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Can Cannabis Help You Cope with Anxiety

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Can Cannabis Help You Cope with Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are the most well-known mental illness in the U.S., affecting over 40 million adults, or 18.1% of the population. Heightened by the recent pandemic, the World Health Organization in a published report highlights dim prospects for mental health and likely fallout of mental health-related crisis in the near future.

Most anxiety-related disorders have been traced to psychological stress. Psychological stress is noted to increase anxiety that can have an adverse effect on the immune system of the body and the mental health of the individual. So, in these stressful times, it is not impossible for an increased number of individuals to experience heightened anxiety and mental health-related symptoms. 

Mental health challenges are a real problem, and while many solutions including therapy, regular exercise, dieting and supplements have been advised, there is another solution that is fast gaining traction across a broad base of individuals, and that is CBD!

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the substances that is extracted from the cannabis plant. It is the second most prevalent substance found in the plant, and it is highly regarded for its therapeutic benefits. Being a phytocannabinoid, the substance interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, supporting it to perform its function of balance (homeostasis) effectively.

CBD is noted to offer stress relieve, relief from pain, is clinically indicated to stop or manage severe seizures and is noted as a potential therapeutic solution for anxiety, depression and anxiety-related symptoms.

While there aren’t enough scientific reports to support this stance, partly owing to the nascent nature of research into the efficacy of the substance, early results show sufficient prospects on the efficacy of CBD to proffer a potent intervention for a broad range of medical conditions including anxiety, and anxiety-related conditions.

To draw a relationship between anxiety and CBD, we have dug a little deeper into the effect CBD has on anxiety and depression, and the clinical studies supporting these results.

Without much ado, let’s dive in.

CBD and Anxiety

There is an increased interest in clinical research on the relationship between CBD, anxiety, and fear. Researchers have sought to define the relationship between anxiety and fear, and how CBD can affect the hormones that influence these reactions associated with the different responses – Anxiety and fear.

In laboratory settings, CBD has been shown to decrease experimentally induced anxiety and lessen fear memories in healthy adult participants. Clinical trials in patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have demonstrated that CBD based anxiety medications can reduce their symptoms.

Although the trials have shown limited results, it is evident that CBD reduces experimentally induced anxiety and fear. For example, one study in healthy participants and those suffering from social anxiety disorder found that CBD decreased task-related anxiety and has significant anxiolytic effects.

How does it do this?

Because CBD is able to influence the ECS, it causes it to increase secretion levels of the hormones that control mood and emotions. This way, the body is able to better manage the stress arising for anxiety-prone situations. 

Several persons have reported feeling better and more confident after several doses of CBD. A regular health care regime including CBD can help you feel better and less moody.

While more is to be learned about CBD’s anxiolytic effect, but with clinical research moving at a slow pace, it might be a while before official approval of CBD as an anti-anxiety solution. However, going by the relative success in clinical trials and in-person reports, it wouldn’t hurt anyone to incorporate high-grade CBD oil into their self-care regimen for better mental health wellbeing.

How to Use CBD for Anxiety

If you’re curious about using CBD oil as an alternative intervention medication for anxiety, understanding the pros and cons of the various ingestion methods can help you determine which form of consumption best suits your needs.

Tinctures and oils

CBD tinctures and oils represent a quick, easy, and accurate way to consume CBD. While most tinctures contain CBD in an alcohol base, CBD oils contain CBD extracts infused into a carrier oil, such as coconut or hemp seed oil.

Tinctures and oils are taken using a dropper, which allows you to easily measure intake. The cannabinoid rapidly enters the bloodstream when taken sublingually—results can kick in as quickly as ten minutes and may last up to three to four hours.

CBD vape oils

CBD can be vaped using a special pen that vaporizes the oil. At present, the safety of vaping has come under intense scrutiny as several hospitalizations for lungs related ailments owing to vaping has been recorded. However, the federal Center for Disease Control has found that most cases have been linked to the use of illicit-market THC vape cartridges tainted with vitamin E oil (tocopheryl-acetate).

CBD vape cartridges purchased in legal state-licensed cannabis stores are highly regulated. Proceed with caution when considering any vaping product in an unregulated environment.

Edibles

CBD, while super easy to consume in this form, may take some time for the effects to kick in. This is as a result of the limited bioavailability of CBD passing through the gastrointestinal tract.

Using edibles makes for inaccurate dosing. Use wisely to avoid cases of adverse reactions owing to over consumption.

Smoking

Smoking provides an almost instantaneous method for enjoying the effects of CBD. Smoking sends the cannabinoid directly to the alveoli of the lungs, and from there, CBD molecules enter the bloodstream for rapid absorption. However, measuring your CBD intake can be tricky when you smoke, and the act of smoking itself can cause lung inflammation.

General Dosing Tips

Some basic factors that you should consider when devising a CBD dose include:

  • Bodyweight
  • Metabolism
  • Concentration of CBD
  • The severity of your anxiety

Your unique body chemistry affects how you respond to CBD. 

The concentration of CBD varies between products and is generally expressed as milligrams (mg) per container.

Once you know the potency of the CBD product you hold, you can use a dosage calculator to help settle on your perfect dose. 

Final Thought

CBD is inevitably a multifaceted supplement that’s becoming well established by research. We are hopeful that with more evidence emerging that shows real therapeutic benefits, that the substance would enjoy full legality for pharmacological use.

Cannabis Overdose – Truth or Myth

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Cannabis Overdose – Truth or Myth

There is an ongoing controversy around the effects cannabis or in wider scope marijuana can have on the body, and if excess intake of the substance can cause a fatal overdose. Even amongst supposed experts, the verdict varies. 

In this article, we will take a closer look at how cannabis or in this case marijuana affects the body, and if in fact, it can cause a fatal overdose.

Disclaimer: The content of this article does not connote medical advice and it should not be seen or taken as such. The author and his partners are absolved of how you use the information contained therein.

Now, down to business.

To know if cannabis can cause an overdose, it is first important to understand how cannabis interacts with the human body. 

Marijuana – also known as Maryjane, pot, weed, hash, and dozens of other names – consists of the shredded and dried parts of the cannabis plant, including the flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems. Traditionally, the substance is consumed by smoking but in some cases, it can be consumed as an ingredient in food, brewed tea, or oils.

The different methods of taking the drug may cause the drug to affect your body differently. When you inhale marijuana smoke into your lungs, the drug is quickly released into your bloodstream and makes its way to your brain and other organs. It will take a little longer time to feel the effects if you eat or drink the substance.

So, what happens when you consume cannabis?

Several persons report various physical and psychological effects when they consume the substance. Effects range from harm and discomfort to pain relief and relaxation. 

When cannabis enters your bloodstream, the effects are usually person dependent. While the substance is rated to have therapeutic benefits, the reaction is not the same for everyone. Some of the reported effects include; changes in perception and increased heart rate, an enveloping sense of relieve and relaxation, and for many others, an increased state of inebriety.

This is how cannabis interacts with the body.

Cannabis interacts with what is known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) located in the brain and Central Nervous System in the body. The substance being a phytocannabinoid work to support the ECS to perform its function correctly.

The substance is rated to support the body to heal its self of pain, provide relief from anxiety, help to stop seizures, and in many ways provide therapeutic relief for a whole range of conditions that plague the human body.

So, how can something so good cause any harm?

While the consumption of cannabis holds plenty of benefits for the body, we cannot deny that the substance can cause some harm in some people. For much of the negative effects of the substance, we can credit the causes to abuse, and consuming THC rich marijuana.

Now, this is an entirely different topic on its own, but no worry, we would try to break it down a little.

THC and CBD

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD are the two most dominant chemicals you would find in the Cannabis plant. By virtue of their dominance, cannabis plants are rated along these lines.

THC is the reason your mommy warned you about marijuana. The substance is what causes the euphoric high that most people experience when they consume the substance recreationally. The consumption of THC is illegal in most parts of the world, and in some instances, THC rich marijuana is considered first-class drugs, and as such, consumption and possession are considered criminal offences.

CBD on the other hand is non-psychotropic and does not cause any euphoric reactions. The substance is responsible for much of the positive attention that cannabis is receiving right now and it is noted for its therapeutic properties and healing tendencies.

CBD does not cause a high and can be consumed by people of all ages.

TAKEAWAY

The effects of marijuana on the body are often immediate. Longer-term effects may depend on how you take it, how much you use, and how often you use it. 

While you can’t overdose on cannabis in the way that you can overdose on, say, opioids, it doesn’t mean you can’t overdo it or have a bad reaction to cannabis.

How much marijuana is too much?

There isn’t a straightforward answer here because everybody’s different. Some people seem to tolerate cannabis well, while others don’t tolerate it well at all. Cannabis products also vary greatly in their potency.

Edibles, however, seem to be more likely to cause a negative reaction. This is partly because they take a long time to kick in.

After eating an edible, it can be anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours before feeling the effects. In the meantime, many people end up eating more because they mistakenly believe the edibles are weak.

Mixing cannabis with alcohol can also cause a negative reaction for some people, and like we have said above, consuming THC rich marijuana products can cause a bad reaction in some people, especially those who don’t use cannabis often.

What does a bad reaction look like?

Cannabis can have quite a few less-than-desirable side effects, including:

  • confusion
  • thirstiness or a dry mouth (aka “cotton mouth”)
  • concentration problems
  • slower reaction times
  • dry eyes
  • fatigue or lethargy
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • increased heart rate
  • anxiety and other changes in mood

In rarer cases, it can also cause:

  • hallucinations
  • paranoia and panic attacks
  • nausea and vomiting

These side effects can last anywhere from 20 minutes to a full day. In general, cannabis that’s higher in THC is associated with more severe, long-lasting effects. And yes, it’s possible to wake up with a “weed hangover” the following day.

Looking to avoid a bad reaction in the future?

Keep the following in mind:

  • Start with low doses. If it’s your first time using cannabis, it’s a good idea you start low and slow. Consume a small amount and give it plenty of time to kick in before using more.
  • Be careful with edibles. Edibles take anywhere from 20 minutes up to 2 hours to kick in because they need to be digested first. If you’re trying edibles for the first time, or if you’re not sure of the strength, have a very small amount and wait at least 2 hours before having more.
  • Try a low-THC cannabis product. Most dispensaries and cannabis shops list the amount of THC in their products. If you’re new to cannabis, or if you’re sensitive to the side effects, try a low-THC product or one with a high CBD: THC ratio.
  • Avoid overwhelming situations. If cannabis sometimes makes you anxious or confused, it might be best to use it in a safe, calm environment.

Last word!

While nobody has died from overdosing on cannabis alone, it’s possible to consume too much and have a bad reaction. This tends to happen more with edibles and high-THC products.

If you’re new to cannabis, pay careful attention to how much cannabis you’re consuming at a time and give yourself plenty of time to feel the effects before using more.

Cannabis and Sex – Unraveling Research

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Cannabis and Sex – Unraveling Research

Cannabis (marijuana) has a bit of a mixed reputation when it comes to sex. While some have ascribed it to being a traditional herbal aphrodisiac with nearly mythical libido-boosting powers, many others are of the opinion that the substance reduces sperm count and can contribute to erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation. 

In reality, the relationship between Sex and Cannabis is far more complicated than any of the above assumptions. In this article, we would try to establish in very small measure (yes, small measure because there are very little bodies of research on the subject) the relationship between cannabis and sex.

Note: Sexual arousal and functioning is a very complicated subject, and its relationship with any substance has more to do with the individual’s sexuality than it is with the substance, in this case, Cannabis.

Before we get into the thick of the subject, it’s important to establish that “good sex” means different things to different people, and even for the same person, the time of day or even the day in question and other social factors can have an immense effect on how enjoyable sexual acts can be.

But what does the Research Say?

When researchers examine sexual enjoyment, they tend to take different aspects of it into account. Some of the factors that are considered include biological, social, and psychological factors that may play a role in attraction, arousal, orgasm, and overall satisfaction. The approach is no different when establishing a relationship between cannabis and sex.

Because of the nature of cannabis, it is difficult to measure its effect on the sexual behavior of participants in a controlled study. Rather than rely on the controlled study technique in this research, most researchers have opted for self-reported surveys. 

Most of what we know about cannabis and sex comes from self-reported surveys. But there a few drawbacks to studies of these nature. For one, it requires relying on people to accurately (and honestly) remember how much and how often they’ve used particular substances, as well as what effect those substances had on their sex lives. 

Researchers also have no way of corroborating what survey respondents say. Scientists can’t test the drug people have been using to see what it actually is (does it have a high THC content? Is it a concentrate or an edible?) And they have to trust that they and their study subjects share a common frame of reference for and definition of subjective words to describe a highly personal experience, like “enjoyment.”

But that won’t stop us from examining the results. 

Research Underway

In a study (about the first-ever publication on the subject) published in 1979 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, researchers asked a group of 84 grad students what they thought the relationship between cannabis and sex would be. Those who had firsthand experience with the topic (39 percent) were asked to answer from that perspective. Although the groups agreed that cannabis increases overall sexual pleasure, only those who were “experienced smokers” also strongly believed that it increased the intensity of an orgasm and that it should be considered an aphrodisiac.

In a more recent study published in 2017 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, data from the large nationally representative National Survey of Family Growth were used. Researchers found that people who reported using cannabis monthly, weekly, or daily also reported slightly more frequent sex than those who never smoked. (Women who used cannabis daily had an average of 7.1 sexual encounters in the previous four weeks compared to 6 for those who never used it.)

From the above two studies, it is safe to deduce that the consumption of cannabis plays a significant role in sexual enjoyment and satisfaction.

However, to further establish the fact, let us examine a separate study involving 373 female respondents. In this study, 176 respondents reported ever using cannabis, with about half of them reporting frequent use (anywhere from once a week to several times a day). 127 of the 176 cannabis users reported ever using cannabis before sex.

In the study, there were a few major findings; 

  1. People who reported ever using cannabis prior to sex were more likely to report having satisfying orgasms than those who did not use cannabis before sex (and this was a statistically significant difference). 
  2. Those who reported frequent cannabis use (not necessarily before sex) were also significantly more likely to report having satisfying orgasms than people who reported infrequent cannabis use. 
  3. People who reported using cannabis before sex were also more likely to say that they use cannabis specifically to decrease pain (though this wasn’t a statistically significant difference).

This study does have many of the same limitations as those that came before it (such as small sample size and a possible self-selection bias), but it’s unique in that it gives a balanced view of the subject matter, seeing that most surveys had focused solely on men.

With that said, let’s see how cannabis can impact sex.

Wrap Up: Here is how cannabis could theoretically impact sex.

While we cannot say for sure how it happens, we can only try to explain, given the limited evidence at our disposal. 

Cannabis is a vasodilator (meaning it opens blood vessels and increases blood flow), plus its effect on order functions, including memory and feelings of fear and anxiety, it is hard not to see how it can’t contribute to having better sex.

In addition, animal research suggests that stimulating the CB1 receptor can delays ejaculation. So, if we were to mirror the same response in humans, it is only logical that cannabis consumption may contribute to the increased level of enjoyment the human participants reported in the surveys we mentioned previously.

So you see, although the research is still unraveling, there are some valid cases of cannabis having a significant influence over how we can enjoy and participate in sexual acts.

7 Odd Tips to Rolling a Great Joint

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7 Odd Tips For Rolling A Great Joint

While there are lots of pre-rolled joint brands available on the market, most core stoners would often prefer to roll their own joint. The reason behind the choice is the flexibility it offers and in so many ways, bragging rights of being ground solid in the game. 

For every stoner, knowing how to roll a crisp, clean joint by hand is somewhat of a rite of passage; a ritual if you call it so. However, gone are the days of simply rolling a fat spliff and lighting up. Rolling a Joint in 2020 is an art form, and in this article, I will be showing you a few tips on how to roll a great joint.

There’s more than one way to roll a joint!

Like an old cat in the game, I would introduce you to some of the popular joint frames and also list my 7 odd tips for rolling a great joint.

Type of Joints by Frame

  • The Classic Joint, a Timeless Piece: This joint piece is the most common. The frame is even, smooth and burns nicely. The technique for rolling the classic joint is fairly simple and straightforward. It doesn’t require many skills and can be built by even the most inexperienced stoner. 

Pro Tip: Be careful to pack the bud to the same width as your filter. This will help keep your smoke smooth and even. Avoid over-grinding the herb. It makes it too dense and limits airflow.

  • The Cone Joint: This is also one of the classics and makes for a feel-good joint. As its name implies, the joint is shaped like a cone. The end with the filter is narrow, with the joint being wider at the tip.

Pro Tip: To roll this joint, it is best to roll the paper first, keeping it tight over the filter and manipulating it with your other hand to give a cone finish. Once the paper is dry, pour your ground weed into it and pack accordingly.

  • Double Shotgun: This is by far my favorite when I am alone. Don’t mistake this joint for the smoke technique of blowing smoke in a loved one’s mouth. It is a rolling technique of having two classic joints in one. Rolling a double shotgun requires some expert skills and finesse. 

Pro Tip: Sorry there are no pro tips for this. If you can roll a fine classic joint, you can roll this one with a little practice.

Now we have cleared some of the joint frames you can build, let’s get on to the 7 odd tips for rolling the best joint you’ve ever made.

7 Odd Tips For Rolling A Great Joint

Step 1: Choose the Right Flower

The evolution of rolling a joint starts with choosing the right flower. Knowing your flower strains and what works under certain conditions can help you choose the right techniques for rolling the joint. For instance, Sativa strains are less dense and as such need not be ground too much to achieve bud consistency. Some strains are more pungent than others, and some others offer a much stronger effect. In all anyways, your satisfaction starts with your choice of flower strain, so choose right.

Step 2: Your Paper is as important as Well

There are plenty of paper types to choose from. There is the classic white or brown, pulp paper, rice paper, flavored paper and others in-between. Certain types are more health-conscious, and the others offer an improved flavor. Some burn lightly, others do not. So, depending on your preference, you have an array of paper types to choose from.

Knowing and picking the right paper for you can enhance your experience by half. 

Step 3: Grind Your Flower Right

Aside from choosing the right rolling papers, getting your flower to the right consistency is the third most important prep work you can do. You want your ground-up weed to be crumbly and free of stems so the final product burns evenly. To get there, drop a nug in your grinder and twist 10-12 times, or until you can twist without much resistance.

Notice some powdery stuff hanging out in the bottom chamber of your grinder? That’s kief and it’s loaded with THC. You can either sprinkle it on top of a packed bowl or add it back to your joint for additional potency.

Step 4: Always Use a Filter

While you don’t absolutely need a filter, it is important you always use one. The filter helps to create a barrier between your lips and the burning herb, and also help to keep bits of flower from slipping out into your mouth as you smoke. Remember: How thin or thick you roll your filter will determine how thin or thick your joint will be, so plan accordingly.

Step 5: Fill That Paper

The trick is to place your rolling paper on a tray, plate, magazine or any flat surface. This would allow for ample space to organize the weed on the rolling paper and to catch any excess weed that may drop off. Once set, drop some of that freshly ground herb along the creases of your paper. Leave enough room to place your filter at one end.

Step 6: Pinch and Roll

The secret to getting a tight and cylindrical joint is to grab the flower-filled paper by both ends, pinch the tops of the paper with your thumbs and forefingers, and rub your fingers together in an up-and-down motion. By doing so, you effectively push the flower into a tight little log the same width as the filter. Once you’re there, you’re ready to tuck the unglued side of the paper around the filter and roll. Don’t expect to get it right the first time as this part takes patience and finesse. 

Pro tip: Focus on getting the paper tight around the filter first. From there, the rest of the joint will follow.

Step 7: Lick, Tap and Twist

Once it’s all set, you lick the glue end and seal. Tap the filter against a hard surface to help the flower settle in or pack the flower in with a pencil, chopstick, or similar pointy object and finally twist the excess paper at the top of your joint to keep everything in place. 

For extra fineness, you can use scissors to trim both ends to meet your satisfaction.

Joint Rolling Troubleshooting Tips

  • If your joint gets loose halfway through rolling it, back up and start again with a tighter pinch around the filter.
  • If your joint burns unevenly, your flower maybe a little too chunky. Grind the flower a little more next time.
  • If you need to keep lighting it to get any smoke, the flower is too finely ground and preventing air from flowing through. Ease up with the grinder next time. 

If all else fails, you can check out some pre-rolled cones here. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.

Vaping Vs. Smoking Cannabis – Which is Safer?

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Vaping Vs. Smoking Cannabis – Which is Safer?

Lately, the rise in the ‘quit smoke’ campaign has caused an exodus to vaping.

So, while there’s a remarkable increasing drop in the smoking rate, many have only abandoned their smoke for other tobacco and e-nicotine delivery forms. This move may be linked to the widespread perception that vaping may be healthier than smoking.

The fast-growing vaping popularity, particularly among the young ones, has become a significant threat to society. 

Since vaping involves vapor inhalation and not smoke, it’s common to think vapor might be healthier.

The fact is, both vaping and smoking come with their safety concerns. 

This article seeks to shed light on the possible risks of vaping vs. smoking, as well as their potential individual long-term effects.

But, first…

What is vaping? 

Vaping involves inhalation of vaporized liquid, called e-juice, with an electronic cigarette. The e-juice contains different chemicals, including flavorings and nicotine. 

These relatively new battery-powered devices are available in different forms, resembling pens, typical traditional cigarettes, or even classic gadgets.

As mentioned, lately, there’s a rising number of vapers, particularly among teenagers.

American Heart Association (AHA) has debunked widespread insinuations that vaping is healthier than smoking.

Vaping Vs. Smoking – Which Is Less Harmful?

While some evidence claims smoking may cause more danger to the body, vaping isn’t safe either. Both smoking and vaping may have some adverse effects.

John Hopkins Medicine explains that vaping may indeed be less harmful, as smokers can inhale as much as 7,000 chemicals, which should be far less with vaping. 

E-juices come with fewer dreaded toxins than traditional cigarettes. Researchers believe vaping may be unsafe for the following reasons:

  • E-juice may be dangerous if mistakenly consumed
  • E-cigarettes are high in nicotine, which is widely known to inhibit brain development in children and teens.
  • Vaping may also deliver harmful substances like heavy metals, diacetyl, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Vaping, if not controlled, might become a new normal

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reveals a total of 2,807 vape related hospitalization or deaths.

CDC as well explains that the removal of vitamin E acetate and other harmful ingredients from vaping products has caused a significant reduction in the symptoms caused by vaping. 

While vaping is still relatively new to users and researchers, smoking’s damaging effects have enough data to back up its claim. 

The CDC has warned that smoking might cause:

  • Up to 90 percent of all lung cancer-related deaths
  • Damage to all body organs
  • Over 480,000 deaths annually – in the US only
  • Averagely 80 percent of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Higher risk of developing stroke, heart diseases, and related health conditions

Smoking and Its Long Term Effects

As mentioned, smoking comes with several adverse effects, including

  • Increased risk of cataracts
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Increase in general inflammation
  • Impairs immunity
  • Increases the risk of congenital disabilities or pregnancy loss
  • Stroke exposure
  • Blocks the arteries and veins
  • May increase the risk of a cancerous growth on any part of the body including stomach, kidney, and lungs
  • Increases overall healthcare cost
  • Vaping and its long term effects

Being a relatively new habit, there are but small data on vaping and its effect, particularly in the long term. 

Some experts explain that vaping was originally designed to offer nicotine users a safer way to indulge. However, growing evidence has shown vaping may:

  • Impair immunity
  • Harm the lungs
  • Encourage cancerous cell growth
  • Inhibit brain development in teenagers, children, and even fetuses. 

Researchers urge that we wait for more research results to unravel more long-term effects of smoking. 

Worthy of mention, some vape users have sustained injuries caused by defective battery explosions while charging the e-cigarettes. 

Quit

While there’s a rising belief that vaping is an excellent first step to quit smoking, the FDA is yet to verify that claim. There is, for now, no good-enough scientific evidence that suggests vaping may ease cessation.

Besides that, there is yet no comprehensive studies on this subject. Too often, an attempt to switch to vaping ends up with dual-use – the use of smokes and vapes interchangeably. 

Hence, the CDC advises people to adopt FDA-approved quit-smoking technique. Also, they recommend that people discuss with their health care provider about quitting, both vaping and smoking. 

Final Tips

  • The young and expectant women should, as much as possible, avoid both traditional cigarette and e-cigarette exposure. 
  • Also, persons struggling to quit cigarettes and tobacco products may consider using a tested smoking cessation therapy before opting for e-cigs. The E-cigarette is yet to get any scientific backup as an effective cessation therapy.
  • If you’re not struggling with tobacco products or any form of smoke, don’t try e-cigs.

As research continues, we await more evidence. Although existing studies show vaping may be less damaging, it still isn’t a safe alternative to smoking.

However, if you insist on switching from tobacco to vaping as a cessation effort, ensure you don’t stay too long vaping. 

Vaping’s likely side effects may worsen with regular and chronic usage.

Difference Between Joints, Blunts, Bongs, Dabs, and Other Ways of Smoking Cannabis

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What’s the Difference Between Joints, Blunts, Bongs, Dabs, and Other Ways of Smoking Cannabis?

Do you seek a healthier way to consume your cannabis?

Note that inhalation, of any sort, cannot be referred to as safe. Typically, cannabis is packed with toxins and carcinogens, which scientists warn may cause severe [long term] damage to users’ health.

However, some methods may be less toxic and, hence, less harmful than others.

Quickly, let’s discuss the different methods and smoking accessories. You’d all find some smoke-free cannabis dosage options you may find desirable:

Vaping Looks Safe

Common knowledge suggests inhaling smoke can be unhealthy for your lungs. For this, many smokers have resorted to vape as they believe it’s safe. But, this isn’t entirely correct.

Increasing evidence shows that vaping may present some side effects. One primary concern with vape is the inhalation of Vitamin E acetate, an additive present in most THC-rich vaping products.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)believes this chemical additive has been widely linked to several cases of vaping or e-cigarette-related lung injury and, in worse cases, death.

Vitamin E acetate, however, is only found in e-juice and not the cannabis herbs.

A 2016 research shows that vaping cannabis buds – not e-juice –is less damaging to the respiratory system than traditional smoking. So far, research on vaping remains too limited for any conclusive statements.

However, besides the impact on lung health, potency is also a debate. People who consume cannabis through vape reports more potent effects, even with less THC, than when smoked. By this, many vape users may find themselves more intoxicated with vaping than smoking. 

What About Bongs?

Do they filter out the harmful stuff?

A bit. Not enough to make it healthy.

Bongs deliver cooler and smoother hits – No direct heat as with paper-rolled cannabis. 

Noteworthily – however, although inhalation ‘feels’ less harsh, not to your lungs. 

Should I then Consider Joints and Blunts?

First, remember you’d still inhale smoke, whether with blunts or joints. However, it may be fair enough to call joints a lesser of the two evils. Since blunts are made with a hollowed-out cigarette, the rolling papers and the cigars are notably toxic.

Although tobacco is emptied, nitrosamines and other cancer-causing toxins remain in the cigar. Even, rolling papers produce smoke with remarkably toxic concentrations.

Next, size. Blunts come in larger sizes than joints and, hence, offer more pot per wrap. Typically, one blunt equal about six joints. 

It Should Be Dabbing!

They say dabbing promises a ‘cleaner high.’ Not so true.

Budder, or dabs, releases up to 80 percent more THC concentration than other weed products. However, being a relatively new concept, researches on its effects are still in their infancy. Experts advise that more info may be needed to state the true nature of dabbing cannabis and its adverse effects – if any.

However, reports from growing research think the use of high-THC-concentrated products may cause long-term mental disorders like psychosis. Again, THC misuse, which, too often, leads to addiction, and eventual drug dependency, is a critical concern with dosing high-THC, particularly among the millennials.

Also, without adequate experience in extraction and/or state of the art lab equipment, you may have a hard time [if ever] obtaining pure dabs.

A study reveals dabs may contain residual solvents and contaminants, which may cause cardiotoxicity and neurotoxicity. 

Besides, your respiratory system suffers from dabbing. Evidence shows some cases of vaping-related lung damage.

Some Other Methods

So far, it seems there are no safe ways around smoking cannabis. That’s what it is. However, there are several other options you may want to check out. Let’s quickly discuss them:

  • Edibles

Unlike with vaping and smoking, ingesting your cannabis product has no business with your lungs. The only issue is that edibles do not offer instantaneous effect, since it first goes through the digestive system before it enters the bloodstream.

The right side, however, is that the effect stays way longer than with inhalation. Again, edibles come in different dosage forms – from baked foods to gummies and candies. 

  • Sublingual

By sublingual administration, your CBD product – tincture, dissolvable tables, etc. – is placed beneath the tongue and held for about 60 seconds.

This method is adjudged faster than ingestion since the compounds are delivered through the sublingual gland directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system.

  • Topicals

Topicals are skin applications, including balms, creams, and lotions. They may help relieve inflammation and pain at targeted spots on the body.

  • Suppositories

While it may sound weird, shoving weed up your vagina or butt is a thing. There are many CD-infused suppositories on the market designed for several therapeutic reasons, including nausea relief or pain. Some are high in THC, for increased benefits. 

If You Must Smoke, Consider These Things…

Quit smoke’ is the healthiest advice there is for smokers. But if you wish to continue smoking – even with the known risks – here are helpful tips to always have handy: 

  • Don’t hold your smoke too long

The longer you hold in weed smoke, the higher tar consumed and the higher risk of lung damage. Holding your smoke for too long does your lungs more harm than good. 

  • Choose FDA-approved rollers

While rolling papers may all look natural, some contain toxic favors and chemicals. Buying your rolling papers, insist on FDA-approved products

  • Prefer glass pipes and bongs

Rubber bongs may be high in phthalates, BPA, and related harmful chemicals, which may cause severe health conditions like cancer. 

  • Keep your tools clean

Ensure your pipes, bongs, and even rolling papers are in good shape. Prevent your weed from any unhygienic surface contacts. 

  • Don’t pass your joints or share your mouthpiece

While it’s fair to share your stash, it’s not cool with bongs, pipes, and joints. Spit-spit contact that occurs when sharing these items may cause high exposure to infections.

Conclusion

There’s no such thing as a safe way to smoke weed. Regardless of your preferred dosage preference, any form of inhalation poses a danger to the lungs.

The safest way to consume cannabis is through an oral, topical, or sublingual application. These ways, you consume all cannabis has to offer, but without the lung-threatening smoke. 

But if you insist on puffs, vaporizers that favor flowers, and not concentrates, may be safer.

If you’re unsure which roller paper to begin using or improve your smoking experience, Moon Smoking offers a wide range of products, both for retailers and wholesale purchases. Feel free to discuss with us if you ever get lost in the options or for more inquiries. 

Difference between Hemp and Marijuana and Its Extracts

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Difference between Hemp and Marijuana and Its Extracts

Hemp, marijuana, and cannabis are widely used interchangeably. Although these terms are interrelated, they mean different things –culturally and botanically. 

If you’ve thought marijuana and hemp mean the same thing, read on to find out their differences. 

This article explains the difference between these plants and their relationship with cannabis. 

Without much ado, 

What is Hemp? 

Hemp is a cannabis specie. The plant is remarkable for its low THC concentration. THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant, responsible for the ‘high’ associated with cannabis usage. 

So, although THC has as many therapeutic potentials as CBD, the latter [CBD] is widely more tolerated, particularly in the medical and legal niches.

In the US, for instance, hemp is considered safe and thus legal at the federal level. Although the plant is not recognized by the FDA as a prescription drug treatment for any health condition – except Epidiolex, a CBD-infused drug for epilepsy – it is widely sold as a supplement. 

Noteworthily, the Agriculture Improvement Act, (known as the Farm Bill), defines hemp as products with less than .3 percent THC level. Any product with over the .3 percent benchmark is considered marijuana. 

Besides medicals, the hemp plant has also been resourceful in the production of biofuels and textiles. 

Even more, the seeds are used to produce hemp seed oil or eaten. The flowers are also exploited and extract infused into cosmetics and edible products.

What is Marijuana? 

Hemp’s cousin.

Both hemp and marijuana are plants from the cannabis family, scientifically referred to as Cannabis Sativa L.

While the hemp plant is high in CBD and low in THC, its marijuana relative is the reverse –  CBD-rich, THC-low.  

Marijuana’s high THC concentration makes the plant mainly used for recreational purposes.

While CBD-rich hemp is becoming more popular for its safe and widely-tolerated nature, the intoxicating THC-packed marijuana has tall legal walls. In the US, for instance, the herb is considered illegal federally.

However, some US states have decriminalized the use of marijuana and established regulations for its production and distribution – both for medical and recreational use among adults.

The marijuana plant is processed into several forms. The most common among recreational users is the cured flower. As with the hemp plant, marijuana can be extracted and sold for infusion into topicals, edibles, tinctures, etc. 

What About Cannabis?

Cannabis is a common name for members of the cannabaceae family. This large family consists of about 170 species – including hemp and marijuana. Cannabis is grouped into three major subfamilies, including Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa, and Cannabis Ruderalis

So, although the hemp and marijuana plants have their differences, they are both cannabis. 

Let’s quickly discuss, a little in-depth, four primary differences between Marijuana and Hemp Plants

Differences Between Marijuana and Hemp

Hemp and marijuana are similar. From looks, knowing their differences can be almost impossible.

But with the differences in application and benefits, as well as legal regulations, you sure want to clear out your confusion. 

Here are the key differences between hemp and marijuana you should know.

Composition

One key distinguishing factor between marijuana and hemp is the different composition.

Both marijuana and hemp contain CBD and THC. However, while hemp is CBD-dominant, marijuana contains more THC. 

While THC content may reach 30 percent in marijuana, it does not exceed 0.3 percent, by dry weight, in legal hemp. 

Legality

With different THC levels, marijuana and THC have their individual regulations.

Hemp, which was once regarded illegal and placed under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, is now legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill legalizes hemp and its products with THC levels not exceeding .3 percent. 

While some state laws allow marijuana for recreational and/or medical purposes, it remains federally illegal. 

Cultivation

Marijuana and hemp are grown for different reasons; hence they are grown under unique conditions. 

Marijuana plants are carefully bred under controlled circumstances to boost the plant’s components and produce female plants with flowers. 

For best practice, factors include lighting, temperature, and humidity must be well regulated. Also, marijuana demands close attention at every stage.

Hemp, on the other end, is grown primarily to maximize quantity – yield and size. For this, hemp plants are preferably grown outdoors and do not necessarily need all the regulations, and attention marijuana seeks. 

Application

Due to their unique compositions, both plants have their unique uses. 

While marijuana is widely known for its recreational uses, research reveals several potential therapeutic applications.

However, hemp may have more widespread applications than marijuana. Among the lot, here are common areas hemp can be used:

  • Food productions, including cooking oil, hemp-seed oil, and related products
  • Industrial purposes – or products such as textile, building materials, paper and plastic
  • Medicals – CBD-infused tinctures, topicals, and capsules are increasingly popular for therapeutic applications. 

Hemp- Vs. Marijuana-Based CBD 

Here’s another confusing subject.

Given their different nature and components, expectedly, hemp-based CBD should be distinct from a marijuana-based variant. But that isn’t the case.

Whether from marijuana or hemp, CBD’s molecule, as well as its pharmacology, are precisely the same. So regardless of its source, CBD is CBD.

However, concerning legality, CBD is not CBD. 

Confused? Don’t be!

Here it is – while CBD is the same regardless of source, the Farm Bill stated, categorically, that only “hemp-derived” products with less than .3 percent THC is federally legal. 

This means marijuana-based CBD, whether it contains more or less than .3 percent THC remains federally illegal.

Last Notes – Hemp Vs. Marijuana 

While it can be somewhat tricky differentiating hemp from marijuana, hopefully, the explanations in the guide detail the main differences.

The terms marijuana and hemp are widely misapplied. Knowing which is what will help us understand what exactly we’re dealing with, particularly as to avoid both health and legal complications.