1. What is a cannabis flower?
The cannabis flower is the flowering part of the female cannabis plant. These resin-secreting flowers are responsible for producing the highest concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes, the compounds of the cannabis plant that are so revered. Cannabis flower can be consumed in many different ways or it can go through an extraction process to become a cannabis concentrate. When visiting a cannabis retailer store you may be asked by retail, ‘Are you looking at some flower or something else today?’
2. What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the naturally occuring active compounds (cannabinoids) found in cannabis and hemp. It is generally known to be a non-intoxicating compound and is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis along side THC, the better known psychoactive compound found in cannabis. It is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.
3. What are cannabinoids?
The cannabis plant is made up of hundreds of distinct chemical compounds, some of which are known as cannabinoids. There are said to be over one hundred different cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant with the research is still evolving. Two of the most prevalent cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant are Tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) & Cannabidiol (CBD), and they are also the most widely recognised, however there are many other lesser known compounds which also play a role in cannabis therapy.
4. What are terpenes?
Terpenes make up the aromatic profile of all cannabis strains and also one of the main drivers behind the mood and feeling of each individual strain. There are hundreds of terpenes found in the cannabis plant and thousands of variable terpene combinations, often referred to as a terpene profile. You may already be familiar with terpenes in aromatherapy, specifically, extracted oils known as essential oils. Different terpenes will have different therapeutic benfits, for example, the terpene limonene, commonly found in citrus fruits, is known for its mood uplifting effects, whereas linalool, commonly found in lavender, is known for its relaxing effect and as a sleep aid.
5. What is vapourizing?
Vapourizing cannabis involves using a portable or desktop vaporizer which functions by heating the flower to release the active compounds in cannabis, the cannabinoids and terpenes. By heating the plant material to these compounds boiling point, a lower temperature than smoking, a vapour is created as opposed to the smoke, and potential irritants that occur during the combustion of smoking.
6. Why are edibles more potent?
When activated cannabinoids are ingested orally they pass through the digestive tract into the liver for some further processing. Unlike inhalation or sublingual consumption – where cannabis compounds enter the blood brain barrier immediately – the liver will convert the THC into a more potent version known as 11-hydroxy-THC. This is why people often describe the effects of edibles as longer lasting with heightened intensity, even when having consuming their usual dosage.
7. How can i consume cannabis for fitness?
There are a number of reasons one might choose to incorporate cannabis into their life. While a distinction can be made between medicinal and recreational consumption, there is an ocean of overlap, which can be defined as therapeutic; meaning, a type of consumption that may enhance our mood, benefit the function of our bodies and provide relief from a myriad of ailments, including those sustained through an active lifestyle.