Every year after the July 4th holiday, we hear news stories of injuries and fatalities due to drunk driving and other traffic accidents. A study conducted by Columbia University, released in late 2016, showed the number of people killed in traffic accidents to have steeply decreased after legalization of medical cannabis.
Continuing our blog post from last week about how the State of New Mexico regulates usage of medical cannabis, we’re now going to get more complicated. Edibles and concentrates are regulated in terms of their strength by the state, so the number of edibles our friend Jeff can buy changes based on how many units Jeff has available to him, and changes based on how many units the edible contains, AND can change based on how the edibles are made. Most edibles count for less than a gram, which is a serious advantage to patients – if Jeff has less than one gram available to him, he can still buy an edible or Cannabutter to make his own edibles, based on how many units are actually available. If Jeff’s balance stands at .72 grams, he can’t buy a gram of flower, but he can still buy:
Cannabis users are just as likely as anyone to eat healthy food and to pursue some form of exercise, they just use cannabis for pain instead of over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers. Getting out for some movement is a great way to get or stay healthier, and the positive body effects you get from exercise can enhance the effects of your medicine!
“According to a recent study published within the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers at the University of Sydney discovered that engaging in exercise can provide you with a stronger buzz and increase the potency of cannabis. Rather than needing to use specific types of medicine, the fact is that working out for just a half hour will trigger an additional stronger high for marijuana users. Within the study, 15 cannabis smokers were asked to complete 35 minutes of exercise on a stationary bike while the researchers measured the level of THC in their blood. The study found that levels of marijuana’s active ingredient were 15% higher on average after the participants had engaged in exercise.”
So not only is exercise good for you on its own, it can boost the effectiveness of your medicine! For those of you who have a hard time exercising because of pain, cannabis helps relax your muscles for gentle stretching or yoga, and light weight training with resistance bands, swimming, or water-walking are great no-impact/very low-impact workouts. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
Quote source: http://wellspring-collective.com/marijuana-and-exercise/
Over here at Cannaceutics, we have noticed an uptick in patients being unaware that the state of New Mexico tracks the amount of medicine patients buy, and also limits the amount patients can buy. Currently when a patient receives their first cannabis card, they are allotted 230 “units” or grams of medicine within a rolling 90-day period.
Our strain review this week covers a couple of sweet sativas that are new to the Cannaceutics rotation, Chernobyl and AK47.
Chernobyl is a sativa-dominant hybrid cross of the ever-popular Trainwreck, Trinity, Jack’s Cleaner and Space Queen. In the jar it has lighter green frosted buds and a lightly sweet pine scent with definite lemon overtones. This sativa produces a light head and body buzz that gives way to comfortable mental clarity. This cross will stimulate appetite as well! Patients looking for relief from pain, mood disorders and appetite issues will benefit.
AK47 is another sativa-dominant hybrid cross consisting of South American, Mexican, Thai and Afghani strains. In the jar it is darker green than Chernobyl with plenty of orange hairs, and smells a bit like overripe fruit – in a good way! For me, AK47 provided more of a body boost than Chernobyl did. My mood was lightened and I got a fair bit of organizing done around the house! As with Chernobyl, patients trying to relieve pain, anxiety, and depression will benefit from AK47.
Both Chernobyl and AK47 will be available at Cannaceutics on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and as always, are available while supplies last.