Cannabis in the
Cannabis has a long-standing history in the herbal apothecary, and after decades of being shunned, it's time clinical and folk herbalists alike welcome her back in.
Working with Cannabis is much like working with any other medicinal plant - she can be steeped, infused, and tinctured. By understanding the key characteristics of various cannabinoids, and how to obtain them, herbalists have the ability to create an assortment of products in their home apothecary.
Topicals consist of lotions, salves, and bath products that are used externally.
Topical applications can be formulated to administer a wide array of cannabinoids. These cannabinoids react with CB1 and CB2 receptors in your skin to fight inflammation, suppress muscle spasms, and provide pain relief.
Standard topicals, such as lotions, do not enter the bloodstream and are typically non-psychoactive. Certain applications of hydrotherapeutic cannabis may increase epidermal permeability resulting in psychoactive effects.
Topicals are ideal for treating arthritis, muscle/joint stiffness and pain, spasticity, mastitis, headaches, menstrual symptoms, and skin conditions.
As rich as Cannabis' historical use as medicine is, so is its use across ancient cultures in ritual and shamanistic practices.
From the ancient germanic pagan belief that the Goddess Freya lived in the leaves of the Cannabis plant, to the teachings of Shiva, Cannabis is undenialably a plant that works on physical, mental, and spiritual planes.
Tinctures, teas, infused honey, and indulgent treats all fall under this category. Edibles are a great way to deliver a sustained level of cannabinoids throughout the entire body.
When THC passes through the liver, its active compound converts from delta-9-THC to delta-11-THC, which produces a stronger and longer-lasting psychoactive effect.
Edibles are ideal for: gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, neurological disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD, spasticity, and pain.