Intro to CBD for Veterans

What is CBD and how can veterans benefit through using it for medicinal purposes? How does CBD interact with THC in the body? What are some of the most popular strains with the highest doses of CBD and what are their medicinal uses? Continue reading to learn more.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in cannabis that has been proven to have many health and medicinal benefits. Unlike the THC cannabinoid, CBD produces no psychoactive effect to the user. This makes CBD a great alternative to certain opiates and pharmaceuticals for veterans, as well as others looking for relief from pain, anxiety, psychosis, PTSD, depression, physical pain, inflammation, and other conditions without feeling “high”.

When THC and CBD work together

Aside from the psychoactive properties of THC, there are some notable differences between the two cannabinoids available on markets nationwide. Some of these differences are explained in detail in our earlier article THC or CBD, What’s the Difference?, today we get to find out a little bit more about CBD.

CBD and THC are said to be most effective when consumed simultaneously. Some studies suggest that CBD enhances THC’s painkilling and anti-cancer properties while counteracting the psychoactive properties of THC. CBD has also been shown to help fight potential side effects brought on by too much THC, such as anxiety. According to Project CBD one patient described using both CBD and THC together as “Relaxing but not intoxicating.”

Best low-THC, high-CBD strains 

Marijuana Break collected research to compose a list of the five most popular strains of high CBD cannabis. These strains along with their dosage amounts, effects, and best medical use are as follows:

  1. ACDC- ACDC is a strain that is very high in CBD with about 20% CBD at its highest and a decent range of .42%-6% THC, depending on the farm which the plant was grown (check with your local dispensary and consult with your doctor or physician to find a level that is most comfortable to your tolerance of THC). Although this strain of CBD cannot be found easily in oils, it can be used to treat inflammation, migraines, anxiety, neuropathy, arthritis, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, and to help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.
  2. Charlottes Web is possibly the most popular strain in the media. It was an important case in the legalization of CBD products, specifically for its use in stopping pediatric seizures due to Dravet’s syndrome. This strain has up to 20% CBD and virtually no THC, usually around 0.03% CBD, allowing Charlottes Web to be sold as a food supplement in some places. In addition to its uses against seizures in children, Charlottes Web is used as a remedy to migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, and arthritis.
  3. Ringo’s Gift has been found to have up to 20% CBD as well, with an average of about 1% THC. There is a mild cerebral high. This strain is used to treat chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, stress, PTSD, and muscle spasms.
  4. Harle-Tsu can be found with up to 22% CBD and less than 1% THC. This strain is energizing and motivating and is often used to combat PMS, PTSD, migraines, depression, inflammation, and insomnia.
  5. Harlequin, a strain for those looking to begin treating their symptoms with THC in addition to CBD. This strain has the highest level of THC from the strains mentioned on this list. The most potent dose this strain is found in is 10% CBD and 5% THC. It is commonly used for chronic pain, depression, inflammation, migraines, PTSD, and stress. Harlequin is a great strain to use in order to wean off pharmaceuticals.

Check your state’s laws regarding the use of medical marijuana for veterans and make sure to consult with a qualified physician before making any decisions about self-medicating.

How is CBD consumed?

There are four ways of consuming or using CBD for medicinal purposes.

  1. Inhalation: This method is recommended for adults with smoking or vaping experience since you have to inhale the CBD. When inhaled, the compounds are released into your lungs which allows the CBD to enter the bloodstream quickly. This process bypasses the liver; making it the most efficient method of consuming CBD. CBD oils can be purchased for use in a commonly sold vapes.
  2. Topically: Creams, lotions, shampoos, soaps, moisturizers, and salves are made. Though since they do not enter the bloodstream the CBD works only on the uppermost layer of cells, which is great for centralized pain relief. CBD is also sold in shampoos to strengthen hair, body creams for moisturizing skin, and face masks to treat acne. 
  3. Sublingually (under the tongue): CBD oil, tinctures and concentrates which can be administered by placing the extract under the tongue. By placing the CBD extract under the tongue, the compound is absorbed by the bloodstream, which allows the relief to occur swiftly. Whatever remains is swallowed and digested naturally, which means that this method can have both immediate and long-lasting effects.
  4. Ingestion: Possibly the easiest way to consume CBD is to ingest it through gummies, tea, cookies, or any other edible food or drink on the market. Ingesting the concentrated oil entails that the CBD will be processed by the liver and later be released into the bloodstream. Any relief will come about 30 to 45 minutes after ingesting the CBD, sometimes the process can take even longer depending on your digestive system. 

In a future article, we go in-depth and learn more about the multitudes of ways that CBD can be ingested, including some tasty foods, snacks, and beverages for you to try at home – such as CBD-infused coffee and wines.

As part of the veteran’s community, we here at the U.S. & Latin Veteran Support Embassy can and look forward to answering any questions you may have about medical marijuana for veterans. We can work with you to possibly provide financial assistance to veterans and their family members.

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