Cannabidiol (CBD) has the ability to treat a number of different symptoms from dozens of unique illnesses. Hundreds of thousands of people have chosen CBD to treat their conditions. There are numerous methods of using CBD, each of which have different on-sets and durations. This leaves us with the question: How long does CBD take to kick-in and wear-off?
Methods: Time from Start to Finish
There are several different methods of using CBD, all of which are highly effective. Every person has a unique preference, but no matter what method you choose, you can find relief with CBD. CBD differs from THC in the fact that it does not provide psychoactive effects, meaning you can use it at any time of the day. It will not make you drowsy or loopy. Below you will find the on-set times and duration of effects for each method of use.
Vaping & Smoking: These methods takes less than 10 minutes to kick-in. The effects from vaping and smoking usually last for a few hours. Vaping & smoking offer total-body relief.
Edibles: This method takes a little bit longer to kick-in, approximately 30-90 minutes. Edibles have longer-lasting effects, usually lingering for about 8 hours. You will feel the effects of edibles all over your body.
Suppositories: You’ll typically feel the effects within 15 minutes. Similar to edibles, the effects from suppositories can last up to 8 hours as well. Suppositories are used for quick, intense, total-body relief.
Topicals: Effects from CBD-infused soaps, lotions, and salves can be felt within 10 minutes of application. Usually, they will last for just a couple of hours. Topicals are a good choice for isolating muscle, joint or nerve pain.
Tinctures: This method also takes effect quite rapidly. It can be felt within 10 minutes and typically last for a couple of hours, as well. You will feel the effects from tinctures all over your body.
How Long Does CBD Take to Kick-in and Wear-off? It might not matter to you, but it’s good to know so that you can get relief when you need it!
Choose the method that is right for you. Do you need fast relief or can you wait a little longer? Do you need the effects to last for a longer period of time or wear off more quickly? Are you comfortable smoking or would you rather consume CBD orally? No matter what you choose, you can find relief with CBD.
One of the most popular products on the medical marijuana market today are edibles. As the industry continues to grow, cannabis infusions are also becoming more popular. While you can purchase premade edibles from dispensaries across the nation, more people are beginning to venture out and create their own cannabis-infused recipes.
A cannabis infusion is the end result of the process of infusing another product with the flavor and aroma of cannabis. Unlike extracts and concentrates, infusions are made specifically for cooking and baking. They are usually more diluted than extracts and concentrates as well, however, they are still quite strong (as far as effects go).
Why & Who
Cannabis Infusions are a good alternative to smoking. You will still enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana, without the risks associated with smoking. If the patient is a child, infusions are a potential, lower-risk option. Keep in mind that the effects of this form of medical marijuana take longer to set in, last longer once they do, and are typically quite strong. If this is your first time, start slowly, with a low-dose.
Cannabis infused edibles are also the tastiest option. THC infused Edibles are an excellent option for night time treats, as they can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It’s important that you choose the right strain for you and your medical needs, as each will have a different effect.
2 Main Strains
THC is the most well-known compound found in marijuana. It produces the mind-altering, sleep-inducing effects. It’s used for: stimulating appetite in cancer patients undergoing chemo and radiation, calming anxiety, suppressing spasms associated with Parkinson’s disease, and more.
CBD on the other hand is a close second to THC in its popularity. This compound can actually counteract and lessen the effects of THC. CBD will keep you more alert and focused, making it a great choice for day-use. It is used to treat illnesses such as Crohn’s Disease, PTSD, MS and many more.
If you choose to make a cannabis-infusion, at home, there are a few simple steps you need to take. First off, it’s important for you to know that cannabis typically needs to be infused with a fatty-base. This doesn’t just mean butter, although butter is the most common for baking, but other popular options for cooking are olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, or bacon fat.
NOTE: This is where we want to point out that cannabis edibles do not have to be sweets (brownies, cookies, candies…) You can turn any healthy food into a cannabis infusion!
1. Grind flower or whole plant, whichever you prefer, into small pieces. Avoid grinding the cannabis too fine, as you will have to strain it later.
2. Combine the flower with your choice of fatty-based product, over a low heat. The two most popular ways of cooking a cannabis infusion is in a slow cooker or a saucepan.
- If you choose a slow cooker, turn the temperature to low and heat for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
- In a saucepan, you’ll also want the heat on low, but you’ll cook for 3 hours and you’ll need to stir it frequently.
- Heating the cannabis infusion will allow decarboxylation to take place. This is the process where all of the special cannabinoids “come to life”. A low heat will also keep it from burning and destroying the medicinal properties. Keep in mind that the oil should never rise above 245 degrees fahrenheit.
3.Once the heating process is complete, strain and enjoy! If you have leftovers, (which you most likely will) they will typically keep for 2 months. Refrigerating the product can make it last, even longer.
Cannabis comes in a variety of different flavors. Terpenes, or the aromatic compounds, of the plant are largely responsible for these flavors. You can find cannabis in flavors including, but not limited to:
Think about the flavors that would pair well with the food that you plan on making. For instance, if you’re going with a fish dish, you may want to use a lemon-y strain. If you’re making chicken, choose a spicier strain and pair it with spanish rice. You can also make cannabis-infused salad dressing with olive oil and a sweet or earthy strain of marijuana. The options are endless!
If you’re a Florida resident suffering from any of the illnesses above, or feel you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, set up your free consultation today. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, or schedule your appointment ONLINE.
As of 2018, 30 US states and DC have legalized medical marijuana in some way, even while it remains against federal law. Only a handful of these states (Florida being the most recent) including DC, have legalized smoking medical marijuana.
It’s a huge win for the states that have already legalized medical marijuana. It has the ability to treat and heal so many different illnesses and symptoms. However, we must ask the question, “Why is smoking medical marijuana still taboo, when every other way of using it is perfectly acceptable?”
How Consuming Medical Marijuana Edibles Affects You
In order to feel the effects of eating medical marijuana edibles, you’ll have to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. This is because it takes time for the cannabinoids to be metabolized by the liver. The liver converts the cannabinoids into a metabolite that easily crosses the blood-brain barrier. This results in a much more intense high.
It’s much more common to overdo it when eating edibles when compared to smoking. Many first time users will only wait a few minutes, not feel anything, and then eat another serving or two. As a result, the delayed effects will come on much stronger than anticipated. It’s extremely important to wait the recommended amount of time.
There are many people that claim eating edibles is much safer than smoking. There are pros and cons to each, however, when consuming edibles regularly, you may want to choose healthier food options. Many times edible medical marijuana comes in the form of cookies, brownies or candy. Obviously, consuming foods like this on a regular basis could be bad for your health. You could try adding cannabutter (cannabis infused butter) or cannabis infused coconut oil to salad dressing, coffee, hummus or any other healthy option. It doesn’t always have to be in “sweets”.
How Smoking Medical Marijuana Affects You
By smoking, you are giving the cannabinoids a direct pathway to your brain. You will feel the results almost immediately, making overdoing it much less likely. Usually the effects of smoking medical marijuana will subside within an hour or so.
Questions have been raised as to whether or not smoking marijuana is safe, or healthy. Many state and federal lawmakers that are against the legalization of medical marijuana argue that smoking should remain illegal because it “may be dangerous”. Inhaling smoke of any kind comes with the risk of irritating or inflaming the respiratory tract. It’s important to note that no medical treatment is without risks.
The biggest issue with legalizing smoking medical marijuana is that it can be difficult to standardize and/or administer doses, properly. To date, there has not been extensive research, however, cannabis does offer some anticarcinogenic effects which may counteract any potential carcinogenic byproducts.
In summary, the United states is heading in the right direction. Every person in need of relief should have access to this incredible drug. Any medication that you take is going to come along with side effects. Medical marijuana has so many benefits to offer with even less risk than most federally approved drugs (no matter which way you use it.)
Luckily for Floridians, we will soon have full access to medical marijuana. On June 5th, 2018 the smoking ban was officially lifted. Flower is coming to Marijuana Doctor!
Are you a Florida resident in need of relief? Call Marijuana Doctor today, at (786) 224-4005 to schedule your free consultation with one of our highly qualified physicians. You can also book online or stop into one of our 12 Florida locations.
There are two primary forms of Cannabis: Flower and Concentrates. In this article, we are going to address the pros and cons of each of these forms of cannabis in order to help you better understand the differences between the two.
The cannabis flower contains approximately 480 natural components, making it extremely rich in natural medicine and nutrients. Because the flower is unprocessed, the patient will reap the benefits of every one of these components. Israeli researcher, Raphael Mechoulam and his colleagues, have said that when all of these components work together the therapeutic effect is significantly greater than if one was to be isolated.
The flower form of medical marijuana is less expensive, making it more accessible to patients in need. With that being said, the cannabis flower can require the use of expensive equipment (vaporization equipment). Another potential downside is that it takes more time to prep and process in order to make it edible. The flower does not have as long of a shelf life as concentrates do, either. Probably the biggest negative to the flower form of medical marijuana is that it’s harder to get high doses of CBD. Patients with certain symptoms may need something stronger.
Concentrates come from the processed cannabis flower. They are condensed extracts of the essential oils in the cannabis plant. These concentrates are much more potent than the flower, making them a great choice for people in need of more intensive therapy. They are often thought of as purer to inhale and don’t require expensive equipment. Concentrates are much easier to add into drinks or food, as well.
One of the downsides is the fact that cannabis concentrates are more expensive, often making it difficult to find affordable, high quality product.
“As a Marijuana Doctor patient, you will have the ability to obtain these high quality products at an inexpensive price.”
Due to the processing routine, concentrates can sometimes lose a portion of the beneficial compounds that the whole flower has to offer. They can also contain more impurities which can cause problems for patients with compromised immune systems.
Full-extract cannabis concentrate is the most popular choice for patients as it not only contains both THC and CBD but also beneficial terpenes. These terpenes enhance the medicinal, therapeutic effects.
Choosing which form is right for you
In summary, medical marijuana in flower form can offer relief to a wide range of patients. Because the flower is unprocessed, you take in the benefits of all components (THC, CBD, etc…) It’s a popular choice for those suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, depression, anxiety and more.
Cannabis concentrate has the potential to isolate a certain component, making it an excellent choice for medicinal use. Being able to isolate CBD allows the patient to reap all of the healing benefits without experiencing the high. Likewise, you can choose to get a higher dose of THC, as well. Some patients prefer to ingest their medication instead of inhaling it, which is why they’ll choose a concentrate.
Not sure which form is right for you? Speak with one of our qualified physicians, today.