Marijuana Tea for Chronic Illnesses and Pain

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Medical marijuana is gaining popularity as a complementary medicine to help with many symptoms associated with chronic illnesses. While many people are curious about how marijuana (or cannabis) may help improve their symptoms, they are also reluctant to smoke the substance. However, there are ways that medical marijuana can be administered, including in tea form. Medical Marijuana Infused Drinks

According to thealternativedaily.com, here are five ways that cannabis tea can help relieve some of the symptoms people with chronic diseases live with.

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One Gram of Cannabis What does it Look Like? Cannabis Quantities a Visual Guide

 

0690C9BA-2509-4C42-B3E3-C3E8CEA3369BA gram, eighth, or ounce — what does it all mean?! We’ve all been there. Attempting to make sense of the names associated with different cannabis quantities can be challenging. Central to the confusion is conceptualization of weights, which depend on both product size and density.

If you are new to cannabis, we hope this visual guide will provide you with a general framework to wrap your head around the common sale quantities for both flower and concentrates. Keep in mind that these depictions are approximations, given that density varies (at times drastically) between products.

Watch Regina as she gives a visual depiction of the differences in sizes of a cannabis gram, ounce, and everything in between.Video can be seen HERE

For reference here are how many grams there are in an ounce:

* 1/8 ounce = 3.5 grams
* 1/4 ounce = 7 grams
* 1/2 ounce = 14 grams
* 1 ounce = 28.35 grams

If you prefer a static resource, here’s a visual guide to cannabis quantities.

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Now boldly step into the dispensary with your newfound wisdom and order with confidence!

Original article by: KAYLA WILLIAMS on November 18, 2014

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5 Ways Cannabis Could Be Helping Alzheimer’s Patients

If you’ve been keeping a pulse on medical marijuana studies in recent years, you’re probably already keen to the fact that cannabis compounds are demonstrating some promise in the lab.

We’re looking back at some of the research shedding light on a new avenue of medicine, one that explores the fascinating role our endocannabinoid system plays in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Looking forward, just imagine what we will accomplish once those legal barriers surrounding cannabis research are lifted on a federal level. Read more

Cannabis and ADD/ADHD

In the eyes of popular culture, cannabis consumers aren’t exactly models of concentration and cognitive performance. So when a small group of researchers began exploring cannabis as alternative treatment for attention deficit disorders, there was of course some scoffing and skepticism. Nevertheless, with so many medical marijuana patients swearing by its ability to promote focus in place of prescription stimulants, these doctors sought to take a closer look at the scientific basis of this counterintuitive phenomenon.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD, is a controversial diagnosis marked by distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Adults are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, or ADD, which lacks this hyperactivity characteristic, but is similar in other ways to ADHD. More than one in 10 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, a figure that has grown exponentially in the last 50 years. Since 1957, doctors have been treating ADD/ADHD patients with psychostimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta.

weed prescriptionAntonio Rodriguez, diagnosed with ADD/ADHD at age six, had been among the masses prescribed stimulant medications. “I remember having headaches all the time to the point where I wasn’t able to sleep,” Antonio said, adding that his appetite was also nonexistent until treating with cannabis; and not only was cannabis lifting the stimulant side effects, it improved Antonio’s ADD/ADHD symptoms. “For the first time ever, I was in the state where I could really get my mind together.”

Having only been taught the dangers of using cannabis, Antonio was cautious about trying it for the first time. “I got scared about the whole ‘addiction’ side of cannabis,” Antonio said. “I was waiting for the moment my body asked me for weed, but it never happened.” Medical Marijuana Card What is One and How Do You Get One?

For those coming from an anti-cannabis background, explaining its therapeutic properties to friends and family can be difficult. This was no less true for Antonio, despite the fact that his performance in school had won him college acceptance with a scholarship. The reality is, there’s far too little research on cannabis and ADD/ADHD to know exactly how the two interact. Still, the data and results emerging from initial investigations show that there is more digging to be done.

One main physiological irregularity of ADD/ADHD is the brain’s shortage of dopamine, a chemical neurotransmitter involved in cognitive processes like memory and attention. Medications like Adderall and Ritalin stimulate dopamine, thereby promoting concentration, but come with a myriad of unpleasant side effects and withdrawal symptoms.

Dr. David Bearman, a figurehead of cannabis research, has studied the relationship between the cannabinoid system and ADHD and discovered potential therapeutic value as cannabinoids interact with the brain’s dopamine management systems.

“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine,” Dr. Bearman wrote. “This then has the same effect but is a different mechanism of action than stimulants like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and dexedrine amphetamine, which act by binding to the dopamine and interfering with the metabolic breakdown of dopamine.”

Put simply, the compounds found in cannabis, called cannabinoids, could potentially correct the dopamine deficiency observed in ADD/ADHD patients if dosed appropriately and administered safely. Even in its raw form, cannabis is able to provide the mental slowdown necessary for concentration in many patients. Boring and arduous tasks become more manageable, and mood swings tend to level out. But why?Medical Marijuana Strains

“The most accepted theory about ADHD rests on the fact that about 70 percent of the brain’s function is to regulate input to the other 30 percent,” Dr. Bearman says. “Basically the brain is overwhelmed with too much information coming too fast. In ADHD, the brain is cluttered with and too aware of all the nuances of a person’s daily experience.”

While most medical professionals agree that anecdotal evidence is not sufficient in recommending cannabis for ADD/ADHD, researchers are optimistic about the potential cannabis is demonstrating. When political blockades let up and further research resumes, it could be that cannabinoid therapy provides a frontier for safer, more effective ADD/ADHD medication.

Original Article By Bailey Rahn

https://www.leafly.com/news/health/cannabis-and-addadhd

Best Medical Marijuana Strains for Insomnia

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What are the best strains for insomnia? — Are you a big fan of hard hitting indicas that leave your body buzzed and couch-locked? If so, then the WoahStork Strain Genie recommends the ten strains below for you! Whether you are looking for a fully relaxed and sedated effect after a hard day at work or you struggle with insomnia and are looking for a good night of sleep, these strains are packed with the appropriate terpene profile necessary to knock you out.

Before we jump into the list — what is it that makes certain strains more sleep-inducing than others? One of the largest contributors is the terpene myrcene. Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis (Mediavilla et al., 1997), which partially describes why cannabis is typically regarded as a relaxing drug. However, many different strains have different levels of myrcene, causing some to be more sedative than others. Myrcene has an aroma which is earthy, balsamic, spicy, and like cloves. Myrcene is naturally contained in many other plants, including mangoes, basil, hops, and lemon grass.

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Cancer and Medical Marijuana

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Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the world, with the death rate of nearly 65%.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure for it. There are conventional therapies, but the possibility of cancer coming back always remains.

It can be, for example, taken out surgically or by undergoing chemotherapy, and if it doesn’t come back in the next five years, the patients are considered to be cured. However, there is no medication developed to kill cancer cells, yet.

While I was doing research for this article I found a number of personal testimonies how marijuana oils helped them beat cancer. However, medical experts are still avoiding cannabis as a way of treatment.

So, the question remains: can cannabis really cure cancer?

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What Are Cannabis Concentrates? 11 Types of Concentrates Explained BY HELENA From Greencamp

Cannabis concentrates come in many forms. They’ve been around for a long time but over the past few years, thanks to the Internet and the recent wave of cannabis legalization, they have rapidly gained in popularity.

Concentrates, and especially dabbing, are the new big thing in stoner circles. As the name suggests, they have concentrated THC and CBD extracts from cannabis flowers. The extracts can also contain other cannabinoids and terpenes.

Today, with new technologies and methods, cannabis concentrates are easier to make than ever before, however, some of the old techniques are still in use today, such as the hand-rolled hash.

Concentrates are packed with several times the cannabinoids found in dried flowers; the potency of concentrates can reach up to 90%, which is why many people, even seasoned weed users, have bad experiences when they first try them.

When consumed carefully and in moderation, concentrates can be safely used by both medical and recreational users.

In this article, we’re going to explore different types of cannabis concentrates, their potency, how to use them, and I’ll give you a few tips on how to easily make cannabis concentrates at home.

What are cannabis concentrates?

Concentrates are processed cannabis products made by separating trichomes and resin from the flowers in order to extract the maximum amount of cannabinoids and terpenes without any of the unnecessary plant material.

Trichomes are super important when it comes to pot’s potency as they are where the cannabinoids and terpenes are stored. Trichomes are little, white hairlike outgrowths on the surface of the plant, and can be seen with the naked eye.

And as you can guess, more trichomes means more cannabinoids and a higher potency product.

Small amounts of concentrates contain substantially more cannabinoids and terpenes than dried flowers. Most flowers contain around 20% THC, while most concentrates have up to 80-90%.

Concentrates can be found in many cannabis products, from edibles to oils and tinctures, and can also be consumed in their purest form by using additional equipment such as dab rigs and vaporizers.

Once you inhale concentrates, the effects hit you almost immediately and last about 1-3 hours.

Different types of cannabis concentrate

There are many different types of concentrates on the market – the types vary depending on the methods of extraction, the chemicals used for the extraction, and the part of the plant used.

Let’s go over each of these to better understand this burning topic.

Hashish

The oldest and most well-known cannabis concentrate, hash spread from the northern parts of India to the Arabian peninsula and Europe. Today, people in every corner of the world enjoy this form of cannabis.

Essentially, the term hash refers to substances that are made by separating trichomes from the plant material and then forming the resin into a coherent mass.

There are several types of hash and ways to make it:

  • Bubble hash – made by separating the trichomes using ice cold water;
  • Lebanese hash – made by drying flowers and rubbing them on a piece of fabric and then pressing the material into slabs;
  • Afghani Royal (aka Royal Border) Hash – made by putting flowers into water or tea to separate the resin, which is afterward pressed into slabs;
  • Charas Hash – made by the well-known hand rolling method;
  • Super Nepalese Hash – also handmade; and,
  • Moroccan Slate Hash – made by dry-sifting.

How to use hash

The two most popular ways to use hash are smoking and eating.

Consuming hash through edibles is recommended if you are trying to avoid smoking. Baking hash brownies is always the classic choice and is very easy to do.

Smoking is the traditional and probably the easiest way to enjoy hashish. One way is to roll it just like a joint, but mixed with a bit of tobacco. Another method is to heat up two butter knives, place the piece of hash between them, and inhale the smoke.

Hash can also be smoked with a bong or in a pipe. I personally like to treat myself whenever I have hashish, so I smoke it in a hookah.

How to make hash at home?

It’s actually quite easy to make hash at home. It might not be as good as Moroccan or Lebanese, but it can be perfect for an occasional treat.

To start making it, just put a few buds between your palms and roll them around.

By doing this, you’ll separate trichomes from the buds and the trichomes will stick to your hands. After a few minutes, you’ll notice a thin, dark, clay-like layer on your palms.

Then, gently remove that layer with a hard-edged object and sprinkle your joint with the crumbs of hash.

Kief

Kief is the simplest form of cannabis concentrate.

If you’ve been using cannabis for some time, you’re already familiar with it – kief is that powdery material that collects at the bottom of your grinder. And when you roll a joint and notice the crystal coating that sticks to your fingers…yeah, that’s kief, too.

Kief is super-potent since it’s essentially trichomes that have separated from other plant material, although it’s rarely pure, most of the time it will have a few plant particles mixed in.

And as you’ve probably figured out at this point, the hash is made from kief.

How to use kief?

Kief is easy to play around with. It’s simple to make and there’s so much you can do with it.

If you have a grinder with a kief catcher, you can use the collected kief to get super high.

One suggestion is to add some oil to the outside of a joint and then roll the whole joint in kief. It will make it stronger and burn slower. You can also use kief by simply sprinkling it in a joint or by making a mix of kief and weed to pack into a bowl.

Moon rocks

One of the coolest ways to use your kief is to make moon rocks. Although they can be a bit expensive to buy, you can actually make them yourself at home.

To make your moon rocks, just dip a nug into some cannabis oil, and then roll it in kief.

There’s one important thing you should remember about moon rocks—don’t grind them. If you put a moon rock in a grinder, the oil will stick to the grinder, the kief will fall off and you’ll lose the potency.

Instead, just break the nug gently with your fingers into smaller pieces. Sprinkle it in your joint and enjoy getting super high.

Rosin

Rosin, or weed wax, is a resin in solid form and is made by applying pressure and heat to buds.

It’s usually made using an industrial press but you can easily make it at home with a hair straightener.

How to make rosin at home?

In addition to the hair straightener, you’ll need two pieces of parchment paper, and something to protect yourself from the heat (such as heat-proof gloves).

Preheat the hair straightener, place the parchment paper on both plates, place the bud of weed on one, and then press the plates together.

Press for 5 to 10 seconds, depending on the temperature of the straightener, until you hear a sizzle.

After the heat-and-press process, you’ll get a translucent yellowish mass ready to use.

Remove the paper and gently unfold it. Use something thin and sharp to separate the sticky mass from the paper.

How to use rosin?

The most popular method to consume rosin nowadays is by twaxing— adding some rosin in your joint, or even adding it to the outside.

The most visually appealing way to do this is to make a snake-like shape out of the concentrate you made, and just wrap it around the joint.

Rosin

You can also use rosin by mixing it with regularly dried flowers in a pipe or in a bong.

Just remember that rosin is more potent than weed, so take it easy.

Hash Oil

Hash oil (or butane hash oil) is extracted by using alcohol to wash away the trichomes from the buds and then heating the liquid until all alcohol evaporates, leaving only the plant extract. The oil can be smoked or used in edibles. This sort of extraction is also the original way of producing cannabis oil.

Shatter

Dabs or shatter are probably the purest form of cannabis concentrates.

Shatter is made by using a solvent, most commonly butane, to extract the purest form of THC. The process is called butane hash oil or BHO extraction. This type of extraction is not safe for DIY projects; there have been serious injuries caused by people trying this at home. And the solvents need to be completely removed from the concentrates before consuming.

Shatter looks like a colored piece of glass with a consistency like hard candy. It’s really potent—it can be up to 80% THC, but it’s not especially rich in flavor.

Shatter is hard to work with since it’s in a solid state. There are several ways to use the final product, from dab rigs to vapes and bongs.

Sugar wax

Another concentrate which is made through BHO extraction, sugar wax looks just like it sounds—shiny, sticky and crumbly.

Cannabis strains that contain terpenes which are particularly prone to retaining water are better for making sugar wax. Sometimes if you are trying to make a shatter, it can turn into wax because of the terpene content.

Since the process of making sugar wax also involves butane, it’s not safe to make at home.

Budder

Budder is something between shatter and wax, but it’s made using the same technique (butane hash oil—BHO extraction).

The first difference is in the purity: budder has fewer cannabinoids but is richer in terpenes. Also, budder is not as solid as shatter, rather it’s more wax-like, so it’s much easier to use.

To use budder, put it in a bong or pipe, add it to a joint or blunt… Chose any of these techniques and you can’t go wrong.

Crumble

The process of extracting is very similar to other wax varieties, with one important difference—the temperature of purging.

After the initial solvent extraction, the rest of the product is left on low heat so the solvent can evaporate gradually. This is the best way to keep the full flavor of the concentrate.

Crumble is easy to handle: just scoop it and pack a bowl or put it in a bong. It works fine for every type of dabbing. However, crumble easily loses its moisture, so it’ll turn into dust-like crumbles. It’s important to keep your concentrate in a sealed container, in a cool place.

Live resin

This is the latest method of cannabis concentrate extraction. Freshly harvested buds are frozen, and then the resin, along with terpenes, oils and cannabinoids, are extracted from the flowers.

This method of extraction is complicated, requires laboratory equipment and is not something you can do at home, so it’s better to look for live resin at your local dispensary.

CO2 oil

This type of oil uses carbon dioxide for extracting the resin. The end product is a pure, liquid concentrate that’s usually used in vaporizers and vaping pens.

CO2 extraction leaves more terpenes in the concentrate, which means more flavor and added medical benefits. However, some in the cannabis community are concerned about the safety of the additives found in some vape oils.

Word of warning

Always keep in mind that concentrates are incredibly potent. Just a small amount of cannabis concentrate contains more THC and other substances than regular buds.

So, if you haven’t tried them before, be extra cautious the first time around.

Just take one hit first, and see how it feels. It’s better to take small hits gradually than to get too high, too quickly and feel horrible afterward.

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