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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7 Modern World Diseases You Can Treat with Medical Marijuana


This brave new world is full of big new problems. The natural, political, and man-made environments have created pressures and assaulted the brain and body. So, it’s no surprise that individuals react with difficult to diagnose and treat new health problems.

People have self-medicated for centuries with alcohol, opioids, potions, and marijuana. Of these, only marijuana is non-addictive. It’s no surprise that marijuana is proving effective in treating many diseases and conditions because of the current environment.

7 Modern World Diseases

Patients suffering from many diseases seek relief from the pain, depression, and anxiety surrounding their “traditional” diseases, such as cancer, chronic pain, and migraine headaches.  But, here are seven health problems we think of as belonging to these days:

  1. AIDS/HIV/Hepatitis are communicable diseases that can prove fatal. Autoimmune, they have so far defied cure. In varying degrees and often the result of treatment, they are accompanied by chronic pain, general fatigue, insomnia, stiff joints, loss of appetite, nausea, muscle aches, and vomiting.

Such patients understand their situation, and tens of thousands more are surviving as the result of new prescription drugs. But, they still seek relief from the problems with appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Recommendations include Big WreckCritical Sensi Star, and Drizzle.

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease, given that dementia has been around a long time, has still gained a recent and modern attention. Named for Dr. Alois Alzheimer, the scientist who linked the syndrome with the death of brain cells, it has received more attention as the Baby Boomer generation has come of a certain age.

Alzheimer’s has no known cure, and most treatment and therapy seeks to slow its onset and damage. Work by scientists at Salk Institute, reported at NPJ on Aging and Mechanisms of Disease, reports that THC may help reduce amyloid beta, the lethal protein that gathers in the brain.

Medical marijuana physicians recommend using teas, edibles, and strains like Alaska IceMr. Nice, and Paradise.

  1. Autism Spectrum has become a plague among modern children. So far, it has defied easy categorization, diagnosis, and treatment. The spectrum remains so broad it has become a wide umbrella for a score of symptoms and behaviors.


Thousands teach and care for affected children and teens with behaviors that are sometimes erratic, anxious, hyperactive, and aggressive. High THC content does not help such conditions, but high CBD does sooth and calm.

No one suggests that children take up smoking weed. Still, individual experiences and some research finds beneficial effects in the cannabis oils that have proven success treating severe epilepsy. In drop, spray, and sublingual applications, the cannabis derivative presents a dosing issue when treating children.

  1. Fibromyalgia is the nightmare nexus of chronic suffering from spreading aches, fatigue, and stiffness diagnosed at certain body pressure points. Real and perceived pains lead to depression, anxiety, and sleeping problems.

Fibromyalgia most often afflicts women with its full-body musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. Treatment involves a regimen of physical and aerobic therapy, peer-to-peer counseling, and prescription medications.

Cannabis strains, edibles, and topicals relieve pain, inflammation, depression, and more. Patients might try Blue DreamCannatonic, or Harlequin.

  1. Mesothelioma is a new name for the cancers that attack the tissues surrounding the chest, lungs, heart, and abdomen. Exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma in the contractors, craftspeople, and others who worked with and around it.

An incurable condition, they treat mesothelioma with radiation and chemotherapy with the related pain, nausea, and other side effects. Research suggests that a multi-tiered approach helps reduce tumor size and allay the patients’ suffering.

Smoking anything is discouraged when the lungs are involved. But, some practitioners include cannabis oil treatments and/or edibles to reduce the nausea and improve appetite among victims, especially those in late stage suffering.

  1. Obesity has become a pandemic in some cultures. Clearly the result of bad choices for many people, research is finding deeper and more complex causes and conditions, some genetic and others environmental.

Just as clearly, first therapies include diet, life-style changes, behavioral therapies, appetite suppressants, and surgical options. Medical marijuana also helps with appetite issues.

Despite the munchies some users crave, studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiologyconcludes, “even if cannabis consumption increases appetite, people using cannabis are less likely to be obese than people who do not use cannabis.”

Marijuana affects metabolism, and this affects the Body Mass Index. And, given the immediate causal connection between obesity and diabetes, users and researchers are hoping to develop cannabis-based medications.

  1. PTSD has afflicted participants in and victims of sustained psychological and physical trauma. It has been around since there has been war.


They formally categorized PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in the 1980 DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), and they have refined that definition in subsequent years. It now emphasizes the trauma related to events of intense fear, helplessness, and horror.

It challenges diagnosticians and treatment options. Practitioners work to find a working blend of prescription medication, physical and cognitive therapies, diet and life-style changes.

Where veterans of earlier wars self-medicated with alcohol and addictive drugs, victims now enjoy medical marijuana like OG KushGolden Goat, and Pineapple Express. These all present a potent THC psychoactive rush and should be prescribed and used with some oversight.

Relief, not a cure

The conditions listed here command much attention. The news covers them, and related research has increased. They all share a problem in their constancy and continuing debilitating side-effects.

Medical professionals are at a loss to cure these diseases, but their concern is earnest and empathetic. Professionals and patients want to relieve the pain, stress, and fatigue that comes with the territory. While multi-tiered therapies and some pharmaceuticals help, people seek more.

These are only seven modern diseases you can treat with medical marijuana. Others like Attention Deficit Disorder, Crohn’s Disease, and Migraines also deserve attention and respond to medical marijuana. Things may reach a stage where medical marijuana becomes a first resort treatment instead of a last resort alternative 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 Common Mistakes Rookie Growers Make and How to Avoid Them


You never know enough about growing weed. People have been growing cannabis for centuries. But, that’s probably part of the problem – too many experts!

You see, this history of advice most depends on anecdotes. That is, this will work for you because it worked for me.

Nonetheless, here are four common mistakes rookie growers make and how to avoid them.

Here’s a bigger problem.

Fortunately, the cannabis world is dynamic. New strains are bred and grown. Old strains fall out of favor. New fertilizers and technologies come along. And, regulations rear their head.

That also means there are new rules for growing indoors, outdoors, or hydroponic systems, each with their own needs.

Remembering that most of the history has been on a black market, you can’t be surprised no one discloses their secrets.

So, let’s try to consider it all.

#1 – Doing it on your own.


You don’t want to publicize what you’re growing in the garage. But, you need as much help as you can get from trusted sources. Short version: learn as much as you can.

There’s plenty of resources out there. And, that can overwhelm you. But, latch onto a few solid learning sources like:

Cervantes, Jorge. The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana. (San Francisco, IBPA, 2015).

Sabatini, Jason. How to Grow Hydroponic Marijuana at Home: A Complete Guide to Growing Most Potent Cannabis Ever! (Amazon: CreateSpace, 2016).

Sanders, Jay. Growing Marijuana: Beginner’s Guide for Big Buds. (Amazon: CreateSpace, 2016).

You’ll also find hundreds of helpful how-to videos on YouTube. You might check out those posted by Jorge Cervantes.

Learning also means starting small and purchasing what you need from reputable sources. It means studying strains and trying them out to decide what taste, aroma, and high suits you best. And, do not oversupply your garden with soils, tools, and fertilizers until you have some confidence in what you are doing.

Whether growing is legal in your area or not, you need to know the law. Conscientious and law-abiding farmers will not risk violating state authorization.

Tip: Learn to diary your activities on spreadsheet or in a log book. Dates will prove important.

#2 – Saving on supplies.


In time, you may master the process enough to cut some corners, but you’re not there.

It starts with soil not seeds. You waste your time saving on potting soil at the local discount store. There are recipes for so-called “super soils,” but they’re not for rookies.

Texture, drainage, and water retention are important, but any commercial soil will claim these qualities. Cannabis needs water and oxygen from the soil.  Too much water, and the roots don’t grow. Not enough, and the leaves dry out. So, you need soil that retains just enough water and not too much.

Preferred soils are dark, rich, and loose. It has no wood, stones, or debris. And, it does not turn to mud when watered. You can mix in vermiculite, perlite, worm castings, and compost to build a healthy soil. Or, you can purchase well-branded and recommended dirt from:

  • Fox Farm Ocean Forrest Potting Soil is economic and tried and true.
  • Roots Organics Formula 707 uses cocoa fiber as its base.
  • Stonington Blend Platinum Growers Mix may be rich enough to save you on added nutrients.

You also want to scale the number of pots, tools, lighting, ventilation, and more to the size of your plans. Assuming you start with just a few plants in the house, you want to supply as you go.

Tip: This is not just another house plant on the window sill. It needs regulated lighting and irrigation, so spend enough to get it right but spend on systems that can expand.

#3 – Buying seeds blind.


Quality product begins with quality seeds, and that excludes “bagseeds.” Sure, it’s cheaper to save the seeds from a marijuana bud, but they are unreliable and unpredictable.

Quality seeds from reputable sources are worth the extra money. You want the assurance that your seeds are healthy, belong to the strain you want, and have the gender you need for production.

Feminized marijuana seeds have some advantages. They are easier to grow, and they produce bulbs you can use to grow more. Male seeds produce plants that issue seeds rather than buds, and seeds are more difficult to cultivate especially outdoors.

Beginners want strength and resistance in their seedlings and plants, so you need to ask for the right strains.

  • Barney’s Farm sells only feminized seeds from Amsterdam.
  • BC Seeds has created scores of the world’s strongest strains out of British Columbia.
  • Gorilla Seeds out of the U.K. specializes in sativa dominant hybrids.

You soak seeds for 24-32 hours until a tap root appears. It’s time to plan the seed root down knuckle deep in the ready soil. Keep things moist, warm, and undisturbed.

Tip: Water with a lightly carbonated water because soil and plants like CO2.

#4 – Burning plants out.

Too many rookie farmers lose too many plants to nutrient burn. Anxious to grow and harvest, they use too much fertilizer or the wrong kind of fertilizer.

Healthy plants need phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium with every watering. Some people swear by Miracle-Gro, but as the cannabis industry grows, produces are designing marijuana specific fertilizers:

  • Flower Power sells four fertilizers, one for each stage of growth.
  • Fox Farm Trio comes in three bottles with explicit instructions.
  • Dyna-Gro offers two products for growth and bloom.

Soils have pH factors, too acidic or too alkaline. The pH number influences the solubility of nutrients and the growing plant’s metabolism. On a scale of 0 to 14, 7 is neutral. And, cannabis does better in soils that measure 5 to 8.

So, you need to maintain the balance by testing periodically and correcting the balance with potassium silicate or dolomite.

  • Earth Juice Natural pH Controller Up & Down are two separate crystalized applications to balance the pH one way or the other.
  • General Hydroponics GH1514 General Hydroponics Ph Control Kit is a set of liquids to amend hydroponic base.
  • Nectar for the Gods Hades Down & Olympus pH Up stimulates cell growth and microbial activity.

Tip: By quality fertilizer by brand and stick with their line of products because they complement each other.

Your finish?

Rookies with ambitions to compete in the marketplace have a steep learning curve and expensive venture ahead. But, rookies who see cannabis farming as a hobby or small venture for their own use or for medical treatments, it can be rewarding 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 Unwritten Rules and Habits of Marijuana Smoking You Need to Know


It’s sort of funny. Smoking marijuana began as a rebellious act, something outside the norm. But, it now has a lot of rules.

Over time, smokers have established a whole system of behaviors, an etiquette, if you will. If you are a new smoker, you may find you’re not following the rules. So, here are six unwritten rules and habits of marijuana you need to know.

#1 – Making the pass.


No one knows how it started, but you are expected to defer to whoever rolls the joint. The roller gets to light the spliff, take the first hit, and pass it clockwise at will. Whenever it gets to you, you take your two puffs maximum, flick the ash, and pass it clockwise again.

The social circle expects everyone to share alike, so you don’t want to bogart (commandeer) the treat. If you break the clockwise passage by telling a long story or joke, you will upset the circle. And, whatever you do, don’t talk about anything depressing because everyone’s there to chill.

#2 – Don’t slobber.

Everyone wants their share, so you should handle the smoke gently. You should not reshape it or squeeze it. And, you surely don’t want to slobber all over the mouthpiece. It’s not sanitary, and it will destroy the carefully rolled joint.

If you are a new smoker and don’t know how to handle the passing and the puffing, you should make everyone know. They’ve been in your shoes and are very happy to coach you. Marijuana smokers have a firm community willing to help you join.

Don’t join the circle if you are sick. The others will understand and appreciate your not passing your germs. They’ll be okay with you smoking a private pipe if you just let them know.

#3 – Share the load.


Abby Hutmacher, writing for the Colorado Pot Guide, makes the point that it’s only fair to share the cost in some way or another. You can contribute a bud to the party. But, if you can’t you can bring some munchies or beverages, something worth about $5 as a polite gesture.

If you’re smoking someone else’s stash, it’s another reason not to consume the joint that’s being passed. It’s also good reason not to complain about the selection or quality of the strain. If you could do better, you should do it and not blame your provider.

Sometimes, sharing means not participating. If some of the people in the gathering don’t want to smoke, that’s their choice, and you should not bad mouth them either.

#4 – Be respectful.

If you are a guest at someone’s home, you should respect their house. This means taking care not to burn, ash, or trash the furniture, carpeting, or décor.

You don’t blow smoke in someone else’s face. You don’t share with pets, and the group should really hold off their fun until any children are out of the picture.

If there are novice smokers in the group, you want to make everyone comfortable, especially since they might experience some anxiety. And, it behooves you not to con guests, experienced or not, into super strains that produce paranoia.

Respect also means not spitting, so it you’re are tempted, you should leave the room for the bathroom. And, most marijuana smokers do not welcome cigarette smokers to the circle, so if you smoke tobacco, you can smoke outside. In any case, The California Aggie recommends that you don’t want to walk off with anyone else’s lighter.

#5 – Smoke and stay.

It’s rude to smoke and leave. If it’s a smoking circle, you should leave time for some relaxed conversation, for a movie, or for some music. This shares and extends the experience.

If you’re smoking after dinner, it’s only courteous to remain for talk. Marijuana is likely to make you chatty in the first place, but it also draws people together with a few less inhibitions. And, that’s what makes community out of a group.

The key purpose in the smoking is the desire to chill. Of course, how you chill means different things to different people. For the dedicate pothead, chill means couchlock and video games. But, the occasional users want smart and intelligent conversation or a chance to enjoy the view or listen to the music, whatever it takes to make a shared experience.

#6 – Be good to your dealer.

If your only option is the black market, it pays to treat your dealer well. You want to control the situation; otherwise, you’ll find yourself skulking around the edge of danger.

Always travel with a companion to the designated area for exchange with someone you haven’t dealt with before. It’s smart to drive a non-descript vehicle and drive carefully but calmly.

Try to work with a dealer who you can meet someplace less suspect than behind a Dunkin’ Donuts at 3:00 in the morning. And, if the dealer is delivering, you might offer an invitation to enter, enjoy a snack, or share the smoke.

If you live and buy in a state where weed is legal, you’ll want to be polite with your retail store budtender. They deserve thanks and appreciation for their service and expertise. Well-trained, they are positioned to advise you on purchases and coach you on your next steps in your cannabis selection. You can share your experiences with other strains and ask for help in making better or more suitable future choices.

Follow the “club” rules

Cradi Jordan of Lady Bud defines etiquette as “a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group. And, according to Emily Post, it is a method of ‘treating people with consideration, respect, and honesty. It means being aware of how our actions affect those around us’.”

Most weed smokers are not lone tokers. They will form or join a smallish group of friends or co-workers in a pattern of behaviors surrounding their purchase and use of cannabis product. In time, you’ll find the specific group will establish its own code of behavior, including some rules not listed here. And, that’s okay, but these six unwritten rules and habits of marijuana smoking you need to know will help you get a comfortable start. 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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