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The History of CBD

CBD products have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, but this compound has been around for much longer than you may have thought. After decades of prohibition, many places have changed their views. This new mindset has helped in the research and discovery of the therapeutic benefits of CBD.

The history of discovering medicinal cannabis and its positive effects could possibly date back to 2737 BC. Follow along below as we take you through the past of cannabis, how we are using it now in our daily lives, and how we’ll be using it in the future.

The Discovery of the Effects of Cannabis

Many people believe that the first documented use of medicine derived from cannabis dates back to when Chinese Emperor Sheng Neng used a cannabis-infused tea to help with symptoms of gout, malaria and arthritis in 2737 BC. It’s even rumoured that Queen Victoria used cannabis to ease menstrual cramps.

Cannabis wasn’t recognized world wide as a valuable therapeutic resource due to the lack of evidence until 1839, when an Irish doctor published a study that highlighted some of the positive effects. William B. O’Shaughnessy, a physician and medical researcher, became quite controversial after his study of using cannabis as an anesthesia. Thankfully, he opened the doors to investigating more about the potential of the plant. Due to continued research and change in policies over the decades, we discovered some of the top health benefits of CBD products.

How we use cannabis now

Today on the market, there are many different products containing CBD that are used for both medical and recreational use. Whether it’s cookies, brownies or delicious CBD gummies, there are so many different ways you can consume it through edibles. There are also beverages, topical creams, soft gels, oils and tinctures. The only real issues we have now with cannabis are legalization issues, policy changes and a market that could soon be oversaturated with low quality products. As this industry grows and as laws change, we will have to keep up with the demand in innovative and creative ways.

Cannabis in the future

There’s no real limit to the creativity that scientists and cannabis producers can produce  for their products. There are already so many innovative products on the market and the future of this industry is only growing. Holistic CBD beauty therapy and other personal products are on the rise to join the others. The future of the CBD industry is forecasted to hit $23 billion by 2025, so there doesn’t seem like there’s a chance of slowing down anytime soon.

The entire history of CBD likely has a lot more details to uncover as we begin to discuss it openly. Scientists have harnessed the power of this plant for not just decades, but centuries. It’s worth continuing to explore the other potential benefits it has to enhance our health and our happiness. The future of cannabis products is bright, and we can’t wait to see how it continues to grow!

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How to Cook with Cannabis Butter

Everything’s Better With Homemade Cannabis Butter

While edibles have been around for some time, it’s not as simple as throwing buds into dough and calling it a day. There are steps that you need to take to make your own cannabis edibles and one of the most versatile things you can make is butter.

Also known as cannabutter or weed butter, cannabis butter can be used in cooking your favorite recipes in much the same way regular butter is used. At a basic level, cannabis butter is butter that contains marijuana properties, including the all important THC. But before you start dropping raw weed into some softened butter and calling it done, you need to learn how to make it work the right way.

How to make your own batch of cannabutter

Why isn’t it just a matter of putting a spoonful of green goodness into your favorite pasta sauce or pancake mix recipe?  An excellent question! Here’s why:

  1. Your body can’t process raw weed. In fact, the psychoactive properties won’t be activated at all because the cannabinoids won’t enter your bloodstream. In the best case scenario, you would just digest the weed like you would kale. If you aren’t so lucky though, you could end up reacting to the raw plant. Gastrointestinal problems, like vomiting and diarrhea, are a definite possibility.
  2. Have you ever tasted raw weed? It’s pretty nasty. Now imagine that flavor in your favorite brownie or waffle recipe. Gross, right? If you haven’t made the mistake of tasting raw weed, it’s got a really foul flavor, with a strong odor and bitter aftertaste.
  3. It’s necessary to decarboxylate your weed before you attempt to use it, in order to activate the THC and CBD properties. Decarbox… What now? Read on!

What is decarboxylation and why does it matter?

Basically, decarboxylation is the process of removing  a chemical from an organic substance. In this case, the chemical COOH. Raw and dried cannabis contains tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabinolic acid (CBDA). It also contains C02 and that is the compound that stands between you and usable levels of THC and CBD in your weed.

The process of decarboxylation happens naturally when you smoke weed by the very act of lighting it up. But you can’t light your cookie dough on fire, so you need to find another way to decarboxylate your weed to create edibles that actually contain THC. It also needs to happen at a lower temperature than fire and for a longer period of time, to be effective. Why longer at a lower temp? Well, that’s because of the terpenes.

Terpenes are natural oils in cannabis that give your weed that noticeable odor, and taste. Different strains will have different flavors because of the combination of terpenes in them. But they’re not just about flavor: terpenes work with the cannabinoids in your weed to create some of the effects you experience when you consume it.

Terpenes are important to know about before you try to create your edibles so that you understand the process: these oils will break down at temperatures above 310 degrees fahrenheit. That isn’t a problem when you’re smoking your weed because it’s a short distance from the burning end of your joint to your lungs.

But when you are decarboxylating weed for edibles, you need to use a temperature below 310 degrees, so by default, you need a longer period of time to bake your buds for them to ultimately contain active ingredients in your final edible product.

Once decarboxylated, you can use your weed in a lot of ways: You can sprinkle it on your salad or even infuse it into a drink or tea. But the easiest way to use it is to turn it into cannabis butter. Anything you make or bake probably contains butter—from sautéing veggies and greasing a pan for Sunday morning eggs, to adding a little THC to your toast—so this makes cannabis butter a flexible edible option. 

How To Make Cannabis Butter

Tools and ingredients: Oven, Stove, Baking Sheet, a bud of your favorite strain, medium saucepan, butter, bowl for finished product, cheesecloth, rubber band, string or tape

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 240 degrees fahrenheit. While you’re waiting for the right temperature, spread your marijuana on the baking sheet. You’re looking to create one layer of weed.
  2. Bake the cannabis on the middle rack for about 40 minutes. Most ovens have a side that cooks hotter than the other so turn the sheet a couple of times to get an even bake. Decarboxylation activates the THC and the CBD, which makes it possible for your body to absorb it. After 40 minutes, the marijuana should be dry and crumbly. That’s the consistency you need to mix it into the butter.
  3. How much butter is the right amount? A good measure is four sticks of butter to one ounce of marijuana. You can adjust as needed. If you are using four sticks of butter, your next step is to put four cups of water into the saucepan. Bring the water to a boil and once it’s boiling, add in your butter. Yes, into the boiling water! Stir the mixture until the butter has completely melted.
  4. Once the butter has melted, add your marijuana to the water/butter mix and reduce the heat to low. At a level to boil water, you could end up burning your weed. What you want is the water to be barely simmering. Now you have to wait. 
  5. Let the butter/water/weed mix simmer on low for three hours. You can go on to step 6 while you wait, and then come back to this step. Basically, the three hour simmer is reducing the water content, as if you were creating a sauce with your weed. When you get close to the three hour mark, check the top of the mixture. When it’s done, it will be shiny, with a thick texture. Take the saucepan off the heat.
  6. While your mixture is reducing, you can get prepped with the other items that you’ll need. Get out a large mixing bowl. Pyrex, plastic or metal are fine: it just needs to be able to handle the heat of your mixture. Put two layers of cheesecloth over the top of the bowl and hold them fast with the rubber band, string, or tape. The mixture will be heavy and if you don’t fix the cheesecloth in place, they could get pulled into the mix, rather than staying in place. Of the three, string is the most effective: just make sure it’s tight and that you secure the string on the lower and smaller part of the bowl, so it can ride up while you are straining!
  7. Slowly pour the hot mixture through the cheesecloth. What goes through the cheesecloth will eventually be the weed butter. You’ll throw out the stuff on top of the cheesecloth. 
  8. When your entire mixture has drained through, pick up the cheesecloth by the four corners, twist them together to keep everything inside. It should look like a small bag out of it. Now squeeze the cheesecloth bag to make sure that you get every ounce of that delicious butter.
  9. Now you wait. Again. But it’s so worth it! Place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator so that the cannabis butter can cool. While it’s cooling, the butter will separate from any remaining water. How will you know when it’s done? When the top layer is solid.
  10. Run a knife around the edge of the solid butter, to separate it from the mixing bowl. Now you can lift it out and put it on a cutting board. If there is still some moisture, just dab it dry with a clean towel.

You’re done! You can cut up the weed butter into smaller pieces for easy storage at this point, or leave it whole.

Cooking with weed butter

If you need some inspiration for recipes to cook with your weed butter, the internet is the right place to look! But before you start cooking or baking, if you’re not used to edibles, there are a few things you should know, as the experience is quite a bit different from smoking weed.

  •     The effects of the THC / CBD can take anywhere from 30 to 190 minutes to kick in. This is because of the way food is digested in your stomach and how long that takes. The flip side is that you won’t need as much weed to achieve a good high as you would with a joint. A typical joint is about ½ a gram of weed. But a starting point with edibles is more like 0.001 grams (or one milligram), which shows you just how potent edibles can be. Because of this delay, it’s important to be patient if you don’t feel anything right away, rather than eating more of your new edible. Too much THC can result in paranoia, anxiety, nausea, and a general bad feeling. Start with small quantities of weed and take it slow.
  •     Eating marijuana-laced food has a tendency to be a lot more intense because the THC is sent directly into your bloodstream through the process of digestion, instead of being filtered through your lungs. 
  •     Finally, the high from edibles can last a lot longer than smoking, so it’s something to consider if you have plans later in the day!

Edibles are a great option for those who don’t want to smoke weed but still want either the pain relief or the high, or both! Just take it slow, and when in doubt, visit your local dispensary and see what they recommend!

Bio

Anthony Franciosi, also known as Ant, is an honest to goodness farmer whose fingers are as green as the organic cannabis he grows. He is the proud founder of Honest Marijuana– an all natural, completely organic marijuana growery in Colorado.

 

High Times x Oregon

High Times announced Monday its return to Oregon where more than 150 products will compete for the People’s Choice Cannabis Cup.

Consumers will be able to purchase the products and participate as judges in the competition from the safety of their own homes.

A portion of proceeds will also go toward the Cannabis Cares Wildfire Relief Fund, which helps support cannabis brands affected by the fires.

Originally founded in 1988 in Amsterdam, the High Times Cannabis Cup is the world’s most famous cannabis festival. Though the festival typically lasts two or three days, COVID-19 has pushed High Times to allow consumers to judge from home.

28 different strains will be available to try in a one ounce judging kit, then they will be ranked.

The judging kits are expected to sell out quickly, and they will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. The categories up for judgement include flower, pre-rolls, concentrates, vape pens and cartridges as well as two edible categories, gummies or candies and baked goods.

The kits are available in over two dozen of the state’s best products through retail partners like TJ’s Gardens on Eugene and Portland, Oregon Euphorics in Bend, Bahama Buds in Coos Bay, Top Crop in Ontario and Rogue Valley Cannabis in Medford.

High Times has also partnered with Oregon cannabis operator STEM Holdings, the owner of TJ’s Gardens and Yerba Buena Farms, to use more than 75 pounds of product during the competition.

For more information, you can click right here.

You can also follow High Times on Twitter.

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Sugarfina Care Packages

Going back to school this year is different from every other year. Instead of loading up on pencils, notebooks, markers and erasers, students are logging into computers every morning to attend virtual versions of their classes. Teachers are also preparing in a way they’ve never had to. Online lesson plans and zero face-to-face contact are making it more difficult for teachers to engage with students.

Sugarfina, a luxury candy store specializing in candy for grown-ups, recognizes that struggle. Accordingly, they have put together care packages for anyone in need of a little bit of sweetness during this time.

The care package includes Sugarfina specialties like Peach Bellini gummies, Birthday Cake Caramels, Rainbow Bears, Pink Sparkle Pops, Cold Brew Bears, Peanut Butter Milkshake malt balls, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels and Ice Cream Cone gummies.

Sugarfina is also giving away one of these care packages every day from August 17 to August 31. They’re encouraging Instagram users to nominate someone deserving of a special treat by posting a video with #TreatItForward.

Scott LaPorta, the CEO of Sugarfina, said Sugarfina was inspired by people sending each other candy during the quarantine period.

“Whether you’re treating a classmate, hard-working teacher, first responder, or fellow homeschool parent, this set is the perfect gift to put a smile on their face,” LaPorta said.

Sugarfina will also take entries into the “Thinking of You Sweepstakes” between August 20 and August 31. Anyone looking to share a $2,500 care package with a loved one can enter right here.

The standard care packages are $24 by themselves or $28 with a hand-written note and are available online or in Sugarfina boutiques.

Navigating The CBD Marketplace  

CBD has undeniable skyrocketed in popularity over the last couple of years. The passing of the 2018 Farm bill paved the way of fully legal sales of CBD oil derived from industrial hemp. More and more people are experiencing the incredible powers of this natural plant. We are here to help you learn more about CBD and how to navigate the CBD marketplace. How can you tell which brand is the right fit for you? We have you covered from start to finish in this post.

The Basics About CBD 

CBD is one of over 100 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant family. Oftentimes consumers relate THC and CBD hand in hand, however this is incorrect. Although they may be part of the same plant family, they have some very different attributes. The most significant being that CBD does not give users an intoxicating “high”. This means that users get to feel the medicinal benefits of CBD without any unwanted intoxicating side effects. 

For those looking for a non-intoxicating experience, we recommend using broad spectrum CBD products. This type of CBD has all of the attributes as full spectrum CBD, just without any THC. Broad spectrum products are also great for users who get drug tested and cannot afford to test positive. 

We understand that the CBD marketplace can be slightly overwhelming with all of the different terms and options. There are currently over 1000 different brands in the industry, so navigating this space is especially tough. The quality of CBD varies greatly as well, quality is often determined by cultivation practices and extraction methods in the CBD industry.  Here are some of the most important factors to keep in mind when shopping in the CBD marketplace. 

Transparency

Trust truly does come from transparency. You want to go with a brand that stand behind their products. Each CBD product you are looking to purchase should have third party laboratory results that are easily accessible and up to date. Our rule of thumb is that the test date should be within 18 months. We also highly suggest staying away from any brand making outrageous claims such as can help cure cancer or arthritis. These companies are going against FDA rules and are simply in the industry for short term monetary gains. 

Made in the USA 

You want to make sure any CBD product you consume is made from hemp grown here in the USA. Hemp grown domestically is subject to rigorous quality control and growing standards. We urge customers to avoid CBD products that use hemp grown overseas in placed like Germany and China which usually do not have as strict guidelines. Plants grown overseas often times use harsh pesticides and heavy metals, that can be detrimental to human health. 

Customer Service 

Many consumers are new to the CBD industry so being able to have access to customer service either via email, chat or phone is a must. Also having customer support can help you deal with any issues that may arise.  

One company that checks off all of these important guidelines is GoGreen Hemp. GoGreen Hemp has been serving THC-Free CBD oil to consumers since 2016. They have full traceability from seed to sale to ensure “what is on the label is what is in the bottle”. All of their plants are grown here in the USA, and have some of the strictest quality control measures in the industry. 

When it comes to first time CBD Oil users GoGreen Hemp recommends either their best-selling CBD Oils or CBD gummies. Below you will find some of these recommendations: 

CBD Gummies – GoGreen Hemp CBD infused gummies come in various forms and strength levels. Their strongest edible is their 25mg Peach Rings which are both delicious and effective. 

CBD Oil Tincture – GoGreen Hemp CBD Oil Tinctures also come in various strength levels and flavors.  

These are just a few of the many THC-free products GoGreen Hemp has to offer. We hope this article has been beneficial and go out there and give CBD a try! 

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Which CBD Product Is the Best? 

Cannabidiol (or CBD for short) oil is derived from the cannabis plant. Although CBD is from cannabis, it does not get you high. It does have many therapeutic benefits and can be used to ease the symptoms of conditions such as anxiety. Different people have different responses to CBD oil, so it’s essential to try the oil for yourself to see what positive or negative effects you get. The following guide gives you some options to consider to choose the best CBD product for you.

What Are the Most Common CBD Products?

The CBD industry is growing by leaps and bounds. There are many preparations and products on the market, but CBD oil taken sublingually is one of the most popular CBD products. Vaping CBD is another common CBD product with its popularity growing as CBD becomes more mainstream. CBD products for animals are also becoming quite common. 

Aspects That Determine the Efficiency of a Product

The CBD industry is almost entirely unregulated to date. So it’s up to the consumer to ascertain what they are buying and using. Dosage amounts that are too low will not achieve the ‘optimum’ level for an individual, and they may subsequently feel no effect at all. Finding the correct dose of CBD to achieve your optimum results can take trial-and-error. Most proponents recommend starting with lower dosages and increasing the dosage if needed. 

You can find a range of concentrations available, from 100 mg up to 3,500 mg, which are recommended for a dosage of between .5 ml and 1.0 mil under the tongue. You may find that it’s easier to get a controlled dosage with edibles like gummies or capsules than with oil, which is delivered by a dropper. Users also find that more product is delivered by ingesting than via vaping.

Sublingual Consumption

There is a vein under the tongue called the sublingual gland. When a substance is administered under the tongue to the sublingual glands, it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream, which is referred to as sublingual consumption or sublingual administration. Common sublingual consumption methods include CBD tinctures, CBD lozenges, and CBD sprays.

Bioavailability

Bioavailability refers to the proportion of a substance that enters the circulation when introduced into the body and thus will have an active effect. It’s basically the rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream. Bioavailability is an essential measurement tool since it determines the correct dosage administration of a substance. Sublingual CBD products generally have high bioavailability. 

Duration of Effect

It typically takes 15–30 minutes to feel the effects of a CBD tincture, and the effects are known to last between 4–6 hours, though it is partially a factor of how potent a dose is taken. 

Ingested CBD, either using edibles or capsules, takes a bit longer to have an effect, but the results will also last longer, compared to other methods of taking CBD. This is because when CBD products are ingested, it takes a while for them to be digested and then processed by the liver before making it to the bloodstream. Once they are in the bloodstream, you can start to feel their effects.

Convenience

Finding a CBD oil product that is convenient for you to use will determine its effectiveness. You needn’t make a trek to the store to buy CBD oil, as there are a plethora of online retailers with all the products at your fingertips. 

CBD edibles are one of the most convenient ways to use CBD oil, as you don’t need to worry about a cream, which requires time to apply, or vaping, which requires equipment. CBD capsules are often considered the most convenient, but CBD gummies are increasingly popular and very convenient. 

The market is so large that there are now CBD products for any indulgence, including CBD-infused soaps, bath salts, lip balm, eye cream, and other ways to take part in CBD’s benefits according to your fancy. Note that some products available in one state or country are not guaranteed to be available in the next.

Cost

According to HuffPost, price is often a marker of purity. They advise that if you see a CBD oil that claims to have a 100-milligram potency for less than $40, it’s likely that the CBD is not pure.  According to another source, a 1-ounce, or 30-milliliter, bottle of CBD oil may cost anywhere from $30 to over $200. What makes the discrepancy? Well, the potency of a bottle can greatly affect the price, as well as where it is manufactured. When trying to decide if a CBD product is priced right, you can ask the following questions: 

  • Is it grown organically
  • Is it grown domestically? 
  • What are the product reviews?

You can look for certificates of analysis (COA), which have to be issued by a licensed laboratory, which tests for potency and safety. This certification is pricey for companies and may add to your cost.

Method of Consumption

To complicate matters, there is a wide range of methods to experience CBD oil. You can ingest sublingually (as in various terpenes) or use edibles such as capsules, gummies, syrups or CBD infused coffee or tea. You can deliver CBD products via inhalation with vaporizers, smokeables, or topicals on the skin. Topicals vary, too. You can select CBD topical cream or sprays. The effects of each method differ from one individual to individual. 

Conclusion

The best CBD product is the one that suits you for cost, convenience, and outcome. Remember that you can expect very different results, depending on dosing, the condition that needs treating.

Halloween Candy Map

In case you haven’t noticed all of the pumpkin-lined porch steps or the multitude of horror movie marathons on TV, it’s spooky season! Halloween is less than two weeks away, which means hayrides, haunted houses, and, most importantly, FREE CANDY!!! Well, free for cute kids dressed up like Spiderman or Moana. For adults, Halloween means stocking up on the good stuff to avoid a yard full of toilet paper or having your car decorated with egg yolks. Halloween is a candy manufacturer’s Christmas. According to The National Retail Federation, it’s expected that 2.7 billion dollars will be spent on trick-or-treat candy this year. It may seem like a good idea to buy the cheapest bag of candy you can find, however, when November 1st rolls around and you’re left with three pounds of store-brand lollipops none of the trick-or-treaters wanted to take, bargain shopping might be a decision you’ll regret.

If you want to avoid the horror that is too much leftover candy, you’ll have to fork over a a few extra bucks for the good stuff. You may stroll down the candy aisle at the supermarket amidst the plethora of different chocolates, gummies, sours, and sweets, and think to yourself, how do I know which candy to buy? Well, CandyStore.com, is here to help. Over the past 10 years, CandyStore.com has been shipping tons of bulk candy all across the United States and Canada. They compiled 10 years (2007-2016) of sales data for the months leading up to Halloween and put together an interactive map that details the top three most popular Halloween candies for each state, indicated by pounds distributed. Check out the interactive map HERE to become the go-to house for all of the witches, ghosts, and Chewbaccas in town. Or, if you’d rather not have hoards of little vampires and Pokemon running through your yard but still want to please the kiddos, CandyStore.com also has a list of the WORST candies, so you know exactly what not to buy.

CandyStore.com also offers the option of skipping the trip to supermarket all together. Order online in bulk so you can avoid facing the delicious temptation of sugary goodness in candy aisle.