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CANNABIS 101

EDUCATION

What are the different species of the Cannabis plant?

Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis.

What are the differences between Sativa, Hybrid and Indica?

Cannabis Sativa is a species of cannabis that originated from areas around the equator. The Cannabis Sativa plant typically grows tall in structure, has narrower leaves and has a longer flowering cycle that is better suited for warmer climates with a longer growing season. The Cannabis Indica species originated in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Cannabis indica plants tend to grow shorter in stature, have broader leaves, a shorter flowering cycle that is suitable for colder climates with a shorter growing season. A hybrid cannabis plant is one that has intentionally cross-bred to have both Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica in its genetics. Most varieties of cannabis today are hybrids. 

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In the commercialization process of cannabis, the terms Sativa, Indica and Hybrid have been used to define the effects a person will experience after consuming that cannabis labeled as such. It is a common misperception that all Indica strains will give a more sedative, relaxing effect while Sativa strains have come to be known as uplifting and energetic. Scientifically speaking, this is an inaccurate application of the terms Sativa, Indica and Hybrid. The accurate way to deduce the sort of effects a cannabis strain will have is to look at the cannabinoid and terpene content. If you use the terms Indica and Sativa to describe the effects you are looking for in a cannabis strain, no worries! The  Native Harvest team understands the commercialized meaning of these words and can translate that into helping you find a cannabinoid and terpene profile that is just right for you!

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol: the dominate psychoactive compound in activated cannabis. THC is the cannabinoid known for euphoric feelings associated with being high.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, the second most abundant cannabinoid in activated cannabis. It delivers little to no psychoactive effects. CBD is associated with reducing anxiety, pain and inflammation. Additionally, CBD helps create a more balanced high when consumed in conjunction with THC.

What Are Terpenes & Terpenoids?

Terpenes are a class of organic compounds produced by plants that typically have a strong odor. The strong pine smell from walking in the forest? It’s a terpene called pinene. The smell of citrus fruits? Limonene. The smell of lavender oil? Linalool. You get the idea.

 

Cannabis contains many different terpenes according to one analysis of 11 different strains. They were able to detect a total of 27 different terpenes, including 13 monoterpenoids and 14 sesquiterpenoids. If you want to learn more, check out https://profofpot.com/  or ask your                                       budtender.

How can I select a strain that is right for me?

The first step to discovering which strains work best for you is to share your desired cannabis effects with your budtender. Our budtenders are trained to both educate you and help you find the best strains to experiment with for your specific situation. One option is to keep a journal of the effects you experience from each different cannabis strain, also noting the grower and the specific terpene profile.

If I don’t want to smoke cannabis, what are my alternative options?

There are a variety of ways to consume cannabis other than smoking: edibles, tinctures, Oils, sublingual drops, and mouth sprays, transdermal patches, topicals, and cannabis extract vaporizer pens. Check out our cannabis education pages for more information about each of these methods of using cannabis.

What makes a person feel high after ingesting cannabis?

Each person has an Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS). Cannabis contains phytocannabinoids which are very similar to our own naturally occurring or endogenous cannabinoids. When you ingest cannabis, the phytocannabinoids (THC/CBD/CBN) bind to the receptor sites (CB1 CB2) of the ECS - leading to the effects of cannabis. Because this happens in the digestive system, it can take up to 2 hours to feel the effect.  It's most often noticed when you go to do a task and realize you are in an altered state.  Bear this in mind and plan your edibles accordingly. Edibles are great at home, binge-watching your favorite series, not driving your car.  We want our patients to have a predictable experience. Many edibles’ potency varies from unit to unit. We run extensive lab tests to ensure the consistency and quality of our products.  

Want to learn more? 

Come to our dispensary training center.  It's located at 5012 SE 44th Norman, OK. That's on Highway 9, across from the Riverwind Casino and behind John Deere.  It's worth the effort. We have a full staff that is well trained and ready to assist you. You can also drop by our Ada location at 901 Arlington, Ada, OK  or Norman Main Street location and speak with one of our graduate budtenders. Come on by we're looking forward to seeing you soon!