As a pioneer of medical cannabis, Verdes is happy to share our knowledge with our clients. We recognize the importance of accurate information in making better choices and achieving a superior outcome. While the negative stigma surrounding marijuana use is lessening rapidly, many people know very few actual facts. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (505) 589-3447 or visit our dispensaries in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and surrounding areas to consult with our expert staff.
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How does cannabis work on the body?
Realizing you might feel a bit overwhelmed as you begin your wellness journey, Verdes has put together some helpful information. We’ll start with the ECS or endocannabinoid system. The ECS is a complex body network in charge of maintaining homeostasis. In simpler terms, it makes sure everything from internal temperature and mood to blood sugar levels are where they should be. The ECS uses a system of endocannabinoid receptors, called CB1 and CB2, located on the surface of cells. The body naturally produces endocannabinoids to activate these receptors. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant, also binds to these receptors.
Due to COVID-19, our in-person cannabis 101 classes are on hold. Check back soon for updates on how we will provide these classes going forward.
Attend our Cannabis 101 class to get an in-depth overview of the properties of the plant and how those properties interact with your body. The class covers delivery systems (such as edibles vs. inhalants), onset times (how long it takes to feel the effects of cannabis), and our endocannabinoid system (why we can feel the effects of cannabis).
What is THC and CBD?
For thousands of years, THC has been used as a natural remedy to treat a range of medical conditions such as arthritis, glaucoma, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is an analgesic compound. It blocks pain signals from being sent to the brain. It’s also a neuroprotectant, helping to stimulate brain growth by creating new nerve cells.
Equally as well-known and beneficial as THC is CBD (cannabidiol). This other main cannabinoid is incredibly powerful when it comes to health benefits but doesn’t cause the “high” sensation. CBD has been used in pain management, to reduce anxiety, as an anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, and more.
Terpenes are a group of over 200 organic compounds and give each strain a unique aroma and effects. They are found in many plants but are most commonly associated with cannabis due to the high concentration of them. Rather than rely on strictly THC percentage, find what terpenes you enjoy and the strains that fit the terpene profile.
If you have any further questions or would like to explore the options Verdes has available, stop by or give us a call today!