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5 Ways That Your Pet Can Benefit from CBD

5 Ways That Your Pet Can Benefit from CBD

Most people are aware of the benefits of cannabis in humans but many people don’t know that it can be helpful for animals as well. Dogs, cats and even other pets can benefit from the use of CBD in their everyday life.

In a lot of cases owners may use CBD as a supplement to medications or even as a replacement for it, as it can be much cheaper and easier to access. It can also be used to treat ailments or conditions that may not require medication yet but are still lowering their quality of life.

A quick note before we get into it. While CBD can be very beneficial for animals, THC typically is not. Therefore it is very important to remember that when you are purchasing cannabis products for your pets, to make sure that they only contain CBD and that they are designed for pets specifically. 

If your pet happens to get into any cannabis products designed for humans, contact your vet immediately and see if action needs to be taken.

With that out of the way, here are five ways that your pet could benefit from using CBD.

1. Anxiety and Stress Management

Lots of owners love CBD for its anxiety-reducing effects on their pets. CBD products can be used for continued stress management like separation anxiety or obsessive behaviors. Giving them a dose or two everyday, usually with their meals, will help to reduce that anxiety and calm them down

It can also be used for singular instances of high anxiety, like thunderstorms or fireworks. If you have any kind of advanced warning of these situations then it’s best if you start to give them doses beforehand so it has time to get into their system and start working. 

2. Pain Relief

Like for humans, CBD can be a great pain management tool for your pets. It can be helpful in instances of injury surgery recovery when they could be in pain for while they recover. 

It’s also used a lot in situations of chronic pain, like arthritis, for example. Many older pets that have a hard time getting around and are in a lot of pain when they do, can really benefit from CBD. It gets them moving and keeps them comfortable, allowing them to continue to enjoy all of their favorite things.

3. Anti-inflammatory Effects

CBD has also been shown to decrease inflammation in pets. Things like skin disorders, allergies and other inflammatory conditions can be reduced and even completely removed by adding CBD to their diet. It can also help to reduce temporary inflammation like post surgery inflammation or hot spots.

CBD can also be helpful in these situations when applied topically. Typically it’s consumed orally by pets, but applying a tincture to a specific area of inflammation can also help to bring it down and keep your pet comfortable. 

Just be aware that many pet tinctures are flavored, so your furry friend might want to lick it off. It’s completely safe to consume but, it might be a good idea to just keep an eye on them so they don’t aggravate the inflammation any more.

4. Management of Seizures and Epilepsy

There has been research and some anecdotal evidence to suggest that regular use of CBD can help owners to manage their pet’s seizures. It’s been reported that giving your pets CBD regularly can help to reduce the severity and frequency of seizures.

Most owners will choose to use CBD in conjunction with another medication as the research has not been extensive enough to remove the prescribed medication entirely. Always make sure that you are in contact with your veterinarian regarding any changes or additions to your pets medication.

5. Cancer Symptom Management

While CBD will not cure your pets cancer, it can certainly help them feel better and manage the side effects of their treatment. Humans actually use CBD and other cannabis products in a similar way during radiation and chemotherapy treatments. 

Many owners have reported that using CBD alongside their pets cancer treatment helped to manage their cancer symptoms as well as the side effects of the treatment. It’s helped to mitigate symptoms like pain, nausea, and even loss of appetite. 

As always consult with your vet before making any big changes to your pets medication and treatment.

 

We all love our pets and consider them to be part of the family, therefore, we want to make sure that our furry friends are feeling the best that they can. CBD is just one way that we can do that for them.

If you’re thinking of giving CBD a try for your pet, then come on down to NatureMed and we’ll make sure that you have everything that you’re going to need.

Check out a list of all our pet products that we have to offer and take a look at our specials page to see all of the ways that you can save.

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A Spotlight on Black-Owned Brands

A Spotlight on Black-Owned Brands

As part of our celebration of Black History Month we not only want to talk about the black community’s contribution to the cannabis industry but we also want to highlight some of the Black Owned Brands that we carry here at NatureMed.

Learn More: The Intersection of Cannabis and Black History

Not only was black culture instrumental in shaping the framework of the cannabis industry but members of the Black Community have been involved with and working with Cannabis since it came to America.

From the first cultivation of cannabis in this country, to it’s popularization during the jazz era, to the more recent legacy cultivation and market – as the industry and the culture changed and evolved, members of the Black Community were right there on the forefront.

Therefore it’s no surprise that some of our favorite brands are Black-owned.

We would like to showcase those brands for you and give you a little insight into their products, their processes and their goals.

Tree Junkee

The first brand that we want to highlight is Tree Junkee! Tree Junkee specializes in flower and has their own cultivation facility right here in Arizona. 

Tree Junkee prides themselves on their unique, hand-picked strains and their ability to produce a high-quality product through “giving care and compassion to the product throughout its growing process”

And with great flower and strains like Strawnana and Koala Cookies you’re bound to find something that you like over at Tree Junkee.

Hello! Live Resin

The next brand we would like to showcase is Hello! Live Resin! They specialize in high quality live resin disposables. Hello! Live Resin works hard to ensure that they are only cultivating premium cannabis and genetics to create their products.

After harvesting their cannabis plants are flash frozen, preserving the terpenes and cannabinoids. This allows them to create their high quality products. 

Hello! Live Resin “strives to provide cannabis enthusiasts with products that offer a superior entourage effect [and] are committed to delivering a holistic and elevated cannabis experience.” 

 

Here at NatureMed we are proud to carry these amazing black-owned brands. If you’re looking for some black owned businesses to support this month then we hope that you take some of our suggestions!

You can check out the rest of our menu to see what else we have to offer and if you’re looking to save, check out our specials page.

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A Valentine Guide for the Cannabis Lover

A Valentine Guide for the Cannabis Lover

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re looking for ideas on how to show the weed lover in your life that you care, then you’ve come to the right place! We have collected some gift/date ideas that can help you incorporate cannabis into your special day.

Accessories 

If you’re looking for something to gift your partner then you may want to consider getting them some new smoking accessories. 

Take a look at what they have now, is there something that needs to be replaced? Are there pieces that could use an upgrade? Is there something they use a lot? Consider making that a part of their gift. It’ll show that you’re paying attention and are attuned to their needs. 

You can go with something bigger like a new bong, rolling tray, etc. or something smaller to add to a gift, like a new lighter or grinder. 

If you have the time and the means, you can even take the opportunity to get some of their new accessories customized for your partner just to give it that little extra personal touch.

Infused Mocktail

Making you and your partner specialty drinks is a Valentine’s Day staple and you can pretty easily add cannabis to your favorite recipe to give that little something extra. 

Making an Infused Mocktail is actually pretty simple and doesn’t require a lot of mixology skills. Simply find a mocktail recipe you like and after it’s all mixed together add a little bit of THC or CBD tincture. If you don’t want to use tinctures you can instead get an already infused beverage like a seltzer and add that to your mocktail recipe.

Cocktails

Please remember to be mindful of the dosages on the cannabis products that you’re using. Tincture in particular can have a high THC content so just be aware of how much you’re using in drink.

Infused Dinner 

You can take the idea of an infused mocktail and take it a step further and do a whole infused dinner. This will likely end up taking significantly more prep than the drinks but if you have the time and the ability, it will definitely be worth it. 

There are a number of ways that you can cook with cannabis and you can use any or all of them in your cooking. You can make or purchase products like cannabutter or cannabis oil to add to whatever dish you’re making. 

You can also add things like tinctures or dissolvables to your ingredients if you want a little more flexibility with your recipe.

Additionally, if you don’t want to do that cooking yourself, you can go out to an infused dinner, a quick google search can show you what events are happening in your area. 

There are even companies that you can hire that will send a chef to your house and cook an infused meal for you. Those can be on the pricier side but the cost might be worth it for a special occasion.

Bath Products

There is nothing more relaxing and romantic to some than a nice, long bubble bath. Whether it’s a solo bath to give your partner some alone time or it’s something for you to enjoy together, you can always add a cannabis element to it. 

You can find things like bath bombs and bath salts that are infused with CBD that will make a great addition to any Valentine’s Day bath. While it won’t get you high in the way that THC products will, it can be very relaxing and the perfect addition to a bath.

Bath Products

Learn More: A Starter Guide to Topicals, Bath Products

Chocolate or Candy

Your partner’s favorite chocolate or candy has long been a staple in any Valentine’s Day celebration so why not give them something with a little something extra in it. 

Cannabis infused chocolate and candy have become much more popular in the last few years and they make the perfect gift for your sweetheart.

You want to do a little something extra, you can melt the chocolate down and make chocolate covered strawberries, pretzels, or really anything else you would like. You can also take that melted chocolate and put it into a shaped mold to give the treat a little extra personal touch.

Flower(s)

You can’t go wrong with flowers on Valentine’s Day but no one said what kind of flowers you had to get. In our opinion, a jar or bag of flower is just as good as a bouquet, maybe even better. 

Valentine’s Day is the day to really go all out. Try that one strain you’ve been hearing about but haven’t had the chance to smoke. Get that high end brand that you only save for special occasions. Make sure that your Valentine’s High is the best that you can get!

Bouquet of Flower

No matter what you’re planning on doing this February 14th, if it’s cannabis related then NatureMed’s got you covered. Stop by soon and pick up everything you’re going to need for the big day.

check out our online menu to see everything we have to offer and check our specials page to see the ways you can save.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at NatureMed.

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A Starter Guide to Topicals

A Starter Guide to Topicals

Cannabis can be used in so many different ways and not all of them require the user to consume it. Topicals are a great way to experience the benefits of cannabis but you’re not looking to feel that high. 

How do Topicals Work?

Topicals work the same way that other forms of cannabis do, by interacting with your endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a biological system that plays an important role in regulating certain physiological processes, including mood, appetite, sleep, immune response, and pain perception.

There are endocannabinoid receptors found all over the body, including in the skin. When topicals are applied, they are able to interact with those receptors in your skin and allow you to feel the effects of the cannabinoids. 

The reason why most topicals don’t get you high is that the cannabinoids are only affecting the receptors in the area that you applied the topical to. Your skin keeps the cannabinoids from being absorbed into the bloodstream, therefore keeping the effects local to only that area.

Types of Topicals 

If you feel like you might benefit from using topicals, then you’re in luck! There are a number of different options when it comes to topical products so you’re bound to find something that will get you what you’re looking for.

Cream and Lotion

Creams and lotions are popular cannabis topicals that combine cannabinoids like CBD and THC with traditional skincare ingredients to create something that can be easily applied to the skin.

With these topicals, the cannabinoids are absorbed through the skin and are often used for targeted relief. People will usually use these to address things like muscle soreness or joint pain.

Balm and Salve

Balms and Salves are similar to creams and lotions in the way that they are applied and the benefits that they have. However, their consistency is thicker, sometimes closer to a wax. 

This consistency means that the product generally sits on top of the skin and forms a barrier for it, allowing the cannabinoids to sit against the skin for longer. This is why, in addition to localized pain relief, balms and salves are often used to treat skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis

Spray

For people who are on the go or are looking to cover a larger area, quicker, then sprays might be the better option. 

Sprays usually aren’t as heavy as lotions or salves so they usually dry quicker. Also they would be a good choice for people who aren’t looking to add extra oil or grease to their skin. 

Additionally, they generally contain some kind of alcohol which allows it to absorb into the skin quicker and start giving you that relief as soon as possible.

Bath Products

Cannabis infused baths products are starting to get more popular and are good for more general relief, rather than localized like lotions or sprays. 

You can typically find things like infused bath bombs, soaks, bath salts and more. They’ll also usually contain other beneficial ingredients like essential oils to really give you that calming, relaxing experience.

One thing about bath products is that they can cost just as much as some other topicals but can be used up much faster. They are still a great option to meet specific needs but they might not be the most cost effective.

Transdermal Patches

Transdermal patches are a little bit unique among topicals because users can actually feel psychoactive effects when applied. 

These patches contain an enhancer that allows the cannabinoids to penetrate the skin and actually reach the bloodstream, which will in term make you feel that high. 

They are also designed to release the cannabinoids over a longer period of time, which gives a more extended relief to the user.

Oils

Topical oils are a good, versatile option that can be used in a number of different ways. There are massage oils that will help to give that little extra boost to an already therapeutic treatment. 

You can also take that cannabis oil and add it to things that you already use. Is there a lotion or a cream you like? Go ahead and add a couple of drops to make it that much more helpful. Just make sure that you are mindful of the ingredients and dosages when you are mixing things at home.

There are also recipes that you can use to make your own cannabis oil from flower, at home. There are dozens of recipes online that you can use if you’re looking to make your own topicals.

 

Topicals are a great option for someone looking to experience the benefits of cannabis without needing to also get high. If you’re looking to give topicals a try, then NatureMed is here to get you everything you need.

Check out our topicals menu to see what we have to offer and our specials page to see the ways you can save.

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The Intersection of Cannabis and Black History

The Intersection of Cannabis and Black History

Black History Month is recognized every year as a way to acknowledge the struggle that black Americans have had to endure and to celebrate their vibrant and diverse culture. Cannabis and the cannabis industry in America has long been intertwined with black culture and black history. 

So in honor of Black History Month we want to recognize the vital contributions that the black community has made to the cannabis industry and all of the ways that black culture has influenced cannabis culture.

Cannabis’ Journey to America

It’s thought that cannabis cultivation originated in eastern Asia, but through travel and trade it began to spread to other parts of the world as well.

By the 1600’s, when we were starting to see the rise of European colonialism, cannabis cultivation was happening in various cultures across the globe, one of which being India. 

We see it travel from India to the Caribbean as Europeans brought indentured servants from there to Jamaica. Cannabis was then integrated into culture there before it finally ended up on American shores by way of Caribbean workers and immigrants coming to the US in the early 1800’s.

Cannabis and Jazz Music

We not only see the Caribbean influence in the black community’s adoption of cannabis but we also have it to thank for the birth of one of America’s first homegrown art forms, jazz music. Therefore it’s no surprise that the usage of cannabis and jazz are historically intertwined. 

Many famous jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Ella Fitzgerald created music that featured cannabis and likely used it themselves. In fact, the use of cannabis was very popular in the prohibition-era jazz clubs

This connection between cannabis and jazz, a historically black dominated genre, helped to cement marijuana as part of black culture. 

Reefer Madness and the Criminalization of Cannabis

Up until the early 1900’s, there were no restrictions on the cultivation and usage of cannabis. However, in 1930 the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) was created and began using propaganda based in racism, to demonize marijuana and its users. 

With its connections to the predominantly black jazz scene, as well as, the growing Mexican immigrant community in America, the FBN was able to cast cannabis as a dangerous drug that made people violent and unstable. 

The final nail in the coffin was the release of the propaganda film “Reefer Madness” in 1936 that depicted the use of cannabis as causing violent and “immoral” behavior. About a year later the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed, which effectively outlawed the possession or sale of cannabis.

This all set the stage perfectly for Nixon’s War on Drugs and the Controlled Substances Act which further demonized cannabis users and outlawed cannabis entirely, classifying cannabis as a Schedule I substance (meaning it’s highly addictive, with no medical uses). 

The War on Drugs disproportionately affected people of color, with black communities seeing a significant portion of the damage that it caused. 

It was later confirmed in a 1994 interview with a member of the Nixon administration, that the criminalization of cannabis was a tactic used to target the black community, which they considered to be a political adversary. 

However, by that point, the damage had been done. The demonization of cannabis was inextricably linked to the black community and policies like mandatory sentencing made sure that they were disproportionately punished.

Legalization Efforts and the Fight for Equity

Despite the rather imposing opposition, there are people both within the cannabis community and outside of it that are fighting to legalize marijuana, as well as, repair a broken system that is built on racism and bigotry.

There are a number of organizations that are advocating that the legalization of cannabis include measures to remove things like mandatory sentencing and and even reduce the sentences of drug possession for non-violent offenders. 

As we work toward a better system and more just laws, it’s important to remember that many of these efforts have been led by members of the black community and to erase their involvement is to erase most of the history and culture of cannabis in the United States.

 

We at NatureMed are proud and excited to be celebrating and commemorating Black History Month! If you’re looking to support some Black-Owned Cannabis brands, might we suggest Tree Junkee or Hello! Live Resin

If you’re looking to get involved in legalization or criminal justice reform efforts, you may want to check out organizations like NORML or the Last Prisoner Project which have information on how you can help both locally and nationally!

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What to Expect on Your First Visit to a Dispensary

What to Expect on Your First Visit to a Dispensary

If you’re just starting out on your cannabis journey you might be a little nervous, apprehensive or just confused about your first dispensary trip. 

Maybe you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, maybe you feel like you need help with the process or maybe you just want to know what your visit will be like.

Well, don’t worry, we have all the information that you’re going to need to make your first dispensary run go as smoothly as possible. 

What to Know Before You Get There

Before you head over to the dispensary of your choice there are a couple of things that you need to know. 

Here in Arizona, you must be 21 or older to purchase cannabis (18 if you have a medical card) and dispensaries will check your ID, regardless of how old or young you look. To make things run smoothly, make sure that you have a valid form of identification to take with you. 

If you have a medical card you should make sure you have that information as well.

Additionally, many dispensaries are cash only, so unless you are sure that the one you’re going to accepts cards, you should make sure that you have cash on you. Don’t worry, though, if you get there and realize that they don’t take card, like you thought or if you didn’t bring enough cash, there are almost alway ATM’s on site that you can use. 

We also recommend that you take a look at the dispensary’s menu ahead of time. Most places have a huge selection of products and it can get overwhelming if you’re looking at it for the first time in the lobby or on the sales floor.

Most dispensaries also list their prices online so you can get an idea of what it will cost before you get there. Also, when you’re tallying up your total and making sure you have the cash, don’t forget about taxes. 

In Arizona, if you are purchasing marijuana recreationally, you need to pay a 16% excise tax in addition to the state sales tax.

What to Expect When You Arrive

So you’ve done all of your research, you have all of the necessities and now you’ve made it to the dispensary, what next.

The first thing you’re going to encounter is some kind of security. The level of security is going to depend on the dispensary, but at the very least you will encounter a guard at the door. Don’t be alarmed, this is standard practice at almost every location that sells cannabis. 

You then go to check in, there will probably be a person at the front desk of some kind and they’re going to get you all checked in. This is where you’ll show your ID and/or Med card and they will verify the information. 

After check in there might be a wait, depending on how busy it is. If you do have to wait, that will be a perfect time to check out their menus, look through the website again or even take out cash from the ATM. The wait will vary, but typically you shouldn’t be waiting too long before you get called back.

When You Make Your Purchase

You will next get called back by one of the budtenders and from that point until the end of your transaction, they will be working with you to make sure that you are getting what you want. 

If you already know what you want then you can just let the budtender know and they’ll begin putting your order together. However, if you’re still a little unsure, this is the perfect time to ask questions and leverage your budtenders knowledge of the products. 

You can ask any questions about the products or see if they have any recommendations. You can also ask them if there are any deals running, most dispensaries have a “first time customer” deal but there may be others that you can take advantage of.

Once you’ve made your decision, all you have to do now is pay. They will take your payment and then they will pack your items in a sealed bag for you to take with you. 

At the end of your transaction, you might even want to throw a tip your budtenders way, if you feel like you had a good experience with them.

After You’re Done

You did it! You successfully navigated your first dispensary visit! As you’re leaving there are a couple of things that you need to be aware of. 

Please don’t open or begin using your purchases until you are home. State law prohibits consumption on site, so just wait until you are in a private space before test driving all of your new goodies. 

However, once you are at home, please try what you bought! If it’s your first time trying cannabis or if you’re trying something new then it might be helpful to take note of how it’s affecting you. 

This will help to inform future purchases and allow you to really hone in on the products that are going to give your desired results.

 

Going to a dispensary should be a positive experience and now we hope that you’re feeling a little more prepared. 

If you’re looking for a dispensary to go to for your first time, might we humbly suggest NatureMed. We have a long list of products and deals along with knowledgeable and friendly budtenders. We would love to see you!

If you’re interested in checking us out, please feel free to peruse our menu as well as our specials page to see all the ways you can save!

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Explaining Tolerance Breaks

What is a Tolerance Break and Would it Benefit You?

For some people who regularly use cannabis, they might find themselves having to use more or stronger products to achieve that high that they’re used to. 

This can happen when the body builds up a tolerance to cannabis due to regular, extended use. While it is not inherently a problem, it can be frustrating for the user and can get pretty expensive over time.

So what can someone do when they find themselves in this situation? One of the more popular options is to takeーwhat people in the cannabis community callーa tolerance break or a T-break. As the name suggests this is when someone takes a break from consuming cannabis to reset or reduce their tolerance to its effects.

If you’re thinking that you might be in need of a T-break but you’re not quite sure what to do or what to expect, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Purpose of a Tolerance Break

There are usually a couple of main goals that people have for their tolerance breaks. Generally the primary goal of a tolerance break is to decrease the body’s tolerance to cannabinoids, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). As previously discussed, regular and prolonged cannabis use can lead to desensitization of cannabinoid receptors, requiring higher doses to achieve the desired effects.

Additionally, taking a break allows the body to reset, making the individual more sensitive to cannabinoids. When they resume cannabis use after a tolerance break, lower doses may produce more pronounced effects.

Tolerance breaks can also be motivated by a desire to manage costs associated with cannabis use. Higher tolerance often leads to increased consumption, which can end up costing much more over time.

How Long Should a Tolerance Break Last?

The length of a tolerance break can vary based on individual factors, including the frequency and amount of cannabis consumed, the person’s metabolism, and overall health. 

Tolerance breaks can range from a few days to several weeks or more. However, most people agree that it should be, at the very least, 48 hours to allow your cannabinoid receptors time to reset.

Some people find benefits even with short breaks, while others may choose more extended periods for a more significant reset. There may be a little bit of trial and error at this point while you find out what’s going to work best for your body.

What to Expect During a Tolerance Break:

If you’ve never taken a deliberate T-break before you might be curious about what to expect. One of the main things that you might experience during your break are some withdrawal symptoms. 

Fortunately, cannabis withdrawal symptoms are generally mild compared to substances like opioids or nicotine. Some individuals may experience changes in mood, sleep patterns, and appetite during a tolerance break.

Some people also report increased mental clarity, improved focus, and enhanced overall well-being during a tolerance break.

What if You Can’t Take a Break?

For some, it can be really difficult to do a full tolerance break, they may have a higher average cannabis use or might need it to help them function in their everyday life. Unfortunately they can still experience all the frustrations that go with a high tolerance.

If this is the case, you may want to just cut back instead of cutting it out entirely. The idea here is, slowly reducing your usage, allowing your body to get used to it and then trying a short tolerance break to give you that chance to reset.

You may also want to think about consuming in a different way. Each way of consumption is different and your body processes those cannabinoids in different ways. If you regularly smoke, you might want to consider trying edibles for a little while to give your body that new sensation.

Tips for a Successful Tolerance Break

  1. Set Clear Goals
    Define the purpose and length of your tolerance break from the start. Having clear goals can help you stay motivated.
  2. Stay Busy
    Engage in activities that keep you occupied and distracted. Staying busy can help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  3. Seek Support
    If needed, talk to friends or seek support from others in the cannabis community. Sharing experiences and tips can be helpful during a tolerance break.
  4. Monitor Changes
    Pay attention to changes in your mood, sleep, and overall well-being during the break. This self-awareness can inform your relationship with cannabis in the future.
  5. Try CDB
    Many people report that using CBD products help to ease the transition into a tolerance break. With its relaxing properties it can be particularly helpful with managing withdrawal symptoms. Just make sure that whatever your taking doesn’t contain any THC because that will mess with your tolerance break.

 

Tolerance breaks can be a helpful tool that allows you to continue using cannabis regularly and ensures that it’s still working for you and getting you the effects that you’re looking for.

If you’re planning on taking a tolerance break anytime soon, don’t worry, NatureMed will still be here to get you everything you need once you’re finished. 

If you want to stock up ahead of time so you can jump right back in once you’re done, check out our online menu to see what we have to offer and stop by our specials page to see the ways you can save.

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A Starter Guide to Flower

A Starter Guide to Flower

If you’re just getting started on your cannabis journey, one of the first forms of weed you will probably encounter is flower. It’s one of the most basic forms of cannabis, which gives you a lot of options and allows you to do a lot with it. 

However, all of those options can make things a little overwhelming for a beginner so we’re here to give you a hand and help lead you into the wonderful world of Flower.

Understanding Cannabis Anatomy

To start off, it can be helpful to understand the basics of the anatomy of the Cannabis plant. The plant is made up of a number of different parts but the important one that you need to know about is the bud.

The bud (also known as the flower) is the part of the plant that grows in between the leaves and is the part of the plant that has the highest concentration of cannabinoids like THC and CBD. 

Additionally, on the bud, you’ll find tiny, crystal-like structures called Trichomes. They are the primary site for cannabinoid and terpene production and they give the plant a frosty appearance and contribute to the potency and aroma of the flower.

When it’s ready, growers will harvest the bud from the plant and process it. In its most basic form, this is what you will get when you purchase flower from a dispensary.

Choosing the Right Flower

With so much variation in the effect of the different types of flower, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re choosing a strain that works for you. 

You may want to look at the classification of that particular flower, whether it’s an Indica, Sativa, or a Hybrid strain. Indica strains are associated with relaxation, Sativa with energy and focus, and Hybrid with a combination of effects.

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

You may also want to look into the cannabinoid and terpene profiles of different strains. Many brands are starting to talk about those profiles on their website, packaging or both. If you can’t find that information, then you can always ask your budtender about it.

The Different Ways to Consume Flower

Since Flower is cannabis in its most basic form, pretty much every product you see in a dispensary is derived from flower but there are a number of ways that you can consume flower without a lot of extra steps on your end. 

Pre-rolls

The easiest, most beginner-friendly way to smoke flower is through a pre-roll. As the name suggests, a pre-roll is a joint that you purchase already rolled and ready to smoke out of the package. 

Pre-rolls are popular for their ease and convenience. They’re great for beginners or for people who aren’t as confident in their rolling skills.

Rolling your own

If you don’t mind putting in a little more effort you can always roll your own. To roll your own joint or blunt, you would need to purchase some prepackaged flower, grind it up into a fine texture and then roll it up into rolling papers or wrappers. 

Making your own joint may seem a little intimidating at the start and your first couple may not look the best, but like with anything, it just takes a little practice. There are a lot of great resources and tutorials out there that will help you and even take you step by step through the process. 

Don’t be afraid to give it a try, before you know it you’ll be rolling like a pro.

Smoking in a bong/pipe

Another popular way to consume flower is smoking it through a bong or a pipe. This entails taking the ground up flower, placing it to the section of the bong or pipe called the bowl, igniting it and inhaling it through the mouth piece. 

Some people may get intimidated by using equipment while smoking, but similar to rolling there are a lot of resources out there to show you how it’s done. With some time and a little bit of practice, using a bong or a pipe can become second nature.

 

Flower is one of the most versatile forms of cannabis and is popular with new and seasoned users alike. If you’re looking to give flower a try yourself, then come on down to NatureMed and we’ll make sure you have everything you’re going to need.

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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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