Cannabis 101

Cannabis has never been more popular in Ventura County, and the United States as a whole. That is why we have created our Cannabis 101 page. For those looking to relax to individuals in search of pain relief. Forbes reports the worldwide cannabis industry is worth nearly $8 billion. This market is poised to exceed $31 billion at some point next year. In fact, the cannabis industry has become so popular that Ventura County might soon allow marijuana-growing enterprises to operate in unincorporated areas. In addition, cannabis-related laws have progressed to the point that individuals over the age of 21 living in Ventura County are now permitted to grow upwards of half a dozen marijuana plants in their domicile. Let’s take a closer look at this budding industry (pun intended).

Cannabis 101: Dry Flower and its Impact on the Mind and Body

Dry flower is by far the most popular means of consuming cannabis. In fact, most cannabis users enjoy dry flower in the form of smoking and vaporizing. This also holds true in Ventura County as a growing number of residents are now smoking and vaping seeking pain relief. Once considered a juvenile means of getting buzzed, cannabis dry flower is now a legitimate form of medication. From chronic pain to anxiety, epilepsy, and beyond, it seems as though cannabis helps alleviate pain spurred by a seemingly endless number of conditions.

Each marijuana strain creates unique effects on the body. The three types are Sativa, Indica, and a hybrid of these two. Indica strains stem from India’s Hindu Kush mountains. Give Indica cannabis a try and you will find it relaxes your mind and also relieves physical pain.

Alternatively, Sativa cannabis strains energize the body as well as the mind. The best of both, Indica and Sativa, strains are brought together in the form of hybrid strains. If your aim is to feel good yet not feel overly relaxed or energized, hybrid strains are the perfect solution.

Cannabis 101 – ​Pricing

​In terms of price, expect to pay between $35 and $70 for an eight of cannabis. Organically grown cannabis tends to be more costly as it is grown without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. However, you can save a bundle of money by purchasing a quarter of an ounce, half an ounce, or more as dispensaries provide a price discount for purchases in large volumes.

Cannabis 101 – Pre-rolls

Pre-roll joints are especially popular as many users do not have the time or skills to roll their own. A properly rolled joint should be able to hold together during the smoking process. Joints come in many different sizes and weighting anywhere between .3 grams and up to 2.2 grams. However, you might soon find much bigger joints as cannabis companies stand up to the challenge.

​Cannabis 101 – Dabbing

​Cannabis dabs are a highly concentrated form of cannabis. They are created through the extraction of THC and cannabinoids with a solvent such as carbon dioxide or butane. The result is a sticky oil, sometimes referred to as wax, budder, or shatter. Dabs are warmed on hot surfaces such as dabbing nails and subsequently inhaled by way of a dab rig. Dabs are quickly gaining favor in the cannabis community as they are especially potent. It merely takes a couple of dab hits to feel absolutely amazing and pain-free.

​Cannabis 101 – Topicals

Also referred to as ointments, topicals are applied in cream form directly to the skin. It is especially great for people who suffer from arthritis and other pains. The best part about cannabis topicals is they do not require any equipment. Furthermore, there is no need to inhale burnt or baked cannabis when you take the topical route.

Aside from lotions, cannabis can also be infused into topicals such as:

  • Balms
  • Sprays
  • Lubricants
  • Patches
  • Oils

These topicals are absorbed directly through the skin, minimizing inflammation, soreness and pain. This is why topicals will have little to no psychoactive effects. They are most commonly sought by people looking to relieve pain and not to get high. However, if you are looking to get high, flower, edibles, and oil cartridges will be a better choice.

In fact, topicals have advanced to the point that there are specific lotions and sprays from varying cannabis strains. The logic in creating such strain-specific topical lotions is to infuse their unique cannabinoids and terpenes into the body by binding with cannabinoid receptors, spurring a highly specific form of pain relief.

​Cannabs 101 – Vaporizers

Vaporizers bake dry cannabis leaves rather than burn them, making the consumption of cannabis that much healthier as carcinogens are eliminated through vaporization. Vaporizers are available in large and small sizes. From sizable volcano vaporizers typically used indoors to portable vaporizers such as the Pax by Ploom that can be used in a variety of settings, there are all sorts of different ways to vape cannabis.

​Cannabis 101 – Extracts

Cannabis extracts provide unique benefits not available with the smoking of dry leaves. Extracts are derived from dry cannabis leaves by processing it into a concentrated form. Cannabis extracts are ingested or vaporized instead of smoked. These extracts are refined in that the cannabinoids and essential oils are separated from the plant to produce an incredibly pure and smooth inhalation upon vaporization.

​The Most Common Cannabis Accessories

The cannabis industry is chock full of helpful accessories that make smoking, vaping and other uses of cannabis that much more enjoyable. If you do not want to pay a premium for pre-rolled joints, consider rolling your own cannabis joints with a joint rolling machine. Grinders are essential for cannabis users as these nifty little devices quickly and efficiently grind up dry flower into small particles that burn and vaporize much better than large chunks of leaves.

If you are concerned burning dry cannabis leaves will harm your lungs, opt for a water pipe such as a bong. The water in the bottom of the bong clears out most of the potentially harmful components of the cannabis leaves, creating a pure and smooth inhalation of smoke.

Joint filters/tips are also essential for cannabis smokers. These tips ensure the joint remains together during the smoking process. Furthermore, the tip also facilitates the movement of air through the joint. Don’t forget to pick up an ash tray and rolling tray to boot. After all, most of your cannabis smoking is likely to occur indoors so you will need a safe place to ash out your joints, blunts, pipes and bong bowls.

A rolling tray is a must-have for those who embrace the challenge of DIY cannabis rolling. This tray will keep the flower and papers in one area, making the rolling process that much easier. Use your rolling tray each time you roll up and your flower will remain on that tray rather than ending up on the couch, table or other area.

​The Status of Cannabis Legalization

At the moment, cannabis is not legal on the federal level. However, cannabis is legal in numerous states. Some states have strictly legalized cannabis use for medical purposes while several others have legalized the plant for both medicinal and recreational use. By the end of 2020, cannabis might be legal in 40 states, possibly providing the momentum necessary for the plant’s legalization on the federal level in the near future.

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