Interested in Making a Gravity Bong? Here’s What You Should Know

A young woman smoking a bong

A young woman smoking a bongWhat is a gravity bong?

If you’ve just paid a visit to our greenleaf dispensary in Santa Ana and made a few purchases, and you are looking for a way to amp up your cannabis experience, a gravity bong might be a good option. If you’ve never heard of a gravity bong, or sometimes called a ‘geeb’ for short, know that it can be used to get a powerful high. Some might find it too intense as beginners, however, so it is important to know your limits going in.

A gravity bong, by definition, is a bong that works by submerging a bottle or chamber topped with a bowl of weed into a larger bottle or container of water. Then, the bowl is lit and the bottle slowly draws out, filling the chamber with smoke. From there, the smoker will unscrew the lid, put their mouth on the opening, and gravity works to fill their lungs with weed smoke.

If this is your first attempt, keep some water close by just in case the first sensation is too much!

 

Does a gravity bong affect the type of high?

Yes, it does. This is definitely a more intense smoking experience than a typical bong or joint. Normally, gravity bongs are larger than regular bongs, so even one hit has a greater amount of smoke. Not to mention that by taking smoke directly into the lungs creates a much faster, more intense high. 

 

Are they worth the effort to make or buy?

If you are a newbie to cannabis or have a low tolerance, a gravity bong isn’t something that you should worry about. It might be too much to take on. However, for the more experienced cannabis smoker, this could be an easy way to amplify your high. Making a gravity bong can be a quick and fun DIY project. Or, if you’re not the type of person who enjoys crafts, check to see if our greenleaf dispensary in Santa Ana has one in stock.

 

What kind of container should the bong be made from?

Many people use plastic bottles when making a gravity bong, however, it is important to be aware of the potential risks. Have you ever tried to take a drink from a water bottle after leaving it in a hot car? Odds are good that it tasted off. This is because chemicals were released into the water when the plastic was heated. The same concept applies when using a plastic gravity bong. Go for glass or silicone if you can, but if you have to use a plastic bottle, be aware of the risks or change in taste.

Ground cannabis ready to go into a bong or roll.

Build Your Bong

Now that you have a little background information on a gravity bong, it’s time for you to make one! We are going to outline the basic things you need to get started as well as provide some step by step instructions. While it might seem intimidating at first, it should only take about ten minutes to put together.

Materials:

  • Plastic bottle with a cap (any size, but 16-20 oz work best)
  • Bucket or 2-liter sized soda bottle
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sharp knife, Exacto knife, or a boxcutter
  • Poking device
  • At least 1 gram of your favorite cannabis strain

 

Step 1: Cut your bottles

Use your knife or box cutter to cut off the bottom third of the small bottle. Use this as a guide: the larger the chamber (aka the less of the bottle you cut off), the more smoke it can hold and the bigger the high you will have. 

Then, cut off the top of the 2-liter bottle. Skip this part if you are using a bucket.

 

Step 2: Form the bowl

Take the lid from the smaller bottle and poke a hole in it. It should be about the diameter of your pinky, as this is what you will draw air out of. From there, wrap the cap in aluminum foil and shape it so that it can hold your weed. Remember, you will need to screw the lid back on, so be sure to make the divot at the top of the cap. The deeper it is, the better it will hold it all.

Without ripping the foil, use a sharp poking tool to make about 3-5 holes for proper ventilation. If you want to avoid using foil, borrow a glass or metal bowl from a different bong. 

 

Step 3: Prep your bong

Take your larger container (your 2-liter bottle or your bucket) and fill it with water, leaving about 2” on the top. Load your bowl with weed, but don’t screw it on yet.

 

Step 4: Submerge the smaller bottle

Submerge the smaller bottle into the larger basin, but make sure the top doesn’t get wet! The last thing you want is soaked weed. Then, carefully screw the lid on. 

 

Step 5: Fill the chamber

Light the cannabis and slowly pull the small bottle up. It should be filling with smoke. Stop when the small bottle reaches about ½” from the water, leaving the very bottom still submerged. 

If for some reason the bottle isn’t filling, make sure that the cap is screwed on securely and that there aren’t any holes in the bottle.

 

Step 6: Enjoy!

Now all that’s left to do is take a hit and enjoy! Do this by unscrewing the cap and putting your mouth up to opening of the bottle. Gently push the smaller bottle back down, re-submerging it into the water. As water enters the bottle, it will force the smoke into your lungs. The smoke should be cool after being filtered from the water, but it should yield a powerful high.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about cannabis or how to make a gravity bong, feel free to stop by our greenleaf dispensary in Santa Ana or any of our other From The Earth locations. Our staff is there to help and make sure that you have the best experience possible! Education is key to enjoying cannabis. 

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

A close up of a woman lighting up a joint

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

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

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

But what about women’s health specifically?

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

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

 

1.) Cannabis can help with postpartum depression.


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

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

2.) Cannabis can help alleviate menstrual cramps.


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

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

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

 

3.) Cannabis acts as a natural aphrodisiac. 

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

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

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

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

4.) Women get high quicker than men.

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


Cannabis Dispensary Santa Ana


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

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

The Top 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Cannabis

CBD and medical cannabis products

CBD and medical cannabis products

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

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

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

 

1.) Get Better Rest at Night

 

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

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

 

2.) Manage Chronic Pain

 

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

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

 

3.) Reduce Anxiety

 

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

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

 

4.) Help with Inflammation 

 

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

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

A container of CBD cream

 

5.) Seizure Control

 

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

 

6.) Improves the Immune System

 

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

 

7.) Managing PTSD

 

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

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

 

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

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

What Is the Difference Between a Head High and a Body High?

A woman smoking cannabis in a chair

A woman smoking cannabis in a chair

If you have been consuming cannabis for any length of time, odds are good that you have done a fair share of experimenting with various strains in an effort to find out what you did or didn’t like. Maybe one strain left you couch-locked with light limbs, or the other made you feel creative and alert. With so many different strains available on the market, it makes sense to want to find what is the best fit for you. 

The reason that there are so many different strains of cannabis is because they each have unique highs that a person can experience. While these can get pretty specific, most strains fit into one of two overarching categories: a head high and a body high.

So what is the difference between the two? Which one is better? How can you determine which strain will give you which effects? Keep reading to learn more and get the answer to these questions!

 

What does a ‘head high’ mean?

While you have likely heard the term ‘head high’ before, you might not know what it means. Essentially, it refers to the psychoactive effect that cannabis can have on the brain and mental condition. Normally, even if you are partaking in a strain that is geared toward both a head and body high, you will feel the effects of a head high first. 

With a head high, you will usually experience feelings of euphoria, happiness, and pleasure. Depending on the strain, you might also see a boost in your focus and energy levels, too. The strains geared toward a head high tend to help with certain disorders such as depression or anxiety. 

As is a rule in cannabis consumption, dosing is important. The right dose will have you feeling the desired effects as described for that individual strain. However, an overconsumption can lead to paranoia and anxiety for a short stint of time. Since this is clearly not ideal, it is best to start with a small amount and work your way up.

 

What does a ‘body high’ mean?

On the other hand, a ‘body high’ is what you feel in your body when consuming cannabis. Typically, you feel light-limbed or experience other physical side effects. Either way, it is meant to relax and soothe the body. 

Common effects of a body high include experiencing relaxed muscles, lethargy, and sedation. Depending on what product you purchased, you could also feel tingly sensations or physical sensitivity throughout your body. Turning to cannabis strains that have a body high focus is a go-to for those who suffer from any sort of chronic physical pain, such as fibromyalgia or arthritis. It has even been used to help alleviate pain in cancer patients undergoing chemo. Also, because it causes sedation, it has helped those with insomnia. 

Again, paying keen attention to dosing is very important. The right amount of cannabis can trigger the desired effects, but taking too much can leave you couch-locked. If that is your desired goal, that’s great! However, if you’re simply seeking pain relief in order to get through various tasks, this might end up being counterproductive. 

 

Do Chemicals Influence the High?

Cannabis plants have many different compounds within them. How concentrated each compound is depends on which strain you have. It all varies, which is what makes each strain unique and creates different types of highs and effects.

Cannabinoids are located inside of cannabis plants. In fact, there are over one hundred different types of cannabinoids. When cannabis is consumed, these cannabinoids attach the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies, which triggers the different effects we feel. Not every strain possesses the same type or amount of cannabinoids. For example, one strain might be higher in THC while the other is higher in CBD. 

Another thing that influences a cannabis product is the terpenes present. Terpenes exist in all plants, and have an effect on flavor and aroma. As an example, terpenes help to determine if a strain is more energizing and stimulating, or if it will be more sedating and calming. 

 

Sativa and Indica: Do They Have an Influence

Generally speaking, cannabis has three categories it falls into: Sativa, Indica, or a hybrid. Though with hybrids, they still tend to be either Sativa-dominant or Indica-dominant. While most folks believe that Sativa strictly means that it’s energizing and Indica means that it’s relaxing, it is actually not that simple. It does depend on the product. If you’re not sure, talk to one of our helpful budtenders at any of our dispensaries for assistance. 

Jars filled with cannabis

The Best Strain for You

No two cannabis strains are the exact same, making them unique – just like you! So what works best for you might not work best for the person standing next to you in line at the dispensary. It all depends on what you’re looking for. Take any medical conditions into consideration, or any goals that you might have in mind when using cannabis. 

For example, are you looking to feel more inspired or do you want a boost of creativity? Or do you need a bit of relief from joint pain or other issues? Getting the answers to these questions will help you to determine which is best for you!

 

Cannabis Delivery in Santa Ana

If you know your favorite strain or have a favorite cannabis product already, opt for cannabis delivery in Santa Ana! Our dispensaries make it super easy to get your favorite products brought straight to your door. Whether you are after a head high, or body high, or maybe a mix of both, you can bet that From The Earth has everything you need. 

Of course, if you have questions, feel free to stop in and talk to one of our helpful staff members. We want to help educate and provide our customers with a personalized, friendly experience. We want to cultivate a space where everyone can grow, learn, and live. 

Outdoor Cultivation 101

Woman holding pot with young weed plant

Woman holding pot with young weed plant

If you’re looking to start growing your own weed outdoors, it can be a bit difficult to know where to begin. With all of the information out there, we want to help you sift through the extra stuff and provide you with a quick 101 guide to growing your own weed outdoors. While it may seem like a complicated process at first glance, the truth remains that all you really need is a little sun, a little water, and a lot of patience and care. 

Just like with growing any plants outdoors, depending on where you live also dictates the growing process. But if you have a sunny spot in your private yard, or even on your balcony, terrace, or rooftop, odds are good that even you can grow some cannabis yourself. 

Before embarking on this new journey, take a moment to review the benefits of growing, as well as some beginners’ tips and tricks to help make the process smoother and more enjoyable. 

 

Benefits of Growing Weed Outdoors

While you can always buy your own weed, of course, there are certainly some benefits to growing outdoors. Check them out below!

Affordable Start-Up: If you have ever tried to grow weed indoors, you know that it can be very expensive. You need all of the proper equipment, including the correct lights, AC units, dehumidifiers… and well, it adds up quickly and can certainly take a toll on your wallet. However, when growing outdoors, you will just need some soil, fertilizer, seeds or clones, and maybe even a small greenhouse just to get the plants started.

Better Yields: When you grow indoors, you are limited to how much weed you can yield. However, the sky can be the limit with outdoor plants! As long as they’re still manageable, you can let them get as big or as tall as you’d like. Just one plant can potentially produce between a half-pound and full-pound of dried weed. It will be more than worth your time and investment.

Good for the Environment: Growing indoors has a time and a place, but overall, it can be considered a bit wasteful. All of those lights, dehumidifiers, and fans use up a lot of energy and electricity. When growing outdoors, the biggest elements you need – the sun, wind, and rain – are all free! 

Mental Health Boost: Gardening can be very relaxing. It can serve as a great way to unplug from our electronics and connect with the earth with ample opportunity for fresh air and plenty of sunshine. This is sure to give you a boost of serotonin! Plus, there is nothing like the pride that comes with enjoying something you grew with your own two hands!

Marijuana plant growing outside in sunshine

 

How to Set Up Your Outdoor Space

Before you begin, keep the following important considerations in mind.

Local Climate: Prior to beginning, the first thing that you need to be aware of is the climate in your area. While cannabis is highly adaptable and can thrive in various conditions, it is still quite susceptible to extreme weather.

When the sustained temperatures reach above 85°F, cannabis plants will stop growing. On the other hand, when sustained temperatures reach below 55°F, it can be harmful and can even stunt the plants to the point of death.

Heavy rains and high winds can also reduce the quality of yields or cause physical damage to plants. During the flowering stage, excessive moisture can lead to mold or mildew. 

Location, Location, Location: After you have an idea of the climate in your area, it’s time to pick the perfect spot! There are a few tips you should consider.

  • Sunlight: In order to thrive and grow correctly, weed needs full, direct sunlight for at least six hours a day. Initially, your backyard might seem like a good spot, but if it doesn’t achieve this amount of sunlight, then it may not be the most ideal choice after all. The best sun is achieved during midday, as that is where it has the best quality for nourishing plants. As fall approaches and the days get shorter, it will trigger the flowering stage.

  •  Wind: While having a constant breeze is good for your plants, especially in areas of hotter climates, too much wind can be damaging. If you are in a particularly windy spot, consider planting your cannabis near a windbreak of some sort, such as a wall, fence, or large shrubbery.

  • Privacy & Security: Unfortunately, when growing cannabis, there is always a concern for privacy and security. Whether that is from nosy neighbors or potential thieves, you want to protect your assets. Unless you live in a more secluded area, you can opt for tall fences or large trees or shrubs. Remember, most state laws require that cannabis plants be concealed from view from the street.

The Right Dirt: The soil that you use for growing is extremely important, as it is literally the area in which the plant will spend most of its life. Most outdoor weed growers will do one of two options: they will plant directly into the earth and then add fresh soil, or they will use a pot or planter. 

If you go the first route and plant directly into the ground using pre-existing soil, you might consider getting a soil test first. These are usually very affordable and can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. A simple soil test will tell you the makeup and pH of your soil, if there are any contaminants present, and what sort of materials or fertilizers would work well with your soil. 

When planting in a pot or planter, you can curate your growing experience a little better by choosing the potting soil in advance. This will also help make it easier to move the plant should you need to get it out of extreme elements, such as a thunderstorm or cold snap. 

 

Visit Your Local Dispensary 

If you have more questions, pop by and visit your local weed dispensary in Santa Ana. Our team here at From The Earth is ready to assist you by answering questions and providing insight on any concerns that you might have. We want to cultivate an environment that is welcoming and friendly. By doing so, we can offer top-of-the-line, personalized customer service.  

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. 

 

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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.

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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.

 
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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.

 

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