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How To Inhale Marijuana

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What may seem like a simple and obvious task for experienced marijuana smokers, is not necessarily the case for first time users.  Think back to when you took your first toke on a joint.  Did you really know how to properly inhale marijuana?  While you almost certainly still got high, you most likely didn’t get the most out of your toke.  Smoking marijuana has its own vibe, pace and technique which differs to that of smoking a cigarette.  Let’s go through the process step by step to help you inhale your marijuana properly and effectively, as well as learn some tips and tricks on how to avoid coughing and burning of the throat.

 

Marijuana Vs Cigarettes

With cigarettes, smokers tend to take quick puffs, inhale and then exhale, all while flicking the end of their smoke to knock the accumulating ash off.  The pace of smoking a cigarette tends to be faster and more methodical.  Inhaling marijuana on the other hand is a whole different pace.  It’s meant to be laid back, slow, and relaxing.  Rarely is smoking a joint a rushed activity.  Slow, steady and long drags are the name of the marijuana game.

 

Inhaling Marijuana Joints

There are a few simple techniques you can use to help you get the most out of your marijuana toke.  When smoking a joint, take a slow and steady drag, inhaling as you toke.  You’ll want to inhale slightly through your nose as well as your lips should be sealed on the joint.  Start small if you’re new to smoking marijuana to reduce the need to cough.  Once you have had enough, remove the joint from your lips but continue to inhale the air for about another third of what you just smoked.  The air will help the THC get in to your lungs, which will increase the high you get from your toke.  There is a common belief that holding marijuana in your lungs after inhaling will get you higher, however, this is not necessarily true as cannabinoids such as THC act as a bronchodilator which increases airflow, and in turn, absorption without the need to hold it in.  Slowly exhale at a steady and consistent speed.

 

Inhaling Marijuana Bongs

While the principles are the same for inhaling bongs as they are with joints, a bong will give you a lot more smoke.  Water bongs can feel much smoother though due to the combusted marijuana filtering through water before it reaches your lips.  When inhaling marijuana from a bong, place your lips on the bong opening and light the bowl.  Take a slow and steady drag, breathing through your nose as your lips stay sealed to the bong.  As the bong fills up with smoke and you start to inhale the filtered marijuana, remove the bowl from the bong and quickly inhale to clear the smoke from the bong and absorb some oxygen as well.  This will give you a strong hit, much more intense than a toke from a joint.  Slowly exhale at a steady and consistent speed.

 

Inhaling Marijuana Bowls

Similar to smoking a bong, a bowl has a mouth piece and a bowl to place and burn your weed in.  However, where bongs have a removable bowl to allow air in after taking a toke, bowls have a hole on the side that you cover with your thumb while igniting your weed and release when taking your final inhale.  Placing your thumb over the hole while smoking creates a vacuum between the bowl and the mouth piece.  When you remove your thumb from the hole, it allows air through, clearing the pipe of smoke and reducing inhalation resistance so you can follow your toke up with a good dose of oxygen.  First, you’ll want to use a bud buster to grind up your marijuana.  Then take a small amount to start and place it in the bowl of your pipe.  Cover the hole on the side of the bowl with your thumb and place your lips securely on the mouthpiece.  Ignite the marijuana in the bowl with a lighter and begin inhaling slowly and steadily.  When you’ve had enough, release your thumb from the hole and continue to inhale.  As there will now be less resistance you will inhale much faster.  Slowly exhale at a steady and consistent speed.

 

Vaping Marijuana

If you find that joints, bowls and bongs are too harsh for you, you could try marijuana vaping cartridges.  Since marijuana vaporizes at a lower temperature than it burns, vaping can give you a stronger hit since more cannabinoids such as THC, will remain intact.  Because you are not combusting the marijuana, there will be fewer particles entering into your lungs creating a much smoother experience.  As vaping can be more potent, and less noticeable as it enters your lungs, make sure you take smaller hits to ensure you’re reaching a high you’re comfortable with.  You can always take another hit if the dose isn’t strong enough.

 

Regardless of what method you choose to consume marijuana, keep it slow, keep it mellow and enjoy the process as much as the high.  Long, slow tokes are the way to go, and starting with smaller quantities is always better than taking too much if you aren’t sure of the dose you prefer.  As with anything, the more you smoke, the more you’ll get the hang of it, and perhaps even discover your own tricks to getting that perfect high.

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CBD Lollipops

CBD Lollipops

There has been an enormous amount of excitement and hype around CBD (cannabidiol) over recent years.  The possible benefits of this miracle cannabinoid continue to grow as more and more people report on its ability to manage symptoms from a wide variety of conditions such as pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and PTSD.  Different from the second most active cannabinoid in cannabis called THC, CBD does not actually get you high.  The effects of CBD are not so much felt physically, but are visible in how they reduce symptoms.  With the ever-growing interest and demand for CBD, producers and retailers have created a wide variety of products to consume the cannabinoid.  There are many options when it comes to CBD products such as candies, chocolates, topical solutions and tinctures, but if you’re a CBD fan and also love to make your own treats, CBD lollipops are a tasty alternative that you can make right in the comfort of your own home.

 

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is one of many cannabinoids (chemicals) found in the cannabis sativa plant.  Although there are more than 80 cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, the major active cannabinoids are THC and CBD.  CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid meaning it doesn’t have the same psychoactive properties as THC does.   Although research behind this cannabinoid is on-going and constantly developing, CBD seems to be having many positive effects on patients suffering from pain, anxiety and most notably, epileptic seizures.  CBD seems to prevent the chemicals in the brain which initiate pain from breaking down, making it a seemingly good solution for pain and anxiety reduction as well.

 

What Types of CBD Products Are There?

CBD has become a mainstream topic in recent years and can be found incorporated into everything from beauty products to beverages.  With such a wide variety of options to consume CBD, there’s something available for everyone.  Some common CBD products are:

  • Ointments, creams and other topical solutions
  • Edibles in a variety of food formats such as candies, gummies, crisps, brownies and chocolates
  • Capsules which can be swallowed
  • CBD oil and tinctures
  • Vape cartridges
  • High CBD Flower

 

CBD Dosage for Lollipops and Other Forms

Unfortunately, there is not a precise dosage guide in place to help you determine exactly how much you need, however, there are recommendations to start within the 2.5 – 10 mg range.  This is a good dosage starting point to help with alleviating anxiety.  As dosage requirements can vary from person to person based on many unique variables such as age, weight, genetics, metabolism and any medications that person may also be taking, it’s important to start with a lower dosage and increase incrementally until the desired effects are achieved.  There is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to dosing, so start small, and take your time to determine what works best for you.

 

What to Look For With CBD Products?

As there are such an enormous number of options when it comes to purchasing CBD products, it’s important to know what to look for.  You’ll want to make sure you read the product label and determine the dosage of CBD per serving.  You’ll also want to note the product batch date and expiration date to make sure you’re purchasing the product in its optimal time frame, similarly as you would at a grocery store.  You’ll also want to consider the overall weight of the product and how many doses that weight will give you, as well as the recommended use instructions.

 

CBD Lollipop Recipe

Now that you’ve learned a bit about what CBD is, suggested dosages and the variety of products there are available, it’s time to learn how you can make your own CBD lollipops from home!

What You’ll Need

Before you dive in, you’ll need to make sure you have a few items ready for your delicious CBD lollipop creation.  Here’s a list of items you’ll need:

  • Saucepan (medium sized)
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Sticks for your CBD lollipops
  • Lollipop Mold (Silicone to prevent sticking)
  • Spoon for stirring (Silicone)

You’ll also need to make sure you have all the ingredients necessary before starting.  You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • CBD tincture
  • Sugar (1 cup – raw cane sugar or organic for best results)
  • Water (1/4 cup filtered)
  • Light corn syrup (1/2 cup)
  • Natural peppermint flavouring (3 teaspoons
  • Fine powder cane sugar

 

Now that you have all of your kitchen tools and ingredients ready to go, it’s time to dive in and start making your own homemade CBD lollipops.

  1. In the medium saucepan combine the sugar, filtered water and corn syrup and stir over medium heat until the mixture has dissolved.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and immediately stop stirring.
  3. Place the candy thermometer in the mixture and monitor until it reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit
  4. As soon as the mixture has reached 300 degrees Fahrenheit, remove it from the heat.
  5. Monitor the candy thermometer, and when it reads 250 degrees Fahrenheit, you can stir in 1 teaspoon of CBD tincture and 3 teaspoons of natural peppermint flavouring.
  6. Place your CBD lollipop sticks into the lollipop mold and pour the mixture in.
  7. Let the mixture cool in the molds for approximately 20-30 minutes.
  8. Remove your CBD lollipops from their molds and dust them with the fine powder cane sugar to help prevent them from sticking together.
  9. Store in an air tight container in a cool dry place.

Now that you have the basics down, feel free to experiment with this recipe by substituting the peppermint flavouring with a different flavour of your choice.  You can also skip the step of placing the lollipop sticks in the mold to create individual hard candies.  Play around with different molds, try a variety of CBD tinctures and create you own unique, fun and tasty CBD lollipop treat to take with you on the go, or enjoy while relaxing at home.

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Sexing Cannabis

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If you’ve ever dug into the world of homegrown cannabis plant cultivation, you’ve almost certainly discovered that cannabis grows as either male or female plants.  If you are growing your cannabis to produce those tasty buds like the ones you purchase at your favourite cannabis store, knowing whether your plant is male or female is crucial information.  This is simply because only the female plants are capable of producing potent buds.  Every strain of cannabis you’ve ever purchased would have come from a female plant.  So, the question you are most likely wondering is, how in the world can you tell what sex your cannabis plant is?

 

What is Sexing Cannabis

Sexing cannabis is determining whether the cannabis plant is male or female.  As the plant gets older, the sex becomes more apparent, but when the cannabis plants are in their early stages of development, the differences are much more difficult to identify.  Sexing cannabis properly is a crucial step to growing your own cannabis for ingestion.

 

How to Determine the Sex of a Cannabis Plant

Identifying if a cannabis plant is male or female is quite obvious as the plant develops, however, there are ways to identify them in their vegetative stage of development too.  The key to sexing the cannabis plant in this early stage is to look at the plant’s pre-flowers.  Pre-flowers can be seen in male plants at approximately 3-4 weeks and in female plants at 4-6 weeks.  They are extremely small so it’s recommended to use a magnifying glass to help you locate them in the plant’s nodes.  The cannabis pre-flowers are located right at the base of the leaves where the male plants display a pollen sac, and the female plants begin to show a tiny bud and pistils as seen in this excellent diagram from Leafly.  The pollen sac on the males are there to develop pollen in order to fertilize the female plants who in turn will develop seeds in their buds.  The stigma on the female plants catch the pollen from the male cannabis plants to initiate fertilization.  This is why it’s important to remove any male plants you have before they fertilize the female plants who in turn will produce seeded buds instead of seedless buds.  You may also hear seedless buds referred to as sinsemilla which translates to “without seeds”.

 

Mixing Male and Female Cannabis Plants

When both a male and female cannabis plant are present, fertilization occurs.  The male plants develop and release pollen from their pollen sacs, while the female cannabis plants catch that pollen on their stigma and fertilize their buds.  The fertilization process develops seeds inside of the buds which eventually drop onto the soil and begin the growth of new cannabis plants.  In order to grow cannabis for smoking or ingestion with a potent THC content, female cannabis plants must not be fertilized.  This encourages the female plant to continue to grow buds without the seeds.  This is why sexing your cannabis plants is so important.  One male plant can ruin your entire crop.

 

What is a Hermaphrodite Cannabis Plant?

It is possible for a cannabis plant to have both male and female sex organs.  A hermaphrodite cannabis plant is something to keep your eyes peeled for as you may mistake it for a female plant, but a hermaphrodite plant can pollinate your other cannabis plants.  A female cannabis plant can become a hermaphrodite by genetics, or if the plant is put through stress such as deficiencies in nutrients, poor weather, disease and damage to the plant itself.  It’s very important to take care of your cannabis plants to ensure they are not subjected to any of these stresses.

 

Can You Tell the Sex of Cannabis by its Seed?

Unfortunately, there is no way of determining the sex of a cannabis seed.  However, there are feminized seeds which ensure that the plant will be a female.  Feminized seeds are produced by creating the hermaphrodite process in a female plant, which in turn pollinates itself.  The seeds it produces are feminized and will grow into a female plant like its mother.

 

Can You Clone a Cannabis Plant?

Cloning is an excellent way to ensure you are not only growing the female sex of cannabis, but that you are getting the exact same varietal.  Cloning is done by taking a clipping of an existing cannabis plant, nurturing them until they begin to grow roots, and then planting them.  This method removes the process of sexing your cannabis and allows you to focus on growing a happy, healthy female plant.

 

Can You Smoke Male Cannabis Plants?

Male cannabis plants do contain low quantities of THC, so you could in fact smoke the plant and feel a high.  However, since the THC levels are so low, you would have to smoke a lot more male plant to feel its effects.  This is why buds from unfertilized female plants are used for cannabis products meant for ingestion.  They have a much higher concentration of THC which allows the user to consume less to feel high.

 

Growing your own cannabis is a very rewarding experience.  Even more so, when growing your own cannabis from a seed.  Now that you know how to identify the sex of both male and female cannabis plants, you’ll be able to separate them at their pre-flowering stage in order to allow your female plants to flourish, producing plenty of tasty buds for your harvest.

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Which Cannabis Strain is Right For You?

Which cannabis strain is right for you

For those of us who enjoy consuming cannabis, the incredible variety available these days is akin to what wine enthusiasts have enjoyed for centuries.  No longer is a bag of weed just a bag of weed.  If you’re looking to order some cannabis online you’ll be confronted with an enormous number of options all of which offer varying effects on the body and mind and come at different costs.  If you’ve been a cannabis connoisseur for a while, chances are you’ve discovered exactly which strains you enjoy the most depending on your mood and mindset.  For those who are just beginning to dabble in the world of weed, the decision of where to start can be a bit overwhelming.  Don’t worry, there’s a cannabis strain for that too!  In this blog, we’ll go over what the basic varieties of cannabis are, what their best uses are and how to decide which strain is right for you.

 

What is Cannabis?

This seems like a trick question.  It’s weed, right?  Well, yes… sort of.  Cannabis is actually a genus which contains three varietals beneath it: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis.  The chemical compounds which make up the plants of the cannabis genus are called cannabinoids.  Cannabis contains an unbelievable 113 cannabinoids!  The most well-known cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).  Understanding how these cannabinoids affect you can help you determine which cannabis strain is right for you.

What is THC?

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol stands out from the other cannabinoids of the cannabis plants for being the most psychoactive compound.  The weed high you feel comes from the plants THC.

 

What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid which tends to induce a calm, relaxed feeling when consumed.  CBD has been getting a lot of press recently for its many possible health benefits.

 

What is Cannabis Sativa and is it Right for You?

Cannabis Sativa is a tall marijuana plant with narrow leaves.  It grows best in sunny, southern climates and has a flowering period between 12-16 weeks.  The buds of a cannabis sativa plant tend to contain a high amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and lower amounts of CBD (cannabidiol) which offers sativa users a more energetic high.  If you’re looking to be productive and active, this cannabis strain might be right for you.

 

Common Effects of Cannabis Sativa:

  • Energizing
  • Stimulating
  • Increase Productivity
  • Mood Elevation

What is Cannabis Indica and is it Right for You?

Cannabis Indica plants are much shorter and stockier than their cousin cannabis sativa.  Their leaves are wider and they tend to grow in sub-tropical countries.  The cannabis indica strain contains a much higher content of CBD which helps counter the effects of THC and is known to give a much more mellow high.  If you’re looking to have a mellow, relaxing high, this cannabis strain might be right for you.

 

Common Effects of Cannabis Indica

  • Body Buzz
  • Relaxation
  • Numbing
  • Sleep Educing

 

What is Cannabis Ruderalis?

Cannabis Ruderalis is essentially a wild breed of cannabis which has adapted to the short growing seasons of the northern regions it can be found in.  Also known as ditch weed, cannabis ruderalis is short and bushy and contains a very low amount of THC.

 

So now that you have a basic understanding of the three varieties of cannabis and their cannabinoid makeup, let’s explore some of the available strains and their most commonly reviewed effects to help you decide which cannabis strain is right for you.

 

Cannabis Sativa Strains

Sativa strains tend to offer their users an energetic high.  They can increase brain activity, spark artistic inspiration, and elevate your mood.  Many like to enjoy sativa strains during the day to help increase productivity and get out and enjoy the outdoors with a positively shifted mindset.  If the cannabis sativa strain sounds like the right choice for you, these varieties are a great place to start:

  1. Super Lemon Haze
  2. Sour Diesel
  3. Green Crack
  4. Blue Dream

 

Cannabis Indica Strains

Indica strains are known for their laid back, relaxing vibe.  They tend to offer more of a body buzz and are commonly used to relax, calm your mind and help with sleep.  A good way of remembering the effects of indica is to think “indica, in da couch”.  Many reviewers of the indica strain suggest using it to help relieve stress, and to encourage relaxation.  If cannabis indica sounds like the right strain for you, these varieties are a great place to start:

  1. Violator Kush
  2. Purple Punch
  3. Bubba Kush
  4. Northern Lights

 

Hybrid Strains

Sometimes you’re looking for a more mellow vibe than that of a sativa strain, but you also don’t want to sink into the couch and turn your mind off.  That’s where hybrid strains come into play.  Hybrid strains are a cross between sativa strains and indica strains.  They are increasingly becoming popular due to the ability to combine the best attribute of two or more different strains.  Some hybrids lean more on the mellow indica side, while others offer a more energetic feel.  There are a wide variety of hybrids to choose from and they can be the perfect addition to your cannabis selection.  Some great examples of hybrid strains are:

  1. Pineapple Express
  2. Trainwreck
  3. Blue Dream
  4. Garlic Breath

 

Those are just a few examples of the many cannabis strains available for order.  So where to begin?  Which cannabis strain is right for you?  Well, with the information you just learned about the varietals of cannabis and their cannabinoid content along with the most common effects, choose a strain that you think would best suit your situation.  If you’re looking for a more energetic, upbeat high, try a sativa.  If you’re looking to just kick back in the couch and space out, give an indica a try.  If you think you’d like something in the middle, start with a hybrid strain.  The only way to truly find out which strains suit you best is by trying them.  Luckily there are many reviews online of people who have actually tried them and descriptions of how they felt.  There are also excellent resources such as this site which will keep you up to date on the latest and greatest cannabis strains.  Start off by purchasing small quantities of a variety of strains.  Once you know what you like, you can dive into some discounted bulk purchases.  Check out our post “How Long is Weed Good For” if you’re ready to start building your collection.  Most importantly, have fun exploring!

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Fun Things To Do While High

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As we move through our lives our day to day tasks and responsibilities seem to keep compounding.  We work hard every day to earn enough money to support the lifestyles we’re used to.  We have children and pets to care for, cleaning and cooking to do; the list goes on.  We’re laden with time-consuming obligations and brain-busting itineraries.  It’s no wonder we look forward to those precious days off.  We need a chance to rest, let loose and do something fun.  We need something new and exciting to balance out the stress of our busy lives.  However, it’s not always easy to shift our mindsets from work to play.  Luckily, cannabis can assist greatly in that regard.  A toke or two of your favourite herb and the worries of the world can melt away.  It’s the perfect time to slow down your racing mind and replace it with some fun activities.  You have your weed, a whole weekend ahead of you, but now what?  What are some fun things to do while you’re high?

 

For the Mellow High

  1. Baking – Leave those pjs on, it’s your day off. Instead of rushing out of the house like you do every other day of the week, bust out a nice hybrid strain and bake your favourite treat.  Not only does it make the house smell terrific but eating a baked treat tastes that much better when you made it yourself (and when you’re high).
  2. Binge Watch – If you have a hard time disconnecting from your busy work life, a few tokes of your favourite indica and some movies or a new series are the perfect pairing. Cozy up on the couch and dive into another world, leaving the stresses of your week in a cloud of smoke.  We suggest a good comedy or cartoons for some good laughs.
  3. Listen to Music – If you’ve had too much screen time and don’t feel like being creative, roll one up and listen to some new music. With music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal or Apple Music, there are a ton of playlists out there to fit your vibe and help you discover some new artists.  If you have some nice headphones or hi-fi speakers, you’ll really get the most out of listening to music while you’re high.
  4. Play Video Games – There are few better times to play video games than when you’re high. Grab your weed stash, shut the blinds and dive deep into another world.  Try a new game by an independent developer, or lose yourself in your console’s greatest hits.  There are lots of amazing games out there and they’re a ton of fun when you’re high.

 

For the Fun and Adventurous High

  1. Hike – There’s nothing quite like getting back in touch with nature. Pack a bag full of snacks, water and your favourite sativa and get outside to explore.  Hike to a spectacular viewpoint, find a quiet spot in the forest, check out that waterfall you’ve always wanted to see.  Bring a camera too!
  2. Kayaking or SUPing – Get a great upper body work out and enjoy the soothing sounds of the lapping water. Bring a few prerolls and pack them in a waterproof bag to enjoy once you’re out on the water.
  3. Camping – In my opinion, there’s no better place to get high than out in nature. Hike into a cool spot with the bare essentials, or load your vehicle up with all the comforts and fun accessories you want.  Either option is a great choice to get outside and have a ton of fun while high.
  4. Biking – Light one up then hop on your bike for a fun two-wheeled adventure. Bike around your neighbourhood or go find some mellow cross-country trails through the woods.  You’ll get your exercise and cover lots of ground.

 

For the City High

  1. Eat – You know you’re going to be hungry after smoking some fine herb, so why not try a new restaurant or spend the afternoon chasing food trucks. There are so many delicious food options in the city so make the most of it.
  2. Theme Park – If you have a theme park nearby, get your adrenaline pumping with a toke and coaster. If you thought riding a rollercoaster was wild before, wait until you ride one high.
  3. Get Cultural – Consuming cannabis can help you see things from a different perspective. Why not maximize your high by going to your local Science Centre, Museum or Art Gallery.  It’s engaging, stimulating and it might just blow your mind.
  4. Get a Massage – You’ve had a fun time getting high and checking out all of the great amenities the city has to offer. Why not wind down with an hour-long massage to cap off an amazing day.

 

For the Fun and Creative High

  1. Make a Film – This is something you can do with some friends or by yourself. Smoke some uplifting, creative inspiring weed, grab a video camera, dslr or even your smartphone, and make a short film.  There are no boundaries to what topic, length or vibe it needs to be.  Shoot some visuals that inspire you, amuse you or weird you out and edit it into your own creative masterpiece.
  2. Writing – Pour yourself a hot cup of tea or coffee, grab a pen and some paper and just… write. Get in tune with yourself by writing a personal journal, or let the creative side of your mind fly with a fictional story.  It’s up to you!  If you’ve been on your computer all week, there’s nothing quite like getting back to basics with a pen to paper and your thoughts.
  3. Paint – Grab some paints and a canvas and unleash your inner Bob Ross. Let your mind run free and remember, “there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.”

 

Whether you’re in the mood to sink deep into the couch or ready for an adventure, there are plenty of fun things to do when you’re high.  Try some different activities, pair them with your favourite strains of weed and make your own list of fun things to do when you’re high.

 

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How Long Is Weed Good For?

Weed Storage

Ok, so you’ve got your big precious stash of weed.  Well… maybe you have a few big stashes to satisfy your ever-growing palette and to round out your magnificent cannabis portfolio.  A nice selection of sativa strains for those sunny, energetic daytime highs, a few heavy hitting indicas for those laid back couch sessions and some sweet hybrids for every mood in between.  With all of the incredible options available these days, there’s a strain to compliment just about any vibe you’re feeling.  In fact, there’s no better time to be a weed connoisseur than now.  The quality of products available has never been higher, and in turn, neither have you.  But is your precious stash slowly degrading with each passing day?  Is old Father Time sauntering your way to turn your exquisite herb collection into stale, dusty shake?  How long do you actually have until your weed goes “off”?  Exactly how long is weed good for?  Well, that depends.  I know, just the answer you wanted to hear.  There are a few factors that will determine how long your sweet bud will last.  The key is understanding what those factors are in order to create the perfect long lasting weed storage environment.  Not to worry, we’re here to help by unrolling some great tips and tricks to help you keep your herb fresh right up until the very last toke.

What Degrades Weed?

In order to understand how to maximize the longevity of your weed, keeping it fresh and tasting great for as long as possible, we need to know what factors work against it, reducing its lifespan and deteriorating its quality.  There are four main elements that will degrade your weed: temperature, humidity, light and air.  Many think that throwing their savory stash into the freezer will freeze all aging and forever seal the freshness in.  However, extreme cold like that a freezer produces can actually separate trichomes from the bud; a process used to create hash.  Without the trichomes in tact, the potency of your weed will become significantly reduced.  Fridges aren’t recommended either as their temperatures and humidity can vary too much allowing for possible mold growth.  Conversely, keeping your cherished weed in a hot location such as near a heater, oven or on a sunny window sill, will dry it out.  UV rays will actually break down your weed over time, whittling away at it each day it’s exposed.  You also don’t want to just toss your bud out on a table or leave it loose in a plastic bag.  This will allow air to get to it, drying it out and reducing its overall freshness and lifespan.  The last thing you want is to turn your new favourite strain into a dusty, disintegrated pile of ineffective compost.  Ok, now that we know what elements affect your weed in a negative manner, let’s look at ways of protecting it from the four elements: temperature, humidity, light and air.

Best Conditions to Keep Your Weed

Armed with our new found knowledge that temperatures too hot or too cold as well as environments that are too humid or too dry can negatively affect your special herb, we need to identify what the best conditions actually are to store your weed.  A cool (not cold) dark place, ideally with humidity levels somewhere between 54 to 63 percent creates the perfect conditions for long lasting freshness. You’ll also need to protect your herb from the air by placing it in an airtight jar made of glass or ceramic, or a container specifically designed for marijuana storage.  If you’re using a glass jar, look for something opaque to help protect your weed from the light.  To assist with humidity control there are humidity packs available for purchase, specifically designed to control the moisture level in your container.  It may even be worth investing in a high-quality weed humidor as well to protect your precious cannabis collection.

Now that you know the ideal conditions to store your weed at and the best containers to store your weed in, how long is it good for?  If properly protected from light and air and kept in ideal temperature and humidity conditions, your weed can stay fresh anywhere between 6 months to a year!  With a timeline like that you should have plenty of time to have your weed and smoke it too.

What Happens if Marijuana is Stored Too Long?

As time passes your weed will begin to degrade, losing its scent and strength with each passing day.  The first indicator that your weed quality is diminishing will be the weakening of its odor.  After the first year of storage, weed begins to lose its THC properties by around 16 percent.  The longer you store it, the weaker your weed will get.  It will also become dry, tasteless and harsh to smoke.  If this happens, don’t be afraid to throw it out.  With all of the incredible options available today, why waste your high smoking old dried out bud?  If you’ve had your weed for over a year, you most likely didn’t enjoy that particular strain or you purchased too much of it. Toss it, try something new, and consider purchasing smaller quantities in future.

So how long is your weed good for?  Stored in proper conditions you can keep your precious buds fresh and tasty for six months to a year.  That’s a very good amount of time indeed; more than enough time to build out a sumptuous bud buffet of different strains to satisfy your every mood.  If you find yourself holding onto your weed beyond that, perhaps it’s time to say goodbye to the old and treat yourself to some new tasty strains.  There’s no point in forcing yourself to smoke some old, dusty, harsh weed when there are so many incredible options available.  Keep these tips and tricks of how to store your weed properly in mind and you should have plenty of time to enjoy your collection long before it ever dries out or loses its potency.

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Using Cannabis for Pain Relief

Cannabis Pain Relief

The benefits of Cannabis are becoming more and more apparent as medical institutions dive deeper into the research behind this miracle genus.  Referring to three psychoactive plants; cannabis sativa, cannabis indica and cannabis ruderalis, Cannabis has been providing another alternative for pain relief.  We’ve all experienced some form of pain throughout our lives, but for some, pain is a part of our day to day lives.  In fact, chronic pain is one of the most common causes of long term disability and is often treated with pharmaceutical prescriptions.  For many, pharmaceuticals have been the only method to treat their pain, but modern science has finally begun to break the stigma surrounding cannabis and shine a light on the multitude of benefits it has to offer.  With its two most prominent biologically active chemicals, THC and CBD, Cannabis has shown great promise, and in many cases, excellent results for treating a multitude of conditions including pain relief.

What Kind of Pain Can Cannabis Be Used For?

There are a variety of reasons we can suffer from pain.  An action as simple as lifting a heavy object the wrong way can cause significant back pain.  We can strain our muscles from overexerting them, or injure our joints participating in the sports we love.  There are also more serious medical causes for pain such as muscle pain from a spinal injury, arthritis, multiple sclerosis or lupus, or chronic neuropathic pain from nerve damage caused by surgery, cancer, diabetes or HIV.  Cannabis (most notably CBD) can be used to help lessen the pain experienced from these conditions.  As well as offering relief from pain, the THC component of Cannabis can help patients, such as those with HIV or who are being treated with chemo, regain their appetite and lessen weight loss.  That is the incredible thing about Cannabis.  It has been found to help a wide variety of patients experiencing very different symptoms.

How Can Cannabis Relieve Pain?

Cannabis is comprised of two main components; THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).  Up until recently, Cannabis had been classified as a schedule 1 drug and so this limited the support, funding and resources for proper in-depth research into the benefits of its usage.  However, recent studies of CBD have shown promising results in reducing inflammation and providing pain relief, and the response from patients using CBD to subdue their chronic pain has been very positive.  Proper research analysis would require studying the effects of patients using Cannabis over an extended period of time, and as legalization has just begun, studies are still in their infant stages.  One exciting and promising study has been uncovering the effectiveness of Cannabis in controlling severe seizures with fewer side effects than the previous prescribed pharmaceuticals. There are also many other compounds within Cannabis that require further study to determine their contribution to the positive effects people are experiencing from using the plants.  One thing is for sure, Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, and as legalization expands and research funding improves, the future is looking very bright and exciting for these incredible plants.  At Canada Wide Weed helping people treat their chronic pain symptoms is very important to us.  We have a great selection of Cannabis products that have been carefully crafted with pain relief in mind such as our Lemon & Co. Organic Pain Relief Cream, our New Prohibition Organic CBD Oil and our Cypress Organics Indica Tincture.

What Form Does Cannabis Come in?

Cannabis can come in a variety of deliverables.  This allows for a very customizable experience which can be catered to the individual seeking pain relief from Cannabis.  The most common method of consuming Cannabis in the past has been to smoke it as a dried plant.  Nowadays there are many more products available, so for those who are concerned about inhaling smoke or just don’t like the taste of the burning plant, there are many other great alternatives.  Some may enjoy to brew it into a tea.  There are also excellent topical formulas available which allow for absorption of Cannabis through the skin.  Another method which is becoming very popular is to ingest the Cannabis in the form of edibles.  These edibles are commonly made into chocolate bars, gummies, drinks, brownies and cookies, but can also come in an infinite number of other food or drink products making the ingestion of this pain-relieving medicine much more palatable for some.  For information on how long it takes to feel the effects of cannabis from edibles, please read our blog post: How Long to Edibles Take to Kick In?

Which Cannabis Pain Relief Products Are Right for Me?

We are all unique.  We enjoy different flavours, different scents and require relief for pain and discomfort that is unique to us.  There just isn’t a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to finding the most suitable Cannabis products for you.  That’s why we at Canada Wide Weed offer a wide range of products in a variety of forms to choose from.  Whether you prefer a topical solution, a delicious edible, or perhaps you’d rather a dry herb or tincture, we have a Cannabis product for you.  Each product on our website has an in-depth description of its benefits and effects to help you discover a Cannabis product that works best for your situation.  We also recommend reading the reviews from our amazing customers to help give you some insight into how each Cannabis product has helped them and what their personal experience has been.  Of course we are always here to help as well.  If you in the United State we recommend you check out this company here

 

It is an exciting time for Cannabis and its role in assisting with pain relief.  Although it has been used for thousands of years as a pain medication, to induce appetite and to shift mindsets, only recently has it begun to get the attention, funding, and proper research it deserves.  Many have already experienced incredible relief from the use of Cannabis and now we will finally be able to uncover the science behind these miraculous plants.

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Funny Names for Weed Over the Decades

Funny Names for Weed Over the Decades

What are you smoking these days?  Some weed, ganja, bud or herb? Or maybe you’re more into that sticky icky or some of that wacky tobaccy. Call it what you want but there’s nothing better than kicking back at the end of the day and puffing on some sweet jazz cabbage. Call it a sign of endearment, but no other plant out there has earned so many different names and that list keeps on growing higher than toking on some funky fern. We all like our chronic as much as we like to have a good laugh, so what are the top funny names for weed you ask? Well, that depends on what era you’re from.

1930s Funny Names for Weed

If you were born in the 1930’s you might ease your farmers back at the end of a hard day by flopping down in your rocking chair and puffing away on some sweet devil’s lettuce. Mmm mmm, nothing sounds so forbidden and delicious quite like devil’s lettuce. The name devil’s lettuce came from anti-weed campaigns initiated by the government to dissuade people from smoking cannabis. How devilish of them!

1940s Funny Names for Weed

It’s the end of the day and you’re prepping up a tasty spamghetti carbonara for you and the kids. It’s a time of war and stress levels are high. About as high as you’re going to be once you glide across your linoleum floor, flop down on your floral fabric couch and dive into your giggle smokes! Not feeling the giggle smokes? Treat yourself to some joy smokes or goof butts.

1950s Funny Names for Weed

Moving on to swing dresses and crisp white t-shirts, your Chevy Bel Air is parked out front and Elvis Presley is “All Shook Up” on the A.M. radio. Sounds like he could really use a puff of pod.  That’s right I said pod, not pot. The term “pod” was used between the 1950s – 1970s in lieu of the word pot. Pot is derived from the Mexican Spanish word potiguaya, meaning marijuana leaves. Not that just makes sense!

1960s Funny Names for Weed

Far out, we’ve travelled back in time to the 1960s. Jobs are plenty and you’ve bought yourself a brand new colour television set. It’s time to kick off your loafers and watch the premiere of a new show called The Flintstones. Speaking of stoned… you can’t watch those wacky prehistoric characters without smokin’ a little bit of grass first! Back in the ‘60s, there wasn’t the wide selection of high-quality herb we know today. A bag of marijuana was very green and looked a lot like… well… a bag of grass clippings. I guess if you smoked all your grass you could say you’ve mowed the lawn!

1970s Funny Names for Weed

Slip-on your bellbottoms and fluff out that sweet afro, it’s Saturday night and you’ve got the disco fever. The only way to get this funky night rolling is to slip on your platform shoes and spark up some of that primo skunk. That’s right my Pepe Le Pew friends, if you were kickin’ it in the 1970s you’d be calling marijuana skunk due to its pungent “skunky” odour. Do you dig it?

1980s Funny Names for Weed

Back to the future, we’re in the 1980s. Leather jacket popped collar and Take On Me busting out of the speakers of your wood-panelled station wagon. You’re racing home to shut out the world and lose yourself in a high stakes game of Pong on your new Atari game system. The only way to handle that kind of pressure is to light up some of that dank weed. Awww yeah… there it is. Weed is still the go-to slang name for marijuana to this day, and although it had been used by earlier generations, it really picked up popularity in the ‘80s.

1990s Funny Names for Weed

Boo-ya! You’re in the 90s, board-sliding the school parking lot curbsides while blasting Smells Like Teen Spirit on your Shockwave Discman. Ripped baggy jeans and t-shirt over your hoodie, the only way to ease that teenage angst is to roll up a fatty and get blazed. Derived from the term blaze which means a bright flame or fire, getting blazed became a common phrase for smoking marijuana throughout the 1990s.

2000s Funny Names for Weed

What a trip, but we made it to the turn of the century. It’s the 00s and every radio station you flip to is playing either Yellow by Coldplay, or Beautiful Day by U2.  So much so that the only way your day will be beautiful is if you turn that s*%# off and bust out some high grade hydro. I’m not talking about H20, or electricity, the term hydro is short for hydroponics. Marijuana has come a long way at this point. Different strands are more readily available and growers are creating their own hybrids. Controlled growing conditions have made hydroponic weed all the hype.

The Roll-Up

So there you have it. A little history, some time travel and a few new-to-you names for your favourite plant. There are more names for weed out there than fibres in your rolling papers and you know what? That’s A-OK with me. Some are derived from the way it looks, others the way it smells and some, well… perhaps it was just the first word that popped into that person’s head when they took that first toke. Whatever the reason, labelling marijuana with our own creative twist is a commonality we share with so many generations past. The best part? Now it’s your turn to leave your stamp on the history books and add to the 1000s of names for marijuana that already exist out there. So get creative, don’t hold back, define your generation with your own spin on naming this miraculous plant. Tweet it, meme it, tag it, post it, but whatever you decide to call it, smoke one for me.

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CBD And Pets — Everything You Need To Know

CBD and Dogs

Why Use CBD For My Pet

With CBD providing so many benefits to humans, why not provide our family furry animals with the same medicine? Is this possible? Can pets use CBD? How does it help them?

Canada Wide Weed — Vancouver’s Best Online Dispensary will educate you based on research and facts in this blog.

The top 5 commonly asked questions about CBD and Pets.

Will CBD Make my pet high?

CBD is not psychoactive and has no THC in it. Therefore, it will not make your pet high. If they feel any sensation, it will aid them in feeling relaxed and comfortable in the proper dose. Feeling a sense of calmness brings us to the next question of anxiety for your pet.

My pet has anxiety, will CBD help?

Does your dog suffer from forms of anxiety? CBD products are known to aid your dog by bringing them to a calmer state. In comparison, studies on humans proved that CBD reduced anxiety by public speaking, reduced the severity of anxiety in people with anxiety disorders, and became highly effective for panic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Is it true that CBD fights cancer in pets?

You may have heard that CBD medication helps pets with cancer, and it’s true! Research demonstrates that CBD oil has an anti-tumour effect. Essentially, in studies, CBD has inhibited the growth of cancer cells and increased tumour cell death. There are many articles about cancer treatment providing evidence on how CBD treatment helps your pets.

Is it true that CBD can reduce the occurrence of seizures and epilepsy?

Did you know that studies suggest that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Drugs that dogs are prescribed are extremely harmful to your dogs liver and entire organ system. Why not try a natural method? CBD has provided dogs with significant improvement within 4-5 months within initial treatment.

Can CBD relieve pain for my dog?

Here is the most interesting fact of all— CBD is such an efficient drug in treating chronic pain, that doctors are now considering it as a class of drug to my used in the treatment of chronic pain whether that’s short-term or long-term.

CBD is beneficial in a multitude of medical applications for your pets. It is even known to increase appetite and nausea when your pet is sick.

Choosing A Good CBD Oil For My Dog
Not all products are as good as the internet may claim them to be. A great factor for choosing the best CBD product for your dog is to look for something organic or of the highest quality. If the CBD oil is low quality, it may have pesticides, fungicides or solvents in it. The higher the quality also means the price will incense. Pick a CBD oil you would want to use yourself, and give it to your dog too.

How much CBD should I give my dog?
To start, it is suggested to give 1mg per 2.2lbs. This is mainly up to the owners discretion as you know your pet best, what they’re like, and how severe their condition is. Maximize the benefits of CBD, but stay safe and know the suggested quantities to feed your dog.

Check out the Pet CBD dosage calculator on this site here.

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Flying With Cannabis

flying with cannabis

Flying With Cannabis In Canada

Cannabis is legal in Canada like alcohol and tobacco, with its own restrictions and legalities. Flying with cannabis may seem odd given its been illegal for so many years, but with weed being legal in Canada, you can fly with it just like you can alcohol and tobacco.

Can I Fly In-Between Provinces With Weed?

Yes, you can! Just remember you’re flying in between provinces and within Canada. If your flight is beyond domestic, then it is illegal to transport cannabis and products containing cannabis (including CBD).

If I Have a Medical Marijuana License In Canada, Can I Fly With Weed Anywhere?

No, you can not. Even if you have a small amount or are fully authorized to use cannabis medically, you cannot fly anywhere beyond the Canadian border. If you are entering Canada and you have cannabis with you, it is mandatory to declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency. What happens if you don’t? You may be prosecuted.

How Old Do I Need To Be To Purchase Weed?

You need to be the legal age in your specific province, or the province you’re visiting in. Follow the link here to learn about what the age of majority is in your province.

How Much Weed Can I Fly With?

When travelling between provinces in Canada and you meet the age of majority in whichever province you’re visiting, you may possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis. In a visual aspect, that equals about two hearty handfuls. Seems like quite a bit right?

Flying With Cannabis Oils

Don’t forget that even though weed is legal in Canada, and you’re able to fly with 30 grams, cannabis oil follows the same regulations with liquids. Keep it under 100ml (3.4oz) and put it in a clear resealable plastic bag that doesn’t exceed 1 litre in volume.

Flying with Weed Vaporizers

Every airline has its regulations that must be followed when it comes to batteries. For example, Air Canada specifically permits personal electronic devices with lithium-ion batteries (100 Wh – 160 Wh) in carry-on baggage only.

Remember, it’s 30 grams whether you’re on the ground or up in the air.

Check where you can smoke in your province because it varies based on provincial law. For example, Ontario and British Columbia are more lenient with cannabis regulations and allow the public to smoke in many open public spaces, whereas Saskatchewan and New Brunswick only allow it in private residences.

Should I Travel With Weed?

In summary, it is permitted to travel within Canadian provinces with 30 grams of weed, but if your plane is going anywhere beyond the Canadian border, it is illegal, and you might be prosecuted. Read the rules and stay safe. Remember that approximately two handfuls are the maximum allowed per person when travelling with weed.

 

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