High CBD Cannabis - The Pros and Cons: A Truthful Account From A Medical Cannabis User and Breeder
Updated: Apr 24
Part 2: High CBD Pro - Ingesting High Doses For Medicinal Purposes
Smoked cannabis can provide nearly instant relief from many ailments and symptoms, but the effects are relatively short acting when compared to the route of ingestion. However, ingested cannabis is processed by the liver and the THC is converted to an extremely psychoactive metabolite that can be incredibly unpleasant for some, and very easy to overdo. This does not make edible cannabis toxic - just far more powerful. I think many of us have heard stories about someone eating a pot brownie and then freaking the fuck out for the next four to six hours. Not very fun, I can tell you.
But as ingested cannabis remains active in your body for upwards of 12 hours (though the effects peak at about 2-4 hours and then steadily decline) this is actually a benefit when you are trying to achieve a sustained level of cannabinoids in your body.
For example, if you are treating certain conditions such as Epilepsy or things like chronic inflammation and cancer, you want a constant supply of that health promoting CBD in your system at all times.
As someone with Crohn’s disease, I am personally very encouraged by the science showing CBD as a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agent. So much so that my wife and I both take a dose of cannabis infused coconut oil each night before bed. This oil is made from a particularly high CBD variety I’ve grown (as seen in the photo) that has very little THC content.
We both sleep better hand have noticed very positive benefits to our overall health form this practise. As the strain I use for this recipe is very high in CBD, we can take a much higher dose than we would be able to otherwise with a traditional high THC strain. This allows us to achieve therapeutic levels of CBD in our blood without any of the psychoactive and reality distorting effects of ingesting high levels of THC.
Additionally, since we are using Cannabis infused oil, and not Hemp oil (which is what the vast majority of CBD oil is derived from) we are getting the full spectrum of over 100 different Cannabinoids and not just pure Cannabidiol.