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Why You Should Check the Label Before Consuming Cannabis Products

Stacey Wellington

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In a consumerist society, customers make a choice every step of the day. From what type of products to use to the brand they purchase, consumers are faced with this dilemma. The same issue applies to the current state of the cannabis markets. With the popularity of cannabis and CBD products, a lot of marijuana-infused brands have sprouted left and right giving consumers a wide range of options to choose from. It is a good practice to have a keen eye on checking cannabis product labels.

It is important to keep in mind that making a choice often comes with responsibility. Whether you are considering your budget or your diet, your pick is influenced by your priorities. When buying cannabis products, part of your responsibility as a consumer is to check the label before purchasing and consuming them. Here’s why:

3 Reasons to Look at the Cannabis Product Labels

Compliance with the Law

In states where adult-use recreational marijuana is legal, marijuana laws outline the proper labeling of items, especially those that contain THC, the main psychoactive component of the plant. Meanwhile, states in which only the medical use of the plant is allowed, you can bet that only those with very minimal THC and more CBD will be available.

To verify whether the products you are about to purchase is legal in your state, one of the best things to do is to check the label. This way, you do not have to deal with legal issues should you find yourself in a situation in which you need to prove the legality of the product you are carrying.

Varying Effects on Individuals

Aside from compliance with your state’s laws, checking the label can help you regulate your consumption of the item. Remember, cannabinoids have varying levels of effect on an individual’s body. One person may need to consume more CBD before they feel a certain level of effect, while another may need to consume less to achieve the same degree.

By checking the label, you will have an idea of how much CBD or THC the products contain. This is useful, especially for CBD gummies, capsules, and tablets. Other items such as tinctures and edibles should also have labels that disclose the estimated amount of cannabinoids are contained per gram.

Personal Health and Safety

If you are looking for more reasons why checking the label is the responsible thing to do, you just need to remember that it is a way to keep yourself safe and healthy. In fact, you should check labels even when you are not buying cannabis-infused items. This way, you can look at the nutritional value of the item while also being informed about warnings such as the inclusion of allergens or other ingredients that may be personally harmful.

What You Should Look for in Cannabis Products Labels

When checking the labels, you need to check for a variety of things. Here are some of them:

  • CBD content – Cannabis products, especially those in medical use-only states, often contain CBD only. Make sure to see how much CBD the item contains in order to adjust your consumption.
  • THC content – On the federal level, marijuana items should contain no more than 0.3% of THC. If you live in a state in which recreational use is not legal, then see to it that the product only contains such a small amount of THC.
  • Other indicators – In Canada, products infused with the plant bear a logo that indicates this fact. So, make sure to look for this logo to ensure that you are purchasing a legitimate item.
  • Allergens and other warnings – As mentioned, products can contain ingredients that can trigger allergies such as nuts, seafood, and other similar components.

Be a responsible cannabis consumer by always checking the label of the products you are considering to buy and consume. This way, you can make the right and safe choice.

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How to Use CBD Crystals – Beginners Guide

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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

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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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