National Mental Health Month: How Cannabis Can Help with Anxiety and Stress

A young woman smoking cannabis outdoors

A young woman smoking cannabis outdoors

Did you know that 40 million Americans struggle with anxiety each and every year? That accounts for almost 20% of the entire population of the United States. This is a very steep number and a harrowing statistic, all things considered. May is National Mental Health Awareness month which means it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression

We have all felt a little anxious from time to time, such as right before giving a big presentation at school or work, or prior to an important job interview. These feelings are normal. However, for many people, this sense of anxiety can be constant, following them around from day to day tasks. Anxiety can be persistent, even impacting one’s ability to function even when faced with typical activities such as grocery shopping or going out to dinner with friends.

If this sounds like you, there is actually an all-natural solution that could help: cannabis. Our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme has compiled some helpful information to give you some more insight on just how cannabis can ease the symptoms of anxiety and stress, helping you to live a more care-free and happier life. Keep reading to learn more!

 

Growing Legalization and Popularity


Over the past ten or so years, the legalization of cannabis and cannabis products has made some serious headway. While it isn’t quite legalized on a federal level yet, a wide array of states have approved cannabis for medical use. (Some for even recreational use, too!) 

A huge factor in this growing popularity as well as legality is due to many people using cannabis as an alternative aid for many health issues. Seizures, appetite disorders, joint pain, headaches, and yes, even mental health issues like anxiety and stress are just a few of the ailments that are on the list. 

It also helps that smoking isn’t the only way to enjoy cannabis anymore, either. Some people say that smoking is uncomfortable or even painful for them, and that’s okay! Great products like edibles, gummies, tinctures, lotions, creams, bath bombs and more are all available on the market today, helping people to partake in cannabis in a way the suits them best. At our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, you will find hundreds of great brands and products to choose from. 

 

Looking at the Research


If there is one thing we want you to know, it’s this: it’s okay to seek help for your anxiety. There is no shame in that at all! Whether it be through therapy, working out, traditional medication, or using cannabis products, or any combination of the mentioned, there is no right or wrong answer. As long as it works for you, that is what matters.

If you’ve never considered cannabis, however, we do want to provide you with some helpful information first! While many claim that it helps them handle their anxious feelings better, it’s important to take a look at the research. In one study, researchers were able to conclude that inhaling cannabis actually helped for the short term, having a positive impact on participants’ anxiety, depression, and stress levels. 

According to their findings, the study found that the combination of low THC and high CBD were best for stress, while on the other hand, high THC and low CBD were more effective on anxiety and depression. It is vital to note, however, that the study didn’t find any conclusive evidence that smoking cannabis helped with these issues in the long term. 

As with many areas of cannabis research, studies are still ongoing. Thanks to the rising popularity and headway made in widespread legalization, hopefully soon more evidence of cannabis’ medicinal capabilities will be found. 

A woman holds up a piece of CBD candy

The Best Cannabis Products for You


If you want to start trying cannabis as a means to help manage your stress and anxiety, come on down to our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme! If you happen to live in a state where a medical card is necessary to use cannabis products, schedule an appointment with your doctor. For many states, stress, anxiety, and depression are all common reasons to qualify for a card.

The first time you step into a cannabis dispensary might feel a little overwhelming. There are a lot of products to choose from and it might even come across as a bit intimidating. However, you have no reason to worry! Our helpful staff is there to act as a guide and answer any questions that you may have. Though if you want to feel more prepared before you step in the door, there are a few questions you can ask yourself beforehand.

 

What kind of relief do you want?

Prior to making a purchase, you will need to answer this question. When smoking or vaping cannabis, relief is usually fast-acting and the impact usually comes on almost instantly. If you are wanting a delayed relief, then that is when choosing edibles or tinctures would be the better fit. This is also a great option if you are wanting to be better prepared for something like a stressful social engagement, as it has none of the cannabis smell and all of the relief.

 

What is your cannabis sensitivity like?

If you have a high sensitivity to cannabis, or have never tried cannabis before, make sure to opt for products with a lower THC content. This will make sure you get the best experience possible and avoid any unwanted side effects. Content can vary from product to product, so be sure to read the labels. 

 

Do you have any questions?

If there is something you want to know, don’t hesitate to ask! There is no such thing as a stupid question, especially where your mental health is concerned. When talking to one of our budtenders, feel free to have questions prepared in advance or ask them as they come up in conversation. We want to help you feel as comfortable as possible around cannabis products while getting you the relief that you deserve!

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!

Weed and Warmer Weather: 10 Great Cannabis Products You Need This Spring Break

Young women smoking cannabis on spring break

Young women smoking cannabis on spring breakAt long last, it is time to shake those winter blues and prepare for warmer weather! With spring break going on for many across the country, now is the perfect opportunity to grab your best friends and your favorite cannabis products and just relax. 

Our greenleaf dispensary in Port Hueneme has some suggestions for what to purchase before you go out and hit the beach, the slopes, the skatepark, or whatever venue you find perfect for your spring break festivities. After the stress and craziness of the past several years, it is long overdue that we make the most of our chances for rest and relaxation. 

Keep reading to learn more about the ten cannabis products you need to amplify your spring break! 

 

1.) STIIZY’S Sour Strawberry

If you want to pick up some gummies that are bursting with tropical flavor as well as THC, be sure to add STIIZY’s Sour Strawberry to your cart! These edibles are fast-acting, delicious, and contain 30 mg of THC per piece. If strawberry isn’t your favorite flavor, no worries! They also are available in Blue Raspberry Blast, Caribbean Breeze, and Sour Apple. Because the container is small, it is super easy to toss into your backpack and take with you wherever you go.

 

2.) AbosluteXtracts’s Jack Herer

Are you a vape enthusiast? If so, then you absolutely cannot skip out on this next product! AbosluteXtracts raises the bar – and hopefully your spring break – with their new full-spectrum cartridge. This sativa-dominant, citrus flavored cannabis oil is the perfect choice for when you want to stimulate the mind, get active, and hang out with friends. You are sure to feel a fantastic combination of chill and uplifted, which is the perfect mindset to have when heading into a laid back week!

 

3.) C.A.D.’s Original Green Cream

For those who have planned a sunny and active week of vacation, you might not want to forget to pack C.A.D.’s Original Green Cream. Whether you are hiking on your favorite trails or hitting the beach for some fun in the sun, this potent cream makes the perfect addition to your activities. Great for alleviating pain and soothing discomfort, apply this product to sore muscles, light sun burns, or stiff joints.

 

4.) Almora’s Papaya Punch x Hindu Kush

Pre-rolls are undoubtedly one of the most convenient ways to get high with a group of friends! This particular product from Almora features five masterfully rolled pre-rolls and combines the synergistic forces of Papaya Punch and Hindu Kush. Because these are both Indica strains, the goal for this product is to experience a relaxing, blissful high. If you want to just vibe with friends and have a low-key break binging your favorite series on TV, then this is the best choice for you! As a bonus, the flavor is unmatched, giving you the taste of spring with a fruity, sweet blend.

 

5.) Care By Design’s CBD Drops

For those that are seeking a little relief as they tackle tasks around the house, such as the dreaded annual spring cleaning, then our staff here at the greenleaf dispensary in Port Hueneme highly recommend this product. Care By Design’s tinctures are perfect for putting a few drops under the tongue or mixing into your favorite herbal tea. It can help you find peace of mind during stressful situations, helping you to keep a cool head morning, noon, and night.

 

6.) Alien Lab’s Area 4

You don’t have to embark on an extraterrestrial hunt or UFO spotting trip to experience something out of this world! In fact, all you need to do is add Alien Lab’s Area 41 to your cart. This limited edition flower comes with the perfect combination of cerebral and body effects. Boasting lemon, citrus, fruit, and woody flavors, you know you’re in for a delicious treat. Smoke with friends around a campfire or while playing cards at the cabin – regardless of what you are up to, you’re sure to enjoy this strain. 

A young man smokes weed while out on a hike

 

7.) CQ’s Zero Tropical Mango

Nothing is as refreshing as a cold drink on a warm day. Don’t reach for something run of the mill this spring break, though! Instead, grab CQ’s Zero Tropical Mango. This zero sugar, zero calorie beverage comes with the great flavors of mango and is loaded with a 100 mg of THC. Dose out for mocktails or take sips throughout the day to keep a steady high.

 

8.) Heavenly Sweet’s Cannabutter

Not every spring break has to be about catching thrills or being constantly on the movie! It is meant to be about taking time for yourself and doing the things that make you happy. If you enjoy cooking and baking, we highly suggest purchasing a tub of Heavenly Sweet’s Cannabutter. It will be a sure fire way to enhance anything you whip up, giving it the added bonus of THC.

 

9.) Flav’s Peach Rings

You can’t go wrong with this classic candy! Flavored peach rings were a staple of many individual’s childhoods, and now you can enjoy this fan favorite with an adult spin. Flav’s Peach Rings are loaded with 10 mg of THC and CBD per piece. Just remember to pace yourself when trying a new edible to make sure you don’t over do it!

 

10.) OM Edible’s Lavender Body Oil

When spending all that time out in the sun, don’t forget to pack along OM Edible’s Body Oil! Our skin is our body’s largest organ and it has a tough job of protecting us from the elements. Sun, wind, salt water – these can all take their toll. After you have come inside for the evening, whether it be after a day of surfing, hiking, or floating around your hotel’s pool, apply this oil to your skin to experience its restorative qualities. Or, you can even add it to your bath water for an extra relaxing dip in the tub!

 

Place Your Order Today!

So, what are you waiting for? Amp up your spring break by picking up one (or several!) of these great products! If you don’t have the time to stop by in person, don’t sweat it. Opt instead for our extremely convenient same day delivery service or choose to swing by and do curb-side pick up

The 5 Easiest Marijuana Strains For Beginners to Grow

If you’re looking at growing your own weed, it might seem fairly simple to start. While that is true to some degree, it’s also important to know that some strains are easier than others to grow. For example, some have more delicate tendencies than others, or might even be prone to mold where other strains aren’t. A few things you might want to ask prior to beginning, such as inquiring about which strains you are able to miss watering for a day or which ones are highly susceptible to shifts in environment?

If you hadn’t considered these questions, that’s okay! Our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme is here to help you sort this information out and make the growing process just a little bit simpler. Keep reading to learn more about the five easiest strains to grow!

Strain #1: Blue Dream


Perhaps one of the most popular strains available on the market, Blue Dream is a total classic for all cannabis enthusiasts. Originating in Northern California, Blue Dream is a cross between Blueberry and Haze, two well-known parent strains. Typically, it has high yields, growing big and tall thanks to its sativa-dominant roots. For the best results, be sure to build a scrog, or a structure, to go around the plant. Scrogs are usually made of PVC pipe, as it is weather-resistant and durable. Think of it like a cage that goes around a tomato plant. 

If you are a newbie in the realm of cannabis growing, Blue Dream is the perfect starter strain. This is due mostly to how resilient it is, continuing to grow even if you forget to water it one day or go a little too hard on the nutrient feedings. The best part is that it can even handle cold nights, and grows well in both indoor and outdoor settings. So, for the most part, no matter what climate you live in, you are sure to have a thriving cannabis plant.

Strain #2: Wedding Cake


No, we’re not talking about the delicious treat served at wedding receptions. But we are, however, referring to one of the newest strains available. This rising star in the cannabis world, Wedding Cake, is a Cookies cross that is Indica-dominant and grows short and stout. You will still see quality yields and dense buds, though. Just make sure that you stay on top of pruning to help prevent molding along the way – that would certainly feel like rain on your wedding day!  

One of the reasons it is dubbed Wedding Cake is because of the trichomes on top that appear frosty and sticky, like a glaze. These are also quite fragrant, smelling of citrus and vanilla that is really appealing and sweet, as any treat should be. So while this one is slightly more difficult to upkeep, the pay off is absolutely worth i

Strain #3: Super Lemon Haze


If you like things that taste a bit citrusy, then you will want to check into growing Super Lemon Haze. It is a cross between two major contenders: Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk. Due to the strong amount of sativa that exists in its origins, this cannabis plant will do better in warmer climates, bonus points if there is some humidity. However, it is still pretty versatile and can grow in most settings. 

While it is low-maintenance in terms of attention, Super Lemon Haze will need some space to grow. Like the parent strain Lemon Skunk, this cannabis strain will want to stretch out. Of course, scrogging, or building some sort of support system, will help, though it is not entirely necessary. Also, don’t expect to jump up and harvest right away. You will need a bit of patience, as it takes Super Lemon Haze about nine weeks to flower, yet another sign of its sativa origins. 

A close up of a nugget of cannabis

Strain #4: GMO Cookies


Unlike the last two strains mentioned above, GMO Cookies brings an odd yet satisfying combination of scents to the game: garlic and cookies. Now, we know what you are thinking, but this new strain is becoming the talk of the town for a reason. A cross between two big-name strains, GSC and Chemdog, GMO Cookies has some unique traits:

  • Light green buds with orange hairs
  • Dense and sticky
  • Produces a higher yield
  • Trichome levels perfect for pressing hash

Another ideal trait about it is that it can handle growing both indoors and outdoors. However, once again, make sure to execute patience when growing, as it takes about nine to ten weeks to flower and be ready for harvest. It will be worth the wait though, as GMO Cookies brings a new flavor as well as a quality high.

Strain #5: Sour OG


If you are on the hunt for something truly outside of the box to grow, but is still relatively simple in terms of growing, we suggest testing the waters with Sour OG. Skunk, spice, fuel, and hints of lemon and pine all combine forces to create something truly special. A combination of OG Kush and Sour Diesel, this will be a strain you will want to try.

Compared to the other strains listed above, this one will have a fairly quicker yield time of around 8 weeks. Just make sure that this particular plan had a trellis and a scrog for maximum yields. Again, humidity is best for this strain and allows for the production of denser buds. All in all, Sour OG is a great choice if you want something that is both potent and features a unique blend of flavors.

Cannabis Dispensary in Port Hueneme


Do you still have questions about growing your strains or just want to learn more about cannabis in general? We invite you to stop by any of our
great From The Earth locations, including our shop in Port Hueneme, and talk to our helpful staff members. Our goal is to educate and be a resource for our community and customers by providing a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can grow and thrive, just like your cannabis plants! 

In Need of a Great Last-Minute Gift? Check Out These Cannabis Must-Haves

A paper bag of cannabis sitting in holiday lights

A paper bag of cannabis sitting in holiday lights

Last minute shopping can be no fun. Long lines, crowded stores, sold out products, and too much holiday music while at the mall can leave you frustrated and burn out. This, however, does not have to be the case for you! If you’re in need of some great items to give to your cannabis-inclined friends and family, you should check out the cannabis delivery from our Port Hueneme location

So what should you stuff those stockings with? What bit of bud should you place under the tree? Keep reading to review a list of the best products we have in stock for this holiday season.

 

Care By Design’s Soft Gel Capsules

Do you have someone on your list who loves to work out and is an exercise enthusiast? Do they often struggle through recovery, though, and are left feeling tired and achy? If so, give them the gift of Care By Design’s Soft Gel Capsules. The 1:1 ratio makes it easy to dose and is still very potent, containing full spectrum cannabis. This product comes in a convenient gel capsule designed to help soothe your body and relax your mind. 

 

Dime Industries’ Bubblegum Kush

Couch lock with your favorite cousin after doing the Christmas dinner dishes and just vibe with Dime Industries’ Bubblegum Kush. The bubblegum flavor blends effortlessly with the OG
Kush extract and creates a both sweet and satisfying experience, making this the perfect dessert flavor to enjoy. As an added bonus, this product is also designed for discreet carry and travel, so take it along with you to your holiday destination.

 

Heavy Hitters’ Lights Out

Odds are high that we all know someone who could use a little more rest each night and is plagued by tossing and turning. For your loved one with this particular issue, give them the 5 pack of Heavy Hitters’ Lights Out. This product uses a powerful combination of CBN and THC to help the body relax and fall asleep faster. What better gift than a good nights’ rest?

 

Sublime Canna’s Grape Ape

With 40% THC potency, Sublime Canna’s Grape Ape makes the best stocking stuffer for the person who loves a strong high. This product is flower-infused with live resin distillate and then rolled in cannabis concentrate. To top it off, it is then generously coated in kief. These pre-rolls are small but mighty and pack a strong punch. 

 

Kiva’s Peppermint Bark

The holidays are notorious for being a time to indulge in sweets and take a bite out of wonderful winter flavors. Few treats are as festive as peppermint, and that’s why we’ve added Kiva’s Peppermint Bark to the lineup. Not only is this cannabis-infused chocolate delicious, but it can help ease the mind and even bring about relief. Skip the gas station candy bar this year and give your loved one something truly good.

 

Care By Design’s Tinctures

Do you have an experienced cannabis user on your nice list? Someone who has been partaking in THC products for so long, that it feels like their tolerance is sky high? If this is the case, then you have to check out Care By Design’s Tinctures. With a 1:1 CBD and THC ratio, this product is sure to be potent enough to get even the most seasoned cannabis user a restful night’s sleep. The 1:1 ratio allows for a balanced feeling with some psychoactivity. 

 

Almora’s Fatso

On the hunt for some flower that won’t break the bank but still packs some power? Then you will want to grab a bag of Almora’s Fatso! This Indica blend has a gorgeous flavor profile of coffee, spice, and herbs, making it the ideal treat for curling up and smoking by the fire. Perfect for easing the mind and hanging with friends, this product is sure to be the present that puts a smile on the receiver’s face.

 

OM’s Rose Body Oil

If there is one piece of advice you take this holiday shopping season, it’s this: ditch picking up those drugstore combination soap and lotion packs that smell artificial and contain toxins. For the skin care enthusiast in your life, there is only one item you should nab this year, and that’s OM’s Rose Body Oil. In this container is the whole package, as the oil can be used to nourish both the body and the hair. Add it to the bath for an at-home spa night! Either way, this is a must-have under the tree.

A festive container filled with cannabis and CBD oil

Big Pete’s Treats Peanut Butter Cookie

This year, don’t leave Santa out some sub-par cookies. Trust us: the big guy is over gingerbread and sugar cookies. It is time to step up the game and switch to Big Pete’s Treats Peanut Butter Cookie. This product is packed with delicious peanut butter as well as THC and CBD. It melts in your mouth and pairs well with a glass of milk, just like St. Nick requested. 

 

AbsoluteXtracts’ Lemon Cake

Have a vape enthusiast on your list? Give them the gift of AbsoluteXtracts’ Lemon Cake. This sativa-dominant hybrid has uplifting cerebral effects. The flavor is great, too, living up to his name with strong notes of citrus. Experience a euphoric relief with this product that features THC distillate cannabis oil and live resin sauce.

 

Get It Delivered!

This holiday season is stressful enough. With all the stores open and operating, the lines are sure to be long and the crowds unbearable. You are already shopping for other people, why not give yourself a gift and opt for delivery instead?

When checking out online, go for cannabis delivery in Port Hueneme! This will save you the headache and let you relax at home. In fact, depending on when you order, your favorite cannabis products could be at your door the very same day!If you’re already out and about, check out our curbside pickup. Place your order online in advance and let us bring it right to your car. This will get you back out to running errands quicker!

3 Things You Should Know About Full-Spectrum Cannabis Extracts

Jars containing live cannabis resin

Jars containing live cannabis resin

Full-spectrum cannabis extracts have been gaining in popularity recently with the topic becoming talked about more and more. But why is that? More than likely, the answer is because full-spectrum extracts, also known as whole-plant extracts, contain the whole cannabis profile as opposed to just one. Rather than getting the benefit of just a single cannabinoid, whole-plant extracts contain a wide variety, ranging from THC, THCa, CBD, CBDa, CBG, and CBN. 

Also, with full-spectrum extracts, you are able to access a wider berth of terpenes, as well as other components, such as flavonoids, proteins, esters, and more. This feels like you are getting more bang for your buck and gives you access to a host of benefits from each, rather than just one or two. 

So, what are a few things you should know prior to looking to get started with full-spectrum extracts from a local weed shop in Port Hueneme? Keep reading to find out!

 

1.) The Entourage Effect

 

One of the main reasons that these extracts are becoming a desirable cannabis option is because of the multiple uses it has from a medical and therapeutic perspective. When cannabis compounds work together, it creates what is known as ‘the entourage effect’. This is the theory that when used in tandem, the different components of the plant combine to create an enhanced experience, increasing the active substances, such as THC and CBD. 

Think of it like ordering your favorite meal at a restaurant. Sure, your main dish is great, but getting to enjoy all the sides and flavors at once makes it truly an experience worth remembering. The same concept applies here, only with cannabis instead!

 

2.) Extraction can be difficult

 

However, if there is one thing that is true about full-spectrum cannabis extracts, it is that they are extremely difficult to produce. This is because while you want to harness as many of the desirable compounds as possible, you also want to purge anything unnecessary. There are some refinement techniques that you can do to help with the process, however, they often strip extracts of some of the more desirable features, such as terpenes and flavonoids.

Here are a few extraction methods. Keep in mind that each one is different and is used to achieve a different goal. As an example, a live resin extract taken from a fresh cannabis plant will have a totally different profile from one taken from dried plant material. 

 

  • Hydrocarbon Extraction:

    For this method, butane or a butane/propane blend is used to create full-spectrum extracts. By doing this, the extraction can be tweaked a little. Hydrocarbon gas is cooled and then liquefied before being passed over raw plant matter. From there, the desirable compounds from the plant are dissolved and the resulting solution can be refined further using different techniques, including winterization and dewaxing.

     

  • Supercritical CO2 Extraction:

    Temperature and pressure play a huge role in supercritical CO2 extraction. This method creates phase changes in CO2, altering it from a gas to instead taking on qualities indicative of both a gas and a liquid. It can easily seep into porous solids thanks to its gas-like viscosity and low surface tension.

    By making some modifications to both temperature and pressure, you are able to adjust the CO2 to create the exact environment needed to extract only the most desirable compounds of the plant. Though this method does call for some complex pieces of equipment, it requires little to no post-processing, which is an added benefit in contrast to some of the other extraction methods.

     

  • Pressure:

    The whole purpose of full-spectrum extracts is to take out any unwanted components. This can include plant lipids that have a negative effect on flavor or even the quality of vapor when using a vaping device. On the same hand, however, concentrates containing lipids, such as rosin, can be considered full-spectrum. Rosin is created by squeezing resin from starting material using both heat and pressure.

    The main upside of this extraction method is that it doesn’t require the use of a solvent and therefore, is considered to be a relatively safe option. However, since heat is still involved, some worry that the desirable components of the plant will be lost during the process. 

 

3.) Where to buy full-spectrum cannabis products

 

If you have your internet browser pulled up your phone or laptop and you search for ‘weed shops near me in Port Hueneme’, without a doubt, our location at From The Earth will pop up. In our shop, we sell a wide array of quality cannabis products, including those made with full-spectrum extracts!

One of our top picks is Moxie’s Dream Queen resin badder. As a brand, Moxie is world-renowned for creating the highest quality products on the market by implementing only the best techniques, technology, and procedures out there. By adding this to your cart, you are sure you get a great high. 

Or, if you are someone who enjoys vaping, grab a live resin cartridge from Alive and Well. This gives you the same effect as the resin badder, only this time in a convenient and discreet vape cartridge. This is the perfect addition for any vape enthusiast! 

Another great option for a potent, full-spectrum product is by opting for terp sauce. Terp sauce refers to the runny, terpene-rich concentrate that comes from when cannabinoids and terpenes separate from one another, leaving behind a watery mixture of aromatic terpenes. It resembles a substance that is a bit less dense than honey, pouring out like sauce.

cannabis resin in a glass jar

Stop by Our Location

If you have more questions about how to get started using full-spectrum cannabis extracts, or just have some things you would like to ask about cannabis in general, don’t be shy! Stop by our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme and let one of our friendly staff members assist you. We are here to help and to create a relaxed and judgment-free environment. With the sheer amount of cannabis products available on the market, it’s important to do your research and find out what is best for 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. 

 

Beat the Heat with These Cannabis Products

Silhouette of man smoking marijuana at the beach with water and sunset in the background

Silhouette of man smoking marijuana at the beach with water and sunset in the background

Summer is upon us and warm, sunny days are in full swing. As the temperatures climb and the days get even longer, finding a little relief and cooling down is high on the priority list. So other than your run-of-the-mill options, such as taking a refreshing dip in the pool or ocean, or enjoying a cocktail or an icy glass of lemonade, what other ways can you beat the heat? Of course, we suggest adding a little cannabis as a means to perfect your summer!  

That being said, we have compiled a list of our favorite products broken down by store location for your convenience. These are some of our top choices for integrating cannabis as a way to amp up this sunny season.

 

Long Beach

If you’re in the Long Beach area, you need to make sure to pick up these products from our flagship location. These are just a sample of our robust inventory, but they do include our top picks for enjoying the warm weather. Be sure to pop into the store or browse our website for an even larger selection! 

  • Papaya Berry Sorbet: If you’re after a tropical treat packed with a lot of flavor, you have to pick up Papa’s Select Papaya Berry Sorbet rosin badder. This product is excellent for potent dabs and is designed to give you a relaxing feeling while still leaving you feeling uplifted, creating a high that’s perfect for kicking back on the sofa while still enjoying a good movie or documentary. 

  • Releaf Balm: Hiking, swimming, running along the beach – all of these activities can leave your body sore, sunburnt, and in need of a little TLC. That’s where Papa & Barkley’s ReLeaf Balm comes in handy. This highly concentrated cannabis-infused salve is the perfect pick-me-up, combining the healing and restorative properties of cannabis, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and peppermint. It’s not psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high. However, it will bring soothing relief and is also great for individuals with sensitive skin.

  • Iced Tea Lemonade: Nothing beats the heat like something refreshing to drink. Add a little cannabis, and it’s all the more delicious. Don’t be fooled – Uncle Arnie’s iced tea lemonade is potent though you wouldn’t know it from the taste. Be sure to try a little and give it a few minutes to kick in before consuming more!

 

Port Hueneme

Our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme is there to service all of Ventura County. Stop in or order these products ahead online for curbside pick up. We even have same-day delivery! Either way you shop, be sure to add these next items to your cart.

  • Ice Cream Cake: For the vape enthusiast, you have to pick up the Ice Cream Cake extract from AbsoluteXtracts. Made from naturally grown cannabis and produced with zero additives, creating a clean, quality product that is sure to give you a lasting, quality high. Deliciously sweet and totally relaxing, you’re sure to have a smile on your face after just a few hits. 

  • Iced Lemonaid: The delicious flavors of tart lemon, fruit, and huckleberry soda come together in these pre-packed nugs by the Farmer and the Felon. Specifically chosen for the best flavor, aroma, and smooth smoking, this is the perfect choice to light up by the beach or at a summer cookout with friends! 

  • Agua de Fresa: Staying hydrated in this weather is absolutely essential. But you don’t have to reach for something boring or just simply stick to water! Swing by and grab our strawberry flavored agua de fresa. While it may taste like something from your childhood, this beverage packs 100.0 mg of THC into every can. Hurry up before it sells out!

 

Santa Ana

Our Santa Ana store is a spacious location and is fully staffed with knowledgeable team members who are eager to educate and help provide our customers with top-rate service. Some of their top choice summer must-haves are listed below!

  • Hawaiian Punch: For a real treat, pick up Shift’s cartridge that comes packed with tropical flavor. Fruity, sweet, and sure to remind you of a childhood favorite beverage, this will make the perfect addition to cool you off. The convenient size makes travel easy, so pack it along for your next beach trip. 

  • Kiwi Cooler: Fruity, refreshing, and totally tasty, kick up your cannabis experience by enjoying a light and all-natural Kiwi Cooler. This product guarantees a rapid onset because it is highly potent. Made with real fruit and natural flavors, add this beverage to your pool-side festivities. 

  • Refresh Soft Gels: If your time in the sun has left you feeling tired and sore, soothe your body and recover with refresh soft gels. When summer nights are a little warm and it can be difficult to sleep, this product is also great for helping you achieve a good night’s rest. These gels are potent and easy to dose, ensuring that you are getting exactly the effects you’re after. Plus, they are infused with coconut oil to aid in absorption. 

 

Summer doesn’t have to look the same for everyone and this list is in no way comprehensive. At From the Earth, we recognize that there is a myriad of cannabis dispensaries in the area for you to choose from. However, our staff is well-trained and highly knowledgeable and are eager to assist you in finding the best-fit products for you. Education and cannabis go hand in hand, so while all of these products are backed by our endorsement, pay us a visit in person sometime to really make a connection and let us help you find your next favorite way to get high! 

Regardless of which store is the closest for you, you can shop in-store and online. Doing so also gives you the option for convenient curbside pick-up. Or if you don’t want to get out and about, opt for same-day delivery for next-level customer service without ever leaving your sofa or your air-conditioning! 

 

 

5 Types of Cannabis Extraction Methods 

Cannabis flowers and cannabis extracts in jars and tinctures on wooden table

Cannabis flowers and cannabis extracts in jars and tinctures on wooden table

When it comes to cannabis, creating extracts is important, as this allows us to make a variety of products rather than simply just smoking flower. Since smoking isn’t everyone’s preference, or is difficult for those with particular medical conditions, such as asthma, having a variety of options available allows cannabis to be more accessible and functional. The products are sold at your local cannabis dispensary

 

Cannabis Extract Dosing

An extract is a concentrated form of cannabis. This means that it contains the ingredients that matter the most – cannabinoids. The creation of extracts allows for more accurate dosing and a stronger, longer-lasting product. Alcohol, butane, CO2, Cold Water, and ethanol are all common methods of cannabis extraction.

While cannabis is extremely safe to use, ensuring proper dosage is key to maximizing the health benefits that it has to offer. . Extracts allow manufacturers to know exactly how much of a cannabinoid is going into a product which means you are less likely to accidentally ingest too much. 

 

Butane Honey Oil Extraction 

One method that is used predominantly in the food and perfume industry is the butane honey oil (BHO) extraction method. For the start of this extraction process, cannabis is placed in a container prior to being sprayed with butane. Then, the cannabinoids and butane are collected in another container. 

After that, the mixture must be left so that the butane can evaporate properly, or a vacuum over may also be used to remove all of the butane as well. Due to the highly flammable nature of the substance, it is dangerous to do in certain conditions. Utilizing a closed-loop system specifically made for BHO extraction is much safer. 

As the end result, the BHO extraction should result in a substance that has about 80% THC levels.

 

Supercritical CO2 Oil Extraction 

A non-toxic, environmentally friendly method of separating cannabinoids from the cannabis plant is by using CO2 extraction. This method is highly effective and leaves behind zero toxins. This is great, especially because it is popularly used to be infused into beverages, such as beer, coffee, fruit extracts, and even teas. 

For the process itself, supercritical CO2 is heated and then passed through buds of cannabis. The liquid that is passed through the separator will help to remove any lingering CO2 gases from the trichomes and terpenes. 

In order to be an environmentally friendly method, the gas will go through a condenser, allowing it to be liquified once again and used in a future extraction process. This process is very specific and requires precise equipment, but is great for mixing waxes and oils. 

 

Ethanol Extraction

Because it is safe, efficient, and effective, a process that is rising in popularity is the ethanol extraction method. Ethanol is an organic chemical compound that is often used as a food preservative. According to FDA guidelines, it is considered ‘generally safe’ for consumption. 

To begin this process, a cannabis plant is soaked in ethanol to extract the THC. After that, the remaining product is put through a refining process, enhancing the purity of the product. The ethanol will work to remove any of the unwanted compounds, which aids in improving the flavor as well as the pure quality. 

Overall, this process focuses on creating an extract that is pure and well-refined. 

 

Cold Water Extraction

For a process that doesn’t use any sort of solvents or chemicals, opting for water extraction is a great choice. This method submerges the cannabis plant into a container or vat of freezing water. Then, the plant is stirred, causing the trichomes to separate and fall off. Once this happens, the trichomes will then pass through a series of screens.

While this process is relatively simplistic compared to the others, this results in a product that has anywhere from 50-70% THC levels. 

 

Isopropyl Oil Extraction

For this method, dried cannabis flowers are soaked in isopropyl alcohol and then shaken gently. The alcohol works to strip down the trichomes from the plant. From there, the mixture is strained into a dish. The solvent is removed using a special vacuum oven that keeps the temperature under 181 degrees. Once the solvent completely evaporates, the remaining substance is a THC-rich oil. 

Cannabis plant leaf next to vape pens with cannabis extract

Uses & Products

When it comes to actually using the extracts, it is important to take a look at the types of products they go into, and what options are available for purchase. 

 

  • Vaping
    Vaping is a popular choice, as it is portable, discrete, and you can choose from a variety of extracts and potency. The heating element in a vape is called the ‘atomizer’. When exposed to the atomizer, cannabis extracts are heated to the point of vaporization, which creates vapor rather than smoke. For those who don’t like to traditionally smoke, or who is after a different experience, try checking out vaping instead.  

 

  • Dabbing
    Another way to enjoy cannabis extracts is by dabbing them. This is a popular choice among the more experienced cannabis users as it does require some specialized hardware. However, this is a great way to increase potency while using less product. 

To learn more about this method, check out this in-depth article regarding dabbing and how to safely use it.

 

  • Infusing Edibles

Cannabis extracts can also be infused into food and beverages. This is an option for both THC and CBD extracts. 

Cannabinoids degrade when exposed to high temperatures, so it is recommended to add any extracts after the food or beverage is already fully cooked. Or, you can simply buy edibles professionally pre-made using various extracts. Reading the labels or product descriptions will aid you when trying to find the proper dosing as well.

 

Overall, the creation and usage of extracts is not a new concept to the world of cannabis, but learning about the varieties of options and how they are made helps the consumer become better informed. While you’re visiting a From The Earth shop, be sure to ask a team member more questions about what would be best for you, after all, the employees are there to help!  

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