SZ :: Please explain the differences between Indica and Sativa?
MM :: Great question. Both sativas and indicas are cannabis plants. The names come from where they originate from. Sativa original region started in Columbia, Mexico, and Thailand. It thrives in warmer environments, and grows taller and thinner than indica. Where Indica grows well in cooler, dry highlands originating from North India, Morocco, and Pakistan and grows shorter and bulkier with fatter leaves then Sativa. With today’s equipment, you can create these environments and grow your own cannabis inside or outside.
SZ :: What are the benefits to using each?
MM :: They both have multiple benefits. Sativa is going to give you an uplifting and creative side. It’s Great to consume for social events or projects. And when consuming a Sativa for medicinal reasons, it is great for Headaches, chronic pain, and depression just to name a few. Indica is going to give you a relaxed body high. It’s Great for anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. These plants have been cross breed so much that a lot of cannabis plants are hybrids. Which is a combo of the two, Sativa and Indica. Making many great strains of cannabis with excellent benefits.
SZ :: What are the differences between CBD and THC and what are the benefits to using each?
MM :: There are many compounds found in the cannabis plant, but the two most recognized and studied are CBD and THC. CBD stands for Cannabidiol. This is the compound that does not get you high. It is found in hemp plants and cannabis plants. Both have great benefits. CBD in the cannabis plant has more compounds and terpenes making it a richer medicinal plant. With the ability to grow specific strains of cannabis there are some great CBD dominant cannabis plants. AC/DC, Harlequin are a few of my favorite. The benefits are endless. CBD is anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, analgesic, and many other benefits including fighting clinical diseases. CBD is so powerful because it goes in and activates and upregulates the endogenous cannabinoids the body produces. In today’s world diet, environment and age factor in the body becoming depleted in the endogenous cannabinoids we produce. This is not good because it activates and nourishes our endocannabinoid system, which its main job is to create homeostasis of the body, balance of an internal organism. This is why we see incredible benefits throughout the body when consuming a phytocannabinoid like cannabis. THC is tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the compound that does get you high. Although I find when perfectly dosed with CBD you can consume it and control the high. However most THC that is consumed does get you high, giving you a euphoric, uplifting experience and has incredible medicinal benefits. THC is a bio-identical match to the endocannabinoid system’s cell receptors CB1 and CB2. I find this so incredible as science and research show how vital the endocannabinoid system is to our overall well-being and how in today’s world are bodies are depleted in the cannabinoids we produce. Just as if we were depleted of vitamin D, we supplement with vitamin D. It is the same with cannabis. We supplement with a phytocannabinoid. And you can do this well with implementing both THC and CBD cannabis. THC has incredible medicinal benefits. It is great for pain, insomnia and excellent for fighting multiple diseases.
SZ :: In what situations would you use CBD/THC or indicia/sativa?
I like to use CBD morning, noon and night. I consume it like a vitamin. I’ve done so much research that I find it is just as important as food and water. It has transformed my life in such a great way. I don’t go a day without it. THC is great to use when you want to be creative, working on a project or going to a social event. The combination of both CBD and THC is great to use for medicinal reasons throughout the day also. Sativa is great to use in the daytime as it is uplifting and energetic and Indica is great for the night time as it relaxes you and helps you sleep. When you understand the different compounds in cannabis, you can get really specific in what you use to get the end desire you seek. This could be for recreational or medicinal. Both great.
SZ :: Can you explain the endocannabinoid system? What are its functions in the body?
MM :: The endocannabinoid system is the largest cell receptor system in the body. It is the master regulator to all the other systems. This system has cell receptors, CB1 and CB2 that are found throughout the body. From the brain, immune system, GI tract, organs and central nervous system. This system is activated and regulated by the endogenous cannabinoids the body produces. But as I stated earlier, with age environment and diet, we become depleted. The greatest way to supplement and keep your endocannabinoid system nourished and regulated is to supplement with cannabis. The endocannabinoid systems main job is to create homeostasis of an internal organism, balance of the body. I call it the lock and key to internal health.
SZ :: What are some conditions that someone could use cannabis to treat?
MM :: Well as much as I believe it treats many things, I can’t technically say that it can treat or cure anything. For me personally, it has cured my chronic pain, anxiety, tummy issues. I have the peace of mind of not getting cancer again as it is an anti-cancer. It has to help me loose and maintain a healthy weight as it is a metabolizer. I have applied it to irregular skin spots, and it has removed them and irregular moles. I use topical cannabis for sore muscles, cuts and as body and face lotion. It gives me good energy and keeps me grounded and focused. I work with people who are looking to implement cannabis for many different things from anxiety, insomnia, addiction’s and transitioning implementing cannabis to getting off pharmaceuticals all the way to fighting illness. There are many clinical studies using cannabis in many illnesses from the youngest to the oldest from the rarest diseases to the most common. These studies continue to support the healing powers of cannabis. I call this the deeper why. The endocannabinoid system plays a key role in the way the body rest, digest and repairs to the way it functions. Phytocannabinoids, (Cannabis) is the most efficient way to upregulate and nourish the endocannabinoid system.
SZ :: What has your experience been in using cannabis for, medically?
MM :: It is a staple for me medicinally. I believe it prevents me from illness as I never get sick. I use it as my medicine if I were to get a headache or aches and pains. Also, I use it as a daily supplement. I call it my roots. It keeps me grounded, ( Homeostasis of the body) focused and feel good. I believe it is the most anti-aging thing you can put in your body. I enjoy it recreational to workout, be creative or go to a social event.
SZ :: How does one responsibly enjoy recreation cannabis?
MM :: Proper dosage is key to enjoying cannabis. I always recommend starting slow and low. Start with a low dose and wait to see how you react. I have a free EBOOK giving details in types, consumption, the onset time and how long it will last. This is a great guideline as there are many types and ways to consume cannabis and the effects and onset really vary. No matter what you use always start with the smallest dose and wait and see how you respond. If you are smoking cannabis, it will set in within 5 to 10 minutes, and last for an hour or two and with edibles and tinctures, it takes 1 to 3 hours and lasts for 3 to 6 hours. So it is important to wait for the onset time before you consume more. Also be mindful of the types Sativa or Indica what are you wanting to feel and choose accordingly. If you’re trying cannabis for the first time, I recommend to do it somewhere that you feel safe and are going to stay put for several hours. Home is always a great place to explore cannabis.
SZ :: In Canada, the government wants to have control over cannabis production, thereby eliminating small producers and small businesses. What has been the experience of the United States in legalization? What is the benefit of allowing small producers to stay in business?
MM :: The laws in the US state by state. Where I live in Oregon, we are allowed to grow up to 10 plants at home. I always recommend for people to grow there own medicine if you can. It’s not that hard, and it is so beneficial. Small producing cannabis farms are great, and I don’t think will go away anytime soon, if ever. There is so much opportunity and room to grow in the cannabis world. It will be a shame if Canada controls all production of cannabis and doesn’t allow people to grow their own medicine.
SZ :: How does the US government oversee cannabis and cannabis product production in the US? How do they ensure appropriate dosing and lab?
MM :: This is still a big challenge. It is federally illegal. It is legal for medicinal purposes in 30 states and legal recreational in 9 states. As I spoke in regards to CBD, this type of cannabis is legal throughout the United States. The same goes for proper dosage and lab testing. Most dispensaries share the cannabinoid profile and lab testing, but it is vague without a hard guideline. The same goes for dosage. There is no rules or regulations here. Rightfully so as every dosage is going to be different for everyone. Everybody is going to react differently. This is why there is a general rule of always starting slow and low. There usually is a guideline when using tinctures and oils, but eatables is a slippery slope, and I always stress upon the rule to start slow and low with all cannabis but especially eatables. This is where people can have a bad experience. It’s so important to wait at least 3 hours after you have any more eatables because it takes several hours before it sets in. If you were to get to high and possibly have a bad experience, it’s important to have CBD on hand because if this happens you can take a dose of CBD and it will help reduce the effects. There is still a lot of room to grow in having better guidelines and education for dosing. This is something I specialize in. Proper dosing for the end result you desire with the type of cannabis that works best for you. I have created a beautiful brand to help bring stability to this matter. It is still in the making of bringing it to market. But overall I believe this is where there are holes in the industry and need better guidelines and a deeper understanding of why we are using cannabis, This will help people trust and feel safe in using cannabis.
SZ :: What would you say to a non-user who may be interested in implementing use into their routine?
MM :: If you are using an over the counter drug a pharmaceutical cannabis can be a great option. It is high performing, natural and can take place and perform better than most drugs that are being used for pain, anxiety, and sleep. I would recommend starting with a quality CBD in the morning and at night. This has multiple benefits and does not get you high. It is creating homeostasis of the body and working on your largest cell receptor system in the body, the endocannabinoid system. Giving you a cascade of benefits throughout the body. If you are looking for recreational fun, a microdose of smoke or an edible THC or a combo of THC and CBD will give you a nice uplifting creative buzz. It makes a great substitute for alcohol. It knocks the edge off without all the bad side effects. There is usually no hangover when using cannabis. SO you can have a fun time and feel amazing in the morning. Remember it is helping your body rest, digest and repair while your sleeping. This is, where I see it as a supplement and just as vital as food and water.
SZ :: What are some of the brands you work with? What are their benefits?
MM :: As I mentioned, I have created a brand, but it is not available as of yet. I produced it for the need of the non-consumer. It fills a large hole in the industry with proper dosage, guidelines, and education. I do use a product called prime my body. It is a nano-enhanced and bioavailable CBD/HEMP oil. It performs amazingly. Because of its delivery system, it goes in and starts working right away. You can feel it within a few minutes. I always recommend this to my clients with anxiety or anger issues. You pump a few pumps of the oil in your mouth and hold it for 30 seconds then swallow, within a few minutes you are calm and feel really good. It is the most powerful CBD I have come across, including my own. I have sampled many brands on the market this comes down to its delivery system and the purity of the oil. It’s as good as it gets and the performance says it all. My mother-in-law has dementia and takes it two times a day, and it has transformed her symptoms to a minimal. My grandson takes it once a day for autism, it has helped him tremendously. Both my parents take it for aches and pains that come with age. It’s potential is limitless.
SZ :: In what situations would you say that cannabis is not beneficial?
MM :: I can’t recall any situation of it not being of good service to anyone. Its again understanding the deeper why. People need to get over the stigma of cannabis and really understand the endocannabinoid system and how vital fueling this system is to our overall wellbeing.
SZ :: What does cannabis abuse look like?
MM :: This is rare, but as you can abuse anything from food, alcohol, and money, you can abuse cannabis. Signs would be someone who uses cannabis morning, noon and night and can’t complete their day-to-day tasks. It is an easy fix to come off cannabis. You just stop consuming. There are no withdrawal symptoms that you need to worry about. You might feel a little tired, have a loss of appetite and maybe get a few headaches but this will only last for a few weeks, and then you are good to go. It is not addicting as the addictive receptors in the brain are not affected by cannabis. This is another great tool to help addicts from pills to alcohol. I’ve seen really great success with implementing cannabis.
SZ :: Do you have any final thoughts on cannabis that you would like to share with our readers?
MM :: My overall view on cannabis is we have been mislead. With all the study and experience with cannabis, I believe it should be a part of everyday life. I believe our bodies need it. With today’s toxic world we are depleted in a lot of things, which is why we supplement and eat well because even with that, there are things that are out of our control. We need to supplement with some form of phytocannabinoids, just as we need to supplement vitamin D (¾ of Americans are deficient in vitamin D). Most people don’t even realize they produce cannabinoids let alone know they’re depleted. When people start upregulating their endocannabinoid system they start to feel better and their aches and pain go away, they sleep better, and they have these amazing things happen. Who doesn’t want that in their life? There is a ‘deeper why’ to why we need to reconsider the way we view cannabis and embrace it for all the good it provides. It’s limitless with all the possibility of medicine, it is fantastic for recreational use, it can make material, fabric, plastic (Henry Ford even made a car out of HEMP) and it can last up to 500 years then be recycled, its 5 times tougher then steel plus it cleans the earth of toxins. Cannabis is the most fascinating plant that grows on earth, and we need to honor the blessing that it is and share this information and keep the movement going with cannabis. My goal in sharing is to create less suffering and more living, and I believe cannabis is one of our greatest tools to do just that. Less suffering more living. Jennifer Rychlick AKA @CoachMs.Mindful
You can learn so much more about cannabis and it’s proper use, both medicinally and recreationally, on Coach Ms. Mindful’s website. She shares her journey with cannabis through a cancer diagnosis and her ongoing use to maintain proper health.
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