What's the difference between THC and CBD?
THC is the active cannabinoid in marijuana that causes a psychoactive effect or simply put, THC gets you high.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and is used mostly commonly for medicinal purposes. Products with high percentages of CBD can help alleviate pain, inflammation, anxiety, and spasms especially epilepsy.
How do Indica and Sativa differ?
Indica cannabis strains are often more of a sedative and can be useful for treating insomnia also best consumed before bed.
Sativa strains typically produce an energizing effect for patients that is more cerebral and is best consumed for social settings, physical activity, and sparking creativity.
Hybrid strains are a happy balance of both indica and sativa.
How can I can consume cannabis?
These days there are many different ways you can inhale and ingest cannabis. Smoking a joint is not the only way to inhale cannabis flower – Vaporizing is an increasingly popular, and much healthier method of inhaling. Oils and capsules have been popular on the medical market for years, and can be taken as is, or mixed into homemade edibles or topicals.
How long does it take to kick in?
How quickly you feel the effects mostly depends on your method of use:
Smoking or vaping. You can begin to feel the effects of cannabis within 2 to 10 minutes. It kicks in quickly because it enters your bloodstream via your lungs within minutes of inhaling it.
What's the correct dosage for edibles?
Here are a few pointers based on anecdotal evidence and some research:
Take a nap. Sleeping can help you relax if your high has you feeling anxious or paranoid. It also gives your body time to process and eliminate the cannabis. You’ll likely wake up feeling refreshed and more alert after a few winks.
Try some black pepper. There’s some evidenceTrusted Source that caryophyllene, a compound in peppercorn, increases the sedative effects of THC, which could calm you. Just take a container of black pepper and have a sniff without inhaling it. Chewing on a couple of whole peppercorns also works.
Try some CBD. Yep, it may sound counterintuitive, but CBD may counteract the effects of THC. Like THC, cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid. The difference is the receptors in your brain that they interact with. THC causes the high you get from cannabis, but CBD has a calming effect that may help dull your high.
Have some lemon peel. Lemons, especially the peel, contain compounds that have a calming effect. In theory, ingesting some lemon peel could counteract some of the psychoactive effects of THC and help you come down. Try steeping some in hot water for a few minutes, then remove them and take some sips.
What Do Labs Test and Why is Testing Important?
The passage of Prop 64 legalized adult-use, recreational cannabis in California beginning in January 2018. It also required that cannabis be tracked from seed to sale, with batch testing done in certified laboratories to ensure safe cannabis products. Labs are required to test for a variety of things, including potency (THC and CBD percentages and ratios) contaminants like mold, mildew, and microorganisms, heavy metals, and pesticides to name a few. This is one of the main benefits of buying your cannabis from licensed dispensaries like Jayden's Journey; you know it has been tested.
What are Terpenes and Why Do They Matter?
Terpenes are found in all plants and determine its aroma and characteristics. In cannabis, terpenes play a direct role in the effects you feel from a particular strain. In fact, many cannabis experts believe a strain’s terpene profile is more important than whether it’s an Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid. For example, linalool is a common cannabis terpene (also prevalent in Lavender) that helps the body relax. Pinene is its opposite, causing enhanced alertness and energy. It smells like it sounds, like a pine tree, and it’s also an excellent bronchodilator. Scientists are discovering more and more terpenes in cannabis, and the results will be truly exciting for both medicinal and adult-use consumers.
What's the correct dosage for edibles?
The potency of edibles can vary widely from product to product. We advise patients to tread carefully when consuming edibles and recommend starting with a 10mg dosage. Always a good idea to reference the product label and follow the suggested consumption instructions.
You will want to avoid eating edibles on an empty stomach as you might be tempted to up the dosage out of pure hunger. Everyone has a different tolerance to THC, for those less experienced, start small dosage amounts. We advise waiting at least 45 minutes to an hour before deciding to up the dosage.
How long will the effects last?
How long the effects last can vary greatly depending on the dose and potency. The more you use and the higher the THC content, the longer the effects will stick around.
How you consume cannabis also affects when the effects peak and how long they last.
Here’s a breakdown, according to Drugs and Me, a site by the Mental Health Education Foundation:
Smoking or vaping. The effects peak around 10 minutes after consumption and typically last 1 to 3 hours, though they can linger for up to 8 hours.
Eating. The effects of edibles usually peak around 2 hours after consumption and can last up to 24 hours.
Dabbing. Similar to smoking, the effects of dabbing usually last 1 to 3 hours. If using a high THC concentrate, you could feel the effects for an entire day.
Cannabis hits everyone differently, so while your high may only last for a couple of hours, you could potentially feel the comedown or aftereffects for several hours or through the next day. It’s best to go low and slow if you’re new to cannabis.
What's the advantage of vaping as opposed to smoking?
The most persuasive advantage is that vaping has shown to reduce the amount of harmful carcinogens and toxins ingested by the patient. Vaping only heats the marijuana while smoking is the combustable form of consumption. We often recommend vaping for customers who have respiratory problems such as asthma, lung cancer, or COPD.
It has also been suggested that vaping is more efficient, producing a stronger effect with the same amount of cannabis. Many users also find that it smells and tastes better as well as being extremely discreet. These advantages also make it desirable for patients who might be new to medical marijuana as it's easier to intake smaller amounts.
With the good also comes some bad. Vapes require a lot of maintenance with constant cleaning and charging necessary for it to work properly. It can also be a pricey investment for someone who is just a casual user. While there are a few disadvantages it's fair to say the pro's definitely outweigh the cons.