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.

Celebrate Pride With These 5 Cannabis Infused Drink Recipes

  • Make these 5 cannabis infused drink recipes from MAISON BLOOM to celebrate Pride in high style this year. 
  • LGBTQIA+ founded MAISON BLOOM also shows you how to use our new Tribeca Tamper/Stirrers to best advantage in your favorite cocktails. 
  • Whether you want to go THC or just CBD, their cannabis infused drink recipes will take your cocktail game to a whole new level! 

20-minute read

The best cannabis infused drinks for summer

When it comes to making a cannabis infused drink, there’s no one better than MAISON BLOOM. Brought to life by 3 good friends, MAISON BLOOM will transform your cannabis experience with their perfectly dosed and delicious beverages. MAISON BLOOM is also an LGBTQIA+ founded company. So to celebrate Pride 2022, they agreed to share how to make 5 of their best cannabis infused cocktails. They even give you CBD and THC versions. Summer drinks don’t get more perfect than this! And to snazz them up even more, they accessorized them with our brand new Tribeca Tamper/Stirrers.

How did you bring Maison Bloom to life?

MAISON BLOOM is a story of innovation just as much as the story of an evolving relationship between 3 long-time friends—Nathan, Tony, and Jake. One night while catching up on old times, we found ourselves in a deep discussion about functional beverages. Nathan, our resident health and fitness buff, was waxing poetic about what he really likes. Tony, our resident “Good Time Guy,” challenged that his ideas sounded great but still required sacrifice. Everything Nathan championed required cutting out alcohol to lean into a plant-based life. So Jake posited that, if you could make a truly craveable cannabis infused drink with the same craftsmanship mixologists put into their drinks, you’d have THE most functional beverage yet.

What makes MAISON BLOOM different from other cannabis infused drink companies?

That was a little over 2 years ago. Just like rosemary, great ideas grow exponentially when they take root. The trio has been chasing down the vision of making strain-specific, whole plant, single barrel beverages. They design their cannabis infused drinks to be sessionable. So they’re meant to be consumed just like the way you drink your favorite alcoholic beverages. They’re full of flavor, function, and only the finest ingredients.

What 5 emojis describe the vibe of Maison Bloom?

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Who drives your designs?

MAISON BLOOM is more than just infused cannabis drinks. We’re a full suite brand and product design house/hospitality company. We just lead with our beverages. We’re deeply dedicated to the principles of human-centered design. And we’re obsessed with putting our consumers at the center of everything we do. We work to understand your perspective and needs first. That way we can give you what you never even knew you wanted. We make the people who experience the problems we focus on a constant part of our design process. You can become part of our design team through our MAISON BLOOM HCD Evangelist Community. This was one of the very first things we spun up. And we’ve grown it to a group of 250+. By joining, you can participate in all aspects of our product design—from flavors, form factor, branding, and marketing.

Who designed your lovely bottles?

Our very own Director of Brand and Marketing, Tony Sananikone manages the chorus of all our active participants and translates their feedback into our incredible designs. It takes a lot of talent to distill the tremendous amount of engagement we receive into workable designs that thrill our consumers. Lucky for MAISON BLOOM, Tony is just that talented.

What does PRIDE mean to you and your business?

For us, Pride isn’t just an opportunity for the greater queer community to celebrate their authentic voices. Pride is anchored in honoring the past. So many people have worked so hard—often thanklessly and at the risk of great personal harm. But they were committed to ensuring equal rights for the amazing rainbow spectrum. Pride is a celebration of individuals being their true selves in full color at work, home, and play. But we’re also MAISON BLOOM. We love any excuse for a great party!

How do you see your role in Pride?

At MAISON BLOOM, we have a responsibility to play a role in Pride. That’s more than just sitting on the sidelines and watching the annual parade. Don’t get us wrong, we do love any excuse for glitter bombs and ticker tape. But we also have the power to put our LGBTQIA+ friends in the spotlight. To showcase stories that champion the uniqueness of the individual while highlighting the diverse voices across our community. So, let’s make one thing perfectly “queer.” Why pick just one favorite color when you can have the whole rainbow?

Where does your inspiration for cannabis infused drink recipes come from?

We like to take the approach of Hans Christian Andersen, “Everything you look at can become a fairy tale.” Our innovation is drawn from the bounty of our surroundings. Based in California, we allow the natural bounty of produce to delight us as we create. Drawing on our years in the fashion industry, we follow their seasons. We’re constantly mixing and matching the inspirations that our fellow trendsetters use for their collections. Then we blend those with the world of mixology. We mingle them with our own signature style—and only the freshest ingredients—to create something completely new. We also fuel our creations through a constant dialogue of inspiration. If our process sounds complicated, you’re not wrong. At MAISON BLOOM, even our details have details.

To kick off Pride Month, What are Your FAVE cannabis infused drink recipes for perfect summer cocktails?

Strawberry Fields Forever cannabis infused drink recipe

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER CBD COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

½ lb strawberries, washed and stems removed 

2 tbsp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey

1 lime juiced, about 2 tbsp 

3 tbsp elderflower liqueur

1 cp Sipsmith London Strawberry Smash Gin or a citrus/fruit-forward gin—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1 cp Lyre’s Pink London Alcohol Free Spirit and leave out the elderflower liqueur

10 oz club soda

Mint sprig

Your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend pink)

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER CBD COCKTAIL INSTRUCTIONS

Combine and muddle the Potli honey, lime juice, and half the strawberries. Once sufficiently macerated, add additional strawberries and muddle lightly, leaving larger chunks of berry, until ingredients are integrated. Then move mixture into a small pitcher and add elderflower liqueur and gin (or gin alternative) and stir well. Next, fill 4 glasses with crushed ice and divide your mixture between them. Note that you only want to fill each glass up roughly ⅔ to ¾, based upon how strong you like your cocktails. Top it off with club soda. Then garnish with mint and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER THC COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

½ lb strawberries, washed and stems removed 

2 tbsp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

1 lime juiced, about 2 tbsp

3 tbsp elderflower liqueur

1 cp Sipsmith London Strawberry Smash Gin or a citrus/fruit-forward gin—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1 cp Lyre’s Pink London Alcohol Free Spirit and leave out the elderflower liqueur

10 oz (1 bottle) MAISON BLOOM Strawberry Provençal + Lemongrass Elevated Seltzer

Mint sprig

Your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend pink)

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER THC COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

Combine the Potli honey, lime juice, and half the strawberries. Then muddle. Once sufficiently macerated, add additional strawberries and muddle lightly, leaving larger chunks of berry until ingredients are integrated. Next, move mixture into a small pitcher and add elderflower liqueur and gin (or gin alternative) and stir well. Then fill 4 glasses with crushed ice and divide your mixture between them. Note that you only want to fill each glass up roughly ⅔ to ¾, based upon how strong you like your cocktails. Top it off with MAISON BLOOM Strawberry Provençal + Lemongrass Elevated Seltzer. Finally, garnish with mint and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer.

WATERMELON SUGAR HIGH THC COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

½ seedless ripe watermelon 

5 tbsp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey

3 oz lemon juice

4 tbsp limoncello liquor 

1½ cp Casamigos Blanco tequila or premium tequila or mezcal—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1½ cp Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative)

10 oz club soda

30 fresh mint leaves

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend green)

Watermelon Sugar High cannabis infused drink recipe

WATERMELON SUGAR HIGH CBD COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

On the day or night before,  remove the half watermelon from the rind and place in a blender with the Potli honey and lemon juice. Then blend until ingredients are integrated. Next place frozen mixture in the freezer to set overnight. Then, on the day, set out 4 glasses and divide your mint leaves between your glasses. Then muddle. Next, add a layer of crushed ice. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop frozen watermelon mixture into glass until it’s just over the top rim of the glass. Then add 4 oz of tequila and 1 tablespoon of limoncello to each glass. For a non-alcoholic take, substitute Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative and skip the limoncello entirely. Next, top with club soda. Finally, garnish with a single sprig of mint plus your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer. 

PRO TIP

If you’re pressed for time, you can skip the whole night before thing and simply combine all ingredients, except for the soda/seltzer, in a single pitcher. Just mix thoroughly.

WATERMELON SUGAR HIGH THC COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

½ seedless ripe watermelon 

5 tbsp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

3 oz lemon juice

4 tbsp limoncello liquor 

1½ cp Casamigos Blanco tequila or premium tequila or mezcal—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1½ cp Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative)

10 oz (1 Bottle) of MAISON BLOOM Watermelon + Pink Peppercorn Elevated Seltzer

30 fresh mint leaves

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend green)

WATERMELON SUGAR HIGH THC COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

On the day or night before, remove the half watermelon from the rind and place in a blender with the Potli honey and lemon juice. Then blend until ingredients are integrated. Then place the frozen mixture in the freezer to set overnight. On the day, set out 4 glasses and divide your mint leaves between your glasses. Then muddle. Next, add a layer of crushed ice. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop frozen watermelon mixture into glass until it’s just over the top rim of the glass. Then add 4 oz of tequila and 1 tablespoon of limoncello to each glass. For a non-alcoholic take, substitute Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative and skip the limoncello entirely. Top with MAISON BLOOM Watermelon + Pink Peppercorn Elevated Seltzer. Finally, garnish with a single sprig of mint and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer. 

PRO TIP

If you’re pressed for time, you can skip the whole night before thing and simply combine all ingredients, except for the soda/seltzer, in a single pitcher. Just mix thoroughly.

Not James' Giant Peach cannabis infused drink recipe

DEFINITELY NOT JAMES’ GIANT PEACH CBD COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

2 cps fresh diced peaches or 2 cps peach puree

3 sprigs fresh thyme

½ cp fresh lemon juice

½ cp water

⅓ cp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

1½ cp Grey Goose® Essences White Peach & Rosemary Vodka or a fruit flavor or non-flavored vodka—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1 ½ cp Seedlip Grove 42 Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

10 oz club soda

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend purple)

DEFINITELY NOT JAMES’ GIANT PEACH CBD COCKTAIL Directions

Combine peaches, thyme, lemon juice, water, and honey, in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the peach mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes until peaches are soft. Then remove from heat and cool completely. Once cooled, remove the thyme and blend. When mixture is your desired consistency, pour into a large pitcher. Next stir in vodka and club soda just before serving. Set out 4 glasses and divide the mixture between ice-filled low-ball glasses or your glassware of choosing. Finally, garnish with a thyme sprig, peach slice, and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer. 

DEFINITELY NOT JAMES’ GIANT PEACH THC COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

2 cps fresh diced peaches or 2 cps peach puree

3 sprigs fresh thyme

½ cp fresh lemon juice

½ cp water

⅓ cp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

1½ cp Grey Goose® Essences White Peach & Rosemary Vodka or a fruit flavor or non-flavored vodka—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1½ cp Seedlip Grove 42 Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

10 oz (1 bottle) MAISON BLOOM Pêche + Wild Honeysuckle Elevated Seltzer

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend purple)

DEFINITELY NOT JAMES’ GIANT PEACH THC COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

Combine peaches, thyme, lemon juice, water, and honey, in a saucepan over medium. Bring the peach mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes until peaches are soft; remove from heat and cool completely. Once cooled, remove the thyme and blend mixture to your desired consistency and pour into a large pitcher. Next, stir in vodka and MAISON BLOOM Pêche + Wild Honeysuckle Elevated Seltzer just before serving. Then, set out 4 glasses and divide drinks between ice-filled low-ball glasses or your glassware of choosing.  Finally, garnish with a thyme sprig, peach slice, and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer.

LGF (Little Green Fairy) CBD COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

1½ oz Absinthe—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1½ oz Lyre’s Absinthe Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

1½ oz Hendrick’s Original Gin—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1½ oz Seedlip Spice 94 Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

6 slices lemon cucumber or regular cucumber

Juice of ½ lime

1 oz Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

Pinch of salt

Pinch of fresh grated black pepper

2 oz club soda 

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend yellow)

LGF cannabis drink recipe

LGF CBD COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

Add liquor (or liquor substitutes), cucumber, salt, and honey to the cocktail shaker. Then muddle all ingredients until  incorporated. Next, double strain into a fluted glass or glassware of your choosing. Top with club soda and stir until incorporated. Finally, garnish with cucumber slices and top with fresh cracked pepper. Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer.

LGF THC COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

1½ oz Absinthe (For a non-alcoholic “Better for You” take, substitute 1 ½ oz Lyre’s Absinthe Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

1½ oz Hendrick’s Original Gin—for a non-alcoholic take, substitute 1 ½ oz Seedlip Spice 94 Non-Alcoholic Spirit)

6 slices lemon cucumber or regular cucumber

Juice of ½ lime

1 oz Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey

Pinch of salt

Pinch of fresh grated black pepper

2 oz MAISON BLOOM Lemon Cucumber + Sweet Basil LTD Edition Seasonal Elevated Seltzer 

Don’t forget your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend yellow)

LGF THC COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

Add liquor (or liquor substitutes), cucumber, salt, and honey to the cocktail shaker. Then muddle all ingredients until incorporated. Double strain into a fluted glass or glassware of your choosing. Next, top with MAISON BLOOM Lemon Cucumber + Sweet Basil Elevated Seltzer and stir until incorporated. Finally, garnish with cucumber slices and top with fresh cracked pepper. Don’t forget your favorite House of Puff Tribeca Tamper.

A Little Spilt Tea cannabis drink recipe

A Little Spilt Tea CBD Cocktail

INGREDIENTS

4 cps boiling water

1 cp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

12 bags of black tea or a similar tea 

4 cps of cold water

1 750 mL bottle of Mount Gay® Barbados Eclipse Rum—for a non-alcoholic  take, substitute 1 750 ml bottle of Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative Spirit)

20 oz club soda

3 cps crushed ice, plus more for serving

Garnish: Lemon slices, mint leaves, and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend blue)

A LITTLE SPILT TEA CBD COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

This recipe makes approximately 16 servings. Start by combining boiling water and Potli Extra Feel-Good CBD Honey in a heatproof container. Then stir until the honey is completely dissolved. Add tea bags and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard. Next, add cold water, rum (or rum alternative), and ice. Stir well and refrigerate until serving. Right before serving, mix in club soda. Then, to serve, pour into ice-filled highball or Old Fashioned glasses of your choosing. Finally, garnish with lemon slice, mint sprigs, and your favorite Tribeca Tamper.

A Little Spilt Tea THC Cocktail

INGREDIENTS

4 cps boiling water

1 cp Potli Extra Feel Good CBD Honey 

12 bags of black tea or a similar tea 

4 cps of cold water

1 750 mL bottle of Mount Gay® Barbados Eclipse Rum (For a non-alcoholic “Better for You” take, substitute 1 750 mL bottle of Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative Spirit)

20 oz (2 bottles) MAISON BLOOM Pêche + Wild Honeysuckle Elevated Seltzer

3 cps crushed ice, plus more for serving

Garnish: Lemon slices, mint leaves, and your favorite Tribeca Tamper/Stirrer (we recommend blue)

A LITTLE SPILT TEA THC COCKTAIL DIRECTIONS

This recipe makes approximately 16 servings.  First, combine boiling water and Potli Extra Feel-Good CBD Honey in a heatproof container. Then stir until the honey is completely dissolved. Add tea bags and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard. Next, add cold water, rum (or rum alternative), and ice. Stir well and refrigerate until serving. Right before serving, mix in MAISON BLOOM Pêche + Wild Honeysuckle Elevated Seltzer. To serve, pour into ice-filled highball or Old Fashioned glasses of your choosing. Finally, garnish with lemon slice, mint sprigs, and your favorite House of Puff Tribeca Tamper.

Where’s your favorite place to relax and enjoy a cannabis infused drink?

Jake’s pick is a Sunday movie 

For Jake, relaxing self-care means smuggling a MAISON BLOOM or 2 in with him to the movies. After his parents divorced, Jake’s dad would pick him up every Sunday for breakfast and a movie. Jake’s dad shared why he loved going to the movies so much. “The movies are the one place where people of all walks of life–people who may not get along at all–laugh together, cry together, and are entertained together.” Although Jake’s dad passed away almost a decade ago, he still tries to keep this standing date every Sunday.

Tony takes his cannabis infused drink to the park 

For Tony, it’s all about taking MAISON BLOOM’s signature Elevated Seltzers to Dolores Park. These perfectly dosed refreshers are your go-to to keep you company as you kick back and sprawl across the blankets for a different kind of picture perfect picnicking. Dolores is one of the best parks in the Bay Area. Tony has a choice spot right under the Fruit Shelf known as Gay Beach. From there, you can see a sea of men in Speedos. Muscular shirtless bodies recreate against the backdrop of the spectacular SF skyline. For Tony, it’s all about scoping out the boys. Regardless of your end goal, MAISON BLOOM makes it better.

As an LGBTQIA+ founded and owned company, what makes Maison Bloom different from the other cannabis infused drink companies out there?

That’s a tough question because it’s the sum total of ourselves that feeds into making MAISON BLOOM unique. The fact that we’re LGBTQIA+ isn’t our only defining set of experiences. We’re just uniquely authentic and unapologetically ourselves. And we’re dedicated to elevating the everyday. A key part of doing that is through self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increasing the visibility of LGBTQIA+ people. We built our company built radical transparency and unabashed creativity. As storytellers, we endeavor to take you on a journey through smell, taste, and what you feel. We’re bold because we can be. But we’re sincere and heartfelt because we choose to be. We honestly can’t tell you if that makes us all that unique in terms of the competition. We’re having too much fun focusing on our customers.

Which other 3 LGBTQIA+ founded or owned cannabis companies people should know about?

Thankfully, there are more than a handful of LGBTQIA+ owned and operated companies in the cannabis space. Each blazes their own unique trail with their own stories that shine bright through their products. That’s one of the best things about working in cannabis. While we still need more diversity, the industry allows for such a plurality of voices and offerings. But we’ll take up this “Sophie’s Choice” challenge anyway. We do have our definitive favorites in SAVA, SONOMA HILLS FARM, and INDE Local.

Why do you like Sava? 

Andrea Brooks and the team at SAVA have accomplished something amazing. They deliver a wonderfully shoppable world of cannabis. That’s because they clearly have the consumer at the center of all that they do. This easily makes Sava our go-to platform for getting all the best flower-powered products.

What puts Sonoma Hills Farm on your list? 

SONOMA HILLS FARM is more than the greatness of their products. And, by the way, they grow some of the best flower in the world. What Joyce Cenali and the team are doing there is second to none. They produce ethically grown cannabis through the fully sustainable ecosystem they’ve developed at the farm. That’s alongside their exceptional creativity and innovation. Joyce and the team continue to push the envelope of what’s possible in how cannabis growers can educate, engage, and entertain mainstream consumers. Most recently added a key partnership with Airbnb! Through it, they offer fully immersive experiential staycations on their farm.

Are there any other cannabis infused drink companies you like? 

Our favorite cannabis infused drink, other than ours, is INDE Local. Kim Leadford has given us cannabis’ first true craft brew experience. They’re true brewmasters, and they offer you truly delicious non-alcoholic beer. But their beer is leveled-up with their unique blend of cannabis. They’ve got everything from pilsners to stouts. Delicious and a perfect decadence to level up your everyday, Kim and INDE have the hearts of everyone at MAISON BLOOM.

How do you bring your expansive backgrounds to your role at MAISON BLOOM?

The world of legal cannabis is a bold new frontier that’s ready to be explored. Our professional backgrounds blend fashion, luxury goods, CPG, hospitality operations, and commercial production. That means we’ve got more tools than a Swiss Army knife. Our professional differences make us stronger as a collective. Our personal stories also give us distinct perspectives that are invaluable. All this comes together best as part of our human centered design process when we’re testing our own perspectives and biases as part of our product evolution. Every aspect of what we’ve done has led us to the moment we’re fortunate enough to be living now. The work we do today is powered by our past successes as much as our past failures and learnings. So we make sure to give space to the good, the bad, and everything in between. Because, in cannabis…anything goes.

How can people keep up with everything Maison Bloom is up to?

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Best Cannabis flower: the 8 qualities you need to look for

  • Here’s how to spot the best cannabis flower. 
  • The best cannabis has the right color, texture, and a strong scent. 
  • Cannabis testing helps ensure the best cannabis is also the cleanest and safest flower. 
  • Read on for the 8 things you need to look for to get good flower.

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How to Choose the Best Cannabis

With increasing legalization, there’s more and more cannabis out there. But that also means that there’s increasing variation in cannabis quality. So it’s important to know how to find the best cannabis. As always, we’re here to help. So the next time you’re buying flower, you’ll know how to recognize the difference between great, average, and substandard flower.

#1 Cannabinoid content

If you’re like most of us, you probably look first at cannabinoid content—primarily THC and CBD. That makes sense. There are super high THC strains of flower out there with 27% to 35%, or even higher. But really high THC content can exponentially increase the price of flower without increasing the quality of your experience enough to justify it. We’re firm believers in the entourage effect—that the best cannabis comes up from a fantastic combination of everything the plant has to offer. That includes a winning interaction of terpenes and minor cannabinoids, not just THC. Craft growers have also told us that the THC content in their best flower is usually in the 18-23% range. But there’s more to it than just the strain’s THC content.

The growing process is important

It’s also really important that the grower properly cures their flower. A strain could have all the THC in the world. But if the grower doesn’t properly cure their flower after they harvest it, a lot of the THC can be lost. So super high THC won’t guarantee you a great experience. On the other hand, a low cannabinoid content will definitely decrease the strain’s effects right off the bat.

Think about the kind of effects you want

Along with THC and CBD, cannabis contains several other important cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the active chemical compounds that contribute to the effects each strain produces. Since THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, it’s a big consideration. Do you want to feel euphoric? Or do you need to stay mentally clear while relieving pain or anxiety? If the former, then choose a high THC strain. But if the latter, then you likely want to focus on CBD—the other cannabinoid we know most about right now.

Focus on CBD if you don’t want psychoactive effects 

CBD won’t cause any psychotropic effects. But it’s widely recognized for its potential health and wellness benefits. We love CBD for enhancing sleep as well as relieving pain and anxiety. So if you’re going for those effects, look at flower with high CBD content. Keep in mind, though, that our doctors have advised us that CBD is more effective when it’s combined with at least a little THC. For instance, you can get strains that have just enough THC to supercharge your CBD without any noticeable psychoactivity. So, before you buy flower, check the cannabinoid content to make sure it’s the best cannabis for you.

#2 The best cannabis is clean cannabis 

The best cannabis flower is also contaminant-free. Of course, none of us want to ingest contaminants. But that’s especially important with cannabis. That’s because the cannabis plant is a particularly strong bioaccumulator. Its roots are specifically good at drawing pesticides and pollution out of the soil. In fact, cannabis is so good at drawing contaminants out of the soil that industrial hemp is used to clean up toxic waste sites. So, if there is anything bad in a grower’s soil, the cannabis plant will draw those contaminants out of it and into itself. You don’t want any of that! That’s why it’s really important to buy from a trusted, legal source.

#3 The best cannabis is reliably tested

Anytime you’re buying cannabis, make sure the grower used a reputable lab to test it for purity. To see if cannabis flower has been tested, look for its Certificate of Analysis (COA). Depending on the state, COAs can be accessed through QR codes or other means on the packaging. They’ll tell you everything you need to know about what’s in the  flower you’re buying. Knowing this information helps you determine which is the best cannabis for you. Labeling and testing requirements vary state-to-state. But most require test results for pesticides, heavy metals, fungus, and other biological pests. Testing also makes it easier to determine whether the strain has the best cannabinoid and terpene profile for you. Cannabis is natural. So every harvest is slightly different. Besides purity, testing definitively determines the percentages of cannabinoids and terpenes in each crop.

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#4 The stronger the fragrance, the better the bud

Did you know that all of the best cannabis flower has one thing in common? That’s a strong fragrance. In fact, a strong scent is the most important indicator that you’ve got quality cannabis. Cannabis that’s been cured and cultivated to the highest standards will produce a strong, yet pleasant aroma. Scent is all about terpenes. They naturally occur in all plants, including cannabis. Terpenes are what give every plant their distinctive smells, tastes, and effects.  In cannabis, terpenes are most abundant in the trichomes of the female plant. Its trichomes contain the resin glands that produce both its terpenes and cannabinoids. So, the stronger the scent, the stronger its effects—whether it’s citrusy, earthy, piney, or whatever.

How should the best cannabis flower smell?

One of our fave terpenes in cannabis is limonene. It’s the same citrusy terpene you know from lemons. Just like in food, terpenes help determine what your experience of cannabis will be like. That’s true whether you’re looking for a strain that’s calming, stimulating, relaxing, or sleep-inducing. Since terpenes may have health and wellness benefits all on their own, that’s another reason to consider terpenes when you’re buying flower. The best cannabis has a pungent scent. On the other hand, if you smell any mustiness or a straw-like scent, run away! That cannabis is too old or compromised.

What does the best cannabis flower look like?

The best cannabis flower should have compact, roundish buds that have been trimmed like a beautifully manicured topiary. And you definitely don’t want to see stems or seeds.

#5 Color is Key

People often assume that cannabis should only be green. To some extent, that’s true. But, in addition to green, the best cannabis flower can include a vibrant array of colors. High quality buds can be deep green with orange, red, purple, and even blue hair-like pistils. Colorful pistils tell you that the cannabis was mature when it was harvested. And maturity means full potency. Immature cannabis flower will be more of a lime green.

What does bad cannabis flower look like?

Bad cannabis flower can be grayish, brownish, black, or white. Flower can get discolored for a lot of reasons—including age, mold, chemicals, and a variety of mites. None of these are good. An overall gray or brownish cast probably means that the flower is just old. White or black blisters or spots likely mean pest damage. That’s a common problem with home grows. If you come across discolored and dull cannabis flower, run the other way!

#6 Frosty Flower

Cannabinoids and terpenes are produced in the plant’s resin glands, or trichomes. Trichomes look like tiny, crystallline appendages on the plant’s surface. They can even give it a frosted look. The more trichomes, the more likely that the flower will be potent. So, if you’re looking for potency, frosted flower is a great sign.

#7 Stickiness

Unfortunately, it’s not likely that you’ll be able to touch cannabis flower in the dispensary before you buy it. But when you get home, have a feel. The best cannabis flower will be sticky. t might sound slightly unappealing, but you do want your bud to be sticky to the touch. The stickiness is that cannabinoid-filled resin. But don’t confuse stickiness with wet or overly soft cannabis. A wet or overly soft texture means the flower hasn’t been properly cured. And that makes for a harsh smoke that’s tough on your throat. Worse, excess moisture makes flower prone to mold and mildew

#8 Spongy Texture

The best cannabis flower should be spongy when you squeeze it. But it should still break apart easily. In contrast, bad cannabis flower is one of 2 extremes. It’s either so dry that it crumbles when you touch it. Or it’s so moist that the stems bend and it needs to be torn apart. There’s a happy medium, and you want that Goldilocks effect. It should grind easily but without getting too flaky.

The 8 Keys to Finding the Best Cannabis

The final step for determining the best cannabis

Of course, the best test of your flower is the experience you have when you ingest it. How does it make you feel? Does it produce a great high and the effects you’re looking for? You’re the final judge. And if at first you don’t succeed, try another strain!

Cannabis Facts: the 53 Terms You Need to Know

  • Here’s your guide to the most important cannabis facts you need to know to navigate the current culture. 
  • From weed slang to scientific terminology, we’ve got you covered. 
  • So bookmark this page to stay in the know as cannabis facts evolve! 

13-minute read 

The cannabis FACTS everyone needs to know

We’re constantly learning new cannabis facts. And, especially if you’re new to cannabis, tuning into the lingo can be a challenge. Plus, with legalization opening up whole new avenues of research, we bet that even cannabis OGs will wonder about some of the new ones. In such an evolving landscape, there’s so very much to know. So keep your vocab up-to-the-minute with the following glossary of cannabis facts and weed slang.

420—the cannabis holiday

April 20 is better known as 420 in the cannabis community. Many people see it as a day to light up and celebrate the plant. But, why April 20? One theory is 420 started in the 1970s as code for a cannabis meet up. Every day at 4:20PM, they would gather for a smoke. The ritual spread and was eventually memorialized with widespread homage every April 20th. Regardless of the holiday’s origins, it’s now a day that cannabis lovers look forward to each year.

Blunt

Some people assume a blunt is the same as a joint. While they’re similar, they’re not the same. A blunt is a hollowed out cigar that you fill with cannabis. That means you’re using its tobacco leaf wrap instead of other kinds of traditional rolling papers to house your smoke.

Bowl

In cannabis terms, a bowl is the part of a bong or pipe that holds your cannabis. Pack your bud into your fave pipe or bong, and you’re ready for a fantastic smoke sesh.

Bong—classic weed slang 

Bongs are a classic cannabis accessory you’ve probably used or at least have seen—maybe in your college days. They’re water filtration devices for smoking your favorite strain. While they’re bigger and not as portable as other cannabis products, bongs can be useful. Especially when you’re sharing with friends. One thing we love about water bongs is that they can cool your smoke more effectively than other consumption devices. But, we have to admit, we hate cleaning that dirty bong water!

Broad spectrum

There’s so much to know and love about cannabis. One thing is that not all cannabis products are the same. Broad-spectrum cannabis products mean that you’re getting more of the plant’s compounds—not just one active ingredient. You’ll see this a lot with cannabis products. The point of broad spectrum cannabis products is to get the benefits of many of the compounds within the plant, not just a single cannabinoid.

Bud

Bud is the part of the plant that has the cannabinoids in it. It’s not the stem or the seeds. You want to consume the bud, or the flower. The best cannabis is a firm, slightly spongy solid bud that looks like a beautifully trimmed topiary. That’s good bud!

BUDDER/Badder/Batter

Budder, badder, batter. Call it what you want, it’s all the same thing. Budder is one of the most common cannabis concentrates. What differentiates budder from other concentrates is its malleable, cake frosting-like texture. Think of it as the fondant of cannabis. Budder doesn’t always look the same. Its look and texture depend on the extraction method used. Sometimes it’s sticky to the touch. While other budders are more dry and crumbly. But its color will tell you a lot. The brighter yellow it is, the better its quality!

Bud is an important cannabis culture word to know

Budtender—a Great source for cannabis facts

Think of a bartender, but in a dispensary. Budtenders are the people serving you at the dispensary. The best budtenders can impart a wealth of knowledge about cannabis facts. The best can be an immense help in choosing which products are the best for you.

Cannabinoids (kUH·naB·uh·noyds)

Have you ever wondered what makes cannabis, well… cannabis? You can thank cannabinoids. They’re the active chemical compounds in the plant, like THC and CBD. In combination with terpenes, they’re what make different strains of cannabis produce various effects. There are 100+ known cannabinoids that naturally occur in the plant.

Cannabis (kaN-Uh-bis)

Cannabis is the plant we all know, love, and appreciate. In weed slang, it’s also known as marijuana, mary jane, and pot. Cannabis is the scientific name for the hemp plant. The cannabis plant is known for its potential health and wellness benefits as well as for the psychoactive effects it creates. Why do we prefer cannabis to the more common ‘marijuana’? Because that term has derogatory connotations that were purposely developed to demonize the plant with race-baiting.

CBD

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of the most well-known cannabinoids. It’s fully legal in the US because it’s non-psychotropic. That means CBD isn’t intoxicating. People often use CBD as a sleep aid, for anxiety, pain, and to manage epilepsy. CBD products range from flower and edibles to skincare products and oils. A growing number of people swear by CBD for its potential health and wellness benefits.

CBN—one of the trendiest new cannabis facts

CBN, or cannabinol, is a lesser recognized cannabinoid. It’s only mildly psychoactive and is derived from THC. Back in the late 1800s, CBN was the first cannabis compound to be isolated from cannabis extract. But we’re just starting to learn more about its potential benefits, including its possibilities as a sleep aid.

Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates are just what they sound like. They’re made by concentrating cannabinoids into much higher potencies than occur naturally in the plant. To make concentrates, processors extract THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. The most common concentrates are shatter, crumble, budder, rosin, distillate oils, live resin, and crystalline.

Crutch/crutch card

Unless you’re really into weed slang, you might not know what a crutch, a crutch card, or a tip is. Or maybe you do, just not by name. A crutch is just thick paper card stock that cannabis smokers roll up to use as a filter for their joints. While some cannabis lovers use any card stock that’s laying around (e.g., old business cards, etc.), we recommend only using crutches that are specifically made for smoking. Otherwise, you could be inhaling toxins like ink and acid that are on or used to process the paper. Crutch cards are often sold with rolling papers. We especially like organic hemp crutches/tips.

Dab/Dabbing

Dabbing is a method of cannabis consumption where a “dab” or small amount of cannabis concentrate is heated to create an inhalable vapor. To dab, you need special dabbing accessories. Since cannabis concentrates are much stronger than flower, if you’re new to cannabis culture, start low and go slow to avoid dosing yourself too heavily.

Dispensary 

Cannabis culture wouldn’t be what it is without dispensaries. These are stores where you can legally buy cannabis products and accessories. Right now in the US, dispensaries are divided up into medical, adult-use recreational, or a combo of both. Medical dispensaries usually feel more like just the pharmacy part of a drug store—with everything behind the counter. Adult-use recreational dispensaries usually feel more like a regular drugstore, with THC behind the counter and other browsable products in the store. As cannabis culture becomes more normalized, we love all the dispensaries cropping up that feel like high-end boutiques, instead of just Walgreens. Regardless of which style you’re into, at dispensaries you can buy cannabis edibles, topicals, tinctures, and flower. You’ll also find accessories like pipes, rolling papers, and more. 

Edibles

To put it simply, edibles are food and drinks that contain cannabis. Brownies are the OG edible. While a good cannabis brownie is still one of our favs, the edibles game has so much more to offer you. From cannabis gummies and chocolates to condiments and drinks, there’s an ideal edible out there for everyone.

Endocannabinoid (en·do·kuh·naB·uh·noyd) system

Let’s enter the scientific realm of cannabis facts for a minute. The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, plays a major role in how cannabis consumption affects the body. We know they didn’t teach you about it in health class (or probably in med school, for that matter). But the ECS is real. It’s a system of receptors throughout your central and peripheral nervous system that helps regulate your bodily functions by adjusting the flow of neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are called endocannabinoids, and they bind to cannabinoid receptors. This binding process is how cannabis interacts internally after consumption to create its effects on you.

Entourage Effect—one of our fave cannabis facts

It takes a bunch of different compounds working in tandem to create the sensations associated with a cannabis ‘high’. As far as we know, THC is the primary cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. But THC isn’t the only compound that contributes to these feelings. The entourage effect is how all the elements in each cannabis strain work synergistically to produce the overall effects of cannabis. Basically, the theory is that the whole of cannabis is more beneficial for you than any of its parts can be separately.

Extract

Cannabis extracts are types of cannabis concentrates. But they’re not exactly the same as concentrates. Extracts are created by using a solvent to concentrate the active compounds while getting rid of the rest. Some of the most common solvents used in extraction include chemicals like propane, ethanol, and CO2. Not to judge, but we’re personally not stoked about ingesting harsh chemicals. Dabbing is the most common way of consuming cannabis extracts.

Flower—elevated weed slang

Another word for bud, flower is the part of the cannabis plant that you consume. It’s the part that includes the trichomes and resin where the bulk of the cannabinoids are produced. So it’s often sticky. In fact, the stickier, the better. Did you know that the flower is also the reproductive part of the plant? Pretty cool, right?

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Full Spectrum

Full-spectrum is about getting all the compounds in cannabis working together in concert—just like nature intended. Cannabis products that are full-spectrum contain all of the naturally existing cannabinoids in the plant. The theory is that all of these compounds work better together. So when you consume full-spectrum cannabis products, you’re getting benefits from all the compounds, not just one cannabinoid or another. To get the most out of your cannabis consumption, give full-spectrum cannabis products a try.

Grinder 

A good grinder is a wonderful tool for anyone who smokes cannabis or makes homemade edibles. Just as the name implies, a grinder is a tool for grinding cannabis flower to prepare it for the most efficient consumption. Did you know that you should use a coarser grind for edibles and a finer grind for smoking? Also, if you don’t own a grinder, you can use common kitchen tools to achieve a similar effect.

Hash—one of the most ancient cannabis facts

Hash—short for hashish—is the waxy product formed when you concentrate the resin glands, or trichomes, of a cannabis plant into a solid. Hash often contains plant material, but the terpenes are what give this concentrate its distinct taste. You can smoke hash in a pipe or a bong. Or you can add it to your joint or edibles to boost your high. The history of hash dates back thousands of years, with its roots tied to the cultures in Morocco, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran.

Hemp—one of the most misunderstood cannabis facts

The English name for the cannabis plant is hemp. But, in the US, the term is more commonly used to refer to industrial hemp. That’s cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC and, consequently, isn’t psychotropic. Most CBD products are made from industrial hemp. Prior to hemp’s demonization in the early 20th century, it was a major crop with an enormous variety of uses—both within and outside traditional cannabis culture. Hemp and its seeds are used to make plant-based milk alternatives, used as a protein source, for jewelry making, and for hemp oil. Historically, hemp has been used to make rope, textiles, paper, and other commercial items. New technology is leveraging hemp for use in environmentally friendly building materials, packaging, and even in cleaning up toxic waste sites!

High

The weed slang that describes the euphoric state of being under the influence of cannabis. THC is the primary compound that produces a psychotropic high. Unlike the buzz you get from alcohol, a cannabis high can vary tremendously depending on the strain of cannabis you consume. So you can choose what kind of high you want. It can be more cerebral, more bodily, more energetic, or more relaxing—just to name a few!

Hybrids 

Generally speaking, a hybrid is something that’s a mix or combination of 2 things. A hybrid is a strain that is a cross between an indica and a sativa. Some are an equal combo of both, while others can be dominant in sativa or indica. Hybrids are often created to combine the desirable effects of 2 different strains.

Indica (in·di·kuh)

You might already know this, but there are different species of the cannabis plant. Each varietal has its own distinct features. The main 2 cannabis varietals are indica and sativa. Indica originates from the Middle East and is indigenous to countries like Afghanistan, Tibet, and Pakistan. Although the science is now nuancing this distinction, indicas have typically been touted as having calming and more bodily effects. But this is one of those cannabis facts that new research is challenging. We’re learning now that terpenes also have a lot to do with how each strain will affect you.

Joint

Sometimes called cannabis cigarettes, joints are a popular method of consuming cannabis. Traditionally hand rolled, you can create a joint with just rolling papers and cannabis—but we like to add a filter. You can also now buy pre-rolled joints that come ready to light almost anywhere.

Kief

Kief is a powder made by shaking the crystallized trichomes off cured cannabis flower. The crystallized trichomes are where the cannabinoids are. Kief contains higher concentrations of THC because everything other than the trichomes are sifted out with a mesh strainer. So you can add kief to your cannabis if you want a more intense high.

Marijuana—the weed slang we’d most like to ditch

In American cannabis culture, marijuana is the most common weed slang for cannabis. When most people use this word, they intend it to mean the same thing as any other synonym for cannabis. But we’re not fans because its origins are pejorative. The term was coined in the early 20th century by propagandists who used it to suggest that Black and brown Americans were dangerous.

Medical cannabis

The US has divided cannabis use into two primary categories: medical and recreational adult use. For medical cannabis use, states require patients to be certified by a health professional as needing cannabis for medical treatment. Most states define specific conditions that patients must have to receive treatment with cannabis. More research on the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis use needs to be done, but it’s often used to help manage pain, anxiety, and nausea.

Munchies—cannabis facts at their cutest

If you don’t know anything other cannabis facts, you’ve probably still heard of the munchies. Munchies are an increase in appetite that can stem from cannabis consumption. Not all cannabis strains will increase your appetite. But the ones that do are excellent treatments for loss of appetite due to things like chemotherapy and wasting diseases.

One-hitters are popular, so you should know this cannabis culture word

One-hitter 

Perfect for when you want a smoke, but don’t want to smoke too much. Of course, we’re biased, but our House of Puff Le Pipe is our fav one-hitter! These slender pipes pack just enough for one or two hits when that’s all you’re looking for or you don’t feel like rolling a joint.

Pipe

Pipes are a basic cannabis accessory for smoking. They come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Since they’re often small, they’re easy to use on the go or keep with your stash.

Recreational Adult-Use cannabis

The legalization of recreational adult-use cannabis is spreading across the US. Recreational use is cannabis consumption for personal enjoyment, rather than strictly for medical purposes. And that is as old as time itself. In states where recreational adult use is legal, you must be at least 21 to legally buy and consume cannabis.

Rolling papers—cannabis facts 101

To roll your own joints, you’ll need rolling papers. These are thin papers, specifically made for joints. Most rolling papers are made from materials like rice, hemp, or wood pulp.

Rolling tray

A fantastic cannabis accessory, rolling trays are designed to make rolling joints easier. Whether you’re a newbie or an aficionado, rolling trays are a joint’s best friend. The unique design of House of Puff’s Nebula Rolling Tray was inspired by the rolling trays found in Amsterdam coffee shops. A good rolling tray keeps your cannabis in one place—preferably in the middle of your rolling papers!

Sativa (Suh·TEE-Vuh)

Sativa strains are derived from sativa plants, one of the main varietals of the cannabis plant. They’ve long been touted in cannabis culture as having more energizing, uplifting effects than indica strains. But the science is evolving on this. So this is another one of those cannabis facts that’s being nuanced. We now know that the combination of cannabinoids and terpenes influence the effects of the strain more than just whether it’s a sativa or an indica.

Sesh—fashionable weed slang

We love a good smoke sesh. That’s fashionable weed slang for a smoking session or a time when you consume cannabis. People usually light up during a smoke sesh. But, if smoking’s not your jam, you can always pop an edible. A solo smoke sesh is great for decompressing at night. It’s also always fun to have a chill smoke sesh with a group of friends.

Shatter 

Shatter is a cannabis concentrate that’s usually brittle and transparent. It gets its name because it breaks or shatters like glass. Shatter is one of the most common concentrates and easy to find. It gained popularity initially because it has high THC content, usually upwards of 80%. To consume shatter, you’ll need to dab or vape it.

Stash

Back to the basics of weed slang, anyone who consumes cannabis has a stash. A stash is your collection of cannabis products and accessories.

Strain

Cannabis strains are unique genetic varieties of cannabis. New strains are made by breeding two already existing strains. This is often done to create strains that will provide a combination of the desirable effects of those strains in one. All strains are unique and produce slightly-to-very different effects. Some strains are best for unwinding after a long day of work. Others are the perfect energizing pick-me-up to get you through the day. When you go to buy flower, you’ll likely see strains categorized as sativas, indicas, and hybrids. 

Terpenes: one of the most important new cannabis facts

Terpenes are the compounds in every plant that give them their distinctive smells, tastes, and effects. For instance, citrus terpenes are used in a massive amount of everyday consumer products from soap to air freshener because of their energizing effects on us humans. In cannabis, we’re discovering more and more that terpenes work in tandem with cannabinoids. Terpenes may also have health and wellness benefits as well. In cannabis culture, we think of terpenes as being a vital part of cannabis education and consumption.

THC

Short for tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. So, what does this mean? THC is the most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. It also happens to be the compound that causes the psychoactive high associated with cannabis. There’s different kinds of THC. However, THC usually refers to the Delta-9-THC isomer.

Tip

In weed slang, a tip can be one of two following things:

Filter (see Crutch) 

Some people use the term tip to refer to the filter that you put in your joint to keep the cannabis smoke you’re ingesting as pure as possible. You might also hear people refer to what they make their joint filters from as a ‘crutch’. In this sense, a tip is just thick paper card stock that cannabis smokers roll up to use as a filter for their joints. Just be careful about what you use as a tip. We prefer organic hemp tips made specifically for smoking cannabis because we don’t want to inhale toxins that might be in other card stock—like ink or acid.

Joint Holder 

Joint holders are one of the most stylish cannabis accessories for enhancing your smoke. And some people call them tips. A joint holder, or tip, isn’t just fancy. They also serve several practical purposes. Joint holders help cool your smoke before it reaches your throat. They keep your fingers from burning. And a good holder keeps ashes from getting on your Chanel.

Tincture

Tinctures are a liquid form of cannabis that can be taken sublingually or used topically. They normally come in eyedropper bottles. If you’re familiar with other herbal tinctures, you’ll know that they’re most often prepared in an alcohol base. But cannabis is fat-soluble. So the body absorbs it more efficiently when it’s paired with oil or butter. Consequently, most cannabis tinctures have an oil base—most common MCT, a liquid form of coconut oil

Topical

Topicals are cannabis products in the form of lotions, salves, balms, and oils. They’re most often used for pain relief. But more and more topicals are popping up on the market solely for skincare.

Trichome (tri·kohm)—The technical cannabis fact you should know

Trichomes are the resin-producing structures on the cannabis leaf. They look like little hairs, and trichomes contain the most cannabinoids in the plant.

Vape/Vaping

Vaping, in cannabis terms, can be 2 different things. Most people associate it with inhaling the vapor from burning liquid cannabis concentrates, sometimes with additional flavoring added. They’re like e-cigarettes. But there are also dry herb vaporizers. These heat, instead of burn, cannabis flower. Vapes are made up of a battery, a cartridge for the liquid or dry herb, and a heating component. They come in different shapes and sizes. But they’re largely small and compact. So they’re easy to carry around.

Weed

Weed is one of the most popular slang terms for cannabis. Weed was first used in the early 1910s, but the term didn’t become ubiquitous until much later in the century. In the 1990s, there was a resurgence of older slang terms, as well as the birth of new ones. During that time, weed became a popular word for referencing cannabis.

Why Green Horizons is taking the cannabis plant to exciting new places

  • Carlos “Los” Arias started his relationship with the cannabis plant early. 
  • Los Arias is the co-founder of Green Horizons, a first-of-its-kind cannabis cultivation, brand incubator, and education facility in the Coachella Valley. 
  • Green Horizons is on a mission to reframe the way people view and experience the cannabis plant. 
  • With Tommy Hilfiger on their team, one of their many innovations will be fashion crossover brands. 

16-minute read

Los’ Start With Plant Medicine and the cannabis plant

Plant medicine has been integral to Los Arias’ life since he was young. When he was battling cancer, it literally saved his life. But the cannabis plant, specifically, has been his focus for the past several years. While still in law school, he learned the ins and outs of the regulated cannabis industry at RiverRock Cannabis. Now, he’s spearheading the creation of Green Horizons with a first-of-its-kind cannabis cultivation campus in Coachella, CA. In addition to hundreds of thousands of square feet of greenhouses, Green Horizons will offer tours, education, and workshops to the public. Green Horizons’ debut brand is a collaboration with the fashion world. They’re partnering with Tommy Hilfiger, who only recently openly connected himself with cannabis. Just after the initial press release went out, we sat down with Los to find out what else we can expect from his unprecedented new venture.

You’re a veteran in this nascent industry—tell us about your journey.

Serendipitously getting started in cannabis 

In 2014, one of my friends needed to recapitalize his cannabis business in Colorado. He needed $2,000,000, and it was very difficult to raise that kind of capital then. I was going to law school at the time, but never had an intention of being an attorney. I had ties to a family office in the Dominican Republic that had backed me on other ventures. In the Dominican Republic, the cannabis plant is super frowned upon. But these folks were willing to explore a new sector under the auspices of my stewardship. They said, “You know, Los, you’re crazy enough to see something like this through.” So I was able to come through for my friend, but I told him, “There’s a catch. You got the $2 million. Now you have to teach me the regulated market.”

From plant medicine to the cannabis plant

I was able to enroll in the part time program at my law school. Thus, I was in Denver every week at RiverRock—Monday through Thursday—learning from my friend, Norton Arbelaez. Then I’d fly to LA to do my law classes on Friday and Saturday. Then I’d fly back on Sunday to Denver. Rinse and repeat. I did that for 2 ½ years, studying on the plane rides. I earned my JD, and I learned the regulated cannabis game from someone who’s a true pioneer. I always had a green thumb. So that part was easy for me, as I had worked with plant medicines of all kinds for years. That was my initial springboard in aligning with the plants, harnessing my family’s Brazilian lineage. Arbelaez was then responsible for teaching me how to operate in the regulated marketplace. I wouldn’t be here without him.

How did plant medicine save your life?

I was diagnosed with cancer several years ago. It came as a huge shock, and I was lucky enough to be referred to an incredible oncologist. It was somewhat advanced. So he put me on oral chemo, and that was able to stem the spread a bit. The next wave of treatment, however, was when he said to me, “Hey, man, have you ever heard of Kambo?” He knew that I was an Ayahuasca and a 5-MeO-DMT devotee because I had shared that with him. Thus, he figured I’d be open to alternative treatments for the cancer. He walked me through the utilization of this venom from the Amazonian monkey frog, and how there’s ample research behind it. 

can Kambo treat more than cancer?

He’s actually spearheading the clinical trials right now with the FDA on the utilization of Kambo to treat a myriad of diseases. That includes cancer, Lyme disease, HPV, and autoimmune conditions of all kinds. I was all ears and grateful for his thinking outside the box.

What are Kambo sessions like?

The experience is a very challenging twenty minutes. The medicine itself is applied over your skin, and you immediately feel the effects. You start sweating and purging while this venom is coursing through your body and healing you. What’s incredible about Kambo is that it breaches the cellular wall. So it actually cleans you from the inside out. Those 20 minutes aren’t fun. But, once you do enough of it, you get better at it. I got to a point where I learned how to meditate to it. How you feel afterwards is difficult to describe. It’s euphoric. You feel energized.

What’s the background on Kambo as plant medicine?

Many indigenous tribes use Kambo before they go on their evening hunts. I had 15 sessions of Kambo administered in a 12-month period—which is a lot. But it completely healed me. I was so moved by the experience that I actually got a tattoo to commemorate the journey. I was utterly transformed in this process. Like, wow—I had never even heard of this medicine before, and how many more people can this help? Right?! It stoked a curiosity and a passion in me to be an advocate for those in need.

If you could help mainstream Americans understand only one thing about the cannabis plant, what would it be?

That it’s medicine. We’ve been programmed for decades with misinformation. For me, it’s the ultimate crime against humanity. You look at Schedule I “drugs.” Of course, cannabis is there. And what else? DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, Psilocybin, Peyote, and LSD. These are the very same medicines and modalities that connect us to our spirits, to the cosmos, and to each other. But we’re not allowed to have those, right? Instead, they give us alcohol, pharmaceuticals, and pornography as a means of keeping our vibrations low. Everything has the capacity to be misused. But the cannabis plant is medicine at its core. And it brings people together. I feel the same way about the other medicines currently situated on Schedule I. The world is waking up to this farce, and humanity is embracing its inalienable right to cognitive liberty.

What’s the history of indigenous use of the cannabis plant?

Cannabis has a lot of Shitana, which is a shamanic term connoting “dark energy.” Think of it like the yin and yang. I learned my Ayahuasca practice through the Shipibo Indians in Peru. They’re very wary of cannabis because, in their eyes—and they’re probably right—a lot of people misuse it. Most people don’t understand that it’s not for escapism. There’s a way to approach cannabis with respect and reverence. That’s how you really derive a lot of value from the plant. Like anything else, you’ve got to approach it with love and use it in a way that’s in alignment with your highest self. There’s a nurturing relationship to be had with the plant. I try to bring awareness to that for people.

What was your first experience with the cannabis plant like?

I was probably about 12 years old. I’m half Brazilian, on my mom’s side. There’s a long lineage of shamanism and working with sacred plants through my mom’s mom—going back generations. So, for me, cannabis was indeed the gateway medicine to the other plant medicines. We’ve got to reframe that. Cannabis is not a drug. It’s a medicine.

Co-founder of Green Horizons, Los Arias, sees the cannabis plant as medicine

How was your family a part of your first experience with the cannabis plant?

I had a cannabis ceremony with my grandmother, my mom, and some family members. It was the first time I consumed it. The connection that I felt to myself, my family, and to the universe beyond me was just incredible. That was the first step towards working with other medicines. The next one for me was Ayahuasca. That’s how it started. I was very fortunate that the cannabis plant was accepted, embraced, and promoted in my household in a very personal way—honoring the lineage, and setting the course of the rest of my life.

How do you hope Green Horizons will change how people experience the cannabis plant?

My mindset is that we want to build a company that’s inspiring. We want to create products that are sustainably cultivated, produced, and ultimately segue into brands that connect with people and bring them together. I’m a cancer survivor, and so is my partner, Michael Meade. We’re not doing this just for the money and a quick exit. We want to build a real sustainable business that makes a difference in people’s lives.

It’s taken us 6 years to create exactly what we want

We’ve taken our time to build it this way. It took my partner 6 years to buy all the real estate in Coachella that we’re now building out. A million square feet entitled, subsumed within a single campus. He then had to get the entitlements approved by the city. Plus bring the power and the sewer. It was an arduous process, and I was with him every step of the way. We were very, very quiet about it. Our whole thing was, speak softly and carry a big stick. Don’t make announcements for the sake of announcements. Just focus on execution.

We did everything on our terms and in our own time

We had a lot of unsolicited offers in 2018-2019, when the Canadian RTO moment was in full swing. People were like, “You’ve got a lot of square footage. You should be part of our roll up—hold our paper and take a little bit of cash.” None of that was interesting. I was like, let’s take our time. Let’s build something of value, and let’s make meaningful strategic relationships in the process. 

How does your co-founder make what you’re creating even more significant?

The highlight of that journey for us was definitely aligning with Tommy Hilfiger. With him on the ticket as a meaningfully involved co-founder, I think we have an opportunity to do something that’s unique and special. Something that can stand the test of time. And that’s what inspires us to get out of bed every day and travail the vagaries of this demanding industry we’re in. The pioneers take the arrows, and we’ve taken our fair share. It’s been worth it.

Fave way to consume cannabis right now?

I wake up every morning and do meditation and breathwork. Then I make myself a bulletproof coffee. And I love cannabis tinctures as part of that ritual. There’s one in particular, Jenny’s Rose, that has stood out from the rest. Really unique, patented stuff. I’ve met the formulator and had the opportunity to really understand their process. And I’m really impressed. So I like to sprinkle some of that into my coffee in the morning. Then I go get the best workout ever after that and am on high vibration for the rest of the day. By the way, I did all of that this morning.

Do you consume at night, too?

Yes, Jenny’s Rose has a nighttime formula that’s wondrous and produces lucid dreams. I’ve also done a lot of psychedelics. So maybe there’s some neural pathways that are more open for me than most. My dreams are like mini Ayahuasca ceremonies at night! They are super vivid and alive. I’ve been really blessed to find a regimen that really works for me. That’s what plant medicine is all about—exploring what works for you in a safe way, with trusted guides and products along the way.

With Green Horizons, Tommy Hilfiger has openly connected himself with the cannabis plant—what’s the significance of that?

I think it helps with the mainstreaming of the conversation around cannabis. To have a businessman of his repute and his pedigree come into the space and embrace the cannabis plant in a public way is important. Cannabis 2.0 is heading towards US-led, CPG. I think everybody can agree with that. I think it’s a really wonderful opportunity to broaden the reach of the plant. There’s a lot of cannabis curious folks out there. I think somebody like Tommy coming into the space will open some hearts and minds, and give us an opportunity to reframe the narrative around the cannabis plant as a medicine that is accretive to a healthy lifestyle.

Working with an iconic fashion designer, do you see any similarities between cannabis and fashion?

Yes, I feel like people consume cannabis in a manner analogous to how they approach fashion, music, and culture. They want what’s fresh—the latest wares and what speaks to them. I think that’s a really unique dynamic to harness with Tommy’s pedigree. We’re particularly passionate about exploring the confluence of cannabis, sports, and fashion. I think that’s super interesting. What I really love about that is the ability to reframe the old (and misdirected) adage of the “lazy stoner” and that cannabis makes you dumb. No, it doesn’t. I, myself—and many people I know—use it to fuel an active and healthy lifestyle. That’s what we hope to reframe as a blossoming company within a blossoming industry. I think we have a unique opportunity to propel that energy forward with Tommy on our team.

What are the qualities you’ll focus on for Green Horizons’ in-house cannabis brands?

We’re building a high vibrational house of brands, buoyed by large-scale infrastructure to capture margins and control our destiny. That’s what differentiates our thesis, particularly in this market. To this end, let’s take a half step back. What you have today, particularly in California, is a lot of asset-light brands that don’t own any infrastructure. They have great IP, but they’re beholden to third parties for all things execution. When you really look at the merits of that business strategy, the margins are very thin. It’s hard to make money doing that. You’re depending on a lot of humans who aren’t within your own organization to deliver a consistent brand promise for your products.

Our goal is to make Green Horizons different from other cannabis plant companies

We’re trying to split that difference with Green Horizons, with a conscious undertaking to ultimately be able to cultivate, package and distribute our in-house brands. If something goes wrong, the only person I can blame is myself. I like that.

Sustainability is an important quality for Green Horizons

The facilities we’re bringing online are sustainable and imbued with low COGS throughout. They’re high tech, light deprivation greenhouses that harness the 300-days-a-year sunshine in the Coachella Valley. That’s the game plan. Other top operators are already striking a similar balance between low COGS and quality. It’s not easy to execute at real scale. But, if you can crack that code, I think you’re setting yourself up to be competitive no matter what the macro market conditions are—even if you’re beholden to the wholesale market. If you can actually build brands, however, and do that in a way that’s meaningful, now you’re capturing all that margin and upside. That’s a differentiated business that is de-risked from onset.

Green Horizons is opening new doors for cultivation of the cannabis plant

Tell us about the public education your company will offer about the cannabis plant.

We’ve got a million square feet all in, subsumed within a consolidated campus. We were touring some visitors the other day and they were like, “Man, you’re building the Disneyland of cannabis.” It’s an attraction for sure, particularly given that Coachella is also a global brand in its own right. People come here. Tommy is also a global player. Tying these elements together, it feels like a platform to really educate on a broader scale than most can contemplate.

How do you plan to support the local community?

Green Horizons is partnering with the City of Coachella in launching the Build the Valley Initiative. That will consist of 2 prominent initiatives. First, building infrastructure for the community. Second, advocacy for expungement and job creation, for which Green Horizons will create a dedicated Coachella Valley program. In addition to local community activism, Green Horizons is also invested in the sustainable future of the cannabis industry and is a member of an industry task force that’s comprised of top operators, financiers, and attorneys. Our aim is to eradicate the use of plastics in the cannabis supply chain.

What do you hope cannabis will look like in the US in 10 years?

In 10 years, I think you’ll see a shuddering of the MSO model. At its core, that’s a creature of the Canadian RTO moment of 2018-2019. The Green Horizons future, which is what I can control, is low COGS, California sunshine, and fueling CPG brands with global scope. With large-scale infrastructure in the Golden State (which has been the epicenter of cannabis culture globally for decades) and the requisite in-house expertise to build brands, we’re going to be well positioned no matter how interstate commerce ultimately rolls out. It may very well take 10 years. That’s all the more reason to be nestled within the largest cannabis market on the planet.

How can we keep up with you and Green Horizons?

That’s all coming. Late summer/early fall, we’re going to turn the jets on with our social presence and really get ready for our debut brand—which is a crossover from the fashion world. The launch will be later this year in California, with multi-state partnerships to follow. More soon on that front. We have an incredible PR team in the Prismatics. To boot, our inaugural press release in April reached 500M impressions globally, including getting picked up by Bloomberg. What we’re building is global in scope and rooted in business fundamentals applicable to any industry. We’ve also got a couple of tricks up our sleeve that we’ll be releasing here sequentially in due time. Stay tuned!

How microdosing cannabis can be a miracle for menopause symptoms

  • Microdosing cannabis has been a game changer in navigating menopause for Kamili Wilson. 
  • Kamili Wilson founded Menopause Made Modern to create a community for women of color who are going through menopause.
  • Menopause Made Modern provides women with resources, education, and support. 
  • Cannabis may provide relief for many menopause symptoms like insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, and inflammation.

5-minute read

Menopause Made Modern

Kamili Wilson started microdosing cannabis to seek relief for the symptoms of menopause. When she first entered this phase of her life, she realized that she didn’t have anyone to help her navigate it. While looking for ways to treat her symptoms, she discovered the medical benefits of cannabis. Microdosing cannabis and incorporating the plant into her everyday life made a world of difference. With her newfound appreciation for cannabis and a desire to help other women, she founded Menopause Made Modern by Claret Circle. This online community is specifically for women of color who are going through menopause. On it, they can connect with one another and find support.

How did you first learn about microdosing cannabis? 

I first learned about microdosing cannabis at a women’s wellness summit in northern California in the fall of 2019. I had been a recreational cannabis consumer for years. But I had never been presented with the medicinal benefits of the plant. At that point, I was also about a year and a half into perimenopause. So I was looking for relief for some of my most disruptive symptoms. Those included anxiety, insomnia, and hot flashes.

How did the conference change your relationship with cannabis?

The sponsor for this health and wellness conference was Sava, a women-owned cannabis curator and delivery company based in the Bay Area. They staffed the event with women who were both knowledgeable and professional. Together we were able to talk through the symptoms I was trying to manage. They advised me about how I could use cannabis differently than I had been to much more effectively treat my symptoms. My mind was blown! That experience completely shifted my relationship with cannabis FOREVER. Incorporating CBD into my routine and microdosing cannabis has made a significant difference in the intensity of my anxiety. It’s also now a fundamental part of my sleep routine. Unfortunately, the hot flashes and night sweats persist…

What are the benefits of microdosing cannabis?

Microdosing cannabis has been a more effective way for me to manage a whole range of health issues. Those include anxiety, poor sleep quality, pain, and inflammation. I’m using much smaller amounts of cannabis throughout the day to steadily address specific issues. I do that now rather than going for larger, concentrated amounts in 1-2 sittings to feel better. With microdosing, I also don’t feel high—not that there’s anything wrong with that. Instead, I feel steady and more even throughout the day…and I’m noticeably less agitated. I also have a more general awareness of “Hey, I’m not in pain today.”

Menopause Made Modern is a resource for women of color going through menopause, helping them with using and microdosing cannabis for symptom relief

Why did you start Menopause Made Modern?

I started Menopause Made Modern to provide a voice, community, and storytelling platform for Black and other women of color who are going through the menopause transition. When I first realized I was in perimenopause, I was completely unprepared for what was going on with me. Disappointingly, there really wasn’t anyone—my Ob-Gyn included—who understood or helped me address my symptoms. I felt alone. I also discovered that there was a lack of representation in the literature of women of color going through menopause. It didn’t make sense to me when half of the global population experiences this. I want Menopause Made Modern to be a destination for women of color who are looking for community, resources, actionable insights, and a supportive validation of our lived experience.

What advice do you have for women about microdosing cannabis?

I’m not an expert on microdosing, by any means. But there are great resources like ellementa.com and leafly.com that women can tap into to better understand the basics of microdosing cannabis.

What’s your take on microdosing cannabis for menopause?

Every woman experiences menopause differently. So what works for me might not work for another. That said, I do think it’s worth researching, particularly for women who are seeking non-pharmaceutical treatment options for symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, and inflammation.

What types of resources does Menopause Made Modern provide?

We’re a web-based platform powered by user-generated content as well as service ratings and reviews of various treatments taken for conditions related to perimenopause and post-menopause. We also feature original product reviews by the Menopause Made Modern team. That includes expert and influencer insights as well as individual stories that seek to represent a broad range of experiences.

What health and wellness benefits have you found personally from microdosing cannabis?

Incorporating CBD into my routine and microdosing cannabis has made a significant difference in the intensity of my anxiety and is a critical part of my sleep routine.

If you could have a smoke sesh with any 3 people, who would they be and why?

I’m the awkward introvert who smokes by herself. Seriously, I tend to get sleepy and really, really quiet. So I’m not the best smoke buddy.

Fave products for microdosing cannabis? 

Kin Slips sublingual strips are awesome! Discreet and wonderfully effective. I’m also a big fan of Willow Kay’s 1:1 CBD+CBG Full Spectrum Drops.

Which menopause symptoms do women most commonly seek relief for? 

There are more than 34 recognized symptoms related to perimenopause. But the most common is hot flashes. Up to 80% of women going through menopause experience hot flashes. Unfortunately for me, cannabis—microdosing or otherwise—has had zero effect on my hot flashes and my night sweats persist.

What products would you recommend to women for hot flashes, sleeplessness, and moodiness, respectively?

We’ve curated some great resources for a range of symptoms on the Menopause Made Modern website. And we’re adding new information each week. We feature educational information, including ratings and reviews of select products and telehealth services. The platform is about providing women with actionable insights that they can use to pursue treatment options that work for them.

HOW CAN PEOPLE KEEP UP WITH EVERYTHING MENOPAUSE MADE MODERN IS UP TO?

You can check out the website at www.menomademodern.com. There, you can sign up for our newsletter and regular email updates. You can also set up your free member account and start posting product reviews right away! And of course, we’re on social media: @menopause_made_modern on Instagram and Facebook and @menomademod on Twitter.

Tinctures are a great way to start with microdosing cannabis

House of Puff Teams Up with Visual Artist & Social Justice Warrior, Chris Wilson

  • At the age of 17, Chris Wilson was charged with a crime, convicted, and sentenced to his natural life in prison. 
  • Chris turned his life around and is now a successful visual artist, author, and social justice warrior. 
  • He’s teamed up with us at House of Puff to increase awareness about solitary confinement through a collaboration that features his painting, Positive Delusions, on the second edition of their artist series rolling papers. 
  • Through vehicles like this collaboration and his new exhibition, I Can Show You the Way Out, Chris is committed to making an enduring difference in the lives of others in underserved communities. 

10-minute read

From Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose

Chris Wilson’s story reads like a cautionary Hollywood script about the Black experience in America. Poverty, drug addiction, and gun violence were his everyday childhood norms. Then, at the age of just 17, he was charged with a crime, convicted, and sentenced to his natural life in prison. In the 16 years of his incarceration, Chris had to develop a Master Plan to convince a judge that he was worthy of a second chance. Against all odds, his plan worked. He’s now free, an immensely successful author, social justice warrior, and a visual artist. His inspirational book, The Master Plan: My Journey from a Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose, chronicles this turnaround and calls for more second chances—especially for those who our society usually writes off.

Solitary Confinement through the Lens of a Visual Artist

Chris’ first New York solo exhibition, I Can Show You the Way Out, features 2 artworks that focus specifically on the detriments of solitary confinement. The first is Positive Delusions, an abstract painting that memorializes the positive thoughts he focused on to get himself through months of this torment. The second is his critically acclaimed short film, The Box, which brings the effects of solitary confinement into sharp relief through personal interviews with others who’ve suffered it.

House of Puff's collab with visual artist Chris Wilson on hemp rolling papers with a purpose

Leveraging the Power of Art to Raise Awareness

Chris is committed to making an enduring difference in the lives of others in underserved communities. To that end, he’s teamed up with us at House of Puff to increase awareness about solitary confinement. The long-anticipated second edition of their artist series rolling papers, features Positive Delusions. Not only will a percentage of proceeds from this collab go to support the artist. But we’ll also donate an additional percentage to Solitary Watch—a nonprofit working to fully inform policymakers and the US public about the harms of solitary confinement.

I Can Show You the Way Out

In this interview, Chris talks painting, cannabis, and how he uses the power of art to change culture. He also gives us insight into his first New York solo exhibition, I Can Show You the Way Out. This show will be on view at Etain Health’s luxe medical cannabis dispensary from May 11-June 10. The choice to hold the exhibition at a dispensary was purposeful. It juxtaposes the industry’s new legal status with the plant’s dark social and cultural history—especially for communities like the one Chris grew up in.

I Can Show You the Way Out, a new solo exhibition by visual artist, Chris Wilson

How did you get started as a visual artist?

ART LESSONS 

A close friend of mine, Jeffrey Kent, is an artist. Once, for my birthday, he gave me 5 art lessons as a present. At first, I was like, “Really?! Art lessons? Give me some money or something!” I had no interest, but I went anyway. In our first lesson, Jeffrey told me to go outside into the alley behind his studio and find some materials. I thought he was crazy! But he insisted, so I went and found some old wooden palettes sitting by the trash and picked them up. I worked on them for a couple hours and then showed them to Jeffrey. He looked at them and was quiet for a while. Then he said, “You painted these, Chris?” I nodded. He said, “Never stop painting.”

Persistence 

So that’s how I got started. After working on my art consistently for a couple years and sharing it on my social media, an old teacher I had in elementary school reached out. She reminded me that I had always been interested in art as a kid. I had just forgotten about it. I think I had always been an artist at heart. But Jeffrey was the one who got me to act on it. Fun fact about him—he’s mentored most of the best artists from Baltimore. Even the great Amy Sherald!

How does being a returning citizen influence your work as a visual artist?

I think it gives more purpose to my art. The fact that I had a life sentence and I now have a second chance to live my life…. I will never take that opportunity for granted. Especially because I know there are still so many people on the inside. These are people I grew up with, and they won’t get that opportunity. Sometimes those people call me and tell me they appreciate me doing what I do. They say that, even if they don’t get out, they feel like they can live through me to an extent. That keeps me motivated and reminds me to truly appreciate how lucky I am to get to do what I do.   

Describe your studio in 5 emojis

Visual artist, Chris Wilson, describes his studio in 5 emojis

Positive Delusions is an immensely powerful painting—how did it come about?

The Silenced Project 

A friend of mine, Scott Hechinger, reached out to me on behalf of the Silenced project in Michigan. Silenced was looking for artists. They wanted us to review letters from people who are or have been in solitary confinement and create a piece of art inspired by them. I don’t normally take commissions or consider other people’s opinions on what art I should make. But this was something I cared too much about to turn down.

Surviving Solitary Confinement 

From my own experience in solitary, I knew I didn’t want to create a morbid piece. So I discussed it with my therapist. She asked me what got me through the experience. And that’s what I decided to focus on. How did I stay sane? How do others? I thought about my grandmother’s cooking, the people I care about, and the experiences I would have when I got out. I had to delude myself to get through that experience. Without focusing on those good thoughts, I never could have done it. People have to focus on those positive delusions to survive the situation.

Take us through the colors in Positive Delusions and what they symbolize for you as a visual artist

Light blue represents the ocean and blue skies. I daydreamed of being able to see them both again. Yellow is for the happy moments in my past. It’s the energy to do the things that kept me motivated—sunshine and hope. Black represents my desire to rebel against the systems that oppress Black people in this country. Red is the rage I felt for being treated like an animal. Pink is to show my desire to protect people from the experience of solitary confinement. I want to end the practice completely. And finally, white represents White supremacy. That includes the police and policymakers who have been trying to destroy the Black community for decades. That’s why the white behaves so violently toward the other colors in this painting. 

If there’s just one thing that people take away from Positive Delusions, what do you hope it is?

Visual artist Chris Wilson painted Positive Delusions to depict his experience in solitary confinement

Outrage. The United Nations officially declared solitary confinement torture back in 2007. But there are still over 80,000 men, women, and children in solitary right now. We can’t let this go on.

What are you looking to achieve as a visual artist through this House of Puff collab?

Through this collaboration, I’m hoping we can be a voice for people who’ve been impacted by the criminal justice system—especially those who are sitting in prison for cannabis-related charges. And, as always, my ultimate goal is to help the fight to permanently end solitary confinement in the US.

Your fave way to consume cannabis?

If I’m in a social situation, I love to sit with friends and roll a joint. Most days, though, I like a one-hitter. I don’t always feel like rolling up. Some might say I’m lazy. I’d say I’m efficient. 😈

How does being a visual artist fit into your own master plan?

I didn’t plan to be a visual artist. It happened serendipitously. But being an artist serves the goals in my Master Plan well. That’s because I can use my voice to tell powerful stories. Simultaneously, it allows me to be financially stable enough to meaningfully contribute to my philanthropic work. I feel so grateful that I’ve been able to build the life I always dreamed of.

Your earlier artworks tend to be representational. What made you switch to abstract art?

I don’t see myself as having made a concrete switch. I’m an explorer. I’m on a quest to figure out who I want to be as a visual artist. How do you know what you love if you don’t experiment and tinker with your art? That being said, I love the freedom of abstract art. It allows me to achieve catharsis through my art. That’s what I love most. Abstract work is also more challenging to me. How do you know if it’s good, if it’s making the right statement? You can’t really. It’s subjective. That challenge is exciting to me.

Favorite strain for creativity as a visual artist?

Sativa—Kali Mist. Jeffrey and I have been smoking it for years in the studio.

You also recently executive produced a short documentary film about solitary confinement, The Box, that’s included in your NYC solo show—tell us about it

The Box is a hybrid documentary that explores the effects of solitary confinement through 3 people’s true stories. I’m so proud of this project. It shows what solitary is really like. How it affects the people who’ve experienced it. It’s torture. I don’t think you can watch The Box and not understand why we need to end solitary confinement. I hope that it will inspire everyone who sees it to help us end the practice.

As well as a visual artist, you’re an art collector—how do you decide which works to buy?

I have to like the work aesthetically, of course. Can I live with it in my home? But really, if I have a choice, I like to get to know the artist. I’m always more excited about a piece if I know the artist and the career behind it. I want to support the person who creates the work as much as I want to add a great piece to my walls.

A visual artist you’re especially into right now?

One artist I’m loving and I’ve been lucky to be able to support is Chinedu Victor Uyaelunmo. I have 6 paintings from him. And I’m getting another one soon! I love his story—he had a basketball scholarship to Towson University in Maryland. But he loved art and was willing to make the jump from the West coast to pursue his passion.

Tell us about the other organizations you support, especially as a visual artist. 

I’m a trustee at The New York Academy of Art. I love that because I get to learn about the next generation of artists coming up in New York. I’ve done some work with the Whitney Museum. I helped organize a drawing party where we got to bring together artists and art lovers from all spheres of the art world. And the Chris Wilson Foundation of course! 

How can we keep up with your latest endeavors?

You can follow my Instagram @chriswilsonbaltimore. I’m always posting photos and videos from the studio. So it’s a great way to stay up to date. And my website is coming soon!

Infused Drinks: Expert Tips on Crafting The Perfect CBD and THC Cocktails

  • Infused drinks are hot—learn everything you need to know about making your own. 
  • Cannabis cocktail expert, Jamie Evans, shares her secrets. 
  • Her Spicy Melon Margarita recipe is the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with cannabis. 

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Infused drinks are having a moment. While there are quite a few new commercial elixirs hitting dispensaries, they’re still only available in a few states. So we’re experimenting more with our own cannabis cocktails at home. As usual, Jamie Evans, founder of The Herb Somm, is out front. Her book, Cannabis Drinks: Secrets to Crafting CBD and THC Beverages at Home tells you everything you need to know.

We’re so excited about your new book on infused drinks—give us the highlights

My goal with this book is to share all the secrets I’ve learned throughout my wine and cannabis journey! Different from other books in this category, Cannabis Drinks offers something to everyone—from beginners to experts. For newbies, this book provides an in-depth look into the basics of infused drinks and general cannabis 101. I highlight the differences between CBD and THC, bioavailability rates, and the entourage effect. For would-be cannasseurs, I detail how to evaluate flower with sensory techniques. Of course, I also cover how to dose infused drinks and how to serve them. There are also several essential how-tos and infusion guides that break down things. That includes decarboxylation and heating techniques. I also focus on options for those who only want to use CBD and/or THC. So the book presents many different approaches to enhancing your beverages at home. 

There’s something in the book for everyone

This book is also customizable, allowing you to choose your preferred dosage. There are recipes for low-dose smoothies, shakes, juices, coffee drinks, tea, spirit-free mixed drinks, and cocktails. Plus, for those who require higher doses, there’s a section on how to increase the potency of their DIY infusions.

What’s the most versatile ingredient for infused drinks of all kinds, not just cocktails?

Cannabis-infused simple syrup. Whether you’re making a spirit-free mixed drink, cocktail, or tea, it’s one of the most versatile ingredients you can use to craft beverages at home. I highly recommend making a big batch so you can enhance just about any drink that needs a touch of sweetness. Cannabis-infused honey is also a great ingredient to stock your bar with. It’s the perfect match for smoothies, hot tea drinks, etc. My book teaches how to make both of these infusions as well as bitters, shrubs, sour mix, and more. I encourage everyone to try making these infusions. But, if creating a homemade infusion is too intimidating, you can simply infuse the recipes using an unflavored commercial tincture. You can choose the path that’s right for you.

Cannabis Drinks, your complete guide to infused drinks by Jamie Evans

The last time we talked to you, we focused on your CBD book. How do the infused drink recipes in that book relate to the recipes in your new book?

My passion for cannabis mixology deepened while writing my first book, The Ultimate Guide to CBD. (For the scoop on that, check out our last sit-down with Jamie.) After writing the beverages chapter, I learned so much more about the craft. I also realized that my preferred method for consuming cannabis is infused drinks. I discovered so many creative ways to infuse beverages at home. This book, as its title implies, dives much deeper into cannabis drinks. It provides a wealth of techniques so you feel confident making any type of infused drink. While The Ultimate Guide to CBD is a wonderful lifestyle book, Cannabis Drinks is all about the beverages! 

What’s an easy aperitif/appetizer that you love to whip up  when you’re hosting?

With warmer weather just around the corner, one of my favorite aperitifs is an Aperol Spritz! But I like to add fresh citrus juices and homemade infused Citrus Spice Bitters (featured in this book). In Cannabis Drinks, I’ve included a recipe for a Blood Orange Aperol Spritz. But with summer ahead, you can easily swap the blood orange juice for fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit juice. Just remove the pulp. Make sure to add a slice of grapefruit to the glass for some extra flavor and aromatics. For a food pairing, a crostini topped with cured meats, soft cheeses, and seasonal fruits and vegetables is a fantastic match!

Favorite type of garnish for infused drinks?

Most of the time, garnishes will be the first thing your senses will encounter with that first sip. So the aromatics of the garnish are important. I recommend using visually appealing items that complement the rest of the ingredients in the drink and add a pop of color. For this reason, I love using fresh-cut cannabis leaves and seasonal edible flowers. Cannabis leaves are also great to use because they visually signal that the drink is infused. So there’s no confusion.

Your go-to infused drink for coping with stress?

I was writing Cannabis Drinks throughout 2020 when the pandemic started. Since I was mixing up so many, I didn’t really have one go-to infused drink. Personally, I love low-dose cannabis cocktails. But if you’re planning on mixing alcohol and cannabis, I highly recommend sticking to the golden rule. Start low, and go slow. Keep in mind that both alcohol and cannabis are potent intoxicants. For best results, when you mix them together, do so in moderation and stick to a low dose of THC (between 1-5 mg max per drink).

Must-have basic infusion to keep on hand behind the bar?

A cannabis-infused alcohol tincture is a must-have for behind the bar. It allows you to easily dose drinks. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make at home. All you need is decarboxylated cannabis flower and high proof alcohol to act as your solvent for extracting cannabinoids. In my book, I teach two different ways to make your own tincture. Depending on the equipment you have at home, you can use a heated or a freezer method. Unlike oil tinctures, which separate from other liquids, alcohol tinctures blend with them perfectly. That allows all of the ingredients to harmonize.

With Cinco de Mayo coming up next week, can you share a recipe for celebratory infused drinks?

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, here’s an infused margarita recipe from Cannabis Drinks. Since it calls for fresh watermelon juice and jalapeño peppers, I call it the Spicy Melon Margarita.

SPICY MELON MARGARITA EQUIPMENT

Blender or food processor

Fine-mesh strainer

One 8-ounce (240-ml)

Sterilized Mason jar

Saucer

Citrus juicer

Old-fashioned glass

Shaker tin

Jigger

Hawthorne strainer

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INGREDIENTS (1 Serving)

Watermelon juice ingredients

1/2 small seedless watermelon

The Spicy Melon Margarita, an infused drink by Jamie Evans

Chile salt rim ingredients

1 tablespoon (9 g) salt 1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder or standard chili powder

1 lime wedge

Spicy Melon Margarita ingredients

3 ounces (90 ml) watermelon juice

1 ¼ ounce (38 ml) fresh squeezed lime juice

½  ounce (15 ml) Infused Rich Simple Syrup (see recipe in Cannabis Drinks)

½  ounce (15 ml) tequila blanco

½  ounce (15 ml) mezcal

½  teaspoon Aperol

1 small jalapeño pepper, sliced into rounds (set 1 round aside for garnish) 

Lime round, for garnish (optional)

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INSTRUCTIONS

To make the watermelon juice 

Place the watermelon into a blender or food processor. Purée for 1 minute or until the watermelon chunks turn into juice. Using a fine-mesh strainer, separate the pulp from the juice over an 8-ounce (240-ml) Mason jar. Discard the pulp, and set the jar aside.

To create the chili rim

Combine the salt and chile powder in a shallow saucer. Rim the glass with a lime wedge. Then dip the glass into the salt mixture creating the chile rim. If you have Tajín on hand, this works great, too!

To make the Spicy Melon Margarita

Add all the ingredients into a shaker tin, including the watermelon juice and the jalapeños. Add ice, cover, then shake for 25 seconds. Fine strain this into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with jalapeño rounds or a lime wheel, and enjoy!

We love how curated your instagram is, any tips for those looking to elevate their instagram game?

Something that’s helped my account grow over the years is to focus on a particular topic or beat. When I first launched my company, I tried to cover everything in cannabis. Now, I primarily just focus on infused foods and beverages as well as culinary cannabis experiences. That content is aligned with what my viewers want to see.

Can you share 5 of your favorite profiles to follow on instagram?

Here are five of my favorite accounts to follow now if you love cannabis-infused food and drinks! 

@sousweed

Monica Lo is a pioneer in the culinary cannabis space as well as a master at using the sous vide method to create delicious cannabis-infused recipes from an Asian American kitchen. Her page also includes stunning food photography, which she captures on her own. Be sure to follow Monica if you’re looking for some inspiration!

Jamie Evans, your go-to expert on infused drinks

@smokesipsavor

Rachel Burkons is another pioneer in the culinary cannabis space. She’s also my co-host for our monthly IG Live show, The Herb & Smoke Show. Rachel also comes from a long history of working in the beverage space. We have a lot of fun mixing up drinks together. She’s also hilarious. So I think you’ll enjoy her IG Reels.

@bigbadwolfsf

Chef Haejin Chun, of Big Bad Wolf, is one of the coolest chefs around. I was lucky enough to collaborate with her on a few dinners before the COVID pandemic hit. I just love how real she is on IG. Her food is also amazing! Be sure to keep an eye out for her weekly IG Show on @Herb every Tuesday.

@chefamanda.co

I was recently introduced to Chef Amanda Jackson when she attended one of my cannabis mixology classes. I love her Instagram page! She is a very talented chef based in Los Angeles. Her feed features delicious recipes as well as her favorite cannabis products. Her food photos will make you hungry.

@wenyerhungry

I came across Chef Wendy Zeng’s IG page after she won @elevatejane’s “Elevated Eight” cooking competition. Wendy makes some beautiful infused cuisine—using fresh ingredients from her urban garden. She was also featured in Discovery’s Chopped 420 cooking show. Be sure to tune in and witness her culinary talents first hand. 

Where can everyone get your new book, Cannabis Drinks: Secrets to Crafting CBD and THC Beverages at Home?

To purchase Cannabis Drinks, head to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or a bookstore near you! You can also find the book on my website at www.TheHerbSomm.com or on my Instagram channel @TheHerbSomm. Cheers, and enjoy!

Everything You Need to Know About Terpenes

  • Terpenes are the compounds in cannabis that give each strain their distinct smell and taste. 
  • Research suggests that terpenes, along with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, might also play a role in the effects of cannabis. 
  • Our glossary includes the terpenes that are most commonly found in cannabis. 

7-minute read

What are terpenes?

If you’ve consumed cannabis, you’ve probably noticed that each strain smells and tastes at least a little different. Some have earthier scents. Others are more citrusy or piney. What your nose is picking up on is the smells of the predominant terpenes found in each strain. These chemical compounds are in all plants. The mix of terpenes creates each plant’s distinct flavors and smells. That’s called a plant’s terpene profile.

There’s more to terpenes than just their scent and taste

But aside from their scents, research suggests that they might contribute more to your smoke sesh than you might realize. Like cannabinoids, terpenes may help determine the potential effects of cannabis. Research on cannabis terpenes is still in its infancy. But some of it shows the possibility of promising benefits they might provide, and many of us find that certain terpene profiles affect us in predictable ways. For example, linalool seems to aid in restful sleep and with soothing anxiety. Limonene also seems to inhibit cytokines, which trigger inflammation.

Why it helps to know terpene profiles

When you know the terpene profile of the cannabis products you consume, it could help you understand how each specific strain might affect you. The more information you have about the health and wellness benefits that could be linked to certain terpenes, the better. When you understand a strain’s terpene profile, you can make more informed choices about the cannabis you buy.

How do terpenes Affect you?

Unlike cannabinoids, terpenes won’t make you high. But they do affect the brain. So they’re considered psychoactive. That’s why so many cleaning products include scents like citrus or lavender. The bright scent of lemon or grapefruit invigorates most of us. Similarly, most of us find the scent of lavender calming. Just like that, cannabis experts believe that terpenes combine with cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, to make some strains more energizing and others more relaxing.

The entourage effect

Research suggests that together—terpenes, cannabinoids, and the many other compounds in cannabis—interact to create what’s called the entourage effect. In the most simple terms, the entourage effect is the hypothesis that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In other words, the full spectrum of the compounds in cannabis work interactively together to  to produce the effects of consuming cannabis. The entourage effect aligns with current research about the effects of terpenes. This suggests that the terpenes in cannabis may be just as important as the cannabinoids.

The most common terpenes

Science tells us that there are about 400 terpenes in cannabis. So far, though, experts have only linked a few of them to specific effects. To help you choose the best cannabis strains for you, here’s a glossary of the most common cannabis terpenes and their potential effects.

Myrcene—the earthy terpene

Myrcene (mərsēn) is an earthy terpene that can include herbaceous, musky, and even spicy scents. But we most associate this terpene with mangoes. It’s also predominant in hops, lemongrass, and eucalyptus. But cannabis strains with a lot of myrcene tend to have a mildly sweet flavor profile.

The terpene myrcene is often associated with mangoes.

Potential Benefits of myrcene

Myrcene seems to have calming properties. Typically, it’s found in cannabis strains that seem to have soothing effects. According to a 2015 study, this terpene may also offer anti-inflammatory benefits. This study suggests that myrcene may have the ability to effectively reduce inflammation in conditions like osteoarthritis. The same study revealed that myrcene might also slow the progression of this disease by decreasing the production of some inflammatory cells. Based on this realm of research, myrcene could potentially be used to alleviate the symptoms of other inflammatory conditions as well.

Limonene—the citrusy terpene

Limonene (li-mə-nēn) is one of the most common terpenes in cannabis. You’ll know it by its citrusy aroma. Due to its potential therapeutic benefits, limonene is a popular terpene. It’s the one that’s in lemons, too. But, did you know the highest concentration of limonene is actually found in orange rinds? Its bright, citrusy scent is widely recognized as uplifting.

Potential Benefits of limonene

Because of its world renowned propensity to be uplifting, some cannabis consumers consume limonene-rich strains to relieve anxiety. Studies have shown that the inhalation of limonene reduces anxiety symptoms in mice by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels. Other scientific studies look at how limonene could also function as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that limonene could improve digestive and heart health. Of course, we’re still waiting for more scientific studies to validate these benefits.

Linalool—a floral terpene

If you love lavender and lilac as much as we do, you already know the sweet, floral scent of linalool (lə-na-lə-wȯl). Linalool isn’t usually the dominant terpene in cannabis. Instead, it usually supports other, more dominant ones.

Potential Benefits of linalool

The soothing scent of linalool isn’t its only potential benefit. Although it’s a pretty nice one. One study exposed mice to linalool vapors, and the subjects exhibited reduced stress levels and depression-like behaviors. Linalool could also make the immune system more resistant to the destructive physical effects of stress. The same study suggests that it’s possible that linalool might relieve pain and relax muscles.

Pinene—the piney terpene

As you might guess, pinene (pī-nēn) is the terpene commonly found in pine trees. It’s also abundant in cannabis. Pinene is an earthy, rich terpene. Aside from cannabis, pinene is present in tea tree oil, ginger, sage, eucalyptus oil, and more plants.

Potential Benefits of pinene

Like many cannabis terpenes, pinene might have anti-inflammatory properties. One 2014 study confirmed this property by looking at the anti-inflammatory effects of pinene on human chondrocytes. Those are the cells in the body that produce cartilage. Other studies suggest pinene might also have antimicrobial, antioxidant, and neuroprotective effects. Due to these potential benefits, pinene might be useful in treating conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Certain properties of the terpene may actually be able to help slow or prevent the development and progression of neurological diseases.

Caryophyllene—the spicy terpene

If your flower smells spicy or peppery, it’s probably got some caryophyllene (car·y·o·phyl·lene). Of the most common terpenes, caryophyllene is also in plants like cloves, oregano, and rosemary. What makes caryophyllene unique is that it’s the only terpene found in cannabis that’s known to bind to the CB2 receptor, just like a cannabinoid. Your CB2 receptors are in your body’s immune system.

Benefits of caryophyllene

Caryophyllene’s ability to bind to the CB2 receptor suggests that this terpene might be another that could help treat inflammation. CB2 receptors are one of the main cannabinoid receptors in the human body.They’re most commonly found on immune cells. That explains why caryophyllene may have so many potential immune-related benefits. Research to date shows that caryophyllene might have the potential to ease the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions. These include diabetes, colitis, liver fibrosis, and Alzheimer’s-like conditions. But, again, we need more science to confirm how effective caryophyllene might be.

Rosemary is abundant in terpenes like caryophyllene.

Nerolidol—a floral terpene

Aromatic plants like jasmine, lemongrass, and tea tree can thank the terpene nerolidol (ne-rȯlə-dȯl) for their gorgeous scents. With its floral and citrusy notes, you can find it in loads of detergents, perfumes, and shampoos. Nerolidol is also widely used as a food flavoring agent.

Potential benefits of nerolidol

Along with its lovely aroma, nerolidol may have therapeutic benefits. Scientific studies suggest that nerolidol might have antioxidant and antibiotic properties. The same research shows that nerolidol might also exhibit anti-biofilm and antifungal properties as well as serve to repel insects. While these findings are exciting, more research still needs to be done to fully understand any potential health and wellness benefits from nerolidol.

How Can You Find the Best Weed?

  • Sava is changing the way people in the Bay Area try, buy, and enjoy the best weed. Founders Andrea Brooks and Amanda Denz personally curate Sava’s offerings to give you the highest quality. 
  • What to look for? The best weed is clean, lab-tested, and consistent.
  • Brands like Sava, the only women-, queer-, and Latinx-founded cannabis marketplace in the Bay Area, can help you find the best weed products.
  • These 3 Latinx brands, Sava, House of Puff, and Pure Beauty, are thrilled to debut their first collaboration, House of Puff’s Soho Holder in Sava’s signature teal coupled with artist series rolling papers and Pure Beauty’s premium flower. 

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First collab by Latinx powerhouses—Sava, PURE BEAUTY, and House of PufF

SavaHouse of Puff, and Pure Beauty align on every level. We’re all Latinx and women-founded companies that hold the highest standards for the products we curate for our customers. We all elevate cannabis beyond its stereotypes to reach an ever-widening audience. That’s why we teamed up for our first collab! Like a breath of springtime, our joint rolling kit will take your sesh to the next level with a limited edition Soho Joint Holder in Sava’s signature turquoise and teal, artist series rolling papers, and premium flower by Pure Beauty.  

Why Sava Specializes in curating only the best weed products

Sava’s founder, Andrea Brooks, turned to cannabis following a disabling injury. The plant ended up playing a crucial role in her recovery. The relief she got from cannabis inspired her and Amanda Denz to found Sava. Based in the Bay Area, Andrea and Amanda personally handpick the highest quality cannabis products and conveniently deliver them to your door. They’re also careful to select brands that share the same goals—like House of Puff and Pure Beauty. In this interview, Andrea and Amanda, tell us why Sava is so committed to offering you only the best weed products.

walk us through how you’re elevating the experience of buying, trying, and enjoying cannabis

California has some of the best cannabis products in the world—artisan, small-batch, super high-quality, lovely products of all kinds. We started Sava because we saw a need for a marketplace that collected these things in one place. When we launched in 2015, a lot of dispensaries felt inaccessible to us. They were showcasing things like neon green “dank” lollipops with super high THC. We wanted to create a space that was welcoming to women, people newer to cannabis, and people looking for lower-dose products or products for wellness. We wanted to make it easy to understand what was in the products and how you would use them, and we wanted to make it easy to shop online and get it all delivered to your door.

What criteria do you use for selecting the best weed products?

Most simply described, everything on Sava is handpicked by the two of us. We only choose products we would use ourselves or recommend to a friend. However, over the years those standards have evolved to be much more detailed.

The Best Weed products are clean, lab-tested, and consistent 

Everything we sell is clean, lab-tested for quality, and delivers a consistent experience each time you use it. We believe flower should never be grown with pesticides. Extracts should be clean and potent. You should be able to find edibles, tinctures, and topicals with clean, healthy ingredients that support your wellbeing. The flower we sell is sungrown or sustainably grown indoors. Our vapes and concentrates are always free from fillers and additives. And we have edibles for every single dietary need.

Our partners are quality-obsessed and inclusive

In addition to screening products, we screen the partner brands we choose to work with. All of the brands on Sava are quality-obsessed. They also share our goal of creating a progressive, legal, and inclusive cannabis industry.

Personally, what’s your favorite combo—high THC, high CBD, or 1:1?

For both of us, it depends on the time of day and what we’re looking to accomplish. Cannabis is such a versatile plant, The more you get to know it, the more you realize the many ways you can tailor it to a range of situations.

Amanda loves CBD

I love products with CBD. If I just want to take the edge off a bit during the day, I’ll take a 20:1 CBD:THC tincture. But for relaxing at the end of the day, I usually look for cannabis beverages that have a 2:1 CBD:THC ratio. When I’m ready to sleep, I go THC all the way.

Andrea likes a little more THC 

I like a little more THC. I often use cannabis to manage chronic pain. My inspiration for starting Sava was my use of cannabis for pain management to recover from a disabling injury. If I’m dealing with pain, I often take a 4:1 CBD:THC tincture. When it comes time to unwind, I love to smoke a 1:1 strain. I also love some of the other minor cannabinoids. THCV is a recent favorite for a high that feels energetic and mentally focused.

You’ve recently renewed your commitment to quality and curation—what drove that?

We’ve had really strong curation standards since we started, but we realized that they weren’t clear to our customers. Our solution was to succinctly gather them into a manifesto that we unveiled at the start of this year. We figured that we were already curating this way, why not share it with the world?

Sava's maifesto for how they choose the best weed products

You prioritize independently owned brands, artisans, and women-owned shops. What’s your process for finding those brands?

We’re committed to diversity in cannabis

We’re a queer-, women-, Latinx-founded company. So we want to make space for diversity in the industry. To make sure we’re always sticking to that, we committed to having at least 50% of the brands we carry be women-owned and at least 25% BIPOC-owned. In our online shop, you can even sort by women- or BIPOC-owned! We also think it’s critical to ensure the people who built this industry can stay afloat long enough to reap the rewards of their work. That means supporting small artisan makers who have sometimes been around for generations.

Our Community keeps us in the Know 

For us, these people aren’t hard to find. We’ve been around since 2015. In cannabis, that’s a long time. We’ve always been very involved in the community here in California. We hosted community-building events even before the pandemic. We know a lot of people who are very tapped in. So we always ask them to let us know when a new brand or product pops up that’s truly special. That way, we can make sure our marketplace has space for the smaller folks in addition to the bigger brands.

Speaking of the best weed products, tell us about your new collab with House of Puff and Pure Beauty!

Speaking of women and Latinx-owned brands, this is a collab between several! We’re thrilled to team up with House of Puff to make a Sava-themed joint holder in our favorite teal and turquoise. We also put together a special joint rolling set that includes this joint holder, rolling papers with artwork by Latinx artist Paula Flores, and a jar of flower from Pure Beauty. They’re a women-and-Latinx-owned flower brand. Plus, they sustainably grow indoor flower that’s of mind-blowing quality. It’s fun to work with like-minded women who offer super high quality products to the world! And if you’re not in the Bay Area, you can still get your own limited edition Sava teal and turquoise joint holder and rolling papers at House of Puff no matter which state you live in.

Some of Sava's best weed products include their new collab with House of Puff

As leaders in cannabis, what do you wish you could tell your younger selves?

Everything will change, many times over. But don’t worry—you’ll figure it out. We got into the cannabis industry in California during the days prior to recreational legalization. That’s when you could only sell to medical patients. Going through the regulatory changes that came with legalization was a rollercoaster. We had to completely change our business model. After the initial switch to recreational legalization, regulations rolled out continuously. So we had to be nimble and adjust quickly. However, going through that made us quick on our feet. We figured it all out. It’s not easy to run a cannabis business. You have normal business challenges. Then, on top of that, there are specific cannabis-business challenges. Luckily, we’ve built a strong team and we’ve created a supportive community of fellow cannabis brands. We all work together to keep leading the way!

Fave consumption rituals?

Amanda loves cannabis at bathtime 

At the end of a long day, I love to make a cannabis mocktail and get in the bathtub. I fill my tub with cannabis epsom salts and bring a good book. Afterwards, I rub my shoulders and neck with a cannabis topical oil. That ritual can make the stress of any day melt off so I’m ready for a relaxed evening with my family and a good night’s sleep.

The best weed for Andrea is an end-of-day smoke and a dog walk 

I love smoking flower, and I love mini-prerolls. At the end of a long day, I grab a nice CBD/THC blended preroll, my dog, and I head out for a walk around SF. It’s a great way to wind down. After a few puffs, I’m more present and less in my head. That means I’m more able to look around and appreciate all of the small wonders that make San Francisco so magical—the unexpected creativity you see everywhere.

How does your support for other women-owned brands and social equity dovetail with your commitment to curating the best weed products?

Many of the women- and BIPOC-owned brands are smaller artisan brands. Those brands care immensely about quality. Many of our truly special and unique offerings come from these founders.

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What are the qualities that distinguish the best cannabis flower?

How the cannabis plant is grown, cured, stored, and cared for greatly impacts its quality. The terpenes in the flower are so important. They really affect your experience. But they’re volatile and can be easily destroyed with a lack of care. We look for flower with several qualities. It has to smell delicious. The buds have to look well cared for and intact. It has to be dry enough that it’s been cured. But it can’t be over dried to the point that it’s crumbling. There can’t be any sticks, stems, seeds, or anything brown or squished. Your flower should look happy. And looking at it and smelling it should make you happy. 

What about the best weed edibles?

Your weed edibles should clearly state which cannabinoids are in them and in which quantities. In this day and age, they should be delicious as well! Look at the food ingredients in addition to the cannabis ingredients. Are they things you want to eat?

What should we look for in the best cannabis concentrates?

The ingredients should be pure cannabis oil—no fillers or additives. We advocate for buying all your cannabis through legal sources. But that’s particularly important with cannabis concentrates. When you buy cannabis via legal sources, it’s been tested for harmful elements. That includes heavy metals, pesticides, and molds, etc. If you concentrate tainted cannabis, guess what happens? You get a concentration of those harmful elements. So you especially want your concentrates clean.

For those of us who aren’t in Sava’s neighborhood, what’s your advice for finding the best weed wherever we are?

Look for the legal channels in your area. If you don’t have any, vocalize that you need them to your local representatives! We know that options in some states are limited. But they are increasing. We suggest finding a retailer that’s very transparent about sourcing and ingredients. They should also provide you with education about how to use the products and what to expect. If you decide to buy CBD online or from a non-dispensary, it’s important to know that they have no regulations on quality. Look for a brand you can trust—one that tests their products via a third-party and makes those tests available to you.

How can we keep up with Sava’s most current curation of the best weed products?

Sign up for our email list at www.getsava.com/email or follow us on IG @getsava!

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