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Most of us have first hand experience when it comes to the effects of alcohol. As the medical marijuana industry continues to grow, many of us are now also aware of how our bodies respond to cannabis. As the use of marijuana continues to become more mainstream (much like alcohol), we must ask the the question: Can you use alcohol and marijuana at the same time?

The short answer is yes, you can, however, this doesn’t mean that you should.

Alcohol Vs. Marijuana

Alcohol is a depressant. While it affects everyone differently, it can cause you to become angry, sad, aggressive, and make decisions that you wouldn’t normally make.

Marijuana is an antidepressant, however it too will produce certain effects on your mind and body. It can cause some people to become relaxed or energized, while others can become anxious, depressed, and paranoid.

Obviously, you don’t want to combine the two if you’re someone that gets angry or depressed from using one or the other, as combining them would make the situation worse.

Two Studies

If alcohol and cannabis relaxes you, you may be able to combine them. There were two studies conducted on the combined use of alcohol and marijuana.

The first study found that cannabis activates CB2 receptors. These are receptors that are built in to the human body to help with pain relief, immune response, etc… Smoking cannabis interacts with these receptors, altering your gut motility. The study found that smoking marijuana before drinking alcohol actually caused blood alcohol levels in the participants to be lower than if they had just drank alcohol alone.

The second study had the opposite effect. Participant’s drank alcohol first and then smoked cannabis. This caused the levels of THC in their blood plasma to skyrocket. This is due to the fact that the alcohol caused their blood vessels to dilate, which allowed the body to absorb the THC much faster than it would have had they not drank alcohol.

The Answer

According to the studies above, if you ARE going to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana around the same time, smoke first and drink after. Drinking before smoking marijuana can increase the effects, causing you to feel extremely nauseous, anxious, paranoid and more.

As with most things, moderation is key. Keep in mind that these studies are based off of smoking marijuana. There is no research to suggest how drinking alcohol while eating edibles, dabbing, or using tinctures will affect you.

So, can you use alcohol and marijuana at the same time? You can, but we highly recommend choosing marijuana and forgetting about alcohol. If you’re anxious, stressed out, or seeking relief it will help you a lot more than alcohol will. It can treat a wide variety of symptoms with a lot less risk of negative side effects.

We feel that it’s also important to note that alcohol will leave you with a hangover the next day, while marijuana will not.

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If you feel you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation with one of our certified physicians online, today.

By now, we are all well aware that marijuana has the potential to treat a vast array of illnesses and symptoms. Often times, when we think about medical marijuana, THC and CBD come to mind. While it is true that many of the medical properties of cannabis stem from these two main compounds, they are not the only two found in the plant. There are over 100 other beneficial compounds in Marijuana, albeit in much smaller quantities when compared to THC and CBD. While they are not as prevalent, they still have a huge impact on how THC and CBD affect us.

First, we’re going to examine the medical properties of THC and CBD, and then we will look at some of the lesser known cannabinoids to better understand how medical marijuana can help us!

The Two Most Well-Known Cannabinoids

THC

This compound is the most well-known component of marijuana. It’s most notable effect is the mid-altering, euphoric feeling that it can provide to the user. This compound:

  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Protects against Sleep Apnea
  • Fights depression
  • Reduces pressure in the eye associated with Glaucoma.

CBD

This compound is the main reason why cannabis is such an effective medical treatment. CBD continues to prove its worth, as studies continue. It can:

  • Relieves pain
  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Treats Psoriasis
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions
  • Manages psychosis
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces risk of artery blockage
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Relieves Anxiety
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Reduces function in the immune system (helpful for autoimmune diseases)
  • Decreases contractions in the small intestine (helpful for GI disorders)
  • Protects against nervous system degeneration
  • Fights anxiety and depression
  • Minimizes organ rejection

Important Cannabinoids You’ve (Probably) Never Heard of

While these are found in much smaller concentration in the marijuana plant, they can have a huge effect on health benefits and the way that THC and CBD affect us. For instance, CBC, CBG and CBN can lessen the effects of THC while aiding the benefits of CBD. THCV also has the opposite effect of THC, when it comes to appetite.

THCV

  • Suppresses appetite and aids in weight loss
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions

CBC

  • Relieves pain
  • Treats fungal infection
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Increases blood pressure (vasoconstriction)

CBG

  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth

CBN

  • Relieves pain
  • Acts as a sleep aid
  • Suppresses muscle spasms

Why are These Important?

Three words: Whole Plant Therapy. This is the form of medical treatment that uses the entire plant, as it is believed to have a stronger effect when all of the cannabinoids work together. You can learn more about it, HERE.

Many products on the market are THC isolates or CBD isolates, meaning the compounds have been extracted to be on their own. While these isolates can be effective, whole plant therapy may be even more beneficial. The bottom line is, the medical properties of cannabis are vast, and will continue to grow as research progresses.

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If you’re a Florida resident, and believe that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online, today.

Marijuana is arguably the most effective (and safest) drug out there. With that being said, it can produce a few minor side effects such as dry mouth, red eyes, increased appetite and delayed motor skills. Synthetic cannabinoids on the other hand, can cause a number of severe mental and physical side effects. The dangers of synthetic cannabinoids are real and must be taken seriously.

How are synthetic cannabinoids made?

First and foremost, it’s important for you to understand that synthetic cannabinoids are unnatural and made in a laboratory. Synthetic cannabinoids are not to be confused with natural cannabinoids. Natural cannabinoids (THC and CBD) are organic compounds found in real, from the ground, marijuana. These compounds are safe and effective at treating numerous medical conditions. Synthetic cannabinoids are not only dangerous, but also offer no medical value.

How do you use it?

The two most common methods of use for synthetic cannabinoids are smoking and vaping. Mind altering chemicals are sprayed on plant material to be smoked, or sold in liquid form, to be vaped.

How does it affect the body?

Synthetic cannabinoids interact and bind to the same receptors in the brain that THC does. These manufactured chemicals bind much more strongly to the receptors, however, causing much greater, mind-altering effects.

What are the side effects?

The effects of synthetic cannabinoids are unpredictable, dangerous and life-threatening. They produce a few similar effects of natural cannabis, such as a boost in mood, relaxation, altered perception and psychosis. Effects of psychosis include, extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia and hallucinations.

The side effects from these chemical differ from the side effects of natural cannabis when they produce negative effects such as increased heart rate, vomiting, violent behavior, suicidal thoughts, increased blood pressure, reduction in blood supply to the heart (heart failure), kidney damage, internal bleeding, seizures and even death.

Natural cannabis has never killed anyone. It’s important to note that operating a motor vehicle under the influence of both natural and synthetic cannabis is dangerous and illegal.

Is it addictive?

Synthetic cannabinoids are addictive. They offer no medical benefit while they retain a high potential for abuse. As a result, regular users will experience withdrawal symptoms like headache, anxiety, depression and irritability if they try to quit.

If they’re dangerous, why are they available for sale?

Synthetic cannabinoids are included in a group of unregulated drugs called New Psychoactive Substances. They are intended to provide the same effects as illegal drugs. Often times, the package will say something to the effect of “made with natural ingredients. This is a tactic to convince users that the synthetic drugs are safe. On the contrary, the only natural component to these “fake drugs” is the plant material that the chemicals are sprayed on.

The dangerous chemicals used to create synthetic cannabinoids are continuously altered in order to keep them on the shelves. Ingredients are constantly being outlawed, so the “recipes” must continue to change. Side effects vary from batch to batch, making these synthetic drugs extremely unpredictable and dangerous.

You will most commonly find these drugs in convenience stores and online. Manufacturers package them in bright, colorful packages, to attract users, specifically younger users. You will find synthetic cannabinoids going by a number of different names, the most common being K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Kush, Kronic, and Joker.

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There has been a spike in overdoses and deaths directly related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids. Obviously, you should never use these dangerous drugs. Not only do they offer no medical benefit, but they also can lead to extreme adverse reactions. Never underestimate the  dangers of synthetic cannabinoids. 

If you are in need of help, medical marijuana is the way to go. If you believe you suffer from a qualifying illness, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online.

Medical Marijuana offers many benefits to both the body and the mind. There are several different methods that can be used to consume this natural medicine. Some of these methods are quite simple, while others tend to be much more complicated. Additionally, some methods take a while to kick in, while others allow you to feel the effects instantaneously. As the world of medical cannabis grows, new methods are being developed. This article will discuss the newest method: Dabbing.

Methods of Use

The most popular method is smoking. It’s simple and allows you to feel the effects quickly, however, not everyone can do it. There’s also the option to consume edibles, but these will take longer to kick in. You can steep fresh leaves in boiling water for a tea, but this process neglects to include many of the beneficial compounds that the flower has to offer.

Potent Extract

In order to make cannabis into a liquid that is much more potent, a stronger solvent must be used, like CO2 or Butane. These solvents can extract the cannabinoids and other good stuff the flower has to offer and turn it into a tiny, yet highly-concentrated, amount of liquid.

Heating this concentrated liquid will evaporate the solvent, leaving you with a sticky substance called wax or shatter. This is the product that is used for dabbing.

Equipment Needed

Dabbing requires a few different pieces of equipment. You need a water pipe, nail, dome, torch and dab tool. First, any bong can be converted into a dab rig. They do sell specifically designed dab rigs, but they can be quite expensive. A nail is a crucial component to dabbing, as this is the piece that will be used to heat the wax. You place the nail where the bowl would go in a water pipe. The dome sits over the nail to catch the vapor. The dab tool is used to place the wax on the nail and the torch is used to heat it.

Once the wax or shatter has been heated, the vapor will be caught in the dome. Once you inhale the vapor from the dome, it will rapidly make its way into your bloodstream. You will feel these effects very quickly, and they will be intense as this substance is very potent.

Benefits of Dabbing

Dabbing produces intense effects very rapidly. People that require fast relief will tend to choose this method. It usually requires just one hit and the effects will last much longer than the effects of smoking. Dabbing is also said to taste better and contains no ashy by-products.

Risks Associated with Dabbing

Dabbing is certainly not the safest method of using marijuana. The end-product is extremely potent which makes it possible to overdose. No one has ever died from overdosing on marijuana, however, consuming too much too quickly can result in paranoia, panic attacks, increased heart rate and even passing out (which can lead to accidental injury).

Consuming any amount of marijuana can lead to tolerance and/or withdrawal. Since this method uses such a potent liquid, the withdrawal symptoms can be even worse. These symptoms may include nausea, insomnia, depression, mood swings, headaches, nightmares or night sweats.

It is always possible, especially if you’ve made your own wax or shatter, that there will be residual solvent in the product. While the heating process should cause most of this to evaporate, this is not always the case. Residual butane can cause mild lung irritation, but is not a serious side effect.

How to Dab Safely

The best option to ensure that you dab safely is to buy your concentrates from a licensed vendor. This will save you from the complicated and sometimes dangerous extraction process. It will also ensure that you’re getting high quality, SAFE product.

If you’re going to dab, invest in an actual dab rig instead of a converted bong. It’s simpler and safer to use.

Lastly, ease into it. Don’t do too much, too quickly. Dabbing can be extremely intense, so proceed with caution. Get yourself a scale and be exact. Using just a little too much can cause negative side effects.

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In order to try out dabbing for yourself, you must be a medical marijuana card holder.

If you are a Florida resident experiencing symptoms or suffering from an illness that may qualify you to become a medical marijuana patient, call Marijuana Doctor at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free phone consultation ONLINE, today!