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Federal Cannabis Legalization in 2021

Most people who have been involved in shaping our nation’s legal cannabis industry would agree it has been far from smooth sailing. State by state legalization, for all its triumphs, has had plenty of shortcomings and tends to cause a lot of confusion. The constant back and forth conversations about federal cannabis legalization in 2021 leave much to the imagination. Is it going to happen? What will it mean for states who already have legalization? How will it change the manufacturing and sales processes for established cannabis companies?

One thing’s for certain: the federally legal status of cannabis in 2021, and going into 2022, is anyone’s guess.

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How many states in the U.S. have a legal cannabis industry?

As of now, Nebraska and Idaho are the only states with no form of cannabis legalization whatsoever, but 12 states only allow low-THC, CBD oil. Another 18 states, including D.C., are fully recreational for people over 21. Overall, 37 states have a medical marijuana program, and it seems like new regulations are being added or changed every day. 

This hodgepodge of individually legalized states has amassed plenty of uncertainty around the right way to move the cannabis industry forward. However, a new cannabis legislation plan being proposed by Senate Democrats may offer the answer most people can agree on.

Senate leaders move to end the federal prohibition of marijuana

On July 14th, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), alongside Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), unveiled the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. The main point in the draft legislation calls for U.S. Attorney General, Merrick Garland, to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. This would allow any state to establish its own cannabis regulations without federal interference. 

Some of the other mandates outlined in the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act include:

  • Expungement of non-violent federal marijuana convictions within one year of passing the legislation
  • Imposing a 10% tax on all cannabis products
  • Preventing federal officials from taking discriminatory actions against legal cannabis users
  • The creation of an Opportunity Trust Fund from new cannabis tax revenue that would be invested into programs aimed at repairing communities most affected by the failed War on Drugs
  • Allowing physicians with the US Department of Veteran Affairs to recommend medicinal cannabis as a form of treatment 
  • Transferring power over cannabis regulation from the US Drug Enforcement Administration to the FDA and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

For NORML’s Political Director Justin Strekal, passing the legislation means real freedom for responsible cannabis consumers. “With one in eight Americans choosing to consume on a semi-regular basis, including nearly one in four veterans, we must end the practice of arresting over 500,000 Americans every year and denying countless others employment, housing, and other civic rights if we are truly to be the ‘Land of the Free’,” stated Strekal.

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How could the cannabis industry and society benefit from federal cannabis legalization in 2021?

Legalizing cannabis is beneficial both from an industry and social standpoint. The impact on state revenue only shows the potential a decriminalized cannabis market could have on the economy, and that’s just the beginning. Here are some other reasons why descheduling cannabis is essential for us as a nation.

More banking options

A major problem for most cannabis companies is having access to banking. Since cannabis is still a federally illegal substance, banks are extremely hesitant to work with or lend money to any type of cannabis business, regardless of a state’s legal status. 

The financial investment for acquiring the necessary cannabis licensing is a hefty expense, which leaves most smaller businesses in the cold. Many dispensaries and retail stores have also been robbed because they are unable to accept credit or debit cards. However, a bill known as the Safe Banking Act has been passed to the Senate after overwhelming support from the U.S House of Representatives.

Increase in state revenue

States with a legalized cannabis industry have seen millions in return from the taxes and fees imposed on medical and recreational businesses. By 2026, the legal recreational market is expected to bring in nearly $42 billion.

Allows for interstate commerce

Forcing cannabis companies to be responsible for every aspect of their production, manufacturing, distribution, and sales is an unsustainable business model. Interstate commerce has caused supply and demand issues, which in turn hinders the growth of the market and the ability to meet patient/consumer demand. It also makes the pricing model for cannabis products incredibly varied. Concentrating cannabis entrepreneurs to a single state for their revenue puts them in a risky position when prices begin to fluctuate. 

An end to needless arrests and criminal penalties 

An FBI report in 2019 found police had arrested more people for cannabis offenses than violent crimes in that same year. Other studies also prove there are significant racial disparities in the number of possession arrests in communities of color compared to white communities. Some of these sentences have been as long as 10 years. 

Full access to cannabis medicine

Many have gone to great lengths to experience the kind of relief cannabis has been shown to provide, even for neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. People have spoken highly about the benefits of cannabis for years, and it’s time for modern medicine to catch up. The more opportunities we have to study different cannabinoids and how they interact with the human body, the sooner we can create products unique to specific medical conditions.

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Tell the Senate you support federal cannabis legalization in 2021

Want to make sure your voice gets added to the discussion on cannabis legalization? The Senate is accepting public comments about the draft legislation now. Send your feedback to [email protected] and help them understand why 60% of Americans are for medical and recreational cannabis.

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The Six Best Medically Correct Cannabis Products for Summer

This Season's Cannabis Product Must-Haves

Take a deep breath because summer is almost here! After all the anxiety, frustration, and struggle during the year-that-must-not-be-named, it feels good to see the slow return of summer activities and events. If there’s one thing we all deserve, it’s a busy schedule filled with concerts, beach days, and weekend getaways! The only thing that can make these experiences better is by indulging in your favorite cannabis products for summer. 

Cannabis can elevate your mood while keeping your mind and body at ease. We’ve all earned some rest and relaxation, so now is not the time to allow overthinking, stress, or anxiety to take away from your summer to-do list. And Medically Correct has just what you need to help you create unforgettable experiences. 

Check out our six picks for the best cannabis products to have with you this season! 

Say hello to your new summer cannabis faves!

No more sheltering from the outside world. It’s time to break out that summer wardrobe and make those vacation reservations. And with these six awesome products, you’re almost guaranteed a fun, chilled-out summer!

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1. incredibles Summer Peach Gummies

What better treat to take to the beach than these sweet peach gummies! Breathe in that salty sea air as you gaze out to the horizon feeling cool, calm, and unbothered. Stress and worry are not invited to your mini-getaway! 

Pair with: Sea, sand, and a colorful beach umbrella

Available at: Oasis Cannabis Superstore, Solace Meds Fort Collins

Average cost: $15.00 per 100mg THC (ten 10mg THC pieces per pack)

Adult-use; various states including Colorado

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2. trupura CBD Extra Strength Salve

Getting outdoors does the body well, especially during the summer. After being cooped up inside for so long, it’s time to hike, swim, bike, and do whatever we can to get moving! And by having this extra-strength CBD salve on hand, you can help manage any pain that creeps up. Don’t let sore muscles put a dent in your plans -- these cannabis products for summer are essential!

Pair with: Running shoes, mountain bike, and hiking backpack

Available at: Full Circle Salon and Spa, Meadowlark64, or shop online!

Average cost: $48.00 per 1000mg container

Ships online nationwide

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3. Clear Creek Extracts Pineapple Express x Sour Lemon Meringue 1000 mg DUO Pod

Two is better than one! Switch between these yummy summer flavors to set the mood no matter where you are. The sour lemon meringue will definitely hit the spot during an outdoor BBQ. Or, if you have a big day planned ahead, a quick hit of the pineapple express will keep you moving. 

Pair with: A daytime adventure or a night out on the town

Available at: Wolfpac Federal, Green Cross Rifle

Average cost: $50.00 for 1g increments

Adult-use; Colorado exclusive


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4. incredibles S'mores Bar

We all know the staple of any good campout is the ooey-gooey s’mores, and the incredibles S’mores Bar will take your favorite campfire treat to the next level! A tasty blend of marshmallows and milk chocolatey graham crackers will help you settle in and keep warm while stargazing.  

Pair with: Cozy flannels, a big campfire, and starry skies 

Available at: Organic Alternatives, Twin Peaks Dispensary

Average cost: $18.00 per 100mg THC bar

Medical and adult-use; various states including Colorado

Quiq fast-acting tincture in its 1:1 CBD:THC formula

5. Quiq 1:1 Tincture

Splash your lemonade or iced tea with a dash of this minty cool tincture. Add a wide brim hat and a fan, and now you can be lounging on your lanai in style, just like the Golden Girls! Because seriously, who doesn’t want to be Betty White?

Pair with: A sunny lanai and your favorite tunes

Available at: Fermont County Cannabis, The Healing Canna

Average cost: $50.00 per 100mg bottle

Medical and adult-use; Colorado exclusive

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6. Nove Island Coconut Bar

Let the sweet coconut taste transport you to the tropics while basking in the glow of a coral and orange sunset. There’s nothing like savoring a piece of dark chocolate while feeling the warm summer breeze on your skin. Ride those island waves deep into the night! These new luxury chocolates are absolutely a must-have cannabis product for summer.  

Pair with: A lei, hibiscus hair flower, and a new pair of shades

Available at: Simply Pure, Kaya Cannabis 

Average cost: $20.00 per 100 mg/10 pk bar

Adult-use; Colorado exclusive 

Shop your local dispensary online or in-store to snag your cannabis must-haves for summer!

Our brands at Medically Correct are featured in numerous dispensaries across the country. Shop online to see if we’re available at your local dispensary!

Don't see a dispensary listed near you? Try widening your search using our store locator. You can even filter your results so you know which types of products each store carries.

Be sure to tag us with your summer cannabis haul at @medicallycorrectllc so we can get in on those summer vibes. Cheers to you and the great days ahead!

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Cannabis and Anxiety: What Does Science Say?

If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone. Anxiety is the most common mental condition in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The disorder affects 40 million Americans every year, so 18.1% of the population! Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering from anxiety receive treatment: meaning less than half of the impacted demographic. 

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How is anxiety treated?

In addition to pharmaceuticals, therapy, and other lifestyle tweaks, medical cannabis is rising in popularity as a way to manage anxiety. There’s typically no cure for anxiety; it’s just something most people have to live with. Anxiety is an approved condition under various states’ medical cannabis programs, with thousands of patients taking advantage of the budding (no pun intended) industry to improve their mental health. 

Cannabis and anxiety: what does science say? 

Currently, cannabis research is limited, partly due to the plant’s federally illegal status under U.S. law. This means we don’t have many tangible resources supporting cannabis for anxiety. 

Cannabis is considered a Schedule I Substance, meaning it's considered as highly addictive without any potential for medical value. Meth, heroin, and yes, even cannabis, are all on this list alongside each other, holding equal potential for damage in the eyes of the federal government. 

The medical cannabis programs across the country say otherwise, but the impenetrable federal red tape prevents scientists from conducting key cannabis research, legal businesses from utilizing safe banking solutions, and businesses from effectively marketing cannabis products -- creating a gap. 

With that being said, we do have access to some scientific research and anecdotal evidence, which build a strong case for cannabis and anxiety! When it comes to mental health conditions, and anxiety especially, it’s important to consume cannabis the “right” way: meaning the right way for your body and brain. 

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How does cannabis help anxiety? 

If you know anything about cannabis, you probably know some people experience anxiety when they consume it. This is because of the THC in cannabis. THC isn’t bad, but it can cause anxiety in some people. There are a lot of different reasons why someone might feel anxious after consuming high-THC cannabis, including:

  • Simply too much THC for them 
  • Not eating enough before consuming
  • Consuming cannabis in a wildly-stressed state of mind
    • Sometimes, cannabis can bring out deep-seated (or not so deep-seated) emotions we are already feeling, further exacerbating internal stress. It helps to take a few deep breaths and calm your mind as much as possible before consuming cannabis. This way, it can continue the job and further relax you!
  • Genetics
  • Hormones

According to a 2017 report published by the University of Washington, THC appears to decrease anxiety in lower doses and increase anxiety in higher doses. The same report notes CBD to also decrease anxiety in all doses explored. Unlike THC, CBD does not create a psychoactive effect. After consuming CBD, you’ll likely feel more relaxed, focused, and balanced. CBD is most often derived from hemp. 

The federal government removed hemp from the Schedule I Substances list in 2018, effectively paving the way for an exploding American CBD market. However, as we mentioned before: marijuana remains on this list. 

Hemp and marijuana are cousins, both considered to be cannabis plants. The difference? The THC content. Per the 2018 Farm Bill (the bill which removed hemp from the Schedule I Substances list), hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC to be legally sold. Therefore, all of the CBD available to you at the grocery store and online is derived from hemp, so the products you can purchase without a medical marijuana card or visiting the dispensary - like trupura CBD

Here are four key ways to best utilize cannabis products for your anxiety: 

1. Microdose your cannabis

When you think of cannabis consumption, you might think of the typical stoner. Someone chain-smoking four blunts in a row, or spending their entire life high and hazy. When it comes to wellness, being stoned isn’t the goal: it’s simply being well. If you’re consuming cannabis for anxiety, we can imagine your goal is relaxing enough to function throughout the day. 

In this case, you don’t want to be stoned. Enter microdosing. Microdosing is exactly what it sounds like: dosing your cannabis in micro amounts. This way, you’re still reaping the benefits of cannabis, but you aren’t too high to go about your day. Microdosing works by stimulating the endocannabinoid system, just like cannabis in larger amounts. The endocannabinoid system is a biological system every human being has, and it’s how cannabis works in our body! 

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2. Choose products with sedative properties & shop with terpenes in mind

You might hear the words “indica” and “sativa” and wonder what they really mean. Truth be told, in the grand scheme of things, the words don’t mean much. Cannabis is a complex plant, full of different compounds like cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. 

Rather, approach it this way: “I’m looking to relieve my anxiety, so I need to find something that will relax me.” This opens you up to a world of potential. From here, you can begin looking at different methods of consumption, dosing suggestions, terpene content, and cannabinoid ratios. Try a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC for anxiety relief, like this Black Cherry chocolate bar from incredibles. 

When it comes to terpenes, they have therapeutic properties of their own! Myrcene, for example, is just one terpene thought to relieve anxious feelings. Read this blog post we wrote about terpenes to learn more; they’re amazing compounds. 

3. Try a hemp-derived CBD product first

If you’ve never tried cannabis before, you might first consider trying a CBD product derived from hemp! This way, you won’t experience any psychoactive effects. You might find you need something more (like THC), or CBD might be just what the doctor ordered.  

Research suggests something called endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome might be at fault for various diseases. Studies like this one ponder endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome’s role in fibromyalgia, migraines, and IBS. Hemp-derived CBD can introduce cannabinoids in your body, gently waking the endocannabinoid system, without overloading you with THC. 

If you think you need THC to start and you live in a legalized state, go for it. We always recommend starting low and going slow until you learn your perfect dose. Pay close attention to how your body feels after consuming cannabis. This way, you can quickly identify how much is too much. 

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4. Try a fast-acting product

Fast-acting cannabis products allow you to quickly gauge your tolerance. Traditional edibles can take up to an hour to kick in, sometimes even longer. When this happens, it’s easy to overdo it and regret it just a few hours later - especially when you’re feeling anxious and just want to find relief. Quiq White Chocolates are formulated with rapid absorption technology and like the edible we highlighted above, it offers a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio. 

When you’re learning how much your body can tolerate, it’s best to utilize the rapidness of Quiq and avoid overconsumption. After learning your dose, then consider incorporating traditional edibles like the cherry dark chocolate.  

Ready to try cannabis for anxiety? 

We want to emphasize that we are not doctors. We aren’t qualified to give medical advice, but we sure know a lot about cannabis and we know actual experts who can give medical advice! 

Before introducing cannabis into your wellness routine, reach out to professionals like the nurses at Leaf 411. It’s a free hotline that provides the general public education and directional support about cannabis. There, you can talk through any concerns you might have about trying cannabis. Once you’re given the green light - come and shop with us.

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Cannabis for Better Sleep: What Does Science Say?

No one likes having raccoon eyes or feeling irritable all day after a sleepless night. Unfortunately, falling and staying asleep can be hard, especially as we get older. This begs the question, is cannabis the answer to sleep-related issues like insomnia? Some of our own consumers say absolutely!

“I LOVE the [incredibles Sour] Gummies. I have 6 titanium rods in my back & my spine is fused so it’s very difficult to sleep, but these gummies help me fall asleep & stay asleep. They are the best thing ever made!”

“I have MS, arthritis, and chronic inflammation. I take one of these [incredibles Red Licorice Gummies] every night before bed. I have been completely pain-free for months.”

Scientific studies are providing more and more proof that the human body was built for cannabis. So where does the research stand on getting better sleep?

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Sleep Survey Says Yes, No, and Maybe

Scientists aren’t wasting time uncovering all of the relaxing and sedative effects cannabis provides, but when it comes to sleep, some research shows mixed results. 

One study observing patients both with and without sleeping problems found that cannabis shortened the time it took for them to fall asleep. Another in 2019 found that almost 67% of the participants experienced better sleep by using CBD

However, other studies have found some people experience higher rates of insomnia after trying to limit night time usage. There’s also evidence that heavy marijuana use in younger adults could cause them to develop sleeping problems later on in life. That’s why researchers like Kimberly Hutchison, an associate professor in the Sleep Medicine Program in the Department of Neurology at OHSU, are pushing for more long-term research and limiting the barriers placed on cannabis research.

“Research on cannabis and sleep is in its infancy and has yielded mixed results with significant biases. So, additional control and longitudinal research is critical to advance our understanding of research and clinical implications along with short and long term risks.”

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How Does the Endocannabinoid System Affect How We Sleep?

Up until about thirty years ago, researchers didn’t even know the endocannabinoid system existed. Now studies are showing how much of an impact this biological system has on our overall health! 

Scientists believe the endocannabinoid system is perhaps the most important factor in how we maintain balance in our physiological functions. This includes everything from our appetite, cognitive processes, and yes, even sleep. It can even affect how we dream!

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Terpenes and Cannabinoids and REM Sleep, Oh My!

So what’s its connection to cannabis, you might ask? Well, as it turns out, researchers have discovered that this system is partly made up of compounds similar to the ones found in the cannabis plant! These are called endogenous cannabinoids and studies show our body produces at least six different types.

Meanwhile, the cannabis plant has over 100 known cannabinoids! Many scientists are studying which ones are beneficial for sleeping problems and other health conditions. The three we hear about most often are CBD, CBN, and THC. 

THC is associated with the “high” many people feel when consuming cannabis. Its sedative effects can make it easier to fall asleep. THC can also reduce the time a person spends in REM sleep and increase slow-wave sleep, thereby reducing how much we dream. This has shown to be a positive side effect in patients with PTSD who frequently have nightmares.

CBN is not as well-known, but some studies find it could be a powerful sedative. These effects are amplified when combined with THC. CBD has gotten extremely popular in the last few years, especially for its therapeutic benefits with little to no psychoactive symptoms. Some doses of CBD can increase alertness during the day and reduce daytime sleepiness. It’s also been shown to be helpful with insomnia and dramatically improve the quality of one’s sleep.

Another part of the plant that impacts the effects of cannabis is terpenes. Terpenes are small, aromatic molecules that give cannabis its taste and smell. About 150 different terpenes have been identified and different strains can have multiple combinations of terpenes. Some of the ones associated with improving sleep include:

  • Myrcene
  • Caryophyllene
  • Terpineol

Cannabis Products to Try for a Good Night’s Sleep

All of these cannabis compounds will produce different effects at varying degrees based on the plant’s terpene profile, THC:CBD ratios, and method of consumption. Trying out different cannabis products is the best way to see which one does the most for your mind and body. 

Here are a couple of cannabis strains and edible options that you can try to help get you to sleep as soon as your head finds your pillow!

  • Granddaddy Purple - An OG indica strain you can’t miss out on trying. A true classic with a sweet taste and plenty of myrcene to help lull your mind to sleep.
  • 9lb Hammer - This strain will crush your insomnia like...well, a hammer! Thanks to its heavy myrcene and caryophyllene terpene profile, you’ll be melting into your sheets.  
  • Trupura CBD Relax Softgels - These 600mg CBD softgels are a triple whammy against restless nights. Add a little beta-caryophyllene and melatonin, and you have the perfect mixture for a night of rest and relaxation. 
  • Quiq Indica Dark Chocolates - It’ll only take about 5-15 minutes before your eyes will be begging to close. Plus, with this edible’s rapid absorption technology, you’ll feel quicker, stronger effects at just half the dosage.
  • incredibles Snoozzzeberry Gummy - Say goodnight and don’t expect to wake up ‘til morning! These amazing gummies infused with CBN will be insomnia’s worst nightmare.

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Don’t Forget to Speak to a Professional Before You Start Counting Sheep

Before trying any of the products suggested above, always remember to speak with a licensed medical professional first. We also advise talking with a cannabis-trained, registered nurse from Leaf 411. There’s no limit to their wealth of information when it comes to managing your health with cannabis.

Medically Correct is chock-full of award-winning products and informational blogs to help guide you along your cannabis journey. We don’t like losing out on sleep, so why should you?  Shop online and pick-up from your local Colorado dispensary today!

Cannabis for Pain Relief: What Does Science Say?

Believe it or not, pain relief is the most common reason people seek cannabis! A 2019 study published in Health Affairs showed 62% of medical cannabis patients are looking to ease their chronic pain. 

“We now know that chronic pain is indeed the most common qualifying condition for which people obtained medical cannabis licenses. Given the context of the opioid epidemic and the consistent observational studies that report medical cannabis patients substituting cannabis for pain medications, we now have a better sense of how widespread that practice and rationale may be,” said the study’s lead author, Kevin Boehnke, PhD. 

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Cannabis and the opioid crisis

It’s no wonder why people are putting down the pills and picking up the hippie green plant instead. When it comes to abusing opioids, there’s a common justification: “My doctor prescribed me this medication. Therefore, I am not addicted.” It’s an easy lie to believe because your doctor did prescribe you that pill. Why would they give you something that could hurt you? 

It’s important to keep in mind, just because something is prescribed to you by a physician, doesn’t mean it comes without risks. Check out some of these sobering statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about opioid misuse: 

  • In 2019, it’s estimated that 10.1 million people aged 12 years or older misused opioids over the prior year. Specifically, 9.7 million Americans misused prescription pain relievers, while the remaining 745,000 people used heroin. 
  • More than 760,000 Americans have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. Two out of three overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid. 
  • The national rate of opioid-related hospitalizations was 297 per 100,000 population in 2016.

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Can I overdose on cannabis?

Currently, cannabis has not been proven to be the cause of any fatal overdose. 

This set of parents, for example, tragically lost their 22-year-old son unexpectedly. They firmly believe cannabis was responsible for their son’s death, as it was found in his system when he died and he was an advocate for the plant. Despite this belief, the examiner who conducted his autopsy concluded cannabis did not cause his death, and doesn’t list it as the cause of death on his death certificate. While experts might point out other side effects to watch out for after consuming cannabis, such as paranoia, racing heart, potentially distorted vision, etc., nearly all of them agree that overdosing on cannabis just isn’t possible. This pair of grieving parents, unfortunately, did lose their son to a heart attack, according to the examiner. 

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What does science say about cannabis for pain relief? 

So far, the FDA has not approved cannabis to cure or treat any disease, and that includes chronic pain. With that being said, there is an enormous amount of research and anecdotal testimonies that support cannabis for pain relief. This research sparked the installation of medical cannabis programs in over half the country, with surely more to follow! In terms of credible research rooted in scientific processes, here’s what we know about cannabis and pain so far: 

  • A 2016 research paper discovered cancer patients used 64% fewer opioids for cancer-related pain when medical cannabis was integrated into their routine. 
    • This piece of research also notes:
      • Cannabis consumption was associated with a better quality of life in patients with chronic pain
      • Cannabis came with fewer side effects and medications used
  • Harvard University says cannabis seems to ease the pain associated with multiple sclerosis, as well as general nerve pain. 
  • This 2015 review exploring cannabis to relieve pain found several of the conducted trials yielded positive results. The trials focused on patients with chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and multiple sclerosis. “Marijuana or cannabinoids may be efficacious for these indications,” reads the study.  

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How does cannabis for pain relief work? 

Let’s first talk about cannabinoids like the above study briefly mentioned. Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis plant; there are over 100 known ones, but you might know the most popular ones as CBD and THC. To keep it simple, THC is the compound responsible for creating a high. CBD won’t intoxicate you, but it’ll give you a lot of the same benefits THC does! 

Once these cannabinoids enter the body, they meet something called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a biological system every human being has. The endocannabinoid system is equipped with receptors, CB1 and CB2 receptors to be specific, and they interact with cannabinoids like THC and CBD. 

THC fits the CB1 receptor perfectly. You’ll find heavily concentrated areas of the CB1 receptors in the brain stem, spinal cord, nervous system, and other parts of the body. The CB2 receptor engages a lot with CBD, but they don’t directly fit each other like CB1 and THC. Find CB2 receptors in our vital organs, immune cells, the brain, our skin, digestive system, and more. 

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The endocannabinoid system continued

Experts believe the endocannabinoid system is responsible for bringing our body to homeostasis and restoring balance in the areas where we need it the most. That’s why you hear people recommending cannabis for so many different issues: because we have endocannabinoid receptors in basically every part of our body! Cannabinoids are a direct target to those receptors. 

Don’t believe us? We don’t blame you, because you haven’t heard much about the endocannabinoid system. Modern medicine doesn’t talk about it, much less make it a part of their treatment plan. However, universities like UCLA have even devoted an entire research initiative to the endocannabinoid system, with plenty of content to learn from already! We also mentioned Harvard’s opinion on cannabis for pain relief in the above section highlighting credible pieces of research. So yes, the endocannabinoid system exists and there’s thorough research to prove it!

But no, you probably won’t hear about it from your doctor unless you ask. That’s not necessarily the doctor’s fault, though. Cannabis is still federally illegal to this day, despite over half the country legalizing it in some fashion. This makes things infinitely harder for physicians, whether it’s a professional stigma or they simply don’t have the necessary research that federal funding would be able to provide. 

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How do I consume cannabis for pain relief?

This is a great question, because there isn’t just one answer! Typically, when people (new consumers) think of cannabis, they think of smoking it. Thankfully, that’s not the only way to get your daily dose of cannabinoids. Smoking isn’t ideal for people with asthma or those who are uncomfortable inhaling smoke. Cannabis is versatile, so the way you consume it can be, too! Here are some of the best ways to try it if you don’t want to smoke:

  • Grab an infused-bite from award-winning edibles company, incredibles
  • Use a topical! Cannabis-infused topical products target the endocannabinoid receptors in our skin to offer direct relief for pain, like this fast-acting Extra Strength Salve from Quiq.
  • Try a CBD product. Hemp-derived products like this chocolate bar from trupura CBD are a great option for people who don’t want to consume THC! 

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Explore different types of pain relief and shop online through Medically Correct! We always recommend consulting with an educated physician who knows your medical history before proceeding. Consider speaking with a licensed, cannabis-trained nurse at Leaf411 for a free evaluation.

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Cannabis and Older Adults: Finding Your Ideal Solution Among Today's Product Selection

Senior citizens looking to improve their quality of life are making a beeline for the marijuana dispensaries! 

Older adults over age 60 are among the fastest-growing group of cannabis consumers in the United States. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found only 0.4% of adults age 65 and older reported using cannabis products between 2005-2006. By 2015, that percentage doubled and then doubled again in 2018 to nearly 4.2%.

The continued rise in elderly patients who are ‘cannacurious’ means there’s an even bigger need for good educational resources. With the correct information, older adults can feel more confident and safe when deciding to include medical marijuana into their lifestyle.

How Has Cannabis Changed Over the Years?

Interest in medical marijuana has increased thanks to reduced stigma, state legalizations, and newly discovered research on the benefits of cannabis for specific conditions primarily afflicting elderly patients. Some older adults enjoy cannabis recreationally to help them stay physically active. Many more use medical marijuana and CBD for chronic pain, sleeping problems, and mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. 

Looking back, we see just how much cannabis has changed from the ‘60s and ‘70s compared to today’s market. No more kilo bricks and meeting behind the school to toke up before class. Cannabis consumption has transcended beyond the average stoner. Not only has the flower become more potent, but experts say there are over 700 unique cannabis strains!

Probably the most crucial aspect that has changed is the rigorous lab testing required for all medical and recreational marijuana products. Consumer safety is one of the biggest factors for every cannabis business and dispensary. The industry as a whole is still relatively new, and regulations vary from state to state. Lab testing ensures all cannabis products being placed on the market are of high quality and contain no residual contaminants, such as pesticides or heavy metals.

Testing also helps determine the potency and terpene profile to ensure safe consumer experiences. Terpenoids are the aromatic oils found on the plant. These molecules are also responsible for the flavor you will taste whether you smoke flower, concentrates, or vape, and influence the effect of the product.

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What Cannabis Products Work Best for Older Adults?

It’s your first trip to the dispensary, and what do you see? Options upon options. How do you know what will work best? 

Walking into a dispensary can be overwhelming and intimidating. Seeing all the various products and the scores of young patients might have you wondering if cannabis is right for you. Rest assured, you’re not alone in your thoughts. That’s why having the right knowledge is essential to make sure you have the best experience possible. 

The dispensary workers are trained to understand the differences, benefits, and disadvantages of every cannabis product sold in-store. Here’s a summary of the options many older patients choose to try:

  • Edibles - Cannabis edibles are foods or drinks infused with THC and/or CBD that let you enjoy the effects of marijuana without needing to smoke or vape. Edible gummies and chocolate are popular choices for older patients because they’re easy to consume and discreet.
    It can take 30 minutes to two hours for the effects to kick in versus the immediate effects of smoking marijuana, but one edible can last you almost an entire day without needing another dose! The most common phrase you’ll hear for first-time cannabis users is, “start low, go slow.” Edibles with 2.5mg of THC are a recommended starting point for first-time cannabis users
  • Topicals - Cannabis-infused balms, lotions, and oils offer the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the high. Topicals are the most popular choice for localized pain relief, soreness, and inflammation. Some evidence shows they may even help with psoriasis, dermatitis, and arthritis.
  • Patches - Transdermal patches are akin to nicotine patches, but instead, you’re getting a slow release of cannabinoids, the active ingredients found in cannabis. Along with their convenience, some patches will work for over 12 hours and up to 96 hours!
  • Tinctures - Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts that contain high levels of terpenes and cannabinoids. They can be applied under the tongue or mixed in with foods and drinks. Tinctures are fast-acting and are delivered using a dropper for easy dosing.

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What Are the Potential Risks for Seniors Using Cannabis?

Just like with any other medicine, there are potential risks and harmful side effects from using cannabis. Impairments with attention span, motor coordination, and verbal memory can be amplified in older patients with preexisting brain impairments and struggle with pulmonary and cardiovascular conditions. Other seniors reported experiencing dizziness and fatigue. Some studies show it could also be harmful to those who recently had a heart attack.

Another point to consider is how cannabis interacts with other medications. It may cause certain medicines to stop working or lead to an increase in their side effects. 

Change in marijuana itself from what it was in the ’60s and ’70s also makes others wary of trying it. The potency has gradually gotten much stronger, and some worry that older patients won’t take dosing seriously because they remember what it was like when they first tried weed. 

However, many seniors have said these risks are avoidable by carefully dosing and monitoring your medication schedule. Cannabis has already become a suitable replacement to other pharmaceuticals for many older patients, especially those who were already experiencing adverse side effects from extended medication use.

Even with all the well-deserved recognition cannabis receives, you must always speak to your physician first before trying medical marijuana. Or, you can consult with Medically Correct’s nurse hotline partners at Leaf 411. This free cannabis hotline consists of trained nurses who provide education and directional support about legal cannabis use.

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Cannabis Product Selections for Seniors Are Better Than Ever!

Older adults deserve well-crafted cannabis that suits their needs just as much as anyone else. Whether you’re a newcomer or are no stranger to the world of cannabis, Medically Correct offers a wide range of products from award-winning brands. Our edibles, vapes, topicals, and more are created by some of the top experts in the business.

We’re committed to supporting the health and wellness of our consumers, young and old!

What are the best terpenes? This common question is asked by many cannabis consumers. Caryophyllene, a common terpene, is pictured with cloves and essential oils

What Are The Best Terpenes? Here's How To Experiment and Discover Your Perfect High

Ever wonder why you feel vastly different from various strains of cannabis, even if their THC and CBD content are the same?  It’s the terpenes!   As science continues to unveil the mysteries of cannabinoids, terpenes are gaining a lot of attention, and for good reason.

Since the early days of the cannabis industry, strains were primarily classified as Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid, labeled as such due to the common experiences of a body high, head high, or somewhere in between, respectively.  Yet science is finding these classifications to be quite rudimentary and as terpenes are being analyzed further, what’s been revealed is that the role terpenes play within cannabis drive the experiences we humans receive, and that they’re critical components to the medicinal effects of cannabis.

Short refresher: Terpenes are the oily compounds within the cannabis trichomes that give the plant its smell and taste, similar to essential oils.  (“Terpenoids” is often used interchangeably with “terpenes,” the main difference being that terpenes are hydrocarbons [carbon and hydrogen only] while terpenoids have been denatured by oxidation [chemical modification or drying and curing the flowers].

How would you like to be able to choose your ideal strain by identifying which terpenes are best for you?  We’ll share with you how, so read on!

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How to Dial in Your Ideal Cannabis Strain Based on its Terpene Profile

At this point in time, somewhere between 120 – 200 terpenes have been discovered within the cannabis plant and of these, a small handful have been researched.  The findings are somewhat limited so far, but as research continues terpenes will become an even more precise way to identify your ideal strains.

For now, there is enough information to help guide you, and once you learn about the known potential therapeutic properties of each of the most common terpenes found in cannabis, you can start choosing strains based on how you’d like to feel.

Step 1: So, how do you want to feel?   Determine this first so you know what you’re looking for as you learn about the most common terps.   Here are some questions to help get you started:

  • Are you looking to mellow out, yet stay clear headed and productive?
  • Are you looking to relax your mind and body so you can fall asleep more easily?
  • Are you looking for inflammation reduction and pain relief?
  • Are you looking for something to energize and uplift your spirits?
  • Are you looking to reduce anxiety?
  • Are you looking for creative enhancement and focus?

Step 2: Determine your terpene preferences

A great place to start is reviewing a chart of the most common terpenes and where they reside on the spectrum of calming to energizing (see below).  You can also perform an internet search of cannabis terpenes and gather information from various sources.

Step 3: Look up each terpene and learn about its known potential therapeutic benefits.

Step 4: Take note of the terpenes you’d like your cannabis to contain, then search for strains which contain these terpenes.  Also identify terpenes you want to stay away from and keep a note of these in your wallet or commit them to memory.

Below are the most abundant terpenes in each of the following popular strains, with the highest amounts bolded.

Super Lemon Haze: terpinolene, caryophylleneocimene

Sour Diesel: caryophyllene, limonene, myrcene

Blue Dream: myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene

OG Kush: caryophyllenelimonene, myrcene, linalool, pinene, and humulene

Golden Goat: limonene,  caryophyllene,  myrcene, pinene

Here’s an example: Let’s say you are looking for help with relieving pain and inflammation while reducing anxiety. Caryophyllene reduces inflammation which lessens pain and limonene helps reduce anxiety.  From the list above, OG Kush and Sour Diesel would be the top two strains for you to try.

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A More Experiential Way To Discover The Best Terpenes for You

This way can be super fun.  Simply head over to your favorite dispensary and purchase a gram of each of the following: Super Lemon Haze, Sour Diesel, Blue Dream, Golden Goat, OG Kush (or you can choose your own lineup)

Next, grab some index cards (or download/print this worksheet) and smoke each one on separate days or with enough time in between so they don’t influence one another, such as one in the morning and one in the evening.  For each strain, after 10-15 minutes from consumption, take this super short quiz and keep your answers to refer to later:

  • Now that you’re high, what are the top three things you feel like doing?
  • Which would you rather be: comfy at home or out socializing (circle one)
  • Do you enjoy this strain? Yes or No (circle one)

Once you have your answers for each strain, list out the terpenes in each.  You can refer to the strain examples/main terpene profiles above or if you chose other strains, consult a resource such as Leafly.com.  See what trends you find within the strains you enjoy and the ones you don’t, then learn more about those terpenes so they can help guide your future buying decisions.

Fun, right?  With the endless combinations and ratios of terpenes, the future of highly intelligent cannabis cultivation lies here…and there’s so much more to be revealed as research continues.  We’re only at the beginning.

Check out our first blog post regarding Terpenes here.

Liana Cameris author bio, describing her background in cannabis and yoga.

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Cannabis and Yoga: An Essential Guide To Combining Cannabis Products with Your Practice

Whether you’re a cannabis consumer, a yoga practitioner, or both, this guide will shed light on how to combine cannabis and yoga for an elevated, mindful practice.  Let’s dive in!

The word yoga may conjure up an image of someone performing physical postures on a sticky mat.  This is simply one way to practice yoga, called yoga asana.  If you aren’t already aware, the practice of yoga has many different forms, and ultimately, it’s a practice of unification which brings the practitioner into an innate state of balance, cultivating a space where the mind, body, and breath are fully integrated with the spirit/seer – all in the same moment.  Perception shifts from the lens of the ego to the lens of the higher self.  This state of oneness is a direct experience of life revealing separateness as an obvious illusion.

Cannabis, along with many other sacred plants, is a tool that can offer the experience of this very same state of being.  As science has shown, cannabis activates our endocannabinoid system, the system within the body that maintains homeostasis – the state of balance.  It also enhances all of our senses, giving us a heightened state of self-awareness, which is an effect of practicing yoga.  This writer sees cannabis as one of the best yoga teachers on this planet!

What Kinds of Cannabis are Best to Practice With?

Since most strains are labeled as Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid, this can provide some direction.  Yet while there are common experiences from various strains, which we’ll get into, effects do vary from person to person so it’s important to experiment to find out what you like the most.

As aforementioned, yoga is a practice bringing together mind and body, so it’s helpful to work with a hybrid strain rather than catapulting your attention fully into your head with a sativa strain or fully into your body with an indica strain.

  • A sativa-dominant hybrid can be a great partner for Vinyasa and Power yoga style classes, such as Jack Herer, ACDC, and White Widow.
  • An indica-dominant hybrid may be ideal for Restorative, Yin and meditation practices, such as OG Kush, White Diesel, and Lavender.
  • If you really want to dial in your ideal strain, learn about terpenes and look for strains that contain the terpenes you wish to work with.

Edibles that have an equal ratio of THC to CBD are also wonderful cannabis companions for yoga since they help to offset an overabundance of heady energy.  If you’re not looking for any psychoactive effects within your practice, stick to CBD, which for most people turns down the dials of anxiety and tension, allowing an easier cultivation of presence.

When & How Much to Consume

If you plan to consume right before practice, smoking or vaping creates an immediate onset.  Smoking does produce potentially harmful carcinogens, so if you’d like to create minimal harm you can choose vaping either flower or concentrate.  Concentrate is much more potent than flower, so keep that in mind when dosing.

If you’ve got some time before practice, choose an edible such as a pill, sublingual spray or tincture, gummy, or chocolate, to name a few.  If you don’t have enough time to wait for it to kick in, take an edible that has a quick onset, or be aware that you’ll start feeling it at some point during your practice.

For anyone just starting out, I recommend a micro dose, 2.5mg.  I’ve found the ideal dose for me is 2.5mg THC and 2.5mg CBD, which is just enough to help move my attention off the day’s distractions and send me on my way…the practice does the rest.

DO: Consume less than your typical dose.  Less is more when bringing cannabis into your practice.  Why?  Yogic breathing creates a state of awareness that mimics the level of presence and heightened sensual state cannabis offers, so if you consume too much, it could be overload.  When practicing alone, this can bring you into new frontiers of the mind-body connection you may enjoy exploring, yet if practicing with others, it could send you into a state of anxiety.

DON’T: Consume and practice with a full stomach.  Aim for little to no food in your belly.  Go for a smoothie or soup if you need something in your tummy.  Digestion of food is a distraction to a yoga practice, which is only heightened when high.

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What Part of Yoga Practice Includes Cannabis?

This is entirely up to you.  Most who combine yoga and cannabis consume prior to practice so that all parts of the practice are elevated by the plant.  When it comes to the postures, a general rule of thumb is to stay away from poses that have a higher level of risk for injury, which will be different for everyone.  For an average practitioner this includes handstand, headstand, and any other poses which require a lot of coordination, especially dropping back into wheel.

The effect of cannabis can enhance your innate state of oneness, so when it comes to meditation, you may find it easier to quiet the mind and drop into a meditative state, which is why many enjoy consuming and meditating.

CAUTION: Relying on any external substance to incite a state of being that is part of our true nature turns it into a crutch rather than a tool.  Plus, cannabis has a tamasic effect on the mind and body, which in Ayurveda speaks to the dulling quality of something.  Here’s a great article in the Yoga Journal that discusses more about this.

Integration is Key

It can be easy to rely on cannabis to practice yoga.  If you’re not careful, you may find yourself resistant to practicing without it.  It’s essential to give yourself several practice sessions without weed for every session you practice with it.  Why?  Integration.

During your cannabis-enhanced yoga practice, you’ll become aware of aspects of yourself you were once unaware of, such as how parts of your body relate to each other and patterns of thought within your mind.   It’s important to practice feeling and recalling these things without the help of cannabis, because this integration helps fortify your nervous system to maintain this more optimal alignment on a regular basis.

Have fun with it and share your yoga and cannabis experience with us on Instagram by tagging @MedicallyCorrectLLC!

(Writer’s note: Be sure to talk with your doctor or health professional before beginning a physical yoga practice or introducing cannabis into your practice.)

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The Five Most Common Types of Edibles Found in Dispensaries

From ancient to modern times, edibles have been one of the classic ways to consume cannabis.  Edibles are food and drink products infused with cannabis flower or extracts containing THC, CBD, or both, and can be a delicious alternative to smoking and vaping.  Nearly any food that contains oil, dairy, sugar or flour can be turned into an edible; and the recent emergence of water-soluble extracts has allowed for even more edible options, such as beverages.  There’s really something for everyone, from unsweetened and sweetened baked goods to pills, and edible makers are continuously innovating their offerings.

Every producer of edibles has their own favorite recipes and processes, which means the flavors, textures, cannabinoid ratios, effects, and potencies can all differ.  Depending on the type of edible you choose and your personal metabolism, the time it takes for the THC to enter your bloodstream, and for you to feel the psychoactive effects, could be anywhere between 30-90 minutes (or longer).  However, more and more edible makers are beginning to offer fast-acting options for those who don’t want to wait very long to get elevated.  These products typically kick in between 15-25 minutes but can take longer.

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Most states have similar regulations regarding the amount of THC that can be infused into a single product for recreational use, which in Colorado, is 100 milligrams, often divided into ten 10mg servings or twenty 5mg servings.  Medical regulations typically allow a higher amount infused into each product.  Micro-dosing, commonly considered as taking a 2.5mg dose of THC, is rising in popularity as people are looking for a more functional high.  Some makers now offer their products divided into 2.5mg doses to cater to this market.

Below, we’ll cover the five most commons types of edibles found in dispensaries to help you with deciding what to try next time you head to the store.


Gummies are the most popular edible you can find, consisting of cannabis oil (usually flavorless distillate), sugar, gelatin or pectin, coloring and flavoring. For those who have a vegan diet or want to stay away from gelatin, an increasing number of producers are now offering vegan gummies, so they’re becoming easier to find.

Gummies are often marketed as sativa, indica, or hybrid, and the resulting effects are energizing, calming, or somewhere in between, respectively. Typically, there are additional terpene or botanical ingredients to help steer these effects. One example of this is including myrcene and/or chamomile for a relaxing effect. You’ll also find both regular and quick-acting gummy options.


Cannabis chocolates are the next most popular (and delicious!) option. The robust flavor of cannabis oil is mostly masked by the rich flavor profiles of the chocolate it’s infused in. You’ll find all sorts of variations including dark, milk and white chocolate bars and truffles, with or without fillings such a peanut butter or caramel. Most bars are scored in ten 10mg squares, and truffles in 5mg or 10mg pieces, so you can dose yourself with precision. You’ll find mostly regular onset options, although quick-acting options are out there too.

If you love chocolate, you’ll have an easy time finding it in so many other edible products, so be wary about going to the store hungry!

incredibles Monkey Bar is an award-winning, cannabis-infused chocolate bar. Chocolates are one of the five most common types of edibles found in dispensaries.


Due to the aforementioned introduction of water-soluble cannabinoids, you’ll now find a wide array of beverages, such as soda, energy drinks, teas sold in bottles or a box of tea bags, and infused waters both still and carbonated. These are mostly sold as single servings, such as a can or bottle containing 10mg of THC or 5mg THC and 5mg CBD. However, some drinks will have dosing caps to pour off a single dose if the entire bottle contains several servings. You’ll find both regular and quick-onset options.


Tinctures are cannabis-infused alcohol formulas presented in dropper-top bottles.  You’ll find many products labeled as tinctures that include MCT oil or glycerin in place of alcohol.  Tinctures enter the bloodstream sublingually via the sublingual artery when held for 15 seconds or longer under the tongue.  Some may be flavorful and sweet, while others may be virtually flavorless.  Flavorless tinctures are versatile since you can take them orally or add them to recipes, smoothies, etc.  High Times offers a great guide on navigating the world of tinctures.

A woman dripping incredible Wellness cannabis tincture into a tall glass of lemonade


As cannabis legalization continues to expand across the country, this category is rising in popularity. It’s a familiar delivery method that has very few additional ingredients and allows for very precise dosing. It is especially popular among the older generation, and those who cannot have sugar. Similar to other categories of edibles, there are both regular and fast-acting options available, as well as energizing, relaxing options and hybrid options.

Within all these types of edibles, you’ll find options with various ratios of CBD to THC available, indicated by 1:1, 2:1, 5:1, 20:1, etc.  As you experience the effects of different products, you’ll come to learn your preferences.  If you move to another state from Colorado, let’s say, your favorite brands may not be available due to the fact that cannabis is not legal nationally as of yet, so if you know your preferred ratio, you can use that information as a basis on choosing new products.  (Brands do love hearing from their customers, so let them know if you can’t find them!)

Know that not all edibles are psychoactive.  There’s a large market of full- and broad-spectrum CBD products in all the forms mentioned above which contain .03% THC or less.   There are also products containing just CBD isolate, meaning there are no traces of other cannabinoids present.

One last note, a great reminder pertaining to edibles – start with a low dose to first gauge how your body responds, and then wait patiently.  If you feel you’d like an additional amount, wait at least another hour or more so you don’t end up taking more than you’d like.

With all these options, what are you going to choose?  Find the type edibles you most want to try at your local dispensary by browsing our online menu.

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Everything Consumers Need to Know About Cannabis Vapes

Vaping is a relatively new delivery method for cannabis that has risen in popularity over the last several years. Vaping heats cannabis without igniting it, creating a vapor to disseminate cannabinoids and terpenes into your bloodstream through a vaporizing device that generates a fine mist.  This makes them different from traditional smoking devices like pipes and bongs, which deliver smoke into your lungs.

The vaping sector of the cannabis industry has been developing quicker than the scientific community has been evaluating the potential health risks of both formulations and devices.  As a result, it’s important to learn all you can so you can make the best decisions for yourself.  If you take one thing away from this guide, it should be to always choose products from the legal, regulated market.  Here’s everything consumers need to know about cannabis vapes.

Types of Vaping Devices

Vaping devices come in many forms, such as vape pens, e-cigarettes, dab pens, and desktop vapes.  Although some devices allow you to consume both concentrates and flower, most are designed to be used exclusively with one or the other.  Depending on your lifestyle, you may prefer one type of device over another.  For example, if you’re always on the run, you may prefer a vape pen that you can keep in your pocket or purse.  If you only consume at home, you may prefer a desktop device, such as the famous Volcano, to which a study the NIH published gave a stamp of approval.

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Whichever you choose, it’s helpful to have one that includes a temperature control since the flower or concentrate you vape may need a higher or lower temperature in order to deliver the maximum amount of cannabinoids and/or terpenes available.

Electronic cigarettes, popularly called e-cigarettes, are similar to vape pens yet are typically used with formulas containing nicotine to simulate tobacco smoking.

Types of Concentrates

There is also a wide variety of cannabis extracts or concentrates.  For vape pens, distillate is most commonly used for its desirable potency, versatility, and typical lack of flavor or aroma.  This refined oil has been stripped of all materials and undesirable compounds except one specific cannabinoid, such as THC or CBD.  It can be used to dab, vaporize, and as an ingredient to make edibles, topicals and other cannabis products.  Terpenes can also be added to distillates to create various flavor profiles and to alter the effects.

There are also other concentrates, like full-spectrum extracts, shatter, budder, wax, rosin and CO2 oils, which all contain more robust cannabinoid profiles that evoke different experiences.

Cannabis concentrates are thick, and many vape cartridges used in vape pens and e-cigarettes need a less viscous substance to properly vaporize.  Thinners or cutting agents, such as PEGs (polyethylene glycols), glycerin, or MCT oils are used by many companies to liquefy these extracts.

Vaping vs. Smoking Cannabis

For those used to smoking cannabis, a common experience when vaping is a clearer high. However, people often debate whether vaping gets you higher than smoking, and if it’s better or worse for the body overall.

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A study published by JAMA Open Network revealed higher quantities of THC in the bloodstream of the participants who had been vaping than those who had been smoking.  The vaping participants also had higher levels of cognitive impairment and adverse effects, such as vomiting, hallucinations, and paranoia.  It is believed this is mainly due to none of the material being lost to combustion, which means more THC enters the body.

When comparing the carcinogenic levels of cannabis smoke versus tobacco smoke, a study published by Dr. Robert Melamide revealed that cannabis smoke is not linked with lung or colorectal cancer, unlike tobacco smoke, yet is still potentially harmful.  The carcinogenic potential of smoked cannabis has been largely eliminated by the development of vaporizers.

Benefits and Risks of Vaping

Let’s start with the benefits. Combustion does not occur in the vaping process and is why vaporizing cannabis flower is considered a healthier option over smoking. What’s currently being debated in the scientific community is if vaporizing concentrates is a healthier option than smoking, which seems to be determined by the type of vape device and amount of concentrate used.

For those who need a high dose of cannabinoids to manage their condition, whether it be a disease or other, vaping has been an ideal solution as it offers a quick, easy and discreet way to consume cannabinoids. It’s also harder to smell cannabis vapor than smoke.
The smell of smoke can linger for days, whereas vapor disappears quickly.

Now, the risks. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not evaluate these devices and formulas. As a result, products have made it to market with questionable quality and additives, some of which have been FDA approved for ingestion. It is known that when heated, some of these additives can break down into toxic compounds, such as formaldehyde, which are carcinogenic.

In 2019, a public health crisis arose with an increasing number of people showing up in the emergency room due to lung injuries.  As of February 2020, the Centers for Disease Control reported at least 68 deaths and more than 2,800 hospitalizations throughout the US due to vape pen lung injuries.  The disease, referred to as VAPI or EVALI, is strongly linked to THC vape cartridges (most of which were purchased from the illicit market) containing vitamin E acetate, an ingredient that can cause harm when inhaled.

PEG and glycerin have been shown to undergo decomposition when they touch the heating element of a vaporizer, leading to the formation of toxic carbonyl compounds which have adverse health effects on humans.  Stainless steel, ceramics, and glass are some high-quality materials companies can use in their devices to avoid creating these toxicities.

Vaping Safety

With the frequent increase in options of vaping devices and formulas, it’s paramount for consumers to understand the importance of consuming high-quality ingredients with high-quality vaping devices for the best and safest experience possible.

The illicit market, also known as the black market, typically offers radically cheaper devices filled with concentrate formulas that include harmful, hidden ingredients.  Using these devices and consuming these products are highly risky because they aren’t lab-tested and are completely unregulated, so you truly will not know what you’re putting in your body.  Exposing your lungs to cutting agents, residual chemicals, and artificial flavorings won’t be worth saving a few dollars in the long run.

A shot of two lab beakers full of cannabis distillate extracted by Clear Creek Extracts. This oil is used in cannabis vapes.

Choosing lab-tested products from the regulated market cannot be stated enough.  Ask the budtender at your local dispensary for more tips regarding cannabis vaping, and explore trustworthy products from manufacturers like Clear Creek Extracts.