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Cannabis 101: What You Need to Know About Getting High

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It seems that the news surrounding the legalization of marijuana in some parts of the United States has spurred the curiosity of numerous citizens. However, trying CBD oil and other weed strains can be intimidating for most people, especially for beginners who are looking to try their hand with this plant.

If you are one of those people who have yet to try this herb and the effects it can give, making a big deal about your first experience is important. After all, for your first time, having the best experience possible should be a top priority. To get the most out of this event, here’s what you should keep in mind.
Be Aware of the Local Laws in Place

Most states in the country have not yet legalized the use of cannabis and even pure cannabidiol. With this in mind, looking up the state laws in your area can do you a world of good. With state laws varying from one place to another, knowing how the business works in your area will prepare you should anything go wrong.

If you are unsure where to start, look into where you intend to buy your stash. Likewise, make sure you know how it is sold, where your cannabidiol oil is sourced, and how you plan to consume it. In the state of California, only people over the age of 21 can purchase weed.

Learn the Different Types of Strains of CBD Hemp Oil

Before you start your journey to marijuana, learning the difference between the different types of strains is essential. Of these, the indica strain can be quite soothing and relaxing. Known for managing different types of pain and for reducing anxiety and stress, this variant can easily put you to sleep after a few hours.

On the other hand, the sativa strain will most likely give you the boost of energy and creativity you need. With this, users tend to feel more alert and upbeat, allowing them to soldier on with the activities or duties they need to attend to.

Steer Clear of Blunts

Rolled up joints can use dried up weed that has been stored for a long time, thereby depleting its benefits and destroying its taste and desired effects. If you want to start out small, opting for CBD oil edibles or CBD vape juice is a great idea. Should you want to start your journey with small doses, eating gummies and even the perennial crowd favorite, the fudgy brownie, is enough to do the trick.

Pick Your Weapon

Your weapon of choice will play a great role in your overall experience. While some people swear by rolling joints, some people tend to go another route and choose vape pens. Aside from eliminating the outrageous and downright infuriating smell, it also allows users to enjoy hemp oil benefits at its purest. Though the vaping high you get can be less intense compared to smoking, the health benefits of hemp oil will certainly be present.

Not fond of smoking? Try CBD oil edibles. From gummy bears to cookies and full-on meals, these will certainly help you feel like you are on top of the world. Some may warn against starting with this level. However, since you know yourself and your preferences, we say you do you.

As a first-timer looking into the world of cannabis, starting out small, slow, and sure is the best way to go. If you have already caught a hand of what you are supposed to do, and your mind and body have grown accustomed to its effects, that’s the time you can increase your intake. Take note of these tips and your first experience might just be pure magic

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Kratom: 4 Reasons Why It’s Worth Exploring

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Kratom 4 Reasons Why It’s Worth Exploring

If you have been closely monitoring the Internet and been finding ways to keep yourself healthy, chances are you’ve seen this term once or twice. You might have even seen or heard about this in the news, especially with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)’s interest in cracking down on these products.  

While Kratom tends to draw flak from these government agencies, there’s still a large buzz surrounding this product, now more than ever thanks to many claims that it helped them wean off their addiction. However, apart from serving as a relief of sorts for opioid addiction and withdrawal, there has been a growing following for this herbal supplement/recreational drug because of its mood-boosting capabilities.  

With all the mix of information around Kratom, it may be challenging to know exactly what’s what. To shed more light on this product, we’ll be tackling what this really is and why you should explore this herbal plant/recreational drug. Take a look.  

What is Kratom? 

Before anything else, kratom, otherwise known as Mitragyna speciosa, comes from a tree with the same name. Native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand, its leaves have been used as herbal medicine to treat a variety of conditions. In particular, it has been used to address pain as it attaches to similar nerve cells in your brain to even helping manage sleep and other health conditions.  

Today, it is also being utilized as a recreational drug of sorts and is consumed in a number of ways. The most popular being brewed into a tea, being utilized in cooking, and even being chewed. It is also being smoked or ingested through the use of ground-up pills.  

Why You Should Incorporate Kratom in Your Life 

Provide Pain Relief 

Though the FDA and the DEA claim that kratom has no medical benefits, it has long been used in different parts on the globe, particularly in Asian regions, to treat chronic pain and even opiate-related withdrawal pain.  

Other illnesses and conditions such as diarrhea, diabetes, fever, and hypertension have also found significant results when this is consumed. All of these pain-relieving benefits can be attributed to the alkaloid found within kratom, such as mitragynine which is recognized for its analgesic properties.  

Enhance Mood 

More than physical pain, this herbal drug is also considered a miracle worker as it eases emotional pain by promoting a euphoric feeling, thus inducing a general feeling of contentedness and even happiness. 

Address Sleep Problems 

One of the effects of consuming this is drowsiness. Higher doses of this drug can lead to sleepiness and even induce individuals to be in a dreamlike state. By consuming this plant, you can help treat sleeping problems such as insomnia as it can help lull you into a deep and restful slumber, allowing you to take the next day feeling much more energized. If you wish to address this particular concern, taking a cup of tea might work in your favor. 

Boost Immune System 

For those who wish to feel more energetic and who want to strengthen their immune system, this drug will provide the burst of energy that you need to conquer the day. Moreover, it can also help you to become more relaxed and reduce your stress and anxiety levels, both of which tend to trigger and agitate your immune system.  

The Bottom Line 

Though there are still many studies conducted on kratom, there’s no denying the possible health benefits it can afford individuals. With the guidelines above, you can best gauge how you can incorporate this into your everyday life and why it’s even worth exploring in the first place.  

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How to use CBD Oil for Pain – 2020 Quarterly Review

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CBD Products

CBD has become wildly popular over the past 3-4 years due to it’s many touted benefits and it’s availability in markets all around the world. The sales of CBD products topped $1 Billion in sales in 2019 and looks to continue to grow well into the mid-2020s. 

If you are still new to or haven’t been following the CBD craze, CBD is short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabis plant, which is also commonly referred to as marijuana or hemp. It is a naturally occurring substance that’s used in a variety of products to give you a general sense of wellness in addition to the feeling of relaxation and calmness. Unlike its close relative, THC, which is the major psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, CBD is non-psychoactive which means you will not experience the “high” that you would if you were to consume cannabis with high levels of THC.

As we learn more about how CBD oil, CBD edibles, and CBD topicals work, the more buzz there is in the market for CBD products in general. There are a lot of new product spinoffs such as CBD dog treats, CBD bath bombs, CBD topicals, and even CBD toothpicks. Most CBD products claim to give a ton of benefits when it comes to the types of ailments they can be used to address. Of those benefits, one of the most common is for overall pain relief. 

Taking Drops of CBD Oil

The trend towards natural and holistic health continues to grow each year as more evidence that costly pharmaceuticals (Big Pharma) not only come with a lot of side effects but also do damage to vital body organs such as the liver and kidneys. These complex “medicines” do not always assimilate well with the body which is why so many adverse reactions happen often resulting in having to take other medication to offset the ill effects of the first medicine. Those secondary medications often have side effects of their own and the negative feedback loop continues to perpetuate all while health is being compromised. The cause of this issue is that many manmade drugs are created to ease symptoms and are not addressing the core problem that is causing the symptoms. Natural products are viewed by the body as homogenous compounds because their chemical makeup is similar to the makeup of our bodies. This is a key differentiator between lab-made drugs and natural medicines.

In comes, CBD products and even CBD oil UK brands are in the mix of the global market. Being super easy to consume, CBD oil has become a staple in health regimens all across the world. It is easy to acquire, easy to take, and is all-natural. The compounds in CBD oil can help with inflammation in the body as well as helping ease aches and pains. Although pure CBD oil can be quite costly, the benefits can be great especially as it relates to overall wellness and low cases of side effects. CBD oil can be added to food, mixed into drinks, rubbed into the skin as well as absorbed into the skin by bathing in it. It has become so popular that even athletes are consuming it to help with their overall sports performance.

There is still quite a bit of research to be done as it relates to CBD as a whole but based on its initial reactions amongst many, things look very promising. As each year passes, the better the extraction of CBD oil becomes, and the more efficient it becomes inside the body.

Have you used CBD oil for pain before? Is it something you would recommend to a family member or friend to try if they are dealing with chronic pain? We’d love to hear about your experience with CBD oil and if it has been beneficial for pain relief.

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Harmony Dispensary, Leo Bridgewater Comes Out with New Strain

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New Cannabis Strain, Leo Bridgewater and Harmony Dispensary

New Jersey-based medical cannabis dispensary Harmony Dispensary announced its new cannabis strain days prior to Memorial Day. In homage to veteran Army Specialist and renowned cannabis advocate Leo Bridgewater, Harmony Dispensary will reportedly be naming its newest strain as Bridge H20.

According to Harmony Dispensary, the company chose Leo Bridgewater to honor his commitment towards furthering the medical cannabis industry and legislation in the whole country, notes Benzinga.

Leo Bridgewater and Medical Marijuana

Leo served in the United States Army as an Army Specialist. During his stint, Leo toured both Afghanistan and Iraq. He also served as a contractor under the Defense Department during his three tours in the army.

After serving his time, Bridgewater struggled with PTSD. Although being given anti-anxiety medication and opiates to treat his condition, Forbes states that these medications caused unwanted side effects. In venturing out further towards addressing his disorder with cannabis, Leo found that medical marijuana proved effective with the side effects that come with prescription medication.

More than his commitment to the legislation, Forbes states that Bridgewater also paved the way for New Jersey to become more aware of the benefits of medical marijuana.

The new strain by Harmony is made in partnership with Bridgewater in order to provide relief and aid to veterans who have similar experiences to with the cannabis activist, such as anxiety, insomnia, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In a statement, Harmony Dispensary’s Director of Cultivation Adam Johnstone said, “Harmony Dispensary really wants to focus on how medical cannabis can play a huge role in uniting the community. Working with someone like Leo, a well-known community activist and combat veteran, on Bridge H20 is just one of the many ways we can do that.”

To help come out with this unique strain, the two parties have supposedly been working on the Bridge H20 strain for more than a year, notes Forbes, and have been sound boarding on the thoughts and experiences of Leo.

In order to provide effective stress relief, pain management, as well as relaxation and a mood booster, Harmony opted to stay with a terpene profile. The four main types of terpenes present in the new strain include beta caryophyllene, humulene, limonene, and myrcene. Similar in hybrid/indica split as wedding cake strain, Forbes notes that the flower is a hybrid of 70% indica and 30% sativa.

In talking about his partnership with Harmony Dispensary, the Army Specialist veteran and cannabis advocate said, “To have this happen to me – wow – this is the ultimate nod to [vets from] the cannabis industry.”

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