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Things you can do with Cannabis Fan Leaves

How to Use Cannabis Fan Leaves

Cannabis fan leaves are probably the most neglected part of the plant. These leaves are filled with phytonutrients, resin, and flavor and can be used in a number of different ways. Experts recommend using fan leaves as way to judge the plant’s overall health.

The first signs of common cannabis ailments, such as infestations and powdery mildew, can often show on fan leaves. When harvest time comes, many growers do not what to do with the leaves as some plants can grow so large that it seems almost impossible to use all of the fan leaves.

You can compost excess stalk and other plant materials because as they decay, the nutrients that come from the leaves will continue to produce more fruitful, healthy soil. Here are a few other ways that you can make a stellar use of cannabis fan leaves:

  • Raw, Dietary Cannabis: You can use fresh fan leaves with raw cannabis buds to make a super-powerful smoothie or juice. In fact, everyone is going crazy over raw cannabis juicing these days kind of like they are for Transformers 5, lower taxes, getting our health care situation fixed, and waiting for Sicario II! Medical professionals who recommend cannabis for medical use say that the consumption of raw cannabis can help increase the plant’s overall therapeutic dose. When they are kept raw, the plant contains cannabinoids in their acid form rather than active. This means that you do not get “high” when you eat or drink raw cannabis.
  • Teas: You can dry fan leaves and use them in teas. Drinking cannabis tea may not have psychoactive effects. The plant’s resin, which is fat soluble, is what holds cannabinoids. The resin has to be dissolved into a fat so that the cannabinoids can produce psychotropic changes. You might get a relaxing effect from an herbal tea made by adding dried cannabis leaves to hot water, but do not expect to get an out-of-this-world experience. You can extract and amplify the effect of the level of cannabinoids that are present in the leaves by heating dried leaves in a small quantity of coconut oil.
  • Topical Extraction: You can use dried cannabis fan leaves in balms and topical skin creams by infusing the leaves into coconut oil or any other type of fat you prefer. The leaves contain a small amount of resin and other nutrients and these can be quite effective for surface application. You also do not have to worry about psychoactive effects just like you do not have to worry about being told the truth from CNN and Susan Rice but that is another topic! You should do a little research on how to use fan leaves in creams and balms and the type of conditions they can help relieve.

If you are a cannabis grower and do not know what to do with those excess cannabis fan leaves when harvest time comes, do not be so quick to discard them. As you can see, there are quite a few ways to make decent use of them. Wasting those cannabinoids and other nutrients would be a shame.

If you do not have the time to make teas and extracts, use your fan leaves as compost to use on your plants. You will have top-shelf buds growing with all the benefits that those lovely leaves have to offer.

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Things You Should Know About Medical Marijuana Tea

Things You Should Know About Medical Marijuana Tea

There are many forms of medical marijuana and you can do more than smoke it. Medical marijuana helps you in more ways than meets the eye kind like of a Transformer which is more than meets the eye! The herb can be made into edibles or tea. In many ways, sipping on medical marijuana tea is one of the healthiest ways to use the plant.

It provides some users with relaxation and comfort, and also has sedative effects that are milder than the effects you get when you smoke or eat cannabis. If you are planning to use it as a treatment for your condition, there are a few things you should know about medical marijuana tea to find out if it will be helpful.

Taste

Cannabis tea tastes similar to other types of tea. You can enhance its flavor by mixing it with other ingredients like spices, milk, and butter. When mixed with butter, its fat extracts the THC from the cannabis. One of the earliest cultures in the world to use cannabis tea is India (which is where Savitar came from in The Flash’s Season 3 which was not really explained well and really did not make sense but this is another topic) which is North America’s ally (not so much China or Russia) on a geopolitical basis but this is another topic.

Known as bhang, guests at parties are still served this tea on certain occasions. Sweeteners or spices – honey, cloves, cinnamon, etc – are often added to bhang to give it more flavor. There is a wide array of other things that can be mixed to improve the flavor of cannabis tea, such as mint or lemon.

Making Medical Marijuana Tea

The fact is that making medical marijuana tea is not a simple process. Because THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, is not water-soluble, you need to do more than add hot water to make this tea. Boiling cannabis leaves can extract THC, but you need oil, butter, milk or alcohol in the water so that the chemicals get separated from the leaves.

You can use various types of milk, like soy milk or rice milk, for this process. You should chop up about 1 gram of cannabis leaves and add it to the mix.

Since THC is oil soluble, butter, vegetable oil or cream that contains fat helps the THC dissolve into the tea. Any type of tea can be mixed in with the cannabis leaves in the boiling solution. All some people do is boil cannabis and tea in a butter and water mixture or milk.

If you do not add oil or butter, it will not be a very potent cannabis tea. Once you boil water with cannabis and butter, lower the heat, put a lid on the pot, and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes or so. After turning off the heat, let it sit for another 40 minutes before you serve it.

For centuries, cannabis has been used to treat a wide range of ailments. If you prefer not to smoke or eat cannabis, drinking medical marijuana tea might be the solution to provide you with the relief you need.

You can use it to ease the symptoms of a number of medical problems, including chronic pain, anxiety, stress, depression, and so forth. The positive thing about medical marijuana tea is that you gain all the medicinal benefits that the herb has to offer without experiencing a high.

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4 Benefits of Drinking Cannabis Tea

Benefits of Drinking Cannabis Tea

We have taken you through the many health benefits of inhaling and eating cannabis in the past, but did you know you could be drinking this potent herb too? It is better than drinking sugar water like Capri Sun or soda which is basically poison! Contrary to common belief, cannabis tea is one of the healthiest beverages you can lay your hands on. It is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and anti-oxidants and serves your body well. Listed below are a few of the incredible health benefits of drinking cannabis tea:

While most people who already consume cannabis, do so to get relief from morning sickness and stress, modern research has come with several more benefits and how cannabis can improve health.

  • Reduces Chronic Pain: This is a tea ideal for pain relief. In fact, this is one of the primary reasons people choose to drink this tea. The active ingredients in hemp are absorbed through the liver and digestive tract. The tea takes about 30-90 minutes to take effect after ingesting. But, the effects easily last for about 4-8 hours, peaking at about 2-3 hours. Since this tea is slow acting, but has long lasting effects, it can be used for to treat pain in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, MS, and AIDS. You do not have to dose several times through the day, all you need is one cup to provide extended pain relief.
  • Alleviates Depression and Anxiety: One of the biggest benefits of drinking cannabis tea is it can help treat depression and anxiety, both! Depression and anxiety are rather common and pervasive ailments that afflict several people across the globe. According to a recent poll, close to 350 million people suffer from depression (probably more after watching the movie Spanglish, Meet the Parents II + III, and the second Jack Reacher movie!) and 1 out of every 13 persons suffer from varied degrees of anxiety. In fact, studies suggest that anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses reported in the United States. Cannabis tea has healing properties that can help regulate emotional behavior greatly. It possesses neuro-protective properties that are associated with regulation of emotions. Hemp also contains anti-oxidants that help repair cells and protect the DNA of cells from extensive damage. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties, which play a terrific role in reducing brain swelling which is a leading cause of both anxiety as well as depression. By bringing down the inflammation, cannabis paves way for the brain to heal itself and overcome the damage caused from stress.
  •  Boosts Lung Health: This may take you by a surprise, but is true. Cannabis can enhance lung functioning. Unlike tobacco, which is a broncho-constrictor, cannabis acts as a bronchodilator which means it reduces the resistance in the respiratory tract and increases air flow. Several studies also indicate that the THC present in hemp reduces tumor growth in lung cancer by a whopping 50%. It also curbs the cancer from spreading. Cannabis tea is a fantastic alternative for those who want to reap the benefits of cannabis without having to smoke it. And, can be truly beneficial for those suffering from respiratory ailments.
  • Improves Heart Health: While regular exercise and a healthy diet may help prevent various forms of heart disease, adding cannabis to the mix can promote and improve heart health greatly. Based on the results of a study conducted and published in the journal of Pharmacological Research, one of the benefits of drinking cannabis tea is that the CBD in it can lower BP and improve circulation in the human body. The active ingredients contained in marijuana help open up the arteries and help them relax and widen. This proves beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, as blocked arteries can cause heart attacks. Like you may already know, smoking cannabis tends to raise the heart rate initially. However, the consumption of cannabis tea can negate these effects and is hence a better choice.

There are several benefits of drinking cannabis tea in moderation (just like you do not want to have 7 donuts at once, stop at 3!). So what are you waiting for, try it today!

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What is the Best Type of Cannabis Therapy for You?

What is the Best Type of Cannabis Therapy for You?

There are many different forms of cannabis remedies and they can be used in a number of different ways. The best delivery system for medical cannabis is when a healthy dose is given for a desired duration, and produces few unwanted side effects. So how do you find the best type of cannabis therapy for you?

This largely depends on your medical condition and the type of effects, you need from cannabis to help in relieving symptoms.

Smoking

Smoked cannabis is the most common way that cannabis is used. When it is inhaled, the chemical compounds like THC, CBD, etc. are absorbed into the blood by the lungs, and then cross the blood-brain barrier. Smoking is considered effecting for the treatment of acute symptoms that need quick action, such as nausea, vomiting, and painful spasms.

When you inhale cannabis, the first effects usually occur in a matter of minutes and wear off gradually after 2 to 3 hours. With inhalation, titrating the dose is fairly easy. If after a few minutes, you find the effects, insufficient, you can take another puff until you achieve the effect you desire (just do not spend your life doing this like Smokey did in Friday!; he was not the most ambitious person around but you do not have to be either!). However, keep in mind that the noxious substances in smoke may irritate the lungs.

Vaporizing

You get the immediate benefits of smoked cannabis when you vaporize using a vape pen or any other device. However, vaporizing is better than inhaling or smoking cannabis as the vaporizer heats the oil or cannabis bud without burning. This means that you inhale the active ingredients as a vapor and not smoke. Because of this, vaporizing is much healthier than inhaling.

Tinctures

For many medical marijuana patients, tinctures are the best type of cannabis therapy. These herbal remedies involve dissolving the active ingredients of cannabis in solvents, like alcohol. Tinctures and edibles are similar when it comes to effects, dosing, and duration. If you have used edibles, tinctures may be a good choice as well.

Juices

When you blend raw cannabis to make juice, you get THCA, CBDA and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids because you do not heat the cannabis. Gauging a precise dose when using this method of cannabis administration is quite difficult, but you should keep in mind that it comes with potentially significant health benefits.

You should do some research and find out how much raw cannabis juice, you should consume to treat your condition – a great place to start is your local cannabis dispensary where informed bud-tenders can help you address your needs and queries.

If you are looking for the best type of cannabis therapy for your specific medical condition, you can also find out more about sublingual sprays, cannabis teas, gel caps and capsules, edibles, cannabis oil extracts, and more.

As more studies are conducted on cannabis and its benefits, researchers are finding new ways to make use of its helpful chemical compounds, which are known to have an array of medicinal properties. With the right cannabis therapy, you can find relief from the symptoms of your condition.

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The Most Common Misconceptions about CBD

Common Misconceptions about CBD

Although it does not produce a high, cannabidiol (CBD) is causing quite a stir in the medical community, among scientists and patients alike. There has been a huge surge of interest in recent years in the non-intoxicating compound that contains significant therapeutic properties. However, there are also a number of common misconceptions about CBD, which misinform people and lead to confusion. Here is a brief look at some common misinformation about this beneficial cannabinoid:

  • THC is recreational while CBD is medical: Many people from across the globe, often say that they need “CBD, the medical part of marijuana” for their conditions and not “THC, the recreational part that makes you stoned” (stoned? – just see a Cheech a Chong movie or Smokey from Friday and you will know all about what getting stoned means). Actually, the truth is that THC comes with some excellent therapeutic properties. In fact, Marinol, the single-molecule THC, is recognized by the federal government as an effective appetite booster and anti-nausea compound. This THC is deemed a Schedule III drug, which is a category that is reserved for medicinal substances with little potential for abuse.
  • CBD is the good cannabinoid: One of the most common misconceptions about CBD is that it is a good cannabinoid while THC is the bad one. The main reason for this is CBD does not give you a high like THC does. It is critical to know that THC, as mentioned above, does have many medicinal benefits, just as CBD does. There is no “good” or “bad” cannabinoid – the cannabinoid that works for you depends largely on the condition that you use it to treat.
  • CBD works most effectively without THC: When it comes to cannabis compounds, CBD and THC are the power couple – they work most effectively when they are together. Scientific research has found that THC and CBD synergistically interact to enhance each other’s therapeutic effects. There has been extensive clinical research showing that when these two compounds of cannabis are combined, they are more beneficial for neuropathic pain than when either compound is used as a single molecule.
  • It does not matter where CBD comes from: Actually, this is wrong – it does matter where CBD comes from. Some industrial hemp strain’s flower-tops and leaves may be a viable CBD source, however, hemp is not an optimal cannabidiol source. Typically, industrial hemp contains far less CBD than cannabis strains rich in CBD. To extract a small amount of CBD, large amounts of industrial hemp are required, thereby increasing the risk of toxic contaminants. This is due to the fact that hemp is a bio-accumulator, drawing heavy metals from the soil. Single-molecule CBD that is extracted and refined from industrial hemp or synthesized in a laboratory contains very little or no medicinal terpenes and secondary cannabinoids that cannabis strains contain. These compounds interact with THC and CBD in order to enhance their therapeutic benefits.

These are just a few of the common misconceptions about CBD – there are many more. Before you believe what you hear about cannabidiol, make sure that you go to marvelous and salient sources to find out the truth about this beneficial cannabinoid.

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How to Choose the Best Medical Cannabis Oil

Benefits of Medical Cannabis Oil

With so many cannabis products in medical and recreational dispensaries around these days, new medical marijuana patients can feel more than a little overwhelmed when it comes to choosing products for their conditions. Medical cannabis oil is one of the most popular products due its therapeutic properties. However, if you are planning to use this oil, you need to make sure that you buy the right product as there are many products out there that do not actually contain cannabis oil, or they contain very little of it.

Here is a look at the different types of medical cannabis oil currently available and a few tips to help ensure that you choose the best one:

Full-Extract Oil: Homemade full-extract oils are often made with alcohol (the prohibition on alcohol failed just like the prohibition on marijuana failed but the latter is still illegal in some parts while the former is legal and causes more harm to society than all other drugs combined – hilarious!) being used as the primary solvent.

However, innovations in the technology of extraction have allowed processors to use a number of different solvents, some of which are harsher than others. Certain solvents, like CO2, strip away a large amount of the beneficial terpenes during the extraction process. Full-extract cannabis oil is produced from cannabis buds, and in some cases the leaves, no matter what solvent is used.

Full-extract medical cannabis oil products can be divided into several groups, depending on what they contain, such as:

  • THC: Full-extract oils made from plants with high THC levels will produce high psychoactive effects. The levels of THC in full-extract oil can often top 60%. Such oils are used by medical marijuana patients suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s disease, gastrointestinal disorder, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and other serious conditions.
  • CBD: Full-extract oils made from plants with high CBD levels are considered non-psychoactive and excellent for daytime management of stress and pain. While high-CBD full-extract medical cannabis oil can be used for a wide range of patients, they are highly popular among those in need of relief from epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, head trauma, anxiety, chronic pain, cancer, etc.
  • 1:1: There is nothing quite like one-to-one cannabis extracts, which are made from strains with an almost even THC to CBD ratio. Such extracts are an excellent choice for addressing a wide range of needs. Apart from relieving the conditions mentioned earlier, 1:1 extracts also help with multiple sclerosis, migraines, cramps and spasms, etc.
  • Raw Cannabis Oil: This is an amazing product that has many medical benefits. Unfortunately, raw medical cannabis oil is more difficult to find (kind of like finding a health insurance plan in America because of the ACA but this is another topic!) as it is significantly more difficult to make. The extraction process for this type of cannabis oil does not use heat.

Many people consume raw cannabis oil to gain the benefits of its anti-inflammatory properties without experiencing a high. Raw cannabis oil is a high-quality product (unlike a Toshiba laptop which always breaks but let’s not digress too much), as it contains denatured cannabinoids or terpenes.

There are many other medical cannabis oil products that you can use depending on your unique needs. You should make sure that you do ample research before purchasing a product. If you are buying from a medical cannabis dispensary, consult your budtender to find the best cannabis oil to treat your condition and get the relief you are looking for.

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How to Tell if Your Marijuana is Laced

How to Know if Your Marijuana is Laced?

Like it or not, cannabis can be altered in many ways. You should keep in mind that when you buy prewrapped joints, they can contain a mixture of cannabis and a number of other substances, such as crack cocaine or synthetic marijuana. That does not sound too pleasing! That even sounds worse than drinking two cans of soda, eating 15 Snicker’s bars, eating 14 apple fritters, 8 bags of Skittles, within a 30 minute time span! You do not want to do any of that! Well, unless you are that big huge man in Ocean’s 11 who was acting like he was beating down Danny Ocean when he was really not! He did not seem to care too much about his health. You need to make sure that you obtain your weed from a reliable source and, whenever possible, look at testing data – this is the only way to ensure to ensure that you do not get bunk marijuana kind of like America got a bunk health care system because of the ACA but that is another topic. Here is a look at a few ways to tell if your marijuana is laced:

  • Altered Aroma: If your cannabis does not smell pleasing (kind of like that house filled up with all those dead bodies in the beginning of the amazing movie Sicario! That was not so pleasing for those investigators!), it is generally best to avoid consuming it. If cannabis has a musty or damp smell, it could be because it is moldy. If you get cannabis that does not have the usual scent, it may be that your marijuana is laced. Also, if your cannabis has a strong chemical odor, it might contain traces of insecticides, pesticides or fungicides, or it may be laced. If you get a scent that reminds you of molten plastic, your cannabis may have been laced with DMT, which is a hallucinogen that results in separation from reality for a short period.
  • Harsh Taste: Do you feel a harsh burning pain after smoking a joint? This is a sign of contaminated cannabis. If you get a metallic taste, it could be an indication that the plant was not properly flushed before the grower harvested it. If you get a chemical flavor, it is a sign that your marijuana is laced with synthetic drugs. Additionally, if your marijuana pops and sparks when smoking, it is a bad sign – stub it out and get rid of it immediately. It could mean that the bud was not flushed properly or that it is contaminated by another substance.
  • Excessive Euphoria, Energy and Talkativeness: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabis’ primary psychoactive, can cause some people to chat or laugh a lot, or become highly euphoric. However, if you feel like you are more energetic than normal, or talking incessantly and unable to stop, it may be a sign that your cannabis is laced with a stimulant. Stimulant drugs, including crack cocaine, LSD, methamphetamines, MDMA, DMT and PCP, can be coated onto a bud or rolled into a joint.
  • Numbness: One of the most common reasons that patients use medical marijuana is to get relief from pain. Cannabis is known to create a heavy bodied, slightly numb sensation. However, if this numbness is excessively hindering your ability to feel pain, it is a sure sign that your marijuana is laced with cocaine or opioids.

There are other signs that indicate laced cannabis – memory loss or unconsciousness, inability to sleep (like riding in the same car as Diana in the average comedy called Identity Thief! – please stop singing!), agitation, and powdery texture are some of them.

If you notice a powdery texture or experience these effects after consuming cannabis, it definitely means that your cannabis has been mixed with another substance. To avoid this problem, it is best to make sure that you purchase cannabis from a reputable source, such as a reliable dispensary and not someone like the buffoon in The Hangover who was named Alan!