This year I was introduced to the concept of consciously layering my cannabis medicine. Everybody definitely has different needs when using medicinal cannabis but one thing remains the same, the purpose is to boost your endocannabinoid system. The trick as an individual is to find the right strains, delivery methods, and amounts that will be effective for your particular health needs. The ambition is to take enough medicine for your condition while having energy during the day and good sleep at night. Often it can be helpful to combine two or three different cannabis layers to find the right mix for you.
3 Ways to Layer Cannabis Medicine:
1) Layer your cannabis strains. Every strain is different and will affect you differently. The old rule of sativas for day and indicas for night is a good one to start with. Different strains can compliment each other and may be used together to tune in a specific desired effect. One example is combining a high THC sativa strain with a high CBD strain to create an uplifting, energetic, functioning daytime medicine that doesn’t keep you yawning all day.
2) Layer your delivery method. Each delivery method (inhaled, ingested, or applied topically) provides different benefits. Topicals give you a boost of CBDs, medibles give you long lasting body effects, and you can experience immediate effects from inhaling. It is not uncommon for me to start my daily pain management with a layer of topical cannabis on my skin, eat a medible, and then vaporize, if needed, while my medible kicks in.
3) Layer your dosage times. If you know that your medible will provide you benefits for about 8 hours, you might consider taking another medible about 6 hours after the first. Or, if it is going to take 1-2 hours for your medible to take effect and you need relief before then you can layer by inhaling your cannabis or using a topical for more immediate effects.
If all of this sounds like a lot of cannabis, it can be. Sometimes when medicating with cannabis you need a little and sometimes you need a lot. Knowing how to combine the methods when you need a lot is a valuable skill in the cannabis patient’s toolkit.