Crash Courses on Cannabis - There's A Strain For That
Who here has friends deep in essential oils land? I love mine dearly and while I’ve got a few oils kickin’ around on the shelf, I’ve never truly taken the dive like them. The lingo freaks me out, they’re in their own fabulous world living their best life, and it just seems like a lot.
However, when it comes to the cannabis community, I’ve somehow been able to dive right in. So, for all my pals that have been around the cannabis block, I’d love to hear from you your own experiences and things you love.
But, for my new pals, let’s tackle the basics – don't be like me and shy away from something you’re not quite sure about. Sit tight for a few posts and you might give that 'smoke shop' a second look.
There’s a stereotype that sticks to people who use cannabis and I’ve chatted with a lot of people who steer clear because of it but it’s two thousand and eighteen and it’s time to tackle those stereotypes.
This post is sponsored by a rock'n'rollin' Canadian company by the name of Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. They have a wonderful mission to tackle stereotypes and stigma behind the fabulous uses of cannabis and I happen to share that stance. All content has been written by me (kaespo) with the same love (powered by donuts) that I put into all my other work.
Acronyms Are Fun – So Are Cannabinoids
A chemical compound that comes from the cannabis plant that stimulates the CB1 receptors in your brain – you know, that high?
A chemical that comes from the cannabis plant and is non-psychoactive – this is where a lot of therapeutic benefits come into play.
This is the chemical compound that contributes to smells and flavors in different strains and are a major component in most essential oils produced by a plant.
When checking out shops and products, you’ll see those acronyms slapped on things here and there and it’s helping to tell you what those things will do for you. There are THC and CBD dominant strains and like most things we consume, we’re all affected differently.
I recently wrote a post featuring some strains for getting inspired that you can read about here: Getting Inspired | Playlists & Cannabis.
Plants, Highs, and Hemp?
Two popular types of cannabis plants (and you’ve likely come across these terms if you’ve ever browsed a shop or online cannabis community) are Indica and Sativa. Understanding the difference between the two is the start of figuring out what strains might be best for you (and yes, hybrids are a thing too).
These plants generally have a higher CBD and lower THC counts (there are physical differences as well but I’m not getting into that here). With that in mind, Indica strains are (in a very general-speaking term) can usually be considered CBD-dominant strains.
Think of it as a high mostly for the body, not the head. Muscle relaxation, sleep-aid, and pain relief – among many things, of course.
You probably already sorted this out for yourself now – Sativa is generally an opposite of Indica and most Sativa strains have a higher THC than CBD count.
This is the head high – an uplifting and sensory experience.
Like Indica plants, it also has a variety of strains.
Different strains have proven to help different diseases, illnesses, or ailments and understanding the effects and differences between the plants and the levels of organic chemicals is a huge part of a positive experience. With each strain influencing energy, productivity, and brain activity differently – always consult a Doctor or medical expert before trying anything new and don’t be afraid to do anything in baby steps.
What about Hemp?
Somewhere along the way, Hemp got thrown in with marijuana. It’s a variety of the sativa plant, yes, but it contains 0.3% or less of THC. If you see a hemp product, don’t smoke it.
Industrial hemp is responsible for a ton of great every-day products, from oils and soaps to clothes and jewelry.
Recreational and Medicinal Uses In Canada
Canada legalized the production of industrial hemp a few years ago (you’ve probably seen products bearing the iconic cannabis leaf floating on a few shelves) and medicinal marijuana came into play in a recent few years too.
2018 has been a big year for cannabis and on October 17th, recreational use will be legal for adults in Canada. Fire and Flower recently received one of Alberta’s first conditional approvals for recreational cannabis retail - exciting news considering they're working on opening shops all over Canada.