An issue coming to the forefront as a result of high potency medical marijuana use via these new delivery systems is the rising level of the patient's tolerance to the medicine (THC). It is important to understand that when a medical marijuana patient smokes a high tested marijuana bud, they will administer between 80 and 200 mg of THC to the brain instantly thus creating a potent psychoactive effect, while delivering a very low dose of CBD's and CBN's. Administering the marijuana in this manner (smoking), the patient needs to take 3 to 5 good hits to relieve their symptoms, thus receiving 600 to 1000 mg of active THC directly to the brain with a comparably low level of CBD's and CBN's. This creates a serious challenge as the patient's tolerance level continues to increase with use.
Medical marijuana patients know that if they smoke that much medicine and do so on a daily basis, the body becomes immune to the effects of THC, leaving their lungs tired and the body's natural receptors saturated and dull. Soon the patient must stop smoking the medical marijuana for a couple of days to lower their tolerance level... and then it all starts all over again.
The only way to extend the medical marijuana effects is to vary the genetic strain of the marijuana bud which is smoked. Thankfully Colorado has over 80 different strains of high potency medical marijuana to choose from, but over time the body becomes immune to the effects of smoking marijuana as a medicine and the patient's lungs may suffer from the effects of over smoking.
Our ability to study and analyze the medicinal effects of the marijuana plant has shown that real curative healing comes from a balanced ratio of THC, CBD's and CBN.
THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol)
The Biochemistry of Marijuana
The major active components of marijuana are a family of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. There are over 60 different identified cannabinoids, though only a handful have been closely studied. As a family cannabinoids have remarkable medical properties. Researchers have found cannabinoids to have wide ranging effects from psycho-activity, pain and nausea relief to anti-inflammatory, cancer inhibition and antibacterial activity. Cannabinoids are effective because they mimic natural neurotransmitters – the chemical messengers between cells – that act in the human brain and throughout the body. As this BBC special on Cannabinoid Receptors clearly shows:
The different cannabinoids, whether ingested or inhaled, interact with the body in complex ways. Some compounds enhance or inhibit the effects of others or help alleviate the side effects that one compound alone might cause. The mix of different cannabinoids in a particular sample of marijuana are largely governed by the plant’s genetics and maturity at harvest, while the total levels of cannabinoids are dictated by genetics and the overall quality of the growing conditions.
Here in Colorado the medical marijuana industry has surged to reach new levels as the development of Colorado Medical Marijuana Infused Companies results in amazing new products which do not have to be smoked. I have embarked on a quest to find the perfect match of THC, CBD's and CBN to be infused into an edible product or drinkable elixir-beverage. We have already seen that smoking marijuana is not an effective way to experience medical marijuana benefits due to the side effects and tolerance issues. After doing some research on the current leading medical marijuana products, here is what I found:
Peppermint Cups (sativa)
Made from all Organic ingredients;
This formula from Boulder's own Herbal Medical Institute infuses the healing properties of THC, CBD's and CBN with B complexes and D3 Vitamins including Mangosteen Fruit, 72 Ionic Trace Minerals, Goji Berry, Pomegranate and Blueberry into an elixir-beverage... THC 15mg, CBD's 1.6mg, CBN 0.2mg
Green Dragon PlusTM
This formula from Herbal Medical Institute has a unique delivery system. They have infused the healing properties of THC, CBD's and CBN with Mangosteen Fruit, 72 Ionic Trace Minerals, Goji Berry and Pomegranate, Blueberry and more... into a moderately powerful elixir-beverage. THC 50mg, CBD's 4.3mg, CBN 0.67mg
This powerful formula from Herbal Medical Institute combines the power of Mangosteen Fruit and 72 Ionic Trace Minerals (derived from seawater) with a high concentration of Cannabis essential oils. This elixir contains a maximum concentration of natural Antioxidants and CBD's designed for the treatment of serious health issues and chronic pain. THC 179mg, CBD's 16mg, CBN 7mg
After researching these and other medical marijuana infused products, I have concluded that Budda Bars currently offer the best balance of THC, CBD's and CBN in a natural edible delivery system. When I studied drinkable beverages I found that Herbal Medical Institute has created a patent-pending delivery system which naturally infuses a highly balanced mix of THC, CBD's and CBN into an elixir-beverage. Their blend of natural juice extracts with anti-oxidants and trace minerals shows their commitment to a higher level of quality medical marijuana
for more info http://herbalmedicalinstitute.com/