Cannabis Education

DELTA 9 VS. DELTA 8

HC or Delta 9 is the most well known cannabinoid, but is not the only powerful compound in cannabis. Delta-8-THC is similar to its relative Delta-9-THC, with several key differences. While Delta 9 offers a psychoactive component Delta-8 offers a more therapeutic component. Delta-8 shows affirmation for patients seeking a blend between the psychoactive effect ( Delta-9) and the medicinal benefit (Delta-8)

Safety and Efficacy

Cannabis and its psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, are considered incredibly safe for human consumption. The Drug Awareness Warning Network Annual Report, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), contains a statistical compilation of all drug deaths which occur in the United States. According to this report, there has never been a death recorded from the use of cannabis. In fact, many studies show it is physically impossible for a human to die from a cannabis overdose.

The documented use of cannabis as a safe and effective therapeutic botanical dates to 2700 BC. Between 1840 and 1900, European and American journals of medicine published more than 100 articles on the therapeutic use of cannabis. In fact, cannabis was part of the American pharmacopoeia until 1942, and is currently available by prescription in Canada, the Netherlands, Israel, and Germany.

CANNABINOIDS

Research into the effects of the cannabis plant led to the discovery of Cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds secreted by the cannabis flowers that naturally provide relief for an array of symptoms and medical conditions.
There’s over 100+ natural cannabinoids in cannabis, many that have been found medicinal. Besides THC, and CBD there are MANY other medically beneficial cannabinoids
THCA -(tetrahydrocannabinolic acid for all you smarty pants!) A non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in raw, live cannabis. Medical cannabis users are likely to want THCA due to it offering the same therapeutic benefits as THC without the high. THCA is an Analgesic, Antiemetic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Antiproliferative, and Neuroprotective!

Then, we have CBG another non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBG has antibacterial effects that can alter the over effect of cannabis. It’s believed CBG is able to slow bacterial growth, reduce inflammation, and inhibit cell growth in tumor/ cancer cells while promoting bone growth!!!

Therapeutic Benefits

The cannabis plant has been around for centuries. It is believed to have originated in Central Asia, but has expanded its reach to an international scale over time. People all around the globe consume cannabis and their reasoning is largely the same: it makes them feel better.

We know that humans have cannabinoid receptors housed inside the body that are ready to bind with cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant to provide therapeutic benefits for a variety of ailments. In fact, cannabinoid receptors are present in humans before birth and the compounds themselves are even found in a mother’s breast milk. Medical cannabis gains merit when you consider our bodies are naturally tuned to interact with cannabinoids, and even more so when you acknowledge the growing evidence of benefits to cannabis consumption.

Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis edibles are an extremely popular choice for pain management!! They have high potency without the negative health risks as associated with smoking. If you live with IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Cancer, or Arthritis medicated edibles might be the right option for you!! As a rule of thumb always start low & go slow.

The key to effectively using cannabis for chronic pain is finding the optimal dose or “sweet spot” for pain relief. Clinical data indicates that cannabinoids, particularly the combination of THC and CBD, appear effective for intractable pain conditions, including those associated with multiple sclerosis and cancer.

More Cannabinoids

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is found in many strains of cannabis ranging from 1% to 15% in rare cases.  Offering a more therapeutic approach, CBD can grant relief from chronic muscle pain, inflammation, and convulsions. Research has also shown its ability to inhibit cancer cell growth   when combined with THC.
Cannabichromere, or CBC, is a rare non-psychoactive found in trace amounts of cannabis.  Better known for its affects used to treat depression, helping you to relax and grant some pain relief.
Cannabigerol, or CBG, also a non- psychoactive cannabinoid present in cannabis ranging from 1%-3%. This cannabinoid attributes to helping glaucoma, pain relief, inflammation, and has even shown promising antibiotic properties.

Terpene of the week: Limonene

Appearing in more sativa strains, Limonene has had a long history in medicine, so it should come to no surprise it offers many therapeutic benefits through cannabis. Found in up to 2% of cannabis terpene profiles, Limonene is one of the most commonly sought terpenes. Affects include but are not limited to, elevated mood, stress relief,  antifungal and antibacterial properties, heartburn and acid reflux.

trichomes

By definition are fine outgrowths or appendages on plants. These are the tiny, sticky, crystals and hairs covering your favorite strains of flower that produce resin. Trichomes produce the hundreds of known terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids that make our most prized strains medically effective and potent. Trichomes are believed to act as a defense mechanism against harmful UV rays protecting the cannabis plant. These little bulbous hairs also act as a deterrent to predators, due to the bitter taste.

The cannabis plant produces three types of trichomes. However, it’s the Capitate-Stalked Trichomes that produce the highest concentrations of essentials oils!
Trichomes are literally the cream of the crop! These glands account for more than half of all the THC contained in the plant.
Careful! Trichomes are extremely delicate. With slight agitation trichomes become brittle and break off from the cannabis plant.  The most common way to collect trichomes is with a 4 piece grinder. The accumulation of these broken/dying trichomes creates the fine, powdery substance called keif. We discussed additional information about keif in yesterday’s post.