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Why New-to-Cannabis Users Need to Try CBD for Pain Relief

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If you haven’t tried CBD for pain relief before, it might be just the treatment you need—whether for acute or chronic pain. Unlike THC, CBD is the compound in cannabis that promotes a relaxed feeling and natural pain reduction. It does not get users “high,” and it is not an addictive substance. The primary reason anyone should consider CBD for pain relief is to enjoy a fuller life without the dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Unlike opioids, CBD is not addictive and does not have dangerous side effects for the vast majority of users (of course, it is technically possible for someone to be allergic to just about anything, though this is very rare with CBD).

Even non-opioid painkillers can be dangerous, such as Tylenol, which can cause kidney damage when taken regularly. New-to-cannabis users should work with their doctor and a qualified dispensary in order to make sure they get the right CBD and dosage for their needs.

Some patients who are new to CBD might worry about having a “low tolerance” or building up a tolerance with CBD usage, but it seems that CBD works a little differently than other products that lead to tolerance.

Tolerance and CBD

Tolerance occurs when someone has to increase the use of a product in order to get the same, original effects. Tolerance is not indicative of dependence or addiction, both of which reference the compulsive use of a product. Tolerance also doesn’t mean a person “needs” a certain level to feel what they consider as normal.

It’s perfectly normal for tolerance to happen with just about anything, and it can stem from a variety of levels including cellular, metabolic, and behavioral. It’s well-known that people who take THC can build up a tolerance, and it sometimes occurs in an uneven manner based on each individual’s physiology.

THC tolerance occurs mostly at the cellular level. This is because THC binds to CB1 receptors in the brain. This binding happens over and over; the cells attempt to reverse the effect in order to achieve regular CB1 activity. These attempts are made via desensitization and internalization.

However, CBD tolerance doesn’t work like this and some studies show CBD does not lead to an increased tolerance. Plus, CBD affects the endocannabinoid system differently than THC, which further reduces the odds of tolerance. This means that a new cannabis user who exclusively uses CBD won’t have the “best” results the first few times they use it. Instead, they can enjoy all the benefits of CBD for pain relief without ever worrying about building up a tolerance and having to use (and spend) more.

Maximizing Cannabis for Pain Relief

Combining cannabis with other natural, non-addictive options for pain relief can maximize the benefits. One of the most common pairings with CBD is kratom, which is derived from a tree located mostly in Southeast Asia. Many people say that the effects of kratom are similar to the “good” effects of opioids (such as mild relaxation and pain relief) without the same risk of addiction or dangerous side effects.

In decades past, kratom used to be chewed, was used in cooking, or was brewed in tea. However, today it’s usually in pill form or crushed to be smoked. Even though kratom is not an opioid, it’s still considered a controlled substance, so it’s important to follow kratom capsule storage best practices if you have children in the home.

Kratom is mostly used for pain management in the western world today, but it also has various effects depending on the dosage. For example, very low doses actually increase energy, and some people use kratom in lieu of coffee.

Pain Management for Life

A primary reason many new cannabis users seek out both CBD and kratom is because they are rightly concerned about the risks and long-lasting effects of pharmaceutical medications. Everyone will experience pain at some point in their life. In fact, back pain is the leading cause of disabilities in the U.S. and around the world.

Pain can get in the way of your daily life, prevent you from working, stop you from hobbies you enjoy, and generally reduce the quality of your life. With chronic pain especially, which is common with back pain, you need and deserve a treatment that will work for life. Taking pharmaceuticals such as opioids is simply not an option for long-term use.

For those who have never tried any form of cannabis product before, you’re living in an unprecedented era where you have legal access to guaranteed products that are high quality and safe. Working with your doctor and a recommended dispensary will ensure you get the right CBD products for you, and you can always try various strains to test the results. Many dispensaries also offer kratom, and you can get advice from an expert on how to use the two alternatively or in tandem.

Just because a lot of people have pain, or you’ve been dealing with it for a long time, doesn’t make it “normal.” You can reclaim your life without unnecessary risks by exploring the vast world of CBD products and kratom. Those who are new to cannabis are pleasantly surprised by how accessible pain relief can be without needing to depend on costly or high-risk medications, and they find that CBD and like products can easily integrate into any lifestyle.

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The State of Cannabis in Washington State: Things To Know in 2021

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The Pacific Northwest is well known for its beautifully lush landscapes, crisp apples, fresh air, and progressive lifestyle/health views. Being the only state named after a United States president(George Washington), Washington is a place many happily and willingly call home or their sanctuary.  

In terms of other well-knowns, Washington state was one of the first to legalize cannabis for recreational use nearly a decade ago (2012 to be exact). As long as you are 21 years old or older and reside in the state, you can privately partake in the consumption of cannabis without any legal ramifications. This has been an appeal to many across the country, with some actually moving to the state for this reason.

In 2021, and with the dawn of a new administration in the White House, marijuana looks to have a very bright few years ahead. We’ve already seen an emergence of pot stocks and hometown dispensaries budding up all around the United States and the rest of North America, and that only looks to continue into the near future.

If you’re in the mood to finally take the leap into using cannabis, now could be a great time to learn more about this wonderful plant and its many healing and rejuvenating properties. 

What is it used for mainly in 2021?

Cannabis was once thought only to be good for “getting high.” There has been a plethora of scientific research giving us a better understanding of this miracle plant. It has been used to treat Cancer, Epilepsy, Seizures, Glaucoma, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In 2021 after a rough 2020, many have been using it as a healthier way to indulge at home, protecting themselves from the ongoing pandemic. Instead of frequent alcohol consumption, there has been a larger shift towards the consumption of cannabis as it has been stated to be less harmful to vital organs like the heart and liver. Alcohol also creates a lot of inflammation within the body, whereas cannabis reportedly fights inflammation. 

Best places to buy it in 2021?

The best places to purchase your cannabis are from state-licensed retailers in Washington. Purchasing weed through private means(aka black-market) is still illegal and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to do your due diligence when seeking reputable dispensaries as there are “pop-up shops” that claim being licensed but are not, and purchasing from them could result in a hefty fine or even jail time. 

Per WeedMaps, Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess up to:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana, or 85 grams;
  • 48 ounces, or 1.36 kilograms of marijuana-infused products in solid form;
  • 1.69 gallons, or 6.4 liters of marijuana-infused products in liquid form, or; 
  • 21 grams of marijuana concentrate.

Washington state cannabis Legislation in 2021

As far as growing and cultivation of marijuana for personal use, this is still illegal. Washington cannabis laws are more liberal than other states, but there are still many restrictions, such as not being able to consume it in “public view”. The most notable push in the cannabis space in Washinton state is a bill for home cultivation.

Conclusion

Washington is a great place to visit and, for many, is one of the best places to call home due to its stance on cannabis consumption. With 2021 being a year of progression, it looks like the state of cannabis in Washington will only continue to shine.

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Topical CBD for Pain: Does it Even Work? [VIDEO]

Carissa Stevens

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CBD is now known all over the world as a pain reducer and an anti-inflammatory substance. The most common ways of consuming it is by taking it orally or through smoking or inhalation. Now, this video will further explore the effectiveness of topical CBD for pain.

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CBD and Inflammation – Morning Marijuana News [VIDEO]

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CBD and Inflammation

Inflammation is our body’s natural response when it is being harmed. However, severe or prolonged inflammation can be debilitating. This is where CBD comes in along with its proven anti-inflammatory properties. This video gives us a better idea on how exactly CBD fights inflammation.

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