Educating myself about cannabis

Before I visited the cannabis dispensary for the first time, I did a lot of research.

I wanted to be knowledgeable and prepared.

I was worried about purchasing something too strong and having a very bad reaction to it. I hoped to ask the right questions of the budtender and feel confident in my choices. I had never heard of the endocannabinoid system before. The endocannabinoid system or ECS is found throughout the human body. The ECS is made up of a series of receptors in the brain, immune system, skin and just about everywhere. These receptors send signals that work to achieve homeostasis. They affect sleep, mood, memory, pain, reproduction and so much more. The cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant influence the messages sent by these receptors. They can create different effects such as pain relief, reduction of inflammation and the high sensation. There are over a hundred different natural cannabinoids. THC is the most well-known and abundant. It is responsible for the psychoactive effects. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid and is proving effective at treating a wide range of health concerns and symptoms. Because cannabis is a natural remedy, it avoids the harmful and long-term side effects associated with synthetic drugs. No one has ever overdosed on marijuana. At most dispensaries, cannabis products are divided into three categories. Sativas are generally considered to create an energizing, cerebral high. Indicas are thought to provide more of a full-body, relaxing high. Hybrids are a combination of the two. However, it is better to look at the percentages of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD ratios to understand the effects. Also the terpenes play an important role. The terpenes give cannabis the unique smell and flavor and offer therapeutic properties.

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