CBD & THC For Relaxation
The entourage effect of CBD & THC for stress relief.
CBD, THC and the Endocannabinoid System
THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that provides the euphoric or intoxicating “high” effect. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound. It does not deliver the intoxication or “high.”
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) was first discovered in the 1960s and exists in all mammals. It is widespread in the animal kingdom, existing in all vertebrate animals, leading some to speculate that its origins could be 600 million years old. The ECS consists of a series of cell receptors that accept only cannabinoids, especially THC and CBD.
Think of these receptors like microscopic “locks” on the surface of your cells. The “keys” are molecules called agonists. In this case, the agonists are the cannabinoids THC and CBD. When an agonist binds to a cell, it relays a message, giving the cell specific direction.
It is believed that using cannabis can help replenish the cannabinoid level in individuals, reducing symptoms of chronic stress and depression. This comes as no surprise to the growing number of patients with PTSD who use cannabis to help alleviate stress and other symptoms of their condition.
CBD also helps mitigate the psychoactive effects of THC, reducing the anxiety some users experience.
Because everyone’s system and response to cannabis is somewhat different, it is important to try different ratios of THC to CBD while seeking to identify the most positive therapeutic outcome. Consult with your Greenlight Approved retail specialist for help finding the variety of cannabis that suits your needs.
Dosing is Key
“Start Low and Go Slow” is a concept embraced by Greenlight Approved retailers with regard to cannabis for novice users. You can always add more, but once you have consumed, you can’t really “turn off” the effect. While smoking and vaping deliver a nearly instantaneous effect, edibles can take 30-90 minutes to be felt.
A dosing journal can be helpful for patients seeking to identify products and appropriate dosing information that will guide them on subsequent experiences and purchases.
Start Low and Go Slow
Like anything, the key is moderation, especially when dealing with anxiety. The last thing you want to do is worry about having too much. Simply avoid that risk by starting low in dose and going slow. Find a comfortable, secure environment. Having a friend to share the experience with can make the experience more enjoyable.
You don’t have to work too hard. Let cannabis simply help you enjoy a game of cards like never before or try listening to your favorite album after partaking. You may find yourself appreciating it in a whole new way. There is a reason that Louis Armstrong was a daily cannabis user.
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Will cannabis allow me to relax and calm my stress?
A 2017 Washington State University study found regular cannabis users were significantly better at keeping their cool under stressful situations compared to those who did not regularly consume cannabis. Continue reading
Will cannabis help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
When it comes to selecting the right cannabis product for PTSD, most experts suggest CBD-dominant strains. Continue reading
What is the proper dose for stress relief?
Very low doses of THC lessened stress and promoted relaxation. “Start Low and Go Slow;” you can always add more. Continue reading
What is the primary difference between CBD and THC?
CBD is a component in cannabis that provides many medicinal benefits but does not cause a psychoactive “high.” THC is the ingredient in cannabis that creates the euphoric side effect. Continue reading
Find a Retailer
Our select list of retailers in Spokane and Grant County provide high-quality and all-natural cannabis products for every need. Search for a retailer near you.