Five Types of Medical CBD and Marijuana Products — and How to Consume Them

We have covered some of the most common medical applications and benefits of CBD, as well as a few options for consuming medical cannabis, but as the market for medicinal CBD and cannabis products grows, so do the various types of products and forms of consumption. In this post, we will cover the five most common types that medical CBD products come in—including THC-CBD hybrids, hemp-based and pharmaceutical CBD—and how to consume them.

If you live in the Canton, Illinois area and would like to learn more about medical marijuana products, medical marijuana cards, and CBD/THC products, be sure to contact Salveo Health and Wellness, and our staff can answer questions. Feel free to give us a call at 309-204-3909, too!

Where does CBD come from?

Before we dive into the products and ways of consuming them, we should briefly mention what CBD is, and what we broadly mean when we say hybrid CBD-THC products. Cannabidiol (CBD) can be hemp-based (little-to-no THC) or marijuana-based (hybrids often containing high-to-moderate levels of THC), and there are now pharmaceutical extracts only containing CBD with no THC or other cannabinoids. While it is advisable to explore what strains, mixes, and doses are best suited for you, many experts in the industry encourage some sort of natural combination that creates an “Entourage Effect,” which means that when different types of cannabinoids are used together (i.e. natural, plant-based extracts containing more than just CBD or solely THC), they tend to enhance the overall effect in ways that are unique to the individual. Finally, and as a clarifying note, CBD is often extracted in the form of oil, which can be integrated into just about every product and form of consumption outlined below.

1) Inhaling

Inhaling medical marijuana by smoking a rolled joint or packed bowl is the traditional and most common method of consuming marijuana, but it not advisable if you are only looking for strictly medical CBD applications. This is mostly the case because it is hard to control the dosage amount. There are some CBD-only vaping products though, and it is true that inhaling CBD enters the bloodstream and endocannabinoid system (a set of receptors and chemical processes in the body that is directly affected by cannabinoids) quicker than eating an edible. While vaping can be better than smoking because there is less heat, for most medical applications it is common to look for other ways to consume CBD and CBD-THC hybrids.

2) Tinctures and Droplets

As you have maybe seen in a local organic and natural foods store, tinctures are becoming more and more popular. Tinctures are liquid CBD extracts with an alcohol, oil, or vegetable-glycerine base. While they can also be called just “oils” or “extracts,” they are often less powerful than highly concentrated oil extracts that are used in pharmaceuticals or as the core ingredient in a tincture or edible. CBD tinctures last longer than inhaling, making it easy to control dosage amounts, and are commonly used for pain relief. They come in droppers that you can place directly in the mouth or mix with food and drinks, but they can also come in small spray bottles that are applied directly under the tongue. You might have heard that veterinarians sometimes suggest CBD oil in the form of tinctures for dogs, and you will be seeing CBD tinctures in Walgreens and CVS stores in the coming year too.

3) Suppositories

CBD and medical CBD-THC hybrids can be made into rectal or vaginal suppositories as well. It’s a fast method of administration like inhaling, and it’s been noted that when it comes to THC-heavy products, a suppository doesn’t affect the head as much and it bypasses the liver as well. This allows for higher doses to go directly into the bloodstream and endocannabinoid system. A common use for medical cannabis suppositories has to do with pain relief, and some highly recommend a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD.

4) Oral Ingestion

Oral ingestion of CBD and hybrid cannabis products is probably the most common form of consumption as the effects usually last longer. It’s healthier than inhaling, and edibles are easier to come across in your local dispensary. They often come in 5 to 20 mg dosages, but some can range up to 100 mg. For first-time medical marijuana and CBD consumers, eating an edible is often the best approach. Choose a favorite healthy (or unhealthy) edible snack, or just swallow a pill or capsule with varying levels of CBD and THC, or just CBD. Edibles cover a wide variety of medical applications.

5) Topical Application

Whether it’s a lotion, oil, or spray, CBD and medical marijuana products are increasingly applied directly to the skin. The medical applications often have to do with spot-specific pain and muscle relief. CBD-only products, especially hemp-based, have been around in grocery stores and pharmacies for a long time, and they’re becoming more and more popular as research explores more medical applications. Furthermore, beyond lotions, body oils, and sprays, transdermal patches are a growing market niche as they provide a long-term, steady supply of CBD to a specific area of the body.

As medical marijuana products expand under new legal regimes, and as research examining the health applications of CBD and medical marijuana grows, there will be more and more products incorporating cannabinoids. If you live in the Canton, Illinois area and are interested in learning about what type of medical marijuana and CBD products are best for you, come visit our shop. Otherwise, check our list of covered illnesses eligible for medical marijuana and CBD treatment, and feel free to contact our team of experts to learn what products might be best for you and how to consume your choice appropriately.

Most Common Medical Uses and Potential Benefits of CBD

Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is all over the news. Google trends shows a near-exponential growth in search interests since 2016. A contracted survey by Quartz of 2,000 people in the US recently finds that more than 85% have heard of CBD—more than one out of five of those having tried it themselves. We have written about the basics of CBD, its general effects (it does not get you high), and options for consumption.

If you’re in the Canton, Illinois area and would like to learn more about CBD products and different CBD-rich strains of our medical marijuana, be sure to contact Salveo Health and Wellness and our staff can answer questions. Feel free to give us a call at 309-204-3909, too!

Peer-reviewed research and clinical trials on humans do not conclusively show the pros and cons of CBD, but given the recent hype of the naturally-occuring resin found in marijuana plants and its potential medical applications, we think it’s prudent to give a quick rundown of the top uses and benefits of CBD.

CBD Aiding with Appetite and Digestion

Many people claim CBD helps with appetite and digestion issues, which stems in part because there are cannabinoid receptors in the digestive system. (Note: because marijuana and CBD impact the endocannabinoid system and receptors are found in the digestive, reproductive, nervous, and immune systems, CBD tends to popularly be touted as a cure-all.) When mixed with THC, CBD aids in stimulating appetite and helps with general digestion. The National Cancer Institute cites THC-CBD extracts improving appetite, and recent animal trials show that CBD can stabilize issues associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, and vomiting. While CBD alone has not conclusively proven to aid in digestion and appetite, a THC-CBD strain is proving to help. (As they say, there’s a reason why stereotypes are around, and “the munchies,” while being a common trope since Cheech and Chong, has a lot of weight to it.)

Seizure CBD Treatments for Epilepsy Patients

Perhaps the most substantiated medical use of CBD currently is for serious types of epilepsy, especially in children. The medical benefits of CBD for epileptic episodes got mainstream attention when Colorado parents successfully treated their daughter’s seizures with CBD. Since then, the FDA recently announced the first-ever CBD-based drug approval for Epidiolex, a drug used to treat seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy in children, and there are on-going trials for future treatments.

CBD Relieving Stress and Anxiety

CBD directly works with 5HT1A (serotonin) and GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter) receptors in the brain, which can affect mood disorders like depression and social anxiety. Animal trials in mice show promising anti-anxiety evidence of CBD. (As Quartz reports, there is a pretty disturbing method in which scientists provoke fear in mice for a 2012 study, which includes a python.) While sparse, recent human trials with public speaking are promising as well. Furthermore, and relating to mood and anxiety, a recent research review shows ties between CBD and sleep/insomnia, but scientists are saying CBD and CBD-THC mixes show that it may keep people awake as well as help them sleep.

CBD as a Natural Substitute for Pain Relief

An increasingly common use and benefit of CBD is for treating chronic pain. We talk about the potential benefits of medical marijuana and chronic pain, but even without THC, research is showing that CBD can inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are large contributors to chronic pain and difficult to treat. There is also research exploring the potentially helpful ties between CBD and rheumatoid arthritis and other types of joint and muscle pains.

Bonus: Medical Application of CBD in Cancer, Acne and Addiction Treatments

While there is not as much research on these potential benefits, CBD is showing potential with treating acne as a part of its anti-inflammatory traits. Cancer treatment is becoming an increasingly interesting application as initial research shows potential for stopping the spread of cancer cells and sometimes aiding in their destruction. Lastly, CBD can aid those with cigarette and opioid addiction. As a natural supplement for some pain treatments, THC-CBD can prevent opioid addiction, and studies show potential of CBD in helping smokers quit smoking and aid in some withdrawal effects, too.

These are just a few of the popular and potential medical benefits of CBD. Illinois has a list of covered illnesses eligible for medical marijuana and CBD treatment. If you want to learn more about CBD or if you’re interested in learning about the Illinois Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) that provides options for patients and perspective patients seeking medical marijuana treatments, we provide links and information on the Salveo Health & Wellness website. Feel free to talk directly to our in-shop experts today, and if you’re in Canton, Illinois, swing by and we would love to talk there too!

Sources and further reading:

  • Top benefits: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317221.php
  • Top 7 benefits: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits#section4
  • Really good overview: https://www.parsleyhealth.com/blog/cbd-oil-health-benefits/
  • CBD Project: https://www.projectcbd.org/guidance/conditions
  • Harvard Health Overview: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476

Illnesses Covered in the Illinois Medical Marijuana Program

As we have discussed in previous blogs, medical marijuana is becoming a popular alternative to many prescription opioids and steroid treatments for moderate to chronic pain. A majority of the states in the US recognize the medicinal effects of medical marijuana, which has led to more states legalizing marijuana and cannabis for medical use. There are still a handful of states where marijuana is completely illegal, but hopefully, science will prevail, and these states will come to their senses.

In 2013, Illinois created the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. This act legalized the medical marijuana industry, allowing patients access to alternative treatment options that can yield more effective results for pain management. Since the inception of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, there has been a battle to determine which illnesses or conditions qualify a patient to receive access to medical marijuana.

For instance, former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was extremely hesitant to expand the medical marijuana program; however, he did allow the program to continue through 2020. There are still some patients who suffer from conditions that don’t want or cannot get treated with opioids. Depending on their condition, they still may be excluded from having access to medical marijuana.

At Salveo Health & Wellness, we are always advocating for patients to have access to alternative medicines to treat their conditions. Whether you suffer from chronic pain related to a back injury or you or a loved one has Parkinson’s, be sure to visit our website today to learn about the medicinal properties of medical marijuana. We are always interested in helping potential patients find the right solution to their condition. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to reach out to us by calling at 309-204-3904.

What Conditions are Currently Covered?

One of the biggest obstacles to patients getting access to medical marijuana may or may not have been former Governor Rauner. Rauner was especially not receptive to adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of covered conditions; however, a 2016 ruling made by a Cook County judge ordered that the state add PTSD to the list of conditions covered by the medical marijuana program.

One of the biggest expansions to Illinois’ medical marijuana program was the inclusion of opioid patients. The Alternative to Opioids Act allows patients who are currently prescribed opioids for pain management to try medical cannabis and marijuana as an alternative method of pain management. This act will hopefully allow thousands of Illinois opioid users to transition to medical marijuana to decrease their dependence on prescription drugs.

The Alternative to Opioids Act also will hopefully increase the awareness and popularity of comparatively healthier alternatives to opioids. There were close to 5 million opioid prescriptions given to 2 million patients in 2017. This amount seems alarming for some, so the hope is that the Alternative to Opioids Act will curb the rise of opioid prescriptions in the state of Illinois. Another benefit to the Alternative to Opioids Act is that it does away with the fingerprinting and background checks typically required to apply for a medical marijuana card in Illinois. To learn more about the Alternative to Opioids Act, be sure to visit the rest of our website.

Currently, there are 41 covered conditions in the medical cannabis and marijuana program. These programs cover everything from cancer to HIV/AIDS to Lupus. Some of these conditions are relatively obscure, while other conditions are widespread.

How To Get a Med Card in Illinois

The process of getting a medical marijuana card in Illinois is one of the most regulated processes in the US. If you are looking for help in applying for a medical cannabis or marijuana card in Illinois, Salveo Health & Wellness has a variety of resources that can help you. We believe that everyone with chronic medical conditions should have access to medical marijuana.

While you are filling out your medical marijuana card application, be sure to include Salveo Health & Wellness as your preferred dispensary if you live in the Canton, Illinois area. Depending on the extent of your pain and your condition, you can also have a caregiver purchase and administer your medical cannabis for you.

It is important that if you are interested in getting a medical marijuana card that you select a preferred dispensary where you will purchase your medical marijuana. While there are plenty of dispensaries across the state of Illinois, you can only legally purchase marijuana from one of the dispensaries. If you want to change your preferred dispensary, you will need to apply to change your preferences. Once you receive confirmation that the state received your application for change, you must wait 24 hours before visiting your new preferred dispensary.

What if my Condition is not Covered?

Do not panic if your condition or disease is not covered under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. If your condition or disease isn’t listed, the Illinois Department of Public Health has created a way for patients to petition to add a debilitating condition. The one catch to this process is that the petitions are only read once a year during the month of January. If you send a petition in after January 31, the petition will be returned to the sender and not considered.

If you do have a condition that is currently covered by the medical cannabis program in Illinois, be sure to apply for a medical marijuana card if you are looking for an alternative treatment for your pain. There are a wide variety of different ways to consume medical marijuana, as well as a variety of different types of marijuana — each one with distinct benefits. For more information, be sure to visit Salveo Health & Wellness today or call us at 309-204-3904.

Chronic Pain and Medical Marijuana

In a recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) report, some 50 million Americans reported that they had chronic pain, while almost 20 million reported that they had high-impact chronic pain. Whether this chronic pain is due to occupational injuries or other degenerative diseases, one of the most common sources for pain is in the back.

Chronic pain can lead many to a myriad of negative consequences, such as opioid dependence, anxiety and depression, and reduced quality of life. All of these add up to making chronic pain a horrible experience that no patient should have to go through. Chronic pain can affect everyone of all walks of life, and it is important that patients who report chronic pain are allowed to seek alternative treatments for their chronic pain.

One of the best options for treating chronic pain may have its roots in medical marijuana. As an alternative to opioids and other pain killers, medical marijuana is effective at reducing swelling, providing relief from pain, and it can help counteract other negative effects of having chronic pain like insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

If you are ready to try an alternative to opioid prescriptions and you live in the Canton, Illinois area, be sure to visit Salveo Health & Wellness today. Salveo Health & Wellness is a licensed medical marijuana dispensary that excels at patient treatment. No matter how you are feeling or how you perceive your quality of life to be, our staff is compassionate, kind, and caring. We want you to live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life. We can assist you with the medical card application process as well. For more information, be sure to visit the rest of our website today or call us at 309-204-3909.

Scientific Review

Depending on who you ask in the medical research field, marijuana can be effective for managing chronic pain. There are some doctors and researchers who are adamantly against medical marijuana programs as an alternative to steroids or opioids; however, as more and more research comes out, certain doctors and researchers are being convinced otherwise.

One of the biggest issues when determining the effectiveness of medical marijuana for treating chronic pain lies in the lack of research due to governmental regulations. Because the federal government still recognizes cannabis and marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, the official policy stance states that there is no accepted medical use for such a drug. As a result, researchers have to comply with strict regulations that decide what they can and what they cannot do.

Because universities across the US receive federal funding, if they violate any federal regulations, they risk losing funding for their projects and research grants. While alcohol and opioid research is well-understood, the medical uses for marijuana seem to remain in the dark.

Once you go outside of the US, there is suddenly plenty of more research. While some of the studies are small, there have been positive research findings that have helped shed some light on the effectiveness of medical marijuana for the treatment of chronic pain — especially back pain.

Israel, Germany, and the European Academy of Neurology have all conducted successful tests that gauge how effective medical marijuana is at treating chronic pain. Some of the tests’ sample groups featured patients with severe medical conditions, such as Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. In all of these studies, the patients reported that medical marijuana was effective at alleviating their chronic pain. Some of the studies also reported that patients felt more dizzy, sleepy, and confused as well.

Risks of Using Medical Marijuana

The risks associated with using medical marijuana are still being researched, just like the positive effects. One of the most concerning risks is the possibility of bronchitis if medical marijuana is smoked frequently. One solution to this problem is encouraging medical marijuana patients to try vaping medical marijuana distillate or try using edibles. Both of these methods will most likely reduce the risk of bronchitis.

There is also cause for concern with elderly patients using medical marijuana. The elderly are more sensitive to acute changes within their body, and marijuana and cannabis are known to increase the heart rate and lower blood pressure. Medical marijuana can also cause balancing issues since one of the side effects is dizziness. For this reason, elderly patients who are looking to effectively manage their pain through medical marijuana should exercise greater caution.

Marijuana as an Alternative to Opioids

It is no secret that the US is in the middle of an opioid crisis. To put things into perspective, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids was six times higher in 2017 compared to 1999. Many researchers suggest that the overprescription of opioids leads patients to a dependence on the highly addictive drug. This forces them to seek illicit forms of the drug, and eventually overdose to achieve the same “high” consistently.

To stop this, many doctors and researchers are considering prescribing medical marijuana or at least offering it as an alternative to patients who have family or personal histories with opiate addiction. There are plenty of stories on the internet of people who are able to overcome their chronic pain through the use of medical marijuana.

If you are interested in being part of Illinois’ Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) that allows patients and prospective patients to choose medical marijuana treatment over opioid treatments for chronic pain, be sure to visit Salveo Health & Wellness’s website today. We have a variety of resources available to help you. Give us a call today at 309-204-3909 — we’d love to help you find the right treatment for your chronic pain!

How to Determine What Strain Type is Right for You

Every single marijuana plant is different. Even when you think one strain is identical to another, you’ll be surprised to know that the chemical composition of each medical cannabis strain is unique and different. There are a variety of terpenes and ratios of CBD to THC that can affect the impact each strain has on you.

One of the quickest ways to break down the differences in medical marijuana strains is by grouping them as either indicas, sativas, or a hybrid of the two. Understanding these three categories will give you a basic understanding of the different effects of marijuana strains. Each category will impart specific benefits, and each category has some general characteristics that we will get to soon.

If you are in the Canton, Illinois area, and are looking for a licensed medical marijuana or cannabis dispensary, be sure to visit Salveo Health & Wellness. We have an incredibly friendly and informed staff who is here to help you find relief from your medical condition. For more information about the medical marijuana application process or about our store, feel free to visit our website or call us today at 309-204-3904.

Different Types of Strains: An Overview

Before we dive into the multitude of different strain types, it is important to have a firm grasp of the general characteristics of each strain type. Depending on the medical condition you have been diagnosed with, you may find that certain strain types are more helpful than others. It is always beneficial to experiment and test which strain type is right for you.

Sativa Strains

Heavy Sativa

Heavy Sativas are known for being great in the daytime. Medical marijuana strains that fall into the heavy sativa category are going to provide an intense and euphoric body high, while simultaneously stimulating creativity. Some patients experience greater levels of energy, which is beneficial for those who have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety.

Because heavy sativas are more uplifting and energetic, many patients find that using them during the day is the ideal way to gain confidence and a lively attitude going about their work or life. However, medical marijuana in this category can be very powerful, so do use caution when you are trying these medical marijuana strains.

Clear Sativa

Clear sativas, unlike their heavy sativa relatives, are known for having similar mental effects without a euphoric body high. For some patients, especially those diagnosed with anxiety disorders, the body effects of a heavy sativa can be overstimulating. For those folks, trying a clear sativa can be a game changer that imparts the same benefits without the added physical overstimulation.

Clear sativas, like heavy sativas, are great for daytime use because they impart energy and creativity. For patients who have a hard time finding motivation or incentive to accomplish tasks in their day-to-day lives, a clear sativa is a great way to feel euphoric and motivated without the physical effects of an intense body high.

Indica Strains

Heavy Indica

When picturing the effects of a heavy indica, imagine the goofy, couch-lock caricatures of stoners. Heavy indicas are great for providing relaxation and relief from the stress of the day. Many medical marijuana patients who consume heavy indica strains prefer to use them at night because it encourages sleep and provides moderate pain relief.

For medical marijuana patients who struggle with sleeping, nausea, and pain from a variety of medical conditions, a heavy indica strain will provide full-body effects that will wash over your body. These strains are ideal for use at night because they are a perfect segue into a deep, restful sleep.

Clear Indica

For something that isn’t quite as intense as a heavy indica strain, many patients use clear indicas. Clear indicas have all of the same benefits of a heavy indica without the intense couch-lock or physically relaxing effects. You will still be able to experience pain relief, but you won’t feel the same sedating effects.

This strain is perfect for evening use. If you want to find relief from your day or are experiencing anxiety, this strain type will calm your mind without making you exceptionally sleepy like a heavy indica. Think of a clear indica as the more functional of the two indica types.

Hybrids

A 50/50 Hybrid

A 50/50 hybrid, also known as an even hybrid, is a balanced combination of a sativa and an indica. Strains that fall into this category are all unique. While they may be an even hybrid, there are still certain characteristics of a sativa or indica that may be favored over other characteristics.

The main thing to remember about even hybrid strains is that they will differ based on patient preference. Many medical marijuana patients report that even hybrid strains are good for any time of day, and almost have an adaptogenic quality to them — if you are feeling tired, an even hybrid strain can energize you and balance out your energy levels.

Indica-Dominant Hybrid

Indica Dominant or Indica-forward hybrids are known to favor the indica qualities more than the sativa qualities in a hybrid strain. Medical marijuana patients tend to favor indica-dominant hybrids for night use, although there are some who need the full-body pain relief of an indica without the sedating effects.

An indica-dominant hybrid will feel more clear than a clear indica, mostly because it has some characteristics of a sativa. Like all hybrids, it truly depends on personal preference and what you need from your strain.

Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

Sativa-dominant hybrids are going to be somewhere between a clear sativa strain and an even hybrid strain. The body effects with a sativa-dominant hybrid should be noticeable but not overwhelming. These strains are known to have cerebral or “heady” highs with some minor body highs.

For patients who are looking for an energy boost with moderate pain relief, a sativa-dominant hybrid is a perfect strain. If you need to stay awake, this strain type is a better alternative to an indica-dominant hybrid or an even strain.

In order to find out which strain works best for you, the best practice is to talk to an experienced medical marijuana dispensary budtender. These medical marijuana professionals have a wealth of knowledge that can help you find relief from your medical condition.

At Salveo Health & Wellness, we have a dedicated staff of professionals who are here to help you find the right solutions to your medical conditions. We have a large selection of medical marijuana and can help you discover your ideal strain type. For more information, visit our website today or call us at 309-204-3904 if you have any questions.

Vaping Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana can impart a variety of benefits to many of its users. Whether you have been diagnosed with depression, multiple sclerosis, or insomnia, many cannabis users find relief from their symptoms by using medical marijuana.

While using medical marijuana can help patients live happier, fuller lives, there are some downsides to smoking marijuana. Recent studies show that there are a handful of carcinogens and toxins that are found in marijuana smoke. These carcinogens and toxins can lead to respiratory complications — something that is less than desirable for medical marijuana patients. Because of this, many medical marijuana users are looking for alternatives.

One popular alternative is ingesting medical marijuana in the form of edibles; however, edibles can be unpleasant and unpredictable compared to smoking.

Perhaps the most popular alternative to traditional combustion of marijuana is vaping. While early proponents of vaping claimed that it produced a more mellow, level-headed high, there is very little research to suggest that vaping does just that. Vaping does produce less smoke, smell, and coughing fits, though.

If you are in the Canton, Illinois area and are looking for a medical marijuana dispensary that is licensed, reliable, and well-stocked, be sure to visit Salveo Health & Wellness in downtown Canton. We have a huge selection of medical marijuana and we would love to work with you to find the right medical marijuana solution to your medical condition. Contact us today for more information by calling 309-647-9333.

Wandering as a Cloud: Vaping 101

Vaping has numerous benefits to regular combustion of medical marijuana. While the health benefits are not clear just yet, we want to focus on some of the peripheral benefits that will help you make an informed decision on whether vaping is the right move for you and your medical condition.

Does Vaping Smell?

For starters, vaping produces significantly less of that classic skunky smell. You can do a vape session in a room for an hour and the room might get a little hazy, but the smell will mostly be negligible. There are also plenty of strains that aren’t as “loud.”

Vaping is perfect for any situation where you need to practice discretion or you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you are consuming medical marijuana. For medical marijuana patients who need access to their medicine immediately to relieve painful symptoms, using a vape can afford them ease of access.

What do Marijuana Vapes Taste Like?

Just like combusting medical marijuana in a joint or water pipe, the taste of your vape will largely depend on what strain of medical marijuana is used. For some, vaping medical marijuana in the form of flower will allow greater flexibility and nuance, unlocking certain terpenes that have a pleasant but not overpowering taste. Because you aren’t combusting the marijuana, you don’t get any ashy notes on your tongue.

For those that choose to vaporize distillates or concentrates, there are still some nuanced flavor profiles that you can taste. One of the most delicious and enticing examples is the Buddha’s Hand strain that is used in certain distillates. This strain, even when it is turned into pure THC/CBD distillate, is incredibly floral and smells like the tropical fruit it was named after.

What Are Some Other Benefits to Vaping Medical Marijuana?

One of the most beneficial aspects of vaping medical marijuana is that you can vape pure CBD distillate. While there isn’t an option to vape or smoke a CBD strain that only has CBD, vaping medical marijuana in the form of CBD distillate allows you to receive the benefits of CBD without feeling any of the psychoactive effects of THC.

Vaping medical marijuana can also save you money in the long run. Because the plant matter doesn’t combust, you end up using more of the cannabinoids found in the plant instead of having them turn to ash. Some people also encourage the use of making edibles with the plant material that has already been vaporized to utilize all of the possible THC and CBD.

If you are ready to experience vaping, or you want to talk to a medical marijuana professional, feel free to contact Salveo Health and Wellness in Canton, Illinois. As one of Illinois’ best medical marijuana dispensaries, Salveo Health and Wellness has a large selection of vape products and other medical marijuana products. Call us today at 309-647-9333 to learn more.

Trending Medical Marijuana Strains of 2019

There are over 500 marijuana strains. 500. That’s a lot of marijuana.

Within those hundreds and hundreds of marijuana strains, it seems that every strain has a medicinal purpose that is hyper-specific to certain needs. While some people may not be able to notice the subtleties of each strain, others have grown very fond of certain varieties because of the flavor, scent, medicinal value, or all three.

At Salveo Health and Wellness, we want to make sure that every medical marijuana patient in Canton, Illinois, is able to find their favorite strain. That’s why we are compiling a list of some of our top-trending medical marijuana strains of 2019 so far. Each one of the medical marijuana strains on this list is different, and each one imparts a specific medical benefit.

If you are ready to try the wonderful medicinal effects of medical marijuana, and you are located in the Canton, Illinois area, make sure you have access to a medical marijuana card, and once you do, stop by Salveo Health and Wellness to purchase some high-quality, medical marijuana to treat your conditions. If you need help submitting or completing the application for a medical marijuana card, feel free to contact us at 309-204-3904 today.

Medical Marijuana Strains

Without further ado, here is our list of some of the best trending medical marijuana strains of 2019. Remember to use medical marijuana responsibly and to only use it if you have a valid medical marijuana card in the state of Illinois.

G6 (Jet Fuel)

For a high-powered, focused, and euphoric medical marijuana strain, you can’t go wrong with G6. This sativa-forward hybrid strain combines some incredibly potent Diesel strains to create an overall unforgettable medical marijuana experience.

When you aren’t too busy taking note of the earthy, diesel scent that this strain exudes, you’ll notice it is effective in treating conditions like depression and anxiety — and don’t worry, this strain isn’t known for causing paranoia, but do make sure to stay hydrated to avoid cotton mouth.

Cannalope Kush

Cannalope Kush is another sativa-dominant hybrid strain that affords an incredible balance between an indica and a sativa. While arguably not as energetic as G6, Cannalope Kush is known for imparting the same benefits with an underlying current of mellow indica vibes. Cannalope Kush has an unmistakably fruity and earthy scent and flavor that results in a balanced euphoria.

Cannalope Kush is effective at treating stress, depression, pain, and fatigue, although it can make some patients anxious after using it. Best to try this strain in small doses until you feel comfortable with its potent effects.

Bio-Jesus

If you are in need of pain management and are looking for opioid alternatives, be sure to try this wacky-named strain. Bio-Jesus is an indica-dominant hybrid that claims heritage from the Colorado Medical Marijuana Harvest Cup award-winning Bio-Diesel strain. Similar to G6, Bio-Jesus will have a diesel-like quality to its scent, but it also has a peppery, herbal spice flavor to it, rounding it out as an incredibly delicious strain.

Bio-Jesus is notorious for its ability to reduce inflammation and reduce certain types of pain. If you are looking for pain relief or a healthier alternative to opioids, Bio-Jesus is an effective strain that should not be ignored. The intense physical sensations patients experience come with little anxiety or paranoia, and it slowly gives way to a cerebral hazy calm that will help you manage your pain effectively.

Alien Rock Candy

The sweet, citrusy, candy-like quality of Alien Rock Candy make it a stand-out strain on our list. As a indica-dominant hybrid, this medical marijuana strain can provide you with optimal relaxation and pain relief. This strain is usually low-energy and perfect for those suffering from insomnia and general stress.

While Alien Rock Candy has some reported uplifting effects, it is mostly used as a peaceful segue into sleep. Whether you have a high-intensity job, hypertension, or insomnia, this strain is perfect for some quality rest and relaxation.

If you’re interested in learning more about Salveo Health and Wellness’s medical marijuana strains, be sure to visit our website today!

Terpenes 101

There has been an increase in attention given to the organic components of marijuana beyond tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). One of the most recently talked about element of marijuana is terpene content. If you have been following trends in health and wellness, you may have noticed that essential oils are being championed for their medicinal value. Interestingly enough, many of these essential oils contain terpenes, which are the main reason why these oils have various, although subtle, effects. Today, we are going to define terpenes as well identify what they have to do with medical marijuana and how they impact you.

Medical marijuana patients deserve access to some of the best medical marijuana products. At Salveo Health and Wellness, we take a holistic approach to treating your condition. Whether you are looking for a topical cream with CBD or need a rarer indica strain, Salveo Health and Wellness is here to help medical marijuana patients receive access to the latest and greatest the medical marijuana industry has to offer. Visit our website for more information or give us a call today at 309-204-3909.

What Are Terpenes?

If you have ever smelled the marijuana flower, or “bud,” you may have noticed a distinct smell. If you have smelled different strains of marijuana, you may have noticed that each one smells different; sometimes the differences are subtle, while other times they are extreme. Patients describe certain smells as having lots of citrus notes while others are closer to berries or lavender. This is largely in part due to the naturally-occurring terpenes in the marijuana.

Terpenes aren’t just found in marijuana. Terpenes are found in all essential oils and are the reason why certain things smell the way they do. Terpenes are a large class of organic compounds, and they can be broken down into two basic categories: monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. These two types of terpenes have different effects on the mind, and many aromatherapists have written about the subtle effects of smelling and diffusing terpenes through essential oils.

Monoterpenes include limonene (responsible for citrus-like smells in lemon, bergamot, carrot, and fennel), pinene (responsible for woodsy smells in coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, pines, and oregano), and camphene (also responsible for wood-like smells in pines, juniper, fir, and spruce). If you have ever smelled a marijuana strain like Lemon G or Cinex and immediately thought of lemons, that might be due to the high limonene content in these strains.Aromatherapists tend to note that monoterpenes provide a warming energy and sensation to the mind and skin when inhaled or applied topically.

While monoterpenes are known for their warming and energetic properties, sesquiterpenes are known for their calm and soothing effects. Sesquiterpenes are found in lavender, sage, marjoram, patchouli, chamomile, and so much more.

Terpenes and Marijuana

There have been over 100 different terpenes identified in cannabis plants, and every strain has a completely different terpene profile. The idea behind caring about terpenes in your medical marijuana is that terpenes can have synergistic interactions with cannabinoids. It is possible that terpenes help regulate and mediate our body’s interaction with other cannabinoids, meaning that each strain will have a unique effect on your body that is subtly different from another strain.

Researchers are still trying to index and identify which terpenes in marijuana, combined with the THC and CBD content, provide specific sensations or mental reactions. For example, marijuana strains with a high linalool content (linalool can be found in basil, lavender, thyme, ginger, and oregano, just to name a few) may induce greater levels or relaxation, while strains with high levels of limonene can impart a feeling of elevated mood.

Terpenes for Sale

You can purchase essential oils, which include a whole host of terpenes in them, and then diffuse the oils so you can feel the impact of the terpenes. You can also feel the impact of certain terpenes when you ingest medical marijuana. The analysis and development of terpene identification in marijuana has brought a new level of horticulture and awareness of the effects of marijuana.

If you are in the Canton, Illinois area, and you are a medical marijuana patient looking to experience the positive, synergistic effects of terpenes in marijuana, be sure to visit Salveo Health and Wellness. Our staff will help find the right strain for you and your medical condition. Visit our website today to learn more.

What is CBD?

A recent trend in both medical research and cannabis research is the adoption of cannabidiol (CBD) for treating many different conditions. But before you go lathering CBD oils on your skin or taking a CBD infused edible, perhaps you are wondering what CBD is. In short, CBD is just one of many organic compounds found in the cannabis plant and is prevalent in almost all strains of cannabis, some having higher levels of CBD than others. In this blog, we will be going more in-depth about the effects of CBD on your mind and body while also reviewing any potential risks with using CBD.

If you are in the Canton area and you want access to affordable, high-quality medical marijuana, be sure to contact Salveo Health and Wellness. Our staff is dedicated to providing the medical marijuana community with effective treatments for a wide range of medical conditions. If you don’t have your medical marijuana card, but you qualify for one, we are happy to help you achieve the right treatment for your conditions. Visit our website for more information about our medical marijuana dispensary and CBD treatments or give us a call at 309-204-3909.

CBD Basics

Just to be clear, CBD is a naturally-occurring resin found in cannabis plants. Both sativa and indica strains have CBD in the cannabis flowers. Certain breeders and growers have created CBD rich or dominant strains, some of them containing little THC and mostly CBD. CBD can be extracted from these strains in a variety of methods, with some resulting in pure CBD oil.

One of the most important things to understand about CBD is that it does not have the same psychoactive effects that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has. If you only take CBD, you won’t feel “stoned” or “high,” and there is a general lack of lethargy or lack of concentration that accompanies the consumption of THC. This makes CBD a perfect candidate for anyone who does not wish to get high but still wants to experience the healing properties of medical marijuana.

Speaking of which, most of those therapeutic properties come from CBD. For patients who are looking for relief from anxiety, stress, or muscle inflammation should consider trying CBD. Scientific studies and clinical research are still in their infancy, and a large body of research is required before any sweeping, definitive claims can be made about CBD’s healing properties. Early adopters, advocates, and researchers of CBD claim that CBD oil can help with conditions like arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and inflammation, epilepsy and so much more. Early research also suggests that CBD may have certain anticancer and neuroprotective properties.

Taking CBD

CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways. It is important to consider what you are most comfortable doing when you consume CBD. Certain marijuana strains are CBD-rich, meaning that there is still THC in them, but there is also the prevalence of CBD. If you don’t want to experience the psychoactive effects of THC, stick to CBD oils and extracts that can be either vaporized, consumed orally, or applied to the skin.

If you are interested in vaporizing, commonly referred to as vaping, be sure that you know the chemical composition of the oil that you are smoking. CBD oils are commonly sold in easy-to-use cartridges for vaping, but some of these cartridges may contain THC in them. Vaping CBD is one of the fastest ways to administer CBD, with most users reporting relief from their symptoms in just a few minutes.

Ingesting CBD in the form of edibles requires no equipment to consume the CBD. Whereas vaping CBD requires a vaporizer, CBD oils can be consumed orally in a variety of flavors and treats. Whether you like fruity gummies, hard candy, chocolate, or coffee, there is a CBD edible that can work for any picky eater. Consuming CBD edible is perhaps one of the slowest ways to feel the effects of CBD, with users reporting one to two hours before feeling the effects on their body.

Topical creams, salves, and ointments that contain CBD are also a popular way of consuming CBD. Depending on your condition and the severity of it, a topical CBD lotion might provide you the greatest relief. Whether you have sore muscles, aching joints, or inflamed tissues, a CBD lotion might be perfect for you.

CBD Oils and Tinctures in Canton, Illinois

If you are interested in taking CBD for a medical condition, be sure to get a medical marijuana card that allows you to visit high-quality dispensaries legally in Illinois. Many medical marijuana patients see a marked improvement in the quality of their lives after they begin medical marijuana treatments. If you are in the Canton area, make sure you visit Salveo Health and Wellness to find a wide selection of CBD options. Visit our website or call us today at 309-204-3909 for more information.

Changes to the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

On July 1 Governor Rauner signed a bill that extended the term of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program into 2020. The bill also made a number of other changes to the current system, however. The new rules went into effect on August 1st and since many of the new regulations are only being sporadically reported here is a breakdown what is different in the program, as of today.

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