Cannabis 101

What we want our friends to know before getting Mello

What is Cannabis? THC & CBD explained

Cannabis is a plant that has grown naturally on earth for thousands of years. The female variety of the cannabis plant produces luscious flower buds that are fragrant and covered in sugary looking crystals. The male variety of the cannabis plant is our friend hemp, who can be used for food, medicine, textiles, and many other things. Humans for thousands of years have dried and smoked the female cannabis flowers, which are rich with organic compounds known as THC and CBD. (Actually, there are more than 100 known compounds including THCA, CBN, CBG, etc but we’ll just focus on these two main ones for now!)

These compounds, THC and CBD, interact with the endocannabinoid system found in every human being to create the physical and emotional reactions we experience as our mello. THC— tetrahydrocannabinol—is the compound found in cannabis that is responsible for many of the psychoactive effects we feel when using it such as excessive laughter or snacking. THC can also be helpful with pain management, mood, nausea and promoting an increased appetite. It has been proven to help manage symptoms from a variety of conditions including insomnia, epilepsy, parkinson’s disease and arthritis. CBD—Cannabidiol—the second most abundant compound found in cannabis is non-psychoactive and can be experienced physiologically as muscle relaxation and relief of tension and anxiety.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinoid)
is the compound found in cannabis that is responsible for many of the psychoactive effects we feel when using it such as the giggles, the wiggles, and the munchies.

CBD (Cannabidiol)
the second most abundant compound found in cannabis is non-psychoactive and can be experienced physiologically as muscle relaxation and relief of tension and anxiety.

What are Cannabis strains?

Like corn and tomatoes, gardeners have cultivated and created many different types of the cannabis plant. We refer to these different varieties as “strains”, which we then give fantastic nicknames like “Moai Wowie” and “Purple Haze” and “Pineapple Express”. Individual strains can be distinguished by their unique smells, colors, and contents of THC and CBD. Think of the variety of cannabis strains in the same way you would consider the thousands of types of beer and bottles of wine that are for sale in the world. Your budtender will walk you through the variety of recreational cannabis strains available at Mello. Find your favorite or become a connoisseur of them all.

Think of the variety of cannabis strains in the same way you would consider the thousands of types of beer and bottles of wine that are for sale in the world. Your budtender will walk you through the variety of recreational cannabis strains available at mello. Find your favorite or become a connoisseur of them all.

Which Products and What Dose is Right for me?

First, please note that the advice you are reading here is simply from one friend to another, this does not constitute professional medical advice. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about finding your mello. If you are relatively new to the world of cannabis, we recommend taking small, regulated doses. Some options would be smoking a pre-rolled joint of cannabis flower or micro-dosing an edible by consuming between 2.5 mg-5 mg and waiting at least one hour to gauge the effects. It is important to wait one hour before consuming more.

A more experienced cannabis consumer may consider increasing their dosage as they become more comfortable. Individuals looking for additional wellness benefits from their cannabis consumption routine should explore products with higher quantities of CBD. Talk to a mello budtender about your personal level of experience with cannabis to hear their recommendations.

Talk to a mello budtender about your personal level of experience with cannabis to find out more about what would constitute a responsible dose.