After the post I wrote about vaping👉🏾 Let’s talk about vaping
I got a few questions via email regarding cannabis and I felt like BEYONCÉ!
One reader reached out and had a couple questions
The reader was asking the difference between, hybrids and sativas. I wrote the reader back in detail and I actually enjoyed doing so!
I get a lot of questions about cannabis because I am so open about my cannabis use for anxiety on social media platforms, so I decided to make a quick guide about cannabis for readers who may be curious about cannabis LIVE IN A LEGAL STATE and don’t know where to start.
There are a lot of options when you want into a dispensary and it helps to walk in having some knowledge of what you want.
You may not know every strain behind the glass but any goal for this post is for readers to be able to walk into the their local dispensary and make a purchase that satisfies their cannabis needs confidentially.
This post is a quick overview of traditional flower, edibles, vapes and dabs.
Think of this as beginners guide to cannabis and I’m your cannabis sherpa.
Let’s elevate… shall we
What is cannabis flower?
Flower is the natural raw state of cannabis. Flower is what most people think about when they hear the word “Weed.”
When you walk into a dispensary looking for weed for a joint, pipe, bong, or blunt this is what you’ll see.
After your cannabis is purchased, you grind it up!
Flower is typically chosen because it’s natural.
Right now with the vaping crisis a lot of cannabis consumers are returning back to flower.
It’s often consumed for ritual, companionship. I love to smoke flower before bed to unwind. I really enjoy a good toke before sunset.
There are many strains and classifications of flower and that’s where it can get confusing.
Let’s start with the basics.
Cannabis flower is classified into three categories so to speak, sativa, indica and hybrid.
I’m going to explain everything RIGHT NOW!
What is a sativa?
You see that cat on the left? That cat is a sativa! Cannabis Sativa is the strain of cannabis that gives you a little “giddy- up and go” Sativa’s give you feelings of energy, euphoria and creativity.
Sativa’s are the cannabis strains that should be consumed in the morning or before an activity that requires a lot of energy.
What are sativa strains used to treat?
Sativa’s can be used for:
- Chronic pain
- Focus and creativity
What is an indica?
What are indica’s used for?
Indica are used to treat:
- Decreased appetite
- Acute pain
What is a hybrid
What are hybrids used for?
- Anxiety control
- Body pain
Once you understand the basics of flower you can move on the next form
Edibles are forms of cannabis that can be eaten. I like edibles. Recently I’ve been really into liquid cannabis or canna syrup.. (which I guess qualifies as an edible you ingest it orally!)
A lot of people are scared of edibles because they can be a little tricky.
The key is to start slow. Take the suggested serving size and expect to not feel anything for about 45 minutes to an hour depending on your digestive system.
The effects will last 4-8 hours depending on the edible you’ve chosen. I love edibles. I love the feeling. I love how long they last.
Edibles are actually amazing for pain.
If you use the cannasyrup you’re actually in more control and you’re able to microdose your cannabis like liquid Tylenol.
It’s amazing. I use the cannasyrup for menstrual cramps and headaches. 1-2ml took away my pain all day and I was able to function.
I personally started using edibles as an alternative to vaping.
The only downside to edibles is the time it takes to kick in. If your a patient requiring immediate relief this is probably not the best route of consumption.
But it gives the longest relief.
What is a cannabis vape cartridge?
A cannabis vape cartridge is made when cannabis flower in turned into a concentrated oil and placed into a cartridge. That cartridge is then attached to a battery and heated for consumption.
The effects of cannabis is felt after about 2 or 3 minutes and last about an hour.
Many cannabis consumers (self included) love vape cartridges because they’re odorless, discreet and potent.
However the recent vape deaths and counterfeit vapes have cast a bad light on vaping. It’s a buyer be ware market. When it comes to vapes.
Only but vape pens from licensed dispensaries. Do not purchase any vapes from illegal vendors.
Stay away from “Dank Vapes”
If a cartridge has thin, runny liquid don’t smoke it.
Many carts have a seal to confirm safety.
Safe carts may be a little more pricey but it’s worth it right now to be honest.
If you don’t see proper batch labeling and certification don’t smoke it! It’s not worth the risk.
Dabs are another highly concentrated form of cannabis. I’m not that into dabbing. I have small children and I just don’t trust myself with a blow torch or a fancy rig.
Many cannabis users swear by “dabbing” it’s odorless. The high is almost instant and the high last a very long time.
I’ve experienced several dabs but dabbing isn’t my preferred method of cannabis consumption.
This is “wax”
This is placed into a dab rig and heated to smoke.
It just seemed like a lot to do for me so I never really got into dabbing but a lot of my friends swear by it.
These are all the forms of cannabis commonly available to you at a dispensary.
Most of the time to get started all you need is a pipe, a grinder and a couple of grams of flower to get your started
What I recommend is you try everything.
Spend a week with a sativa and write down how it makes you feel.
Then spend a week with an indica and so forth.
Write down what your tried and document everything!
Spend a day trying an edible and document your feeling.
You won’t know the way cannabis effects you until you try it for yourself.
Start small with therapeutic doses to really gauge how the cannabis reacts with your body.
Don’t try to get “stoned” really learn the way your body reacts to cannabis.
Cannabis is a really beautiful plant with many medicinal purposes.
Cannabis IS medicine and learning which strain and route is just another part of treatment.
I hope this quick guide helps.. if you have any further questions feel free to drop them in the comments below.
Thank you for reading… I appreciate you.