As millions of summer travelers begin packing their bags, the issue of taking CBD through airport security might be causing more anxiety than ever.
Here’s a little bit of relief. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Transportation Security Administration announced that its agents won’t hassle you over a little CBD. As Marijuana Moment first reported, the TSA updated its website’s “What Can I Bring” section on medical marijuana to state:
“Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions); Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions).”
Those “special instructions” are three paragraphs of jargon that’ll baffle most travelers. Americans don’t do special instructions. So below, we parse the written policy for you.
Parsing the TSA Policy Update
Text: “Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law.”
Translation: Sorry folks, marijuana prohibition is still federal law according to the Controlled Substances Act. Call your Congressman. It’s insane, but technically, you can still be busted for CBD. We here at TSA don’t do it, but other law enforcement agencies can.RELATED STORYHey, Officer! Stop Arresting Grandma for Her CBD Oil
We Must Follow the Law
Text: “TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products.”
Translation: We’re a federal agency, we must follow the law, yada yada. But we have tons of discretion.
We Don’t Care About CBD
Text: “Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.”
Translation: Popular CBD brands like Charlotte’s Web, which are on sale at drug stores, can go through airport security. So can new cannabis prescription drugs approved by the FDA, like Epidiolex. At TSA, we don’t care. All we care about is the security of airplanes. The farm bill (aka the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) removed the federal ban on hemp, which is cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC. If you can extract CBD from hemp, which many companies do, then that CBD is legal under federal law. But some states still have old laws that outlaw hemp and, hence, CBD. Like South Dakota. Where a man at the Sioux Falls airport was arrested last month by local cops for possessing a bottle of CBD oil. Those cops were called by a TSA agent. Sorry. Our bad. Won’t happen again.RELATED STORYDoes the Farm Bill Legalize CBD, Too? Not Exactly
You technically need a federal permit to grow and ship any farm bill CBD, and those permits don’t exist yet. Nevertheless, it’s flying around literally everywhere via online ordering and personal transportation. We don’t care. We’re not the DEA or the FDA. We’re the TSA, read on for what we do.
We Care About Airplanes
Text: “TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.”
Translation: The TSA is overwhelmed with the task of keeping guns and knives off planes, folks. We found 176 firearms in just 13 days this month, and 54 of those guns were loaded, with a round in the chamber, for god’s sake. Personal amounts of CBD—which has no addictive profile and no lethal overdose—just don’t rank.RELATED STORYCannabis Is Now Free to Move About Los Angeles International Airport
Don’t Press Your Luck
Text: “Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.
Translation: Don’t get cocky. If you fly with 50 pounds of marijuana, and a TSA agent finds it, you’re going to the local jail and will probably be charged with drug trafficking. If you’re travelling with a small, personal amount of CBD gummies, we’re not looking for it. And if we find it, we don’t care. Except for that agent in Sioux Falls. Again, sorry.
If we find less than an ounce of cannabis—and you’re in a legal state—it’s also cool.
Also, the TSA does not like liquids, glass, and metal—so save us all time and avoid keeping your CBD in those materials. Don’t roll CBD flower up in a joint and leave it hanging off your lip. Just be discreet. We all have a plane to catch. Good day.
This article originally appeared on Leafly.
An Interview with NUGL CEO, CJ Melone
Hey guys this is Backdoor Marketing with Jessica, and today we had the pleasure of speaking with CEO and cofounder of NUGL, CJ Melone, to ask the crucial questions: “What is NUGL?”, “Why should I NUGL?”, and “What’s next for NUGL?”
So What is NUGL?
NUGL is a cannabis-focused multimedia platform combining a business search directory with social media and networking tools. We offer a user-driven and unbiased cannabis search tool for both businesses and consumers. Our software is seamlessly integrated with our digital and print publications, and our internal cannabis-friendly ad server, to boost your business’ reach and exposure. NUGL is community-driven and user-focused. Together with our fans, we’ve built an environment where content, services, and networking capabilities for all things cannabis are welcomed and enjoyed by all.
Interview with NUGL CEO, CJ Melone
Jessica: Happy 4:20 Cannabis Connoisseurs, and welcome to Backdoor Marketing with Jessica! Today we have special guest CJ Malone, CEO & Co-Founder of NUGL. Welcome CJ and thank you for being here!
CJ: Thank you so much for having me, it’s my pleasure.
Jessica: CJ, NUGL has come a long way, from its humble beginnings as a canna-based search app, to what it has become today. For those who are unfamiliar, or perhaps only familiar with NUGL’s original application, would you explain to our readers, what exactly NUGL is?
CJ: NUGL is a search directory with multi-media platforms for the Cannabis, CBD, and Hemp business community. We literally and figuratively put cannabis, CBD, and Hemp businesses on the map. Our interactive map helps consumers locate their favorite product or dispensary, and our plethora of multimedia platforms help businesses grow and gain brand recognition. We also do various special events throughout the year to help brands get exposure, and allow consumers to discover new products and services.
Jessica: As some may have noticed, NUGL seems to have been recently working behind the scenes and out of the public eye. How has NUGL been positioning itself through the pandemic?
CJ: It’s been tough I won’t lie. If we didn’t have the team in place prior to the shut down it would have been a lot tougher. We made a choice as a company to take advantage of the downtime, and use it to our advantage. We used it to get a lot of things done that we previously didn’t have time to do when we were growing and moving so fast-paced. We rebuilt the apps to meet Apple and Android compliance for 2021, hired a new marketing team, expanded our content with the magazine, and solidified our internal policies and procedures for the public markets. But most of all, we focussed on dispensaries because we wanted to grow the retail sector and support the effort on the front lines.
Jessica: From a consumer perspective, how does one utilize all of NUGL’s multimedia?
CJ: The first step to join the NUGL family is to download the app and create a free profile. From there, they can locate their favorite brands, products, and services, and discover new ones they never knew they loved. Check us out on the web, keep up to date on everything Cannabis, CBD, and hemp-related on NUGL Magazine, and check us out on all of our social media including Instagram. We will be rolling out some really amazing events in the very near future as well, so stay tuned for those announcements and locations.
Jessica: Now from a clients’ perspective, how does one utilize all of NUGL’s multimedia and branding opportunities?
CJ: Definitely visit the website, or download the app, and create a profile. It’s free to be listed on the map, and for a featured profile with all of its benefits, it’s only $20 a month if you sign up now. For a personalized marketing plan, contact us at email@example.com. We can create just about anything to fit our customers’ needs, whether you are a canna-based product, service, or dispensary. We are very aware of the limitations across the web, literature, and media. So NUGL created our own outlets, free of restrictions. Once part of the family, we have the ability to cross-market for our clients, optimizing growth potential.
Jessica: What is the difference between NUGL and Weed Maps?
CJ: First of all, we thank Weed Maps for being the first to create the blueprint for companies like ourselves to learn from. That being said, NUGL has created its own identity. For users, the app is very simple and easy to use. We are an all-encompassing one-stop-shop and resource for products, services, and entertainment, not only for dispensaries and products but also for ancillary canna-based products and services We are a much more cost-effective way to grow your business and consumer base. NUGL offers a one-on-one marketing department that will customize to fit a company’s needs. We are able to give each company the attention they deserve and help create the building blocks to success. We aren’t the Walmart of canna-based companies, we are the personalized agency so to speak for the mom and pop shops and brick and mortars.
Jessica: What message do you want to send to canna-based companies right now?
CJ: Post Covid, there will be a re-emergence of small businesses and huge competition amongst them. Instead of waiting to compete with the big guys for brand recognition, we can help situate you now, so that when the smoke clears, you’ll be ready. Slow and steady wins the race. Let us help you make a name for yourself. If you think you can’t afford to market, we have options that cost little to no money. We are about promoting the industry and promoting our community. I want to urge every cannabis business to contact us, use the app, and we will help find a plan that works for you.
Jessica: It sounds like there are big things in the works with NUGL. What can we expect in the near future?
CJ: You are absolutely right. Our winter campaign is about to go into full effect, which includes NUGL Coins, a feature that allows our clients to earn credit to try features to help grow their business. We also have a classified section coming soon that featured profiles will be able to list on, for things such as grow space needed, or available, job postings, etc. And we are very excited to announce NUGL Marketplace, an event series that will include music, public speakers, product vendors, food, and networking opportunities.
Jessica: This all sounds pretty amazing, and I’m certainly excited to see what’s next with NUGL! CJ, thank you so much for joining me today!
CJ: Thank you so much for having me, it was my pleasure.
Jessica: And to all of our readers, you can download NUGL on iOS, Android, or the website at https://www.nugl.com/. Thank you so much for being here with us.
An Interview with Eric Kaufman, Chief Revenue Officer at Dama Financial
Today we have Eric Kaufman, Chief Revenue Officer at Dama Financial, to talk about the emergence of legitimate businesses from what was previously considered a black market industry. We are of course talking about banking and cannabis. Welcome Eric, thank you for being here!
Eric: Thank you so much for having me.
Jessica: Eric, as Chief Revenue Officer, what is your role at Dama Financial?
Eric: I’m in charge of spearheading sales and driving revenue, with a focus of managing the national sales team and identifying and securing enterprise level strategic partnerships. Many of these partnerships, like our relationship with Nugl, involve the integration of Paytender, our merchant processing and digital consumer wallet. In short, Paytender enables consumers to pay for cannabis through their phones.
Jessica: So, let me just start off by asking, what it means to emerge legitimate businesses out of the black market?
Eric: First, I don’t like to refer to it as the Black Market, as I believe that is a loaded reference filled with negative connotations. Instead, I call it the Illicit Market. I used to call it the Black Market, until I was speaking at an industry event in Los Angeles and a woman in the audience who provided consulting services to social equity applicants corrected me and rightly put me in check. Secondly, if you’re coming from the Illicit Market it means you’ve been working in cannabis for years. You’ve figured out a way to get it done. However, once legalized you became saddled with over compliance, tedious application processes, tremendous overhead and are now required to operate a cash intensive business in a highly complex and overregulated industry. And, in many cases may not have had traditional business training and work experience. Meaning, the deck is stacked against you once again.
Jessica: Who is Dama Financial, and what is Paytender?
Eric: Dama Financial provides the cannabis industry access to compliant and transparent FDIC-Insured banking and financial services. Our Premier Business Bank Account is a standard checking account. With the Premier Account a customer also gets access to armored car cash pickup and processing, access to an interest earning account, the ability to pay bills via ACH or wire, a B2B invoicing platform, Paytender as mentioned above, and a dedicated relationship manager, among other products and services. Dama Financial also views itself as a steward and good partner to the cannabis industry. We understand that historically so many CRBs have been misled, mistreated, and have had their trust violated. As such, we’ve worked hard to build our reputation and have created a suite of sustainable, transparent and compliant financial products to empower the cannabis industry to be able to operate just as if it were a non-cannabis related industry.
Paytender is a merchant processing and digital consumer wallet solution enabling dispensaries to accept electronic payments. When a merchant accepts Paytender it then affords the end consumer the ability to pay one of a few ways: they may link their bank account and in turn pay for their purchase with no additional fee, and all completely contactless. Alternatively, customers can use a debit card. Lastly, Paytender recently launched a new feature called Pay Ahead allowing customers to pay through a text message before delivery or pickup, making buying cannabis easier, faster and more secure than ever before. And, with the current Covid environment, it importantly enables the customer to pay with their mobile device and removes the need for hand-to-hand exchanges at checkout. All of this is federally compliant, and dispensaries never have to worry about losing their funds.
Jessica: Who was the brainchild of Dama Financial, and why did they feel the need to create Paytender?
Eric: Dama was co-founded by two payments industry veterans whose careers have focused on converting cash-based economies to digital and banked economies. When they looked at cannabis, they obviously saw a large cash-based economy, which presented an opportunity for them to iterate on something they’d done before. Namely, help legitimate cash-intensive businesses, which were often being looked at as the illicit market given the stigma of cannabis, and play a role in safely and compliantly banking them. They saw opportunity to provide the financial infrastructure necessary to assist the industry in growing, becoming more normalized and delivering legitimacy across all verticals.
To that end, Dama Financial is building out the entire critical financial ecosystem for the cannabis industry. In establishing itself as the only end-to-end financial services solution for all cannabis businesses, Dama continues to evolve its suite of products to meet the needs of its customers. Paytender was a natural product extension emanating from our traditional style banking, knowing that dispensaries needed a compliant way to accept payment other than cash. And, given our extensive experience in payments across other industries, this was an organic progression. Working with so many cannabis businesses, we’ve heard numerous horror stories of merchants having their accounts getting shut down, their money being held by merchant processors, and outright theft. Many dispensaries had fundamental operational issues with their merchant processors, such as the inability to reconcile and settle funds at the end of the day. So, we saw a problem which Paytender could solve. Additionally, dispensaries faced the urgent and timely issue of COVID and changing regulations and consumer habits, which Paytender addressed. By way of example, Paytender was integral in keeping one of our San Diego retail customers afloat as they had to deal with the new contactless requirements. From an operational perspective, the customer only had to deal with one service provider in Dama. And, from a product perspective, Paytender enabled them to make a quick and seamless pivot to electronic payments.
Jessica: Why do Cannabis businesses need Paytender?
Eric: Visa and Mastercard absolutely will not support cannabis transactions on their rails. Therefore, dispensaries are forced to work in cash, as processing credit card transactions violate the bylaws of the major card companies. Cash is dangerous, dirty, and unscalable. We knew early on that we needed to find a solution that was compliant, that allowed businesses to accept electronic payments, and that would enable customers to skip the inconvenience of the ATM and be able to purchase cannabis just like they purchase anything else. Our initial goal was helping businesses achieve scalability, move from cash into electronic payments, increase efficiencies, and help customers purchase digitally. However, when the pandemic hit, we realized safety became the most important value proposition of Paytender. Being able to pay without making contact was key, but even more so that Paytender worked wherever products were sold. Many dispensaries had to adjust operationally and pivot into delivery and offer curbside pickup. With Paytender’s flexibility and capability of accepting payment wherever retailers sell, even ahead of time, and allowing customers to pay through an app with no passing of cash, cannabis businesses saw it as extremely important for public health and safety.
Jessica: So, from a user’s perspective, how does Paytender work?
Eric: Customers have a few options to pay – they can pay in-person (in-store, at delivery, or curbside) and with a linked bank account and all the merchant needs to do is scan the customer’s unique QR code within the Paytender app. Or a customer may use a debit card. They can also take advantage of PayAhead, and pay in advance of delivery through receiving a text message. Then, at time of delivery or pick up the customer does not need to do anything other than take their product. It’s literally easier than even using a card in your wallet. Think of it as Venmo meets the Starbucks app, but for cannabis.
Jessica: How secure is my money, and is Dama backed or supported by a federal bank?
Funds are FDIC-insured and completely safe with Paytender/Dama Financial. Same for businesses, and they experience next day settlement of funds with no rolling reserves. Paytender does not hold any of the funds.
Jessica: What happens to Dama Financial when banks start dealing in cannabis?
Eric: Let’s be clear, every cannabis business should have access to transparent and compliant banking. It’s why we as Dama spend so much time in Washington DC working on behalf of the SAFE Act and the States ACT and encouraging the right legislation gets pushed through. But let’s also be clear, even once something does get passed, it’s still another 12-18 months before the laws get rolled out. And, once that happens let’s not forget that cannabis is still a high risk category. By way of comparison, today only 4 major banks bank alcohol on any real scale. That’s because roughly 30% of the alcohol industry still operates in cash, making the alcohol industry a high risk category. At no point in our lifetime will cannabis be considered less high risk and have less compliance around it than alcohol.
Now let’s take a step back. First, it’s not illegal to bank cannabis today. It’s a risk based decision by the respective financial institution. Secondly, once some legislation passes clearing the way for other banks to explore the industry, it’s not as if all of the major banks are simply going to open their vaults the next day. You will have a large contingency of banks that will take a look at the industry, of that a fraction will take a deeper look, of that a fraction will seriously consider it, and of that a fraction will decide to jump in. Of those banks deciding to get involved, many will want Dama to run the program on their behalf. Not only do we already have all of the systems and controls in place, but we are so far ahead of the curve in terms of the intellectual capital we’ve cultivated from our years in the industry that it’s invaluable to a financial institution.
Jessica: Aside from standard banking, will Dama be open to lending?
Eric: Yes, in fact Dama recently launched a lending pilot program through our lending network. Today it’s focused on real estate and equipment financing, and we’re working on a pilot for supply chain financing based on inventory and receivables. To me, financing at decent and fair rates is the final piece of the puzzle to enable the industry to be able to grow and scale commensurate with non cannabis industries.
Jessica: What makes DAMA/ Paytender different from other cannabis financial institutions?
Eric: Dama Financial provides access to FDIC insured banking. Today we run this program on behalf of numerous bank partners, which means we have redundancy inherently built into our program. It also means we have virtually unlimited capacity in terms of deposit size and volume. And, while Dama is charged with running the compliance program on behalf of its bank partners, as well as it’s responsible for bringing in customers and deposits, Dama is also the fintech layer on top of its bank partners. As most would assume, banks are typically not entrepreneurial by nature. But, Dama brings that ethos to the program developing products and services specifically tailored to the uniqueness of the cannabis industry.
Jessica: Lastly, who qualifies for Paytender?
Eric: Paytender works anywhere a retailer sells, including storefront, delivery, online, curbside, and self service kiosks. So, any cannabis merchant can integrate Paytender into its operations. On the consumer side, any consumer who buys cannabis may download the wallet from Paytender.com.
Jessica: Where can we find Paytender, and how does one apply?
Eric: Visit Paytender.com and you can download the wallet. To sign up it’s simply your first name, last name, email and phone number. It takes you less time to download the wallet than it does for you to withdraw money from the ATM. Once you’ve got the wallet, you may then either directly link your bank account like you would on Paypal or Venmo, or not. If you choose not to link your account you simply pay by debit card.
Jessica: Thank you Eric so much for your insight on this subject, and thank you so much for being here with us today.
Eric: Thank you for having me!
Are You Embarrassed By Your Vaping Skills? Here’s What To Do
The clouds of vapor emitted by a vaping pen are like none other. This dramatic vapor makes you feel like your head is in the clouds — literally.
Although vaping is known for this kind of drama, vapers who are just starting may soon realize that these impressive clouds are trickier to create than they initially thought. That doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to impress people with your vaping skills. All you need is some practice and the right tools.
Start by investing in a high-quality pen
Your first bet to acquire impressive vaping skills should be on the vaping pen. You will easily find a wide range of cheap vaping pens on the market. Although they may be useful to practice, cheap vaping pens usually don’t last very long.
Instead of going for the lowest price, find pens that are known for their durability. It doesn’t mean you have to spend a significant amount of money on a pen. Thanks to there being so much competition in the market, you can find high-quality vaping pens that are not highly expensive.
If you do want to create those attention-grabbing clouds, then opt for a vape mod. Unlike pens, vape mods will produce thicker and more dramatic clouds.
Choose the right e-juice
The list of e-liquids available in the market is endless. You will find every kind of flavor you can think of from, pizza to cheesecake, popular candy, and fruit. The taste of the e-juice will not affect how big the clouds are but the quality of the liquid will.
It is essential to invest in high-quality e-juices if you want to impress people with your vaping skills. You can easily find a trusted vape juice online, which offers high-quality products at reasonable prices. Low-quality liquids will not produce those thick clouds most people are looking for.
Moreover, cheap e-liquids are usually filled with harmful chemicals and additives that do nothing for your health. The taste will not be as pronounced as you may hope for, and your vaping pen may get clogged more quickly.
Get the right PG/VG ratio
Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) are the instigators of the great vaping cloud. These two are found in e-juices mixed with other ingredients, including water, flavor, and nicotine. The ratio of PG to VG will determine how thick and dramatic the clouds are.
If you are looking to grab the attention of those around you by creating thick clouds, choose e-liquids with a higher VG ratio. Once you start browsing through e-juices, you will learn that while most have a balanced ratio, some are VG or PG based only.
Master the right temperature
A high temperature is needed to create those thick clouds. You can get a high temperature by mastering your voltage settings. The right temperature depends on the pen you are using, as well as the e-juice.
The best way to determine the right temperature is to start low and increase until the setting produces the desired clouds. A high temperature will burn the e-juice more quickly, but it will create more clouds.
Keep it clean
Besides the hygiene, you should regularly clean your vaping pen so you can practice your vaping tricks. A clogged pen will affect the airflow and lead to weaker-looking clouds. The best way to ensure your vaping pen is clean is by disassembling it.
You can place the vape tank in a bowl of warm water and wash thoroughly. Alcohol is also helpful to deep clean the tank from any remaining e-juice.
Practice new tricks
Once you have an efficient device and are creating thick clouds, it is time to have a little fun. The Ghost Hit is one of the most popular tricks out there. You start by taking a long pull of vapor, but instead of inhaling it, keep it in your mouth.
After a few seconds, push the vapor out, but as soon as it’s out, suck it back in. It will look like you have exhaled, then inhaled a ghost. The Dragon is another famous trick to try. This one will have you emitting vapor from all sides of your mouth, just as a dragon would do.
You do this by taking a long pull without inhaling it. The longer the pull is, the better the result will be. After a few seconds, push the vapor out through your nose and the corners of your mouth. This trick might take you a minute to master.
The last trick deserves an audience. Known as the Liquid Mist, you will need to order yourself a drink to do this one. Get any cold beverage that you like. When the glass is half-empty, take a long pull without inhaling. Place your lips next to the rim of the glass and slowly push the vapor out. Your drink will look like it has turned into a potion.
With the tips mentioned above, you can quickly master your vaping skills and have fantastic vaping sessions.
How to Pay Your Bills If You’re Out of Work
Written By : Susan Melony
Right now, many people around the country and the world are out of work for different reasons. Some are unemployed because they were laid off from their job due to COVID. Other people might be out of work because they’re injured, or because they had to take time off for family responsibilities. For example, many children are still learning from home due to coronavirus, so some parents had to leave work to facilitate their education.
So how do you pay your bills?
It should be noted, and the following tips don’t necessarily apply if you’re out of work because you were injured on the job. That’s a different legal situation, and you may be compensated for your injuries and the time you were out of work.
If you are out and you weren’t hurt at work, the following are some things to know about keeping up with your bills.
Understand Your Options
If you’re sick or injured, while your employer can let you go for not being able to work, that’s not automatically the case. If you work for a business with at least 50 employees and have worked there for a minimum of a year, you may be entitled to 12 weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
You won’t get paid during this time, but you can stay employed. Talk to your employer and find out what your legal options are.
If you are injured but can work, your employer may be obligated to make special provisions for you to do so.
If your injury is extremely severe and will prevent you from ever working again, you may apply for Social Security disability benefits.
Another thing to check on is whether or not you have short-term disability coverage, which your state may require your employer to provide, or your employer may do so voluntarily. You could also have purchased your own.
Short-term disability can temporarily replace your income while you can’t work because of an injury, illness, or pregnancy.
Cut Your Budget
Once you’ve explored all your options, you can start making other decisions, particularly if none of the above apply to you.
You will need to avoid tapping into your savings if possible, and if you have it.
The first place to start is by cutting your budget as much as you can.
You might be able to contact service providers and even your landlord or mortgage company, tell them your situation, and perhaps defer some of your payments or reduce them. People often think this won’t work, but it can more often than you think. This is especially true right now, with so many people facing hardships because of coronavirus.
As you’re working on your budget, go through and cut unnecessary expenses first and foremost.
Your budget is also going to need to prioritize card payments you owe, even if you’re only able to pay the minimum.
As much as it may be challenging, if you don’t prioritize those credit card payments, you may be stuck with significant late fees, which can destroy your credit.
There are credit protection and payment programs that can help you if you aren’t able to work currently. It’s better to look into these options proactively as soon as you realize your finances are being impacted, rather than waiting until the situation is out of control.
Get Government Help
There are many government programs out there specifically for situations like what you might be facing now, where you can’t work due to an injury or illness.
As an example, there’s the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, which offers the ability to buy groceries if you’re low-income. There’s the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for low-income households who need assistance with utility bills, and it can also be used to winterize your home by fixing drafty windows and doors or replacing systems that don’t work.
There are also jobless benefits, such as unemployment.
Finally, you might also explore other sources of income.
You should avoid withdrawing money from your retirement account, if at all possible, because of the tax implications and penalties for doing so. You could borrow from a life insurance policy if you have one with a cash value.
You might also think of changing careers if you believe your injury or illness could affect you over the long-term. When you’re out of work, perhaps begin applying to other positions that are more suited to your needs.
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Razor: Creator of Sky Walker OG, Heads Up Next-gen Grow Ops
CJ Melone, CEO of NUGL, sits down with RAZOR, legacy pioneer and creator of Skywalker OG, to talks about the past, the present, and the future of grow ops and his roll at Coachillin’.
CJ: Razor. You’ve seen it all and have been a pioneer in the cannabis space, from inventing famous strains to seeing all sides of the law and legislation, and the emergence of a billion-dollar industry. What would you deem as a primary thread of cultivation that has stood the test of time?
Razor: The thing that links people to cannabis worldwide is the desire to get the best experience from the plant that you can. A quality experience means different things to different people, in different places, at different times in history. For the last 50 years here in California, it has meant sinsemilla, female flowers without seeds.
CJ: And prior to these 50 years?
Razor: When I started in the ’70s, most available cannabis had seeds. If you could get it without seeds, it was extraordinary, so it had more value. Then folks became more specific about the look, smell, and rarefied genetics. As each thing became easier to achieve, folks began to look for more ways to make the experience exotic, which, I suppose, is why the term exotic is so prescient nowadays.
CJ: As products have evolved, genetics have become increasingly and massively important. I know you were involved in the development of Skywalker, which is a staple now. Can you tell us, what is an exotic exactly, and from your experience, how have they evolved?
Razor: The term “exotic” really just means it’s rare. Blue Dream was once an exotic genetic, as were its predecessors: Blueberry OG & Super Silver Haze. Breeding is done by more people, using specific approaches; whereas a lot of genetics that were derived from what I call ‘bag seed’ used to dominate the scene, and led to a lot of genetic abnormalities. It was a “pasta” way of making genetics: It was all guesswork. Things were mixed up and thrown against the wall to see what would stick. Getting landraces back in the ’70s was about knowing a traveler who would smuggle the seeds for you, or going to Amsterdam to get them if you were a smuggler yourself. Either way, you had to trust the source knew what they were procuring and where the product was really coming from. So every time folks do get it right, it’s considered “exotic,” because that outcome is exclusive to that breeder, and if the breeder can stabilize the genetics, replicate it, and it gains traction on the market with sellers and buyers, then it becomes a sought after exotic until it becomes a market standard. The number of breeders has increased, so the number of exotics has increased, simple as that. How long will a genetic stay exotic? That’s the question. The future begs to be answered.
CJ: 5-years ago, we saw a huge influx of investment. Piney coming into the industry for grows. At one point, I believe over 50% of grows were failing. What do you attribute this to?
Razor: Here’s the thing, I’m not the first to say this, but anyone who’s been around for longer than a minute can see that there are actually two industries now: one that runs on investment & speculation, one that runs on profit from sales. There is overlap when a company is successful, wants to expand, and takes on investors to do so. Startups that have never lived off of one harvest to create another harvest should probably put the champagne away and get to work before they push to be a part of some public offering. Of course, that’s counterintuitive to startup culture, so a lot of them fail. They are too top-heavy and have no production value because they started by hacking up the bottom line in order to afford more champagne celebrations. They need to have zero production costs, literally, to get anyway near sustainable. The startups that build and strive to create the best practices, reinvesting in infrastructure and skilled workers grow and thrive. Start-ups that turn growers with only 5 yrs of experience into a ‘masters’ and hire temp agency labor and no buy-in for workers to have a stake in the outcomes can only hope for mids. It takes a lot of real work to grow high-grade sinsemilla, a lot of discipline, and nobody is going to do it for a fake title & minimum wage.
CJ: How have the fires affected the industry? I know you have a personal story. Would you like to share it?
Razor: I was burned flat to the ground on October 8, 2017. I lost my first crop that was permitted and cleared with the state. I lost outdoor, light dep greenhouses, indoor & a couple million landraced inbred genetics, some of which were completely irreplaceable as the sources for them were destroyed by war in the last 30 yrs. I lost a few greenhouses in the Lower Lake Fire the year before, but the 2017 Tubbs Ln Fire was the worst disaster of my career. I’m still shaking it off, while I’ve watched the fires rage even harder every year since.
CJ: How were you introduced to Coachillin, and what is the relationship?
Razor: After the fires, I tried to rebuild the farm, but it was against too great of odds. Sonoma County was no longer an option after 2018. I had a few legacy farms that I had backed away from in order to go legit, but I was determined to finally do this holding my head up and pushing forward. I heard about the operations in Desert Hot Springs over the years. I had first grown cannabis with my family in the high desert area near there and was already living in an RV, so and I headed down in the winter of 2019. I was taken to the park by another operator to see their infrastructure, and I read up on what it had to offer. It was a diamond in the rough, and I noted it had a terrific water supply & a sound plan for aiming at achieving sustainability using wind & solar power. I didn’t have enough to drop on a spot, so I spent the rest of 2019 running 600 acres of Farm Bill Hemp for CBD oil. When I was done, I contacted Kenny. He gave me a tour, & I pitched him this idea I had for a cannabis & hashish museum, similar to the ones in Amsterdam & Barcelona but with my own twist. I really felt something like that was necessary to really begin a better conversation about cannabis than what I was hearing. Kenny was open to the idea, which led to more conversations, and I worked on projects while I hoped to make the museum real. Eventually, an opportunity came up to get back to growing my own genetics in the park under my Mystic Spring Farms entity with Coachillin’s support. You could say it was like the Phoenix rising from the ashes.
CJ: It seems like a no brainer to join Coachillin. We see a lot of Big Brands coming in, but there is still resistance from the “Old School.” Why do you think that is?
Razor: I think some of the best growers and processors in this state have already established themselves in places where they began, or at least are really close to where they began, in the legacy market. Unless, of course, a fire destroys your operation to its foundation, you wouldn’t want to venture far unless you’re doing well enough or have been able to garner some real investment support to expand in a way that the business park approach makes sense. Newer approaches will be more inclined to take on the challenges of expanding into a place like Coachillin’. However, I think as more established operators look for new places to expand, they will be looking for places that check boxes such as resource availability and potential for sustainability. In addition, established locations poised to take advantage of distribution hubs, such as the greater Los Angeles area, are yet to be revealed, namely, interstate routes after descheduling happens, Florida & everywhere in between. When any school of folks gets with that type of thinking, they will see the advantages of a location such as Coachillin’.
CJ: Grows are evolving, and the fundamentals of business are increasingly bleeding into the cultivation side, such as branding. Profit margins get tighter; relationships in distribution become more important… What do you expect for the next few years to look like?
Razor: Well, I’m sure most folks are hoping more action gets passed. If that does happen, and de-scheduling leads to interstate commerce possibilities, then scaling up production while retaining integrity will be a target that everyone will be aiming for. There are some brands that have name recognition across the country, but if they can’t scale up quality, then it would be a tough call. The market will continue to be mids saturated, and the price of mediocre products will dramatically drop further. It may help access for consumers who want a better bargain. Consumers should get better pricing for the quality received. The so-called ‘exotics’ or boutique cannabis will need more than just a catchy name to compete for the premium market. It will take a lot of hard work to make the real-deal for the right price, just like it always has. There will be a renaissance, I predict. I foresee more cooperative efforts between folks and creativity in the expression of what this culture can become as it matures. Once prisoners are released, and they stop locking folks up for cannabis, then we will really see an explosion of variety and shared knowledge like never before.
To learn more about Coachillin’ visit their website at coachillin.com
An Interview w/ Ellcee Love & Joseph De La Cruz of Regeneration CBD
Jessica: Thank you so much for joining me today!
Ellcee: Thank you for having us!
Jessica: Would you like to take a moment to introduce yourselves?
Ellcee: Of course! My name is Ellcee Love, and I’m the CEO and Founder of Regeneration CBD. I’m a single mom, with a passion for helping people, which is why I started Regeneration. I love life and do my best to make every moment count. With that, I also understand the beauty of helping others to live their most joyful life. This is why I do my best to share my knowledge and resources as often as possible. Life is meant to be fun and shared with others, so I make every moment count. I’m also very passionate about the Burning Man community and doing whatever I can to help grow a more health and wellness conscious community so that we can all thrive together.
Joseph: My name Is Joseph De La Cruz, I’m an author, and COO of Regeneration CBD. I believe it’s all about who we want to be in this world. Life is such a precious gift, so I think we might as well do some good, and have some fun while we are here. I believe we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, so this is why we incorporate some intentional energetic aspects into our brand and products that are unique to Regeneration.
Jessica: So, let’s jump right into it. What exactly is it that makes CBD so powerful, and what are some of the benefits?
Ellcee: CBD is a fascinating molecule. Once absorbed into the body, it travels to our CB1 and CB 2 receptors. These receptors are what control our endocannabinoid system, and what keeps our body in balance. These receptors are like the communication system of our body. With the often-toxic air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink, we tend to have a toxic build-up in our bodies. CBD targets this build-up and removes it so that our bodies’ cells can naturally communicate and give itself whatever it needs to come back into balance. Basically, everyone should be taking CBD to keep your body performing optimally.
Jessica: What would you say differentiates Regeneration CBD from other CBD companies on the market?
Ellcee: First, our passion and driving force is bringing you into full mind, body, and soul health so that you don’t need to take anything else. We created the highest potency of Pure CBD on the market, with our 8888-milligram bottle with the intention to swiftly bring you into optimal health. We also understand the power of energy and frequency healing. This is why we charge every bottle of Regeneration CBD at 528hz, the frequency of love, and DNA repair. For those that are unaware, I would urge you to look into some scientific research done, such as Dr. Emoto’s work with the power of intention on water. We also incorporate as many healing modalities as possible, to help create optimal health of your mind, your body, and soul, such as links to sleep frequencies. These frequencies can change the molecular structure of the water within the body, create full-body calmness, and can drastically reduce your daily anxiety. We share guided meditations, breathwork, links to speakers who can help you understand why your mind reacts vs responds, and how to recreate neural pathways to engulf your life in eternal joyful love. Helping you truly is our passion so please… let us help! As an example, every time you hear a ‘ding’ from your phone or other places just think ‘I love me, I love us’ you are retraining your brain to enforce that you love yourself and others. Self-love is a key part of a healthy, joyful life.
Jessica: You obviously are very heartfelt about what you do. Let me ask you, what makes you so passionate about Hemp-based CBD and its benefits?
Ellcee: My daughter first introduced me to CBD when she started using it for chronic pain that she had long been experiencing, and it totally disappeared. This got my attention!!! I began passionately learning about this precious molecule and was in awe of the magnitude of the healing benefits it held. The hemp plant itself is extremely powerful, yet the isolated molecule of CBD used with MCT oil is a massive powerhouse of healing! We use only Pure CBD isolate, which contains ZERO THC, so you can be completely comfortable knowing you have the most powerful formula that is safe for your child, your grandmother, or any family member including our furry families. The more I learned, the more I knew I wanted to do everything I could to share this with everyone, as I didn’t want to see anyone suffer as my daughter did. Also, unlike most prescriptions, there are virtually no negative side effects of Pure CBD and it helps with almost everything our body needs. In addition, I discovered that our own government had a patent on CBD for its healing benefits, yet they still called it a Schedule 1. It fascinated me that our own government understood how powerful CBD is, yet they didn’t want us to know. Thank God we now live in a time of so much shared knowledge.
Jessica: How should the average person be utilizing CBD as a tool in their daily lives?
Ellcee: Besides the limitless uses of Regeneration CBD to help your body perform optimally, a large benefit is that it helps calm your mind to allow your brain to respond vs react to life’s challenges. Say you are arguing with your spouse, you can stop, take a deep breath while taking some Regeneration CBD, which will help calm you down so you can better resolve the disagreement sweetly.
Jessica: I noticed some really intricately beautiful designs on the Regeneration bottles. Is there a reason you use sacred geometry and “angel numbers”?
Ellcee: Everything about our product; from the CBD to the design of the bottles, to the information we share, is designed to create the strongest energy of healing love and wisdom to illuminate your light. The sacred geometry is to remind you that there is always an opportunity for beautiful new beginnings. Our angel numbers are to remind you that you are not alone, that spiritual guidance is everywhere, and also indicate what strength the formula is. The higher the number to more powerful the formula and the faster you should see results. This combination along with the 528hz frequency we use creates a superpower of healing energy to swiftly bring your mind, body, and soul into health.
Jessica: Can you explain to us what a 528 Hz frequency is?
Ellcee: 528hz is the Frequency of love.
Jessica: How did you learn about the power of frequency?
Ellcee: I think the most influential evidence I found was by Dr. Emoto, the researcher behind The Secret Of Water, who showed the science behind the power of thought and frequency, and how it changes the molecular structure of water, and thus, the molecular structure of our bodies, as we are nearly 80% water.
Jessica: I understand you do quite a bit in terms of giving back to the community. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Ellcee: Because our target is serious illness, we come into contact with many people who aren’t able to purchase our highest strengths, so we donate to them with exchange of a testimonial, if they are comfortable sharing their story. Testimonials are a very powerful way to share your story, which we find to be an impactful tool for those still unsure of the benefits of Regeneration CBD.
Jessica: Joseph, I understand you have a book as well?
Jessica: Where can we find Regeneration CBD?
Jessica: And where can we find you both?
Jessica: I’d like to take a moment to thank you both for taking the time to share with us! I love what you are doing with your product and, and for the community. Best of luck in all of your ventures. I have a strong feeling we will be seeing a lot more of you.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
The Beginners Guide To Cannabis Consumption: Finding The Best Products
Suppose you find yourself interested and intrigued by the many cannabis products readily available online and from several accredited retailers. In that case, there’s hardly any doubt you feel unsure of how you should go about starting your journey as a cannabis consumer. While an array of products may be readily available, not all of them are suitable for you, and some may not be suitable in general. You will need to beware of fake vape carts and inferior quality extracts.
This informative guide will help you best evaluate cannabis products before purchase to ensure you are making the best purchase.
Determine Your Usage Requirements
Not everyone consumes cannabis products for the same reason; some are after recreational use while others are after various medicinal uses. Before purchasing any products, you should evaluate your reason for use. This is because it is not just the method of consumption that can vary, but also the product itself. CBD oil products are best for those hoping to treat anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, inflammation conditions, and several other medical reasons.
On the other hand, full spectrum tinctures, edibles, and dried plant buds are best for both recreational purposes as well as rapid relief from pain, anxiety and even depression. There are also different strains of the plant, which is why it is best to delve into as much research as possible to establish the best extract, strain, and type of cannabis product you are after.
If you are not a smoker, purchasing a vape or other cannabis smokable products such as water pipes and others may not be the best idea for you. There is hardly a set-out guideline regarding how you should consume cannabis, although this is merely because everyone has different preferences.
Therefore, you should consider each method of consumption from edibles to tinctures and capsules and decide which option would be most appropriate for you as an individual. You will be able to switch your method of consumption at any point in the future, and many beginners often dabble with methods by trying out a few to determine which method provides the best results.
When it comes to purchasing your cannabis products, you will need to be quite wary of inferior quality extractions. Gone are the days where cannabis consumers were only able to purchase the plant in significantly dodgy situations as you will be able to find a renowned and reliable dispensary in your area. Buying from a suitable dispensary means you will be able to rest assured the quality standards are ideally impressive, and you are getting what is advertised.
Just as you would evaluate the quality and guarantee of a new mattress before buying in, you should do the same when purchasing cannabis products. If you are not entirely sure, you can also make use of customer review sites to determine the general consumer experience and other essential factors such as customer service.
Disposable Vapes or Reusable Vapes: Which One Is Suitable For You
Written By: Mian Azhar
Whether you are a vape enthusiast or trying to quit smoking using these devices, there is a choice you need to make before purchasing your first e-cigarette. Disposable vapes or reusable vapes?
That question may seem quite complicated, but you should know that there isn’t a right or wrong answer. Both types are made for people to use, and users purchase both kinds. The only thing that matters is what suits your needs.
While there is no shortage of arguments relating to why you should use a particular type of vape, here are some things that may be able to help.
Disposable Vape Devices
Disposable vape devices are pre-filled with e-juice, and they don’t require a user to read a guide or learn how to use them. These devices are pretty easy to operate, and they can easily last for up to three days, depending on the usage.
By reading the description, you might understand that these are great for a beginner. Using this device is like putting on the training wheels and seeing if vaping is for you.
But that is not all. These disposable e-cigarettes are also suitable for someone who doesn’t vape too often. It can be great for taking a few hits of your favorite flavor every once in a while.
Disposable vapes are also significantly cheaper than the reusable types because you just throw them away after a day or two. These e-cigarettes are also more widely available, and you might even find them in your nearby general stores.
Reusable Vape Devices
Reusable vapes are very different from the disposables. They primarily have two major components, one is the battery, and the other is a tank for your e-liquids. You can quickly fill up the tank whenever you run out of e-liquid and charge it when you run out of battery. That means you can use it for a long time.
Since these can be used for years, you can probably guess that these are the more expensive of the two choices in the short run. But if you want to vape for a long time, then these will be much cheaper than refillable options. You can check out Breazy’s Sourin if you are looking for a quality reusable e-cigarette.
These e-cigarettes are much more preferred by regular vapers because they allow you the freedom to try any flavor in the market that you want.
Not only that, but these are much more suitable for smokers who are looking to make the switch. The reason is that they can get the e-liquid with the right nicotine concentration that fills their cravings this way.
Finally, using disposable e-cigarettes has directly been related to anti-eco-friendliness. When you use disposable vapes, you might use tens of them or more every year. Taking into account that the number of vape users is in millions, that becomes tens of millions or possibly more. All of that will end up in landfills and be very bad for the environment because they are plastic.
Cannabis and the Path to Sustainability
What is the current state of sustainability in cannabis?
From a regulatory standpoint, sustainability is not a requirement for the cultivation of cannabis. Right now, the rigorous testing and evaluation of the final product from seed to sale does not require non-waste, proper waste, energy efficiency, etc… Most of the newer markets that are just starting to get developed are putting some of these considerations in the build out for efficiency of the lighting and cooling fixtures. There is currently no uniform standard, but just like in any other industry, there are some organic attempts to maintain and perform the growth in the most nature friendly and organic manner and there is an average product just like anywhere else.
What are the pain points and highlights surrounding cannabis and sustainable efforts?
I believe that it is a regulatory driven product so the product is being produced and manufactured up to the standards that the regulating bodies are setting up. So, until the customer and the regulating bodies start demanding more, we will see mixed approaches, just like we see with milk and eggs and everything else. We are going to have green and organic grown products and hope that we get a little more of a premium price for the offering and we are also going to see mid-market products that grocery stores are filled with.
What are the prime factors creating sustainability issues in the space?
I think regulatory developments and education are the factors that are extremely important for the customer demand to continue to change the behaviors of the manufacturers. Both education and the regulatory environment are the key factors in affecting the behavior of the manufacturers.
What efforts are underway to address the concern?
I know that there are a lot of groups and organizations that are there to promote and educate on behalf of the customer and on behalf of the industry. There are symposiums, there are publications, there are advertisements that brings attention and generates a healthy consumer just like in any other industry. The consumers are very young and are just starting to get comfortable with going to a store and ask questions about the products that are now considered to be legal. So as this conversation and the culture continues to expand and grow, I think that the awareness will also continue to grow.
Where will cannabis be in five years? Will it continue to struggle with sustainable measures?
I believe that cannabis will be more sustainable in the future even though we will continue to struggle with sustainable matters and in five years, we will have more consumers able to make those determinations and decisions for themselves and influence the market.
I believe in five years, the product line will be the same mix like we currently have in the eggs and vegetable sections of the grocery stores. You will have your choices. You will have your premium, responsible organic (depending on the legalities of the qualifications), and you’re going to have your quick and easy- just meeting regulations, middle of the road standard product. Consumers will be making their own determinations with their wallets while motivating the behaviors of the marketplace.
Serge Chistov is a cannabis industry expert and Chief Financial Partner with Honest Marijuana Co. Honest Marijuana has been a leader in cannabis innovation since it’s inception with an organic approach to the growth, production and packaging of cannabis, the launch of the first-ever organic hemp wrapped machine rolled blunts, the invention of the now patented Nanobidiol Technology, and the first company to bring THC-O-Acetate technology and products to market.
Welcome to Back Door Marketing with Jessica
Dearest Marijuana Aficionados,
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jessica Serrano, and I’m the Growth Strategist for NUGL, but you can think of me as your go-to guru for something I like to call “Back Door Marketing.” With nearly 15 years in the industry, I’ve learned that what matters most is an access point. So what is an access point, you ask? Access points are the doors we walk through to introduce ourselves to new customers and clients. Now let’s pretend 1,000 people are all standing at the front door of a business, knocking at the same time. In this scenario, nothing is seperating you from your competition. The business is now overwhelmed and may not even want to open the door. Introducing: “Back Door Marketing.”
Back Door Marketing focuses on new, innovative, fresh, unique ways to be seen and heard. We can all implement clickbait, email marketing flyers, banner ads, etc.; which are all well and good and should not be abandoned, BUT… forward-thinking, laser-focused, fresh ideas are the key to being noticed.
So I invite you, my friends, to think outside of the box. What do your customers truly value? Where is their attention most focused in their leisure time? What message do you as a business want to convey? I’ll be here every week with new tips and strategies to keep you motivated and moving upward and onward. Let’s embark on this journey together, and set sails on fresh winds, to grow and thrive.
For personalized strategy plans, you can contact me at Jessica@nugl.com
4 Tasty Cannabis Edibles to Make at Home
Written By: Mian Azhar
If you don’t know about cannabis edibles, you’re probably behind everyone in the world. Cannabis edibles are food items made from this plant. Today, cannabis is a multi-billion dollar industry, and the edibles constitute a large part of it. Traditionally, people weren’t aware of infusing cannabis in food items, which is why they were always obsessed with smoking it. However, now you can easily make cannabis edibles at home. Here, in this feature, we will guide you through a few tasty options that you must try at home:
This is an excellent start because it can help you in building strong muscles. Not to forget, butter is used in most home dishes, which is why it is omnipresent. If you want to make cannabutter at home, you need a couple of ingredients to prepare it. Melt your butter in the saucepan and take whatever amount of cannabis plant that you want to infuse in it. Let the mixture cook for the next 2 hours and keep stirring it. Lastly, strain the mixture with a cotton cloth and put it in the refrigerator. Once your cannabutter is ready, you can eat it at breakfast and sprinkle it on your lunch meals.
2. Cannabis Brownies
Although this dish is cliché, you can still make it with different flavors. To make cannabis brownies, you need a particular amount of weed, eggs, cannaoil, and water. Once you have all the ingredients in place, the next step is to mix them all, and then let the mixture become stagnant. The next step is to use a baking sheet and choose a shaping tray for your blend. Position the brownies in a well-carved shape so that you can easily slice them. Bake the mixture at 330 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Once prepared, you can enjoy weed brownies with tea.
3. Weed Bacon
Although the bacon excitement has come down in the last few years, still this dish is very much liked by masses around the globe. To make weed bacon, you need good quality cannabis in either powdered or raw form. Season the weed with cannaoil and flower each slice of bacon with weed bake the dish at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for best results. If the dish doesn’t get cooked after half an hour, give it another ten minutes. A quick tip is to use weed powder for the best results. Make sure to buy from a reputable vendor on the web.
4. Cannabis Tea
Often chanted as one of the oldest Asian drinks in the world, weed tea is popular in China, Thailand, and Indonesia. If you visit any Asian country today, they will serve you cannabis tea. Visit Breazy right now if you are repulsed by marijuana beverages. The most intriguing thing to note about cannabis tea is, you can prepare it with different flavors. For example, if you want to prepare strawberry cannabis tea, you can add a few slices of strawberry or use its powder. Similarly, you can infuse any flavor that you like.
A Perspective on Cannabis Use in the Workplace
How are the latest governmental policies dictating the legal usage of cannabis in the workplace?
Cannabis is still not a socially acceptable substance. I am not aware of any regulations in the state of Colorado or California that allow people to consume cannabis in the workplace. As a matter of fact, there are more companies that are still very actively trying to find out how to detect cannabis usage early with breathalyzers and other testing methods. I do not believe the regulations are meant to open the adult use of cannabis products in the workplace. I do believe the regulations are more meant to prevent that from happening, so that, for example, a pilot in Denver who may think that because it is a legal substance in their state, they can get stoned and fly a plane. I believe the regulations are more meant to maintain the power of reason and a general understanding that you cannot be sedated or under the influence of any drugs or alcohol if you are conducting certain work.
Now, does that mean a landscaping pro might be stoned while working on lawns in a neighborhood somewhere? That is a good possibility. But there is also a good possibility that the same landscaping pro was stoned 15 years ago when it was illegal to smoke in the state of Colorado. I truly do not see how the regulations will affect the actual adult use in the workplace. I think clarification on the use will be required, so people will not get the wrong idea. Another idea that needs to be addressed is an organized format where people can get together to use cannabis. I think using marijuana in the workplace will not be a standard way of behaving, just like how drinking is not a norm. However, people are known to have extra libation with their lunch on occasion. So, we will see how it develops.
What can business managers/owners do and not do? What can employees do and not do?
In our industry, if a person working in our field has a medicinal card and he is using cannabis for his condition, we are looking at it from the standpoint where as long as you don’t consume it in front of our faces and as long as you have the courtesy of medicating inconspicuously or without bringing too much attention to it, we have a softer policy regarding the use of cannabis. That is our policy. Now, we have people who work on machinery and perform some duties that are connected to extraction and packaging, where there is more potential danger of trauma involved. These people are not allowed to consume cannabis while they are performing their work duties. So, I would assume that proper common sense should be applied.
Now, nowhere in our operational manual does it state that it is okay to be stoned at work because we are not looking at it as a recreational product. Instead, we are looking at it in the same respect where if anybody has a medical condition for which he is using cannabis, telling this person they cannot use cannabis at work would be just the same as telling a guy to not bring his inhaler or Aspirin to work. I cannot do that. I can find another employee, but even with that, I don’t believe that him being on this particular medication can be a reason for terminating him. That is not what we’re all about. I think that clarifying and educating the workplace is the role of the manager or owner. It’s important for each particular company to very clearly explain what their expectation is. They need to clarify how soft or hard their policy on cannabis is. Again, that is the role of the management. For everyone else, I think common-sense rules should apply. You are not supposed to consume any mind-altering substances when you engage in activity that can potentially hurt you or, worse than that, other people.
How has this all changed business practices with the legal cannabis issue?
At Honest Marijuana Company, our Head Grower maintains 7-10 people who hand-trim cannabis. A majority of these people are experienced cannabis users, and a majority of them have a medical card. When they’re spending their 7-hour workday manicuring the weed plants and listening to music while doing so, we personally are not particularly concerned about the fact that they might have exaggerated levels of THC in their bloodstreams, especially if it helps them with the condition for which they have a medical card. If the person is engaged in the transportation of the goods or in packaging using the machinery, or blunt-rolling or extraction, obviously these people should be considered to be treated just like the pilot in the previous example. We want them to be as safe as possible and to perform the best, most stellar job possible.
Our product is the face of our company, so our customers don’t see us. They see what we do. We obviously want them to be very fond of what it is that we do and come back. It is very important that the customer sees what we do in the best possible light. If that means that the person who packages the product and puts it together or makes it needs to stay sober during his working day? I don’t see any difference in how it was during the prohibition time in the state. Even if you were consuming cannabis before it became legal, you probably had the common sense to not be stoned in your boss’s presence. You probably had Visine and something for your breath to clear up that predicament. So, again, common knowledge and common sense apply.
How are companies handling these changes within their industry?
We’ve never had to discuss an option and never had to speak about cannabis because we don’t speak about any other illegal substances. We don’t have a rule in our operational manual about the consumption of opioids or mushrooms or some other mind-altering substances, simply because they are illegal and we expect our employees to be legal, tax-paying, working citizens. As cannabis becomes legal, to clear up the misunderstanding and to avoid consumers trying to push these newfound freedoms to the new extreme, where they think they can be blasted or stoned from morning until night just because it is legal in their state, I’m sure some regulations will be inserted and explained in employee handbooks. That is just common sense. If there is something new on the market that you have the legal right to consume as an adult, we want to state that one way or another, we are not really fond of you consuming it during the working hours.
When you’re working for us on our payroll, we want to make sure that we are getting the best out of you as an employee. It’s a simple request–we want to pay you your salary, you agree to collect that salary, and we expect you to give us the best effort. If that is impossible to achieve using cannabis, even if you have a medicinal prescription, you might not be the right person for me to select. We do ask if people have a medicinal card or not as a part of our work interview. This is not something that we make our decisions upon. We just want to make sure that if the person has certain medical conditions, we need to be aware of them in case something were to happen, just like we might want to know if a person might potentially need an insulin injection. We need to know what to do if something is wrong with him. For any company, I’m sure. It is very important that it is as safe and prudent operating work environment as can be. The only thing that these companies have to do now is just incorporate cannabis into their rules and regulations, clearly outlining their policies.
Serge Chistov is a cannabis industry expert and Chief Financial Partner with Honest Marijuana Co. Honest Marijuana has been a leader in cannabis innovation since it’s inception with an organic approach to the growth, production and packaging of cannabis, the launch of the first-ever organic hemp wrapped machine rolled blunts, the invention of the now patented Nanobidiol Technology, and the first company to bring THC-O-Acetate technology and products to market.
Cooking With CBD Oil: 8 Savory & Sweet CBD Recipes
Written By: Ross Geller
CBD products have become legal in many parts of the world. There are all kinds of edibles available on the market today, but did you know that CBD works great as an addition to many popular food recipes, be it as an oil or as water soluble cbd option?
You can try some of them in special cannabis restaurants in states where recreational marijuana use is legal. However, if you don’t have such a restaurant in your area, you can always make your own CBD-infused edibles. Here are some of the most popular recipes you can cook in your kitchen.
Time to Start Cooking
Once you’ve got everything you need, it’s time to start adding CBD to your favourite dishes. Here are some of the most popular recipes you can try.
CBD Oil Pizza
Pizza is everyone’s favourite, so why wouldn’t you add some CBD to make it even better? Pizzas are easy to prepare, and you don’t have to be an expert cook to make a fantastic meal. You probably already have most of the ingredients at home, and if you have a bottle of pure CBD hemp oil by CBD Oil UK , you’re ready to start cooking! Here’s what you need:
- pound (225 g) sweet Italian sausage
- 12- inch (30.5 cm) pizza crust, rolled out and ready to use.
- Garlic-Infused oil, made with olive oil
- 8- ounces (225 g) mozzarella, sliced or shredded
- Three medium beefsteak tomatoes, cored, sliced crosswise
- Two tablespoons grated Parmesan
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano
- Crushed red pepper flakes if you like spicy food
- CBD hemp oil in a dropper bottle
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F or 230 degrees C
- Remove the sausage from its casing and place it onto a skillet. Break up the sausage into smaller pieces and cook it on medium heat until it becomes pink.
- Place some oil onto another pan or 14-inch cast-iron skillet and pat the pizza crust onto it. If you’re using a frozen crust, just place it into any pan.
- Place the mozzarella and tomatoes on the crust. Put the sausage all over and sprinkle everything with parmesan. Add the other ingredients over the pizza.
- Bake the pizza until the crust turns brown, and it becomes crispy on the bottom. That’s usually 15 to 20 minutes. Once it’s ready, remove the pizza from the oven, cut it in four servings, and add about 15 drops of CBD oil per serving.
Chocolate CBD Latte
This recipe is perfect if you’re the type of person that can’t start a workday without a coffee.Â It’s easy to prepare, but it still provides you with the benefits of both caffeine and CBD.
- One teaspoon of coffee
- One tablespoon of cacao powder
- One teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of milk
- A pinch of salt
- 5-15 drops of CBD oil (depending on your personal preference)
- Get a saucepan and pour everything inside, except the CBD oil.
- Mix everything constantly until it boils. When that’s done, pour the mix into your favourite mug.
- Add 5-15 drops of CBD oil.
- Sprinkle some raw cacao on top.
Matcha Green Tea
When you combine matcha and CBD, you get a healthy teacup that will energize your body and calm your thoughts.
- cup of water
- 1 cup of milk
- One tablespoon coconut oil
- Two tablespoon sugar or two dates
- 20 mg CBD oil
- 2-4 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
- Fill the cup with 1/4 hot water and add matcha green tea powder.
- Whisk the mixture until it starts to foam.
- Use a smaller pan to heat the milk and add it to the cup.
- Heat everything up and serve.
CBD-infused Salad Dressing
CBD-infused salad dressing is perfect for people who want to stay fit and healthy. It’s easy to prepare, and it provides a unique flavour.
- cup olive oil
- cup raspberry vinegar
- cup of orange juice
- Two teaspoons Dijon Mustard
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Flavoured CBD Oil
- Cut the vegetables you want to add into cubes.
- Add the ingredients into a bowl and mix them up together.
- Serve the salad with the dressing you mixed.
CBD-infused Water Ice Cubes
Nothing helps cope with hot summer days like ice cubes in your favourite drink. If those ice cubes have CBD in them, things get even better.
- One container of coconut water (you can use more if you want)
- CBD drops with coconut flavour
- Pour the coconut water into a tray or a plastic container.
- Add CBD oil to the mix.
- Pour the water into the ice cube tray and freeze it.
- Use the ice cubes in different drinks.
CBD Turmeric Tea
Turmeric Tea is also known as Golden Milk. It’s a powerful antiseptic, and CBD makes it even healthier.
- One teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1-inch ginger root
- 1 cup of milk
- One teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1 cup of warm water
- Two teaspoons honey
- A few drops of CBD oil
- Warm the milk in a pan
- Add the milk along with the other ingredients into a blender.
CBD Mango Smoothie
CBD smoothies are becoming very popular these days, mango being the top choice. It’s a perfect drink to start your day, and it takes only a few minutes to prepare.
- 2 cups of mango
- One banana
- cup of milk (Tip: Try hemp milk!)
- cup of yoghurt
- CBD oil
- Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until it becomes creamy.
- Add some ice and blend it in.
- Serve right away.
Spicy CBD-infused Guacamole
Guacamole is great because you can serve it with all kinds of dishes. This recipe will give you that spicy taste of guacamole mixed in with some CBD.
- Three ripe avocados
- Finely diced onion
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- Three tablespoons of finely chopped coriander
- One serrano pepper (or jalapeno for less spice) finely diced with no seeds
- Two minced garlic cloves
- One juiced lime
- teaspoon of sea salt
- 0.5 ml of Full Spectrum CBD Oil
- Slice the avocados in half and remove the skin as well as the pit.
- Place them in a bowl and mash them until you like the mix.
- Add a few drops of your favourite full-spectrum CBD oil.
- Serve and enjoy!
Pick up your apron and get experimental. Try these sweet and savoury CBD infused recipes and discover your favourite one.
How to Choose the Right E-liquid for Your Needs?
When you decide to start vaping, the most significant issue people run into is choosing the right e-liquid for their needs. The market is full of hundreds of different flavors, but that’s not the only thing you should consider when buying e-liquids.
You also have to think about nicotine strength and the VG/PG ratio. Things become more comfortable after you’ve tried a few e-liquids, but if you’re entirely new to vaping, you must first understand the components of an e-liquid and how it works. Before all this though, getting a decent vaping pen would also be a good start. Without a vaping pen, there would be no use for e-liquids. There are vapes like the mig vapor bug rx that is good for CBD oil, whereas there are a number of other vape pens that are better for holding e-liquid. Do your research before committing to anything.
The price also plays a significant role in the selection process, so let’s take a closer look at how you can find the perfect vaping liquid, like the ones you can find at cbdoil.co.uk.
Key Features of E-liquids
When buying e-liquids, there are some key features you should check before spending any money. They are:
- Nicotine strength
- VG/PG ratio
- The place where you are buying the liquid
Now, let’s take a look at each feature and explain how to recognize good e-liquids.
Choosing the right flavor might seem easy, but when you consider how many available flavors there are, things become a little more complicated. Sure, picking something fruity might seem like a logical choice, but what if you like tobacco?
Well, the good news is that you’ll be able to find flavors you didn’t expect. Let’s break things down into three main flavor categories.
Many people switch to vaping when they want to quit smoking. Vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking, but some people prefer to keep that distinctive tobacco flavor when they vape. You can find all kinds of tobacco flavored e-liquids on the market, and your choice depends on your needs.
If you’re quitting smoking, you should start with a liquid that has a strong nicotine level. You will get your daily intake of nicotine without all of those harmful substances usually found in cigarettes.
Tobacco flavored e-liquids are just what you need to stop smoking and improve your overall health in the long-run. However, if you prefer an e-liquid that tastes like something you would drink or eat, you need something more fruity.
Fruity Flavors are the Most Popular
Most vapers go for the fruity flavors like strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, lemon & lime, and so on. Fruity e-liquids are sweet, and you can puff on them the whole day, and you still won’t get enough.
All major e-liquid manufacturers offer dozens of fruity flavors, so you’ll probably have to try a few of them before you find the one that suits you. Fruity e-liquids work well for people who want to vape but have never smoked.
By exotic flavors, we mean characteristics you wouldn’t expect. Sure, there are plenty of classic flavors for you to try, but some are a little more interesting. For example, you can find flavors like Custard, Cornish Ice Cream, Rhubarb, and so on.
Companies are working hard to come up with some unique tastes, so you’ll run into new, exciting e-liquids all the time.
E-liquid Nicotine Strength
Vaping allows you to fully control the nicotine intake, which is excellent for people who never smoked cigarettes. Many e-liquids have low nicotine levels, making them ideal for people with zero nicotine tolerance.
However, if you switch to vaping from smoking, you’ll need something with a kick. Medium and robust nicotine levels will be just what you need, but without the other harmful substances usually found in cigarettes.
If you’re using a direct to lung e-cigarette, nicotine levels of 6mg or even 3mg will be more than enough. On the other hand, if your device is what’s called “mouth to lung,” you’ll need a liquid with at least 12mg of nicotine. It will take you only a few puffs to figure out if the liquid has the strength you need.
VG and PG ratios are the stuff that confuses people, but it’s elementary. The higher the VG, the thicker the e-liquid will be. It will create denser vapor when you exhale. High-level VG liquids are ideal for devices with sub-ohm coils, used for direct to lung style of vaping.
The 50% VG ratio is perfect for “mouth to lung” devices, and they usually have higher nicotine levels.
The Overall Quality of the E-liquid
You should always check the company that made the e-liquid because there are many low-quality products out there. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before making a purchase:
- Is the company’s website professional?
- Are the liquids tested and certified by the FDA?
- Are they made in the US, or are they imported?
- Are they made according to the industry standards?
- What ingredients were used in the manufacturing process?
Always take the time to check everything about an e-liquid before you buy, because they’re not all made the same. Find the products that are made to the highest of standards and choose your favorite flavor.
Value for Money
The value for the money you pay plays a significant role. You can find e-liquids with the same flavor but with a substantial price difference as well.
The price range is based on the product quality, so the more you play, the better product you get. It’s always better to spend a few dollars extra than vaping on low-quality e-liquids.
The bottom line is, you get what you pay for. Check the bottle’s back to find out nicotine levels, and the ingredients. If it’s made to the highest industry standards, go ahead and give it a try. Have fun!
About the Author: Rebecca is a cannabis and health industry consultant who frequently writes about the latest trends in the industry with only one motive that is to create awareness about healthy living. She has been writing for a long time now and is becoming a recognized name in the cannabis industry.
THC vs CBD: What You Need to Know
With the legalization of cannabis in several states of the United States of America, people are increasingly becoming more curious about their options. Cannabis, a plant species that has taken the market by a storm, has two major compounds, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD is found in both marijuana and hemp. However, it is found in abundance in hemp plants. On the other hand, marijuana plants contain high concentrations of THC.
Both of the compounds can interact with the endocannabinoid system present in the body to result in different effects.
Though both the compounds have the same molecular structure, there is a difference in the way the atoms are arranged, which ultimately results in different effects.
As THC and CBD are chemically similar to the endocannabinoids in our body, both the compounds can interact with the cannabinoid receptors easily. The interaction results in the release of neurotransmitters that transmit messages to cells regarding sleep, stress, immune function, pain, and so on.
The most notable difference between both the compounds is the fact that THC is a psychoactive compound, while CBD isn’t. Therefore, CBD does not cause the “high” most people experience after consuming THC.
THC is known to bind with the CB1 receptors, which results in a sense of euphoria. As CBD binds weakly to the CBD1 receptors, it not only doesn’t result in the “high” but also interferes with the THC binding to reduce its psychoactive effects.
The laws related to cannabis production and consumption is evolving with every passing year in the United States. As THC and marijuana are mentioned in the list of controlled substances, they aren’t legal federally.
However, specific states like Washington D.C. have passed laws that make high levels of THC and medical marijuana legal. Yet, it has to be prescribed by a healthcare practitioner. Additionally, some states have also made the recreational use of THC and cannabis legal.
States where you can find marijuana for medical and recreational purposes mostly allow the sale of CBD as well.
Before you can buy THC or CBD products, it is essential to understand your state laws in order to avoid legal ramifications. If you reside in a state where the sale of cannabis products is authorized, you must find a trustworthy store. Nowadays, you can even buy these products online. Heavenlyhempflower is one of the premium stores online where you can explore a wide range of cannabis products.
The medical benefits of both compounds are quite similar. They can help in the treatment of a variety of conditions. As CBD doesn’t result in the euphoric effects associated with THC, many people prefer using CBD.
In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Epidiolex, the very first prescription medication with CBD for the treatment of very difficult-to-control and rare forms of epilepsy.
There are many health benefits to using CBD. Some of the conditions that can be treated with CBD include –
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
On the other hand, THC can also offer many medical benefits. Some of the conditions that you can treat with THC are as follows –
- Low Appetite
- Muscle Spasticity
The human body can tolerate CBD pretty well, even if it is in high doses. Research has indicated that the side effects resulting from the use of CBD are due to drug-to-drug interactions.
Some of the side effects associated with the use of THC are mentioned below –
- Memory Loss
- Slower Reaction Times
- Red Eyes
- Dry Mouth
- Coordination Problems
- Increased Heart Rate
These side effects are a result of the psychoactive properties of THC. It is important to note that both the compounds aren’t fatal. However, when THC is consumed in high quantities, it can result in long-term adverse psychological effects. It is particularly true for adolescents.
As the brain of a teenager is still developing, high exposure to THC could increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a research study.
Method of Administration
With the cannabis market on its rise, you will be able to find a plethora of options in CBD and THC products.
CBD is found in many different forms, such as –
- Similarly, THC is also available in many forms. They include –
- Smokable Products
CBD and THC are cannabinoids that end up in the fat reservoirs of the body. Therefore, they can show up even after a couple of days of usage. All drug tests cannot detect CBD, but you will find CBD-sensitive tests in the market as well. Most of the drug tests are designed to loom for chemicals, including THC.
THC and CBD are two primary cannabinoids that are found in cannabis. Hemp plants contain a high concentration of CBD and trace amounts of THC, while it’s the opposite in marijuana plants.
Both the compounds that be useful in treating similar health conditions, but the difference lies in the psychoactive effects. THC makes a person “high,” which isn’t the same with CBD. Therefore, people prefer using either of the compounds of their unique effects.
It is important to note that both the substances are illegal federally and have only be approved for recreational and medicinal purposes in specific states. If you plan on using them, you should be clear about the laws in your country.
7 Destinations for Cannabis Tourism
If you’re like us, Covid-19 quarantine and the pandemic state of our communities has got us dreaming of a vacation to escape.
Cannabis lovers are real roadies as they are always up for adventures. They look for cannabis-friendly places so that they can chill and have a good time. With the legalization of cannabis in many countries, more and more cannabis lovers are starting to travel to those countries. Equipping yourself with the right knowledge about your preferred weed destination will help you expand your horizons and have a memorable trip. Every weed-friendly country has specific laws, and it becomes imperative for you to know those laws so that you do not land up into some trouble.
Traveling to a cannabis-friendly country can be quite risky as you need to learn about the rules; therefore, you should be responsible and adequately conduct yourself during the trip. You have to be careful of the environment, respect the culture of the communities of the place, and respect the law. Out of the plethora of cannabis-friendly destinations, below is a list of seven places that you need to visit for your next holiday to get a tremendous high. These places have a lot in store for cannabis lovers and will make your trip adventurous and fun!
1. AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: The Netherlands is renowned for its beautiful canals and coffee shops, but it is also famous among cannabis-lovers for its high-quality marijuana. Amsterdam is the most visited region in the Netherlands. It is for its famous “coffee shops” where they buy different flavors of cannabis. The visitors can light up the marijuana inside the coffee shops and enjoy the high there and then. However, there is a bar at the amount of weed that you can carry around with you. Amsterdam is also perfect for long tours and road trips, so if you are planning to stay for a while there, we suggest you get a single cab roof rack for carrying your luggage when you hit the road.
If you walk around the city with more than 5 grams of weed, you have chances of landing into great trouble. You can travel around in boats in Giethoorn after enjoying the most high-quality marijuana. See the beauty of the beautiful tulips at the world’s most extensive tulip gardens situated in Keukenhof also explore a large number of museums in the city of Amsterdam itself.
2. THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL: Portugal is currently becoming the new trending destination in Europe for cannabis lovers. Having decriminalized drugs from the last two decades, you can enjoy the exotic destination of Algarve with a little extra fun. Being the southernmost region, Algarve is famous for its fascinating beaches where the golden sand touches the crystal clear blue waters. You can relax under the green pines and enjoy your favorite flavor of marijuana to soothe your mind. You can also enjoy various outdoor activities in the warm and peaceful waters of the beaches of Algarve. If you want to visit more beaches near Algarve, you can visit the beaches in Aljezur, Vila Real de Santo Antonio, etc. While some beaches are perfect for romance, the others are perfect for swimming. You should visit Algarve for a unique experience in a warm and tropical climate if you are planning a beach trip to a cannabis-friendly destination.
3. COLORADO, THE USA: Often referred to as the paradise for marijuana lovers, Colorado is the most visited place in the USA for Cannabis. Colorado also attracts a lot of tourists because of its beautiful mountains and picturesque views. While you can not smoke in the stores of Colorado, you have permission to smoke up inside lounges created especially for smoking up marijuana. You will find many lounges on the streets and in different cafes so that the other people do not get uncomfortable with the smell of marijuana. You should visit the city of Denver if you want to visit the best nightfall shops for cannabis. The tourism of marijuana is fascinating inside for cannabis lovers as there are many fun activities that you can enjoy. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of lakes around Colorado, where you can enjoy your marijuana in your tents with the other hippies.
4. URUGUAY: Apart from being famous for its gorgeous beaches, stunning villages, and fantastic wildlife, Uruguay is also renowned for cannabis. You can enjoy your high alongside exploring some of the beautiful and majestic animals like seals, whales, sea lions, and penguins. Uruguay is the only country that permits you to smoke marijuana anywhere on the streets or the road. You also get to visit beautiful towns like Colonia del Sacramento and Punta del Este, where you can meet new people and relax at the spectacular beach resorts. If you are a seafood lover, then you need to visit the town of Punta de Esta for some delicious seafood with Medio y Medio, the most famous sparkling wine of the region, and also the national drink of the country. If you want to shop while you are high, then you should visit Montevideo.
5. JAMAICA: The first thing that comes to mind after hearing the word “Jamaica” is Bob Marley because of the weed culture of Jamaica promoted in his songs. Jamaica houses some of the largest communities of cannabis lovers worldwide and is every stoner’s dream destination. After the government’s decriminalization in 2015, you can carry around 56 grams of marijuana while traveling around the country. While there are no proper stores where you can purchase marijuana, you can buy it from the Rastafarians, who sell high-quality marijuana near the shores.
6. VANCOUVER, CANADA: Canada is very popular amongst weed lovers because of its complete decriminalization of recreational marijuana in all parts of the country. People also refer to Vancouver as Vansterdam as its marijuana is as good as that of Amsterdam. After the decriminalization, various lounges opened in Vancouver, where you can smoke pot and enjoy the beautiful views of Vancouver. You can also visit a lot of cafes that are made just for Marijuana lovers. You should purchase marijuana from licensed retailers as they will sell the best quality marijuana in the country. You will also get to meet a lot of hippies from all parts of the world in Vancouver.
7. BARCELONA, SPAIN: No cannabis lover would want to miss out on a thing called “Cannabis Club.” If you’re going to experience the unusual cannabis clubs, you should book your ticket to Barcelona. A trip to Barcelona would not cost you much as the cost of living is meager in Barcelona. You can sign up in these cannabis clubs and donate money to people and get some high-quality cannabis in return for your donations. However, you should respect the dignity of the clubs and follow the rules so that you do not land up in any trouble. You also need two weeks to get a membership activation card to purchase marijuana in Barcelona. Therefore you should plan your trip accordingly.
Many places in the world do not punish you for consuming weed as these places have decriminalized marijuana. You need to be careful about the rules and follow them as they are so that you have fun throughout your trip. These seven places are on top of every cannabis lover’s list because of the fantastic facilities they have for them. If you want to plan a trip to a beautiful destination, which is also a cannabis-friendly place, you should go through this list to have the best high of your life.
About the Author: Rebecca has been carefully studying the travel industry trends for quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she is interested in penning down her views, providing quality insight on current travel trends, and writing about cannabis, food and beverages, particularly wine.
How Long Do Edibles Take To Kick In?
Marijuana has come a long way from being banned to now being legal for recreational and medicinal use in some states. Researchers have conducted various studies to understand its potency, growing methods, and its properties of healing many ailments. As a result, a plethora of cannabis products has become popular, like CBD tinctures, oils, and creams. Cannabis edibles are one such invention where the properties of cannabis are infused into foods or drinks.
Gone are those days when we had to make a cannabis product at home like brownies and cookies. Now one can get access to a variety of edibles in stores such as candies, chocolates, CBD water, and flavored drinks. The cannabis edibles are an excellent substitute for smoking as you don’t have the risk of getting chronic cough or phlegm production. The experience after intake of edibles is distinct from smoking. Edibles take more time to enter the bloodstream than smoking. A first-timer of cannabis should know the dosages and how the body responds to it to avoid an overdose.
Keep reading, as we will be discussing our body’s mechanism to process edibles, the amount of time it takes to influence the body, and the duration for which it lasts.
Edibles mechanism in the body:
It is essential to understand how the body absorbs the CBD in the edibles to determine why the experience and time taken are different in different people. When a person inhales cannabis through smoke or vapor, all the active components of cannabis enter directly into the blood and to the brain, which shows its effects instantly. However, edibles go through a different process. When a person ingests cannabis edibles, CBD enters into the blood through the intestines and liver and then spreads to the entire body.
The quality of marijuana in use also comes into play for the time it takes to kick in. It usually differs from the methods of using it. Smoking a strain like a sunset sherbet will have a quicker onset time compared to something like using a topical.
So, this is how the body processes the edibles. Now, let’s understand the time taken to see the impact.
How Long Do Edibles Take To Kick In?
The process of digesting an edible, absorbing, and then spreading to the entire body takes a longer time than vaping and smoking. In general, it takes 30 minutes to an hour to begin feeling high after taking cannabis edibles. The intensity of the “high” depends on THC and CBD levels, of course. The more the THC level, the sooner one gets high, whereas, in the case of higher CBD content, there is no euphoria.
Edibles Canada is very effective in treating various conditions but may vary with CBD and THC ratio.
Apart from these, the physical condition of the person taking edibles also influences the onset time. The factors include:
- Eating habits
- Cannabis tolerance
Therefore, the kicking time for high THC-low CBD and vice versa types of edibles will depend on these factors and influence its speed of getting digested and absorbed into the bloodstream. Edibles like gum and lollipops show a faster onset because the absorption process starts from the saliva in the mouth. Other edibles like wafers, gummies, and cakes that need chewing take much longer to show effects due to the long process of digestion, metabolization in the liver, and then finally entering the bloodstream to explain its impact on the brain.
Thus, it takes time to encounter the edibles effect. So, do not overdose and wait for a minimum of 24 hours before taking the next dose of cannabis edibles. Also, make sure to buy good quality edibles from authentic dealers.
How long do the effects last?
As per a review article, the results of edibles outlasts that of smoking, i.e., for more than six hours. The time-period of the impact depends on factors like dosage consumed and the endurance of the person. THC rich edibles have a longer and more potent high, and the effects can exhibit within three hours.
Tolerance levels also matter for the duration of the effects. If the person is a regular cannabis user, then he/she might not feel the effects as high as a novice cannabis user. Also, a person with moderate metabolism might feel the impact for a longer duration than a person with a high metabolism.
Irrespective of the dosage, the effect of edibles shows quicker when consumed in an empty stomach. That’s why many medical professionals advise eating little food before taking edibles to ensure that the effects come gradually and not that strong. If one consumes food after taking cannabis edible on an empty belly, it will also increase the onset of the impact, as the food consumed can push the edible more swiftly into the digestive system. So, for experiencing the effects of cannabis edibles faster, take them without food and eat a small portion of food after 15 minutes to accelerate the digestive process.
Edibles are available in different dosages. The strength of the edibles relies on the strain used, THC content, baking time, and heat—a beginner dosage of THC in an edible ranges from half a milligram to five milligrams. Generally, edibles contain an amount between 10 to 15 milligrams of THC, which is adequate for a person who has tried cannabis before and wants a long-lasting impact.
A THC content of more than 20 milligrams is a high dose and is not advisory. It might heighten the risk of adverse reactions. Usually, heavy smokers, who want a stronger and lasting consequence, consume such a high dosage.
According to an article, the THC impact from edibles can show up in some individuals from a small dose of 2.5 mg, whereas some might need 50 mg to see any significant effect. That is why, as a basic thumb rule, it is always safe to begin with, low dosages, and slowly raise it with time.
Also, most edibles come with a label containing the level of THC and CBD in it. So, please read the instructions carefully before consuming it.
Edibles have a similar effect of high and euphoria as smoking cannabis. The time taken to see the edibles outcome will vary between individuals and the THC strength of the edibles. Consuming edibles is preferred by most people to avoid any damage to the lungs. It is an easy way to include in the lifestyle to heal many health ailments like pain, nausea, anxiety, and appetite problems. In case of an overdose by edibles, it can cause side effects but is rarely severe. In case a person feels panic attacks or shortness of breath, then visit a doctor immediately. Lastly, be patient with the edibles to work on the body.
About the author: Rebecca is a cannabis and health industry consultant who frequently writes about the latest trends in the industry with only one motive that is to create awareness about healthy living. She has been writing for a long time now and is becoming a recognized name in the cannabis industry.
The Future of the Cannabis Industry Is Mighty and Tiny, at the Same Time
When you think about cannabis and the businesses that market it, you must think beyond the traditional image of the rolled-up joint. These days, many doctors don’t like to recommend cannabis for treatment (even though it is proven very effective), because smoking cannabis, which has been the predominant consumption method, is bad for the lungs, outdated, and inefficient. Now, the future of the cannabis industry is looking mighty, thanks to a tiny innovation that is helping to create an alternative way for people to take cannabis and get more CBD and THC oil out of a product: nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology ensures the most inconspicuous, effective, efficient, and clean marijuana use! This evolution will help those who could benefit but are on the discerning, cautious, and skeptical spectrum of the market. Businesses only succeed when they solve a problem. Through nanotechnology, cannabis businesses can provide the benefits of cannabis use in a healthy way that doctors and patients can feel comfortable with. In simple terms, nanotechnology allows cannabis consumers to obtain the desired medical benefits from the plant without smoking and sacrificing their health in exchange.
So… What Exactly Is Nanotechnology, and Why Is It Changing the Face of Today’s Cannabis Industry?
To put it in simple terms, nanotechnology is used to turn substances like CBD oil and THC oil, into nano-size. Like all oils, they cannot be dissolved in water, so reducing them to a nano-size expands how the product can be delivered to the person consuming it.
As a point of reference, one nanometer is one-thousandth of a micron, which is one-thousandth of a millimeter. When cannabinoids are in this microscopic size, they can travel extremely quickly and efficiently through the skin and other membranes of the human body and enter the bloodstream much faster. This ensures the cleanest, most efficient, healthiest, and most discreet cannabis consumption. The most innovative companies use nanoencapsulation to make CBD and THC oil nano-sized and increase the amount that gets through the skin surface, into the bloodstream.
So what’s nanoencapsulation? Essentially, it is the technology that forces the oil into a hard shell, made of a material that likes and can be dissolved in water. When this nano-sized amount of oil within the shell comes into contact with the outside of your body, which is 80% water, your body, skin, and membranes take it to be water-soluble and absorb it quickly. The enclosed oil gets deeper and deeper into the body and then comes out of the shell via changes in temperature, where it then becomes active.
By that time, the oil is already too deep for the body to reject it. The hard shell also protects the oil inside from the natural digestion effects of the stomach. The shell protects the oil enough for it to actually get into the wall of the stomach and get back into the circulation of the blood. Nanoencapsulation can carry more CBD and THC oil out of a solution and into the human body than any other technology known to date. This has significant implications for the cannabis industry, opening up vast opportunities to companies to provide delivery solutions that are palatable to the consumer.
Nanotechnology in Other Industries
Nanoencapsulation is the unique selling proposition that opens up opportunities for cannabis businesses. Further, the science behind it has implications beyond the cannabis industry, as other medicines or treatments can be delivered this way, creating new options in biotechnology that help people with all manner of medical concerns. For example, certain types of cancer are managed by sending engineered nanoparticles that will attack infected cells, and leave the healthy ones alone, for greater accuracy.
There are also many other businesses that can benefit from nanotechnology and use it to expand their own product lines. For example, beauty products can use nanotechnology to add CBD to their products; gum manufacturers can use it to create a line of CBD gum, nanotechnology can be used to develop CBD-infused eye drops… the possibilities are endless! Nanotechnology can catapult non-cannabis companies into the ever-evolving hemp/CBD industry!
To conclude, the main benefits of nanotechnology for cannabis businesses are that it ensures inconspicuous, effective, efficient, and clean marijuana use. Marijuana companies everywhere are striving to come up with new items that utilize nanotechnology and all its benefits. Products made with nanotechnology are effective, as you don’t need to consume a lot to get the desired effect. They are also discreet, as you need to put a patch on your skin or an oral, dissolvable strip in your mouth that is just like a mint. Many companies are already using nanotechnology in their new innovations, such as Honest Marijuana Company’s Hemp Theory line of full-spectrum hemp products, and the market’s new offerings will only keep getting more ingenious.
Serge Chistov is a cannabis industry expert and Chief Financial Partner with Honest Marijuana Co. Honest Marijuana has been a leader in cannabis innovation since it’s inception with an organic approach to the growth, production and packaging of cannabis, the launch of the first-ever organic hemp wrapped machine rolled blunts, the invention of the now patented Nanobidiol Technology, and the first company to bring THC-O-Acetate technology and products to market.
3 Ways Outsourcing IT Can Save Your Cannabis Business Money
Running any company, especially during the uncertain times of COVID-19, can be challenging, but hiring the right IT Partner can relieve some of your stress. Josh Weiss from LA Creative Technologies gave us some tips on how to save money and keep your business technology problem-free.
1. Lower Your Risk
The Cannabis industry is continuing to expanding even with the economic impacts of COVID-19. Going hand in hand with industry growth is typical, industry regulation. These government regulations are often complex and require adherence that can cause severe liabilities if not adhered to and significantly affect your business financially. Mitigate these risks by outsourcing your IT to a partner, like Bamboo Solutions as one example, that is knowledgable of industry regulations and can ensure your business is adhering to them at all times.
2. Ensure Your Business is Secure
Your business’s data is essential; whether it’s customers’ contact information, vendor rates, product recipes, or employee information, you need to ensure the report doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Cyberattacks can cause loss of data, system malfunctions, malicious spyware infections, which can all ruin the reputation of your business.
3. Technical Issues
Dealing with malfunctioning computer systems can cause loss of business and loss of sales. Having the right IP Partner can ensure that all of your systems are running as they should, all updates are current, and provide you any up-to-date IT solutions that your business might need to continue to grow. Depending on your business’s needs, finding external employees can also help maintain IT systems but it depends on the kind of support you require. If you hire globally, this could stabilize that aspect of your business so you have a greater chance of growth. Working with external global hiring solutions provided by those that work at sites like peakpeo.com can make it easier to discover the perfect candidates to resolve your IT issues.
Whether your cannabis business has been operating for years, just started or you’re thinking about starting a new business, consider outsourcing your IT support and hiring an IT Partner. The right IT partner will ensure your IT infrastructure is designed to support your business needs, predict, prevent, and respond to any problems that arise, allowing you to continue building your business and servicing your customers. Josh’s company LA Creative Technologies provides its customers with full service IT that is customized to the needs of the business.
For more information about Josh Weiss and LA Creative Technologies, visit their website at www.lacreativetech.com
7 Ways To Extend Your Vape’s Battery Life
The advancement of vaping technology has seen the shift from disposable vape pens to rechargeable vape pens. Rechargeable e-cigs are more durable, reliable, offer more convenience, and are money-saving.Â
Rechargeable e-cigs come with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The vape pen battery powers the device to allow vaping. It is a critical part of the vaporizer and needs care and maintenance to enhance its lifespan and safety.
Batteries reduce performance over time. Due to the vital role it plays, having a faulty battery can be frustrating. That’s why you need to know the best tips for extending the battery life.Â
Follow these seven tips to increase the battery lifespan and get the most of your e-cig.Â
1. Turn Off the Vape Pen When Not in Use
It may seem obvious, but most people forget to switch off their vape pens. Not turning it off means that it’ll consume charge even when in your pocket.Â
The latest vape pens come with a sleep mode design. It may seem convenient to turn it on with a press of a button quickly. However, it also means it remains on during that time, consuming power.Â
ToÂ extend its battery life, you should turn it off anytime you’re not using it, even at the shortest break.Â
2.Use the Right ChargerÂ
Each vape pen has a unique charger. While a charger may perfectly fit your device, it doesn’t mean it is right for it. Using a wrong charger can damage the battery because the correct amount of power is not delivered.
Always use a charger provided by the manufacturer. If the charger spoils, you should contact the manufacturer or get a suitable replacement from authorized distributors only.Â
Furthermore, there are many fake chargers on the market. Buying your vape pen from a reputable seller is better than getting it from unknown manufacturers. Renowned manufacturers care about their reputation and invest a lot in producing safe, quality products.Â
3. Store it Correctly
The way you store the vape pen impacts its battery life. As you know, batteries contain chemicals that react to temperature. Keeping them in places with optimum temperatures increases their performance. But too high or too low temperatures shortens their lifespan.Â
Lithium-ion batteries can manage cold temperatures better. However, extreme cold can affect their capability to store and release energy. Avoid leaving your vaping devices in cold places that expose it to moisture like in the car.
Properly storing it also means keeping it clean. If you intend to keep it lying for an extended period, then make sure to get rid of any dirt that can cause corrosion.Â
4. Charge The Battery The Right Way
GoodÂ charging habitsÂ improve the lifespan of your vape pen. It’s good to charge the battery before you run out of charge. A battery with some current left charges quickly as compared to the one that’s completely drained.Â
You can begin charging the battery once it falls below 50%. A very low battery means that the battery will need more energy to charge up.Â
When charging the device, avoid using it until its fully charged. Using the device while charging makes it hot, and excess heat can damage the battery. Once it’s fully charged, allow it to cool down before you start using it.Â
To avoid overcharging, unplug the charger once it’s complete. But if you can’t manage to monitor it when charging, then get a charger that turns itself off automatically.Â Â
5. Use the Vape Batteries Regularly
Batteries last longer when used regularly. Using it daily enhances its performance and lifespan.Â Â Â
However, this doesn’t mean vaping for long sessions. Even using the device for a short period on a routine will help to enhance its durability.
6. Frequent Rotation
It’s good to own more than one battery. Having a spare battery allows you to change the batteries and avoid overusing one. The trick is to use each of them regularly and avoid overusing any.
Reserving a battery for emergencies will eventually wear it down. Like said, they work well upon regular use. Rotating them will considerably increase their life.
7. Full Charge for a Battery before Storing It
If you aren’t using the batteries, then you might want to store them. Storing the battery in a cool and dry place is not enough. You need to ensure that you store the battery with a full charge.
As the battery lays, it drains the charges slowly. If it drains completely, then you may experience difficulties charging it up.Â
Giving the battery a break is good for its health. However, keeping it for more extended periods without use can negatively impact its lifespan. So, make sure to charge them after a while to ensure they don’t drain entirely.Â
If you’re a vaping enthusiast, then you know the importance of your vape’s performance. A fully functional vape pen gives incredible vapor. That’s why it’s essential to care for service and maintain all its parts regularly.
It’s really important that you make sure to look after your vape, as it means that you will get to enjoy all the different Flavours that you get to try with vaping. You don’t want to have a bad experience with something that should be really enjoyable, just because you forgot to take care of your vape now do you?
A functional battery is vital to the success of your vaping. If you have invested a lot in your vape kit, then you should maximize it. Following these tips will increase the battery’s lifespan and save you money.Â
The battery can last longer when well taken care of by observing essential safety measures. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to do everything the right way. Also, only buy your vape pen and other accessories from established sellers to get value for your money.Â
A Closer Look at Smokable Hemp
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CBD is growing rapidly in popularity, and the market is expected to reach $5 billion over the coming months. It appeals to people who are interested in health and fitness, those who are interested in the marijuana scene but who don’t want the psychoactive effect of THC, and those who are looking for pain relief, better sleep, and other similar benefits. There are many reasons someone might want to explore CBD. Before we start discussing the benefits of smokable hemp, it’s important to understand the differences between hemp and marijuana.
Smokable Hemp Explained
Smokable hemp is the flower bud of a hemp plant that has been cultivated with the intent of the crop being smoked. It contains CBD as one of many active ingredients. CBD is ‘cannabidiol’, one of many cannabinoids. CBD can be extracted from any form of the hemp plant, but smokable hemp contains more CBD than other varieties.
There are other cannabinoids, such as CBN, CBC, THC, and CBG, that are also found in smokable hemp and cannabis. Cannabis is rich in THC, where hemp contains zero or close to zero THC. The other cannabinoids are found in varying percentages in varying strains, and it’s unclear what impact they have on the body. There are so many cannabinoids, and the way they interact with the bloodstream is so confusing that it can be difficult to tell which cannabinoids offer specific benefits.
CBD is thought to be the most beneficial of all the cannabinoids. It is also pleasant to smoke. If you are lucky enough to get access to high-quality hemp, you will likely find that it has an enjoyable taste, is relaxing, and doesn’t make you feel high.
When you smoke hemp, you should feel the impact of the CBD quickly. Inhaling the compounds means that they get dissolved into the bloodstream, and that is faster than taking CBD orally. You should make sure that if you smoke hemp, you choose high-quality hemp, which can be bought online from sites like Organic CBD Nugs.
Smoking hemp allows the plants to reach your bloodstream very quickly so that it will have an impact almost immediately. Many people who are struggling with anxiety find that if they smoke hemp, they feel more relaxed almost immediately. It can also help with specific aches and pains.
CBD does not make you feel high. It can also have a relaxing effect that makes it an excellent alternative to tobacco, with all of the health risks associated with smoking nicotine. Indeed, the balance of CBD and THC in marijuana can have an impact on the type of high that you experience. Some people who have aches and pains mix CBD into their food to get the benefit of a high dose spread out over the course of the day. CBD edibles are very popular and convenient.
If you are considering trying smokable hemp, make sure that you buy high-quality strains. Low-cost hemp may seem appealing, but the experience will not be good.
Common Misconceptions Surrounding Smokable Hemp
Perhaps the most common misconception about hemp is that smoking hemp makes you high. This is not the case. Hemp has a THC content of 0.3% at most, with many strains having even less than that. THC is the compound that makes people high when they smoke cannabis. There is not enough THC in hemp for there to be any impact.
Related to the issue of THC content is the misconception about legality. The farm bill has made smokable hemp legal in most states. If you have concerns, check the rules in your state to make sure there aren’t local regulations about hemp.
The Most Popular Cannabis Strains of 2020
Since the legalization of cannabis happened, more and more gardeners seem to show interest in growing cannabis. Spring is the perfect time to plow some seeds and clone plants. Most of the people are opting for home growing facilities to make the most out of this deal. You can also purchase in legal states by visiting any licensed store, showing your valid ID card and paying around $50 to $100 for a pack of ten seeds, or buy a small clone plant for much less amount. With this digitalization taking place, the online purchase of cannabis seeds is also regulated based on specific legal laws. Be it Sativa or Indica, and they are just a click away. Everyone is excited to see which strains would be popular in 2020!
All these strains are surely going to stir the cannabis market. Breeders work on them resiliently to come up with something effective every time which out beat the rest. With the legalization of marijuana, it became a versatile mode of medication at this time. There are a numerous amount of published articles speaking to its usage for the adults. Consider the right amount for the dosage, and if the person is aware of the strain, they are using for the medical or recreational purpose. The strains that are going to create a buzz due to their properties in 2020 are Cookies Gelato, Northern Lights, Royal Gorilla, Green Gelato, Triple G, and Hulkberry.
Without further ado, let’s get into the details!
It is arguably true that this strain proves to be the most aromatic one, which is a lovechild of Girl Scout Cookies and Gelato 33. This breed comes from two legendry strains, and it inherits their sweet taste, insane potency, and high productivity. This robust bud is an ideal choice for people who have a great love for cannabis and have been using it for years now. Its monstrous THC level can quickly thrust the mind and suspends consciousness for hours. It is a beautiful manifestation of the best traits from both its parents, which helped it to earn its spot in a matter of minutes. A call to euphoric rush, all those novice smokers, this might not be one to start with. This hybrid contains 50% Sativa and 50% Indica and promises to bring unforgettable time being a luxury treat.
Merely mentioning the name of this strain is sufficient for all the cannabis connoisseurs. This pure Indica is cherished for its resinous bud and resilience. Its legendary status belongs to Afghanistan and Thai genetics. This tried and tested strain is pungently sweet and spicy with the right amount of aroma. It is an ideal deal for all those people who are looking for something to rest their psychological needs; your search ends right here.
Though this seed originated in the USA, now it is readily available outside of its premises. This insanely powerful hybrid has THC levels exceeding 25%, which makes it a prominent choice to balance euphoria and experience relaxation altogether. It is medically recommended by the doctors to treat chronic pains or other ailments due to its high potency.
This pleasantly green bud was a coincidental discovery but seemed a perfect one due to its blown away results. Its right balance made it well known among therapeutic usage. This hybrid is 50% Indica and Sativa balanced and is considered as an outstanding hybrid among the globe for its features.
Green Gelato came into existence by crossing Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. Exclusive craftsmanship was considered while working on this particular hybrid, which results in some of the best choices among cannabis connoisseur. The taste and aroma offered by this plant are hard to be described in words. It may seem weird to think about mixing mint cookies with orange sherbet, but what you get at the end makes it worthy enough to be consumed.
THC content passing 25% makes it strong high, and this intoxicating mixture will soon take one in the sea of tranquility. It takes around 8 to 9 weeks to grow and complete the flowering process. It can be grown indoors and outdoors, and length would vary accordingly. To make the most out of its harvesting, careful trimming and topping would be required. This strain also encompasses medical properties to deal with pain, mood swings and raising appetite, etc.
Extracting the most exceptional traits from Gorilla Glue #4 and Gelato 33 results into having Triple G. It is one of the best-in-class hybrids which can please the body like anything else. Novice smokers should consider taking this specific strain with caution as it has a massive THC level. It causes an immediate euphoric rush, which will light up the central nervous system and brings an enjoyable feeling. It is only for those people who can handle being high and want to experience a ride of creativity and contemplation.
These feminized seeds are readily available, being the best type of hybrid strain. Created by crossing Ghost OG with Strawberry Diesel; it is mainly 65 % Sativa and 35% Indica. Massive harvesting is expected from it, along with ultra-high THC production. It is also known as Bruce Banner #3, and it particularly stands out from the rest. It has already made its way by storm to Europe and beyond. It achieved cult status in a relatively short amount of time as it is unmistakably strong. Its THC content surpassing 28% makes one unleashing an energetic head high. This is not just a potent mixture; it also has a sweet fruity taste. This strain can quickly grow indoors and outdoors, where outdoor plants would be tall up to 200 cm, indoor plants would be something around 80 – 140 cm.
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Why Blue Dream Has Become a Legendary Strain
Find out why this strain with deep California roots has become legendary.
It’s a cross between “Blueberry” and “Haze” strains, and it is sometimes also called “Azure Haze. Some people think it must be a dream. There’s a minimal history about this strain, to be honest. When it was initially created, the records were erased so that people wouldn’t know where it came from or how it was created.
This alone accounts for some of the allure of Blue Dream. The medical community quickly fell in love with the mysterious, dreamy strain that leaves you feeling a cerebral high while still coming through with fantastic flavor. Check Otheremedies for more information on cannabis strains. There’s no compromise with a Blue Dream buzz.
Blue Dream Factoids
? No one knows where it was created precisely.
? People speculate it came from Santa Cruz, but that could have been a dream?
? It’s THC-rich with a range of 17% – 24% THC in every dose.
? CBN levels can be as high as 1%
? CBD levels can reach as high as 2%
? It honestly tastes like sweet blueberries.
? The first effect is a cerebral rush that is helpful when you’re focused on a project and initially gives you a rush of energy.
? As the high peaks, you feel relaxed, calm, and in a state of extreme ‘chillaxation’ that will have you feeling no pain at all.
? This strain is not recommended if you have anxiety because of the initial impact. It could make anxiety worse before it gets better.
? It’s actually a stimulant.
? It can help with depression and lack of appetite.
? It works great for muscle spasms.
? If you suffer from pain due to an old injury, this strain will tackle it.
? Are you feeling sick? This strain is also quite capable of helping you to feel better.
? It’s an easy-to-grow choice for those who are new to growing.
? Indoor plants will flower in about 10-weeks.
? Blue Dream will yield approximately 21 ounces of bud per plant.
? Are you suffering from an artist’s block? Need some help with your creative mind? Blue Dream will have you dreaming up a storm of things that get your juices flowing.
? Feeling overly worried and bummed over bills right now? This is the strain that will have you relaxed and calm in no time.
? The terpene profile is peppery pine and mostly herbal.
? It’s Sativa-dominant hybrid cannabis.
? 59% of people report feeling happy after using the Blue Dream.
? People report feeling “free and loving” in the hippie style.
? It has been called “the Bayer aspirin of bud” that should be in every stoner’s medicine cabinet.
? Descendants of Blue Dream include Pine Queen Dream and DJ Andy Williams.
? It is most popular and easily located in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Seattle loves the Blue Dream.
? If you are down, it’s a very quick pick me up.
? Conditions most helped by a Blue Dream include anxiety, autism, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, chronic diseases, depression, headaches, inflammation, nausea, PTSD, and stress.
? It smells like an earthy, sweet, fruity vanilla.
? It tastes like a fruity, blueberry, vanilla sort of berry.
? Some people say that it smells like blueberry pie and that the flavor stays on their tongue long after smoking it.
? It doesn’t cause the munchies as bad as some other strains can. Some people report having none at all.
? If you suffer from cluster headaches, this is the best strain for you.
? It’s been said to outlast other strains for the money because the high is longer-lasting. You will not go through this as fast as different strains.
? It is 60% Sativa and 40% Indica.
? There are approximately four different strains of Blue Dream, depending on the state and the grower from which your strain comes from.
? Blue Dream will thrive in an indoor hydroponic garden.
? Tests show that Blue Dream very commonly has more than 25% THC.
? This is considered “top-shelf” weed at most dispensaries.
No matter who you are, chances are that you’ll benefit from Blue Dream. It’s got an excellent taste for those who don’t particularly care for the more woody-toned flavored strains that are high in pine. This one tastes sweet and is known for leaving that sweet flavor in your mouth for long after use.
The only people who may not wish to use this strain are people who already suffer from high anxiety because the head rush that hits you first will be one of high alertness and deep focus, before the relaxation phase that kicks in later. This could cause anxiety to spike first and be counterintuitive.
You’ll find this strain harder to find on the East Coast and across the Midwest regions. The PNW has an abundance of this brand, and you’ll be able to find it in dispensaries with ease in those states.
Making Sure Your Cannabis Business Is Secure
When setting up your Cannabis business, whether you are setting up a grow, production facility, or a retail store, it is essential that your network infrastructure is set up securely and can meet the needs of your business. Your data storage will need to be up to scratch and have the right safety procedures in place. If you want to monitor what is happening with your data, you can learn more about this over at timescale.com and see the best solution that they have.
Few industries face as many regulatory, financial, and logistical challenges as the cannabis industry. These regulations can be overwhelming for someone that is starting a new business or for a business owner who wants to ensure that their business is maintaining regulatory compliance. From getting insurance sorted from a firm like The Feingold Companies, to making sure your systems are fully compliant, it can be a lot to take in. It is vital to have a long-term technology partner who can assist you in architecting a network that supports your business and can help you with ensuring your system stays secure as your business grows and your needs change.
Josh Weiss from LA Creative Technologies suggested that you start with some basic questions:
- Where is your company located â€“ warehouse, retail store, field, urban, rural
- How big is the location â€“ square footage, one room, multiple rooms, multiple stories
- What are your needs â€“ internet, CMR, accounting software, data storage, video surveillance, pos system
Next, Josh suggested that you work with an IT Consultant to help you with creating a stable network, ensure security, create a streamlined IT process, and help you to manage your business strategically.
- Setting up a network with the best equipment, service providers, and maintenance plan for your business needs.
- Ensuring a security solution with tools that can identify threats inside and outside of your network.
- Managing IT tasks so that your business can operate effectively and efficiently.
- Creating a strategic plan that allows your business to scale, reducing costly issues, minimizing network downtime, and allowing for new implementations and upgrades.
Finally, Josh told us that one of the most important areas he discusses with his clients is security. Whether you’re talking about file storage for patient information or emails, security is essential. Cybercriminals are searching for entry points in a business’s infrastructure so they can attack your sensitive data and hold it for ransom or sell it. Regularly monitoring for issues with spyware and malware software is an investment worth making. Josh also said it is essential to look at how your data is stored. Data breaches can end up causing reputation and financial damage to your business. Josh’s company LA Creative Technologies provides its customers with Cyber-insurance to protect their clients from risks related to a cyberattack, a data breach and ensures that your business is adhering to your company’s IT Policies.
For more information about Josh Weiss and LA Creative Technologies, visit their website at www.lacreativetech.com
420 Meaning: The Real History of April 20
Written by: Anthony Franciosi
Like most of the legends, traditions, and slang of cannabis culture, the real history of the 420 meaning is obscured by hearsay, “he said, she said,” and a healthy dose of, “What the hell happened last night?” But that doesn’t make 420 any less important. In fact, 420 has become a well-nigh universal term for all things marijuana. It even has its own day: April 20 (4/20 for those who’ve already started celebrating).
So where did the concept of 420 come from? What does it mean? Why those particular numbers? And how did it spread around the world? In this article, the experts at Honest Marijuana clear the pot haze — for a few minutes, anyway, and then we’re right back into it — to provide you with the definitive 420 meaning.
Theories Of The 420 Meaning
Before we delve into the true origins of April 20, we’ll examine some of the strange, outlandish, and downright false theories of the 420 meaning.
Back in 1939, H.P. Lovecraft and Kenneth Sterling wrote In The Walls Of Eryx. In this short story, Lovecraft writes briefly about “curious mirage-plants” that alter the narrator’s perception of reality at around 4:20. This would be a great explanation because we love us some Lovecraft (Cthulhu fhtagn!), but the logistics of this theory just don’t jive.
First, Lovecraft doesn’t elaborate about whether it’s 4:20 a.m. or 4:20 p.m. For some stoners, we guess it wouldn’t matter, but for us long-timers (read “old”), we’re going to be pretty much comatose in our beds at 4:20 a.m. unless something is really, REALLY wrong. Second, since Lovecraft lived on the east coast of the United States, we can only assume he was referring to 4:20 Eastern (daylight savings wasn’t a standard thing at that time). And 4:20 Eastern would make it 3:20 Central, 2:20 Mountain, and 1:20 Pacific (although we still don’t know if it was early morning or late afternoon).
So although Lovecraft’s story is one of the earliest mentions of psychedelia and 4:20 together in one place, it’s highly unlikely that he can claim responsibility for creating 420.
It’s a fun theory, but it’s false.
Another popular theory holds that 4:20 (or 16:20 for 24-hour-clock enthusiasts) is standard teatime in Holland, the Netherlands. Geographically speaking, Holland is a region on the western coast of the Netherlands that includes the city of Amsterdam. And, as all good stoners know, Amsterdam is like Mecca for cannaenthusiasts.
Because of this link to the forward-thinking city that pioneered cannabis legalization back in the 1970s (yes, it’s been legal there for almost half a century), it’s as good an explanation as any for the real 420 meaning. Sadly, though, it’s just as false as the Lovecraft connection.
420 Active Chemicals
Some believe that the history of the 420 meaning got its start because there are 420 active chemicals in cannabis. This is just plain wrong. There are way more than 420 active chemicals in your standard marijuana plant. And of those 420, only about 70 or so are cannabinoids unique to your favorite strain. The rest are just regular organic molecules common to pretty much every plant on the planet.
So, as a theory for the origin of 420, this explanation doesn’t hold water and sounds like something you would hear third- or fourth-hand from your uncle’s cousin’s friend’s 14-year-old niece. If someone tries to pass this off as cannon at your next smoke mesh, laugh scornfully in their face, point fingers derisively, and make them clean the gunk out of your bong to teach them a lesson about gullibility.
Adolf Hitler’s Birthday
Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, but that’s a tenuous connection to the pot-smoking revelry that 420 has become today. Even if this explanation for the 420 meaning were even remotely true — which it’s NOT — we’re not sure why it would have gotten a start in the first place. Other than the birthdate thing, no one wants to honor one of the men responsible for some of the worst years western civilization has ever faced.
Plus, there’s absolutely no connection between Hitler and the wacky weed — although the world probably would have been a much better place if he’d have toked a fatty once or twice and just chilled the eff out. This theory is complete bunk.
A Bob Dylan Song
Back in 1966, Bob Dylan released the song “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”. In said song, he sings extensively about getting stoned and ends with the now-famous chorus, “Everybody must get stoned!” Along with the fairly obvious connotations, the band — and Dylan himself — sound like they’re high as a kite. Plus, 12 x 35 = 420. Coincidence? Unfortunately, yes. While this is one of the most plausible theories for 420’s meaning, it’s also false.
Dylan himself says that he was singing about being stoned in the Biblical sense of the word — people hurling rocks at you — not about puffing a blunt and scarfing down Funyons and Pixie Sticks.It’s easy to see how well-meaning stoners could have run with their own understanding of “Everybody must get stoned!” — it is pretty obvious, after all — but there’s no historical proof this is where 420 got its start.
California Police Code
Another plausible explanation for the origins of 420 goes back to the California police codes of the 1970s. Much like the term 5150 — the California law-enforcement code applied to people who are considered threateningly unstable or “crazy” — that was co-opted by the band Van Halen for the name of their seventh album, legend has it that 420 was the police code for “marijuana smoking.”
As cool as it would be to take “the man’s” own codes, throw them back in their faces, and create a day to celebrate marijuana openly, this theory is false as well.
R.I.P. Bob Marley
Some folks — don’t ask us who — swear that The Right Honorable Robert “Bob” Marley died on April 20 and that the current 420 celebration is a tribute to this cannabis icon. Unfortunately, this theory isn’t true either. Mr. Marley passed away on May 11 (511), not April 20.
You can — and should — still blaze a bong in honor of the pioneer of ganja culture; just don’t claim he’s the reason for 420.
The Real History Of 420
The real story of 420’s meaning dates back to San Rafael High School (in San Rafael, California) in the 1970s and a group of five friends known as the Waldos. “Why Waldos?” you ask. Because they used to hang out by a wall outside the school. Get it? Wall-dos? Waldos? Anyway…
During harvest time in the fall of 1971, the Waldos heard rumor that a member of the Coast Guard had planted a cannabis crop and, because he had shipped out, could no longer tend the buds. They decided to search for the lost crop after practice (they were all high school athletes) and arranged to meet at the Louis Pasteur statue on campus at 4:20 p.m. This went on for several weeks and they took to reminding each other of their after-school plans by saying, “4:20 Louis.” Eventually, they dropped the “Louis” completely and started using 420 as a way to refer to their pot-smoking activities without squares being any the wiser.
They never did find the secret stash, and it would have stopped there — with a group of high school friends in California — if it weren’t for a fortunate coincidence and one of the most iconic rock bands of all time: The Grateful Dead.
By the early 1970s, the Dead had moved their rehearsal space from The Haight in San Francisco to the Marin County hills — just blocks from the Waldos’ school. In addition to being within walking distance of the heart of the counterculture, one of the Waldos’ dads managed real estate for the band, and another Waldo’s older brother was good friends with Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Because of this connection, the Waldos used to hang out in close proximity to the band where they, no doubt, used the term 420 quite often. From there, 420 spread through the roadies, band members, and fans until it was common in the underground language of the Dead Head community.
In the late 80s and early 90s, reporters from the magazine High Times heard the term 420 (in the form of a flyer that said, “We are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-in in Marin County…”) while attending a concert in Oakland, California. High Times took the story, ran with it, and started incorporating 420 into everything they did (eventually purchasing the web address 420.com). As cannabis culture began to grow in the United States and around the world, the idea of 420 continued to gain popularity.
With the legalization of marijuana in states across the union, 420 parties spread like wildfire and the celebration took off from there and transformed into the ganja-fest that it is today.
Impress Your Friends With Your 420 Knowledge
So there you have it, the real history of the 420 meaning. Now you can impress your friends with your extensive knowledge of marijuana history and not look like a blathering idiot in the process.
Bio: Anthony Franciosi also known as Ant, is an honest to goodness farmer whose fingers are as green as the organic cannabis he grows. He is the proud founder of Honest Marijuana – an all natural, completely organic marijuana growery in Colorado.
Why Now is The Time for Cannabis Companies to Beef Up Their Data Protection
The current pandemic increases vulnerability in an area where cannabis companies were already vulnerable: protecting their data. 2019 and even the start of 2020 brought about several high-profile data breaches that caught the industry off guard and exposed its data vulnerabilities.
The current situation:
The COVID-19 global pandemic is unprecedented. The toll on human suffering is alarming, and governments across the globe are scrambling to find solutions to mitigate this public health crisis.
The global economy has taken a considerable beating, and no industry is immune to the wrath of this pandemic.
The cannabis industry, still in its infancy, is especially at risk during these turbulent times, though for reasons not talked about in the media.
Despite cannabis being deemed an ‘essential business’ and be able to keep doors open during COVID-19, the industry had still been recovering from an under-whelming 2019, hit hard by over-regulation, high taxes, and the vape crisis. Consequently, companies across the U.S. and cannabis-like Med Men and most recently, Acrridge Holdings have had massive layoffs and are cuttings costs at every corner.
In addition to the challenges above, a silent threat that should keep CEOs and company leaders awake at night should be the threat of data breaches.
Why does this matter now more than ever?
In the hierarchy of needs, cannabis is fishing to survive and thrive. Like every company right now, cannabis companies are turning to online tools like Zoom meetings, more reliance on cloud-based software, and other online tools to keep them connected and productive.
As the transition to turn brick and motor operations to digital, work-from-home environments takes fold, executives should pay very close attention.
Increases in recent digitization of operations expose a company’s data vulnerabilities, exponentially. To see just how deep these vulnerabilities might go, I recently met with a cybersecurity firm, L.A. Creative Technologies, to see what threats might be out there.
Their CEO, Josh Weiss, frequently consults with cannabis companies, and he too agrees that right now is the time for companies to be especially aware and prepared for cyber-attacks and data breaches.
To illustrate the point, Josh and his team ran a dark web search of roughly 50 cannabis companies to identify whose information is out there and what companies are most vulnerable.
The dark web is not indexed by google and requires special software to access named “Tor.” Once accessed, users can conceal their identity to find anything from private consumer data, to illegal items like mail-order drugs, and even humans that are exploited for human trafficking.
The dark web is the darker side of humanity.
In their scan 50 cannabis companies, the Creative Technology team discovered several companies whose private company data was on the dark web. One company that will remain anonymous had 132 company emails and employee passwords available on the dark Internet.
Another company, a prominent cannabis media company, had 22 different emails and employee passwords visible on the dark web. I contacted one of the partners of this company and brought this to his attention. His response was that of gratitude, but concern.
He stated that they are very concerned with this finding and would be getting their technology team to start evaluating the situation right away. He is “very very concerned” of the implications this could have on his business.
So what’s the worst that can happen if your employee’s email and passwords available on the dark web?
According to Josh,” there are a few different ways this can play out. The most damaging is when an actual username and password are available in the results – when this is the case, you’ll see this combo tried on the site that got breached (for example Yahoo Email) and besides the combo will be added to an extensive database of username and password combos to try on sites throughout the Internet – since most people reuse passwords everywhere. And even if the password is not available, the username will now be added to spam lists, and an increase in attempts to hack into that username will increase across all sites.”
Potential Solutions Moving Forward
The global pandemic doesn’t seem to be subsiding anytime soon. Thus, cannabis companies will continue to rely on digital operations, keeping data protection, and cyber safety a top priority.
This might be the best time for companies to assess their data vulnerabilities and implement safeguards to keep them protected. Awareness is key!
Simple steps can also be taken in advance of long-term strategic planning. Enforcing two-factor authentication for all cloud accounts is one step in the right direction.
Creating backups of all relevant data and developing a disaster recovery plan are also effective solutions in the event of a ransomware attack.
In the end, there is no better time than the present for cannabis companies to safeguard their digital assets and protect themselves from cyber-attacks.
Oddly, this current quarantine situation might have been just what the infant cannabis industry needed to mature its data protection.
How to Hotbox like a Pro for Epic Smoke Sessions
If you are a cannabis enthusiast, then, hotboxing is a must-do activity. While hotboxing is fun and something you should try, it can be dangerous if you do it the wrong way. The activity involves oxygen deprivation, but you need to be careful because excessive carbon dioxide in the air can cause breathing complications.
So, how can you do it like a pro? Read on to find out.
What is Hotboxing?
Hotboxing is the act that involves the smoking of weed in a room with all the windows and entry points closed. You can also do it in any enclosed spaces like in a garage, shed, bathroom, or car can work as well. The idea is to block air from the outside from entering the enclosed space. This way, anyone in the room gets to enjoy the concentrated smoke.
How to Hotbox like a Pro?
Once you conceive the idea of holding a hotboxing session, you need to do lots of planning to ensure that it’s a success. Here some of the things that you should take care of:
Pick a Good Location
First, you need to get a suitable location. The location defines the success of your idea. You also need to know the number of smokers and the quantity of smoke they are likely to generate and offset the air to smoke ratio.
Before you begin the smoking session, you also want to ensure that the smoking space is tightly sealed to minimize leakage so that you can enjoy smoking for a while. You can use the available materials such as towels to seal any openings like under the door or tapes to seal any cracks. Besides, no one should enter or leave the room before the smoking session ends to avoid losing smoke.
Now that you have picked a location gathering supplies should be your next step. You can’t imagine the disappointment of running out of supplies at the climax of a hotboxing session. Sourcing for enough supplies will save you from the trouble and ensure that you have unlimited fun. If you are inviting friends, you can ask them to come with different strains for enhancing the session.
When talking about supplies, we mean ensuring that you have enough sweaters, pillows, snacks, water, and smoking materials. You can also include the best vampire vape UK has to offer in your shopping list for a greater experience.
Bring weed in plenty because you are not on a regular puffing session. A successful hotboxing event qualifies by the amount of smoke you can see. Therefore, smoking materials should be available in plenty.
The more you fill the air, the better. Make sure that all stoners light up their joint and smoke as if it is a competition. Surprise the party with a local production straight from your small farm. Joints and blunts come in handy when it comes to ingestion. The amount of smoke they produce will last for a longer time than vapour. You can get these supplies at a top weed vape store near you.
Hotboxing is not an individual activity. It’s the teamwork in hotboxing that defines FUN. Then secondly, where is the adventure without weird friends? Being high in the company of like-minded friends defines hotboxing in the real sense. Consider it like a community event that every friend of yours has a stake in it.
When smoking in a company, cultivating the positivity of every person present is important. A cool person translates to an epic session. Some light effects can make a hotboxing session something to look forward to every time. Let the smoke highlight the intoxication levels and release it to the atmosphere. Snacks and music of choice is something that completes the picture.
Light a Candle
During the smoking session, carbon dioxide builds up in your enclosure due to blocking passageways and airways. A smoke-filled space is one of the desires of hotboxing. However, this can be dangerous, and lighting the candle is essential as it helps you monitor the oxygen levels in the enclosed space to avoid breathing difficulties.
Candles use oxygen to burn. This means that a candle will only light up when the oxygen levels are enough. Lighting a candle in a hotbox event makes it romantic until it goes off, indicating it is time to open the windows or use the exit.
Avoid Breaking Law
Cops have a reputation for catching stoners’ hotboxing in their cars. That explains why getting an exclusive location is ideal. Always get a secure location that lets you enjoy the smoking session without interfering with other people or breaking laws.
Hotboxing is not a casual meeting at the local cafe. This is a full-blown event where you and your friends are getting high. Do not let anyone drive home or anywhere. Use the right devices like Evod twist for a safe and enjoyable experience.
Hotboxing pros plan everything beforehand. Find a chill spot for the night and avoid driving or going out on the road.
Clean the Smoking Space
It is not advisable to hold the session in spaces with materials that can hold the smell. But if you must, make sure to clean it thoroughly. The scent of weed lingers, and if the location was inside your car or one of your rooms, then future visitors will notice. Properly ventilating the room or car will help to get rid of the lingering smell. You can also use air fresheners to improve the scent.
Hotboxing is one of the best ways to enjoy epic smoking sessions with your friends. If you plan everything correctly, then you can be sure to experience incredible moments. Although smoking weed in some places is legal, always take maximum precautions to avoid crossing with the authorities.
Bear it in your mind that hotboxing is potentially dangerous if you are not careful. Lack of oxygen inside a room full of people is a dangerous thing, and you should not let the sweet scent of ganja overrule you. Your safety should be of prime importance during the session.
Dama Financial – The Banking Solution for Cannabis Businesses
Although cannabis businesses are legal at the state level, they are still extremely hindered when it comes to financial options and safe hemp banking systems. Inefficiencies are still heavily associated with cash-intensive cannabis operations, even as the legal industry expands. This is where Dama Financial comes in, as the leading provider of access to banking and payment solutions, it can arrange for safe and insured financial services for cannabis-related businesses. Dama Financial has not only solved a huge bank account problem in the industry, by sourcing compliant and sustainable FDIC-Insured banks but also has created an inclusive turn-key financial service.
Led by seasoned veterans of the financial services industry, Dama Financial is pioneering a new industry with old and trusted techniques. Dama’s leaders all have extensive experience in banking and financial services â€“ bringing two different financial services companies public before this venture. They are leading the way with Dama Financial with trusted and simple access to financial infrastructure and safe banking services to ensure cannabis company success.
Sourcing and providing access to FDIC-insured business bank accounts for cannabis industry businesses is not a simple task. Banks are still apprehensive about the transition, but Dama Financial uses their experience and relationships to source compliant and sustainable banks. They find banks who are interested in working with participants in the cannabis industry and help them with the steps and processes they need to move forward â€“ making it easier and more comfortable for the banks. Chief Revenue Officer Eric Kaufman told us, “Sourcing the banks was the most difficult thing to do,” but they were able to prevail. Now cannabis companies can feel confident knowing their money is always theirs and have no fear of sudden shutdowns because they are in the cannabis business.
Along with access to banking services, Dama Financial provides flexible merchant processing, safe business payments and cash management, online marketplace trading, and CashToTax services. Compliant and safe online banking accounts allow cannabis businesses to manage their finances with no limits on cash, ACH, or wire deposits. If you are using bitcoin for trading you may want to check out helpful trading sites such as broker.cex.io to see which is the best path in building upon your bitcoin.
Paytender Payment Processing allows retailers to accept electronic payments instore, online, or at delivery. Dama Financial developed this advanced technology to create a seamless payment experience, which creates a quality customer experience and increases sales. Their scan-and-go technology adds ease to every part of the ordering and checkout process. Paytender has predictable and straightforward fees, same-day settlements, and no rolling reserves or NSF risks. You can also view your company’s sales performance and identify trends with digital visual reports.
With cash-intensive businesses, like cannabis, business payments and cash management can pose significant safety risks. Dama Financial’s online technology allows inclusive control of payments to employees and customers. Businesses can track and request cash or electronic payments via online invoices, including terms and due dates. This creates a hassle-free way to transact confidently. Companies can schedule convenient, armored cash pickups with secure and quick deposits. Monitor your deposits anytime and anywhere with mobile access. You can even accommodate your partners’ cash payments with security and ease. Moving money around online is a lot easier for businesses these days, however, it’s important to ensure that all payments are in the correct currency to ensure companies aren’t giving away more or less than they need to be. By using a business wire transfer, cannabis businesses can exchange the currency of their money to ensure it’s correct. As the business grows, it’s likely that they’ll need to start accepting and sending international payments, so wire transfers can be useful for that purpose. Hopefully, this will allow more cannabis businesses to expand into different countries.
Companies also have the option to apply for an account for the Cannabis Commodity Trading System. Dama Financial provides a safe way to transact with licensed cannabis and hemp wholesalers and distributors; companies can make payments for orders on online marketplaces. Before there was no secure way to settle online, now cannabis businesses no longer have to deal with the risk associated with traditional in-person methods.
Dama Financial even looks out for your business when it comes to taxes. Their CashToTax accounts are quick and easy to sign up for, take the cash off your hands, and instantly schedule electronic tax payments. This makes just one more step of your business that much easier.
All of the above and more can be controlled online, in one place, saving time and creating a more efficient business. Dama Financial is transparent and sustainable, with no hidden charges and a simple fee schedule for each business. Dama Financial exceeds the compliance and regulatory requirements for servicing high-risk businesses using innovative technology, data, and artificial intelligence. They are dedicated to providing equal opportunity to those in the cannabis industry as it rapidly expands.
Top 10 Mistakes People Do When They Start Vaping
People often make mistakes when they are trying out something new, and it is particularly true for those who have just started vaping. Even people with years of experience in vaping make common mistakes.
However, it shouldn’t discourage you from trying out e-cigarettes. The market is filled with many options that are perfect for beginners. If you plan to start vaping, you should get one of the devices that are meant for amateurs. Today’s article is going to focus on some of the mistakes you should avoid while vaping.
1. Purchasing an Advanced Vape Mod Because of the Hype
One of the biggest mistakes committed by new vapours would be to buy a fancy device right at the beginning. In most scenarios, they turn out to be the wrong devices. Unfortunately, many sellers end up marketing expensive high-end vapes to beginners, which clearly aren’t right for them.
When you start vaping, you need to go with something easy. It has to be similar to regular cigarettes, allowing you to draw the right amount without burning your throat. Therefore, it is best to go with the ones that are compact and small with an automatic draw option. They are easy to use and offer a convenient transition.
If you want to buy one of the high-end devices, you must have an expert friend who can guide you.
2. Purchasing an E-Cigarette of Poor Quality
It is essential for you to understand that all vape devices are not the same. There are ones that are really expensive, while some that are pretty cheap. While purchasing one, you need to ensure that you are going for one that guarantees quality. Therefore, it is best to buy one from a reputed store.
When you buy the wrong vape, it could lead to numerous problems. Some of them include –
• Poor battery life
• Coils burning out
• Poor flavour production
• Poor nicotine products
• Poor vapour production
• Poor performance
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3. Purchasing the Wrong Flavour
It is essential to understand that your vaping experience will depend a lot of the kind of e-juice you purchase. You need to have the right flavour. Start with a few flavours that you might like. When you purchase a wrong flavour, it leaves a nasty aftertaste, which might ruin your experience completely.
4. Getting the Right PG/VG Ratio
When you think about vaping, you need to consider the right PG/VG ratio. Vegetable glycerine VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are both present in e-liquids. They end up producing the vapour you see while vaping. VG is known to have a thicker and sweeter flavour while producing more vapour. On the other hand, PG offers a better hit while carrying the flavour better.
People usually start with higher PG level because it goes well with the basic coil. However, for larger devices, it is best to go with an e-juice that has a higher VG level.
5. Ignoring the Charging Instructions
Battery malfunctions are known to be rare, but they can still occur. It is best to avoid such scenarios by following the guidelines mentioned in the manual. Ignoring them could end up being dangerous for you and the people around you.
6. Not Regularly Changing the Coil
When tanks start getting old, they acquire gunk. There could also be many burnt spots. When it remains that way, the flavour could start decreasing or get burnt. Burnt coils aren’t good for your health. Hence, it is highly essential to have your coils changed regularly. Once in a while, you might also want to clean the tank.
7. Combining the Wrong Tank and Battery
It may not be a major mistake, because many combinations actually work. However, you need to remember a few basics when you are combining a tank and better. A tank with high resistance must be combined with a low power setting.
If you combine the wrong tank and battery, it will work. But it might end up being a waste of power and money. Therefore, you shouldn’t be doing it.
8. Burning Out Coils
It is a known fact that coils burn out. However, you could do a number of things that could prevent it from occurring.
• Priming your coils could be useful. All you have to do it drip a couple of drops of e-liquid inside the holes of the coil till its centre. Allow the coil to seal the e-juice before trying it out for the first time.
• Using the right power range is also essential. You can go through the guidelines to make your coil last longer.
9. Allowing Battering to Run Out
You might get caught up pretty easily while vaping, but you should ensure that your e-cigarette doesn’t run out of battery. You won’t want to go crazy for a nicotine hit. Keep at least two batteries while you are travelling. Carrying a power bank could also be useful.
10. Mixing Flavours
A lot of times, we are tempted to try out different flavours. It’s easy to switch from menthol to custard cream. However, you should clean your tank first. Some flavours don’t mix and could end up leaving a bad aftertaste.
Make sure that you avoid these mistakes, and you are good to go when it comes to vaping. It might take some practice in the beginning, but you will soon master it.
What We Need to Know about Fresh Frozen Marijuana
Most people reading this article has consumed frozen food at some point in time. The food served in restaurants were also frozen before it came to you. Frozen food is considered to be pretty convenient, mainly because it allows you to cook many large batches of food and preserve for weeks, and sometimes months.
The technique has also been discovered by the cannabis industry, leading to fresh frozen marijuana. There are many home growers who are quite interests in freezing their week. In theory, frosted buds are known to retain the maximum amount of its quality. On the other hand, the commercial growing sector uses this technology for creating high THC resin that comes with beautiful aromas.
Medical marijuana is legal in many individual states, but it isn’t legal federally. Therefore, the rules and regulations seem to be a little vague. When it comes to the supply and demand situation all over the country, there is a visible difference between the two. It is because of the number of dispensaries that are allowed to run.
Recreational marijuana was legalized in Illinois in June 2019. However, there are less than 200 dispensaries in the state. It means that one dispensary has to cater to 67,000 residents. It’s the same for other states as well with much higher population ratio. When it comes to Oregon, the ratio is most likely ten times higher.
Weed growers have been cultivating the herb to an extent where it is outstripping the demand significantly. Firms in California are facing the same kind of issues. If they are not able to sell their supply, there is an urgent need to store it for long-term use. When the herb is dried and properly cured, it could end up lasting for 18 months when stored in a cool and dry place far away from sunlight.
Some growers are using another method to store weed. It also helps companies to produce high-THC resin and rosin. Fresh frozen marijuana is known for keeping the harvests safe while providing premium-quality herb. Because of this reason, growers in California are freezing entire harvests to reap its benefits.
In order to obtain fresh frozen marijuana, you are going to need a huge amount of dry ice and a few industrial freezers. Cultivation companies believe that fresh frozen marijuana helps in saving money and time with low risk. Hence, they have let go of the post-harvest process that used to be extremely essential earlier in order to try out this new method of storing weed.
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As mentioned earlier, the process would involve freezing cannabis cryogenically. Immediately after the harvest, the herb is frozen to ensure that the terpenes are completely preserved. Before the harvest is frozen, it has to be dried and cured before.
Fresh frozen marijuana is also referred to as a hashish product that is developed from frozen bud and trim.
If you have ever tried growing or harvesting cannabis, you will be aware of the traditional process. When most pistils change colour, or the trichomes appear to white with mushroom-like heads you should cut the week the way it is, because it will help in peaking THC levels. The next step would require drying the buds for many days and curing them in mason jars. The process might take a few months to result in the best tasting and smelling herb ultimately.
Drying and curing of marijuana can be a tricky process. You have to be extremely careful about the humidity and temperature of the storage rooms. If there is a failure to monitor the environmental conditions, it could result in mouldy or excessively dry marijuana. It can be infuriating to lose your buds to mould. Hence, freezing them seems like a far better option.
The freezing method is relatively easier. You will not have to go through the time-consuming process of drying and curing, as in the traditional method. Farmers are supposed to cut their plants down, remove the leaves, branches, and stems, while the rest is vacuum-sealed. Each bag could end up preserving several pounds of the herb.
In the next step, the bags have to be kept in a huge freezer at -38 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature is that low, the plant’s terpenes, flavours, and cannabinoids remain locked in, even the water.
However, speed is essential in this process. The buds shouldn’t be kept outside for more than 60 minutes. If they remain exposed to the environment for more than two hours, the herb will start losing monoterpenes. Within four hours, the plant will start losing specific terpenes. When this starts happening, you can say goodbye to the real taste of live resin.
The ultimate goal would be to form live resin, which would be followed by the grinding of the frozen buds to the point where it appears like a fine powder. After the process is done, the company would place the ground herb inside a machine and use butane has oil (BHO) extraction with the help of a closed-loop process. It will extract all the terpenes and cannabinoids, which includes THC and CBD.
The extract looks like a golden-brown liquid, which is heated to remove the solvent. Finally, live resin is sold to users who want to experience the potency guaranteed in concentrates.
Fresh frozen marijuana is becoming increasingly popular among farmers because of the many benefits it has to offer. However, you should try the process at home to create live resin because it can be dangerous for amateurs.
7 Interesting Facts you should know about cannabis
Cannabis is one of the choicest topics of controversy perpetually. From serving as one of the subjects for bringing about reforms in countries globally to being a subject of interest for medical research studies, cannabis has certainly been a global matter of involvement.
Cannabis is one of the choicest topics of controversy perpetually. From serving as one of the subjects for bringing about reforms in countries globally to being a subject of interest for medical research studies, cannabis has certainly been a global matter of involvement.
After the validation from WHO, it’s easier to infer the subjective impact cannabis has left on the worldwide population. Though, over past reforms, its varied application has reduced it to a mere symbolization of controversies around the world.
Yet, for those who think that they know the extent of effects cannabis has on one’s life, then it’s time to rethink! From its origin to its political influence and future predicted consumption, it’s time to run down through Cannabis’ few fact checks.‘Canvas’ is the origin of the word ‘cannabis’: In today’s world, the canvas is a white-stained blank piece of linen or cloth wrapped around a wooden frame to serve as an artist’s artistic medium. Initially, the making of the canvas was of hemp or cannabis Sativa. Spanning back to an evolution of 12000 years; cannabis bred alongside our ancestors. Eventually, this psychoneurotic plant grew alongside our ancestors, leading to both evolving simultaneously.
1. ‘Canvas’ is the origin of the word ‘cannabis’: In today’s world, the canvas is a white-stained blank piece of linen or cloth wrapped around a wooden frame to serve as an artist’s artistic medium. Initially, the making of the canvas was of hemp or cannabis Sativa. Spanning back to an evolution of 12000 years; cannabis bred alongside our ancestors. Eventually, this psychoneurotic plant grew alongside our ancestors, leading to both evolving simultaneously.
2. Cannabis, a cure to cancer: “Several small studies of smoked marijuana found that it can help treat nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy.” Whether smoked or vaporized, Marijuana serves as a subtle treatment to a few symptoms of cancer, thus improving the food intake for HIV patients, according to studies. The prevention is due to the freezing of cancer cells induced by a compound harbored in this medicinal-substance. One can buy THC tincture Canada and reap similar benefits easily.
3. The Royalty and cannabis: From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, the cultivation of this drug was openly carried out in plantations, during their reigns. This practice gave way to indirect encouragement of the substance’s usage in their era. Even the British crown didn’t stay back and ordered their colonies to have cannabis plantations.
4. Cannabis and the first global application: Dating back to 2737 BC, recording the first use of Marijuana as a medicinal drug by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, marked the beginning of an era filled with experimentation and understanding of this plant and eventually, its globalization. Initially, to find an ailment to gout and rheumatism, cannabis was sought after. Yet, this plant eventually grew to mark its worldwide dominance in various fields.
5. Dying from cannabis is impossible: According to experimental medic studies, its found that to die from abuse of weed, one would have to finish off approximately 1500 pounds of the substance in 15 minutes. “Most experts consider the risk of dying from marijuana itself to be very low.” Thus, it’s humanly impossible to carry out such a lethal overdose from cannabis usage. Although the symptoms of overuse of cannabis might hone altering-effects, they never lead to extremities such as death and are curable.
6. Marley took cannabis to the Grave: A vocal advocate for this ‘life-changing’ plant, Bob Marley, world-renowned, Jamaican Reggae artist, promoted using Marijuana throughout his 36 years of life. This dedication was shown even through his burial. He laid down to peace precisely with his five most favorite things, his Red Gibson guitar alongside an open bible and a bud of weed. The steady irony lies concerning the subtle reference of the holy text, 23rd Psalm, the page on which the bible was open. It states, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures” ~23rd Psalm, Bible. In other words, this easily shrouds his admiration for a specific green plant and how sacred he considered it. One can buy hash online Canada and enjoy its therapeutic properties just like Bob Marley did.
7. The first thing sold off on the internet was cannabis: From history to music to science, perhaps cannabis impacted them all. Of all the things to be brought off the internet, the first-ever internet transaction was of a bag of Marijuana. Owing to the origins of a 2005 book written by John Markoff, called What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry, he claims the ‘first-ever seminal act of e-commerce to be a drug-deal’. In elaboration, it was an experimentation transaction between the students of Stanford Univerity’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and their counterparts in Massachusetts Institute of Technology who carried out this transaction using Arpanet.
There have been times when we have to rethink our knowledge of even our most known possessions, and perhaps cannabis is one of them. From decoding facts about its origin to its influence on World Powers, Legendary singers to even budding Technologists, it suffices to say that cannabis has seen it all. Just like somethings might be more than what meets the eye, let’s agree to disagree that weed isn’t merely a specific potent green-eyed extract that has only served as a topic of Controversy and Conspiracy. On the contrary, one can agree on discovering more than just seven facts about this multifaceted plant, which has been taking the world by storm!
A Little Bit of Sweetness With Your Cannabis
Ever thought about making your pot brownies or trying to cook with cannabis? Well, you’re in luck because Kim Rael, CEO of Azuca, sat down to talk about incorporating THC and CBD into your favorite foods, and she also gave us a couple of delicious recipes for you to try at home!
Chef Ron Silver founded Azuca with the sole purpose of making products that anyone could use to incorporate THC or CBD into their food. Ron tried many products and always found that they were unreliable when put into a recipe and low-quality with bad aftertastes. So he created a line of products that are fast-acting, easy to dose, and highly bioavailable edible. Kim explained that Azuca’s patent-pending TiMETM Technology means that Azuca edibles take effect in 2-15 minutes versus traditional edibles, which can take up to 90 minutes.
Kim told us that Azuca product line that is available on their new eCommerce site and that they would be launching a wholesale line and a retail line into brick and mortar stores this year. Azuca’s goal is to take the guesswork out of edibles and puts you in control, for a comfortable, convenient experience you can count on every time. Azuca’s most popular products are their CBD and THC chocolates and their sugar that can easily be added to any recipe or your morning cup of coffee. They even make travel packets of sugar that you can conveniently take with you while traveling or dining out.
Azuca CBD Hot Fudge Sauce
Yield: 1.5 cups, or 6, ¼ cup servings with 25mg of CBD
2 Tbsp butter1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup light brown sugar1/3 cup granulated sugar3/4 cup Cocoa powder sifted6 Azuca CBD Chocolate Coins, chopped1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of salt
1. Combine, butter, cream, sugars, and salt into a saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium-low heat.
2. Add cocoa powder and whisk until combined.
3. Stir in Azuca chocolate coins until fully melted.
4. Stir in vanilla.
5. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate and reheat.
Azuca CBD Cranberry-Walnut Cookies
Yield: 32 2oz cookies @ 10mg each
1 cup butter (softened)2 cups brown sugar 1/4 cup white sugar8 tsp Azuca sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt1 cup oats1 cup walnuts, chopped1-1/4 cups dried cranberries
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and oats. Set aside.
3. Cream together butter and sugars until combined.
4. Beat in eggs and vanilla until fluffy.
5. Mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
6. Add walnuts and cranberries and mix well.
7. Roll 3-4 Tbsp (depending on how large you like your cookies) of dough at a time into balls and place them evenly spaced on your prepared cookie sheets.
8. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 10-12 minutes. Take them out when they are just BARELY starting to turn brown.
9. Let them sit on the baking pan for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
The Rise of Healthier Vaping Choices
As cannabis ‘legalization’ gains momentum across the globe, the rapidly evolving industry has met its share of challenges. In late 2019, the industry was hard hit by the so-called ‘vape’ crisis. Reports of hundreds of lung-related illnesses linked to e-cigarette use and vaping surfaced across the globe, predominately in the U.S.
As cannabis and CBD legalization goes mainstream across the world, consumers are constantly in search of finding their preferred method of consumption. And while consumer safety was not among the top priorities in the illicit market, this priority has risen to the top of the priority stack for regulators and policy leaders at all levels of government.
Though public opinion and even policy actions had a knee jerk reaction to the vaping crisis, the dust has settled on misconceived notions of its root cause. As extensive regulatory research has determined, the culprit of the crisis was primarily driven by dangerous additives such as vitamin E, being mixed with cannabis oil derived and sold in the illicit market.
As a result of this finding, many states such as New York and Massachusetts have reversed hastily developed vaping bans that were the wrong solution for the wrong problem.
Follow up reports from industry and health experts have initiated a movement around sensible vaping policy that protects consumers.
The unintended consequences of outright vaping bans have been found to put consumers in more danger by driving vaping consumers to the illicit market where the vaping crisis originated. In California, for example, the Bureau of Cannabis Control found that none of the reporting illnesses linked to vaping originated from licensed cannabis retailers.
Any policy that forces consumers to use products outside of a regulated and tested environment is simply poor public policy.
Thankfully, things appear to be going in a more well-thought-out direction in 2020. The sensible vaping policy appears to be coming to life at the state, national and global scale. Regulators and industry leaders agree it is in the best interests of both the public and private sectors to keep consumers safe while putting tighter regulations around this preferred method of consumption.
Colorado is demonstrably a state that has advanced ‘best practice’ vaping policy designed to increase quality and testing standards among manufacturers –ultimately protecting consumers. Colorado’s model calls for the strict restriction of ingredients that lack sufficient safety reviews and are found to be potentially harmful to consumers. As of January 2020, the following ingredients are now banned in Colorado: Polyethylene glycol (PEG), Vitamin E Acetate, and Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT OIL). Further, Colorado banned non-botanical terpenes, toxic additives and any additives that may make the product more addictive or might appeal to children.
States such as Illinois have taken additional precautions. The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency requires finished products to be tested. This is key because of what can happen to oil and metal compounds once new materials like terpenes are introduced to the original oil formulation.
Only brands and products that can successfully meet these types of regulations will be able to survive and thrive. Manufacturers should keep ahead of regulators by developing and implementing higher measures of testing of their own. Vaping hardware that meets or exceeds the highest forms of metals testing while practicing as much GMP standards as possible is highly recommended.
Certificates of Analysis (COA’s) on every batch should accompany all orders. QR codes on COA’s can ensure authenticity and protect against counterfeit COA’s surfacing in the illicit market and creating confusion among operators. Meanwhile, extractors should institute best practices as outlined in the NCIA report to ensure that finished oil products are free from toxins and contaminants.
Partners across the vaping supply chain are well-positioned to lead by example. In Leafly’s investigative report on the vaping crisis, it was found that supply chain management and quality assurance is essential to ensuring that the vaping crisis never returns. When brands are vetting vaping hardware manufacturers, quality needs to trump cost. Brands are recommended to visit manufacturing facilities, put hardware through rigorous metals testing and even have third party monitors visit the manufacturing site (consistently) to maintain quality assurance.
Testing should go beyond the hardware too. Operators should elevate their commitment to rigorous testing of the end product to ensure that all elements of the vaping product, including its resulting ‘vaping smoke’ or emissions, can be tested to ensure no dangerous ingredients reach consumers.
As evidence by a significant reduction in vaping sales during the vape crisis, consumers are definitely thinking twice about vaping. And some have all but abandoned vaping until safer standards are put in place. Fortunately, healthier vaping choices are on the rise and consumer confidence is again growing.
The cannabis industry has an opportunity to continue to build their confidence by going above and beyond regulatory standards to protect them. Through these actions, as well as advocating for sensible policy reform, we will completely restore consumer confidence.
Moving forward, it is crystal clear that both industry and government leadership is needed to ensure the vaping crisis is completely solved. And what’s even clearer is that there is a mutual commitment to ensuring this goal is achieved.
Together we can lead consumers toward safer and healthier vaping options for generations to come.
THC And How the Brain Works
THC is a potent chemical that reaches the brain within seconds after inhaling cannabis smoke. The science behind this know-how may be important for people who wish to have a better understanding of marijuana. What follows is a breakdown of how it works.
After cannabis intake, users begin to feel light-headed and hazy. Eyes begin dilating, colors intensify, and other senses are enhanced. THC interacting with the brain is what causes these feelings as specific parts of the brain are involved.
Information is processed by neurons in the brain. Chemicals called neurotransmitters allow neurons to communicate. They fill the gap or synapse between neurons. Foreign chemicals such as THC cause a block in neuron talk. Neurotransmitters also bind to protein receptors which cause various mind and body functions to be turned on and off. Some neurons have thousands of receptors that are highly specific to certain neurotransmitters. THC can mimic or block neurotransmitter activity, interfering with their normal behavior.
Groups of cannabinoid receptors are highly concentrated within the hippocampus, basal ganglia, and the cerebellum. Within the hippocampus, short-term memory functions in the temporal lobe. When THC binds with cannabinoid receptors in the hippocampus, there is an interference in the recollection of recent events. While in the cerebellum, coordination is affected. And in the Basal Ganglia, were unconscious movement is directed, motor coordination is impaired. It may be important for users to be aware of these changes in brain activity, to ensure marijuana is consumed in a safe manner.
Physical activities such as short term memory, learning, coordination, and problem-solving are affected by THC intake. Different parts of the brain have focused groups of cannabinoid receptors that are activated by anandamide, which is also a cannabinoid, but one the body makes. THC mimics anandamide by binding with cannabinoid receptors, activating neurons, producing adverse effects on the mind and body. Users appreciate a period of creativity and mental calm, complimenting marijuana for its health purposes.
At times, the science behind how THC works on the brain may sound a little thick. But understanding the basics will help users get the most out of their latest run to a marijuana dispensary and deepen their understanding and appreciation of the culture behind marijuana use.
The Culture of Cannabis: Social Equity LA
“Equality of Opportunity is the Essence of Social Justice”- Tony Honore
To truly address the legacies of inequality in communities impacted by the war on drugs, then we must approach our social, economic and environmental systems with holistic solutions.
To better understand the sacrifices that the legalized cannabis industry is founded on is a conversation of complexity and high opinion. But the truism of the situation resides in many individuals and communities that are still suffering from the effects of societal injustice, corruption, and inequality brought on by the war on drugs.
Where do we begin with such an intrinsic transition towards a culturally diverse cannabis industry?
Los Angeles, California, the first city to approve the historic socially equitable cannabis measure. SB 1294-The California Cannabis Equity Act 2018. This bill is intended to reverse the damaging impacts on individuals (aka “cannabis criminals” according to our judicial system) and the low-income communities in disadvantaged areas that have been affected by prior cannabis prohibition and faulty policies.
While some of the highest rates of racial disparities can be seen within the Latino and Black neighborhoods, many people of color have undergone the brunt end of unregulated cannabis entrepreneurship and have been arrested for selling a product that is now an extremely lucrative market.
The Los Angeles Social Equity Program is a restorative solution to reverse the municipal negligence that has led to a decay in our economic infrastructure. Through the development of an industry set to better serve the impacted black and brown communities, and empower women and minority groups more effectively are the beginning of a sustainable industry like no other. Or is it?
On September 3, 2019, Phase 3 Round 1 for submissions of the Los Angeles Social Equity Retail Licensing opened. Preparation commenced; qualified applicants connected with investors for what was looking to be a win/win opportunity to own a California cannabis business. The downfall? Incompetency in corporate contracting and a faulty sense of financial education.
How can a newcomer to an equity enterprise be protected from capitalism in corporate cannabis?
Leading the way for the collective voice of the people, Executive Director of LA Department of Cannabis (DCR), Cat Packer, is an impact leader committed to achieving social justice and diversity in the cannabis industry. Advocacy groups such as Social Equity LA, California Minority Alliance, Green Believers, M4MM, to name a few, are driving initiatives to improve historical social justice issues related to cannabis policy, community reinvestment opportunities and resources to help guide applicants towards success.
We are at the infancy of what is a monumental shift in equal opportunity in the cannabis space and beyond. As we enter a new millennium, millennials are bridging the gap amongst racial and ethnic diversity between generations. As the largest (75 Million) and most diverse group (44% minority), millennials are dedicated to social justice and are inspired to develop a new and more luminous world.
Through harvesting righteousness in this equitable opportunity for brown and black wealth, we are ushering in changes for shaping the entrepreneurial diversity that will be followed by later generations.
Contact: Vanessa Macias
About Dust To Diamonds Incorporated:
In early 2016, Co-Founders Vanessa Macias and Mariah Dodson, set out on a mission to educate their community on the medicinal value and economic benefits of the newly regulated California Cannabis industry. As advocates and philanthropists with a synchronized passion for this life-saving plant, they were inspired to create a conscious-based business model to service their industry. With their friends and family’s well-being in mind, they launched Dust To Diamonds Inc.(D2D), a leading Southern California based health platform for wellness solutions and cannabinoid therapies. By 2018, the company was acknowledged for being founded by the youngest entrepreneurs in the history of cannabis legalization to be awarded cultivation and manufacturing business licensing in the State of California.
Learn more at www.dusttodiamondsinc.com or visit us on social media @dust.2.diamonds
How Technology is Changing the Cannabis Industry
In the recent past, the strict laws on cannabis use and distribution crippled technology breakthroughs in the cannabis industry. Things are changing now with the less strict policies which allow enthusiasts to try new things that will impressively shape the future.
The advancement of technology in the cannabis industry is changing how farmers and cannabis dealers go about their businesses. As countries and several states continue to embrace cannabis, there are several promising innovations out to make operations more straightforward.
Several benefits come with improvement in technology. The innovations will help in sales, deliveries, customization, manufacturing, purchasing, and the consumption of cannabis products.
Here is how high-tech is shaping the industry.
The invention of the internet creates a platform for a cannabis business to prosper online through e-commerce sites. Besides, apps are making it simpler to buy weed online Canada and get them delivered at your doorstep. Just like cannabis and cannabis-related websites, the apps also provide you with valuable information about cannabis products.
Online stores are no longer keeping manual records due to the use of point-of-sale software. The applications simplify tracking of stock. Vendors now have an easy time monitoring their products, like checking the available strains at the press of a button.
Introduction of Various Mode of Ingestion
Technology is changing the way you consume marijuana. Initially, smoking was the only reliable mode of consuming weed. Today you can choose to consume cannabis in a variety of styles such as using a vaping pen, tinctures, oils, gummies, and sweets. The shift in modes of consumption opens new avenues for the development of tools and equipment that enable the production and use of cannabis products.
The vaporizers work with different strains of cannabis, such as the isolates, concentrates, shatters, and herbs. Some CBD Products are available in the form of topical balms, creams, capsules, and some beauty and wellness products. Besides, the vaping devices use advanced technology, allowing you to vape discreetly and with no unpleasant scent sticking on your clothes afterward.
Businesses Can Comply with Laws Better
Cannabis is legal. However, the strict regulation that governs the cultivation and availability depends on technology. The government wants you to document by tracking every element from choosing the right seeds, growth, extraction, processing, and shipping.
Automation helps farmers get good seeds that grow into healthy leaves that contain buds and trichomes. Your business will now meet the compliance tests the government uses to regulate the industry. Sealing and packaging cannabis can now be inside vacuum-sealed and childproof containers to keep the product safe. The potential threats that may lead to degradation are water, sunlight, and air.
Improved Cultivation Practices
The demand for cannabis, farmers, desire to match customer needs. They do so using technologies such as the greenhouse, which, on the other hand, requires persistent maintenance for the plants to get optimal nutrients.
The advancement of technology leads to the development of smart applications enabling cultivators to maintain different conditions by pressing a button. The app retains the standard requirements for temperature and light that support a healthy mature weed. They will set off an alarm if anything the conditions drop.
With such an app, growing weed and monitoring the plants is now easy, which improves the chances of getting quality yields. As a farmer, you get more time to relax and watch your plants grow. The application allows for quick customization. Installing innovations like the automation system mean that every step is automatic, and you won’t miss crucial steps.
The industry is also taking advantage of sequence cannabis DNA responsible for the creation of distinct flavors that resist pests. In essence, the mapping of cannabis genes enables the development of new applications that gives you the power to control the products that appear in the market.
Extraction and Processing
The technologies behind the hemp extraction process as the BHO ( Butane Hash Oil) and Co2 Extraction give the various CBD products. The acceptance of these technologies in the industry enables the separation of medicinal compounds from other marijuana elements.
Cannabis passes through safety tests on the final product to guarantee product safety. Studies indicate the tests are responsible for the removal of impurities, microbes, solvents, and other harmful compounds.
Managing customer expectations can be challenging, especially with the rapidly growing cannabis industry. But the good news is that businesses can now engage their customers more than ever. There are various ways that they can use to communicate with their customers and get their feedback on various issues. Businesses can talk with their clients through their websites, emails, social media handles, and more.
Besides, the invention of Customer Relation Management (CRM) software allows businesses to store the client’s details and their preferences for easy management every time they visit the cannabis store. Communication to specific customers becomes easy, and you can arrange particular discounts to the clients you want.
The entire process gives customers the best experience as it uplifts your business reputation. CRM’s analytic provides relevant data on customer behavior and preferences. The information helps you in re-organizing your business by determining the best approach to improve customer relations and scale your business.
The Use of LED Lights
Cannabis growers know that sunlight should be available in plenty. Once the plant sprouts, you should give them at least 18 hours of light for the development of healthy leaves. Businesses are now using technologies such as LED bulbs, which provide enough light for better cannabis production and accurate THC delivery. Light technologies are still improving, intending to help you get durable lights during the vegetative stage.
The advent of the medical benefits of marijuana is fueling the race for better innovations in technology. But before adopting a specific technology to your farm, analyze it, and look at how it blends with your venture. Making use of innovations can help you manage your cannabis business better. Be on the lookout for emerging technologies for enhanced efficiency in growing and managing cannabis products.
About the author: Rebecca is a cannabis and health industry consultant who frequently writes about the latest trends in the industry with only one motive that is to create awareness about healthy living. She has been writing for a long time now and is becoming a recognized name in the cannabis industry.
Cannabis and Consciousness
“About half of the pleasure comes from the observer-part appreciating the work of the creator part”- Carl Sagan
Nirvana, a transcendent state of bliss, far beyond the physical human experience. To undergo such a supernatural state of being is to allow the Coherent Brainwaves of the spirit to speak surpassing the analytical mind.
As the evolution of mankind continues, we are at the greatest understanding of conscious perception, the awareness by the mind of itself and of the world as an entity. Two separate pieces that make up our lives as we know them.
You may be asking “What does any of this have to do with cannabis?”, well…, I’m glad that you subconsciously asked.
The Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound found in the cannabis plant is the main psychoactive ingredient that stimulates the Amygdala (the region of the human brain that responds to pleasure). As the THC molecules attach to our cannabinoid receptors, this process activates our brain’s reward system, which unleashes elevated levels of dopamine that provide us with an induced state of euphoria.
Within moments of consuming THC, one might begin to drift into a spirit of pleasurable ecstasy followed by intensified senses of relaxation and happiness; increased clarity of subconscious perception; and a meditative state of awareness.
During the meditative state (which our mind operates in during consumption of THC), we are tapped into a brain frequency of Theta waves, which reduces the flow of incoming information and allows us clarity to awaken an abstract mentality in the realm of imagination.
Theta waves allow us to connect with our internal world which is in direct correlation with the subconscious thought. As you allow your mind to reflect on the world, as you perceive it through your flesh, you slowly transcend into a grand understanding of your spirit and then comes the awakening of who you are under the physical being of yourself.
To be aware of your true self is to be mindful of your position in the universe. Interpreting the planet from the conscious perception enlightens us to a new philosophy of existence. Can the effects of cannabis be the key to unlocking a new mind, and a new you? This could certainly be so.
As Canna-preneurs (who many of us, are also consumers) progress in creating the foundation for the future of cannabis, it is safe to say, that many companies are moving towards a more conscious-based business model to service not just the industry, but to be an asset to the world. We are witnessing an uprise in enterprises within the cannabis space moving towards Go-Green initiatives, Hemp materials for buildings, Hemp fibers for creating, Recycled Pod infrastructures, Zero waste factory processing and more.
To deepen your understanding of the true services that cannabis can open us up to is far beyond our comprehension and still, it is just the beginning for the evolution of cannabis and the subconscious mind of man.
In the fast-paced Matrix of life, cannabis is becoming the acceptable answer to a relaxed mind, body, and spirit which in return, grants us an enlightened awareness of thy self.
To learn to simply BE is a meditative benefit gained from the consumption of the sacred cannabis plant. Such an impeccable opportunity to alleviate ourselves from what and who we are, even for a moment, provides us the gift of aspirations for heightened manifestation.
About Dust To Diamonds Incorporated:
In early 2016, Co-Founders Vanessa Macias and Mariah Dodson, set out on a mission to educate their community on the medicinal value and economic benefits of the newly regulated California Cannabis industry. As advocates and philanthropists with a synchronized passion for this life-saving plant, they were inspired to create a conscious-based business model to service their industry. With their friends and family’s well-being in mind, they launched Dust To Diamonds Inc.(D2D), a leading Southern California based health platform for wellness solutions and cannabinoid therapies. By 2018, the company was acknowledged for being founded by the youngest entrepreneurs in the history of cannabis legalization to be awarded cultivation and manufacturing business licensing in the State of California.
Learn more at www.dusttodiamondsinc.com or visit us on social media @dust.2.diamonds
Contact: Vanessa Macias Phone: (661)874-8581 E-mail: email@example.com
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A Variety of Top-Rated Prep Materials Including Exam Dumps for Microsoft Exam 70-778
Looking to increase your knowledge of Microsoft and be up to date with the latest in security and certifications? Albert Ferrari and Marco Russo have put together A Variety of Top-Rated Prep Materials Including Exam Dumps for Microsoft Exam 70-778
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Written by Albert Ferrari and Marco Russo
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Canada
Written by: Ryan Tomlinson
The process for applying for and receiving a license for medical hemp products in Canada is very streamlined and straightforward. As the emerging market for CBD continues to expand at an explosive rate, medical cannabis prescriptions are growing at an equal pace. This leaves many people who may not be familiar with the process, as well as those who have been subject to the misinformation, which is very common surrounding this subject, wondering what exactly the correct steps are to obtain one.
The first thing a potential applicant must do is acquire a copy of their medical records from their current physician. This is a simple process that shouldn’t take much time or effort at all. There should be no hoops to jump through or massive amounts of paperwork to fill out. This is your medical history and you are entitled to it by law, whenever you decide it’s appropriate. It is also not required that you discuss the reasoning behind the request with your doctor unless you choose to. Simply follow the protocol at your doctor’s office or clinic, which will probably be submitting a formal application and possibly signing a waiver stating that they are not responsible should your records be lost or stolen.
After that is completed, you should receive a copy of your file.
Once that is complete, the next step is to set up an appointment with a health facility that offers treatments for patients with a medical cannabis prescription. The best option is to deal with one of the specialty centers which work exclusively with this method of therapy as they offer the entire spectrum of services, including actually helping you acquire your license. How it works is that you will first make an appointment for your initial consultation. And one of the most incredible perks about these specialty clinics is the fact that some of them offer a “virtual house call” where you can meet with the doctor via an online webchat. From there, the doctor will go over your medical history with you and discuss your current health condition. If it is decided that you are the right candidate for cannabis treatment, the helpful staff will then assist you with filling out the proper paperwork, gathering up the necessary documentation, and sending it off for approval. The process couldn’t be more straightforward.
My CannaBliss Life
Cannabis. That unmistakable, sweet skunk smell holds a special spot in my heart, and my stash box! As far back as I can remember, it’s been part of my life. My parents were hippies, the real deal, Woodstock and all. My mother would only smoke the leaves of her cannabis plants gifted to her via the natural process of leaf shedding, Ewwww! We sure have come a long way baby!
Sometime shortly before my debut into this world, my Dad chopped the legs off all the furniture in the house so he could be closer to the earth. This unconventional action most likely was inspired by a handful of shrooms. At that time, he played the bass guitar for “The Drifters” (“Stand By Me” & “Under the Boardwalk”) and had a bright future in the music industry. But the pressure, stress, and pace of city life just wasn’t worth it for the family. The decision was made, Alaska or bust! They even made a sign to hang in the back window of the van for all to see as we set out.
By the time I was born in May of 1975, my Dad had constructed adequate living quarters using reclaimed lumber, minus running water and electricity. Considering winters are 30-40 degrees below zero in Alaska, with very little daylight, this was insane! I can’t begin to imagine how hard it was for my Mom to raise two babies, in cloth diapers, without running water or electricity! It’s something I now use to redirect my pointless frustration over trivial complaints all the time. Sniffle “I broke a nail” boohoo! “Get over it! You have running water and disposable diapers!”
All craziness aside, I truly enjoyed my childhood! Band practice in my living room almost nightly, with plenty of wild hippie kids running around. I loved it! To top it off my Dad’s day jobs were legit too. He ran the morning show on the local rock radio station, allowing me to co-star AND he drove school bus! Guess who was his frequent mini co-pilot? That’s right…yours truly!
Things changed drastically on my 8th birthday when we packed up and moved to the bustling city of Anchorage. My favorite part…the bathtub! We no longer had to haul water and heat it on a wood stove just to sardine ourselves into a small garden tub.
Simply turn the faucet on and voila! Instant hot water. It was magical! Anchorage turned out to be an awesome city to experience the 2nd half of my childhood, rich in culture and opportunity.
My dabbling in cannabis began sometime in high school. I was slightly hyper and my brain wouldn’t slow down, or let me sleep. I also had this awful tendency to over-analyze everything. I just couldn’t get out of my head. Cannabis brought me relief! Sleep was one of the biggest improvements, as I could finally wake feeling refreshed and energized. My focus improved and, to my parent’s satisfaction, my grades actually went up!
This was the tip of the iceberg in seeing the way that cannabis can be truly life-changing. I then became dear friends with a woman who had MS. She was bound to a wheelchair, living daily with constant pain and muscle spasms. I remember my first time witnessing her smoking weed and the utter disbelief and hope I felt as I watched her stand up, walk away from her wheelchair and clearly tell me a detailed story when speech had been seriously challenging moments before! That moment fortified in my mind that this plant was a medicine. I couldn’t wait to have a place to grow my own, learn everything I could and share its miracles with others.
At 17, I met my husband and immediately knew he was the one! We both shared the same intense passion for this plant as well as a similar upbringing. His parents owned a headshop (one of the first in America) and his Dad was the roadie for “The Almond Brothers”. After graduation, we both started working multiple jobs to save money and work towards our dream. We were determined to buy a house and grow our own weed, and in less than a year we had saved enough money to purchase our first home!
Truth…it was a mobile home in disrepair that smelled like moldy cat poop soup. There is really no way to sugar coat that. But, it was ours and I thought “I know how to clean”… Well, it turns out you CAN’T polish a turd! We sucked it up and made it work. Our total devotion, along with a gift of some killer genetics from a friend in Amsterdam, resulted in a weed that was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! In fact, it was so pungent that we got sniffed out by a Barney Fifer wannabe, hellbent on winning the officer of the year award!
Now, keep in mind this was before the days of marijuana legalization that helped to loosen some of the penalties on cannabis cultivation and possession. We had six plants that weighed out at just over a pound and I was charged with felony procession of a schedule one controlled substance.
“Perfect”, I thought. 20 years old and already a felon… “What now?”.
Hell ensued as the state brought down their heavy arm of justice on me for my, mind you non-violent, wrongdoings. They slapped me with a hefty fine, two years of probation, hundreds of hours of community service and a permanent felony record.
When people think about a felony record, I know they realize it is pretty bad, but most don’t understand the ramifications of having this label pinned to you, the rest of your life!
Being labeled with a felony record has presented some major challenges in life. For instance, securing gainful employment is a joke! After all, who really wants to hire a felon. And that was just the start of it. A few days after getting busted, I found out I was pregnant… from there, the plot and the waistline, thickened!
My husband was away at work when the troopers hit, so the state took much longer to process his case. The action was never taken against him and we had assumed there would be no charge, so we moved on. We began working remotely, and unknowingly to us, the state had been trying to serve a subpoena to him but was unsuccessful in finding us. You can only imagine what they assumed. For the next 18 years, we grew cannabis, a family and a chance to save and improve so many lives, not knowing the storm that was coming for our happy little family.
Nearly 19 years passed by without any problems. We were out with our kids, unknowingly fishing in waters that had an emergency closure just hours before. A fish and game officer came to post the emergency closure flyer up in the parking lot, before heading down to then hand us a ticket for “fishing closed waters”. The officer ran a routine background check and we were shocked to find out Nick had a felony warrant for his arrest!! Nick was handcuffed and they carted him off to a holding cell in the worst prison in the state.
The stress was immeasurable.
The prison refused to set bail until the next day, so I got on the phone and called every lawyer in the book. I even contacted the famous ex-cop, Barry Cooper. Remember the “Never Get Busted” series? (If yes, congrats! You’re a true OG!) Barry Cooper, and every lawyer I talked to, was so fired up about my husband getting arrested and taken away from his children, on an 18-year-old marijuana charge, in a state where cannabis is legal. These heroes flooded the courts with phone calls and arguments and within 4 days, my husband was released with all charges dropped! AMAZINGLY, not one of those heroes wanted any money for their time and effort.
Since then we’ve continued our mission to explore the wonders of cannabis and grow our patients the best possible medicine we can, winning a total of six cannabis cups and educating ourselves and others; especially the non-believers!
I am writing this series to share my experiences and knowledge. raising 6 awesome kids, and tens of thousands of cannabis plants, flipping houses, opening one of the first cannabis consumption clubs in the nation, and our newest endeavor “Pocket Pot Kits”, everything needed to smoke on the go, contained in a smell proof, locking duffle bag! Raising Kids in Cannabis has been a challenge, to say the least! Join me as I compile moments from my journey, for you, into a survival guide of sorts. Trust me I got some stories to tell, so sit back with some dank and enjoy the higher education!
Artist Spotlight: Mohan Sundaresan
Author: Braelee Conticchio
As I walked into the back yard of his adorable La Jolla home, the garage side door swung open with a sizable cloud of cannabis smoke and out walked Mohan. With a smile bigger than the pacific ocean and joy pouring out of him before he even said anything, I could feel this was going to be an incredible experience. I was lucky enough to spend the next hour or so learning more about Mohan, his unique cannabis fine art and much, much more.
Mohan was born in Bangalore, a very large city in India, where he lived with his family, including three older siblings. He shared fond memories of his childhood, playing outside and creating toys out of sticks, stones, and anything else he could find. Although they did not have much materialistically, Mohan used his imagination and creativity to enjoy natural beauty in life. Since, Mohan has lived in Austria, London and settled in San Diego in 1989.
I quickly learned of Mohan’s love of literature and music as he quoted poems, songs by Kris Kristofferson and Don McLean and even shared some original quotes. Along with using cannabis to open his mind, Mohan stressed the importance of “always try to be as much as me as possible” during the process of creating his fine cannabis art. Most of the time he finds inspiration in nature, on walks with his 14-year-old dog Dizzy the dachshund, in gardens, landscapes, clouds, and stars. “A child in bewilderment” is how he described himself captivated by mother nature. He’s a dreamer who believes we are all one, joined by our souls.
Mohan likes to work at his own pace when creating, the spontaneity is an important part of getting lost in his art. He also happily welcomes problems during the process as they make the outcome better in his experience. His average piece is about 3 feet long and 4 feet tall in size and takes about 4-5 weeks to complete. The best way to explain his process? Doing something that makes no sense.
He always includes a dark and a light aspect to his art, representing the yin and the yang. Quite literally, sometimes he even switches out the lights in his studio to intensify his technique. Mohan uses hemp and aluminum materials but has also used wood, other metals, acrylic and more. The process starts with two hand-painted canvases of the same size. This is where the yin and yang come in, Mohan often likes to incorporate a dark and a light, two paintings that are almost opposite. However, he told me “How am I to dictate which color to use, I just let whatever happens happens”. The process continues once the paintings are dry and he is able to cut both into strips and shapes. He then takes the cutouts and from the center out, weaves them together to create one intertwined piece. Once finished and glued down, a cannabis leaf is added to the center and voila: fine cannabis leaf art!
Not only does using cannabis help open Mohan’s mind to let inspirations in and ideas to flow out, but he also explained it alleviates stress and allows him to fully enjoy his life and craft. He’s been using medicinal cannabis for years now and it has even helped him stop consuming alcohol. We laughed as he told me someone once asked how much cannabis he uses and he responded with “Do I ask how many cups of coffee a day you drink? If you must inquire its about 33 tablespoons”. But we both agreed, who is to judge!
Mohan does not create his art for money, the process and creating alone fulfills his life and creates immeasurable happiness. He explained that we all have a purpose and meaning inside of us, we have to find it and understand it. He told me most people are always trying to climb up the ladder, trying to get higher but the real secret is to climb down and see what’s supporting the ladder, what it’s standing on. When you unleash your inner self, it’s easy and clear to see what you’re meant to do. The art and insight shared by Mohan are some that I’ll never forget.
Along with art, Mohan is very passionate about giving back. He expressed to me that global change is in the hands of generations to come but in the meantime, all of us need to do whatever we are capable of to help. Mohan has not only donated one of his pieces to The Last Prisoner Project but was also generous enough to donate a gorgeous piece to us for our Heroes’ Harvest charity event for veterans this past December. Mohan explained to me the importance of “doing” good not just speaking of it, the only way to make real change is to get out there and do it!
And I would like to leave you with one of my favorite original Mohan quotes “We are all born stars covered in skin, but the light we seek can only come from within”.
For more info contact: Steve Medoff
Cannabis Wedding Expo
Writers Credit: Aaron Genuth
Weddings are a singular life opportunity to celebrate the people, experiences, and practices most precious to the lives of the betrothed. Increasingly since the legal option exists, that includes cannabis. Phillip Wolf of the Cannabis Wedding Expo has constructed his expanding national business by bringing his experience, expertise, and passion into some of the most critical decisions his clients hope ever to make. Like weddings themselves, Cannabis Wedding Expos provide an unparalleled platform for the intersection of tradition and change.
Similar to previous iterations, The Cannabis Wedding Expos will be held at the beginning of the year, well before the anticipated summer wedding season. The 2020 Expos will aim their initial focus on California, both North, and South. Phillip believes the legacy of cannabis culture and innovation that the state has long been known for will lead to the growth of his platform, and his goal of furthering the normalization of cannabis into society. As he tells NUGL, “We have the LA and San Francisco Cannabis Wedding Expos coming up at the beginning of 2020. And we really want California to take the lead on the progression of the trends in the space.” Phillip observed the immediate boom in cannabis tourism in Colorado in 2014, when they became the first state, along with Washington, to legalize recreational cannabis. He believes the California cannabis industry has matured to the point that it should take the lead. “We really want to believe that there’s been enough time that has passed since legalization to allow some of these startup companies to mature, and as you mature in this space you dial in what your services are, what your products are, determine what feedback you’re receiving from the customers, and clarify your vision, and there’s so many people with vision in the cannabis space right now! And that’s why I think California is really taking that claim because they have had enough time since legalization to flesh a lot out with their businesses, and why we have the LA and San Francisco Cannabis Wedding Expos coming up at the beginning of 2020.”
Premium, curated settings for the upcoming Expos indicate the growth and acceptance of cannabis in mainstream urban California culture. In Los Angeles, the first Cannabis Wedding Expo of 2020 will commence on January 19th at the Andaz in West Hollywood. The redesigned boutique – the first ever hotel on the Sunset Strip – held on it’s rooftop terrace that features stunning views of the Hollywood Hills.
The Westfield San Francisco Center will host the Northern California renditionon Saturday, February 15th, 2020. The 750,000 square foot iconic downtown mall will host the Expo under it’s stunning open-air rooftop dome. At the largest shopping center in San Francisco, owned by the countries largest mall operator, Cannabis Wedding Expo attendees will co-mingle with shoppers and diners at high end establishments including Atelier’s Parisian colognes and locally sourced American eatery TAP 415.
The upscale and mainstream environments of the California Expos are integral to what the Cannabis Wedding Expo is communicating as an event and brand; that cannabis users are no longer asking permission to celebrate the plant and medicine they love. Rather, they are integrating their loved ones and guests into a gathering and party that represents what is most important to their lives, including their plant of choice. As Phillip reflects, ”We’ve been fighting for so long for cannabis to have a common place in our communities. And I really see that relationship (between cannabis and weddings) finding more common ground out on the west coast. I don’t think we should still keep fighting for our place at the table, I believe that we have a place at the table and people are listening.” By bringing the experience and culture of cannabis into their celebrations, Cannabis Wedding clientele exhibit another encouraging sign that granting legitimacy to the unfounded stigmas of the war on cannabis is as much a relic of the past as locking someone up for smoking a joint will be in the future.
Of course, California is not the only legal market for cannabis and weddings. The western tour will continue through Spring 2020, with the Las Vegas Cannabis Wedding Expoat the Emerald at Queensbridge on March 22, 2020. The Denver edition will be held on April 5, 2020. A worthy location is still being determined, but tickets are already on sale here.
The acceptance of cannabis and opportunities for expansion within the California wedding market are not the only selling points of the Cannabis Wedding Expo, but they certainly can’t be discounted. In 2018, there were over 245,000 weddings held in California, at an average cost of over $30,000. There is also increasing data and experience that routinely show cannabis to be a safer and healthier social alternativeto alcohol and tobacco. In Phil’s view, that goes beyond the use of cannabis as a social tool, and speaks to its therapeutic value. As he says, “I think cannabis gives us an opportunity to treat lifestyle and social events as therapy.” The social benefits are important, and he believes they are an effect of the connective and healing powers of the plant, “Cannabis is a plant medicine that works really well socially, and I think we should start looking at having therapeutic options when we’re out and about.” Beyond going mainstream, Phillip also believes that wedding hosts and guests should start expecting cannabis as a standard and conscientious option, much like vegetarian options are now expected. For many, drinking is not a preferable or even safe option for loosening up at a joyous gathering, and hosts should anticipate their guests needs. As Phillip states, “When it comes to events, I think it’s very responsible for people to have the option of cannabis.”
Phillip Wolf and the team at Cannabis Wedding Expo will continue to provide the option of incorporating cannabis into all levels of the wedding experience, and to continue to be a bridge between cannabis and wedding culture throughout California and the USA.
Canna Cooking for the Holidays With Celebrity Chef Justin Sutherland & Avoiding the Holidaze Krampus
Canna-Curious by Cleopatra Cohen
Bravo TV’s Justin Sutherland comes out Green with Cleopatra and opens up to Nugl, about his relationship to the plant- plus holiday Krampus vibes, and regifting your mistakes as miracles. Bravo TV’s Top Chef, reveals a few Pot Secrets, how being stubborn AF, can be a positive-instrumental trait to not accepting anything less than you deserve, in life.
CLEOPATRA: So Chef, are we cool publicly coming out “Green,”? I want your fans to know the candid truth about the role and/or consequence the plant has had along your journey. How did it affect this early phase of success? I always want to be sensitive to these matters…just in case. I want to be certain we can go live, on record with it?”
CHEF JUSTIN SUTHERLAND: “Let’s go.”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, for FOOD. Yes, indeed’ this is notably the most delicious time of the year- A time of giving and receiving. A cherished time to give thanks and just indulge in holiday cheer. It get’s really dark early, and there is a lot of yuletide stuff too. In the spirit of giving, miracles, and acceptance, I too, have come to accept, that I am likely going to gain some holiday cheer, hidden underneath my oversized sweater, and strategic fashionable layering techniques.
It wasn’t until I discovered my Gluten Allergy, and had to convert, that I noticed how much of our store-bought products are EVERYWHERE and inevitable. In the season and spirit of giving, heart disease or diabetes are likely gifts. Especially with the absurd amounts of sugar. and gluten we consume from Halloween to New Year’s Eve. For myself, keeping a strict diet is crucial around the holidays, is crucial to avoid the effects of these delicious landmines. A gluten allergy attack, can be compared to having the Christmas Krampus visit your digestive system, about 45 minutes after you eat, and are lulled into a lucid dream state -relaxed…then nope, from the dark, feeling of dread …“Surprise Bitch.”
The Christmas Krampus was known for snatching up and spanking bad-ass little children that refuse to obey their parents. Basically, the enforcement arm of the Naughty List. My nightmare starts: The nizzle before Chrronnikuh, whilst the Krampus is punishing small children in my lower digestive tract, the whole town would quiver (my body) and freak out. Self destruct mode has been activated to avoid the Krampus. Chaos reigns, and all systems overload. Havoc ensues around town, to protect my body from the stranger danger. While the Krampus remains at large.
The main reason why I am so food-obsessed is because of my mother, Starla. Today is the anniversary of her death- 3 years ago. She died after a 40 year, strenuous battle with a preventable, crippling disease, Diabetes Type II. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed in the early ’80s, did not have proper education, medication, and access to holistic options, until it was too late. I fully understand my deep, impactful relationship to the Chef. Chefs have VIP all access to your health, digestion, and memorable feelings. Immediately they create deep connections to your psyche, and physiology, without you even realizing it. I remember one of my Mom’s dieticians recommending a lot of pasta back then, and about that same time, Michael Jackson was black, and Crystal Pepsi was everything.
“Give me some of your tots Napoleon!!”
“Go find your own Randy… I’m freakin’ starved.”
The Handsome Hog owner is joining many other mainstream public figures, in this progressive arena (like Snoop and Martha Stewart.) Justin aims to utilize his platforms, to empower those who have experienced loss and oppression, incarceration.
Catch “The Today Show” on NBC, all week, to watch his “Tater Tot Hot Dish Recipe.” This delightful casserole, starts strong, with Lower tot crust, and is open to endless flavor combinations. Layers pile up, the top crust of Tots, is usually covered in cheese, right before it’s final bake to perfection.
Before his recipe hits billions of worldwide viewers, I asked;
Cleopatra: What style of the Tater Tot Hot Dish, will you be making for The Today Show?”
Chef JS: “POT PIE”
Cleopatra: …you are for real right now, huh?
Chef Justin Sutherland shares, that his journey to the top was not always sweet, like potato pie. My guess is, that those who doubted him, are likely now proud of him. After meeting him, I feel like those people should probably miss him with that bularky. Humble as pie for sure, but he just ain’t about that life. Chef Justin closes 2019, with an Empire, spread across the US-varying array of trendy brands, from fashion, to whiskey, cooking products, and NINE other restaurant concepts.
Rising above the rest requires knowing how to cope with practical economic consequences and haunting arrest records. Like Justin, we need to see a different perspective of the world. One through a lens of hope, and possibility …truly, a new age concept. The Minnesota native also has a dynamic career in the entertainment industry. His destiny is fated to leadership, by trailblazing the way, and uncovering the life’s hardest truths.
Your thoughts- become things, and by simply applying “heat” and “pressure” to those thoughts, you can create tangible physical results. ~ The philosophical Chef
Cleopatra: What would you say to your fans right now about making mistakes, being arrested, and cannabis?
Chef JS: Your past does not have to dictate your future, regardless of a criminal record- if that job requires a clean record, walk away, and start your own business. Make your own rules for success, invest in yourself, and stop caring what ANYONE around you thinks about you. Also, you are not alone, when we traverse these struggles in life. I don’t want to encourage anyone to make mistakes, but I want people to know that I would not be where I am today if I had not made the mistakes I did. It’s what you make of these experiences that determine whether you consider it a mistake or a miracle.
Cleopatra: What was your first attempt at a cannabis-infused into food?
Chef JS: I think we made a box of Mac and Cheese with infused butter. We didn’t know anything, so we used to just dump the contents of the weed bag. in butter. Lol.
God only knows how high we got back then, I can’t remember...
Cleopatra: I would say that it is a good sign, you guys overdid it.
Life creates obstacles because it expects us to react and create sustainable solutions in response. Overcoming obstacles helps us escape our self limiting fears, so we can go for metaphorical “W” in life we deserve.
The Chef’s intuitive decisions to create solutions from shame is the basis for his inspiration and life guidance. He is especially connected to the individuals, in need of a sign, one of hope, compassion, and support. His example teaches us, that choices, and “mistakes“ have the ability to transform into miracles, especially Christmas Miracles. The Krampus may visit you if you eat that muffin, and irritable bowel syndrome could strike, scaring off Santa around the stroke of midnight…so you better act right.
Happy Holiday’s from The NUGL Media Team and Cleopatra Cohen
Artist Profile: Brooklyn’s ‘Poetic Thrust’ Talk Live Shows, Collaborative Energy, Cannabis
On a recent evening out exploring the nightlife on Broadway in formerly industrial South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I was fortunate enough to wander into the right bar at the right moment and get an astounding sensorial introduction to the talent and energy of Poetic Thrust, a seven member Brooklyn based musical group featuring two MC’s and a full brass section. They describe themselves as a ‘7-piece self-care cult’ who ‘chisel down our ideas, sculpted from experience’ and ‘ create through improvisation and live performances that start late and stay later.’
Poetic Thrust dropped their second EP, ‘On Deck’ on November 13th, 2019, and we got to talk (and smoke) a bit both after the show and in a followup interview, about what inspires them, and where cannabis fits into their lives and work.
NUGL Magazine: Hey PT!! Please lay out a bit about what the band is about and what got you together?
We formed starting from a trio of myself, Juno and Stu that had been about playing some of my electronic compositions live. We were then offered an opportunity to do a residency at a club in Brooklyn working with rappers. We called Nakama, eventually Yoh joined and Nat and Jaedon added in on the horns. Was all improvised until we decided we had to get it on wax. So we did, and 2 years and 2 EP’s later, here we are.
To me the band is about energy convergence. The cultivation of 7 individual energies learning and growing from one another to give life to something fresh.
The band is about free expression, we are open to playing just about anything as long as it SLAPS.
NUGL Magazine: Please give some background and details on what goes into the live show?
Love, trust and energy are what go into the live sets. The channeling of those 7 energies and the hard work each individual has put in, combined with the love for the craft and the trust in each other is what makes the live sets feel more alive and exciting.
When it comes to us performing as a band, I definitely feel that getting on stage with everyone is almost meditative. It feels like everyone is 100% in the moment together, and before all our shows we get a group huddle in and share that positive energy.
Yea, it’s magic ~ we’re 7 people and when that shit is locked it’s like nothing else. It’s exponential.
NUGL Magazine: Tell us about your relationship with cannabis? How those of you that use it got into it, and how you incorporate it into your music or process?
Cannabis is a powerful tool when used appropriately. For me, it’s like taking the filters off of my thoughts. Sometimes it’s a great pressure lifted off your shoulders, sometimes it can be uncomfortable or anxiety-inducing. But I think that the conscious choice to remove those filters is cathartic in a way, like surrendering myself to my own idiosyncrasies and letting my thoughts dance around each other instead of the single-file default I have in my day to day experience.
Cannabis doesn’t create anything new for my mind, rather it helps me access what is already there.
Every time I go home I’m tryna smoke big weed and drive through the (Colorado Rocky) mountains and listen to records. It’s my favorite way to listen to music. I used to like to smoke and play, but I don’t like it anymore. I lose the forest for the trees so to speak. But was definitely fun and the fact is that the time I got serious about music coincided with the time that I started blazing … coincidence or not !!
Being honest, I love incorporating cannabis more into the freestyle elements and recording process. Sometimes I feel like it lets me really cut loose and channel an energy or emotion I might have been thinking about too much, rather than feeling it out.
Cannabis was definitely a huge part of my music development, smoking a jay and diving deep into records, both with friends and alone. I have a lot of great college memories of lighting up and spending hours locked in a room practicing.
In the new EP, which they recorded on wax at Electric Garden studio in Brooklyn, the group builds on their debut release ‘All Water’, bringing their emerging collaborative sound and style full circle. They shout out their creative team, which includes mixer Jaclyn Sanchez, visual designer Maia Benaim, and writer/director Richie Ellis behind the lens of their videos. Along with the 7 band members working in unison to create a unified vision and sound, Poetic Thrust mean it when they say “Our peers and collaborators help us refine this vision. We keep this energy at all times, of growth and communication, of revery and insubordination.”
Keep an eye out for future (and past) artist profiles on NUGL!
Terpenes 101: Kristen Yoder Teaches In Vegas
Have you ever noticed how you (and others) instinctively SMELL cannabis if/when presented with it? For most consumers, it is the smell that makes the sale. It turns out that our NOSE knows a lot more than we ever could have imagined! Studies show that the scent profile of any given cannabis chemovar (strain) is just as integral to the physiological effect as the cannabinoid profile.
This class is focused on taking the mystery out of cannabis science. More specifically, what are terpenes, what do they do, what is the entourage effect and how does it work, etc. The goal is to give you the information you need to make informed decisions based on your preferences and the effects you desire.
Who is the Terpenes 101 event for?
Anyone interested in learning about the individual constituents that make cannabis so unique and effective.
What you will learn
- The Olfactory System
- Addressing the Sativa/Indica Myth
- What is The Entourage Effect
- Intro to Trichomes
- Intro to Terpenes
- Chemistry of Terpenes
- Taxonomy vs Chemotaxonomy
- Terpenes in Everyday Life
Attendees will receive
Each attendee will receive a terpene scent kit to take home and a gift bag filled with cannabis and terpene products – ALL PRODUCTS WILL HAVE TERPENE TEST RESULTS!
Kristen Yoder, featured in Vanity Fair, Forbes and named one of Marijuana Venture Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Cannabis”, is a 14 year Los Angeles industry veteran and radio and podcast personality who has managed successful businesses in every sector of the cannabis industry.
As the cannabis industry becomes inundated with dishonest businesses and misleading information campaigns, Kristen’s popularity as an outspoken and trusted authority on a variety subjects has led to her to teaching classes, speaking at events, on podcasts, in print and online media both nationally and internationally. When she isn’t sharing her fierce wit and sparkling personality on stage or on the air, she is advising/preparing her clients for the unique intricacies and quagmires often overlooked and unexpected by those entering the newly regulated cannabis landscape.
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Cannabiscope: Demystifying Medical Cannabis For Users, Investors and Caregivers
What began a small canna-tech start up is now extending their global reach and educational impact around how people think about cannabis in terms of education, accessibility, and market growth.
Cannabiscope, a Las Vegas based SaaS (Software as a Service) platform, is combining science and technology to change the conversation around cannabis in the mainstream market for medicinal and recreational users. Their ultimate goal is to establish a new global – and individual – standard for the future of cannabis menus, e-commerce, and data insights. As an educational platform, they will continue to grow the accessibility that Cannabiscope provides to a wider and deeper understanding of the science and applications of cannabis that affects the care providers, researchers, and policy makers whose better understanding of one of the world’s most misunderstood and stigmatized plants is critical to the future of cannabis business.
The Cannabiscope wheel is a tool that allows people to shop for and learn about cannabis at the same time. The technology shows the cannabis consumer exactly what they are putting in their body, by presenting certified lab results of each strain and then offering a complete breakdown of the cannabinoid and terpene ratio. The approach is to discover what you want as a consumer, get informed on what you are consuming and then where you can purchase the product — all packaged in a turnkey solution. With 250 cannabis businesses already using the Beta Platform, their international reach is only expected to grow and scale along with the international industry.
Their goals are to demystify many of the elements of cannabis that remain elusive for many, while also changing conversations around the uses and applications for the plant. The wheel presents not only the strains, but the properties and applications that help consumers, patients, retailers find what people want. The educational element allows non-consumers, including doctors and legislators, to make informed decisions that best consider those that will be affected by them. As the user interacts with the wheel, they become more familiar with the uses and effects of cannabis on their system and body, while receiving an equally user friendly initiation into the many ways and forms of consumption. Cannabiscope pays stringent attention to quality and safety standards, providing lab-certified results so consumers understand are comfortable with exactly what they are putting into their bodies.
Both David Schacter and Paul Shockley, the founders, are cannabis users that have never quite fit into the typical stereotypes. David was a four time national collegiate boxing champion and Fulbright scholar, who also interned in Washington D.C with former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He has used his experience to become a thought leader in the industry, having witnessed first hand Israel’s groundbreaking approach to medical cannabis research while working in the developing industry there. Paul, a magna cum-laude graduate from USC film school and serial entrepreneur, entered the space inspired by a passionate drive to use his storytelling abilities and product innovation experience to fundamentally improve how people learn about cannabis. Once united as a team, they joined forces to create a SaaS platform with the specific goal of educating consumers and accelerating revenue for cannabis retailers. Built on fundamentally good technology and end-goals, the Cannabiscope vision was formed.
“Back in the day, I used to walk into a dispensary and look at the jars on the shelf and randomly pick a strain based on how cool I thought the strain name was.” David Schacter reminisces, “Now, when visiting shops that have implemented Cannabiscope, I can find products based on the exact experience I’m looking for, knowing with certainty what I’m putting in my body.”
Approaching the growing American cannabis market in his base of Las Vegas, Schacter saw the gaps in education around users ability to consider strains and products using markers that go beyond the basic Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid groupings. With his innovations, Cannabiscope users can dig deeper and more specifically into the ratios of terpenes and cannabinoids that define their experience.
Cannabiscope is also serious about their commitment to community, and building better culture through education. Shalonda Ingram, social impact director of Cannabiscope, spoke to us about how the company and team incorporate their vision and values into the cannabis community. “We invite folks to learn about cannabis in general, and specifically in relationship to their responsibility to self educate about their health and wellness via the Cannabiscope platform.” Putting the tools into the users hand so they can make their own decisions is also important to their core value of self-education. She also references those values in their user-friendly digital display. “It encourages folks to move through large amounts of data without being overwhelmed.” Empowering users of all types to self-educate, while creating a platform that enhances micro and macro healthcare decision-making is precisely what Cannabiscope and it’s team credit for its rapid and significant impact.
While they have planned and certainly hoped for success, the level to which Cannabiscope and the vision of its founders has scaled up has exceeded the expectations of even it’s optimistic creators. “Our goal in the beginning what simple,” states co-founder Paul Shockley, “We wanted to help consumers understand everything cannabis has to offer beyond the hype getting stoned. We had no idea our application would influence legislation, politics and curriculum on such a mass scale!” Their reach and impact continue to affect global cannabis consumption, business, and policy, and Cannabiscope is equipped and prepared for a future of company growth, and safer access to cannabis from a more educated community. To learn more, please visit www.cannabiscope.com
Puff, Paint and Pass: Taking Creative Grassroots Community Nationwide
Heidi Keyes, artist, entrepreneur, and founder of Puff, Pass and Paint, incorporated her awareness and belief in the healing creative and social power of cannabis when she launched soon after legalization in Colorado, where she was living and creating, in 2014. “I was working as an artist, and was already very aware of how interconnected making art and cannabis are, because it’s something I’ve always used to help manage anxiety and also tap into my creative side.” With legalization, and the promise of minds opening up to and through cannabis, Heidi saw an opportunity both economic and communal. “Consuming cannabis definitely helps people relax into the present moment, instead of focusing on making a perfect painting and the end result.” An interactive experience that welcomes novices at cannabis and art seemed like the perfect way to open new doors into both cannabis and creative instincts that, for some, had been dormant since childhood. “In our classes, we always ask about the last time the students painted, and a lot of them say that they haven’t made art since they were in grade school. They’re nervous about looking silly or being bad at painting, and cannabis helps to take away that fear. I wanted to bring that level of openness and creativity to people, so they can just enjoy the process of making art and consuming weed legally without judgment.”
As legalization has spread the country, so has Puff, Pass and Paint. They are now in 13 cities nationwide, from Las Vegas to Miami, with another class opening in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the near future. When Nugl spoke to Heidi, she had just arrived in Boston, Massachusetts for an event there, where cannabis was legalized in 2016. “Every city definitely has a different vibe for the classes, and each location also has its own preference for what they like to partake in.” Vibes can also vary by location. “Some classes are more quiet and serious, and some are loud, very smoky, and full of laughter. I like them all! All of our teachers are local artists, and I love seeing how the classes vary from instructor to instructor as well, with their teaching styles and their creativity.”
The social outreach element is also important to Heidi for mainstreaming cannabis use — and making art with strangers — as cannabis reform and access continue to sweep the nation. It’s a principle she also incorporates into her other projects, including group cannabis cooking classes, and Cannabis Tours, which operates in 5 cities and counting. “We believe that normalization is the key to national legalization, which is the main goal here, right?” Heidi believes that combining art and cannabis offers the perfect platform for the diverse experiential opportunities that getting high and making art together offer. “Our students are of all different ages – just 21 plus! – of all different experience levels in both painting and cannabis use, and from varying backgrounds all over the world. We just want to keep bringing people together to celebrate making art and legal cannabis.”
‘Sugar Coating’ Tough Truths: Trew Love Combines Activist Art with Cannabis and Fun
Artist, activist and community builder Trew Love believes that confronting some of the most vexing issues in our world should involve art, community, and layers of sweetness and fun. A primary element of the success of cannabis reform has been an increase in awareness of some of the systemic, communal and individual issues that exist as a result of cannabis prohibition and the Drug War. While there are, and should be, opportunities to enjoy the success of the movement, many of us are aware that there is still much work to be done to restore a baseline of justice and accountability to the American system. Topics like mass incarceration and systemic racism, which still affect too many cannabis users, are not generally enjoyable topics to confront in every setting. Trew (@trewlove) is establishing creative platforms that break through the social and educational barriers that often stifle important conversations about difficult topics.
Based in Los Angeles, where she has lived since moving from Kansas in 2010, Trew Love has been artistically inclined and encouraged since earliest youth. “My mom is an art teacher so she started nurturing my artistic abilities at a very young age and I was able to really develop my craft.” A late bloomer when it comes to weed, she didn’t fully embrace the benefits and LA tradition of lighting up until 2014. “I got into smoking weed with my boyfriend at the time. He was a daily smoker so it became a part of my routine as well.” Her creative inspiration didn’t really start clicking, however, until she began combining her artistic ability with the political and social landscape around her. “It wasn’t until I got into activism that I really felt that I had something to say to the world.”
Her course, personally and creatively, was fundamentally reoriented as she followed the battle at Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota in 2016. When the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) planned to run oil lines that threatened the water supply of over 17 million people, a protest movement began, led primarily by Standing Rock Sioux and other area native teenagers and elders. The protest spread, with the viral hashtag #NoDAPL and rallying cry of ‘Mni Wiconi/Water is Life’ eventually reaching the United Nations and President Obama, who eventually halted construction after public outrage over police violence and brutality towards protestors. Though President Trump almost immediately reversed that decision after taking office, and construction was completed in 2017, the Standing Rock movement’s success changed local and national conversations and activist tactics, including for Trew. “I learned that a small group of people that are strategic with their directives and use of energy can have an impact on the realities of millions of people.”
Soon after, in 2017, she began working with campaigns like Divest LA, a campaign to divest public funds from large banks such as Wells Fargo, who support things like DAPL and war. During that period, she became aware of some specific barriers that routinely keep people from committing to causes that are important or relevant to them. One is the political lethargy that has increasingly become the status quo, particularly among young folks. “A lot of people who do see what’s going on and care don’t know what to do about it, or feel powerless to engage.” Another is lack of awareness and education; “People can’t care if they don’t know.” She saw an opportunity to address both through art and community, and conceived Sugarcoated, an art exhibit that incorporates candy and sugar imagery into a pop art aesthetic that spotlights injustice. “What I wanted to do is create a collection where, when you look in the gallery window you see neons and candy and fun, but then when you walk in and start reading the descriptions, you actually get hammered with a dose of reality, but in the sweetest way possible.”
The first Sugar Coated pop-up ran from September 12 to October 5, 2019 in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. Controversial and sensitive topics covered include the continued epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women, the ‘Me Too’ movement, America’s obsession with brand culture, and the military-industrial complex. The overall theme was represented by tongue in cheek cartoon pieces like “Overpopcornated Jail Cells” which addresses the modern slavery that has resulted from mass incarceration.
“The goal is to inspire real, honest conversations – which is ultimately the basis of legitimate community, and simultaneously provide resources on how to get active in solutions locally.” She explains; “It was truly incredible to witness some of the conversations that started as a result of some of the pieces at the show” Rather than the sort of pop culture escapism that avoids directly confronting difficult or controversial realities, Sugar Coated is, according to Love, “An escape back into the reality of our own power.”
While searching for a venue for the Sugar Coated debut, the cannabis element of Trew Love’s work was inspired. A friend in the industry generously provided her with unused grow space of his for the show, and in their conversations, she learned more through him about the social justice issues that intersect with cannabis, and was convinced of the socially curative potential of the cannabis business community. “That was when I learned about the versatility of hemp in regards to plastics, building materials, carbon sequestration, soil regeneration, the durability of cannabis made material, and the ability to use biomass waste and convert it into sustainable products such as fabrics. When I learned all of this, it was clear to me that this is an industry that could truly repair the damage done by countless past and current industries, and that I had to get involved with ensuring that healing is a part of the industry‘s code of ethics, not just a convenient side effect of yet another purely profit driven marketplace.” That education and realization led to Cannabis Cures, a panel discussion held at the Sugar Coated exhibition among business community members based on how they and the larger cannabis business community are working to strengthen communities and heal the environment. Panelists included Kristen Lovell from the Social Impact Center who drew attention to the lack of properly distributed social equity funding, and Vanessa Rodrigues from 99 High Tide, a female run operation in Malibu who do weekly communal beach clean-ups, along with other representatives of cannabis business.
Initially just a successful panel, Trew Love is spinning Cannabis Cures off into an independent and open-sourced event series and media platform for members of the cannabis business community to raise and continue discussions about issues directly affecting users and entrepreneurs. She is also launching a podcast to keep the conversations going. “The goal (with both Sugarcoated and Cannabis Cures) is to continue educating people through fun events and direct community building. With Cannabis Cures I hope to build a national community of people who – individually and as a community – are choosing to elevate their practices with cannabis, both in use and within the industry. First by doing no harm to the world around us, but then also working to reverse some of the harm that’s been done.”
Another of Trew’s realizations was that by staggering specifically curated events, a more relaxed and natural form of community building could take over. “During the exhibit we wanted to bring different people and demographics to the show, and then by creating a fun environment that people want to come back to, you start integrating different communities into a larger whole.” Trew Love looks forward to incorporating that experience into her plans for the future of Sugar Coated.
In the coming year, Trew and crew plan to take Sugar Coated on a national tour that will include SXSW, Kansas City and New York City, and culminate with a showing at Art Basel in Miami in December 2020. “It’s a big quest,” she says, “but one that I believe will be very well enjoyed.”
Besides the national Sugar Coated tour and Cannabis Cures podcast, Trew Love’s creative plans for the future remain thematic toward community, activism and fun. Included are producing “Rhyme and Reeson” an adult animated comedy show tied to cannabis and social justice, and her most ambitious collaborative undertaking to date; The LA City Angels Project. Her goal is to community source 14 building sized murals of angels; one in each of the cities 14 Assembly Districts, working with the assembly person for each to map an interactive historic and contemporary educational tour that spans the entirety of her beloved adopted hometown.
Notable fans of her unique hybrid of art and activism so far include actress and activist Rosario Dawson, who bought Trew Love’s piece “PBnJ” at an auction supporting Yes on B – a measure in support of creating a municipal public bank in LA. Restructuring the predatory national and global banking system is another passion for Trew Love, who worked with Public Bank LA and celebrated with other ethical finance activists when the Public Banking Act (A.B. 857) was signed into California law by Governor Gavin Newsom in early October, 2019.
The success of the public banking measure, and the positive response in the cannabis and art community to her mediums of expression have her convinced she’s on the right track to building communities that heal and grow in every conceivable way. “I think a lot of the connection we seek and isolation that we feel, is healed by becoming active in a solution that you care about. A lot of that anxiety and fear and discontent, it disappears once you start participating in something greater than yourself. And if I can inspire that somehow and create a place where people can find that, then I have done my job well.”
How To (Legally) Trip
Curiosity about psychedelics is on an upward trend globally and nationally. Google searches for “psilocybin” and other terms relating to psychedelic substances have spiked in recent months, and will surely continue on this trajectory with the recent news that Johns Hopkins University is opening a research department for psychedelics, and that jurisdictions around the country are considering decriminalization measures. The fact, however, remains that for many active or aspiring psychonauts, most psychedelics are illegal and more importantly to many consumers, inaccessible. But you don’t necessarily need substances like psilocybin or LSD to have a trippy experience.
Extremely regulated legal access to psychedelic medicines and therapies does exist in the US, mostly at or through programs like Hopkins. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is in Phase 3 of clinical, FDA-approved MDMA trials, and institutions like NYU have very specific and limited opportunities for involvement in studies on psilocybin. While many have pointed out that all psychedelic use should be constitutionally protected as a religious liberty, the Supreme Court has upheld the right of only a few native groups to use peyote in their cultural practices, as they have since well before the Supreme Court even existed.
There are, however, a number of legal and accessible alternatives to the “illegal class of psychedelics,” and their availability has increased in the internet age, as have access to guidance and advice on how best to grow, find or learn about natural, plant-based, chemical and meditative methods to produce a psychedelic experience. For the purposes of this article, we will define “psychedelic” as a transcendent state of consciousness, and allow the reader or user to decide for themselves which substances or experiences qualify as psychedelic for them.
Salvia divinorum (“sage of the diviners”) — commonly referred to by just its first name — is a member of the mint and sage family and is known as possibly the most potent naturally occurring psychedelic. Salvia is indigenous to parts of Mexico, and is still found and used there, including by the Maztac tribe, who still use it for rituals that involve communicating with the spirits of the dead. It’s known for its immediate, short, and extremely intense trip when smoked, and is certainly not everyone’s cup of trippy tea. While efforts to ban salvia federally have so far stalled, it is illegal for sale or use in 37 states and regulated in many other states and localities, so be sure to check the local status before placing an online order if it’s not sold at your neighborhood head shop.
Another option you may find while at your local head shop is kratom (mitragyna speciosa), unless you live in Indiana or Tennessee, where it’s been banned. Kratom, like salvia, has garnered some negative federal attention, but so far remains unscheduled. Other legally available trips that you can find locally or online include morning glory seeds (ipomoea violacea), which contain LSA, a relative and alternative to LSD. Similarly, the iconic fly agaric (amanita muscaria) mushroom derives its effect from ibotenic acid and muscimol, as opposed to psilocybin. Amanita muscara is also popular in some parts of Europe as a food, once the psychoactive properties have been boiled out. These examples represent only a fraction of the legal ways people are continuing to research and discover how they can alter and experiment with their own minds — and will likely continue to illustrate how the drug war practice of classifying and banning naturally occurring compounds has the countereffect of leading people to creative alternatives.
It’s important to note that some potentially mind altering products are legal to purchase, but illegal for human consumption, which is another regulatory factor for the consumer to investigate and consider. Interested consumers should also consult and research a site such as Erowid before trying a new psychoactive substance, for important information about possible toxicity and side effects.
Still, some of the medically safest methods of achieving an altered state involve only meditation and breathing exercises. The parallels between meditative and psychedelic states have been thoroughly pointed out by researchers and scholars, and noted by anyone who’s had a good trip and also read Siddhartha. One popular method among psychonauts is holotropic breathwork, a method of intentionally accelerated breathing that leads to a “non-ordinary state of consciousness.” Holotropic breathing was developed in the ‘60s by the legendary Dr. Stanislav Grof and his wife Christina Grof after LSD (and much of the Grof’s therapeutic work with it) was outlawed. Although Dr. Grof is now retired from teaching, many guided courses are available through practitioners who have been directly trained by him. Free guidance, background and testimonials can also be found online.
Another technique is sensory deprivation. Often experienced by floating in water in a dark isolation chamber, it has been endorsed by celebrities such as Joe Rogan, Steph Curry and John Lennon. (Lennon reportedly used float therapy to kick his heroin habit.) Someone interested in “floating” might want to look into some of the businesses that offer the experience. While rates at a “float center” will be about $100 an hour, your own tank could cost around $10,000 and up.
Meanwhile, although sweat lodges and fasting can often accompany or be a part of the preparation for ayahuasca, peyote, and ibogaine trips, these experiences can also be psychedelic or hallucinatory in their own right — with the proper intention and implementation.
Of course, thanks to the recent measures passed in Denver and Oakland, and others that are being organized or considered, you may be able to cultivate or access more psychedelics legally in your area in the near future. Psilocybin producing fungi and DMT producing plants and grasses, as well as some varieties of cacti are relatively cheap and easy to grow with some internet guidance. Because of the cruel, confusing and hypocritical drug laws that still afflict the majority of citizens, we recommend that you verify the local laws before cultivating any natural plants, especially any that human beings have sacramentally or medically used throughout our existence. Please always exercise consideration and caution in potentially mind altering settings, and apply the principles of set and setting to your experience.
Written By Aaron Genuth, Contributor
Cannabis Tourism Is on the Rise
As more states legalize the use of cannabis, entrepreneurs are organizing painting classes, bus tours and other marijuana-infused experiences.
Sam Rosenbaum has Stephen Colbert to thank for his career switch from accountant to cannabis tour operator.
The newly minted M.B.A. was watching an episode of “The Colbert Report” in 2014 when the comedian spoke of a “cannabis green rush” coming to Colorado, which had recently become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.
“The part about bus tours kind of jumped out at me,” Mr. Rosenbaum, 34, said. “I came up with High 5 Tours and registered it the next week.” It was a prescient move. One year later, when Mr. Rosenbaum’s home state of Oregon voted to legalize cannabis, High 5 Tours was the state’s first cannabis bus tour.
Mr. Rosenbaum is not alone in his attempts in growing the world of cannabis tourism. Accordingly, if you would like to learn more about some of the different kinds of cannabis tours out there, you can find plenty of useful resources on the Weed Bus LA website here: https://www.weedbusla.com/tours.
Eleven states in the United States so far have voted to allow people 21 and older to buy regulated amounts of cannabis product for consumption on private property. Sales systems are not yet in place in Michigan and Maine, and in Massachusetts a gradual licensing of dispensaries began last November. In Vermont, as in Washington, D.C., possession, growing and sharing cannabis are legal, but not buying or selling.
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But in six other states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington), business is booming at cannabis dispensaries and related businesses.
As for cannabis tourism, it is totally hot in Colorado and California and emerging in others. Travel entrepreneurs like Mr. Rosenbaum are organizing marijuana-infused experiences, including painting classes, bus tours and food classes.
In the Mile-High City
The pioneers of cannabis tourism, Colorado Cannabis Tours and My 420 Tours, are in Denver.
The Original Colorado Cannabis Tour includes visits to two dispensaries, after which onboard consumption of purchases is encouraged. Visits to a growing facility and a glass-pipe blowing demonstration round out the $89 bus tour, which lasts precisely four hours and 20 minutes.
Colorado Cannabis Tours is also behind the Puff, Pass & Paint class. Mike Eymer, the company’s chief executive, teamed up with the artist Heidi Keyes to create the first class in 2015. For $49, the tour includes teacher guidance and art supplies, including a canvas to take home. Cannabis is B.Y.O.C. The concept has since spread to other states.
“There are really some amazing paintings that come out of it,” Ms. Keyes said. “With smoking you’re able to concentrate better. The colors are more vibrant and people are more willing to think outside the box.”
My 420 Tours offers the Blaze & Gaze Graffiti Walking Tour ($29), a post-consumption 2.5-mile walking tour of Denver’s RiNo Art District, and the Sushi & Joint Rolling Class ($79). “It’s our plan to copy and paste this model across the country,” said Danny Schaefer, the chief executive of My 420 Tours.
Heavy on the Regulations
California has also rolled out the green carpet for tourists. West Coast Cannabis Tours in San Diego, offers various tours and classes, including an exclusive tour of a 32,000-square foot growing facility ($99). Todd Green, who started the company when only medical marijuana was legal, said, “Now that it’s recreational, people are coming out of the woodwork.”
But regulations abound, especially for bus tours. In Colorado, Oregon and California, passengers on tour buses are allowed to consume what they have just purchased at cannabis dispensaries, which is almost every tour’s first stop. However, in Washington and Nevada, laws prohibiting smoking in moving vehicles limit operators to tours that are strictly educational. Seattle Kush Tours, for example, offers a three-and-a half-hour tour for $99 that informs passengers about the new industry through stops at a dispensary, a growing site and a glass-pipe blowing demonstration. State law also prohibits the use of cannabis in a Seattle cannabis cooking class. Hemp is the substitute. A Puff, Pass and Paint class. Credit Cannabis Tours and Puff Pass and Paint
In Las Vegas, Matthew Miner, the chief executive of Herbology Tours, offers for $109 a daily three-hour Herbology 101 tour. Well-informed guides share literature and knowledge during stops at a dispensary, a kitchen where cannabis edibles are made, and even a cannabis art museum, Cannabition, which it says features the world’s largest bong. “It’s a really cool experience, within limitations, because we can’t smoke at any lounges … yet,” he says.
West Hollywood, as well as some cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, have circumvented state restrictions by allowing cannabis social clubs or consumption lounges. Alaska will soon be the first state permitting consumption lounges attached to dispensaries. And in late May, Colorado’s governor signed a bill allowing cannabis “hospitality spaces” at dispensaries and at B.Y.O.C. clubs.
The lack of smoking lounges has been a frustrating issue for Mitchell Knottingham, who owns Juneau Cannabis Tours in Alaska but has yet to launch his first tour. Mr. Knottingham said he got involved in things early in order to be ready when lounge approval came around. That may happen as early as mid-July.
And in Portland, Mr. Rosenbaum’s bright yellow High Five Toursbus takes off every day at 6 p.m. on a dispensary tour ($79) that includes stops at food carts and a brewery. Every Friday, following the tour of the Columbia River Gorge ($89), he treats his passengers to ice cream sandwiches. It’s been more than two years since he worked as an accountant. He hasn’t looked back.
This article originally appeared on nytimes.com
How to Travel With Cannabis in the Car
Driving with cannabis in the car is a funny thing in terms of the letter of the law. A bag in the front seat could get you a fine or worse, even in an adult-use state. Almost two dozen other states are medical cannabis-only, and open container laws can vary between them, too.
So where should you store it? For starters, ask yourself how you would transport legal alcohol. “So much of the regulation policy for cannabis is done through the filter of alcohol regulation.”Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, NORML
“I just tell people, put it in your trunk, like a bottle of wine,” says Ngaio Bealum, an actor/comedian and longtime cannabis advocate who has transported cannabis throughout the US over the course of many decades.
It turns out the trunk isn’t a bad idea when it comes to satisfying the law in most states. Using reputable sources like MO dispensaries to get your cannabis for medicinal purposes can also make it easier to work within the jurisdiction of the law in most states.
“So much of the regulation policy for cannabis is done through the filter of alcohol regulation,” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see this issue debated in other legal states.”
The issue may get debated more in the future, but for now it’s important to know current laws in each state to avoid a brush with the police you never saw coming. So, here are the basics on driving with cannabis in each of the 10 recreational cannabis states plus the District of Columbia.
Alaska Cannabis Transportation Laws
Keep the cannabis in the trunk if you’re driving in Alaska, especially Anchorage, where the city assembly extended its open container laws to cannabis in 2016. But nearly two years after it was legalized, Alaska still has no set limit for the amount of cannabis that can be in your system while driving. This means if you get pulled over and are suspected of being under the influence, you’d better do an exemplary job of following the officer’s instructions during the field sobriety test.
California Cannabis Transportation Laws
California Vehicle Code 23222(b) is California’s “open container” law, which makes it unlawful to drive with any cannabis not in a container, or in an opened container. Similarly, California Business and Professions Code 26120 requires retailers to label cannabis products and place them in tamper-evident, child-resistant packaging with unique tracking identifiers.
California Highway Patrol Sergeant Glen Glaser said CHP officers are trained to recognize these uniform codes and enforce them. Glaser, who oversees the CHP’s Drug Recognition Evaluator Program, said the best way to avoid explaining a broken seal to an officer is just to store all cannabis in the trunk.
“The trickier part is the edibles that are on a big rise. How are officers going to determine what is and isn’t an edible?” Glaser said. “That’s where you’re going to have to fall back on sound professional judgement.”
Colorado Cannabis Transportation Laws
Colorado law specifiesÂ drivers with five nanograms of active THC in their blood can be prosecuted for driving under the influence, though law enforcement officers are more likely to base arrests on observed impairment.
Colorado’s open container law makes it illegal to have cannabis in the passenger area of a vehicle if it’s in an open container, container with a broken seal, or if there is evidence that cannabis has been consumed. It’s also illegal to consume cannabis on any public roadway, and many Colorado Law Enforcement Officer have received advanced training in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE).RELATED STORYCan You Legally Transport Cannabis Across State Lines?
Maine Cannabis Transportation Laws
Under Maine law, individuals 21 years of age or older are allowed to transport up to 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of cannabis so long as the cannabis is kept sealed in a childproof container at all times in the vehicle.
Massachusetts Cannabis Transportation Laws
Driving with cannabis openly accessible in a vehicle is seen like having an open beer in the cup holder, and an open container of cannabis carries a civil fine of $500. All cannabis must be kept in a sealed container during transport. If the seal is broken, the cannabis must be kept in a car’s locked glove box or trunk.
AÂ previous Massachusetts court caseÂ also confirmed that the “mere odor of burnt cannabis is insufficient cause to stop a motor vehicle.” Since cannabis is legal, smelling like it does not mean any crime took place. It’s another consumer protection against unlawful discrimination.RELATED STORYInfographic: Know Your Rights When Driving With Cannabis
Michigan Cannabis Transportation Laws
Michigan legalized recreational cannabis in November 2018. The new law makes transporting recreational cannabis legal if the product is in a “sealed” and “labeled” package in the trunk of the vehicle.RELATED STORYKnow Your Rights: US/Canada Border Crossing 101
Nevada Cannabis Transportation Laws
Cannabis in the car should be in a sealed container away from the driver and any minor passengers. Failure to do so could result in an open container fine. Las Vegas is also a major destination point, which makes it important to point out that it’s illegal to take cannabis across state lines even if the next destination has legal cannabis laws.
Nevada has historically been a pot-unfriendly state in terms of the law, and it’s unclear how open container laws may vary in enforcement throughout the remote parts of the state.
“Almost everything has to do with the individual personality of the officer,” says Bealum. He related a story from several years ago when he got pulled over in Nevada. “He handcuffed me and searched the entire entire car-that was fun.”
He said the officer threatened him with jail over cannabis he found in the trunk, but then he pulled back and just wrote him a ticket for expired vehicle tags. Bealum didn’t protest, saying,Â “Do you really want to spend the weekend in jail in Winnemucca?”
Oregon Cannabis Transportation Laws
Per Oregon law (ORS 475B.245), a person the age of 21 or older may transport up to one ounce of cannabis in a public place, but details go hazy after that.
“The statute doesn’t specify how to transport the cannabis,” says Timothy Fox with the Oregon State Police.
One good rule of the road-and life really-is to ask yourself, “How would this behavior look from the perspective of a judge or a jury?” Act accordingly.
Vermont Cannabis Transportation Laws
Under Act 86 passed in 2018, a person operating a vehicle on a public highway may not possess any cannabis in the passenger area of the vehicle, defined as any area readily accessible to the operator or passengers while in their seating positions, including the glove compartment. In a vehicle not equipped with a trunk, the area behind the last upright seat could suffice. Violators are fined $500-a steep price compared to the $25 penalty for an open container of alcohol. Vermont’s limits are also strict: up to one ounce of cannabis or five grams of concentrate is allowed.RELATED STORYHow to Stay Legal at the Border and Beyond
Washington Cannabis Transportation Laws
Washington is specific about its cannabis transport laws. Cannabis must be stored in the trunk of the vehicle, in some other area of the vehicle not normally occupied or directly accessible by the driver or passengers if the vehicle does not have a trunk, or in a package, container, or receptacle that has not been opened or the seal broken or contents partially removed. A center compartment or glove compartment is not good enough.RELATED STORYState-by-State Guide to Cannabis DUI Laws
Washington, DC Cannabis Transportation Laws
You can possess or transport cannabis weighing less than two ounces, but here’s a buzzkill: federal officers can arrest you under federal law at any time for any amount of cannabis. For example, the US Park Police can arrest a person for possessing cannabis in the trunk of their car while at any National Park Service land.
This article originally appeared on leafly.com
2,500-year-old tomb offers earliest evidence of humans using cannabis to get high
Cannabis has been cultivated as a crop for millennia, but there’s been little historical or archeological evidence showing when humans began to use the plant for what it’s best known for today: getting high. However, an excavation of a 2,500-year-old tomb in western China has revealed the earliest clear evidence of humans using cannabis for its psychoactive properties.Scientists from China and Germany analyzed wooden fragments and burnt stones from pots in the tombs, and the results showed an exact match to the chemical signature of cannabis — particularly that with a high amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most potent psychoactive agent in the plant. The authors of the study, which was published Wednesday in journal Science Advances, suggested that cannabis was probably used during burial ceremonies, perhaps as a way to communicate with the divine or the dead.
However, it was unlikely that cannabis was smoked in the same way it is today. More likely, it would have been burnt like incense in an enclosed space to release vapors. Nicole Boivin, director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and an author of the report, said the cannabis was burned on hot stones inside wooden braziers, containers for hot coals. “This is the only way that cannabis could have been smoked prior to the arrival of pipe technology, which is not until much later, it seems,” she said.The 10 braziers were found in the Jirzankal cemetery in the Pamir Mountains near the Chinese border with Pakistan.
It had long been a mystery when and where varieties of cannabis plants with higher levels of psychoactive compounds were recognized and used by humans, according to the study.Cannabis plants were cultivated in East Asia for their oily seeds and fiber from at least 4000 BC. However, the early varieties of cannabis, as well as most wild populations, had low levels of THC and other compounds with psychoactive properties, the authors said.
Many historians had placed the origins of cannabis smoking on the ancient Central Asian steppes, but these arguments relied solely on a passage from a single text from the late first millennium BC, written by the Greek historian Herodotus. The authors said this study offers the first concrete evidence for cannabis smoking in this area, although it is still unclear whether the people buried at Jirzankal cemetery actively cultivated cannabis or simply sought out higher THC-producing plants.”Finding evidence for ancient drug use is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, because this kind of evidence is rare due to there being few opportunities for long-term preservation of the remains of activities involving drug use, which is very ephemeral, and doesn’t necessarily leave a lot in the way of physical evidence,” Boivun said.
The authors said that cannabis plants produce greater quantities of active compounds when they grow at higher elevations, and this may be why more potent plants had been discovered — and a new use initiated — by people living in high mountainous regions like the Pamirs.
Although the region is remote today, it may once have sat on the Silk Road, a key trade route. “Our study implies that knowledge of cannabis smoking and specific high-chemical-producing varieties of the cannabis plant were among the cultural traditions that spread along these exchange routes,” Robert Spengler, the lead archaeobotanist for the study who is also at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, said in a statement.”Modern perspectives on cannabis vary tremendously cross-culturally, but it is clear that the plant has a long history of human use, medicinally, ritually, and recreationally, over countless millennia,” Spengler added.
This article originally appeared on cnn.com.
The No. 1 reason adults are interested in legalized cannabis (it’s not to get high)
One in three (34%) U.S. adults aged 21 and up is interested in using legalized cannabis, but most aren’t looking to just get high, a recent survey by market-research firm Nielsen suggests.
In fact, those who said they’d consume the drug if it were legalized were most likely to cite pain treatment and other wellness-related reasons. Top reasons cited for potential cannabis consumption included treatment of chronic pain (85%), mental-health improvement (82%), treatment of minor injuries (81%), sleep aid (77%) and relaxation (74%).
Additional sources of interest in consuming cannabis included treatment of a non-pain medical condition (63%), disease or ailment prevention (60%), improvement of physical health (58%) and having a good time with friends and family (48%). Enhancement of spirituality rounded out the bottom of the list, at 28%.
What’s more, around four in 10 people who have headache or migraine pain (40%), people who have arthritic pain (40%) and people who have back and neck pain (41%) expressed an interest in cannabis consumption.
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A majority of folks who would use cannabis and have an ailment said they already used an over-the-counter or prescription medication to treat it. Such ailments include headaches and migraines, back and neck pain, arthritis pain, “feminine pain,” general aches and pains, trouble falling asleep and cancer pain.
As for why cannabis-curious adults who use other medications would weigh the psychoactive drug to treat their symptoms, seven in 10 perceived it to be more effective than over-the-counter or prescription options, and 67% thought it was healthier. Sixty-nine percent, meanwhile, said cannabis seemed “more natural.”
There is evidence that cannabis and/or cannabinoids can help with conditions like pain, multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms and chemotherapy-related nausea, according to a 2017 research review by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Thirty-four U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal marijuana use, and 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use. Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey are also considering legalizing recreational use, though recent efforts appear to have stalled.
This widespread marijuana legalization tracks with Americans’ steadily rising support over the past several decades: 62% think marijuana use should be made legal, according to a 2018 Pew Research survey, up from 31% in 2000 and just 16% in 1990. Some 65% of Americans now consider smoking marijuana to be morally acceptable, recent Gallup polling has found.
Meanwhile, the legal cannabis market continues to grow at a rapid pace. It was worth about $8.3 billion in 2017 and will reach nearly $25 billion by 2025, according to 2018 estimates by the cannabis-industry data and analytics firm New Frontier Data.
This article originally appeared on MarketWatch.
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Insight Into the Proteins in the Brain That Detect Cannabis
Researchers at the University of Bristol have made new progress in understanding how cannabinoid receptors (CB1Rs), the proteins that detect the active components of marijuana, are controlled in the brain.
The brain contains about 100 billion nerve cells that are constantly communicating with one another at specialized junctions called synapses. Nerve cells possess extensions called axons, which send signals to synapses, and dendrites, which receive information from synapses.
At the synapse, the electrical ‘firing’ of a nerve cell causes the release of chemicals called neurotransmitters from the presynaptic terminals of its axon. These neurotransmitters cross the synapse and pass on the signal by binding to receptors at postsynaptic sites on the dendrites of the next nerve cell.
CB1Rs help control information flow in the brain by binding molecules made in the brain called endocannabinoids, which influence brain functions such as pain, appetite, mood, and memory. Unusually, endocannabinoid signaling goes in the reverse direction compared to most other neurotransmitters. The ‘receiving’ CB1Rs are located at presynaptic sites on axons, whereas the release sites are at postsynaptic sites on dendrites.
This reverse or ‘retrograde’ signaling that activates presynaptic CB1Rs ‘dampen down’ presynaptic release of other neurotransmitters resulting in a slowing of brain activity. Moreover, the active components of cannabis bind to CB1Rs in a similar manner to endocannabinoids, resulting in the ‘mellow’ sensation caused by the recreational use of cannabis.
For CB1Rs to regulate brain function properly, it is essential that they are sent to the right place on the surface of the axon. However, very little is known about exactly how this occurs. The research published today [Tuesday 30 April] in eLife investigated how this process happens.
The Bristol group showed that a specific part of the CB1R protein plays a key role in getting CB1R into axons. The research team tracked newly made CB1Rs in nerve cells grown in a dish and found that a short region of CB1R is crucial for sending CB1R to the axon and preventing it from going to the dendrites. They also discovered that this region stabilizes CB1R at the surface of the axon, making it more available to receive signals from endocannabinoids.
Jeremy Henley, Professor of Molecular Neuroscience in Bristol’s School of Biochemistry, said: “In recent years there has been tremendous interest in — and controversy about — activation of CB1R by medical marijuana. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the activation of CB1Rs could be therapeutically useful for a wide range of diseases such as chronic pain, epilepsy, or multiple sclerosis. Understanding the fundamental properties of CB1R is an important basis for future studies exploring the efficacy and optimization of these targeted approaches.”
It is hoped that this increased understanding of how CB1Rs behave in nerve cells will pave the way for future studies aimed at examining the possible medical uses of marijuana, or other drugs that target CB1Rs, in treating a wide range of disorders.
This article originally appeared on ScienceDaily.
- Alexandra Fletcher-Jones, Keri L Hildick, Ashley J Evans, Yasuko Nakamura, Kevin A Wilkinson, Jeremy M Henley. The C-terminal helix 9 motif in rat cannabinoid receptor type 1 regulates axonal trafficking and surface expression. eLife, 2019; 8 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.44252
Terpenes in Cannabis
The unique odor and flavor profile of a cannabis plant can be attributed to specific chemical compounds called terpenes. Like THC and other sought-after cannabinoids, the majority of the terpenes are found in a cannabis plant’s trichomes (the mushroom-like structures that cover the leaves and flowers of a female cannabis plant). In nature, all species of plants create terpenes. Plants create terpenes to attract pollinators, to repel hungry animals or pest insects, and/or to attract beneficial insects or predatory animals for protection. In most plants, including cannabis, the concentration of terpenes increases as the plant matures. In other words, when the plant gets closer to its reproductive stage, more energy is used to attract pollinators or to protect itself. As a cannabis plant reaches the end of its flowering stage, the terpenes are at their maximum content.
Terpenes Found in Cannabis
In most cases, it is not a single terpene, but a combination of multiple terpenes that contribute to a cannabis flower’s unique odors and flavors. Each terpene lends different characteristics to the cannabis plant’s overall flavors and odors. The following are just a few of the sought-after terpenes produced by cannabis plants.
Pinene is a terpene many are familiar with because it is associated with the fragrance of pine trees. The pine tree, or “piney”, smell found in some cannabis varieties is attributed to pinene. It is also believed that the terpene pinene is responsible for the “skunk” smell found in certain cannabis plants.
Limonene is another fairly recognizable terpene. This citrusy terpene is also found in the rind of citrus fruits. A strong citrus smell in cannabis flowers is most likely created by the presence of limonene.
Terpineol is a terpene with a lilac, citrus, or apple blossom odor. Terpineol is found in low concentrations in the essential oils of many plants, including cannabis.
Pulegone is a terpene with a minty odor and flavor. It is usually found in very small quantities in cannabis plants.
B-Caryophyllene is the terpene normally associated with a peppery odor. A cannabis strain with a spicy or woody-spice odor is most likely exhibiting its B-Caryophyllene content.
Myrcene is the most prominent terpene found in most marijuana varieties. Odors associated with myrcene are citrus, nutty, earthy, and clove. The specific odors will vary due to slight changes in the overall make up of the essential oils.
The fact that terpene production can be altered by atmospheric conditions and particular products and/or techniques further illustrates how every cannabis garden will produce a slightly different result. Even when two cannabis horticulturists grow the exact same strain, there are usually slight differences between the finished products. These subtle differences can be attributed to each crop’s unique terpene profile. As more knowledge is gained regarding the medicinal properties of terpenes and techniques for increased production are fine-tuned, the medicinal and recreational potential of cannabis will only continue to expand.
How using marijuana could benefit your relationship
So much for the lazy, snacking stoner stereotype.
New research reveals that cannabis use between couples increases might benefit their relationship, in the bedroom and beyond.
“We found robust support for these positive effects within two hours of when couples use marijuana together or in the presence of their partner,” says Maria Testa, a social psychologist at the University of Buffalo and the study’s lead author. “The findings were the same for both the male and female partners.”
What they call “intimacy events” include demonstrations of love, caring and support.
For the study, Testa and her colleagues found 183 married or cohabitating heterosexual couples that had been living together more than six months, with at least one partner who uses cannabis a minimum of twice a week. Participants were between 18 and 30-years-old, and had no history of mental illness or addiction.
During a month-long period, each partner independently reported instances of cannabis use and intimacy events in real time via their smartphones. Researchers limited events attributable to the drugs to a two hour window after the fact, according to previous studies showing that cannabis’ effects diminish after about two or three hours.
A separate paper by Testa using the same sample group also showed a slight increase in conflict following cannabis use, but those effects were marginal compared to the positive events. She hopes results of both reports will help inform medical practitioners with patients who use the drug habitually.
“If you’re a treatment provider it’s going to be difficult to get people to reduce or stop their use entirely because these couples see marijuana as something positive in their relationship,” says Testa. “To ignore that is to make it more difficult for people to change their behavior.”
Testa has extensively studied how alcohol effects romantic relationships, and later expanded her research into cannabis, which has not yet been investigated through this lens. The current study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and appears in the journal Cannabis.
“I’ve studied alcohol as a predictor of intimate partner aggression for years,” she says. “Because alcohol is related to aggression in general, it’s not surprising to find that aggressive effect in the domain of relationships.”
She thinks there are too many presumptions made about how pot affects relationships.
“We need to know about the effects of marijuana use, instead of merely assuming what those effects may be,” says Testa, also adding, “There is very little research on the immediate consequences of marijuana use and intimacy, so this study fills an important gap in the literature.”
This article originally appeared on nypost.com.
EDM Lovers Can Smoke Pot at an Upcoming Kitchener Music Festival
If you’re attending the Ever After Music Festival in Ontario this year, don’t waste any brain power devising crafty ways to smuggle in weed. On Sunday (May 5), organizers of the annual three-day EDM concert announced attendees will be allowed to bring herb into the event—and consume it.
Ticket holders will still get frisked at the gate, but single-day attendees will be allowed to tote up to 10 grams of dried flower, and campers are permitted up to 28 grams to be kept their designated sites. The only catch is the cannabis needs to be pre-rolled. Organizers emphasized a no-tolerance policy for bongs, pipes, or other consumption accessories.
Gabriel Mattacchione, president of the Ever After production company, Beyond Oz, told CTV News the event is treating weed like cigarettes in that there will be a designated smoking zone. The festival’s sesh spot will be tobacco- and alcohol-free and the sale of cannabis product is not permitted.
The website also states: “The use or possession of any illegal drugs will not be tolerated anywhere inside or outside the venue. Narcotics officers will be working both areas and enforcing all drug-related laws…If you are found intoxicated at entry, security will not allow you to enter the venue.”
Ever After is being held in at Kitchener at the Bingemans grounds from June 7 to 9.
In March, organizers of the Toronto Craft Beer Festival announced a similar concept also slated for June. The three-day event is set to feature a “potio”—a designated cannabis consumption zone separate from the suds guzzling and dart hacking zones.
Whereas the concert is a private event, the beer festival will make history as the first provincially-backed and age-gated consumption lounge open to the Canadian public.
“We want to offer people a place to come down from the beer. You don’t have to consume cannabis to experience our creative, chill, and vibrant potio,” says Roach in a release.
Organizers bill the alcohol- and tobacco-free patio as “a comfortable break from the beer and noise during the festival”. To reduce the risk of cross-fading—a term used to describe nausea, dizziness, and disorientation that can result from consuming excessive amounts of both alcohol and cannabis—Roach and her team will be on deck to answer questions and guide the experience.
Both federal and provincial governments have yet to announce plans to license permanent consumption lounges. These types of facilities are illegal under Health Canada’s new framework. Currently, the areas in which Canadians can consume are strictly regulated.
This article originally appeared on straightcannabis.ca.
Exclusive: Facebook will not allow marijuana sales on its platform
Social network’s internal policy team elects to keep global ban on promoting pot sales or selling marijuana outright, after months of debate
MENLO PARK, Calif. — After roughly three months of internal and external deliberations, Facebook Inc. decided Tuesday to continue attempting to block the sale of marijuana on its platform.
At its weekly product policy meeting, executives and staff in Ireland, Washington D.C., Kenya, Los Angeles and Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park — roughly 60 people total — ran through the relative merits and concerns with allowing content touting cannabis sales and selling weed directly, with a MarketWatch reporter in attendance. Ultimately, they determined that Facebook would not alter its policies, but staffers plan to make several changes to the way it handles the platform’s current marijuana content rules.
Facebook FB, -1.17% currently bans any mentions or displays of pot that attempt to sell, trade or barter the drug, which is legal for recreational use Canada and some states, though it is prohibited by the U.S. federal government.
But the current Facebook policy allows for content pushing products derived from cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis plants. Also acceptable are posts, pages and non-advertising content touting the sale of cannabis seeds and items such as bongs, rolling papers, vaporizers and accessories that are often found at legal smoke shops.
Staffers presented material that specifically applies to what Facebook broadly calls community content. It has separate advertising rules for tobacco, drugs and other regulated products such as guns and CBD. Accessory ad rules are tighter too.
Maintaining the company’s ban on cannabis content and sales could be a hindrance for cannabis companies trying to build a brand and relationships with customers, several people in the cannabis industry told MarketWatch late Tuesday.
“What is the dream that has been killed?” Rebecca Brown, founder of Crowns Agency, which specializes in cannabis marketing and brand consulting, said over the phone Tuesday. “Everyone needs to build a brand, and not just micro brands, but household, name brands. Facebook has reached and scale that competes with traditional broadcast. The bitter pill of this decision was that Facebook could have become an opportunity that could have solved very significant impediments to [cannabis companies] becoming a Coke, a Starbucks, a Walmart,” Brown said.
Facebook studied three potential changes to its cannabis sales policy, according to presentation slides. One would have allowed users to sell pot directly to one another and buy from recreational and medical pot shops in legal jurisdictions. A second option looked at only buying from brick-and-mortar shops where pot is legal, and a third narrowed sales further still to only those stores involved with medical cannabis.
Overall, Facebook executives and staff determined that because cannabis laws around the world vary widely and are unstable, it would be impossible to roll out a feasible, global policy on pot sales. The company also said that, partially because of regulatory uncertainty, it would be “operationally difficult” to implement policies — for example, determining who is a legitimate operator and who is not, across hundreds of jurisdictions.
In the presentation, Facebook said it was going to spend more time training content moderators about its cannabis-related policies and talking with pot businesses about what’s allowed. As with all of its community policies, Facebook reviews them frequently.
While Canada has set national guidelines for the production and sale of pot, the same is not true in the U.S., where the drug remains federally illegal.
In the U.S., rules for pot sales differ among states that have legal recreational-cannabis sales, such as Colorado, Washington and California. Even within California, there are dozens of rules set by municipalities that bolt on additional requirements — such as licensing storefronts — that have created a motley collection of inconsistent rules.
“For companies that are focused on creating a brand like we are, that is only accessible to those over the age of 18, Facebook is one of the best ways in the world to only target the audience we want to speak to,” Jake Heimark, chief executive of edibles-maker Plus Products Inc. PLPRF, -1.65% said over the phone.
“It’s a real loss for the whole industry,” he said. “That’s the worst thing about this — Facebook could be a partner. But it’s a global company and they’re put in a difficult spot.”
Even in Canada there is some variation between provinces, among them the minimum age for purchasing pot. And even if Facebook were to relax its policies on selling pot on its platform, marketing cannabis products — including on Facebook — would remain restricted and heavily regulated by Health Canada, the government agency responsible for public health.
“We’re dealing with a regulator that’s trying to fix that plane while they’re flying it,” Michael Elkin, vice president of partnerships and sales at High 12 Brands, said late Tuesday over the phone. “Health Canada has not come out with a specific regulation — we’re still waiting for proper direction. Nothing [would have] changed.”
The Telegraph reported in March that Facebook had undertaken a project to reconsider its content policies around cannabis sales.
This article originally appeared on MarketWatch
No Link Between Legal Weed & Traffic Deaths
The latest research finds that cannabis legalization is not linked to an increase in traffic deaths, challenging an entrenched assumption of prohibitionist propaganda.
Concerns about road safety are often cited as an argument against cannabis legalization. Now that seven years have passed since the historic votes by Colorado and Washington state to legalize, there is enough data for statistical analysis of whether these fears are warranted. Laws may not apply to all vehicles however, this could mean that trucking companies may not want to take this on and still have their drivers completely clean. Although, if this does want to be trialed they can see if their drivers are affected by having fleet management software installed by companies like Lytx and take note of the way drivers are on the road to see if this should be carried on.
A new study from Kansas State University crunches the data multiple ways.Â Marijuana Moment, which first reported on the study last week, prominently quotes the most salient line from its conclusions: “[L]egalizing marijuana is not found to be a statistically significant predictor of fatality rates. This finding means that the legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes is not associated with either a reduction or increase in fatalities per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled.”
An Inconvenient Truth – For Prohibitionists
Entitled “Marijuana Legalization and Road Safety: A Panel Study of US States,” the survey was written by Andrew R. Young, a graduate student in regional and community planning. It examines statistics from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the 23 years from 1994 through 2016.Â
Young firstÂ conducted a “regression analysis” – a statistical method that examines the relationship between two variables. This revealed no correlation between state legalization policies – whether of medical or “recreational” cannabis – and either an increase or decrease in traffic fatalities.
Young then a used a “difference-in-difference” model to compare traffic fatality rates in legal cannabis states and “control” states. This is a method that compares data from “treatment” and “control” groups to estimate a causal effect. Again, no concrete trend emerged from the analysis. For instance, in Arizona, where medical marijuana has been legalized, average traffic fatalities mirrored those of Wyoming and South Dakota, where cannabis remained prohibited.Â
Traffic fatalities dropped in Washington, D.C. following the City Council’s 2010 approval of medical marijuana, and were lower than in Utah or Virginia, which prohibited all cannabis use. (UtahÂ approved a medical marijuana lawÂ last November, but that was after the period covered by the study. VirginiaÂ became a “CBD-only” stateÂ in 2015.)
Young concluded: “According to the models, the recent upward trend of traffic fatality rates nationwide is not a result of medical marijuana legalization. In fact, the legalization of marijuana is not found to be a predictor of traffic fatalities.”
Addressing the prohibitionist exploitation of the issue, Young wrote: “These findings suggest that concerns of policy makers and the public that legalizing marijuana will worsen road safety are not entirely founded.”
Correlation Versus Causation
As we’veÂ noted before, the entire question of “marijuana-impaired driving” tends to be misunderstood.Â For example, it is true that Colorado has seen an increase in overall road fatalities since legalization in 2012, as well as an increase in cannabis-related driving offenses. But the increase in road fatalities is consistent with the trend across the U.S. – and is likely related to more motorists on the highways due to low oil prices. It was fortuitous for the prohibitionists that the world oil slump began in 2014 – just in time to provide negative spin for cannabis legalization.Â
In 2009, when the oil price spike set off by the Iraq War was at its peak, highway fatalities coast to coast dropped to 1960s levels, as theÂ Associated PressÂ noted at the time.
All this goes to show once again that, as the old adage states,Â correlation does not imply causation. Young’s study demonstrates that evidence of a causal link between cannabis legalization and traffic fatalities just isn’t there.
TELL US, what other myths about cannabis would you like to see studied?
This videoÂ originally appearedÂ on CannabisNow
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Your Weed Buying Habits Can Make the Cannabis Industry More Ethical and Fair
To understand why buying weed is different from buying artisanal kale, you need to understand weed’s history in America. For decades, the media, politicians, and our schools have spread misinformation about what cannabis is and what it does, including that weed is a gateway drug (it’s not), that if you smoke weed you’ll go to jail (those chances are pretty low if you’re white), and that marijuana causes instant addiction (the research shows that, while cannabis can be addictive, tobacco and alcohol are more deadly and addictive, relatively speaking).
Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of Pot in Pans: A History of Eating Cannabis, explains how this misinformation started. In the 1930s, when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now the DEA) rebranded cannabis as “marijuana, a frightening ‘new’ drug used primarily by Mexicans and African Americans that could turn upstanding, middle-class (white) kids into helpless victims and raging monsters.” Anslinger’s racist campaign picked up steam with Richard Nixon, who classified cannabis as a Schedule One drug despite the fact that humans have used cannabis medicinally for millennia. In a 1994 Harper’s magazine interview, former domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman said, “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
Today, nearly 80 percent of people in federal prison and almost 60 percent of people in state prison for drug offenses are black or Latino. And according to the ACLU, black people in America are still four times as likely as a white person to be arrested for cannabis possession despite consistent usage rates. Even in states like Colorado, where weed is now legal for adult use, many people are still serving out sentences.
So weed is more than a trendy lifestyle ingredient that happens to be great for anxiety, skincare, and pain relief; it’s long been a pawn for racism and oppression. The profits and tax revenue from cannabis have enormous potential to repair the wrongs by terrible leaders and racist policies, but we have to make sure that money actually goes to the right people and places. Collected from activists, dispensary owners, and black and brown people in the cannabis space, here’s how to buy ethical weed.
Support organizations that are doing the work
Organizations like National Bail Out, Women’s Prison Association, Black Youth 100, Cannaclusive, Cage Free Cannabis, Drug Policy Alliance, Equity First Alliance, 420 Queer, and many more are doing the work to rebuild communities and ensure that incarceration stops. This work includes creating and funding prisoner reentry programs, paying bail, or investing in communities that have been heavily affected by drug-related incarcerations. Arissa Hall, a director at National Bail Out, an organization dedicated to ending mass incarceration, recommends the organization’s Mother’s Day initiative called #FreeBlackMamas, which aims to help incarcerated black mothers get out of jail.
Support as many local and POC-owned businesses as possible
To give back to communities hurt by the war on drugs, buy from those communities. “People are still reworking and rebuilding their lives decades after incarceration, people are still in prison, people are still dealing with prohibition, and communities that have been hurt need to thrive with legalization of hemp and cannabis,” says Emily Ramos, founder of High Mi Madre. Almost Consulting keeps an ever-growing directory of POC lead businesses, and you should always ask your budtenders about the ethics and diversity of the brands you buy. If they don’t know, look for a new brand. Cannabis educator, legalization activist, and non-binary afrolatinx model Aaliyah Ei says that research should be part of your shopping experience. “Ask your budtenders about the ethics or diversity of brands you buy, and if they don’t know, Google it—and maybe find a new dispensary,” they say.
Shop at stores that are doing the work too
Hold the stores and dispensaries you patronize to the same standard. “Ask if the brand, dispensary, or store is providing funds and donating to charities. They should be addressing the issues, not just promoting how cool it is to purchase or experience a product,” says Jen Seo, co-manager of LAPCG, a community-driven dispensary in Los Angeles.
Vote with your ballot
While a lot of brands and people will tell you to vote with your dollar, at the end of the day, buying green won’t stop global warming, and neither will buying ethical weed. “I believe anyone who is making money from cannabis has an obligation to work toward making sure everyone, everywhere, has the same right, and no one is being persecuted or imprisoned over the very same plant,” says Lawrence. Whether it’s attending a lobbying day with organizations like Drug Policy Alliance (check their website to see how, where, and when you can take action) or contacting your senators and representatives, if you want to see restorative justice you’re going to have to use your voice.
This article originally appeared on Bonappetit.com.
You Can Legally Buy and Smoke Weed at Northern Nights Music Fest This Year
As Bob Dylan so poignantly proclaimed in 1964: “The times, they are a changin’.” This year, Northern Nights Music Fest at Cooks Valley Campground in California will make history as the first three-day festival, the first camping festival, and first California sanctioned event outside of the state fairgrounds to allow recreational cannabis dispensing and consumption on-site.
Located snug in California’s Emerald Triangle, considered the Napa Valley of cannabis, NNMF marks a new chapter in its history this year.
Cannabis use will be allowed in the Northern Nights Tree Lounge recreationally for anyone who’s 21+ and medically for anyone with a valid medical card. The lounge will have 8-10 cannabis vendors to purchase product from, including the farmers themselves, so festival guests can purchase directly from the source and spark up educational conversations.
“We are going to have a cannabis retail and consumption area that goes by the name of the Tree Lounge. It is 21 and over area and cannabis sales and consumption are restricted to that area,” says Northern Nights co-founder and compliance manager Peter Huson. “Essentially it is an onsite temporary dispensary. It has all the same rules you would have at a dispensary, it’s just inside a festival.”
Writes Billboard, “California law does not allow for the recreational consumption of alcohol and cannabis in the same area, so Northern Nights has taken advantage of the fact that it resides in two counties. Cannabis consumption will be allowed on the Humboldt County side of the event, while alcohol consumption will be allowed on the Mendocino side without cannabis.”
After you spark up, head to the exclusive stage in the Tree Lounge, or engage in CBD yoga. Other cannabis-infused activations will be sure to keep you stimulated and active at NNMF.
Tickets are on sale now here, VIP and camping upgrades are also available as extra perks.
This article originally appeared on YourEDM.com
The Evolution of Hip Hop & the 420 World
By Melissa Rondon
In Part 1 of a new series we sit down with OG rapper BiggA to take an intimate look at the coevolution of hip hop and cannabis culture, the early days of hip hop, and how cannabis has influenced creators and the community at large.
NUGL Magazine is kicking off a special series examining the relationship between hip hop and cannabis culture. Over the next few months, we’ll be talking to hip hop and rap legends about the evolution of the genre over the years, and how cannabis culture influenced that evolution.
We are lucky to have with us BiggA, our guide on this journey through music and cannabis history. Over the next three months, we’ll be bringing you with us as we explore the impact of cannabis on the evolution of hip hop through the eyes of some legendary musicians. Be sure to check back with us we as we travel to Compton, California to hear firsthand from some incredible members of the rap and hip hop communities.
First, we’ll be diving into the early years of hip hop, back when it was first coming up as a force within the music industry. We’ll take a look at its origins and infancy, the cannabis connection, and how it evolved into the music we hear today.
There are countless stories out there that have attempted to describe the evolution of hip hop over the years. We find that many of these perspectives become removed from their context, so we decided to take a different approach. We’re bringing you the diverse perspectives of the hip hop icons that defined a genre, in their words, to trace the connection between the music and the context that it was born of.
We decided the best way to start was to go directly to the source. So, we packed a carry-on and headed straight to the streets of Compton, California. For the uninitiated, Compton is the birthplace of West Coast Rap, NWA and the Eazy–E legacy.
We started by meeting up with BiggA, a Compton OG known to tell it how it is. He graciously agreed to be our host on this adventure and help guide us, and our readers, on this journey through the history of hip hop.
We asked BiggA to take us back to the 1980’s and give us an idea of what hip hop and the 420 scene looked like then. He began by making an important distinction: East Coast hip hop and West Coast rap were very, very different entities back then.
“At that time, Afrikabambatta and that house stuff from the East Coast is what we called ‘hip hop,’” he says. “Our type of music on the West Coast was considered Gangsta Rap. We was dark, we were real. We weren’t all hoppy. It was reality, ‘bang bang, shoot ‘em up,’ youknowwhatimean?”
Then, he shifts his focus to the relationship he and other creators had with cannabis. “As OGs, we looked down on any thing that was other than smoking that Chronic. That is were your creativity came from. It was flowing.”
He paints a picture of the drug scene during that era: “During that time in Compton, heavy drug use was rampant. What we saw growing up was drugs like PCP, angel dust, sherm sticks, and crack cocaine were everywhere. As far as weed went, we were smoking that brick weed. The dry, red hair kind, full of seeds. It wasn’t until years later that we saw weed like Acapulco Gold, Maui Wowie, and Colombian Red ‘Fire’”
This new herb was a game-changer, according to BiggA.
BiggA. “As things progressed, we wanted to find more of the bionic, … that’s we called it. Others called it sinsemilla, but we called it bionic … We didn’t want anything to do with any product that had seeds,” he says with a laugh before continuing,“ You know, you needed a little money to get that high quality sinsemilla.”
Then, he explains how Dr. Dre coined the phrase, “the chronic,” essentially evolving from the bionic to the chronic. “We were done with crack,” says BiggA. “We were done with angel dust, we was done with smoking that embalming fluid. We were out of the dark ages and we had become … stoners.” Chronic changed the hip hop scene from then on out. “It was cool to have that big bag of that chronic,” he says. “Matter of fact, catch you bringing something less than that to the studio, and you might get your ass kicked!”
Over time, chronic became a part of the reality that influenced the West Coast rap scene. “We were putting reality into our music,” says BiggA, “and once Dr. Dre and some of the others put the weed smoking in the music, it became cool to be a part of that.” This doesn’t really surprise BiggA, who points back to the historical connection of cannabis to music in general. “If you looked back to 60’s … with the hippies, it was cool to smoke — at least, until the acid trip thing hit them,” he says with a grin. “But it still goes back to a deep connection of music and smoking cannabis.”
BiggA makes a specific point about local cannabis at the time, saying, “One thing to know is, the West Coast was known for the quality of its weed. We would have people coming from the East Coast just to get that chronic.” He describes Compton in particular as a community that embraced marijuana in the wake of the destruction caused by the hard drugs of the 80s. Public consciousness shifted, and cannabis became the favored drug of choice, displacing hard drugs.
This late 90’s was a period of healing within the Compton community. “We were done with that hard stuff,” he says with a bit more gravity. “We were done with those chemical agents. If you were dealing with that stuff and came around us you were dealt with accordingly. If you was hangin with us you were drinkin’ gin and juice or Hennessey and smoking that chronic,” said BiggA. He also acknowledges that medical use of cannabis was growing back then. “Even back as early as the late 90’s people were using cannabis for medicinal purposes,” he says.
… next issue will talk to BiggA about the rap music industry and how cannabis has a very long and important connection to it.
Edible Safety and Mold Prevention
We are sharing this article from our friends at Edibles Magazine, a great piece on how to deal with mold and edible products. Credit to given to Rachel Zemser, thecannabisculinologist.com, and Edibles Magazine
There are countless foods we buy that can last a very long time, like thermally processed canned foods, diet soda, those protein shakes that they sell in the shelf stable cardboard boxes, and dry packaged items like spaghetti and rice. Those are the long lasting items—but there are many food items that don’t last a long time like fresh baked goods, meat, vegetables and fruit. These items can spoil fairly quickly when they are exposed to air, moisture, heat, and other microorganism friendly weather conditions.
Most microorganisms that cause spoilage in food are classified as bacteria, yeast or mold. Bacteria are tiny single-celled organisms that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Bacterial growth cannot normally be seen, but the resulting damage that occurs when spoilage bacteria grow in food (bad odors and flavors, physical changes, etc.) is how we are able to detect that spoilage has occurred. Yeast and mold are both members of the fungi family, and are the cause of more visible spoilage in foods. Spoilage caused by yeast and mold can be seen easily as it grows and spreads on the surface of a food product. Mold is often seen as a fuzzy colored mass, while yeast will display itself as a white to pink/red circle on the spoiled food.
But how do these microorganisms get into your food in the first place? The microorganisms that are capable of spoiling food are ubiquitous in nature. They grow in the soil, land and air and also live on the skins of fruits, vegetables, animals and humans. They live inside the intestinal tracts of animals and can grow on improperly sanitized kitchen equipment with leftover residual food from the last production run. They can be transported directly to food via unwashed hands and dirty utensils. Spoilage organisms seek out opportunities to invade the flesh of any plant or animal tissue that can provide the specific nutrients and growth conditions that they need to survive. People who prepare food for consumption need to make sure they minimize the environmental conditions that promote microorganism growth. Generally speaking, products that have lots of moisture like meat, fruit and juices should be kept refrigerated. This will dramatically slow down microorganism growth. Products that are typically dry in nature like granola bars, cookies and candy should be packaged well to keep the outside moisture out. If moisture gets into a dry food product, that food will now be moist and support bacteria growth.
The cannabis edibles industry is typically known for infusing baked goods and candy for sale at dispensaries and cannabis shows. These food items are easy to make and infuse and typically can last quite a while before going bad. However, as entrepreneurs become more creative with their food ideas, they experience more rapid spoilage. Here are a few tips to slow down mold growth in your food products:
Be as sanitary as possible during the entire production process: Wash up, wear gloves when handling post cooked cooled foods and sanitize all your cooking equipment before and after using. This will reduce the amount of bacteria, yeasts and mold.
Bake the brownies/cookies till they are very very dry: Moist baked goods are delicious if you plan to eat them within 24 hours. However, a moist brownie that sits on the shelf for a few weeks, has water in it that can support the growth of microorganisms. The more water you take away, the harder it is for them to grow.
If you must keep the brownie moist, add preservatives: Preservatives come in many forms such as potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate and cultured dextrose. They are an additional layer of defense that will slow down yeast and mold even in a moist environment.
Gummy bears should be kept dry too: Those gummy bears you buy at the store went through a 2-day severe drying process in special dehumidified rooms with dehydrators. This is why store bought gummies don’t get moldy. Most entrepreneurs and small batch manufacturers don’t have that type of drying equipment, so the final gelatin treat retains moisture and can become moldy. If you can’t sufficiently dry out the gummies you should keep them refrigerated. Adding extra sugar helps too, it binds up the water making it unavailable for microorganism growth.
Big food companies spent years trying to extend the shelf life of their food products. Their food scientists scrutinize over detail of the product like precise sugar percentages, product pH, moisture levels, water activity and soluble solids. They try to adjust those product details to ensure they do not support bacteria growth. This type of research takes time and you too will have to adjust your recipe frequently. By utilizing math, technical measuring tools and the scientific method you will be able to isolate and fix your mold issues.
Rachel Zemser, thecannabisculinologist.com
Find the original source here… http://ediblesmagazine.com/edibles/edibles-safety-and-preventing-mold/
Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy MJ Cream Sauce
Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy MJ Cream Sauce
Try a new dish this Thanksgiving!
1 lbs Italian sausage removed from casings
1 Onion, medium
½ tsp Basil, dried
3 cloves Garlic
1 can Tomatoes sauce
1 tbsp Tomato paste
2 TBL Olive Oil
12oz Rigatoni pasta
½ cup Heavy cream
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
¼ tbsp Salt
¼ tbsp Pepper
Heat olive oil in a large pan and cook onion until it starts to soften. Add sausage, and break it into pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks. When sausage is no longer pink, add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Drain off any excess fat. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and place drained pasta in a large bowl. Add cream and simmer another 5 minutes, Turn heat to low and stir in Parmesan cheese. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat.
Bruschetta with Blazin’ Balsamic Glaze
Bruschetta with Blazin’ Balsamic Glaze
This month we’re celebrating Health & Wellness! Our recipes this issue were done by Chef Nuha, our Edibles Magazine™ Chef Correspondent. We bring you some easy, at home recipes that allow you to infuse your daily life with cannabis. Dosing is person to person and everyone reacts differently, and each product or infusion will be dosed differently. For more recipes or how to make canna butter or canna oil, visit EdiblesMagazine.com or download the App.
5 Basil fresh leaves
2 Garlic Cloves
½ tsp Garlic Powder
¼ Red onion
1 cup Tomatoes, pitted and diced
½ cup Balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp Cannabis Infused Olive Oil
¼ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Pepper
½ Loaf French banquette
(Gluten-Free Mod: use sourdough bread)
Mix all ingredients aside from the bread into a bowl and let sit in refrigerator for 30 min. In the meantime, slice bread (use sourdough baguette for a Gluten-Free modification) in half add a sprinkle of salt and drizzle Cannabis Infused Olive Oil and place in oven at 400 degrees for ten minutes or till a golden brown. Pour mix over toasted banquette, drizzle balsamic glaze and serve.
By: Edibles Lift Team
Original article found at http://ediblesmagazine.com/edibles/bruschetta-with-blazin-balsamic-glaze/
Cannabis Infused Gluten-Free Popcorn Balls
Canna Infused Gluten-Free Popcorn Balls
Looking to add something sweet to your Thanksgiving meal?
Ingredients: 1 gallon plus 1 quart (20 cups) plain popped popcorn 1 ¼ cups of peanut butter chips 1 ¾ cups of milk chocolate chips (Option: substitute with vegan dark chocolate) 1 stick unsalted Canna butter 2½ cups confectioners sugar ¾ Cup light corn syrup 1 Cup mini marshmallows Cooking spray
Instructions: In a large bowl combine 1¼ peanut and chocolate chips EACH and toss them in the popcorn In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt canna butter, sugar, corn syrup and marshmallows , stir constantly to keep from burning. When sugar mixes boil, pour it over the popcorn mixture and stir evenly, then quickly form into balls. In two separate small sauce pans melt the remaining ½ cup of peanut and chocolate chips ( or microwave into two small separate bowls
By: Edibles Lift Team
Original article found at http://ediblesmagazine.com
THC vs CBD
CBD, also known as Cannabidiol is one of the chemical compounds that can be found in cannabis plants. The cannabis plant has 400 natural compounds, out of which 60 are unique. Cannabidiol is one of them. Despite the fact that it has numerous health benefits, many people still avoid it because they associate it with drugs.
Nonetheless, CBD is not considered a drug and once it is isolated it can be used for medicinal purposes. It also does not have the psychoactive effects of the THC chemical. This means that there are no negative side effects, and CBD is safe for everyone.
THC versus CBD
It is very important to understand that THC is the chemical compound of cannabis which is responsible for you “getting high”. This chemical has psychoactive effects, and it can either lead to a euphoric high or lead to negative side effects such as paranoia and anxiety. However, THC can help you with certain health problems such as chronic pain or skin conditions.
We should also add that THC can have some negative side effects, such as paranoia and anxiety and in some cases, it an even lead to depression. In addition to that, it can also cause short-term memory decrease and users might have time perception altered.
Meanwhile, CBD is another compound of the cannabis plants, but it can’t provide a high on its own. CBD oil can’t have more than .3% THC in it, which means that you are safe from all the negative side effects. Additionally, CBD has all the benefits of THC, which makes it the better alternative.
Where does CBD come from?
Since there is more than one plant in the cannabis family, there are multiple sources for CBD. However, the main ones remain marijuana and hemp. Despite the fact the CBD oil has the same properties, whether it is extracted from one plant or another, its legal status is different.
For example, if the source for CBD oil is marijuana, the substance might be illegal in some states. On the other hand, hemp leaves represent a CBD source that is usually accepted. Hemp has low THC (<0.3%) while marijuana has high THC (5% – 35%). You can find out more about this at cbdcentral.com.
CBD has multiple health benefits. For example, it can be used for chronic pain, especially since pain is usually caused by inflammation and CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. CBD can be used for seizure relief and it can also help with anxiety, nausea and appetite problems. According to recent study, this oil may help counter withdrawal symptoms, whether we are talking about drugs or cigarettes.
Rope, Not Dope: Hemp Harvest at Washington’s Mount Vernon
MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — Chopping cherry trees is not the only horticultural myth surrounding our most famous Founding Father — slacker culture has long reveled in the tenuous link between George Washington and marijuana.
Like many myths, though, Washington’s connections to cannabis are not invented out of whole cloth. Washington did indeed grow industrial hemp on his Mount Vernon estate, a variety of the cannabis plant but not one that contains enough THC, the psychotropic chemical in marijuana, to cause any mind-bending effects.
Indeed, the idea of smoking marijuana to get high would have been foreign to people in Washington’s time. Recreational use of marijuana in the U.S. doesn’t begin until the 19th century, by most accounts.
At Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, horticulturalists in May planted the first hemp crop in centuries on the estate grounds to highlight the Founding Father’s life as a farmer. Mount Vernon employees known as interpreters on Wednesday harvested the crop and processed it into fiber that could be used for making rope or cloth.
Dean Norton, Mount Vernon’s director of horticulture, said Washington references hemp more than 90 times in his journals and diaries, and gave consideration to it as a cash crop when the tobacco market plummeted in the 1760s. Ultimately, Washington turned to wheat, but continued to grow hemp for use on the estate.
As workers used a scythe to cut and harvest the small patch of hemp on the estate, a faint aroma similar to marijuana floated through the air. Interpreters then showed the process of drying the hemp and “putting it through the hackles” to comb it into fibers. At Mount Vernon, the hemp fibers could be used for netting on fishing boats in the Potomac or to weave clothing that might be worn by the slaves.
This year’s rainy weather posed problems for the inaugural crop, Norton said.
“As soon as we planted it, we had those monsoons come through and wash away a lot of the seed. We had to re-sow,” Norton said. “I learned more about hemp than I ever thought I would. It’s an amazing crop.”
Only recently has it been legal for Mount Vernon to plant a hemp crop. The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in 2015 and 2016 allowing limited hemp cultivation under a program administered through state universities. Federal and state laws still keep tight rules in place for registration and possession of seeds, along with other regulations.
Hemp advocates are pushing for further federal legislation to liberalize hemp production.
Brian Walden with the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition said he hopes the plant’s connection to Washington will help the public understand the wholesome nature of hemp.
“Hemp was the original fabric of our lives,” he said.