What is decarboxlation? It's only the first and most important step in any DIY cannabis concoction if you want that psychoactive, euphoric effect. It's so paramount, I wanted it to stand alone as it's own post. Decarboxylation is the process that activates the compounds in cannabis. Without this step, ingesting cannabis will NOT get you high.
The world of CBD can be daunting. Why does it seem to be in everything and how do you know what is a quality product!? With little regulation, it's buyer beware, and be educated. The information below reviews where CBD comes from, why it is beneficial to our bodies, the different types, what to look for when shopping for good CBD, and a few companies and CBD products I love.
Munchies - some hate them, I love them. At times, Chron's can leave me with no appetite. A meal goes from delectable to daunting, & for someone who loves food, it's a terrible feeling. Yet, thanks to cannabis, gone are the days I have to suffer. A few hits, or an edible & *BOOM* 15 minutes to an hour later I'm actually enjoying lunch instead of having anxiety about it. Why though?
If you consume marijuana (THC) regularly, you might notice it doesn't provide the same euphoric effect it used to. You are likely consuming more & more product to achieve the same effect or benefits. This isn't simply because you get used the euphoric feeling of THC. Instead, with regular consumption, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) actually downregulates & desensitizes the CB1 receptors in our brain (CB1 receptors bind with THC to create an effect). (Read more by clicking the photo above.)
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds, produced in the trichomes of the cannabis plant. What's amazing, is they are exclusive to cannabis and have not been detected in any other plant. They bond with our body's Endocannabinoid System (ECS), causing a therapeutic effect. With ECS receptors all over our body, benefits from cannabinoids are typically varied & widespread. There are more than 100 confirmed cannabinoids - not just THC & CBD. We also are starting to see specific cannabinoids be isolated for particular health benefits. (Read more by clicking the photo above.)
Trichomes are tiny little crystals that cover the leaves, buds, stems, & stalks of cannabis. Under a microscope, trichomes (from the Greek word “Tríchōma,” meaning “growth of hair”) have a mushroom-like appearance & look like something out of a science fiction novel. Inside each trichrome is a little factory that produces "the good stuff" - a viscous oil that contains hundreds of cannabinoids, terpenes, & flavonoids that make our favorite cannabis strains potent, unique, & effective. (Read more by clicking the photo above.)
You may not realize it, but you are already familiar with Terpenes. Terpenes are fragrant oils that are responsible for the scent of cannabis, as well as a variety of other organisms and plants. Each cannabis strain has a unique terpene profile that not only gives it a signature sent, but also aids in the overall effects of the strain. (Read more by clicking the photo above.)
Cannabis is broken into 2 species: Cannabis indica & Cannabis sativa. Back in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, both evolved in isolated locations, developing distinct characteristics in how they look and how they make you feel when consumed. When you walk into a dispensary, one of the first questions asked is if you prefer indicas or sativas. However, today, scientists and cannabis experts agree that this way of categorizing the euphoric effect of marijuana, based on genetics, is simply untrue. (Read more by clicking the photo above.)
In Florida, medical marijuana first became legal in January 2017. However, it's taken some time for an abundance of dispensaries to open across the state (thanks to the long, drawn-out process growers had to go through in order to open a legal medical dispensary). If you are a valid Florida resident (permanent or seasonal) getting your card might be easier than you think. (Read more by clicking the photo above.)