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5 No Bake Cannabis and CBD Energy Bites

Many people have discovered that eating regularly scheduled, micro dosed cannabis is the best way to reduce pain/stiffness and gain more mobility. These delicious 5 no bake cannabis and CBD energy bites are the perfect way to take your medicine. Why Make Edibles At Home? You can find edibles at your local dispensaries but they … Read more

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Many people have discovered that eating regularly scheduled, micro dosed cannabis is the best way to reduce pain/stiffness and gain more mobility. These delicious 5 no bake cannabis and CBD energy bites are the perfect way to take your medicine.

Why Make Edibles At Home?

You can find edibles at your local dispensaries but they usually have a very limited selection and I find the doses (for myself at least) are too high. The THC containing edibles currently available at the dispensaries near me include mints, chocolate bars and gummies. Occasionally they get in other treats and bakery items such as rice crispie bars, muffins and brownies. But it’s very difficult to dose a 75 mg brownie or a 100 mg muffin especially if I’m taking microdoses of 5 mg or less. CBD edible options usually include gummies and occasionally tinctures.

I have yet to see an available edible that contains both CBD and THC. This is one of the main reasons why making your own edibles at home is an important for those looking to use cannabis for chronic issues. You are in charge of which strains are used. Want more CBD? You can make it like that. Want a higher/lower CBD/THC ratio? You can create an edible that suits your own needs.

Tip On Taking Edibles?

Edibles will affect you differently than vaporizing/smoking. It takes longer for the effects to kick in (about 1 to 2 hours) but the effects will also last longer. Generally the effects of edibles can last from 2 to 6 hours. The effects from vaporizing/smoking last about 1 to 3 hours. For those looking to use edibles for medical reasons the longer lasting effects of edibles can really help you make it through the day.

The effect from edibles is also generally stronger than vaporizing/smoking. Most people tend to feel the mental effects of oral cannabis stronger than other methods. Keep this in mind. If you end up taking too much cannabis orally the high that you might get will last longer. This can lead to feeling very uncomfortable for longer than you anticipated. Remember to go low and go slow. Take the lowest dose you need and wait at least 2 hours before deciding to take additional doses.

Why Make Edibles Other Than Brownies?

The traditional “pot brownie” is the first thing that comes to mind when people think of edibles. The bitterness of the chocolate and the sweetness of the sugar can mask the green/herbal flavor of cannabis. But, if you are making your own canna butter or oil, you aren’t limited to just brownies. Canna butter will have a milder, less herbal flavor than adding dried flowers directly to a recipe. This allows you to use it in a wide variety of items including those that are healthier for you.

One of my favorite ways to take my MMJ is through quick, no bake items such as Energy Balls. They can be whipped up in just a few minutes and require no added wait time once done because you don’t need to bake them. I use a mini ice cream scoop to make sure that each ball is the same size so my doses are consistent. You can easily measure them out by the tablespoon to get similar results.

Here are some energy balls or energy bite recipes that I have enjoyed in the past. While some are cannabis containing recipes others are not. To create a cannabis containing energy bite simply add your dose of canna butter or oil to the wet ingredients. Make sure that it’s well mixed in to ensure that you don’t end up with some bites containing more cannabis than others.

Coconut Raspberry CBD Energy Bites

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These bites are so pretty and taste great! Bonus points for being able to swap out the freeze dried raspberries for any other freeze dried fruit you may have in your local store. Use your needed amount of canna butter or oil to replace some or all of the coconut oil listed in the recipe ingredients.

CBD Cookie Dough Truffles

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These cookie dough truffles will remind you of sneaking bites of your favorite chocolate chip cookies before they have been baked. Swap out some of the coconut oil in the recipe for your desired cannabis oil.

Wondering how much cannabis oil to use? Then check out this post for some information on calculating the dose of CBD/THC in your canna butter/oil.

Sweet and Salty Energy Bites

These No Bake Sweet and Salty Energy Bites are a super easy edible to make #edibles #cannabisedible #energybites #CannabisNurseMA

Crushed pretzels add a bit of crunch as well as the salty taste that goes well with the sweetness of the almond butter. You can easily use peanut butter in place of the almond. Add a bit more sweet and include a tablespoon or two of mini chocolate chips to the mixture.

No Bake Brownie Energy Bites

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If you are going to make brownies then you may as well make these little bite sized brownie energy bars. Not only are they the perfect size for an individual dose but they don’t contain tons of sugar. Dates provide some of the sweetness needed and also helps to give the energy bit its dough like texture. You can roll them in plain coconut or, if you have some available to you, try using toasted coconut. Both are delicious.

Blueberry and Lemon Energy Bites

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Dried blueberries are delightfully sweet and go perfectly with the lemon flavor. The recipe calls for 2 to 3 drops of lemon essential oil. But if you don’t have some on hand then you can add about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract to the mix instead. Mix your cannabis butter in with the honey before adding it to the dry ingredients.

If you are looking for a way to take your regular cannabis medicine dose and want an easy to make recipe then give one of these no bake energy bars a try. You can double or triple the batch and store them in the refrigerator.

Got an easy, no bake edible item that you use for dosing your cannabis medicine? Why not leave a comment below and let others know some of your favorite items to make.

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Can Your Diet Help Reduce Your Chronic Pain?

Your diet can help to reduce your chronic pain! In the past chronic pain sufferers have had few options to help reduce their pain. Some have had good results with physical therapy or alternative healing methods such as acupuncture. Most fall into a daily schedule of using medication to combat chronic pain. If you are … Read more

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Your diet can help to reduce your chronic pain!

In the past chronic pain sufferers have had few options to help reduce their pain. Some have had good results with physical therapy or alternative healing methods such as acupuncture. Most fall into a daily schedule of using medication to combat chronic pain. If you are a chronic pain sufferer there’s a good chance that you too use a variety of medications to help with the pain. These might include anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, narcotics and even anti-depressants.

We now have another option to include in our arsenal for treating chronic pain….THC and CBD. Check out this post for more indepth information on using cannabis and CBD to help with your pain.

But did you know that you can also improve your pain relief through diet?

It’s true!

What is chronic pain and can cannabis help relieve it?

What Is Chronic Pain?

    

   

How Does The Keto Diet Help To Reduce Chronic Pain?

The keto or even a low carb diet can help to reduce chronic pain in two ways:

First it helps to reduce the inflammation that leads to chronic pain. Less inflammation means less pain. For those who are just starting down the path to experiencing chronic pain it can help keep the pain that they are currently experiencing from getting worse.

Second it helps to reduce the pain levels you are currently feeling.

For those eating what is known as the Standard American Diet or SAD they typically include foods that are high in carbs including highly refined grains and added sugars, high in pre-packaged foods and low in vitamin and mineral rich vegetables, fruits and minimally processed foods. Type 2 diabetes is on the rise and many people are suffering from various metabolic illnesses that can affect their pain levels.

 

What Is A Metabolic Illness?

Metabolic Illness or Metabolic Syndrome is a group of conditions that often occur together and can include high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, excess weight and high blood lipid levels such as high cholesterol and triglycerides. People with metabolic syndrome have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

They also often have chronic pain issues from arthritis, diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia. Excess weight can cause more wear and tear on joints leading to pain. But metabolic syndrome also contributes to high levels of inflammation in the body which in turn affects the small nerves in the skin. This is a common side effect found in diabetics and is called diabetic neuropathy. Metabolic syndrome also appears to be associated with experiencing increased pain sensations like those found in fibromyalgia.

By following a keto or low carb diet you can help reduce the excitability of nerves which in turn helps to decrease the pain you are feeling.

How Does The Keto Diet Help To Reduce Pain Caused By Inflammation?

What you eat affects your body and, in turn, can create a cyclic that causes or increases pain.

When you eat carbohydrates (which turn into glucose/sugar so the body can use it as energy) insulin is created to help get all that sugar into your cells so it can be used as energy. But if you eat frequently or eat high amounts of carbs then you will constantly have increased levels of insulin to deal with this excess sugar. Insulin raises inflammation markers.

These inflammation markers are an indication that the blood vessels that line your body are being damaged. When these small vessels are damaged it contributes to chronic disease and pain.

There are other sources that can contribute to inflammation in the body such as high stress levels, smoking and having a sedentary lifestyle. Some people even have a family history of chronic inflammatory diseases. But diet plays a big role in inflammation in the body. Thankfully there are things you can do to help decrease inflammation such as reduce stress, stop smoking and get more exercise. You can also change the way you eat!

During the keto diet your body uses fat instead of sugar (carbohydrates) for energy. Having high amounts of sugar in the body causes a cascading effect. If you follow the keto diet you will be using fat for energy which will lower insulin levels and stop causing inflammation.

A keto diet can help reduce pain levels #ketodiet #painrelief #chronicpain

 

How Does The Keto Diet Help To Reduce Pain Perception?

Pain signals are transmitted by the nerves. The keto diet does several things that helps to decrease the amount of pain you perceive. It was discovered that being in ketosis (a state in which the body burns fat instead of sugar for energy) helps to lower the activity of neurons. Have you heard of people with uncontrolled epilepsy being put on the keto diet to help them? They follow this type of diet because it decreases the activity of the neurons which then leads to them having fewer seizures. Pain signals also pass through these neurons and when the activity level is lowered people feel less pain.

If you are suffering from chronic pain then having more than one method to decrease the pain can be a huge benefit. Microdosing with CBD, THC or a combination of the two can provide pain relief. Changing your diet can also provide pain relief as well as decrease the amount of pain you perceive. A keto diet can be very beneficial to those suffering from chronic pain.

If you would like more information about the keto diet please stop by and check out these posts on our sister site:

Can the keto diet help with chronic pain? This is a more indepth post on the topic.

How to create healthy habits – If you are looking to make dietary changes then you may want to read this post about how to create long term health habits.

Everything you wanted to know about carbs when you are on the keto diet – Learn more about carbs here.

Delicious Keto Recipes – check out some of these recipes for the keto diet.

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Cannabis And CBD For Chronic Pain

My introduction to the use of medical cannabis (medical marijuana), as something being used for something other than getting “high”, was for pain relief. In 2012 voters approved the use of medical cannabis in my home state of Massachusetts. By 2015 the first dispensaries opened. At that time I had thought that the only medical … Read more

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My introduction to the use of medical cannabis (medical marijuana), as something being used for something other than getting “high”, was for pain relief.

In 2012 voters approved the use of medical cannabis in my home state of Massachusetts. By 2015 the first dispensaries opened. At that time I had thought that the only medical uses of cannabis was for the treatment of anxiety, uncontrolled seizures and to help reduce the tremors for those with Parkinson’s. I was not aware of other possible uses. It only when a family member was deal with chronic pain that I discovered that cannabis has many other uses.

For me, having someone I love in pain on a daily basis sent me searching for alternative solutions . All the usual medications were tried in order to provide some relief from the pain including anti-inflammatories, steroids (both pills and injections) and various narcotic as well as over the counter pain medications. Some had more effect than others. There were the hand splints and using hot/cold packs to help relieve the pain of hand arthritis. But the pain, stiffness and joint deformity slowly grew no matter what was tried. While researching other methods of pain relief I came across an article discussing the use of cannabis and CBD for chronic pain and so began my journey into the world of medical cannabis.

What is chronic pain?

What is chronic pain and can cannabis help relieve it?

 

Chronic pain is that continues beyond what you would expect for a particular illness or injury. The pain can continue on for months or even years longer than what is normally expected.

In 2016, an estimated 50 million U.S. adults were suffering from chronic pain and almost 20 million had high-impact chronic pain (chronic pain that frequently limits life or work activities). That’s a whole lot of people suffering in pain on a regular basis with over 8% of the population being in so much pain that it prevents them from working or performs activities of daily living. With that many people in pain is it any wonder we have an opioid crisis?

What are the effects of chronic pain?

For those suffering in pain their goal is to reduce the pain as much as possible so they can function and to avoid the side effects found with using pain medications. Not treating the pain has serious consequences including but not limited to the following:

  • limited ability to move

  • lack of energy/tiredness

  • changes in appetite

  • anger

  • depression

  • increased anxiety

  • suicidal thoughts

  • problems with sleeping

  • increased tension

  • increased blood pressure

And many other issues such as problems with jobs as well as causing relationship (and even sexual) issues. Chronic pain doesn’t just affect the part of the body that was injured. The consequences reach into every aspect of the chronic pain sufferer’s life.

What are conditions that can cause chronic pain?

Some of the leading causes for chronic pain include:

  • surgery

  • back problems

  • migraines

  • nerve damage

  • arthritis

  • infections

  • fibromyalgia

How can cannabis / marijuana help with chronic pain symptoms?

Cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain #cannabisforpain #medicalmarijuana

Cannabis plays two important roles in helping to relive chronic pain symptoms. First it can provide relief from the pain itself. Second it can provide relief from the side effects (such as nausea, vomiting or dizziness) of taking other drugs to assist with the conditions causing chronic pain, cancer and other conditions.

Use of opioid pain medications can cause many side effects such as nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, dizziness, constipation and shortness of breath. Taking large doses or mixing opioids with alcohol can slow down your breathing which can be potentially fatal. Let’s not forget the psychological as well as physical dependence that can occur from using them. Cannabis can help to reduce some of these side effects and even allow for the reduction of pain medications.

Many of the therapeutic benefits of cannabis are well known and medical researchers are discovering new things every day. While cannabis had been classified as a a schedule 1 drug (Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse) there are a variety of drugs currently on the market that contain synthetic versions of the chemicals already found in cannabis.

Synthetic Cannabis Drugs Currently On The Market:

Dronabionl/Marinol which contains synthetic Delta-9 THC and is used in the treatment of nausea and vomiting, as an appetite stimulant and as an analgesic for neuropathic pain.

Nabilone/Cesamet which contains a synthetic cannabinoid similar to THC and is used in the treatment of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.

Epilodex which is the first cannabis based drug that has just been approved for use for two types of seizures. The last article I read about this new drug is the average yearly price will be around $32,000 a year! Which is just insane when you think about the cost of cannabis.

So how can it be considered a substance with no currently accepted medical use if the pharmaceutical companies have produced medications that are supposed to have beneficial effects on the body from cannabis?

Legalized Cannabis By State:

Thankfully the states are catching on quicker than the federal government. Currently there are 33 states that have passed laws to legalize cannabis in some form. At some point I hope that the medical benefits of cannabis finally get the laws changed on a federal level.

Check out this interactive map to see state by state information on the recommendations of cannabis for medical use.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

When you go through school you are taught the systems of the body…..digestive system, nervous system, circulatory system, etc. But you don’t hear about the endocannabinoid system. Unless you happen to be a research scientist or have an interest in medical cannabis you probably would never hear about this body system.

In the 1990’s, while studying how THC (the component of cannabis that has mind altering effects) affects the body, the first cannabinoid receptor in the brain was discovered. A second receptor was later found in the immune system, digestive tract and in major organs and are linked to immune system functions and inflammation. Along with the receptor sites the cannabinoid like chemical, Anandamide was discovered. The Anandamide acts on the two receptor sites to help promote homeostasis (maintaining equilibrium) in the body. The ECS seems to affect all parts of the body including memory, movement, immune system health, sleep, appetite, inflammation, pain and more.

It’s thought that the endocannabinoid system plays some role in pain signaling. As THC and cannabis cannabinoids seem to perform in a similar manner to the body’s own cannabinoid like chemicals they end up affecting this endocannabinoid system and assist in regulating pain transmission or perhaps reducing the pain signals. This is why THC and cannabinoids found in cannabis seem to affect pain. These plant cannabinoids work on the receptor sites found in the body to help reduce pain and inflammation. The research into this system in our body and how external cannabinoids affect it continues and I imagine will continue for quite some time to come before we understand it better.

Does CBD Work For Pain?

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Yes CBD (cannabidiol) has shown that it provides analgesic (pain relieving ) properties. There are also other cannabinoids present in cannabis though in smaller amounts. These include:

CBN (cannabinol): this cannabinoid occurs naturally as the cannabis sits around and ages. It can potentially act as an appetite stimulant, pain reliever and sedative.

CBGA (cannabigerolic acid): this is the mother cannabinoid. It is the building block for the formation of THC-A, CBD-A, CBC-A and CBG. Notice how many of these cannabinoids end with A? These are the acidic variation of each of those compounds and through decarboxylation they become activated….THC-A becomes THC, CBD-A becomes CBD, CBC-A becomes CBC. The activated form is the form that is most useful to us.

CBC (cannabichromene): this cannabinoid may act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and anti-fungal and may even stimulating brain cell growth during neurogenesis.

These cannabinoids all contribute to the pain relieving properties of cannabis. As time goes on we may begin to see cannabis that contains higher amounts of these cannabinoids as growers produce more strains for those who are specifically looking for pain relief.

Should I use cannabis products with CBD or THC?

When used individually, CBD and THC seem to each affect pain in some way. However, people have reported that using a product that contains a combination of CBD as well as THC actually reduces pain even better when they are combined. The increased effectiveness of using the whole plant versus just individual chemicals is being called the entourage effect. In this case 1 plus 1 does not equal 2. In this case, when using the plant itself or a whole plant extract,  1 plus 1 equals 3!

For those worried about the psychoactive effects of THC studies suggest that CBD counters the effects of THC. Using a product that contains both CBD and THC will have less of a mind altering effect than a product that only contains THC.

What Specific Strains Are Best For Relieving Pain?

As cannabis goes main stream growers are creating new hybrids all the time.  With several family and friends who use cannabis to help with chronic pain I am often updated as to what is available at the local dispensaries. Dispensaries that have a strong connection to a grower, or are also growing their own cannabis, tend to have similar strains in stock on a regular basis. Others that purchase their stock from a variety of locations tend to have short runs (you find it once but it’s not there when you return and you may never see it again).

The names of the strains might also vary as each grower will cross various types of cannabis and then give their new cross a name. I can’t tell you what strains you might find in your own local area so it’s best to check out the dispensary menu to see what the chemical make up of the cannabis that is available to you. When searching out cannabis look for those strains that are high in CBD’s. If the strain contains THC it will often make up a lower percentage than the CBD in that strain. There are also some one to one strains (equal parts CBD and THC). Here’s a listing for flowers available at a local dispensary:

Looking for cannabis strains to help with chronic pain? Look for those containing a high amount of CBD such as this.
This particular strain is a hybrid that contains 15% CBD and less than 1% THCA (the precursor to THC). THCA is converted to THC when exposed to heat. Using this blend will most likely not cause any type of mind altering effects as the THC level is very low.

Here’s are two other strains that are available locally. They are found in vaporizer cartridges rather than whole flower. CBD Echo is a 3 to 1 blend of CBD to THC and Gorilla Lotus contains a 5 to 1 blend. As they both contain higher levels of THC it is anticipated that it may produce some of the affects that THC is known for when used.

Looking for cannabis strains to help with chronic pain? Here are two locally available strains in a vaporizer cartridge.

 

Check the dispensaries that are local to you to see what they carry in high CBD strains. Ask about the chemical makeup of any cannabis if it is not listed before you purchase to make sure that it will be beneficial to you. Don’t go by name alone as this does not necessarily indicate what amount of CBD/THC will be found in that particular strain.

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