Whether you are looking for cannabis for medical reasons or to enjoy recreationally, there are some truly beautiful options out there.
As a patient myself, I use a plethora of products to help with anxiety as well as chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain. As far as my own treatment, I microdose and I layer. Meaning, I take small doses of different medications at different times. I also combine these treatments with meditation, yoga, exercise, and a balanced/healthy diet to really amp things up.
For me, using medical cannabis is a form of self-care, medicine, and maintenance.
Here are some of my personal must-have medicinal cannabis products.
Spectra Complete 6:1 Spray
The most common ratio you’ll hear is 1:1. Meaning, one part CBD and one part THC. The two cannabinoids together can create a perfect tag team to help manage pain, sleep issues, anxiety, and a host of other human conditions.
It is also known as the entourage effect.
Now, this here little tincture above is actually six parts CBD and one part THC – in other words, it’s a 6:1. High in CBD (non-psychoactive compound) and very low in THC (the compound that induces a high).
Tinctures are used to administer medications under the tongue, sublingually.
Pineapple Express Flower by. Cresco
Pineapple Express is a solid hybrid go-to. It’s balanced, chill, and euphoric as well.
Another suggestion: if you’re a new patient to the program and cannabis – don’t go smoking flower like you would a cigarette. One, maaaaaybe, two smaller dose inhalations will induce effects swiftly.
Banana Kush Flower by. Progressive Treatment Solutions (PTS)
Here is a perfect strain to help create calmness and ease under stressful times.
BK is an indica leaning hybrid that has come in handy during stressful times. It induces a calm effect along with space for clear-mindedness and focus. It’s not always an easy strain to get your hands on, so if you see it in flower, I highly suggest you grab a gram or so.
Mango Sativa Gummies by Wana.
If I am looking for something a touch more euphoric and energizing (aka for a night out) – I’ll microdose with Wana’s mango gummies. They are not only delicious but effective as well so I usually will eat half of one piece, about 5 mg.
I love taking one of these in lieu of over-imbibing. It’s one of those fun gummies that you’ll get some good giggles from and won’t have you dragging in the morning.
Another benefit of cannabis – no hangover.
Kiva Espresso Bites by. Kiva
Ok. If I could only ever buy one edible ever again, it’d be Kiva’s cannabis-infused Espresso Bites.
These balls may be small, but they sure can deliver. Similar to the effects mentioned above (euphoric/energized/night-out shenanigans/no hangover) these are my all-time favorite. They are also freaking delicious, so remember to only start with ONE. I repeat, have one, and wait. They are 5mg each, but they can sneak up on you.
Mango Fruit Goobies / Indica by. Revolution
Aka. lights out / time for bed. These goobies are no joke and can be heavy hitters. A little can go a long way.
Some sound advice from my budtenders, start low and slow. These are 25mg each (100mg in a package) – I take 5mg myself.
Pro tip: keep a journal, notes on your phone, or spreadsheet of what works for you, how much works, and what doesn’t work for you.
Mindy’s Blue Raspberry Indica Gummies by. Cresco
These gummies are another great option when on the hunt for some Zzzz’s.
As usual, I go for 5mg (half of one 10mg edible). And here’s a pro-tip when it comes to gummies: suck on them, don’t gobble them up and swallow. The longer they’re in your mouth, the faster the cannabinoids will be delivered into your system.
Mary’s Medicinal 1:1 Transdermal Patch
I couple of months ago my shoulder and neck were in a bad way so I decided to give this transdermal patch a try. Within an hour of slapping it on the inside of my wrist, my pain was beginning to subside and I was feeling able to move on with my day without wincing the entire time.
These patches can be on the stronger side, so I’d suggest cutting them in thirds, to begin with. Maybe a half if you have a higher tolerance.
Reserva Privada Liquid Live Resin by. Cresco Reserve
This cartridge is absolutely divine. It’s smooth, tastes wonderful, and helps simmer down anxious feelings leaving me feeling at ease, focused, and happy.
Oh, and creative. It’s now my writing buddy.
As with all things in life, it’s a lot of trial and error.
I’ve learned over time what works for me and what doesn’t.
I am so excited to share my love for Illinois’ medical marijuana program with you all – please reach out with questions, I’ll do my best to help and if I don’t know the answer, trust that I will find out.
For more information on the Illinois Medical Marijuana Program, go here.
For more information on the Opioid Alternative Program, go here.
UPDATE: Illinois is now RECREATIONAL!!! Hooray!!! Enjoy responsibly!