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Five Little-Known Uses for CBD

Five Little-Known Uses for CBD

Many people are aware of the psychoactive qualities of cannabis, the mind-altering effects, promotion of lighter and relaxed moods and the euphoria associated with it. These are derived from the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) compound that is found within the Cannabis Sativa plant along with approximately 80 other compounds which includes the CBD (cannabidiol) compound.

 
CBD, unlike the THC found in cannabis, is completely non-psychoactive and provides none of the euphoric and intoxicating qualities that THC does. Uses for CBD include anti-anxiety, anti-seizure as well as pain relief along with many known and other newly discovered uses for it.

What is CBD?

CBD is a non-psychoactive ingredient found in the Cannabis Sativa plant that promotes homeostasis and physical wellbeing by attaching itself to the receptors on your cells known as cannabinoid receptors. CBD has a similar chemical composition as endocannabinoids, a chemical that your body naturally produces, and this allows for the CBD to bind and attach to your cells.

Uses for CBD

Life for some people can be a painful journey. In particular, for those who may live with disabilities, suffer from trauma, impaired mental health and various forms of chronic pain. Thankfully the medical community at large has been discovering many new uses for CBD.

Here’s a look at five little-known uses for CBD:

1. Cancer and Tumors

Cannabiniods have influence over cancer and tumor cells by a process called apoptosis. This process inhibits the growth of cancerous cells along with the process called autophagy that serves to program the death of cancerous cells.

2. Alzheimer’s

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, along with its ability to serve as an antioxidant and neuroprotective, do well to reduce the symptoms of dementia particularly in the early onset of the disease.

3. Diabetes

Cannabinoids can aid the immune system and help to prevent the onset of Type 1 diabetes.

4. Crohn’s Disease

CBD’s anti-inflammatory qualities affect your stomach and bowels, providing comfort and relief for those afflicted with Crohn’s.

5. Anti-psychotic

Early trials have shown that CBD can help to reduce psychotic episodes and is effective when used for schizophrenia.

MiNDFUL Dispensary

At MiNDFUL Dispensary, we are firm believers in the healing properties of CBD and cannabis in general and our experienced staff can help you find the products best suited to provide you the relief you need. Please contact us for more information.

Ready to Join the Cannabis Industry?

Ready to Join the Cannabis Industry?

Working in the cannabis industry sounds like a dream job for many people. What many of them don’t realize is just how much you need to know to become a budtender or grower.
With that in mind, here are some helpful things you should know:

The cannabis industry is highly regulated

The rules are strict and there is little to no wiggle room. Not everyone even qualifies to work in the industry, so before you start handing out resumes do your research on the rules and regulations to see if you qualify and if you’re fully willing to work at a dispensary under a very tight set of guidelines.

The cannabis field is growing rapidly

If you don’t want to be left behind, do your research! Simply typing “get hired weed industry” into Google and reading the first article is not enough. Find networking events, read books and ask people in the industry what websites they recommend visiting.

Budtenders are not just ‘‘legal dealers’’

They are incredibly educated in all things cannabis. On top of customer service, budtenders are trusted to know what strains of marijuana will be the best choice for each client. They need to know where it was grown, how it was extracted, the quality – plus the answer to any other questions that may arise. They also need to be knowledgeable about all store products, such as edibles, concentrates and accessories.
Cultivating cannabis is both a science and an art. Growers are constantly learning and exposing themselves to new and different horticultural ideas and techniques. They are open to hearing and trying new options and share their resources with their team to achieve the best results.
Growing is a very high-stress position. They are responsible for the crop 24/7. Any inconsistency in the environmental or nutritional areas can cause the loss of entire harvests. They must remain organized at all times to avoid accidental mishaps and costly errors.
At MiNDFUL we strive to be the best; to be the best we have to hire the best. We’re always open to answering questions from those interested in getting into the industry as well as our recreational and medical clients at any of our six locations (In-store services only available for medical marijuana – Chicago, Colorado Springs and Berthoud).

 

Be part of the MiNDFUL family. Come see what dream job we have available for you!

The Differences between CBD and THC

The Differences between CBD and THC

When making a decision about what strain of marijuana or type of cannabis product is right for you, it’s important to understand the purposes and benefits of each of its active ingredients.

The differences between CBD and THC are substantial, and depending on your needs, you might want to use cannabis products higher in THC, higher in CBD, or with comparable amounts of both.

CBD vs. THC

The differences between CBD and THC demonstrate how minor alterations in chemical structures can cause major changes in the chemical’s behavior. CBD and THC are nearly identical in chemical composition, but the atoms are arranged in a ring that if it’s open makes it CBD and if it’s closed makes it THC.

What is THC?

Chemical composition aside, what actually is THC? Basically, THC is what gets you high, although it can do more than just that.

THC has several benefits, such as:

  • Psychoactive effects: For some people the high is part of the whole experience.
  • Sleep aid: THC causes drowsiness, making it perfect for combating problems falling or staying asleep.
  • Pain relief: THC also has pain-relieving properties, although it may work best for pain when used in conjunction with CBD.

The primary drawback of THC is its legal status. As the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, it is classified as a Schedule I drug at the federal level in the United States. Of course, many states have legalized medical marijuana, and a few have legalized recreational cannabis, making THC legal in those states.

What is CBD?

So if THC is what gets you high, what is CBD? It turns out that CBD is the active ingredient responsible for many of the medical uses of cannabis, and it doesn’t get you high, which has made it perfect for children and other patients who don’t want the high but only the medicinal effects.

When taken by itself, CBD provides:

  • Anxiety relief: CBD tends to be more calming, making it good for treating anxiety.
  • Wakefulness: Unlike THC, CBD actually helps you stay alert.
  • Pain relief: Like THC, CBD has pain-relieving properties, but they may work best when taken together with THC.

Because CBD is not the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, its legal status is a little less certain. It is technically still a Schedule I drug, but because it is found in legal hemp, high-CBD hemp extracts are common in the United States.

Questions? We Can Help

If you still have more questions about CBD vs THC or need help deciding what’s best for your needs, it’s time to be MiNDFUL and visit one of our Denver or Chicago locations. We have three Denver locations with knowledgeable staff who can help you select Denver weed strains or find the best medical edibles Denver can offer.

If you’re looking for medical marijuana, Chicago also boasts one of our stores. Contact us or stop in to talk to our knowledgeable staff about the best medical cannabis Chicago has to offer.

Talking to Your Doctor about Medical Cannabis

Talking to Your Doctor about Medical Cannabis

Whether you already use it or you’re interested in starting, talking to your doctor about medical marijuana can be a source of anxiety. But rest assured, there are protections in place for both you and any doctor who prescribes it, so that both of you can focus on what’s best for your health.

Here are a few tips for how to talk to your doctor about medical cannabis, including what questions to ask.

Protected by Law

If you’re nervous about talking to your doctor about medical cannabis, remember two things:

  • Your doctor is a professional, and is expected to treat you with professionalism at all times.
  • There are legal protections in place to guarantee both doctor-patient confidentiality, as well as your doctor’s right to discuss treatment options with you.

Safety First

Once you’ve brought up the subject, safety should be your first priority. Make sure your doctor has all your current information, and ask plenty of questions, such as:

  • Will cannabis react with any of the other medications I am taking?
  • What side effects should I expect?
  • Will my treatment impair my ability to work or drive?

Research and Recommendations

Once the question of safety is addressed, you can ask questions that will benefit your understanding of cannabis treatments, leading to a better outcome.

  • How do you recommend I consume the cannabis? There are a number of Denver weed strains, as well as concentrates, edibles, and topicals.
  • What types of cannabis do you suggest? Should I focus on THC? CBD? Both?
  • Can you suggest any research on cannabis treatment for my condition? Studies on medical marijuana are becoming increasingly more common.

Finding a Different Doctor

Sometimes, no matter how professional your doctor is, he or she is simply unwilling to discuss medical marijuana as a viable treatment. That’s OK, it just means it’s time to find a doctor more in keeping with your views. Not sure where to go? Ask a reputable dispensary, like MiNDFUL, for a referral.

Visit Us Today!

If you still have questions after talking to your doctor, check out our online resources or contact us to talk to one of our knowledgeable staff. For the best selection of flower, concentrates, topicals and medical edibles Denver can offer, stop in to one of our popular Denver locations. Illinois residents can experience the MiNDFUL difference, too, at our medical cannabis Chicago location.