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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Source: Pasadena Voice

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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Source: YouTube

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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Source: CertifiKID

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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Source: Eventbrite

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!

What to Track in Your Medical Cannabis Journal

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Have you ever purchased something from a dispensary that you absolutely loved, but had a hard time remembering what it was on your next visit? With so many varieties of cannabis to choose from, it can be a challenge to navigate the assortment and keep track of what works. If you want to maximize the effectiveness of cannabis as a medical treatment, you should be keeping a cannabis journal.

Why Keep a Medical Cannabis Journal?

Individual strains and products impact everyone a little differently. Whether you’re a new patient or a seasoned cannabis user, testing out different cannabis options is a great way to determine what works or to make adjustments to your treatment plan. And the simplest way to keep it all straight is to start a cannabis journal.

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A medical cannabis journal can help you discover, document, and remember your cannabis preferences and experiences. It can help you dial in the right strains, dosage, and usage so you know what you need for the daytime, nighttime, pain, etc. It can also help you stay away from things that don’t agree with you – like certain strains or consumption methods. 

Your journal can help you see patterns that lead to an improvement of your symptoms, or things that end up being ineffective. It can also act as a portable record that you can take with you. Share it with your budtender or your doctor, and they can help make recommendations based on the experience you tracked.

Essential Things to Track as a Medical Cannabis Patient

If you are using cannabis to help manage symptoms, there are a few things you’ll want to make sure you track. Having this information handy when your symptoms come on can make all the difference in the world.

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Baseline

Whether you medicate in the morning or when you get home from work, it’s important to note how you feel before dosing. What is your level of pain? Do you feel well-rested from the previous night? Did you have an unusually long or hard day at the office or feeling extra stressed? Tracking how you feel before taking cannabis can help you pinpoint what works for different circumstances.

Intake

Always note everything about the products you take. The brand name, the strain, cannabinoid amounts, THC:CBD ratios, and dosage. Don’t forget to note what time you dose and the consumption method. How and when you take cannabis can have as much impact on the outcome as the strain itself. The more information you track, the better you can dial in on what’s most effective for you.

Effects

How do you feel? When did you start to feel the effects and when did they begin to taper? What’s your level of pain? Do you feel drowsy, euphoric, or alert? Note how you feel mentally as well as physically. What is your mood? What is your level of intoxication? Don’t forget to track any side effects like dry mouth or increased appetite, and if you are treating insomnia, make sure to take a minute in the morning to track how you slept.

Diet and Exercise

Food, water intake, and physical activity can all play a role in how you feel at any given moment. Make sure to write down whether you ate, drank enough water, had too much coffee, or anything out of the ordinary. It could be that big greasy lunch that made your sleepy in the afternoon, rather than the new strain you’re trying.

Final Thoughts

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Journaling can be a dynamic tool for wellness, and studies show that it can help with everything from improving communication skills to boosting self-confidence. But it can make a huge difference in your journey with medical cannabis. 

With a massive variety of goods at your fingertips, keeping track of your experiences can help you make sense of it all without getting overwhelmed. Make the trial and error of finding the right products a whole lot simpler by starting a medical cannabis journal.

Need help finding the right medical cannabis products? We’d love to help! We’re always happy to schedule a consultation with you and help guide you towards the products best suited to your personal needs and goals.

The University of Maryland Introduces the First Cannabis Master’s Program

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Are you interested in a career working with cannabis patients, advancing cannabis science, or becoming a medical cannabis policymaker? Or maybe you’re curious about studying cannabis in college. Well, we’ve got great news because you can now earn an advanced degree in the medical cannabis field from an accredited university.

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) created the first master’s program in the US that focuses on the healing power of cannabis. Here’s everything you need to know about this huge leap in cannabis education.

MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics

UMSOP has created the country’s first graduate program focused on the study of medical cannabis. It’s designed to give students the skills and knowledge to support medical cannabis patients, add to the body of knowledge in the field, and to advance medical cannabis policy.

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Courses will be led by faculty that are experts in both basic and clinical medicine cannabis science, and who are passionate about advancing the field. Students who complete the program will earn a Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics from the School of Pharmacy.

A Cannabis Degree Designed for Everyone

The two-year degree is available to applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and career interests, including health care providers, scientists, researchers, dispensary owners, cannabis growers, and policymakers. It’s designed to educate the full range of the cannabis workforce.  

Don’t live in Maryland? That’s OK because the coursework is primarily online. It’s accessible to a wide range of people, including non-traditional students and those who work full time. In addition to the online classes, the University will host an on-campus symposium every semester which students are required to attend. The event will provide opportunities for students to meet and interact with cannabis professionals, and give recruiters access to industry-educated applicants.

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The degree will focus on the basics of cannabis science for medical and clinical use, as well as the patchy maze of state and federal policies that govern the industry. It will cover topics like cannabis history, culture, and regulation, as well as disease treatment. Students will also have the opportunity to adapt their education to their specific field of interest by choosing four elective courses.

Cannabis in the Classroom?

Due to the complicated legal framework of medical cannabis, students won’t actually be touching the flower as a part of the coursework. Instead, they’ll use a hands-off approach that takes advantage of photo technology to analyze the physical aspects of the plant. And while the curriculum won’t require a written thesis, students will need to complete advanced coursework, including expert seminars, discussions, and case studies.

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While a few universities offer cannabis classes, UMSOP’s program will be the first fully accredited graduate program for medical cannabis education. Tuition is expected to be $20,785.20 for Maryland residents and $25,621.2 for those who live out-of-state. Applications are being accepted up until August 15, 2019, with classes beginning August 26th.

If you are interested in a degree that’s focused on medical cannabis, therapeutics, and policy, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

If you are interested in learning more about medical cannabis, we’d love to help. Schedule an appointment today or drop by. We’re happy to answer all of your questions.

Vendor Spotlight: gLeaf

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Established in 2014 by founder Philip Goldberg, gLeaf distributes high-quality cannabis products to over 25 dispensaries in Maryland. gLeaf has long fought to bring medical cannabis to the state. Before becoming gLeaf, the collective was known as Green Leaf Medical and worked to change marijuana laws by testifying at commissions and senate hearings and by lobbying to change possession laws for Maryland patients. 

Vendor Spotlight: gLeaf – Maryland’s Own

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gLeaf is dedicated to producing high-quality cannabis strains in their state-of-the-art indoor growing facility. The company has dedicated itself to producing superior flower, trim, and whole plants for processing and sale across the state. Quality and professionalism are top priorities for this local brand—something we can definitely stand behind. gLeaf’s professional staff is comprised of Maryland residents who have years of experience growing and processing cannabis.

What Strains Does gLeaf Specialize In?

gLeaf’s strains are recognized and revered across the state. Don’t believe us? Just look at what some Maryland dispensary operators were saying about the brand’s lineup of exotic strains last year. It seems the hardest problem for dispensaries is keeping these strains in stock! So what exactly does gLeaf grow?

gLeaf Sour Diesel

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gLeaf’s take on this legendary strain is flying off store shelves! Sour D is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a sativa/indica ratio of 80:20. You can bet that Sour Diesel will produce an energizing and stimulating buzz with every puff. This is an excellent daytime or ‘wake and bake’ strain that will never ‘couch-lock’ you or leave you feeling overly sedated. This strain is a must-try for Maryland sativa lovers!

gLeaf Honey Banana

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Honey Bananas is a rare hybrid strain that is derived from a cross between the strains Strawberry Banana and Honey Boo Boo. As its name implies, this strain is quite flavourful. Fruity, honey, and candy tones are all featured in the aroma of this strain. Moreover, as a 50/50 hybrid, its balanced genetics allow it to produce a delicate balance of sativa and indica effects. Thanks to these balanced effects, gLeaf’s Honey Banana is a great choice for both daytime and nighttime smokers, as well as beginners. 

gLeaf Blue Cheese

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Blue Cheese is an indica-dominant hybrid boasting a 20/80 sativa/indica ratio and THC levels that can soar as high as 20%. This unique strain was created by crossing two strains of opposite flavors, Blueberry and U.K. Cheese. The resulting flavor is a mix between blueberries and blue cheese that is sure to please the senses. This strain’s indica effects are very apparent in it’s sedating body high. Because of these strong narcotic-like effects, Blue Cheese is a superb medical marijuana strain.

gLeaf LA Chocolat

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This rare strain was created by crossing west-coast legends LA Confidential and Chocolope. As you can probably tell by its name, LA Chocolat features hints of cocoa and coffee along with nutty and earthy undertones. This 40/60 indica-dominant hybrid is best left for afternoons or nights. LA Chocolat’s range of stimulating sativa effects are usually overpowered by its sedating and calming indica effects. 

What Does The Future Hold For gLeaf?

Beer! Specifically, marijuana-infused beer. 

gLeaf has recently partnered with local brewer Flying Dog Brewery (Frederickton, MA) in order to develop a cannabis-infused IPA beer. The beer is expected to be non-alcoholic and will provide Maryland residents with yet another way to consume cannabis without the health risks associated with smoking and vaping. 

If you would like to shop for gLeaf products in stock right now, check out our online dispensary menu for Maryland medical marijuana patients!

Is the THC in Edibles Different than in Other Products?

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With so many choices in cannabis consumption, it isn’t hard to find something that works for your preferences and lifestyle. For those who want to avoid inhalation methods, edibles make a great alternative. The only downside is that edibles can create a situation where it’s easy to overdo it, and they can sometimes feel much stronger than other consumption methods. In this article, we’ll go over the reason edibles can sometimes feel so strong and if the THC in edibles is different than THC found in other consumption methods.

Edibles and Temptation

These days, cannabis edibles come in so many delicious forms, from discreet mints to easy to imbibe beverages. It’s hard not to indulge quickly and reach for the next treat. Here’s the thing: cannabis has a delayed action when it passes through the digestive system, and edibles make it tempting to take another bite of that delicious goodie before you feel the effects. This often causes people to accidentally eat very high doses of THC, potentially causing a negative experience. But is the dosage to blame for the way edibles seem to cause a different reaction than other methods of consumption? Maybe not.

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Is the THC in Edibles Different?

People who can enjoy smoking high-THC cannabis and go about their day sometimes find that eating cannabis makes them feel an overpowering sense of detachment from their body. Even though cannabis is considered safe, large doses of edibles can feel scary even to seasoned consumers and bring a heightened sense of delusion. One theory is that the body processes edibles and inhaled cannabis into two different substances, which can affect the mind in completely different ways.

Some scientists think the difference comes down to the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis – THC. When you inhale cannabis, the compound that hits your bloodstream is delta-9 THC. The cannabis you eat, on the other hand, ends up being processed by your liver into a different compound called 11-hydroxy THC. While these two forms of THC are similar to each other, the small difference means they affect your brain in dramatically contrasting ways. When 11-hydroxy THC crosses the blood-brain barrier, it is far more potent and creates a more intense experience than delta-9 THC.

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The reason?

Researchers think that the 11-hydroxy THC molecule can activate some cannabinoid receptors more fully than delta-9 can. This can lead to cannabinoid receptors becoming overstimulated and cause a situation where reactions like anxiety and paranoids are more prevalent.

While there is some research to support the theory that 11-hydroxy THC is more potent, other unpublished studies have shown that the two compounds are more or less equivalent. If so, then what causes edibles to affect people more strongly? One idea is simply that more THC of any kind gets into the body when cannabis is eaten, rather than smoked.

How to Avoid Feeling too Intoxicated

Regardless of which theory is correct, there are some steps you take to avoid overdoing it with edibles. Try starting with no more than 2 mg of THC, which is going to be much lower than the dose in most single-dose edibles. The idea is to work up slowly by taking a small about and not consuming more until the effects are fully felt. This takes a little bit of self-control, but the effort is worth it to ensure a positive cannabis experience.

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