Las Vegas hopes to become a pioneer in creating public consumption spaces.

Planet 13’s cannabis “superstore” on the Strip has 30,000 square feet of retail space alongside a cafe, a bar and a marijuana processing center, all behind a glass wall where customers can see the various contraptions used for making cannabis products.

But there’s one thing missing: a place to smoke weed.

In a city where tourists light up cigarettes on casino floors and stumble out of bars carrying plastic cups filled with booze, public cannabis consumption is conspicuously restricted in Sin City. The masses of tourists buying cannabis products at Planet 13 have almost nowhere to smoke it legally — not on the sidewalk and not in their hotel rooms.
That will soon change. Nevada is the latest state to allow cannabis consumption lounges as the drug gains mainstream acceptance. As regulators grapple with how to oversee the businesses, dispensaries are already making plans to open the first state-sanctioned lounges by mid-2022.

The politics of pot lounges are changing along with shifting social mores around the substance. While Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize adult use in 2012, it wasn't until 2019 that Alaska first adopted a law on cannabis consumption lounges. Other states have since followed suit.

Planet 13’s cannabis lounge will have no shortage of Vegas-style excess. The company is planning an 8,500-square-foot consumption lounge, complete with a “grand staircase” leading up to a 5,000-square-foot balcony that will have a 4-inch-deep splash pool.

“You take your shoes off. You dance in the water. You consume cannabis, and there’s 100,000 rooms looking down on you from the Vegas towers,” said Planet 13 co-CEO Larry Scheffler, gesturing around a cavernous warehouse space that will one day house the weed lounge. “[There] will be like nothing like it in the world when we finish it.”

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Hemp Meadows and Denim Skye are lifelong musicians who have been married for 35 years. Denim sang in a church choir and school musicals in her hometown of Washington, DC. She got her first guitar when she was 13 and played in local bands. A division of Filmways Corporation recruited Denim to Los Angeles to form a psychedelic folk trio. After her foray, Denim gave up music for a while and became a graphic artist where she worked for the iconic magazine, Tiger Beat.

Hemp grew up in a Southern Baptist family where he started out singing gospel music and hymns. “Church provides you a great opportunity to sing,” he reminds.

He was enamored with the drums and started playing. He played in the youth symphony and the high school band and studied percussion at the university level. Along the way, the Beatles happened, and he, along with the rest of the world, discovered Rock and Roll. “That changed the trajectory of my life,” he recalls.
 
He wasn’t into country music (like Tammy Wynette and George Jones), Opera, or even Frank Sinatra. He was all about The Who, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

In his youth, Hemp played drums in numerous local rock bands until they broke up. About that time Crosby, Stills, and Nash came along and their sound was “so enchanting” that he wanted to learn to play guitar as well. He was also compelled by the counter-culture revolution in the late 60s and early 70s.

He states he was ”drawn to the freedom and creativity of the Hippie lifestyle after being held back” for much of his youth.

This desire led him to San Francisco while Denim hung out and worked in Hollywood and the Laurel Canyon area.

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Former UFC middleweight fighter Elias Theodorou will return to the octagon on December 18th. But, he will not only be fighting another athlete; he is also making history as he knocks out cannabis from the prohibited substance list in sport in the U.S.

“The Spartan” is set to face Bryan Baker in the main event of Colorado Combat Club 10. And in a historic first, the Ultimate Fighter winner will become the first professional athlete to compete in the U.S. with a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for medical cannabis. 

“I went to British Columbia, where I applied for a therapeutic use exemption and was approved for one. I was able to validate it this past year when I won against another formidable opponent for a promotion called Rise, fighting the stigma where I validated my therapeutic use exemption, set a precedent not only for myself but also taking that precedent to a different commission now in Colorado. So I am both the first sanctioned cannabis athlete in Canada and now the U.S. and looking to validate it again Dec 18 to make history not only for myself but all other athletes,” said Elias.

In addition to fighting, Theodorou is co-promoting the event while launching an exclusive NFT collection. The NFT collection will commemorate his #FIGHTtheSTIMGA victory, which has successfully challenged professional athletes’ penalization of cannabis use.

Watch the full interview to learn how Elias uses cannabis in a lead-up to a fight, the cannabis culture in BJJ/MMA, and his historic fight on December 18.

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In a sense, it's a perfect venue for all things marijuana.

Reddit isn’t all trolls and memes, although that’s a significant portion of the traffic. It’s no surprise then that the most popular post in the history of the r/trees subreddit is about someone’s parents accidentally eating cannabutter and having a meltdown. It received more than 64,000 upvotes and 3,700 comments.

The conversation on the micro-discussion website’s most popular marijuana-themed subreddit gives a great indication of the type of cannabis posts that perform well on the site, and also how Reddit can for cannabis fans serve as everything from a fun diversion to a clearinghouse for weed tips, to an out-and-out weed crisis hotline of sorts. 

But on the (relative) free-for-all that is Reddit, where do cannabis news, culture, and tips fit in? 

The world of cannabis on Reddit 

In a sense, Reddit is a perfect venue for all things marijuana. The back and the forth and conversational nature of the site fits the world of cannabis like a glove. For cultivators, it’s a one-stop-shop for tips and tricks, and for anyone seeking to make edibles, there is always a community of a few thousand experts looking to weigh in. 

Mainly though, it suits a subculture, hobby, and medicine that has always been the subject of long, passionate conversations where almost everybody has something to say. What separates Reddit from traditional blogs about cannabis is the amateur aspect and anonymity of posts and discussions. Regardless of your budget or skillset, there always seems to be solutions and tips to suit your needs. If not, you could start a new thread inviting others to share their knowledge, tips, tricks, and experiences.

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A locally-owned cannabis shop is handing out free turkeys to anyone in Grand Rapids this Thanksgiving-eve. Pharmhouse Wellness is on the city’s west side. Its owners, and a number of staff, previously faced charges for marijuana, before it was legal.

“We’ve actually gotten in trouble with cannabis-related charges,” says Megan Smith, inventory manager for Pharmhouse Wellness. “So now that we can work cannabis into our life legally, we kinda just want to break that stigma and just, yeah, give back. And felons aren’t always bad people.”

Casey Koernnoelje owns the shop. He also faced felony charges over marijuana before it was legalized in Michigan.

“It’s been a rough year for people everywhere with the pandemic and we wanted to do something that might make the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday a bit easier for anyone in need,” Koernoelje said in a statement announcing the turkey giveaway. “It’s important for people to know that a cannabis business is not that different than any other business when it comes to supporting the people in our community. Providing this traditional part of a Thanksgiving meal is our honor.”

Pharmhouse is partnering with Redemption Cannabis to offer the free turkeys and sides, which will be given out until 9 p.m. Wednesday, or as long as supplies last. Turkeys are available to anyone over the age of 18, and anyone can get one.

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The proposed fines represent the latest salvo in the FAA’s attempt to crack down on unruly passengers on planes

A passenger on a short flight across California faces a more than $40,000 fine for his drunken behavior, which included assaulting a flight attendant and smoking marijuana in the bathroom, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The passenger is one of eight who faces fines for their unruly conduct in violation of federal regulations. When combined, the passengers face $161,823 in proposed civil penalties. The FAA does not have authority to file criminal charges.

The man, who was not identified, was aboard an April 15 Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to San Diego. The FAA said flight attendants caught the man drinking his own alcohol, which is prohibited, and continued to do so even after being told it was illegal.

The agency also alleges the man sexually assaulted a flight attendant during the flight and, as the flight descended into San Diego, the man entered the in-flight restroom to smoke marijuana.

The flight crew called law enforcement who took the passenger into custody when the plane touched down on a charge of resisting arrest and public intoxication.

All eight cases involve passengers who were drinking alcohol aboard the flight. Several refused to wear their face masks, the FAA said. In some cases, the airline diverted flights due to the passengers' erratic behavior.

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Tens of millions of Americans have trouble falling or staying asleep. While there are many over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids, most are not permanent solutions.

Now, a Massachusetts cannabis retailer is offering up a marijuana-based alternative.

Garden Remedies is teaming up with the therapeutic company Real Isolates on a cannabis pill directly aimed at helping people sleep. It’s meant for people like Peter Riggs of Newton, who suffers from PTSD and needs extra help shutting his eyes.

“I’m ready to go to sleep and my mind isn’t scared,” said Peter. “It’s whimsical.”

Miyabe Shields is one of the scientists in charge of the effort. She says the process involves harvesting two compounds from marijuana.

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Regardless of the benefits we gain from weed, one of its downfalls is that it can make us sleepy. Here are some ways to shake it off when the marijuana fatigue hits.

Marijuana can be very helpful when you need to relax. It has been proven effective in decreasing both stress and anxiety. Sometimes it can be so calming that all you seem to have left to worry about is where your bed is located and how quickly you can get there.

Marijuana-induced sleepiness is a common side effect felt by many cannabis users. Even if you find the best strain and right dosage for you there may still be times you find yourself unable to shake that sleepy feeling. If you find yourself in this predicament, try one of these 10 simple but effective ways to fight off unwelcome marijuana fatigue. 

Inhale Therapeutic Scents

Essential oils have become quite popular in the last few years. Oil diffusers are becoming more prevalent in homes and offices. Diffuser or no diffuser, “choosing the right scent for aromatherapy can help you overcome an afternoon slump and leave you feeling alert and refreshed,” according to sleep.org. Several scents, including peppermint, rosemary, peppercorn and citrus can be effective in making people less drowsy and more alert. 

Connect With Nature

“Studies have shown that being around nature, even for small amounts of time, makes people feel more energized,” according to Northwestern Medicine. If you are feeling sluggish after consuming marijuana, try taking a walk into nature. Enjoy the peace, tranquility and oxygen that a natural habitat provides.

Breathe

Breathing techniques can be very helpful when it comes to alertness. “Deep breathing raises blood oxygen levels in the body. This slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and improves circulation, ultimately aiding mental performance and energy,” according to Salem Health

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The dog found drugs in the same park on two different walks and needed medical help

A pet dog was rushed to the vets when she ate cannabis leaves dumped at a beauty spot - months after the "laid back" pooch swallowed cannabis on the same walk.

Vets told the owner of Bedlington Terrier Holly she must have eaten the illegal drugs on her daily walkies.

The one-year-old mutt fell ill hours after wolfing down cannabis leaves which had been dumped under a bush.
 

She threw up and worried owner David Williams recognised the half-digested leaves and rushed her to a local vet who gave her anti-drug injection.

Incredibly, it was just four months after Holly needed tablets to flush out her system after she ate a half-smoked cannabis joint.

David, 58, from Cannock, Staffs., said: "I'd taken her for her usual walk and let her off and she'd gone sniffing behind a bush.
 
"I called her back and when we got in the car she didn't look right and she smelled strange.

"I recognised it as cannabis because we've had a lot of anti-social behaviour around here so I know what cannabis smells like.

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Shaquille O'Neal says his former weed business partners stiffed him out of a ton of cash -- and now he's suing them for more than $1 MILLION.The Big Diesel spelled it all out in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ Sports, in which the NBA legend claims he and his fellow plaintiff, Jerome Crawford, invested $150k into a new marijuana biz way back in December 2016.

In the suit, Shaq says their investment was supposed to help the company "pursue opportunities in the field of legal cannabis."

O'Neal, though, claims that by late 2017 ... the company "seemingly had no licenses, no revenue, and no operations."

Shaq says when he and his attorneys pressed for details on how their money was being used, the company initially didn't respond.

In 2018, Shaq says after he threatened litigation, the company agreed to pay him and Crawford back in installments of $10,000 each.

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This low-risk activity, which has increased in popularity during the pandemic, may be your new go-to fitness exercise.

Walking is one of the world’s most common, no-gear-required activities. Aside from carrying us from point A to point B, walking is also a form of exercise that everyone can commit to, no matter their age or fitness level. According to CNN, hiking, an activity that’s becoming increasingly more popular, can burn even more calories.

Walking and hiking are two very similar activities. Like most cardio workouts, they boost bone and heart health, improve your balance, and strengthen your core. The main difference between the two is the level of energy they demand, with hiking, an activity done in nature and usually accompanied by changes in the ground in terms of terrain and elevation, gaining the upper hand.

“Walking is one of the best workouts for heart health for all ages, including those with heart problems and conditions,” said cardiologist Dr. Fahmi Farah. “Hiking is also heart-healthy and provides a higher calorie burn in a shorter amount of time.”

Both activities are healthy and good for helping you manage stress. Hikes are usually more strenuous, burning more calories and distracting you more from the problems of your everyday life.  The fact that hikes tend to put you in close contact with nature is also a perk, with studies linking happiness with surrounding yourself with nature.

Walking and hiking are activities that we should incorporate more into our lives. In 2020, over 57.8 Americans said they hiked, a figure that’s been increasing over the years. It’s a malleable activity that provides you with a nice change of pace from the gym, that can be done with friends and adapted to your preference.
 
Like walking, hiking also creates a perfect opportunity for consuming weed, resulting in the elusive workout that’s both healthy and very fun. Just remember to hike with a group of friends, be discreet and respect others, to start off slow, and to make the most of your experience.
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With much to be thankful for, industry experts appeared optimistic about continued progress through 2021 and into the new year.

Cannabis operators tell Benzinga that there is much to be thankful for as the United States heads into Thanksgiving this year.

Dozens of sources cited a range of subjects they’re thankful for, including the eroding stigma against the plant, growing sectors and state marketplaces and improving tech. Some brought up subjects that included the industry’s growth, advancing legislation and their community.

Thankful For Industry Growth, Shrinking Stigmas

Matt Hawkins, managing partner of Entourage Effect Capital and Interim CEO of Harborside Inc., said he is thankful to see the industry grow into a sophisticated, professional space that he’s happy to help scale.

U.S. sales are slated to reach $26 billion in 2021, according to Marijuana Business Daily.

“This is a consequential period of growth, especially considering how private investment firms like Entourage can access attractive deals before institutional investors -which is virtually unheard of in mainstream sectors,” said Hawkins.

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, several noted that legislative and consumer growth is that much more impressive. They credit the public’s increased cannabis use as a critical component.

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With much to be thankful for, industry experts appeared optimistic about continued progress through 2021 and into the new year.

Cannabis operators tell Benzinga that there is much to be thankful for as the United States heads into Thanksgiving this year.

Dozens of sources cited a range of subjects they’re thankful for, including the eroding stigma against the plant, growing sectors and state marketplaces and improving tech. Some brought up subjects that included the industry’s growth, advancing legislation and their community.

Thankful For Industry Growth, Shrinking Stigmas

Matt Hawkins, managing partner of Entourage Effect Capital and Interim CEO of Harborside Inc., said he is thankful to see the industry grow into a sophisticated, professional space that he’s happy to help scale.

U.S. sales are slated to reach $26 billion in 2021, according to Marijuana Business Daily.

“This is a consequential period of growth, especially considering how private investment firms like Entourage can access attractive deals before institutional investors -which is virtually unheard of in mainstream sectors,” said Hawkins.

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, several noted that legislative and consumer growth is that much more impressive. They credit the public’s increased cannabis use as a critical component.

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The adult-use of recreational marijuana is a fast-growing market, and non-alcoholic beverages have an even more meteoric rise.

In places where recreational cannabis is legal, THC-infused beverages often share shelves with beer, wine and other drinks. But, should alcoholic beverage producers worry about competition from weed-infused beverages? Experts in these industries answered these questions in a recent report published by winemag.com

Colleen McClellan, regional director of client solutions for Datassential, a leading food and beverage insights platform, expects business opportunities in the THC-infused drinks space. “I think as more states relax the regulations, we will continue to see an increase in interest and use,” said McClellan, who is a trained sommelier.

“The critical aspect to adoption is going to be the taste of the product. Taste is extremely important for repeat purchase,”noted McClellan who predicts brand consolidation in the cannabis beverage space.

 

The data expert highlighted that “there are consumers who enjoy the use of cannabis or THC-infused products, as it provides a functional benefit without the hangover effect” and stressed the centrality of marketing in driving consumers to dispensaries. “Weed has never been so bespoke. You can choose the strain, strength and method of consumption as you would a bag of coffee beans.”

Purpose-driven products are the wave of the future

Michelle Mendoza, head grower at Sweet Flower, a California dispensary, said, “I think the most interesting development for infused drinks as of late is the expansion of minor cannabinoids that are being featured in these drinks. We are only going to continue to see more of these minor cannabinoids as the star of the sector.”

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Berner once had his own business account on Instagram blocked.

Rapper and cannapreneur Berner has teamed with Weedmaps to give people a place to feature cannabis on social media without fear of getting shut down. According to Ganjapreneur, the rapper who founded the Cookies brand and stores reports that Facebook and Instagram have been cracking down on cannabis-related posts by closing multiple accounts. That leaves the providers and their followers out of touch, potentially having a negative impact on businesses both now and going forward.

Indeed, Berner reported back in 2014 that his business account had been deleted from Instagram, Hip Hop DX reported at the time.

“I was fortunate enough to get my account back, but many other community members have not been so lucky.”

Being blocked out in part provided the rapper-turned-cannabis entrepreneur with the push he needed to pursue the new network.

Teaming with dispensary review site Weedmaps, the idea is to level the playing field by making the “Instagram of Marijuana,” a safe destination for cannabis businesses, key figures and enthusiasts.

In a tweet earlier this month, Berner asked, “Are you sick [of] being silenced ?? Have you lost your account for posting weed ?? Don’t worry … me & @weedmaps have something special in the works.”

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It can take a while to feel the effects of edibles, but there are a few tricks that can help you get your desired results faster.

It’s a crapshoot with edibles. You never really know if you’ve consumed enough of them, because their effects don’t hit you until you’ve waited at least an hour after you’ve consumed them. This often results in the common scenario of inhaling an entire batch of delicious pot brownies only to spend the remainder of the day rocking yourself back and forth. Unlike other forms of cannabis that get you high within the hour, edibles require patience, timing, and the correct dosage, which is a lot to ask of someone who’s never had experience with them.A lot of people stop themselves from enjoying the perks of infused food products because of the long wait time and their unpredictability. While these challenges are adaptable and manageable, there are some ways of making edibles affect you faster. Here are a few options worth considering.

Fast-Acting Edibles

One of the most interesting developments within the cannabis industry are fast-acting edibles, designed to bypass the wait time. Known as “rapid delivery,” these edibles are being developed by companies who claim that you’ll start feeling their effects within 15 to 20 minutes.In an interview with Forbes back in 2017, Peter Barsoom, founder of cannabis company 1906, explained that his company began to make rapid delivery edibles thinking about people who didn’t have six hours to wait around for their edible to hit, aka, everyone who’s not consuming an edible on a weekend. This new formula allows edibles to “bypass the stomach and get into the small intestine faster,” through a process called proprietary lipid microencapsulation.

Sublingual Edibles

A trick savvy consumers can try is to purchase edibles that melt — like chocolate or mints — and then placing it under their tongue. Instead of waiting for the edible to make its way down the digestive track, this sublingual method allows the THC to be quickly absorbed by the bloodstream, much like a tincture or oil, which are among the quickest way to absorb THC. 

Increase Metabolism  

Tougher to hack, but just as important, is the speed of your metabolism. Although increasing it won’t be possible within a short span of time, over the long run, you can work on speeding up your metabolism by consuming enough calories, drinking water, working out, and getting plenty of sleep, which will also likely result in a healthier body and mind. There’s a lot of perks associated with edibles, not only because you’ll stop ingesting smoke and vapor. Edible highs are strong and can be fun, especially when people learn how to manage them. Still, if you’ve never tried them, don’t be intimidated by the newness of edibles. In order to see for yourself how they work and if they’re the right fit for you, you’ll just have to experiment.

 
 
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Skincare brand Hey Bud has launched a huge early Black Friday sale, and it’s been touted as a fantastic solution to acne-prone skin.

Shoppers can bag discounts on its popular products throughout November, with up to 40 percent off. The Australian-based hemp skincare brand uses the “infamous oils derived from the cannabis plant” because it improves various skin conditions. The cult-favourite, natural source helps reduce acne, relieve dermatitis and psoriasis symptoms thanks to its hydration properties. It features in all their products including their recent launches, the Daily Hemp Gel Cleanser and Hyaluronic Acid + Hemp Serum, which sold out within five days. But customers will be pleased to know that they’re back and included in the Black Friday sale.

What are customers saying about Hey Bud Skincare?

Well, the Clay Mask, which is said to reduce acne, scarring and blackheads has received rave reviews from customers. One says it has, “dramatically reduced my acne”, and another added their “scars are fading, and my skin is so soft”. The reviews for the Facial Moisturiser are just as positive, with one saying it’s “super hydrating but sinks into the skin straight away” and doesn’t leave a greasy or oily look during the day. Meanwhile in annual survey they found that 92 percent of customers saw an improvement in their skin within 30 days thanks to Detoxifying Hemp Clay Mask. When using the Hydrating Facial Moisturiser, 86 percent saw improvement in skin redness and 80 percent in skin hydration.

When is Black Friday 2021?

This year’s Black Friday will take place on 26 November, with the likes of Amazon running week-long discounts on thousands of products. You can also expect the likes of John Lewis, Argos, Currys PC World and more to take part, with deals on tech, gaming, homeware and more. There’s already been a number of early deals popping up for customers to take advantage of before the Black Friday rush. This includes the Nintendo Switch at the cheapest it’s ever been, and cheaper smartwatches as Apple releases its Watch Series 7 edition.

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Cannabis may also share the medical properties of garlic.

Some cannabis strains have a distinctly tangy flavor that somewhat resembles garlic– and now scientists have found out why. After performing a comprehensive gas chromatography analysis of cannabis flowers, a team of scientists found that the “skunk-like” scent of certain strains can be narrowed down to specific volatile sulfur compounds. These chemicals are very similar to those found in garlic (allium sativum), which “suggests an opportunity to also investigate their potential health benefits,” the authors wrote in their study.

Cannabis has one of the most complex odors in the botanical world, with over 200 distinct aroma compounds previously reported thus far. Most of these volatile compounds belong to the terpenoid class (terpenes) and each strain has a dominant type of terpene that is responsible for their characteristic aroma. For instance, pinene is responsible for some strains’ pine-like fragrance, while caryophyllene is peppery.

Terpenes play a major role in the cannabis plant — and it’s not just the flavor and odor. Research suggests that cannabis terpenes play a considerable role in not only tempering the intoxicating effects of THC, but also creating synergy with phytocannabinoids and even increasing their therapeutic value. Researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology are even investigating marijuana terpenes as an anti-inflammatory agent to prevent the most severe, life-threatening cases of COVID-19.

Concerning the “skunk-like” odor of marijuana, some have suggested that it is owed to myrcene, an earthy or musky terpene. While a skunk’s defensive spray doesn’t contain terpenes, it has similar compounds called thiols. When these organic sulfurs mix together, they produce the potent, musky scent that people stay away from — unless it’s marijuana.

While terpenes may indeed contribute to the skunk-like odor of marijuana, a new study published in ACS Omega identified a new family of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) containing the prenyl (3-methylbut-2-en-1-yl) functional group that is responsible for this scent. The concentrations of the discovered VSCs increase significantly toward the end of the flowering stage of growth, reach a maximum during curing, and then drop substantially after only 10 days of storage, the researchers found after performing an indoor greenhouse trial.

 
 
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The holidays, and the family gatherings and obligations that come with them, are just around the corner. They can present some challenges for those who prefer to imbibe with cannabis rather than seasonal brews or egg nog. What if some in your family still hold on to the stigma surrounding cannabis? Fear not, because there are a few easy ways to be discreet.

VAPE PENS

If smoking is your preferred method of consuming cannabis, a trusty vape pen needs to be part of your arsenal. It's not technically smoking — you're vaporizing cannabis rather than burning it — but it's close enough. Because the cannabis is being absorbed through the lungs, the onset and effects of the high are very similar to smoking.

The differences between vaping and smoking are what make the vape pen a must-have for users looking to be discreet. They're the size of a pen, as the name suggests, which makes them incredibly portable. Plus, everything is self-contained. No need to carry the flower, a pipe and a lighter. The pen does it all. Most importantly, the vapor produces far less of the pungent cannabis smell than any method of smoking.

TRANSDERMAL PATCHES

Transdermal patches are meant to deliver effects in a low-and-slow manner, akin to a timed-release medication. Unlike most topicals, which are unable to transport cannabinoids to the bloodstream, and therefore don't produce intoxicating effects, patches are designed to send the cannabinoids through the skin and directly into the blood. Just slap one on a venous area like your wrist, roll down your sleeve to cover it, and you're good to go. Plus, because of the timed-release nature of the delivery, patches are unlikely to cause any of those terrifying moments of suddenly becoming way too stoned.

EDIBLES

One of the go-to methods for discreet cannabis consumption, edibles offer many of the same perks as pens and patches. For one, they're self-contained. All you need is the edible itself. As with any good discreet method, they're largely unscented. A 10-milligram chocolate in your jacket pocket is a lot easier to conceal than a gram of flower. They do have risks, though. When the effects first hit they can hit you like a truck, in a way that can be hard to conceal. Sure, you won't smell like you're stoned, but you could easily end up acting like it. Be careful not to overdo it. 

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Less than 40 years after anti-drug campaigns enlisted everyone from Zack Morris to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to scare kids away from marijuana, cannabis products are legally available in 19 states, Washington, D.C. and Guam. And, in places where recreational cannabis is legal, THC-infused beverages like Wunder, Cann, Keef, Kalo and Hi5 line retail shelves, often alongside beer, wine and other drinks.

Should alcoholic beverage producers worry about competition from weed-infused beverages? Or will weed’s market share be restricted by inherited stigmas?

Colleen McClellan is the regional director of client solutions for Datassential, a leading food and beverage insights platform, and a trained sommelier. She has high hopes for the future of THC-infused drinks, so long as they taste good.

“I think as more states relax the regulations, we will continue to see an increase in interest and use,” says McClellan. “The critical aspect to adoption is going to be the taste of the product. Taste is extremely important for repeat purchase.”

Mendoza says to keep an eye out for cannabinoids like THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), believed to help increase focus and aid appetite suppression, and the somewhat controversial Delta-8, which she believes will appear in more drinks.

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