Let us introduce you or reintroduce you to the healing plant Cannabis. As a dry herb and in extract form, Cannabis is a potent medicine with acclaimed muscle relaxation properties. As with any medicinal product you’re using for the first time, caution is required. We recommend you speak to one of our trained Cannabis consultants to discuss how Cannabis may benefit you. We offer free one-on-one or group consultations so you can make informed decisions about how Cannabis can meet your needs.

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Are you new to Cannabis?

Everyone who uses Cannabis was new at one time. To get you started on the road to relief, we’ve put together some information to help you understand the differences and benefits of the various strains of Cannabis.

Indica vs Sativa

Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica are the two major species of Cannabis. Hybrids are a combination of a sativa and indica. A “strain” is a variant of a particular species or hybrid. Each strain has its own range of effects on the body and mind as well as their own range of medical benefits.

Indica plants generally grow short and wide while sativa plants grow taller and thinner. Indica plants are more common for indoor grow operations because of their short growth. Sativa plants are better suited for outdoor growing due to the fact that some strains can reach heights of over 25 feet.

Best for Daytime Use

Sativas tend to give a more energetic, upbeat high. This is good for use during the daytime when alertness is important.

Best for Night Use

Indicas tend to give a more relaxed, even lethargic high. This is best for times when deep relaxation is desired.

Effects

  • Energetic
  • Social
  • Creative
  • Alert

Effects

  • Relaxing
  • Sedating
  • Increased Appetite
  • Enhanced Sensations


Benefits

  • Up-lifting and cerebral thoughts
  • Stimulates and energizes
  • Increases focus and creativity
  • May help with depression

Benefits

  • Pain releaving
  • Muscle relaxing
  • Reduces spasms and seizures
  • Relieves anxiety or stress

Cannabis hybrids are a cross between two or more sativa and indica strains. Most hybrids tend to be a balance of both the effects and benefits of the original strains, but are usually either more sativa-like (sativa dominant), or indica-like (indica dominant).

Strains can also have a high level of CBD with a low level of THC. These strains are an excellent choice when the medicinal benefits of CBD are desired with less of the the intoxicating effects typically associated with higher THC strains.

The Methods

There are many ways to use medical cannabis. The effects may vary from one method to the next. Some methods may affect how long it takes for the effects to be felt, or how long the medicine remains effective. Each patient should find which form of Cannabis and method of use is best for them.

Inhalation Methods

Smoking
The most traditional form of using Cannabis is smoking the dried flowers (“buds”). Hash and kief are also ingested this way. Cannabis can be smoked through a pipe (a “bowl”), rolled into a cigarette (a “joint”), or smoked using a water pipe (a “bong”). For most patients, the effects from smoking Cannabis are felt almost immediately. Depending on the individual and the cannabinoid content and potency of the Cannabis strain, effects wear off almost completely within 1.5 to 4 hours.

Vaporizing
A vaporizer is a device that warms the dried Cannabis flower causing the cannabinoids to vaporize so they can be inhaled. Since no plant material is burned, there is no smoke. Use caution and patience when vaporizing until you’re experienced with the dosage. A little can go a long way.

Cannabis concentrates can also be vaporized. Concentrates are extracts of Cannabis that contain all the active ingredients without any plant material. Concentrates typically have a sticky sap or wax like consistency and only a tiny amount is required to produce the desired effects.

Oral Methods

Edibles
Cannabis can be infused into any oil or butter that is can then be cooked in practically any food product. Edibles, as they are known, usually take longer to take effect than smoking or vaporizing, often 30 minutes to an hour or more. Doses can be difficult to judge, so it is recommended to eat only small portions of edible medical Cannabis at a time, and wait at least an hour to assess the effects. Edible Cannabis will take effect faster if eaten on an empty stomach. Generally speaking, the effects from eating Cannabis last much longer than other consumption methods and wear off more slowly.

If you feel you have eaten too much Cannabis, do not panic, your symptoms will subside within a few hours.

Tinctures
A tincture is a concentrated form of Cannabis in an alcohol solution. Tinctures are highly concentrated and require careful dosage levels, starting out small and waiting to feel the effects before adding more. They can be taken under the tongue or mixed into water or other beverages.

Topical Methods

Topicals
Topical Cannabis products are applied directly to the skin. Topical products include lotions, salves, balms and creams. Unlike smoking, vaporizing or eating medical Cannabis, topicals produce no high whatsoever.

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Cannabinoids May Help You

Over 70 unique cannabinoids have been identified in the amazing cannabis plant. Many of these cannabinoids interact with the human endocannabinoid system. Some of these bind more seletively and are more specific for medical use.

THC

Tetrahydrocannabinol

  • Eases pain
  • Helps with relaxation
  • Suppresses pain from nerve damage
  • Relieves eye pressures commonly associated with glaucoma
  • Relieves pain caused by glaucoma
  • Stimulates appetite
  • May reduce inflammation
  • Eases nausea
  • Controls Anxiety
  • Supresses muscle spasms

CBD

Cannabidiol

  • Eases Pain
  • May stimulate bone growth
  • May reduce blood sugar
  • Slows inflammation
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Helps control epileptic seizures
  • Eases nausea
  • Controls anxiety

CBC

Cannabichromene

  • Eases Pains
  • Slows inflammation
  • May stimulate bone growth
  • Assists in contraction of blood cells

CBG

Cannabigerol

  • Stops bacteria growth
  • Stimulates bone growth
  • Encourages cell growth
  • Fights free radicals in the blood
  • Anticonvulsant

CBN

Cannabinol

  • Sleep Aid
  • Controls pain
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • May reduce inflammation

THCV

Tetrahydrocannabivarin

  • Appetite suppressant
  • Type II diabetes human testing currently underway

Information provided by The Green Heart Foundation.