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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!

Ideal Temperature

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…

Moderate Humidity

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.

Dark Places

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.

Containers

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.

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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!

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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!

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’.

Isolates

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.

Entourage Effect

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.

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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.

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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.

Main Terpenes

Myrcene

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

Limonene

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.

Pinene

Aroma: Pine

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

Linalool

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

Caryophyllene

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.

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Are you suffering from symptoms that medical marijuana may be able to treat?

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