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Methods of Consumption

With adult use legalization in Colorado, innovation took place within the industry as people began applying creativity, science, and technology to cannabis. The team here at Organix is constantly working to curate and bring you the best selection of cannabis products across all forms and ingestion methods.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON FORMS OF CANNABIS:

Flower
Hash
Extracts
Distillates
Infusion

Ingestion methods:

Edibles
Inhalants
Tinctures
Topicals
Transdermals

What is in Cannabis?

There are over 480 compounds found in the cannabis plant. Some of them, such as cannabinoids are unique to cannabis. Other chemicals, such terpenes, are produced in many plants. There are over 60 cannabinoids and 140 different terpenes found in cannabis.

The cannabinoids that appear in the highest concentrations are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG), and cannabichromene (CBC). While in the same class, there are key differences in the compounds and the effects they have when consumed.

cannabis molecule structure

THC

THC is the most abundant cannabinoid in most cannabis plants. It is found mostly in its acid form, THCA, but once decarboxylated it is the main psychotropic in cannabis, responsible for the high. THC also has powerful medicinal effects: pain killing, anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.

CBD

Many breeders have been selecting for genetics that are higher in CBD than THC. These high CBD strains minimize the psychoactive effects of THC, while providing many medicinal benefits that CBD has to offer. These include: anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, pain killing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic.

Terpenes

cannabis and citrus

Terpenes are found throughout nature and are responsible for a lot of plants' nice smells. There are about 140 terpenes in cannabis and these compounds are responsible for the smell and taste of the cannabis. There is a lot of variation in the concentrations between strains, but these are some of the most common terpenes:

  • Myrcene, found in hops
  • Limonene, found in citrus
  • Caryophyllene, found in cloves
  • Pinene, found in pine trees
  • Humulene, found in sage and ginseng

Entourage effect

The entourage effect is the theory that each strain provides a unique effect due to the ratios of all cannabinoids and terpenes, rather than soley THC levels. These chemicals combined are what give strains a particular effect.

Two different strains may have the same exact levels of THC and CBD, and provide totally different effects. This is likely due to the unique ratio of terpenes and trace cannabinoids.

Types of Cannabis

Indica plant

There are four classes of cannabis that have different physical characteristics, and often provide similar mental effects to other strains in their class. The classes are:

Sativa

Sativas are very tall plants with long stalks and leaves, and they are often a lighter green in color than their indica counterparts. Sativas are also associated with a more uplifting and active mental state, and are often recommended for daytime use.

Indica

Indica plants are smaller and stockier, presenting more as a bush than a tree. It is more common for indica plants to present darker shades of green and purple in their phenotypes. Indica cannabis is also associated with deep physical and sedative effects. It is commonly described as couch-locking, and recommended for night time use.

Ruderalis

Cannabis ruderalis is the least-known class of cannabis. It is a small fibrous plant with low cannabinoid concentrations. It was discovered in Siberia and because it developed in an area where the days stay very long, its flowering process is different from the other classes of cannabis. Ruderalis’ flowering stage is triggered when the plant gets to a certain maturity, rather than due to a change in the light cycle like the other classes. Breeders used this in breeding some of the fourth class of cannabis, hybrids.

Hybrid

Hybrids are the last class of cannabis, and were bred by humans. Breeders have taken other classes and crossed them to get myriads of new strains with the traits that the breeders want to bring out. For example, ruderalis plants were bred with sativas and indicas to create auto-flowering cannabis that is high in cannabinoids. Breeders continue to select phenotypes with the best cannabinoid content, flavor, yield, color, pest resistance and more.

Tolerance

Effects Vary From One Person To The Next

Whether you are new to cannabis or an experienced user, knowing your tolerance is essential. Speak with our trained professionals to determine the appropriate products and dosage for your personal cannabis experience.

New to Cannabis

1 – 5mg

Experienced User

5-10mg

Cannabis Connoisseur

10-15mg

Cannabis Tolerance

  • Timing: Effects may last anywhere from 2 to 8 hours depending on the type and amount of cannabis consumed.
    • Edibles: Onset varies from person to person and may take 30 minutes to 2 hours or longer. Start with a low-dose or single serving product until you know how edibles will affect you.
  • Be Responsible:
    • Consume in a private setting.
    • Refrain from driving vehicles, operating equipment, or engaging in any activity that may endanger yourself or others.
    • Do not mix cannabis use with alcohol or other controlled substances.
    • Keep away from children, pets, and anyone under 21.

State Guidelines and Limits

Know the rules

While recreational cannabis is legal in the State of Colorado, be mindful of your neighbors and know the laws governing consumption.

Things to Know

  • You Must be 21 or Older: You are required to present a valid ID to purchase retail cannabis.
  • Keep it Private: Consuming cannabis in any form is not allowed in public spaces.
  • Keep it in Colorado: Cannabis is still illegal on a federal level. If you are interested in purchasing cannabis from a licensed dispensary, you must consume it within the State of Colorado.
  • Keep it Sealed: Remember to keep cannabis products sealed and unused when in the car. It is illegal to open and use any cannabis products inside a vehicle, including the passenger.
  • Purchase Limits: Colorado residents and non-residents are limited to purchasing
    • 1 oz flower;
    • 8 grams concentrates; or
    • 800 mg edibles.

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