Though the summer is slowly winding down, there are still opportunities to get outside and soak up the last of the sunshine. Labor Day is a great chance to round up your family and friends for a casual BBQ in a park or a potluck at home where you can bring a savory dish, dessert or drink that everyone will be eager to experience. Looking for some inspiration? Start with some of these recipes and then try branching out to some of your own creations.
Stay cool with these super simple and easy to make adult popsicles that can be any flavor you want. After using lemonade made with cannabis-infused honey as the base to give them that extra kick, you can customize with your own ingredients like berries or any other fresh fruits. You can also try another juice or drink as a base to create your own interesting flavor combinations.
You can still enjoy sipping on a buzzy beverage even if you’ve decided you’re skipping out on alcohol for the day thanks to these mocktails made with cannabis-infused simple syrup. Keep it classic with a mojito or serve up something fresh like rosemary and cucumber ginger beer. If you know a thing or two about making mocktails, you can skip the recipe and use the infused simple syrup to make your own drink.
Pick up some summer veggies for this side dish that might even entice a tried-and-true carnivore to indulge. Vegetable stock, white wine and agave give this recipe a rich flavor profile and make the taste of the veggies really come alive. Look for vegetables that are in season at your local farmers’ market.
Whether you decide to party indoors or outdoors, you can still have this ready for all the meat lovers who need their fix. There are no frills to this recipe — just sear the ribeye on both sides, cook it to your preference and enjoy. It can be cooked in the oven or even thrown on the grill if you’re in the mood.
A traditional green salad may not be able to withstand the heat, but this refreshing salad made with quinoa will still help you get in a serving of vegetables. It has a light, zesty dressing and lots of veggies that help give it texture and flavor. Plus, it doesn’t require any cooking so you don’t even have to turn on your stove to make this.
Say no to nachos with soggy tortilla chips by replacing them with hearty potatoes that won’t lose their texture after being covered in cheese and chorizo. Though the recipe only calls for a few toppings, feel free to load your nachos up with whatever else your heart desires like scallions, sour cream and a little guacamole.
This crowd favorite and dinner classic is a sure shot if you’re undecided about what to make. It’s up to you whether or not you want to play it safe with a straight-forward cheddar cheese recipe like this one or spice it up with your preferred cheese. You can also create your own cheese blend with a two or more of your faves for added flavor.
This dessert combines the best of both worlds with soft, warm peaches paired with a crunchy crisp on top. Though fresh peaches are ideal, you can make it easier for yourself by using canned peaches that have been drained. Even if you’re not that great at baking, this recipe is simple enough for most skill levels.
It’s that time of year again when we celebrate ourselves as workers, and all that we’ve contributed to America. And how do we do this? With a barbecue in the backyard, a beer in the hand, and a lit joint between the lips. This year, you can integrate the barbecue and the lit joint by making a spicy, tangy, or sweet n’ sour cannabis-infused barbecue sauce, perfect for getting a buzz when you’re NOT supposed to be working.
What better way to celebrate Labor Day than with a barbecue? And what better way to cook your meat than withcannabis-infused barbecue sauce? In fact, this is a great time for delta-8 THC. This half-brother to delta-9 creates slightly less psychoactive effect, while also producing less anxiety, less cloudy-head, and less couch locking. Kind of perfect for a celebration, whether its on your meat or in a vape. Check out our selection of delta 10, THCV, THC-O, HHC, THCP & delta-8 THC deals, and celebrate this Labor Day with the perfect buzz.
A little about Labor Day
We celebrate so many holidays, that sometimes the exact meaning or history can be lost for many people. And this includes Labor Day. In a way, it’s one of the more obvious holidays, as the name itself implies ‘work’, but how it came about is a different story. So, here’s a little bit to expand your knowledge base on the holiday of Labor Day.
Labor Day is a federal holiday which comes with a day off work, and most businesses closed. It’s one of the 11 ‘bank holidays’ in the US, implying that even banks do not open on this day. It doesn’t have a specific date, but is celebrated on the first Monday of each September. Labor Day is just as much associated with the beginning of the school year, as it is for barbecues, although these days, many schools start before it. Growing up, we always knew that once Labor Day occurred, the first day of classes was right behind it.
Labor Day started back in the 1800’s, with the first official celebration occurring on September 5th, 1882 in New York City specifically. It was celebrated on a Tuesday, and the whole shebang was put on by the Central Labor Union. This came as a result of the mounting desire of labor unions and activists to have a specific day to celebrate the contributions of the standard worker in America.
This first Labor Day was not a federal holiday though, but was put together as a result of a state ordinance. New York was the first state to make a bill for this, but Oregon was the first state to pass such a bill which officially recognized the day as of February 21st 1887. When the mid-1890’s rolled around, 23 states had passed laws to create a labor holiday, and on June 28th of that year, Congress finally passed a bill making an official Labor Day, designating it for the first Monday of every September. Much like in current times, the holiday was originally celebrated with the three Ps: parties, parades, and picnics. The original pattern was to have a parade, followed by parties and other festivities.
In 1909, a second semi-holiday was established on the Sunday before Labor Day – called Labor Sunday – which was meant to celebrate the educational and spiritual aspects of being a worker. This holiday didn’t take off in the same way, and is barely known about today, though many churches still do celebrate it.
How-to make a great cannabis-infused barbecue sauce for your Labor Day cookout
These days there are plenty of finished cannabis-infused barbecue sauce products that can be bought, but this isn’t always the best answer for people who live in places which are inaccessible to these products. Cannabis, after all, isn’t legal for recreational use in other then 18 states. In order to accommodate a wider audience, let’s look at some recipes for how to make a cannabis-infused barbecue sauce so that everyone, no matter where they live, can take part in a stoner barbecue.
One thing to remember is that in order to make a cannabis-infused barbecue sauce, you need to decarboxylate your weed, or buy an infused cannabis product that can be used. How strong the sauce will be is dictated by how much cannabis or cannabis oil is used. Make sure to check your cannabis product, the recipe you desire, and the calculations for the amount of sauce you need, to ensure you get the right amount of cannabinoids in your sauce. Most recipes come with basic instructions on how much cannabis to use.
One recipe, to get that sweet and tangy honey mustard flavor, can be found here as a Cannahoney BBQ Sauce. This is one of the simplest recipes you’ll find, and makes four servings! Here are the ingredients:
3/4 cup ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons CannaHoney
2 1/2 tablespoons regular honey
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard
Cooking instructions? Mix it all together and spread it all over your favorite barbecue meat. Yup, it’s that easy.
Some recipes do require more ingredients and more work, like this Texas-style barbecue sauce. The ingredient list to make four cups, goes as follows:
1 small onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 cup water
1 cup ketchup
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup cannabutter
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
The instructions are not super intense, should take about ½ hour to prepare, and remain similar for most barbecue sauces that require heating for preparation, even if ingredients vary. It can be stored in a refrigerator for about a week:
Heat water, brown sugar, molasses, ketchup, and tomato sauce in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer.
Add in the onion, garlic, and celery, and allow to simmer for eight minutes on low heat.
Put in a blender, along with all other ingredients, and puree until smooth.
Slather all over your choice of meat.
Another option is to go buffalo style, and here is a recipe for a Spicy Canna-Buffalo Sauce, one of the more simple options, with the following ingredient list for 2 1/2 cups:
2 cups blue cheese dressing
1/4 cup butter, cubed
6 ounces hot sauce
16 ounces blue cheese salad dressing
1 tablespoon cannabis-infused coconut oil (or comparable product with approximately 90mgs of THC)
The instructions are easy enough!
Combine the butter and hot sauce in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 1-2 minutes on high heat until all the butter has melted.
Add in the cannabis coconut oil and stir until the entire mixture is smooth.
Go ahead and slather this tasty concoction on your choice of meat.
If you’re into chutney sauces for your barbecue experience, check out a super, super easy to make sauce, with this recipe for Sweet and Sour Canna-Chutney Sauce. The recipe does not define how much it produces. Here are the ingredients:
1/4 cup mango chutney
2 tablespoons whole-ground mustard
1 teaspoon cannabis-infused MCT oil (or comparable product with approximately 30mgs THC)
And the super, super easy instructions? Mix it all together and put it on your meat! Easy as that.
Last, but not least, if you want your barbecue sauce to burn a hole in the roof of your mouth, this Spicy BBQ Dank Sauce is the infused recipe best for you. Here’s what you need to make it happen:
7-14 grams of the cannabis of your choice, finely ground. (7 grams for less intense buzz, up to 14 grams to get sky-high)
2 cups sriracha sauce
2 cups tomato sauce
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/4 cups red wine vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
2 tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons hickory flavored liquid smoke
1 small lime for juice
3 tablespoons of chopped green onion or just use 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 clove of chopped garlic or just use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 – 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
What to do with all this stuff? Here are the instructions:
Add together the ground weed, onions, and the juice from the lime in a pot and cook on low heat while stirring. Do this for 1-1.5 hours without allowing it to boil.
Mix all liquid ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat.
Add seasonings, and cook for 45 minutes.
Lower to a simmer for 20 more minutes, while stirring occasionally. When it reaches the correct consistency, turn off the heat.
Cool until the sauce thickens, then apply to meat, or freeze for later use.
Labor Day and barbecues – the tradition
How is Labor Day usually celebrated currently? The same way as 4th of July and Memorial Day, by getting blasted with friends and throwing a barbecue. There are still bigger festivities that occur, and plenty of parades, parties, and picnics – the latter two of which also fall under the category of ‘barbecue’. In fact, barbecues were being done since the beginning of Labor Day, as barbecuing was a standard way to celebrate civic holidays. However this usually meant massive barbecues for an entire city. By the beginning of the 20th century, large barbecues could be found in almost every city with a lot of workers.
As parades and bigger group celebrations went out of style, barbecuing remained, and became more of a small gathering activity, partly because of the South, and how that region tends to celebrate events with picnics and barbecues. Often times, stands were set up for the holiday, featuring smoked meats for about half a dollar a pound. Large barbecues could still be found in the mid-1900’s hosted by organizations like the AFL and CIO, but the holiday was losing its appeal of mass celebration, and becoming more about smaller, more intimate, partying.
By the 1950’s and 60’s, it became commonplace to see advertisements in publications for barbecue equipment, like grills, and charcoal, which further ignited the idea of the backyard barbecue, which has continued on to this day. So, in honor of the working American needing a day off, and with the growing legalization of cannabis, try out these cannabis-infused barbecue sauce recipes, to make the perfect stoner Labor Day celebration.
And there you have it. If you’re looking to celebrate Labor Day this year with a barbecue, and want to make it a buzzy affair, try one of these mouth-watering cannabis-infused barbecue sauce recipes, and bring together delicious food, and a great relaxing high!
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It’s a well-known fact that Delta 9 THC is federally illegal. Should a product contain this cannabinoid, it can make up no more than 0.3% of the total compounds in said product. A few companies are starting to offer “legal delta 9 THC gummies” which are edibles containing less than 0.3 percent Delta 9 THC by dry weight. Some gummies, like the ones I tried, contain only Delta 9 while others contain a combination of both Delta 8 and Delta 9.
So are these gummies legit? Well, it depends on if you’re buying pure Delta 9 or combo gummies. The former containing only delta 9 are akin to what you would find in a dispensary. For example, I tried the Urb Effex Delta 9 Vegan Gummies which contain 15mg of Delta 9 THC per piece. On the other hand, we have the Delta 8/Delta 9 combo gummies which sound cool initially, but when we stop and think about the way all tetrahydrocannabinols are digested in the human body, we come to realize that it really doesn’t matter whether it contains that small amount of Delta 9 THC or not. Sure it’s fun, but when it comes to effects, it’s unlikely you’ll feel any higher from these D8/D9 combo candies than you would from straight Delta 8 or Delta 9 THC edibles. But then again, you should try it for yourself, as this is currently the only legal way to buy Delta 9 THC online.
Edibles are fun, and they hit in a different way than smokables. It’s wonderful that we now can buy Delta 9 THC edibles online, same varieties and quality of what you would at a local dispensary in a legal state. To try them out for yourself, make sure to subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter to learn more and for exclusive deals on Delta 8, Delta 10 THC, THC-O, THCV, THCP & HHC.
Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC
When people think of “THC”, they’re thinking of Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. For decades, THC has been both illegal and highly controversial because lawmakers were too heavily focused on its psychoactive properties, rather than acknowledging all of its many possible uses in the health and wellness sectors.
One of the most common, non-recreational uses for THC is to manage pain, including that stemming from inflammation, headaches, injury, chemotherapy, menstrual cramps, or neuropathic pain. Anecdotal evidence, as well as some newer clinical studies, indicate that THC is also one of the best natural remedies for treating digestive issues such as nausea and wasting syndrome.
Another promising medicinal use for THC is brain cell regeneration, which is particularly interesting since one of the main talking points on keeping cannabis illegal is how bad it is for the brain; but that is definitely not accurate. This is especially true for elderly patients who use THC products. Studies show that it helps with more than just brain function and memory improvement, but THC actually helps change the structure of the brain cells to take on traits of cognitive youth. Other therapeutic uses for THC include: sleep aid, antioxidant, antimicrobial, epilepsy relief, glaucoma, and muscle relaxer.
By comparison, Delta 8 is a bit more mellow than Delta 9 as far as the high goes, but the medical benefits are very similar. From a chemical standpoint, the only difference between the two is that Delta 8 has its double bond on the 8th carbon chain, whereas Delta 9 has it on the 9th chain.
A Bit About Edibles
We’ve all noticed that edibles hit way different than smokables. That is because of a little endocannabinoid known as 11-hydroxy-THC. Sometimes written 11-OH-THC, this compound is naturally occurring and made in the human body. After delta-8 or delta-9 THC has been swallowed, the body breaks it down and metabolizes it via the liver. 11-hydroxy-THC is a metabolite of the other tetrahydrocannabinols and is said to be much more potent than its precursors. This is why delta-8 THC edibles are just as strong as delta-9 edibles, but the same can’t be said for smoking and vape products.
In some ways, edibles feel like they get you more than flowers and even concentrates sometimes. Although it takes a while to get rolling, once they kick in, I’m laid out on the couch almost every time. I feel extra stoned, I’m laughing at everything, and eventually, I get super tired. This seems to be commonplace when it comes to edibles; but why exactly do they differ so much from smoking… you know, from a scientific standpoint?
It all boils down to two physiological factors: the drug-metabolizing enzymes in your GI tract, and blood flow to the liver. When you first eat a cannabis edible, various enzymes in the GI tract begin digesting the food. From that point, blood flow from the GI tract goes through the liver where all these enzymes are metabolized, then the blood continues into general circulation. When the metabolites are formed, that’s when you get the effects of 11-hydroxy-THC.
However, when you smoke or vape, the THC is absorbed through the lungs and distributed directly into the bloodstream. The active compounds make their way to the brain where they activate the CB receptors that are part of the endocannabinoid system. When smoking, you are feeling the effects of the phytocannabinoids (plant-cannabinoids), rather than the compound formed during eating and metabolism, which is an endocannabinoid.
An Interesting Legal Loophole
Now back to the legal Delta 9 THC gummies. Again, I tried the Urb Effex Vegan, Hemp-Derived Delta 9 THC Gummies in Blueberry Citrus Burst. First of all, I want to mention that the consistency of these gummies feels more like a Jell-O shot rather than an actual gummy, but the flavor was wonderful none the less. As far as effects, they hit me like all Delta 9 THC edibles, I got really stoned then after a while, really tired and slept like a baby. So overall, they’re on par with what what comes to mind when most people think of weed gummies.
Now, I’ll take another example from the brand ATLRx, simply because they’re the first one to pop up when you do a google search of “legal delta 9 THC gummies”. According to the product details on their site, each gummy contains 22mg of Delta 8 THC and 3mg of Delta 9 THC, keeping the total amount of D9 under that 0.3% legal limit.
At first, it’s logical to assume that you’ll get higher with these gummies than other ones because when you smoke delta 9, it’s much more intoxicating than delta 8. However, because of how all tetrahydrocannabinols convert to 11-hydroxy-THC when metabolized, there won’t be a noticeable difference whether the gummies have 22mg of Delta 8 THC and 3mg of Delta 9 THC, or just 25mg of Delta 8 THC alone. Once they go through the digestive process, they all become the same compound, and thus, the effects will be the same.
Having said that, the above dosage of any type of THC in a single gummy is quite potent, and one or two pieces should be more than enough for a novice user. For reference, when giving edibles to any of my elderly relatives, I usually give them about 30 milligrams, and each one of ATLRx’s gummies contains 25mg of total THC.
I can go on about the effects, flavors, and product details, but at the end of the day, you won’t know whether you like them or not until you try them for yourself. If you’re going with Urb Effex, you’ll get delicious gummies with natural, hemp-derived Delta 9 THC – again, very similar to what you find at a dispensary. I personally have not tried any other brand of online “legal” delta 9 edibles, so I can’t comment on flavors and effects of those products. Remember to subscribe to our newsletter to give these gummies a try!
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Most cannabis lovers share a story — the one about that brownie. But they don’t always know that the culprit (or hero) of the edibles story was a little substance known as 11-hydroxy-THC.
When it comes to telling the brownie story, the details change from person to person, but the crux of the plot is always the same: You ate that thing, whatever it was, and got much higher than you planned for. Inhaling cannabis by smoking, vaping or dabbing is definitely the fastest way to feel the effects of cannabis, but when it comes to powerful impacts that last — particularly for those seeking physical therapeutic benefits — ingesting cannabis orally is an ideal approach.
One reason so many of us have experienced being overwhelmed by an “overproof” edible is the imprecise potency of most homemade edibles, particularly back in the days before everyone started casually kicking around chemistry 101 jargon when talking about weed. The truth is you never really knew how strong the brownie was until you ate it — that was half of the fun. But now the culture of cannabis has expanded to include people unwilling or unable to cancel their plans at a moment’s notice and dedicate a few hours to navigating the inner workings of their mind, but that’s just the price of progress.
11-Hydroxy-THC Is A ‘Metabolite’: The Many Forms of THC
Given that we’re always hearing stories about how devastatingly strong orally consumed cannabis can be, here’s a question: Why?
It’s all about the journey that tetrahydrocannabinol or “THC” takes from existing on a cannabis plant to reacting in your endocannabinoid system, because there isn’t just one THC. When you look at the resin glands or trichomes of a cannabis plant, most of the THC inside those glands is actually THCA. THCA is the acidic precursor of what most people think of as psychoactive THC, which is called delta-9-THC. Through a process called decarboxylation, which refers to the transfer of carbon atoms triggered by heat, THCA turns into THC. This takes place when you smoke or vaporize your bud, but also occurs naturally as a plant reaches maturity.
But when that delta-9-THC hits your body, another transformation takes place: Your body’s metabolism takes delta-9-THC and creates a new compound, 11-hydroxy-THC.
You’re probably thinking: yet another cannabinoid to keep track of? Well, kind of. Generally speaking, there are two types of cannabinoids: endocannabinoids, which are produced naturally by the human body, and phytocannabinoids, which present in the resin glands of the cannabis plant. 11-hydroxy-THC is technically neither of those: It’s the primary metabolite of THC, meaning the body transforms delta-9 into 11-hydroxy-THC.
In fact, the process continues, with the creation of a secondary metabolite, 11-Nor-9-carboxy-THC or THC-COOH. It’s a metabolite of hydroxy that’s fundamentally inert, but which can linger in fat deposits for several weeks. For that reason, it’s the compound targeted by most urinalysis drug tests for cannabis.
Why 11-Hydroxy-THC Is More Potent From Edibles than Flower
The reason 11-hydroxy-THC is so powerful is that it crosses the blood-brain barrier more effectively than delta-9.
But if delta-9 turns into 11-hydroxy-THC anyway, why does it matter how you get the cannabis into your bloodstream? The answer is all about metabolization.
Ultimately your body will create 11-hydroxy-THC from inhaled delta-9, but over 10 times as much of the THC metabolite can be created when cannabis is ingested. This is because when you ingest cannabis it’s metabolized, first by stomach enzymes and then by the liver, creating two opportunities for the creation of 11-hydroxy-THC.
Alternately, when you inhale cannabis, it goes directly to your lungs, where it enters your bloodstream directly, circumventing the liver completely at first. The THC still present in the blood that eventually makes it to the liver will be metabolized into the hydroxy metabolite, but relatively little will be produced.
As our understanding of the cannabis plant and its wondrous compounds expands, we’re not just learning more about the plant, we’re learning more about ourselves. The human body is uniquely adapted to benefit from the introduction of phytocannabinoids, and as our knowledge about them expands, so does our ability to isolate the benefits of specific cannabis compounds.
Some people choose one or the other, but many cannabis users seeking therapeutic benefits find the “best medicine” is a multi-pronged approach that includes inhalation, ingestion and possibly topical or transdermal applications of a broad spectrum of cannabinoids, including acidic precursors like THCA and CBDA.
Ultimately, THC is a much more complicated compound than most people realize. There’s even another chemical form it can take — delta-8-THC — which only occurs in minute quantities naturally, but which extractors are just beginning to harness, but we’ll explore that form next time.
TELL US, do you have a story about an edible that was too strong?
The cannabis cup may be virtual this year, but that isn’t stopping us from nerding out over some of the best bud, concentrates and edibles in the Southwest. Here are the winners of the Cannabis Cup Arizona: People’s Choice Edition 2021.
Thank you to all the judges who put their hearts and souls into judging the competition entries to help crown the best of Arizona! For more info on how to become a judge and to sign up for updates, please visit CannabisCup.com/preregister.
First Place: Alien Labs – Kryptochronic
Second Place: Shango x True Harvest – Modified Banana
Third Place: Aeriz – Ice Cream Cake
Fourth Place: Mohave Reserve – Zkittlez Mints #5
Fifth Place: High Grade – AMF OG
First Place: Alien Labs – Melonade
Second Place: Shango x True Harvest – Anslinger’s Demise
Third Place: Aeriz – Jenny Kush
Fourth Place: Mohave Reserve – Durban Gushers
Fifth Place: High Grade – Clementine
First Place: Connected – Gushers
Second Place: Shango x True Harvest – Alien Cookies
Third Place: Aeriz – Mac 1
Fourth Place: Mohave Reserve – Motor Breath
Fifth Place: Sunday Goods – Bangers & Mac #1
First Place: Alien Labs – Gelato 41 Pre-Roll
Second Place: MPX – Kush Mints x Dark Knight Diamond-Roll
It’s important to have some sort of clue about what direction to go in when heading into unfamiliar territory, whether it’s first-timers getting their kicks in Washington or Colorado or folks who haven’t had the opportunity to indulge in their favorite plant for quite awhile.
Whatever the circumstance, it’s clear from a few recent reports that there is a load of new and returning users who aren’t educated about some basic ways to keep themselves and others from having overwhelming and unpleasant experiences. Whatever experience level is your starting point, it will be valuable to go forward into the relatively unknown equipped with a little knowledge.
Do Some Research
Before smoking, ingesting or applying any sort of cannabis-infused goods, find out about what type of experience to expect from each different product. Look into the characteristics and contrasts between sativa and indica strains, read up on dabbing and wax and find out about how canna-oil and canna-butter work in the body. Being intellectually prepared will make a difference in how enjoyable the physical effects will be once they start to kick in. Remember: this is supposed to feel good.
Test the Waters
Because the hormonal and chemical makeup of every body is different, taking the time to really figure out what works and what doesn’t work will make a tremendous difference in how an experience will carry out. For some people, smoking produces a more enjoyable effect than eating edibles or vice versa. It’s a good idea to give any new marijuana experience a test run in private — kind of like trying out a test patch before dying hair — before going all the way in and possibly regretting it later in public.
If a dispensary carries a product of interest, there’s never any harm in asking questions to make sure there’s absolute clarity about an item before it’s purchased. It’s important to double check about recommended dosage amounts when it comes to edibles that may not be clearly marked and follow the instructions. The staff can be an excellent resource during any transaction. It might also be helpful to ask them if they have some anecdotal advice.
Smoking joints, blunts or out of a glass pipe are probably the most common ways of getting high, but they’re not the end-all and be-all of cannabis culture. There are a number of ways to enjoy cannabis that are becoming more popular and accessible. Vaporizing and dabbing are other ways to get a potent high thanks to a variety of discrete, portable devices popping up all over the market.
Sticking to reputable, trusted dispensaries that provide fresh, lab-tested cannabis must be a top priority. If the pot doesn’t seem fresh, if there is little to no consistency when it comes to packaging and labeling or if the dispensary staff isn’t forthcoming with helpful information when asked, it’s time to move on to greener pastures.
Don’t Push the Limits
It’s important to be aware of what strains and how much cannabis allows for a content and satisfying experience. The golden rule here is to start small and be patient. If it’s been more than a decade since the last puff, don’t try to inhale an entire blunt on the first go-round. Just take a moment to think about the process going on in the body when cannabis is consumed. Trying to take a good buzz over the edge won’t heighten the experience, it’ll just require a lot of snacks and a long, long nap. Keep it moderate and it won’t be hard to stay awake to actually enjoy the high.
As North America has settled comfortably into its recreational era, I’m thinking about the future of cannabis consumption.
While aficionados of the plant rightfully have many concerns about the pharmaceutical industry’s evolving relationship with marijuana, I’d argue that the future of cannabis is based on certain pharmacological principles — those of consistency, predictability and repeatability.
And a large part of that equation leads us to the importance, and even necessity, of microdosing cannabis.
We already know that the future of cannabis revolves around the consumers who have yet to walk into a marijuana shop. The existing ganja markets have progressed substantially — but the industry is currently looking to untapped markets for future growth.
The Santa Monica mom or Toronto dad who never got their medical marijuana recommendations but are curious about the ease a recreational shop offers in the months to come? These are the personas that marketing executives are now targeting from El Paso to Saskatoon, from San Diego to Bangor.
But how does legal cannabis appeal to this cautiously careful rookie demographic?
By offering these potential new adopters a consistent, predictable and repeatable high — the kind of pinpointed experience they’ve rarely, if ever, enjoyed from the cannabis plant.
It’s part of the beauty of cannabis, really: This is a plant, a living being, with the haphazard inconsistency that comes along with that. But now that cannabis is a government-regulated commodity and states are testing marijuana flower and pot products for potency, these growers and producers face responsibilities that black market operators never had to bother with.
Kiva’s Terra Bites contain only 5 mg THC per bite. Photo Gracie Malley for Cannabis Now
And I should know. Five years ago, I wasn’t consuming cannabis at all. I don’t smoke anything, and so my only real experiences with marijuana came from the occasional random pot brownie, all of which were just that: random. But when a friend first offered me a square of his state-regulated infused chocolate bar — with a label that explained that each break-apart piece included exactly 10 mgs of activated THC — I was immediately intrigued.
And after a number of consistent-ish experiences with that brand, where I was able to repeat my cannabis high for the first time in my life, I was immediately won over. I remember my third or fourth nibble of edible marijuana — riding that giggly high and marveling at how much fun I was having on this new-to-me substance — thinking that I suddenly and unexpectedly had a new favorite drug.
And that’s how a new adopter is won over — but I would never have come over to cannabis were it not for edibles (aka non-smokables) and, more importantly, a consistent product.
And that’s where microdosing comes in.
For most states, a single serving of edible marijuana is 10 mgs of THC. I’ve made this unpopular argument before, but that’s way too high for most people — from the new adopters dipping their toes in the water to the veteran smokers whose tolerance is inhalation-specific.
But 2.5 mgs of THC? That’s a friendlier dose. It’s still too much for some, but it’s more realistic than 10 mgs, and it also allows patients and recreational consumers to experiment more thoughtfully and carefully as they figure out their specific tolerance.
If we time-traveled back to my early experiences with state-regulated edibles in 2013, you’d find me in the kitchen with a cutting board and steak knife trying to accurately split apart a 10 mg square of chocolate into four pieces. Of course, it was an exercise in futility; The weed candy bar split evenly apart at its molded seams, but nowhere else.
I didn’t know it then, but I was microdosing — learning from a previous experience that 10 mgs was too much for me, but roughly a quarter of that was juuuuust right.
All these years later — basically decades in cannabis time — brands from California (Kiva) to Colorado (Sweet Grass Kitchen) to Washington (Willie’s Reserve) are selling microdose edibles, recognizing the new market demand for these kinds of products.
And to think that microdose edibles weren’t anywhere to be seen back when Colorado and Washington first started slinging retail cannabis back in 2014.
Microdose edibles aren’t only for the noobs.
While my general tolerance for edible marijuana was 2.5 mgs of THC back in 2013, these days it’s more in the 12.5 to 15 mgs range. You know how I know that? Because I’ve been experimenting — with a 10 mg gummy chased by a 2.5 mg (or two) chewable candy.
I know exactly how that combination will make me feel. Just as I know exactly how two hard ciders will make me feel.
And that comparison is everything.
While alcohol is certainly deadlier and more addictive than marijuana, the legal booze market has decades on legal weed — and in that time brewers and distillers have pinpointed their products’ potency, giving consumers the confidence and trust to develop loyalty to brands because of how those drinks affect them.
And that’s the next stage for the cannabis industry: Producing an intimately repeatable experience for consumers looking for that “I’ll-have-a-PBR” equivalent. And microdosing is key to this trust-building exercise, especially for the wide-open demographic awaiting their first experience with marijuana — or at least their first in a long while.
Sure, we all want to be chilled out, but life moves fast and sometimes we need some energy. Remember the days of throwing back Red Bulls, and feeling sick after? Now there’s a much better option! Imagine that same kick, along with the gentle calming of cannabis. Cannabinoid energy drinks provide an eye-opening blast of energy, along with the soothing feel of relaxation.
There are so many cannabis options, its hard to keep track of them all. From oils, to vapes, to sleep remedies, to cannabinoid energy drinks, the wacky weed is a good way to accomplish just about anything. Whether you want CBG, CBN, THCV, delta-8 or regular delta-9 THC, there are plenty of products available. We’re dedicated to getting you your product of choice. So, take a look at our selection of Delta 10, THCV, THC-O & Delta-8 THC deals, as well as tons of other compounds, and pick what’s best for you from all the possibilities.
Energy drinks and cannabis
If the idea of cannabis and energy drinks seems odd to you, there’s a good reason why. Smoking weed is generally associated with sinking into your couch, which is quite the opposite of pounding a Red Bull to have energy for going out. But consider putting the two together and all of a sudden you’re talking about a mellowed-out up, and that sounds pretty nice.
Then consider that there is so much great new technology with cannabis, that it’s not only about delta-9 THC anymore, but a multitude of other compounds, like CBD, delta-8 THC, THCV, CBG, and so forth. And since different cannabinoids have different chemical formulas/configurations, they provide different effects. This means, drinks can be modulated to come up with the perfect combinations.
For me, drinking a Red Bull is like asking for a heart attack. I don’t like the taste or the way those drinks make me feel. But sometimes I want the energy boost. These cannabinoid energy drinks have made a new way to energize yourself, which is a great answer for people like me who can’t handle the effects of standard energy drinks.
Coffee and tea might be good ways of getting a caffeine injection, but some people automatically gravitate toward energy drinks. And when you need an extra big kick, sometimes coffee and tea just can’t do it. For those who prefer their wake-up-call to come in the form of a sweet drink that can be quickly pounded, these cannabinoid energy drinks should be right up your alley.
If you are looking for the next level energy drink, the THC-O Super Sativa drink is the one for you! Combined with natural green coffee fruit extract, Vitamin B3, B6 & B12 this Super-Sativa drink will bring you just enough energetic euphoria for a perfect day.
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When it comes to energy drinks, some come in liquid form, ready to go. And some come in powder form to be mixed into a drink.
$19.99 (box of 5) Joy Organics, puts out a fantastic mix with its CBD Energy Drink Mix. The 12.5mg pouch of mix should be added to 12-24 ounces of water, and contains 75mg of caffeine per pack, along with an array of natural botanicals meant to improve energy and focus. Five pouches come per box at $19.99. Pouches are easy to bring around with you, meaning you can prepare your energy drink whenever you feel the need.
Joy Organics offers a subscription program which nets you a large discount. Subscribe to save 30%, for a total of $13.97 per box. All the CBD sourced by Joy comes from US grown hemp plants. This broad spectrum CBD has had all THC extracted, so no worries about a psychoactive high. Just all the calming benefits of CBD, with a nice kick of caffeine and botanicals.
Not everyone prefers CBD for their energy drink needs, and though delta-9 might be a little strong for something meant to bring you up, delta-8 THC is not. Delta-8 THC, as a half-brother to delta-9, shares the majority of known medical attributes, but doesn’t cause anxiety in the same way, and doesn’t sap all of a user’s energy. These attributes make delta-8 preferable for athletes, and a great add-in to an energy drink.
$10 The company Utoya likes to use different cannabis compounds, and puts out its Utoya 3 -Hour Chill w/Delta 8- 60 mg. As per the name, this cannabinoid energy drink is made with 60mg of delta-8 THC, as well as natural plant ingredients meant to promote wakefulness and mental acuity. The company uses hemp-derived delta-8 THC, and specifies that the drink should not be consumed more than three times a day.
This energy drink doesn’t contain caffeine, so it won’t cause any unnecessary jitters, and it also won’t produce a crash at the end. This means it provides a nice energy buzz, which is released slowly, and without a profound end. These delta-8 cannabinoid energy drinks come in four flavors: Purple Punch, Red Dragon, Lemonade, and Blue-Haze.
Delta-8 and CBD-infused options aren’t the only way to experience a cannabis energy drink.
$24 (12-pack) Kona Gold provides a line of delicious cannabinoid energy drinks that use hemp seed extract rather than CBD. Each can has 12 ounces, no calories or sugar, and is flavored naturally. Each can is made with organic hemp protein powder, and just a little caffeine.
The company puts out several flavors, so there’s bound to be something for everyone: Bubble Gum, Candy Apple, Cherry Vanilla, Classic, Cotton Candy, Pink Grapefruit, Gold Classic Hemp, Gold Platinum (containing cane sugar), and Sugar-Free. These energy drinks will help boost you when you need it, without sending you into a major crash at the end. Plus, they contain all the benefits of hemp seed oil.
Before CBD ever becomes CBD, it starts as CBDA, a precursor acid and cannabinoid. As it turns out, you can now purchase energy drinks that are rich in CBDA.
$23.96 (4 pack) The company INTI is one of the first to offer such a product. Coming in two flavors: INCA Gold (pomegranate cranberry) and NAZCA Sky (grape lemon). These 100% organic energy drinks contain no sugar or preservatives, and are enriched with 25mg of CBDA, and a little caffeine.
The company offers 4-packs for $23.96, 8-packs for $37.92 (a savings of 40%), and 12-packs for $71.88 (a 25% discount). These delicious energy drinks provide a great way of getting precursor acid CBDA in a way that will provide a natural energy source for hours.
THCV is yet another cannabinoid that’s been making headlines, partly because its already known to be good at suppressing appetites.
$34 (container of 10) Creating Better Days puts out some awesome THCv Energy Gummies under their Better Delights category. These gummies have 10mg of THCV per gummy, and come in containers of 10. They promote a clear mind, lighter mood, and more overall energy. The gummies include no caffeine at all, and come with the instruction of taking one per day. With a tangy Fruit Punch flavor, these gummies are one of the best alternatives to standard energy drinks.
For the best results, sometimes it’s best to combine cannabinoids. And there are some great products that highlight how these combinations can be beneficial.
$40 (10 packets) The company 42020 Visionaries puts out a Cannabinoid Energy Drink Mix (CBD + CBG), which – as the name states – mixes CBD and CBG. This drink mix contains 20mg of CBD and 5mg of CBG per serving, along with 150mg of caffeine and 100mg of theanine. It also includes a nice dose of terpenes limonene and pinene for added energy.
This lemonade drink mix can be brought with you and used when needed. Just mix with 16 ounces of water when your energy gets low. This mix makes a great alternative to chugging multiple cups of coffee all day, and contains absolutely no THC.
How is it done?
In the past, edibles were made in only one way. Since THC is oil soluble, and not water soluble, the THC was leached out into butter or oil, generally on a stove top. That’s why in the past, buttery foods like cookies and brownies were the most popular type of cannabis edible. It was literally the only way to get the cannabinoids out of the plant, and into food.
New technology has changed that, making it possible to extract – and isolate – many different cannabinoids, meaning that different experiences can be created. Plus, with nano emulsion technology, oil soluble compounds like THC can be used in water-based products, opening up an entirely new world of cannabis edibles.
This has become quite evident in the large, and growing, gummies market, but is also seen in the cannabis beverages market. From juice to soda to energy drinks, what was once impossible to do, is now an everyday occurrence, thanks to these new technological abilities. This also makes the possibilities for cannabis edibles, truly limitless. A few years ago, the only way to pair an energy drink with cannabis, was to smoke a joint while drinking an energy drink. These days, you can get your energy blast, at the same time you chill yourself out.
Cannabinoid energy drinks – conclusion
The old model of energy drinks is out, and the new model is in. It used to be that energy drinks were loaded with caffeine and sugar, and a bunch of other chemicals. These days, its all about natural products, plant materials, and cannabis. Cannabis energy drinks are a great way to boost mood, energy levels, and focus, while staying away from a bunch of harsh chemicals, way too much caffeine, and a massive post-energy crash.
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While plenty of bud connoisseurs are picky about the flower they smoke, the average consumer of cannabis-infused products may have trouble believing that all edibles are in fact not created equal.
If you’re old enough to legally consume cannabis, you may remember a time when it was a mission to find a trendy, boutique cafe with locally roasted beans and non-dairy milk alternatives. Many were content starting their day with a hot cup of gas station coffee, cut with two percent and sugar. No disrespect to good ol’ gas station java, but the point is that we didn’t always consider coffee as something that could be segmented into different tiers of quality, influenced by factors as nuanced as the origin of the beans, the brewing method, or even the size and freshness of the grind.
Today, we find ourselves in a similar place with edibles. With so many options available, understanding how and where the ingredients within your edibles are sourced, can help pinpoint which cannabis edible is right for you.
So, what makes a truly premium edible? Well, as you might expect from the above coffee analogy… quite a lot of things! Here are a few key tips for selecting the product that’ll give you the most high-quality bang for your buck.
Pay Attention to Ingredients
This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how much undesirable stuff makes its way into your average bargain-priced edible. Artificial sweeteners, mineral oils and other fillers can cause an upset stomach and leave a nasty taste in your mouth. You want to look for an edible that uses real sugar or other natural sweeteners.
But it’s not all about the sweet stuff. One of the biggest no-no’s for THC gummies, in particular, is using gelatin as a thickening agent. A protein derived from animal byproducts (like bones and connective tissue), gelatin is not only off-limits to vegans and vegetarians, but it has a shockingly low melting threshold. The average gelatin gummy gets gooey around 90 degrees Fahrenheit – no match for the average summer day in Colorado, let alone Arizona or California. Gelatin also tends to produce a tougher, more rubbery texture than you’d find in gummies made without it.
Cannabis edibles company Wana Brands is setting the standard for quality ingredients. Their 11-years-in-the-making recipe contains only kosher, gluten-free, all-natural ingredients (including organic sweeteners and no high-fructose corn syrup). They also thicken their gummies with fruit-derived pectin, meaning they’re not only completely vegan, but they can stand up to even the hottest weather without losing their satisfying, chewy consistency.
Try New Technology
The introduction of lab-testing into the legalized cannabis market has guaranteed consumers a new degree of potency and consistency. But beyond that, recent advances in technology are allowing edibles manufacturers to bring their customers highly customized experiences, including precisely dosed CBD/THC ratios and a range of distinct effects.
Wana Brands is a great example of a company on the cutting edge of new technology. They’ve harnessed a number of important innovations, but one of the most exciting has allowed them to make new inroads in the realm of both onset and effects. Specifically, their fast-acting Wana Quick Gummies that are powered by a new nano-technology allowing THC to enter the bloodstream without detouring through the liver first. Not only does this result in an onset time of just 5-15 minutes, but it delivers a lighter “head high” that feels more like smoking a joint than the intense, body-focused experience of traditional edibles.
When looking for an edibles brand, do a little homework to find which companies are investing in research and technology. They’re likely to bring you an experience you might never have thought possible.
And speaking of technical innovation, that brings us to our final tip…
Think of the Terpenes!
Terpenes are the chemical compounds that give all plants – including cannabis – their unique smell, taste and biological effects. They play a big part in determining how a particular strain of cannabis might make you feel.
Some people don’t believe it’s possible to include terpenes in your edibles, since they are stripped away when creating THC distillate. But research suggests it’s possible to reintroduce terps at a later stage of the cooking process (we delved deeper into this topic in a previous post). Wana Brands believes so strongly in the power of terpenes that they’ve partnered with a leading research company to create three proprietary blends based on the terpene profiles of leading cannabis strains.
Why does this matter? Because these blends – each of which contains more than 30 unique terpenes –allow them to offer their products in class-specific varieties: relaxing indica, energizing sativa and balanced hybrid. In other words, edibles companies that traffic in terpenes can provide their customers with a more nuanced, specific experience than those who don’t… and the more terps a product contains, the closer it will feel to your favorite variety of flower.
When it comes to what makes a quality infused treat, THC potency is really only the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully, these pointers have armed you with the knowledge you need to find the perfect, premium product you deserve!