Ok, forgive me for the long post last time, but I felt it important to give you an idea of what led to my decision to try pot for pain relief.
I want to be crystal clear here, I am not doing this to get high. In fact, I want to limit that reaction as much as possible. What I want out of this experiment is pain relief.
I want to be able to live my life and do the things I love without being hindered by severe pain. I feel that marijuana used medicinally is my best option to achieve this. Given that I live in a state where it is legal to purchase and use marijuana, I am going to explore this pain relief option.
The chronic pain and EDS support groups I follow on facebook (links below) had several posts about the use of CBD oil for pain relief. CBD oil can be taken sublingually and has been shown to have great results for the treatment of numerous conditions including, but not limited to, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, arthritis, inflammation, nausea and epilepsy.
Better yet, CBD oil is almost completely free of THC! That’s right, you can take this extract of marijuana (or hemp) and receive pain relief without the psychotropic effects!
Sounds great right? Well, it sounds a little too good to be true. Remember a witch always has a healthy dose of skepticism.
Research a little bit further and what you’ll find is that CBD oil is a little hit or miss. If you can get a high quality bottle of pure organic CBD oil (which is insanely expensive (FYI, that is not a link that will pay me, just giving you an example of high quality CBD oil)) you will likely have good results as far as pain relief. However, as this chronic pain blogger found, anything less just doesn’t give consistently good results. (Some companies selling Hemp or CBD oil are selling products that might as well be snake oil for the amount of CBD actually in their product.)
As it turns out, you get better pain relief with a mixture of CBD and THC anyways. The balance (one you’ll have to find out for yourself because everyone responds differently) between THC and CBD is what produces pain relief as well as anxiety relief. Sadly there isn’t much research on this, but with the legalization of marijuana more information is popping up every day.
Now that we have determined that CBD oil is expensive and not consistently effective, it doesn’t seem worth the effort. What’s the next option? Most chronic pain sufferers turn to smoking and vaping. As I mentioned in my previous post, that’s not really an option for me.
Luckily, while reading through the comments of the previous link, I came across multiple individuals who mentioned using cannabutter.
Cannabutter is short for cannabis butter. It is cannabis infused butter and it is a simple and easy way of getting medicinal marijuana from an edible form. And guess what? When you eat your THC and CBD the effects are more focused on the body (a ‘body high’) and they last much longer!
As it turns out, when you ingest cannabis, your body metabolizes it differently. This difference, compared to inhaling, results in greater potency and longer lasting effects. This makes edibles the better alternative for pain relief.
Now, there are topical options, which might work for some individuals, but these are not an efficient option for me. They could be something I explore in the future, but my pain is in the majority of my joints and therefore will require an approach that will affect my systemically. This means it would be inefficient for me to use a topical on all of my joints instead of just ingesting something that will affect all of my joints internally.
Now that we are certain that edibles are the way to go for pain relief we have to determine how to use them medicinally.
This website goes into the various forms of edibles and how they are absorbed by the body. From her statements, I have decided that gastrointestinal uptake is the best option for me, as it is longer lasting and is the easiest for me to produce myself.
Back to cannabutter.
As far as I can tell, cannabutter, when made at home, is the best choice for producing edibles that are relatively inexpensive yet highly effective. There are some tricks involved with making cannabutter and subsequently cooking with it, but I’ll get to that in a future blog.
It will be very difficult to determine the actual potency of the edibles, but making them at home will give me considerably more control over the results. I can control the strain of cannabis used, which does affect the ratio of CBD:THC. I can control the amount of cannabis used in each batch of cannabutter, and I can control how much cannabutter is used in each recipe.
In order to first determine how much of the cannabutter is needed for the desired effects, I am just going to use cannabutter in my Keto tea (oil/fat, homemade almond milk and tea). Once I determine the best amount and ratio I will start making baked goods and continue with my experiments from there.
Next blog, I’ll talk about working with the spirit of marijuana…
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