Indica & Sativa
Indica and Sativa are the two major types of cannabis plants which can be bred together to create hybrid strains. Each strain has its own variety of effects on the body and mind, resulting in a wide range of potential medicinal benefits. Hybrid plants share some benefits from both Indica and Sativa plants, and can be considered the “best of both worlds.”
THC & CBD
When heated, the THC and CBD in the cannabis will become activated. It is believed that when these compounds enter the body, they act to prevent the activation of nerve signals from the site of pain from being perceived by the brain.
Cannabis Consumption Methods
*Many patients are looking for their medicine to be helpful for immediate and long term relief. As mentioned, dry cannabis is great for your immediate relief as it kicks in within minutes and oils are great for long lasting relief. As dry cannabis lasts 2-4 hours, many patients will take oils shortly after using the dry cannabis, as oils generally take 1-3 hours to kick in. The effects of dry cannabis should start to wear off as the oils start to kick in, providing relief for many hours continuously.
Smoking vs. Vaping
Smoking the dried flower from the cannabis plant is a common method of ingestion, but is not recommended by Cura Cannabis Clinic or Health Canada due to the health risks associated with smoking. The smoke generated from burning papers and lighter fluid chemicals contains carcinogenic compounds.
Vaping, a smokeless, efficient form of inhalation, is the process of heating dried cannabis to a temperature below its combustion point of 392°F. The dried cannabis flower is only heated to the point where the desired cannabinoids (typically found in the resin of the flower), are released without igniting/destroying the material.