Top 6 Tobacco-Free Blunt Wraps in 2021

There’s nothing wrong with wanting things on the more natural side. More and more nowadays, people are starting to stray from tobacco-based products due to the complications they’ve been known to bring. While smoking anything, arguably, isn’t great for the lungs, there are various cleaner alternatives that your body will definitely appreciate much more.  Today, […]

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A Guide To The Basic Cannabis Consumption Methods

There are a handful of different ways you can choose to consume your cannabis. To help you choose, here’s a guide to the basic cannabis consumption methods. Cannabis Consumption via Smoking Smoking is easily the most well-known and most common method for cannabis consumption. Smoking cannabis involves lighting the actual cannabis flower and inhaling the […]

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The Cannabis Now Guide to Camping & Cannabis

Whether you already have your social group’s annual camping trip written into your calendar or want to gather your favorite people together for some time outdoors, summer is a good time to get out in nature and soak up the sun before the seasons start to change. Plus, camping with friends and family is a fun way to recharge when you need to take a break and escape the daily grind. Think of it as a mental health holiday designed to calm the spirit and ease the mind — especially if you bring cannabis along to deepen the relaxation.

Smoking or vaping cannabis is one of the easiest ways to incorporate weed into a weekend of rejuvenation. You can bring your favorite go-to strains to enjoy while chilling out or being active. A calming strain can help to decrease stress and anxiety, ease insomnia or enjoy a lazy time around the fire. An invigorating strain can increase your energy, enhance your senses or improve your mood. If you plan on smoking, make sure you have an alternative plan in case it’s way too windy, it spontaneously rains or the environment doesn’t allow you to carry out your original plan. Vapers need to remember to bring a charger to keep their device functioning throughout the camping trip.

Edibles are also a quick, convenient and take up virtually no room when it comes to packing. Plus, since they are usually non-perishable, you don’t have to worry about keeping it cold or the heat making them go bad before you can enjoy them. You can also make your own cannabis-infused food at home to bring with you or bring what you might need with you to make it while you’re there. Try spreading some canna-butter on bread, frying an egg in canna-oil or put a few drops of tincture in some iced tea or flavored sparkling water.

Infused topicals can help relieve post-hike soreness, skin discomfort from too much time in the sun or relieve tense muscles from an uncomfortable sleeping situation for those that are roughing it. If you plan to be out in the elements or exerting yourself, consider mixing your preferred topical into sunscreen or regular lotion. You’ll thank yourself later.

There a number of things to take into consideration if cannabis is going to a part of the camping equation, though. Even in legal states, there are sites that may prohibit smoking altogether or on certain parts of the grounds like where families may be. It’s important to find out the laws where you live and specific consumption regulations for the campsite you plan to attend. It’s in your best interest to be informed. National parks are considered outside of the boundaries of U.S. states, which means smoking in them — even in legal cannabis states — is always forbidden.

For people who will be smoking, safety is the number one issue. Please be certain to pay special attention if it’s a windy day or if there is a lot of dry grass and foliage around. Keep some water near in case of emergencies or even minor incidents where you may need a quick way to extinguish a lit joint or smoldering bowl. Also, be mindful of where you are ashing or discarding your joints, blunts, etc. Embers can easily catch fire and the last thing you want is to endanger others and burn down a forest because you were just trying to have a good time.

Lastly, be careful if you plan on hiking or camping at high altitudes. The drop in air pressure can cause a range of symptoms including shortness of breath when exerting yourself, increased heart rate, fatigue, dizziness or lightheadedness and headaches. Consuming cannabis while adjusting to high altitudes might be too much for those who have low tolerances or are unfamiliar with how the symptoms will affect them. To be in the clear, stay hydrated and take it easy while you check in with how you feel before going all out with the weed.

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Vapor Central Re-opens Cannabis Lounge to the Public

On August 14th, 2020, Toronto’s Vapor Central re-opened their cannabis lounge, providing a cannabis-friendly event center and safe public smoking space… despite this pandemic. How? The measures they are taking are pretty extensive. It’s a bold move forward but for the stoner community in Toronto, this reopening offers a breath of fresh air. At first, […]

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When, Why & How to Take a Tolerance Break

It’s no secret that when you smoke weed day after day, for months or years at a time, your habit starts to affect your cannabinoid receptors’ ability to absorb THC. Soon, it takes more and more cannabis to get your body and mind to that sweet spot — and sometimes, it might feel like nothing can get you there anymore.

When that happens, it’s a clear sign that it’s time for a tolerance break.

Okay, So What Is a ‘Tolerance Break’?

A tolerance break is just a term for taking some time away from consuming cannabis so that your body can regulate, readjust and reduce its need for such high amounts of THC.

If you think taking a tolerance break means cutting yourself off cold turkey, it may seem like a drastic turn in the other direction, especially if you are a consistent or heavy smoker. But you can also ease yourself into a tolerance break so that the sudden departure from your beloved pastime doesn’t seem so severe and jarring.

How you guide yourself into a tolerance break is really dependent on your personal smoking habits. For example, if you smoke all day every day — let’s say a blunt in the morning, midday and evening — then you can try eliminating one of your seshes, then two of them and then finally the last one until you aren’t smoking any weed at all.

You also can choose whether you’d like to do this over the course of a few days or a couple weeks. The most important thing is that once you stop smoking, you shouldn’t have any weed at all for a set period of time. Even one puff will disturb the process and you will have to start from scratch.

During your break, you will need to have a plan for how you’re going to allocate your newfound free time. Consider picking up that book you’ve been meaning to check out, reintroducing that old hobby that went by the wayside or trying a new activity that has been on your to-do list. Staying busy during times you would normally be rolling up and chilling will be important in helping you stay committed.

What to Expect When You’re Abstaining

You might also observe some differences in your sleeping and eating habits, particularly if you are a heavy daily smoker. You might have trouble falling or staying asleep or notice that your appetite is not as voracious as it once seemed. Be patient with yourself and your body as they both adjust to the new change you’ve put into place.

It’s up to you how long you would like your tolerance break to last, but in order to notice any real results, it’s probably a good idea to plan for at least a week-long break. Everyone is different, though, so the amount of time you need to abstain will vary.

According to one study, it may only take about two days for the body’s cannabinoid receptors to replenish, but keep in mind that the benefits increase over time. So, essentially, the longer you curb your use, the better the outcome will be.

To be clear, tolerance breaks are designed for heavy smokers who feel like they are not getting the same psychotropic experience as they are used to with their normal amount of weed intake. Tolerance breaks are not for patients who use cannabis to treat chronic symptoms or terminal illnesses.

If you are using cannabis as an alternative treatment and find that you are not experiencing the same relief, consult with a medical marijuana professional to figure out what needs to be done.

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7 Cannabis Strains to Enjoy Smoking in the Great Outdoors

Now that the weather is warming up, we thought you might like to know our top picks for the best cannabis strains to enjoy smoking in the great outdoors. 1. Tutankhamon Tutankh- Huh… never heard of it? This strain is more commonly known as King Tut, a descendant of the parent strain: AK-47. King Tut […]

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Trying cannabis for the first time? Read this first

Trying cannabis for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience, making it hard to know where to begin. Weed is meant to be relaxing. So, to help take the stress off, here is what you need to know before your first time. Don’t be afraid to ask questions Two pot smokers will happily share […]

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Tokin’ when you’re broken

I knew something was seriously wrong the second I hit the pavement. I couldn’t properly move my right arm and there was this grinding sensation that I’ll never forget. Pain pulsated like bolts of lightning as damaged nerves screamed in outrage. For the first time in my life, I had broken a bone. I tripped […]

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How to date a non-toker

Since Canada legalized cannabis, society has started to chill out. People who used to equate pot with heavy narcotics are learning the facts and the social stigma is breaking down. On top of that, there are lots of people who accept cannabis use now simply because the government is on board. Regardless of why, stoners […]

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Colorado Teens Moving Towards Cannabis Edibles Over Smoking

While Colorado has seen no marked increase in teen cannabis use since legalization, a new study found that delivery methods are moving away from smoking and into edible consumption.

A new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics and based on a survey of high school students suggests that teens in Colorado are moving away from smoking cannabis and into edibles. According to the study, from the students questioned in 2017, around 78% said they smoked cannabis. That number was down from 87% in 2015. At the same time, teens who said they use cannabis edibles regularly increased by 10% over the same period.

As Kayla Tormohlen, Ph.D. candidate, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said, according to a Leafly report, “Since the implementation of retail marijuana sales, we haven’t seen an increase in use among youth, but we are seeing a difference in how young people are consuming,” she said.

One of the advantages of cannabis edibles is that they are regulated (for the most part) and contain specific concentrations of the active compounds in cannabis. Those purchasing edibles are also told in advance by dispensaries how to take the edibles and that they can take up to 3 hours to take effect.

The researchers noted in the study that it’s vital for various delivery systems to be monitored when it comes to cannabis consumption among adults in states where the plant is legal. As the study authors wrote, “These modes are important to monitor because of their unique psychoactive associations, and potential harms, including unintentional overconsumption with edibles and increased physiological tolerance and withdrawal associated with the high tetrahydrocannabinol levels of cannabis concentrates used for dabbing.”

 

 

With all that said, it’s encouraging to note also that teen consumption of cannabis hasn’t increased since legalization. Furthermore, those products that teens do purchase are regulated and certainly safer than the stuff purchased on the black market.

At the same time, data from dispensaries and online cannabis vendors in legal states consistently lean towards the increasingly popular trend of cannabis edibles. As David Abernathy, vice president of data and government affairs for The ArcView Group, said according to the same report, that while most people still smoke cannabis flowers, many are moving towards THC vape juice and cannabis edibles

“We’ve seen that in states with a more competitive legal market, the illicit market has shrunk substantially,” said Abernathy, “and that’s the biggest thing we can do to keep cannabis out of the hands of teenagers.”

Back when cannabis was legalized in Colorado, many people argued that it would increase revenue, human rights, and even law enforcement. At the end of 2018, state legislators commissioned a report from the Department of Public Safety. The findings from that report were enlightening and mainly very positive. Some of the key points from the report were crime, traffic accidents, hospital admissions, and effects on teens.

For example, the report found that serious crimes involving the sale of cannabis fell considerable between 2008 and 2014. The amount of cannabis packages sent from Colorado and caught by the US postal service has naturally increased annually since 2010. However, the report also found that cannabis was the biggest single reason for school expulsions in 2016/17.

Finally, from 50,000 high school students who were questioned in Colorado, cannabis use among teens aged 12-17 in 2015/16 was the lowest since 2007. Despite legalization. As legal cannabis is a new experiment that comes following decades of prohibition, there are some teething problems when it comes to getting a proper grasp on the plant.

While tax revenues are naturally increased due to legalization, other issues are also in the mix. It remains to be seen how legalization in Colorado will turn out long, and for that matter, only time will tell.

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