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Terpenes: The Essentials - Limonene

Terpenes: The Essentials - Limonene

Limonene is an abundant cannabis terpene with an unmistakable citrus aroma, most commonly resembling tangerine, grapefruit and lemon.  Also found in high concentrations in the rinds of citrus fruits, limonene is often used in cosmetics, household cleaners, and as flavoring agents in food.  

Terpenes: The Essentials - Linalool

Terpenes: The Essentials - Linalool

Linalool is a common cannabis terpene displaying a floral aroma with spicy undertones.  The soothing characteristics of this terpene have been used for centuries, as linalool is commonly found in lavender, in addition to several other flowers and spices.  Linalool is also a critical component in the production of Vitamin E.

Terpenes: The Essentials - Myrcene

Terpenes: The Essentials - Myrcene

Myrcene is the most abundant terpene naturally found in cannabis, carrying a strong earthy and musky scent with fruity undertones.  Also found in hops, lemongrass, basil and rosemary, myrcene comes in high concentrations in mangoes. This may account for why eating mangoes before using cannabis can accentuate the high.

Terpenes: the Essentials - Caryophyllene

Terpenes: the Essentials - Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene, also known as beta-caryophyllene, is a primary terpene responsible for the spicy or peppery aroma found in several cannabis strains.  Often referred to as a sesquiterpene, due to its larger molecular size, caryophyllene is also found in black pepper, oregano, cloves, basil and rosemary.

Multiple Sclerosis and Cannabis

Multiple Sclerosis and Cannabis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a progressively debilitating and complex chronic condition where immune system abnormalities attack the central nervous system, damaging nerve fibers through the destruction of the myelin sheath, which serves as a nerve protectant.  MS will affect the entire nervous system including the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, causing chronic pain and nerve dysfunction throughout the entire body.

Terpenes: The Essentials - Pinene

Terpenes: The Essentials - Pinene

Pinene is one of the most common cannabis terpenes that carries a distinct pine scented bouquet.  This aromatic terpene is also found in pine trees, rosemary, dill, basil, and parsley.  There are two types, alpha-pinene and beta-pinene, but alpha-pinene is most prevalent in cannabis.  Alpha-pinene is also the most naturally occurring terpene around the world.

CBD:THC Ratios: Maximizing Your Medicine

CBD:THC Ratios: Maximizing Your Medicine

Finding your most effective CBD to THC ratio will aid in maximizing the potential medicinal benefits cannabis can provide.  Whether you’re an experienced cannabis user or embarking on a new treatment regimen that involves cannabis, a fundamental understanding of how to find your ideal ratio can help you achieve your desired results.

The Basics of Cannabidiol (CBD)

The Basics of Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis used to treat a multitude of conditions such as epilepsy, nausea, pain, anxiety, depression, neurodegenerative disorders, opioid withdrawal and PTSD.  CBD has also demonstrated a potentially pivotal role in battling adverse side effects of chemotherapy and has shown promise in inhibiting growth in certain types of tumors.  

Cannabis for Anxiety and PTSD

Cannabis for Anxiety and PTSD

Perhaps one of the more common medical recommendations for cannabis is for anxiety. This is perhaps because many conditions are associated or exacerbated by anxiety. After all, it’s not unusual for someone who’s in pain all the time to feel anxious. As for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it was once put under the umbrella of anxiety disorders, but is now considered a “trauma- and stressor-related disorder,” according to the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

Cannabis and HIV/AIDS.

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Cannabis and HIV/AIDS.

Over 36 million individuals are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. HIV/AIDS patients often deal with a plethora of symptoms that are both caused by the disease itself and the medicines prescribed to combat it. These symptoms include nausea, severe pain, wasting syndrome, appetite loss, and mood debilitation.

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Medical marijuana and fibromyalgia.

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Medical marijuana and fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder which holds a number of complexities, often making it difficult to treat. About 2% of the United States population lives with from fibromyalgia, with a ratio of about 8 to 2; women to men. A large portion of fibromyalgia patients are middle-aged women, however it affects all ages even children.  

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Epilepsy and medical marijuana.

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Epilepsy and medical marijuana.

November is National Epilepsy Awareness month. This year the Epilepsy Foundation is focusing on raising awareness of SUDEP, or sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. It’s estimated that 1 in 150 people who suffer from uncontrolled seizures pass away from SUDEP. There are steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk of harm, and the Epilepsy Foundation provides recommendations on just how to do so.

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Breast cancer and medical cannabis.

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Breast cancer and medical cannabis.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We want to do our part and help raise awareness about Breast Cancer, and provide insight to the connection to medical marijuana in helping manage the symptoms of Breast Cancer, and highlight promising studies for the antiproliferative effects of CBD - including the slowing of metastasis and even apoptosis in certain cases.

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Medical marijuana and back pain

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Medical marijuana and back pain

One morning I was abruptly awoken to agonizing pain in my lower spine, and had to crawl to my roommate's door to have him take me to the ER. Turns out I had suffered an injury when I was lifting weights that led to two compression fractures, two bulging discs, and severe tension in my lumbar.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Medical Marijuana.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Medical Marijuana.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur after a severely traumatic event. These events include combat, assault, serious accidents (such as a car wreck), natural disasters, and mental abuse. The majority of people who go through these traumatic events have symptoms following the event, however not everyone is afflicted with PTSD which occurs even long after the event.

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What does recreational mean for nv medical marijuana patients?

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What does recreational mean for nv medical marijuana patients?

As we transition into recreational this Saturday, July 1st it's important for our Las Vegas patients to not only understand that we are remaining patient first, but to understand how recreational affects them. We have some great news that our patients will be happy to hear, and some realities which we want to prepare them for. Below are a number of changes coming with recreational, if anyone has any additional questions please reach out to info@apothecariumlv.com.

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