The Origins of Skunk – Roadkill, Uncle Fester, and Sam in the 60s

Skunk is a strain of cannabis with notorious origins. Skunk #1 is credited to a breeder referred to as Skunkman Sam, although, Roadkill is an even older Skunk phenotype bred by the much more mysterious, Uncle Fester. (1) 1969, Hollywood, Sam (David Watson) began breeding Skunk phenos under the nickname, Jingles. Skunk is simply a […]

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Is The Underground Cannabis Industry Over?

Cannabis legalization is on the rise and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. As the market opens its arms to the world of cannabis, long-time users started wondering about dealers legitimizing their business. When people think about buying weed, images of dark alleyways and secret locations to avoid cops come to mind. Now fast forward […]

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The Emerald Conference: 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Cannabis Science Event – Ticket Discounts Available!

The Emerald Conference (7th annual) is the longest running interdisciplinary cannabis science event, and the place to be for cultivators, extractors, physicians, product manufacturers, and anyone else interested in learning more about all the most important research going on behind the scenes of this multi-billion-dollar industry.  

Science and research are the backbone of the legal cannabis industry, especially in the medical sector. Without cannabis science, not only would we stay lagging on best practices in cultivation, production, and safety standards; but much of the western world would be still in the dark, largely unaware of the therapeutic potential of cannabis.  

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Over the years, The Emerald Conference has become a who’s-who event of decision-makers in many cannabis industry niches including extraction methodology, analytical testing, research and development, formulations and blends, and clinical research.  

Aside from the connections to be made, the wealth of knowledge and expertise at this event is unmatched. In addition to some incredibly educational presentations and sessions, event curators make sure to provide plenty of time for open dialogue, so attendees can discuss the topics in depth.  

The goal is to “overcome black-market paranoia” through irrefutable scientific data and education of the masses. And the best way to do this is by bringing as many from the scientific community as possible to put things into perspective.  

According to David Dawson, Ph.D. Senior Scientist at Via Innovations, “The Emerald Conference is integral to this process, as its high standards for peer-reviewed work and desire for open collaboration amongst participants sets it apart from the vast majority of cannabis conferences.” 

This year’s conference 

This event is more tight-knit than other conferences, so don’t expect a turnout in the tens of thousands like MJ Biz Con. In my opinion, the low-key environment makes it considerably easier to stay focused. Plus, it’s better for meeting people, learning, and making those lasting industry connections.  

Hundreds of people from around the world are expected to attend. During the event, there will be more than 20 speakers, 25 presentations, and 50 exhibitors and sponsors. Furthermore, there will be 3 scheduled networking events, a welcome reception, and evening reception, and a “mimosa & Bloody Mary bar break”.   

The Emerald Conference will take place from February 27 – March 1, 2022, at San Diego Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, California.  

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The main areas of focus at this year’s event will be pre-clinical/clinical research, cultivation and alternative strategies, extraction and separation, formulation and fill/finish, and analytical testing solutions. 

MJ Biz acquisition  

In January 2020, Marijuana Business Daily purchased Emerald Conference from Emerald Scientific, who established the first event in 2015. The deal highlights the growing importance of legitimate research in the industry, as it continues.  

“When looking at where cannabis is going, we identified science as a pillar of the industry’s future,” says Chris Walsh, CEO and president of MJBizDaily. “With the legalization of hemp and inevitable changes to federal marijuana laws in the coming years, the amount of scientific research is going to balloon – as will the needs of the scientific and business communities. 

MJ Biz Daily has been partnering with Emerald to put on this conference ever since its second year running, and this partnership is what led to the eventual acquisition years later. MJ Biz is known for putting on excellent events, and the merger has proven to be beneficial for everyone involved. 

Get your tickets now! 

If you’re an industry stakeholder or another interested party that would like to learn more about cannabis science, The Emerald Conference is an event you don’t want to miss.  

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Top 7 Cannabis Themed Party Games

Okay, so the pandemic sort of killed parties. Still, maintaining connection is more important than ever right now. Gatherings between our loved ones are clear for the most part, and research shows how a good joint is beneficial for not only our physical ailments but emotional wellbeing too. So forget drinking games; for those of you who’d […]

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Jon’s Stone Cold Cop List #19

Well ladies and gents, we may only be a few weeks into January, but 2022 is already going off with a bang. From the slew of exciting IRL event announcements, to the previews of phenos coming to market later this year, there’s a lot to be excited about right now. While it seemed for a second we may see another surge to slow our return to normalcy, it’s now seeming we’re collectively over it. Whatever the case may be, whether you’re stuck in isolation or out on the town, you’re going to need some high quality fire power to get you through it, and I’m here to help you find your fix.

For those new to the Cop List, here’s the long and short of it. A LOT of new products come out every month, but not all the dope is that dope, if ya feel me. How are you, the consumer, supposed to see through all the smoke and mirrors? In the words of the Holy Opal of Trapis Designs, “[Finding the right product is] like picking steaks. There are so many varieties and cuts, but if you serve me a fucked up steak I’m probably not coming back to your spot.” Well gang, I try all of it so you don’t have to, and I’ve created this list to help y’all navigate which hype is real. I won’t necessarily call out the busters, you just won’t see them included in this collection.

As always, feel free to drop me a line to let me know what the streets have you hyped about. I’m always happy to put the smoke to the test

Highnstein’s Cross Joint

Courtesy of Highnstein

I know it’s been over 13 years since Pineapple Express came out, but if there’s one lasting impact of that movie that I can see it was the proliferation of the Cross Joint. You know, the doob with another doob cut into it about halfway through, so you can get a superior smoke ‘trifecta’, if you will. Well friends, now you don’t need to know a really good roller to experience this magic for yourself… the gang at Highnstein’s has done that hard part for you. Now available on the legal market, and at a MSRP of $25, which is far cheaper than I would’ve expected a product like this to run, I’m pleased to report that this thing isn’t just a gimmick. The cross smokes! Filled with some Zkittles x Kush Mints cultivated by a reputable brand, this is a party trick you’ll end up making part of your regular routine.

G-Funk

Courtesy of G Putt

I’ve previewed G’s work on G Putt before, but it’s clear he wanted to dial it all the way in before officially launching, and friends, let’s just say he’s more than ready. Debuting his new G-Funk cut, the pilot of his new portfolio, G’s coming into the market HOT. A proprietary cross of OG & Gelato, the new strain is a perfect culmination of G’s work in the space so far, from his humble OG beginnings to the Gelato craze he helped proliferate. With a nose that touches on the hypiest of terps—the gassy and candy smells—it’s safe to say this is going to resonate with the streets just as much as it is the upper echelon smokers. In the immortal words of Warren G & Nate Dogg’s Bay Area classic ‘Regulate’, “G-Funk. Step to this, I dare ya.”

Flower Mill

Cop List Flower Mills
Courtesy of Flower Mill

Here’s one that’s shippable and available across the world, for those reading from the other side of the country or across the pond. I’ve used a LOT of grinders, and while most of the teeth-based models are great, I was honestly sick of fighting to get all my sticky through the holes. In the past I’ve used mortar and pestle style types and while they’re good, I believe this is truly the next generation of the experience. With no teeth, but a grooved metal surface that mills your flower through it’s grates, this has quickly become my favorite way to chop it up. Delivering a fluffy yet nug-y consistency that will work filling your bowl just as well as a backwood, I highly recommend picking one of these up.

Good Greens

Good Greens cop list
Courtesy of Good Greens

I’m always on the hunt for new cultivators, and candidly one of the things I pay most attention to is not how they brag about what’s in their bag, but how they nitpick their own work striving for perfection. Good Greens finds themselves in this elite class of cultivators. While the work he showed me was miles better than many of the ‘top shelf’ cultivators in the market, it was clear he doesn’t think he’s there yet, which only makes me extremely excited to see what he puts out going forward. I saw two phenos of his upcoming Jealousy x Horchata cross, which while already out of this world, also provided a range of terps we’re not seeing super often right now, so I can only imagine how the end result will perform. Striving for originality, providing the utmost care to produce quality, AND still pushing to be better? Yeah, Good Greens has got it.

Gummy Buns

Gummy Buns cop list
Photo by SAsince1794 at seedfinder.eu | CC BY-NC-SA

Often the best flower I see isn’t labeled, it’s passed to me by a friend who knows what’s good and has something interesting they think I’ll like. Some of my favorite discoveries have been these mason jar scores that I actually smoked days later, and had to try and chase down the details for, which are not always easy to find. My most recent example of this came from my good buddy Billy from the Moxie gang. We linked up at the High Rise party during the last Hall of Flowers and he showed me some truly special buds at a time when I was already thoroughly intoxicated. When I finally came back down to earth and realized what he’d given me, I had to get the deets. This time the mystery score was the classic ‘Gummy Buns’, a cross of Biscotti and Grease Monkey that’s bred by Exotic Genetix. I’m not 100 percent if this is on shelves right now, or if this is just a sleeper private reserve cut, but either way, if you see this out in the wild, grab that bag.

Paradise Smokes

Paradise Smokes Cop List
Courtesy of Paradise Smokes

I’m pretty hard on prerolls, so when I find a brand I actually like I’ve got to shout about it from the rooftops. That’s the case with this new brand Paradise Smokes, these things smack. Besides their attractive packaging, Paradise’s prerolls are described easiest as premium smokes. Wrapped in paper, but with a thick glass tip usually reserved for blunt wraps, these things feel almost like a paper cigarillo. I believe they’re bringing flower to market as well, but with multi-packs and singles of prerolls that smoke just as good as a hand roll, some of you might not need it.

Flight Path

Courtesy of Flight Path

I first caught up with these guys at the most recent Hall of Flowers event, and while I missed their products at the actual show, I’m very glad I caught up with them in the following weeks. A new family business based in SoCal, it’s clear this isn’t the first operation the cultivators behind Flight Path were involved in, despite the newly legal brand face. Not only is the experience there, but it’s also clear these guys have taste. Having shown me three different Jealousy cuts and crosses, that could each proliferate the brand on it’s own, it’s also worth noting that their abilities aren’t limited to pushing new—their Zkittles x Kush Mints is one of the best expressions of the plant that I’ve seen. 

Fiore’s Pomelo Anderson

Courtesy of Fiore

I’m glad the Zalympix results are out because I had fully intended on writing this piece forecasting their win, but I didn’t want to suck the fun out of the competition while it was still going on. That said, it was clear from cracking the jar that this one was a front runner for any competition. With an aesthetic that will grab you even if you don’t know anything about weed, the aroma inside the jar will hook even the snobbiest of consumers. You’ll taste it, too. Finally, while not dark purple, the nugs have enough dark color to turn on the purp fiends without turning off those that see through that hype, and at least from what I’ve seen, they’re just as photogenic as any of our centerfolds. It’s got the nose, flavor, color, and the look—what more could you ask for?

Airscape Storage

Courtesy of Airscape

I’ve included these jars on the list before as they are my favorite way to store my flower, but I just found out about the mega sized one, so I’m passing on the jewels. Although it’s billed as a coffee bean holder, this is the single best way I’ve found to conserve my flower, especially for longer than a few months. The medium size, which I’ve had, has been able to comfortably hold about two ounces, but the new Kilo model can easily fit a QP. Complete with a vacuum-sealing lid, I’m not going to lie, it may take some effort to open, but you can rest assured the flower will be just as gorgeous as the day you dropped it in.

Compound Genetics’ Blueberry Bananas

Courtesy of Compound Genetics

I’ve praised Compound in this list before, but while I’ve followed their work for awhile, I recently got my first chance to actually sit down with the legend behind the hype, Chris, and discuss a bit about his history and what he’s got coming. More on that later in a dedicated piece, but I’d never want my dear readers to be late on something, so let me drop this little tease now: their new Blueberry Bananas is going to knock your socks off. With a Blueberry nose you’ll undoubtedly remember from the classic Blueberry cuts, this is one of the terpiest strains I’ve tasted in years, with a flavor that will coat your lungs from the first inhale. You’ll get the Banana kick on the finish of the exhale in an almost unexpected twist. Even better, that flavors going to stick with you for awhile after you’re done. It’s appropriately named, and a hell of a good smoke.

Bonus: Ember Valley’s Dole Whip

Courtesy of Ember Valley

I’m literally only including this to let you know that I may be a psychic. That Ember Valley pheno I told you about a few months back in the Hall of Flowers list is actually coming to market, and you’re in for a treat. That’s right, I know, I told you it was a killer before they even had a name, and now it can be yours. How did you get so lucky? Affectionately called ‘Dole Whip’ (which I’m also pretty sure I put in their ear but even if not, c’mon—could you get MORE in the pocket for me?) is the Tropic Truffles x Cookies & Cream cross that was the star of their October hunt. Smelling exactly like a fresh cup of the pineapple goodness, this smoke is not only delicious, but powerful. While I typically like the fruity strains first thing in the morning, this is a killer I keep reserved for sunset, and it’s one that’s never let me down!

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CBT (Cannabitriol): The Forgotten Cannabinoid

If the world of cannabis was the milky way, then every little star in the sky would be the tiny little compounds that make up this beautifully complex plant. They all twinkle with their own individuality and innate effects. However, to continue with this elaborate metaphor, some stars are known better than others. Or, perhaps it would be better to say, some burn brighter in the sky than others.

That’s not to say that these stars are intrinsically better or have more worth than the other stars, it just means we – as humans – can understand them with more clarity. This is the case with many cannabinoids within the cannabis plant. Whilst many think of THC, CBD, CBN and others when they think of cannabinoids, there are still some that are definitely less known about. Well, the star in the sky we’ll be analysing today, is CBT (Cannabitriol). What is it? What are its effects? And is it legal? Let’s dive into the world of CBT. 

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Cannabis 

Some would say that cannabis has been analysed and researched more in the last 50 years than perhaps its entire history. However, this, culturally, would be a completely incorrect statement. In fact, as you may well know, cannabis has been utilised and harnessed for centuries for religious ceremonies, materials, medical benefits and recreational effects. It’s hardly a stranger to the world. However, as more nations have legalised medical cannabis around the world in the last 20 years, scientific research has inevitably had to be done and improved on. Mainstream governments and doctors are now looking to cannabis for modern medical assistance. This has changed the way we, as a society, understand the cannabis plant and, in consequence, we now know a lot more about it in depth. The National Library of Medicine highlights the rise in cannabis research in the last 10 years: 

“The spike in the number of scientific publications on medical cannabis since 2013 is encouraging. In light of this trend the authors expect an even greater increase in the number of publications in this area in coming years.”

So what do we know now that perhaps we didn’t know then? Well, cannabis has around 400 compounds in it. Within these there are around 100 terpenes, and 100 cannabinoids. However, more seem to be discovered and delved into all of the time. For instance, THCP was discovered to be supposedly 30 times more potent than THC in 2020. However, there are a lot of false claims around cannabinoids, fuelled perhaps by marketing and legal loophole potential. With THC being illegal in many states and countries, it’s always possible that a new psychoactive cannabinoid could have a chance at being legal. But, let’s take a step back. What is the difference between cannabinoids and terpenes? Definitions are key in any discussion on cannabis.

Cannabinoids & Terpenes

Cannabinoids and terpenes are like distant cousins. They might be slightly estranged, but when they come together, everyone has a great time. A cannabinoid is responsible for the effects of cannabis. As in, the effects it has on the human’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is in all living mammals’ and it is a molecular system that regulates many processes in the body. These include: pain, mood, memory, immunity, stress, anxiety, appetite and the senses. When psychoactive cannabinoids react with the endocannabinoid system, these processes can alter and change. It’s these reactions that cause both the well-known high effect of recreational cannabis, as well as the medicinal benefits of medicinal cannabis. 

On the other hand, terpenes are the compounds that are responsible for the aromas and flavours of the specific cannabis strain. If you’ve ever been sold some ‘strawberry kush’ or ‘lemon haze’ then you’ll be happy to know that these names do originate from something genuinely scientific… you’d hope. Terpenes like myrcene, humulene and linalool all have their own original flavours and aromas that will change the taste and smell of the cannabis strain. Each strain will have a different combination of terpenes and cannabinoids. 

Psychoactive Cannabinoids

Within the (around) 100 registered cannabinoids, only some of them are defined as psychoactive. Whilst all cannabinoids do have some effects – even if they’re miniscule – only the ones that react with the CB1 receptors are determined as psychoactive. The CB1 and CB2 receptors trigger slightly different things. When CB1 receptors are activated these can cause changes in dopamine levels, boost appetite and enhance the senses. Essentially, a psychoactive cannabinoid will alter the state of the mind in one way or another. Alternatively, CB2 receptors are more involved with the immune system, and will not cause any conscious change. 

CB1 receptors are located in the brain and throughout the body, while CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune and gastrointestinal system”

Whilst CBD is seeming to have pain reducing and therapeutic effects, it does not have major reactions with CB1 and thus is not defined as psychoactive. Whilst, THC, is of course the one of the most popular cannabinoids for its high effects and large reaction to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. This can manifest itself in feelings of euphoria, sensory enhancement and increased appetite. 

But where does that leave the forgotten cannabinoid? Where does that leave CBT?  

What is CBT?

When people speak about the most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, you hear mentions of THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, THCA, CBDA and others. Not often do you hear the name CBT. In fact, most people will think about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy when CBT is mentioned, not Cannabicitran.

CBT is definitely one of the lesser known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. In fact, it’s also quite a rarity in many strains, and when it is found, it’s often discovered in small percentages. There is very little research into the wonders of CBT, but what has been found shows signs of promise. Plus, due to its unknown aura, its legal status is somewhat ambiguous. 

What do we know about CBT?

CBT is definitely a minor cannabinoid, but oddly enough, it was first discovered in 1966 by Ishikawa and Obata. Although it had been discovered then, it wasn’t until 10 years ago that the molecule structure was understood. CBT is also known as CBT-C, which was first synthesised in 1971. It had been isolated from Lebanese hash, and was then referred to as citrylidene-cannabis. People now know that CBT has a very similar structure to THC, but it’s still unknown whether the cannabinoid is psychoactive or not. There are beliefs that CBT originated from CBDa and has 9 different types – one of these being CBT-C. With CBT existing in such small levels, and in limited strains, it’s very difficult for researchers to understand it. Plus, the question remains right now, do they care?

Research into CBT

Whilst research is limited into CBT, one study in 2007 may be worth noting. The study was looking into the addictive effects of THC, and by accident they discovered something rather interesting about CBT. The study writes that CBT was:

“the major degradation product of this reaction, demonstrating the ability of an antibody to catalyse a complex chemical transformation with therapeutic implications for treating marijuana abuse.”

Whilst this quote is swimming in scientific jargon and complex sentence structures, what it’s essentially alluding to is that CBT limits the psychoactive effects of THC. This is an effect that has been known of CBD. If this is true, then we can make the assumption that CBT is not a psychoactive substance like THC, yet it has a similar molecular structure. 

In addition, Extract Lab’s CBD vapes are supposedly CBT based. In fact, they claim that its because of CBT that their cartridges do not crystallise like some are prone to doing. CBD liquids can crystallise when the cannabinoids begin to separate from the liquid over time, and it causes a sort of unvape-able mushy mess. However, Extract Lab write:

“Despite not knowing much about its physiological benefits, CBT is an incredibly valuable ingredient in CBD products. All Extract Labs CBD vapes are made from 100 percent cannabis ingredients and do not crystalize–all thanks to CBT”

Is CBT Legal?

With each cannabinoid being treated differently in many legal systems, it’s hard to determine which are legal and which aren’t. It isn’t as easy to simply say: CBD is legal and THC isn’t. Unless of course you’re fortunate enough to be somewhere that accepts the entirety of the cannabis plant and has legalised it all. 

CBT or CBT-C is not mentioned in the Controlled Substances Act. This can be taken how one wants it to be taken. There are many cannabinoids that are yet to be defined legally. The scientific research is done quicker, then the laws are forced to catch. Benzinga writes: 

Although some cannabinoids such as CBT, CBT-C, CBD, CBG, or CBN are not considered controlled substances, we can’t affirm that they are definitely legal substances because the laws regarding cannabis are usually ambiguous or have grey areas”. 

Another issue that arises is this. Even if you did decide that CBT was legal, where would you get it from? How would you know which strains have more of it? The products are limited as well as the research. Having isolated CBT seems nearly impossible in this current time. So, whilst it may be legal or at least ambiguous, finding it could be a challenge. But maybe it’s a challenge you’re interested in. 

Conclusion 

The cannabis plant seems to surprise people every year, with new-found cannabinoids and new found benefits. No part of the plant should be ignored or discounted. CBT is no different. Whilst it may be a minor-cannabinoid, the limited research thus far suggests CBT could hold some surprises in itself. Keep an eye on this one. 

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Cannabis Scams To Watch For and Tips To Stay Protected

The cannabis industry is seeing more and more demographics than ever. Those with ailments or conditions, and the elderly are turning to cannabis more frequently. These certain demographics, especially those who are new to the cannabis scene can easily be targeted for scams. That is not to say those who are well versed in their […]

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Epic Workplace Mistakes – A Positivity Wordsearch

If you are having a bad day at work because you did something stupid, this article was written for you. Take comfort in the knowledge that you’re not alone and it likely could be worse. Everybody makes mistakes at work but some are more expensive than others. To help keep it all in perspective, here […]

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High Thoughts: Can I Overdose on Cannabis?

Cannabis is a drug with a plethora of effects and purposes. For centuries, different groups of people have harnessed this drug for its euphoric and medical benefits. Rastafarians use it in their religious practises to encourage oneness, the ancient Egyptians would inhale it from burning rocks during ceremonies and, now, people can utilise it for its medical purposes.

The world of cannabis is, undoubtedly, complex and varied. Not only that, but the effects can be positive for some, whilst negative for others. Nonetheless, usually one effect will take place for the majority. This effect is the ‘high thought’. High thoughts are triggered by cannabis and cannabis only. The specific kind of ideas and questions that pop into your head during a THC high are one of a kind. Some can be lighthearted and fun, or inquisitive, spiritual and sentient, or even sometimes anxious in nature. In this article, we’ll be exploring one of the latter, and one that is particularly common among novice users. This question being: can I overdose on cannabis? Let’s delve into the truth and myths behind it. 

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What are High Thoughts?

The types of thoughts that can come into someone’s head during a high are, in want of a better word, special. They can be limitless. They can be sad. They can be happy. They can be basically anything. However, the high questions that can really boggle people’s brains are what we’re going to be focusing on today. These are the types of questions that when they’re asked, leave the high person dumbfounded. It can also leave them in a state of existential crisis. But where do these come from and why are they triggered by cannabis?

Science Behind High Thoughts

Cannabis is first and foremost a natural growing plant. Whilst many creative products and ways of consuming it have been created over the years, it begins as a plant. This plant contains around 400 compounds, 100 of these being terpenes and 100 of these being cannabinoids. The terpenes are responsible for the aromas and flavours of the specific cannabis strain. For example, Myrcene can be slightly musky, Limonene often smells of lemon and Caryophyllene can give herbal scents. 

Then there are cannabinoids, which are responsible for the effects of cannabis. These include the well-known CBD and THC, as well as the lesser known THCV and CBN. As research improves, more information is being found out about the many various cannabinoids within the cannabis plant. The cannabinoids react with the endocannabinoid system in the body and can alter the immune system, mood, memory, the muscles and appetite. THC, which is the most prominent psychoactive cannabinoid, alters the state of the mind and triggers the well known ‘high’ experience. Common effects of THC include: 

  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Giggliness
  • Increased appetite 
  • Deep thought
  • Openness 

Deep Thoughts 

Deep thoughts or high thoughts are triggered by cannabis. But why? Why do we have deeper thoughts and questions when we’re high? Well, some argue that this is due to the relaxation caused by CBD, mixed with the brain enhancing effects of THC. When you consume cannabis, your body and mind relaxes, allowing you to focus on the thoughts you may have usually ignored or found unimportant. It’s these questions that can suddenly come to the surface. Trips, caused by psychedelic drugs, create crazy thoughts and hallucinations. However, whilst a cannabis high is less potent, it can still have those same deep thoughts and questions. It’s like your brain, for the first time, is allowed to stop working so quickly and sit with one idea or concept at a time. 

However, there’s also suggestions that your brain works harder when you’re experiencing a high. 

Maxim states:

Cannabis enhances neural activity in the frontal cortex of your brain, which is essentially command central. It handles everything from attention and problem solving, to personality and temperament.”

And Growth Op also adds:

“Involving 32 volunteers who reported having previous experiences with cannabis, they were given either a placebo, or two intravenous doses of THC. MRI scans showed increased cerebral blood flow in several regions of the brain when THC was injected, while the placebo group demonstrated no detectable change.”

Therefore, the reason for high thoughts is not completely known. Nevertheless, they most definitely occur. That’s why, in this article, we’ll be delving into one that may come up more often than people will like to admit. ‘Can I overdose on cannabis?’

Can I Overdose on Cannabis?

It’s not uncommon for someone to ask this question when they’re high. Afterall, when most news articles or drug education sites speak about drugs, they’ll usually mention a collection of horrible stories of overdose. These stories are all valid and devastating, but the weaponization of them to discourage drug use can sometimes be more political and sinister than people think. The truth is, young people will probably always be interested in exploring themselves and substances, so surely the main priority should be to educate them in using them safely rather than avoiding the topic altogether.

Cannabis is a schedule II drug in the US and a class B drug in the UK. It’s not surprising then that people often wonder whether cannabis could also cause an overdose. The answer is, of course, yes. But before answering this question, we will first need to define the concept of overdosing, as the education behind this word is often skewed. 

The Definition of Overdose

What does overdosing actually mean? With mass hysteria often surrounding the world of drugs, sometimes the real definition of this word can be easily forgotten. Well, according to the Cambridge dictionary, the definition is: 

“too much of a drug taken or given at one time, either intentionally or by accident

Many people will assume that drug overdose means fatality. Whilst this is a type of overdose, overdose can also refer to someone taking a drug and experiencing unpleasant effects. This is why it’s so important to first define what the word ‘overdose’ actually means, otherwise cannabis users may not understand why they don’t always enjoy using a specific strain of weed. Overdosing is basically taking too many drugs, beyond the point of enjoyment.

Myths Vs Facts

There are many myths surrounding the idea of cannabis overdose, which we are here to debunk. Firstly, it’s definitely possible for someone to have an unpleasant experience, whilst using cannabis. Therefore, with the definition being what it is, it is of course possible to overdose. However, VeryWellMind states:

Marijuana doesn’t come with a clear definition of overdose. In fact, doctors aren’t entirely sure how much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it takes to overdose.”

The only way to measure an overdose is to ask the consumer how they feel. If they begin to feel unpleasant effects, then, in a sense, they are experiencing an overdose. In addition, THC isn’t the only psychoactive substance and causer of a potential bad experience. There are many other psychoactive cannabinoids, which have yet to be fully researched. In fact, some of these are reported to even be stronger than THC

Risk of Unpleasant Effects

Overdosing and experiencing negative effects is definitely common when consuming cannabis. Some experience it heavier with strains consisting of higher percentages of THC. 

These effects include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting 
  • Decrease in blood sugar
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia 
  • Psychosis 

As we’ve said, any negative experience using cannabis can be referred to as an overdose. Overdose doesn’t always have to link to deaths. These after-effects are common, especially for people who are unsure how much to take and what their body reacts well to. In addition, with cannabis education being so limited in certain countries, many people don’t fully understand how various strains can react differently with certain people. 

Cannabis & Alcohol

It’s also common for people to experience worse effects when mixing cannabis and alcohol together. Ever heard the common phrase: ‘weed before grass you’re on your ass. Grass before beer you’re in the clear’. Well, there’s some truth to it. People often experience nausea and can ‘throw a whitey’ when mixing the two substances. This is because alcohol can enhance the effects of THC, making the entire experience far more potent. This type of overdose is hard to blame entirely on cannabis, as it’s actually alcohol that is responsible for increasing THC’s effects.

Can Cannabis Be Fatal?

Some only consider an overdose to mean death. As we’ve discovered, overdosing simply means having an unpleasant experience after consuming a substance. Nevertheless, this does of course include potential death. Methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin use have all been surrounded by news of devastating fatalities. What about cannabis? Healthline states:

“Most medical experts agree that while marijuana can have negative health consequences, it’s unlikely to cause death. The psychoactive effects of marijuana can be concerning, but not necessarily harmful.”

Some argue that cannabis can have adverse long-term effects that can cause mental health issues, which could end in death. However, when it comes to an instant death overdose, cannabis is very unlikely to cause this. In fact, many people would argue that this has never happened. Nonetheless, it’s a long running debate. It is certainly true however that cannabis is not a drug – much like some stimulants and opioids – that can commonly cause death by overdose. 

Conclusion

High thoughts are a common part of being high. Many questions will pop into people’s heads and leave them wanting to know more. Well, in this article, we’ve tackled the age old question of cannabis overdose. It’s mostly important to realise that overdosing doesn’t always mean fatality. In fact, overdosing can just mean an unpleasant experience. Therefore the answer is yes. You can overdose on cannabis. But, if you do your homework, learn what you like, then your experience with cannabis should be full of joy, not displeasure.

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