From the emperors of China and the pharaohs of Egypt, to America in the early 1900s, many elements and ingredients of the cannabis plant have long been considered a normal part of a health and wellness journey.

The reason behind the use of the fragrant oils called “terpenes” that are found in many common herbs, fruits and plants, is that they play a significant role in the therapeutic and medicinal use of the cannabinoids.

There are over 100 cannabinoids, or compounds, that are unique to cannabis. CBD (cannabidiol) is the second most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, making up 40% of the plant extract. While CBD is just as therapeutic as THC, it is non-psychoactive and has been proven to provide relief from chronic pain and inflammation and to reduce stress and anxiety.

Presently, the United States is making incredible strides in understanding the healing properties of CBD. In June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the prescription use of Epidiolex, a purified form of CBD oil, for treating two types of epilepsy. More studies are underway, which will better define the many healing properties of CBD.

With the ever-growing plethora of CBD-based products available, it is crucial to note that CBD products are not one-size-fits-all. For optimal therapeutic efficacy, it has been shown that the ratio of CBD and THC is important in finding the best option to address the issue. In fact, CBD products are available in a variety of delivery methods from topical creams and oils and edible treats to aromatic bath salts and vapor liquids. A good starting point for most adults is one part CBD to 3 parts THC, or 1:3. A more balanced holistic approach can be found with a 1:1 ratio, and for inflammation and other conditions, a ratio of 3:1 has been found to be ideal.

CBD topicals in the form of salves, balms and lotions are the best method to provide localized relief, while a holistic alternative to pain medications or anti-inflammatory drugs can be found in a variety of gel capsules and edible treats. Most are easy to use and lab tested for precise CBD dosing. Another alternative are the bath salts that alleviate day-to-day stress and soreness and make bath time a luxurious time to relax and recharge.

Speaking with the trained staff at a licensed dispensary will help to select the best product. After identifying the ailment and determining if the need is targeted or whole-body relief, products can be selected based on the delivery method, potency and level of psycho-activity desired.

The Lighthouse Cannabis Boutique is located on Avenue 48th in Coachella. It is the only fully licensed dispensary in the Coachella Valley and strives to assist all patrons in their health and wellness journey through rigorous training and education on the various CBD products. Learn more at (442) 256.3627.

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