8 Secrets for How to Clean a Pipe

If you’re just getting the whole cannabis smoking thing down, your next question is probably about how to clean a pipe. Since we couldn’t live without our Le Pipe, we’ve got you covered. We know that even after just one hit, your pipe gets dirty. Here’s the cleaning secrets you need to know.

WHY CLEAN YOUR PIPE?

Whether you use alcohol, cotton swabs, or a boiling technique, it’s important to regularly clean your pipe. First, every time you do, you’ll extend its life by keeping plant resin from building up. And, if your pipe is ceramic, you’ll keep that resin from corroding the glaze. Resin might not just render your pipe nonfunctional, it’s also a health thing. Resin buildup can eventually cause ceramic glazes to crack or craze. Any reputable manufacturer will use non-toxic, food-safe glazes. Nonetheless, ceramic glazes are made from natural materials and can contain trace elements of minerals and metal. As long as the glaze is sealed and smooth, you’re totally golden. But if you do see any cracks or crazing develop with age, just to be safe, replace your pipe. 

With regular cleaning, you’ll also get rid of blockages that can inhibit your draw on any pipe. 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!

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. We find that the solution you prefer depends on what else is important to you. Are you going for speed, an environmentally friendly solution, or a deep clean? No matter what your preference, here’s the inside scoop.

HOW TO CLEAN Your PIPE FAST

There are tons of ways to clean your pipe. But we know you’ve got a lot on your plate. If you’re looking to do it fast, our preferred method is rubbing alcohol. Hands down—it’s the quickest, and it’s as easy as it sounds. Just soak a cotton ball or swab with alcohol and gently rub all the soot and resin off your pipe. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies until any gunk or discoloration comes off. Alcohol isn’t the most environmentally friendly option, but this is your go-to if you just want it done. Literally in seconds, your pipe will be fresh, clean, and ready to go again.

Pro tip: After you finish with the rubbing alcohol, rinse your pipe thoroughly under warm water to remove any lingering medicinal taste or smell.

DEEP CLEANING

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. It soaks 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’ve detailed above. You might just have to do a little bit more scrubbing in the morning if you’re not using alcohol.

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.

Using household appliances for a quick deep clean

Sticking your pipe into the dishwasher isn’t a super safe method. But, using this microwave method can give you incredible results. Start by filling a microwave-safe container, like Pyrex, with enough water to cover your pipe. Microwave it for 2 minutes. It’ll be really hot, so use an oven mitt to take it out of the microwave. Pour in a generous amount of liquid dishwasher soap and microwave for another 1 minute and 30 seconds. Carefully take the container out, and stir until all the detergent has fully dissolved. Then gently place your pipe into the solution. After a few minutes of soaking, it should be sparkling clean. 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 clean pipe in just a few minutes. 

Deon Hawkins of Cannaclusive

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.  

HOW TO CLEAN A PIPE WITHOUT ANY CHEMICALS

If you’re like Deon but want to keep it completely green, 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.” You could do something similar for your ceramic pipe. Just don’t put your pipe in the solution until after the boil and simmer very gently.

Pro tip: If you encounter any particularly hard bits, you can also throw your pipe in the freezer for a bit and then repeat.

An eco friendly option we love

Here’s an option for when you don’t want to use alcohol. We’ve all been there. If you want a more eco-friendly option, we’ve got you covered. You can lose the alcohol and the swabs. 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. Place your pipe in the water. Make sure you don’t cook your pipe. When your solution starts boiling, you’re gonna want to reduce it. The solution should loosen and remove the residue in about 10 minutes. If there’s any gunk left, you can scrub it off with a scrubber or pipe cleaner. We recommend giving your pipe a final rinse and dry. Then you’re good to go. Check out our video above to see a demonstration of this boiling method and 2 more!

More Green Cleaning with Lemon Juice

Say goodbye to the harsh chemicals in common cleaning solutions. You can clean your pipe with natural ingredients you already have at home. If you’ve got coarse salt and lemon juice on hand, try this method. Lemon juice can be substituted 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 accessories 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.

How to clean a pipe with olive oil

Yep, that’s right. You can even clean your pipe with olive oil. Even if you run out of other ingredients mentioned here, we’re betting you’ve always got 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. Plant-based oils can also minimize the appearance of scratches. 

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 build up from plant matter.”  

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 leave it extra sparkly. 

For more cannabis basics, check out how to grind cannabis with only the tools you can find in your kitchen.

Cannabis for Anxiety—Can It Really Help?

There’s no question that the past few years have upped our anxiety ante. Seems like there are more of those days when you’re feeling like Holly Golightly on the morning after. Some people take anti-anxiety meds. Others turn to natural remedies—from meditation to cannabis. But should you be taking cannabis for anxiety? Prohibition has prevented scientists from researching cannabis as a viable treatment for anxiety. So there’s still tons more work to be done in this field. While the scientific jury is still out, there’s tons of anecdotal evidence that cannabis helps a lot of us cope. We speak from personal experience. Whether your anxiety is chronic or situational, here’s what we do know.

What is cannabis?

Most simply, cannabis sativa is a plant. Its flowers, leaves, and seed oil are consumed for both medicinal and recreational purposes. The real magic happens within the plant. Cannabis includes over 120 different compounds and active ingredients. The two most abundant are cannabidiol and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Or as most of us know them, CBD and THC.

CBD or THC for anxiety?

When it comes to anxiety, which cannabinoids might help you? The short answer is that both have helped us. But THC and CBD have very different effects. For the cannabis curious, THC is the chemical responsible for cannabis’ psychotropic effect—the “high”. Unlike THC, CBD on its own can’t make you high. So you have options. If you don’t want to be high, stick to CBD.

Using cannabis for anxiety

Everyone gets anxious from time to time. Even people who aren’t diagnosed with an anxiety disorder do. As we all know, getting stressed is totally normal. More and more of us incorporate cannabis into our wellness routines to help soothe these feelings. Although additional research studies and clinical trials need to be done, there’s promising research about CBD for anxiety. A 2019 study looking at the effects of CBD for anxiety and sleep suggests that it might have benefits for those with anxiety-related disorders. CBD decreased anxiety symptoms in most participants who reported having high anxiety scores. With federal legalization, CBD oil has grown tremendously popular partially because of its potential benefits for reducing anxiety. 

Some people combine Big Pharma anti-anxiety meds with cannabis for anxiety relief

Strategies for optimal anxiety ease

While some of us only use cannabis to manage our anxiety, that’s not for everyone. It’s just like how many of us don’t want to rely solely on prescription meds for everything that ails us. It’s all about finding the best mix for you. Many of us who’ve been diagnosed with serious anxiety disorders find that cobbling together a combo of Big Pharma meds and cannabis works best for us. If you want to try adding cannabis to your wellness regimen you’ll likely have to experiment. It’s just like what most of us have done with Big Pharma meds. You know the drill. If one kind doesn’t work great for you, you can try another one or a cocktail of different kinds.  It’s the same with cannabis. To find what works best for you, play with a few different options. You can start with just CBD. Then, if that doesn’t do the trick, add in some THC. The most effective strains we’ve found for shutting off the vicious cycle of anxious thoughts in our heads also tend to put us to sleep. But that’s ok. So maybe you pop a Wellbutrin in the morning and take cannabis for anxiety at night. There’s no wrong answer.

Want to use cannabis for anxiety but worry about feelings of paranoia?

More people than you might think experience paranoia when they consume cannabis. There’s a scientific reason why. When you consume cannabis, the compounds of the plant bind to the cannabinoid receptors in your brain. THC binds to receptors in different parts of the brain, including the amygdala. The amygdala’s what regulates feelings of fear, anxiety, stress and even paranoia. When the brain receives too much THC, the amygdala can get overstimulated. That’s when you can get paranoia.

Avoiding that awful feeling

There are two ways to avoid feelings of paranoia. You can choose cannabis strains and products that are lower in THC. Or you could stick to CBD products and steer clear of THC altogether. CBD does bind to receptors in the brain, but not in the same way as THC. It doesn’t bind directly to cannabinoid receptors, while THC does. Or, like with Big Pharma anti-anxiety meds, you might just not have found the right cocktail of cannabinoids for you. Based on self-reporting, many of us have found ways to consume cannabis for anxiety without inducing paranoia.

Finding the right cannabis for you

Expect some trial and error. For anyone familiar with cannabis, you know that there’s a lot to consider when picking a strain to test out. Each strain is unique and will likely have different effects on you. You’ll want to consider the effects you want to feel. Our advice is to take your time doing research. And, if you can, consult your doctor and your budtender.

Cannabis 101

Here’s the quick low down. Not all cannabis is the same. There’s different strains––indicas, sativas, and hybrids. Most people think of indicas as being relaxing, sedative strains for nighttime. Sativas are often considered daytime strains for their stimulating, energy boosting effects. But that’s more conventional thinking. Science is constantly changing our understanding of cannabis and how it affects our bodies. Every strain also includes terpenes. The ones that show the most promise for easing anxiety are myrcene and limonene. So keep your eye out for those.

Best cannabis strains for anxiety we’ve found 

There are countless strains out there that are perfect for both newbies and experienced smokers. But a strain that might make a world of difference for one person may have no positive effects on someone else. To get started, here are some strains that have helped us with our anxiety.

Mendo Breath—for when you want to knock out 

You’ve had a long, stressful day and want some cannabis to combat your anxiety before bed. We like indica-dominant strains like Mendo Breath. With its sweet, vanilla-and-caramel taste, Mendo Breath is our go-to for a heavy, sleepy buzz. On those nights when you want to relax and unwind, try this strain. We like to keep Mendo Breath in our stash for those nights where stress makes it hard to get a good night’s rest.

The scientific jury is still out, but there’s tons of anecdotal evidence that cannabis helps a lot of us cope.

Tangie—for when you want to stay active  

For a mid-day anti-anxiety boost, give Tangie a try. It kicks our anxiety to the curb and leaves us feeling happy and energized. This is a potent strain best suited  in large doses for experienced smokers or for micro-dosing in your one hitter. Tangie is rich in sweet, citrusy aromas and flavors like tangerine. Some say it’s one of the best tasting cannabis strains out there. 

Ways to consume

So, you’ve found the right strain or strains. Now what? This is your opportunity to experiment further. There’s several ways to consume cannabis. You can smoke flower, give edibles and tinctures a whirl, or test out topical balms and salves. If you feel an anxiety attack coming on, your best bet is to seek immediate relief. Smoking will get the cannabinoids into your system the most quickly. But, if you’re treating anxiety-related insomnia, go for something longer lasting, like an edible. Those of us who deal with chronic conditions know that our best chance for relief includes pulling a variety of levers. So have some fun with it. There’s a whole world of cannabis and anxiety relief waiting for you.

5 Things to Do When You Get Too High

Whether you’ve had a little too much alcohol, cannabis (or something else), we’ve all been there. Getting too high or drunk happens, and more often than you’d think. You’re not the only one who’s overdone it. We asked our community about their experiences with getting too high and how they’ve handled it. Many of you were happy to share with us. Here are your stories, remedies, and tips.

 

Have you ever gotten too high?

Most people we surveyed have exceeded their THC tolerance at least once. 173 people responded to our poll, and 146 of them told us that they’ve been there. So it’s safe to say that many of us have found ourselves getting too high a time or two. Of course, part of that problem has been prohibition. When you’re just tapping “your guy”, you probably don’t have a choice about where your flower comes from. Worse, when you’re not buying legal cannabis, it’s hard to be sure what’s in it—let alone exactly how much THC. Happily, with legality spreading, dosing is getting a whole lot more precise.

 

Where were you when you got too high?

With recreational cannabis being legalized in North America, it’s easier than ever to get high outside your home. Some of you got too high in places the rest of us could easily guess. We got answers like at someone’s house, a party, or a concert. Others were a bit more unusual. One of our followers got too high while on a hike. The poor guy ended up laying face down on a dirt path. We love a good hike—especially at elevation. But the whole face-down-in-the-dirt thing would definitely kill our vibe. At the opposite end of the spectrum, someone else got too high at a Beverly Hills nail salon. Her husband ended up having to drive across town to pick her up because she couldn’t drive herself home. But at least her nails looked dope….

Our community shared their stories of when they got too high and what they do to come down.

Can you overdose on cannabis?

The spins, feeling out of body, nausea, dizziness, migraines, or paranoia…we’ve all been there. The sensations that come with getting too high don’t last forever. You can just ride it out. Or you can try some common remedies to come down quicker. Most importantly, did you know that you can’t fatally overdose with cannabis? That’s because our autonomic nervous system doesn’t include any cannabinoid receptors. The autonomic nervous system is the part of your body that controls your breathing and heart rate. So, unlike other drugs that do affect these autonomic functions, cannabis can’t stop your heart or your breathing.

How do you feel when you get too high?

Typically, people consume cannabis for its positive effects, like calmness, euphoria, and higher energy. But when you get too high, these feelings can be outweighed by less desirable ones. Sometimes ingesting too much THC can leave you feeling physically unwell. That’s the case for the 37% of you who reported either being dizzy or nauseous after getting too high. Even more of you, 40%, said you’ve felt paranoid. The other 23% of you have had out of body experiences. To some people, that might be a good thing. But, to each their own. Fortunately, any unwanted symptoms you’re experiencing with THC will eventually just go away.

How much THC gets you too high?

THC content is what makes or breaks the optimal cannabis experience. It’s the compound responsible for the majority of cannabis’ psychological effects. Keep in mind that everyone’s tolerance is different. So some people can handle higher doses of THC than others. With THC, there’s a point where the dosing is optimal for you. Over that dose is the point where negative effects can kick in. Microdosers prefer very small amounts, like 2.5-5mg. For a stronger effects, though, you might need to use strains and products with higher THC content. That’s usually around 5-15 mg of THC.

How much THC is too much for you?

People consume THC for different reasons. Some people prefer a light buzz over an out of body high. It’s all personal preference and the effects you’re trying to achieve. About 8% of you aim to microdose and stay under 10 mg. 17% of you draw the line at 20 mg, and 24% at 30 mg. Anything over 50 mg is where 51% of people who responded consider their cutoff.  

What can you do if you get too high?

If you ever get too high again, here are our community’s tips and tricks for weathering the storm. 

Super Simple Remedies

If you’re looking for a simple solution, try orange juice. Yes, we seriously mean that. Two people say they drink orange juice to come down from a strong high. Why? Because citrus contains an enzyme that counteracts the effects of THC. We haven’t tried it ourselves, but now we sure will. And chances are that you’ll already have OJ in your fridge. Hopping into the shower is another popular way to come down faster. 

What else can you use?

Chugging water is really popular in our community. And that’s a remedy that doesn’t require any forethought. For some, chewing on a few peppercorns works like magic. About 30% of you turn to CBD, while about 50% have gone the water route. Less than 1% of you have tried the peppercorn remedy. But if you have, you swear by it. The rest of you have come up with other coping mechanisms like just sleeping it off. There’s several remedies out there, so it’s all about what floats your personal boat.

If you get too high, try these 5 remedies.

Our go-to when we get too high: CBD

This may sound contradictory, but research suggests that CBD may have the ability to counteract the negative effects of THC.  Why? For starters, while CBD is a cannabinoid, it doesn’t make you feel high. That’s THC’s role. CBD modulates the THC receptors in your body. And CBD may reduce THC’s ability to bind to the receptors in your brain. So CBD modulates excess cannabinoid activity in the brain, which can cause anxiety. That’s why using CBD is a popular choice. An edible or tincture can do the trick. But, if you’ve got some CBD flower on hand, you can get it into your system much faster by smoking it. We find that if you pair CBD with sleep and hydration, you’ll be feeling better in no time. 

Will Limonene Really Enhance Your Mood?

Have you ever wondered why different strains of cannabis have their own distinct smells? Wonder no more. Terpenes, like limonene and myrcene, are the aromatic compounds that give cannabis and other plants their scents. But new research suggests that terpenes can also have therapeutic benefits—either on their own or in tandem with cannabinoids.

Limonene, the citrusy terpene

Limonene is one of the more popular terpenes because of its potential health and wellness benefits. The highest concentrations of it are in orange rinds. It’s got a bright, citrusy smell that’ll bring a little sunshine to your cannabis routine. You might think limonene would be high only in lemon-scented strains. But that’s not necessarily true. The only real way to know whether a strain is high in a particular terpene is to check the lab analysis on the package. Word to the wise, while cannabis flower typically contains 10-30% THC, its limonene content will be much lower—usually less than 2%.

The Science

Limonene is one of the most studied cannabis terpenes. Despite its potential for therapeutic benefits, though, we still don’t know much about how it actually works. Many of the limonene studies that have been completed thus far have depended on much higher doses of the terpene than is found in cannabis. So more research is definitely needed—especially in humans.

 

Limonene, cannabis, and anxiety

We all have anxiety, whether we like to admit it or not. And we can personally attest to consuming cannabis to soothe our own. We’ve found that limonene-rich strains are some of the best for relieving our anxiety. In fact, the inhalation of limonene has been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels in mice. Of course, part of that could be its ubiquitously uplifting citrus scent.

 

Limonene and inflammation

Whether you’re an athlete prone to injuries and inflammation, someone who’s on their feet all day, or you suffer from an inflammatory disorder, you might want to give limonene a try. A 2010 study in the Journal of Food Science found that limonene inhibits cytokines, which are responsible for triggering inflammation in the body. With this potential health booster, you might be able to fight off inflammation as easily as lighting one up after a tough crossfit class.

Limonene-dominant strains are recognized by their citrus scent

Limonene as an antioxidant

What if we told you there might be a connection between cannabis and reducing your risk of disease overall? Scientists still need to do more work on this one. But they have found that limonene might possess antioxidant effects. One study looked at the antioxidant activity of limonene and found it could potentially protect lymphocytes from diseases that are related to oxidative stress. In simpler terms, limonene could be a key player in protecting the body from disease as a whole. Now, wouldn’t that be something?

Digestive health and limonene

If you suffer from digestive issues, limonene might be your new BFF. Based on a 2009 study, the essential oil from Citrus aurantium (OEC) and limonene have shown promise in the development of a new drug targeted at preventing gastric damage. A combo of OEC and limonene are already being used to treat gastritis and other gastrointestinal disorders. The short version is that limonene has the potential to support a healthy digestive system. So, a new form of relief may be on the horizon for us sufferers of IBS, gastritis, etc. We’re all for any natural treatments we can get our hands on.

Limonene and heart health

Limonene could also impact your heart health. Yep, you heard that right. In a study on mice, a small dose of d-limonene seems to have reduced triglycerides, lowered fasting blood sugar levels, and decreased fat accumulation in the liver. Another study specifically explored how d-limonene might benefit people with metabolic disorders, like hyperglycemia and high lipid levels. Of course, we’re still waiting for human studies to confirm the findings. But we’ll keep our ears to the scientific ground.

Here’s how to get your guests in a great mood with limonene

Just like sunny yellow, limonene is unequivocally an uplifting scent. What better inspiration for your soirée than something that gets everyone in a great mood? Check out our video on how to integrate limonene into a fabulous dinner party.

Our Fave limonene strains

Have we convinced you to give limonene a whirl? Here are six of our favorite limonene strains. We think you’ll love them, too!

Do-Si-Dos

Sweet, earthy, and slightly floral, Do-Si-Dos is the perfect limonene-dominant strain to get you buzzed. Do-Si-Dos is an indica-dominant hybrid with a nice potency of 20% THC. Whether you smoke it or ingest it as an edible, you’ll be feeling relaxed and happy before you know it.

 

Berry White 

Berry White is the perfect strain to put you in an upbeat, creative mood. Its flowers have a sour berry/pine flavor. This limonene-dominant strain is the offspring of Blueberry and White Widow. Warning: Berry White may lead to a burst of creativity and happiness!

 

Tahoe OG

Staying in? Tahoe OG’s your best friend. Just make sure you plan on having a lazy day. This strain is strong, fast-acting, and known to induce sleepy relaxation. For that reason, Tahoe OG is best consumed at night when it can reduce insomnia and pain. What makes this strain unique from other indicas is its euphoric, sativa-like kick. The next time you need your best night’s sleep, give Tahoe OG a try.

Strawberry Banana

This strain is as sweet as it sounds. Like a strawberry banana smoothie, Strawberry Banana is fruity and sweet. Its dominant terpene is limonene, which contributes to its natural fruity flavor. With effects that sharpen creativity, Strawberry Banana is a must-try for your next day of DIY Pinterest crafts. Its high THC content is also sure to leave you feeling happy and peaceful.

 

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake is popular in the medical cannabis community because of its effects on pain, insomnia, and appetite loss. This is another top-tier limonene-dominant strain. It calms the body and mind into relaxed euphoria. Wedding Cake is rich, tangy, and earthy. It’s also pretty potent with about 22% THC. This is definitely a strain newbies and us microdosers will want to try with care. As always, start low and go slow!

 

Super Sour Diesel

Looking for a strain that does it all? Super Sour Diesel is here to save the day. Living up to its name, this strain tastes kinda like fuel when it’s smoked. But don’t let that deter you from all the benefits it has to offer. It’s also one of those strains that fosters euphoric creativity while killing off stress and pain. Like Wedding Cake, this strain is potent and produces strong cerebral effects that can overpower new cannabis consumers.

What goes with limonene?

Naturally, when you consume cannabis, you can get hungry. But we’re never satisfied with ordinary munchies. You want something delicious, flavorful, and refreshing—especially in the summer heat. Nothing compliments the citrusy notes of limonene better than herbs like thyme and oregano. The next time you consume a limonene strain, pair it with a yummy summer one-dish meal. We love this one that we found on Epicurious. It’s a quick-prep summer salad for 4 with salmon,  tomato, and za’atar dressing.

Summer Salmon salad with tomato and za’atar ingredients

  • The spices and flavors in this salmon salad compliment limoneneKosher salt
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 bay leaves, preferably fresh
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons za’atar, plus more for serving
  • 5 ears corn on the cob, husked (optional)
  • 4 (5-6 ounce) skinless salmon fillets or smoked salmon
  • 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges (about 1½ lbs)
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • Baby arugula or other baby greens (for serving)

Summer Salmon salad with tomato and za’atar instructions

  1. Generously salt a large pot of water. Thinly slice half of 1 lemon and add to water along with garlic, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then let boil for 3-10 minutes until water is fully infused. 
  2. While mixture is boiling, whisk oil, 3 tbsp. lemon juice, 4 tsp. za’atar, and 1 tsp. salt in a small bowl.
  3. If using corn, add it to boiling water and cook until bright yellow and tender, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Reduce heat to low, gently add salmon, and poach just until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board with a slotted spoon or spatula and flake into chunks. Or substitute smoked salmon to really reduce your time at the stove.
  5. If you’re adding corn, slice it off the cob into a large bowl. Add tomatoes and onion, then toss with 1/2 cup dressing.
  6. Add flaked salmon to corn mixture and toss very gently just to coat with dressing. Transfer to a serving platter or divide among plates. Top with arugula, then drizzle with remaining dressing. Serve with additional za’atar alongside.

Staff Picks: 7 Cannabis Strains for Summer Fun

Summer’s here, and so is all the fun that comes with the season. To kick off summer 2021, here are 7 cannabis strains that enhance our staff’s fave summer activities. The variety of cannabis strains is amazingly large, and so are the differences in their effects. Of course, that means it can be a little daunting to figure out which ones to try. So we polled our staff to share which cannabis strains we like for different kinds of fun. Whether you’re spending the day at the beach, kicking it in the city, or heading to the country, there’s a strain for that. Read on to find out how we’re consuming cannabis this summer, so you can enjoy your summer that much more, too!

 

Cannabis Strains for Chilling at the Beach

Are you headed to the beach and looking for cannabis to perfect your day’s vibe? There’s no better way to relax and chill out this summer than at the beach. But before you hit the sand, head to your local dispensary for some Lemon Lime flower first. Bursting with fresh citrusy flavor, this 60/40 sativa-dominant strain is bred from a cross of OG Kush and Lemon Joy and is perfect for both euphoria and relaxation. With a moderate THC level of 11.5%, this is one of those cannabis strains that’s perfect for newbies and people with a low tolerance. It’s also great for anyone who just wants to get a little buzz on. You deserve a nice day at the beach—or 5. Lemon Lime is here for you to make that happen. Roll the perfect joint with it and take a couple hits while you’re packing up your gear. By the time your toes touch the sand, you’ll be ready to kick back, relax, and have the best beach day ever—no matter what.

Forget about drinking some courage and go with a personality puff insteadThe Personality Puff

Mask mandates and Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted across the country. So it’s time to socialize again. But, for some people, the thought of getting social IRL is full of anxiety. Do you ever catch yourself worrying whether people will like you or not? If you suffer from that kind of fear, don’t let it hold you back. Jilly Bean flower (or concentrate) is our go-to for relieving anxiety. This high-energy hybrid has 16% THC, and myrcene is its dominant terpene. Myrcene is what brings in earthiness and sweeter undertones. It’s one of those cannabis strains that doesn’t come with any of the panic or paranoia that other sativas can cause some people. In fact, Jilly Bean is ideal for bringing out the social butterfly within quieter, more introverted people. 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. Whether you’re hanging out with someone new or friends you haven’t seen in a year and a half, it’ll be good vibes all around!

Elevate Your Yogic Flexibility

Are you looking to take your yoga practice to new heights? Don’t be afraid to try indulging beforehand. Cannabis isn’t for every yoga sesh. For instance, you might not want to hit it before Bikram or a vinyasa with lots of balance poses. But that doesn’t mean it’s just for shavasana either. Holly loves it for languorous sessions alone on her mat when she’s leaning into individual asanas. If you’re game, Mango Kush is a great strain to try with yoga. This indica-dominant hybrid can be more blissful than sedative, and it can supercharge your yogic positivity. Like its name suggests, this is one of those cannabis strains that tastes like mango (with a little hint of banana). What that really means is that this strain and the fruit share a terpene called myrcene. Myrcene can act as a powerful muscle relaxant. So a little Mango Kush might help you go deeper into pigeon pose than you normally can. For us, this strain promotes mind-body relaxation in general. Just stay yogically accepting of where you are right now and don’t use it to push so far past your usual boundaries that you wake up in pain the next day. Oh, and when you end up in shavasana, you might just drift off into a delightful Mango Kush assisted recovery nap.

Cannabis Strains for Family Movie Night

Picture this—it’s family movie night and you’re watching Moana for what feels like the 1000th time with your kids. But you’re not annoyed. You’re just vibing on the couch—happy, relaxed, and a tad bit sleepy. Unlike past movie nights filled with the same old Disney movies that your kids adore, you’re prepared. Try out some Northern Lights—maybe in a homemade brownie? This is one of those cannabis strains that can save your night with its relaxing, sedative effects and fruity smell. It’s the ideal strain for movie watching, especially at night. Northern Lights has a high THC level of 33% and is an award-winning indica strain. As a mom of twin toddlers, Kristina swears by it, because it won’t completely knock you out. But it will boost your happiness levels so much that you won’t even notice the inevitable kid chaos. So get yourself some Northern Lights, sink into the couch, and let movie night commence.

Couple Admiring Abstract Paintings at the Guggenheim

One of Our Fave Cannabis Strains for Taking in an Art Exhibit

Museum trips call for a boost of creativity and some euphoria. We find that cannabis enhances, not only our creativity, but our appreciation of others’ creative endeavors, too. We especially love it for enhancing the visual arts. So we’re super down for incorporating cannabis into an afternoon of wandering the galleries at The Met or the Guggenheim. ChemDawg, a hybrid of indica and sativa, is one of our fave cannabis strains for museum visits. This strain is also great for relaxation and freeing your mind from negative or racing thoughts. That means you can really let go and immerse yourself in the visual imagery surrounding you. If you’re in NYC, here are our picks for the most cannabis-friendly shows this summer. For a lighthearted afternoon, check out Calder’s delightfully kinetic sculptures in the sculpture garden at the MoMA. Or go deeper, and melt into a contemplative mood at The Met’s exhibit of emotional portraits of New Yorkers by Alice Neel. Either way, take in the art and let your creativity roam free. We suggest either puffing a bit of flower right before you start or popping an edible about an hour in advance. Let ChemDawg take your museum experience to a whole new level of beholding. 

 

Getting Your Nature On 

Are you planning on getting your nature on this summer with a hike or two? Bump up your enjoyment with a smoke or some edibles made with White Widow. We’ve been loving this strain for outdoor adventures. White Widow is one of many cannabis strains we’ve found that’s geared towards uplifting energy. It’s another sativa/indica hybrid that’s a bit high on the THC, typically containing 17-20%. That could be why it can produce fast-acting cerebral effects that can make you more aware of your surroundings. But isn’t that exactly what we want when we’re hiking—something to tune us more deeply into the beauty of nature? However you choose to consume it, we find that White Widow gives us a relaxed, euphoric feeling of contentment. This is another strain that’s high in myrcene. So it’ll keep you calm no matter what your trail of choice brings. If you’re like us, you’ll also marvel at the blueness of the sky, the shapes of the leaves, and really enjoy any fauna sightings.

The Ideal Strain for a Rick and Morty Binge-athon

Let’s be honest, Rick and Morty is replacing baseball as our national pastime. With a new season just coming out, what’s the best way to enjoy a Rick and Morty binge-athon? A nice dose of AK-47, of course. The name of this strain might sound violent, but we promise it isn’t. That’s totally fitting for Rick and Morty’s gut-busting insanity, right? In fact, this 65/35 sativa/indica hybrid is a complex blend that comes from Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani varietals. It also has a healthy dose of the terpene, beta caryophyllene—which studies show seems to beneficially activate our cannabinoid receptors all on its own. AK-47 is one of those cannabis strains known for leaving you feeling mellow, peaceful, and euphoric. That’s exactly how we want to feel as we fall into the chaotic, but oh-so-entertaining world of Rick and Morty. No matter which way you consume this strain, you’re guaranteed to feel completely immersed in their crazy world of cosmic adventures. Summer is the time for both adventure and kicking back. That describes a buzzed Rick and Morty binge perfectly. And you don’t even have to leave your couch!

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