Though all types of cannabis products can be used to enhance wellness, when we talk about "Cannabis Wellness Products'' we're talking about cannabinoid products that are not inhaled. At Grassdoor, we are constantly seeing more and more innovations in the ways in which cannabis can be taken and applied, so expect this list to grow in the future!
Topicals - The most universal cannabis wellness product – non-intoxicating in its delivery method while offering the pain-relieving benefits of THC and CBD. Our full explanation of topicals, how they work, and what to use them for can be found here.
Tinctures - One of the most flexible options for using cannabis - measure out your dose with the markings on the dropper and place it under the tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing. Tinctures are absorbed through the blood vessels under the tongue, thereby entering the bloodstream and taking effect faster than edibles or capsules. Our full explanation of tinctures, how they work, and what to use them for can be found here.
Capsules, Soft Gels & Tablets - All of these cannabis products offer similar benefits in different textures. For example, some feel that soft gels are easier to digest and may begin to work sooner than capsules, while others may like that capsules offer a vegan alternative. Whatever your preferred form, these are all excellent choices for those looking for a fixed,
consistent dose of their cannabis. Weed capsules, soft gels, and tablets typically last between 6 to 8 hours and are ideal starting points for those looking to try cannabis ingestible, as they are the most familiar product form for many when thinking of wellness. Capsules, soft gels, and tablets are also some of the only product forms that offer an easy way to use some of the lesser-known cannabinoids, such as CBN, THCA, and CBG.
Transdermal Patches - When topicals are not enough to tame your pain, transdermal patches can offer a deeper, longer-lasting relief. As the name suggests, the cannabinoids go through the skin and into your bloodstream – meaning that THC-forward formulations will create psychoactive effects. These patches work by using an ‘incipient’ which is an ingredient that allows molecules to pass through the various layers of our skin and into the bloodstream. The two most common examples of incipients in cannabis wellness products are camphor and menthol, which also feature regularly in pharmaceutical pain patches. The main advantage of patches is in their duration which can be as long as 12 hours. The cannabinoids are gradually absorbed by the skin while the patch is applied, making the patch an effective all-day or all-night product for managing pain.
Sublingual Strips & Oral Sprays - Sublingual products work in the same way as tinctures, by being absorbed through the blood vessels in and under the tongue. The strips are infused with the specified cannabinoids in the same way that breath strips are made and designed to dissolve in the mouth. Similarly, oral sprays offer precise doses of a liquid cannabis solution in a discreet form factor.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the cannabis wellness products out there, but we hope that this overview and the FAQ below will give you the necessary guidance to find the cannabis wellness product that meets your requirements – good luck, and happy exploring!
Selecting the right cannabis wellness product depends on your prior experience with cannabis and the outcome you are looking for. If you are new to cannabis and looking for some pain relief, it may be a good idea to start with a topical or a CBD-rich product until you feel comfortable with the sensation of THC. If you are looking for a product to enhance your general wellness, we definitely suggest exploring the tincture and capsule options that match your level of THC comfort.
Another important factor in selecting a cannabis wellness product is knowing what you are hoping to alleviate by using cannabis. If you have some pain in a specific area, topicals might be the most suitable for applying directly. For sleep concerns, a tincture or a capsule may be ideal, as their effect is more likely to be sustained throughout the night.
There are other considerations as everyone has different needs, but choosing based on your THC tolerance and desired outcomes will definitely get you on the right path to some cannabis healing!
The answer is – possibly! If you use a THC-rich capsule or transdermal patch, they can definitely make you feel high because THC enters the bloodstream. If you are looking for a product that won’t create a psychoactive effect, you should explore the CBD-rich products we have available. Another non-intoxicating option is topicals – including the THC-rich ones – as the cannabinoids are only interacting with receptors on and in your skin, where they cannot reach the brain and make you feel ‘high’.
The best way to check the contents of your cannabis wellness products is by looking at the Certificate of Analysis or COA. This can often be accessed via a link or a QR code on the product’s packaging, while some product labels also feature the results directly on the packaging itself. If in doubt, we recommend referring to the product manufacturer’s website for further details.
The label of a cannabis product should indicate the product's ingredients and cannabinoid content. The cannabinoid content should specify the total amount of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids present. The packaging should also clearly state how much THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids are in each dose. Finally, the packaging should contain a direct link to a Certificate of Analysis or a website where the COA can be seen by consumers.
Cannabis wellness products are typically more stable than the flower they are made from when stored properly in a cool, dark place. Cannabis wellness products stored in this manner can last several months without losing their effectiveness. In California, all products must state the date of packaging on the label, as required by the Bureau of California Cannabis regulations.