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What is Full Spectrum CBD and Why it Should be Used Over CBD Isolate

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

Well, what if we told you that it’s a better version of CBD isolate? And for pain and inflammation alone, you should always use Full Spectrum CBD over its purified option?

You’re probably thinking, “oh no, not another CBD marketing ploy”.

Or rather, you probably want details. Reasonable and logical explanations. HARD DATA.

Or maybe, you want a comparison of each, as in the details to what is full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate and then, the good hardy details/arguments.

Either way, we have you covered! So, let’s get started.

What is Full Spectrum CBD and How it Differs from CBD Isolate

CBD isolate, as the name suggests, is CBD extracted and purified to be on its own. Designed to have no other ingredients.

As for Full Spectrum CBD or its other alias “Whole Plant CBD”, it not only contains the prize molecule CBD, but also other medically viable cannabinoids and terpenoids.

This means in Full Spectrum CBD, you’ll find smaller amounts of CBG-V, THC-V, CBN, THC and a whole host more, differing on the manufacturer of course.

Differences aside, however, both concentrates are extracted from the same sources, that being, CBD-rich hemp and cannabis plants.

So with a rudimentary understanding of both, here are 3 reasons why you should use Full Spectrum CBD over CBD Isolate for pain and inflammation. At the least.


What is Full Spectrum CBD: 3 Reasons Why it Should be used over CBD Isolate 


1.The Entourage Effect is Utilized with Full Spectrum CBD

“It’s not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies”
– Thomas Paine

The entourage effect is a term that perfectly conveys the idea that there’s strength in unity. Coined by scientists, it describes the combined medical power of cannabis’ HUNDREDS of different molecules when used together.

For instance, in studies that have compared Full Spectrum CBD and CBD isolate on the same sample groups, Full Spectrum shows to be more effective in treating pain and inflammation, and just as effective in tackling tumor cell growth for different types of cancer.

Figure 1: The entourage effects get its name from CBD playing the main rock star role, while the many other molecules play the “entourage” role. Some scientists argue it should be labelled “the ensemble effect” instead, because they all have an equally important role. Click for better view.

Along with this, there’s also piles of more clinical studies detailing the strength of cannabis’ molecules in numbers.

For better sedation and anesthetic effects, THC with CBN proves to do the trick. For a reduction of cannabis’ short-term memory impairments, pairing THC with the terpenoid Alpha Pinene seems to work better. What about for anxiety? The group of terpenoids – pinene, myrcene and caryophylenne – shows to be more effective.

The studies go on and on, where finding the ideal proportions and relationships for the hundreds of different molecules in targeting certain ailments remains a hot research field.

2. Finding the “Perfect Dose” is Easier with Full Spectrum CBD

“Healing was only observed when CBD was given within a very limited dose range, whereas no beneficial effect was achieved at either lower or higher doses”
– Authors of Full Spectrum CBD Study

In clinical studies, CBD isolate shows to have medical value ONLY within a restricted dosage window. Or in technical lingo, its dosage follows a bell-shaped curve.

Figure 2: Finding the perfect dosage with CBD Isolate is not easy. The main reason is because of below the minimum dose and above the optimal dose, it’s medical efficacy is drastically reduced. Click for better view.

This means anything taken below the minimum and over the maximum levels will have drastically reduced therapeutic effects.

But there’s more to it.

Because when you include that everyone’s dosage window isn’t the same and is dependant on their biology, their symptoms and their circumstances, using CBD isolate becomes an exhaustive quest that requires adjusting day and night. Not to mention needing expert advice.

Yet for Full Spectrum CBD, this exhaustive quest of finding the “right dosage” is SOLVED.

Instead of following a bell-shaped curve, research shows that Full Spectrum CBD follows a linear curve that levels off as the maximum dose is reached.

Figure 3: As you increase the dose of Full Spectrum CBD, you should expect its medical efficacy to increase. That is, up to the “optimal dosage”. where above that, it levels off. Click for better view.

Or in other words, Whole Plant CBD is dose dependant, meaning, the more you take, the more medical value you can expect, that is, up to a maximum point. And when this maximum point is crossed, medical value simply stagnates, instead of being drastically reduced, like the case for CBD isolate.

So with Full Spectrum CBD, there’s no more worrying and constant titillating of medication to find the “right dosage”. Atleast, not to the extent of CBD isolate.

3. Full Spectrum CBD Holds Very, Very Little Psychoactive Effects

We get it. The psychoactive effects of cannabis, especially THC, isn’t for everyone. And it proves why many prefer CBD isolate over consuming whole cannabis for symptom relief.

But if not feeling mentally perturbed is the main reason why you prefer CBD isolate over Full Spectrum CBD, you might want to reconsider.

Because Full Spectrum CBD can have just as much psychoactive effects as your morning coffee or tea. That being, extremely little and not enough to interrupt your daily responsibilities.

At a maximum, Full Spectrum CBD can hold 0.3% THC, because they’re generally extracted from hemp plants, which are required by law to hold that exact level of THC.

But if they’re made from CBD-rich cannabis plants, Full Spectrum CBD can hold higher amounts of THC, ranging between 1-5%, so we suggest you do your research when finding the right Full Spectrum product if psych activity is a factor.

Important to Note: CBD is proven to be WAY more medically effective when paired with THC.

You might be thinking, what about THCv and THCa? Which Full Spectrum can have higher amounts of.

Research shows that THCv in smaller doses produces no psychoactive effects, while still having medical value. And as for THCa, this molecule serves as the mentally harmless precursor to THC, so it holds absolutely zero psychoactive properties.

What is Full Spectrum CBD? A Better CBD Isolate

With the changing paradigm of cannabis unfolding in front of our eyes, the access to its medical power is increasing.

But what’s also increasing is the research that’s trying to discover just how powerful it is.

There’re over 400 cannabinoids and 100 terpenoids in cannabis plants. Not to mention the number of flavonoids. All mysterious and being discovered for helping with specific conditions over others.

But as unclear as the functions of the hundreds of molecules may have, one thing remains clear:

When cannabis’ molecules are consumed together, they’re more beneficial to us. Thus, Full Spectrum CBD utilizes the “full spectrum” of cannabis’ mysterious, yet therapeutic properties.

And CBD isolate, well, it’s arguable that it doesn’t do as well of a job.

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Ask a Marijuana Doctor: How to Use Medical Marijuana for Pain

Dr. Joseph Rosado is an experienced physician who specializes in Physical Therapy & Alternative Addiction Therapy/Management. caught up with him at his Florida practice to discuss how and why medical cannabis is an ideal choice for treating all kinds of pain.

What types of pain is marijuana best at treating?

Dr. Rosado: Cannabis is incredibly powerful for pain management. As a medical director I oversee the care of patients who have been put on cannabis for all kinds of pain, and we’re not talking mild pain you treat with aspirin, not just back pain from muscle spasm—but truly debilitating pain. Pain associated with failed back and neck surgeries, pain from scoliosis, degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, pain from sciatica, neuropathy symptoms, and nerve pathology.

In particular, neuropathic pain can be devastating. Not only are patients in excruciating pain, this type of pain doesn’t respond well to pain medications. And patients can get this sort of nerve damage from all sorts of circumstances: chemotherapy, from an old type of HIV medication, from infections like Lyme disease, and from certain vitamin deficiencies like from B-Vitamins.

I also see a lot of diabetic neuropathy, associated with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. That’s when prolonged high blood sugar causes permanent damage to a diabetic’s nerves, most often in the legs and feet, and it’s a very painful condition. And, we’re finding that cannabis can treat this sort of pain very, very well.

We’re even seeing results with this really rare, but freaky, condition called RSD, or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy — also now called CRPS (or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) — and this is where the main symptom is nerve endings firing with extreme pain, out of proportion to the injury, and the condition gets worse over time. We were able to treat a 17-year-old girl suffering from RSD—because doctors applied a cast too tightly after a minor foot fracture—and for months she’d been in so much pain she was unable to tolerate the sensation of a bedsheet, or even the wind from a fan, on her foot. She hadn’t left her bed in months, and was on megadoses of opiates. Cannabis was able to alleviate her symptoms almost immediately. Granted, it will be a condition she’ll be treated for for the rest of her life, but she’s able to leave her house now and live her life. It’s amazing.

How does cannabis medicine treat pain, and chronic pain?

Dr. Rosado: As part of our nervous system, our brain sends and receives messages sort of like on an information railroad, via receptors that go from different parts of your body and run up your spinal cord to the brain, and back down again. And chronic pain is when the signals keep firing—and get completely overworked.

Over 140 phytocannabinoids in cannabis, particularly one called CBD, work to really calm these pain signals in the body, in particular via the receptors CB1 and CB2. And this is what can make a huge dent in chronic pain. Another, CBG, is an anti-inflammatory—twice as strong as hydro-cortisone, and up to 20 times stronger than aspirin. This is powerful stuff.

What makes cannabis particularly well-suited for treating pain?

Dr. Rosado:  Pain is often treated with strong pain medications like opiates. But opiates work on a single brain receptor. For example, opiates work on our endorphin receptor, and some antidepressants like SSRIs work specifically on the serotonin receptor.

Well, cannabis doesn’t work on just ONE receptor, it targets multiple receptors, located all over our body: in our gut, our brain, in the spinal cord. In a single dose of medicine you can treat not only the sensation of pain, but also treat the source of that pain, at the same time you’re engaging all the healing mechanisms of the body. This is through our endocannabinoid system.

On top of that, though it takes some experimentation because everyone is different, with cannabis you’re able to fine tune to treat different conditions, because each individual marijuana strain will have a different ratio of phytocannabinoids and a different ratio of CBD to THC. You’re also able to select between an indica for nighttime use or sativa for daytime use, and that kind of versatility doesn’t exist in any other kind of pain medication in pharmacology right  now.

Why is cannabis better than other sorts of pain medication?

Dr. Rosado: First, depending on the method of cannabis ingestion, the medication can be either fast-acting or slow-acting. This is huge for the treatment of pain, because often a patient needs both. First there’s the baseline pain—often a dull ache or pain that’s constant, and then also what we call “breakthrough” or acute pain. So, we treat the breakthrough pain with a fast-acting form of marijuana such as a tincture, smokeable flower or vaporized oil. And then we can also treat the baseline pain with longer-acting medication in the form of edibles or pills. Edibles can even replace the long-acting opiates in the 6-8 hour range, while vaporized or smokable marijuana comes on in about 3-5 minutes, and lasts up to 2-4 hours. .

Speaking of pain medications, some are calling cannabis some kind of cure, or hope, for the opioid epidemic. What do you think?

Dr. Rosado: Truthfully the opioid epidemic is where I see cannabis making the most difference in health care right now. More and more, I’m weaning patients—who, by the way, have spent decades addicted to pain medications—off their pills in a matter of months, if not days. One patient, a 45-year-old man, was taking up to 42-58 pills per day. We’ve also had success weaning patients off not only opiates, but other kinds of medications like benzodiazepines, antidepressants, anti-epileptics, antipsychotics.

But with millions of Americans addicted to painkillers, cannabis is poised to do really positive things in communities, getting patients to reduce the amount of pain meds they take if not stop them altogether. We’re seeing tolerance reductions for pain meds go up by up to 1.6 times on average. Cannabis can reduce the therapeutic dose for morphine by up to 3.6 times—and 9.5 times for codeine. That’s huge. I just weaned an 80-year-old woman off of opiates, for example, who’d been suffering terrible, chronic pain from a botched surgery. She’d been on opiates probably over a decade—and in a matter of months she was off her pills, having replaced them all with cannabis. This is really breakthrough therapy.

How does one go about getting a prescription for marijuana for pain?

Dr. Rosado: Until the federal laws around cannabis change, “prescriptions” for cannabis are called recommendations, and qualifying patients with a variety of pain conditions can seek out a certified local cannabis doctor to guide them through the process of registering with the state, applying for a medical card, and purchasing cannabis medicine through a licensed dispensary. Though with services like Marijuana and others, this process has become very fast and easy these days.

Dr. Joseph Rosado is a cannabis physician, lecturer, podcast host, and author of the book, Hope and Healing: the Case for Cannabis. Considered a pioneer in the medical cannabis community for being one of the first internal medicine doctors to recommend cannabis to patients in his home state of Florida, he’s treated hundreds since with cannabis medicine and proudly shares his expertise as a renowned speaker at police agencies, physician training programs, community groups, and medical associations all over the country as well as the world.

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Medical Marijuana Benefits: Cannabis for Back Pain Remedy

Interested in using cannabis for back pain?  Before you pop over to your doctor or dispensary, make sure you know what the science actually says about using medical marijuana to manage pain!  Here, our resident nutritional anthropologist and traditional medicine expert helps you do just that!

Many people see the idea of using cannabis for back pain and other illnesses as very “new age-y”.  From the perspective of medical and nutritional anthropology, however, we know that cultures have used plants as medicine for centuries.

For example, in India, people have used aloe, turmeric, and lemongrass for thousands of years to treat inflammatory diseases in Ayurvedic medicine.  And in traditional Chinese medicine, ginseng is used to treat conditions like palpitations and insomnia.

And, believe it or not, cannabis, specifically, has a long history of use for medicinal purposes, as well.

So, while in much of the Western world today, marijuana is best known as a recreational drug that is smoked or eaten whole in foods to “get high”, some researchers argue that cannabis is, first-and-foremost, a medicine.

This perspective on marijuana has led to an increasing interest in researching the potential use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Over the past two decades or so, scientists have published mountains of research on the medicinal effects of medical marijuana.  Marijuana can potentially treat nausea from chemotherapy cancer treatmentsmultiple sclerosisappetite loss caused by HIVseizure disordersCrohn’s disease, and, yes, even chronic back pain.

This article provides an overview of the most up-to-date research on the use of marijuana for chronic back pain.

What Can Cause Chronic Back Pain?

To understand how cannabis could useful for easing chronic back pain, it’s important to understand how chronic back pain develops.

Back pain” describes discomfort felt between the costal margin and the gluteal fold.  (The costal margin is about one-third of the way down the spine.  The gluteal fold is at the bottom of the buttocks.)

For the pain to be diagnosed as “chronic”, it must continue for longer than three months.

Most people (about 60-85%) will experience back pain at some time in their life.  However, only about 6% of those who experience back pain will develop chronic back pain.

Mechanical Causes of Back Pain

Man bracing painful lower back with arm

The majority of chronic back pain cases have purely mechanical causes.

Typically, they originate in the mid- to lower-back and may extend down to the buttocks.

Back pain that is mechanical in nature has four main causes, as summarized by the anesthetic specialists, Dr. Jackson and Dr. Simpson:

Discogenic pain:  Discogenic pain accounts for about 40% of cases of chronic back pain.  Discogenic pain is pain which originates in the discs that separate the vertebrae in your back.  It most likely results from the leakage of inner disc material into outer layer disc material.

Sacroiliac joint pain:Sacroiliac joint pain accounts for about 20% of cases of chronic back pain.  The sacroiliac joints are the largest joints in the body, and they connect the spine to the pelvis.  Pain in this area can be caused by a change in weight, like that which accompanies pregnancy.

Lumbar facet joint pain: Lumbar facet joint pain accounts for 10-15% of mechanical back pain in young adults and up to 40% in the elderly.  The facet joint connects your vertebrae in a way that stabilizes the spine and limits rotation and shifting.  Damage to any of these joints between your vertebrae can lead to back pain.

Muscular back pain: Strains or tears in ligaments and muscles that stabilize the spinal column can produce pain.  These are often caused by injury.

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Nervous System Causes of Back Pain

Some back pain is not mechanical in nature but originates in the spinal column nerves themselves. Dr. Jackson and Dr. Simpson describe spinal root nerve pain as well-localized (as opposed to general) pain that often radiates down your leg(s) with bursts of sharp or electric-shock-like pains.  In this type of pain, the shooting pains in your buttocks, legs, and feet often hurt worse than the pain in your back.

There are three main causes of nerve root pain: disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and epidural adhesions.

Disc herniation: Above, I mentioned that discs are the tissues between your vertebrae in your spinal column.  A herniated disk occurs when the disc nucleus (center of the disc) pushes out of the outer layer.  This causes the disc to press on your spinal nerves, often causing debilitating pain.  The most vulnerable age for developing a herniated disc is 30-55 years old.

Spinal stenosis:  Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs as a result of an enlargement of the bone and ligaments in your spinal cord, leading to a reduction in the diameter of the spinal canal.  This change results in pressure on nerve roots.  If you have spinal stenosis, you’ll find that you feel relief when your spine is curved and when you are walking or cycling uphill (as opposed to walking on flat terrain).  The most vulnerable age for developing spinal stenosis is anything over 55 years old.

Epidural adhesions (spinal nerve root scarring): Epidural adhesion can occur after spinal surgery or in response to chronic inflammation due to disc leakage or joint damage.

Anatomical diagram of the spine and spinal muscles

When Should I Go to Urgent Care for Back Pain?

Most back pain does not require you to visit an emergency room.  Typically, you can get your back pain under control with simple outpatient care (by making appointments with specialists).

However, there are a series of “red flag” markers that indicate you may have a serious spinal problem that should be examined by a physician as soon as possible.

In some cases, these “red flag” markers could indicate you have a very serious condition, such as a spinal tumor, a spinal infection, spinal trauma, an inflammatory/autoimmune disease, or cauda equina syndrome (a rare condition that affects a bundle of nerve roots at the end of the spinal cord).

If you experience any of these “red flag” markers, it is important to call your physician and visit urgent care as soon as possible.

  • extreme back pain (in people under 20 or over 55)
  • history of significant trauma
  • constant progressive thoracic (upper back) pain
  • sudden onset of back pain with a history of cancer, steroids, drug abuse, or HIV
  • unexplained weight loss along with back pain
  • generally feeling unwell with your back pain
  • numbness in your groin, inner-thigh and/or buttocks
  • changes in urination or bowel movements
  • changes in the way you walk
  • inability to bend forward (at your lower back) more than 5 cm
  • changes the curve or shape of your back
  • nerve pain (shooting, sharp, or electric-shock-like pains)

The Politics of Pot

Cannabis on a scale

Before I get into the details of how you might be able to use medical cannabis for your chronic back pain, it is useful to have a general understanding of the politics behind the legalization of medical marijuana, and why some people are still not convinced doctors should be allowed to prescribe it for pain.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has a classification of drugs (drug scheduling) determined based upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the potential for people to become dependent on it.  This scheduling assigns drugs to one of five different categories.

Marijuana is categorized as a schedule 1 drug

According to the DEA’s website:  “Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.  Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote.”

Groups in favor of promoting the legalization of medical marijuana, or people who are against the schedule 1 categorization of marijuana, have been fighting to remove marijuana from the schedule 1 list since the 1970s.  Those efforts had been mostly unsuccessful until the last two years.

Many critics of the classification argue that the schedule 1 classification blocks potential research.  This can keep researchers from finding the medical benefits that would allow the DEA to reschedule these drugs.  Schedule 1 substances are very restricted, with strict bans on their growth/synthesis and purchase, even for scientific researchers.

In fact, before 2016, only a single producer of marijuana in Mississippi had a license to produce research-grade marijuana.  This producer essentially had the monopoly over medical-grade marijuana produced in the US for over 50 years and anyone who wanted to research potential health benefits of marijuana had to buy from them, creating a serious bottleneck in the research process.

Changing Laws Regarding Medical Marijuana

Luckily, in 2016, after a significant rise in demand for medical-grade marijuana and extracts for research, the DEA decided to approve additional licenses to grow medical marijuana.  This should help speed up medical marijuana scientific and clinical trials.

At the same time that the research community has been fighting for access to marijuana to be able to really put its benefits (and risks!) to the test, some economically and politically-motivated movements support the flat-out legalization of marijuana — medical benefits or not.

Legislators across the United States are pushing for this legalization (and regulation).  It is estimated that legalization will result in important government revenue.  And on this argument alone, they are gaining ground.  As of early 2019, 10 states, plus Washington, D.C., had adopted laws that legalize marijuana for personal use in people over age 21.

Finally, both branches pushing for reclassification of cannabis also point to the DEA’s inconsistency in its treatment of cannabis as a whole plant versus individual components of cannabis as strong evidence for their side.  In 2018, for example, the DEA placed lab-made THC (the primary active ingredient in marijuana) as a Schedule 3 drug.  The DEA defines schedule 3 drugs as substances with moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.

If the active ingredient in cannabis is safe for use, how can the whole plant be too dangerous to even do research on?

This is a political, social, and scientific debate that researchers, politicians and the public will soon have to find an answer to.

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What Do We Know Cannabis Does for Pain?

Cannabis plant and structure of CBD

Unfortunately, the political context and controversies surrounding cannabis use for different illnesses and conditions have made it difficult for scientists and doctors to point to definitive evidence for the use of medicinal cannabis.  This is especially true for vulnerable populations like adolescents and pregnant women.

Like the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine states, “Unlike with substances such as alcohol or tobacco, no accepted standards exist to help guide individuals as they make choices regarding if, when, where, and how to use cannabis safely and, in regard to therapeutic uses, effectively.”

Even so, there are thousands of high-quality research articles that help to point towards benefits (and potential risks) as guidelines for cannabis use are being developed.

How Does Cannabis Work?

Cannabis has over 60 active compounds that scientists and industries can extract for various uses, with the right permissions.

The main compounds that have been studied for their therapeutic effects are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD).

THC and CBD act on your body by way of your cannabinoid receptors, which are found on your nerve cells (neurons) and the cells of your immune system.

Some researchers believe that activating your cannabinoid receptors on your nerve cells, in particular, are responsible for the medicinal effects of cannabis for pain.  This activation is actually “inhibitory” for your nerves, “calming down” certain responses in your nerve cells, causing a relaxing effect and reducing pain sensations.

Interestingly, while THC provides medical benefits, it is also is the chemical responsible for the euphoric feeling of marijuana (its “high”).  CBD, on the other hand, only provides medical benefits, without inducing a high.  This suggests that opting for CBD-rich marijuana strains may offer a way to reap the medical benefits without experiencing psychological side effects.

Unfortunately, some research suggests that that medicines containing THC and CBD are the most effective for chronic, neuropathic pain.  Because of this, avoiding THC may also reduce the medicinal effects of your marijuana.  Future research will have to sort out exactly the best combination of THC and CBD for managing chronic back pain.

Which Strains of Marijuana are Best for Chronic Back Pain?

The two main strains of marijuana used for medicinal purposes are Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa.

It is also possible to buy marijuana extracts which contain only CBD.  This will allow you to avoid the euphoric effects of cannabis.  But, as I mentioned above, it might be less effective for combating chronic pain than the whole plant, which contains both cannabinoids.

Evidence for Benefits of Cannabis for Back Pain

In efforts to fill the gap of conclusive recommendations for medical marijuana use, last year the National Academies put together a committee to draw up a comprehensive overview of the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids identified, so far, in the medical literature.

The committee concluded that:  “There is conclusive and substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective… for the treatment of chronic pain in adults.”

Cannabis was found to be most effective at treating neuropathic pain and chronic pain.  This is to say pain caused by a spinal cord injury, low back nerve root pathology, and multiple sclerosis.

Unfortunately, the scientific community still has limited evidence that cannabis can help to reduce other types of chronic back pain.  This includes back pain from muscle injuries, for example.

Another benefit of cannabis is that it may work together with opioids in patients with severe pain, allowing people to reduce their intake of highly-addictive opioid medications.  A study in the Journal of Pain demonstrated that cannabis can help lower opioid use by up to 64%.  The study found that it can also improve the quality of life of people with chronic pain.

Potential Risks of Medical Marijuana

Man exhaling smoke into his hand

An overview of systematic reviews looked at the tolerability and safety of cannabis-based medicines for chronic pain management.  The study found that there are still inconsistent findings regarding the efficacy of cannabis for chronic pain from rheumatic diseases or cancer.  If you are looking to the use of cannabis for back pain, few studies examine its effectiveness specifically for back-related conditions.

In other words, medical marijuana may not be effective for you.

We also cannot overlook that cannabis does have a direct effect on your brain (called psychoactive effects).  The effects, in addition to including relaxation and stress relief, can also affect your thinking, potentially causing anxiety and paranoia.

Just like all recreational smoking, smoked marijuana may increase your risk for certain types of cancer, including testicular cancer and lung cancer.  Researchers are still working on determining the relative risk of smoking marijuana compared to smoking tobacco.

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Guest post by Davit Tsilosani

Anxiety and depression afflict almost 45% of the world’s adult population, with the WHO stating that over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. In the U.S and many parts of the world, this is primarily treated through medication. There a number of pharmaceutical medications approved by the FDA that help to fight depression both in kids and adults. However, these come with the risk of addiction, kidney and liver failure and a host of other complications making them almost as beneficial as they are risky.

Anxiety is good as a natural response. It pushes us to do things we would have otherwise not done in a normal circumstance. However, if it comes in waves and goes unmanaged, the results are usually not as pleasing. Its impact on our daily lives can turn catastrophic, making us less than capable human beings. Unmanaged anxiety is the main cause of anxiety-related disorders like panic disorders, OCD, PTSD and several others. Just like depression, there are several approved medications that help people manage and, in some cases, overcomes such disorders. There are however patients that don’t respond to such medications and others that instantly become addicted.

Anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication work with an almost 60% success rate. However, this comes with the probability of addiction. This is why there arose the need to seek alternative ways to manage these two conditions. Ways that would not cause more harm than good in the long run. One of these alternative treatments was the use of CBD Oil.


Cannabidiol (CBD) is a component of cannabis. It is one of the active cannabinoids in cannabis plants. It is the main component in CBD Oil which usually has very little THC levels. THC is the component of cannabis that is responsible for the psychoactive effects and the high feeling. It is for this reasons that CBD finds several uses in medicine.


For those that are still considering Pharmaceutical Drugs as their choice treatment, here are the reasons why CBD is a better alternative when it comes to the management of anxiety and depression.


The link between CBD and depression has revolutionized how people with anxiety and depression can get treatment to overcome the limitations of their conditions. CBD and CBD Oil products work with the body, helping it to release the right hormones to counter those that the brain in releasing during its constant state of anxiety or depression. This means that you not only get an all natural cure but a cure that works for the good of your body. You will always be in a state of relaxation, ensuring that you are able to go about life the right way.


While anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications like SSRI focus only on the serotonin receptors, CBD goes the extra mile to stimulate the hippocampal part of the brain. This ensures that while the brain is being flooded by serotonin, it is also being properly stimulated and encouraged to produce more neurons. This makes CBD for anxiety very effective and reduces the time that it takes to rid you of your symptoms and bring your brain back to a normal standing, something that some other pharmaceutical drugs are usually unable to achieve.


Drugs, especially those that help manage anxiety and depression usually come with a long list of side effects. These are usually written on the prescription bottle. That is not a bad thing, but a requirement by law. What makes them a poor choice is the fact they are bound to inflict almost all of the said side effects on the users. This means that you start out with one problem, anxiety or depression, but end up struggling with close to a dozen things. CBD Oil, on the other hand, is all natural and comes with no such side effects. Though people respond differently to it, the side effects experienced are minimal and don’t affect the quality of life in any way.


Unlike SSRI drugs where your dosage is determined then fiddled with over time till an optimum amount is arrived at by your doctor, CBD for anxiety is a freer alternative. You determine how much of it is enough for you at the time and what suits you on a daily basis. This enables you to heal faster and the sense of control motivates your brain to better battle what is afflicting it. It doesn’t get any better than CBD Oil.


When it comes to pills, the only way you can ingest them is through swallowing. Some people tend to mix it up from time to time and grind them before mixing them in their drinks. Research has however shown that the repeated action of swallowing pills a day in day out does harm to the progress that the person tends to make. After some time, it becomes a constant reminder, aggravating the depression or the anxiety. CBD for anxiety does not come with the same problem. CBD can be acquired in solid, liquid and gaseous form. You can actually cook it into your food. Vape it while you go about your daily life or simply chew on the pills while you focus on your work. The number of ways you can take it is only limited by your imagination. The fun that accompanies the medication helps relax the body further, curing you of your condition faster.

If your anxiety or depression are bothering you, then it may be time to look into CBD and depression. We are positive that CBD for anxiety will put a positive spin in your life. With CBD Oil, you cannot go wrong.

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Rick Simpson Oil vs CBD Oil – Differences Explained

The difference between Rick Simpson Oil vs CBD Oil is often confused by hype and misinformation. Is it Legal? Is it Safe? Can it cure Cancer? This article will explain exactly what you need to know, the dangers involved in making Rick Simpson Oil, the risks when buying Rick Simpson Oil online and the main differences between Rick Simpson Oil and CBD oil.

Difference between Rick Simpson Oil and CBD oil

The name ‘Rick Simpson’ has become synonymous with “Rick Simpson Oil” and the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases using cannabis:  Rick’s breakout documentary “Run From The Cure” documented his battle with the authorities and explained how to make and use “Rick Simpson Oil”, for cancer treatments, epilepsy and other medicinal purposes.

Rick Simpson brought Cannabis oil to the mainstream showing the potential of “Rick Simpson Oil” for treating numerous health problems.

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Controversy surrounds Rick’s story and he has angered many doctors and scientists who consider it all a bunch of anecdotal hype, not backed by any scientific research or clinical trials.  Not surprisingly a lot of unscrupulous marketers have jumped on the bandwagon trying to cash in on Rick Sipmson’s fame.

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Confusion between Rick Simpson Oil vs CBD Oil ?

When researching Cannabis oil some confusion often arises, especially when dealing with RSO or Rick Simpson oil. Since both are derived from the Cannabis plant you may not know the difference between Rick Simpson Oil and CBD oil and think they are one and the same thing.

This article is intended to clear up any confusion so you can distinguish between Rick Simpson oil and CBD Oil. Many sites make misleading and false medical claims so it’s important that you educate yourself.

Rick Simpson : Run from the Cure Documentary

The awareness generated from “Run From The Cure” and “Rick Simpson Oil” led to a tidal wave of interest in and consumption of “Rick Simpson Oil” worldwide. Numerous positive responses and testimonials emerged from “Rick Simpson Oil” users sharing their experiences.

Due to the legal status of cannabis, officially sanctioned government research is difficult, especially when it comes to getting  licenses, permits, and access to quality cannabis for testing purposes. If you read the book “Smoke Signals” by Martin A Lee he explains the deliberate suppression of cannabis medical research and the systematic harassment of doctors, patients and growers even in states where medical marijuana has been declared legal. Rick Simpson clearly isn’t alone in his persecution by the authorities.

What is Rick Simpson Oil and how is it made?

Rick Simpson oil is a Cannabis oil extract made by soaking cannabis plant material in a solvent such as ethanol or isopropyl alcohol and then evaporating the solvent to leave only the pure cannabis oil behind. Typically this oil is then placed in small syringes and refrigerated for storage and later medicinal use.

Rick Simpson Oil has a higher THC Content than CBD Oil

The most obvious difference between Rick Simpson oil and CBD oil is that Rick Simpson oil has a high THC content since it’s derived from the Marijuana plant. THC is the psychoactive component in marijuana that gets you “High”.  CBD oil contains Cannabidiol the second most common cannabinoid and is considered non psychoactive. CBD oil is usually derived from industrial hemp plant but can also be made from marijuana plants and to be considered legal it must have THC concentrations below 0.02% or 0.03%

Both “Rick Simpson Oil” and CBD oils are made from the same plant

Both “Rick Simpson Oil” and CBD oils are made from the same genus of plant namely Cannabis.

Cannabis grows in a variety of strains and varieties with varying amounts of THC and CBD.  Rick Simpson Oil is made from Cannabis (Marijuana) strains containing between 5% – 10% or more THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

CBD Oil is often derived from Industrial hemp containing only about 0.3% – 1.5% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

Hemp produces fewer and smaller flowers with much lower cannabinoid content, but high amounts of fiber, typically cultivated for industrial use it can also provide a high CBD (Cannabidiol), extremely low THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) content.

“Rick Simpson Oil” is typically made from Cannabis Indica strains for healing physical ailments while Cannabis Sativa strains are often preferred for use in treating those with mental illness.

A Common Misconception: Rick Simpson Oil is for Cancer or Pain and CBD Oil is for Epilepsy

When starting your search for Cannabis information you may find many websites that convey the false idea that it’s just THC that has anti-cancer properties and that only Rick Simpson Oil works for Cancer. This is a common misconception and is driven by a lack of understanding of how Cannabis works within the human Endocannabinoid system.

Everyone wants a simple formula, but the fact is, it’s more complicated than that. Firstly most Rick Simpson oil contains some amount of CBD or Cannabidiol since it’s derived from the cannabis plant. However, you have no way of knowing unless you have precise test results. Furthermore Cannabis contains numerous terpenes and flavonoids and other minor cannabinoids which influences its final effect, this is commonly referred to the Entourage Effect.

Most people who are new to cannabis therapeutics may find it uncomfortable to take THC in the high doses needed to have any effect. It can have certain unpleasant side effects and it takes time to build up a tolerance.

CBD acts together with THC to reduce its psychoactive effects which is why other researchers and patients say that a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD is best or that the preferred ratio of THC to CBD depends on the type and stage of cancer you have. Much work is needed to find out what actually works and why.

This is why the difference between Rick Simpson oil and CBD Oil is sometimes confusing. Anyone who tries to give you a simplistic answer clearly doesn’t know what they are talking about or they just want your money.

What is the best THC : CBD ratio for Rick Simpson Oil

The THC:CBD ratio in Rick Simpson oil will depend on the qualities of the particular plant material you use for extraction purposes. The only way you can know for sure the exact ratio of THC to CBD is to do a laboratory test for each batch of oil you make. If you are making Rick Simpson oil at home this is not possible or even practical since it’s expensive and time consuming.

So while “Rick Simpson Oil” from cannabis is referred to as a full spectrum extract, which depending on the strains employed can contain THC and CBD levels as high as 50-60% THC and 10-15% CBD.

A CBD extract from hemp will only be high in CBD and negligible in THC or CBN contents, which are typically so very low that they easily fall under legal thresholds throughout many countries worldwide.

Besides CBD and THC, many other minor cannabinoids such as CBG and CBN in their acid and decarboxylated forms can be found in small amounts in both plants.

The Dangers of buying Rick Simpson Oil Online

The safest way to use Rick Simpson oil is to make it yourself from plants that you have grown in your own home since you are in control of the whole process.

If you purchase Rick Simpson oil online or from a stranger who has contacted you on Facebook be aware of the following dangers.

  1. Did they use 100% organic plant material for their extract; if the plant was grown in soil contaminated with pesticides or heavy metals these will be present in your Rick Simpson oil extract.
  2. Did they use a high quality solvent for their extraction? If they didn’t then poisonous residues of ethanol or methanol may remain.
  3. Did they evaporate all the solvent from the oil? Many ignorant, lazy or greedy manufacturers of Rick Simpson oil don’t complete the full evaporation of the solvent since by doing this they are left with more oil meaning they can make more money.
  4. Did they filter the extract correctly? If not the oil will contain a lot of plant material and waxes that will make the extract taste unpleasant and burn the back of your throat if you take it orally.
  5. Do they know the exact THC:CBD ratio? If not then you might have a very strong THC oil that you may react badly to. THC can cause very unpleasant mental paranoia in a few people which is why having some CBD is generally considered a good thing since it mitigates the psychoactive effects of THC.
  6. Do they Batch test their product? If not then you may just be buying olive oil with little or no THC or  CBD in it. Since there are no industry standards yet, it’s the wild west out there. Beware of snake oil salesmen!
  7. Do they practice proper safety and good manufacturing processes? Most Rick Simpson oil that you buy online is made by well meaning people in their backyards. While their intentions may be good, they don’t have the proper safety and good manufacturing procedures in place which means their product may be contaminated putting your health at risk.
  8. Is the price you are asked to pay reasonable?  Calculate how much it would cost them to produce the Rick Simpson Oil. This will vary depending on the price of marijuana in your area and the legal risks involved. Are you being taken advantage of because you are desperate? Ask around and do more research before parting with your money.
  9. Are they putting pressure on you to buy? Many Scammers are contacting vulnerable people on Facebook and then sending them images of people dying of Cancer and making them feel guilty if they don’t buy from them. Saying that they or their loved ones will die.
  10. Are they giving you false medical advice? Anyone who is making medical claims who is not a doctor or registered health practitioner familiar with cannabis therapeutics should be avoided like the plague. Do your own research.
  11. WARNING : Making Rick Simpson Oil can be dangerous. There is a real risk of explosion when evaporating the solvent.

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Is it all Hype?

Rick Simpson made some very strong medical claims in his documentary, attracting the attention of the Canadian authorities and the world’s medical establishment. Since his claims that his homemade cannabis oil could cure cancer were anecdotal and not backed up by clinical trials or proper documented research some people choose to discard his findings and label it unscientific. But growing evidence points to the fact that there may be some truth some truth in Rick’s claims.

Cannabinoid research by Dr. Manuel Guzman in Spain has shown that THC can reduce the size of tumours in mice. But to date no proper clinical trials have been done on live human subjects. Anyone making the claim that Rick Simpson oil cures cancer should not be trusted since these kind of medical claims are illegal in most countries and go against the FDA regulations.

THC has been used successfully in palliative treatment for cancer to reduce nausea, vomiting and pain and by stimulating appetite during Chemotherapy.

Research into the human endocannabinoid system has shown promising results, but much more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms involved and how endocannabinoids produced by our body help regulate our whole body-mind system and promote health and well being.

CBD has become the new buzzword

In the past few years CBD has become the new buzzword. CBD is a very important component in cannabis and is one of  a hundred displaying a full spectrum of benefits while also being non-psychoactive and legal in many jurisdictions. One of the medicinal benefits of CBD is its antiepileptic properties which were made famous by a young girl named Charlotte who used a high CBD product now known as “Charlotte’s Web” and popularised by the CNN program “WEED” with medical doctor and journalist Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

But Scientists have know for a long time about CBD’s anti epileptic properties. In fact clinical trials were made as far back as 1980 by Dr. Ralph Mechoulam the pioneer of Cannabis research.

And recently GW Pharmaceuticals completed clinical trials showing its Epidiolex drug had “significantly reduced seizures in patients with Dravet syndrome, a type of epilepsy for which there are currently no treatments approved in the US.  In the trial of 120 patients, those taking Epidiolex saw a reduction of monthly convulsive seizures of 39% compared with 13% for a placebo”.

Does Rick Simpson Oil Cure Cancer?

Both “Rick Simpson Oil” and CBD have been very visible in the press. Anecdotal evidence from consumers of both “Rick Simpson Oil” and CBD oil have given numerous and often astonishingly positive feedback, however there is also confusion as to what the similarities and differences are between “Rick Simpson Oil” and CBD.

Does Rick Simpson Oil cure cancer ? It’s very hard to say. While this isn’t the answer most people want, it would be wrong to mislead people and give them false hope. Cannabis therapeutics are often turned to as a last resort after going the conventional cancer healing route of chemo, radiation and surgery. The results for someone with stage 4 Cancer may be very different than someone using Rick Simpson oil or CBD Oil as a prevention or early stage treatment.

Just because someone eventually dies who has used Rick Simpson Oil doesn’t mean it didn’t help them on their journey or improved their quality of life compared to mainstream medical treatments.

Medical scientific research is now confirming thousands of years of traditional plant based therapies. Both THC and CBD are showing enormous importance as part of any cannabis based approach to health.

For a real life look at how Rick Simpson Oil has been used in the UK this documentary may be helpful for you.


SUMMARY: The main difference between Rick Simpson Oil and CBD Oil are

  • THC content. Rick Simpson oil has a high THC content which will get you stoned. CBD oil has a low THC content and is not considered psychoactive.
  • THC : CBD ratio depends on the particular cannabis strain
  • The plant they derived from: either Marijuana or Industrial Hemp
  • The method of Extraction: Rick Simpson oil is usually made using a solvent extraction. CBD oil can be made using solvents or Supercritical CO2 extraction.
  • Safety: homemade Rick Simpson oil is generally not tested for pollutants. Commercially produced CBD oil from reputable manufacturers will be lab tested and made under GMP (Good manufacturing practices).
  • Illegal: Rick Simpson oil is generally illegal in most countries unless you live in a place where cannabis is allowed. CBD oil is generally legal in most countries.
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Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO, is a concentrated form of full extract cannabis oil prized for it’s medical benefits, especially for cancer patients. It is meant for oral consumption ONLY, and not to be inhaled or used for dabbing like other concentrated oils. Unlike distillate and isolate oils used for vaping, RSO/FECO retains more of the phytochemicals present in the cannabis plant which adds to the therapeutic value.

After reading an article from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute about THC killing cancer cells in mice, Rick Simpson made the decision to attempt to treat his own Basal Cell Carcinoma topically with cannabis oil. After four days of bandaging his cancerous spots with cannabis oil, he removed the bandage to find the spots had disappeared. Unable to keep his success a secret, and despite legal risks, Rick has personally helped treat over 5000 patients with RSO and shared his knowledge with countless others. There are numerous anecdotal reports of successful outcomes utilizing his methods.


The goal of a RSO protocol is to consume 60 grams of Rick Simpson Oil in 90 days. This is a very large amount of cannabis oil and should be taken with caution, increasing the dose gradually to avoid adverse effects. Below is a suggested outline for increasing the dose until the recommended 1 gram per day dose is  achieved.

Start with 3 doses per day  (morning, midday, before bed) every 8 hours
A drop of oil about the size of half of a grain of rice = one dose

WEEKS 2-5:
Double your dose every 4 days, maintaining the 3x per day schedule

WEEKS 5-12:
1 gram per day (split across 3 doses) until the entire 60 grams of oil is consumed

WEEKS 12+:
Reduce to a maintenance dose (1-2 grams total per month)


Patients starting a RSO protocol should plan appropriately as the potential for side effects is greater during the first three to four weeks of the protocol. Once a tolerance is built most patients report few to no negative side effects. The most common side effect is sleepiness and sedation, with quality sleep being an important aspect of the healing process.

CBD can be used to counteract the psychoactivity or negative side effects of THC. Patients new to cannabis or concerned about psychoactivity may want to pair their RSO protocol with equal or greater doses of CBD oil to reduce the potential for negative side effects.



Like Rick’s original success, many patients use RSO topically for skin cancers. To do this, place a small amount of RSO on the affected area and cover with a bandage, changing the bandage and applying more oil every 1-3 days. Many patients report that over time the cancerous spots will dry, crack, and diminish. After the area has healed, it’s recommended to continue applying RSO for at least 2 weeks.


High quality RSO is currently available here at KanaRelief in strain specific varieties. We offer bulk pricing when purchasing in sets of 10 grams. Take advantage of extra grams and sales for additional savings.


How to Use Medical Marijuana for Cancer

CBD, THC, and Cancer


Animal and lab studies have demonstrated THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth, reduce spread, and/or cause death to certain type of cancer cells.

Published in 2006 in the British Journal Of Pharmacology, a team of Spanish researchers administered pure THC into the tumors of 9 patients with glioblastoma who had failed to respond to traditional therapies. This first of its kind clinical trial, found that THC treatment was associated with significantly reduced tumor cell proliferation in every test subject.

Mounting evidence demonstrates the impact cannabis has on helping to manage cancer related pain, fatigue, nausea, appetite loss, and other side effects.

Some research suggests that cannabinoids are most effective when paired with traditional cancer therapies.

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It wasn’t until the 90’s that a vast receptor system was discovered in our bodies, they named this the endogenous endocannabinoid system.

Now where things get really interesting. The purpose of your endocannabinoid system is to create and maintain balance or homeostasis in your body, meaning when something in your body is overactive (stress, anxiety) or underactive (illness or pain) your Endocannabinoid system is supposed to kick into gear to bring you back into a state of balance.

Now it’s important to note that your own body actually produces these cannabinoids naturally and they are called Endocannabinoids. So the theory goes, when you’re totally healthy your own body is producing these endo- cannabinoids, it’s triggering your system to maintain balance keeping you happy and healthy and all is good.

Unfortunately with chronic stress, poor diet, and chronic pain our endocannabinoid system is negatively impacted which causes endocannabinoid dysfunction. Some of the diseases associated with this are: autoimmune diseases, epilepsy, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression just to name a few. Basically if your endocannabinoid system is not functioning well, you are out of balance.

So, the question is, how do we fix it?


And here is where it gets really fascinating. The compounds found in cannabis act as a lock and key within our body’s endocannabinoid system. If we have a cell that is depleted or out of balance and we ingest some CBD or CBG, the plant compound goes into our body, attaches to the receptor on our cell that needs some TLC and “wala” that cell is now more balanced. This is why we are seeing cannabis helping with absolutely everything, it works in harmony with our bodies and helps regulate balance in our cells.

Now this receptor system is literally everywhere in your body – it’s in your brain and your immune system, its in most of your major organs, in your lymph system, your digestive system, its in your spine, pretty much everywhere – well except for your brainstem which controls your breathing, and this is why it’s impossible to lethally overdose on cannabis like you can on opiates.

In essence when your body is not producing enough of these molecules to feed your system this plant is there to supplement and that’s why cannabis has been so useful in treating so many different conditions.

So if we put this all together it makes sense, you have this vast receptor system that exists everywhere in the body. This system is designed to trigger homeostasis to keep you in balance. If your body goes out of whack you need your endocannabinoid system to kick into gear and help you restore. If your body is not producing enough natural cannabinoids you need to supplement with an external source, which in this case is phyto (plant) cannabinoids from cannabis. And hopefully when taking the right dose you return to a happy and healthy self.

For so many years we’ve been told that cannabis is bad for us, for our brains, for our bodies and even bad for our society. But science is actually telling a very different story.

And what if cannabis is not only NOT bad for you but is actually the key to health, happiness and longevity. Because in so many areas of our society we’re already accustomed to taking herbs and plants to support our health and happiness, echinechea for colds, st Johns wort for depression, chamomile for calming and on and on. So maybe it’s time to take a closer look at this special plant and to be open to whether cannabis might have a profoundly positive impact on our health, well-being and society, don’t you think?

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We’ve already covered the extensive benefits CBD oil has in treating symptoms in humans. It turns out that CBD oil may be just as beneficial for our beloved pets, too. The compound known as cannabidiol, or CBD, has opened up avenues of alternative therapy for pets suffering from any number of issues. CBD is non-psychoactive, unlike its sister compound, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. However, due to the entourage effect, CBD works best when it is paired with small amounts of THC even in animals.


Like in humans, CBD oil for pets can treat a number of things, both in cats and in dogs. The following list is far from complete, but these are some common ailments in pets that CBD oil can help treat.


  • Lack of appetite
  • Anxiety due to separation, thunderstorms, fireworks, and other loud noises
  • Nausea
  • Calms for trips to the vet
  • Muscles spasms and seizures
  • Pain from cancer or arthritis
  • Grumpiness or aggression towards other animals


  • Poor appetite
  • Constant hiding
  • Fear of the litter box
  • Eating inappropriate objects
  • Calms for vet trips
  • Aggression towards other animals
  • Distress from an environmental change

That sounds great for your furbaby, doesn’t it?


It might be hard to train Fido or Fluffy to take a hit from a vaporizer, but there are definitely ways to get CBD treatments into your pet. Like in humans, pets can ingest CBD edibles, tinctures, and even use topical treatments.


Pet edibles are generally made by infusing CBD oil into cat or dog treats that taste great. Everyone with a pet knows how hard it can be to get them to take medication. They can eat around that piece of cheese and leave the pill behind. Since CBD edible treats come in flavors both cats and dogs enjoy, there’s little hassle. Keep in mind that giving a pet an edible is exactly like consuming one yourself. It will take time to work its way through the digestive system and kick in.


Tinctures are prepared by infusing CBD compounds with mixtures of vegetable glycerin, oil, or alcohol. They are then placed using a dropper beneath the animal’s tongue. Tinctures are a great starting point and also great for relieving mild symptoms. Tinctures also allow for better dosage control and immediate relief.


Like tinctures and edibles, topicals are CBD-infused oils and creams which are then applied locally to relieve pain and inflammation from conditions like arthritis. They can also be used to treat skin sensitivities due to allergies. Some of the topicals for itchiness imbue a menthol to help cool irritated skin, further calming the dog or cat’s symptoms. CBD topicals may be the best treatment for skin conditions and arthritis because it can offer immediate, localized relief.


CBD infused shampoo is a great way to help your pet with dry-itchy skin or life-less fur. When you massage the shampoo into the fur, make sure you leave it on for a few minutes as you rub it into the skin. FlowerChild CBD has a wonderful anti-itch CBD shampoo for Pets that is all natural. Not only does the CBD work it’s way into the skin to relieve pain and inflammation, but the natural ingredients in the shampoo help sooth irritated skin and leave your pet smelling great and feeling more comfortable.


Dosage for your pet is an extremely important factor to consider and is based upon the pet’s weight. A general guideline is 1mg – 5mg per 10lbs of body weight. Most cats would do with a dosage of 1mg. For dogs, as they get larger and weigh more, the higher the dosage is required. Another good rule of thumb is to start with a dose on the lower end and monitor your pet for any side effects. Changes usually occur within an hour. If you see no changes, you might want to increase the dosage.

For pain relief, treatment should be given about once every eight hours. If you are trying to correct unwanted behaviors, twice per day is optimal. Keep in mind that it might take more than one treatment to begin to see improvement.

There is little to no overdose risk with pure CBD. However, if your CBD treatment contains small amounts of THC, monitor your pet for signs of THC toxicity – basically, they may act “high.” An animal suffering from THC toxicity may have problems standing, walking, or trouble eating.

We all love our pets. And when they suffer from debilitating ailments, we want to help treat those symptoms as best we can. Always talk to your vet before beginning any treatment regimen. Many vets have become familiar with the benefits CBD oil has for our animals and should be able to recommend the appropriate treatment for your pet.


At KanaRelief we recommend our CBD Tincture for Pets. This tinctures has been specially formulated for animals with a very high CBD to THC ratio. It is a medicinal cannabis CBD not a industrial hemp CBD! see What is the Difference between industrial and medicinal hemp CBD? THC is what gets you high. CBD does not. THC is necessary in the blend to work synergistically with the CBD, but huge amounts of THC are not necessary to receive the medical benefits of the cannabis.

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Do Cannabis Topicals Get You High?

In the world of cannabis, you’re almost guaranteed to find the right cannabis products for any and all types of cannabis needs. If you want to get high, there’s flower and edibles and cartridges that will certainly do the trick. And, if you want to benefit from the medicinal aspects of cannabis, you can always delve into CBD products and topicals! But with the stigma against cannabis still prevalent and the possibility of getting high sometimes unwelcome, it’s important to know what kinds of cannabis consumption will and won’t get you high. So, do cannabis topicals get you high?

Don’t worry about your topical cannabis use getting in the way of your day-to-day life! kanarelief is here to answer any and all of your questions about cannabis topicals, including whether or not they get you high. It’s all here, so just kick back and get ready to read up on the most hands-on method of cannabis consumption.

What are Cannabis Topicals?

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Before diving into the main question of do cannabis topicals get you high, let’s first go over what exactly cannabis topicals are! Basically, cannabis topicals are any product applied through the skin, commonly in the form of lotions, oils, balms, or even sprays. They are mostly used to combat localized medical problems like pain and inflammation. Consumers of cannabis topicals report the effects as incredibly effective, some even claiming nearly immediate relief from symptoms after applying the topicals.

Just like with other cannabis products such as edibles or extracts, topicals are made by integrating or infusing cannabinoids from the cannabis plant into a lotion, oil, or balm. This method of cannabis consumption is unique since most others involve the mouth in some way or another. The whole point of a topical is that you apply it topically, which boils down to any cannabis product you apply through the skin (and only the skin)! You can even make topicals at home in pretty much the same way you would make cannabutter. Add cannabis to oil, heat to activate the cannabinoids, and (instead of eating the oil) apply it to your skin! And if making cannabis topicals at home doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, there’s a huge selection of amazing topicals available online and at your local dispensary.

How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?

Unlike with oral cannabis consumption, cannabis topicals work by absorbing through your skin and allowing the localized area to benefit directly from the cannabinoids. The difference with topicals is in the way they interact with the human body’s endocannabinoid system. When you vape, smoke, or take edibles, the cannabinoids are able to enter your bloodstream (and thus your brain) which enables the high stoners know and love. Topicals, however, do not absorb into the bloodstream and instead bind to CB2 receptors, which are found throughout your body as a network. By binding to the CB2 receptors instead of migrating through the bloodstream to your brain, the benefits of the topical are localized and unlikely (if not incapable) to get you high! So, if you’re looking for a cannabis product that works well and won’t get you high, topicals are definitely worth considering.

Do Cannabis Topicals Get You High?

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So, now we know what cannabis topicals are and how they work but that still leaves the main question unanswered: do cannabis topicals get you high? The short answer is ”no”, cannabis topicals do not get you high! Because the application process of topicals doesn’t allow for the cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream, it’s more or less impossible for them to bind to the THC receptors in your brain. Even if you used a significant amount of THC-heavy topical products, the chances of getting high are negligible. Keep in mind, however, that if you accidentally consume cannabis topicals there’s a good chance you will experience some psychoactive effects. So, don’t rub a cannabis topical on your wrist then put your fingers in your mouth and you should be fine!

Cannabis Topicals and Drug Tests

So far, studies have shown that the use of cannabis in its topical form likely will not result in testing positive for marijuana in drug tests. This is good news! Now people can benefit from the medicinal aspects of cannabis in a way that won’t potentially get them fired or in legal trouble. Even in areas with anti-cannabis sentiments, topicals can slide under the radar since they won’t show up on your average drug test! This doesn’t mean that topical cannabis consumption is entirely undetectable, however. If your career depends on passing a drug test, make sure to check the individual product before applying as some more extreme forms of topicals might mess with results. But don’t worry — the chances of regular topical cannabis use showing up on a drug test is negligible.

Finding the Best Cannabis Topicals

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Cannabis topicals are effective options for various consumers, they don’t get you high, and they don’t show up on drug tests. Basically, cannabis topicals are the perfect weed product to get you through the day without experiencing any of the negative side effects of using cannabis. The only question left is when and where you can get your hands on the best cannabis topicals! Finding cannabis topicals on today’s market is easy, it’s finding the best option of many that poses a bit more of a challenge. After all, when there are a dozen different products all boasting the same thing, it can be hard to narrow down your choices. You can do this in a few different ways, but these are the most effective.

First and foremost, visit your local dispensary and talk to the budtender about your specific needs and why you want to try cannabis topicals. It’s the budtender’s job to help you find whatever product you need so it’s best to just let them help you! Ask about their favorite products, what cannabis topicals other customers have reported back on favorably, and what the side effects of any particular topical may be. Make sure to mention your budget early on and get the best help you can from a trained professional.

If visiting a dispensary just isn’t an option, hop online and check out some of the highest-rated topical cannabis products and commit yourself to a little time and research. You’ll only be able to order CBD topicals online but you can gain some knowledge about what THC topicals are out there. Check out topical cannabis products today if you think you could use some cannabis in your life — and remember not to worry about getting baked since topical cannabis products won’t get you high!


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By Janna Champagne, BSN, RN – http://www.integratedholisticcare.com

As a holistic nurse who specializes in application of medical cannabis therapy, knowing which formulations are optimal for targeting patient’s health goals comes with the territory. After years of working with clients using a variety of cannabis products, I began noticing a trend: that different extraction and production methods exert very different results. This prompted intensive research into different types of cannabis formulations, which led to creation of the following optimal criteria for medical cannabis products. Please know I do not benefit from the sales of any products, so my perspective is completely objective and without profit-bias or personal gain.

In order to understand these criteria, it’s helpful to know a bit about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Many clients (including fellow medical professionals) have never heard about this master control system in our bodies, much thanks to our recent cannabis prohibition in the US. Now that cannabis is becoming more readily accessible, we are researching and learning that it contains vital nutrients needed to support optimal health balance. Cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, such as THC and CBD, attach with ECS receptors in our bodies, which promotes internal homeostasis or balance. We know that the underlying cause of disease is imbalance, so this balancing “Entourage Effect” or synergy of cannabis can be profoundly therapeutic for improving the root cause of symptoms (4).

Following are the criteria we deem important for safe and effective medical cannabis use. We educate these criteria to every client we serve, since our goal is ensuring that cannabis patients find the highest-quality medical products available.

  1. Certified Clean/Organic: This may seem like an obvious requirement, for those who understand the harm that toxins may cause. Unfortunately, USDA Organic certification is not yet available for cannabis farming/processing, so we rely on labs to rule out any toxic pesticide, fertilizer, mold, or heavy metal contamination. We know, especially when working with already sick patients, that adding toxic exposure may be harmful to their health, and could potentially negate any benefit received from cannabis otherwise. The recent theory linking Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome, or excessive nausea, vomiting and abdominal upset, with Neem pesticide toxicity (same symptoms) further supports the importance of using lab testing to ensure product is clear of toxins, and verified safe for medical use (10).
  2. Lab tested: California is one of a few states that are fortunate in this regard, as they require every product on a dispensary shelf to be lab tested by a state-certified facility. Lab testing is important to know cannabinoid content, potency or strength, and (as already mentioned) to rule out contamination with toxins. Lab testing allows clients to consistently dose with improved accuracy, which is important when using cannabis for health purposes. Labs are the only conclusive method for knowing exactly what’s in a formulation, without reliance on strain name (which may not be accurate) to know which components are present.
    Terpene lab results reflecting the cannabis strain’s essential oil profile are not as commonly available. When available, having this information is optimal to predict a cannabis product’s therapeutic benefits, and the terpene profile is also used to determine whether a product is categorized as sativa (energizing) or indica (sedating) (11).
  3. Whole Plant: Products that concentrate the cannabis plant as nature intended are the best options when the goal is improved health status. Cannabis formulations extracted using food grade ethanol or infusion methods are preferred to meet these criteria. Whole plant is defined as having all of the original flower-derived cannabis ingredients remain fully intact in the final product.
    Cannabis is a very complex plant, containing over 140 cannabinoids, 200 terpenes (essential oils), bioflavonoids, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants (1). Many of the new and popular cannabis extraction methods in today’s cannabis industry, such as CO2 extraction, isolation, or fractionation, remove many of these ingredients contributing to the Entourage Effect (8). This is important since we know that whole plant formulations, containing all components of the plant, are best for balancing the body. It’s the balancing effect (homeostasis) that we specifically seek when the goal is improved medical outcomes that reach beyond simply managing symptoms (4). Research comparing the efficacy of whole plant cannabis formulations with isolates clearly reflects that isolates, with or without added terpenes, aren’t as effective for exerting the balance we seek for optimal medical outcomes (2, 3, 6).
  4. No industrial hemp-derived products: The most potent spectrum of cannabinoids and synergistic components is found in formulations derived from cannabis flower. Since industrial hemp is sparse in flowers, often producers source oil from less optimal parts of the industrial hemp plant, such as the stalks and stems. While industrial hemp has many applicable uses, including textiles, bioaccumulation (cleans soil), building materials like Hempcrete, when it comes to medicinal potency, industrial hemp leaves a lot to be desired (9).
    To clarify, many CBD producers have a USDA hemp license allowing them to legally produce and distribute hemp throughout the United States, because their cannabis flower products meet the federal hemp regulations (by containing less than 0.3% THC). There is a new term called “Medical Hemp” being coined by optimal CBD oil producers, to differentiate their products derived from high CBD cannabis flower qualifying as hemp, the best choice for medical use. Medical hemp products have the added convenience of shipping legally anywhere in the United States. However, clients still need to be aware of their local laws on hemp CBD, since some states don’t recognize federal CBD hemp regulations.

There is a lot of confusion around choosing the best cannabis products, and the intent of this article is to guide medically-focused cannabis patients and ensure they understand which qualities to seek when purchasing cannabis products. We encourage anyone who is new to cannabis, suffering from a complex medical condition, or taking pharmaceutical medications to seek individualized consultation and education from a qualified medical professional for a targeted care plan. Using an individualized approach with medical guidance further reduces possible risk factors, allowing clients to gain the most benefit from their medical cannabis therapy. To find out more about our services, please visit:

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