Marijuana Expos Are the Bomb: 9 Things You Can Expect to See at An Expo


Cannabis expositions are eclectic events. There is always a little bit of everything.

For 2017, everything indicates the now hundreds of local, state, regional, and national events will keep a low profile as President Trump’s Washington finds its way.

Some believe Trump will leave marijuana issues to the states as he suggested during the campaign. But, his Attorney General Jeff Sessions swears he will enforce the law.

In addition, federal budget fights may leverage compliance with restrictions on federal aid to state infrastructure and law enforcement. So, some cannabis industry powers-that-be fears making waves with too much celebration or too loud activism.

First things first

As yet, there is no definitive Expo. People of like mind have gathered for generations in one location or another to smoke, share, listen, eat, talk, and beat drums. Certainly since, the Summer of Love (1967) and Woodstock (1969), folks have been less shy and more willing to use in public.

Those mega events continue in places like festivals at Coachella, Burning Man, and Oregon Country Fair. Cannabis industry leaders and advocacy groups host now annual expos in multiple locations. And, citizen users in states newly legalized will be testing freedom and limits throughout the next 24 months.

Full-fledged expositions are costly operations. And, capital hungry cannabis businesses are still finding their footing. So, you won’t find anything consistent yet.

9 Things you can (likely) expect to see at an Expo.

If you go by recent years, you’ll likely find similarities from one expo to another:

  1. Food Sales:Expos have rather uninspiring food courts. You’ll find 2nd-rate pizza, caramel popcorn, and perhaps some local favorites. But, businesses like Cheeto’s and BBQ chips are likely to give away samples.

Depending on the size of the exhibit area, there will be one or more bars selling coffee, wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks. Other exhibitors may offer free beverages and snacks as promotions in booths on the exhibit floor.

  1. Food Demonstration: Most expos have a test kitchen where a chef prepares recipes using cannabis or hemp ingredients. The chef works with a microphone and describes process. The demonstration may promote packaged ingredients available for sale where legal.

If you’re lucky, the chef may hand out samples for tasting as the food is made.

  1. Advocacy Campaigns: Pro-marijuana advocates will staff many of the exhibit booths. They provide significant information about marijuana, its benefits, and the reasons to liberalize laws. They also seek to recruit members and donations to continue their work.

Advocates will also conduct informative workshops and seminars and deliver speeches on the social and medical values of cannabis, the parameters of upcoming legislative efforts, and the strategies to follow in the grass roots (no pun intended).

  1. Vaping Supplies: Vaping represents a significant block of marijuana users. It attracts a large cross-demographic market, and many of the customers see it socially preferable to smoking habits.

Providers of vaping devices, oils, and other paraphernalia compete heavily with presentations and product display. Customers can legally buy most of those products because depending on cannabis content and local law.

  1. Medical Aid: Medical marijuana patients take part in health tests, educational workshops, and expert lectures on application and dosage.

Visitors, who are unsure about how medical marijuana might serve their needs, have chances to learn and comparison shop. Where regulations permit, they may even taste or take home samples of edibles.

For example, at last year’s Lift Canadian Expo, “Attendees can expect several panels looking at issues as diverse as legalization models around the world, parent’s experience with using medical cannabis with children, cannabis and cancer, the future of medical cannabis in a post-legalization world, and much more.”

  1. Music: Some expositions run simultaneously with music festivals. With or without the festival, the expo provides incidental live music to contribute to the theme or mood.

But, it’s also true that enterprising vendors will see music related to marijuana. They sell CDs or vinyl recorded by famed artists of yesterday identified with the subculture, and they will promote music perceived as going well with a toke. Some booths may focus on the music of the Marleys, The Grateful Dead, Snoop Dogg and other Rap musicians, Louis Armstrong and famous Jazz musician users, and more.

  1. Clothing and Souvenirs: Bob Marley introduced the great sound of smoke, but he also indirectly defined the color scheme of the culture. So, visitors can browse among thousands of Jamaican themed shirts, hats, and other clothing lines.

If you want something different, there are always the colorful tie-dyed looks in shirts, dresses, skirts, and more. Still other shoppers go for anything green in clothing, accessories, and collectables.

  1. Vendor Booths: Cannabis businesses are making their presence felt in bigger and more dramatic ways. Expos are fundamentally trade shows, so you’ll find every aspect of the industry represented.

Booths will promote their farms and seeds. Distributors and dispensaries will trade information. Lighting and irrigation contractors will demonstrate products. As the businesses pocket more revenue, they will invest more in their inventive and attractive marketing presentations.

The huge variety of goods will open your eyes to plant heritage, breeding, cultivation, storage, smoking, marketing, tools, processing, organics, and a great deal more. For instance, exhibitors at CannaGrow Expothis year include Grotech Systems, Sylvania Lighting Solutions, Hydrobuilder, Mad Farmer, and many others.

  1. Smoking Marijuana: In most cases, you won’t find guests smoking because the facility is nonsmoking and/or because the law forbids. What you will find are a lot of amiable people willing to chat, compare notes, and create social circles for the evening. Where weather invites as it will in California, you’ll find smokers and drum circles in any nearby green space.

What’s coming?

Those states that recently approved marijuana possession and use will celebrate their freedoms this year. That presents concerns that some attendees will abuse the rights. So, you may see self-policing. After all, in some cases, the legalization passed by slim margins, and no one is game for upsetting the status quo.

You may also be surprised at hangers on. While the business interests seek to throw entertaining and informative events, you’ll find representatives of every fringe interest group piggybacking on the cannabis culture.

Marijuana expos as the bomb, more interesting than you think. They’re popping up everywhere, so check one out soon and bring home a bag of swag. is your comprehensive guide to recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries and strains where you could find nearby dispensaries with reviews and/or explore over 3,000 strains with photos, videos and reviews.”

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Weed Prohibition Around the World: The List of Weed Friendly Countries to Visit


There’s nothing particularly rational about what countries prohibit weed. Those nations perceived as repressive live up to their reputation. But, the list of nations where marijuana is illegal in every form has a surprising number of countries considered “open” and “progressive.”

For example, you might not be surprised at prohibition in China, Philippines, or the Arab nations. But, at the moment, pot is also officially prohibited in Denmark Finland France, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, and more.

Weed-friendly nations

So, if you are going to travel internationally, you better consider where weed is prohibited and where countries are weed-friendly.

  • The Netherlands has become the psychological destination for cannabis tourists. People may hold up to 5 grams of grass for use in public or their “coffee shops” without fear of criminal charge although it can be confiscated under police emergency. Sale has been decriminalized in their coffee shops. And, residents can raise up to five plants, but transport of the product is illegal in unenforced in the coffee shops.
  • Spain has decriminalized possession and use of weed in certain autonomous areas, but you may be cited with an administrative fine. Possession of 70 – 100 grams is deemed possession with the intent to deal. Selling in public is a criminal offense, but you can buy in Spain’s private “420 Clubs.” Carrying has been decriminalized, and you can raise cannabis for your own use – if the plants are not visible from the street.
  • South Africa has no restrictions on personal use or home cultivation. But, sale and transport remain illegal. And, Chile and Jamaica permit residents to grow marijuana.
  • Uruguay is the only nation where possession and use of medical and recreational marijuana is fully legal. It does restrict purchase to those residents of Uruguay who are over 18. The grass must be raised by authorized farmers, and buyers must register with authorities. The LA Timesreported, “The country now has many legal cannabis clubs, which pool resources to grow copious amounts of marijuana and distribute it to registered, paying members — no doctor’s note required — who can then smoke where they please.” But, tourists cannot secure the legal registration and will be turned away from clubs.

Largely-friendly nations

All other nations have some restrictions, whether enforced or not, that you’ll want to know about before planning your tour.

  • Australia bans sale and transportation of marijuana across the country. But, medical and scientific uses are legal, and personal use and cultivation of one or two plants for personal use have been decriminalized – in Northern Territory, South Australia, and Australian Capital Territory. These territories cover most tourist destinations, and enforcement across the vast nation beyond these designated areas is virtually impossible.
  • Brazil prohibits, “The possession of cannabis in any amount (even the smallest quantity for personal usage), smoking, trading, and cultivation” according to Marijuana Tours. Highly placed judicial powers are pushing for stronger laws, but depending on the location, the police may or may not be lenient in implementing laws that lead to arrest, fine, and/or imprisonment.
  • Czech Republic has become a favorite destination for millennials, but it has restrictions on marijuana possession and use. Inside or outside Prague, you can carry up to 15 grams in a decriminalized climate. Sale of medical marijuana is legal; sale for other purposes is still illegal. Transportation and farming are illegal. But, they have decriminalized transport of up to 15 grams of licensed medical marijuana and up to 5 plants for licensed personal medical use. Kushtourism says, “it’s generally easy for individuals to find people at bars, clubs, or concerts that will discreetly sell small amount of marijuana…there is not a big cause for concern about arrest.”
  • India officially bans marijuana, but it has been legalized or decriminalized in the states of Bihar, Gujrat, Odisha, West Benghal, and the North East. And, these are the states that attract most travelers.

Any canna-tourist knows that some places are very tolerant even though their stance is officially prohibitive. You will find smokers fairly common in Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico where it has been decriminalized.


Most nations prohibit the possession, use, sale, transport, and cultivation of pot officially. But, taking a risk in certain cultures is not worth the trip. You certainly don’t want to wind up in prison in:

  • North Korea is so secretive we don’t know the government’s position on weed. Considering they have imprisoned an American to hard labor just for stealing a poster, theirs is not a judiciary you want to mess with.
  • Philippines has its share of users and some outspoken advocates, but under the current government “shoot first, ask later” policy on drugs, it’s not worth the risk in bringing weed in and/or using it in public.
  • Singapore has a no-nonsense police presence and inflexible penal code. High Times reported on the November 18, 2016 execution of a Nigerian national. Admittedly, Chijioke Stephen Obioha was caught in possession of 2.6 kilograms, well above the 500-gram quantity benchmark for a presumption of dealing.
  • Myanmar, too, bans marijuana. Its unpredictable government delivers its autocratic policies through a tough police force where foreigners’ infractions can make them hostages to the regime. The situation parallels that in Cambodia, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

As world politics fluctuate dynamically, you owe to yourself to stay informed. Repressive governments in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, and others are not place to mess with the police.

Countries on the edge of political volatility like Bangladesh, Egypt, Greece, and Turkey have high traditional high tolerance for weed use, but they also have a history of government changes that can be severely regressive.

How to travel well

If you intend to travel internationally, you must do two things:

  1. Educate yourself. You must do research on what is permitted in terms of usage and possession in the country you want to visit. And, frankly, you can’t depend on the anecdotal reports on weed forums. Just because one guy got away with one trick, doesn’t mean you can or should.
  2. Be sensible. If you’re holding and using under 18, you’re asking for bad treatment. With research in mind, you can plan a canna-tour for the best time by pacing your buying and usage where it is legal or acceptable among people you trust.

Long story short: just because you’re traveling out of Boulder, the world may not welcome your habits. is your comprehensive guide to recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries and strains where you could find nearby dispensaries with reviews and/or explore over 3,000 strains with photos, videos and reviews.”

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6 Tips for Safe Consumption of Cannabis Concentrates You Need to Follow


Dabs, wax, marbles, melts, and what have you? What are marijuana concentrates? And, why should you care how they’re consumed?

According to Dave Stancliff writing for Times-Standard, “There is an argument for using dabs. The hit is so intense it’ll immediately help your condition (especially if you’re in pain), and it lasts most of the day as opposed to conventional delivery systems (pipes, bongs, etc.) that may require multiple smoking sessions during the day.” But, he also worries about the risks involved.

Risks of consuming marijuana concentrates

  • Cooking: The do-it-yourself production of dabs can be dangerous. Butane gas cooks the stuff down to a thick concentrate. Without considerable experience, the butane vapors can lead to burns and explosions.
  • Fire: The butane used to torch the oil rig to vaporize the dab presents an added risk, especially to novice users or those firing under the influence.
  • Nail: The nail used to hold the extract will deteriorate in repeated use, and its debris will leach into the final product.
  • Potency: Users like extracts because the THC potency is quick and powerful. They’re not always ready for the rush of blackouts, hallucinations, paranoia, and psychosis. And, some feel the increasing need to up the dose may portend its role as a gateway drug.
  • Toxins: Heating the nail also releases gasses and contaminants.
  • Youth: Pediatricians are seriously concerned about the effect of such potency on the developing brains of adolescents.

6 Tips for Safe Consumption of Marijuana Concentrates You Need to Follow


1 – Care for your dabber.

A dabber be can just about any instrument to pick up some concentrate and place it on the nail. Users move the dry concentrates with tiny spoons. But, narrow and pointed tools work better to pick up oils and shatter.  Some use nail files, dental picks, and narrow screwdrivers. But, it makes more sense to purchase a dabber specific to the purpose, keep it clean and separate from other household tools.

2 – Choose your rig.

Oil rigs come in hundreds of varieties, styles, and materials. Some are offered as works of art.

The rig is fundamentally a water pipe. You heat the nail, position the concentrate on the nail, and inhale the vapors.

They come in different sizes and simple or complex architecture. If you want portability, you’ll also get less water volume, and that powers the rush. Larger rigs smooth the hit with less punch. So, many users have more than one.

If you’re new to this, you need help. There is a learning curve in its use and in how to shop for what you want and what you need. You don’t want to go cheap on a rig purchase, but you may not need the high-end rigs eithers. Budtenders in legal retail stores can help you shop.

3 – Cool your carb cap.

A carb cap improves the flavor retention. After you heat the nail, you want it to cool a little. You don’t want to suck in the vapor at the highest temperature. The carb cap covers just enough of nail’s surface enough to for an oven.

The “oven” helps the concentrate vaporize at lower temperature without the smell and flavor disperse. But, hot as it is, you do not touch until it cools to room temperature.

4 – Pick your nail.

The Cannabilist recommends, “Stay away from borosilicate glass nails entirely, as they break easily and can chatter under intense heat, which would be dangerous.”

That leaves you with many choices. You don’t see domeless nails (bangers) much anymore. They’re a bit complicated and require too much coordination on the user’s part. Nowadays, you simply suck the vapor through its opening.

The titanium nail is subject to oxidation when not cared for, and that puts toxins into your vapor. And, quartz can break if dropped. So, you might look for a hybrid of titanium and quartz, and you need to properly maintain the rig and all its parts.

5 – Sanitize the equipment.

If you know what you are doing, you can reclaim some of the residue, but that’s for another discussion. Otherwise, wash all parts in clean warm water without soap or detergent

Mix two parts isopropyl alcohol with one part Epsom salts to create a cleaning solution. You can place small parts and solution in zip lock bags. And, filling the bowl with solution, you can swirl and shake it around vigorously.

Q-tips and cotton balls will help you reach and rub off stubborn stains. Rinse again completely with warm water. And, repeat the washing process until satisfied. You need to do this so water borne and other bacteria do not spread when activated by heat.

6 – Use Good Accessories.

Do not use a cigarette lighter. You can shop for a decent torch with safety features including a grip and directional nozzle. The TobaccoHub Butane and Blow Torch Lighter, SMŌQ Afficio Culinary Butane Torch, Keon Butane Torch with Safety Lock, and Elephant XuJet Torch Butane Gas Lighter are readily available and affordable.

You can buy butane at any convenience store. But, you want to invest in purified gas if you can and in containers with nozzles that fit your torch reservoir correctly. You should consider the Newport Ultra Purified Butane which has been refined seven times. FasFil 5x Refined comes with assorted nozzle tips. And, Vector Quintuple Refined comes with five adapters in its cap.

E-nails are the ultimate, but they don’t come cheap. Quality nails come in ceramic, glass, quartz, and titanium, all of them resistant to deterioration.

Final Warning!

Most of the problems and accidents that have come from using concentrates arise from users messing with their equipment while already stoned. The deeper you go under the influence the more you raise the risk of fire and burns.

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Could Cannabis Replace Opiates as A Post-Surgery Recovery Medicine of Choice?


Cannabis can certainly replace opiates to relieve the pain following surgery. It might do so in the future, but allowing for some cautions, it can do so now.

But, in most situations and jurisdictions, such treatment is not recommended as an authorized protocol. Individual anecdotal reports emphasize the effectiveness of cannabis in treating post-operative pain, but little research exists to satisfy medical practitioners or their oversight.

What’s the problem?

Many barriers stand in the way of letting cannabis replace opiates.

Socially Acceptable:

Like it or not, your illness is a social event. Friends and family members all have something to say about your treatment, and most of their advice is at odds with approved medical practice.

If your care is at the mercy of old wives’ tales, you won’t be able to assemble an effective recovery regimen. So, you’re better advised to coordinate your care with providers whom you know and trust.

Medical Research:

The United States effectively prevents acceptable and productive research on cannabis. It controls authorization of cannabis growing for research and permission to conduct university level studies.

Some studies have been ex vivo, conducted on isolated cells. Only a few have been run in vivo, conducted on whole living organisms from tadpoles to mice.

Legal Status:

Cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In the DEA’s view, it is ranked alongside heroin, LSD, Mescaline, Ecstasy, and other powerful hallucinogenic.

The status makes it difficult, although possible, to access and obtain. But, as important, it prevents researchers and universities from securing the financial grants and underwriting for the necessary medical research.

Addictive Opiates:

The opiates typically prescribed for post-operative pain come with their own problems. For too many doctors and patients, the first option for pain relief fall in the class of opiates. Prescriptions for hydrocodone, oxycodone, and oxycontin clearly do relieve pain.

For the deepest and most severe pain following the most intrusive surgery, they may be the best treatment. But, given the serious side-effects and potential for addiction, more doctors look to non-opioid alternatives in pain management.

Nancy A. Melville reports in Medscape on an increase in interest is “multimodal” pain management such as reducing the opiate intake with a complementary acetaminophen.

Pharmaceutical Research:

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are working on effective medications derived from cannabis, its oils, extracts, and concentrates. There is an obviously large market for such “legitimate” medications as distinct from medical marijuana.

Because of research restrictions in the U.S., most of this research is underway in Israel and the U.K. This work depends on capital investment that is currently unreliable and inconsistent at best until those investors have some confidence in the efficacy of the products, patience with the testing protocols, and belief in the market demand.

Advocacy Clarity:

Earnest as cannabis advocacy may be, they complicate problems with convenient classifications. That is, medical cannabis interests differ from medical marijuana interests. It does not serve the cause well to confuse the terms.

Medical marijuana has been approved in some states for treatment of chronic pain. It permits authorized patients to smoke marijuana or consume marijuana-laced edibles. Some jurisdictions limit medical treatment to cannabis derivatives, and that excludes smoking and edibles. So, “medical marijuana” means different things to different people, and this can get in the way of securing the relief you need.

Pain Management:

Doctors committed to pain management are involved in a complex of interests. Their work is heavily regulated and monitored by authorities. They are involved with insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid.

And, some medical practitioners have conflicted interests in the pharmaceutical industry that is solidly opposed to legalization of marijuana. The most frequently prescribed opiates are manufactured by just a few companies.

Lack of Alternatives:

The degree of pain is a function of several things. It depends on the degree of surgery. When post-operative care requires hospitalization, there is a risk of infection and chance for medical professionals to observe and monitor the pain.

But, patients with shoulder replacements, knee replacements, and other out-patient surgeries leave with considerable pain. Most physicians will prescribe a non-refillable week of extra strength NSAIDs or Acetaminophen. Absent other alternatives for severe pain, they prescribe opiates.

What’s the solution?


In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), Naomi Gingold remarked, “the public often thinks bad pain requires opioids, but opioids don’t cure pain. They mitigate some of the distress. Certain kinds of pain they do nothing for, can even make it worse. And by themselves, they are not a long-term solution. But patients who are still hurting can think more is better and overdose.”

That’s worth repeating. Opioids do not cure pain. They do fool the brain’s pain center at the cost of numbing other systems.

Now, cannabis advocates make no claim that it will cure pain. But, certain strains will impact a complex of human systems relieving the perception of pain, distracting the psycho active centers, relaxing the musculature, and calming stress and anxiety.

A better path for those experiencing severe and/or chronic pain following surgery is a combination of therapies customized to the patient. These therapies might include;

  • Biofeedback to train patients to foresee and control symptoms.
  • Hypnotic therapy can function as an analgesic helping patients visualize their pain and its origin.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a continuing psychological approach to understand pain and how it manifests itself in behavior. The therapist and patient discuss the case and its results on an effort to develop coping mechanisms.
  • Physical Therapy directed at repair and restoration of tissue and musculature or on intervention in areas of pain and inflammation.
  • Meditation as a behavior or spiritual exercise to distract the mind and neurology from the pain and related stress.
  • Alternate treatments through massage and acupuncture have been effective for many patients.

Doctors and patients who want to avoid the risks and penalties of opiate treatment for pain, a strategy that blends and integrates therapies should increasingly allow for effective help from selective medical marijuana. is your comprehensive guide to recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries and strains where you could find nearby dispensaries with reviews and/or explore over 3,000 strains with photos, videos and reviews.”

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How to Curb the Infamous Marijuana Induced Munchies?


Smoking weed leaves most people vulnerable to the munchies. This shouldn’t surprise you. Marijuana is known to improve hunger in medical patients with appetite problems and to enhance the senses of smell and taste.

A little science first

Weed is a brain teaser. According to Rebecca Anderson writing for PBS’s Newshour, “Our brains produce their own cannabinoids, lipids that help our appetite, mood, memory, and pain reception. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, produced in the marijuana latches on to cannabinoid receptors in our brain, mimicking the same chemicals.”

Weed is a gut teaser. Maia Szalavitz reported in Time on research at UC-Irvine: “The taste of fatty food hitting the tongue sets off a cascade of cellular effects. Initially, it sends a message to the brain. The brain then sends a message to the gut, where intestinal receptors are stimulated to produce endocannabinoids. In turn, these chemicals affect hunger and satiety and ramp up your appetite for even more fat-laden foods. That’s why you can’t eat just one French-fry.”

Still, whether it’s the science or the tradition, smoking weed leaves most people with the munchies.

Bad choices

The usual options are not healthy choices: Cheetos, pizza, burger sliders, ice cream, nachos, and more. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. You do not see many fat potheads.

Good choices

  1. Don’t smoke. That’s a no brainer, but if you distribute or stagger the smoking, you also spread the risk of eating too much.
  2. Set yourself up. If you plan your day, you can put some thought into it. For example, you could schedule a yoga session or a fitness workout before you smoke. Any concerted activity will get your positive juices flowing.
  3. Wet yourself. You can drink volumes of water for two reasons. One, the water fills you up. Two, most people do not hydrate enough anyway, and the hydration will help with the dry mouth and dry eyes later.
  4. Get off the couch. You can’t get couch-locked if you are not on the couch. Smoke in the fresh air where you have the chance to stretch your legs.
  5. Eat first. Eating your fill of a healthy meal before smoking works specially well when the smoking finishes a social event. You might even plan a menu that complements the aromas and tastes of your favorite strain.
  6. Pick healthy munchies. This is not a contradiction in terms. If you choose healthy and nutritious snacks, place them where you can’t avoid them or make a nice presentation for guests. You can prepare a tray of chips and guacamole, pita and humus, celery, carrots, and other crudités.
  7. Fruit it up. If you want sweets, you can do some chocolate. But, you can also opt for cherries and blueberries or apples and pears.
  8. Clean up. You can spend time after smoking by brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, or chewing gum to change the chemistry on your taste buds.
  9. Put it away. All you should do is hide the munchies. In fact, it’s even smarter not to buy them. And, you can make better decisions with yoga, meditation, and tai-chi that can make you forget where your munchies are.
  10. Change habits. If you are couch-locked into your smoking habit, you probably don’t give much thought to appetite issues. If you’re not locked, you can make healthy decisions in which your smoking has its place.

How to stop the munchies? It’s up to you. There are so many better choices than Krispy Kreme,  Dominoes, and White Castle.

It could be in your strains.


Some strains are engineered to improve appetite, but others have been bred to suppress it. For example, you should avoid Indica-dominated strains in favor of high CBD (cannabinoid) and THVC (tetrahydrocannabivarin) content.

Richard Gray, science correspondent for The Telegraph reported on research testing on marijuana effects on “patients suffering from ‘metabolic syndrome’, where diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity combine to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.” And, more research is exploring the weed advantage in treating these conditions.

Here are five “skinny pot” strains:

  1. XJ-13: This breed is a blend of Jack Herer and G13 Haze. Allbud puts the content at THC: 22%, CBD: 1%, CBN: 1%. It will hit you fast and mellow you out with creative chattiness and pleasant sweet taste.
  2. Harlequin: At 7% CBD, Harlequin’s ancestry is three Sativa strains. A dense cloud of incense barely hides scents of pineapple, melon, and tropical fruit. Its low THC reduces the high, but it leaves you well able to function at work. Its real value lies in medical applications for anxiety, stress, depression, and chronic pain.
  3. Blue DreamAllbud’s trials put Blue Dream at THC: 17% – 24%, CBD: 2%, CBN: 1% for a potent cerebral high. Users say they feel motivated and creative, warm and numb.  Tasting of sweet blueberries, it fights depression, chronic pain, and sleep disorders. Blue Dream remains hugely popular everywhere you can get it, perhaps because it is a morning treat and social smoke.
  4. Cannatonic: This high CBD option has become increasingly popular. It relaxes the entire body but leaves the brain bright and alert. The CBD:THC ratio of 2:1 reduces the high and the munchie cravings. The earthy and pine aroma treats depression, migraines, muscle spasms, and more.
  5. Moby Dick: This vanilla and eucalyptus treat is a Sativa-high hybrid. There’s a quick rush of cerebral energy, and it doesn’t let go for an hour. Then, it leaves a you relaxed and potentially sleepy, but it won’t lever you hungry.

Wrap up?

Reaching for the munchies is mostly a matter of personal discipline. But, it helps to understand your position. For instance, if you get the biochemistry here, you have some idea of the cause.

That should help you resist the temptation, but if it doesn’t, you have at least the 10 options reviewed here. Give it some thought! is your comprehensive guide to recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries and strains where you could find nearby dispensaries with reviews and/or explore over 3,000 strains with photos, videos and reviews.”

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4 Tips That Will Help You Instantly Determine the Quality of Any Weed Strain


It may depend on what “quality” means to you. It could mean “cheap” if you’re hurting. It could mean “fragrant” if that’s your thing or “tasty” if that’s your preference. It might have to do with its heritage or place of birth. And, it could mean organic and pesticide-free.

But, one hopeful outcome of legalization is standardization of farming, processing, packing, and distributing. Still, if you are a new shopper or experienced one, here are four tips that will help you instantly determine the quality of any weed strain.

#1 – The Smell Test


Good weed sounds like legends – diesel, jet fuel, and skunky. And, if the description fits, you might smell berries, citrus, or grapes. But, you won’t get a whiff of anything like fresh cut grass or mildewed hay.

Sweet smelling strains include fruity Dairy Queen, lemony Incredible Hulk, sweet Gran Daddy Purple, citrusy Alien Rock Candy, skunky Uncle Andy, and the diesel Alien Dream.

#2 – The Look Test


Cannabis is a flowering plant, so select it for its appearance. Pick it pretty and fragrant. But, you want to avoid discoloration and evidence of mildew and bugs.

The poor quality shwag comes in bricks of compressed, buds, shake, and stems. It’s more brown than green and dry and earthy more than fragrant. The light wispy leaves show under-developed trichomes directly impacting its buzz.

Most of the marijuana available comes in at medium grade. The strains are all kinds of green with different colored pistils depending on the genetics.

No one wants to admit selling mid-grade weed. There’s no marketing value in that. But, you can still find “mid” referring to a moderate experience.

For example, Tahoe OG is a mid-Kush that leaves you lay and heavy, a good remedy for insomnia and pain. At its healthiest, it is covered with vivid colors.

Some promote Girl Scout Cookies (GSC), a multi-award winning hybrid of OG Kush and Durban Poison as mid-grade. Its heavy THC load roars with euphoria and pain relief, so it’s not clear why they label it mid-grade. But, you’ll know it when you see its vibrant coloration.

Healthy strains also have heavy crystallization, sometimes with pastel or bright coloring. The high comes from the rich resin in those crystals.

#3 – The Feel Test

The most popular weed feels dry but not crusty. It’s moist enough to feel a little spongy, but it’s dry enough to burn easily but not too quickly. You don’t want it to crumble because that’s a sign it is too dry. And, since the THC is the first thing to go when the buds deteriorate, you are wasting your money.

Seeds, leaves, and twigs do not make a better mix. They waste space and your investment. And, if it is too moist, it has been cured well. Moist buds cost more because they are heavy with water. Bu, they smoke badly and may make you sick.

Even if you can’t smell mold, moist buds may harbor enough fungus and botrytis to produce headaches and nausea.

#4 – The Smoke Test


How the weed smokes tells you something, too. As BTL of South Africa says, “A bud’s ultimate test of quality is in the smoking. It should meet your expectations in terms of effect and ability to be smoked via your desired method.”

This adds another problem. That is, depending on how you are smoking – pipe, bong, or spliff, you want a different burn.

But, on the assumption that you role your own, you want to note how difficult it is to light the weed. You want a fluffy white/gray ash, but it is sparks and sputters when you might it, it could be evidence of chemicals that have not been flushed before curing.

Of course, it all comes down to the high.

Your perception of quality rests on your experience, and that will differ from strain to strain. It may also differ within the same strain. Your own research will show that the same strain can vary in content and power from one producer to another, one farming process to another.

Some users will insist organic chronic provides the best experience while others want homegrown or nature-raised.

Still, others will judge by the taste expecting something more or less harsh, better tasting or smelling, or with or without negative side effects.

Those who can afford it will rave about the highest quality. High Times reports on the top five prices submitted for 2016: “Kush ($333), Diesel ($322), Blue Dream ($284), Purps ($330) and Girl Scout Cookies ($253).”

So, here’s where “quality” becomes a subjective matter. If the strain hits your buttons the way you want for the right price, that’s a quality strain. is your comprehensive guide to recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries and strains where you could find nearby dispensaries with reviews and/or explore over 3,000 strains with photos, videos and reviews.”

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10 Strains That Are Perfect for First Time Smokers


Most people don’t wake up in the morning and decide to have their first marijuana smoke. Most of them don’t hook up with a dealer behind the local fast-food place. And, most don’t enter a legitimated weed dispensary on their own.

There’s usually an acquaintance involved, a user who suggests trying it. But, if you find there is a learning curve before shopping, here are 10 strains that are perfect for first time smokers.

The learning curve

If you are a cigarette smoker, you have some of the inhale/exhale thing down. If you smoke cigars, you’ll be switching to an inhale system. And, if you smoke pipes regularly, you’ll be changing technique. But, friends and store clerks will help you there.

However, before you shop for your first marijuana strains or accept some from your friend’s offered stash, you must consider your expectations. You see, the pot experience is new, unique, and various, so you cannot think of it like other smoking habits.

For the same reasons, it’s hard to predict your experience. Since your experience will differ and it won’t match anyone else in the room, there’s no standard guidebook. This much you can expect if you smoke marijuana.

You inhale and hold it for a bit. This delivers the cannabis chemistry through the lungs and through the blood stream to the brain quickly. That means that whatever high you are going to experience will happen fast.

That impact will likely seem intense because it is new to you, but it will diffuse over the next few hours. And, because the experience is new to your lungs, you may experience some harshness and cough-inducing irritation. So, it’s smart if you start with small puffs.

That being said . . .

Here are 10 strains that are perfect for first time smokers.


  1. THC Bomb – A first choice among medical marijuana patients, you’ll experience a mellow and euphoric high. The sweet berry taste and aroma offer a pleasant smoke with side-effects limited to dry eyes and mouth.
  2. Game Changer – It tastes like fruity pebbles of grape and tropical fruit and packs a solid uplifting punch. But, because it leaves you clear-headed, you may wonder what the fuss it. As a balanced hybrid, it is good for daytime use. The uplift has served medical marijuana patients like anxiety, depression, and anorexia.
  3. Kaya Girl – If you want to zone out like a stone, relaxing and tasty, Kaya Girl might be your choice. Smokers use it for PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Easy to grow, it is also recommended to folks who want to raise their first plant.
  4. Tangie – This strain wins a lot of competitions because of its sweet orange aroma with a touch of spunkiness and pepper. A Sativa-dominant hybrid, it delivers a euphoric, uplifting, cerebral high. The high THC level can overwhelm novice smokers, but the experience is generally positive and happy.
  5. King Cake – You’ll get a fast and euphoric hit leaving you with high energy. Some new smokers comment that they don’t notice any influence from their smoke, but they won’t say that about King Cake. Sweet candy-flavored and brightly colored when ripe, it has a touch of skunk.
  6. Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies – Varieties of Girl Scout Cookies have been go-to options for smokers for years. A prize-winner in competitions, the Thin Mints remind you of the real Girl Scout favorite. Their sweet pine smell smokes rich, thick, and chocolatey, and it flushes your body with a relaxing sensation that leaves you chatty and happy.
  7. Papaya – This is heavily recommended for medical marijuana patients, so it’s a likely starter for novice smokers, a daytime smoke that won’t leave you lazy and drowsy. Its papaya/mango taste signals a relaxing and happy euphoria.
  8. Easy Sativa – A spicy and sweet sensation produces the classic Sativa high. New smokers might worry that the mind races first and then in waves. It’s a buzz you won’t soon forget. It last long and makes you giggle. So, it can be fun for the first-timer in a party setting.
  9. Sugar Black Rose – Flavors are sweet and musky in this high THC content strain. Heavily recommended for medical problems, it benefits patients with muscle spasms, nausea, stress, and tremors, so it’s likely to provide a mild experience for new smokers.
  10. White Widow – With huge THC content, this one is the opposite experience from Sugar Black Rose. A high-energy impact and creative euphoria follows its lemony, earthy, and woody smoke.


The choice is yours!

When you smoke for the first time, the context has a lot to do with your experience. A small group of friends or a party situation will affect your expectations, and the first tote may or may not meet them.

However, you do want everyone with you that this is your first time. Don’t be shy. Ask them how to smoke and what to expect. And, trust to someone if you have an unwanted bad experience.

These ten strains are perfect for first time smokers because they represent a variety of generally mild experience. The list has excluded those known to risk paranoia and bad trips. is your comprehensive guide to recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries and strains where you could find nearby dispensaries with reviews and/or explore over 3,000 strains with photos, videos and reviews.”

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