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Grow Your Own Medicine: How to Cultivate Cannabis Indoors

With an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana — either on a recreational or medicinal level — getting access to cannabis is becoming easier.

Depending on where you live, a quick trip to the local dispensary is often all it takes to get your hands on legal marijuana, whether to alleviate whatever ailments you may be suffering from or to simply get high.

But while you can always get your cannabis from a reputable dispensary (in states that have legalized it), have you ever considered growing it at home? Much like you would grow a vegetable or herb garden in your own backyard, you can also benefit from the convenience of growing your own cannabis plants. In fact, many in the cannabis business prefer this method.

If you use marijuana for medical purposes, growing your own cannabis comes with a slew of benefits. For starters, you always have access to it right in your own home without worry of running out. Rather than having to go out to get more when your stash runs low, you’ll be able to tap into your own home-grown source. 

Further, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing what’s in the final product. 

Sometimes it can be tough to determine if there are any residues or toxins mixed in with chemically-extracted cannabis products. By growing and producing their own marijuana plants, cannabis growers know exactly what’s in it. 

But it’s important to be aware of the exact laws in your state when it comes to growing marijuana. Every state has different regulations in terms of how many plants you can grow, who can grow them, and whether or not marijuana plants are allowed to be grown in residential settings at all. 

Luckily, many states allow the growth of legal cannabis plants, but as already stated, be sure to check your local laws to see what applies to you.

For example, Californians over the age of 21 are allowed to grow as many as six plants, and those who are part of the medical marijuana program can grow as many plants as required to meet their medical needs.

In Colorado, those using cannabis for medical reasons can grow up to six plants at home (three of them mature). In Oregon, recreational users can grow up to four plants at home. Registered medical users can grow up to six plants plus eight additional seedlings.

So, how do you go about developing your own marijuana crop? This guide will show you how to grow cannabis at home. 

Step-by-Step Process of Growing Your Own Cannabis

Many prefer growing their plants indoors or in a greenhouse to avoid pests and other elements involved in growing outdoors. Follow these steps to promote successful marijuana growth in an indoor grow space. 

1. Gather the right tools

Growing a cannabis garden at home isn’t just as simple as planting a seed in a pot and watering it. There are a few pieces of equipment that indoor growers need to ensure that their marijuana plants are healthy: 

Containers – You’ll need to put the seeds and plants in something, and pots or planter beds are typically the standard items to use. 

Soil – Unless you plan on using hydroponic systems where you grow your pants in a man-made medium, you’ll need organic soil.

Clean water – Make sure the water you feed your plants is clean, filtered, and free of contaminants.

Grow lights – If you’re growing your crops inside the house, you’ll need a source of light to replace the natural light of the sun, and LED grow lights can step in and fill this void. 

Room liner – Lining the space that you grow your cannabis plants will serve a few purposes, including keeping bugs and mold out, maximizing your grow light’s output and making sure that no exterior light can penetrate into the room.

Extraction fan – To keep the temperature in the grow space low enough and give the plants lots of fresh CO2, you’ll need an extraction fan. Otherwise, you’ll need to rely on air conditioning and a CO2 generator, which are more expensive.

Carbon filter – To minimize the marijuana smell — especially during the flowering phase — carbon filters are a must.

Ducting – Ducting is an essential component to ensure proper ventilation of your garden.

Circulating fan – Having a fan that circulates the air will help keep the plants happy.

2. Collect the exact strain(s) you want

To make the most of your cannabis growing efforts at home, consider high-yielding strains that will flower quickly (anywhere above 500g/m2) and develop crops in abundance. Some of the high-yield cannabis strains to consider include:

· Super Bud

· Royal Moby

· Acid Dough

· Pink Gorilla

· Bubble Kush

You may also want to consider picking strains that are easier to grow and aren’t as picky and finicky. A lot of work goes into ensuring healthy crops, which can be quite time consuming. Further, there’s also a learning curve involved in understanding all the factors that go into growing cannabis, such as flowering time, flavors, and yields per square meter.

You can minimize the effort required to grow healthy plants by choosing easier-to-grow strains, such as the following:

· Easy Bud

· Northern Light

· Critical

· Dutch Treat

· Royal AK

· Blue Dream

Consider also whether you want to grow sativa, indica, or hybrid strains. The exact strain you choose will depend on the type of effect you’re going for when you finally use the plants you grow. 

For instance, indica strains provide more of a physically sedating effect, which is ideal for those who are seeking a more relaxing experience when using cannabis. These are ideal for alleviating anxiety or promoting more restful sleep. 

Sativa strains, on the other hand, induce a more energizing effect that may be more useful for providing mental focus and energy needed to perform a physical task.

Hybrids are simply a cross between the two. Keep in mind that some strains might be indica-dominant, which means it may have a more sedating effect, while a sativa-dominant strain may produce a more energizing effect.

At the end of the day, choose the strain that will provide you with the exact effect you’re going for, as well as what will make the growing process easier. The varieties of strains might seem overwhelming, but research will help make the decision easier. 

3. Start the growing process

Now that you know what you’re going to grow and you’ve gathered your arsenal of equipment and tools, it’s time to get started. Follow these steps to start and continue planting and growing your own cannabis. 

Get set up

The way that you set up your growing space will heavily influence the type of yields you produce. Choose a room in your home that will provide you with enough space to accommodate your yields and has access to things such as electrical outlets and proper ventilation. 

Once you’ve chosen the room, set up your tent, fans, lighting, and ducting to get the area ready for your pots and planter beds. Lay out the beds, growing medium, and seeds in the right quantities and arrangements, then start planting.

Germinate the seeds

Germination involves getting the seeds to sprout. That first tendril that emerges from the seed is referred to as the taproot and serves as the basis for all other roots that the cannabis plant makes throughout its lifespan. 

In order to ensure adequate germination, your marijuana seeds will require the following:

· Adequate moisture levels

· No interruptions

· Warmth

· Planted deep in the soil

· Planted with the white root pointing downwards

When they’re in the vegetative stage…

Once the marijuana plants have reached the vegetative phase, you can then start focusing your efforts on ensuring that the plants grow big and strong. To do that, make sure to:

Water them appropriately. If you’re growing your plants in soil, water them whenever the top of the soil starts to feel dry. Make sure not to overwater, as a wet-dry cycle is required for plant roots to grow.

Give them the appropriate amount of light. In the vegetative stage, marijuana plants need as much as 18 to 24 hours of light a day when grown indoors. 

When they’re in the flowering stage…

Once your plants have entered the flowering phase, be sure not to transfer them, or you could risk their health. Instead, make sure your plants are in the last container they need to be in no more than 2 weeks before they start to bud. 

At this point, consider changing to a 12-on 12-off light schedule. This will help speed up the flowering phase and obtain results much faster. 

Identify the gender of your cannabis plants and get rid of any males when you spot them. It’s important to identify and eliminate male plants before they’re able to produce their pollen because they don’t have any amount of CBD or THC of worth. 

To identify male versus female plants in your crop, look out for any signs of little sacks of pollen developing at the nodes where the branches meet the stem. This happens at the pre-flowering phase when the plant begins to put its energy into reproduction. The nodes of female cannabis plants will start to produce immature sepals with pistils.

Pay close attention to the plants during the flowering stage, as they are vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies at this point. 

4. Harvest the crop

The rule of thumb to consider it marijuana harvest time is when the cannabis buds have a bold scent, are full, and stop growing new, white hairs. About half of the white hairs have darkened at this point, which is a good time to start harvesting. 

For the highest THC potency, harvest when over half to three-quarters of the white hairs have darkened. And to achieve more CBD conversion from THC (for a more relaxing effect), harvest when almost all of the hairs have darkened. 

5. Dry and cure the buds 

Once all the buds have been plucked, hang them upside down in a cool, dark room to dry out. For optimal results, be sure to allow the buds to dry slowly. Also, check on the buds often to identify any overly dry spots or mold. 

Final Thoughts

Growing your own cannabis can give you the freedom to create a bud that serves your exact needs. It’s also a fulfilling, rewarding, and enjoyable pastime that you can adopt. 

Unlike with outdoor growing, growing cannabis indoors is more controlled, but requires a strong green thumb and a lot of attention. With a little know-how and the right tools, you can grow your own high-quality stash of medical cannabis that you can tap into whenever the need to alleviate uncomfortable or even painful ailments arises. 

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Instead of Wine, Unwind With Cannabis

Picture it: you missed the train to get to work and clocked in late. After you finally arrive, you find out that you missed that all-important call from a client you’ve been needing to speak with.

Finally, lunchtime arrives, giving you an hour to chill out and get away from the office for a while. But the waiter messes up your order and delivers a meat-loaded meal when you asked for the vegan option. On your way back to the office, it starts to rain, leaving you soaked for the rest of the afternoon. 

At long last, you finally reach your front door and head straight for the sofa for some much-needed R&R after a long, trying day. But rather than reach for a bottle of wine, why not ease your nerves and relax your mind and body with a little cannabis? 

Not only can it help you chill out, but you might just be able to take advantage of a few health and wellness benefits while you’re at it.

Using Cannabis After a Long Day

While enjoying boozy beverages after the day is done is always an option, cannabis might also be a great alternative, as it can bring about similar relaxing effects. Before you go this route, it’s helpful to understand the different cannabis strains and their associated effects; namely, know the difference between cannabis indica vs sativa.

Cannabis indica provides deep mental and physical relaxation and is better suited for those using it before going to bed. Indica strains may also be effective at reducing acute pain and nausea. Calming indica strains are also linked to increased dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter linked to your brain’s pleasure and reward centers. 

Cannabis sativa, on the other hand, is more mentally stimulating. It can heighten the senses and creativity, which makes it a better daytime choice. Sativa is also effective at increasing serotonin levels, which is a neurotransmitter that helps alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Stimulating sativa strains may also relieve chronic pain. 

Either strain can have its own level or concentration of THC, which is the cannabinoid responsible for producing psychoactive effects. CBD, the other cannabinoid better known for its bodily effects and lack of mind-altering qualities, is also present in either strain. The level of THC and CBD in the plant does alter the effects you feel, so make sure you do your research before pairing a long day with the cannabis plant. 

At the end of the day, both wine and marijuana have the potential for mental and physical relaxation, which is why many people reach for either one after a particularly challenging day. Although resveratrol may create some health benefits from consuming a small glass of red wine, cannabis, too, comes with a slew of health benefits.

From relieving pain to boosting mental clarity, alleviating seizures and more, cannabis is much more than a substance to help you unwind after work. 

It’s increasingly being proven as an all-natural substance with medical and wellness effects that stretch far beyond being a go-to resource for chilling out.

Why Wine is a Typical Go-To After a Long Day

It’s not uncommon to hear adults touting wine as the first thing they reach for after a long day, to help them unwind and release tension. What is it about wine that makes it such an ideal beverage to reach for at the end of the day?

We’ve touched upon the notion that cannabis oil comes with a few healing properties, but so does wine. While we all know that drinking too much alcohol can have detrimental health effects, moderate amounts of red wine can actually be beneficial for your health — especially when compared with other alcoholic beverages. 

For starters, red wine contains a substance known as resveratrol, which is a compound in some plants that fights off bacteria and fungi. When it comes to red wine, users can get their fill of resveratrol from the skins of the grapes.

Research suggests that resveratrol may help protect the heart, reduce the risk of cancer, and may even help prevent the loss of vision, among other things.

While red wine comes with a slate of benefits, the main reason people drink it is not for its healing properties, but its ability to induce a more relaxed state. Because it contains alcohol, wine has several sedative properties that cause the mind and body to experience a nice relaxation. Research has shown that consuming wine can alleviate stress because of its naturally calming effect. Good wines also have complex and compelling flavors, which might be the biggest reason why people reach for a glass of their favorite pinot noir or chardonnay.

While a glass or two is fine, drinking alcohol in excess can be hazardous to your health, and its negative side effects have long been documented, including:

· Slurred speech

· Vomiting 

· Upset stomach

· Headaches

· Breathing difficulties 

· Impaired vision 

· Impaired coordination 

· Blackouts 

With long-term alcohol abuse can come any of the following:

· Alcohol poisoning 

· High blood pressure

· Liver damage

· Brain damage

· Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach walls) 

· Malnutrition 

· Cancer

· Addiction

Considering these potential effects, it’s worth noting that cannabis products can offer the same relaxing effects, without the same level of dangerous repercussions.

How About Combining Both Wine and Cannabis?

Enjoying both alcohol and marijuana – responsibly, that is – can offer users the best of both worlds. The lure of both wine and marijuana is certainly tempting and can provide the exact level of relaxation that people are looking for after being challenged throughout the day. 

In fact, lovers of wine and cannabis can now enjoy a novelty known as “canna-wines,” which is a clever combination of the two. These cannabis-infused wine blends feature customized flavors coupled with different cannabis strains. Depending on the exact effect you’re going for, there’s a cannabis wine for you.

Companies like Rebal Coast and Cannavines have crafted their own special blends of savory cannabis-infused wines that taste as good as they make you feel.

Whether you’re looking to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, or even alleviate pain you may be experiencing, there are variations of wine and cannabis combinations available that can provide you with the ultimate relaxer when you finally cross the threshold of your home. 

Final Thoughts

Day-to-day life can be highly stressful, but wine has become somewhat of a savior when it comes to swapping stress for relaxation. As an alternative to cabernet sauvignon and pinot grigio, recreational cannabis can also provide just the right amount of relaxation. 

Since it may be associated with fewer negative health effects compared to alcohol – particularly when consumed in excess – the cannabis plant may be the ideal resource to help achieve a more comfortable state of mind. Or else, there’s always the option for consumers to combine the two. 

So if you’re seeking an alternative to your daily glass of red, consider a bowl of green. As always, if you’re going to enjoy wine, or cannabis, or both after a particularly long day, be sure to do so responsibly. 

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The Changing Face of Cannabis Use

While some might assume that most marijuana users tend to be in their 20s, studies suggest that seniors are the fastest-growing segment of cannabis users.

It makes sense, especially when you consider how cannabis products may be just as popular for their medicinal properties as they are for their recreational allure. While plenty of people use marijuana for its psychoactive effects on the mind, many others use it to alleviate their chronic pain, reduce their anxiety, and minimize any inflammation they may be dealing with — the cannabis plant has been known to alleviate these ailments in seniors.

And when it comes to seniors, medical ailments tend to be on the rise, prompting those over a certain age to seek out various medicines — including cannabis — to help them deal with their medical issues, as well as to enjoy on a recreational basis. This, however, has brought controversial issues to light as many disagree with the use of cannabis products for medicinal purposes — many still believe the only reason people use marijuana is because of the psychoactive effects that “stoners” seek out. 

The Changing Face of Cannabis Use

The stereotypical youngster hippie whose sole mission is to get stoned is no longer the archetype of cannabis users. These days, with the explosion in popularity of cannabis and its versatility and far-reaching uses, people from all walks of life, age, and socio-economic status use cannabis for a variety of reasons. And the senior demographic is no exception.

While cannabis may long have been popular among young people, and continues to be, other demographics are picking up speed in terms of cannabis use. More specifically, studies show that the biggest spike in cannabis use is among those aged 50 years or over. Further, people aged 65 years and over have been found to use marijuana the most among those in the older adult population.

Those aged 65 years and older have become increasingly supportive of legalizing cannabis on a federal level, both for medical and recreational purposes, according to the 2018 General Social Survey. And they’re showing it by their increased use of cannabis. 

From 2007 to 2017, cannabis use among Americans over the age of 65 increased tenfold, from 0.3% to 3.7%. By 2050, it’s expected that marijuana users in the 65-and-over age bracket will increase to approximately 83.7 million people.

Right now, recreational marijuana is legal in 11 states and the District of Columbia, and medical cannabis is legal in 33 states. With more and more states legalizing marijuana in some form or fashion, the number of older adults using it is expected to increase over the near future. 

Obviously, many seniors are not interested in breaking the law to use marijuana. But the legalization of cannabis across the nation has lifted these barriers and diminished any inhibitions they may have had. The result is a dramatic increase in the use of marijuana among all demographics, including baby boomers. 

One particular study conducted among older individuals in Colorado found that 54% of seniors who use marijuana use it for both medical and recreational purposes. And while this particular study was confined to just Colorado, it paints a picture of cannabis users across the nation, as continued studies on the positive effects of cannabis on health and wellness will have implications on a national level.

This could have major implications in the medical industry, as more and more seniors opt for cannabis to alleviate many of their medical issues with cannabis instead of — or as a complement to — traditional pharmaceutical medications. 

While cannabis is still stigmatized in some areas, it’s certainly gaining plenty of support in many others. And the fact that it’s gaining popularity among seniors is a testament to this. With continued and increasing support for cannabis, more pressure will likely be put on lawmakers in illegal states — as well as on a federal level — to remove cannabis from the list of illegal substances. 

Many cannabis users may have already had their hand in marijuana since using it back in the 1960s and 1970s. But since then, many of them have perhaps given up using recreational marijuana in the name of “growing up” and becoming more mature adults.

Yet what many have realized is that cannabis is much more than just a recreational substance that they can use to get high and have a good time, which is likely what was the main draw for them back in their youth. Now, as seniors with an increased number of health issues, many have turned back to cannabis for medical reasons and have found the substance to be just as attractive as a natural health product as it was as a recreational substance. And some may have never given it up at all.

Then there is the other end of the spectrum: older cannabis users who are only now starting to dabble in medical cannabis in an effort to avoid being totally dependent on pharmaceuticals for treating chronic pain or discomfort stemming from various ailments.

They may have never used cannabis before, but are starting to realize its effectiveness in helping them manage their symptoms without having to rely so heavily on traditional medications or more drastic measures. 

Why is Cannabis Use So Popular Among Seniors?

As already mentioned, aging tends to come with the onset of ailments that may never have been experienced in youth. With age typically comes various health issues that accompany an aging body, and such ailments often require treatment to keep seniors comfortable. 

And while there are always pharmaceuticals that can be taken, cannabis may be a more attractive option, whether as an alternative or a supplement to traditional treatments. 

Some of the ailments that seniors may suffer from that may be effectively dealt with through the use of medical cannabis may include:

· Anxiety and depression

· Post-traumatic stress disorder

· Inflammation

· Joint pain from arthritis and similar conditions

· Nausea from cancer treatments

· Appetite regulation

· Seizures from neurological issues

· Muscle spasticity from cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, etc

· Alzheimer’s disease

How Can Seniors Consume Cannabis Other Than Smoking it?

While seniors can always smoke medical cannabis — and many do — others may not be too keen on consuming it in this fashion, especially those who are new to this world. Plus, elderly individuals who already suffer from upper respiratory issues or other medical problems may completely rule out smoking marijuana.

So, what other ways can older individuals use medical cannabis to treat various ailments they may be suffering from?

Pills/capsules — A simple way to consume and measure medical cannabis is through capsules and pills, which are already precisely dosed and can be easily and discreetly taken with ease.

Tinctures/oils — Cannabis tinctures and oils can be administered directly under the tongue to take fast effect in the body, particularly when quick relief is needed. They can also be added to drinks and food recipes.

Topicals — Those suffering from localized pain, such as in the joints, may find cannabis topicals particularly useful. They can be applied topically to the skin in specific areas where pain and inflammation are experienced.

Vape pens — An alternative to smoking, vaping cannabis involves heating the compounds just enough to be inhaled without actually burning them, as is the case with smoking.

Edibles — Medical cannabis users can consume cannabis compounds through edibles, including gummies, candies, cookies, and beverages. 

Suppositories — Those who suffer from ailments that make it difficult or impossible to swallow can take advantage of medical cannabis’s healing properties through suppositories. 

The New Generation of Cannabis

The use of medical cannabis is on the rise, and considering that its use among seniors has spiked tenfold over the past decade in an effort to tame various ailments, such demand doesn’t seem to be dwindling any time soon. 

With continued legalization of marijuana in states across the nation, barriers continue to be broken down, giving consumers — including seniors — more incentive to seek out marijuana as an alternative to pharmaceuticals.

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Sweet Dreams are Made of … Cannabis?

You should never underestimate the power of sleep.

Getting a solid seven or eight hours of quality sleep will give you the power you need to get through the day and keep you in a good mood while you’re at it. A good night’s sleep can even keep your appetite in check. 

But if you’re getting in enough of it, you may not realize all the benefits of good sleep. You will, however, quickly notice how you feel when you’re not able to catch those all-important Z’s. 

Even one night of poor sleep can ruin the next day, and chronic insomnia can even wreak havoc on your overall health. Sleep deprivation has been linked to all sorts of issues, including weight gain, memory loss, lower immunity, and even risk of heart disease.

Many people who suffer from lack of adequate sleep are so desperate for a solution that they often opt for pharmaceutical sleep aids. While pharmaceuticals may help you fall asleep, they can often come with a number of side effects, including addiction.

Instead, there is a more natural substance that may be used to alleviate the effects of sleep disorders that can both supplement traditional treatments or as a standalone treatment: cannabis.

Using marijuana as a sleep aid is becoming increasingly prevalent, with more and more sleep-deprived people finding solace with cannabis.

Cannabinoids Play a Role in Better Sleep

Cannabis contains several amazing components that can improve many aspects of our health and well-being, including sleep. The cannabinoids in marijuana can impact sleep in a number of different ways. Let’s take a look at the main cannabinoids, and how they contribute to a good night’s rest.

CBD (Cannabidiol) 

CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant and has a number of positive effects on the mind and body without getting the user high. 

Studies have shown that CBD has a calming effect on the central nervous system and can also have indirect effects on promoting good sleep, such as helping alleviate anxiety, chronic pain, and seizures.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) 

THC is the cannabinoid in marijuana that gets users high because of its psychoactive properties. These properties also mean THC is heavily sedating and can make it easier to fall asleep. It can also help induce sleep by alleviating certain issues that can get in the way of a good night’s rest, such as pain and nausea.

CBN (Cannabinol)

CBN is a slightly psychoactive cannabinoid that is only found in very small amounts in the cannabis plant. Despite its trace amounts, it may still be powerful enough to help induce sleep. It has been shown to have sedative properties and may also be effective at relieving chronic pain, inflammation, and seizures.

Terpenes

While cannabinoids like THC and CBD may get much of the attention when it comes to the effects of cannabis, terpenes deserve their own time in the spotlight. Terpenes are the oils in marijuana that give the plant its potent aromas and flavors. The unique blend of terpenes in certain strains are what make them excellent for treating sleep disorders. 

For instance, terpinolene has sedating effects and has also been shown to serve as a potential antioxidant. Myrcene, another terpene in cannabis, also has calming effects and is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties. 

​​​​​​​What Cannabis Strains Are Best For Sleep?

While the components of cannabis can have helpful effects on sleep, some strains may help you more than others.

For instance, indica strains may be best to combat sleep issues, because they have the strongest sedative properties. Indica strains induce more mental and physical relaxation and are ideal for nighttime use because of their tranquil effects.

Sativa on the other hand, is more associated with increased mental focus and creativity and is better suited for day time use. Indica-dominant hybrids are also a potential option for treating sleep disorders, though pure indica strains will likely work better for you.

When it comes to trying to fall and stay asleep, you want something that is more mentally relaxing than stimulating, which is why knowing your cannabis strains is important.

Common Sleep Disorders Cannabis Can Help Alleviate

Lack of quality sleep can come in different forms. There are currently various sleep disorders that are frequently diagnosed, each with their own unique traits that can impede on restful sleep, including the following.

Insomnia

Perhaps the best-known sleep disorder is insomnia, which is defined as the inability to fall or stay asleep. If disrupted sleep occurs a minimum of three nights a week and lasts at least three months in a row, it is classified as chronic insomnia. People who suffer from insomnia usually spend their days very tired, moody, and unable to perform at their best at work or school. 

CBD, in particular, may have therapeutic effects on insomnia and may help reduce nightmares associated with REM sleep behavior disorder as well as daytime drowsiness. 

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common condition among adults and occurs when the upper respiratory airways are continuously blocked during sleep. During these episodes, airflow can be severely reduced or even completely stopped. Not only can this disrupt sleep, but it can also be a dangerous situation.

How can cannabis help? Some studies suggest that dronabinol, a synthetic version of THC, may be effective at improving respiratory function and play a role in treating sleep apnea. Dronabinol been found to be a safe and effective treatment for those suffering from sleep apnea, which suggests cannabis-derived THC may have similar benefits. That said, further studies are warranted to verify such findings. 

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes the irresistible need to constantly move the legs. Unfortunately, episodes of RLS tend to happen more often when at rest, including during sleep.

As one would imagine, the continual movement of the legs at night would certainly interrupt sleep, making it nearly impossible to sustain long periods of deep sleep without being woken up by these uncontrollable movements. 

Cannabis may help to alleviate the symptoms of restless leg syndrome and therefore help promote better sleep. Some studies have linked the use of medical marijuana with the relief of RLS symptoms, with some patients claiming to be completely alleviated of the uncontrollable movements thanks to the use of cannabis. 

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is another neurological disorder that impacts a person’s ability to control their sleep and wakefulness. It is characterized by excessive drowsiness, episodes of sleep paralysis, and even sudden loss of muscle control. 

CBD has been associated with increased wakefulness, which may suggest that the cannabinoid could be a potential treatment for narcolepsy and other versions of excessive daytime drowsiness.

Final Thoughts

Failure to get a good night’s sleep can not only have a negative effect on your energy levels, but it can even be harmful to your overall health. Sleep disturbance can quickly become a lot more than a nuisance; it can be life-altering, which is why people who suffer from sleep disorders actively seek a solution.

Plenty of research has shown that cannabis can be highly effective at improving sleep, whether by directly helping to promote a more restful state or by indirectly affecting sleep by reducing anxiety, pain, seizures, or any other symptoms that may get in the way of a good night’s sleep.

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Beyond Smoking: Modern Ways to Enjoy Cannabis

If you haven’t kept up with cannabis innovations of the past few years, smoking flower and eating a brownie are probably the first two things that come to mind for enjoying marijuana.

While plenty of people are still smoking cannabis, industry innovation has brought about a plethora of new ways to enjoy marijuana. The quality and selection of edibles now span far beyond the humble brownie, too. 

As we know, smoking marijuana brings with it potential discomfort and risks. There’s always the danger of causing harm to your airways by smoking. When cannabis is burned and inhaled, your throat may get irritated. And with long-term smoking can come more serious medical issues, including emphysema and even cancer. 

But thankfully, technology and creative minds in the cannabis industry have come together with the consumer’s health and safety in mind to develop many other ways for people to enjoy their cannabis without having to be concerned about the negative health effects of smoking.

In addition to smoking joints, you now have a number of other medicinal and recreational marijuana options to choose from — and you can still say, “I didn’t inhale.” 

Cannabis Pills and Capsules 

For cannabis beginners, or those who are looking for a measured experience, pills and capsules are a great starting point. Capsules are pre-measured in dosage, making it easy for you to know how much you’re consuming.

They’re quick and easy to take and are very discreet, should you want to carry them around. Like any other types of capsules, CBD and THC capsules are swallowed with a glass of water to wash them down.

The effects of cannabis take a little longer from capsules than they would with smoking. That’s because the marijuana must first pass through the digestive system, which can take at least 30 minutes to over an hour for effects to be experienced. But these effects usually last longer than smoking.

Like other edibles, it’s important to make sure that you wait for this time period to pass in order to feel the full effects before taking additional cannabis pills, as this could potentially lead to overconsumption and stronger effects than desired. Nobody wants that. 

CBD-only capsules are often taken to help reduce pain and alleviate anxiety. They’re also taken to combat the effects of certain diseases, including Parkinson’s and epilepsy. CBD capsules can also be combined with other ingredients to target specific ailments and may simply be added to an overall wellness regimen and used as a dietary supplement.

CBD is typically the cannabinoid of choice for those who do not wish to experience any mind-altering effects but still enjoy the health benefits. 

If you’re looking for a more psychoactive compound, opt for THC capsules. These can have similar wellness benefits to CBD, but induce a high similar to what would be experienced when smoking THC-laden marijuana.

Cannabis Edibles

Edible cannabis is nothing new, as pot or hash brownies have been around for decades. 

Cannabis can be baked, cooked or infused into various food products and eaten like any other type of food. Whether you’re looking to enjoy cannabis for recreation, medical or both, edibles are a popular choice. You can find cannabis infused into just about any type of treat, including chewing gum, candy, gummies, cookies, and mints. 

Like capsules, the effects from edibles can take a while to kick in, but once the effects hit, they tend to last a few hours and can be intense. That’s why it’s so important to start small and be very conservative about the amount of cannabis edibles eaten before consuming more. Waiting for the full effects to kick in first is crucial to avoid a bad time. 

Edibles can be infused with CBD, THC, or both, and the type you choose will depend on the benefits you’re seeking. Of course, edibles with higher levels of THC will induce a high, while CBD-infused edibles won’t. 

When it comes to creating these types of marijuana products, the cannabis must first be decarboxylated in order for any of the effects of THC or CBD to be felt. 

Cannabis Beverages

In addition to edibles, cannabis-spiked tea, water, wine, beer, coffee, soda, and juice are all widely available from your favorite dispensary. Companies make these drinks using specific brewing processes to infuse the THC, CBD, or both into the liquid. 

Many cannabis drinks contain enough THC to get you high, while others are heavier on CBD as the main cannabinoid to offer the user a more mentally-energized experience. 

Like edibles, the effects of cannabis drinks take a bit longer than they would with smoking. Anywhere for 30 minutes to over an hour is typical. However, the effects usually last longer. Further, the effects may not be as strong when drinking a cannabis-infused beverage compared to smoking a joint or vaping. 

That said, many manufacturers are using innovative nanotechnology to emulsify the cannabinoids to be infused in the beverages. In this way, they mix better and even make the cannabinoids more bioavailable. If nanotechnology is used, the effects of THC or CBD can be felt quicker.

​​​​​​​CBD Oils and Cannabis Tinctures

CBD oil features concentrated levels of CBD that is derived from hemp. It’s very low in THC and contains more CBD. Many people use these products to treat pain, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, and seizures without inducing any psychoactive effects. 

Of course, if you want psychoactive effects, there are a variety of THC-heavy tinctures for you, too. 

Tinctures are typically consumed using a dropper to place the oil under the tongue. It can also be added to drinks and foods as well. The effects usually take about 20 minutes to up to an hour as the cannabinoids travel into your system and work their magic. 

Cannabis Sprays

Similar to cannabis oil or tinctures, cannabis sprays are also applied into the mouth to deliver the effects of the cannabinoids within the cannabis plant. They come in various concentrations of THC and CBD, depending on the exact effect you’re after. They’re also available in different flavors for a more pleasant taste.

Cannabis sprays are great for those who like the idea of taking advantage of cannabis – whether for recreational or medical purposes – without having to smoke or vape their cannabis. 

They’re especially helpful for those who are particularly sensitive to smoking or have specific respiratory issues that would hinder their ability to smoke cannabis.

While the effects may take up to an hour to kick in, they’ll last much longer than actually smoking. You can expect the effects to last as long as four hours after consumption.

Cannabis Vapes and Pens

If you like the idea of being able to feel the effects of cannabis quickly, vaping may be a good option. Similar to smoking, vaping allows the THC or CBD to quickly pass from the lungs into the bloodstream without having to go through the digestive system, making the cannabinoids more bioavailable. 

This allows the user to feel the effects very quickly, though the effects don’t last as long as they do through other modes of consumption, such as capsules and edibles. 

As an added bonus, vapes are significantly more discreet. The smell is also far less potent with vaping compared to smoking flower. 

This mode of cannabis consumption requires the use of a vaporizer, which draws out the activated cannabinoids to create a vapor, which is then inhaled. Vaping can also be done using a pen, which looks much like a typical pen. A vape pen is small, discreet, and gives off very little scent. 

Cannabis Topicals 

Different cannabis products may be better suited for different applications, and topicals are a great product for anyone looking to target areas of pain, inflammation, and discomfort. 

Whether the pain is a result of chronic overuse, an acute injury, recovery from surgery, or a debilitating disease like arthritis, cannabis topicals can help alleviate the pain and discomfort you feel.

Topicals can be applied directly to the area in question, after which the components of the cream or lotion is absorbed into the skin. Once the CBD is absorbed, it interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system to help regulate pain. Further, clinical trials have shown that CBD from topicals can also interact with and influence opioid receptors, which are also associated with pain regulation.

Many athletes – both active and retired – have been using CBD creams instead of traditional pharmaceutical pain killers because they’re effective, and do not come with the same risk of addiction. 

Transdermal Patches

One of the newest ways to consume cannabis is through the use of transdermal patches. These patches are affixed to the skin and release a steady flow of marijuana into the body.

The cannabinoids then make their way to the bloodstream to take effect in various parts of the body. Since they’re attached to the skin and can be covered up with clothing, these patches are incredibly discreet. Further, the steady amount of CBD or THC that is released provides ongoing dosing, which is very helpful for those who require consistent relief from their ailments on an ongoing basis.

Transdermal cannabis patches come in a number of different cannabinoid ratios, and users can pick their patches based on the specific effects they’re looking to feel.

Final Thoughts

Modern technology has unlocked a variety of ways to consume cannabis and take advantage of all its marvelous effects. Thanks to the various modes of consumption, there’s something for everyone, and those who worry about the safety of inhaling cannabis have plenty of options. 

Whether you’re an experienced user, canna-curious, or somewhere in between, there’s a marijuana product that’s perfect for your needs and comfort level.

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Beyond Consumption: The Future of Cannabis

The use of marijuana goes way back and actually has a long history dating back centuries.

While ancient civilizations didn’t exactly use marijuana to get stoned, they did use it for its medicinal effects and treatment of ailments. 

In fact, the use of cannabis dates as far back as 500 BC in Asia and back to the colonial days in America when hemp was grown for use as textiles. 

Yes, marijuana’s healing properties have long been acknowledged, but only recently have they been brought to the mainstream and clinically tested for medical efficacy and safety. 

The stigma surrounding marijuana and other cannabis products only started in the 20th century, stemming from political and racial factors. As a result, marijuana became an illegal substance and has remained so for decades.

But as we know, the laws regarding the production, distribution, possession, and use of medical and recreational marijuana have been changing. We’re on the cusp of a revolution in the realm of marijuana, and thanks to all the incredible ways that the marijuana plant and its cannabinoids can benefit the mind and body, it’s become more widely accepted — even by the law.

Today, the cannabis industry is exploding, and it’s not showing any signs of stopping. In fact, it’s estimated that the global cannabis market could be worth as much as $130 billion in as little as 10 years.

And while there will always be the typical ways to consume cannabis – including smoking, inhaling a vape pen, eating, or applying it under the tongue as an oil or on the skin as a topical – innovators and cannabis companies are always looking for new and different ways for users to consume it and take advantage of its benefits.

Not only that, but hemp is being used in revolutionary ways outside of just the health and wellness sphere. In fact, many in the cannabis industry are using marijuana to create cutting-edge intellectual property that promises to create a better, healthier world.

Here are just a few futuristic uses for marijuana that users may be able to benefit from in the near future.

Potential Futuristic Cannabis Uses:

Medicine for our furry friends

Lots of people use cannabis oil to relieve anxiety and pain, and even improve their sleep. But humans aren’t the only ones who can stand to benefit from cannabis.

Loving owners have been administering CBD oil to their cats and dogs to alleviate ailments such as pain and anxiety. CBD’s reach can even go so far as having cardiac, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and even anti-cancer benefits for animals, though conclusive results in clinical studies are still needed to solidify these findings. 

That said, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the notion that CBD can be incredibly helpful for animals that may be suffering from various ailments. 

To administer to pets, CBD manufacturers have come up with convenient CBD pet treats that animals are more than happy to gnaw on. The CBD is disguised quite well in treats that taste great to animals, making it a lot easier for pet owners to deliver the desired amount of CBD oil to treat whatever issue is ailing their beloved pet. 

Improving our health

There are all sorts of supplements available in the wellness sphere to help consumers maintain optimal health, and hemp seeds might have a place in this world. In fact, pure hemp seeds come packed with an amazing nutritional profile, making them an ideal component to improve and sustain a healthy diet.

Two tablespoons of pure hemp seeds contain the following nutritional makeup:

· 2g fiber

· 5g protein

· 300 mg potassium

· 15% vitamin A requirement

· 25% iron requirement 

Hemp seeds also have the ideal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help promote a healthy heart and immune system.  

It’s pretty easy to consume hemp seeds, too. Simply sprinkle them in salads, cereals, dips, or smoothies to add a nutritional punch to whatever you’re eating or drinking.

A more sustainable type of plastic

Plastics that comes from natural, biological sources as opposed to petroleum are referred to as bioplastics. For example, they can be derived from things such as vegetable oils, straw, woodchips, food scraps, and so forth. And cannabis may be playing an emerging role in bioplastics.

The benefits of bioplastics are pretty obvious: namely, they leave a much less significant carbon footprint on the planet. Further, they can help to minimize our dependency on fossil fuel sources as they become increasingly expensive over time. 

So, how is the cannabis plant involved in bioplastics? Thanks to hemp becoming more and more popular to be used as a raw material as a result of the deregulation of hemp in the US, hemp-based bioplastics are on the horizon.

With almost 80% of plastics that don’t reach the landfills polluting and overwhelming our oceans and natural environment, the emergence of bioplastics is welcomed. But by reusing leftover hemp waste from the nutrition industry instead of using it as cattle feed, it can be recycled into a usable, sustainable packaging. 

Wholesale “green packaging” supplier Best Practices Packaging has applied for patent protection and partnered with big producers of nutritional hemp products in North America to create and commercialize hemp packaging and plastics. 

Hemp-based construction materials

Along the same lines as plastic alternatives, hemp-based construction materials are also becoming a reality in the world of building. Rather than depending on synthetic materials to create products for the industry, hemp-based materials are more sustainable, better for the environment, more affordable, and even better for our health.

The inner core, outer fibrous skin, and seed oil from hemp can create concrete alternatives, insulation, and wood finishes and deck stains that contain far less toxicity than traditional materials. Many companies have natural cannabis patent products in the works that promise to make the industry a more eco-friendly one.

Replacing fossil fuels

Hemp can actually be used to create two types of fuel: hemp biodiesel (made from hemp seed oil), and hemp ethanol/methanol (made from the fermented stalk). 

Considering how much damage fuel can do to the planet when spilled and how much more expensive fossil fuels are getting these days, coming up with more sustainable alternatives to fuel has never been more important. And hemp may just be a reliable, viable, and cost-effective source to use to create better fuel. 

Hemp biodiesel is made by pressing the hemp seeds to extract the oil. It can extend the life of diesel engines because of it’s more lubricating compared to petroleum diesel fuel, and can be made from domestically produced and sourced renewable hemp seed oil. And when it’s burned, it releases far less harmful toxins into the environment. 

Along the same lines are hemp batteries. They work based on carbonized hemp, graphite electrodes, and CBD isolates for conduction. The fibers from hemp are able to store just as much energy as graphene.

In fact, hemp batteries may even work better than traditional lithium batteries, creating the potential to completely revolutionize the global battery industry. 

Final Thoughts

Between cutting back on the carbon footprint on the earth, creating a healthier environment for everyone inhabiting the earth, and offering a more sustainable form of “clean” energy, hemp really may have so much more to offer than its healing properties. Based on continued research into hemp’s applications, the innovative possibilities seem both incredible and promising.

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15 Superb Food Recipes Infused with Cannabis

Forget “pot brownies.” While this classic cannabis concoction is still immensely popular, there are plenty of other recipes that include cannabis plant on the list of ingredients.

They’re not only delicious, they also allow you to enjoy the benefits of THC and CBD.

The world of edible cannabis has nearly limitless possibilities. Whether you’re looking for main courses, desserts, drinks, or desserts, there’s a cannabis-inspired recipe to suit your needs.

When searching for marijuana recipes, you’ll find a couple of products on the list of ingredients, including:

Canna-oil

The process of creating canna-oil involves decarboxylating raw cannabis (basically, heating it in the oven), tossing it into a saucepan with oil, then straining out the plant material. What you’ll be left with is a simple, potent base for cooking.

Canna-butter

The process of creating canna-butter is similar to the above process, and involves decarboxylating the weed in the oven, placing it into a saucepan with butter and water, straining the canna-butter, and refrigerating it.

Get creative and try these amazing cannabis food recipes.

Entrees

Certain types of foods – including pasta, meat, and potatoes – are staples in many people’s lives. And while entrees are meant to nourish our bodies, there’s no reason why they can’t tempt our palates too.

Here are a few cannabis-infused dishes you absolutely need to try.

Cannabis-infused Gnocchi

Pasta is a staple in most people’s diet. It’s filling, tasty, and affordable. Gnocchi, in particular, is especially hearty, and with this recipe from Munchies, you’ll also be left with the benefits of cannabis too.

Ingredients:

3 baking potatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp baking powder

3 cups flour

Weed-infused butter

Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

salt

Directions:

Boil the potatoes with the skin on in salted water. Once done, remove the skin and finely mash them.

Mix all products together with a wooden spoon, then knead the mixture on a floured cutting board. Roll out the dough into thick squares and cut them into small pieces. Roll the pieces and press into one side with the back side of a fork.

Boil as many pieces as you wish to eat at one sitting for a few minutes until they rise to the top of the water, and place all remaining gnocchi in a plastic bag for future use. Strain and rinse the gnocchi, and top them with your favorite sauce or grated cheese.

2. Canna-Chili

Another classic dish, this recipe has been tweaked by Culinary Cannabis to include some cannabis.

Ingredients:

2 15 oz cans black beans, drained

2 15 oz cans black-eyed peas, drained

2 15 oz cans dark red kidney beans, drained

2 sweet onions, chopped

8-12 plum tomatoes, chopped

1/3 cup dry red wine

1-2 pounds chopped beef

1-2 tbsp cumin

2 tbsp chili powder

1-2 tbsp dried chili flakes

3 tbsp Lea and Perrins

3-4 large tbsp marijuana butter

Directions:

Place all the beans in a large pot and cook under low heat. After a couple of minutes, add the spices, wine, and Lea and Perrins. Stir occasionally for about 30 minutes to an hour, then add the tomatoes and onions.

In a separate wok, add a few cloves of garlic, then stir-fry the beef with a dollop of extra virgin olive oil. Once browned, add the beef to the pot of beans.

Allow the chili to simmer slowly for 1 to 2 hours over low heat while stirring occasionally. Add the melted cannabis a few minutes before serving.

3. Pizza with Cannabis Oil Crust

Classic pizza is getting an additional ingredients tossed into the mix thanks to this recipe variation from Cannabis.info.

Crust Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour, sifted

2 tbsp cannabis-infused olive oil

2 tsp granulated yeast

1 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

Warm water

Topping Ingredients

Tomato sauce

Mozzarella cheese

Basil

Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together, then create a divot at the top. Pour the marijuana-infused oil into the divot.

With a knife, mix in some warm water to make a dough, making sure to add a little at a time to reach the right consistency. If it’s too wet, add some flour to dry it up.

With flour on your hands, knead the dough for about a minute, then cover the bowl with a plate or towel and let it sit for at least an hour to allow the dough to rise.

Lightly grease a pizza tray and add the dough. Press out the dough towards the edges to cover the tray evenly. Spread the sauce over top, then add the mozzarella and basil.

Bake in the oven at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes.

4. Mac, Cannabis & Cheese

Swapping traditional butter with canna-butter makes this classic dish, tweaked by The Cannabist, somewhat unique.

Macaroni Ingredients:

1/2 lb elbow macaroni or shells

1 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp salt

Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

5 tbsp cannabutter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups milk, warmed

4 oz mozzarella, grated

8 oz medium cheddar, grated

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 tbsp canola oil or canna-oil

2 oz cheddar, grated

Onion Rings Ingredients:

1 cup canola oil

1 onion, peeled and sliced

Directions:

Heat oven to 375°F. Boil macaroni in salted water according to its directions, usually around 8 to 12 minutes, then drain.

In a small saucepan, melt the canna-butter, then add the flour and cook for about 5 minutes, whisking constantly. Add the warm milk and cook for another minute until thickened, then add the cheese, salt, paprika, pepper and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and mix, then add the mixture to 6 to 8 buttered ramekins.

In a small bowl, mix the canola oil, breadcrumbs, and cheddar, then sprinkle over top of the macaroni mixture. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil, then add the onion rings and cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Place the onion rings on top of the ramekins and serve.

5. Cannabis Sesame Honey Lime Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a classic dish to serve up at large gatherings. They’re relatively easy to make, and they’re a crowd pleaser.

This particular recipe concocted by Cannabis Cheri takes a spin on things, tossing in a little lime juice, honey, sriracha sauce, and of course, cannabis.

Snacks and Quick Bites

It’s tough to go between meals without putting a little something in our mouths and settling our grumbling tummies. With these snack recipes, you can keep hunger at bay, satisfy your cravings, and even add a little marijuana to your life to reap its many rewards.

Give any one of these snack recipes a try.

6. Cannabis-infused Guacamole

The classic avocado-based dip has been spun to include cannabis oil. Cannadish has created their own version of guacamole, and it’s pretty easy – simply mash some avocado with cannabis oil, then stir in chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lemon juice (although as guacamole purists, we’d have to recommend using lime juice) .

7. Cannabis Popsicles

Easy to make and totally refreshing, popsicles make the perfect treat on a hot sizzling day.

This recipe from Original Weed Recipes combines mangos (or any fruit of your choice), yogurt, and little bit of what they refer to as “medicated” coconut oil.

8. Cannabis Fruit Galette

A fancy name for pancakes, “galette” may be a simple recipe, but it’s taste is anything but. For this cannabis fruit galette recipe from Sous Weed, you’ll be filling the galette with a variety of fruits, blackberry jam, and lemon verbena.

To top things off, a dollop of whipped cream completes a truly delectable dessert.

9. Rosemary Mashed Potatoes with Cannabis

Eat Your Cannabis has put its own spin on traditional mashed potatoes by including canna-butter in place of olive oil or animal butter.

Ingredients:

4 large potatoes, cubed

1/2 cup canna-milk

4 tbsp cannabutter

2 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Boil water in a large saucepan, then add the cubed potatoes. Boil for 10 minutes, then drain the water, leaving the potatoes in the saucepan.

Add the canna-butter and canna-milk, and mash into the potatoes until smooth. Add the rosemary, salt, and pepper to taste.

10. Cannabis Artichoke Dip

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like artichoke dip. Just about anything can be dipped into this dish, making it a universal dip to serve with various appetizers.

Wake and Bake’s take on artichoke dip calls for a few cashews, mustard, swiss chard, artichoke hearts, and some marijuana-infused walnut oil.

Desserts

No meal is complete without a sweet treat to top things off right. Try these marijuana-inspired dessert recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.

11. Cannabis Caramels

You might be able to find traditional caramels at the grocery store, but you won’t likely find any infused with cannabis.

This easy-to-make recipe from Original Weed Recipes combines canna-butter along with corn syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla for a tasty treat.

12. Cannabis Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles might be the most commonly baked cookies in the world. Original Weed Recipes’ version takes the classic recipe known to millions of grandmothers and simply substitutes regular butter with canna-butter. Ingredients:

Canna-butter

Cookie flour

1 egg

Sugar and cinnamon (to roll the cookies in)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut the canna-butter into smaller pieces and melt it in the microwave for a few seconds.

Pour the flour into the melted canna-butter and mix until no lumps are visible. Add the egg and stir until it turns into dough. Take small pieces of the dough and roll them into your hands to form balls. Roll the balls into the sugar and cinnamon and place them onto a baking tray.

Bake it for 8 to 12 minutes and allow to cool before serving.

13. Cannabis Donut Holes

Just as good as the whole donut, donut holes are just enough to satisfy our sugar cravings.

This recipe from Munchies adds canna-butter to the mix, along with conventional ingredients like flour, sugar, and eggs.

14. Chocolate Cannabis Peanut Butter Bars

There may never be a more perfect union than chocolate and peanut butter, and these bars from Original Weed Recipes cleverly sneaks THC-cannabis flower alongside the chocolate, peanut butter, sugar, flour, and eggs.

15. Cheesecake with Cannabis

A delicacy in the dessert sphere, cheesecake is a timeless treat that can take on various forms, including chocolate, fruit, or simply plain. The Weed Scene’s take on cheesecake involves adding canna-butter, in addition to cheesecake recipe staples like cream cheese, sugar, flour, and, of course, the graham cracker crust.

Final Thoughts

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With so many different recipes out there with THC-laden or CBD-rich marijuana, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your favorite dishes or desserts while taking advantage of the medicinal and wellness benefits of the plant. Use your imagination, get creative and give any one of these cannabis-inspired recipes a try!

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How Cannabis Can Make You a Better Distance Runner

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As a distance runner, you may want to consider incorporating cannabis into your daily regimen to optimize your training and even improve your overall health in between your workout routine.

If you’re an avid distance runner, odds are you’ve encountered a handful of injuries – whether major or minor – during your time hitting the pavement.

While there are a number of conventional aids to help you deal with pain, maintain focus and mental clarity, reduce stress, and improve speed and overall performance, there’s a more natural substance that can be used for all of these and more: cannabis.

As a distance runner, you may want to consider incorporating cannabis into your daily regimen to optimize your training and even improve your overall health in between your workout routine.

If you’d rather avoid the high that comes from cannabis, look for hemp-derived CBD products. These provide many of the positive effects without getting you high – the benefits of cannabis can be reaped without the psychoactive effects of THC.

In fact, more and more athletes are turning to CBD thanks to its plethora of health, wellness and medical benefits. With the legalization of marijuana in certain parts of the country, an upsurge in recreational and medical usage has encouraged studies that insinuate an abundance of positive, healing effects of marijuana – and CBD in particular.

As these studies have emerged to verify the benefits of medical marijuana, a recent ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to remove CBD from their list of banned substances has allowed athletes the freedom to use the cannabinoid, both in and out of competition. Whether used to alleviate pain, reduce performance-related anxiety, or to help recover faster from rigorous training, CBD can be an effective tool for athletes.

How Cannabis Can Help You Become a Better Distance Runner

Over the years, an increasing number of studies have been conducted on cannabis and the cannabinoids within it, including CBD and THC. More specifically, research is focusing on the potential benefits of marijuana. The results tend to point to its ability to alleviate a number of ailments and even improve overall health and well-being – even when it comes to mental health.

But how exactly can cannabis fit into the world of a distance runner? What is it about the properties of cannabis and its cannabinoids that can make the life of a distance runner better?

Fights Fatigue

It’s no secret that distance runners require an abundance of energy to complete their long distance runs, but sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough fuel in the tank. When energy levels are low, performance typically suffers. Just struggling to finish the last mile or two can prove extremely draining.

But cannabis may be able to counter fatigue. In fact, certain marijuana strains may be effective at sustaining energy levels, making it easier for distance runners to keep up with their runs without caving to fatigue.

More specifically, sativa-dominant hybrid strains can help provide a little energy when needed most. Sativa cannabis types are those that tend to provide more energetic cerebral effects, which is why they would be more suitable for those who are looking for a pick-me-up.

On the other end of the spectrum are indica cannabis strains, which have been linked to a sedative effect that’s more suitable for users who are looking to relax and alleviate stress.

Hybrids offer a combination of both sides, with different indica/sativa ratios offering very different effects. How you feel depends on which strains dominate, and sativa-dominant strains lean more toward the stimulant side of the spectrum.

Improves Mental Clarity and Focus

While the physical aspect of training is certainly crucial for athletes when they train and compete, the mental aspect is equally – if not more – important. Being able to focus on training with maximum effort requires a certain degree of mental clarity and awareness.

But it’s not uncommon for athletes – including distance runners – to suffer from brain fog on occasion, which can have negative implications on their performance.

The CBD component of cannabis has been shown to help athletes – and the general public – improve their level of mental clarity so they’re more aware of the task at hand and the surrounding environment. In fact, studies have shown that CBD, in particular, has been showing great promise as a wake-promoting agent.

Helps With Pain Management and Recovery

Long distance runners are known to suffer from specific overuse injuries, particularly in the muscles and ligaments of the lower extremities, for obvious reasons. More specifically, distance runners are more prone to suffering from leg injuries such as stress fractures, muscles strains, and torn ligaments.

Overuse injuries require a certain amount of rest to ensure full recovery before training can recommence. Therapies are often required, including physical therapy or even surgery. But during the recovery process, a certain amount of pain is bound to be experienced, no matter how mild or severe.

While NSAIDs and opioids are typically prescribed to athletes to help them manage their pain, such medications come with a slew of side effects – some minor, but some more severe. Addiction can also arise from the ongoing use of these drugs, which we’ve all seen with the recent opioid addiction epidemic.

Thankfully, there are more natural substances that distance runners can take to effectively alleviate pain and discomfort from injuries without the potential for addiction or side effects that pharmaceuticals tend to have, and marijuana is one of them.

Several studies have linked the use of marijuana and the cannabinoids and terpenes within the plant with alleviation of pain and inflammation. Different types of pain can be targeted and treated, including pain resulting from physical stress and injury.

CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – the two most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant – both interact with the brain’s cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system. This interaction activates the reward system of the brain and reduces pain levels. While THC also induces a “high” at the same time, CBD can relieve pain without any mind-altering effects.

Promotes Relaxation

Running with tense muscles wastes a lot more energy compared to running in a more relaxed state. Using up too much unnecessary energy can burn you out long before your run is done, and even increase the odds of injury occurring. That’s why it’s important to relax your body before you take to the open road.

Distance runners are encouraged to practice relaxation exercises to help pinpoint and remove any tension from the body. Taking CBD may also be effective at promoting relaxation in distance runners.

Not only can cannabis and CBD products help calm distance runners before big events, but it can also help relax runners them after they’ve completed their training.

Modes of Marijuana Consumption

Smoking isn’t the only way to consume and enjoy the benefits of cannabis. Not only is this mode of consumption irritating to the lungs and bad for overall health, but it can also hinder the performance of distance runners who rely on maximum lung function to sustain long distance runs.
The good news is that there are other ways to use marijuana that are perfectly safe, including the following:

· Tinctures/Cannabis oils – Marijuana tinctures can be placed under the tongue using a dropper to allow the THC and/or CBD to take effect more quickly by bypassing the digestive system.

Edibles – Cookies, brownies, gummies, chewing gum, and candies can all be infused with marijuana and eaten like any other treat.

Tablets/capsules – Tablets and capsules are perhaps one of the more convenient ways to use marijuana.

· Vapes – Rather than burning the marijuana (as is the case with smoking it), vaping only heats the marijuana up just enough to melt the resins and oils.

· Sprays – Marijuana sprays can be applied orally.

Beverages – Like edibles, different beverages can be infused with marijuana cannabinoids for a quick and easy mode of consumption.

· Topical creams – Topicals are ideal for those suffering from localized pain. Users can apply the cream directly to the area of discomfort to alleviate any pain experienced.

· Transdermal patches – These can be applied to any area of the body and offer an immediate infusion of marijuana into the bloodstream.

Final Thoughts

Marijuana is a lot more than just a THC-laden recreational drug that gets users high. The benefits of CBD and THC are boundless for athletes and those facing other physical and/or mental ailments.
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CBD vs Heart Disease

cbd vs heart disease

Heart Disease; the reality is it can happen to anybody at any time, and for a multitude of reasons. Heart diseases can involve blocked, corroded, and/or narrowed blood vessels, and sometimes it occurs in the heart muscle itself, while other times it “settles” in the valves.

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Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a marijuana- or hemp-based solution that offers the users medicinal value without the related high.  It is also well-documented to interact positively with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) of the human body by binding with two primary receptors affecting the heart – CB1 and CB2.  Vaping CBD stimulates these receptors to become more active than they usually would be otherwise.  

Study find that CBD is such type of natural chemical compound which can be used for prevention of heart disease.

 CBD and Cardiovascular Disease

CBD was also found to act as an agonist (a compound that boosts the effects of a different compound in the body) for a compound called PPARγ, which helps clear blockages in the arteries and reduces blood pressure.  This means that CBD acts on the cardiovascular system in (at least) two ways: it relaxes the blood vessels themselves, and it helps boost the activity of compounds that reduce blood pressure and gradually clear blockages. The anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects of CBD can also benefit cardiovascular health by decreasing cardiac response to stress, reducing the likelihood of a sudden cardiac event, like a heart attack. CBD can help regulate an irregular heartbeat further reducing your risk of heart attack—especially if you’ve been diagnosed with an arrhythmia. These studies suggest that CBD has a regulatory effect on heart rate, and it does not appear to raise heart rate

Reducing Inflammation

CBD is well-known for its potential to reduce harmful inflammation. The 2-AG endocannabinoid binds to the CB2 receptor, and this causes the immune system to send out less immune cells to attack. Also, CBD has proven to reduce the number of cells that die in the heart during inflammation. This helps your heart muscle hold onto its strength.

Lowering Blood Pressure

One of the main side effects associated with CBD is lowered blood pressure. In the case of heart disease, this is more of a treatment than a risk. CBD has been found to widen the blood vessels (allowing for more blood flow), and as a result, this reduces the damage that is done to arterial walls caused by high blood pressure. As part of the study, nine healthy males were given either CBD or placebo, and it was discovered that those who took the CBD experienced reduced stroke volume, reduced blood pressure after cold exposure, and reduced resting systolic pressure.

CBD to reduce plaque buildup in the arteries

The plaque buildup increases the patient’s health risks for a future stroke or heart attack.  Vaping CBD relaxes these arterial walls, reduces the related inflammation, and repairs the associated tissue damage.  Furthermore, according to research Cannabidiol attenuates OGD/R-induced damage by enhancing mitochondrial bioenergetics and modulating glucose metabolism via pentose-phosphate pathway in hippocampal neurons, vaping CBD helps modulate glucose levels and reduce oxidative stress on the heart. 

CBD can provide relief to consumers that are suffering from a variety of conditions that adversely affect their quality of life. In fact, CBD may extend the lives of those suffering from high blood pressure and other serious heart disease.

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CBD edibles, drink’s, market and legalisation in 2019

CBD edibles, drink’s, market and legalization in 2019

CBD edibles, drink’s, market and legalisation in 2019

  • Cannabinoid be is a plant extract found in marijuana
  • It is used to make drinks and other foods in several cannabis legal states and countries.
  • In the state of California, the marijuana edibles market was worth over $180 million in 2018 alone.
  • It is approximated to grow to rival the beer making industry in 2019 in the states where it is legal.
  • Canada, the biggest marijuana market in the globe, is set for the legalisation of cannabis edibles in a move dubbed “the second wave of legalisation. “

The state of cannabis legalisation in the US

2018 saw more countries around the world accept the legal. In the US alone, by the end of 2018, 10 states had the recreational use of marijuana approved while 33 states legalised medical marijuana.

The debate is raging on into 2019 and in a more fiery way especially after the huge success in the cannabis legal states. For instance, Californians spent a mammoth
3 billion followed by Colorado and Arizona with each spending $1 billion and $465 million respectively.

This is according to a report by the Cannabis Benchmark Annual Review and Outlook firm.

All these figures show that legalising marijuana is proving to be a profitable venture.

CBD edibles, drink’s, market and legalization in 2019
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CBD edibles

CBD edible played a major role in the profits announced across the cannabis legal states in America. This is sparking levels of interest from major food manufacturers and distribution chains and even startups.

There is a 34% yearly growth in the number of new hemp food and beverage launches. This is backed up by a report by Innova Market Insights.

This is probably the biggest news for the cannabis and CBD world.

A report by the National Restaurant Association reveals that CBD infused drinks and foods is probably the next big thing in 2019 for cannabis users. 77% of those involved in the survey identified CBD edibles as the next culinary trend above zero waste trend.

Cannabis edible options that are set to be available in 2019

There already exist various types of CBD edibles in the market. These include cannabis baked foods, meat, protein, emulsions, purees, and drinks.

Here are the edible that are much vouched for to trend this year:

Medicinal mushrooms and herbs

These include the likes of Astragalus and Maca that are likely to make a comeback into the market. They are set to be used in bone broth, coffee, and even tea shops. The plants are helpful in lowering stress levels in the body and improving the body\s immunity.

Ketogenic snacks

Nothing intrigues Americans like kerogens. These complemented by CBD is certain to explode into the 2019 culinary trend. They will provide more energy for workouts and also improve body recovery processes.

Organic cocktails

It has been a long-standing debate about which is better between alcohol and recreational marijuana. This is set to come to an end in 2019 with breweries making organic cocktails that are laced with CBD and hemp.

The cannabis world is evolving. Only time will tell whether the anticipated continued explosion of CBD use will hold or drop.