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The Entourage Effect – The Benefits of 1:1

Why 1:1 ?

Guest blog by

Jamila Owens-Todd, Naturopathic Doctor
Research & Development Manager at PHYTOS Cannabis

As of late, I speak with more and more patients expressing interest in cannabis. People who would have never considered this as a part of their daily healing. Either a friend or family member has mentioned this as an option for anxiety or spoke of a doctor has suggested for their pain management. These patients are initially apprehensive due to the years long propaganda on the cannabis plant. Many of us drunk the kool-aid. Only to awaken to a rediscovery of its benefits. I have been working with plant medicine for decades, only to consistently ignore cannabis due to its illegality. Now, we are in a new space and we can utilize this plant as it was always intended, as one of nature’s healers.

What I am finding, however, that patients who are considering this for pain, anxiety or neurological healing, all want the benefits without feeling “too high.” I speak with my regular cannabis consumers and even with high tolerance, there is a need for a level of functionality. Consuming too much cannabis means different things to different people. For one patient 5 mg of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can feel overwhelming, while another patient requires 30 mg per day to feel the balance that is needed. What we know is, that the body is receiving a benefit of THC whether you “feel” it or not. Many people do not feel the benefits of Vitamin C, however, we know that it is working to support your immune system. When medicating with THC, in low potencies, it is important to know that it is still healing, if we are feeling the “high.”

When medicating as a daily, herbal remedy, the lower doses of THC, can ignite a healing effect, even if it falls below your normal threshold. I have been supporting regular consumers in their health and we are finding that relief with lower dose cannabis, is not only achieved, but can be optimal. To optimize this healing, the addition of CBD (cannabidiol) will create a synergy(1).

Using a low dose THC with an equal amount of CBD, is called a 1:1 ratio, also known as Chemotype II. When considering THC to CBD ratios, there a Chemotype description based upon the psychoactive cannabinoid THC vs. the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD. Other Chemotypes include Chemotype I, which is a high THC to a low CBD ratio. There is also Chemotype III, which has a high CBD to a low THC ratio. This 1:1 ratio (Chemotype II) has been found to be relaxing with less sedation, commonly found with high THC, therefore allowing for more functionality within the day. When medicating with a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, you gain the benefit of relaxation, mood support, muscle relaxation, therefore helping with conditions, such fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, cancer support, anxiety balance and many other physical pain imbalances. The key is the ability to function and continue with daily tasks, while medicating.

 

At Swade, we have a wide variety of low dose, 1-to-1, THC and CBD remedies. We pride ourselves on these formulations because of them providing clinical benefits in a consistent and effective manner. Not only has science shown then advantages of medicating with this combination, but patients of all cannabis levels, have reported:

• Reduction in anxiety

• Reduction in chronic pain

• Increased sleep and deeper sleep

• A slowed response to stress and stressful events

• Migraine support and a reduced onset of migraines

• Nervous system conditions have been eliminated, such as tremors, hyperhidrosis and nervous tics.

The key here is to understand that no matter your cannabis experience, we have solutions that are targeted at reducing and potentially, eliminating some of your greatest health concerns. Let’s get you balanced with our balanced formulas!

 JAMILA

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Microdosing: Control your way with cannabis.

A beginners guide on how to microdose THC

So, you’re ready to start microdosing. Or, maybe you’re just curious and want to learn more about how it works.  Either way, this is the perfect introduction to the world of microdosing THC. Microdosing cannabis is an amazing way to feel your best with full control.

What is microdosing?

Whether you heard about microdosing from a friend, the news, or Gweneth Paltrow, there’s no doubt that this new way of consuming THC is growing in popularity.  Microdosing is exactly what it sounds like – taking microdoses of THC throughout the day. The beauty of microdosing is that you can control the way you feel while reaping all the natural benefits of THC and CBD.   

Just like with anything, too much of a good thing can still be too much.  Have you ever had the experience of taking too big a pull or eating an edible only to be knocked off your feet for a few hours? It’s no fun. That’s where microdosing comes in. It’s the ideal way to find your perfect balance for your day, taking it little by little until you reach your sweet spot. No more worrying about how much or how little cannabis to consume or trying to interpret THC to CBD ratios. You can take control of your doses and truly enjoy the journey to feeling your best. 

Wait, will I feel “high” all day?

No, you won’t feel high all day (unless you want to).  The beautiful thing about microdosing is that it gives you all the medicinal benefits of THC without having to worry about the “high” feeling.  You can create a dosing ritual that fits your routine and daily needs.  Cannabis products with specifically designed technology that help you microdose small amounts of cannabis, allow you to be in control.  Begin with a small amount and slowly build until you find the amount that works best. (Shout out to all my fellow control freaks.)

So you’re saying I have control? Yes. The more technical term for microdosing is “titration,” or as I like to call it “the dating phase.” Titration is the fancy-schmancy way of saying finding the best result from taking the least amount of (in this case) cannabis. It’s all about balance. After all, every house plant needs water, but sometimes too much water does more harm than good. 

What are the benefits of microdosing?

The benefit to Microdosing is that you can more precisely tailor/calibrate your cannabis intake to your body, your mood, and your needs.  It’s like going to a salad bar – you get to curate the perfect experience. Way better than a pre-made salad from the grocery store, right? 

THC and its sister cannabinoid CBD can do wonders for easing stress and anxiety.  Low-dose products designed for microdosing are especially helpful in managing anxiety or chronic pain because you can still go about your daily life without the “high” side effect. Many cannabis products start at 10 milligrams of THC. But even 10mg may be more than what you actually need to feel calm, focused, or relieve pain.  You may only need 5mg or less to get the same therapeutic effects. The goal of microdosing is to find the sweet spot where you are getting the best benefits from the least amount. 

How do I get started with microdosing?

I know this will sound hippy-dippy, but the best place to start is with a little self-reflection. Seriously.  Make an intention for how you would like to feel. How does cannabis improve your day?  Are you trying to get into the zone at work or the gym?  Does cannabis help relieve anxiety?  Or maybe you are having trouble falling asleep.   

Once you know your microdosing goals, find a cannabis product with a THC to CBD ratio that correlates with your needs.  This may be a little trial and error if you’re new to cannabis. That’s okay, just remember you can go at your own pace. Talk to someone at your local dispensary to get a sense of what products could work for you.  What? I have to go into a store and talk to people? I thought this was the 21st century. Don’t worry, you can still start your microdosing journey safely and effectively with the help of vape pens or quick dissolve tablets specifically designed for microdosing. These products are a great place to start because they help you control the dosage. Brands like midose. tell you how many milligrams are in a 3-second pull or a single quick dissolve tablet, so you know exactly how much THC you are consuming each time. 

Microdose with confidence

Hopefully, this roadmap gave you the knowledge and tools to discover how microdosing cannabis can enrich your daily life. Cannabis shouldn’t ever feel scary or overwhelming.  Nature has provided a powerful remedy to support your body and mind as you navigate through life.  Microdosing gives you control.  

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Cannabinoids: A Key to Chemical Compounds

A key to chemical compounds

CANNABINOIDS

Cannabinoids react with receptors in the body to encourage a healthy balance known as homeostasis. These chemical compounds are produced naturally by the body as well as from plants such as cannabis.

Endocannabinoids are produced naturally by the body and act like a bridge connecting mind and body.

Phyto cannabinoids are molecules produced by plants and interact similarly within the body.

Cannabis produces several types of cannabinoid acids that are activated (decarboxylated) usually by heat and oxygen converting them to the well-known cannabinoid’s like THC and CBD. Each cannabinoid when combined with different terpenes can trigger different therapeutic effects in the body known as the “Entourage Effect,” and they are what make specific strains of cannabis unique.

The key cannabinoids found in cannabis (along with their associate properties)  include:

Raw

CBDA Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory
CBGA
Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory
THCA
Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory, Antispasmodic

Heated

THC Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Appetite Stimulant, Neuroprotectivity
CBD Analgesic, Anti-Anxiety, Antibacterial, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Convulsive, Antidepressant, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Insomnia, Antipscyhotic, Antispasmodic
CBG Analgesic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Cancer, Antidepressant, Anti-fungal, Bone Stimulant
CBC Analgesic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Cancer, Antidepressant, Anti-fungal, Anti-Inflammatory

Aged

CBN Analgesic, Anti-bacterial, Anti-Convulsive, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Insomnia

ESSENTIAL EDU CONTINUED

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Get to Know Your ECS

Get to know your

ECS

Illustrated human figure

THE
ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

( en·​do·​can·​na·​bi·​noid )

The human body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which assists with regulating activities such as immune response, inflammation, sleep and wake cycles, and mood and anxiety response. Endocannabinoids and phyto cannabinoids are chemicals that trigger the cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2.

CB1 Receptors

receptors are primarily located in brain cells and the nervous system.

CB2 Receptors

are found in the immune system and other tissue throughout the body.

Cannabis interacts with the ECS by helping the mind and body to maintain appropriate cannabinoid levels and support good health through homeostasis.

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The Difference Between Sativa, Indica and Hybrid

As a newcomer to cannabis medicine, it can feel a little daunting to try to decode the language on a typical cannabis menu. Luckily, SWADE’s emphasis on cannabis education is here to help—whether you speak with one of our in-store experts or follow along with us here, on the blog. 

The best place to start when considering what type of cannabis will suit your purposes is with the strain basics. There are more than a thousand strains of cannabis that have been bred over the last several decades—these are bred to purify and strengthen particular strains, but they can also be bred to enhance specific characteristics, such as potency, terpene profiles (more on that later), the plant’s yields, and other elements.

Modern cannabis is usually denoted as being either an “Indica”, “Sativa”, or a hybrid of the two. Armed with just these few terms, you’ll be much more able to determine which strain is right for you—no matter where you’re shopping. 

Here’s a quick overview of the common differences between these varieties, and what to expect when you partake. 

 

INDICA

Chances are you won’t be asked to identify an Indica by the plant, but nonetheless it’s helpful to know that the Indica plant itself is short and bushy with short, wide leaves. Indica tends to smell more musky, earthy, and skunky than its Sativa counterpart—something that’s often reflected in the names of the individual strains. 

When consumed, Indicas usually result in a “body high”—that is, a feeling of physical relaxation. An Indica can have effects such as stimulating the appetite, aiding in sleep, and relieving pain. In general, Indicas are recommended for nighttime use, since they can have a sedating effect (sometimes called a “couch-lock”, which is just what it sounds like—a feeling of not wanting to move from the couch). 

Indicas are often beneficial for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer, and they offer some relief for pain and inflammation, making them a favorite of anyone with chronic pain. 

SATIVA

By contrast, the Sativa plant is tall and slim with long, thin leaves. The Sativa plant takes longer to grow than an Indica plant, and yields less medicine. It tends to smell sweet, fruity, or spicy because of its terpene profile. This too is often reflected in its name—so you can reasonably expect a strain named “Mandarin Cookies” for instance, to be Sativa-dominant. 

When consumed, Sativas yield more of a “head high”.  This type of high promotes alertness, uplifting and euphoric feelings, creativity, and increased energy. (Some users even call this “cleaning weed” because of how productive it makes them.) Sativa is better for the daytime, as it can help keep you going throughout the day.

Sativa strains tend to be beneficial for users with psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

HYBRID

Hybrids are, in many ways, the best of both worlds. They are unique strains that are bred from two parent plants of different types to create a hybrid that possesses many or most of the beneficial medical properties of both its parents. 

Breeders can “cross” any two strains they desire in an effort to create a new strain that delivers the best possible medical efficacy. Sometimes strains are created particularly for diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and epilepsy, based on the needs and desires of patients with those conditions. 

Since many diseases have side effects like depression, anxiety and insomnia, patients can use hybrids in an attempt to address both the core condition and the daily symptoms. The blending of both physical and mental benefits makes it easy for users to hand-pick strains that may be tailor-made for the type of daily effects they are experiencing.

 

The best way to explore new strains

While expert opinions and insights from our strain guides are a great place to start, everyone is different, which means that no two experiences with a particular strain will be the same. That’s why the best way to determine your favorite strain is to keep a journal or notebook detailing your experiences. There are always new strains to try, so even a less-than-ideal experience is a valuable way to learn more about the world of medical cannabis and what works best for you. Try to be open and curious about each new experience, and see what you can learn as you work toward finding your new favorite strain!