5 Types of Cannabis Edibles for You to Enjoy

Marijuana edible gummy bears on a table with pink background and marijuana flower in the middle

Marijuana edible gummy bears on a table with pink background and marijuana flower in the middle

If you’re someone who not only enjoys food but also loves cannabis, but you haven’t had an edible, you’re missing out on the opportunity of combining the best of both worlds. Or maybe you’re new to the scene and you would love a guide on how to get started and what’s out there.

Well, look no further!

At From The Earth, our cannabis dispensary shop features a huge variety of amazing, edible products, and here’s how we suggest you get started. Not all edibles are created the same, and just like they vary in flavors and categories, they also fall into one of two classifications: Indica and Sativa.

 

Know the Difference

When purchasing edibles, it’s important to know which strain you’re buying from, as they bring about two different types of highs. Sativa strains are usually infused into edibles that are supposed to be refreshing and energizing, giving you the perfect boost for outdoor activities or giving you a lift of inspiration needed to complete a task.

If you’re after a more sedating high, geared toward creating a calming, relaxing environment, you’ll want to purchase something from the Indica strain. Consuming edibles from this category will help you sleep better and help you unwind. 

 

Varying Effects

Consuming edibles create a completely different high than smoking and vaporizing. If you’re trying them for the first time, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First of all, smoking and vaporizing cannabis creates an almost instantaneous high. However, this is not the case with edibles. Due to the edible having to move through the digestive tract, any effects will take 30 minutes to two hours to start to kick in. While it takes longer to process, it also lasts longer and is a more potent high. Time and intensity will vary depending on the dose, when you ate your last meal, tolerance level, and body chemistry. 

If you’re new to edibles or have never used a particular product before, it is best to start with too little to avoid overconsumption. While you can’t overdose from cannabis, you can consume too much and make yourself uncomfortably high. 

 

1. Gummies

If you enjoyed fruity candies as a kid, then gummies are the perfect choice for you! There are many products out there that feature delicious flavors like wild berry, pineapple punch, and sour watermelon. Typically, gummies are infused with all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in hemp plants. 

One of our favorite Sativa products from Kiva Confections is their pineapple habanero gummy. Made with a touch of heat, this selection is great for a summer energy boost! 

For a relaxing Indica choice, grab a pack of Kanha’s strawberry gummies. This delicious treat is sure to leave you feeling calm and collected. 

 

Chocolate cannabis lollipops laid out on table with chocolate pieces around

2. Chocolate 

Who doesn’t love chocolate or baked goods, like brownies? Virtually any food that contains butter, oil, milk, or even sugar or flour, can be turned into an edible. To satisfy your sweet tooth and to get the added benefit of a quality high, check out these next few products.

Grab a timeless classic in the form of a milk chocolate bar from Nug. Skip the ‘weedy’ flavor and enjoy the smooth, creamy caramel taste of this delicious bar. Broken up into squares to help aid with dosing, this treat is sure to be your next favorite.

Dark chocolate fans, don’t worry! There’s something for you, too. Papa & Barkley creates a delectable sea salt bar that is soy-free, vegan-friendly, and is designed with wellness in mind, aiding in relieving occasional pain and helping you feel relaxed. 

If you can’t make a trip to your local cannabis dispensary, no worries! Remember, we offer same-day delivery as well as curbside pickup

 

3. Mints

Get a taste of something refreshing by trying cannabis mints! Mints are usually very subtle, easy to carry, and can provide a relatively quick high. If you like to enjoy edibles low-key or without drawing a lot of attention, then you should definitely pick up a package of mints.  

Kiva offers several flavors of their Petra mints, including their spicy Saigon Cinnamon, juicy pineapple, or tart cherry. Whichever one you choose, we know you’re getting a great flavor that you can enjoy on the go while refreshing your breath. 

 

4. Tinctures

Tinctures are very versatile, as they can be ingested in a number of ways. Enjoy a tincture by adding a few drops sublingually, directly under the tongue. Or, brew your favorite tea and add a little to enhance your beverage. Either way you go, you’re bound to experience a quality high.

For those seeking a medium to high psychoactive reaction, we suggest checking out the 1:30 Releaf Tincture. This product is designed to help with acute pains, aches, sleep, and overall relaxation. Paired with a mug of chamomile tea, this will be sure to give you a quality night’s rest. 

 

5. Drinks

Other than teas, cannabis-infused drinks are certainly out there! It’s summertime, and we need something delicious and refreshing to beat the heat such as lemonades, juices, and yes, even hard seltzers. These are a great choice if you want something to quench your thirst and bring you a lasting high. We can’t always smoke wherever we are, but odds are good we can enjoy a beverage.

‘Krush’ dehydration with this mango drink from Headset. Roll up to the party with something fun to share, like these original lemon seltzers from Pabst Blue Ribbon. For a potent drink option, grab a bottle of Uncle Arnie’s iced tea lemonade – but drink wisely, as these effects will be felt within 15-30 minutes! 

 

Remember!

Getting high and experiencing cannabis isn’t just one-size-fits-all anymore. It’s okay if you’re not big into smoking or vaping, or if you’re simply looking to branch out. Stop by your local cannabis dispensary to see what they have in store or to ask questions and get more information on various products. After all, our friendly staff is here to help! Just make sure you kick off your summer safely when enjoying a new edible product, and you’re sure to have a high time. 

Celebrate Pride Month with These Products That Give Back!

Pride Flag waving in Downtown area

Pride Flag waving in Downtown area

June is Pride Month and is celebrated annually in honor of the Stonewall riots, which worked to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning Americans. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against those in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Pride Month means a lot to us here at From The Earth and we want a way to give back to the LGBTQ+ community! So we have taken the time to compile a list of products that focus on not just proudly sporting the rainbow flag, but also, are donating a portion of their proceeds to amazing charities and organizations that render aid to the LGBTQ+ community. 

 

Pride Month

FTE – Rainbow Sticker

To kick off this list, look no further than our website! Purchase a product featuring a rainbow sticker from our cannabis dispensary and we will donate 5% of the proceeds to the Trevor Project, which is an amazing organization that helps LGBTQ+ youth. The Trevor Project leads the nation in providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for young people under 25.    

 

CANN 

If you’re looking for a great option from our website, be sure to check out the Hi-Boy Cranberry Sage beverage. Bursting with flavor, it’s sweet, tart, and just a little bit savory. This refreshing drink would be a great go-to for any Pride celebration. It boasts 5.0 THC per can. 

 

PLUS Gummies

Not only are PLUS gummies delicious and pack 100mg of THC in each tin, they taste all the sweeter knowing that with your purchase, 10% proceeds also go directly to the San Francisco-based Transgender, Gender-variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP). Their featured Pride product includes their limited edition rainbow sherbert gummies. Cannabis-infused and sure to put you in the festive mood, be sure to grab a tin before they’re gone, as they are only available for a limited time!  

 

KIVA – Camino Gummies

Tropical Punch Camino is another great option if you’re on the prowl for a delicious gummy product that also focuses on giving back to the LGBTQ+ community. The lead developer spearheaded the project as a way to pay homage to her LGBTQ+ family as well as the vibrant and iconic drag queen community in San Francisco. 

Every element of the product was engineered to reflect being an ally of diversity, equality, and inclusion. From the color, to the flavor, to the shine of the gummy, even down to the locations portrayed on the packaging, Camino is there to celebrate all things Pride. Available for a limited time only, Kiva uses proceeds from these products to donate to three charities: GLBT Historical Society, Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

 

Kush Queen Bath Bombs

In an effort to celebrate the combined history and shared progress of the cannabis and LGBTQ+ community, Kush Queen has put together their 2021 Pride Edition CBD Bath Bomb. Without the incredible people who fought to overturn Proposition 215, our access to cannabis would be almost non-existent. Because of the community activism led by the LGBTQ+ community, California was able to adopt the first medical cannabis legislation in the US in 1996, which then opened the doors for AIDS patients and many others to have access to plant medicine. 

Our skin is our largest organ and is essential in absorbing cannabinoids and balancing your endocannabinoid system. Not only that, but it faces the elements every day, acting as a protective shield for the rest of our bodies. So treat it to something nice with their limited edition bath bomb! Glow in the dark and packed with CBD and essential oils, discover unparalleled relief while you kick back and relax. Proceeds from Kush Queen Pride Products will be used to positively impact the lives of the LGBTQ+ community. Check out your local cannabis dispensary to see what they have in stock! 

 

Recreate 

At Recreate, they are honored to give back to the LGBTQ+ community with each purchase. Their Proud Partners this year are two amazing organizations. One is Equality California which sets out to advance civil rights and social justice to institutions of power in California as well as across the United States. The other is One Colorado, which is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicate to advancing equality for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families, lobbying the General Assembly, the executive branch, and local governments on important topics such as safe schools, transgender equality, relationship recognition, and LGBTQ+ health and human services. 

When you purchase one of these two great products from Recreate, one dollar from each purchase gets donated toward the aforementioned organizations. If you love a cannabis beverage, you need to check out their blueberry mint acai sparkling elixir. It’s a limited edition product but doesn’t make it limited in quality. With 2.5 mg of CBD and 2.5 mg of THC in each can, you’re sure to experience a refreshing beverage and an energized high, perfect for getting into the Pride spirit. 

Don’t forget to grab a package of mixed fruit gummies! These make the perfect addition to any Pride festivities, as they are invigorating and uplifting. Fast-acting and with 10mg of CBD and 10mg of THC in each pack, you’re definitely going to enjoy this delicious and easily portable treat. 

 

Rainbows Are So Much More

Sometimes, with Pride Month, marketing and branding can be a little deceptive. Who is really giving back to the community in need, and who is simply using the rainbow flag as a means to scoop up business from LGBTQ+ patrons? We hope this list has proven to be insightful and made you aware of some of the wonderful companies out there who are truly partnering to make a difference. 

This Pride Month, spark up, roll up, or drink up – we have a lot to celebrate! The work may not be done, but hopefully, with the proceeds given to all of these incredible organizations, we can continue to make headway into changing the lives of the LGBTQ+ community for the better. 

 

11 Cannabis Gifts Perfect for Any Dad

Older man standing in kitchen smoking cannabis flower with bong

Older man standing in kitchen smoking cannabis flower with bong

Father’s Day is coming up on June 20th! With Dad’s special day right around the corner, shopping for him can be a little difficult sometimes. This year, ditch the novelty tie or home renovation store gift card and give him something we know he’ll really love – something from your local cannabis dispensary

If you’re not sure where to start, use our guide below to find the perfect product for every type of dad. From the canna-curious, to the vegan, to the dad on the go, you’re bound to find something he’ll love (& hopefully share)! 

 

Canna-curious:

If your dad is someone who is interested in getting into the world of cannabis but hasn’t had a lot of exposure, something practical and simple is a great place to begin. We recommend Care by Design’s 18:1 refresh drops.

This tincture is powerful and potent, working together with the combined forces of THC and CBD to deliver wellness to both the body and the mind. Whether he’s a novice or a pro, this product is great for soothing the occasional life stress that pops up. Pair this gift with your dad’s favorite tea and tell him to kick back and relax – he deserves it, after all! 

 

Newbie: 

A great product for anyone new to the cannabis scene are Kiva Confections’ Petra Mints. Specially made using a precise blend of California-grown cannabis, green tea matcha, and peppermint extract, these mints are a delicious treat for Dad. Each piece is 2.5mg microdose so he won’t feel overwhelmed if it’s his first time trying cannabis. Discreet, easy to carry, and extremely flavorful make for the perfect combination for any dad to enjoy!

 

Edible lover: 

Gift your dad the delicious taste of summer with Camino’s Watermelon Lemonade gummies. For any edible lover, this product is a real treat, combining a synergistic blend of Sativa and Indica. Rich flavors, such as juicy watermelon and tart citrus, come together to create an edible that is equal parts delicious and refreshing. For the dad who loves to hit the pool or the beach, you’ll definitely earn brownie points with this gift!

 

Flower Guy:

If your dad is a bit old-school and prefers to enjoy cannabis in its truest form, don’t miss out on giving him some quality flower. Our topic pick is Shift’s Lemon Spice – a pre-packed Sativa 8th that is known to increase focus as well as creativity. Native to Salmon Creek, it carries a refreshing citrus aroma and tastes just like Smarties candy. Don’t forget to include some rolling papers and a fun, kitschy lighter! 

 

Beer Fanatic: 

No beer is made equal and any dad who is a brew fanatic will tell you that for themselves. For this Father’s Day, step up your gift-giving game by delivering a classic with a twist. A new product on our shelves is Pabst Blue Ribbon’s Lemon Seltzer, only this particular beverage is packed with 5mg of THC in each can. Combine the best of both worlds by offering up this tasty and refreshing beverage. Who knows – maybe he’ll even be grateful enough to share!

 

Vegan:

If your vegan dad is tough to shop for, look no further than a cannabis dispensary! Here at From The Earth, one of our highlighted products is the Sour Watermelon Fruit Chews by Smokiez. All-natural and vegan-friendly, this edible offers a sweet & sour watermelon flavor packed into a satisfying texture. These gummies provide a calm and euphoric high that will have Dad launched into a blissful state. To keep the gift going, add a little CBD oil for your dad to take alongside this great product to elongate the high. 

 

Man walking outside in glasses smoking cannabis blunt

On the go: 

Dads are busy guys! They are constantly moving, bouncing from one task to the next. Reward the busiest dude you know with a cannabis gift that is portable, disposable, and discreet. DIME’s 500mg disposable vape offers all the potency and power that’s perfect for Dad’s on the go. With a sleek design, it can fit perfectly inside a pocket or a bag. 

 

Who is looking to relax: 

We could all benefit from a little more rest, and if your dad needs a little help catching some Zzz’s, we recommend a tincture by Dreamt For Sleep. This sleep shot offers up all-natural, restorative sleep in an effective and affordable dropper. Designed for helping the consumer not only fall asleep but stay asleep throughout the night, increasing REM and deep sleep. What better gift to unwrap than a little extra rest in a bottle? 

 

Everyday Consumer: 

If your dad is a cannabis pro, and you’re not sure what to get the guy who has everything, look no further than a full ounce jar of Outlitt’s Carmel Cream. A pre-packed hybrid flower covered with gorgeous trichomes that make them look like a bite-sized bit of sugar-coated candy, Caramel Cream really earns its name. Sweet, aromatic, with hints of skunk and spice, let dad light this up and veg out to his favorite movie. When he comes unglued from the sofa, he will be sure to say thank you! 

 

Who needs some pain relief: 

As we age, our bodies become a little worn out and rundown. Unfortunately, dads are no exception to this rule. However, we can help! Provide the dad in your life with a little relief by giving him a container of Papa & Barkley CBD balm. This award-winning product is proven to provide targeted pain relief when applied to affected areas. Applied directly to the skin, it is non-psychoactive and does not enter the bloodstream. 

 

Has a sweet tooth: 

If you don’t have time to bake something up yourself, or you’re simply just not gifted in the kitchen, but you know your dad loves sweets, make sure to pick up a bag of Familia brand Churoo Krispies! Combining the effects of THC with Rice Krispie balls baked to perfection and coated in a rich layer of cinnamon and brown sugar, these are sure to be a hit. At an affordable price, it’s easy to snatch up a bag or two and keep dad stocked up for a bit.  

 

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!  

The Best Cannabis Products to Get the Best Bang for Your Buck

Woman standing on deck near water smoking marijuana

Woman standing on deck near water smoking marijuana

 

When it comes to choosing cannabis products, there is a variety to go by, especially now as more and more states roll out legislation to legalize the usage of marijuana. Becoming educated on what is out there and available is extremely important, as we all want to get our hands on not only the best quality products but to make sure we are getting a good deal in the process. 

That being said, this can be an overwhelming and daunting task if you’re new to the world of cannabis or even if you are more seasoned but are simply looking to branch out and try some new products. We want to help curb any sort of overwhelming and make things a bit easier. After all, if you’re not having fun, what’s the point?

Below are some great brands that From The Earth carries that are sure to keep you high without putting a massive dent in your wallet.

 

The Quickest Effects

Depending on the type of high you’re after, different products have different effects. Some even take longer than others to process through the bloodstream. For example, smoking or vaping is the quickest way to get high and take only minutes to start feeling. But when it comes to edibles, they have to go through the digestive tract first, so any effects can take 30 or more minutes. Be wary when first trying an edible since they do take a bit to process. Don’t continue to consume past the recommended dose otherwise, you may end up feeling too high and having a less than desirable experience.   

If smoking or vaping isn’t for you, try other fast-acting products such as tinctures that you can put directly under your tongue or mix into teas or drinks. Some even prefer to use patches that can be added directly to your arm or shoulder blade, which is a simple but effective method.  

 

Outlitt

The Outlitt is your destination for bulk flower at the lowest price possible. Outlitt products are sourced from multi-generational farmers in humboldt county who have cultivation running through their blood. They utilize natural, eco-minded growing practices to produce the best version of the plant. They currently offer $110 half ounces and $200 full ounces out the door! All Outlitt flower is harvested at its optimal maturity to yield potent hand-trimmed buds with a spectrum of medical benefits, diverse flavor profiles, unique aromas, and free of any harmful substances. You can find Outlitt flower exclusively at any From The Earth location. . 

 

Shift

If you are a savvy shopper who wants a high-quality product at an affordable price, look no further than Shift brand products. They offer a wide selection of hand-crafted vapes and premium flower. Shift prides itself on providing you with some of the states most sought after genetics at an affordable price. Next time you are at From The Earth know that picking up one of these from the shelves is never a bad bet. 

 

Lime

The options from Lime come with several choices outside of just cannabis flower. If vaping is your preferred method of consumption, be sure to check out the quality cannabis located in their premium line of cartridges. Available in nine different flavors, each offers a rich flavor and a prime high. Some of their vapes are even rechargeable! 

 

Cresco

Cresco brings a huge assortment of products to the table, from flower to cartridges and even edibles. No matter what you’re after, this brand offers not only affordability but also, a diverse lineup of quality products to choose from. Extracts are a great way to get more for your money, as they tend to be highly concentrated, allowing you to take the dose that you want. They have several good options, including a Sativa strain and a hybrid strain

 

Kushy Punch

Edibles and gummies are growing in popularity, as not only are they delicious and fun to use, but they’re easy and convenient. From the lineup at Kushy Punch, their products are inexpensive but feature an array of choices. 

With strains of Sativa, Indica, or a hybrid blend, each one comes with a different type of high and side effects. For a sugar-free choice that leaves you with a long-lasting high, check out their Sativa gummies. Their Indica gummies can bring such benefits as a good nights’ rest and help with minor aches and pains. Or, for the biggest punch of all, be sure to check out their Private Reserve, made using a hybrid strain intended to knock you out within an hour.

 

Jetty

Another great brand for vaping and extracts is Jetty. Some of the noteworthy products by this manufacturer include the unique Lionheart Unrefined extract, made from a Jamaican strain of Sativa guaranteed to bring a clean, quality high. Or for a fun product featuring a high as iconic as its name, the Pineapple Express pod is a cartridge that lives up to its hype and is certainly worth the price.

 

Close up of mans hand holding a joint

Dispensary Focused on Value 

While this is not a cumulative list of all the great cannabis products for sale at From The Earth, it does cover many bases and popular brands. However, nothing can compete with browsing the easy-to-use shopping function on the website, which has a user-friendly navigation system and allows customers to filter by all sorts of attributes, including brands, classifications, categories, and more! There, you can browse through thousands of different products online that feature detailed and informational descriptions. And don’t just take our word for it – take a moment to read over customer reviews and see what they have to say about a particular product you have your eye on. This will also help provide an accurate picture to make sure you’re getting the most out of your money. 

Plus, From The Earth is a recreational cannabis dispensary that is focused on value, giving customers the most bang for their buck in all aspects, including free curbside pick and even delivery on thousands of in-store products. Of course, if you have questions, you can always come in and speak with a member of our knowledgeable and helpful staff. After all, helping you achieve your best quality high is their goal, too! 

Cannabis Landrace Strains and the Origin of Indica Vs Sativa

Close up of hand holding jar with cannabis and flower in the background laid out on table

Close up of hand holding jar with cannabis and flower in the background laid out on table

Over the past decade, we have seen the cannabis industry evolve from an illicit market to a booming multi-billion dollar industry. In a not-so-distant past, the consumption, possession, and growing of hemp and cannabis would lead to serious jail time and consequences. As cannabis legalization continues to sweep across the nation, things seem to finally be taking a turn for the better. With 36 states allowing medical use and 16 having legalized adult use, professionally curated dispensaries and perfectly packaged goods are becoming the norm.

As the legality of cannabis continues to expand across not just the United States but the world, the industry is in a state of evolution and transformation. With the infusion of cannabis in a variety of our everyday products such as food, beverages, beauty products, and more – you are no longer limited to simply smoking flower. 

Watching how the industry has progressed is truly remarkable. Though the flower you see packaged on cannabis dispensary shelves today is much different from the genetic makeup of the original landrace strains. In fact, all cannabis can genetically be traced back to one single cultivar grown in the Hindu Mountain region of what is now Afghanistan and Pakistan. As trading and migration of humans occurred, cannabis began to make its way around the world. This highly versatile crop easily adapted to each country’s unique climate, making landrace strains the first cannabis crops grown in different regions throughout the world. 

 

The Origins of Sativa

The term sativa has many different meanings though when it’s used today, most people use it to describe the effects of a strain. So when people say sativa, they likely are referring to a more uplifting, energizing, or creative high.

Scientifically speaking, sativa is used to describe the anatomy of the plant. Traditionally, sativa’s are known for being tall with thin narrow leaves and wispy flowers. Sativa’s origins can be traced back to the warm southern climates. The increased sunshine, warmer temperatures, and prolonged summers in these climates help them achieve their full growth potential.

 

The Origins of Indica

Unlike its counterpart, Sativa, Indica was not a globetrotter. Instead, it was reserved and isolated to solely arid and mountainous regions, primarily across different parts of the middle east, such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

This cannabis is indefinable by its broad leaves, short stature, and dense flowers.  Indica strain names today pay homage to the places they were cultivated. Think ‘Afhagni’ and ‘Hindu Kush’, for example. 

 

Terroir: What does it mean? 

A landrace marijuana strain is one of the first strains grown in various regions throughout the world, and oftentimes, they carry a name that hints at their origin – ‘Thai’, ‘Durban Poison’, ‘Acapulco Gold’, and more are some well-known examples of this. As time went on, the various growing practices and environments particular to these locations influenced the plants’ unique characteristics, affecting both appearance and chemistry. A technical term for this is ‘terroir’. 

When considering this concept, think of how wines are classified. French wines are named for what region the grapes are grown in, as this helped determine the flavor of the wine, attributing to such characteristics as ‘body’ and ‘dryness’. When you hear the classifications of ‘Bordeaux’ or ‘ Merlot’, these indicate the region or area the wine is from. This same system is used for the origins of cannabis. Consider it a geography lesson each time you spark up!

 

Close up shot of cannabis leaves in field at sundown with sun glowing in the background

 

Are landrace strains still around?

It wasn’t until the late ‘70s that people began to intentionally cross-breed Sativa and Indica together, creating a hybrid of the two. By doing this, they were able to create a plant that harbored the best of both strains, essentially weeding out unwanted characteristics that could weaken the plant’s health and production. 

In the current cannabis market, these hybrids have become the norm. Rather than smoking a pure landrace strain, consumers today enjoy a  hybrid descending from the landrace genetics instead. That is the biggest difference between the cannabis enjoyed in the ‘60s and ‘70s and what’s on today’s shelves.

 

Are landraces more potent than regular strains?

While this answer can vary based on the specific strain and how and where it was grown, the bottom line is no, probably not. The hybrid strains bred today are specifically geared to providing a high potency, among other advantageous characteristics. 

 

Is it hard to find landrace strains?

Because they are not grown on a large scale today, landrace strains can be a bit more difficult to come by. However, they do carry somewhat of a cult following, those dedicated to these original strains still carry them on the current market. Sometimes, they are referred to under the term ‘heirloom’ strains, referencing to how they’ve been passed down through the ages. They are produced in small batches and carry the genetics of the landrace, though they lack the original terroir. 

Until the world cannabis market opens up more and legalization happens on a broader scale, giving us access to direct landrace strains from various parts of the planet, there are still a few heirloom finds you can get at your local cannabis dispensary. If you’re truly curious to give these a try, make sure to ask your local dispensary to see if they have some in stock.

 

Back to the Roots

While it is on the shelves bred for superiority as far as potency and flavor, it’s important to remember where cannabis truly began. Exploring these original strains gives us a better idea regarding the strides that the cannabis industry has made, offering up a better insight regarding exactly what our parents and grandparents smoked back in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Because of their groundwork with creating hybrids, we are able to enjoy more refined and potent cannabis products today. 

 

8 Things You Should Know About Cannabis

Woman holding out cannabis joint outside

Woman holding out cannabis joint outside

For those curious about cannabis or those who are ready to be first-time consumers, knowing where to begin is crucial. For decades, cannabis has been demonized by the government, causing distrust, confusion, and misinformation among the greater population. Thanks to dedicated scientists and cannabis advocates, we are on the horizon of a new and more honest beginning. As we enter an era of acceptance and curiosity, cannabis has not only become more accepted but welcomed, as legalization sweeps across the country. 34 states have legalized cannabis for medical use, and 12 states for adult recreational use. 

Whether you’re interested in cannabis use to aid with a medical issue or it’s just something you’d always like to try to help spark a little inspiration, start off with this list for some information prior to beginning your cannabis journey. 

 

 

1. Shake Off the Stigma

As more states begin to legalize cannabis and federal legalization seemingly right around the corner, it’s important to shake off the stigma that has been attached to the plant for so long. Unfortunately, years of misrepresentation and propaganda have led the majority to believe that cannabis is dangerous and harmful, lumping it in with illegal narcotics. However, this could not be farther from the truth, as cannabis has been proven to help with a variety of health issues, including anxiety, loss of appetite, and seizures, and even cancer. 

 

 

2. Use Responsibly 

Cannabis is a mind-altering substance. It’s important to use it safely and responsibly. Just like you wouldn’t drive a car drunk, you shouldn’t use THC products and operate a vehicle. The same can be said of CBD products, though they typically don’t have mind-altering or potent psychoactive effects. It is encouraged to use cannabis safely in your home for the first few times, at least you know how it affects your body. You should keep all products locked and stored away so it is out of the reach of animals and children. Cannabis is not meant for those who are underage.

 

 

3. Ask Questions

When you visit a cannabis dispensary such as a From The Earth shop for the first time, remember that the employees are there to help. They are knowledgeable on a wide array of products and want to take the time to get to know you as well as your needs. This will help them provide proper recommendations. When it comes to cannabis, education is the goal. Finding out what works for you starts with asking questions and having an open mind. Due to the misinformation that has been put out for years, it’s important to distinguish fact from fiction.

 

 

4. Start Slow

Potency is an important factor to keep in mind when consuming cannabis products, whether you’re a newbie or a veteran. Pay close attention to the THC percentages in flowers and THC mg in edibles.  Rule #1 is you can always consume more, but you cannot go back and consume less. If your body is not acquainted with the feelings and sensations of being high or you consume more THC than your body needs, there is a chance you’ll experience negative side effects. This can leave you feeling anxious, dizzy, and otherwise unpleasant. 

Be safe and start out with the mindset that ‘less is more’. Give your body time to process the THC and wait until you feel the effects before consuming more. Particularly when it comes to edibles as they take longer to kick in due to having to journey through the digestive tract. 

Man sitting on couch rolling a joint of marijuana

 

5. Get Comfortable

Start off by using cannabis products for the first time in the safety of your home. While it would be tempting to try it at an outing, such as a festival or hanging somewhere with friends, until you know how the high will affect you, it is best to begin at home. This way, you are in comfortable and familiar surroundings, without worrying about traveling or relying on a ride to get back to your house. 

 

 

6. Verbiage is Important 

First thing’s first – when talking about cannabis, avoid calling it ‘marijuana’. This particular term has spent so long in the spotlight that it has been painted as a negative and derogatory word while associating it with addiction instead of holistic wellness. It also has racist roots, during the war on drugs Harry Anslinger the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was quoted saying “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use”. This is just one example of the government’s campaign to criminalize the plant and paint the term in a negative light. So when speaking to friends & family, remember its history and make sure your go-to lingo includes ‘cannabis’ and ‘cannabis products’. 

 

 

7. Know Your Terminology

There will be a lot of new words you will stumble across during your cannabis journey. Learning them all upfront may seem like a daunting task, but remember – when you visit a cannabis dispensary, they are there to help! From The Earth staff is trained and highly knowledgeable, willing to answer questions and provide assistance. 

A popular question includes the difference between CBD and THC. While CBD has a non-psychoactive effect and is a derivative of Cannabidiol, you can read more in-depth about it in a previous article.

 

 

8. Types of Cannabis

Other than the edibles mentioned above, there is a multitude of ways to enjoy cannabis. Part of starting out is finding what suits you best. There is the traditional route of smoking the cannabis flower. This can be rolled in a joint or blunt, or consumed through a pipe, bubbler, or bong. Different types of flowers can be bought at From The Earth cannabis dispensary. 

Vaping has taken off in popularity, cannabis instead being consumed through a desktop device that contains an oven-like chamber that heats the cannabis to release vapors for inhalation. Cartridges are available for purchase at cannabis dispensaries, including the varied selection at From The Earth. They are pocket-sized and can be activated at the push of a button. 

For something a bit outside of the norm, many people enjoy applying topicals instead of smoking or vaping. Topicals can be used as a spot treatment or applied regularly to help with chronic and day-to-day ailments. Some of these can include arthritis, fresh tattoos, old scars, sunburns, and more. From The Earth sells these products as creams, ointments, and even bath bombs.

Last but not least, another great option would be using tinctures. They are similar to edibles, as they are ingested. To use, just add a drop or two directly under your tongue, or mix into your favorite tea or smoothie to add a boost of flavor. Make sure to follow the instructions to use the directed amount. 

5 CBD Products to Help You Relieve Stress

Cannabis wellness, tincutures

Cannabis wellness, tincutures

 

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

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

 

What is CBD?

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

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

 

Chronic Stress & Anxiety

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

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

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

 

1. Bath Bomb

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

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

 

2. Gummies

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

 

3. Balms or Lotions

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

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

Cannabis choclate, edibles

4. Chocolate

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

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

 

5. Tablinguals

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

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

How it All Started: The History Behind 4/20

Group of friends sitting at the beach smoking marijuana

Group of friends sitting at the beach smoking marijuana

 

The story behind the iconic term ‘420’ has changed hands many times over the years. Like every legend passed down, it has been prone to modifiers, exaggerations, and theories. While some believed that it was to denote the number of chemicals in cannabis, others believed it was in reference to Bob Dylan’s song, “Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35”. The refrain featured an infamous line, ‘Everybody must get stoned’, with 12 multiplied by 35 equaling to 420. 

While these tales are fun and are certainly good guesses, it is quite a ways off from the truth. The real answer? It all began with five Californian teens who used to hang out against a wall outside of San Rafael High School. This meeting spot earned the teens the nickname, ‘The Waldos’.

 

The Waldos

In the fall of 1971, the Waldos had learned about a former Coast Guard member who had planted some cannabis but could no longer tend to the crop. The five friends set out armed with a treasure map, rumored to have been given to them by the Coast Guard member himself, in search of the cannabis plants. Each day after school and practice, as they were all athletes, they met up at 4:20 p.m. by the Louis Pasteur statue on school grounds. The Waldos would pile into a car and smoke some weed, all while scouring around Point Reyes Forest, doing their best to follow the instructions on the map.

 In an interview with the Huffington Post, one of the original five, Steve Capper, said that they would remind each other in the hallways to meet up at 4:20. It began as ‘4:20-Louis’, but eventually, it was shortened to just ‘4:20’. While they never did find the elusive crop, they did inadvertently coin a term that would become an international trademark for weed enthusiasts everywhere. 

 

The Grateful Dead

So, how did a secret code used to denote a meeting spot for teens transform into what is it today? Look no further than the rock band, the Grateful Dead. 

The Waldos and the Grateful Dead were intertwined on several levels, both hailing from California. One Waldo member’s dad managed the band’s real estate, another had an older brother who was good friends with ‘Dead’ bassist Phil Lesh. One time, when some of the Waldos were hanging out backstage at a ‘Dead’ concert, someone handed over a joint and said, ‘hey, 420’. This triggered it to spread around the music community, passing around much like the joints they shared.

Marijuana joints rolled next to cannabis buds

From Slang to Sensation

In 1990, Steven Bloom, who worked as a reporter for  ‘High Times’, was attending a Christmas concert in Oakland, California. One of the bands playing was, of course, Grateful Dead. When wandering around through the crowd, he was approached by a ‘Deadhead’ who handed him a flyer as a means of invitation. The man said, “we are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-ing”. Bloom wrote about this encounter in his article, and because of this,  ‘High Times’ undoubtedly helped launch the slang term into a cultural movement that is still celebrated to this day. 

 

A Cause for Celebration

Now that we’ve covered the history of one of our favorite holidays, it’s time to focus on what it’s all about: the consumption of cannabis products. At your local recreational cannabis dispensary, you can find a variety of products for purchase, regardless of how you prefer to partake. From cannabis-infused edibles to high-grade cartridges, From the Earth has a wide variety of quality products for every type of consumer.

 

Safety First

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the large public events and celebrations are being postponed or withheld another year. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t find a way to participate in festivities. A popular option is utilizing video chat, such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or even just FaceTime. Pick a theme, play your favorite tunes, and enjoy spending quality time with some of your favorite people, all in the safety and security of your own home.

Another great way to celebrate 420 is at From the Earth. Stop in-store or place an online order and select delivery or curbside pickup. We understand that many of our customers still feel more comfortable with minimized contact, and we are happy to bring you this feature at all of our locations. Start adding products to your cart today to enjoy your 420 festivities and beyond!

 

Entertainment & Activities

If your staying-at-home plans don’t include a video chat, there are still a multitude of other activities that you can enjoy. A great option is watching some of your favorite 420 centric films or TV shows. They could be about cannabis, such as the Seth Rogen classic, ‘Pineapple Express, or binge-watch the critically-acclaimed Showtime series ‘Weeds’. Or they can simply be your favorite comfort show – after all, this holiday is all about celebrating your way!

If you’re someone who enjoys cooking or baking with cannabis, make sure you check out this recipe for cannabutter, a staple for DIY edibles. Or this recipe for edibles brownies, a secret shared by Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg themselves. 

Or, for the person who would like to spend some quality time alone without any of the DIY, consider taking a relaxing dip with a soothing CBD bath bomb or taking a bite out of a cannabis-infused chocolate bar for a real treat. If smoking isn’t your preferred method of consumption, no worries at all! Cannabis is meant to be enjoyed in many different ways.

So no matter what your 420 looks like, or how you choose to celebrate, just make sure you make the Waldos proud and honor the tradition they started all the way back in 1971, making this year the 50th anniversary of the holiday. Smoke, bake, eat, just make sure it’s cannabis-related, and you’re all set for an excellent time! 

 

What You Need to Know About The Entourage Effect

Couple sitting at the beach with their dog smoking weed and having fun

Couple sitting at the beach with their dog smoking weed and having fun

 

Have you heard people talk about the “entourage effect” but still are not sure what they are even talking about? 

Cannabis is made up of a variety of different compounds that play a unique role in determining the plant’s effects. Your experience of the plant is unique to you. How cannabis impacts our mood, appetite, relief levels, and more, rely heavily on your body chemistry and how it interacts with the various chemical compounds in the plant. THC and CBD are the most abundant compounds found in cannabis, though both interact with different receptors in the brain and body.

 

What is the Entourage Effect

The entourage effect is a mechanism that suggests the compounds in cannabis, such as cannabinoids, terpenes, & flavonoids, work together synergistically to provide a unique set of effects and benefits. When different combinations of these compounds are ingested, their behavior may change producing a range of benefits from pain relief to improved mood or sleep.

Still unclear about how it works? Think of how you act when you are in a professional setting versus how you act among friends. Your personality and demeanor change based on your environment.? 

A study done in 2010 gave cancer patients two different cannabis extracts. One group was given an extract that was purely THC. The other group was given an extract that was equal parts THC and CBD. The group with THC and CBD combo reported having less pain. This would seem to be obvious to us because we know CBD to be a pain-relieving compound. And because that compound was in their extract, the entourage effect proved its point. The existence of a compound can greatly affect the way each compound reacts together. 

That said, though THC and CBD are the main compounds found in cannabis that we are all familiar with, there are many other compounds that play different roles as well like CBN, CBC, and CBG, not to mention terpenes. Terpenes are what produces an aromatic compound that gives cannabis its unique aromas and flavors. Terpenes are some of the most abundant compounds in nature and are also found in things like lavender, eucalyptus, and oranges.

 
Close up of person smoking weed and blowing smoke

How Cannabinoids and Terpenes Work Together

Though more research is still needed in this area, some researchers have theorized that terpenes play a significant role in how we are affected by cannabis. Mainly, that with the addition of a terpene with a specific compound, we can receive different benefits. 

To dig a little deeper, let’s discuss a few examples. 

Let’s look into the cannabis strain Grape Ape. It is an indica strain with 17 percent THC and its main terpene is myrcene, the most abundant terpene found in cannabis. Grape Ape is known for its relaxing properties which also give a mood boost to make you feel happy (due to THC), but can also make you tired (thanks, myrcene.)

With hundreds of different terpenes present in cannabis, research suggests that the presence of these compounds plays a key role in their effects. Here are a few other ways terpenes affect us. 

 

  • Myrcene, which we mentioned above, tends to give a musky, herbal aroma. This terpene is known for its sedative and relaxing properties and helps with inflammation and is an anti-bacterial.
  • The terpene linalool has floral, citrusy aromas and, similar to myrcene, is known for its calming and sedative properties. Linalool is known for aiding in depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia. 
  • Pinene has a sweet, pine smell and has memory retention and alertness effects. It’s typically used for helping with asthma and inflammation.

 

What Cannabis Products Produce The Entourage Effects?

Now that you know a little bit more about the entourage effect and what it means, how do you go to a cannabis dispensary and pick out something that will give you these effects, or how do you steer clear of them?

Consuming cannabis flower is the best choice if you are looking to benefit from the entourage effect. There are also some cannabis extracts that are formulated to provide you with a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes. Look for the products labeled as “full-spectrum”. 

Full-spectrum cannabis extracts contain a rich diversity of terpenes, cannabinoids including THC, THCa, CBD, CBN, and other botanical compounds. Similar to a flower, a full-spectrum product takes into account how the entourage effect plays a role in the product’s effects.  

A broad-spectrum extract includes compounds like terpenes, and other botanical compounds like CBD, CBN, CBG, and CBC but do not contain THC. The presence of THC being the key difference between broad-spectrum and full spectrum. 

An isolate is exactly as it sounds. It’s an isolated compound, like a product only containing CBD. Though there are many who will say that there are less benefits when consuming an isolate or broad-spectrum extract, there are plenty of people who prefer them or are the only things they can access legally. Knowing exactly what you are looking for and what you are putting into your body is important. 

 

A few isolate products you could pick up from your nearby From The Earth cannabis dispensary are:

 

When it comes to knowing what you want out of your cannabis experience there is a lot to take into account. If you are looking for something that gives you a full spectrum of effects, finding a full spectrum formulation will cause you to experience cannabis’s entourage effect. . But if you live in a state where THC is not legal or are not looking for a non-psychoactive experience, an isolate might be more your speed

Talk with your local budtender at From The Earth cannabis dispensary and find the perfect cannabis products you are looking for, no matter what experience you are looking to have.

 

Why It’s Important to Know the Difference Between CBD and THC

Two tinctures one says THC the other says CBD, with cannabis leaf sitting next to them on table

Two tinctures one says THC the other says CBD, with cannabis leaf sitting next to them on tableSince its widespread legalization, the rapidly growing industry of hemp and other cannabis products has raised continuous questions among consumers who plan on visiting a cannabis dispensary. As the market grows and expands, it is important to become educated, as there is still some confusion on the difference between cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products, what they do, how they are used, how they are legally different, and what potential benefits they may have. 

CBD and THC are two natural compounds found in plants of the Cannabis genus. CBD can be extracted from hemp or cannabis, both of which come from the Cannabis sativa plant. In order to be recognized as federally legal, hemp must contain 0.3% of THC or less. CBD is non-intoxicating. It works naturally with our bodies by binding to receptors in our endocannabinoid system. Popular CBD products are sold in the forms of topicals, gummies, oils, extracts, flowers, and more. 

Gummies, such as the pomegranate gummies manufactured by From the Earth, are easy, chewable gummy tablets and can be used to provide relief for anxiety, depression, and pain.

Other products, such as the ReLeaf Balm, are a topical balm that can be applied to sore or overworked muscles and is great for providing relief from inflammation and stiffness.

The main psychoactive compound in cannabis is THC, which is responsible for producing the ‘high’ sensation when you consume cannabis. Our bodies absorb THC & CBD whether it is smoke, eaten, or applied as a topical to our skin. Cannabis legalization has opened the door to a growing list of products including oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, topicals, drinks, and more.

At From the Earth, you can buy a variety of THC products Nighttime Tablets are a sleep aid that can help provide a good night’s rest without the groggy, hangover feeling that some over-the-counter meds can cause. 

While THC and CBD, have a few things in common, they also have some staunch differences and knowing those are essential to being a responsible consumer. 

 

CBD vs. THC: The Chemical Makeup

Though CBD and THC differ in many ways, at their core, they have the same chemical structure: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms.  slightly adjusting how these atoms are arranged has varying effects on the body. 

Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids, which are molecules that help our internal functions run smoothly. Our endocannabinoid system is the bridge between body and mind, it’s what keeps our bodies in homeostasis. CBD and THC have very similar chemical makeups to our naturally occurring endocannabinoids, allowing them to interact with our cannabinoid receptors. When this interaction occurs, it triggers the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals responsible for sending messages between cells, and also have an effect on pain reception, immune function, sleep, stress, and more. 

 

CBD vs. THC: Psychoactive Factors

Even though they share a similar chemical structure, both CBD and THC have very different psychoactive effects. CBD is classified as psychoactive, meaning  CBD is proven to help with issues like anxiety, depression, and seizures but it doesn’t produce the same ‘high’ experience that THC does.

In order to produce a high, the THC consumed will bind the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. However, CBD forms a very weak bond, if one ever forms at all, to these receptors. Without THC, unwanted psychoactive effects such as sedation or euphoria won’t happen. So in other words, without this bond, there is no high. 

 

CBD vs. THC: Legal Issues 

As the current situation in the United States stands, the legality of cannabis-related products is constantly changing and shifting.  36 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis at varying degrees for adult and medicinal use. The 2018 farm bill legalized hemp-derived CBD, this means it cannot contain more than .3% THC. Although this bill does legalize hemp-derived CBD, any CBD that was derived from a cannabis plant is still deemed illegal under federal law. 

Before purchasing any CBD products, it is important to educate yourself on your state’s laws. Should you possess cannabis-related products when they’re illegal, you could face criminal or legal repercussions. 

Currently, 33 states and the District of Columbia have ruled medical cannabis with high levels of THC legal when prescribed by a licensed physician. Some states have taken it a step further and passed laws legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. To read up on the legality of these products as well as a cannabis dispensary in your state, check out this resource.

Tincture bottle and cannabis plant with THC and CBD molecules written overtop

 

CBD vs.THC: Potential Benefits

Due in part to their similar chemical makeup, CBD and THC share similar medical benefits as well. Some of the various health conditions CBD helps with are listed below.

 

  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Psychosis or mental disorders 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Nausea
  • Migraine
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 

In turn, THC helps with the following conditions:

  • Pain
  • Muscle Spasticity 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Insomnia
  • Low appetite
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety 

As indicated by their lists, they help aid with many overlapping medical conditions. However, CBD doesn’t have the aftereffect of getting high.

 

CBD vs THC: Side Effects

The consumption of any sort of chemical has a side effect. THC and CBD are no different in this regard. However, what exactly these effects entail do vary between the two. CBD is well tolerated, even when used in high dosages. 

Potential side effects of THC:

  • increased heart rate
  • coordination problems
  • dry mouth
  • red eyes
  • slower reaction times
  • Impaired thinking or concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia 

CBD side effects may include:

  • appetite changes
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • dizziness
  • Diarrhea

These side-effects are a direct result of the compound’s psychoactive properties. And while neither compound is fatal, excessive use of THC may have a connection to long-term psychiatric effects, especially in teens who consume the product in high amounts. 

 

Conclusion

Overall, THC and CBD infused products have designated medical benefits and are considered safe to use. But as with any drug, over-the-counter, or prescription, your medical history, and current medications should be taken into consideration prior to use. This is an important factor to ensure that you are using cannabis-based products as safely and effectively as possible. Before use, consult your doctor or physician to make sure you are using the correct and legal products.

 

Terpenes 101: What it is and How it Works

Woman holding cannabis up to nose, smelling aroma

Woman holding cannabis up to nose, smelling aroma

Being a part of the cannabis community you have probably heard the word terpene thrown around quite a bit. But do you actually know what it is and what it refers to? 

 

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes come from cannabinoids, just like CBD and THC, and are the aromatic oils that give cannabis its distinct flavors, like citrus, berry or pine. They also play two major roles in every plant’s life as they are the primary component of resin and they protect the flowers from predators.

Terpenes are the most common plant chemical in nature and found in a variety of plants such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs and cannabis. These microscopic aromatic compounds are what give cannabis its distinct aromas like citrus, pine, diesel, or spice.

Cannabis produces over 200 different terpenes though only about 30 of them are found in significant quantities. These terpenes are stored with fats and cannabinoids in delicate resinous glands known as trichomes. 

The way a cannabis plant smells or tastes depends on a number of factors. Everything from genetics, climate, weather, fertilizer, age, soil type, and even the time of day can impact cannabis’s terpene profile.

Terpenes are found throughout the natural world and in various consumer products.  Beauty products, essential oils and even perfumes are infused with terpenes. Some industries use synthetic terpenes which are commonly used for flavoring or as a food additive. 

 

What do Terpenes do?

Studies suggest that terpenes play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. The relationship between cannabis and its effects is known as the entourage effect. This explains that consuming the whole plant has greater effects than each of its individual parts. So terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and other botanical compounds interact synergistically to produce enhanced effects.

While many of us use indica, sativa, & hybrid to describe the effects we are looking for, we really should be talking about terpenes. Indica and Sativa describe the plant’s anatomy – sativas grow tall and have long thin leaves, while indicas are short and stocky with wide leaves. Thanks to modern science, we know a few things about terpenes, and that is each has a unique set of effects it is known to enact. 

Let’s take Terpinolene for example. This terpene has fruity notes and is typically found in energetic, uplifting strains like Super Lemon Haze and Jack Herer. However, Pinene is often found in focused and relaxing strains like OG Kush,  Strawberry Cough, and Harlequin a CBD-dominant strain.. 

If you want to dive in more to see the connection between terpenes and your favorite strain of cannabis, check out this great, interactive strain finder from Leafly

 

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What are the Different Terpenes and Their Flavor Profiles?

Now that you know terpenes play such a large role in the flavor profile of cannabis strains, let’s take a look at each terpene and their unique flavors and how they affect you and your high. This way, the next time you stop by your local greenleaf dispensary, you will know even more about the cannabis you are looking for. 

 

Myrcene

Myrcene is the most abundant terpene found in cannabis and is often recognized for its earthy flavor and scent.  Outside of being used in beauty products or perfumes, myrcene is known to promote sleep and relaxation. It is also known for reducing inflammation and chronic pain, and is often recommended as a supplement for cancer treatments.One study found that myrcene makes up about 65% of the total terpene profile in some cannabis strains. 

Myrcene’s notable earthy smell is paired with spicy and musky notes.. Some cannabis strains that contain a high percentage of myrcene are White Widow, Blue Dream, and Special Kush.

 

Limonene

Like its name suggests, limonene has a citrusy aroma which comes as no surprise since all citrus fruits contain large amounts of limonene. Limonene is commonly used in cleaning products and cosmetics due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties  One study even found that it played a role in reducing the size of a tumor. 

Similar to myrcene, limonene is the second most abundant terpene in all cannabis strains but is not necessarily in all of them. It is known for its therapeutic properties and helps to improve mood and reduce stress. 

When shopping at your local From The Earthdispensary an indicator that a strain includes limonene is if they have “lemon” or “sour” in their name. This is because of limonene’s distinct zesty citrus aroma. 

Some cannabis strains with high amounts of limonene in them are O.G. Kush, Super Lemon Haze, Cookies and Cream, and Sour Diesel. 

 

Linalool

Linalool is a terpene that is also found in lavender, mint, cinnamon and coriander. It is also the terpene most responsible for the recognizable smell of cannabis with its spicy and floral notes. 

You will find people who suffer from arthritis, depression, insomnia, seizures, and even cancer all turn to linalool for relief. It could be that, just like the aromatic herbs it’s found in, it too contains strong sedative and relaxing properties. 

The next time you would like to unwind and destress, check out some of these options from your local cannabis dispensary; Special Kush, LA Confidential, OG Shark, or Amnesia Haze

 

Humulene

This terpene is typically found in hops and contains earthy, woody, and spicy notes. Aside from cannabis, you can also find humulene in black pepper, clove, and sage. 

Some research has found a variety of medicinal properties associated with this terpene. It has been shown to be anti-proliferative, meaning it prevents cancer cells from growing in the body. It has also been proven to suppress appetite, which suggests that it could potentially help with weight loss. And like many other terpenes, it also fights against bacterial infections, is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. 

Some popular cannabis strains you can find that contain high amounts of humulene are Skywalker OG, Headband, Girl Scout Cookies, and Pink Kush. 

 

Conclusion

When it comes to understanding cannabis, there are many things to keep in mind. Before heading to your local From The Earth dispensary, do a little research and decide what types of strains you are interested in. Think of the effects you are wanting to feel as well as the flavor profile you would like to try. Are you wanting something high in THC or CBD?

Then stop by your local From The Earth cannabis dispensary or head online to our website and make your purchase online. You can choose to have your items delivered to you or pick up curbside at the cannabis dispensary near you. 

Can Cannabis Help Me to Sleep Better?

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Woman stretching arms waking up from a good nights sleep

How much sleep do you get on average? According to SleepAdvisor.org, adults aged 26 to 64 should get a recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. However, 35 percent of adults say they don’t get enough sleep (7 hours), according to the CDC. The national sleeping average has continued to decline as the years go on. In 1942, American’s had an average of 7.9 hours of sleep per night, as of 2013, that average decreased by 13 percent, down to 6.8 hours per night. 

So what has caused us to lose sleep and hurt our bodies? Could it be the rise in technology? Possibly. But it could be a number of things. No matter who you are, or what type of work you do, it’s possible that you suffer from some form of sleep deprivation. 

Not only do we stay up all hours of the night on different social media platforms and watching Tik Tok videos for hours on end, but we also put a lot of stress on ourselves. From overworking and not taking time for our mental health, to adding too much to our plate and saying we are fine. 

We are not fine. 

If you think you are overworking yourself and would like to find some type of restorative fix for your mind and body, there are things that can help you. One of those things, though controversial, is cannabis. 

 

How Can Cannabis Help?

There are many ways that cannabis can help our bodies. From adding it to our wellness routine and post-workout session to adding it to our nightly routine to help ease our minds to rest. 

As we get older, our sleep cycles get off track, strongly due to our working mindset. Cannabis can help to restore your natural sleep cycle and help you to sleep better at night with little to no side effects. 

If you’ve had a stressful day at work, cannabis can help you. Its calming qualities help to free your mind and open it up to whatever you wish to do. Whether that be to relax after a long day in a relaxing bubble bath or to simply get a good night’s sleep. 

If you have a hard time falling asleep due to pain or discomfort, cannabis can help to relieve that pain to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. There are different forms of cannabis, which we will discuss later, but they can all help with inflammation and chronic pain. 

 

Know Your Strains

We all know that there are different types of cannabinoids and cannabis strains that you can purchase from a cannabis dispensary that will give you different effects. Not to mention, that the dosages of those strains will give everyone a different effect as well just because our body’s chemical makeups are all slightly different. 

A quick refresher to get everyone up to speed. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is non-psychoactive and is legal in most states. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant that makes you feel high. 

While those are the basic chemical makeups of a cannabis plant, there are also different strains that produce different effects. Indica flowers are known more for their calming and relaxing effects while Sativas tend to give you more energy and make you happy. You can also find hybrids made by a cannabis dispensary that provides information on how much of each strain are included. 

When it comes to helping you sleep, to start out, you can always try a bit of CBD before bed to help calm your mind and relax you. This won’t get you high, and will just help to ease your body and help you to feel less restless. 

However, if you decide to go for the cannabis route for better sleep, though it may sound counterintuitive, you want to choose a strain with a higher level of THC. THC actually helps to induce a deeper sleep. 

Higher levels of THC also reduces REM sleep, which means fewer dreams. So if you are someone who suffers from PTSD, this would be a good solution for you to try so that you spend less time dreaming, which means, fewer nightmares and more sleep. However, you do not want to rely on cannabis to help you sleep long term as it can impair your sleep quality. 

When choosing your strain, another thing to consider is the amount of THC in your cannabis. Dr. Jordan Tishler, a Harvard-trained physician, and cannabis therapeutics specialist suggests using a strain with less than 20 percent THC. Too much will leave you feeling groggy the next day. 

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How to Ingest Cannabis for Better Sleep

When it comes to how you want to ingest your cannabis for better sleep there is a lot to keep in mind. Smoking from a joint or pipe will be one of the quickest ways to feel the effects. If you are not a fan of the harshness of smoking, vaping is another option. 

You can also opt for tinctures. Tinctures are great because you can take them either sublingually or add them to your food or beverage. Try adding a drop or two to a glass of water or tea before bed for calming effects. 

One thing that will not work as well is an edible. Edibles take much longer to feel their effects since they have to break down in your liver which takes time. Smoking, vaping, or tinctures are your best option. 

 

Conclusion

As you weigh your options and consider shopping at your local cannabis dispensary for a sleep aid, there are a few things to keep in mind. Be sure to test out whatever you decide on to find the right dosage for you, and do it over a weekend. You want to find the right balance to help you sleep, but not make you feel groggy the next day. Also, be sure to talk with your doctor to make sure that cannabis is the right fit for you to help you achieve better sleep.

What You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products

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CBD oil, marijuana leaves and CBD tinctures, CBD beauty products

Walking down the beauty aisles at any retail store you will start to notice CBD taking over the shelves. Thanks to the loosed regulations in the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD oil, so long as it is extracted from an industrial hemp-based plant, labeled correctly, and has lower than 0.3 percent THC, is legal to use. 

 

One of the most asked questions about CBD beauty products, or anything containing CBD in general, is “will it get me high?” The answer is no. Because these products are to have lower than 0.3 percent THC, you cannot get high from CBD infused products. THC is the cannabinoid that, in high percentages, will produce euphoric properties and creates a head high. CBD, the other main cannabinoid, has more health benefits and calming effects.

 

Thanks to the loosened laws and the latest scientific studies coming out about CBD and how it can offer many health benefits, CBD is here for beauty, and you should be too. 

Woman smelling Papa & Barkley calming balm at From The Earth

Everyone is on the CBD Beauty Product Train

 

Many celebrities have fallen in love with CBD beauty products. The beautiful and funny Melissa McCarthy applied CBD oil to her feet while getting ready for the 2019 Oscars. Not only to alleviate some of the stressfulness that comes with preparing for the Oscars, but also to remove any discomfort from her feet from the heels she wore that night. 

 

McCarthy is not the only celeb rocking CBD beauty products on the red carpet. Other superstar celebrities like Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie, Mandy Moore, and Michelle Williams have also used CBD products on their feet, calves and ankles to help ease the pain of wearing heels, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Even the Oscar afterparty included some CBD beauty products for everyone to enjoy. From curated CBD goodies to a vape lounge, cannabis made a statement at the Oscars. 

 

Why Buy Beauty Products with CBD?

 

CBD has many benefits to our skin and body. It contains many vitamins like vitamins A, D, and E, along with fatty acids and anti-inflammation properties. These fatty acids are also found naturally in our bodies, which makes using CBD beauty products even more efficient. 

 

The anti-inflammation properties CBD beauty products provide can help our skin in many different ways. From helping to heal dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema and it even fights against signs of aging and acne. This is one reason why some of the most popular CBD beauty products are lotions, creams, and serums. 

 

These body lotions and creams are also great for massages, whether that be after a hard workout or for pleasure. The CBD properties target the area in which you applied the cream to and help to ease and relax the muscles quickly. Topicals are the perfect form of CBD beauty product that you can easily add into your daily skincare routine. Plus, you can use it as much or as little as you want throughout the day with no major side effects. 

What Types of CBD Beauty Products are there?

 

When it comes to beauty products in general, there are tons of things out there for you to try and get your hands on. The same can be said for CBD beauty products. If there’s a beauty product, there’s likely a version of that product that contains CBD. 

 

As mentioned before, some of the most popular items are lotions and creams. You can find many of these CBD beauty products at retail stores or even your local dispensaries. You might even catch yourself picking up a few other things to help you wind down while using some of your new CBD beauty products. Some popular brands include Papa & Barkley, Vertly, Kush Queen, and Care by Design.

 

Papa & Barkley have a variety of different versions of their CBD relief product. You can choose to get a balm or lotion, or even drops (tincture), capsules, or oils. Their 1:1 Repair Cream is specifically designed to help with sensitive areas like your face and neck. It also uses the whole plant profile to provide a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients. The Papa & Barkley 1:1 Repair Cream uses natural ingredients to help rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking healthy and youthful.

 

If you are looking for the perfect way to unwind after a long day, try a Kush Queen bath bomb. They describe their bath bombs as using “organic essential oils and cannabinoids to create effect-specific full-body experiences.” 

 

Vertly is another popular CBD beauty product brand that offers many things like face serums, bath salts, relief lotion, and even lip butter. Their lip butter includes full spectrum Hemp Extracts to help “you feel great knowing you’re absorbing a little bit of Hemp Extract with every swipe of Vertly on your lips.”

 

Are you someone who has uncomfortable dry skin? Cannuka CBD Healing Skin Balm might be the wonder balm you have been looking for. Cannuka’s blend of Manuka honey, CBD, and other natural ingredients create a calming and moisturizing protective layer for your skin. Add it in as part of your nightly routine or whenever you feel your skin is needing a little extra moisture. Cannuka also has other skincare products you can use alongside its healing balm that all contain CBD. From the Cannuka Hydrating Lip Balm to the Cannuka Harmonizing Face Cream, you can have your entire skincare routine include CBD for an overall calming feeling. While CBD beauty products are great for their calming effects, as we have discussed, they also include many other benefits for our skin. CBD is great for reducing inflammation which can cause dry skin, acne, and wrinkles. 

 

The next time you are shopping for new skincare products, want to try to heal your skin, or are just looking for a nice lotion for a calming nightly skincare routine, consider a product that contains CBD. 

 

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