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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Weekly Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Former NBA Player Larry Hughes to Open Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in St. Louis

Larry Hughes, a St. Louis native is teaming up with fellow NBA player Al Harrington to bring two medical marijuana dispensaries and a cultivation and processing center to St. Louis.  The Viola Brands, named after Harrington’s grandmother who has found relief in cannabis for her medical conditions including glaucoma and diabetes will be called VMO and one of the two locations will be a drive-thru dispensary, although both will adhere to Covid social distancing guidelines when they open in April of 2021.  Larry Hughes has spent much of his free time off the court devoting himself to causes that better his local community and is especially concerned with those that have mental health issues, including PTSD, which cannabis has been shown to be especially helpful in treating. St. Louis Alderwoman Cara Spencer gave her congratulations to Hughes and Harrington on their important business partnership and stressed that these two dispensaries as well as the cultivation and processing center marked the first black-owned cannabis businesses in Missouri. In 2018 Missouri became the 33rd US state to legalize medical cannabis.  The legislation passed easily with 66% voting for the Amendment to 34% voting against.  You can read more here.

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

UK Doctors Need Cannabis Education

Despite the change in the status of cannabis in the UK in 2018 from a Schedule I drug, which means it is seen as having no medical value to a Schedule II drug, allowing for specialist doctors to prescribe cannabis to their patients, only two people have actually been prescribed cannabis since 2018.  The reasons for that are somewhat complex however one of the main reasons is the lack of education medical professionals in the UK have received regarding the benefits and methods of using cannabis to treat a vast number of medical conditions.  Despite the fact that over 80,000 doctors in the UK are allowed to prescribe cannabis, none are doing so in part due to lack of education and confidence in the efficacy of cannabis in the treatment of patients.  The lack of training is at least partly due to the policies of the National Health Service (NHS) which has made it clear they prefer to rely solely on studies conducted within the UK.  The problem is there are very few studies regarding cannabis taking place in the UK.  One promising study, Project Twenty21, plans to provide cannabis to approximately 20,000 patients by 2021 which will hopefully open the door for UK doctors to have access to additional information regarding the benefits of medical cannabis for their patients.  Check out more here.


Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Cannabis Officials from 19 US States to Work Together

This group of cannabis officials have decided to move forward with plans to create a 19 state non-partisan coalition to provide and share expertise when it comes to all things cannabis and hemp related.  The initial members include regulators from Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington State.  Norman Birenbaum, who is currently the director of Cannabis programs for New York state after serving as the top cannabis industry regulator in Rhode Island will be the first president of the newly formed association.  The group has quite a few goals including establishing best practice standards within the industry, creating more of an open exchange of information, including cannabis and hemp research, between states as well as with appropriate federal agencies. The group has made it clear they will not be taking an official position regarding the legalization of cannabis, rather they will facilitate communication and information exchange regarding all things cannabis.  Read more on this Topic here.

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Welcome Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota & Mississippi

States with Legal Weed

States with Legal Weed

We are thrilled to welcome you to the recreational cannabis club.  It’s not easy getting into this club, but you guys did it. A special welcome to Mississippi as well for getting medical cannabis legislation passed in your state.  You can all now proudly say your are now one of the growing number of states with legal weed. Depending on your state’s certification process and the timeline for passing cannabis decriminalization legislation, the road to the day when dispensaries open in each state differs considerable from the first of 2021 all the way until January of 2022.  It seems like a long time for some states, especially Montana but it will pass quicker than you think and before you know it dispensaries will be popping up in your city or town.  No doubt cultivation licenses as well dispensary licenses and permits have been applied for or soon will be in all four recreational states.  Once dispensaries start to open there will be a period of time when the industry in your area experiences some growing pains.  It’s normal and will settle down usually within six months but there are certain things you can expect to encounter.

Limitation on Cannabis

Each state has their own laws regarding how much cannabis an individual can purchase within a 24 hour period.  Your state’s laws may be slightly different but generally speaking you can purchase up to one ounce of flower, 7 grams of concentrates, 18 ounces of edibles or 72 ounces of liquids.  As many people purchase multiple types of cannabis in one dispensary trip, it is up to the dispensary to make sure you don’t exceed the legal limits.  So expect a little confusion about how this all works but remember you can’t go from one dispensary to another and buy up to the limit in one or more types of cannabis because when you show your ID to get in the door, your purchase will be tracked and most dispensaries require you to show your ID a second time as you are making your purchase.  So no gaming the system please.  Also prepare for there to be cannabis shortages and additional limits placed on the amount of cannabis you can buy in the first few weeks or months of dispensaries opening their doors.  This seems to happen in all states with legal weed so you would think the industry would be prepared for the demand, they never seem to be but fear not as this problem is always short-lived.

Give Your Budtenders a Break

The requirements for budtenders are different depending on the state but all budtenders are required to know or learn about not just the different strains of cannabis and various cannabis delivery methods but the entire cannabis industry as well as have good sales and people skills.  For cannabis consumers, a job as a budtender may seem like a dream come true but it’s not as easy as you might imagine to be a great budtender.  When dispensaries begin to open in the newly legal states, don’t expect your budtenders to know everything on day one.  It takes time, and even additional training for budtenders to grow into their roles and shine.  If you have specific knowledge about a product and feel like sharing it with your budtender, they usually appreciate this, especially when things are still so new.  Anecdotal information is normally welcome by most budtenders.  Above all, be nice and patient, they are new at their jobs and the learning curve can be steep.

Prepare to Wait

Once the dispensaries open, unless there has been some citywide coordination there will be one dispensary that opens first, and then week by week others will open.  Imagine being the only dispensary open in a city that has been waiting years, well decades really, for cannabis to become legally available.  To say it will be crowded is a vast understatement.  Expect long lines at those first few recreational marijuana dispensaries for a few weeks. Be super chill and patient because if the security personnel sense any trouble you will likely be asked to leave.  No weed for you which would be tragic after such a long wait. The other issue that will increase wait times is that dispensaries will be practicing social distancing so that will drastically limit the number of people allowed into a dispensary at a time.  Dispensaries don’t like to rush their customers so they allow plenty of time for questions and menu browsing, which adds additional wait time for others.  Of course it’s all worth it when it’s your turn and hopefully you made good use of the wait time by checking out the dispensary’s online menu so you have a general idea of what you want to buy or at least what questions to ask.  It’s all part of the dispensary experience in states with legal weed, coming to your state soon!

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Halloween: Stoner Style

Halloween While Stoned

Halloween While Stoned

Happy Halloween Stoners!  This year’s Halloween promises to be unique from all past Halloweens.  Little ghouls and goblins may not be knocking on your day this year as they have in years past.  If you are a parent, stealing your kid’s candy may not be as fruitful as before.  That does not mean you can’t do your best to make this Halloween a special one, stoner style. Whether you plan to stay at home and get baked solo or do a socially distant celebration, there is no reason why you can’t make this holiday something to remember, unless you get super high in which case, have someone take a video of you on Halloween while stoned!

Dress up as your Favorite Stoner

If you did not plan ahead and have your Cheech or Snoop costume ready to go, you can still find a way to dress up this Halloween.  If you have some paper, not papers they won’t work, lying around, make your own cannabis leaf with your head as that super dank bud.  Homemade costumes are the best and you can get creative with yours before you get too baked to put it together.  Not much around the house?  You can always throw on a bandana, braid your hair and go as the grandfather of cannabis, Willie Nelson.  Maybe revisit the quintessential stoner period, the summer of love and put on a tie dye shirt, hat or whatever you have lying around.  The point is not to win a best costume contest, just to have fun with it and find a new look to celebrate Halloween while stoned and in stoner style.

Halloween Dispensary Deals

If you have a favorite local marijuana dispensary and are a member of their loyalty program you should be getting emails or texts letting you know about Halloween cannabis specials.  It seems this year dispensaries are going all out in terms of price specials. For example Chalice Farms with several locations in the Portland Oregon area are offering all kinds of Halloween specials that appeal to stoners of any kind, with 30% off Top Shelf flower and 25% off of their specialty edibles, you really can’t go wrong no matter how you consume your cannabis.  If you don’t have a favorite dispensary, make a few calls or send some texts to ones in your area and see if they are offering special Halloween deals.  You might be pleasantly surprised at the responses you get as most dispensaries are trying to move products off their shelves to make way for newly harvested cannabis.

Settle in for a Cozy Spooky Night

If you want to take advantage of the whole cannabis Halloween vibe, consider checking out some spooky strains if they are available in your area.  Jack the Ripper, Phantom OG and Ghost Train Haze are all solid options.  Once you’ve got your cannabis and costume settled, plan the night’s entertainment so you can enjoy Halloween while stoned.  Carving mini pumpkins and seeing if it’s possible to use them as bongs?  Spoiler alert, it is possible but a little messy.  Planning a Zoom costume contest with stoner and non-stoner friends and family is always a good way to spend part of the evening. If you are a horror movie fan there are plenty of spine tingling choices out there but if consuming cannabis and scaring yourself is not for you, there is no reason you can’t go for another genre.  Remember this is promising to be a Halloween like no other so making your own traditions this year is part of the holiday fun.  Make sure you have plenty of candy, regular and cannabis edibles.  If this is your first time with edibles, go slow and unless you have a super high tolerance, less than 50 mg total should be plenty to ensure you stay stoned and happy this Halloween.

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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis Update October 25, 2020

Cannabis News Update October 25

Weekly Cannabis News Update October 25, 2020

Jay-Z is Putting the Finishing Touches on a Very Specialized Cannabis Line 

Jay-Z has been working with the California based cannabis company Caliva since last year as the brand’s chief brand strategist.  Jay-Z surely had a lot of useful insights to offer as he knows branding better than almost anyone.  In addition to that role, Jay-Z announced that he has been working hard on his own cannabis line called Monogram.  Jay-Z wants to make sure that each customer feels special and has gone to great lengths to make that happen.  Monogram wants to redefine what cannabis means to consumers and take it to a much more personalized level than ever before.  Each cannabis strain will be carefully selected and the cultivation process as well as the quality of the bud will be the best quality out there. According to the company’s website each individual cannabis plant will be given personalized attention.  Jay-Z’s announcement regarding Monogram was done in a big way with the launch of the website and Instagram account complete with a playlist on his streaming platform Tidal called Monogram: Sounds from the Grow Room featuring many artists including Bob Marley and Amy Winehouse.  Jay-Z also intends to use his considerable resources and celebrity to continue his work in social justice causes including working to ensure those who have been previously convicted of cannabis related crimes receive justice. More information can be found here.

Weekly Cannabis News Update October 25, 2020

Kansas City Area Dispensary Sold Out of Cannabis in Less than Two Days and Other Missouri Growing Pains   

The Fresh Green, a medical marijuana dispensary that opened in Lee’s Summit near Kansas City Missouri was completely sold out of cannabis in less than two days. The shop sold medical marijuana to approximately 500 patients before running out according to Bianca Sullivan who owns the cannabis dispensary with her husband.  She observed that the lines were consistent since before their doors opened for business and that the average wait time was between 90 minutes and two hours.  Ms. Sullivan also noticed something else that really surprised her, the average age of their customers was 51 years old with 18 patients being over the age of 70 and only 8 patients between 18 and 21 years old.  The dispensary is waiting for a fresh supply of cannabis from their grower in the St. Louis area within the next week so for now people in the Kansas City area will need to be patient.  Other issues that have come up as Missouri works to ensure that all medical marijuana patients have access to their medicine are high prices and some questionable product quality.  With so few dispensaries open and with a limited supply of cannabis on hand, prices are high, about $60 for an eighth of an ounce which is far higher than other states but that will change as more dispensaries open and more cannabis becomes available.  The other troubling issue came from a patient in the St. Louis area who complained they were sold moldy marijuana.  That complaint is being investigated and the findings will be announced as soon as possible.  Check out additional details here.

Weekly Cannabis News Update October 25, 2020

Cannabliss Employees Become First in Washington DC to Unionize 

Workers at Cannabliss voted unanimously to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW) Local 400.  This 5 year pact covers 13 employees in the only 100 % Black owned and operated dispensary in the DC area. The contract offers Cannabliss employees higher pay, paid time off, paid holidays, a retirement plan, additional accredited training and health care insurance.  Additionally the contract offers time off to vote, pay increases every six months as well as annual cost of living increases and protection from unjust discipline or termination.  A step in the right direction for cannabis industry workers and according to UFCW, just the beginning of a trend in the industry.  UFCW currently represents over 10, 000 cannabis industry employees nationwide and that number is growing every day.  As the cannabis industry is relatively new and expanding quickly it is important to set high standards for compensation and comprehensive benefits.  Read more here.

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Cannabis Quarantine Prep

cannabis use during quarantine

As winter closes in on us, and warnings of Covid surges in nearly every state in the US and quite a few other countries as well, it may be time to think about preparing for a stricter quarantine.  For many people that simply means making sure your household is stocked up in the kitchen and bathroom but for cannabis connoisseurs, a lengthy quarantine entails some additional preparation.  Unlike the spring quarantine, this one is going to be tougher for most folks because nearly everyone is suffering from lockdown fatigue and the weather in many places will not be as inviting for those short sanity walks that were so necessary in the spring. Here are some tips to be ready for cannabis use during quarantine.

Stock Up

While it may not be financially possible to stock up on cannabis to get yourself comfortably through the next few months, you can make sure you have as much weed as your budget allows.  There will be days when you will just consume more cannabis than others so keep that in mind as you plan a stock up trip to your favorite dispensary.  Diversify your purchases as well.  Even though you have your favorite strains and plan to stick mostly with those, consider adding a few new items to the list to keep your cannabis sessions exciting.  Pick up a few edibles as well because you never know what your mood will be from day to day.  Also it’s important to make sure you have plenty of rolling papers and cleaning supplies for your glass if you use a pipe, bong or dab ring.  Keep plenty of spare lighters in your stash box and if you are one of those unlucky cannabis consumers who tends to break things, no judgement but pick up a cheap pipe while you are out gathering supplies, just in case.

Cannabis Self-Care

If you are someone who uses cannabis to help ease anxiety, and who doesn’t, make sure you leave time in between work, family and other obligations for cannabis use during quarantine self-care.  What that is will differ drastically from person to person but for some people that means a good long bong session with your favorite music and for others it could mean an edible, a glass of wine and a long soak.  As long as it helps you to relax, your cannabis self-care can be pretty much anything.  Also don’t forget to tap into your creativity.  This can be a huge part of self-care for a lot of cannabis users.  If you get the feels from working on a new song or painting while stoned, make sure that is part of your routine.  When the weather allows try to take advantage and take your cannabis session outdoors.  That sunshine can be an instant mood booster, in addition to the cannabis.  This takes some willingness to be more flexible with your schedule.  If the sun is out and the temperature is decent, work can probably wait for two hours and that break in your routine will go a long way towards keeping you physically and mentally healthy during this quarantine.

Keep the Cannabis Flowing

If you were not able to fully stock up on cannabis, consider utilizing your local dispensary’s delivery service if they have one.  If they don’t, many cities have started services similar to DoorDash or UberEats but for weed, meaning they will pick up what you want from a local dispensary and delivery to your door for a minimal or sometimes no fee at all.  As many people make the decision to take social distancing much more seriously this winter, knowing what services will be available is just one less thing you need to stress over and having plenty of cannabis on hand is part of good planning. If you are planning to make a big purchase at a dispensary and they don’t advertise delivery, ask.  Often if it’s close to the end of the day and you don’t live too far away from the dispensary, they may just agree to swing by your place if you are a good customer.  Another option is to check with friends and neighbors and pool resources and requests together to save time and money.  For example, one person makes a trip to a dispensary and makes purchases for several neighbors.  Assuming you are not exceeding the cannabis limits, it’s a great way to limit trips out.  Plus we are all in this together so hopefully these tips help you be prepared for your cannabis use during quarantine.

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Welcome Back: Getting Back into Cannabis after a Break

Getting Back Into Cannabis

For some folks who have taken a tolerance break of a month or two, not much has changed.  For the former cannabis connoisseurs who are living in a state or country where cannabis has recently or soon will be legal, it may have been awhile and things have definitely changed in the world of weed.  Before you visit your local dispensary to stock up there are a few things to think about so you can make the transition back into the cannabis lifestyle smoothly, whether you plan to be an everyday user or an occasional one or even a “keeping all options open” type of cannabis user. Here are some useful tips for getting back into cannabis.

Check out your local laws

Take the time to review the cannabis limit laws in your state.  Each state has slightly different laws regarding how much and the type of cannabis products you can purchase each day or sometimes with a two week time period.  While it’s unlikely you are going to exceed those limits on your first trip out to a dispensary as the budtenders will make sure you don’t, if you are like so many people and want to check out a few dispensaries, each time you show your ID, your purchases will be tracked by the state agency responsible for cannabis legalization and regulation.  Sounds creepy but unless you are planning on really buying in bulk, it should not be an issue.  Also keep in mind that the cannabis limits will be different depending on if you are a medical marijuana patient or a recreational user, with medical patients having higher limits. This will be helpful either way for getting back into cannabis.

Choosing the Right Cannabis for Your Triumphant Return

Naturally a good budtender can make recommendations but having some idea of what you are looking for before you head to a marijuana dispensary can really help.  Think about how you plan to consume your cannabis.  Certainly don’t feel limited to one way, maybe edibles and flower to start or a few joints and a cart to try vaping.  Nothing is more frustrating for a budtender than a customer who says they want to get some “good weed”.  That used to be the only goal back in the day but a lot more options exist and they are all pretty good!  If you are a medical marijuana patient, make sure to let the budtender know right away and talk about which symptoms you want to treat with cannabis and if you have any prior cannabis experiences, good or bad, let them know that as well so they can point you towards the right strains.  For recreational users, tell the budtender you have not used cannabis in a while and also let them know about any negatives you are looking to avoid.  The more information you can give to the budtender, the better able they are to make sure your first, in a while, cannabis experience is a great one.  Picking up more than one strain is usually a good way to get back into cannabis these days.

Jumping Back In

The first thing to remember when getting back into cannabis is your tolerance level will likely be quite low, unless you are some type of cannabis superhero.  Keep that in mind as you smoke your first joint or eat those first gummies.  The key is to really pay attention the first few days in terms of how you feel each time you consume cannabis.  Is being buzzed everything you remember and more?  Are there are side effects that you don’t like such as some Sativa strains can cause a bit of the jitters especially the first 15-20 minutes.  The goal with a recreational cannabis user is usually to get high with no unwanted side effects.  If that is not happening, lucky for you there are many other strains out there to try.  For the medical cannabis patient, how are your symptoms after consuming cannabis the first day?  What about the second and third?  If you are not getting the relief you want it might be the strain or it might be the CBD:THC ratio.  You should talk to your doctor as well as a budtender so that a better strain can be found to meet your needs.  For both medical and recreational marijuana users who have not tried cannabis in a long period of time, there is some trial and error necessary for most people in the beginning so it’s usually a good idea to not overbuy one strain right away.  There is plenty of time to find the perfect cannabis for you!

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Autumn Cannabis Road Trip

cannabis road trip

Fall colors reach their peak in many parts of the US soon and taking a road trip to enjoy the fall foliage is a tradition for many people.  What better way to enjoy the stunning colors of autumn than to get really stoned on a cannabis road trip. Even if you live in an area that does not provide much in the way of color changes, hitting the road before winter comes is a great way to spend a long day or a weekend. As so many people have been foregoing a more traditional vacation during the summer months and staying home instead, the wanderlust is real for many folks. With the right planning and precautions, you can include cannabis as part of any road trip.

Know the Laws

Each states have different laws regarding driving under the influence however it is illegal in all states, so do not drive stoned.  There has been some research done at McGill University in Canada regarding the topic of how long you should wait after consuming cannabis to drive. While the authors encourage people to err on the side of caution, which is good, their results show that it is generally safe to drive about 6 hours after consuming cannabis.  Naturally the amount of cannabis you consume matters as well but the passage of time is what is most important.  So if you only have a day for your road trip, get an early start.  If you have the entire weekend, you have much more time to plan to see some fall colors and more than enough time to get high.

Bring the Right Stuff

This has probably happened to many of us.  You are out in the woods, hours away from home or civilization in general and you realize you brought your weed but forgot your pipe, papers, or bong.  It’s so frustrating that you have to expend that much mental energy trying to MacGyver some type of smoking apparatus on your cannabis road trip.  If you are someone who often forgets things, make a list and put marijuana and papers on the top of the list.   Also if you plan to be consuming edibles, keep those separated from the other road trip food you bring.  If you are planning to do a one day trip once you reach a good spot for viewing foliage you can unpack everything and after you are good and stoned, you will have brought plenty of food and drinks to satisfy you and your friends and family for hours.  There is something special about an autumn picnic.  As you have many hours before you can safely drive again, take your time with enjoying the weather, the food and just being somewhere different.

Do all the Fun Stuff

It doesn’t get much better than consuming cannabis and taking a walk in the woods during the autumn season.  The air feels so crisp and you get to break out all the cool boots, jackets and sweaters that have been stashed away for months. Music can be a great partner with cannabis and adds another element to the visuals of nature. Make sure to also enjoy some quiet moments too, part of the point of a road trip is to take a break from your home life, and you can always listen to music at home. Most people feel invigorated by fall weather so after you eat and take a catnap in the sun, consider a hike to properly enjoy the experience.  Make sure to clean up before you leave and take all of your trash along with you in the car if you can’t find a trashcan.

Consider a Side Trip

Depending on your location and in which part of the country you live, consider adding a marijuana dispensary stop to your cannabis road trip itinerary.  Again make sure you understand the laws in your state about how much cannabis you can have legally in your possession but finding a cool new dispensary can be a bonus to your trip into the beauty of autumn. Most people tend to use the same few dispensaries in their immediate area and a little research before you go can lead to an undiscovered dispensary that becomes a new favorite.

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Cannabis Dispensary Delivery Reviews – Portland, Oregon

Portland Cannabis Delivery

With most of the world observing some level of sticking close to home, delivery services have become essential.  Although they can be a little costly, the convenience more than makes up for it in most cases.  For anyone who has had a great delivery experience, there are 10 more that have had problems, sometimes big expensive time consuming problems.  Portland cannabis delivery is no different than any delivery service, when it’s good it’s very very good but when it’s bad, it’s truly rotten.  Below you can see three different cannabis delivery reviews including some of the most important factors for deliver, cost, ease of use, quality of product, delivery time and other relevant elements that can make or break your cannabis delivery.  All dispensaries are located in Portland Oregon.

Greenery – Portland Cannabis Delivery

Greenery is a completely delivery dedicated business, there is no dispensary you can visit which is a growing trend for Portland cannabis delivery.  The website is super simple to navigate and very user friendly.  There is a $30 minimum which is fairly reasonable and to be expected from any cannabis delivery service.  The product maximum amounts are also fairly typical and well within the Oregon legal guidelines.  One ounce of flowers including prerolls, 16 ounces of edibles and 5 grams of concentrates.  Important to note that deliveries can only be made to residences and only once per day.  So if you want to get your cannabis delivered to your workplace and you work at say a bank, not going to be possible.  They do close fairly early at 8 pm and if you factor in delivery time of about two plus hours, place your order well before 6 pm. Also worth noting, have your ID ready, they will need to see it.

Quality of the products is excellent if a bit limited.  The Lemon OG Kush flower was super dank but a bit pricey. The Pink Lemonade Diesel flower was worth every penny and the Blue Dream shatter was the stuff of dreams, yep blue ones!  The prerolls are very reasonably priced but the choices again are not as extensive as other places.  The edibles are also fairly sparse but there are some good options for the cannabis edible fans out there, especially ones who like chocolate.  The one real downside of Greenery are the CBD options.  There just aren’t many with the exceptions of some edibles and Rick Simpson Oils.

Overall Greenery did a great job at delivering some fantastic products and on time as well!  They are super communicative and you can call or text them with questions before, during or after placing your order.  It would have been a nice bonus to get some swag, like a lighter or a sticker but they did an amazing job of delivering some seriously solid cannabis.

Kush Cart – Portland Cannabis Delivery

As with Greenery, Kush Cart is exclusively dedicated to cannabis delivery.  The minimum delivery amount is slightly more at $40 and they have longer delivery hours but you must place your order by 7:45 pm if you want to receive it by the cut off of 9 pm.  On the weekends this may change as more people want cannabis delivered on weekends.  Their delivery time window does vary from 1-3 hours so plan your day accordingly.  They are communicative with you during the delivery process but as you must provide a signature upon delivery, in addition to showing your ID and paying them, being at home is obviously going to be mandatory.  Kush Cart offers an alternative payment method called CanPay, which is like PayPal but for specifically cannabis, how cool is that?  Bonus is they offer a 15% discount for OMMP (Oregon Medical Marijuana Program) cardholders and a loyalty program for any cannabis customer.

Kush Cart’s website in very extensive in terms of cannabis products, they have it all, or close to it all and extensive general information should you want to learn something about cannabis while making your selections.  So extensive that it loads a little slow sometimes but the sheer quantity of product choices makes up for it.  The Cloud Cover Indica flower was priced well and delivered a couch locked yet uplifting high.  The Duct Tape was a beautiful silver flower that delivered pure euphoria and the CannaCrispy was everything a cannabis rice crispy treat should be and for almost 50 mg for $5, priced just right.

Overall Kush Cart did a phenomenal job, the delivery person was extremely professional and while they were a little late, the communication was good.  The vast selection of products made choosing difficult but that happens to most people at a dispensary if you are not sure what you want to try.  They did throw in a little swag in the form of a half gram preroll so of course that was a big plus.  Kush Cart knows the cannabis delivery business and the cannabis business in general and it shows.

Oregon’s Finest – Portland Cannabis Delivery

This is a local dispensary that also offers delivery services as well as curbside pickup. Oregon’s Finest lives up to its name on many levels.  They have some seriously top shelf products, a slick although somewhat confusing website and prices to match.  As there are two dispensary locations in the Portland area, you can expect to pay a delivery fee and the fee will be based on your location relative to the nearest dispensary.  The fees range from $5-20.  Cash only and you will of course be expected to show your ID to the delivery person. For a same day evening delivery you must place your order before 5 pm but they deliver until 9:50 pm.  If you place your order early in the day you can expect to wait an hour but after 5, delivery time varies considerably from between 1-4 hours.  Oregon’s Finest offers considerable discounts for OMMP cardholders as well as veterans.  Super cool of them!

Browsing for products and going through the checkout process on Oregon’s Finest website was interesting.  Slightly counterintuitive but a very well structured site, set aside some time to explore.  They have a decent selection in all main cannabis product areas but seem to really shine when it comes to vapes and edibles.  The Atomic Collider hybrid flower was beyond good and worth the few extra dollars. A perfect hybrid, balanced head and body high.  The Peanut Butter Breath Live Resin Cartridge was also pricey but was off the charts intense and peanut buttery, which seems like a really good combination.  Both the Chai and Lemon cake balls were everything an edible should be, delicious and powerful at 45mg for a 3 ball order.  Mixing of balls not allowed unfortunately.

The quality of Oregon’s Finest products cannot be disputed, they are premium.  So are their prices but with so much in life, you get what you pay for.  The delivery time was slightly under the promised two hours and no swag was included. The only real downside of Oregon’s Finest lies on their website.  For cannabis customers who go to one of their dispensaries, getting information about products and asking questions is super easy but finding information on the website is not always so easy.  This applies particularly to cannabis strain information. They have a chat feature which is a bit slow but you can always give them a call with specific questions and they are more than happy to help.

Be sure to check out: Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland

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My First Time……trying Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis Edibles, Mary Mart

Way back in 2013 when Washington state first legalized recreational marijuana I decided it was high, pun intended, time I tried some cannabis edibles.  I was living in Tacoma and for anyone who has visited or lived there, 6th Avenue is kind of the drag, or it was in 2013.  I knew there were two dispensaries within a few blocks of each other and having just visited one early in the week for some flower, had heard of a Friday Happy Hour at Mary Mart Dispensary.  The perfect opportunity to try out some cannabis edibles for free and as I had smoked all the bud I bought on Tuesday, stock up on more flower in one trip.

I was living 8 blocks away from 6th Avenue at the time and walking was my main form of exercise so I waited until a little before 5 and set out.  I saw a neighbor on the way who wanted to join but she needed an hour or two to get some work done.  Having no patience, which in retrospect was a terrible decision, I told her I was going solo.  I arrived at the first marijuana dispensary, Emerald Leaves which I think was at one point a microbrewery, it was big cavernous and had a lot of concrete.  Not super inviting visually but product wise they did not disappoint.  I tried some delicious lemonade in a tiny little one ounce cup, still thirsty I tried some raspberry lemonade for good measure.  I wandered aimlessly around the dispensary, spent an excessively long time looking at the cannabis edibles menu.  I decided I wasn’t feeling much of anything and it had been about 20 minutes, time to push on.  First I bought some sweet Obama Kush and a few prerolls from their mystery cannabis section and was headed to the next dispensary Mary Mart.

Now Mary Mart was only two blocks away and despite the name, was a cozy little dispensary with super happy and helpful budtenders.  I think I was expecting a sterile vibe with a slightly convenience store look based solely on the name, not at all.  It was a chill little place.  Their happy hour offerings consisted of some phenomenal salted caramels and brownie bites.  I ate one of each and took another caramel…for the road.  I chatted with a budtender about the whole cannabis life, bought another gram of flower that was on special, took a free mini joint and decided I should start heading home.

As I began the now 10 block walk home it had been close to an hour since I had quickly downed the lemonades and about 20 minutes since the caramel and brownie bite consumption.  10 blocks though, for me that’s a short walk, all downhill.  After two blocks, I noticed the texture of the sidewalk felt strangely different under my feet.  I decided either the soles of my shoes or the sidewalk or some bizarre combination of the two must be made of marshmallows.  Cool?  Yes except for the walking part. 8 blocks left and walking was now something I had forgotten how to do correctly.  I’m not sure who I looked to the casual observer but in my mind, I was living in marshmallow land and each step was more and more bouncy.  To this day I’m surprised I didn’t get some air.  Everything was technicolor and Washington, even most urban areas are already pretty green, now the grass, the flowers, were all technicolor.  Amazing visuals and the feeling of euphoria was off the charts from my previous flower cannabis experiences.  I made it home, not sure how long it took, could have been 15 minutes or twice that.  I did not care!

Once I got inside my place, I hit the couch and fairly quickly began to feel a little too high.  Looking back, I should have had this experience with my neighbor, it would have made the walk back even more entertaining and I definitely should have asked the budtenders questions about the cannabis edibles, how much THC was in each little lemonade, caramel, brownie bite.  I was overly excited to try out literally every edible I could get my hands on and forgot to be a smart cannabis consumer.  I believe I consumed about 80 mg total, which was way too much for me but made for a rollercoaster of a first edible experience and I’ll never look at a marshmellow the same way again.

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Marijuana Budtender

Marijuana Budtender

For those lucky enough to live in a state or country with medical and/or recreational marijuana dispensaries, a great marijuana budtender can be the difference between an awesome, educational and ultimately successful experience and a visit that is disappointing and overly expensive.  A good knowledgeable budtender makes your trip to a dispensary the first part of achieving that perfect high.

What is a Budtender?

A person who works at a dispensary whose job it is to help you select cannabis products that meet your needs.  Much like a bartender, a budtender is a service oriented job that requires a variety of skills.

Most budtenders have some industry experience, meaning they are current or previous marijuana users themselves.  Naturally this is only a small part of the job.  Most budtenders in competitive markets have extensive knowledge about the local growing communities, the ever growing methods of consuming cannabis products, an in depth slightly nerdy approach to the science behind marijuana and some level of social skill.  Who are these magic unicorns and how do you become one? Connections.  Most budtenders got their gig by knowing a friend of a friend of a friend.  Update that LinkedIn profile!

What Can I Expect From a Budtender?

For the cannabis novice who has never set foot in a dispensary, think of a budtender like a teacher.  Like any good teacher, a marijuana budtender won’t do the work for you but knows how to ask the right questions so that you can arrive at the answer, the perfect bud, without too much time and stress.  A dispensary is the last place you should be stressed, so keep the vibes chill.

There is a scene from the movie “Bridesmaids” when after boarding a flight to Vegas for the bachelorette party, a drinking newbie asks the flight attendant for a “glass of alcohol”.  Don’t be that person. Do some homework on your own before you head out.  Your marijuana budtender will appreciate it, especially during these times of social distancing, that you do not show up and ask for some “really good weed”.

Of course you should ask your budtender for recommendations but keep in mind part of their job is sales and like any salesperson may recommend top shelf cannabis products that are not what you had in mind.  If you have tried some marijuana recently that you loved, or hated, be sure to mention that to your budtender.   Be specific, tell them what you loved or hated about the last product.  When in doubt listen to your budtenders advice but be willing to try a few different strains.  Sometimes the quest for cannabis perfection takes some trial and error.

What Budtenders Want You to Know

No it’s not the perfect job.  Most marijuana dispensaries budtenders do not sit around stoned all day, in fact most follow very strict laws and guidelines to stay in business.  Treat them with respect and they will reciprocate. Feel free to ask for a discount but don’t demand one and please no complaining about prices and taxes.  Your budtenders have absolutely no control over prices or taxes.  The prices are negotiated between the growers and the dispensary owners, your typical marijuana budtender is not part of this equation.  Taxes are determined by law at the state or federal level.  Budtenders want your feedback.  Found the perfect Sativa during your last visit?  Make sure to thank your budtender on your next visit.  The last Indica recommendation left you unimpressed, your budtender wants to know this too. No touching the cannabis products!  Enough said. Ultimately a budtender is doing everything possible to help you find the best cannabis for your specific needs and the more you work with them, do your homework and treat them with respect, the better the outcome and you may just be on your way to the best marijuana experience of your life.

Be Sure to Tip Your Budtender