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Cannabis is now legal in California for anyone over 21, and we have stepped in to a new era. 3Leaf wants to help you explore and uncover the benefits of cannabis and the ways it can be consumed, so we have answered a few questions for those who are curious about the basics.
What are THC and CBD, and how do they affect my body?
THC and CBD are the two most commonly used cannabinoids. THC binds to CB1 receptors, creating a euphoric, calming and mind-relaxing effect, and allowing the body to achieve balance. CBD binds with both SSRI and CB2 receptors, does not have a psychoactive effect, and provides a body-centric experience, relaxing muscles and joints. Both THC and CBD are valuable for relaxation, and health and wellness purposes.
Why should I use a cannabis-infused edible?
Oral ingestion is one of the safest ways to use cannabis, and also one of the most beneficial. Edibles remove the potential risks associated with smoking cannabis, while allowing your body to absorb more cannabinoids.
When a person smokes cannabis, the effects are felt immediately and can last from 1-3 hours. When consuming a single serving of an edible, it can take from 30-45 minutes to take effect, depending on body composition, metabolism and other ingredients in the edible. People may wish to consume a second serving of an edible after an initial 30-45 minutes to have an increased effect. The cannabis effects from an edible can last between 5-8 hours, providing a longer period of relaxation and potential relief.
What is a good starting dosage for edibles?
All users are encouraged to start with a single serving, dosed with no more than 10 mg of cannabis. It is important not to consume edibles on a empty stomach, and to wait up to three hours before consuming more.
How do I make sure that I am consuming the correct dose?
Dosage is extremely personal, and depends on factors such as metabolism, tolerance and body composition. Starting with a low dose of 10 mg and building to meet your needs is the best way to ensure that you are not consuming too much THC too soon.
What effects will I feel after consuming an edible product?
Properly dosed edibles (10mg or less) will leave you feeling relaxed, uplifted, creative, focused and calm, depending on the level of THC consumed and the ingredients.
We put together a list of common terms to help you understand different aspects of cannabis. Knowing these terms can make it easier to enjoy the type of cannabis effects that meet your needs. .
The cannabis plant produces a large variety of cannabinoids – the term for the many different molecules that make up the plant. THC and CBD are two of the most well-known cannabinoids and are at the forefront of conversations around cannabis.
THC engages receptors found in the body’s endocannabinoid system. These receptors, located in the brain, are called CB1 receptors. They activate a large number of processes in the body such as sleep and appetite stimulation, and control pain sensations. THC is the only compound found in cannabis to date that produces a strong psychoactive effect, or high. THC has been proven to have appetite-stimulating, anti-nauseate and sleep inducing properties.
CBD engages the body’s CB2 receptors, as well as the serotonin receptors in the body. New research shows that CBD has an affinity toward serotonin receptors, and will bond with them before bonding with CB2 receptors. CBD is often used to promote relaxation, stabilize moods, help manage pain, and reduce inflammation.
There are many different types of cannabis plants, referred to as strains. Different strains are distinct in their levels of cannabinoids and terpenes, thus producing various degrees of effects and flavors.
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