The Benefits of Microdosing Magic Mushrooms

What is Microdosing?

Microdosing is consuming small amounts of psilocybin-containing mushrooms over a long period. Microdosing psilocybin is a new phenomenon that is being studied increasingly in the medical community and may improve productivity. Unlike psychedelic trips, microdosing patients report having no psychedelic experiences but still feel better clarity with their thoughts and actions. 

A typical dose of psilocybin is 3.5 grams to trip, but a microdose is roughly 1/10th that amount. Our psilocybe tablets are carefully dosed for a microdosing session without the need to measure anything on your own. 

What are the health benefits?

Scientists have found that psilocybin can reshape cells in the brain and access untapped potential with new neural activity. Psilocybin also mimics serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is the leading neurotransmitter in controlling your mood, cognition, memory, and many more physiological processes. Unlike prescription medications and stimulants, psilocybin naturally allows the brain to understand new ways of thinking and feeling. 

Mental Health 

People microdose magic mushrooms to improve mental health-related issues, including anxiety and depression. As more research is conducted on this substance, scientists find more and more mental health benefits of small doses of psilocybin. The new neural connections that are made while microdosing can decrease anxiety and depression. Researchers are even finding promising studies for using psilocybin to treat veterans with PTSD. 

Microdosing is a healthy alternative to other prescription drugs that mask symptoms without getting to the root of the problem. Unlike prescription SSRIs used to treat anxiety and depression, psilocybin does not flood the brain with serotonin, which can cause serotonin syndrome. Microdosing allows the brain to naturally produce serotonin without the negative effects of prescription drugs. Microdosing enables users to be productive and have a clear mind as they go about their day.

Focus

There is a reason why microdosing is the new productivity hack in Silicon Valley. Microdosing allows users to sit down and focus on work for longer periods without getting distracted. We all have those days at work when the mind wanders a little more than we’d like. Microdosing on days when work needs to be completed can give you that focused attention on the project at hand. 

If you find yourself always grabbing for another cup of coffee throughout the day, microdosing could be an option to stay focused and awake. The stimulant-like effects of microdosing give users the energy needed to tackle large work projects without the crash. 

Creativity

The stress-reducing properties and increased focus that comes out of microdosing can open the mind. Microdosing gives one a fresh perspective and allows one to tap into their creative side. 

People use large doses of psychedelics for self-exploration and spiritual purposes. However, a small dose of those same psychedelics can create new neural connections to aid creativity without the overwhelming, altered thoughts and visuals. 

Mindfulness

All of the health benefits of microdosing-psilocybin can overall help you become more mindful. Mindfulness is the state of being aware of oneself, and that cannot be achieved when your mind is full of stress, anxiety, and a lack of focus. Being aware of yourself and your surroundings can improve your relationships with others and your overall well-being.

Being mindful of oneself also helps people with addiction. Microdosing has helped people quit substances such as alcohol and cigarettes. It is important to have the right mindset to quit any substance, and microdosing could help you do this. Researchers are studying why microdosing works for some addicts, but the increased awareness of oneself plays a role in the process. 

What are the Risks of Microdosing?

Microdosing is not for everyone. Some people are more sensitive to psilocybin than others. Those with a history of psychotic disorders such as bipolar or schizophrenia may want to avoid microdosing because it can bring out unwanted side effects. 

Common side effects can be increased anxiety and uncomfortable sensations, which reduces focus and worsens moods. That is why it is best to take psilocybin responsibly at the correct dosage because it affects everyone differently.

Summary

Microdosing psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms) is a new phenomenon that has shown some very positive benefits for mental health and productivity. There is currently little formal research on the treatment, but as it continues to grow in popularity, more studies will support this natural treatment. 

Be mindful that psilocybin is a hallucinogen when taken at high dosages. It is essential to know your body and know what you can handle because psilocybin does affect everyone differently.

Taking roughly 1/10 of a gram will be suitable for the average user, compared to 3.5 grams for someone that wants to trip. Try microdosing for a few days to see how your mental health and productivity is affected. 

The health benefits ranging from treating anxiety, depression and increasing focus and creativity makes for a perfect drug to try in your daily routine. Try our high-quality psilocybin tablets today for a healthy alternative to prescription drugs.

CBD vs. Marijuana: What Is Right For You?

CBD and marijuana can both be beneficial if used properly. So which one is right for you? Whether you are using it for health reasons, or recreational purposes, this guide will help clear up any questions surrounding these cannabis products. 

First of all, what is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant that has no psychoactive properties. CBD is used for its medical benefits because it is a great natural anti-inflammatory and can be used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and epilepsy. 

CBD has no severe side effects, and you cannot overdose on it, so it’s very safe to use. CBD is often prescribed to children that are suffering from severe seizures that other medication could not treat. CBD is an excellent alternative to traditional pain medicines that may lead to addiction and unwanted side effects.

CBD affects the CB1 and CB2 found in the central nervous system. These receptors are responsible for sending signals to produce the chemical serotonin. Low serotonin is associated with depression and anxiety, so CBD is used as a natural aid for those disorders. However, you should first talk to your doctor if you are looking to try CBD as an alternative to your current treatment.

CBD can be taken orally as a tincture, pill, edible or smoked in flower or vape form. There are also different kinds of CBD extracts, which include isolate, full-spectrum, and broad-spectrum CBD. Isolate is 99% pure CBD with no other terpenes or cannabinoids present. Full-spectrum takes all of the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant, so it is not pure CBD. Broad-spectrum is a middle ground extract with some cannabinoids and terpenes but is still mainly CBD. Both broad and full-spectrum CBD extracts also do not have enough THC to get you high, like marijuana. 

At Terra Cannabis we have a wide range of CBD products in various forms for your consumption preferences. Check out our online store for information on how CBD can help you. 

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) is a strain of cannabis with a higher THC to CBD ratio. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive cannabinoid that creates a mind-altering euphoria used for recreational use. THC has medical benefits as well, which include treating nausea, appetite loss, and pain relief. 

THC works by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain that are responsible for pleasure, time perception, and pain. This binding stimulates the production of dopamine, giving the user a rush of euphoria. However, it can also have adverse effects by creating feelings of anxiety or paranoia for some users. Different marijuana strains affect people differently, based on biochemistry, genetics, and overall health. 

It is smart to start slow when using THC products to see what your body can handle. Some people are more sensitive to THC and have bad experiences if they overdo it on their first try. This is especially important for using edibles because edibles create a much more intense high that can be overwhelming for some. We have another blog post that dives deeper into why edibles affect you differently that may clear up some questions surrounding edibles. 

Just like CBD, marijuana can be taken orally as a tincture, pill, or smoked in flower or vape form. Browse our online store for high-quality marijuana products and have them shipped anywhere in Canada. 

Which is best for you?

These two cannabis products are used for different outcomes, either medical or recreational. CBD has become widely popular in the medical community as a safe alternative to traditional medicine with very few side effects. If you are looking for medical relief without the “high” that comes from marijuana, CBD is right. 

Marijuana, on the other hand, has become a preferred recreational drug of choice in recent years. Marijuana is safer than alcohol, and there are no known cases of an overdose. People have enjoyed this drug for social, spiritual, and healing purposes for many years. As marijuana is becoming legalized in more places, it is now much less taboo, and more people are opening up to the therapeutic and recreational benefits. Whether you choose to use CBD or marijuana, you will likely reap the benefits and begin a journey towards wellness. 

Should I Give My Dog CBD?

CBD Oil for Dogs

Researchers have made significant progress in proving that cannabidiol is safe and effective for your pets, specifically dogs. Due to its non-psychoactive healing properties, many people are giving their canines CBD to treat various ailments. How do you know if CBD can help your hurting pup? Take a look at the top health issues plaguing man’s best friend and see how CBD could be the best treatment for them.

CBD for Dog Cancer

Researcher’s at the Ohio State University found that CBD compounds, “have been shown to possess anti-proliferative and anti-angiogenic effects in vitro as well as in vivo in different cancer models.” In translation, cannabidiol manages the cell pathways that are vital to cell survival and growth; this means they will also stop metastasis (the spread of cancer through the bloodstream). 

There is not much research on CBD for dogs with cancer. However, there is evidence that suggests it can be an effective treatment. Take Larry’s story, for example. His dog Kai was given three months to live in April due to a tumor in his neck. The only options Larry faced were watching his beloved Kai suffer a painful death, put him to sleep, or perform a risky surgery that would cost $5,000 and would not have guaranteed success. Feeling defeated, Larry did some research and found CBD. Come July, “Some of his smaller tumors disappeared. The big one is still there, but it stopped growing.” Larry credits tinctures high in CBD for his dog’s surviving over a year after he was given only a few months.

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CBD Oil for Dog Arthritis

It’s not uncommon for older dogs to experience arthritis, similar to humans. Arthritis is inflammation in the joints, which seems simple but has complicated effects. An otherwise healthy dog’s quality of life will diminish due to the chronic pain that comes with arthritis. 

The traditional medications prescribed by vets to relieve pain in canines don’t have the same direct effect that CBD does. Because cannabidiol is a potent anti-inflammatory, it cuts right to the chase. A group of scientists from the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology studied the progression of arthritis in diagnosed rats after administering CBD and the results were profound. Not only did their treatment reduce the damage in the rat’s joints, it protects them from further inflammation and deterioration. 

It makes sense that arthritis is most common among in elderly and obese canines due to the wear and tear their bodies have placed on their joints, causing them to become inflamed. These dogs are already high risk and the synthetic salicylates or “doggy aspirins” that vets commonly prescribe puts them in more danger. The problem with aspirin is that it thins the blood, making k-9s susceptible to bleeding out from a harmless wound or bleeding internally. Erosion of the stomach and liver have also been reported from long-term use. 

Join Carole and many other dog owners who have seen significant improvement in their dog’s health and quality with CBD.

CBD for Dog Anxiety

If your dog hides during thunderstorms, whines when you are away or is skittish in new surroundings, they might have anxiety! It’s perfectly normal and entirely treatable. Some dogs are unable to take long-established “doggie downers” because of preexisting health conditions and some owners aren’t keen on their side effects. This is where CBD comes in.

Because it’s an anxiolytic agent, cannabidiol is an all natural anti-anxiety supplement. In 2012, the  Laboratory of Panic and Respiration conducted an experiment in which they restrained two groups of mice, one group was injected with CBD and the other was not. The study concluded that CBD blocked panic-like responses and flight responses to the brain. Leaving the medicated mice cool, calm and collected while the others struggled to break free. The conclusion of this experiment provides overwhelming evidence that CBD is an effective anti-anxiety solution for animals. 

CBD for Dog Seizures

Seizures are one of the most commonly reported neurological conditions in dogs. Although there are many treatments for epileptic dogs such as Phenobarbital, Diazepam and Potassium Bromide,   they come with irreversible side effects and a hefty price tag. Some of the side effects include lack of coordination, lethargy, irritability and even liver disease. Fortunately, there’s a safer and cheaper alternative. 

Phenobarbital and its constituents are costly, dangerous and sometimes ineffective. Recent reports show that CBD is a has an extensive anticonvulsant profile that naturally adheres to cannabinoid receptors; unlike the synthetic medications. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system to maintain homeostasis through cannabinoids that are produced internally. Further stimulating these receptors with outside cannabinoids such as CBD is at the forefront of seizure treatment research today. 

Studies show that patients who used the hemp-derived alternative to nurse epileptic episodes have never reported an increase in symptoms. That fact alone should help you rest assured your pup’s brain chemistry can only improve with CBD.  

Why Do Certain Strains Affect People Differently?

Why Do Certain Strains Affect People Differently?

Most people familiar with cannabis culture are probably familiar with the distinctions that differentiate indica and sativa strains of the plant. Typically, the general consensus preaches that most indica strains of cannabis possess calming, sedative effects (attributed to higher CBD content), whilst most sativa strains possess alerting, more stimulating effects (attributed to higher THC content). On paper these distinctions may seem to be helpful rules of thumb, but the reality is far from being that binary or black & white.

Cannabis fundamentally takes effect in the body through it’s Endocannabinoid System, and every individual ECS can react to the same strains in uniquely varying ways. It can be chalked up to a few scientific reasons why this is so, all of which will be overviewed in the following informational blog. Read on below to learn more.

Biochemistry

Some people may have a high propensity to soda or coffee before they really feel a caffeine buzz jolt their system, but for others, one can or cup may be enough to send them over the edge. Ergo, some people may be lightweights with their alcohol and only take two beers to feel tipsy, whereas others may be like the late, great Andre The Giant (figuratively) and last seemingly endlessly before the slightest trace of inebriation sets in. Cannabis is no different; much like any drug, tolerance and sensitivity to it varies differently with every individual.

This is where the ECS comes in, yet again. Though it is an omnipresent force active in every living, breathing mammal, genetics, physical and mental health (both of which will be further elaborated upon below), and chemical alterations can all make these neurotransmitter networks’ properties fluctuate wildly from individual to individual. It’s why certain strains can palliate depression, anxiety, or mental health issues for some, but worsen them for others, why we can tolerate the THC compound content in cannabis without any lethal outcomes, but our pets can’t, and why dosage needs for medicinal cannabis may radically vary. While there are general trends and rules of thumb, they are, at the end of the day, rules of thumb: no two individuals ECS are 100% identical.

Genetics

Biochemical alterations are elements which, to a degree, can be influenced by our own volition: diet, extraneous drug use, and even prior cannabis use history can all sway how an individual’s ECS reacts to a medical cannabis strain, and these are all elements which are within an individual’s control. That being said, some of it comes down less to a carefully curated deck, but more to a random roll of the dice; the body’s ECS is molded in a myriad of ways by hereditary genetic factors, largely out of our hands.

Some of the adverse mental health effects of cannabis, for instance (namely pertaining to anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and psychosis), may be attributed to a single gene variation. Such variations have also been linked to level of lucidity through cannabis highs, and in about 1/5th of Americans, higher cannabinoid content than average. In the grand scope of medicine, this research is in it’s relative infancy (beginning with Raphael Mecholaum’s findings in the 1960s), but what we do know so far sparks undeniable promise and excitement.

The Individual

Biological males and biological females naturally possess innate hormonal differences from birth, perhaps most evidently in testosterone and estrogen, but these hormonal differences also interplay with cannabis in a multitude of intricate, nuanced, beneficial, or more detrimental ways. For instance, the female brain has been observed to have higher cannabinoid density than the male brain, meaning that they have increased cannabinoid sensitivity, but interestingly, males are typically more susceptible to feeling the effects of munchies (increased appetite following a cannabis high) than women.

At the moment, little is known about exactly why this is so, but research literature has illuminated an interesting overview of cannabis’ interactions with sexual health. Given the psychoactive compound THC’s intimate relationship with estrogen, potent cannabis reactions are naturally strengthened through female ovulation, when hormone levels reach their utmost peak. Conversely, older studies have posited the argument that marijuana contributes to sperm count decline in men, but now that researchers have the freedom to experiment with sober human ECS models, newer research has indicated the contrary, with one recent Harvard study observing a notable 38% increase in sperm concentration.

Overall Health

The entire purpose of the Endocannabinoid System is to serve as a stepping stone to move the body closer toward homeostasis, balance, and equilibrium. Obviously, those who suffer from chronic illness (whether physical or psychological) will not have the standard healthy baseline of balance that people who don’t have these disorders will possess.

Rather than bring forth a discombolating high, the cannabis will be more likely to move these individual’s conditions closer to normalcy, and we believe that all people should have the privilege to experience this normalcy, free of suffering. If you live in Canada, we highly implore that you get started by visiting our Shop page, and ordering a product that’s right for you.

Which Marijuana Strains are Best for Anxiety?

Marijuana is used for a variety of reasons. Some consume marijuana for its euphoric high, to get work done, to stimulate creativity and to socialize. Others utilize the plant for its medicinal purposes. Marijuana has proven to treat a wide variety of illnesses and ailments including depression, nausea, chronic pain, and inflammation. Particularly, it’s used by many who suffer from varying degrees of anxiety. If you are considering utilizing cannabis to help treat anxiety, look no further. We’ve outlined how the plant interacts with your body, what some of the best strains are for anxiety relief, and other marijuana-related anxiety treatments.

How Exactly Does Marijuana Help Anxiety?

There are compounds found in marijuana called cannabinoids. When consumed, these cannabinoids attach to multiple “cannabinoid receptors” in the brain. The most common cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

These cannabinoids bind to a receptor called cannabinoid receptor type 1, also known as CB1. CB1 receptors are found in large numbers in parts of the brain that asses for threats and manage fear responses. When the cannabinoids are bound to CB1, the brain appears to decrease its reaction to threats, this facilitates the anxiety relief many feel from marijuana.

What Dosage is Best?

Although cannabis use helps to relieve anxiety when its cannabinoids are bound to CB1, it is important to note that your dosage must be kept within the correct limits to make sure your anxiety doesn’t get worse.

With the regular consumption of THC your number of CB1 receptors actually decreases. This means that your brain is now less sensitive to its natural endocannabinoids, making it more likely to have an increase in day-to-day anxieties. If you plan to utilize marijuana to help cope with anxiety, you need to be mindful of your dosage, frequency of use, and the type of marijuana you are consuming.

One way to control for this is by utilizing strains that have lower THC content and higher CBD content, as CBD appears to fight the anxiety-inducing parts of THC. Many people don’t realize that there are now strains that have little to no THC. These strains are real game changers for those who suffer from anxiety, but that doesn’t mean that they are the only options. Many other strains containing THC work just as well.

Which Strains are Best?

Currently, we offer 15 different strains that are great for reducing anxiety symptoms. Of that list, we’ve outlined some of our favorites below.

King’s Kush

This is our most popular anxiety-reducing strain by far. This strain, bred by Green House Seeds, comes from the OG Kush and Grape Ape strains. The flower is known for its potency and shiny trichomes. The first effects of King’s Kush begin with an elevated mood and then are followed with a full body melt.

Details

THC content: 21.7%
CBD content: 0.1%
Strain type: Indica
Grade: AA

Flavors

Earthy, sweet, and grape-like.

Effects

This strain will make you feel relaxed, sleepy, euphoric, uplifted, and hungry.

Other Medical Uses

This strain is also great for depression, insomnia, pain, nausea, and muscle spasms.

Sour Tangie

This strain comes from DNA Genetics and is an 80% cross between the Tangie and East Coast Sour Diesel strains. Sour Tangie combines the classic Sour Diesel aroma with Tangie’s elevating buzz and citrus flavors.

Details

THC content: 26.7%

CBD content: 0.1%
Strain type: Sativa-dominant hybrid (80% sativa, 20% indica)

Flavors

Orange, sour citrus, earthy, and diesel.

Effects

This strain will make you feel happy, uplifted, euphoric, energetic, and relaxed.

Other Medical Uses

This strain is also great for depression, fatigue, pain, and inflammation.

Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese is a favorite among cannabis enthusiasts and it’s easy to see why. A cross between the male Blueberry (Indica) and female Cheese (Hybrid) strains from the UK, it brings forward a strong combination of blueberry and cheese in flavor. Its Indica-dominant classification will provide you with the perfect balance of relaxation and stimulation.

Details

THC content: 20%
CBD content: 0.1%
Strain type: Indica Hybrid (80% Indica, 20% Sativa)
Grade: AAA

Flavors

Fruity (blueberry), cheese, musty, hash-like.

Effects

This strain will make you feel happy, uplifted, energetic, euphoric, and relaxed.

Other Medical Uses

This strain is also great for depression, fatigue, pain, and inflammation.

Pink Starburst

Named after the best starburst out there (and you can fight us about that), this strain smells just as good as it sounds. Pink Starburst is a cross between Headband (which makes the consumer feel like they’re wearing a headband while high) and DJ Short Blueberry to provide maximum potency and flavor.

Details

THC content: 24.7%
CBD content: 0.1%
Strain type: Indica
Grade: AAA

Flavors

Earth, floral, candy-like, and berry.

Effects

This strain will make you feel relaxed, focused, euphoric, uplifted, and happy.

Other Medical Uses

This strain is also great for depression, fatigue, nausea, and lack of appetite.

Lemon Thai

This strain is produced by Dutch Flowers and is great for those looking for extra creative insight. Lemon Thai is a cross between Hawaiian strain and Thai sativa. This strain leaves you clear-minded and calm, allowing you to go about your normal day without feeling overwhelmed or weighed down.

Details

THC content: 27.1%
CBD content: 0.1%
Strain type: Sativa

Flavors

Citrus, sour lemon, mint, and herbal.

Effects

This strain will make you feel happy, euphoric, energetic, focused, thoughtful, and relaxed.

Other Medical Uses

This strain is also great for depression, fatigue, inflammation, and pain.

Amnesia Haze

A two-time Cannabis Cup winner (1st place 2004, 1st place Sativa Cup 2012), Amnesia Haze is definitely one you need to try out. Its strong lineage has been traced back to South Asia and Jamaica and has an energetic, uplifting buzz to provide the perfect start to your day. Despite its name, Amnesia Haze won’t leave with you a severely impaired memory due to its sativa potency.

Details

THC content: 25.7%
CBD content: 0.1%
Strain type: Sativa
Grade: AAA

Flavors

Citrus (lemon) and earthy.

Effects

This strain will make you feel happy, euphoric, uplifted, and energetic.

Other Medical Uses

This strain is also great for depression, pain, headaches, and lack of appetite.

King Louis XIII

If you consider yourself an OG Kush enthusiast, this strain is for you. King Louis XIII is a result of the crossbreed of OG Kush and LA Confidential. Hailing from southern California, this strain can only be found in select dispensaries and we are so stoked to carry it.

Details

THC content: 24.9%
CBD content: 0.1%
Strain type: Indica
Grade: AAA

Flavors

Earthy, pine, woody, skunk, and diesel.

Effects

This strain will make you feel happy, euphoric, relaxed, sleepy, and hungry.

Other Medical Uses

This strain is also great for depression, insomnia, lack of appetite, pain, and muscle spasms.

Do all of these strains sound way too good? Are you having trouble narrowing down which ones you want to try? Consider checking out our roulettes! We offer a 7 Strain Roulette which contains 14 grams total of seven of our most popular strains including Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains. We also offer a Seven Gram Flower Roulette which contains seven grams from a wide variety of our strains.

Don’t Forget About CBD Products

CBD is the incredibly valuable cannabinoid in the marijuana plant that is responsible for it’s anxiety relieving properties. CBD not only helps to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, but it’s even thought to alter serotonin signals for the better, helping with depression (which is commonly found alongside anxiety.) It also assists in nausea, chronic pain, and inflammation.

If you’re looking for other options, consider a product like CBD Isolate. This fine white powder contains 99% pure CBD. By isolating the compound, all oils, waxes, chlorophyll and plant material are removed so the only thing left behind is the ever-valuable CBD. By having this compound in isolated form, it’s also much easier to properly administer a dose.

Coming soon to our site, we will also have other CBD products such as Phoenix Tears (a full-spectrum CBD Hemp Oil), CBD pills, and CBD-focused flower.

About Terra

If you’re searching for a place to buy marijuana online, look no further. Terra is Canada’s leading online marijuana dispensary that ships directly to you, no matter where you are in the country. We provide fast and discreet shipping on all of our products. Ordering with us is as simple as signing up for an account, placing your order, and submitting payment via e-transfer.

Check out our wide selection of flower, concentrates, edibles, and vape pens. If you’re having trouble deciding or have questions about any of our marijuana products, hit us up and we’d be happy to lend a hand.

Intro to Microdosing Marijuana

You’ve probably heard the saying “you can never have too much of a good thing.” It’s great to indulge in simple things like good food, and now that Canada has legalized cannabis nationwide, good weed.

If you are thinking of trying cannabis for the first time or haven’t used any in a while, there are a few things to keep in mind. “Start low, and go slow” was one of my favorite sayings as a budtender. There’s no need to try to smoke all the weed at once. Take your time and find the right amount for you. If you’re familiar with high culture, you may have already heard of people “microdosing” psychedelics such as psilocybin mushrooms for mental health benefits. The same micro dosing technique can be used with THC to improve quality of life.

As the name implies, the practice of microdosing entails ingesting small quantities of a substance, in this case, THC. Enough to experience sustained relief, but not enough to set on the reactive, mind-altering effects of a high which could interfere with your day to day routine. Much of the publicity surrounding the trend typically focuses on hallucinogenics, but for those who want the benefits of THC, microdosing cannabis has become increasingly popular.

How to Microdose Marijuana

The first step in microdosing cannabis is determining the optimal dose to suit your needs. Unfortunately, decades of criminalization has made it difficult for scientists to pinpoint one “magic number” for dosage. CBD and THC affect individual endocannabinoid systems differently, and these effects can uniquely vary with liver metabolism, genetics, weight, mood, as well as prior cannabis use history, meaning that there is no one “right” dose for everyone.

Long story short, the “right” microdose depends on the person, and finding your own is a matter of patience, guesswork, and careful experimentation. Typically, the recommended numbers from experts are to microdose with 2.5mg, 5mg, or 10mg of THC, sustain that number over three days minimum to notice changes, and to incrementally increase that dose if needed. For more thorough estimates, we recommend Cheri Sicard’s free Marijuana Dosing Class and Calculator, both available here.

Strain selection is another important factor when determining your microdosing schedule. If you are someone who wants to use THC in the morning to help your energy throughout the workday, sativa-dominant strains are recommended because of their uplifting and energetic effects. If you are a more anxious person and need something to help you stay focused and relaxed, an indica-dominant strain would be more helpful.

From there, you’ll want to determine your preferred method of ingesting the microdose, and much like the dosing process, there is no one “right” form of ingestion. However, some forms may meet your personal preferences better than others. Smoking and vaping can be an effective way to absorb THC into your lung’s cannabinoid receptors for direct, immediate effect, though it can be difficult to estimate the THC content through this method. One or two puffs could be sufficient, though, for more precision, you may want to use a one-hitter pipe, tailor-made for quick, short-term consumption. The major benefit of smoking is that your body also gets the benefits of the terpenes that marijuana possesses.

For more sustained, long-term, and full body relief, cannabis edibles can be a great option, but you have to calculate the dosing carefully. Unlike smoking, edibles from a dispensary have precise amounts of THC per peice. Because edibles metabolize uniquely in the liver, it takes far longer to set in, about an hour to an hour and a half after ingesting. The high will start to set in and will stay present for about 2-4 hours.  If you prefer to microdose using cannabis-infused edibles, we recommend that you start with small, carefully-portioned bites and taking them about the same time of day for predictable results.

For the most precise measurements, we highly recommend that users start with tincture products. Like smoking, sublingual oil application via placing droplets under the tongue can induce near immediate effect without smoking or vaping. The one drawback is that oils are usually THC isolate meaning that you are getting the only THC and not the additional benefits of the naturally occurring terpenes. However, as previously stated, the way you microdose is ultimately a matter of personal preference.

Why You Should Microdose Marijuana

While more research still needs to be conducted, there is more and more evidence coming out supporting THC usage and its positive effects. A Washington State University study with 1300 participants demonstrated significant anxiety and depression reduction through microdosing. A separate trial observing cancer patients found that those given the lowest amount of a THC/CBD compound exhibited the least pain, and though the results have yet to be clinically replicated in humans, one mice study even found that frequent low doses of THC reversed age-related memory loss, a potentially profound insight for treating dementia, Alzheimer’s, CTE, or other neurodegenerative disorders. The reasons for microdosing THC may vary, but the results are consistent.

Top 5 Cannabis Podcasts

As the cannabis industry quickly expands, there is so much information to take in and so little time. Fortunately, marijuana experts and advocates found an adequate space to share cannabis culture.

Podcasts are becoming a preferred way to consume content because of their ability to fit into our busy day to day schedules. If you are on your way to work, going to the gym or packing a bowl, podcasts are a great way to keep up with relevant cannabis conversations.

Whether you’re looking to learn how to grow a potent strain or want to stay up to date on the industry, let our top 5 cannabis podcasts be your daily medicine.

What Are You Smoking

Link to Podcast

If you are looking to get ahead in the cannabis industry, Leafly’s ‘What Are You Smoking’ podcast is a must listen. Leafly is the world’s largest cannabis information resource; they pack their episodes with advice from all angles of the industry.

A group of cannabis specialists at Leafly alternate hosting the show. Every week they sit down with farmers, activists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and budtenders to bring you accurate and up to date information about cannabis.    

Weed + Grub

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Grab a snack because this one is going to give you the munchies. Mike Glazer and Mary Jane Gibson are foodies as well as cannabis lovers who started the podcast, ‘Weed and Grub.’

The duo inhale food and smoke while talking about cooking, pot and cooking with pot.

Both Mike and Mary Jane (yes, that’s her real name) have some actual street credit. Mike tells stories about smoking with Snoop Dog and cooking for chef Gordan Ramsey. After working as a writer/Editor for marijuana super mag., ‘High Times,’ Mary Jane was named one of “15 Most Powerful Women In Cannabis” by Complex.

Cheap Home Grow

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I’m sure we can all admit we have found pot seeds at the bottom of our baggy and attempted to plant them. Unfortunately, cultivating a worthwhile strain is much more complicated than that.

As a vetted cannabis journalist turned grower, Shane McCormick weighs in on the do’s and don’ts of growing marijuana. Thanks to his podcast, Cheap Home Grow, beginner growers can learn step-by-step how to bloom the perfect flower.

Getting Doug with High

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The host of this podcast, Doug Benson, is a cannabis sommelier who you probably recognize from the documentary, Super High Me. When he’s not getting high for research purposes, Doug is smoking and interviewing celebs on his show, Getting Doug with High.

He has interviewed many stoner favorites like the Adam, Blake, and Anders from Workaholics and Tommy Chong.

From rap battles to dab battles, Getting High With Doug is a lot of fun.  

The Chong and Chong Show

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Arguably the most famous smoker of all time, Tommy Chong, released a dope podcast series a few years back.

During his show, Chong and his son both seriously and hilariously weigh in on the culture surrounding cannabis. But, that’s not all. The king of cannabis comedy also shares his thoughts on politics, sex and even time he spent in jail.

Though it’s been a few years since they have posted an episode, it’s worth looking through the stacks.

With so much cannabis content to choose from, we hope this list leads you to the dankest podcasts.

Does Smoking Marijuana Make You Sleepy?

How To Not Get Sleepy When High

The versatility of cannabis becomes clear with all of the different options for cooking edibles. Recipes abound instructing patients on how to implement the plant into all sorts of sweet and savory infused-recipes. Aside from the delicious taste, edibles are a smoke-free option that offer the same benefits as other forms of cannabis.

Follow our simple guide to learn how to cook with cannabis and for some fun recipe ideas with which to utilize your newfound culinary knowledge.  

In general, marijuana is an extremely potent and psychoactive drug. Not potent enough to induce fatal overdose and not psychoactive enough to send your consciousness on a hallucinatory trip through the ethereal wringer, but still, it’s severe judgment impairing, mind-altering should not be glossed over. Just as viewing marijuana through a demonized, undignified framework is a myopic and intellectually-dishonest perspective, so too is romanticizing it as a one-size-fits-all miracle drug for any ailment.

In reality, even though it can help alleviate a lot of symptoms, marijuana can also exacerbate pain symptoms (in some cases), impair younger brain development, and trigger the symptoms of certain severe mental disorders in those who are already genetically predisposed to them. Furthermore, like alcohol, irresponsible marijuana use has correlated with DUI-related traffic accidents. Overall, while immensely helpful for many suffering from chronic pain or terminal illnesses, the psychoactive effects of THC may make marijuana highly undesirable and unsuitable for use out-&-about in everyday life; always consult a healthcare professional before trying marijuana for medical marijuana use, or consider trying CBD as a more benign alternative.

Moreover, marijuana’s stimulation of the endocannabinoid system is undisputedly proven to incite states of tiredness. For those suffering from sleep disorders or severe anxiety issues,  this might be a desired effect of cannabis, but understandably, people may not want to risk dozing off through social gatherings, casual day-to-day life routines, or if they’re in a profession which enables them to work from home. If you want to try marijuana for relief but are concerned about being swept up by fatigue, here are a few tips you should know to avoid getting (too) tired of the Green Goddess.

Stick To Sativa?

Contrary to popular belief, the differences between indica and sativa strains of marijuana are largely cosmetic, based upon the plant’s length & business. Strains can contain lower-THC and higher-CBD contents which could mitigate sleepiness, but whether or not they’re indica or sativa is a meaningless designation. It’s so useless, in fact, that researchers have analyzed 81 different strains and observed a largely similar genetic makeup.

Furthermore, one of the world’s most famous and reputable cannabis websites, Leafly, has produced numerous comprehensive graphs comparing the average cannabinoid content of common indica/sativa strains, and by and large, the difference is pretty negligible. Respected psychopharmacologist Dr. Ethan Russo even devoted an entire interview toward breaking down why indica v. sativa is a bogus barometer of a strain’s CBD and THC content.

To paraphrase Dr. Russo’s message in short: “the sativa/indica distinction as commonly applied in the lay literature is total nonsense and an exercise in futility.” If you truly want to lessen your risk of being worn down by fatigue, look for a strain that is third-party verified to be low in THC and high in CBD content. Medicating alongside your morning coffee (or infusing it with your morning coffee) can also be a useful pick-up to mitigate tiredness, but be careful not to have it too late and throw off your circadian sleep rhythm.

Sunlight, Sipping, Stimulation

Our body’s functions ostensibly abide by autonomic internal clocks, called circadian rhythms. One of the crucial functions of these circadian rhythms is to modulate the body’s sleep-wake cycles; this is why when you’re in darkness, the body naturally produces more melatonin, theta waves, and other hormones and brain waves associated with sleep. Conversely, your body produces more cortisol, alpha waves, and chemicals in light to help you maintain wakefulness during the day.

These circadian sleep/wake cycles are generally primed and dictated by cycles of sunrise and sunset, but these internal clocks can also be easily swayed by external forces, like artificial lighting, “jet lag” from traveling across different time zones, and psychoactive drugs like caffeine and marijuana. So, to reap the full benefits of your product without compromising your wakefulness, synchronize your use with the circadian synchronization of the sunlight, or any light in general; sober or high, you’re going to have a hard time dozing off through a bright beam in your face. Additionally, hydration, deep conversation, and even as little as ten minutes of mild exercise are effective ways to stimulate your body, mind, and modulated wake and sleep cycles into being healthily active.

Start Low, Go Slow

These four words are a great rule of thumb for consuming marijuana.

When using any marijuana product for the first time, especially edibles(<HYPERLINK EDIBLE BLOG HERE) which metabolize longer in the body, it can be very easy to misjudge how much THC your body can handle before any adverse effects might set on. Too little or too much of anything can be unpleasant, and marijuana is no exception.

To ensure that you aren’t immediately taken back and tired out by the high, consume in moderation, start low, and go slow. Some experts recommend 5mg of THC as a good starter dose, but given that marijuana has virtually no risk of fatal overdose, don’t fret if you don’t experience enough relief from that amount. Stay on the safe side, gradually work your way up as needed, and heed all the advice as mentioned above to stave off sleepiness.    

Why Do Edibles Affect You Differently?

Why Do Edibles Give You A Different High Than Smoking?

Even the most experienced potheads who have continually puffed the magic dragon and hit the highest-THC strains they can get their hands on may still feel taken back by the potent effect that hits them after consuming cannabis edible(s). Despite that, cannabis edibles are extremely popular: studies have shown that they accounted for nearly 45% of Colorado’s cannabis sales in 2014, almost 30 percent of Americans who have tried cannabis admit to consuming it in edible or beverage form, and surprisingly, they have been shown to be more popular amongst medical users than purely recreational.

Why is it that an edible high can be so much more lingering and pervasive than a smoked or vaporized inhalation? Ultimately, it has to do with a few key factors, so if you’re contemplating trying edibles, wondering why you may have had an experience that didn’t go so well, or just curious about why those buds feel so extremely different eaten than inhaled, here’s what you should know.

Metabolism: A Double-Edged Sword

Fundamentally, marijuana consumption and inhalation both work by stimulating the body’s network of neurotransmitters known as the endocannabinoid system. Where their highs differ lies in how edibles and smoke uniquely stimulate the ECS: inhalation bypasses a long trip through the bloodstream and digestive system and mostly avoids metabolization, whereas edible ingestion allows much more THC and metabolites to enter the liver, initiating a more prolonged and potent process.

By letting more Delta-9-THC into the liver, more of it gets converted into a metabolite variation known as 11-hydroxy-THC, creating a far more prolonged, psychoactive, and lingering high effect than smoked marijuana. This variant can also be produced through smoking, though given that most product stays concentrated in the lungs, far less of it is yielded to have any impact.

Less research has been done on the 11-OH-THC cannabinoid than it’s standard Delta-9 counterpart and CBD, but it could potentially exhibit medicinal promise offering a more powerful form of the latter two’s therapeutic benefits. Additionally, oral consumption removes the harsh, slightly-unhealthier lung irritants that a person would consume through marijuana inhalation. Unfortunately, this more reactive effect could lead to a more reactive backfire. Some of marijuana’s potential adverse reactions include nausea, impaired judgment, altered brain development in younger users, and worsened symptoms in specific mental health disorders, so use carefully.

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

Baked desserts, candy, coffee, tea, soda, seasoned meat, pasta: most people know about the quintessential “special brownies,” if it’s any recipe with fat-soluble molecules, it’s a weed-friendly recipe. That is the reason why infused cannabutter and cannaoil cooking is generally the preferred form of edible administration, as the fat and lipid content makes them great retainers of cannabinoid molecules. Therefore, delectable chocolates, cookies, pastries, and gummies are among the most popular forms of edibles on the market, but consumers should indulge their sweet tooth carefully.

Smoked marijuana provides a more immediate impact in a shorter 30-90 minute burst, whereas the high of edible marijuana is the total inverse of that length, generally kicking in anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours after consumption, producing a sustained high that may last several hours long. Unfortunately, if taken recreationally, this can make it easier for an edible user to misjudge and improperly estimate the limit of how much their body can handle.

Treat edible marijuana like any other drug or medicine: consume safely and store responsibly, in a safe, high location away from the reach of anyone you wouldn’t want accidentally consuming them. Always read the informational labels on packaging to understand the dosage and how much MG of THC you’re getting per serving, and if you’re still unsure of how much to consume beyond that, here’s a helpful, comprehensive guide on safe dosage at https://tripsafe.org/edibles/.

Don’t Eat On An Empty Stomach

Little formal research exists on the subject, but broad empirical and anecdotal evidence widely dictates that it’s inadvisable to consume cannabis edibles on an empty stomach. As paradoxical as it may sound, you should not eat on an empty stomach in the case of edibles, as doing so can expedite their psychoactive effects. Eating fatty meals beforehand can stimulate bile release in the gallbladder and encourage your body’s fatty molecules (such as THC) to metabolize faster.

Additionally, moderating your body’s THC with an additional serving of CBD products may also help modulate your endocannabinoid closer to equilibrium. The highs and lows of smoked marijuana and edible marijuana can be radically different in their own ways, but no matter how you consume it, do so safely, responsibly, and carefully.

Everything You Need To Know To Evaluate Your Cannabis

How To Evaluate Cannabis Quality

When it comes to cannabis legalization and decriminalization, the Canadian government has been ahead of the curve compared to many parts of the world, fully legalizing medicinal use in 2001, and finally legalizing recreational adult use with the Cannabis Act of 2018. Cannabis regulations may vary from province to province, but third-party testing for harmful pest-control additives and limits on unhealthy solvent extractions are mandated nationwide.  A proactive step forward for public safety, one which parts of America and many other countries still have yet to facilitate. However, a decent amount of cannabis companies have been forced to recall product lines over various contaminant concerns.

By and large, Canada has made some great strides to ensure that cannabis quality is up to snuff with safety standards, but even so, it isn’t a 100% fail-safe system at the moment. No matter where cannabis buyers get their product from, locally or elsewhere, there are a few main criteria they should keep in mind when evaluating the quality of the product.

Smell

Well-grown, well-produced, and high-quality cannabis products will typically bear a pungent and distinct odor which is far from a superficial, arbitrary bi-product of cannabis. Each cannabis bud contains an array of hydrocarbons known as terpenes, naturally occurring in the oils of many plants, and these terpenes are responsible for producing the various aromas and tastes of cannabis. Researchers have identified over 100 different terpenes in the cannabis plant, and beyond providing cosmetic qualities, there is also overwhelming evidence that these terpenes produce a litany of health benefits to the plant, including relaxation, pain relief, and even aiding opioid detox.

The more distinct the smell of a cannabis bud is, the more terpenes, flavor, and therapeutic potential it could have. Likewise, if you notice the buds have a bland hay-like smell or no discernable scent at all, then that’s a red flag that it’s an inferior, less potent, and lower quality product which you should avoid at all costs.

Color

For a plant which has made many names for itself such as cabbage, oregano, broccoli, Devil’s lettuce, grass, and the Green Goddess, inspecting subtle color differences might seem like a weird way to evaluate its quality. After all, if the plant is mainly known for being green, why would varying shades, light hues, or dark hues of that plant’s green color be such a big deal?

For starters, while the plant is primarily green, it’s not uncommon for buds to bear streaks of purple, pink, blue, or other accented colors; these can even be a sign of quality and terpene-richness. However, if you notice strong red, yellow, or brown discoloration, that could be a sign of an unhealthy spoiled plant, and stark white spots on indoor plants could be a sign of some nasty light burn, which can devastatingly erode the cannabinoids and nutrient content from the plant. Even worse, white and gray blotches could also be indicative of some nasty mold or insect contamination.

Ultimately when evaluating cannabis quality, it’s green content isn’t the only of a matter for concern, but also the hints of color between that green content. It’s not a total 100% flawless method to circumvent the potential safety risks of tainted cannabis, but it’s an excellent first step. Just as you probably wouldn’t want to take a bite into any fruit or produce that looks rotten, you also shouldn’t light up any bad or wilted-looking buds.

Trichomes

Trichomes are the epicenter of where the plant’s cannabinoid and terpene content are produced and stored. They also serve as a defense mechanism for the plant, repelling animals and insects with their unpleasant odor and taste. Assessing a bud’s trichome content is a twofold assessment of quality, as it can be both a visual designation of a plant’s potency and how well it holds its own organically (e.g., with no pesticides). The shinier and more crystallized-looking a bud, the more trichomes it has, but not every facet of trichome quality may be determined from a glance, quite the contrary.  

It’s a little too microcosmic to view with the naked eye, but trichomes give off another natural visual cue for quality: ripeness. Optimally, the trichomes should have a distinct white or amber hue when magnified, but clear trichomes could be a sign that the plant was harvested prematurely, with a weaker concentration of terpenes and cannabinoids. If the manufacturer didn’t spend the time waiting for their buds to reach ripeness, then you shouldn’t waste your time doing business with them.

Bud Structure

You can’t keep up the rooms of a house without a solid structural foundation, lest you want your bed and all of your other belongings to be weathered down by the elements. This same logic rings equally true in the context of cannabis; you can’t reap the benefits of terpenes and cannabinoids without a solid structural foundation to hold up those terpenes and cannabinoids. But what exactly comprises and makes up a good, quality bud structure?

Indica or sativa labels aren’t meaningful distinctions of cannabinoid quality variation, but if you want to know which differences can be meaningful for each respective strain, look for buds that are tightly packed (indica), light and fluffy (sativa), and just well-trimmed all around. If the buds have open, wide structures and still possess visible remnants of stems, leaves, or other extraneous plant matter, that could be indicative of a poor trim job, one that inadequately isolated the terpene and cannabinoid content you want.

Furthermore, you should always ensure that your cannabis buds were neatly trimmed by hand, as machine trimming can risk damaging the trichomes, the cannabinoid and terpene concentrations in the bud, as well as the bud itself. Do your research and inspections, and if needed, always cross reference reviews and ask vendors about any of the above metrics when evaluating cannabis quality.