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Start the Year Right: Best Cannabis Strains to Try this 2019

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The dawn of a new year brings with it new strains of cannabis to experience and try. 2018 was a good year for cannabis as more US States legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Hence, expect to see a flourish of new strains entering the marketplace in the coming months. This year is set to be all about higher THC potency, pungent hits and and strains with tastes that will leave stoners wanting for more. In case you missed the recent report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the effects of weed are becoming more potent as more and more people are looking for higher potency cannabis to ensure that the effects last for hours. Currently, you can purchase a strain that has 20% THC content. If you’re in the market for a strong hit coupled with great taste and lasting effects, here are the best strains to try this year:

Godfather OG

Described as the ‘Don of all strains’, the Godfather OG truly is a must-try for those who are looking for total body euphoria and relaxation. This strain is renowned not just for its strength but also its quality. Cultivated by the California Herbal Remedies (CHR), the Godfather OG contains almost 34% THC, the compound responsible for the ‘high’ feeling. No wonder it’s a crowd favorite and best-seller. This strain is distinguishable by its pungent scent, taste, and great bud structure. Once a bud is smoked, the strong hit immediately envelops you with the euphoric effects on both the mind and the body. If you’d just started testing the waters in 2018, it could be the right time for you to shift to a high-quality cannabis strain that’s worth your money, like Godfather OG.

Kilimanjaro

This strain is named after the highest mountain in Africa and is definitely a must-try, with its mood uplifting effect. Kilimanjaro is a member of the Sativa strain family and thus can produce additional effects including, energy for the day, boosted creativity, alertness, and euphoria. First grown on the slopes of the Tanzanian mountain, Kilimanjaro lives up to its name as it contains 20% THC and is a best-seller, especially in Canada and some states in the US. What makes the Kilimanjaro unique is its citrusy taste and pleasant aroma. However, you can still smell a hint of weed once the bud is smoked.

Three Blue Kings

Three Blue Kings is an interesting hybrid, crossing OG Kush, Headband and Sour Diesel. It produces a euphoric effect that balances out sedative and energetic head highs. The only difference is in its taste which is a mix of fruity, zesty and sweet, with a hint of fuel, lemon, and pine. Three Blue Kings is famous in the US, particularly California. It contains 24% THC, which hits the sweet spot and provides a relaxing effect.

Pink Kush

Pink Kush is grown by Barney’s Farm Seeds. This strain has brilliant pink and purple hues and a fragrant vanilla aroma. It’s a 100% Indica strain, producing a lightheaded effect, making one feel sleepy. It is believed to be highly therapeutic and incredibly helpful for those who have insomnia.

Irish Cream

This strain is all about the pine-rich taste and the initial high which produces a very relaxing effect. The Irish Cream is a popular strain among those suffering from anxiety, depression and even chronic pain. It is regarded as the ‘carefree’ strain and stays true to this as, when smoked, you can immediately hit the sack for a deep and good night’s sleep. It 27% THC content is the reason behind its potent sedative effect. Experience a total shift in your mood and quality of life with these five amazing strains. Take note of the THC content levels to enjoy the feeling and experience and finally, be sure to store these strains in a dry place, to ensure that it doesn’t degrade over time.
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How to Use CBD Crystals – Beginners Guide

Carissa Stevens

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Ever heard of CBD Crystals? Learn more about this interesting CBD product and how to use it.

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Cannabis Is In A Situation Of Change

Carissa Stevens

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Cannabis is in a situation of change. Although the recreational use of marijuana is still far from being well seen but more are preparing joints over a weed rolling tray and, even more, legalized, in most societies around the world the use of medicinal cannabis to fight different diseases and ailments is increasingly accepted; and there are already many countries that have legalized marijuana for this type of use. Even so, as it is a new paradigm, the number of studies on cannabis is still small, and research is needed to guarantee its use and convenience depending on each case.

The CBD Craze

At this point, the medicinal properties of CBD (cannabidiol), the second main component of cannabis after THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is already well known. This substance is used to stabilize the endocannabinoid system of the body, combat stress, facilitate sleep, alleviate muscle and joint pain. Despite many of CBD properties seem indicated for the classic symptoms during this period, it seems that there are unknown consequences on its use.

CBD for nausea, pains and sleep problems

First of all, to consume marijuana to fight nausea, pains and sleep problems, you have to make sure it is without THC. There are many cannabis derivatives in the market with concentrated CBD that, in small doses, could help to cope better with the upbringing of a baby, but the few studies carried out in this regard discourage exposing the fetus to new substances to which it may not be prepared.

It is possible that in the future consuming CBD is completely safe and helps to alleviate the side effects of it, but for now the lack of studies invites to avoid cannabis use during this phase of life. However, in cases of extremely complicated issues, CBD oils or other derivatives could be more effective and natural than any other pill. In any case, it is a personal decision.

Recommendation

Be that as it may, there are a number of recommendations for consuming CBD. It is crucial to ensure that it comes from organic crops, without the use of pesticides or other chemicals. Also, that the product has been tested by a trusted laboratory. The consumption of THC and the pulmonary route is totally inadvisable, although vaporizers are not a bad option.

The THC Hype

If you are a cannabis smoker or if you have ever consumed it, it is likely that you have experienced a temporary memory loss or have felt more forgetful. There is a scientific reason that explains this phenomenon, and is directly related to the different types of memory of the human being.

There is a single neurotransmitter that intervenes in all types of memory, from short-term memory, through verbal or spatial memory. It is acetylcholine, which intervenes, for example, in diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, or others related to memory loss.

THC for memory

All memory problems are related to the number of acetylcholines. Whether it is higher or lower than optimal levels, it can lead to memory problems such as those mentioned above. To maintain these levels stable there is an enzyme, acetyltransferase.

Cannabis THC inhibits acetyltransferases, interfering in its work as stabilizers and causing an increase in the number of acetylcholines. This is positive in the cases of those people who need an increase of these neurotransmitters, but harmful if you do not need more. That’s why THC can affect negatively in the short-term memory, specifically.

However, no study so far has concluded that THC consumption has an impact on long-term memory. That is, you will only experience a small loss of memory while you are high, not after. This is due to CBD, which counteracts the effects of THC and stabilizes the level of acetylcholine.

Side Notes

A research was conducted and has analyzed the brains of mice that began to administer THC chronically during the considered critical period for the development of their brain, which in people corresponds to adolescence. In the study of the cerebral cortex of these mice, researchers have detected alterations in the serotonin 2A receptor, the main responsible for the hallucinations characteristic of psychosis and schizophrenia. In particular, researchers have found that this receptor increases its functionality after chronic treatment with cannabis products.

The researchers have discovered the alterations that occur in the neurons of the cerebral cortex of mice treated chronically with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This study opens ways to generate prevention strategies, as well as the design of drugs and therapies to improve the lives of people with schizophrenia.

The final aim of the study is to identify the existence of similar molecular changes in people who use cannabis to be able to relate them to the development of psychosis or schizophrenia. On the other hand, this research opens the way to the creation of new drugs that improve the symptomatology of patients with schizophrenia.

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What is Kratom: A Quick & Dirty Guide

Stacey Wellington

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More and more individuals are looking for healthy and natural alternatives to medications. While this does not mean that such options will replace medicines, the presence of naturally occurring substitutes can benefit patients. Just look at the impact of cannabis is the medical community, which is now being studied as a safer and less addictive replacement to opioids.

Kratom is one of the naturally occurring options to some medications. Those who are in search of healthy and safe alternatives but are not familiar with this plant should take a look at the guide below:

Introducing the Plant

Kratom or Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical tree found in parts of Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It belongs to the botanical family Rubiaceae. There are three varieties of this tree such as those with white, red and green leaf veins. Each type contains varying levels of chemical compounds that gives it psychoactive effects.

Those with green leaf veins are known to give uplifting effects, which offers a boost of energy. Meanwhile, those with red veins are known for is sedating property. In some Southeast Asian cultures, this plant Is consumed as an intoxicant or as medicine. It can be consumed fresh or dried. Its leaves can be chewed fresh or it can be brewed into teas. It also comes in pill or tablet form.

Aside from its activating and sedative effects, these leaves are also known for being an analgesic and mood enhancers. When used for its medical properties, it can help in relieving pain and addressing sleep issues.

Kratom and other Similar Plants

Now that you know what this plant is and its effects, you might be wondering how it compares with other plants such as cannabis. Like cannabis, kratom is known for its psychoactive properties. Both are also used in folk medicine in various cultures because of their pain-relieving, uplifting and sedative effects. They also come from a family of flowering plants, and they have varieties that are valued for their respective medicinal and recreational effects.

However, they share some differences. The most obvious is that cannabis is becoming more mainstream and is even incorporated in federal and state legislations. Moreover, cannabis comes from the family cannabaceae, while kratom belongs in the family rubiaceae.

Speaker of families, did you know that kratom and coffee are related? They both belong in the family rubiaceae. They both have energy boosting and mood-enhancing attributes. Both are also rich in anti-oxidants. Kratom, however, has a sedative property. It also has a pain-relieving attribute, which coffee also has but to a limited extent.

Legislation Regarding Kratom

We all know that cannabis is federally a Schedule I drug as per the Controlled Substances Act. It has also been legalized for medical use in more than 30 states and for recreational use in 11 of those, including DC.

Kratom is legal in almost all states except Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin. In some states, it is fully legal, but in some prohibit it in some counties and cities. However, some are proposing that it should be included in the list of Schedule I drugs.

Internationally speaking, the legality of this plant varies. Some countries such as Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia and Poland do not allow the consumption of this plant.

Conclusion

Kratom can be the next big thing when it comes to naturally occurring alternatives. While no significant researches have been conducted, unlike in the case of cannabis, it might be worth considering, especially for scientists and those who are looking for natural options.

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