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Re: Cannabis

Postby LCH » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:28 am

Wow. I live in a place where cannabis is not legal. I am stopping my 0.5 mg of pramipexole as augmentation is starting (I have been through this before, having been referred back to my PCP by the neurologist when he was out of drugs to try.) I do have some edible cannabis that I will be re-trying; my previous attempt was a too-stoned feeling. I really appreciate this forum and all the people who have posted their experiences. I will soon be making an upcoming visit to a "legal state", and the personal experiences and information about the THC-CBD balance along with the related terminology ("Our recommendation is to avoid the use of ‘indica’ and ‘sativa’ as it’s likely to create confusion in the marketplace. So far, there is no evidence to support this dichotomy as a useful tool for describing ancestry or chemical composition. We advise producers to describe the content of their product empirically with regards to cannabinoid and terpenoid content.") will be very useful.

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Re: Cannabis

Postby Rustsmith » Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:00 am

LCH, one of the issues with edibles is that too many people eat one, think that it isn't working, so they try more. Then when the combination hits, wham, they are too stoned. The trick is to go slow and realize that it takes an hour or two for edibles to kick in. The "normal" recommendation at the shops around here is 10mg of THC. I only use 5mg because I want it to keep me asleep. That level is worn off by the time I wake up, so the only time I feel stoned is the middle of the night bathroom breaks. On those, I have to be very careful not to stumble or fall (again).

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Re: Cannabis

Postby QyX » Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:18 pm

Yes, Steve is right. Very important to start slow and go slow and especially with edibles, it can take up to 4 hours for the full effect to manifest itself. When I started with Cannabis, 2,5 mg of THC consumed orally was already enough to make me super stoned for more than 12 hours.

If you are an inexperienced user, I would recommend vaping Cannabis and use strain that contains between 6 and max 12% THC until you have more experience.

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Re: Cannabis

Postby QyX » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:09 pm

Okay, finally new interesting facts, so time for an update. My health situation finally has improved in a significant way. Last week I was able to sleep 5 nights out of 7. I haven't been able to do this in over a year.

It turns out that a combination of different strains works best for me. Also the longer I use Cannabis, the more obvious it is to me that each strain affects me in a different ways, even when the THC and CBD concentrations are almost identical.

For example Bedrocan helps me to put my mind to rest while Pedanios 20/1 makes my body and my eyes tired. However without a low dose of CBD which I get from the Sativex spray I would not be able to fall asleep. The way I experience it, it seems that CBD acts like a little catalysator who boosts the hypnotic properties of Cannabis.

Since two days ago I also started using the brand "Bakerstreet", a indica strain that was recommended to me by some German RLS patient. All the Pedanios brands and Bakerstreet are imported from Canada while Bedrocan is imported from the Netherlands.

I did not have much luck with only using one strain.

When I wake up at night and can't go back to sleep, I use Bedrocans. Other brands did not work for me in this scenario.

I think this emphasises how different the response to a strain can be and that just because one brand / strain doesn't work for you does not mean others will either. All the brands I use are high potent strains, containing 20 to 24% THC and less than 0,1% CBD.

The CBD I take comes from the Sativex spray (approx 7,5 mg) and CBD oil I take from time to time.

Overall I am very grateful to have access to Cannabis because without it, pain management alone would be a huge issue.

When it comes to sleep, I don't feel like I'm using Cannabis to its full potential, yet. There is still a lot of trial & error going on. I still don't fully understand the impact of CBD when it comes to sleep and there are still many different strains available I haven't tried yet.

Still, when you have serious RLS and Cannabis is available in your country or state, I would give it a try.

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Re: Cannabis

Postby QyX » Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:33 pm

Okay, so it doesn't seem like "Bakerstreet" is working out for me and yesterday I went back to my usual combination.

While Bakerstreet seems to make me tired and sleepy, it seems to take a long time until I finally sleep and the next day I still felt a negative impact on my mood & energy. It even seemed to make me sad.

So I am not sure what this was. Maybe this was just a random event and had nothing to do with the new strain. But when I went back to my usual combination, I already feel much better today. At the moment I don't know exactly what this means however I will give Bakerstreet another shot.

Because I had more trouble falling asleep than normal, I was also smoking more than normal which might have played a role in this.

But I guess this shows what other people have said earlier: that some strains work great while others don't work at all, even when they contain very similar amounts of THC & CBD.

My goal is to try every Cannabis strain available in Germany. At least I can be happy that I found one combination that seems to work pretty okay.

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