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How Did This Happen?

 

 

California isn’t always good at understanding the limits of what a market will bear. After all, we are in the midst of a mass exodus from the state. California has been losing more residents to other states than it has gained for the past 15 years straight; businesses are leaving as well.

 

To contend with the probability of over-regulation, the proponents of Prop 64 added a caveat that requires some restraint by the state:

 

“(c) Regulations issued under this division […] shall mandate only commercially feasible procedures, technology; or other requirements, and shall not unreasonably restrain or inhibit the development of alternative procedures […], nor shall such regulations make compliance unreasonably impracticable.”

 

Heck, they even went through the trouble of defining what constitutes an unreasonably impracticable regulation:

 

“(dd) “Unreasonably impracticable” means that the measures necessary to comply with the regulations require such a high investment of risk, money, time, or any other resource or asset, that the operation of a marijuana establishment is not worthy of being carried out in practice by a reasonably prudent business person.”

 

But putting an actual dollar amount on what constitutes an unreasonably impracticable regulation isn’t easy in a brand-new market. Some of the required support services, such as distributorships, lab testing, tracking, transport and insurance, are facing their own regulatory hurdles to market entry, and both prices and availability of services are far from stable.

 

Why Is It So Hard To Fix The Regulations?

 

A medical marijuana plant in a garden at sunset

 

Many people feel that Prop 64 contains provisions that are anything but reasonable, including a requirement for childproof packaging of flower and enclosed vehicles for deliveries of any size. People have proposed changes or amendments to requirements like this to save costs, but some regulations just can’t be changed by the BCC or the legislature because they were included in the language of Prop 64. California’s cannabis market (and its environment) is thoroughly caught in the cleft stick of Prop 64’s unintended consequences.

 

At this point, more than a year into the legal recreational market, it’s safe to say that California’s regulations meet the very definition of unreasonably impracticable. If they didn’t, then the illegal market wouldn’t still be thriving. Yes, some would try to skirt under the radar no matter what; but most illegal cannabusinesses would gladly trade that for the opportunity to conduct business without fear of raids.

 

So why can’t we get this right? Perhaps those in control of the regulations haven’t really had the chance to understand all of the current expenses that go into starting a cannabis business. But the more likely scenario is that there hasn’t been enough time to assess the entire production line. Each state fee, local fee and compliance requirement may seem reasonable on its own, but when combined they’re overwhelming. And since the regulations and laws are created by several different branches and parts of the government, it’s easy to see how one hand may not fully understand what the other is doing.

 

What Are The Specific Barriers To Market Entry?

 

Barriers to legal market entry include:

  • Application fees
  • Licensing costs
  • Regulatory compliance costs
  • Land purchase or rental (required for application)
  • Inspections
  • Building costs
  • Equipment costs and much more

 

Even if the state tries to keep these costs down, the regulations themselves can be daunting. For instance, an applicant needs to be in legal possession of their business address when they apply for a license, no matter how many months that process will take.

 

For most, that means purchasing or paying monthly rent on a facility without knowing how long they will have to wait to profit from it, or even if they can. This is one of the most formidable expenses a burgeoning cannabis business can face – amounting to tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars at risk with no promise of return profit.

 

Worse, the costs for qualifying real estate are artificially high because less than a quarter of the state’s local governments allow cannabis businesses, and most of those severely limit the number of available licenses and locations. This has driven some cannabusiness applicants to engage in black market sales just to pay rent for legal locations for their applications. In fact, it was a bet that many were taking this past year before the state effectively ended its sanctioning of non-profit collectives.

 

But getting past this nearly insurmountable hurdle doesn’t make life easier for the average cannabis business. There are huge barriers to remaining in the legal market as well, such as:

  • Lack of enforcement against illegal competition
  • Extremely high taxes
  • Higher production costs and lower sales
  • Increased compliance costs as more new regulations are adopted
  • Fees and fines for failing to comprehend the hundreds of pages of new regulations


The barriers to entry are of the most immediate concern. If these expenses can’t be met, then there is no option for entering the legal market in the first place. But it’s very difficult to figure out how much these initial costs are. The environmental reviews and regulations required by CEQA can cost nothing to tens of thousands of dollars, and local fees vary by each municipality.

 

Barriers to Legal Cultivation

 

Without a legal supply, there’s no legal marijuana market at all. So far, less than 3,000 of the state’s more than 50,000 cannabis cultivators have entered the legal market. This means less available products for consumers, lower quality and higher prices; further driving potential consumers back to black market sources. So it’s vital to get a grip on cultivation hurdles.

 

None of the expenses of beginning a legal cultivation operation are easily quantified, and when a potential cannabusiness starts the process of moving into the open market, they’ve opened Pandora’s Box; meaning that they don’t know what their final expenses will be, but there’s no going back once they’ve started. This is especially true for cultivators. After all, once they put their address on an application, it’s not like they can grow a crop and fly under the radar in the black market till they qualify. It’s do or die at that point. So, obviously, there’s a lot of hesitation to start the licensing process in the first place.

 

Often, cultivators will hire a consultant to assess this potential, but this can cost from $5,000 to $30,000 depending on the size of the project. Consultations costs are high because the regulations for cultivation span hundreds of pages in several different sections of enforcement including the CDFA, OSHA, CEQA, and more.

 

For those who want to wing it, they can try to apply for the smallest license possible for up to 25 plants, but they will be putting thousands at risk at the bare minimum and will likely see no return after their expenses (see table below). To complete an application with the state, a cultivator will need:

 

 

The very rare and lucky application may face only about $1,680 worth of administrative and compliance fees at a state level for a mere 25 outdoor plants, but there are additional local fees from roughly $1,000 to tens of thousands depending on the local administration. (Usually between $3,500 and $10,000, excluding use permits and other miscellaneous fees.)

 

For instance, in San Mateo County, the processing fee for a cannabis license is $6,574. Believe it or not, this is an average fee. Yolo charges $7,814 for a development agreement, Monterey County charges $9,020 in coastal areas and $8,214 for non-coastal areas. Even Humboldt charges a minimum deposit of $3,500.

 

No Wiggle Room After Local Fees

 

There are also the standard expenses for starting a grow, from pot purchases and soil amendments to genetics and land purchase or rent. Assuming perfect conditions for this 25 plant, outdoor license, and yields of a pound or so per plant, they might bring in about $600 per average outdoor pound currently for a maximum of $15,000.

 

So how much of that $15,000 (under perfect conditions) would be left over after every hand held out received their piece of your pie? In a place like the non-coastal zone of Monterey County, which allows outdoor cannabis cultivation, this is where your lost profit will go:

Potential Gross Profit: $15,000

– State License: $1,680 (if you’re lucky)
– Monterey County Use Permit – Cannabis (Non-Coastal Zone):  $8,214.27
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Supplies:$1,000 to $3000
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State Cultivation Tax: $231 ($9.25 per pound for 25 pounds)
– 
Local Cultivation Tax: $1,125*

= Potential Net Profit of $750 to $2,750

Assuming nothing goes wrong, and no environmental compliance fees come up.

*Assumes 3 feet per plant, $15 per square foot. Larger plants and larger yields are very possible in some areas and conditions, but zoning laws will usually prevent very large plants that can be seen over fences.

 

A black market cultivator growing exactly the same crop only gets around $400 per average-quality outdoor pound right now on the black market (if they can even sell it), but the equation for their expenses looks like this:

Potential Gross Profit: $10,000 – Supplies: $1,000 to $3,000 = Potential Net Profit of $7,000 to $9,000

And of course, the only compliance fee that will come up is code enforcement when caught. Most won’t be. The profit is more like $1,000 per pound or higher if they’re willing to transport it to an illegal state.

 

More Incentive For Cultivators To Fly Under the Radar

 

cannabis farmer outside

 

An applicant is required to seek compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board and other agencies before proceeding. As the chart above shows, the lucky applicant won’t face any fees at all if there are no problems, but many will be saddled with thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars in CEQA compliance costs.

 

They won’t find out what their potential costs are until the water board lets them know. If the requirements turn out to be beyond their means, they are now on the state’s radar anyway.

 

Faced with daunting numbers like this, small craft cultivators don’t have a chance. Some municipalities do carry craft cultivation licensing instead, with costs that range from around $1,200 per year to $3,500. But the tax bill in those municipalities remains high.

 

 

Barriers to Distribution

 

The next hurdle for legal cannabis is that a distributor is required to reach the legal market. Much like the post-alcohol prohibition model that created the megalithic American beer distributors of today, Prop 64 forced a middle man onto the California market.

 

Distributors are making the best of this and carving out important roles for themselves in the market. For instance, they absorb the financial risk of transporting large amounts of cannabis. But this means that they must have state-compliant transport vehicles and a minimum of $2 million in insurance with no less than $1 million per occurrence. They are also responsible for compliance, testing, remediation, and managing state taxes.

 

This extra layer of management adds a great deal of expense to the product and cuts the profit margin even further for overtaxed growers. The distributors pass on the expenses of regulation and compliance to either the growers or the buyers, and the buyers aren’t very keen to pay that extra bit just yet since black market weed is so easy to find.

 

Basic Distributor Expenses

 

basic distributor expenses

 

In an attempt to cut these expenses, the state allows microbusiness licensees to self-distribute – with additional fees of course. And many cultivators are choosing this option. In fact, only about 25% of the distribution licenses in the state serve the open market. The other 75% of distribution licenses are held by those who transport and market their own product.

 

Microbusiness

 

Microbusiness licensing is touted as an option for small craft growers, but the additional expenses and layers of licensing can suck the profit margin right out of smaller grows.

 

If this distribution option is chosen by a cultivator, the state application fee is $1,000 and the license fee is $5,000 for a business with less than $1 million in revenue. This $6,000 is in addition to any local fees for the extra license types, and many local governments will charge the full separate fee for each of the types of licenses included on the state license.

 

So, this would not actually be a practical option for an outdoor grower with only 25 plants in a county like San Mateo where the local fees are over $6,000 just for the application. Multiple applications would be needed for the different license tiers, and the grower would be paying more in fees than in potential retail profit before completing their final expenses. A larger license type is needed, and a larger licensing fee would need to be paid.

 

Microbusinesses Would Have To Go Big, Or Go Home

 

 

It’s obvious from these numbers that offering the small craft cultivation license is not going to save small growers. One might think that the cheapest option for entering the market would be to cultivate a few small outdoor plants. That means no additional cost for electricity, no indoor building codes to contend with, and none of the other expenses associated with indoor cultivation. Unfortunately, most local regulations that allow cultivation are too expensive for anything less than a 20,000 sq ft grow.

 

To demonstrate, let’s do the math for a 5,000 sq foot microbusiness cultivation to retail operation. Woodlake, California is one of the few cities in Central California that allow any recreational cannabis activity and has had applications for cultivation. They have very clear fees and provide a small discount in bundled licensing fees for those who choose the microbusiness model, but the smallest cultivation license they offer is 5,000 square feet.

 

5,000 square feet of indoor cannabis cultivation could yield an average of 40 grams per square foot if managed correctly. At four harvests per year, this would be 160 grams per square foot. 5,000 square feet would yield 800,000 grams, or 1,766 pounds yearly. At $1,200 wholesale per pound of average-quality indoor, this would be $2,119,200. This amount could be much more though, if a cultivator distributed their own product. In order to cultivate, manufacture, distribute and sell their own harvest, the cultivator would need these four levels of licensing:

  • Cultivation
  • Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail 

These are the basic application and licensing fees for this setup in Woodlake:

Woodlake microbusiness expenses

After Woodlake’s $6,745 discount for bundled licenses (15% off the total price), this equals $70,195 in licensing fees alone, not including any other startup costs.

 

Start-up costs will include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Real estate: This can cost up to $300 per square foot due to bidding wars over rare zoned cannabis space. Currently, a compliant 19,000 square foot space in Woodlake is selling for $915,000, coming to about $48 per square foot. If the buyer was lucky enough to find a 5,000 square foot space, that would be $240,000 purchase price. Others are renting ready cultivation spaces for as little as $3 per square foot monthly rent (usually, it’s closer to $10 to $15 per square foot). For the lucky person who found a $3/sq foot space, this would come out to a mere $15,000 per month – a price that would have to be paid while waiting several months for the application process to complete. It’s usually a better idea to purchase the space if it can be found, but this is somewhat unrealistic since properly zoned cannabis property for sale is a difficult find. For purposes of this calculation, $15,000 per month ($180,000 per year) rent will be used with the understanding that monthly rentals can go much, much higher.
  • Grow lights: A 1,000 watt light covers roughly six square feet of space. So you’d need about 830 1,000-watt lights to cover a 5,000 square foot grow. At $80 per light, this would be $66,000 for the light setup, assuming you don’t need to hire an electrician to do the work.
  • Electricity: $55,000 per year (grow lights, fans, etc. with well-managed electrical use)
  • Growing equipment: $96,000 approximately
  • Alarms and security: Roughly $30,000
  • Testing: Roughly $900 per 50 lb batch (testing prices just went up recently). This will equate to around $32,000 worth of testing per year if the yield is just over 1,700 lbs.

 

This is a total of $459,000 per year in cultivation operation costs and start-up costs in addition to the permits and fees calculated above. A best-case scenario, this figure assumes that none of the potential regulatory hurdles listed in the initial chart above come into play (such as CEQA compliance issues).

 

Next comes manufacturing expenses. A microbusiness that just wanted to sell flower could skip these expenses, but concentrates, edibles and vape pens are here to stay. Microbusinesses can only have a Type 6 manufacturing license, so volatile solvents for extract aren’t an option. But that’s OK, there are many ways to get those trichomes.

 

There isn’t any practical way to estimate these costs. It depends entirely on the type of product being made and the current cost of equipment. A new microbusiness could start with very primitive carrier oil extraction manufacturing like making cannabis chocolates with oil-extracts.

 

Manufacturing Expenses: Deloitte Access Economics estimates that carrier oil extraction and manufacturing costs around $39.7 per kilogram of flower. This would put the extraction and manufacturing cost for 1,766 pounds of cannabis at $70,110. Assuming you only wanted to manufacture half the harvest and sell the other half as flower, this could be reduced to $35,055.

 

Packaging Supplies: The BCC shifted the burden of childproof packaging to the dispensaries for now. In a couple of years, this burden moves to the distributors. Either way, this burden is going to be assumed by the microbusiness model. This requirement can be met with childproof exit packaging, and the retailer with 1,766 pounds to sell with probably need around 100,000 units of childproof packaging and exit packaging over the course of the year. You’ll likely be spending around $50,000 a year or so on this if you choose less expensive options.

 

Other manufacturing expenses will come into play depending on shared use or dedicated facilities, the variety of products and type of equipment used.

 

Retailers

 

cannabis retail dispensary

 

Now to consider retail operational expenses. This can cost anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million. Among these expenses are:

 

  • Insurance and Legal Expenses: $50,000 (yes, legal expenses are an absolute necessity)
  • Retail Space Rental: This can be from around $5,000 to $50,000 or more per month. At a conservative price of $7,500 a month for a very small space (Woodlake isn’t as pricey as LA), this would come to roughly $90,000 per year. Remember that a startup may be paying this expense for months to hold his location open while the application approval processes as well.
  • Alarms and Security: Roughly $30,000.
  • Equipment: This includes displays, refrigeration, computers, hardware, furniture, etc. $50,000.
  • Software and Computers: $7,000 to $10,000.
  • Salaries: For a minimal crew of six working at $20/hour with 12-hour-a day operations and probably trading off on the cultivation and manufacturing areas as well, this would be $1,440 per day in salary, not including insurance and other employment costs. If you stayed open 360 days a year, this would be $518,400.

 

Then the next hurdle is taxes.

 

  • State Cultivation Tax: $9.25 per dry-weight ounce of cannabis flowers, $2.75 per dry-weight ounce of cannabis leaves, and $1.29 per ounce of fresh cannabis plant. Since we are calculating this scenario at poundage of useable flower, $9.25 x 1,766 lbs is $16,335.50.
  • Local Cultivation Tax: In Woodlake, this tax is currently $6 per square foot for a total of $30,000 for a 5,000 square foot operation.
  • State Excise Tax: There is a 15% excise tax on all cannabis produced, which is charged at the market price and paid by the distributor. If the retail price was $3,200 per pound for indoor, this would be $480 in excise taxes per pound. At 1,766 pounds, this would total $847,680.
  • Local Sales Tax: In Woodlake, this tax is currently 5% of gross receipts, and it is charged after the markup from the excise tax, so it’s taxing the tax in a way. The same goes for state sales tax. At $3,200 per pound for 1,766 pounds ($5,651,200) plus the $847,680 in excise taxes, the 5% tax will be roughly $324,944.
  • State Sales Tax: In Woodlake, the state sales and use tax is 8.75%. Using the same figures as above for the local tax, this will amount to $568,652.

The total yearly state and local taxes for the 5,000 square foot grow with an average crop commanding $1,200 wholesale and $3,200 retail per pound comes to $1,787,611.50.

 

Section 280E 🙁

 

price of cannabis cultivation soars

 

But they’re not paying taxes yet! Cannabusinesses are subject to federal taxes as well, and Section 280E makes it illegal to deduct most of the indirect cannabusiness expenses. While deductions are allowed for “cost of goods sold,” this microbusiness model would be basically charged on the total of its gross receipts.

 

Some companies use a two-business model – meaning they use one business for direct cannabis sales and the other for indirect business expenses, but a recent Tax Court ruling has made this less likely to work. In the December 2018 decision, Harborside was ordered to pay back millions of business deductions that were used between 2007-2012 through their secondary corporation Patients Mutual Assistance Collective Corp.

 

The sad truth is that this type of microbusiness owner will likely be paying taxes on nearly all of their gross sales despite their breaking even or losing money. At 34% for the corporate tax bracket up to $10 million, this tax bill will probably be around $2 million as well.

 

So, the total tax bill for such a business can easily be around $4 million, with another cool million being soaked up in business, regulatory and compliance expenses. If you’re wondering how cannabusinesses are breaking even or losing money despite millions in legal sales, this is why. The deck is simply stacked against them.

 

Total tally of expenses for 5,000 square foot grow in Woodlake:

This sum is nearly 90% of the projected retail price of $5,651,200 ($3,200 per pound for 1,766 pounds). This sum doesn’t include unexpected, but likely expenses such as OSHA compliance which can amount to tens of thousands of dollars. These are projected rough expenses under ideal conditions and bare minimum projections.

 

For instance, if the microbusiness were not so lucky with their real estate find, and were forced to pay the more common figure of $10 per square foot instead of $3, the total rental just for the cultivation would be $50,000 per month and $600,000 per year. That would effectively kill the entire profit margin. It’s also a demonstration of why real estate plays such an important role in the licensing process. What may seem affordable for a $5.5 million operation isn’t after considering the other costs of the operation.

 

There are ways to offset these expenses, such as leasing shelf space to distributors or purchasing property instead of leasing, but finding such a property for purchase would be like finding a winning lottery ticket on the side of the road. And for every bit saved in one area, a piece of administrative red tape can pop up in another. It is unreasonably impracticable for most cannabusinesses to consider compliance with legal market regulations.

 

So, is the cannabis industry just whining because they have to pay taxes now like everyone else? Or has Atlas justifiably shrugged?

 

Changes Needed To Assist Legal Market Entry

 

The state is required by law to lower regulatory costs if they become unreasonably impracticable for businesses to implement. The current lack of interest in the legal market and explosion in the black market make this explicitly clear.

 

The federal government must also deschedule cannabis or change Section 280E if any businesses are to survive the current taxation and regulation schemes. The current amount being taxed is unconscionable, especially when combined with restrictive and often unnecessary regulations. While the market could attempt to charge more in order to offset these costs, lack of enforcement against black market operations places too much downward pressure on retail prices for the market to bear a major price increase.

 

The fact that California’s market is surviving at all in this environment is a testament to the intense demand for cannabis products, and the potential tax windfall Californians can receive if they get the regulations right.

 

It’s a winning bet in the long run.

 



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  • Replace Your Morning Coffee With These Energizing Vapes

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    Close your eyes and picture yourself stumbling out of bed, turning the gears of your manual grinder, listening for the sounds of percolating water and the unmistakable aroma that wafts through your home. Were you picturing coffee being prepared, or a morning bong rip?

     

    Whether it’s a relaxing day off or a productive day running errands, some cannabis consumers like to start the morning out by enjoying cannabis with their coffee. In fact, some people choose cannabis instead of coffee – and it’s not hard to understand why. Too much coffee can leave you feeling sick and jittery. By contrast, cannabis use in the morning can help manage chronic pain, tackle stomach and GI issues, improve your mood, and for some people, cannabis also has a motivating “get up and go” effect. In fact, smoking cannabis can actually increase your heart rate by 20 to 50 beats per minute, making it easy to feel like you just downed a few cups of coffee.

     

    The practice of morning smoking is fairly common among regular cannabis consumers in the US. Nearly one in five pot smokers have (or have had) morning smoke sessions. Vaping is an even better option than smoking since it allows you to take a single puff at a time, making it much easier to dial in the exact dose you’re looking for.

     

    If you’re new to the “wake and bake,” don’t worry – we’ve got the perfect guide to sativa cannabis vapes that will help you medicate in the morning and still have a productive, meaningful day, all while reducing pain and stress!

     

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    1. Select – Maui Wowie

     

    From the first fruity taste to the subtle pineapple essence on the exhale, Maui Wowie is a strain that most cannabis connoisseurs encounter sooner or later. This delicious sativa strain hails from – where else? – Hawaii. But its delicious smell and taste, as well as its cherished effects, have made it a household name around the world. Maui Wowie is known for its cerebral stimulation and bursts of motivation, making it a perfect morning strain to get your day started.

     

    Select’s Maui Wowie vape cartridge comes in a PAX Era-compatible Pod that’s small and discreet but packs a big punch. With a THC content that can reach as high as 75% in some batches, this cartridge is sure to give you just as much of a jolt as that cup of java you’re used to brewing (but without any risk of getting a stomach ache!). Select grows their cannabis crop using organic soil, state-of-the-art extraction technology, and extensive quality control testing, so you always know you’re getting a high-quality product for a high caliber morning.

     

    2. Rove – Tangie

     

    Nothing screams “sativa” like a zesty citrus aroma and tart flavor first thing in the morning. Tangie is chock full of citrus flavor, and this sativa strain delivers an unparalleled euphoric head high. The Tangie strain originated in Amsterdam but it’s believed to have been sourced from a California Orange hybrid. Many consumers report an energetic but focused high, making this an ideal strain to jumpstart your day.

     

    Rove’s vape cartridges deliver single source, whole-plant extracted cannabis concentrates, so you can take comfort knowing that the Rove Tangie vape tastes exactly like the original flower. Rove also labels each cartridge’s packaging so you know which farm grew the cannabis flower before it was put through the CO2 extraction process. Expect a flavorful palate and a rush of euphoria to make your morning vape session a memorable experience.

     

    3. Dosist – Arouse 50

     

    If you’re new to morning wake and bake sessions, this may be the perfect pen to dip your toes in the water. Dosist delivers precise, controlled vape released without any buttons. There’s no separate battery needed, either, as the pen is an all-in-one product. Simply put the discreet, minimalistic vape pen to your lips and inhale until the pen vibrates. Once this happens, the pen will shut off automatically. It delivers 2.25 mg per dose, making it easy to microdose with this stimulating cannabis product.

     

    Dosist doesn’t produce strain-specific cannabis oils. Rather, each Dosist product is expertly blended to deliver a range of cannabinoids and terpenes tailored to meet any need. The Arouse formula offers a 10-to-1 THC:CBD ratio and includes terpenes like B-Caryophyllene, Farnesene, and Linalool. Their cannabis concentrates are tested three times during the extraction process, with follow-up tests being performed on the final product to ensure a clean, pure, and consistent vape experience. Dosist’s Arouse vape pen has been scientifically developed to meet your vape needs and it comes in 50 dose or 200 dose sizes.

     

    4. Bloom Farms – Durban Poison PAX Pod

     

    If sativa strains are comparable to a cup of coffee, this strain might be more of an espresso shot! Durban Poison is a landrace sativa strain, meaning it’s about as close to a “pure” sativa as you’ll find. This robust strain is believed to have originated in South Africa. Many consumers report that this strain delivers an energetic high with uplifting euphoria – an ideal strain for starting your day off with a puff.

     

    Bloom Farms has partnered with PAX Era to produce a Pod cartridge for the PAX vape battery. This cartridge has a THC concentration as high as 82% and reportedly offers a fast-acting burst of creative energy and productivity. Bloom Farms advocates for a healthy lifestyle that includes cannabis use for creativity, relaxation, relief, and just plain, old fun.

     

    Are you ready to try these Nugg Club vapes? If you live in the Los Angeles area, see if your address is available for delivery by clicking here today!

     

  • How to Use Cannabis Before and After Your Workout

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    The topic of cannabis gyms and workout routines has been on the rise in the past few years. This only makes sense as cannabis continues to find its way into everyday activities. This is especially true with physical exercise, where cannabis has the potential to help the body at all stages of the workout – including its recovery.

     

    Nugg spoke to two proponents of cannabis workouts to better understand why and how they incorporate the two. Here is what they had to say, along with a handful of Nugg Club products that we recommend during each stage of your workout routine. 

     

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    Before the Workout

     

    Some athletes choose to use cannabis as a morning pick me up. However, this isn’t the usual wake and bake in most cases. For certified personal trainer and co-founder of Green House Healthy, Antonio DeRose uses cannabis to recharge his endocannabinoid system.

     

    “My morning routine is same each day,” explains DeRose. “When I wake up, I immediately go to the kitchen to drink 16oz of water with pink Himalayan sea salt, freshly squeezed lemon juice. I get a pot of coffee started, then load the bong with flower and I start smoking to recharge my endocannabinoid system.” DeRose tells Nugg he often smokes one or two bowls before going out on a run or heading to the gym.

     

    The official NORML athlete explained how it helps his body as well. “Cannabis is a bronchodilator, so it expands my bronchial tubes and allows me to absorb more oxygen with each breath. In addition to helping my cardiorespiratory endurance, the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids help me overcome any pain, swelling, or soreness.”

     

    DeRose also mentioned how cannabis helps him get in the zone prior to his workout. He said, “This gives me a better mind-body connection and allows me to concentrate on my training goals without getting distracted.”

     

    If bongs aren’t your speed, consider a joint like a THC Design Sativa Single Pre-roll. You can get the same effect and take the joint on your run for some effective aftercare.

     

    During the Workout

     

    Much like DeRose mentioned about getting in the zone, plenty of athletes and exercise enthusiasts enjoy how cannabis gets them into a groove in their workout. OMG Farms COO Ryan Miller is a proponent of cannabis in workouts and physical therapy. He supports the “in the zone” theory, or what researchers call a “flow state.” Miller explained that “In addition to making physically repetitive and mundane exercises enjoyable, what’s especially remarkable about flow state is that an individual experiencing it not only performs better at the task at hand but in “flow” they are reinforcing the brain patterns backing up that activity — meaning not only are they doing it better, they are getting better at it at a faster rate.

     

    Those just starting with cannabis and working out may find themselves enjoying a measured dose. In that case, a Dosist Bliss can provide a 9:1 THC-to-CBD that comes in three settings. Other fans of accurate dosing and all-natural choices may prefer an edible like PLUS Blackberry Lemon Gummies. However, be sure to account for the onset time of the edibles and the start of your workout.

     

    After a Workout

     

    After a rigorous workout, a person is likely to feel worn down and sore. Some classic keys to avoid such an outcome is ample stretching and staying hydrated. However, cannabis can also come into the equation. As documented in numerous medical consumers, cannabis can address these pains and symptoms. As Miller’s article goes on to explain, Recovery is also hastened due to the aforementioned anti-inflammatory and insulin-response promoting qualities of the plant.”

     

    By the evening, muscles soreness and pain can affect a person’s sleep. Miller explains that cannabis can help here as well “by its tendency to give users longer periods of deep sleep, where the majority of physical recovery happens.” If deep sleep is what you need, a tart treat like District Edibles’ Blue Raspberry Indica Gummy is sure to satisfy the taste buds while putting you into a restful bliss.

    Pro Tip: Start Low With a Microdose

     

    Combining cannabis and a workout routine is proving to be a worthwhile venture for athletes, workout enthusiasts and those in need of physical therapy. As Miller wrote, “Fortunately, health professionals across a variety of disciplines are beginning to discover how this ancient remedy can impact their field, and as access continues to improve, more individuals will be able to benefit from a therapeutic tool that may vastly improve their quality of life.”

     

    Now, with the discussion opening up, consumers have to make sure they consume at doses that are accurate to their body. To avoid any potential for overconsumption, consumers should opt for a measured dose when possible. In other cases, always apply the start low and go slow method. Instead of taking your usual Strawberry Cough Select Pax Pod hit, consider a quarter or half of that and see how you feel. Gauge yourself and adjust accordingly.

     

    With a proper workout and dosing routine, your body could see improved results by incorporating cannabis into a workout. Be sure to do your research and talk to experienced professionals to decide what works best for you.

     

    If you live in the LA area and are ready to incorporate cannabis into your fitness routine, find out if Nugg Club delivers to your area and take your workout to new highs! 

     

  • 5 Cannabis Topicals That Actually Work

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    As cannabis use has entered the national conversation about pain management and holistic care, non-smokable forms of cannabis have increasingly grown in popularity – including many cannabis products that do not produce “high” (psychotropic) effects. This shift in cannabis use may have helped destigmatize cannabis for some individuals, and the increased market for alternative consumption methods has redefined the ways that cannabis can be used to help treat certain ailments.

     

    Part of this may be due to rising consumption rates among Baby Boomers, many of whom use cannabis to treat pain while minimizing the use of pharmaceutical medications. One study from New York University’s School of Medicine reports that cannabis use has increased by 71% among adults over the age of 50. And that increase in cannabis consumption is not just for Rolling Stones reunion shows; many Baby Boomers are using cannabis to supplement their prescription drug needs. A University of Georgia report estimates that Medicare has so far seen savings of over $165 million in prescription costs in states where medical cannabis has been legalized. There’s a clear trend which shows that consumers across all demographics increasingly want options that don’t involve smoking. But what’s so special about topicals?

     

    First, let’s start with the basics.

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    What Are Topicals?

     

    Cannabis topicals include any skincare product that contains cannabis extracts. When skincare brands make products that contain cannabis, they’re typically infusing an existing lotion, salve, or balm with cannabinoids that have been extracted from the cannabis plant. The most common cannabinoids found in topicals include:

     

    • THC: the main psychotropic ingredient in cannabis. It’s also the thing in cannabis that makes you feel stoned.
    • CBD: a non-psychotropic cannabinoid that may offer certain health and wellness benefits without causing intoxication.

     

    Some topicals contain both THC and CBD, while others contain just one or the other. CBD-only products can be sold in any state, but any product containing THC can only be sold through a licensed dispensary or delivery service in states with legal cannabis.

     

    Will Cannabis Topicals Get Me Stoned?

     

    No, using topicals – including those made with THC – will not cause intoxication. That’s because cannabis topicals interact with the endocannabinoid system in your skin without actually entering the bloodstream and altering your brain chemistry.

     

    The one exception to cannabis topicals not getting you stoned is cannabis transdermal patches. These products are similar to a nicotine patch, and some patches can bypass the skin barrier, causing intoxication.

     

    Because cannabis topicals (other than transdermals) do not cause intoxication, it’s generally safe to assume that using topicals alone – without smoking, vaping, eating edibles, or using transdermals – will not cause you to fail a drug test.

     

    What Are The Best Cannabis Topicals To Use For My Needs?

     

    The answer to this question depends on your specific needs. However, we here at Nugg have our fingers on the pulse of emerging cannabis brands and their medicinal and wellness products. Here are a few of our favorites, available for delivery in the LA area through Nugg Club.

     

    1. Papa & Barkley 1:3 Balm – This product contains a one-to-three ratio of CBD to THC. It comes in two sizes: 15 ml and 50 ml. Our experts recommend that you start by applying a nickel-sized portion of balm to a problem area, then gently rub the balm into that area until it’s completely absorbed. Ingredients: Cannabis, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil Blend (Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Lavender), Vitamin E Oil, Natural Terpenes

     

    1. Apothecanna Extra Strength Creme – Expect a healing experience with Apothecanna’s blend of organic compounds designed to relieve pain and inflammation. The Extra Strength Creme comes in eight-ounce bottles and contains 100 mg of CBD, along with arnica, peppermint, vitamins, and essential oils. There’s a long list of ingredients, from cannabis oil and organic sunflower oil to glyceryl stearate, arnica extract, organic juniper oil and phenoxyethanol.

     

    1. High Gorgeous “In Your Dreams” Body Lotion – It’s hard not to love a product that smells good and feels good. That’s exactly what you can expect from this High Gorgeous product. The “In Your Dreams” body lotion is infused with lavender and chamomile, and each four-ounce jar contains a 2:1 ratio, offering 100 mg of THC and 50 mg of CBD. It’s ideal for all-over external use and it’s made without allergens like soy. 

     

    1. Kush Queen Awaken Bomb – This medicated bath bomb contains a one-to-one ratio of THC and CBD, serving up 25 mg of each for your therapeutic bathing pleasure. It’s recommended that you soak for approximately 30 minutes to enjoy the full relaxing effects that this product offers. Ingredients: 100% Organic Peppermint Oil, Cannabidiol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium sulfate, Citric Acid, Cornstarch, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Natural Colors.

     

    1. Honey Pot Body Lotion – Take comfort knowing that Honey Pot has won a prestigious Cannabis Cup award for their cannabis-infused body lotion. It’s available in a two-ounce bottle (which contains 250 mg THC) or in an eight-ounce bottle (which has 1,000 mg THC). Both versions also contain lavender, aloe vera, and wildflower honey, along with a unique blend of essential oils.

     

    How Do I Use Cannabis Topicals?

     

    Using cannabis topicals couldn’t be easier. First, determine what part of your body is currently achy, uncomfortable, or otherwise in need of relief. Make sure that part of your body is clean; if you haven’t showered, you can use a wet towel or washcloth to remove any dirt and sweat that may have accumulated there. Apply a generous amount of topical to that body part, then gently massage the area until the topical is completely absorbed. Wash your hands when you’re finished and reapply as needed.

     

    What Should I Expect When Using Cannabis Topicals?

     

    Expect gentle relaxation and some minor pain relief. Remember that with severe and/or chronic injuries, you probably won’t get total instant relief of your symptoms. It’s more like using a heating pad or soaking sore muscles in a hot bath: you’ll definitely notice a difference, and ideally, your discomfort should be a little more tolerable.

     

    Finding the right product for your needs may require some trial and error. If a product that only contains CBD doesn’t work for you, try something that combines CBD and THC. Because of a phenomenon known as the entourage effect, a blend of cannabinoids is often more effective than just a single isolated cannabinoid. You can also try experimenting with different ratios and concentrations of CBD and THC.

     

    No matter what your needs may be, there’s a Nugg Club product to help you find relief! 

     

  • Top 10 Medical Marijuana Blogs Nugg Recommends

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    The world of medical marijuana is only going to continue growing. From novices to experts alike, finding websites and blogs for reliable cannabis information can be difficult.

     

    With such a saturation on the market, not every outlet provides the information the community needs to know.

     

    Whether a daily publication or a sporadic contributor, these medical cannabis blogs provide readers with useful information that is sure to inform its readers. Here are the top 10 Nugg recommends.

     

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    Leafly News & Culture

     

    Leafly is one of, if not the top, name in cannabis information today. For years, the site has excelled at crafting written and video content that caters to a range of cannabis consumers.

     

    Newcomers and novices are sure to benefit from Cannabis 101 articles like How to Buy Cannabis in a Legal Recreational State as well as CBD vs. THC: What’s the Difference?

     

    Meanwhile, experts can learn about emerging cannabinoids and extraction tech.

     

    With years of content, Leafly newbies can easily get lost down a rabbit hole of useful cannabis facts. That includes information on dispensaries, strains, current events and so much more.

     

    The Weed Blog 

     

    The Weed Blog calls itself “the #1 source of important marijuana-related information.” Visitors to the site tend to agree. TWB, as it is often called, provides information on current events, science, advocacy and much more.

     

    The site also promotes learning beyond reading the articles. TWB believes in open-minded discussions among its readers and encourages constructive ideas to be shared.

     

    Articles are updated on a near daily basis and feature insightful analysis that readers are sure to appreciate. Be sure to read their profiles on people in the cannabis space. They’re chock full of inspiration and information.  

     

    Cannabis Culture 

     

    Cannabis Culture is an excellent source for all things cannabis in Canada and the United States. The company has a long history of running up against Canadian lawmakers, including having its three of its dispensaries in Vancouver shut down. This includes numerous other legal and possible ethical violations from owner Marc Emery.

     

    The potential controversies aside, Cannabis Culture is a vital resource for not only cannabis current events but also for its original content. A recent article delved into who actually uses pot and hot today’s climate is changing the “pothead” image.

     

    NORML BLog on Medical Marijuana 

     

    National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has been one of the most prominent names in American cannabis reform for decades. Its blog delves into federal and state legislation and advocacy efforts. This includes coverage of adult use and medical cannabis news.

     

    In addition to its blog, the site is packed with information on cannabis laws by state, federal legal news and how you can get involved in the cannabis reform movement.

     

    Medical Marijuana, Inc. 

     

    Those seeking only medical marijuana news need to consider Medical Marijuana, Inc. News. The blog does an excellent job of keeping up to date with the latest on the medical side. That includes near daily and multiple posts a day. Readers can drop in to get the latest on legislation, studies and health-related news to cannabis consumption.

     

    In addition to the blog, the site also offers in-depth information on CBD and MMJ for newcomers.

     

    Honest Marijuana

     

    Honest Marijuana does what not many product blogs do — provide quality information on a somewhat consistent basis. About once a week, readers can get a new piece of insight from the brand that emphasizes organic cannabis grown from sustainable sources.

     

    While not ideal for daily news, Honest Marijuana’s blog does provide quality tidbits you won’t find at every publication. Instead, they delve into topics that appeal to intermediate or experts in the field.

     

    However, the blog keeps novices’ attention with the easy-to-read approach the writers take.

     

    Cannabis Training University 

     

    Unlike the others on the list, Cannabis Training University’s blog content is not the most enticing content it offers. Their blog is an excellent source for learning about how to be a caregiver in addition to interesting historical dives like examining the history of cannabis in Islamic countries.

     

    However, most of its content is behind a paywall. The good news is, it isn’t some scam paywall like some outlets have you buy into. Instead, CTU offers over 100 ebooks on cannabis courses including the medical industry, laws, business and numerous other facets of the market.

     

    Have a Heart

     

    Have a Heart is a multi-state cannabis retail brand. Find their dispensaries in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio.

     

    While not a reliable everyday source of information, the company blog does serve as a bookmark-worthy publication for occasional reading.

     

    Updated about once a week, Have a Heart’s blog balances informative with light-hearted reading. Readers can take deep dives into subjects such as cooking with cannabis while also getting Netflix suggestions for when the edibles kick in.

     

    Green Relief 

     

    Green Relief is a Canadian cannabis brand that knows how to do a blog right. Eye-catching visuals pair nicely with the site’s in-depth information.

     

    Its articles are sure to provide insights into a range of familiar and not so familiar cannabis topics. One topic will explore dry herb vaporizers while the next article introduces readers to the world of cannabinoids far beyond THC and CBD.

     

    The only knock against Green Relief is in which many brands suffer: a lack of consistent posting. While the reads are insightful and informative, its infrequent posting schedule makes the blog a casual check-in rather than an everyday read.

     

    Legalize It. We Think So. (LIWTS) 

     

    Legalize It. We Think So (LIWTS) is one of the more straightforward brands on the list.

     

    The site is almost exclusively dedicated to blog content. Topics fall under a series of categories: Legalize It, Grow, Edibles and Strains.

     

    Readers can learn about male plants and if they can get you high, as well as easy to read listicles like the 10 rules to wake and baking. This is an excellent resource for those looking for dedicated cannabis content.

     

    However, the site isn’t updated as frequently as some of the others, so be sure to have additional resources for daily information.

     

    Didn’t see your favorite medical cannabis blog on the list? We know there’s a slew of excellent ones out there. Be sure to let us know your favorites in the comment section below! 

  • A Look Behind the Brand: THC Design

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    Alex Wilkerson has his nose in the flowers. He’s not picking roses. Instead, Wilkerson inhales the rich terpene profiles of the latest cannabis strains that THC Design has in the works.

     

    “It’s got a great nose,” Wilkerson says of a batch of Purple Punch.

     

    The way that THC Designs’ team talks about cannabis is not unlike the way sommeliers talk about fine wine, which underscores just how seriously they take this plant.

     

    A candid conversation about cannabis’ complex aroma and tasting notes were somewhat rare in the cannabis community, which has previously used terms like “dank” to describe a bag of weed’s characteristics. That’s exactly what the folks at THC Design are hoping to change.

     

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    THC Design’s Mission

     

    “That’s a huge goal for us to have it [cannabis] very normalized in your home,” said Jairia Pass, co-founder of THC Design. “You should be able to talk about that and not feel weird about it.”

     

    That connection to cannabis is evident in seemingly every conversation that Pass and her team have. While other cannabis cultivators may be focused on producing the most intoxicating buds possible, the team at THC Design have other plans in mind. For them, potency is important – but it’s not the only goal.

     

    “We want to represent what cannabis isn’t usually represented as something that’s a benefit for society, something that can be used to help others,” Wilkerson said.

     

    “It’s not just a drug,” Pass emphasizes. “We want to show people everything this plant can do.”

     

    That level of enthusiasm for cannabis is what THC Design is all about. First and foremost, the team at THC Design wants you to know that they care about cannabis because they value cannabis consumers.

     

    “That passion comes because we have so much faith and love and care for this plant,” Jairia Pass said. “We just know that there are so many possibilities for this plant and what it can do.”

     

    Passion Turned to Purpose

     

    The people behind THC Design have been growing cannabis for over a decade. Pass, the company’s co-founder, began her passion for cannabis in Oklahoma. But she quickly found that Southern California was a more hospitable place to plant roots and fully embrace the possibilities of this sacred plant.

     

    “This is where we need to be, in Los Angeles,” Pass said. “This is where the community for cannabis is and where it’s growing, and this is where I think the most education needs to be.”

     

    Pass’s experience and her passion for high-quality cannabis are evident when you smell, see and taste the buds and pre-rolls THC Design produces. They’ve studied the genetics behind every strain they sell in order to create a premium product for consumers and consistent medicine for medical cannabis patients.

     

    “We’re constantly trying new genetics for the best medicine possible,” Pass said. “As we’ve grown, we’re trying to find plants that are actually better for medicinal purposes. Right now we’re currently sourcing genetics for higher CBD – that’s going to be the future.”

     

    Maintaining Environmental Sustainability

     

    Fine tuning their plants’ genetics isn’t the only thing that the THC Design team is focusing on. They also want to be as environmentally sustainable as possible – a breath of fresh air in this arid, drought-prone region of Southern California.

     

    Unlike many grow operations, THC Design’s growing facility is as close to waste-free as you can get. They use HVAC systems to capture moisture from the air, including moisture that the plants themselves release. Water is essentially being harvested, sterilized, and recycled within a closed system.

     

    “It’s nice that we can get water that our plants make, in the actual flower rooms, and then use that to feed the plants all over again,” Wilkerson said. “It’s like the Circle of Life.”

     

    “Our practices have gotten a lot better,” Pass explained. “We’re using energy efficient bulbs…we’re using less electricity.”

     

    A Focus on Education

     

    In addition to sustainability, the THC Design team also wants to focus on education. They work with policymakers to make them better informed when it comes to the benefits of cannabis, advocating for legislative reform at the local level as well as the national level.

     

    They’re also hoping to educate cannabis consumers on how to be more self-sufficient, with their popular “Grow Girl” series of online educational content. The Grow Girl series instructs viewers on how to sustainably grow their own cannabis plants at home.

     

    “I’ve had so much faith and hope in cannabis,” Alex Wilkerson said. “How you take care of a plant might be reflective of how you take care of yourself.”

     

    Even if you haven’t tried THC Design’s products, you’ve certainly seen them in your local dispensary. Their pre-rolls, gram bags, and prepackaged eighths are labeled with the brand’s easily recognizable logo that includes the delta-9-THC molecule, with pre-rolls delivered in slim, discreet metal tins that are reminiscent of old-fashioned cigarette cases.

     

    Sativas are labeled with green lettering on the logo, hybrids are orange-yellow, and indicas are a calming shade of purple.

     

    Try a pre-roll or a prepackaged flower varietal from THC Design through Nugg and see for yourself how quality-crafted cannabis can help you focus on your own sense of wellness. Then check out the brand’s website at www.thcdesign.com to learn more about what elevates this brand above the competition.

     

  • Jahnetics Hawaiian Gold Hybrid Sugar Sauce (2019 Video Review)

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    That sauce…that sweetness…pure pineapple gold. Sweeter than haupia, Dole ain’t got nothin’ on this bold Hawaiian Gold Sugar Sauce.

     

    Made in collaboration with Old Crow Extracts, Hawaiian Gold is a mix of Super Lemon Haze and Pineapple. It has loads of THC crystals extracted from whole cannabis buds called nug run that create its chunky consistency.

     

    Nug run extraction means a lot of terpenes, and in the case of Hawaiian Sugar Sauce you’ll get hints of citrus on the inhale and pine on exhale. Expect to be very energized after dabbing this sativa-dominant hybrid concentrate.

     

    Watch Nugg’s in-house concentrates expert, Ian, review this Jahnetic’s Hawaiian Gold Sugar Sauce. Learn details about its terpene profile, consistency, flavor, effects and more!

     

    Hawaiian Gold not your flavor? Jahnetics offers a whole line of flower strains as well, including Aloha Oranges, Black Magic, Chocolate Chai, Disco Lemonade, Gin & Juice, Grape Kush, Jah Cookies, Jahmba Juice, OGeeeze, Papaya, Peach OG, SFV OG, Sour Sherbert, and Strawberry ZKittlez.

  • Weed vs. Alcohol: 10 Reasons Why Cannabis Beats Booze

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    Cannabis consumption is becoming accepted by more people each day. That, however, does not mean that detractors are going away anytime soon. From the Jeff Sessions types to the casually uninformed, cannabis detractors continue to make their knocks against its use in our society.

     

    All too often, cannabis will eventually find itself compared to alcohol. In some cases, detractors try lumping marijuana in with the adverse effects of booze. Other instances may find someone supporting alcohol as the better option.

     

    Regardless of the scenario, here are some of the best rebuttals for when a person says that your cannabis use is a problem.

     

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    Cannabis Is Medicine to Many

     

    Depending on the cannabis consumer, some may be taken aback by even comparing the two. Outside of the marijuana community, some may still view pot as merely a recreational thing. To them, it is likely on the level with alcohol.

     

    That is not the case for the scores of patients using cannabis to treat their medical conditions and symptoms. People of all ages and backgrounds use marijuana to live a better life. They include children with epilepsy, returning veterans with PTSD, grandparents with joint conditions and parents who just need some help sleeping.

     

    In short, cannabis is used as a medicine by far more people than detractors expect. They likely aren’t even aware of how hot a topic this argument can become.

     

    Young People’s Changing Preferences

     

    The way young people prefer to drink has changed over the years. Shifts in recent years indicate their increased preference for craft beer and wine over the cheap stuff. More so, when cannabis is introduced, legalized counties see a 15% drop in alcohol sales on average.

     

    While this may not work as a rebuttal in every scenario, these shifts represent a changing culture. Whether you are part of the demographic or not, young adult consumption shows where cannabis is heading.

     

    The reasons below will explain why many are choosing to follow this route.

     

    It’s Often Cheaper Than a Night Out

     

    Depending on your usage levels, this argument may not hold as much water. However, for the casual cannabis consumer, the costs compared to a night out drinking tend to be lower.

     

    Let’s say you buy an eighth for $50. While the upfront cost certainly is felt, most consumers will be able to use this flower over a brief but extended period. While the same could be said of a bottle of wine or alcohol, it can just as easily be consumed in a single night between a few friends.

     

    Again, the scenario can be flipped depending on your consumption levels of the two. Rely on a keen sense of self-awareness before making this claim.

     

    Little-to-No Hangover with Marijuana

     

    Mike Terry, SEO Manager for Herb, told Nugg that a lack of hangovers is one reason he is a cannabis consumer.

     

    “You can easily smoke all night and feel nothing short of amazing the next morning whereas a heavy night of drinking has the opposite effect where you feel like complete garbage with a bad hangover.”

     

    Life Insurance 420’s Zack Taylor echoed similar sentiments to Terry’s while highlighting particular benefits for specific consumer demographics.

     

    “From a practical standpoint, consuming a few alcoholic beverages can reduce your quality of sleep, and make you feel hungover in the morning, which can be a terrible feeling.”

     

    Taylor added, “Using cannabis instead is a much better alternative when it comes to the next morning, and that is especially important for people who have kids and/or a job to go to.”

     

    Overall Productivity 

     

    Thanks to the expansive world of cannabis strains, compounds, cannabinoids, terpenes and more, the varying effects of strains allow for each to suit the needs of numerous consumers.

     

    For many, this means needing relief during the day without losing track of their daily tasks. Often, these people reach for a sativa or a strain with a higher CBD to THC ratio.

     

    This cannot be said about beer. Mike Terry explained that “even a beer or two during the day will seriously inhibit my productivity,” adding that “smoking a bit will typically boost my drive and help me to get shit done, depending on the task.”

     

    The same can be applied at home.

     

    Terry explains “For example, if I started drinking at home while using my computer or playing video games, after several drinks I am starting to get drunk, have trouble focusing, and am utterly useless on a computer.” He adds, “Smoking cannabis, however, I never would hit a point where I couldn’t use a PC anymore no matter how much I consumed.”

     

    A Different Intoxication

     

    People love booze and pot because they make you feel good. That does not mean that they provide similar types of intoxication, however.

     

    Consuming too much alcohol leads to decreased motor skills, lowered reasoning, weakened balance and a loss of consciousness among other noticeable effects.

     

    While cannabis can lead to adverse effects at times, including poorer coordination and delayed reaction times, strain specificity can help consumers steer clear of certain effects – providing a tailored experience alcohol can’t.

     

    Alcohol Tolerance Changes as You Age

     

    Our body’s ability to tolerate alcohol changes as we age. What once wouldn’t affect us as much does as we age thanks to several factors, including a decrease in water in our bodies as we age.

     

    Heidi Minx runs the branding and PR firm MinxLive. After reaching 45 years old, Minx began developing adverse reactions to her evening glass of wine. They included sweating at night, vivid dreams, waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep.

     

    Now, Minx reaches for a 4 to 5mg THC edible. She told Nugg “I’m resting soundly through the night now. And frankly, with the new testing regulations being so stringent, I trust what is in my cannabis to be cleaner than wine.”

     

    Much Less Addictive to Most

     

    In most cases, cannabis consumption does not lead to addiction as is the case with alcohol and hard drugs. While some studies suggest that there is some degree of dependency on cannabis, this only affects a small portion of cannabis consumers.

     

    Meanwhile, 2015 data found that 15.1 million adults over 18 in the U.S. suffered from alcohol use disorder (AUD). An additional 623,000 minors aged 12-17 also suffer from AUD. This contributes to the estimated 88,000 that die in America from alcohol-related causes each year.

     

    That said, cannabis should still be consumed responsibly. This is especially true in younger consumers, as debates and studies around brain development and marijuana use disorder continue.

     

    Often Better for Social Situations

     

    When discussing social lubricants, most think of alcohol. In our younger days, we may call it pre-gaming. As we get older, it may be a cocktail. Whatever the name, it tends to represent a substance that helps us relax.

     

    But for some, this can have the opposite effects. Sure, it is prone to make us more social, but remember how quick thoughts can turn from jovial to regret, sadness and even violence for some. Or, you just get sick and throw up. All bad outcomes.

     

    On the other hand, cannabis is often great for deep, probing chats. In fact, many strains are used to promote increased social attributes. Some effects include easing social anxieties and increasing conversations. Just don’t follow a path as comedian Jason Mantzoukas did and you should see positive social gains from your cannabis use.

     

    Much Fewer Trips to the Bathroom

     

    There are several incredible rebuttals for why cannabis use bests alcohol. While many are rooted in science and emotion and changing lives, let’s not forget the basics.

     

    You are going to pee a lot more drinking than smoking. This means more trips off the couch when relaxing at home. It also means standing in heinously long lines at clubs, concerts, bars and other events where the last place you want to be is in the toilet or, worse, its line.

     

    While cannabis might have you getting up to find snacks, you won’t be, as the iconic band Chumbawamba would say, pissing the night away.

     

    Use these talking points at next time you need to rebuke a detractor. Have another talking point? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you.

  • Visit Harvest, Napa’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

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    Until now, medical marijuana patients in Napa were forced to drive to Vallejo or further for their medicine. That’s a very long drive for some seriously ill people.

     

    But now they can just head over to 2449 2nd Street between 10 am and 6 pm for first-rate service. But there’s a catch: they’ll need a doctor’s recommendation.

     

    So far, Napa only allows medical cannabis dispensaries to operate. (The city isn’t ready to embrace recreational just yet.) Under California medical marijuana law, the state Department of Public Health established a voluntary medical cannabis ID system to issue medical cannabis cards to qualified patients with a doctors recommendation. Many states also accept out-of-state medical marijuana authorizations, so it’s still a great idea to have one!

     

    The medical cannabis specialists at NuggMD can help patients who have trouble traveling complete the entire process online, from the relaxation of home.

     

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    A New Kind of Dispensary 

     

    What will patients see when they enter Napa’s first legal dispensary? It’s not tie-dye and seedy green carpet, that’s for sure! Their 1,600 sq ft showroom looks more like an upscale art gallery than a pot shop.

     

    Brands like Canndescent and CRU Cannabis are artfully arranged in neat rows under stylish recessed lighting and beautiful back-lit display cases.

     

    Choose from products based on THC content, brand and price clearly displayed on the electronic menu screens; or you can see available products ahead of time online.

     

    Oak tables are arranged throughout the showroom with pamphlets and other fliers if you want to learn more about available products.

     

    Harvest offers tinctures, lotions, edibles, vape cartridges, flower and pre-rolls, so there are plenty of products to choose from, including CBDs!

     

    How Do I Qualify to Shop at Harvest?

     

    Patients still need an up-to-date doctor’s recommendation or county-issued medical marijuana identification card to buy medical cannabis at Harvest. Thankfully, getting a doctor’s recommendation in California is a piece of cake.

     

    According to state law, any condition that the doctor feels could benefit from cannabis use will qualify you, a state resident, for a doctor’s recommendation.

     

    Patients 18 or older can get their rec completely online with NuggMD. Simply head over to harvest.nuggmd.com to register online in a matter of minutes.

     

    New NuggMD patients will receive an electronic copy of their recommendation that they can print and use the very same day until their permanent rec arrives by mail. 

     

    About Harvest of Napa 

     

    Harvest of Napa is a branch of Harvest Health & Recreation Inc., based in Tempe, Arizona.

     

    A patient-oriented dispensary, Harvest believes each individual is unique. Their main focus is finding the right product to fit each customer’s distinct needs. This will remain their focus even after Napa finally embraces recreational sales.

     

    About NuggMD

     

    NuggMD is the nation’s leading telemedicine platform, serving patients in New York, Nevada and California.

     

    The online service connects licensed doctors with prospective medical cannabis patients via their state-of-the-art online platform for only $39. They serve patients 18 and over who have any condition that can potentially benefit from cannabis treatment.

     

    NuggMD has helped more than half a million patients improve their quality of life with medical marijuana.

     

    “It’s our mission to end those gaps in medical cannabis access throughout the state,” says NuggMD CEO Collin Mann.

     

    “Patients who need help the most, who can’t easily travel to the doctor and wait for hours or who simply don’t have the time, can use our platform to get the help they need.”

     

    Harvest and NuggMD want to thank the city of Napa for finally putting the patients first. Now they have options for medical cannabis access right here at home.