6 Key Questions You Probably Never Thought to Ask About Edibles

Three chocolate chip cookies infused with cannabis

Three chocolate chip cookies infused with cannabis

If you are new to the world of cannabis or have been looking at getting started with cannabis products, there is a lot of information out there. Thanks to the continued legalization and stigmatization of cannabis, more and more products are making their way onto the market. And while this is a very good thing, it can certainly bring about a lot of questions.

Odds are good that you have heard of edibles. Not only are they widely popular, but just about every Hollywood comedy movie for the past 15 years has featured hijinx that follows accidentally eating a batch of ‘special’ brownies. While this certainly draws laughs, edibles are so much more than that! 

So before you place your weed online delivery in Santa Ana, we want to take the time to ask (and answer!) six key questions you need to know about edibles.

 

1.) What are edibles?

Edibles are so much more than ‘pot brownies’. To put in simple terms, an edible is any food or drink that has been infused with THC or CBD. They can exist in many different forms, including gummies, baked goods, drinks, candy, and more! Typically, there are four main types of edibles.

  • Sativa-only
  • Indica-only
  • Hybrid (a combination of Sativa and Indica)
  • Pure CBD

Which one is right for you is totally up to what your wants and needs are. There is no right or wrong answer, so long as you are fully satisfied with the product. Just like with any product you buy, remember that you often get what you pay for. You want to make sure you’re buying good, quality edible products made with the best ingredients as well as the most effective strains of THC or CBD.

 

2.) How exactly do edibles work?

Edibles, in slang terminology, ‘hits different’. The high or bodily effects you experience tend to be different than that which you might encounter when smoking or vaping cannabis. This is due to the way that the THC is processed through the bloodstream. When you smoke or vape, it instantly hits your bloodstream, making you feel the effects right away. When you ingest edibles, the process takes much longer. This is due to the fact that it has to metabolize through your liver and digestive system. 

 

3.) How long does it take for edibles to kick in?

Because of the lengthier metabolization process mentioned above, you won’t feel the effects of the edibles right away. Typically, it can take about 30 minutes or more to begin to feel the high. Due to this reason, many cannabis newbies make the rookie mistake of eating another edible in hopes to speed the process along. This can result in leaving you feeling too high or possibly even a bit nauseous. Patience is a virtue, and that especially applies to edibles!

A cannabis chocolate bar on a plate

4.) How do I go about dosing edibles?

Again, it is important that you don’t rush into edibles! Take the time to figure out what really works best for you. Below, we have a few tips that can help you to better understand dosing. 

Microdose

If you are anxious at all about getting started with edibles, it is best you try your hand at microdosing first. Typically, you would start out trying 1-5 mg of THC per serving. At this rate, it will be easier to pace yourself and avoid any kind of overeating. Microdosing isn’t just for beginners, though! It can actually be an effective way to tackle stressful situations, such as tiring work days and family obligations you would much prefer to skip.

Medium Dose

If you’re looking for a type of high that toes the line between productivity and recreation, then you will want to shoot for a medium dose. Normally, this entails about 5-10 mg of THC and will leave you comfortably stoned for some time. This is a great choice if you’re looking to elevate your experience at a concert or while going out with friends. You won’t be couch locked, but you’re sure to have a good time!

Macrodose

Ready to sit on the couch and vibe like a useless potato for three or four hours? If so, then you need to macrodose. This means you will want to consume 10 mg or more of THC. We do not recommend this for beginners or someone just trying edibles for the first time. Leave this option for the pros. But if it’s something you might be interested in, remember to work your way up to this point!

 

5.) Is there a difference between Sativa and Indica edibles?

Just like when you’re smoking cannabis, Sativa and Indica tend to follow the same rules when it edibles. If you’re after a ‘head high’ that creates a more energetic and uplifting type of feeling, you will want to opt for edibles made with a Sativa strain. On the other hand, if you are after a more relaxed, ‘body high’ that can help you unwind and even sleep better, then you will want to choose edibles made with an Indica strain. Edibles made with a hybrid strain can create different effects, so be sure to read the label and ask questions when you’re visiting our store.

 

6.) What types of edibles can I purchase?

If you are to place a weed online delivery in Santa Ana, your options are basically limitless. Here at our cannabis dispensary, we feature a huge wealth of products. Drinks, gummies, candy, baked goods, chocolate bars – you name it, and you can pick it up at our store. Edibles are a great alternative to smoking or vaping, because you can get high and enjoy a delicious treat at the same time!

Shop From The Earth

Do you have more questions about edibles? No problem! Stop by one of our locations and let us help you answer any questions that you may have. Our highly trained staff want to make sure that you’re getting the best experience possible and leaving with the right products for you. Let our team here at From The Earth get you set up with everything you need!

Is There a Connection Between Cannabis and Dopamine? Taking a Closer Look

A young woman smokes a cannabis joint

A young woman smokes a cannabis jointFor the past several years, research has taken place to explore dopamine and its connection to cannabis. This includes examining how different cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, have an impact on dopamine levels. As it turns out, both have an influence, just in different ways. Here at our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, we want to explore some of the research and take a closer look. 

What is dopamine?

Before we get into how cannabis influences dopamine, it’s important to learn what exactly dopamine is. While you might have learned in your introductory psychology class that it’s a neurotransmitter in the brain, it also does so much more!

Defining Neurotransmitters

Inside of our brain, there is a system that transmits messages and signals between cells. When this occurs, electric charges release chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are responsible for triggering a huge array of functions and feelings, such as sensations (pain, pleasure, itchiness, etc.) to instructions on how and when to blink, breathe, and even move our extremities. Each of these neurotransmitters has a unique function to perform. For example, adrenaline triggers your fight or flight response and serotonin works to regulate your mood. 

Neurotransmitters and Dopamine 

Dopamine is perhaps one of the most misrepresented neurotransmitters thanks to media and other sensationalism. While it is often deemed as the ‘pleasure neurotransmitter’ or the ‘feel good chemical’, it is actually much more complex than that.

Dopamine is just a piece to a broader puzzle. In fact, the way that it influences pleasure in the brain happens more indirectly than it does directly. Have you ever heard the term ‘motivational salience’? Dopamine influences this concept, meaning that it helps stimulate one’s motivation. In turn, this piques one’s curiosity, desire, and drive, typically prompting them to do things that brought them pleasure in the past. This puts them on a reward seeking loop, meaning that they are more inclined to repeat actions that made them feel good previously. 

Because of the way it works, the reward system that dopamine creates is a large part of what keeps us alive and well. Think about it – when you’re hungry, you get a reward for eating. Not just the sensation of feeling full, but typically the taste and enjoyment of eating good food as well. That is just one example, but there are many, many more!

The Endocannabinoid System

As far as scientific discoveries go, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a relatively new one. Dating back to only 1992, this biological system hasn’t had a lot of research yet, though more and more happens each day. Currently, the research shows that the ECS plays a role in maintaining and regulating various functions throughout the body. This includes influencing the release of virtually all neurotransmitters, heavily impacting things such as appetite, immune response, sleep, memory, mood, and so much more.

A close up shot of a cannabis plant

Cannabinoids and the ECS

Cannabis is chalk full of cannabinoids (as the name suggests!), including THC, CBD, CBN, and more. In fact, there are over a hundred different endocannabinoid receptors in the body! Depending on which cannabinoid you choose impacts how it affects the body and the health benefits that come with it. THC is best known for having psychoactive effects on the brain, while CBD does not. Both do affect dopamine levels, though they do so in different ways. 

THC and Dopamine

THC is actually very similar in shape to anandamide, which is a naturally occurring endocannabinoid that helps to fine tune nerve communication. This means that THC can bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors just like the endogenous anandamide might. In other words, this barrs anademide from binding instead, blocking off parts of the nervous system, keeping them from functioning as normal. Researchers believe that this is part of the reason that THC creates psychoactive effects. 

Because THC binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain, it has influence over different areas such as mood, memory, concentration, sensation, and even time perception. One study has shown that consuming THC causes a short-term spike in dopamine levels in the brain. This activates the brain’s reward system. This is another indication that consuming THC causes euphoria. 

What makes all of this extremely interesting is one vital fact: dopamine neurons do not have cannabinoid receptors. However, there is another receptor that does – GABA – so it is believed that THC may impact dopamine indirectly by altering GABA levels. 

CBD and Dopamine

Canabidnoil, or better known as CBD, has many modulating effects on both the brain and the body. It is best known for its ability to help decrease inflammation, relieve pain, provide neuroprotection, and assist with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression

Due to its shape, CBD cannot bind with the C1 and C2 receptors of the brain like THC does. It would be like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. So instead of binding to the receptors, CBD influences and communicates with the neurons in a more indirect way. 

Across various studies, CBD has been shown to help regulate the dopamine present in the brain – whether by increasing or decreasing it accordingly. Parkinson’s Disease and depression are two illnesses that are directly linked to an extreme deficit of dopamine. Psychosis is a disorder linked to having too much dopamine. Due to this, it remains on the frontier for possibly curing Parkinson’s and acting as a more affordable way to treat mental health disorders without any of the prescription drugs that have many harmful side effects.

The Takeaway

Due to the newness of cannabis research, more conclusive evidence will need to be drawn around the connection between cannabis and dopamine. However, much promising headway has already been made, especially in regards to THC and CBD both. Only time will tell, but with the groundwork that has already been laid, we are sure to see more concrete evidence.

If you’re ready to try THC or CBD products for yourself, pop into our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme. Our helpful staff is available to help you find the best cannabis products for your needs. From flower to gummies to tinctures and more, our From The Earth shop has it all!

The Different Ways to Enjoy THC Products and the Various Highs They Produce

A woman smoking weed while out on a hike

A woman smoking weed while out on a hikeOne of the best things about cannabis is that it isn’t one size fits all. Thanks to the wide variety of products legalized and available on the market today, cannabis enthusiasts of all experience levels can find something to enjoy, from the newbie to the seasoned pro. If you’re on the hunt for something new to purchase the next time out visit our weed dispensary in Santa Ana, you will want to check out this list!

High THC – The Best of the Best for Experiences Smokers


PROTAB 100 Indica

The first up on our list is a cannabis tablet brought to you by PROTAB. This is perfect for someone who has an extremely high THC tolerance, as it contains 100 mg of THC. It takes about 30-90 minutes to work and is the perfect choice for settling into sleep or just having a relaxing self-care day. However, they do come scored in case you want to split one in half and have a lesser dose.

Legend OG – Almora

If you like rosin, then you need to check out this great product from Almora. To create this rosin, high quality cannabis buds are flash-frozen and bathed in ice water to gently separate trichome heads. This allows it to deliver incredible terpene profiles and powerful cannabinoids for the truest expression of the flower. Any cannabis pro needs to try this for a heavy state of relaxation.

THC Dominant Products


3:1 THC:CBN Cloudberry – Sleep

Are you ready to get the best sleep of your life? For experienced cannabis enthusiasts, it can be difficult to find the right product to help put your mind at rest. We are pleased to tell you that this 3:1 THC:CBN from Cloudberry brings about the perfect combination of drowsiness and, just as the name suggests, capable of putting your head in the clouds. Add this cartridge to your shopping list the next time you visit our weed dispensary in Santa Ana.

Nighttime Berry Lime + CBN (100mg)

Rest easy at night with just a single capful of this mocktail from Cannabis Quencher. Infused with both THC and CBN, this great product promotes sleep as well as helps with pain relief and inflammation. Plus, this mocktail also comes with all natural herbs, such as valerian root, lemon balm, and glycerine. Vegan friendly and with no artificial sweeteners, you can enjoy this drink guilt free!

THC & CBD 1:1 – A Blend for Everyone

Breez Mints – 1:1 Relief 

These aren’t your standard mints off the shelf near the checkout of the grocery store. No, these are designed for one primary purpose: pain relief. With 50 tablets in a pack and the perfect blend of 1:1 CBD and THC, adding this flavorless tablet to your wellness routine is sure to bring about comfort and relief. Simply enjoy it with a glass of water.

WYLD Gummies – Pear Flavor

Are you on the hunt for something that is both delicious and comes with restorative benefits? If so, you will want to grab these delicious and fruity gummies from WYLD. Thanks to the effects from CBG, you can experience an appetite boost and pain relief, as well as a sense of euphoria. The 1:1 CBG and THC ratio provides a balanced high.

A group of colorful cannabis gummies

CBD/Other Cannabinoid Dominant – A Mild High & Full Spectrum Experience


Care By Design – Soft Gel Capsules

Created with more experienced users in mind, these soft gel capsules are perfect for all-day relief or as a way to unwind after a long day. The 4:1 ratio features mostly CBD with one part THC. This means that you will only receive mild psychoactive effects, depending on your tolerance. However, you can rest assured that you will receive a full spectrum of pain relief.

Care By Design – Mixed Berry Gummies

If you’re wanting something with a little of everything, then these mixed berry gummies are for you! The 18:1 ratio features a perfectly crafted blend of high quality CBD as well as minor cannabinoids such as THCa and CBDa. Add in one part THC and it helps amplify the effects of everything else with little to no psychoactivity.


Topical THC – All the Relief Without the High


Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm

Sore and aching joints? Muscles in need of some relief following a grueling workout? Either way, you will want to pick up a jar of this incredible balm by Papa & Barkley. This 3:1 ratio is great for getting the healing benefits without any of the high. Made with whole plant ingredients and essential oils, it’s perfect for rubbing into knees, elbows, your back – anywhere you feel discomfort.

CAD’s Mini Cream

Last but certainly not least is Carter’s Aromatherapy Designs’ mini cream. This product is great for healing dry or cracked skin as well as bringing relief to minor aches and pains. Apart from its formulated ratio of THC and CBD, this cream also features the curative properties of green tea hydrosol, coconut oil, shea butter, lavender, vanilla, and more! While it might be ‘mini’, it sure packs a lot of healing into one tiny jar.

Weed Dispensary in Santa Ana


Are you ready to shop all of these great products (and then some)? Head over to our
weed dispensary in Santa Ana to add any of these to your cart. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff would also be glad to assist you in finding anything else you might need as well as answer any questions you might have

In a hurry? Don’t sweat it! We are also proud to offer both curbside pick up as well as delivery. For a limited time, you can now get free delivery at our California locations. And yes, that is same day delivery, meaning you won’t have to wait to get the cannabis items you love brought right to your doorstep. 

Whether you are new to the realm of cannabis or are a seasoned vet, we hope you have discovered something off of this list that you can consider your new favorite! 

How CBD Can Help to Enhance an Athlete’s Performance

A female athlete gets ready for an early morning run

A female athlete gets ready for an early morning runFor many athletes, it can be a struggle to find something all-natural to help improve their performance. After all, it has to adhere to anti-doping laws as well as be safe to consume. So outside of herbs and supplements, what does this leave? Our answer: CBD.

Cannabidnoil, or better known as CBD, has grown in popularity over the last few years among athletes across all different sports. This is thanks to the many all-natural healing qualities of CBD, including its ability to help ease pain, provide better rest at night, and recoup sore muscles. And that’s only scratching the surface!

Keep reading to learn more about how CBD can provide a safe, all-natural alternative to athletes as well as a little more information about our cannabis delivery in Santa Ana!

What is CBD?

First, let’s take a closer look at CBD. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s okay to have some questions! CBD is actually an oil that is extracted from a cannabis plant. It is one of over 100+ different types of cannabinoids present in a cannabis plant. These cannabinoids are harvested from the leaves and buds before being extracted and separated. 

After extraction is done, CBD actually turns into a colorless, crystalline structure. When at room temperature, CBD is at its purest form. Both hemp and cannabis can be a good source of CBD. However, the CBD derived from cannabis tends to be more potent than when it is pulled from hemp. 

Benefits for Athletes

So what health benefits can CBD provide for athletes? Based on recent research, there are quite a few!

1.) Reduces Pain and Inflammation

If there is one thing that is true, athletes are no strangers to pain and inflammation. No matter the sport, workouts can certainly take their toll. In a recent 2020 study, one of the main findings showed that CBD could help to alleviate the pain and inflammation that inevitably comes from tissue damage and neuropathic pain. This is an excellent finding, especially for any sort of endurance athletes, such as long distance runners or swimmers. 

2.) Improves Gastrointestinal Health

In the same aforementioned study, there were also some findings about gastrointestinal health. While some people might not think of the gastrointestinal tract when it comes to athletes, it can certainly be a real concern. This is due in part to the fact that athletes who push themselves through rigorous training regularly can actually reduce their oxygen and nutrient intake. 

Athletes who suffer from GI stress might find themselves suffering from nausea, vomiting, and the inability to properly absorb nutrients. However, CBD could possibly help to restore the damaged tissues as well the permeability of the intestine. Try a bit of CBD tincture in an herbal tea and see how it helps!

3.) Improves Bone Health

Drinking milk loaded with calcium isn’t the only way to improve bone health! In the same aforementioned study, researchers took a closer look at how CBD also impacts our bones and skeletal system. From their findings, they were able to conclude that CBD could in fact work to help heal fractures and support the overall quality of bone density and disposition. This is great news, as a broken bone can certainly cause a major setback. 

CBD products laid out on a table

4.) Reduces Stress and Anxiety

If you have ever prepped for a big game or championship competition, you know how nerve racking it can be. The anxiety can certainly shift your focus and distract you from being adequately prepared. This can have a huge, negative impact on your performance – after all, sports are just as much a mental game as a physical one. 

There is actually a lot of research out there about how CBD can help combat anxiety and relieve stress. The less tense and anxious you feel, the better focused your mind will become. You will be able to rest better as well as pay attention to the things that really matter. Stress can certainly be draining and decrease our situational awareness. 

5.) Rest and Relaxation

Perhaps one of the biggest negative factors is the lack of sleep or restlessness that can befall athletes. It can be difficult to get proper rest for several reasons, including anxiety or simply the inability to get your body to calm down after experiencing so many endorphins. If you have difficulty sleeping the night before, or even after, a competition, try turning to CBD for help. This can get you back on track for your sleep schedule. After all, it can be difficult to compete when you’re plain exhausted!

6.) Alleviates Joint Pain

Exercise is good for our bodies, yes, but it can certainly take a toll on our joints. Recovery is a key part of athletic performance, as this is what allows us to recoup and heal before going out again. If you find that you suffer from joint pain after a game or workout, CBD can help. Opt for a topical lotion or cream, or even add some CBD essential oils to a good soaking bath. This can be an all-natural alternative to pain medications that are often prescribed by doctors.

Wrap Up

If you are an athlete, you don’t have to suffer through the pain, anxiety, or restlessness that can often be associated with playing sports. While the toll it takes on your body is bound to happen, CBD can be a great way to recover. After all, the goal is to stay in the game as long as you can! The key is to find a healthy, safe method of treatment that doesn’t violate doping laws. 

Shop From The Earth

Do you have more questions about CBD? Stop into one of our local From The Earth locations and speak to one of our friendly staff members. They would be happy to help you find the right products you need. Gummies, creams, oils, tinctures, chocolates – no matter what, we are sure to have in stock! 

Or if you know what you need, go for our cannabis delivery in Santa Ana! This is a great way to get your favorite products right to your home. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you wobble to answer the door post leg day! 

4 Essential Things That Women Need to Know About Weed’s Impact on Wellness

A close up of a woman lighting up a joint

A close up of a woman lighting up a jointFemale cannabis users are on the rise. In fact, Gen Z women are among the fastest growing consumers of legal weed according to a report from NBC News. Not only that, but Forbes reports that women are responsible for 70-80% of the consumer power in today’s economy. This means that more and more of the female population is responsible for how their household spends money, and they’re using that power to purchase cannabis. They are turning to cannabis not only for recreational use, but for treatment for health concerns as well. 

Many are probably familiar with some of the common medical uses for cannabis, such as:

  • Helping with general pain and anxiety
  • Assisting in getting a better night’s sleep
  • Helping people relax or unwind after a stressful workday

But what about women’s health specifically?

It is typical for women’s health to take a backburner among health topics or in various medical circles, many glossing over issues such as menstrual pain, postpartum depression, and even sexual health. Cannabis can actually be quite helpful in these areas, and our cannabis dispensary in Santa Ana wants to take some time to give these a closer look. 

Keep reading to learn the four essential things that women should know about weed’s impact on wellness. 

 

1.) Cannabis can help with postpartum depression.


Each year in the United States, nearly 600,000 women suffer from a condition called postpartum depression. While some brush it off as the ‘baby blues’, it is certainly not as cute as that moniker makes it sound. In fact, it is actually a debilitating condition that is often overlooked and under-diagnosed by physicians all across the country. Symptoms can include extreme sadness, depression, anxiety, anger, outbursts, and even difficulty sleeping and eating following the birth of a child. This not only affects the health and well-being of the mother, but can put a child in danger as well, especially if left untreated. 

Thankfully, cannabis can actually help alleviate some of these symptoms. Whether you go for THC or CBD, there are products out there that can aid new mothers with getting better rest at night, boosting their appetite, and even working to reduce anxiety and depression levels. From gummies to tinctures to flower, there are options out there that will work best for you. Of course, it is important that you have a conversation with your doctor about your postpartum depression and using cannabis as a treatment. 

2.) Cannabis can help alleviate menstrual cramps.


For many women, menstrual cramps can be on the severe end of things, causing such tremendous pain that they have to call out of school or work, having a negative influence over their lives, just like any other illness or condition. For those with conditions such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) or endometriosis, this can worsen the pain and symptoms exponentially. While coping through these symptoms typically looks like curling up with a heating pad, taking pain meds, and nursing a mug of our favorite comfort drink, we have another solution: cannabis.

Studies have shown that THC contains almost twenty times the anti-inflammatory properties of your average over the counter Aspirin. As an added bonus, cannabis doesn’t come with the unwanted gastrointestinal side effects like those that are found with Aspirin. Again, even if you’re not a fan of smoking cannabis, there are great products out there that you can try. We highly recommend Carter’s Apothecary Designs’ mimosa cream for something that not only smells great, but helps to relieve pain.   

If that isn’t quite up your alley, try mixing a tincture in with your favorite tea. One of our favorites to mention is Care By Design’s sublingual drops. You can put a few drops under your tongue or mix in with a hot beverage, your choice. Either way, you are sure to help alleviate some of the symptoms of PMS.

 

3.) Cannabis acts as a natural aphrodisiac. 

Toss out the oysters and pomegranate juice and make way for a natural aphrodisiac you will really enjoy: cannabis. There are hundreds of articles that exist out there regarding the connections between cannabis and better sex, but only recently did the Journal of Sexual Medicine find some interesting data that we want to share. One of the stand out statistics that it produced said that cannabis consumers, on average, have about 20% more sex than those who don’t partake. That is a significant difference!

While there are probably several factors behind this, we know that a lot of can be contributed to the fact that when you are in better spirits and have more confidence, the more eager you are to engage in sexual activity. Cannabis can serve as a wonderful, all-natural alternative to women who want to be more sexually active but find that they lack the drive. 

This could be an especially useful fact for women who are trying to conceive, as it can be a very stressful time. When the body and mind are under pressure, it can yield negative results instead of positive ones.

A woman's hand holding up a joint in front of a cannabis field

4.) Women get high quicker than men.

According to a study conducted by the University of Washington, women have a higher sensitivity to cannabis than men. They found that when testing THC on rats, the female rats had a lower tolerance to the psychoactive effects when compared to their male counterparts. This is great news, as typically, this means women need smaller doses and can make their favorite cannabis products last even longer. Of course, there are other factors to tolerance, such as height, weight, and years of experience with cannabis products.


Cannabis Dispensary Santa Ana


If you are ready to feel better, it’s time to stop into our cannabis dispensary in Santa Ana and find out how cannabis can help. Talk to one of our female budtenders and see what their recommendations or favorite products are. We are here to assist you in finding the best products to fit your needs!

For those of you who know what you want already, you are always welcome to shop online and opt for either curbside pickup or same-day delivery. We understand if you’re experiencing cramps and don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home: let us do the heavy lifting and bring your order out to your car or right to your door!

The Top 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Cannabis

CBD and medical cannabis products

CBD and medical cannabis products

For many centuries, cannabis has been used for its medicinal qualities. Dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, as well as parts of the Middle East, the benefits of cannabis have been well-documented. During this time period, it was often used to help with the pain of toothaches and earaches. In fact, some Roman women of elite status even used it to alleviate their labor pains during childbirth. 

In the modern era, you have probably heard of cannabis being used to help cancer patients undergoing chemo to help with depression as well as boost their appetite. Or maybe, you have caught wind about how it aids those who suffer from glaucoma. The U.S. Food and Drug administration has even, in recent years, approved the use of plant-based pharmaceuticals that include cannabis.

Before popping into one the best medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana, you should know about some of the health benefits that cannabis has! Keep reading to learn more. 

 

1.) Get Better Rest at Night

 

Discovering what the endocannabinoid system is capable of was perhaps one of the biggest breakthroughs for cannabis in the past 30 years. It was found that this system is directly responsible for maintaining the body’s endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating the processing of various hormones necessary for functioning effectively. And yes, this includes the hormone that makes sure that you get enough sleep at night!

If you are under a lot of stress and find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, or unable to actually get a decent amount of sleep, try purchasing products that contain phytocannabinoids. This typically includes both THC and CBD.

 

2.) Manage Chronic Pain

 

Cannabis doesn’t just help you relax – it actually warrants a closer look. Have you ever heard of the endocannabinoid called ‘anandamide’? While it is always naturally present in the body, cannabis actually reacts chemically to the anandamide, which increases the amount in our blood stream. In turn, that allows us to feel less pain. 

So if you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain, such arthritis, migraines, back pain, or perhaps another pain issue, recommend that they stop in one of the best medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana and speak to a staff member about a product that could potentially help. This is also a great option for those who want to stay away from prescription painkillers. 

 

3.) Reduce Anxiety

 

Did you know that roughly 40 million American adults suffer from some sort of anxiety? Not only that, but it can be a symptom of many other types of disorders as well. If you have ever dealt with anxiety, you know just how debilitating it can be. However, thankfully, there is a solution in cannabis. 

If you are wanting to use cannabis as a viable option to help with anxiety, it is important to start off with small dosages and also look in the realm of CBD as opposed to THC. For some folks, getting too high of a dose of THC can make them paranoid or anxious, and this would clearly be counterproductive. 

 

4.) Help with Inflammation 

 

Inflammation is a culprit behind many medical issues, including joint pain, headaches, sclerosis, and even acne. Cannabis can help with this because it is actually also an anti-inflammatory, though for this, it is highly recommended to use something topical rather than a product you ingest. In fact, cannabis may even be helpful due to the positive effect it has on the body’s natural neuropathways.

Something that could really help is a CBD topical gel or lotion, such as this cream from Carter’s Aromatherapy Designs. Not only does it contain CBD, but it also has many other all-natural ingredients, such as coconut oil, shea butter, and lavender essential oil. 

A container of CBD cream

 

5.) Seizure Control

 

If you have spent much time on the internet, you have probably seen videos circulating around that depict a child with seizures receiving treatment from cannabis oil drops or another similar CBD product. Typically, in a matter of minutes, the child’s seizures are dramatically reduced or have stopped completely. Thanks to clear-cut evidence such as this, among other research, the FDA has recently approved the plant-based version of CBD as a method to treat seizures in both children and adults. 

 

6.) Improves the Immune System

 

In the light of the ongoing COVID pandemic, if there is one thing we all have learned, it’s the value of our immune systems. We want to remain as healthy as possible in order to fight illness, disease, and infection. Scientists have looked closely at the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the human brain as well as the immune system. Through this, they discovered that it is actually quite possible that cannabis can help the body retain homeostasis, which in turn, allows us to stay healthy and well.

 

7.) Managing PTSD

 

It is no secret that living with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, can be a lifelong and often difficult thing to handle. Those who have PTSD tend to suffer from episodes that include flashbacks to their trauma, intrusive memories or nightmares, and even an intense amount of anxiety. This can wreak havoc on a person mentally, emotionally, and even physically. 

In one study conducted in 2014, researchers actually found that CBD helped those with PTSD manage some of their symptoms, including to ease their anxiety and allow them to get better rest at night. If you or someone you love have a hard time managing PTS and its symptoms, stop in to talk to one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff members about a good starter product.

 

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While this is just a few of the health benefits listed, there is actually more to be had with scientists and researchers making new discoveries every single day. There is a reason that cannabis was accepted and approved medically on a wide-scale spectrum first, and that’s because the evidence is clearly there.

Here at From The Earth, we want you to lead your healthiest life – it’s what you deserve! That is why we have stocked our shelves with the highest quality products possible as well as trained our staff to be available to educate and answer any questions you might have. Cannabis has something to offer everyone, and isn’t it high time you felt your best? 

Low Temps and High Times: The Best Weed and Winter Activity Pairings

A snowboarder smoking weed on the mountain

A snowboarder smoking weed on the mountain

If you think that cannabis is only meant to be enjoyed while lounging at the beach or while hanging out under the summer sun, it’s high time to reconsider. This winter, don’t let pine needle garland and evergreen wreaths be the only greenery you bust out! The staff here at our weed dispensary in Long Beach have come up with the perfect list that features our favorite weed and winter activity pairings, and how you can enjoy both to the fullest.

Keep reading to learn more about how to make the most out of the colder weather!  

 

Snowboarding and Skiing

If you’re looking at hitting the slopes this winter, don’t just grit your teeth and bear through the inevitable soreness and joint pain that comes with this high-impact activity. After all, it’s supposed to be a fun time, and that’s hard to do if you’re focused on joint stiffness and aches! That’s why we suggest making the most of your ski trip by packing Papa and Barkley’s CBD Releaf Patch to your travel bag. 

This slow-release patch is discrete, easy to use, and offers pain relief through the transdermal delivery of full-spectrum cannabinoids. Prior to leaving the ski lodge, put this on any area of concern. This includes the inside of the wrists, biceps, shoulders, back, neck, or ankles. Since it is CBD dominant and non-intoxicating, you can wear it with confidence that you will have a clear head while coming down the mountain. 

Or another great choice is to stick it on once you’re back and cozy in your room. Enjoy a hot shower and then use this patch post-mountain for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. We know you’ll get a good night’s rest with it, too!

 

Sledding

Sledding is another wintertime activity staple. While it probably brings about fun childhood memories of bundling up and meandering out to the closest slope, if you’re hopping into the sled as an adult, we have a way to spice it up: Moxie’s Casper Kush.

Without a doubt, sledding is better with friends and so is getting high. With this live resin cartridge, you’re sure to have a great time. It is formulated from a single extract of THC concentrate and activated with cannabinoids and naturally derived terpenes. 

The best thing about vape pens are that they are discrete, portable, and simple to use, so you’ll have no issue stashing this product in your coat and enjoying it on the slopes. Or you can keep it in your luggage and puff, puff, pass once settled in back at your lodge.

 

Warming Up By the Fireplace

Are you having a campfire out on the deck or just simply curling up by the fireplace in your ski lodge? Either way, if you’re ready to relax and unwind, we know the perfect product to help you chill out, and that’s Cream of the Crop Gardens’ Marshmallow OG. While it sounds like it belongs in a s’more, we recommend rolling it into a joint or smoking it from your favorite piece of glass.

This flower is an indica dominant strain that boasts a lineage of Chem D x Triangle Kush x Jet Fuel Gelato. We know you’ll love partaking in this product after a day of hitting the slopes, as it will leave you feeling warm and relaxed in no time at all. 

Ice Skating 

Whether you stepped out onto the ice and looked like a regular Michelle Kwan, or you stumbled about like a newborn baby deer, you’re bound to be feeling the lingering effects of your time spent ice skating. However, you don’t have to suffer through the pain! Instead, add Care By Design’s 1:1 Pain Cream to your cart.

While it can’t ease the embarrassment brought on by on by too many wipeouts, it can help soothe any bumps and aches left behind. This pain cream is packed with full-spectrum cannabis as well as CBD, THC, and other minor cannabinoids, such as THCa and CBDa. Not only that, it also harnesses the natural healing elements of aloe vera, shea butter, and other botanical ingredients that can help to soothe the body and mind. 

Enjoy without worry, as when applied topically, this cream has no psychoactive effects, regardless of your THC tolerance. When visiting our weed dispensary in Long Beach, we know you will want to add this to your shopping list. 

 

Baking Cookies

Who doesn’t love good holiday treats? This time of year, cookies are all the craze, and making them yourself leaves them tasting all the sweeter! This isn’t your grandma’s chocolate chip cookie baking session, however, and whether you’re in the kitchen with family or friends, we know you will love The Outlitt’s Dragon Viper. 

Roll it up and smoke it or use it in cannabutter for your cookies, no matter what, the possibilities are endless with this cannabis product! This 1 oz jar packs a punch and will be the perfect addition to while whipping up snickerdoodles or making little gingerbread men. 

 

Decorating the Tree

There are few flavors that embody winter like peppermint does, which is why we’ve added Kiva Confections’ Peppermint Bark Chocolate bar to our lineup. This delicious treat pairs flawlessly with decking the halls. After all, what better way to decorate the tree than while high? 

Break out the tinsel and your favorite ornaments while enjoying a bite or two of this delicious product. Made with the finest ingredients, this cannabis-infused chocolate will melt in your mouth and keep you in the holiday spirit. This limited edition holiday flavor will only be available for so long, so add it to your cart while you can!

 

Order Online Today From Our Weed Dispensary in Long Beach

Headed to the mountains and don’t have time to shop around our store? No worries! Try our very user friendly online shopping system. Simply add these great products to your cart, check out, and opt for curbside pick up. Or you can skip the stop by our store all together and go for the convenience of same day delivery

No matter what, let From The Earth be your destination for all things cannabis this winter! 

Best Cannabis Products to Help You Get a Good Night’s Rest

A man sleeping in bed getting a restful night of sleep

A man sleeping in bed getting a restful night of sleep

Millions of Americans struggle with getting proper rest despite how essential it is for our health. It is no secret that our bodies need sleep to keep our brains and other organs fully functioning, our memory and cognition in good shape, and in order to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. 

As we all know, this doesn’t always happen. Whether it’s a night here and there, or a chronic or recurring issue, it can leave us feeling drained, affecting our overall quality of life. In fact, missing out on sleep can be downright dangerous, and prolonged insomnia can lead to long-term health issues such as diabetes, heart attacks, obesity, depression, and more. That is a startling fact, to say the least.

However, if you are someone who struggles with sleep, don’t worry! We have some amazing products lined up from our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, along with our other locations, that we recommend to help you get the rest you deserve. 

 

Elderberry Enhanced Gummies

For those in the market for a delicious edible that will have you counting sheep in no time, then we highly recommend this amazing elderberry gummy from Wyld. Thanks to the combined efforts of both CBN and THC, you are guaranteed not just to fall asleep, but experience an overall elevated quality of sleep. Take a couple a half an hour before bedtime, throw on your favorite pajamas, and rest easy – that simple!

 

CO2 Oil Cartridge 

If vaping is your style, you have to pick up Rove’s APE cartridge. This product is specifically designed to help soothe pain and combat both stress and anxiety. So if those troublesome, anxiety-addled thoughts tend to be the culprit behind your restlessness, give this a shot! It is a blend between Mendocino Purps, Skunk, and Afghani, combining dark berry notes accented with a distinct grape-like aroma, so you know it’s bursting with flavor. 

 

Stay Asleep Supplement

An all-natural sleep aid is always the way to go, and that’s exactly what you get from Sandland’s Stay Asleep supplement. Available in an easy-to-use pill form, take one before bed with a glass of water or a warm cup of herbal tea for a peaceful, uninterrupted night of sleep. Naturally derived from top-graded hemp extract, it is safe, effective, and of course, vegan. Add to your cart today! 

 

Sleep Blackberry Gummies

Papa and Barkley make some of our favorite products of all time, and their new Sleep Blackberry Elderberry gummies are certainly no exception. This holistic sleep aid is the Triple Crown of night-time products, boasting the perfect combination of THC, CBD, and CBN: THC for comfort, CBD for relaxation, and CBN for a sedative effect. All three work in tandem to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed. Skip the hangover, groggy feeling that you can get from those over-the-counter, drugstore products.

 

Nighttime Berry Lime

It was Mary Poppins who told us that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but with Cannabis Quencher’s new Nighttime Berry Lime drink, that helping of sweetner is totally unnecessary. A capful of this mocktail is not only delicious and sure to help you fall asleep, but it also works to support pain relief and relieve inflammation. Valerian, lemon balm, and glycine combine forces in this product that is perfect for microdosing, so you can help find the perfect dose for you. 

 

Watermelon Spark

Calm your body and soothe your nerves with Heavy Hitters’ Watermelon Spark. Ultra Pure and Ultra Potent concentrates come together into one great product, delivering a powerful and targeted experience. The gummies are by far the heaviest hitters on the market, but they are sure to leave your mouth watering, as they are packed with real fruit flavors. 

 

The Relaxing Indica

For our customers who tend to enjoy a traditional smoke, then you’re in for a treat with this six-pack of smokes from Lowell Herb Co. This relaxing and enjoyable pre-roll is fruity, piney, and with just a hint of spice. This is a light Indica blend perfect for winding down after a stressful day. And since it’s a pre-roll, you have the added benefit of convenience and perfect dosing. Grab these off the shelf today from our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme to light up and kick back!

 

Midnight Mint

We’ve all been there – the hunt for the perfect midnight snack to satisfy our sweet tooth. Skip the overly loud plastic cake container (you know which one I’m talking about, the one that lets everyone in a five-mile radius know you’re cheating on your diet) and grab Kiva Confection’s Midnight Mint. This chocolate bar isn’t just your run-of-the-mill convenience store treat, no! It is packed with CBN, perfect for helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. 

 

Tranquility Gummies

Last but certainly not least on our list are Kanha’s tranquility CBD gummies. This great product is made with all-natural ingredients, colorings, and flavors. Because each gummy is also infused with the highest quality cannabis oils, you can rest assured knowing that you are getting the safest, most consistent experience available. Essential oils, melatonin, and CBD come together in these delicious raspberry gummies to provide a sleep that is restful and refreshing and void of those annoying and detrimental wake-ups. 

a vial of CBD oil and a candy gummie

The Takeaway

One ingredient you probably saw mentioned a lot was CBN. If you’re unfamiliar with CBN and it’s many health benefits, we suggest reading more about it. Not only is it an effective sleep aid, but it can also serve as a neuroprotectant, an appetite stimulant, and even an anti-inflammatory. 

Don’t miss out on the good, quality sleep you deserve any longer! If you are in the area, stop by our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme and talk to our great employees about the products mentioned above and let them answer any questions you might have regarding CBN and using cannabis as a sleep aid. After all, our staff is here to help and make sure that your experience at From The Earth is a positive one!

How CBD Can Help You Manage Your Anxiety

marijuana plant with CBD chemical compound

marijuana plant with CBD chemical compound

If you are the one in thirteen people around the world who suffers from anxiety, you know that it isn’t a fun thing to handle. Restlessness, sweaty palms, stomach aches – none of these symptoms are pleasant to deal with. According to the World Health Organization, anxiety is the most common mental health disorder worldwide.

For those who live with anxiety, finding a safe method to help manage it can be a huge concern. Some prescription medications, like Xanax or Valium, contain substances that can be addictive. While other medications, such as Prozac, can help decrease symptoms over time but don’t work for everyone.

So what does that leave? Don’t feel like you’re out of options – turn to CBD! CBD is the new rising star in helping people with anxiety by decreasing symptoms and creating an all-natural remedy. Keep reading to learn more!

 

Does CBD Really Work?

If you’re just beginning to take a look at CBD, you should know that it is a viable option for helping those with anxiety and has been gaining traction over recent years. Evidence has been accumulating in its favor, pointing to the medicinal benefits it has as well as its therapeutic potential. 

In a 2019 study conducted in Japan, 37 teenagers with social anxiety disorder, or SAD, received either a 300 mg dosage of CBD oil or a placebo each day for four weeks. The teens were then assessed with surveys used to diagnose and measure SAD symptoms. According to the reports, the anti-anxiety properties of CBD was able to reduce the symptoms that are associated with the disorder, proving that it was able to effectively offer aid. This is comparable to Paroxetine, a prescription medication that is often used to treat SAD.

In another study out of Fort Collins, CO, researchers took a look at 47 patients who reported having concerns with anxiety. Over the course of three months, the majority of those patients were given 25 mg of CBD in addition to their daily standard treatment. After the first month, almost 80% experienced an improvement in their anxiety symptoms. After two months, 78% of patients reported continued improvements compared to the previous months. 

 

Different Ways to Consume CBD

When you’re looking to get started with CBD, getting familiar with the various types of products that are available is a crucial first step. There are pros and cons with each option, and it is important to determine which one would best suit your needs.

Tinctures and Oils

If you are looking for an option that is quick, easy, and accurate to consume, then opting for CBD tinctures and oils would be the best route. Most tinctures contain CBD as an alcohol base. CBD oils often have CBD extracts that are infused with a carrier oil. For this, think along the lines of coconut oil or hemp seed oil. 

For this method, you can either add drop sublingually with a drop under your tongue or choose to mix it in with your favorite herbal tea. When consumed sublingually, the cannabis enters the bloodstream at a quicker rate, kicking in as fast as about ten minutes and lasting anywhere from three to four hours. 

CBD Vape Oils

In recent years, vaping has been a huge cause for concern due to some of the health issues that have popped up. However, based on reports from the Center for Disease Control, these issues were linked to illicit-market THC vape cartridges that contained vitamin E oil, making them dangerous. 

When purchasing from a legal, state-licensed cannabis dispensary such as From the Earth, you can rest assured that all of our products are highly regulated and safe to use. If you have any questions, be sure to ask one of our helpful staff members while in store!

Edibles

One of the best things about CBD is that it can be added to just about any food you desire. Gummies, chocolate, baked goods – doesn’t matter! This is an especially good choice if you are someone who finds comfort in food.

An important thing to note about edibles, however, is that it can take about an hour to feel the effects of CBD, so tread lightly, especially if you are new to edibles. Because CBD has to pass through your gastrointestinal tract, it slows things down a little bit.

Dosing for Beginners

If you read through the studies that were linked above, you will notice a key difference between the amounts that those in the trials were given. The students in Japan each were given 300 mg daily, while those patients at the Colorado facility were given 25 mg. At this time, there is no recommended ‘perfect’ amount for CBD. 

However, this isn’t necessarily an indication that CBD is unsafe. In fact, existing studies suggest that it appears to be a safe and well-tolerated treatment option. If you are considering experimenting with CBD, here are some basic factors you should consider.

  • Body weight
  • Metabolism
  • Concentration of CBD
  • Severity of your anxiety

Keeping these things in mind should help you when choosing which products to purchase. Once again, if you have any questions, stop into one of our locations. We would love to help you find the right fit for you and your needs. 

No matter what, don’t let anxiety keep you down or stop you from enjoying the things that really matter. Tincture, edible, vape – doesn’t matter! Harness the natural power of CBD and get to feeling better ASAP! 

 

Locations and Delivery

If leaving your house is something that contributes to your anxiety, don’t sweat! We here at From The Earth can now bring CBD right to your door. Online weed delivery from our Hanover, MI location, or one of our other locations, is so easy to use, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been using it before! 

With our user-friendly website, browse through the products available and check out reviews and other various information you may need to make an informed decision. If you’re choosing to do weed online delivery from your phone or laptop, but have questions, just pick up the phone and give us a call. We’re still happy to assist you! 

What is CBG?

CBG molecule make up with cannabis flower in the background

CBG molecule make up with cannabis flower in the background

When discussing cannabinoids, THC and CBD tend to be the frontrunners, as they are the most commonly seen in products and prevalent within the cannabis community. THC and CBD exist in thousands of products, ranging from traditional flower to edibles to massage oils.

However, did you know that there are over one hundred different, unique cannabinoids out there? This includes CBG. While it is lesser-known, it is worth learning about for a number of reasons. 

And why is that? Well, first, we need to explore what CBG is and what it means.

 

What is CBG and how is it made?

CBG is short for cannabigerol and it is present in most cannabis strains, though it is usually only about 1%. That is why it is considered a minor cannabinoid. Cannabis plants produce cannabigerol acid (CBGA), which serves as a precursor to the three main cannabinoid lines: THCA, CBDA, and CBCA.

Specific enzymes work together within the plant to break down CBGA and route it to the three lines. Once those acids are exposed to elements such as heat or ultraviolet light, they become the cannabinoids we already know: THC and CBD. 

Recently, breeders have begun experimenting with genetic manipulation and cross-breeding plants in order to get a higher yield of CBG. By zeroing in on the best extraction time, scientists have been able to extract even higher amounts of CBG. Typically, the best extraction time is about six to eight weeks within the flowering cycle. 
 

Close up of marijuana plant growing outside

 

Potential Medical Benefits

Now that some of the technical talk and science is behind us, let’s explore why it’s important to look closer at CBG: the possible medical benefits. 

The human body is equipped with the ECS, or better known as the endocannabinoid system. The ECS works to keep the body balanced and achieve homeostasis, which is physiological equilibrium. 

In general, the endocannabinoid system helps to perform various functions specific to each area of the body, from the brain to the skin. As an example, when you are injured and suffering from inflammation, the ECS can help regulate immune cells to help limit inflammation and pain. 

  • Eye structures: Endocannabinoid receptors are especially prevalent with eye structures. CBG is thought to be particularly helpful with issues such as glaucoma because it reduces intraocular pressure. It is also a strong vasodilator and comes with the added benefit of a neuroprotective.

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: In a study conducted on rats, CBG was found to help decrease the inflammation characteristic of IBS. IBS affects over 200 thousand Americans each year and can have a debilitating effect and keep them functioning within normal life. By exploring CBG for IBS, it could make treatment more readily available and prove relief. 
  • Nerve Cell Degeneration: Huntington’s disease is a well-known degenerative disease that affects the brain. In a 2015 study conducted on mice with Huntington’s Disease, CBG was shown to protect neurons in the brain. This could mean new opportunities for older adults who have a predisposition to Huntington’s due to genetics.

  • Cancer Fighter: Great promise has been shown for CBG as far as its ability to aid in fighting cancer. Specifically, studies have showcased CBG’s ability to block receptors that can cause cancer cell growth. In a study conducted on mice, CBG was shown to inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells, therefore slowing colon cancer growth. CBG inhibited tumors and chemically-induced colon carcinogenesis.

  • Anti-bacterial agent: Ever since the 1950s, topical formulations of cannabis have proven to be an effective solution for skin infections, even if at the time researchers were unaware of the plant’s chemical make-up. Evidence has shown that CBG is also effective as a means of an antibacterial agent, especially against the aggressive and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or better known as MRSA. This is a huge breakthrough as many microbial strains have evolved and become resistant to several classes of drugs.

  • Appetite inducer: While being an appetite-inducer is also a health benefit of THC, harnessing CBG can be a non-psychoactive way of achieving such a benefit. Cachexia is the metabolic mutiny that occurs in cancer patients who see major weight loss and muscle mass deterioration. Research has shown that a form of purified CBG was able to be an appetite stimulant in rats.

  • Bladder Disorders: When five different cannabinoids were put to the test against bladder contraction, CBG proved to be the front-runner and inhibiting muscle contractions. Because of this, it could be the future of preventing bladder dysfunction disorders.

 

As more and more research is conducted on CBG, we could very well see new products featuring this particular cannabinoid so that it is more readily accessible to the public. Being able to include CBG could mean more advances in cannabis for medical use and an all-natural way to treat some of the disorders that we explored above.

Overall, CBG is also worth exploring because of its non-psychotropic characteristics. A psychotropic is any drug that has an effect on behavior, mood, thoughts, or perception. This would make CBG a great candidate for potential use as an antidepressant, treating psoriasis, and even for pain relief. 

 

Visit From The Earth

If you have more questions about cannabis, THC, CBD, and other strains that are on the market, please come in and visit our recreational marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana, CA. Our staff is highly trained and extremely knowledgeable in what products and strains are able to help with specific disorders, and we just want you to be up and back to feeling your best. 

Before visiting, you can even explore our online menu and check out what types of products we have to offer. With hundreds of items available on our shelves, we are sure to have the right option for you. If you are in need of a starting point, head over to our blog and review our favorite products for fall.

Don’t forget that you can also get curbside pick up or even delivery if you’re in the mood for staying in! The process is very fast and user-friendly. 

What is CBN and What Are its Benefits?

Cannabis tinctures and weed leaves spread out on table

Cannabis tinctures and weed leaves spread out on table

Cannabis produces many types of cannabinoids. In fact, there are more than one hundred different cannabinoids that are found in cannabis plants. Though the two you may be most familiar with are THC and CBD which you are most likely to find for sale at your local cannabis dispensary. 

Cannabinol or CBN is a minor cannabinoid found in cannabis. CBN has a multitude of its own added health benefits and due to the entourage effect, works best when paired with other chemical compounds found in cannabis. This can include other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids. 

So what exactly is CBN, and what are its benefits? Let’s find out!

 

What is CBN?

To answer this question simply, CBN is a non-intoxicating compound that is best known as the cannabinoid created when THC ages. The degradation of THC can be accelerated depending on how your cannabis is stored so you’re likely to find high amounts of CBN in older cannabis. Some might view ‘old weed’ as a bad thing and a turn-off, but utilizing aged cannabis to access the effects of CBN is a good thing!

 

CBN cannabiniol chemical compound on top of marijuana leaf background

What are the benefits?

While CBN and its potential benefits are currently being explored through research, the following benefits have come up in recent studies. 

Antibacterial 

Some strains of bacterial infections are resistant to traditional antibiotic medications due to the prolonged prescribing of traditional antibiotics. This means that treating certain bacterial infections can be very difficult and leaves the individual feeling sick for a longer period of time.

In a recent study, CBN was tested on strains of MRSA bacteria that have been proven to be resistant to traditional treatments. Researchers found that CBN was actually a potent agent in combating these resistant strains. Maybe soon, CBN will be the go-to for physicians when trying to treat bacterial infections, especially those that are resistant and difficult to treat. 

Neuroprotectant 

As a credit to the social media challenge a few years back, the average person is now aware of what ALS is and just how debilitating the neurodegenerative disease can be. While this disease can be scary to think about, we may have some hope in CBN. In a study conducted on rodents, CBN was shown to delay the onset of the condition. While there have been no human trials as of this time, the evidence suggests that CBN may be a powerful tool in the future to utilize as a neuroprotectant.

Appetite Stimulation

If you are someone who would rather opt to avoid THC due to its mind-altering effects, but you need help with appetite stimulation, then choosing products with CBN would be an excellent choice. In rodent studies, CBN was shown to increase the amount of food that the subjects ate, which is a good indicator that it increases appetites. Although further studies are needed, CBN could be a great alternative for those who don’t want to get high, but still want to eat more. 

Glaucoma

Due to a recent study conducted on rabbits that showed CBN decreased intraocular pressure, the cannabinoid may very well be the future in glaucoma treatment. This intraocular pressure is the biggest cause of glaucoma. 

THC has been known to help treat this as well, but for individuals who don’t want to feel the high sensation associated with THC, CBN may be the next available option. However, human trials have not yet been conducted with CBN for the treatment of glaucoma.

Anti-Inflammatory

Just like CBD, CBN is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. In a rodent study, CBN was shown to reduce arthritis in the animals tested. While more research needs to be conducted, CBN very well could be another natural solution for those who suffer from joint pain and arthritis, as well as other degenerative diseases.

 

Papa & Barkley: A New CBN Line

Here at From The Earth, we recognize the power of CBN, and we are proud to be carrying Papa & Barkley’s new Sleep line. These products are all made with CBN, and focus on harnessing all the natural qualities of the cannabinoid to not only help you fall asleep but stay asleep throughout the night. 

Look for these great products coming to our shelves:

Cannabis-Infused Gummies: If your favorite way to consume cannabis is through edibles, you have to check out Papa & Barkley’s all-natural, vegan CBD/THC/CBN gummies. Flavored with the delicious and soothing tastes of blackberry and elderberry, this discrete, portable product is the perfect choice for helping you get a good night’s rest. 

Releaf Tincture: The only way to make a warm cup of tea more relaxing is by mixing in a few drops of the Sleep tincture to your favorite brewed beverage. Or you can add a little under your tongue for quick relief. Either way you prefer, just make sure you relax and unwind with this whole plant sleep aid. 

Releaf Chocolate: For the individual who has a bit of a sweet tooth prior to hitting the hay, break off a piece of the cannabis-infused Releaf Chocolate. Combining the rich flavors of pomegranate and dark chocolate, this sweet treat is sure to bring a smile to your face as well as a restful night’s sleep. Soy-free and non-GMO, even the most health-conscious can enjoy this indulgence. 

 

Order Today

These great products from Papa & Barkley are available at all of our cannabis dispensary locations, so make sure you drop by and pick up one of these great options. While you’re in-store, let one of our reps help you by answering any questions you may have. Plus, they can always give recommendations about new products as well. 

Or, if you are on the go and don’t have time to shop in-store, you can order ahead online for curbside pickup for the added convenience. Don’t want to leave your house? No problem! We also have free, same-day delivery on hundreds of our top-of-the-line products. While you’re there, read through product reviews and browse around for your next favorite way to experience cannabis. 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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