Cannabis Consultation Services

We’re pleased to announce a new alliance with cannabis trained R.N.’s from Holistic Caring and Dr. Jamie Corroon, N.D., founder and director of the Center for Medical Cannabis Education. With these alliances our members now have access to cannabis friendly clinicians who understand the use of cannabis along with traditionally prescribed pharmaceuticals or other natural remedies.

Since our inception, RX-C has specialized in serving those new to using cannabis medicinally or even those with experience who want to learn more about the science and therapies available, with our consultation service. We are experts in our products and their uses, but we are not licensed medical clinicians, and we have been able to take the needs of those we service only so far. Through this alliance with the medical community, our members can take their cannabis experience to an entirely new clinical level.

If you are still struggling with your dose, weaning off your pharmaceuticals or want a new perspective on your cannabis use, a consultation with Holistic Caring or Dr. Corroon may be the missing link in your success.

Book a private consultation for yourself or a family member today.

Know your CBD’s

It’s been nearly a decade since we introduced one of the first Cannabidiol (CBD) rich strains grown by Lawrence Ringo to San Diego County. Back then, we couldn’t give it away. People would buy it and then call us a day or two later telling us it didn’t do anything for them. That’s because they were expecting the usual “high” effect that cannabis rich in THC will induce. As time went on, more and more people found the lingering effects of CBD use had decreased their pain, inflammation and anxiety. They reported an overall sense of calm, focus and wellness. In addition, those who tended toward paranoia with THC, found that it tempered the effects and made their cannabis use more enjoyable.

Fast forward to 2013 when Dr. Sanjay Gupta announced that he was wrong about cannabis and the societal stigma which surrounds it. This was quickly followed by the media coverage of little Charlotte Figi and her seizures and the cannabis strain, Charlotte’s Web, that was named for her. These events launched the CBD discussion and its merits began to be noticed and take hold. Namely that CBD was undoubtedly a powerful analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety remedy, without intoxicating effects.

Today, people are seeing mail and advertisements in all forms touting the benefits of CBD oils. The trouble is that not all CBD is equal and many people are spending hard-earned money on products with little medicinal value. Ultimately, as with anything we put into our bodies—and especially with products being marketed as CBD oil—it’s vital to know what exactly we are buying, where it’s coming from, and what’s in it.

To fully understand the benefits of CBD, it’s necessary to first recognize the difference between hemp oil, hemp and cannabis. As a society, we use the terms interchangeably, thinking they are one in the same. While they may look similar when growing, hemp and cannabis plants are quite different in their phytochemical composition.

Hemp oil is derived from seeds and/or stalks of the hemp plant.
Hemp or Cannabis ruderalis is ideal for making clothing, textiles, paper, biofuel and more. While it does contain CBD, it lacks the additional compounds found in cannabis.
Cannabis or Cannabis sativa/Cannabis indica is rich in cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes; CBD being just one of the naturally occurring compounds.

Hemp seed does not contain any of the compounds found in the hemp or cannabis plant. However, the seeds are very rich in omegas and proteins. From a nutritional perspective, studies have shown hemp seed to have outstanding value for our bodies. Molecule for molecule, Cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp or cannabis (aka marijuana) is exactly the same. What’s important to consider when looking to use CBD for medicinal purposes, are the additional compounds found in cannabis. It is the combination of all compounds such as CBG, THC, CBC and terpenes like beta-caryophyllene that work synergistically to activate our body’s natural endocannabinoid system. This process is commonly referred to as the entourage effect.

Here’s a quick checklist to use when selecting products labelled CBD oil:

Is the main ingredient hemp seed oil or hemp oil? If yes, the product is a nutritional supplement and won’t necessarily help with your medical complaints. Recently a friend showed me a product she purchased online. The ingredients stated it contained 375 milligrams of hemp oil and 15 milligrams of CBD. While the CBD was hemp derived, there is nothing else in the capsules to fully activate the 15 milligrams of CBD.

Is the main ingredient Cannabidiol (CBD)? If yes, is it derived from hemp or cannabis? A challenge for consumers today is lack of transparency as to the origins of the hemp-derived CBD. Where and how the hemp is cultivated is critical. Hemp is used for phytoremediation because it absorbs contaminants and toxins from the soil. While this is fantastic for the planet, it’s not such a good thing when looking to put a derivative of the plant into your body. For the safest and healthiest product, look for CBD that is organically grown in the U.S.

If the CBD is cannabis derived, it will most likely have small levels of THC, terpenes or other cannabinoids listed on the label. You will need a medical marijuana recommendation to purchase these products due to Cannabis’s classification as a Schedule I substance. Again, look for products derived from organically grown cannabis.

What other ingredients are in the oil? Do you really need vegetable glycerin, sugars, polysorbates, sodium benzoate or other chemical ingredients if you are taking CBD to feel better or combat disease?

Finally, don’t confuse Cannabidiol with cannabinoids. All cannabis plants produce cannabinoids, Cannabidiol (CBD), being one of them. Many people say they want the medicinal kind of marijuana, not the kind that gets you high. All cannabis is medicinal, it is simply the levels of cannabinoids, how it is consumed, and how much of it is consumed that will dictate the level of “high” you may experience.

As you begin your CBD journey, read the labels, ask the tough questions, and just be aware of what is in it and how it makes you feel. Whether it’s hemp or cannabis derived CBD, when you find the product in the right ratio for you, the natural relief can be extraordinary.

*The DEA continues to debate the legality of CBD and several lawsuits are in process with large producers of hemp-derived CBD.

Why Terpenes Matter

There are hundreds of compounds in a cannabis plant including cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenoids (commonly referred to as terpenes). Many people select their cannabis based strictly on cannabinoids levels, usually THC and more recently CBD. But there is an even more important component to consider: The terpene profile.

Terpenes are the essential oils that are naturally occurring in all plants. Just like lavender, rosemary and lemons have a distinct aroma and contain specific medicinal value, cannabis too has a terpene profile that simply put, sets the tone for how it is going to affect you. Throughout history, the Egyptians, Babylonians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans and Chinese have used essential oils and their terpenoids constituents medicinally and now we’re coming full circle as more cannabis users become educated.

That distinct earthy-pine aroma you get when you open a jar of freshly harvested OG Kush vs the sweetly pungent hue you get from Blue Dream are the terpenes. Each terpene delivers unique mental and medicinal benefits.

Beta-Caryophyllene has been proven to activate our CB2 receptors and has been described as a dietary cannabinoid enhancing our body’s natural response to absorb other terpenes, while delivering especially potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-hypertensive qualities. B-Caryophyllene has an added bonus in that it can block the CB1 receptor, reducing the intoxication and sometimes uncomfortable anxiety induced by some strains

Pinene is another potent anti-inflammatory as well as a natural bronchodilator, memory aid and anti-bacterial.

While Mycrene is anti-oxidant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature, and because it potentiates the effects of THC, increasing its potency, Mycrene combined with THC becomes a very potent sedative, perfect for insomnia or high stress situations.

Selecting strains based on terpenes rather than just cannabinoids bring an entirely new dimension when shopping for cannabis. Not only will you find synergistic results for remedying a myriad of conditions such as pain, inflammation, insomnia, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections,  you’ll also be able to intelligently select new strains that are best for your body when your favorite is not available.

If you don’t have the terpene profile of a specific strain, follow your nose. Your body knows what it needs and selecting your strain by smell is the ultimate way to listen to what your body is telling you it needs.

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At RX-C, our philosophy is simple. We are dedicated to elevating cannabis by educating our members to the value and benefits of the most natural medicine on the planet. Our Member Consultants are here to answer any questions to help you discover your optimal methods and dose.