As the science of cannabis develops, we’re breeding cannabis for different levels of medical compounds – known as cannabinoids (CBD and THC being 2 of these compounds) – to make it better for treating specific ailments. But what exactly they are, what they do and how they work is what you may wish to explore first.
Your Brain on Cannabis
While we’ve identified 483 different chemical compounds in cannabis the vast majority of the research is done on just the few that effect the brain. The most recent review of the constituents of cannabis lists 66 cannabinoids (groups of chemical compounds). But that does not mean there are 66 different effects or interactions. Most of the cannabinoids are closely related and they fall into only a few larger groups of which we have described the medical uses for the primary six.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, THCv & THCa)
Cannabidiol (CBD, CBDv & CBDa)
This is known to have more of the medical effects associated with cannabis. It has very sedative effects, relieves convulsions, inflammation, anxiety and nausea. CBD has also been known to be a strong cancer fighter. Although found in much lower concentrates in recreational marijuana, CBD levels tend to vary in different marijuana plant strains. It has only been in the onset of the medical marijuana industry have breeders found new techniques, creating varieties of plants that have very high CBD levels and very low THC levels. Rare they may be, these CBD strains have become increasingly popular in the 21st century.
Edibles offer patients a wonderful way to get medicated. They can be extremely beneficial to cancer patients before any or while undergoing therapy, as well as those suffering from debilitating illnesses of the stomach, nervous system, or muscular system. Edibles are not only a great tasting, safer alternative to smoking, but also a wonderful way for patients to introduce high levels of certain cannabinoids to the system. They are allowing patients to treat their illnesses with more efficiency than ever before.
For your typical recreational user, what could be more convenient for travel, concerts, or even everyday use than edibles?
A few important things to consider when selecting any edibles:
1. Less = more. Start with a small dose. It is very important to pay attention to the potency of the product. The effect edibles will have on you depends on several factors: the quality and potency of the edibles you are using, your tolerance, your body chemistry, and even how much you’ve had to eat. Because the effects of eating an edible differ greatly from the effects of smoking, many first time users are caught off guard by the stronger potency and long-lasting effects.
2. Because most edibles are exposed to some kind of heat during the cooking process, many of the inactive cannabinoids such as THC-a and CBD-a, are converted to THC, CBD and CBN.
Edibles come in nearly every shape and size from alcohol or glycerin tinctures, to lozenges, candies, bars, etc… But you can save money and have fun by learning how to make your own by learning from the best at Simply Pure’s accredited cooking classes (coming soon!).