Living in Northern California, I’m a bit of a snob preferring our states # 1 cash crop. Most of my medicine makes its it way to San Francisco from the the Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity County growing region, commonly called the “Emerald Triangle”.
Outdoor Marijuana is much fluffier ie the weight appears larger; also the odor is more floral, and sometimes reminiscent of citrus fruits. The THC/CBD/CBM content is usually around 20% on the high end. We usually provides this product from October to May. This product is almost always organically grown.
Is grown under high wattage artificial lighting (metal halides and high pressure sodium lights) the plants or clones (cuttings of other plants) are grown in soil or are placed in rock wool (artificial growing medium) The growth cycle is generally 3 to 4 months producing a substance with THC/CBD/CBM. levels as high as 25%. Medical Marijuana can be grown indoors.
Pro – Is that the potency can be very high, there by requiring a smaller dose to achieve therapeutic levels.
Con – The chemicals used in the growing process can be irritating if they are not organic.
Consuming marijuana orally is one of many ways of achieving quality therapeutic levels of medical marijuana. Let me start off by saying my marijuana brownies are incredibly strong! My goal is to make the highest concentration of cannabinoids easily palatable, hence people have told me” Hey man, I ate one of those brownies and I was off for 2 days!”. That’s why I advise folks …even the most tolerant marijuana smokers to just EAT ONE QUARTER of one brownie and monitor your effects, You probably won’t need the other three portions.
The overall psychoactive effects of oral marijuana ingestion are different than smoking it. Number one the effects last much longer. Patients also often report more of a physical (body) “buzz” than the cerebral high associated with smoking. Also much more euphoria and later sedation. Myself, and others have also experienced visual and audible hallucinations, later appetite is also greatly enhanced. (Thats what prescription Marinol® is about). I also advise my patients not to eat my brownies at night, Due to the “drag-over” effect. It seems that if you take them late at night you wake up the next morning still very much “mentally clouded”. I prefer to consume half a brownie with a cup of coffee in the afternoon. Sometime’s I plan brownie consumption around a day at the beach, or mountains, with a group of friends. It’s also a great way to use your medication in a stealth manner, no smoke no smell… when privacy is an issue.
In closing let me list my ingredients, due to the strength of my brownies many people have accused me of “putting something” in them. IT’S JUST MARIJUANA BUTTER! Brownie mix, eggs and lecithin as an emulsifier. Weight 80 grams = 4 adult doses…
A Health Note from Nurse Tom:
Research suggests that when volatilizing (burning) cannabis products, holding one’s breath does not result in increased efficacy. Remember, 95% of the medicine in cannabis is immediately absorbed when inhaled, so what I’m saying is that you won’t get anything more out of your burn by holding your inhales and evidence actually suggests that doing so only increases your exposure to the byproducts of burning like tar. Some links to resources on the topic:
A Cannabis Users Harm Reduction Handbook
The Weed Blog
Grasscity.com’s Discussion Forum