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Common Myths about Cannabis

6 Common Myths about Cannabis

Like any controlled substance, Cannabis has a number of stigmas surrounding it. There are also quite a few myths that get perpetuated that cast cannabis and cannabis users in a poor light. 

Almost all of these myths are either not true or are blown way out of proportion. They are, at best, founded in misinformation and at worst used to perpetuate harmful stereotypes. 

Now, we’re here to set the record straight and debunk a lot of these common myths and story about Cannabis

Myth #1: Cannabis is a Gateway Drug

One of the most common things that you hear about marijuana is that it’s a gateway drug that will cause users to eventually turn to other, stronger drugs, however, that’s not entirely true. 

While there has been a noted correlation between cannabis use and other drug use, correlation does not amount to causation. There are many factors that contribute to a person’s potential drug usage and oftentimes it’s a combination of many of those factors that determine the likelihood of someone going on to use hard drugs.

Furthermore, a study published by Cambridge University in 2023, found that in states where cannabis was legalized there was not significant increase in illicit drug use, after the legalization.

Myth #2: Cannabis is Highly Addictive

While cannabis use can lead to dependence in some individuals, the overall addiction potential is lower compared to substances like nicotine or opioids. 

Similar to our previous point, there are a number of different factors that could affect an individual’s chance of becoming addicted. Many studies have found that a person’s gender, marital status, income level, genetics and more can factor into their chances of becoming addicted to marijuana. 

Additionally those factors can also increase a person’s chances of becoming addicted to other substances as well, so it’s not exclusive to cannabis. 

Myth #3: Cannabis Causes Permanent Mental Illness

While cannabis use may have an association with mental health conditions, particularly in individuals predisposed to such conditions, there is not a lot of research that shows that it causes permanent mental illness. 

There are many other factors both internal and external that can contribute to a person’s mental state and their chances of having a mental illness. 

However, it is important to note that people who are already diagnosed with a mental illness or are predisposed to one based on genetics or family history may have their illness or symptoms exacerbated by the use of cannabis. 

So in these cases it’s important to be aware of your own conditions and talk to your health care provider if you have any concerns.

Myth #4: All Cannabis Strains Are the Same

Many people believe that cannabis affects them the same regardless of the type. This way of thinking can sometimes lead to people trying it, not liking how it made them feel, and never using it again. 

However, Cannabis strains can vary widely in their cannabinoid and terpene profiles, leading to different effects. Not all strains produce the same experiences, and factors such as THC and CBD levels, terpene content, and individual tolerance contribute to the diversity of effects.

Learn More: Indica v. Sativa: What’s the difference and why the industry is moving away from them

If you or someone you know had a less than great experience cannabis and you’re looking to try again, talk to your budtender. Let them know what you didn’t like and what you’re looking to feel and they should be able to give you some suggestions to help your next sesh go a little better.  

Myth #5: Cannabis Use Leads to Violence

There is no conclusive evidence linking cannabis use to an increased likelihood of violent behavior. Research generally suggests that cannabis is less likely to induce aggression compared to other substances. 

This myth tends to come from this idea that cannabis causes psychosis and psychosis causes violence, therefore cannabis use must cause violence. However, as we’ve already covered, psychosis, along with other mental illnesses are outright caused by cannabis consumption but by a myriad of factors. 

In fact, in a study funded by the Justice Department, they found that serious offenses and crime were not affected by the legalization and subsequent increased use of cannabis.

Myth #6: Cannabis Causes Lung Cancer Like Tobacco

While smoking cannabis does expose the lungs to carcinogens like tobacco smoke does, studies have not consistently shown a clear link between cannabis smoking and lung cancer. 

Furthermore, research has shown that even the most hardcore of cannabis users don’t smoke the same amount of weed as the average tobacco smoker does cigarettes 

However, if this is a concern for you or someone you know, alternative methods of consumption, such as vaporization or edibles, are generally considered to be safer for respiratory health.

 

While there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions about cannabis and cannabis users, the conversation is changing and increased education is working to dispel a lot of these myths.

If you still have questions or concerns about cannabis please don’t hesitate to come into NatureMed and ask, our budtenders will be more than happy to help you with whatever you need.

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Indica v. Sativa

Indica v. Sativa: What’s the difference and why the industry is moving in a new direction

Even if you are fairly new to the world of cannabis you have probably heard the terms Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid. If you’re a seasoned cannabis user, then you are most likely all too familiar with those labels and use them regularly when purchasing and consuming. 

Traditionally, cannabis strains have been categorized into these three different types based on things like effect and appearance. And while this is still the most popular way to categorize strains, we have seen many brands and industry leaders start to move away from these labels for more comprehensive descriptors.

Our main goal here is to give those who are just starting out, an understanding of the Indica/Sativa/Hybrid labels, to allow you to better navigate the process of purchasing and consumption better. 

As well as give newbies and seasoned users alike, a little look into the way that the industry is moving and what things may look like over the course of the next few years.

Traditional Cannabis Classifications

This way of classification is one of the oldest and most popular ways of categorizing strains. However, with so much variation from strain to strain, these labels are really only going to give you broad strokes when it comes to the characteristics of their strains.

It’s a great place to start, especially if you’re just starting out, but if you want something very specific from your weed, you may need to do a little more research into the strain or talk to your Budtender.

Indica

Indica strains are often associated with relaxing and sedative effects. People who use Indica strain report a body-centric high, along with a sense of physical relaxation and relief from pain and tension.

Because of this, these strains are frequently used in the evening or nighttime due to these calming effects. They are also often used to promote sleep, alleviate anxiety, and provide relief from chronic pain.

In terms of appearance, Indica plants are generally shorter and bushier with broader leaves. They are also characterized by a compact and dense growth structure.

Sativa

On the opposite end of the spectrum Sativa strains are known for producing energizing and uplifting effects. People who use these strains will often report experiencing a head-high, which can enhance creativity, focus, and sociability.

Sativa strains are usually used during the daytime, as they are less likely to induce sedation. They are also popular for activities that require things like mental alertness and creativity.

As for their appearance, they continue the trend of being opposite to Indica. Sativa plants are typically taller with narrower leaves. They have a more open and airy growth structure.

Hybrid

Now here’s where we meet in the middle with Hybrid strains. As the name suggests, these strains are typically created when a grower cross-breeds an Indica strain with a Sativa. 

Because of this, the effects of hybrid strains can vary widely, depending on the specific genetics of the strain. Therefore, it’s hard to pin down specific effects and traits that are characteristic of Hybrid strains. Some hybrids may lean more towards Indica effects, while others may lean towards Sativa effects.

Typically someone would choose a Hybrid strain for a balance between relaxation and mental stimulation. However the mixture between those two is going to vary from strain to strain.

Additionally, as the industry has expanded, strains have been cross-breed so much that it’s difficult to find a true Indica or Sativa, most strains are going to be some kind of hybrid. This can make it hard to find the exact effects you want if you’re only looking at the Indica/Sativa/Hybrid labels.

This, as well as other reasons, is why the industry is beginning to move away from those classifications and in a new direction.

New Ways of Classification

As the industry grows and changes so does the way that we talk about cannabis. While the Indica/Sativa/Hybrid labels aren’t going to completely go away anytime soon, we are starting to see a shift in the conversation.

Cannabinoid Profiles 

One new way that we are starting to see people classifying different strains is through their Cannabinoid Profiles. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. They interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system and produce various different effects.

Some common cannabinoids are Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), and Cannabigerol (CBG). However there are dozens of different cannabinoids and each one has a different effect on your system. 

Knowing which cannabinoids and how much of each are in a specific strain can allow you to choose the strain that will better suit your needs and give you the effects you’re looking for.

Terpene profiles

Terpenes are another compound that can influence the effect that cannabis will have on you. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in various plants, including cannabis. They contribute to the distinctive scents and flavors of different strains and may also have therapeutic effects.

Some common terpenes are Myrcene, Limonene, Pinene, and Linalool however there are over two-hundred different ones that have been found in cannabis.

Terpenes on their own will have different effects but the terpenes can also interact with different cannabinoids in something called the entourage effect.

This effect refers to the interaction between cannabinoids and terpenes that will enhance the overall therapeutic effects of cannabis. For example, the presence of myrcene in a strain may enhance the sedative effects of THC, contributing to a more relaxing experience.

 

Whether you prefer the traditional classification system or you want to learn about some of the new ones, NatureMed is here to help with all of your cannabis needs. As always if you have any questions about any of our strains or products, please don’t hesitate to ask your budtender!

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Cannabis and Sleep

Cannabis and Sleep

Sleep is a crucial part of feeling good in your everyday life, yet many people struggle with insomnia, and other sleep-related issues. While over the counter and even prescription sleep aids do exist, some people are turning to cannabis as a natural alternative to help them fall asleep and stay that way for the whole night. 

For those unfamiliar with what’s in cannabis, there are two main compounds that we’ll find, THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive compound that gives you the high that is typically associated with smoking weed. 

The other is CBD, which is non-psychoactive and known for its calming properties. Which is why, among other things, it is often used to help people fall asleep.

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night and unable to fall asleep, then cannabis might be something you want to try. 

Please note: Nothing contained here should be taken as medical advice. Before starting to use cannabis in any kind of medical capacity, please speak with your doctor. Now, without any further ado, let’s get into it!

Promoting Relaxation

If you just find it difficult to fall asleep, then you may want to consider consuming Indica or indica-dominant. These strains are known for their sedative effects and can help induce feelings of drowsiness.

While this won’t necessarily make you fall asleep, like over the counter or prescription sleep aids, it can make it easier to naturally transition into a restful sleep.

Alternatively, some people find it difficult to fall asleep due to anxiety or anxious thoughts. If that’s the case then strains or products that are high in CBD, may help alleviate that anxiety or stress. By promoting relaxation, it can create a more conducive environment for sleep.

Pain Relief

Another big reason that people have trouble falling asleep is discomfort. If someone is uncomfortable or in pain they are going to have a harder time falling and staying asleep.

Cannabis is very often used as a way to relieve pain, whether it be chronic or otherwise. Therefore, using it before going to bed will go a long way towards making you comfortable for the night and allowing you to have a more uninterrupted rest.

Reduced Nightmares

For some it’s not an issue of falling asleep but staying asleep. Persistent nightmares are a common cause of sleepless nights and consuming cannabis is reported to help with that. 

Cannabis, particularly strains or products with higher levels of THC, may help reduce the occurrence of nightmares, making sleep more peaceful. 

This can be especially helpful for those experiencing conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) where nightmares are a common symptom.

It is important to note that some studies have found that increased consumption of THC can reduce the amount of REM sleep you get and while that is helpful in reducing the amount of dreams (and nightmares) you have. 

However REM sleep is essential for a healthy sleep cycle so it’s a good idea for you to speak with your doctor or a sleep specialist before you begin using cannabis for this purpose.

If you’re struggling to fall or stay asleep, then cannabis might be something you would want to look into. If you’re looking to try something then Nature Med has you covered!

If you’re looking for some gummies then you might want to try WYLD Elderberry or PURE Berry Sleepy. Tinctures are more your style then you might want to give the Chronic Health Sleep Well Tincture. Or you could get a little more creative with how you consume, you can add some Sprinkle Dissolvable Night Relax to whatever you’re eating for drinking before bed. 

As always, if you’re unsure about what you want or what you need, don’t hesitate to ask your budtender any and all questions! They have a wealth of knowledge and are alway happy to help. 

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The Cannabis Gift Guide

A Gift Guide for the Cannabis Connoisseur

The holidays are right around the corner and it’s officially go-time on gift buying. If you’re still scratching your head, trying to figure out what to get the Cannabis aficionado in your life, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a little list to help get you started! 

Smoking Accessories

This one may seem obvious but you can get pretty creative with it if you want. Items like bongs, pipes, rolling trays, dab rigs and more are all things that your stoner friend probably already has but this holiday is your opportunity to upgrade them. 

Maybe their tray is getting old and worn, you can get them a new custom designed one. Or perhaps they’re looking to replace an old bong or pipe, check out some local glass artists and see if any one’s willing to do a custom piece for you. 

Getting your friend some nice looking accessories is not only giving them a functional gift but a decorative one as well, as a lot of these pieces can be displayed as art.

Necessities

Speaking of functional gifts, there are a lot of small things that a regular cannabis user is going to need that either run out or wear down quickly. We’re talking about items like rolling papers, lighters/matches and even grinders. 

These types of things make good stocking stuffers or you can grab a bag and put together a “weed essentials kit” with a little bit of everything in it. Just grabbing a couple of these items will make sure your friends are stocked up and smoking through the holidays and into the new year.

Novelty Gifts

Everybody loves a fun or funny gift, especially around the holidays and if you’re going with a cannabis theme, then you have no shortage of options. There are so many novelty items that are weed themed that you should be able to find something that fits your giftee’s tastes.

The most versatile option is some kind of apparel. Whether it’s more obvious like a t-shirt or sweatshirt of their favorite brands or dispensaries (psst…NatureMed has some pretty cool stuff if you’re looking) or something with a more subtle design, you’ll be able to find something for everyone.

You can also go with decor or homegoods. Maybe they would like some weed themed lights or signs for their living room? How about a cannabis friendly welcome mat for the front door? And you can’t go wrong with some weed themed kitchenware, like plates or glasses to use for their next get together.

Snacks

This may not seem like a big gift that “wow” at the holiday party or on Christmas morning but they’ll be thankful the next time they get a major case of the munchies before they’ve gone shopping this week.

In all seriousness, this is a simple, easy gift to give someone if you’re out of other ideas. You can put together your own gift basket with all of their favorite snacks or you can find a snack subscription box and gift that.

Subscription boxes are great because they are the gift that keeps on giving and you are making sure that your giftee is taken care of all year long.

Cannabis Cookbook

If you’re shopping for someone who’s a little more hands on trying picking them up a Cannabis Cookbook. This is a great gift for someone who wants to experiment a little with their cannabis consumption and try something new

Depending on the book, there are recipes for anything from snacks to entrees to baked goods and more. Your giftee will definitely have something in there that they want to try.

Product

This is one of the most obvious gift options, almost to the point where we don’t even have to say it, but we will anyway…get them weed!!

You can be as creative as you want or find all of the coolest accessories or apparel but at the end of the day nothing is going to beat just straight up cannabis.

Find out what your friends favorite products are or maybe find something new that they have been wanting to try, wrap it up with a nice bow and you have your gift. In our opinion, the perfect gift is pairing some kind of cannabis product with another choice from this list so you have the perfect, well-rounded gift for your stoner friend. 

And if you’re looking to save a little bit of dough on said products, you might want to consider dropping by NatureMed December 11-23 to take advantage of our Winter Bowlstice deals.

 

No matter what you are celebrating this season, we here at NatureMed are wishing you Happy Holidaze, as well as a Happy Winter Bowlstice! 

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A Strain for Every Occasion

A Strain for Every Occasion

When it comes to cannabis there are so many different options for you to choose from. From the type of product, to the consumption method, there are enough that you can pick one that suits your needs. Different strains are a great way to tailor you consumption to what you need.

No matter what you’re looking for, you’re probably going to be able to find a strain that will help you get there. And if you need help finding that strain, we’ve got you covered. This is in no way a comprehensive list of strains and what they can do but it should be enough to get you started.

Important note: this list will highlight some of the effects that these strains may have on you and some conditions that they could help with. This should not be taken as medical advice and if you are experiencing any of the conditions or symptoms listed here, you should talk with your doctor before making any treatment decisions.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.  

Happiness and Euphoria

One of the most well-known effects that you can experience when consuming cannabis is an uplifting, euphoric feeling. This is the effect that is most commonly associated with getting high. 

A couple of strains that you might want to try if this is the feeling that you’re looking for are Jenny Kush, Gary Payton or Gelato.

These strains have also been reported to help people who are experiencing depression. The uplifting or euphoric effects of these strains and those like can help to combat or mitigate some of the common symptoms of depression.

More Energy

If you feel yourself fading by lunchtime or if you just need more energy during the day, you don’t alway have to reach for that energy drink or make yourself that third cup of coffee. 

There are quite a few cannabis strains that can give you a little energy boost when you need it. 

If you’re looking for that boost you might want to try out some strains like Pineapple Express, Sour Diesel or Maui Wowie. Their energetic, exciting effects will keep you going all day long, no caffeine needed.

Relaxation

If your problem is just the opposite, if you can’t seem to relax, don’t worry there’s also a strain for that. So many people use cannabis as a way to wind down after a hard day or keep calm during stressful times. 

Strains like Dr. Who, Strawberry Shortcake and Duct Tape all are known to be relaxing and leave you feeling nice and chill. If relaxation is your goal, then having a quick sesh with one of these strains is sure to help you out.

These strains have also been known to help people in times of high stress and even treat medical patients with anxiety disorders.

Sleep Aids

Similarly, cannabis can also be a very effective sleep aid for those who need a little help when going to bed. Lighting up a little before trying to sleep has been reported to help those who find it difficult to fall asleep, you just need to make sure you’re using the right strain.

Strains such as Royal Gorilla, Northern Lights or Galactic RTZ have been known to make users sleepy and relaxed. It can also be helpful for people who suffer from chronic insomnia 

Pain Relief

Cannabis has long been lauded as a good source of pain relief for all sorts of conditions. If that’s something that you’re looking for, then there are a couple of strains that you might want to try. 

While there are a number of options for you when it comes to pain relief, you might want to look to strains like Blue Widow, Skywalker or Old Family Purple to give you that relief that you’re looking for. 

Not only are they good for relieving occasional pain, like pulled muscles or soreness, they can also be helpful for chronic pain. A number of conditions can result in chronic pain and if you’re finding it difficult to manage, cannabis might be a good option for you to try. 

Increase Appetite

Something that is often seen as a harmless byproduct of cannabis consumption, can sometimes be a useful tool. Strains like GSC, All Gas OG, OG Kush and ones like them are all known to increase the appetite and give users what are commonly called  “the munchies”.

This may not be something that the average person thinks of as helpful, but people can use these side effects to their advantage. One of the most common uses for strains like this are to treat eating disorders, by stimulating the appetite and helping the person eat a little more than they did before. 

Focus

One could also use cannabis to help with their focus. Increasing your focus can be helpful for people who are experiencing some brain fog but it can also sometimes help people who have ADD or ADHD. 

Strains like Pineapple Cake, Cactus Cooler and Lemonatti have all been known to help their users calm their mind and focus more.

 

No matter what you’re looking for or what effect you’re trying to achieve, there’s probably a strain out there that can help you out. If you’re having trouble narrowing down what you want to try, don’t be afraid to ask your budtender, they will be more than happy to help you out. 

If you have found a strain that you want to try, come on down to NatureMed, we have everything you see here and more, we’ll hook you up with what you need. 

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