During our current COVID-19 self-isolation, sales for cannabis have increased significantly. According to WeedMaps, there has been a 350% increase in cannabis delivery and pick up orders (comparing day-to-day, Monday, 3/9 to Monday, 3/16).
In terms of what people are ordering, there is 4x the typical volume on single orders, according to many cannabis retailers.
If while stuck at home, you’re looking for some recommendations on the best way to explore cannabis for alleviating the anxiety of being stuck inside (and constantly refreshing the news), here are some recommendations from Dr. Robert Flannery, the first PhD in cannabis and founder of Dr. Robb Farms.
What you need to know as a first timer for cannabis use?
First timers should probably, at this time, stick to edibles. Even though vaping and smoking is fundamentally safe, it does irritate the lung tissue a little bit. If someone has a lung or bronchial infection much like what covid-19 is, you will be damaging the cells a bit when you should be as nice to them as possible. So my advice is to use edibles for a while.
What is the difference between delivery methods (e.g. gummies, chocolates, oils, etc.)?
Microdosing is a fantastic way to reduce anxiety but not affect your overall mental capacity. Sublingual ingestion is a fantastic way of consuming cannabis, because you can start feeling effects within 5-15 minutes. For quick relief you can microdose. A 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD is recommended
What are the health benefits of cannabis, and where is the line between ideal dosage for health and too much?
Generally speaking, five milligrams is a good starting point for beginners, and 15 milligrams will get you fairly medicated. It’s different person to person but that’s a good rule of thumb.
Does all cannabis make you hungry?
The short answer is yes, however there are some caveats. Unlike THC, the cannabinoid THCV acts as an appetite suppressant. What’s interesting about an increase in hunger from THC is that there is a temporal factor to the feeling. As you are consuming cannabis, as the cannabinoids start to bind to receptors and as you become more medicated – there is a bell curve in hunger. When you are increasing into the medicated state and coming down from it, you are most hungry. To avoid it, try to go to bed before you start to come down.
Is cannabis safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?
We do not have enough information yet. Women have been using cannabis specifically for relieving the symptoms of morning sickness of pregnancy for millennia. People have used cannabis to induce milk production for new moms, however I have not seen any research to support this. The thinking behind that is that it helps you relax, and often stress can inhibit milk protection. That said, cannabis can cross the placenta. Scientists are studying this now, and we are all looking forward to their findings.
- What type of cannabis should I be using for
- Sleep – linalool terpene is a smooth muscle relaxer the same that’s in lavender. I recommend cultivars that contain this. One cannabinoid called CBN is also a smooth muscle relaxer. It’s a cannabinoid that CBD breaks down into over time.
- Anxiety and stress reduction: Myrcene reduces anxiety. If you want to consume THC, or including other cannabinoids with the THC. THC content that is balanced with other cannabinoids.
- Mood: dependent on the individual, cannabis can be a mood enhancer. If you are in a good state of mind, cannabis can provide this for you. if you’re anxious – if you use too much, it will make the anxiety more pronounced.
- Creativity – a lot of people talk about uplifting cannabis, like sativa. What makes something sativa is the terpenes, such as alpha-pinene. it’s a broncho-dialator. Limonene, too. These are highly associated with sativa-style cannabis cultivars.