Amanda Díaz de Hoyo
Some years ago I sent an email to my grown kids. If cancer comes by again in my life, no chemo or things like that. I had enough radiation for my neck while facing a thyroid cancer that I prefer to use a more logical approach. As a wine lover, enthusiast and journalist on enological matters, I surely prefer wine instead of medicines.
As I now know my diagnostic, CLL, or Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia, caused by radiation for my previous scare, I turned to medical cannabis. Hopefully, Puerto Rico has the Medical Cannabis Law approved. There is a dispensary nearby my house! I decided without pain but with that stupid catholic guilt that cursed me since childhood, that I was going to use it.
With this disclaimer comes my adventurous wine and weed experience. After my trip to California, I left way behind my mixed emotions about cannabis. On my previous blog is what everybody should now, as recreational user or medical one.
I learned about the Mandarin kush. My guru at the dispensary told me about this hybrid. A 60% indica and 40% sativa. It has a very citrus essence. So being a bud tender giving a review, I decided then to go for this one.
Being into wines, I began to wonder what chemical compound was behind weed. Wine have tannins but cannabis? Then I found out about terpenes.
Wines first, please. Tannins are in every wine. They are phenol substances, astringent, and soluble. They are on the skin and in the seeds of the grape. Winemakers, like my friend Carmelo Rodero, removes the seeds to minimize any harshness in the wine. One of the most renown tannins is resveratrol, good for your health. From heart diseases to stress due to cancer, you can find research studies about the benefits of resveratrol. Resveratrol by its name has been a super tannin since the French Paradox.
How about terpenes? I needed to find out due to my scientific approach to my disease. This is what I found out about them.
As a good student, I turned to Google. One of my favorite sites is www.leafy.com. So there I went. They have a great article 3 important terpenes on https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/benefits-of-cannabis-terpenes-ocimene-terpinolene-and-guaiol.
Ocimene is one of them. You can find it on other plants like mint, mangoes, orchids, basil, parsley, pepper and kumquats. Ocimene is anti everything: antiviral, anti fungal, antiseptic and antibacterial. Of course, is a decongestant. I didn´t know.
Terpinolene, another compound is anticancer, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti fungal. It mainly comes from sativas. The last one, is guaiol, that is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
You can find this substances in other plants from herbs to spices. It gives their distinctive aromas and affect the mood and the brain. Remember lavender or peppermint? They come naturally on weed and other plants.
Right now, I am pairing my Rasta kush, more sativa than indica hybrid, with a Bordeaux, 2011. No problem with that.
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