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Don’t Let These Marijuana Lookalikes Send You To Jail!

Did you hear about the guy in Georgia who said police raided his home after they mistook the okra he was growing for marijuana? Okra doesn’t look like pot to me, but maybe it does to a cop hovering 60 feet above in a helicopter.

The poor guy thought the police were after his okra plants, but they were actually interested in the plant they really thought was Mary Jane — chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus). Neither he or the cops knew what it was. This just underscores the importance of knowing your plants, so you don’t get hauled off by Miami Vice. Here are four popular plants often mistaken for weed.

Pot Imposter #1 — Chaste tree

Yep, this is what got Mr. Perry into deep doo-doo with those detectives. I sure hope it isn’t a giant marijuana tree, because I took this picture in my front yard. (Hey, you kids, stop stripping the foliage!) Without the flowers, chaste tree does indeed resemble marijuana. The leaves of both are palmately compound with chaste tree’s having 5 to 7 narrow leaflets and Happy Plant’s having 7 to 9. Far from getting you high, chaste tree has the opposite effect, as you might guess from its name. During the Middle Ages, an extract from its seeds was used by monks to decrease libido and remain pure. Maybe they should have just smoked pot.

Pot Imposter #2 — Texas Star

Right after I graduated from college, I lived in an apartment complex where an Asian lady maintained a little garden. Every morning, she was out there watering, weeding, and cultivating. I marveled at her dedication until I figured out what she was growing — pot! The leaves looked just like it. What foolhardiness, I thought, considering that a least a half-dozen cops lived in the complex. Why, I’ll be she brought the seeds with her all the way from Vietnam!

Then the plants bloomed. Huge, star-shaped, scarlet flowers opened up atop the stems. Could this be the infamous “Panama Red?” No, it was a species of native hibiscus related to okra called Texas star (Hibiscus coccineus). I called off the DEA.

Pot Imposter #3 — Japanese Maple

Don't Let These Marijuana Lookalikes Send You To Jail!


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Hemp Hookahzz Releases 40 mg and 24 mg CBD E-Liquid, a Healthier Vaping Choice and Compelling Alternative to Medical Marijuana

Made in the USA with natural ingredients, Hemp Hookahzz’ new e-liquids offers a generous dose of Cannabidiol, the therapeutic ingredient in hemp, without the psychoactive effects of marijuana

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CARLSBAD, Calif. , March 26 , 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hemp Hookahzz , makers of Cannabidiol (CBD) infused e-liquids, announced the release of new e-liquid lines that pack 40 mg and 24 mg of CBD hemp oil. Produced at food-grade quality just like Hookahzz’ original 18 mg CBD e-liquid, these stronger versions combine organic CBD, Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and the amino acid GABA without added propylene glycol to provide a rich yet smooth hit. Made in the U.S. at an FDA approved facility and legal in all 50 states, the new e-liquids are a compelling choice for people who want the therapeutic benefits of CBD without the psychoactive effects of medical marijuana.

“Our new e-liquids offer the best combination of potency and affordability that e-cig users will find on the market,” said Janell Thompson , co-founder and Vice President of Hemp Hookahzz. “Raising the CBD concentration was important to us because high concentration CBD and cannabis products are sought after by the general public and many patients in need. We want people to be able to safely and legally experiment with CBD in their personal health regimen. Cannabis is not a one dimensional substance. There are better alternatives to smoking medical marijuana, and some of the best applications depend on higher doses of CBD.”

Hookahzz’ CBD e-liquids offer a unique value to e-cig users who seek a healthier hit with pharma-grade CBD. In contrast to medical marijuana, which contains high-THC strains of cannabis, Hemp Hookahzz’ CBD comes from high-CBD, low-THC hemp. Organic, kosher and vegan, the hemp is sourced from sustainable farms in Germany , Denmark and other European countries. The CBD e-liquids are legal in 50 states and 42 countries.

Hookahzz produces e-liquids with natural ingredients and quality standards that no other producers have matched. Hookahzz e-liquids are all VG (vegetable glycerin) based, and unlike the overwhelming majority of e-liquid producers, Hookahzz adds no propylene glycol (PG), a flavoring additive found in polyester, plastics and antifreeze. In addition, Hookahzz e-liquids are free of the roughly 6,000 chemicals that make cigarettes so harmful – not to mention the smoke, ash and unpleasant smell.

Two additional characteristics differentiate Hookahzz’ e-liquids from the usual, foreign-made alternatives. First, they have an alkaline pH, whereas the majority of e-liquids on market are acidic. Many e-cig users report unpleasant side effects from inhaling acidic e-liquids such as throat irritation and headaches. Second, Hookahzz e-liquids include GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), an amino acid and neurotransmitter often taken as a supplement to lower blood pressure, relieve anxiety, manage ADHD and retain muscle tone, among other purposes.

Hemp Hookahzz 40 mg and 24 mg CBD E-liquids are currently available in three flavors: Fresh Mintzz, Pink Diva and Melon Madnezz. Additional flavors – Tropical and Custard Pudding – will be released in early April. The 40 mg and 24 mg CBD e-liquids are available in two nicotine strengths, 12 mg or 0 mg. The e-liquids are compatible with any low voltage rechargeable vaping pen.

/PRNewswire/ — Hemp Hookahzz, makers of Cannabidiol (CBD) infused e-liquids, announced the release of new e-liquid lines that pack 40 mg and 24 mg of CBD hemp…


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10 hemp seed oil products for hair

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Hemp seed oil, which is extractable from the seeds of the hemp plant, may have some benefits for hair care. Hemp seed oil is a dark green oil that manufacturers make by cold-pressing these seeds or using solvents to extract their oil.

Hemp seeds are the fruit of the hemp plant. They consist of 30–35% oil.

Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. It does not contain nearly as much delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the ingredient that causes the “high” that people associate with smoking weed, as other varieties.

Hemp is sometimes referred to as “industrial hemp,” because this is its primary use.

Indeed, humans have cultivated hemp for thousands of years, using it to make rope, sails, food, fabric, and medicinal products. The use of hemp seed oil for hair care is hardly new, but it has seen increasing popularity in recent years.

Keep reading to learn more about hemp seed oil and how it may benefit the hair.

Scientists have not yet identified the specific mechanism by which using hemp seed oil for hair might produce its benefits. However, there are data to show that hair somehow incorporates hemp seed oil.

For example, researchers found that after study participants used hemp oil for hair treatments for 6 weeks (by applying it directly to their hair), 89% of hair samples tested positive for one or more cannabis constituents.

Although scientific testing has not yet backed up these claims, the following are some of the ways in which hemp seed oil could benefit the hair:

  • by promoting hair growth
  • by moisturizing the hair
  • by thickening the hair
  • by preventing water loss to protect the hair
  • by reviving damaged hair
  • by adding shine

Hemp seeds are rich in polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, in what some experts call the perfect ratio. This may contribute to the many potential health benefits that people attribute to hemp and hemp seed oil.

Some studies have suggested that hemp seed oil can help relieve the symptoms of dry skin and itchiness in atopic dermatitis. Another study found that hemp seed oil could be helpful in treating acne.

Some of the alleged benefits of hemp seed oil for hair may be due to its positive impact on the skin, including the scalp.

Researchers have also found that hemp seed oil may help protect people from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. The anti-inflammatory properties of hemp seed oil that some scientists say may help protect against chronic conditions could also contribute to hair health.

The composition of hemp seeds provides some clues as to the source of their benefits. Indeed, hemp seeds contain many important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including:

  • gamma-linolenic acid
  • phytosterols
  • vitamin D
  • vitamin E
  • carotene
  • chlorophyll
  • calcium
  • magnesium

Consumer products that incorporate hemp seed oil for hair care range from shampoos and conditioners with low concentrations of the oil to pure hemp seed oil that people can apply directly to the hair and scalp.

The following sections will look at some of these products in more detail.

Organic Pure OilINC: Hemp seed oil shampoo and conditioner

These products are formulated to strengthen, moisturize, and restore all hair types.

The manufacturer states that the products feature a blend of hemp seed oil, hemp proteins, and hemp extracts to promote shine, reduce frizz, and support dry ends.

Love Beauty and Planet: Hemp seed oil shampoo

This shampoo contains hemp seed oil, coconut oil, nana leaf, and plant-based cleansers.

The manufacturer claims that the fresh, woody scent of nana leaf promotes relaxation and a sense of balance.

Maui Moisture: Fortifying and hemp seed oil hydrating vegan shampoo

The manufacturers designed this shampoo to prevent breakage in dry hair.

The formula includes aloe vera, hemp seed oil, and cacao butter to improve hair strength while keeping it soft.

Wellness Premium: Organic hemp seed oil hair serum

The manufacturer formulated this hair serum to provide all hair types with the strength and protection necessary to handle heat from styling products.

The cold-pressed hemp seed oil in this product provides important vitamins and minerals.

OKAY: Hemp seed and shea leave-in conditioner

The manufacturer claims that this leave-in conditioner promotes hair growth and prevents future hair breakage.

It does this by moisturizing and strengthening each strand.

Hempz: Original herbal deep conditioner and hydrating hair mask

The manufacturer states that this hair mask revives dry hair, using a mix of hemp seed oil, shea butter, pomegranate extract, and cogon grass extract.

This lightweight conditioner, scented with grapefruit and peach, may help hydrate hair and leave it soft and lustrous.

Wellness Premium: Organic hemp seed oil intensive hair mask

The manufacturer recommends this hair mask for thin to wavy hair.

It uses cold-pressed hemp seed oil, vitamins, and keratin to repair damage from the sun and chemical processes.

People should apply it after washing their hair, leave it on for 5–60 minutes, then wash it out to reveal softer, healthier hair.

Herbal Essences: Hair oil mist, hemp seed oil and aloe

This product may help fight frizz and tangles while hydrating and moisturizing.

It contains hemp seed oil, aloe vera, and botanicals that the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (in the United Kingdom) endorse.

Shea Moisture: Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil lush length conditioner

This conditioner supports thicker and healthier hair with a combination of Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, horsetail extract, and ginseng root.

The manufacturer claims that the hemp seed oil contains no THC or cannabidiol.

Sephora Collection: Multipurpose oil, hemp seed

This product can nourish, moisturize, and soothe the hair and skin. The manufacturer recommends it for the hair.

To use, apply it before shampooing or apply directly to dry hair for hydration.

People seeking hair care alternatives to products that contain hemp seed oil can choose from a number of different products.

Shampoos, for example, can prevent damage to the hair while cleansing and treating the scalp. Manufacturers can formulate them to address everything from dandruff and greasy hair to frizz.

That said, people with frizzy hair should avoid using harsh shampoos, as these can make the problem worse.

Conditioners protect the hair by mimicking its natural outer layer. They can also make hair easier to comb, which reduces the risk of damage, minimizes frizz, and makes it easier to manage.

People can also use other oils for hair care, such as olive oil, mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil. Researchers have found that coconut oil could prevent protein loss for both healthy and damaged hair.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommend that people let their hair type determine their hair care practices. For example, a person might only use products designed specifically for their hair type, wash oily hair more often, or use conditioner regularly while concentrating on the tips of the hair.

Hemp seed oil may have beneficial effects on the hair. Learn about these potential benefits, as well as some hemp seed oil-based hair products, in this article.


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Top 100 Strains 2018 Cannabis Seed Guide FREE EBOOK

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Introducing the Top 100 Strains 2018 Cannabis Seed Guide

These top 100 cannabis strains for 2018 are the most popular, hot best sellers this year according to seed distributors worldwide.

Included in this free ultimate seed guide are the best high yielding strains for indoor and outdoor growing – sativa strains, indica strains, hybrids, IBL and landrace strains too! Feminized, Regular, and Autoflowering seeds.

This free eBook is ordered in three chapters:

Chapter 1 – Feminized

Feminized seeds produce only female plants when sprouted. Cannabis growers who need to ensure that each seedling is female sensimilla will be pleased to find the largest supply of top cannabis strains available in feminized seeds.

Chaper 2 – Regular

Regular seeds produce both male and female plants when germinated. If you’d like to make your own seed from your cannabis genetics, make sure to use regular seed stock. A wide variety of classic and new strains for 2018 can be bought as regular seeds.

Chapter 3 – Autoflowering

Autoflowering seeds produce cannabis plants that don’t react to changes in light hours a.k.a. non-photoperiodic plants. This makes using extened and non-stop lighting possible on flowering marijuana. Autoflowering seeds are often sold in feminized seed form, although regular seeds can be found by a number of breeders as well.

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Can You Actually Get Rich Selling Weed?

When you’re in high school and college, selling weed seems like a dream job on par with race car driver or pirate. The access to drugs ups your social cache, you make your own hours, and you can get high whenever you want. I assume that pretty much everyone between the ages of 15 and 25 has dealt drugs, or seriously considered it, or at least fantasized about the ways they would avoid the cops while raking in that sweet, sweet drug cash. I would sell only to trusted classmates and refuse to talk business over phone or computer except by way of an elaborate code that might fool cops and parents. All in all, a perfect plan.

So why doesn’t everyone cash in? Well, to begin with, even though the people I bought weed from as a teenager were far from cool or tough in the traditional sense, they clearly had some kind of savviness or street wisdom that I lacked. I have no idea where they were getting their drugs from, but I assume at some point dealers have to handle interactions with sketchy people who are either their suppliers or their suppliers’ suppliers. Every dorky kid slinging dime bags at the Jewish Community Center is only a few degrees of separation from a dude with a gun.

Nevertheless, even in hindsight, the weed merchants of my youth appear to have gotten off scot-free. As far as I know, no one I ever bought from got arrested, or even suspended. In my mind, selling weed would have enabled me to save more money than I did through my grunt labor at Panera Bread, Firehouse Subs, Pollo Tropical, and a litany of other fast food restaurants.

But were any of those dealers I knew making any real cash? With so many weed dealers roaming America’s campuses and 7-Eleven parking lots, is the market too crowded? And has the loosening of weed laws helped or hurt dealers looking to get rich? To find out, I hit up people in both the illegal and legal marijuana trades to see who—if anyone—was cashing in.

I started with a college student I’ll call Darren. The Manhattan native got into selling weed two years ago when he was behind on rent. He and a friend pooled together $120 each and bought an ounce from an old high school buddy, then went to Ace Hardware, bought some baggies, and started offering delivery for orders as low as $15.

Because Darren was wiling to haul ass around NYC for the tiniest amount of money, people started hitting him up slowly but surely. The fact that he doesn’t smoke made it easier to turn a profit. When he and his partner doubled their money, they went back and asked for two ounces, and managed to haggle for a discount. Two weeks later, word had spread to other dealers in the area.

“Now this is where people started figuring out who’s entered the market,” Darren says. “Word moves quick.” Another old acquaintance sent a text offering a quarter pound of weed, and a menu of choices.

“So like I was getting shit like Blue Dream, Cookie Monster, Girl Scout Cookies, Platinum Kush, Blackberry Kush, White Nightmare,” Darren says. “I was like, ‘What the fuck?’ And he was willing to put it on the arm, which means on credit.”

The new arrangement was that Darren had two weeks to pay back the price of the quarter pound, which was easy, he tells me, since he and his friend were the only dealers selling any exotic strands in their area. About a month or two after that, another old friend texted with an offer to front an entire pound, which was about the size of a bed pillow. The friend also didn’t care about when he would be paid back.

This sort of friendliness is incredible to me, but one of the big things I learned from Darren is that most of the weed world seems to operate around credit. As he explained, though, “Why would you run off with a pound that would sell for $2,000, when the potential in the long run is worth so much more?”

The second lesson I learned was that middle-tier dealers are making a lot of their profits doing flips, or moving big amounts of weed for tiny amounts of money to other dealers below them. It seems obvious in retrospect, but they’re basically selling the fact that they have a connection.

“There’s a guy I sell an ounce to for $200,” he tells me. “He’ll literally sell the ounce to some other dude for $220, and it’s an easy $20 for less than 30 minutes of his time, so he’ll come back and do it again right away. Sometimes it feels like you’re not even selling weed.”

Darren’s been dealing for three years now, and he’s moving a pound or two every week and a half. The guy above him, he says, is moving anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds a week, but still doesn’t consider himself a kingpin, or even big-time.

Darren has no desire to get to that level; he wants to pass his business onto someone else when he graduates from college. But if he kept with it, he might come to resemble a dude I’ll call Brian, who makes big bucks running drugs as a full-time business.

Brian claims he grosses half a million a year, which comes out to about $250,000 after payroll and other expenses.

Brian’s been in the weed business for about three years and has watched it become even more lucrative in that time. A pound used to cost $4,500, but now he can get one for $3,330 or $3,800. “Retail prices haven’t changed at all,” he says. “That means a lot of people are making good money now because wholesale has gone down so much.”

On paper, Brian makes next to nothing, about $15,000 a year. He has an LLC officially set up in Delaware, where taxes are lower, and now employs an uncurious accountant and a handful of deliverymen to do the schlepping he’s grown tired of doing himself.

Brian claims he grosses half a million a year this way, which comes out to about $250,000 after payroll and other expenses. Despite this, he doesn’t consider himself big-time, either.

“Big-time guys are out in California and have connects to multiple farms,” he insists. “They fly out here, arrange things, fly back and make sure everything is packaged correctly. They do that twice a year and make a million each time and are chilling in California the rest of the time.”

Brian tells me that he knew quite a few people who had been robbed, which highlighted one of the big downsides to selling weed illegally. The thought of that looming risk, coupled with his comment about big timers having connects with Cali, though, made me wonder about the other side of the weed business—the legitimate side. Was it easier to make money selling weed the legal way?

To answer that question, I called up Anthony Franciosi, the budding entrepreneur behind the Honest Marijuana Company, who moved to Colorado from New Jersey when he was 18 to become a marijuana farmer. As he learned to grow, he worked as an irrigation specialist and did restaurant work in the resort town of Steamboat Springs.

He got his start hawking extra buds from his harvest to a local dispensary. “I found that when I would give it to them, it was just disappearing, and they wanted even more of it,” he tells me. “If I had the foresight back then, maybe I would have put some money away and got some licenses.”

Instead, he found starting a farm of his own difficult. His first opportunity came in the form of a family friend who figured Franciosi was responsible enough to entrust with a $300,000 investment. The idea was to control the product from seed to sale, eventually opening a storefront. But it soon became apparent they didn’t have the funds to build that kind of operation.

“They weren’t really happy with the product they were gonna be able to come out with using that kind of money,” Franciosi says. “Basically that whole plan just flopped on its head.”

He found a second partner from New Jersey, however, someone with a bit more capital who was willing to spend $1.5 million to build a growing facility from scratch in a rural area. It’s set to open early next month, and it will employ five full-time employees as well as some auxiliary help, like trimmers. Those workers will earn around $45,000 a year, Franciosi says, which is a pretty good deal considering those jobs don’t require a college degree.

Overhead is a lot more complicated for on-the-books businesses like his; Franciosi not only has to pay his employees, he has to fork over a ton in taxes, without a lot of the write-offs that many federally legal businesses enjoy. Still, he remains optimistic.

Much like the illegal weed industry, the legal one seems to run on Monopoly money.

“I feel like the margins are shrinking, and that the people who got into the industry early were able to realize huge profits,” he says. “I think going forward it’s still a profitable business but practices just need to get better. I want to be a boutique facility—7,000 square feet as opposed to some in the state that are 200,000 square feet.” In the end, he hopes to produce 90 pounds per month in flower and have it retail for $200 an ounce in Denver and around $300 in the mountains.

Obviously, having a backer to the tune of $1.5 million helps. What I learned from talking to Franciosi is that much like the illegal weed industry, the legal one seems to run on Monopoly money. While it’s called “putting it on the arm” in the former, it’s called “venture capital” in the latter.

Eddie Miller is one of the guys who has a vested interest in seeing small-scale entrepreneurs like Franciosi succeed. The marketing professional, who built his first website in his parents’s Long Island basement at age 16, is one of the new breed of weed enthusiasts, almost evangelical in his passion for both kinds of green. He tells me he thinks it’s not a bad idea for kids to skip college and head to California or Colorado, and that he knows a guy who just invested $4.5 into the cultivation side and hopes to make it all back in the first year, and that the most profitable sector in pot is technology—which is why he’s the CEO of, a company that aims to sell infrastructure to fast-growing weed companies.

The unbridled optimism, though, made me a little weary. If everyone followed Miller’s example, wouldn’t all those new businesses and all that VC cash create a marijuana bubble? And what about when a couple of companies make it huge and become the Mercedes or Starbucks of weed?

When I asked would happen to the little guys, or to people who wanted to run boutique stores, Miller replied they would simply get eaten up by something like the Apple Store of pot.

I guess that makes sense. After all, there are huge companies like Anheuser Busch InBev that swallowed up many other businesses on the way to becoming global conglomerates. Just in 2015, ABIV bought the largest independent operation in California, Heineken bought 50 percent of Lagunitas, and MillerCoors purchased most of Saint Archer Brewing. It stands to reason that the economics of the weed industry will eventually resemble those of the beer market.

In Miller’s vision of the future, selling marijuana won’t be any different than selling DVDs or paper. Presumably that’ll be nice for him and others who have gotten in on the ground floor.

“Twenty years from now you won’t go into a store and ask for a gram of Khalifa Kush Bubble Hash, you’ll ask for a pack of it, or a box of it,” Miller says. “Everything will have been sized accordingly. The measurements by which it’s sold will have changed. As soon as there’s federal legalization, the tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceutical industries will all get into cannabis.”

Add the two inevitabilities of legalization and consolidation together, and it seems unlikely that tomorrow’s teens will even be afforded the choice of becoming either becoming sandwich artists or dime-bag-slinging outlaws. Perhaps they’ll all be working at either the Starbucks of weed or actual Starbucks.

Franciosi, the grower, says that soon most of the weed on the market will be pharmaceutical grade, and that the people with 200,000 square-foot warehouses will be forced to use pesticides and other nasty chemicals to keep up. He hopes the people who want to deal with that will be motivated to buy his stuff, which he likened to small-batch whiskey. But he also thinks the black market will probably remain an option for the foreseeable future.

“The price for drug dealers is $50 a quarter, no matter what,” he says. “That’s kind of a joke here, though. It’s like, ‘Yeah, good job, you got some for $9 a gram, and this other guy paid $17,’ but you compare the two, and one’s some smushed-up stuff that looks like it’s been in your pocket. Still, the people that I know who are local and have been here for a long time in Colorado say the store prices can’t ever compete with the underground.”

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When I was growing up, drug dealers always seemed to have cushy jobs that were a license to print money. But what are the actual economics behind the legal and illegal sides of the marijuana industry?


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CBD for Recovery

If you’ve ever heard about CBD, you may know that it’s one of the most exciting and truly interesting products on the health and wellness market at the moment. It conquers more and more areas, offers more benefits, and opens up more opportunities how it can be used.

Of course, the most important discovery is its positive effect and how it can help in coping with various health problems. There are plenty of tests that prove it, however, a lot of evidence is informal. From what we know, cannabidiol does wonder in solving such issues as seizures, psychosis or mental disorders, nausea, migraines, depression, and anxiety. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect, it also helps in recovering from a workout. How? Let’s look at this question from all sides and find out.

Why do we suffer after a workout anyway?

We all know working out is good for our health and it’s essential for those who care about their physique in general. But in everything you do, it’s always important to keep a balance and not to go into extremes.

After intense training, all of us have felt tension and muscle ache, and of course, perceived it as a norm. In fact, such workouts cause microscopic damage to our muscle fibers. It’s no surprise that muscles get inflamed as a result. Having had such damage, our body finds ways to heal itself. It manifests when everything starts to hurt as well as when you feel lethargy and in some cases, exhaustion.

Some people prefer to take different pills to prevent it from happening. No doubt, there are medications and supplements that are able to relieve pain, but are you sure they are harmless?

We are happy to tell you that you have another option. A lot of people that had either examined CBD in labs or people that picked up CBD infused products and gave them a try, belief in genuinely amazing properties of CBD. There are several pieces of evidence that CBD influences suppressing cytokine, chemokine, and T-regulatory cell production, which in turn affects the acceleration of the recovery process.

What is even CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant, produced from hemp or marijuana seeds. From these plants, you get the oils and various products that you see almost everywhere. Components in the composition of CBD has relaxing properties, but at the same time, they won’t get you high. All due to the low content (less than 0.3%) of the element Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD with higher levels of THC induces what’s known as the entourage effect.

How does it work?

Cannabinoids trigger processes in our body as they bind to receptor cells known as cannabinoid receptors.

When CBD enters the body, it initiates the pharmacological characteristics of the receptor response, starting a chain of intracellular biochemical processes in the body.

Thus, thanks to this compound, the entire neural network is protected, and processes such as homeostasis, immune balance, and recovery from stress occur.

Various tests are carried out regularly, that allows us to receive more information about Cannabidiol and how it affects a human’s body. Scientists confirm more positive effects that CBD has on our bodies. Consumption of CBD has an influence on vanilloid receptors that are responsible for pain regulation, adenosine, that also deal with pain regulation and sleep cycle, and serotonin levels that aim to balance our stress and mood.

How much CBD to use

You can be sure that CBD is safe to use. However, how much oil to use is a tricky question. Lots of tests show that even high doses of up to 1.500 mg per day and chronic use are not harmful for people’s health.

Of course, you don’t need to consume that much oil, but figuring out what is the right amount for you specifically is difficult.

However, we do know that 1–6 milligrams of CBD must be taken for every 10 pounds of body weight based on pain levels. Another hypothesis is to start with 5–10 mg per day and increase the quantity from 5 to 10 mg until you feel relief.

Make sure you monitor your condition while taking this product, and don’t forget to discuss your decision to take CBD with your doctor first. Then you will be 100% sure you are making everything right without causing hard to your body.

Forms of using CBD

There are a few different ways to take CBD, and they all have various effects. Now let’s talk about each of them in more detail.

  1. Edibles. This type of a CBD infused product might be anything from gummies to brownies. It’s an easy (and delicious!) way to get your daily dose of cannabidiol.
  2. Tinctures. Probably the most convenient format, because in this way you can control the dosage of the drug, and it’s also very easy to use.
  3. Balms. There are plenty of beauty products containing CBD. To achieve the desired effect, they are usually applied directly to the skin.
  4. Vape. This method involves smoking a vape juice or a cartridge.

Experimenting with all forms can help you understand which option is the most suitable for you.

Can I legally buy CBD?

According to the Farm Act of 2018, medical cannabis and its derivative CBD is legal across all 50 states of America. This product recognized as class A drug federally, but if you own it, you are an offender. There are a few caveats like this, nevertheless, you’re safe to buy CBD across the United States.

However, recreational/medicinal marijuana and CBD produced from marijuana plants are still subject to state laws.

As for European laws, they differ from country to country. The general EU law permits taking CBD products that contain no more than 0.2% THC, and there are a few exceptions, such as Croatia, Slovenia, etc.

Is CBD also legal for athletes?

If you are a professional athlete or take sport seriously and you are considering to try CBD, you should know whether this product is allowed for athletes.

The use of cannabis is not a new thing in sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed it from its prohibited substance list in 2018, so CBD is permitted in competition, and your medals will stay with you.

However, you should be 100% of what you are buying. CBD is the only cannabinoid that is legal in applicable sports. If a product contains any other cannabinoids, such as THC, you could be disqualified or get other penalties.

After we found out that CBD is allowed according to various regulations, let’s discuss CBD benefits for athletes, and how such a drug can enhance muscle recovery.

CBD and muscles

A breaking down of muscle fibers after an intense workout is important for their growth, however, the excess inflammation can cause changes in the body.

Excess inflammation interferes with muscle recovery, which increases the risk of run down and injuries. Professional athletes can even become ill due to the slower response of the immune system.

In some cases, athletes can be faced with awful diseases: kidney problems and muscle death. All due to serum blood urea nitrogen and creatinine levels increase, which is also caused by excess inflammation.

Natural anti-inflammatory properties of CBD is a perfect solution to help in muscle recovery. Test results show us that antioxidant effects decrease inflammation and contribute to faster muscle recovery by reducing spasticity.

CBD also has shown its participation in reducing excess urea nitrogen and creatinine levels, which aid in avoiding severe complications for athletes.

CBD and muscle growth

If you pay special attention to muscle strengthening and want to achieve the best effect, then CBD can also help here.

Yes, most athletes prefer to use various supplements, pharmacy drugs, and products for muscle growth. Cannabidiol likewise has useful properties applicable to this task.

As you know, anti-catabolic supplements reduce the production of catabolic hormones, which contribute to muscle loss.

CBD promotes such an anti-catabolic response by intensifying the endocannabinoid receptors. When the endocannabinoid system is activated, it prevents the body from losing muscle mass, which subsequently helps muscles recover and grow much faster.

CBD and sprains/athletic injuries

Training, competitions, heavy sports equipment — it’s not surprising that athletes are subject to lots of injuries.

The first thing that comes to mind in such cases is various painkillers, but we have a different option for you.

CBD can be not only a very effective product for pain relief, but it can also reduce the recovery time by decreasing inflammation and helping in muscle recovery. Faster recovery is often vital for athletes not to lose form. Nobody wants to miss out on training or prolong their sufferings, right?

We feel pain due to neurons in our central nervous system that have a reaction in case of injuries. Painkilling is one of the most known and useful properties of CBD that has been discovered so far. CBD makes endocannabinoid receptors slow down neurons, which helps us not to feel pain anymore. CBD works like ordinary pain relievers, but, without numerous side effects.

CBD and endurance

Strength, speed, and endurance are quite essential qualities for athletes. They determine the results you achieve and “who gets the gold”.

If we are talking about long-distance runners, to them the question of endurance is always relevant. So what generally affects stamina?

Turns out a high level of running and excretion of endorphins directly related to the endocannabinoid system.

Another discovery made by scientists about the properties of CBD showed that it contributes to the development of endurance since it helps balance and activate the endocannabinoid system.

Now let’s sum up all the information and highlight the main benefits of using CBD for athletes.

Advantages for athletes:

Cannabis is an effective way of reducing pain from different injuries, including musculoskeletal pain from workouts and stiff joints.

Alternative to NSAIDs.

Many athletes prefer to take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but they are not always safe for your health.

Such medications can increase the risk of renal damage, heart attack, and stroke if you are taking them frequently or on in a long-term period.

There are some cases of athletes taking CBD, who saw the results and didn’t experience any side effects as opposed to NSAIDs.

Alternative to opioids.

Opioid medications are highly effective for pain management, but carry a significant risk of addiction, which can result in overdose or even be fatal.

Compare to opioids, cannabinoids are not so active but may be useful for long-term pain management. This can be a reasonable advantage case taking CBD causes far less dependency risk or death.

Inflammation may have one of two effects: permissible level of inflammation can either be useful for helping stimulate positive training adaptations or case of excess inflammation, it discourages recovery.

Cannabinoids have a significant anti-inflammatory effect and reduce cytokine (substance that increases inflammation), so they help your body to recover faster.

Small and large intestines inflammation is the reason for discomfort for the sportsmen, and especially GI distress, which is the leading cause of athletes drop out of races. Of course, CBD won’t solve stomach problems, but if you have inflammation issues that contribute to gut problems, CBD may be a practical solution. This applies both during or after workouts.

Lack of sleep improver.

Sleeping has always been, still is, and will be the best remedy for human health. But what should you do in a situation when you are an athlete, you need to restore energy, and yet you have problems with sleep? Just keep calm, we have a way out of this situation.

People who take CBD noted the ease and speed of falling asleep, as well as more restful sleep.

CBD products for athletic

What is best for athletes: cream or oil? Is vaping will give the desired results? Are there any other options? Let’s get the answers to all the questions and find out together.

There is a variety of options for athletes which product to use. And it’s good to know the features of each of them.

Edibles. The easiest and most convenient way to get your CBD norm is trying CBD infused food. Nowadays you can find a large assortment of such products on the market. Furthermore, athletes can even find protein bars and powders that contain CBD.

Tinctures. It’s a form that takes the least amount of time to be absorbed by our system and have an effect. Tinctures are great to be paired with other supplements an athlete can be taking.

Capsules. Aside from convenience of taking a capsule, it is also great because you can be sure of the dosage. Tablets can be taken regularly for maintenance or treatment of chronic pain, and also for long-term muscle recovery and effectiveness improvement.

Creams and lotions. A well-known way for a temporary pain relief effect. Creams and lotions that contain CBD can influence the source of pain and inflammation, providing faster and more effective relief.

Vape pen. Vaping can provide an almost instant effect. But at the same time, such a method has a lousy side effect: it might have a negative effect on lung functions.

There are always new CBD infused products that appear on the market. These are just a few options that are best for athletes.

What form of a CBD product would be best for you? There is no universal advice because what works for one might not be right for another. Perhaps the only way to find out if a product works for you and gives you the desired effect is to try it. However, make sure always to research all the products that you wish to try.

How to use CBD?

A variety of CBD contained products provides an opportunity to get needed CBD through capsules, pills, and other forms from oils to creams. Also, there are many sports beverages, such as recovery drinks with CBD. It’s important to understand some nuances about CBD consumption because they may affect how slowly or quickly you get the results.

Capsules, oil, and edibles are for internal use. Such products have to be digested that’s why their effect may take a bit longer. Sublingual drops/tinctures are considered the fastest way to achieve a result.

Creams and lotions should be applied directly to the body. This method of using the product allows topical creams to work quicker than edibles. As opposed to internal use, creams that directly sink in through the skin layers, make their way to our system faster, whereas digestion takes a little bit longer.

But what about drug tests?

This test usually involves urinalysis or another drug test to find out the THC amount in a human body. Even though CBD contains a small amount of THC, they are different metabolites, and drug tests can’t be positive.

CBD is available as “full-spectrum” or “isolate”. Full-spectrum CBD products contain CBD and other compounds found in the original cannabis plant, which could include small amounts of THC. CBD isolate, and CBD produced from hemp would be a better choice, from an anti-doping standpoint.

It’s also important to note that some companies may add extra THC into a product to increase the effect. If your CBD comes from hemp seed, it should contain 0.3% THC or less, which is within a norm and won’t show on a test.

However, some consumers noted that after a daily use of a CBD product for a long time, the THC amount rose above average. But in reality, if you buy products from verified and reliable companies, CBD won’t cause an increase of THC amount in the body.

Potential risks

As well as other pills or medicaments, CBD oil has its side effects. In some cases, it can cause dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, or fatigue. It’s also essential to mention that CBD can not be compatible with other medications you’re taking.

Therefore, always take this fact into account, and don’t forget to consult a doctor before using CBD.

Is CBD oil addictive?

Since numerous CBD products contain different levels of THC, you might be wondering if CBD is addictive.

Why should it be? At the molecular level, CBD is not addictive and doesn’t produce an effect that THC does.

It’s important to know that even THC doesn’t induce the same degree of physical withdrawal symptoms that opiates or alcohol do. Though cannabis use can often cause a cannabis use disorder. This condition leads to cannabis withdrawal symptoms that can be compared to growing a dependency. However, there is no evidence of CBD being addictive.

Things to pay attention to before buying:

Certificate of Analysis. Obviously, you should only buy certified products. A COA provides complete transparency about the ingredients that have been used to produce a product, and you can be confident that there won’t be anything you don’t wish to have in a composition. Be it nasty chemicals that you want to avoid, or if you have an allergy to something, a COA can help you figure out if a product is worth trying.

Make sure to ask for a COA if it doesn’t come with the product in a store or is not listed on the website. You can either contact the seller or a company directly and request this information.

THC. Keep it in mind: 0.3% is the right amount of THC that CBD product is allowed to have. Excess consumption of THC will give you a high and will show on a drug test.

Test date. When you analyse COA, pay close attention to the date, lot number, and an image of the packaging. If the test date was a long time ago, the lot number doesn’t match it, or the product packaging has changed, these are signs that COA may be invalid.


Recovery is a very individual process. There will never be a straightforward answer to questions such as how much CBD to take, whether it will work on you or not, or what form of CBD to choose. The effect will always depend on various factors.

But, as we have seen, CBD is helping with athletic recovery and could be a great addition to your recovery routine. CBD products can solve a lot of problems and can be especially helpful for those who experience a lot of tension after intense physical activity.

No doubt, there are a lot of painkillers, however, they can result in building a dependency or addiction. Obviously, there is a much better and more convenient way to manage the recovery process, allowing athletes to train hard yet minimizing the health damages. Using CBD products improves recovery time and quality due to its effectiveness. Many argue that it is a lot healthier and more effective compared to traditional pain management drugs.

According to studies, there are plenty of benefits in using CBD oil, especially for muscle recovery,. Still, there are also a few risks and possible side effects to consider as well. Our aim was to inform you about this possibility, and now it is up to you to decide whether you want to give it a try.

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Anastasiia Myronenko is a Medical Physicist actively practicing in one of the leading cancer centers in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received her master’s degree in Medical Physics at Karazin Kharkiv National University and completed Biological Physics internship at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Germany. Anastasiia Myronenko specializes in radiation therapy and is a fellow of Ukrainian Association of Medical Physicists.

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Marijuana Dispensaries, Delivery, and Doctors in North Attleboro

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How Many States Have Legalized Medical Marijuana?

canva.comAs the decriminalization of cannabis continues across the country, chances are high that you live in one of the states where weed is legal, or at least one of the 35 states with medical marijuana (plus Washington, D.C.) as an option for pati.

5 States with Potential to Legalize Marijuana in November

If you already live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical or adult-use, it can seem like the fight to end American pot prohibition is already over. But what about the states without those same legal weed liberties? In reality, cannabis is.

Legal Cannabis Delivery: Everything You Should Know

Sometimes, getting up off the couch and making your way to the nearest dispensary is just a little too much work. And with the Coronavirus pandemic still raging across the country, staying at home is more popular – and integral – than ever before. Fo.

How Many States Have Recreational Weed?

In 2012, Colorado and Washington made the historic vote to become the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, and 9 more states have followed suit since. With new states constantly having elections with legalization propositions on them, eac.

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Taste True Hemp

With new and exciting treats hitting the dog food market every day, keeping up with trends is something the team at Natural Cornish Pet Shop are proud of. From Grain-Free to Raw Treats, we love any product that promises to be beyond tasty and beneficial for our dogs’ health and wellbeing.

When it comes to all-natural ingredients, we only choose the best to showcase in the Natural Cornish Pet Shop. Only the finest foods fill our products, and if it’s not 100% natural then we simply do not use it.

But there is one ingredient the team here cannot stop raving about; Hemp Oil.

Packed with an abundance of healthy benefits, Hemp Oil really is the new kid on the block. Supporting ailments from joint pain to digestive issues, Hemp Oil can really be the saving grace your dog needs to live a long and happy life. With a little dash of this super oil in their diets can get their tails wagging and doing what they do best all day long.

Hemp: What’s it all about?

Hemp is a derivative of the Cannabis Sativa plant but is important not to get Hemp oil confused with the drug – it contains a minuscule amount (0.02%) of the mind-altering THC component so will give your pet all the positives of the plant without any side effects.

How Hemp Dog Treats Can Help

Got an itchy dog? An anxious dog? Do they have aches in pains in all those sensitive places? Well, Hemp is for your dog.

With a multitude of vitamins and minerals to support your dogs’ health, it is no surprise that humans have been using hemp for thousands of years to aid those annoying ailments. Bursting with goodness, here are some of the fantastic ways hemp can help your hound:

  • Great source of protein
  • Full of Riboflavin (Vitamin B) – Great for eyesight and skin
  • Packed with Folic Acid – Crucial to producing healthy blood cells
  • Contains SDA (Steridonic Acid), a plant based source of Omega 3 – fantastic for a healthy coat
  • Bursting with Thiamine – Strengthening power for joints and muscles

But how does hemp oil work?

Here’s the magic bit.

Our four-legged friends naturally produce prostaglandins – the hormone responsible for maintaining muscle and joint health. Hemp Oil contains a range of fatty acids like Omega 3 & 6, which are excellent contributors to creating prostaglandins therefore proving your pet is an extra boost of TLC when chomping down on our range of hemp-infused treats giving them all the joint and muscle support they need to lead a long, happy life!

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Based in the glorious countryside of British Columbia, Canada, True Leaf products are the result of the brilliant brains of True Leaf Medicine International Ltd. They work tirelessly to develop and create hemp-based products that aim to prolong the life of our furry friends and new and exciting ways to make sure our pets are as happy as can be.

As the benefits of hemp seed oil are becoming known more and more, True Leaf Pet has experienced exceptional growth since hitting the market in 2015 and their sticks are available in over 1500 stores across North America, New Zealand, as well as many stores in Europe including yours truly.

We are beyond proud to stock a wide variety of True Leaf products within our store. The True Hemp range of treats and chews by True Leaf are a fantastic way to keep your dogs health in check and their tails wagging all day long.

True Hemp Treats by True Leaf

Packed with 70% wholesome protein and completely grain-free, these meat based treats are a fantastic way of introducing hemp seed oil into your pet’s diet. The combination of paw-fect protein and helpful hemp provides your dog with a scrumptious and nutritionally beneficial snack we guarantee they will come back for time and time again.

Available in a range of flavours with each targeted at a specific ailment of our furry friends, True Hemp treats are created with dog’s health and wellbeing in mind. From anxious dogs to itchy dogs, no matter the problem, True Hemp has the solution.

Our range of True Hemp Dog Treats:

  • Calming (Green Tea, Chamomile & Lemon) – Great for anxious dogs who need a calming soothe.
  • Hip + Joint Support (Green Lipped Mussel & Tumeric Root) – Fab to keep those muscles and bones in check
  • Skin + Coat (Flax Seed & Pomegranate) – Brilliant for irritated dogs who wish for soft, smooth and silky skin and coats.

True Hemp Dog Dental Sticks

For those ‘in-between’ brush days, we recommend giving your pooch a dental chew to ensure a proper maintenance of oral health. Like us, our dogs need to keep their gnashers in check and dental sticks are a great way to reduce tartar, plaque and any grimy build up for food throughout the day.

Containing the same ingredients as their tasty treats, True Hemp Dental Sticks are a fantastic way your pet can get a daily dose of hemp in their diets and bursting those moments of boredom by chomping on a champion chew to keep those teeth clean and tidy.

Available in the same varieties of their treats: Calming, Hip + Joint Support and Skin + Coat, these delicious dental chews are fantastic for dogs with stinky breath and a great all-natural alternative to not-so-nice high-street brand dental sticks. You can even buy Dental Sticks in bulk to make. saving, whilst keeping your dog’s mouths happy!

Packed with an abundance of healthy benefits, Hemp Oil really is the new kid on the block. Supporting ailments from joint pain to digestive issues, Hemp Oil can really be the saving grace your dog needs to live a long and happy life. Read our blog to learn the positive effects hemp can have on your pet.


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The marijuana effect

It’s been a year since Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational pot, Bill Whitaker checks in

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Update: According to new data released by Colorado and analyzed by the Marijuana Policy Group, Colorado’s recreational dispensaries are estimated to ring up $295 million in sales and $51 million in tax revenue in 2014.

The following script is from “Colorado Pot” which aired on Jan. 11, 2015. Bill Whitaker is the correspondent. Marc Lieberman, producer.

Visit Colorado these days and you can smell change in the air. It’s the scent of legal marijuana for recreational use. If you’re a resident 21 or older, you can walk in to a state-licensed store and buy up to an ounce of pot. Tourists are limited to a quarter ounce.

Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001. But in 2012, voters amended the state constitution to allow recreational pot – and gave the government one year to make it work. Colorado’s governor calls it the most ambitious social experiment of the 21st century. Three other states also have approved recreational pot. But none has gone further or faster into the legal retail weed business than Colorado. The experiment just hit the one year mark and we wanted to know how it’s going. So we headed to Denver, the epicenter of a marijuana industry that’s now in full bloom.

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Welcome to the Mile High City where marijuana, long a symbol of the counterculture, now is just a part of everyday culture. It’s a Thursday night in downtown Denver and we were invited to a marijuana food and wine-pairing catering to young professionals. You might expect to see the band toking up, but here everybody is.

The food is sprinkled with marijuana, the wine infused with a strain called Killer Queen. Budtender Leo Dunaev selected it for the evening.

Leo Dunaev: Because of the mellowness of the strain there isn’t any kind of anxiety attached to it so that’s why we have such a crowd of happy and fantastic people. And what we’re doing there, with that machine, is it creates smoke that is cooled to 10 degrees. And that smoke is then blown into this glass. And that allows the wine to open up and really bring in the fruit forward qualities of it.

Those who might remember pot from the 70s – the marijuana grown and sold in Colorado today is up to 10 times stronger. There’s a healthy appetite for The Rocky Mountain high and no shortage of stores to supply the demand. There’s the corner store in Denver. a high-end boutique in Aspen right around the corner from Prada and Gucci. Colorado has licensed more than 300 recreational dispensaries so far, ringing up an estimated $288 million in sales, $37 million in tax revenue.

Bill Whitaker and Meg Sanders CBS News

Bill Whitaker: This is a lot of pot. This is industrial scale.

Meg Sanders: It is.

Bill Whitaker: How many rooms like this do you have?

Meg Sanders: When we’re fully finished with our construction, we’ll have 12 like this.

Meg Sanders is a new breed of cannabis CEO, driven to push marijuana into the mainstream. A suburban mother of two, she left a private equity firm to run Mindful, a chain of four retail stores that sells recreational and medicinal pot.

Bill Whitaker: All of this is legal. That’s just mind-blowing.

Meg Sanders: It is.

Bill Whitaker: Meg, did you ever think you would be here doing this?

Meg Sanders: No, never in a million years. I was working in a small financial office, and there just wasn’t a lot of upward growth. And what better opportunity than to jump into a fledgling industry–something that we’ll never see again in our lifetime.

Her 44,000 square-foot marijuana factory is cutting edge. Automated water and nutrient systems feed the plants. Lighting mimics the seasons so plants can be harvested year round – all this in a warehouse right across the street from a Denver police station. Sixty Mindful employees cultivate, trim, and package up to 500 pounds of marijuana every month.

Bill Whitaker: This is not somebody’s back yard. This is not some stoner’s basement. This is a big business.

Meg Sanders: This is industrial agriculture. Absolutely. Commercial grow right here.

Which is why she recruited Phillip Hague, known in the trade as a master grower. He used to cultivate flowers on an industrial scale in Texas. But his true passion is pot.

Bill Whitaker: What do you bring to the table here?

Phillip Hague: Efficiencies on the grow side. I treat this building more like a large-scale tomato greenhouse than your average cannabis grow.

Bill Whitaker: But, these ain’t tomatoes.

Phillip Hague: These are definitely not tomatoes. It’s a very specialized plant.

Bill Whitaker: And you are personally familiar with your wares?

Phillip Hague: Most definitely. (laugh) Yes, sir.

All of this still is illegal at the federal level. The Justice Department is watching closely. The feds say they won’t intervene as long as Colorado’s recreational pot doesn’t fall into the hands of kids or criminals or cross state lines. With marijuana’s growing acceptance in Colorado, Sanders says she’s comfortable as a cannabis capitalist.

Meg Sanders: I have a massive engineering feat for you.

Alijah Smith: All right.

Her 23-year-old son Alijah works with her at Mindful. She says parents at her daughter’s middle school seem more curious than critical of her business.

Bill Whitaker: Do you have any concerns that your job is sending the wrong signal to your 13-year-old daughter?

Meg Sanders: I’m not concerned about that.

Bill Whitaker: At all?

Meg Sanders: I’m not. This isn’t carte blanche, “Oh, because I work here, everybody should have access to it. And that includes her.” We have very good conversations about it. She knows. She knows.

Bill Whitaker: I mean, you say you’re a business person. I think some parents would look at this and say, “She’s just peddling drugs.”

Meg Sanders: I can tell you that the drug dealer, illegal drug dealer on the corner in any state in this nation isn’t carding, isn’t checking your ID, isn’t making sure you have a medical marijuana card or you’re over 21. This industry does it every day, the stats show it. We’ve done a phenomenal job.

Mindful expects to rake in $18 million this year, but it’s not easy money. Colorado requires every plant grown by a licensed operator to be tracked from seed to sale. Each one has a barcoded radio frequency ID tag and is logged into a statewide database. Cameras watch it all. The goal is to keep every bud and bit off the black market.

Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson isn’t sold.

John Jackson: Law enforcement is really trying to do the right thing here. It’s different. And it’s requiring a mind change or shift on our part.

Jackson is president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. He says there’s still illegal pot on the streets from underground dealers who don’t have to levy 28 percent in state taxes.

John Jackson: There’s a common belief that by legalizing it, you will get rid of the black market. I can resoundly say that the black market is alive and doing well.

Bill Whitaker: It’s still cheaper to buy it from the dealer on the street than to buy it in the store?

John Jackson: Certainly. You know, we’ve created an entire industry here. And I’m gonna be honest with you. There are some very responsible people that are involved. And it’s like anything else in society. You’ve got a few people that are really making it hard for the others, and maybe use Colorado as a platform to simply provide their marijuana to the rest of the country.

“There’s a common belief that by legalizing it, you will get rid of the black market. I can resoundly say that the black market is alive and doing well.”

This is what he’s talking about. In October, Denver police and the DEA raided several warehouse operations that were allegedly growing marijuana destined for out-of-state. Neighbors Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing to have the U.S. Supreme Court declare Colorado’s recreational pot market unconstitutional, claiming marijuana is crossing their borders. It’s too early to say if other problems are taking root. Colorado is just now starting to collect and analyze data on pot’s impact on the state.

Andrew Freedman: I do worry about if we are irreparably harming Colorado. And it’s something that will take years to suss out.

This baby-faced 31-year-old, Andrew Freedman, is Colorado’s marijuana czar. He’s a Harvard Law grad – hand picked by Colorado Gov.John Hickenlooper to oversee the rollout of legalized, recreational pot.

Bill Whitaker: There is no roadmap. I mean you guys are racing ahead at, you know, 1,000 miles an hour. And you’re trying to work this out on-the-fly. How do you do that?

Andrew Freedman: It’s an unbelievable challenge. Within one year, we wanted to get our culture up to speed. What is the right amount to imbibe or to smoke and drive? What’s appropriate around kids? What’s appropriate in public? And society had never weighed in on these things before.

[Andrew Freedman: OK, anything else on caregivers? Black market, gray market, where we’re going on it?]

“I do worry about if we are irreparably harming Colorado. And it’s something that will take years to suss out.”

He regularly calls together the department heads of revenue; health; education; all the state agencies involved with marijuana – trying to balance the demands of the people with public safety and the law.

Bill Whitaker: It’s legal here, but outside of Colorado, it’s still illegal. It’s a federally illegal drug. How do you square those two?

Andrew Freedman: Well, it is a round peg in a square hole. It takes everybody being creative in ways they haven’t been creative before, and knowing that at any time the federal government could come and shut us down, tell us that what we’re doing is illegal in their eyes.

Bill Whitaker: You still think that’s possible?

Andrew Freedman: Sure. It’s completely possible that in a few years, somebody comes around and says – a new president says, “We’re not OK with you doing this.”

They know they’re under a microscope. That’s why Colorado was quick to act when it bit into trouble with edibles — marijuana candies, cookies and other infused foods. Just three months into legalization, a 19-year-old college student visiting Denver leapt to his death from a hotel balcony after eating a pot-laced cookie. The coroner’s reported noted “marijuana intoxication” as “a significant contributing factor.”

Andrew Freedman: I think one of the things we didn’t see coming was that– people were gonna overdose on edibles. And we’re not gonna try to hide that problem. New rules and regulations came out faster than I think you ever see state government do something.

New rules placed immediate limits on the amount of THC, marijuana’s major psychoactive ingredient, allowed in edibles and required new labeling detailing the potency of each serving.

But the biggest cloud over the industry is banking. As long as the federal government continues to count pot proceeds as illegal drug money, most banks won’t touch it. So Colorado’s billion dollar marijuana industry is conducted almost entirely in cash: that’s why Meg Sanders keeps a two-ton safe.

Bill Whitaker: So your payroll was in cash?

Meg Sanders: Payroll, rent.

Bill Whitaker: Taxes?

Meg Sanders: Taxes, licensing fees, Home Depot, vendors, you name it, our – our electrician, absolutely.

Bill Whitaker: All in cash?

Meg Sanders: Absolutely. From a public safety standpoint, it’s definitely the number one issue that this industry faces.

Gov. John Hickenlooper: If you want to guarantee that a fledgling industry becomes corrupt and, you know, becomes populated with gang activity make it all cash, right. That’s as old as Al Capone, right. Cash creates corruption.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says a partial solution might be a new state-chartered cannabis credit union. He’s urging the federal government to approve it. Still, despite the problems, Governor Hickenlooper says he’s encouraged by the rollout of this green experiment Colorado voters wanted.

Bill Whitaker: In the beginning you didn’t think it was a good idea?

Gov. John Hickenlooper: No. I opposed it. You know, and I opposed it and I think even after the election if I’d had a magic wand and I could wave the wand I probably would’ve reversed it and had the initiative fail. But now, I look at it and I’m not so sure I’d do that even if I had such a wand. I mean, I think we’ve made a lot of progress. And, you know, still a lot of work to be done. But I think we might actually create a system that can work.

[Customer: Alright, I will have an eighth of that.]

Meg Sanders says marijuana is good for business.

[Customer: That’s pretty groovy dude.]

And good for Colorado.

Bill Whitaker: Are you seeing a marijuana effect on the economy here?

Meg Sanders: Absolutely. You can’t find an empty warehouse in the city of Denver (laugh) really. I mean, you just can’t. And then think of the ripple effect. I mean we affect a ton of businesses. Security, marketing– you know– web hosting. You name– we’re a business just like anybody else. We have the same needs.

Mindful store CBS News

Today, you can walk into a Mindful dispensary and buy a joint for $14.53. Business is good. Sanders is planning to expand.

Meg Sanders: We’re creating. We’re saying, “Please, trust us. We know that we can do this right.”

Bill Whitaker: I do I remember when this was rolled out everyone thought that the sky was going to fall.

Meg Sanders: It’s still there. (laugh) It didn’t fall. And business is thriving. And the customers are still coming through the door. So clearly, if I’m looking at my business and I’m looking at those around me, the consumer is saying, “Yeah, this works.”

It's been a year since Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational pot, Bill Whitaker checks in


best vacuum sealer for weed

Does Vacuum Sealing Cannabis Increase Storage Longevity?

Sunday August 9, 2020

W ith the coronavirus pandemic still rampant in every state, your best option for staying safe remains sheltering in place. In order to protect your health and the health of everyone around you, this means going out as little as possible, and that includes trips to your local dispensary. When you do go to the shop, be sure to wear a mask, follow all the posted directions, and if you have the budget, you should stock up on as much weed as possible.

Of course, once you’ve amassed a stockpile of bud, the next question becomes “How do you store it?”

Increasing the longevity of your bud is an age-old problem. You want every bowl torched or joint lit to have as fresh a flavor of those terpenes as when you first opened the bag. Even if you can accept a little softening of the taste after a bit, no one wants to smoke old weed. Everyone’s dealt with headaches, cough, or drowsiness you’ll experience as the THC molecule has degraded into CBN, and no one is a fan.

Storing Cannabis Long-Term

Airtight and out of sight is a pot smoker’s maxim for storing their weed. So it stands to reason that the less air you expose your weed to, the fresher and more potent it will remain. The terpenes won’t dry out, trichomes will stay on the bud, and it won’t burn as hot. Keeping your cannabis from the air will also reduce the humidity, which can cause weed to mold. Store it in a cool place to prevent the cannabinoids and terpenes from drying out further. You’ll want to keep it below 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

So, does this work? Is all you need a good jar and a closet or drawer to keep your weed in good condition for the long haul? The answer is yes. As with most things, the fresher, the better, so be sure to put aside some of your purchase to enjoy immediately. However, if you want to keep your cannabis flower in the best condition possible and store it even longer, a vacuum sealer is your best bet.

Vacuum Sealing Cannabis

Once your bud is vacuum-sealed, some strains can be stored for up to a year without losing a noticeable amount of their potency. Even better, vacuum sealers are relatively cheap online. A quick search on Google or Amazon will give you plenty of options. You can find a home use one for around $50-$75 and a jar sealer attachment is only $20.

If you do decide to go with vacuum sealing, jars vs. plastic bags is worth considering. The benefit of plastic bags is their cheapness and ease of storage. If you’re vacuum sealing in a plastic bag, your nugs will get a little compressed and some small pieces may get crunched off. However, the quality will still be exceptional and it’s not like you’re putting them in a showroom. You’re just going to burn them anyway. As long as you keep them out of the light they’ll still be good.

Considerations for Vacuum Sealed Marijuana

Plastic bags have some downsides though. If you’re choosing to freeze your weed to keep it an extra-long time, you have to be extra careful when handling the baggie. Frozen trichomes can break off and remain in the bag, instead of going into your body where they belong. Allow your weed to come back up to room temperature before using it. However, there’s a lot of debate whether or not freezing weed has any real advantages for storage. Many cannabis consumers will say that room temperature works just fine for storage and that between 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature range.

A final issue to consider with plastic bags is that plastic can get a very light static charge. This won’t zap you like a metal door handle when you touch the bag, but it’s still strong enough to pull delicate hairs and trichomes off of your weed. This lowers the potency.

Using a jar adapter to vacuum seal your weed is just as easy as sealing plastic and jars have some big advantages over plastic. They’ll preserve the shape of your nugs, you’ll lose fewer trichomes to crunching and static charge, and they’re more earth-friendly.

With jars, there is the issue of storage. Since glass doesn’t bend or flat pack, you’re stuck needing more storage space.

Whether you choose jars or plastic to vacuum seal, the final method to long term weed storage is to use a couple of smaller jars or bags rather than one large container. Every time you open the bag or the jar, you lose terpenes and cannabinoids to the air. By having a couple of smaller containers, you can keep the majority sealed from the air and fresh while you work your way through one. Plus it’s easier to portion out your weed if you’re trying to ration it.

Of course, you don’t need to vacuum seal your weed. Airtight and out of sight works just fine in the short term, as long as it’s not too hot. But it never hurts, especially if you’re regularly buying in bulk. If a small investment is worth having fresher weed longer, vacuum sealing is the way to go. Especially if you’re buying a lot all at once.

Have you ever vacuum sealed your cannabis? Share your experiences in the comments below.

Increasing the longevity of your bud is an age-old problem. You want every bowl torched or joint lit to have as fresh a flavor of those terpenes as when you first opened the bag. Click here to find out some of the best ways to keep your weed fresher and more potent for longer!