Not all cannabis resembles another in every respect. There are different strains of cannabis, which are diverse breeds, and each produces different effects and can be used for various reasons. Perhaps you will likely see words like Indica, Sativa, and hybrid when you go to a dispensary. Conventionally, most people categorize marijuana into those three.
Indica induces profound relaxation effects on the user
It is usually linked with more bodily sensations and is typically used for nighttime. It is useful in increasing appetite and reducing nausea and pain. Sativa has a more stimulating energizing effect. It gives off an uplifting feeling that is effective in reducing anxiety. Due to its extra euphoric kick, it is recommended for daytime use.
Hybrid, on the other hand, is a crossbreed between the two. Its effects depend on the different ratios of the combination of the parent plants, but its effects typically include reducing anxiety and stress and easing side effects of cancer treatments.
There are many different types of strains under each category. Some popular strains in the cannabis culture are Acapulco Gold, Blue Dream, Purple Kush, Northern lights, and so on.
If you’re looking for the right cannabis strain, you have to know first what you are trying to achieve; whether you are trying to treat insomnia, or reduce anxiety, or increase energy. Talk to the dispensary and preferably with your doctor as well about your goals for cannabis use. Then it is also necessary to know and be familiar with your tolerance. There are strains with a high level of cannabinoids that may be too potent for some. You should also consider what your desired consumption method is. Getting the best out of each strain requires different consumption methods; some are in chewable form, some are smoked, etc.
Cannabis is a personal experience, and how you cherry-pick one is, too. Meticulousness in choosing strain is paramount to having a good and healthy cannabis experience—and feeling good and healthy is what cannabis is all centered around.
Growing cannabis requires tools such as:
- Growing tent for outdoors: You need a space to grow your seeds. It is recommended that you invest in a decent size quality tent.
Grow Light: Invest in a glowing light that can cover the entirety of your tent. Choose a bright light that can provide the optimal lighting condition for your cannabis seedlings producing a balance of cool and warm light;
- Loose Soil: Organic, airy, and loose soil is excellent in growing cannabis. You can also buy the best quality growing nutrients that can provide an ideal growing environment to produce healthy and flourishing cannabis;
- Exhaust Fan and Activated Carbon Filter: An exhaust fan can help dissipate heat and circulate air while the activated carbon filter removes odors;
- Cannabis Seeds: You cannot grow cannabis without marijuana seeds, of course. You have to know the different types of seeds before getting one. You may read labels such as regular, feminized, and autoflower. Regular seeds are a mix of males and females. During the flowering phase, you have to sex them out and discard the males afterward. Feminized seeds are seeds that can already start growing for buds without having to sex out with males. Autoflower seeds have short grow-to-harvest time, meaning they can be harvested three months after planting them. However, they are known to be less potent, but they are recommended for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time and patience in the growing and cultivating process.
How do you know if you are getting quality seeds? Be sure that you purchase packs of seeds that your dispensary can proficiently tell you the seed history- where it was cultivated and how it was crossed or backcrossed. Knowing seed history is vital. Breeders who cannot specify the seeds’ origin could mean that they were products of poor breeding practices.
Growing cannabis will reduce the cost of purchasing. It may be tedious and demanding, but once you have all the needed tools down and have extensively researched the proper cultivation process, you can produce quality weed yourself with no trouble. You can even begin your cannabis business in this ever-growing Cannabis culture market. With all these advantages, it’s time to start studying all about the ins and outs of growing cannabis. It’s an enriching experience that anyone can learn to do in their leisure time.
How To Use Cannabis
Cannabis is an herbal drug that contains cannabinoids. Cannabinoids affect the central nervous system. The dried-out leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant are widely known in the limelight as marijuana. It can be smoked through a pipe, bong, or a hand-rolled joint. It can also be consumed through edibles such as brownies, gummies, cookies, etc. The resinous secretion that oozes out of the cannabis plant is commonly known as hashish. Hashish can be smoked or consumed through edibles likewise. The liquid of the plant usually used sparingly, perhaps added to the tip of a joint is called hash oil. The fluid can also come in concentrates (dabs, wax, or shatter) due to high potency.
The most important use of marijuana in cannabis culture is to provide a feeling of happiness (high) and relaxation. Cannabis gives a lasting sense of ‘good vibes’ to its users and induces positive emotions. Aside from recreational use, cannabis comes with a lot of medical purposes.
Cannabis culture continues to thrive as they take advantage of the valuable uses and benefits of Cannabis. Some of its medical purposes are effective in treating:
- Multiple Sclerosis: Spraying cannabis extract beneath the tongue improves muscle spasms, muscle stiffness, tremors, and eases nerve pain;
- Nerve Pain: Cannabis can alleviate nerve pain for about 2 hours;
- Chronic Pain: CBD changes pain perception of the brain’s pain perception. It can help treat chronic pain such as arthritis, endometriosis, migraine, and fibromyalgia;
- Inflammation: Cannabis can also reduce inflammation in the body, such as in irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease;
- Autoimmune disorders: It is also believed that cannabis ‘calms’ the immune system, making it useful in treating autoimmune diseases such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, a condition in which the body mistakenly attacks itself for unknown reasons;
- Mental and Neurological Conditions: Cannabis is also used to treat anxiety, epilepsy, PTSD, Tourette syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia;
- Cancer treatment side effects: Cannabis can treat nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.
Cannabis culture reflects a social atmosphere or series of similar behaviors that hinge slowly on cannabis consumption. It is a term describing a shared set of ideas, practices, and beliefs among cannabis enthusiasts.
Cannabis enthusiasts relate to each other and share deep and strong bonds in various ways. They kick ideas around and put their heads together, talking about the strains they have tried, new strains in the market, or new consumption techniques or tackle the health benefits linked to Cannabis.
Cannabis culture is a legitimate industry and a continuously evolving culture that spans the entire globe. How one group of cannabis enthusiasts show their passion for cannabis varies considerably when putting them side-by-side with another group. Still, there is only one fine truth: they all love cannabis.
This love is expressed in numerous ways. Some shows off accessories or clothing are sporting the cannabis. Some, especially artists, would even make songs about cannabis or make movies flashing them. Some are collectors of different cannabis accessories like blunt wrappers, roach clips, rolling papers, bongs, pipes, and the like. Some become experts in identifying marijuana strains. Some dedicate their time and patience in cultivating and growing their own. There are many ways that this culture has extended beyond normal and evolved.
Cannabis culture runs to a great depth. As cannabis use is legitimized, and as more and more health benefits have come confirmed, the culture will never cease to thrive and include and entice more and more people.
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a natural remedy for many common ailments. It is one of the hundred chemical compounds popularly known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is not psychoactive, making it an appealing option for those who want an effective pain reliever without the ‘high’ effects associated with marijuana. CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and diluting it with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil.
It contains cannabinoids, essential nutrients, healthy fats, and proteins. It is jampacked with therapeutic properties that can provide fantastic health benefits and make you feel generally happy with your well-being.
CBD is effective in managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. It can alleviate cancer-related symptoms and offer neuroprotective properties. It is believed to provide benefits such as antipsychotic effects, substance abuse treatment, anti-tumor effects, diabetes prevention, and heart benefits.
There are three types of CBD differing in components and potency:
- Isolates: Contains 99% cannabidiol from hemp plans. However, they are less effective than other types because the absence of other plant matter means that isolates don’t benefit from the entourage effect (maximum health benefits);
- Broad-Spectrum: It contains much more plant matter or components that isolate. It has terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids that give entourage effect without the ‘high.’;
- Full-Spectrum: It provides the total entourage effect of cannabidiol with over 400 compounds, plant materials, and other active ingredients that can enhance Cannabis’s therapeutic properties.
The use of cannabis, whether it would be for medical or recreational use, will provide short-term and long-term effects to its users that are both positive and negative. Users should know those effects before using cannabis.
Its legal nature is still something to look out for carefully since not all countries have yet fully supported the use of both medical and recreational cannabis. Some even see the use as illegal, wherein users that are caught using cannabis can be on the bad side of the law. Users in countries that have not fully supported the use of both medical and recreational cannabis should check with their local laws and authorities about its use for both medical and recreational purposes, if possible.