You'll know when it's coming; that scratchy dryness in the back of your throat is the tell-tale sign that your next few days are going to be rough. Then, your nose begins to run non-stop, the violent sneezing and coughing fits kick in, and pressure builds up in your sinuses like a car's airbag just inflated inside your head.
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Over several decades, the concept of edible cannabis has become synonomoush with rich, flavorful treats like brownies and cookies. Why is that?
In case you haven't read Part I yet; click here to read about my Nana's long, tough road that led her to getting her medical cannabis card.
About a week after her patient card came in the mail, I brought Nana to Harvest of Tempe on a Saturday morning to attend New Patient Orientation with our Medical Director, Dr. William Troutt, NMD. Having attended these sessions many times over the past few years, I still enjoy them every single time, because Dr. Troutt is truly the most engaging public speaker I know! With honestly, I can say that this is the absolute best resource I know for patients and non-patients alike to learn all about medical cannabis, and have their questions and concerns addressed professionally.
My Nana still says “marijuana” with proper Spanish pronunciation: “Mah-di-HUA-nah.” She never once experimented with cannabis in her younger days, and into her sixties and early seventies, was a prime example of a healthy senior. She was never a smoker, enjoyed daily physical activity and social engagement, and always watched her nutrition and avoided excess.
Learning as you go is one of the great joys of life, and we're certainly excited to discover new things about the science and history of cannabis!
We did a little reading and found a few fun tidbits that might come as a surprise to you!
1) Spice Up Your Experience
Let’s say that you’re trying a new strain that leaves you feeling a little too much psychoactivity, and you begin to feel anxious: Your fridge or spice cabinet at home might hold the solution!
Beta-caryophyllene is a terpene found in essential oils extracted from certain plants, herbs and spices like rosemary, black pepper, oregano, and cloves. Research into this terpene has shown sharp evidence of a significant anxiolytic effect that may prove useful in managing the psychoactivity of THC. Perhaps a good dash of pepper is what can keep you relaxed and happy while you medicate!
Conversely, it’s also generally believed that foods rich in the terpene myrcene, such as mango, can amplify the effects of THC if consumed a while before medicating.