There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to marijuana. We understand the importance of knowing about the product you consume, its medical benefits and the many aspects of marijuana. Below you can find resources to answer your questions and help you decide what products are best for you or to simply explore all that marijuana has to offer.
Can’t find the answer to your questions? The Grove team is here to help. Visit a Grove dispensary and speak with one of our knowledgeable budtenders.
Your cannabis experience is the result of more than cannabinoids. There are other elements and compounds at play, and The Grove cultivates and creates to make the most of them.
When you catch cannabis’ distinct aroma, that’s the result of terpenes. They are the fragrant oils in the plant, and give each strain characteristics, profiles and effects. These, in conjunction with cannabinoids, create the “entourage effect,” a synergy of benefits that makes the whole more effective than its parts.
Common terpenes include:
Anyone new to cannabis will have this question: What are sativa and indica, and what’s the difference?
We’ll begin with the more-scientific answer. Cannabis sativa grows tall and thin, and thrives in regions closer to the Equator.Cannabis indica is shorter, bushier and hardier than sativa because it adapted to grow in cooler, harsher climates. Sativa plants mature more slowly than indica, and indica produces more flowers than its sativa cousin.
The prevailing wisdom was that sativa strains produced a mind-high, while indica induced a sedating body buzz. However, with increased research, the answer is no longer that simple. In fact, with more widespread medical cannabis use, and with the advent of legal recreational use, the consumer is coming to know what growers and horticulturists have known for a long time—the right cannabis is not simple at all.
The cannabis you choose, in conjunction with a Grove budtender, can originate with Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica (or even a hybrid strain, genetically related to both). Then, your choice will have different terpenes, and differing levels of THC or CBD. The combination of all compounds and elements—and your preferred ingestion method—are what enable a product to provide the effect you desire.
Explore our menu online, and you’ll see how complex the profiles are. But don’t let the numbers and terms confuse you. A Grove expert is always on-hand in our dispensaries to be your guide.
You may have heard of THC or CBD. These are just two of the 113 classes of cannabinoids, but they are also the most prominent. A cannabinoid is a chemical compound extracted from the resin of the cannabis plant which, when picked up by cannabinoid receptors in the brain, alters neurotransmitter release.
The THC cannabinoid is the psychoactive molecule, and it creates the “high.” Its molecular shape is like the right puzzle piece, fitting nicely into the cannabinoid receptors. THC effects include relaxation, euphoria, hunger, drowsiness, anxiety/paranoia, and a skewed sense of time.
Unlike THC, CBD is completely non-psychoactive. Its molecule binds to cannabinoid receptors, but in a different configuration, causing much different effects. Research on CBD is ongoing, because of its huge medical potential. Already credited with helping to abate serious seizures, CBD is being explored for pain, depressive, sleep and psychotic disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and much more.
CBD can also modulate the effects of THC, lessening the psychoactive impact. As research continues, our master grower and his team will stay at the forefront of development, so your Grove product produces the effects just right for you.
The purists (and the old-school) among us may still prefer to settle down with their rolling papers or their favorite bong. However, vaporizing marijuana is getting increasingly popular.
Vaporizing heats the marijuana, but doesn’t burn it. Without combustion, there’s no smoke. The heat of the vaporizer releases the active compounds and delivers them in a fine mist.
Pros of vaping include a less-irritating inhalation, better taste, and less smoke smell. Cons are in the preparation of the device itself and the cleanup. To vape, the marijuana has to be finely ground, the vaporizer takes time to heat, and it must be cleaned out between batches. The devices can also be expensive.
As yet, there is no scientific research to prove health benefits or increased efficiency of effects when vaping vs. smoking. There is only perception and anecdotes. Therefore, your method can simply come down to personal preference.
Be sure to discuss vaping or smoking with your Grove budtender, and we’ll be able to help you have the best experience, no matter what you choose.
We are dedicated to growing our cannabis with care, so we want you to consume it that way, too. That means refraining from cannabis use in public places or on federal land. If you’re staying in a resort or you’re renting property, check with the management to make sure you’re obeying their medical marijuana policies.
Beyond that, be sure to stay hydrated and well nourished during cannabis consumption. You’ll also want to plan ahead, since consumption will leave you in no condition to operate a vehicle or heavy machinery. Typically, the effects of edibles will last 6 to 8 hours, and it may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel any effect at all. If you’re smoking or vaping, you can expect the effects to be anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, after waiting for about 10 minutes for onset.
Always use the minimum amount, and if you’re new to medical marijuana (or it’s been awhile) establish a baseline first. For edibles and tinctures, that means consuming no more than 5-10 mg at a time. For smoking or vaping, a baseline can be established with one or two draws. Make note of how these doses affect you so you can modulate your usage for your treatment.