MEDICAL MARIJUANA EDUCATION
What are the cannabinoids THC, CBD, and CBN?
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component of cannabis. It is known for its ability to help relieve pain, nausea, sleep loss, and improve mood.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant that is most popular for its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD is also known for calming effects and ability to relieve pain, stress, and anxiety.
CBN (cannabinol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant that is most popular for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to its anti-insomnia effects and its use as an appetite stimulant.
How do these affect our internal endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system impacts the physiological processes affecting pain modulation, memory and appetite, plus anti-inflammatory effects and other immune system responses. THC, CBD, and CBN bind to our endocannabinoid receptors (known as CB1 and CB2 receptors), helping to improve our overall well-being and condition-specific ailments.
Sativa vs Indica
What are the differences between Sativa and Indica Strains?
Sativa strains of cannabis are typically associated with daytime use. They are usually more psychoactive, energizing, and stimulating, while also providing creative and uplifting effects for users.
Indica strains of cannabis are typically associated with nighttime use. They usually induce deep relaxation, sedation, and work as a sleep aid.
What does it mean when something is a hybrid strain?
When a strain is considered a hybrid, that means it is a crossbreed of 2+ strains. Sativa dominant hybrids are strains that have more Sativa than Indica in them, and Indica dominant hybrids are strains that have more Indica than Sativa in them.
How well do you know your terpenes?
Terpenes are the essential oils found within a specific strain of cannabis that dictate the flower’s scent and taste. They help to determine the effects of your medicine and provide ultimate potency and the ability to differentiate between multiple strains based on their terpene profiles.
Bisabolol: Analgesic and Anti-Inflammatory
Caryophyllene: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-Anxiety, and Antidepressant. Spices like black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon, as well as herbs like oregano, basil, hops, and rosemary, are known to exhibit high concentrations of caryophyllene.
Humulene: Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, and Appetite Suppressant. Carries a subtle earthy, woody aroma with spicy herbal notes.
Myrcene: Analgesic, Antibiotic, and Anti-Inflammatory. Myrcene is a terpene that occurs often in highly fragrant plants and herbs such as mangoes, hops, bay laurel leaves, thyme, lemongrass, and basil.
Limonene: Antibacterial, Elevated mood, Stress relief, Antifungal properties, and Antibacterial properties. Improves absorption of other terpenes and chemicals by way of the skin, mucous membranes, and digestive tract.
Pinene: Found in pine needles, rosemary, basil, parsley, dill. Alertness, memory retention, counteracts some THC effects.
Terpineol: Anti-biotic, Anti-inflammatory, Relaxing.