This week our terpene of the week is Linalool. Linalool is a primary component in lavender and responsible for much of the wonderful aroma associated with it. But more importantly, Linalool is a terpene, and a very active one. Terpenes have typically been thought of as merely contributing to the subjective experience of cannabis by […]
All The Amazing Aromas You Find In Cannabis Come From Terpenes
We hear the term “terpene” quite a bit these days. But what is a terpene? Do they do anything other than simply smell interesting? Why are people starting to flock to cannabis with excellent terpene profiles? As it turns out, it is about more than simply taste and smell. Terpenes can enhance or mitigate the effects […]
A New Study Shows Cannabis Users Are Slimmer - And Offers A Possible Explanation Why.
At the surface it does not seem to make sense. How can anything that compels people to “munch out” on a variety of less than healthy foods actually help people get thinner? Fortunately, a new study pending publication from Indiana University may shed some light on how this all works. At this point it is […]
The Verdict Is In, And Legal Cannabis Is The Clear Winner
On Friday, July 13, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker released a 75-page Marijuana Legalization Impact Assessment, which concluded: “the positive effects of a regulated marijuana market in [New York State] outweigh the potential negative impacts.” Relying on findings from nine other legal-cannabis states as well as medical marijuana in 29 states, the assessment […]
The Perfect Conditions For Cannabis Are Also Ideal For Mold And Powdery Mildew
At the very high end of the cultivation spectrum growers are now beginning to rely on calculations of vapor pressure deficit to optimize crops. You may have heard the term before, but what exactly is vapor pressure deficit and why is it so tricky to work with? What is vapor pressure deficit? Often, cannabis growers who […]
Does Your Cannabis Have A Citrus Smell? That's Limonene.
In the world of terpenes, Limonene is a pretty big deal. We smell it frequently and it has a number of surprising properties. Limonene has been historically used in medicine, so it should come as no surprise that the limonene found in cannabis offers therapeutic benefits as well. Some of these studied effects include: Elevated […]
The news these days is filled with references to THC and CBD in a variety of contexts. However, most people don’t understand the differences or benefits that each possesses. Both have the ability to heal different conditions independently, but together, they can work even better in some cases. So let’s dive into cannabinoids for a […]
Need Relief From Pain And Inflammation? There's A Terpene For That.
If you have tried cannabis a few times the odds are good you are familiar with beta-myrcene. If you have ever tried cannabis and found yourself stuck on the couch for a few hours, you almost certainly are familiar with beta-myrcene. Due to its sedative effects, plants for generations have been selected for high beta-myrcene […]
It seems to have become all the rage these days, cannabis workouts. But why? What can cannabis do to help your workouts? I’ll start with my own story, because at 55 years of age and practically zero exercise a few months ago – let’s just say workouts could be an adventure, an adventure in unpleasantness […]
A Double-Blind Study Shows A 1:1 Combination Of THC And CBD Helps MS Symptoms
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease, which means it affects your nerves. It’s also an autoimmune disease. This means your body’s defenses against disease malfunction and start attacking your own cells. With MS, your immune system attacks your body’s myelin, which is a protective substance that covers your nerves. The unprotected nerves are damaged […]
You may have heard that cannabis lowers testosterone, there is a lot of talk about it these days. However, you may have noticed that cannabis has soared in popularity among those who work out regularly. So what gives? Let’s begin looking at the testosterone issue by examining one of the things cannabis is so often […]
Epidiolex - FDA Approved, Cannabis Derived. A First In Medicine.
The FDA has just approved a new drug for epilepsy, and that drug is cannabis-derived. In a first, Epidiolex, was approved for the relief of certain types of epilepsy. Today, the FDA announced the approval of GW Pharmaceutical’s drug Epidiolex (cannabidiol), an oral solution for treatment of seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut […]
Terpenes can have a secondary, and profound effect along with THC
Everyone is talking terpenes these days, and for good reason. Terpenes are another class of compounds commonly found in the cannabis plant. These chemicals have a profound influence on the fragrance, taste, and effect of cannabis. One thing most people don’t know is that cannabinoids like THC are also classed as terpenes. All terpenes and […]
This past October, Democratic members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee wrote a letter asking VA Secretary David Shulkin why his department is not conducting research into medical cannabis. In the letter, Tim Walz (Minn.) and the other nine Democratic committee members mentioned in many states that have medical cannabis programs, cannabis is recommended for […]
Most people don’t associate Israel with cannabis. But the Middle-Eastern nation, slightly larger than New Jersey, is a world leader when it comes to pioneering medical cannabis research and development. In the 1960s Israeli scientist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, using confiscated Lebanese hashish he obtained from the police, was one of the first researchers to identify […]
Cannabis is rapidly becoming a connoisseur product. From fragrant, fruity notes of aroma to the smell of dank cheese the varieties becoming available are truly staggering. Cannabis is now bred for a variety of characteristics that include appearance, smell, taste, medical compounds and, of course, psychoactive effect. When you see a sample of cannabis of […]
Autism is a grim specter that has cast a dark shadow over America in the past few decades. Currently, 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Boys are five times more likely to have autism than girls. Autism is also an enormous expense, costing the average family in America $60,000 a year or […]
The cannabis plant produces over 100 cannabinoid compounds, most of which are not psychoactive. One of these has recently gained worldwide attention, a cannabinoid called Cannabidivarin, or CBVD. CBVD has shown great promise in treating those with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. However, there is a problem in getting enough CBVD to treat people if […]