Will I get “high” using your topicals?
The majority of people and limited studies say that there is little way for any significant amount of THC to enter the blood stream to get you “high.” Our experience, and those that have used our products extensively, also have experienced ZERO psychoactive effects.
How are Thera-Cann products / Topicals different from all the others out there?
Well, for a number of reasons. First we created out products for ourselves. Dealing with our own pain was our initial concern.
We tried a number of other topicals, but they just didn’t help. We were in a place where we could add all the THC we wanted until we got to where we were feeling serious relief. What we found was that significant amounts of THC were needed to really effect the changes we were looking for.
We then “standardized” those amounts so every batch would have the same amount of THC. From there we developed our products using other ingredients that were tried and true, some of them have been used for thousands of years. Some of them are: Arnica, Calendula, Eucalyptus, Shea and Cocoa butter, Beeswax Camphor, Menthol, Cedarwood Oil, Wintergreen, Peppermint, and more.
How do I know your topicals have as much THC as you say they do? It sounds like a lot.
Actually it is a lot, but that is why it works. Ok, so this is how we figure it. First we do a double extraction of the THC in oil, this takes about two days, with a lot of filtering, etc. We then send it off to a lab for testing. Once we get the results back we do the math as follow, for example: The reading we got from the lab was 37.5 mg of THC per 1 Ml of oil. We wanted to standardize at 15%. So 15% of 60 ml (size of the jar) is 9 ml. We then multiply 9ml of extract x 37.5 mg THC = 337 mg THC. Then we fill out the remaining balance with the other ingredients. Our label states “300 mg THC” so actually we are a bit over. That’s pretty much the formula for all the topicals. This example is for our Healing Salve. It is more complicated for the Tinctures, but basically the same.
What are your topicals good for and what’s the best way to use the different ones? And … do they really work?
We have lots of personal experience with our topicals. Like we mentioned earlier, we developed them for ourselves. Personally have used them on back pain, neck and shoulder pain, foot pain and headaches. (Yeah, we are older and have all those, and yes they do work.) We have friends who have quite serious problems with arthritis in their hands and told us that they have never felt so much relief so quickly. A doctor friend of ours has been using it on his knees for many months. We have four different topicals with two different strengths, 10 and 15 percent THC extract oil.
The Green Jaguar Balm is based on an age old recipe using Menthol, Camphor and 9 more ingredients. With the addition of 15% THC extract oil, we believe we have one of the strongest pain relievers on the market, any market. It’s strong though and you CAN’T use it everywhere. You want to keep it away from your eyes and all mucous membranes. And always wash your hands after use. We and others, have used it for headaches by applying a small amount to the neck muscles at the back of the head. Exceptional for pain in the hands as well. It seems that the warming properties of Jaguar Balm bring blood to the surface which speeds its effectiveness. It contains: Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Menthol & Essential Oils of Camphor, Arnica, Calendula, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Cinnamon. The properties of which are too broad and far reaching to go into here.
The Soothing Salve has the same 15% THC oil but does not have the same heating qualities of the Jaguar Balm. The two have some overlap in terms of where they can be used. The Salve is great for larger areas like backs, shoulders, knees, hands, neck muscles. You get the idea. For serious and deeper pain (back pain for example) you might try heating the area with a towel or wash cloth then apply the topical. (You probably don’t want to do this with the Jaguar Balm) This opens the pores and allows more of the pain relieving agent into your cells and the CB1 receptors. For pain that has a deeper origin, as in the lower back or shoulder muscles, several applications can add extra relief. You could just wait until you feel they’ve been absorbed then apply again. In addition to the THC it contains: Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Essential Oils of Calendula, Arnica, Tangerine and Himalayan Cedarwood. The Shea and Cocoa butter help transport the ingredients into the skin while the Arnica and Calendula help in healing. (See below) And new studies show that the Cedarwood can help with the inflammation of Arthritis.
The Hand and Body Lotion with 10% THC oil is perfect for larger areas, lower and upper back, legs, feet and ankles etc. It’s in a base of hemp seed oil which has a high concentration of linoleic and linolenic essential fatty acids necessary for the production of strong cell walls. This lotion also has—in addition to THC for pain and anti-inflammatory response—Arnica, which according to Dr. Andrew Weil has been used for “Bruises, sprains, soreness and swelling/muscle spasms from sports activity; arthritis set off by seasonal change; general muscle and joint pain.” And Calendula which also according to Dr. Weil is good to treat “Skin irritations, rashes (including diaper rash), eczema, chapped skin or lips, acne, minor burns.” One version has a natural scent the other is unscented.
The Body, Bath and Massage Oil, also with 10% THC, is great for all over pain and over exertion. It’s wonderful after a hot bath, shower or sauna, when your pores are still open. After working too hard or working out too hard you will feel like a new, less pained person. In addition to a number of different oils we’ve added Grapefruit Seed Oil which is believed by aromatherapists to be a spiritual up-lifter. It also eases muscle fatigue and stiffness and is sometimes used as a natural toner and cellulite treatment. It’s also reputed to ease nervous exhaustion and relieve depression. And Lemon Grass is an excellent anti-depressant. It tones and fortifies the nervous system and soothes muscular nerves and pain.
Have there been any studies on the topical use of THC?
As far as we know, very few. There are however a lot of anecdotal examples. Testimonials about our topicals can be found here: http://thera-cann.com/testimonials/ And this one study here. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23889474/?i=2&from=mari
What about dosages in your Tinctures? Why do I need to know about Mg and Ml (Milligrams and milliliters)?
Well, “dosage” is a very loaded concept. See our About page for a full explanation. But suffice it to say there is no way to tell what a “dosage” is without knowing the exact strength of a given medication. Whether it’s a capsule, tablet, spoonful or an ounce. Every medicine on the market shows how many Mg. (Milligram) are in a specific measured quantity. Just like a vitamin C tablet, you wouldn’t buy vitamin C that said one “dose” would you? That could be 60mg or it could be 500mg or even 1,000 mg. Cannabis is no different. And actually, given the strength and impact that cannabis can have, it’s that much more critical that you know what the strength is.
Saying a bottle of a given Cannabis medicine contains 1, or 10 or 30 doses, depends upon many specific factors, all of them vary by individual, mostly based on weight, age, tolerance, history of use, food in one’s system, etc. An average dose is generally somewhere between 5-15 mg. per “serving” but again this depends on many factors. Our tinctures let you know how many Mg are in one Ml. (Milliliter). For example, our Emerald Mist has 450 mg of THC. This comes out to 15 mg. of THC per each Ml of tincture, or thirty – 15 mg doses in a bottle. Now by taking it slowly you can learn what works best for you, and just as importantly, if you need to continue its use, you can keep track of how many Mg. you need to take to achieve the desired effect, and over what period of time. And the next bottle you purchase will have the same effect for the same amount used. No guessing.
Our HIGH CBD Tincture has a 1:1 ration of CBD (Cannabidiol) to THC, with a total of 450mgs Cannabinoids, 225 mg of CBD and 225 mgs. of THC.This combination and ration have been found to be useful for numerous conditions, including inflammation related illness, anxiety, stress, to be neuroprotective, and anti-spasmodic, to help with diabetes and much more. (See Below) and here: http://www.projectcbd.org/news/how-cbd-works
What else is THC good for, other than the traditional “high”?
There is no simple description of all the things Cannabis is being used and tested for. Some of the links at the bottom of this page will lead you to some of the myriad of uses. Cannabis, and its over 85 different cannabinoids and over 120 different terpenes is turning out, most probably, to be the most beneficial medicinal plants of all time, dating back to the Chinese Materia Medica of 2637 BC, written by the Emperor Shennnong, almost 5,000 years ago. On a side note, it is the incredible complexity of this plant that lead many in the field of medicine and herbalism to logically believe that whole plant extracts are, and will continue to be, much better “medicine” than that which the pharmaceutical companies are and will continue to manufacture.
Steep Hill Labs sums it up here: “THC is well known for being strongly psychoactive. Of all the scientific discoveries that have been made about THC, probably the single most important was how THC enabled scientists to discover the existence of the Endocannabinoid system in vertebrate animals (including humans): a critical part of physiology that, up until then, was unknown. THC has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments and disorders including pain, tumors, nausea and ADHD.
What’s the story with Cannabidiol – CBD? What is it really good for?
From Steep Hill Labs: Cannabidiol is “non-psychoactive” (in that it does not produce the euphoria, time dilation, or anxiety normally produced by THC) and has been shown to be extremely valuable in the treatment of seizure disorders such as MS and Epilepsy. Its lack of psychoactivity makes it ideal in treating children, the elderly and patients that prefer to remain clear headed and focused. CBD is often as effective as THC in the management of pain and tumors. CBD also lowers blood sugar, and has been used in the treatment of Diabetes. CBD has a calming effect, and is useful in the treatment of stress related disorders and sleep loss.
For in depth information and studies you can start with Project CBD – pioneers in the area. http://projectcbd.org/
They have an extensive explanation and many links.
Or you can start here. “How CBD Works” http://www.projectcbd.org/news/how-cbd-works
And this from BEYOND THC. http://www.beyondthc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Bornheim-Studying-CBD-.pdf
Here is a good video on CBD.
Can you tell me the difference between THC and CBD and why they should be taken together?
A tale of Two Cannabinoids
About Sativex and the 1:1 CBD to THC combination (Compare to our High CBD 1:1 Tincture)
Why is CBD medicine more expensive?
CBD rich strains are infamous for being low yielders. On average we’d say they yield about 1/4 to 1/6 the amount of a high THC strain. This means that 4 to 6 times the space must be allotted to growing a high-CBD strain as compared to a high-THC strain.
Why don’t you put “CBD oil” in your topicals?
From PROJECT CBD we quote the following- “Unlike psychoactive THC, CBD has little binding affinity to either the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptors. Instead, CBD indirectly stimulates endogenous cannabinoid signaling …”
We believe that while CBD and THC are good for easing pain when taken internally, the fact that CBD has about 100 times less affinity for the CB1 and CB2 receptors lead us to believe, as well as our own experimentation, that CBD in topicals have very limited application for the topical treatment of pain. It is most likely that the action of THC on the CB1 receptors found in the peripherally nerves, account for the pain relieving qualities of topically applied THC based lotions. The topical application might also act on CB2 receptors, but this is unclear at the moment.
Additionally much of the “CBD oil” on the market is made from imported and drawn from Industrial Hemp plants, a good deal of this oil comes from China, a source with a less than stellar reputation for purity, though Canada also supplies CBD oil.
This kind of hemp oil is going to be very different than the balanced, medicinal, whole-plant based medicine we grow and produce. There are many contributing factors that make CBD and THC therapeutic, not the least of which are the turpines that are an integral part of the whole Marijuana plant. See this link from Steep Hill labs for a complete picture of the component parts that make up this therapeutic plant.
How do you know your products are pure and safe?
While quite a number of larger “manufacturers” are forced to rely on outside sources for their raw materials, we grow all of the plants used in the manufacture of Thera-Cann products. We are thus able to insure clean, quality materials from start to finish. We will never be able to produce thousands of bottles of anything, but what we do produce will be of the highest quality. Because we can and do control aspects of production, and we use all our products ourselves.
Are your products tested?
We have tests done on a regular basis by Steep Hill Halent Labs and Pure Analytics. Raw material, flowers, etc. are tested for potency, mold and pesticide residue. (We don’t use any “pesticides” on our plants that are not certified for organic use, and rarely are they needed.) Additionally, our tinctures and oil extracts are tested by them as well. We will soon post test reports online for you to view.
What about Cancer and Cannabis?
This is a video on YouTube about Cancer and Cannabis
There are many places to look for information on Cancer and cannabis. You can start with some of these links. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2806496/
Prostate and Colon Cancer
Do you have any interesting charts?
Well sure, here are two from the most prominent testing labs.
What about more studies and case reports?
What about some organizational / informational links?
A gateway to everything from the good people at O’Shaughnessy’s
Any interesting video links?
Marijuana and Human Health – Historical and Current Use of Cannabis as Medicine.
What is CBD?
Sanjay Gupta – Weeds.