If you’ve been involved in the medical marijuana world for a while, you’ve probably asked the question, “What’s the best way to store cannabis?” It’s an extremely common question, especially for new users. There are going to be a lot more new users now that smoking medical marijuana has been approved in the state of Florida. For this reason, we’re going to address the topic of Storing Your Cannabis Properly to ensure that you get the most out of your medicine!
It is recommended that you store your cannabis somewhere cool and dry (below 77 degrees). Mold and Mildew prosper in temperatures warmer than this. Aside from this, heat can also dry out your marijuana essentially destroying the essential oils (cannabinoids and terpenes).
You also do not want to store your cannabis somewhere that is too cold, like the freezer or even the fridge. These two things can ruin your cannabis as much as heat can. The temperature and humidity levels fluctuate too much in the fridge & freezer. This can also cause the cannabis to lose cannabinoids and terpenes.
Your best option is to keep your marijuana slightly cooler than room temperature. Many people recommend a basement or cellar as long as it’s not too damp. Above we mentioned a cool, dry place, which brings us to our next point…
Too much humidity can ruin your weed as much as the heat and cold can. Too little humidity can dry it out. It is recommended that you store your cannabis somewhere between 59 and 63 percent relative humidity. This will preserve the consistency, aroma, color and flavor of the cannabis.
You’re probably wondering how you can monitor humidity that closely. More and more humidity control products are hitting the shelves each day. The most popular humidity control product is humidity packs that you stick inside the container with your cannabis. These have proven to be quite effective.
Your cannabis should be kept in a cool, dry and dark place. A study conducted at the University of London back in the 70’s found that sunlight was, by far, the most degrading element to cannabis. You don’t have to keep it in complete darkness, but keep it out of direct sunlight.
Stop storing your weed in plastic bags and containers. Plastic can make the cannabis sweat, leading to mold and mildew issues. Your best option for long-lasting cannabis is to store it in a airtight, glass container. If you have access to a vacuum sealer, that’s even better, but it is not necessary. A mason jar with a screw on lid is perfectly acceptable.
Make sure that you’re not storing different strains of cannabis in the same container, either. This can mix flavors and scents, so get a separate container for each strain.
Storing Other Forms of Medical Marijuana
We don’t recommend storing edibles long-term, however, most products in dispensaries will have specific instructions for each product on the back.
Tinctures, oils and concentrates are much less susceptible to mold, mildew, heat and light. With that being said, it is still recommended that you follow the care instructions above.
You won’t have to worry about storing your cannabis properly if you don’t have access to it! If you believe you’re a candidate for medical marijuana and are a Florida Resident, schedule your free consultation today!
Do you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep? Are you currently taking prescription sleeping pills? If so, you’re probably aware that many prescription sleeping pills produce side effects such as dizziness, headache, gastrointestinal problems, memory & performance issues and even severe allergic reactions. Cannabis, on the other hand, is known as nature’s sleep aid. This natural medicine can help you fall asleep and even stay asleep longer, without many of these gnarly side effects.
Which Strain of Cannabis is the Best Sleep Aid?
As you may know, every strain will affect you differently. Higher THC strains, like Sativa, are known for their uplifting, energizing effects. Indica contains less THC and more CBD, making it an excellent choice for a sleep aid. It’s been said that a hybrid strain with a more equal concentration of THC and CBD is best for inducing sleep.
Indica strains also contain more terpenes (aromatic compounds). Terpenes play a significant role in relaxation, thus inducing sleep.
How and When
You can choose to consume your cannabis in edibles or by smoking it. Keep in mind that when it comes to using cannabis as a sleep aid, you should try to time your intake correctly. When you eat an edible it can take longer to kick in. The effects will also last longer this way so be sure not to eat too much, too late. If you choose to smoke it, it will kick in much faster and the effects will wear off quicker. Consider smoking cannabis for sleep if you’re at home and ready for bed.
Other Ways to Relax
In addition to choosing your favorite strain, you can also accelerate the effects by using natural remedies, as well. Try drinking some chamomile tea and/or taking a lavender bubble bath. By reducing stress and promoting relaxation, you will be able to fall asleep easier.
Are There Any Side Effects?
REM sleep (dream state) is also known as your deep sleep period. Cannabis can decrease REM sleep. While this may seem detrimental to what you would typically want, it’s extremely helpful to patients that suffer from anxiety and nightmares.
Although rare, it is possible that you develop REM rebound if you abruptly stop use after using for a long period of time. This can actually end up causing you to have more vivid dreams. You may also find yourself tossing & turning, taking longer to fall asleep and waking up more frequently throughout the night.
Everyone is different. It’s difficult to know how you’ll react until you try it. The bottom line is, you can still get quality sleep, with a limited amount of REM.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you’re having trouble sleeping, schedule your free consultation today. There’s no reason to put it off any longer! It’s time to get a good night’s rest and nature’s sleep aid may be able to do that for you!
Today, some of the most popular items on the market are isolates. Isolates are singled-out cannabinoids like THC or CBD, that have been extracted from the marijuana plant. A term you may not be as familiar with is ‘whole plant therapy’.
There are over 100 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, but the two most popular are THC and CBD. These components are largely responsible for the medical benefits that marijuana has to offer. THC treats a myriad of symptoms, but is most well-known for its euphoric effect, or “high”. CBD treats many of the same symptoms, but CBD doesn’t produce a high. Some people are in it for the euphoric feeling and will choose a THC isolate. Not everyone wants to get high, which is why they’d choose a CBD isolate instead.
Whole Plant Therapy
This brings us to whole plant therapy. This form of medical marijuana will essentially keep it in its natural form, combining all of the 100+ cannabinoids, including terpenes (aromatic compounds), into one medication. You may think that this would make it more extreme than isolates, yet that’s not always the case.
There is something called the entourage effect. This happens when all of the cannabinoids synergistically work together. Isolates are typically void of the many other cannabinoids that could potentially offer significant benefits.
THC and CBD both have the ability to treat a wide range of ailments, but it is very possible that they are even more effective when combined. Whole plant therapy and full-spectrum extracts preserve the natural effects while filtering out the impurities than can dampen the benefits. The outcome can be intense, but extremely helpful. It’s important to note that CBD has the ability to lessen the effects of THC, so whole plant therapy isn’t always going to get you high, however, it is still possible to feel some psychoactive effects.
No matter which cannabinoid you prefer at the moment (THC or CBD), give whole plant therapy a try. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Whole Plant Therapy is a medical treatment that not only holds the potential to treat a myriad of symptoms but can also save thousands of lives.
If you’re a Florida resident interested in becoming a Marijuana Doctor patient, Call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free phone consultation ONLINE, today.
As we have seen, medical marijuana has proven itself to be an effective treatment for dozens of different illnesses on many occasions. The specific chemical makeup of the marijuana plant is what makes it such an incredible medicine.
Cannabis contains components called cannabinoids, specifically THC and CBD. While these two things are mainly responsible for the healing benefits of cannabis, there are a few other key parts to the marijuana flower. The role of terpenes in medical marijuana is more significant than you may think.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are aromatic oils that are secreted by the same glands that produce THC and CBD. They are not only found in cannabis, but many other plants, fruits and flowers, as well. If you’ve ever smelled an orange peel or a rose, than you’ve smelled terpenes. There are over 100 different terpenes in the cannabis plant, but they do more that just give marijuana it’s classic smell.
Why are they so Important?
Terpenes play a vital role in differentiating the effects of various marijuana strains. In fact, they work synergistically with other cannabinoids (mainly THC and CBD) to produce a wide array of effects. Terpenes bind to the same receptors in your body as THC and CBD.
The interesting thing is that in the presence of other cannabinoids, the effect of a specific terpene may change. For example a terpene can be relaxing in the presence of one cannabinoid, but energizing in the presence of another. This means that there is the potential for a plethora of added medical benefits, due to the essentially unlimited combinations of synergistic effects. This is particularly important for growers as they will be able to cultivate more strains to treat symptoms more effectively.
Aroma: Musky & Earthy
Vaporizes at: 322 Degrees Fahrenheit
Potential Effects: Sedating & Relaxing
Potential Benefits: Anti-oxidant, Anti-carcinogenic, Anti-Inflammatory, Pain Relief, Muscle Relaxant, Sleep Aid
Aroma: Citrus & Lemon
Vaporizes at: 348 Degrees Fahrenheit
Potential Effects: Stress Reliever & a Mood Booster
Potential Benefits: Anti-anxiety, Anti-cancer, Anti-depressant, Anti-fungal, Gastroprotective, Relieves Heartburn.
Vaporizes at: 311 Degrees Fahrenheit
Potential Effects: Promotes Creativity, Alertness, Memory Retention, a Sense of Euphoria and Counteracts Some Effects of THC.
Potential Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Treats Asthma
Aroma: Floral & Sweet
Vaporizes at: 388 Degrees Fahrenheit
Potential Effects: Calming, Relaxing, Sedating, & Mood Enhancing
Potential Benefits: Anti-anxiety, Anti-convulsant, Anti-depressant, Anti-acne, Sleep Aid and Slows Neurodegeneration
Aroma: Woodsy & Spicy
Vaporizes at: 266 Degrees Fahrenheit
Potential Effects: Stress Relieving
Potential Benefits: Pain Reliever, Anti-Anxiety, Anti-Inflammation, Gastroprotective, Sleep Aid
Things to Keep in Mind
You may be wondering why we’ve included the boiling point of each of the terpenes listed above. Terpenes are highly effective, but can be severely damaged and lose their medical benefits, if overheated. For this reason, you must be very careful when smoking medical marijuana. In order to avoid burning the terpenes, choose a method of use that uses a low heat, like extracts and concentrates. Vaping is also a safe alternative, as you can usually set the heat to a specific degree.
Furthermore, the next time you’re in a dispensary, ask if you can smell a few of the different strains. The scents you’re drawn to may actually help treat your symptoms. In conclusion, the role of terpenes in medical marijuana is vital to its many potential medical benefits.
Are you suffering from symptoms that medical marijuana may be able to treat?
If you’re a Florida resident interested in becoming a Marijuana Doctor Patient, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your FREE phone consultation online today!
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