By Gabe S.
When buying marijuana flower at a dispensary, it’s not difficult to find something tailor-made for your needs: Sativas for energy and focus, indicas for pain relief and sleep, hybrids for something in between. Try out the same formula for pot-infused edibles, and your options are (for the most part) only distinguished by flavor, with nothing said about how it will treat you. The truth is, cannabis edibles are still miles behind flower when it comes to predicting what kind of effect it will deliver.
You’re walking down the beauty aisle at Whole Foods when to your surprise, you spy a bottle of lotion that appears to have a cannabis leaf on it. Is this for real? Can you actually purchase cannabis beauty products from your local grocery or drug store? Sort of.
Throughout the past two decades the above title has caused quite the controversy, raised many different questions and has created a ripple effect throughout the medical and cannabis industries. Since its opening in 2013, The Higher Path has been hit by a beautiful wave of pride that is washing away the stigma and shame of using cannabis to help kids. Many of our patients come in proudly now, looking to help their children with the many different products we carry. The questions are always where to start, what to use and how to dose.
Imagine that you are home, getting your beautiful, perfectly healthy 3 month old child out of the bath when out of nowhere their eyes begin to flicker—they’re having a seizure. This nightmarish scenario became a reality for the parents of Charlotte Figi, a little girl who began having seizures at the tender age of 3 months old. At first, doctors didn’t want to call Charlotte’s condition epilepsy & told her parents that she would likely outgrow the seizures. Unfortunately, Charlotte’s seizures didn’t go away…they increased in frequency.
With the recent trend of medical marijuana legalization going on across the country, there has been an increase in the awareness of cannabinoids other than the infamous THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). While many people now acknowledge that marijuana has medicinal benefits, they still do not fully understand why or how it helps with certain ailments. While THC may get a lot of the publicity for its euphoric and pain relieving effects, CBD (Cannabidiol) is just starting to be recognized for its amazing medicinal properties as well. In fact, many of the medicinal properties of cannabis are directly related to CBD and how it interacts with its fellow cannabinoid THC.
All living vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system that regulates and maintains homeostasis. We even have endogenous cannabinoids, or cannabinoids that are naturally produced in our bodies, such as anandamide and adenosine, that are almost identical to the phytocannabinoids, or plant cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These phytocannabinoids fit into the same receptors in our endocannabinoid (EC) systems.
Rosin is the newest method used for extracting cannabis wax. It is a solventless method that has recently become extremely popular in the cannabis community. The reason people are flocking to this new concentrate style is due to its solventless and clean method during its extraction process. Old practices require heavy duty machinery along with techniques that use light hydrocarbons such as butane and/or propane which usually change the flavor as well as leave unwanted chemical residuals that can mostly, but not entirely be removed using vacuum ovens. For these reasons, it’s no wonder this new solventless technique is taking rise.
Many patients find that smoking a bowl or lighting up a joint of the right strain can be particularly beneficial in combating the symptoms of anxiety & depression, but what about concentrates? Can these potent cannabis extracts provide relief or could they actually make symptoms worse? The answer isn’t so clear cut.
When you look at cannabis you can see that it is covered in crystal resin, known as trichomes. Trichomes hold hundreds of compounds known as cannabinoids and terpenoids. Cannabinoids you might be more familiar with are THC and CBD—these are only two of many important parts working together, helping to create specific effects. The interactions between these compounds have now been labeled “The Entourage Effect.”
Cannabinoid pharmacology has made leaps and bounds following the discovery of cannabinoid receptors. Research is finally exploring how cannabinoid signaling affects complex systems behind the immune system. While the main pharmacological functions of the endocannabinoid system includes neuromodulation, motor function, cognition, emotional responses, homeostasis and motivation, this system plays an important role in our nervous system, immune system and microcirculation.