The face of the average cannabis consumer is changing. With states putting both medical and recreational marijuana laws on the books, the average user can be anyone: young, old, parents, co-workers, students, retirees and so on. Legal cannabis businesses are keeping up, marketing their products to veteran cannabis consumers as well as first time customers.
In the new market, the average medical cannabis patient is often left to read between the lines of marketing strategies, sometimes buying expensive products only to discover they’re not strong enough or not designed to fit their needs.
In reality, many patients would prefer their medical marijuana be packaged and labeled no differently than the ibuprofen from the pharmacy. For many, knowing the cannabinoid profile, including THC to CBD ratios, is just as important as dosage and potency information. A lack of product information and knowledge can leave some patients playing a guessing game.
For example, California cannabis producers aren’t required to provide testing information or “proof of potency.” As a result, the quality and potency of many products vary from batch to batch. While the Golden State has yet to establish a system for this, certain manufacturers are taking it upon themselves to self-regulate.
Care By Design, one such exemplary cannabis product producer, has undertaken the challenge of creating medical cannabis products with the patient in mind. Sublingual sprays from Care By Design, a form of cannabis concentrates called tinctures, come in a variety of CBD to THC ratios. No matter the specific ratio, each contains more CBD than most raw cannabis flowers.
Care By Design provides basic guidelines for finding the right ratio for your needs. As a general rule, smaller ratios tend to treat physical ailments, including pain (even neuropathy). Larger ratios treat mood disorders like anxiety and depression. The relationship between THC and CBD is biphasic; one ratio might alleviate symptoms while another might exacerbate them. Clearly, more research is needed to guide doctors and patients. In the meantime, you may have to try more than one ratio to see what works best for your needs. Thankfully, this company labels each of their sprays with not only the ratio, but the amount of THC and CBD in each spray and a manufacturing date. This will help patients who are familiar with consuming edibles to determine dosages by the milligram.
None of Care By Design’s cannabis sprays seem to be designed for recreational use. Even the 1:1 spray containing the highest amount of THC produced no noticeable high in me. Based on Care By Design’s suggestions, I decided to stick to the lower ratios since my symptoms tend to involve pain (migraines, headaches and sciatic pain).
Best Ratios for Me
For tension headaches, the 2:1 and 1:1 ratios worked well. I tried keeping it to two sprays but when a migraine kicked in, 3-4 sprays of the 1:1 worked much better for me. Muscle aches and sciatic pain also responded to 4:1, 2:1 and 1:1.
In terms of dosing, this is a very discreet way of medicating. The onset of relief is not quite as rapid as vaporizing or smoking, but it was quicker than eating an edible. What’s more, I have a fairly accurate idea of how much medication I’ve consumed, whereas I often lose track of how many hits I’ve taken from a vape cartridge. The taste is typical of cannabis tinctures, but without any added flavors.
I like to keep the spray under my tongue for as long as is comfortable so that the medication can absorb into the bloodstream a bit faster, which I think is the main benefit of a sublingual application (method of consumption). After the initial 1-3 sprays, it took about 30 minutes to really feel the pain relief and the effect lasted no more than 5 hours. I didn’t experience any of the typical cannabis side effects: no increase in appetite, dry-eyes, dizziness or altered thought patterns. The 1:1 certainly has a muscle-relaxing quality and an overall feeling of wellness, so I’d recommend keeping physical activity to a minimum.
For anyone who suffers from chronic conditions like pain, feeling “normal” is a gift. While I respect the recreational effects cannabis can offer, having medication that can simply make me feel like myself again is the ultimate goal. These High CBD Cannabis Sprays from Care By Design will fill a void in my medicine cabinet. I’m ecstatic that a company has taken the time to consider the needs of the medical patient and I hope they inspire other companies to follow suit.
Meanwhile, I’m grateful to feel normal.