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Is my Cannabis Good Quality?

Am I purchasing good quality Cannabis?

 

The reality of purchasing online Cannabis is not always sunny and you could end up spending your hard-earned money on low quality Cannabis that turns out to be worse than you could ever imagine. If you want to avoid buying a bad product, it’s important to become an expert at telling the difference between good and bad Cannabis. Here is a guide on how to know the difference before you smoke it, as well as after.

 

Colour

This is one of the things that should come to your mind first when discussing the difference between good and bad product. Good quality cannabis flower should be rich in green colour and, depending on the particular strain, you may also see shades of purple, orange, yellow, blue, or red. However, be cautious if you see brown coloured flower that looks like it’s too dry. Cannabis shouldn’t look like this and it may contain chemicals, mold, and pesticides;

 

 

How to Identify Mould

The most simple way to check for mould in your Cannabis flower is by looking thoroughly at it. You will notice webbing or dust within; break the bud apart and look closely from the stem to the outside of the flower. If you notice a dustiness, dark spots, mis-coloured areas, or slime, it is likely Mould. Identifying mould on weed is not an easy process and takes some time to learn. Unless the cannabis mould is incredibly obvious, you will have to train yourself to notice.

 

 

The Smell

 

Well-grown, quality cannabis buds should have a pungent, identifiable smell — that skunky aroma that ranges from slightly sweet to earthy to diesel-like — indicating high terpene content. Alternatively, inferior buds often lack any smell or smell similarly to hay or alfalfa, a sure sign of poorly grown and/or cured cannabis.For reference, rich scents like coffee and chocolate are typically indicative of an indica strain, while bright, acidic citrus notes are generally characteristic of a sativa. Hybrid strains will likely contain components of both.

 

 

Trichomes

 

The goal of properly grown cannabis is to produce buds densely packed with ripe trichomes, the visible crystals on the surface of the buds. This is because trichomes are where the cannabinoids and terpenes are stored.

Trichome density is relatively easy to spot with the naked eye; i.e. how ‘frosty’ is the bud? Quality buds will be covered in trichomes that sparkle like crystals, whereas poor quality buds will lack trichome coverage.

The colour of the trichome head is the easiest way to determine trichome ripeness. Ideally, the trichome heads should be milky white, possibly with a hint of amber. If the trichome heads are clear, the plant was harvested prematurely, and if all the heads are amber, the plant was harvested after peak ripeness.

 

 

 

The Burn

 

The only way to test the cleanliness of your flower with the method of reading your cannabis ash is to light up a joint. When the ash exposes itself, take a close look at the color. If you notice that the ash is black or dark gray, that’s indicative of unwanted substances and mineral content in the cannabis you’re smoking. However, if your weed ash is light gray or almost as white as the rolling paper, the cannabis is considerably clean.

If you do find dark grey to burned black ash, there’s a good chance the cannabis flower was not properly flushed and/or cured well. With leftover undesirable sugars and minerals due to inefficient curing, you will experience a throat-burning feeling to match the dark-colored ash. Having said that, the color of your cannabis ash shouldn’t be the only detail you observe if you enjoy smoking weed.

 

 

Taste

 

After reviewing all of the other attributes of your bud, the taste test completes the process. Tasting your buds—and feeling the effect thereafter—is the one true way of knowing what cannabis quality you’re dealing with.

There are two main factors to consider when taking those first few hits: flavour and smoothness. Combined, both of these variables allow cannabis lovers to make an obvious distinction between low, medium, and premium-quality cannabis. If you can sample some flowers you’re considering buying, let each inhalation settle on your tongue for a moment. Medium and high-quality flowers will leave obvious flavours of fruit, flowers, skunk, fuel, berries, or sweetness behind. In contrast, low-quality weed will be relatively flavourless, even hay-like in taste. The smoothness of the smoke testifies to how well-cured the flowers are. Premium-quality buds, cured for the perfect amount of time, will produce a buttery smooth smoke. Low-quality weed will leave a harsh burning in the throat and give rise to a violent coughing fit

 

All in all there is a lot to consider when purchasing Cannabis, both online and in store. With more insight into the plant itself, you can begin to spot the subtle differences in Cannabis strains. As well as what makes top quality flower, top quality. You will be happy at the end of this rabbit hole.

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Does Marijuana Lower Blood Pressure Fast?

does marijuana lower blood pressure fast

Today we are exploring the correlation of marijuana and blood pressure.  Many of you in your cannabis adventures have probably noticed some strange effects from time to time.  One question that pops up quite a bit is does marijuana lower blood pressure fast?  You may have heard of it being referred to as “the silent killer”.  With its lack of symptoms, high blood pressure can quite easily go unnoticed, but if you have it, or know someone who has hypertension (high blood pressure), you are certainly not alone.  In fact, 1 in 4 Canadians are affected by high blood pressure.  With technology providing us with faster means of communication and more efficient workflows, we should have more time than ever to reduce our stress levels, relax and spend time with our family and friends.  Instead, we fill all of that time up with more work.  We work all day at the office and then take our work home with us on our phones and laptops.  We consume quick and inexpensive high sodium fast foods so we can get back to our fast paced lives as quickly as possible.  In fact we’re so busy during the week that when we finally do have some time off, we try to squeeze as many fun activities as possible into it in order to maximize our “downtime” before it’s back to the grind.  We find ourselves in this whirlwind, spinning faster and faster with no time to ground ourselves and stop the constant cycle.  This high stress, unhealthy lifestyle has been a big contributor to the enormous numbers of Canadians who are affected by high blood pressure every day.  In order to get control of hypertension and lower blood pressure, many have resorted to pharmaceutical medications. Diuretics are the most common form of medication for high blood pressure, but what if you’re looking for a more natural alternative?  With the recent hype and ongoing research around the potential benefits of medicating with marijuana, many are now wondering if marijuana can help to lower blood pressure.

What is Blood Pressure?

In order to understand what can help lower blood pressure we must understand what blood pressure actually refers to.  Blood pressure is the force at which blood pushes against your blood vessel walls.  The higher the blood pressure, the more your heart has to work in order to circulate blood throughout your body.  The high friction of blood against the fragile blood vessels can damage tissues inside the arteries allowing plaque to form, narrowing the inside of the arteries further which can lead to other conditions such as a stroke or heart attack.

What are the Causes of Hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be caused by numerous factors and it is very difficult to determine what the exact cause is.  Known causes are stress, obesity, excess salt intake, aging, excessive drinking and family genetics.  Lack of exercise and potassium are other known causes that can lead to high blood pressure.  Many have found consuming marijuana can be an effective method of reducing stress in order to assist with lowering blood pressure.

The Meaning Behind the Measurements

There are three different categories of blood pressure.  Low risk, medium risk and high risk.

Low Risk: 120 / 80 mm Hg

Medium Risk: 121-139 / 80-89 mm Hg

High Risk: 140+ / 90 mm Hg

Each category has a systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number).  The systolic number measures the pressure of blood in your arteries when your heart contracts.  The diastolic number measures the pressure in your arteries in between heart beats.  These two numbers are written like a fraction and expressed in millimeters of mercury (mmHg).  For example, if you have a systolic measurement of 120 and a diastolic measurement of 80 it would look like this: 120 / 80 mmHg.  If you’re measuring your blood pressure at home, a systolic pressure over 135 mmHg or a diastolic pressure above 85 mmHg is considered high.  There are some exceptions however.  If you have diabetes or a chronic kidney disease a systolic pressure above 130 mmHg or diastolic pressure above 80 mmHg is considered high.  Your blood pressure category is based on the highest category (either systolic or diastolic).

How to Lower Blood Pressure

It is very important that you consult your physician if you suspect you have high blood pressure.  An annual check up is a great way to keep track of your blood pressure levels.  Although there is not one solution for lowering blood pressure, there are a few things you can do to help.  Reducing stress in your life is one way you can help to lower your blood pressure.  High stress situations can increase your heart rate and in turn, increase blood pressure.  You can also reduce your intake of high sodium foods and increase your exercise regime.  Staying fit and active has many health benefits, reducing your blood pressure being one of them.  Reducing alcohol consumption to no more than 1-2 drinks per day can also help to reduce blood pressure levels.  Upon consultation of your physician, if medication has been prescribed, ensure you follow the dosage exactly and on schedule.  Many have also found that consuming marijuana can be an effective method of reducing stress and in turn, lowering blood pressure.

Verdict: Does Marijuana Lower Blood Pressure Fast?

If you’re looking for the short answer to; “does marijuana lower blood pressure?” the answer is yes.  However, it’s a bit more complicated than that.  Recent studies have shown that users who consume marijuana will notice a slight increase in blood pressure within the first 10 to 15 minutes after consumption, followed by a slight decrease in blood pressure.  After repeated use, some users of marijuana develop a tolerance to the initial blood pressure increase and instead notice hypotensive (reduced blood pressure) effects directly after consumption.  There is still a lot of research to be done, but more studies are finding that anandamide (our body’s own version of THC) can help to relax blood vessels, in turn lowering blood pressure levels.  This may be the reason why decreased blood pressure levels can be detected after consuming marijuana.

As with anything concerning your health, it is important that you always consult a physician first.  By checking your blood pressure on a regular basis you’ll be able to properly monitor it and get a better understanding of your levels.  While reducing stress, exercising more frequently and reducing sodium intake have great health benefits including lowering blood pressure, marijuana has also proven to be quite effective for many people.  There are still many more studies to be done, but it’s certainly interesting to see how consuming marijuana has helped so many.

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How Long Is Weed Good For?

Weed Storage

Ok, so you’ve got your big precious stash of weed.  Well… maybe you have a few big stashes to satisfy your ever-growing palette and to round out your magnificent cannabis portfolio.  A nice selection of sativa strains for those sunny, energetic daytime highs, a few heavy hitting indicas for those laid back couch sessions and some sweet hybrids for every mood in between.  With all of the incredible options available these days, there’s a strain to compliment just about any vibe you’re feeling.  In fact, there’s no better time to be a weed connoisseur than now.  The quality of products available has never been higher, and in turn, neither have you.  But is your precious stash slowly degrading with each passing day?  Is old Father Time sauntering your way to turn your exquisite herb collection into stale, dusty shake?  How long do you actually have until your weed goes “off”?  Exactly how long is weed good for?  Well, that depends.  I know, just the answer you wanted to hear.  There are a few factors that will determine how long your sweet bud will last.  The key is understanding what those factors are in order to create the perfect long lasting weed storage environment.  Not to worry, we’re here to help by unrolling some great tips and tricks to help you keep your herb fresh right up until the very last toke.

What Degrades Weed?

In order to understand how to maximize the longevity of your weed, keeping it fresh and tasting great for as long as possible, we need to know what factors work against it, reducing its lifespan and deteriorating its quality.  There are four main elements that will degrade your weed: temperature, humidity, light and air.  Many think that throwing their savory stash into the freezer will freeze all aging and forever seal the freshness in.  However, extreme cold like that a freezer produces can actually separate trichomes from the bud; a process used to create hash.  Without the trichomes in tact, the potency of your weed will become significantly reduced.  Fridges aren’t recommended either as their temperatures and humidity can vary too much allowing for possible mold growth.  Conversely, keeping your cherished weed in a hot location such as near a heater, oven or on a sunny window sill, will dry it out.  UV rays will actually break down your weed over time, whittling away at it each day it’s exposed.  You also don’t want to just toss your bud out on a table or leave it loose in a plastic bag.  This will allow air to get to it, drying it out and reducing its overall freshness and lifespan.  The last thing you want is to turn your new favourite strain into a dusty, disintegrated pile of ineffective compost.  Ok, now that we know what elements affect your weed in a negative manner, let’s look at ways of protecting it from the four elements: temperature, humidity, light and air.

Best Conditions to Keep Your Weed

Armed with our new found knowledge that temperatures too hot or too cold as well as environments that are too humid or too dry can negatively affect your special herb, we need to identify what the best conditions actually are to store your weed.  A cool (not cold) dark place, ideally with humidity levels somewhere between 54 to 63 percent creates the perfect conditions for long lasting freshness. You’ll also need to protect your herb from the air by placing it in an airtight jar made of glass or ceramic, or a container specifically designed for marijuana storage.  If you’re using a glass jar, look for something opaque to help protect your weed from the light.  To assist with humidity control there are humidity packs available for purchase, specifically designed to control the moisture level in your container.  It may even be worth investing in a high-quality weed humidor as well to protect your precious cannabis collection.

Now that you know the ideal conditions to store your weed at and the best containers to store your weed in, how long is it good for?  If properly protected from light and air and kept in ideal temperature and humidity conditions, your weed can stay fresh anywhere between 6 months to a year!  With a timeline like that you should have plenty of time to have your weed and smoke it too.

What Happens if Marijuana is Stored Too Long?

As time passes your weed will begin to degrade, losing its scent and strength with each passing day.  The first indicator that your weed quality is diminishing will be the weakening of its odor.  After the first year of storage, weed begins to lose its THC properties by around 16 percent.  The longer you store it, the weaker your weed will get.  It will also become dry, tasteless and harsh to smoke.  If this happens, don’t be afraid to throw it out.  With all of the incredible options available today, why waste your high smoking old dried out bud?  If you’ve had your weed for over a year, you most likely didn’t enjoy that particular strain or you purchased too much of it. Toss it, try something new, and consider purchasing smaller quantities in future.

So how long is your weed good for?  Stored in proper conditions you can keep your precious buds fresh and tasty for six months to a year.  That’s a very good amount of time indeed; more than enough time to build out a sumptuous bud buffet of different strains to satisfy your every mood.  If you find yourself holding onto your weed beyond that, perhaps it’s time to say goodbye to the old and treat yourself to some new tasty strains.  There’s no point in forcing yourself to smoke some old, dusty, harsh weed when there are so many incredible options available.  Keep these tips and tricks of how to store your weed properly in mind and you should have plenty of time to enjoy your collection long before it ever dries out or loses its potency.

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Using Cannabis for Pain Relief

Cannabis Pain Relief

The benefits of Cannabis are becoming more and more apparent as medical institutions dive deeper into the research behind this miracle genus.  Referring to three psychoactive plants; cannabis sativa, cannabis indica and cannabis ruderalis, Cannabis has been providing another alternative for pain relief.  We’ve all experienced some form of pain throughout our lives, but for some, pain is a part of our day to day lives.  In fact, chronic pain is one of the most common causes of long term disability and is often treated with pharmaceutical prescriptions.  For many, pharmaceuticals have been the only method to treat their pain, but modern science has finally begun to break the stigma surrounding cannabis and shine a light on the multitude of benefits it has to offer.  With its two most prominent biologically active chemicals, THC and CBD, Cannabis has shown great promise, and in many cases, excellent results for treating a multitude of conditions including pain relief.

What Kind of Pain Can Cannabis Be Used For?

There are a variety of reasons we can suffer from pain.  An action as simple as lifting a heavy object the wrong way can cause significant back pain.  We can strain our muscles from overexerting them, or injure our joints participating in the sports we love.  There are also more serious medical causes for pain such as muscle pain from a spinal injury, arthritis, multiple sclerosis or lupus, or chronic neuropathic pain from nerve damage caused by surgery, cancer, diabetes or HIV.  Cannabis (most notably CBD) can be used to help lessen the pain experienced from these conditions.  As well as offering relief from pain, the THC component of Cannabis can help patients, such as those with HIV or who are being treated with chemo, regain their appetite and lessen weight loss.  That is the incredible thing about Cannabis.  It has been found to help a wide variety of patients experiencing very different symptoms.

How Can Cannabis Relieve Pain?

Cannabis is comprised of two main components; THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).  Up until recently, Cannabis had been classified as a schedule 1 drug and so this limited the support, funding and resources for proper in-depth research into the benefits of its usage.  However, recent studies of CBD have shown promising results in reducing inflammation and providing pain relief, and the response from patients using CBD to subdue their chronic pain has been very positive.  Proper research analysis would require studying the effects of patients using Cannabis over an extended period of time, and as legalization has just begun, studies are still in their infant stages.  One exciting and promising study has been uncovering the effectiveness of Cannabis in controlling severe seizures with fewer side effects than the previous prescribed pharmaceuticals. There are also many other compounds within Cannabis that require further study to determine their contribution to the positive effects people are experiencing from using the plants.  One thing is for sure, Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, and as legalization expands and research funding improves, the future is looking very bright and exciting for these incredible plants.  At Canada Wide Weed helping people treat their chronic pain symptoms is very important to us.  We have a great selection of Cannabis products that have been carefully crafted with pain relief in mind such as our Lemon & Co. Organic Pain Relief Cream, our New Prohibition Organic CBD Oil and our Cypress Organics Indica Tincture.

What Form Does Cannabis Come in?

Cannabis can come in a variety of deliverables.  This allows for a very customizable experience which can be catered to the individual seeking pain relief from Cannabis.  The most common method of consuming Cannabis in the past has been to smoke it as a dried plant.  Nowadays there are many more products available, so for those who are concerned about inhaling smoke or just don’t like the taste of the burning plant, there are many other great alternatives.  Some may enjoy to brew it into a tea.  There are also excellent topical formulas available which allow for absorption of Cannabis through the skin.  Another method which is becoming very popular is to ingest the Cannabis in the form of edibles.  These edibles are commonly made into chocolate bars, gummies, drinks, brownies and cookies, but can also come in an infinite number of other food or drink products making the ingestion of this pain-relieving medicine much more palatable for some.  For information on how long it takes to feel the effects of cannabis from edibles, please read our blog post: How Long to Edibles Take to Kick In?

Which Cannabis Pain Relief Products Are Right for Me?

We are all unique.  We enjoy different flavours, different scents and require relief for pain and discomfort that is unique to us.  There just isn’t a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to finding the most suitable Cannabis products for you.  That’s why we at Canada Wide Weed offer a wide range of products in a variety of forms to choose from.  Whether you prefer a topical solution, a delicious edible, or perhaps you’d rather a dry herb or tincture, we have a Cannabis product for you.  Each product on our website has an in-depth description of its benefits and effects to help you discover a Cannabis product that works best for your situation.  We also recommend reading the reviews from our amazing customers to help give you some insight into how each Cannabis product has helped them and what their personal experience has been.  Of course we are always here to help as well.  If you in the United State we recommend you check out this company here

 

It is an exciting time for Cannabis and its role in assisting with pain relief.  Although it has been used for thousands of years as a pain medication, to induce appetite and to shift mindsets, only recently has it begun to get the attention, funding, and proper research it deserves.  Many have already experienced incredible relief from the use of Cannabis and now we will finally be able to uncover the science behind these miraculous plants.