Article by Kate Robertson, Growth Op
I’ve been writing about cannabis for about three years, but I rarely encourage anyone to try it. I don’t trust myself to predict the outcome of a cannabis product when experiences are so subjective.
So when my mom asked me what I would recommend she try to help her sleep, I was a little apprehensive. She hasn’t touched weed since the time she ate a brownie at a party in the 70s and crossed into a new, uncomfortable dimension — and now, she simply does not want to get high.
That’s also because she’s also in poor health. COVID-19’s pressure on the healthcare system means that her badly needed surgery has been delayed, so we’re both feeling a lot of anxiety — something I don’t want to increase.
But her positive response to the lower dose liquid gels I ordered (Argyle Softgels by Tweed with 2.5 mg of CBD and THC, respectively) inspired me to brainstorm some more low-risk options for our precious mamas this Mother’s Day. Don’t get me wrong — plenty of moms love to get high, and there’s no shame in that. But 24-hour childcare can complicate those activities.
Rather than a strong high, think pain relief, light body buzzes and an invitation to get cozy and dozy amidst the chaos with these options. Just remember, if your mom is taking medications, research any contraindications before hitting the buy button.
A salve for quarantine aches and pains
Waiting for cannabis topicals to come to market has been excruciating. But from what I’ve tried so far, the wait was worth it.
I slather Apothecanna’s Extra Strength body cream ($27.15 in Ontario) on my aching shoulders and knees nearly every evening. With 25 mg of THC and 25 mg of CBD in each container, it genuinely brings soothing relief.
I liked it so much, I bought some for my dear friend, Amanda. A former acrobat and gymnast, her back was already sore before delivering her first baby by caesarean section last September. But the scar tissue from the surgery pulls on the affected area, making it even worse.
“I’ve been putting it on before going to sleep every night, and my pain level is reduced,” she says. “I still have pain — it’s not eliminating or curing my pain completely — but it’s really helping lessening it.”
Success. I will be buying more of these for the moms in my life.
Herbal tea — with a side of cannabinoids
For myself, $20 is too much to spend on tea. But for others? A product like Everie’s CBD-rich teas ($18.95 for three bags in Ontario) is perfect for gift-giving. Some of the best presents are the ones that feel like a splurge or a special treat.
Flavours include lavender and chamomile; vanilla rooibos and decaf peach-ginger-green tea — some nice herbal blends to soothe the soul.
I haven’t tried this one myself, and there are other teas on the market. The trick is to make sure they’re rich in CBD and not-so-rich in THC.
High CBD oil for non-high lifestyles
Irisa Sun Oil ($59.95/bottle in Ontario) is a nice ratio for beginners, at 1:15 (1 mg of THC for every 15 of CBD). A small amount will likely not produce any high. If anything, it might offer a slight body buzz. It’s unlikely to have any cerebral effects, and they say it’s “the perfect way to float through any day with calmness and serenity,” on the website.
But beyond Irisa, there are plenty of high-CBD options like Free Oil by Solei or Symbl’s High CBD oral spray. Peruse your local online shop to see what makes the most sense from a cannabinoid/dollar perspective, if you’re watching expenses or you’re unsure if your mom will enjoy it.
Sweet, sweet relief
I haven’t tried all of the edibles on the market yet, but I’ve certainly tried my share.
A vocal contingent of the cannabis community complains that the maximum dose of THC per edibles package, at 10 mg, in Canada is too low. But what these folks sometimes forget is that people like my mom do feel 2.5 mg. Two of the new cannabis drinks, for example, can actually be far too much for some people.