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“What are the various forms of cannabis?”
Cannabis is a flowering plant. The flower can be smoked or vaporized. It can also be extracted into a concentrated form. To produce concentrated forms of cannabis, a solvent or solvent-less extraction method is used, resulting in oil, hash, or wax. These products can be smoked, vaporized, or infused into food and topical products.
“How is cannabis used?”
The flower of cannabis can be ground and smoked out of a pipe, water pipe, or rolled into a joint. The flower can also be used with a vaporizer, heating the marijuana to a temperature lower than its combustion level yet high enough to activate the cannabinoids; this is a good option for users who do not want to inhale smoke. The onset of the effects of smoking and vaporizing cannabis is immediate.
In Michigan, edibles are not legal because the total weight of the edible usually exceeds the 2.5 oz. allowed to be possessed by law. Concentrated forms of cannabis can be infused into food products. Once eaten, the active ingredients metabolize in the body through the gastrointestinal system.
There are dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and gmo-free edibles available. When using this form of cannabis, the onset of the effects is typically delayed and lasts longer in the body. Edibles can have varying effects on each person. It is necessary to find a milligram dosage that works best for you. It is recommended to start off with a smaller dose and increase as your tolerance permits.
Glycerine-based or alcohol extracted. Commonly used orally, and placed under the tongue (sublingually) or mixed with tea and ingested.
The topical use of cannabis can provide anti-inflammatory benefits when applied locally. It is also used to relieve arthritis, as well as joint and muscle pain. This form of use does not induce psychoactive effects. Bloom recommends Dori Balm as our Bloom’s Best Topical: http://www.thisisdori.com/doribalm/
“How do I determine the proper dosage?”
Concentrated forms of cannabis are measured into milligrams (mg). For people with a low tolerance, a recommended starting dose is 5-10mg.
“What is the difference between an Indica and Sativa? “
“Why is CO2 extracted oil cleaner than other extraction methods?”
We use pressurized carbon dioxide as a solvent. To extract the cannabinoids, carbon dioxide is pushed through the plant matter at a high pressure to isolate THC, CBD, and CBN. The result is pure, transparent, amber oil. The benefit of using Carbon Dioxide as an extraction solvent versus, say, butane as a solvent, is because CO2 is a naturally occurring compound which leaves behind no residues. Other extraction methods such as Butane utilize petroleum-based compounds.
“How does Bloom grow their Cannabis?”
Bloom partners with a select few, small batch, artisan caregivers and Ayurvanna is one of them. Our team of caregivers use sustainable organic growing techniques to bring out the best qualities of the plant. Our aim is to provide consistent, high-grade cannabis. Although we use organic products while growing our flower, under the Food and Drug Administration cannabis is a federally prohibited substance and is currently forbidden to be categorized as “organic”
“How does Lab Testing benefit me?”
Bloom responsibly tests its cannabis for levels of THC, CBD and CBN potency and performs contaminant testing to ensure we are offering clean medicine for our members. We also strive to do Terpine testing on our cannabis for your benefit so you can see the genetic footprint of a particular strain and how that relates to your qualifying condition. Lab testing should be of the utmost importance to the discriminating client who cares about clean growing techniques and desires a reliably pure, potent product. Test results are listed daily on our menus.