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What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol (Can-a-bid-i-ol), is a type of chemical compound called a cannabinoid. It is found in hemp (which is a version of the cannabis plant), along with over a hundred other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds.

It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils, topicals, capsules, and edibles. Click here to listen to the pronunciation.

Our human bodies contain an endocannabinoid system (ECS) and we use cannabinoids to maintain healthy cells. CBD works through triggering receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Many people use CBD for general health, anxiety, pain, depression, sleep, and more!  

According to a report from the World Health Organization, in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. There is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.

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What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS?)

The ECS has two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2.  CB1 receptors are found primarily in the nervous system, connective tissues, and many organs. The CB2 receptors are primarily in the immune system, bones, blood vessels, endocrine glands, and reproductive organs, to name a few. The cannabinoids that are produced trigger these receptors to regulate the body’s systems. Cannabinoids are crucial to regulate all your body’s systems.

Stress, diet, exercise routines, and other environmental factors that are part of our busy daily lives interfere with the ECS functioning properly. It needs help to rebalance. By taking CBD or other cannabinoids, it is triggering your ECS to bring your body back into balance on many fronts.

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Hemp-Derived THC

There are well over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabigerol (CBG), Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC), and many types of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). All our products are federally legal because they come from the hemp version of cannabis, meaning they contain less than 0.3% of the “delta-9” version of THC by dry weight. It’s this percentage that draws the line between cannabis labeled as hemp versus that labeled as marijuana.  

Though these products are hemp-derived products and aren’t technically marijuana products, that doesn’t mean they are less potent in terms of psychoactive effects and health benefits. Each form of THC has its own level of potency and unique health benefits. The potency and health benefits will also be different from person to person. Every individual's system is unique and therefore will react differently to different cannabinoids. Finding the correct THC product may take time for each person.  

The CBD/THC industry produces many products with different types and blends of hemp-derived THC that do provide psychoactive and psychedelic effects that all fit within the legal requirements of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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There are well over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including cannabidiol (CBD) and many types of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). All our products are federally legal because they come from the hemp version of cannabis, meaning they contain less than 0.3% of the “delta-9” version of THC.  It’s this percentage that draws the line between cannabis labeled as hemp versus that labeled as marijuana. The CBD industry produces many products with different types of hemp-derived THC that do provide psycho-active effects that all fit within the legal requirements of the 2018 Farm Bill.  Learn more about each one below!

Delta 8 THC

Delta-8 THC is chemically similar to CBD and delta-9 THC. In your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) it binds to the CB1 receptor, just like delta-9-THC. This receptor is responsible for creating the psychoactive effects of THC. Delta-8 generally produces a clear, mental high and ability to concentrate without the paranoia or anxiety that many experience with marijuana. You also should receive the general health benefits of THC including body relaxation, appetite improvement, pain reduction, sleep improvement and more.

Delta 9 THC

Delta-9 THC is the version of THC found in high concentrations in marijuana. It allows users to benefit from the health benefits of THC while also getting that foggy, intoxicating high. Depending on how much is used, it’s possible to experience paranoia or anxiety.  This is the perfect product for people who enjoy marijuana but want a federally legal, chemically identical product. Because we don’t sell marijuana flower, our products include things like edibles that have already “de-curbed” which normally occurs by heat / burning.

Delta 10 THC

Delta-10 THC does provide the effects of THC including a psycho-active high. It has a long history of discovery and is known to be less powerful than delta-8 or delta-9 THC.  It is a popular compound to blend with the other cannabinoids though because it has a naturally more energizing effect due to the way it binds to the CB1 receptors in our brains. If you’re looking for natural sativa effects blended with other THC versions, this is a great alternative.

Delta 11 THC

11-hydroxy-thc (Delta 11)  is how your body processes an edible. Once THC is digested in your body, it turns into HXY11 THC. The Delta 11 THC chemical that’s present in THC is unlocked and made available in a vape form through a proprietary extraction process.

THC-O

THC-O is made by adding acetate to delta-8 or delta-9 THC. The experience that comes with it is different from other THCs. THC-O has been dubbed the “psychedelic cannabinoid” and the “spiritual cannabinoid”. THC-O is 3 times more powerful than Delta 9 THC. People that have used THC-O products have said they experience profound and temporary effects on their state of consciousness.

Live Resin

Live Resin products are made by cutting and freezing the rich parts of the cannabis plant, getting the raw cannabinoids before they are exposed to heat.  Using these at the end of the process then improves quality and potency of the products significantly.

THC-V

THC-V is sometimes called “diet weed” and “weederall” for its purported appetite-curbing and energy-boosting properties. THCV is best used in combination with other THC compounds since it may reduce the intoxicating effects while providing an energy boost.

THC-P

THC-P is 30+ time more potent in binding to your CB1 receptors than traditional delta-9 (D9) THC, creating a more intense and intoxicating euphoric high. The similarity to D9 means you can have paranoia and anxiety, red-eye and other D9 effects. Like D9, the effects are more heavily influenced by terpenes than some other cannabinoids.  Terpenes are the essential oils of plants that define various strains and provide different aromas and specific effects (relaxation, energy, health-specific effects). Due to potency, you will most often see it combined with other THC’s, not stand-alone.

HHC

HHC is a cannabinoid that is super similar to THC in its properties and its effects. A great analogy is that HHC is to THC as margarine is to butter. HHC can be found naturally in the seeds and pollen of hemp, but in such small quantities it must be created synthetically by adding a hydrogen molecule to THC. This hydrogenation process is similar to how margarine (hydrogenated vegetable oil) is made and gives it a longer shelf life. Same with HHC. It is much more resistant to improper storage or heat exposure than THC and CBD, earning it the title of the “apocalypse cannabinoid”. Also, because it is not a version of THC, it falls outside of any THC regulations.

THCjd

THCjd, or tetrahydrocannabioctyl, is a naturally-occurring minor cannabinoid that is known as being 19x stronger and more psychoactive than traditional THC. THCjd is the most psychoactive compound to exist in the hemp plant. Anecdotally, THCjd produces a strong body high and couch-lock sensation that is similar to Indica strains. This high is said to last longer than other THC highs.

THCP-O

THCP-O is also known as Tetrahydrocannabiphorol Acetate. This cannabinoid provides increased strength, longer lasting effects, and uplifting effects. Similar effects of thc-o and thc-p mixed together, highly potent with longer lasting effects. This cannabinoid also has better bioavailability.

THCh

THCh (Tetrahydrocannabihexol) is a rare, but naturally-occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. This cannabinoid is said to be 10 times as potent as Delta 9 THC. It’s important to note, that because of its rarity, your body may not have a tolerance to it and it could present a new kind of high. Take it slow and establish your personal tolerance with this cannabinoid.

Delta 6

Delta 6-THC, aka Delta 6a10a THC, aka D6a, and aka Delta-3 THC. Whatever you want to call it, this cannabinoid has the same molecular structure as D9, with a different way of how they are arranged.

THCa

THCa, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is a precursor to THC. This cannabinoid is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.

Dosage for CBD and THC is very dependent upon the individual, but we can provide some guidance as to the factors and techniques for you to find the right dosage. There are links to more extensive guides in the descriptions below. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions and be sure to check with your physician if you have any health or medication interaction concerns.

CBD DOSAGE

How much CBD do you need to take daily?  You can review our full CBD Dosage Guide  in our blogs, but here are some basic guidelines.

Dosage is dependent mainly on 3 factors:

  • Your bodyweight
  • Your body chemistry (you might think of this as tolerance, and it could change over time)
  • How significant do you need the effects (strong chronic pain may require more than general health purposes, for example)

We typically recommend 50mg to 100mg per day for an adult depending on these factors and then making modifications after 2 weeks based on the results. It’s very useful to keep a log of how you are feeling to determine if you are getting the effect you want. We are all used to medications that create artificial and sometimes rapid effects in our body versus CBD which is creating balance in your body naturally. That’s why you should take it consistently for two weeks and objectively log the results and then make dosage adjustments.

It’s important to remember that CBD is not addictive, and you really can’t take too much, but you want to take the right amount to get the results you need.

As always, please check with your physician if you have any questions about your health or interaction with other medications.

THC DOSAGE

When it comes to perfect THC dosing, no two people are identical. Because THC affects a person through interaction with their uniquely tuned endocannabinoid system, a variety of biological factors can impact the strength of the dose. These factors include:

  • Body weight
  • Tolerance
  • Metabolism
  • Gender
  • General health
  • Gastrointestinal factors

You can find more detailed information in our full THC Dosage Guide.

Warning: THC and HHC and their derivatives are psycho-active substances. Operating a motor vehicle or heavy machinery after using this product is not advised. This product may cause you to fail a THC drug test. You assume full responsibility for all parts related to your purchase and consumption. Use small doses when starting.

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One of our core values is transparency and that includes giving our customers access to only quality products with verified 3rd party lab testing to prove it. To ensure we carry only the top trusted products for you, we go through the following quality processes:

  1. We develop strong partnerships directly with the brands we carry to ensure we are up to date with the latest products, industry trends, and can hold them accountable for the quality of their products. We do not deal with distributors or other sources too far away from the actual manufacturing of the product.
  2. Every product we carry must have a Certificate of Analysis (COA) from a 3rd party lab that verifies the contents and the lack of bad elements such as harmful metals. Each COA is linked in the lab results section of the product itself.
  3. Any defects that are discovered (such as a broken seal) or complaints should be immediately sent to us. We will follow-up directly with the brand to diagnose the root-cause for permanent corrective action.

We take quality seriously in everything we do, and most of all, in the products you use. Please contact us if you have any questions.

CBD Oils & Tinctures

CBD Oil is one of the most classic ways to ingest CBD.  Different base oils are mixed with the CBD isolate or a full or broad-spectrum formula to create different strengths and flavors of CBD Oil. CBD Oil typically comes in either pure CBD isolate form, meaning that it contains only the CBD cannabinoid.  Full-Spectrum CBD Oil contains all of the hemp plant's cannabinoids, allowing the user to benefit from what is called the "entourage effect".  Broad-spectrum oils contain a mixture of cannabinoids but some, such as all THC, may have been taken out.  All of our products have less than 0.3% THC and are federally legal. The term "tincture" refers to CBD in an alcohol-based solution, whereas “oil” is a blend of CBD extract and a carrier oil (MCT or coconut oil).

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CBD flower comes from hemp and you can smoke it in your own smoking device or roll-it yourself. Prerolls, meaning that the flower has been rolled and is ready to smoke, are also available. The various hemp strains of CBD flower give each its own unique flavor and characteristics.

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CBD Topicals

Cannabidiol-based topicals, including CBD pain creams, muscle gels, athletic rubs, and lotions are just a few of the many varieties of these products you apply directly to your skin. Great for specific targeted relief. Different varieties may have special additives such as menthol for cooling, lavender for soothing, or Manuka honey for moisturizing effects.

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CBD for Pets

CBD comes in many varieties for dogs, cats and even horses. All animals have an Endocannabinoid System just like you and me. CBD pet products range from oils (flavored or unflavored), chews, treats, and even CBD-infused peanut butter. CBD for dogs and cats is often administered as part of a daily routine in their food, as a regular treat, or only in specific circumstances that cause anxiety such as traveling or thunderstorms.

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CBD Gummies

Eating or drinking CBD is a favorite way to ingest the CBD.  CBD gummies, CBD chocolate, and other candy are popular edibles. They can also be combined with other additives to enhance the effects, such as melatonin for sleeping.  Vegan options are also available.

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CBD Capsules

CBD capsules can be the easiest way to take CBD. They are easy to carry, won't spill or spoil, and can contain other additives to provide additional effects. Varying strengths are available.

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CBD Vaping

Vaping CBD is a great way to absorb CBD rapidly. Vape juices and pens come in a variety of flavors containing CBD, not nicotine.

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CBD Bath Products

Bath Products are meant to provide that caring, relaxing feeling while utilizing CBD to enhance the effects.  CBD bath bombs, face masks, and patches are just a few of the varieties available. There are additives included in most products to contribute to your skin and mental health.

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You know and love mushrooms as a tasty ingredient. Now, get ready to see how mushrooms (AKA shrooms) can take your wellness (and fun!) to the next level. When we reference “shrooms,” we’re specifically talking about medicinal mushrooms. These little fungi are packed full of beta-glucans and essential nutrients that help our minds and bodies function at their best.

For thousands of years, humans have hunted and cultivated mushrooms for their numerous health benefits. And some shrooms have another secret hidden up their sleeve: psychoactive ingredients that can cause a high, all without breaking the law. 

Whether you’re looking to take an epic trip or simply take advantage of some wellness benefits, shrooms are a great pick. Count on The Green Dragon CBD to deliver the best shrooms for your goals and budget. Here are the five types of mushrooms you can find here at our shop:

Not sure where to get started? Our team is always available to answer questions and help you make the right choice.

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Shrooms Benefits You’ll Love

Our fungal friends have a lot to offer. Shroom benefits vary depending on the blend of compounds you’re introducing to your body. In general, medicinal mushrooms are known to be antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and neuroprotective. In layman’s terms, that means they help fight bad bacteria, prevent pain, and banish toxins from your body. Some shrooms can even boost your cognitive function!

SHROOM BENEFITS


Cognition
Gut Health
Memory Support
Mood Support
Enhanced Energy
Enhanced Exercise Performance
Stamina
Relaxation
Reduce Cholesterol Levels
Immune Health
Anti-Oxidant
Anti-Inflammatory

Other Shroom Effects to Consider

Beyond the obvious and immediate benefits of medicinal mushrooms, you might also experience some long-term effects. Like any other kind of supplement, shrooms can help you make up for nutrients you may be lacking. In doing so, they may help support your general health and wellness, promoting positive changes like:

  • Better sleep
  • Less anxiety
  • Well-managed chronic pain
  • A boost in creativity and mood

Learn more about mushroom benefits of all kinds with our full shrooms guide.


None of our mushroom products contain Psilocybin, but some of them may still cause you to experience hallucinogenic effects. 

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Does Runtz make you sleepy?

Runtz can make you sleepy, especially as the high begins to wind down. Hybrid strains like Runtz affect everyone differently, and some people do indeed report that it leaves them feeling ready to dive into bed. 

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Is Runtz an upper or downer?

As a hybrid strain, Runtz can act as either a “downer” or an “upper,” depending on your body’s reaction to the dose you consume. Many people find that a Runtz high starts out as energizing, with plenty of full-body tingles and giggles. As the high progresses, you might start to feel more mellowed out, sleepy, and couch-locked.

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Is the Runtz strain indica or sativa?

Runtz is a hybrid strain that’s 50% Cannabis sativa and 50% Cannabis indica, which means it’s a pretty even blend of both. As a result, Runtz delivers a combination of uplifting, euphoric, and relaxing effects.

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Is the Gelato strain good for arousal?

Arousal is one of Gelato’s most commonly-reported effects, so we’d say it’s a good choice! Because it tends to keep your mind going while freeing you from bodily effects like pain or stress, Gelato can certainly help you get in the mood.

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Is Gelato a good high?

Gelato’s high is euphoric, relaxing, and mentally-stimulating, which makes it perfect for anyone looking to enjoy themselves without blasting off too far into space. It’s also great for evening use since it can relieve pain, reduce stress, and help you fall asleep.

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Is Gelato a sativa or indica strain?

Gelato is an indica-leaning hybrid strain that’s about 55% Cannabis indica and 45% Cannabis sativa. That means it delivers both energizing and mellowing effects, depending on the dose and your individual bodily reaction. 

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Where to buy kratom

Kratom will be available at The Green Dragon CBD soon. We’ve hand-picked our favorite, most trust-worthy brands, so you can have complete confidence in your purchase.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

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Is Kratom an opioid?

Kratom is often regarded as a legal, more readily-available opioid-like substitute. It can be used as a powerful pain-reliever, a sedative, and to help with opioid withdrawal. However, that does not mean that kratom is an opioid. The receptors in the brain and body are not like buttons that you press. They involved complex mechanisms of activation, which is why several different compounds can interact with the same receptors in different ways, and create different effects.

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What are the benefits of kratom?

The effects of kratom can depend on the dose, the strain, and the user. Kratom is used to:

·   Increase physical energy

·   Boost alertness

·   Boost mood

·   Enhance socialization

·   Relieve pain

·   Induce relaxation

·   Induce euphoria

·   Enhance sex drive

·   Increase appetite

·   Treat diarrhea (as kratom may induce constipation)

·   Treat opioid withdrawal symptoms

·   Replace alcohol in social scenarios

·   Create a topical poultice for wound-healing

·   Treat mood and psychological disorders

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How long does kratom last?

Kratom can take effect within five to ten minutes after ingestion. Effects can be expected to last for five to seven hours, with the effects peaking at about two to four hours. However, mild effects may last even into the next day.

The two most potent alkaloids in kratom have half-lives of 2.5-3.5 hours. That means that it takes about three hours for the concentration of the alkaloid in the body to be reduced by one-half. The active compounds are eliminated through the urine.

Consuming kratom with food may delay the onset of the effects. There are also other ways to enhance extraction of the bioactive alkaloids, or enhance absorption of alkaloids in the small intestine. That is why different modes of consumption (for example, kratom capsules, tablets, or teas) can change the way you experience kratom.

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Does kratom show up on drug test?

Kratom, generally, is not included in standard drug tests but will show up on some specialized tests. Urine drug tests can detect kratom is specifically requested but has a limited detection window of only 1 week.

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Is kratom safe?

It is important to realize that kratom can be addictive, and can itself create severe withdrawal symptoms. Side effects might include:

·   Weight loss

·   Fatigue

·   Constipation

·   Insomnia

·   Dry mouth

·   Frequent urination

·   Hyperpigmentation of the cheeks

·   Tremors/seizures

·   Psychosis

Despite this, toxicity of kratom is considered to be relatively mild. One of the primary safety concerns is drug-drug interactions with other recreational substances or medications.

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What does kratom do?

Kratom contains a host of bioactive compounds called alkaloids. When you consume kratom, these compounds have the ability to influence and disrupt the biochemical processes in your body – with powerful results.

The effects of kratom can depend on the dose, the strain, and the user. Kratom is used to:

·   Increase physical energy

·   Boost alertness

·   Boost mood

·   Enhance socialization

·   Relieve pain

·   Induce relaxation

·   Induce euphoria

·   Enhance sex drive

·   Increase appetite

·   Treat diarrhea (as kratom may induce constipation)

·   Treat opioid withdrawal symptoms

·   Replace alcohol in social scenarios

·   Create a topical poultice for wound-healing

·   Treat mood and psychological disorders

The strain could also play an important role. Certain strains are better for boosting energy, whereas others have stronger pain-relieving properties.

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Best Kratom dosage?

While at lower doses kratom is often considered a relatively innocuous stimulant like coffee, at higher doses it can have much more powerful effects. In fact, kratom interacts with opioid receptors in the brain to produce potent analgesic and sedative, and even euphoric effects.

Finding the proper dosage for your body is incredibly important. If you are new to kratom usage, best practice is to start with a low dosage and slowly build up until you find what works best for you.

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Is Kratom legal?

Kratom is now legal in most of the US, though a few exceptions remain. While this accessibility benefits those with chronic pain, the lack of regulation highlights the need to research and buy from reputable sources. Verify its legality in your state and locality before purchase, as some cities may have additional restrictions (e.g., San Diego).

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