With medical marijuana being somewhat new in Missouri, there’s no doubt a lot of questions from new or inexperienced users. I recently talked with a friend of mine who has never used marijuana and is considering talking to a medical marijuana doctor to address some issues they are experiencing.
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There is a lot of expectation with the use of marijuana. Some people are after that “Wizard of Oz” feeling when the screen changes from black and white to color. Some just want to wind down and relax at the end of a hard day. Others wish to locate new sources of creativity within themselves.
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Now that you’re a bona-fide medical marijuana patient and you have your new card and have procured your first batches of medicine, an important part to know is how to store your cannabis. There are several factors that can hamper the quality - and therefore the effectiveness - of your medicine. Cannabis that dries out can lose some of its potency. Cannabis that is too moist can get moldy and also lose potency (not to mention acquire a stinky smell!). And let’s face it -cannabis has a strong odor, so knowing how to store it so it doesn’t smell up your whole house is also something new to know.
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Terpenes are the new buzz word in the marijuana industry, almost like what CBD was eight-or-so years ago. As more and more states - and soon, hopefully, the federal government - give the thumbs-up to medical marijuana, there are a growing number of studies into the minute components of marijuana. What researchers and enthusiasts are finding is that terpenes are an important part of the plant, giving cannabis its unique smell but also aiding in some of the better-known physiological effects of marijuana.
With all the buzz around terpenes, most folks know that they are what give marijuana their aroma and taste. One ‘terpene profile’ (or unique combination of the hundred-plus terpenes out there) can give a marijuana strain its earthy, woody aroma, while another terpene profile might give a fruity, sweet flavor. But as As marijuana growers and product manufacturers are tweaking the finished product, discussions are popping up about the more subtle effects terpenes can have on medical marijuana, specifically edibles.
Terpenes: more than just a tasty additive
We know more about terpenes in general now thanks to the research that is going into the marijuana. But what we are learning more and more about terpenes in regards to marijuana is how the entourage effect impact feelings that marijuana creates. First it was just THC that was all the rage, then people started to see that THC combined with CBD will give a whole new range of effects. Now we are learning that terpenes play an equally important role in the benefits of cannabis.
Especially in edibles, we are learning that the varying amounts of terpenes - and more specifically, the terpene profile - can enhance cannabis' effect. A balanced amount of myrcene and limonene, for example, can help with the uplifting feeling from certain strains (like Fire OG), while a combination of myrcene and linalool can help keep the anxious feelings of some stronger strains (like some Kush strains) at bay.
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But what about the actual process of making the edibles? What about the processing and, especially, the heating up of all the ingredients? Won’t the high heat essentially burn off the terpenes?
Yes and no.
Since components in marijuana - and all plants - have a boiling point where chemical breakdown occurs, care obviously must be taken in making edibles. The widely accepted boiling point of THC is around 300-315 degrees Fahrenheit; this is around the same temperature range as most terpenes - though some have boiling points much higher than that. As long as product manufacturers do not exceed 300 degrees Fahrenheit (we went on the lower end of the range, just to be safe), then the terpenes will not break down or burn off. Adding terpenes (and other ingredients) at the end of the heating process can further safeguard them from boiling away.
So to answer the question: does the heating process during the marijuana product manufacturing kill off any effects terpenes might have? Yes, but only if you really turn up the heat. Keep the heat under 300 or, to be doubly safe: keep it under 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Great, you can keep terpenes' contribution to the entourage effect going by just keeping the heat down when making edibles. But since terpenes are liquids, won’t the simple process of evaporation take away some of their wonder? Again, yes and no - and it depends on the manufacturer.
If terpenes are infused into a distillate and then added to the edible mixture, there is no (or very little) exposure to air, which is what triggers the evaporation process. As long as the terpenes are not out in the open air, uncovered edible makers should be OK.
Everything’s a process
Keep in mind that everything is a process and all processes will take a certain toll on any ingredient - for marijuana edibles and really, with any food. Ingestion, digestion and assimilation are processes that can have an effect on the potency of any edible. If you vape, the process of heating the herb until it’s vaporized will have an effect on potency. Combusting and inhaling the smoke into the lungs to get into the bloodstream will also have an effect. Sublingual tinctures will deliver the components almost directly to the bloodstream.
What marijuana product manufacturers are trying to do is minimize the number of processes the plant goes through before the final edible product gets to the human body and its process to get the components to our bloodstreams.
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Long-using cannabis users know all too well what new users are likely figuring out: you can get some serious munchies when partaking! I personally have noticed increased munchies when using edibles. No matter what, chances are you’ve experienced an accelerated appetite when using marijuana.
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The trend of using medical marijuana is rapidly increasing as more states legalize medical and recreational usage. But what about using marijuana in the comfort of your home? Is it safe for pets? The marijuana that you use - whether medical or recreational - should not be given to your pets. First, they are more susceptible to cannabis than humans. But more because there are specific products made especially for our four-legged friends.
Many CBD product manufacturing companies are introducing their range of CBD products for pets which contain no harmful ingredient that could produce adverse effects on your dog's health. Read on to find what conditions can be treated with CBD and how you can manage to give CBD to your pet in an appropriate dosage amount.
Note: THC is not good for pets; only use CBD-rich products for your pets.
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We’re all familiar with the term ‘second-hand smoke’ and as it relates to cigarettes we all also know about the dangers and risks second-hand smoke is. But what about second-hand marijuana smoke or a ‘contact high’? What are the dangers and risks associated with this type of exhaled smoke? As medical and recreational marijuana become legal in more states and there are more and more new users, people might be wondering what effect MJ usage has on those around us. If a medical marijuana patient choses smoke a joint as their preferred intake method, what effect will this second hand smoke have on their non-MMJ co-habitant(s)? If a recreational user vapes around their non-partaking friend who, say … might be having a work screening drug test in the next few days, will they test positive for marijuana use and potentially not get the job?
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Today, medical marijuana (MMJ) and women’s health go side-by-side as more and more women are recognizing the female-related health and wellness benefits of cannabis. Most people are familiar with MMJ for pain relief, to help with seizure patients, its benefits for mental conditions like ADHD and even some new promising discoveries with Alzheimer's. But for the ladies, it’s conditions like insomnia, anxiety, menstrual issues and even menopause that they/we find particularly exciting.
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Now that medical marijuana (MMJ) is in full-swing in Missouri and many folks have already started getting their cannabis treatments, there are some things that new users tend to do incorrectly. These are common mistakes for any new user - recreational or medical - and can hinder the amazing benefits of the cannabis. Here is a list of the 5 most common mistakes we’ve found from new users …
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... as of January 2021
Since becoming a law in 2018, Marijuana in Missouri has come a long way in a short time. Even before dispensaries starter opening their doors in October 2020, marijuana advocacy groups and state lawmakers had already been advocating for a change to the law that would, among other things (that will be outlined in this post) legalize the adult recreational use of cannabis in the state. A bill to legalize recreational marijuana was filed in the spring of 2020 that never made it out of the filing stage (primarily because of the corona crisis where getting the required number of signatures to move it along, was nearly impossible with pretty much the whole world on lockdown) but another bill was filed by MO republican representative, Shamed Dogan, on December 21 that looks like it might get some traction.