SO, WHAT’S SHE MADE OF? (the cannabis plant)
The over-100 compounds found in the cannabis plant—think CBD, THC, CBN, CBG to name a few–that interact with our endocannabinoid systems. That’s just the fancy internal system that regulates things like pain, appetite, sleep, immune function, and stress. So whether you’re looking to get high or get well–or high *and* well–your body is made to love cannabinoids.
A.K.A cannabidiol, CBD is the most well known non-psychoactive cannabinoid. It’s known for its ability to play nice with the body’s greatest network of receptors: the endocannabinoid system. Weed and hemp are both from the cannabis family and the compound in insolation does not vary. The difference is that marijuana contains more than 0.3% THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) and it can get you high. Whereas, hemp contains less than 0.3% THC and is not potent enough to get you high. There is some variability in other plant matter, when you extract CBD from hemp vs. marijuana. But the CBD is identical.
A.K.A tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is the psychoactive compound found in the plant. It’s the one that gets you high. But it’s not just a wild and fun ride, THC also has powerful therapeutic effects.
Another non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBN is known for its powerful sedative and pain-relieving properties. Apparently a dose of CBN can have the same effect as an over-the-counter sedative that’s double the strength. It’s also known as an antibacterial.
Terpenes are the unsung heroes of any good cannabis experience. They are natural, aromatic oils that give cannabis its distinct aroma and flavor, and are also known to have a bunch of therapeutic benefits that can impact your experience. Ahhhhh.
BENEFITS OF CBD
CBD is known to restore homeostasis (or balance) in the body via its interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps manage pain, increase a sense of calm, reduce inflammation, regulate sleep, soothe skin irritation, and more.
WHAT IS FULL-SPECTRUM VS. BROAD SPECTRUM VS. ISOLATE CBD?
Full-spectrum CBD refers to CBD that is extracted alongside other naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant matter. It normally means the product contains trace (less than 0.3%) of THC. It should be noted that that amount of THC still passes as federally legal and will not result in intoxication.
There is a mounting body of research that suggests that full-spectrum is the preferred and most effective method of CBD consumption due to the entourage effect: The idea that the compounds found in the cannabis plant—cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids—interact synergistically and symbiotically so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts when it comes to the medicinal benefit of the plant.
An alternative to full-spectrum CBD is isolate CBD, which is the isolated CBD compound, stripped of the accompanying plant matter, cannabinoids, and terpenes which you might find in a full-spectrum oil.
Most products on Miss Grass are made with full-spectrum CBD, however, we carry a handful of products made with CBD isolate because some studies have shown that for individuals with extremely sensitive skin, isolate may be preferred as it may be free of some irritating compounds found in plant matter.
Think of the difference between the two this way: Isolated CBD is the packet of Vitamin C powder and full-spectrum CBD is the whole orange. You can extract both full-spectrum and isolate CBD from marijuana and hemp. The CBD compound itself doesn’t change when you extract one or the other, but the compounds that are extracted alongside the CBD (in the instance of full-spectrum) can affect a different result.
Broad-spectrum is very similar to full-spectrum, however it contains absolutely no THC. Lord Jones is an example of a brand that has leaned heavily into broad-spectrum CBD.
WAYS TO USE CBD
You got options, bbs. You can consume cannabis in all kinds of ways, at different doses, to all sorts of effects. Start by identifying what symptoms you’re hoping to address and then we’re here to help cherry-pick the right products. It’s all about testing, adjusting, and patience. Your body is talking to you, so listen to it. Happy experimenting!
CBD-based topicals like creams, oils, lubes, and serums can do great things for our skin and our bods. For many, topicals help manage muscle pain, protect skin against free radicals, keep acne at bay, and its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help with various skin conditions. Tinctures penetrate the skin within minutes and can last for around 2-5 hours.
A type of sublingual that’s the most popular method of oral ingestion because it’s super quick-acting and microdosing friendly, which means you can control the experience drop-by-drop. Leave a dose under your tongue for about 30 seconds before swallowing. They typically take 15-30 minutes to kick in, and can last up to 2-3 hours. Sublinguals also come as mints, gum, and strips.
A CBD vape from a reliable brand is a fast-acting, discreet option. Consumers will feel the effects within 30 seconds to a minute. Many come pre-loaded with an oil cartridge and CBD vapes won’t leave you smelling of cannabis. Expect a non-intoxicating, consistent, and repeatable experience. All vapes sold on Miss Grass are lab-tested so you know they’re safe, clean, and effective.
Flower is what we call the actual cannabis bud a.k.a what you roll into a joint or smoke from a pipe. Did you know you can also get non-psychoactive CBD flower? Consumers can expect to feel the effects of smoking flower almost immediately.
They tend to terrify people, but dosed properly, edibles can have the most mellow and predictable effect of all, making them a great starting point for beginner CBD and THC users. Look for consistent, low-dose options to enjoy—from capsules to gumdrops to truffles. Edibles typically take between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to kick in, and can last up to 5-6 hours.