Jersey Med’s Guide to Cannabis

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Posted on January 9th, 2024 to Learn by

Jersey Med’s Guide to Cannabis: Understanding the Basics

Welcome to Jersey Med’s “Cannabis 101,” a thorough guide designed for first-time users and those curious about cannabis. In this guide, we will explore the different strains, various consumption methods, potential side effects, and the legal purchase limits in New Jersey.

Understanding Cannabis Strains: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids

Indica strains are typically associated with full-body effects, like deep relaxation and sedation. They are commonly used in the evening or before bed.

Sativa strains are known for their invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects.

Hybrid strains are a mix of Indica and Sativa, designed to offer a balanced effect of both types. The specific effects depend on the ratio of each strain used in the hybrid.

Detailed Consumption Methods

Smoking :: This involves inhaling the smoke from burning cannabis flowers. Methods include using pipes, bongs, or rolling the cannabis in paper to create a joint.

Vaping :: This method uses a device to heat cannabis flower or oil just below the point of combustion, releasing its active compounds in a vapor. It’s considered a healthier alternative to smoking.

Edibles :: These are foods infused with cannabis, like cookies, gummies, or chocolates. The effects take longer to onset (30 minutes to 2 hours) and can last longer than smoking or vaping.

Tinctures :: These are alcohol-based cannabis extracts taken sublingually (under the tongue). They offer a quick onset of effects, dose control, and a discreet way of consumption.

Topicals :: These are creams, lotions, and balms infused with cannabis, applied directly to the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation without cerebral stimulation.

Potential Side Effects

●  Dry mouth and eyes

●  Dizziness or lightheadedness

●  Increased heart rate

●  Coordination problems

●  Delayed reaction times

●  Anxiety or paranoia (especially with high THC strains)

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, known for creating the ‘high’ associated with cannabis use. It works by mimicking the natural brain chemical anandamide, thereby activating the body’s endocannabinoid system. This interaction affects brain functions like pleasure, memory, coordination, and perception. The effects of THC, which can range from euphoria and relaxation to anxiety and paranoia, depend on its concentration and the user’s individual characteristics. THC is not only used recreationally but also has medical applications, including pain relief, appetite stimulation, and nausea reduction. Its comprehensive impact on the human body makes it a focal point in ongoing cannabis research.

Legal Purchase Limits in New Jersey

In New Jersey, dispensaries are allowed to sell up to the equivalent of 28.35 grams or 1 ounce of usable cannabis per transaction. This includes:

● 28.35 grams (1 ounce) of dried flower
● 4 grams of solid cannabis concentrates or resin, or 4 grams of concentrate in liquid form (solution in milliliters)
● 4 grams of vaporized formulations (oil)
● 1000 mg of multiple ingestible cannabis-infused products (e.g., 10 packages of 100 mg gummies each)

It’s crucial to stay informed about the current cannabis laws in New Jersey as they can change.


By understanding these fundamentals, you’re now better equipped to start your cannabis exploration. Remember, responsible use is key to a positive experience. Stay informed and enjoy your journey with cannabis responsibly.

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