Weed has been around for a long time. The weed has been shrouded in mystery for most of its history is unfortunate, but it has also resulted in a lot of underground hacks that many people may not know about.

Here are seven cannabis hacks to help simplify life.

Buying pipe cleaners

People who smoke from a bong or pipe know how terrible it is when the device gets clogged, and how difficult the bong is to clean if too much time has passed. Luckily, there are aids designed with this purpose in mind: pipe cleaners. Buy them; these brushes make the cleaning process very simple and will extend the life of pipes and bongs

Store weed in a mason jar and cover it with something black

Mason jars are the right way to store weed. To make these containers into something even better, cover them with black construction paper or a black shirt. This dark and cool environment will ensure the cannabis stays fresh over long periods of time.

Smoke around mealtimes

One of the best weed hacks of all time is to plan smoke sessions around meal times. Consider that in this era of remote work, doing so is even more convenient. By smoking around mealtimes, a person can help ensure food tastes amazing while also curbing the munchies by having something to eat.

One of the best weed hacks of all time is to plan smoke sessions around meal times. /

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Kymberly Jenkins waited this long to get vaccinated — but after seriously juggling her fears of possible side effects, she finally did it.

"I didn’t want to get a blood clot," said the 25-year-old. "I didn’t want to be rushed to the hospital with different side effects, being incredibly fatigued or body aches."

As a hair stylist working out of her home, Jenkins said she comes into contact with unvaccinated clients regularly. She explained that even wearing a mask is starting to feel less protective against the highly contagious delta variant.

“I also hear the stories of people my age in the hospital begging for vaccines before the die on a ventilator,” Jenkins said.

Many people contracting COVID-19 are now younger people, especially those from Black and brown communities. That's why Marlene Montañez is working to dispel false narratives about the vaccine.

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One local hospital says they're now treating at least a couple of young children every month for toxic exposure to edibles — and they're warning parents to lock up their pot treats

A skyrocketing number of children in the tri-state are inadvertently ingesting marijuana edibles, and legislators say there's a void in New York's emerging pot regulations that isn't helping the situation.

The scary trend began before New York State legalized recreational marijuana back in March, going from six children in the NYC metropolitan area poisoned by edibles in 2018, to 32 in 2019 and 127 in 2020, according to regional poison control officials.

"Sometimes that's in the form of candies and gummies, cookies and brownies. There are lots of forms that are out there," said Dr. Ethan Wiener, director of pediatric emergency medicine at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone.

Two-thirds of those children are under the age of 5 — and the numbers are on track to be just as high this year.

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Any person who walks into any licensed cannabis dispensary in a recreational U.S. state will notice something: weed can get pretty expensive. Eighths can range from a reasonable US$30 to as much as US$80, even before taxes.

Many consumers feel like they need to get their money’s worth, and much like with alcohol, have looked to THC content to determine if the sticker price is worth it. The demand for flower testing at at 30 per cent THC or more has become so prominent that growers often have a tough time selling relatively low-testing flower to retailers.

But as it turns out, THC is far from the best indicator of a flower’s potency, let alone its overall quality. THC content is one static result in a live organism that changes with its environment, and should never be the deciding factor.

Here’s what else a prospective buyer should consider when buying cannabis.

Check cultivation and packaging dates

The days of growers bringing fresh pounds of cannabis in turkey bags to the dispensary back door are over. Industry regulations in the U.S. require inventory tracking, lab tests, compliant packaging and distribution to get any buds from the garden to the shelves, all of which take time.

A company that specializes in outdoor cultivation won’t offer the same experience as an indoor-grown brand. /

It’s possible for a weed-consuming population to use marijuana without needing emergency medical assistance. Here’s how.

It seems that every time a state officially launches its legal cannabis market, reports showing that emergency rooms are filling up with people who can’t handle their weed start to bombard the internet. This took place earlier this year throughout Illinois, which rolled out its taxed and regulated pot trade in January. In Chicago, doctors claimed an increase in ER visits due to people overdosing on weed.

Listen, this madness might be happening, or it might not. The purpose of this article is not to debate whether legal marijuana brings about an uprising in freakouts that send people on a mad dash for the hospital. It is to serve as a guide, of sorts, intended to prevent these horrific events from happening in the first place. Because, get this, it is possible for a weed-consuming population to use marijuana without needing emergency medical assistance. It’s a novel concept, we know. But we swear that people can use cannabis products safely and responsibly.

Here’s how.

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The first thing to consider is this: Any report that comes out in the media suggesting that people are running to the ER because the weed got on top of them can almost always be attributed to edibles. We’re not going to lie, these popular pot products sold in dispensaries in states where marijuana is legal can be tricky and the source of great misery if they are not consumed correctly.

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“Blink three times when you feel it kicking in,” she sings.

FILE: New Zealand singer Lorde poses before Christian Dior 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on Mar. 6, 2015 in Paris. / PHOTO BY PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

 

The “Solar Power” video from the artist known as Lorde is sure to brighten the mood of cannabis enthusiasts as the two-time Grammy winner is depicted taking a single haul on a bong that immediately lifts her energy.

Bathed in a sunny yellow two-piece — an underwire crop top and a hip-hugging, bell-shaped ankle-length skirt — Lorde, whose real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, dances to the centre of the shot as two women wearing soft, beachy dresses in cream, beige and sandy brown, join her from the left and right.

After taking a pull, Lorde then starts to dance more energetically in front of the group. /

Study shows cannabis doesn’t make you unmotivated—at least not cannabis alone! (image source: Shutterstock)

Study results show that marijuana use is not independently associated with a loss of motivation among teenagers, according to recently published research. The research, by a team of investigators affiliated with Florida International University, was published online last week by the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

The authors of the study note that a reduction of motivation is commonly cited as a consequence of cannabis. However, previous research on the subject has largely been focused on adults and has yielded mixed results. 

To conduct the research, investigators recruited a group of 401 study subjects who were aged 14 to 17 years old at the onset of the research. Each subject completed a total of five biannual assessments throughout the study period.

The researchers assessed the motivation of the study participants through the use of two self-reported questionnaires including the Apathy Evaluation Scale and the Motivation and Engagement Scale, which consists of subscales that quantify disengagement, persistence, planning, self-efficacy and the value the study subjects place on school. The researchers also asked about the participants’ use of alcohol, marijuana and tobacco during each assessment, and performed an analysis of the data to model patterns of cannabis use and motivation over time.

The results of the two-year study show that cannabis use increased significantly, as did the planning facets of motivation and the lack of engagement. Greater cannabis use was associated with more disengagement, lower planning and less valuing of school.

However, when the data was controlled for variables including the subjects’ reported use of alcohol and tobacco and the effect of other factors such as age, sex and depression, the researchers found little evidence that cannabis use had an impact on motivation.

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PHOENIX  --  The Clarendon Hotel and Spa in downtown Phoenix is open for business. Hotel managers say it is "Arizona's first Cannabis-friendly hotel."

“We are a cannabis-friendly hotel and have a cannabis-friendly event company that is elevating and educating the community about cannabis,” says Daron Brotherton, the VP of Operations at the hotel.

 

Arizona Department of Public Health says they approved licenses for businesses to sell recreational marijuana.

 

The cannabis sleeping rooms are located on the west side of the hotel property where guests can partake in edibles, flower and vape which have been purchased at a local dispensary. Cannabis flower usage is allowed in designated areas only. To shop for cannabis, the hotel will offer a car service to drive guests to a dispensary where they can also rent pipes and bongs.

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Opening a cannabis shop in your state is not as difficult as you might think. However, it is essential to get organized and start planning to open your new business and ensure that all the required licenses are in place. The laws regarding the possession and cultivation of cannabis vary from state to state. Some states allow for the personal use and cultivation of medicinal marijuana; some do not. Thus, it is crucial to know the local regulations when considering opening a cannabis shop in your area. (Photo by Damian Barczak on Unsplash)

It would help if you also began collecting financial information from prospective suppliers. This includes sales tax license numbers, zoning and building permits, and other relevant information. It is essential to keep records of all financial transactions for the proper accounting purposes of your business. You will also need to acquire a business license from the local government to operate your retail store legally. Once you have acquired these documents, you can begin applying and getting a sales tax license from the state or local government. 

When you finally get your sales tax license, you will want to file your business name, business description, and unique trading conditions with your local government. This allows them to regulate your business correctly. It also gives them the legal authority to shut you down should they find you are selling cannabis without a license. You must follow all local regulations when opening a cannabis shop, so you don’t set yourself up for a fall. If you run into any legal problems down the road, it is much easier for the government to take action against you.

There are many considerations when you are learning how to open a cannabis shop in your area. If you are not familiar with the laws regulating the production and distribution of cannabis, it is wise to hire an attorney specializing in the cannabis industry. There are many books and websites available to help entrepreneurs learn about the laws regarding marijuana in their area. Take advantage of these resources and make sure that everything is done legally according to the law.

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It’s happened to the best of us. It’s late at night and we’ve totally underestimated the amount of marijuana at our disposal. We aren’t in a position to buy more at the moment. We look through our ashtray and our weed baggie and there’s nothing useful in sight. Then we spot the stems. Should we smoke them? Can we smoke them?

Sadly, it appears that weed stems are different from the usual bud you smoke. For starters, they don’t contain much THC, rendering them useless if you’re looking to get high. They also taste bad and woody, because there’s no plant in them, and they’re associated with a batch of negative side effects like headaches, sore throats and coughing fits, according to Healthline.

Still, just because you can’t smoke cannabis stems doesn’t mean you can’t find something useful to do with them. A lot of people find inventive ways of incorporating these parts of cannabis, using them to brew teas, to make tinctures, topicals and to even make stem butter. While there’s not much THC in stems, they are still a part of the cannabis plant, having many of the mysterious health benefits that experts and cannabis users love.

Before re-purposing your stems for any reason, it’s important to decarboxylate them, activating however small amount there is of THC and other cannabinoids. Once you’re done with this part of the process, you can infuse the stems into whatever you want.

Cannabis stems aren’t likely to get you high, but they could provide therapeutic and relaxing effects for you. There’s anecdotal evidence of cannabis stem teas treating nausea, anxiety, chronic pain, and more, all the while eliminating the unpredictable psychoactive effects of cannabis drinks. We even have a recipe for it.

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Summer is a great time for the outdoors. While the heat can sometimes be oppressive, summertime usually brings with it a lot of relaxation. And some say all this could be made better with a little weed.

All seasons pair well with cannabis, but summer is particularly great. Marijuana is a great partner for social and outdoor activities, making it the perfect guest for time spent sharing with friends or for engaging with the world in a way that’s deep and rewarding.

The following are five summer activities that a person might consider while high.

Take a hike

Hiking is not for everyone. While some people love to surround themselves with nature as they sweat and climb, others prefer their workouts to have a higher pace. Weed could potentially make a big difference whatever one’s approach, thereby helping to make the hikes more engaging while also helping a person appreciate the nature aspect.

Spend a day at the beach

While smoking on the beach may not be very pleasant (too hot!), there are other forms of cannabis worth exploring, especially with a little preparation ahead of time. And using weed may help a person have a better time with friends or even to help relax while spending the day alone.

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Report from Brightfield Group details most popular CBD sweet edibles as well as consumers’ need to either take the edge off or charge through their day.

Market research firm Brightfield Group’s U.S. Cannabis Distribution Report: Cannabis Candy report revealed that, while cannabis candies are not to be consumed like candy, the industries share some similarities. Flavor innovation is thriving in both as well as the desire for both to either take a break or recharge with something sweet.

Of Brightfield’s list of top eight cannabis candies by share of shelf feature, three edibles are made by Smokiez in the flavors blackberry, sour blue raspberry and sour watermelon. Wana Wellness’ assorted hybrid sour gummies make the list, as are Kiva Confections wild berry Camino gummies, Kushy Punch hybrid raspberry gummies and Kanha blue raspberry gummies. Wyld CBD’s pomegranate 1:1 THC:CBD gummies also made the list.

Brightfield narrows cannabis candy positioning down to two types. Products that help folks unwind, according to Brightfield, are the most common – helping consumers with relaxation, sleep and stress relief, and claiming 68% of retail display space.

Of these, relaxation rules the roost, controlling nearly half of all cannabis candy space with a whopping 40% shelf share. Sleep is next at 19%.


 

 

 

While it put a hard stop on most things, it was also an election year, opening the door to a lot of change. One of these changes was cannabis legalization, something that is increasingly becoming harder to ignore as more and more people embrace it.

While many policy areas were talking points during last year’s U.S. election, it was surprising that the one thing many states agreed on was cannabis. The legalization of the plant was expanded and supported by several states, and the change is noticeable all over the place, especially if a person is in a city that provides some kind of marijuana program.

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With the growing acceptance of the legal cannabis industry across the United States, more states are diving deeper into regulatory questions. The latest push around legislatures has been THC Caps, which would limit the potency of THC in various products depending on the state's guidelines.

Lawmakers believe that limiting the strength of marijuana will be in the interest of public safety, which seems like a commonsense argument. However, when one looks at how manipulating the potency of THC would impact our bodies and society, it's clear that they are not the answer to responsible legislating of the cannabis industry.

At the Blinc Group, we wrote a white paper, "Six Reasons that THC Caps Are a Bad Idea," examining the implications of THC Caps on the vaping industry. It demonstrates, backed by existing research that THC Caps will endanger the public, lead to dangerous products entering the market, and keep necessary medicines out of patients' hands.

It also would require manufacturers to dilute their concentrates with additives to meet the lower standards. While regulations are up in the air from state to state, the unsafe additives will pose a greater health risk to consumers, possibly resulting in an uptick in EVALI cases.

The Colorado Cannabis Manufacturers Association (CCMA) agrees that THC Caps are not in the industry or consumers' best interests.

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The new trend for marijuana products is clear labels, lab-tested ingredients, standardized dosing and modern branding that takes its design cues from traditional consumer brands.The new trend for marijuana products is clear labels, lab-tested ingredients, standardized dosing and modern branding that takes its design cues from traditional consumer brands.

Pot has gone retail.

In the 1990s, nameless plastic baggies marked with an X for potency, jars adorned with pot leaves and sexually suggestive imagery were the default marketing tactics for marijuana-related products. As legalization grows, with recreational marijuana legal for adults in 18 states and Washington, D.C., and medical marijuana legal in 37 states, investment dollars have poured in — and the largest players in the industry are putting out professionalized products.

The new trend is toward well-designed packaging, clear and regulated information labels, lab-tested ingredients, standardized dosing and modern branding.

Packaging considerations are taking their design cues from traditional consumer brands. The MX live resin cartridges by Moxie, a cannabis products brand based in California, come in a plastic and metal cylinder inside a colorful, modern, zebra-print box that wouldn’t look out of place on a perfume counter at a department store.

The lineup of edibles from Kiva Confections aims to give consumers consistent, high-quality, flavorful marijuana products with clear labeling and consistent experiences, the company said.Kiva Confections

The lineup of weed edibles from Kiva Confections uses contemporary packaging techniques. Kiva cannabis chocolate bars, with an embossed brown wrapper, could fit in at the checkout at Whole Foods. Its Petra microdose 2.5 mg THC mints come in a container that could go in a jacket pocket and have been dubbed the “Mommy Mint.” Its makers say it takes the edge off without becoming overwhelming.

Cannabis YoY sales growth by age and gender, 2020

Cannabis' earliest roots may have stemmed from northwestern China -- not South Asia as commonly believed, according to a study published on Friday.

Researchers found the Cannabis sativa species -- the "much beloved and maligned plant" widely used as a recreational drug -- likely emerged from the region by Neolithic times (10,000-3,000 BC), according to a news release from the journal Science Advances, where the study was published.
Cannabis was one of the first plants domesticated by humans, and has a long history of being used in textiles, food, and oilseed as hemp, the study said. But this history has been difficult to research, due to modern legal restrictions around the plant's use and accessibility.
To trace the origins of cannabis, a team led by researchers in Switzerland and China compiled 110 whole genomes, covering a spectrum of different wild-growing feral plants, domesticated varieties and modern hybrids of hemp and psychoactive forms of the plant, commonly known as marijuana, with higher levels of the compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
 
 
 
A feral cannabis plant in the middle of a grassland in Qinghai province, central China.
 
Their genomic analysis separated the samples into four major groups, including basal cannabis, which is found in China and the United States. The analysis suggested that early domesticated ancestors of hemp and marijuana -- two of the other major groups -- diverged from basal cannabis about 12,000 years ago -- indicating the species may already have been domesticated by then.
This coincides with the dating of ancient artifacts including pottery from southern China, Taiwan, and Japan from the same period, the study added.
 
"Our genome-wide analyses corroborate the existing archaeobotanical, archaeological, and historical record, and provide a detailed picture of the domestication of Cannabis and its consequences on the genetic makeup of the species," said the study.
Modern Chinese landraces -- cultivated plants that have been altered through agriculture -- and feral cannabis plants are now the closest descendents of the ancestors of hemp and marijuana, the study said. Meanwhile, the pure wild ancestors of Cannabis sativa have likely gone extinct.
 
After its domestication in the Neolithic period, the plant slowly spread across Europe and the Middle East in the Bronze Age, archaeological evidence shows. The first record of Cannabis sativa appeared in India about 3,000 years ago, when the species was likely introduced from China along with other crops, said the study.
 
Cannabis then traveled to Africa in the 13th century, spread to Latin America in the 16th century, and arrived in North America at the beginning of the 20th century.
 
The study sheds some light on the longstanding mystery of where and when varieties of cannabis with higher levels of psychoactive compounds were recognized and used by humans.
Although they have been cultivated for centuries, early varieties and wild populations had low levels of THC and other compounds with psychoactive properties.
 
Many historians had placed the origins of cannabis smoking on the ancient Central Asian steppes, but these arguments relied solely on a passage from a single text from the late first millennium BC, written by the Greek historian Herodotus.
In 2019, the excavation of a 2,500-year-old tomb in western China revealed the earliest clear evidence of humans using cannabis for its psychoactive properties. Wooden fragments and burnt stones from pots in the tomb showed the chemical signature of cannabis, specifically that with a high amount of THC -- suggesting the plant may have been used during burial ceremonies.
 
However, it was unlikely that cannabis was smoked in the same way it is today. More likely, it would have been burnt like incense in an enclosed space to release vapors.
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Nith & Grand tailored to cannabis aficionados with discerning taste, and will feature craft flower and premium concentratesInitial launch features TF Pink Kush Live Resin vape cartridgesStrengthened product portfolio contributing to meaningful quarterly sales growth across all sales channels

TORONTO, July 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX: AH, OTCQX: ALEAF) (“Aleafia Health” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the launch of its premium cannabis brand Nith & Grand. Featuring hang dried, hand trimmed, small batch dried flower, and premium concentrates, Nith & Grand appeals to experienced cannabis aficionados.

The initial launch features TF Pink Kush Live Resin vape cartridges, which comprises a hydrocarbon extraction process utilizing fresh-frozen cannabis flower that preserves the strain’s natural flavour, aroma and terpene profile. The new product features the highly sought after and not yet widely available TF Pink Kush strain, and is now available in adult-use markets.

“Nith & Grand completes our highly differentiated brand portfolio, allowing us to reach the growing market for premium, craft cannabis products. With a collection of highly sought after cultivars and six years operating our craft cultivation facility in Paris, Ont., we are perfectly situated to delight cannabis connoisseurs,” said Aleafia Health CEO Geoffrey Benic.

“Aleafia Health can now boast one of the strongest and most diverse product portfolios in the Canadian cannabis industry. This along with scaling our production has directly led to strong sequential sales growth in the adult-use, wholesale, and medical sales channels, both domestically and internationally, in our most recent quarter.”

Nith & Grand’s namesake is a tribute to our product innovation facility’s home community of Paris, Ont., whose scenic downtown core is centred around the confluence of the Nith and Grand rivers.

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How to travel to Canada with existing cannabis convictions and avoid new ones.

Offences involving cannabis can have a serious impact on one’s ability to enter Canada.

In 2018, Canada legalized buying and using recreational cannabis. While weed is now legal, it is also strictly regulated. Cannabis-related charges could potentially hurt a foreign national’s ability to immigrate or travel to Canada.

Here are some of Canada’s marijuana regulations, as well as some options for overcoming inadmissibility for cannabis users who have gotten in trouble with the law.

Cannabis at the border

Transporting marijuana from Canada to another country — or to Canada from another country, remains illegal.  This rule applies even if weed is legal in both the other country and Canada. The only exception is for recognized suppliers to whom the Canadian government issues a permit. These permits are available only for medical or scientific reasons.

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From humble origins in a horse barn to booming sales in three states, Texas' first hemp vodka distillery has become one of the fastest-growing Black distilleries in the U.S. in just a few years of business. Their latest stop? Austin, Texas.

Highway Vodka, founded by partners Ben Williams and Wendell Robbins III, is available for sale at over 25 retailers in Austin alongside cities across Texas, Georgia, Florida and California. The company, which is the first Black-owned distillery in the state of Texas, is almost growing too quickly—Williams said they're looking to slow down for a second before they spread too thin.

"We don't have any outside investors or anything like that, so I want to make sure I know what I'm doing," Williams said.

So why hemp? CBD is illegal to use in the distilling process, so the only effects the ingredient really adds to the mix is anti-inflammatory properties.

Hemp comes more into play in the distilling process itself. When experimenting with the ingredient in initial stages, Williams and Robbins discovered that hemp acts as a "super fuel" to the yeast as it converts sugar from its other main ingredient, corn, into alcohol (which also adds a slightly sweet taste.) The plant that helps make Mary Jane also "keeps the negative stuff down" by helping form an oily layer on top that protects the product from outside influence. The result, Williams said, is a smoother vodka that won't make the morning after drinking quite so bad.


The demand for CBD has gone up exponentially for myriad reasons, including pain, depression, sleep disorders, and anxiety. And it’s not surprising it’s gone up even more since the pandemic started. 

But with that higher use — one study says almost 62% use CBD to treat a medical condition — comes cost disparities between the highest and lowest priced products. Like a 4718% price difference, according to Leafreport. For an emerging market that’s not fully regulated by the FDA, someone has to look into it.

Taking into account what distinguishes the most expensive and cheapest products, where popular brands fall on the price spectrum, and whether these discrepancies have anything to do with product quality, there are some interesting findings. 

Overall, CBD prices fell

Of the 137 brands reviewed, a total of 3203 products, data was broken down by price and milligrams of CBD present in the product to create a standardized price point to see which is most cost-effective. One compelling thing found is that while the price of CBD products decreased around 11% over the last year, the most expensive brand is priced more than 4000% higher than the cheapest.

Topicals and creams have decreased in price, and not surprisingly for most pet owners, the highest priced items are CBD pet edibles. 

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