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CBD Ailment Guide

When you’re seeking relief from whatever ails your, refer to this CBD ailment guide before browsing a cannabis dispensary near you. CBD has been studied to provide profound effects concerning chronic pain, seizures, cancer, and many more life-altering issues. 

The Endocannabinoid System

A recent discovery regarding the biology of humans has been the endocannabinoid system. This system refers to the cannabinoids naturally found in the body and their interaction with cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) that are found in cannabis. This breakthrough discovery has lead to a better understanding of a system that plays an integral role in our overall health, motor skills, and memory. 

CBD is known to indirectly affect the CB2 and CB1 cannabinoid receptors, which are primarily responsible for the immune system, gastrointestinal tract, white blood cells, brain function, and other critical organs. It’s because of these indirect actions that we’re able to experience the beneficial effects of cannabidiol.

Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Neuropsychiatric disorders affect millions of individuals daily across the world. Examples of these disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, depression, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

These psychological phenomena are treated with a plethora of medications that create dependency and adverse effects. CBD has been extensively studied to reduce neuropsychiatric disorders in clinical trials effectively.[1]

Chronic Pain

This category includes arthritis, multiple sclerosis, headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, nerve damage, shingles, back pain, and gout. These pains affect a countless number of people and result in unnecessary suffering and dependency on addictive pharmaceutical drugs such as opioids.

CBD has been directly linked in the favorable treatment of chronic pains because of its anti-inflammatory analgesic properties. [2] CBD directly influences the TRPV (transient receptor vanilloid potential), which acts as a significant pain control system. Furthermore, the TRPV indirectly effects the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system to increase pain relief further.

Neurological Disorders

This category includes Alzheimer’s Disease, palsy, ALS, brain tumor, brain damage, Parkinson’s Disease, seizures, and other related syndromes. CBD has been studied for its benefits as a neuroprotectant, which prevents the degeneration of portions of the brain. While acting as a protectant, CBD enables enzymes to serve as regenerative properties to begin healing any damaged areas.[3]

Potential Side Effects

The side effects that are known through the use of CBD are limited to diarrhea, drowsiness, dry mouth, change in appetite, and a potential change in mood. As with any medication, if you find yourself feeling worse, you should cease taking CBD and consult your local doctor. Although these symptoms have not been reported en mass, they are still potential side effects that need to be taken seriously.

A New Horizon

CBD has unlocked a new door in the world of cannabis. Its wide host of benefits are known to the science community as therapeutic and medicinal. Speak to your local budtenders in a dispensary near you or consult your family physician before beginning any CBD-related medications. 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5938896/

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The Difference Between THC and CBD

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For those who are new to the vast world of cannabis, the differences between THC and CBD may not be apparent. Each compound is responsible for a widely different effect, and it’s necessary to understand the capabilities and limits of each. Join us as we mark the distinctive differences between THC and CBD.

THC

Tetrahydrocannabinol is the most widely recognized compound found in cannabis plants. Its popularity is due to its psychoactive effects that’s both its blessing and curse. Individuals flock to cannabis because they seek the mind and body numbing effects that THC gives. Alternatively, THC is the reason that the majority of countries in the world have classified it as a dangerous drug.

How THC Effects the Body

THC has been classified as a psychoactive drug for centuries, but the internal interactions have gone unknown until the recent discovery of the endocannabinoid system. This system is found across various animals, including humans, and it’s found mainly in the brain and lungs.

THC has been studied to directly interact with the endocannabinoid system, particularly the CB1 receptor in the brain. Since THC is a psychoactive chemical, researches felt that it made sense that it specifically was tied to the mind.

When you consume cannabis (via smoking or digesting), the THC makes its way to the endocannabinoid system. The THC overwhelms the receptors and neurotransmitters that are responsible for motor function, memory, judgment, and a host of other functions. This is why after consuming cannabis, you’re likely to have altered perspectives, decreased reflexes, and heightened body sensations.

THC’s effects are wide-ranging, from increased creativity to a lack of motivation. It also has medicinal effects as well, from pain relief to decreasing anxiety.

CBD

Cannabidiol is one of the 113 compounds found in cannabis. It was discovered in the 1940s but was relatively unknown until the last decade. Legalization has pushed further research on CBD, which has increased the use cases for this therapeutic cannabinoid.

CBD differs from THC drastically, namely that it’s not a psychoactive compound. This means that when you consume a CBD-only product, you won’t feel the “high” feeling that’s produced from THC. This makes CBD products incredibly beneficial for those that do not wish to feel the psychoactive effects.

CBD has seen broader acceptance compared to THC because it’s mainly used to combat illness, disease, chronic pains, and more. Rather than a recreational drug, CBD is hailed as alternative medicine.

How CBD Effects the Body

CBD effects your body differently than THC because it does not bind to either the CB1 or CB2 receptors directly. Rather, it’s been studied that CBD activates TRPV1 receptors that then indirectly affect the endocannabinoid system. TRPV1 receptors are associated with regulating temperature and pain within the body.

Although CBD does indirectly affect the CB1 receptor, it’s mainly recorded as interacting with the CB2 receptor which is responsible for diseases commonly found in humans. This is why CBD has been used in many research studies that alleviate symptoms from Alzheimer’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, epilepsy, neurological disorders, seizures, and many others.

Which is Right For You?

This is a question that only you can answer and depends on your needs. If you’re looking for a recreational experience, THC-rich cannabis may be right for you. If you find yourself seeking relief from a myriad of symptoms, then CBD-rich cannabis is the answer. It’s important to discuss your needs with your local dispensary to receive more information to set your mind at ease.

The Medicine Box Cannabis Dispensary in Kanesatake (Oka) carries a variety of products with THC and CBD in them. Some products have just CBD in them, while others have just THC in them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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The Many Roles of Terpenes

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Terpenes are organic compounds that are found across many plant species and play a wide variety of roles. Whether they act as a stimulant, attractant, or deterrent; these beneficial compounds are crucial to the survival of cannabis plants. Although we don’t see terpenes for their role in cannabis on an evolutionary level, we do appreciate them for their role in providing incredible aromas, mouthwatering flavors, and potentially medicinal effects.

Common Terpenes Found in Cannabis and Their Function

First, let’s look into which terpenes are commonly found in cannabis and other plants.

● Pinene

● Limonene

● Myrcene

● Linalool

● Caryophyllene

● Ocimene

● Humulene

Pinene

Pinene is responsible for the pine aroma routinely found in cannabis strains. Unsurprisingly it’s located in pine needles, rosemary, dill, and other aromatic herbs. Pinene is thought to be responsible for acute awareness and memory retention. Its medicinal benefits are related to reducing asthma, inflammation, and cancer cells.

Limonene

When you begin peeling the skin from citrus fruit, do you notice the smell that it emits? The terpene that’s responsible for this bitter and pungent aroma is limonene. It’s typically found on the fruit skin, peppermint, and other herbs.

Researchers have found that limonene is capable of elevating your mood and reducing stress. Medicinal benefits attributed to limonene is the reduction of inflammation, anxiety, and depression.

Myrcene

Myrcene is a terpene that’s commonly found in indica strains, and they are potentially the cause of the “couchlock” effect. Although THC plays an active role in inducing a stoned feeling, myrcene is thought to be the reason why users become immobilized when consuming a large amount of this compound.

Myrcene is commonly found in lemongrass, hops, and mangos. It’s been studied to leave users in a profoundly relaxed state. Medically, it’s known for reducing insomnia and as its role as an antioxidant.

Linalool

When shopping for relaxing natural oils, teas, or soaps, most usually contain lavender. Linalool is the organic compound responsible for the scent that flows out of lavender plants, as well as cannabis. Due to its sedative nature, linalool provides cannabis users with a profoundly relaxing effect.

Linalool has been studied for its use in neurological diseases, insomnia, and in reducing anxiety.

Caryophyllene

Now we’re getting to the spice section. Most pepper plants contain caryophyllene, which is a natural component of cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. This compound is a natural insect repellent, but it also is known for its stress reducing properties. Research is ongoing regarding caryophyllene, but it’s been studied to reduce ulcers and treat chronic pain symptoms.

Humulene

Did you know that hops and cannabis are related? Then it shouldn’t be a surprise that hops and cannabis both share this compound. Known for its “hoppy” flavor, humulene is known for its anti-inflammatory potential.

Ocimene

Ocimene is an extremely volatile organic compound that’s found on mint, basil, and parsley. It plays a host of medicinal roles, such as fighting against bacteria, viruses, and fungus. This means that Ocimene is an antiseptic, which can clean wounds to prevent infection.

Terpene’s Significant Role

As you can see, terpenes aren’t merely responsible for the aroma and flavor of cannabis, but also play specific roles in the effects that we feel when consuming marijuana-based products. As legalization allows for more in-depth studies, terpenes will be better understood very soon.

The trend of cannabis dispensaries offering high terpene content products is beginning to take hold, so you’re more than likely able to find these flavorful compounds in abundance at a medical or recreational marijuana dispensary near you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]