Understanding CBD and THC Ratios
Get the right balance of cannabis’ chemical components.
Cannabis strains may contain both THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) in varying ratios, but it has been shown that strains rich in CBD can have a greater therapeutic effect – relieving pain, relaxing muscles, calming anxiety – and in fact can actually block some of the adverse effects of THC. Dr. Sulak explains what to look for in your strain’s CBD:THC ratio, and how to maximize the benefits of your cannabis therapy while minimizing the psychoactive effects.
Cannabis in it's raw form
Use high doses without intoxication.
When cannabis is heated, it becomes “decarboxylated,” the chemical process that turns raw THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) into THC. Yet before this process occurs, THCA offers many of the medicinal properties of THC without any intoxicating effects. If a raw form of cannabis is available to you, Dr. Sulak explains how you can successfully use it for symptom relief in high doses, without any risk of intoxication.
Micro-dosing with THC
Carefully control your THC dosage.
When it is not possible to find CBD-dominant strains and preparations, Dr. Sulak teaches you how to safely control your cannabis dosage to provide the benefits you seek without intoxication. Whether delivered via inhalation, tincture, edible or topical form, you can reach the optimal effect you seek with this gradual and effective strategy.
Topical Forms of Cannabis
Apply directly to your skin for non-psychoactive relief.
Cannabis preparations such as lotions, salves or cannabis oil can be used directly on specific areas of your body to relieve pain, inflammation, muscle spasms or an itchy rash without affecting the mind. However, you should also be aware of “transdermal” cannabis delivery systems, which Dr. Sulak explains are designed to enhance absorption into the bloodstream and are more likely to cause psychoactive effects.
Cookies and brownies taste great, but watch out!
Edible forms of cannabis must be used with extreme caution: it’s easy to eat too much and overdose, possibly because the product was mislabeled, you misunderstood the instructions, or you were simply hungry and wanted a little bit more. If you want to experience the benefits of medical cannabis without the risk of impairment, Dr. Sulak recommends tincture as a safer and easier to control alternative. If you choose to use edibles start with a very low dosage and be sure to wait up to 2 hours to determine the effects before consuming more.
Antidotes: Cannabis THC Intoxication
Simple ways to counteract a THC overdose.
If you find you’ve inhaled or ingested too much cannabis and don’t want to feel high, don’t despair, there are a few simple ways to make the feeling of intoxication go away faster. Dr. Sulak suggests you try lemon zest – simply grind a lemon peel and sprinkle it on some food – or have a cup of chamomile tea to help you relax and relieve the psychoactive effects. The good news is that too much THC is non-toxic and won’t harm you, even in high doses, so just hydrate, try one of these effective antidotes and wait it out. You’ll soon be back to normal.