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Cannabis 101: The Helpful, Plant-Based “Bud” for Cancer Thrivers, Caregivers, and Supporters

Posted: April 18, 2022

Category:

Self-care

DURATION:

5 MIN

SUBCATEGORIES:

Mental Health

Sleep

Cannabis is the infamous plant that can’t catch a break, even when legalization is on the rise. But for cancer thrivers and their supporters, using cannabis products like CBD (cannabidiol) or marijuana can make the physical and emotional healing process a lot more bearable.  

Research has shown marijuana can ease many side effects of standard cancer treatments, including chronic pain, anxiety and depression, and nausea and appetite loss. The active ingredient in marijuana that makes you high is called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which has varying levels in cannabis strains. 

****Major disclaimer!!!!**** ⚠️ We are not medical professionals, and don’t recommend any of these products to ever take the place of medical treatment. Always consult with your healthcare team to understand how CBD and THC may affect other meds you’re taking.

We do know that cannabis is not recommended for those pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Secondly, cannabis products that contain THC (above 0.3%) are not legal everywhere for recreational use. Be aware of the local laws and regulations around THC in your area, especially for employment and potential drug testing. A medical card may be necessary in your state, which can be obtained with certain conditions confirmed by a doctor, such as cancer, chronic pain and PTSD, as confirmed by a doctor.

Okay, now that we’re clear on that, let’s dive into what makes cannabis a helpful plant-based “bud” for thrivers and caregivers alike. 

The Buzz on Cannabis: Benefits and Uses

Using cannabis products or smoking weed recreationally does not inherently make you a pothead. When used responsibly, it’s a way to find relief – or even better, a wellness routine. Let’s bust that stigma.

You can use cannabis to boost creativity, relax and relieve stress, socialize, increase energy, and even improve your focus. It’s been known to be a natural way to maintain a balance between your body’s essential functions like eating, sleeping, and healing. This is due to how the cannabinoids and terpenes react with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Regular cannabis users may even find they’re decreasing their use of alcohol, opiates, tobacco, and narcotics. Win-win situation! 

CBD + THC Usage

CBD and THC are both cannabis-derived properties, but they’re not the same. For example, hemp-derived CBD products typically include <0.3% of THC, which is the legal amount in the U.S. (aka doesn’t get you high). You can buy CBD products at your local grocery store now. 

THC is what provides psychoactive “trippy” effects. Marijuana has higher levels of THC, which vary among strains. The method of consumption, your body weight, and tolerance level will impact THC intensity

Ways to consume cannabis products include:

  • Vaporizers (“vape”)

  • Edibles

  • Flower

  • Prerolls

  • Topicals

  • Oil drops 

  • Capsules

  • Concentrates

Not into Trippin’? Try CBD

CBD provides excellent benefits without the high, and can help manage stress, anxiety, and pain, and increase sleep and libido. 👀  Here’s a breakdown of the three main types:

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