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January 2021

How To Transition to THC

If you’ve been using CBD products, you know that most of these do not have THC in them. CBD can be added to pretty much everything including infused lattes, skincare products – even brownies! The range of products available today that are packed with cannabinoids is huge and their possible benefits are many when it comes to things like insomnia, chronic pain, and depression. The thing to remember is that CBD is not the only thing that comes from the cannabis plant.

How cannabidiol works

CBD is a natural chemical compound that reacts with the receptors in the body as part of the endocannabinoid system. It’s these reactions that keep us balanced in our mood, appetite, and pain levels. THC has very similar benefits to CBD but the difference is that CBD is not psychoactive, and THC is. A psychoactive compound enables you to experience feeling high, and both of these interact with different brain receptors. It’s this difference in receptors that make you feel differently depending on which you consume. When you consume both THC and CBD together, the cannabinoids work with each other and the effect is a powerful one! Too much THC or too little of it, and you won’t be able to feel the true benefits of the two together. When you have the perfect balance of THC and CBD, however, you will find that this combination is more powerful than either alone.

Transitioning to THC

Many people who consume CBD often avoid THC as they allow the word “psychoactive” to intimidate and worry them. When you are already used to CBD products because of medical marijuana or because you use it recreationally, THC is something you can slowly and gradually incorporate into your routine. Those who may wish to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain, insomnia, depression and anxiety need to know how to make the transition slowly, and it’s why we’ve put together a few key tips!

Make your space a safe one

You should never try any new substance in a dangerous environment. You need to be comfortable and safe when you sample THC for the first time, so put yourself in the right environment. You want something comfortable to sit or lay down on, some calming music or TV and you want to have a person with you to go through the experience together. 

Try edibles first

Often, edibles are the first thing that people try when they are transitioning to using THC. They’re more “diluted” so you can slowly add THC to your routine with them. You just have to wait a while for it to kick in, and if you want to try them out, you can start with microdosing. If you want to be very safe to start, try out 2-5 mg of THC, and then step up by 5mg each time.

Try smoking or vaping

Once you’ve experimented with edibles, you could then look to start smoking flower. You want to choose products that will be 1:1 THC to CBD, as this will ease you in slowly. It’ll keep you far more relaxed when you balance THC and CBD and if you want to be very specific, 15% THC will give you the exact feel you are looking for.

Do some research

Before you try any products or flower, read up on what you can expect. No one knows how they will react to THC until they try it, which is why it’s a smart idea to go slowly and know how to prepare your environment. A high can give you the munchies, make your mouth dry, and make you giggle way more than usual. Have water at hand, some snacks, and a plan to stay safe.

What you should do if you feel “too high”

The very first thing to do if you feel too high is to drink some water. You should have some CBD edibles nearby to eat in order to counterbalance too much THC in your system, and you could also try brushing your teeth! You’ll get the taste out of your mouth and give yourself something to focus on.

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Cannabis Now Classified As Medicine by United Nations

If there is one global issue that we have waited for change on, it’s cannabis legalization. Medical cannabis has appeared in the news for a long time because of how it may help people with anxiety, those with chronic pain, and even those with cancer. The vote at the United Nations on December 2, 2020, showed recognition for the medicinal value that cannabis has, and as it’s been used therapeutically for thousands of years, it’s about time!

Changing laws

The World Health Organization experts recommended that the UN’s Commission for Narcotic Drugs remove cannabis from the list of drugs that were said to have very little medicinal benefit. This campaign has been active for over 50 years, and while cannabis still remains a banned drug for anything except medical use under UN law, the vote is going to change things up. Schedule IV of the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs shows that until now cannabis was not considered to be beneficial as a medicine. The vote to remove it and make it legal medically was narrowly won by 27 to 25 votes. In the list of countries who voted positively, the US and the UK were among them. Negative voters included China, Nigeria, Russia, and Pakistan.

Cannabis has been used as a therapeutic medicine for generations, and can – in fact – be traced back thousands of years. It was on lists of Chinese medicines in the 15th century, as well as being present in Egyptian and Grecian history. Cannabis has been used as a natural alternative to medicines for such a long time that it never made sense that it was classed as something that doesn’t help people. The evidence was enough to turn the vote, and this decision by the UN is going to increase access to cannabis-based medicines for those in need, which are growing in popularity. More research is needed to discover how cannabis may help people, and with this vote, more funding may now be driven into that research. Other countries who voted “no” for the change may then see the benefits, and this can encourage cannabis legalization for medical uses in those places, too.

When there is more research completed, the laws around recreational use could also be reconsidered. This will make a difference to the community of those who are seeking the help medical cannabis provides and are struggling to get around the red tape to get it safely. As it stands, there are more than fifty countries around the world that have put medicinal cannabis programs into place. On top of this, Canada, 15 U.S states, and even Uruguay have legalized cannabis for recreational use. We’re on the precipice of change with Luxembourg and Mexico almost voting for the same. These changes are historic, and it’s welcome for millions of people who rely on medicinal marijuana to get through the day.

Cannabis legalization is going to open doors for companies to see the benefits of medical marijuana and this will allow for more funding. We cannot hope to learn anything without the appropriate research, so the UN vote could change how many would be willing to fund that research.

A changing market

The cannabis market is changing. People want to be able to rely on it for therapeutic and medicinal reasons, but the lack of research, support and funding is preventing people from finding relief. The executive director of the IDPC (International Drug Policy Consortium) Anna Fordham has said that the recognition of cannabis for medicinal purposes was “long overdue”, and its continued ban as a recreational drug is unnecessary. If medical professionals are willing to endorse cannabis for medical use and – in some cases – recreational use, then the law should change to reflect medical research and opinions.

Back in 1961, the original choice to ban cannabis came down to ignorance. The lack of research and knowledge about cannabis and its properties is reflective here, and the rights and traditions of communities that have used cannabis were stripped back. Colonial racism and prejudice have led to millions who grow and use cannabis being criminalized and incarcerated. Those caught with marijuana for personal recreational use have been jailed, which is a big indicator as to why prisons are massively overpopulated.

Work is still needed!

Finally, the medicinal needs of cannabis are being acknowledged. The work still continues with the cultural and religious reasons for using cannabis, as the non-medical use of cannabis is still in the top tier of restrictions, Schedule 1. This indicates that in the eyes of the law, using recreational cannabis is seen as the same type of infraction as using drugs like cocaine and fentanyl, which is misguided and warped. The progress is encouraging, but the system for drug classification is still broken and requires renewal and more research. The classification of cannabis was never made based on risks, but on prejudice. The world is changing, and the hope is that the UN vote for medical cannabis recognition and different countries legalizing marijuana is a step forward, though there is still a long way to go. We still need research, funding, and publicity to show that cannabis is not a dangerous drug and shouldn’t be classified in the same way cocaine is.

Speak to the experts today

At Thrive Nevada, we provide the very best in cannabis products. We offer both delivery and curbside pickups for your orders, and we are your unique source for marijuana products and accessories that will enhance your experience. We believe in the safe use of cannabis to help a wide variety of health challenges. We also believe that you deserve to relax and feel comfortable, which is the atmosphere we provide at Thrive Cannabis Marketplace dispensaries. Marijuana should be accessible to all for health reasons, along with other alternative medicines and it should not be viewed as dangerous. 

At Thrive, we support the historic vote for cannabis legalization for medical use, and our experts can walk you through everything you need to know about products and accessories you can buy for the best possible experience. Check out what we have to offer today, and you’ll see where we are making a difference!