Today in part 1, my team and I will answer some of the most often questions that we receive, concerning CBD oil and Cannabis.

Sativa and Indica what’s the difference? They will always say not much. You see my friends, marketers love this term because they offer an easy path through the thickness of products out there. They will say something like you know the lore: Sativa lift you up; Indica will calm you down. Well boys and girls, once upon a time that was true, however, botanists, growers, and scientists all now say the difference is overblown. The idea behind it isn’t made up, says Tristan Watkins, Ph.D., chief scientific officer of Lucid Mood, a Colorado maker of vape pens. Cannabis indica is a compact plant, with dark, wide leaves and a very strong aroma; cannabis Sativa is much taller, with narrow leaves and a lighter color with a lighter smell.

Sativa became famous as the number one party choice, with a heavy creative high. Indica was the one that made you laugh, the homebody, always leaving you happy, in da couch, because it had a higher ratio of CBD acting as a governor over the psychoactive THC. But with cross-breeding oh my God, practically everything nowadays is a hybrid. You see my friends, cultivars, (the word strains make botanists wince), advertised with percentages, like a Sativa Dome, that’s supposedly 70% Sativa and 30% India, perfect for a Radiohead concert, (do you hear me talking) your budtender might say.

However, the problem is, there are countless cannabinoids (besides THC and CBD) and terpenes in any hybrid that works together to produce (listen carefully) different effects. How it was grown, and it’s ingested, your setting your mood, all of these things combined to produce a distinctive High. And yes, your high is different than your buddy’s. In short my friends, it’s complicated, very complicated, don’t sneer at the cheerfully confident budtender at the local dispensary. The Indica-Sativa distinction is a great place to start, Watkins says, but it’s a gamble. It’ll take a few tries to find what you really want. Try to keep a log of the labeling, effects, and percentages. Try to remember the brand name, but don’t worry about the botanical name.

Alright here’s the calming consensus: Relax. All the industry experts we’ve talked to frequent -flying purveyors and users of a variety of cannabis products have had absolutely zero problems with TSA x-rays or our beloved glove inspectors, (Including me) or the little cute sniffing dogs. They avoid carrying skunky flowers in their carry-on because why take the risk? However, CBD products are absolutely legal, vape pens look like innocuous nicotine pins, and those delicious edibles all look like candy, and really those little cute puppies are sniffing for bombs, not weed or CBD products. If you’re really nervous, put it in your check-in bag. Exception: International travel. Not that you’ll get nabbed, but it’s really not worth it my friends, leave it at home for real.

The left knee? sativa salve. Right knee? Indica ointment, no I’m only kidding however, by listening to doctors and patients and researchers and sellers, you think anything is possible. What we do know: CBD is an anti-inflammatory and inflammatory and THC is an analgesic (which is a pain reliever) that’s without a doubt far more powerful than any aspirin or hydrocortisone in managing inflammation, Joseph Rosado says who is an M.D. and he is also the director of a cannabis clinic in Florida. If a cannabis product keeps you off opiates, then that is outstanding.

Using THC and CBD in concert reduces side effects and shows more benefits than THC alone, so look for products with a high CBD to THC ratio. A high-CBD, low-THC product could reduce pain while keeping you completely mentally Sharp. If taking your mind off the pain is your only goal, look for more THC most specifically, look for the terpenes myrcene or caryophyllene, which are all stars in managing pain.

True, with a study base explanation. We- that is, the experts we’ve consulted are not saying that teenagers vaping weed are going to become addicted, and move on to hard drugs or develop psychosis. All our outcomes that has been asserted over the decades. However, we/they must acknowledge that there’s a lot we don’t know about how external factors affect their ongoing developing brains (like fortnite, for starters) and a lot about cannabis that we still don’t understand (new cultivars, higher potency, those hundreds of dimly- understood chemical compounds, plus yikes-potential effects of dabbing concentrates). That adds up to a big lack of understanding.

Probably my friends, always check with your doctor, OK? My team and I are not doctors however, we will tell you this: CBD and all of your prescription drugs are broken down by your body the same way: Enzymes attacks and release the active ingredients into your bloodstream. The only problem: There are a limited amount of said enzymes, so adding CBD to your treatment regimens can be a little thrown out of whack. If the CBD gloms on to all the enzymes, your drugs may not be metabolized at all. And if they aren’t metabolized, being just met build up in your body and ramp up side effects which is not cool because it could produce an overdose is a scary enough yet the list of drugs competing with CBD for those enzymes including antidepressants, antibiotics, and many painkillers, if you are already on CBD, your doctor needs to hear about it as soon as possible.

We sincerely hope that we have given you some insight with the answers that my team and I have provided. However, please keep in mind, my team and I are not doctors. The information that we have gathered has come from interviews and research.

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Humbly your Paul Earl.