We’re headed into hot weather again, and as much as I’d like to post a recipe for something dinner-like, I just can’t muster the energy. Ugh, hand me a mojito with some Thai basil and let’s have mango & sticky rice!
You’ll notice pretty quickly that this is not a cannabis-medicated recipe. Why, oh, why would I do this to you? Well, we’ve been talking about terpenes for a few weeks here at Cannaceutics, and that’s where the mango comes in! You may have had a kind friend tell you that eating a mango in conjunction with your cannabis consumption will intensify the effects of your medicine. When it comes to getting higher by using mangoes, we’re really talking about the effects from myrcene, a terpene found in both mangoes and cannabis. Mangoes are particularly high in myrcene, so it’s not mangoes as a whole that get you higher, but rather just the myrcene they contain interacting synergistically with the THC and CBD in your cannabis. It’s like adding kief topper to your bowl of flower to make the effect stronger, but you get a bonus serving of fruit! Coconut milk also has a decent amount of fat, which helps your body absorb THC more readily.
Medicate in whatever way works best for you, and then tuck into this delicious Thai treat!
Lots of patients in the state of New Mexico now have their personal production licenses so that they can produce their own cannabis medicine. Whether you’re growing indoors or out, you’ve probably dealt with insect infestation at some point during the grow process. Here at Cannaceutics, we produce our medicine organically, without chemical fertilizers or insect repellent, and you can do this at home as well, with some natural solutions.
“Companion planting” simply means planting herbs, flowers or other non-cannabis plants along with your cannabis. This is an inexpensive, organic solution to using chemical insect repellents or grow media in your cannabis garden. Companion plants like dill or peppermint can be used as natural insect repellent, as well as providing you with fresh herbs for cooking! Using chamomile can improve your soil quality and provide leaves for a restful cup of tea, and coriander can be made into a “tea” to prevent the dreaded spider mites, and do double duty in your Indian-inspired meals.
Royal Queen Seeds has a comprehensive list of companion plants and tips for creating a cannabis garden free from headaches at this link!
We’ve been hearing more and more lately from patients who are concerned about how their buds look, cosmetically. Different producers of cannabis have different methods of trimming cannabis buds, and those differences can change the quality of your medicine. At Cannaceutics, we use the John Henry method and hand-trim the medicine we produce, for several reasons. First, let’s have a look at how a common trimming machine trims buds:
Patients who come into any cannabis dispensary tend to be most interested in seeing, smelling and purchasing “big buds”, those impressive lumps of green medicine that can sometimes be large enough to resemble corncobs or tiny pine trees. While it’s definitely fun to open your bag and see large, expertly pruned nugs, there is one distinct advantage to going smaller: shake is the same medicine you get in your big buds, but it generally costs less than even our sale-priced flower. Here at Cannaceutics, we find that patients sometimes don’t know that “shake” is not the same thing as shake’s less potent friend “trim” and sometimes confuse the two. Here’s a handy Cannabis 101 on the differences between shake and trim.
Cannaceutics is proud to announce that we have begun terpene testing with Scepter Labs!
Late last year we started hearing our patients asking about terpene profiling. Most patients seek this kind of testing so they can better tailor their cannabis use to specific symptoms. Terpenes are different from cannabinoids (THC, CBD, and more) in that cannabinoids are the “medicinal” part of the plant. Cannabinoids produce pain relief and the psychoactive “high” effect of cannabis. Terpenes are different, fragrant compounds that work with cannabinoids to produce unique effects on the brain. This “synergy” between cannabinoids and terpenes are what make cannabis work better for symptoms than just cannabinoids or terpenes alone would.