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What is CBN? Cannabinoids Offer Benefits Beyond the “High”

What is CBN?

CBN is short for “cannabinol.” It’s a cannabinoid that hasn’t been researched nearly as rigorously as CBD, THC, or even some terpenes. Cannabinoids are chemicals found within cannabis, that have various benefits within the body’s endocannabinoid system when released. By recent count, cannabis has more than 100 different cannabinoids. CBN was the first cannabinoid to be identified by scientists. As with all things emerging in cannabis, researchers are conducting and mining studies to reveal more concrete claims about the benefits of CBN.

CBN is a non-intoxicating compound (it’s non-psychoactive and won’t get you high). CBN is created when THC ages. In particular, it’s created when THC-A oxidizes. With heat or exposure to oxygen, the cannabinoid THC converts to CBN. For that reason, it’s usually present in high amounts in older cannabis. While this might be a turn-off for some, others seek out older cannabis just to enjoy the effects of CBN.Cannabinol cell structure

It can be used effectively as a sleep aid or sedative. This cannabinoid has also been shown to help regulate the immune system and works to relieve pain and inflammation caused by conditions including arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

The leading benefits of CBN are:

Neuroprotectant
CBN may be a powerful neuroprotectant, meaning it helps to preserve functional structure of our neurons. Our nervous system relies on this. In one rodent study, researchers used CBN as a treatment for ALS and found that it was able to delay the onset of the condition. While human studies need to be done, this suggests that CBN may provide a powerful tool in the fight against ALS and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Pain Relief
Research shows that CBN has analgesic or pain-reliever capabilities in the body. CBN influences the activity of neurons that are sensitive to capsaicin. Capsaicin is naturally occurring in chili peppers – it’s the compound that gives it the spicy kick. Capsaicin is also an ingredient that is added to many topical pain relievers. Because CBN interacts with the neurons that are sensitive to capsaicin in our bodies, it also affects how we feel and experience pain.

Appetite Stimulant
This is one area where CBN is very different from CBD. While CBD has appetite suppressing effects, CBN stimulates the appetite. This makes CBN a therapeutic option to those who struggle to maintain an appetite because of another illness, like cancer or its treatment.

These are just a few of the benefits of CBN. there are many more to be revealed with research and studies. There are several products on the market that have isolated CBN that can be consumed orally, smoked, or applied topically. Come visit our Oakland location and ask our trained Experience Guides for their recommendations!

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The History and Beginnings of Cannabis Prohibition.

The History and Beginnings of Cannabis Prohibition.

Government controls over the production of cannabis and hemp date way, way back. With a history that’s decades long, let’s take a look at how the cannabis plant continues to thrive despite contraction and expansion of its legality over time.

Hemp

There is evidence that George Washington grew hemp in abundance. In a journal entry on August 7, 1765 he wrote that he “began to separate the male from the female hemp”. Hemp was basically a cash crop, and had tremendous value for several industrial applications, such as making rope, creating canvas and being spun into clothing.

Hemp was so prevalent that a law passed by the Virginia Assembly in 1619 required every farmer to grow it. Hemp was also permitted to be exchanged as legal tender in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland at that time. Finally, Oil from hemp seeds was used to create things like paints and varnishes as well. Hemp was as prevalent as wiping that sweat off your brow on a summer’s day.

Let’s pause on this for a moment. There was a time in US history where hemp was so recognized as a positive influence and accepted that the government REQUIRED people to grow it. Contrast that with today, where this plant is HEAVILY controlled.

What does it say about us as a society, whose policies shift with demands of war? Restricting the production of a naturally-occurring plant for misguided reasons is both limiting and sacrilege to the plant. Cannabis has so many positive applications that limiting it would be, and has been a damn shame.

Cannabis Prohibition and Legality

The history of Cannabis Prohibition

Hemp and marijuana are distinct varieties of the cannabis plant. Throughout history, the government went through phases of distinguishing this difference. Increased restrictions and labeling of cannabis as a poison began in 1906 onward, and outright prohibitions began in the 1920s. By the mid-1930s cannabis was regulated as a drug in every state. In 1970, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) officially classified hemp as an illegal Schedule I drug, which led to strict regulations imposed on the cultivation of all cannabis plants, which includes industrial hemp and marijuana.

In 1972 the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) petitioned the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) (now the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)) to transfer cannabis to Schedule II so that it could be legally prescribed by physicians. The BNDD declined to initiate proceedings on the basis of their interpretation of U.S. treaty commitments. To this day, cannabis is a Schedule I drug under federal law, which means it’s in the same classification as heroin. The scheduling system is based on a drug’s potential for abuse and its medical value. As a Schedule I drug, the federal government does not recognize medicinal qualities of cannabis. We know this can be infuriating.

The practices that began in the 30’s of criminalizing cannabis led to what’s happening in present-day with the War on Drugs. A black person is six times more likely as a white person to be arrested for marijuana possession. Reaganomics, alone, heavily targeted communities of color in ways that increased the stigma and fear around the plant due to biased policing and fallacies that were spread upon the masses.

Remember how Virgina state law required all farmers to grow hemp? Imagine what would have happened if the Emancipation Proclamation had enabled black-and-brown people to farm their own land under that law? The answer is as crazy back then as it is today. The effect is the criminalization of cannabis has and continues to separate and divide, when the culture of growing and consuming cannabis brings people together for relief, restoration and abundance. It’s a damn shame.

We all see hope in the future as politicians duke it out for presidency. While we don’t endorse any particular candidate, we do hear strong statements from hopefuls like Bernie Sanders who said: “Let me ask you all a question: how many folks here know somebody who was arrested for possession of marijuana? We’re going to move to expunge the records of those arrested for marijuana.” “It just so happens that with an executive order, a president can make marijuana legal in every state in this country.”

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What’s Up With THCA & What does THCA heal?

What’s Up With THCA?

We get high on THC but not THCA. One letter makes all the difference. Unlike THC, THCA is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in raw and live cannabis. As the plant dries, THCA slowly converts to THC.

THCA stands for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) and is the non-psychoactive acid form of THC found in the plant when raw. THCA converts to THC (the cannabinoid that gets you high) when it is decarboxylated. Decarboxylation is the process that heats the cannabis to expedite its conversion. This is the process that happens when you smoke or vaporize flower. It can also happen when you expose THCA to heat or sunlight.

THCA is the acidic form of THC as they share a very similar molecular composition. The differentiation is due to an additional carboxyl group in THCA. In its raw form, THCA’s prevalence in the cannabis plant has several therapeutic and healing applications. It’s particularly attractive for some due to its non-psychoactive nature.

So, why exactly does THC get us high and THCA does not? The reason is because of the 3 dimensional shape of the THCA molecule.

What does THCA heal?

While there isn’t enough research on THCA to definitively and scientifically claim its benefits studies have shown that it has anti-inflammatory properties for treating arthritis, lupus, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, pain, and auto-immune conditions. It’s also an effective neuroprotectant which can be beneficial in the treatment of such conditions as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

In fact, a July 2017 study observed THCA to hold stronger anti-inflammatory properties than CBD, which is pretty astonishing, considering how CBD is the breakout cannabinoid star and taking the mainstream by storm. 

THCA may be found in topicals, tinctures, capsules and raw cannabis juice. As such, the most direct form of consuming is via ingestion. Check out what’s currently in stock at ECO to see what’s the best option for you. Of course, our resident weed nerds are always available for you at our shop.

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What Do Wine And Weed Have In Common? More Than You Think.

What Do Wine And Weed Have In Common? More Than You Think.

After a long day, what’s better than a glass of wine or a joint — or BOTH. The truth is, weed and wine have more in common that most of us think. For starters, they are both relaxants, which is why we reach for them at the end of a full day. Wine contains plant compounds that affect the kind of enzymes that controls stress in the brain. Not to mention, alcohol in general has an impact on our central nervous systems. One of the effects of weed is on the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is associated with anxiety and PTSD.

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They both feature aromatic compounds from seed and plant cultivation. For weed, the flavors are largely affected by the terpenes. Terpenes are source for the unique flavor profiles of various strains of cannabis. The scent of these can be smelled and activated when you break apart cannabis flower (between your hands or in a grinder). This releases the terpenes.

The final results of both wine and weed are highly dependent on the special characteristics of plant growth. There is a concept in the wine world called “terroir.” You have heard this before. This is all about the geography, climate and geology of where it is grown. This also has to do with the sunlight, soil and water that contribute to the flavors and aromas of the wine (and cannabis too!) It’s why wine from Italy is priced differently from wine from Wyoming. Many cannabis connoisseurs believe that “terroir” applies just as much to cannabis as it does to wine.

When you break down some of the biggest contributors to wine and weed quality. They are largely the same. The quality of the final product is highly susceptible to the environment.

Soil

Soil affects how the grape ripens, and there are decades of research that delve into the science and chemistry behind what types of soil produce the best environment for the grapes to grow. The dust levels, relative wetness or dryness of the soil affect how the plant absorbs the essential nutrients. The same is true for cannabis. Cannabis cultivators each have their specific preferences of soil mixtures, potting techniques and how to arrange the plants in a room. The details and inputs are endless!

Temperature

Perhaps the biggest difference between growing grapes and cannabis is that cannabis can be grown both indoor and outdoor. Whereas, grapes for wine are (for the most part) all grown outdoors. This means Mother Nature plays a big role in determining the quality of the crop.

Light

Of course, we all know that plants need natural sunlight to grow. Is anyone else thinking back to a visit to the Science Center as children, or with children? The basics of plant growth remain the same. Both grapes and cannabis need light to grow. With indoor-grown cannabis, there are specific elements that the grower can control. It really is fascinating, and we have previously written about the differences between indoor vs outdoor grown cannabis.

As a society, weed and wine have been around for millennia. Both alcohol and cannabis also had eras of acceptance and prohibition. Perhaps the most common thing between weed and wine is that consumers begin to shop and consume specific strains of cannabis plant, or specific types of grape, because of a taste preference. Do you like bold flavors? You’re likely into Cab’s. Do you like a lot of gas in your weed? You probably like the OG strain(s). Whichever one you reach for more, and for whatever reason, it is a really wonderful thing to have options for relief and relaxation. Of course, we’re a little biased towards weed, but we’re glad you have the choice.

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What’s the deal with CBD?

What’s the Deal with CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, and is most commonly extracted from hemp, but can also come from the marijuana plant. It has a chemical cousin, THC, which we know to produce a high when smoked or consumed.

Both CBD and THC are both compounds found in cannabis that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The effects of cannabis happen as a result of the specific receptors in the body attaching to specific receptors in the body.

The 2 Cannabinoid Receptors.

There are 2 main types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 cannabinoid receptors are found abundantly in the brain. These receptors mainly deal with coordination, movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, memories, among other important functions.

CB2 cannabinoid receptors are found in fewer quantities and mostly reside in the human immune system. They regulate inflammation and pain.

CBD works by directing the body to use more of its own locally sourced endocannabinoids — after all, they already do so much!

How to Safely Shop and Find CBD:

CBD is much looser regulations than cannabis and THC. Not all states require CBD manufacturers to accurately label their products. This should give the average consumer reason to be skeptical.

The source of your CBD matters because heavy metals and other contaminants might be used in manufacturing and subsequently found in the final product. A note to also add is the difference between “full spectrum” and “broad spectrum”. Whenever possible, opt for the more narrow one. In this case, “broad” is more narrow than “full”. The spectrum in these phrases refer to the percentage distribution of cannabinoids in the product (which includes CBD and THC). Generally, a broad spectrum CBD oil will contain less THC than the more inclusive full spectrum CBD.

Go to your local cannabis dispensary and talk to the staff who work there. Cannabis dispensaries are regulated and licensed by city, state and federal laws — making that the safest source for your CBD to date.

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Indoor Vs. Outdoor for Potency, Terpenes and Flavor

Indoor Vs. Outdoor

Nowadays, “outdoor” has been given the new name “sungrown”, which isn’t untrue. Most people have a strong preference for weed grown indoors, while others prefer the subtleties and flavor of outdoor-grown weed.

We have heard recently from one of our partners, founders of Kamatree whose entire line is sungrown (outdoor) cannabis. One of the founders, Tomas says he had a “sustainable awakening” when he grew identical clones – one indoor, and one outdoor. The difference was night and day. He found that the complexity and depth of terpenes on the sun-grown plant made the indoor smell like cardboard (relatively speaking, of course). One of the biggest attraction is that sun-grown has a much smaller carbon footprint.

The biggest noticeable difference between indoor and outdoor grown cannabis is the visual appearance and the smell. Because the plant grown outdoors must withstand the elements, like wind, rain, sunlight and moonlight, the buds tend to have a more weathered appearance. It also tends to look darker, feel lighter and more loosely packed compared to indoor. Some cannaseurs believe that properly grown outdoor bud has subtleties in the flavor that can’t be matched by indoor-grown, which sometimes can taste like the fertilizer with which it was grown.

Plants grown indoors use artificial light in a completely closed environment. The conditions for plant growth are 100% controlled. All of this directly affects the strain’s inherent ability to properly express its desired traits, where some traits are suppressed and others exaggerated.

Whereas bud grown indoors gives growers complete control of the entire production process, including room temperature and air circulation. For the discriminating cannabis user with a sensitive palate, these factors might be very important to you.

So, Which Is Better Indoor or Outdoor Cannabis?

Simple answer: try both, and decide for yourself. Potency doesn’t really vary between indoor and outdoor, so it mostly boils down to personal preference. Do you like strong-smelling bud with a gorgeous coat of sugary crystals? Indoor is probably for you. For those of you who like a sustainable product with subtle flavors? You can come in to the ECO shop to ask one of us to recommend an outdoor-grown strain.

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How I Became My Daughter’s Drug Dealer

how marijuana thc edibles and cannabidiol cbd gummies can help for treating anxiety and depression

How I Became My Child’s Drug Dealer

By Julia Bailey

Before you report me, let me explain . . . 

When my daughter went off to college, her anxiety, which she had been managing well for years, erupted like a mushroom cloud. I was proud of her for facing it head on by visiting the student health center, updating her anxiety treatment, trying acupuncture, doing yoga, and finally, keeping a stash of weed at the ready. She explained to me how it helped when she felt panic attacks coming on, and for unwinding after classes and studying were done for the day. Also, let’s be honest, marijuana came in handy for partying and hanging out with friends.

They’re saying now that anxiety is an epidemic with children, especially when they leave the nest. Studies show that campus rates of moderate to severe anxiety rose from 17.9% in 2013 to 34.4% in 2018. Do we blame screens? Social media? Increased scheduling and competition? Over parenting? I say probably all of the above. It’s a crazy, crazy world they are growing up in, and thanks to hyper-connectivity, they know all about it in real-time. For my daughter, her anxiety symptoms have always been linked with her ADHD. Weed helped her with that too.

When I found out how much she was relying on cannabis for anxiety, and how much it she said it was helping her, I decided to learn more about this stuff I grew up thinking was just-plain wrong. Luckily, I have a friend and neighbor who is a cannabis expert and soon-to-be-published author on the subject. Penny grows towering cannabis plants in her lovely, little backyard and makes her own tinctures, salves, and teas from the harvest. She and her business partner, Kaisha, a cannabis writer and historian, host workshops in the East Bay. That’s where my education began.

At one of their Let’s Sesh Workshops, I learned about the long history of cannabis, the criminalization, the legal aspects today, but my biggest take-way was that cannabis truly is a medicine, and my daughter’s self medication with it is a good thing. Well, mostly a good thing. She was buying it from a friend she trusted but still had no idea what was in it and where it came from, and she probably wasn’t using the cannabis strain that could really help her.

Most people have heard about Indica and Sativa. Indica is the short, bushy, sturdy plant with wide leaves that treats things like insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety symptoms, and loss of appetite. Sativa is the taller, tree-like plant with thin leaves that is stimulating, increases creativity, lack of focus, depression, and fatigue. These two monikers are broad strokes and some say dubious distinctions. Penny broke down the science even more. We got into the cannabinoids and terpenes in a very granular way. 

In short, the most common cannabinoids are THC, which get you “high” and usually is invited to the party. Then there is CBD, which is used for the health and therapeutic benefits, and is getting prescribed more and more these days. My parents are even talking about CBD. The truth is that THC and CBD work really well together, synergistically, like ying and yang. At a dispensary, look for a 1:1 ratio to find this pairing. When looking for cannabis products and strains, it’s all about the ratios:

0:1—All THC, no CBD, so likely to intoxicate and cause euphoria. 

1:1—Calming, effective for pain, sleep, and inflammation. Excellent all purpose help.

1:0—All CBD, no THC. Anti-anxiety. Zero high.

So my daughter was probably using 0:1 off the street or something close to that, even though she would get better and more long-lasting results results from something in the 1:1 to 1:0 range. The only way to really know is to go to a reputable dispensary. Even getting CBD at your local pharmacy isn’t a good idea because it’s not currently regulated. So after the workshop, we all went on a “field trip” to ECO (Equity|Cannabis|Oakland) where a friendly and knowledgeable “Budtender” helped me pick out my daughter’s birthday present. Also, I may have picked up a few goodies for myself as well.

I’m not suggesting you all go out and buy weed for young kiddos. It’s not good for developing brains. However, I would recommend that you talk to your children about the real facts about marijuana before they head off into the world. Packing a tincture, tea, balm, or even some CBD-rich pre rolls in their duffel before you drop them off at the dorm will not make you a bad parent, just a realistic and well-informed one,

My daughter was thrilled with her gifts, and after a few weeks, she let me know how much the CBD Selfies were helping and asked for more. I took the opportunity to tell her more about what I have been learning, and recommended a CBD/THCA tincture for her to try and she said, “Never thought the day would come when you know more about this stuff than me.”

So, you know, technically I AM her drug dealer, but I prefer to look at it as me trying to provide another safe and effective medical solution for her anxiety.

Once again, welcome to Eco Cannabis. If you liked reading about how marijuana (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) can help for treating anxiety and depression

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Why Are More Older People Using Cannabis?

The rumor that more older people are using cannabis is true. That’s according to a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence in 2018 that suggests increasing numbers of middle-aged and older adults are using cannabis.

Based on data gathered in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2015 and 2016, researchers found that about 9 percent of U.S. adults between ages 50 and 64 used marijuana in the previous year and 3 percent of people over 65 used the drug in that same time period. That’s up from 2013 when the same survey reported that 7 percent of middle-aged Americans used marijuana in the previous year, and only 1.4 percent of people over 65.

And it doesn’t seem to be once or twice. Study authors found that because 5.7 percent of middle-aged respondents said they’d tried it in the past month, it’s likely they’re also a group who uses cannabis often.

Why Are Older Americans Using Cannabis?

Older Americans are using cannabis for the same reasons everyone else is: because it’s enjoyable or to self-medicate.

In regards to medical uses, another 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society (JAGS) found that the most common reasons were pain (64 percent), sleep (38 percent), anxiety (24 percent), depression (22 percent), and appetite stimulation (18 percent).

Why Now?

older americans using cannabis edibles

The United States is experiencing a dramatic increase in the acceptance of cannabis use. This is occurring at the same time that our elderly population is increasing. Indeed, Baby Boomers have higher rates of substance use compared to any previous generation.

And cannabis is also more available. A 2015 study using the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions showed that the prevalence of cannabis use more than doubled from 2001–02 to 2012–13.

What Are Older People Consuming?

buds on oil

The study published in JAGS found that the older American who uses cannabis seems to favor edibles (42 percent), more than smoking (29 percent). Respiratory issues associated with age may be one reason smoking is not as popular. Lotions and oils were also favorites among respondents.

Dr. Benjamin Han, an assistant professor of internal medicine at New York University School of Medicine and lead author of the study that analyzed NSDUH data, warned that baby boomers who’ve had prior experience with marijuana shouldn’t necessarily use the same amount that they did when they were young. The potency of today’s cannabis is a lot higher than in the 60s and 70s and their ability to metabolize the drug is likely different. As Han put it, “A smaller amount is going to hit you a lot harder when you’re older.”

Cannabis has a lot to offer, so it’s no surprise that as the stigma recedes, more Americans are turning to it to help them cope with a variety of ailment or for pleasure. If you’re new to cannabis, there are plenty of resources available to help you —including our skilled Experience Guides at our Oakland Dispensary. Stop by for help picking the perfect cannabis products for your goals.

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Terpene Profiles: Linalool, Cannabis’s Stress-Fighting Medicine

Terpenes aren’t the only plant compounds found in the cannabis plant, nor are they the only “active ingredients” contained in this incredible and unique botanical family. But here at ECO Cannabis, we believe they’re one of the most important determinants of a particular cannabis plant’s essential character.

Linalool person with bud in hand

Not only do terpenes give each of those plants its distinctive flavor and aroma, but all those terpenes—there are over 200 of them!—have medical attributes as well, bringing their own unique healing to the table, both alone and in collaboration with others.

One of the most important and effective of these is linalool, the focus of today’s post. In addition to being—let’s just face it—kind of fun to say out loud a bunch of times, linalool has powerful stress-fighting characteristics, a quality also evident in another plant in which it occurs: Lavender. Let’s learn a bit more about this very distinctive, complex, and floral terpene!

Linalool and lavender

What Does Linalool Do For Us?

We humans have known since ancient times that inhaling the scent of lavender, a unique and uniquely beautiful herb native to the Mediterranean region—and an essential ingredient in the southern French herb blend Herbes de Provence—has a marked and calming effect.

And we’re not the only animals to experience this. A rodent-based study found that even rats benefit from linalool’s stress-reducing qualities.

We already accumulate linalool from other sources, such as food. Even those who abstain from cannabis typically consume about two grams a year. There’s no harm in this; linalool dissipates relatively quickly and unlike cannabinoids, isn’t stored in our fatty tissues.

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In addition to reducing stress, linalool has other real-world applications such as:

Anti-Depressant: Stress and depression are closely related, and in another rodent-based study, researchers found that the terpene helped mice reduce depression-like behavioral signifiers and pushed them to continue trying to escape otherwise threatening or fatal situations in which they were placed (like forced swimming).

Anti-Microbial: Like some other terpenes, linalool has the potential to fight infections, an especially important use in an era of otherwise drug-resistant microbes.

Pain Relief: Linalool exhibits a wide range of effects on our central nervous system, helping regulate brain chemicals such as adenosine and glutamate. But in one particularly fascinating study, patients who had recently undergone gastric banding surgery demonstrated a marked decrease in their reliance on opioid painkillers.

How to Get Linalool from Cannabis

Linalool medical professional looking at bud

Linalool is one of the “primary terpenes,” and it’s highly abundant in cannabis. A distinct lavender-like scent is a good tip-off to a high linalool content. Strains that feature linalool include:

Lavender: No surprise a strain named after nature’s most recognizable source of linalool would contain a hefty dose of it! Lavender is highly relaxing, with moderate sleepy and euphoric effects as well.

LA Confidential: Another calming and often sleepy-feeling strain, like Lavender, it’s savored as a highly relaxing experience and a strong pain-fighter as well.

Amnesia Haze: As the name suggests, this strain may inspire deep forgetfulness! With a notably euphoric onset, the generally happy, uplifted and relaxed effects make this a venerable and well-loved cannabis strain.

Ready to experience the benefits of terpenes? Stop by our Oakland dispensary. Our Experience Guides will help you find the best products for the effects you want!

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Incorporating Cannabis For Wellness into Your Self-Care Routine

Because developments in the cannabis world move with such speed, it’s easy to forget that seemingly just a few years ago, cannabis use was portrayed as the antithesis of a healthy, active, and engaged lifestyle. Things are different now, and we’re grateful. We’re strong believers in the use of cannabis for wellness, whether it’s to deepen into physical practices like yoga, soothe the everyday aches and strains that are the cost of inhabiting a body, or to manage more chronic symptoms and conditions.

Cannabis for wellness topical balm

However you choose to incorporate cannabis into your life, we encourage you to do so with deliberate forethought and clear intentions. In our experience, that’s the best way to access the many benefits the cannabis plant offers our bodies and our minds.

To High or Not to High?

Perhaps the most important question to address when considering cannabis for wellness is psychoactivity. Many of us find being high excessively distracting and an impediment to activities like maintaining a productive work life, and even to connecting with others.

Cannabis for wellness joint and bud in hand

That’s one reason that interest in CBD—the cannabis plant’s second most abundant cannabinoid—is surging. Unlike THC, CBD isn’t psychoactive, and it’s associated with a slew of beneficial effects, including:

  • Effectively fighting pain

  • Easing anxiety and depression

  • Addressing symptoms of conditions including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and others

If you find the psychoactivity of THC a detriment, we suggest asking your Experience Guide about high-CBD cannabis strains. They’re an increasingly popular way to access cannabis’ benefits with reduced or negligible psychoactivity.

Anxiety: The Sleeping Dragon

Whether they’re aware of it or not, many people develop a self-care practice in response to anxiety. And while the excess psychoactivity we referenced above is often cited as a cause of anxiety, lower-THC strains and products are often cited as safe, gentle, and sustainable responses to anxiety.

A Plant for Everyone, but Especially Women

The cannabis plant has countless applications for the human body, but as you’ve no doubt noticed, it doesn’t affect everyone the same way. And it turns out that it may have a special role to play in women’s health and wellness.

Cannabis for wellness, woman smoking a joint

In a survey of more than 1,000 women, BDS Analytics found some broad themes in the reasons women turn to cannabis for wellness:

  • 40% of respondents use cannabis to manage mood swings brought on by menstruation, menopause, or mental health concerns

  • 39% use cannabis to provide relief from premenstrual pain and cramps

  • 35% of menopausal women used cannabis to improve their sleep

  • 32% of menopausal women used cannabis for other symptoms

  • 27% of women use cannabis to enhance their sex life

Wrapping It Up

However you’re incorporating cannabis for wellness into your life, we recommend you start with the lowest useful amount possible. You can always up your dosage later, but by starting slow you’ll be better able to monitor its effect on your body and your mind. And as you already know: Being aware of your body in the present moment is perhaps the very definition of mindfulness.

There’s a lot we haven’t touched on, including the powerful potential of specific terpenes, or fragrant essential oils specific to different strains of cannabis.

Whatever your goals, we’re ready to help. Check out our dispensary online menu or stop by our Oakland Dispensary for high-quality products well-suited for your wellness needs.