Medical marijuana, which is commonly referred to as medical-grade marijuana or medical cannabis, is marijuana that has been prescribed, suggested, or recommended by a medical professional to help treat or reduce symptoms from a medical condition. Medical marijuana in California has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions, both mental and physical. Before learning the important health benefits marijuana can have, it is vital to understand marijuana, its components, and varieties. Read some commonly asked marijuana questions below to better understand the basics of cannabis, medical cannabis, and Blaqstar Farms.
Who is Blaqstar Farms?
Blaqstar Farms, a premier all-natural marijuana farm located in southern California, has over ten years of experience in growing and cultivating high-grade cannabis. We value growing cannabis cleanly without the use of harmful pesticides or chemicals. Our cannabis is designed to be flavorful, potent, and all-natural. At Blaqstar Farms, we focus on creating not only top-quality marijuana but also an enjoyable experience for our users. Our naturally grown marijuana is pure, clean, and strong. We are Proposition 215 compliant and are committed to creating the highest quality marijuana products possible.
What is Blaqstar Farms’ mission?
Our goal at Blaqstar Farms is to grow top-shelf marijuana in Los Angeles that is all-natural, safe, and satisfying. We offer some of the best strains and hybrids of marijuana currently available. Our naturally grown cannabis is extremely fragrant, tasteful, and has a smooth intake and strong flavor profile. We pride ourselves on responsibly and cleanly growing our cannabis.
What is marijuana?
Marijuana is known by a variety of terms. Some of the most common synonyms for marijuana are cannabis, weed, pot, Mary Jane, bud, Kush, hash, ganja, and reefer. Cannabis is a tall plant with serrated green leaves, which have glandular hairs. Some strains of cannabis produce psychoactive neurological responses when used, typically those with high concentrations of THC. On the other hand, marijuana strains that are high in CBD are often used for cannabis topicals and medicinal purposes.
How can cannabis be used?
Cannabis can be used in a variety of different ways, including smoking, vaping, topical creams or lotions, edibles, shatters, hash oils, and more. Different cannabis products can result in a stronger or weaker high. Some cannabis products such as cannabis topicals, creams, and lotions are non-psychoactive and do not produce a sensation of being high. The large variety of ways that cannabis may be used results in varying highs and effects. Most individuals find a particular way of using marijuana to be their preferred method.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that are secreted by cannabis flowers and are unique to the cannabis plant itself. These cannabinoids have been shown to potentially have a wide range of healing properties. Some cannabinoids and marijuana strains may even be helpful to reduce nausea, seizures, tremors, insomnia, and more. The cannabinoids from the cannabis plant work by triggering a response from our body’s naturally produced endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids can help endocannabinoids restore an internal deficiency or an imbalance and treat various medical conditions.
What are endocannabinoids?
Endocannabinoids are naturally produced by your body and help to maintain good health. Endocannabinoids are part of our endocannabinoid system, which interacts with the cannabinoids THC and CBD from the cannabis plant. Cannabis can cause a sensation of being high or initiate a healing response because they can interact with our naturally produced endocannabinoids. Our endocannabinoid system is incredibly important to our health because it serves as a regulatory system for our body. This means that endocannabinoids can maintain a proper balance in our bodies, ensuring homeostasis, or the internal state of equilibrium within the body.
What are CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors?
There are 2 sets of cannabinoid receptors in your body that are known as CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are located in your brain; whereas CB2 receptors are located throughout your body. The cannabinoids from the cannabis plant affect each of these cannabinoid receptors differently. The 2 most well-known cannabinoids from the cannabis plant are THC and CBD. When THC enters the body, it travels to the CB1 receptors in your brain and binds to them. This action triggers a neurological response, which results in the sensation of being high. On the other hand, when a cannabinoid like CBD enters your body, it travels to the CB2 receptors and binds to them. Instead of producing a psychoactive effect, CBD can cause various healing effects to occur. For instance, CBD can trigger a response from your CB2 receptors to produce anti-inflammatory agents to reduce swelling or inflammation in the body.
What happens neurologically after using marijuana?
The cannabis plant creates cannabinoids, specifically cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol. These cannabinoids are more commonly referred to as CBD and THC, respectively. THC is known for its psychoactive properties. While THC may cause a high and euphoria, CBD is generally known to be non-psychoactive, which means that CBD does not cause you to get high. CBD and THC are often used in medical marijuana for their potential healing effects.
Your brain is comprised of neurons and neural circuits. Neurons are typically long, thin cells with a small opening between them known as a synapse that transmits chemicals. Neurotransmitters are chemicals in your brain that travel from one neuron across the synapse to the adjacent neuron and finally attaching to receptors. A specialized neurotransmitter that your body produces is known as an endocannabinoid. Your body releases endocannabinoids as a response to pain, stress, or discomfort. These endocannabinoids travel to the endocannabinoid system, causing certain signals and sensations to be more pronounced and others to be lessened. When you use marijuana, the cannabinoids bind to your CB1 receptors and produce psychoactive effects.
What is THC?
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, a cannabinoid that comes from the cannabis plant. This chemical compound from the cannabis plant is responsible for the sense of euphoria and high after smoking marijuana. THC is commonly referred to as the chief psychoactive component in marijuana. While cannabis produces dozens of cannabinoids, THC is commonly singled out due to its high concentration of psychoactive components. The high caused by THC when smoking marijuana can cause a wide range of psychoactive effects. Some of these effects commonly include euphoria, sleepiness, alertness, and increased sensory awareness. The type of high you experience will depend on what type of marijuana you are using and the specific strain properties. Additionally, each individual will react to a strain of marijuana differently. THC has also been shown to help benefit appetite, muscle control, pain, certain types of cancers, neurological conditions, and more.
What is CBD?
CBD refers to cannabidiol, one of the main types of cannabinoids that come from a cannabis plant. CBD has been shown to have great health benefits, especially in topicals, with little to no side effects. CBD is often sought-after for its non-psychoactive properties. Research has shown that CBD can also be used to treat inflammation, pain, anxiety, certain cancers, nausea, seizures, some cardiovascular conditions, and more. Because of its healing effects, CBD is commonly used in cannabis creams, lotions, and oils for medicinal purposes.
- What are terpenes?
Cannabis terpenes are aromatic oils that provide marijuana strains with their unique fragrance. For example, a marijuana strain may be named after a specific fruit due to its terpenes that resemble the scent of that fruit.
Terpenes are secreted in the resin glands of the cannabis plant, which are the same glands that produce THC and CBD. Different terpenes can provide different effects when used. The same strain of marijuana can also have different terpene profiles, as the concentration of terpenes changes with different techniques used during the growing and curing processes.
What are the physical health benefits of marijuana?
Scientific research has shown that marijuana may have potential health benefits for a variety of medical conditions. Certain marijuana strains may be used to reduce muscle spasms, aches, or soreness. Additionally, some studies have shown that cannabis may help with pain relief and a reduction in inflammation. Several medical studies have also shown that marijuana may be effective in reducing the severity or symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma, seizures, and even chronic migraines. While cannabis research is ongoing, some scientific findings suggest that medical cannabis may help to treat epilepsy or Dravet syndrome, a specific type of epilepsy. Certain individuals with Dravet syndrome experience a large amount of seizures. Some cases have shown that cannabis helps reduce the severity and quantity of seizures in individuals with Dravet syndrome.
What are the mental health benefits of marijuana?
In addition to scientific research finding potential physical health benefits, marijuana has also been hypothesized to have many mental health benefits as well. Marijuana may be used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and stress in certain individuals. Some findings also suggest that individuals with PTSD or anxiety disorders may benefit from the effects of marijuana. Researchers are also continuing to research the potential benefits that cannabis may have on depression. Certain strains of marijuana have been found to help improve sleeping habits in certain people with insomnia or other sleeping disorders.
How long does cannabis stay in your system?
The length of time that marijuana may be in your system depends on how often you smoke or use marijuana products. For example, marijuana typically passes through individuals more quickly if it is their first time smoking marijuana or if they use cannabis infrequently. In some individuals, marijuana may leave the system within a few days or a week. On the other hand, frequent or heavy marijuana users may experience a longer time period where marijuana is in their system. If a heavy cannabis user quits smoking, marijuana may still be present in their body for weeks after his or her last use.
How do cannabis topicals work?
Cannabis topicals are lotions, creams, or other substances that are applied directly to the skin that have been infused with marijuana. Cannabis topicals are absorbed directly through the skin, so they are especially useful when treating sore, aching muscles or muscle spasms. CBD cannabis topicals are known for their potential to help reduce inflammation. Because cannabis topicals use CBD, they do not cause any psychoactive effects when applied. Medical cannabis topicals are often used by people looking for the health benefits of marijuana but not the psychoactive effects. Cannabis topicals are absorbed through the skin and bind to a network of receptors known as CB2 receptors. CB2 receptors are found in immune cells and help to promote the medicinal effects of cannabis creams and lotions.
What are indica strains?
Indica strains are known for their relaxing effects that are ideal for individuals looking for stress relief, better sleep, and relaxation. Indica plants are shorter and stockier-looking. The leaves of an indica plant are often broad and a dark green color. Some strains of indica may even help individuals who suffer from insomnia or high levels of anxiety. In general, indica strains have more of a sedative, calming effect.
- What are sativa strains?
Sativa plants often grow much taller than indica plants and have long, thin leaves that are a bright green. This leaf shape is often the well-known symbol of marijuana. Sativa strains are known for their energy-inducing, exciting effect. Some users even liken sativa strains to be similar to a strong cup of coffee in relation to its energy-inducing effects.
What are hybrid strains?
As the name implies, hybrid strains combine the calming effects of indica with the exciting effects of sativa strains. The majority of hybrid strains may be classified as either sativa-dominant or indica-dominant. Typically, a hybrid strain is more calming or more exciting, depending on if it is indica-dominant or sativa-dominant. Hybrid strains are often sought-after by many individuals as they can create unique effects when used.