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THC & CBD Capsules

Our THC and CBD gel caps can provide you with the benefits of consuming cannabis without the risk factors associated with smoking it. Conditions like pain, sleep disorders, anxiety and depression, cancer, arthritis and headaches are some ailments that can be effectively treated with our gel caps.

These easy to swallow and smoke-free options provide a manageable vehicle for the medicinal chemicals to enter the bloodstream and deliver potent treatment favorably. The cannabis plant has several hundred chemical compounds, some of which are cannabinoids, and these are the chemicals that bind to receptors in the body and affect the brain and immune system. When cannabis is eaten rather than smoked it also produces a stronger and longer lasting effect on the human body. Our THC and CBD gel caps are a valuable medicine, and produce some of our most powerful testimonials, but the dosing aspect of it can be challenging. 

Please feel free to ask questions and work with our member services team to find a level that’s right for you. 


Vaporization

This method usually involves using an electric powered device that blows heated air through the herbal cannabis which releases the therapeutic molecules found in medical cannabis (cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids) in a vapor that can be inhaled directly into the lungs for quick passage to the circulatory system where they can then be used by the body where needed.

The advantage to vaporizing is that there is no combustion, meaning the medical cannabis is not heated enough to burn thereby avoiding the carcinogens found in all smoke. Although even smoking heavy amounts of cannabis daily is not associated with lung cancer, it is best to smoke only when necessary. Asthmatics use vaporizers to inhale cannabis vapor that dilates the airways in the lungs without the need for regular steroid use.

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Cannabis Tincture - vancouver

Cannabis Tincture

In a base of grapeseed oil, or some other fat-based liquid or alcohol, cannabis (which has been decarboxylated or activated by being carefully heated in the oven for a time) is soaked for at least 7 days and the cannabis is then strained out of the liquid leaving a tincture of activated cannabinoids.

When dropped under the tongue, the cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes of the inside of the mouth. This brings a much quicker medicinal effect, allowing the patient to properly titrate their dose. Tinctures can be added to drinks as well, however, that means the cannabinoids must go through the stomach and liver first, delaying the onset of the medicinal effect and increasing the potency of THC as described above in the food and drink paragraph. Tinctures can also be made from glycerine for those who cannot tolerate alcohol. Cannabis tinctures can be taken orally, and applied topically to sore joints, muscles, wounds, lesions, etc. with generally impressive results. We are aware of local medical cannabis patients who use a small, twice daily dose of tincture to open their airways and can generally avoid using steroid-based inhaler medications.


Topical Cannabis

This is an exciting, and historically traditional, method for applying medical cannabis to the exterior of the body. The therapeutic cannabinoids are infused into ointments, salves, skin patches/bandages, poultices. This method allows the local stimulation of your body’s own cannabinoid receptors at a specific site on the body. Great for treating inflammation in muscles, joints, and cartilage and even speeding the healing of broken bones.

 One popular method involves making a re-usable cannabis skin patch from cheesecloth and activated cannabis used in the process of making infused olive oil. These patches can be applied on multiple occasions to the body and continue to be effective at speeding healing and reducing pain and inflammation due to the heavy concentration of cannabinoids present in the patch. In between applications they can be stored in a plastic bag in the fridge. Cannabinoids have potent anti-microbial and anti-fungal activity which helps keep the bandage re-usable and clean for multiple applications.

 Generally, topical cannabis preparations are not made with the cured buds people usually associate with medical cannabis. Instead, the leaves and stems of the plant are used, which contain more non-psychoactive cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD), which have a wide variety of medicinal effect, but no psychoactive effect or “high”. There are some oinments made with cannabis buds that have shown great promise for treating skin cancers, burns, intense local pains, cuts, swelling, arthritis, and abrasions which do contain amounts of THC.

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Cannabis Juicing

Juicing raw cannabis buds and leaves is an interesting way to ingest medical cannabis with potent medicinal effect but little to no psychoactive effect. In raw cannabis the psychoactive cannabinoid THC is in acid form THCA (tetrahydrocannabolic acid), which means that when taken into the human body the THCA molecule will not fully bond with a CB1 receptor, because of this it is not able to fully stimulate a psychoactive effect but has potent medicinal effects. 

Also, because one is not heating the cannabis the other therapeutic molecules (terpenoids and flavonoids) that are destroyed at temperatures that convert THCA into it’s psychoactive form of THC, are left in place to exert what most believe is a synergistic effect working with THC, CBD, CGC, CBG, CBN. According to Dr. William L. Courtney, MD and Kristen Peskuski ofCannabis International this raw, unheated cannabis, when juiced, derives a medicinal effect 200-400 times greater than traditional heated cannabis.

Please feel free to ask questions and work with our member services team to find an option that’s right for you.


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