How To Buy Cannabis When Budtenders Are Bad

Every day we dedicate hours and hours to connecting with new stores across the state. We’ve been visiting all kinds of shops and meeting budtenders, learning about each city and neighborhood day after day. Throughout all of our travels, we notice that many budtenders aren’t “that” educated on cannabis.

The next time you visit a shop,  you might ask for something and get something entirely different. You’ve got to be educated about cannabis or you might end up consuming something you don’t like. It goes beyond tasting gross weed when you’ve got different types of highs and effects to consider too.How To Buy Weed When Budtenders Are Bad

If you have to step out of your comfort zone and buy something you don’t normally go after, THC percentages are just a small part of what really matters. All budtenders are not equal. Just because you love getting high and have done so for years, doesn’t mean you’re educated about cannabis. To find a budtender that is educated about the products you’re asking about is actually hard to find still.

 

You should look and listen for someone who can communicate knowledge and experiences about products in an appropriate way. This means finding ways to describe things to different types of people. Old, young, experienced or not, a GREAT budtender can communicate about terpenes, cannabis genetics, grow methods, how concentrates are made, the differences between concentrates, their store’s brands, plus they’ve got to know the in’s and out’s of recreational compliance.

It never hurts to do research online. These days, there are plenty of strain reviews on Leafly and Wikileaf, plus there are Washington-specific product reviews on Respect My Region. Many brands also have websites and social media accounts that share product information. We want you to create relationships and ask questions with budtenders, but you’ve got to be able to make informed decisions based on what YOU know, versus what they know.

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If you’re a frequent user or buyer, you can attend vendor days, network with cannabis industry people and maybe even tour grow facilities. If the store doesn’t have something that catches your eye, don’t feel pressured into buying something. You can walk out and go somewhere else just as easily as you first chose that store. Some good strains for first-time users include blue dream, pineapple dream, and locktite. If you’re a seasoned smoker looking for the best, professor chaos, blue rush og, golden panda, and pineapple dream are great choices.

While THC packs the psychoactive effects, we prioritize terpenes because we know that’s what drives the high. How THC and cannabinoids interact with terpenes is what facilitates strain-specific effects. Terpenes produce the smells we associate with cannabis. Hazes are usually energizing and typically have high amounts of terpinolene while Citrus aromas come from terpenes like myrcene and limonene. Citrus aromas can help people focus or induce anxiety depending on the individual. Pine smells come from pinene while Linalool is associated with lavender and de-stressing. Terpenes have been known to carry more THC across the blood-brain barrier. This is why a strain can be extra effective, despite having high THC or having low THC numbers.

If the buds look pretty and the budtender confidently says it should help provide the kind of high you’re looking for, don’t overthink the purchase. We suggest you try it out. The best way to know if cannabis is worth trying or not is to ask questions and then just try it. If the buds are thick, full, fluffy, covered in trichomes, or if they don’t look dried out, why not try them?

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Many people still don’t know much about cannabis and that is holding major parts of the industry back. The fewer consumers know, the less they’ll buy. People do need to do their own research but it is our job to give them a place to learn, connect, and safely use cannabis.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

Our products have intoxicating effects and may be habit-forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of these products. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.

Things To Know When Buying Dabs In Washington

Even when it comes to concentrates and other extracts, many people are currently visiting weed stores and asking for whatever has the highest THC. While the THC percentage is in fact a vital part of the purchasing experience, there is more to value than just high percentages.

One of the first and most important things you should be looking for at weed stores is who the experts are.  You’ve got to find budtenders you can trust!

Identify Dabbing Experts

By now you should be shopping for dabs and have gotten used to asking the budtender for information about what they like. If you don’t ask the budtender about what they’re smoking or dabbing, how can you know that they’re not feeding you a blind recommendation? Always engage in a thoughtful conversation with your budtenders so that they can identify themselves as dabbing experts or send you to the right person.

When it comes to RSO, CBD, and other medical marijuana-centric products, it is especially important to ask for a staff member who has experience using and selling these types of items.

It is extremely important to look and listen for a budtender or manager that is educated about the products people are asking about. If a staff member can only describe the products as dank, top-shelf, great, fire, super good, awesome, or any other basic positive adjective, double down on another question to see if they really know if it’s worth spending money on.

Consumers aren’t able to view the product outside of packaging in Washington state so it is extremely important for cannabis industry staff to be able to communicate accurate information. Overdosing on cannabis can ruin someone’s perspective and is one of the major hurdles holding many people back when it comes to legalization.

I follow this simple rule when it comes to dabs. If the budtenders haven’t tried it and nobody actually knows if the product is effective or tastes good, I’ll generally pass until next time. When it comes to our products though, GreenRush extracts with flower and our price point is usually cheaper than other top-shelf extract companies.

Brand Knowledge

There are seemingly thousands of brands that work in cannabis here in Washington. Many of these companies, ours included, offer cannabis in flower and oils. Some even take it a step further by creating edibles, lotions, topicals, and other cannabis-based products. If you keep an eye out for brands that focus more on education, flavor, experience, or lifestyle, you should be able to set yourself up for success.

GreenRush’s extracts are pesticide-free and our facility is known for cleanliness. If you’d like to know specific terpene profiles for our flower or oils, send us a DM on Instagram or Facebook.

Flavor & Terpenes Matter More Than THC %

For the last two years, Washington’s cannabis industry has battled with the importance of the THC percentages. All cannabis in Washington has to get tested at an accredited facility and there have been quite a few issues with this process thus far. Although THC predominately focuses on psychoactive effects, terpenes and THC combine to create a synergistic effect that can dictate specific types of effects or highs.

 

Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are:

Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

Things To Know About Cannabis Terpenes

Have you ever wondered why oranges smell the way they do or thought about the unique taste of a ripe watermelon? Substances called terpenes are responsible for flavor and scent profiles in plants, fruit, and cannabis.

Terpenes play an interesting role for the plant, they emit pungent aromas that deter herbivores. Terpene’s have an even more mischievous method of defense, by attracting herbivores’ predators, Sherman explained. The old adage, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” applies here.

Jake Sherman is employed by Select Label, a tier-three marijuana grow operation.

Marijuana terpenes are secreted from the same gland as THC and CBD come from, per Leafly. Along with creating aromatherapy profiles for each strain, terpene bind and interact with THC and CBD in different ways known as the “entourage effect.” Some of these effects include higher amounts of THC binding to cannabinoid receptors in your brain or controlling how much THC passes through the blood-brain barrier, Sherman said.

There are six common types of terpenes: Caryophyllene, humulene, linalool, limomene, myrcene and pinene. Each one has different characteristics and flavors, Leafly reports.

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Caryophyllene showed to voluntarily reduce alcohol consumption in mice, and has cancer and depression-fighting properties.

Humulene also has anti-cancer effects, as well as anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects to go with its woody tone.

Linalool is a sedative and antidepressant and has a floral aroma, according to Leafly.

Limomene is the Inspector Gadget terpene, it has a multitude of functions: It helps with depression, stomach and digestion problems, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It allows other terpenes to be absorbed easier through the skin and the digestive-track.

Myrcene is a sedative, analgesic and antibiotic and has citrus and musky qualities.

Pinene is a broncholilator, meaning it dilates the lungs and decreases restrictions in the airway, according to Wikipedia. It can help neutralize short-term memory loss that comes with THC and promotes alertness. It has a sharp, sweet profile.

High Terpene cannabis strains or concentrates with added terpenes are becoming popular in the recreational market because of their flavor and consistency.

“They taste so damn good,” Sherman said.

Karen Sakai works at The Fire House in Ellensburg, Washington. Terpene focused products are in high demand right now. Sakai compares the scene to wine tasting scenes, where taste, flavor, and experience are the main objective of the consumer.

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“It’s all the rage right now,” Sakai said.

High terpene strains take more care to extract. The increased difficulty and precision of the extraction process increases the price, Sakai said.

Sometimes, there’s a tradeoff for high terpene content, and that’s a lower THC level. They can have more flavor than effect, but it’s not always the point to get as high as possible.

“I love them, they can really set the tone for having a great day,” Sherman said.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Types of Smoking Devices

The original use of cannabis dates back to 500 B.C in Asia, as it was initially used as an herbal medicine rather than getting high. In the history of the United States, cannabis cultivation dates as far back to the Colonial era where it was used for items such as rope and textiles. Because the plant grew fast and had many uses, many countries within this era started growing cannabis.

Around 800 A.D, cannabis was widely used for recreational use in the form of hashish, where the weed was mainly smoked through a pipe. In the United States, people didn’t start using cannabis for recreational use until Mexicans who immigrated to the U.S during the Mexican Revolution introduced it.

In 1937, the United States criminalized cannabis nationwide through the Marijuana Tax Act. Cannabis was completely banned until 1970, when president Nixon repealed the Marijuana Tax act and deemed it as a Schedule I drug. While measures were put in place to enable cannabis to be legally consumed for medical uses, Colorado and Washington were the first states to fully legalize cannabis for recreational use. Currently, there are nine total states that have legalized cannabis.

Even though the legal perception with cannabis is loosening day by day, it is still federally illegal. In addition, many people are still learning and trying to understand cannabis, and this includes the methods of consumption. For people who are trying cannabis for the first time or are experienced, it’s important to know about the different consumption methods to have the best experience possible.

One of the best things about the various consumption methods is that there are many options available to customize the experience. Depending on the consumption method, the cost can vary as some methods will require certain equipment that requires maintenance. For everyone, researching and understanding each way that cannabis can be consumed will guarantee to have the safest and positive experience possible. Before consuming, individuals who are new to cannabis should speak with an industry professional such as a Budtender to have the safest recommendations possible.

Types Of Smoking Devices

Joints

Joints are the most common way to consume cannabis. The method is extremely simple as the desired amount of cannabis is used with rolling paper. Smoking weed in the form of a joint is a great option to control the amount of cannabis that will be consumed.

For first time users, this is a great option because it’s inexpensive and requires little to no equipment to consume. Joints can be found at all dispensaries as they are commonly sold pre-rolled. If there is interest in rolling a custom joint, flower will need to be bought instead. For this option rolling paper, and herb grinding, and filter tip will be needed. While filter tips aren’t required to smoke a joint, they will help the smoke be a bit smoother compared to smoking without one.

 

Pipes

Similar to using a joint, consuming cannabis through a pipe is extremely simple. As the cannabis is added to the tip of the pipe, it is easy to control the intake. If someone wants to have more control while using a pipe, water-based pipes are a great option because they amplify the control of the airflow. Glass pipes are also popular as they perform the same functions.

One thing to keep in mind with pipes is that they’ll need maintenance from time to time to prevent rust. In a person isn’t willing to clean a pipe, it will eventually break. If a person would rather replace the pipe instead of cleaning it, there are inexpensive options to replace it as small pipes start around $15. For larger pipes, they can be significantly more expensive. In the case of larger pipes, it would be worth it to keep the maintenance up as replacements can get costly.

 

Vaporizers

For individuals who aren’t comfortable with the health effects of smoking with a pipe or joint, vaporizers are a great option as they heat the cannabis to a minimum temperature to inhale. Using a vaporizer can be described as a smoother and more enjoyable experience compared to consuming in other forms. More importantly, it is easier on the lungs when consuming.

Vaporizer are easy to find at a low price, but they can get expensive quickly depending on personal needs and customization. For individuals looking to try a vaporizer, talking with a budtender at a local dispensary and choosing something small and inexpensive is a great start. If an individual likes this consumption method, it will be easier to find customizable products from there.

 

Concentrates

Consuming cannabis through the form of a concentrate delivers the most intense high compared to other consumption methods. In addition, it requires a fair amount of equipment which in turn can be quite costly in the long run. Concentrates are great for experienced individuals who know exactly what they are looking for and who are willing to maintain and keep the equipment in good shape. For most consumption methods with concentrates, they will require to have a rig (similar to a bong) in the addition to having nails.

 

For first time consumers, having cannabis in the form of a concentrate isn’t recommended. It’s best to start with a joint or vaporizer, and from there to work up to concentrates. Before investing in certain equipment, trying from a friend’s piece of equipment and speaking with several budtenders is a great start.

Overall, consumption methods come down to each individual’s needs. There are many ways for a person to customize the consumption method to have the best experience as possible. For first time consumers, it’s best to be honest with what you’re looking for and to get a professional opinion from a Budtender at a local dispensary. The most knowledge an individual has about cannabis, it will lead to a more safer and positive experience.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Learn About Dabbing Tools

Cannabis can be smoked, dabbed, eaten, drank, and even turned into other things. When it comes to dabbing, it is important to know what all of the tools are and how they are used. This will help ensure the best possible experience.

For people that enjoy cannabis concentrates or are interested in trying it, they will have to use a dabbing tool to effectively inhale the extract. Choosing the tool that works best for each individual can be difficult, and if often requires a person to try multiple types of tools to determine the best fit for them. In addition, there are two main variables that each individual has to fully think through: this includes the type of concentrate and the correct tool to match it.

For each method and tool explained below, the durability will fluctuate based upon the price of the tool, frequency of maintenance, and the number of times it is used. While there are many variables involved, the main thing to keep in mind is that the cheaper the tool, the more likely it is to break or have replaced. Learning about the different tools takes time, and aside from researching various options, it’s best to develop multiple opinions from experienced individuals to figure out what is the best fit.

Nails

Nails, often referred to as “bangers”, come in two different types that are either titanium or quartz nails. While the two different types are almost the same, the cannabis industry leans more towards the quartz nail simply due to durability and flavor. For titanium nails, they are known to wear down faster. One of the biggest things to consider with this piece of equipment is the overall price. With any type of nail, the price can get expensive fast and it’s important to know what is preferred before investing in a certain product.

To elaborate on the quality of a nail, the more you pay the better quality you will get. Cheaper nails will always break faster, as more quality nails will last a longer amount of time. Maintaining the overall rig including the nails is important because it can extend the life of certain parts.

At the same time, the most durable nails can break if dropped or not treated properly, so it’s best to be mindful of how fragile these pieces can be when consuming. Depending on the nail, some can break easier than others depending on the type and quality of each type.

Dab-Rag/Mat

No matter what route and individual takes when dabbing, it can at times be messy. While it may not seem like it each time a person dabs, it can be messy over a longer period of time. Many companies make custom designed mats that also can clean the dabbing equipment. For first time dabbing users, this is not essential. For individuals that dab frequently, this product would be a solid investment.

Dab Rig

The dab rig is one of the most popular forms of dabbing. It’s essentially a water pipe that vaporizes the cannabis concentrate at a high temperature. Rigs themselves come in many different shapes and sizes and vary depending on function, water volume, portability, and durability. For first time users of cannabis concentrates, a dab rig is one of the best options because there are many choices in regards to pricing and sizes. In addition, they are one of the most popular pieces of equipment for consuming concentrates because they are easy to set up. Depending on the rig nails such as glass, titanium, and quartz can be used.

When dabbing with a rig, there are two steps included. The first is to heat the nail with a torch until it’s very hot, while the second step is to press the concentrate into the hot nail and inhale. While the steps may be slightly different from one rig to another, the method of heating a nail then consuming by pressing the concentrate into the hot nail will stay the same.

Carb-Cap Dabber

The carb-cap dabber is essentially a skinny nail that maximizes the flavor of the concentrate. One of the biggest advantages with this piece of equipment is that it cools the temperature while maintaining the flavor of the terpenes. This also works well with various types of concentrates that including shatter and multiple oils.

Additional Information

For individuals looking to dab for the first time, it’s important to fully research and receive multiple opinions before choosing a certain concentrate and product. Unlike buying a joint or an edible, dabbing requires a lot of different types of equipment for a person to consume cannabis with this method.

When trying to dab for the first time, one of the best ways to get a feel for certain products is to try a friend’s equipment or certain products in-store that have water in them instead. While just having water in a certain rig isn’t quite the same thing, it will at least provide an idea for how a particular product feels.

As the consumption method is more complex compared to other forms of consumption, the key is to receive options from multiple people who are industry professionals. The most accessible individuals to gain different perspectives from are Budtenders. They are an excellent resource for choosing the right equipment to simply learning about how to correctly consume concentrates. Aside from giving suggestions, they work with all different types of customers so they will always be both open-minded and understanding towards each individual and how they are feeling.

In addition to consuming concentrates, it’s important to know that it provides a more intense high compared to smoking from a joint or bong. For first time consumers, the best thing to do is take a single hit and wait before having more. While this can waste a portion of a concentrate, it’s significantly more important to have a good experience and get comfortable with a consumption method that hasn’t be used before. The best thing a first time dabber can do is listen and keep an open mind. While certain individuals may have fantastic suggestions, it comes down to each individual to choose the right fit for them.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Cannabis 101: Intro To Vaping Cannabis

It’s no secret that cannabis is available for consumption in a myriad of ways for users young and old to enjoy. Cannabis no longer needs to be solely consumed by smoking means, as various vaporizers have sprung up on the market. Cannabis can release the same effects and THC compounds when the proper amount of heat is added to the concentrate or flower. Though there is still science lacking on the subject, vaping is less harmful to the user’s health.

With new forms of consumption come innovations on concentrating THC in purer ways such as distillates. Distillates are hash oil processed with CO2, which gets you the highest concentration of cannabinoids, but produces a clear, flavorless product. Next comes the different types of cartridges to put the distillates in to, and which ones work best with which batteries.

Finally, there is the flavor of the distillate that can either be retained in the concentrating of the cannabis, or can be added back in. The idea that enhancing a terpene-profile of a distillate, or adding it back in after can offer an even further discreet smoking experience is controversial to some and arguable.

More Adults Are Vaping Than Smoking Over Age 35!

It’s also easier, in general, to go buy a pre-packaged product for those over 35, because they no longer have the “homie hook-up” of past lore in the black market ages of cannabis. 

No way of visibly telling if you are consuming cannabis on the street while on your lunch away from the office? No way of your coworkers knowing…unless you want to offer them a toke? Not hacking and noticeably damaging your lungs? 

What’s In The Cartridge?

Mainly Distillate

As mentioned in the intro, largely all cannabis concentrates used in popular vaporizers are distillates. To dive even deeper—a mature cannabis plant is scientifically known to contain hundreds of identifiable cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Each of these are responsible for playing a role in interacting with our endocannabinoid systems.

In order to distill all the compounds into their purest form, additional layers of refinement will take place. This process is known as “fractional” or “short path distillation,” but it is known to produce single compound oils that can reach upwards of 99% purity. In this form, the oil is clear, and flavorless.

The ability we have now with cannabis legislation to apply widely-known scientific techniques to break down cannabinoids and terpenes into their individual compound solutions is allowing further innovation. This innovation comes from the precision of various formulas and the allowance of processors to individualize concentrates with crazy accuracy. If your customer is looking for the finest, and the stoniest—distillates are the ticket.

 

Propylene Glycol

The oil in all oil cartridges is frequently mixed with thinning agents to better perform for any battery on which it’s placed. The real facts here though, are that some agents potentially produce harmful carbonyl compounds when put under heat. Carbonyls are cancer-causing chemicals that are known to be linked to low birth weight and spontaneous miscarriages.

 

Formaldehyde is a known product of propylene glycol. But, there’s no research as of yet to prove the link of cannabis oil and thinning agents as there is for e-cigarettes. Most of the scare your customer may project is from statistics relating to propylene glycol damage in e-cigs. A 2015 study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed hidden formaldehyde in the aerosols of e-cigarettes.

 

Different Vape=Different Smoke

Some companies such as CCell, and Vuber, offer more of a range of products that are readily adaptable to their battery or cartridges. The next question after that is the strength of the battery in relation to the coil being used in the cartridge. A good rule of thumb is that wicked cartridges are not a very solid choice. Sure, the price can be affordable, but the smoke will not be the quality you’d want, especially at the last bits of oil you smoke.

Non-runny, quality oil will be in ceramic cartridges that have noticeable circular openings around the bottom of the cartridge showing multiple entries for the oil to moisten the cotton surrounding the coil. Pre-filled cartridges only come in one half, or full gram increments.

When you think of a major leader in the vaporizer industry in both pre-filled cartridges, dry-flower pens, or concentrates it’s Vuber. This is a readily available brand to any of your clientele, experienced or not. They offer convenient kits for your stoner-on-the-go and have reasonably priced disposable and rechargeable vape pens for pre-fills. This is their “Atlas Kit” for wax and shatter concentrates.

Our products have intoxicating effects and may be habit-forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of these products. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.

Cannabis 101: Intro to Bongs Pipes and Other Glass

Glass pipes are an extremely common method for smoking cannabis. You can purchase glass in a variety of forms. These forms include bongs and pipes. The main difference between these two methods is that bongs require water and most pipes don’t.

There are many reasons for smoking cannabis with pipes or bongs made of glass. Using a pipe is extremely simple. You do not have to break down weed for a blunt or a joint. There is no heating a banger up for a dab. All you have to do is break a piece of weed off and load it into the pipe.

Glass pipes are also portable. Because they come in a variety of sizes you can find at least one that fits in your pocket, whether you have small or large pockets.  They are also affordable, pipes do not have to be expensive to be effective.

Bongs may have a higher price point, but this glass method of smoking should also be considered. Small glass bongs can sometimes be found for as low as twenty dollars at your local head shop. Bongs utilize water to percolate through the water, creating bubbles filled with smoke. When the smoke goes through the water it is cooled. This makes for a smoother way to smoke.

Not as portable to smoke is a disadvantage for bongs, but the cooler smoke makes up for it. There are more benefits of using glass over any other material for smoking besides cooler smoke, portability, and affordability. Rolling blunts all the time is not an affordable way to smoke. Because glass pipes and bongs use lighters to burn the weed you are able to control when the weed is being burned.

Handblown vs. Imported Glass

There are numerous reasons why you should head to your local head shop to purchase your first glass piece. Most recreational and medical cannabis shops will carry some glass. This is where you have to be careful as a consumer. Imported glass is not the same quality as American glass.

There is a distinct difference between the glass that American glass-blowers use and the companies that produce glass outside of America. Any glass smoking utensil produced in the states is made with boroscillate glass. This type of glass does not release any chemicals when repeatedly heated. Let’s face it, if you are using a glass piece to smoke weed it is being heated up repeatedly. This is important. Foreign glass manufacturers do not use a glass that is at the same standard. Commonly called ‘soft glass’ there is a definite difference between heavy duty boro pipes and imported ones.

You can just produce pipes repeatedly at an exceptionally low cost when using this type of glass. These pipes are fragile though and will have a higher tendency to break when repeatedly heated up. Glass blown by a known glassblower is the way to go. The quality of the product you will be receiving is outstanding. Ask your local recreational store or headshop about the local glass blowers that they carry. With the boom in social media most artists have an Instagram page.

Occasionally artists will do custom pieces, although the price for this will be high, having personal input on a pipe or bong would be a dream. Glassblowers might also be willing to repair their work if it breaks in your possession. While you will more than likely have to pay for the repair, this type of service will not be found with an imported piece.

Pipes

Pipes and bongs are very efficient ways of smoking, with pipes being much better than bongs. Earlier I mentioned that for smoking out of a pipe all you have to do is break off a piece of weed. Well, there’s a little bit more to it than that. When you utilize a pipe you create a single path for air with your lips, thumb, and the weed.

There is a hole on the side of the pipe, this is called the carb, make sure you cover it with your thumb. When you load the weed into a pipe you place it in the part shaped like a bowl. There is a small hole in the bottom that needs to be covered, but not sealed. When you inhale with the lighter to the weed and your thumb covering the flame will be pulled onto the cannabis.

When you move your thumb, air will rush in and push the remaining smoke to your lungs. This burns the cannabis and pulls the smoke through the hole into your lungs. Be sure to INHALE the smoke.

Available in a variety of forms there are pipes to appeal to all tastes. Sherlocks have an appearance similar to that of the pipe smoked by the famous detective. Spoons are the most common form for a glass pipe and share a structure similar to that of a spoon. Pipes that are blown by glassblowers, instead of being imported, typically have a higher price point. However, the price should not deter you from investing in a hand-blown piece.

Water Bongs

You already know that bongs use water to cool the smoke before it hits your lungs. Typically bongs have a bowl piece near their base that comes out. Some smaller glass bongs might have a small hole in the back of their stem. Either method works the same as a carb on a pipe. When you are done inhaling a hit from the bong, you will need to either pull the carb or move your finger.

One of the most useful parts of a bong is the occasional ice catcher. The benefits of ice are worth the additional cost of an ice catcher. The smoke arrives at your lungs even cooler. The larger hits from bongs can be intimidating at first. Do not let this stop you from taking massive rips. Many argue that hitting a bong over a pipe gets you higher.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

Our products have intoxicating effects and may be habit-forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of these products. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.

Legal Cannabis Purchasing Limits In Washington

Forms of cannabis outside of flower have evolved to fit the consumer market. With legalization and strict regulation from the government, there have been strict limits imposed. These limits impact the amount of cannabis that someone can have with them and/or purchase from a recreational store. These legal limits exist to regulate the market and deter people from selling weed for personal profit.

There are a few basic forms of cannabis that must be discussed. Each of these forms has a strict legal limit that comes with. First, it is important to understand the basic forms of cannabis before the limits are introduced. Following these limits is important because they allow our market in Washington to continue to grow.

Flower: This is the most common form of cannabis you are going to find. Before the product has been extracted to turn into oil, or combined with butter or cooking oil to create edibles. Adults, who are over 21, are able to purchase up to one ounce of 28 grams of flower. Cannabis flower comes in a variety of weights from grams to full ounces. You can mix and match as much as you want, but be sure to stay at or below that 28-gram limit.

Oil: More potent than flower, this highly concentrated form of THC is extracted using butane or other extraction methods. Similar to flower there are limits on the amount of oil an adult is able to purchase at one time. In Washington, adults are limited to purchasing 7 grams of oil at one time. Concentrates typically come in gram packages, occasionally you’ll find half grams. You could buy 7 different grams of concentrates and have hit your legal limit for the day.

Edibles: There is a maximum of 16 ounces of edibles in solid form that an adult can purchase at one time. This can be one individual serving, which is highly unlikely, or it can be divided among multiple servings. Washington State has a 10mg per serving limit on edibles. However, you are able to buy packages with up to 100mg of total THC. Meaning, your edibles will be broken up into 10 servings of 10mg each. Edibles are not always packed in singles or tens, but there is a 10mg per serving limit. This is where companies have found methods to deliver more THC to their consumers by breaking up large edibles into 10mg servings. I wouldn’t recommend it, but you could eat 100mg of cannabis from a package of 10 edibles.

Cannabis also comes in a liquid form, specifically tinctures, and drinks. An adult consumer is able to purchase 72 ounces of cannabis-infused liquid.

What’s Not Allowed?

There are products that are not able to be infused with cannabis. The packaging also cannot appeal to children. You wouldn’t want your kid eating a heavily medicated package of skittles, would you? Fruit and juices are not allowed to be infused. This helps prevent children from eating things that they are not meant to eat. Dried meats, dairy products, and any pie that contains egg cannot be loaded with weed according to the Canna Law Group. Some of these laws may seem to be a little strange or strict, but compromises had to be made in order for I-502 to be successful in Washington.

Washington’s Edibles

There are numerous companies in Washington meeting the edible needs of cannabis consumers. Even with strict regulations on what can and cannot be sold, there is a wide variety of products available. Recently a THC infused sriracha sauce hit the market. Ciders, waters, brownies, gummies, and mints are also available. Essentially you are not limited by many dietary restrictions or by your taste buds.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

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Learn About Dabbing & Concentrates

Dabbing has seriously taken off in popularity over the last few years. For all kinds of people, they are a simple and easy way to smoke. They allow you to save weed while getting really high. This method of smoking concentrates offers a variety of types of oil that can be smoked. While some might be better than others, there are enough consistencies or types to meet everyone’s needs and desires.

How Concentrates Are Made

Concentrates are created by extracting the THC off of the plant matter. This can require the use of Butane, or another solvent, although there are other methods of extraction as well. Commercial companies utilize a system referred to as a “closed-loop system.” This means that the system has no openings for the flammable gas used during extraction to leak out. Before the commercialization of cannabis extraction, people would use cans of Butane and glass tubes to extract their own concentrates. This is exceptionally dangerous and should not be tried at home.

In a “closed-loop system” though all of the solvents are placed in a tank that has been pressurized. This tank is hooked up to a tube holding the plant matter. The solvents are then pushed through the extraction tube pulling THC off of the cannabis and into a catch jar. This has one huge advantage according to High Times, the solvents can be recycled.  

How To Dab

In order to take a dab you need a dab tool, usually has a pointy end and a spoon on the other depending on the type. You can also buy glass dabbers that are a little bit fancier, but look better when paired with a hand-blown rig. To go with the dabber you will need a quartz banger or titanium nail. Your local smoke shop or rec store should be able to set you up with all of the necessary materials.

Dab rigs also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Silicone rigs that are portable and indestructible can be purchased on Amazon for as low as $20. Hand-blown glass rigs vary in price and size dramatically, although entry-level models can be found for as low as $30 at some stores. You can also choose to buy a high-quality rig and spend your entire life savings. The choice is yours. I use a custom disc golf piece that was blown by a friend.

 

A rig and a dabber leave you wondering where your concentrate is supposed to go. That is where a quartz banger or titanium nail comes in. Personally, I prefer a quartz banger over the titanium nail because the flavor of the cannabis is preserved better. They do not stay hot for as long. Titanium nails have a bad habit of getting stuck inside a rig, which can lead to breaking at that joint. Titanium nails do have a durability advantage over quartz, but the choice between the two is personal preference.

 

You are now almost ready to dab! Lastly, you are going to need a propane or butane torch to take a dab. Heat either your nail or banger up for 5-10 seconds, maybe less depending on how hot your torch is. Take the concentrate that you have placed on the dab tool and drop or scrape it onto the nail or banger. Now inhale! Those sweet terpenes should begin filling your lungs. Careful, your first dab will probably kick your ass.

Concentrate Types

Concentrates come in a variety of forms. Textures vary based on extraction methods used and the temperature at which the product was purged of any impurities.

 

Butane Hash Oil (BHO), is the most common form of the concentrate. It has a gummy texture to it. Think honey with THC in it. The same consistency and stickiness, but you can smoke it. This form is hard to handle and can be difficult to separate into manageable dabs. The temperature at which the product is purged influences the consistency of the product. Because of its sticky consistency, oil has a tendency to be the most affordable of the concentrates. There are other consistencies that BHO can come in.

 

Shatter starts out as a slab of concentrate spread out on a sheet pan. Usually in one solid piece. It is then broken down into single grams to be sold to consumers. Honeycomb BHO looks exactly how it sounds. This type of BHO can easily be worked with because it is a lot less sticky than oil. Finally, depending on the extraction method,  BHO can also turn into a crumble. Crumble looks like crumbs of THC that can be easily scooped to dab.

 

Cannabinoids can also be extracted using CO2 as the solvent. Utilizing high priced botanical extractors with a combination of pressure and carbon dioxide to divide plant matter, according to Leafly. Hands down, one of the best ways to convert cannabis into usable compounds. This method leaves behind an oil of amber colors that can be smoked using the ever popular vaporizer pens.

 

Possibly my favorite way to dab is with Rosin. This method utilizes both heat and pressure to pull vaporize the terpenes off the plant matter. You can create Rosin at home, according to Leafly, with a hair straightener and parchment paper, although you would have better luck purchasing it from a marijuana store. The result is collected into parchment paper. This technique does not require ANY solvents. Meaning, all you are smoking is THC. This is method retains the most flavor in the cannabis. You truly get to experience all of the terpenes within the strain.  

Clean Your Banger

Remember to keep your banger clean. You can do this with Qtips and 99% isopropyl alcohol. This helps preserve the flavor of whatever you are dabbing and prevents flare-ups when heating your banger.

Dabbing might be the most cost-effective way to smoke. You don’t waste weed like with blunts. You experience all of the terpenes within the cannabis without that nasty lighter taste. Finally, you get exceptionally high off just a bit of weed.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

Our products have intoxicating effects and may be habit-forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of these products. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.

Learn About Different Types Of Terpenes

Terpenes are hydrocarbons seen in the oils of plants. While they are an important part of the cannabis plant, terpenes are also found in all fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Terpenes are responsible for providing flavors and also usually produce a highly potent natural aroma. While terpenes differ from one strain to another, there are a number of types that are consistently seen.

Beta-Caryophyllene

Beta-caryophyllene is a terpene that has the scent of sweet, woody, and spicy flavors. While this terpene found among various different strains, it is most commonly seen in topicals due to bonding closely with peripheral CB2 receptors. There are a fair number of medical benefits from this terpene as it has consistently shown to decrease inflammation and fight against anxiety and depression. One of the most interesting facts about beta-caryophyllene is that it reduces an individual’s craving for alcohol. While this terpene exists in many strains, the most popular can be found in OG Kush, Bubba Kush, and Chemdawg.

 

Humulene

Humulene is best known for helping cure cancer and reduce inflammation throughout the body. This terpene also decreases the appetite, which has a far different effect from a number of other terpenes. Studies have shown that humulene has effectively provided treatment for arthritis, bursitis, and fibromyalgia. Humulene is most frequently found in the sativa strain. Aside from cannabis, it can be described as having a beer scent as it’s also found in hops, cloves, and basil. Common strains that contain this terpene include White Widow and Headband.

Limonene

A few other common terpenes seen in cannabis includes limonene and pinene. Limonene contains a scent that is more citrus and lemon-based. It’s is a terpene that is considered to be more relaxing when it comes to effects.

Pinene

In contrast, the pinene terpene has a far different as it has a more natural earthly flavor. It can be described as having the taste and scent of pine needles. This terpene is known to have an uplifting and energetic effect that is seen in sativa strains.

Trans-Nerolidol

Compared to spicy and hop-based scents, the trans-nerolidol terpene takes on a far different aroma. It can be described as having a floral scent that incorporates influences of citrus and roses. This terpene’s medical impact isn’t as clear cut compared to humulene and beta-caryophyllene as there many tests still investigating the medical benefits. While the information is limited, it does have anti-fungal and antimicrobial attributes. Common strains that contain the trans-nerolidol terpene include Skywalker OG and Island Sweet Skunk.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

Our products have intoxicating effects and may be habit-forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of these products. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.