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Using Cannabis for Sex

For thousands of years, people from many cultures smoked, ingested, or smeared cannabis all over their bodies for enhanced pleasure. Prohibition might have paused that for a bit, but cannabis is making a comeback in the bedroom. I’m sure you’ve heard of the many potential health benefits of cannabis, but does better sex come to mind?

Now, research is limited due to the plant’s schedule 1 status. However, a few studies published by the Journal of Sex and Medicine showed the majority of participants had favorable results. By using cannabis in microdoses participants were able to feel more relaxed, had heightened sensitivity to touch and an increase in their intensity of feelings. All resulting in a better sexual experience.

How to Microdose Cannabis for Sexual Pleasure

What does micro-dosing in the context of sex look like? According to Top Shelf Budtending’s Andrew Mieure, micro-dosing requires you take less than 5mg. Everyone’s tolerance level varies, but the goal is to take a dose so small you barely notice any psychoactive effects. You want to get the advantages without the buzz —think subtle relaxation and an almost-invisible boost in your senses’ sensitivity.

Incorporating cannabis into an intimate setting can enhance sensation and relaxation while doubling as a local anti-inflammatory agent. Cannabis-infused topicals like lubricants or suppositories can help keep your sensitive parts from swelling or feeling irritated afterward. Our favorite ways to increase sensation, enjoyment, connection, and pleasure through cannabis are listed below!

What are the Best Ways to Use Cannabis for Sex?

Tinctures

Humbolt Apothecary created “Love Potion No. 7,” a tincture that helps you ease into intimacy and boost your libido. Love Potion No. 7 can be used sublingually under the tongue or topically as a personal lubricant. By using cannabis topically, it can enhance pleasure and help ease any potential inflammation without altering your mental state.

Lubricants

Kush Queen, designed a transdermal, water-based lubricant called “Ignite” sold in 30mg THC or CBD bottles. Users can apply the THC or CBD infused lubricant just like a regular lube, but it will need time to activate to fully feel the desired effects. For peak performance, users will need to wait about 15-20 minutes after applying the lubrication. This allows the active ingredients enough time to absorb into the body. Cue foreplay.

Massage Oil

Apothecanna, a Denver-based cannabis company, developed Sexy Time, a subtle and seriously sensual massage oil. Apothecanna’s lightweight massage oil is infused with hemp CBD and intended to arouse sexual desire. The oil helps intensify pleasure by stimulating blood flow and increasing sensitivity. The exotic combination of jasmine, coconut, and Argan oils makes every touch luxuriously smooth.

If you are looking for a more adventurous option, the CBD Daily massage oil candle is one to consider. This unique massage candle has 60mg of natural hemp-derived CBD, natural essential oils, and ultra-moisturizing hemp seed oil. Use the melted wax as a warm and relaxing massage oil to nourish your skin and set the mood.

Suppositories

Suppositories might not be the first product that comes to mind when you think of sex, but hear us out. Foria made suppositories sexy. This company built their brand on orgasms and really paved the way for creating products that combine wellness with intimacy. Their suppositories, include all-natural cannabinoids, that allow you to delve deeper into your relationship. Each capsule contains 50mg of broad-spectrum organic CBD so they can be shipped globally. Suppositories help to increase arousal or relieve tension and discomfort while providing lubrication both vaginally and rectally.

Interested in using cannabis for sex? Cannabis may be the answer for taking your pleasure to the next level! Visit a dispensary near you to see if they have any products we mentioned infused with THC. The CBD products mentioned above can be found online and shipped directly to your home.

Cannabis 101: States with Legalized Cannabis

Cannabis is legal for medical use in 36 states, of which, 18 of also allow recreational adult-use. As cannabis legalization spreads, more people are interested in learning about the plant and its many potential benefits. This article provides an overview of the states with legalized cannabis and information on how to access it in each state. Whether you are a student researching for a project or just curious about cannabis legalization, this blog post has you covered!

What is Medical Marijuana?

Medicinal or medical marijuana is cannabis recommended by a doctor as therapeutic treatment for a chronic and debilitating condition.

What is Recreational Adult-use Cannabis?

Cannabis used for enjoyment rather than for health benefits.

What is the Difference?

Whether cannabis is used for medical or recreational purposes it all comes from the same plant. To legalize cannabis, states have enacted legislation through their state government. These states have various restrictions on cultivating, selling, and utilizing medical marijuana. Each state has its own marijuana policy. Everything from the forms of cannabis that qualifying patients can use to the number of cannabis plants they may cultivate at home is determined by the state legislature. Furthermore there are programs designed specifically for medical cannabis patients that offer them greater strength products, extra growing allowances, tax breaks, and the ability to buy more cannabis at once.

Common Qualifying Conditions

Each state has its own list of qualifying ailments. Medical Cannabis commonly helps with the following conditions:

Epilepsy and seizure disorders

Cannabis has been widely recognized for its anti-seizure effects. According to a 2018 study, the non-intoxicating cannabis component cannabidiol (CBD) lowers seizure incidence by up to 42%. Many states may also legalize cannabis, especially CBD, to treat pediatric epilepsy.

Cancer

Most states now acknowledge that cannabis may alleviate cancer-related symptoms, such as pain, nausea, and loss of appetite, due to its ability to counteract these effects. Many patients use cannabis products with a balance of THC or CBD for cancer-related problems because they provide effective relief without the adverse side effects associated with other drugs.

HIV/AIDS

The ability of cannabis to mitigate HIV/AIDS symptoms has long been recognized as one of the country’s earliest medical marijuana triumphs. It makes sense that so many states have approved it for people with HIV/AIDS-related problems such as loss of appetite, nausea, and tiredness.

Neurodegenerative disease

Cannabis is used as an aid for many neurodegenerative diseases, including Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Cannabis has the potential to help individuals with these devastating illnesses live better lives by boosting their memory and movement abilities, reducing spasticity, and more.

Pain

Check to see whether your state has approved the type of pain and discomfort you have; note that cannabis affects each kind of pain differently. However, many doctors and patients believe that cannabis medicines that contain both THC and CBD work best.

Nausea

There are variances in its definition from state to state in terms of nausea. Some states, for example, allow cannabis for nausea on a broad basis, while others demand “severe” or “intractable” symptoms. THC is particularly effective at relieving nausea and vomiting; nevertheless, keep in mind that your dosage

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Cannabis (especially high-CBD strains) has been found in numerous studies to help ease the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. It can also assist with sleeplessness and restlessness associated with PTSD. Using cannabis before bed has helps patients fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and control nightmares.

States with Legalized Cannabis

The following is a list of places where medical marijuana is legal.

How to buy Cannabis in a Legalized State

Although cannabis laws differ from state to state, obtaining permission to use marijuana medicinally is usually a straightforward process.

1.) Check your medical cannabis qualifying conditions

You will need a medical reason for your doctor to prescribe cannabis as with any other prescription medicine. In some states, you must be a resident to obtain a medical cannabis card that is valid within the state. However, some dispensaries will accept out-of-state medical cards depending on their regulations.

2.) Get your medical cannabis card

Ask your physician if they would feel comfortable recommending medical marijuana for your condition and, if not, maybe they could refer you to someone who provides such authorizations. Once you’ve met with a doctor and received your recommendation you will need to save it on your phone and print out a copy to bring to the dispensary along with a valid form of I.D.

3.) Find a cannabis dispensary near you

To discover a local dispensary near you, use Weedmaps, Leafly, or Google. Many dispensaries now offer delivery so that you can order cannabis right from your living room.

To purchase recreational cannabis in a state where adult-use is legal all you need is a valid form of I.D. and to be over the age of 21 years old.

Although many states have shifted towards legal markets it’s important to note that traveling with cannabis is still illegal, even if you are flying from one state with a legal market to another. When it comes to National Parks, air travel, and driving across state lines, federal law still rules.

Using Cannabis as Medicine

For centuries people have been using cannabis as medicine. Recent studies have shown that it has an even greater potential in treating more medical conditions than we initially thought possible. So whether you are a student looking for information on cannabis research or someone curious about how cannabis can be used to treat their condition, read on–this guide is for you. We will cover everything you need to know about using cannabis as medicine, including the legality of cannabis, how to purchase cannabis for medicinal purposes, and the benefits and differences in each strain.

The Beginning of the Legal Medical Cannabis Journey

The history of medical cannabis dates back as early as 2737 B.C. when it was cited as medicine in the world’s first book on pharmacopeia. Shen Nung, a mythical emperor and famous Chinese herbalist cited the benefits of cannabis in his book “Pen Ts’ao Ching – The Classic of Herbal Medicine”.

However, as time went on and politics came into play, cannabis became outlawed around the world–despite its medicinal benefits. In the U.S., prohibition lasted over 80 years throughout the 1900’s which led to mass incarcerations targeted towards the Black and Mexican communities. In 1996 California passed Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, a law that allowed patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation or a designated Primary Caregiver to purchase, possess, and grow marijuana for medical use. Once the California state government passed the first medical marijuana legislation with Proposition 215. It started a snowball effect that has led to similar measures being approved in over 36 other states across the nation.

How to Purchase Medical Marijuana

Once you have established that your condition or illness qualifies you to join your state’s medical marijuana program, the next step is to locate a doctor or clinic that can give you a recommendation. Each state has its own unique medical marijuana card or certification, so be sure to research your state’s requirements. Many states, including California, require that you have your medical marijuana recommendation renewed on a yearly or bi-annual basis. Additionally, most dispensaries will need you to bring in your valid recommendation every time you visit.

What is the Difference Between Cannabis Strains?

While some claim that indica-dominant strains offer a more body-weighted effect and Sativa-dominant strains provide more of an invigorating cerebral experience, this is not always the case. It’s actually the combination of cannabinoids and terpenes that are responsible for how a strain makes you feel.

How did indica-dominant strains acquire the stigma of causing users to feel “couch-locked”? The most probable reason is that, in general, indica-dominant strains have greater amounts of terpenes like myrcene or linalool. Whereas Sativa-dominant strains get the reputation for being invigorating thanks to high amounts of terpenes like alpha-pinene, limonene, and beta-caryophyllene.

Indica-Dominant Effects

The strong body high we all know and love is produced by the indica strain. For some, indica’s tend to provide “couch lock,” or a degree of drowsiness. Indicas are also well-known for causing hunger and reducing bodily discomfort and pains. Many people like to smoke indica-dominant strains before going to sleep to help relax and fall asleep quicker.

Sativa-Dominant Effects

Sativa’s, on the other hand, are popular for producing a “head high.” They are designed to help boost your mood, focus on tasks, and spark creativity. Sativas are most well-known for delivering an overall sense of well-being and happiness.

Hybrid Effects

Hybrids are strains that combine indica and sativa genetics, producing a combination of effects. Consumers generally consider hybrids pleasurable as they may either energize or calm you down, depending on the strain’s family history. Connoisseurs choose hybrids for their various therapeutic effects, ranging from lowering anxiety and stress to treating chemotherapy or radiation-induced problems.

What is THC?

delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the most common therapeutic compounds found in the cannabis Sativa plant. THC has become the most popular for its intoxicating, psychoactive effects.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating, highly therapeutic compound found in the cannabis Sativa plant.

The key difference between THC and CBD is that CBD will not make you feel high. In fact, some studies have shown CBD can actually help mitigate negative side effects like anxiety, hunger, and sedation if you miscalculate your dose and consume too much THC. Since these two cannabinoids have an almost identical chemical makeup they tend to work together to compound their benefits.

A cannabis sativa plant can be classified according to its CBD and THC production potentials:

  • Type I cannabis sativa contains more than 0.3% THC and less than 0.5% CBD.
  • Type II cannabis sativa contains more than 0.3% THC and 0.5% CBD.
  • Type III cannabis sativa contains less than 0.3% THC and more than 0.5% CBD.

Type I and type II cannabis sativa are considered marijuana while type III is classified as hemp.

CBD can be derived from any type of cannabis sativa plant, but it’s legal throughout the U.S. only when it comes from hemp specifically

The Medical Benefits of Cannabis

It’s important to note that medical research on cannabis is very limited as the plant is still considered a Schedule 1 drug. Therefore, budtenders are not legally allowed to provide you with medical advice, but rather recommendations for products that could potentially help with things like:

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Pain and inflammation
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Opioid withdrawal
  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Minimizing side effects from cancer treatments

With so much to learn about cannabis, it can be hard to know where to start. We hope this guide helped give some insight into using cannabis as medicine. Be sure to check out our other articles to learn more or click here to enroll in our free demo: Effectively Communicating as a Dispensary Tech

Understanding the Laws Regulating Medical Marijuana

What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana refers to any part of the cannabis plant that can be used to alleviate a variety of health conditions. When people use medical marijuana, they are seeking relief from pain and medical symptoms, not to get high.

The cannabis that is legally sold in dispensaries for medicinal purposes is typically the same as the kind used for pleasure. However, as research continues to identify how the chemicals in the cannabis plant react in the human body, new strains of medical marijuana are being developed with a focus on health benefits and fewer chemicals that cause mind altering effects.

CBD vs. THC

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the most commonly used cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant. After CBD is removed from the plant, it is mixed with a carrier oil such as hemp seed or coconut oil. It is known to have therapeutic effects to alleviate conditions such as nerve issues, PTSD, physical pain, epilepsy, and autism.

THC is the psychoactive compound that is responsible for the psychological effects of cannabis. THC causes cells in the brain to release dopamine, which is what creates its feelings of euphoria.

CBD affects the body very differently than THC. Compared to THC, it would take almost 100 times more CBD to have any impact on the body’s cannabinoid receptors. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause any feelings of euphoria or intoxication, which makes it an acceptable medical treatment that is safer than the addiction and overdose issues associated with opioids that are traditionally prescribed to manage pain.

Federal vs. State Marijuana Laws

Cannabis is a prohibited substance according to the Controlled Substances Act that was passed in 1970.  Under this act, the Drug Enforcement Administration considers marijuana  a Schedule I drug.  This means that it is prohibited because of its potential for abuse, and there are not believed to be any medically acceptable uses.

Many more laws regarding the use of cannabis have been added, amended, repealed, and reinstated since the 70s.  Today, there are over 30 states that have legalized the possession of medical marijuana.  One of the main concerns with legalizing marijuana in individual states is that it is still considered illegal by the federal government. Federal laws take precedence over state laws, which means that you can be arrested and prosecuted for having and using medical marijuana, even if it is legal in your state.

Most of the state medical marijuana laws protect not only the users of medical marijuana, but they also protect their caregivers who may supply their medical marijuana. Many of the state laws include lists of specific conditions that qualify for the use of medical marijuana.

FDA Approval

Currently, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved cannabis for the treatment of any specific diseases or conditions. However, the FDA has approved some drugs that do contain cannabis.  These include Epidiolex, Marinol, Syndros, and Cesamet. These cannabis-derived drugs can only be purchased with a prescription from a licensed healthcare practitioner.

Learn More About Medical Marijuana

The legalization of medical cannabis is advancing worldwide, and there is much more that you can learn about medical marijuana and its use in the healthcare industry.  cannabiscareer.com, a leader in education with nationally accredited colleges, offers courses to help educate the growing global community of healthcare professionals, caregivers, and patients who want to learn about the science and clinical data behind medical cannabis.

How Cannabis Is Changing the Healthcare Industry

Legality of Marijuana

In the United States, marijuana has been legalized in over 30 states.  However, it still has not been legalized by the federal government. With at least several million Americans using medical marijuana, a majority of the country is in favor of complete legalization.

Uses of Medical Marijuana

One of the most popular uses of medical marijuana is to help control pain. While marijuana may not be strong enough to reduce severe pain, it has proven to minimize many types of chronic pain effectively. Part of the appeal in using marijuana to alleviate pain is a reduced risk of overdoses and addiction which are associated with opiates. It is also a safe alternative for people who cannot take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Aleve and Advil.

Marijuana is frequently used to lessen nerve pain, especially that associated with multiple sclerosis.  Currently, there are few other options that have proven as effective. Patients suffering from multiple sclerosis report that medical marijuana has helped them to resume their normal activities without feeling the side effects associated with more traditional medical treatments.

Other uses for medical marijuana include the management of nausea, weight loss, and glaucoma. Marijuana is said to work well as a muscle relaxant and can help to reduce the severity of tremors experienced by those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, it has been successfully used to treat wasting syndrome associated with HIV, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, and a variety of other conditions involving chronic pain.

Marijuana Is Changing Healthcare

As medical marijuana continues to replace other drug alternatives, states where marijuana has been legalized are reporting fewer deaths from opioid overdoses. The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that states with legalized medical marijuana have seen a 25 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths compared to states that do not permit the medical use of marijuana. Supporting marijuana as a replacement for opioids could also help to reduce America’s addiction epidemic which claims an average of 115 lives every day.

Increased Jobs in Healthcare

Medical marijuana is being used across the globe and continues to explode in the United States.  This dynamic growth is leading to new employment opportunities in the healthcare industry.  According to Marijuana Business Daily, approximately 215,000 new jobs have been created, with that number potentially growing to 475,000 by the year 2023.

Since education on the science of medical cannabis is generally not included in most medical training programs, there is a demand for healthcare professionals with this specific training.  To meet growing demand for sound, fair, balanced, and relevant medical cannabis education, cannabiscareer.com offers online courses to help educate healthcare professionals, caregivers, and patients who want to learn more about medical cannabis.

Throughout our course, you will learn everything from the history of cannabis to how cannabis products affect the human body, as well as how to effectively communicate as a Cannabis Dispensary Technician.  Earning your Dispensary Tech Certificate from cannabiscareer.com will give you a deep understanding of what a Dispensary Tech does and the underlying chemistry of how cannabis works on the body.

At cannabiscareer.com, our staff is highly educated and experienced, offering a winning approach to providing career training to prepare you for your new cannabis career path.

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