Think about your favorite strain of cannabis: what it smells like, how it tastes, what it’s effects are. What is it that makes it unique? We know that a wide variety of cannabinoids, particularly THC, are responsible for some of the more well known psychoactive effects you experience when consuming marijuana. What makes one strain different from another if they generally share the same cannabinoids? The answer is what gives all flowering plants their fragrance: terpenes.
If you’ve ever led an active lifestyle or have been in athletics, names such as Bengay or IcyHot are familiar staples in relieving soreness and aches after a workout or strenuous activity. If you haven’t heard of topicals that contain cannabis extracts you’re missing out on the best kept secret to all-natural pain relief.
Topicals that contain cannabis such as lotions or balms are non-psychoactive which is ideal for those who do not want to experience a “high” sensation. Cannabis derived topicals can take on several different forms and potencies depending on where you get them and how they are made (for an in depth look at how topicals work check out our blog). Cannabis topicals tend to be categorized by their cannabinoid content as either a THC extract, CBD extract, or a combination of both.
It has long been known that THC has analgesic properties.
Every year one in four Americans will develop acute insomnia (up to three months of symptoms) while 10-30% experience chronic insomnia. At least 36 states have medical marijuana programs, many of which list insomnia as a qualifying condition to become a patient. So how does cannabis help you sleep and why?
Every person has a sleep/wake cycle known as circadian rhythm. Studies have shown that “the endocannabinoid system is involved in the regulation of the circadian sleep-wake cycle, including the maintenance and promotion of sleep” (Bonn-Miller et al). When your sleep cycle is disrupted it throws the endocannabinoid system out of balance, which interferes with the normal operation of other systems. This can have an affect on mood, focus, and energy levels.
While THC is by far the most famous and well researched cannabinoid due to its psychoactive properties, it wouldn’t exist without it’s progenitor THCA . So what is the difference between THC and THCA and why aren’t there more concrete results on the effects of THCA?
Cannabis tinctures are a staple at modern provisioning centers but they are often the most misunderstood. The biggest advantage cannabis tincture has over other forms is that it’s a liquid, which allows for almost limitless possibilities. Tincture is often sugar free, fast-acting, and easy to titrate in small flexible doses. For more information on tincture itself check out our blog, Are Cannabis Tinctures Right for You?
While tincture has many benefits, one of the most common complaints is it’s taste as they are often made from alcohol or MCT oil. While some tinctures may not taste great on their own you can make a great tasting cannabis cocktail with your favorite flavors.