There are many different ways to consume cannabis other than smoking a joint of your favorite strain. It is now possible to take the desired cannabinoid extract in pill form.
I was aware of these pills, but it wasn’t until the middle of an insanely busy week when my interest in cannabis pills peaked. As if my week wasn’t hectic enough, my arthritis flared up. Naturally.
On the hunt for pain relief, I ended up in the Amsterdam Garden in San Jose. At first I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for. In the beginning, I was referred to a variety of flowers with more than 2 percent CBD content to ease my arthritis pain. Then I noticed the capsules, which had an unprecedented CBD content of 12 percent.
I immediately dropped the $35 eighth of the high CBD flowers in favor of the $60 20-pack of CBD pills.
While focusing on the capsules, I asked about the other types of pills available and learned the following:
Indica Pills: These pills contain extracts of indica strains and are used to treat insomnia, pain and loss of appetite. The indica pills contain 30 mg of concentrated THC.
Sativa Pills: These pills contain extracts of sativa strains and are used to treat anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. These also have 30mg of THC.
AM/PM Pills: The AM pill is sativa while the PM is an indica.
Last but not least, CBD: Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid found in marijuana that can relieve pain, reduce inflammation and reduce anxiety. CBD pills contain about 12 percent CBD, while less than 1 percent CBD is found in most buds.
But even after purchasing the high CBD pills, I was skeptical. Advil and Aleve had done little to relieve my rheumatoid arthritis pain. I didn’t think the CBD would be any different.
I made sure to take the pills several times to measure the typical effect. I have learned that CBD pills are not a panacea that can be used in place of heavy pain relievers. However, for users who prefer herbal solutions over chemical ones, CBD is a great option.
The pills themselves are gelatin capsules filled with coconut oil infused with CBD. For those of you who may have tried fish oil pills, they’re similar (but if you belch after taking CBD, you’ll taste the taste of an edible product in the back of your throat instead of day-old sushi).
The pills take about 30-45 minutes to fully take effect, although the effects can start after 10 minutes. Kind Caps produces half and double dose pills and it is recommended to start with half doses to test personal tolerance to CBD before changing the dosage.
The effect of the pills lasts for about six hours after taking it and it is safe to take several at once.
After trying these CBD pills, I have come to the following conclusions:
Don’t expect a miracle when you try the pills. Or that it is as strong as Vicodin. However, the pain relief of a CBD pill is comparable to that of some Advil.
CBD does not effectively combat menstrual pain.
The pills should be taken with food.
CBD is far more effective at relieving rheumatoid arthritis pain than any other generic pain reliever.
Don’t expect to get high from CBD. Even if you get high before taking the pill, the CBD will counteract the THC and will kill your high within minutes.
CBD pills WILL kill a high. Because of the way CBD counteracts the effects of THC, CBD capsules can be used to induce a “come-down” if you are too high on an edible product.
Since I first tried the capsules, I have not used anything else to control mild pain. CBD pills have been the most effective and efficient treatment for fighting inflammation, stiffness and even some muscle aches. I absolutely recommend the capsules to anyone looking for herbal pain relief in the form of medicinal cannabis.
Kind Caps CBD Pills, $60 for a 20 bottle or $40 for 12
Available at: Amsterdam’s Garden, 2142 The Alameda, San Jose. kindcaps.com