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“Viper’s guide to cannabis”
There is a lot to be learned from the wonderful plant that is Cannabis and there is no shame in wanting to know more.
The more a viper knows about the gage they’re consuming, the better they can begin to curate their experience and treat what ails them, all while respecting the nature of the plant. J&B’s has this handy guide to bring you up to speed on the basic foundations of cannabis to make you an enlightened viper.
“Cannabis needs women of color”
Despite legalized cannabis being a relatively young industry, it has already been saturated and dominated by white male energy, leaving little room and numerous obstacles for people of color to rise up and create their own spaces for cultural and wellness events in the realm of cannabis.
“Cannabis is the most recent example of how Black and Brown communities are the most impacted by poor policy decisions yet receive little resources to overcome the resulting inequalities.
– Ebony Andersen, COO
Paying homage to Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday who were persecuted for their open cannabis consumption, the female founders of J&B are paving new avenues for women of color to educate themselves on healing and strengthen local communities with a little flower along the way.
Until J&B was founded there were no dispensaries existing for women of color to congregate and learn about medicinal cannabis. “We want to help women of color learn about cannabis- because not being a cannabis expert shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing self care.”
– Whitney Beatty, founder and CEO
- Black and Brown folk are still overpoliced and underrepresented when it comes to cannabis consumption. Black folk are 4 times more likely to be arrested for a cannabis related offense than white folk, despite the diversity amongst cannabis consumers.
Communities of color have less access to health care, higher numbers of anxiety, and little information about plant medicine.
- Female CEOs in the cannabis industry have been rapidly decreasing.
- Women of color are left out of the conversation of cannabis and not a targeted marketdespite their statistics on consumption.
Both are cannabinoids, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant that act as the main rhythm section to what makes you feel high. Let us introduce y’all:
First up, THC: the primary psychoactive cannabinoid component in cannabis! Followed by, CBD: the primary non psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis!
The two famous annabinoids everyone’s talking about! Both can be found within the cannabis flower but each have their own unique effects and properties. Together they can work in tandem to generate therapeutic effects that neither one would have separately. THC is what is known for causing the euphoric high. CBD works with your brain’s neurotransmitters to stimulate anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety medicinal benefits. If ever you’re worried about becoming too “elevated”, CBD can aid in neutralizing that potent high.
What are terpenes anyway? Why, a terpene is what gives the essence of a smell to all plants, from citrus to lavender, to clove, to cannabis. Terpenes are in all kinds of things like cosmetics, perfumes, and pharmaceuticals. With holistic benefits from calming to energizing, they can be good for you mentally and physically. When you take those beautiful terpenes and combine them with those good ol’ cannabinoids, those holistic benefits we love them so much for can be heightened. That’s what we call the entourage effect.
Now, when you learn your terpenes and how they can make you feel, you can start to curate your own high and that can be an empowering thing. That’s because you can experience those beneficial holistic effects without having to get too high. If you just want to feel a little something instead of a lot of something, try a low percentage of THC with a higher amount of CBD, or a close ratio of terpenes to cannabinoids ie: 10:1, 5:1, 3:1. Start low and work your way up as you learn what works best for you. And trust your senses, just like you know what a song is really swinging, you know what scents appeal to you. Use your nose to guide you when selecting your cannabis. If it smells good to you, it just may feel good to you.
Meet your terpenes!
- PINENE (PIE-neen) is one of the stimulating terpenes that can be found in pine trees, basil, and rosemary plants, making it one of the most common terpenes found in nature. It can bring about a sense of “Focus” and has neuroprotective properties to aid in cognitive function and memory loss! Pinene can also benefit ailments like depression, and asthma. A few pinene strains you may know are Royal Pineapple, Taffy, and Amaretto Sour.
- LIMONENE (Lim-o-neen) is a terpene made to lift you up when you’re feeling all beat up. With it’s delightful lemon and citrus scent this terpene can aid in reducing situational stress and give your mood a nice boost! Some holistic uses of Limonene can be used to calm anxiety and can have anti cancer benefits. Limonene is the second most prevalent terpene within strains, and can be found in popular strains like Wedding Cake and Dos-Si-Dos.
- TERPINOLENE (ter-PIN-uh-leen) known for it’s energizing effects can generate cerebral, artistic, and inspiring motivations too! This terpene really gets the joint jumping! With a distinct woody, herbaceous, yet slightly floral scent terpinolene can be found naturally within apples, nutmeg, and tea trees. Holistic benefits of this terpene can range from anti-bacterial to anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. The starring strains featuring this terpene are Trainwreck, Jack, and Super Lemon Haze.
- OCIMENE (OH-sih-meen ) is a smooth, subtle terpene with a herbal, earthy, (and touch of citrus) fragrance. Ociemene can bring on feelings of relaxation and comfort. Ocimene dominant strains are pretty rare but can be found in varying concentrations in other chemovars. The beauty of Ocimene is that even in its subtly, this terpene can offer potential anti-inflammatory benefits. There are certain strains that have this terpene as the second or third most abundant like Dream Queen, Green Crack, and Clementine.
- CARYOPHYLLENE (carry-OFF-uh-leen) is part of the spectrum of terpenes that can have you feeling real nice and mellow; it can inspire feelings of comfort within it’s consumers and has an aroma of cloves, cinnamon, and black pepper to go along with it. This terpene is distinct in its ability to directly interact with the body’s CB2 receptors, an important protein that is heavily involved in the body’s immune system, and plays an important role in fighting inflammation to manage localized pain, something no other terpene can do! This means Caryophyllene can potentially benefit those struggling with insomnia, pain relief, and muscle spasms. Even the CB2 receptors found within parts of the digestive tract can be positively impacted by strains high in this terpene. Famous strains like Girl Scout Cookies and Sherbert traditionally are associated with Caryophyllene.
- MYRCENE (MUR-seen) is another mellowed out terpene that carries a unique earthy and herbal smell and can be found within hops, mango, and lemongrass. Like Caryophyllene, this terpene also has calming effects to help ease situational discomfort and improve relaxation. This terpene goes hand-in-hand with CBD nicely and can also be used for insomnia and pain spasms. Myrcene is the most popular terpene in strains on the recreational market and is found in the bulk of them including Blue Dream, OG Kush, and Green Crack.
With the legal cannabis industry growing as quickly as it is, there is a new understanding for growing and processing the desired effects of a particular chemovar or “strain”. This is where the Entourage Effect comes in. Sometimes also known as the Ensemble Effect, this phenomenon is the relationship between terpenes and cannabinoids (like THC and CBD). It is when Terpenes interact with cannabinoids that a consumer can feel the unique effects of a strain. Benefits you may not feel when interacting with solely terpenes or cannabinoids can be unlocked by utilizing both together. Think of it like when the horns, percussions and the strings are really jamming and the joint starts jumping and the music starts. That’s like the Entourage Effect!
Listen here Vipers, the labels Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid are NOT going to tell you how you’ll experience the effects of cannabis, or as we like to call it in the Teapads, gage. Sativa and Indica are actually descriptors for the flower itself and don’t really get the job done to describe the true effects when you smoke it, drink it, eat it, etc. Sativa, Indica and Hybrid have been used as blanket terms to give consumers an idea of the effects they feel, but in all honesty, they just aren’t sufficient. For example, a strain described as “sativa” can give you more than a stimulating head high, and an indica can offer way more than a “In da couch” couch lock body high. Just like your favorite jazz song, gage chemovars (strains) can be complex with layers and a multitude of vibes.
There is a Chemovar or strain for everyone’s specific needs, it just requires understanding which one is your preference. Type 1 ratios are the most common you see on the market, they contain mainly THC and allow for a good old fashioned euphoric high. There is very little CBD in Type 1’s.
However, Type 2’s have a trick or two up their sleeve in their ability to have a higher CBD to THC content. Depending on the varying amounts of CBD present in relation to THC: 1:1, 2:1, 3:1 the consumer can control how high they want to become. Meaning, that you can select a 3:1 and go about your day playing hooky! Type 2’s also have the potential to alleviate discomforts like anxiety and aches. But if you want to feel fine and have a good time, a balanced ratio can provide holistic benefits and still lift you up.
The final Type 3 variation is very high CBD and very low THC also dubbed as Hemp, but not to be confused with the rough material used for clothes. Very few vendors carry Type 3’s due to it creating little to no high when consumed.
Here’s the thing to remember about your gage: The more CBD to THC in your strain, the less high you’ll potentially become, although this varies from person to person. Just like we don’t all experience the same feelings when listening to an iconic Billie Holiday song, not everyone is going to have the same experience with a particular strain.
That’s why it’s helpful for a smart viper like you to consider ratios when consuming. It’ll help give you an idea of how potentially intense your experience will be. Ratios are also useful for those of us who are looking to treat discomfort, pain, or anxiety without experiencing a potent high. With our Champagne Glass system The percentage of cannabinoids and terpenes are broken down into rankings to show the potential strength/potency of the product. The higher the percentage the more likely you’ll be to benefit from the plant’s holistic properties. To curate your ideal cannabis experience it is recommended to start small then work up to find your rhythm.
Advocate– helpful educators on J&B products.
Cannabinoids – the main drivers behind the feeling of being high, a chemical
compound found in the cannabis plant. THC and CBD are popular cannabinoids.
CBD – the primary non psychoactive cannabinoid.
Chemovar – the scientific term for a strain.
Entourage Effect/Ensemble Effect – The relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes; specifically how in tandem new effects of strains can be unlocked that would not have been available without the other.
Gage – Cannabis. This term is particularly associated with Louis Armstrong. “That was our cute little nickname for marijuana…We always looked at pot as a sort of medicine, a cheap drunk and with much better thoughts than one that’s full of liquor.” – Louis Armstrong
Hemp – a very low in THC variation of cannabis flower, that can be harvested for fibrous material fabrics, paper, and rope.
Strain – a flower’s particular variety. Ex: Blue Dream, Lambs Bread, OG Kush.
THC – the main psychoactive cannabinoid component to cannabis.
Terpene – a naturally occurring compound found in plants that provide the essence of a
Type 1 – strains with mainly THC and allow for a good old fashioned euphoric high.
Type 2 – strains with varying amounts of CBD present in relation to THC: 1:1, 2:1, 3:1. Will not get you as high depending on the specific ratio.
Type 3 – very high CBD and very low THC also dubbed as Hemp, but not to be confused with the rough material used for clothes.
Tea Pad – Originated in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance era in the 1930s and into the 40s; an after-hours club where pot was smoked and jazz music performed.
Viper(s) – Refers to hip cats from the 1930s who inhaled. Examples include Cab
Calloway, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Louis Jordan. They frequented tea pads and smoked gage. The term vipers arose from the “sssssst” sound made by an inhaling pot-smoker or a snake. “We did call ourselves the Vipers, which could have been anybody from all walks of life that smoked and respected the gage,” Louis Armstrong describing his relationship with cannabis to biographer Max Jones