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Here at Solar Therapeutics we take pride in being able to assist our patients and consumers in finding the right products for their needs. Our team of budtenders are trained to help educate and guide you through the process and are available if you have any questions.

Cannabis 101 What are the differences between Cannabis strains?

Sativa Strains

Sativa strains are pungent smelling and tend to produce an uplifting and cerebral euphoria that can be energizing and stimulating. These strains are good for people that want to increase their creativity and keep them uplifted and energized throughout the day.

Indica Strains

Indica strains are relaxing strains and provide full body muscle and tension relief. These strains are ideal to relieve anxiety and to help you relax after a long day. Indicas are also used by people struggling with insomnia and chronic pain.

Hybrid Strains

  • Sativa dominant strains provide mental and physical relief by creating a cerebral high with a relaxing body effect.
  • Indica dominant strains provide full body muscle and pain relief with a relaxing head euphoria.
  • 50/50 sativa/indica strains are good for a balanced euphoric and body relaxation.

 

 

Purported Health Benefits of Cannabinoids

THC

  • Pain Relief
  • Stimulates Appetite
  • Reduces Nausea
  • Suppresses Muscle Spasms

THC - V

  • Suppresses Appetite
  • Reduces Seizures & Convulsions
  • Reduces Blood Sugar
  • Promotes Bone Growth

CBD

  • Pain Relief
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Stimulates Appetite
  • Reduces Nausea
  • Reduces Contractions of the Intestines
  • Relieves Anxiety
  • Psychosis Management
  • Reduces Seizures & Convulsions
  • Suppresses Muscle Spasms
  • Reduces Efficacy of Immune System
  • Reduces Blood Sugar
  • Prevents Nervous System Degeneration
  • Treats Psoriasis
  • Reduces Risk of Artery Blockage
  • Kills/Slows Bacterial Growth
  • Inhibits Cell Growth in Cancer/Tumors
  • Promotes Bone Growth

CBN

  • Pain Relief
  • Reduces Seizures & Convulsions
  • Reduces Blood Sugar
  • Promotes Bone Growth

Know how to use your medicine

Delivery Methods

Inhalation

This is the most common methods patients use. Cannabinoids enter your lungs and go directly into your bloodstream allowing for a quick onset.

  • Smoking – Flower rolled in paper, use of hand pipes & water bongs
  • Vaping – Wide range of devices  that you can use flower or concentrates to inhale. Vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking flower, as vapor doesn’t release the toxins created during combustion.

Ingestion/Oral

Ingesting cannabis is a little more difficult to control the effects due to variations in the way the body digests.

  • Edibles-Cannabis infused food/drink. The effects are strengthened and duration lengthened by the liver metabolizing the cannabinoids.
  • Ingestible oils– Oils can be eaten or put into capsules to be swallowed.
  • Tinctures– Liquid cannabis extract that you put drops of under your tongue where they are absorbed into your bloodstream.

Topicals

Cannabis infused oils, balms, transdermal patches & lotions. When applied to skin they can help relieve localized pain, muscle soreness & inflammation.

Finding the Right Dose

When first starting it is always best to start with a low dose and gradually increase.

 

Smoking

Amount used to smoke varies. On average a joint contains 0.5-1 gram of flower. Start with 1 or 2 inhalations and increase every 10-15 minutes as needed.

  • Onset – 5-10 minutes
  • Duration- 2-4 hours

 

Vaping

If vaping flower you may need up to twice as much flower to receive the same effect as other methods. If vaping concentrates you need much less. Ie- 0.1g of wax might provide 65mg of cannabinoids.

  • Onset-5-10 minutes
  • Duration- 2-4 hours

Ingestion/Edibles

Start with very little amounts(5-10mg). Wait at least 2 hours after consuming before increasing the amount.  

  • Onset- 1-2 hours
  • Duration- 6-8 hours

Tinctures

The amount needed will depend on the tincture. Start with just a few drops under the tongue. Typically one dropper full is considered a dose(5-10mg).  Increase slowly as needed.

  • Onset- 5-30 minutes
  • Duration- 1-6 hours

Topicals

The dose will vary and topicals can be used as needed.

  • Onset- Varies
  • Duration- Varies

The Most Common Cannabinoids

Cannabis produces a variety of compounds known as cannabinoids. These compounds provide the medicinal benefits and provide relief for an array of symptoms. The two most common cannabinoids are:

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

THC is one of the many compounds found in the resin secreted by the glands of cannabis. It is known to produce the psychological effects or the “high” associated with cannabis. THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine which creates a euphoria.

Some side effects of THC are:

  • Paranoia/Anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Red eyes
  • Increased appetite
  • Sleepiness
  • Impaired memory

CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD is another compound secreted by the cannabis plant and is known for its medicinal benefits along with creating little to no psychological effects.

Some side effects of CBD are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness

Things to keep in Mind

Dependence, Tolerance and Withdrawal

For many people who use cannabis, dependence and withdrawal is not an issue. For regular consumers, discontinuation of consumption can lead to a number of symptoms including:

  • Anxiety
  • Problems sleeping
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Dysphoria (feeling of general unease)
  • Nausea
  • Craving for cannabis
  • Stomach pain

Regular cannabis users do face the possibility of becoming tolerant to THC. This depends on the dose, frequency of consumption and your own DNA.  Taking a break from consuming cannabis for 1-2 weeks can help bring your tolerance back down.

Substance Abuse Signs and Symptoms

Some signs & symptoms of marijuana abuse are:

  • Loss of control – consistently using more marijuana
  • Social impairments – not engaging in important work, social, hobbies etc because of marijuana
  • Cravings for marijuana
  • Inability to stop using marijuana
  • Disregarding problems associated with use
  • Distorted perceptions
  • Difficulty thinking & problem solving
  • Ongoing problems with learning and memory

Marijuana products are harmful to children. Please keep your products locked up and out of reach of children

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