Cannabis is known for it’s powerful and intoxicating effects but these effects usually come from THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol which in reality is not present in the raw form of the plant. The natural form has THCa or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid which is the acidic form of THC and it has no psychoactivity at all.
As the plant dries, THCA converts to THC slowly. Heat expedites this conversion in a process known as decarboxylation. Even though THCa is the precursor to psychoactive THC effects, their chemical composition and effects on the body are different. So why does THC give psychoactivity and THCa doesn’t? The reason is because THCa has a three-dimensional shape and it’s larger molecule doesn’t fit into our cannabinoid receptors, specifically the CB1 receptors.
How does THCA become THC? The answer is through heat and light — or the process of decarboxylation. Heat removes a group of atoms from THCA called carboxilic acid, altering the THC chemical structure, thus becoming the perfect shape to fit into our endocannabinoid system (ECS) CB1 receptors and producing the elevated experience.
THCA is believed to have an assortment of medicinal properties. There isn’t a lot of evidence to definitively support this claims so more research needs to be done. Here are some of its properties:
Anti-inflammatory properties for treatment of inflammatory conditions like lupus and arthritis
Neuroprotective properties for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases
Anti-emetic properties for treatment of lack of appetite and nausea
Anti-proliferative properties noted in studies of prostate cancer
The acidic precursors are considered “thermally unstable,” so they will alter their form when exposed to heat. Because of this instability, the molecules lend themselves to several different methods of decarboxylation.
Here are some ways that weed is decarboxylated:
Sunlight conversion: Over a period of time THCA converts to THC through exposure to heat or light. So eating or juicing raw buds that have been exposed to the sun for a long time might cause unwanted high in some patients.
Smoking: The hot temperature from the combustion process of burning the dry weed will rapidly convert THCa to THC.
Vaporizing: Similarly to smoking it, the heat of the vaporizer unit will convert THCa to THC in a very efficient way.
Cannabis concentrates: THCa can be extracted, isolated and made into crystals that can be consumed in dabs. When heated up THCa will convert to THC.
Conventional oven:Raw Cannabis needs to be activated before making edibles. Usually material gets ground up, spread evenly across a baking sheet, and baked around 230 degrees Fahrenheit, or 110 degrees Celsius, for 30-90 minutes. This will decarboxylate the Cannabis and activate it.
Understanding the plant’s properties and how and why they interact with our bodies the way they do is extremely important in achieving the maximal benefits while avoiding adverse side effects. Cannabis molecules each have their own benefits and as raw cannabis is further studied, we will learn more about their benefits.
The price for good quality flower from an approved dispensary can be very steep when compared to the black market. A 1/8 of high-quality bud usually ranges between $40 and $50 with some even as high as $60. Some dispensaries came out with a more affordable option giving you an 1/8 that can range between $23 to $33. According to the MMTC’s, it’s the same high-quality bud but just smaller. Every dispensary has come up with different unique names for this option like Minis or Little’s. Some patients are criticizing the quality while most are loving it. They only issue is actually the availability since most are sold just a few hours after hitting the shelves.
Littles™ is exactly what the name implies. Smaller-sized flowers of your favorite strains at lower prices like… 50% Off 1/2 Ounces & 30% Off Eighths! Sure, you like bigger flowers. Who doesn’t? But we bet you’ll like bigger savings even more. You get your favorite strains with the same: quality, potency, & terpenes you expect. The only difference is the size of the flowers – and the size of the price tag. Initial quantities are limited, so be sure to buy and try your Littles™ now!
TruFlower minis are 3.5 grams of cannabis approved for smoking. Each package is individually labeled to show the amount of active ingredient which ranges based on flower potency. In order to comply with Florida law, TruFlower must be carried and stored in its original opaque packaging at all times. Limit 4 per patient (1/2 OZ). You can now order TruFlower Minis online. Make sure you visit their website every Monday after 9:00 AM.
Popcorn from Liberty Health Sciences and Papa’s Herb is modestly priced for maximum benefit. One price for every available strain. Enjoy $23 1/8 oz cannabis including the strains below. Be sure to keep an eye out for more strains as they become available!
Get MÜV Tier 3 Flower 3.5 grams for $32. While Supplies Last! Same Great Flower in a Smaller Size. In order to comply with Florida law, Flower must be carried and stored in its original opaque packaging at all times.
Smalls by Rise
1/8 OZ for $32
Popcorn buds, as the name implies, are buds just about or a little smaller than popcorn. These are usually B-grade buds that don’t have the bag appeal of large, lustrous A-grade nugs. Same Great Flower in a Smaller Size. Popcorn buds at Rise are very limited. Visit Rise online every morning before 10 AM to order online.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the central nervous system (CNS) including the brain and the spinal cord. This attack usually affects the fatty myelin sheaths that surround our nerve cells. Depending on the cells that are being attacked, it will be the different symptoms the patient can experience including a worsening lack of coordination, dizziness, trouble walking or getting around, muscle spasms, severe pain, and changes in mood or sleep. There is currently no cure and treatment is based on trying to slow the disease and help with the debilitating symptoms.
Common Physical Symptoms of MS
mobility and walking issues
anxiety and depression
weakness and fatigue
Can Cannabis Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis?
A 2017 survey conducted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society reported that upwards of 66% of those who suffer from MS may use cannabis in their efforts to control the disease. This means that the majority of patients with MS are using cannabis already.
May help with a muscle spasm
A 2014 report released by the American Academy of Neurology suggested that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, was highly effective in treating pain and muscle spasms in those with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions which is not really surprising.
Another study published in 2012 by the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed similar findings: researchers found that THC was more effective in reducing muscle spasticity and other common symptoms of multiple sclerosis when compared to placebo.
May help muscle control
In a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, researchers gave patients with MS either an oral preparation of Cannabis or a placebo for 12 weeks. Researchers found that people in the Cannabis group had almost twice as much relief from muscle stiffness.
A large 2011 study involved 572 people with MS who took either oral marijuana extract called nabiximols (Sativex) or a placebo. The authors concluded that cannabis extract was an effective treatment for spasticity in people with MS.
In 2014, a large systematic review publish in the American Academy of Neurology journal found strong evidence to support the use of marijuana-based treatments for MS-related muscle problems.
Can relieve pain
A 2012 trial looked at the effect of smoking marijuana and the symptoms of MS. The researchers found that smoked cannabis was superior to placebo in symptom and pain reduction in participants with treatment-resistant spasticity.
THC and other cannabis-based medicines are generally considered safe and non-addictive. Serious adverse effects of cannabis, with proper medical guidance, are rare. This means that cannabis may be a safe and effective way for patients with multiple sclerosis to reduce their muscle spasticity and keep their daily levels of pain at a minimum.
Does CBD Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis?
Despite CBD being a great anti-inflammatory and helping patients with anxiety and chronic pain, it does not seem to play a big role when it comes to the symptoms of MS. Study are showing that the effective dosages are too high and that there might drug interactions at this high doses with other medications that the patient might be taking. So take CBD, in conjunction with THC, specially if dealing with seizures or anxiety.
Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease to which we have no cure. Cannabis, specially THC, has shown to help ameliorate a large number of symptoms this patients have without causing any negative side effects so anyone suffering from MS should give Cannabis a try.
Remember back in the day when you first smoked weed or started using medical cannabis? When one or two hits off of that joint would give you a long-lasting and powerful relief? This is exactly what one of my patients recently asked me at a follow-up appointment.
Mrs. Smith, a 53 y/o Female who was dealing with severe and chronic joint pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She had tried a number of pharmaceutical medications including Immune modulators and opioids with little relief. Mrs. Smith had never used Cannabis in the past, not even in college and was hesitant about it. After getting her card she started using vaporized cannabis oil and she remembers that only one hit would give her the relief she was looking for and seem to last her 3-4 hours. As time went by, she noticed that she had to use 2-3 and ever 4 hits to get the same relief she got before with only 1 hit. Mrs. Smith went to her local dispensary and the Budtender suggested she tried a cannabis oil concentrate which she did and seemed to work better for a while but then again it’s power seem to fade away over time. Mrs. smith even tried smoking flower out of a pipe and again after a few weeks, she found herself using more and more flower to get the same effects.
I immediately suspected that Mrs. Smith had developed tolerance to her medicine, a problem most medical Cannabis patients go through. Tolerance can develop fairly quickly, someone who medicates 3-4 times a day will develop some type of tolerance after a week or so when using more than the optimal dose. The good news is that tolerance is fairly quick and easily reversible. Just after a few days, your cannabinoid receptors start working better and after a few weeks are completely back to normal.
Why do we develop tolerance to Cannabis?
When patients use Cannabis products, THC activates CB1 receptors in the brain and this abnormal increase in activity gives patients the so-called high. Once THC is gone, this activity returns to normal. If THC is used repeatedly, several times per day over several days to weeks, without letting the brain return to normal activity the brain with adapting to minimize the increase in CB1 receptor activity. To do so, CB1 receptors are reduced in number by a process called internalization and their effects are weakened by a process called desensitization. When this happens, patients need to consume more THC to achieve the same relief they did before with less. This is called Tolerance and can lead to more money being spent.
In a recent study, scientist found that regular daily Cannabis users had up to 20% less CB1 receptors than the participants from the control group who did not use Cannabis. What was surprising in this study is that no matter how much cannabis they consumed, after just a two-day tolerance break, test subjects started growing their CB1 receptors back.
There are a few things that you can do to avoid developing tolerance to cannabis!
✅ Remember that it’s associated usually with heavy daily users so the most important step is finding your optimal dose and stick with it.
✅ Tolerance has a stronger associated with patients that medicated multiple times during the day as compared to those who use high dose less times.
✅ The trick is to use the smallest amounts of cannabis needed to achieve the desired effects. This approach is called micro-dosing and is particularly useful for medical users who need to stay medicated throughout the day.
✅ Avoid using concentrates, they will only saturate your receptors faster and lead to tolerance sooner. The answer is not more THC or a more concentrated form of TCH, you might just need to add more CBD to your regimen instead.
✅ Try using longer acting routes. While the inhalation route is great for quick relief, patients find themselves medicating more often when compared to the oral route like tinctures and capsules which in turn leads to tolerance quicker.
✅ Avoid waking and baking. If the moment you wake up, you stimulate your CB1 receptors with THC, by the end of the day this receptors will be saturated already and you will not have the same effect that you had early in the morning.
If you already developed tolerance to your medicine and find yourself using more and more medicine and spending more and more money, it might be time for you to take a tolerance break. For actual Medical Cannabis patients this might not be something easy, these patients are plagued with 24/7 debilitating pain, traumatic thoughts and symptoms that most people could not tolerate and Cannabis has been the only thing to give the relief but trust me, once you finish this 6 day protocol developed by the world renowned Dr. Dustin Sulak, you will be able to find your optimal dose, increase the benefits of cannabis by lowering your tolerance and increasing your sensitivity to cannabis.
“Using the correct dose is the single most important factor in having a successful and therapeutic relationship with cannabis” Says Dr. Sulak
6-Day Cannabis Sensitization protocol
Patients typically see the following results after
completing the 6-day Cannabis Sensitization Protocol:
-Users reduce the amount of cannabis they use by up to 60% per month. Patients are able to save thousands of dollars a year by using less medicine.
-Increase in desired medical benefits. The vast majority of patients find that less cannabis equals more positive results and less undesired side effects.
-Using the correct dose is the single most important factor in having a successful and therapeutic relationship with cannabis. People who use their optimal dose of cannabis can avoid building tolerance and retain the therapeutic effects for years or decades.
-Your goal is to use the minimum amount of cannabis and achieve the maximum amount of benefits possible. Many longtime cannabis users have been amazed by the effects of the Cannabis Sensitization Protocol and say 2 puffs gets them better relief than the 1 or 2 joints they were smoking before.
Day 1 and Day 2 – A 48-hour Cannabis Fast.
Probably the most difficult part of this 6-day journey. Remember that your goal is to increase your sensitivity to cannabis. Your cannabis fast needs to be intentional. Think of it as a positive event and pick a comfortable place and time to begin your 48 hour fast. To make the fast easier you should drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. 48 Hours from now you will be ready to use Cannabis again. Your body will develop more cannabinoid receptors during this period and will continue to develop more over the next twenty-four hours. To make the next twenty-four hours easier, remember to support your fast. Use the suggested foods, vigorous but enjoyable exercise, and the healing practices in our Wellness section to increase natural cannabinoid levels and curb your cravings. Remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. At the 48 hour mark you will break the cannabis fast.
Day 3 to Day 5 –Increasing your sensitivity
Congratulations, you have passed the toughest part of the protocol. For the next 3 days you will be able to medicate but only minimally. Your goal is to feel the slightest effect from cannabis. Your body’s sensitivity to cannabis will continue to increase during the next three (3) days, allowing you to experience greater therapeutic results with less cannabis. Take 1 inhalation (From a vaporizer or pipe). Wait 5 minutes. If you can feel any minimal effect from the inhalation, stop and go about your day. If you can’t feel no effect at all, then repeat the cycle. Take another inhalation. Wait 5 minutes. Stop once you feel the slightest effect.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Most of the timeless cannabis is more. Listen to your body and don’t take more than necessary. Remember to follow the process of taking 1 inhalation, waiting 5 minutes and trying to feel the slightest or minimal effect each time. Depending on the route use to medicate, you can use Cannabis up to 3 times per day if inhaled or 2 times per day if ingested. Make sure to stay hydrated, keep your goal in mind, exercise and used Cannabis enhancing foods.
Day 6 – Finding your optimal dose
Today you will find your optimal dose, the lowest cannabis dosage needed to achieve the optimal benefits. On days 3-5, you’ve been using cannabis to find the minimum dose required for you to feel a minimal effect. Today, you will be increasing your dose of cannabis to achieve your optimal effect. Take 1 inhalation, wait 5 minutes, and see the effect it had on you. If you do not feel the desired relief from your symptoms, you may increase your dosage by repeating the process. Stop the process once you feel the optimal benefits or once you feel relief from your symptoms. This should be your optimal dose.
Use this optimal dose every time you medicate and only go over that dose if you need it. Some patients are able to medicate using their optimal dose for months and even years without having to increase it. If you find you are constantly going over your optimal dose it might be time for you to change strains, change dispensaries or change the route you’re using. It might also be time for another tolerance break since many Cannabis users repeat this protocol every 2-3 months to help them maintain a healthy and sustainable relationship with cannabis.
Endocannabinoid-Engancing Foods And Activities
An essential part of this protocol is to enhance our bodies’ endocannabinoid system by feeding the appropriate foods like those high in essential fatty acids like hemp, flax & chia seeds, sardines, and anchovies. Chocolate, herbs, spices, and tea can naturally help the endocannabinoid system (ECS) function optimally, improve your health, and enhance the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis.
Certain activities can naturally enhance the endocannabinoid system’s function, improve your health, increase the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis, and feel great. Accompanying the protocol with your diet and the proper stress-reducing activities like meditating, yoga, breathing exercise, and social interaction can really help patients achieve their goals.
Going back to Mrs. Smith, she started the 6-day sensitization protocol and despite recalling that it wasn’t easy, she completed it and, after the last day, she was able to find her optimal dose. She been able to stick with it thus saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year. If Mrs. Smith was able to do it, so can you.
The act of juicing leafy greens like kale and spinach as a nutritional supplement may not come as a surprise to many of you, but have you ever thought about juicing the raw cannabis plant? Believe it or not, Marijuana is one of the most nutritionally complete food sources known to man. And what many patients don’t realize is that raw cannabis delivers therapeutic effects without the traditional ‘high’, similar to CBD.
According to Dr. William Courtney, a dietary raw cannabis specialist
and a strong believer in the plants healing powers, “you are actually walking
away from 99% of the benefits cannabis provides when you cook or smoke
Why is Raw Cannabis good?
The seeds contain fatty acids like Omega-6, Omega-3, Omega-9,
and palmitic acid. It also has vitamins like Vit A, B1, B2, B6, C, & E and minerals
like iron and calcium. In its protein, it contains important amino acids which we
cannot synthesize on our own. The leaves contain vital antioxidants, minerals
and elements like calcium, iron, potassium, carotenoids, zinc and selenium. It
shares limonene with lemons, beta carotene with carrots, and high levels of
anthocyanins with blood oranges/cherries. Anthocyanins are known to be a
non-narcotic but highly effective analgesic.
What are the benefits of raw Cannabis?
Raw cannabis and it’s acidic form is rich in cannabinoids and nutrients capable of preventing and healing some diseases. While vaporized or smoked cannabis can be used as a medicinal therapy, juicing raw cannabis can help prevent health issues before they even arise. Since it can assist with immune system function, provide anti-inflammatory benefits, improve bone metabolism and neural function it has been labeled the “most important vegetable on the planet”. In your daily life, it can enhance your health, boost your energy level, reduced inflammation, gastrointestinal relief, and decreased muscle soreness.
The primary cannabinoids found in raw cannabis are THCa and CBDa – the ‘a’ designating they exist in their acidic form. Given that THCa is non-psychoactive, patients are able to take large therapeutic doses without having to lose functionability or deal with negatives side effects of too much THC.
Dr. William Courtney says, “If you don’t heat marijuana, you can go up to five or six hundred milligrams and use the plant strictly as a dietary supplement by upping the anti-oxidant and neuro-protective levels which come into play at hundreds of milligrams of CBDA and THCA. It is this dramatic increase in dose from 10 mg of psychoactive THC to the 500 mg – 1,000 mg of non-psychoactive THCA, CBDA, and CBGA that comprises the primary difference between traditional medical marijuana treatments and using cannabis as a dietary supplement.”
How to juice your Cannabis!
The important part here is that you use raw, freshly harvested plant material as the decarboxylation process begins to occur immediately after harvest. Take extra caution to avoid any plant material that may have been exposed to pesticides or other microbiological contaminants. Do not be surprised if your local dispensary here in Florida does not have a fresh supply of good raw cannabis available. This is why having a program that supports home grown here is really important.
You can juice nearly any part of the cannabis plant; colas, leaves, and even the seeds. A masticating juicer (aka cold pressed juicers) is a must. It use a slower, crushing and squeezing action as opposed to centrifugal juicers, which use sharp teeth and high speeds to spin pulp around in its chamber. This is an important since the high speeds associated with some juicers cause heat, which can inadvertently convert your THCa into THC.
Raw cannabis juice is best when consumed immediately following the extraction. Also can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen into ice cubes and stored in the freezer for several months. The raw juice has a strong, bitter, leafy green taste; therefore, we recommend combining the cannabis with the juice of other fruits and vegetables.
Equipment Juicer Metal strainer or cheesecloth Medium bowl
Directions 1. Thoroughly wash your plant material and soak in cold water for 5 minutes. 2. Turn on the juicer and feed the leaves and bud through the chute. 3. Once the juice has been extracted, remove the pulp. 4. Squeeze pulp by hand over a cheesecloth or strainer to release remaining juice. Discard pulp. 5. Consume immediately or store in the fridge for up to 3 days
Update: Due to the Coronavirus, the OMMU and FL DOH has allowed doctors to do follow up visits (7-month recertifications) via Telemedicine/Telehealth and avoiding having to come into the office and risking getting infected with Covid-19.
Your MMJ card was given to you by The Florida Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) and is valid for 1 year from the date of initial approval. The Expiration Date is printed on it right next to the date of birth. This is different from your doctors recommendation which at the most can last up to 7 months.
The state recommends you begin the renewal process 45 days prior to your current card’s expiration date. While you can fill out another Patient/Caregiver ID Card Application (be sure you check the RENEWAL box at the top and follow directions on the form), the easiest way to renew your card is online.
To log inCLICK HERE. Your USERNAME will be the email you used to apply for your card originally.
If you don’t remember your password, CLICK HEREand enter your email address. The system will automatically send you a temporary password and ask you to create a new password. Your new password must have:
10 characters or more,
Upper case letter
Lower case letter
Once logged in, click YOUR CARD from the menu. Then click the RENEW MY CARD button. You will need to submit proof of residency. The easiest way is to upload a photo from your driver’s license or state-approved ID straight from your phone. Make sure to include the entire driver’s license and that the address is easy to read. Pay the yearly $75 plus tax and wait 7-10 business days for a temporary card approved via email. Your card will follow via regular mail.
✅ Start the process 45 days before the expiration date
There are 2 main ways of how it treats pain, CBD works via the Anti-inflammatory route while THC works via antinociceptive and anti-hyperalgesic effects at the peripheral and central levels, as has been demonstrated in acute and chronic pain models.
The most important thing is to keep in mind that every person is different and what works for one person might not have the same efficacy on others. We recommend trying several of these suggestions and maybe even experiment with them in different forms, like topicals, oils, or even transdermal patches. Smoking and vaporizing are good ways to get the plant’s painkilling properties quickly and gives the patient the full entourage effect.
ACDC is a very effective hybrid strain with a high concentration of CBD and THC and it’s usually in every list to treat pain. Medical cannabis strains with a chemical profile high in both CBD and THC may offer a similar, uplifting pain-relief experience.
2. Blue Dream
Blueberry indica and sativa Haze mixed to create a hybrid for fighting pain. Blue Dream claims to produce full-body relaxation coupled with mental alertness. As a result, it’s become popular for people looking to manage chronic pain during the day. Its sweet berry aroma doesn’t hurt its popularity either.
3. Blueberry Kush
Indica strain recommended by users for bedtime use because of it’s soothing and full-bodied relaxation effect. Constant discomfort can leave you feeling tense and wound up. Blueberry Kush may be able to help. Along with potentially managing pain and treating insomnia, Blueberry Kush may be a good choice for ADHD, mood disorders, nausea, and headaches.
Cannatonic contains less than 6 percent THC and will not induce a psychoactive high, making it a stellar daytime choice. High in CBD and terpene, Cannatonic is considered a restorative strain. A sought-after choice for chronic pain sufferers for its smooth, therapeutic effects.
Canna-Tsu, a sativa-dominant hybrid, is a favorite due to its minimal psychoactive effects and high CBD levels. With Canna-Tsu, easing pain symptoms does not need to halt the progress of your day or come with an inconvenient “high” feeling.
A strain users love for pain relief. Claimed to be chock-full of antioxidants and neuroprotective compounds, this multifaceted treatment option is perfect for people who don’t enjoy the heavy effects of more THC-heavy strains. A mellow and balanced daytime option, Harlequin is often used by patients with neurodegenerative diseases, arthritis pain, or a brain injury.
7. Sour Diesel
A pungent-flavoured sativa strain also known as “Sour D,” Sour Diesel is another one of the strains heavy in THC and low in CBD, making it a good daytime option.Though it is known to produce a psychoactive effect, patients state it is usually linked to an invigorating and energizing feeling and patients say it’s a great option for pain without the heavy, sedated feeling.