THE MANY WAYS 99% OF MARIJUANA USERS FAIL TO OPTIMIZE
Here is a list of the main things every medical marijuana patient should do to optimize their medication.
How to medicate with medical marijuana more intelligently using common sense techniques combined with knowlege. Equipped with a better understanding and some discipline, we predict you will improve work productivity, quality of life though the optimization of your cannabis based medicines.
"The Takeaway - Medical marijuana patients, take personal responsibility, do your research, document your activities, trials and tribulations, and above all else, use your brain, which means to apply it to make something happen."
THINGS EVERY MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT MUST DO
Have you tried different strains with varying cannabinoid and terpene profile, CBD, other cannabinoids, microdosing, juicing raw hemp, keeping a diary, night and day MMJ, minimum effective dose, titrating (increasing dose to find optimum), transdermal application.
"How many Crohn's patients have tried juicing hemp? In our experience, the answer is unfortunately, approximately zero."
Most people approach the topic of marijuana with a very simple minded approach. Smoke some weed and bingo, they get high and their anxiety, pain or what have you melts away. Then repeat as required. This approach is fair enough, but this scheme is the starting point, not the end point. Especially of concern is the fact that a generous portion of the population don't really respond that well to THC at first. They overdose and quit or turn to CBD which affords no psychedelic effects while being highly medicinal.
The above protocol reflects a childlike understanding about cannabis and its myriad of qualities and products.
"Very few veteran marijuana users have ever tried transdermal application of cannabis extracts, that potentially afford better treatment of select conditions and symptoms? This includes treatment for skin disorders, psoriasis and itching. "
THE MANY THINGS YOU'RE PROBABLY NOT DOING RIGHT
Most people lack discipline period or even consider that discipline is required at all. They're unaware or overconfident about their knowledge, but don't know the basics.
By discipline, we mean keeping a diary.
"How many people keep a diary of their cannabis based medicines use? Very few. Would they benefit? Greatly."
There are three categories of people that form 99% of the medical marijuana using population. First, you have the THC tolerant, accepting crowd who benefits from smoking or vaping "top-shelf bud", that which is loaded with THC and little else. Then there is the new patient who is THC intolerant who quits before they get going due to the unwanted side effects. Then there is the CBD weed consumer, who happily and effectively medicates with in the way of side effects.
All three types of medical users are probably doing it wrong. 99% is the guestimate. By wrong, we mean that they are failing to optimize in many ways.
THE TOP THINGS THAT MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS FAIL TO DO
"After all the research and study, most people fail to apply the basic knowledge. We've seen it time and again. But their solutions are here in plain sight. People can see the light and relearn to use their acumen to their benefit. Simply make a plan, keep at it, write down what you do, think about the results. Perform corrective action. Be methodical and patient. All of this are rules of success in anything; basic knowledge that is lost in today's devolving intellect."
KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR MARIJUANA BEFORE YOU USE IT
Some people know something about their marijuana, especially the THC content. But there is more, there is CBD and other cannabinoids plus terpenes. The various terpenes effects can be very different. Almost no one keeps track of cause and effect of the different terpene + THC + CBD effects. While it may be hard to nail down precisely which terpene does what to an individual, you can simply note your strain and its terpene content, and over a period of time, you might notice a trend, such as sour smelling strains are better for you than petroleum smelling varieties.
KEEPING A DIARY
People fail to keep a diary. You are an individual, unique like a snowflake only more so. No matter what the process, what your medication, you want to keep notes about the effects on what you are taking. Then you can go over your notes and find out, more precisely, what works and does not work for you. Notes should include strain, time consumed, how much (dose), effect, circumstances, cannabinoid content.
For example, nibbling on black peppercorns has been shown to relieve anxiety and paranoia caused by THC, yet few people that experience THC issues try eating peppercorns. Obviously this simple and safe process should be tried by anyone that consumes THC, to see if the effects are better, for mood and medicinal effect. Perhaps with pepper terpenes sleep is more restful, and dreams are better, or worse.
People fail to try strains high in CBD, CBD-THC, THCV, or concentrates, hashish with known quantities of ingredients (cannabinoids and terpenes). Even veterans are clueless about THC-V, Cannabidiol (product of aged THC) and the other cannabinoids, though they may speak yards and miles about them.
FAILURE TO DOSE OPTIMALLY
Patients fail to experiment with time of day, between meals, with meal use of varying forms of MMJ.
HEMP JUICE - ALMOST NEVER USED
One issue here, beyond plain ignorance about the benefits of raw hemp juicing, is to find an affordable source. It is time to start growing your own hemp and cannabis, at least for juicing. You also want to get a test kit to determine the approximate quantities of the different cannabinoids. Metaphorically, you might like the chocolate flavor much better than vanilla flavor.... especially for patients with leaky gut, epilepsy and so on.
MICRO-DOSING - WHEN LESS IS MORE
Small, subtle gains over the long haul are probably the quickest way to succeed in the long run.
For example, to lose weight, by shaving off just a pound or two per month, losses over the year could be 15 to 25 pounds. It is a very realistic thing to try and lose 1 or 2 pounds in a month, rather than lose 20 pounds in a month. Over the long haul, the slow and sure method is much healthier and is much easier to maintain. Microdosing in everything is very doable, targets can be met, and wins recorded - and milestones met frequently.
Microdosing delivers the benefits subtlety and up to 24 hours per day, if you use a patch, creams and time releasing formulations. You can vape some very tiny amounts regularly.
LESS THAN 1% TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CREAMS AND TINCTURES
Do not use creams and sublingual (tinctures under the tongue). Tinctures deliver cannabinoids and terpenes directly and again, different formulations deliver different effects. Energetic and medicinal effects can be noted in the diary and information can be considered later. Perhaps a CBD tincture with such and such stopped anxiety while promoting alertness, which is useful in say, typing up a report.
DIFFERENT DOSING ROUTES PROVIDE HEIGHTENED THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS IN SOME CONDITIONS
Absorption through the skin and into the lymph system affords focuses the activity of the cannabinoids on the endocrine and lymph system, which can afford heighten benefits in certain conditions and also compliment other cannabis based therapy such as vaping or consuming edibles.
THERE IS MUCH MORE TO MARIJUANA IS THAN THC
In today's inverted lowbrow reality, we have people like Jeff Sessions et.al. who say simple brained things about marijuana. The stereotypes revolve around the ancient image of the useless pot head who is lazy and useless due to his all day long consumption of weed, which is high in THC. Of course, none of the elements of cannabis based medicine are mentioned among these career governmental types.
On the other side of the coin, veteran recreational users are also guilty of stereotyping weed, having focused on the psychoactive properties of ever more potent strains (THC). The pursuit of the American dream, more is better and immediate gratification explains why most of the marijuana today has mostly THC in it and little else.
So the so-called pot heads are guilty of the same crime of the pharmaceutical companies, which is to isolate one substance unnaturally without considering that too much is seldom the best way to go, and that the cannabinoids and other ingredients work together to produce their medicinal effects. With that said, strong THC marijuana can work wonders and might be the best immediate option for some tough, chronic cases. Nonetheless, the many forms of therapy for cannabis based medicines should be investigated.
MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS GENERALLY UNAWARE OF CANNABIS VARIETIES
Medical and Recreational users and practitioners focus mainly on THC, the psychoactive component that accounts for most of its psychoactive (get's you high) properties.
Medical and Recreational marijuana are, by and large, specially bred for high THC concentrations without other cannabinoids. This type of mono-cannabinoid marijuana does not affect all the cannabinoid receptors, which could afford better therapeutic value.
NEW FOCUS ON CANNABIS WITH CBD
Recently, strains with both THC and CBD are CBD alone afford a more balanced and wide medication.
RAW MARIJUANA IS OVERLOOKED
Raw marijuana works in the body in more subtle ways in the body. Everyone should try juicing marijuana, especially for gastrointestinal issues.
Raw marijuana is not psychoactive. Raw marijuana is medicinal and but is not commonly used. Heating or burning changes the chemical structure of THC from an acid to non-acid form, This process is called decarboxylation.
Raw marijuana is medicinal but is surprisingly little studied. The properties of non-heated cannabinoids like THCa (small a denoted acid form) and CBDa are quite different in their reaction with body receptors that control many bodily functions such as: mood, inflammation, rhythms, pain, sensations, nerves, stem cell differentiation, programmed cell death, cell protection, regeneration and maintenance.
Because of the high cost of medical marijuana, it is not practical to juice large quantities of this herb. However, patients can grow their own plants, which many contain high quantities of non-THC cannabinoids.
PATIENTS & LOW MARIJUANA IQ
Patients should keep a diary. It is important to know how much you consume and when. For example, taking a small glass of hemp juice in the morning alone might work well, while combining it with an ice cream sundae might be a disaster. Patients fail to note what the composition of the marijuana is, how much of the different terpenes are in it, how much THC, how much CBD and some others are not even noted, like THCV, Cannabidiol, and others.
The effect of an edible - or any other medication, can differ radically depending if it is taken on an empty stomach, with a smoothie or with a hefty meal with fat. Throw in a no-brain approach of dosing randomly, rather than knowing the amount - the number of mg in an edible (or smokable form) means that you are failing to move forward and understand how much and what form of MMJ works best for you.
CONFUSION ABOUT HEMP - IT HAS MEDICINAL VALUE WITHOUT THE THC
Hemp is medicinal and cheap and does not get you high. Hemp does not contain much psychoactive THC, but it often contains a lot of d8THC which is very non-psychoactive, but is subtly medicinal. Again the researchers hardly notice that d8THC exists. Its medicinal properties, while subtle and safe, should be investigated by anyone that is interested in cannabis based medicines.
Large quantities of hemp juice can be consumed, and its healing properties on the gut should be obvious, after a few weeks of consumption. Other long term benefits can be noted in the patient diary.
NEW PATIENTS BOMB OUT WITH WEED AND THC - OVERDOSE
Too typically, new patients take too much THC, and then quit. They don't know that it takes the body about 3 weeks to adapt to THC consumption. If a person is a hyper-responder, then a low dose can easily cause negative side effects of dizziness, couch lock, and anxiety.
New patients should start by taking very small doses of THC with CBD in a 1:1 ratio. Just 2 mg in one go. Then add 2 mg every 2 weeks and document the process and the effects.
"Marijuana is much, much less addictive than opiates, pain killers, sugar, alcohol, cigarettes or pretty much most everything else. Still, there are those marijuana dependent, still the side effects of overconsumption pale in comparison to alcohol and sugar and etc."
MARIJUANA FEARS OF ADDICTION
The reality is that marijuana is nothing like cigarettes and it is nothing like alcohol. Nothing.Marijuana smokers generally have no problem going without, is a total contrast to cigarette smoking, which becomes a horrible nuisance to quit. The same goes with alcohol addiction, where no day is complete without getting a bit or alot drunk.
There is a sizable portion of the public that knows little about marijuana, but was addicted to alcohol and cigarettes, or have a close family member or friend that became lost in alcohol or drugs. They want to try marijuana because they heard so much about its benefits but don't want to smoke it for fear of what others might think, and that they might become an addict.
Medical marijuana patients, take personal responsibility, do your research, document your activities, trials and tribulations, and above all else, use your brain, which means to apply it and make something happen.
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"In all medicine, with all drugs, you look for the minimum effective dose.".
With microdosing, people are getting the maximum benefit from the minimum amount, without becoming stoned, paranoid or lethargic. Some are microdosing to regulate their moods, boost their creativity, or enhance their workouts and yoga sessions.
"It lifts my spirits, relieves the stress and tension that build up, and allows me to approach my work with keen interest."
When prohibition ends, microdosing could be the most popular way that people use cannabis. Right now, however, anyone who wants to microdose faces two hurdles: finding the right minimum dose, and finding products that will deliver it.