8 cannabis products for game day in the Northeast

When it comes to game day, the Northeast truly shines with unique products that can make your tailgate or at-home party a little brighter. Whether you’re cheering on the Lions or hoping for a Patriots loss, elevate your festivities with these eight cannabis products found in the Northeast. 

Incredibles’ Pumpkin Pie Bar

The limited-edition Pumpkin Pie Bar from Incredibles is packed with 100 milligrams of THC per bar. You’ll get a taste of white chocolate and pumpkin spice in every bite. 

For more info, check out Weedmaps’ review of this seasonal edible

Available: Massachusetts

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Cannonymous Labs Exploding Cherry Pot Rocks

With 25 milligrams of THC per packet, the Exploding Cherry Pot Rocks from Cannonymous Labs is a unique take on the usual candy edibles lining dispensary shelves. 

Available: Michigan

Mighty Viking Dill Pickle Gummies

You may be familiar with the Pickle Back shot, or you may just love pickles. Either way, you can add these 10-milligram THC Mighty Viking Dill Pickle Gummies to your game day feast next to the relish, pickle spears, and pickle slices.

Available: Maine

Hastur Glass NFL Glass Pipes

Rep your favorite team with these NFL glass pipes from Hastur Glass. Choose your own favorite team or surprise a superfan in your life with these made-to-order, hand-blown pipes.

Available: Nationwide

Kaneh Co. Salted Toffee Blondies

West Coast cannabis brand Kaneh Co. entered the Northeast market in Michigan where consumers can get their hands on the brand’s rich Salted Toffee Blondies with 10 milligrams of THC per blondie.

Available: Michigan

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RYTHM Jack Herer Disposable Vape Pen

Bright and vibrant, RYTHM’s Jack Herer Disposable Vape Pen contains 300 milligrams of THC. This sativa-dominant strain matches the energy and buzz of pre-game excitement. 

Available: Illinois, Nevada, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania

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Skymint Varsity Blue Gummies

Specifically crafted for game day in the Northeast, Skymint’s football-inspired Varsity Blue gummies contain 100 milligrams of THC per bag with flavors of pear, passionfruit, and pomegranate.

Available: Michigan

Tropizan Traditional Pique Hot Sauce 

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Tropizan Traditional Pique Hot Sauce contains 120 milligrams of THC in a 24-serving bottle. Warm yourself up in the face of frigid Northeast winters with infused spice on your burgers, hot dogs, or clam chowder.

Available: Massachusetts

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Report Calls for UK to Embrace Potential of Medical Cannabis Industry

An advocacy organization known as Volteface recently released a report entitled “New Leaf: Beyond Brexit, Countering Covid” explores how the United Kingdom (UK) is missing out by not fully embracing the opportunities of the medical cannabis industry. 

Head of Programming at the Adam Smith Institute, Daniel Pryor, wrote the foreword for the report, stating that the UK is poised to become highly successful if it embraces the plant. 

“The European market for medical cannabis is the fastest growing in the world, and our unique position gives us the prospect of becoming a leading player in medical cannabis and CBD,” said Pryor. 

“This paper provides a fascinating overview of the state of play in these markets, opportunities for growth and the regulatory questions that face the sector. It shows how the UK is in a prime position to become the centre of the European medical cannabis and CBD industry, as well as the significant economic benefits that would result.”

Volteface’s report estimates that the UK medical cannabis market could be worth up to £1.2 billion. With this much potential, it predicts that a full-fledged medical cannabis industry could create up to 41,437 jobs, and 17,000 ancillary jobs.

The report also includes a list of seven recommendations for the UK to embrace, including:

  1. A “cannabis tsar” or governmental agency to help drive the UK toward medical cannabis legalization and regulation.
  2. Clarity from the Food Standards Association in regards to the legal amount of THC allowed in CBD products.
  3. An investment in innovation for growth in the cannabis industry, as well as communication with the National Farmers Union “to represent producer interest.”
  4. Following up with a previous recommendation from Volteface, allowing hemp seeds/plants over 0.2 percent THC and up to one percent, which would “improve the health of the plant and increase the yield of CBD per acre.”
  5. Pursuing legislative changes to speed up the flow of products, which would simplify the process and improve patient access.
  6. Changing legislation that requires medical cannabis prescriptions to be made by doctors via the specialist register.
  7. Conduct a government funded national trial on medical cannabis products to “fully unlock the UK market.”

The entirety of the report is separated into four sections. First, “The Economic Opportunity,” recommending that the UK become an “investment hub” with some of the largest cannabis companies in the world, such as Aphria Inc, Aurora and Canopy Growth. The report identifies the top 20 markets (both European countries and U.S. states). “This UK market estimate demonstrates the immense economic opportunity the cannabis sector holds. 

By developing the UK into a European cannabis industry leader, this will hold a significant amount of capital, in the realms of £1.265 billion,” the report states. As mentioned previously, it also dives into the job-related data of many states in the U.S. and how cannabis contributes to the local economy as well.

Second, “The Innovation Opportunity” opens up the conversation about the potential growth, using case studies conducted on Kanabo, an Israel-based R&D company that created what the report calls “groundbreaking,” and CiiTECH, a CBD company focused on cannabinoid research which seeks to “legitimize CBD as a health product.”

Together, the report hopes that these case studies showcase the benefits of innovation, and argues that only through innovation can the cannabis industry push past decades of prohibition into a new and prosperous era.

Third, “The UK CBD Advantage” addresses a “novel food,” which is a European law that defines a product that does not have history prior to May 1997 as a way to monitor newer developed “foods” for consumer safety. With cannabis in mind, the report addresses the challenges of compliance enforcement.

Finally, “Increasing European Competition” covers the current industries in Denmark and France, ending with a call to action for the UK to remove its barriers to medical cannabis access and begin looking toward the future. 

“The UK industry is taking off with a quickly changing landscape. Though things are looking good, there is more work to be done. If the UK wants to continue developing into a key industry leader, it must look into a controlled framework for medical cannabis access. Access must be expanded to get medical cannabis properly off its feet and see long term development.”

Many more details are available to review in Volteface’s report, which is viewable here.

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STORM COMING TODAY – Cannabis Industry Spotlight in BC’s Flood Ravaged Cities

The rains have been battering BC these past weeks, causing widespread flooding in southern parts of the province. Unfortunately, the worst is not over yet. For the third time in two weeks, an atmospheric river is pouring on the province. It began early this morning and is forecasted to last late into tomorrow. Environment Canada […]

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Dennis Peron and his legacy of legalizing cannabis in California

In light of Remembrance Day earlier this month, we want to tell the story of Dennis Peron, a Vietnam War veteran and a cannabis activist who helped legalize cannabis in California.  The early years of activism  Beginning in the 1970s, Dennis spent more than 40 years campaigning for the legalization of cannabis. His career began […]

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High Times Retail Holiday Gift Guide 2021

For better or for worse, it’s holiday time again, but good news! That means it’s also time to splurge on your favorite cannabis products in honor of this wonderful and chaotic time of year.

High Times has been in the cannabis retail business for two years now, and we’re excited to share with you some of the leading brands that you can find available for sale within our High Times Cannabis Markets and through delivery. Whether you’re stocking up for yourself or searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for your loved ones and friends, we have you covered this holiday season.

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Fig Farms

Fig Farms claims that it offers some of the most sought-after cannabis in the entire state of California—and the quality of Fig Farms buds is undeniable. The company is 100 percent owned by growers operating out of an Oakland, California facility. Fig Farms features numerous strains on its website (with beautiful strain photography, by the way) and has a wide selection of different phenos, such as Animal Mints, with its scent of “tennis ball and lemon.”

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Jungle Boys

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t familiar with the Jungle Boys brand and legacy. Established in 2006 in Los Angeles, California, this company has long since perfected the art of pheno hunting to both discover and cultivate truly unique strains. Striving to take their “jungle to new heights,” Jungle Boys continues to do what it does best, especially with strains such as TropCherry, a cross between Tropicanna and Cherry Cookies that will have you wanting more.

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The Cure Company

Cultivating since 1996, The Cure Company has long since become famous for its premium cannabis flower. The company’s operation utilizes a two-story seed-to-sale facility in Downtown Los Angeles, along with an eight-room cultivation space upstairs and the City Compassionate Caregivers (CCC) dispensary downstairs. Check out strains like The Cure Company’s Curelato, which is a cross of Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies that has been found to be fruity and uplifting.

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The Originals

Located in a nearly 100-year-old building in the heart of Los Angeles, California, The Originals Factory & Weed Shop is a family-owned and operated business that has become a mainstay cannabis destination. With quality in mind, The Originals employs expert cultivators (with a total of over 100 years of experience in the industry) who grow everything in-house. The dispensary offers a wide variety of products available to consumers, as well as its own line of cannabis flower, such as Oaksterdam OG.

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Green Dragon

Green Dragon is no stranger to cultivating exotic strains. Take for example its Fourth Place winner at the High Times Cannabis Cup Northern California for its Mamba Mints strain in the Indica category—Mamba Mints is a dessert-like strain if we ever heard of one, featuring creamy citrus flavors followed by amazingly potent effects. Check out Green Dragon’s wide selection at its North Hollywood location.

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Farmer & The Felon

This amazing brand is making waves in the fight to advocate for social justice. It aims to right the wrongs on the War on Drugs by partnering with the Last Prisoner Project to “bring restorative justice through the power of cannabis.” Farmer & The Felon’s Unlocked products offer the very best of outdoor-grown, California cannabis with strains like Triangle Kush, White Tahoe Cookie, Blackjack, Daydream, Dogwalker OG, Grape Stomper, Pai Gow, Starfruit and Sundae Driver.

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Almora Farm

Driven by a passion for cultivation, Almora Farm only grows cannabis with the best genetics—probably because it employs an expert team of “farmers, artists and magicians.” Organically growing cannabis outdoors in California, Almora Farm’s goal is to share its love for flower, such as its Berry White Single Origin Cannabis Flower.

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Dime Bag

Dime Bag grows its organic cannabis flower in California “for the people who just want to get high and have fun.” Dime Bag’s flower is widely available in a variety of forms, such as eighths, ounces, pre-rolls and concentrates. In terms of this company’s flower selection, we’re big fans of its High Potency sativa strain, for the days when you need a serious pick-me-up.

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Panacea

When it comes to Panacea, the two words that come to mind are quality and value. Panacea is known to consumers everywhere due to its mission to deliver therapeutic benefits through its premium flower and natural extracts. Overall, if you’re looking for a brand that has your well-being of both body and mind as its highest priority, then look no further than Panacea. Better yet, Panacea flower is going to pack a punch in your mind and body (and not so much in your wallet), as its 3.5G Flower Midz is top-shelf flower at a great value.

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Pre-rolls

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Packwoods

Packwoods is a longtime staple in the Los Angeles cannabis scene that strives to produce high-quality and consistent pre-roll products. For those who want that blunt experience without the side effects of nicotene, then Packwoods has you covered. The brand’s products are made with 100 percent tobacco-free PACKS wrap. We’re especially impressed with the company’s Packwoods Packarillos, which include three mini hand-rolled blunts with a glass tip and a tobacco-free wrap. Currently offered in a number of different strains, Packwood’s Jobstopper and Purp Invaders Packarillos really caught our eye.

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Dodi

Founded by former NFL star Marshawn Lynch, Dodi offers craft blunts made with the highest of quality. Each blunt comes in a reusable tube, in case you don’t end up finishing it all in one sesh, to maintain freshness and address sustainability. The blunt itself is made from an all-natural, glue-free, tobacco-free hemp wrap, and comes with an essential filter for a slow burn. Oh, and no big deal, but these blunts are also covered in pure THCA crystalline for the ultimate experience.

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Cream of the Crop Gardens

The High Times Cannabis Cup Northern California 2021 yielded many high-quality products in a variety of categories—including the first place winner for pre-rolls, Cream of the Crop Gardens’ 1.4 gram Diamond Barrel Infused Pre-roll. The brand also offers other sought-after products, like half-gram pre-rolls that are perfect for a quick smoke sesh. The company’s sleek package design is just the beginning of what makes Cream of the Crop so great. It also offers a variety of cannabis flower and concentrates through many regions of California.

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Napalm Brands

Napalm Brands’ joints are without a doubt some of the largest on the market. The brand’s monstrous pre-roll, called the Grenade XXL Infused Pre-Roll, contains seven grams of premium Gary Payton flower from Cookies, including one gram of live resin and Lift Tickets Infused Rolling Paper to boot. Any cannabis aficionado would be ecstatic to get their hands on this explosive package, but Napalm Brands also offers a selection of live resign cartridges and batteries, infused chocolates and rolling papers too.

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Loudpack

Loudpack’s brand, Kingpen, has been a pioneer in cannabis for over eight years. With Kingrolls, Kingpen wanted to expand into new formats to grow with the market. Kingroll Juniors offer the same highly potent, smooth smoking experience in a pocket-friendly design for shareable situations. The company’s experienced cultivation and extraction teams work together to pair each unique strain combination, resulting in fire every time. The brand’s multistep sifting process leaves only trichomes, which are the THC and terpenes that enhance potency and flavor.

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Concentrates

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710 Labs

If you seek quality, you can’t get much better than products by 710 Labs. The company strives for rich flavors in its cannabis products, which are free from pesticides and deliciously potent. 710 Labs selects its cannabis from only the best, most renowned breeders in the business—and as a result, its concentrates are out of this world. One of our favs is the Cake Crashers Water Hash, which is a light-yellow appearance and contains a beautiful scent profile with sweet notes of “sugary berries, plum and grape juice.”

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Cannabiotix

The highly decorated High Times Cannabis Cup recipient Cannabiotix has won over 15 Cannabis Cup wins in the past. Cannabiotix was founded by Neema Samari and J.B., who are two expert cultivators on a mission to provide only the best flower and concentrates. Cannabiotix’s Live Rosin is produced by hand-selecting material from harvest and freezing it immediately. It’s hand-washed in a medical grade stainless steel vessel with chilled R/O water and ice. Then the material is hand-stirred and the resin is collected using micron screens, placed into pharmaceutical freeze dryers to dry the Bubble Hash. The taste is unmatchable.

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Raw Garden

Winners of the 2019 Bay Area Cannabis Cup, the team behind Raw Garden has carved a name for itself as a NorCal heavyweight, with delightful concentrates to share with the world. Raw Garden is located in the hills of Santa Ynez, in Santa Barbara’s famed wine country. The live resin is made using entirely organically-based and Clean Green-certified farming techniques that is Cryogenically Flash-Frozen immediately at harvest. It contains approximately four to seven percent terpenes and comes in a drier consistency than Raw Garden Sauce. You can also find other juicy consistencies from the Raw Garden pool of products.

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URSA

Looking for those rich terps and for potency that packs a punch, minus the aftertaste? URSA’s Master Extractors carefully pull the essential cannabinoids and terpenes from the fresh flower in small, select batches. It’s all Clean Green-certified from Santa Barbara County. URSA’s cannabis oil artisans then melt together the combination of terpenes and diamonds from the same strain to create the extraordinary experience you get from each and every URSA product. Pictured is Pink Lemonade Live Resin bursting with terpenes, providing a wonderful taste that is both tart with a rich sweetness.

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Wonderbrett

The only thing juicier and tastier than Wonderbrett flower is the company’s concentrates, often bursting with tropical flavors in selections like Pineapple Live Badder. The Wonderbrett cultivation facility is located in the heart of Long Beach, California. Its facility is one of the largest in North America and was designed to create small batch, craft style premium products at scale. In the summer of 1997, Brett Feldman was gifted the original OG Kush, a legendary West Coast strain of mythic proportions, and everything changed after that point. Over the years, Wonderbrett has partnered with bands like Sublime with Rome.

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Vapes

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Jetty Extracts

When it comes to the concentrate game, Jetty Extracts is clearly winning. Utilizing its one-of-a-kind solventless extraction process allows the brand’s offerings to hit the mark every time in terms of purity, potency and true-to-strain flavor. One example of its solventless offerings is Jetty SOLVENTLESS Papaya Bomb vape, which also happens to be its first-ever High Times exclusive. Crafted by Jetty, it’s a unique, hybrid cross of THC Bomb x Papaya. With sweet, tropical notes and a little bit of spice, it brings the cool, potently-mellow vibes. And because it’s Jetty SOLVENTLESS, this vape never touches a chemical, made simply using ice, water, heat and pressure. Available for a limited time.

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Good News

This could be the greatest news you’ve heard all day. Good News is a brand that’s available in California, Illinois and Michigan and offers some of the most potent vape products to its consumers with over 80 percent THC in every puff. Vapes by Good News are disposable and contain 0.3 grams of premium cannabis concentrate full of botanical terpenes. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a friend this holiday season, the brand is offering four vape varieties of Brunch (Hybrid), Vegas (Sativa), Friyay (Sativa) and Me Time (Indica).

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Bloom Farms

Named for its sumptuous flavor, Bloom Farms Live Resin offers an unparalleled experience. Flavorsome extract of fresh-frozen flower transports the palate to the moment of harvest with exquisite terpene brilliance. The purity and clarity of Liquid Diamonds elevates potency without skewing the most vital expression of the plant. The brand’s In the Pines – Sativa offering isn’t just heavy on the pineapple sativa elements from its heritage. In the Pines delivers a mellow, smooth-yet-focused high along with satisfying relaxation that spreads throughout the body. While tropical hints infuse its aroma and flavor, the lingering notes are earthy, herbal and spicy.

Other varieties like the Raskal’s Fire OG – Hybrid satisfies with well-balanced mind and body effects, inducing calm contentment and cerebral stimulation while diminishing physical tension. Its Supernova – Indica variety provides an out-of-this-world experience right from your couch with this positively potent chronic. Its deep indica effects are echoed by sweet accents of deep berry flavor in a base of earthy pine, but Supernova offers a surprising boost to creativity and mental stimulation.

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STIIIZY

It’s always time to take a hit off your STIIZY. STIIIZY offers a line of premium cannabis products—most famous for its pens—that have elevated the bar, setting a new industry standard for portability and convenience. STIIIZY’s proprietary pod system has garnered a cult-like following since its launch and has emerged as a leading lifestyle brand in cannabis. STIIIZY uses state-of-the-art lab technology for all of its extraction process needs. As everyone knows, it takes excellent flower to make excellent extracts, and this is why STIIIZY’s cultivators take the best strains. Recent projects include supporting veterans by teaming up with The Blacklist, a veteran-owned company.

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AbsoluteXtracts

High Times Cannabis Cup-winning AbsoluteXtracts (ABX) is the leader in strain-specific, high-THC cannabis oils. AbsoluteXtracts was created by and for independent individuals in search of portable solutions for daily cannabis use. Established in 2014 by long-time cultivators and industry experts, ABX provides reliable, consistent cannabis concentrates in a variety of formats to fit any lifestyle. ABX products are made with the best sungrown, whole-plant cannabis that California has to offer. Many products are extracted using CO2 without the use of toxic solvents or additives, in a variety of convenient and precisely-dosed applications.

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Mistifi 

High Times Cannabis Cup-winning Mistifi’s beautiful vape pens redefine the art of the draw. The pens are designed to work in harmony with some of the world’s finest Extra Virgin Cannabis Oil, and the Mistifi cannabis vape pen balances precise airflow, voltage and temperature to deliver the delicate balance of terpenes, terpenoids and cannabinoids in its unique triple-strain blends. Using proprietary Hi-Phi extraction technology that precisely conserves the integrity of the native cannabis flower instead of altering it, Mistifi has created first-of-their-kind ultra-premium, triple-strain vape pens. The Hi-Phi extraction method fine-tunes high-pressure and low temperature for a unique effect.

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Pacific Stone

Pacific Stone is a family-owned and operated brand that prides itself on selling what it grows, cures and packs, and now consumers can enjoy its farm-direct cannabis in quality concentrate form. For example, its 805 Glue cured resin is a strain-specific, cannabis-derived terpene-rich extract of Pacific Stone’s indoor greenhouse flower. Extracted to taste and feel like a Pacific Stone cannabis, this 1g cartridges have a ceramic core to maximize flavors.

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LBS DISTRIBUTION PUFF

There isn’t always a best time for a smoking experience, and the PUFF line of disposable vapes is perfect when you want to keep things quick and discreet. Its PUFF line of high quality ceramic core vape pens contain Live Resin Sauce in strain specific blends. They are charged and ready to go right out of the package, so you can just grab one and go, and just incase the battery runs out before you do, there is an added emergency charging port, so you will never run out of juice until its empty. The PUFF line also includes 100 percent all flower pre-rolls and PUFF LOADED Pre-rolls, which are painted in a layer of PUFF brand cannabis oil and then rolled in a coating of blonde kief.

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Edibles

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Heavy Hitters

Since 1996, Heavy Hitters has been dedicated to only producing the highest quality, purest and most potent products on the marketplace. For something as important as a sleep product, the brand didn’t just follow what was already out in the marketplace, it made it the Heavy Hitters way: stronger, cleaner, better.

One and done mentality, Heavy Hitters has created the heaviest hitting sleep gummy in the world, packing 20mg of THC with 20mg of CBN in every piece (10:10 per serving), more than two times the industry average. Infused with the same Ultra cannabis oil found in our bestselling vape carts (Indica). And since the gummy testing team had to start setting multiple alarms in the morning, naming the product “Lights Out” seemed fitting.

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Wyld

Wyld produces the best tasting edibles and beverages on the market, using real fruit and all natural flavoring. Consistent quality and stunning packaging makes Wyld an ideal choice to take on life’s adventures. Wyld was founded in 2016 by three college friends working over a two-burner stove in a tiny farm building outside of Bend, Oregon.

Since its humble beginnings, Wyld has become one of the leading cannabis edible producers in the country. With flavors inspired by the Pacific Northwest, high quality ingredients, real-fruit and consistent dosing, Wyld is formulated specifically with you in mind. Wyld is currently self distributing in four states; Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona with plans to launch in Michigan, Washington and Canada before the end of 2021. The company’s drive to offer the best tasting edibles is matched only by its gratitude and appreciation for your support. Wyld invites you to bring its products along for all your adventures, no matter how big or small.

Wyld’s Marionberry gummies are made with real fruit and an Indica-enhanced botanical terpene blend, making them a great addition to the end of any long day. Whether eaten around a campfire, or in the comfort of your own home, these gummies are great for unwinding.

Kiva

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Kiva is an industry-leading edibles company that offers a variety of products to keep you going throughout the year. In honor of the holiday season, we invite you to get all the feels of Christmas morning with Kiva’s limited edition, Holiday Punch gummies. Energizing terpenes with notes of cranberry and cinnamon will have you leaping out of bed with joyful anticipation.

Another product that’s perfect for the holiday season is Kiva’s Terra. Each bite takes 10+ hours to create and offers microdoses of 5mg THC. These edibles are discreet, precise and solventless. Featuring a soft and sweet peppermint core coated by rich dark chocolate, the bites have a bold, fresh minty flavor. Finally, the brand’s limited edition holiday favorite is back! This festive and flavorful Kiva Bar is made of delicious, infused dark chocolate, with swirls of white chocolate, completed with a dusting of crushed peppermint candy. This seasonal treat makes the perfect stocking stuffer.

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Good News

Keep the good times rolling with your friends and enjoy some flavorful gummies from Good News. Good News Gummies contain 10mg of full spectrum oil in each gummy. For lovers of sour candies that contain the welcomed effects of cannabinoids, Good News Gummies have an array of sour flavors including Counting Sheep (Indica: 2:1 THC/CBN), Me Time (Indica), Friyay (Sativa), Day Off (Hybrid 1:1 THC/CBN), Brunch (Hybrid), Vegas (Sativa) and Pride (Sativa). Add them to your holiday shopping list for a cannabis experience that suits your activities.

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Kanha

High Times Cannabis Cup winner Kanha Treats sells Kanha premium gummies, which are made with the highest quality cannabis oils, scientifically extracted and infused with cannabinoids to provide a consistent dose. They’re safe, reliable and delicious. Every gummy is its own adventure in flavor and experience, leading you on a joyful journey full of curiosity and bliss. There are zero pesticides, all-natural ingredients, coloring or flavoring. As always, you can expect a good texture and consistency from Kanha. Kanha falls under the Sunderstrom family of brands that are known for their quality.

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Topicals

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Papa & Barkley

Longtime leader in cannabis products, Papa & Barkley is a California-based company that was founded by Adam Grossman in 2014. It eventually grew into a family of caregivers, scientists, farmers and professionals on a mission to unlock the power of cannabis. Papa & Barkley topicals, for instance, are High Times Cannabis Cup award-winning. All the products are made up of pesticide-free cannabis, grown by farmers. Products include CBD Relief Balm, as well as oils and other topicals that provide great relief when you have a specific area on your skin that needs attention.

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Mary’s Medicinals

Go to the brand you already trust for relief when you need it. Mary’s Medicinals provide patients with a better quality of life through plant-based ingredients and innovations. Merging modern technology with established horticulture practices allows for the easy integration of the therapeutic power of cannabis into one’s daily routine. The company provides varied delivery methods that offer a wide array of benefits, such as the elimination of smoking, dose control, continued release, convenience and systemic effects. Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal Compound contains equal parts THC and CBD. It’s great for spot-specific pain.

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High Desert Pure

All of High Desert Pure’s products are cruelty-free, made with vegan ingredients and crafted with full-spectrum extracts and other carefully selected ingredients. The brand’s topical line does not disappoint, as it features a Massage Oil, Aloe Gel, Relief Stick, Lip Balm and Lotion. Also part of its topical line, its High Desert Pure Eucalyptus Balm contains 600mg of full-spectrum extract in a ‭1:1‭ ‬CBD/THC blend. It is formulated with eucalyptus for an exhilarating effect in a two-ounce recyclable, child-resistant jar, made with a reclaimed ocean plastic. The balm is quite a bit thicker than lotion but just as smooth, providing slow absorption for long-lasting relief.

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Cosmic View

Ready for some relief in specific areas on your skin? Get a little deeper with Cosmic View. The brand is 100 percent women-owned and operated. The company’s product line includes a variety of tinctures, balms and edibles, many of which are formulated with women in mind. When it comes to topicals, one example is Cosmic View’s Deep Down athletic balm, which is 100 percent organic, and doctor-formulated. It’s made with full-spectrum CBD- and THC-rich cannabis to relieve achy, sore muscles. One of its active ingredients, medicinal rosemary, contains flavonoids, terpenes and phenolic acids that have been associated with effective treatment of rheumatic pain.

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Kush Queen

Is it time yet for a little self-care? Or perhaps it’s time to shut yourself off from the outside world? Kush Queen is a leader in the CBD space, offering premium bath bombs, topicals and gummies. Its topical line includes lotion, lube, shower gel, sugar scrub, skin serum, massage oil and more. One fine example of the brand’s topicals is Kush Queen’s Renew, a lavender sugar scrub, loaded with 100mg of pure CBD. It will leave your skin glowing. The organic sugar base, CBD and jojoba oil all work together to help your body remove dead skin, clean pores and moisturize. It is great for all skin types and full-body use—from your face to your feet.

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High Times Branded Cannabis and CBD Products

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Still searching for that perfect gift for cannabis connoisseurs on your shopping list? Lucky for you, High Times has released branded products ranging from premium flower and pre-rolls to full spectrum live resin cartridges and everything in between. High Times products are helping consumers take those holiday celebrations to new heights.

For CBD lovers, High Times offers a full selection of CBD products that are available across the nation. Don’t miss your chance to save and shop the High Times Holiday CBD Bundle while supplies last.

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Goldkine: The Midwest’s Gold Standard in Cannabis

In 2018, Michigan became the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational cannabis. Michigan Proposal 1, Marijuana Legalization Initiative passed with 56-44% in favor, allowing residents to grow, consume and possess cannabis. The first dispensaries in Ann Arbor and Morenci opened their doors to residents of the Great Lakes State in December 2019. It has clearly been a popular move; since legalization, Michigan has become the third largest cannabis market in the U.S., behind California and Colorado, with recreational sales up 115% to $128.4 million. Luxury cannabis brands like Goldkine are driving those sales.

Goldkine was founded with the goal of creating premium craft cannabis products through unmatched genetics and premium branding.

“Legalization gave us the chance to start a business together, a dream we always had,” co-founder Jimmy Smith told Cannabis Now, referring to the three other co-founders and close friends. “The dream became Goldkine.”

Each of the four Goldkine founders brings a unique skill set to the table, enabling them to better serve their customers.

“In a rapidly changing, expanding industry like this, that diverse knowledge base is key,” Smith said. “It allows us to adapt and push through the many obstacles of a growing segment—the fastest growing industry in the world.”

Goldkine Genetics Are Golden

Goldkine’s cultivar catalog features genetics that have been specifically bred for indoor cultivation. At its sophisticated grow facility in Warren, Michigan, state-of-the-art equipment and a team of cultivation experts follow carefully choreographed harvest schedules to ensure their customers always have Goldkine products on hand. 

Attention to detail is everything, and the Goldkine team pays special attention to the drying and curing process to preserve the delicate terpene profiles of their flower. The resulting flower is more than a product—it is a symbol of life’s finer things.

According to Smith, Goldkine’s curated product offering focuses exclusively on top-shelf flowers, including Apple MAC, Mimosa and Zkittlez Kush Mints.

Apple MAC

Apple MAC is a cross of Alien Cookies, Starfighter and Columbian strains with all the tasty richness of an apple pastry. Time is known to slow down for a while with this strain, leaving the consumer with a clear but intensely sedative feeling.

“Apple Mac is an exclusive strain developed in-house and selected by Surfr,” explained Smith. 

“MAC1 combined with Trophy Wife has flavors that explode. The gasoline-rich pheno of Triangle Mint, with hybrid landrace genetics, makes for a very euphoric high like you are traveling through space.”

Mimosa 

Mimosa is a cross of Purple Punch and Clementine, creating a unique flavor profile of strong citrus with hints of Hawaiian punch. The strain’s uplifting, clear-headed effect and sense of focus has made it a favorite strain for many across the country. It’s no surprise that Mimosa is the recipient of multiple Cannabis Cups. 

“The Goldkine Mimosa is the best in the state with unique aromas claiming top-shelf everywhere,” Smith said. “This sativa-dominant hybrid by Symbiotic Genetics is known for its euphoric and pleasant cerebral high.”

Zkittlez Kush Mints

Zkittlez is one of the most popular and award-winning cannabis strains on the market. An indica-dominant mix of Grape Ape and Grapefruit crossed with another undisclosed strain leaves consumers feeling calm, focused, alert and happy while unwinding at any time of day.

”Zkittlez Kush Mints (also called KmintZ) was bred by Ripper Seeds and is a combination of Zkittlez and Kush Mintz,” Smith explains. “The top reported aromas of the Zkittlez Kush Mints strain are candy, fruit and mint. It is said to taste of mint, sour and sweet citrus, and berries.” 

Creating a Gold-Standard Experience

From the branding to packaging, each facet of the Goldkine experience has been driven by a passion for delivering luxury cannabis and a true “One of a Kine” experience. 

“The current success we have, and will continue to have, comes from a lifetime of trust—and the fact that we all strive for perfection,” Smith said.

But the Goldkine brand is more than just a label. By marrying top-shelf flower with best practices and consistent service, the Goldkine team has pledged to support local charities. For Smith and his co-founders, a combination of passion for the plant and their dedication to upholding their values and standards will continue to grow Goldkine’s place in the market. 

“The cannabis business is fun, and the people in it and the customers have such passion for this product,” Smith said. “It’s inspiring. It really makes you want to work endlessly to provide the people what they want. Love for the brand on their end drives love for the process on our end—and that’s important.”

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Is ‘Cannabis Odor’ Still Probable Cause for Searching Your Vehicle?

If you’ve been smoking weed for a long time, it’s highly likely you have found yourself in a scenario where you are getting searched by a police officer for one reason or another. One of the most daunting experiences for any stoner is getting pulled over with weed in the car; because as we know all too well, all a cop needs to do is simply claim that they “smell marijuana” in your vehicle and next thing you know you’re standing on the side of the road while they call for backup and tear your car apart looking for anything illegal they can find.

Is it fair? Of course not! But the more important question here is whether this age-old search tactic is legal or not, and if it will hold up in the court of law. The answer: it’s complicated and depends on where you are, who you ask, and the specifics of your situation. Police officers have relied on odor as probable cause for decades, and it was justified when cannabis was illegal across the board. But if you now live in a state where cannabis has been legalized, especially for recreational use, marijuana odor is no longer an ironclad reason to search without a warrant, because possessing it is not a crime in those states.

Cannabis laws in the USA can certainly be complicated, especially when it comes to knowing your own rights and how to protect yourself from unreasonable actions by law enforcement. We hope this article provides the insight you were looking for. To read more stories like this one, and for exclusive deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and other products, remember to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


The 4th Amendment and Probable Cause

Citing the Constitution of the United States of America, the fourth amendment is as follows: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

It’s generally accepted that a warrantless search of someone’s home is unjust, but the extent to which a person’s vehicle is protected under this statute remains up for debate. Despite pretty clear-cut verbiage in the fourth amendment, there exists a clause known as the “automobile exemption”. The automobile exemption was first established in the 1925 supreme court case, Carroll vs The United States.

Simply put, the automobile exception states that, because automobiles can move quickly from one location to another – carrying contraband and evading law enforcement – it would be unrealistic to require officers to get a warrant before searching the car. In a state where cannabis is illegal, the smell of cannabis is enough to lead officers to reasonably believe that a crime is being committed.

One might assume that this exception means that police officers have unlimited access to search the cars of all citizens as they see fit, but that is NOT the case. There are stipulations and it’s important to know your rights whenever you’re on the road. “The automobile exception is not a categorical one that permits the warrantless search of a vehicle anytime, anywhere, including in a home or curtilage,” says Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

So again, there is a lot of ambiguity there because the conditions determining whether the automobile exception can be used vary dramatically from state to state, county to county, and even city to city. Then it comes down to if the person pulled over is even committing a crime, which depends on they much you have, whether they have a medical card or not, if something was left in plain sight, or if the officer was given permission to search the car, or if another crime was being committed.

States can always implement higher standards than what is required by the fourth amendment, to further protect residents from unlawful searches and seizures, but they cannot allow conducts that violate the constitution in any way. If one believes their fourth amendment rights have been violated, a bivens action can be filed against federal law enforcement officials.

Recent Ruling in Illinois

What sparked my renewed interest in this topic is a news report I read from the Chicago Sun Times, in which authorities pulled over a vehicle and conducted a warrantless search that led to the arrest of the vehicle’s passenger for cannabis possession.

According to the court order, an Illinois State Trooper pulled over a grey Chevy Impala on Interstate 88 in rural Whiteside County on December 3, 2020. During the process of requesting identification, the trooper stated that he smelled “raw cannabis”, at which point the passenger, defendant Vincent Molina, provided his state-issued medical cannabis card.

Notwithstanding, the police officer proceeded to search the vehicle. He found 2.6 grams of weed and Molina was arrested for misdemeanor possession. For obvious reasons this arrest is utter nonsense, starting with the fact that recreational cannabis was legalized in Illinois on January 1, 2020, almost a full year before Molina’s arrest. Additionally, Molina was not just a recreational user but a medical patient.

Molina’s defense lawyers, James Mertes and Nichalas Rude, filed a motion to suppress the evidence, saying “the cannabis odor could not be used as a basis for police to search vehicles after the recent legalization of cannabis.”

Associate Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit, Daniel J. Dalton, agrees with his attorneys, and ruled that Molina, “…did not indicate any other reason for his suspicions or his search other than the smell of raw cannabis,” and that, “Molina did provide a medical use license to (the trooper) prior to the search of the vehicle and there are a number of wholly innocent reasons a person or the vehicle in which they are in may smell of raw cannabis.”

All in all, it’s a pivotal case for The Prairie State which helps determine what is considered probable cause and sets new standards for how officers will conduct future searches and seizures. “I am honored to have been part of such an important decision. This case was much more important than me,” Molina said. “It was about our right to be free from unreasonable searches for legal conduct. I am just grateful to have been a part of protecting that right.”

No Confusion in New York

New York is one of the few states that actually wrote into their legalization law, which passed in March 2021, that cannabis odor is can no longer be used by law enforcement as a sole legitimate reason to conduct a vehicle search.

Under the updated policy, the only time officers are permitted to search a vehicle (as it pertains to cannabis), is if they believe the driver is under the influence of weed, or if they physically see the driver smoking or vaping while operating a vehicle, or while sitting inside of a parked vehicle.

Additionally, “the trunk may not be searched unless the officer develops separate probable cause to believe the trunk contains evidence of a crime.” So, if you want to be extra careful in NY, make sure to keep your stash in the trunk.

“I don’t think any other state was as clear-cut in removing marijuana very clearly from the universe of things that law enforcement can use, and certainly the odor of marijuana, as a reason to search a vehicle,” said Melissa Moore, New York state director for the Drug Policy Alliance.

Cases in Other States

In the other 18 states that have legalized cannabis, as well as Washington D.C., cases where cannabis odor was used as probable cause are still clogging up the court systems. Luckily for us, most of the court ruling have been in favor of the defendants.

For example, in Maryland, only medical cannabis is fully legal but possession of 10 grams or less for recreational use has been decriminalized since 2015. For reference, decriminalization means that even though cannabis is still not completely legal, it’s now a civil matter, rather than a criminal one, if you get caught with it. In April, an appellate court determined that “odor of marijuana by itself does not provide reasonable suspicion of criminal activity”.

In Colorado and California, the Supreme Courts throw out cases like this all the time, claiming there is no justification for searches or drug sniffing dogs to look solely for cannabis, now that it is legal in both of those states and possessing it is no different than having unopened containers of alcohol in your car.

In Michigan, another legal, adult-use state, the high court explicitly stated that “evidence of illegal guns and drugs should not be suppressed,” and that cannabis odor was “sufficient to justify a warrantless search.” Same goes for Florida, where only medical cannabis is legal but discussions of a recreational market are looming.

Rooted in Racism

As with many of our current drug laws, it’s safe to assume that there are some racist undertones to the way vehicle searches are often conducted. Statistics do exist to cement this theory, for instance, black residents make up 50 percent of the population of Newark, New Jersey, but were involved in roughly 80 percent of police department vehicle searches. Overall, policies that hinder automobile searches are supported by the nation’s most prominent civil rights activists.

“Police believe that if they stop more Black people, they’re going to pick up more drugs, because that’s what they’ve been taught,” said Meghan Matt, who works for a criminal defense and civil rights litigation attorney in Baton Rouge. “But it is statistically evident that Black and White people use marijuana at the same rate.”

Data from as far back as 1999 states that African American and Hispanic motorists are pulled over at rates much higher than whites, yet those searches are “equally or less likely to yield contraband.”

Kelsey Shoub, an assistant professor of political science at the University of South Carolina explored this theory further in her 2018 book, Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us About Policing and Race; which examined 14 years-worth of traffic stop data from North Carolina (not an error, research was not conducted in the same state as the University).

Shoub’s data was very telling and left little wiggle room to assume anything other than a systemic, racially-charged issue that seriously needs overhauling. Overall, black Americans where 63 percent more likely to be stopped on the road, even though they drive 16 percent less than whites. Taking into consideration that difference of time spent on the road, blacks where about 95 percent more likely to be stopped.

Furthermore, black Americans were 115 percent more likely to be searched during traffic stops than white Americans (5.05 percent for blacks and 2.35 percent for whites), BUT, contraband was found more often in the vehicles of white drivers.

“For me, there are a few big takeaways from the data, and the first two are probably not surprising,” says Shoub. “The first is that ‘driving while black’ is very much a thing; it’s everywhere and it’s not just a North Carolina or a Southern problem but across the United States,” Shoub says. “The second thing is that it appears to be more systemic than a few ‘bad apple’ officers engaged in racial profiling.”

Thoughts from Law Enforcement

“It’s an extraordinarily gray area,” said Mark Reene, prosecuting attorney for Tuscola County, Mich. “These are going to be decided very much on a case-by-case basis, and they’re going to be very fact-dependent. And what’s ultimately going to happen is this matter will end up in front of the United States Supreme Court.”

Because there is so little clarity on this subject, officers are increasingly reluctant to conduct vehicle searches, which means that potentially dangerous contraband is going unnoticed at a much higher rate. Making matter worse for law enforcement is the variation in laws, like different restrictions in different counties or only being able to search certain areas of the car – which makes it all the more confusing when an officer is working in the moment.

“It’s going to, without a doubt, lead to less searches of vehicles, which would then lead to less guns being recovered and significant drugs being recovered,” said Mary Tanner-Richter, vehicular crimes bureau chief in the Albany County district attorney’s office in New York. “I mean, I think it’s hard to argue against that being the reality we’re going to face.”

Tanner-Richter also mentioned that during her 16 years working for the state’s traffic safety division, she has seen a large portion of firearms and hard drugs confiscated during what started as routine traffic stops. Until now, her office encouraged police to utilize this search protocol whenever possible.

“That’s how they found Ted Bundy. That’s how the Oklahoma City bomber got caught. And quite often, that’s how they’re getting guns and drugs off the street,” she added. “They [police] are now losing a huge tool in their investigation of drugs and guns.”

Conclusion

Again, there is no clear-cut answer on whether cannabis odor can be used as probable cause to conduct a warrantless search of a vehicle. It all depends on where you are, what products you have and how much, who pulls you over, and so forth. It does seem as though the odor excuse is carrying less weight as legalization sweeps through the nation.

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The Third Cannabis Receptor Site – GPR55

We talk all the time about the two cannabis receptor sites in the body, CB1 and CB2. Scientists, however, have uncovered what appears to be a third cannabis receptor site, GPR55. What is this site? And how does it impact things like inflammation, cancer, and anxiety?

CB1 and CB2 might be the main cannabis receptors, but a third cannabis receptor site exists called GPR55. Perhaps in the future, this receptor site will play a bigger role in the research and development of cannabis products. For now, there are plenty up for grabs, including a growing array of cannabis cannabinoids including delta-8 THC, THCV, and even hemp-derived delta-9. No matter what your favorite delivery method, we’ve got a product for you. Check out our deals, and start your holiday shopping today!


CB1 and CB2

To start with, humans (and other animals) have an endocannabinoid system which is a neuromodulation network throughout the body. This system is highly important to central nervous system functioning, as well as being involved in synaptic plasticity, and the response to different stimuli, whether from inside or outside the body. The system involves cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids (or endogenous cannabinoids made in the body), and the enzymes that are required for the synthesis and degradation of endocannabinoids.

There is currently plenty of research going on involving the endocannabinoid system, and how it functions. Research findings have pointed at the endocannabinoid system being related to the regulation of cognitive as well as physiological processes, like fertility, pregnancy, and natal and early development.

It is also thought to play into immune activities; mood, emotion, and motivation; memory and learning; appetite; pain sensitivity and modulation; behaviors involving addiction; and neural functions like motor coordination and control. And of course we can’t forget its also responsible for producing the psychoactive effects of cannabinoids like delta-9 THC.

GPR55

When it comes to the receptors, there are several, however the two of main interest, and which have been studied the most, are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 was first cloned in 1990, and those receptors are found mainly in the brain and nervous system throughout the body, including in other organs and tissue.

CB2 receptors are found in the brain (though far less than CB1 receptors), and in the immune system and gastrointestinal system. CB1 receptors therefore are regulators of neural transmissions and many peripheral purposes, and CB2 receptors are more geared toward regulating immune and inflammation pathways.

In terms of THC, “THC acts as a partial agonist at cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). A very high binding affinity of THC with the CB1 receptor appears to mediate its psychoactive properties (changes in mood or consciousness), memory processing, motor control, etc. It has been reported that a number of side effects of THC, including anxiety, impaired memory and immunosuppression, can be reversed by other constituents of the cannabis plant (cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids).”

Third cannabis receptor site – GPR55

CB1 and CB2 receptors are only two types of receptors found in the endocannabinoid system, but others exist. One atypical type of receptor, often thought of as the third cannabis receptor site, is GPR55. This receptor, first found in 1999, is still being studied, and not a whole lot is known about it for sure. However, it’s expected that it’s responsible for many of the effects of different cannabinoids, leading some to refer to it as cannabinoid receptor site 3. In actuality, it has not yet been given an official CB3 designation, but that could be coming.

GPR55 (or, G protein-coupled receptor 55) is thought of as a ‘type 3’ receptor, which is activated by cannabinoids like delta-9, as well as non-cannabinoid ligands. A ligand is a grouping of like molecules that can attach to receptor sites, and in this case refers to either endocannabinoids (made within the body), phytocannabinoids (produced by the plant), synthetic cannabinoids (made in a lab), and non-cannabinoids. So this means the receptor is activated by cannabis related compounds, and non-cannabis compounds as well.

GPR55 receptor actions have been seen in the nervous system; parts of the brain like the frontal cortex, cerebellum, striatum, hypothalamus, and brain stem; and in dorsal root ganglia neurons; the spleen; tonsils; adrenals; bones; endothelial cells; large intestine; lungs; kidneys; and adipose tissue (or body fat).

CB1 CB2

In the brain, these receptors seem to be related to the perception of pain, neuroprotection, anxiety issues, motor coordination, and substance abuse issues. Apart from these attributes, GPR55 is also thought to be involved in the formation of bone, the experience of neuropathic pain, inflammation, and fetoplacental development.

What third cannabis receptor site GPR55 shows in research

So, what is this third cannabis receptor site GPR55 known for? Well, its still being researched, but there are several different attributes it’s being studied for. One of them has to do with how these receptors effect cancer. These receptors are associated with many different kinds of cancer, and can be found within cancer cells.

One of the things about GPR55, is that it seems (at least at times) to promote the proliferation of cancer cells. In general, something that helps cancer spread is not thought of as good. In one study it was found that the knocking down of the GPR55 expression in glioma cells (essentially using glioma cells where GPR55 expression has been muted) was related to decreased tumor growth. As in, when the receptors weren’t functioning, tumors didn’t function as well either. Another study showed the expression of GPR55 in different prostate and ovarian cancer cell lines.

Learning how GPR55 effects cancer cells, is useful for understanding how cancers grow, and how to treat them. For example, recently developed antibodies that work against GPR55, can detect it’s expression at protein levels in tumor tissue and normal tissue. At CB1 and CB2 receptors, cannabinoids act as agonists, and have been shown to be useful for fighting cancer because of antiproliferative, antimetastatic, antiangiogenic, and pro-apoptotic effects. Agonists of GPR55 are known for their pro-cancer effects.

THC has been shown to be an agonist sometimes with GPR55, but not always, leading to reasonable confusion as to how the receptors are effected by delta-9, and whether the effect created is positive or negative.

One of the big avenues of research for this third cannabis receptor GPR55, is regarding its anti-inflammatory properties. For example, in one study, the increased expression of GPR55 suggested a relationship with intestinal inflammation. In fact, GPR55 seems to play a pro-inflammatory role according to some research. Other research shows the opposite, like it having an anti-inflammatory expression on mast cells, by way of inhibiting mast cell-mediated releases of nerve growth factor. Investigating different agonists and antagonists of GPR55 can help us better understand how it’s used for inflammatory and anti-inflammatory purposes. Both are necessary for bodily function.

The takeaway? “The orphan G-protein-coupled receptor 55 (GPR55) has been reported to modulate inflammation and is expressed in immune cells such as monocytes and microglia.” Of course, specifics to all this are still quite unknown.

cannabis receptors

Yet another attribute has to do with its use with anxiety, which is also still not well understood. In one study on mice with the GPR55 receptors silenced in the medial orbital cortex (knockout mice), it was found that use of O-1602 (synthetic compound somewhat related to abnormal CBD), which had previously shown to work as an anxiolytic in acutely stressed mice, no longer had this effect without use of the receptor. This indicates that the receptor might play an important role in experiencing anxiety, with its suppression effecting how anxiolytic compounds will behave.

GPR55’s existence in the central and peripheral nociceptive systems (the systems whereby we sense and experience pain), implies a possible ability to modulate these pathways. It has even been proposed that GPR55 (as well as receptor GPR18) could play a part in the experience of both acute and chronic pain. Research already suggests that GPR55 is related to the modulation of nociceptor excitability, meaning it can play a role in how we respond to painful stimuli. In terms of nerve damage, GPR55 was found to show mRNA expression in both the spinal cord and DRG (dorsal root ganglion) of nerve-damaged test rats, suggesting a link between GPR55 and neuropathic pain. Studies are across the board at the moment, with much further research needed.

Conclusion

Even though we talk about CB1 and CB2 receptors a lot, it doesn’t mean they’re the only ones at all, and in fact, other receptor sites have been found. Third cannabis receptor site GPR55 might not technically be called CB3 at the moment, but it might soon, and for good reason. It seems to play a big role in how cannabis is capable of effecting the body, though the jury is still out on exactly what this means in different contexts.

What is for sure is that cannabis is a plant with many and varied compounds capable of having many and varied effects. Perhaps GPR55 represents an avenue of cannabis we are still not as familiar with, and points us in an important direction for future cannabis study.

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The Child-Proof Edibles Packaging Issue… And What About Alcohol??

Edibles like gummies have brought up a whole new topic in the world of weed: the importance of child-proof edibles packaging. When taking a look at the debate going on, it becomes clear that the biggest problem is not the legal market, but the competing black market. And when getting down to realities, the question arises of why the same stringent standards aren’t applied to alcohol.

You know your edibles are most likely real when they come in child-proof edibles packaging that’s hard to open. And this is good because it keeps kids from being exposed to high levels of THC and other synthetic chemicals. For those who prefer to vape, so their kids won’t notice edibles, you can choose from a range of cannabis compounds besides regular delta-9. Like delta-8 THC, THCV, CBN, and even hemp-derived delta-9. For more articles like this one, make sure to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


Cannabis edibles

Up until the last few years, the world of cannabis edibles consisted of cooking up some brownies or chocolate chip cookies in your own kitchen. Some standard dealers would offer products like this, sometimes as one-offs, but it wasn’t the standard mode of anything. Edibles were a fun ‘other’ way to do the weed thing, but there wasn’t a massive culture of it on the black market, and they weren’t a main player in the cannabis game.

This all changed with the application of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is a part of the technology world that deals with the manipulation of particles which have sizes less than 100 nanometers. 100 nanometers is about 1000th the thickness of a piece of paper to give an idea of the sizes we’re speaking of. The same general topic in the world of physics, is nanoscience, and the two studies are closely linked together.

Part of nanotechnology, is the ability for emulsions, which is the forcing together of two opposing liquids. Emulsions done on bigger particles are called macroemulsions or microemulsions depending on the specific size. However, when the particle sizes drop to 20-200 nm, it becomes known as a nanoemulsion. Emulsions for larger particles are already used widely in the food industry, and chemicals industry, whereas nanoemulsions are already seen being used by pharmaceutical companies, the cosmetics industry, and in biotech.

emulsions

The beauty of emulsions is that they can force together oil-based and water-based molecules. In the world of weed, this means the ability to take oil-based cannabinoids like delta-9 THC, and force them together with water-based compounds. So whereas we used to be limited to foods that use oils, like butter (cookies, brownies, cakes…), we can now infuse anything with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, into products like soda, potato chips, and candy. As such a new and growing industry of cannabis edibles has arisen, eating cannabis – particularly as gummies, has become one of the primary ways of ingesting the plant.

How popular are edibles?

In terms of what that means in numbers, though there aren’t amazing statistics out there just yet, there are a few metrics we can go by. One of the better measurements to be released comes from the company Headset, a Seattle-based cannabis analytics company, which put out end-of-year data for 2020. According to the company, edibles made up 11.07% of the cannabis market in 2020 across the states: California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. That percentage is up 10.65% from the previous year.

Does this account for the entire edibles market, even in the mentioned states? No, it doesn’t. One of the biggest issues is the fakes markets, which encompass fake products like vapes and edibles, as well as the very dispensaries they’re sold out of.

As legal markets have uniformly been unable to take down black markets, and as black markets morph to look more like legal ones, (with all the same products therein), actual trends of the cannabis industry must therefore include them, or only a fragment of the behavior we’re looking into, is being spoken about. I can’t wager a guess as to how adding in the black market effects this percentage, but from my experiences in illegal dispensaries, they gear a huge amount of business towards edibles, and my guess is that the percentage would remain the same (if not go up).

The need for child-proof edibles packaging

Weed has been around for quite some time. And so have little children. Up until recently, there wasn’t an issue of children accidentally consuming said marijuana, at least not on any kind of large scale that would necessitate reporting. Probably because a dried-up plant that smells funny isn’t all that interesting to a kid. You know what is interesting to a kid? Candy! Kids sure love candy!

The problem this creates is that as edibles becomes more widespread, it means logically they end up in more places, with more people having access to them. A bag of super nice nugs lying on a couch will likely be bypassed by a toddler. But a bag of brightly colored gummy worm candies? A lot less likely. Even if the kid messes with the flowers, that’ll most likely entail getting your couch dirty and ruining your stash. If the kid messes with the bag of cannabis gummy worms, they could end up ingesting huge amounts of THC, and in the case of fake edibles, synthetics and other untold chemicals.

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While the idea of simply changing how they look, and the packaging, could (possibly) assuage this problem, simply by not connecting the idea of these gummies to anything a child would consider candy-related, (including using the designs of known brands), this does not seem to be an idea on the table for illegal companies. Legal companies, however, comply with regulation, and actually do provide child-proof edibles packaging that doesn’t advertise the product in pictures.

Real vs fake

Every time I’ve bought edibles from a real dispensary, I’ve had to break through the child-proof measures of the edibles packaging. The outer plastic has no slit on the side to tear from, the plastic can’t be easily pulled apart like you might do to open a standard bag of popcorn, and it even took a little extra force for me to puncture it with a knife. Inside the plastic was a separate container, which obviously blocks view of the product, and with no pictures on the packaging. The containers themselves are tightly packaged in a separate layer of plastic, and it took me a couple minutes to get the thick coverings off, as they were practically sealed to the containers. I have never had a quicker or easier experience than this.

Though there might be issues with some legal companies dropping the ball with packaging, from my experience, this problem really relates to the black market where there are no regulations in place for how things should be packaged, and no desire by the companies to care about it in order to preserve a brand name. Major candy companies have waged law suits against these cannabis companies, mainly on intellectual property rights. Of course, a legal cannabis brand would never mimic a known brand, so whoever is being sued, isn’t from the legal world of weed to begin with.

If you’re thinking ‘hey, I just saw gummies online in colorful, easy-to-open, familiar looking packaging’, just remember, no regulated company will be involved in selling THC products outside of legal dispensaries. If the product is offering more than legal limits of THC, then you know for sure its fake. And if the branding on the product looks like a known brand – but slightly off, its a slam dunk fake. These products might be just fine, but as illegal companies masquerading as legal ones, there’s no way of knowing what actually ends up in the products, or how easy it will be to get through the packaging.

Wait a second…what about alcohol?

It indeed makes sense to be careful with a cannabis food that looks like a child’s favorite thing to eat. But it does highlight a strange inconsistency where cannabis is treated as more dangerous than alcohol. This was well exemplified at the 2021 MJBizCon cannabis event held in Las Vegas, Nevada in October. According to state law in Nevada, though cannabis is legal for personal use, and there is a regulated market, cannabis cannot be used in public places, and though a social smoking law is supposed to be enacted in Vegas, it wasn’t relevant at the time. According to law, it would have been illegal to give out samples, or allow people to get high there.

But at the very same time, there was alcohol being sold right next to these booths which the convention was centered around, and which couldn’t provide samples of their own THC-containing products. As in, there isn’t a law that you can’t give samples of alcohol, or sell it to consumers, or allow consumers to mingle while using it, but there is for weed.

kids and alcohol

Now, let’s be honest about something else, you know what else kids love besides candy? Soda! And what does soda come in? Cans and bottles with the exact same twist off caps and pull-up tabs that beer cans use, in the exact same style bottles and cans that beer companies use, often with bright colors and cool pictures, just like beer.

I have personally been able to operationally open both twist off caps and pull-up tabs since I was about five years old. So, the idea that alcohol is not being held to these same stringent standards is silly at best. Especially considering that drinks are drank over time, and left out in places during this process, often forgotten about in drunkenness, and frequently mixed with sweet smelling ingredients that would attract any child. Now remember that whereas cannabis is not associated with death rates (although a small child consuming massive amounts of THC is questionable), alcohol comes with a huge one, being one of the leading risk factors for overall disability and death in many age categories!

Conclusion

Child-proof packaging for cannabis products is most certainly important, but the bigger issues seems to be the unregulated products on the black market. Kids are way less likely to be attracted to gummies sold by regulation which aren’t visible or being advertised to them, then a package that looks like their favorite candy. As legal companies will go by regulation, this is a black market issue.

What is more than a black market issue though, is the unfair treatment of weed compared to alcohol. Yeah, child-proof edibles packaging is good and should be used, but maybe then we should be more cognizant of how readily and easily available we make alcohol to children.

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8 cannabis products for game day on the East Coast

When it comes to game day, the East Coast truly shines with unique products that can make your tailgate or at-home party a little brighter. Whether you’re cheering on the Lions or hoping for a Patriots loss, elevate your festivities with these eight cannabis products found on the East Coast. 

Incredibles’ Pumpkin Pie Bar

The limited-edition Pumpkin Pie Bar from Incredibles is packed with 100 milligrams of THC per bar. You’ll get a taste of white chocolate and pumpkin spice in every bite. 

For more info, check out Weedmaps’ review of this seasonal edible

Available: Massachusetts

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Cannonymous Labs Exploding Cherry Pot Rocks

With 25 milligrams of THC per packet, the Exploding Cherry Pot Rocks from Cannonymous Labs is a unique take on the usual candy edibles lining dispensary shelves. 

Available: Michigan

Mighty Viking Dill Pickle Gummies

You may be familiar with the Pickle Back shot, or you may just love pickles. Either way, you can add these 10-milligram THC Mighty Viking Dill Pickle Gummies to your game day feast next to the relish, pickle spears, and pickle slices.

Available: Maine

Hastur Glass NFL Glass Pipes

Rep your favorite team with these NFL glass pipes from Hastur Glass. Made-to-order and handblown, choose your own favorite team or surprise a superfan in your life. 

Available: Nationwide

Kaneh Co. Salted Toffee Blondies

West Coast cannabis brand Kaneh Co. entered the East Coast market in Michigan and consumers can get their hands on the brand’s rich Salted Toffee Blondies with 10 milligrams of THC per blondie. 

Available: Michigan

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RYTHM Jack Herer Disposable Vape Pen

Bright and vibrant, RYTHM’s Jack Herer Disposable Vape Pen contains 300 milligrams of THC. This sativa-dominant strain matches the energy and buzz of pre-game excitement. 

Available: Illinois, Nevada, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania

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Skymint Varsity Blue Gummies

Specifically crafted for game day on the East Coast, Skymint’s football-inspired Varsity Blue gummies contain 100 milligrams of THC per bag with flavors of pear, passionfruit, and pomegranate.

Available: Michigan

Tropizan Traditional Pique Hot Sauce 

Hailing from Puerto Rico, the Tropizan Traditional Pique Hot Sauce contains 120 milligrams of THC in a 24-serving bottle. Warm yourself up in the face of frigid East Coast winters with infused spice on your burgers, hot dogs, or clam chowder. 

Available: Massachusetts

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