What You Need to Know About The Entourage Effect

Couple sitting at the beach with their dog smoking weed and having fun

Couple sitting at the beach with their dog smoking weed and having fun

 

Have you heard people talk about the “entourage effect” but still are not sure what they are even talking about? 

Cannabis is made up of a variety of different compounds that play a unique role in determining the plant’s effects. Your experience of the plant is unique to you. How cannabis impacts our mood, appetite, relief levels, and more, rely heavily on your body chemistry and how it interacts with the various chemical compounds in the plant. THC and CBD are the most abundant compounds found in cannabis, though both interact with different receptors in the brain and body.

 

What is the Entourage Effect

The entourage effect is a mechanism that suggests the compounds in cannabis, such as cannabinoids, terpenes, & flavonoids, work together synergistically to provide a unique set of effects and benefits. When different combinations of these compounds are ingested, their behavior may change producing a range of benefits from pain relief to improved mood or sleep.

Still unclear about how it works? Think of how you act when you are in a professional setting versus how you act among friends. Your personality and demeanor change based on your environment.? 

A study done in 2010 gave cancer patients two different cannabis extracts. One group was given an extract that was purely THC. The other group was given an extract that was equal parts THC and CBD. The group with THC and CBD combo reported having less pain. This would seem to be obvious to us because we know CBD to be a pain-relieving compound. And because that compound was in their extract, the entourage effect proved its point. The existence of a compound can greatly affect the way each compound reacts together. 

That said, though THC and CBD are the main compounds found in cannabis that we are all familiar with, there are many other compounds that play different roles as well like CBN, CBC, and CBG, not to mention terpenes. Terpenes are what produces an aromatic compound that gives cannabis its unique aromas and flavors. Terpenes are some of the most abundant compounds in nature and are also found in things like lavender, eucalyptus, and oranges.

 
Close up of person smoking weed and blowing smoke

How Cannabinoids and Terpenes Work Together

Though more research is still needed in this area, some researchers have theorized that terpenes play a significant role in how we are affected by cannabis. Mainly, that with the addition of a terpene with a specific compound, we can receive different benefits. 

To dig a little deeper, let’s discuss a few examples. 

Let’s look into the cannabis strain Grape Ape. It is an indica strain with 17 percent THC and its main terpene is myrcene, the most abundant terpene found in cannabis. Grape Ape is known for its relaxing properties which also give a mood boost to make you feel happy (due to THC), but can also make you tired (thanks, myrcene.)

With hundreds of different terpenes present in cannabis, research suggests that the presence of these compounds plays a key role in their effects. Here are a few other ways terpenes affect us. 

 

  • Myrcene, which we mentioned above, tends to give a musky, herbal aroma. This terpene is known for its sedative and relaxing properties and helps with inflammation and is an anti-bacterial.
  • The terpene linalool has floral, citrusy aromas and, similar to myrcene, is known for its calming and sedative properties. Linalool is known for aiding in depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia. 
  • Pinene has a sweet, pine smell and has memory retention and alertness effects. It’s typically used for helping with asthma and inflammation.

 

What Cannabis Products Produce The Entourage Effects?

Now that you know a little bit more about the entourage effect and what it means, how do you go to a cannabis dispensary and pick out something that will give you these effects, or how do you steer clear of them?

Consuming cannabis flower is the best choice if you are looking to benefit from the entourage effect. There are also some cannabis extracts that are formulated to provide you with a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes. Look for the products labeled as “full-spectrum”. 

Full-spectrum cannabis extracts contain a rich diversity of terpenes, cannabinoids including THC, THCa, CBD, CBN, and other botanical compounds. Similar to a flower, a full-spectrum product takes into account how the entourage effect plays a role in the product’s effects.  

A broad-spectrum extract includes compounds like terpenes, and other botanical compounds like CBD, CBN, CBG, and CBC but do not contain THC. The presence of THC being the key difference between broad-spectrum and full spectrum. 

An isolate is exactly as it sounds. It’s an isolated compound, like a product only containing CBD. Though there are many who will say that there are less benefits when consuming an isolate or broad-spectrum extract, there are plenty of people who prefer them or are the only things they can access legally. Knowing exactly what you are looking for and what you are putting into your body is important. 

 

A few isolate products you could pick up from your nearby From The Earth cannabis dispensary are:

 

When it comes to knowing what you want out of your cannabis experience there is a lot to take into account. If you are looking for something that gives you a full spectrum of effects, finding a full spectrum formulation will cause you to experience cannabis’s entourage effect. . But if you live in a state where THC is not legal or are not looking for a non-psychoactive experience, an isolate might be more your speed

Talk with your local budtender at From The Earth cannabis dispensary and find the perfect cannabis products you are looking for, no matter what experience you are looking to have.

 

Why It’s Important to Know the Difference Between CBD and THC

Two tinctures one says THC the other says CBD, with cannabis leaf sitting next to them on table

Two tinctures one says THC the other says CBD, with cannabis leaf sitting next to them on tableSince its widespread legalization, the rapidly growing industry of hemp and other cannabis products has raised continuous questions among consumers who plan on visiting a cannabis dispensary. As the market grows and expands, it is important to become educated, as there is still some confusion on the difference between cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products, what they do, how they are used, how they are legally different, and what potential benefits they may have. 

CBD and THC are two natural compounds found in plants of the Cannabis genus. CBD can be extracted from hemp or cannabis, both of which come from the Cannabis sativa plant. In order to be recognized as federally legal, hemp must contain 0.3% of THC or less. CBD is non-intoxicating. It works naturally with our bodies by binding to receptors in our endocannabinoid system. Popular CBD products are sold in the forms of topicals, gummies, oils, extracts, flowers, and more. 

Gummies, such as the pomegranate gummies manufactured by From the Earth, are easy, chewable gummy tablets and can be used to provide relief for anxiety, depression, and pain.

Other products, such as the ReLeaf Balm, are a topical balm that can be applied to sore or overworked muscles and is great for providing relief from inflammation and stiffness.

The main psychoactive compound in cannabis is THC, which is responsible for producing the ‘high’ sensation when you consume cannabis. Our bodies absorb THC & CBD whether it is smoke, eaten, or applied as a topical to our skin. Cannabis legalization has opened the door to a growing list of products including oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, topicals, drinks, and more.

At From the Earth, you can buy a variety of THC products Nighttime Tablets are a sleep aid that can help provide a good night’s rest without the groggy, hangover feeling that some over-the-counter meds can cause. 

While THC and CBD, have a few things in common, they also have some staunch differences and knowing those are essential to being a responsible consumer. 

 

CBD vs. THC: The Chemical Makeup

Though CBD and THC differ in many ways, at their core, they have the same chemical structure: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms.  slightly adjusting how these atoms are arranged has varying effects on the body. 

Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids, which are molecules that help our internal functions run smoothly. Our endocannabinoid system is the bridge between body and mind, it’s what keeps our bodies in homeostasis. CBD and THC have very similar chemical makeups to our naturally occurring endocannabinoids, allowing them to interact with our cannabinoid receptors. When this interaction occurs, it triggers the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals responsible for sending messages between cells, and also have an effect on pain reception, immune function, sleep, stress, and more. 

 

CBD vs. THC: Psychoactive Factors

Even though they share a similar chemical structure, both CBD and THC have very different psychoactive effects. CBD is classified as psychoactive, meaning  CBD is proven to help with issues like anxiety, depression, and seizures but it doesn’t produce the same ‘high’ experience that THC does.

In order to produce a high, the THC consumed will bind the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. However, CBD forms a very weak bond, if one ever forms at all, to these receptors. Without THC, unwanted psychoactive effects such as sedation or euphoria won’t happen. So in other words, without this bond, there is no high. 

 

CBD vs. THC: Legal Issues 

As the current situation in the United States stands, the legality of cannabis-related products is constantly changing and shifting.  36 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis at varying degrees for adult and medicinal use. The 2018 farm bill legalized hemp-derived CBD, this means it cannot contain more than .3% THC. Although this bill does legalize hemp-derived CBD, any CBD that was derived from a cannabis plant is still deemed illegal under federal law. 

Before purchasing any CBD products, it is important to educate yourself on your state’s laws. Should you possess cannabis-related products when they’re illegal, you could face criminal or legal repercussions. 

Currently, 33 states and the District of Columbia have ruled medical cannabis with high levels of THC legal when prescribed by a licensed physician. Some states have taken it a step further and passed laws legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. To read up on the legality of these products as well as a cannabis dispensary in your state, check out this resource.

Tincture bottle and cannabis plant with THC and CBD molecules written overtop

 

CBD vs.THC: Potential Benefits

Due in part to their similar chemical makeup, CBD and THC share similar medical benefits as well. Some of the various health conditions CBD helps with are listed below.

 

  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Psychosis or mental disorders 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Nausea
  • Migraine
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 

In turn, THC helps with the following conditions:

  • Pain
  • Muscle Spasticity 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Insomnia
  • Low appetite
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety 

As indicated by their lists, they help aid with many overlapping medical conditions. However, CBD doesn’t have the aftereffect of getting high.

 

CBD vs THC: Side Effects

The consumption of any sort of chemical has a side effect. THC and CBD are no different in this regard. However, what exactly these effects entail do vary between the two. CBD is well tolerated, even when used in high dosages. 

Potential side effects of THC:

  • increased heart rate
  • coordination problems
  • dry mouth
  • red eyes
  • slower reaction times
  • Impaired thinking or concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia 

CBD side effects may include:

  • appetite changes
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • dizziness
  • Diarrhea

These side-effects are a direct result of the compound’s psychoactive properties. And while neither compound is fatal, excessive use of THC may have a connection to long-term psychiatric effects, especially in teens who consume the product in high amounts. 

 

Conclusion

Overall, THC and CBD infused products have designated medical benefits and are considered safe to use. But as with any drug, over-the-counter, or prescription, your medical history, and current medications should be taken into consideration prior to use. This is an important factor to ensure that you are using cannabis-based products as safely and effectively as possible. Before use, consult your doctor or physician to make sure you are using the correct and legal products.

 

Terpenes 101: What it is and How it Works

Woman holding cannabis up to nose, smelling aroma

Woman holding cannabis up to nose, smelling aroma

Being a part of the cannabis community you have probably heard the word terpene thrown around quite a bit. But do you actually know what it is and what it refers to? 

 

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes come from cannabinoids, just like CBD and THC, and are the aromatic oils that give cannabis its distinct flavors, like citrus, berry or pine. They also play two major roles in every plant’s life as they are the primary component of resin and they protect the flowers from predators.

Terpenes are the most common plant chemical in nature and found in a variety of plants such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs and cannabis. These microscopic aromatic compounds are what give cannabis its distinct aromas like citrus, pine, diesel, or spice.

Cannabis produces over 200 different terpenes though only about 30 of them are found in significant quantities. These terpenes are stored with fats and cannabinoids in delicate resinous glands known as trichomes. 

The way a cannabis plant smells or tastes depends on a number of factors. Everything from genetics, climate, weather, fertilizer, age, soil type, and even the time of day can impact cannabis’s terpene profile.

Terpenes are found throughout the natural world and in various consumer products.  Beauty products, essential oils and even perfumes are infused with terpenes. Some industries use synthetic terpenes which are commonly used for flavoring or as a food additive. 

 

What do Terpenes do?

Studies suggest that terpenes play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. The relationship between cannabis and its effects is known as the entourage effect. This explains that consuming the whole plant has greater effects than each of its individual parts. So terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and other botanical compounds interact synergistically to produce enhanced effects.

While many of us use indica, sativa, & hybrid to describe the effects we are looking for, we really should be talking about terpenes. Indica and Sativa describe the plant’s anatomy – sativas grow tall and have long thin leaves, while indicas are short and stocky with wide leaves. Thanks to modern science, we know a few things about terpenes, and that is each has a unique set of effects it is known to enact. 

Let’s take Terpinolene for example. This terpene has fruity notes and is typically found in energetic, uplifting strains like Super Lemon Haze and Jack Herer. However, Pinene is often found in focused and relaxing strains like OG Kush,  Strawberry Cough, and Harlequin a CBD-dominant strain.. 

If you want to dive in more to see the connection between terpenes and your favorite strain of cannabis, check out this great, interactive strain finder from Leafly

 

Cannabis farm, cannabis plants, grow house

 

What are the Different Terpenes and Their Flavor Profiles?

Now that you know terpenes play such a large role in the flavor profile of cannabis strains, let’s take a look at each terpene and their unique flavors and how they affect you and your high. This way, the next time you stop by your local greenleaf dispensary, you will know even more about the cannabis you are looking for. 

 

Myrcene

Myrcene is the most abundant terpene found in cannabis and is often recognized for its earthy flavor and scent.  Outside of being used in beauty products or perfumes, myrcene is known to promote sleep and relaxation. It is also known for reducing inflammation and chronic pain, and is often recommended as a supplement for cancer treatments.One study found that myrcene makes up about 65% of the total terpene profile in some cannabis strains. 

Myrcene’s notable earthy smell is paired with spicy and musky notes.. Some cannabis strains that contain a high percentage of myrcene are White Widow, Blue Dream, and Special Kush.

 

Limonene

Like its name suggests, limonene has a citrusy aroma which comes as no surprise since all citrus fruits contain large amounts of limonene. Limonene is commonly used in cleaning products and cosmetics due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties  One study even found that it played a role in reducing the size of a tumor. 

Similar to myrcene, limonene is the second most abundant terpene in all cannabis strains but is not necessarily in all of them. It is known for its therapeutic properties and helps to improve mood and reduce stress. 

When shopping at your local From The Earthdispensary an indicator that a strain includes limonene is if they have “lemon” or “sour” in their name. This is because of limonene’s distinct zesty citrus aroma. 

Some cannabis strains with high amounts of limonene in them are O.G. Kush, Super Lemon Haze, Cookies and Cream, and Sour Diesel. 

 

Linalool

Linalool is a terpene that is also found in lavender, mint, cinnamon and coriander. It is also the terpene most responsible for the recognizable smell of cannabis with its spicy and floral notes. 

You will find people who suffer from arthritis, depression, insomnia, seizures, and even cancer all turn to linalool for relief. It could be that, just like the aromatic herbs it’s found in, it too contains strong sedative and relaxing properties. 

The next time you would like to unwind and destress, check out some of these options from your local cannabis dispensary; Special Kush, LA Confidential, OG Shark, or Amnesia Haze

 

Humulene

This terpene is typically found in hops and contains earthy, woody, and spicy notes. Aside from cannabis, you can also find humulene in black pepper, clove, and sage. 

Some research has found a variety of medicinal properties associated with this terpene. It has been shown to be anti-proliferative, meaning it prevents cancer cells from growing in the body. It has also been proven to suppress appetite, which suggests that it could potentially help with weight loss. And like many other terpenes, it also fights against bacterial infections, is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. 

Some popular cannabis strains you can find that contain high amounts of humulene are Skywalker OG, Headband, Girl Scout Cookies, and Pink Kush. 

 

Conclusion

When it comes to understanding cannabis, there are many things to keep in mind. Before heading to your local From The Earth dispensary, do a little research and decide what types of strains you are interested in. Think of the effects you are wanting to feel as well as the flavor profile you would like to try. Are you wanting something high in THC or CBD?

Then stop by your local From The Earth cannabis dispensary or head online to our website and make your purchase online. You can choose to have your items delivered to you or pick up curbside at the cannabis dispensary near you. 

Can Cannabis Help Me to Sleep Better?

Woman stretching arms waking up from a good nights sleep

Woman stretching arms waking up from a good nights sleep

How much sleep do you get on average? According to SleepAdvisor.org, adults aged 26 to 64 should get a recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. However, 35 percent of adults say they don’t get enough sleep (7 hours), according to the CDC. The national sleeping average has continued to decline as the years go on. In 1942, American’s had an average of 7.9 hours of sleep per night, as of 2013, that average decreased by 13 percent, down to 6.8 hours per night. 

So what has caused us to lose sleep and hurt our bodies? Could it be the rise in technology? Possibly. But it could be a number of things. No matter who you are, or what type of work you do, it’s possible that you suffer from some form of sleep deprivation. 

Not only do we stay up all hours of the night on different social media platforms and watching Tik Tok videos for hours on end, but we also put a lot of stress on ourselves. From overworking and not taking time for our mental health, to adding too much to our plate and saying we are fine. 

We are not fine. 

If you think you are overworking yourself and would like to find some type of restorative fix for your mind and body, there are things that can help you. One of those things, though controversial, is cannabis. 

 

How Can Cannabis Help?

There are many ways that cannabis can help our bodies. From adding it to our wellness routine and post-workout session to adding it to our nightly routine to help ease our minds to rest. 

As we get older, our sleep cycles get off track, strongly due to our working mindset. Cannabis can help to restore your natural sleep cycle and help you to sleep better at night with little to no side effects. 

If you’ve had a stressful day at work, cannabis can help you. Its calming qualities help to free your mind and open it up to whatever you wish to do. Whether that be to relax after a long day in a relaxing bubble bath or to simply get a good night’s sleep. 

If you have a hard time falling asleep due to pain or discomfort, cannabis can help to relieve that pain to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. There are different forms of cannabis, which we will discuss later, but they can all help with inflammation and chronic pain. 

 

Know Your Strains

We all know that there are different types of cannabinoids and cannabis strains that you can purchase from a cannabis dispensary that will give you different effects. Not to mention, that the dosages of those strains will give everyone a different effect as well just because our body’s chemical makeups are all slightly different. 

A quick refresher to get everyone up to speed. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is non-psychoactive and is legal in most states. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant that makes you feel high. 

While those are the basic chemical makeups of a cannabis plant, there are also different strains that produce different effects. Indica flowers are known more for their calming and relaxing effects while Sativas tend to give you more energy and make you happy. You can also find hybrids made by a cannabis dispensary that provides information on how much of each strain are included. 

When it comes to helping you sleep, to start out, you can always try a bit of CBD before bed to help calm your mind and relax you. This won’t get you high, and will just help to ease your body and help you to feel less restless. 

However, if you decide to go for the cannabis route for better sleep, though it may sound counterintuitive, you want to choose a strain with a higher level of THC. THC actually helps to induce a deeper sleep. 

Higher levels of THC also reduces REM sleep, which means fewer dreams. So if you are someone who suffers from PTSD, this would be a good solution for you to try so that you spend less time dreaming, which means, fewer nightmares and more sleep. However, you do not want to rely on cannabis to help you sleep long term as it can impair your sleep quality. 

When choosing your strain, another thing to consider is the amount of THC in your cannabis. Dr. Jordan Tishler, a Harvard-trained physician, and cannabis therapeutics specialist suggests using a strain with less than 20 percent THC. Too much will leave you feeling groggy the next day. 

Cannabis dispensary tincture of cannabis

How to Ingest Cannabis for Better Sleep

When it comes to how you want to ingest your cannabis for better sleep there is a lot to keep in mind. Smoking from a joint or pipe will be one of the quickest ways to feel the effects. If you are not a fan of the harshness of smoking, vaping is another option. 

You can also opt for tinctures. Tinctures are great because you can take them either sublingually or add them to your food or beverage. Try adding a drop or two to a glass of water or tea before bed for calming effects. 

One thing that will not work as well is an edible. Edibles take much longer to feel their effects since they have to break down in your liver which takes time. Smoking, vaping, or tinctures are your best option. 

 

Conclusion

As you weigh your options and consider shopping at your local cannabis dispensary for a sleep aid, there are a few things to keep in mind. Be sure to test out whatever you decide on to find the right dosage for you, and do it over a weekend. You want to find the right balance to help you sleep, but not make you feel groggy the next day. Also, be sure to talk with your doctor to make sure that cannabis is the right fit for you to help you achieve better sleep.

4 Ways Medical Marijuana Can Help People

Doctor writing prescription for medical marijuana

Doctor writing prescription for medical marijuana

Many have said that marijuana contains elements that can aid our bodies in many ways. Though we still don’t know much about the drug, and federal testing has been difficult due to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) deeming it a Schedule I drug. This categorizes it alongside harsh drugs like heroin and LSD. 

While there are still about six states which have marijuana fully illegal, others are starting to open up to the idea of at least legalizing medical marijuana. Because of this, more medical marijuana dispensaries are beginning to pop up across the country. If you are interested in seeing your state’s laws on marijuana, this is a great resource. 

 

What We Know

As of right now, the FDA has only approved the use of medical marijuana for those who suffer from two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. 

However, many universities and researchers are doing their best to study the drug in states where the drug is legal. They have seen many benefits to using marijuana for medical reasons to treat several issues many Americans face. These include a number of ailments that cause chronic pain like peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain from diabetes), cancer, chemotherapy, muscle and joint problems and so much more. A study from 2019 also showed that many seniors turn to cannabis to find relief from arthritis and even back pain. 

 

What is Medical Marijuana?

Just as there are many different strains and parts of the cannabis plant, there are many different forms of medical marijuana. Including derivatives of marijuana and synthetic versions. The synthetic forms typically do not give the high feeling traditional marijuana gives, but still gives its health benefits. 

One form of medical marijuana is made up of Marinol, a synthetic form of the delta-9-THC compound found in the marijuana plant naturally. Marinol is typically prescribed to those who have a lack of appetite, vomiting or nausea due to AIDS or cancer, or from the treatment of these conditions. Marinol is only prescribed to those with severe conditions, like those mentioned above. 

Those who do take Marinol can sometimes feel some of the effects traditional recreational marijuana gives such as joy or euphoria, however, it also has its downsides. Marinol can also cause things like upset stomach, paranoia, drowsiness, and unusual thoughts. 

 

Senior woman with arthritis pain holding hand

4 Ways Medical Marijuana May Help You

There are many health benefits we have discussed to marijuana and its properties, but what kind of things can it actually treat? There are a number of conditions that marijuana is said to help with, such as an appetite stimulant, pain reliever, anti-convulsant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and much more. 

Although the FDA has only approved the use of medical marijuana for rare forms of severe epilepsy as discussed above, many researchers have found it helps with many other conditions. Some of which include, chronic pain, glaucoma, IBS, and more. 

 

 

 Pain Relief

Many people have turned to marijuana for pain relief. Whether from a disease like cancer or arthritis pain, marijuana has been shown to help many find healing without the use of prescription drugs. 

One study done by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that participants favored an indica strain from a sativa. As we know, indica strains to give more feelings of calmness and relaxation, while a sativa promotes more energy and a boost in mood. 

In this study, they found that those who preferred an indica strain found help with things like headaches, joint pain, spasticity, and neuropathy. One thing to note with this study is that there was no controlled setting. People were able to use as much or as little marijuana for their pain as they felt necessary and simply reported back their findings.

 

 

Appetite Stimulant

It is known that cancer and AIDS patients go through an increased weight loss and loss of tissue due to their illnesses. Though a controversial subject, medical marijuana has shown many ways in which it can help those with these diseases. Not only helping with pain relief, depression, and anxiety but also an increase in weight gain. 

The use of oral, or smoking, medical marijuana has been used to help treat anorexia in AIDS patients and shown to be the quickest way to get the THC into the system and increase in appetite. A soluble or edible substance, as many know, tends to take longer for the liver to digest which can take hours for it to kick in. 

 

 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

The first to connect IBS with medical marijuana was researcher Ethan B. Russo. While there is not much research to back up a direct link between using medical marijuana to help with IBS, many, like Russo, think that it can. 

Russo theorized that IBS and other health conditions were direct results of a deficiency in the cannabinoid chemicals that our own bodies produce. He also pointed out that IBS is often seen alongside other health conditions such as migraine headaches and fibromyalgia, which Russo theorized may also involve the endocannabinoid system in the body. 

While much research is still needed and being done, some studies have looked at the effectiveness of Midinol, a synthetic form of medical marijuana that we discussed earlier in this post.  

 

 

Inflammation

Both cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have been proven to alleviate inflammation brought about by inflammatory related pain conditions. CBD and THC also help to prevent inflammation by reducing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

There are a number of ways in which you can use medical marijuana to help relieve inflammation. The quickest way to feel quick relief is from smoking or vaping marijuana. However, if smoking isn’t your thing you can always try edibles, solubles, patches, or topicals. Edibles can take longer to kick in but patches can quickly enter your bloodstream through your skin. Topicals are also a great alternative as they can target a direct area to alleviate inflammation pain, are long lasting and are non-psychoactive. 

While research is still needed to determine exactly how medical marijuana can help to treat a variety of illnesses and pains more in depth, we do see a lot of benefits from the drug already. If you are in need of relief, visit your local medical marijuana dispensary and talk to our staff to see how marijuana can help you. 

Must-Have Marijuana Accessories for the Cannabis Connoisseur

Marijuana glass pipe with marijuana grinder and lighter and other accessories

Marijuana glass pipe with marijuana grinder and lighter and other accessories

Whether you are a cannabis connoisseur or a marijuana master, having the right marijuana accessories is always a must. But what types of accessories does one need and where can you find them? 

Let’s go over some of the must-have items you need to have ready in your marijuana arsenal. 

 

Accessories for Smoking

When it comes to smoking marijuana there are a number of accessories you need, even just for the actual smoking itself. But, there are also plenty of other accessories that you could use to go along with them. 

 

Ashtray

An ashtray is definitely needed when it comes to smoking. Whether you are smoking a joint or pipe, it’s a necessity. No one wants to have roaches discarded throughout their house or ashes on their coffee table, and you can’t and don’t always want to have to smoke outside. So having a handy ashtray in prime smoking locations is a must. Plus you can pick your style and show off some flair when it comes to choosing an ashtray. You can go for something subtle and minimalistic or flashy and decorative to add a little extra pizazz to your living room decor.

 

Bong

Bongs are a fun change of pace when it comes to smoking. Some even say that taking a hit from a bong hits harder and faster than smoking. But as we all know, marijuana affects people differently. A bong is great for anyone who doesn’t like the harsh burning feeling you get when smoking a joint or from a pipe. With a bong, the water creates a vapor in the chamber which is what you inhale, and not by breathing in straight from the flower itself and getting that scorched feeling in the back of your throat. So if you are looking for something a little less harsh, a bong is a great accessory to have.

 

Multiple marijuana glass pipes in weed shop

Glass Pipe

If you like smoking joints and don’t want to invest in a bong, a glass pipe is a good alternative, or just a great piece to add to your collection. Glass pipes are used to smoke dried marijuana products and make for a smoother hit than that from a joint. 

Owning a glass pipe is also nice because you won’t have to worry about buying papers all of the time when you want to smoke. All you need is some good cleaning supplies, which we will discuss soon. Plus, glass pipes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Mini pipes are great for a quick one-hit session to yourself with easy cleanup, or you can go all out and get fun pipes that look like an elephant. The possibilities are endless when it comes to glass pipes and make for a great conversation. 

 

Grinder

If you are smoking, you definitely need a grinder in your accessory toolbox. A grinder is used to grind down the flower and break down the buds into hash that can be used for smoking joints, pipes, and more. Grinders can be either manual or electric, similar to a coffee grinder. You can also get grinders that have a screen or filter inside that help to keep all of the larger bits out of the smaller, ground-up bits that are used for smoking. 

 

Accessories for Vaping

 

Vaporizer

A vaporizer is a great way to get high without the toxic and carcinogenic properties that come with smoking a joint or from a pipe. Vaporizers heat marijuana to the point that only the cannabinoids are released, making for a cleaner and healthier smoke session compared to that of a joint.

There are also three types of vaporizers on the market today that you can pick up from your local weed shop. Vape pens and portable vaporizers are a popular version as they can be discreet and used anywhere. There is also a larger version that is not exactly portable but makes for a great vape session with high-quality vapor. 

 

Battery and Case

It goes without saying that if you get a vaporizer, especially a vape pen, you will definitely want to invest in an extra battery and case. Though some vape pens can use a USB charger, it all depends on your pen. Be sure to do your research and always have these accessories handy. 

 

Cleaning Accessories

As we mentioned before, when it comes to owning a pipe or bong, having the proper cleaning supplies is a must. Especially for those who smoke daily, you want to make sure you keep your pipes and bongs clean so that you don’t end up getting sick or create a clog in your piece that is hard to clean. 

For heavy consumers, it is best practice to clean your glass pipe every one or two days. For others who only smoke now and then, it’s best to clean your glass pipe after each use so that you have a clean pipe the next time you go to smoke. Cleaning with fresh water helps to create a tastier and more pleasant experience. But be sure to let your pipe dry completely before storing it. If you don’t clean your pipes often, you could develop bacteria, microorganisms, and or a slimy biofilm. 

 

Good Brushes and Cleaners

Aside from just using water, it would also be a smart idea to invest in a cleaning kit that includes a variety of brushes designed specifically to get into the hard to reach areas that marijuana can accumulate in your pipe or bong. Some kits also include specially formulated cleaners to keep your glass pipe in top shape. 

 

Other Thoughtful Accessories

When it comes to smoking marijuana, no matter how you do it, there are a number of other accessories that everyone should consider. 

 

Eye Drops

If you plan on going out in public and don’t want to draw any extra attention, eye drops are a good accessory to have on hand. Because THC lowers blood pressure in the body, this causes capillaries and blood vessels to dilate creating red eyes. You can always choose an eye drop solution you think is best, but there are also some eye drops that are specifically formulated to treat red eyes due to smoking weed. 

 

Storage Containers

To keep your marijuana safe, fresh, and mask the smell, having good storage is important. It also helps to keep out moisture that could create mold and ruin your stash. Mason jars make for great containers, but you can also find specially designed containers at your local weed shop. 

 

Conclusion

When it comes to marijuana, having the right accessories is a must. We hope our list helps you to find some solutions to your cannabis needs. Be sure to stop by your local From The Earth weed shop to pick up any of these accessories to add to your cannabis kit!

What You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products

CBD oil, marijuana leaves and CBD tinctures, CBD beauty products

CBD oil, marijuana leaves and CBD tinctures, CBD beauty products

Walking down the beauty aisles at any retail store you will start to notice CBD taking over the shelves. Thanks to the loosed regulations in the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD oil, so long as it is extracted from an industrial hemp-based plant, labeled correctly, and has lower than 0.3 percent THC, is legal to use. 

 

One of the most asked questions about CBD beauty products, or anything containing CBD in general, is “will it get me high?” The answer is no. Because these products are to have lower than 0.3 percent THC, you cannot get high from CBD infused products. THC is the cannabinoid that, in high percentages, will produce euphoric properties and creates a head high. CBD, the other main cannabinoid, has more health benefits and calming effects.

 

Thanks to the loosened laws and the latest scientific studies coming out about CBD and how it can offer many health benefits, CBD is here for beauty, and you should be too. 

Woman smelling Papa & Barkley calming balm at From The Earth

Everyone is on the CBD Beauty Product Train

 

Many celebrities have fallen in love with CBD beauty products. The beautiful and funny Melissa McCarthy applied CBD oil to her feet while getting ready for the 2019 Oscars. Not only to alleviate some of the stressfulness that comes with preparing for the Oscars, but also to remove any discomfort from her feet from the heels she wore that night. 

 

McCarthy is not the only celeb rocking CBD beauty products on the red carpet. Other superstar celebrities like Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie, Mandy Moore, and Michelle Williams have also used CBD products on their feet, calves and ankles to help ease the pain of wearing heels, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Even the Oscar afterparty included some CBD beauty products for everyone to enjoy. From curated CBD goodies to a vape lounge, cannabis made a statement at the Oscars. 

 

Why Buy Beauty Products with CBD?

 

CBD has many benefits to our skin and body. It contains many vitamins like vitamins A, D, and E, along with fatty acids and anti-inflammation properties. These fatty acids are also found naturally in our bodies, which makes using CBD beauty products even more efficient. 

 

The anti-inflammation properties CBD beauty products provide can help our skin in many different ways. From helping to heal dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema and it even fights against signs of aging and acne. This is one reason why some of the most popular CBD beauty products are lotions, creams, and serums. 

 

These body lotions and creams are also great for massages, whether that be after a hard workout or for pleasure. The CBD properties target the area in which you applied the cream to and help to ease and relax the muscles quickly. Topicals are the perfect form of CBD beauty product that you can easily add into your daily skincare routine. Plus, you can use it as much or as little as you want throughout the day with no major side effects. 

What Types of CBD Beauty Products are there?

 

When it comes to beauty products in general, there are tons of things out there for you to try and get your hands on. The same can be said for CBD beauty products. If there’s a beauty product, there’s likely a version of that product that contains CBD. 

 

As mentioned before, some of the most popular items are lotions and creams. You can find many of these CBD beauty products at retail stores or even your local dispensaries. You might even catch yourself picking up a few other things to help you wind down while using some of your new CBD beauty products. Some popular brands include Papa & Barkley, Vertly, Kush Queen, and Care by Design.

 

Papa & Barkley have a variety of different versions of their CBD relief product. You can choose to get a balm or lotion, or even drops (tincture), capsules, or oils. Their 1:1 Repair Cream is specifically designed to help with sensitive areas like your face and neck. It also uses the whole plant profile to provide a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients. The Papa & Barkley 1:1 Repair Cream uses natural ingredients to help rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking healthy and youthful.

 

If you are looking for the perfect way to unwind after a long day, try a Kush Queen bath bomb. They describe their bath bombs as using “organic essential oils and cannabinoids to create effect-specific full-body experiences.” 

 

Vertly is another popular CBD beauty product brand that offers many things like face serums, bath salts, relief lotion, and even lip butter. Their lip butter includes full spectrum Hemp Extracts to help “you feel great knowing you’re absorbing a little bit of Hemp Extract with every swipe of Vertly on your lips.”

 

Are you someone who has uncomfortable dry skin? Cannuka CBD Healing Skin Balm might be the wonder balm you have been looking for. Cannuka’s blend of Manuka honey, CBD, and other natural ingredients create a calming and moisturizing protective layer for your skin. Add it in as part of your nightly routine or whenever you feel your skin is needing a little extra moisture. Cannuka also has other skincare products you can use alongside its healing balm that all contain CBD. From the Cannuka Hydrating Lip Balm to the Cannuka Harmonizing Face Cream, you can have your entire skincare routine include CBD for an overall calming feeling. While CBD beauty products are great for their calming effects, as we have discussed, they also include many other benefits for our skin. CBD is great for reducing inflammation which can cause dry skin, acne, and wrinkles. 

 

The next time you are shopping for new skincare products, want to try to heal your skin, or are just looking for a nice lotion for a calming nightly skincare routine, consider a product that contains CBD. 

 

How are Cannabis and Religion Connected?

Young marijuana plant growing in the sunlight
Young marijuana plant growing in the sunlight

When you really sit and think about it, it’s no wonder that people of certain religions have used cannabis in their rituals. Cannabis and religion go hand in hand when it comes to finding a spiritual awakening. Many religions have used cannabis for its psychoactive properties, some 16th-century texts even mentioning “seeking to see ghosts.”

But how do different religions use cannabis in their religious practices? How did it all start? 

Cannabis in Ancient and Modern Day China

About 20 years ago, farmers in China discovered a mummified corpse. The man seemed to be of high social status as he was well dressed and had with him many possessions including a harp, archery equipment and a few other items that lead researchers to believe that the man may have been a shaman. Also found with the man was 789g of dried cannabis. 

Scientists were able to analyze the marijuana and could prove it to be so as it was very well preserved and contained THC. However, no pipes or any other clues were found in the tomb with the shaman to prove that it was to be smoked. Some researchers mentioned that it could have been for use in the afterlife as a “medicine or for visionary purposes.” 

As mentioned previously, cannabis has long been used for its mind altering properties. Taoists, those who practice Taoism, an ancient Chinese practice, have been known to use cannabis as an incense. They use it to help guide them on their spiritual journey beyond the mortal plane. 

Man in India smoking marijuana with chillum

Cannabis in India

Cannabis has long been found in India and has been used for centuries in religion. Dating as far back to 2000 B.C., the sacred Hindu text The Vedas, mentions cannabis as one of the five sacred plants. It was said to have a guardian angel who lived in it’s leaves.  

In the Hindu tradition, there are three types of cannabis preparation that are commonly used, even to this day. The first is known as bhang, which is typically made using nuts, spices and sugar and combined with cannabis and boiled in milk. 

Bhang is said to be associated with the god Shiva. According to legend, Shiva was wandering in the hot sun in a field after a family dispute. Tired from the heat and the altercation with his family, he fell asleep under a leafy plant. When he woke up, his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to sample the leaves from the plant. Feeling instantly rejuvenated, he decided that was his favorite food. 

The second preparation of cannabis is called ganga. This form is stronger than bhang and is made from the flower and upper leaves of the female plant and then smoked. Charas is the third preparation and is also stronger than bhang. Also known as “black gold” or “finger hash”, it is made from extracted resin from an almost-mature flower bud by rolling it in your palms. The resin is then smoked in a pipe called a chillum, and is usually shared between two to five people. 

Rastafarianism and Cannabis

When one first thinks of a Rastafarian they may go straight to a stereotype of a Rasta sitting somewhere with a big joint in his mouth listening to Bob Marley and just living life. However, Rastafarianism is far from that. 

Rastafarianism follows the text of the Old Testament. They believe that marijuana is mentioned various times throughout the Bible and interpret it as such. For instance, “eat every herb of the land” is interpreted as all herbs including marijuana, and God put them there for man to use. 

Rastafarians only smoke marijuana during ceremonies, known as reasonings, to bring them closer to Jah (God). Reasonings are very meaningful ceremonies that can include deep meditation, prayer, debates, and other discussions. 

Rastaman began using cannabis in their religious practices as early as the late 1800s. One of the most popular Rastaman is Bob Marley, though what you may not know is that he did not see a purpose in smoking marijuana recreationally. He saw himself as a holy person, as most Rastafarians do, and saw cannabis as a holy rite which opened the door to help him get closer to his creativity. 

How Do Religions Use Cannabis in Ceremonies and not Recreational Use?

An interesting thought one might have is how and why most religions who use cannabis for their religious practices and ceremonies only use it for that, and no recreational use outside of their practices. There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about this. 

One is that cannabis is always used in some sort of ritual, meditation, or other religious ceremony to bring one closer to a higher power. The second is that it is never mentioned to be used outside of these religious rituals, you only use them to be closer to a divine being, nothing else. It’s all about context and how others around you view it and how you see it yourself. 

Conclusion

Many religions use cannabis in their religious practices, the ones we have mentioned, and many more beyond that. Cannabis has been around for centuries and has brought us closer to a higher power. Whether that be through smoking with a pipe or burning it as incense, or even ingesting it in a mixture or drink. We all seek to find peace and tranquility through our meditation practices and religious ceremonies, and cannabis is here to help us reach our peak and communicate with our divine beings.

What Happens When Art and Cannabis Collide

Young woman smoking marijuana joint by window
Young woman smoking marijuana joint by window

Art and marijuana have always gone hand-in-hand with one another. Many artists of different cultures and mediums, from sculptures to painters and photographers, have all dabbled in the marijuana experience while creating their art. 

Why It Works

Scientists have said that cannabis helps to stimulate the frontal lobe, which is an area of the brain that is very active in creative people. That said, cannabis affects everyone differently. If you are an artist wanting to boost your creativity with the use of cannabis, you have to find the right dosage, or sweet spot. 

Also, knowing the strain you are using can help as well. Keeping in mind that an Indica will keep you more calm and mellow, while a Sativa will give you a boost of energy. 

How Cannabis and Art are Colliding

Now that cannabis and the use of marijuana is starting to become legal across the United States, we are starting to see different ways people are combining the use of cannabis and art. Even businesses are starting to pop up in areas where the drug is legal and are inventing fun, interactive art activities for people to take part in like Puff, Pass and Paint or Marijuana and Mimosas. 

There are even businesses that are adapting to the new legality of the drug and introducing special classes to their schedule like Paint & Puff, a 420 friendly painting class. 

Cannabis Artists

You may be wondering if any artists you know or have heard of have ever used marijuana to enhance their creativity while creating art. 

One artist many people have heard of is William Shakespeare. A study done in 2001 in South Africa by anthropologist Francis Thackeray and his team may have found traces to indicate that our beloved English playwright in fact smoked marijuana, among other things. 

The team was loaned 24 tobacco pipes from Shakespeare’s garden that date back to the early 17th century. While they can’t prove that they were his or that they were used by him, they were found on his property. The team analyzed the 24 pipes and found evidence of cannabis as well as Peruvian cocaine. 

Thackeray noted that before he started this research with his team, he read all of Shakespeare’s sonnets. In an unpublished manuscript, Thackeray suggests that Shakespeare may have used marijuana as a “stimulant that had mind-stimulating properties.”

Snoop Dogg smoking joint on stage at concert with sunglasses on

Cannabis in Pop Culture

In today’s culture, you can probably name a few artists who use marijuana. From famous rappers like Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, to celebrity personalities like Willie Nelson and Cheech and Chong. 

Though we may know these famous names and how vocal they are about their love for marijuana, they use their artistic vision along with their love of cannabis, to create not only their art, but ways of sharing their art with their fans. 

In an interview with “The Cut” in 2015, Snoop talked about his use of marijuana for wellness and sleep. Snoop was in town for his annual 420 Wellness Retreat, which is Snoop’s way of celebrating 4/20 with his fans with “music, cannabis culture and overall wellness.”

In his interview, Snoop mentioned that he starts his day “lighting one up and eating some fruit.” He goes on to talk about how cannabis helps in his wellness routine. “Cannabis keeps me feeling good and allows me to be more creative, which is important as an artist. You gotta keep feeling inspired. Weed relaxes you and opens your mind.”

"The Farmer" mosaic art piece by Chronic Art, Cliff Maynard. Older man with glasses, hat and white beard with marijuana plants around him.
“The Farmer” from Chronic Art Facebook Page.

Cannabis Art

While most of us know many musicians and actors who use cannabis to help them make their art, there are many other types of artists out there who create purely cannabis art. 

Cliff Maynard is a mosaic artist who not only uses cannabis to create his art, but uses the paper too. Maynard uses roaches, or the remains of a blunt, to create stunning, layered mosaic works of art. What started as an experiment while attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, turned into what he calls “recycling on a higher level.” Maynard has created different types of mosaics from portraits of John Lennon and Bob Marley, to advocacy and activist flyers and even the 2009 official collector’s poster for Hempfest in Seattle. 

Tony Greenhand, is known to many as the “world’s greatest joint roller.” Why? Because he creates smokable sculptures that one could only dream of. By scrolling through his Instagram, you can find fun creations like Bulbasaur, The Pink Panther, the Lombardi trophy, and a collection of Rick and Morty characters, just to name a few. Greenhand has even created his famous cannabis art for marijuana enthusiasts like Tommy Chong and B.o.B.

Alyssa Serpentini is doing her part in hopes to break the stigma around cannabis art. Serpentini creates landscape art and layers rich colors to emphasize the flower and make something that looks different than what most people are used to seeing when they think of cannabis art. By using various techniques with acrylics and glazes, she showcases her pieces similar to how one would see paintings of trees and wildflowers, to help emphasize the similarities between the plants. Serpentini also uses hemp in her products by mixing her modeling compound powdered hemp. 

Conclusion

As we can see, there is much more to cannabis art than meets the eye. From artists using cannabis byproducts in their art or as their art, to smoking marijuana to feel inspired and creative. While we have merely touched the surface of cannabis art, there are tons of cannabis artists out there creating beautiful works of art. 

A quick search on Google or Etsy and you will find the typical types of art you might think of, like psychedelic colors and aliens, but you will also find beautiful drawings of cannabis flowers and even a few pop culture references thrown into the mix. No matter the medium, no matter the use, cannabis art is a creative avenue with many forms and variations.

How to Cook with Cannabis

Hand stirring cookie dough with chocolate chips and marijuana leaves around bowl
Hand stirring cookie dough with chocolate chips and marijuana leaves around bowl

Before we hop into how you can cook with cannabis and somethings you want to consider when doing so, it’s first good to know why you might want to try making edibles. Sure you may have tried a bunch of other cannabis forms like vaping, topicals, and blunts, but when your body digests a cannabis-infused edible, you get a completely different experience. 

An edible may take a bit longer for the effects to kick in, sometimes around 30 minutes to a few hours, but when it does, it’s a euphoric feeling. When you ingest an edible it has to pass through your liver which then has to break down and metabolize the delta-9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC which hits harder than any other form of marijuana.

Another great reason for learning how to make your own cannabis-infused oil for cooking recipes is that you will save money in making your own edibles. If you find that you are always buying premade cannabis items like cookies and candies, why not try making some on your own?

When it comes to cooking with cannabis there are many ways to go about it. You can use tinctures, which is easy, but not as fun, and can get pretty costly down the line if you like to cook with marijuana often. Or you can make your own cannabis-infused oil or butter, which can go a long way. However, there are some things to consider when making your own cannabis-infused oils for cooking. 

Know Your Strain

Like any marijuana item, everything affects you a little differently. So before you get started, think about how you want your final product to affect you or your guests, if you intend to make something to share with others. Do you want something high in CBD for a relaxing feeling? Maybe you want an energetic Sativa to boost your mood and get you feeling more productive? Or are you thinking about curling up on the couch with a sedative-inducing Indica? 

However you are feeling, just make sure you get the strain you want before moving forward with your oil. A good rule of thumb is to pick a strain that has low THC levels, something that you might use to vape that is around 10-15% THC. As for the amount of cannabis you use, an ounce is usually good enough, but it is up to you. 

Also, make sure that the strain you use is a rich terpene profile to get the most health benefits out of your oil. 

Wooden table with rolling pin and cookie dough with marijuana leaf cut out

What Are you Using to Make Your Oil?

When it comes to making the oil or adding your marijuana to your food there are a couple of ways you can go about it. As mentioned previously, an easy way to get what you want is to buy a tincture and add that into your mix. It’s easy to do but can get pricey. 

Making your own oil out of a flower, stems, trims, or flower that has already been vaporized (ABV), is a common way of making your own oil. One big thing to make sure of is that you completely dry out your flower or stems before adding it to your oil. 

You Won’t Know Your Dosage

One downside to making your own edibles and edible oil is that you won’t know the dosage of your final product. Sure, you will know how much marijuana you used to make it, but that doesn’t that mean you know the exact amount of oil that is in each piece. 

You might make a batch of brownies and eat one and not feel a thing while your friend had one and is over the moon. What could have happened? You probably didn’t mix your batter well and the oil was unevenly distributed. When mixing the oil make sure you mix it very, very well. This will help to get an even amount of cannabis oil throughout your mixture and help with even dosages. 

Another thing you can do to test the potency of your oil is to try a little bit before adding it to your mixture. Take a ¼ or ½  a teaspoon for yourself as a personal dose and add it to your food or drink. Sit on it for about an hour and see how it affects you. Then you can use that as a baseline when adding the oil to your mixture for your food. 

Hand adding drops from tincture to pasta

What Type of Oil Are you Mixing With?

The type of oil you mix your cannabis with can make a big difference in taste. You want to aim for a high-fat oil like coconut or canola oil. Just be aware that canola oil has a higher smoking/boiling point than coconut oil. 

When infusing your cannabis with the oil, you want to submerge it in the oil and keep it at a consistent heat. There are many different ways of doing this. Some people like to use a saucepan, and with doing this you have to make sure you keep an eye on it. You don’t want it to get so hot that you scorch your cannabis but you want it to be hot enough for the cannabinoids to infuse with the oil. Use a thermometer and try to keep it around 160-200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

You can also use a slow cooker which has a little less maintenance to it but you always want to keep an eye on it. This is also much easier to set temperature-wise as you can go low and slow. 

Another method is using the oven, also a slow and steady method but requires a little more from you. You want to heat the oven to 245 degrees, cook for about 30 – 40 minutes and stir the buds every 10 minutes. 

Now that you know how to use cannabis to make your own cannabis-infused oil and some things to keep in mind when making it, what will you make first? Don’t forget to stop by your local From The Earth dispenser to pick up a few flowers to get your recipe started. With so many strains, flavors, and degree of potency, you’ll be using cannabis oil for every meal!

Is CBD Good for My Dog?

Bone shaped, brown, dog treats and marijuana leaf on white table
Bone shaped, brown, dog treats and marijuana leaf on white table

Do you have a dog who suffers from arthritis or cancer? Maybe your dog has bad anxiety or cowers at the sound of loud noises? You have probably been online and searched for ways to help your furry friend with these issues as well as many others and keep seeing the use of CBD, but just are not sure if it’s really helpful or if it might be harmful. 

Unfortunately, there are no studies to show exactly how CBD oil affects dogs but many doctors and veterinarians have looked into the product to see how it can help them. While many states are still working through the legalization of marijuana, some forms of CBD are legal in most states, so long as they are derived from hemp and not marijuana, or the flower, itself. 

This is being followed by many researchers in states where marijuana has been legalized and research is beginning in many avenues on how it can benefit both humans and animals alike. 

So, is CBD good for your dog? Let’s dive in and see what we can learn about CBD oil and how it can help our K9 friends. 

Hemp vs Marijuana

First off, it’s good to note the big difference between hemp and marijuana. Marijuana is not good for dogs. The THC in marijuana that gives you the psychoactive high can affect humans and dogs. One big problem is that it is hard to figure out dosages and a high dose can be very toxic for dogs. 

With that in mind, be sure to keep all of your marijuana up and out of reach of your dog so that you don’t have the misfortunate mishap of your pet getting into your stash. This could be very harmful for your dog, and we want to make sure we keep them safe and out of harms way. 

Hemp, or the pieces that are not the bud, leaf, or resin, contains CBD and has a much lower THC level at about .3%, so it is non-toxic and non-psychoactive. This makes it a better choice for your fluffy friend.

How CBD Oil Can Help Dogs

Much like CBD oil can help people, it can also do relatively the same thing for dogs. It helps with things like inflammation, sleep, anxiety, mood, metabolism, immune system response, seizures, and more. CBD oil targets receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which both humans and dogs have. This system affects your brain, skin, stomach, heart, and even your mood. This is how CBD helps give balance to you and your dogs body. 

Some dog owners have reported seeing their pets go from not eating anything and sitting in a dark corner of the room all day, and barely moving, to being the jumping, lovable, active pup they were in their prime. In fact, a study by Colorado State University in 2016 of Canna-Pet customers showed that 64% of dog owners felt that hemp products helped their pets either moderately or a great deal. 

While experts strongly suggest using caution while trying CBD oil products with your pets, they understand that it gives many benefits for them with no side effects, aside from being a little drowsy. As with anything new that you try for yourself or your dog, start with a small dose to see how it affects them and gradually increase over time if necessary. Remember that this does not mean CBD oil is a cure-all for any issues your dog might have. Always consult your veterinarian if you see any issues arise with your pet. 

White dog looking at hand holding tincture with CBD oil

What Types of CBD Can I Give My Dog

As with humans, CBD oil comes in many different forms that you can give to your dog. You can find anything from tinctures, capsules, dog treats, and topicals for your furry friend. With CBD being a growing industry, and people seeing the potential and rise for CBD oil for pets, there are many ways you can go about giving your dog the relief they need. 

Before purchasing a CBD product for your pet, keep in mind that not all CBD oils are made equal. Always check the label for these specific things to know you are getting something that will not harm your pet. 

  • Look for third-party testing so that you know the product was lab tested for potency and strength.
  • “Full-spectrum” CBD oil is another key phrase to look out for. This means that this CBD oil contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. 
  • Organically sourced CBD is also a key indicator that you are getting a natural oil without any use of pesticides for growth. 
  • Don’t go for the cheap option. You want to make sure that you are getting a good, high-quality product for your dog that won’t contain anything harmful like pesticides, heavy metals, or herbicides. 
  • Check the analysis of the CBD product. There should always be a certificate from the manufacturer that describes the amount of CBD in the product. You want to look closely at this certificate to make sure that there is little to no THC in the product as that would be harmful for your dog. 

It’s also important to know that hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same thing. Hemp oil that does not state that it contains CBD will not have the same benefits as CBD oil. Always be sure to check the label and it will tell you exactly how much CBD is in the product. The more CBD, the higher the price. 

Conclusion

In the end, whether you decide to use CBD oil for your dog is ultimately up to you. Make sure you do your research and make sure that you are buying the best product for your dog to help them with whatever they may need.

Whether it be for joint pain or anxiety, you can find a CBD product that is perfect for your pet. Always remember to check the label before purchasing any product and make sure that it will be safe for your favorite K9 companion. 

How to Make Marijuana Part of Your Wellness Routine

Marijuana leaf, lemon, lavender and cup of tea on marble slab
Marijuana leaf, lemon, lavender and cup of tea on marble slab

These days everyone is focused on their wellness and well-being. From working out, to practicing mindfulness, and eating healthy, we want to do what’s best for our bodies and stay physically and mentally fit for the days to come. 

But have you ever considered adding cannabis to your wellness routine? Marijuana and wellness can go hand in hand quite easily. You might be asking, what types of marijuana are good for adding to your wellness routine? Just about anything you can think of. Edibles, solubles, topicals, and creams are just a few things you can add. Here are some ways you can incorporate them into your everyday wellness routine. 

Womans hands holding tincture with marijuana leafs around

Adding Marijuana to Your Food or Drink

Some might think this sounds weird, but we are not talking about smoking a blunt and eating snacks. Marijuana tinctures are a simple and easy way to add a little buzz to your beverage. 

In the morning, try adding a few drops from your tincture into your coffee or tea as you start your day. Be sure to have your day in mind and pick a high CBD to THC ratio to help you focus on your tasks and not get stuck on the couch. Having a high CBD ratio will also allow you to destress and concentrate on the tasks at hand. 

Tinctures are always great to have with you as they can be easily added to your routine. Whether you decide to add it to your drink or take it sublingually, you can use it throughout your day to destress and focus.

During the day, if you find yourself stressed and needing a little bit of a pick me up to get you through the afternoon, try a little something with Sativa and a low THC level to help boost creativity and overall well-being. 

Marijuana and Your Work Out

Adding marijuana before, after, or during your daily workout routine can benefit you in many ways. If you like to vape, vaping a blend with a low THC ratio helps to open your mind and help you to even workout a little longer than you typically would as it can have time-altering effects on your brain. Vaping is also easy on your lungs, so they won’t take a hard hit. This is a great idea if you like to practice yoga or tai chi to really open your mind during your workout session. 

If you are a hardcore gym-goer and like to get your blood pumping, try a blend with more CBD and an energy-boosting Sativa. Cannabis is a proven anti-inflammatory agent that can help you to workout longer since your muscles won’t be hurting as quickly as they typically do. It will also help you to recover more quickly once your workout is done so you won’t be too sore and achy after a hard and rigorous workout. 

Marijuana Massage

After that hard workout, you had this afternoon, you might want to lay down and relax. You could probably go for a nice massage to work out your muscles too. Massages can help with a variety of issues from anxiety to headaches. Adding marijuana to your massage is perfect as it helps in aiding these problems you may have as well as helping to aid in better sleep, relieve tension, and more. 

Reach for a cannabis-infused topical to quickly soothe a pain point on your body for fast-acting relief. There are many topicals to choose from like

  • Balms
  • Body Creams
  • Body Oils
  • Bath Bombs
  • Patches

Using a CBD infused topical can help to reduce acute and chronic pain in your joints and muscles and target them for quick relief. They will also help to reduce inflammation and promote relaxation. The benefit of creams and oils is that you can apply them liberally as needed and not get a head high from THC and still receive the relief you need. 

Be wary with the topical you choose, as like any cannabis-infused product, they all have different effects and durations. Patches typically have a higher THC dose and enter your bloodstream for a quickly induced high. While a 1:1 bath bomb will soothe your pain and help you to relax and unwind without too much euphoria that you can still concentrate and get on with your day. 

Young woman meditating in grass in outside open area

Marijuana Mindfulness

Meditation is a perfect way to start your wellness journey. As it is a cornerstone of wellness, practicing meditation can help you to ease your mind and block out stress from a busy and tiring day. Mindfulness meditation is all about focusing your mind and becoming one with your body and soul. Though it may sound hard at first, adding marijuana to your mindfulness meditation will help you to stay focused and quiet your mind. 

Practicing mindfulness meditation with the addition of marijuana has been around for thousands of years. Marijuana helps to broaden your mind and really focus on what is happening. Body mindfulness can be especially euphoric as you focus on the way your body feels. From the top of your head to the tips of your fingers and toes, it’s all about focusing on your senses. Do you have a tingling feeling anywhere, are you touching anything, what is your space like? All of these are even more enhanced with the addition of marijuana as you can really hone in on these feels and focus all of your energy on your senses. 

To help in your meditative mindfulness journey, find a hybrid that can give you full-body properties for all-over relaxation but not too much of a head high that you feel totally sedated and out of it.

Conclusion

As you focus on your wellness and well-being, see how you can add marijuana into your wellness routine. Whether it be from a tincture in your morning coffee or a topical cream as you unwind during the evening, marijuana can help to take the stress out of your day. 

(877) 278-1016