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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