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curious about cannabis?

 

We’re here to help. Our expert cultivators, manufacturers, budtenders and patient consultants have developed a helpful guide with everything you need to know – whether you just need help selecting the right product, or you’re interested in learning more about the science behind cannabis!

cannabis 101

Cannabis is a plant known for its psychoactive and therapeutic properties. Individuals turn to cannabis for relief from a variety of symptoms including pain, anxiety and insomnia, as well as for social and recreational purposes such as boosting creativity and enjoyment. Today, cannabis is legal for either medical or recreational use (or both) in the majority of states across the U.S.

 

The cannabis plant has three main types: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. Pure sativa plants tend to be taller, with slender leaves, while pure indica plants are shorter with broader leaves.

 

endocannabinoid system

 

The endocannabinoid system is a biological system responsible for regulating a number of biological functions related to pain, moods, appetite, energy levels, reproduction, sleep and more. The endocannabinoid system is present throughout humans’ bodies, from the immune cells in our bloodstream to the spinal cord to cells in our brain.

 

Our endocannabinoid system is comprised of a class of chemical compounds called endocannabinoids, the cannabinoid receptors that bind to them, and the enzymes that break down the endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoid receptors in our body are also capable of interacting with the exogenous cannabinoids that are produced by the cannabis plant, which is why we experience the psychoactive and therapeutic effects when consuming cannabis.

cannabinoids

 

Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds that are produced both by the human body, as well as the cannabis plant. Endocannabinoids are the compounds that are naturally produced by the human body, and bind to cannabinoid receptors. Exogenous cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids, are the compounds that occur naturally in the cannabis plant.

 

The two best-known phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant are THC and CBD. These bind to humans’ cannabinoid receptors to produce a myriad of effects, including relief from anxiety, pain and nausea.

 

terpenes

Terpenes are aromatic oils that provide the distinct fragrance and flavors of cannabis plants. Terpenes are formed inside trichomes – tiny resin sacks that give the appearance of crystalline structures on cannabis leaves. Together with cannabinoids, they create the unique effects of a given cannabis strain.

consumption methods

 

There are three primary ways to consume cannabis: inhalation, oral and topical. The right method for a particular user will depend on the form that they prefer, the desired effects, and the desired onset time.

edibles guide

Consumers or patients who prefer to ingest their cannabis without smoke have a number of tasty alternatives in the form of chocolates, nougats, gummies, candies, baked goods, cannabis spiked drinks, and more!

 

Because edibles are absorbed through the digestive track, they will have a slower onset effect compared to inhaled forms. An edible can take anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours to kick in, and effects may last anywhere from four to six hours.

for patients

 

Cannabis is legal and accessible for patients who live in states with medical cannabis programs. Requirements to participate in such programs vary among states; in certain states, patients may need to suffer from a specific qualifying condition to participate.

medical conditions

 

Patients in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania can take part in their state's medical cannabis program if they are recognized as suffering from a qualifying condition.