About Cannabis

The base of so many great cannabis products starts with great cannabis oil. At Rhinomeds420, we invest in innovation and utilize cutting-edge oil extraction and refinement technology to produce high purity cannabis oil. Our team of cultivators, scientists, and artisan formulators work together to produce the perfect oil blend to fit your product development needs. From vape cartridges, to specialty topicals, edibles and tincture, our oil formulations serve as the basis for high quality cannabis products. All Rhinomeds420 oils are tested to 2018 California state standards. Our oil is sold by the kilo only and shipped in laboratory grade glass. 

 

THE TOP QUALITY DISPENSARY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN CALIFORNIA

Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996 so we have been able to perfect our weed for many years now. Rhinomeds420, your go-to dispensary for medical marijuana offers only the best quality to make sure that you get the best results.

With convenient locations all around California including, SacramentoSan FranciscoStocktonSanta AnaConnected Cherry and Belmont Shore you do not have to travel far to reach us. We believe in freedom of choice and speech and want to make sure that anybody who needs our medical marijuana can find us.

Our medical marijuana dispensaries in California only has the best weed to choose from. We are our toughest critics and if we don’t love it, it will not go on our shelves. We take pride in our dispensaries throughout California, which is why we cultivate and develop our own products. By knowing and understanding exactly what goes into our products, from selecting the perfect the seed to be planted to replenishing our shelves with the finished product.

We know that everybody is different so we offer our medical marijuana in all shapes and sizes. You can find in our dispensaries from delicious edibles like strawnana pies and sherbert to aromatherapy pain creams. Our range is as big as our imagination and our desire to satisfy our patients with only the best.

We take pride in our weed, which is why we only have the best products on our shelves. We also know that everybody is different and they have different needs and taste. We make sure that our shelves are stocked with diverse products and only partner up with the best of the best.
A few quality products that our Sacramento store can provide you with:

Strains

  • Indica – mainly affects the body and preferably used at night because of its heavy feeling. With eight different types of indica, you are sure to find the best one for you.

  • Sativa – can give you an uplifting feeling as it mainly affects the mind. We have a great strawberry amnesia pre-pack that will give you that euphoric rush.

Edibles

For patients who prefer to eat their weed, our Sacramento weed dispensary has a wide range of edibles that will help you feel the effects for a longer period of time. From candies to chocolate to black mamba juice, our variety at our Sacramento dispensary has it all.

Get Rhinomeds420 in California

If you’re not in the neighborhood and you need to get connected, you can always visit our other dispensaries throughout California. All of our dispensaries have top-quality weed in different sizes and forms. You can find other dispensaries in Santa AnaSan FranciscoStockton , San Jose and Belmont Shore. Our team of experts knows their stuff and will help you make the best choice. Whether you’re looking to soothe your mind our body.

 

 

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common pain disorders in the United States affecting up to 12 million people, the majority of whom are women. The origins of fibromyalgia may be genetic, or there may be triggers such as an injury or trauma. Though widespread pain in any part of the body is a primary symptom of fibromyalgia, the disease also causes psychological distress, sometimes referred to as “fibro fog.” There are currently three U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications to treat fibromyalgia, but there is no cure.

As cannabis has been used to treat pain, could the plant help relieve some of the debilitating muscle stiffness and headaches associated with fibromyalgia?

Science is at the genesis of research to establish whether cannabis can treat a variety of painful ailments, including fibromyalgia. Though studies are limited, there have been some encouraging findings regarding cannabis as more than a pain management option for fibromyalgia

Alleviating pain may be the most pressing concern for a fibromyalgia patient, but addressing the root cause of any disease is ultimately more vital. Some studies have suggested that fibromyalgia sufferers have an underlying dysfunction of their endocannabinoid systems. Correcting this dysfunction with cannabis may be useful for both pain management and pinpointing the possible origin of the disease.

In a 2016 review for Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, Ethan B. Russo wrote, “If endocannabinoid function were decreased, it follows that a lowered pain threshold would be operative, along with derangements of digestion, mood, and sleep among the almost universal physiological systems subserved by the endocannabinoid system.”

Therefore, the pain that fibromyalgia patients experience may be traced, in part, to measurable decreases in the body’s endocannabinoid function. This doesn’t mean that restoring balance to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a cure for fibromyalgia, but it could lessen the pain associated with the disease.

Also, a 2018 study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology surveyed 26 fibromyalgia patients in Israel. The patients were given medical cannabis for a period of about 11 months, after which researchers learned that half of the patients had stopped taking their other prescription medication. The scientists concluded that “Medical cannabis treatment had a significant favorable effect on patients with fibromyalgia, with few adverse effects.”

A larger 2018 study, published in Pain Research and Treatment reported questionnaire responses from 383 Israeli fibromyalgia patients. Of the respondents, 84 percent reported use of cannabis to treat their fibromyalgia, and 94 percent of these individuals claimed to experience pain relief. Depression and anxiety were also greatly reduced in individuals who used cannabis.

“Only 12 percent of all cannabis users in our study reported adverse effects, compared to 94 percent reporting adverse effects from other pain meds prior to cannabis use,” wrote George Habib and Iris Avisar, the co-authors of the study. “Most cannabis-related adverse effects were mild and transient such as eye or throat irritation. … Nearly 85 percent of the patients either completely stopped taking any other pain medications or reduced the dosage of other meds. This reflects the advantage of cannabis over other meds in alleviating pain in addition to its favorable effects on sleep and mood.”

The two studies share several key points in common: Many cannabis users reported improvement of their fibromyalgia symptoms, cannabis had minimal side effects, and at least half of the patients stopped taking their prescription medications.

However, pain is a subjective issue, and the improvements experienced by the fibromyalgia patients in these studies may be perceived benefits. At the same time, perceived benefits can offer powerful physical and psychological comfort to those who experience them.

 

What is the Difference Between THC and CBD?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two primary cannabinoids that occur naturally in the Cannabis sativa plant, most commonly known as cannabis.

Both of these substances interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body and brain, but they differed dramatically in their effects.

CBD is non-psychoactive which means that it will not get the user high. Because of this trait, CBD appears more frequently than THC in dietary and natural supplements.

What Are the Medical Benefits of CBD?

Research studies indicate that CBD may be useful in helping with:

CBD vs. THC for Pain

Research suggests CBD may be better for inflammation and neuropathic pain, while THC may excel with spasticity and cramp-related pain.

It is worth noting that sometimes high doses of THC can exacerbate pain symptoms. Meaning THC consumed in this capacity should be done in small amounts.

Additionally, many individuals experience difficulty managing the side effects associated with THC, rendering useless any potential benefits.

Some experts suggest that a combination of THC and CBD is the ideal way to approach pain, giving validity to something known as the entourage effect.

What Is the Entourage Effect?

The entourage effect describes a phenomenon in which the 400+ compounds in cannabis work together to create a particular effect on the body. [S]

For example, 100mg of isolated CBD may be substantially less effective at alleviating symptoms than 100mgs of a whole-plant, CBD-containing cannabis extract. Many argue that consuming the plant in its whole form provides all the necessary cofactors to facilitate proper absorption.

This argument is at the heart of the debate over CBD oil from hemp vs. CBD oil from cannabis.

While it may be cheaper and more cost-effective to extract CBD from industrial hemp, users may ultimately experience less benefit due to the absence of clinically significant levels of terpenes and other compounds (which occur in abundance in high-CBD marijuana).

While high-CBD cultivars of cannabis do contain much higher levels of various cannabinoids, terpenes, etc., it does not mean that there aren’t potential drawbacks to its use.

Agricultural hemp is much closer to the kind of cannabis that one would find growing naturally in the wild, whereas high-CBD marijuana is hybridized and toyed with by growers to produce the highest levels of the desirable compounds.

There is no hard science (yet!)  when it comes to the theory of the entourage effect theory. It is up to each individual to decide which option is best for them.

Why does CBD see more usage than THC in natural supplements?

THC is an illegal drug with considerable immediate and long-term cognitive side effects. These include impaired thinking and reasoning, a reduced ability to plan and organize, altered decision-making, and reduced control over impulses.

Also, chronic use of THC correlates with significant abnormalities in the heart and brain.

CBD lacks the harmful cognitive effects of THC. In fact, CBD can counteract the psychoactive effects of THC.

Cannabis plants containing small amounts of CBD and high levels of THC result in a stronger ‘stoned’ feeling, while plants with more CBD and less THC create a weaker, more relaxed, effect.

Given the increasing popularity of medical cannabis, breeders are currently creating strains with higher CBD to THC ratios to minimize the psychoactive side effects.

Overall, the lower health risks of CBD, combined with its efficacy, make it a better candidate for natural applications than THC.

 

Cannabis is a plant, that is used for a variety of anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving purposes. However, very little is known about how cannabis interacts with the endocrine system. While some research shows that THC suppresses hormone secretion from the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, not many definitive conclusions can be drawn.

Human research is difficult to navigate because each patient will have a different reaction depending on many varying factors including diet, chemical exposure, endocannabinoid system (ECS), and general health. In addition to affecting vital sex hormones, evidence suggests that chronic cannabis use may also affect the adrenal, prolactin, thyroid, and growth hormones.

The endocrine system is the communication department of your body. It’s made up of the pancreas, sex organs, hypothalamus, as well as pineal, thyroid, and adrenal glands, which communicate to other parts of the body by making hormones, the messengers of the endocrine system. These hormones regulate immunity, influence mood, proliferate growth, adjust metabolism, and even assist fertility. Some of the hormones you’ve probably heard of are fertility hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, prolactin), thyroid, cortisol, and insulin.

The ECS has an integrated role within the endocrine system. Endocannabinoids influence mood, hunger, and energy, among other things, by interacting with hormones. Cannabis can influence the ECS by enhancing or altering its receptors, commonly known as CB1 and CB2, that can bind to hormones but are also an essential regulator of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The HPA axis is one of the main endocrine system conductors that sends critical messages, by the use of hormones, to the body. These different processes of cannabis, found both in rat and human studies, affect the body by suppressing or engaging with hormones or the glands that secrete them and, ultimately, the multifaceted endocrine system.

The human growth hormone (HGH) is one of the many hormones released via the pituitary gland, which is heavily influenced by the endocannabinoid system and CB1 receptors, those which are affected by THC consumption. The suppression of HGH is beneficial to suppress growth proliferation of a cancerous cell. This is one reason why cannabis is a wonderful prescription for cancer patients. On the other hand,they are crucial for female fertility and the support of the delicate female cycle. Also, as their name suggests, they’re very important for growth and development both physically and mentally. For underdeveloped children, suppressing these hormones is not a wise decision.

Endocannabinoids play a crucial role in the endocrine system between hormone-producing organs and glands to the hormones themselves. Because the endocrine system is so complex and not enough controlled human research has been conducted, it’s still not fully understood how cannabis exactly affects hormones and its impact on health

 

When browsing cannabis strains or purchasing cannabis at a shop, you may notice strains are commonly broken up into two distinct groups: indica and sativa. Most consumers have used these two cannabis types as a touchstone for predicting effects:

  • Indica strains are believed to be physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as a nightcap before bed.

  • Sativas tend to provide more invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects.

This belief that indicas and sativas deliver distinct effects is so deeply rooted in mainstream cannabis culture that budtenders typically begin their strain recommendations by asking you which of these three types you prefer.

However, data collected by cannabis researchers suggests these categories aren’t as prescriptive as one might hope—in other words, there’s little evidence to suggest that indicas and sativas exhibit a consistent pattern of chemical profiles that would make one inherently sedating and the other uplifting. We do know that indica and sativa cannabis strains look different and grow differently, but this distinction is primarily useful only to cannabis cultivators.

So how exactly did the words “indica” and “sativa” make it into the vernacular of cannabis consumers worldwide, and to what extent are they meaningful when choosing a strain?

The words “indica” and “sativa” were introduced in the 18th century to describe different species of cannabis: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. The term sativa, named by Carl Linneaus, described hemp plants found in Europe and western Eurasia, where it was cultivated for its fiber and seeds. Cannabis indica, named by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, describes the psychoactive varieties discovered in India, where it was harvested for its seeds, fiber, and hashish production.

Although the cannabis varieties we consume largely stem from Cannabis indica, both terms are used–even if erroneously–to organize the thousands of strains circulating the market today.

Here’s how terms have shifted since their earliest botanical definitions:

Today, “sativa” refers to tall, narrow-leaf varieties of cannabis, thought to induce energizing effects. However, these narrow-leaf drug (NLD) varieties were originally Cannabis indica ssp. indica.

“Indica” has come to describe stout, broad-leaf plants, thought to deliver sedating effects. These broad-leaf drug (BLD) varieties are technically Cannabis indica ssp. afghanica.

What we call “hemp” refers to the industrial, non-intoxicating varieties harvested primarily for fiber, seeds, and CBD. However, this was originally named Cannabis sativa.

Confused? Understandably so. As you can see, with the mass commercialization of cannabis, the taxonomical distinctions between cannabis species and subspecies got turned on its head and calcified. It seems the contemporary use of indica and sativa descriptors is here to stay, but as an informed consumer, it’s important to understand the practical value of these categories—which brings us to the research.

This three-type system we use to predict cannabis effects is no doubt convenient, especially when first entering the vast, overwhelming world of cannabis. With so many strains and products to choose from, where else are we to begin?

The answer is cannabinoidsand terpenes, two words you should put in your back pocket if you haven’t already. We’ll get to know these terms shortly.

But first, we asked two prominent cannabis researchers if sativa/indica classification should have any bearing on a consumer’s strain selection. Ethan Russo is a neurologist whose research in cannabis psychopharmacology is respected worldwide, and Jeffrey Raber, Ph.D., is a chemist who founded the first independent testing lab to analyze cannabis terpenes in a commercial capacity, The Werc Shop.

“The way that the sativa and indica labels are utilized in commerce is nonsense,” Russo told Leafly. “The clinical effects of the cannabis chemovar have nothing to do with whether the plant is tall and sparse vs. short and bushy, or whether the leaflets are narrow or broad.”

Raber agreed, and when asked if budtenders should be guiding consumers with terms like “indica” and “sativa,” he replied, “There is no factual or scientific basis to making these broad sweeping recommendations, and it needs to stop today. What we need to seek to understand better is which standardized cannabis composition is causing which effects, when delivered in which fashions, at which specific dosages, to which types of [consumers].”

What this means is not all sativas will energize you, and not all indicas will sedate you. You may notice a tendency for these so-called sativas to be uplifting or for these indicas to be relaxing, especially when we expect to feel one way or the other. Just note that there’s no hard-and-fast rule and no determinant chemical data­ that supports a perfect predictive pattern.

The effects of any given cannabis strain depend on a number of different factors, including the product’s chemical profile, your unique biology and tolerance, dose, and consumption method. Understand how these factors change the experience and you’ll have the best chance of finding that perfect strain for you.

Cannabinoids

The cannabis plant is comprised of hundreds of chemical compounds that create a unique harmony of effects, which is primarily led by cannabinoids and terpenes. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD (the two most common) are the main drivers of cannabis’ therapeutic and recreational effects:

THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) makes us feel hungry and high, and relieves symptoms like pain and nausea.

CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating compound known to alleviate anxiety, pain, inflammation, and many other medical ailments.

Cannabis contains over a hundred different types of these cannabinoids, but start by familiarizing yourself with these two first. Instead of choosing a strain based on its indica or sativa classification, consider basing your selection on these three buckets instead:

THC-dominant strains are primarily chosen by consumers seeking a potent euphoric experience. These strains are also selected by patients treating pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. If you tend to feel anxious with THC-dominant strains or dislike other side effects associated with THC, try a strain with higher levels of CBD.

CBD-dominant strains contain only small amounts of THC, and are widely used by those highly sensitive to THC or patients needing clear-headed symptom relief.

Balanced THC/CBD strains contain balanced levels of THC, offering mild euphoria alongside symptom relief. These tend to be a good choice for novice consumers seeking an introduction to cannabis’ signature high.

It’s worth noting that both indica and sativa strains exhibit these different cannabinoid profiles. “Initially most people thought higher CBD levels caused sedation, and that CBD was more prevalent in indica cultivars, which we now know is most definitely not the case,” Raber told Leafly. “We are more prone to see some CBD in sativa-like cultivars, but there isn’t a systematic rule or relationship in that regard.”

If you’ve ever used aromatherapy to relax or invigorate your mind and body, you understand the basics of terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic compounds commonly produced by plants and fruit. They can be found in lavender flowers, oranges, hops, pepper, and of course, cannabis. Secreted by the same glands that ooze THC and CBD, terpenes are what make cannabis smell like berries, citrus, pine, fuel, etc.

Like essential oils vaporized in a diffuser, cannabis terpenes can make us feel stimulated or sedated, depending on which ones are produced. Pinene, for example, is an alerting terpene while linalool has relaxing properties. There are many types of terpenes in cannabis, and it’s worth familiarizing yourself with at least the most common.

“Terpenes seem to be major players in driving the sedating or energizing effects,” Raber said. “Which terpenes cause which effects is apparently much more complicated than all of us would like, as it seems to [vary based on specific] ones and their relative ratios to each other and the cannabinoids.”

According to Raber, a strain’s indica or sativa morphology does not specifically determine these aromas and effects. However, you may find consistency among individual strains. The strain Tangie, for example, delivers a distinctive citrus aroma, while DJ Short’s Blueberryshould never fail to offer the hallmark scent of ripe berry.

If you can, smell the strains you’re considering for purchase. Find the aromas that stand out to you and give them a try. In time, your intuition and knowledge of cannabinoids and terpenes will guide you to your favorite strains and products.

Lastly, consider the following questions when choosing the right strain or product for you.

How much experience do you have with cannabis? If your tolerance is low, consider a low-THC strain in low doses.

Are you susceptible to anxiety or other side effects of THC? If so, try a strain high in CBD.

Do you want the effects to last a long time? If you do, consider edibles (starting with a low dose). Conversely, if you seek a short-term experience, use inhalation methods or a tincture.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a strain, but if you truly find that indica strains consistently deliver a positive experience, then by all means, keep ‘em coming. However, if you’re still searching for that ideal strain, these are important details to keep in mind.

Before choosing indica or sativa, it is important to consider a third cannabis type: hybrid. Hybrids are thought to fall somewhere in between the indica-sativa spectrum, depending on the traits they inherit from their parent strains.

This may seem overwhelming, especially if you’re a budtender whose job it is to guide consumers to the right product. Ironically, the more you know about cannabis, the more questions seem to arise. But understanding the basic properties of cannabinoids, terpenes, and consumption methods will often answer the most fundamental question of cannabis: What product is right for me?

Here are some helpful beginner resources to get you started:

Cannabis Strain Recommendations for Beginners and Low-Tolerance Consumers

Cannabis Product Recommendations for First-Time Consumers

The Best Cannabis Strains and Products for Every Situation

How to Find the Best Experience and High for You

For budtenders, be cognizant of the basis of your recommendation, especially for customers treating medical ailments. Educate yourself on the benefits of different cannabinoids and terpenes, and use that knowledge to make a recommendation beyond the oversimplifications and marketing tactics embedded in the sativa/indica distinction.

“In the future, I’d like to see the terms ‘sativa’ and ‘indica’ be abandoned in favor of a system in which the consumer tells the budtender what s/he would like to have in terms of effects from their cannabis selection, and then study the offerings together,” Russo said. “If a buzz is all that is wanted, then high THC with limonene or terpinolene would be desirable. If someone, in contrast, has to work or study and treat their pain, then high CBD with low THC plus some alpha-pinene to reduce short-term memory impairment would be the ticket.”

Cannabis may not be as simple as we’d like, but its diversity and complexity is what makes it such a remarkable plant and tool for consumers of all types.