I’ve had the unfortunate experience of witnessing what long-term use of conventional painkillers can do to the body. Seeing people suffer from liver disease, kidney infections and permanent damage to the digestive system due to long-term use of over-the-counter medication is a reality. This doesn’t even include prescription medications, of which we are currently experiencing an epidemic of abuse in this country.
These medications are often used to treat common conditions. Almost everyone has used ibuprofen or acetaminophen to treat a headache or muscle pain after a workout. Some people need them regularly to treat arthritis or chronic pain conditions. As a dancer, I’ve had a long history of using ibuprofen to treat pain consistent with physical overexertion. The fact is, its effectiveness leaves a lot to be desired. You still need to treat swelling and stiffness due to inflammation, and ibuprofen only goes so far.
Care By Design, a medical cannabis company in California with a reputation for giving back to the community and producing consistently dosed, high-quality products has disrupted the medical industry with their CBD Rich Sublingual Sprays. They currently offer five of these concentrated cannabis tinctures, designed to be sprayed under the tongue, with different ratios of CBD (cannabidiol) to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) — 1:1, 2:1, 4:1, 8:1 and 18:1. Each ratio is formulated to treat different symptoms and conditions.
What I’ve found with using Care by Design’s 1:1 CBD (cannabidiol) Rich Sublingual Spray is that it can treat all of the symptoms I commonly suffer from (pain, inflammation, stiffness, soreness) more effectively than any other medication available to me and with no side effects. While it may seem extreme to use a cannabis product in place of an OTC treatment, I’ve discovered it treats a wider variety of discomforts, some of which I’d given up on trying to treat and instead have been forced to cope with.
A balanced ratio of two cannabinoids, CBD and THC, working together synergistically in a process known as the entourage effect has the best of both worlds for my physical discomfort. With CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation and THC’s ability to reduce the sensation of pain, it covers the spectrum in treating the various causes of pain. Combined with rehydration, balanced electrolytes and the right diet, my recovery time after a rough workout is hours, not days.
A dose of two sprays every 4-6 hours is enough to keep me relaxed. If I need to be more focused, I can switch to a 2:1 ratio that will keep me comfortable and alert.* If I’m particularly dehydrated or have an empty stomach, I like to use this spray in combination with food and water. It results in time-released relief rather than a shorter burst. As with other sublingual sprays, I hold them under my tongue and swish it around my mouth before swallowing. The veins and thin skin under the tongue allow the active ingredients in the Care By Design CBD Rich Sublingual Sprays to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster.
I’ve previously mentioned how lower CBD to THC ratios have treated some of my other ailments, and that’s what I like about lower ratios: they treat a wide variety of common conditions. A 1:1, 2:1 and 4:1 will all treat my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and calm my nerves without the strong high I get from my favorite cannabis strain. However, I still reach for the 1:1 more often when pain is involved. When pain is acute, I think the THC calms some of the reactions my body has to pain, like increased blood pressure and anxiety. If IBS is my main concern, I can switch to a 2:1 or 4:1 and leave the high for a later time (and keep my THC tolerances low).
There’s a lot to think about before using any cannabis product on a regular basis. More data is surfacing on how cannabis can treat chronic pain, which backs up my experiences in using Care By Design’s CBD Rich Sublingual Sprays. Someday, I hope someone makes a “sampler pack” of CBD ratios since there can be trial-and-error in finding the right ratio. And as CBD is biphasic, different ratios treat different conditions, so you may find a couple of different ratios have a place in your medicine cabinet. Because of this, consistency and quality are the main priorities in choosing a CBD product, and Care by Design has established a dedication to both.
*Please investigate how cannabis-based substances affect you before performing any activity.