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What is Cannabis?
There are two major strains of the cannabis plant.
Indica strains are associated with deep body relaxation are used by most to wind down.
Sativa strains are known for their energizing and euphoric effects.
To add to this, cannabis plants grown in North America are a hybrid of both strains. Some have more characteristics of one than the other.
Cannabis itself is made up of hundreds of different cannabinoids – the chemical compounds in the plant.
The two, which you hear most about, are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
THC is the psychoactive element of the plant which gives you the euphoric feeling, or makes you feel high.
CBD is associated with some of the suggested therapeutic effects of the whole plant.
These can include pain management, anxiety reduction, improved sleep, and decreased inflammation. These do not give you the same high experienced with THC.
Indica’s are associated with higher levels of CBD and saliva’s are typically have a higher in THC.
What is CBD?
CBD is available in vapes, tinctures, creams, cookies, edibles, flower, weed, all in different colors, shapes, strains and sizes.
So getting the basics right is critical if you want to make sure you have a good experience and get the maximum benefit.
So what exactly is CBD?
Cannabidiol is the full name of CBD, the big momma of cannabinoids.
It interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) in your body which is a network of receptors.
There are over a hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and CBD is just one of them.
CBD can be extracted from most parts of the cannabis plant, with the exception of the seeds.
What If This Is My First Time Trying Cannabis?
It’s suggested to try a CBD based product first so you are able to gauge how you feel while using it.
The worst thing you could do is start with too high a dose.
Taking the cannabis in small amounts, which is known as micro-dosing, is recommended to new consumers.
This includes whether you are ingesting, inhaling, or smoking cannabis.
Even if cannabis is legal where you live, it may not be right for you.
Consult with your doctor before using any supplement or medicine, including cannabis.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have a prior history of a heart attack it is not advisable.
How Does Cannabis and CBD Work With Your Body?
While your body produces its own compounds or cannabanoids, which are called endocannabinoids, cannabis produces its own version called phytocannabinoids. These can be used to boost and supplement your body when it low on its own stores.
How do we know this? Well some rather brainy people did some research.
According to scientists, the endocannabinoid system is everywhere in our bodies: the heart, liver, pancreas, skin, reproductive tract, you name it.
Why is this important to know when it comes to CBD?
When your endocannabinoid system is disrupted or depleted, and the signaling is off, it has been associated with a number of different disorders.
These include diabetes, hypertension, infertility, liver disease, stress, anxiety, and also cancer.”
Taking CBD is thought to help boost these deficits getting us back to our best selves.
What Benefits Can I Get From CBD?
According to Surgical Neurology International, CBD can promote our overall health and wellbeing.
It says: “Through direct and indirect actions, intrinsic endocannabinoids and plant-based phytocannabinoids modulate and influence a variety of physiological systems influenced by the ECS.”
What does that mean for you? CBD could be the frontline of a health revolution like we have never seen before!
Are you are still concerned or anxious about how to use CBD and what products would be best for you?
Our highly trained and trusted staff at Green Kong Dispensary know everything there is to know about how, what, and why when it comes to CBD and cannabis.
Or you can contact us through the website and we would love to answer your questions.
Will CBD Get Me High?
CBD does have some psychoactive properties.
However unlike THC, it does not work in a psychedelic or psychotropic fashion.
So you won’t get high per se, but it will be working on your body in a very special way.
You can still drive and do your daily routine without fear of flipping out or having a meltdown.
Why is this? CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system.
However while the THC compound in cannabis binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors instead it is affecting receptors in your body in other places.
We are trying to get as much of a cannabanoid reaction at full throttle to our receptors when we smoke cannabis with THC.
CBD can actually act as an antidote when you’re too high from THC as it can dispel the affects.
What are the different ways you can take cannabis?
You can put the dried flower in a pipe, bong, or joint. Because you are inhaling the ‘high’ happens very quickly.
How fast does it work? Within seconds of inhalation.
Timespan: The effects usually peak in 30 minutes and will then last between 1 – 3 hours.
Pros: This method means you have the most control of the ‘high’ as well as the strain, source, and cannabinoid content you are taking.
Cons: Just because a flower has the same name it can be different in potency, source and cannabinoid content.
The smoke generated from burning the papers and lighter fluid has chemicals in it which are carcinogenic compounds.
If you have issues with your lungs try another method of consumption.
This is a smokeless way to inhale. A vaporizer heats cannabis plant matter (or its oil) to a temperature that forces trichomes away from the plant and they change into vapors.
How fast does it work? Within seconds of inhalation.
Timespan: The effects usually peak before 30 minutes and then diminish in a few hours.
Pros: Portable vaporizers can be much more discreet than smoking.
There is also little odor, and a vaporizer which burns the plant itself is a very clean and healthy way to consume cannabis.
Cons: Vaping sometimes isn’t as strong as other forms of cannabis.
You have to make sure you use cartridges from a reputable company.
And always be careful if you mix cartridges and pens, as some companies specially formulate their products to work together.
Eating cannabis means the cannabinoids can reach the cells by the way of the liver, which converts THC into another, more potent chemical, 11-hydroxy-THC.
You can consume cannabis as an edible in all sorts of different ways, including sodas, snacks, chocolate, ice cream, pizza, gummies, cakes, and also mints.
How fast does it work? 15 minutes – 2 hours depending on how fast your metabolism is and if you are eating them on an empty stomach.
Timespan: Usually the effect lasts for 4-6 hours.However they can last for over 24 hours.
Pros: This has a much longer effect than other types of cannabis.
They are also very discreet and easy to take.
Cons: If you are after immediate relief this is not a fast acting way to use cannabis.
They can also be mistaken for a non-infused product, so you have to be very careful how you store them. It is also possible to accidentally take too much. If you are not used to taking cannabis you may think the effect hasn’t started. And this could lead to accidental overconsumption.
In the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s cannabis tinctures were used frequently in medicine. They are taken under the tongue, which means the cannabinoids can go straight into the bloodstream.
How fast does it work? The full effects are usually kick in within 20-30 minutes.
Timespan: Frequent users may find that effects last for a couple of hours, If you are new to cannabis it can be as much as several hours.
Pros: They are very discreet, with little or no odor.
Cons: Tinctures are usually made with alcohol, which may not be desirable for some users.
Light, heat and oxygen will degrade the THC content, so always make sure the bottle is tightly sealed.
Cannabis-enriched lotions, balms, and salves have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine.
The cannabinoids are absorbed into the skin delivering a more therapeutic effect.
How fast does it work? 5 minutes to 2 hours.
Duration: Lasting upwards of 12 hours.
Pros: These are great for pinpointing specific pain and inflammation.
This includes arthritis, bone fractures, skin conditions, cramping, and migraines.
There are no psychoactive effects so they are great for new users.
Cons: They can sometimes irritate sensitive skin and cause other health issues as they can contain parabens and fragrance.
Full Spectrum Oil
This is a high potency THC oil.
Patients using this are often advised to start with an amount of oil roughly the size of half a grain of rice, and slowly increase their dose over a prolonged length of time as it can be very strong.
How fast does it work? 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Timespan: Anywhere from 4 – 10 hours.
Pros: Multiple people have talked about how using a full spectrum oil assisted with stopping the growth of various skin cancers and tumors.
Cons: There have been many stories about the success of CBD and THC and how patients believe it can help with serious illnesses including cancer. But to date there have been no scientific human studies proving this to be fact.
This is for use only if you have a high tolerance to cannabis. It works by heating a small amount of marijuana concentrate (called a ‘dab’) on the head of a titanium nail with a blowtorch.
This causes combustion and it becomes a highly potent form of cannabis.
It is also referred to as wax, honey oil, budder, butane honey oil (BHO), and shatter.
It can have up to 80% THC meaning the effects are psychologically intense.
How fast does it work? Immediately after inhalation.
Timespan: A little longer than other other inhalation.
Pros: If you are seriously ill this can be a way to get a large amount of cannabinoids into your system very quickly.
Cons: Because you have such a fast uptake of a high level of THC, you can end up anxiety, nausea, and you can even pass out.
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