The Top 10 Popular Marijuana Strains in California

California Marijuana Laws 2018

When it comes to marijuana, California is one of the most friendly states in the nation.

California Marijuana Laws 2018

Not only is California one of 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana, they were the very first to legalize medical marijuana back in 1996. With that in mind, using data compiled by Leafly below are the 10 most popular marijuana strains in California.

Ah, the well-known, well-loved, always-great Blue Dream. With Blueberry and Haze lineage, this strain delivers an uplifting, buzzy high, and a deliciously sweet and piney flavor. You can pretty much never go wrong with Blue Dream, which earns its place at the top of this list.

Girl Scout Cookies has shot into prominence in recent years. This is due in no small part to it’s wonderful taste, and euphoric high. This cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison is certainly a modern classic.

This cross between Super Skunk and Chemdawg is known for its strong, earthy and diesel-like smell. With a high that’s energetic and uplifting, while allowing for greater focus, makes it great for daytime use.

OG Kush is one of the most well-know cannabis strains ever, with even most non-consumers having heard of it. The classic combo of Hindu Kush and Chemdawg is easily one of the most loved and sought-after strains on the market.

Despite an unfortunate name that doesn’t do the cannabis movement any justice, Green Crack is an extremely popular and well-loved strain. Its popularity is due to its sweet, citrusy flavor and smell, and it’s strong buzzing high.

Jack Herer – named after the legendary activist and author – is a sativa-dominant cross between Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk that has a legendary reputation in its own right. It has a piney smell and flavor with a backdrop of citrus, and a smooth, even high.

As Leafly puts it: “When Skywalker met OG Kush, a beautiful baby was born. That baby is Skywalker OG, a strain that has earned its way to fame not by name (although that probably helped), but through potency and flavor. The THC content of this indica-dominant hybrid is certainly one to write home about, and I’ve seen the loud earthy and lemon flavors of this hybrid literally raise eyebrows.”

Bubba Kush is a definitive indica that has a potent head high that’s perfect for those trying to relax or get some sleep. With sweet hashish flavors with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee, Bubba Kush is a delight to smoke.

As noted by Leafly: “The predominant OG family has another prestigious strain in California, and its name is Fire OG. A cross of different OG Kush phenotypes, Fire OG takes on a fiery appearance with vibrant orange hair stretching out from a bed of crystal resin.”

SFV OG owes much of its greatness to its OG Kush lineage, but it separates itself with a unique flavor and smell.

Benefits of regulating your endocannabinoid system

In a world where nearly all of the information ever collected by humans is available on the internet, many of us have an insatiable desire for self-improvement. One of the foundation blocks for this personal development drive is to be fully conscious about your body, so that you can strive to live as healthily as possible.

To live well, and feel good both mentally and physically, the body has numerous systems which must be kept balanced. One of these is the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which influences our mental health via the central nervous system, and also our physical health, with cannabinoid receptors strategically placed all over the body, including in immune tissues.

The ECS is so fascinating because we had no definite knowledge of its existence until the early 1990s, and because the compounds, called cannabinoids, which have the power to regulate this system are found in hemp and marijuana.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive cannabinoid that triggers the most intense effects of cannabis through the CB1 receptor. But cannabidiol (CBD) has a more nuanced effect on the ECS, supporting natural regulation by increasing activity among endocannabinoids and tweaking the binding affinity of cannabinoid receptors to cannabinoids and endocannabinoids.

Let’s look more closely at why you should regulate your ECS with wholesale CBD products.

Improved immune system health

There is great value in having an immune system that is strong, without overreacting to threats. This helps strike a balance where virus and bacteria can easily be defeated, so you don’t experience as many bugs and illnesses, but without the system being prone to triggering so much inflammation that it causes an autoimmune disease.

Regulating the ECS is extremely helpful for the immune system. CB2 receptors are linked to the system, and when endocannabinoids bind with them, inflammation is reduced. THC also helps to relieve inflammation, as a CB2 receptor agonist, but CBD has the opposite effect at this receptor so produces a different anti-inflammatory effect. CBD’s benefits come from restricting the FAAH enzyme, which elevates anandamide levels. Extra anandamide in the body means more can be used to regulate inflammation at the CB2 receptor.

ECS regulation helps balance mood

There are multiple neurotransmitters and receptors involved with mood regulation in the human body: anandamide and the CB1 receptor is just part of the puzzle, but an important one.

Anandamide has antidepressant properties by virtue of being a CB1 receptor agonist, and in the correct levels, the compound helps ensure that mood stays balanced, so as not to cause volatile swings, or a more severe condition like bipolar disorder.

Taking CBD often promotes a consistently higher level of anandamide in the body, which is helpful for mood regulation in those who may not generate enough of the endocannabinoid naturally.

Manage Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD)

One way of avoiding Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) and a dysfunctional ECS is by regulating the system with CBD products. CECD is a theoretical condition that is perhaps behind more well-known, but unusual illnesses such as migraines and fibromyalgia.

Medical experts have not reached consensus on a cause for either, but both have symptoms that are typical of ECS dysregulation. This has strengthened the concept that some people are deficient in anandamide, 2-AG and other endocannabinoids and that these imbalances are triggering more serious problems. It’s certainly possible that the causes for fibromyalgia and migraines are relatively simple and have been hiding in plain sight, since ECS research was non-existent until the late 20th century.

Using CBD or a whole-plant cannabis product with a balanced ratio of THC to CBD will provide the most benefit if you are suffering from CECD. THC works as a more potent version of anandamide, while by stopping anandamide reuptake, CBD promotes a healthy level of the endocannabinoid in the ECS.

ECS regulation is great for the bones

Bone health is greatly improved by ECS regulation, which is particularly useful information for senior citizens, who are at an increased risk of bone breakages and fractures, and conditions like osteoporosis, which causes brittle bones. A 2018 survey also found that more than 10 percent of CBD users took products to relieve arthritis and joint pain.

Cannabinoid receptors are involved with the stimulation of bone formation, as shown by a 2015 study. This research revealed that CBD wholesale speeds up the healing process of mid-femoral fractures in rats, an effect which CBD was unable to replicate. An earlier study showed that CB2 receptors help to balance bone metabolism.

The Current Top 10 Most Popular Marijuana Strains

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Among the hundreds – if not thousands – of marijuana strains found around the world, here are the 10 most popular.

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Blue Dream.

Using data compiled by Leafly, here are the 10 most popular marijuana strains at this very moment:

The Current 10 Most Popular Marijuana Strains:

  • Blue Dream

Blue Dream has remained a mainstay in the marijuana scene for decades. A sativa-dominant marijuana strain, Blue Dream, is a cross between the indica-dominant Blueberry and the sativa-dominant Haze. It’s known for its smooth and uplifting high, as well as its delicious blueberry flavor.

  • Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel is a cross between Super Skunk and Chemdawg, and it stands out due to its strong diesel smell, and its energetic and potent high.

  • Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) is a popular mix between OG Kush and Durban Poison It has a powerful high that permeates the body, and a strong, sweet taste and smell.

  • Green Crack

Green Crack has an energetic high and a powerful body buzz that reaches the head. It has a sweet, almost citrus-like taste and smell. The name may not be doing the marijuana industry any favors, but those who try it can easily understand its popularity.

  • OG Kush

OG Kush has been one of the most popular strains for many years year. A cross between Hindu Kush and Chemdawg, OG Kush has an earthy, piney flavor, and a strong head high, that’s loved by many.

  • Granddaddy Purple

Granddaddy Purple is a powerful indica that’s a mix between Big Bud and Purple Urkle. With a berry-like flavor, this strain is a joy to smoke. It’s most known for its dense, kiefy nuggets.

  • Original Glue

Gorilla Glue #4 has been replaced on this list with Original Glue. According to Leafly, “Original Glue (GG4), developed by GG Strains, is a potent hybrid strain that delivers heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch. Its chunky, resin-covered buds fill the room with pungent earthy and sour aromas inherited from its parent strains, Chem’s SisterSour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. Taking first place in both the Michigan and Los Angeles 2014 Cannabis Cups as well as the High Times Jamaican World Cup, this multiple award-winning hybrid’s supremacy is no longer a secret, and consumers will search far and wide to get their hands sticky with Original Glue (GG4).”

  • Jack Herer

Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant strain named after the legendary activist and author. It’s a cross between Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk, with piney and citrusy smell and flavor, and a smooth long-lasting high.

  • White Widow

White Widow’s popularity is due to its energetic, uplifting and powerful high; its uniquely earthy flavor and smell also help it stand out. This strain is a mix between South American Sativa and South Indian Indica.

  • Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush is a powerful indica-dominant strain, known for its heavy relaxation-inducing effects. Although Bubba Kush isn’t a flashy strain, it remains popular for good reason; its strength and consistency.

 

For more information on these strains and hundreds of others, go to Leafly’s website by clicking here.

5 Misconceptions About Cannabis That Have To Disappear in 2019

Last year, the world made one major step toward the global legalization of cannabis: Canada became the first G7 nation to legalize it both for medical and recreational use (and the second country to do so in the world).

Other countries may follow their lead: New Zealand plans to hold a referendum about the matter next year, Mexico’s interior minister is expected to push for its legalization in the country, the Netherlands is also considering to better regulate it, and many other countries are at least discussing the legalization of cannabis as we speak. We have many articles answering the most frequent questions about cannabis so today, let’s take a look at some common myths and misconceptions about it that should finally disappear in 2019.

The question of addiction

Many sources claim that cannabis is not addictive – not physically, at least. There is truth in this misconception – cannabis is far less addictive than, say, alcohol and hard drugs but saying that it’s not addictive is wrong.

Statistics say that about 9% of all marijuana users become physically addicted to it. While this percentage is lower than in the case of alcohol (15%) and heroin (23%), it still exists.

You can’t overdose on cannabis

Another misconception about cannabis is that it’s impossible to overdose. Actually, this is only true for a lethal overdose – for cannabis to kill you, you’d have to consume about 1000 pounds (or around 450 kilograms) of it in a minute, which is physically impossible. But, given the strains with a higher THC and CBD content, it is indeed possible to overdose on cannabis – it causes dizziness, anxiety, paranoia, and loss of coordination.

Cannabis doesn’t harm your lungs

Of course, it doesn’t – if you don’t smoke it, that is. Inhaling smoke of any kind is bad for your lungs, no matter if the smoke comes from a campfire, a cigarette or a joint. Even if you smoke it, the quantity you smoke in a day is far smaller than in the case of tobacco – but this doesn’t make it harmless at all.

Cannabis cures cancer

First of all, let’s get one thing straight: cancer is not one disease – there are more than 100 types of malignant abnormal cell growth documented to date.

Dr. Manuel Guzmán, a biology professor at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain, has run a clinical trial of his THC-based concoction on humans with an aggressive form of brain cancer known as “glioblastoma” that have resisted traditional treatments and found that all of them have responded at least partially – so there is some science behind this misconception. His work surely does call for further research on the subject but this doesn’t mean that cannabis cures cancer. Not to mention the fact that Dr. Guzmán’s test subjects had the mix injected directly into their brain – not the most recreational way to consume it, right?

Smoking pot is best

No, it’s not – because it involves smoke (see above), it’s not the best way to consume cannabis. Aside from edibles, there are many other ways in which you can consume cannabis – vaping, tinctures, topicals or oral sprays, to name just a few – that are far less harmful to your body than smoking. Choose the one that’s best for you.

Weekend Unlimited Wins the “Pot” Lottery

“POT” LOTTERY GENERATES GLOBAL INTEREST AND EXPOSURE FOR CANADA’S LEADERSHIP IN CANNABIS LEGALIZATION

Weekend Unlimited Inc. (“Weekend” or the “Company”) (CSE: YOLO – FSE: 0OS1) has been informed by the Canadian Stock Exchange (CSE) that it has won the lottery for the trading symbol POT.

“Weekend Unlimited is thrilled to add the iconic POT trading symbol to its identity,” said Mr. Paul Chu, Weekend Unlimited President and CEO. “As a fast-growing multi-state operator, Weekend Unlimited is developing lifestyle brands around recreational and wellness to help define the future of the cannabis industry. The POT symbol is a tremendous fit with our brand identity.”

The Canadian Securities Exchange, collectively with Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”), TSX Venture Exchange, and Aequitas NEO Exchange (together the “Exchanges”) announced thelottery for the POT symbol in January 2019. With the symbol in high demand, many eligible issuers currently listed on any of the Exchanges, or applicants who have made listing applications to the Exchanges, submitted ballots for the POT symbol.

Added Mr. Chu, “There has been tremendous excitement generated globally for the POT symbol. The POT lottery served to raise the profile of Canada’s leadership in legal recreational cannabis and we believe it will also serve to raise Weekend Unlimited’s leadership profile.”

Weekend Unlimited expects to begin trading with the new symbol POT on Monday, February 4th, subject to confirmation by the CSE.

About Weekend Unlimited Inc.

Weekend Unlimited is capitalizing on its vast industry relationships to establish a lifestyle brand featuring premium products and delivering life’s highest moments.

The company aggregates and scales small to medium brands, primarily in the categories of flower, extracts and edibles. Weekend Unlimited brands have best of class operations, distribution and strong revenue trajectories, making them ideal candidates for the deployment of capital and expertise through access to technologies, infrastructure and centralized systems. Learn more at www.weekendunlimited.com

For Sixth Straight Year, Super Bowl Features Team from a Legal Marijuana State

As the National Football League (NFL) continues its hard-line stance on marijuana, which includes punishing players even if they’re using medical marijuana legally under their state’s law, it’s worth noting that this is the sixth straight year where the Super Bowl has featured at least one team from a state where marijuana is legal for all purposes.

This year’s Super Bowl LIII features the New England Patriots playing against the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams are located in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use (Massachusetts and California). This is the sixth consecutive year – dating back to 2014 – where at least one of the Super Bowl teams are located within a legal marijuana state.

Let’s recap:

Last year’s Super Bowl featured the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New England Patriots.  As just-mentioned the Patriots are from a legal marijuana state. 2017’s Super Bowl also included the Patriots (against the Atlanta Falcons).

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Green Roads’ mission is to “offer users a safe, effective alternative to prescription painkillers, other toxic prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs that contain harsh chemical compounds alien to nature’s perfect remedies.” Their licensed pharmacist compounds creams, salves, oils and edible products that are specially formulated with soothing botanicals, and natural plant-based ingredients including precise combinations of the cannabinoid. Their vision is to bring our customers natural products and understand that “There’s Always An Alternative!”

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Qualifying Conditions – What Defines Chronic Pain?

By Compassionate Certification Centers

Chronic Pain is the #1 qualifying condition that patients visit Compassionate Certification Centers seeking to treat, and one of the most prevalent medical conditions in the world.  What characteristics does a physician look at to classify pain as chronic?  Is pain a diagnosis itself, or is it a symptom triggered by other causes?

WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?

Chronic pain is defined as any pain persisting for 3 months or more, sometimes even years. For varying reasons, many people’s nervous system continues to send pain signals that linger even after the causative issue is resolved. Pain can sometimes be a result of injury, trauma, surgeries, or malignancies – other times recurring pain is the primary condition.  At the end of 2018, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) analyzed the 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and estimated that 50 million adults across the United States suffer from chronic pain.  That equates to about 20% – or 1 in every 5 people.

For many, pain gets so intense it has a direct negative effect on a person’s ability to go to work, perform basic tasks, or even get out of bed… interrupting quality of life, personal relationships, and mental health.  In fact, chronic pain is the #1 cause of long-term disability in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.  How is it that so many individuals all suffer from the same condition?

CAUSES OF CHRONIC PAIN

Pain is most commonly associated with an injury or trauma, operative procedures, malignancies or cancers.  Other times, such as in neuropathic pains or autoimmune disease, the body’s nervous and immune systems are unbalanced, causing pain receptors to misfire in response.  Some of the most common complaints are migraine headaches, back pain, joint pain, cancer pain, arthritis, and inflammatory diseases such as IBD and endometriosis.  There are hundreds of conditions that have the potential to trigger chronic pain in nearly any part of the human body.

HOW DOES MEDICAL CANNABIS HELP PAIN, AND HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO USE?

CBD and THC target pain and inflammation by supporting and optimizing the body’s natural endocannabinoid system.  When you supplement your endocannabinoid receptors, they are able to send stronger support to the immune and central nervous systems, as well as suppress pain receptors.  The body is able to process natural medicines better than synthetic, the same way it absorbs more nutrients from organic foods.

Unfortunately, the market has become flooded with products. It can be tricky to decipher quality products from ones full of false claims and additives.  It is best to go to a dispensary, physicians office, or natural health store for your products, and don’t be afraid to do your research.

Compassionate Certification Centers offers CBD products you know you can trust.  High-quality is what we strive for, our focus is your well-being!

CCC’s brand of THC-Free CBD products are triple lab-tested, free of impurities and GMOs, and grown in the United States!  Our physician-approved CBD is made from all-natural botanical oils and organic ingredients.  CBD is a much safer, alternative treatment option for relief from many common medical conditions and symptoms – without the risk of side effects or dependency that comes with many pharmaceuticals.

In our store, you will find tinctures and oils (some infused with natural supplements), capsules, topical creams and muscle balms, hard candies, capsules, beverages, and even Pet-CBD!  Wholesale is available.  For more information or to browse our products, visit www.CCCregister.com/shop.

If you suffer from daily, debilitating pain that affects your quality of life – know that you have options.  At Compassionate Certification Centers we can help you to find the Cannabis-derived treatment plan (with or without THC) to relieve your symptoms, without the side effects.  Our physicians are all licensed professionals who believe in your right to choose how you want to heal.  We offer Medical Marijuana Certifications, natural treatment plans, Lab-tested CBD-Free THC products, educational events, patient advocacy and so much more.  Our Cannabis consultants are standing by now waiting for your call at 888-316-9085.  All conversations are confidential, and HIPAA protected health information.  You can find more information or use our web-chat feature online at CCCregister.com or stop in any of our offices during normal business hours.


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The Top 10 Most Popular Marijuana Strains to Start 2019

As we march into 2019, here’s a look at the most popular marijuana strains on the market.

Blue Dream.

Using data collected by Leafly, below is a list of the top 10 most popular marijuana strains for the start of 2018.

Anyone who has consumed cannabis for any amount of time will likely find Blue Dream’s placement on this list unsurprising (especially those in states with legal marijuana stores). This sativa-dominant strain has remained one of the most popular for years, and is a mainstay in almost all marijuana stores and dispensaries. The popularity of this strain – a cross between the indica-dominant Blueberry strain and the sativa-dominant Haze strain – is well earned, with it’s smooth, uplifting high, and it’s delicious blueberry-tinged taste and smell.

Sour Diesel is another long-term mainstay of the cannabis world. With Super Skunk and Chemdawg lineage, this strain is best known for its strong diesel-like smell, and potent, energetic high.

This hybrid – a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison – has bursted onto the scene in recent years. With it’s excellent taste and smell, and its powerful high, this relative newcomer has quickly become more popular than legendary strains like OG Kush and White Widow.

Despite an unfortunate name Green Crack is a growingly popular and respected strain. It has an extremely energetic high and powerful body buzz, and its sweet, ofttimes citrusy flavor and smell make it stand out from the crowd.

OG Kush is known the world around. The classic combo of Hindu Kush and Chemdawg has an earthy and piney flavor, and has one of the most sought after marijuana strains for years.

As far as indica-dominant strains go, Granddaddy Purple is one of the most vaunted. An excellent mix of Big Bud and Purple Urkle, this strain has a sweet, often berry-like flavor. Most people know this strain for its dense, kiefy nuggets.

The newest addition to this list, Original Glue is “a potent hybrid strain that delivers heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch. Its chunky, resin-covered buds fill the room with pungent earthy and sour aromas inherited from its parent strains, Chem’s SisterSour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel.”

White Widow’s popularity is due to its energetic, uplifting and powerful high; its uniquely earthy flavor and smell also help it stand out. This strain is a mix between South American Sativa and South Indian Indica.

Jack Herer – named after the legendary activist and author – is a sativa-dominant cross between Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk. It has a piney smell and flavor with a backdrop of citrus, and a smooth, even high.

Bubba Kush is a powerful indica-dominant strain that has remained popular for years, and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

The Top 10 Cannabis Studies of 2018

It’s that time again – here is our sixth annual Top Cannabis Studies of the Year list. 

Continuing the trend of the past several years, 2018 provided us with a massive amount of peer-reviewed research demonstrating the wide-ranging benefits of cannabis and the liberation of laws surrounding it. With that in mind, this year was as big a challenge as ever to narrow these studies down to the top 10, but after much thought and debate that’s what we’ve done!

Below is our list of the 10 most important cannabis studies of the year (in no particular order):

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