As a kid the medicine cabinet in each bathroom at our house was stocked with the same supplies. There were some cold meds for a rainy day, aspirin for those nasty headaches, bandages, and maybe something to help an upset tummy. What can I say, in certain ways my mom was predictable and prepared.
Once I grew up and began stocking my own medicine shelf I realized that a lot of the items she had bought from the drugstore can be replaced by cannabis and manufactured cannabis products. Not only that, but the pills and ointments that I was using had harmful chemicals while the ones made with cannabis are generally all natural whole plant medicine.
Using cannabis to ease a migraine or headache can be effective and simple. For a less developed or less intense headache smoking a bowl of dried herbs can be enough to kill the symptoms. If the migraine has had time to develop it might call for topicals and edibles. In these cases, combusting dried flowers can have an effect that’s too harsh. The harshness can worsen the headache. More intense headaches may call for eating high CBD or Indica edibles. It is also an option to rub pain relieving topical cream directly into your scalp and watch the inflammation, and in turn the pain, dissipate.
That mouthful is the scientific word for commonly branded Pepto Bismol, a milky pink medicine meant to help in times of stomach aches, cramps, or pains. Instead of turning to the chemical option, think about smoking a bowl instead. Many cannabis Indicas and hybrids can be extremely effective in treating nausea and can also induce appetite which is valuable for those who are dealing with a wasting disease. It can also be dang helpful in the time of a hangover or when we’re dealing with the flu. In the event of a stomach ache from any origin, cannabis can help.
When my period comes around I can be downright hard to handle. My mood is erratic while my pelvis and back both go through immense pain. That being said, cannabis is the one natural thing that does the trick. Cannabis edibles, flowers, and concentrates can be used together to completely remove the need for PMS relieving medications. Just remember to stick with an Indica dominant strain to get the right effects.
At this point, I think it is important to note that nobody should go off of a doctor prescribed medication without the help of that doctor. Someone who is working to wean off of antidepressants could definitely work with their doctor to ensure the safest transition. Many use cannabis sativa to treat their depression and other mental health disorders, however, it is also viable to use Indica strains. Honestly, that is dependant on each individual patient. Cannabis can create dopamine, serotonin, and anandamide in our systems which can all help balance our mood and release us from the cycle of doom that is depression.
These are just a few of the products that cannabis can replace in our medicine cabinet. The healing plant is also well known for tons of other medical benefits, but these are the most common ones that could happen to each and every one of us at one time or another. So next time that headache or nausea rolls around, grab that herb and throw it into the arsenal of meds before turning to pharmaceuticals.
Cara Wietstock is a native Californian living in Washington state with almost a decade of budtender experience and even more stoner experience. While she's not pontificating on the current state of cannabis for Roottie, she is practicing yoga, sipping CBD infused teas and hiking through the Pacific Northwest.