It's not an edible and it's not always a tincture: Here's what you need to know about sublinguals

It's not an edible and it's not always a tincture: Here's what you need to know about sublinguals

Onset times are probably one of the most important things to consider when consuming cannabis and yet not enough conversation is happening around sublinguals. While cannabis is often consumed to amplify a moment in time, to enjoy the fullness of living in the present, or to relieve some immediate discomfort, the response time can sometimes take longer than we need.

Sublinguals are fast acting without affecting the respiratory system and provide measured dosage without the delayed, prolonged and intensified effects of edibles. Sublingual administration is far more efficient than smoking. You can think of bioavailability as efficiency. Sublinguals are an alternative ingestible form of cannabis. The effects of a 2.5 mg sublingual are NOT the same as a 2.5 mg edible.

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The Nose Knows: A Crash Course On The Science Of Good Weed

A rule of thumb when making a purchase is to go with what smells best to you. Whether it’s your first time stepping into a legal cannabis establishment or you’re a connoisseur of sorts, the rule still applies. It can be overwhelming having access to a large variety of cultivars—a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding—especially if you’re used to getting what you get from your around-the-way dealer.

“The Nose Knows” philosophy that applies to essential oils, aromatherapy candles, and just about anything else we use our knows for, also applies to cannabis! It’s usually a strong indicator that you’ll enjoy the effects. Why? Because the aromas coming from the flowers you’re smelling are known in the cannabis community as terpenes. They onset certain effects when consumed and are primarily responsible for determining if the experience will be sedative or energizing or somewhere in between, not whether a strain is categorized as Indica or Sativa.

Often times people depend on their bud tenders, their dealers, or someone else to tell them what they're getting is gas or top shelf. Everyone can agree, there are times when you’ve smoke something you expected to be flight only to feel underwhelmed. An easy way to avoid having this experience is by trusting your body to make the decision simply by letting your nose do the work.

Terpenes influence your mood and add to the overall medicinal potential of the herb, and to that extent your body is intuitively relaying to the brain what your body needs. The truth is, “Good Weed” is all about personal preference. It’s the reason why two people could smoke the same weed and one person could find it impressive while the other thinks its trash.

Take limonene for example, this terpene is the major component of citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges and is accompanied by energizing and uplifting effects. It’s no wonder that it can be found in strains like Super Lemon Haze or Sour Diesel. The terpene linalool on the other hand is found more in purple strains, and is stress-relieving and sedative in its response.

Could Cannabis Be Your Gateway to Full-Spectrum Plant Medicine?

“Western medicine tries to identify one compound, one effect. Here, we’re not. In traditional medicine, it’s a very holistic approach.” —Jean-Marc Montalvo

Cannabis is an extension of the plant queendom. That includes herbs, fruits, vegetables and every other living thing you put in your body that comes from what we like to call Mother Nature. An elevated mood, lower stress levels, mental agility and better overall health are all things that can be attributed to using cannabis as a wellness tool. Plants are living, breathing organisms with thousands and thousands of years of information to share. When our bodies break down foods or adaptogens, nontoxic substances, especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote homeostasis (i.e. cannabis), for nutrients, they are able to provide healing and promote wellbeing to our mental facilities, physical and emotional bodies.

Cannabis, like all other plants, is very complex but somehow manages to navigate the human body as an ally against sickness, disease and illness. Across many cultures and traditions, cannabis has been used for its medicinal and healing properties as an ancient medicine. Before there was modern medicine, people relied on herbal remedies. In fact, a lot of pharmaceuticals are derivatives of plants and herbs. While some medicinal drugs are designed synthetically, many are either made with or designed to emulate natural plant.

Common examples include:

Morphine, which originates from the opium poppy plant.

Amoxicillin and penicillin, two of many antibiotics on the market today, which comes from a fungus called Penicillium.

Aspirin, which contains compounds extracted from white willow tree bark.

Menthol, which is derived from Mint.

We know that unlike aspirin, white willow bark contains the chemical that prevents ulcers and stomach problems. And we know studies have demonstrated that garlic can be more effective as a broad-spectrum antibiotic compared to prescribed antibiotics that the body becomes resistant to over time.

This is why in many cases, it’s best not to isolate one cannabis compound, such as THC, but to consider products that contain both primary cannabinoids: THC and CBD. This is what’s known as the entourage effect:

The effects of each cannabis strain depend on the interaction between ALL of the compounds in the plant, otherwise known as the “Entourage Effect” of cannabis.  Every compound in the plant interacts to produce a wide range of effects.  Some compounds amplify the euphoric effects of cannabis, while others help to reduce the undesirable effects associated with primary compound, THC. A second primary compound, CBD, helps to reduce some of the psychoactive effects associated with THC while enhancing the medicinal properties of the plant.

What Cannabis reminds us is: full-spectrum plant-medicine is greater than the sum of its parts.

It starts with simply looking for that LOUD, some fire or simply quality, pesticide-free flower. But it shouldn’t stop there. Cannabis is the gateway to discovering other herbs and other inhabitants of the plant ecosystem. Plant-based medicine is the first step to exploring new ways of eating and living more mindfully.