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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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How To Make Cannabis Butter

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There are so many ways to consume cannabis these days.  This allows us the luxury of choosing a method of consumption that suits our preference.  There’s the traditional method of rolling a and smoking a joint, you can purchase edibles in a wide variety of options, there’s hash, oils, rosin, kief and tinctures.  There are even topical solutions for those who prefer to apply their cannabis as a cream or body butter.  Not only does cannabis provide us with a wealth of benefits for our minds and bodies, but with all of the consumable options available today it also provides a very enjoyable and unique experience each time.  Variety is the spice (or bud) of life after all.  There are so many products available for sale with the extra convenience of being delivered right to your door, but sometimes it’s fun to put on your baker’s hat and create your own tasty cannabis treats.  Is there anything better than a batch of fresh cookies?  Well, yes there is; a batch of fresh cannabis cookies.  Or perhaps you’d prefer some cannabis muffins, or pancakes, or scones.  Whatever your preference, the base to many homemade edibles is cannabis butter.  Spread it on toast, throw a dollop into your mac and cheese, or even let a slice melt on top of your perfectly seared bbq steak.  How you use it is up to you, but here we’ll take you step by step through the process of making your own homemade cannabis butter.

 

What is Cannabis Butter?

Cannabis butter is exactly what it sounds like.  A mix of your favourite cannabis and butter.  It can be used in any recipe that requires butter (or oil which butter can be substituted for) and the end result is your tasty cooked creation which will now get you high.  However, in order to make cannabis butter, it’s not as simple as blending a bag of weed in a block of butter.  First, you need to decarboxylate (decarb) your weed.  I know, it’s a scary name, but don’t let it deter you.  It’s actually quite an easy process and we’ll walk you through it step by step.

 

What is Decarboxylation with Cannabis

Decarboxylation with marijuana is the process of adding heat to release THC from the marijuana plant.  Believe it or not, raw dried weed contains very minimal THC prior to decarboxylation.  The THC lives within the plant’s trichomes and is not released until decarboxylation occurs.  Two main factors can cause decarboxylation; heat and time.  Letting the raw marijuana flower cure will initiate decarboxylation releasing a very small amount of THC.  Adding heat such as burning or baking cannabis will fully release the THC from the plant’s trichomes.  This is what gives you that great marijuana high and why it’s so important to decarb your cannabis before you cook with it.

 

How to Decarb Cannabis

Despite its intimidating name, decarboxylation is actually a very easy process.  Let’s go through the steps to prepare your cannabis for cannabis butter.

First of all, here’s a list of items you’ll need:

  1. An oven
  2. A baking tray (Pyrex if possible)
  3. Aluminium foil or parchment paper
  4. Cannabis
  5. An oven thermometer (not essential but is really useful)

 

Ovens vary in temperature so if you don’t have an oven thermometer you’ll need to keep a close eye on your cannabis while it bakes so you don’t overcook it.

 

Directions:

  1. Place the oven rack in the middle
  2. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Line a baking tray or Pyrex dish with slightly crumpled aluminium foil. This helps lift the cannabis off of the hot tray to protect it from getting too hot.
  4. Break up the cannabis to about the size you would use to roll a joint. Be careful not to make it too small as this will increase the possibility of burning your weed.
  5. Evenly distribute the cannabis over the baking tray.
  6. Once the oven has reached 225 degrees Fahrenheit, place the tray with your cannabis on the middle rack and bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Take the tray out of the oven once the cannabis has been baked. It should look slightly toasted with a nice golden brown tone to it.  Let it cool down for half an hour.
  8. Your cannabis is now decarboxylated! You can store it to be used at a later time or move onto the next steps to make your homemade cannabis butter.

 

 

Steps to Make Cannabis Butter

Now that your cannabis has been properly decarboxylated, you’re ready to make cannabis butter.

 

Items you’ll need:

  1. A crock pot
  2. Measuring cups
  3. Butter of your choice (salted or unsalted) – 1 ¼ cups
  4. Decarboxylated cannabis – ½ ounce
  5. Cheesecloth and strainer or a coffee press
  6. Airtight containers

 

Directions:

  1. Place the butter into the crockpot
  2. Add your decarbed cannabis into the crockpot
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  4. Strain the cannabis butter through a strainer and cheesecloth or you can use a coffee press
  5. Add the cannabis butter into your storage containers and seal.

 

There you have it, some delicious homemade cannabis butter ready to enjoy.  Make sure to keep any cannabis butter refrigerated and consume it within 30 days.  If you’d like to store it longer, you can keep it in the freezer until you’re ready to use it for up to six months.  Try it with your favourite baked recipes, smear it on toast with some honey, place a dollop in your favourite pasta or in mac and cheese.  There are unlimited options to incorporate cannabis butter into your meals, snacks and desserts, it’s up to you how you want to use it.  Now that you know how to make your own cannabis butter, you can try making it with different strains of weed.

 

Pro tip: If you’re creating goodies to be eaten later, make sure you label them with the type of cannabis butter you used so you’ll be able to enjoy the right strain in your homemade canna treats.

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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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Does Marijuana Lower Blood Pressure?

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You may have heard of it being referred to as “the silent killer”.  With its lack of symptoms, high blood pressure can quite easily go unnoticed, but if you have it, or know someone who has hypertension (high blood pressure), you are certainly not alone.  In fact, 1 in 4 Canadians are affected by high blood pressure.  With technology providing us with faster means of communication and more efficient workflows, we should have more time than ever to reduce our stress levels, relax and spend time with our family and friends.  Instead, we fill all of that time up with more work.  We work all day at the office and then take our work home with us on our phones and laptops.  We consume quick and inexpensive high sodium fast foods so we can get back to our fast paced lives as quickly as possible.  In fact we’re so busy during the week that when we finally do have some time off, we try to squeeze as many fun activities as possible into it in order to maximize our “downtime” before it’s back to the grind.  We find ourselves in this whirlwind, spinning faster and faster with no time to ground ourselves and stop the constant cycle.  This high stress, unhealthy lifestyle has been a big contributor to the enormous numbers of Canadians who are affected by high blood pressure every day.  In order to get control of hypertension and lower blood pressure, many have resorted to pharmaceutical medications. Diuretics are the most common form of medication for high blood pressure, but what if you’re looking for a more natural alternative?  With the recent hype and ongoing research around the potential benefits of medicating with marijuana, many are now wondering if marijuana can help to lower blood pressure.

 

What is Blood Pressure?

In order to understand what can help lower blood pressure we must understand what blood pressure actually refers to.  Blood pressure is the force at which blood pushes against your blood vessel walls.  The higher the blood pressure, the more your heart has to work in order to circulate blood throughout your body.  The high friction of blood against the fragile blood vessels can damage tissues inside the arteries allowing plaque to form, narrowing the inside of the arteries further which can lead to other conditions such as a stroke or heart attack.

 

What are the Causes of Hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be caused by numerous factors and it is very difficult to determine what the exact cause is.  Known causes are stress, obesity, excess salt intake, aging, excessive drinking and family genetics.  Lack of exercise and potassium are other known causes that can lead to high blood pressure.  Many have found consuming marijuana can be an effective method of reducing stress in order to assist with lowering blood pressure.

 

The Meaning Behind the Measurements

There are three different categories of blood pressure.  Low risk, medium risk and high risk.

Low Risk: 120 / 80 mm Hg

Medium Risk: 121-139 / 80-89 mm Hg

High Risk: 140+ / 90 mm Hg

Each category has a systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number).  The systolic number measures the pressure of blood in your arteries when your heart contracts.  The diastolic number measures the pressure in your arteries in between heart beats.  These two numbers are written like a fraction and expressed in millimeters of mercury (mmHg).  For example, if you have a systolic measurement of 120 and a diastolic measurement of 80 it would look like this: 120 / 80 mmHg.  If you’re measuring your blood pressure at home, a systolic pressure over 135 mmHg or a diastolic pressure above 85 mmHg is considered high.  There are some exceptions however.  If you have diabetes or a chronic kidney disease a systolic pressure above 130 mmHg or diastolic pressure above 80 mmHg is considered high.  Your blood pressure category is based on the highest category (either systolic or diastolic).

 

How to Lower Blood Pressure

It is very important that you consult your physician if you suspect you have high blood pressure.  An annual check up is a great way to keep track of your blood pressure levels.  Although there is not one solution for lowering blood pressure, there are a few things you can do to help.  Reducing stress in your life is one way you can help to lower your blood pressure.  High stress situations can increase your heart rate and in turn, increase blood pressure.  You can also reduce your intake of high sodium foods and increase your exercise regime.  Staying fit and active has many health benefits, reducing your blood pressure being one of them.  Reducing alcohol consumption to no more than 1-2 drinks per day can also help to reduce blood pressure levels.  Upon consultation of your physician, if medication has been prescribed, ensure you follow the dosage exactly and on schedule.  Many have also found that consuming marijuana can be an effective method of reducing stress and in turn, lowering blood pressure.

 

Does Marijuana Lower Blood Pressure?

If you’re looking for the short answer to; “does marijuana lower blood pressure?” the answer is yes.  However, it’s a bit more complicated than that.  Recent studies have shown that users who consume marijuana will notice a slight increase in blood pressure within the first 10 to 15 minutes after consumption, followed by a slight decrease in blood pressure.  After repeated use, some users of marijuana develop a tolerance to the initial blood pressure increase and instead notice hypotensive (reduced blood pressure) effects directly after consumption.  There is still a lot of research to be done, but more studies are finding that anandamide (our body’s own version of THC) can help to relax blood vessels, in turn lowering blood pressure levels.  This may be the reason why decreased blood pressure levels can be detected after consuming marijuana.

 

As with anything concerning your health, it is important that you always consult a physician first.  By checking your blood pressure on a regular basis you’ll be able to properly monitor it and get a better understanding of your levels.  While reducing stress, exercising more frequently and reducing sodium intake have great health benefits including lowering blood pressure, marijuana has also proven to be quite effective for many people.  There are still many more studies to be done, but it’s certainly interesting to see how consuming marijuana has helped so many.

 

 

 

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How Long Is Weed Good For?

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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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Pineapple Express Strain – Born in Hollywood

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Every once in awhile a strain of marijuana surges to the forefront of popularity creating a new household name for itself.  There’s nothing like having a movie titled after it, written by and starring Hollywood’s favourite stoner and weed aficionado Seth Rogan, to launch the demand for this hybrid into the strain-osphere.  That’s right, I’m talking about the ever-popular and extra hyped Pineapple Express strain.  While there are tons of top quality strains out there to add to your party platter of bud, there’s a certain intrigue and familiarity when toking on the same weed you just watched Seth Rogan, James Franko and Danny McBride light up.  Touted as “the dopest dope” in the movie, Pineapple Express is portrayed as the one weed to rule them all.  A rare and extremely potent bud that can rock even the biggest pot head’s THC drenched world. But where did this magical blended herb of perfect creation spawn from?  Is the strain available on the market today just riding the Hollywood fame train or does it actually smoke better than its 68% Tomatometer movie counterpart?  Let’s dive deeper into the origins of this instant classic hybrid bud and uncover the truth about what you can expect when purchasing this strain.

What Came First?  The Movie or the Weed?

In an interview with Pineapple Express lead actor and co-writer Seth Rogan, Rogan reveals the truth about where the name came from and puts an end to the decade long debate of whether or not the strain existed before the movie was released.  Along with admitting that he and co-writer Evan Goldberg had to roll all of the cross-shaped joints for the movie as no one else on the crew knew how to properly, Rogan also revealed that the Pineapple Express marijuana strain did not exist prior to creating the movie in 2008.  The name for the movie was actually based off of the Hawaiian weather system that occasionally hits the Pacific Northwest where Rogan is from.  Goldberg apparently heard the name and stated: “that would be a great name for a movie”.  It wasn’t until years later that Rogan and Goldberg found a fitting movie concept to warrant the name; Pineapple Express. The movie portrays the Pineapple Express strain as “the dopest dope” and features it as a hard-hitting, mind-bending, party inducing rarity.  This caught the attention of expert cannabis growers all over, inspiring them to be the first to create a new strain worthy of the name.  Of course, it was also an excellent business opportunity seeing as the movie grossed $102 million worldwide.  So, the race to create the first “real” Pineapple Express strain was on.

Who Created the “Real” Pineapple Express Strain?

According to G13 Labs, they were the first to bring the Pineapple Express strain to life by combining the Trainwreck and Hawaiian strains to create the parent genetics.  However, their site now lists the strain as a combination of Skunk and Big Bud adding to the confusion of its make-up and questionable validity of their claim.  There are also other variations of this strain from a variety of other growers seeking to claim the coveted title, however it is still unclear who exactly created the first “real” Pineapple Express strain.  Regardless of who its creator was, its popularity is undeniable, and the fact that it even exists is a testament to the impact of the Pineapple Express movie and a badge Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg are proud to wear.

What are the Characteristics of the Pineapple Express Strain?

Comprised of 60% sativa and 40% indica, the sativa dominant Pineapple Express strain has a moderate THC level of 14%-19% which provides a long-lasting, pleasant, uplifting and productive buzz. With a tropical scent and citrus overtones the Pineapple Express strain dishes out a delicious pineapple, pine and cedar taste when inhaled.  The most common effects that users have reported are happy, uplifting, euphoric, energetic and relaxed.  Although not the heavy-hitting weed that the movie depicts, the Pineapple Express strain is an excellent choice for daytime smoking and getting your creative juices flowing.

Is Pineapple Express Good for Medical Use?

Pineapple Express is often used as a medicinal aid.  Although the movie depicts the Pineapple Express strain as the ultimate, mind-bending, party-going bud, the real Pineapple Express has been known to have excellent medicinal properties.  For those suffering from anxiety and stress, they may find a great deal of relief from ingesting this strain.  With its numbing characteristic along with its positive and energizing effects, the Pineapple Express strain has also been known to be an excellent option for easing mild aches and pains, as well as assisting in reducing chronic depression.

How Difficult is it to Grow Pineapple Express at Home?

The Pineapple Express strain is a moderately difficult plant to grow.  It requires a warm environment and lots of light and space.  If you’re growing indoors make sure to leave extra room for her wide branches.  Grown properly, this auto-flowering strain usually takes around 7 – 8 weeks to produce a healthy harvest.

Conclusion

So there you have it.  The Pineapple Express strain is a hybrid bud made from a hybrid past of Hollywood hilarity and genetic mixing.  It’s now a house name weed known worldwide for its energizing, positive, creative, thought inducing, body buzzing effects as well as being highly regarded for its medicinal properties such as easing pain, anxiety and stress and relieving chronic depression.  The side-splitting, quirky movie of the rare bud that started it all pairs well with the mystery behind the origins of the first “real” strain of Pineapple Express.  Regardless of its origins, it is most certainly one of the “dopest dopes” out there.  Whether you’re looking to puff away on a tropical tasting daytime bud worthy of the great Canadian weed connoisseur, Seth Rogan or are looking to explore another variety of marijuana to assist with medical relief, the Pineapple Express strain is definitely one worth sampling.

 

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Cannabis Soil: A Guide for Home Growers

It’s a good time to be a cannabis lover.  The number of cannabis products available today is bountiful and ever-growing.  There’s something to suit even the most selective of connoisseurs.  While shopping around and sampling new cannabis products may give you that “kid in the candy store” feeling, there’s nothing quite like planting, nurturing and growing your own cannabis plants at home.  Your tender care, directly reflected in your plant’s growth, and that exciting and proud day your plant is ready for harvest just can’t be topped.   If you’re going to grow cannabis though, one thing you’ll definitely need is the right soil.  There’s a lot that goes into growing a healthy and happy cannabis plant, but by using the right soil, your canna-baby will be off to a great start.

Cannabis Soil is Just Soil Right?

While cannabis soil is indeed soil, what the soil is made up of can drastically change its characteristics and impact the growth of your cannabis plant.  When deciding on the best soil for your cannabis plant you need to consider the following attributes:

  • Texture
  • PH level
  • Nutrient makeup
  • Water retention
  • Drainage

Texture for Cannabis Soil

The texture of the soil refers to the granular form and is an important attribute to be aware of when growing cannabis.

  • Sandy soil will have a large granular size allowing for excellent drainage and higher oxygen levels. However, since the soil is fairly loose, it doesn’t retain any of the water or nutrients your cannabis plant needs to grow.
  • Silty soil has lots of nutrients and can retain water but is too easily compacted leaving no room for your cannabis plant’s roots to grow.
  • Clay soil provides great minerals and also retains water very well, however, similar to silty soil it can become too compact which makes it poor for drainage

Now if only there was a soil that combines all of the attributes of the different textured soils listed above.  Well, good news!  There is and it’s called Loam Soil.

  • Loam soil is made up of less than 52% sand, 28-50% silt and 7-27% clay. Its porous texture creates the perfect combination of water retention and drainage allowing your cannabis plant to absorb the water it needs without getting waterlogged.  Unfortunately, this ideal blend of soil comes at a cost.  You can find it at most garden stores as potting soil.

PH Level for Cannabis Soil

The PH level of the soil is a chemical measurement of how alkaline or acidic it is.  Cannabis requires a very specific PH level of 6.0 to thrive.  A slight variation in PH should still be fine but if your PH is too high or too low your plant will die.  If you’re wondering how to do a soil PH test check out this link.

Nutrient Makeup for Cannabis Soil

Cannabis soil will require a good dose of nutrients to get your plant off to a great start.  Most of the bags of soil you can buy at a garden store already have a good supply of nutrients which will usually last for the first month of growth.  After that, it will be up to you to supply your plant with the nutrients it needs.  Adding in some good quality compost, worm castings or guano will allow the microorganisms in the soil to break them down and create an excellent source of nutrients for your cannabis plants.  There are also nutrient solutions which you can purchase at your local garden store to help fine-tune your cannabis soil.

Homemade Cannabis Soil

If you’re new to growing cannabis, store-bought soil can be an excellent way to start.  It will supply you with a well-balanced, nutrient filled solution to get you started with very little effort.  However, if you’re ready to take your cannabis growing to the next level, why not start by creating your own special soil blend!

Cannabis Soil Base

To get started, you’ll need to begin with a good base.  Three components you’ll need for your base are compost, coco coir and perlite.  A good rule of thumb is to use 1 part compost, 1 part coco coir and 1 part perlite.

Compost

Those kitchen scraps you’ve been composting can become the first contributor to your soil base.  Good nutrient-rich organic waste makes for an excellent base starter.

Coco Coir

Made from coconut husks, coco coir is an excellent fibrous addition for your cannabis soil.  If you find your soil is too compact, adding up to 30% coco coir will help with water retention and provide aeration for your soil

Perlite

If you’ve ever noticed little bright white rocks in soil, it’s most likely perlite.  The light airy properties of perlite will lighten your soil and provide better drainage.  Be careful not to add too much though as you need to maintain a nice balance of airiness and water retention.

Fungi

After you have your base you’ll need to focus on diversifying the microbiological makeup of your soil.  One way to do this is by building fungi mycorrhizal relationship with the roots by adding:

  • Kelp meal: 2.5tsp / gallon
  • Humic acid: 2.5tsp / gallon
  • Mycorrhizal inoculant: 1/2tsp / gallon

Bacteria

In order to keep your cannabis plants healthy and resilient to weather, pests and disease you’ll need to make sure you introduce a healthy amount of bacteria.  Worm castings and bat guano are excellent for this.

  • Worm castings: 20% of your mix
  • Bat guano: 5% of your mix

Micro and Macronutrients

Your cannabis plant will thank you for adding a healthy mix of micro and macronutrients.  These can be easily added by mixing in some good quality plant fertilizer.

Most importantly, remember to have fun!  Experiment, practise and play.  Creating the perfect cannabis soil is a trial and error process which will require constant tweaking and fine-tuning to cater to your plant’s needs but seeing your cannabis grow into a strong and healthy plant is very rewarding and well worth the effort.  So get outside, get your hands dirty and give it a try!  When you’re puffing away on the fruits of your own labour, it’ll taste that much sweeter.

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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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Best oil for Cannabis Extraction

Best Oil for Cannabis Extraction

As long as human beings have existed, they have been naturally curious.  Curious in the sense of how they can make things better.  Curious how they can feel a bit better, more comfortable, more relaxed. For this reason, people have developed a natural fascination with the cannabis plant.  However, sometimes a wicked thing called tolerance rears its ugly head and the fine people of planet earth are forced to get creative.  Enter extraction.  There are many forms of extraction.  From gentle flowing water to deadly butane garage explosions, there are more than a few ways to peel this banana.  But what is the very best way?  And when it comes to cooking, what is the best oil for cannabis extraction? We prefer to use natural things when we make our extractions, so we are here today to highlight a few of them.

Fat Soluble

The chemical compounds of the cannabis plant are known to be fat-soluble.  What does that mean? It means that they break down in fat instead of water.  This means that when your cooking with marijuana you’re going to be using some form of fat.  Most people are familiar with cannabutter.  But when it comes to picking the right oil for your extractions, which one is the best? Is it non-salted ghee from grass-fed cows that are given massages 3 times a day? Is it wildcrafted virgin oil from Tuscany? Could it be young Thai coconuts grown at the base of an ancient monastery? We are here to help you sort through the marketing minutia of your Saturday morning whole foods wake and bake nightmare.  All those fancy labels neatly stacked in pristine order.  However, can you possibly choose the right one? Let’s explore fat when it comes to the best oil for cannabis extraction.

Fat Saturation

You gotta get a real fat concentrated medium if you’re going to absorb some serious THC.  Don’t start getting all skinny canna when it comes to getting the dose you need.  We understand taste is everything and there are a lot of restrictive diets out there these days.  Obviously if your a vegan, regular old butter is going to be out of the question.  Also, please whatever you do don’t use margarine.  These trans fats are out here killing more people than coronavirus.  I can’t believe the things that people decided were good for you in the ’80s.  So there are lots of different kinds of oils out there for you to choose from.  But you want to know our recommendation?  I mean if you’re actually reading this far, you probably do right?  Or maybe you’re just so tired of watching Trump impeachment coverage that you decided you would learn how to make your own edibles.   I can’t blame anyone for wanting to melt into their couch for a solid half a day.  Anyway, if you really want to make some potent edibles, we suggest coconut butter! Why coconut butter? Keep reading and we will give you our distinguished research as to why it’s the best oil for cannabis extraction.

Why should I use coconut oil for Cannabis?

Well, this all comes down to fat saturation levels again.  Again, when it comes to cooking cannabis, we aren’t looking for the skinny jeans approach.  We want the Sir Mix A Lot remix.  When it comes to absorbing THC, the higher the fat saturation the easier it is for the fat to absorb THC and other cannabinoids that are in this magical plant. Did you know that Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat?  These coconuts are out here looking thick AF.  On the flip side, you got olive oil.  This is your standard runway model, clocking in a paltry 15% saturated fat.  Olive oil is out here eating celery as a snack.  That is just not what you’re looking for when it comes to cannabis.  You need that chicken and waffles with a side of cornbread.  Coconut oil has the fat you are looking for and is why it’s the best oil for cannabis extraction.

Is coconut oil good for you?

The scientific answer to this is yes.  Some people are very adverse to high levels of saturated fat.  However, this plant-based fat is actually good for you.  The difference lies in what is known as medium fatty chain acids and long-chain fatty acids.  Coconut oil is made up of medium fatty chain acids, which are quite easy for the body to break down.  These fats are rapidly metabolized and turned into energy.  Long-chain fatty acids are the exact opposite.  They are not easily broken down and are usually absurd into your body as fatty tissue.

 

Get that THC flowing through you!

We told you coconut oil is great absorbing THC already.  We didn’t tell you that it actually helps the deliver the THC better than regular old butter.  Animal fats don’t break down as easily so the chemical compounds in the cannabis won’t be as effectively delivered.  Coconut oil will break down naturally and be absorbed quickly instead of passing through your system without breaking down.  It will deliver the nutrients and chemical found in the cannabis plant through your digestive tract.  This is why we think cannabis oil is the way to go when it comes to making edibles.  We want to effectively absorb all that THC.  Since coconut oil absorbs the best, it will have more intense psychoactive effects.  This is certainly the way for people that want strong edibles.  I know we used to make edibles and always used coconut oil as a way of making them vegan.  We really didn’t even understand the benefits of the absorption rate at the time.  People would always say our edibles were great.  It always isn’t just about the stated THC levels on an edible.  Sometimes you need the proper delivery system to get the most out of your cannabis.  Thanks for tuning in to the latest edition of our blog.  We really enjoy learning more about this wonderful plant and we hope you do too.  Now that cannabis is finally legal in Canada, there are lots of exciting things going on with the plant.  Every day it seems we learn new things and Canada Wide Weed is here to give you all the updates and info you need!