CANNABIS 101

EDUCATION

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What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol: the dominate psychoactive compound in activated cannabis. THC is the cannabinoid known for euphoric feelings associated with being high.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, the second most abundant cannabinoid in activated cannabis. It delivers little to no psychoactive effects. CBD is associated with reducing anxiety, pain and inflammation. Additionally, CBD helps create a more balanced high when consumed in conjunction with THC.

What are the different species of the Cannabis plant?

Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis.

How can I select a strain that is right for me?

The first step to discovering which strains work best for you is.. experiment. Learn the differences between Sativa and Indica below. One option is to keep a journal of the effects you experience from each different cannabis strain, also noting the grower and the specific terpene profile.

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What are the differences between Sativa, Hybrid and Indica?

Cannabis Sativa is a species of cannabis that originated from areas around the equator. The Cannabis Sativa plant typically grows tall in structure, has narrower leaves and has a longer flowering cycle that is better suited for warmer climates with a longer growing season. The Cannabis Indica species originated in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Cannabis indica plants tend to grow shorter in stature, have broader leaves, a shorter flowering cycle that is suitable for colder climates with a shorter growing season. A hybrid cannabis plant is one that has intentionally cross bred by humans to have both Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica in its genetics. Most varieties of cannabis today are hybrids. 

In the commercialization process of cannabis, the terms Sativa, Indica and Hybrid have been used to define the effects a person will experience after consuming that cannabis labeled as such. It is a common misperception that all Indica strains will give a more sedative, relaxing effect while Sativa strains have come to be known as uplifting and energetic. Scientifically speaking, this is an inaccurate application of the terms Sativa, Indica and Hybrid. The accurate way to deduce the sort of effects a cannabis strain will have is to look at the cannabinoid and terpene content. Our page Cannabis Education: cannabinoids and terpenes is here to help you gain a better understanding of how these cannabis compounds work to define your experience. If you use the terms Indica and Sativa to describe the effects you are looking for in a cannabis strain, no worries!  The elite growing company team understands the commercialized meaning of these words and can translate that into helping you find a cannabinoid and terpene profile that is just right for you!

What makes a person feel high after ingesting cannabis?

Each person has an Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS). Cannabis contains phytocannabinoids which are very similar to our own naturally occuring, or endogenous cannabinoids. When you ingest cannabis, the phytocannabinoids bind to the receptor sites of the ECS - leading to the effects of cannabis. For more in-depth information visit the cannabis education pages about Cannabinoids and the Endogenous Cannabinoid System.

If I don’t want to smoke cannabis, what are my alternative options?

There are a variety of ways to consume cannabis other than smoking: edibles, tinctures, Oils, sublingual drops and mouth sprays, transdermal patches, topicals and cannabis extract vaporizer pens. Check out our cannabis education pages for more information about each of these methods of using cannabis.

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