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A bill that would allow the use of medical cannabis at schools zoomed off the Senate floor Monday afternoon.
Senate Bill 204, co-sponsored by Sens. Candace Gould, R-Albuquerque, and Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, and Rep. Gail Armstrong, R-Socorro, would allow children who are qualified patients to use the medicine in school settings and permit school personnel to administer it.
With little discussion, 35 senators voted to pass and two did not.
Gould told Senators the bill addresses the problem of students choosing between going to school every day and taking their medicine.
"My constituent came to me, torn between using medicine that's working more effectively for her child's epilepsy with less side effects than the Valium she was using and being able to go to school," she said.
That constituent is Lindsay Sledge, whose daughter Paloma uses cannabis oil regularly to control severe seizures.
Sledge has been pushing to change the law in the state.
Sledge told the Journal she's "very excited" about the Senate's approval of the legislation.
"I'm sort of blown away by the amount of support we've had for the bill," she said. "When I first started doing this whole process, I had several people say this was going to be next to impossible."
Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque, supported the bill during Monday's debate, saying it addresses a problem across the state.
"Since it is the policy of this state to support medical marijuana this is an opportunity to let our schools know that they need to support it for our children as well," she said.
There are currently 175 other children in the state using medical cannabis, Gould said.
Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, who voted not to pass the bill, pushed on SB 204 because it did not appropriate money for storing the medicine.
Gould said the medical cannabis probably would be locked up with other prescription medicines that are allowed on school campuses now.
The bipartisan bill approaches the use of medical cannabis at school much like the use of other drugs at schools.
But districts are allowed to opt out if they can determine they'd lose federal funding because marijuana remains illegal under federal law. SB 204 has a provision that allows parents to appeal to the state Public Education Department if districts are exempted from allowing the medicine at school.
The bill now heads to the House.
"I'm hopeful it will pass its next step quickly," Sledge said.
Courtesy of Las Cruces Sun.
SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) - Legal recreational pot is inching closer to becoming a reality in New Mexico as state lawmakers push measures forward in Santa Fe.
passed the House Judiciary Committee Saturday and is now headed to the House floor for a vote -- a first in state history.
Meanwhile, Republican senators had their own Cannabis Regulation Act heard in a Senate committee Saturday, too. It also passed."We came to the conclusion that legalization is coming," Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell, said. "How can we do it in a way that's more responsible, so we don't have the negative social impacts that Colorado and other states have had?"
"So we wanted to sit down at the table and give our solution, as Republicans, to how we would like to see the regulation of cannabis," he said.
The House bill is sponsored by Democrats and would make it legal for anyone over the age of 21 to possess up to two ounces of pot and grow up to six mature plants in their home. It allows towns and cities to prohibit sales, but not ban the use or growing of plants in private homes.The Senate bill, however, does not allow for homegrown marijuana. It would create a cannabis control commission to regulate cannabis production, sales, and testing, also setting standards on the packaging.
The Republican lawmakers want childproof packaging and labels showing where the pot came from, but these aren't the only concerns when it comes to legalizing weed. Medical marijuana patients want to make sure their cannabis is protected.
"It is not like a batch of cookies where you can go buy ingredients and get more. You have to wait for a whole plant to grow itself before you can get more medicine," said Ginger Grider, a medical cannabis patients advocate. "Even with fines imposed, producers always choose to sell out on the recreational side first because they are going to make money.
"The sponsors of the Senate bill say they agree with her, which is also something Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham wants. While the House and Senate bills may not be identical, the legalization of recreational marijuana in New Mexico appears to be on the horizon. The specifics of the idea just need to be worked out.If the House bill passes on the floor vote, it heads over to the Senate for consideration. The Senate bill still has to get through a few more Senate committees before it gets a floor vote, then heads over to the House to repeat the process.
Courtesy of KRQE
The House Financial Services subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing Wednesday to address the lack of access to basic banking services by state-legal marijuana businesses.
Currently, state-licensed marijuana businesses face a web of conflicting regulations and federal prohibitions largely prohibit these businesses from partnering with financial institutions, processing credit cards, and taking standard business deductions.
NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano submitted written congressional testimony, which you can read here.NORML Political Director Justin Strekal published on op-ed on the topic in The Hill Newspaper, entitled Businesses need bank accounts — marijuana shops included.
One of the best ways to speed up marijuana legalization is by allowing the existing companies access to basic banking services and it is encouraging to see Congress begin the conversation.
You can watch the hearing below.
Courtesy of NORML.
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Recreational marijuana is one step closer to becoming a reality in our state.
On Saturday, HB 356 advanced in the House Health and Human Services Committee. HB 356 would regulate the use, production and sale of cannabis and cannabis products for those over the age of 21.
"It's time that we end the prohibition of cannabis," said Rep. Javier Martinez, one of the sponsors of the bill.
"This proposed legislation ensures that we lead the way with a legalization framework that protects medical cannabis patients, ensures public safety, and advances social justice for low-income, communities of color."
The bill includes public health and safety provisions, as well as investments in safety and education.
It would potentially create a Community Reinvestment Fund that would be used to fund numerous resources like legal services, medical care, outreach services and education for youth.
The bill now moves to the House Judiciary Committee.
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Chronic pain can be an incredibly debilitating condition. For many who live with it on a daily or near daily basis, the condition can be so oppressive, it affects other parts of their lives, impacting their mood, health, and overall well-being. Unfortunately, many treatment options are only nominally effective. Worse, commonly prescribed drugs like opioids are highly addictive and potentially toxic; 28,000 people died from an opioid overdose in 2014, more than any other year in history. No wonder a growing number of the estimated one in five Americans who suffer from chronic pain are turning to cannabis as an alternative.
While many people believe cannabis to be an effective treatment, what does the science say? Is it really more effective and safer than other drugs? Fortunately, when it comes to cannabis and cannabinoid-based formulations, chronic pain is one of the best studied conditions. However, the causes of chronic pain are diverse. Moreover, chronic pain can be nociceptive or neuropathic. Nociceptive pain is caused by tissue damage or inflammation. Neuropathic pain is caused by nervous system damage or malfunction.
Everyone’s biology is unique and will respond differently to cannabis depending on a number of variables, including what type of chronic pain they experience, dosage, strain, and administration method (vaping, edibles, tinctures, etc.).
How Effective is Cannabis for Chronic Pain Relief?
In a comprehensive, Harvard-led systematic review of 28 studies examining the efficacy of exo-cannabinoids (e.g. synthetic formulations or cannabinoids from the plant) to treat various pain and medical issues, the author concluded, “Use of marijuana for chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis is supported by high quality evidence.”Of the studies reviewed, six out of six general chronic pain studies and five out of five neuropathic pain studies found a significant improvement in symptoms among patients. Notably, while most of the studies were limited to synthetic preparations of cannabinoids, three of the five neuropathic pain studies investigated “smoked” cannabis, while two examined an oral spray preparation.
Dr. Donald Abrams, a professor and Chief of Hematology/Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital, supports cannabis to treat chronic pain, suggesting the following:
“Given the safety profile of cannabis compared to opioids, cannabis appears to be far safer. However, if a patient is already using opioids, I would urge them not to make any drastic changes to their treatment protocol without close supervision by their physician.”
Cannabis vs. Opioids
North America has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. Prescriptions have increased 400% percent since 1999, and with this trend a shocking increase in fatal overdoses has followed. Every day, 40 people now die from prescription narcotic overdoses. Many also move on to heroin because it is cheaper, easier to find, and more potent.Could cannabis be part of the solution? Quite possibly. An increasing number of studies provide evidence that many patients can use cannabis instead of opioids to treat their pain, or they can significantly reduce their reliance on opioids.
- Decreased side effects from other medications
- Improved quality of life
- Reduced use of opioids (on average) by 64%
“We are learning that the higher the dose of opioids people are taking, the higher the risk of death from overdose,” said Dr. Daniel Clauw, one of the study’s researchers and a professor of pain management anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. “[The] magnitude of reduction in our study is significant enough to affect an individual’s risk of accidental death from overdose.”Kevin Ameling, a chronic pain patient who now works for a Colorado-based non-profit cannabis research advocacy group called the IMPACT Network, is a success story. Ameling believes cannabis saved him from a life of dependency on prescription drugs. In 2007, he suffered a severe fall and was prescribed a cocktail of prescription drugs that included OxyContin, Tramadol, Clonazepam, and Lexapro. The pain became so severe that he had to progressively increase dosage while the OxyContin became less and less effective.
Living in Colorado, he decided to try medical marijuana in 2013. He claims he achieved results immediately and was able to significantly reduce his prescription intake. He cut his OxyContin dosage by 50%, reduced Clonazepam from 3 mg to 0.5 mg, Lexapro from 30 mg to 5 mg, and Tramadol from 300 mg to 75 mg.“It’s hard to express in words what a life changer medical marijuana has been for me,” said Ameling. “I was becoming increasingly worried about having to take higher doses of prescription drugs that can be highly addictive and toxic. Not only was I able to cut back significantly, with cannabis I can often skip the OxyContin with no adverse effects, something I couldn’t do before.”
Cannabis Can Take a Bit of Trial and Error
Ameling added, “Everyone will respond differently. For me, I found smoking can worsen my symptoms, while low dose edibles work the best.”No doubt, the chemical composition of the strain you choose and how you consume will affect the outcome. It may take a little trial and error before you find the most effective cannabis strain, dose, and preferred method of administration for your pain. Most importantly, if you are currently using opioids, exercise extreme caution. A change in treatment protocol should be done under medical supervision.
And, finally, heed the advice of Dr. Michael Hart, head physician at Marijuana for Trauma in Canada: “When considering cannabis to treat chronic pain, the adage ‘less is more’ rings true. Patients seem to find more relief in indica strains which are higher in THC than most sativa or hybridstrains. What we’ve found is that these strains can be highly effective in low to moderate doses, but could actually make pain worse in higher doses. So it’s important to start low, and titrate up as appropriate.”https://www.leafly.com/news/health/cannabis-for-chronic-pain-vs-opioids
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A state District Court judge has ruled that the state Department of Health’s 450-plant limit on medical marijuana dispensaries is arbitrary and capricious and has no factual basis.
Judge David Thomson issued his 60-page ruling Thursday and is giving the DOH 120 days to come up with a new rule on plant limits. He wrote that the department has been “impeding the purpose” of New Mexico’s medical pot statute.Bernalillo County resident Nicole Sena filed a lawsuit against the DOH in 2016 because she couldn’t find CBD oil, which requires several marijuana plants to produce, that she needed to treat her young daughter’s medical condition. She said she had to move to a “neighboring state” in order to get the oil.
Marijuana producer Duke Rodriguez, CEO of Ultra Health, later became a plaintiff in the suit. A bench trial concluded in August 2017.Sena and Rodriguez were represented by Brian Egolf, a state representative and speaker of the House who also has a law firm in Santa Fe.DOH spokesman Paul Rhien said in a text message Thursday: “The Department has received the judge’s decision and we are considering our next steps. Our focus will always be on ensuring that patients have safe access to medicine.”
Thomson ruled that the state Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, which governs the medical marijuana program, gives the DOH discretion to develop a distribution system, come up with requirements for producers and set procedures for obtaining a license. But the judge found that the statute doesn’t allow to department to “limit the production of medicinal cannabis that has no articulated fact-based correlation between the 450 plant limit and what meets the adequate supply needs of patients.”
“In essence, DOH is using its regulatory authority in a manner and with an end toward impeding the purpose of the Act,” Thomson wrote.
“Further, its regulatory mandate of 450 plants is not based on fact or reliable data and is not rationally related to its regulatory authority. More importantly, it impedes the ability to assure medical patients have an adequate supply.”The DOH moved the plant limit from 150 to 450 after a 2013 survey of medical marijuana patients, but Thomson ruled that the survey didn’t account for future growth of the program and noted that the department has not conducted another survey since. There were 9,760 patients in 2013, and as of September there are 58,782 patients in the program, according to DOH data.
Courtesy of Albuquerque Journal.
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The High Times Cultivation Department reached out to some of the cannabis world’s biggest names for their expert advice on how to succeed in growing great weed. Learn weed-growing words from the wise from professional and successful cannabis farmers.
One of the best uses of power when growing indoors is employing fluorescent bulbs to supplement your HID (High Intensity Discharge) lighting. Fluorescent lights, such as T-5s or CFLs (compact fluorescents) not only offer some of the best light spectrum for plants, they also are very efficient with electricity usage and emit very little heat. Additionally, fluorescents can be placed lower on side walls to better penetrate the garden canopy and effectively get light to the middle-third of your plants.– Nico Escondido, Cultivation Editor, High Times Magazine
Nothing in the biology of cannabis makes sense without an understanding of ‘genetics’. Nothing. Good cannabis genetics is everything. Give a grower a 1K HID and bad genetics and I will show you a grower who has fared far better with fluorescents and good genetics. Give a grower a 1K HID with good genetics and they are superman. Behind every stunning grow, breathtaking bud photograph, every unbelievably gorgeous dazzling bag of bud, every memorable cannabis experience, is someone who paid for good genetics to begin with. A thousand dollar grow room is ineffective without the right DNA put into it.– Greg Green, author of The Cannabis Grow Bible, greencandypress.com
Plants don’t need flowering food until you’ve got flowers forming. Keep plants on full strength vegetative nutes through the first week of flowering for indicas and second week for sativas. Then combine both veg and bloom for a week. Likewise, plants benefit from continued Metal Halide (MH) lighting for a week or two into the flowering stage.– Kyle Kushman, High Times Cultivation Reporter Extraordinaire,
It’s important to catch pests, infestations and molds early and act immediately. Powdery mildew on foliage surfaces and insect secretions can be seen at night with a green headlight or a UVB light. Mildew and poop appear to glow under a UVB light on plant leaves..Take a look!– Jorge Cervantes, Author of Cannabis Encyclopedia, marijuanagrowing.com
The Four P’s
Plants that grow bushier with even branching can yield bigger under artificial light sources, giving consistent, dense bud quality from the top to the bottom of medicinal cannabis plants. Follow the “Four P’s” and you will succeed. Pinch: out the central growing point on established vegetative plants to promote bushier plants that yield all “tops”. Do not pinch your plants if the crop is fewer than fourteen days away from beginning the bud phase. Pluck: fan leaves away ONLY if they are blocking a lot of light from other growing points; consider trimming a leaf blade or two away instead. Do so sparingly, fan leaves are the energy factories. Patience: is a virtue, and to be a good grower you have to exercise this. Prune: this is better done all at once, for example in the second week of flowering. Constant pruning creates stresses on your plants, as they are forced to keep “re-wiring” themselves.– Erik Biksa, High Times Canadian Cultivation Correspondent, hydroponicssecrets.tv
The best production gardens (those with more than two HID growlamps) are almost exclusively grown from clones taken from healthy motherplants. The best motherplants are never flowered – as they grow from seed, clones are taken from them and flowered out to find out their sex and the quality of what they’ll produce. The corresponding vegetative motherplants are kept in large containers under metal halides or plenty of fluorescent growlights. Feed them mild vegetative nutrient solution high in Nitrogen.– Danny Danko, High Times Senior Cultivation Editor
The number one tip I could give to save time and money in the grow room would be “Go Organic”. Not only will you save time and money but it will also help lessen your carbon footprint and provide you with higher quality cannabis that burns properly. Go green. Grow green. We already have an over-dependance on petrochemicals so why pour fertilizers made of these substandard ingredients on our plants. I say no! Grow organic it won’t only change your growroom it will change your life.– Shiloh Massive, NorCal Legend
It does not matter what kind of medium is in use, mineral fertilizer will cause salts buildup and eventually result in intoxication of the plants, if proper flushing is not applied. The purpose of flushing is to wash the medium, and as a consequence a lot of water flows through the containers down to the ground, and it is very important to drain away excess water from the growroom, so the climate stays good (too much water in the room will cause air humidity to climb fast, creating all sorts of issues). In my personal experience, flushing with up to 3 times the volume is even more effective, as long as the drainage is quick. Flushing is best done at the beginning of the light-cycle, so to favor evaporation of excess water and to let the medium begin the drying process faster after flushing.– Franco, Green House Seed Company
Depending on whether the plants are in pots or in beds, there may be a variance with this method. Even with natural preventive maintenance sprays such as Neem oil to combat predators, and with amazing permanent color markers available today, the strain names eventually fade away if one doesn’t pay close attention.So, with that all said, knowing a little about insurance, I like to prepare many identical labels and place them in the containers, on the sides of the containers, under the containers, and tied to the plants(especially when the plants are in beds this method) to assure no possible mix up of strains.As the breeder & brainchild creator of Delta-9 Labs, I have seen several so called breeding facilities over the past 15 years while living in the Netherlands that were quite disorganized, dirty and even potential fire hazards.Keep It Safe, Smart & Cerebral! Keep it clean and organized!– Ed Borg, Delta 9 Labs
The saying goes that “oil and water do not mix”. That has now been solved. To mix cold-pressed neem oil with water, first emulsify the neem oil using liquid silica. To make this emulsification mix 1 Tbsp. Dyna-Gro (TM) neem oil and 1 Tbsp. Pro-TeKt (R) silica in a glass dish. Add this oil/silica emulsification to 1 gallon of tepid water. Then add 2 Tbsp. of a surfactant, like T&J Enterprise’s yucca juice, to break the surface tension. Shake the solution to activate the yucca saponins, and spray.– Matt Rize, medicalmarijuana.com
I think the best tip I can offer is to be diligent in all things. Our hobby is not one that allows for procrastination and when its time to transplant, or take clones that are needed or just perform proper grow room maintenance these are task that will not wait until tomorrow. The best growers I know have a special attention to detail and tend to operate tidy clean organized work areas. I think people get caught up in the mystique of cannabis cultivation and forget that at our core good growers are simply farmers and that means getting up early and working long days. You get out of a garden what you put into it and if you mix some love and passion in with the hard work, dank is the byproduct.– Subcool, TGA Genetics
The best advice ever given to me was from Soma who taught me to pick up the pots to feel the weight of the plants before watering to avoid overwatering. As for what I discovered on my own, you must always listen to your plants. They’ll tell you when they need more food, water or air. Treat them as the living wonderful beings that they are.– Harry Resin, High Times cultivation contributor
Make your own footprints in the path of growing, but allow the wealth of knowledge that is already out there to be your guide. Don’t get stuck in your own methods. Too much pride in your growing style or fear of failure will limit you. Your plants are what you make them. A perpetual harvest cycle allows you to individualize your techniques for each plant’s specific nutrient and water needs. Organization lends less work, change one thing at a time and have patience. When you find something worth sharing, keep the growing community alive and don’t bogart your knowledge.– Jessi & James, winners of the 2010 Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards
Juicing With Enzymes
Organic soil and fertilizer will always be the preferred method for growing great herb, but without aid they release vital nutrients slowly, which can really be a drag on your flowering time. The only way to maximize your fertilizer the all-natural way is the same way our own bodies swiftly break down food into usable minerals – enzymes. These are protein catalysts that speed up the decomposition process in organic matter, unlocking the stored molecules it contains. Bat guano, which is packed high with phosphorus due to the bat’s insect diet, also contains powerful enzymes to break it down quickly and prevent it from accumulating on the cave floor. Together they make a potent and fast-acting flower fertilizer. Sea bird poop is a cheaper and more sustainably harvested fertilizer with active enzymes. Psidocene, an enzyme and bio stimulant derived from seaweed, helps speed the recovery of transplanted and otherwise shocked plants.– Ben Kind, former High Times Cultivation Reporter
Pinching, twisting, and bending the tops of plants are all forms of super-cropping. Doing this benefit your plants, garden and growing space consideraby by preventing plant stretching and waste of valuable space and light. Supercropping can be performed during almost any stage of a plant’s life, from well-rooted and established clones all the way into the middle stage of flowering (although bending is preferable to pinching at that time). If you haven’t tried some form of super cropping, try a few of these techniques and see what works best for you and your plants– Felix Green, High Times Cultivation Contributor
One of the common mistakes indoor growers make is not maximizing their light. Indoor gardens require a minimum 33 watts per square foot. For example, a standard 4’ x 8’ tray (32 sq feet) with two, 1000 watt HPS, you would achieve 62.5 watts per square foot, doubling the recommended amount of watts per square foot.If you do not contain your light to the plants in the growing area, you waste your light by illuminating your walkways, walls, etc. You are not growing concrete or sheetrock, you are growing plants. It is extremely important that the light penetrate only the plants. The light should not escape the plant area.The easiest and most cost effective way to contain your light is to use white plastic divider walls, leaving a 2” gap from the wall to the plants. By doing this, you should see a dramatic increase in your yields.– Bret Bogue, Apothecary Genetics,
I discovered the benefits of sparkling water a few years ago as another grower’s tip and have never seen anyone else mention using it. Purchase yourself a bottle of sparkling mineral water for your clones. Fresh cuttings off a mother plant crave the tiny carbonated bubbles and the essential minerals. Placing your fresh cuttings in a cup of mineral water before using your cloning solution will make your clones root faster and increase survival rates. Make sure you grab the unflavored sparkling water as its pure and clean. Bubbles are a happy sound to the plants and they will soon show their approval with quick abundant roots.– Mike from Gage Green
Instead of putting your trimmed herb onto coat hangers to dry, go out and grab some six-foot-tall square wire deer fence. Cut the fencing into six foot sections and secure the sections onto cylinders. Stand the cylinders up and use them to hang your drying herb on. Nothing works better for saving space and tackling issues related to damaged herb.– Addison DeMoura, Steep Hill Labs
Always grow organic! It’s the most conscientious for the health of our bodies and for the health of the planet. We have a responsibility for all of our actions. Grow from seeds and learn to make your own. It perpetuates the seed. Cannabis is so many things: medicine, peace and relaxation, changing consciousness, textiles, foods. It can repair the imbalance in nature and fix our environment. Fight against against GMOs (genetically-modified organisms).– Valerie Corral, Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana
All You Need is Patience
The thing that was hardest to learn and I wish I still had more of is patience. You can never have enough of it when you’re growing. Keep it simple, keep it clean and keep it green.– Swerve, The Cali Connection
Hydrogen Peroxide For Hydro
H2O2 not only keeps bacteria and algae at bay in non-organic hydro systems, it releases precious oxygen in the root zone as it works its magic. It is especially good in reservoirs that run hot – water above 72 degrees contains less dissolved oxygen which promotes bacterial growth. 15ml per gallon of a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution will not only control algae and bacteria, it will also release oxygen in the water as it kills unwanted biological agents.– Anonymous NYC Hydroponic Grow Prohttps://hightimes.com/grow/the-21-best-growroom-tips-and-tricks-from-pros/
The allure of legal cannabis is undeniable, and it’s been drawing crowds from every generation. Baby boomers who gave up cannabis decades ago are rekindling their relationship with the plant. Medical marijuana patients are seeking out dispensaries that carry the strain or product they need to help relieve their symptoms. And legal adults are becoming interested in discovering cannabis for wellness purposes.For those who are curious about cannabis and have no idea where to start, we’re here for you. Although dispensaries may be legal in your state now, it can still feel intimidating to step inside one and not know what to do, which questions to ask, and how to find the products you want. Here’s what to expect on your first visit to a dispensary or recreational cannabis store.
Expect to Be Carded
This goes for adult consumers as well as for medical marijuana patients. Whether you’ve just turned 21 or pushing 70, keep your state-issued identification handy. If you have a medical marijuana recommendation, make sure it’s still valid (most recommendations are good for six months to a year), and be prepared to hand over your ID along with your recommendation. It’s good practice to make a habit of it. Your budtender will appreciate not having to ask for both.
Check out the Leafly Finder and read reviews of your local dispensaries and retail shops. Shops range in caliber, style, and selection, so read the reviews before making a choice. The highest-rated shops are often featured on the Leafly List; these are generally going to have some of the best, most informed employees.Check out the establishment’s menu on Leafly prior to your visit. You can also use advanced filters in the Leafly Strain Explorer to find the best strains and products for your personal symptoms, conditions, or mood.All this preparation will come in handy when you’re trying to order, and it will keep you from being that guy in the dispensary — you know, the one who stands slack-jawed, staring at the menu while the customers in line behind him tap their feet impatiently? Don’t be that guy.
You May Be Required to Wait
This is fairly standard procedure, especially in the medical market. In many states, regulations require dispensaries to serve only one patient at a time, so you may need to take a seat and wait your turn. This is a great time to check out the dispensary menu on Leafly and think about what products you’d like.
Whether you know what you want ahead of time or not, one of the best ways to get your bearings during a dispensary visit is to ask your budtender. Get recommendations on strains they like, or ask for strains that might be best suited for your needs. Let the budtender be your guide. Looking for something to settle your tummy? Ask. Looking for a bright sativa to inspire you to finally deep-clean your house? Ask. There are no stupid questions. Budtenders have heard it all.
Make Sure You Have Enough Cash for Your Purchase
Cannabis can be pretty pricey. Although more dispensaries and retail shops are offering cashless ATM systems for purchasing, most cannabis shops remain cash only. Before you visit, check to see whether they accept cards or have an ATM onsite. Otherwise, be prepared and bring cash. This will help your purchase go as smoothly as possible.
Don’t Feel Pressured
Not sure about your purchase after all? Is the budtender rubbing you the wrong way? That’s OK. You are under no obligation to spend your hard-earned money, especially on a product that you’re unsure about. (Remember: In most cases, returns are forbidden by law. Once you buy it, it’s yours.) Occasionally budtenders will be less informed on strains. You don’t need to take their recommendations just to be polite. Let them know what you want, and if they recommend a product you’re not interested in, simply say no thanks.
How Was Your Experience?
After your first visit, reflect on the service you received, the quality of the products you purchased, and the shop’s general atmosphere. Did you feel unwelcome? Let them know. Did you feel you could be honest with your budtender? Did your budtender answer all your questions and help you find the right products? Let them know. This is also the perfect time to visit the store’s page on Leafly and leave an honest review about your experience. This helps employees improve their service, allows you to give credit where credit’s deserved, and provides future visitors with a sense of what to expect on a first visit of their own.https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/what-to-expect-on-your-first-visit-to-a-dispensary-or-retail-cann
Unlike infused butter and oil, cannabis flour involves cooking with and consuming the whole plant. We don’t use the stems, but we use all the leaves and buds. A good bang for your buck. Of course, you don’t have to use leaves if bud is all you have. Just note that bud-only cannabis flour is a little bit more potent.The only downside might be the taste—if you have an aversion to cannabis flavor, this might not be the method for you. That said, with the right amount of sugar and spice you can mask the taste pretty completely. I made French toast last week with crumbs from granola, coconut shreds and canna-flour. Superb.You’ll need:• 7 grams of cannabis• Food processor or coffee grinder• SifterYield: ¼ cup / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 45 minutes
MAKE THE CANNA-FLOUR
1. Place cannabis on a rimmed baking sheet in a 240°F oven for 45 minutes to activate the THC (decarboxylate). Allow to cool.2. Transfer cooled cannabis to a food processor or a clean coffee grinder. Process the cannabis until it becomes a very fine powder.3. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark, dry place until ready to use. Use within 3 months for optimal freshness.
USE THE CANNA-FLOUR
To use, replace up to ¼ (25%) of the flour the recipes calls for with your cannabis flour. Sift the regular flour and cannabis flour together right before using in your recipe to blend the two together. Sifting together is very important for consistent dosing throughout your baked goods.
• When cooking with canna-flour, do not exceed temperatures of 340°F• Since the plant has a strong flavor, you may need to increase the other strong flavors in your dish to balance out the taste• 7 grams of cannabis at 15% THC will yield about 100 servings of 10mg THC
More Zucchini? I Don’t Know.
If you have a garden and plant zucchini, you’re probably starting to wonder what the heck to do with it. There is just so much sautéed zucchini a person can eat.Time to embrace infused zucchini bread. This is a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Much greater.In this recipe, the cannaflour replaces a ½ cup of regular flour. There is no weed taste (we ramped up the vanilla, ginger, and cloves) and before the cannabis kicks in you would never know you were indulging. Of course, always alert your guests to your special ingredient! ALWAYS.If you want a more potent bread, use more canna-flour. This method is the way to go with all of your favorite, pretty simple, very delicious, sweet breads.This recipe begs the question of why we eat zucchini any other way. I like zucchini, but I love this bread!
This has been my go to since I lived in Vermont a billion years ago. I infused it back then too. Full of late summer and fall spice, it’s perfect with a cup of chai or a London Fog. With a schmear of cream cheese or fresh ricotta, it’s an amazing breakfast or dessert. With ricotta I like the tiniest drizzle of the best honey I have in the house.Serves 12You’ll need:Baking spray2 ½ cups flour½ cup canna-flour2 teaspoons cinnamon1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon ginger½ teaspoon clove1 cup white sugar1 cup brown sugar1 cup canola oil3 eggs, lightly beaten2 teaspoons vanilla3 cups grated zucchiniPreheat oven to 340°1. Spray a 9” x 5” loaf pan with the baking spray and set aside.2. In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients. Set aside.3. In another bowl combine the oil with the eggs and vanilla.4. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until there is no trace of flour. Don’t over mix.5. Add grated zucchini to the mixture and combine.6. Bake loaf pan until a cake tester inserted in the middle of loaf comes out clean, about 55-65 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing.