Ten Ways Cannabis Can Revive a Depressed Economy

An economic winter is coming, but don’t worry; we’ve compiled ten ways cannabis can revive a depressed economy. When many people hear “cannabis,” they may think of it as a recreational activity or a medical necessity. And it is. But it’s more than that. So while politicians will inevitably announce “stimulus” and bailouts, the real solution will come from entrepreneurs in a free market. And since Canada has already legalized cannabis, that’s one hurdle out of the way. Next, cut […]

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Mississippi Lawmakers Approve Changes to Medical Cannabis Law

Mississippi lawmakers last week approved a bill mandating changes to the state’s Medical Cannabis Act, the bill to legalize medical marijuana that was passed by the legislature last year. The measure, House Bill 1158, now heads to the desk of Republican Governor Tate Reeves for his consideration.

Republican Senator Kevin Blackwell, a Republican and one of the bill’s authors, said that the legislation clarifies provisions of Mississippi’s medical marijuana law, which was passed by state lawmakers in 2022.

“Unfortunately the Department of Health in their rules and regs probably accepted some things that were not intentioned by the bill,” Blackwell said on the Senate floor on March 8. “So we are trying to correct those … and we do so in the bill.”

The primary author of the legislation, Republican Representative Lee Yancey, gave an example of a rule enacted by state regulators that would be rolled back by House Bill 158 if the governor signs the legislation.

“The Board of Medical Licensure began implementing additional requirements for doctors to be able to certify people, so… and that was not in the bill. So, it was not our intention for there to be any additional requirement,” said Yancey, who noted that the bill is designed to help Mississippi’s medical marijuana program operate more smoothly. “So, they have to do those eight hours the first year, and then there’s five hours of continuing education every year after that. We felt like that was sufficient just to keep them apprised of what the new research was showing.”

In an attempt to prevent similar discrepancies between state laws and regulations passed by state agencies in the future, the measure also includes language designed to prevent regulators from passing rules that do not comply with the state’s medical marijuana statute.

“No state agency, political subdivision or board shall implement any rule, regulation, policy, or requirement that is contrary to the provisions of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act,” reads the text of the bill.

Bill Makes Several Changes To Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act

House Bill 1158 also makes investigations by state agencies, including citations issued by the Department of Health, confidential until an investigation into the matter has been completed. An earlier version of the bill kept such records out of public view indefinitely, but some senators argued that keeping such material off the public record for any length of time is not acceptable.

“I think if it was put out in transparency, it would dispel any of the back and forth on social media,” said Republican Senator Angela Burks Hill, one of five senators who voted against the bill. “I think hiding that is only going to fuel that speculation.”

The bill also makes the physical address of all medical marijuana companies except dispensaries confidential. During public hearings on the legislation, Yancey said the provision was designed to protect the security of cannabis operators, who often must keep large quantities of product and cash onsite.

House Bill 1158 also requires the Mississippi Department of Health to approve a patient’s application to use medical marijuana within 10 days, a reduction from the current requirement of 30 days. The change was enacted to help address a backlog in processing applications by the agency.

Other changes include allowing patients to conduct follow-up visits with a doctor other than the one who first approved the medical marijuana recommendation without experiencing a lapse in certification or access to medicinal cannabis. Additionally, medical professionals who have approved a patient to use medical marijuana are now permitted to assist them with filling out the required state application for a medical marijuana identification card.

Another provision of the legislation allows dispensaries to sell topical medical cannabis products that can not be ingested to adults 21 and older without a medical marijuana identification card. The bill also allows licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to sell hemp-derived products that are legal under federal law, including low-THC CBD formulations. The bill also specifies that hemp products are not subject to control by the state’s Medical Cannabis Act.

The bill also permits the Department of Health to contract with private laboratories to conduct compliance testing of medical marijuana products. Such labs, however, are not permitted to conduct commercial analyses for licensed medical marijuana businesses. Under the legislation, labs conducting testing for licensed medical marijuana businesses are permitted to become licensed cannabis transporters or to contract the services of an independent licensed transporter. 

The legislation also allows licensed medical marijuana businesses to use marijuana imagery in company logos and other branding. Photographs of medical marijuana products for sale may be posted online by dispensaries.

House Bill 1158 received final approval from the Mississippi legislature on March 14. The bill now awaits action from the governor.

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ICBC Barcelona 2023 Connected Cannabis Businesses From Around the World

Thousands of cannabis business leaders from around the world gathered together on March 9, 2023, to put in a full day of work at the International Cannabis Business Conference in Barcelona, Europe’s premiere business-to-business cannabis event.

Despite the Spanish city’s tendency to keep people out until the wee hours of the morning, the bustling L’Auditori de Cornellà was packed with people from the very beginning of the day. Two floors of exhibitors kept attendees moving, hoping to connect with everyone from hardware manufacturers to seed banks and everyone in between before the day was done.

International Cannabis Business Conference—also known as ICBC— originated in the US nearly a decade ago and has made its mark on several countries, including Canada, Switzerland, and Croatia, with its flagship shows occurring annually in Barcelona and Berlin. Focusing on high-impact education and strictly business-to-business networking, ICB creates a professional landscape perfect for deal flow.

“The cool thing about what we do here at ICBC Barcelona is we create the b2b element,” said Alex Rogers, founder and CEO of ICBC. “We’re getting everybody coming together to talk and do business—we’ve become the b2b meeting point here in Barcelona for Spannabis week.”

The professional environment ICBC provides is crucial for many cannabis industry entrepreneurs and thought leaders who come to Barcelona every year to celebrate Spannabis. Having a day solely focused on building relationships and advancing the global conversation around the plant ensures movement for the space, something that is not lost on the attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors.

“Our team always finds ICBC of the highest caliber in terms of all of the opportunities to connect with professionals that are truly doing amazing work and are excited about the future of the space,” said speaker Luna Stower, chief impact officer at Ispire. “It’s the premier networking space for those looking to do good business with good people—everything from the main conference to the after-party was well organized and run like a well-oiled machine.”

Alex Rogers, founder and CEO of ICBC.

The ICBC Barcelona 2023 agenda was jam-packed, with programming in Spanish and English covering topics such as comparing medical marijuana regulations across Europe, media and marketing, advances in cannabis technology, and the state of the international cannabis landscape, all featuring heavy hitters representing every side of the vertical—and every corner of the globe.

One of the most talked about panels was “Squaring the Circle of Industrial Hemp in Spain.” While it mainly focused on the country’s domestic hemp space, it raised important questions about the potential industrial hemp has around the globe. At a time when climate change is ravaging the planet, the myriad uses for hemp as an energy source, building material, and plastic alternative cannot be ignored any longer.

“Jack Herer used to tell me hemp can save the planet,” Rogers said when asked about the popularity of the panel. “I wasn’t sure if I believed him back then. But now I am a believer.”

All Eyes Are on Germany

While many of the conversations at ICBC Barcelona 2023 centered on Spain, the real buzz centered on Germany. German officials, who legalized medical cannabis in 2017, have been working diligently to introduce adult-use legalization—a first for the European Union. The plans are expected to be announced any day and were recently given the thumbs up from EU officials—a precedent that signals a significant shift for the region.

“This is the biggest news in cannabis right now—Germany is the big dog in the EU,” Rogers remarked. “Once Germany (legalizes), it basically gives permission for other countries in Europe to do it also.”

Ngaio Bealum, comedian, writer, and longtime master of ceremonies for ICBC, also predicted big things for Deutschland.

“I think Germany is really going to blow up. And it will also open it up for everybody else in Europe to see how it’s done; we can generally trust the Germans to be relatively efficient.”

Despite turmoil facing mature markets in the US, the booming international market led to a renewed sense of vigor among event participants.

“The ICBC Barcelona 2023 event was one of the best we have been to in the past couple of years; we felt we got a lot out of our main sponsor role,” Stower said of Ispire’s engagement. “Considering the news that just dropped in Germany and all the excitement around Europe in general, the energy was electric.”

Rogers echoed Stower’s sentiments, encouraging everyone to stay tuned for a very busy ICBC Berlin on June 27—and to think beyond the current market excitement, reminding us all that this is a global movement.

“Europe is the place right now,” Rogers quipped. “But the great thing about ICBC is all the people that come from all around the world, so it’s become a meeting point for the Eastern hemisphere and part of the Western hemisphere. So it is the most internationally diverse meeting point for cannabis in the world.”

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The Strongest THC Blends

Today, we can customize our cannabis high like never before thanks to cannabinoids like delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC, THC-P, HHC, THC-H, THCjd, delta-9 THC, and many more, all of which promise a one-of-a-kind high that varies in potency and effects.

But, with a vast array of new THC cannabinoids jockeying for our attention, choosing just one isn’t always easy. And, that’s where THC blends come from. This new trend in the industry allows us to enjoy the effects of multiple THC cannabinoids simultaneously, as you’re about to find out here. Use the code HIGHTIMES25 to try THC blends for 25% off here.

What are the Strongest THC Blends?

THC blends refer to hemp products that contain more than one type of THC cannabinoid—for instance, delta-8 THC + THC-P.  What this does is allow us to experience a completely one-of-a-kind experience which results not only from the combined effects of each, but the synergistic reaction of taking them together, which can give us something super desirable, like enhanced feelings of euphoria or relaxation.

THC blends come in all kinds of product forms—vapes, tinctures, gummies and so on—and contain a variety of cannabinoid distillates, which are purified extracts of individual cannabinoids in the hemp plant. And, long-time fan favorite Binoid is the brand that’s leading the way.  

Now, let’s explore their highly anticipated THC blends, so that way, you can find the right product(s) to meet your daily hemp-related needs.

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Binoid Knockout Blend

Binoid’s first foray into THC blending was their Knockout Blend, beginning as a disposable vape in two great strains—Fire OG and Ice Breaker—but now also available in gummies and tinctures. This blend combines THC-P, HHC-P and THC-H, which, if you happen to be a serious hemp enthusiast, you may know are three mind-blowingly intoxicating cannabinoids derived from the plant. The result is an ultra-potent and euphoric experience that is guaranteed to “knock” you off of your feet.   

Why Choose Knockout Blend: Knockout Blend is a great option for the hemp enthusiast looking for an intensely potent high that comes with lots of sweet euphoria.

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Binoid Master Blend

Another great option is Binoid’s Master Blend, a carefully curated cannabinoid trio consisting of THCP-O, THCH-O and PHC. The former two cannabinoids are acetated forms of THC-P and THC-H respectively, to enhance the psychoactive potency of what are already the two most intoxicating cannabinoids naturally found in cannabis. Then, we have PHC, which is an acetated form of delta-9 that converts into delta-9 in the body.

Binoid’s Master Blend is available in the form of a disposable vaping device containing a very generous 3 grams of vape oil. And, you can choose between two very special strains: King Kong and Godzilla.

Why Choose Master Blend: Master Blend is a phenomenal choice for the enthusiast who wants something that’s absolutely out of this world in terms of its psychoactive potency, to make them incredibly high.

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Binoid Beast Mode Blend

Then, we have Binoid’s Beast Mode Blend—a blend that lives up to its name, made up of THC-H, THC-B and HHC-P—3 highly intoxicating cannabinoids that can give you a euphoric effect that’s out of this world. This blend comes in the form of vapes—disposables and pre-filled cartridges—and a variety of top-shelf strains, including Strawberry Banana, Berries n’ Cream, Blue Dragon, Red Dragon and more.

Why Choose Beast Mode Blend: Beast Mode Blend is all about the dreamy, uplifting effects that so many of us seek out when we take cannabis products. It’s also an extremely powerful combination when it comes to the high you’ll be treated to.

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Binoid Power 9 Blend

Finally, we have Binoid’s Power 9 Blend, a very exciting combination of delta-9 THC, THC-B and THCjd, with the latter two cannabinoids being more potent than the former, and together having the strong potential to induce a deeply gratifying relaxation effect in the mind & body. This blend, like Beast Mode, is made available in both pre-filled vape cart and disposable vape pen form, with ultra-beloved strain options like Melon Gum, Tangerine Haze, Caramel Cream and Candy Apple.

Why Choose Power 9 Blend: Power 9 Blend gives you two things that so many enthusiasts crave: a full-on mind and body relaxation, along with the effects of delta-9 THC through a legal avenue.

Try a THC Blend Today!

THC blends have arrived, flaunting the latest and greatest additions to the hemp market over the past couple of years. And Binoid’s got so many exciting THC blends to choose from that it can be hard to pick just one. If you’re all about powerful, customized highs, try all four and compare them for yourself, since each one truly has something special to offer to your hemp routine. Don’t forget to use the code HIGHTIMES25 to try THC blends for 25% off here.

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Mississippi Farmers Pivot From Hemp to Pot

With medical cannabis now officially live in Mississippi, a local newspaper is spotlighting a family that brought the newly legal crop to their county––and their farm. 

The Daily Leader of Brookhaven, Mississippi has the story out of Lincoln County, where local officials initially opted out of the state’s newly enshrined medical marijuana law. 

Mississippi finally legalized medical cannabis treatment last year after extended legislative debate, but local governments were given the option to opt out of the program. 

The decision in Lincoln County spurred a couple, Jason McDonald and Timothy Gibson, to take action. Per the Daily Leader, the two “spearheaded efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Lincoln County after the Board of Supervisors voted to initially opt out of medical marijuana,” ultimately bringing the matter to a vote in August, when voters in the county reversed the decision by local officials. 

Following that vote, McDonald and Gibson “started work on opening their own Medical Marijuana Cultivation facility,” according to the Daily Leader, founding a business “called SADUJA [that] is separate from their tea farm but on the same property in East Lincoln.”

That business, per the Daily Leader, “was first licensed to grow Hemp in 2021 and as of December 22, was licensed to grow medical marijuana in Lincoln County.”

“Crime rates haven’t gone up, property values haven’t gone down like people thought,” McDonald told the Daily Leader. “We have been growing hemp since 2021. We sold hemp to local shops around Mississippi. I don’t think people have realized the cannabis plant was growing here legally well before medical marijuana passed here. It was here and it was growing on the farm.”  

“I think with anything new people are generally afraid of it,’ McDonald added. “It is more of what we have done just doing it on a bigger scale and we switched over to medical cannabis instead of hemp. It is the same plant. Growing any plant is the same really.”   

Medical cannabis sales launched on January 25, a little less than a year after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a measure into law

The medical cannabis bill was a source of intense disagreement within the Mississippi legislature, and between lawmakers and Reeves, who was adamant about imposing tight restrictions on any law that emerged.

“The ‘medical marijuana bill’ has consumed an enormous amount of space on the front pages of the legacy media outlets across Mississippi over the last three-plus years,” Reeves said last year after signing the compromise bill.

“There is no doubt that there are individuals in our state who could do significantly better if they had access to medically prescribed doses of cannabis. There are also those who really want a recreational marijuana program that could lead to more people smoking and less people working, with all of the societal and family ills that that brings,” the governor added.

One of Reeves’ chief concerns was with the amount of cannabis a patient could obtain. The governor preferred a limit of 2.7 grams per day; the bill that landed on his desk, which was approved with a veto-proof majority, allows patients to purchase up to 3.5 grams as many as six times per week.

“I have made it clear that the bill on my desk is not the one that I would have written,” Reeves said after he signed the measure. “But it is a fact that the legislators who wrote the final version of the bill (the 45th or 46th draft) made significant improvements to get us towards accomplishing the ultimate goal.”

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Kentucky House Approves Delta-8 THC Regulation Bill

The Kentucky House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve a bill to regulate the production and sale of the hemp-derived cannabinoid delta-8 THC in the state. The measure, House Bill 544, was approved unanimously by a vote of 97-0 and now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

While discussing the legislation on the House floor on Thursday, lawmakers said that they have heard appeals from school and law enforcement officials to restrict sales of delta-8 THC, a psychoactive compound that can be synthesized from legal hemp CBD. Republican House Speaker Pro Tempore David Mead told his colleagues that products containing delta-8 THC pose a safety risk to young people.

“We have this product getting into the hands of children,” Meade said during Thursday’s debate on the legislation. “We have some that have overdosed on this product.”

If passed by the state Senate and signed into law, House Bill 544 would task the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services with drafting administrative regulations for the production and sale of delta-8 products in the state. Regulatory guidelines included in the legislation mandate that the regulations ban the sale of delta-8 to anyone younger than 21 years old. The guidelines also called for delta-8 products to be kept behind retail sales counters and for packaging to clearly state the ingredients contained in the products.

Republican Representative Rebecca Raymer, the lead sponsor of House Bill 544, said that the proliferation of unregulated delta-8 THC threatens farmers and business owners in Kentucky’s growing hemp industry.

“The Kentucky hemp program is a staple for our agricultural community, but the selling and usage of unregulated THC is a danger to every Kentuckian who may use it,” Raymer said in a statement. “These products have no standards for production. If someone were to purchase Delta-8, they have no way of determining if it is safe. This measure will both protect our consumers and enhance the industry.”

Kentucky Bill Supported By Hemp Business Owners

House Bill 544 has the support of many business owners and hemp industry representatives, both in Kentucky and nationwide. Jonathan Miller, general counsel to the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, called the bill “strong legislation” to regulate delta-8 THC and to keep the cannabinoid away from young people.

“Unregulated intoxicating products pose a health crisis for Kentucky and the nation, but measures to criminalize these products are not prudent,” Miller said in a statement from the hemp industry trade group. “HB 544 cuts the perfect balance by ensuring strict regulations that will keep children from accessing these adult products.”

John Taylor, founder and chief executive officer of hemp processor Commonwealth Extracts in Louisville, told lawmakers in the House that Kentucky’s legitimate hemp operators back the legislation.

“We are all in support of regulations. It gets rid of the bad actors who make it hard to compete,” Taylor said. “It costs a lot of money to do the right thing, and when we have people making things in the bathrooms and basements and barns, it really makes it hard for us to compete on a legitimate level.”

Katie Moyer, board president of the Kentucky Hemp Association, said that Kentucky delta-8 consumers face a “Wild West situation” in the state, with products sold at gas stations, health food stores, and other retail outlets containing ingredients “coming from who knows where.”

In May 2023, a federal appeals court ruled that delta-8 THC is legal under federal law, prompting many states to propose legislation to regulate the cannabinoid that is commonly available at convenience stores, smoke shops, and gas stations, particularly in states that have not legalized marijuana. Last year, the Kentucky state Senate passed a bill banning the production of intoxicating hemp-derived products including delta-8 THC by a vote of 23-13, but the House of Representatives declined to approve the measure.

As the debate over delta-8 THC ramped up early last year, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable said in a statement that the marketing of intoxicating hemp products threatens the development of a robust hemp industry.

“These marketing campaigns undermine our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill to secure important industry objectives such as regulating CBD and increasing THC levels in the field to provide flexibility to farmers,” Miller said in February. “But further, they have also spurred a number of state legislative and regulatory actions that while well intended, have been drafted so broadly as to threaten the provision of safe and healthy nonintoxicating products, like hemp-derived CBD. We call on FDA and state regulators to enforce existing laws to target their efforts on cracking down on intoxicating products marketed as hemp that threaten public health and safety.”

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One-Stop Shop for Your Cannabis Needs

Have you been dreaming of a way to get all your Delta-8, Delta-9 products and smoking accessories from the same convenient place? Well, those days of dreaming are over. It’s true. We’ve discovered a one-stop shop for all your cannabis needs. 

Too good to be true? Just ask the ones running it over at Weed.com. A true blessing they’ve bestowed upon us. They’re making the days of having to shop multiple retailers for our favorite cannabis brands, products, cannabinoids, glass, and all other accessories a thing of the past. They’ve got the shop filled with top named brands such as Binoid, one of the top competitors for Delta-8 products currently on the market. Didn’t we tell you these guys are great? Plus, the cherry on top, they offer fast and free shipping, with your cannabis goodies arriving within 1-3 days, because who wants to wait a week for weed? Are we right? Or are we right? 

Let’s dive in and talk about some of their premium products, must try cannabinoids, and what accessories they’ve got stocked.

Top Notch Products

Weed.com is quickly becoming our favorite online cannabis retailer solely because you can try out various products from different brands to discover what works best for you. Not just that, but they won’t have you breaking the bank either. At Weed.com, you can search for products based on your budget. That way, there are no unexpected fees when you get to checkout because that’s no fun. 

Whether you’re looking to try out just a few new items or hosting this year’s 420 shindig and ready to blow your wad restocking your supply, this one-stop shop has you covered. At Weed.com, you can shop a wide selection of premium brands to get a feel for what you like and what’s not for you. Here are a few examples of some of the top brands that we love and are available through Weed.com.

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Another brand worth trying out the next time you’re shopping at Weed.com is CBDfx. We love this company for its mission to deliver the finest, purest, and most effective CBD products. CBDfx uses ingredients that are always organic and crafted in a way that truly allows you to experience CBD at its finest. So, they have something for all, whether you’re new or experienced.

Tre House

Next on the list of must-try cannabis brands comes Tre House, with a mission to create the best recreational Delta-8 and Delta-9 goodies under the sun. A true playhouse. Their products use the finest ingredients, taste amazing, and somehow always seem to achieve the perfect cannabinoid combinations. Plus, Tre House’s Delta-9 chocolate chip cookies are a favorite of ours. BRB, we’re drooling.


As mentioned, Binoid is a fantastic source of the most effective cannabis products on the market. Binoid’s products are derived from hemp CBD & Delta-8 THC. This cannabis brand works with local hemp farms in the luscious evergreen areas of Oregon to grow the best plant genetics, high cannabinoid concentrations, and beneficial terpenes by doing so in nutrient-rich soils. You can rest assured knowing you’re getting top-class cannabis.

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Cannabinoid Candy Store 

If you’re reading up to this point and wondering what cannabis compounds Weed.com offers, the answer is quite a few. This one stop shop wants to ensure that you get the whole 360 experience, meaning they offer a wide selection of products uniquely made using different cannabinoids. That way, you can experience the cannabis plant in its many forms. To give you a head start, we’ll list a few:

Delta-9 THC

If you found your way to this article, odds are you’re familiar with this compound. It wouldn’t be a head shop without Delta-9 THC. It’s the primary cannabinoid that produces psychoactive effects that many enjoy. It’s the compound found in many traditional cannabis products that will get you high. 

Wait, is Delta-9 THC legal to buy online? You betcha’! Due to the 2018 Farm Bill, consumers can purchase Delta-9 products online at levels <.3%, making the most of a happy little escape clause. So, make the most of it and shop Weed.com’s selection of Delta-9 products like Guavaberry Edible Gummies.

Delta-8 THC

As many know by now, Delta-8 THC is Delta-9’s close but less potent cousin. Within the last year, we’ve heard a lot of buzz surrounding Delta-8 and its ability to arouse a peaceful high. This is due to the potency. Unlike Delta-9, when taking Delta-8, you’re less prone to experiencing anxiety or paranoia, making it an excellent option for someone looking for a tame experience but still feeling psychoactive effects. Over at Weed.com, you can find tons of Delta-8 products, including Delta-8 Disposable vapes, or if you’re looking to stock up, you can find Delta-8 THC Vape Cartridge Bundles.


If you’re unfamiliar with THC-H, don’t be too hard on yourself. This cannabinoid was only recently discovered within the last year or so. However, this compound quickly gives many other cannabinoids a run for their money. THC-H is the second most potent cannabinoid in all of the hemp plant, supposedly with a strength that’s 25 times stronger than the regular amount of THC. Woozers! When describing this high, some describe it as a peaceful, delightful, and overall transcendent experience. At Weed.com, you can find many THC-H products, such as vape cartridges and more, to help with your introduction to THC-H.

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Bongs, Rigs, & Wraps, Oh My!

When you stop by Weed.com, don’t forget to stock up on your cannabis accessories. This one-stop shop has everything you’d need plus more for your next smoke sesh, from bongs to dab rigs and grinders; everything is convenient with just one checkout. Plus, you can find limited edition items on Weed.com, such as Puffco Budsy Water Bottle Pipes. The days of going to the dispensary and heading over to the glass shop after are now over.

Now that you’re aware of this one-stop cannabis shop, all that’s left to do is head over to Weed.com to check out the products, cannabinoids, and accessories for yourself. Plus, when buying online through Weed.com, you’ll receive free shipping and guaranteed satisfaction with free returns. And don’t forget that your cannabis purchases are only 1-3 days away. So take advantage now with 20% off using the code HIGH20. So, what are you waiting for, then? We’ll meet you over there!

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Arkansas Bill Seeks Ban on Delta-8, Other Hemp Products

One Arkansas lawmaker wants to ban the hemp products that have taken over shelves at gas stations and convenience stores.

Republican state Sen. Tyler Dees introduced a bill last week that would ban the likes of Delta-8, Delta-9 and Delta-10 –– legal, but under-regulated compounds that have been known to produce a high similar to that of cannabis. 

“It’s because of an accessibility issue where you can walk into a regular gas station and purchase this product as if you’re purchasing Skittles or any other candy,” Dees told local news station THV11.

Hemp-derived products have become ubiquitous in recent years, particularly following Congress’ passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized industrial hemp production.

But critics have lamented that many of those hemp products are subject to little, if any, regulation, posing risks to consumers who believe what they’re consuming to be mostly harmless.

Dees claimed to the station that poison control “is being contacted of cases where kids are, are digesting products that are causing harm to them.”

THV11 followed up with the state’s poison control, which “said that while there are no specific numbers when it comes to Delta 8 because the data didn’t start being collected until January 2021, they have been seeing an increase in kids being exposed to THC products.”

“Any THC-containing product is potentially harmful. Whether or not it’s Delta 8 or Delta 9,” Ari Filip, the medical director for Arkansas Poison Control Center, told the station. “We worry about this having psychoactive effects so it should be kept away, locked inaccessible to children.”

Arkansas voters rejected a proposal at the ballot last November that would have legalized recreational cannabis in the state.

The state’s Republican governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was elected in the November election, voted against the proposal.

“I don’t think that with the drug epidemic that we have across this state, frankly across the country, that adding and giving more access to that does anything to benefit Arkansas, so I certainly wouldn’t be supportive of that,” Huckabee Sanders, a former press secretary for Donald Trump, said in October

Her father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, has also spoken ill of the cannabis industry.

In a video last fall urging voters to reject the legalization measure, Huckabee said that “you aren’t the one who is going to be making the money, drug cartels will.”

“And if you are one of those people that can sell the drug, maybe you’ll make a buck off of the gullible people who will somehow convince themselves this is absolutely harmless,” the former governor added.

Medical cannabis is legal in Arkansas, however, and a co-sponsor of the bill to ban Delta-8 and other hemp products, state Sen. Jonathan Dismang, insisted that the measure would not affect that program.

“I mean, you have to have your card and there are benefits that are, you know, for those patients, this isn’t about that,” Dismang told THV11. “I mean, a high school kid right now can go purchase. Again, I think that’s wrong.”

Arkansas legalized medical cannabis in 2016, when a majority of voters approved an amendment authorizing the treatment. 

Per the state’s Department of Health, patients with the following conditions may qualify for a medical cannabis prescription: “Cancer; Glaucoma; Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome; Hepatitis C; Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Tourette’s syndrome; Crohn’s disease; Ulcerative colitis; Post-traumatic stress disorder; Severe arthritis; Fibromyalgia; Alzheimer’s disease; Cachexia or wasting syndrome; Peripheral neuropathy; Intractable pain which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment, or surgical measures for more than six (6) months; Severe nausea; Seizures including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy; Severe and persistent muscle spasms including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis; and any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Department of Health.”

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New Orleans Bars Welcome THC Seltzer

Thanks to new cannabis laws in Louisiana, the city’s famous Hurricanes, Hand Grenades, and Big Ass Beers have some new competition. Crescent 9 THC Seltzer, the highly satisfying cannabis beverage from New Orleans-based Crescent Canna, is now available at select bars and venues throughout the city.

The growing list includes one of the city’s most iconic music venues, Tipitina’s, which has hosted legendary acts like Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, and the powerhouse funk band Galactic, which now owns the place.

“We’re happy to be carrying Crescent 9 THC Seltzer at Tipitina’s,” says Galactic bassist Robert Mercurio. “It’s a natural fit for a club like ours, plus it’s tasty and refreshing. Very soon we expect almost all of the bars and clubs in town to be carrying Crescent 9, and the Tipitina’s family is excited to be among the first in New Orleans to have it behind the bar.”

Although medical marijuana has been legal in New Orleans since 2015, recreational marijuana is still illegal. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to bring your medical card to bars. To order THC seltzer, you just need to be 21 or older with a valid photo ID.

How can this be? Well, although marijuana is illegal in New Orleans, hemp is fully legal. Delta-9 THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the intoxicating effects of marijuana, can also be derived from hemp—and the effects are the same. So New Orleans companies can use hemp-derived Delta-9 THC to make legal THC products.

Louisiana Cannabis Laws

In 2022, Louisiana passed Act 498 to affirm the legal status of hemp products and clarify how they are regulated. Legal cannabis products in Louisiana must contain exclusively hemp-derived cannabinoids and less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. 

All consumable hemp products need to be registered with the Louisiana Department of Health. To be registered, products must meet safety and quality standards, have accurate labeling, and be third-party lab-tested by an ISO 17025−accredited laboratory. 

Crescent 9 THC Seltzer was the first Delta-9 THC seltzer to be registered with the Louisiana Department of Health. With 6 mg of Delta-9 THC, 3 mg of CBD, and a touch of caffeine, Crescent 9 provides an uplifting psychoactive experience. This energizing beverage is perfect for a night out, and it won’t make you sleepy.

Low in calories but high in flavor, Crescent 9 THC Seltzer contains a refreshing tropical blend of fruit juice and puree with a hint of terpenes.

Benefits of THC Seltzer

Unlike THC gummies, THC seltzer provides fast-acting effects that you feel within 15 to 30 minutes, so you have more control over your experience, and therefore more power to ensure it’s a positive one. You can choose to coast on your current level of effects or elevate them by drinking more. 

Highly refreshing and delicious, drinking THC seltzer is a thoroughly enjoyable way to use cannabis—no inhalation required! It’s also sippable and sharable, enabling a more social experience.

A Better Way to Party in the Big Easy

THC seltzer provides an uplifting buzz without booze, so you can skip the unpleasant after-effects of alcohol and still keep the party going. When you’re done partying, you’ll get a more restful sleep thanks to the relaxing effects of cannabis and you’ll avoid the next-day hangover.

Recognizing the negative effects of alcohol, the California Sober movement—referring to adults who are replacing alcohol with cannabis—continues to grow. According to a 2020 poll, 45% of adults over the age of 21 have been making the switch. The surging popularity of cannabis beverages will indubitably help accelerate this trend.

Where to Get Crescent 9 THC Seltzer

Crescent 9 THC Seltzer is already available at many locations in New Orleans, including MRB, Rainbow Grocery, Ra Shop, Simply CBD, Crescent City Vape, Tipitina’s, Kajun’s Pub, Arabella Casa Di Pasta, Twelve Mile Limit, Health 4 NOLA, Mushroom, The Herb Import Company, Up in Smoke, Town Crier, Broad Theater, Bamboulas, and Market 45.

Not in New Orleans? Adults who are 21 or older can order Crescent 9 THC Seltzer online at CrescentCanna.com. Orders are eligible for $5 flat-rate shipping, and shipping is free if your order exceeds $99.

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What is THCA Flower? Is It Legal?

THCA is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in both marijuana and hemp, being the dominant compound in the marijuana plant, and existing in more trace levels in hemp. THCA flower is fast becoming a highly in-demand product on the hemp market, offering a legal way to enjoy a delta-9 THC high, because THCA, which stands for “tetrahydrocannabinolic acid,” is just the raw form of THC that converts into delta-9 once it’s heated – like through smoking, vaping, or cooking.

Still, as we all know, not all THCA flower is made equally. The bottom line is that some products are simply superior to others, in terms of things like freshness, strain selection, and effectiveness. Let’s talk about where to buy the best THCA flower that the market has to offer. In fact, you can try THCA flower for yourself using the code HIGHTIMES25 for 25% off with fast & free shipping from Bloomz. 

Can You Buy THCA Flower In Person?

The first choice you need to make when deciding where to buy your THCA flower is whether you want to buy it in person or online. Let’s talk about what type of shopping experience you’re in for if you choose to go the local, in-person route:

  • Smaller variety of products due to limited storage
  • Higher costs on flower to make up for overhead costs
  • Low freshness level due to low local demand, leading to products sitting on the shelves for a long time
  • Higher risk of ending up with fakes due to businesses that don’t specialize in hemp not knowing any better
  • Having to find a store that even sells THCA flower in your local area

But, if you do want to go the in-person route, you’re likely going to be able to choose from 2 different types of retailers:

  • Gas Stations/Convenience Stores: We really don’t recommend getting your flower here. These businesses are not about selling you the highest-quality products possible. And, since those who manage these types of businesses likely aren’t educated hemp experts, they themselves won’t even know if they’re carrying quality flower or not.
  • Vape Shops: By going with local vape shops, you have a slightly better of a chance of finding a good-quality product. But, don’t assume. Not all vape shop owners are well-versed in hemp-related matters. And, don’t assume all vape shops carry THCA flower, either.

At the end of the day, you should strictly avoid THCA flower being sold through an unlicensed party, like a vendor at a local pop-up market, or some stranger on Craigslist or Instagram that is offering to meet you in person, outside of a licensed business environment.

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Why It’s Best To Buy Your THCA Flower Online 

Basically, any serious hemp enthusiast will tell you that buying your flower from a trusted online hemp retailer is the best option. Here are the things you can look forward to when choosing to grab your THCA flower from a reputable online retailer, like Bloomz, that specializes in all things hemp.

Maximum Convenience 

Of course, no one will have a problem with the convenience of not having to leave home in order to buy THCA flower. Buying it online makes your life a whole lot easier, since you can just check out your cart and wait for the flower to arrive to you within a few days. Luckily, Bloomz Hemp even offers fast, free shipping and an easy to use website making the experience even easier and way more convenient for you.

Better Freshness Guarantee

Online retailers have a lot more visibility than local stores, as they get a lot of traffic due to worldwide exposure. As a result, online businesses typically have a very high product turnover rate, so that flower never sits on the shelves for long. Because of that, online THCA flower is usually sold extremely fresh, full of potent compounds and flavorful terpenes. Bloomz is known for having amazing prices on their THCA Flower as the quality is top notch and bulk prices are amazing.

More Affordable Prices

Because online stores don’t have such high overhead costs, they can offer you THCA flower at a much more affordable price. Many of them also offer free shipping, so you can really save. And, don’t forget that online businesses typically offer bulk-purchase options, like bundles, and hold deals and sales frequently, which is something you almost definitely won’t see in person. Bloomz is known for having amazing prices on their THCA Flower as the quality is top notch and bulk prices are amazing.

Quality Standards are Higher

With local stores, quality standards can leave a lot to be desired, as low local demand means fewer discerning consumers. Online retailers know that they’re extremely visible, and so they really need to go above and beyond to carry only the best of the best. Not only that, but the online hemp market is far more competitive, so companies just really can’t get away with carrying low-quality products. Bloomz Hemp has high product turnover that is made seasonally to guarantee fresh and potent products.

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More THCA Flower Products to Choose from 

Online stores usually have a lot more storage space to carry products, than, say, a gas station that can only carry a couple of hemp flower products on their crowded shelves. What this means is that you can find a lot more options when it comes to THCA flower, like a wider variety of strain choices and so on. Bloomz Hemp has bulk sizing, and many different strains of THCA flower that you will love and enjoy, easily having the largest selection of THCA flower on the market.

You Can Learn A Lot More About THCA Flower And The Company 

Another thing about choosing an online retailer is that you can learn a lot more about how that company makes their flower, and the unique standards and practices of the company you’re buying from. It’s always nice to find out where the flower was actually grown, how the THCA distillate was made and other little details that can ultimately tell you a lot about the quality of what you’re getting. Bloomz values transparency when it comes to their flower, making user reviews and product information readily available on their website to keep you informed.

Not All THCA Flower is Made Equally, So Choose Wisely By Going With Bloomz

At the end of the day, you’re far more likely to feel satisfied with your THCA flower by choosing a trusted online hemp retailer, where you’ll be more confident that you’re getting a fresh, effective, and clean product.  

At Bloomz, you can treat yourself to some of the highest-quality, top-shelf THCA flower on the market, infused with ultra-pure THCA distillate, available in a fantastic selection of strains, and always sold as fresh as can be.  Available in a few rare and sought-after strains, like Grape Frosty, Han Solo, Mac, Platinum OG and more! Bloomz THCA Flower covers all of your bases with a cultivar for every need.  

Meanwhile, you will be able to choose from a variety of sizes, while knowing that you’re getting unbeatable effectiveness and quality thanks to the freshness of the product, paired with the purity of the brand’s unique THCA distillate. Explore Bloomz THCA flower today with 25% off using the code HIGHTIMES25, and enjoy being treated to some of the best prices and quality around!

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