FAQs from Country Grown - Martinsburg
Cannabis Dispensary located in Martinsburg, WV
The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act permits West Virginia residents with qualifying medical conditions to procure medical cannabis for certified medical use. In order to purchase medical cannabis from a West Virginia dispensary, a patient/caregiver must display their current medical cannabis identification card issued by the Office of Medical Cannabis and their separate government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver’s license or state ID) to confirm their identity.
If you’re new to cannabis, we encourage you to view our product selection online and visit a Country Grown location in-person to speak to our team of helpful cannabis consultants. They are there to help advise you on selecting the product that will best suit your needs.
THC stand for Tetrahydrocannabinoid and it is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that causes feelings of euphoria. People who seek to induce euphoric sensations seek the products with the most THC (THC+); people seeking to minimize the psychoactive effect of the plant, seek lowest levels of THC (THC-).
THCA is a precursor to THC and it is listed as a reference. Many dispensaries list only one of these values (THCA) to inflate the perception that their medicine has more THC than accurate. We list both values to avoid confusion.
CBD is a different Cannabinoid than THC and has no psychoactive properties. In fact, medicine containing high levels of CBD will prevent the euphoric sensations caused by THC and it is preferred by patients who wish to avoid those sensations. Many states only allow the use of CBD cannabis.
The different varieties of cannabis flowers are called strains. Each strain has a unique flavor and combination of active ingredients, and provides a subtly different effect. There are thousands of different cannabis strains out there and most of them have names that were coined by the growers who brought us the specific genetics from that plant. Some products are always strain-based, such as flower and concentrates, while others are based on Indica/Sativa, and still others generally do not indicate a strain or plant type.
As someone interested in cannabis or a cannabis consumer you have more than likely heard the terms “Indica,” “Sativa,” and “Hybrid”. You may be wondering what these all mean and how they can affect you, as you might expect, each strain has a unique effect to the consumer.
Let’s start with Indica. Indica plants are typically shorter and have wide leaves. The buds of an Indica plant will usually be quite dense. You will typically find that Indica-based strains are more relaxing and will usually be associated with more bodily sensations. These strains are often recommended for nighttime use due to these effects.
As for Sativa, these plants are typically taller with long and thin leaves. The buds of a Sativa plant are typically less dense and can be somewhat feathery. Sativa strains usually produce a cerebral feeling and are more uplifting and euphoric. As a result, they are recommended for daytime use.
A hybrid is a Cannabis plant that is a crossbreed between an Indica and a Sativa plant. Most strains of cannabis are a hybrid of these. Within this subset, there can be Indica-dominant and Sativa-dominant strains, or some that are relatively even in their split.
Keep in mind that while the plant genetics play roles in how products may affect you, it is not the only contributing factor. If you have a product that is 10% THC and 8% CBD it may affect you differently if it is Indica-dominant as opposed to if it is Sativa-dominant.
The cannabis plant can contain up to 150 active ingredients, known as cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the most commonly known, and all Empire products are tested and labeled with their content. These test results indicate the strength and nature of the likely effect. THC-rich strains are the most euphoric. CBD-rich strains are more restorative, with less euphoria or none at all. Many consumers prefer the balanced effect of a 1:1 ratio—equal parts THC and CBD.
The human neurotransmitter system that manages plant-derived cannabinoids is known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is present in almost every part of our brain and body, and maintains homeostasis—our state of natural balance. It internally produces endocannabinoids which are similar to compounds found in the cannabis plant.
Each person’s endocannabinoid system varies slightly, which is one reason the same cannabis product can produce different effects in different people. We recommend you start with small doses of lower potency products, and gradually increase dosage as you see how your mind and body react.