How to get all that gunk out of your lungs and improve respiration

Today’s problems seem to be all about the lungs. From poor air quality to the coronavirus, the respiratory onslaught is relentless. As a society, we are getting used to measures like social distancing and masks but still, it’s getting harder to breathe. There are vitamins and herbs out there that improve respiration over time and […]

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The 7 best indica strains

Most people see the word “indica” and think Ambien. For so long we’ve equated the effects of indica cannabis strains to being couch-locked. And while it’s true that some indicas may tuck you in for the night, it’s even truer that you can’t just generalize an entire third of weed plants under one single high. 

There are thousands of indica strains; some may feel relaxed and happy, others may feel drowsy and tired, some even make you feel the complete opposite. It all depends on your body, and knowing your body is knowing that finding the right strains is up to you. Here are seven of the best indicas to get you started.

Hindu Kush

Hindu Kush is a pure indica from the Hindu Kush mountain range between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Its compact buds usually have a vibrant white shine to them due to the stark coat of trichomes on top of light green flowers. An original landrace strain, Hindu Kush is believed to be one of the first plants to be used for hash.

Hindu Kush terpenes usually hit the nose with a sweet and piney aroma, while the smoke can have sweet, floral, and pine flavors. Effects-wise, most people expect to feel a calm and relaxing cerebral high that pairs great with the ending of a long day on your balcony. Hindu Kush is a great suggestion for anyone seeking a long-lasting euphoric experience.



Northern Lights

Just as old as Hindu Kush is the famous Northern Lights. Its influence on the world of indicas can’t be stated enough. This Afghani descendant is known for having resinous buds and skunky terpenes that fill the room when the plant is cured. You can expect sweet and herbal flavors when you smoke it.

Equally as potent as it is stinky, most consumers report a hard-hitting body high that’ll leave you on stuck mode for the remainder of the evening. If you’re looking to get stoned and run through a sack of gas station snacks, this — or its popular phenotype Northern Lights #5 — may be the one.



Granddaddy Purple

Granddaddy Purple is that classic purple flower that completely changed the game of weed aesthetics. It’s a cross of Purple Urkle and Bid Bud that first came to life in 2003. Though plenty of purple flowers existed before it, GDP was one of the first to become a household name in weed culture. No budtender hears “purp” without immediately thinking of this strain.

Granddaddy Purple is world famous for its deep purple buds that give off sweet, grapey, earthy terpenes. Picture if you were to buy a bag of grapes and roll them in a blunt, that’s smoking Granddaddy Purple. 



Blueberry

From legendary breeder DJ Short comes DJ Short’s Blueberry, or simply Blueberry, another indica-leaning strain with Afghani (and Thai) genetics. It has compact green buds stacked with an assortment of purple and red-coloring that make it as pretty as it is flavorful. 

As its name suggests, Blueberry smells and tastes like fresh fruit from your neighborhood Farmers Market. Whether consumed as flower or concentrate, those berry terps are shining through. Most consumers feel a relaxed, happy, and slumped-over type of body high after consuming Blueberry. If you’re looking for a night cap that appeals to your taste buds, check out this strain.



9 LB Hammer

9 LB Hammer is a heavy indica that hits your head just like that: a 9 LB hammer. A cross of Gooberry and an OG Kush varietal, 9 LB genetics usually produce dense flowers with dark green colors and a blended coat of white trichomes. On the terpene side of things, you can expect 9 LB hammer to smell earthy and somewhat chemmy, while tasting mostly like the former. 

Where this strain lacks in terps, it more than makes up for it in effects. Most people feel a heavy head high that slowly creeps into the body, causing you to starfish in bed for the next couple of hours. 

Personally speaking, 9 LB hammer doesn’t make me sleepy, but it does produce a super duper stone that makes me want to never move again.



Forbidden Fruit

For the last fruity suggestion, it was a toss up between Grape Ape or Forbidden Fruit. And I had to go with Forbidden Fruit for three reasons: 

  1. It’s one of the most beautiful cannabis flowers on the planet. 
  2. The terpenes are usually pretty consistent no matter who grows it. 
  3. Last week I smoked it with my grandma and she was blown away by how good it tasted.

Forbidden Fruit was born by crossing Cherry Pie with Tangie. The result is a staunchly purple flower, covered in a flurry of orange hairs, that gives off an extremely tropical guava-like aroma. When consumed, it’ll taste like you’re smoking a bowl of fruit cocktail, and the effects are much lighter than people associate with indicas and purple strains. Instead of sleepy and down, you’ll feel a relaxing euphoria that makes everything a little funnier.



G-13

You can’t talk about indica cannabis strains and not mention the lochness monster of the weed world: G-13. 

Legend has it that G-13, or Government Indica Strain 13, was a U.S. Government experiment where the intelligence agencies (CIA, FBI, etc.) collected all of the “best” and “most potent” indicas from all over the world, then bred them together to create the Megazord of all cannabis strains. The alleged reason we can all go to a dispensary and purchase this super secret government mission of a strain is because some disgruntled government agent stole a cut of the plant and leaked it to the public. Chances are that this story is not true, but it’s okay to believe it anyway.

What is true is that G-13 will absolutely knock your socks off. Regardless of how you consume it, both G-13 flower and oil usually makes people feel hungry, relaxed, and sleepy, i.e. stoned out of their minds. Its intense high might not put you to bed, but it will make you stare off into space for the next few hours as you wonder why some people don’t have middle names.

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How to choose the best CBD Products to sell in your shop

CBD products are a dime a dozen these days. If you plan to sell these items in your shop, the products you stock will need to be at a certain level of quality to differentiate you from the competition.  

Consumers are tired of mislabeled, snake oil products with crappy ingredients from questionable sources. They are spending their hard-earned money on (often expensive) cannabidiol products, and as a reputable retailer, you intend to provide them with safe, high-quality brands. But what are the criteria here? What do you need to look for when shopping for CBD products to sell in your shop?

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Ingredients

Ingredients are incredibly important. When most people think of CBD products, they are thinking of wellness, and ingredients that don’t reflect that typically don’t bode over well. For example, when sampling some CBD gummies recently, they contained things like high fructose corn syrup, artificial food coloring, and ridiculous amounts of sugar. The only healthy thing about them was the CBD, so basically, it was CBD candy – not a CBD vitamin gummy which is more along the lines of what I was expecting.

Not everyone feels this way, but for me personally, nasty ingredients are a deal breaker, and a growing number of consumers are becoming increasingly concerned with the quality of ingredients in the products they are consuming. And rightfully so; after all, what goes into our bodies is at the root of our overall health and wellness.

Organic is a word that gets thrown around frequently, and although it’s a bit arbitrary considering that organic farming standards vary worldwide, but it highlights an important market need – the need for standardized and regulated, high-quality produce. Organic farming practices include utilizing natural resources while promoting ecological balance and conserving biodiversity.

Another factor to consider is where the ingredients come from. When you’re narrowing down the brands you’re interesting in working with, find out if the company puts importance on ingredient sourcing. In order to prevent time consuming and costly issues, there needs to be some dedication to determining the right ingredient, from the right supplier, at the right cost.

Is it FDA or EMA approved?

This is pretty unlikely, unless you’re working with Epidiolex/Epidyolex. This medication, the very first to be approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is used to treat seizures due to certain medical conditions (such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome, tuberous sclerosis complex – TSC). It is not known how this medication works for these seizures. Cannabidiol belongs to a class of drugs known as cannabinoids.

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This medication was first approved in the United States under the name Epidiolex. A few years later, it was approved by the EMA (European Medical Agency) under the name Epidyolex – same name slightly different spelling. It is now undergoing clinical trials in Japan.

In the future, we can expect more products to undergo FDA and EMA approval. Especially as big-pharma begins to hone in on the medicinal aspect of the CBD Industry. For example, products sold at major pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS will likely need to be approved by the FDA.

Research and Clinical Trials

If you want consumers to feel comfortable buying products from your company, you’ll want those that have the research to back up their claims. Although limited, more and more research is becoming available these days and many CBD products are being tested for safety and efficiency. Additionally, you can find market research on many products by companies, like CBD Testers, who conduct thorough product reviews for numerous companies. And this includes physically testing the products.

You can find quite a few legitimate studies from across the globe and the effectiveness of CBD as an individual compound. As you likely already know, CBD can safely and efficiently treat many different conditions including but not limited to: pain, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues, and inflammation.

While most of these studies don’t look at specific products (by brand), they do look at different methods of consumption and application. For instance, one study looked at the effects of topically applied CBD on chronic pain management. Many use tinctures and sublingual mixtures in their research. Either way, it gives you an idea of what products are actually good, and why.

GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)

When a consumer goes to the grocery store and buys a can of soup or box of crackers, there’s an expectation that one they’re buying today is identical to the ones they’ve bought before. This is the idea behind assembly lines and product labels – that each item will have the same amount of component ingredients, in the exact same measurements… every, single, time.

Global GMPs in the World of Legal Cannabis

Of course this doesn’t guarantee quality, but it does ensure uniformity. And in the world of mass production, uniformity is important because it creates a measurable standard for the product. This is what Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) refers to.

This concept is becoming increasingly relevant in the cannabis industry, especially when it comes to global products. If you’re trying to appeal to the European market, chances are, you’ll need to ensure that products you sell meet GMP standards. Although the U.S. is lagging in this area (for the time being), this is likely the future of the cannabis industry as a whole.

Brand and Company Info

It may not always matter, it’s not uncommon to find that many investors or business owners are only willing to work with certain brands. And it makes sense. You wouldn’t want your name and reputation linked to a company that has a questionable and unethical history. It looks bad, and ultimately, it’s bad for business.

That’s especially important today, when consumers have access to internet and social media; tools that allow them to discover much more about a brand or company than ever before. Make sure you work with brands that have a good name in the industry.

Final Thoughts

Your exact criteria will vary based on your country. For example, in the United States, you’ll be more inclined to on ingredients and brand awareness over GMPs. Regardless, at the root of it all is quality. When stocking CBD products for your shop, you need to make sure that whatever you’re buying is safe for your consumers – a product they can trust time and time again.

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Resources:

The Endocannabinoid System Explained (Why Cannabis Is Good for Our Bodies)
Everything You Need To Know About CBD Isolate (a deep look into hemp extracts)
Cannabinoids 101 – Spotlight on CBN (Cannabinol)
EU GMP Extracts: CBD Isolate, CBD Distillate and CBG IsolateYour Complete Guide to EU GMP-Certified CBD Isolate and Distillate – Spotlight on the regulated EU market
Everything You Need To Know About CBG Isolate

EU GMP-Certified Cannabinoid Isolates and Distillates ExplainedNewest Cannabinoid Powerhouse – CBC – What Can It Do for You?
DELTA 8 THC Newsletter (The DELTA 8 THC Weekly Newsletter)
The CBD Flowers Weekly newsletter (your top resource for all things smokable hemp flowers)
The Medical Cannabis Weekly newsletter (International medical cannabis business report)
The Legal Landscape Of CBD Hemp Flower In Europe

Effective Immediately – Most Delta 8 THC Is Now ILLEGAL in The United States (Understanding the latest announcement by the DEA)
Hemp-Derived DELTA 8 THC Products Now Available Online (Understanding the difference between hemp-derived Delta 8 products, to isolate-made products)
Synthetic Cannabinoids (Are they synthetic cannabinoids safe?)Regulators Go After Smokable Hemp Flower – What Does The Future Hold?The Complex Issue of Cannabis and Hemp Business On Tribal Land
Government Assistance Options for U.S. Hemp Farmers Affected By COVID-19

EU Novel Food and The Legal Status of CBD Oil

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7 Essential Weed Songs For Every Stoner’s Playlist

Whether you are high or sober, you need a soothing melody in your times of distress to calm down and feed your mind and soul with the melodious tunes that the musicians have to offer. Here are the 7 essential weed songs, consisting of some of the greatest musicians of all time that we all can relate and […]

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BC announces new cannabis sales programs to benefit cannabis producers, Indigenous businesses

On Sunday, September 20, 2020, A day before calling for an early election, the BC Government announced a new cannabis sales program in favour of BC Craft Cannabis. This new Cannabis Sales Program a result of suggestions from Cannabis Producers The sales program is said to be the result of input and recommendations from long-time […]

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A look at the new BC Government Cannabis Programs before BC elections

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The Importance Of Taking A Tolerance Break For Your Health

Smoking weed is a great way to unwind and has many benefits, but most stoners underestimate the importance of taking a tolerance break for your health. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a tolerance break is when you take a long break from consuming any cannabis products. The idea is that as a stoner you’ll […]

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