Our very own Dr. Sue Sisley is featured in this informative article about advocating medical cannabis research. We are extremely fortunate and honored to have someone of Dr. Sisley’s caliber overseeing our team’s medical training and patient education.
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There a many different varieties of cannabis and they all affect us in different ways. Some make us relaxed and help us sleep. Others help us concentrate and stay alert. The type of cannabis and the amount of cannabis we ingest are important considerations when choosing the cannabis we use.
The Plural of Cannabis May Still Be Cannabis
The two most popular cannabises (if we were referencing multiple flowers of the same plant the plural would be cannabis) are Sativa and Indica. A third type of strain known as Hybrid can display properties of both and can be tailored, by the grower, to possess the best qualities of other strains.
Indica: Relax and Sleep
Indica is well known as a sleep aid and can help you relax. The leaves of an indica plant are broader than those of sativa and the buds are wider, more dense, and rather bulky. Many indica strains have a relatively lower concentration THC relative to the many cannabinoids, including CBD, CBN, and CBC, along with the terpenoids.
Originally grown in the Himalayan Mountains, it is believed by many that the extreme temperatures and harsh conditions affected the evolution of the plant. Indica flowers grow with a think coating of THC trichomes. This coating may have helped protect the plant and allowed it to thrive in the wintery environment.
All indica strains have a higher level of the cannabinoids than their sativa counterparts which contain more THC. Because of this, they tend to promote a feeling of calm, and enhance sleep and relaxation. They are also good for pain management.
Indica is often used at night before bed because of its relaxing effect.
There are a wide variety of popular indica strains sold in dispensaries around the country, including Blue Mystic, Blueberry Kush, Bubble Kush, Fat Banana, Ice, Northern Lights, OG Kush, and Pineapple Kush.
Sativa: Energize and Focus
Sativa is know for being an energizing strain of marijuana. Its leaves are thinner and longer than those of indica. The buds of a sativa plant are also longer and shaped like a cat tail willow. Sativa has higher relative levels of THC compared to the cannabinoids.
Sativa grows faster than indica which may explain why its leaves are thinner and longer. Since it grows naturally in warmer climates, natural evolution may have played a part in the physical and medicinal characteristics of the strain.
Many sativa strains are known for the ‘high’ they provide for those who use them.The increased level of THC is believed to help them achieve a more creative frame of mind and a higher level of energy.
The higher level of THC is also the cause of an increase in laughter and psychic visions often associated with using cannabis.
Sativa is often used during the day because of its energizing effect.
A few popular sativas include: Cannalope Haze, Chocolate Haze, Chocolope, Durban, Dutch Haze, Kali Mist, Super Silver, and Utopia Haze.
Hybrid: Best of Both Worlds
A third popular strain of cannabis is known as a Hybrid. This strain, as its name implies, displays characteristics of both indica and sativa plants. A hybrid cannabis plant is carefully cultivated to embody the best of multiple strains of cannabis. As you might imagine, there are multiple types of hybrids depending on the characteristics developed by the grower.
Hybrids are the result of careful breeding and of multiple cannabis plants to get a plant with the desired characteristics of both. Breeding is highly technical field and, on a professional level, requires experience and know how.
Getting a plant with the desired amount of THC, CBD, CBN, CBC, and terpenoids, specific aroma, or any of the other traits of a cannabis plant is much more than trial and error.
Cross breeding and genetic engineering (in a good way) of marijuana plants is definitely becoming more and more popular. In fact, many believe that in the not too distant future, hybrids will become more popular than both indica and sativa.
Some of the more popular hybrid strains of cannabis are: Ak-47, Blue Dream, Blueberry, Ghost OG, Pineapple Express, Purple Kush, Sour Diesel, and White Widow.
Classifying Weed: A Word of Caution
Classifying the strain of weed based on whether it was indica or sativa was once an easy task. With today’s variety of options and hybrids created with two or multiple other hybrids, the classification of weed has become much more complex and sophisticated. As a result, the parent strain is no longer a conclusive method for predicting the effect it may have on you.
A much better indicator is to measure the percentage of THC and cannabinoids contained in the strain. Those percentages are a much better indicator of the impact that particular strain of cannabis will have on you.
It’s All about THC, Cannabinoids, and Terpenoids
Cannabis flower, whether used as is or as one of the ingredients of an edible, tincture, or topical, is often described based on the effect it has on us. It’s no longer accurate to say a particular strain acts in a particular manner.
The more accurate way to describe cannabis is based on the percentage of THC contained in the strain. It’s a more scientific way of predicting how the strain will act.
It’s considered a good idea to use a testing lab for determining an accurate measure of THC, cannabinoid, terpenoids, and other chemicals found in cannabis.
Choose the One You Like
All strains of cannabis provide a sense of euphoria. They alter your perception and make you feel good. They effects can be physical, emotional, or even spiritual.
The best way to find the strain that’s best for you is to ask questions, try multiple strains, and keep a journal of how each one makes you feel.
Keep in mind that using cannabis may be associated with negative side effects like short term memory loss, anxiety, or fatigue.
In general though, cannabis has been shown to have many medical benefits and may provide relive from pain and in some studies has been shown to be an effective cure for some of life’s more common ailments.
What do you do if you’re having trouble sleeping, but don’t know what kind of medical marijuana will help?
What do you do if you have chronic pain, just need to make it through the day, but don’t know what medical marijuana infused products will make you feel better?
What do you do if you’re having trouble concentrating every time you smoke the pre-roll your best friend recommended?
If you’re like many of our customers, you ask your local budtender for advice. Budtenders are like bartenders or sommeliers. They know a lot about medical marijuana in general, and they know even more about the specific products that we have in stock. Budtenders are here to help you get the best experience when it comes to medical marijuana. They can help you pick the most appropriate products from the wide selection here at Green Hills Patient Center.
Budtenders are customer service oriented experts in cannabis. Their primary goal is the make sure every customer has a positive experience with marijuana. A good budtender won’t judge you, will make you feel comfortable sharing what happening with you, and will help educate you when it comes to cannabis strains, product options, and ways you can take medical marijuana. A really good budtender has first hand personal experience with the products they recommend and genuinely cares about helping cannabis to positively impact your life.
There are so many different medical marijuana products available and it can be difficult to choose the one you need. Most medical marijuana products have specific characteristics and will provide specific relief or highs depending on the dosage. Your budtender can help you choose the product and dosage that’s right for you.
A Good BudTender Can Save You Time and Money
Before you spend your time and money trying random products for the first time, save yourself the trouble and check in with the budtender at your preferred dispensary. Explain what you are looking for and why you’re looking for it. If there are specific things you want in your weed, let them know. Be honest and remember that your budtender is there to help.
The only thing most budtenders love more than weed, is talking about weed. The only thing most budtenders love more than talking about weed is sharing what they know about weed with others. Take advantage of it.
Ask questions. Ask lots of questions. The only bad or stupid question is the one you don’t ask.
Once your budtender knows what you’re looking for and why you need it, they can use their vast product knowledge to select the product, or products, best suited for your needs. They can recommend products targeted specifically for what you think you need. They may even be able to recommend products that you didn’t know you wanted or needed.
If your budtender recommends a product that, for whatever reason, you don’t like or want, be sure to let them know. Also let them know why. They can recommend something else and will be better equipped to recommend future products based on your preferences.
Budtenders can take the confusion out of your first visit to a dispensary. For that matter, they can take the confusion out of every visit to a medical marijuana dispensary.
There are so many different products sold at dispensaries: flower, edibles, shatter, concentrates, resin, vape pens, pre-rolls and more. There are many brands from which to choose as well. Shy of trying everything in the store, it’s nearly impossible to know which one is best for you. How do you know what to take to help with your particular issue?
You ask your local budtender!
That’s where your friendly neighborhood budtender comes in. Your budtender knows the products sold in the dispensary and has, in many cases, had the opportunity to try them out himself.
Feel Free to Review Your Budtender
As much as budtenders love their jobs, they still like to feel good about what they do. A little feedback goes a long way. That’s why it’s important, as you build your relationship with your budtender here at Green Hills Patient Center, that you let them know just how much you appreciate them. It’s also important that you let the medical marijuana community know, too. Sometimes, all it takes is a positive review on Leafly, Weedmaps, Yelp, or Google.
If there is anything more enjoyable than taking a road trip this summer, it’s beating the Arizona heat. Every year, thousands of people get in their car, and with an explorer’s spirit, search for new places they have never been before. We encourage everyone who has never been to Show Low, Arizona, to make the trip this year! Here are ten reasons why you should travel up the mountain for your weekend getaway.
The first major reason why you should visit Show Low this year is all of the gorgeous, crisp water lakes they have to offer. Whether you’re traveling with your family or taking a solo trip with the dogs, there is a lake waiting for you to dive right into. A few of our most popular lakes are Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, and Big Lake.
The Bison Golf Club
Another fantastic reason why you should choose Show Low as your next travel destination is The Bison Golf Club. The charming Bison Golf Club is a semi-private course offering a stunning combination of 18 picturesque golf holes. Many of these holes snake through towering pine trees while others glide through a spacious, grand meadow. If you’re an avid golfer or even a first-timer, The Bison Golf Club is well worth the visit.
The Black Horse Brewery
Your next stop when you visit Show Low should be a family-owned brewery. For some, nothing brings down the temperature like an ice-cold craft beer, and Black Horse Brewery in Show Low Arizona has you covered. This brewery is family-owned and brews high-quality products for the true craft brew connoisseur. They have a nice collection that spans from classic German recipes to modern and unique blends. The Black Horse Brewery is a must-see stop when you visit Show Low Arizona.
Show Low Bluff Trail
Next on our list of reasons to visit Show Low Arizona is the fantastic views of Show Low Bluff Trail. If you like to take a nice walking trail that spans over wonderful green pastures, a crystal clear creek, and tall pine trees, this is for you. Make sure to bring a camera and snap photos of the beautiful green meadow, wildflowers, and grazing horses.
Charming Stores and Retail Locations
The fifth reason why you should take a trip to Show Low is to shop all of our charming stores and retail locations. We encourage all first-time visitors to check out the Chamber of Commerce to get all the information you need when visiting the town. We, of course, have to remind everyone of potential COVID-19 restrictions and that the Chamber of Commerce is the best place to go for more information.
Another important reason to make the trip is all the wonderful restaurants available in this magical town. Some of our local favorites would have to be, The House which features amazing one-of-a-kind weekly burgers that are a local favorite. The Lion’s Den which has something for everyone and a large selection of alcoholic beverages. Also, The Truck Stop is a family-friendly restaurant that has served the community for what feels like ages.
Peterson Porter Mountain Stables
We can’t talk about all the amazing things that Show Low has to offer without mentioning Peterson Porter Mountain Stables. This stable is family-owned and a true staple in the White Mountain community. This is one stop you won’t want to miss and Peterson Porter Mountain Stable is award-winning with numerous horse involved activities to take advantage of.
Second Knoll Target Range
If you share an affinity for wild west culture, as we do, then you want to visit Second Knoll Target Range. This is an Arizona Game & Fish range located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in the White Mountain Arizona. The range itself features a 100-yard public area that is kept clean, safe, and orderly. Whether you are a seasoned shooter, or you’re just starting out, the Second Knoll Target Range is a great place to visit.
Unity of the White Mountains
One of the last places you should try to squeeze into your trip is the Unity of the White Mountains. This location welcomes all spiritual seekers to join them in fellowship. Unity of the White Mountains is a warm and loving community made up of unique individuals from all walks of life. If you are looking for a spiritual getaway in the pines then this come as you are community is right for you.
Green Hills Patient Center
Finally, our last recommendation for a charming get-away to Show Low Arizona has to be Green Hills Patient Center! Likely to rank first on your own list, this dispensary has all the varieties of quality medicine you would expect from a big city store, served with the local charm of a small-town mountain shop. The staff is warm, always friendly, and knowledgeable. They have a passion for their work and their community and it shows! As a first time patient, not only will you take advantage of a one-time special, but you’ll receive custom memorabilia to remember your visit to Green Hills Patient Center. Make sure when you take your trip to the White Mountains, you stop by the one and only dispensary in town!