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How Terpenes Can Increase Medical Marijuana’s Effectiveness


Terpenes are unique odor molecules that are produced by a vast amount of species of plants. In cannabis, these molecules are responsible for the aroma, or the distinct smell of cannabis. In addition to the pleasant smell they give cannabis, they also supply a wide array of medical benefits, such as antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti-carcinogenic effects. What most cannabis users don’t know, though, is that terpenes can also play into the potency of medical marijuana as well as the medical benefits.

Everyone has experienced a bit of anxiety as a reaction to medical marijuana. THC-induced anxiety is common in users who are unaware what their limits are with medical marijuana. After years of research, it has been found that certain types of terpenes in cannabis can counteract this anxiety and decrease this negative side effect. In addition to this, there is data that shows these molecules can treat other health issues such as addiction, cancer, epilepsy, pain, depression, and many others. Another important thing to note about terpenes in medical marijuana is that the beneficial qualities of these molecules can be seriously damaged if heated past their boiling point.

The following article by Medical Jane breaks down the many areas in medical marijuana where terpenes play a big role. At Kaya, we’ve found that more and more doctors are prescribing marijuana by factoring in the strain’s terpene levels in addition to THC and CBD. If treating medical ailments is one of your main reasons for exploring cannabis, consider looking into the terpene makeup of the strains you choose. If you need a recommendation for a type of strain to type, our dispatchers are always here to help.

If you’re curious about the terpene makeup of a specific flower you are looking at on our menu, check the product details. Terpenes results will be placed there if they are available!

Read more about how terpenes can influence the effect of cannabis and even reduce THC-induced anxiety below.


Medical Jane: Terpenes May Improve Effectiveness of Medical Marijuana

The Benefits Of Microdosing Cannabis

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Microdosing cannabis is not a new concept; however, there are few options available for patients seeking to find a dosage just below that limit for the greatest health benefits. Each person has a unique chemistry and metabolism, so use common sense, if you are sensitive to most medicines, and have no experience with medicinal marijuana, you can start with a few drops and build up to an effective dose slowly. Microdosing allows cannabis users to approach their intake with sophistication and ease.


What Is Microdosing?

A microdose is the smallest dose of a drug that creates an effect for the user. In medical marijuana terms, microdosing means taking the smallest amount of cannabis without seriously altering your mood or mindset. In other words, it leads slowly leads you up to the feeling or sensation of almost being high. It allows you to precisely control your dosing and create the perfect amount of high for yourself.

Consistent microdosing of a quality whole plant cannabis tincture has a cumulative effect. It can take 30 to 60 days to restore balance to the endocannabinoid system, however, many feel positive results in the first days of dosing while 1 to 2 weeks of steady use should give you indications of the direction you need to go.

As always, we recommend that users beginning to microdose go LOW and SLOW to find their perfect dose. The effects can take up to two hours to feel.

Benefits and Effects

Microdosing cannabis has proven to have many benefits. A recent New York Post article reports that cannabis is not only becoming more accepted in New Yorks elite social circles, but that it is becoming a staple at many socialite parties. An Upper East side mother talks about microdosing with cannabis infused coffee beans, saying, “’It’s like what you’d get with a glass of wine,’ she said. ‘A lot of 40-year-old women don’t want to go out and make snowmen in the cold with their kids. But after a coffee bean or two, you love the snow. You love snowmen. You love sledding. You love it all so much, you’re posting pics online.”

The benefits and effects of microdosing are numerous, with users reporting decreased symptoms of anxiety, chronic pain, stress, ADHD, inflammation, and indigestion. Of course, along with this comes a heightened, more positive mood and emotions when microdosing cannabis.


Microdosing With Kaya Collective

At Kaya Collective, we have many product options for our members to begin microdosing cannabis.


Akasha Care Tinctures

Microdosing with Akasha Care products is very convenient with easy to measure 5 to 10mg cannabis doses taken sublingually (under the tongue) 3 to 4 times a day. Using the knowledge that everyone has a limit to the amount of cannabis they can take before their natural processes are less responsive, Akasha Care Cannabis tinctures come in a variety of ratios (link to tincture card) designed for individuals to self-monitor and determine their own dosage.


Kiva Confections Petra Mints

Petra mints come in both Eucalyptus and Morrocan mint flavors. At 2.5 mg of THC per mint, Petra mints make microdosing simple and extremely discreet. Many users pop a Petra mint while working for a quick pick-me-up during a long workday.

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Medical Marijuana: A Prescription Drug Substitute?

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Many Kaya members join our collective and use medical marijuana as a prescription drug substitute to decease or even eliminate prescription use all together. There is no doubt that the use of medical marijuana as a substitute for pharmaceuticals has been drastically rising as marijuana has begun to be more widely accepted as a medical treatment. Currently, 29 states have legalized marijuana for medical/recreational use, with many more states not far behind on the legalization front.

We have had many testimonials from our members that show the ability to eliminate pharmaceuticals with medical marijuana substitution. In an effort to back this practice with data, one of the doctors we work closely with, Michelle Sexton, explored medical marijuana as a prescription drug substitute in a study joined by James M Corroon Jr. and Laurie K Mischley. The results were quite telling.

Here are some of their findings:

  • A total of 1,248 people responded to the survey stating that they had used cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs in the last 90 days.
  • Over half of the respondents reported residing in Washington, California, Oregon, or Colorado.
  • Out of those respondents, medical marijuana was most commonly used as a substitute for:
    • Narcotics/Opioids (35.8%)
    • Anxiolytics/Benzodiazepines (13.6%)
    • Antidepressants (12.7%)
  • Reports of substituting cannabis for prescription drugs increased with age.

This study supports prior research and aligns with our member’s testimonials that cannabis is an effective substitute for some pharmaceutical drugs. It seems as though that this is most true in the event of medical problems such as pain, anxiety, and depression.

What’s even more telling about this study is that an insignificant percentage of medical marijuana users who substitute their prescription drugs lived in states where marijuana is legal. Judging by this study, it seems as though state legality is not an essential indicator of medical marijuana use.

Read more about the study and see the break down of respondents here: Cannabis As A Substitute For Prescription Drugs – A Cross-Sectional Study

Pain Management with Akasha Care

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Pain management is the number one reason that people turn to medical cannabis. When you live an active, healthy lifestyle it seems like a no-brainer to want a natural therapy to manage an ailment. After undergoing medical procedures and trying conventional treatment, Carla decided to return to cannabis for her pain management therapy.

Pain Management – Carla’s Story

Carla was always an active runner and ran track and cross country while in school. She lived a healthy active life and considered herself as a competitor in anything that she decided to try. When she was involved in multiple accidents, her active life was severely affected.

The following was taken from a recent interview with Carla

What conditions are you medicating for with cannabis products?

I have a combination of chronic pain and anxiety.

Was this a result of an accident, surgery, etc?

My conditions all stem from a few major accidents that happened between the ages of 17 and 20; then, again 5 years ago I was involved in an accident as a pedestrian.

When I was 17 I went head first through the windshield of a car traveling about 90mph. At 20 I was driving down a mountain and was hit from behind several times by a fully loaded semi-truck that had a sleeping truck driver behind the wheel. The state trooper told me how lucky I was to not have touched my brake because that semi would have probably rolled right over me. 5 years ago, while walking my dog, a car involved in an accident spun out of control in my direction and as I ran out of its path I caught the tailend of the car.

What are you using to manage your conditions and how long have you been using it?

I am using the Akasha Care Full Spectrum tincture. I’ve been using the full spectrum for almost a year, but I have been using cannabinoid tinctures for about a year and a half. I also use Akasha Care’s Joint and Muscle Balm topical.

What are some of the improvements or or affects you have experienced since using Akasha Care Full Spectrum?

The main improvement is having my mobility back. I no longer use a cane to walk and I am able to keep my balance. You would never know that I once needed a service dog to maintain my balance.

Overall, though, my pain is under control and cannabis has helped my anxiety tremendously.

How often do you medicate and what is your current dose?

I medicate everyday by method of microdosing to maintain a consistent level of the cannabinoids in my system. My current dose is 10mg of the Akasha Care Full Spectrum about 3-4 times a day.

What is your build (height and weight)?

I am 5’6” and weigh 145 lbs

Are you doing anything else holistically? Is there a certain diet that you follow?

Yes, I eat organic and sustainably farmed whenever possible; I eat a whole foods diet that is low in sugar. I drink a lot of water daily; it’s amazing how good your body feels when you are well hydrated.

I follow an integrated pain therapy plan that involves walking daily, regular physical therapy along with occupational therapy to help retrain my body to move, and I also practice mindful meditation as much as possible.

What is important to remember is that this is a therapy not a fix. I know that if I stopped medicating tomorrow that I would start to regress back into my pain and limitations in my mobility. However, cannabis, especially the Akasha Care’s Full Spectrum, has helped me regain my life.

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Indica Vs. Sativa: What’s The Difference?

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When you visit our menu, you’ll find three strain categories of medical marijuana: indica, sativa, and hybrid. We commonly get questions about the differences between indica vs. sativa when new medical marijuana users contact us, so let’s take a look at the differences between indica, sativa, and hybrid strains.

Indica is thought to have its beginnings in the Hindu Kush region, a dry mountain range near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Sativa naturally grows in humid tropical areas closer to the equator. Hybrid, like it’s name suggests, is a mixture of indica and sativa strains to create a hybrid of the two. Indica and sativa differ in several ways, including their effects and medicinal benefits as well as appearance, fragrance, and taste.


Indica Vs. Sativa Effects: Physical and Cerebral

Note: Keep in mind that marijuana effects everyone differently. These are typical effects indica and sativa has on most users. Your experience and tolerance may differ when exploring these strains.

Indica strains tend to be more relaxing than sativa. Their sedative qualities make evenings the best time for many to use indica. In fact, a lot of indica fans use right before bed to help them get a good night’s sleep. The strain is often referred to as having full-body physical effects.

Sativas are perceived as more stimulating and uplifting. Users often enjoy these strains during the day, finding the invigorating qualities helpful during activities like doing chores or while working on creative projects. Sativa is typically considered to be cerebral in its effects.


Medicinal Benefits

Because of their differing effects and benefits, indica and sativa strains are used to relieve different kinds of symptoms.
Indica is often effective in treating:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Spasms and seizures
  • Headaches and migraines

Sativa, on the other hand, tends to aid:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Mood disorders
  • ADD


Physical Differences

Indica and sativa are distinctly different in their appearance.

Appearance: Indica plants are short, broad-leafed, and typically have a deep purple color, whereas sativa plants grow very tall, have thin leaves and tend to have a reddish hue.

Flavor: While breeding may produce a variety of tastes, indicas commonly have a fruity flavor. Sativas, on the other hand, are more earthy in flavor.

Fragrance: Indicas have a strong sour or sweet aroma while sativa cannabis smells grassy.


A Note About Indica Vs. Sativa Edibles

Every once in awhile you come across an edible product that specifies the dominant strain (indica or sativa dominant). There isn’t much beyond anecdotal evidence that these strains can be differentiated in the edible form.

An informal experiment by between edibles made with different strains had mixed results. Five out of eight testers guessed strains correctly, indicating that one was more sedating than the other. However, the article notes that tolerance levels among individuals could influence the physical impact. The author did some self-testing and failed to distinguish one strain used from the other correctly.