KNOW WHAT YOU CONSUME
Are you looking to buy your first Cannabis (THC) products or just want to learn more about the plant? Our comprehensive guide will help you understand what to choose for your specific needs.
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High CBD strains contain up to 20% CBD. This has healing benefits and supreme relaxation combined with a slight uplifting effect. This strain is said to have pleasurable relaxation effects with a spark of creativity as well.
CBD blend is a synergy of CBD, THC and 400+ Cannabinoids. This blend magnifies all the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. CBD is known to improve wellness, relax muscles, calm thoughts, and enhance sleep.
Sativa is a taller plant with delicate leaves and it’s famous for stimulating and euphoric effects. It may boost mood, spark creativity and enhance productivity. Sativa may be perfect for day time use.
The Sativa-dominant strain is a blend of Sativa and Indica, with Sativa being dominant. This blend will increase your serotonin level, improve your mood, define your focus and unleash creativity. A tiny bit of Indica in this mix will take away the stress, relax your muscles and bring peace. Use it in the day time for your artistic and creative aspirations.
Hybrid strains are designed by cross-breeding cannabis plants. This mix encourages all the benefits of different strains and diminishes unwanted effects. It may stimulate a creative and vibrant state of mind along with soothing healing benefits, all in one strain.
The Indica-dominant strain is a blend of Indica and Sativa, with Indica being dominant. This blend may bring your mind to peace with deep body relaxation. The soothing effect of Indica is supplemented with traits of Sativa to uncover creativity. It may be best in the evening to meditative before a deep sleep.
Indica is a lower plant with wide leaves and it’s best known for its tranquilizing effect and broad medicinal benefits. Indica benefits may include deep full body relaxation, peace, and medicinal treatment. It’s famous for anti-inflammatory properties and treatment of chronic pains, muscle tension, anxiety, and depression. Best used before bed for an excellent sleep.
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WHAT IS THC?
Although THC is only one of 85 plus chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, THC is the primary psychoactive ingredient. For centuries people have turned to cannabis as a natural treatment to achieve health and well-being. Some theories believe that your body is hardwired to work with cannabis through the endocannabinoid system—a network of receptors throughout the brain, skin, immune system, organs and bones. Cannabis works directly with the endocannabinoid system to help naturally regulate and improve everything from mood, to the ability to focus, to stress and pain levels. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. It acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. New research is pointing to ever surprising benefits of cannabis-based natural medicine claim to have an amazing effect on the body. THC binds to your neurotransmitters – the spaces that carry communication between your neurons. It mimics anandamide, which is a natural cannabinoid found in the body. Once firmly attached, THC takes on anandamide’s role, stimulating the brain cells to release more dopamine.
THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD, Cannabidiol, and are the exact same in chemical compounds just arranged differently. It is this difference in arrangement that makes for the difference in how it effects on your body. THC is psychoactive, which means it gets you “high”. CBD has a non-psychoactive affect, meaning it does not produce the “high” associated with THC. Despite these differences, THC and CBD, have many of the same benefits and are both used medically and recreationally.
As well as the fun, happiness, and joy that comes with the recreational use of THC, there are also a number of medical benefits. THC can be used to treat and improve symptoms (but not cure) of many different conditions including, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, PTSD, Tourette’s, insomnia, asthma, glaucoma, epilepsy, mental health conditions, multiple sclerosis, muscles spasms, nausea, pain, appetite loss, and eating disorders. THC can also help chronic nerve pain caused by conditions like multiple sclerosis and HIV. It is also used on animals, like dogs, for pain relief as well as calming anxiety.
Similarly, to THC, CBD has several medical benefits, just without the psychoactive effects. CBD has become one of the most popular wellness ingredients out there. It was also found through the studies that CBD is not an addictive substance. CBD cannot cause an overdose. It can help with inflammation, neuropathic pain, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, epilepsy, insomnia, muscle spasms, Parkinson’s disease, Glaucoma, discomfort, pain relief, epilepsy, and help treat a number of other health problems. It can be used as a natural pain reliever. It can also help reduce symptoms related to cancer, side effects of cancer treatment, and even treat acne. There are so many different CBD products, with each product capable of having its own effect. CBD can work for people in many different ways.
Whether you want a psychoactive or non-psychoactive experience, THC and CBD offer both options. Marijuana can produce a “happy go lucky” feeling when used, making life more enjoyable and relaxed. Marijuana can have the affect of making your day to day activities more amusing, relieve you from the stressors of your everyday life, make you feel more positive and happy, and make socializing more pleasant. THC has the ability to enhance the taste of food and even sounds, like music. And if you do not want the “high” that is created by using THC, CBD can also enhance life without the “high”.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF CANNABIS
Cannabis & Hemp: What’s the Difference?
Hybrid, Indica, and Sativa
Cannabis is a genus of the family Cannabacae. Previously, the Cannabis Genus contained 3 species: Sativa, Indica, Ruderalis. Through vigorous genetic sequencing, scientists have determined that there is only 1 species: Cannabis Sativa.
Cannabis Sativa is commonly known as hemp and has a variety of industrial uses. It is rich in cannabidiol, an all-natural non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. For centuries, hemp has been used to make clothes, paper, body care products, rope and more.
Cannabis Indica is commonly known as marijuana due to high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, is a psychoactive compound associated with the mental euphoria known as “a high.”
Hybrid is a cannabis plant that is a crossbreed between an Indica and a Sativa plant. Hybrid strains of cannabis are either Indica dominant, Sativa dominant, or a 50/50 mix. The effects will be similar to the dominant strain. Hybrid strains have more of a variety of effects to them.
Indica strains give a sense of deep relaxation to your body and are suggested for night time use. The plants are typically short and bushy with wide leaves and the buds are usually denser. The leaves typically are dark Yellow. The buds have a purple color to them.
Sativa strains provide a more uplifting and energetic experience. Sativa strains are suggested for day time use. Opposite to Indica, the plants typically grow tall and thin and have narrow leaves. The leaves are usually a light Yellow color and the buds have more of an orange color to them.
Hemp Derived CBD Products and Cannabidiol (CBD) is credited with scores of medical benefits without leaving users stoned. Cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) becomes CBD when cannabis is heated. Cannabis does not grow up containing CBD. The CBDa turns into CBD when cooking or smoking initiates the decarboxylation process. Smoking accelerates the process with high heat. However, senior citizens, patients with respiratory problems, and others cannot inhale the smoke. CBD is growing in popularity due to to its health and wellness benefits yet CBDa often ignored. CBDa works on the same human systems in the same ways as CBD. But, it has the added virtue of being “pure.” It is cleaner in the sense that there is no combustion involved, no solvents, and no toxic residue. CBD and CBDA cannot promise to cure ailments.
CONSUMING METHODS, SAFETY & DOSAGE
CBD comes in many different forms, which allows you to custom tailor your method of use to your specific needs. There are three main types of CBD available on store shelves: oils, isolates, and wax. Each of these can be on offer in one or more different types of products: oils, tinctures, creams and gels, capsules, sublingual sprays, transdermal patches or vapors.
Smoking the dried flower from the cannabis plant in a pipe, bong, or joint is a common method of ingestion. The chain reaction that occurs upon inhalation happens very quickly and delivers the cannabinoids to your system with extreme efficiency. Smoking cannabis is easy to dose because the affects of smoking can be felt almost instantly. The more experienced you are at smoking, the higher your tolerance will be, requiring more hits to feel the effects. If you are a beginner, fewer hits are required because you have a lower tolerance. A top-shelf strain of cannabis will be more potent, requiring fewer hits. A lower shelf strain may require more hits to feel the affects because of its potency. Each hit will get you higher, so dose to your desired effect.
Effects can be felt within seconds of inhalation and will generally peak within thirty minutes and diminish anywhere from 1-3 hours. Smoke generated from burning papers and lighter fluid chemicals contains carcinogenic compounds. Users with compromised immune systems or lung problems should consider other methods of cannabis.
Vaping is a smokeless, minimal odor, efficient form of inhalation. Vaporizers heat cannabis plant matter (or its oil) to a temperature that forces trichomes away from the plant into the vapors and the effects can occur within seconds of inhalation and will generally peak before thirty minutes and diminish in a couple of hours. Vaporizers that burn plant material can be one of the cleanest, healthiest ways to consume cannabis. Using cartridges and oils from well-known companies that test their products, is very important as there is a risk of chemical solvents and low-quality materials found in less reputable brands.
Edible forms of Cannabis have been a popular method of consumption for many years. The cannabinoids reach the cells by the way of the liver, which converts THC into another, more potent chemical, 11-hydroxy-THC. Edibles can come in many forms, including drinks, snacks, chocolate, ice cream, candy etc. Knowing what dose is right for you, is key to a positive experience with edibles. Edibles are labeled by their THC and CBD contents in milligrams. It is suggested to start with a low milligram and take more if needed. The higher the dosage, the stronger the affect. Experienced consumers tend to need higher milligrams while beginners need lower milligrams. An edible will usually take about 30 minutes to 90 minutes for effects to kick in. It is important to keep in mind that body fat and metabolism varies per person, so there is no exact amount of time for when you will feel the effects. Patience is key. You should wait until the effects of the first dose are felt to decide if you want to take more. The psychoactive effects of edibles last longer and are considered to be more intense than any other way of consumption.
Cannabis tinctures are alcohol-based cannabis extracts – essentially, infused alcohol. They’re actually a great entry point for both recreational and medical users looking to ease into smokeless consumption methods. Tinctures are absorbed sublingually, so the cannabinoids go directly to the bloodstream. Tincture drops are usually placed under the tongue, or in drinks and on food. The onset of alcohol-based tinctures is faster than edibles- but not as rapid as inhalation methods. Full effects are usually felt within 20-30 minutes. Expect to be high longer than when you smoke or vaporize, but shorter than when you eat butter or oil-based edibles.
Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for focused relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. Because they’re non-intoxicating, topicals are often chosen by people who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria associated with other delivery methods. Other transdermal innovations are available in the cannabis market, including long-lasting transdermal patches and personal lubricants for medical and recreational consumers alike.
A relatively new form of cannabis ingestion, ‘dabbing’ is for high tolerance users only. Dabs are concentrated doses of cannabis that are made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids using a solvent like butane or carbon dioxide, resulting in sticky oils. The term “dabbing” refers to heating a small amount of marijuana concentrate on the head of a titanium nail with a blowtorch, causing combustion. This is a highly potent form of cannabis (also called wax, honey oil, budder, butane honey oil, and shatter) and can contain up to 80% THC. The effects are considerably more physically and psychologically intense than using other forms and can be on par with a strong dose of edibles.
Our KWYC Rating System
The products we sell will come with corresponding K.W.Y.C. color-coded stickers. Scan the QR codes on our products to see what you are consuming.
Orange= Extreme High
An orange rating means a more extreme high. Edibles with very high milligrams will have an orange rating. You will also find orange ratings within high-grade cannabis which will have an orange rating because of its high levels of potency. The more potent the cannabis and edibles are, the higher the rating. Concentrates will also have an orange rating.
- Extreme high
- Very high milligram edibles (10mg per dose or higher)
- High-grade cannabis (25% THC content or higher)
Yellow= Medium High
A Yellow rating will be a medium high. This includes edibles with a medium amount of milligrams and mid-grade cannabis.
- Medium high
- Medium amount of milligram edibles (5mg per dose)
- Mid-grade cannabis (15-25% THC)
Green= Low/Mild High
A green rating is a low to mild high. Low milligram edibles will have a green rating. Low-grade cannabis will also have a yellow rating because it is less potent.
- Low/mild high
- Low milligram edibles (<1mg)
- Low/mid-grade Cannabis
The Future of Cannabis
The future of cannabis relies heavily on shifting the general public’s perspective and stigma from “weed” which has a negative connotation as a gateway drug to cannabis which is highly accepted for its medicinal and wellness properties. It can help to empower the people who benefit from it the most, such as those suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and a multitude of other ailments. As cannabis becomes more accepted in our daily lives, we can promote its power and the research that will continue to show how life-changing it can be. Cannabis is known to relieve and enhance the symptoms of:
Inflammation of joints
Inflammation of organs
CANNABIS VS. ALCOHOL?
Even with the rising usage of cannabis, there are no deaths due to overdose from cannabis reported. Alcohol has been related to an estimated amount of 88,000 deaths per year. You cannot overdose and die from cannabis as you can with alcohol. You would have to smoke a substantial amount to overdose on cannabis, between 15 to 70 grams. The average joint contains 0.32 grams. In comparison, you can be exposed to the negative consequences of alcohol in as little as five minutes. Alcohol is a sedative and a depressant that affects the central nervous system, which on a physiological level drinking can cause low blood sugar, dehydration, increased heart rate, and increased levels of stress. Alcohol also negatively affect sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) activity that happens about 90 minutes after we fall asleep.