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What means of consumption is the best for me?

Cannabis Consumption Methods

What’s your favorite way to consume?

         There are many ways in which a person can consume cannabis: smoking, vaporizing, oral, sublingual, topical preparations. Each method has variables to consider and produces different effects. Additionally, depending on the manner of consumption, the amount of active ingredients needed to achieve the desired effect can vary from method to method.

            Smoking is probably the most common and popular method for consuming cannabis. The onset of effects are usually rapid, reaching peak effects in 3-10 minutes. THC is absorbed in the lungs and breaks the blood brain barrier there, and peak effects can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes or several hours depending on your level of tolerance. While smoking cannabis does carry with it the negative effects of breathing in burning material, it is still much different than smoking cigarettes. Studies have shown less incidence of lung cancer among cigarette smokers who also consume cannabis. Worth noting is 40% of the active ingredients in cannabis are lost in side stream, or combustion – a maximum of 27% remaining active ingredients can then be absorbed by the body. Meaning that 1gram of 10% THC would allow the patient to absorb up to 16.3 mg of THC.

Don't Forget the Terpenoids!

Don't Forget the Ternenoids

Don’t Forget the Terpenoids!

 

With medical cannabis gaining traction across the country, THC and CBD have been stealing the show – and they are certainly dazzling us. THC and CBD have so much medical efficacy that more people are turning away from their daily pharmaceuticals to discover what cannabis has to offer. Often forgotten in this mix are the Terpenoids.

Terpenoids are a class of chemical compounds that are used medically like alkaloids. Terpenes are hydrocarbons and terpenoids have been altered by oxidization. Although these terms are used interchangeably, a simple way to think of it is terpenes are wet, and terpenoids have been dried out. Unlike alkaloids their effects normally include low toxicity, lesser occurrence of side effects and are generally gentler on the patient.

Terpenoids are a large class of naturally occurring organic chemicals that come in thousands of variations. They contribute to scents, flavors and colors of plants; such as cinnamon and ginger. Many are valued for their herbal or medicinal properties as well as being anti-bacterial and providing analgesic effects; such as menthol, camphor, or eucalyptol. Allergic reaction to terpenoids or instances of intolerance are very uncommon. They are usually very compatible with cannabinoids, the “entourage effect” improves performance both directly and indirectly.

Is Medical Cannabis Right for me?

Medical cannabis

Is Medical Cannabis right for me?

 

As anecdotal and scientific information has begun to become more abundant and deliberated over, Medical Cannabis has been brought to the forefront of our daily lives. More and more states begin to legalize cannabis for medical use. We are up to 29 states and counting, many states have the proposition on their ballot for this coming year. A few have even taken the step and legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. So that breeds the question, Is Medical Cannabis right for me?

As much as I would like to say always 100% yes, the reality is that this is a medicine and should be considered in such a light. Frank and in-depth conversations should be had with a doctor knowledgeable in the cannabis field. These conversations are necessary to give a potential patient an understanding of how medical cannabis works, and what they can expect. You wouldn’t go to CVS and grab some Tylenol off the shelf and just start taking it willy nilly your first time. The same should be said of cannabis. While cannabis has rather innocuous side effects and has never been medically linked to any deaths, caution should still be advised. We wouldn’t want a new patient to over consume, not enjoy or get the relief they seek and then write medical cannabis off all together.

A quick intro to some common Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids

A quick intro to some common Cannabinoids

THC and CBD are the two most prominently discussed cannabinoids, but there are actually several more cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Many are still being discovered and researched. To name a few there are: CBG, THC, THCV, CBN, CBD, CBC. All of these cannabinoids start off in their acid form, ex: CBGA, THCA, CBDA, CBCA. It is not until the introduction of heat in a process called decarboxylation that we get the cannabinoids that we are most familiar. The acid forms of these cannabinoids do have medical value but we are going to primarily focus on the already decarboxylated versions in this article.

CBG aka Cannabigerol is the primary cannabinoid from which all others derive. It is the first neurogenic compound found in cannabis. (The plant first makes CBGA and then converts it to into other cannabinoids, the three major branches are THCA, CBDA, CBCA)

Some medical properties attributed to CBG are:

  • Non-Psycho active
  • Anti-fungal
  • Bone Stimulant
  • Anti-proliferative (CBG has been reported to inhibit the growth of human epithelial cancer tumors
  • Probably the most intriguing and important of compounds found in the plant
  • Strongly regenerative compared to other cannabinoids
  • Down regulates scar tissue
  • Likely insomnia treatment

THC aka Tetrahydrocannabinol is thought to be the most psychoactive of all the cannabinoids and is largely attributed to having many beneficial medicinal properties. (THCA and its derivatives are the 1st most major branch of cannabinoids)

Some medicinal properties attributed to THC are:

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