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Better Sex with Cannabis

Many of us use cannabis daily to combat pain, insomnia, anxiety and stress, but this plant also has a rich history as an aphrodisiac and stimulant.

A frequent question we hear from our clients is “Which cannabis strain is best for sex?”. As these happen to be two of our favorite subjects, here’s how we respond:

First a little history.

Since cannabis helps people relax and can heighten the senses (especially the sense of touch), many people find that a toke or two will get them to a higher level of sensuality. Cannabis has been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years around the world.

  • The ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine system used cannabis to increase libido, produce long-lasting erections, delay ejaculation, facilitate lubrication and loosen inhibitions.
  • In 19th century Serbia, female virgins were given mixtures of lamb’s fat and cannabis on their wedding night to make sex less painful.
  • Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern and Northern African cultures used cannabis for sexual purposes in a potent form known as kif as recently as the early 20th century.

So what exactly is it about cannabis that turns people on?

Besides the obvious: heightened senses, relaxation and feelings of hyper-connection, there are also physiological effects throughout the body. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in cannabis, not only releases dopamine in the brain — causing the “high” — it actually replicates the effects of a naturally occurring neurochemical called anandamide, often referred to as the bliss receptor. In addition, neurochemistry, hormonal systems and brain regions such as the temporal lobe are affected by both cannabis and sexual arousal.

Tread carefully in your explorations.

Cannabis doesn’t always make sex better. If you choose a strain that is too cerebral, it can be tough to focus on your partner (or yourself) when your mind is busy contemplating life, the universe and everything. Or if being high makes you suddenly hyper-aware of everything that is bothering you, the mood can be quickly spoiled.

The effects of cannabis also depend on the person’s tolerance — a couple of tokes may get one person in the mood, while another may need to get really high in order to feel a heightened sexual awareness or let go.

For those with lower tolerances, too much of the wrong cannabis may make you feel too tired or bring on paranoia. which is why using small doses or choosing strains low in THC or rich in CBD are a good choice sex.

But the positive effects of mixing cannabis with sex is what we hear about most.

All around, we get reports of increased libido, release of inhibitions and more satisfaction. Men often report bigger/harder erections and more stamina. Women report being able to let go of the day and responsibilities, increased wetness and enhanced orgasms.

Which leads us to the original question of which is the best strain?

The answer varies by individual, but also what type of sex you want to have.

For example, a more intimate session might benefit from a mild indica dominant strain or strains with an OG phenotype, such as OG Kush, to relax the body and mind without being overly sedating, –in fact when recommending variants of OG for sex, we tell people that the OG stands for “Orgasmic Goddess”.

Whereas a mild sativa dominant strain can be great for a more energetic session, stimulating the body and the mind.

A high CBD strain like Harli-Tsu or Equinox can decrease anxiety, relax the body and heighten all sensations without affecting the mind too intensely, making these nice options for those with lower tolerances.

Pairing any other cannabis product with a little Foria Pleasure™ is perfect for heightening female arousal, improving lubrication and most definitely,  intensifying orgasms (yes, plural!).

For more fun overall, go low and go slow.

No matter what strain or product you actually choose, we strongly recommend taking fewer or smaller hits if smoking, or low doses such as 2.5mg-5mg of an edible or tincture and adding more as you need it. Be sure to have plenty of water and fresh fruit nearby to ensure everyone stays hydrated.

Take your time,  have fun experimenting and it won’t be long before you find just the right combination to get you where you want to be. And then, sex as you know it may never be the same again.

10 Reasons to Embrace Low THC

Over the past decade, we’ve heard all about how much stronger cannabis strains are today than they were in the ’70s and ’80s. And while we have seen growers produce strains in the 20-30% ranges, the fact remains that on average THC in most plants will range from 12-18%. What we have learned is leaps and bounds from where we all started back during prohibition, click here to read more about those trying times in the Cannabis revolution.

Many people select strains based on THC levels alone. For some, especially those with long time experience, high thresholds to pain, or those who just want a heavier cerebral high, this can be the right approach.

But we always educate and advocate for a balance of cannabinoids and terpene profiles, as we understand how they work synergistically to achieve maximum effectiveness.

We’ve seen strains of 16% or lower, with the right mix of minor cannabinoids such as CBG and terpenes, be more effective and longer-lasting than strains in the 20-30% range.

Here are 10 reasons to consider a low THC strain:

  1. For those who are just coming back to using cannabis for therapeutic reasons, or for those who are just beginning to experiment, low THC strains are a nice option, especially for anyone nervous about “being high”. When you find the right amount of “high”, it’s a good place to be.
  2. Take the edge off pain and anxiety, while keeping a relatively clear head during the day. Lower THC allows for medicating during the day for greater pain relief without being overly sedated, especially when using Indica strains, which generally bring more relief to the body. Sativa lovers can enjoy the energy and euphoria without an increased risk of paranoia or losing clarity of focus by being too spacey.
  3. Those with high anxiety levels find lower THC, combined with 10mg of CBD daily as a supplement provides very effective and fast relief.
  4. If you are battling depression, many Sativa strains can provide the right amount of uplifting euphoria you seek. Delivering it in low doses of THC throughout the day can help stabilize your mood while maintaining a functional pace.
  5. Cannabinoids work synergistically, putting the right ratios of THC and c-cannabinoids or terpenes into your system will yield the best results over the long term.
  6. If you don’t enjoy the head high that comes from traditional THC, and CBD isn’t delivering enough relief, a low THC strain is often the right choice.
  7. Combining low THC with high CBD strains, you can create ratios that work best for your unique circumstances (we strongly encourage blending strains, but that’s another topic).
  8. As THC is the main cannabinoid responsible for appetite increase, or “the munchies”, lower THC may produce less of an appetite stimulator, while still inducing the relief you seek.
  9. Low THC strains are ideal for sex or intimacy. That’s because THC not only releases dopamine in the brain — causing the “high” — it actually replicates the effects of a sexy little naturally occurring neurochemical called anandamide. Too much THC can have you contemplating the universe or knock you out. Having just the right amount can enhance your mood and heighten your tactile senses for greater pleasure, while your focus remains on your partner and your shared experience.
  10. For those who enjoy the ritual of smoking, you can take more inhales without becoming completely annihilated.
    No matter what you choose, always start with a small inhale (or sip) and wait 10 minutes to assess how the strain makes you feel. If it is too intense, you’ll be back to normal within an hour. If it isn’t enough, simply take another puff or two. Once you’ve dialed in the dose that’s right for you, you’ve hit the jackpot.

To shop our lose dose of cannabis products simply filter products that are tagged as low-THC.

This article was originally published in The Highway California in 2017.
Select this link for a PDF – HWYCALI-002-LOW-THC

 

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Is CBD Safe For My Pets

The short answer is an emphatic “Yes”

Cannabis has been used therapeutically for centuries around the world. Prior to 1937,  cannabis was among the top three prescribed remedies and widely used in veterinarian medicine. There are tens of thousands of published studies on the therapeutic value of cannabinoids and the US government holds the patent on cannabinoids for their neuroprotective and anti-oxidant properties.

Even the DEA Law Judge Francis Young (1988) went on record stating “Cannabis is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” Sadly, as a result of prohibition, we have lost more than 80 years of information.

Where is the stance on CBD safety and pets today?

The good news? The negative and highly stigmatized position about this plant is changing.  A quick internet search for pets and CBD will yield some pretty hefty results from traditional media outlets showing this positive turn. That said, our caveat is that not all CBD products are created equally (or safely), nor are all products exactly how they are marketed. Knowing what you are purchasing for your pet is key to safety and success, and that’s where we come in.

What ailments can CBD help my pet through?

Many of the same health issues we see human treating with CBD can also work successfully for pets.  Most commonly we see clients who have animals with severe joint pain, diabetes, cancer, GI issues and anxiety.  With our veterinarian endorsed dosing protocol, you can find just the right solution for your furry family member and help them feel better.

Can animals experience any side effects of CBD?

Yes.  We always suggest to our clients to choose a CBD product that has just two ingredients: the cannabis oil and the carrier oil.  A common undesired effect are digestive issues or diarrhea. If at first you see some issues in their digestion note the carrier oil type and give another option a try.  To learn more, here is a helpful article from One Minute Cannabist that digs a bit further.

We recommend only a handful of brands but can help you evaluate any product you are interested in purchasing. If you have more questions about CBD products and your pets be sure to schedule a Virtual Visit and certified cannabis advisor will guide you through the process.

 

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Casual Cannabis Conversations

Since the implementation of Prop 64 in 2016, Cannabis has been a hot topic. Chances are, the cannabis conversation will come up this holiday season as families gather and share their experiences. Cannabis believers want to help loved ones understand the benefits, and also understand that it can be a controversial and a sometimes sensitive topic. Additionally, separating fact from fiction can be daunting.

Whether you want you are a grandparent or want your grandparents to be open to utilizing cannabis for heal reasons, you want your family to understand why this medicinal plant can be far superior over dangerous pharmaceuticals. We’ve put together a list of some tips that we have found to help make the casual cannabis conversation go smoothly.

First, Stay Logical.

Remember that the world was brainwashed beginning in the mid-1930s, tarnishing cannabis and putting a heavy stigma on the natural resource. The word marijuana didn’t even exist until it was introduced and reefer madness was unleashed. People who believe in cannabis are passionate. Stay grounded and share facts, figures, and positives outcomes.

State Facts, Not Opinion.

Did you know that prior to 1937 when cannabis prohibition began, it was among the top 3 remedies prescribed by doctors across the U.S.? It wasn’t the pharmaceutical industry that put cannabis out of business, it was William Hurst, Dupont Chemicals and Harry Anslinger. To understand what really happened, read The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. When people read this for themselves, they draw very logical conclusions. You don’t have to smoke the plant to get relief. In fact, less than 20% of our customers choose inhalation as their primary method.

It’s important to note that you don’t have to be “high” to get relief. The “high” a person chooses to achieve is entirely in their hands. With education, our team can help guide new consumers in the right direction. The myth of cannabis making anyone who consumes it person stoned and stupid has entrenched in our minds due to what we see on TV and in the movies. Millions of people use cannabis in productive and healthy ways!

Cannabis has been legal in California since 1996. The state dis-implemented Prop 215, depriving millions of being able to access safe & regulated cannabis for medicinal purposes. Doctors who supported its use were persecuted, imprisoned, and had their licenses suspended. People were arrested, despite their medical need.
This time around with Prop 64, the state has embraced the law at all levels. Although, the difficulty now is that cities can say no to allowing for it. Currently, only 15% of the entire state is regulating cannabis businesses, making it quite difficult for people to access safe, state legal products.

Cannabis was put on Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act in 1970 by President Nixon, against expert advice from the Shafer Commission (9 of the men on this commission were personally appointed by Nixon). Today, it remains there, despite the fact that the federal government and others have been granted patents for cannabinoids for their therapeutic, neuroprotective, anti-epileptic, and anti-cancer properties.

As of Nov 2018, the U.S. has 10 states with recreational cannabis laws, 36 states with medicinal cannabis laws, and only 4 states maintaining full prohibition.

Pull Up Studies

Where you look for information about cannabis will determine if you find good news or bad news. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has been chartered to only study harm. They do not study benefits or positive outcome.
Therefore, if you want to find positive information, skip the first page of Google, or better yet, go straight to National Institute of Health (nih.gov) for more than 36,000 published studies on cannabinoids, the ECS, and more than 9,000 patient-years of clinical trial data documenting successful use of cannabis.

Watch the latest video presentations recapping the work being done by top cannabis researchers around the world. These are free for anyone to view at: www.cannabisclinicians.org (select video library under resources)

Share Some History

Cannabis is a natural plant remedy that has been used around the world for thousands of years, bringing relief to humans for hundreds of conditions. In the late 1980s, scientists discovered the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system that regulates and affects physiological processes including movement, mood, memory, appetite, and pain. Cannabis is not a magic pill and it doesn’t always work for everyone, but the ECS is what makes cannabis effective for so many conditions.
The reality is that much like the population of the nation, the majority of those who are now using cannabis are over 50, but most are afraid to admit it because of the negative societal stigma. We’ve been programmed to feel that it is okay to drink alcohol or take dangerous pharmaceuticals, but as a society, there is still a very negative attitude toward cannabis. The good news is that perceptions are changing. Learn more about the facts and best practices for implementing medicinal cannabis in an informed, safe and effective manner.

Get access to a quick and easy to read e-book “The One Minute Cannabist: A Primer for Medicinal Cannabis Newbies”.  If you are looking for further educational guidance on your Cannabis journey, be sure to give us a call and schedule your consultation today.

 

How Long Does Cannabis Stay In Your System?

The honest answer is that no one knows exactly how long cannabis stays in our system. Additionally, because drug tests aren’t necessarily looking just for  THC it can mean that testing “clean” may take longer than expected. Anytime someone asks about drug tests we are reluctant to give any advice because there are many factors involved with how your body stores components of the cannabis plant.  Factors such as; body composition, frequency of cannabis consumed, other dietary or supplemental addins, hydration levels to name a few.  For our customers that are looking to learn more about the amount, frequency and other options it might be helpful to read more about Cannabis and Baby Boomers at this article here.

Greenrush recently addressed this topic we are asked about so often. For their full article click here.

It’s important to note that there are various types of tests that will yield different results after different amounts of time and also taking into consideration the different amounts of Cannabis that is consumed.  A regular Cannabis connoisseur will need more time for the THC to fully leave the body.  Like most tests for drugs in the system, the hair will take the longest to show a negative result.

Another important factor to mention is your unique body composition.  Studies show that Cannabis may store longer in bodies that have a higher fat percentage than a leaner one.  So as you see there is no “one size” fits all answer to how long Cannabis will stay in your system.  More importantly, be aware of how much Cannabis you should consume to for your specific needs.

Cannabis Use and Baby Boomers

Cannabis use among baby boomers is on the rise. A growing number of people over 50 are discovering or thinking about exploring the use of cannabis as a viable option for pain, sleep, arthritis, stress, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, cancer, or any other number of medical issues.   Many have either never used cannabis, or are coming back to it for the first time in 20 or more years. It’s a different world from the ’60s, ’70s and even 80’s when many seniors may have last used cannabis, which was probably mostly recreational in nature.

While cannabis has been legal in California for two decades, until 2016, when Prop 64 was passed, it was largely unregulated and very often associated with street drug dealers who operated “pot shops”. Today, there are many professional options, but it can still be challenging for those new to cannabis to find a dispensary that is staffed with knowledgeable, professional and competent staff.

In addition, the stigma of cannabis use is largely associated with “stoners”, deadbeats, potheads and laziness. The reality is that much like the population of California, the majority of those who use cannabis are over 50, but most won’t admit it because of the stigma. It’s okay to drink alcohol or pop pills, but as a society, there is still a very negative attitude toward cannabis. The good news is that perceptions are changing.

Up until the 1940’s when cannabis was made fully illegal and removed from the US Pharmacopoeia, it was among the top three remedies prescribed by physicians and was primarily administered in a tincture form. When cannabis was made illegal for reasons of greed, politics and racism, the American Medical Association was blindsided and eventually forced to find other remedies for the hundreds of maladies for which cannabis had been previously prescribed to treat.

Today, baby boomers looking to re-engage or explore the world of  cannabis for the first time in their life, face unique challenges. Not the least of which is to find a dispensary that is reputable, educated, offers quality products, and, most importantly, has a patient and caring staff. The dispensary your kids or grand-kids use, may not be best suited for you. Here are a few areas to consider when choosing a dispensary:

Location, Location, Location
Brick and mortar  shops are nice, but can often be overwhelming. Delivery services are becoming more popular, but just like a storefront, it is hit or miss as to what level of service you receive. When choosing a cannabis delivery service, look for a professionally presented website, prominent phone number and simple methods for ordering.

Knowledge and Experience of the Staff
If you are looking to get a good night’s sleep or want to alleviate chronic pain, having someone in their early twenties describe a product as being “dank” may not be the type of advice you need. Having someone explain the various therapies (smoking is not the only option today), provide guidance about products that have worked for others with similar conditions/complaints, best practices for using the products, as well as providing clear dosing guidance is paramount to helping you achieve the results you seek.

Product Quality and Labeling
Where are the products coming from? How and where is the cannabis grown, where is it grown? Do the owners of the dispensary have personal relationships with the growers? Is it organically grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers? Are packaged products, such as edibles or tinctures, wrapped professionally and properly labeled? The state of California has very stringent requirements for labeling of cannabis goods.

Education and Social Programs
Find out if ancillary programs such as consulting, workshops, or general sharing of information among the client base available to you.

Learning about the new therapies, techniques, selecting the best products within a person’s comfort zone, and dosing is key to achieving desired results. All of this requires guidance from those experienced in these areas and who know how to communicate clearly with the baby boomer generation. Take the time to research, read reviews, and ask questions before choosing a dispensary. It may take a few attempts but you’ll find the place that is best for you.

For specific questions on  what cannabis products will work for you contact us to learn more.

Shelf Life Of Cannabis Products

Many cannabis products have a shelf life of up to one year when stored properly. Many variables come into play when planning for how to keep your cannabis as effective as long as possible.  We’ve put together this quick guide to help you out.  Before spending too much time make sure your cannabis is still considered “good” to smoke or ingest.  To learn about good or bad weed check out this fun article from Leafly.

Cartridges
Best used within 6 weeks. If you keep them in the pantry like conditions, unexposed to heat fluctuations and tip-up, the oil can be good for up to three months. We guarantee against defects for 30 days from purchase.

Edibles
Edipure – These candies are made fresh weekly and if kept in a dark cool place in an airtight container can be good for up to one year.

Paradise -These candies are made fresh weekly and if kept in a dark cool place in an airtight container can be good for up to one year.

Bhang or Satori Chocolate – Store in an airtight container in a cool dark location. Shelf life is good for one year from the “born-on” date (stamped or written on the package). Some people store their chocolate in the refrigerator, and while this can cause discoloration, will not affect the potency in any way.

Kaneh Co – Baked fresh weekly, these products have a shelf life of 3 weeks in the refrigerator and up to six months if frozen. We advise that you cut into the dose you require, seal in a zip lock bag and then put that into a freezer-proof plastic tub. Be sure to mark the date you put it in.

Tinctures
While most tinctures do not require refrigeration (except CBD Alive), these can last you up to a year or longer if stored in the refrigerator. Be sure to avoid touching the spray or tip of the dropper with your hands or your mouth as this can contaminate the liquid in the bottle.

Flower, Wax, and Hash
Always best consumed within three months of harvest. However, if stored in a dark glass container with an air-tight lid in pantry conditions, your herb can stay fresh and effective for up to six months. Never let your flower be exposed to light for any length of time and definitely do not keep it in your car or stored where it can be exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations.

Suppositories
Best kept in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to use. Take out one at a time.

FECO
Be sure to avoid touching the tip of the syringe with your hands or your mouth as this can contaminate the liquid in the bottle.

Topicals
Creams and lotions are best kept in the refrigerator. Salves will harden, so keeping in the pantry like conditions is best.

 

Always keep all cannabis products out of reach of children and pets. For any questions on how to store your products be sure to ask our knowledgeable staff upon check out or send us a question via our contact page!