Wanting to Try Edibles for the First Time? Check Out Our Easy 101 Guide!

Cannabis cookies with a label marked 'edibles'

Cannabis cookies with a label marked'edibles'

Even if you’re new to the world of cannabis, odds are good that you have heard of edibles. You may have seen them for sale at our cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI, or you have had friends tell you about their experiences with trying them. If so, these types of conversations have likely piqued your interest! 

If you’re curious about trying edibles, prior to getting started, you need to keep reading to gain some insight. You don’t want to just buy the first thing you see and end up with a negative experience! We’re going to take a closer look at what they are, the different types, and what effects they have on the body and mind. 

 

What is an edible?

By definition, an edible is a type of cannabis-infused food product that is typically either consumed orally (eaten) or absorbed by putting it under the tongue or inside the cheek. There are many different types of edibles out there, each one coming with a unique set of benefits and varying degrees of highs. 

For example, if you are a fan of sour candies or fruit chews, there are certainly a variety of options, including Kanha’s cherry chews. Or if your sweet tooth lies in the realm of chocolate, you can also pick up something decadent and delicious, such as Haze and Main’s cookies and cream bar. Regardless of what your flavor preferences are, you can always find something that suits your taste on the menu.

Here at From The Earth, we also carry many products that are vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free to accommodate a variety of dietary needs. So if you prefer an edible in that realm, odds are good that we have you covered!

 

What are the different types of edibles?

Though we touched on them briefly, there are actually several different types of edibles. Baked goods, fruit chews, hard candies: the possibilities are nearly endless. Keep reading to learn more!

 

  • Baked Goods:

A ‘pot brownie’ is a favored choice to mention in pop culture, but it is hardly the only one out there. While this particular treat may have laid the groundwork for other edibles, it has expanded since then. Pancakes, muffins, cookies, birthday cakes, etc.! The list goes on and on. Don’t see what you want in the store? No problem – you can even make your own baked edibles at home, too!

  • Gummies and Chews: 

If you’re a fan of sour things, or you enjoy gummy candies or even bubble gum, then you will love indulging in this type of edible. Be mindful when taking them, however, as with any edible, the effects do take some time to kick in. 

  • Mints and Hard Candies:

Freshen your breath with a cannabis kick by reaching for mints or other hand candies. Most of the time, these candies are meant to be consumed by sticking it inside your cheek or under your tongue, just like you would most mints or other hard candy treats. However, be aware that this can cause a high to kick in faster than just eating it.

  • Chocolate: 

The holidays may be behind us, but chocolates are a year-round favorite, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up. No matter which chocolate is your favorite: milk, dark, mint, white, cookies and cream, and so on, edibles are available in these flavors! Just talk to one of the helpful staff members at our cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI, and they can help get you in the right direction.

  • Drinks and Drink Mixes: 

Yes, that’s right – edibles don’t necessarily have to mean food. You can also find cannabis-infused beverages. Iced tea, lemonade, and even some alcoholic beverages, such as hard seltzers, are available with cannabis. Just like with mints or hard candies, most of the cannabis in drinks are absorbed through the cheek and tongue, 

 

Which edibles are the most potent?

Typically, baked goods or chocolate tend to be the most potent. However, it all depends on the amount of cannabis found in the product. Before consuming, make sure to properly read the label and account for the recommended dosage. Also, you can ask one of the helpful From The Earth staff members for more information when going to make a purchase. Edibles are best enjoyed when they’re used correctly!

Pink and green cannabis macaroons

What types of highs or benefits can you get from edibles?

Once again, this depends on the product that you are using. For some folks, they enjoy edibles to help them sleep at night or to alleviate aches and pains or even stress and anxiety. For others, some may be looking for a more psychoactive effect, or are seeking to get couch locked. On the packages of products, it should be noted what type of high or benefits usually occurs upon consumption. 

 

What is the most common type of edible?

While this all depends on the person, and product sales tend to be different from state to state, the common denominator remains that baked goods and hard candies are the go-to choice. However, no matter which one you choose, the most important thing to remember when trying edibles is to start off slow.

Unlike smoking or vaping, consuming edibles takes quite a bit of time to kick in. Anywhere from 30-45 minutes sometimes, depending on the product, how hungry you are, and your body mass. If you’re just starting out, take it slow! Start with a small bite or a lower end dosage and wait up to an hour to feel the effects before trying another bite. 

 

What type of edibles should you try?

Well, the answer to this question is wholly up to you! Are you after a quick snack, or are you wanting to indulge in a sweet treat? Do you love trying different flavors of hard candies, or are you in the mood for a beverage? Regardless, come stop by our cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI and let one of our helpful staff members be a guide! We are always here to help our customers have the best experience with edibles, and cannabis in general, as possible. 

How to Use CBD to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

A young woman in a winter coat smoking cannabis outdoors

A young woman in a winter coat smoking cannabis outdoors

This time of year is known for many things: get-togethers with family and friends while eating a lot of good food, holiday shopping for the perfect gift, and doing all your favorite activities related to the changing of the weather. While there are so many positive things about the onset of fall and winter, if you’re someone who feels down once summer fades away, know that you are not alone. In fact, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from SAD.


What is ‘SAD’?

SAD is seasonal affective disorder, a condition that is caused by the oncoming of the colder months where we tend to feel sad, tired, and sluggish. Often dubbed as the ‘winter blues’, it’s common among many Americans, especially after the time change. This is because we are spending less time out in the daylight, the sun usually setting below the horizon before we’ve even had a chance to finish our commute home from work. 

Overall, seasonal depression just leaves us feeling not at all like ourselves. While it can manifest in different ways and affect people differently, we want you to review this quick list of symptoms:

  • Carbohydrate or sugar cravings
  • Significant decline in overall energy
  • Social withdraw
  • Tendency to sleep a lot or go to bed much earlier than usual
  • Weight gain
  • Persistent sadness, seemingly out of nowhere
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulties sleeping or staying asleep throughout the night

While this is not a totally comprehensive list, if any of these sound like you, know you’re not alone! Unfortunately, we all can’t flee to some tropical paradise and wait it out until the winter months are done and over with. However, we have another, more realistic solution in mind: CBD.


Medical Cannabis Can Help

Depression and anxiety are often caused by reduced levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. When we have too little of these chemicals, we find ourselves feeling sad and disconnected, having a negative impact on our mood. Dopamine and serotonin actually serve as our brain’s neurotransmitters and play an important role in regulating our mood.

Don’t worry, we do have some good news – one of the main active compounds found in CBD has been proven to help boost serotonin and dopamine levels. This happens when the cannabinoids in CBD interact with our body’s endocrine system.

 

Which types of cannabis should you use?

To put it simply, you want to purchase products that are high in CBD. One thing that is important to note is that products containing only CBD, and no other compounds, will not have any psychoactive effects. This is worth mentioning just in case you are seeking to use cannabis to help alleviate some of the symptoms of SAD but are not wanting any of the ‘high’ feeling that comes along with it. 

If you are seeking prolonged relief, we recommend using CBD oils or CBD capsules and ingesting them. These should take a little while to work, but you will feel the effects from anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. 

For instant relief, we recommend vaping with CBD-infused dried flower. When using this type of product, the onset of effects should come on in just a few minutes.

A jar of CBD oil with a cannabis leaf

Recommended Products

When shopping around our weed dispensary in Hanover, MI, we have a few items we think you should add to your cart, especially if you are someone who suffers from SAD. Check them out below:

Papa & Barkley Tincture

Using a CBD product sublingually is a great way to ingest cannabis without having to smoke, vape, or eat an edible. Plus, you can always add it to your favorite mug of tea to help boost your mood, too. Papa & Barkley offers a great tincture to help you sleep. So if anxiety from SAD has you up at night tossing and turning, and the restlessness is starting to wear at you – don’t fret! Add this to your cart today and start feeling some relief.

Care by Design’s Gummies

For a discreet and delicious treat you can take with you almost anywhere, you have to grab a pack of Care by Design’s Mixed Berry Gummies. These gummies are crafted by a team of culinary experts and cannabinoid scientists to strike a powerful balance between deliciousness and wellness. Containing a flavorful combination of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, the Mixed Berry gummy is vegan and gluten-free. The 18:1 ratio includes just enough THC to amplify the benefits with little to no psychoactivity. The 18:1 is typically non-intoxicating and great for relieving mild stress during the day.

Pure Vape’s Rise and Shine

Just like the name suggests, Pure Vape’s Rise and Shine is sure to put a little pep in your step and combat those negative feelings brought on by the winter blues. This product is a CBD disposable, meaning that once you are done, you are free to throw away or recycle the cartridge. These are available in non-psychoactive (1:0 boost), low psychoactive (4:1 rise & shine) and psychoactive (1:1 half & half) options. Each disposable has a unique flavor to choose from!


Chocolate from ReCreate

This time of year is all about the sweets! The holidays are sure to bring around some of your favorite comfort foods. This time, however, we think you should reach for these delicious chocolates from ReCreate. Naturally flavored with Golden Chai, this healthy and decadent milk chocolate is packed with functional ingredients to help support a sense of calm and relaxation. Take a bite and let yourself unwind and relax this winter.

Shop From The Earth

Don’t let another winter season go by without feeling your best. If this time of year gets you feeling down and depressed, it’s more than okay to seek out a little help. In fact, stop by our weed dispensary in Hanover, MI, or any other of our great locations, and talk to one of our helpful team members today! Let us help you answer any questions you may have or provide more product recommendations to best suit you and your needs. If you suffer from SAD, know you’re not alone and From The Earth is here to help!

The 10 Best Cannabis Products to Help Manage Joint Pain

A jar of topical cannabis balm

A jar of topical cannabis balm

The cooler weather is here and while many look forward to the changing of seasons, this time of year is notorious for bringing on stiff and painful joints. When this happens, it slows us down and keeps up from participating in all of our usual favorite activities. While we can’t necessarily make the cold weather disappear, we can turn to cannabis as a means to help alleviate some of our joint pain.

For this, we have compiled a list of our ten of favorite products that we definitely think you should give a go!

Papa and Barkley’s Releaf Balm

If you are in search of a topical product to apply to your elbows, hands, knees, and feet when you are feeling stiff and achy, we highly recommend Papa and Barkley’s Releaf balm. This balm is made with clean cannabis and organic essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, and lavender. This is also a non-intoxicating product, meaning that it won’t make you feel high, only working to bring about joint pain relief. This topical balm smells great, too, and is a sure-fire remedy.  

 

Kanha’s Infused Gummies

For a treat packed with fun and vibrant flavors, look no further than Kanha’s cannabis infused blue raspberry gummies. This product is all-natural and made up of only the highest-quality cannabis oils to provide the most consistent and safest experiences on the market. These raspberry gummies are bursting with sweetness and provide a great mix of relaxed and energized, allowing for some pain relief. 

 

Almora Farm’s Hindu Kush

If you are someone who prefers to toke up as a means for joint relief, then you have to check out Almora Farm’s Hindu Kush. The flavor profile is a delicious combination of sweet, earthy, and woody. This indica is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and at ease, bringing about much needed pain relief and is perfect for a day of vibing on the couch and binging a new series on Netflix. The best part is that it is available for delivery! Our Long Beach marijuana delivery service is here to help bring the goods right to your home. 

 

Care By Design Tinctures

One of the best ways to help bring about joint pain relief is to enjoy a warm beverage, such as hot tea. Now, you can enhance your favorite mug of brew by adding in a few drops of Care by Design’s tinctures. Made with a 40:1 ratio featuring the highest quality CBD on the market, this ratio is an excellent choice for relieving stress, prompting overall wellness, and is even great for day time use. Because there are little to no psychoactive side effects, this is a wonderful product if you’re new to the world of cannabis. 

 

A cup of tea with a marijuana leaf

Korova’s Peanut Butter Dip Cookie

Take a bite out of joint pain with a delectable classic and a marijuana dispensary favorite – the peanut butter dip cookie from Korova. Loaded with crunchy peanuts and dipped into silky chocolate, this edible hybrid product is an excellent way to not only curb your cravings for something sweet, but also for providing much-needed pain relief. 


Heavy Hitter’s Infused Pre-roll

Sometimes, joint pain can hit us the hardest in our hands, making it difficult for our fingers to move and function as they should. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to even roll a joint properly. If this is the case for you, try infused pre-rolls instead. We think you should check out Heavy Hitter’s Cookies and Cream preroll, packed premium flower and 98%+ THC diamonds. 

 

OG’s Rove

For those who enjoy vaping, you have to add OG’s Rove to your cart right away. This indicat dominant blend is potent as well as fast-acting, boasting earthy pine flavors with just the right amount of floral sweetness. Grab this for an excellent nighttime remedy that can provide a heavy body sensations as well as relief from pain, insomnia, and lack of appetite. 

 

Wyld’s Hybrid Enhanced Gummies

Are you new to edibles and aren’t sure where to start? If so, we highly recommend Wyld’s peach edibles. With a 2:1 CBD:THC ratio that is more CBD than THC, it is a solid choice for getting introduced to the world of edibles. Made with real fruit and enhanced using a balanced hybrid terpene profile, it can assist in creating a sense of ease and overall well being. Also, this product would make a great stocking stuffer for someone who has been struggling with joint pain lately!

 

Papa & Barkley’s CBD Releaf Patch

Recovery is made simple with Papa & Barkley’s CBD Releaf Patch. This product works as a slow-release patch that offers pain relief through transdermal delivery of full-spectrum cannabinoids. An easy single application offers up to 12 hours of relief for wherever you need it most. Please note that there is some potential for psychoactive effects and it is recommended that you find that ratio that best suits your specific needs. 

 

Heavenly Sweet’s Cannabutter

Baking is a holiday must and a well-loved tradition by many. For those who enjoy whipping up your own edibles and confectionary treats, grab a tub of Heavenly Sweet’s Cannabutter. This delicious, real-cream butter contains lab-tested sativa-dominant hybrid cannabis. This added element is sure to make your holiday baking and cooking all the more savory, as well as the added benefits of pain relief. 

 

Delivery Right to Your Door

This winter, don’t suffer through all the joint stiffness and body aches that often come about once the seasons change. Take care of yourself and treat your body to the best cannabis products available one the market, a wide variety offered up for just about anyone’s needs. 

Did you know that we deliver? Don’t meander out and about in the cold if you don’t have to – let us bring your weed right to your door! Our Long Beach marijuana delivery service is ready to help you fight the winter blues. Place an order today and start feeling the relief you deserve! 

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 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. 

 

5 Ways Weed Can Boost Your Mood

Happy woman vaping outside at pool party with friends in Santa Ana

Happy woman vaping outside at pool party with friends in Santa Ana

It is no secret that cannabis makes you feel good. We have seen this depicted all over various forms of media for several decades. From every classic stoner movie featuring Seth Rogen’s infectious laugh to images of hippies sitting on the lawns of sprawling amphitheaters enjoying music, weed is shown as boosting the mood of everyone who partakes.

So what is the science behind cannabis that helps create these feelings of euphoria? Is it dopamine, or something else entirely? Can it really boost our moods, or is that just a myth? Let’s take a closer look! 

 

Dopamine Debunked

For the past forty years, addiction scientists have collectively embraced one theory, and that’s the dopamine theory of addiction. This cites that all addictive substances and activities, across the spectrum (food, sex, substances), flood the limbic brain with a chemical called ‘dopamine’. Dopamine is one of the chemicals in our brains that plays a significant role in how we feel pleasure.

Because smoking weed is a pleasurable activity for many, it can contribute to the release of dopamine in some way. This would be similar to doing anything else you might enjoy, such as working out or watching your favorite sitcom. 

Stimulants like cocaine or amphetamines do, in fact, trigger a flood of dopamine. Chronic or prolonged use of these substances can lead to the body’s inability to make its own dopamine, leading to addiction as well as other various mental health concerns. 

However, this is not the same at all with cannabis.

 

The Bliss Molecule

Over thirty years ago, Dr. Rephael Mechoulam discovered a neurotransmitter within the brain called anandamide. This was also the very same doctor who first identified and synthesized THC. Appearing to produce a heightened sense of joy and happiness, anandamide has often been dubbed the ‘bliss molecule’. 

Because it helps us feel pleasure, anandamide is often confused for or compared to dopamine. However, anandamide is responsible for more than just the bliss we feel in our bodies. This chemical also plays some serious roles in major bodily processes such as memory, motivation, pain, appetite, and even fertility. But because of its participation in the process of neurogenesis, which is the formation of new cells, anandamide is also an anti-anxiety and antidepressant agent. 

Since THC and anandamide share similar properties, consuming cannabis can produce similar effects. Whenever you consume or ingest cannabis by smoking or vaping, it only takes a few moments for the THC to hit your brain and begin lighting up your brain’s neurons. Fitting together like a lock and key, a neurotransmitter binds to the correct receptor and signals your body to respond. With THC, it creates a sense of bliss. Chocolate, yoga, and running also are notable influences of anandamide, although they tend to be a little less powerful. 

 

Woman relaxing and smoking weed outside
 

How does cannabis help?

Now that you know the science behind THC and cannabis, let’s take a closer look at exactly how cannabis can improve mood and mental health. 

  1. Reduced anxiety: Anxiety is something that affects millions of Americans in varying degrees, and it causes our brain’s neurotransmitters to become overactive and fire off at inappropriate and inconvenient times. Cannabis can provide some relief for anxiety, as many of the chemical compounds present in cannabis have been proven to reduce the symptoms, both mentally and physically. CBD can work with the cannabinoid receptors in our brain to slow this process and leave us feeling calm and level-headed.
     
  2. Mood stabilizer: As we learned above, cannabis can help us feel heightened states of bliss and lightheartedness. However, studies have shown that it can do more than just temporarily boost moods, it can also help minimize mood swings and bring about overall mood stability. Cannabis can aid in the regulation of our brain’s neurotransmitters that can help us get better control of our emotions.
     
  3. Fights depression: Since cannabis boosts anandamide in our brains, it can also help to combat depression. Remember, anandamide isn’t just about bliss: it also aids with memory, motivation, fighting chronic pain, and more. When some of these issues are remedied, the better we feel, allowing us to better handle new, unideal situations as they pop up.
     
  4. Improved sleep: If there is one thing that can really eat away at a person’s mental health, it’s prolonged or chronic lack of sleep. Even just one night of poor rest can negatively influence your performance the next two days of school or work. Sleep is vital to the body, and without it, even basic tasks feel nearly impossible to complete.  
     
    Luckily, cannabis is a great solution for those who have difficulties sleeping, as it contains the properties necessary to relax the brain and muscles. If your anxiety is what keeps you up at night, this can also help twofold.
     
  5. Positive outlook: With all of the above concerns being addressed, it’s easy to see why cannabis has a positive influence over a broad spectrum of mental health issues. If your anxiety is reduced, your mood is stabilized, and your sleep is better, it would be difficult not to have a sunny disposition. 

 

Here to Help

If you are an individual who struggles with some of the issues above and you want to find out more about which products can help you, be sure to pop into your local weed dispensary in Santa Ana or one of our many other locations. 

Here at From The Earth, our staff is highly trained and extremely knowledgeable. We are ready to assist all varieties of customers in finding which products will suit their needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – we are here to help! Our goal is to create a laid-back and judgment-free environment that anyone can feel comfortable in.

If you are someone who prefers to shop online, be sure to check out our expansive online store! We also offer curbside pick up or even fast and free delivery. You don’t have to stay anxious or feel stuck in a rut with your mood. An all-natural aid is waiting at your local weed dispensary in Santa Ana!

5 CBD Products to Help You Relieve Stress

Cannabis wellness, tincutures

Cannabis wellness, tincutures

 

With April being ‘Stress Awareness Month’, there is no better time to discuss it, as it is a growing problem that affects millions of Americans every single day. We all encounter stress on some level, whether it be at home, at work, or just in general regarding everything going on in the world. It serves to be a detriment to our health, breaking us down both mentally and physically. 

 Getting proper sleep, having a balanced diet, and participating in regular exercise have great benefits and are all a part of the typical course of action. There are many other natural remedies for stress relief but one that stands out amongst the rest is CBD.

 

What is CBD?

As a quick explanation, CBD is an oil that is extracted from a cannabis plant. Its longer, scientific name is ‘cannabidiol’, and is one of the 100+ different cannabinoids found in a cannabis plant. These cannabinoids are found in the leaves and the buds of cannabis plants and are then extracted and separated.

Once it has been extracted, CBD is a colorless, crystalline structure. At room temperature, it exists in its purest form. CBD can either be derived from a marijuana or a hemp plant. However, CBD that comes from marijuana crops tend to be more potent and effective than when it comes from hemp. The use of CBD has many benefits, including the relief of pain, stress, anxiety, and more. In some cases, it has even been shown to help with seizure disorders.

 

Chronic Stress & Anxiety

Before determining which CBD products would work best for you, it’s important to take a moment to discern which is your primary concern: are you stressed, anxious, or both? Some people use the terms interchangeably, and while they can work in tandem and feature many of the same physical and emotional symptoms, they are not the same.

Stress is what your body does in response to a situation. When examining stress a little closer, it’s easy to tell that stress is not just about feeling irritated and frazzled. That may be the initial, surface-level reaction, however, compiling stress can segue into something much more dangerous. Fatigue, headaches, stomach ulcers, memory loss, and an altered sleep cycle are just a few of the negative, chronic side effects. 

Anxiety is a reaction to the aforementioned stress. Some effects of anxiety on the body can include high blood pressure, panic attacks, breathing problems, fatigue, and irritability. CBD can help aid some of these conditions, though some anxiety disorders may require additional medication and/or counseling. Check out these great CBD products that you can pick up from the best cannabis online store, From The Earth.

 

1. Bath Bomb

When it comes to self-care, one of the first, easy remedies that we see recommended is a classic bubble bath. For some people, there is nothing quite like a hot soak in a bathtub to melt our troubles away, however, it can be enhanced by adding a simple product – a mood-stabilizing 1:1 bath bomb. 

This product is made with CBD and essential oils, meant to smell refreshing and calming as well as aid in restoring the body and the mind. By appealing to many senses at once, you can let the stress of the day leave your mind while you relax. With a perfectly blended mixture of cannabinoids and all-natural essential oils, this bath bomb helps create an immersive, full-body experience. 

 

2. Gummies

A great option that can work for mild stress relief is chewable gummies. These are typically convenient to carry, are easily consumed, and often are sold in a wide variety of delicious flavors and textures. So odds are high that you will find something to suit your taste buds. A popular option at From The Earth is their mixed berry 18:1 CBD gummies. With little to no psychoactivity, this a CBD dominant option that is is great for alleviating mild stress symptoms as you go about your day.

 

3. Balms or Lotions

Stress can take a physical toll on the body, as we have learned. Sometimes, this can manifest into aches and pains that are felt throughout our body. We tend to hold onto tension in highly worked areas of our neck, back, and shoulders. Chronic pain alone can prove to exacerbate our situation, creating a vicious cycle that we can’t shake. 

CBD-rich balms or lotions are perfect for relaxing your body without the high.  The best cannabis online store, From The Earth, features several great topical products, including Papa & Barkley’s CBD Rich Releaf Balm. This particular balm is infused with organic oils, including eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, and lavender. Combined with CBD & a minimal amount of THC that creates a powerful mixture meant to soothe and relax while providing you with some pain relief. 

Cannabis choclate, edibles

4. Chocolate

For those with a sweet tooth, munching on candy, chocolate, or other quick, sugary products is oftentimes a go-to for bringing about some mild stress relief. These sugary snacks tend to release endorphins simply because they taste good and make us happy. However, pairing the simplicity of enjoying chocolate with the powerful healing qualities of CBD can result in something truly delightful.

Dark chocolate sea salt or delicious milk chocolate are just two of the rich flavors that can be purchased at From The Earth. Their selection of products with   CBD, THC, or both is top-notch. There surely is something for everyone in their online cannabis store. Remember, you can also order ahead on their website and choose curbside pick-up or opt to pick up in-store. Some locations feature same-day delivery that is quick & easy to use and created for your convenience. 

 

5. Tablinguals

One product that is not as often thought of due to its size and rather inconspicuous appearance are tablinguals. These tablets are small and usually packaged in a relatively non-descript box, made to look like gum or breath mints, such as these Remedy CBD Tablinguals. Coming in flavors such as spearmint or peppermint, these offer a refreshing way to add a quick yet discreet pick-me-up to your day.

The next time you need a bit of stress relief, turn to the best cannabis online store, From The Earth, and order your favorite soothing CBD products. Order online and choose from delivery or curbside pickup. You’re guaranteed to be stress-free in no time.

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.

 

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.

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