Is cannabis good for you? We set to find out at The Assembly’s Cannabis and Wellness for Women panel. Hosted by the women of the innovative Caliva dispensary, the panel explored how marijuana can improve our physical and mental wellbeing. And did we mention each attendee was sent home with a joint?
THC is psychoactive, while CBD is not.
In 90 minutes, we got a crash course in this new era of cannabis. Since recreational marijuana became legal in California on January 1, 2018, consumers have access to more sophisticated products. Before visiting a dispensary or ordering up so marijuana on an app, you should know the difference between cannabinoids THC and CBD. These are the chemical compounds found in cannabis. Manufacturers often classify products by the amount of THC and CBD they contain, since each has a different effect. THC is psychoactive, while CBD is not.
The Benefits of Cannabis
Now that you know the basics, here are five ways you can use cannabis to your benefit:
- Pain: CBD has anti-inflammatory effects, without giving you a head high. Next time you have a tough workout, you might want to try a CBD balm instead of and IBUProfen. It also helps manage chronic pain. Check out CBD balms from Papa & Barkley.
- Mood: THC gives you the “high” feeling. It can act as an antidepressant, as well as a painkiller and appetite stimulator. Edibles available at Caliva contain varying amounts of THC.
- Sexual health: Cannabis lube available from Quim Rock might be the the “Viagra for women” you’re looking for. It promises to heighten your libido and cause fewer UTIs and yeast infections. Many women also turn to cannabis to manage pain associated with PMS or endometriosis.
- Insomnia: Terpenes are the essential oils of weed. They are responsible for the smells and flavor of a cannabis strain. The terpene Linalool is floral and good for insomnia or stress. While, Limonene has citrus flavor and can work as a mood lifter.
- Energy management: While botanical cannabis categories like Indica, Hybrid, or Sativa are becoming less useful, they do have traditional properties that will either act as downers or uppers. An easy way to remember them: relaxant Indica will put you “In da couch.” And when you need some energy or want to party, think: “Sativa, I need ya.” Hybrids are in between.
Weed has come a long way from a bong hit in college, and you can do much more than smoke it. Vaping is less harmful than smoking and will provide a fast onset of euphoria. Edibles and drinks will take about 30 minutes to two hours to kick in and provide a body high. Tinctures and mints take about 15-60 minutes and are an efficient way to absorb THC. And patches, balms, and lotions are fast acting and provide a localized, non-psychoactive effect. Remember, whenever you’re experimenting: start low and go slow. That means look for a low milligram cannabinoid count and be patient while you wait for the effect.
Weed and Wellness Resources
We hope the industry continues to become safer and more inclusive. Because marijuana is still illegal at a federal level, scientists don’t have access to federal research dollars. That makes it hard to study both the potential benefits and negative side effects. And until July 1, when more strict pesticide guidelines come into effect in California, you’ll want to ask your “budtender” about the origin of your product. It’s up to each of us to do our research and make a personal decision about usage.
Want to continue your “higher” education, check out more from our panelists:
- Women and Wellness: Everything You Need to Know About Getting High (the Right Way) — the presentation deck
- Quim Rock — a self-care cannabis line for humans with vaginas
- Papa & Barkley — a line of relief balms, tinctures, and more
- Caliva — a vertically integrated cannabis company that makes products and runs a dispensary in San Jose