Wellness Connection of Maine offers exclusively Maine-grown cannabis, proudly cultivated with the highest compliance and production standards, in our state-of-the art facility. We are your trusted source for premium medical cannabis for your needs, and within your means:
– Carefully selected phenotypes and large variety of strains from sativa to indica-dominant
– Free of pesticides and contaminants
– Slowly cured to perfection
– Safe and sealed packaging
We produce daily, in our fully licensed kitchen, a wide array of medicated edibles such as tinctures and freshly-baked goods.
Cannabis – Cannabis is the scientific name (the genus) given to the plant. It grows and has been used as a medicine around this planet throughout human history, in every culture. It is a plant with multiple uses and applications. “Marijuana” is the slang term by which it has become most commonly known in the 20th century. We use the term “medical cannabis” to give the proper respect to the plant for its many therapeutic uses. Training ourselves to use the term cannabis reminds us that this plant IS serious medicine, and helps us to shift our culture’s stereotypes of benefits of using this medicine.
The cannabis plant contains more than 400 chemical compounds.
At least 66 of these are called phytocannabinoids and are unique to the plant. THC or delta-9 tetra-hydrocannabinol is the most well known cannabinoid and is the psychoactive component of the plants effect. CBD (cannabidiol) and CBN (cannabinol) are more recently identified Cannabinoids, which have been shown in some studies to work synergistically with THC to produce therapeutic benefits.
The endocannabanoid system is a recently discovered physiologic system found in the human body.
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are naturally occurring and found throughout the body; in the brain, the organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells. These proteins are involved in establishing and maintaining balanced health. The cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant bind with the body’s receptors to trigger cellular activity and signal the body to produce more endocannabinoids. This activity then causes the reported therapeutic effects of cannabis. The medicinal effects of cannabis are well documented through research and anecdotal evidence. Symptomatic benefits include pain relief, nausea, glaucoma, spasticity, seizures and movement disorders. Cannabis is also a highly effective appetite stimulant, specifically for those suffering from HIV or AIDS, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Modern research suggests that cannabis may protect the body from some types of malignant tumors and is neuroprotective.
Two species of the cannabis plant, the Indica and the Sativa, have particular medicinal value.
Indica plants are very relaxing, sedating and grounding. People tend to feel the greatest relief from Indica plants physically or in the body. Indica varieties are good for pain relief, relaxation and sleep and are good choices for night-time use, or anytime deep pain relief is desired. Some conditions that respond well to Indica varieties are:
- chronic pain
- muscle spasms, cramps & tremors
Sativa plants are very uplifting, stimulating and energizing. People tend to feel the greatest relief from Sativa plants mentally or in the head. Sativa varieties are good for clear-thinking, focus, motivation, inspiration, creativity and general feelings of mental well-being. Some conditions that respond well to Sativas are:
- chronic pain
- lack of appetite
Within each of these species there are hundreds of varieties, called strains, which have been developed to express different qualities of the plant. Many are hybrids, which carry some of the characteristics of both the Indica and Sativa species, and those medicines offer a balance of effects felt both in the body and in the mind. Such a strain might provide relaxation and relief from physical pain but allow one to be both productive and clear-minded.
Strains are usually given a name by which they become known and available (such as Blueberry, Northern Lights or Sour Diesel). Sometimes finding a strain that works for your needs takes trial and error, and we suggest that as users try new strains of medicine, they keep a journal or log of its effects and the relief it provides. Developing an awareness of how this medicine feels in your body will allow us to better help you find strains that will work best for you.
Recommendations for Responsible Use
Despite its increasing acceptance in the U.S., medical cannabis is still federally illegal. Even a certified patient’s friends and family may disagree with the decision to use marijuana therapies. For these reasons and more, it is important to understand and model healthy use of medical cannabis.
Therapeutic cannabis use should contribute to a healthy lifestyle
Responsible cannabis users become more active, not less; more socially engaged, not less. They listen openly and objectively if family or friends have concerns about their use and they should not cause or encourage you to participate in risky behaviors. Responsible cannabis use should not cause you to become isolated, or to cut off relationships with the important people in your life.
Therapeutic cannabis users should model responsible use to others
Responsible cannabis users understand the effects of therapeutic cannabis on self and others. They do respect their own limits and help new users set and respect their own limits. Responsible cannabis users know and obey local and state laws on possession and use, and teach this information to new users.
– Healthy cannabis users do not mix cannabis with alcohol
– Children and adolescents should not use cannabis, except in some cases of serious illness and under a physician’s supervision.
The active ingredients in cannabis medicine can be accessed or extracted from the plant material in a number of ways.
Prepared cannabis can be ingested (taken) in the following ways:
- Smoking is one of the most widely known and simplest methods of taking this medicine into your body, as well as having the quickest onset of effect. Smoking can be achieved by using a pipe or cigarette. Often, even just one or two puffs are enough to provide instant relief.
- Vaporizing makes the active ingredients in cannabis available by heating the plant material to a certain temperature, which creates a fine inhalable mist, much like using an inhaler or nebulizer. It is a good choice for people who don’t want to inhale smoke into their lungs. The onset of effects is very rapid with vaporizing but it feels different in the body than smoking. There is no smoke and little odor. Vaporizing requires the use of a vaporizing device, and users who choose this method should grind their medicine finely and use very small quantities at a time. Even a pinch goes a long way!
Tincture – A tincture is a liquid medicine that can be taken orally (in the mouth) in droplet form, it is prepared in either alcohol or vegetable glycerin. Taking a tincture is a very easy method of ingesting the medicine. It has little odor, is easily transportable, discreet, and allows the patient to carefully control their dosage. Start with a small dose (5 to 10 drops) and gradually increase the dosage until you are comfortable with the relief you are experiencing. Remember that it can take up to an hour to begin to feel the effects of tincture like edibles, depending on your individual metabolism.” The effects takes a short while to come on (15-20 minutes) and have a subtle, long lasting effect that leaves the patient feeling body relief with a clear mental calmness. A wonderful choice for daytime use.
Edible – Cannabis medicine can be taken in a wide variety of edible forms, including sweet or savory/salty foods and beverage products. Edible products or “Medibles” as they are sometimes known are a good choice for long-lasting relief. Most medibles use a preparation of cannabis in a fat (such as butter, olive oil or coconut oil), which is added to the food product. The effects of an edible dose of medicine take from 45 minutes to one hour to be felt, and can last for many hours. Foods prepared with medi-butter can provide long-lasting, effective relief for many conditions and symptoms. When medicating with edible products, remember that a little goes a long way and the effects can take up to an hour to be noticeable. Start with a very small portion (1 inch square brownie, for example, or one small cookie) and wait to feel the effects before ingesting more. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Topical – A topical is a cannabis product that is ingested by the patient trans dermally, or through the skin. Topical products include salves, balms, ointments and creams. Users often feel immediate, sometimes tingly relief on the spot the medicine is applied with few of the “head” effects.