Benjamin Bey of Soul D’licious Seasonings and co-host Stephanie Magurno of THC Production, LLC discuss Fibromyalgia and how cannabis may help relieve symptoms. Additionally, she addresses three common cannabis misconceptions and sets the record straight.
Cannabis Science – Fibromyalgia
Today we’re talking about Fibromyalgia and how cannabis may prove to be a useful tool in treating the painful symptoms of this disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.” Furthermore, some researchers believe that Fibromyalgia “amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals.” In other words, the disease messes with your brain and your nerves, sending pain sensations out of control. However, not much is conclusively know about Fibromyalgia. As a result, it has been quite difficult to treat, and many of those afflicted suffer constantly. There is currently no cure.
But, a small study may show promise. One that’s considered the “gold standard” of studies – the double-blind. It was performed in Brazil and they took a strain of White Widow cannabis. The THC and terps were extracted into a tincture and used in a 48:1 concentrations, administered sublingually. The 17 women who were studied were given 4 drops per day and were given a questionnaire to determine how they were feeling before and after the dosage. They reported decreases in pain and symptom alleviation. Additionally, they reported a positive increase in mood. In the end, the cannabis group reported a significant improvement in their overall physical and mental wellbeing.
Cannabis Chronicles – Misconceptions
A very common complaint is the price of cannabis. They discuss the markups that the dispensaries charge. However, most people simply don’t understand the math involved and the regulations involved to bring things to market. For example, cannabis companies have a ton of regulations on the way things operate. Very oppressive and strict regulations hike up the costs of doing simple tasks that would otherwise be less expensive or non-existent. But that’s not the worst part.
Unlike other businesses, cannabis companies are unable to write off certain expenses that most other businesses would be able to claim on their taxes, thereby reducing their net profit and reducing the amount in taxes they have to pay. This is due to the fact that cannabis is still illegal at the federal level. Furthermore, the laws are so backward that you could actually lose money in the business and still owe taxes to the Federal Government… for an activity they deem illegal.
Only expenses directly related to the production of the product can be written off against the bottom line. In other words, you can’t write off any marketing costs, sales costs, accounting costs, etc. So when that comes to the dispensaries, the only thing they get to write off are the products they purchase. They can’t write off employee costs, rent for their building, marketing, business licensing, etc. The misconceptions about the amount of money being taken in cause many customers to get upset and look to the black market.
Another misconception is that the most important part of the cannabis plant is the THC content of the plant or product. It’s basically the only thing most buyers care about. However, the combination of terpenes in the plant makes a huge difference. In fact, strains with smaller THC concentrations with higher terp concentrations can actually hit you harder. The same is true for CBD tinctures like those produced by Experience Premium Cannabis.
Finally, we come to the misconceptions about oil color. Many people believe that darker oils are impure or lack quality. Many people believe the lighter the oil, the more pure the product is. However, that’s simply not the case. Just as THC isn’t everything, full-spectrum oils will contain more aspects of cannabis and offer additional benefits. As a result, the oil will be darker.
Most products on the market use distillate and these products. Frequently, they’re more clear in color. And there’s nothing wrong with distillate. In fact, we use it in many of our edibles here at OMG THC. There are many great uses for it, and one of the benefits is a lack of taste and smell that many consumers find off-putting. But color isn’t everything. And in using distillate, you actually lose out on many of the medicinal benefits that the cannabis plant offers in its press forms. Ultimately, it’s about feeling, flavor, and results. And of course, the overall benefit you receive.
For more information on product quality, request a lab sheet from your budtender. All products produced in Nevada will contain this information and it’s available to you and at your disposal.
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Each podcast episode of Soul D’licious Infused includes different topics on the Nevada cannabis industry, as well as special guests. We interview different people from across the industry and discuss all kinds of topics. These include the pros and cons of different extracts, cannabis trends, local market info, and more. Additionally, we talk about cannabis science topics and cannabis studies. Finally, we feature the stories behind the people who work in the cannabis industry.
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