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Edibles Officially Legal but Not for Sale in Canada

So far, edibles and other cannabis extract-based products have only been legal for medical cannabis patients.

One year ago today, on October 17, 2018, Canada made world history by becoming the second country on earth to legalize a right to buy and possess cannabis on a legal, regulated marketplace. And on the anniversary of that event, history is repeating itself across Canada. Today, edibles and cannabis derivatives like extracts and concentrates are finally legal. But as happened a year ago, legalization doesn’t immediately mean for sale. Across Canada, cannabis consumers sometimes had to wait months for brick-and-mortar retail businesses to open in their area. Similarly, even though edibles are officially legal in Canada, they’re still not for sale. For that, consumers will have to wait at until mid-December at the earliest. 

RECREATIONAL EDIBLES AND EXTRACTS MARKET ON HOLD AS BUSINESSES MEET NEW REQUIREMENTS

If you’ve been buying cannabis on Canada’s legal marketplace, you know your options have so far been limited. Licensed retailers have only been able to sell flower and flower-based products like pre-rolls. It’s a little-known caveat outside of Canada that last year’s historic law, the Cannabis Act of 2018, only legalized flower. But it also set up a deadline for Health Canada to develop regulations for retail edibles and extracts products, products that have always been available to Canada’s medical cannabis patients.

Still, extracts and edibles products have been widely available on Canada’s widespread and embattled illicit network of cannabis “pharmacies” and pop-up shops. And it will be interesting to see how the illicit industry responds now that licensed, regulated retailers can finally compete in a popular product category.

Back in June, as continent-wide public health concerns surrounding vaping were just beginning to emerge, Health Canada published finalized rules and regulations for cannabis derivative products. Those rules take effect October 17, as worries about the risks of unregulated cannabis products, especially THC cartridges are mounting in Canada. 

But the press release announcing the new regulations also said “it will take time, after that date, before new cannabis products become available for purchase.” That’s because Health Canada is requiring a 60-day heads up from any licensed companies or license applicants that they intend to produce or retail derivatives. The agency says that window gives regulators a chance to inspect businesses and ensure they’re up to the new codes. 

RECREATIONAL CANNABIS MARKET WILL TRANSFORM IN DECEMBER

So that 60-day window puts the earliest availability of edibles and extracts at December 17. And at that moment, Canada’s recreational market transform. Consumers will be able to access products that had only been available from unlicensed retailers and medical cannabis dispensaries. Those products include cannabis-infused beverages and foods, topicalsdabs, vapes, oils, capsules and more. 

The only thing consumers might find frustrating are the THC limits on the new products. THC limits were hotly debated as Health Canada drafted the new regulations. Initially, officials wanted to cap products at 5 mg per serving, a very small amount. The finalized rules cap edibles and drinkables at 10 mg THC per serving, while other product categories like oils and tinctures can have up to 1000 mg THC per package, so long as a “dose” or unit is labelled at 10 mg. 

There’s also another odd rule that could pose confusing for consumers and law enforcement alike. Manufacturers and retailers have to provide “herbal equivalents” on product labels, telling consumers what the product would equal in terms of dried flower. Health Canada says that requirement is so cops can determine if someone possesses more than the legal limit, which is 30 grams of dried cannabis in most provinces. But given how much THC quantities vary across strains and especially across extract products, figuring out that equivalency could prove tricky. Going forward, expect Health Canada to come up with possession limits specifically for edibles and other derivatives. 

Drury, ByAdam. “Edibles Officially Legal but Not for Sale in Canada.” Green Rush Daily, 18 Oct. 2019, greenrushdaily.com/news/world/edibles-officially-legal-but-not-for-sale-in-canada/.

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game

Thanks to more CBD products becoming available, more moms are benefitting from it!

There’s no denying that parenting is up there among some of the hardest jobs in society—yep, that includes digging ditches, bomb deactivation, and uranium mining. 

In a telephone-based study of 5800 parents, only 48% of women reported getting 7 hours of sleep per night—this on top of also being responsible for carrying out countless additional household and work tasks. Their children aren’t the only people who depend on them and some parents must also care for special needs or ill kids, while simultaneously taking care of other family members and working additional jobs. Add to that how hard it can be to communicate with young people and things become even more complicated.

Due to America’s typical family structure where children increasingly move away from parents and settle some distance from home, questionable childcare arrangements and lackluster maternity leave programs (or no leave programs at all, in many cases), much of the responsibility of family care falls on the mother, or on one primary caregiver. 

But CBD companies have been stepping up with a host of products and services that appear to be just what the doctor ordered for tired, overextended, and frustrated moms. 

Perhaps this is because an increasing number of CBD products and companies are led by women—a 2018 report states that 27% of America’s cannabis companies are women-run. 

Shanel Lindsay, CEO and founder of Ardent Cannabis and mother to two children is one of them, and she gets it. “Using cannabis helps me relax not just in parenting situations, but also after having a long, stressful day.”

Katie Miles, a fashion product designer and Los Angeles-based mom of two feels confident that CBD aids her in her mom related duties. “My husband I often take CBD on the weekends when we are just hanging about the house with the kids,” she explained. “It helps us be more relaxed around our seven and four-year-old who have so much energy and constantly want to play and make messes. I feel like I can be more in the moment and get down on their level when my anxieties about all the stuff I need to do around the house and with work is calmed by the CBD.”

The options of ways to utilize CBD without necessarily having to smoke or vape cannabis are ever increasing. 

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
Courtesy of Homesick

Light It Up

Candles are a multi-billion-dollar industry which, in 2013, earned $3.14 billion in profits. OK, then! Stand-up comedian Selena Coppock, host of the candle podcast Two Wick Minimum, says “A lot of closet “candleheads” revealed themselves when [my podcast] launched. In the current political and cultural climate, there is such a need for self care and relaxation, and my podcast really showed me that.” 

The Homesick brand bridges that gap with a cannabis-scented candle, perfect for moms who need to relax after a long day of schlepping, shopping, and shepherding children around. Scents include bergamot, cedar wood, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, and of course, cannabis, in relaxing, mom-approved combinations. Made from a soy-wax blend, the candles also burn safely and cleanly for upwards of 80 hours.

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
Courtesy of CannaCakeBabe

One Bite At A Time

Cupcakes have long been a popular coping mechanism for moms, parents, and people of all ages and responsibility levels and for good reason. They are pretty much awesome. What’s not to love about a palm-sized iced muffin? Baked Bazaar, a new online marketplace that sells quality CBD products from top-of-the-line artisan makers, has rolled out the thing moms didn’t know they needed — mini cupcakes in jars with customizable flavor, filling, and toppings.

Voila! It’s a cupcake in a jar. 

Perfect for snack-loving moms everywhere, CannaCakeBabe cupcakes, the brainchild of Nandi Shange based out of Las Vegas, are made using vegan ingredients. Each jar contains two servings (about 550calories total) with 25 mg of CBD total, and take the edge off like…woah. Having these cakes in my refrigerator as a quick pick-me-up and mellow-me-out has been a literal godsend. I sampled the vanilla and chocolate flavors and loved them both tremendously. I ate them one blessed spoonful at a time over the course of a week or so. Many, many CBD products come across my desk and these things are a solid gold hit. They’re not cheap, running about $20 per jar (or $10 per “slice” if you’re doing the math, which moms always are), but they are real tasty. Bonuses: they travel well, stay fresh longer and come in a cute reusable jar.

‘I’m finding that a lot of moms are looking for new ways to incorporate CBD into their lifestyle,” Nandi told me, referring to her new, increasing fan base. “I’m combining CBD with treats that the whole family can enjoy.”

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
Courtesy of Dawson+Hellman

Sleep It Off

The National Sleep Foundation recommends choosing breathable, loose sleepwear in a fabric best suited to your body to aid a quality night’s sleep. Designer luxury bedding and sleepwear company Dawson+Hellman have just the thing for us tired mamas. Their truly comfortable pajamas arrive in a beautifully wrapped and gloriously smelling package that will bring a smile to any weary mom’s face. It’s like Christmas in…whenever. The two-piece piped sleep shirt and cozy pants pajama sets ($95) are super soft, appropriately loose and casual, and here’s the kicker: they are covered in pot leaves, so moms can spread a political bedtime message, be the cool mom at the sleepover, or just connect with their inner hippie child as they hit the pillow. They also have a shortie version of the sleepy pants set ($130) and a lovely, crisp white knee-length nightgown which are both simultaneously adorable with a hint of sexy, for those who are feeling that mommy magic.

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
Courtesy of Moon Mother Hemp

Cream Of The Crop

Skincare products of a wide variety are ever up-and-coming in the CBD market and provide a series of functions that serve moms of all ages. From facial creams to under-eye salves, each product is geared towards helping parents in all the many ways they can be benefited from them. 

Ester Vigil, president of 1933 Industries uses and loves her company’s own Canna Hemp CBD products. “I use an array of them every day,” she explained. “The body lotion is easily absorbed into the bloodstream when rubbed into my skin, leaving me feeling soft and moisturized.” 

Plant People won my heart over with a wonderful, useful tincture which legitimately changed my sleep game. Now they have added a skincare lineto their offerings. The new Revive (serum, $82), Restore (face mask, $62) and Nourish (lotion, $55)—it’s like these products were made with moms in mind—are highly rated on the website and along with CBD, contain CBC (cannabichromene), a hot new element of cannabis, which like it’s cousin, CBD, also bonds to pain receptors, furthering relief. So they’re basically a two-fer, and you know how us moms feel about getting a good deal (almost as good as sex).

Jessica Bates, mother of two and CEO and founder of Moon Mother Hempattests to how the tide is shifting regarding mothers using CBD products. “I take CBD daily for anxiety and sleep issues and it helps so much,” she explained. “Many of our customers are moms and they are feeling increasingly more comfortable calling and asking questions and speaking out about the stresses of motherhood. The stigma around admitting that motherhood can be stressful is lifting and so is the stigma around cannabis use for moms.”

Hear, hear!

For those moms who wake with puffy eyes (hello, all of us?), TriBeauty CBD Eye Cream ($60) tackles under eye lines while also offering a relaxing and comforting sensation that is refreshing and soothing in the morning.

But perhaps my favorite of all the lotions and maybe even all CBD products is the TribeRevive pain cream ($50), sold by TribeTokes, an NYC-based lady duo. It’s sincerely incredible and worth every penny. I use it on everything from muscle aches to headaches and neck aches. I rub it into my hairline when I feel a migraine coming on, into sore muscles or errant pains and within minutes, I feel relief. Some on my neck also helps me drift into sleep with ease. It is truly a miracle product.  

The best thing about CBD products is that they are now easier to come by and are in nearly every corner of the country, even available at many gift shops and online stores. National drugstore chains and even Amazon carry them in most states, so if your state doesn’t (yet), look around a state over.

As a tired mom who is always looking for quick fixes and magic answers to the issues that may arise, I find myself turning to CBD regularly, and it never disappoints. CBD is truly Mother Nature’s gift to all mothers.

Delfino, Jessica. “CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game.” High Times, 7 Dec. 2019, hightimes.com/products/cbd-products-help-moms-crush-parenting-game/.

CBD For Life is dedicated to developing products that feature the healing power of cannabidiol.

If you asked a hundred people about effective skin-care products and routines, you would get a hundred different answers. Skin care is highly individualized and, because of the many factors that go into it (like age, genetics, diet and lifestyle), it can take years of trial and error to fine-tune your routine.

Skin care can be frustrating, especially when you’re trying to combat specific concerns such as acne, rosacea, eczema, sun damage or wrinkles. And it’s not as if you can just give up on it; cruel and unfair as it is, we live in a society that prioritizes physical appearance—it’s innate. Because of this, we all feel the pressure to put our best face forward, literally. And, as we all know, the appearance and health of our skin can be a major factor in our confidence and self-esteem. We owe it to ourselves to take care of our skin properly.

Like many people, I’ve had a wild ride with my own skin-care journey, from artificially fruit-scented Clean & Clear face wash (yes, with the microbeads; I sincerely apologize, Mother Earth) and homemade sugar scrubs to AcneFree system kits from Costco and Retin-A prescribed by a doctor. Nowadays, I rely on a combination of Glossier products to maintain clear and balanced skin and a few products from my favorite CBD company.

CBD For Life came into my orbit two years ago when I first started writing about cannabis. The company had sent a generous package to the office and, because I was the new girl, it went to me. I was instantly hooked. CBD For Life’s skin-care products are effective and gentle enough to use every day, and they smell great too. After doing some digging, I learned that cannabidiol is fantastic for your skin. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, CBD is an ideal agent for combating acne and signs of aging. Topical CBD can also be used to alleviate more serious skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea. Two years later, I’m still using CBD For Life’s Face Cream and Eye Serum in my daily skin-care regimen.

CBD For Life is a women-founded, -owned and -operated company. I got in touch with one of the founding partners, Julie Winter, to discuss CBD, skin care and being a woman in the cannabis space.

HT: How did you become a founding partner of CBD For Life?

JW: I helped develop the products and launched the company with my sister, [CBD For Life co-founder and CEO] Beth Stavola, in February 2015. I now run product development, operations and distribution. Like my sister, I have a Wall Street background. My career there led me into compliance and operational roles, which has been invaluable experience to have in building and scaling this business with constantly evolving regulatory rules and oversight. My sister pulled me over to help her establish and scale the business. I am so grateful for the incredible opportunity and have never been happier.

When did you first learn about CBD’s potential in skin care?

We created CBD For Life after Beth learned about the wonderful healing properties of CBD. She infused CBD with essential oils to create a rub that would help manage her chronic back pain caused by scoliosis of the spine, a condition she suffered with since her early teenage years. Beth felt immediate relief from the rub she was applying daily. As a wonderful side effect of using the rub, Beth noticed a significant improvement, clearing and softening of her skin. After months of extensive research, we met with a chemist to create our luxurious formulations, and two years later CBD For Life was born!

Had you used CBD, or cannabis in general, in the past?

Yes, I have been a longtime hemp advocate, lobbying for federal legalization and providing education to change the reputation of cannabis and discuss the healing benefits of the plant for the body and the skin without the psychoactive properties.

When we first started working in CBD, the natural thing to do was go into pain [relief] and wellness. But after taking tinctures and using the topicals, I also noticed other positive side effects, like the softening and clearing of my skin—especially since I had suffered from rosacea. For me, it seemed like a super-natural progression for skin care and skin health.

What is your favorite CBD For Life product?

The tinctures. I have type 1 diabetes and use CBD for deeper REM sleep, which gives my body more time to repair itself. It also helps me control my sugar levels. I wake up feeling overall better using CBD. As much as I’m a fan of natural products, there was a time that if I couldn’t sleep I would take a Tylenol PM to help me sleep and help with anxiety, but that all feeds into bad cycles. When I sleep well, wake up feeling good and I’m not anxious, I can really live my best life.

What is your skin-care routine?

I use CBD For Life Face & Body Cleanser every day. It leaves my skin feeling clean without stripping the oils. CBD is an adaptogen and brings your body back into balance and regulates oil production. I’m also using a toner from our new line that is specifically engineered for calming the skin and reducing redness. Then I use our CBD Face Cream, Eye Serum and our tinctures daily (20 milligrams in the morning and 20 mg at night).

What product can you not live without?

Our tinctures, rubs and roll-ons. The tinctures are my everyday go-to for a healthy life, and the rubs and roll-ons are my go-to for sore muscles and aches and pains. I am a mom of three children—5 years, 4 years and 10 months-old—so I’m constantly on the move. These products help me unwind and relax.

What has been your experience as a woman in the cannabis business space?

I have had a very positive experience as a female in this space. We are female-founded and -operated, and our products are manufactured in female-owned and -operated manufacturing facilities. All our founding partners are female, and the majority of our team today is female. Everyone on the team is so passionate about these products and the cannabis movement.

My sister Beth, our CEO, is a pioneer in the cannabis industry and is an incredible role model for me. She is very focused on female empowerment and donates to a wonderful local clinic that focuses on female health and wellness for those that cannot afford the care. She’s an inspiration to us all!

I have met and developed wonderful relationships with so many incredibly strong, dedicated and amazing women in this industry—some from competing brands and other service providers that have helped support and grow our business.

Gold, Chloé Harper. “Brand Spotlight: CBD For Life.” High Times, 13 Jan. 2020, hightimes.com/women/brand-spotlight-cbd-for-life/.

How To Make Canna-butter

You can turn most recipes into a full-bodied experience with the help of this cannabutter recipe.

If you want to experience the effects of cannabis without having to smoke it, knowing how to make cannabutter is a must. If you’ve never tried the process, it may seem intimidating. However, if you have a kitchen you can stink up, it’s actually easy. There are several ways to make cannabutter with just weed, butter and a few tools found in most kitchens. We’ll go over one of the simplest methods for making cannabutter.

PREPARATION: 

Before you start learning how to make cannabutter make sure you have access to salted butter, cannabis, a stovetop, oven, cheesecloth, mason jar, non-stick oven-safe pan and a saucepan or pot.

A grinder is another useful tool. However, you don’t want one that will pulverize the weed into a powder like a coffee grinder. That would allow plant material through the strainer adding the taste of plant matter to the cannabutter.

DECARBOXYLATION

The best way to make cannabutter without too strong of a cannabis flavor is to decarboxylate the weed before cooking it in butter. Decarboxylation is the process in which the nonpsychoactive THCA Decarbconverts to THC. Cannabis can become partially decarboxylated by drying or curing over extended periods of time. However, you’ll need an oven for complete decarboxylation.

The general consensus on decarboxylation from both researchers and those with experience making edibles is that lower temperatures for longer times provide the best results. A group of scientists in Holland experimented to find the best temperature and time to completely bake THCA into THC. They found 230 °F for 110 minutes was the best way to completely decarboxylate fresh material.

To begin the process, grind at least an ounce of weed per 4 sticks of butter and spread it onto a non-stick baking pan while the oven preheats to 230 °F. Cover the pan with aluminum foil before putting it in the oven to bake. If you have aged or partially decarboxylated material the time in the oven can be reduced.

SIMMER

Once you have your decarboxylated cannabis ready, you can add a cup of water and a cup of salted butter into the saucepan or pot. Salted butter is better for long-simmering because it has a higher smoke point. Simmer over low heat on the stovetop adding the decarboxylated cannabis while stirring. Keep the heat under 200 °F to preserve as many cannabinoids and terpenoids as possible. It should never come to a boil and it should be stirred regularly. Monitor it to ensure it never gets hot enough to burn.

STRAIN

Line the cheesecloth on top of a jar or into a funnel and on top of a jar. Allow the butter to strain. You can squeeze the cheesecloth once liquid stops seeping through to make sure all the good stuff has made its way through. If your material is too fine, some can make it through the cheesecloth and add the taste of plant matter to your butter.

STORE

When the butter has been completely strained, you can set the plant material aside for later use or toss it out. Place the jar in a refrigerator for long-term storage.

Edibles are known to be unpredictable. You can change this testing the potency of your butter before using a lot of it for a meal. A half teaspoon or less on a piece of warm toast is a great way to gauge the potency of your final product. If you don’t feel anything within an hour try increasing the dose until you reach your desired effects. Take note of the amount it takes to get you to where you want to be for future recipes.

You can also make cannabutter with the help of a slow cooker or a device intended for making cannabis-infused butter. If you don’t have either of those the method we shared above will work in most homes. It only takes a few hours to make enough cannabutter to make several meals.

Daily, ByGreen Rush. “How To Make Cannabutter.” Green Rush Daily, 8 Jan. 2020, greenrushdaily.com/guides/how-to-make-cannabutter/.

Barneys is Selling Luxury Bongs, Vapes and a $1,475 Grinder

Don’t care how much your weed costs? Then Barneys new luxury head shop The High End is for you.

When they’re shopping for bud, cannabis consumers in Californiahave thousands of places to choose from. But when it comes to catering to the consumer expectations of high net-worth customers, fewer companies are vying for that space. There have been a few breakouts, however. There’s MedMen’s up-scale chain of marijuana dispensaries, which have been dubbed both the “Apple store of weed” and “the Barneys of weed.” Plug is another high-end cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles, which LA Weekly also called “the Barneys of weed.” But come March, the true “Barneys of weed” will be a cannabis shop actually run by Barneys. And that store will be selling luxury bongs, vapes and a sterling silver grinder that costs almost $1,500.

Luxury Department Store Enters the High-End Cannabis Retail Space

In case you didn’t get the picture, Barneys is driving the point home with branding. The company is dubbing the new high-end retail space it’s developing for cannabis consumers, The High End. More than slicing into the upscale consumer market for cannabis, Barneys wants The High End to craft an environment that will attract the formidable marketing force of Instagram influencers.

The High End is more about draw than it is about products. But that doesn’t mean the store’s offerings won’t be absurdly top-shelf. If you’re someone who likes weed and has no idea how to spend money, check out what’s in store at The High End.

First, there’s the most luxurious paraphernalia you can imagine. Dvambez rolling papers made from 100 percent French-grown, organic hemp. Artisanal, one-of-a-kind, hand-blown water pipes and bongs by chic glassware studio Siemon and Salazar. Stash boxes crafted by the boutique jewelry designer Martine Ali. Even diamond-studded and gold roach-clips designed by Good Art Hlywd. Exclusive silver and rose gold vape pens. And don’t forget your grinder! A pure sterling silver weed grinder will set you back just $1,475.

The High End will certainly deliver the goods. But its real goal is delivering an experience. “If someone is going to come into a physical store, they really expect more than product, because product, unfortunately, is available in a million different places,” CEO and president of Barneys Daniella Vitale told the New York Times. “We want to make sure there is an entertainment value here.”

Barneys Cannabis Store Won’t Have a Dispensary License

Vitale says that upscale retailers are under pressure to produce Instagram-friendly moments for the high-profile influencers who might check out the store. Barneys’ creative director Matthew Mazzucca said The High End will offer a mid-century vibe, replete with lots of glass, patinated brass and raw marble.

But for all the luxurious touches, underneath The High End is basically another head shop. Barneys isn’t planning on getting a dispensary license for its new cannabis shop. And that means customers won’t be able to purchase cannabis there.

Instead, Barneys has partnered with a number of boutique and high-end cannabis producers and retailer whose products will be on offer at The High End. One such producer is Beboe, a retailer that has collaborated with famed Bay Area cultivator Mario Sherbinksi, among others.

So if you’re shopping at The High End, you won’t be able to walk out of the store with any fresh bud for your thousand-dollar grinder. Or with any oil for your thousand-dollar vape pen. But you will be able to place an order for delivery with Beboe representatives.

The High End will open at the Barneys store in Beverly Hills in March. The company plans to open several more High End shops across California, and may even set up in New York if the state legalizes weed this year.

“Barneys Is Selling Luxury Bongs, Vapes and a $1,475 Grinder.” Green Rush Daily, 11 Feb. 2019, greenrushdaily.com/products/barneys-is-selling-luxury-bongs-vapes-and-a-1475-grinder/.

CBD PRODUCTS THAT HELP MOMS CRUSH THE PARENTING GAME

Thanks to more CBD products becoming available, more moms are benefitting from it!

There’s no denying that parenting is up there among some of the hardest jobs in society—yep, that includes digging ditches, bomb deactivation, and uranium mining. 

In a telephone-based study of 5800 parents, only 48% of women reported getting 7 hours of sleep per night—this on top of also being responsible for carrying out countless additional household and work tasks. Their children aren’t the only people who depend on them and some parents must also care for special needs or ill kids, while simultaneously taking care of other family members and working additional jobs. Add to that how hard it can be to communicate with young people and things become even more complicated.

Due to America’s typical family structure where children increasingly move away from parents and settle some distance from home, questionable childcare arrangements and lackluster maternity leave programs (or no leave programs at all, in many cases), much of the responsibility of family care falls on the mother, or on one primary caregiver. 

But CBD companies have been stepping up with a host of products and services that appear to be just what the doctor ordered for tired, overextended, and frustrated moms. 

Perhaps this is because an increasing number of CBD products and companies are led by women—a 2018 report states that 27% of America’s cannabis companies are women-run. 

Shanel Lindsay, CEO and founder of Ardent Cannabis and mother to two children is one of them, and she gets it. “Using cannabis helps me relax not just in parenting situations, but also after having a long, stressful day.”

Katie Miles, a fashion product designer and Los Angeles-based mom of two feels confident that CBD aids her in her mom related duties. “My husband I often take CBD on the weekends when we are just hanging about the house with the kids,” she explained. “It helps us be more relaxed around our seven and four-year-old who have so much energy and constantly want to play and make messes. I feel like I can be more in the moment and get down on their level when my anxieties about all the stuff I need to do around the house and with work is calmed by the CBD.”

The options of ways to utilize CBD without necessarily having to smoke or vape cannabis are ever increasing. 

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
Courtesy of Homesick

Light It Up

Candles are a multi-billion-dollar industry which, in 2013, earned $3.14 billion in profits. OK, then! Stand-up comedian Selena Coppock, host of the candle podcast Two Wick Minimum, says “A lot of closet “candleheads” revealed themselves when [my podcast] launched. In the current political and cultural climate, there is such a need for self care and relaxation, and my podcast really showed me that.” 

The Homesick brand bridges that gap with a cannabis-scented candle, perfect for moms who need to relax after a long day of schlepping, shopping, and shepherding children around. Scents include bergamot, cedar wood, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, and of course, cannabis, in relaxing, mom-approved combinations. Made from a soy-wax blend, the candles also burn safely and cleanly for upwards of 80 hours.

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
Courtesy of CannaCakeBabe

One Bite At A Time

Cupcakes have long been a popular coping mechanism for moms, parents, and people of all ages and responsibility levels and for good reason. They are pretty much awesome. What’s not to love about a palm-sized iced muffin? Baked Bazaar, a new online marketplace that sells quality CBD products from top-of-the-line artisan makers, has rolled out the thing moms didn’t know they needed — mini cupcakes in jars with customizable flavor, filling, and toppings.

Voila! It’s a cupcake in a jar. 

Perfect for snack-loving moms everywhere, CannaCakeBabe cupcakes, the brainchild of Nandi Shange based out of Las Vegas, are made using vegan ingredients. Each jar contains two servings (about 550calories total) with 25 mg of CBD total, and take the edge off like…woah. Having these cakes in my refrigerator as a quick pick-me-up and mellow-me-out has been a literal godsend. I sampled the vanilla and chocolate flavors and loved them both tremendously. I ate them one blessed spoonful at a time over the course of a week or so. Many, many CBD products come across my desk and these things are a solid gold hit. They’re not cheap, running about $20 per jar (or $10 per “slice” if you’re doing the math, which moms always are), but they are real tasty. Bonuses: they travel well, stay fresh longer and come in a cute reusable jar.

‘I’m finding that a lot of moms are looking for new ways to incorporate CBD into their lifestyle,” Nandi told me, referring to her new, increasing fan base. “I’m combining CBD with treats that the whole family can enjoy.”

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
Courtesy of Dawson+Hellman

Sleep It Off

The National Sleep Foundation recommends choosing breathable, loose sleepwear in a fabric best suited to your body to aid a quality night’s sleep. Designer luxury bedding and sleepwear company Dawson+Hellman have just the thing for us tired mamas. Their truly comfortable pajamas arrive in a beautifully wrapped and gloriously smelling package that will bring a smile to any weary mom’s face. It’s like Christmas in…whenever. The two-piece piped sleep shirt and cozy pants pajama sets ($95) are super soft, appropriately loose and casual, and here’s the kicker: they are covered in pot leaves, so moms can spread a political bedtime message, be the cool mom at the sleepover, or just connect with their inner hippie child as they hit the pillow. They also have a shortie version of the sleepy pants set ($130) and a lovely, crisp white knee-length nightgown which are both simultaneously adorable with a hint of sexy, for those who are feeling that mommy magic.

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
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Cream Of The Crop

Skincare products of a wide variety are ever up-and-coming in the CBD market and provide a series of functions that serve moms of all ages. From facial creams to under-eye salves, each product is geared towards helping parents in all the many ways they can be benefited from them. 

Ester Vigil, president of 1933 Industries uses and loves her company’s own Canna Hemp CBD products. “I use an array of them every day,” she explained. “The body lotion is easily absorbed into the bloodstream when rubbed into my skin, leaving me feeling soft and moisturized.” 

Plant People won my heart over with a wonderful, useful tincture which legitimately changed my sleep game. Now they have added a skincare line to their offerings. The new Revive (serum, $82), Restore (face mask, $62) and Nourish (lotion, $55)—it’s like these products were made with moms in mind—are highly rated on the website and along with CBD, contain CBC (cannabichromene), a hot new element of cannabis, which like it’s cousin, CBD, also bonds to pain receptors, furthering relief. So they’re basically a two-fer, and you know how us moms feel about getting a good deal (almost as good as sex).

Jessica Bates, mother of two and CEO and founder of Moon Mother Hemp attests to how the tide is shifting regarding mothers using CBD products. “I take CBD daily for anxiety and sleep issues and it helps so much,” she explained. “Many of our customers are moms and they are feeling increasingly more comfortable calling and asking questions and speaking out about the stresses of motherhood. The stigma around admitting that motherhood can be stressful is lifting and so is the stigma around cannabis use for moms.”

Hear, hear!

For those moms who wake with puffy eyes (hello, all of us?), TriBeauty CBD Eye Cream ($60) tackles under eye lines while also offering a relaxing and comforting sensation that is refreshing and soothing in the morning.

But perhaps my favorite of all the lotions and maybe even all CBD products is the TribeRevive pain cream ($50), sold by TribeTokes, an NYC-based lady duo. It’s sincerely incredible and worth every penny. I use it on everything from muscle aches to headaches and neck aches. I rub it into my hairline when I feel a migraine coming on, into sore muscles or errant pains and within minutes, I feel relief. Some on my neck also helps me drift into sleep with ease. It is truly a miracle product.  

The best thing about CBD products is that they are now easier to come by and are in nearly every corner of the country, even available at many gift shops and online stores. National drugstore chains and even Amazon carry them in most states, so if your state doesn’t (yet), look around a state over.

As a tired mom who is always looking for quick fixes and magic answers to the issues that may arise, I find myself turning to CBD regularly, and it never disappoints. CBD is truly Mother Nature’s gift to all mothers.

Delfino, Jessica. “CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game.” High Times, 7 Dec. 2019, https://hightimes.com/products/cbd-products-help-moms-crush-parenting-game/.

How to Choose a Bong

There’s height, weight, durability, joint size, percolators and more to consider.

There are a number of factors to consider when the time comes to choose a bong that will suit your needs. Will it be kept at home, in a drawer, on a table or is it a travel bong? If you’re clumsy, you’ll want something durable. Fortunately, bongs come in all different shapes and sizes to accommodate the needs of various cannabis smokers. We’ll go over all the factors that should be considered when you choose a bong.

DOES SIZE MATTER?

The first thing you’ll want to do is decide if you’re looking for a bong to smoke cannabis flowers out of or one for concentrates. This will help you decide what size piece you should get.

If you’re going with a set-up for flower, bigger can be better for spreading out harsh hits. However, dab rigs are better off on the smaller side because there is no benefit to filtering hash oil vapors.

IS IT DURABLE?

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The next thing you should look into is the durability of the product. If it’s made of ceramic or glass, the bong is vulnerable to breaking when dropped. Acrylic bongs may bounce when dropped but they’re still vulnerable to cracking.

The thicker the glass all around the bong, the less likely it is to break. Does the glass seem sturdy or does it sounds like a wine glass when flicked? Thicker glass is usually a little more expensive.

If you’re not clumsy and trust yourself not break the bong you can put the extra money towards attachments or a bong with more percolation.

There are also unbreakable silicone bongs on the market for anyone that is tired of breaking glass, ceramic and acrylic bongs.

WHAT IS THE BEST JOINT SIZE?

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When choosing a joint size it is best to get something that will work with any attachments you may already have. You should also pick based on whether you’re using the bong for cannabis flowers or concentrates. For a while, concentrate pieces came with male joints to accommodate domes and nails. Now, most connoisseurs use quartz bangers when consuming cannabis concentrates.

Today, having a male joint will limit your options when it comes to replacement bowl pieces and attachments. We recommend getting a 14mm female if you don’t have any attachments you want to use because it is the most common joint size.

The angle of your joint is also something you’ll have to consider. Classic beakers have joints and bowls coming out of a removable down stem at a 45-degree angle. Many modern pieces come with joints at a 90-degree angle with a fixed stem.

PICKING PERCOLATORS

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Percolation is one of the main factors to consider when you choose a bong. Percolators contain one or more points of diffusion to filter or cool smoke. The three things to consider when picking a percolator is the filtration, drag and how easily it can clog.

If you’re using your bong for dry herbs, you’ll want extra percolators to make the smoke as smooth as possible. When smoke is smoother, you can take bigger rips consuming more THC in a shorter period of time. As a result, you should be higher than you normally would with less irritation to your throat and lungs.

However, there is such a thing as too much percolation, especially when it comes to concentrates. It is best to keep percolation to a minimum of dab rigs. More percolators mean more drag making it harder to clear the bong.

For dry herb bongs, there is a trade-off. More drag for smoother hits. However, with a dab rig, percolators will require more effort from your lungs on each hit with no benefit. So, for dabbing, look for a bong with one to two percolators that won’t easily clog when oil or “reclaim” begins to build inside of the piece.

THE CLEANING PROCESS

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Another factor to consider is how hard it will be to clean the bong. If you’re not willing to give your bong a deep cleaning regularly, you should get something easy to clean that won’t clog quickly. Percolators with tiny holes will clog sooner than larger slits.

Certain pieces are harder to clean than others while some need to be cleaned more often for proper function. Keep an eye on the percolators. If a bong has three separated percolation chambers stacked on top of each other going up the neck, it’s going to be hard to get cleaner into that middle chamber.

OPTIONAL ATTACHMENTS

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Once you’ve selected your bong, there are still ways to improve the overall function.

There are attachments called ash catchers that sit between the bowl and joint. Many modern ash catchers have percolators in them for additional filtration. Not to mention, ash and tar will build up in the ash catcher before it does in the rest of the bong. If you clean the ash catcher regularly you won’t need to clean the rest of the bong as often.

On top of ash catchers, there are other attachments like glycerin coils made to cool the smoke in your bong. Glycerin is a liquid that won’t turn solid in a freezer so it can’t expand and break the glass.

Understanding the different components is the key to learning how to choose a bong. Use our guide to pick the best piece to suit your smoking style. Larger pieces with more percolators are better for people sensitive to the harshness of smoke but too much percolation isn’t recommended for people with small lung capacities. It will be too hard to rip.

Anyone that appreciates a classic bong rip will enjoy a scientific-style beaker or straight pipe. If it still isn’t smooth enough you can always add attachments to further filter the smoke.

It’s better to smoke a bong than to roll a joint when trying to hide the smell of weed. You’ll also get higher in less time. Dabs are an even stealthier way to get high in no time. Anyone planning to use their bong for concentrates as well should look into the best quartz bangerscarb caps and how to choose a dab rig.

Daily, ByGreen Rush. “How to Choose a Bong.” Green Rush Daily, 25 Nov. 2019, greenrushdaily.com/guides/how-to-choose-a-bong/.

Ganja Gourmet: Salted Caramel Pecan Pot Pie

Bring some modern holiday cheer to the party with this cannabis-infused, nondairy, egg-free spin on a holiday feast classic.

Ingredients

Crust:

Premade frozen pie crust or no-bake graham-cracker crust

Pecan filling:

  • 2/3 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

Ganache:

  • 3 oz. (1/2 cup) dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

Infused salted caramel sauce:

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • Half a gram activated/edible THC distillate

DIRECTIONS

Bake the premade pie crust if needed, according to package instructions.

For the filling, place 1/2 cup toasted pecans in a layer on the bottom of the crust.

Mix the almond butter, maple syrup, virgin coconut oil, vanilla extract and sea salt in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low flame for a few minutes, or until the coconut oil is melted. Whisk until smooth.

Let the mixture cool slightly, then pour it over the pecans in the crust. Shake to even out and place the mixture in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or until the filling is firm.

For the ganache layer, place the chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl. Place the coconut milk in a saucepan and heat over a medium-low flame until steaming. Pour the hot coconut milk over the chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Quickly spread over the caramel layer, then sprinkle with the other 1/2 cup of toasted pecans. Let cool completely.

To make the infused caramel sauce, pour the coconut sugar into a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir for about three minutes to warm it (stop when the sugar starts to melt). Add the coconut milk. Whisk until the sugar dissolves, then bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 14 minutes—avoid stirring too much to prevent air bubbles, and use a swirling motion to avoid burning the caramel. The sauce should thicken slightly as the water bubbles off, and it will start to look like a very dark brown syrup.

Remove the caramel from the heat when the sauce coats the back of your spoon or spatula. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Stir in the half gram of activated THC distillate. Whisk thoroughly to fully incorporate.

Drizzle half of the now-infused caramel sauce on the pie, and then sprinkle the remaining pecans on top. Chill the pie in the fridge again for at least two hours. For a firmer pie, refrigerate overnight.

Serve with a scoop of ice cream and a tablespoon of the infused caramel sauce on top of each slice.

A note on dosage: The infused sauce will contain approximately 3.75 mg of THC per tablespoon. A plain slice of the pie will contain approximately 13.75 milligrams of THC. Together, a slice with a tablespoon of sauce will contain around 27.5 mg of THC per serving.

O’Boyle, Joanna. “Ganja Gourmet: Salted Caramel Pecan Pot Pie.” High Times, 24 Dec. 2019, hightimes.com/edibles/cooking/ganja-gourmet-salted-caramel-pecan-pot-pie/.

The High Times Gift Guide To Edibles

For a delicious holiday season and a tasty new year.

Whether you prefer non-psychoactive hemp foods or cannabis-infused vittles and drinkables that are high in THC, there’s sure to be something appetizing to make your mouth water on our list of the very best edibles to give your friends and loved ones — and yourself — for the holidays. Bon appétit!

MOOD BARS BY CHILL

Each Mood bar from Chill™ chocolate is handmade using the finest quality, strain-specific, full-spectrum cannabis oil. Fall asleep effortlessly with the 4:1 Dream bar, brighten your day with the 2:1 Inspire bar, or experience cannabis-CBD’s true restorative “entourage effects” with the 20:1 Peace bar. Let Chill chocolate help you set the mood this holiday season! Visit thehighestchocolate.com for more information.

Price: $15

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Wana’s Exotic Yuzu 2:1 CBD/THC Sour Gummies

Need a little help recovering from that raucous holiday party? Wana’s Exotic Yuzu 2:1 CBD/THC Sour Gummies can help calm stress, promote better sleep and make your holidays happier. Visit wanabrands.com to learn more.

Price: $30-$40

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HOUSE OF SAKA PINK

Available only in California, House of Saka Pink is an Infused beverage crafted from grapes picked at the peak of ripeness from select vineyards with California’s iconic Napa Valley. The grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless steel for optimal flavor and aroma extraction before being infused with House of Saka’s proprietary CBD:TCH formulation. Nonalcoholic, micro-dosable and naturally low in calories, House of Saka’s Infused Beverages deliver a controlled yet elevated cannabis experience. Learn more at houseofsaka.com.

Price: $49.99

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JOYGUM

While on a trip to Amsterdam and Antwerp, cannabis activist Amy Nudelman had a brilliant idea: to make THC-infused gum. Her chewing-gum mastermind of a husband agreed the idea was revolutionary, but it took the couple ten years before the final product met their high standards. The result is JoyGum, a fast-acting flavored gum for chewing that is quickly absorbed through the mouth’s lining, with effects lasting up to two hours. Packaged in child-resident safety pouches, JoyGum comes in different dosages and a range of flavors, from lemon mint, watermelon spearmint, and bubble gum to blue raspberry lime, peppermint, mango and strawberry kiwi. The superb-quality, all-natural gum is both calorie-free and discreet, making the act of chewing gum even more fun than it ever was before. Visit sharejoygum.com for more information.

Price: $20

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HOLIDAY PUNCH CAMINO GUMMIES

Get all the feels of Christmas morning with Kiva’s limited edition Holiday Punch Camino gummies. Each delicious gummy contains five milligrams of THC and boasts energizing terpenes with notes of cranberry and cinnamon that will have you leaping out of bed with joyful anticipation. Welcome to the most tailored edible experience on the market. Visit kivaconfections.com to learn more.

Price: $18

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FRUIT NOTES

Experience rhapsodies of flavor this holiday season with Coda Signature’s new Fruit Notes. A great stocking stuffer for every adult member of the family, these flavor-infused sugar confections are all-natural, vegan, and gluten-free. Available in five-milligram THC pieces and five unique flavor pairings, there is sure to be an option for everyone on your list! Visit codasignature.com to learn more.

Price: Varies

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HIGH-POPS

Gift this 12-pack of cannabis-infused frozen treats to everyone on your “nice” list. Made with natural fruit flavors and five milligrams of THC in every pop, they won’t be disappointed. Visit high-pops.com for more info.

Price: Varies

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PARADISE VEGAN GUMMY DROPS

Only available in California, these delicious bite-size CBD gummies deliver a healthy, convenient dose of quality CBD. Paradise infuses each vegan drop with solvent-free co2 extracted hemp oil, organic sugar, tapioca syrup, and other natural flavors. They’re gluten-free, with non-GMO ingredients and no animal gelatin, corn syrup, or artificial additives. Check out the entire line from Paradise, the original maker of infused sweets, at TasteParadise.com.

Price: $14

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NOVA DECARBOXYLATOR & INFUSER

A biotech and medical cannabis device company, Boston-based Ardent produces the NOVA™ decarboxylator, a laboratory-grade precision instrument that facilitates the creation of your very own edibles. The unit effortlessly activates the THC and CBD in your flower, kief, and concentrates in order to infuse butter and oil, yielding no odor while also drastically cutting down on cleanup time. It holds up to an ounce of flower and five ounces of kief, so it’s easier to accurately dose your edibles without excessive guesswork. Visit ardentcannabis.com to learn more.

Price: $210 – $220

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CBD + GOLDEN MYLK TURMERIC INSTANT LATTE

A vanguard in the arena of organic superfoods, Organic Traditions creates a line of delicious dairy-free and probiotic instant lattes. Recently, the company came out with the keto-friendly CBD + Golden Mylk Turmeric Instant Latte, with the eponymous traditional Ayurvedic herb topping a lush coconut milk powder base and a fragrant, palatable mix of cinnamon, ginger, and saffron. Each serving features a mix of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, namely CBD, THCVCBDV, and CBG. Visit organictraditions.com for more info.

Price: $24.99

High Times. “The High Times Gift Guide To Edibles.” High Times, 18 Dec. 2019, hightimes.com/guides/high-times-gift-guide-edibles/.Open publish panel

Four Loko is Dropping a Hemp-Flavored Drink with no Hemp on 4/20

New data reveals the price per milligram of different cannabis infused products.

With 4/20 rapidly approaching, companies all over the place are getting on the bandwagon and releasing special cannabis-themed products.

Most recently, alcoholic beverage brand Four Loko announced a new cannabis-inspired drink.

Notice that we said cannabis-inspired. Not cannabis-infused. The new drink will not contain any actual weed. Not even any cannabinoids. But according to Four Loko it will taste a lot like hemp.

FOUR LOKO’S HEMP DRINK

Four Loko announced the new drink earlier this month with a tweet that showed a green can with the word “hemp” printed on it in huge letters. The image was accompanied by the simple caption: “Coming 4/20.”

After the teaser earlier this month, it’s now become clear what this product is all about.

Four Loko’s special 4/20 release is a hemp-flavored alcoholic beverage. Although it does not contain any THCCBD, or any other cannabinoid, it is 12 percent alcohol by volume.

Without anything from the actual cannabis plant in it, the drink instead will celebrate cannabis through its hemp-inspired flavor profile.

Four Loko told Maxim the new drink will showcase “the flavor people think of when they hear hemp.”

“We saw an opportunity with hemp and Four Loko and went to the drawing board,” Four Loko co-founder Jaisen Freeman said. “We wanted to join the trend that is receiving a ton of buzz. When we were able to secure a flavor that mimicked hep but contains no actual hemp, CBD, or THC, we knew we could officially be a part of this trend.”

The drink will apparently draw on an interesting connection between cannabis and hops-based alcoholic drinks. From a botanical perspective, hops and weed are essentially genetic “cousins.”

As such, the two plants tend to produce similar properties, including taste and smell.

“Hemp is definitely hot right now, but it’s also clear that hemp flavors and hops go together,” Freeman told Maxim. “They’ve got similar flavor profiles.”

Because the new drink doesn’t contain any CBD or THC don’t expect to feel anything when you drink it. But if you like the flavor of cannabis, this might be your next favorite 4/20 drink.

4/20 PRODUCTS COMING OUT THIS WEEKEND

Four Loko is far from the only company to try to tap into the 4/20 craze. In fact, they aren’t even the only food and beverage company to get into the 4/20 mood.

Just yesterday, Green Rush Daily reported on the upcoming CBD burger from Carl’s Jr. burger.

And unlike Four Loko’s drink, this specialty 4/20 product isn’t simply about the flavor of weed. The Carl’s Jr. burger is infused with actual CBD.

As such, the burger won’t get you high. But it could give consumers some of the more mild effects of relaxation and well-being that many people report getting from CBD.

While there is already a pretty strong history of companies releasing special 4/20-themed products, it seems likely that we’ll only see more of these products as cannabis continues going mainstream.

Already, CBD is popping up all over the place. In large part, that’s because CBD products tend to be easier to move onto the market than products containing THC.

Kohut, ByTim. “Massachusetts’ Ban on THC Vapes Comes to an End.” Green Rush Daily, 13 Dec. 2019, greenrushdaily.com/politics/massachusetts-ban-on-thc-vapes-comes-to-an-end/.

How to Clean any Cannabis Vaporizer in Three Easy Steps

Get performance and flavor back to how they were on day one.

Vaporizers for pre-filled cartridges rarely need to be cleaned. However, after a few uses without cleaning, you may notice a drop in the overall performance with dry herb and loose concentrate vaporizers. Hits will be harsh and lacking in flavor, even on a fresh pack. This is because of the already vaporized remains from your previous sessions being burned over and over again. This is why it is important to know how to clean a cannabis vaporizer.

There are quick cleaning methods you can use after each session. If that’s not too much for you to handle, this will allow you to take much longer before needing a deep cleaning. The first step is only for dry herb portable and desktop vaporizers. Start with step two for electronic dab rigs like the Puffco Peak.

1. BRUSH

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Brushes are a big key to learning how to clean a vape. In fact, they’re necessary for keeping the performance of your vaporizer optimal for as long as possible before needing to deep clean. After your weed is vaporized to your liking, use a small brush to clean everything out. Make sure the brush isn’t made of synthetics or plastic so it doesn’t melt and permanently ruin your device if you ever brush while the chamber is still hot.

You can save your already vaped cannabis in a container to make other cannabis products like edibles. If you didn’t scorch it, there should still be leftover THC and other cannabinoids that can be recycled. It’s best to brush immediately after the session when the oven is still hot and resins are loose.

However, short-term memory loss happens or we forget our brush sometimes. In those cases, preheat the oven before your next session to make it easier to get the remaining plant matter off of the vaporizer.

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2. HEAT & TAKE APART

When brushing is no longer enough, it’s time to give your vaporizer the full treatment. Start by heating up the device without any weed or dabs in the chamber. This will help loosen the oils and resins so that you can clean them off easier. Ideally, you should use the vaporizer for a full session before starting a deep cleaning. This will help loosen the resin in the air path and on the mouthpiece as well.

There are so many different cannabis vaporizers on the market that it’s hard to give exact instructions for each one. However, most will consist of a heating chamber, mouthpiece and an air path leading from one to the other. Those three and any glass attachments are the main areas that will accumulate the most resin. As a result, they’re the regions you’ll want to give the most attention to when cleaning.

If you can open up or take apart your device so each of them is accessible, do so after a full session. You can also run the vaporizer and pull through the mouthpiece to get heat to the various parts of the region if you don’t want to subject your quality buds and hash oil to your dirty vape.

3. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL & Q-TIPS

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If you used the vaporizer right before beginning the deep cleaning, start by cleaning the mouthpiece or air path before they cool down. Q-tips and Isopropyl Alcohol are good for more than just cleaning quartz bangers. You can soak removable atomizers while you wipe down the rest of your vaporizer. Glass attachments can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol or any cleaner designed for water pipes. Use a Q-tip soaked in alcohol to rub the resin off the various parts of your vaporizer that have resin built up in them.

Finally, use dry Q-tips or paper towels to soak up any leftover alcohol when you finish cleaning. We recommend leaving the mouthpiece and airpath to air dry for a while. That way any remaining isopropyl alcohol will have time to evaporate off. Finally, avoid leaving the alcohol on surfaces that aren’t metal or glass for too long as they can deteriorate.

As for the heating chamber, you can reheat it before cleaning. Then, turn the vaporizer chamber upside down and use a Q-tip lightly soaked in isopropyl alcohol to clean off any resin in and around the chamber. Repeat until your chamber is as clean as can be. Then, use a new Q-tip to dry off any remaining isopropyl alcohol. To ensure no isopropyl alcohol is in the chamber, you can heat up the oven again and the rest will quickly evaporate.

HOW TO CLEAN A CANNABIS VAPORIZER

As long as you brush your dry vaporizer out or q-tip your atomizer after each session, you won’t have to repeat the other steps too often. Now that you know how to clean a vape, you know your vaporizer can be functioning like it did on day one after two simple steps. If you’re buying quality cannabis, make sure you’re tasting and enjoying them as much as you possibly can.

Hanna, ByAb. “How to Clean Any Cannabis Vaporizer in Three Easy Steps.” Green Rush Daily, 19 Dec. 2019, greenrushdaily.com/products/vaporizer/how-to-clean-a-cannabis-vaporizer/.

Flintts Mints: A Cure for Cannabis Cotton Mouth That Actually Works

The only cotton mouth cure to rival a bottle of water.

Cotton mouth is one of the few potential downsides to consuming cannabis. And a bad case of dry mouth can quickly become a big annoyance.

While there are a number of standard workarounds—things like sucking on hard candies, chewing gum, gargling mouth wash, and more—there have not been any reliable, consistent, go-to remedies. Until now.

Introducing Flintts Mouthwatering Mints. These new hard candy mints bring together a number of plant-based ingredients to combat cotton mouth—and much more.

INTRODUCING FLINTTS MOUTHWATERING MINTS

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Sucking on a Flintts Mint is a unique experience. Most immediately, it tastes like a hard candy mint—flavorful but not too sweet. But after a few seconds, you’ll notice your mouth starting to water.

And while that’s basically the main point of these mints, that’s only half the experience.

As your mouth starts salivating and relieving your cotton mouth dryness, you will soon notice your tongue and mouth starting to tingle, almost to the point of feeling slightly numb. Eventually, that tingling grows into a full-on effervescence that energizes and wakes up your entire mouth.

Flintts Mints will most definitely take care of your post-sesh cotton mouth. But they also deliver a whole lot more.

Ultimately, Flintts Mints pack a serious punch, from the smooth taste to the mouth watering effects, to the one-of-a-kind, electrifying, tingling sensations. Who knew eating a mint could be such a multi-sensory experience?

THE SECRET BEHIND FLINTTS MINTS

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If you’ve ever eaten a Sichuan button—also commonly known as buzz buttons, electric daisies, or spilanthes—you will recognize the experience of eating a Flintts Mint.

And for good reason. It turns out that spilanthes is main active ingredient in the mints.

Typically, eating a spilanthes flower quickly becomes a very intense experience. Often too intense.

But the makers of Flintts Mints have combined their spilanthes extract with a number of other plant-based ingredients to both temper the intensity of the buzz buttons and to give the final product a pleasant taste.

The company calls this proprietary blend of spilanthes extract and other natural, plant-based ingredients “SatoriPlus Distillate.”

As described on the Flintts Mints website: “SatoriPlus Distillate activates the Mouthwatering Principle on contact with the tongue. At the point of contact, Flintts also create an intriguing effervescence, which are termed Sparkling Flavor-tones.”

To further help you temper and fine-tune your Flintts Mints experience, the makers of the mints have created their own system for ranking the potency of each type of mint, called “F strength.”

According to the company, the F strength scale runs from 100 to 1000, with 100 being the most mellow and 1000 being the most intense. The F strength rating of each mint flavor refers both to how much your mouth will salivate and the strength of the tingly sensations you’ll feel.

Currently, there are three varieties of Flintts Mints. For starters, the cherry flavor is the mildest, with an F strength of 150. Then there’s the mint flavor, with an F strength of 200. And finally, the most potent is the 250-F-strength lemon flavor.

The company currently sells each flavor on its own, or you can buy a packet of each in the variety pack.

Lindsey, ByNick. “Flintts Mints: A Cure for Cannabis Cotton Mouth That Actually Works.” Green Rush Daily, 23 Aug. 2019, greenrushdaily.com/products/flintts-mints/.

How To Choose A Dab Rig

Tips on how to choose a dab rig that best suits your needs.

Cannabis concentrates have increased in accessibility and popularity since the concept of “dabbing” was introduced. Now there are many different consistencies of dabs and almost as many different ways to consume them. When it comes time to choose a dab rig, you’ll want the best piece of equipment for the job. The best dab rig won’t share much in common with the best bong.

Most of us start by using a bong in the place of a dab rig with a nail that fits. However, doing dabs out of a three-foot bong isn’t as satisfying as it is with a bowl of burning weed. We’ll give you some tips to help you pick the best piece for your dabbing needs.

Size Matters

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When you choose a dab rig, make sure you’re not getting something too bulky. Most people do dabs to feel the effects of cannabis more quickly and with more intensity. A bigger piece is better if you want to spread a single dab hit into several easier to inhale puffs. However, most dabbers use smaller rigs for constant, quick delivery with less effort on the lungs.

The concept of dabbing challenged glass blowers to create highly-functional designs in more compact sizes. In fact, there are functioning rigs that are shorter than a standard BIC lighter in height.

However, small isn’t for everyone. For example, anyone planning to use an e-nail in combination with their dab rig will want something that won’t easily tip over from the weight of the coil or wires. Extremely compact dab rigs are best for use when traveling.

ONE JOINT WON’T FIT ALL

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For a while, most bongs designed for use with dabbing came with male joints to fit the popular dome and nail combination used to consume concentrates at the time.

Then, domeless nails and quartz bangers became popular. It was easier to make joints to fit on any bong with the domeless and banger designs. Since then, male-jointed dab rigs haven’t been as popular. As a result, smoke shops are ordering less of the best quartz bangers for male-jointed rigs.

Also, be conscious of the fact that some joints come out at a 45-degree angle while others are at a 90-degree angle. If you have a 45-degree joint you’ll want a banger with a 45-degree neck or you’ll have to tilt your rig back every time you dab to evenly vaporize the oils.

HOW MUCH PERCOLATION IS NECESSARY?

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Percolation isn’t as important on a dab rig as it is with a bong for dry herbs. However, certain percolators work better on dab rigs than they do on bongs. For example, having several chambers with percolators will help reduce the harshness of a bong rip. However, low-temperature dabs are vapor which is less harsh than smoke and requires less filtration to be cooled. Recycler dab rigs are ideal for anyone looking for a cooler dab hit.

When you choose a dab rig percolator the first thing you’ll want is something that won’t clog easily. Otherwise, you’ll have to clean your dab rig after a few dabs to keep it functioning properly. Tiny holes are more likely to clog.

The more percolators there are, the harder it will be to clear the dab. If you’d prefer to get it all done as quickly as possible, you’re better off with less filtration.

MORE CONVENIENT OPTIONS

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Having to torch a dab nail to fully enjoy cannabis concentrates has kept many people from picking up extracts. To some, it’s too much of a hassle to deal with. Others feel as though having a torch and small glass piece will associate them with the use of harder drugs. It is also a safety concern because both the nail and torch can burn you.

VAPE PENS

As a result, portable wax pens or batteries for pre-filled THC cartridges have been the preference of those that want to steer clear of a torch. However, unless you are putting your loose extracts in one of the best vape pens for cannabis concentratesthe experience rarely compares to a proper low-temp dab. Fortunately, there are still several alternatives to a torch and rig that will better mimic the experience.

PORTABLE E-NAILS

For those that dislike the idea of having to choose a dab rig, nail, carb cap and torch but enjoy the experience, there are simpler ways to start dabbing.

In fact, there are now several devices designed to make the dab rig more accessible to the everyday cannabis consumer. There are portable e-nails with water attachments, carb caps and everything you need to start dabbing in one device on our list of the best e-nails.

E-RIG

The Peak is the latest innovation to the world of dabbing by Puffco. It is the closest thing to the carb cap, torch and dab rig experience without a need to purchase them all separately. The Peak is a “smart rig” that removes all of the complications from low-temperature dabbing while maintaining the same feeling.

In fact, you’ll get close to the same flavorful results as a low to high-temperature dab using a quartz insert with less effort required. Skip torching for close to a minute to fully heat a nail. The most time you’ll have to wait to start dabbing with the peak is about 20 seconds from when you start heating.

You can put your most terpene-rich BHO or full melt solventless hash oil in their electronic device without feeling like you’re missing out on any of the flavor or potency. Many older portable devices for concentrates rapidly heated concentrates instantly burning away the flavor and giving off harsher hits. You could put a huge glob in and watch it disappear in two flavorless hits.

The peak heats rapidly enough for you to start dabbing within 15 seconds but never enough to burn the terpenes off of your concentrates. As long as you have it on the right setting for the size dab you load. There are four settings to accommodate small, medium, large and glob sized loads.

You can get up to 30 flavorful dabs before needing to charge the device. Most torches won’t go that long before needing more butane.

There are a few things to consider when choosing a dab rig: the size, joint size, percolation and your personal needs. We recommend dab rigs with bent necks because it will keep your face/hair further away from the hot nail. Anyone that doesn’t want to use a torch or be bothered with the process of low-temperature dabbing, should look into a portable e-nail or smart rig.

Daily, ByGreen Rush. “How To Choose A Dab Rig.” Green Rush Daily, 25 Nov. 2019, greenrushdaily.com/products/how-to-choose-a-dab-rig/.

Cannabis Infused Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Start to finish: 8 minutes (5 active)

Servings: 1


When you crave something sweet and need it straight away, a mug cake is right for you. In fewer than 10 minutes, you can make your cake and eat it too. Luckily for those who prefer to ingest their cannabis, they’re also a sweet treat that can easily be infused. 


This recipe is absolutely perfect for those who are craving peanut buttery goodness, but don’t want to invest the time it takes to bake a whole cake or cookies. A single serving is also less wasteful in that case. 


The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it is still sweet-tooth-satisfying when made without the cannabis infusion. If the process of making cannabutter or kief butter is too time consuming for you, just smoke a joint and make a Peanut Butter Mug Cake instead. 


Do you prefer come chocolate with your peanut butter? Add a tablespoon of chocolate chips to the center of the batter-filled mug before putting it in the microwave. Nutella would also be a wonderful addition to this Cannabis Infused Peanut Butter Mug Cake. In that case, before you microwave it, stuff a tablespoon of nutella down into the center of the batter once it is already in the mug.

INGREDIENT LIST

¼ cup all-purpose flour (almond or coconut flour can be substituted)

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon baking powder

⅛ teaspoon salt

¼ cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons cannabutter or kief butter, melted

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

1 extra large microwave-safe ceramic mug (at least 16 ounces)

1 microwave

PREPARATION METHOD

Combine all of the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) together in a medium size mixing bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined.


Mix the milk and vanilla extract together in a measuring cup or separate small mixing bowl.


Push the well-combined dry ingredients to the sides of the medium mixing bowl so that the center of the bowl is open. Pour the milk and vanilla into the open space in the center, and then add the peanut butter followed by the melted cannabutter or kief butter. Whisk all of the ingredients together slowly. Continue whisking until there are no clumps remaining in the mixture.


Once all of the ingredients are well combined, you have batter. Pour the batter into the ceramic mug. If you’re adding chocolate chips or nutella into the center of the mug, do it at this time.


Microwave the cannabis infused peanut butter mug cake batter on high for two minutes.


Before you dive in head first, allow your Cannabis Infused Peanut Butter Mug Cake to rest and cool for one minute after it is finished cooking. ENJOY!


RECIPE NOTES

Remember that microwave oven cooking times may vary. Be careful not to overcook this mug cake or it will taste too scorched to be enjoyable. You can always microwave it for a little more time if needed, so if you know your microwave tends to work fast and strong, start with just one minute thirty seconds. Then put it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds if needed.


Place a paper towel or microwave safe plate underneath the mug in the microwave in case the batter spills over during cooking.


This recipe was specifically designed for the microwave. Do not attempt to bake it in a traditional oven. 


If your sweet tooth demands chocolate, try this recipe for Cannabis Infused Chocolate Mug Cake instead.

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KushyCBD: Premium, Award-Winning CBD Products

As one of the first CBD companies on the market, KushyCBD knows their stuff.

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Are you nervous all the time, even when you haven’t committed a variety of high-level felonies? Do you struggle to sleep despite the fact that you’ve been working both day and night? While businesses can’t legally say that CBD can help with these situations, in this case, they are allowed to just wink at you.

KushyCBD got their start in 2014, back when blogging was a fad (RIP) and CBD was referred to as “hemp.” From the get-go they’ve delivered a pure, consistent, effective medicine straight from nature. Malcom Gladwell may have said it best: Ten-thousand hours of doing something makes you not suck at it. Would you take your car to a mechanic who is just getting into car-fixing because it was the buzz all of a sudden? Probably not.

A pure, consistent, and effective line of award-winning CBD products, KushyCBD soaks up the vibes on the California coast. They live by “work hard, play hard” and enjoy what nature provides.

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All KushyCBD products are independently lab tested with the COAs (that’s Certificates of Analysis, for the uninitiated) to prove it. You’ll get a little COA with your product that measures cannabinoid content, pesticides, and heavy metals — a lot of CBD companies don’t do that (or even test their products, for that matter) but that’s how much KushyCBD cares about you! And their dosing is consistent, effective, and beginner-friendly.

Whether you’re a CBD newbie dipping your pinky toe down the rabbit hole, or a seasoned vet who can give a Ted Talk on dosage, KushyCBD has a product to suit every person’s CBD needs. Apply it, swallow a capsule, smoke it, drop it in food or drink. Just don’t swim in a bathtub of it. That would be weird.

KushyCBD is not just a label, but a vibe. They’re responsible for getting Stella her groove back. At a party, they’re the weirdos in the back having a conversation about philosophy with your dog.

They’ve tightened their formulas — keeping the best ones, and adding a little love to others. So try KushyCBD — it’s wellness in a daily dose.

Sponsor, HT. “KushyCBD: Premium, Award-Winning CBD Products.” High Times, 12 Dec. 2019, hightimes.com/sponsored/kushycbd/.

Five Fantastic CBD Skin-Care Products

Cannabis Now lays out the best CBD-based products for your skin.

In the world of beauty and skin care, few things are driving as much excitement as the potential benefits of cannabis topicals. Some of the most advanced cannabis tech projects right now are actually around growing obscure cannabinoids to use in beauty products and other pharmaceutical settings. While folks like Dr. Bronner’s have been crushing the hemp soap game for years, here is a lineup of products leading the new charge.

1. Om Edibles Infused Epsom Salt $25

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2. Saint Jane Microdose Lip Gloss $30

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3. Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal Compound/Transdermal Gel Pen $55

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4. Beboe Serum Therapies High Potency CBD Face Mask Pack $78

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5. Apothecanna Face & Body Oil/Body Cream $40-$54

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Get all these items and more at the Cannabis Now Retail Store located at 8495 W. 3rd Street in Los Angeles.

Now, ByCannabis. “Five Fantastic CBD Skin-Care Products.” Cannabis Now, 10 Dec. 2019, cannabisnow.com/five-fantastic-cbd-skin-care-products/.

Ganja Gourmet: Spiced Canna-Cider

Joanna O’Boyle

Our THC-infused twist on a true fall classic.

As the air turns crisp, the days get shorter and the sweater season is upon us, a warm, comforting drink is a necessity! Spiced cider is the perfect fall option—forever a classic, arriving on coffee-shop menus annually as the undeniable, official herald of autumn. Making your own cannabis-infused version of the seasonal favorite with a local cider might just be the best of all possible fall combos, and the aromatherapy of the cider infused with spices is well worth the effort alone. Spicy, aromatic and best served warm, this inviting cannabis-infused libation is super-simple to make and definitely meant to be shared.

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 (1½-inch) section of fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tbsp. whole cloves
  • 4 star-anise pods, whole
  • 5 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • Half a gram activated THC distillate
  • Half a gram liquid sunflower lecithin
  • Orange or lemon slices and fresh cannabis leaves, for serving (optional)

Directions

Cut the ginger and orange into slices. Combine cider, ginger, orange, allspice, cloves, star-anise pods and cinnamon sticks in a large pot. Bring cider just to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook just below a simmer until flavors meld, about an hour. Strain the cider to separate the solids from the liquids, then discard the solids.

Carefully measure and reserve two cups of the spiced cider. Place distillate, liquid sunflower lecithin and the two cups of the reserved spiced cider into a high-speed blender (alternatively, you can use an immersion blender and add the distillate and liquid sunflower lecithin directly into the cider without the separation step). Blend until fully incorporated, about three minutes, or until all specks of oil have fully emulsified into the cider.

Whisk the infused cider into the rest of the spiced cider remaining in the pot. Serve warm with lemon and orange slices (optional).

Potency

I used half a gram of pure activated-THC distillate at 88 percent THC and 1.49 percent CBD, which came in a plastic syringe for easy measuring and handling. A half gram of the distillate provides around 440 milligrams THC in the starting material, so each one-cup serving size contains around 27.5 milligrams THC, as the recipe makes one gallon (about four liters) of cider. Please consume responsibly: Take it slow and don’t forget to hydrate with a non-cannabis-infused drink. Remember to label clearly and keep out of the reach of children.

O’Boyle, Joanna. “Ganja Gourmet: Spiced Canna-Cider.” High Times, 28 Nov. 2019, hightimes.com/edibles/cooking/ganja-gourmet-spiced-canna-cider/.

New Subscription Service Ships Concentrates Directly to Consumers

Instead of letting extracts age on a dispensary shelf, Apex is offering consumers an opportunity to receive their extracts while they’re at the freshest point

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California cannabis manufacturer Apex Extractions announced on Tuesday that it is launching a new subscription program that will deliver top-quality cannabis concentrates directly to California consumers. The Apex Fresh Club, as the program is known, will send a selection of three concentrates with cannabis sourced from some of California’s finest cultivators to a discerning clientele.

The Fresh Club

Scott Benson and Ted Hicks, who share the reigns as co-chief executive officers at the company, said in a press release that the new service will allow consumers who have come to trust the quality of Apex Extractions a regular opportunity to enjoy its premier offerings.

“The response to our products has been overwhelming, and optimizing our clients’ experience is our biggest priority,” they said. “Introducing this subscription service will help us get our product in the hands of cannabis connoisseurs quickly providing the best possible experience.”

Benson said in an interview with High Times that The Apex Fresh Club will be a way to connect artisan growers in California with consumers who have an affinity for top-shelf cannabis concentrates, allowing them to realize the full potential of each strain offered.

“I think this subscription program is really important for people who want great products and we really want to serve that market,” said Benson.

Each month, subscribers will receive a curated selection of three of the finest concentrates currently available from Apex for $139, including state excise tax. Offerings will feature some of the best concentrates available from California’s small-crop cultivators, including winners of the High Times Cannabis Cup. 

The club will be the best opportunity to acquire the concentrates that are most in demand, Benson noted, saying that “some of them are going to be really rare because it’s going to be really small boutique batches.”

Cutting Out the Middle Man

The key to bringing cannabis connoisseurs the finest quality concentrates, he explained, is getting them into the hands of customers as quickly as possible. To do this, the Apex Fresh Club avoids the usual retail supply chain, allowing it’s delivery partners to deliver each month’s selections at the peak of freshness, giving them the opportunity to enjoy each concentrate while terpene and flavor profiles are at their best.

 “And if you love it as a subscriber,” Benson added, “then it will be at the stores afterward and it’ll still have a great taste profile, but you will have gotten to experience it first, at it’s prime.”

When customers sign up for the Apex Fresh Club on the company’s website, they will be given the opportunity to customize their experience by rating their preferences for sativa, indica, or hybrid dominant strains and whether they’d like concentrates or live resin in disposable vape pens and vape cartridges. Carts should be available beginning with the August shipment. 

To preserve the quality of its extracts, Apex worked with hardware manufacturers to produce pens and cartridges that operate at a lower temperature and deliver the best terpene profile and flavor. Benson explained that many pens and cartridges on the market have coils that heat the product to too high a temperature, destroying terpenes and giving the remaining concentrate a burnt taste. The Apex Fresh Club solves that problem with its premium hardware.

Oakland-based Apex Extractions has been producing top-quality full-spectrum concentrates since the beginning of Calfornia’s regulated cannabis market in January 2018. The company has earned numerous awards for its products, including High Times Cannabis Cup winners such as Banana Pudding and Sled Dawg selections as Best Sativa Concentrate, Papaya Sauce for Best Indica Concentrate, and Best Hybrid Concentrate trophies for a Starburst OG x Dosido and Wedding Crasher #18. Apex Extractions concentrates, pens, and vape cartridges are available at licensed dispensaries throughout California.

Herrington, A.J. “New Subscription Service Ships Concentrates Directly to Consumers.” High Times, 9 July 2019, hightimes.com/news/new-subscription-service-aims-to-please-cannabis-connoisseurs/.

Wellness Products Take Off in the Growing Recreational Cannabis Market

With the rise of adult-use cannabis, experts see medicinal marijuana dominated by two distinct markets: wellness products and government-approved medicines. Photo by @jeffscheid

Is the U.S. medical marijuana industry doomed?

Amid news reports suggesting that MMJ markets are plateauing or shrinking in some states—particularly those that have approved the recreational use of marijuana, it’s reasonable to believe cannabis executives are bailing out of medical and plowing resources into adult-use products.

Not so.

Many cannabis companies are doubling down on their MMJ bets. They don’t see an ever-shrinking medical marijuana future, but rather an evolution of markets and a science-driven expansion in products, formulations and delivery methods.

“It’ll look different than the way we think about it today,” said Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care, a New York-based, vertically integrated cannabis company operating in 14 states.

People will no longer think about cannabis as merely medical and recreational—a binary perspective foisted on patients and other consumers by regulators, according to Vita.

Instead, he said, people will have a third category to consider: wellness.

In other words, medical marijuana is splitting into two clearly defined markets:

  • Government-approved medicines for treating disorders such as epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder or cancer treatment-related nausea.
  • Wellness products designed to help people sleep, ease muscle aches or reduce stress, among other things.

Industry executives believe there is money to be made by capitalizing on both sectors.

“We believe there’s an enormous market for health and wellness products, especially with folks who are older than people who use cannabis recreationally. We see that in our stores,” said Erich Pearson, CEO of SPARC (San Francisco Patient and Resource Center), a vertically integrated cannabis company in California with a cultivation and processing site in Sonoma Valley and four Northern California retail locations.

Wellness vs. Medical

Many of the products and uses categorized as medical today—think smoking a certain flower strain to help with sleep or using a cannabis-infused balm to ease muscle pain—could fall under the wellness label.

Medical, by comparison, will be more specialized and feature government-approved products with a pharmaceutical look, such as Epidiolex, a CBD-based syrup developed by British company GW Pharmaceuticals to treat certain types of epilepsy. Epidiolex is the first medicine derived from the cannabis plant to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A handful of other FDA-approved medicines, such as Marinol (also known as dronabinol), used to combat nausea in cancer patients, are made from synthetic cannabinoids.

SPARC is making a play for both the wellness and medical segments. Since early this year, the company has been developing a new SPARC Plus medical line that features salves, lotions, tinctures and a pill.

“It’s not strictly medical products, but mostly. Its designed to be a product line that’s more health care-focused,” Pearson said. While SPARC has recreational products that customers consume for both adult and wellness uses, the company decided that distinguishing between the two markets made sense.

“We thought it was important to differentiate our product line, specifically the branding and educational component of it and how the product and packaging interact with the consumer,” Pearson said.

GB Sciences, which operates in Nevada, plans to maintain its recreational position but also hopes to follow GW Pharma by developing FDA-approved medicines. (At press time, GB Sciences agreed to sell its 50% stake in GB Sciences Louisiana for $16 million to Wellcana Plus, a Lafayette, Louisiana-based company which holds the other 50% of the operation.) GB Science’s most advanced work currently is a Parkinson’s medicine that it’s developing in partnership with Catalent Pharma, a United Kingdom-based business specializing in delivery technologies.

“My hope is that there will be a stratification that serves both kinds of customers—serious medical patients and wellness patients,” said Andrea Small-Howard, the company’s chief science officer. “They’re two very different but real customer groups.”

Factors Shaping MMJ

What exactly these reimagined wellness and medical industries look like will depend on a number of factors. According to industry executives, businesses considering operating in the MMJ sector must consider the following:

  • Consumers: Some will use cannabis products for wellness purposes, while others with
    serious medical conditions will seek FDA-approved, cannabinoid-based drugs that have undergone rigorous testing.
  • A pharmaceutical future: A growing number of existing cannabis companies and mainstream pharmaceutical and bioscience companies will strive to develop cannabinoid-based drugs, adding a greater pharma-feel to the industry.
  • Regulators: Regulators at both the state and federal levels will play a growing role and present the biggest wild card for the new MMJ industry.

What’s also clear is that, despite the decline of medical patients in recreational states, the future of medical marijuana still remains bright as more markets open up, an expanding number of consumers embrace cannabis as a wellness product, and more doctors, patients and drug-development companies embrace the plant as a medical product.

Cannabis as a Medicine

Consumers are among the biggest drivers of medical marijuana’s future. The key question: Do they see themselves as medical patients who want FDA-approved medicines for specific ailments, or as wellness consumers who prefer traditional cannabis products such as flower, oils and edibles to alleviate pain or aid sleep?

“We believe fundamentally that physicians and patients desire a cannabinoid-based medicine that has the hallmarks of a modern medicine,” said Stephen Schultz, vice president of investor relations at GW Pharma. Those hallmarks, Schultz said, include consistency, efficacy and safety that have been proved in “robust clinical trials.”

Additionally, some insurance companies will provide reimbursement for FDA-approved medicines. That’s vital given that such medicines can be very expensive. For example, reports put the annual cost of Epidiolex at around $32,500, although the drug is often covered by health insurance.

“We believe that’s the segment that physicians and patients desire,” Schultz said. “For us, the future of medical use of cannabis is about developing medicines that go through that pharmaceutical, FDA-approved route.”

Numerous marijuana and biosciences companies are making the same bet, launching cannabis drug-development efforts. Most are in the preliminary research stages.

Nexien Biopharma in Colorado, for example, is developing cannabis-based medicines to treat epilepsy, pain, myotonic dystrophy and other conditions. The company hopes to get into FDA trials in the near future, while Australian company Medlab has two cannabis-based medicines targeted for cancer pain in clinical trials in Australia.

Sandoz Canada, a subsidiary of Swiss pharma giant Novartis, is developing cannabis-oil capsules with Canadian license holder Tilray that could be distributed internationally.

According to a 2018 report from Washington DC-based New Frontier Data and Grow Biotech, a London biotechnology firm, seven of Canada’s top 10 cannabis patent holders are multinational pharmaceutical companies.

Cannabis for Wellness

While pharma and biosciences company activity points to increased customer demand for cannabis-based pharmaceutical medicines, many industry executives say they see increasing demand for cannabis as a wellness product, too.

“What we found among our patients is that there’s an enormous amount of overlap between people that access our products through adult-use regulatory structures, but they’re looking for a medical health wellness application. It may be for something as simple as sleep or anxiety, or it may have to do with finding an alternative to inflammation,” Columbia Care’s Vita said.

Many of those consumers, he added, include a growing number of baby boomers and women, who are typically underrepresented segments of the consumer cannabis market.

“That’s why, when we think about medical, it’s not going simply to be how it’s thought of today. It’s going to be much more about maintaining quality of life and maintaining health and wellness in the face of a changing population and changing views of cannabis more broadly,” Vita said.

Understanding that evolution in customer demographics and mindsets will help cannabis manufacturers and retailers develop and offer a better selection of products that cater to these types
of customers.

“We found it important to differentiate this and develop a whole product line specifically for health and wellness. The reason why is just because there’s clearly a demand for it,” SPARC’s Pearson said.

New Products, Partnerships

To appeal to these consumer demographics, cannabis companies will need to improve and diversify their products, developing offerings with more complex combinations of chemicals targeting specific conditions and creating new delivery methods tailored to specific types of patients.

“While in Nevada we are proud of our smokable products, where we’ve always been heading is in the creation of branded products that are more complex formulations with a scientific mindset,” GB Sciences’ Small-Howard said. “And we’re trying to use delivery methods that will be more effective.”

For example, GB Sciences produces tinctures, which are simpler to manufacture than, say, edibles or capsules and are easy to use. GB Sciences also plans to offer cannabis-infused oral thin films as well as metered-dose inhalers.

Exploring these delivery methods is critical to providing patients with products tailored to their specific needs, a move that can improve a company’s reputation and sales.

“What kind of delivery method you should use often depends on the condition you are trying to treat,” Small-Howard said.

For example, GB Sciences has developed a cannabis-based formulation to treat Parkinson’s disease and, so far, has conducted what Small-Howard called encouraging animal trials.

Given that one common symptom among Parkinson’s patients is difficulty swallowing, GB Sciences wants to avoid putting its medicine in a gel cap or pill and started examining other options with Catalent Pharma, a U.K. company specializing in delivery methods. Among Catalent’s first products were gel caps with Marinol, the FDA-approved anti-nausea medicine for cancer patients made from synthetic cannabinoids.

Besides its experience with an FDA-approved medicine, Catalent also has a specialized delivery method, Zydis, which is an orally ingestible, dissolving wafer.

“That was attractive to us because Parkinson’s patients have a hard time swallowing, but this makes it easier. They can take an oral dose without having to swallow it,” Small-Howard said.

Currently, GB Sciences and Catalent are developing prototypes of their Parkinson’s medicine and hope to submit an application to the FDA next year to begin human trials.

Small-Howard acknowledges the FDA approval process requires patience and money, but she is certain that it’s worth it.

“It’s hard to protect formulations that you put into a dispensary. From a business standpoint, the reason to go through the whole FDA process is so that you can own it,” Small-Howard said. “That’s the payoff for the scientific work we’ve been doing.”

Sacirbey, Omar. “Wellness Products Take off in the Growing Recreational Cannabis Market.” Marijuana Business Magazine, 1 Oct. 2019, mjbizmagazine.com/wellness-products-take-off-in-the-growing-recreational-cannabis-market/.

Mary Jane’s Medicinal’s: Pain Relief & Healing Salve

Mary Jane’s Medicinals pain salve has been available in Colorado for three years, and has now become available in California. It’s an all natural cannabis infused topical salve that truly does alleviate pain and helps heals any skin or body symptoms and ailments. The salve can be used for psoriasis to arthritis, to muscle pain, surgical pain, and more. To test its effectiveness, we handed out samples of to several of our patient readers. Across the board, patients reported that it worked. Though it does not get you high, rubbing it all over the affected area and indulging in a bath, you will most definitely feel a deep relaxation effect.

Made with jojoba, orange essential oil, avocado oil, peppermint essential oil, coconut oil, and other essential oils, patients experience not only pain relief, but skin relieving effects, in addition to experiencing the health benefits of the cannabis infusion. When applied to clean and dry skin, it activates the endocannibinoids already present in your system, which means thats if you use edibles or smoke marijuana regularly, the topical will use the cannabinoids that have built up in your system to stimulate healing.

It consistently and successfully helped treat acne, scrapes, burns, back pain, neck pain, psoriasis, chapped lips, muscle cramps, period cramps, pain from fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and more. The most compelling testimony of all was a patient that had an open wound in her chest for five years, as a result from radiation from breast cancer. She began using this pain salve, and remarkably within five days the hole in her chest closed up, changing this woman’s life. The product is packaged in a small blue glass container, which can be easily up-cycled: it can be cleaned out when empty and used to store a bud stash, or other small items.

Team, Edibles List. “Mary Jane’s Medicinals: Pain Relief & Healing Salve.” Edibles Magazine™, 19 Jan. 2015, ediblesmagazine.com/health/mary-janes-medicinals-pain-relief-healing-salve/.

Kahna Nano Luscious Lemon Vegan Sativa 100mg THC Gummies

We had our first taste of Kahna gummies when we met them at Weed Con West in June. It was super fun eating them while we sat on a fountain and listened to Robby Krieger, of The Doors, play guitar live and outside.

The gummies tasted great and were soft, clearly made from scratch and infused well. They were traditionally made and took about 20 or 30 minutes before I was feeling them. I had 6 of the pieces (60mg of THC), and I’ve got a really high tolerance these days.

Sunderstorm has now introduced Kanha Nano Vegan, which utilizes nanomolecular technology with a vegan base to create delicious, fast-acting gummies that maintain their signature soft texture. As pioneers of Cannabis nanotechnology, Sunderstorm has taken their award-winning, great-tasting Kanha gummies, and infused them with nanomolecular technology to deliver one of the fastest acting edibles available. You don’t need to wait for the effects to happen because you start to feel them in half the usual time.

The new Nano Vegan Gummies come in a few different flavors. I tried the Luscious Lemon Sativa and the taste was amazing, like lemon drops melting in lemonade with a twist of lemon and a lemon garnish. I started with three pieces and was feeling it in eight minutes. I had a couple more and it seemed to intensify immediately. It says they’re sativa and it doesn’t always seem to matter with concentrate infused edibles but I definitely maintained my energy and creativity so perhaps the nano-tech is helping preserve some of the strain specificity and terpene profile that gives these gummies the sativa edge.

Vegan gummies can sometimes taste kind of terrible. Dry and powdery, crumbly, hard and way too sweet or. way too sour. The lack of gelatin seems to make a real difference. These taste just like the traditional Kahna vegan gummies, which actually taste like their non-vegan gummies, but these act much faster. The ingredients are: agar, corn starch, pectin, cellulose gum, sodium citrate, glucose, cane sugar, glycerin, citric acid, cannabis oil, natural terpenes, natural coloring and flavor.

Moore, Patrick. “Kahna Nano Luscious Lemon Vegan Sativa 100mg THC Gummies.” Edibles Magazine™, 4 Oct. 2019, ediblesmagazine.com/reviews/kahna-nano-luscious-lemon-vegan-sativa-100mg-thc-gummies/.

4 Products to Clean and Maintain Vaporizers Everyone Should Consider

Vape cleaning products mg Retailer

As we all know, vaping cannabis is steadily growing in popularity. It offers both discretion and may even be healthier than smoking flower out of glass or papers. With so many quality vapes on the market, it is no wonder that consumers are picking up these devices. However, while vapes are convenient, they still need to be maintained. Resin can build and clog up a vape, making it harder to get a clean hit. Check out this list of vaporizer maintenance products that every dispensary should carry.

Formula 420 Soak and Rinse Cleaner

While using alcohol is also a perfectly suitable option when cleaning vaporizers and components, it can produce a pungent scent. Formula 420 Soak and Rinse Cleaner will help clean vapes without the unpleasant smell. You can soak your vape overnight and rinse. There is no scrubbing necessary.


Formula 420 Soak and Rinse Cleaner

White Rhino Cleaning Brush

White Rhino has an extensive line of vaporizers and accessories. Their cleaning brush is ideal to clean dry herb or wax pens. Customers can scrub residue away and enjoy extend the life of the vape and its screens. The brushes are offered in two packs and are each 2 inches long.

White Rhino Cleaning Brush

Storz & Bickel Mighty Screen Set

They may not be the most exciting thing to talk about, but screens are an essential part of vaporizers. The Mighty Screen Set from Storz & Bickel will provide customers with replacements if their screens are beyond the assistance of a good brush. This kit includes 6 screens, 4 upper screens and 2 lower screens.

Storz & Bickel

Haze Cleaning Jar

Haze offers a large product line that includes vaporizers, replacement parts, and cleaning accessories. Their cleaning jar is the perfect way to clean vaporizer components while avoiding a mess and trapping any unwanted odors. It pairs well with Haze’s Cleaning Powder and has measuring lines within the jar to precisely measure how much powder you need.

Haze Cleaning Jar

Reed, Danny. “4 Products to Clean and Maintain Vaporizers Every Dispensary Should.” Mg Magazine – Cannabis News & Information, Danny Reed, 7 Jan. 2019, mgretailer.com/products/4-products-to-clean-and-maintain-vaporizers-every-dispensary-should-consider/.

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