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April Barbosa, Columnist & Poet: THE 11 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA! PLUS MY FAVORITE STRAIN!

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A lot of people are under the misconception that medical marijuana only comes in one strain. This is not true. There are also people who believe that medical marijuana has unnatural chemicals inserted to make it more potent or to target certain symptoms: this is also false! Medical marijuana is natural all God made. The different strains are made by cross breeding plants this is also how the potency comes about.
For those who are unfamiliar with the terminology that goes along with medical marijuana let me break it down for you into 11 different things:
(1) THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) gets a user high, a larger proportion of THC will produce a stronger high. Without THC you don’t get high. THC is responsible for most of the cerebral (mental) effects of cannabis. Besides potentially inducing feelings of euphoria and happiness, THC can cause people to feel anxious, nervous, or paranoid.

(2) CBD (Cannabidiol) increases some of the effects of THC and decreases other effects of THC. Larger amounts of CBD tend to relax both mind and body, and decrease feelings like anxiety, nervousness, and paranoia. 

(3) Cannabis that has a high level of THC and low level of CBD will produce a very strong cerebral high. The body may feel more physically energetic when compared to ingesting cannabis with larger levels of CBD.

(4) Cannabis that has a high level of both THC and CBD will produce a strong cerebral high. The body will feel somewhat relaxed and heavy. At lower dose sizes, physical activity is possible (with effort). As the dose size increases, the body will feel more relaxed and heavy. This makes physical activity require more effort. Fresh hashish is an example of a cannabis product with high levels of both THC and CBD. 

(5) Cannabis that has low levels of THC and high levels of CBD will produce more of a stoned feeling. The mind feels relaxed and dull, the body feels relaxed and heavy, most people do not like to engage in physical activity. 

(6) (Cannabichromene) is not psychoactive in pure form, and is not known to interact with THC to affect the high.  
(7) CBL (Cannabicyclol) is a degradative product like CBN. Light converts CBC to CBL. 

(8) CBN (Cannabinol) is produced as THC ages. High levels of CBN tend to make a person feel messed up rather than high. CBN levels can be kept to a minimum by storing cannabis products in a dark, cool, airtight environment. 

(9) Trichomes Trichomes on plants are epidermal outgrowths of various kinds. A common type of trichome is a hair. Plant hairs may be unicellular or multicellular, branched or unbranched. Multicellular hairs may have one or several layers of cells. Branched hairs can bedendritic (tree-like), tufted, or stellate (star-shaped). When referring to cannabis specifically, trichomes are the tiny mushroom-shaped appendages covering the buds. The trichomes increase in number as the plant matures. The color of the trichome’s head changes as well and indicates the degree of potency. Flowers that are covered in trichomes are typically a “frosty” color and can literally glisten.

(10) Sativa Sativa marijuana is recognized by its size, usually growing up to 8-12 feet tall with long thin leaves. Sativa strains of marijuana are known to emit a sweet smell as they reach maturity. The smoke produced these types of marijuana is generally more mild and lighter with a fruity flavorful taste. The medicinal effects of sativa strains are much more cerebral compared to indica strains. Medical marijuana patients tend to use sativa dominant stains during the daytime because of their energetic and uplifting effects. Sativas are also helpful for treating chronic pain and general stress without the heavy sedation of an indica. Many patients that use medical marijuana throughout the course of a day utilize sativa dominant strains of cannabis to avoid the burnout feeling. 

(11) Indica Indica marijuana is recognized by it’s compact growing style with short broad leaves and dark green color. Usually growing between 3 and 6 feet tall, mature indica plants emit a strong skunky smelling aroma. The smoke produced by these types of marijuana is generally thick and dense and considered by some to be on the harsh side. 

The medicinal results from indica dominant strains are most often described as more of a “body effect”. Chronic pain sufferers will often find the most relief from 100% indica strains because of the extremely potent levels of THC that provide a natural pain reliever. Indicas are also helpful in treating stress and anxiety symptoms by providing an overall sense of relaxation and sedation similar to many anti-anxiety prescription medications. (braatah)

My favorite strain of medical marijuana is Super Silver Haze. Super Silver Haze is a cross of Skunk, Northern Lights and Haze. Super Silver Haze is a potent Sativa, but more parts Indica than most. Like its first class Sativa brethren, Super Silver Haze is a choice daytime blaze, caked with enough trichomes to keep you at ease, but equipped with enough power to lift you off into the right stratosphere. Not for the novice smoker or the faint at heart, Super Silver Haze is a very potent Sativa with high THC counts (18-23%) and will cause an overwhelming high for the inexperienced or undeveloped toker. (Poppins)

Works Cited braatah. (n.d.). Braatah. Retrieved 20 8, 13, from www.braatah.com Poppins, B. (n.d.). Super Silver Haze. Retrieved 8 20, 2013, from Marijuana: www.marijuana.com






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