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Should I try Cannabis Microdosing?

Cannabis Microdosing

You may have read about microdosing THC recently or heard about it from friends, family or even your doctor.  Microdosing has been gaining popularity recently as an effective way to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.  So what exactly is microdosing and are you a cannabis user who may benefit from giving it a try?  As the name suggests, microdosing is consuming a very small quantity of cannabis, specifically THC, as a way of treating a medical condition.  You don’t have to have a diagnosed medical condition to reap the benefits of cannabis microdosing as we will explore other reasons it is beneficial.

Medical Conditions that can be treated by Microdosing

Naturally you should talk to your doctor about your specific medical condition and also make sure to check if any pharmaceutical drugs you are taking may be affected by cannabis.  Once you have the go ahead from your doctor,  cannabis, THC, microdosing can be used to manage pain and in fact small doses may be more beneficial than larger doses of THC in terms of controlling pain from cancer according to this 2012 study.  Other medical conditions that can be significantly helped with cannabis microdosing are depression, anxiety, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn’s Disease, just to name a few.  Additionally microdosing is gaining a positive reputation as an excellent method of achieving focus and enhancing creativity as well as working wonders for insomnia.

Why Microdosing is Preferred over Higher THC Cannabis

As most people that have consumed cannabis even once or twice but especially daily users know well, side effects are a real issue for some consumers. By ingesting cannabis, specifically THC in very small quantities, any negative side effects are basically non-existent.  Side effects that can potentially cause problems for medical users are dry mouth, dry eyes, even an increased appetite can be problematic for certain patients, particularly those with Crohn’s Disease.  The most problematic side effect for many medical cannabis patients is surprisingly, the feeling of being high.  As a recreational cannabis user, that is pretty much the whole point of consuming cannabis but for so many medical patients, the idea of feeling too high is a reason to forego even trying cannabis at all.  That is why cannabis microdosing is a perfect solution for those folks, the benefits without the unwanted side effects.

How to Get Started with Microdosing

If you are a current cannabis user, recreational or medical, it is best to start microdosing fresh.  This means stopping all cannabis use for at least 48 hours to give your system a chance to reset.  Once you are ready, start small, that’s why it’s called microdosing after all.  A good place to begin is between 1 and 2.5 milligrams.  Continue with the same dosage for 3 days, paying close attention to any changes in your condition, positive or negative.  You can increase the dosage after the 3 days if you feel you are not getting enough of the THC benefits, but do it in small 1 milligram increments, waiting 3 days before making any further increases.  If you choose to use edibles or tinctures to microdose, getting the amount spot on is fairly easy however if you are a cannabis smoker or like to vape, it’s more of a challenge but not impossible.  If you are smoking flower, go with a mid-range cannabis with about a 15% THC percentage to start.  Pack a medium sized bowl and take just one hit from the bowl, not a super big bong clearing hit, just a moderate hit.  Now wait about 5 minutes and see how you feel.  Most likely one hit should be all you need to get the benefits of THC without the high.  This way of microdosing is obviously imperfect when it comes to getting the dosage right but all microdosing, regardless of the method, takes some trial and erro to get the dose you want and need.

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Is Cannabis the Fountain of Youth for Seniors?

Cannabis Health Benefits for Seniors

As the boomer generation reaches retirement and beyond, quality of life becomes the main focus for many seniors.  It is tough to enjoy those golden years when your health affects your quality of life in a major way.  While cannabis can’t stop the clock on aging, we’re still waiting on Elon Musk to tackle that, it can go a long way towards helping seniors manage some of the most common complaints about getting older in general.  Many seniors have to deal with a variety of health problems from sleep disturbances to aches and pains to cognitive function issues and cannabis health benefits for seniors help with all of these and more.

As we age the quality of our sleep declines.  For some staying asleep is the biggest problem and for others falling asleep is a common complaint.  The bottom line is that it is impossible to feel your best when you consistently have trouble sleeping.  One night here and there is not a big deal but not getting good quality sleep most nights will of course begin to take a toll during waking hours with mood changes, trouble focusing and daytime fatigue being the biggest complaints from seniors who struggle to get a good night’s sleep.  Cannabis can do wonders for sleep problems.  Choosing the right strain is important and although a heavy duty Indica with a high THC percentage may sound like the solution, for seniors less really is more.  Consuming an Indica dominant hybrid with a THC percentage between 15-20% seems to work best for seniors for both ease of falling asleep and sleeping more hours without waking.

Getting older is not for the faint of heart and even the healthiest seniors experience aches and pains from time to time and for some seniors with various types of medical conditions such as arthritis, dealing with aches and pains is an everyday occurrence.  Cannabis health benefits for seniors who want to use cannabis to alleviate this type of pain, there are a few options.  One is to try CBD, either in the form of a tincture or balm to spot treat problematic areas or soreness.  Another option is to go with a 1:1 THC:CBD strain which so far seems quite popular and effective for seniors.  Yet a third possibility is to go with a medium THC strain of cannabis of between 15-20% THC.  The only issue reported with the third option is that mornings tend to be the worst time of day for seniors with aches and pains, that morning stiffness takes an hour or two to dissipate and if the cannabis strain makes you sleepy, it’s tough to have a productive day after consuming cannabis in the morning for some seniors.

A common challenge for seniors is a decreased appetite.  This is due to several reasons including a slower metabolism and the fact that taste buds are not functioning as well as we age so eating in general loses some of its appeal.  Not eating enough can lead to low energy and a vulnerable immune system so keeping a healthy appetite is crucial for seniors.  The right cannabis strains can stimulate the appetite for seniors.  In general Indica dominant strains are more likely to increase the appetite than Sativa cannabis strains so consuming cannabis about an hour before dinner is an excellent way for seniors to ensure they are getting the proper amount of food. Making healthy food choices is also an important element for everyone, not just seniors and unfortunately there is no specific cannabis strain that can help with that.  Goals for 2021!

Yet another reality of aging is a decline in overall cognitive function.  This can present itself in a variety of ways including a decreased ability to learn new things and memory issues as well as dementia.  THC has been found to supply the body with cannabinoids that decrease over time as we age, keeping cognitive function at a higher level without any negative side effects that are so common in pharmaceuticals, especially for seniors who tend to take more medication than their younger counterparts.  Additionally cannabis health benefits for seniors have been shown to improve the links between nerve cells and the brain.  This benefit can help seniors learn more easily and also help with memory retention which is paramount to learning over the long-term.  Although cannabis cannot transform the brain of a 65 year old into the brain of a 25 year old, it can still go a long way towards maintaining healthy cognitive function well into the golden years.

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Creating a Healthy Cannabis Lifestyle

Healthy Cannabis Lifestyle

As we head into winter and, for many people, the holiday season it is a good time to take a look at your cannabis lifestyle and see if there are any changes that need to be made.  Despite the fact that the holiday season is supposed to be all about fun, family and friends, the reality is it can be an extremely stressful time for a lot of folks.  This year’s holiday season promises to be more stressful than typical years with many families still under a pretty strict quarantine plus the uncertainty of the times adds yet another layer of stress.  Cannabis can go a long to helping manage that stress however creating a smart and healthy cannabis lifestyle plan can be the difference between using cannabis to help navigate the season and allowing it to become another cause for undue pressure.

Setting a Realistic Cannabis Budget

Especially for those who are living in states or countries that have recently legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use, it is so easy to want to try nearly every strain in the dispensary.  Much like a kid in a candy store whose eyes are bigger than their stomach, your eyes may be bigger than your wallet.  Unless you are independently wealthy, creating a cannabis budget for yourself or you and your partner makes smart financial sense and will take away a lot of stress that comes from overspending.  If you are having difficulty sticking to the budget you created for cannabis, try talking with your favorite dispensary about ways to save some money.  It might be changing the day you visit the dispensary to take advantage of deals or utilizing discounts for seniors, students or artists, you would be surprised at the types of discount available.  Also as it is harvest season and dispensaries will soon be stocking new strains, ask about deep discounts for existing strains.  Those budtenders can’t take it all home after all!

Take a Look at Your Cannabis Consumption Habits

Are you normally a nighttime cannabis consumer, a wake n’ baker, an all-day stoner or a weekend only user.  For many folks their anxiety amps up during the holiday season and the normal outlets for that anxiety become more limited.  Long leisurely walks are not as relaxing when it’s pouring down rain and freezing or snowing outside so the temptation to increase your cannabis use as a way of coping with stress and anxiety is normal but you want to make sure you are still using cannabis in a healthy way and not as a means to permanently hide out this winter, although it’s tempting.  Talking to your partner or friends helps as well because they know you and won’t be afraid to be honest.  If your partner says your cannabis use is getting to be too much and is interfering with quality time between the two of you, readjusting your cannabis consumption may be the best thing for your relationship, plus you’ll save a little money too.  It is common when visiting a dispensary to want to try out the super high THC strains of cannabis but just because a strain is north of 30% doesn’t mean as much as you might think.  Terpenes and whether it’s a Sativa, Indica or Hybrid are also factors and so is your own body’s chemistry.  Try those strains out in small amounts rather than spending a ton of money on something that may prove disappointing.  A good budtender will give you their honest opinion if you ask for it.

Manage Procrastination Levels

The key here is being honest with yourself.  If you plan to work out three mornings a week and your wake n’ bake session are keeping you in bed instead of on the treadmill, it is time to be more flexible with your cannabis schedule.  If you find that your creativity and focus is lagging because you are out of your favorite strain, it might be time to switch up your routine and try creative pursuits with a different strain or one or two days a week, try to see how creative you are without cannabis.  Flexibility is so important to managing stress levels and keeping a healthy cannabis lifestyle.  Routines are obviously important and crucial to maintaining some semblance of sanity through the long winter months but if your routine is causing you or others problems, rethinking how you do things will save you undue stress.  When we have a routine that is healthy and sometimes productive, procrastination is not a real obstacle to a calm and happy lifestyle. You know you will get things done because you have created a healthy cannabis lifestyle that works for you and including cannabis will only enhance your life!

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Signs You’ve Become a Cannabis Connoisseur

Cannabis Connoisseur

As more people consume cannabis than ever before, trying new strains and new delivery methods, gone are the days of the uneducated stoner.  Making cannabis a vital part of your life means doing your homework, not just about new strains, although that is vital information but about the cannabis industry in general and how you fit into it.  Are you sharing your knowledge with other stoners?  If so that makes you a cannabis connoisseur.  Are you experimenting with different delivery methods and strains?  Great.  Are you a proud member of the cannabis community?  Finding your place in a growing global community can be a challenge but it’s an important step to being a cannabis connoisseur.

People Look to You for Advice

Whether its friends, family or a random stranger at your local dispensary, people have a way of gravitating towards those with knowledge.  That doesn’t mean you have to spend all your free time offering unsolicited advice about how much you know about weed, that in fact is the opposite of a cannabis connoisseur, that is just someone with a big ego who needs attention and applause, steer clear of those types of cannabis users. Being a good listener is one of the best ways to establish your reputation as someone who can be trusted to give advice about all things cannabis.  If you hear a friend talking about how sleepy weed makes them, listen to their whole story, ask the right questions such as what time of the day are you using cannabis and what is the cannabis strain and effect?  Using the right language can go a long way from differentiating yourself as a cannabis connoisseur rather than a general know it all.  Beginning every sentence with “you should” is not the way to go.  Soften your language and people will seek out your advice.  Using “when I was in a similar situation” is much more authoritative but in a quiet confident way not a bossy way.

You Expand Your Knowledge Beyond Cannabis Consumption

This does not mean you should learn everything there is to know about cannabis but think about your own interests and how you can expand your cannabis knowledge based on those interests.  If you are a political junkie, take the time to learn about how the legalization process is going in your country and even other countries around the world.  It is interesting to find out how a country is planning or not planning to legalize cannabis and the reasons why.  Are you a pretty decent cook or baker?  If so take those skills and apply them to learning about the world of cannabis edibles.  Not to say you should quit your job and become a cannabis baker but if you already enjoy and know a fair amount about baking, why not expand that knowledge base.  Do you have a green thumb?  If so there is a lot of interesting information out there about growing your own cannabis.  Whether you plan to start growing or not is secondary to learning about something you already enjoy, in this case two things, cannabis and growing things.  It’s a rare person that has ever expressed regret about learning new things and you never know when that knowledge will come in handy as you become even more of a cannabis connoisseur.

Your Cannabis Consumption Skills are On Point

To truly be a cannabis connoisseur, you may need to up your consumption game a little bit. Not the amount you consume necessarily but the methods. Think of it as the best kind of practice in the world.  Can you roll a perfect joint or at least a pretty impressive one that has no stems poking through and does not fall apart with the slightest of breezes?  No?  Consider it research and keep practicing until you get it right, or at least improve your joint rolling skills.  Do you dab?  Finding the best, for your budget, dab ring and learning how to use it properly takes a little practice but this is the best type of practice ever!  Some dab rings are fairly simple and easy to use but others resemble a mad scientist’s laboratory and knowing about the different styles and the benefits is important as a cannabis connoisseur. Layering is very popular right now and you can do that in many different ways, with pipes, bongs, even joints or blunts.  Essentially you are combining different types of cannabis in one bowl, or joint.  It can be either an effective way to get incredibly baked or it can be an art form or possibly both.  Starting off with some flower in a bowl and drizzling some wax on top, then a finish of kief is a beautiful thing and this type of skill improvement is all part of your journey to becoming a cannabis connoisseur.

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How Cannabis Affects Dreams

How Cannabis Affects Dreams

For people that consume cannabis on an occasional basis, their dreams will likely not be affected unless you stop and start with a specific rhythm but for those regular cannabis users, their dreams will be significantly affected.  To understand how cannabis affects dreams and why, it is first necessary to talk a bit about sleep in general.  As most people are aware, there are four distinct sleep cycles of varying lengths.  The first three cycles grow increasing longer and produce deeper sleep.  It is common for people who are light sleepers to wake up during one of the first 3 sleep cycles, maybe to use the bathroom or as a response to noise or some other distraction.  The fourth sleep cycle is the longest and deepest and that is the one during which we dream.  Called the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle, this part of sleep lasts the longest, anywhere from 10-90 minutes and this is the sleep stage when we dream.  The THC in cannabis suppresses our dreams during this stage.  Why would this be a desired outcome?

Most of the time we associate dreaming with positive images but in reality it’s not all rainbows and unicorns when it comes to dreaming.  The vast major of our dreams are simply neutral or slightly strange in nature.  So why would we want to suppress something that is not harmful like dreams?  The answer is, we may not but if you are someone who suffers from frequent nightmares or even just disturbing dreams on occasion, it can be a breath of fresh air to drift off to sleep each night knowing that you will not wake up in fear or confusion.  As cannabis use controls the very ability to dream during REM sleep, for many people that can be a welcome relief, at least on a temporary basis.

If you are an occasional cannabis user, your dreams will definitely be affected based on when you actually consume cannabis and when you stop.  For example, if you consume cannabis only on the weekends, once Tuesday or Wednesday rolls around and the THC is out of your system, you will start dreaming again and those dreams will likely be fairly vivid.  Some people have reported very colorful dreams or especially strange dreams and a few unlucky folks have nightmares.  This is temporary as your body readjusts and usually only lasts a few nights however if you repeat the cycle of consuming cannabis on the weekends, you may spend your midweek nights having some pretty strange dreams.  Other factors come into play as well including how much cannabis you consume, just an edible or two will not affect your dreams much at all or a few bong hits is unlikely to stop your dreams completely.  The amount of THC in the cannabis also matters as does the particular terpenes and other cannabinoids.  The exact ways cannabis affects dreams is still be studied.

What benefits could there be from suppressing your dreams on a long-term basis?  One area in which cannabis is proving extremely effective is in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Upwards of 70% of people with PTSD experience regular nightmares that interfere with the quality of their lives in a profound way.  Treatment with cannabis has been quite successful in addressing PTSD nightmares.  Up until recently PTSD sufferers were treated with antidepressants or hypnotics or often both and did not get much relief especially considering the potential for serious side effects.  Cannabis has proven itself to be an effective treatment for this particular symptom of PTSD and allowed people with PTSD to get much better quality sleep and feel better during waking hours as a direct result.  So although the idea of suppressing dreams may not sound appealing to everyone, for some it can truly change the quality of their lives in positive ways with little to no negative side effects.

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Combine Cannabis and Sex for a Mind-Blowing Time

cannabis and sex

Two of the best things around, cannabis and sex, so naturally consuming cannabis should make for some mind-blowing sex.  Not so fast, before you light up and hook up, take a look at some of the obvious benefits of sex while stoned but also a few things to keep in mind or at least plan ahead for.  Whether you are with a long term partner or it’s a new relationship, or even an agreed one night thing, cannabis can do wonders to enhance what is already a pretty good time.

Choosing the Right Strain

The right cannabis strain can really elevate your next sexual experience.  Knowing which ones are right for you can take some testing, it’s all in the name of sexual science.  However there are some strains that have a reputation amongst cannabis connoisseurs who like to enhance their sex life with cannabis.  Mimosa is a perfect one for many people as it leaves you feeling energetic, euphoric, happy and you can then let go of your inhibitions a little and enjoy the tingly sensations this strain can bring on.   The Sativa dominant hybrid Trainwreck is another favorite to get you in the right headspace, and it really does intensify sensations.  Perfect for sexual exploration.  Granddaddy Purple is an Indica dominant hybrid but it does not leave you couch locked, or bed locked for that matter.  It allows you to get out of your head enough so that you can focus on your partner, yourself and just being in the moment.  Another consideration, in addition to the right cannabis strain, is knowing which Terpenes really bring out your sexual best.  Generally myrcene is known for its relaxing properties and pinene is uplifting so a strain that combines the two is a perfect sexual duo!

The Benefits of Cannabis and Sex

Sex while high can really be an amazing experience.  After a nice fat blunt or a few bong hits your muscles will be super relaxed and every touch, your own and your partners feels a little magical. Start things off with a sensual massage that after you’ve consumed cannabis feels even better because your body is more receptive and sensitive to touch. Cannabis always help you to overcome shyness with a new partner or maybe you are looking to experiment more with a current partner.  The right cannabis strain can make bringing up the topic much easier and less stressful.  Ever had the giggles during sex?  What about when you’re high?  Enjoying a good laugh with your partner, not at your partner of course, can truly be a sexually bonding experience.  If you have never tried cannabis and sex, you’re missing out.  It will bring you closer together and make the sex that much more exciting.  Another benefit of stoned sex, your perception of time increases significantly so even if you and your partner are not going for hours, it will feel like it!

Possible Negatives and Solutions

Many people become a little forgetful after consuming cannabis.  Now you won’t be so forgetful that you forget your partner is there, it’s more about the details.  Did you remember to get condoms?  Where are those mood enhancing candles, still in the car?  It’s only a problem if you let it become one and the easy solution, prepare everything before you consume any cannabis, that way you don’t ruin the mood and your buzz running around your place or neighborhood at the last minute.  You won’t enjoy it and neither will your partner, although it might be entertaining for your neighbors!  Another unwanted side effect of cannabis and sex is cotton mouth and for some women cotton vagina, yes it’s a thing.  That is why lube was invented so put that on your preparation list because making a last minute lube run is not sexy.  For the cotton mouth, no not lube, just stay hydrated and using ice cubes and alternating with warm liquids is an amazing way to keep dry mouth under control.  It happens to all men, no really if it happens to you or your partner during sex, it could be the amount of cannabis or even the strain so before you call the doctor and request Viagra, try waiting 20 minutes or so and then give it another go.  In the meantime, focus on massage and foreplay.  For next time, try consuming less cannabis or choose a more Sativa dominant hybrid or a Sativa strain, no Indicas.  Sleepy sex might be something that happens but is usually not a goal.

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How to Handle Unwelcome Cannabis Side Effects

cannabis side effect

Many cannabis users experience few unwelcome side effects at all or if they do have a cannabis side effect, they have strategies for how to handle them.  For novice cannabis consumers, you might be surprised and unprepared for certain side effects such as a bit of dizziness after that giant bong hit.  When you are unprepared for something like that, it can be a little scary but there are ways to avoid or at least successfully handle pretty much all cannabis side effects.  Even the cannabis connoisseur can be surprised by a new side effect, especially when mixing up their delivery method, for example from flower to live resin and knowing how to handle it can put your mind at ease so you can enjoy your high.

Increased Appetite

If the munchies is not something you enjoy experiencing there are ways to reduce the intensity of this side effect or eliminate it altogether.  Consider edibles rather than flower, concentrates or carts.  You are less likely to have an increased appetite if you have just eaten something.  This logic also holds true if you are smoking, dabbing or vaping your cannabis.  Eating something light before you get baked can really tame those out of control munchies.  Staying very well hydrated is also key.  When your stomach is full of liquids, resisting food when you are baked is much easier.  It goes without saying, try to keep your food options in the realm of healthy, sometimes easier said than done.

Red/Dry Eyes and Dry Mouth

The THC in cannabis decreases blood pressure temporarily by expanding blood vessels in the entire body, including the eyes, making them red is a cannabis side effect.  Eye drops that are soothing and moisturizing will usually do the trick. For a really amazing feeling, put the eye drops in the fridge before using them, instant good feels!  The same eye drops will generally help with dry eyes as well however, smoking flower tends to cause the worst dry eye issues.  If you are bothered by dry eyes, consider changing to vaping or edibles and see if that helps.  Also staying hydrated will go a surprisingly long way towards handling both red and dry eyes, so drink that water!  Dry mouth is also a common unwelcome side effect for cannabis smokers and can be helped but not eliminated by staying hydrated.  Try alcohol free mouthwash to eliminate even the worst of dry mouth situations.  If you are not crazy about the taste of mouthwash, hard candies, especially ones like jolly ranchers that seem to really activate the salivary glands will keep dry mouth under control.

Couch lock

Many cannabis users do not consider couch lock to be an unwelcome side effect of consuming cannabis, in fact they welcome it.  Briefly, cannabis couch lock is that feeling of deep relaxation when it may be difficult to focus and the desire to just chill out in one place and do nothing is overwhelming.  If couch lock is not part of your cannabis plan, choose your strains wisely.  Sativa and Sativa dominant hybrid strains are much less likely to lead to anything resembling couch lock.  You can still enjoy the occasional Indica, just be aware of the potential for couch lock.  If you experience couch lock, try to motivate yourself enough to take a quick lukewarm shower, which should eliminate the cannabis side effect completely.  If possible you can also try a minute or two of stretching and light cardio, think a walk around the block, not a 5 mile jog.  A small burst of physical activity should break the couch lock side effect, at least temporarily.

Dizziness/Vertigo

The reasons why some cannabis users experience moments of dizziness have not be researched thoroughly enough however based on available information we know that as THC causes a slight decrease in blood pressure, which means less blood flowing to the brain, changing from a seated position to a standing one or quickly sitting up after lying down can produce dizziness. In addition, taking an epic bong hit, or several hits from a pipe or joint can create a similar lack of oxygen effect which leads to dizziness.  If you notice any dizziness and want to continue smoking as opposed to consuming cannabis in other ways, take smaller hits during your next few sessions and that should help quite a lot.  Also after you are stoned, don’t change position quickly, ease yourself slowing from lying to sitting and especially from sitting to standing.  Just those few small adjustments should eliminate any issues with dizziness.

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Talking to Your Doctor about Cannabis

Talking to Your Doctor About Cannabis

If you have a medical condition that you think could be helped with cannabis you will need to first talk to your doctor.  In some states that have legalized medical marijuana, there are specific doctors that you can see for obtaining a prescription.  This is not true in all states however and keeping your own doctor in the loop regarding what medications you are using is critical to maintaining good health as well as managing ongoing medical conditions.  For those lucky few with an excellent long-term relationship with their doctor, a conversation about cannabis should not prove too daunting.  For the majority of people, talking to your doctor about cannabis with a doctor can be stressful.  Concern about being unfairly judged is the most common complaint and being shut down entirely is yet another issue for patients.  How you approach this type of conversation will go a long way towards determining the outcome.

Take the Neutral Ground

One thing most medical professionals don’t appreciate is being told what to do by patients.  This goes for cannabis and pretty much all medical treatments.  Think about how you will begin the conversation before you even set foot in your doctor’s office or attend your telemedicine appointment.  If you start off by saying, “I want” or “I think” or the very bossy “you should” you may already have inadvertently put your doctor on the defense.  Stick to more neutral language such as “what is your opinion…” or “how do you feel about…..” or even better “I value your opinion, what do you think about using cannabis to treat my anxiety”.  Naturally you don’t want to go overboard talking to your doctor about cannabis but leading with a small compliment is usually helpful, especially if you do in fact value your doctor’s opinion.  Once you have broached the subject, take a moment to listen to the response you get, the tone in your doctor’s voice and watch their body language.  It is said that people communicate 20% verbally and 80% through non-verbal means so that eye roll or the frown the moment you mention the word cannabis has real meaning.

Know the Facts about Cannabis and your Condition

Of course you assume your doctor knows all the facts about treating Crohn’s disease with cannabis but you may be surprised how little they truly know.  That means showing up for your appointment with any current studies, if you can find some, is extremely persuasive.  The majority of doctors are under varying levels of pressure from pharmaceutical companies to prescribe certain medications and reviewing which medications you have tried in the past and which side effects have really interfered with your quality of life will make it clear to your doctor that going in a new direction is the best option.  The direction of cannabis, with little to no side effects.  Even antidotal evidence can be useful, just don’t make it too extreme or you won’t be believed.  So saying “all my friends with insomnia are doing much better since they started using cannabis”, that is too vague and implausible.  If you can be specific, it lends more credibility to what you are saying.  “My brother tried many of the same medications as I have and cannabis has worked the best for him in treating his condition”.  This type of antidotal evidence works much better than broad generalizations.  You may not get a yes during the current appointment but if you end with getting an “I’ll think about it”, that is progress.

Consider Changing Doctors

If you do not absolutely love your doctor and you feel strongly that your medical condition would be best treated with cannabis, it may be time to consider a change if your current doctor will not support your decision and you find it difficult talking to your doctor about cannabis.  It should not be a decision you make lightly but ultimately your health is what is most important, not your doctor’s ego or refusal to be open to changes in treatment protocols.  If you can find a new doctor through a friend or family members recommendations, great.  Even putting the question out into the social media stratospheres may help.  If you use Nextdoor that might be a good option or even your city’s sub Reddit may prove useful for finding a doctor that views cannabis as the useful medication it can so often be for many medical conditions.  If you are stuck with no recommendations, try a younger doctor, in general they are more open minded about treatments and will have recently studied how the use of cannabis can be beneficial to patients.

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Cannabis Instead of Opioids – Did Big Pharma or Our Government Fail Us

is cannabis more effective than opioids for pain

If you’ve ever known someone with an opioid addition, you’ve seen that the impact on their life can be devastating. Opioid addiction has become a serious epidemic in the United States and the statistics are alarming. Prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. One of the best solutions would be finding non-addictive alternatives to opioids for the treatment of pain. Is cannabis more effective than opioids for pain? For many patients, cannabis is an effective pain treatment with a minimal chance of dependence and no risk of fatal overdose. This is an optimal choice compared to opioid-based medications. In fact, in a significant study, patients reported that medical marijuana is just as, or even more effective for pain, than opioid-based pain medication.

Over 130 years ago, Dr. Edward A. Birch was quoted in a seminal article published in The Lancet, writing about his great success in using cannabis to help patients who had become addicted to opioid-based pain medications. He prescribed cannabis originally as a solution for insomnia but noticed that it did much more than help patients sleep. He found that while patients were using cannabis, he could remove the dosage of any opioid-based medications the patient was taking, without any negative side effects.

These comments from over 130 years ago predicted what we now know, that cannabis is an effective medicine for multiple conditions, including pain management, while also reducing the need for opioid and even other non-opioid medications.

While using cannabis to treat pain is becoming more accepted in the U.S., the Schedule I status of cannabis has made it difficult to run large-scale clinical trials on its effectiveness. Current clinical and systematic reviews have shown that cannabis may hold as a standardized pain treatment, while recognizing the constraints that come from small sample sizes and lack of controlled studies. When these reviews show moderate signs for cannabis as a treatment for pain-related conditions, they also call for further research in standardized clinical trials. Meanwhile, at the same time, medical cannabis patients are reporting using cannabis to treat their pain instead of or in combination with opioid-based pain medications.

Is Cannabis More Effective Than Opioids For Pain Relief – Study Results

In a cannabis as a substitute for opioid study, 30% of the sample reported using an opioid-based pain medication at the time or in the previous 6 months. Of participants using opioids, 61% reported using them with cannabis. 97% of the sample “strongly agreed/agreed” that they were able to decrease the amount of opioids they took when they used cannabis at the same time. Also, 89% “strongly agreed/agreed” that taking opioids produced unwanted side effects including constipation and nausea. 92% of the sample “strongly agreed/agreed” that cannabis has more tolerable side effects than the opioid-based medications they took. 81% “strongly agreed/agreed” that taking cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition than taking cannabis at the same time as opioids. When asked if cannabis produces the same amount of pain relief as their opioid-based medications, 71% “strongly agreed/agreed” with this statement. 92% of the sample “strongly agreed/agreed” that they prefer cannabis to opioids for the treatment of their condition and 93% “strongly agreed/agreed” that they are more likely to select cannabis to treat their condition if it were more easily available.

Is cannabis more effective than opioids for pain? It’s been pretty obvious for a long time that it is. Although cannabis is continuing to grow as a alternative to opioids for pain treatment, doctors continue to prescribe opioid-based pain medication at an alarming rate. They are incentivized by the pharmaceutical industry to do so as well as still be hampered by our government in some some states. We continue to move in the right direction, but not fast enough. According to the CDC, drug overdoses deaths in the U.S. rose 4.6% in 2019 to 70,980, of which 50,042 involved opioids. Overdose deaths from cannabis in 2019, ZERO.

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What is Cali Sober and How Do I Live It

What is Cali Sober

Waking up with a hangover may be one of the worst experiences in life we have all almost experienced. A popular term coined “Cali Sober” might just be what you’re looking for to avoid the dreaded post drinking mornings. So, exactly what is Cali Sober?

These post-drinking phenomenons feel like someone is slowly squeezing your head in a vice and taking your first deep sea boat and sea sickness adventure all at once. Based on if you feel proud of what you did last night (or not), you may add the burden of moral guilt as heavy as a catholic school girl.

You then tell yourself, “I am never drinking again.” When it’s so horrible, why do we keep doing this? Well, because we are living in a society participated in a sensuous affair with alcohol.

How alcohol became the standard
The toughest part about quitting booze is how ingrained it’s into our culture and community. Sometimes you will need to tell someone five times that you don’t want a drink until they stop asking. People are simply shocked and perplexed by the idea. It is interesting to see how folks respond to sobriety.” We get drunk to celebrate every occasion. We get drunk when we are too young to comprehend what life is all about, and several people continue to do this until our time has come to an end.

Each year, approximately 3.3 million people die globally from alcohol-related deaths, but that has not made us stop. In the United States alone, fatalities brought on by drinking have steadily doubled every year since 1999, while marijuana is accountable for zero deaths.

Toning down booze is as much of a taste as an act of self-preservation. Alcohol’s prevalence is not only from the culture surrounding us, but often it shows up in our DNA if we are related to anyone with an addiction. The paranoia of the what happens after a night of drinking can often weigh on our psychological health — and for lots of folks, it just is not worth it.

Most memories with alcohol result in an argument or something going wrong, The best aspect of being Cali sober is that the stability you have with the people in your life.

Replacing shots with edibles or joints or any other cannabis products can be extremely freeing and helpful in so many ways. So, poises the question, what is Cali Sober and how is it a better lifestyle for me?

Can you be Cali Sober anywhere?
Being Cali sober does not need you to pack up and move to the golden state. Elective-sobriety is getting increasingly more popular in an age when long-term health has our focus and our prioritization.

Naturally, switching bar-hopping for toking can be complex in locations where marijuana remains illegal, but concealing a secret vape or hitting the bowl until you leave the house is always an alternative.

Even while residing in a legal state and knowing the medical marijuana health benefits, you can get weird looks when you just purchase a soda in a pub. But knowing you won’t wake up with a hangover makes it even easier to have an enjoyable night.

Now that you know what is Cali Sober, you can determine if it makes sense to incorporate in your lifestyle. It’s getting more and more popular and accepted to choose yes.

Our society is simply pre-programmed to drink. Every day, we are inundated with advertisements and media which make alcohol look ordinary while marijuana remains illegal, hard to acquire, and harshly criticized and penalized when appreciated in public settings.

Most men and women resort to booze to initiate conversations, take the edge off an awkward first-date, or struggle with social stress in a new atmosphere. And for lots of people, cannabis does all that without requiring you to take care of physical or ethical hangovers.

If you reside in a state where cannabis is illegal, try experimenting with a Cali sober lifestyle utilizing CBD. It’s a wonderful place to start your trip to a cannabis-infused, alcohol-free life. CBD’s growing popularity makes it widely available in a number of cities where you may be tempted to drink, and it goes great with a mocktail.

Now when people ask you “What is Cali Sober” all about, you can help guide them to this new healthier, safer and in many peoples opinion, more enjoyable lifestyle.

Be sure to check out: How To Make Pot Brownies, Martha Stewart’s “to-die-for” Recipe 

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Is Marijuana Safer Than Alcohol – It’s Pretty Obvious

Is Marijuana Safer Than Alcohol

For decades, our national government and supporters of marijuana prohibition have led people to believe that marijuana is so dangerous that it must be kept prohibited at any cost. They’ve exaggerated its potential for injury, spread myths about its effect on society, and even spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars on TV ads designed to convince you that anybody who uses marijuana is a loser who sits around on the couch all day. So, is marijuana safer than alcohol or not?

It’s time to wipe the slate clean and have a good look at the truth about marijuana. We’re not here to tell you that it’s entirely without risks, what product is? Or that it’s some type of miracle drug. We just hope you will come to understand it is far, far less harmful than what your government has told you.

The truth is that marijuana is commonly utilized in a fashion very similar to alcohol. Most adults have it while interacting with friends or relaxing after work. And while some absorb it for its health advantages, others use it for therapeutic purposes. By way of instance, some have it to relieve arthritis, relieve a migraine, or as it helps them fall asleep and get a great night’s rest.

Many Americans would agree this isn’t “poor,” “incorrect,” or “immoral” if it’s done responsibly, just as it’s not “poor,” “incorrect,” or “immoral” for an adult to drink a cocktail after work, a beer during a ballgame, or a glass of wine with dinner. Consuming cannabis is something that some adults decide to do, and a few specifically decide to do it rather than having that beer, cocktail, or glass of wine.

Below are some facts that highlight the very different consequences on people and help answer, is marijuana safer than alcohol.

Is Marijuana Safer than Alcohol – Effects on the Consumer

Men and women die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana usage. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 30,000 yearly U.S. deaths are attributed to the health effects of alcohol (i.e. this figure doesn’t include accidental deaths). On the other hand, the CDC doesn’t have a class for deaths brought on by the health effects of marijuana. A study printed in Scientific Reports in January 2015 discovered that the mortality risk associated with marijuana was roughly 114 times less than that of alcohol.

There’s never been a fatal marijuana overdose. The official periodical of the Scientific Research Society, American Scientist, reported that alcohol is among the most toxic drugs and using only 10 times what one would use to find the desired effect could cause death. Marijuana is one of, if not the, least toxic drugs, requiring tens of thousands of times the dose an individual would use to find the desired result to lead to death. This”thousands of times” is really theoretical, since there’s never been an instance of an individual dying from a marijuana overdose. Meanwhile, the CDC features over 1,600 U.S. deaths annually to alcohol poisoning.

Medical Costs related to alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana usage. Health-related prices for alcohol consumers are eight times larger than those for marijuana consumers, based on an assessment printed in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal. More specifically, the yearly cost of alcohol ingestion is $165 per user, compared to only $20 per user for marijuana. This shouldn’t come as a surprise given the huge quantity of research that shows alcohol presents much more — and more important — health issues than marijuana.

Marijuana use doesn’t damage the brain but alcohol does. Regardless of the myths we have heard throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies appear to imply that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it functions to shield brain cells from injury. By way of instance, a 2009 study found that adolescents who used marijuana in addition to alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains. Needless to say, what’s beyond question is that alcohol damages brain cells.

Alcohol use is related to cancer, marijuana use isn’t. Alcohol use is related to a vast array of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, prostate and liver. Marijuana use hasn’t been conclusively associated with any kind of cancer. It found that marijuana usage really reduced the probability of head and neck cancers. If you’re worried about marijuana being associated with lung cancer, you might be interested in the outcomes of the biggest case-controlled study conducted to investigate the respiratory effects of marijuana smoking and cigarette smoking. Published in 2006, the study, conducted by Dr. Donald Tashkin in the University of California in Los Angeles, found that marijuana smoking was not associated with a greater risk of developing lung cancer. Surprisingly, the researchers found that people who smoked marijuana really had lower incidences of cancer when compared with non-users of the medication.

Alcohol is much more addictive than marijuana. According to a 1998 report by Drs. Jack E. Henningfield of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Neal L. Benowitz of the University of California at San Francisco, alcohol’s addiction potential is significantly greater than that of marijuana based on a number of indicators. A comprehensive federal study run by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine arrived at a similar conclusion: “Millions of Americans have tried marijuana, but most are not regular users [and] few marijuana users become dependent on it. Although some marijuana users develop dependence, they appear to be less likely to do so than users of other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), and cannabis dependence appears to be less severe than dependence on other drugs.”

Marijuana doesn’t increase the risk of injury, alcohol does. Lots of men and women who have consumed alcohol or know others that have consumed alcohol wouldn’t be surprised to hear that it greatly increases the danger of serious injury. Research printed at the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that 36 percent of hospitalized assaults and 21 percent of accidents are attributable to alcohol use by the injured individual. Marijuana is very different from alcohol in one major aspect, it doesn’t seem to raise risk-taking behavior. Interestingly enough, some studies have shown that marijuana use was associated with a diminished threat of injury.

Is Marijuana Safer than Alcohol – Effects on the Community

Alcohol contributes to violent and aggressive behavior, marijuana use doesn’t. Studies have shown that alcohol, unlike marijuana, contributes to the probability of aggressive and violent behavior. A post printed in the Journal of Addictive Behaviors reported that”alcohol is clearly the drug with the most evidence to support an immediate intoxication-violence connection,” whereas”cannabis lowers the likelihood of violence during intoxication.”

Alcohol use is a significant element in violent crimes, marijuana use isn’t. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism quotes that 25-30 percent of violent crimes in the USA are linked to the use of alcohol. Based on a report in the U.S. Dept. of Justice, that translates to countless alcohol-related violent crimes annually. By comparison, the government doesn’t even monitor violent acts specifically linked to cannabis use, since the use of marijuana hasn’t been associated with violence. (Obviously, we should notice that marijuana prohibition, by producing a widespread criminal marketplace, is related to acts of violence.)

Alcohol contributes to sexual assault and domestic abuse, marijuana use doesn’t. This isn’t to say that alcohol causes those issues; instead, its use makes it more probable that an individual vulnerable to such behavior will act on it. By way of instance, a study conducted by the Research Institute on Addictions found that among people who had been chronic partner abusers, using alcohol has been associated with significant increases in the daily probability of male-to-female physical aggression, but the use of marijuana wasn’t. In particular, the probability of misuse were eight times greater on days when men were drinking; the probability of severe abuse were 11 times greater. The site for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) highlights alcohol as the”most widely used compound in crimes of sexual assault” and provides advice on a range of other drugs which have been linked to sexual abuse. Given the fact that marijuana is indeed accessible and widely used, it’s quite telling that the word”marijuana” doesn’t appear anywhere on the page.

So, to the question, is marijuana safer than alcohol, the facts seem pretty straight forward.

Be sure to check out: What is Cali Sober and How Do I Live It

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CBD Health Benefits You Can’t Ignore

CBD Health Benefits

CBD Health Benefits – Natural Pain Killer

From managing our children’ after-school program to being at the beck and call of our tasks, everything requires our complete mental and physical commitment. Also, many jobs either require you to sit in a chair all day or worse, standing and using a majority of major muscle groups. This can cause chronic back pain and all other sorts of ailments.

CBD interacts with endocannabinoid receptors in the brain that regulate pain signals. This interaction generates anti inflammatory and painkilling effects, significantly reducing sensations of pain. Because of this, CBD is commonly used for chronic pain and arthritis pain.

The best thing about choosing CBD is it is completely natural. CBD oil is formulated with pure hemp extracts and has no artificial substances, unlike pharmaceutical medications. Most of all, CBD creates no harmful side effects and is totally non-habit forming.

CBD Health Bennefits – Anxiety and Depression Relief
The constant demand and pressures in peoples daily lives can be a serious cause of anxiety. This hustle and bustle and endless stress often contributes to anxiety and depression.

CBD oil organically boosts the flow of serotonin in the brain, the neurotransmitter responsible for promoting feelings of pleasure and well-being. Though other depression treatments also boost the production of serotonin, they frequently have multiple side effects, unlike CBD hemp oil. Often, an ongoing CBD treatment may effectively calm the mind and senses. Many people report recovering from anxiety by using CBD as well as improvements in depression.

CBD Health Benefits – Dietary Supplement

Being both physically and mentally healthy is imperative for performing at an optimum level. Exercise, eating a healthy diet and focusing on your mental state of being are important aspects of living a long and active life.

CBD oil is a terrific source of vitamins and minerals we all need to ensure optimal health. CBD is one of a small amount of sources that consist of all 20 essential amino acids. CBD hemp oil includes the following vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin B1, B2, B3 & B6
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Sulfur
  • Phosphorous

CBD Health Benefits – Improve Sleep
Sleep deprivation is an epidemic in American culture. We continue to sacrifice sleep in order to maximize the amount of time we can spend, working, studying, taking care of our children and all the other endless tasks on our to do list.

The body undergoes imperative repair and damage control while we sleep that is why its critical to get enough quality sleep. Consistent sleep deprivation is a habit that can have harmful long term effects.

CBD can improve your quality of sleep by activating endocannabinoid receptors, which are responsible for the regulation of vital body processes including sleep. By maintaining a balanced system, CBD hemp oil & other CBD products restores homeostasis causing a relaxing and tranquil feeling that makes it easier to sleep.

Be sure to check out: The Difference Between CBD and THC

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How To Make Kief Cookies in 5 Easy Steps

How to Make Kief Cookies

How to Make Kief Cookies Tips

  • The amount of kief you put in each cookie will determine how strong each cookies is.
  • Kief is stronger than cannabis flower because its a concentrated.
  • Edibles usually take about an hour to start working so wait at least an hour in between doses.
  • Effects of edibles are usually stronger and last longer than smoking.

How to Make Kief Cookies Recipe

This Kief cookie recipe is very simple and probably one of the easiest cannabis edibles to make at home.

1. Decarboxylate Kief

In order to be activated, kief and cannabis must be heated. Heating kief causes the THCA to lose a molecule and become THC.

How to Decarboxylate Kief in an Oven

  • Spread kief onto a baking sheet or onto a baking dish (I use a covered baking casserole dish)
  • Bake at 220 degrees for 30 mins

2. Prep Cookie Dough as Usual

You can make kief cookies with any type of cookie dough you like.  The easiest way is to use pre-made cookie dough you can get from any grocery store.

3. Make a Well in a Ball of Cookie Dough – Add 1/8 teaspoon of Kief

4. Fold and Reshape Cookie So Kief Remains Inside

5.  Bake According to Cookie Dough Instructions

It’s that easy to make Kief Cookies at home. We hope you enjoyed this simple and easy recipe. Feel free to share any of your tips or other edible recipes. Remember, start slow and test your cannabis tolerance. There are quite a few edibles to try and making them yourself requires a little practice and patience. Once you have the perfect recipe down you’ll be sharing your home-made treats at your next party or even taking them along on your next road trip.

Be sure to check out: How to Make Pot Brownies – Martha Stewart’s ‘to-die-for” Recipe

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Medical Marijuana: Treating What Ails You with Cannabis

Medical Marijuana, Cannabis, Card

There is a reason that over 80% of people in the US support legalizing marijuana for medical use.  Most people who have tried marijuana understand how effective it can be for such a wide range of medical conditions, much more so than any pharmaceutical drug currently available in many cases.  While marijuana does not cure it all and no one claims it does, the right medical marijuana can provide much needed relief for people currently suffering from any number of medical issues who have either lost faith in traditional medicine or have found it to be too expensive and not very helpful at all.

CBD vs. THC

Cannabis has over 100 different compounds but for the purposes of treating medical conditions, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the most relevant and recognized.  THC dominant strains can certainly treat many medical conditions however one side effect that not everyone wants is that psychoactive effect or a change in consciousness.

For medical marijuana patients today, CBD dominant strains of marijuana solves this problem.  CBD provides significant medical benefits without the “high” that recreational cannabis users are after.  For some medical marijuana patients, it is beneficial to do some experimentation with different strains to see which ones provide the most benefit to their particular condition.  It might be that only CBD relieves their symptoms or a strain with a 1:1 ration of THC and CBD.  It’s important to talk to both your doctor and budtender if you plan to do a little experimenting so they can point you in the right direction.

Conditions that Benefit from Medical Marijuana

The most common reason why people try medicinal marijuana is for pain management.  What the cause of the pain is varies considerably from person to person but for those experiencing pain over long periods of time, medical marijuana has done wonders.  It will not cure the pain or banish it forever but it makes living a happy and productive life much more attainable.  There is some debate as to how well medicinal marijuana handles severe pain that normally requires opiates however it is definitely safer and not addictive so worth a try.  Medical marijuana also does not cause kidney damage like so many NSAIDS do with long term use so its safety is far superior when tackling ongoing pain.

Depression, anxiety and PTSD are often crippling disorders that drain the quality of life from those who experience them, or worse.  Medical marijuana has been shown to be highly effective at managing all three conditions.  Typical pharmaceutical solutions can often be enough however with some people experiencing serious side effects, patient compliance is a real problem.  A drug may work but if no one wants to take the drug because of the side effects, then what is the point?  Enter medical marijuana with far fewer if any negative side effects and patient compliance is no longer a problem.  Combining pharmaceutical medication along with marijuana can be done successfully but not without the guidance of a doctor.

For conditions such as multiple sclerosis, where nerve pain can be a near constant problem and Parkinson’s disease, where tremors make doing common everyday things like brushing your teeth a true challenge, medical marijuana has been shown to reduce or element nerve pain and lesson tremors respectively.   Most common pharmaceutical options, if there are any, are so sedating that patients spend their time in a haze rather than living their lives.

From easing the number and severity of epileptic seizures to lessening the overwhelming nausea of chemo treatments, to aiding in the control of glaucoma, medical marijuana has shown that it can help with so many types of medical conditions that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find one medical condition that marijuana can’t help.  It is still necessary to coordinate with a medical professional before you self-treat however with medicinal marijuana becoming more and more accepted in the medical community you should not face any judgment from your doctor.  If you do, it might be time to find a new doctor that supports your path towards a happy healthy life that is not solely dependent on often outrageously expensive pharmaceuticals that have serious and sometimes dangerous side effects.  The effort to find the right medicinal marijuana for your condition is well worth the time.

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How To Make Pot Brownies – Martha Stewart’s “to-die-for” Recipe

How To Make Pot Brownies

This pot brownie recipe has sweet icing and pecans, making these pot brownies sweet and rich. You can skip the pecans if nuts aren’t your thing. If the recipe is backed by Martha Stewart herself, you know these pot brownies will be delicious. Here we go.

How Much Pot To Use

When it comes to potency, there are many factors that come into play when you make cannabis-infused oils or butter. If you are making your own cannabis-infused butter, definitely try a small amount before you infuse your entire batch of  pot brownies. If you are pretty confident in the potency of your oil, it’s still best to be sure—especially if you will be sharing with friends or family.

In order to avoid some of the guesswork, try using an activated oil, like distillate, in your brownies. The benefit of using a distillate is that it can be portioned out and has a specific THC or CBD percentage. So, if you buy one gram (1000 mg) of distillate that is 97% THC, you are getting 970 milligrams of THC. If 10 milligrams is considered a standard dose, you have approximately 97 edibles in that measurement of distillate.

The most important thing to remember when making pot brownies is to make sure the cannabis oil is evenly mixed into the batter. You don’t want all your oil to be in just one brownie. Make sure every pot brownie is going to offer a consistent and enjoyable dose!

Martha Stewart’s “to-die-for”  Pot Brownie Recipe

Yield: One 9” x 13” pan.

Ingredients:

4 large eggs

  • ⅔ C cannabis-infused oil
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 ½ C all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Martha Louise Stewart’s Chocolate Icing (recipe below)

Directions to make the pot brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 175˚C. Butter a 9” x 13” baking pan; set aside.
    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat eggs on low speed. Add cannaoil and sugar, beating for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add egg mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in pecans and vanilla.
  3. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake until edges just start to pull away from pan, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Spread icing over brownies; allow to set before serving.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ½ C confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted (use cannabutter if greater potency is desired)

Icing Directions:

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat egg with 1 cup sugar on low speed. With mixer running, add 1/2 cup sugar and cocoa into egg mixture; mix well. Add remaining 1 cup sugar, vanilla, and butter; beat to combine.

Now you’re ready to enjoy your “to-die-for” pot brownies. Check out our recipe for: How to Make Kief Cookies

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How To Make Cannabis-Infused Butter or Cannabutter

cannabis butter

This is a beginners guide to making cannabis butter or cannabutter. Once you master the process, you will be able to make all sorts of edibles from brownies and cookies to dousing your favorite vegetables.

This recipe roughly translates into 30 milligrams of THC per tbsp of cannabis butter or oil. Your ideal dose will vary, but 10 mg is standard.Begin by testing 1/4 teaspoon of this weed butter you create and wait for about an hour. Observe how you are feeling and let your body tell you if this is an excellent amount, if you want more, or if you need less. Erring on the side of care will make certain you really enjoy yourself and have a positive experience.

Step 1: Decarboxylation

The first thing you are going to need to do is decarboxylate your own cannabis. Also called”decarbing,” this requires you to bake your marijuana, allowing the THC, CBD and other cannabinoids to trigger. Additionally, it allows for lipids in oil and butter to readily bind to your weed to your best cannabis infusion.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 oz of marijuana
  • Hand grinder or scissors
  • Glass baking dish or sheet pan
  • Oven

Things to do for Cannabis Butter:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220° F.
  2. Gently split apart the desired quantity of weed using a hand-grinder, scissors, or with hands till it is the perfect consistency for rolling a joint– nice, but not too fine. Anything too fine will slide through cheesecloth (or a joint, for that matter). You need your cannabutter and oil to be clean and as clear as you can.
  3. Evenly disperse your plant material on the glass baking dish or sheet pan. Pop in the oven on the middle rack for 20 minutes if using old or reduced quality weed; 45 minutes for treated, high quality cannabis; or one hour or longer for anything that’s been recently harvested and remains wet.
  4. Check on the marijuana regularly while it is in the oven, gently mixing it every 10 minutes in order to not burn it. You will see that the color of your herb will vary from bright green to a deep brown green. That is when you know it’s decarboxylated.

Step 2: Cannabis Butter Stovetop

What You Will Need:

  • 11/2 cup water
  • 8 oz clarified butter, melted butter, or oil
  • 1/2 oz decarboxylated cannabis
  • Medium saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Thermometer, discretionary cheesecloth and/or metallic strainer

What to do for cannabis butter:

  1. In a medium saucepan on very low heat, add butter and water.
  2. Once the butter is melted, add the decarboxylated cannabis, mix well then cover.
  3. Let mix gently simmer for 4 hours. Stir every half hour to ensure that your cannabutter is not burning. For those who have a thermometer, check to be certain that the temperature does not reach over 180°.
  4. After simmering for 4 hours strain with a strainer or cheesecloth into a separate container. Allow the butter cool to room temperature. Use immediately or keep in fridge or freezer with a well-sealed mason jar. You should be able to store your cannabis butter for up to six months.

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Marijuana Helps Relieve Migraines – Study

Marijuana Helps Relieve Migraines

A study by researchers at the University of New Mexico has discovered that over nine out of 10 migraine sufferers reported that inhaled marijuana helps relieve migraines. A report about the study, titled”Alleviative consequences of cannabis blossom on headache and migraine,” was released this month at the Journal of Integrative Medicine.

To conduct the study, researchers monitored the effects of inhaled herbal cannabis about the symptoms characterized by 699 migraine victims within a period of 32 weeks. Participants self-administered cannabis while in home and reported their usage and its impact on symptoms through the smartphone program Releaf. The high level of pain linked to headache or migraine was quantified on a scale of zero to ten before and immediately after cannabis consumption. Continue reading Marijuana Helps Relieve Migraines – Study

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Cannabis Terpenes Battle COVID-19 – Researchers View Promising Outcomes

Cannabis Terpenes Battle Covid-19

Could cannabis terpenes battle COVID-19? A recently conducted study examining the use of cannabis terpene formulation – NT-VRL on inflammatory conditions resulted in some extremely promising results in battling cytokine storm syndrome resulting from COVID-19. Continue reading Cannabis Terpenes Battle COVID-19 – Researchers View Promising Outcomes

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CBD Product Testing Will Be Done by FDA Contractor

CBD Product Testing

CBD product testing is needed for the industry. The FDA is wants to award a contract to help test thousands of CBD Products as the agency develops regulations for products containing the non-intoxicating cannabinoid.

In a note published on Thursday, FDA reported the selected firm will offer aid with”collecting samples and analyzing the amounts of CBD and related cannabinoids, in addition to potential associated contaminants like poisonous components, pesticides and industrial compounds, processing solvents as well as microbial contamination, in cosmetics and foods via surveys of those products.” Continue reading CBD Product Testing Will Be Done by FDA Contractor

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Women Marijuana Users Have Better Sex – Science Says So

marijuana users have better sex

Is it true that women marijuana users have better sex? Among girls who like marijuana, there is no shortage of anecdotal proof that adding a little cannabis can deliver a joy into the bedroom, and in most countries where the drug is lawful, entrepreneurs have capitalized on that claim. Continue reading Women Marijuana Users Have Better Sex – Science Says So