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Signs You’ve Become a Cannabis Connoisseur

Cannabis Connoisseur

As more people consume cannabis than ever before, trying new strains and new delivery methods, gone are the days of the uneducated stoner.  Making cannabis a vital part of your life means doing your homework, not just about new strains, although that is vital information but about the cannabis industry in general and how you fit into it.  Are you sharing your knowledge with other stoners?  If so that makes you a cannabis connoisseur.  Are you experimenting with different delivery methods and strains?  Great.  Are you a proud member of the cannabis community?  Finding your place in a growing global community can be a challenge but it’s an important step to being a cannabis connoisseur.

People Look to You for Advice

Whether its friends, family or a random stranger at your local dispensary, people have a way of gravitating towards those with knowledge.  That doesn’t mean you have to spend all your free time offering unsolicited advice about how much you know about weed, that in fact is the opposite of a cannabis connoisseur, that is just someone with a big ego who needs attention and applause, steer clear of those types of cannabis users. Being a good listener is one of the best ways to establish your reputation as someone who can be trusted to give advice about all things cannabis.  If you hear a friend talking about how sleepy weed makes them, listen to their whole story, ask the right questions such as what time of the day are you using cannabis and what is the cannabis strain and effect?  Using the right language can go a long way from differentiating yourself as a cannabis connoisseur rather than a general know it all.  Beginning every sentence with “you should” is not the way to go.  Soften your language and people will seek out your advice.  Using “when I was in a similar situation” is much more authoritative but in a quiet confident way not a bossy way.

You Expand Your Knowledge Beyond Cannabis Consumption

This does not mean you should learn everything there is to know about cannabis but think about your own interests and how you can expand your cannabis knowledge based on those interests.  If you are a political junkie, take the time to learn about how the legalization process is going in your country and even other countries around the world.  It is interesting to find out how a country is planning or not planning to legalize cannabis and the reasons why.  Are you a pretty decent cook or baker?  If so take those skills and apply them to learning about the world of cannabis edibles.  Not to say you should quit your job and become a cannabis baker but if you already enjoy and know a fair amount about baking, why not expand that knowledge base.  Do you have a green thumb?  If so there is a lot of interesting information out there about growing your own cannabis.  Whether you plan to start growing or not is secondary to learning about something you already enjoy, in this case two things, cannabis and growing things.  It’s a rare person that has ever expressed regret about learning new things and you never know when that knowledge will come in handy as you become even more of a cannabis connoisseur.

Your Cannabis Consumption Skills are On Point

To truly be a cannabis connoisseur, you may need to up your consumption game a little bit. Not the amount you consume necessarily but the methods. Think of it as the best kind of practice in the world.  Can you roll a perfect joint or at least a pretty impressive one that has no stems poking through and does not fall apart with the slightest of breezes?  No?  Consider it research and keep practicing until you get it right, or at least improve your joint rolling skills.  Do you dab?  Finding the best, for your budget, dab ring and learning how to use it properly takes a little practice but this is the best type of practice ever!  Some dab rings are fairly simple and easy to use but others resemble a mad scientist’s laboratory and knowing about the different styles and the benefits is important as a cannabis connoisseur. Layering is very popular right now and you can do that in many different ways, with pipes, bongs, even joints or blunts.  Essentially you are combining different types of cannabis in one bowl, or joint.  It can be either an effective way to get incredibly baked or it can be an art form or possibly both.  Starting off with some flower in a bowl and drizzling some wax on top, then a finish of kief is a beautiful thing and this type of skill improvement is all part of your journey to becoming a cannabis connoisseur.

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My Deep Dive into Cannabis Couch Lock

cannabis couch lock

Not all cannabis couch lock takes place indoors on a stereotypical couch.  My own recent couch lock experience happened on a friend’s patio on one of those rattan pieces of patio furniture, with a fairly comfy cushion.  It had been awhile since I had gotten together for a social distanced night smoke session with friends so I was excited and had just purchased some Blue Dream, one of my absolute favorite marijuana strains to share. My trusty mini bong in hand, I headed to my friend’s house.

I arrived about 7ish and headed straight to their back patio where everything was set up for a proper smoke session at safe distances.  There were five of us and only one guy who I’d never met before.  This mystery dude was decked out in a kilt with cleats and looked like Tim Robbins long lost stoner son.  If his son wore an electric blue and orange kilt.  Everyone settled down in our respective cushy seats and my friend, who loves to play host, had set out a glass of wine, a glass of water and a small plate of random munchies for each person.  We all even had our own wrap or blanket as it was expected to get pretty chilly once the sun went down.  Being a good cannabis host is no small thing so I will give my friend big props for the effort!

I broke out my Blue Dream to kick things off and passed around the bottle so everyone could dig in and get their own nug.  Off to a fantastic start, I was soon happily stoned, sipping on some dry white wine and eating cheese.  Not a bad way to spend a late summer evening.  Next up my friend shared her MAC strain, which was tasty and a perfect complement to my earlier Blue Dream cannabis strain offering.  So far so good.  The sun was starting to set so I snuggled up with the throw and just enjoyed the good weed and good company moment.

Next up was kilt guy who I learned had glaucoma and was sharing some of his recent medical marijuana stash.  If he told me the name of it, I can’t remember but it smelled a little bit like Sour Diesel, with more of a Juicy Fruit flavor.  Go figure.  Two hits to clear the nug from my baby bong and I settled back in my seat….and there I stayed.  For anyone who has experienced true cannabis couch lock, the loss of the motivation to move is obviously the biggest part of it but for me I also experienced the lack of motivation to speak, at all.  I remember watching one of my friends get up and walk into the house and wishing I could ask for a water refill.  The dry mouth was reaching epic proportions.  The only communication I could manage at this point was to shake my head when someone offered me more marijuana.

I became obsessed with my thirst and the dessert like condition inside my mouth.  The kitchen of my friend’s house seemed miles away when in reality it was probably 20 steps. Such is cannabis couch lock.  Just when I had given up all hope of water, Hugo wandered by.  Hugo is my friend’s deep grey cat with emerald green eyes who loves to hang out during almost any cannabis related function.  We made eye contact, he hopped on my lap for some warmth and I stared into those emerald eyes of his and tried to communicate my desperate need for water.  He looked away with an air of dismissiveness, as cats do, and jumped off my lap.  As I was silently cursing Hugo’s fickle nature I saw he was now on kilt guy’s lap and then kilt guy stood up and said the magic words, “Anyone need anything from the kitchen”? Sweet relief!  I held up my empty plastic cup and a minute later my thirst was quenched!

My cannabis couch lock lasted another hour but the water did unlock my ability to speak so I was once again a contributing member of this patio cannabis night.  Once I was able to peel myself off the chair and walk home I thought a little about the whole experience, especially Hugo’s telepathic powers and kilt guys kind gesture and also his seriously dank buds.  It’s true you should choose your friends wisely in general but when you are hours deep into a cannabis couch lock, having good friends who in turn have amazing pets can make all the difference in the world.  Thanks Hugo and kilt guy.

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Marijuana Strain Reviews (Flowers)

marionberry kush marijuana review

Marionberry Kush Strain Review

Factoids:  Grower-Green Hills/Heroes of the Farm/ Dispensary MindRite

Sativa Hybrid THC 24.6% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes- Myrcene, Limonene and Caryophyllene

Bud Buzz: Although this is a hybrid it’s a very heavily Indica dominant hybrid so true Sativa lovers, it might not be for you.  The fruit marionberries are popular in the Pacific Northwest of the US and taste wise are a cross between blueberries and raspberries.  So with this delicious strain of top shelf cannabis flower.  The smell and flavor are sweet and smooth, perfect to put in a bong, with a little ice for good measure.  Marionberry Kush starts off slow and builds momentum so unless you have a pretty high tolerance, start slow with this one.  The feeling of relaxation is almost unbelievable and washes over you in waves at first so enjoy this ride.  Perfect body buzz follows with some head buzz but not too much.  If you have any form of anxiety, this strain is for you. It doesn’t knock you out, at least not right away so you can get things done if you want to, you just may not want to and instead choose a slow late afternoon or early evening smoke session to really give this flower it’s time to shine!  The marionberry kush strain review would be excellent for anyone who has stress, and who doesn’t have stress, or insomnia.  Very few negatives and zero dry mouth which is a huge plus.

Drinkables– with no dry mouth to contend with anything you like is going to work well with this cannabis strain.  Because it is so fruity, you might want to add to that vibe and choose your drink accordingly or go the opposite way and stick with straight H20 or even tea would be great.

Munchables-there were no real out of control munchies, at first, just a relaxing chill for a while.  But with so many strains, the munchies come late to the party and this is true with Marionberry Kush. Sure you could eat berries, but get more creative than that and go for some cheesecake with berries on top, maybe some whipped cream too, why not.  Definitely a sweet tooth munchie experience.  Salty snacks just didn’t have much appeal but your experience may vary.

Doables-since this is a pretty relaxing strain, feel free to watch the sunset, storm clouds gather, a bird sitting in a tree, you get the idea.  While you may not be motivated to go for a run, you can tap into your creative side and do some drawing or painting or even some slow yoga might be interesting.

818 Headband Strain Review

Factoids:  Grower-High Ridge Farm/ Dispensary MindRite

Indica Hybrid THC 24.3% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes- Limonene, Caryophyllene and Myrcene

Bud Buzz: 818 Headband is one of those cannabis strains that is full of surprises and nearly all of them are good ones.  First the smell and taste, because of the amount of limonene terpenes, a more citrusy aroma and flavor were expected but the spicy peppery smell and taste was light but noticeable.  This strain is known for being a true hybrid but the way it hits seems to differ for each person so for this particular review, it was more of a Sativa dominant hybrid.  818 Headband has a bit of a creeper effect and how you are feeling the first 30 minutes will keep evolving so first time users, keep that in mind.  The happy euphoric feeling and head buzz are the first noticeable benefits and wow do they last, for hours.  This strain might be one of the longest lasting cannabis strains out there.  Bonus! The headband feeling is real and some people love it and feel like it’s comforting but other people are annoyed by it as it’s an individual preference. You will feel it though so be prepared.  A super creative happy buzz with no anxiety at all.  Great for a wake and bake session or a daytime cannabis experience.  It may not be the best choice for sleep but as this strain is amazing for pain relief and stress, it could definitely help you unwind at the end of the day and will not knock you out. The only negatives are dry mouth and some feeling of eye dryness, so keep those drops handy.

Drinkables-with the flavor profile of this cannabis strain, if you are a beer drinker, you may enjoy a stout or ruby red, but don’t overdo as too much can quickly turn that happy euphoria into something less fun.  Water is a little dull but flavored sparkling water is perfect. Stay hydrated with this cannabis strain as the effects are so long lasting.

Munchables-when you are ready to eat, and you will be within two hours or so, start small with some chips and salsa, maybe some cheese enchiladas.  For some mysterious reason any type of Mexican food is a must.  If you are craving something sweet and aren’t a flan fan, ice cream and some churros really hit the spot.  Doables-this is a super uplifting creative cannabis strain so utilize at least some of your buzz to be creative.  Learn a new song on the guitar, even better, write a new song.  818 Headband can be a social strain for some but not for everyone so if you are naturally an introvert and want to do your own thing, it’s all good or you can talk and laugh with friends if you are feeling the social side of things.  Perfect for gamers too.

Marionberry Kush Strain Review and 818 Headband Strain Review

Be sure to check out: Marijuana Strain Reviews (Flowers): Apple Fritter & Tangie Breath

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How to Increase Your Cannabis Buzz

Increase Your Cannabis Buzz

The perfect cannabis buzz is a beautiful but sometimes fragile thing.  A little bad luck or the wrong choices and you could find yourself with a very unsatisfying cannabis experience.  All that time and money not to mention good intentions down the drain.  No marijuana connoisseur will tell you that all highs are perfect and just because you consumed cannabis you should expect to have a fantastic time, every time. With the right attitude and some knowledge you can increase your cannabis buzz and positive meaningful experiences and decrease the ones that mess with your high in some really harsh ways.

Lower Expectation to Increase Your Cannabis Buzz

We humans have this habit of overthinking things, often to such extremes that we psyche ourselves out of even the simplest of pleasures. Case in point, consuming cannabis.  Just because you paid a lot of money for a strain that a budtender told you was the best ever, doesn’t mean your own experience will be the best.  Different marijuana strains react differently with each person’s own chemistry.  So it’s smart to listen to advice, but don’t take it as indisputable fact.

Too Much is Sometimes Too Much

It’s an easy mistake to make, even for seasoned cannabis users, you just did too much.  This can play out in one of two ways, either you feel a little sick, you get anxious or the best is when you just fall asleep.  The other side of this coin is you have been consuming a lot of cannabis products and have built up a tolerance that starts to affect the quality of your buzz and not in a good way.  Knowing your limits and being cautious with new marijuana strains and products you have limited experience with is the best way to keep your buzz where it should be, high.

The Right Smoke Buddies Can Make All the Difference

Ever spent hours listening to a friend or acquaintance drone on and on about something you have no interest in but you feel obligated to hang in there?  This friend does not understand the two way dynamic of conversation and you may just be an audience to their constant monologues.  Think about and visualize if you can, how it might play out to make this person a smoke buddy.  If you are a risk taker, give it a try.  It’s entirely possible with the right cannabis products, this person may be the perfect smoke buddy to increase your cannabis buzz.  Or they may not and you will spend the next few hours feeling uncomfortable and wishing for a quick teleportation to…anywhere else.  Conversely, if you have a friend who you makes you feel happy and comfortable when you’re not high, then it is probable they will be a perfect addition to your next cannabis session.

Alcohol Accompaniments

For most cannabis users, the occasional beer or glass of wine with your marijuana just adds an additional layer of fun and relaxation.  For others, it can really destroy your buzz if you are not used to drinking, cannabis or doing both at the same time.  A beautiful trippy high can turn into a bathroom floor nausea night with the wrong mix of alcohol and cannabis.  The best way to prevent this from happening is to go slow and experiment.  Try your cannabis first, then have a beer, now wait.  How do you feel after half an hour?  The answer to that question will determine how you should proceed.

Planning Your Cannabis Session Down to the Last Minute

If you have traveled with people who love to plan literally every moment of the trip, you can certainly relate to this one.  In life, travel and cannabis use, there must be some room for spontaneity and surprise.  Achieving a really good high is special and if you just want to kick back and watch the clouds float by but your list says its puzzle time, stress is sure to follow.  So leave the serious planning for work or school if you really want to increase your cannabis buzz.  It’s often fun to have a general idea about what you plan to do during your cannabis session but always leave room to change your mind.

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How to Enhance Your Cannabis Buzz

Cannabis Buzz

Sure you may be satisfied with the quality of your cannabis strain and feel like you are getting the most out of your smoke session or edibles.  That doesn’t mean you don’t crave just a little more from time to time.  Most seasoned marijuana users will tell you, the answer is not always, just do more of the same.  In fact that can sometimes have the opposite effect and who wants that?  It’s a waste of weed and a waste of your cannabis time.  With that in mind we will explore a few of the best ways to achieve that ultimate high and enhance your cannabis buzz.

Mix it up

Consuming the same marijuana strain, no matter how much you love it, over time may leave you less than thrilled.  You’re high yes, but something is missing.  If you smoke your cannabis, try mixing strains together in a bong or pipe, even a joint for a new kind of buzz.  The next time you visit your local dispensary pick up something new.  Try some live resin on top of your bowl or rolled up in your blunt to achieve a completely new and different high.
Just start with a small amount of something new.  If you are not a flower person and prefer to vape, consider adding an edible to your cannabis session.  With so many types of marijuana and a wide variety of delivery methods, you can experiment to your hearts content. When you decide to mix it up, whether it’s mixing strains or mixing methods of consumption, start small, you can always add more, it’s tough to do the opposite!

Move to Enhance Your Cannabis Buzz

By move, that means farther than from your couch to the fridge.  To really enhance your cannabis high, you’ve got to move enough to get your heart rate up a bit.  This does not mean start training for a marathon but a good fast paced urban stroll or a hike in the mountains can do wonders to elevate your buzz.  Why does movement and exercise enhance your high?  THC is stored in body fat and a good cardio workout can help release some of that stored THC from your body fat into your bloodstream.  This phenomenon has been studied and according to scientists, THC levels in your blood can increase up to 15% following exercise.  So unless this is one of your first times consuming cannabis, why not let your body fat help you enhance your high.  Of course for those serious athletes that have a very low body fat percentage, this does not apply to you.

Take a Break

Not what you may want to hear but taking what’s called a “tolerance break” will help you achieve those amazing highs that have now become a distant memory simply because you have become a regular marijuana user.  Everyone is different and not everyone builds a tolerance to the effects of cannabis at the same level and time-frame but it will happen eventually.  You take one bong hit, then another, then another and meh, you might feel a little buzzed but considering how epically the new Sativa is treating all your friends, you barely feel anything.  You’ve officially built up your tolerance to cannabis and it’s time for a break.  How long that break should be is entirely up to you however in order for your body to completely rid itself of all cannabinoids, it takes about a month.  It may sound like the last thing you want to do but after a tolerance break you will be able to achieve those amazing highs once more.  Challenging but worth it!

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What are Cannabis Terpenes and Why Do They Matter?

Cannabis Terpenes

For the recreational cannabis connoisseur, understanding which cannabis terpenes are most beneficial can help them achieve the ultimate experience.  For the strictly medicinal cannabis user, selecting a strain with the right terpene profiles will provide the expected benefits without any unwanted side effects.  For the marijuana newbie or the occasional user, learning about which terpenes interact best with their own body’s chemistry can be nothing short of enlightening.  Not convinced yet that terpenes are worth knowing about?  For the recreational user, have you ever purchased that “perfect” strain, you know the one that promises so much, all your friends love it and the THC percentage is north of 30% only to wonder if you bought a bad batch or if your tolerance is past peak?  It happens more often than you may think and rather than continue your quest blindly, take some time to understand which cannabis terpenes work for you.

So what exactly are terpenes?  Broadly speaking terpenes are present in almost all plants and are what gives that plant its aroma and flavor.  Think Lavender or Rosemary.  Now back to the important plant.  Terpenes in cannabis are formed within the little hairs (trichomes) of the cannabis buds.  What terpene profile a strain has is determined by both the spectrum and intensity of light during the growing process.  Terpenes, besides giving marijuana it’s smell and flavor interact with the cannabinoids, THC and CBD, to produce the overall effect for the user. This full cannabis plant interaction is known as the “entourage effect”.  Terpenes can strengthen or weaken the cannabinoids in a strain so knowing which ones matter to you is crucial to achieving your cannabis consumption goals.

Two important considerations before we explore the most prevalent cannabis terpenes.  There are well over 100 cannabis terpenes in cannabis and more are being discovered all the time so for today we will focus on the five most significant.  Second, carbonization essentially destroys terpenes in cannabis as well as the cannabinoids so if you are using a vaporizer with temperature control, do some research first so you keep the temperature optimal for not just the cannabinoids but the terpenes as well.  Different terpenes remain stable at different temperatures.  Now on to the five key terpenes.

Alpha Pinene

For this terpene, the name says it all, pine.  The aroma of pine, and well the flavor too for those so inclined is key to this terpenes profile.  This terpene is found in some sativa and sativa dominant hybrids.  Big strain names you may recognize are Jack Herer, Bluedream and Chemdawg.  Strains with Alpha Pinene help with focus and memory.  Students over 21, this terpene is your friend!  Other pretty amazing benefits are that it is an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial terpene.

Linalool

Feeling anxious, stressed, in need of some relaxation and sleep?  Welcome to the power of the Linalool terpene.  Mostly found in Indicas and Indica dominant hybrids, think LA Confidential and Amnesia Haze when it comes to typical Linalool strains.  Interestingly this terpene is also found in cotton and linen.  Maybe that explains the relaxation aroma.  For those prone to seizures, this terpene has anti-epileptic properties and is also an analgesic (pain killer).  Impressive!

Myrcene

So you have found the perfect Netflix series are now you need the perfect cannabis accompaniment.  Found in strains considered to be fairly balanced hybrids and a big contributor to the sometimes requested “couch lock” effect is the slightly earthy, a little fruity Myrcene terpene.  If you are a fan of any pure Kush strains, you are already a fan of this terpene.  Some classic strains include White Widow and Granddaddy Purple.  This terpene profile includes spectacular benefits.  It’s an analgesic, a muscle relaxant and has antibiotic properties.

Beta Caryophyllene

This is a happy terpene.  With a spicy, sometimes peppery aroma and taste, Beta Caryophyllene is one of the most sought after cannabis terpenes for true hybrid fans.  Some of the most well-known strains are Bubba Kush and the very popular Girl Scout Cookies.  Recommended by cannabis users with PTSD, depression or for anyone who just wants a little slice of happiness with a pinch of euphoria.  Major benefits include its antioxidant, anti-anxiety antidepressant properties. This one really handles all the unwanted “antis”.

Limonene

Once again, the aroma and flavor profile is in the name, just spelled a bit differently.  This is a citrus based terpene and is one of the key components of the talkative, social and energetic high.  This one is for true Sativa lovers.  Not much chance of couch lock with this terpene.  Strains that you have probably heard of are Lemon Haze and Sour Diesel.  Not surprisingly, this terpene helps to improve your mood and really who doesn’t want that?  Other benefits include anti-anxiety and immune system booster properties.

Improve your cannabis experience exponentially by improving your cannabis terpenes knowledge.