So you are thinking about smoking Cannabis…Let me be the first to say Congratulations!!!
You are taking the first steps into an amazing new world; a world filled with amazing people, groovy celebrities, growers, chefs, innovators and entrepreneurs.
This series will serve as a sort of Cannabis Survival Guide and will go over everything Cannabis.
So sit back, spark up and enjoy.
To start things off, Cannabis plants are either male or female. It’s the female plant that produces those beautiful aromatic buds that we all know and love.
Cannabis is further categorized by species; Indica, Sativa and Ruderalis.
Indica makes you sleepy and relaxed. Sativa is Energizing and Uplifting and Ruderalis probably wont get you high, so don’t smoke it.
The chemical that gets you high is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The chemical that doesn’t get you high but relaxes the muscles and soothes anxiety is CBD (Cannabidiol).
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There are five ways to consume or use Cannabis; you can smoke it, you can vaporize it, you can eat it, you can take a tincture or you can rub it in.
Smoking Cannabis requires the use of a bong, pipe, joint or a blunt and usually involves putting a flame to your Cannabis and inhaling the smoke that comes out.
Vaporizing on the other hand, requires the use of a vaporizer that heats up anywhere between 280°F-410°F. Vaporizing Cannabis is better for your health and the taste is far better too.
Eating Cannabis Edibles gives you more of a body high and can leave you couch locked if you consume too much so be cautious. Edibles are usually made using Cannabis butter or Cannabis oil. A Tincture is a concentrated form of Cannabis. They require applying a dropper of concentrated Cannabis under the tongue.
This method of application is good for children or people that want to avoid smoking and vaporizing Cannabis. Finally, Cannabis lotions and balms can be rubbed into the skin to relieve sore muscles.
There are 3 physical forms of Cannabis: Flower, Oil, and Concentrate.
Each physical form has its pros and cons. Flower can be smoked in all the traditional ways and can also be vaporized. Concentrates need to be vaporized in a Dab Rig or vaporizer but can be added to flower and smoked.
Oil can only be vaporized or consumed in food.
AVB (Already Vaped Bud) is the brown, baked Cannabis that comes out of your dry herb vaporizer.
This AVB is still useful so do not throw it away. Instead, save it up and make some Cannabutter or sprinkle it on a cracker with peanut butter.
This AVB has already been Decarboxylated and is ready to consume.
There has been a lot of talk about terpenes these days. But what are terpenes and what do they do?
Terpenes are organic compounds produced by plants. These organic compounds are made to protect the plants from sunlight.
These terpenes also attract the predators of harmful herbivores, acting as another method of protection. In cannabis, terpenes are produced in the trichomes (crystal structures on the buds) of the plant.
These trichomes also produce THC, the chemical that causes the psychoactive effect that gets you high. Terpenes are what produce the smell associated with popular cannabis strains like Sour Diesel and Super Lemon Haze.
The recent discovery of terpenes has added to the growing connoisseurship of cannabis and promises to become the new frontier for growers and consumers alike.
Now that you’ve got the basics down, you might be wondering what some of the best tips are for finding quality bud, or even best practices when it comes to storage.
We’ve got you covered. Stay tuned for the second half of the Cannabis Survival Guide.
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