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More Great Dispensaries in Seattle

dispensaries in Seattle, Washington

More Great Dispensaries in Seattle

Dispensaries in Seattle

Hashtag Cannabis 

This beautiful dispensary is located in the Fremont area of Seattle and is just another of many great dispensaries in Seattle. They are open from 9 am to 10 pm Sunday through Wednesday and 9 am to 11 pm Thursday through Saturday.  Currently Hashtag Cannabis is open for both pick up and in store shopping, with limited customers in the store to ensure social distancing.  There is a second location in Redmond. However, the Fremont location is bigger and more established in the community.

Speaking of community, Hashtag Cannabis has been a leader in various social programs including BLM and immigrant assistance.  They are also very involved in the LGBTQ community and their most recent project is with a non-profit called The Last Prisoner. The project is dedicated towards bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry.  This dispensary does not just talk about community action, they do something about it. You can feel good spending your money at a place that cares so deeply about the area and the people that live here. Their website is easy to navigate and answers most questions you may have about both dispensaries.

Amazing Experience

The inside of the Fremont dispensary is huge, mostly white with some soothing water prints and excellent lighting.  With so much space there are no concerns about social distancing. Plus you can really see the products, which is a bonus!  Each week Hashtag Cannabis provides deep discounts on specific vendors. They also have Shatterday Saturdays and late night Happy Hour Specials from 9 pm to close.  Additional discounts for veterans, seniors, and industry professionals as well as a loyalty program that is the best around. This means you will definitely get some great deals.

The budtenders are knowledgeable, super friendly and helpful and it is clear they actually like their jobs.  Andrew is a fantastic budtender and made some excellent flower recommendations. Sundae Driver, which was, wow, thanks Andrew as well as Alien Surfer Cookies that is just as cool and chill as it sounds.  The budtenders here take the time to listen to customers which makes Hashtag Cannabis a special dispensary and not to be missed.

Great Dispensaries in Seattle

Grass & Glass! 

This amazing dispensary is located north of downtown at 15th Ave. NE and 143rd.  As the name suggests, they have both grass and some very beautiful glass. You can get all your cannabis needs taken care of in one place.  Grass & Glass is open every day from 8 am to 11:45 pm except Sundays when their hours are 10 am to 10 pm.  They are currently open for both pick up and in store shopping.  Grass & Glass takes social distancing seriously. You can feel safe shopping in store at this dispensary.  Their website is pretty basic and if you have specific questions you will definitely need to call. Which is fine because they are very response on the phone.

They have some deals and a great Happy Hour every night at 9 until close. You should definitely take advantage of. these when you can.  Great for doing a store pick up or even if you’re not and just want to check out the menu, it is powered by Dutchie. The menu is likely one of the most extensive menus in Seattle.

Customer Loyalty

They do have a rewards program however their prices are so spectacular, they might not even need one to keep customers coming back.  The dispensary itself is large with slightly worn wood floors and seemingly endless glass display cases. They have even more product on nearly every wall space.  Essentially it is a cannabis paradise. Another element that makes Grass & Glass stand out is their budtenders.  It is such a laid back and cool atmosphere that you just feel like you are talking with a good friend. Learning about what bud to get from a very knowledgeable good friend.

Julio is a standout budtender and his recommendations of Purple Kush and Paris OG hit just perfectly, as he suggested they would.  Another great find was God’s Gift flower. The price is so good, you really can’t leave without it.  The only problem with this dispensary is that you may spend too much money. Not because the budtenders are pushing sales, they’re not, simply because the options are endless.

Another Must Visit Dispensary

Pot Shop 

This dispensary is near Westlake on Dexter and is a fantastic place to either visit in person or pick up an order from. They are currently offering both and is just another one of many great dispensaries in Seattle.  Pot Shop’s hours are 10 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 9 am to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday.  This dispensary is a little on the small side but they are great with social distancing. Just keep in mind you may need to wait if you visit during peak hours.  The dispensary has nice wood floors and plenty of display cases.

Also, more products behind the counters displayed on the walls.  It could easily become cluttered but it’s not and the atmosphere is relaxed and chill.  To offset the relatively small size issue Pot Shop is offering a 20% discount if you order online. You then need to pick up your products, which is a very generous way to ensure everyone’s safety.

Fun Specials

They also offer a wake n’ bake special of 10% off from open until noon for you early risers! Additionally, Pot Shop offers weekly discounts on various products as well as add on specials. Their website is very user friendly and has some of the most delicious looking recipes. A great addition for those who possess any level of culinary skill and want to introduce cannabis to your cooking or enhance your cannabis cooking game.

The budtenders are wonderful and Thomas in particular is an expert at asking the right questions. He can make the best possible recommendations.  Orange Blossom and Face Off were delicious and potent strains, especially for the price.  Another popular and amazing find is called Fucking Incredible.  Why is that the name you may ask, well because it actually is fucking incredible.  Pot Shop is truly a great dispensary and well worth a visit.

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Golden Goat Strain Review

Golden Goat Strain Review

Golden Goat Strain Review

Golden Goat Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Wykanush Ventures/ Dispensary- Kaya Shack

Sativa Dominant Hybrid THC 20.23% CBD 0.05%

Terpenes- Terpinolene and Humulene

Bud Buzz:  Golden Goat is a beautiful looking cannabis strain. The decent sized buds are very dark green with a little bit of red mixed in and a thick coating of golden colored trichomes. This leading to how this strain got its name.  The smell is a mix of tropical and floral but the taste is not either of those.  It has a hint of diesel and is pretty skunky in taste and the smoke seems to linger for a longer period of time compared to other strains so if you plan to smoke inside, break out that incense or scented candles.  This cannabis strain hits hard so if you are smoking this out of a bong, ice is recommended.

This is what used to be called creeper weed. Meaning that you won’t feel the effects for a little while and this particular stain was far more potent than the just over 20% THC would indicate so if this is your first time smoking Golden Goat. So go easy and wait at least 15 minutes before smoking more.  You will feel the head buzz after about five minutes and the feelings of happiness and energy are there as well.  This is a very happy cannabis strain!  You will feel the relaxation of the Indica elements but they are secondary to the intense head buzz.

More Buzz Effects

Golden Goat strain is a very “trippy” high and for some people that is a great quality for a cannabis strain, others do not like that much intensity.  Compared with other strains, your buzz won’t last too long, as you can feel the effects start to dissipate after about 2 hours.  A perfect daytime or early evening strain that is good for stress, depression and very mild pain management.  You can expect some dry mouth as well as dry eyes so keep liquids and eye drops around.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– If you are smoking this cannabis strain in the daytime and want to enhance your energy even more, go with something caffeinated in addition to sipping on water.  If you are a fan of energy drinks, and need to stay focused for a few hours while you are doing something creative, a nice fruity energy drink works well.  If you don’t want caffeine and plain water is not doing much, try green tea, hot or cold.

Munchables– Whether or not you experience the munchies with this cannabis strain seems to depend on what time of the day you consume it and what you are doing.  If you smoke during the day and are busy with a project, you might even forget to eat something.  The munchies are more likely in the early evening.  Regardless, you will not be super hungry and some dark chocolate peanut butter cups are perfect for those with a sweet tooth.  If you are craving a salty snack, go with walnuts or some hummus and pita.

Doables– As Golden Goat is a pretty high energy cannabis strain, take advantage of that fact and use that energy.  You may even feel motivated to tackle projects you have been procrastinating.  Not saying you have to clean your house but if you need to rearrange a room, you may actually be more inspired than ever before!  Golden Goat is not a super social strain but if you need to collaborate with someone, you will more than hold your own.

Be sure to check out: Cereal Milk Strain Review and Latte Strain Review

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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis News Update November 8, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 8, 2020

Weekly Cannabis News Update November 8, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 8

Minnesota Eyes Neighbor South Dakota’s New Cannabis Legalization

Most Minnesotans, especially those living in towns and cities that border South Dakota were surprised at the outcome of their neighbors vote to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana.  It seems there are red politics, blue politics and now green politics and for those living in Minnesota it is frustrating to see changes happening close by that they are not a part of.  In 2014 Minnesota voted to legalize medical marijuana however the restrictions were and have remained some of the toughest in the nation in terms of dispensary availability and conditions that the state considers to be qualifying for medical marijuana use for citizens of the state.

Each year since 2014 these restrictions have eased, little by little, with new dispensaries opening and more medical conditions qualifying for inclusion in the state’s medical marijuana program.  Next month the state will decide whether anxiety should be a qualifying condition.  With the passage of legalization in South Dakota, there may be increased pressure for Minnesota to pass more expansive legislation sooner rather than later.  In the meantime, law enforcement will not ease up on punishing those in possession of marijuana, especially concentrates, which it considers more dangerous than flower.  Read more here.

Cannabis News Update November 8

Aurora Cannabis and other Cannabis Stocks Seeing Records Gains 

With the green wave of cannabis legislation that was approved by voters, the stock market has finally given cannabis stocks some attention, and some support.  Starting with Aurora Cannabis, that saw a 100% gain since Election Day with over 56% of that gain coming before the closing bell on Friday.  All states that has cannabis legalization, either medical, recreational or in the case of South Dakota, both, on the ballot saw success.  This clearly took Wall Street by surprise but now that surprise has turned into financial support.  Other cannabis companies Tilray and Canopy Growth saw their stock surge on Friday as well by 23% and 11% respectively.

Traders will also be ready for more movement in the cannabis industry as Joe Biden was named the projected winner on Saturday and will be the 46th president of the United Sates.  President elect Biden has made it clear that he supports broad legislation that would decriminalize cannabis but has not made his position clear yet regarding his support for full legalization at the federal level.  Smart traders will be keeping an eye out for hints of how the newly elected president will address the issue come January. Check out additional information here.

Cannabis News Update November 8

Medical Experts Looking at CBD to Help Repair Lung Damage Caused by Covid

As we enter what will likely be a long winter and an increase in Covid cases, the medical community has continued to learn a lot about this mysterious virus.  As part of the treatment protocols, medical experts are looking at the benefits of CBD to help repair the damaged lungs of many Covid patients.  Scientists from the Dental College of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia have determined how CBD can be useful in reducing the lung inflammation seen in so many Covid patients.

CBD helps to regulate apelin levels, which is a  natural peptide made by blood cells, brain, lung, heart and fat tissue in the body.  It regulates blood pressure and is essential to reducing inflammation.  The study looked at patients who were suffering from ARDS and saw this peptide plummet to zero and then with the use of CBD increase approximately 20 times.  Additionally, CBD was found to aid the normalization of oxygen levels, swelling, immune responses and lung scarring.  Similar studies have been conducted in Israel regarding the efficacy of CBD with very promising results.  Read more details here.

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The Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego California

Best Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego

Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego

Best Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego

Goldn Bloom 

Goldn Bloom began as solely a medical cannabis dispensary however now they serve both medical and recreational customers in and around San Diego.  They are open from 7 am until 9 pm seven days a week.  Currently Goldn Bloom offers in store shopping and pickup is available but you will need to place your order through Weedmaps for their pickup service.  This dispensary has a fantastic website which showcases not just their cannabis but their very cool merch as well as special deals each day of the week plus a daily happy hour between 7 am and 9 am and then again from 4:20 pm to 5:20 pm on weekdays.  Clearly being an early riser is beneficial to you cannabis budget.  In addition to all of that they have loyalty program that you can sign up for when you visit their dispensary.  Which you should do as it’s definitely one of the best marijuana dispensaries in San Diego.

The outside is fairly typical of the area but inside is all wood and glass and is extremely spacious, allowing for plenty of social distancing.  There is something that is reminiscent of a high end cosmetics store meets cannabis dispensary vibe but it works. As Goldn Bloom was previously solely a medical dispensary, they have chosen to keep the standards high, pun intended, for their budtenders. You can expect professional and extremely knowledgeable budtenders who seem to really enjoy their job.  Who can blame them? One of the most recommended strains was a pricy hybrid flower called Cereal Milk.  It is super potent at a little over 30% THC and yes does smell and taste like a bowl of cereal.  Well worth the extra money as this is a truly premium strain and should be on everyone’s list to try, as it will easily become a favorite.  If you are an edibles fan the Smokiez Sour Watermelon Fruit Chews are amazing, just don’t forget they actually contain THC!

Urbn Leaf 

Urbn Leaf is a small chain of dispensaries in the southern California area with the newest location in La Mesa.  This review will focus on the San Diego location. This dispensary is open from 7 am to 9 pm every day and has specials galore.  Keep in mind in order to qualify for the daily deals you must be a California or Tijuana resident or a medical marijuana cardholder.  All early risers can take advantage of the early bird specials from 7 am to 9 am and if you are a veteran be sure to visit their dispensary on Veteran’s Day as they have some spectacular deals. Urbn Leaf is currently offering in store shipping and store pickup plus delivery for a small fee. Their website is very cool and easy to navigate and in addition to offering some superior cannabis, you can pick up some really great shirts, hoodies, jackets, hats and other items that will keep you connected to that stoner vibe.

Speaking of vibe, this dispensary has a very special vibe, inside and out, which makes it one of the best marijuana dispensaries in San Diego.  All beautiful glass on the outside and the inside is all glass and wood with beautiful marble like floors that will remind you of an old school pharmacy but much bigger and with better lighting.  The budtenders are friendly, ask good questions and give very specific information that not only answers the question you asked but the next potential question as well.  Translation, they are so good at their jobs they can anticipate the next question.  The Vanilla Frosting hybrid flower was so sweet and dank that it’s hard to believe how reasonable the prices were.  The recommended Banjo Shake Sativa flower was much better than even the budtender promised.  Excellent prices for some absolutely outstanding cannabis.

Klover San Diego Dispensary 

Klover is not just a dispensary with amazing cannabis products, it’s an artistic space that is visually distinctive not just in the San Diego area but in the dispensary realm in general.  Klover is open from 9 am to 9 pm every day and offers early bird specials for the not so early risers from 9 am to 11 am and a nice long happy hour during the week from 3 pm to 6 pm.  Klover also offers veteran and senior discounts plus a great loyalty program.  All that plus one more very unique discount.  If you take a selfie in front of the stunning mural in the parking lot, post it to your Instagram and show it to the budtenders, you will get a 10% discount.  They take their art and cannabis pretty seriously at Klover.  They are currently offering in store shopping, curbside pickup as well as delivery.  Their website is well done and easy to use, offers a great look at what you can expect and be sure to check out their FAQ section before you go.

The dispensary itself is light bright and massive as well as an art lovers dream come true.  There is plenty of space to make the rounds and check out the artwork done by local artists like Panca.  The vibe in this dispensary is chilled, relaxed and beautiful.  A great place to talk about cannabis with the budtenders who are pretty reflective of the vibe themselves.  Knowledgeable, relaxed, never pushy and know their cannabis inside and out.  What more could you ask for?  The recommended King Louie OG was a perfect hybrid and exactly as described, plus more. The Mango AF Sativa did provide that happy creative energy that all Sativas should plus it was tasty AF! If you are a chocolate lover and even if you’re not, don’t leave without getting some Coda Burnt Caramel Truffles, the best of any dispensary in terms of high quality beautiful chocolate that gets you stoned!

Be sure to check out: 5 Qualities of a Great Marijuana Dispensary

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Latte Strain Review

Latte Strain Review

Latte Strain Review

Latte Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Cookies/ Dispensary-Essence

Hybrid THC 19.55% CBD 0.05%

Terpenes-   Limonene, Beta Caryophyllene and Linalool

Bud Buzz: Latte is supposed to be a fairly balanced hybrid but it seems to lean more Indica from this dispensary.  Despite the moderate THC percentage, it’s seriously potent.  With this cannabis strain it’s best to start with a hit or two, wait 15 minutes to see if you need or want more.  Unless you have an especially high tolerance, you may be completely blissed out after just a few hits.  If you expect it to smell or taste like coffee, you will be disappointed but that does not mean the smell is not fantastic and a little bit like tea with lemon.  The taste is similar but has a slight diesel finish. The nugs are dense and sticky with plenty of trichomes indicating the power of this cannabis. You will get the balanced high of a good head buzz with the added body waves but the body waves are clearly the dominant feeling right from the beginning and pretty much throughout the entire high. 

Speaking of being high, this is a long lasting cannabis strain.  You will be high for hours, at least 4.  The last hour or so is a sleepy kind of buzz so if you are smoking this during the day, a power nap should be considered. The main feelings are happiness, relaxation with a light dusting of euphoria.  It is a social strain of cannabis, but a chill social strain which is perfect these days for most people.  Latte will help with mild to moderate pain and is really good for depression, anxiety and nausea. If you are looking for a cannabis strain to calm your mind, this is it!  No serious dry mouth or other negatives.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– One of the few cannabis strain that does not cause dry mouth or at least not noticeable dry mouth.  This does not mean you should not stay hydrated and water is always a good place to start.  As this strain has an aroma and taste that is slightly reminiscent of tea with lemon, why not continue the theme and actually have tea with lemon.  It’s delicious hot or cold and is good for you, especially if you are a green tea fan.

Munchables– The munchies will generally hit around the hour mark but are not overly intense.  If you are craving something savory, why not try one of those huge soft pretzels.  These should be in everyone’s freezer.  Even if they are salted, it should not be an issue but if you are looking for something more, melt some cheese and use it as a dipping sauce.  For those who want something sweet, churros are the way to go, if you can find them.  If you can’t find churros, donuts never disappoint!

Doables– A low key social strain, good for gaming with friends or if you want to go old school, board games with friends.  An excellent cannabis strain for watching action movies, or sci-fi or even better an action sci-fi movie.  Latte is also a strain that inspires creativity so drawing, painting, making some new music are all good activities.  You may not feel like doing anything extremely physical but some stretching and a walk are not out of the question.

Be sure to check out: Desert Unicorn Strain Review and Cherry Lotus Strain Review

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Desert Unicorn Strain Review

Desert Unicorn Strain Review

Desert Unicorn Strain Review

Desert Unicorn Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Cannera/ Dispensary-Jenny’s Dispensary

Hybrid THC 24.34% CBD 0.06%

Terpenes- Caryophyllene, Limonene and Myrcene

Bud Buzz 

This is a tough strain to find but worth it when you do, so stock up.  It’s a unique blend of greens, yellows, with some iridescence as well and some buds are supposed to have a unicorn like horn on them at the top of the bud, not present with all buds though. Desert Unicorn is a very well balanced hybrid that does what all hybrids should do, give you the best of both worlds. The smell is very earthy with some citrus and the taste is very similar to the smell, which is a sign of some truly premium bud.

Right away after one bong hit you will feel the head buzz begin and it keeps building from that first hit.  The body waves are less noticeable right away but if you take a second hit, you will feel them. The initial feelings are of relaxation and happiness with some intense bursts of energy that seem to come and go during the first hour or two. How social you feel may depend on your mood before you get high and also on the people around you.  It can sometimes be a good social strain but not always, it is really dependent on the circumstances. A really unique experience.

Good For

This cannabis strain is not super long lasting so after about 3 hours you can expect your buzz to be winding down, which means it might be time for a nap or more Desert Unicorn. Perfect for mild pain, especially sore muscles and joints so an excellent strain for someone with any type of arthritis, plus since it’s a hybrid you can wake n’ bake and still have a productive morning, with less pain.  This strain is also great for depression and anxiety.  Not too much of a dry mouth problem but it is still an issue.  No other negatives with Desert Unicorn.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– As dry mouth is not a huge problem you won’t have to constantly drink liquids but water is always important to have around with really any cannabis strain.  You could enjoy a glass of wine with this strain, a red or rose would be great choices.  Just be careful not to overdo on the alcohol with a strain this potent.  If you are not in a wine drinking mood, some flavored soda is a good option, grape or orange has some carbonation and is super refreshing.

Munchables-With Desert Unicorn, the munchies will hit but expect them to be delayed, like about two hours into your high.  If you are having wine to drink, or even if you’re not, why not make yourself a nice Brie and fruit platter, throw some almonds in as an extra snacking option and your munchies should be satisfied.  If your sweet tooth requires more than fruit, go for something a little chewy like homemade oatmeal cookies.

 Doables– Since Desert Unicorn is such a unique cannabis strain that promises bursts of energy, you could use that energy physically or mentally, or mix it up and do both.  The perfect strain for brainstorming new ideas, revamping old ones or anything in between.  If you feel like moving, take a short neighborhood walk or do some yoga and listen to some uplifting music.  If you are feeling social, and you might be, take advantage of those happiness feelings and inspire your friends or share a movie and a laugh together.

Be sure to check out: 818 Headband Strain Review and Tangie Breath Strain Review

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The Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas Nevada

Recreational Dispensaries in Las Vegas

The Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas

Recreational Dispensaries in Las Vegas

Planet 13 Las Vegas 

There is a lot to love about Planet 13, besides the cannabis.  Of course the cannabis itself is the star but coming in next is the overall environment, there is a restaurant and café so if you want to grab some food to satisfy your inevitable munchies, they’ve got you covered.  This dispensary is open from 9 am-1am Sunday –Wednesday and from 9 am to 3 am Thursday through Saturday.  These are reduced hours as they are normally open 24 hours a day.  Located just off the strip, they offer shuttle services from a variety of hotels and other locations throughout Las Vegas and you can call to check and reserve a place on their shuttle easily.  Currently they have limited Orb shows, as they draw too many people but if you are lucky enough to catch one of these shows, it is unforgettable and the perfect thing to do after you are nice and baked.

Planet 13 has daily discounts which you can check out on their website as well as an excellent loyalty program.  They are one of the recreational dispensaries in Las Vegas that have curbside pickup, in store shopping with good social distancing in place and offer free delivery with a $50 purchase.  The dispensary itself is massive and is a bit like visiting a planetarium but with lots of cannabis and some beautiful glassware.  The budtenders here know their cannabis and seem to really enjoy talking strain knowledge so feel free to ask any questions when you visit.  The budtenders recommended Irene, a top shelf Indica that was even more potent and delicious than promised.  Exceeding expectations is always a good thing!  The Chem 91 Sativa was an out of body experience and not to be missed.  Also check out their edibles, their Salted Carmel Macarons are worth the trip all by themselves.

Essence Cannabis Dispensary 

One of the best recreational dispensaries in Las Vegas located right on the Vegas Strip and is one of 5 in the state as well as two in Southern California. The company obviously knows what they are doing in terms of making the cannabis customer feel welcome and special.  Plus it’s Las Vegas, a city known for some of the best customer service on the planet.  They offer in store pickup from 8 am to 10 pm, curbside pickup from 8 am to 5 pm and delivery from 9 am to 8 pm. Essence has a super user friendly website and if you can’t find a product or have a question that can’t be answered on their site, you can always give them a call.  They offer plenty of discounts including ones for veterans, seniors and locals.  They are giving deep discounts to all veterans in the month of November so if you are in the area make sure to take advantage of the deals.

They have a good loyalty program called High Risers you should also join if you plan to frequent this dispensary.  The outside of the dispensary glows a cool green so you can’t miss it and the inside is all white and clean lines that really serves to showcase the products that you came for, namely cannabis.  Also whoever did the inside lighting is a creative genius but in a city like Las Vegas, good lights is probably the norm. The budtenders are friendly and knowledgeable and are not trying to upsell you, which is always appreciated.  The recommended Banana Treez hybrid flower was tropical, delicious and an excellent balanced high. The Latte hybrid was super potent despite it having 19% THC.  A great daytime hybrid just as the budtender said.  The Orange Betty Eddies were great but at 10 mg THC per candy, if you have a high tolerance, you may need to eat the entire pack, also it would be fantastic if they offered a mixed flavor pack of these edibles so people can try the Grape and Strawberry ones as well.

Jenny’s Dispensary North Las Vegas 

This dispensary is a little off the beaten path in terms of it not being right on the strip but it is well worth a trip, or ten.  Located in North Las Vegas with two other locations, one in Henderson and other marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, Jenny’s Dispensary strikes the perfect balance between large chain advantages and small dispensary personalized attention to their cannabis customers. They are open from 9 am to 9 pm every day except Sunday and their Sunday hours are 10 am to 6 pm.  Jenny’s is currently open for in store shopping and curbside pickup.  If possible you are going to want to visit the store, it’s stunning!  Their website is easy to navigate and with a special section for first time dispensary customers, there is no need to feel intimidated. Jenny’s Dispensary cares about the environment which is an obvious plus and customers can add that to the list of pros for this dispensary.

There are daily specials and a rewards program that you can sign up for that offers further deals. The interior of Jenny’s Dispensary is so inviting you may not want to leave, from the herringbone wood floors to the museum quality display cases to the eclectic lighting, there was clearly a lot of thought not to mention talent that went into the design of this dispensary.  The budtenders are kind, knowledgeable and have great senses of humor.  Anna in particular was a true professional and made the experience way more fun than expected. The recommended Desert Unicorn hybrid flower is some of the greenest dankest bud around and the potency hits perfectly for day or evening.  The Kosher Haze Indica Badder sends you right into a happy place and how you choose to spend your time in that happy place is entirely up to you. Overall Jenny’s Dispensary is just like their cannabis, topshelf.

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818 Headband Strain Review

8189 Headband Strain Review

818 Headband Strain Review

818 Headband Strain

Factoids:  Grower-High Ridge Farm/ Dispensary – MindRite

Indica Hybrid THC 24.3% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes- Limonene, Caryophyllene and Myrcene

Bud Buzz: 818 Headband strain is one of those cannabis strains that is full of surprises and nearly all of them are good ones.  First is the smell and taste because of the amount of limonene terpenes. This gives 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. 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.

Buzz Enhancers

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 strain 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.

Be sure to check out: Cherry Lotus Strain Review and Pineapple Kush Strain Review

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Tangie Breath Strain Review

Tangie Breath Strain Review

Tangie Breath Strain Review

Tangie Breath Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Oregon Growers Group/ Dispensary Cannabliss & Co.

Sativa THC 21.34% CBD 0.46%

Terpenes- Myrcene and Pinene

Bud Buzz: This cannabis strain should be nicknamed super social because it is weed you will want to share with your friends.  One of the more uplifting and talkative strains out there.  You will also feel pretty energetic and focused so if you have any projects that need to get done, this should be your go to strain of weed.  Not only will you be able to accomplish a lot, you will feeling amazing while you do it.  Add friends to the equation and it takes this high to the next level.  The first 15 minutes or so can be a little jittery the first time you smoke it, dab it or vape it but that goes away pretty quickly and was not a repeat problem.

Tangie Breath strain smells pretty medicinal but the taste is much smoother than the smell so not to worry.  Weed is medicine after all!  The feelings of creativity are powerful and even those folks who are not normally super creative may feel inspired by this cannabis strain.  Go with it.  The social aspect is prominent and you will just want to be around friends.  Laughing has never come so easily.  If your spirit needs a pick me up, Tangie Breath has you covered.  Great for anxiety and depression and of course it does wonders to decrease your stress level.  Not any real noticeable negatives besides a little dry mouth.

Buzz Enhancers 

Drinkables– if you are a person that enjoys an occasional beer or glass of wine with your cannabis, this strain is a good one for a drink or two. Go easy as it’s a potent strain and for some people the mix of marijuana and alcohol does not produce happy results.  Keep some soda or water around to sip on.  If you decide to use that energy for physical activity, stay hydrated and away from alcohol.

Munchables-because this is such a super social weed strain, why not make your food choice social as well.  Pizza.  If you’re not feeling in a savory mood, any type of chocolate will satisfy and for some reason Twizzlers really are the best snack option for this strain.

Doables-Tangie Breath will inspire you do something physical, especially the first two hours.  A hike or maybe a bike ride that does not involve a lot of hills are perfect activities to do alone if you want to take some time for yourself or with others.  Chatting on Zoom while drawing, yes multitasking is pretty easy with this weed and is a cool way to spend an afternoon.  You can also just sit back, relax and enjoy being high.  That’s an activity right?

Be sure to check out: Blue Dream Strain Review and Gorilla Glue 4 Strain Review

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Cherry Lotus Strain Review

Cherry Lotus Strain Review

Cherry Lotus Strain Review

Cherry Lotus Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Green Source Gardens/ Dispensary-Oregon Weedery

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 34.00% CBD 0.07%

Terpenes– Geraniol and Limonene

Bud Buzz: At 34% THC, Cherry Lotus was expected to be a heavy hitter.  It did not really live up to the hype from friends.  Not every strain is going to be a favorite and the fact that one of the Terpenes is Geraniol might be part of the issue.  Knowing which Terpenes work best for your unique body chemistry is just as if not more important than knowing the ins and outs of other factors of cannabis strains.  The smell of this bud is not exactly cherry, more like a lotus flower or some type of floral aroma.  Really nice either way and the taste is good but not nearly as strong as the smell, light floral with a bit of citrus undertones.  The body high comes on right away after the first hit but to get those smooth relaxing body waves going, you’re going to need another hit or two.  Good for low level pain, insomnia or depression.  There is no couch lock with Cherry Lotus strain but you will feel very tranquil and chill.  There is a sense of happiness but not really to the point of elation.  It’s a low-key cannabis strain on just about every level.  Some slight dry mouth but no other negatives.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– To combat the dry mouth, which is not too bad, lemonade or even better limeade really hits the spot, something with citrus.  If you don’t want the sugar, go with a tea and lemon combo.  Keep water nearby as well because you can get very thirsty, especially about an hour or so into your buzz and downing a glass before you drift off to sleep will keep you well hydrated.

Munchables-The munchies hit pretty hard with this cannabis strain so be ready.  Pizza to start?  If you’re a fan of Thai food, go for a nice green curry or a classic Pad Thai.  If you are looking for something that is quick and easy go for a bagel and cream cheese.  Once you’ve satisfied your savory cravings, go for the sweet stuff!  Pie anyone?  Fruit pies of course would be perfect and a nice big slice or cherry or blueberry pie with some whipped cream are both excellent choices.

 Doables-Cherry Lotus strain will not have you writing novels or running a quick few miles but that doesn’t mean your only options are movies and bed. Have a deep conversation with a friend.  Play a game with that same friend.  You may not feel like talking constantly but conversation, especially thoughtful conversation is always something worthwhile to do when stoned.  Once you feel your bed calling your name, watch something funny before drifting off.  This cannabis strain makes laughing come easy and that is always a good way to end your day!

Be sure to check out: Banana Puddintain Strain Review and Violet Vixen Strain Review

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Blue Dream Strain Review

Blue Dream Strain Review

Blue Dream Strain Review

Blue Dream Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Oregon Roots/Dispensary – Chalice Farms

Sativa Hybrid THC 24.27% CBD 0.16%

Terpenes-Myrcene and Alpha Pinene

Bud Buzz:  One of the classics for a reason, Blue Dreams strain never disappoints.  This strain has a slightly piney taste and smell but nothing overwhelming.  The feelings of happiness, downright euphoria and an amazing head high leading to a period of productive creativity made this one perfect for an afternoon artist session with close friends.  Not a super talkative high but if you hang with people who like to do their own thing, just around other people, Blue Dreams is the answer.  Now what was the question?  Excellent for depression, anxiety and pain, it can make you feel sleepy out of the blue bud another bowl keeps you on the creative train if you aren’t ready for sleep.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables-Water seemed a little boring, a nice fruity seltzer or a light IPA really hit the spot, especially in the summer.  Dry mouth can be an issue so make sure to keep something around you find refreshing.

Munchables-Blue Dream strain is not known for producing out of control hunger.  That being said, nuts or dried fruits, think trail mix type of snack probably won’t be turned down.  If you are creative in the kitchen, this strain just might inspire you.

Doables– Write, paint, compose, with Blue Dream the world is your oyster, creatively speaking.  A walking brainstorm session for panting ideas is a pretty epic way to spend an afternoon.  Don’t forget to take some breaks to soak in the beauty around you.

Be sure to check out: OG Kush Strain Review and Pineapple Kush Strain Review

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Gorilla Glue 4 Strain Review

Gorilla Glue 4 Strain Review

Gorilla Glue 4 Strain Review

Gorilla Glue 4 Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Panda Farms/Dispensary Oregon Weedery

Sativa Hybrid THC 30.7% CBD 0.10%

Terpenes- Caryophyllene and Limonene

Bud Buzz:  Peppery Lemon right off the jump, this cannabis strain is super potent.  A true head high with feelings of euphoria and a slightly spacy happiness.  Gorilla Glue 4 strain can make you pretty talkative so hanging with like-minded friends is a good way to spend the day.  This high evolves into a kind of sleepy period so if you want to wake and bake you might need a pick me up a few hours later.  The first hour or so is intense so hold on and enjoy!  Great for stress and depression.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– A good approach would be some water to start with and a caffeinated beverage later into your buzz.  Dry mouth is not a huge issue with this strain but nobody likes dry mouth while trying to enjoy their buzz.

Munchables– Gorilla Glue 4 either makes you ravenous for really any random food combination so plan accordingly or you are not really hungry at all.  It depends on how you are ingesting.  Vaporizing tends to make you a bit less hungry and bong hits can tend to make you pretty hungry, so if you have a choice you can help control this.

Doables– Again with Gorilla Glue 4 each high is a little different, even with the exact same batch.  There are times when games are a first choice or just talking away the hours followed by sometimes out of control laughter and other highs are so intense it takes about an hour before you really feel like doing much.  Drawing or just doodling is great for this time period.

Be sure to check out: Ghost Train Haze Strain Review and Death Star Strain Review

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New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

On Tuesday, voters in both New Jersey and Arizona legalize marijuana with strong support from on the ballot. They join the other 11 states and Washington D.C. who have already legalized marijuana.

New Jersey

The ballot vote passed 67.2% to 32.8% with strong turn out at the ballot. Under the change, only those 21 and older can legally buy and use cannabis.

Executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Steve Hawkins, stated “This victory will have a rippling effect in the Northeast and increase the rising pressure in neighboring states to take action on cannabis legalization.”

It is uncertain when marijuana will be accessible because laws should first be passed in order to prepare the new cannabis industry. It’s estimated that recreational marijuana could bring New Jersey $210 million in additional revenue.

The change is expected to move relatively fast because the Democrat-led Legislature and Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, both support cannabis legalization.

Arizona

Proposition 207 in Arizona will allow individuals 21 years of age and older have up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or a smaller amount of ‘concentrates’ such as hashish. It also allows recreational marijuana sales at accredited retailers and will let people grow their own cannabis plants.

The Smart and Safe Arizona Act also will levy a 16% excise tax on marijuana over the normal sales tax which will go to state and local authorities.  The new tax is estimated to bring in an additional $166 million annually. It will be used to fund police and fire departments, community colleges, public health and criminal justice initiatives and Arizona state transportation projects. The additional tax revenue combined with other state revenue opportunities, is estimated to bring in an additional $255 million in revenue.

The measure is backed by the legal cannabis industry and supporters argue it is time to rescind Arizona’s punitive penalties on cannabis, ensure high quality control through effective state testing and lower crime connected with marijuana smuggling and illegal sales.

When proposition 207 passes as election results are certified, marijuana will become officially legal in Arizona and retail sales could start as early as May.

Now that New Jersey and Arizona legalize marijuana, surrounding states will feel the pressure to follow suit if they haven’t already, to ensure they share in the increase tax and industry  revenue and job grown. Federal cannabis legalization has been a hot topic in this years election and should continue to be so in 2021.

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More Amazing Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland Oregon

Best Dispensaries in Portland

Best Dispensaries in Portland

Chalice Farms – Best Dispensaries in Portland

With six locations around the Portland metro area including one at the airport, which is, interesting to say the least, this cannabis dispensary chain does it all.  If you are in Portland, you are never far from a Chalice dispensary.  The dispensary being reviewed is near the waterfront on Naito Parkway.  There is not much signage out front so make sure you know where you’re going or you will easily walk right past it.  The first room you walk into looks and kind of feels like a dentist’s waiting room, with a few outdated magazines on a table.  Once you show your ID and wait, you will be ushered back to a beautiful space with lots of space and light wood, a bit like a cabin of cannabis!  The budtenders here know their stuff but as this location always seems busy, you might feel a little pressure to make a selection or five and be on your way.  They have some of the best topshelf cannabis in the area and their prices reflect this.  That being said, if you want to treat yourself, this is the place to do it!  If you are a newbie and have a lot of questions, they are very responsive to texts so it might be helpful to ask a few questions before you go.  Chalice Farms offers delivery, pickup and instore shopping plus if you are part of their rewards program you will get plenty of opportunities for some seriously good cannabis discounts.

Oregon’s Finest – Best Dispensaries in Portland

This small two store dispensary chain was the first in Oregon and it shows.  With an eastside and westside location, both dispensaries are convenient to get to.  The westside location is by far the most beautiful dispensary around.  It is spacious and full of great product displays and has a very extensive and varied menu.  Looking for a hard to find cannabis strain?  Odds are Oregon’s Finest has it or can tell you when to expect it to be available.  The budtenders here are qualified, knowledgeable and always friendly.  Sadly this amazing location is currently only doing pickup or delivery but the eastside location still has instore service.  The eastside location is of course spectacular but it doesn’t have that old school charm like the one on the westside does.  Oregon’s finest, in addition to some fine cannabis products, has a very interactive website with a good loyalty program. Their topshelf products have the highest THC percentages in town.  33% THC for some of the hybrid strains with Emerald Apricot the clear winner from this dispensary.  If you participate in their loyalty program, the fairly high prices won’t hurt quite as much.

Broadway Cannabis Market – Best Dispensaries in Portland

This very hip dispensary is not what it appears to be from the outside.  The neighborhood is a little rough so it’s best visited during the day but there is plenty of security around so you will not feel uncomfortable at all.  From the sidewalk, as you cue up on your socially distanced spot to get in, you will feel a bit like you’re about to enter a nightclub.  You’re not, it’s a bright and airy dispensary with the best deals on some seriously good weed.  There is a lot of glass in this large space, not that kind of glass, although you can pick up a bong or pipe to be sure.  With wide open display cases, and plenty of space to move around, take the time to look up while you’re there.  There is some amazing art on the walls and it adds to the overall vibe of this dispensary.  The budtenders are professional and go out of their way to make sure you are getting the right products for your cannabis needs.  If you seem unsure, they ask questions, which is a unique experience.  Most budtenders don’t ask questions, they answer them and you can tell they know the right questions to ask to make even a newbie feel like a qualified cannabis connoisseur.  The prices are the best around for flower, carts and concentrates.  The edibles are a little pricy but worth it!  With a rewards program and discounts for veterans, seniors and students, Broadway Cannabis Market does it right with pickup and instore shopping available.

Jayne – Best Dispensaries in Portland

Located on Portland’s inner eastside, Jayne is a cannabis lover’s dream come true.  A dispensary that not only has excellent cannabis options but is a beautiful and cool place to buy your bud.  Their hours are 10 am to 9 pm seven days a week and currently they are open for in-store shopping, pickup and even offer delivery.  In-store shopping is limited to only a few people in the budroom at a time to ensure social distancing but you won’t mind waiting as this dispensary is a true eclectic mix of décor that is quintessentially Portland! The outside of the building is decidedly modern but once inside , where you show your ID and wait to be ushered into the budroom is a mix of modern and old-school décor.  Very inviting.  The budroom itself is cool grey tones which serves to highlight why you came, for the cannabis.  Jayne’s website is extremely easy to navigate and showcases how truly involved they are in the Portland community and the charitable causes that matter to the area. Budtender Ryan, who is super friendly but possesses ninja like flower analysis can help you make the best cannabis selections for your needs. Both the Platinum OGKB and Royal Wedding were exactly as he described in terms of what to expect and the benefits for both.  This dispensary is more than worth the trip but if you prefer to pickup or have your cannabis delivered, Jayne’s got you covered there too.

Be sure to check out more Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon.

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Violet Vixen Strain Review

Violet Vixen Strain

Violet Vixen Strain Review

Violet Vixen Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Sol SeedsCompound Genetics/ Dispensary – Electric Lettuce

Sativa THC 24.00% CBD 0.14%

Terpenes- Caryophyllene and Pinene

Bud Buzz: This cannabis strain is perfect for daytime users.  So all you wake n’ bakers, this strain is for you!  Violet Vixen is not easy to find so if your local dispensary doesn’t carry it, ask for it.  For those who want a happy head high that inspires them to do great things with their day, this strain does that and more.  After a toke or two you will start to feel the head high, a little bit tingly as well, which passes in case that’s not a feeling you enjoy.  Once the head high is firmly established, you will start to experience the unmistakable feelings of happiness and contentment.  Not sit on the couch contentment but the kind that propels you to do stuff.

If you don’t have a plan for your day, no worries, with this cannabis strain brainstorming comes as easy as breathing.  Need to be inspired at work or just in life?  Violet Vixen is the perfect strain for creative inspiration of pretty much all varieties.  The only downsides are a little bit of jitteriness the first 10 minutes or so that goes away and some slight dry mouth but nothing overwhelming.  Perfect for depression and some low level pain management.  Also can be a super social and talkative cannabis strain with the right crowd.

Drinkables– dry mouth is not a huge problem with this strain of cannabis but you still need to drink something.  If you feel comfortable drinking alcohol with your weed, Violet Vixen is a good strain to indulge in a beer or two with.  If alcohol is not your thing then go with any type of soda or iced tea is super refreshing if it’s got a little lemon in it.

Munchables-the munchies seem to come out of nowhere after an hour or two so be prepared.  Since this cannabis strain can be super social, why not make your snack choices social as well.  Any shareable food is great but pizza is the ultimate shareable food.  If you are going solo and just need to take an inspiration break to refuel, choose something light and healthy.  Either way it’s easy to overeat with this strain so if you want to try and avoid that, plan ahead and only keep healthy options available.

Buzz Enhancers

Doables-there are so many possibilities with Violet Vixen.  You can write music, listen to music, and dance to music.  Of course if music is not your thing, why not paint of write?  Anything creative just seems to come more easily with this strain of cannabis.  If you want to do something physical, grab a friend or two and go for a walk.  While walking get into some deep conversations and solve all the world’s problems!

Be sure to check out: Blackberry Octane Strain Review

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Do Women Consume More Cannabis than Men?

Cannabis Statistics 2020

Cannabis Statistics 2020 

The short answer to this question is men do now, but women are quickly catching up when it comes to how much they spend on cannabis.  This has been a very recent trend and was observed in the first quarter of cannabis statistics 2020. If the current trend continues women may actually outspend and probably consume more cannabis than men in the US by sometime in 2021.  There are likely several reasons why this is happening and we will first take a look at the data and then explore some possible reasons why woman are stepping up their cannabis game.

The Numbers – Cannabis Statistics 2020

If we examine the month of March, women increased their spending on cannabis by approximately 50% which was in part due to lockdowns in most parts of the US however men did not see a similar increase.  Specifically women between the ages of 18-55 increased their cannabis spending across all product categories.  The majority of women spent their dollars on either flower or vape at 40% and 39% respectively.  Women did buy edibles, about 12% and a much smaller number of women spent money on concentrates, just 8%.  So clearly women prefer both smoking flower and vaping over edibles or concentrates.  These preferences are also true for men, the numbers just look a bit different.  Flower is the clear winner for men at 45% compared with vape at 35% and concentrates are at 12% with edibles coming in last place for men at 8%. The breakdown of how women spent money on cannabis products is interesting but the reasons why women have begun to spend so much more money than previously deserves some analysis.

The Dispensary Experience

Likely one of the biggest reasons women are on track to outspend men when it comes to cannabis is the existence of marijuana dispensaries.  In states where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational use dispensaries that cater to a wide range of customers and patients have opened in recent years.  This trend will continue as more and more states are predicted to legalize cannabis.  Women enjoy the process of visiting a dispensary, looking at a menu and making their selections.  Talking with a knowledgeable budtender is also part of that dispensary experience.  Even dispensaries that have moved most of their service to pickup or delivery still offer a good online experience that women really enjoy.  Not to say that men don’t enjoy dispensaries, they absolutely do but women were more put off by the idea of meeting up with a plug and as that is now changing, women are showing their appreciation by spending money at dispensaries.  As we see more niche dispensaries open in the coming months and years women will likely become more selective when it comes to what type of dispensary they prefer.  For now just the ability to purchase cannabis in a safe environment is proving the magic formula to encourage women to spend on cannabis.

Lifestyle and Education in Cannabis Statistics 2020

Women generally take pride in educating themselves about any product they buy and until recently when the cannabis industry became more easily assessable with dispensaries and websites out in the open, women have felt more comfortable to do the necessary research and then to use that knowledge to spend money.  Previously many women have felt that they could not be educated consumers but that is changing rapidly and the data supports these changes.  In terms of a cannabis lifestyle, it has become much more mainstream than ever before and that will continue to be the case.  Many women, especially mothers, had previously been hesitant to make cannabis a part of their lifestyle, until recently that is.  Now it is fast becoming not just socially acceptable for women to consume cannabis but preferable in many cases to drinking alcohol.  Everyone has been feeling their stress and anxiety levels increase in recent months and with a new normal emerging for the near future, cannabis has become the preferred method for women to manage their stress.  Certainly healthier than prescription medication or alcohol and now much easier and safer to obtain as well.

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Oh Canada, Traveling with Cannabis

Traveling with Cannabis in Canada

Traveling with Cannabis in Canada

I have always had a love hate relationship with Canada, in particular British Columbia.  What I mean by a love hate relationship is that I love Canada but they hate me.  As an American I can kind of understand why but still, it has always bothered me but never kept me from travelling to BC on a regular basis, Victoria and Vancouver are my favorite cities.  Most of my travel was done from Seattle Washington so I had many options, a slow boat, a fast boast called the Victoria Clipper or by car or bus.  I have probably travelled to Canada at least 6 or 7 times and each time when I crossed the border, it was harrowing, to say the least and I wasn’t even traveling with cannabis in Canada at the time.  Each trip I was questioned by border agents so intensely and in such depth you would think I was plotting to overthrow the government.  I saw how easily other Americans passed through customs so I felt a little offended but since I knew I had nothing to hide, I figured I just had bad luck.

Now I would never be so stupid to bring cannabis from the US to Canada and once Canada legalized cannabis in 2018 I knew I could pick up a gram or two while I was there and smoke it all by the time I left.  No worries right?  Not exactly.   I planned a trip on the Victoria Clipper to spend 2 nights in Victoria then take a large barge type boat from Victoria to Vancouver, stay there for 2 nights and then take a bus back to Seattle.  I learned the hard way that I get seasick in rough open water so I had taken a Dramamine before the boat left Seattle.  Once I arrived in Victoria I was feeling a little drugged, and not in a good way. Customs in Victoria is a sort of boat house that you que up to wait to speak with a border agent, answer questions and then you are good to go.  In theory.

Once I got to the front of the line I handed my passport to the agent who at first asked the standard questions, why are you here, for how long, where are you staying and so on.  He looked from my passport picture to me several times as I was answering the questions and sure I was a sweaty mess but otherwise I look like the photo so I began to suspect it was going to be yet another weird border experience.  He then asked if I had any additional identification.  That was a first but I handed him my driver’s license and thought that should end any potential issues.  He then asked me to step aside and another agent came and took me to a very small room where I waited and waited.  I wasn’t traveling with cannabis in Canada but I was really starting to freak out a little and eventually a different agent came and asked if I had any more ID.  Really?  More than a passport and a driver’s license?  Something was definitely up but I handed him a debit card plus my library card, which was all I had.  Then came the question, have you ever used drugs?

I stammered and made a lot of um and ah type noises, not sure how honest I should be.  I eventually realized if I didn’t give him some type of answer, I would be sent back over the border so I said well yes I have smoked cannabis.  He looked at me like I said I drink coffee.  His response was “well of course you smoke weed, everyone smokes weed that’s not what I’m asking”.  Now I was puzzled again and asked if he could clarify since I was currently under the influence of Dramamine and they clearly didn’t give a shit about whether I had used cannabis, what was really going on.  After years of strange experiences at the US Canada border, I finally heard the real story.  I looked like a drug runner they had been trying to catch for years and that is why I was always given the third degree, they knew the person had been crossing into Victoria or Vancouver from Seattle.  Finally some answers and they made a notation in my passport and since then I have had no issues crossing the border.  As I was leaving the little room he wished me well and said “we have much better weed than the US does so enjoy your stay”!  Did I mention I love Canada?

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Future #1 Strain Review

Future #1 Strain Review

Future #1 Strain Review

Future #1 Strain

Factoids:  Grower-7 Points Oregon/ Dispensary-Oregon’s Finest

Hybrid THC 27.68% CBD 0.04%

Terpenes-  Myrcene, Pinene, and Linalool

Bud Buzz: Another green cannabis strain by 7 Points Oregon that does not disappoint.  This is a perfectly balanced hybrid that will leave even those cannabis connoisseurs with a high tolerance very happy! A slightly pine smell and taste but nothing overpowering.

The density of these buds is off the charts. Within a few minutes of that first toke, the head high and body high come on strong.   You will get the tingles with this strain and the feelings of happiness and euphoria are extremely profound.  The perfect strain if you had a bad day, expect to have a bad day or just want to be sure you have an amazing day or evening.

Some cannabis strains encourage talkativeness, with Future #1 it is almost a certainty.  Perfect social strain and also good for creative types that want to explore their passion in a balanced way, happy and energetic but also relaxed at the same time.  Perhaps that is what the future holds for all of us.  Fingers crossed.

This balanced buzz lasts for at least 3 hours before the Indica side of the hybrid begins to dominate so keep that in mind. Future #1 is perfect for when you have things to do, people to talk to but then want to chill after a few hours or even take a nap.  An excellent strain for depression, stress and anxiety and with no noticeable negative side effects, your Future can be #1.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– Just because Future #1 strain does not cause any serious dry mouth issues does not mean you should not stay hydrated.  If you like to drink alcohol, having a glass of wine or a beer does well with this social cannabis strain, just limit your alcohol intake as Future #1 can hit pretty hard.

No matter if you do choose to drink wine or beer, make sure you are also drinking water.  If alcohol is not your thing, apple cider is such a perfect drink with this strain, cold or hot, it just works.

Munchables– If you are taking advantage of the social nature of the Future #1 strain, why not try a social snack, pizza is always a good option and if you have the ingredients on hand to let people make their own personal pizzas with weird and varied toppings, so much the better.

Creative food combinations go perfectly with this cannabis strain.  If you are looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, cupcakes are a perfect choice.  You can get creative with the icing and decorations, why not?

Doables– Anything creative or social or ideally both are good options in terms of things to do while enjoying your super buzz.  Even if you are not feeling the creative vibe, you can still get social and enjoy a comedy with friends online.  Once the giggles start, it is tough to stop, which is stress relief in and of itself.

Be sure to check out: Blackberry Octane Strain Review and Gorilla Glue 4 Strain Review

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Will Cannabis Save the U.S. Economy?

Economic Impact of Cannabis

Economic Impact of Cannabis

While it’s unlikely one product has the power to prop up the entire US economy is these challenging times, the economic impact of cannabis sales can certainly go a long way towards making sure that states have a steady flow of cash as they struggle with empty coffers and so many people in need.  If we look at the recent history of cannabis sales in the US last year and the continued high demand for cannabis so far in 2020, states who have wisely chosen to legalize medical marijuana or recreational, or both, have a distinct economic advantage over states who have yet to see the benefits of cannabis, not just for the state’s residents but for the economy in general.

If we look at the data from states who have has legalized cannabis during the entire 2019 year, it is easy to see the financial advantage cannabis provided.  In 2019 nearly 2 billion dollars in tax revenue was generated with these states leading in cannabis profits; California took in $538 million, Washington state $354 million, Colorado $290 million and Oregon $155 million.  Simply put, cannabis has nearly unprecedented potential to be a top state income generator.  That is just money, what about job creation related to the cannabis industry?  As of early 2020, so looking mostly at job creation in 2019, the cannabis industry had created nearly 250,000 jobs.  These are not only dispensary jobs but in all areas of the cannabis industry including research and development, brand creation and cannabis cultivation.  As the industry continues to grow, so will the job opportunities and the overall economic impact of cannabis.

Early in 2020, when most of the US was headed into some form of lockdown, cannabis was declared an essential service and that declaration has helped the industry not just continue to operate during the pandemic but to thrive as the demand for cannabis in all legal states has hit new records.  This makes perfect sense as many people are at home and feeling the stress and anxiety that seems to be a part of the new normal we are all living, cannabis has truly been an essential service.  This is not likely to change any time soon and as more states vote to legalize the medical and/or recreational use of cannabis, the growth that the industry has seen in the last year will continue and may even increase.

The willingness of the cannabis industry to be flexible in their operations has also been a significant factor for the unparalleled success of the industry overall.  As many businesses struggled to adopt their brick and mortar storefronts to constantly changing conditions, marijuana dispensaries have been quick to make the necessary modifications to ensure a safe experience for not just customers and patients but employees as well.  Many dispensaries moved to strictly curbside pickup and made modifications to their websites to support this change.  It may be slightly disappointing for some people who enjoy the in person dispensary experience but cannabis lovers have adapted.  The cannabis delivery option seems to have uneven growth, with some states and cities offering multiple options and others not venturing down that path yet.  This is one area in particular that may continue to develop in various states.  If the demand is there and cannabis customers need delivery, the industry seems likely to respond in a positive way.

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Quirky Cannabis Related Collectibles

cannabis collectibles

Once you have adopted the true cannabis lifestyle you may pick up some of the unique and quirky habits of collecting certain things related to that lifestyle.  Obviously collecting a wide range of cannabis strains is a temporary hobby as you will surely smoke, vape, dab or eat your way through your collection in a relatively short time. Real cannabis connoisseurs have some both useful and entertaining collections that they consider to be an essential part of the cannabis lifestyle.  Take a look at some of the most common ones below and see how many, if not all of the cannabis collectibles you have accumulated yourself.

Lighters

Stoners never just have one lighter.  Pretty much anyone who is serious about their cannabis and smokes, dabs or vapes as a primary consumption method has plenty of lights.  Small, big, full and even empty lighters can be found in the cannabis stash boxes of true stoners.  If a particular lighter has anything even remotely associated with cannabis it will always be part of the collection, even months or years after it is empty.  Kept just to have around on the off chance it might provide just one last light in times of a lighter emergency.  Some people collect only cannabis related lighters but most people have a fairly broad collection of various colors with no marijuana leaf on them or cannabis related sayings such as “its 4:20 somewhere in the world”.  The bottom line, if you ever need a lighter, just ask a stoner but they will want it back!

Weed Porn

Forget traditional porn, stoners like to collect weed porn and lots of it.  This weed porn tends to be from their own cannabis stash rather than just random pictures taken by people they don’t know.  Stoners will become experts in lighting and the basics of good photography just to ensure their cannabis pictures are the envy of other stoners. If they grow their own cannabis, be prepared for some serious weed porn, not just at harvest time but at various growth stages along the path to harvest time.  Some stoners will apply special lights and filters to give additional beauty to their weed porn collection and inspire other stoners to step up their own weed porn game.

Cannabis Containers

Who throws away their cannabis containers from a dispensary?  Not a real stoner that’s for sure and besides, recycling is good for the environment as well as a cannabis container collection. If those cannabis containers are glass, there can be plentiful useful ways to use those cannabis collectibles from repurposing the containers as spice jars to DIY candles and if the containers are large enough, to store food or really any items.  The key is to keep them around and if possible find a fun and creative way to display the collection of glass containers.  If the cannabis containers are plastic, it’s more challenging to find interesting ways to use them however it can be done.  Some stoners even plant small succulents in the containers or use them to start their next cannabis seeds off in the right environment and with good cannabis karma.

Cleaning Supplies

For those stoners who use glassware as part of their cannabis consumption whether it be bongs, dab rings or pipes keeping a collection of cleaning products on hand just makes good stoner sense.  As we all learned in the spring, giant bottles of isopropyl alcohol do not grow on trees and can become extremely hard to come by.  Keeping a few extra bottles around in your cannabis collectibles and buying a few when you see them in the store to add to your collection is necessary if you want to keep your glassware clean.  As a stoner you should definitely keep your glassware clean as it extends the life of it by years. Other cleaning supplies are important, such as sea salt, but are generally easy to find and therefore it’s not necessary to start a sea salt collection, unless you really want to.