levels of cannabinoids (THC, CBD and more). The higher the level of THC, the more of a psychoactive “high” you’ll feel if you smoke, vape or eat it. But, if the strain is low in THC and high in CBD you won’t feel that psychoactive high and will still reap the medical benefits of CBD.

Cannabis with no high

How to not get high with CBD:

In previous articles we covered the difference between THC and CBD and how CBD even lessens the psychoactive effects of THC. So, for example, if you use a strain with 10% THC and 10% CBD you will feel less of the THC effects than if you used a strain with 10% THC and no CBD.

Many people will go for strains with just CBD and no THC – but with CBD counteracting the effects of THC you can actually add some THC to your routine without feeling high!

How to not get high with delivery methods:

Smoking, vaporizing and edibles (and oil under the tongue) are the most popular ways to medicate with cannabis but have you ever considered using cannabis topically? In previous articles we covered the difference between delivery methods: smoking & vaping, edibles & oils, topical & more.

Topical application of cannabis is very different than through the cardiovascular or digestive systems. You can use high amounts of THC transdermally without feeling high. The THC will give a numbing effect to the application area.

How to not get high with microdosing:

In previous articles we looked at microdosing – what is it and how does it work. A typical microdose of cannabis aims to not get you “stoned” or fully medicated, but instead for you to experience a comfortable “buzz” or medication level throughout the whole day. You can microdose with any delivery method except for topicals as topicals need a fairly high concentration of cannabinoids to be effective.

How to not get high with terpenes:

In a previous article we covered terpenes and the entourage effect. By using the naturally occurring terpenes in your cannabis strains to your advantage you can get an even more customized experience. As well, you can use naturally occurring terpenes from other plants to adjust your experience as well. For example, smelling black pepper which contains the terpene caryophyllene will reduce the psychoactive effects of THC.

How to not get high by not decarbing:

This one is a bit trickier and requires fresh cannabis – at this point in legalization you will have to grow your own. We covered decarboxylation in previous articles. It is the act of applying heat to change cannabinoids from their initial acid form to their bioavailable form. This means that raw THCA is non-psychoactive. Many people will juce their raw cannabis – leaves and all! – for a medically potent dose. Note that this takes a LOT of cannabis and a lot of work to cultivate!


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