Eat, Vape, Smoke: Cannabis Consumption

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So you have a medical cannabis patient card. Now what? Even long-time cannabis veterans, when faced with all of the new options that legalization and technology have produced, could be flustered when considering how to consume their medicine. Do you go the tried-and-true route and smoke dry flower? Do you vape (and what is vaping, by the way?) Do you use a tincture or edible? Here are a few of your options when it comes to consuming medical cannabis.
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Intro to Cannabinoids and the Entourage Effect

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We touched on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in a previous post. The ECS is the recently discovered system in our body that helps keep our other systems in a state of balance. Cannabinoids are chemicals in the cannabis plant that interact with this system. Though research on the endocannabinoid system is still in its early stages, several of the chemicals in the cannabis plant have been isolated and work is being done to discover the ways they affect the human body.

Science hasn’t yet unlocked all of the secrets in cannabis, but here is a short list of things we do know about the active chemicals that make it a promising medicinal treatment.

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What Is The Endocannabinoid System?

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Human beings have been harnessing cannabis for its medicinal properties for millennia. Early records go all the way back to 2700 – 1500 B.C., and though it’s been used for such a long time research is still in its infancy as far as how the plant exactly affects the body. Scientists over the last few decades have identified many of the active chemicals in cannabis, called cannabinoids, and are zeroing in on how these substances interact with the human body and why they have the effects they do. The last 25 years of study have identified an entire system which interacts with a startling number of functions. Like the nervous system, the digestive system, or the cardiovascular system we learn about in school, this new system could be vital to proper functioning of the body. This is the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

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