Why Sativas Are Often The Answer To Anxiety Over Indicas

Sativa versus indica is a conversation that’s been going on for a long time. And it’s certainly risen up to the realm of cannabis common knowledge that if you want to experience the munchies, a mellow night in, and a good night’s sleep you pick an indica. If you need to get things done and be creative, you go with the sativa. And if you’re looking for the middle ground, hundreds upon hundreds of hybrids await.

But not everyone falls into the same category when it comes to the effects of cannabis. No one is a cookie cutter person and neither are our pallets when it comes to pot. Different terpenes attract us for different reasons and one person’s bedtime medication is another person’s panic attack.

The biggest reason that people find indicas disconcerting rather than calming is that a heavy hitter can have someone deep inside their head with no way out imaginable. When we get too far inside our heads, it can bring about a host of emotions, some of which we may not be ready to deal with. This can cause anxiety and the addition of not feeling in control of one’s thoughts just adds to the state of panic.

Pure indicas are truly medicine and should not be discredited in any way, shape or form, but they’re not for everybody. Many people find that the cerebral, yet clear headed feeling of a high flying sativa gives them a mental boost, calms anxiety revolving around immediate circumstances and gets them in the mood to be more social, get some cleaning done or simply be.

The solution for most will be somewhere in the middle, though. Breeders around the world have gone to painstaking lengths to create cultivars that take the best attributes from indicas, sativas and mother and father plants to quell anxiety for the masses, much in the vein of benzo-based pharmaceuticals working for most people experiencing panic or the feeling of being anxious.

When it’s that intricate, often you’ll wind up with a hybrid that either leans toward sativa or indica. Experiment with different strains that have different attributes until you find a few that work well for you. And even if the budtenders at your local dispensaries aren’t mind and soul readers, they can point you in directions you may otherwise not have taken, like a sativa heavy hybrid for anxiety that might just do the trick.

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Microdosing Marijuana And Mushrooms To Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

The idea of microdosing marijuana isn’t for everyone or even the majority of imbibers, but it’s the miracle answer for many people who deal with depression, anxiety and the upcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder. Microdosing mushrooms is another way that we open up pathways in our thinking and clear out the cobwebs and has been a popular tool for Silicon Valley innovators.

When the two are paired, microdosing takes on a whole new level of experience. You don’t take a full dose of either, but both doses are somehow enhanced. It’s your basic psychedelic entourage effect. Any magic mushroom eater knows that cannabis can kick your trip into high gear; well this works in a similar way, just on a much smaller, yet very effective, scale.

Ingesting, smoking or vaping small amounts of cannabis stimulate our bodies’ endocannabinoid system and though it usually won’t get one high, per se, it is enough to reset the mind. Same with mushrooms, you’re not going to have melting or breathing walls, but you are likely to add a little sparkle to the day.

When combating something as weighted as SAD, it’s important to treat the herb and fungi as medicine. Find the regimen that works best for you by conducting slight variations on the experiment. A quarter of a gram or even less of ground up mushrooms three times a day is a good place to start and you’re not likely to deviate too far from that dosage and schedule unless consciously deciding to trip.

With cannabis, take a half-pull to a pull off a vape pen or pipe or ingest 2-7 mg of an edible or tincture 3-5 times a day. This microdose will keep that endocannabinoid system chugging along and will build up in the system over time, meaning that the activation and effects come on more quickly as the days and weeks go by.

If you’re still experiencing symptoms of SAD after a week or if you suspect you have something deeper going on than seasonal blues, it’s important that you see your doctor and perhaps take the pharmaceutical route or add therapy to your established microdosing regime. Just take care of yourself and remember that spring is closer than you think.

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Why We Should Reach For The Bong When We’re Angry

Anger. Sometimes it’s self righteous, sometimes it’s about love, sometimes it’s fueled by fear, but it often comes in pairs, especially when a couple or a couple of friends get heated. Being passionate is a good thing, but so is maintaining relationships and even your cool. Cannabis is the great moderator for more reasons than one, but sometimes being angry takes hold.

When we feel justified in our outrage, especially with someone we care about, it can be hard to see past our own side of the argument. Things get said that should have stayed under wraps. One of the best ways to slow down the racing thoughts fueling your rage is to pick up the pipe, vaporizer or rig and have a few tokes.

If there’s only one takeaway from this story, it’s that rising above fear, hate, outrage and an abundance of self righteousness takes willpower. It takes the willpower to stop mid-rant and consider your headspace. It takes guts to stop an argument in its tracks, and having the reward of a calming hit or three of cannabis or concentrates also helps reset the mind.

With two hardcore marijuana imbibers at each other’s throats about anything from politics to child rearing to whose fault whatever it is, is, the ultimate best thing to do is to stop, lock eyes with all of your might and pull out the bong. There’s a reason toking is often referred to as passing the peace pipe.

Adversaries can more easily see that their stances aren’t the only ones and cannabis helps people to put themselves in others’ shoes. There’s even the chance that after passing the pot back and forth a few times that laughter ensues. Sometimes it’s easy to hold fast to ideas that turn out to be either ridiculous, overstated or deeply personal. When it’s the latter, being able to recognize issues for what they are – and aren’t – is crucial.

Marijuana opens the mind in many ways. Creatives use it during their processes, patients use it to combat their symptoms and ailments, everyday people use it to relax and pretty much everyone who uses it does so for a pleasant experience. It’s no wonder that cannabis is truly the wonder drug for anger. In all truth, it is sometimes going to be the common ground that elevates an argument to a conversation and anger to understanding.

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How Marijuana Affects Men And Women Differently

For decades, the cannabis movement has been predominantly a boy’s club. Women are rising up and earning leadership positions all over the industry now, but where did that original disconnect come from? Could it be the way that marijuana affects men and women in different ways?

From voting on measures to cultivating the plant, women are crucial to cannabis and are now leading the way into its next evolution. While balance is being restored, however, having the knowledge of how cannabis affects people when sex is the main equation is important, not only for valuable information, but for direction in the ever more detailed world of weed.

The main way that cannabis acts differently in women as opposed to men is its interaction with the female production of estrogen. Estrogen is like a magnifying glass for THC and so it may take less cannabis to elevate a woman, especially in the days prior to her ovulation. This is a very good thing for gals who toke, as cannabis is one of the best remedies for period pains, mood swings and other discomforts.

On the other hand, in the same study conducted by Washington State University it was found that the ladies build up tolerance to marijuana faster than their male counterparts, meaning that even with estrogen boosts, they may need an extra pull off the joint for the desired outcome. Another finding in popular studies is that cannabis, a known aphrodisiac, is more effective in women than men, at least in higher THC strains.

Men are more susceptible to getting the bedroom jitters when super high and performance anxiety can beyond kill the mood. While some studies show that women should choose strains with lower THC counts as well, others show that pretty much any amount of THC is a sexual stimulant for women.

In another study, the researchers found that marijuana affected visuospatial memory more in women than in men, but non-cannabis related studies also suggest that men have an advantage in this type of memory that revolves around object perception and spatial relations. The study also pointed out that women have been grossly underrepresented in pot studies.

The overarching truth of the matter is that listening to your mind and body and imbibing to your own satisfaction or limits is a very personal thing, no matter man or woman. Just do you and limit the amount of influence you take on from how much your friends or your partner are using. Cannabis is fun, but it’s medicine, too, and knowing and respecting your own limits is part of the experience.

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Can Marijuana Help Those With ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects over 3 million U.S. citizens per year. Though more common in males than females, it is relatively prevalent in both, and mounting anecdotal evidence is suggesting that cannabis may be the answer for many.

Pharmaceutical drugs used to treat ADHD have side effects that include sleep problems, a decreased appetite, delayed growth in children, headaches, stomach aches and horrible cases of moodiness. Aside from its potential to relieve the symptoms of ADHD, cannabis is known to treat all of the aforementioned side effects as well.

Before weaning off medication, however, it is extremely important that you consult your physician, preferably a doctor that is familiar with the endocannabinoid system.

The thing is, for many people, including those living with ADHD, the stimulant type drugs that are prescribed make it even more difficult to concentrate and keep things in recent memory. The mind literally reels and, though the meds have proven somewhat effective for countless patients, the side effects are severe, especially for children.

Cannabis is a potentially safe alternative. Recently, Joseph Lazarus told Tonic that, “I felt like someone turned on a light switch in my head,” regarding his first time smoking weed. The immediate effects were astounding, “I heard the birds chirping for [what seemed like] the first time,” he said. He also stated that the leaves looked greener and that he felt the wind tickle his skin. “I was one with the forest, a wooded forest. I was so calm.” Lazarus was only 13 years old when he discovered cannabis medicine.

Diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 6, Lazarus had not felt “normal” up to that fateful toke. Now 33 years old, he hasn’t stopped using cannabis to combat the disorder and sees it as an essential part of his daily routine. Now into vaping, cannabis has been his “drug of choice” since the incident in the woods – even if its illegality did land him in an institute for troubled teens early in life.

With anecdotal evidence like this, we can only hope that more research will be done in this area and that others experiencing the ADHD ride might be able to benefit from no-side-effect bearing cannabis rather than a handful of questionably effective pills.

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The Difference Between CBD Oils For Humans And Dogs

When it comes to people and their dogs, is CBD use interchangeable? Where does the medicine diverge between man and beast?

The simple answer is that the CBD oil itself is typically no different, except in dosages, but the FDA does have different package labeling requirements for human supplements versus pet ones. Also, CBD oil for dogs often has flavoring to it, like bacon, to make it more appealing to the pooches and also use cod liver oil, which helps enhance the effects in canines.

Just like in humans, CBD is non-psychoactive for dogs, but can go far in treating arthritic inflammation in those that are affected. It will relax the dog (or human), especially if made using high CBD cannabis versus hemp, but not to the point of passing out, unless you really give them a high dose. Consult a professional before titrating.

CBD can go far in improving a dog’s life. Even if it’s the happiest big dawg or little pup, if they are spooked by loud noises, suffer from separation anxiety or are generally nervous, CBD oil, which can be gotten in capsule form and then split open and poured over food, will take the edge off and ease the dog’s mood.

It’s also estimated that up to 5 percent of dogs suffer from seizure disorder. CBD is a known seizure suppressor and in humans and canines alike it can practically cure even the most severe disorders. This is an area where you definitely want to contact a professional as to dosages and other cannabinoids and terpenes that need to be included for optimal results.

One area where there are no differences between humans and doggies is that CBD is a safe and effective treatment for myriad ailments, is thought to be a nervous system protectant and an appetite stimulant among many other things.

Above all, no matter your genus, CBD is an excellent anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the cause of most aches, pains and even ailments out there. CBD is a medicine that you or wo/man’s best friend should take on a regular basis if needed so that it can be constantly working its magic and building up in the body’s system, whether two or four legged.

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Does CBD Really Warrant All The Fanfare?

Even though CBD’s legal status is yet unclear, it’s been launched into the mainstream in recent years. CBD vape pens and gummies can be found at almost any smoke shop worth its incense and big corporations, like Coca Cola, are even thinking of getting in the game. So should we all be downing and applying CBD with abandon?

Many people use CBD as an alternative to THC laden cannabis because it lacks a psychoactive effect and will supposedly not show up on a drug screen. There are companies out there that isolate CBD so that there is 0 percent THC to be screened, but most CBD is made from the hemp plant and is required to have less than 0.3 percent THC. That’s not much THC at all, but it could still potentially have you out of a job if tested.

Recently, a woman in Georgia who was using CBD for pain and anxiety for just two weeks before she was drug tested, failed. While most CBD labels claim to have no THC whatsoever, some have a disclaimer that trace amounts of THC may be found. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, also wished that she’d known the risk. She did not get the job.

Dr. Oz is calling this market explosion the “CBD oil boom.” On a recent show Dr. Oz and Dr. Sanjay Gupta sat down and talked CBD, it’s differences from THC, it’s milligrams and price per dose. They tested 9 products, which came back with results ranging from 2mg doses to 22mg doses.

“If you need hundreds of milligrams for it to do anything, two milligrams isn’t going to do anything and people are paying a lot of money for it,” extrapolated Dr. Gupta.

Unlike the CBD the woman used in Georgia, the doctors found no THC in any of the 9 products. They also encouragingly didn’t find heavy metals. Dr. Oz pontificated that if a product seems confusing, it’s meant to seem that way, while Dr. Gupta pointed out that as regulations are put into place, proper labeling, milligrams and dosages will become par for the course with time.

CBD is used in the treatment of inflammation, pain, seizure disorder and has myriad forms and applications. From topicals that everything from acne to arthritis to infused products that claim to quell anxiety and lower inflammation, until we figure out what a proper dosage is and if full spectrum CBD is the real ticket, it’s all a sort of wellness crapshoot, with CBD manufacturers coming out on top for now.

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Study: Pain Tolerance Goes Up With Cannabis Use

Unlike many studies that have come before focusing on marijuana’s ability to treat chronic pain, this study aimed to see what happened when “experimental” pain was introduced. The researchers at Syracuse University “conducted a systematic review of 18 placebo-controlled studies.” It involved around 450 participants using various cannabis products, including cannabis itself, and also included two synthetic weed-based drugs: dronabinol and nabilone.

In what may seem like a contradictory conclusion, the researchers found that rather than dialing down the intensity of the pain, cannabis products made it “feel less unpleasant and more tolerable.” That might feel like splitting hairs, but there is a real differentiation to be made. The pain itself may still be present and at the same level, but your experience of it changes. Instead of clenching and perhaps moaning, you’re at more of a peace with what’s happening in your body.

Unsurprisingly, the study found that whole-plant marijuana worked better than the synthetic drugs. They also found that those who did not receive the placebos felt high, but again, that’s to be expected with full plant cannabis.

“If you think of pain as a noxious sound coming from a radio, the volume is the intensity of that pain,” author Martin De Vita told MedPage Today. “After using cannabinoid drugs, it may not decrease the volume of the noxious noise, but it may tune it to a station that’s a little less unpleasant. It won’t be the most beautiful music you’ve ever heard—it will still be pain—but it will be a little less unpleasant.”

He went on to point out that more research is needed across the board.

“This is a first step in doing that,” he said, “starting from the fundamentals of how cannabinoids affect basic pain processes, and now we need to determine some of these follow-up questions.”

Those follow-up questions could lead to breakthroughs that come very close to eliminating pain, or at least our perception of it. Wherever they lead, they’re necessary to give doctors and patients the ammunition they need to fight the soreness, aches, pains and outright cringe-worthy suffering. Cannabis does much to improve quality of life, and especially if it’s a loosening of the grip pain has over the body, it’s relief and that’s important.

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