As Nature Intended
MCC's GUIDE TO CANNABIS
Are made to be together.
Humans and Cannabis are literally made for each other. Over 500 Million years ago, evolution created the Endocannabinoid system in all vertebrates—mammals, bird, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc.
Scientists have found that the receptors are present throughout the body, including our skin, immune cells, bone, fat tissue, liver, pancreas, skeletal muscle, heart, blood vessels, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract.11 We now know the endocannabinoid system is involved in a wide variety of processes, including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function. Endocannabinoids are arguably one of the most widespread and versatile signaling molecules known to man.
Today, in many states, Cannabis is legal for both medical and recreational use. As of January 1, 2018, it is legal for any adult, 21 and over, to buy cannabis in California – no medical recommendation required while other states vary in legalization.
If this is your first time exploring cannabis, or just want to brush up, here are some answers to some basic questions everyone should know.
The cannabis industry is booming, and as it expands you may have already noticed more and more products that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, flavors, and textures: flowers, concentrates, edibles, vape pens, topicals, and more. There are so many out there that even a seasoned “cannaseur” may have questions.
Flower is the trimmed and cured bud of a female
cannabis plant. As with wine grapes, there are
different varietals of cannabis flowers, which
we call strains.
Each strain has a unique flavor and combination
of active ingredients, and provides a subtly
different effect. Exploring different strains
is one of the real joys of cannabis
CONCENTRATES & EXTRACTS
Cannabis concentrates are several times stronger
than cannabis flowers.
They are made by separating the tiny crystals that
sit on the surface of the plant—trichomes— from the
underlying, inert vegetable material. Most concentrates
are made with solvents like butane, but some are made
simply with heat, pressure and water. Concentrates can
be found in many different forms including shatter, wax,
rosin and sauce.
Pre-rolls are joints filled with cannabis flower.
They are also sometimes enhanced with cannabis
concentrates. Pre-rolls provide the most traditional
way to enjoy cannabis, without the messy rolling.
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The different varietals of cannabis flowers are called strains.
Every strain has a unique flavor and combination of active ingredients, and provides a subtly different effect. There are thousands of different cannabis strains out there and most of them have names that were coined by the growers who brought us the specific genetics from that plant. Some popular examples include Blue Dream, Sour Diesel and OG Kush.
Some products are always strain-based, such as flower and concentrates, while others are based on Indica/Sativa, and still others (mostly edibles) generally do not indicate a strain or plant type.
Secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD, terpenes are aromatic oils that color cannabis varieties with distinctive flavors like citrus, berry, mint, and pine.
Terpenes may play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. Some terpenes might promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others potentially promote focus and acuity.
THC VS. CBD
The cannabis plant can contain up to 150 active ingredients, known as cannabinoids.
THC and CBD are the most commonly known, and all Mohave Cannabis Co products are tested and labeled with their content. These test results indicate the strength and nature of the likely effect. THC-rich strains are the most euphoric. CBD-rich strains are more restorative, with less euphoria or none at all. Many consumers prefer the balanced effect of a 1:1 ratio—equal parts THC and CBD.
Every person and mammal has an endocannabinoid system. The ECS, which was discovered in 1979, is a biological system that directly connects our body and mind and is key to understanding how a state of mind can directly promote health or illness.
HOW AND WHERE DO I CONSUME?
Although cannabis is now legal in California, it is not legal to consume in public places or to drive while under the influence. While other states have different laws around recreational vs. medicinal, the laws around recreational cannabis consumption, no matter where you live are just like alcohol. You should consume in a private location, such as your home, or a friend’s home.