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Current Trending Cannabis Consumption Methods

Cannabis has been consumed on earth for centuries and can be traced back to ancient civilizations. In recent years we have seen more and more legalization of cannabis which has prompted an increase in the different methods of consumption. There are many reasons for this development including the variety and versatility in the effects that come from consuming cannabis as well as people’s desire to achieve relief from certain health ailments without any side effects such as feeling sleepy or feeling lethargic. Everyone prefers a different consumption method and each method has a different experience. This blog aims to provide a brief overview of some of the most popular consumption methods available today.

Vape cartridges    

A popular consumption method would be using vape cartridges which are small handheld glass cartridges that come pre-filled with a gram or half a gram of cannabis oil, and can easily be found online at sites such as Canna Cabana. This consumption device looks like a pen and they are battery-powered. The battery powers an atomizer in the cartridge that will heat the oil which causes the chemical components to become activated. The next step is to inhale the vape smoke which will deliver the cannabis effects. This device is easy to use, portable and the dose is controlled.

Pre-rolled joints

Smoking pre-rolled joints is an inhalation method of consumption that is the most traditional and widely used consumption method. It involved your dry herbs, rolling paper, and a filter that you roll together to form a handheld joint. To smoke a joint, you have to light the end of the joint with a flame while the end with the filter is in your mouth. While you are lighting the joint, you must inhale at the same time to get the herb to start burning and once you have an even burn, you can start smoking. The main reason why this consumption method is so widely popular is that it is convenient and you can feel the effects almost instantly. This is also a very social consumption method and it is common for a group of people to gather together and share a single joint.

Dry herb vaporizer

Dry herb vaporizers are another inhalation method of consumption that has risen in popularity over recent years. A vaporizer is a handheld, battery-powered device that has a mouthpiece, a chamber, and a battery. Some vaporizers will also have a LED screen that allows you to check the battery power as well as adjust the temperature that you want to heat your herb. To use a dry herb vaporizer, you fill your chamber with a small amount of dry herb, turn on the device, select your desired temperature, inhale, exhale and repeat until the session is over. This device produces vapor which is healthier than inhalation methods that produce smoke. Dry herb vaporizers are also convenient, portable, and discreet because they produce no smell and little smoke. Besides these benefits, vaping is popular because heating the herb produces more flavor, and the vapor produces more potency.

Tinctures

Tinctures are dry herbs that have been dissolved in alcohol or vinegar to form a concentrate. They come in a small bottle with a dropper and to consume tinctures, you fill the dropper and place 3-4 drops underneath your tongue and then swallow after a few minutes. This is consuming sublingually. You can expect to feel the effects after a few minutes and those effects will be more potent. This method is a healthier method of consumption as no combustion is involved making it ideal for medical marijuana users. Tinctures are also convenient and discreet which adds to the appeal.

Edibles

Edibles are one of the most popular and widely used consumption methods after joints and they are any food or drink that contains cannabis. This can be anything from candy to cake to beer. When you consume edibles, they work their way into your system via your digestive system and liver which can take upward of 2 hours before you feel any effects; however, once the effects are felt, you can expect to be under the influence for at least 12 hours. Edibles are a healthy consumption method and they are extremely potent. People love edibles because the effects last longer than other consumption methods and on top of that, edibles are delicious.

Reducing Side Effects from Cannabis with a Smartphone App

Have you ever experienced side effects from cannabis? Common cannabis side effects include paranoia, dizziness, red eyes, cottonmouth, and more. In this article, we will discuss side effects from cannabis and explore how you can use the Jointly app to mitigate or eliminate them.

Purposefully Consume Cannabis to Eliminate Side Effects

Weed is about more than getting high. For example, have you ever used cannabis to help you sleep at night? What about to stimulate your appetite?

The cannabis plant produces a variety of compounds that you can help you achieve your wellness goals. Whether you want to sleep better, eat more, replace other substances, melt into your couch at the end of a long day, or energize and uplift your mind, there is a cannabis product that is perfect for that goal. And the Jointly app can help you find it.

Jointly is a new cannabis wellness app that helps people discover purposeful cannabis consumption so they can achieve their wellness goals with cannabis and CBD. On the Jointly app, you can find new cannabis products, rate products based on how well they helped you achieve your goals, and track and optimize your cannabis consumption so that you can enjoy your ideal experience every time.

To enjoy your ideal experience every time, you need to figure out how to eliminate or mitigate adverse side effects from cannabis.

How the Jointly App Improves Your Cannabis Experience

Have you ever noticed that the same cannabis product can produce different effects (or side effects) from one day to the next? Or that a weed strain that consistently stimulates your mind has a sedating effect on your friend? How is it possible that the same product has such varied effects?

Cannabis experts believe that there are at least 15 factors that can impact your cannabis experience. These factors include your dose, your hydration level, how much sleep you got the night before, whether you are alone or with friends, whether you are using cannabis in the morning or at night, and more.

When you track your cannabis consumption on the Jointly app, you can report on these 15 factors to determine how each factor impacts your experience. Over time, the Jointly app will use your reports to make suggestions that will help you get more consistent results and eliminate adverse side effects from cannabis.

Common Side Effects of Weed

Marijuana side effects include:

Click for a deep dive into each side effect, the science of what causes this side effect, and special tips on how to eliminate it or mitigate it.

How Does the Jointly App Help You Eliminate Marijuana Side Effects?

Cannabis can help you sleep better, eat more, relax after a long day at work, stimulate and uplift your mind, enhance your creativity and focus, and reduce mild daily stress. Purposeful cannabis consumption is a highly effective wellness tool that can help people improve their health and wellbeing.

However, some people might experience adverse side effects when using cannabis to achieve their wellness goals. The Jointly app can help you mitigate these side effects by teaching you how to turn the dials on the 15 factors that can impact your cannabis experience.

For example, perhaps you will notice that when you consume cannabis after a night of poor sleep, you are more likely to experience anxiety and paranoia from weed. Or you may find that when you exercise before, during, or after consuming cannabis, you don’t experience any disorientation or coordination issues from weed.

Does Smoking Weed Have Side Effects? Do Edibles Have Side Effects?

Most marijuana side effects are caused by THC. So, any cannabis product that contains THC may cause these side effects.

However, different weed ingestion methods have different pharmacokinetics, meaning that different ingestion methods can produce distinct effects and side effects, and even objective measures like levels of THC in the blood.

When you eat an edible, you digest it. As a result, the THC goes through first-pass metabolism in your liver, where it is converted into a more potent compound: 11-OH-THC. This metabolite has greater and longer-lasting psychoactive effects, which may cause you to experience greater or longer lasting side effects.

In short, different ingestion methods may produce different side effects, but any product with THC has the potential to cause adverse side effects for some individuals. You should choose the ingestion method that is best suited for your wellness goals.

Does CBD Have Side Effects?

While the side effects of CBD are much milder than marijuana side effects, there are still some potential side effects to watch out for. Some people have reported experiencing gastrointestinal distress, dry mouth, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue after using CBD.

How to Mitigate Side Effects from Cannabis

Here are some general suggestions on how to mitigate side effects from cannabis, and then we will explore some specific suggestions about how to fix cottonmouth.

Try a new product

Different cannabis products will contain different chemical compounds like cannabinoids and terpenes, which may exert distinct effects. Use Jointly’s Product Finder to discover new top-rated products.

Try a new ingestion method

Additionally, the way you ingest a product will change how it affects you. Smoking a joint of cannabis flower may produce slightly different effects from vaporizing it, although both ingestion methods involve heating cannabis and inhaling the active compounds.

Each ingestion method has its own advantages and may produce different effects or side effects. To learn how different weed ingestion methods produce different effects, read our article The Best Way to Take Cannabis for Wellness Purposes.

Add in a companion food

Did you know that weed companion foods can enhance your cannabis experience in different ways? Mangoes, dark chocolate, green tea, and thyme are all weed companion foods. Chemical compounds in these foods may alter your cannabis experience, and potentially mitigate adverse side effects like drowsiness.

To learn about these foods and how to add them into your cannabis wellness routine, check out our article Do These Foods Get You Higher?

Find your minimum effective dose

Most adverse side effects from cannabis are caused by ingesting too high of a dose of THC. While you cannot die from ingesting too much cannabis, a THC overdose is a real risk. The single most effective way to mitigate side effects is to microdose and titrate up your dose until you find the minimum effective dose of cannabis to get the effect you want.

Turn the dials on 15 factors

According to cannabis experts, there are at least 15 factors that can impact your cannabis experience and play a major role in whether a cannabis product is giving you the feeling you want, or producing adverse side effects like cottonmouth. These 15 factors include your dose, the time of day you ingest, how much sleep you got the night before, and more.

The Jointly app lets you to track the 15 factors that can impact your cannabis experience. As you optimize how you consume cannabis, your favorite cannabis products will perform better for you.

Get Started on Your Cannabis Wellness Journey

Jointly is a new cannabis wellness app that helps people discover purposeful cannabis consumption so they can achieve their wellness goals with cannabis and CBD. On the Jointly app, you can find new cannabis products, rate products based on how well they helped you achieve your goals, and track and optimize your cannabis consumption so that you can enjoy your ideal experience every time.

Download the Jointly app on the App Store or the Google Play Store to get started on your cannabis wellness journey today.

 

 

 

Marijuana illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Honest Marijuana’s Inside Look at Weed Candy

What’s Sweet AND Gives You a Satisfying High? Weed Candy!

Cannabis consumption is entering the mainstream these days, as legalization spreads across the country. While there are all the traditional methods of getting high: smoking a joint, using a bong, and so on, new consumers have fueled the development of new ways of enjoying weed.

Why? For the simple reason that a lot of people don’t want to smoke. Whether because they don’t like the taste, or the stigma associated with the idea of inhaling smoke, there are plenty of people who look for alternative ways to consume marijuana and the most typical method is edibles. While the earliest versions of these were largely focused on pot brownies and cookies, cannabis-infused edibles come in so many more varieties: drinks, pills, snacks, spreads, and even candies.

Without Inhaling, Weed Candy Hits the Spot

As already mentioned, weed candy is a great alternative for those who can’t smoke or don’t want to smoke. And there are serious medical reasons why smoking might be off the table. For example, people with preexisting lung conditions or who use supplemental oxygen can still get the benefits of marijuana, without the risk of explosion!

Other medical conditions, including gastrointestinal issues from eating disorders, digestive disorders, and nausea due to chemotherapy can find relief from their symptoms by directly ingesting the low doses of cannabidiol (CBD) found in high-CBD/low-THC cannabis candy. Adding to these reasons is the simple fact that discretion can be very important to people. By choosing edibles, like candy, you can get the relaxing high without smoke, smell, or coughing. 

Plus there is the added bonus that by getting your cannabis via candy, the effects last for quite a bit longer compared to smoking. This is because the candy, and the cannabis it contains, must first be digested. So, by smoking a joint, the process of getting high is much faster, as the THC moves directly from lungs to bloodstream without being digested, it’s just not an option for everyone. 

What Kind of Weed Candy is Available?

Variety is the spice of life, and consuming cannabis candy is no exception. Weed candy takes many forms. The most popular are lozenges (like Jolly Ranchers), lollipops (food on a stick is always better), and gum.

The type of candy you choose will depend on your situation. For office workers, class attendees, and those concerned about appearances, the lozenge is the most discreet. At other times, a nice lollipop or piece of gum can really liven up a slow afternoon.

Advances in Weed Tech Applied to Candy. Advances in cannabis technology have yielded some pretty amazing options, but few reach the level of nanoencapsulated THC. Too much of a mouthful for you? Just call it Nanobidiol for short.

Nanobidiol is made using a cutting-edge process that minimizes each THC molecule and then surrounds it with a special membrane that gives the THC some unique qualities. Nanobidiol is not only smaller than regular THC, but it’s also more water-soluble. This decrease in size and increase in water solubility makes the THC more bioavailable. That means you’ll feel the high in 2-10 minutes, which is 6 times faster than other weed candy on the market that takes up to an hour to start working! 

How Weed Candy Works

The impacts of weed candy on your system can be thought of in terms of speed and duration. Smoking your marijuana is like a drag race: Its effects are felt almost immediately, but they’re over just as quickly. Cannabis candy is like a NASCAR race: The experience, though still great, takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to get going. In addition, the effects of marijuana candy tend to last quite a bit longer (from 2-6 hours) because the cannabidiol is slowly digested in the stomach. 

Is Weed Candy for You?

The benefits of weed candy are wide-ranging. Individuals suffering from both acute and chronic disorders can find relief inside a marijuana candy. Everything from chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, to nausea, muscle inflammation, nervous system disorders, and muscle spasms can benefit from the way marijuana candy is processed into the body. Individuals who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s Disease are especially benefited by marijuana candy and other edibles. This is because Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. Marijuana candy can deliver cannabinoids directly to the site of the disorder and provide much-needed relief.

As With Any Cannabis Product, Quality Counts

Quality is always a concern when it comes to marijuana. Whether you get your fix by smoking or ingesting, you should at least verify the quality of the product you’re consuming. With weed candy, it’s important to keep a few simple things in mind:

Currently, there is no regulatory agency in place for marijuana candy. What this means is that there is no way to ensure the same commercial food-prep standards that apply elsewhere.This can mean that trace amounts of allergens (gluten, nuts, pet dander, lactose) can find their way into the marijuana candy. For people allergic to these things, it’s worth really investigating your sources, or even learning how to bake your own edibles. 

Similarly, there is no way to determine the quality of the cannabis used in the cannabis candy. Because the cannabis is hidden in the mix, it’s very easy for candy companies to dispose of lesser quality marijuana that can’t be sold for smoking. Buying from a reputable source is key. It’s not always possible, but purchasing a marijuana candy that has been lab-tested for potency and contaminants is preferable. The local dispensary that you’ve frequented for a number of years is a good place to start. If they don’t already sell marijuana candy, they might be able to find a reputable supplier.

Never Tried Weed Candy? 

If you’ve never tried weed candy before, we suggest that you purchase a piece or two from a trusted source and see what you think. If you like the taste and the effects it produces, you’ll have a better idea of what you’re looking for in future purchases. As with every other method of cannabis consumption, the important thing is that you enjoy the ride. 

Quality Candy is Made with Quality Weed

Weed candy can come from any one of the more than 700 existing strains and be of any quality. The best weed candy, however, comes from high-quality, organic buds. 

With a good quality organic strain, you’ll need less candy to experience the same effects. In other words, a little will go a long way. You may have to pay a bit more for weed candy made from a high-quality extract, but you’ll be much happier with how you feel when you use it. So don’t settle for an inferior weed candy. Get some made from the best buds on the planet and experience cannabis and candy the way it was meant to be.

About Anthony Franciosi and Honest Marijuana Company

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 Co. – an all natural, completely organic marijuana growery in Colorado. The company is a pioneer in the industry, using Earth-friendly recyclable tin cans with pure nitrogen to ensure only the highest level of integrity and quality, launching Honest Blunts, the first organic hemp-wrapped, machine-rolled cannabis blunts as well as inventing the patented Nanobidiol Technology, which reduces non-water-soluble substances like cannabinoids into a nano-size so they can be added to candy, transdermal patches, topical lotions, and other cannabis products for the cleanest, most efficient, and most discreet form of cannabis consumption.

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Astro Hippie

Electro-funk star, multi-instrumentalist, producer and life-long stoner GRiZ, today announced the launch of two premium cannabis lines – the THC focused, Astro Hippie, debuting in Michigan, and the nationally available CBD brand, Telescope.

Astro Hippie is a window into the stoner culture of yesteryear, a top-shelf, tantalizingly potent series of flower strains geared towards experimenters and tokers who want to explore life in maximum color; who want to listen to music that tickles their ears and blows their minds; who want to road trip in a beat up van and crank mixtapes. It’s a love letter to the weed culture GRiZ grew up in, and a deliberate rebuttal to the pristine, faceless, private equity brands that are sprouting up post-legalization.

Growing up in Southfield, Michigan, Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ, has been getting blazed long before his music career took off, and he remains an outspoken advocate for cannabis, even as he’s risen from playing small clubs to selling out amphitheaters. Growing up selling pot while waiting tables, he’s known the cannabis industry for decades, and previously dropped a bud collab, GRiZ Kush, back in 2017. That experience taught him a lot, and since then he’s been working to create his own lines that pair his values with exceptional products and an embrace of the DIY stoner culture he has been immersed in for years.

Stalking growers, cultivators and fellow lifers, GRiZ developed Astro Hippie with Pure Options, a long-time cultivator in Michigan. With funky out of this world flavor profiles in mind, Astro-Hippie will be available in three different strains G Funk, Mr. B OG, and Tie Dye Medusa, all tested to guarantee maximum THC levels for lift-off. Inclusivity and energy are key to GRiZ’s mission, and he focused on solely working with partners who have decades’ long roots in cannabis culture like himself.

Astro Hippie will debut in Michigan, where it all started for GRiZ, an homage to his home state, where every year he produces the annual 12 Days of GRiZMAS series, which has raised over $200k for charity in the last two years alone.

As his knowledge of the marijuana plant has grown, so has GRiZ’s understanding and appreciation of its medicinal benefits, which led to the CBD line, Telescope, a range of products which aims to bring wellness into focus. GRiZ is a huge proponent of using cannabis for pain relief, and with Telescope he’s created an exceptionally high quality CBD range that allows users of all types to smoke and benefit from the plant without having to blast off.

Telescope’s CBD hemp flower is offered in three delectable flavors, the sativa dominant hybrid Astronaut Ice Cream, that features complex sweet cherries notes with a strong essence of lime and skunky pine; and the indica dominant hybrid Milky Way, a potent mixture of lavender, cinnamon and orange. Cosmic Candy, the pre-rolled pack offerings, blends flavorsome notes of black pepper and perfectly ripened fruits.

The gourmet gummies are offered in a 10:1 CBD:THC recipe with hemp-derived Delta 9 THC, giving users a euphoric experience delivered with precision. The gummies will initially launch in two bright flavors of Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Sunset Sorbet, with additional flavors added seasonally.

The 1000mg Vibe Check tincture is on the leading edge of CBD tinctures in the marketplace in that it features cannabis derived terpenes. These terpenes not only give it a unique and incredible flavor profile but also help bring out the positive effects of the cannabinoids in a process known as the entourage effect. It is a defined spectrum tincture that includes CBD, CBG, CBC, and THC.

Five Works of Art and Literature Inspired by Marijuana 

Art and literature can transform the world and help us to see things in a different way. There are so many different types that you can choose to work with and all of them add some beauty to the world. When it comes to marijuana and psychedelic drugs, there are some great works of art and literature that are inspired by this plant, allowing us to open up and learn more about it. Some of the best works of art and literature inspired by marijuana include:

Super Plant

This work of art can help open your eyes to this beautiful plant and see it under new eyes. While many people assume that marijuana is all bad, evil even, seeing such a beautiful work of art will be able to help you see more about it and all the delicate and natural beauty that comes with it. 

Marijuana: It’s Just a Plant

This is a work of literature that will help you to explore marijuana and other psychedelic plants in a new light. While this may not be the first thing that parents will reach for when reading a story to their kids at night, it will make it a point that millions of people use pot each day so it is not such a novel idea compared to what we think. This is a reliable source to introduce the idea of marijuana to your kids, where the parents can help them to learn something new, rather than hoping they get it from the news or other sources. 

Bong Hit Station

This is an absurd video that was released in 2013 and can provide all the details that someone new to the world of marijuana would be able to use when they want to get stoned. Sometimes the steps will seem a bit complex and like they do not need to be so bad, but that is part of the humor that many will enjoy with this video. 

California Artist

This simple stone sculpture is almost a type of self-portrait for Robert Arneson. He felt that, as an artist that worked in California, he had to deal with a lot of unfair characterizations that he was not that fond of. With that in mind, he created this sculpture, complete with a hippie look and a pot plant growing with it. 

Bongolier

Created by Bentley Meeker, Bongolier is a light installation that is meant to mix the high and low culture all in one. It is basically a light display that has chandeliers made out of glass bongs that he repurposed for this sculpture. There are also other sculptures that are there to help juxtapose some of the different sources of light that are in there. Some are going to be kind of shady and others are there to show the full spectrum to give something unique. 

The Shifting Perception of Marijuana and Other Psychedelics

The approval of marijuana and psychedelics has been a shifting change in many countries over the years. While there are still a lot of individuals and even governments that are not jumping on board, there is more acceptance for this than there was in the past. With more art and literature being inspired by marijuana each day, we are sure to see this become more widely seen in the future. 

Seeing the Beauty of Marijuana

While there are still some people who worry that marijuana and other similar drugs are all bad and will ruin society, there is so much beauty and joy that comes with this plant and many different benefits that come with it. Thanks to the introduction of many different types of art and literature, more people throughout the world will be able to see some of this beauty too. 

Three Things Movies Get Wrong About Marijuana

Movies are a great way to escape reality and get lost in the lives of characters that we love, and the fact that so many people have been exposed to cannabis through movies has led to an increase in demand for cannabis products which means there are more options available than ever before. Some of your favorite movies portray cannabis consumption using various methods, with joints and water pipes being used most often. Both joints and water pipes are iconic symbols of cannabis culture. In movies, water pipes can be seen as a prop used for smoking, and there are plenty of examples that show how much Hollywood loves these devices. If you love a good water pipe too, you can go to Daily High Club’s website, where you’ll find a great selection of shapes and designs. Today there are a variety of different water pipes you can use and each has its own unique benefits.

But have you ever wondered how accurate movies are when it comes to their representation of marijuana? Do you feel like you have learned all you know about marijuana by watching movies?

Stoner movies can be classified as a separate genre. You can’t expect them to be artsy, but they’re always funny and entertaining. Whether it’s Pineapple Express or Up in Smoke, these films show cannabis consumption as a non-threatening activity.

Unfortunately, these films also manage to get some crucial facts about cannabis wrong. There are so many different myths about cannabis, and hardly any of them are true. If you want to know more about these myths, here are 3 things movies get wrong about marijuana.

Cannabis users are lazy and unemployed

One of the biggest stereotypes that cannabis users face is that they are lazy and unemployed. This is all down to how movies have portrayed stoners in film and how they come across to the audience. While this is what is seen in these movies, most of the time this actually isn’t the case.

The stoner stereotype makes it look like stoners are slow. However, marijuana is known as a depressant which means it slows down the nervous system and brain function. This does not mean that people are lazy or dumb. In fact, this kind of nervous system depressant can be really beneficial to people, especially those who are struggling with anxiety.

This kind of slow down brain function means that people can be more present and appreciate being in the moment. It aids in concentration and even allows for people to see another perspective on issues.

Although this stereotype does ring true about a few people at times, it Is not the case across the board and should not be portrayed this way in movies, as it does give this misconception.

Cannabis users hallucinate

Moving on to the next point, another common misconception about marijuana that is portrayed in movies, is that it makes people hallucinate. Hallucinations are commonly associated with illegal drugs and the idea of stoners. However, marijuana is not one of those drugs that contribute to hallucinations. Movies tend to make it seem like when someone gets high, their whole world goes askew.

While some strains of marijuana are stronger than others, and some contain a higher percentage of THC than others, marijuana doesn’t affect what you see and you won’t get hallucinations from it. Hallucinations are typically caused by different illegal drugs such as magic mushrooms and LSD.

Filmmakers create this idea of how marijuana affects people because it’s what people typically associate with marijuana users. People who have never consumed marijuana will not know this.

Cannabis users can’t get addicted

One thing that a lot of stoner movies seem to get wrong is that they say cannabis users can’t be addicted to weed. This is so far from the truth in reality. Marijuana gives your brain a temporary state of relaxation and boosts its serotonin chemically. Over time if you have continually given your brain this boost, it will become used to it and begin to expect the THC so that you can function as per normal.

This means that marijuana is very addictive. It’s not addictive in the way that you might crave it, but it is addictive in the way that you might experience some withdrawal symptoms that will bring you right back to having a joint.

On the bright side, all of the marijuana withdrawal symptoms are uite manageable and easy to handle, so if you do find yourself addicted, it’s not the end of the world. These side effects include things like restlessness, nausea, irritability, insomnia, and more. You would have a much harder time if you were trying to quit smoking cigarettes or if you were addicted to a much harsher drug.

As one starts to learn more and more about marijuana, even if you don’t consume it yourself, it is very clear to see that movies are just portraying this stereotype to please the audience. There are so many facts that are left out which leave so many questions.

Trends within the cannabis industry 

There is so much happening in the cannabis industry and so many things that attract attention. Cannabis is starting to be legalized across many parts of the world after being an illegal substance for a very long time. The stigma that surrounded cannabis is slowly starting to fade as well and society, in general, is beginning to embrace this herb. Medical marijuana is also something that is starting to become very popular in society and this has contributed towards the growth of the cannabis industry and today about 158.8 million people use marijuana around the world. There are some trends within the cannabis industry that have resulted in the evolution of the industry, such as the sale of dry herb vaporizers at online stores like MagicVaporizers, and these trends, which will be discussed in this article, are fuelling the popularity of marijuana. 

Rise of CBD 

CBD, which is one of the main active ingredients in the cannabis plant, has become increasingly popular. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects, instead, it provides users with many health benefits. Researchers and medical professionals are intrigued by CBD and new information about the chemical is constantly being released. A few of the health benefits of CBD include:

  • Pain relief
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • Anxiety relief
  • Anti-depressant 
  • Induces sleep 
  • Increases appetite

It is legal to buy CBD products in the United States and many other places around the world making CBD legal. There are many benefits that you get from CBD including the many health benefits without the psychoactive high. 

Cannabis tourism 

Ask anyone 50 or even 20 years ago and they would tell you that they would never predict that cannabis tourism would become a trend in society. Cannabis tourism allows individuals to embark on tours while consuming cannabis. The tours provide people with the opportunity to enjoy leisure time while enjoying a nice high and they are very popular. An example of cannabis tourism is the Tweed Visitor Centre located in Smiths Falls where you can take a tour of real grow rooms and you can even watch them make chocolate edibles. You can attend a cannabis café, a tour, a festival, or even take a ride on a tour bus while smoking a lovely strain. The fact that this is even a thing shows just how much society is embracing cannabis and how popular it is. These tours are great for the cannabis industry as well as for the economy.

Edibles and beverages

Edibles and beverages are consumables that are infused with cannabis. During the cooking or brewing process, cannabis is added and this allows it to infuse into the product so that when it is consumed, you feel the effects of the substance. This is one of the easiest ways to consume cannabis and people love it because the high is more potent and it lasts much longer than when you consume through other methods such as smoking for example. The benefit of consuming marijuana this way is the reduced health risk and you can infuse any edible or beverage with cannabis including ice cream, brownies, tea, and beer.

Topicals 

Topicals are another popular cannabis trend and it is when lotions, creams, oils, or balms are infused with cannabis. To consume this way, you simply apply the topical onto your skin and wait for the effects. People consume cannabis this way because it does not produce a psychoactive high and when topicals are applied to your muscles or joints, it relieves pain and stiffness. This method of consumption is very popular amongst athletes. An example of a topical is CBD-infused coconut oil that you can apply to your skin.

Terp sauce 

Terp sauce is not widely known however it is trending within the cannabis industry. It is a marijuana extract that consists of more than 50% terpenes which is a very fragrant oil that is found in different plants, including the cannabis plant and terpenes are responsible for the plant smell and unique taste. Terp sauce also contains cannabinoids as well as other compounds. You can consume terp sauce by dabbing it or simply adding it to your vaporizer, bong, pipe, or joint. People consume marijuana this way because it is very potent and the benefits are that it is good for relaxation and mood elevation. 

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How Pop Culture affects the Marijuana Industry

Pop culture has had a huge effect on the marijuana industry, which many people are unaware of this. Music affects the market–especially when artists in pop culture are proclaiming their love for weed. Simultaneously, they are also influencing cannabis usage among young adults. The more popularized marijuana becomes, the more of an impact it will have on other industries– like healthcare, agriculture, and law enforcement.

In recent years, the cannabis industry has exploded with new products and research. One of the most interesting developments is how pop culture can affect this industry. For example, Snoop Dogg has released a line of marijuana called “Leafs by Snoop” to provide medical marijuana to patients in need. Furthermore, high-profile celebrities like Rihanna have been outspoken about their use of cannabis for medicinal use. So, without further ado, here’s how pop culture affects the marijuana industry.

The Cannabis Industry Is Growing

The 20th century has opened the gates to a multitude of revolutionary ideas including cannabis, which is now accepted as a part of pop culture. In 2021, cannabis is estimated to have an average global consumption of 26.4 billion, and is apparently worth 20.5 billion dollars. This increased popularity is due to its legalization. As a result, a creative phenomenon known as “pot tourism” has gained recognition. More than that, it has led to many products being available–such as bongs, dry herb vaporizers, and dab rigs–sold by a variety of online stores like Grasscity, and many more. Cannabis users visit pro-cannabis shops to help fulfill their desires of free cannabis usage. As such, the popularity of recreational drug usage has caused decreased alcohol usage, as recorded in recent consumption rates. This is good, because cannabis acts as an intervention to help alcoholics defeat their addiction. Cannabis brands have also started to use popular phrases in their advertising campaigns in a bid to be more relatable with their audience. A contemporary example of such is the term “420,” which has been used a lot in both pop culture and ads.

Celebrities Change Your View On Weed

Marijuana companies are now sponsoring events, as a result of consumer growth of marijuana. The most famous examples are the 1969 Woodstock festival, and events like Coachella. Marijuana companies have even started sponsoring sports teams–even the infamously stern NFL decided to allow cannabis sponsorships. Aurora even sponsored a concert of Phantogram at the Danforth Music Hall.

In a world filled with uncertainty regarding the legality of cannabis, the endless sponsorships deserve a lot of credit in the war for legalization. Celebrities have played a large role in using their higher status to promote and normalize recreational drug usage. Snoop Dogg, the rapper, has been spotted in various public events casually smoking a joint and actors like Seth Rogen public advocate and practice smoking marijuana. The effect of this normalization is the potential for cannabis to change the mindset of the masses.

More Companies Are Entering The Cannabis Market

Despite the social war for cannabis usage, there are many companies that stick their neck out for its legalization. The reason for this is because legalization would allow for the increased consumption of drugs–which, of course, results in more business. Either way, it advances the fight for legalization and advocates a benefit for cannabis’ usage. The rapidly growing competition and money that is generated from this product allows for a much wider marijuana market to be normalized. The government has the potential to regulate the market for cannabis, separating the line between medical and recreational drugs, but making way for relatively free consumption.

It is quite evident that the use of cannabis definitely is affected by pop culture, which has paved the way for the industry to grow exponentially over the last few years. The celebrities and well-known figures, as well as many companies, are now influentially advocating for cannabis usage in the industry. More weed means more money, and even the government is noticing this. Hence, this is why cannabis is becoming more legalized in a lot more states. In the next decade or so, we are bound to see change and improvement in the industry.

CBD For Dogs

Let’s face it – when your feathered, furry or scaly friend is experiencing distress, you will try to do everything to make them feel better. Whether your dog is subjected to chronic pain, nausea or anxiety, CBD and its promising health benefits have a great potential to improve the quality of life for many pets.

However, much like with any medication or supplement, there are some things you need to be aware of before giving CBD oil to your dog. Here are the top five things to keep in mind prior to implementing CBD products into your dog’s routine.

Why Using CBD For Pets?

Just like humans, horses, cats and other mammals, dogs have a complex endocannabinoid system, which is known to regulate vital bodily functions, such as sleep, memory, appetite, pain, learning, etc. and keep systems in balance. Due to the positive effect on this biological system and promising healing qualities, administering CBD oil to your pet can help with a wide variety of animal-specific conditions and diseases.

So, can you give CBD products to your dog? While studies regarding CBD use for dogs are lacking, early research suggests that CBD oil can significantly improve pain levels and therefore quality of life without discernible side effects.

Five Tips On How To Give CBD Oil To Your Dog

Consult Your Veterinarian

One of the essential recommendations is to always visit a licensed veterinarian before incorporating any new supplements or medications into your pet’s daily regimen. A vet consultation will help you find the right answers to any questions you may have regarding CBD, its specifics and potential adverse reactions. 

Plus, your vet will also check your pet’s entire body closely for signs of injury or illness, review any other medicaments they are taking and advise on the best way for administering CBD to your dog as well as appropriate CBD dose for your pet.

Opt For CBD Products That Are THC-Free

While legal CBD products usually contain no more than 0.2% of THC compound, which is considered safe for animals, it is better to stick to products where the THC content is 0.0%. Animals are often more sensitive and can react to even small traces of THC. Therefore, consider purchasing the best CBD oil for pain relief, anxiety or any other ailment of your pet. Such products should be completely THC-free for your dog’s safety and most importantly, watch out for possible symptoms of THC poisoning such as anxiety, vomiting or diarrhoea. 

Additionally, always choose well-established CBD brands and ask for a Certificate of Analysis (COA) to double-check that the CBD and THC concentrations and ensure products are effective.

Find The Right Time To Give CBD

Each pet owner always wants to pamper his fluffy friend with the best possible support, including offering quality food with natural and safe ingredients that will improve their overall quality of life. Adding CBD to food will make it even more beneficial to their health. Aside from supplying essential vitamins and minerals into your pet’s diet plan, CBD can ensure they recover faster after daily exercise or play routine and remain as active and joyous as possible.

You can also add CBD treats into your pet’s training schedule. Since CBD can be beneficial for improving memory and cognitive functions, it can help to provide better results when you train your pet. CBD can also boost their focus and sense of calm, which can be a great solution for pets that are easily distracted. You can give CBD infused treats as a training reward; just be sure to check the concentration of cannabidiol in the treats so you can manage your planned daily dose appropriately.

Whether you choose to combine your massage session with products that contain CBD oil, pamper yourself with an infused bath bomb, inhale CBD vape oil for fast effects or drink relaxing CBD tea, most users prefer to take their daily dose before bed because it is thought to promote restful sleep. This also applies to your pet. Giving CBD at night will help to relax the mind of your pets, reduce any discomfort they might feel and allow them to enjoy better quality sleep.

Start With Low CBD Dosage

It is always best to start with low doses to give your pet’s body time to adjust to the new supplement and prevent any unpleasant reactions. Also, as you introduce CBD to your pet’s daily routine make sure to analyse the effect it has on them. Monitor any changes in your dog’s temperament, behaviour and habits, and then gradually increase the CBD dosage for the best results. Starting slowly with the lowest CBD dosage possible allows minimising even mild side effects, providing a positive experience from CBD use.

Remember About Potential Side Effects

According to the 2017 report by the World Health Organization, CBD in its purest form is considered safe and well-tolerated by animals. However, in two subsequent 2018 dog studies, the treatment with CBD was associated with an increase in liver alkaline phosphatase (ALP) enzyme activity. Veterinary neurologist Dr. Stephanie McGrath was one of the first researchers to use therapeutic potential of cannabis in veterinary practice. During the course of her research, she performed a liver function test to ensure that the dog’s liver works properly and is gradually returning to normal. 

“I would be a little worried about introducing CBD for dogs that are subjected to liver problems”, says Dr McGrath. Similarly, since CBD appears to be metabolised by the liver, McGrath says that you also need to be careful when administering CBD to a dog that is already taking medications that are metabolised by the liver. “We don’t know that these items are interacting now,” she says. 

“We did not find anything that would be super alarming regarding the use of CBD infused products for animals,” says Dr McGrath. “But, on the other hand, we still know very little about this product, and it is really important for the owners to know this and use it with caution until we have more information.”

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!