The healing powers of cannabis have been known in many cultures across the globe since the beginning of time. Today, top scientists are researching and discovering new and life changing effects of medicinal marijuana every day. Here are 4 you may not know about!
CANNABIS CURES CANCER
Recent studies have found that cannabidiol (CBD) one of cannabis’ non-psychoactive compounds, inhibits a gene that spreads breast cancer cells throughout the body. These results are not found in patients merely “smoking weed” but from highly concentrated medically administered doses of CBD. These findings support the idea that cannabis can be used to treat multiple forms of cancer without the toxic damage and painful effects of alternative treatments such as chemotherapy.
Scientists have found that cannabis are as effective as prescription drugs Adderall and Ritalin in treating ADHD. The cannabis allows the patient’s brain to concentrate on one or two impulses instead of being overwhelmed by hundreds. This slowing down of neural transmission speed leads to increased productivity and focus. Cannabis is also much easier on the body than prescribed pharmaceutical drugs and does not interfere with a healthy appetite and steady sleep schedule.
HEALS BROKEN BONES
A study has shown that high concentrated doses of cannabinol heals broken bones and actually makes the bones stronger and harder to break in the future. Collagen, the protein in connective tissue that holds the body together, is enhanced by the CBD.
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects and CBD are actually extremely powerful naturally occurring antioxidants. THC and CBD work together to help treat “oxidative damage” which occurs when our body is exposed to harmful chemicals found in contaminants like pesticides or smog. These cannabis compounds also help your body’s cells function better by stimulating cell-to-cell communication.
With more and more studies happening all over the world, each day we get closer to fully understanding the benefits and cures of this medicinal miracle plant.
Coconut oil has managed to infuse its way into some of our industry’s most sought-after products, including edibles and topicals, but why? The reason can be attributed to a few important factors. First, coconut oil has among the highest concentration of fatty acids (saturated fats). The surplus of these fatty acids in the coconut oil create a stronger binding agent for cannabinoids. Compared to olive oil, which contains a saturated fat content of less than 20%, coconut oil contains over 80% saturated fats and thus has the ability to retain far more cannabinoids during extractions, rendering far more medicinally efficient products in return. Coconut oil, therefore, is a near perfect medium for cannabis.
Coconut oil also contains other sets of beneficial acids that have been known to have a list of potential health benefits. Lauric acid is a great example — when digested, lauric acid creates a monoglyceride that acts as an antimicrobial. These fatty acids are found in abundance in coconut oil, making it a top contender for those looking for a healthier oil base than butter or canola oil.
Another fantastic benefit of using coconut oil is that when you use it to extract cannabinoids, your end product will remain solid at room temperature. The versatility of a cannabis-infused product that remains solid at room temperature is paramount when considering its use as a topical agent. Furthermore, its solid state allows the oil to be easily stored via gelatin capsules, a widely popular and highly effective method of distributing cannabinoids. Gelatin oil capsules are so simple and easy to make at home that the ingredients can be purchased from just about any pharmacy or online, making the process of infusing capsules at home a relatively simple DIY project.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
Ease of use may be one of the most under-appreciated benefits of coconut oil in making infused products. Aside from the fact that you can purchase coconut oil relatively inexpensively from just about anywhere, the process of decarboxylating and infusing cannabis into coconut oil requires only a few simple ingredients and can be done at home with minimal effort. The end product is tasty, versatile, and, if stored properly, can last a very long time without degrading.
Expect to see coconut oil remain a staple in future cannabis infusions across the market. As major brands continue to innovate, coconut oil should thrive on the ingredient lists of more products to come. If, however, you don’t have access to a dispensary near you or want to try a fun DIY with your own material, you can always make your own at home. Trust us, you’ll go coconuts for this stuff!
ZenMD… A Medical Marijuana App Where Happiness Grows!
ZenMD is a digital healthcare platform for the medical cannabis industry, servicing clients throughout the USA and Canada. Since 2016 patients from California received an amazing opportunity to speak to many licensed doctors thru our user-friendly application. As off 2017, we are adding more states like New York, Colorado, Washington, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan and counties like Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Austria and many more. ZenMD’s medical marijuana app and online system allows patients to meet face-to-face with a licensed physician to discuss their medical condition using their smart phone or device. This allows a way to receive and renew their Medical Marijuana Card from any location. Patients can also access ZenMD on a computer using a browser and a webcam.
ZenMD’s technology and services have been purpose-built with safety, security and well being as a priority. Confidential information is kept completely private. Software is HIPAA certified, meeting and exceeding security standards set for data transmission, encryption and storage of patient medical records.
ZenMD offers 24/7 online medical marijuana card legitimacy verification to all customers. Up to date 420 doctors recommendation as well as record of consultation are preserved to ensure compliance with medical marijuana laws.
ZenMD is powered by Verification 420, a patient verification system uniting patients and doctors since 2007, with over 3 million recommendations issued to date. All ZenMD physicians are licensed in the country and sate providing telemedicine and have deep knowledge of medicinal marijuana. Licensed 420 doctors are able to administer written medical marijuana recommendations for qualifying medical conditions. Patients rate each visit for ongoing quality assurance.
Patients are able to schedule by time, by doctor or choose to connect with one of the ZenMD doctors immediately. Scheduling is flexible, and patients may reschedule or cancel anytime. To confirm an appointment, payment details are entered electronically and securely. If a patient is not satisfied services or if they are not approved, the 420 evaluation is free.
During a ZenMD video visit, mmj doctor appears on the video screen to guide the patient through a 15-minute evaluation session. If medically appropriate the doctor will approve a Medical Marijuana recommendation and card, which will be sent to the patient’s provided address within 1 – 3 business days, digital PDF version will be emailed right away. This medical marijuana recommendation will enable the patient to legally purchase marijuana from any licensed mmj dispensary in their state or for growing at home for personal need.
Our founding team of doctors are passionate about MMJ and have been issuing recommendations for over 10 years.
“My goal was to offer patients an easy and affordable solution. Now they don’t have to worry about wasting their time waiting in stinky doctors offices. They can privately and securely connect with their doctors from the comfort of home.” – Dr. Thompson MD
“Our team has worked hard to offer a system that is easy to use, affordable and verifiable 24/7. We teamed up with Verification 420, which is the industry leading verification system for mmj doctors and cannabis dispensaries. For over 6 years Verification 420 has issued millions of recommendations legally and securely.” – ZenMd team.
These days, you can meet with a doctor, receive your medical marijuana card online and even have pot delivered to your door without leaving the comfort of your own home… But is it safe? I did the research for you and am happy to report that I have good news. The process is easy, safe and confidential! In this article I will outline the most common concerns with an explanation of what to be aware of so that you can rest at ease.
RECEIVING YOUR MEDICAL CARD ONLINE IS AS EASY AS PIE!
The actual online process is easy breezy. First, you sign up and schedule an appointment with a licensed doctor. Sites such as ZenMD.net allow you to connect with a doctor immediately. Next, you fill out a medical form and attend your scheduled appointment. If qualified, you receive a medical card in the mail within 1-2 business days. That’s it! I told you it was as easy as pie… easier actually!
LICENSED MMJ DOCTORS ARE LEGIT
So, as it turns out, any licensed physician or osteopath can legally authorize the use of MMJ and recommend a medical marijuana card online. Once approved, you receive a ‘Doctor’s Recommendation’. This states that you have a medical condition qualifying you for the legal use of medical marijuana. With this document, you can legally purchase marijuana at a dispensary.
Be sure to seek fully licensed physicians who are informed about the medical use of cannabis. Before selecting your doctor, do a little research. Read doctor reviews and ratings. It is good to be sure your physician has a deep knowledge of medicinal marijuana and is comfortable with recommending it as a treatment.
TIP: Don’t forget to order your wallet sized ID Card! It is easy to carry and acceptable at most dispensaries. I do suggest that you carry a hard copy of your recommendation for your first visit to a new dispensary… just in case!
IT IS SAFE, SECURE AND CONFIDENTIAL
Next, in order to be sure that your information is safe, check a few factors. Each system should be maintained by an encrypted, secure HIPAA* certified system. This ensures that your records are kept 100% confidential. Your information is completely private to you and the doctor you consult with. Calm down scaredy pants… By Law, doctor-patient confidentiality prohibits the police, DMV, health insurance companies and employers from accessing your medical records without your written permission. Phew!
*HIPAA means that the system meets or exceed all federal requirements for protecting Patient Health Information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
YOU WON’T BE PUT ON A LIST
Finally, some people who qualify for their medical card online choose not to pursue treatment because they fear they might end up on some sort of a “master list” of marijuana users. I am happy to inform you that no such list exists. Your patient status will remain confidential. No need to be paranoid. There is no consolidated database that the DEA uses to conduct raids or employers can access during background checks.
To sum it all up, you can rest assured that it is safe, secure and confidential to order your medical card online. Go ahead and sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home. The process is simple and easy. With a little research you will safely be able to reap the many benefits and medicinal treatments marijuana has to offer. Go make yourself a pie! You deserve it.
If you liked the title of this post, then you might be looking for an alternative to smoking marijuana, whether for necessity, desire or simply out of curiosity. Whatever the reason is, cooking with cannabis is indeed an interesting and simple option.
In order to become a real cannabis chef, the only valid way is to practice for hours and hours, working and testing, until you achieve perfection. Given that no one is born knowing, learning is usually dotted with mistakes and disasters. No worries. But if you are set on embarking on this dual art, you should read these tips before donning an apron.
1. To get started
Remember that marijuana is fat-soluble and not water-soluble. In order for it to release the THC it contains – and so it has an effect – you need to heat and mix it with some kind of fat – oil, butter or other dairy products. Marijuana teas don’t do anything. The easiest thing to do is to previously prepare marijuana oil or butter, and then use these in recipes. But, in any case, forget about British cooking – boiling in water. If this is not clear enough, imagine two plates of pasta; one, with spaghetti Bolognese and oregano – this latter substituted with marijuana – To sprinkle it over the already-cooked dish won’t work. However, think of the second option: Pesto alla Genovese, exchanging the basil for the marijuana- That would be a star dish to be cooked with cannabis.
2. Weights and measurements
Now that you know about the specific behaviour of marijuana in the kitchen, the rest is culinary know-how. Like any chef worth his salt, you should measure the amounts of food you use in your recipes. Since you are going to involve guests in your experiments – a.k.a. “guinea pigs” – don’t be a monster. Use half a gram per person if you are using buds or two grams if you are using trimmings. It’s prudent and enough for a good starting point. Later on, you may adjust proportions to your most frequent guests’ bodies. Like any chef, use the kitchen scale. It’s an essential instrument.
And remember that not all types of marijuana are the same, nor do they have the same potency, so any advice regarding quantity is strictly an approximation. You’ll learn to calculate with time.
Even though THC needs to be heated to be released, overheating it can degrade certain cannabinoids, so you should cook for longer periods at temperatures below 170º C. And, even though you don’t need the following tip, considering that you’re an aspiring chef… Don’t use the microwave!
4. The importance of flavour
Test and improve your cannabis recipes. If you are going to serve a meal, you should make sure that what you serve not only gets you high, but also tastes good. The experience will be much more positive. Pot works a little like oregano, basil or sage in the kitchen. It goes well with other herbs and if you use it in the form of butter, it doesn’t overwhelm or dominate over other flavours.
5. The right moment
I wouldn’t cook with marijuana for a Christmas dinner, even though it could work well for all of us at family gatherings. It is important to choose the right occasions wisely, especially if you are going to have beginners over. Make sure you organize them in comfortable places where people can relax, and with enough time to enjoy the experience.
6. No surprises for guests
Telling your guests that the source of biscuits they just gobbled up had marijuana is not funny at all. You wouldn’t laugh either if one of them starts having panic attacks or some other psychosomatic symptom resulting from fear. Besides, you obviously don’t know what food allergies, intolerances, etc., they might have. Always inform about cannabis cuisine experience ahead of time so that whoever comes does so knowingly.
7. Time and patience
We all know that orally ingested cannabis can take over an hour to take effect, depending on the conditions of your digestive system. But you almost always have to deal with somebody who can’t stand the wait (this isn’t working!) and who takes another dose without having digested the first one. Bad idea. Give each guest a fair portion and don’t let them have seconds.
8. Symptoms of poisoning
Typically, the most extreme effects, such as anxiety or panic attacks, are controlled by leaving the person in a calm environment and speaking to them softly to remind them that the symptoms will wear off eventually. Physically, there is no overdose, and there is rarely any other effect than a drop in blood pressure, in which case you should lay the person down with their legs raised, knees above their head.
9. After-meal conversation
Prepare a good atmosphere, with cushions scattered about the floor, appropriate music and beverages for the inevitable thirst. Make sure that your guests don’t leave until a couple hours later, or if possible, that they stay the night. Their sense of direction will be compromised after marijuana meals, so it is convenient if they don’t have to go further than the bathroom.
10. Cannabis kitchen and alcohol
I know that you won’t care, but marijuana and alcohol don’t mix well, and even less when the former is ingested. Ideally, you should go through this experience without alcohol, but then it wouldn’t be Spain. In any case, offer a single drink – a glass of wine, for example – to accompany the meal but not to get drunk. That way the cannabis inebriation will be clearer. However, marijuana goes great with chocolate and coffee, and a good host should never fail to offer these.
Terpenes are fragrant essential oils secreted in differing concentrations in different cannabis strains alongside cannabinoids like THC and CBD. These compounds are what impart cannabis varieties with distinctive aromas and flavors such as berry, pine,pineapple and diesel. Besides affecting aroma and flavor, there is some evidence suggesting that they may also modify cannabis’s effects.
Terpenes are beginning to pique the interest of cannabis consumers more than ever before. While the spotlight has largely been on cannabinoids, web searches related to terpenes have grown steadily since Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational cannabis in 2012.
While over 200 different terpenes can occur in varying concentrations in any given strain, there are about 10 primary terpenes that occur most commonly in the greatest concentrations, and about 20 more secondary terpenes that occur in lesser concentrations. Myrcene and linalool are among cannabis’s primary terpenes, while bisabolol is considered a primary terpene by some and a secondary terpene by others. All of these terpenes display unique effects in various strains of cannabis.
What is Myrcene?
Myrcene (or β-myrcene) is a terpene that occurs often in highly fragrant plants and herbs such as mangoes, hops, bay laurel leaves, thyme, lemongrass, and basil. Myrcene is produced by numerous cannabis strains, and some have suggested that it lends sedative, indica-like effects (including “couch-lock”) to strains containing more than 0.5% of this terpene.
Another place you’ll find myrcene is in mangoes. Anecdotal evidence suggests that eating a ripe mango prior to consuming cannabis may accentuate or extend the psychoactive effects of cannabis; some have suggested that this is due to the fruit’s concentrations of myrcene, which is naturally synergistic with THC and allows cannabinoids to more easily bridge the blood-brain barrier.
Myrcene’s effects include:
Analgesic (pain relief)
While strains like Pure Kush, White Widow and Himalayan Gold frequently display pronounced concentrations of myrcene, these terpene levels can vary from grower to grower and plant to plant. Case in point: Tilray strains where myrcene is currently expressed most highly are Jack Herer, Warlock CBD and Pink Kush.
What is Linalool?
Linalool is a naturally occurring terpene found in many flowers and spices including lavender and coriander. It gives off a complex yet delicate floral aroma, and while its effects are myriad, it is in particular one of the substances used most widely to reduce stress.
Humans have inhaled the scent of certain plants, including many containing linalool, since ancient times to help lower stress levels, fight inflammation, and combat depression. Linalool has been the subject of many studies, including a recent one in which scientists allowed lab rats to inhale linalool while exposing them to stressful conditions. It was reported that linalool returned elevated stress levels in the immune system to near-normal conditions.
Linalool’s effects include:
Strains that frequently display high levels of linalool include Amnesia Haze, Lavender, and LA Confidential. Tilray strains currently producing high concentrations of linalool include Master Kush, Pink Kush, and OG Shark.
What is Bisabolol?
The terpene bisabolol (also known as α-Bisabolol or levomenol) is a fragrant chemical compound produced by the chamomile flower and other plants such as the candeia tree in Brazil. It is also produced by various cannabis strains.
While it has long been widely used in the cosmetics industry, bisabolol has more recently become the subject of research for the medical benefits it displays in cannabis. Its effects include:
Strains that are said to display high levels of bisabolol include Harle-Tsu and ACDC. Several of Tilray’s most popular strains express high quantities of this terpene, including Pink Kush, Headband, OG Shark, Rockstar and Master Kush.