The Essentials

Reviewing what we already know can help inform how we make decisions. We know that there’s so much information out there.  We just want to make your product choices simpler.

Weed, herb, pot, ganja, grass… no matter what you call it. Cannabis is an annual plant that is frequently found in temperate and tropical climates.1.2

Sure, it’s common knowledge that cannabis is one of the oldest plants used for therapeutic and recreational purposes. But, did you know that it is a dioecious plant, which means it has separate male and female plants?2 The male plants produce flowers full of pollen and the female plants produce large resin-filled flowers. The female plants, when not pollinated, are harvested and used for therapeutic and recreational purposes. The common species of the cannabis plant are Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis; however, there is still much debate surrounding the classification of cannabis due to the wide variation in its gene pool.2

Let’s dive a bit deeper.

Did you know that Sativa is a thin-leaved plant that tends to produce high amounts of THC and Indica is actually a broad-leaved plant that has a denser branch structure than Sativa? And, Ruderalis is not a hybrid of Indica and Sativa, rather it is bred to the species, it flowers independently of the cycle.2

We work with different cannabis strains and we track them using lineage.

In the world of cannabis, lineage refers to genetic history and it helps us determine how a cannabis strain will grow, if it likes the environment it’s in and how it will respond.

For example:

Our strain Easy Cheesy is actually a phenotype of the Skunk #1 strain, which was originally crossed between Afghani indica and Mexican and Columbian sativas. This means that the Easy Cheesy plant will be tall like a sativa, but with the bud density of an indica.

Once you consider your dried flower strain and its differentiators, something that can impact the effects and duration of those effects is the consumption method. As you know, there are 2 main consumption methods when it comes to cannabis- ingestion and inhalation. Ingesting cannabis can be done in oil form. Oil can be consumed from an oral dosing syringe or packaged in capsule form.

Unlike smoking, vaporization is achieved by heating the cannabis to a temperature that causes the cannabinoids to convert from a solid to a gas state. Once in the form of a gas, the active elements in cannabis can be inhaled. This is different from smoking the product because there is no combustion of actual dried flowers, therefore eliminating some of the health risks associated with smoking.

Fundamentals matter when making decisions on the products that are right for you.

References

1. Health Canada, “Information for Health Care Professionals: Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the cannabinoids, 2018”. Available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugsmedication/cannabis/information-medical-practitioners/information-health-care-professionalscannabis-cannabinoids.html.

2. Gloss D. An overview of products and bias in research. Neurotherapeutics. 2015;12:731–34

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