How Terpenes Can Fight Pain

Terpenes for Pain
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There’s no question that pain sucks. But the good news is that cannabis is proven to help manage chronic pain—and it’s not just THC and CBD that are providing relief. The greatest pain-fighting players in cannabis are cannabinoids, but did you know terpenes can also help? If you’re curious about the power of terpenes for pain management, keep reading because this article is for you.

Terpene Basics

Terpenes are a diverse class of organic compounds made by plants, including cannabis. They’re the chemicals that give the plant world its variety of scents and flavors. If you’ve ever enjoyed herbs or essential oils, you’ve already reaped some of their many benefits. In fact, essential oils largely consist of terpenes. And while these tiny molecules stimulate the senses, they also have the power to help ease our pain.

Terpenes for Pain

People have been successfully using herbs (including cannabis) to fight pain for centuries, and today we have the science to back it up. While most cannabis studies focus on cannabinoids like CBD and THC, scientists have begun looking at non-cannabinoid elements of cannabis like terpenes for anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties. A recent study on mice found that terpenes from cannabis can help guard against oxidative stress, inflammation, and pain.

Terpenes work for pain in a similar way to cannabinoids—by activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors—without getting you high. If you suffer from pain, navigating the 200+ terpene varieties can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the most effective terpenes for pain. Ask your budtender about some of these on your next trip to the dispensary.

Myrcene

Myrcene is the most common terpene found in cannabis. It has an earthy, fruity, citrus-like aroma and provides a variety of beneficial qualities. It’s an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and potent pain reliever. Myrcene works more powerfully in combination with THC, zapping depression, boosting mood, and squashing pain.

Eucalyptol

There is a reason the word “eucalyptol” sounds like “eucalyptus.” This well-known Australian tree is one of the primary sources of eucalyptol, and it can also be found in tea tree and bay leaf. While it works as a powerful insecticide and antifungal, eucalyptol is primarily useful for relieving pain and swelling, especially when applied topically or inhaled.

Pinene

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Pinene has a woodsy, piney scent, and is naturally sourced from conifer tree resin. It gives cannabis a fresh scent along with powerful healing properties. Studies have shown that beta-pinene acts as a mood stabilizer and a potent antimicrobial, helping to bring relief from pain and inflammation. Pinene has also been shown to be particularly effective in easing pain associated with MS, arthritis, and cancer. It can also help counteract the short-term memory loss associated with THC.

Caryophyllene

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Caryophyllene is found abundantly in cannabis, with the distinctive flavor that gives black pepper its kick. You can also find it in hops, cloves, and rosemary. It was the first non-cannabinoid compound found to activate cannabinoid receptors and works as a powerhouse to reduce inflammation and lessen pain.

Linalool

Linalool has a beautiful floral aroma that promotes relaxation and a sense of calm. It’s found abundantly in over 200 plants like lavender and birch bark. While plants use it as an antimicrobial, humans have been using it for ages for its sedative, antidepressant, and pain-relieving properties. It also makes your immune system more resilient to the effects of stress, which can help relieve stress-induced pain.

Final Thoughts

While terpenes can be effective on their own, they are more powerful when combined with cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Why? It’s thought that terpenes can modulate the effects of the individual cannabinoids, so you can combine them to target specific issues like pain. This synergistic power is known as the entourage effect and allows your body to maximize the benefits of both cannabinoids and terpenes for potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits.

Want to explore terpenes in cannabis? Stop by our Columbia dispensary to get some terpene-rich strains, or order online now!

Potent Pain-Relief: Exercising While High

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Exercising While High

While cannabis is commonly associated with a lack of energy and lethargic attitude, more cannabis consumers than ever before are exercising while high. As a potent reliever of pain, many exercise enthusiasts actually find that cannabis can help to dull some of the discomfort associated with the typical workout regimen, making it easier to exercise for longer periods of time. For those considering employing cannabis in their next exercise routine, here’s everything you need to know. 

Health Benefits of Exercising While High

First, it should be noted that exercising with cannabis may not be the right choice for everyone. Individuals should be aware of their limitations when exercising with cannabis use, taking care not to engage in activity that could be dangerous while experiencing a cannabis high. 

However, for those who wish to experiment with using cannabis before light exercise, the results may be surprising. The euphoria brought on by cannabis use may, contrary to popular belief, actually assist in prompting individuals to work out more often.

One of the major barriers to exercise that many people face is lack of motivation. For some, though, the addition of cannabis to a daily exercise routine can turn this task from a chore into a fun and engaging event.

Likewise, it’s well known that cannabis is helpful in reducing inflammation. While cannabis may not necessarily work to restore damaged tissue, working out while high can potentially make working out easier and reduce the pain associated with strenuous physical activity. 

Exercising While High: Best Practices

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As mentioned previously, exercising while high can be dangerous under certain circumstances. Cannabis use can temporarily impair motor functionality and result in mind-warping cerebral highs, which means that using heavy exercise equipment is not recommended. When exercising while high, it can be helpful to have a companion present to ensure the total safety of any workouts attempted.

Those with certain medical conditions may also find that exercising with cannabis can exacerbate their symptoms and potentially pose a health risk. Consulting a doctor before starting a new workout regimen to make sure you can safely incorporate different exercises into your routine.

Tips and Tricks for Exercising While High

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When exercising while high, the variety of strain employed can be important. For example, indica strains are typically known for their heavy sedative qualities and deep, embracing body highs. While indicas may be ideal for unwinding after a workout, sativa strains are often considered the go-to form of cannabis for exercise enthusiasts

Sativas are renowned for their uplifting mental effects capable of generating a positive mood in any who encounter them. Some sativa strains may be more energetic than others, but the overall reputation of sativas places them firmly in the category of cannabis for exercise.

High-CBD strains may be worth exploring as well. CBD, an abbreviation of cannabidiol, is the chemical within cannabis that is often attributed to its pain-relieving properties. Cannabis consumers who appreciate the psychoactive qualities of cannabis might not be interested in CBD, but for those in search of a substantial reduction in pain, certain CBD-rich strains could be the best option.

Remedy Columbia is proud to serve our community by connecting patients with clean, safe cannabis solutions. Our extensive menu of products contains high-quality cannabis flowers, edibles, and much more, all available in total convenience. Check out what we have available on our online menu.

Vendor Spotlight: Rythm Aims to Give Cannabis a Consistent Backbeat

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Let’s face it: Navigating the world of cannabis is challenging. With so many variables and components to keep track of—cannabinoids, terpenes, strains, and delivery methods, to name just a few—it can be difficult to feel like you’re really on top of all the relevant information. And because cannabis isn’t a “one size fits all” medicine, it’s essential to understand what you’re working with when you want consistent, repeatable results from your medical cannabis.

That’s where Rythm comes in. A national family of cannabis products, the company’s offerings are built around a deceptively simple color-coding system designed to make using cannabis medicine simple, intuitive and easy. We’re incredibly excited to be carrying their products, which include everything from fresh flower, vape pens and cartridges, and potent concentrates and live resins. 

Rythm: Cannabis Grown for Consistent and Predictable Results

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One of the main challenges facing cannabis producers is the question of consistency. Because cannabis is an all-natural plant product, this means that growers have to maintain an incredibly close watch on their plants to ensure predictable growth and consistent potency, cannabinoid contents and terpene profiles.

In essence, that’s what Rythm has done. Because they’re a national grower who emphasize data-driven and analytical approaches to growing and processing, they’re able to deliver a remarkably consistent product, no matter where it’s grown and where it’s sold.

Rythm: A New Approach to Describing Cannabis

Each Rythm product—whether it’s fresh flower, concentrate or any other cannabis product—is color coded into easy-to-understand categories. In an intriguing and refreshing change of pace, Rythm relies on experiential and emotive descriptions more than traditional cannabis lingo. That’s why you’ll find their products categorized as: 

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Energize: A light, energizing and creativity-stimulating experience designed for daytime use 

Balance: A warm, centering and mildly euphoric hybrid formulated to ease anxiety and stress

Relax: Geared towards nighttime use, these stress-fighting products promote sleep and rest

Heal: These high-CBD products relieve pain, anxiety and more without a psychoactive “high”

If you’re used to identifying cannabis by the name of its strain, don’t worry: Rythm also relies on those evocative and highly memorable labels (Cosmic Glue or Yeti OG, anyone?). But whether you’re new to the wide world of cannabis or you’re a seasoned pro, the creation of those four highly relatable categories is designed to help you understand what this cannabis will do for your body and your mind without having to stop and ponder.  

Rythm: Types of Cannabis Products

Rythm produces high-quality cannabis flower, vape pens and cartridges, and “live” resins. Remedy Columbia currently stocks a wide variety of Rythm’s disposable vape pens and glass-chambered cartridges for CCELL-type vaporizers. Because our stock changes so quickly, it’s always best to consult our live menu before heading down to the dispensary to make a purchase.

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Whatever your medical cannabis needs, it’s a safe bet that Rythm’s intuitive and easy-to-navigate product categories will simplify your self-care. And in the big, big world of cannabis products, we think that’s something to get truly excited about!

You can grab Rythm and other high-quality cannabis products at our Columbia dispensary. Check out our online menu to get started.

Separating Fact from Fiction: Is Cannabis a Gateway Drug?

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For decades, cannabis has been denounced as a “gateway drug,” a relatively “soft” drug that inevitably leads to harder and more harmful ones such as cocaine, meth, and heroin (most recently by a presidential candidate). Now that a majority of U.S. states have legalized medical cannabis (and the trend towards allowing adult-use or recreational  legalization will likely continue, if at a slower pace), is this argument still valid? Was it ever? We’ll dive into the latest research and attitudes towards cannabis and try to separate fact from fiction as it pertains to this important and still-relevant question. 

Cannabis as a Gateway Drug: Changing Times, Changing Laws

A society’s laws, of course, are merely a reflection of what a community holds to be true, of its professed values, and of its aspirations. When marijuana was prohibited on the federal level in 1937, there was a widely held belief that it had no medical value and that it generally contributed to “low morals.” Less explicit was the sense that it was associated with Mexican immigrants in specific and people of color in general. Prohibition was, in part, a racist act.

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The term “gateway drug” dates from the early 1970s and the early years of the “War on Drugs.” It was coined by Dr. Denise Kandel, a researcher who first tackled the question in 1974. Interestingly, although she was tasked with studying the potential links between cannabis and harder drugs, she went off-script and found that nicotine, not marijuana, was the most reliable path towards more harmful substances.

But because marijuana was illegal—and nicotine was not—the preponderance of anti-drug efforts was deployed against cannabis. And it turns out the question of legality is an important one when we try to untangle the question of whether or not cannabis actually serves as a gateway drug.

Cannabis as a Gateway Drug: Cracking the Data

A more recent study attempted to answer the question more authoritatively by studying data on drug use collected between 2001 and 2005. It found that cannabis use contributed to a significantly increased chance of hard drug use, although it should be pointed out that over 95% of those who reported using cannabis frequently never went on to abuse those harder substances.

But it’s the time period in which the data was collected that is potentially problematic. Because only nine states had approved medical cannabis in 2005, nearly everyone who participated in the study was breaking federal law. As some researchers point out, this behavior—breaking the law—can itself be a sort of “gateway.” Not only does buying black-market cannabis put one in touch with criminals, but it normalizes the act of law-breaking in and of itself, a predictor of future acts of criminality.

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That’s not to say that using cannabis doesn’t entail a risk. It’s estimated that roughly 9% of those who use regularly use cannabis will develop a cannabis use disorder characterized by a strong desire to use cannabis, difficulties in controlling their use, an increased tolerance, and other side effects.

These symptoms all have serious implications, especially for adolescents, and we want to be clear that the staff here at Remedy Columbia is wholly committed to the safe, legal, and sustainable use of medical cannabis.

But that said, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. And when it comes to the notion of cannabis being a gateway drug, we believe that it’s more a reflection of antiquated biases than a sober examination of the facts.

How to Store Your Cannabis Medicine

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There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to storing cannabis. The first, of course, is safety. If there are children in your home, it’s crucial that you keep your cannabis out of their reach to avoid accidental ingestion. Keeping your cannabis in a secure box or hidden on a high shelf can keep little hands away.

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The second thing to consider when it comes to storing cannabis is keeping your buds fresh and your capsules, oils, and tinctures potent. Here’s what you should watch out for.

Storing Cannabis: Stay Away from These Conditions

Heat

Heat is crucial for transforming THCa to THC, which is what happens when you vaporize, decarboxylate, or ignite flower. Heat, though, also degrades flower, oils, and tinctures. To keep your cannabis potent, store it in a cool place that doesn’t experience wide temperature swings. That means the kitchen probably isn’t the best place to store your buds.

Humidity

Humidity can cause your capsules to stick together or your flower to grow mold or mildew. Find a nice dry spot for your cannabis to reduce the chances of this happening. While we’re used to keeping meds in a bathroom medicine cabinet, when it comes to marijuana, it’s better to steer clear of the bathroom unless you have some sort of fan or dehumidifier that removes excess water from the air. 

Light

You know how you need to store your olive oil in a dark place? This is because light can cause the oil to degrade and go rancid more quickly. The same is true for cannabis oils, vape cartridges, and tinctures.

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Buds don’t like the light either, so find them a dark spot too.

To sum it up: your cannabis should be out of reach for little ones and in a dark, cool, and dry spot. Some possible suggestions include on a shelf in a closet, in a filing cabinet with a key, or, if there aren’t children in your home, in a desk drawer.

Best Containers for Storing Cannabis

When it comes to an actual container for storing cannabis, there are a couple of good options and at least one not-so-great option.

First, the not-so-good. While plastic bags are convenient, they don’t do much for flower. Plastic won’t contain the smell of your flower or protect it from getting damaged from handling.

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Glass is great since it’s a non-porous material that will keep out moisture while helping lock in some of that great cannabis aroma. Of course, most glass containers like mason jars are clear, so you’ll still want to store them in a dark spot.

Aluminum containers are quite in vogue for storing cannabis since they can lock in smells and reduce light.

Vape cartridges, oils, and capsules can be stored upright in their original packaging, as long as they’re in a dark, dry space.

Now that you know how to keep your cannabis stored for maximum freshness and safety, why not stock up on some new items? Stop by Remedy Columbia today or place an online order now.

How Long Does Being High Last?

How Long Does Being High Last

Feeling good right now but have some stuff to do later? 

You may be wondering how long does being high last. 

The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors and can greatly differ from person to person. In theory, your high will last as long as THC is interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Factors such as personal tolerance, metabolism, method of consumption, and potency of the product can all affect how long your high will last, and even how strong it will be.

Keep reading to find out exactly how these factors come into play and how they can best be managed!

How Long Does Being High Last?

For most people, a marijuana high lasts somewhere between 2-3 hours, but for others, it can last much longer.

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Your personal tolerance to cannabis is one of the primary factors in determining how long your high lasts. If you’re a regular user with a high tolerance to cannabinoids, you’ll experience a less intense, shorter high.

If you’re a beginner smoker, you may want to book a solid 5-6 hours off to enjoy your cannabis experience. Because your body has built up very little to no tolerance to cannabis, you should expect your high to be more intense and to last longer. 

Your Method of Consumption Will Affect The Length of Your High

Another very important factor to consider is how you’re consuming your cannabis. Each method of consumption has a different bioavailability rating that determines exactly how much THC actually makes it into your system.

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For example, when applying sublingual THC tinctures, roughly 40%-50% of the THC actually makes it into circulation. However, studies have shown that when vaping cannabis, something like 50%-80% of the THC consumed will enter your bloodstream to produce effects. As such, if you are truly looking to get as high as possible for as long as possible, a vaporizer or a bong may be a better solution than tinctures or even joints.

Consuming THC edibles will produce a much longer high than any other method. This is because edibles have to be digested and metabolized before they can produce effects. The digestion process can take a significant amount of time, leading to a slow-drip of THC into the circulatory system. Because of this, many people find that the effects of an edible high can last for over 6 hours. 

How Your Metabolism Affects The Length of Your High

A common misconception is that an individual’s weight will affect the intensity and length of their high. However, it’s actually their metabolism that affects the high. 

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Metabolization is how the human body processes ingested compounds (including THC), breaking them down for use and expelling what it doesn’t need. The speed at which this process takes place can differ from person to person. If you have a higher (read: faster) metabolism, you should expect that your high will be shorter since your body is processing THC more quickly. 

Want To Get High For Longer?

Buy more potent cannabis products! The cannabinoid content of your product can directly influence how much THC actually enters your system and how long it takes to process. Otherwise, you could also consider consuming more of a less potent product in order to load up on THC that way.

Festive Fun: Columbia Events for Winter

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Winter is near, and with it comes a host of festive energy. While most cold days may call for staying inside, those who venture outdoors will discover a wonderland of activities to experience. Between holiday concerts, gorgeous light shows, and vibrant festivals, these Columbia events offer something for everyone to enjoy. 

A Christmas Story at Toby’s Dinner Theater

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When: Nov 8, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020

Where: Toby’s Dinner Theater

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You may be familiar with the 1980s movie, but the cast and crew of A Christmas Story at Toby’s Dinner Theater present the classic tale before a live audience with freshness and energy. While the play is a faithful recreation of the original movie, this version has been adapted into a musical, allowing audiences to experience A Christmas Story in an entirely new light. 

Along with the show, Toby’s Dinner Theater offers a buffet with an expansive amount of options for guests to enjoy. Tickets are selling fast, however, so making reservations as early as possible is highly recommended. 

Symphony of Lights

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When: Nov 27, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020

Where: Merriweather Post Pavilion

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Each year, Columbia’s famous Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts an extravaganza of lights that promises to make the holiday season memorable. The guided tour stretches through a dazzling array of Christmas and winter-themed light displays, from snowflakes that radiate across the night sky to an assortment of neon candy canes and characters. 

While most nights require visitors to drive through the Symphony of Lights in their cars, specialty nights are available that allow the experience to be walked. At the end of December, the path of lights will culminate in an incredible fireworks show, adding another layer of beauty to the festivities.

Ice and Fire Festival

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When: Sun, December 22, 2019

Where: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

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Christmas brings a sense of magic to the air, and Columbia events like the Ice and Fire Festival help to emphasize the wonder and majesty of the season. Each weekend until the end of December, Columbia’s Symphony Woods are turned into a winding wintry landscape adorned with holiday decorations and other fantasy elements. As a new annual tradition in the Columbia region, the Ice and Fire Festival is worth visiting at least once for locals and visitors to the area.

New Year’s Eve at The Soundry

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When: Dec 31, 2019

Where: The Soundry

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This year The Soundry in Columbia will host The 19th Street Band, an energetic country group that blends the spirit of Americana with Celtic influences from the lead performer’s native Ireland. With good drinks and great music, The Soundry promises to provide an exciting New Year’s Eve. 

Along with the performance, buying a ticket to New Year’s Eve at The Soundry features a complimentary meal with a full menu. Guests can choose between roasted beef tenderloin, signature crabcakes, shrimp cocktails and much more, making The Soundry one of the top Columbia event destinations for New Year’s. 

At Remedy Columbia, we understand the importance of our role in connecting patients with the products they need to live comfortable, happy lives. Our extensive menu of cannabis solutions includes high-quality flower, concentrates, edibles, and much more, with a well-trained staff available to connect patients with products that suit their individual needs. View our available products now on our online dispensary menu.

High CBD Strains: When They May Be Right For You

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If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know that we’re big on CBD, the second most prevalent cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. While recent research suggests that it might not be as medically active as THC—the cannabinoid associated with the cannabis plant’s “high”—that’s not to say it’s not working on our behalf. 

Both anecdotally and as demonstrated by several studies, CBD helps us manage pain, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and other chronic symptoms and conditions. And a growing crop of high CBD strains is making it easier than ever to access those health benefits. Are they right for you? This quick guide should provide you with some solid and actionable information and answers. 

High CBD Strains: What Can Do They Do?

CBD—otherwise known as cannabidiol—is the second-most-common cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids, as you may already know, are a family of over 100 natural compounds found in the cannabis plant. Along with terpenes—fragrant oils that give cannabis and many other plants their distinctive flavors and aromas—cannabinoids are the most important “active ingredients” in the cannabis plant.

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As we mentioned earlier, CBD is associated with a number of medical benefits. The FDA recently approved the first cannabis-derived medicine—Epidiolex—which uses CBD to help treat several types of epilepsy-like seizures. And rodent-based research indicates that CBD helps block pain by modulating the endocannabinoid receptors in our bodies, reducing inflammation among other hallmarks of pain. Of course, rodents aren’t people. While CBD shows significant promise in pain management, clinicians caution that further study is needed. 

Elsewhere, a high-CBD oil has been used to treat symptoms of PTSD, including insomnia and anxiety. In fact, CBD is probably most commonly used to treat anxiety. While some researchers caution there’s not enough solid evidence linking the cannabinoid to anxiety reduction, a large body of anecdotal evidence supports the claim—borne out by rodent-based studies—that CBD helps many people manage anxiety, stress, and depression.

High CBD Strains: Understanding Ratios 

As we hinted earlier, one very significant characteristic of CBD is that unlike THC, it’s not intoxicating. That’s not quite the same as claiming it’s not psychoactive; while it’s true that many people don’t feel any effects from CBD, others notice a slight “buzziness” or gently energizing cerebral effect.

Of course, if you ingest a cannabis product that contains a high enough proportion of THC, you’ll feel the “high” associated with that cannabinoid. That’s one reason it’s especially important to understand the concept of ratios when it comes to cannabis strains.

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Generally, cannabis products are labeled with a ratio denoting their THC content compared with their CBD content. A strain with a 20:1 ratio (20 parts THC to 1 part CBD) will be quite psychoactive. When the ratios are closer to 1:1, you’ll tend to feel a more balanced effect. And when the THC to CBD ratio reaches roughly 1:8 or greater, there will generally be little perceptible psychoactivity.

Which strain (or ratio) is right for you? Many researchers feel that THC and CBD work best in tandem. If you find the psychoactivity of THC distracting or unpleasant—for instance at the workplace—an increasing number of high CBD strains offer little to no THC.

As with all cannabis products, we recommend you try a small amount of any given strain and assess the results. With a little trial and error, it shouldn’t be challenging to find your optimal strain and optimal dose. And don’t hesitate to reach out; we’d love to be of help!

Check out our online dispensary menu to see what high-CBD strains we have in stock and order now!

The Common Effects Of A Sativa Strain

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One of the first things budding cannabis consumers hear is that the effects of sativa strains are different from the effects of indica strains. Sativa is believed to give a “head high” while indica gives a “body high.” This “head high” simply means more cerebral effects as opposed to more physical effects (like couch-lock).

The cerebral sativa high is considered perfect for anyone who prefers to consume during the day. Some of the most popular sativas like Jack Herer, Trainwreck, and Green Crack are enjoyed for their strong mental stimulation. However, they may be overstimulating for those prone to anxiety. 

Seems simple, right? But is it accurate?

Seeking the Effects of Sativa: Not So Simple

Here’s the truth. Data collected by cannabis researchers suggests the categories of indica, sativa, and hybrid are actually meaningless and not a great way to make informed decisions about what to consume.

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Yes, they certainly look different. Indicas are short and broad-leafed. Sativas are tall and narrow-leafed. But there’s little evidence to suggest one is always physically sedating and the other always a ticket to mental uplift. Cannabis is classified this way because it’s convenient, especially when there are so many strains, products, and new customers. 

So if the effects of sativa or indica are not guaranteed, how can we choose a strain? 

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

When you’re at a dispensary and want to make sure you’re getting the right product for your needs, instead of using the terms indica or sativa, break the plant down into cannabinoids and terpenes for a clearer picture. 

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers. THC and CBD are the dominant ones to check for.

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THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol)-dominant strains will get you high or, in other words, alter your mind. THC can help manage pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. It can also cause anxiety and is not ideal if you need to be clear-headed.

CBD (cannabidiol)-dominant strains often reduce anxiety and improve mental clarity.

Terpenes are aromatic compounds that are produced in many plants and fruits. They make cannabis smell like berries, citrus, pine, fuel, etc. Ask the budtender to let you smell the strains you’re considering. Find the aromas that you like and give them a try.

What’s Right for You?

When looking at strains that are labeled as high sativa or indica or hybrid, figure out the following instead:

  • What do you want to feel? Mellow, energetic, happy, focused? For example, if you want emotional uplift, strains across the board will help.
  • What methods of consumption are best for you? Do you want the effects to last a long time? Consider edibles. Do you want a short-term experience? Inhalants or a tincture may work best.
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Let your budtender know what you want and he or she will look beyond the assumed effects of sativa or indica to help you find the product that has the appropriate potency and composition of cannabinoids and terpenes

Also, always write down what you took, how much, and what it felt like. That tracking will help you when you go back to buy more. Eventually, you’ll know what works for you.

Ready to get started? Make an appointment today, or stop by our Columbia dispensary.

The Common Effects Of An Indica Strain

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If you’re new to cannabis you’ve probably heard the words “indica” and “sativa” in relation to strains and that the high you feel from one can differ considerably from the other. 

Effects of Indica 

Indica plants are believed to make you feel relaxed or even sedated. Sativa strains are thought to be stimulants which offer more of a head-high. Hybrids are crossbreeds that, as expected, carry some characteristics of each.  

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Indicas have a higher level of cannabinoids than sativas, which may result in a sedated body-type kind of high. Because of this, many patients prefer to medicate at night when they don’t need to focus on physical tasks.

Are These Categorizations Enough?

If you’re trying to manage a condition, it may not be enough to consider the strain type. There’s a lot of variability between strains of the same strain type, which makes the categorization less than helpful

While the strains look different on the surface—sativas are tall and narrow-leafed, and indicas are short and broad-leafed—there’s little evidence to suggest one is always sedating and the other always energizing. Cannabis is classified this way because it’s convenient, especially when there are so many strains, products, and new customers.

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When looking for particular effects to manage your health, break the plant down into cannabinoids and terpenes for a clearer picture, rather than focusing on the effects of indicaA.

Cannabinoids

Base your selection on levels of the most important cannabinoids:

  • THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol)-dominant strains will get you high or alter your mental state. THC can treat pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. It can also cause anxiety. It’s not ideal if you need to be clear-headed.
  • CBD (cannabidiol)-dominant strains often reduce anxiety and improve mental clarity. But CBD also may have less medicinal value than THC, according to a 2019 study at the University of New Mexico.

Terpenes

Terpenes are aromatic compounds that are produced in many plants and fruits, including cannabis. Terpenes make cannabis smell like berries, citrus, pine, fuel, etc. Find the aromas that you like and give them a try.

What’s Right for You?

Bottom line, cannabis is a complex plant. Keep it simple and figure out the following:

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  • What do you want to feel? Mellow, energetic, happy, focused? Let your budtender know and he or she will suggest products that have the appropriate potency and cannabinoid composition.
  • What methods of consumption are best for you? Do you want the effects to last a long time? Consider edibles. Do you want a short-term experience? Inhalants or a tincture may work best.

It may be hit or miss the first few times. Always write down what you took, how much, and what it felt like. That tracking will help you when you come back to Haven to buy more. Eventually, you’ll find strains and methods you like.

At Remedy Columbia, we’ll help you find the right strain for your needs. Make an appointment or stop by today!