Cannabis Flower 101

Marijuana has many different names, with the most common being known as cannabis flower.  What is it though? It’s essentially dried flower of the bud of the cannabis plant. It has to be a female part of this. This one has a wide variety of cannabinoids, which crate the effects, both psychoactive and otherwise. There are terpenes, trichomes, and other aromas that are found in this, and usually, it’s dried, then cured, and then, they make it for sale at the local dispensary. 

Types of flower. 

There are many defend types of flower, but there are different kinds with similar properties. First, there is loose flower, which is just the flower bud in it of itself. It also is premium, which is the nugget shape of the cannabis, where it is dense and full, and usually is very rich in terpenes and trichomes, along with nutrients and flavors too. It’s usually the most expensive kinds of flowers. Popcorn is known for being small little kernels, and usually it doesn’t have the nutrients that the other types of cannabis plants have. Usually, they are cheaper, but they aren’t as flavorful as the regular flower, but they’re good for those on a budget. There is also the shake, and usually those are both premium with popcorn, and it can be different plants all put together, or used in concentrates, edibles, and pre-rolls. Every type of these can be either indica, sativa, or even hybrid, making it easy to find the ones that you want to get. 

What to use for Flower 

When you buy flower, you want to get it from a dispensary that’ll help you get the right flower and the right tools of the trade, while also answering questions. Once answered, they’ll give you the flower, and a way to smoke this. Most of them will give you a feel for the effects, but remember everyone will react defiantly, so take it slow. Once you choose what kind of flower you want, you can then choose the consumption method. This is good for those who want to really get the effects. One of the easiest is of course, vaping, which is something that lets you put the flower into there, and then they do all of the work. 

You may need a grinder as well. This lets you break the flower into pieces that are tinier, which keeps your fingers from having a stickiness to them, and also helps with easier smoking too. While some may choose to use anything other than grinders, this is usually what beginners enjoy. There is also a glass pipe, papers, a water pipe, and filters.  Glass pipes are small, convenient ways for you to smoke, and they come in a variety of styles. Every single one of them has one side packed, and then, you inhale and hold onto the smoke from the other side of it. There is also water pipes, also called bongs, that use water to inhale smoke, and it can be good to prevent inhalation of ash. 

Finally, you’ve got the joints, papers and filters, and these of course involve you rolling them. There are different kinds of joints too, pre-rolls, and then those with papers and flowers, and of course you’ve got to do it yourself. If you want to use this, you can talk to someone to help you figure out just what kinds of cannabis flower you want, and what will be fitting for you to use, and also that is simple for you to consume and have as well as a daily measure too. 

Medical Cannabis and sleep Apnea 

Obstructive sleep apnea isn’t snoring, since snoring is due to the movement of tissues within the throat as a person lets out and takes in air. While it’s annoying, it’s not a huge health risk. OSA however, is when you stop breathing, which causes the soft tissues within the throat to fall down and blocks the airway. When that stops, your oxygen levels will go down. Whenever your SCNS detects this, it’ll activate those fight or flight systems, releasing hormones such as adrenaline to help you wake up and you may start to gasp trying to get air. Because this reaction happens in seconds, you may not notice it, but you may have very interrupted sleep. 

Usually, this is diagnosed with what’s called a sleep study, where they look at the oxygen, breathing, and different variables. Usually, the results are reported on a system of numbers, and from there, they figure out what to do with you. It’s beyond just feeling tired, it can actually contribute to heart disease, hypertension, gaining weight, damage to the brain, even metabolic syndrome. This, of course, is prevalent and may happen due to not being diagnosed in most cases. 

Current Treatments? 

Usually, at this point the treatments are a CPAP machine, which pumps air with a face mask over the face to offer a flow of air that is steady to stop the airways from collapsing as well. A lot of people don’t like this though due to how it sits, and usually, they discontinue use. Another form of therapy has come forward though, and that is where they put oral appliances on the jaw, in a forward motion to keep the airway open, and it works, but the problem is it can cause TMJ. 

There are some studies however that are reporting that there is a chance that marijuana can be used to help, since it reduces anxiety, depression, insomnia and stress. There is also some studies which say that CBD may help those who can’t sleep with a CPAP machine and other kinds of therapies. There is also evidence which is limited but it’s been found that cannabinoids that are within marijuana may also discover that there is a way to reduce the frequency and instance of sleep apnea. 

One of them was done in rats and bulldogs, where they administered different kinds of THC, monitored it for sleep apnea, and it was found that the frequency was a whole lot less during REM and non-REM cycles too. There was also a study that showed that synthetic THC also may have some promise of suppressing your immune system, and there was another study that was done where there were adults with moderate to severe sleep apnea and were given synthetic THC before they fell asleep. Since then, they found that there were reductions in their scores too over time, and it can be significant in some cases for those who have mild to moderate sleep apnea. 

With that being said, there is still a lot of studies which need to be done to help you with getting the right medical marijuana to help you. While it may not be a valid study, there is something that may showcase that THC may aid with the increase of serotonin, and of course, this can play in serotonin regulation levels, which also plays a role in how they are affected by apnea moments too, and right now, there is still some work to be done on and it could possibly be what people are looking for when they’re looking to get the sleep aid that they need.