“The following information has been written in a FAQ format as I find it the easiest way to find answers. The answers are given in my own words and understanding. If you are looking for citations you won’t find any here. I could quote and link all day, but someone will find a way to try to disprove your source. Anything online can be contradicted with something else you found on the Internet and at the end of the day, it’s what you believe to be true. As I mentioned in my disclaimer, I’m just a guy whose writing from experience and trial and error. If that isn’t good enough for you then you are a very tough person to please.”
What is medicinal cannabis?
It’s the legal form of marijuana distributed for use by patients seeking alternatives to an array of medical conditions.
What is Sativa?
Sativa is on the types of marijuana that are known for their head high. People who suffer from depression, mood swings and such are directed towards this type.
What is Indica?
Indica is one of the types of marijuana that are known for their body high. People who suffer from anxiety and muscle pains are directed towards this type.
What is Hybrid?
Simply put, hybrids are crossbreeds of the two plant types creating a new “hybrid” marijuana. Users can expect to experience both a head and body high, but some outcomes are more dominant on the sativa side or vice-versa. The outcomes depend on the person cultivating/growing, their process and many other factors.
What are cannabinoids?
THC, THCV, CBD, CBC, CBG, and all other CB* denoted names are cannabinoids. They are what make up the profiles for a strain. Some are heavier in THC than CBD and others are higher in CBD than THC. THC is the psychoactive part (high) whereas the CB* are non-psychoactive. CB* are thought to treat the problem, like anxiety, pain, mood and other issues.
What is Kief?
It's a pollen looking substance of the marijuana leaf that come from the glands. It contains the cannabinoids that get you high or treat your symptoms. When you grind up your leaf, your grinder my have a bottom portion that captures it. Over time, you’ll have a large amount of it that can be sprinkled in with your leaf for use. It’s not necessary to use this every time you grind as most of it is in the leaf you grind. It also contains some terpenes which are the aroma of the bud.
What are terpenes?
They’re basically the oils secreted by marijuana that give it the smell. As you get into marijuana, you’ll notice every strain has a unique citrus smell (Agent Orange), a sweet smell (Purple Candy) or pungent smells and so forth. There are many different types of terpenes for different plants, not just marijuana. There have been studies that show terpenes also increase the effects of THC, but the studies on terpenes and marijuana are still in process. Leafly has provided a great graph about this located here https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/infographic-what-are-cannabis-terpenes-and-how-do-they-affect-you
What are the different ways to consume cannabis?
You should visit http://www.leafly.com/knowledge-center/cannabis-101/the-complete-list-of-cannabis-delivery-methods as it covers the most commonly methods. Additionally, there are other methods which all fall under concentrates and can be seen here http://www.leafly.com/knowledge-center/cannabis-101/the-great-wide-world-of-cannabis-concentrates.
What methods have you tried?
I have to stress that I am new to this world so I haven’t tried much. I have tried edibles, butane hash oil, pipes, joints and blunts, and vaporizers.
What method are you currently using and why?
Butane hash oils lacked flavor and seemed to be give me a headache, most likely because it wasn’t made correctly. Even when having a good batch, it seemed to be to intense even when using small amounts. However, compared to my portable vaporizer, which seemed cleaner and better tasting, vaporizing won over. I have tried smoking in other forms, but because I have asthma, vaporizing is the better option as it just burns the cannabinoids and not the carcinogens. Edibles for me achieved a 9 out of 10 for sweat control, however it was followed by a bad trip. I am resuming testing edibles and will update it in my journal section.
Should CBD strains be used to treat hyperhidrosis over others?
I’ve had mixed results in this area and for good reason, quality control. Every dispensary will get their product from a grower, some better than others. A strain can list CBD content as a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio, but that cannot be confirmed 100%. I have tried a CBD heavy strain (Harlequin) and it did not work for me at all, whereas another (Cannatonic) worked for sweating. However, regular strains not high in CBD have had better results for me for sweating. Basically, sample many, journal the results and see what works for you.
What type do you prefer for treating sweat?
Indica or Indica dominant hybrids. For me, my primary focal hyperhidrosis is worsened by anxiety even though I can sweat for what seems to be no reason at all. I sometimes can start sweating because I’m in a familiar setting where I know I’ll sweat and even though I don’t feel anxious, my body seems to sweat as if I were. I feel that the Indica portion takes care of that and is what cures the sweating. I have had sativas work for sweating, but not as well as indicas.
Have you noticed any side effects from cannabis?
I seem to be less detailed oriented and more lax on things. I would imagine it would be more so if I smoked everyday, however I only smoke when needed. This pretty much means that I smoke only on weekends or when out and about for prolonged periods. The other thing is that certain strains dry my face/ears and make me itchy in those areas. The only strains I found this to occur with are Pineapple Trainwreck and Blue Dream. This issue usually occurs the first or second day following consumption. I treat it with triamcinolone that is prescribed by my doctor which is similar to hydrocortisone, but stronger. You may stumble into this issue and I have not researched yet why this happens to me for certain strains, in any case I don’t use them again. Link here for triamcinolone. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a601124.html
How does it stop your sweating?
I’m not really sure but I have an idea… It seems to help with my anxiety I get when I start to sweat or know I’m going to, that’s one. Two, I’m sure the general effects of cannabis also help calm my over active sweat glands and the nerves that trigger it to “chill out.” Third, I had an experience where I should have been sweating, felt like I was sweating and could feel the coldness of wind+sweat on my head, however I was completely dry. It almost seemed like my body thought I was sweating, but didn’t let any sweat out at all. As soon as the effects wore off, I started to sweat a little.
How long does it stop your sweating?
It depends on the strain and so far some last longer than others. The shortest amount of time was 45 minutes but on the better strains for myself, 2-3 hours. That would be using 1 vaporized serving in my Pax device, it’s what I currently use at the moment.
Does it lose it’s effectiveness after time?
No, so far there hasn’t been any tolerance build up to controlling sweat. I don’t think that will ever happen to be quite honest. The fact that I also smoke when needed will help to never build a tolerance.
Why did you choose marijuana/cannabis as a solution?
Let’s start with a little background on myself. I have never done any form of illegal drugs in my entire life, pretty much a straight edge guy. In my early age, I was against drugs as I was told they were bad for me and my father who smoked marijuana told me to never start. When I became a teenager, I knew through my friends that marijuana wasn’t as bad of a drug as the media claimed. Well, I already knew that anyways, I wasn’t born stupid, but even knowing so I never tried it. In the end, it came down to a quality of life decision. I chose the least harmful option that I believed best suited my needs and outweighed the cons of having a life suffering from hyperhidrosis. I felt the quality of my life would be far better using medicinal cannabis than without it.
What are the factors that pushed your decision to medical cannabis from an analytical standpoint?
It’s legal in my state, It’s a natural product, and if it didn’t fix my sweating, there isn’t really any bad side effects that would linger and I could just quit. I was always overweight, but even after exercising, eating very healthy, partaking in marathons and such, the sweating never stopped. I knew that changing my life-style wasn’t the solution as the above didn’t work. My father’s hyperhidrosis went away in his mid-20’s, mine did not and I always wondering why? My father did smoke cannabis and cigarettes. There are many different forms of consuming cannabis besides smoking which was appealing for someone who had asthma as a kid. I don’t need to do it everyday, just on the weekends or when I go out for extended periods of time. The side effects aren’t extreme like some of the medicines, nor the alternative treatments. My parents both smoked and have never had lung issues, perhaps that immunity level resistance runs in the blood. So, even if I took up smoking I’d be A-OK. Even down the road when I’m old, if I get sick from smoking, would it be worth it? The answer is yes, I rather have a quality life then a quantity life.
Your primary physician or dermatologist are there to treat a wide array of issues and have paid their dues and a ton of money to become a doctor. They know a lot, but they’re not an expert in hyperhidrosis and most likely don’t suffer from it as bad as you do, if at all. It’s because of this that they aren’t going to know all the alternatives or strive as hard as you to provide you with the right information. You need to do your homework and seek real people who have tried different things. At the end of the day, you know your body and how things usually work for you, so do what’s right for you.
Did your doctor recommend medical cannabis? Why not?
My doctor, nor my dermatologist never recommended it and didn’t have the slightest clue that it was even an option.
Aren’t you worried that you’ll get lung cancer?
Yes, that is why I’ve researched and tested a lot of the different methods you can use cannabis. I know that there isn’t any link between cannabis and cancer yet, but just most things are magic until we understand the science behind it right? The safest way obviously is through edibles, tinctures, or perhaps BHO/C02 purged oils. I am still researching and testing these methods but so far I have had “bad trips” on some edibles and bad experiences with oils. Yes, I know the rules for edibles, but even with little amounts my body seemed to be more sensitive to it. For now, I am using a portable vaporizer as the cleanest form of inhalation in the mean time. If you’re interested in what I’ve tested and the experiences I’ve had with them, please check out that section. Also, if you’ve read the bullet points for why I chose cannabis you can also see why I’m not that worried about it.
Should I start using medicinal cannabis?
Well, if you’ve gotten this far in the website and felt it was relevant to you, then probably. You should really be looking at using medicinal cannabis if you’re suffering from primary focal sweating and not secondary. You should probably not look at it as a primary solution even if you had primary focal sweating in just the armpits, hands or feet. There are many other options for treating spot specific sweating out there rather than all around the body like myself. Also, if you are trying to find an excuse to smoke marijuana, don’t use this as a reason. Just take a moment to decide whether it’s the right option for you and sleep on it. These things take time and thought, they’re not overnight decisions.
I can’t get medicinal cannabis in my state, what should I do?
I could tell you to call your local authorities to legal cannabis and partake in being pro-cannabis but are you really going to do that? I really hate those political answers that people or websites give you without providing a real answer or solution. The reality is that if you’re in a state that it’s not legal in, you can obtain it illegally. However, besides going to jail as a downfall, you also don’t know whether the product is always the same strain, potency, quality, comes from the same source or will always be available. I’m not saying you should obtain it illegally, you’ll have to determine whether that risk fits your situation.
Can I bring medical cannabis on an airplane?
Yes, because I have done so 100% legally, but also no. The air is ruled by federal law so marijuana in any form is still illegal. The TSA agents are not worried amount personal quantities of drugs, nor checking them. They are worried more about other serious offenses and looking for large quantities or suspicious activity. TSA cannot arrest you for having medicinal cannabis and their policy is to turn this over to the local authorities who are in charge of the next steps. TSA will typically let you travel with medicinal cannabis if it's legal in the departing state but will take no responsibility in the arriving state.
How did you board a plane with cannabis and what is the process?
My local airports (SFO, OAK, SJC) are cannabis friendly first of all. I called airport police and asked them about their policy on medicinal cannabis. You can only bring a "personal" amount which I assume is 8 ounces by California law (but that sure seems like a lot) and must declare it with TSA in your carry-on. I declared it with the TSA agent and informed them I had my cannabis card and paperwork with me along with 2 grams. They ran my bag through the scanner advised me that in the state I was landing at may not be as open as theirs and I was on my way.
Can I bring medicinal cannabis on my check-in bag? What else should I be aware of?
I'm sure many of you have found missing items in your luggage when you arrive at your destination and we know people steal, so don't risk it. Also, if you're going on a short trip, there is no reason to bring more than you need on an airplane even if you are allowed to possess a large amount. This will only cause suspicion and hurt your rights and others from carrying your medicine. Also, do NOT smoke in the airport, that is absolutely illegal by any means. Also, I like to arrive 1 1/2 hours early for my flights but I add an additionally 30 minutes in case I run into any problems. You may run into a TSA agent that doesn't know their own policies or is having a bad day, so be prepared.
Can't I just purchase cannabis in the state I fly into?
Absolutely. Nevada, Arizona, Maine, Michigan, and I think Delaware accept out of state cards. You will want to check their website or call the specific dispensaries to find out if they are certified to do so. Even if the states allow it, each dispensary needs to go through a process to get approved to serve out of state patients.
Why do my eyes get red when I'm high?
The THC in cannabis widens your veins, opposite of what tobacco does. This allows for more blood flow and it shows up as red eyes. This is called vasodilation.
Does cannabis make me dumb or decrease my ability to be active or stay in shape?
There is no science/studies that show cannabis effects the brain in terms of making you "stupid" or causing you to become a stereotypical lazy stoner. In my experience, smoking a joint decreases my lung capacity noticeably the next few days which is why I vape. So, in that sense working out at the gym becomes harder. Some strains do make me feel hazy the next day, but overall I've not noticed anything different in my day to day.
How do you store cannabis and for how long?
Keep it simple. I use an airtight glass jar, out of sunlight, and in a place wear the temperature is under 75 degrees. It's not humid where I live so I don't need to worry about moisture (mold) being a problem. I don't store multiple strains in my jars, but if I do I put one in a ziplock bag and then into the jar (maximizing space). The longest I've stored my cannabis has been 2 months.
Does cannabis lose it's potency if you keep it to long?
Yes, like all things natural they degrade over time. I can't tell you by how much THC/CBD/Terpenes are loss over X days/weeks but I can say I haven't noticed a difference when smoking something I just picked up from a dispensary vs the same strain a month later.
What are the effects of cannabis on the human body?
There are many different ways cannabis effects the body and that can be seen under my journal if you're looking for strain specific. I can say that these effects do not seem to be apparent days/week/long term and are short lived. There is a site that has a clickable info-graph like image and that is a great starting point for diving into this question here. It goes into more detail than my journal and touches lightly upon various ways cannabis effects the body. The link here http://www.healthline.com/health/addiction/marijuana/effects-on-body.