One thing will be certain as you travel down the road to fine-tuning your medication: You will come across varying information – maybe even some ‘alternative facts.’
There are a couple reasons for this. One reason is that, because of the Schedule I (States) and Schedule II (Canada) classification of the plant, human double blind studies in North America are few and far between. There are no big money groups to fund studies who stand to prosper once you discover how powerful and effective a treatment cannabis can be. So, a lot of the evidence is in the personal use in the thousand-year history of using the plant, (this evidence is known as anecdotal evidence), and animal studies (which have been conclusive and positive within their framework). One thing is certain. It is a safe, effective and healthy alternative method of dealing with what ails you. There are no long-term side effects, withdrawal symptoms or damage to kidney, liver and GI tract that other treatment plans may produce. You may die from drinking too much water, there are no cases of death-by-cannabis.
Because we are all so unique, we will have slightly different experiences with the plant, and even varying experiences from day to day. The broad strokes tend to be the same but that doesn’t equate to a one-size fits all approach. You can compare this to having a glass of wine. It may affect you differently from day to day, and certainly different people metabolize it differently. In other (bigger) words, our individual metabolisms and the state of our endocannabinoid systems are not only bio-individual, but also always in flux as they try to maintain balance and equilibrium (homeostasis).
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One of the components that we can offer you broad stroke information on is the boiling temperature of different cannabinoids and terpenes in your medication. This information is mainly for those who use vaporizers, but may influence you to use a vaporizer if you don’t already.
Vaporizing is healthier than smoking and has a faster onset than ingestible oils. These facts alone make it an attractive method of ingestion. When you vaporize you are setting the temperature of your unit to allow for the heating and boiling-off of the medicinal components in the plant without actually bringing them to the temperature of toxin/carcinogen producing combustion. You are inhaling vapours rather that smoke. This method is healthier and cleaner than smoking.
The optimal temperature range for cannabis is between 180-210 C (356-410 F). Generally, temperatures below 190 C (374 F) tend to produce a more cerebral high and temperatures above that tend to produce a body high. Vaporizing the same bowl of cannabis at different temperatures will produce different results. The maximum heat cannabis can take before starting to burn is around 230 C (446 F).
Example of Boiling Points Chart for Common Cannabinoids and Terpenes
|Compound||Effects||Strains high in…||Boiling temperatures|
|THC||Cannabinoid which produces a ‘high’||Delahaze, Eran Almog (MedReleaf)
Strawberry Cough, Girl Scout Cookies , Head Cheese
|157 C (314.6 F)|
|CBD||Cannabinoid which is used as anti-inflammatory and anti- anxiety||CBD #1
High CBD (Hydropothecary)
|160-180 C (320-356 F)|
|Beta-Caryophyllene||Terpene – anti-inflammatory. Most common terpene (drug detection dogs are trained to smell this terpene in cannabis) Relieves some effects of THC overmedication||Train Wreck, Rockstar, Skywalker OG, Sour Diesel||199 C
|Beta- Myrcene||Terpene – Analgesic, Antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory. Relaxant.||White Widow, Pure Kush||166-168 C
|1,8 cineole aka eucalyptol||Monoterpene. Contributes to the ‘entourage effect’. Increases cerebral blood flow, acts as a stimulant, mood balancer, antiviral, antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory||ChemDawg, Bubba Kush||176 C
|D-Limonene||Terpene – anti-mutagenic, antidepressant and immune system boosting properties||Super Lemon Haze, Chernobyl, Tangie||177 C (350.6 F)|
|Linalool||Antidepressant, sedative and immune system booster, modulate motor movements||Amnesia Haze, lavender, LA Confidential||198 C
|Alpha-Pinene||Aids short term memory, alertness and breathing||Jack Herer, Lemon Sour Diesel||155 C
If this is a little too complicated, rest assured that vaping between 180-210 C (356-410 F) will be just fine.
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