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The basics of cannabis and the benefits

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If you are reading this article, I’m assuming you are interested in cannabis to improve your life or help alleviate a chronic issue. Millions of people use marijuana to relieve pain, treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and get them through the workday. No matter the reasoning, cannabis has a myriad of health benefits. I highly encourage everyone to experiment with distinct strains and find their preferred routine. I’ll cover self-care routines in the next few weeks, but until then, let’s cover the basics of reefer. Today, I will cover the three strains of cannabis, different consumption methods, and the benefits of the sticky-icky. 

Strains

After “What’s the THC percentage,” the most asked question in every dispensary is “What’s the difference between sativa and indica?” Everyone uses cannabis for different reasons. The best way to decide on the strain is to ask yourself, “What am I trying to do?”

Sativa

Traditionally, sativa strains create an energizing, creative head high that reduces anxiety and stress. Sativa is the go-to strain for wake and bakers and daytime explorers. I recommend sativa for those who lack focus or want to enhance their hikes. 

Indica

Indica strains are notorious for their full-body highs that promote relaxation and sleep. A favorite for insomniacs and workaholics, I recommend indica for lounging, watching movies, and sleeping.

Hybrid

Are you craving a pleasant body buzz with a bit of euphoria? If so, you’re going to want to play with a few different hybrids. Do some research when experimenting with various hybrids. Some may have more sativa or indica qualities than you would prefer. 

*Pro-tip, don’t commit to anything over an eighth until you are sure you love it. No one wants an ounce of something they hate. TRUST ME! Also, the best way to remember the difference between sativa and indica is that indica will have you in da couch*

Consumption Methods

Joints, bongs, gummies, and tonics are options for those looking for relief. Let’s take a closer look at all the options out there.

Smoke

Smoking is easily the most popular way to consume nature’s medicine. Smoking has been the preferred consumption method for stoners since the beginning of time. While not the healthiest, smoking provides almost immediate relief and is how most users enjoy their trees while socializing. Trees aren’t the only thing burning now. Users can smoke just about anything due to the strides made in recent decades. 

  • Flower: The beautiful buds that everyone sees whenever they visit a dispensary or bought out of a sandwich bag back when it was illegal. With the help of a grinder or broken down by hand (if you’re a caveman), flower is rolled into joints, blunts, and stuffed in bowls, bongs, and vaporizers.
  • Concentrates: Commonly referenced as shatter, wax, and butter, concentrates are made by isolating the desired components of the plant. Concentrates are not for beginners. Wax is far more potent than flower and can have THC > 90%. Vape pens and dab rigs are the preferred smoking tools for concentrate users.  
  • Vapes: Easily the most popular way to smoke now, vaporizers are generally portable handheld devices that vaporize cannabis products. 
    • Vaping heats the flower or concentrates to a range that releases the cannabinoids of the product without causing combustion. This range is typically between 180 and 190 degrees Celsius. 
    • Smoking/Combustion burns the product and produces significantly more carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). 
** Pro-tip, Once again, smoking is bad for you mm-kay. While vaping is healthier than smoking, long-term research still needs to be done before anyone will officially sign off on that statement. **

Edibles

Long gone are the days of “special brownies” and “cookies.” Stoners worldwide have virtually every food, drink, and candy at their disposal. THC is fat-soluble, meaning that we can add it to almost anything. I have a nice jar of cannabis-infused coconut oil for various recipes. Check out Cannigma’s cookbook for some beginner-friendly recipes.

  • Tinctures: Typically placed under the tongue, tinctures are liquid-dosed marijuana extract. Tinctures are the fastest acting edible because they don’t have to go through the liver. A few drops go a long way, so be careful. 

Topicals

Topicals are cannabis-infused items that are absorbed by the skin. The most popular topicals are pain creams, lotions, balms, and patches. Topicals are custom made for anyone with fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic conditions. Fun fact, this is the only way I have ever gotten my mom to try anything cannabis-related. 

The Benefits of Cannabis Use 

As mentioned earlier in this article, the green ganja has so many benefits that I can’t even begin to name them all. However, I still encourage everyone to find their personalized self-care routine to optimize their marijuana usage. 

Physical

Full-disclosure I’m a certified fitness trainer and health coach. I got into cannabis for its anti-inflammatory and full-body properties. That’s why I primarily stick with indica. Weed helps reduce soreness, promotes sleep, and promotes a restful mind. Keep in mind that all of this is dependent on the strain and its effect on you. For instance, I know people who smoke before their workouts and games to help them concentrate (sativa). That’s the beauty of cannabis. There is most certainly a strain out there for everyone. 

Mental/Emotional

Stress is the first cousin of most Americans, and Mary Jane is the aunt you call to take their ass home when you are tired of dealing with them. Widely used to reduce stress, cannabis can also combat depression and anxiety. 

*** Pro-tip, mental illnesses like depression and anxiety are more likely to become chronic mental illnesses if ignored. Develop a self-care routine with your cannabis and engage in activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle. ***

Conclusion

If you feel like there’s still so much you don’t know, you are correct. The world of cannabis is full of various strains, consumption methods, and benefits:

  1. There are three dominant types of strains. Sativa dominant strains are ideal for hiking and office work. At the same time, indica is excellent for getting stoned on the couch and watching silly movies.
  2. There are numerous ways to consume reefer. Smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures, and topical creams are the methods you’ll most likely see.
  3. The benefits of cannabis range from chronic pain relief to treating mental illnesses like anxiety. 

I’m glad you’ve decided to start living the life you want and do what is best for your health. You have everything you need to go out and start experimenting with the products that are best for you. Find a trusted dispensary near you and come back, and I’ll help you develop a self-care routine. 

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