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Cannabis Products: Guide

Author: Jans Beloglazovs

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Time: 11 min

Introduction


Cannabis products have become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more people turning to them for various reasons. Whether you're looking to relax after a long day, manage chronic pain, or simply enjoy the unique effects of cannabis, there's a product out there for you. However, with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.


In this post, we'll explore the different types of cannabis products available, their benefits and uses, and how to choose the right one for your needs. By the end, you'll have a better understanding of the world of cannabis products and be able to make an informed decision about which one is right for you.

Types of Cannabis Products

With cannabis, the possibilities are endless. You can opt for the traditional method of smoking flower, or indulge in the potent world of concentrates. Maybe you prefer the discreet nature of edibles, the soothing relief of topicals, or the subtle nuances of tinctures. Whatever your preference, there's a cannabis product tailored to meet your needs.


After more than ten years in the cannabis space, I've witnessed a remarkable transformation. The progress we've made in terms of quality and selection is nothing short of astonishing.

FLOWER


Let's start with the most traditional form of cannabis - flower. Also known as marijuana flower, this refers to the dried and cured buds of the cannabis plant. You can smoke it, vaporize it, or use it to make your own edibles and other products.


I remember the first time I tried cannabis flower. The aroma, the sticky texture of the buds... it was love at first sight (and smell.). There's just something special about the whole flower experience.

TINCTURES


Last but not least, let's talk about tinctures. These are liquid extracts made by soaking cannabis in alcohol or another solvent. They're usually taken sublingually (under the tongue) using a dropper.


I've found that tinctures are a great entry point for cannabis newcomers or those who want to avoid smoking. The benefits are clear: precise control over your dose and rapid

effects that kick in quickly.

CONCENTRATES


Next up, we have cannabis concentrates. These are highly potent products that have been processed to extract the desired compounds, like THC and CBD or even more popular lately cannabinoids such as HHC, THCP from the plant material.


You've probably heard of oils, waxes, shatters and distillates. They can be consumed through vapes, dabbing, or added to edibles and topicals for an extra kick.

TOPICALS


Topicals are cannabis-infused products designed for external application to the skin. We're talking creams, lotions, balms and transdermal patches. They're often used to target localized pain, inflammation and skin conditions.


What I love about topicals is that they're non-psychoactive. You can use them for their therapeutic benefits without the "high" associated with other cannabis products. They've been a game-changer for my post-workout recovery.

EDIBLES


Let's talk edibles the perfect fusion of flavor and cannabis. With cannabis extracts or concentrates infused into food and drinks, you can savor the benefits without the smoke.


I've tried my fair share of gummies, chocolates, baked goods and drinks over the years. The effects can be more intense and longer-lasting compared to other methods, so always start low and go slow with dosing.

Benefits and Uses of Cannabis Products

Cannabis products aren't just about getting high. They offer a wide range of potential health benefits and therapeutic uses. As someone who's experienced the positive effects firsthand, I'm excited to share some of the most notable applications.

Pain Management


One of the most well-known uses of cannabis is for pain management. Both THC and CBD, two of the main active compounds in cannabis, have shown promise in reducing various types of pain, including neuropathic pain.


I've personally used cannabis products, including HHC, H4CBD and THCP to manage chronic back pain and found them to be a safer, more natural alternative to prescription painkillers. Many of my clients have also reported significant relief from conditions like arthritis, insomnia and migraines.


Anxiety Relief


Another common reason people turn to cannabis is for anxiety relief. While THC can sometimes exacerbate anxiety in high doses, CBD and CBG has demonstrated anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties.


I've found that CBD-dominant products, like tinctures and edibles, can help take the edge off during stressful times without the psychoactive effects of THC. It's been a lifesaver for managing my own anxiety symptoms.


Apetite Stimulation


Cannabis is well-known for inducing the "munchies," but this effect can actually be therapeutic for certain individuals. THC has been shown to stimulate appetite, which can be beneficial for those undergoing cancer treatment, living with HIV/AIDS or struggling with eating disorders.


Few years back I've worked with many patients who have used medical marijuana to combat the appetite loss and wasting associated with their conditions. It's incredible to see the difference it can make in their quality of life.

Sleeping Aid


Falling asleep and staying asleep can be a real challenge. But what if you could harness the power of cannabis to catch some serious Z's? The buzz on THC and CBD is that they can help regulate your sleep patterns and leave you feeling more rested and revitalized.


Personally, I've found that indica-dominant strains, CBD and CBN products can be particularly effective for promoting relaxation and restful sleep. Many of my clients have also reported better sleep with regular cannabis use.


Skin Health


Topical cannabis products, like creams and balms, are gaining popularity for their potential skin health benefits. CBD, in particular, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help manage conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema.


I've seen some impressive results with clients who have incorporated CBD topicals into their skincare routines. The key is to look for high-quality, third-party tested products to ensure purity and potency.

Further Readings

โ†’ What are the side effects of cannabis consumption?

โ†’ How to choose the right cannabis product?

"Struggle is the enemy, but weed is the remedy."

Kid Cudi

Safety and Side Effects of Cannabis Products

Safety first is the motto when it comes to cannabis products รขโ‚ฌโ€œ understanding the potential side effects and risks is key to responsible use.

Common Side Effects


Cannabis side effects can be a real downer. You might find yourself constantly reaching for a glass of water to quench a parched mouth, or covering up those telltale red eyes. And let's be real the "munchies" can be intense. But other users might experience more serious side effects like dizziness, nausea, or even problems with coordination.


With cannabis products, it's crucial to find your sweet spot. Take it slow and start with a low dose, as high doses can lead to anxiety, paranoia, and even hallucinations. If you encounter any problems, don't hesitate to stop and consult your healthcare provider for advice.


Interactions with Medication


Cannabis can interact with your medications in unexpected ways. The issue arises because THC and CBD are processed by the same liver enzymes responsible for metabolizing many prescription drugs, which can lead to higher or lower levels of the medications in your system.


Got meds? If you're taking prescription medications, especially blood thinners or sedatives, you'll want to exercise caution when introducing cannabis products into the mix. A quick conversation with your doctor or pharmacist can help you steer clear of any potential interactions.


Pregnancy and Breastfeeding


Despite some pregnant women using cannabis for morning sickness, the official advice is to avoid it completely during pregnancy and breastfeeding. THC can pass through the placenta and into breast milk, potentially affecting fetal and infant development.

Studies have linked prenatal cannabis exposure to lower birth weight, increased risk of stillbirth, and neurodevelopmental issues in children. Until we know more, it's best to err on the side of caution and abstain from cannabis if you're pregnant or nursing.


Addiction Potential


Yes, you can become addicted to cannabis. About 9% of people who use cannabis develop dependence. This risk increases to 17% for those who start using as teenagers and up to 50% for daily users.


Cannabis use disorder is a recognized diagnosis, characterized by cravings, tolerance, withdrawal, and continued use despite negative consequences. While it may not be as severe as addiction to "harder" drugs, cannabis addiction is a real issue that can interfere with daily life and public health.

How to Choose Quality Cannabis Products

With the explosion of cannabis products on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. Walk into any store and you're faced with a dizzying array of flowers, edibles, tinctures, and concentrates. So how do you ensure you're getting a quality product?


Look for Third Party Testing


One of the most important things to look for when choosing cannabis products sold online is third-party lab testing. Reputable brands will send their products to independent laboratories to verify the cannabinoid content and check for contaminants like pesticides, mold, and heavy metals.


These lab results, often called certificates of analysis (COAs), should be readily available on the company's website or by request. If a brand doesn't provide COAs, consider that a red flag. Transparency is key in the cannabis industry, and third-party testing is the best way to ensure you're getting a safe and reliable product.


Check Potency and Purity


When reviewing lab results, pay attention to the potency of the product. The COA will list the percentages of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids present (THCP, HHC etc.). Make sure the levels match what's advertised on the label.


You'll also want to check the purity of the product. Look for results showing that the product has passed tests for pesticides, heavy metals, and microbial contaminants. Any detectable levels of these substances could indicate an inferior or even dangerous product sold in the cannabis products market.


Consider Extraction Method


If you're purchasing cannabis concentrates like oils, waxes, or hash, consider the extraction method used. Some extraction techniques, like butane extraction, can leave behind harmful residual solvents if not done properly.


Supercritical CO2 extraction is widely considered one of the safest and most efficient methods. It uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract the desired compounds from the plant material, leaving behind no toxic residues. When in doubt, opt for products made with CO2 extraction.


Read Customer Reviews


Finally, don't forget to read customer reviews before purchasing any cannabis products sold online. Reviews can give you valuable insights into the quality, potency, and overall experience of a product.


Look for reviews that mention specific effects, taste, and any adverse reactions. Keep in mind that everyone's experience with cannabis is unique, so what works for one person may not work for another. But if you see a pattern of negative reviews or complaints about quality control, it's probably best to steer clear of that particular product or brand.

The Future of Cannabis Products

As more states legalize cannabis and research expands, the future of cannabis products looks bright. We're already seeing rapid innovation in the industry, from precision-dosed edibles to cannabinoid-specific tinctures. But what does the road ahead hold?

Ongoing Research


One of the most exciting aspects of the future of cannabis is the ongoing research into its potential medical applications. Despite federal prohibition, studies are being conducted around the world to explore how cannabinoids like THC and CBD interact with the body and could be harnessed to treat various medical conditions.


For example, clinical trials are underway to investigate cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and even certain types of cancer. While results have been mixed, there's no denying the therapeutic potential of this versatile plant.


Potential Medical Applications


As research continues, we may see cannabis products specifically formulated for various medical conditions. Imagine a world where you could walk into a dispensary and find products tailored to your specific needs, whether that's reducing inflammation, managing anxiety, or alleviating insomnia.


We're already seeing some of this with the rise of CBD products, which are being used to treat everything from chronic pain to epilepsy. But as we learn more about the other 100+ cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, the possibilities for targeted therapies seem endless.


Evolving Regulations


Of course, the future of cannabis products largely depends on evolving regulations at both the country. While many states have legalized cannabis in some form, it remains illegal under Europeanl law. This creates a lot of confusion and barriers to research and commerce. However, public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of legalization.


Increasing Acceptance


Perhaps the most significant change we'll see in the future of cannabis products is increasing social acceptance. Gone are the days of "Reefer Madness" propaganda and the stereotype of the lazy, unmotivated stoner. As more people experience the benefits of cannabis firsthand, the stigma is slowly fading away.


We're seeing this reflected in the mainstream adoption of cannabis products. Major retailers like CVS and Walgreens now carry CBD products, and cannabis companies are going public on major stock exchanges. Celebrities are launching their own cannabis brands, and even conservative politicians are coming out in support of legalization.


As cannabis becomes more normalized and accepted, we may see it integrated into various aspects of society, from health and wellness to recreation and socializing. The future of cannabis products is looking brighter than ever, and I for one can't wait to see where it takes us.

"Never give up the ganja."

Morgan Freeman

Conclusion

The future of cannabis products looks bright, with ongoing research revealing new potential medical applications and evolving regulations making them more widely available. As acceptance of cannabis continues to grow, we can expect to see even more innovative products hit the market.


Whether you're a seasoned cannabis user or just curious about trying it for the first time, there's never been a better time to explore the world of cannabis products. With so many options available, from classic flower to high-tech concentrates and everything in between, there's something for everyone.


Just remember to always purchase from reputable sources, start with low doses, and listen to your body. With a little bit of knowledge and caution, cannabis products can be a safe and effective way to enhance your overall well-being.

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Author: Jans Beloglazovs

Emerging from Europe's strict cannabis landscape, Jan has become a known figure in the European cannabis industry through vast experience in cannabusiness and a keen understanding of the shifting trends in Europe. Co-founding the Nine Realms cannabis brand, he leverages his expertise to advocate for progressive cannabis policies and educate a broad audience.