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How to Make Your Cannabis Quilt

Author: Heather Allman

Originally Published by Cannabis Law Report

From quaintness to quilting, your outcome –a finished quilt– is the product of careful crafting, organization, and commitment to discovering what works for you personally. It's not about brand loyalty; it's about quilting loyalty.

Loyalty to your fabric, your process, and commitment to your final quilted artistic accomplishment is the key to success.

How to Make Your Quilt

1.  Choose a Quilt Pattern
2.  Gather Tools and Materials
3.  Cut the Patchwork
4.  Sew the Patchwork
5.  Baste the Quilt
6.  Quilting Stitches
7.  Bind the Quilt
8.  Enjoy Your Quilt!

Likewise, from politics to planting, it's not about brand loyalty, it's about cannabis loyalty.

Your cannabis supplementation success is dependent on your journey to craft a cannabis regimen that works for you.

Your key to benefitting your body and achieving balance —or homeostasis, lies in your cannabis loyalty, tracking your physical and mental progress, and your final synergistic success. It does not lie in brand loyalty.

In quilting, the choices are also limited only by your imagination, trial and error, and your finalized method of utilization. Similar to your cannabis choices, as a quilter, you stick with what you know works well for you and helps you achieve balance in the finished quilt. This is fabric or quilting loyalty, not brand loyalty.

In cannabis, decide your specific products from the dispensary of your choice, the strains and profiles that mesh for you through the process of trial and error. You discover patterns and decide a workable cannabis supplementation regimen for yourself.

As a cannabis consumer, remain loyal to the cannabis products, cultivar strains, and chemovar profiles that you know work together well in/for your individual body.

A November 2018 piece by Modern Canna Science insightfully explains the differences between cultivar and chemovar are subtle, yet vital to your cannabis-quilting endeavor:

What is cannabis cultivar and the traditional way of classifying medical marijuana?
"The current system of mapping cannabis by cultivar into Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid categories stems from a rudimentary vernacular used by illicit producers of marijuana prior to legalization.

Classification by leaf shape, plant height, color, smell, and time to grow was not necessarily accurate. According to the system, Sativa strains are generally “uplifting” and “energetic,” characterized by a “head high,” whereas Indica strains were more “calming,” “relaxing,” and “stress-relieving.”

Several studies have challenged this classification, finding that the product names did not accurately distinguish chemical composition or THC potency. Often, samples sharing the same name did not even look similar.

What is cannabis chemovar and why is it believed to be more accurate for classification?
Chemovar, sometimes referred to as chemotype, is a chemically distinct entity within a plant. You may also hear of these characteristics as “terpenes.” The aromatic terpenes dictate the odor and effects of a given strain of cannabis.

Dr. Philippe Henry PhD proposed breaking down products by alpha-bisabolo, alpha-humulene, alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, limonene linalool, myrcene, and terpinolene. Optimizing chemical markers could feasibly “lessen the financial burden” on groups.

"Researchers Arno Hazekamp, Katerina Tejkalova, and Stelios Papadimitriou found that Sativa and Indica did not differ in their major cannabinoids THC or CBD. However, at the hydroxolated terpene level, samples could be more effectively categorized by alpha-terpineol, linalool, geraniol, camphor [eucalyptol] and linalool."

With all this new knowledge in hand, let's merge the two endeavors together: quilting and cannabis. Loyalty to the basics and the overarching idea of each, first and foremost, is the secret to success in your endeavor, whether making crafts or buying and using craft cannabis.

Sticking to only one brand or store is ludicrous and counterproductive to the end result or finished product in both crafts. There is an art to discovering your ideal cannabis combination and here's my guide.

How to make Your Cannabis Quilt

1.  Squares of fabric equal cannabis
2.  Type of fabric equals cannabinoids
3.  Print on fabric equals terpenes
4.  Washable or dry-clean, ironable or not, equals flavonoids
5.  Put these all together in your body and you have your unique cannabis quilt.
6.  Enjoy your cannabis quilt!

Use the fabric analogy as follows: Fabric is cannabis.

Different types of fabric: jeans, leather, cotton, polyester, corduroy —those are the cannabinoids, or CBs, for short.

Each piece of fabric has its own unique print: plaid, Argyle, floral, stripes, plain —those are the terpenes.

Each one is a washable fabric or not washable; dry clean only; ironable or not —those are the flavonoids.

When you put all of those squares of fabric together, no matter the combination, then you can create a quilt that covers your entire body, made up of the whole flower entourage effect of the specific cannabis plants you choose to consume in various delivery methods.
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In Nov 2018, Wired magazine ran an enlightening piece called THC! CBD! Terpenoids! Cannabis Science Is Getting Hairy: "Now let me add yet another complication to our growing list of complications: THC and CBD are far from alone in the cannabis plant when it comes to medicinal properties."

Entourage Effect, Defined:
entourage (noun) > en• tour• age |\ˌen-tour-ahj
(Oxford Advanced American - 2019)
1a. ​a group of people who travel with an important person; 1b. The idea that molecules that occur together in nature interact in useful ways — definitely applies to cannabinoids and terpenes.

Bailey Rahn's January 8, 2020 piece on The entourage effect: How cannabis compounds may be working together succinctly sums up this complete process, or multivitamin-type effect:

"Take a close look at your cannabis buds. They’re covered in sticky, shining dots of resin, and in this resin are hundreds of therapeutic compounds that contribute to the effects and benefits of cannabis.

This theory that various cannabis compounds work together to create unique effects and benefits has been coined “the entourage effect.”

You’re likely already acquainted with the plant’s two most famous compounds, THC and CBD, but there are many other compounds the plant produces in lesser abundance that seem to play a supporting role in the overall effects of a particular strain."

But cannabis is far more than just THC and CBD. It also produces other cannabinoids like CBN, CBC, CBG, and dozens more—as well as terpenes, which are aromatic compounds in cannabis which are also readily found in our everyday lives.

The essential oils of lavender, apples, basil, orange, lemon, black pepper, eucalyptus, and many others contain naturally occurring terpenes.

EXTRA¹: How your body metabolizes cannabinoids

EXTRA²: 2010 study concerning Entourage Effect

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[To be continued in Putting Together Your Cannabis Quilt]