Why You Should Be Using a Hemp Wick

  • Hemp wick is a healthier way to light up.
  • The steady, low-temp flame of a hemp wick gives you a smoother hit that doesn’t waste any of the good stuff!
  • Using a hemp wick is also environmentally friendly and can save you cash in the long run.

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Spark up and light one!

The flick of a lighter and the strike of a match—both are pleasurable sounds for any cannabis connoisseur. But we’re going to let you in on a little secret that’ll spark up your next spliff: the hemp wick. You can mindlessly go through dozens—maybe even hundreds—of lighters or matches. But switching to a hemp wick can improve the health of your smoke, your experience, your wallet, and even the environment. Let’s get into it!

So what is hemp wick?

Glad you asked. Hemp wick is a healthier and more environmentally friendly way to light your pipe or preroll. It’s a bundle of hemp fibers twisted into twine. Then the fibers are coated in a thin layer of wax. That layer of wax stiffens the wick, makes it ignite more easily, and supports a smooth, steady burn by filling up any pockets of oxygen in the fibers. Hemp wicks, like the ones we use in our new Astor Hemp Wick Holder and Ashtray Set, come in various lengths. The higher the frequency of your consumption, the more length you should buy. But they also tend to last longer than other lighting devices.

Using a hemp wick will keep harmful chemicals out of your lungs.

Lighters and Matches = Harmful Chemicals

Lighters and matches are tried, true, and easy to stuff into your pocket or purse for a quick spark. However, portability and ease is a steep price to pay for the chemicals you inhale when you use them. Lighters contain a mixture of flammable liquids that ignite and produce a flame once you spark them. Butane is one of the most common chemicals in lighters. Unfortunately, if you use a butane lighter directly on your flower, trace amounts of the chemical spread to your dried flower in the process. That means you inhale it into your lungs when you light up. Yuck! Other lighters contain flint. That can cause sediments to make their way into your bowl or bong. Matches have combustible chemicals, like sulfur, in their striking tips as well. And those chemicals can also make their way into your lungs. I know—we’re gagging, too.

Hemp wick = No harmful chemicals

When we inhale cannabis, we really only want the good stuff, like THC and CBD to enter our bodies. Of course, when you light up, you’re burning plant matter, too. So, if you prefer to inhale your cannabis, protect your lungs by making that inhalation as clean as possible. So, get yourself some hemp wick, and your lungs will thank you! When you do, go for hemp wick that’s 100% organic. You don’t want to be inhaling any pesticides, either. And look for organic hemp wick that’s coated in organic beeswax, too. Wicks also come coated in paraffin and soy wax. Paraffin is a petroleum product. Need we say more? And beeswax has a higher burn temperature than soy. That’s important because beeswax won’t burn away as quickly as soy. So a beeswax wick will last longer.

Heighten your smoke sesh with hemp wick 

Be gentle with your flower

When you spend your hard-earned money on premium flower, you want to make the most of your experience. Using a hemp wick instead of a match or lighter can also heighten your smoking experience. Terpenes are what determine plants’ aromatics and flavor. These simple, yet volatile, compounds can be damaged by an overly hot flame. Unsurprisingly, chemical accelerants burn much hotter than a hemp wick does. So they dull the fruity flavors or peppery aromas you could be experiencing. Instead, the steady, low-temp flame of a hemp wick gives you a smoother overall hit and a better experience of your strain’s terpene profile. 

Don’t burn away any of the good stuff

Hemp wicks also let you light your flower much more precisely. Why? The slow-burning flame on the waxed strand won’t go out. So, you can take your time and focus on where you’re putting it. The point of the wick is also more localized than a raucous burst of hot flame coming from a lighter or a match. With a hemp wick, your joint will burn more evenly—without any dreaded canoeing. Once you get a taste of what you’re missing (literally), we doubt you’ll ever go back to a lighter alone.

Hemp wick can save you $$$

We all want the freshest greens in our joint while we keep as much green in our pockets, too. Switching to hemp wick can help you curb spending on new lighters and save money in the long-term. The few bucks you pay at the 7-Eleven counter for a new Bic lighter might seem negligible. But, if you’re a daily cannabis consumer—and most women cannabis lovers are—you can wind up spending loads more on them than you think. As we all know, it can take several tries with your lighter to get a good light on your pre-rolls or your one hitter. Plus, with its lower temp burn, a hemp wick gives you more control when you’re lighting. That means your flower burns more evenly. In turn, you waste less flower every time you smoke.

Help mother earth with hemp wick

All of us can do more to save our planet. Whether it was plastic or metal, chances are that your trusty lighter from the 90s is still chilling somewhere in a landfill. Ugh. Let’s not keep making that same mistake. And cumulatively, those traces of burned lighter fluid contribute to warming temperatures. On the other hand, the hemp/cannabis plant is one of the best crops for drawing carbon out of our atmosphere. So buying anything made from hemp is good for the planet. You might still use a chemical accelerant to spark up your wick, but at least use it as sparingly as possible. Lessen your carbon footprint by quickly sparking it to light a hemp wick for as long as you need it. Don’t worry, we’re not judging if you humble brag about driving electric AND smoke with a hemp wick.

How to use a hemp wick

First, unravel 1-2 inches of hemp wick. The beeswax stiffens it. So, it’s easy to place. Then light your wick. We like to use a candle. That way, you have a flame on standby for the rest of your sesh and a nicer vibe to boot! Let the wick burn until the flame evens out. That will assure that the part of wick that touches anything bad for you will burn away, and the the flame temp will lower. Then, as you inhale to promote air flow, light the mix in your pipe or the burning end of your joint with the wick. Once you take a hit and your flower is burning, put the wick out by dipping it in water or wet your fingers and squeeze it out. Of course, make sure it’s completely out before you tuck the burnt end back against the rest of your wick.

Drawbacks of Hemp Wick

Ok, so there’s really only one. Most hemp wick is messy. That’s because it’s usually sold in a sticky wad. Some people solve this by wrapping a little hemp wick around their lighter or their pipe. But that’s a little too DIY for us at home. We want something that still looks good on a shelf or an occasional table. If you feel the same, check out our new Astor Hemp Wick Holder and Ashtray Sets. As elegant as a French macaron, our ceramic holder keeps your sticky hemp wick nice and neat, ready for your next sesh. And it comes in a yummy palette of colors for every taste.

Cornering with a hemp wick

Here’s a pro tip. If you’re sharing a pipe with a larger bowl, use the wick to “corner” it. Cornering means to only light the flower on one side—or corner—of the bowl. By doing that, you leave some of the flower untouched for the people you’re sharing with. Then, the last person gets as nice a hit as the first one does.

What’s the Easiest Way to Try Cannabis? CBD Topicals

  • With no high and total discretion, CBD topicals are one of the easiest ways to try cannabis for the first time. 
  • Our experts detail how cannabis works when you apply it to your skin—both for symptom relief and for skincare. 
  • Scroll to the bottom for discounts on 2 of our fave cannabis topicals! 

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CBD topicals are a great way to try cannabis

CBD topicals are one of the easiest ways to reap the benefits of cannabis.  Remember: you’re not confined to taking an edible or smoking a joint. Don’t overlook your largest organ—your skin. It, too, holds the power of the endocannabinoid system. CBD topicals have a ton of potential benefits. Psychoactive? No. Addictive? Definitely not. Easy to use? Totally. Discreet? Very. We’re listening. And so should you. Whether it’s a balm, salve, cream, or oil, you can use them to calm issues like inflammation and pain. And they take minimal effort. Just massage them in and voila! Let’s break down exactly how CBD topicals work.

Cannabis without the stigma

Even in 2022, cannabis can come with a lot of stigma. We know. We’re rolling our eyes, too. But the truth is that, even for our most passionate plant allies, ingesting cannabis can expose you to judgment. But, with federal legalization in 2018, CBD topicals have gone completely mainstream in the US. So, think of them as the chill auntie to your typical OTC pain relief cream or gel. With them, you can experiment and explore with ultimate discretion and no judgment. Plus, since they can be great for things like arthritis, they’re the perfect way to show mom, dad, and grandma that they might like cannabis, too. CBD topicals can be a wonderful way to reframe cannabis as healing and not just highs.

CBD topicals and how they work

We’re all familiar with rubbing pain cream on our skin, right? Now, before you let the pungent fragrance of Bengay or your grandparents’ tiger balm kidnap your memory, let’s break down how CBD topicals work there, too. Our skin is semi-permeable. That means it absorbs certain things while ignoring others. When you apply CBD topically, it penetrates 2 out of 3 layers of the skin. First, the balm penetrates the dead skin cells of the outer layer—aka the epidermis. This is the layer that we continually shed as a part of our body’s normal process of regeneration. Then, after the CBD bypasses the outer layer, it penetrates the bottom layer. That’s the dermis. That’s also where CBD can get into the endocannabinoid system (ECS) via specialized receptors.

Can you get high from using cannabis topicals?

For those of us who are long-time cannabis fans, the answer to this question is obvious. But we hear it a LOT. The short answer is no. First, cannabinoids like CBD and CBG aren’t psychoactive. So they don’t affect your brain. But, the delivery system for topicals means that, even if they include THC, almost none will get you high. Joanna Friedlander of one of our fave CBD brands, Flora Sophia, broke it down for us. “As a rule, cannabis doesn’t penetrate into the bloodstream when applied topically, which means that it won’t have systemic effects. Because the psychoactive effects associated with the THC in cannabis can only occur when THC is delivered to the brain, cannabis topicals won’t cause intoxication. The exception is a transdermal patch, which works differently than a cream or a balm. Those do have the ability to deliver THC and other cannabinoids to the bloodstream.”

What kind of health issues are CBD products most commonly helpful for?

While we love our cannabis, due to prohibition, it hasn’t been studied enough for the FDA to allow definitive claims about its possible benefits. With that caveat, there’s a growing body of evidence that cannabis has anti-inflammatory effects. Joanna thinks this is its most important potential. “The skin, muscles, joints, and nerves in the immediate area where you apply a CBD topical could benefit from its anti-inflammatory effects. This makes it ideal for everything from eczema and acne, to a pulled muscle or pinched nerve.”

CBD topicals vs CBD ingestibles

Different CBD products are best for different uses. CBD topicals, like balms or creams, offer different effects than CBD gummies or tinctures. The distinction is localized relief. A CBD ingestible impacts the entire body. It’s processed in the digestive system, enters the bloodstream, and activates the ECS systemically. That means all the CB1 and CB2 receptors—from your brain to your nervous system. Neat, huh? But sometimes that’s just not what you want. Joanna explains, “When CBD is applied topically, its effects are localized in the skin, tissues, and muscles where it’s applied. When a CBD topical is rubbed into the skin, it penetrates through the dermis and into fatty tissue and muscle below, but not into the blood vessels. The cannabinoids interact only with the receptors in this localized area, providing relief from sensitive nerves, muscle inflammation, and joint stiffness exactly where you put it.”

CBD topicals vs NSAIDs

CBD topicals can serve as an effective substitute for NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Those seemingly innocent bottles of pills in your medicine cabinet, like Advil and Aleve, are NSAIDs. They’re a quick and easy way to treat symptoms like inflammation, joint pain, or headaches. But NSAIDs aren’t good for daily use. Taking too many NSAIDs can really mess up your liver and kidneys. Yikes! Risking damage to your vital organs definitely isn’t worth the symptom relief. CBD topicals offer pain relief with no such side effects. That’s because they’re not traveling through your digestive system. 

CBD topicals and joint pain

We love CBD topicals for arthritic joints. We already know that CBD and inflammation go together like PB&J. CBD and CBG can activate the ECS to calm down joint pain and inflammation. Plus, you can use CBD without the negative side effects of other topicals like steroid creams. Flora Sophia makes our faves. Their Muscle, Joint, & Nerve Support Salve packs a whopping 1200mg of CBD. And their Soothe & Calm Skin Salve serves up both CBD and CBG. Bonus—both of these salves smell great, due to lovely proprietary herbal blends. If you suffer from chronic arthritis pain, you can also take your cannabinoids orally for more impact. Coupling orally ingested CBD and CBG  with topicals could offer you a double dose of pain relief. Hopefully, you’ll be hopping and skipping again in no time.

Flora Sophia makes some of the most potent CBD topicals.

How fast do CBD topicals work?

Onset For Pain and inflammation

When you need instant relief, popping pills can cost you precious time. In contrast, cannabis topicals start working more quickly on pain and inflammation because they don’t have to pass through your digestive system. Joanna gave us the deets: “There’s a metabolic process that occurs in skin cells, too. So, activation time can vary depending on the metabolism of the user. Factors like age and skin thickness can influence the time it takes to feel an effect. For instance, CBD topicals absorb more slowly into thicker-skinned areas like the palms, feet, and forearms. So can the form. For instance, water-based and fat-based products typically take different paths to penetrate the dermis. Generally, though, you can expect to feel the effects of a CBD topical within 15-30 minutes of application. CBD topicals may wear off more quickly than ingested CBD, but you can reapply them as often as needed.”

Onset in Skincare

Joan Sutton, skincare expert and founder of 707 Flora, breaks down the difference in how long it takes to see CBD working in your skin. “My skincare has a lot of active ingredients in it. So it’s high performance and you get an immediate result. But that immediacy isn’t necessarily the CBD, which generally has a more cumulative effect. With CBD, because it’s working on cells in the lower layers of the skin, you start to notice the bigger change in your skin after a few weeks. The difference is smooth, balanced, and happy skin. My sister is a great example. After starting CBD, her cheeks weren’t so dry and her T-zone wasn’t so oily.”

CBD topicals & skincare

The skin is our body’s largest organ. So it’s only fair that our skin can benefit from all the goodies in CBD topicals, too. Calmer skin makes a better life. Many people experience skin problems like eczema or acne at some point in their lives. CBD topicals can combat skin concerns by improving its condition at a cellular level.

CBD topicals AND cellular regulation

Everyone’s skin is different. Luckily, CBD topicals have a way of morphing to our skin’s needs and improving its long-term health. Joan touts CBD’s versatility. CBD adapts to the body and acts on its needs through widespread CB1 and CB2 receptors. Skin cells are born in the basal layer, the bottommost layer of the epidermis and travel to the top layer of the skin about every 30 days. If you introduce CBD when the cell is born, it will upregulate or downregulate the cell, depending on what it needs. CBD upregulates dry skin by promoting the natural moisturization factor within the cells. For skin with inflammation, redness, or excess sebum production, CBD downregulates the cell to calm these concerns.”

707 Flora makes a full array of CBD topicals that works for all skin types.

Protecting skin structure with CBD topicals

CBD topicals help tackle inflammation and its unpleasant sensations. Incorporating CBD topicals into your skin routine could also help protect it from irreversible damage due to repetitive inflammatory reactions. Joan clued us into how wide ranging the effects of inflammation can be.  “What many don’t realize is that, when your skin has an inflammatory response, that can break down its cellular matrix to negatively affect its collagen and elastin—which could cause wrinkles. Or, in younger people, inflammation can cause a hormonal response that causes breakouts. That’s why I designed my formulas to work on all types of skin. It’s just how you use them interactively. Everyone can use my serum and eye cream. If you’re dry, you can use my nighttime mask. Or, in oily spots, just my daily moisturizer.”

Are you down to try cannabis topicals?

Topicals are the easiest way to try cannabis for the first time. Its potential uses are abundant—from treating sore muscles to boosting radiant skin. And, other than transdermal products, there’s absolutely no risk of getting high. If you’re ready to see if cannabis topicals are right for you, we have a surprise. Both Flora Sophia and 707 Flora are offering a discount exclusively for our readers. Just use the code PUFF25 to get 25% off of some of our favorite CBD topicals!

Move Over CBD—CBG is the Next Big Thing!

  • CBG may be new to you, but it could be just as useful as CBD.  
  • This cannabinoid has the potential to knock inflammation out cold. 
  • Here’s the latest research about what CBG might be able to do for you. 

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CBG on the Rise

No doubt, you’ve heard about CBD by now. It’s everywhere. But there are other parts of the cannabis plant, like cannabigerol (CBG), that have the potential to be just as beneficial. CBG appears in low quantities in cannabis plants. Don’t get it twisted though! This doesn’t hinder the power of this minor cannabinoid. It’s still potent enough to treat chronic health issues. Here’s what you need to know right now.

The Mother Cannabinoid 

CBG deserves way more shine, appreciation, and research. Ahem, we’re looking at you, medical research community. Did you know that it’s the mother cannabinoid? It’s the chemical precursor to both THC and CBD. Here’s how it works. As cannabis matures, CBG-a turns into THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. Like CBD, cannabigerol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found most in low-THC and high-CBD cannabis strains. Although it won’t get you high, that doesn’t change its massive potential. Compared to CBD, the research for CBG is still in its infancy. But early studies are promising. 

CBG isn’t as simple as ABC

CBG is abundant in cannabis. But that’s only in the early stages of its growth. Because of that, it’s primarily found in young cannabis plants. Remember how we mentioned its acidic form, CBG-a? After it starts transforming into other magical substances, CBG’s concentration in the plant drops like a stone. In the dry weight of cannabis, the amount of cannabigerol in the plant tends to be less than 1%. 

CBG Supply Limits

CBG’s low concentration in mature cannabis plants creates  a unique issue for growers, processors, and consumers. That low concentration means that it takes a heap load of cannabis to make a product that’s high in CBG. In turn, that means more processing. Experimentation on more efficient methods of extracting it are underway. For instance, yeast fermentation technology might offer a more affordable, sustainable, and quick method. But, for now, those of us who want to enjoy CBG’s benefits will have to live with low supply. Of course, that also means these products are likely to be pricier than other cannabis. But, depending on your health issues, it might be worth it.

Bye-bye inflammation

Research increasingly shows that inflammation is the root of many health issues. But early studies are revealing CBG’s potential to treat inflammation all over the body.

Unlike bronchodilators, CBG could help breathing problems without irritating side effects.

Breathe easier with CBG 

If you’ve ever experienced asthma, you’re used to inhalers. Bronchodilators, like these, relax the muscles in the lungs and widen the airways (the “bronchi”) to improve breathing. But these Big Pharma drugs come with side effects like racing heart rate, the shakes, and headaches. With long COVID symptoms in the spotlight, more attention is being paid to the treatment of breathing problems.  One 2021 study used a combo of CBD and CBG to treat lung inflammation. This research indicates that both cannabinoids might be beneficial for breathing problems. Until now, studies about the potential of cannabis for treating lung issues have been limited. That’s due to the plant’s psychoactive effects, the lung irritation that smoking can cause, and the restricted access of researchers to cannabis due to prohibition. But the successful use of CBG in this study might clear the path for further research on cannabis for breathing difficulties.

CBG and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)

IBD can be disruptive, debilitating, and downright irritating. IBD can also cause irreversible damage to your digestive system. But traditional treatment relies mainly on steroids. Unfortunately, the side effects of steroids range from  weight gain to immunosuppression to hip necrosis. Yep, we’re not kidding. Steroids can literally turn your hips to mush. So much for treatment making you feel better, not worse, right? So, researchers are exploring CBG for IBD. In a 2013 study, CBG reduced inflammation and increased recovery rates in the colon.  This study also suggests that it might be able to prevent the damage caused by IBDs. So, CBG could help to preserve the health of your intestines over time. It might be a minor cannabinoid, but research like this shows that it could be a major factor in helping those of us who live with IBDs like Crohn’s disease and colitis. 

Cancer and CBG

CBG could also be an alternative treatment for cancer. You might not realize it, but colorectal is the third most common kind of cancer in the world. A 2014 study showed that CBG could inhibit the growth of these kinds of cancer cells. So, CBG might be able to slow down tumor growth. Since these studies have been performed exclusively on rats, we need further research to understand the effect on humans. In addition, a 2020 study seems to confirm CBG’s ability to suppress cancer cell growth as well as the spread of these cells into other parts of the body.

Brain Health

CBG might also be on its way to becoming a treatment for neurological problems.  One 2014 study positions CBG as potentially helpful for combating degenerative conditions like Huntington’s disease. Over time, this disease negatively affects the nerve cells in the brain to severely decrease  muscular, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functions. Luckily, we can detect the  genetic markers for diseases like Huntington’s now. So, cannabigerol might serve as a preventative supplement for people with these genetic markers.

Other potential uses

From the illnesses we’ve considered so far, CBG has a wide range of potential uses. But, this powerful cannabinoid might just be getting started. It could also help with bladder health and glaucoma. It even has the potential to help out those of us who aren’t sick. We’ve all had those moments when you get a higher dose of THC than you’d like. When that happens, a full-spectrum CBD product with significant percentages of CBG can come in handy to reduce the unwanted effects of too much THC.

Ways to take CBG

We know. CBG is pretty awesome. And finding CBG products is getting easier. But, if you’re captivated by its range of benefits and want to incorporate it into your routine, you can also look for a full spectrum CBD product. Selecting full spectrum CBD products means that it’s more likely that all the minor cannabinoids are in there, too. You can find full-spectrum CBD in everything from from edibles to oils to concentrates. Go with whichever you like most. For those of us who just want the  flower, some strains have more significant levels of CBG. Try White CBG, Super Glue CBG, and Jack Frost CBG.

Check the CarFax! Or in this case the COA

When shopping around, be sure to take a close look at each product’s certificate of analysis (COA). The COA breaks down exactly what’s in the product. If a product doesn’t have a COA, skip it. Instead, go for brands that tell you exactly what’s in them.

Just the beginning

Everything that we’re learning now about CBG’s potential health benefits might just be the tip of the iceberg. As legalization spreads, cannabis research will unveil more of its hidden benefits. Don’t take our word for it. Try out the mother cannabinoid for yourself. 

15 of the Best Latinx-Owned Businesses in Cannabis

  • One way to remedy the wrongs of the War on Drugs is to support Latinx-owned businesses in cannabis. 
  • Keep reading for top Latinx-owned cannabis accessories, services, edibles, growers, and CBD businesses.

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Why Buy From Latinx-Owned Businesses in Cannabis?

The War on Drugs has always been a war on BIPOC communities. Even with social justice initiatives, legal cannabis still favors white-owned businesses. Business Insider found that white men make up 70% of top executives at the top 14 cannabis companies. Not hard to believe, right? But we don’t want to keep it that way. Despite the hardships that Latinx entrepreneurs have faced for years, things are beginning to turn as the world opens up to cannabis. To help you become more intentional with the companies you support, we’ve created this guide to Latinx-owned businesses in cannabis. This is an evergreen resource you can depend on to make conscious purchases that support POC.

Latinx-Owned Cannabis Accessories

HempWick Handmade by Hippies

Our fave hemp wicks are handmade by our fave hippies, Barrett and Javier—a proud Puerto Rican. Why use a hemp wick to light your cannabis? Because it’ll keep you from inhaling any chemicals and make your joint less likely to canoe. Based in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, this delightful pair lovingly hand waxes their organic hemp wicks with locally sourced, organic beeswax. There’s no one else we’d rather get our hemp wicks from! Shop at HempWick Handmade by Hippies and follow @hempwick

Keeping it Blunt with High Hemp

Do you love blunt wraps but want to keep things organic? High Hemp Co. is the first ever all-organic herbal wrap company. Paola Fernandez is the 30-year-old founder and CEO of High Hemp. While working at her father’s cigar company, Paola came up with an alternative to tobacco-based rolling paper and wraps. In 2016, her company created the first hemp wraps. So, you can use organic hemp to roll your blunts. This LGBTQ-owned and Latinx-own business in the cannabis industry prides itself on creating tobacco-free organic wraps that contain no nicotine or any other toxic additives. You can find them in smoke shops around the country or on their website. Shop at High Hemp and follow @highhemp.

House of Puff Makes Smoking Chic and Easy

Do you love to smoke cannabis but are sick of ugly or confusing smoking accessories? Enter House of Puff. Yep, we couldn’t help but include ourselves in this guide. After all, our founder, and CEO, Kristina Lopez Adduci, is a proud Puerto Rican. Plus, she has Latina style to burn. Kristina set out on a mission to create puffware you can be proud of. All of our products start in the artist’s studio. Then, we combine art-inspired design with a focus on social justice to raise cannabis above any stigma. Whether you’re a pro or just getting started, check out our sleek one-hitter, Le Pipe, or our Nebula Rolling TrayShop at House of Puff and follow @thehouseofpuff.

House of Puff is one of the Latinx-owned businesses that's taking cannabis to the mainstream.

The American-Made Glass of Your Dreams

Meet MOTA Glass. This company is the industry’s first Latina- and veteran-owned functional glass company. MOTA was launched by Susie Plascencia and Bobby Lady in November, 2020. The business takes its name from Spanish slang for weed. MOTA Glass is different from other companies because of their product standards. They fight against mass-produced glass and the marginalization of the overworked and underpaid Latinx workforce. Instead, they source their glass from American glass blowers and pay fair wages. Shop at MOTA Glass and follow @motaglass.

Latinx-Owned Businesses in CBD

Find Your Hustle and Flow with CBD Wellness

Hustle + flo founder, Jamie Galvis is a first-gen immigrant and woman of color living in New York City. She understands firsthand the importance of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. That’s because she got burned out by her natural desire to hustle in the city that never sleeps. So, she turned to CBD. This WOC-owned and operated brand makes beautifully packaged CBD products that take the guesswork out of round-the-clock consumption. Shop hustle + flo and follow @hustlenflo.c

High-Quality CBD in the Heart of Wisconsin

Kattia Jimenez founded Mount Horeb Hemp in 2018. This small farm grows organic hemp flower for CBD producers. In addition, Jimenez co-founded the Hemp Can Do It podcast and the Wisconsin Hemp Alliance. Kattia advocates for hemp because it could jumpstart Wisconsin’s agriculture sector. It’s an industry that’s been central to the state’s culture from the beginning. A shining star for Latinx-owned businesses in Wisconsin, she’s continually advocating for access to hemp. Shop Mount Horeb Hemp and follow @mounthorebhemp.

Xula is one of the Latinx-owned businesses that first focused on the health of people with wombs.

Feel Yourself Again With Xula CBD

Xula is a Latina and Black-owned herbal brand that centers on bodies with wombs. Developed with the guidance of expert herbalists and doctors, their formulas provide comprehensive womb and cycle support by promoting easeful periods, PMS and Menopause hormonal balance, and overall wellness. The brand grew out of Karina Primelles’ and Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey’s mutual respect for plant medicine. Recognizing the lack of herbal solutions for  painful cycles, they became one of the first botanical brands to offer a solution. And if you’ve been wanting to try out a CBD/CBG combo to help with inflammation, check out their Relief tincture. Shop Xula and follow @xulaherbs.

Latinx-Owned Businesses in Edibles

Artisanal Edibles from Flame Princess Confections

Jeni Cohen’s creativity blossomed in the kitchen from a young age. She started in Miami, where her Cuban roots profoundly influenced her. In Chicago, Jeni refined her skills and became a well-known restaurateur, event caterer, and music festival food vendor. Jeni is also a daily cannabis consumer. So, she brought her passion for food and the green herb together as the founder of Flame Princess Confections. As many Latinx-owned businesses do, she creates edibles that are as colorful and fun as she is. Visit Flame Princess Confections and follow @flame_princess_confections.

CBD Chocolate That Will Change Your Life

What’s better than luxe chocolate? Gourmet CBD chocolate, that’s what. Flor de María is the brainchild of Venezuelan-born American, Willian Zitser. Capitalizing on his Latinx background, William creates truly delicious chocolate edibles with nuanced flavors like Ghost Pepper Caramel and Lemongrass. He explains, “I want to use Flor de María as a tool to elevate people’s consciousness through the edibles experience. Education about the source of the ingredients is a big part of this. I’ve been using cacao exclusively from Latin American producers I’ve come to know personally. Flor de Maria celebrates their traditions of excellence in every aspect of life.” Shop Flor de María and follow @enjoyflordemaria.

Flor de Maria CBD Chocolate

Dine Higher with Latinx-Owned Businesses 

Higher Dining was founded by 2 sisters—Roshelly and Shanelly. Building on their rich Dominican roots, they’re cannabis experts, seasoned chefs, and top-of-the-line event planners. Based in NYC, they craft exquisitely prepared meals with Latin flair and distinct cannabis doses in each course. But their dining experiences aren’t just about fun. They also outline the medicinal benefits of cannabis in their dishes. So, when you’re planning your next event, consider an artful cannabis dining experience that your guests will be sure to remember. Explore Higher Dining and follow @higherdining.

Latinx-Owned Businesses in Flower

It’s the Magic Hour for Cannabis in Portland

Magic Hour Cannabis is a top producer of organic cannabis located outside of Portland, Oregon. This cannabis lifestyle brand is committed to producing clean, high-quality cannabis. The founders, Will Perry and Adriana Ruiz Carlile, are dedicated to changing the perception that cannabis consumers are slackers. Building on Adriana’s Latinx heritage, they also work to empower POC and women in leadership roles in the cannabis industry. Explore Magic Hour Cannabis and follow @magichourcannabis.

These mini prerolls are made by Pure Beauty, one of the best Latinx-owned businesses.

Pure Beauty

We’re BIG Pure Beauty fans. First, the company is Latina-led by Imelda Oropez Walavalkar. She describes the company as “American, but through the lens of a brown person.” Even more importantly, she’s created a brand that puts the earth first. They collect all their cultivation water from the air, instead of a tap. Plus, to protect wildlife of all kinds, they engineer their grows to have no runoff. And they donate all their used soil to public parks. So, their growing practices are some of the most thoughtful in the industry. All that makes for simply great flower! We especially love their mini joints, which they call Babies. We can’t think of a cuter baby to admire!

Learn about Pure Beauty and follow @purebeauty.

Latinx-Owned Cannabis Services

A Cannabis Attorney Who’s Focused on Minorities and Consumer Rights

Jessica Gonzalez is a cannabis and intellectual property attorney at Bressler Amery & Ross. She also serves as General Counsel for the national organization, Minorities for Medical Marijuana, and sits on the Policy Committee for the Minority Cannabis Business Association. There, she provides advice to Latinx-owned businesses. As a cannabis advocate, Jessica has spoken publicly about social justice/social equity, IP, legislation, banking, and licensing at both the city and state levels. In the cannabis industry, locking down your intellectual property is incredibly challenging. To get it done right, you need someone like Jessica on your side! You can follow and connect with Jessica @jessfgonzalez.

Your Ticket to the World of Cannabis

Adelia Carrillo is the co-founder and CMO at EventHi. She’s also the co-founder of Blunt Brunch. She created EventHi to be the world’s first ticketing site for cannabis events. Discover cannabis events, buy tickets and sponsorships, or you can create your own event to meet people with shared interests. EventHi is one of those Latinx-owned businesses that everyone in the cannabis community can use to enjoy events all around the country. For instance, you can use it to find the ever-popular Blunt Brunch in your neck of the woods. Discover EventHi and follow @eventhi.io.

Knock-Knock, Your Cannabis is Here

Do dispensaries overwhelm you? Enter Kush Cart home delivery service. Lisa Hopkins and Kris Gould racked their brains to make cannabis hassle-free. Then, they connected with Eddy Martinez Montes while he was working for a rideshare app. The 3 of them launched their delivery service in 2018. They work to make their menu as easy to use as possible with convenient payment methods and stress-free delivery in the Portland area. You can shop Kush Cart and follow @kushcart.pdx

12 Secrets for How to Clean a Pipe

  • These are our secrets for how to clean a pipe. 
  • Cleaning your pipes regularly helps prevent the buildup of residue and extends their life. 
  • Whether you want to know how to clean your pipe quickly or give it a nice, deep clean, we’ve got you covered. 

8-minute read

Cannabis Basics

If you’re just getting the whole cannabis smoking thing down, your next question is probably about how to clean a pipe. We couldn’t live without our Le Pipe. There’s so many reasons to love a one hitter. But, even after just one hit, your pipe will get dirty. So, here’s the cleaning secrets you need to know.

WHY CLEAN YOUR PIPE?

It’s important to regularly clean your pipe. Every time you do, you’ll extend its life by keeping plant resin from building up on it. And, if your pipe is ceramic, you’ll keep that resin from corroding the glaze. Resin could not only just render your pipe nonfunctional, it’s also a health thing. Resin buildup can eventually cause ceramic glazes to crack or craze. Of course, any reputable manufacturer will use non-toxic, food-safe glazes. Nonetheless, ceramic glazes are made from natural materials that can contain trace elements of minerals and metal. So, if you see any cracks or crazing, just to be safe, replace your pipe. With regular cleaning, you’ll also get rid of blockages that can inhibit your draw on pipes of any material. Plus, you’ll avoid the awful taste of a dirty pipe. Just like those designer shoes in your closet, you’ve gotta take good care of your puffware!

Secret #1: CLEANING SOLUTIONS

You can definitely buy fancy cleaning solutions for your pipe. But you don’t need to. What you have in your pantry will work just fine. Your fave solution you will probably depend on what kind of pipe you have and what else is important to you. Do you have ceramic or glass pipes? Are you going for speed, an environmentally friendly solution, or a deep clean? No matter what your preferences, here’s the inside scoop.

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Secret #2: HOW TO CLEAN A Ceramic pipe Properly—or any PIPE FAST

If you’re as fond of ceramic pipes as we are, it’s important to clean them in a way that keeps the glaze from cracking or crazing. Here’s the safest way to do it. Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. This method is also the fastest, easiest way. Just soak a cotton ball/swab with alcohol. Then use it to gently rub the soot and resin off your pipe. Make sure to get all the nooks and crannies until any gunk or discoloration comes off. Of course, alcohol isn’t the most environmentally friendly option. (Read on for those!) But in seconds, your pipe will be fresh and ready to go again. And you won’t weaken the glaze on your ceramic pipe with heat or prolonged soaking. Pro tip: After you finish with the rubbing alcohol, rinse your pipe thoroughly under warm water to remove any lingering medicinal taste or smell.

Secret #3: DEEP CLEANING for Glass Pipes

For glass pipes, Kymberly Byrnes from TribeTokes is a big believer in the overnight soak. “I use my glass pipe by GravLabs daily, and it gets so gunked up! I use an old plastic container with a lid from takeout order (REUSE), that I fill with 99% Iso Pure Alcohol—enough to cover the pipe bowl. I soak it overnight with the lid on so the alcohol doesn’t evaporate (99% evaporates quickly). Boom, next morning I rinse it with hot water and I have a clean pipe to puff on.” You can also use this technique with any of the other solutions we outline here. You might just have to do a little bit more scrubbing in the morning if you’re not using alcohol. 

Secret #4: CAN I PUT MY PIPE IN THE DISHWASHER?

We feel you. But, unfortunately, no. For the same reason it’s important to clean your pipe regularly, it’s also important to do it by hand. Cannabis resin is sticky, and you’re burning it in your pipe with an open flame. Just like you can’t throw a pan with burned-on residue straight into the dishwasher, your pipe won’t really get clean unless you rub, soak, or boil off any schmutz.

Secret #5: Use your microwave for a quick deep clean

Sticking any pipe into the dishwasher isn’t a good idea. But, using this microwave method can give you incredible results for a glass pipe. Fill a microwave-safe container with enough water to cover your pipe. But, before you put your pipe in, microwave the water for 2 minutes. It’ll be hot, so use an oven mitt to take it out of the microwave. Then, pour in a generous amount of liquid dishwashing soap and microwave for another 90 seconds. Carefully take the container out and stir until all the detergent has fully dissolved. Next, gently place your pipe into the solution. Now, soak it for 10 minutes. If there’s any remaining residue, submerge it again and give it a rub with a soft rag or a dish sponge. Once you’ve gotten rid of any stubborn bits, rinse it off and voila! You’ve got yourself a sparkling pipe. 

Deon Hawkins of Cannaclusive shares her secrets for how to clean a pipe

secret #6: CONSCIOUS CLEANING WITH DEON HAWKINS OF CANNACLUSIVE

Deon Hawkins, of Cannaclusive, was kind enough to share her pipe cleaning secrets with us, too. “When cleaning anything, I strive to be a conscious cleaner, using products that are green, but get the job done. When sanitizing and refreshing my pipe and bong mouthpiece, I use Higher Standards Salt Rox with a combination solution of alcohol and Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap in almond scent. It works best to get out the smell and taste from the alcohol. Finally, I sweep away any debris with pipe cleaners or Q-tips.  

Secret #7: HOW TO CLEAN A PIPE WITHOUT ANY CHEMICALS

If you want to take it a step further to make your cleaning completely green, you can ditch the alcohol entirely. Instead, try soaking your pipe in a combination of salt and vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar work well, too. @caffeinatedvegan also DM’d us this tip that she uses for her glass pipes. “I like to combine a teaspoon of salt and baking soda with water. Then I bring it to a boil and simmer it for about 10 min.” Again, just don’t do this with ceramic pipes. Any prolonged soaking could make the clay expand, and that will weaken the glaze. Pro tip: If you encounter any particularly hard bits, you can also throw your borosilicate glass pipe in the freezer for a bit and then repeat the soak.

Secret #8: An eco friendly option we love

Here’s another option for when you don’t want to use alcohol with glass pipes. Instead, make a solution from water, baking soda, vinegar, and salt. Of course, you can play around with these ingredients to make something that works best for you. Add baking soda, vinegar, and salt to a pot of boiling water. Then, place your glass pipe in the water. Make sure you don’t cook your pipe. When your solution starts boiling, you’re gonna want to reduce the heat. The solution should loosen and remove the residue in about 10 minutes. If there’s any gunk left, you can clean it off with a scrubber or pipe cleaner. As always, give your pipe a final rinse and dry. Then you’re good to go.

Secret #9: More Green Cleaning for Glass Pipes with Lemon Juice

Here’s another alternative to the harsh chemicals in common cleaning solutions. If you’ve got coarse salt and lemon juice on hand, try this method. Lemon juice is a great substitute for isopropyl alcohol. It’s acidic enough to effectively get rid of resin and stains. Lemon juice and salt are also antibacterial and great for neutralizing odors. Simply shake up your glass pipe in the mixture of lemon juice and salt to strip away residue and gunk. With that and some rinses of boiling distilled water, you’ll get the most natural clean. Use a cloth and a pipe cleaner to wipe off the last bits of residue, and you’re set for your next smoke sesh.

Secret #10: How to clean any pipe with olive oil

Yep, that’s right. You can even clean your pipe with olive oil. So, if you run out of the other ingredients mentioned here, we’re betting you’ve can find some olive oil or another plant-based oil in your pantry. While slathering your pipe in oil may sound  counterproductive, it’s actually a great cleaning option. The resin will soak up the oil and that will soften it, making it easier to get off your pipe. This method might take a little more scrubbing than others. But you can use this completely green method on your ceramic pipe, too.

secret #11: HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN A CERAMIC PIPE?

If you’re a clean freak, you can clean your pipe after every use. But you don’t need to. We agree with Deon’s routine. She shared, “I do this process after 4-5 uses to help cut down any buildup from plant matter.”

secret #12: A FINAL SHINE

Once your pipe is fresh and clean, you also might want to buff it with a soft cloth. Is this step necessary? Not at all. But if you’re a perfectionist like us, buffing your pipe will make it extra sparkly.

Home grow: how to harvest cannabis in 6 super simple steps

  • Here’s your beginner’s guide to how to harvest cannabis from a home grow. 
  • It includes best practices to harvest the highest quality cannabis. 
  • We lay out everything you need to know—from flushing and trimming to drying and curing. 

13-minute read 

Learning How to Harvest Cannabis is Easier than you might think

Whether you’re starting to grow cannabis in your house, on a balcony, or in your garden, home grow is now legal in 18 US states and Washington, DC. If you’ve decided to grow your own, there’s a lot to learn. The good news is that you can start growing with very little investment. But you know that. So, once you’ve germinated your seeds, planted, and given your new garden lots of love, what comes next? Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to harvest cannabis for beginners. 

How long before you can harvest cannabis?

From seed to maturity, cannabis plants are ready to harvest somewhere between 2 and 8 months. That depends a lot on where you’re growing them. If you’re planting indoors, your home grow might be fully mature in as little as 9 weeks.

How to Harvest Cannabis—Step 1: Remember to Flush! (No, seriously.)

Flushing is a vital step before you harvest cannabis. Flushing your cannabis involves saturating the soil and roots of your plant with a lot of water. This process “flushes” your plants of excess nutrients and fertilizer that you added in the growing stages. In preparation for harvest, flushing your cannabis plant forces it to use up any stored nutrients and remove excess chlorophyll. Those can make your bud harsh. You want the smoothest experience possible. Plus, flushing your plants comes with other potential benefits. It can aid in producing healthier, higher quality buds. It can also potentially reduce your curing time. So, please don’t forget to flush.

When to Flush

Flush your plants 7-14 days before harvesting. The exact timing will depend on how long the flowering stage is for the strain you’re growing. For example, if the flowering period is 8 weeks, you could start to flush your plants after 6-7 weeks of flowering. So, when you buy your seeds or plants, make sure you learn what their flowering period is. You can even check what the recommended period is for flushing. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you purchase from farms! Their whole operation is founded in passion. You want the best care for your plant baby, right? Also, it doesn’t hurt to double check your soil type. This can impact how long you flush or whether you even need to flush your cannabis. For instance, if you’re growing with natural living soil (a.k.a. ‘super soil’), experts recommend not flushing.

How to confirm your cannabis plant is ready to be flushed

Flushing allows your plant to reset before you harvest. How can you know for sure that your plant is ready? Look at the trichomes on your plant’s leaves. If they’ve turned from clear to white, you can officially start. To prepare for a flush, stop feeding your cannabis plant additional nutrients.

How to Flush in Planters

Be sure to place your plant near a drain or outside. Fill a large container, like a bucket, with clean water. Flushing takes a lot of water (preferably room temperature and a PH of ~6). So, the more the merrier. Have a small container on hand to scoop water out of the bucket to flush your plant. Add the water to the soil, pouring evenly to distribute the water everywhere. Keep pouring until it’s heavily saturated and you see a steady runoff at the roots. Remember: the aim is to push out those extra nutrients that are trapped in the soil. Water, water, then water some more. Once you see a flowing stream, you know you’ve done your job. Stop watering and allow the base of your plant to drain on its own until it’s barely dripping. And, yes, you should do this daily until you harvest.

How to Flush if You’re Growing Outdoors

Is your cannabis plant living its best life out in the sunshine? No worries. In this case, ditch the bucket because time is precious. Use your garden hose. The general rule of thumb is to water the plant using 2.5-3 times the amount of water used for regular irrigation.

Outdoor Containers 

If your plant is in an outdoor container, the daily process can last from 5-12 days. Flush plants that are in large containers for 10-12 days. Plants that are grown in smaller containers can be flushed for only 5-7 days. Look out for free flowing water to make sure the soil is saturated with water. No holes at the bottom of your planter? Be cautious not to overflood your plant pot. This can cause your roots to rot and we don’t want that. Use a little less water if you’re unsure whether you’re putting in too much. And next time, to make it easier, go for a pot with holes.

Growing in the Ground

As for plants that are directly in the ground, start by referring to the type of soil you’re using to grow. In particular, check how much of your soil is clay or sand. Generally, the more clay soil has, the more water you’ll need to flush it. That’s because clay tends to hold onto water longer, so expect to flush for 15-20 days. If your soil has a higher sand content, flush for 10-15 days. Although you technically can’t flush the roots of your outdoor grown cannabis plant, the process can be applied to support a nutrient purge. 

One of the critical factors in how to harvest cannabis is waiting until your trichomes are milky.

How to Harvest Cannabis: Step 2—When to Trim

We know what you’re thinking—are we there yet?? You’ve been eyeing your cannabis plant daily. Patiently waiting to reap the rewards. Well, it’s great that you’ve been stalking your plant. Visual cues are the key to determine when your cannabis is ready to harvest. Just take a look at its trichomes. What are trichomes? Glad you asked. They’re the crystal-like hairs that appear mainly on the flowers and leaves of your plants a few weeks after they start to flower. Trichomes are where most of the cannabinoids and terpenes are produced—that’s the good stuff! Trichomes start out transparent with resin. It’s best to harvest cannabis when the trichomes turn milky white, or frosty. This signals that your bud is at its most potent. Be sure to trim ASAP. Once trichomes go from milky white to shades of amber, your crop will have lost most of its psychoactivity.

Tools You’ll Need to Harvest Cannabis

Sharp trimming tools

It’s time to start snipping! Ditch your dull and rusty scissors in the junk drawer. This job requires a sharp set of scissors or pruning shears. You can opt for a pair of inexpensive, yet super effective, titanium blade scissors. If you have a larger harvest, we suggest using pruning shears. They’re way more efficient to cut bigger branches. They can also assist with more accurate cutting.

Harvesting is a sticky business

Keep a box of gloves, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and some paper towels on deck. As you cut, that good ol’ sticky resin releases from the trichomes. As a result, your scissors or shears will get gunky fast and become sticky. Thankfully, rubbing alcohol cuts through resin easily. Just dab a little alcohol on your paper towel to periodically wipe down your tools.

Harvesting is also messy

Harvesting cannabis is a messy process. Still, there’s a lit joint at the end of this tunnel. To prevent the inevitable mess, set yourself up to cut on a tray or any other clean, flat surface. Doing this allows you to catch any plant matter that falls off while you’re trimming. If you’re dry trimming (which we’ll explain shortly), this is key because you could also lose some kief. As the trichomes on your plant dry, they become kief—a powdery, pollen-like substance. Kief stores all those cannabinoids that you patiently waited for. Hence, there’s no room for waste. You can also maximize the resin you collect by scraping the excess material collected on your trimming tools. Put it in an airtight container for safe keeping.

Trimming Methods

Don’t abandon your patience just yet. Trimming can take hours, or even days. So, get ready with a vibrant playlist or a stimulating audiobook. Then, decide which method you want to use to harvest your cannabis. There are 2 ways you can do it: wet trimming or dry trimming.

Wet Trimming

Wet trimming is the process of trimming your plant before you’ve dried it. Got a leafy plant with lots of dense, bushy buds? This is the method for you. Wet trimming allows dense buds to dry faster and more evenly. When trimmed, your buds are thoroughly exposed to air thus preventing the dreaded bud rot. This method can help preserve delicate trichomes because they’re less brittle at this stage. Sugar leaves, the small, protective leaves that grow around the buds, are easy to remove as well. Like buds, sugar leaves produce fragrant trichomes which protect the plant and contain the cannabinoids and terpenes. Because of the trichomes, they look like they’re dusted in sugar. Trim your sugar leaves diligently. This will help you prevent any moisture from being trapped in the buds. Trapped moisture can lead to mildew or mold. (Ew.) More on how to trim sugar leaves later.

Dry Trimming

Dry Trimming is the process of trimming your cannabis after the plant is dried. This method is suitable for slim and low density buds. If your plant is growing on the skinny side, dry trimming allows the leaves to stay on it as extra protection for your bud. The leaves prolong the drying process so your bud doesn’t dry out too quickly and, as a result, lose potency. If you’re not a fan of messiness, dry trimming may be the route to go because dry buds aren’t as sticky. Be aware that dry trimming includes utilizing more space for drying. Before you trim it down the buds, let your plant fully dry by hanging the branches for 2-7 days first. It may take a little longer since the leaves are still on it. (See below for dry room conditions).

How to Harvest Cannabis—Step 3: Trimming Techniques

Precious Cargo, Handle With Care

Roll up those sleeves, cuz it’s go time. First things first—BE GENTLE. Handle your flower with care. You want to protect the integrity of the delicate trichomes as much as possible. Start at the bottom of your plants. Then, handling each one by the stem, cut the branches off your plant. Minimize your contact with the buds as much as possible. Remember, the more frequently you touch your buds, the more you degrade their quality. So, try to only handle the stems and stalks of your plants. 

Branch by branch

Lay each branch down gently at your workstation. Then, hold its stalk upside down for maximum visibility. First, remove the individual buds from the branch. For our total cannanerds, the industry term for this process is “bucking”. This allows you to work in little clusters so you can see as many of the leaf stems as possible for accurate trimming. Avoid cutting the entire stem off your buds. Leave them for easy handling and to maintain the integrity of the flower & trichomes. Second, remove the largest part of the branch. That’ll be the fan leaves. You know that iconic long leaf that comes to mind when you think of the cannabis plant? That’s the one we’re talking about. The fan leaves are one of the largest and the most recognizable parts of the plant. Simply snip them closely at the base to remove the entirety of the fan leaf’s stem.

One of the most important parts of how to harvest cannabis is trimming the fan leaves.

Cut with Caution

Last, reign in your focus to remove the sugar leaves. (We suggest a puff of Cinex or Sour Diesel!) Without closing your shears, slide the tip as close as possible to the base. Take a second to visually confirm you’re trimming the leaf, not the flower. Once you’re sure, use the tip of your trimming tool to cut the base of your sugar leaves. Aim for a clean cut where the stem of the leaf meets the branch. If you see that the base of the leaf goes deeper than your bud, remove as much of the leaf as possible up to the point of the flower. Avoid rapidly cutting close up to the flower. This may seem like an efficient way to trim, but it will damage your flower and remove precious trichomes. Lastly, don’t obsess over manicuring your leaves to the point of cutting into your flower. 

How to Harvest Cannabis—Step 4: Drying

You’re one step closer to getting high on your own bud! Time to dry. Drying typically takes 2-7 days. If you went the dry trimming route, just double check your bud stems to make sure they’re completely dry. Do that by bending the stem or branch. If it snaps easily and audibly, they’re good to go for curing. YAY! As for wet trimmed cannabis, there’s one more step. That’s the actual drying. *Gently* place your manicured buds on a drying rack like a freshly picked daisy. You want to prevent any smushing or flattening. Keep your drying rack in a dark space with temperatures between 60-70 degrees F and humidity between 55-65%. You can track those with a thermostat and a handy hygrometer. You might never have heard of them, but you can buy a hygrometer online for under 10 bucks.

Moisture check

After the 2-7 day drying window, test your plant’s dryness by bending a stem. Did it snap? If so, you’re good to go with your harvest. If it bends, wait a few days more and check frequently.

How to Harvest Cannabis—Step 5: Curing 

After trimming, one of the most important steps in how to harvest cannabis is curing. Curing is the process of removing any extra moisture, sugars, and chlorophyll from your buds. Curing is crucial to the harvesting process. It affects the overall quality of your cannabis. Curing can take from 2-4 weeks. You’ll need an airtight jar—like a mason jar—to store your cannabis. Fill the jar up with your buds completely. Avoid compacting the buds or stuffing them tightly into the jar. So leave your bud with some wiggle room. Then, give it a gentle shake to evenly distribute your bud. Finally, pop on the lid and keep it in a cool, dry, dark place.

Check on your curing jar

After two days, your buds should soften. You can touch the buds to confirm if they’re just right. Feel for a slight spring when you pinch them. If you’re unsure whether your cannabis is too dry, splurge on that digital hygrometer to get an exact measurement of the humidity in your jars. The humidity should only be between 55-65% in the sealed jars. If the humidity level is higher than that or your buds feel too wet, leave the lid off for up to 24 hours and check its humidity levels throughout the day. 

Say excuse me after you “burp”

After a week of curing, open your jar for a few minutes each day to let the buds breathe, or “burp”. Burping is important because it releases CO2 and moisture from the jars while replenishing oxygen for optimal curing. That helps remove any potentially harmful moisture from being sealed into the jar. Burping aids to enhance the flavor, aroma, and appearance of cannabis. There are a few ways to tell when your cannabis is fully cured. Take a cannabis bud and squish it between your fingers. The bud should feel dry and maintain its shape. If it’s not ready, the bud will feel squishy, possibly wet, and won’t maintain shape. 

How to Harvest Cannabis—Step 6: Storing 

Pat yourself on the back because you made it to the end. Congrats! After curing, continue to store your cannabis in a cool, dark place. Avoid storing cannabis in the heat. This can make your buds get moldy and reduce their potency. It’s best to store your cannabis in airtight containers to minimize oxygen exposure. Keep your buds fresh for as long as possible. You deserve the best quality after all the hard work you’ve put in. Now, you know how to harvest cannabis. What are you still doing here? Put down this article and spark up a joint. You earned it!

Is There Really a Difference Between Sativa and Indica?

  • What’s the backstory behind the difference between sativa and indica cannabis strains? 
  • What does science tells us about the sativa/indica divide? 
  • Tips for navigating sativas, indicas, and hybrids in real life. 

8-minute read

Why are the terms sativa and indica important?

The difference between sativa and indica varieties of cannabis is a topic that many cannabis connoisseurs have strong feelings about. For new consumers, understanding sativa and indica is essential, too. That’s because the terms are everywhere—especially when you’re shopping at your local dispensary. Read on for the basics, including history, science, terpenes, strain experiences, and how hybrid strains fit in.

Difference Between Sativa and Indica—The Backstory

There’s no debate as hotly contested in the entire cannabis community as the one currently raging over whether there’s really a difference between sativa and indica. Even as a new consumer, no doubt you’ve already seen or heard these terms. For our purposes, the debate really exists among the cannabis obsessed, the “cannanerds” if you will. All due respect, of course, because we’re definitely huge cannabis nerds ourselves. And, if we’ve done our jobs right here, you’ll want to branch out on your own cannabis adventure to investigate if you think there’s a difference, too!

Human Consumption of Cannabis is Age Old

First, let’s set aside the myth that cannabis is a new thing. Just like alcohol, humans have been consuming cannabis for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence points to the first human consumption of cannabis from the Steppes of Central and Western Asia over to the famed Hindu Kush in South Asia. From there, cannabis consumption spread into SouthEast Asia. Later, it spilled westward into Europe and Africa. Unsurprisingly, cannabis made its home wherever humans have. In the book Cannabis and the Soma Solution, Chris Bennett argues that cannabis has been part of spiritual and religious practices as far back as the historical record goes. But the earliest concrete evidence so far of humans consuming cannabis with THC comes from a burial site along the Silk Road in China from 500 BCE.

A Brief History of the Cannabis Plant

Cannabis evolved about 28 million years ago on the eastern Tibetan Plateau. It’s a close relative of hops—the ones used to make beer. Depending on where cannabis grew, variations of the plant began to thrive. Those varieties sprang from the different climates and soil conditions in which it was growing. The sativa variation, recognizable by its longer leaves, tended to prefer more tropical climates. Indica varieties, a shorter plant with wider leaves, are found especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range that sits to the west of the Himalaya. Regardless of their differences, the plants share their genetics. Much the same as coffee, corn, or rice, we aren’t talking about different plants—just a wide diversity of the same plant.

Difference Between Sativa and Indica—Common Wisdom

Those of us who have been using cannabis for years, though, have been told that there’s a basic difference between sativa and indica. The common wisdom has been that sativa is a sort of cannabis AM—uplifting and energetic. In comparison, indica has been said to be cannabis PM—relaxing, calming, and potentially sleep-inducing. Spend just a few minutes looking at a cannabis dispensary menu and you’ll see almost everything referenced as sativas, indicas, or hybrids of both.

Difference Between Sativa and Indica—The Science

That distinction, though, doesn’t seem to be holding up to scientific inquiry. In fact, a 2021 scientific study found that the difference between sativa and indica varieties have such “low genetic and chemical differences” that they’re “indistinct”. Nonetheless, while some botanists classify now cannabis as a single species, others continue to classify it as 4 subspecies: cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, cannabis ruderalis, and cannabis afghanica.

Why the Sativa/Indica Divide?

So, what could account for the sativa/indica divide? Of course, we’re always learning more from science. And a lot of the data about cannabis is very new. That’s partly because prohibition stymied serious research into the plant until very recently. But perhaps that divide also developed because of the simplicity that consumers crave? The cannabis shopping experience is admittedly complex. It comes with lots of tricky intersections. By dividing the options into just 3—sativa, indica or hybrid—the industry provided us with a way to get a handle on what we’re buying. In fact, the experience of cannabis shows us that there is, at least, some difference between the effects of sativa and indica when we consume them. How can we bridge the gap between what many of us have perceived as a difference versus what science confirms?

Difference Between Sativa and Indica—Is it the Terpenes?

The question of terpenes might offer hope for resolving the conflict between those who believe there’s a difference between sativa and indica and those who don’t. Cannabis researcher, Dr. Ethan Russo, argues instead that the differences we experience between strains are due to their terpene profiles—not a difference between sativa and indica plants. Terpenes are definitely more complicated to learn about. (Check our terpene guide to start.) If you think about it, though, terpenes are like knowing which grapes you prefer in wine. Sure, there’s the simple choice of red or white. But most of us like some wines of each type and not others. So, over time, we learn that we prefer pinot noirs instead of cabernet sauvignons. It’s the same with terpenes. As you get more experience with cannabis, you learn that sativa or indica matter less to you than whether the strain is heavy in the terpene myrcene or hits you with the terpene limonene first.

What’s a cannabis novice to do?

The reality is that the indica/sativa divide can be useful for new consumers. When you’re just starting to try cannabis, determining your preference between sativas and indicas is the simplest way to get started. Then, once you get your weed legs, you can dive deeper into terpenes. After all, there’s no right or wrong. It’s just a matter of finding what you like.

Difference Between Sativa and Indica—The Experience 

Here’s what you can expect from many strains that are either sativa- or indica-dominant in their lineage. By the way, if you’re wondering, hybrids are actually the most popular classification right now. That’s because most of the flower, concentrates, or edibles now on the market are a mix of sativa and indica. Some retailers break down the difference between sativa and indica in their products. But, given the controversy, it’s probably best to take exact measurements with a grain of salt.

Stereotypical Sativa Effects

Sativa has been touted as daytime cannabis. For some, a strong sativa creates uplifting, euphoric feelings that can stimulate your mind as well as your desire to socialize and connect verbally with others. As you know now, there are a lot of factors in how each of us reacts to cannabis. So, you might try Sour Diesel and find that it makes you go inward instead. For that reason, it’s always important to start low and go slow. That said, the effect of a sativa can be helpful for socializing with friends, creative pursuits, or exercise. For those of us who really enjoy that effect, there’s nothing like a puff of Blue Dream with a cup of coffee to start a rainy afternoon of creative play. Also, for many new consumers, sativa can feel less intense than indica. So, you might feel more comfortable experimenting with one.

Popular Sativas

If you want to try a sativa, here’s several strains that are popular now or perennial favorites. Sour Diesel is widely available and a standby. Blue Dream is equally available and one of the greats. You can also find Super Lemon Haze at many dispensaries. For a giggly version, try Frosted Lemons. And, if you want an especially potent dose, try Ghost Train Haze. For other possibilities, check out our guide to cannabis strains.

The difference between Sativa and Indica is that Sativa is much taller and skinnier than Indica.
The difference between Sativa and Indica is that Indica is a much shorter and mounding plant than Sativa.

Stereotypical Indica Effects

For the most part, indica strains are thought to be best consumed later in the day. But you shouldn’t always follow the popular wisdom that an Indica will just leave you in couchlock. Their effects can be lots of fun, too. There are plenty of good times to be had with an indica-dominant strain like Purple Kush or Northern Lights.

Popular Indica Strains 

If indica sounds more up your alley, Bubba Kush is famous for its calming effects. Both Northern Lights and Skywalker OG are also widely available. GSC is likely to leave you relaxed, happy, and hungry. Or, if you’re dying to sink deeply into the couch for a long nap, go for a Granddaddy Purple.

Hybrid Strains

As you might guess at this point, hybrids are a bit of a red herring. That’s because most strains you’ll come across these days will be some kind of hybrid. So, they can go either way. They can be used to enhance whatever part of your day you want to add a little elevation to. Depending on your intention and how you respond, expect your experience with hybrid strains to range from sedative all the way to energetic—and everything in between.

Popular Hybrid Strains

If you’re looking for a relaxing euphoria that can combat pain, try Wedding Cake. It’s easy to find. Or, if you prefer a more talkative high, check out NYC Diesel. Mac 1 is popular right now, and it offers a balanced experience. For stronger stuff, give Gary Payton a shot. But you might want to wait until you’re experienced to try Mimosa. Its THC percentages tend to be very high. Whatever your preferences are, we hope we’ve shed some light on the difference between sativa and indica strains. The science behind why each strain affects you like it does might still be hazy. But one thing’s sure. When we mindfully consume cannabis, its ability to enhance our lives is clear.

Get Your Best High with Our Guide to Cannabis Strains

  • Here’s a curated guide to some of our fave cannabis strains. 
  • Whether you want to try cannabis for anxiety, sleep, creativity, focus, relaxation, pain, or just a good laugh, there’s a strain for that!
  • So, scroll down to find out how you can tailor your cannabis experience to your specific needs.

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Cannabis Strains and their effects

Our cannabis strain guide is here to help you explore everything that cannabis has to offer. While everyone’s response to each strain can vary, we’ve focused on the most common effects of each. That includes whether the strain has a more bodily or a cerebral feel and its typical potency. We’ve also paid special attention to terpene profiles. So, we’ll help you find, not only the cannabinoid combo you prefer, but also the terpene profile that works best for you.

AK-47

AK-47 is a complex Sativa/Indica hybrid that comes from crossing Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani plants. Its THC percentages tend to be in the high teens. It also has a healthy dose of caryophyllene. Studies show that this terpene seems to beneficially activate our cannabinoid receptors all on its own, even without cannabinoids. AK-47 is one of those cannabis strains known for making you feel mellow, peaceful, and euphoric. In keeping with its military namesake, this plant is an olive green color with vibrant red and orange pistils.

BLUE DREAM—One of the most popular cannabis strains

Blue Dream has a beautiful, sweet berry aroma. It’s a popular hybrid created by crossing Blueberry and Haze strains. The dominant terpene in Blue dream is myrcene, which means this strain might help you with bodily relaxation and pain relief. Blue Dream averages about 18% to 24% THC with a low CBD percentage. It also might help boost your mood. But Blue Dream doesn’t look like its name. This cannabis strain typically has sage green buds with orange and yellow pistils.

BC ROADKILL

BC Roadkill is a hybrid strain known for its energizing and euphoric high. This cannabis strain has anywhere from 12-25% THC. But don’t let its name deter you. This uplifting strain is great for a day out. While it’s known to have a skunky aroma, its effects are anything but stinky. In fact, fans of this trippy strain especially note its tendency for inducing giggly, social vibes. With its vivid forest green hue, BC Roadkill looks like a Christmas tree. Some of its leaves are long and curly, and its coloring can include orange, blue, and, sometimes, purple

BLUE CHEESE—A Cannabis STrain we Love for relaxation

Blue Cheese is an Indica-dominant cultivar with a terpene profile that includes myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene. This is one of those cannabis strains that’s best known for its potentially relaxing and calming effects. Those de-stressors could partially be the limonene. While you might not guess it from its name, Blue Cheese smells sweet—like a unique combo of berries and blue cheese. In our opinion, it’s one of the best cannabis strains to induce relaxation without making you too sleepy. Its THC percentages tend to be in the upper teens. You’ll know it by its emerald-ish color with highlights of blue and purple. And here’s a final bonus. We love Blue Cheese for movie night—we suggest pairing it with the iconic film, The Devil Wears Prada.

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BUBBA KUSH

Bubba Kush is an Indica-dominant cannabis strain known for its sweetness and unique nutty scent, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Bubba Kush’s terpene profile includes limonene, myrcene, and caryophyllene. This strain is known for its potentially soothing effects. It’s famed for a dreamy vibe that combines mind-blanketing euphoria with deep muscle relaxation. So, we suggest consuming Bubba Kush during downtime or as you’re ending your night. The THC is around 23% with very low CBD. You’ll recognize this strain by its purple and blue buds with small pistils ranging from yellow to orange.

ChemDawg

ChemDawg is one of those cannabis strains that’s great for relaxation and freeing your mind from negative or racing thoughts. Look out, though, because ChemDawg has a strong, distinctive smell. You can smell it before you see it! The terpenes found in Chemdawg include caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene. ChemDawg normally has healthy percentages of THC in the high teens with low CBD. ChemDawg has a different look than most cannabis strains because it has long leaves and medium-sized buds. Throughout the plant, you’ll see various colors of green and a hint of silver.

GELATO—One of the best cannabis strains for creativity

Gelato is one of our favorite hybrid strains to use when we want to get in a creative mood. It tends to hit you immediately with sweet notes of citrus, lavender, and a touch of strawberry. This Indica-dominant hybrid is known for psychedelic effects like sound sensitivity and time dilation. It’s also famed for its potential to induce a mellow, balanced high that could put you in a social mood. You can also try it out for a stress break. Its dominant terpenes are limonene and myrcene. It’s also quite strong, with THC percentages in the mid to upper 20s and low percentages of CBD. Gelato has a rich plum color with beautiful orange pistils and white frost. Also, note that this strain has an especially strong scent.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (GSC)

Girl Scout cookies (aka GSC) is an Indica-dominant hybrid that was bred by crossing OG Kush and Durban Poison. GSC is known for its euphoric high and bodily relaxation. So, this strain might help you with chronic pain and stress. It also tends to give us the munchies. That means it could be great for your appetite, too. If you give it a try, you might want to have something yummy on deck. The main terpenes in GSC are caryophyllene, limonene, and linalool. They give it a sweet, dessert-like aroma. As cannabis strains go, this one tends to be quite strong. It has THC percentages in the upper 20s and low percentages of CBD and CBG. So, start low and go slow with it until you find the right dosage. GSC has long purple leaves, with touches of green and orange pistils.

HONEY BANANA

Honey Banana is a hybrid strain known for being sweet. But it’s still got some sting! It’s a great cannabis strain to try out if you’re a beginner. The flower, itself, can be sticky to the touch, like honey, too. That’s from the resins that make the cannabinoids. Some people report that this hybrid also smells distinctly of banana. Honey Banana is known for a full-body invigorating buzz and feelings of cerebral euphoria. The main terpene in this strain is myrcene, and its THC percentages tend to range from 18-22% with low CBD. Honey Banana has a fall vibe with its honey glow and orange-green pistils.

JACK HERER—Try this cannabis strain for uplifting energy

Jack Herer—enthusiasts claim that this infamous Sativa-dominant hybrid can be better than a cup of coffee. It’s meant to induce a balanced mental and physical high that’s heavy on bliss and creativity. Jack Herer is the rare strain that’s rich in terpinolene, which gives it notes of spice and pine. Its THC ranges from percentages in the high teens into the 20s with very little CBD. This plant has a woodsy color. It’s deep forest green with strands of orange.

Cannabis strains are about a whole lot more than looks!

Jilly Bean

Jilly Bean is one of our go-to hybrids for relieving anxiety. It’s a cannabis strain that doesn’t tend toward the panic or paranoia that other Sativas can cause in some people. Jilly Bean might be ideal for bringing out the social butterfly in quieter, types. Just take a couple puffs while you’re getting gussied up. Then, let your true personality shine through without a hint of that pesky anxiety getting in your way. The dominant terpene in this strain is myrcene. In addition to an earthy sweetness, myrcene also has a reputation for bringing the happy. This hybrid has moderate THC levels in the high teens, with low CBD. At its best, Jilly Bean is covered in frosty trichomes with tones of green and orange throughout.

KILLER QUEEN

Killer Queen is a hybrid cannabis strain that most people find energizing and uplifting. It tends toward a heady high more than any bodily effects. Its dominant terpene is caryophyllene, which research suggests might positively interact with the immune system and inflammation. So, it has a tropical flavor and earthy, herbal notes. This strain is normally moderate potency, with THC percentages ranging from the high teens to the low 20s. Killer Queen might also have the potential to alleviate stress, depression, headaches, and nausea. Plus, it might help with increasing your ability to focus.

LAMB’S BREAD 

Lamb’s bread is a Sativa variety with its roots in Jamaica. In fact, it was Bob Marley’s favorite. This strain is known for its energetic and uplifting effects. Lamb’s Bread is one of the most popular cannabis strains with medical patients because it’s might help with chronic stress and depression. Try its long-lasting heady high to see if it can keep you feeling uplifted and energetic all day. The main terpene in Lamb’s Bread is caryophyllene, making it a bit spicy and sage-like. Research suggests that carylophyllene could help reduce inflammation. This strain’s THC levels tend to be in the higher teens, and it’s low in CBD. Lamb’s Bread has bright earthy green buds and changes to different shades of green. 

Lemon Lime—One of the best cannabis strains if you’re new to the plant

Lemon Lime bursts with a fresh, citrusy flavor. Like many other cannabis strains, Lemon Lime may induce some lovely heady euphoria and the relaxation that comes with it. As you might guess, this strain’s dominant terpene is limonene—the citrusy aroma widely hailed for its uplifting properties. This Sativa-dominant strain was bred from a cross of Lemon and Key Lime Haze. With levels of THC in the low teens and a little bit of CBD, this is one of those cannabis strains that can be perfect for newbies and people with less tolerance. It’s also a good candidate for microdosing. You’ll recognize the Lemon Lime plant by its light and dark shades of green with hints of orange.

Mango Kush

Mango Kush is an Indica-dominant hybrid strain. As its name suggests, this is one of those cannabis strains that tastes like mango (with a little hint of banana). The terpenes that contribute to its tropical scent include myrcene, and pinene. If you’re looking for an immediate kick, Mango Kush could be the way to go. This strain is famed for the kind of euphoric high that can make you a social butterfly. It can also be one of those munchie strains. So, you might look to it to calm nausea and jumpstart your appetite. Its THC percentage ranges from the high teens to 20s with a little CBD. Mango Kush is covered with orange pistils.

MENDO BREATH

Have you had a long, stressful day and want something to combat any anxiety before bed? Mendo Breath, an Indica-dominant hybrid, could be your ticket to pain relief. But you might want to save this strain for bedtime because it can induce a heavy, trancelike, sleepy buzz. The dominant terpenes are camphene and caryophyllene. We need more research, of course, but camphene has potential as an antibacterial agent. Its THC percentages are in the high teens to low 20s with notable CBD and CBN, too. Mendo Breath has a sweet, vanilla-and-caramel taste and frosty appearance.

Northern Lights—an award-winning cannabis strain

Northern Lights is one of those cannabis strains that might be able to save your night with its relaxing, sedative effects and fruity smell. Its terpene profile includes myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene. It might be the ideal strain for a nightcap. Devotees of Northern Lights cite mind-easing euphoria and the alleviation of muscle pain. If you’re dealing with depression, stress, or insomnia this could be a strain for you. This award-winning Indica has a very high THC level ranging from the high 20s to 30s and a little CBD. You’ll know Northern Lights by its olive green buds with hints of purple, blue, and orange.

OG Kush

OG Kush (aka Premium OG Kush) is a Sativa-dominant hybrid strain. This cannabis strain is known for its balanced head and body high. OG Kush could be a great strain to ease into your evening because of its reputation for inducing a de-stressing cerebral euphoria. It also has high levels of myrcene, with its many therapeutic potentials, and uplifting limonene. An early cultivar, OG Kush has THC percentages ranging from the low to mid-20s and very little CBD. The plant features yellow and green leaves with orange and green pistils.

Orange Cream

If you’re a lover of OG or Cookies cannabis strains, you’ll likely love Orange Cream (aka Orange Cream #26), too. This plant is a cross of these 2 strains and purports to deliver the best of both. This Indica-dominant cultivar has a citrus sweet taste almost like a dessert. Counter-intuitive to that sweetness, its dominant terpene is caryophyllene. Orange Cream has the potential to deliver a fast-acting high that’s chill, tingly, and mentally hazy. Since it tends to dissolve into drowsy sedation, save this one for nights or when you want to nap. This strain might also stimulate your appetite—so have snacks on hand! Its THC levels range from about 15-20% with a small amount of CBD. This strain is characterized by a rainbow of colors featuring green, orange, red, and even a tad of purple.

PEACHES AND CREAM

We think Peaches and Cream is fantastic for an energizing pick-me-up anytime. The dominant terpene in this strain is myrcene, and might help increase your focus and creativity by leading to some deep thoughts. Or it could just make doing the laundry more fun. Peaches and Cream’s THC percentages are in the low teens and it also includes CBD. But, if you deal with paranoia or anxiety, this strain might not be for you. This cultivar has a sweet peach aroma, and it looks like a pinecone with densely packed leaves. You’ll know the Peaches and Cream plant by its mixture of dark and light green with orange pistils.

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS—A cannabis strain everyone’s heard of

Pineapple Express is one of the most renowned cannabis strains. This hybrid is said to produce a lovely amalgam of physical and cerebral effects. It’s meant to relax you without putting you to sleep. So, you could try taking a hit when you’re feeling stressed. Its benefits are also touted for sore muscles and joints—or if it’s that time of the month on top of everything else. This strain has notes of fresh apple as well as its namesake, fresh pineapple. Its main terpenes are myrcene and caryophyllene with THC percentages in the high teens and a little CBD. The strain has long leaves with hints of orange and red.

Romulan

Romulan is an Indica-leaning strain that’s known for its balanced body/mind high. If you’re looking for relief from pain or muscle spasms, this might be the strain for you. Even though its THC percentages tend to be only in the teens, this is one of those cannabis strains that’s renowned for its potent, narcotic-like effects. So be careful about your dosage even if you’re an experienced consumer. Romulan’s terpene profile is dominated by calming myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene. Romulan features bright green leaves that are typically frosty with cannabinoid-laden resin and coppery pistils.

If you choose your cannabis strains right, you can tailor their effects to just what you want

WEDDING CAKE

For good reason, Wedding Cake (aka Triangle Mints #23) has become a very popular cannabis strain. This Indica-dominant hybrid is lauded as providing euphoric effects that calm both the mind and the body. Wedding Cake’s terpene profile includes caryophyllene, humulene, which has the potential to combat inflammation, limonene, with its uplifting effects, and terpinolene. Its THC percentages are in the mid-to-high 20s with a low percentage of CBD. Wedding Cake has a similar appearance to an actual vanilla wedding cake with frosting throughout over hints of pink and purple. 

White Widow

White Widow is one of many cannabis strains we’ve found that’s geared towards uplifting energy. So, it could be a great hybrid for socializing and creativity. White Widow is also cited as producing fast-acting cerebral effects that can make you more aware of your surroundings. However you choose to consume it, we find that White Widow gives us a euphoric feeling of contentment. This is another strain that’s high in myrcene. Myrcene is an earthy terpene that seems to have calming properties. The THC in this strain is typically 17%-20% and very low in CBD. Like its name, White Widow is typically frosty, with a crystal-like appearance in the light.

The Dos and Don’ts of How to Get High

  • Here’s how to get high for the first time. 
  • It’s best to create a safe space and be open to the experience. 
  • There are several methods you can use to get high.

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Different kinds of cannabis can have vastly different effects

Cannabis isn’t one-size-fits-all. There are hundreds of strains and tons of formulations. And all of them have pros and cons. That’s where cannabis differs significantly from alcohol. When you’re picking your booze of choice, the experiential difference mainly comes down to just strength and taste. Both the blessing and the curse of cannabis is that all those varieties of the plant can have vastly different effects on you. That means, much more so than alcohol, you can tailor your experience of it to your needs. But it also means that cannabis is more complex than just popping a cork. So we polled you, our amazing community, to come up with the dos and don’ts of how to get high.

Why are you trying to get high?

If you identify why you want to get high before you hit a cannabis dispensary, you’ll have a much better experience. With legalization, we’re now spoiled for cannabis choice. You can consume the plant for loads of reasons—from some good old fashioned giggles to serious medical treatment. But all that choice means your experience with the plant might not be the same as your peers. Ultimately, you need to do your own research. That way, you can make the right decision for yourself and your needs. 

Peer pressure and how to get high

Cannabis is a very personal thing. Your friend might like concentrates. But dabbing might be too strong for you. Your significant other might love smoking while you don’t dig it because it hurts your throat. @Xeno_morphine shared her first experience. It wasan absolute nightmare, peer pressured by an ex, greened out real bad, like exorcist projectile… only found my peace and solace with dope years later lmao.” As they discovered, having a great cannabis experience is all about honoring your personal preferences. So, take inventory and figure out how to get high in the way that works best for you. Don’t bow to peer pressure.

Learn how to get high because YOU want to

When you feel like cannabis might be the right fit for you, go for it! The plant might be able to help you with medical issues as diverse as anxiety, blood pressure, mood, and appetite. But it often takes more than one try to enjoy cannabis. Some people hit it off with the plant right from the start. But most of us don’t. Nonetheless, we keep trying it because we want to experience its many potential benefits. @Gt.rollingco explained that it took 4-6 times for them. “Then I finally felt something. But when I did feel it. I was like hmmmmm this is nice.”

When you're thinking about how to get high for the first time, go for a calm, relaxing environment

How not to get high

@Grandmas_cottage_books shares some great insight into what to avoid with their cautionary tale. “I was 38 and worried about trying it. The person I trusted to dose for me got it way wrong. Then they gaslighted me and told me that nothing I was experiencing could be from the weed. I threw up for hours. (They told me that marijuana helps with nausea, so it couldn’t be the weed’s fault.) The room was spinning and things like the kitchen sink were moving. (They said weed couldn’t have that hallucinogenic effect.) Then I was couchlocked. (They said that weed makes you happy and energetic, so my reaction to it was wrong.) An absolutely terrible experience all around.”

Do create a safe space for yourself

If you can, when you’re getting high for the first time, try it with someone you really trust. Even better, make sure you’re in a safe space while enjoying the ride. Your choice of setting can be as important as your strain. For @agency.jones, the first time was transformative. “We used a cored out apple and watched James and the Giant Peach. I never giggled so much in my life at that point. Never turned back. 🙌 Cannabis can be a very social experience. So, if you pick the right place and the right people, sharing it can be wonderful. @Iamelizabaked used cannabis for the first time at only 11 years old in a cemetery in Germany. Then she “wandered the streets singing Elvis laughing at strangers with my friends. First joy I had felt in years.”

How to get high in the right place

We recommend not getting high for the first time in an unfamiliar setting, like a festival or a party. Why? Because you can’t measure what type of experience you’ll have the first time. For example, @hotdamngemmabrown tried it for the first time at a drive-in movie. “Northern lights strain, 22 years old, and I couldn’t feel my legs! Glad I stuck with it though 😂” In case you don’t get the right dose right away, either, control your environment as much as possible. Everyone is unique. Your body mass, your psyche, your metabolism—all of these variables will play a part in how cannabis affects you. So, even if you’ve done your research, you won’t know exactly how cannabis will work for you until you actually try it. Your experience of each strain and formulation will be somewhat unique to you. 

Set the scene for how to get high

While spontaneous highs can be stellar once you know what you like, we advise starting out with a calm and controlled setting. Buy your favorite food, turn on some tunes, and enjoy yourself. A little planning will make your experience that much more enjoyable. Getting high should be a fun experience that you can share. @Thecanncierge explains that, even with subpar flower, her first time was hilarious. “Terrible weed smoked out of a can-pipe under a bridge near my high school with a friend I still know 20+ years later. Hella high off schwag, we got on the “late bus” with Doritos and red eyes and never looked back. 😍” And @Claudzilla had a similar first experience, “I was in my last year of college and surrounded by very supportive, kind friends and stoners. I laughed a lot, vibed with people and had the best first experience. 💚

Be open to everything the experience can bring

Cannabis can be an eye opening experience. More than that, it can be a third eye opener. For many of us, consuming cannabis challenges our norms. That’s especially true if you grew up in the “Just Say No” era. @Seanofthevapes explains, “I was driving down the road, saw the dispensary, and said to myself, ‘you just turned 40, I’m going to try something’. My world was changed forever. So many lies about what mj would do were blown away in a few clouds of vapor.” With this kind of a perspective shift, you can tap into a new, higher self. For many of us, that journey has led to new explorations of our cultures and our places within them. You might also find that you expand your social scene and start hanging out with different types of people.

What should you get high with?

It’s your first time getting high, it can be hard to know what to get high with. But we’ve got you covered. Here’s the basics.

How to get high with flower

Flower is the most common form of cannabis and the most natural. You just grow the plant, dry the flower, and it’s ready to smoke. But that’s where a lot of us get stymied. We’re not gonna lie, rolling a joint can feel as complicated as doing origami. And when you’re first starting out, there’s enough to think about. So, instead of stressing yourself with trying to roll right off the bat, pick up some pre-rolled cones. They do all the hard work for you. A pre-rolled cone is just the pre-formed paper and filter for a joint. Instead of figuring out how to roll your own, all you have to do is pour your ground flower into the cone, twist the end closed, and that’s it. You’re ready to light up and enjoy!

How to Get High with a Pipe

Our fave pipe for first timers is a one-hitter. You can use it at home or on the go. They’re great for controlling your dose because they only give you 1-2 hits at a time. Simply pack it with ground flower and smoke! Or, if you want to share, a bowl is like a one-hitter, but bigger. You typically also need to use a metal screen underneath your flower to keep from sucking it through the pipe into your mouth. Or you can try a bong. A bong is a pipe that cools the smoke with water. Pack the bowl of your bong with cannabis. Add water and ice to the chamber of the pipe. Then place your finger over the air hole (the “carb”) near the bowl, light, and draw. While continuing to draw, take your finger off the carb and the cooled smoke will shoot into your throat.

How to get high with Edibles 

The body processes edibles differently than when you inhale cannabis. Inhalation puts cannabinoids directly into your bloodstream via your lungs. But, when you eat cannabis, the way that your gastrointestinal system processes cannabinoids increases their strength. Because they have to transit your gut, edibles also take a lot longer to effect you—typically from 1-4 hours. And an edible high usually lasts much longer than inhalation. So, an evening edible can keep your sleep restful all night long. In other words, if you do it right with edibles, the experience can be wonderful. But, if you do it wrong, it can be extra bad. @Raquelsroom shared with us that their first time taking an edible “was a little scary. It was also the best time off an edible (or a few) 😂.”

How to get high with edibles

Dosing with Edibles 

Dosing with homemade edibles is difficult. That’s because it’s notoriously hard to determine the potency of edibles you make yourself. We love the sharing culture of cannabis. But, we have to admit, we don’t actually like to take edibles anymore if we don’t know how much cannabis is in them. By purchasing an edible at a dispensary, you can see for yourself how much THC is in each treat. Check out the label to learn its THC content. The rule of thumb with dosing is to start low and go slow. For your first time, start with 3-5mg of THC max. You can always take more. But resist the urge for at least 2 hours until you see how your initial dose affects you.

How to get high with Concentrates

If you’re looking for serious pain relief, concentrates might be your jam. There’s lots of different formulations to try, including vapes, hash, dabbing, etc. If that sounds interesting to you, check out our guide to concentrates for beginners. For us, what’s really important is what’s in them. There’s 2 types—isolates and broad or full spectrum. We’re broad/full spectrum fans. Why? When you consume an isolate, you’re just getting the single cannabinoid that’s in the isolate and not everything else that the plant has to offer. We’re firm believers in the entourage effect. That’s the idea that the whole is more than just the sum of its parts. The many compounds that naturally occur in cannabis tend to work together to increase the plant’s efficacy. Isolates are the opposite. In other words, you won’t be getting the full benefits of the plant.

Our Love Affair with the One-Hitter—Here’s Why You Need One, too!

  • The one-hitter is one of the simplest and most discreet cannabis accessories. 
  • These simple pipes are perfect for on-the-go, stylish smokes. 
  • One-hitters hold just enough cannabis for 1-2 hits, which makes them ideal for microdosing. 

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Why a one-hitter?

What do you do when you’re in the mood to smoke but only want a little bit of cannabis? Packing a bowl will give you more than the 1-2 hits you’re looking for. You might have half an old joint lying around…but old cannabis isn’t the best cannabis. Enter the one-hitter. Perfect for microdosing and on-the-go, one-hitters pack a mighty punch. And our Le Pipes are as elegant and sleek as they come. These small pipes produce smooth, clean draws. And their length also lets the smoke cool before it hits your throat. With one-hitters, you avoid harsh, throat-burning inhalations.

What is a one-hitter?

One-hitters are one of our fave smoking accessories. There’s so much to love about them. They’re small, thin pipes that fit just enough flower for a hit or two. These pipes are designed to let you easily consume cannabis when you’re on-the-go. They slip discreetly into your pocket, purse, or stash bag. Typically, one-hitters are made from glass, ceramic, metal, or wood. They also come in a variety of styles. So there’s one out there for everyone. Their shape normally mimics a joint or a cigarette. One end of the pipe has a little bowl with a small hole in it for air to pass through. That’s where you pack your cannabis. The other end is what you bring to your lips to inhale from.

Different types of one-hitters

All one-hitters have the same basic design. But they do vary some. The 3 types of one-hitters are bats, chillums, and dugouts.

Bats

Bats are a type of one-hitter that get their name from their shape. Born of prohibition, they’re a very discreet tubular shape. They quite literally look like a baseball bat or a cigarette. This style of one-hitter is often made of metal. But our fave, of course, is our ceramic bat, Le Pipe. Its minimalist simplicity is its strength. And it comes in 6 yummy colors!

Our Soho Joint Holder doubles as a chillum—another type of one-hitter

Chillums 

Chillums are tubular pipes that were traditionally made from soft stone or clay. They’ve been popular in the US since the 1960s. But chillums have been around since long before that. Archaeologists have found early examples of these kinds of pipes in Pre-Columbian America. They were also popular in 18th-century India. Later, chillum-style pipes spread to Africa. Old-school chillums were used with a stone. At first, it was literally a pebble. Inserting it into the pipe kept users from inhaling their actual herb—similar to how a filter or a screen functions. A chillum usually has a small hole drilled down through the center of the pipe and slits on the sides that allow smoke to pass freely.

Chillums today 

Today, they’re primarily made of glass. In fact, lots of our customers use our borosilicate glass Soho Joint Holder as a tiny chillum. The depressions of its dot design serve the same purpose as the pebble did. They catch and hold your cannabis, similar to a bowl without actually being one.

Dugouts 

Dugouts are a bit different than other types of one-hitters. They’re usually rectangular 2-piece sets that include a carrying case as well as a pipe. So they aren’t quite as small and discreet as others. But dugouts are convenient all-in-one kits for on-the-go consumption. The carrying case contains compartments for both a one-hitter pipe and ground flower. The name “dugout” apparently stems from the fact that they originated with a piece of wood that was dug out to create a prohibition-friendly hidden space for cannabis. But we like to associate the name with the fact that they allow you to pop your pipe into the flower chamber. So you quite literally push your pipe down and twist to “dig out” a bowlful of flower that’s nicely packed. Voilá!

What are the benefits of using a one-hitter?

You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to cannabis accessories and consumption methods. So why a one-hitter? These pocket-sized pipes have more benefits than you might think.

Discretion 

Cannabis legalization is spreading across the US. So chances are you live in a state where recreational use is already legal—or will be soon. But we’re still fighting against the stigma fostered by 85 years of prohibition. (Yep. Cannabis hasn’t been illegal since time immemorial. It’s only been illegal in the US since 1937.) So not everyone is open about their cannabis consumption yet. We get it. Luckily, one-hitters are a great option for those of us who like to be more discreet about our consumption. Since these pipes are small and slender, they’re easy to tuck away almost anywhere.

Fantastic for when you’re on the go 

Another perq of the one-hitter’s diminutive size is that they’re perfect to bring anywhere you go. Do you want to get in a quick smoke after work? Do you anticipate craving a quick hit before a night out in the city? Stash a one-hitter in your clutch, and you’re good to go. Slip it out for a quick smoke. It’ll cool off almost immediately. So, right after you’re done, you can stick it right back in even your smallest handbag.

Conserving your stash

In the cannabis world, there are few things worse than wasting perfectly good flower. But there are ways to conserve your stash. With bongs and pipes, it’s too easy to pack the entire bowl—even if you don’t want to smoke it all. But overpacking often leads to your cannabis going to waste. With joints, you can put them out when you’re done and relight them later. But once you’ve burned a joint, the flower is never quite as fresh. On the other hand, when you pack a one-hitter you’re not using much flower. You just use the exact amount of cannabis you want to smoke.

A one-hitter is fantastic for when you're on the go!

One-hitters make microdosing a dream

Microdosing is becoming an increasingly popular consumption method because it lets you reap all the benefits of cannabis without getting too high. Microdosing may also have health benefits to aid in getting better sleep, alleviating anxiety, and even managing menopause. One-hitters are all about consuming just a little. So one-hitters are a game-changer for microdosers. Edibles and tinctures are common ways to microdose, too. But once you take an edible, you have to wait up to 4 hours to feel its full effects. So, if you’ve taken too much, there’s nothing to do but wait…sometimes for 8-9 hours. When you inhale, though, you feel the effects almost immediately. So you can take a puff at time to figure out your personal sweet spot. A one-hitter holds only about 25 mg of flower. Depending on your strain, that means you’re getting just a few mg of cannabinoids like THC and CBD. And that’s a perfect way to microdose.

One-hitters are ideal for the environment

One of the many beautiful things about one-hitters is that they’re an environmentally conscious smoking method. These days, it seems like everyone is thinking about what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. And that includes our cannabis use. Unlike rolling papers, one-hitters are reusable. And unlike many vapes, they’re not made of plastic. They also don’t need batteries or electricity for charging.

How to use a one-hitter

We love how easy one-hitters are to use. And we think you will, too! Using a one-hitter is similar to smoking out of a larger pipe. All you need is your one-hitter, your strain of choice, and a lighter. You’ll want to grind your flower and pack it lightly into the pipe’s bowl to get rid of any big air pockets. If you pack it right and your cannabis is fresh, it should stay nicely in your bowl and not fall out. Raise your one-hitter to your lips with the mouthpiece towards you. Then, bring the flame of your lighter to the bowl of the pipe. The trick here is to hold the pipe at an angle, so you keep the flame as far away from your face as possible. 

Taking care of your one-hitter

Like with any cannabis accessory, for the best experience, it’s important to properly clean your one-hitter. One of their other benefits is that they’re easy to clean. While you don’t need to clean them daily, it’s definitely something you want to do regularly. Otherwise, resin will build up and restrict the airflow that you need to get the most out of your cannabis. But cleaning never sounds fun to us. So here are our 8 secrets for easy pipe cleaning.

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