Cannabis 101

What Are Terpenes? Why Do They Matter?

Terpenes are aromatic compounds, specifically found in cannabis, and secreted from the same glands responsible for the production of cannabinoids. They offer distinct colors, scents, and flavors. Can you imagine if all chicken, cheese, perfume, wine or essential oils tasted and/or smelled the same? Boring!
In addition to the nearly countless cannabis strains, terpenes offer even more options by doing its part in determining how an individual strain will taste and smell. With over 100 distinctive terpenes per cannabis plant, terpenes offer something for every palate while also determining whether an individual strain will serve as Sativa, Indica or a hybrid variety.

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THC VS. CBD

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol also referred to as THC, is the chemical responsible for psychoactive properties of cannabis. It is also the most abundant cannabinoid found in marijuana and the only compound that produces psychoactive effects. Interestingly, when a compound binds to a protein located on a cell surface (a receptor) the cell’s activity is changed and might signal bordering cells and affect gene regulation (turning genes on and off). What a person is really looking for is the psychoactive high that THC is responsible for.

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Conditions Treated by Cannabis & CBD

There is so much to learn when it comes to how CBD is therapeutic for a long list of conditions, some that we are quick to recognize and others that leave us saying, “hmmm.” Here is a shortlist of conditions and how THC and CBD are valuable aids.

While cannabis is not strong enough to treat post-surgical pain and other severe causes of pain, it is extremely valuable in the treatment of chronic pain; especially the many types of pain that are associated with aging. As health awareness, medicine, and technology improves, people are living longer lives. Unfortunately, some of the negative effects of aging are muscle soreness, arthritis, and joint pain.

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The Three Types of Cannabis Strains

While there are only three species of marijuana plants (Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Hybrid Cannabis) cannabis strains climb into the thousands (the exact number is unknown).

Strains come from the breaking down of the cannabis plant into subspecies and varying types, each offering unique properties and effects. Think lettuce. Chances are that we think of more than the iceberg variety: Romaine, Bibb, etc., each offering a different culinary experience. Like lettuce, tomatoes and wine grapes, cannabis offers many options. This is great news because that means there is a strain for almost any human appeal and condition imaginable.

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Types of Marijuana Products

Now that we know more about cannabis, strains, terpenes, how THC and CBD complement each other and have decided that cannabis is right for us, the next step is choosing how we want to take it.

The old days of rolling a joint as the sole option for taking cannabis is over. Today, there are many other options, including the tried and true method of rolling. The following is a list of some favorable options for using cannabis and a tip of the iceberg explanation of each.

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The Effects of Cannabis

Cannabis achieves its numerous effects through varying quantities and variations of cannabinoids. Simply put, a cannabinoid is a chemical substance that connects the brain and the body. The chemicals are used for recreational and medicinal purposes and are sometimes synthetic in nature, meaning they are manufactured to mimic the effects of cannabis.

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Wellness ( How cannabis can help)

Did you know that the most common use of medical marijuana is used for controlling pain?

While cannabis is not strong enough to treat post-surgical pain and other severe causes of pain, it is extremely valuable in the treatment of chronic pain; especially the many types of pain that are associated with aging. As health awareness, medicine, and technology improves, people are living longer lives. Unfortunately, some of the negative effects of aging are muscle soreness, arthritis, and joint pain.

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