Illinois Notches Record-Breaking Cannabis Sales in June

The cannabis industry in Illinois, which in June 2019 became the latest state to legalize, broke its own record for recreational sales last month. The Prairie State’s 56 adult-use dispensaries sold nearly a million cannabis items worth upwards of $47.6 million after taxes.

According to official state figures reported by the Arlington Heights Daily Herald and industry monitor Marijuana Moment, $35.3 million worth of sales came from in-state residents, with $12.4 million attributed to sales made by out-of-state visitors. All told, Illinois retailers sold 994,545 THC products in June 2020 — 5,000 more than the previous month.

Illinois dispensaries have sold over $239 million worth of merchandise since legal sales took effect Jan 1.

This is, of course, good news for the state of Illinois. New tax figures are to be released later this month by the state Department of Revenue. In May —also a record-breaking month — the state took in $12.5 million in cannabis taxes and associated sales taxes.

That brought the state’s tax collections from legal cannabis to $52.7 million for the first five months of sales — well above the $28 million estimated for this year’s budget, which ended June 30. 

Towns and counties that allow cannabis sales will begin adding their own taxes in July. While this might modestly increase the purchase price, it will be a boon to localities in a challenging time.

Still Grappling with Equity 

Amid this boom, state and local authorities in the Land of Lincoln are grappling with how to craft a cannabis industry and regulation regime that will promote social equity and begin to reverse the racial and economic injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the War on Drugs.

With this in mind, new licenses were created to encourage smaller businesses to enter the Illinois cannabis industry. They were supposed to be issued by the state on July 1, Patch reports.

But since the COVID-19 crisis shut down much of state government, Pritzker issued executive orders extending or suspending the deadlines to apply for these new license categories designated for “craft” growers, infusers and independent dispensaries.  

Leading up to the passage of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act  in June of 2019, medical marijuana dispensaries lobbied lawmakers and the office of Gov. JB Pritzker to allow them to effectively monopolize the adult-use market for the first quarter of legal sales. These dispensaries are dominated by only a few large companies with little diversity among their leadership.

Acting Illinois Department of Agriculture director Jerry Costello II told Patch that his office is trying to open multiple paths into the industry for state residents who live in the communities that were hardest hit by marijuana prohibition.  

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the 6-week deadline extension granted to applicants have caused unforeseeable delays in the application review process,” Costello said. “The Department is working tirelessly to ensure that applications are scored and awarded in a fair, deliberate and equitable manner.”

The governor’s office is similarly pledging progress. Patch quoted a statement issued last month by the Commerce Department featuring words from Toi Hutchinson, the former state senator who was a chief sponsor of the legalization bill and now serves as Pritzker’s senior cannabis advisor. 

“The Pritzker administration remains committed to protecting and pursuing diversity in the adult-use cannabis industry, despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hutchinson said. “Pritzker has made it clear the state’s new industry is about more than revenue, it’s about ensuring communities that have been left out and left behind have new opportunity.”

Localities are meanwhile seeking their own institutional remedies for the social ills of prohibition. Chicago is considering various experimental models for cultivation and retail sales aimed at empowering those communities disproportionately criminalized under prohibition. Ideas being weighed include a city-owned cultivation co-op for residents — including special membership options for low-income individuals who can join on a “sweat equity” basis.

The Chicago suburb of Evanston is the first city in the United States to put revenues from legal cannabis sales into a “reparations” fund for the city’s African American residents — seeking to redress harms, not only from the War on Drugs, but also a greater matrix of social injustice. 

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Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil for Dogs

Many people use CBD for medicinal purposes, but did you know dogs can too? Here is everything you need to know about using CBD oil for dogs. Cannabidiol (a.k.a. CBD) is a non-psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis plants. CBD is derived from both marijuana and hemp plants under the cannabis genus. Before we discuss the […]

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5 Essential Reads for the 710 Holiday

In the beginning, 710 may have been a day primarily celebrated by wooks with blowtorches, but these days, it’s for everyone. And we can prove it! According to the data crunchers at Headset, total cannabis sales went up around 10% on 710 in 2018 around the country. 

To prepare for this scared holiday for concentrate lovers, we have five must-read stories consisting of a beginner’s guide to dabs, an overview of the past decade in dabbing, a 710 playlist and more!

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READ: The Decade in Dabbing

Over the last 10 years, the art of separating trichomes and terpenes from plant material became a true science and we’re going to take a look at the road that got us to today where we now have the best hash in history.

The Essential Six-Month History of Cold Start Dabs
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READ: Dabbing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Concentrates

The term “dab” comes from the motion of touching concentrate to a hot surface or touching a hot surface to concentrate, then inhaling the vapors. Always start off with a small sample and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Check out our “dab vocab” section to get up to code on the terms you’ve probably heard but may not completely understand.

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READ: City of Terps: A Road Sesh with the 710 Limo

Greg Zeman is in Sacramento to check out the California capital’s sesh, and road trip in a 710 Limo. Here’s a taste of the adventure: And then I do something I never even considered doing before; I “compete” in a Biggest Dab contest. It’s hard to explain what possessed me to do this. They had three grams of a wild concoction of concentrates: shatter, wax, clear, and maybe some other powdered crumble or THCa or something. Honestly, I was already pretty high at this point.

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READ: 8 Essential Globs For Your 710

July 10, otherwise known as 710, has only existed as a hash holiday for eight years, but it’s already entered folklore status. Much like 420 or Christmas with your family, you’re going to need a grocery list and you’re going to need to stock up early, or else you’re going to find yourself in need of a midday supply run.

710 playlist
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READ: 710 Playlist: Make Way for the Concentrates

As the movement grows, so does the message. Whether you are celebrating solo or gearing up for a concentrate extravaganza, these five songs will help keep the dabbing groove going for days to come. Members of the 710 squad, unite – today is your day to puff tuff.

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July means 710 OIL day and National Ice Cream Day, and Weedmaps is here for it

At Weedmaps, we’re all about the good stuff, which isn’t always limited to weed. July brings two culturally significant days to cannabis consumers: 710/OIL Day and National Ice Cream Day. 

A dedicated subculture within weed celebrates July 10, referred to as OIL Day for landing on 7/10. In weed culture, 710 is OIL upside down, which refers to cannabis concentrates (some have an oil-like consistency). People who “dab” cannabis concentrates aren’t as widespread or common as consumers of other cannabis product types, but they are among the most knowledgeable and devoted to weed culture. Every year their dedication to their niche cannabis lifestyle inspires the cannabis industry to try to make July 10 “happen,” much to the confusion of the majority of cannabis consumers. 

But nearly everyone loves ice cream. And there’s really no better excuse to eat ice cream than National Ice Cream Day on July 19. So we figured, why not celebrate both? 

We’ve decided to give our Weedmaps users the chance to claim free ice cream at dispensary locations in Los Angeles and Santa Ana. Check out the details below.

Afters Ice Cream

Afters Ice Cream is a staple in Southern California food culture. With “27-ish” locations throughout SoCal, handcrafted ice cream with signature flavors, and an iconic style, Afters has reached near cult status among locals.   

Following a collaboration in 2019, we’re looking forward to celebrating both OIL Day and National Ice Cream Day with Afters at dispensary locations in Los Angeles and Santa Ana. Like last year, the team dreamt up flavors that nod to weed culture, this year’s concentrate-inspired:

  • Peanut Budder Shatter: salted peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter swirl and crushed Nutter Butter cookie, and topped with honey.
  • Pineapple Dab Express: coconut-pineapple ice cream, crushed pineapple, dark cherry swirl, and shortbread cookies.  

Where to find these ice cream pop-ups? Here’s the lineup. 

How do you claim the ice cream? Here’s a quick step-by-step: 

  1. Open web browser and search Weedmaps.com (Sign up or Log in).
  2. Search dispensary and follow page
  3. Scroll to Deals and Claim special Afters Ice Cream Deal
  4. Show confirmation email to serving staff.

Everyone who participates must wear a mask when ordering ice cream and interacting with staff. The ice cream doesn’t contain THC or CBD. For more information, you can check out our event page


Featured image Dre Hudson/Weedmaps.

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The funny ways we beat our boredom during COVID-19

We’ve all been surviving a global pandemic by staying inside and getting baked. It’s not hard to imagine that many people were very bored. Take a stoner, ask them to stay home, give them money, make weed available… what do you get? Pure hilarious shenanigans! Thanks to smartphones, it’s all on camera! Here’s a look […]

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Mind-Body Health: Cannabis & the Endocannabinoid System

If you’re new to cannabis, you’ve likely asked “How does it work?”

Elise Keller was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, and she explores this same question in her TED Talk entitled “The Surprising Connection Between Cannabis and Mind-Body Health.”

Keller considered herself to be a healthy person. Frustrated by her diagnoses, she sought out ways to come to terms with cancer and move forward.

At the recommendation of her nurse and other patients, she tried medical cannabis, which helped immensely with her pain, nausea and anxiety. After meeting patients with a range of illnesses who all are using cannabis for treatment, Keller wondered how it is possible that cannabis can help with so many unrelated illnesses.

“In a nutshell, I learned that the reason cannabis was working for so many different conditions is because it interacts directly with our body’s own endocannabinoid system, responsible for maintaining balance in the body,” Keller explained in her presentation. “Used properly, the plant can help activate, tone and support the endocannabinoid system when it’s out of balance,” she further explained.

Many are unfamiliar with the endocannabinoid system, which has even been dubbed the body’s own “master system” due to its role in maintaining balance over all bodily networks.

In her 15 minute TED Talk, Keller offers a digestible break down of how the endocannabinoid system works, explaining how mind, body and medicine are equally important in keeping it strong and healthy.

Understanding how the cannabis plant interacts with this system can further support one’s journey towards achieving truly integrated whole-person health.

Watch the video to learn about Elise Keller’s own discoveries around cannabis and mind-body health.

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Mind-Body Health: Cannabis & the Endocannabinoid System

If you’re new to cannabis, you’ve likely asked “How does it work?”

Elise Keller was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, and she explores this same question in her TED Talk entitled “The Surprising Connection Between Cannabis and Mind-Body Health.”

Keller considered herself to be a healthy person. Frustrated by her diagnoses, she sought out ways to come to terms with cancer and move forward.

At the recommendation of her nurse and other patients, she tried medical cannabis, which helped immensely with her pain, nausea and anxiety. After meeting patients with a range of illnesses who all are using cannabis for treatment, Keller wondered how it is possible that cannabis can help with so many unrelated illnesses.

“In a nutshell, I learned that the reason cannabis was working for so many different conditions is because it interacts directly with our body’s own endocannabinoid system, responsible for maintaining balance in the body,” Keller explained in her presentation. “Used properly, the plant can help activate, tone and support the endocannabinoid system when it’s out of balance,” she further explained.

Many are unfamiliar with the endocannabinoid system, which has even been dubbed the body’s own “master system” due to its role in maintaining balance over all bodily networks.

In her 15 minute TED Talk, Keller offers a digestible break down of how the endocannabinoid system works, explaining how mind, body and medicine are equally important in keeping it strong and healthy.

Understanding how the cannabis plant interacts with this system can further support one’s journey towards achieving truly integrated whole-person health.

Watch the video to learn about Elise Keller’s own discoveries around cannabis and mind-body health.

TELL US, do you use cannabis as medicine?

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All About Caryophyllene – The Spicy Terpene Found in Cannabis and Pepper

Terpenes are a diverse group of organic compounds found in many different types of plants; from flowers to fruits and vegetables. Terpenes have many of their own functions in nature, such as encouraging pollination and deterring certain animals, but they’re also known to be extremely beneficial for human health.

Our relationship with plants dates back to the beginning of time. Humans have been using plants to satisfy many different basic needs. Trees provide shelter and shade, fruits and vegetables offer sustenance, plant stalks make clothing, and herbs and flowers can be used medicinally. There are numerous different compounds in plants that have therapeutic value, but most people don’t realize that terpenes, the molecules that give plants their distinct aromas and flavors, are a huge part of this equation.

Enter cannabis, a plant that can be used to treat an extremely large range of varied conditions, and it’s loaded with terps. Many very common terpenes, like limonene and pinene – found in citrus fruits and pine trees respectively – are also found in cannabis. Both hemp and marijuana plants have numerous different terpenes, despite the differences in cannabinoid content.

A very common but often overlooked terpene is Caryophyllene. If you look at COAs (certificate of analysis) when shopping for flower, you’ll notice this terp is found in many of this year’s most popular strains. What is it exactly? How does it taste? And most importantly, what are the benefits?

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What is Caryophyllene? The Biology Behind the Terp

Beta-caryophyllene, more commonly referred to as just Caryophyllene, is part of a class of terpenes knowns as sesquiterpenes, which are basically just terpenes with a unique molecular structure. It’s biosynthesized from two common terpene precursors: dimethylallyl pyrophosphate (DMAPP) and isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP). Caryophyllene is a relatively large molecule, notable for having a cyclobutane ring, as well as a trans-double bond in a 9-membered ring, both characteristics being biological rarities.

Caryophyllene’s main distinction is that it’s the first known dietary cannabinoid, meaning the FDA has it listed as being generally safe for human consumption. It’s also one of the first known, non-cannabinoid compounds that binds directly to the Endocannabinoid receptors of the human body. Caryophyllene is found in many different types of food items, mainly spices. It has a pale-yellow color and a spicy flavor. It’s the main terp found in pepper, cloves, allspice, and so on.

Although it’s not as popular as other terps, like limonene, caryophyllene is one of most thoroughly researched terpenes found in cannabis. Organic chemist and Harvard researcher, E. J. Corey, began studying caryophyllene back in the 1960s and was able to demonstrate many potential uses for this compound over the years.

Caryophyllene and the Endocannabinoid System

To quickly recap on the Endocannabinoid System, it’s a vast and intricate network of receptors found in bodies of all mammals. So far, researchers have been able to identify two different endocannabinoids: 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and anandamide (AEA), as well as two main receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain and central nervous system and CB2 receptors are located primarily in our peripheral organs. In short, the Endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis – or balance.

Caryophyllene’s molecular structure allows it to bind to CB2 receptors, meaning it activates receptors in numerous different tissues such as the spleen, white blood cells, endocrine gland and parts of the reproductive, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. It’s actually the only terpene known to directly interact with CB receptors so far.

Its effects on the endocannabinoid system make it a very potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Medical Benefits of Caryophyllene

As far as cannabis compounds go, caryophyllene is one that has a bit more research to back up the medical claims. This is because caryophyllene is also found in so many different food products, so it’s been studied more extensively from a nutritional standpoint.

Studies indicate numerous possible uses for this terpene. In 2014, a study found that caryophyllene reduced pain response in rodent subjects. Another study from that same year discovered that caryophyllene can be used to reduce alcohol intake, and possibly dependence other addictive substances. Caryophyllene is also believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a suitable treatment option for treating inflammatory bowel disease. Research has found that caryophyllene may also be able to reduce anxiety and depression.  

Another very interesting theory is that caryophyllene can even make you live longer. Not via the obvious routes, like its application in the treatment of certain diseases and conditions, but by actually reducing gene stress and making you “younger” on a cellular level.

Caryophyllene’s Unique Flavor Profile

Since caryophyllene is present in herbs such as black pepper, basil, oregano, and cloves, you can get an idea of the flavor this terpene would have when isolated. It has a spicy, warm, somewhat sweet taste that’s founds in many popular strains on the market today.

Cannabis has numerous different terpenes in it, and as such, you’ll never get a bud that tastes like straight pepper or cinnamon. Usually, it’s combined with other terps like limonene and myrcene, so interestingly enough, you’ll notice a gassy, fuel, diesel-like flavor in many of these flowers.

Some popular strains with the gas flavor that have an abundance of the caryophyllene terpene include Chemdawg, Sour Diesel, and Legendary OG, the latter being a CBD-dominant hemp flower strain.

Where to find Caryophyllene in Nature

The following plants are very high in the caryophyllene terpene:

  • Cannabis (Cannabis sativa)
  • Black caraway (Carum nigrum)
  • Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • Hops (Humulus lupulus)
  • Basil (Ocimum spp.)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • True cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • Malabathrum (Cinnamomum tamala)
  • Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata)
  • Copaiba oil (Copaifera)

Many other plants, like figs for example, have minimal amounts of caryophyllene as well.

What Cannabis Strains are High in Caryophyllene?

Some strains with a higher-than-average amount of caryophyllene include:

  • Girl Scout Cookies/GSC (marijuana)
  • Bubba Kush (marijuana)
  • Sour Diesel (marijuana and hemp)
  • Chemdawg (marijuana and hemp)
  • Candyland (marijuana)
  • Death Star (marijuana)
  • Original Glue Cookies (marijuana)
  • Cream Gelato (marijuana)
  • White Master Kush (marijuana)
  • Legendary OG (hemp)

For reference, marijuana is the type of cannabis that has MORE than 0.3% THC, and hemp is the type of cannabis that has LESS than 0.3% THC.

Final Thoughts 

Normally I end these articles hoping that more research is done on whatever topic I’m writing about, since official studies are so lacking in the cannabis sector. Luckily, there is quite a bit to work with when examining the caryophyllene terpene and all of its many, interesting benefits.

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Studio 710 Festival Announcement (Livestream)

As Metro Vancouver clears up from COVID-19, Studio 710 would like to invite you to its 3rd anniversary. We will be live streaming the event for those who are still at home and self-isolating. Festival-goers will be able to see Isaac Zale and Rose Motion perform their set on Youtube and Twitch. The owners of […]

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Bass Coast music festival fans react to 2020 cancellation

Bass Coast has an amazing community behind it. The festival and its fans are truly going to be missed this year. The 4-day event that has community unity, EDM, camping, yoga workshops, and many more activities to take part in will have to wait until 2021. But, let’s hear what the fans had to say […]

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