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  • What Is CBD?

    CBD – An introduction


    Since the discovery of the endocannabinoid system in the human body in 1992 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, science has shown that cannabis is much more than just a means to get high. As cannabis use becomes more mainstream, miraculous success stories are emerging from patients all over the world who are finding relief from a myriad of difficult to treat, chronic conditions such as epilepsy, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. Although scientific and clinical research has been limited here in the United States due to marijuana prohibition, with the rise of marijuana legalization worldwide, the science is finally starting to catch up.


    What are cannabinoids?


    Cannabinoids are produced within the human body by the endocannabinoid system. Ever heard of the term "Runners High"?  This phenomenon is caused by the release of cannabinoids during exercise, and those internal cannabinoids produce a euphoria similar to the effects of cannabis. The compounds found in the plant are called “phyto”-cannabinoids. (Phyto is Greek for “from the plant”.) So far, scientists have discovered more than 60 different types of phyto-cannabinoids in the cannabis plant which interact with the CB receptors found in the endocannabinoid system and can result in many different therapeutic responses. In other words, cannabinoids are tiny little powerhouses of healing which are abundant and easy to obtain from a renewable, natural resource… cannabis.
    Although cannabis is still considered illegal by the federal government and remains unapproved by the FDA, many government websites are now starting to show a more relaxed approach to the use of cannabis as medicine. Even the federal National Cancer Institute, Cancer.gov, is now listing research showing where cannabis may, in fact, be considered for helping to treat cancer. Even the National Institute on Drug Abuse is starting to recognize the therapeutic benefits of the plant.


    So, what is CBD?


    Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the second most abundant cannabinoid, found in the cannabis plant and the non-psychoactive counterpart to THC, the most common cannabinoid. CBD does not create any type of euphoria or intoxication at all, as it is not well received by the CB1 receptors found in various areas of the brain in the endocannabinoid system. In fact, CBD is an uptake inhibitor, which actually can help reduce and/or eliminate the intoxication effects produced by THC. Many studies have been done over the years and science has started to see therapeutic benefits from CBD in many different ailments.


      Epilepsy – multiple studies have been done both on animals and human test subjects, and although the government has deemed the studies inconclusive, even the Epilepsy Foundation states that it is beneficial for those who do not receive help from traditional therapy to seek out cannabis CBD therapy as an alternative and is actively helping to make cannabis accessible to patients.


      Multiple Sclerosis (and other neurological disorders) – Cannabis-based medicines have been approved in Europe and other countries for the treatment of MS already. Clinical trials are still ongoing in the United States, but throughout the world, we are seeing those who suffer from MS, Alzheimer’s, and even Parkinson’s disease may find relief from high concentrations of CBD oils.


      Chronic Pain – some of CBD’s best known benefits are the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects on pain which is why it makes such a great treatment for MS patients, but those with chronic pain, neurological pain, arthritis, and cancer pain are also finding relief through THC and CBD therapy.  In addition, besides simply treating the pain, CBD is also being researched as treatment for addiction to other more dangerous drugs, and as a potential means to end the opiate addiction crisis in the US.


      Anxiety – Although drugs like Klonopin and Ativan are prescribed to control seizures, these medications are often prescribed to treat chronic anxiety, as well. So, if CBD works so miraculously for controlling seizures, it stands to reason that it also may work well as an anti-anxiety treatment without the side effects caused by many of the pharmaceutical approaches.


    But is it really safe?


    On June 24, 2015 Nora Volkow, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse presented information to the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in which she stated there are really no side effects to CBD at all:


    “A review of 25 studies on the safety and efficacy of CBD did not identify significant side effects across a wide range of dosages, including acute and chronic dose regimens, using various modes of administration.”


    Buyer Beware – Not all CBD’s are created equal


    Without federal approval and federal regulation, there are no safe guards in place for the consumer, and many companies are cashing in on the lack of education and lack of knowledge surrounding these products. Many products being sold over the counter in health stores and on the internet as “legal” CBD, may in fact, be toxic due to how the product is manufactured. ProjectCBD.org, a non-profit organization promoting the benefits of CBD, ran tests on several of these products which showed toxic chemicals being used as thinning agents. In addition, CBD oil should be extracted from cannabis not industrial hemp, so unless your CBD oil was made and purchased in a state where cannabis is legal, it probably isn’t the real deal and may cause more harm than good.


    Eventually the laws will catch up with the science. As more states legalize cannabis access, more people are seeing positive responses to conditions in which they felt trapped and hopeless. Even without legalization, people all over the world are willing to take the risk to medicate themselves and their family members with a natural alternative to the side-effect laden prescriptions that often create more problems than they resolve. While the cannabis industry keeps plugging along, the potential discoveries for more health benefits from the multiple cannabinoids are limitless. As legalization pushes forward, more universities and research facilities are going to be able to start seeing CBD, THC, and many of the other dozens of cannabinoids for their true potential, and finally those who are suffering needlessly will have access to the same miracle that so many others have already found.

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  • The Cannabis Cup Minus Cannabis. Is it still the Cannabis Cup?

      November 2016 held an unprecedented election for cannabis reform with nine states seeing marijuana reform initiatives, for both medical and/or recreational, on their ballots. For many, it came as no surprise when Nevada voters repealed marijuana prohibition and changed the laws to regulate the plant like alcohol, allowing anyone 21 and older access to cannabis. Las Vegas is, after all, the original “Sin City,” and has celebrated debauchery for decades. Since the legalization of the gaming industry in the early 30’s, Las Vegas has been known internationally as the entertainment mecca of the US, with gambling, drinking, and even legal prostitution.

      Despite its sinful reputation, and in fact, likely because of all the distractions in the entertainment and sights, many annual corporate conferences are held in Vegas. Nearly 4.5 million business travelers come to Vegas each year to attend one of the hundreds of conferences held annually in the city. Corporations have learned if they want to increase attendance at their annual conference… hold it in Las Vegas. Statistics have shown anywhere from a 5-10% increase in attendance for conferences, conventions, and trade shows held in the City of Lights.

      There’s little doubt why, just days after Nevada voters legalized marijuana, High Times quickly booked their 2017 US Cannabis Cup near Las Vegas on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. On November 22nd, a mere 13 days after the votes had been tallied, the counter-culture magazine proudly announced March 4th and 5th as the dates for its annual soiree stating:

    “We’re so proud of Nevada for continuing our national march towards legalization and showing that this community should be celebrated, not denigrated. So naturally, we’re planning one of our biggest and best Cannabis Cups ever to usher in this new era in a style befitting of Las Vegas’s reputation.” ~ Mary McEvoy, HIGH TIMES’ Chief Events Officer.

      For three decades, High Times has hosted the Cannabis Cup all over the world for cannabis lovers everywhere. By their own definition, the Cup is considered to be an event “to celebrate cannabis with music, speakers, vendors and interactive cannabis experiences, where attendees can learn hands-on about cultivation, legalization and connoisseurship, while coming together as a community to take part in the world’s premiere cannabis competition.” After years of success in Amsterdam, in 2010, thanks to changing perspectives and changing laws, High Times held their first US Cannabis Cup in San Francisco. Now, they hold conventions all over the United States for both medical consumers and recreational.

      However, regardless of what the voters have said, the new Federal administration clearly had something different in mind. Although Trump supported marijuana reform, as well as, leaving it in the capable hands of the states to decide, throughout his campaign, a letter received by the Moapa Paiute Tribe just a couple weeks following the inauguration painted a much different perspective with an almost reversed stance on the administration’s approach.

    The letter stated that the Federal Government was aware of the event and gave a rather poignant reminder that marijuana is still considered a federally illegal substance and that there are federal laws in place that prohibit the transport, possession, use, and distribution of cannabis on Indian land regardless of the fact that the state, where the reservation is located, deems it legal. Even stating in their own words, the Cole Memorandum means nothing in this case. Could this be foreshadowing for what’s to come? With nothing more than a stamp to mail the letter, the government turned the 2017 Cannabis Cup, into just “The Cup – A Music Fest.”

      Until now, the Cole Memorandum, a guide written by James Cole, Deputy Attorney General was a basic guide for how the Feds should handle marijuana cases in states where the herb is legal. Basically, it states that as long as the necessary controls and procedures are in place, there’s no reason the Federal Government should intervene with the legal cannabis industry. In fact, it clearly states that it is not an effective use of Federal resources as long as the state, and the businesses therein, can clearly show that they can follow these seven priorities:

    • No distribution to minors – clearly the jury is out on the effects of cannabis on a healthy, developing brain. From a recreational standpoint, few will argue this, however, in medical cases, cannabis has clearly shown to be beneficial for some children.
    • No revenue from a legal marijuana industry should go to an illegal cartel or gang – the idea behind legalization is that it takes business AWAY from the criminals… not give them a legitimate way to fund their illegitimate activities.
    • No distribution to other states – this would be a moot point if all states would legalize, however, until they do, all legal cannabis is bound to the state in which it was grown.
    • No “cover operations” – in other words, don’t start a legal cannabis business to cover up your illegal cocaine distribution.
    • Prevent violence and firearms in the cultivation and production of marijuana – although some dispensaries may hire armed guards for the protection of a cash-only operation, the typical image of AK-47 toting guards on illegal grows is not seen in the legal industry.
    • Prevent drugged driving and other public health consequences – obviously in an era where every household has 2.5 vehicles, the fewer impaired drivers we have the roadways the better.
    • Prevent any type of cannabis on federal property – this means no national parks, no airports, no federal buildings.

      These guidelines were established to help protect the states and the interests of their constituents, as well as, protect the associated, legitimate businesses from the Federal raids and crackdowns on marijuana, but with this latest letter from the Department of Justice, clearly stating that the Cole Memorandum meant nothing in this case, the question must be asked…

    “Was this an isolated incident, or is the new administration preparing for more intervention in the legal industry in future months?”

     Only time will show us what this administration is planning to do with the legal cannabis industry. In the meantime, regional Cannabis Cup events are still being scheduled across the US, but is the future of having actual cannabis at the Cannabis Cup skating on thin ice or will the Trump administration finally see the light and end prohibition for once and for all with H.R. 1227? One can only hope.

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  • 4:20 Ways To Celebrate 420 With Music, Movies, & Munchies

    4:20 Ways to Celebrate After-Hours: Movies, Music, Munchies Favorites List

    April 20th is nearly here, which means that many cannabis enthusiasts will want to take advantage of this day and dedicate it to celebrating the gloriousness that is marijuana. While there are plenty of possible excuses to get the day off from work, we are focusing our favorite extra things for our after-hours, after work crowd on this special 4:20 day!

    In addition to (obviously) making sure you’ve got your glass pipe and favorite strain or extract, part of our celebration today typically includes three additional things: listening to music, watching movies and eating, eating and eating some more.

    Whether this is your first time celebrating 4:20 or you’re a 4:20 connoisseur who celebrates this unofficial holiday every year, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling lists that narrow down some of those favorite, top music, movies and food to help you have a smokin’ great day or night!

    4:20 Music & Song Playlist Favorites

    There’s little to nothing more important than preparing the perfect playlist for your 4:20 smoke sessions. Marijuana has been the inspiration for classic songs in reggae, pop, hip-hop and rock for decades, and it continues to influence today’s biggest artists. Although nearly every song can sound awesome when you’re high, the following five songs leave the rest in a cloud of smoke:

    1. “Mary Jane” -- Rick James

    This oft-sampled hit from 1978 is one of the first “punk-funk” songs of all time. Its strong opening followed by light female vocals introduce Mary Jane, the star of the show, and James’ main “lady.” James is one artist who can turn singing about weed into a powerful act of seduction.

    Smoking lyrics: “And when I’m feeling low, she comes as no surprise / Turns me on with her love, takes me to paradise”

    2. “Legalize It” -- Peter Tosh

    With this 1976 album title song, Peter Tosh became the earliest musical advocate for marijuana legalization. Although both the song and album were banned in Jamaica, Tosh’s homeland, smokers have been grooving to his plea for decades. This anthem was included in all of Tosh’s performances, and it is a “must-listen” for true smoking enthusiasts.

    Smoking lyrics: “Singers smoke it, and players of instrument, too / Legalize it, yeah, yeah, that’s the best thing you can do”

    3. “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” -- Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan was one of the most philosophical songwriters of the mid-1960s, but marijuana enthusiasts consider the opening track to Blonde on Blonde a particular triumph. The typically poetic Dylan, backed by a brass band, delivers a strong-yet-wonderfully-loopy anthem in which he exclaims, “Everybody must get stoned” at the end of every verse.

    Smoking lyrics: “I would not feel so all alone / Everybody must get stoned”

    4. “How High” -- Redman and Method Man

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    Before they became the “Heckle and Jeckle” of rap, this duo made no secret of their love for marijuana, making their first collaboration, “How High,” a perfect match. The song ultimately became the starting point for these cannabis connoisseurs’ 2001 film of the same name, and while they also created a “part two” and remix of the song, none beats the funk and fun of the original.

    Smoking lyrics: “Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane / It’s the funk doctor Spock smokin’ Buddha on a train / How high? So high that I can kiss the sky / (Up, up to the sky!)”

    5. “Kaya” -- Bob Marley

    Of course, it goes without saying that Bob Marley is a must-listen on 4/20. The entire “Kaya” album was about love and peace, and the title song fulfills Marley’s aesthetic criteria of marijuana being exceedingly accessible. Marley creates a languorous, sensual image of being sheltered during a rainstorm and being able to appreciate a respite from the turbulence of life--all thanks to “Kaya.”

    Smoking lyrics: “I feel so high, I even touch the sky / Above the falling rain / I feel so good in my neighborhood, so / Here I come again”

    “When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.” -- Bob Marley

    4:20 Movie Fun Favorites

    This April 20th is the perfect evening to hunker down and watch a movie or five. If you’re planning to participate in the day’s recreational offerings, what better way to mark the day than with a viewing one of the most popular stoner films to date? From Smokey in “Friday” to Harold and Kumar in their namesake film, marijuana enthusiasts have long been celebrated in movies, and Hollywood shows no plans of slowing down. Here are five of the funniest films to watch while embracing the 4:20 holiday spirit:

    1. Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke (1978)
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    Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s film debut is often credited as the “original stoner film.” The movie follows a marijuana-smoking slacker (Chong) and the equally awesome stoner (Cheech) he meets while hitchhiking. Cannabis enthusiasts often enjoy the ridiculous, weed-hazed adventures that ensue as the pair evades prison, unknowingly smuggles a van full of marijuana across the border and pours out their hearts in a rock band contest.

    2. Friday (1995)

    In 2015, this famous weed-based comedy celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the film’s star and co-writer Ice Cube told Rolling Stone magazine how viewers should enjoy the cult classic: “To me, it’s one of the number one movies to check out when you’re baked or you’re getting down. There’s people that have Friday parties, where they rent all three movies and just kind of enjoy ‘em.” The film follows one day in the life of Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker) as the duo attempts to come up with the $200 Smokey owes to Big Worm, a drug dealer, after Smokey smoked Big Worm’s supply instead of selling it like he was supposed to do.

    3. Half Baked (1998)

    When Kenny (Harland Williams) accidentally feeds junk food to a diabetic police horse and kills it, stoners Scarface (Guillermo Diaz), Brian (Jim Breuer) and Thurgood (Dave Chappelle) must steal cannabis from the lab in which Thurgood works to sell and raise money for Kenny’s bail. Much to the guys’ surprise, their drug-dealing business skyrockets, catching the attention of Samson Simpson (Clarence Williams III), who is in charge of overseeing and fulfilling the area’s current drug needs.

    4. How High (2001)

    Jamal (Redman) and Silas (Method Man) use the ashes of Silas’ dead friend Ivory (Chuck Davis) as weed fertilizer. Smoking the ash-infused marijuana conjures up images of their dead friend’s ghost, who gives the duo the answers to their college entrance exams, resulting in the pair’s acceptance to Harvard. However, they run out of the “special” weed and try to smoke other intelligent deceased people’s ashes but to no avail. Will the pair get stay in Harvard?

    5. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

    Often considered to be the modern-day Cheech and Chong, this film follows Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) as they smoke marijuana and embark on a disastrous-yet-hysterical journey to get the infamous White Castle hamburger sliders. Rather than a simple drive to White Castle as the guys originally envisioned, the duo encounters a number of hurdles, including turning down a foursome, running into a hitchhiking (and high) Neil Patrick Harris, having to perform surgery on a gunshot victim and smoking marijuana with a cheetah.

    “Weed is from the earth. God put this here for me and you. Take advantage, man. Take advantage.” -- Smokey (Friday)

    4:20 Munchie Favorites & Recipe Ideas

    Before you settle for a soggy slice of pizza topped with dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets smothered in hot sauce, or even worse, decide that Fritos dipped in peanut butter would be the most satisfying snack ever, there are thousands of stoner-approved and tasty food concoctions that are perfect for 4:20. Here are five favorite recipes and ideas to cure even the strongest case of bong-induced cravings:

    1. Tater Totchos

    Any party will be vastly improved once tots are introduced, but tater totchos are that much more amazing on 4:20. Consider frozen tots as your blank canvas on which you paint your own unique nacho perfection. Simply bake or fry the tots according to the package. Then arrange them on a foil-lined baking sheet and add must-cook toppings like ground beef, beans, pulled pork and loads of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for three to five minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Then, add all the “cold” toppings such as green peppers, onions, sour cream, avocado and tomato to push your tots to the next level. However you make them, these crisp, golden beauties are sure to make you drop it like it’s tot.

    2. Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich

    If the thought of using an oven terrifies you, consider trying oh-so-easy grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich. Simply follow the directions on the box of macaroni and prepare it via the stove or microwave. Turn on the stove to medium heat. Lightly butter two slices of bread and place one of them butter-side down into a skillet or pan. Arrange one slice of cheese on the un-buttered side of one slice. Next, layer a heaping spoonful of the macaroni and cheese on the slice of cheese and place the second slice of bread on top with the butter side facing up. Not only is this sandwich sure to fulfill your craving for cheese, it’s virtually fool-proof!

    3. Chocolate-covered Potato Chips

    Go with Pringles for this one. Just trust us. First, melt 12 ounces of chocolate in the microwave or a double broiler. Gradually add a few potato chips at a time, gently turning them over to coat evenly in the melted chocolate. Set the covered chips on waxed paper and top with sea salt, sprinkles or any other candies your heart desires. Allow the chips to sit at room temperature until the chocolate sets, typically about two hours or so. If you’re in a rush and your munchies are not waiting for anyone, speed up the process by cooling them in the fridge for 15 minutes.

    4. Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

    By far, this is the easiest ice cream sandwich you’ll ever make and exactly what you need to fulfill your sweet tooth craving during a 4:20 smoking session. Before beginning, remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow it to soften. Toast the waffles as per the directions on the box, but make sure they are well-toasted since the ice cream will soften the waffles a bit. Scoop out the ice cream onto one waffle and top with a second waffle. That’s it. Easy peasy! If you want to take your sandwich a step further, top with fudge, sprinkles and whipped cream for a nostalgic and extremely satisfying dessert.

    5. Brownies (With or Without Cannabis)

    We couldn’t let this list go without including one of the most tried-and-true munchies to have on hand for your 4:20 shindig--brownies. Simple to make and delicious to eat, brownies are a staple that satisfy even the harshest of cravings. Whether or not these become “special” brownies (here’s a simple “special” recipe from The 420 Times: http://the420times.com/2013/06/recipe-simple-and-effective-weed-brownies/) as you make them in your kitchen is up to you, but in either case, they’re fudgy, cakey and chewy. That’s a trio you’ll surely want to munch on, regardless of how seriously you take your 4:20 celebration.

    “Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.” -- Richard Neville

    With 4:20 right around the corner, there’s no better time than now to prepare yourself for the day or night’s celebration. Whether it is your first time observing this unofficial holiday or you have a particular routine you like to follow every year, we hope our favorites list of the best music, movies and munchies will add to your day.

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  • Dabs & Concentrates May Be Leaving Flower Sales Up In Smoke

    Although water pipes and bongs have been a landmark on America’s cannabis cultural landscape for decades, experts and long-time observers have begun to notice a shift away from smoking dry herbs and flowers and towards dabbing -- a process which involves heating cannabis concentrates or oils before consuming the resulting smokeless vapor. As alternatives to the dry cannabis flower are becoming more widely available -- like concentrates, dabs, oils, wax, shatter and others -- experts anticipate that dab rigs and concentrates will continue to develop a large following.

    Dabs & Concentrates Continue to Increase in Popularity

    According to Jeff Patterson, creator of Eaze, an app through which medical marijuana patients can purchase cannabis products to be delivered to their home, “The biggest trend in marijuana overall is the decline in the percentage of flowers -- the actual plant that can be rolled or put in a pipe that you light on fire and inhale. That type of product is in pretty rapid decline, and we’re seeing the rise of products like edibles and vaporizer concentrates.”

    Joe Milton, CEO of Baker, a software platform through which dispensaries can manage customers, agrees: “Concentrates are the fastest growing category [in the industry] right now...As people become more and more familiar with the cannabis industry and less intimidated by something like a dab rig, we do see concentrates becoming the fastest growing category.”

    ArcView, an investment network that analyzes and tracks marijuana-related trends and investments since 2013 found that sales of traditional cannabis flowers decreased 56 percent while sales of concentrates such as cannabis oils, budder and dabs quadrupled in 2016, accounting for 22 percent of sales, or more than $80 million.
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    It’s anticipates that cannabis sales may exceed $21.6 billion in the U.S. by 2021. However, while most of that money may come from sales of flowers and dry herbs, other types of cannabis products such as concentrates and edibles continue to gain popularity among consumers, particularly in Colorado, Oregon and Washington -- the industry’s three largest recreational markets.

    Specifically, in Colorado, retail sales of concentrates in the state’s recreational and medical markets surged 125% in the first quarter of 2016 and accounted for one-third of overall marijuana sales in Colorado, an increase from 24 percent in 2015, according to BDS Analytics - a cannabis business intelligence company. The data indicates that the growth in concentrates sales accounted for most of the increase. “The share of flower in dollars has dropped from 71 percent (of total sales) [in 2015] to 58 percent this year,” according to the director of analytics for BDS, Tom Jones. He continues, “That’s a big change, and we absolutely expect that flower will diminish to a minority share.”

    In Oregon, cannabis consumers have also been quick to adopt the use of concentrate products. Although Colorado indicate sales of concentrates at 19 percent over months of growth, adult-use sales of concentrates in Oregon hovered around 17 percent right away in June 2016. Although this shift to concentrates in Oregon could be due to repeat exposure to recreational consumers who could not previously by the products or due to a more sophisticated customer base, in the third and fourth quarter of 2016, sales of concentrates in Oregon topped out at 19 percent of total sales -- right on par with Colorado. Oregonians purchased a total of $67 million in concentrates -- the biggest subcategory of which was vape, comprising of nearly half of total concentrate sales.

    Why the Shift to Concentrates?

    So, what is contributing to the increasing popularity and sales of concentrates and dabs? Dabs date back to the 1970s but continue to gain a large following, particularly within the medical marijuana community due to the potent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels that cause a powerful, instant high. In other words, most cannabis enthusiasts who seek out concentrates after faithfully using flowers and dry herbs are simply looking for a stronger experience. Often referred to as honeycomb, honey oil, wax or shatter due to its candle wax-like, sticky texture, concentrates can be four times as strong as a traditional joint and has been proven to help reduce symptoms of certain medical conditions.

    The term “concentrates” refers to a number of cannabis extracts, so it is important to break down what exactly we mean when comparing concentrates with flowers and dry herbs. Oil, sap, sugar, crumble, honeycomb, wax and shatter all refer to the texture of a concentrate, while heat, alcohol, water, propane, hydrocarbons, butane and CO2 refer to the method by which the concentrates are extracted. The following are several ways in which flowers and dry herbs differ from concentrates that could be the reason for the sudden increase in popularity of the latter:

    1. Potency: Compared to flowers and dry herbs, concentrates are more potent. Bud potency ranges between 10 to 25 percent THC, while concentrates typically fall between 50 to 80 percent.

    2. Administration: You can smoke, vaporize and roll flowers and dry herbs, but you can do much more with concentrates. For instance, you can dab the extract or ingest the oil in edibles -- a great option for someone interested in a smoke-free method that still allows for the treatment of medical conditions and symptoms.

    3. Composition: When you smoke a flower or dry herb, you are also smoking the plant material, which may take a toll on your lungs and leave your glass black with tar. However, when you smoke a concentrate or use a dab rig, the extraction process removes the plant material and pesticides, contaminants and residual solvents, leaving you with compounds such as THC and CBD.

    4. Flavor: Is flavor important to you? Unlike flowers and dry herbs, some concentrates will lose their flavors and aromas during the extraction process. The cannabis plant secrets terpenes -- fragrant, volatile oils that give the flowers their smells. However, while terpenes are sensitive to heat and it can be difficult to preserve them during extraction, more producers of cannabis concentrates are adding flavors after the extraction process to help combat the loss.

    As more states consider reworking their current legislation surrounding the use of medical and recreational marijuana, many experts believe we will see an increase in the use of dab rigs and concentrates sales. Medical patients and recreational consumers alike are increasingly looking for healthier, more inconspicuous ways to consume cannabis, and concentrates -- particularly oils used in dab rigs and vape pens -- fit the bill.

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  • Why It Can Help to Understand Marijuana & Headshop Terminology

    New to Shopping in the Herbal Marketplace

    Imagine your first visit to a headshop whether its online or a local retail store near you to purchase your first pipe, only to be greeted by an overwhelming assortment of devices and strange looking equipment and apparatus. Rather than succumb to the possible embarrassment of not knowing the vocabulary, what you’re looking for, or where to begin on your journey to smoking herbs, check out our comprehensive dictionary of headshop, glass, pipe and smoke shop language and terminology.
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    Whether you want to simply become more familiar with popular slang words and terms or you want to prepare yourself ahead of time, it’s important to at least have a fundamental understanding of the language used in the smoking industry. Through this new vocabulary and terminology page, we aim to open up and help start the dialog and transparency needed to create a more in-depth knowledge base around cannabis.

    The Growing Industry and Public Awareness

    You’d be hard-pressed to find an industry that’s increasing as fast as that related to marijuana, yet it’s what’s happening behind the scenes that’s remarkable. Over a period of two decades, the subject of marijuana has changed from one of the most taboo topics to a substance that’s now medically legal in 29 U.S. states. It’s also legal to purchase small amounts of recreational cannabis in seven states and the District of Columbia.

    Thanks to ongoing dialog around marijuana, public opinion and support for legalizing cannabis throughout the U.S. has hit an all-time high (no pun intended) of 60%, compared to 12% when Gallup first asked about the issue in 1969. Growing public support could place pressure on the remaining states that haven’t yet legalized marijuana to reconsider their positions.

    Navigating Your Options for Health & Recreation

    However, not all physicians are comfortable signing a certification of the potential efficacy of medical herbs in treating specific health conditions, and some employ a “don’t ask, don’t tell” attitude toward medical cannabis. With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledging medical options and nearly half of all U.S. states legalizing medical marijuana, this attitude of turning a blind eye doesn’t help patients navigate their options with confidence.

    So, whether you’re seeking to understand the industry for your own recreational purposes or to further educate yourself or loved ones about the reported health benefits of smoking cannabis, one of the best things you can do is to get to know the language and popular terminology used in smoke shops and the herb-based smoking industry. From equipment parts and devices to slang terms, we hope that this comprehensive dictionary helps you as you navigate the ins and outs of the cannabis industry.

    Getting Personal Help & Advice

    And, if you want specific help or more information on buying your first dab rig, glass pipe, bong or other products we sell in our online headshop, feel free to connect with us. We’ll help give you personal advice and answer any questions that you may have about the headshop business and explain the types of products smoke shops typically sell.

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  • 11 Smokin’ Wedding Planning Ideas for the Cannabis-Friendly Couple

    "It’s a nice day for a weed wedding…"

    Did you just get a marriage proposal? If so, congratulations! Now, that means it’s time to prepare. You may be surprised to know that many are trying to marry the cannabis industry with the wedding industry too. And why not?! In states where marijuana is legal, many businesses and vendors are comfortable helping to create upscale events to celebrate and incorporate your preferred party atmosphere.

    Weed-themed weddings are no longer a pipe dream and can make for a smokin' idea for the cannabis-friendly couple. So, how can you and your soon-to-be spouse responsibly include a cannabis theme into your wedding, and in ways that are within your comfort level?

    Check out these 11 suggestions that range from subtle and discreet to proudly extravagant weed-wedding planning ideas:

    1. Set the Date: Nothing says "weed wedding" like getting hitched on 4/20. With this April 20, 2017 being on a Thursday, maybe walking down the aisle at exactly 4:20 p.m. might make better sense on a different day.

    2. Weed-Friendly Wedding Planner: Consider seeking help from an experienced wedding planner who can help your cannabis wedding dreams come true. They do exist and are easily found online. Ask wedding planners whether they've ever done a weed wedding before as well as their favorite cannabis-friendly vendors, weed wedding features and any challenges they’ve come across while organizing cannabis-themed weddings.

    3. Cannabis Wedding Expos: Attending this event in Denver, Portland or San Francisco offers some great ideas about incorporating weed into your wedding. The event showcases weed-friendly vendors, along with special cannabis-themed offerings like cannabis-infused floral arrangements and wedding bouquets. For the 2017 schedule of events, check it out here: www.CannabisWeddingExpo.com

    4. Cannabis-Friendly Venue: Find a location that welcomes cannabis consumption in the reception area. There are plenty of venue options right here in Colorado, some in California, Washington, even Las Vegas and other areas around the country. If you can’t find a weed-friendly venue, look into limo or party bus options for a ride around the block, or set up a dedicated cannabis consumption lounge where guests can discreetly consume before returning to the reception.

    5. Weeds in Fashion: How about walking down the aisle in a custom wedding gown made from a weed strain, or order bouquets and “budtonnieres” created with cannabis plant leaves and flowers? Many designers and florists find these natural plants a beautiful way to make a fashion statement.

    6. Wedding Gifts & Party Favors: Surprise the bachelor or bachelorette and party friends with marijuana-related party favors such as cannabis leaf soap, edible chocolates, shot glasses or flasks. Wedding party gifts for bridesmaids and best men might include a unique or special glass pipe or decorative marijuana-leaf inspired jewelry, like cufflinks or pendant necklaces.
    Assortment of Glass Pipes Bongs and Dab Rigs
    - Gift & Party Selection Ideas from Mile High Glass Pipes -

    There’s an endless supply of gifts and party paraphernalia to compliment your wedding theme.

    7. Budtender: Consider hiring a budtender to oversee your "cannabis bar". Similar to the way a bartender knows alcohol, how to mix and measure drinks, a budtender knows his/her way around cannabis -- including knowledge of different strains, what they do, the quality of the products and controlling consumption. Budtenders can also guide newbies, give recommendations to your wedding guests, load up bongs and pipes, help roll joints and manage the station for safety and comfort reasons.

    8. Pot Leaf & Flower Arrangements: You can incorporate buds into your centerpieces or flower arrangements. Many florists, regardless of their opinions of cannabis, find the cannabis plant aesthetically pleasing, so this is a great way to add marijuana greenery and flower buds to your special day in a unique and decorative way.

    9. Catering & Baked Goodies: Consider serving low-dose (no more than 5mg per serving) edibles such as pot-laced brownies, cupcakes or other baked goods -- but only if you’re having an adults-only celebration; otherwise, you may risk a child accidentally consuming cannabis. Controls can be set by giving each guest two tokens or tickets, so no one can consume more than can be managed. Have your budtender in charge to help and who can talk about and control the intake of your edible delights.

    10. Toasts & Ceremony: A "toke" to the bride and groom: Light up after the speeches -- but consider whether children are attending the event -- in lieu of a champagne toast.

    11. Honeymoon & Hotels: Looking for cannabis-friendly honeymoon options? Check out a B&B. And by that we mean a "Bud & Breakfast" hotel, lodge or resort where you can enjoy cannabis in an open, safe and warmly social setting. Some B&Bs will indulge you with gourmet wake+bake breakfasts. Others offer 4:20pm happy hours and special appetizers, munchies and more. You can find locations and beautiful Bud and Breakfast cannabis-friendly accommodations worldwide, including properties in Colorado, California, Alaska, Jamaica and more.

    Offering cannabis at your wedding may take some logistical planning to make sure everything goes smoothly but, ultimately the day belongs to you and your beloved as you’re united in holy marijuana-mony.

    Congratulations!

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