Originally Posted by Natural high
I've read about the entourage effect and, in my limited experience, this seems to be true for me. For that very reason, I've tried to preserve terpenes as best I can during drying and curing. I'm not very experienced with cannabis but at least one friend thinks this is very good stuff. I've tried various bag weed and tend to agree.
CBD Critical is one of the varieties I grew, among others with similar THC:CBD ratios with 1:1 being what I usually look for. I like it a lot when I smoke it. However, when I chew it I experience dangerously intense balance problems and I don't like the weird psychotic effects. I do love the benefits though. I did recently buy a few seeds with very high THC and low CBD to share with friends who prefer it, and so I can experiment by adding CBD to help moderate psychoactivity.
I know CBD is not psychoactive. But it's reported to help with anxiety, depression, pain, insomnia, etc. The capsules I tried did absolutely nothing to help any problem. However, the brand I tried may be no good, or maybe the batch was bad, or maybe CBD alone just doesn't work for me. I don't know.
Chewing decarbed weed (my grow) works extremely well for all the issues I listed here, except I don't like the terrible loss of balance and psychotic weirdness. I chew for fifteen minutes, masticating the decarbed bud material and swishing the wet cud sublingually and between my gums. Then I swallow it and rinse it all down with a drink. Within 2-4 hours I'm beginning to feel the effects. I made the mistake of chewing too much the first time. OMG... that was trippy for several hours. But again, it did help greatly.
Most of the seeds I grew are claimed to be high CBD and medium or low THC but I assured there is at least some THC in the strains I grew. I've not had any weed tested because I don't know where to send it... I live in a lousy state for cannabis with terrible legal consequences.
RE 'placebo effect': Placebos don't work with me. I'm one of the most pragmatic people I've ever met. I don't believe nor disbelieve in anything until I have absolutely irrefutable proof one way or the other. I highly question just about everything. And I'm agnostic.
RE 'extraction techniques': So far I've only heat-pressed a couple of buds. A guy took some of the rosin and added it to a good joint. He said he got lost on the way home... on his own short road. I don't trust myself to do anything potentially dangerous, so making BHO and using other highly flammable material is something I must avoid. Heat pressing is one method I'm safe to use. I'll also try cold ethanol extraction.
For the next grow, I'll take some fresh/green plant material and extract in an Everclear and dry ice bath followed by vacuum assisted lukewarm reclamation of the alcohol. I have a small machine that holds approximately 8 ounces (240ml). It warms the tincture to 105F (41C) and the vacuum assists evaporation. The reclaimed ethanol is then poured back into a bottle. This is an attempt at preserving terpenes but, of course, even this process might lose much or most of them. The concentrates will be taken sublingually.
ANYWAY... I have my answer. Many (not all) CBD products are crap. I need at least some THC for these meds to be effective for me. I'll be growing many varieties and cloning those which work for my needs.