Daily Dose: Tips and Shares on Using Cannabis as Remedy Every Day Finding your daily dose of cannabis as remedy can be confusing and daunting if you have never used the plant recreationally. Those who aren’t used to the psychoactive properties of the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) typically consume too much, initially, often hindering them from being helped […]
Daily Dose: Tips and Shares on Using Cannabis as Remedy Every Day
Finding your daily dose of cannabis as remedy can be confusing and daunting if you have never used the plant recreationally. Those who aren’t used to the psychoactive properties of the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) typically consume too much, initially, often hindering them from being helped at all.
Anyone can get used to THC, that’s a fact. The mantra, “start low, go slow,” is a good rule of thumb to follow.
Within this continuing series, I’ll be speaking with some of the top influencers and educators in the space, asking how they use cannabis every day for remedy, and for relaxation via recreating – even though we know, that’s still using the plant as remedy.
For even the most ardent, 24/7 stoner is reaping benefits by merely smoking – vape or dab and you are receiving a concentrated amount of the beneficial compounds of the plant for what ails you.
Before I get into it with celebrities, I decided to share my own Daily Dosing with you to get us started.
Many may be surprised at the amount of daily deliveries I do that have absolutely no psychoactive properties – but, I’m medicating daily to replace a plethora of pharmaceuticals and supplements once needed for serious ailments, Thyroid Disease with menopause, chronic pain, and all the symptoms that come with each disorder.
My regimen really begins at night with an oil capsule I make myself, combined with chamomile. I also take a single chamomile concentrate capsule along with it. This is my main dosing, keeping cancer at bay, and all my ailments in check, including chronic sleep disorders from both Thyroid Disease and menopause.
Taking the oil at night gives solid REMs with a longer sleep time. Without the cannabis oil taken at night, I’m lucky to get four or five hours of light sleep, or wake up every two hours. Sleep as a significant healing tool is sorely overlooked. Taking a sleeping pill is nothing more than a warm blanket with no healing properties. Take enough of them and you may have a serious addiction to deal with.
When I wake-up after a good night’s sleep, I feel refreshed and ready to start my day. The chamomile aids with my hormonal depression, per a study found (link below), giving me a general overall feeling of well-being I didn’t have prior.
Smoking cannabis raises endorphins immediately. Per a study, smoking also raises the efficacy of anything else you are doing – whether it’s taking a painkiller (raises effectiveness of analgesics by upwards of 30 percent), or ingesting cannabis or other plant-based remedies.
I write in the morning, and since I was 16 I’ve known that cannabis helps me to focus, as I’m under the Autistic Spectrum with a processing disorder. Cannabis is my Ritalin. I don’t “bake” in the morning, but I will take a hit or two of flower to focus and get started. If I find myself antsy at the keyboard, or trailing thoughts, I take another hit to bring me back.
Education and paying attention to your ailments or disorders, and figuring out what works is key. Cannabis and other plant-based remedies are the most proactive remedy you can do; but, it takes knowing, being aware, and often, doing your own trials.
Since using cannabis oil to put breast cancer into remission six years ago, while simultaneously replacing up to ten prescription medications and supplements, I need to keep the beneficial compounds in my system daily as prevention.
Even if you’ve never used cannabis for cancer or have not replaced your pharmaceuticals, taking cannabis every day as prevention of infections, to lower inflammation in your body – which has all kinds of long-term ramifications in itself – is key to properly using one of the most beneficial herbs on the planet.
At the end of the day, I like to enjoy a tonic or cocktail with alcohol I’ve infused with cannabis and other beneficial plants. That said, I’m not a drinker, and have always preferred weed to alcohol.
My spiced rum is homemade with whole cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla, and more – with ground cannabis added; making a spiced rum drink divine. Since alcohol infuses in a cold process, there are no psychoactive properties (recipes on my website).
Infusing alcohol with cannabis also counteracts the negative effects of the alcohol, quelling the inflammation that can cause an upset tummy or headache, otherwise known as al hangover.
Important to note, I do not drink more than one or two tonics, giving me an additional dose of the plant at the end of the day. I actually feel better after having one of my tonics.
Dinner is often micro-dosed – a term coined by The Herbal Chef, Chris Sayegh, of California – using oils, vinegars, and other cooking stuff that’s been infused with cannabis and other beneficial herbs. Vegetables or meat can be marinated and sautéed with a micro-dose of infused olive oil; salad dressing can be micro-dosed using an infused red wine vinegar – steeped in a cold process, with no THC activated.
Throughout the day, if I have an upset tummy or other mild discomfort, I’ll reach for a light tincture, not an over-the-counter remedy. If I have an ache, bug bite, cut or bruise, I’ll use a cannabis salve, rather than a store-bought one. The tincture combined with using the salve works together in what’s called an “entourage effect.” Smoke for a top-off, and you’ll increase the efficacy of all.
The human body works the same for everyone, it’s what we do to it that differentiates our needs. Plants are accepted into our Endocannabinoid System in the same way for everyone, it’s finding your daily dose and sticking to it, that matters most.
For more information and recipes on Sharon’s deliveries, visit her website www.sharonletts.com Follow her on Instagram @sharoneletts linked to her Kitchen Apothecary page on Facebook.
For more information on Chris Sayegh, The Herbal Chef, visit www.theherbalchef.com
For more information on study showing increased efficacy with cannabis, visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22048225
For more information on cannabis and pain medications, visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569620/#B11