With Canadian cannabis legalization on the horizon, there is a lot of talk about the dangers of cannabis - driving high, restricting access for children, or not overdosing on edibles. What about the benefits? Very little information has circulated on the medical benefits of topicals and sublinguals with non-intoxicating effects.
The number one question we get from a new user is “will this get me high?” Many people do not want any mind-altering affects and we are here to reassure you that it is possible to use cannabis and not have that. Whether it was a bad experience in youth, or a build-up of societal stigma over the years, many individuals have not considered cannabis as a natural health and wellness product. As the stigma fades, you are seeing people flock to their doctors to learn more about medicinal cannabis and get a recommendation to purchase from a Licensed Producer in Canada. According to Health Canada statistics the individuals across Canada with a prescription/recommendation to purchase medicinal cannabis has gone up 140% from Sept 2016 - Sept 2017. Currently 235,621 Canadians hold a prescription/recommendation. There is extremely high uptake in Alberta with 91,150 registered patients, ranking second amongst provinces in the country.
The exciting part of recreational cannabis being legalized is that there will be more availability for over the counter products for those who may want to use cannabis for health and wellness but don’t require a prescription. Topicals and sublinguals can be used every day by any person and they can see an immediate benefit. Like taking a vitamin, putting on lotion for dry skin, or applying muscle rub for sore muscles after a workout, cannabis products can be used daily. Consumers can be assured that the products are safe and reliable due to Health Canada’s strict regulations and protocols for lab testing.
Topical applications and sublingual oils are a perfect way to “dip your toe” into trying cannabis products. There are no harmful effects of smoking, and the application method is very easy and common to other products you probably use in your everyday life. Cannabinoids like Cannabidiol or CBD, is becoming more well known for its anti-psychotic properties and its ability to reduce inflammation and calm anxiety. CBD can even counter the effects of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant, reducing the paranoia or anxiousness some experience with high THC strains. We know CBD won’t get you stoned, but one little known fact about topicals is even when THC is an ingredient, it also will not get you high. In order for THC to give you the “high” it needs to react with your CB1 receptor in your brain. Topical applications are localized and don’t absorb into the bloodstream, therefore it will not interact with the brain. Sublingual oils do interact with your brain, but that is why CBD has been researched as an alternative to Prozac and other anti-anxiety and depression pharmaceuticals. It has many properties that mimic those drugs while having little to no side-effects.
A liquid or solid preparation for cosmetic or external medicinal use; healing ointment.
There is evidence of cannabis being applied topically for thousands of years in many different cultures around the world. Kanabé brings new innovation to this form of remedy with a commitment to quality and safety. Our product line will soothe painful joints, sore muscles, and cramping, or can even be used for sexual pleasure!
THC is a powerful analgesic, which is why medical marijuana patients use it for some heavy-duty pain. When in the form of a topical, it is rubbed locally on pain points and absorbed into the skin. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Bringing inflammation down can help reduce pain. These two heavy hitters from the cannabis plant are the most common in cannabis products, but they are certainly not the only medical compounds of the plant. CBN, CBG, THC-v, etc. are all cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant at varying potencies. Some are psychoactive, and some not, so an individual can tailor their cannabis experience to the specific cannabinoid profile found in a particular strain or product.
No matter your viewpoint on cannabis, it is likely we all have one thing in common – we have all experienced pain at some point. Tweaking your knee on the basketball court, painful joints from arthritis, menstrual cramping, headaches from working at the computer, neck pain from carrying a heavy bag, we’ve all experienced some discomfort that we probably popped an over the counter pain reliever, used a muscle rub or another herbal remedy. Think of cannabis as an alternative remedy, and cannabis topicals a kind of medicated muscle rub.
Administered orally, most commonly under the tongue; a solution of a medicinal substance.
Kanabé has a line of oils purposed for oral consumption (sublingually). Based in MCT coconut oil, there are two application methods: a dose-controlled spray, and a tincture bottle dropper. Depending on the cannabinoid profile, these oils can be used to soothe anxiety, insomnia, or inflammatory/autoimmune disorders.
More research needs to be conducted and we can look forward to tax dollars from the legalization of cannabis to go towards just that. The more we know the more we can make educated decisions towards our own personal health and wellness and not be swayed by the propaganda of the 1930’s “reefer madness” campaign. The campaign is laughable by today’s standards, inducing fear that marijuana users would quit school and commit violent crimes like murder and rape. There have been no reported deaths caused by cannabis, and there is nothing to suggest it is physically addicting. When cannabis is taken down to the molecular level, it’s components are found in many of the pharmaceuticals we use today.
Cannabis today isn’t the bad experience you had smoking a joint when you were 18, today with innovation and technology you can make the experience what you want and pick the cannabinoid profile almost like ordering off a menu. It isn’t “one size fits all”, every person is different in their molecular makeup, and what they are looking for from the plant. What do I want to experience? What area do I want to treat? Cannabis comes in many different forms, with many different applications and uses. Topicals and sublingual oils are just two of the methods that are seeing a rapid increase in use in US states that are legalized. They are applications that are easy and safe to use if you are unsure. No need to learn to roll a joint or hit a bong. Do you know how to apply lotion? Take a capsule? Cook with or eat oil? Use a bottle dropper? The unfamiliar may be more familiar than you realize. Cannabis products for health and wellness are the future, a natural alternative for pain, anxiety, and skin conditions.
All the benefit without the high.