Indica vs. Sativa: What’s the Difference?

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Legal Cannabis

Indica vs. Sativa: What’s the Difference?

Whether you purchase marijuana to use recreationally or for medicinal purposes, you’re bound to notice the three most common strains: Indica, Sativa, and hybrid. A hybrid strain is created when Indica and Sativa are blended, but what exactly happens with the two strains independently?

What are the best uses for each and how can you identify them? Continue reading this article and we’ll clear those things up for you. Then you can choose which you think is best between Indica vs. Sativa.

A Brief History

The terms Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica were introduced in the 18th century to differentiate the species of cannabis.

The term Sativa came from Carl Linnaeus, a botanist, physician, and zoologist from Sweden. Who because of his experience naming organisms, is known as the “father of modern taxonomy.”

Indica was given its name by Jean-Baptise Lamarck, a French naturalist who first introduced the idea that humans evolved from apes.

During these times, the plants were cultivated mainly for its fiber and seeds. Whereas now the names they were given is to describe the high you get when the plants are smoked.

In fact, what we call Sativa today was originally Cannabis indica ssp. indica. Put simply, the names no longer hold the meaning they once did. But it’s still nice to know the differences between these marijuana strains in order to make informed purchasing decisions based on the way things are today.

Which Do We Smoke? Male or Female Plants?

As a plant, cannabis can be either male, female or hermaphrodite.

When male plants pollinate females, it begins the production of seeds. Female cannabis plants are seedless on their own.

This causes the female plants to grow buds that are rich in cannabinoid. So, the plants that produce the weed we smoke are all female.

Marijuana growers can choose their plants’ genders by growing clones of a parent strain. You can also gather female seeds through a special kind of breeding process.

Hermaphroditic plants are rare and contain both male and female parts. This allows the plant to pollinate itself.

Most growers try to avoid this because it spoils the seedless female plants and causes the hermaphroditic genes to pass.

Indica vs. Sativa

You don’t have to be a professional cannabis cultivator to know the difference between the Indica and Sativa strains. The first part of knowing the difference between the two is understanding how their appearances differ.

The Look of Sativa

Because this plant can reach up to 12 feet high and its branches need room to grow widely and flourish, it’s best to grow Sativa outdoors.

The leaves, buds, and colas, in the Sativa plant are more far apart and spaced out than other strains. The branches grow upward.

There isn’t much bud that grows toward the stalk of a Sativa marijuana plant. The parts of the plant that can be used, typically grow halfway up the plant’s stalk.

Most of the drawings and images you see where marijuana leaves are depicted mimic the look of Sativa. The leaves are thin and spread apart.

Additionally, toward the bottom of the plant, there are small pencil thin leaves that join together.

Sativa can grow wildly in Thailand, Southern India, Jamaica, and Mexico.

The Look of Indica

Indica strains of cannabis grow much to be smaller than Sativa, they grow to be about 6 feet tall. However, they grow quicker and in larger amounts.

The branches and leaves at the top of the plant are narrow and pointed while it thickens as you reach the bottom. This shape is very similar to pine trees.

The usable buds on Indica are mainly located at the bottom where the density is. The leaves on this strain are much wider than Sativa’s although the pattern is very similar.

Indica varieties are primarily cultivated in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Northern India, Tibet, and Nepal.

How is the Sativa High?

The levels of THC in Sativa are much higher than the levels of CBD. This makes for a more energetic, perky high. It’s one that you would definitely prefer in the daytime or if you were out partying, socializing, or simply want to be in your own happy little bubble while staying at home.

If you are smoking this strain for medicinal purposes, it will help treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • An inability to focus or be creative
  • Low serotonin levels

Sativa is best known for its cerebral or psychedelic high.

How is the Indica High?

The levels of CBD in Indica are much higher than the levels of THC, which means it has great mellowing effects.

The high from Indica is the opposite of Sativa. Instead of giving you a burst of energy, this strain will help you feel relaxed. It’s a great natural alternative to dangerous, habit-forming sleeping pills as it puts most people straight to sleep.

If you want to use Indica for medicinal purposes, it can:

  • Treat insomnia
  • Stop muscle spasms
  • Ease anxiety
  • Reduce nausea
  • Increase appetite
  • Release dopamine

Indica provides more of a full body high. This means it can enhance some physical sensations. Some people notice differences in the way food tastes and the way things sound.

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How to Get Super High When You Have a High Weed Tolerance

Posted on Aug 20, 2018 in Legal Cannabis, Popular Legal Highs

How to Get Super High When You Have a High Weed Tolerance

What a bummer, you’re not getting high anymore! You’ve been smoking too much of that legal weed, and now you’ve built up a tolerance. You’re spending all your money but not getting enough bang for the buck.

Do you want to know how to get super high again? Here is your guide!

What Controls Tolerance?

Many drugs, legal or illegal, will teach your body how to get high. Marijuana has a special place in the world of legal intoxicants because of how potent its effect can be on the body.

Weed contains chemicals called cannabinoids, which interact with the cannabinoid receptors located in cells throughout the body.

Cannabinoid receptors occur in every cell and react with natural chemicals called endocannabinoids [cannabinoids that the body creates itself naturally]. They control cellular metabolism and can affect how hungry or tired you are.

The reason we smoke weed is because the marijuana plant produces these chemicals that are nearly identical to chemicals that our own bodies produce inside us.

This is very different from certain illegal drugs like cocaine. Cocaine doesn’t appear naturally in the body. It does, however, fit chemically in with certain neurotransmitters.

The effects of a high powered drug like cocaine can have serious negative consequences.

Never mind the legality of it [it’s a crime], but you will really damage your body with prolonged use of cocaine. Compare that to marijuana use, which doesn’t expose the body to harsh chemicals it can’t handle naturally.

When you take foreign cannabinoids into your body [by smoking or eating weed for instance], they mix with the natural endocannabinoids in your body and change how you feel. The three main effects are changes in appetite, sleep, and mood. You may get hungry, tired and happy.

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring substances. If you ingest a ton of them, your body will learn to adapt to it. You’ll begin to build a tolerance. That not how to get higher off of weed!

As you progress through your marijuana journey, you suddenly might suddenly be asking yourself how to get higher with weed! Simply smoking more might not be enough.

Take A Break

It’s not fun, but the best way to reduce your tolerance to marijuana is to take a break. How long your break lasts will determine how it affects you. Your body stores THC in fat cells all over your system.

Under normal circumstances, your body moves energy in and out of your healthy fat cells all the time. Your body is constantly using and replacing fat cells all over. Over time, you’ll flush the THC out of your system through natural metabolism.

You can speed up this process in several ways. Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways. Getting regular exercise and sleep will help you reduce your weed tolerate capacity as well.

It can take up to 90 days for your body to metabolize all the THC that is sitting in your tissues.

Once the THC has been taken out of your system completely, you’ll be pretty much a newbie to smoking weed once again! Of course, you’ll know what to expect, so you won’t be a weed virgin. Sorry, it’s not going to be like the first time.

But you’ll still get blazed! Consider taking a few months off each year to renew your ability to get really high. Your body will appreciate it!

Move On Up

In most places where weed is legal, the local government has issued rules and regulations about testing the product. In places like Nevada and California, you can find out how strong the weed is before you buy it. Usually, shops list a percentage of total THC.

There are a bunch of cannabinoids, but THC is the most important one. THC is a basic measurement of how strong weed is. Lower THC means less strong weed. Higher THC means you get higher.

If you’re smoking weed and not getting as high as you’d like to, consider changing your strain to a more potent type.

A THC listing below 20% is considered “low grade” weed. 20% – 25% is high grade, and anything over 25% is considered super strong. Of course, the more potent the marijuana is, the more expensive it can be to buy it!

Edibles

One idea of how to get really high off of weed is to stop smoking it and eat it! With legal marijuana, you CANNOT overdose.

You can, however, consume so much weed and get so high that you leave reality for a while. If this is what you’re after (and who isn’t?), you should try edibles.

When you smoke, you can only ingest the one puff you’re working on at a time. When you eat, you can put as much marijuana in your system as your belly can fit!

Be careful though! Adjusting from smoking to eating weed can be tricky. Many people report falling asleep.

That’s what a marijuana overdose looks like: you get tired and want to go to bed and take a nap. If you eat a huge amount of edible pot, you might not get high, you might fall asleep and miss it!

Concentrates

The final method of getting super high is to try using marijuana concentrates. These products are derived from weed plants. They contain processed and chemically concentrated THC.

Some concentrates are almost pure THC. Up to 95% pure! This stuff will knock you on your butt, and there isn’t a smoker alive who can’t get high with concentrates.

There are many types, of various quality and purity. You’ll have to test it out. This is an area where legal marijuana shines, as you wouldn’t want to trust the chemically processed wares of illegal marijuana producers to get your concentrates.

How to Get Super High

Learning how to get super high the legal way is easier and healthier than ever in 2018! With so many options, you never have to be sober again! If your weed isn’t cutting it, upgrade to a better product and you’ll get super high.

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CBD FAQ: Does CBD Get You High? Here’s What You Need to Know About This Substance

Posted on Aug 20, 2018 in Other Legal Ways to Get High

CBD FAQ: Does CBD Get You High? Here’s What You Need to Know About This Substance

If you’re reading this then you’ve probably already heard of CBD. Everybody is talking about it.

You may have heard of people taking it for medicine, or recreationally. Some people are even talking about the benefits it has for animals. Stores are popping up everywhere that specialize in selling CBD, smoke shops are jumping on the bandwagon and starting to carry it.

So what really is CBD? Where does it come from? Does CBD get you high? How is it different from marijuana?

This CBD 101 will answer all of your questions and more.

Does CBD Get You High?

It’s the million dollar question, will CBD make you high? The easy answer is no. CBD does have effects on the body, but they aren’t psychoactive effects.

CBD is 100% non-psychoactive. In other words, it doesn’t alter your state of mind in any way. There’s no fuzziness or mental slowness.

So what does it do? What does it feel like?

CBD reacts with special receptors in your brain, but unlike THC (which we’ll explain in the next section), it indirectly binds with those receptors promoting the body to release natural endocannabinoids. This is where you’ll get a wave of relaxation that you can feel through your whole body. It can relieve pain symptoms and even anxiety.

It may not feel like it’s working at first. Unlike marijuana, which is felt instantaneously, CBD talks a few minutes to take full effect. It tends to creep up on you. At first, you may be tempted to throw the bottle away because “it isn’t working” but trust me, an hour later and you’ll suddenly realize that all of your pain as totally melted away.

You may experience feelings of comfort, pain relief, relaxation, or calmness. Some even describe it as a feeling of “normalness”.

What Is CBD?

So what is CBD? We know that it doesn’t make you high, but what is it?

CBD, officially known as cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid. It’s found in the cannabis plant. You probably know that marijuana comes from the cannabis plant.

So what’s the difference?

Marijuana is a mixture of different types of cannabinoids, including Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The THC in marijuana is what gives people that high feeling. While it has mind-altering properties, it also increases the appetite. You may have heard people refer to this as “the munchies”. THC is what makes marijuana illegal.

There are more than 100 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. The cannabinoids are found in the extract of the leaves and flowers. CBD in its purest form is a colorless, crystalline structure at room temperature. We mentioned that CBD binds with receptors in your brain. It binds to the metabolic pathways as THC, except for the last step. CBD performs catalysis, where THC performs THCA synthase. This is why you experience different effects.

There are multiple ways to ingest CBD, including orally (seriously, they make gummies and lip gloss) and by smoking or vaping.

Where Does It Come From?

It can come from either hemp or marijuana plants. The exact location and plant that it comes from depends on the legal status of the state you’re in. Some states have already legalized marijuana, some strictly for medical purposes, other states have legalized it for recreational use.

If medical marijuana is legal in your state, then the level of THC is what determines it’s legality. The limit is usually extremely low, I’m talking less than 1%. Since the THC requirements are so low, there only place that the CBD can be derived from is the hemp plant. There are some states that allow a higher THC concentration, Delaware for example, allows for 5% THC, which may allow it to be derived from the marijuana plant.

CBD oil that is derived from the marijuana plant is typically more potent and more effective. Some scientists think it’s because the cannabinoids are able to work the best when they’re combined with other cannabinoids (like THC). This is why marijuana-derived CBD is typically preferred over hemp-derived.

Cannabinoids can be extracted from the leaves or the flower buds, but the flower buds have a higher potency than the leaves. Remember, the source does matter. Unfortunately, if you live in a state where there are legal restrictions, there isn’t much you can do aside from fleeing the state or finding a different way to get high.

Is It Bad For You?

While we don’t know 100% of the full effects of CBD, the general consensus is that it’s not bad for your health. CBD doesn’t alter your body chemistry, it simply enhances it. As mentioned earlier, CBD encourages your body to produce and release more of its natural endocannabinoids.

Let’s go over that in a bit more detail. Your body is already equipped with what we call the endocannabinoid system. This is a natural biological system of neurons. Endocannabinoids are lipid-based, retrograde neurotransmitters.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for controlling mood, pain sensation, fertility, memory, and appetite. CBD interacts with the system, stimulating the body. This is why when CBD is taken you feel symptoms that affect your pain, mood, or memory. It’s all natural.

There are tons of medical benefits for CBD. The FDA has approved it for certain types of epilepsy in children because it’s proven to help stop seizures. There have even been studies that show CBD helps dogs with seizure disorders.

It was mentioned that CBD helps with pain, and this is truly a big deal. There were over 30,000 deaths from opioid overdose in 2017. Opioids are a commonly prescribed pain reliever, but they come with a cost. It’s extremely easy to form a serious addiction. CBD has no known addictive side effects and works well to control pain.

The FDA is working to approve CBD for many more medical purposes.

Where Can I Get It?

For states where marijuana is legal, there are breeders that have crafted specialized CBD dominant weed strains. These strains aren’t trying to eliminate the THC, instead, they’re increasing the CBD to THC ratios, as they work best together. You might recognize some of the weed strains by their nicknames, Harlequin, Remedy, Cannatonic, or Katelyn Faith.

CBD is sold in shops all over the country. It’s also sold online. Kushy Finder can help you find local menus and discounts.

If you’re looking to enhance your CBD experience, try meditation for a natural high.

Next time someone asks you questions, especially “Does CBD get you high?” You’ll be ready to answer.

If we left any questions unanswered, feel free to contact us.

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How to Ingest CBD Oil: 7 Popular Methods

Posted on Aug 20, 2018 in Legal Cannabis

How to Ingest CBD Oil: 7 Popular Methods

With all of the news about CBD oil, it’s hard not to be at least a little curious about it. You want to know what it is and what it can do for you.

Those who use CBD oil claim it has many medicinal properties, like relieving pain, reducing anxiety, and minimizing seizures. Almost half of those who use it never go back to traditional medicines.

With so many miraculous properties, it’s no wonder everyone – including pets – is using it! Those who are selling it are making a mint, too. Sales are projected to hit nearly $2 billion in the next few years.

With so many types of CBD oil on the market, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We’ve put together a guide to show you how to ingest CBD oil and find the best one for you. See which one works best for you and your needs!

What Is CBD Oil?

Before we talk about types of CBD oil, let’s break down what it actually is. In case you were wondering if it will get you high, the answer is no.

CBD itself is a non-psychoactive chemical that’s found in cannabis. CBD rich oil is extracted from cannabis and then most commonly mixed with hemp or olive oil.

This is the basic and most common form of CBD oil. Let’s get into the seven most popular methods regarding how to consume CBD oil.

1. Ingest It

Obviously, the most popular and common way to take CBD oil is to simply swallow it. Simply put a few drops of the correct dosage in a spoon and swallow it down.

Some CBD oils are sold in easy-to-use syringe applicators. No need to figure out the dosage, simply take it straight from the syringe.

Ingesting CBD oil is very convenient, but the downside is the flavor. The normal taste can be strong for some although sometimes you can find flavored varieties.

2. Sublingual Dosage

If you want to know how to ingest CBD oil in another convenient way, sublingual is another popular method. Administer the correct dosage right under your tongue, hold it for around 90 seconds, then swallow.

While this seems like the same method as ingesting it, it’s different. Because it goes through the membranes of your mouth and straight to the digestive system, it doesn’t go through the digestive tract. You’ll feel the effects quicker using this method.

3. Topical Application

Believe it or not, you can reap the benefits of CBD oil through topical creams. These products are designed to stay in the area they’re applied and not go through to your blood stream.

This method is best for those with skin conditions or localized pain. There are a host of shampoos, lotions, and creams for those looking to use CBD oil this way.

4. Vape CBD Oil

Vaping uses a liquid form of CBD oil and heats it in an e-cigarette to release its active compounds. Because it goes to your lungs, you bypass the digestive system, just like sublingual tinctures.

Vaping CBD oil is preferable for a few reasons. You’ll feel the effects quickly. The dosage isn’t as strong as other methods. Plus, it looks kind of cool.

When you want to learn how to ingest CBD oil in a fashionable way, look for a vaporizer.

5. CBD Crystals

CBD oil can be made into crystals with an extraction method. This is a very concentrated, yet versatile, way to take CBD oil.

Because they’re so intensely concentrated and can be used in a variety of ways, crystals are a popular method of using CBD oil. The crystals themselves can be broken up and used in smoothies or food or swallowed whole.

You can also “dab” them (a way of manually smoking them) or make them into an e-liquid for vaping.

6. Gums, Candies, and Other Treats

Don’t like smoking and the taste of tinctures isn’t for you? There are tons of sweet treats on the market that do the trick.

The easiest way of how to ingest CBD oil, you simply chew CBD gum or eat a few gummy bears infused with the oil. Convenient, fun, and effective!

Depending on where you shop, you can find several gourmet treats that are way different than those homemade pot brownies you had at a party.

Edibles is it’s own thriving market, and you’ll find a lot of variety out there. Be aware, though – just like swallowing the oil, it takes a while to feel these effects because it goes through your digestive system.

7. Capsules

Another convenient method for those on the go, capsules are taken just like any other vitamin.

Just as the name implies, capsules are filled with CBD oil. Their dosage should be clearly labeled and you would take them just like you would take any other kind of vitamin or medicine.

Their dosage, on average, is usually 10 to 25 mg of CBD oil. This is ideal because you know exactly how much you’re taking.

It also works out in your favor if that dose isn’t enough for you. Add a tincture or spray to your capsule regimen until you get the results you’re looking for. Just be careful not to overdo it.

Learn How To Ingest CBD Oil

These are the most popular ways of how to ingest CBD oil. Not all of them will work for you. You might have to do some trial and error.

Each method comes with its own set of pros and cons. You have to take into account your lifestyle and what you’re using it for to find the form that works best for you.

Don’t give up immediately if you don’t find the results you’re looking for using one kind of ingestion method. Use it a few times before moving on to another type of CBD oil.

Getting High – Legally

CBD oil has tons of benefits but unfortunately, getting high isn’t one of them. If you’re looking for legal ways to get high, there are lots of options there, too.

You can start meditating, exercising, or even finding places with legal cannabis. Check out our guide on ways to get high legally and visit often – we’re always finding new ways to help you deal with everyday life!

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The 3 Best Weed Strains You Must Try Before You Die

Posted on Aug 17, 2018 in Legal Cannabis

The 3 Best Weed Strains You Must Try Before You Die

Marijuana is one of the safest drugs, making production, consumption, and legalization continue to rise across the country. This means that growes now focus on perfection, creating an assortment of strains. For newcomers, the options may feel overwhelming.

Any weed connaisseur will tell you that every strain provides a different smell and taste, offers its own unique set of medical benefits, and produces a different high than the next. Farmers across the US work to bread plants to offer a taste for everybody with their marijuana strains.

One major factor is which family of marijuana your strain came from, indica or sativa. If it came from Cannabis indica, then your strains of weed will tend to have a fairly even mix of THC and CBD, and decent amounts of CBN, creating a more stoned feeling. If it came from Cannabis sativa, then the THC overpowers the CBD and you enjoy more of an uplifting buzz.

Best Weed Strains

If you’re looking to use the best strains of weed around, here are 3 to try before you die!

1. Sour Girl

Also referred to as Sour Cookies, this green machine took third place in the hybrid flower category in the 206 NorCal High Times Cannabis Cup. This hybrid comes from a blend of Sour Diesel and Girl Scout Cookies, producing an uplifting high that makes users feel euphoric and talkative, but it also gives them a relaxed body high.

This amazing strain serves as an ultimate pain reliever while also treating stress and depression! It smells like sour fuel and tastes like chocolate, sweet skunk!

2. Sundae Driver

Looking for less skunk and more funk? Definitely, try the aromatic hybrid, Sundae Driver, also known as Ice Cream! This colorful strain fills the room with a sweet, creamy scent and tastes like vanilla ice cream.

The high will make you feel happy and relaxed, perfect for treating stress and depression. You’ll feel happy as a kid in an ice cream parlor after trying this sweet treat!

3. Dark Side of the Moon

Listen to some Pink Floyd as you smoke this nod to them and feel the fruity flavor send you into sweet dreams.

Praised for its deep purple buds, this indica produces a sleepy euphoria that’s perfect for treating stress, pain, depression, inflammation, and insomnia. You’ll be over the moon after a little smoke sesh.

Ways to Enjoy Them

How you decide to use the weed proves just as important as which marijuana strains you choose. Read more about the different products you can use to take it all in!

Ingestion

Edibles created a stronger high because the Liver converts the THC to 11-hydroxy-THC, which more readily crosses the blood-brain barrier. A little bite goes a long way.

You can ingest weed in the form of teas, cookies, brownies, and a host of other creative methods to eliminate the hazards of smoking. Just know, the flavor from the weed comes through but mixes with other flavors, so it is not the same.

Inhalation

Smoking offers a less intense body high, which doesn’t matter much with the amazing strains we mentioned. But it also allows you to get the full effect of flavors from the bud. You can choose from a number of ways to inhale it from different smoking methods to vaping.

Weed and Read

We only mentioned three of the best weed strains out there; there are so many more to explore!

Grab an icy cool drink and your favorite munchies for the optimal experience. Enjoy one of the weed strains to try before you die, and then check us out to read more about legal ways to get high.

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