Cannabis FAQ’s

Cannabis FAQ’s

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Marijuana, which can also be called weed, pot, dope, or cannabis, is the dried flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It contains mind-altering (psychoactive) compounds like tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. In addition, it also contains other active compounds like cannabidiol, or CBD, that are not mind-altering.

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Marijuana’s side effects vary from person to person. These effects depend on a number of factors such as a person’s age, health, and sex. In addition, the side effects of cannabis may be dependant on the formulation, strain, and method of consuming weed. The formulation is the amount of THC, CBD, or any other active compounds from the cannabis plant. The strain can be Sativa, Indica, or Hybrid, a combination of both.  When it comes to methods of consuming weed, there is a great variety of products available at your local dispensary in Ventura County. Local marijuana dispensaries carry dried flower, pre-rolls, weed-infused edibles and drinks, concentrates, and more.

The marijuana plant has chemicals that may help symptoms for some health problems. More and more states are making it legal to use the plant as medicine for certain conditions. But there isn’t enough research to show that the whole plant works to treat or cure these conditions. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)External has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.
Because marijuana is often smoked, it can damage your lungs and cardiovascular system (e.g., heart and blood vessels). These and other damaging effects on the brain and body could make marijuana more harmful than helpful as a medicine. Another problem with marijuana as a medicine is that the ingredients aren’t exactly the same from plant to plant. There’s no way to know what kind and how much of a chemical you’re getting.
Two medicines have been made as pills from a chemical that’s like THC, one of the chemicals found in the marijuana plant that makes people feel “high.” These two medicines can treat nausea if you have cancer and make you hungry if you have AIDS and don’t feel like eating. But the chemical used to make these medicines affects the brain also, so it can do things to your body other than just working as medicine.
Another marijuana chemical that scientists are studying, called cannabidiol (CBD), doesn’t make you high because it acts on different parts of the nervous system than THC Scientists think this chemical might help children who have a lot of seizures (when your body starts twitching and jerking uncontrollably) that can’t be controlled with other medicines. Some studies have started to see whether it can help.

Yes, about 1 in 10 marijuana users may become addicted. However, the risk of addiction may be higher for users who started using weed before the age of 18. For more information visit CDC’s section on addiction or the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s pages on addiction science.

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People with addiction problems may show some of the following signs:
  1. Trying but failing to quit using marijuana.
  2. Giving up important activities with friends and family in favor of using marijuana.
  3. Using marijuana even when it is known that it causes problems at home, school, or work.
Please visit CDC’s section on addiction or the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s pages on addiction science for more information.

The health risks of marijuana use depend on several factors. However, you may visit the CDC’s web page on marijuana and its health effects for more detailed information.

A fatal overdose is unlikely, but that doesn’t mean marijuana is harmless. The signs of using too much marijuana are similar to the typical effects of using marijuana but more severe. These signs may include extreme confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, increased heart rate, and delusions. In addition, you may also experience hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and severe nausea or vomiting. In some cases, these reactions can lead to unintentional injuries such as a motor vehicle crash, fall, or poisoning.

Using alcohol and marijuana at the same time is likely to result in greater impairment than when using either one alone. Using marijuana and tobacco at the same time may also lead to increased exposure to harmful chemicals. As a result, causing greater risks to the lungs, and the cardiovascular system.
Also, be aware that marijuana may change how prescription drugs work. Always consult your physician if you are taking other prescription drugs to avoid negative side effects.
Synthetic cannabinoids such as K2, Spice, Spike are dangerous and unpredictable. These synthetic cannabinoids are very different from actual marijuana. However, just like THC, they bind to the same cannabinoid receptors in the brain and other organs.
Research shows that synthetic cannabinoids affect the brain much more powerfully than marijuana. This results in unpredictable and, in some cases, life-threatening effects including nausea, anxiety, paranoia, brain swelling, seizures, and hallucinations. You may also experience aggression, heart palpitations, and chest pains. For additional questions around synthetic cannabinoids, visit CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health page on synthetic marijuana or the National Institute on Drug AbuseExternal page on synthetic marijuana.

The majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, “harder” substances. However, there is not enough research that could prove whether such a statement is accurate or not. Some think that cannabis use may lead to the use of more dangerous drugs such as cocaine or heroin. However, the marijuana industry offers a great variety of products from low potency to extremely potency ones. Because of this, there is no reason for users to look into other drugs as they can achieve the desire effects with more potent forms of cannabis.

We do not yet know. However, breast milk can pass chemicals from marijuana to your baby. In fact, exposure to THC can continue even after stopping marijuana used. This is because THC is stored in fat cells and is slowly released over time. There is not enough evidence on the effects of marijuana exposure to the baby through breastfeeding. Moreover, the few studies conducted have shown limited and conflicting data. To limit potential risk to the infant, breastfeeding mothers should reduce or avoid marijuana use.

Secondhand marijuana smoke contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects, and many of the same toxic chemicals found in smoked tobacco.
Smoked marijuana has many of the same cancer-causing substances as smoked tobacco. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about secondhand marijuana smoke. Its impact on chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and lung diseases have yet to be determined.
The fact that it’s legal does not mean that it is safe. Using marijuana at an early age can lead to negative health consequences.

Heavy daily marijuana use can do damage to memory, learning, and attention. These negative side effects can last a week or more after the last marijuana use.

Using marijuana during pregnancy or while breastfeeding may harm the baby, just like alcohol or tobacco.

Marijuana use has been linked to anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. However, scientists don’t yet know whether it directly causes these diseases. Nevertheless, smoking any product, including marijuana, can damage your lungs and cardiovascular system. This is why the popularity of cannabis-infused edibles has increased dramatically in Ventura County and the rest of the United States. Visit our online menu to find other forms of cannabis available to you at local marijuana dispensaries in Port Hueneme and Ojai, CA.

Hashish, also known as hash, is made by compressing and processing trichomes of the cannabis plant. You can consume hash by smoking it, typically in a pipe, bong, vaporizer, or joint. This type of marijuana concentrate has quickly gained popularity amongst experienced cannabis users. The THC levels found in hash are 2 to 3 times more than those found in marijuana flower.

Visit our concentrates category to find hash products available to you in Ventura County. You can also visit our Pre-Rolls category if you would like to find some marijuana pre-rolls infused with hash and other forms of cannabis concentrates.

Hash oil is a form of concentrated cannabis extract. You might have heard about it as BHO, nectar, wax, full melt, honey, dabs, or budder. You can consume hash oil as smoked, vaped, eaten, or rubbed onto the skin. The use of hash oil is sometimes called “dabbing” or “burning.” In addition, hash oil contains high levels of THC that can be two or three times more than those found in marijuana flower. However, when rubbed onto the skin, the psychoactive effects might be little to none.

Hash oil comes from cannabis plants and contains THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the same active ingredient as other marijuana products. These famous cannabis concentrates are now available at your local marijuana dispensary in Ventura County. Please visit our online menu to check pricing and availability near you.

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BHO, also known as Butane Honey or Hashish Oil, is a potent form of hash oil. It is manufactured by extracting THC from the cannabis plant through the use of butane. The process can be dangerous and explosions can easily occur when butane is near a flammable source.

Hemp and marijuana both come from the same species of plant—cannabis. Cannabis plants that contain 0.3% or less THC are classified as hemp. Hemp has no psychoactive effects and is popular for its seeds, oil, and fibers. In addition, cannabis plants that contain higher levels of THC are classified as marijuana plants. Marijuana plants do have psychoactive effects and can be used for medicinal, recreational, and spiritual purposes. Both, Hemp and Marijuana plants contain CBD.

People most commonly refers to Cannabis as Marijuana and Hemp. Weed, ganja, grass, and buddha are also very popular terms. However, marijuana is, without a doubt, the most popular name. Although it might be spelled differently, the marijuana word is popular worldwide.

Marijuana contains THC which is responsible for its psychoactive, or mood-altering, effects. THC is also known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. In combination with other cannabinoids, the amount of THC in marijuana determines the strength and effects of the drug. The level of THC in marijuana is not always the same. Some marijuana strains contain higher amounts of THC than others. They can also contain different levels of CBD. Lastly, the concentration of THC will vary from product to product. You can visit our online menu to get familiar with the types of marijuana products available to you and their THC levels.

Marijuana flower is the most popular product and will have THC levels that range between 10% to 27%. However, concentrate products will have higher levels of THC sometimes ranging between 75% and 92%. The ladder is much more potent and is more popular amongst experienced users.

Reports show that pot in the 1970s had THC levels of around 1%. However, today, the herb you’re smoking has a lot more THC, with levels averaging more than 6-8%. Some specially grown plants can contain THC levels as high as 51%!

Cannabinoids derived from the Marijuana plant contain tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This cannabinoid is responsible for the popular “body-high” and “head high” effects depending on the strand from which the drug came. It produces feelings of euphoria and relaxation as well as a temporary lack of memory and attention. The three cannabis strains are Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid which is a combination of both. Sativa produces the “head-high” while Indica is responsible for the “body-high” effect. Hybrid is a combination of both and the effects will be dependant on the parent strains.

Cannabinoids bind to cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, in the brain and peripheral nervous system. They affect memory, cognition, and psychomotor performance. Cannabinoids regulate how cells send, receive, or process messages.

Research suggests cannabinoids might: Reduce anxiety. Reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

Marijuana edibles are food, candy, and drinks infused with THC. It is a great alternative to smoking or vaporizing marijuana. In addition, marijuana edibles usually have a fruity smell making them a very discreet option.

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