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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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Cannabidiol (CBD) has the ability to treat a number of different symptoms from dozens of unique illnesses. Hundreds of thousands of people have chosen CBD to treat their conditions. There are numerous methods of using CBD, each of which have different on-sets and durations. This leaves us with the question: How long does CBD take to kick-in and wear-off?

Methods: Time from Start to Finish

There are several different methods of using CBD, all of which are highly effective. Every person has a unique preference, but no matter what method you choose, you can find relief with CBD. CBD differs from THC in the fact that it does not provide psychoactive effects, meaning you can use it at any time of the day. It will not make you drowsy or loopy. Below you will find the on-set times and duration of effects for each method of use.

Vaping & Smoking: These methods takes less than 10 minutes to kick-in. The effects from vaping and smoking usually last for a few hours. Vaping & smoking offer total-body relief.

Edibles: This method takes a little bit longer to kick-in, approximately 30-90 minutes. Edibles have longer-lasting effects, usually lingering for about 8 hours. You will feel the effects of edibles all over your body.

Suppositories: You’ll typically feel the effects within 15 minutes. Similar to edibles, the effects from suppositories can last up to 8 hours as well. Suppositories are used for quick, intense, total-body relief.

Topicals: Effects from CBD-infused soaps, lotions, and salves can be felt within 10 minutes of application. Usually, they will last for just a couple of hours. Topicals are a good choice for isolating muscle, joint or nerve pain.

Tinctures: This method also takes effect quite rapidly. It can be felt within 10 minutes and typically last for a couple of hours, as well. You will feel the effects from tinctures all over your body.


How Long Does CBD Take to Kick-in and Wear-off? It might not matter to you, but it’s good to know so that you can get relief when you need it!

Choose the method that is right for you. Do you need fast relief or can you wait a little longer? Do you need the effects to last for a longer period of time or wear off more quickly? Are you comfortable smoking or would you rather consume CBD orally? No matter what you choose, you can find relief with CBD.

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

Cannabis edibles are one of the most popular, effective methods, of consuming marijuana. What many people don’t realize is that in order to cook with cannabis, you must combine it with a fatty-substance. Butter is the most commonly utilized product, and with it, you can make cannabutter! This cannabutter recipe takes 6 hours but only requires 3, simple ingredients!

Once you have your cannabutter, you can cook-up and bake all kinds of dishes! Cannabis treats don’t always have to be sweets (although who doesn’t love a yummy pot brownie?) You can make salad dressings, sauces, marinades and more!

For this cannabutter recipe, you will need:

  • 2 Cups of unsalted butter (NOT margarine)
  • 8 Cups of purified water
  • 3 Ounces of marijuana (trim, bud or kief – DO NOT GRIND)

The tools required for this recipe, include:

  • Large Crock-Pot
  • Cheesecloth (for straining)
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Plastic wrap / foil
  • Knife
  • Airtight container(s)

Step-By-Step Cannabutter Recipe

  1. Pour the 8 cups of water in the crock-pot, covered, and heat on low for 1 hour.
  2. Add in the 3 ounces of marijuana and heat for another hour, keeping it covered.
  3. Melt the 2 cups of butter in the crock-pot, keeping the heat on low.
  4. Let it simmer for 4 hours. This will give the cannabis time to combine with the fat in the butter.
  5. Place the cheesecloth over a heatproof bowl and pour the liquid from the crock-pot into the bowl. This will separate out all of the plant material.
  6. Wring-out the cheesecloth to get as much of the extract into the mixture as possible.
  7. Cover the bowl (with plastic or foil) and refrigerate overnight.
  8. The following day, you will see a solid layer of butter on top of greyish-green water. Use a knife to cut around the edge of the bowl. Pull the butter layer out and discard the water.
  9. Cut the butter into a few smaller pieces, separate into airtight containers and store in the freezer for future cooking and baking enjoyment!

Since marijuana flower is now available to patients in Florida, you can create your own cannabutter and cannabis recipes, at home! Edibles are one of the lowest risk methods of marijuana, and not to mention, one of the most effective!

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If you’re a Florida resident and feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, set up your free consultation today. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, or schedule your appointment ONLINE.

Smoking and vaping are the two basic inhalation methods for using marijuana. Both of these methods are popular, however they differ slightly in terms of health, discretion, convenience, flavor, and potency. Learn more about each and you’ll be able to choose which one is right for you.

5 Factors

Health

Health is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to smoking and vaping. We all love marijuana for its awesome health benefits, but is one method safer than the other? Smoking marijuana may leave tar and carcinogens in your lungs. Vaping releases the essential oils, and allows you to enjoy cannabis’ cannabinoids and terpenes without these negative factors, because it is heated below the combustion point. Smoking should be avoided for those suffering from lung issues, or with compromised immune systems.

It must be noted that some vaporizers (mostly made in China) have been found to contain harmful chemicals, glue, and metals that when heated can be inhaled along with marijuana. Most are safe, but if you want to be extra cautious, consider using a vaporizer with a ceramic or titanium heating element.

Discretion

When it comes to using marijuana discreetly, vaporizers win again. They produce a soft-smelling, quickly dissipating cloud. Better yet, because there is little to no odor, no one will know what you’re smoking.

Although vaping is permitted in more places than smoking is these days, you should still be courteous to the people around you. There may be parents of children, or people with compromised immune systems around that don’t want to inhale your vapor. While you should absolutely have the right to use your medicinal marijuana when you need it, common courtesy should not be thrown out the window.  

Convenience

You may think that vaping is also more convenient, but most marijuana users would actually disagree. Although rolling a joint is slightly time consuming, you must remember that vaporizers have to be charged, loaded and cleaned regularly. Smoking, on the other hand, is a quick and reliable method of use.

Flavor

Heat is a big factor when it comes to the flavor of your marijuana. On one hand, vaping is a good option for maintaining flavor because you can adjust the temperature. If you overheat cannabis, it can destroy some of the beneficial cannabinoids and aromatic terpenes. While smoking presents a greater chance of overheating, it typically provides a much richer flavor. Depending on the quality of your vaping pen, your cannabis may taste weak. If you’re using flower, smoking is the way to go. If you choose to vape, use a concentrate instead of flower as the flavor will be much more consistent and apparent.

Potency

When it comes down to it, smoking yields stronger effects. Smoking marijuana in general offers strong effects, with a very rapid onset. Again, the potency while vaping largely depends on the quality of your pen and whether you’re using flower or concentrate.

Which is Right for You?

It’s largely a matter of preference. If you are more health conscious, and looking for a cleaner way to consume, you may consider vaping. If you don’t mind the stronger smells or effect, or are looking for a less complicated and time-consuming method, you may enjoy smoking. Regardless of which method you choose, smoking and vaping are both relatively safe, effective methods for the using marijuana.

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If you’re a Florida resident and feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, set up your free consultation today. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, or schedule your appointment ONLINE.