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The Benefits of Keeping a Cannabis Journal

You can keep a cannabis journal for several reasons. Not only does journaling your experiences make you more mindful, but it also helps identify and achieve your goals regarding consuming cannabis. This is especially helpful for medical cannabis patients.

Overall, every human body is different. That means everyone will react differently to the same or similar products. You may even respond differently to the same product if taken on a different day.

Journaling your experiences makes it easier for yourself and your patient consultant to identify which products can reproduce the perfect experience. Keep reading to learn more about cannabis journaling and how it can help you achieve all your cannabis goals.

How To Cannabis Journal

Cannabis journaling isn’t very difficult. The most challenging part is ensuring that you record your experience each time you use cannabis. By being consistent, you’ll find it easier to determine patterns that can help you maintain successful sessions.

Follow the steps below to learn how to cannabis journal:

What Type of Journal Are You Using?

Do you prefer writing longhand or simply using a memo app on your cellphone? Pick a version that will allow you to keep up with it daily.

If you prefer to write out your experiences by hand, you can purchase physical strain journals like Goldleaf’s Patient Journal. Please keep them in your house where you won’t forget about them.

Journaling the old-fashioned way, while not the most convenient method for some, has its benefits, as studies show that it keeps your mind sharp and helps you retain information. However, keep in mind that journaling is supposed to be stress-free. So, do what feels right for you.

Before Dosing

Now that you know what type of journal you want, you can get down to business. First, you’ll want to assess your baseline. Include the basics, like:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Cannabis product name and where you purchased it
  • Delivery method
  • Symptoms (pain, insomnia, nausea, anxiety, etc.)
  • What other medications you’re on
  • If and what you’ve eaten/drank before your session
  • Overall mood (powerful emotions can influence your experience)

After Dosing

Depending on your delivery method (smoking, edibles, etc.), you may feel the effects immediately, or it may take a while (sometimes up to two hours). Allow your body to fully experience the cannabis before recording your findings.

You should note:

  • Dosage consumed and be specific (“one half-gram pre-roll” is better than “smoking a joint”)
  • How you feel
  • How long the effects lasted
  • Symptom relief (if any)
  • Side effects
  • Current state of mind (did the session change anything?)

It’s paramount that you are specific about the outcomes and symptom relief that you feel.

Why Should You Keep a Cannabis Journal?

You should keep a cannabis journal for many reasons, especially if you’re a medical cannabis patient. Some of the reasons you should keep a cannabis journal include:

It Helps Your Caregiver or Patient Consultant

It’s impossible to ask yourself to keep up with the latest trends in cannabis research, products, and genetics. To do that all is a full-time job! Instead, as a medical cannabis user, you should rely on your caregiver or patient consultant.

Providing a detailed log of what products and delivery methods have worked and haven’t worked is the best way to ensure your caregiver or patient consultant has all the necessary information to succeed you succeed in your treatment plan.

It Helps Repeat Successes

If you want to repeat the successful sessions, you must have the ability to remember which cultivars, dosages, and delivery methods work best for you. It can be difficult to remember everything from one session to the next. (A cultivar is a plant that has been selectively bred to have distinct, desirable characteristics)

By having a physical journal, you don’t risk losing any of your valuable information to technology that’s gone haywire.

Writing Is Good for The Mind

Writing does terrific things for your memory and comprehension. By writing out everything you experience while taking cannabis, you’ll be more likely to thoroughly understand your own body’s response to cannabis, which will help you make more informed decisions.

Journaling Promotes Mindfulness

Writing, especially with a pen and some paper, helps the mind slow down and induces a certain level of focus. It’s almost like meditation. This focus is called mindfulness.

Mindfulness helps you to leave worrying emotions, like anxiety, at the door so you can better focus on the task at hand. You’ll be more attentive to your symptoms and treatment by being mindful.

You Get A Complete Picture

A journal is open-ended, meaning that you can add other essential factors along with writing down the obvious entry points like cultivar, dosage, and delivery method. These could include:

  • Sleep quality
  • Water intake
  • Food intake
  • Other medications/supplements you may be on
  • Coffee intake
  • Alcohol intake

Keeping detailed notes on the seemingly ordinary parts of your life can expose why you react to specific cultivars, dosages, and delivery methods the way you do. Even a stressful day at work can affect how you respond to cannabis. So, no matter how trivial something may seem, don’t think twice before writing it down.

You’re Creating A Database

If you’re a cannabis user, you must know how difficult it can be to compare one cannabis product to another. The lack of unified regulation on plant genetics, concentrations, grow practices, and more means that even the same strain can vary significantly in effects from dispensary to dispensary.

To try and replicate successful therapies, make notes of “where the product was acquired” or “how it was grown.”

Final Thoughts

For those looking to get the most out of our cannabis, keeping a cannabis journal is one of the best measures we can take to ensure we do just that. Your cannabis journal will help you discover and remember your preferences by having you log your experiences and usage.

A cannabis journal can help you discover patterns that can improve your symptoms, avoid products you dislike and find the most effective time of day to consume your cannabis.

Overall, cannabis journals can do wonders for your cannabis experiences and mental health. If you haven’t started one already, we highly recommend that you do!

North Dispensaries

At North Dispensaries, we care about the experiences of our customers. As a medical cannabis provider, we want our customers to find the perfect solution to their symptoms. That’s why we offer a wide variety of high-quality products.

From flower to edibles and everything between, we have exactly what you’re looking for; we guarantee it!

Check our menus for our Pevely and Hillsboro locations today. If you see something you like, stop by or order online and have it delivered right to your door. We can’t wait to help you!


The Benefits of Buying Legal Cannabis

Now that more states are legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, it’s time we take a hard look at why legally purchasing cannabis is better for you and those around you.

Cannabis has long been controversial, but it doesn’t have to be. Forget about the black market and illegal deals and opt for something that even the most strait-laced all of us can get on board with! Keep reading to learn the benefits of buying legal cannabis.

What Is Black-Market Cannabis?

When looking at why the United States should legalize cannabis, it’s helpful to look at a nation that already has. One of the reasons Canada legalized recreational cannabis use was to reduce black-market activity in the country.

The black market is any underground transaction where goods and services are illegally exchanged.

By legalizing cannabis, they were able to add more retail stores and increase quality control measures to ensure customer safety and satisfaction. These changes seem to be working because, as of 2020, the black-market supply dropped 21% since legalization in 2018.

Black market cannabis is typically obtained through the following channels:

  • Illegal websites that are selling cannabis
  • Unlicensed brick-and-mortar dispensaries
  • Street dealers

The suppliers of black-market cannabis often have strong ties to gangs and organized crime. Black-market cannabis also does not pay any taxes, meaning there is no public gain from its sale.

Why Should You Promote Legal Cannabis?

There are many reasons why you should legally obtain your cannabis products. These include:

  • Testing your products – there are regulations that legal cannabis providers must follow to make a profit. The legal market must test all cannabis products for molds, heavy metals, pesticides, fungus, and other microbials.
  • Maintaining product consistency – The testing on the product helps maintain its consistency and supply chain transparency.
  • Promoting socio-economic development – Illegal operations do not pay taxes on their profits. They do not participate in or help provide education, advocacy, social equality, living wages, or community programs.
  • Breaking the stigma – Not only does buying legal help cut down on crime, but it also helps ensure safe access to cannabis and propels cannabis research. The stigma is also broken when more and more people promote and train for cannabis careers.

Along with undergoing testing for safety purposes, legal dispensaries will indicate potency and other information like cannabinoids and terpene content on the label of your products. Now, you don’t have to second guess how much THC or CBD is in your cannabis, which is critical, especially for medical cannabis patients.

Legal Cannabis’ Largest Threat

The most significant threat to the legal cannabis industry is the illegal market. California collected 55% more tax revenue from legal cannabis sales in 2021 than it did in 2020. Yet, California is struggling compared to other states primarily because the illegal market in the state is at least twice the size of the legal market.

Some think the answer to this problem is to gut regulations and cut taxes on cannabis. However, all that will do is make it harder for people to obtain safe cannabis and take away money from schools, healthcare, equity programs, environmental programs, and essential childcare.

“The answer is to enforce laws against illegal growers, dealers, and unlicensed dispensaries,” according to Timmen L. Cermak, MD. If the United States can successfully regulate the production and sale of illegal alcohol, there is no reason it cannot protect the legal cannabis industry.

North Dispensaries

North Dispensaries provide medical cannabis to the individuals of Pevely and Hillsboro, Missouri. We have dedicated ourselves to providing high-quality products to those who need them most.

The illegal cannabis market only adds to the negative stigma surrounding cannabis use and delegitimizes those who legally provide cannabis. Promote legal cannabis sellers today to ensure that cannabis continues to impact our communities positively!

Don’t have a medical cannabis card? No problem! Follow this link to learn how you can obtain one today.


A Beginner’s Guide to Edibles

Edibles are different foods or beverages infused with cannabinoids, like THC and CBD. They are a healthy and highly effective alternative to smoking, but there are some things first-time users should know.

A widespread mistake when consuming edibles is consuming too much at once. It’s crucial to understand what your edibles contain, their potency, and their effects on the body before ingesting them.

Once you know that edibles tend to produce a more potent body high as well as changes in cognition, perception of time, memory, and movement, you’ll be able to pick the dose that’s right for you.

Why Should You Take Edibles?

Many medical patients prefer to take edibles because they do not require patients to inhale smoke or use any extra equipment.

The prolonged effects of edibles are particularly beneficial for patients that are combating specific ailments like chronic pain.

Edibles are also a good option for consumers because you know exactly how much THC and/or CBD you are consuming. There’s no guessing game here.

What Do Edibles Taste Like?

The flavor of your edible depends on the potency and flavor profile of the cannabis products used when making it. Some edibles hide the taste of cannabis more than others.

There are also quite a variety of edibles available in today’s market. From fruity gummies to chocolate bars to sodas, there’s something for everyone.

Sativa vs. Indica

Sativa and Indica are the two primary strains of cannabis.

Sativa creates more of a head high, meaning it has more functional, uplifting, and energetic effects.

When thinking about the effects Indica has on the body, think about “In the couch.” This refers to the fact that Indica creates a more sedated body high. Most edibles are a mix of the two, called a hybrid.

When picking which edible you want to experiment with, first decide what type of high or relief you’re seeking. This will tell you which edibles to narrow your search down to.

Another form available is CBD edibles, which offer potential medical benefits and are non-psychoactive. This means you’ll experience relief without the high.

How Do Edibles Work?

Edibles are different from other forms of consumption because of how the THC enters the bloodstream. There are two categories of edibles:

  1. Sublingual– dissolves under the tongue (i.e., tinctures and hard candies)
  2. Orally ingested-ingested and processed by the liver (i.e., chocolate bars, gumdrops, and baked goods)

A sublingual has a faster onset, at about 15 minutes, and its effects will last for about two to three hours. However, an orally ingested edible takes anywhere between 30 minutes and two hours to kick in, about four hours to reach its peak effect, and can last as long as eight to ten hours. Why is this?

Well, when you orally ingest an edible like a gumdrop, it must be processed through the stomach and intestines before it makes its way to the liver.

Once in the liver, the THC within the edible breaks down into a substance thought to be about ten times stronger, called 11-hydroxy-THC. This metabolite is smaller than THC and can more easily enter the brain than inhaled cannabis. This is what makes edibles both strong and long-lasting.

Keep in mind that everyone metabolizes THC differently and at different rates. We suggest that one should consume something fatty, like cheese or avocado, before eating an edible. This will help your body process THC oil. This is excellent advice for those that experience first-pass metabolism.

First-past metabolism is a problem that limits the effectiveness of many common substances. In the case of THC, instead of your body breaking it down into a more potent metabolite, the compound is cleared from the body without effect.

What Dosage Is Best for You?

A word of advice, go low and slow. If you are new to edibles, especially if you are new to cannabis consumption, you’ll want to start at a low dose and slowly move your way up in dosage until you reach one that fits your needs. The following is what you can generally expect from specific doses:

  • 1-2.5mg – for beginners; provides a mild effect and can help reduce pain, anxiety, and can act as a sleep aid
  • 2.5-10mg – has a more prominent effect; expect euphoria, laughter, and stronger symptoms of relief
  • 10-20mg – do not surpass 10mg if you are not an experienced cannabis consumer; expect strong euphoria and sedation
  • 20+mg – best for patients that warrant such a high dose

Start with a beginner’s dose and wait two hours. If you don’t feel anything after two hours, you may try upping your dosage by a small amount. However, if this is your first time consuming edibles, it is advised that you wait about 24 hours before trying more just to ensure that there is not a delayed reaction.

Help! I’ve Eaten Too Much!

Don’t panic. “Know what you’re doing is safe. You can’t overdose on it [cannabis]. As long as you keep telling yourself that, you’ll be much better off,” says Mike Heller, co-founder of MJ Wooly, which helps companies infuse their foods and beverages with cannabis. Heller is correct; you’re safe.

Drink a glass of water and try to take a nap. Others suggest that fresh air and chewing peppercorn balls may help bring you back to planet earth. If you feel like you can’t wait it out, try taking 15mg of CBD to counteract the THC in your system.

To avoid taking too much, make sure you know just how many milligrams of THC are in each product you buy. You should also know if you need to cut it into pieces or if you can eat the whole thing. Note how much you start with, how much time you wait for it to kick in, and how much you’re adding (if you choose to add more).

Edibles—An Overview

So, edibles, what are they? Edibles are a food or beverage infused with cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Most edibles are made with a hybrid strain, a mix of Sativa and Indica. This gives you a body high with characteristics of a head high.

Go low and slow. For a beginner, you should experiment with a starting dose of about 2.5mg, wait two hours and then add more if you feel the effects aren’t powerful enough. If you don’t feel anything, wait 24 hours before ingesting any more edibles to ensure that you will not experience a delayed reaction.

Don’t take edibles on an empty stomach. Preferably, consume your edibles after eating something with a healthy amount of fat. And remember that edibles naturally take longer to take effect. They reach their peak at around four hours and wear off anywhere between six and eight hours.

Overall, edibles are a great alternative to smoking or vaping cannabis as you know exactly how much THC you are consuming in a sitting, and often it’s more cost-friendly, as you get more bang for your buck.

Start Your Journey with North Today!

Shop North today at our Hillsboro or Pevely locations. We offer a wide variety of premium cannabis products at a competitive price. Plus, we’ll even deliver your products straight to your door!

If you’re new to edibles, a great product to start with is Honeybee edibles. Check out the Hillsboro and Pevely menus to see which Honeybee gumdrops are available at your location. Honeybee is powered by Proper Cannabis, a facility in St. Louis that cultivates premium cannabis and processes it into a pure, tasteless distillate. It is then passed to their culinary team to make all sorts of tasty treats. We can promise an exceptional variety of gumdrops for any consumer looking for all kinds of benefits.

For more information, please call or reach out to us here. Our patient consultants are highly experienced and happy to talk through any questions you may have!


All About Concentrates

Concentrates are the products of extracting plant matter from cannabis, leaving behind cannabinoids with unique properties. This includes THC, which is known for its euphoric experiences, CBD, which is responsible for healing, and terpenes, which provide the aroma. The whole goal of creating concentrates is to keep the desirable elements of the plants but to eliminate the plant matter.

Why Go with Concentrates?

Concentrates are known for their flavor, potency, and wide variety of products. They are great for medical cannabis users looking for immediate pain relief, experienced cannabis users, and people looking to try something new.

The versatility of concentrates is a great reason to give them a try. For starters, you don’t just have to smoke concentrates; there are many ways you can consume them. They are also very effective, meaning a little goes a long way. And, finally, the extracts that concentrates are made from are refined. This creates a smooth, clean inhale when vaporized.

So, just how are cannabis concentrates made?

How are Concentrates Made?

There are two categories that concentrates fall under. These are solvent or solventless. However, each category has a couple of subcategories that you need to know about.

Solvent Concentrates

  1. Butane- also know as BHO (Butane Hash Oil), extractors add butane solvent to fresh, frozen flower or cured bud to strip the essential oils from the plant. The final product is an extract that retains all the cannabinoids and terpenes. However, it’s not done there. This extract then must be purged in a vacuum over. During this process the remaining chemical solvents evaporate from the extract.
  2. Carbon Dioxide- By exposing a combination of cannabis and gas at high temperatures and pressures, you get a crude extract that needs to undergo distillation. Distillation further refines the product and allows manufactures to isolate cannabinoids.

Solventless Concentrates

Solventless concentrates are made when heat and pressure is applied to the cannabis flower. There are two different categories of extracts that come from this process.

  1. Dry sift/dry sieve- this is process of rubbing or rolling dried flower over a sieve to collect trichomes (the resin glands of cannabis). This product is also known as kief and looks like a crumbly, off-white powder.
  2. Ice water hash/bubble hash- the extraction process involves tumbling cannabis flower through ice water, filtering it through fine mesh, and letting it dry. It can be dry, chalky, or greasy.

Textures

Every concentrate falls into a category of textures or consistencies. Here are the different textures you can see with different concentrates.

Sauce

Sauce is a runny, terpene-rich concentrate that occurs when the cannabinoids and terpenes are separated. Some products are labeled HTFSE (high-terpene full-spectrum extract), which means it’s a terpene-rich concentrate that still maintains a well-rounded cannabinoid profile. Sauce is thicker, stickier, and more viscous in texture than sugar, and has a more uniform structure.

Sugar

Sugar is used to describe any concentrate that has a similar consistency to a wet, sappy sugar. This texture is not uniform in nature and typically is colored anywhere between bright yellow and deep amber.

Rosin

Rosin is pure and has no solvent residue. This shatter-like concentrate retains more terpenes and flavonoids and is great for people looking for flavor and purity. It is made by heating and pressing dried flower, hash, or kief together.

Live Rosin

Live rosin has no solvent residue and is made by pressing bubble hash that came from freshly frozen flower

Live Resin

Live resin is a solvent-based (usually BHO), high-quality concentrate. The extreme flavor is achieved by flash-freezing the whole cannabis flowers and then extracting them.

(“Live” products are frozen immediately after harvest.)

Budder

Budder is an amber/yellowish concentrate that resembles butter. Its flavor, colorfulness, and aromatic properties separate it from other concentrates. The creamy texture makes it easy to consume and store. The high THC levels produce a joyful and euphoric experience.

Hash

Hash is kief compressed into a block and has been used for thousands of years by different civilizations.

Ice wax

Ice wax is a subcategory of bubble hash, this concentrate is the highest grade of bubble hash and can be dabbed. Identified by its fine, grainy, sand-like texture.

Wax

Wax has a gooey, candle wax-like texture achieved by whipping it during the purging process. Usually a yellowish-brown color, these concentrates are very potent and can be used to relieve several health issues, like chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.

Shatter

This concentrate looks like glass and shatters into tiny pieces. It should be a clear-thin sheet that is amber or gold in color. Its potency (50%-90% THC) makes it ideal for medical use. It’s excellent for chronic pain and may also help with mood swings, depression, and stress.

Distillate

This concentrate undergoes a complex extraction, separation, and purification process to produce a potent oil. All that’s left after these processes is THC. This 99% THC concentrate has tremendous protentional for medical and recreational use and is often used in edibles and vape cartridges.

Crystalline

This concentrate is isolated cannabinoids in a pure crystal structure. These crystals have no flavor, color, or aroma and are very high in THC (99.9%).

How To Consume Your Concentrates

If you’re looking for something low maintenance, but still want a potency boost, we recommend you top your flower. Adding powdered kief to your bowl or wrapping wax around your joint can up the potency of your smokables with only a little extra effort.

Looking for a light high on the go? Use a vape pen! Pre-filled vape pens are a discreet and efficient way to consume cannabis concentrates. A major plus of this option is that the high sets in almost immediately.

For a long-lasting, smoke-free high, eat an edible. These don’t require any special equipment and they’re easy to consume. However, it may take up to two hours for the full high to kick in.

Finally, if you’re looking for targeted relief, we suggested you try a topical. When applied topically, concentrates may provide the relief you’re seeking, but without the head high.

Head North!

Head North for all your concentrate needs. We have a wide selection to choose from, so it’s guaranteed that you’ll find something perfect for you. Check out our website at https://north.life/ for all your medical cannabis needs. Also, take the time to check out some of our blogs, here, for more information about cannabis and what it can do for you.


5 Ways Cannabis Positively Impacts the Planet

Humans have used cannabis for thousands of years for different reasons. From making clothes to creating medicine, cannabis has benefited society in many ways.

When you first think about cannabis, your mind probably goes straight to its medicinal purposes, but did you know that this plant, particularly hemp, can help the planet?

Just as cannabis use can help individuals with various medical conditions, its growth and use can also help keep our planet healthy. Keep reading to learn precisely how cannabis can positively impact the planet.

Cannabis Reduces Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas. As of 2019, it made up 80% of all greenhouse gases produced by human activity. As a significant contributor to global warming, we must develop ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Traditionally, we have relied on extensive forests, like the Amazon Rainforest, to absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, deforestation means we are using up trees faster than we can replace them. This means there is less greenery to counterbalance carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

This is where cannabis comes in. Cannabis can absorb more carbon dioxide per hectare than any forest or commercial crop. We call this process of taking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil carbon sequestration.

Hemp is known to grow quickly in a wide range of nutrient-poor soils while only needing small amounts of water and little to no fertilizers. These properties make hemp one of the most efficient carbon dioxide converters.

Cannabis Paper

It takes trees longer to grow to maturity than it does cannabis. It’s estimated that over a 20-year cycle, one acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four to ten acres of trees.

Hemp paper can also be recycled eight times in its lifetime, compared to the three times for wood-pulp paper. Hemp also uses much less water and chemicals than wood-pulp paper.

Cannabis Fashion

Did you know that the fashion industry is responsible for about 10% of the global carbon dioxide emissions each year? “It also accounts for about a fifth of the 300 million tons of plastic produced globally each year,” according to Rachael Dottle and Jackie Gu.

When you think about how much textiles are wasted each year (about 11.3 tons), it’s frightening to think about their effect on the environment.

While cotton production and manufacturing are not exactly eco-friendly, it’s better than the alternative the fashion industry seems so keen on using, polyester.

In 2015, polyester production for clothing emitted 282 billion tons of carbon dioxide, triple that of cotton.

The danger of polyester is that it’s a plastic that creates microplastics that pollute the oceans, freshwater, and land and endangers the animals that consume them. Unfortunately, Australian scientists estimate that there are between 9.25 to 15.86 million tons of microplastics sitting at the bottom of the ocean alone.

Hemp may just be our answer to these problems. One acre of hemp can produce as much material as two to three acres of cotton and is four times warmer.

Hemp fabric is also:

  • Odor-resistant
  • Breathable
  • Fire resistant
  • UV-protectant.

Hemp is also biodegradable, meaning that all the clothing that ends up in landfills will cause less damage to the planet if we make it with hemp.

Cannabis Plastic

Most of the plastic we use is created with fossil fuels and takes over 400 years to decompose. This fact is more than a little scary, considering we have about 9.2 billion tons of it to deal with.

You may be surprised to know that some of the earliest plastics we created used hemp cellulose fibers. While making a 100% hemp-based plastic alternative is hard, companies can use plastic made from hemp and other plant fibers. Coca-Cola and Lego are already doing such a thing.

Like in fashion, by switching to hemp, we can reduce the number of toxins we are exposed to and how much plastic ends up in our landfills.

Cannabis As Renewable Biofuel

Just as with plastics, we want to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. At the University of Connecticut, researchers have discovered that industrial hemp contains properties that make it an attractive raw material for making sustainable biofuel.

The study showed that hemp biodiesel has high conversion efficiency, as the researchers were able to convert 97% of the hemp oil into biodiesel. People can also use it at lower temperatures than any other biodiesel currently available.

We make hemp into biodiesel by pressing the hemp seeds into oil. The fermented stalk can also be used to make ethanol and methanol.

In any diesel engine, you can use hemp biodiesel fuel, completely unmodified.

The benefits of biodiesel are that it is:

  • Biodegradable
  • Non-toxic
  • Produces fewer greenhouse gases

How Can You Help Protect the Planet?

As you can see, there are many benefits to using cannabis as an alternative for many things, from clothing to paper, fuel, plastic, and paper. However, that’s just all that cannabis can do.

Proper cannabis production can also stabilize and replenish damaged soil. Hemp can clear contaminated soil of metals, pesticides, solvents, oil, and other harmful materials.

To help our planet, you can help support bills and laws that promote the growth of cannabis for the reasons we pointed out in this blog.

This Earth Day, we can all take a moment to think about what we can do to help our planet last for billions of more years. Perhaps, adopting hemp as a part of our everyday life would be the next step in ensuring a bright future for planet Earth.

Shop North Today!

Are you looking for a reliable medicinal cannabis dispensary? Well, you’ve found two in North dispensaries. Visit one of our locations, either in Hillsboro or Pevely.

We care about our customers and their experience. That’s why we always have knowledgeable staff members to help guide you through the decision process. We also offer delivery!

Do you have questions about our services? Contact us today, and we’ll help you in any way we can.


Cannabis & Nausea Relief

There are countless anti-nausea medications available for use. From prescriptions to over-the-counter medicines like Dramamine and everything else between, there seems to be plenty of options for people in dire need of nausea relief. Unfortunately, many medications have adverse side effects like lightheadedness, drowsiness, headache, tiredness, dizziness, or constipation. And, even after enduring these side effects, sometimes the traditional anti-nausea medication doesn’t work well enough for patients.

Doctors realized early on that there had to be some alternative that worked better than these medications. That’s why they turned to cannabis. Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, doctors have studied the effectiveness of cannabis and synthetic cannabis on nausea and vomiting. Today, with promising results, many people turn to cannabis to seek relief from nausea.

What Is Nausea?

Nausea is stomach discomfort that usually occurs before vomiting. There are many different causes of nausea. Some people experience something as simple as motion sickness, while others may experience severe nausea from a particular medication or medical condition. Essentially, nausea and vomiting are the body’s way of expelling toxins from itself.

The Beginnings of Medicinal Cannabis & Nausea

One of the many reasons an individual may choose to take medicinal cannabis is that they experience chronic and severe nausea. This is commonly seen in cancer patients as a side effect of chemotherapy. In fact, nausea caused by chemotherapy has a name: chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). This type of nausea and vomiting occurs within six to 24 hours of receiving chemotherapy. Patients have described it as overpowering and extreme. In scientific terms, this is called emesis.

In 1995, Abrahamov et al. evaluated the anti-emetic effectiveness of Δ8-THC, a close but less psychoactive relative of Δ9-THC, in children receiving chemotherapy treatment. After a total of 480 treatments, the only side effects reported were slight irritability in two of the youngest patients (3.5 and 4 years old). However, the treatment controlled both acute and delayed nausea and vomiting. However, this study observed the effects of synthetic cannabis. It wasn’t until 2021 that a study focused on the anti-emetic effects of natural cannabis.

Medicinal Cannabis & Nausea in 2021

In the 2021 study, “The Effectiveness of Common Cannabis Products for Treatment of Nausea,” researchers observed that most patients using cannabis to treat nausea experienced relief. More than 96% of the study sample reported nausea relief within one hour.

Researchers did see a difference in nausea relief depending on the product characteristics with flower and concentrates outperforming tinctures and edibles. This study also determined that Cannabis sativa and “hybrid” products exceeded Cannabis indica products.

Researchers found that joints resulted in more significant symptom relief among combustion products than consuming via a pipe or vaporizer.

While this study couldn’t completely describe the mechanisms behind cannabis’ ability to reduce nausea rapidly, it was able to assume that it likely involves the plant’s ability to activate CB1 receptor responses to other stimuli in the central nervous system. This includes the insular cortex, which is involved in conscious awareness of internal bodily states.

The insular cortex is also an example of a brain region naturally controlled by endocannabinoids that naturally develop in the human body. Therefore, it’s not surprising that phytocannabinoids that develop in the cannabis plant also stimulate similar brain regions.

Synthetic Cannabis

In 1985, the FDA approved dronabinol and nabilone, synthetic cannabinoids, not to be confused with K2 and spice. Both are available in oral and inhaled solutions and are authorized to treat CINV. While these are available for use, they’re typically considered secondary medication options. A patient must show that they are non-reactive to other anti-nausea medications.

Since being approved by the FDA, researchers have conducted more than 30 clinical trials that show that synthetic cannabinoids are superior to traditional dopamine receptor antagonist medications for CINV.

However, a review of research literature has concluded that cannabinoids effectively control cancer-induced nausea and vomiting, and oral THC and smoked cannabis have similar efficacy.

Synthetic cannabinoids indeed have side effects that differentiate them from natural cannabinoids. For this reason, we recommend that if you can get and utilize a medical cannabis card, you try different cannabis methods that suit your nausea symptoms.

Is Medicinal Cannabis Right for Your Nausea?

Cannabis can help treat many different types of nausea. There are plenty of consumption methods, so there’s no shortage of options for your specific needs. If you are interested in treating your nausea with medical cannabis, head North!

North Dispensaries offers high-quality products that help you with any of your medical cannabis needs. Our patient consultants will help you find the perfect solution for you. We even offer delivery for our patients that can’t make it in person. Don’t let your health sit on the back burner. Be proactive and visit one of our locations in Pevely or Hillsboro today.


Debunking Common Cannabis Myths

When you think of cannabis, what do you think of? Do you think of its ability to help treat pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and more, or does your mind stray to negative connotations associated with the plant? Odds are your perception of cannabis has been jaded by the stigmas that have plagued the cannabis-using community for decades. Keep reading and learning as we debunk some of the most common cannabis myths.

Myth-Cannabis Is a Gateway Drug

Fact: It’s also crucial to point out that there is no scientific proof that cannabis leads to other drug use. Instead, scientists believe that drug use, precisely that of harder drugs, is linked to environmental factors, like access to drugs and the age at which one is exposed to drugs, as well as a genetic predisposition to doing drugs.

Myth-Cannabis Kills Brain Cells

Fact: No evidence suggests that cannabis use causes memory loss or adverse effects on brain cells. This legend derives from an old study where scientists studied cannabis use in primates. Scientists observed changes in the primates’ brain cells, but actual cell death did not occur. Multiple scientific studies have also concluded that regular cannabis consumers’ IQ scores did not drop over time as they consumed more cannabis. Furthermore, other researchers have even used MRI scans to prove no difference between users and non-users.

Myth-Cannabis Makes You Lazy

Fact: Cannabis affects everyone differently. There are also different strains of cannabis (Sativa, Indica, and hybrid) that provide differing experiences. Some strains, mainly those high in Indica, are considered better suited for a relaxed environment. However, those high in Sativa have been known to provide a creative and euphoric experience that helps people battle things like depression and chronic pain. With barriers like those out of the way, it can be argued that cannabis can actually help people get out of bed and take on the day. Overall, cannabis doesn’t make you lazy. If anything, laziness is an inherent personality trait that you have to work to overcome regardless of if you use cannabis or not.

Myth-Legalizing Cannabis Increases Crime

Fact: Of course, if you’re caught with cannabis in a state that has not legalized it, then yes, you’re increasing crime, but are you not increasing violent crime. There is a belief that the existence of cannabis in a community will somehow increase violent crime. Some people find it easy to associate cannabis with things like robberies and violence, particularly if they consider it a gateway drug. However, calling cannabis a gateway drug automatically places it in the same category as other hard drugs, which is simply unfair. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, the legalization of cannabis actually reduces crime rates, whereas 25-30% of violent crimes are related to alcohol. Also, you should remember what cannabis does to the human body. It often calms us down. Individuals are much less likely to commit a violent crime when they’re chilled out.

Myth-Cannabis Causes Cancer

Fact: It’s true that when you smoke anything, you’re inhaling carcinogens. However, compared to cigarette smokers, cannabis smokers smoke much less cannabis to reach their desired effects, meaning they consume a much smaller amount of carcinogens. A 2006 study from UCLA even concluded that heavy cannabis use does not lead to lung cancer. They found no correlation and suggested that heavy cannabis use offered some protective effect. This and other studies indicate that cannabis can inhibit the growth of cancer cells rather than promote growth. You also should keep in mind that there are different ways of consuming cannabis than by smoking it. So, if you’re worried about carcinogens, there are several alternative consumption methods you can try!

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At North Dispensaries, we care about educating our community about the benefits of cannabis. From helping cancer patients to easing mental health conditions, it’s essential to spread awareness on how cannabis can help you and combat the negative stigmas society has placed on it. As cannabis becomes legalized around the country, more people are becoming open to its medical benefits. If you’re interested in learning more about medical cannabis, visit one of our locations in Pevely or Hillsboro to talk to one of our highly knowledgeable staff members. Take your health into your own hands; visit North Dispensaries today!


Cannabis And Migraine Relief

If you’re someone who suffers from migraines, you know that they can produce intense and debilitating symptoms. They typically start with visual auras, like halos and flashes of light in your vision. This transitions into a throbbing or pulsating headache that’s often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Migraines can also make you extremely sensitive to light and sound and last anywhere from a few hours to days. Migraines are so common and debilitating that they’re the second leading cause of disability in those younger than 50 years. While multiple prescriptions are available for migraine suffers, they don’t always work. This inconsistency in effectiveness has people searching for other, more natural alternatives, like cannabis. Keep reading to learn how cannabis may be able to treat your migraine symptoms.

How Does Cannabis Work?

According to a review of 34 articles about cannabis use and migraines by the National Institute of Health, the active ingredients in cannabis that modulate patients’ perceptions of their conditions include THC, CBD, flavonoids, and terpenes. These compounds work to produce effects within the endocannabinoid system to decrease symptom frequency.

THC and CBD play significant roles in medical cannabis formulation. Scientists have deduced that both THC and CBD stimulate cannabinoid (CB) receptors throughout the human body. The current theory on how cannabinoids can affect migraine symptoms suggests that the CB system mitigates migraines through several pathways (serotonin, opiate, inflammatory, glutamine), both centrally and peripherally. Cannabinoids also have dopamine-blocking and anti-inflammatory properties.

Relevant Studies

In a 2020 cross-sectional study, Aviram et al. looked at 145 people who had medical cannabis authorization and were self-treating with cannabis. The trial showed that 61% of the group reported a 50% or more reduction in monthly migraine attacks. The survey also suggested a long-term decline in migraine occurrence and medication intake.

In 2019, Cuttler et al. focused on the effects of inhaled cannabis on reducing migraine severity and frequency. They also looked at the factors that affected the dosage used. This study found that migraines decreased by 49.6% and that more women than men reported a more favorable reduction in migraines. However, they did find that the effectiveness of inhaling cannabis to reduce migraines did diminish over time as the patients built a tolerance.

Salazar et al. conducted a cross-sectional survey to observe and make conclusions based on self-reported reasons for recreational and medical cannabis use in the southeastern United States. 35.5% of the patients that partook in the survey used it for headaches and migraines. The survey concluded that cannabis had an 86% efficacy in pain relief for those patients and that the effectiveness of the cannabis depended on combustion methods and the age and gender of the patient.

By reviewing the 34 studies, the National Institute of Health found that despite the side effects of cannabis products, patients had an overall favorable view of using cannabis because it was reported to decrease the frequency and duration of migraines. For those who used cannabis to treat their migraines, the primary method of use was smoking, followed by vaporization and dabs. The review also found that patients with headaches were more likely to choose a hybrid strain of cannabis (a mix of Indica and Sativa) than chronic pain patients. Women also tend to rank edibles, tincture (oil), and topical cannabis as first-line methods for conditions like migraines.

Overall, the current research shows beneficial long and short-term effects of medical cannabis. Some patients even experienced a prolonged improvement in their health (both physically and mentally) after long-term medical cannabis use. Patients also reported more positive than adverse effects with medical cannabis use.

Is Medical Cannabis Right for You?

It’s estimated that about 1 billion people worldwide experience migraines. If you are one of these people, medical cannabis may be the answer you’ve been looking for. For many, over-the-counter migraine and pain medication simply isn’t enough; even prescription medication can be useless. Medical cannabis can leave you feeling much better. If you’re worried about the psychoactive effects of THC, don’t be. In treating migraines, researchers found that less is more when it comes to THC. You’ll want to use a small amount of THC and combine it with CBD, which has natural pain-relieving capabilities. CBD will also counteract the psychoactive properties of THC. So, you’ll be good as gold.

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How To Dab

Dabbing has been around since 1970. However, the dabbing we are familiar with today did not come into existence until the mid-2000s. The term “dab” can be used to refer to any type of cannabis concentrate, like wax, budder, sauce, shatter, and crumble. Concentrates are created by extracting cannabinoids (e.g., THC) and terpenes from plant matter. The final product is incredibly potent. “Dab” can also refer to an actual dose of concentrate.

In contrast, dabbing is the act of inhaling the vapors of cannabis concentrate that you vaporize at high temperatures. Dabbing has quickly become a favorite for cannabis connoisseurs as it offers a powerful “high” and a flavorful experience. It’s perfect for those who may have developed a tolerance level to THC. If you’re interested in dabbing, keep reading to learn what tools you’ll need and how to properly consume dabs without going overboard.

How is Smoking Dabs Different from Smoking Flower?

The first thing to note is that the high will be more intense. Dabs can contain anywhere between 50 to 90% THC. To put things into perspective, even the most potent flower usually only contains about 25% THC. Even the most experienced cannabis consumers can be caught off guard when dabbing for the first time.

The potency of dabs also changes how you consume the product. When you could typically smoke an entire joint, you may take one to two hits of a dab and be done, which makes dabbing the most effective way to experience a “high” typical with THC consumption.

Safety

First, always select a high-quality, medical-grade concentrate for dabbing from a trusted dispensary. This is not the time to be skimping on your product. You’re inhaling the cannabinoids, but also any residual pesticides and chemicals that may be leftover from the concentration process. Always buy top shelf when dabbing, so you know you’re getting the safest product.

Second, always start small. You can’t change the fact that you’ve consumed too much cannabis, but you can always smoke more if you want. A typical good starter size is about the size of the head of a pin. If you do find yourself getting uncomfortably inebriated, try using CBD products to counteract the THC in the dab.

Finally, dab somewhere you feel safe and comfortable, preferably in your own home. Make sure you’re sitting down, as your first dab can hit you harder than expected. Also, have a glass of water at the ready. It will help you clear your throat after you dab.

Dab Sizes

To explain how you should measure the size of your dabs, we’ll use an example. Say you purchase one gram of hash with 80% total THC (any medical-grade cannabis will tell you about this information on the container), and you want your dabs to contain 25mg of THC. That means this one gram of hash contains 800mg of THC. If you split that gram into eight equal parts, each part will contain 100mg of THC.

Remember, you want your dabs to contain 25mg of THC. To achieve this, you’ll have to break each of the eight parts into fourths (you should have 32 equal parts at this point). To put this in perspective, a whole gram is about the size of a thumbnail. So, one 25mg dab of 80% THC hash is about the size of a few grains of rice. Portions will depend on the potency of your dab. If it’s 90%, you’ll need even less than a few grains worth of rice.

What You’ll Need

For dabbing, you’ll need to compile several pieces of equipment. People commonly refer to all this collectively as a dab rig. A dab rig includes a:

  • Rig – a glass water pipe (much like a bong) that connects to a nail
  • Nail – the attachment where you place your dabs to be vaporized when heated (typically made from glass, quartz, titanium, or ceramics)
  • Carb cap – also made from glass, ceramics, titanium, or quartz; it is a cap with a small hole that covers the top of the nail (controls airflow)
  • Dabber – a tool used to place the dab in the nail (the dab will be sticky, and the nail will be hot, so you can’t handle the dab with your hands)
  • Torch – you’ll need a hand torch that runs on butane (propane creates a hotter flame that could damage your nail)
  • E-nail (optional) – allows you to set a precise temperature and then electronically heats the nail to the temperature you set; eliminates the need for a torch
  • Quartz insert (optional) – an insert you place through the hole in your nail; adds additional surface area inside your nail; best for cold-start dabbing

Traditional Dabbing Steps

  1. Turn on your torch and heat the bottom of your nail until the nail becomes red hot.
  2. Turn off your torch. For quartz nails, we recommend you let them cool for about 45 to 60 seconds before placing your dab in the nail. Wait about ten seconds for titanium nails. You may want to use a timer.
  3. Apply your dab to the nail using a dabber and begin inhaling slowly. Dabs require a long, slow inhale because most of the concentrate will not vaporize instantly.
  4. Using a carb cap, cover and uncover the nail while inhaling. This will regulate airflow. ALWAYS use a carb cap!
  5. Do not hold your breath. Once you are done inhaling, exhale immediately.

Cold-Start Dabbing Steps

In cold-start dabbing, the dab is placed in the nail and then heated. This means the dab will melt at a much lower temperature. Vaporizing the dab at a lower temperature creates a more terpene-rich, or flavorful, hit. Cold-start dabbing will also preserve your equipment better than traditional dabbing, as the lower temperatures will reduce the risk of breakage and reclaim buildup.

The only downside to this method is that it doesn’t tend to completely vaporize that dab, which leaves char, oil, and residue. You should remove and dispose of all those byproducts before your next dab. Overall, cold-start dabbing is an excellent option for someone who’s just figuring out dabbing, as it’s a bit easier to safely handle.

  1. Place a dab in a clean nail.
  2. Cover the nail with a carb cap.
  3. Light your torch and slowly heat the underside of the nail (keep the flame several inches away from the bottom of the nail). The dab will begin to bubble in about ten seconds, turning into vapor.
  4. Turn off your torch and start to inhale while rotating the carb cap to create convection.
  5. Exhale immediately and enjoy.

How to Clean a Dab Nail

Many dabbers prefer to clean their nail after every hit. You should aim to do this too, or at least at the end of every session.

  • Use Q-tips to soak up any residual oil while it’s still wet. You can even soak one end of the Q-tip in isopropyl alcohol to remove tiny bits of char.
  • Heat your nail using your torch without adding concentrate to it. This will burn off any residual carbon or reclaim. Once the residue dissipates, let the nail cool completely before finishing the process with a scrape.
  • Use a scrape (a sharp dabber) to remove minor buildup. Be careful not to chip any of the glass.
  • You can wash your nail by soaking it in 91% isopropyl alcohol for ten minutes. Follow that up by wiping it down or scraping it.

Can You Take Dabs Without a Rig?

Yes, you can. It might not be as effective, but if you find yourself without a dab rig to use, there are several alternative ways you can consume dabs and achieve the desired effects. Many users opt for these dabbing methods when looking for quicker and more convenient consumption options.

  • If you have a bowl and some flower, you can top that off with concentrate.
  • You can twax a joint (roll dabs into a joint).
  • Use a dab pen or e-rig.
  • Use a nectar collector (a portable dab rig).
  • Make some edibles with the concentrate.

Is Dabbing Right for You?

Only you can answer that question. Cannabis affects everyone differently. Your experience with it can differ based on how much sleep you had the night before to what you ate before a consuming. If you feel it’s something you want to explore, make sure you’re somewhere safe and comfortable and have all the proper tools to ensure you have the best experience possible.

If you’re still new to cannabis, perhaps it’s best to experiment with higher THC levels by smoking flower or trying edibles before jumping headfirst into dabbing. It’s all about knowing your limits and respecting them.

Go North for All Your Concentrate Needs!

If you are a medical cannabis cardholder looking for a reliable source of high-end cannabis products, North Dispensaries is the company for you. If you have questions about dabbing, give us a call or stop into one of our locations to discuss with our trained patient consultants. We’re dedicated to our clientele and do everything we can to ensure that their medical cannabis experience is not only enjoyable but also healthy. We offer top-of-the-line products for everyone’s interests. We have everything from concentrates to edibles, flower, and CBD products. Check out our menus for our Hillsboro and Pevely menus today!