5 DIY Cannabis Extracts for Chronic Pain, Insomnia, and Depression
In April, a man from Kansas was arrested for growing marijuana in his home.When questioned, the man told police and media that he used cannabis oil for his seizures. He and his wife used to travel to Colorado every three to four months to buy his cannabis medication. They eventually decided to grow the plant themselves as it is safer and less expensive.
Did you know that as early as the 2737 B.C., marijuana was already used as a remedy for gout, rheumatism, malaria, and poor memory? Emperor Shen Neng of China used brewed marijuana tea and since the use of marijuana for medical purposes has spread through Asia, the Middle East, and some parts of Africa and India. By the late 18th century, medical marijuana had made it to American medical journals. Later on, it became illegal for people to possess and distribute marijuana. This did not stop individuals who needed marijuana for their ailments from getting their hands on the plant. Thanks to California making the use of medical marijuana legal in 1996, certain states have also allowed people to use cannabis as a medical relief.
Marijuana goes by many names including ed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, and Mary Jane. It is a mixture of the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. How do you use it to treat illnesses, you ask?
1. Roll it into a cigarette
Smoking a marijuana cigarette or a joint is the easiest and most common way to use marijuana. Research shows that individuals with cancer who inhale marijuana smoke or vapor feel less pain. Clinical trials for THC show that this compound found in marijuana can relieve pain, nausea, inflammation and be an antioxidant. Another compound, CBD, can help treat seizures and lessen anxiety and paranoia.
2. Blend a cannabis smoothie
Researchers in Canada are conducting studies to find out exactly how medical marijuana can relieve arthritis joint pain. Focused on non-psychoactive strains of marijuana, the research has discovered that cannabis molecules can attach themselves to nerve receptors. By doing so, the molecules can control the nerves from sending pain signals in the joint. The researchers also found out that juicing raw cannabis and blending the entire plant into a smoothie can help tremendously in alleviating rheumatoid arthritis.
Chronic arthritis affects about 52.5 million adults and, currently, there is no cure for the disease. Medical experts have only recommended strong pain killers like prednisone, antibiotics, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.
3. Make hemp oil
Just put some shelled hemp seeds into a home oil presser. Hemp oil can do wonders for you because of its nutritional value. It is the most unsaturated oil and has the best essential fatty acids ratio and combination. Hemp oil also has the highest amino acid variety and is the only plant with vitamin D. Best of all; it does not make you high like marijuana. Why? Because hemp oil comes from the hemp seed.
The seed of the hemp plant does not have THC, the compound in marijuana that makes you see wide-eyed unicorns, dancing and talking with neon lights in the background. Use hemp oil to heal dry skin, strengthen nails, reduce acne, relieve eczema, and have a healthy body. You can apply it to your skin or eat it straight. Put it on toast or add it to salad dressings. Make sure not to use high heat with pure hemp seed oil because you will lose all that’s good about it.
4. Drink cannabis tea
Medical experts conflict as to smoking marijuana to relieve depression because the high might only promote psychosis. Why not infuse marijuana in cold or hot water and drink it instead? When you ingest marijuana, the THC does not go straight to your brain. Instead, it goes through your stomach and liver and introduces on 10 to 20 percent of THC to the bloodstream.
Cannabis tea can be an effective depression treatment, according to research. Neuroscientists found that endocannabinoids levels are reduced by chronic stress which is a major risk factor in depressions. Cannabinoids in marijuana can restore endocannabinoid levels and relieve depression.
5. Make cannabis edibles
Do you find yourself counting sheep, reading a boring book, or just tossing and turning at night because you cannot sleep? Try eating an edible for dessert. Food items like brownies, cookies, and other treats have been infused with cannabis and used for as a treatment for ailments like insomnia.
Cannabis edibles or simply “edibles” are usually made from the cannabis flower which is less potent than the bud. The flower is cooked for a long time over low heat. Edibles contain highly concentrated cannabis extracts so they can have more powerful effects. Cannabis is known for causing psychedelic and even psychotic-like symptoms, but the THC in cannabis can also act as a sedative in small doses. This is the reason you need to be very cautious of how much edibles you eat.
While the debate on the medicinal use of marijuana continues, individuals who do not get comfort from pharmaceutical drugs have started turning to marijuana. Because not all states have recognized the benefits of marijuana, some people self-treat with marijuana at the risk of getting penalized.
If you find yourself considering the use of marijuana as a natural remedy for what ails you, it is best to do a lot of research first. Consult your doctor if the hemp plant can indeed be a good alternative for your condition. Should it be so, then the next thing you must do is find out if medical marijuana is sanctioned in your location. The penalty for using marijuana may not be worth the risk, especially if there are other ways to treat your condition. Lastly, consider the most convenient way you can use cannabis. Would you rather ingest or inhale?