Let’s Talk About Quitting Tobacco with Sheila Berger

The Edge Show is created, written, and cohosted by Wendy Love Edge 
 Producer: A. Edge Productions 
Cohost: Angela Edge    
 Editor: Flint Woods  
Cannabis Pairing: Cannabis Expert MD, Dr Brian Nichol 
 Special Guest: Sheila Berger 
Sheila Berger is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist and Licensed Massage Therapist. She is the founder of 321 Hypnosis and Massage Center. She specializes in Hypnosis, Massage, Havening, NLP, Sound Healing, and Intuitive Card Readings.  Sheila began her journey in 1996, studying to become a Massage Therapist. I do feel my journey began well before that time in 1996. When I was younger, I had headaches. My mom’s gentle touch and caring nature showed me how to be nurturing. She was a gentle healer in her own right. In the short time, I had with my mom, she taught me faith, understanding, compassion, empathy, caring, and to be in service for a higher purpose.  
MASSAGE THERAPY: Sheila began her journey in 1996 on her way to becoming a Massage Therapist.  She started her journey in Massachusetts and moved to Florida for her Massage certification. In 1996 Sheila originally had sciatica discomfort, and she sought out massage therapy to relieve the discomfort. It propelled Sheila on her course of action as a massage therapist. She also remembered someone praising her kindness in church as we also washed each other’s feet. All synchronistic events led her to be a massage therapist. As Sheila was searching for massage schools, she remembered the therapist who helped her and the church woman who praised her. She decided to head to Florida. She is grateful for the knowledge and foundation Sarasota School of Massage taught her! Sheila practices Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and Cupping. 
 HYPNOSIS:  In 2017, Sheila studied Hypnosis certification program with the NGH (National Guild of Hypnotists). I feel blessed by the clients that come to me for help. I feel a great sense of accomplishment helping others make significant changes in their lives.  I assist with the challenges of Weight Loss, Stop Smoking, Confidence, Breaking a Habit, Test Taking, Athletic Performance and More.  
NLP:  In 2021 received my Master NLP Practitioner training.  NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is the study of language patterns and how we communicate with one another in the representation of our language patterns and the programs we have installed from birth to adulthood. It’s a system in which we utilize a particular pattern. NLP is about forwarding movement into empowerment.   HAVENING: In 2021, Sheila devoted time to a Havening certification class. Havening helps release the emotions that come up due to a car accident, or dog bites, just to name a few, and to also builds better resilience. It is sensory-based and can be performed by yourself, which is great for doing it over zoom, or a practitioner may facilitate the havening session when the person is in the same room.  Intuitive Card Readings: Sheila listens to her guides, and when she receives the messages, she advises the person on what the words are. I can also get people that have passed if you are looking for some peace around their passing.

What’s It Like To Be An Empath with Cohost Zophia Church

The Edge Show is created, written. and cohosted by Wendy Love Edge
Producer: A. Edge Productions
Recorded at Unity Radio MA 97.9 FM by Producer Quazi
Cohost: Artist, Zophia Church  
Editor: Flint Woods
Cannabis Pairing: Cannabis Expert MD, Dr Brian Nichol
Special Guest: Singer/Songwriter Ari Charbonneau
https://ariband.bandcamp.com/
Special Guest: Christina Meriah Lucia
Christina Meriah Lucia is the owner of the Divine Paradigm Center in
Salisbury, MA. DPC is a heart-centered space for wellbeing and creative
expansion. DPC is a physical location as well as a network of energy
practitioners and teachers in the greater community.
At present we offer Shiatsu Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reiki,
Psychotherapy with Aura Infusions (Flower Remedies), Sound
Vibrational Practices & Body & Brain Yoga.
Christina Meriah Lucia, CSVMT. Ms. Meriah Lucia has been a Certified
Vibrational Master Sound Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Intuitive,
Empath, and Visionary Artist. Christina leads Sound Trainings in Energy
Tuning and Body Tuning and Otto Tuning for Massage Therapists.
Christina has had a successful practice since its inception in 2016 with a
steady stream of sound clients and students.
Christina offers sound healing in variety of modalities; energy tuning,
body balancing on Acupressure Points, DNA/RNA Activation and Brain
Balancing. Additional practices include Reiki, Intuitive Scans, Tong Ren
Energy Work, Crystal and Divine Healing, Numerology Readings and
Soul Art. Ms. Meriah is a Certified Spiritual Healing Coach, Teacher form
the Natural Therapies Certification Board.
Christina is a co-facilitator of Chakra Shine-Up classes designed to assist
participants to brighten and enhance their energy centers (chakras)
with meridian taping, sound frequencies and crystal energy work.
Christina has been a guest speaker on the topics, sound, vibration,
perception, and spirituality at Unity Spiritual Centers around New England, and The Edge Show

Connecticut Governor To Expunge Thousands of Cannabis Convictions

Tens of thousands of Connecticut residents are in line to have their records cleared after the state’s Democratic governor announced Tuesday that he is expunging low-level cannabis possession convictions.

Gov. Ned Lamont’s office said in a press release that records “in approximately 44,000 cases will be fully or partially erased” next month by way of “an automated erasure method.”

“On January 1, thousands of people in Connecticut will have low-level cannabis convictions automatically erased due to the cannabis legalization bill we enacted last year,” Lamont said in a statement. “Especially as Connecticut employers seek to fill hundreds of thousands of job openings, an old conviction for low-level cannabis possession should not hold someone back from pursuing their career, housing, professional, and educational aspirations.”

The expungements are part of the state’s year-old cannabis law. In June 2021, Lamont signed a bill that legalized recreational cannabis use for adults and established the regulatory framework for a legal marijuana market. 

The state said that it received more than 15,000 applications for dispensary licenses prior to the deadline in May. 

Legal adult-use sales are expected to begin next year

As in other states and cities that have lifted the prohibition on pot, Connecticut’s new law contained a significant social justice component, with provisions to award the first retail licenses to individuals from areas most adversely affected by long standing drug policies, and to clear the records of those with certain marijuana-related convictions. 

“That’s why I introduced a bill and worked hard with our partners in the legislature and other stakeholders to create a comprehensive framework for a securely regulated market that prioritizes public health, public safety, social justice, and equity. It will help eliminate the dangerous unregulated market and support a new, growing sector of our economy which will create jobs,” Lamont said after signing the bill last year. “By allowing adults to possess cannabis, regulating its sale and content, training police officers in the latest techniques of detecting and preventing impaired driving, and expunging the criminal records of people with certain cannabis crimes, we’re not only effectively modernizing our laws and addressing inequities, we’re keeping Connecticut economically competitive with our neighboring states.” 

On Tuesday, Lamont’s office spelled out how the expungements will work in practice.

Residents “who have had their records erased may tell employers, landlords, and schools that the conviction never occurred,” the release said, while also providing details on eligibility for expungement.

“Convictions for violations…for possession of under four ounces of a non-narcotic, non-hallucinogenic substance imposed between January 1, 2000, and September 30, 2015, will be automatically erased on January 1, 2023,” the governor’s office said, adding that people “included under this provision of the law need not do anything to make these convictions eligible for erasure.”

The governor’s office said that the “Clean Slate automated erasure system is expected to be fully implemented during the second half of 2023,” implementation of which “involves significant information technology upgrades to allow criminal justice agencies to send and receive data to determine who can have their offenses erased and to update record systems.”

Other violations, including the following may also be erased, though individuals will have to file a petition to a court: “Convictions for violations of … possession of less than or equal to four ounces of a cannabis-type substance imposed before January 1, 2000, and between October 1, 2015, and June 30, 2021; Convictions for violations of … possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia for cannabis imposed before July 1, 2021; [and] Convictions for violations … imposed before July 1, 2021, for manufacturing, selling, possessing with intent to sell, or giving or administering to another person a cannabis-type substance and the amount involved was under four ounces or six plants grown inside a person’s home for personal use.”

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Saskatchewan Bill Would OK Cannabis Licenses for First Nations

The provincial government of Saskatchewan, Canada announced on Tuesday that it has introduced legislation designed to give the province’s First Nations regulatory authority over cannabis operations in the areas they govern. The first of two bills, The Summary Offenses Procedure Amendment Act (SOPA) of 2022, will provide a legal framework that First Nations communities can use to enforce laws and bylaws on reserve lands, while the second piece of legislation establishes the provincial legal framework for First Nations to license and regulate the distribution and retail sales of cannabis.

“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to take this important step as part of our ongoing work with the Muskoday and Whitecap Dakota First Nations,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre said in a statement from the provincial government. “These amendments will allow these and other First Nations communities in the future to use the more simplified summary offenses procedure, instead of the long-form process under the federal Criminal Code, to issue tickets and fines such as those issued for traffic violations and other provincial offenses.”

The second bill, The Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Amendment Act of 2022, establishes the provincial legal framework for First Nations to license and regulate the distribution and retailing of cannabis on First Nation reserve lands. Under the legislation, First Nations will be subject to existing provincial and federal legislation to establish a local authority to self-govern cannabis operations. Retailers conforming with the regulations, which have not yet been written, will be able to purchase from cannabis producers regulated by the federal government.

Legislation Follows Memo Of Understanding

The new legislative amendments follow a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the Government of Saskatchewan, the Muskoday First Nation, and the Whitecap Dakota First Nation in October 2019 to address longstanding issues concerning sovereignty and the enforcement of First Nations’ laws.

“First Nations assert their jurisdiction and maintain community safety by creating laws under the Indian Act, land codes, and other federal legislation but there have been difficulties in enforcing these laws in the courts,” said Chief Darcy Bear of Whitecap Dakota First Nation. “Through our work with the provincial government, the amendments to SOPA will give us access to prosecution and enforcement tools that will give force to our laws in areas such as environmental protection and community safety; and strengthen the place of our laws alongside federal and provincial law.”

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is responsible for administering and enforcing cannabis regulations within the province. Lori Carr, the minister who heads the SLGA, said that the province is in favor of giving First Nations autonomy over cannabis regulatory administration and enforcement on reserve lands.

“Our government supports First Nations exercising their authority over on-reserve distribution and retailing of cannabis through a legal framework with SLGA,” said Carr. “This change further fosters reconciliation by ensuring First Nation-owned businesses are able to fully participate in the economic opportunities presented by the retail cannabis industry.”

“One of the biggest benefits that they’ll have is they’ll be able to access the product from the Canadian government, so they’ll be able to ensure the product they’re getting is safe for their consumers,” Carr added.

The Zagime Anishinabeck First Nation has operated a cannabis dispensary for retail sales near Regina, Saskatchewan since 2019, overseeing the enterprise via its own policy and regulatory bylaws. Chief Lynn Acoose said that because the sovereign First Nations are self-governing communities, the new legislation from the provincial government is not necessary. 

“We have our own laws and bylaws,” Acoose told reporters on Tuesday, adding, “So far, the framework we’ve put in place has served us well.”

With the First Nation’s regulations already in place, Acoose said that the Zagime Anishinabeck does not support regulations that would give Saskatchewan officials authority over First Nation cannabis enterprises.

“We would not be interested in entering into any kind of agreement with the province with respect to enforcing any kind of provincial statutes on reserve,” said Acoose, adding that complying with federal laws is a different matter.

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Fentanyl Overdose Reversal Drug Stronger Than Narcan Released

A new overdose reversal drug is arming first responders with a more powerful tool for fentanyl overdoses.

Zimhi—an FDA-approved high-dose naloxone injection—was recently released for the treatment of fentanyl overdoses. It delivers a higher, intramuscular immediate dose of naloxone, a higher dose than Narcan.

Narcan, the common brand name of naloxone, an opioid antagonist, has saved lives by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose in spray form. But even Narcan is no match for fentanyl, in some cases. A stronger antidote was needed.

US WorldMeds, a pharmaceutical company, announced the release of Zimhi in a press release, and highlighted a specific event: Clinical counselor Charles Pemberton regularly carried a trauma bag in his truck which contained naloxone. When Pemberton saw a driver passed out at a fast-food restaurant drive-thru in front of him, he administered two doses of naloxone, and probably saved that person’s life.

“At that moment, all my training kicked in,” Pemberton said. “It wasn’t until later that I felt relief that I had naloxone on hand.”

Pemberton added that substance abuse issues tend to come up during the holidays. “Make sure to ask questions and listen, but don’t lecture,” Pemberton said.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that opioid overdose deaths continue to rise annually—primarily with fentanyl. Over 107,000 people in the United States died from a drug overdose in 2021, usually involving opioids. The DEA reports more overdoses are happening as criminals mass-produce fake pills containing fentanyl that mimic other pills.

Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation developed Zimhi. It can be used on the fly—rapidly pulling off the cap and inserting the needle into the thigh.

“Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, namely slowed or stopped breathing,” the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said. “Expanding the awareness and availability of this medication is a key part of the public health response to the opioid epidemic. Naloxone is a safe antidote to a suspected overdose and, when given in time, can save a life.”

WJXT News4JAX reports that Zimhi was released because Narcan wasn’t enough to revive people in some cases because opioid overdoses are becoming more challenging.

Narcan is a 4 mg nasal spray, and patients are only getting about 2 mg. But Zimhi delivers 5 milligrams of naloxone intramuscularly, and as soon as it’s injected, they receive the full 5 mg immediately.

“Fentanyl, over the past year, they’ve come up with different strands of it to where it’s almost 100 times stronger than what the fentanyl was a year ago,” said Chris Chodkowski, a trauma therapist.

“Even the regular people that just smoke marijuana, if they’re getting it off the street, we’re seeing it laced with fentanyl here in Palm Beach County,” Chodkowski said.

Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach mentioned an incident involving a child exposed to fentanyl by touch.

“It’s only been within the last few weeks that we had an infant that was exposed to a large dose of fentanyl that we believed was an incidental touch contact from the mother,” DeLoach said. “As a result, our deputies got on the scene, and they had to deliver multiple doses of Narcan.”

The FDA-approved drug arms first responders, caregivers, and community members with a stronger naloxone option in the fentanyl crisis.

Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation announced on October 18, 2021 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zimhi for use in the treatment of opioid overdose. Dr. Jeffrey Galinkin, an anesthesiologist, and former member of the FDA Advisory Committee for Anesthetics, Analgesics and Addiction Products, stated, “I am pleased to see this much needed high dose naloxone product will become part of the treatment tool kit as a countermeasure to the continued surge in fentanyl related deaths. The higher intramuscular doses of naloxone in ZIMHI should result in more rapid and higher levels of naloxone in the systemic circulation, which in turn, should result in more successful resuscitations.”

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Normalization of Cannabis Shows Shift in Holiday Sales Patterns

New Frontier Data compared cannabis sales data for the month of November in 2021 and 2022, which shows a shift in sales patterns. While Green Wednesday was the third-highest grossing sales in 2021, sales collected in 2022 on Friday, Nov. 4; Friday, Nov. 11; and Sunday, Nov. 18 were nearly equivalent as Nov. 23 (this year’s Green Wednesday) and Nov. 25 (Black Friday). New Frontier Data consulted many of its leading experts to analyze the reasoning behind this change.

According to New Frontier Data Senior Research Analyst Noah Tomares, the Michigan cannabis industry is evolving rapidly compared to mature markets such as California. “Perhaps the most notable difference in November was how Michigan’s product breakdown stayed similar throughout the month, where in 2021 they favored more edibles and cartridges right before the holiday,” said Tomares. “It’s striking how much more stable Michigan is in 2022 versus what it was ’21, and how much more it looks like California.”

Tomares also added that we’re beginning to see a shift in purchasing behavior as well. “In California, a relatively mature market, purchases remained largely consistent in terms of product breakdowns year-over-year. Michigan consumers last year gravitated towards more subtle or ‘family-friendly’ products such as cartridges and edibles: In 2021, those products spiked from 37% of transactions during the first week of November to 43% for the week of Thanksgiving. This year, the month looked much more normalized, with cartridges and edibles accounting for approximately 40%+ of sales during each week in November.”

New Frontier Data’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Dr. Amanda Reiman, suggests that cannabis normalization is likely the reason that sales aren’t highest on previously predictable days. “I think it’s normalization and increased access nationwide that is driving the change in holiday purchasing,” said Reiman. “Not only are people just more comfortable using their regular products in more places and with more people, but cannabis is available in more states, so there is not as much need to stock up before you go if you can get it wherever you’re headed. Many folks would likely rather wait and buy cannabis at their destination than to take it on a plane.”

Consumers spending time with family and friends on or around the Thanksgiving holiday is also a point to consider. New Frontier Data shared that 44% of consumers source their cannabis from friends or family, and 29% say that it’s their primary source of access. In some medical-only states, as well as those that still don’t have any cannabis legislation, family is the primary source of cannabis.

Previous data has shown that 68% of people consume with others, 21% consume with siblings, 19% with extended family members, 11% with parents, and 6% with their children. Additionally, 85% of consumers say that their family knows about their cannabis use, and 59% say that their family is supportive of consumption.

Thanksgiving-related consumption is also a common practice, where 40% spend time with family or spouses while consuming, 38% report pairing cannabis and eating, and 33% cook with cannabis.

Overall, Tomares believes that these activities will continue to become more normalized over the next few years. “We expect that as markets continue to mature and new markets come online, consumer preferences will become increasingly normalized, and acquisition of cannabis will become increasingly integrated into consumers’ daily routines,” Tomares said. “Already, 48% of consumers report just visiting a dispensary after they run out, as opposed to planning a dedicated trip. With new markets opening with lower barriers to acquisition, consumers may feel less pressure to purchase cannabis before travel or social events. As this plays out, we may see some unofficial holidays playing a less significant role in consumers’ purchase decisions.”

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Rejoice! Cannabis Seeds are Legal

Ed Rosenthal is a legend in cannabis known for bucking the rules. The longtime cultivation author went up against the feds for providing marijuana to medical patients in 2003 and was ultimately sentenced to a single day in prison, time served. Rosenthal’s devoted his life promoting cannabis—he’s responsible for proliferating the classic South African landrace Durban Poison, partnered with at least 50 European seed companies for multiple books in his Big Book of Buds series, and even has a cultivar, Ed Rosenthal Super Bud, named after him—but he’s never released his own genetics. That is, until now. Back in April, the DEA quietly acknowledged that cannabis seeds are legal. Rosenthal began releasing seed packs alongside his books in May. Since then, rapper and Cookies clothing mogul Berner has also embraced the idea, offering seed packs along with his recent From Seed to Sale album release. 

The DEA’s reasoning behind the affirmation that cannabis seeds are legal in the U.S. had to do with the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp, defining and separating it from the pot we smoke as Cannabis sativa with less than .03% delta-9 THC. When questioned about the legality of seeds, tissue culture, and “other genetic material” the agency response was that marihuana (yes, they still spell it like that) seeds that contain less than .03% delta-9 THC meet the definition of hemp and are therefore, not a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. 

Sprouting the Seed: Reviving & Distributing Genetics

While speaking in his tropical sunroom filled with the lush multicolored tie-dye like leaves of caladiums and yellow and pink ombre neon hued plumeria blossoms on an overcast December day, Rosenthal explains about how the idea to distribute cannabis seeds as a free bonus with his most recent book began. We’re longtime friends and co-collaborators on a number of projects including the 2022 release of the Cannabis Grower’s Handbook, and I start off our conversation/smoke session by asking about a story he once told me of selling seeds in the Bronx as a child.

“I lived in a residential area and there were people with yards with different plants—a lot of annuals, things like marigold, zinnias—and I would go and collect the seeds from plants when they didn’t clip the flowers off and then I made them into packs,” he says. “It was a place where loads of people went out and hung out on benches and everything and I would sell them the seeds, for which they had no use because they were living in apartments but (laughs).”

Now in his late 70s, Rosenthal was just 8 years old at the time and even received an unofficial certificate for his seed business which, believe it or not, was called Homegrown Seed Company. This was the beginning of a longtime career promoting plant cultivation. He co-founded High Times Magazine in 1974 and the 1978 New York Times review of the Marijuana Grower’s Guide he co-authored with Mel Frank catapulted his publishing career. Through all these years of smoking tough he’s settled on one cultivar that’s arguably his favorite strain, J-27. Back in California’s medical marijuana era, growers needed patients to up their plant counts and one in particular found a number of them amongst the employees of Rosenthal’s publishing company. This grower would deliver ounces, but never the cut. Within the last year, he finally acquired the sole J-27 plant, which he describes as a “treat” with a similar terpene profile to Wedding Cake.

“I gave it to two good breeders, but they were so frustrated by it that they gave it back and I had the only plant,” he says. “And I said, ‘You know what? I’m exactly the wrong person to be doing this because I’m too much of a slacker.’”

To revive the almost lost cultivar he partnered with Humboldt Seed Company and hopes to release hybrid J-27 seeds by 2023. 

“They’ve had a hard time with the plant because it’s a cut from the cut, from the cut from 20 years ago,” Rosenthal explains. “The plant is saying, ‘Oh please let me die.’ But they did coax a few clones from it and they have the same problems, but now that they have clones they can breed it.” 

His own homegrown seed promotion, which Rosenthal has coined the “Million Marijuana Seed Giveaway,” started with a female Jack Herer crossed with “two males, that were vigorous and early,” from Humboldt Seed Company, Very Cherry and Blueberry Muffin, to create Double Dipper. 

Rosenthal with Double Dipper / Courtesy Ed Rosenthal

“As far as the Million Marijuana Seed Giveaway, all of the crosses are really good crosses and they’re hybrids,” he says. “They’re not F1 hybrids [first generation], but they’re F2 hybrids. The next [generation] they sort of sort out and you get a lot of variation. So there’s going to be variation in these plants and then a grower can choose which plants he or she would like to continue with.”

When Rosenthal grew some of his seeds for his own backyard phenohunt this past summer, he did so in a style that allows for more buds and less vegetation. Using light deprivation techniques he brought the plants into flower early, which produced single stalks of long buds. This method allowed him to grow many plants close together. It also enabled the plants to grow more efficiently, using their carbon dioxide resources to grow buds, as opposed to leaves and branches. This method is also economical as the reduced amount of time spent in vegetation gives indoor and greenhouse growers enough time for an extra harvest, he explains.

Prisoners of Weed Packs

Rosenthal’s wife and publishing partner Jane Klein says the seed strategy has worked in terms of boosting book sales. Each seed drop, of which there have been four thus far, averages about 400 packs containing 10 seeds each. In the sale of the “Prisoners of Weed” packs, 10% of each sale is given to the Last Prisoner Project, an organization which advocates to free those incarcerated for marijuana convictions. 

“So many people who are getting the seeds to grow, but also as a collection, already had the books, so then we created the grow tips booklet,” Klein says of a short booklet that includes two seed packs with purchase. 

The booklet has a QR code that will send people to an expanding library of material. 

“We definitely were inspired by the DEA,” Klein says of the book bundle/seed promotion in relation to the April 2022 DEA letter. “I like it that they were saying that seeds don’t fall under the Controlled Substances Act so now we have the whole conversation of should [cannabis] be rescheduled or descheduled? Why should it be even included in the Controlled Substances Act?”

Seeds vs. Clones   

In this new legal space for seeds Rosenthal predicts a future where they go down in price, leading more growers to choose seeds over clones. 

“Let’s say that you have a variety that’s very uniform, there’s a lot of advantages of starting from seed,” he explains. “There’s a lot less of a chance of infection because many viruses don’t transfer to the seed so that’s one thing. Another thing is that they’re easy to store, transport, and things like that. Seeds will wait, but clones won’t.”

He takes his prediction further stating that as the genetics of cannabis seeds get more uniform we might see people offering germinated seeds, or seedlings, in the same way that tomato seedlings are sold at nurseries.

Rebellious entrepreneurs like Rosenthal and Klein will surely keep pushing the boundaries of where cannabis seeds might pop up next. Watch for where that might be; growing your own weed in 2023 makes for a great New Year’s resolution. 

“I think another interesting thing with the DEA ruling is [thinking about] will more hydro stores start to sell seeds?” Klein says. “This would definitely be a new product that wouldn’t take up a lot of shelf space for them and would inspire people to come into the store and maybe buy other things.”

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Which glass blunts are the best? 8 glass blunts worth checking out

Every now and then, you want simplicity with your weed. And that’s what you get by copping a glass blunt. They’re super affordable, easy to use, and perfectly portable for any time you step out of the house.

Here’s what you need to know about glass blunts.

What is a glass blunt?

A glass blunt is a cylinder-shaped pipe that you fill with cannabis flower, like a blunt wrap. In some ways, it’s essentially a chillum that you fill with ground cannabis flower instead of just packing the top. When you smoke glass blunts, you push or twist the cashed flower from the top until you’ve smoked as much as you want.

There are a few different types of glass blunts and they mostly fall under “slider” or “twisty” glass blunts.

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The benefits of glass blunts

The many benefits of using a glass blunt include portability, a tobacco-free experience, affordability, and the smooth flavor you get from hitting a nice glass piece.

If you’re a flower smoker, regardless of your preferred method, you should still have a glass blunt available for those quick-and-easy occasions. Especially when there are so many different brands that make excellent glass blunts.

To learn more about the benefits of glass blunts and how to use one, check out our guide to using a glass blunt.

How we chose the best glass blunts

When choosing the best glass blunts, we based our findings on flavor, ease of use, durability, and the overall convenience of using (and cleaning) the piece.

Flavor

By “flavor” we mean that you can smoke the piece and taste your flower’s terpenes instead of that weird burnt taste that comes from using a filthy pipe. That defeats the overall purpose of consuming different cannabis strains, even if you still get stoned.

Ease of use

Being able to easily fill, light, and smoke your glass blunt without issue is essential. This is where twisty blunts sometimes lose since they can take a little practice before you find the right amount of weed to twist through easily.

Durability

Life moves in slow motion when you knock a glass piece off the counter. If you can’t accidentally drop your piece and have it in your cross-body backpack without it shattering, you don’t want that glass blunt.

Convenience

Does the cherry stay lit? If you can’t light your glass blunt and pass it around without needing to relight it repeatedly, it doesn’t replicate the experience of smoking a blunt. That’s just a flashy chillum.

Best glass blunts by category

All in all, when you look at the field of glass blunts, a lot of them are pretty similar in function and the above qualifications. Choosing the best will ultimately come down to your budget, the look of the device, and if you want to slide or twist your weed into the pipe.

Below, check out a few of the best glass blunts that money can buy.

Overall best glass blunt: GRAV Fill-Your-Own Glass Joints

It’s tomayto, tomahto when it comes to glass blunts versus joints.

For the purposes of telling you about a device worth your money, the fill-your-own glass joints from GRAV count as glass blunts. Like GRAV’s high-quality bongs — products most stoners adore — these fillable glass pieces are a top-tier product for many reasons.

  1. They’re easy as hell to open and load. You’re already smoking within four minutes flat. Even without a grinder, you can manually break up the weed and drop it in the tube/pipe. The slider function works flawlessly and holds into place without issue, thanks to that silicone grommet. Light up the end and push ash out as you smoke. Get a nice corner burn going and the cherry at the end will stay lit without issue.
  2. They’re easy as hell to clean. You just need to remove the bumpers, drop the glass in a bowl of isopropyl alcohol, and let the resin and reclaim fall right off. Rinse it with hot water, and the drying process is super easy. It’s a tube so just run a rolled-up cloth through it to dry it. Bam, you’re ready to smoke a clean glass blunt again.
  3. You can get pre-filled glass blunts. GRAV also partners with cultivation companies to sell “pre-rolls,” i.e. glass blunts that have already been filled with fire flower for you. They come as 7-pack half-gram tubes for a total of 3.5 grams of ground flower. Some of their partners in California include Jungle Boys and The Cure Company.
  4. The price is right. You can get a 7-pack of GRAV’s fill-your-own glass joints for $14.99 (flower not included). To make things even easier, they also have a 7-pack filling system that fills and packs all of your joints at once.

In the end, how easy it is to keep this thing smoking, in addition to its affordability and the fact that you can also buy some fire, ready-to-go flower with it, makes the GRAV glass blunt/joint the champion of this list. Having seven of them on deck is the cherry on top.

Best twisty glass blunt: The Glunt

When we’re talking about ease of use, the twisty glass blunts always lose to the sliders. It’s simply easier to push weed in and out of a pipe than to twist it, realize you’ve put too much flower in, pour it out, and restart the process until you finally get the spiral to push up/down and close.

That said, some twisty glass blunts still work well and get you properly high. The Glunt is one of them. It comes in five colors (though only two of them are available as of December 2022) and holds up to 2 grams of flowers.

Not only does the Glunt hold hella flower, but it also gets you absolutely ripped. Be careful when you hit it or else you’ll be coughing tears down your face.

The Glunt is a bit pricier than other alternatives, but with its great functionality and high capacity for flower, it’s worth the $24.99 price of admission. Plus, for just $5, you can also get first-time break insurance. Hopefully, you never need it.

Best mini twisty glass blunt: 7Pipe Twisty Glass Mini

You’re going to ask where I get off telling you that a $35 glass blunt is a necessary purchase, but hear me out: this thing looks nice and works well. Though there are more budget-friendly options, this list isn’t about the best price — it’s all about how well the device works and how it’s made.

The Twisty Glass Mini hits smooth and can hold a little over a gram of flower. It looks swanky with a shiny gold spiral and mouthpiece and is pocket-sized. This all makes it the perfect piece to take out with you on one of those nights when you don’t want to carry a bunch of bags and jars but you still need a just-in-case smoke.

Best slider glass blunt: GRAV Glass Blunt

Obviously, if it’s the best overall glass blunt, then the GRAV Glass Blunt also has to be the best slider glass blunt. It would not make sense otherwise.

GRAV’s glass blunt has a differently shaped mouthpiece than the fill-your-own joints above, but the functionality and smooth-smoking experience remain.

Smoke some top-tier flower with this and you’ll enjoy a smooth smoke without the coughing, bold flavors from whatever strain you packed, and an easily cleanable device that can’t be beat.

The fun part of the stand-alone Grav Blunt purchase (for only $12) is that you can get a variety of colors. Cop them all and you could rock a matching Grav with every outfit.

Best cheap glass blunt: Ooze Slider Glass Blunt

You can’t go wrong with the Ooze Slider Glass Blunt.

Cheap often carries a negative connotation, but this isn’t meant as an insult. It’s fact that the Ooze slider only costs $10. Even cheaper when a holiday deal comes around.

The Ooze slider is great — it’s a quick hitter and I really enjoy the shape of the mouthpiece. You get a nice cherry with this one too, and it’s surprisingly deep in terms of how much flower you can pack in there.

You can get Ooze’s slider glass blunt in all kinds of fun colors, including orange, slime-green, and chameleon (black and green mixed).

Honorable mentions

Past the above winners, there are a few other glass blunts out there that are pretty dope:

  1. ATMAN King Golden Fish Glass Blunt
  2. Hemper’s Glass Blunts
  3. Sesh Supply Glass Blunt

In the end, each of these glass blunts offers its own set of benefits with few cons. For the most part, they all work really well and can hold a bunch of weed. Choose based on your preferences and your pockets. You can’t go wrong with any of them.

Editor’s note: Weedmaps does not get affiliate revenue from the brands recommended in this article. All products are chosen independently. The only influence Weedmaps News is under is weed.

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Minnesota Files Lawsuit Against Several Companies for Illicit Edible Sales

The state of Minnesota said Monday that it is suing a trio of businesses for alleged violations of the state’s edible cannabinoid laws, saying that they are selling products that contain up to 50 times the permitted amount of THC. 

The lawsuit filed by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy targets three companies, one of which, Northland Vapor—a company with retail locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota—allegedly “sold edible cannabinoid products that contain THC far in excess of five milligrams per serving and far in excess of 50 milligrams per package.”

Under Minnesota state law, the Board of Pharmacy explained, “an edible cannabinoid product…must not contain more than five milligrams of any hemp-derived tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in a single serving or more than a total of 50 milligrams per package.”

Investigators for the agency “found packages containing 2,500 milligrams of THC, 50 times the amount permitted under Minnesota law,” the Board said. 

Perhaps the most notable contraband swept up in the investigation were thousands of packages of the Delta-8 THC products known as “Death by Gummy Bears.”

As the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy explained, the “U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received complaints about serious adverse events associated with Northland Vapor’s ‘Death by Gummy Bears’ delta-8 THC products, including a death.”

Minnesota Public Radio reports that the board’s lawsuit “says the owner of the companies, Brett Erpelding, acknowledged to investigators that they sold products that were not in compliance with Minnesota law but maintained the products were not sold in Minnesota.”

“The pharmacy board, in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been investigating Erpelding’s companies after the FDA was notified in October that a healthy 23-year-old in West Virginia died shortly after consuming 10 Death by Gummy Bears brand items. The cause of death in the case was listed as undetermined,” Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Last month, on November 8, the Board of Pharmacy and the FDA “initiated an inspection at Northland Vapor’s manufacturing warehouse in Moorhead, Minnesota,” the Board said in its release, noting that investigators discovered “edible cannabinoid products that matched those for sale on the companies’ websites and at their retail location that were in violation of state law, including the following: Approximately 28,896 packages of Death by Gummy Bears, labeled as 25 individual gummy bears at 100 milligrams of THC per serving, totaling 2,500 milligrams per package; Approximately 112,710 packages of Death by Gummy Bears, labeled as 10 individual gummy bears at 100 milligrams of THC per serving, totaling 1,000 milligrams per package; Approximately 2,400 packages of Wonky Weeds Gummies, labeled as 10 individual gummies at 30 milligrams of THC per serving, totaling 300 milligrams per package; and Approximately 2,310 bottles of Wonky Weeds THC Syrup, containing 700 milligrams of THC per bottle.”

The state’s new edible law took effect last summer, catching some lawmakers and residents off guard, who weren’t aware that Minnesota had effectively legalized recreational cannabis. The law has come under criticism for its lack of regulations and safeguards.

The state’s Democratic governor, Tim Walz, has long expressed his support for legalization and now that he has secured re-election––and now that the Democrats have regained control of the state legislature––there is hope that an even more robust cannabis law may soon be arriving in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. 

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Legalization Amendment To Be Added to Missouri Constitution

Missouri’s state constitution will have a new entry this week, with the voter-approved recreational cannabis amendment slated to be added on Thursday. 

The Springfield News-Leader reports that while Amendment 3, which was approved by Missouri voters in last month’s election, will be added to the state constitution this week, “Missourians won’t be impacted by the majority of its legislation until next year.”

“At the earliest, recreational marijuana will be available for purchase in February. And though some non-violent marijuana offenses will be automatically expunged this week, this isn’t the case for all,” according to the News-Leader.

Voters in Missouri approved Amendment 3 last month by a vote of 53% to 47%. 

The leadup to the vote was shrouded in uncertainty for supporters of the amendment. It wasn’t until August that Missouri’s secretary of state confirmed that Amendment 3 had qualified for the ballot. 

There were questions in the summer surrounding the petitions submitted by Legal Missouri 2022, the group behind the amendment. 

State law requires a petition to include signatures from 8% of registered voters in six of Missouri’s eight congressional districts.

The state’s secretary of state, Jay Ashcroft, confirmed in August that Legal Missouri had easily cleared the signature threshold. 

“Our statewide coalition of activists, business owners, medical marijuana patients and criminal justice reform advocates has worked tirelessly to reach this point, and deserves all the credit,” John Payne, campaign manager of Legal Missouri 2022, said in a statement at the time. “Our campaign volunteers collected 100,000 signatures, on top of paid signature collection. That outpouring of grassroots support among Missourians who want to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis made all the difference. We look forward to engaging with voters across the state in the coming weeks and months. Missourians are more than ready to end the senseless and costly prohibition of marijuana.”

But even after the amendment qualified, it appeared far from a sure thing that it would pass in November. Polls in the weeks leading up to Election Day painted a messy picture. One survey conducted in September found 48% of voters in Missouri supported Amendment 3, while 35% of voters in the state were opposed, and another 17% were unsure.

But another poll conducted around the same period showed that 43% of respondents were in support of Amendment 3, while 47% were opposed, and 10% were unsure.

In the end, however, the amendment prevailed, and now Missouri is slated to become the latest in a growing number of states to legalize recreational pot use for adults and establish a regulated retail market.

The Springfield News-Leader provided a rundown of what the amendment will accomplish: “Remove state prohibitions on purchasing, possessing, consuming, using, delivering, manufacturing and selling marijuana for personal use for adults over 21; Require a registration card for personal cultivation with prescribed limits; Allow persons with certain marijuana-related non-violent offenses to petition for release from incarceration or parole and probation and have records cleared; Establish a lottery selection process to award licenses and certificates; Issue equally distributed licenses to each congressional district; and Impose a 6% tax on the retail price of marijuana to benefit various programs.”

The newspaper said that the “earliest recreational marijuana will be available to Missourians who are 21 and up is February 2023.”

“Pre-established medical marijuana facilities will have the opportunity to convert their licenses to comprehensive marijuana facility licenses, meaning they can cultivate or sell both medical and recreational marijuana. The Department of Health and Senior Services must begin awarding these license conversions by Feb. 6, 2023,” the News-Leader reported. “Aside from medical marijuana facilities that are converted to comprehensive marijuana facilities, DHSS must license at least two comprehensive marijuana dispensaries in each of the state’s eight congressional districts, initially. These dispensaries will begin receiving licenses to sell recreational marijuana on Sept. 4, 2023.”

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