I don't want to get high...
Some people like to get high from marijuana. Given that human beings have relentlessly pursued various forms of intoxications for the entirety of history, this is not shocking. Having seen the unnecessary suffering associated with alcohol, cigarettes, narcotics, and amphetamines in the ER, I would prefer that someone who enjoys altering their consciousness do so with marijuana for the safety of everyone involved.
However, the medicinal power of cannabis does not lie in its intoxicating effects but in it's ability to activate the anti-inflammatory and homeostatic properties of the endocannabinoid system. Many patients are surprised to learn that they can achieve these benefits without becoming intoxicated or high. When the CBD:THC ratio favors CBD, the anti-inflammatory effects predominate and generally at ratios between 3:1 and 8:1, there is no altered sensorium of cognitive effects with cannabis. This begs the question, "Why not just take CBD without THC?", but it appears that the two compounds are synergistic and a small amount of THC potentiates the healing effects of CBD.
Most modern marijuana has generally had the CBD bred out of it and people who have tried recreational marijuana for pain or inflammation have likely never experienced it's medicinal effects beyond the mild euphoria associated with THC's intoxicating effects. If you struggle with chronic pain or inflammation, and have concerns about the known dangers of NSAIDs and prescription narcotics, consider trying medical marijuana under the guidance of our physicians. We can help create a treatment strategy that addresses your health without interfering with your ability to function or think normally.