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  1. 5 Canna-Commitments to Jump-Start Your New Year

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    If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking: Oh no, not another “New Year, New You” list of resolutions. So often the start of a new year is a thinly veiled ploy to get you to buy into a product, a membership or a whole new lifestyle.

     

    At Nugg we believe people can grow, just like our favorite plant, but they’re unlikely to make radical shifts all at once. Similarly to how cannabinoids work to soothe your body’s nervous system over time, the “new you” will likely also take time to be nurtured and developed into the biggest, most dank nug – I mean person – you can be.

     

    With this “slow down to speed up” philosophy in mind, here are five New Year’s canna-commitments to consider. What would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments below!

     

     

    1. Support Black and Brown-Owned Cannabusinesses

     

    In what’s hailed as perhaps the biggest year for cannabis ever, people often forget to read the fine print of history playing out today. Did you know that in the mid-1930s, joints were called “jazz cigarettes?” It’s true. And cannabis was linked to ground-breaking musicians like Louie Armstrong, whose music was deemed “satanic” by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

     

    Ever since cannabis was outlawed in 1937, people of color have been targeted by racially-biased drug laws. This is still the case in the criminal justice system. It’s why we consumers need to continually push lawmakers to expunge records and roll back sentences, especially in states where recreational cannabis has been legalized. We also need to pay attention to the fact 81% percent of new cannabis businesses are owned and operated by whites, while just 4% are black-owned.

     

    There are city-level equity programs which allegedly help people of color obtain priority business licenses. And yet, even in places covered in a cloud of lemon haze like Oakland, obtaining a license doesn’t always translate into production and revenue due to faulty implementation structures.

     

    In light of the “Permit Patty” episode of 2018, consumers can do their part to look into a company’s background before purchasing. Here are a few ways to learn more about and support leaders in the equity in cannabis movement:

    • Follow cannabis influencers on social media like Women Grow’s founder Jazmin Hupp and writer and cannabis entrepreneur Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey
    • Listen to the “potcast,” “High, Good People”
    • Read Broccoli Magazine
    • Subscribe to Maria & Jane’s weekly newsletter for cannabis round-ups for and by women (of color!)

     

    Power Ballad: Can You Get To That by Funkadelic
    Edibles for Equity: Whoopi & Maya

     

    2. Cultivate Beginner’s Mind

     

    Some of you are old hats at cannabis. You can roll a joint with your eyes closed, know the optimal vaping temperature, and make homemade edible treats and tincture drinks. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go back to square one.

     

    Beginner’s Mind is a useful idea that comes from traditional Zen Buddhism. This philosophy encourages “an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would.” (According to Google, so consider this a very rudimentary definition.)

     

    How can you approach your cannabis consumption with a “don’t know” mind in 2019, regardless of expertise? What can you experiment with, as the wise ones say, to deepen your practice? If you’re new to cannabis, where do you start and, more importantly, how can you do so with no preconceptions? Jump in and find out!

     

    Power Ballad: Light It Up by Major Lazer, Nyla, Fuse ODG
    Contemplative Flower Strains: Blue Dream, Granddaddy Purple, and Northern Lights

     

    3. Look Out for “Minor” Cannabinoids

     

    Never heard of THCa, CBN or CBG? These dudes are VIPs and will make some power moves in 2019.

     

    Ask budtenders if they know which products are labeled with the full cannabinoid breakdown. Companies worth their salt are providing it, along with other detailed info, on their offerings. Don’t worry about sounding picky; more research shows that even small percentages of these compounds can have a profound impact on conditions like insomnia, inflammation and neurological disorders. Minor is a bit of a misnomer; these cannabinoids are essential in creating the “entourage effect” that washes your system with plant-based healing.

     

    Power Ballad: Girl Blunt by Leikeli47
    Full Spectrum Cartridges: Level, TreeBase Klear

     

    4. Not So Scary Edibles

     

    Edibles actually took a bit of a hit in 2018 for several reasons. Most notably, safety was an issue due to pesticides and mold. At Nugg, we make sure to review our products based on rigorous quality standards. If a product doesn’t deliver after repeated use, you’ll know. Even if you don’t order from Nugg, find a budtender you trust for recommendations and/or a reputable company with stringent, triple-testing standards.

     

    Power Ballad: Échame La Culpa by Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato
    Safety First, Then Teamwork Microdose: The Venice Cookie Company’s Savory Pretzels (3mg THC per pretzel!)

     

    5. Get Active with Cannabis

     

    Remember, sativa isn’t just good for socializing — it’ll also get your butt up and in gear. As we start the new year, it can mean committing to being more active, even if that’s just breathing deeply. Then, as always, indica and/or CBD will help soothe exercise-induced aches and pains, and also help you fall asleep so you can do it over again.

     

    Power Ballad: Where Them $@ by Dreezy
    Step To This Triple Threat: Cartridge: Jetty Extracts Super Lemon Haze 0.5g; Flower: Durban Poison; Edible: The Farmaceuticals Do Drops.

     

    These are just a few ideas to help you make the most of 2019 and feel good about your purchase decisions while nurturing your body.

     

    If you’re looking for specific product recommendations, chat live with Nugg’s Cannabis Concierge. Our experts are standing by to help you find exactly what you need – make this year the best one yet. 

     

  2. Stay High on the Sly: Tips for Cannabis Discretion This Holiday

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    ‘Tis the season to be around people…whether you like it or not. Regardless of where you stand on interacting with humanity, it’s gonna happen. That is, unless you’ve mastered the shut-in thing. (If so, kudos.)

     

    But for those of us not about that hermit life, we’re going to eat, drink, and be merry (and usually embarrass ourselves) with friends and family at several holiday parties and other festive gatherings. In some cases, it’ll be the first of many parties that integrates children into the evening. With numerous people and kids who could be impacted by our cannabis consumption, it’s wise to exercise discretion this time of year.

     

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    Laying Low While Getting High

     

    Discreetly getting high used to be difficult. At home, it often involved going out into the backyard or garage for total privacy or making a filter from a toilet paper roll and a dryer sheet, which might not always work. Meanwhile, parties involved sneaking off somewhere uncertain–a random room, alley, parked car–to get your hits in. Today that has dramatically changed thanks to vape pens and increasingly inconspicuous edibles.

     

    Cannabis vape pens are often confused for e-cigarettes to the laymen, making them rather simple to skate by at any event. Because it’s vapor, not smoke, the smell stays minimal and the cloud dissolves quickly. Meanwhile, the only way you can tip off the room is, possibly, going into a coughing fit. Maintain your jolly demeanor and stay incognito by taking modest hits. If it’s a modest mood boost you’re looking for, try a 1:1 THC:CBD cartridge. With this balanced cart you can enjoy a joyful pick-me-up, without nodding off as you watch A Christmas Story for the 46th time (more on CBD-rich vapes below).  

     

    Edibles provide a delayed, discreet high that continues to diversify. However, they can do a number on the body depending on the dosage and amount consumed. Start small (think 5mg and 10mg doses) with products like Venice Cookie Company’s Savory Pretzels and Flav’s Cocoa Nibs. The last thing anyone wants is a house full of kids, grandparents and straight-edged cousins getting unintentionally high thanks to snacks of the cannabis variety. That’s terrible news for everyone in attendance, even if getting high with granny is on your bucket list.

     

    Bottom line: use common sense. Even modest consumers understand the basic best practices for public consumption and being high in public. Stick to less-dank methods like vaping and edibles and carefully watch your dosage. If you are smoking flower, don’t do it indoors or near the festivities. The same can be said for vaping in most situations.

     

    Because most holiday events involve alcohol, smart decision making might not be as strong. If you find yourself in this situation, remember the Dwight Schrute mantra: “Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.” Consume responsibly!

     

    Must-Haves to Stay Discreet This Holiday Season

     

    There are several ways to tip off a room. From the buzz on our faces to smelling up the place, it’s easy to blow your cover. To avoid such an outcome it’s best to use a mix of classic and new reliable products.

     

    At this point, Visine is as linked with pot consumption as one can be. This red-eye reliever has saved plenty of consumers throughout the years–it really is a Christmas miracle. The development of Visine Advanced is keeping pace with the increased potency of cannabis. The same goes for other crowd favorites like Opcon-A and Rohto. Tip: add your drops before vaping or consuming edibles to ensure clear eyes and less questions/paranoia. 

     

    Smell-proof packaging ensures that dank aromas stay in their containers. In legal states, this is included in most, if not all, packaging. However, there’s a need to change packaging if state laws allow it. In these cases, many consumers reach for a name like Stashlogix, makers of stash bags that offer a range of styles from purses to pencil cases.

     

    While the size makes it infeasible for many occasions, a smoke filter helps reduce odor and keeps smoke relatively contained. Though small and lightweight, having one of these on hand could be rather noticeable in your pocket or hand. If you’re planning to use one, keep it stored in your coat pocket and retrieve it when the time is right. Otherwise, be prepared to have a plausible fake use for it when Uncle Terry or your friend’s wife ask questions.

     

    There are more compact solutions to eliminating cannabis odor. Instead of reaching for that bulky can of Febreeze, carry a small container of air sanitizer like Ozium. It’s used in a myriad of professions and by marijuana and tobacco smokers alike. The spray almost instantly neutralizes harsh aromas with a variety of pleasant scents. It’s one of the best, if not the best, fresheners on the market. In fact, Ozium is so popular that its website looks like it was made in 2000 and nobody seems to mind.

     

    Pro Tip: Bring CBD with You

     

    Always have CBD on-hand. This amazing cannabinoid that binds to our body’s (but not head) receptors has improved the lives of veterans, children and others in need. With such substantially positive effects, some of its other claims to fame tend to go overlooked. One of these may even help you this holiday season.

     

    If you take one or ten hits too many or your edible becomes excessively potent, reach for CBD. Consuming it helps lessen certain effects of THC when the two interact. This is why opting for an equal 1:1 CBD:THC vape cart is a wise choice for any holiday occasion. Other CBD options like edibles are also viable; just remember it’ll take about an hour to start remedying your discomfort. Instead, keep a faster-acting CBD tincture bottle like one of Papa & Barkley’s CBD-rich tinctures, which discreetly fits into most pockets and purses.

     

    Have a happy and healthy holiday season! From the office party to catching up with cousins to meeting your friend’s newborn boy, know your surroundings. Consume in moderation and respect the room. Stick to discreet options and have some aides nearby to lay low. It’s never been easy to go undetected so be sure to do so.

     

    If you want the ultimate discretion when purchasing cannabis products and you live in California, check out Nugg’s Marketplace and see if delivery is available in your area. Our Cannabis Concierge is also available via live chat to help you find the product(s) best for you! 

     

  3. The Ultimate CBD Recovery Guide

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    From professional athletes to children dealing with debilitating illnesses, people from all walks of life are ditching prescriptions and turning to more natural plant medicine. But it’s not just any plant; they’re seeking relief from one particular cannabis compound: cannabidiol, or CBD.

     

    Even if you don’t use cannabis, you’ve probably heard of CBD. This cannabis compound took the nation by storm in 2013 when CNN reported on a six-year-old girl named Charlotte Figi. Four years prior, she was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a myoclonic form of epilepsy, that prompts as many as 300 seizures a week.

     

    After her parents administered an oral dose of CBD oil twice a day, that number dropped to just two or three seizures each month!

     

    Since Charlotte’ story became public CBD has continued to rise in popularity. Most dispensaries carry CBD flower, vape cartridges, edibles, and topicals. Many health food stores now sell hemp-based CBD extracts, even in states that prohibit medical cannabis. Because CBD is non-psychoactive (it doesn’t get you high), many who don’t smoke cannabis are able to enjoy the reported health benefits of this miraculous cannabinoid.

     

    Aside from children finding epileptic relief, CBD is also gaining traction among pro athletes. Former NFL player Leonard Marshall, a former defensive end for the New York Giants, suffered a traumatic brain injury stemming from concussions, better known as CTE. Rather than consuming a daily pharmaceutical cocktail, Marshall turned to hemp-based CBD oil to deal with CTE side effects like persistent headaches, mood swings and depression. Now he experiences relief within minutes after taking CBD, and his migraines are gone.  

     

    But what exactly is CBD and what can it actually do? We’ve separated fact from fiction to help you understand the latest research, how CBD can be used to aid recovery, and a handful of products that the Nugg Team has quality tested and approved.

     

     

    What Is CBD?

     

    CBD is one of many chemical compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The most popular and most widely known is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which makes you feel stoned. But CBD is different. The World Health Organization concluded that CBD alone doesn’t appear to cause intoxication.

     

    In addition to seizure disorders, CBD is also frequently used to treat anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain. In fact, pain is the number one reason why pro athletes are putting away the pills and turning to cannabis. When professional cyclist Andrew Talansky strained his hip flexor muscle, he turned CBD oil and found instant relief. Aside from that, he also tells Outside Magazine that the benefits didn’t stop there; he also felt less anxious and his sleep improved dramatically.

     

    While CBD is generally considered safe to use, it does have the potential to affect certain medications, including blood thinners, so consult your physician before taking CBD.

     

    Not all cannabis has high CBD levels; in fact, many strains available at your local recreational dispensary typically have little-to-no CBD. That’s because these commercially available strains were historically bred for their high THC content. This is changing.

     

    Cannabis breeders increasingly recognize the demand for potent CBD strains. Some are beginning to select strains based on their ability to yield a high CBD and low THC: Sour Tsunami, Charlotte’s Web (named after Charlotte Figi), Ringo’s Gift and AC/DC, for example, typically test high in CBD.

     

    What Do Researchers Say About CBD?

     

    Many studies suggest that CBD may have positive health benefits. Researchers have found that orally-administered CBD may contain significant anti-inflammatory properties, offering the potential for pain reduction and reduced swelling. Another study reported that topically-administered CBD can help reduce pain and arthritic inflammation.

     

    Neuroscientists have also studied CBD for its potential to manage symptoms of certain neurological disorders and its potential immunosuppressive properties. Another neurological study even suggested CBD might help reduce brain damage from neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease.

     

    One patient study reported that CBD use in conjunction with pharmaceutical medication helped slow the progression of some ALS symptoms, giving the patient almost complete use of two affected limbs and slowing the pace of muscular degradation.

     

    Like other cannabinoids, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates endocrine function (glands that secrete hormones) and controls our energy balance. In fact, our ECS plays a key role in regulating a wide range of body processes, from brain function and immune tissues to our endocrine glands and digestive system. Researches have also found that CBD may interact with receptor sites outside the ECS, illustrating the potential to treat inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

     

    How Can I Use CBD to Help My Body Recover?

     

    Cannabis patients and recreational users in legal states can purchase high-CBD flower, concentrates (including vape cartridges), topicals, edibles and tinctures. If you don’t have this access, you might find CBD oil for sale online, but it’s most likely hemp derived and doesn’t offer the same benefits that MMJ patients report. This is due to the “entourage effect,” which means all of the cannabinoids and terpenes may offer greater benefits when combined as a whole plant or a whole-plant extract.

     

    Because CBD shows promise treating inflammation, you may be wondering how to incorporate CBD into your recovery plan. First, talk to your doctor about your using CBD. Your doctor will need to review your health history as well as your medication list to make sure there is no risk of adverse side effects.

     

    If your doctor recommends the use of CBD, then Nugg’s Cannabis Concierge service can help you find the right cannabis products for your needs, including products that are high in CBD. Here are a few of our favorites!

     

    Smokable Flower High in CBD

     

    Smoking and vaping cannabis flower remain one of the most popular methods of consumption. But smoking a bowl or a joint doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get stoned! Try these Nugg favorites, which are high in CBD and low in THC to give you greater relief without causing intoxication the way most high-THC cannabis strains do.

     

    • Ritual CBD 20:1 1/8th (Henry’s Original): Offers a clean-burning flower that boasts a 20:1 ratio of CBD: THC. Our reviewers gave this strain high marks for its delicious aroma and superior smoke quality. This Henry’s Original strain also performed well in our ash test, and it delivered consistently exceptional effects.

     

    • Harmony Rose CBD 1/8th (Flow Kana): This prepackaged eighth of is pleasing to the senses and sure to meet your needs. The appearance, aroma, taste and effects of this high-CBD strain earned high praise from our reviewers, who also appreciated Flow Kana’s above average packaging and labeling.

     

    • JellyFish CBD (Glass House Farms): Nugg’s reviewers ranked this strain’s aroma and taste average among the pool, but Glass House Farms stood out in terms of its effects, consistency and clean-burning ash test. For the price, JellyFish offers a decent option for patients interested in trying CBD flower for the first time.

     

    Vape Cartridges High in CBD

     

     

    Many patients looking for quick relief appreciate the convenience that cannabis vape pens and cartridges offer. Vaping gives you rapid onset of effects, no lingering smoke or smell, and the ability to easily dose out your medication. You can take a couple of hits then put it away, whereas a joint requires you to keep smoking or stub it out.

     

    And the best thing about vaping? No harsh smoke on your lungs, which is especially beneficial for professional and endurance athletes. World-renowned mixed-martial-arts fighter Nate Diaz vapes CBD oil to help recover from the physical torment of the ring. Despite the match’s outcome, Diaz takes a beating. Vaping CBD oil helps his body heal and reduces inflammation so that he can prepare for the next fight.

     

    These vape cartridges/pens received high marks from our Nugg reviewers and can offer the relief you need:

     

    • Calm 10:1 CBD disposable pen (dosist): Our reviewers loved the packaging, labeling, and overall quality that dosist delivers. This disposable pen makes it easy to microdose, giving you precisely measured vape hits with a consistent 10:1 ratio of CBD:THC. No buttons or knobs, just a mouthpiece to inhale. The vapor tastes very flavorful, the oil is of high quality, and the effects come on quickly.

     

    • ACDC 3:1 CBD, 0.5 g Pax Era Pod (Bloom Farms): Our reviewers praised the taste, vapor quality, oil quality and effects. You’ll need to purchase a proprietary Pax battery that’s a bit costly but won’t regret it. You can swap out pods as easily as you insert a USB drive–and it pairs with an app that lets you adjust to the exact temperature you want. A quality pod in a pleasing package.

     

    • Marley Red CBD Rich, 0.5 g (Marley Natural): This vape cartridge offers a great tasting product with quality oil, decent vape quality and pleasant effects. The packaging left our reviewers a bit dissatisfied, but it’s a great product at a reasonable price – what’s not to love?

     

    Edibles High in CBD

     

    While edibles offer long-lasting effects, they take longer to kick in than smokable or vapable cannabis. All of the CBD edibles listed below contain some degree of THC in addition to CBD, meaning you may feel more intoxicating effects than you would with a pure CBD treat. So we recommend caution if you’re new to cannabis or edibles. Infused treats affect patients differently than smoking or vaping, so don’t overdo it. Remember to start with a low dose and be sure to wait at least an hour before increasing.

     

    • 1:1 THC to CBD Dark Chocolate (Chill): This delivers a balanced ratio of THC:CBD with 50mg of each per piece. Our reviewers found it well packaged, easy to dose, flavorful, consistent and effective. It’s a great product for a reasonable price.

     

    • 1:1 THC to CBD Cinnamon Mints (Breez): Also balanced with an equal THC:CBD ratio, the bottle has 20 mints containing 5mg of each in every one. Nugg reviewers appreciated the taste, discretion and ease of dosing.

     

    • 1:5 CBD to THC Indica Milk Chocolate Bar (Garden Society): If you’re new to edibles, this may not be the best place to start. It’s got a decent dose of CBD, 16mg, but also comes with a relatively high THC content, 80mg total! The effects hit hard so use caution; although veteran edibles eaters will appreciate the taste, texture and effectiveness.

     

    Topicals High in CBD

    Topical products are applied externally to the skin. You can use topical balms or transdermal patches to target specific areas where you’re experiencing localized pain or inflammation. Lotions and soaking agents are also great options, and they easily offer widespread or whole body relief.

     

    The best part is that you can easily use these products and, with the exception of transdermal patches, most CBD topicals don’t get you stoned! Post-workout recovery, alleviating chronic pain, other recent injuries – topicals offer the symptom relief you need to rest up, sleep well, and feel better.

     

    We understand that the number of cannabis options may be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to cannabis. Have questions? Our Cannabis Concierge service is here to help! Contact Nugg today to get the information you need and the medicated cannabis products you want!

     

  4. New Research Shows How CBD May Kill Breast Cancer Cells

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    We’ve heard that cannabidiol (CBD) benefits cancer patients in many ways. The second-most prominent cannabinoid in cannabis sativa has been shown to reduce pain, shrink tumors, and relieve symptoms of chemotherapy. While previous research suggests that CBD prevents the growth of cancerous tumors by promoting apoptosis, or programmed cell death, we’re only just beginning to understand how that occurs.

     

    A recent research paper, “Novel mechanism of cannabidiol-induced apoptosis in breast cancer cell lines” by Sultan et al. from the Alexandria University in Egypt, not only proposes CBD as a useful treatment for certain types of breast cancer, it explores the molecular mechanism of antitumor activity in this formerly overshadowed cannabinoid.

     

     

    Three Subtypes of Breast Cancer

     

    Before we discuss this study’s significance, let’s briefly cover some breast cancer basics. There are three main subtypes:

    • Hormone receptor-positive
    • Human epidermal growth factor receptor two (HER2) positive
    • Triple-negative

     

    Hormone receptor-positive means the breast cancer tumor contains receptors for either of the female sex hormones, estrogen or progesterone. The most common form of breast cancer, hormone receptor-positive, accounts for about 65% of all cases.

     

    Then we have HER2 positive cases, which involve a genetic mutation in the HER2 receptor. This receptor is in charge of cell division and growth in the breast. The mutation causes the body to make too many HER2 proteins, resulting in uncontrolled growth of breast cells. About 20% of breast cancer patients have the HER2 positive type, which can also be hormone receptor-negative or hormone receptor-positive. Typically, HER2 positive cases of breast cancer test negative for estrogen and progesterone receptors.

     

    Lastly, triple-negative breast cancer is the least common and most aggressive form among these three subtypes. Triple-negative breast cancer gets its name from the fact that it lacks receptors for estrogen, progesterone, and HER2. Only about 15% of breast cancer patients have this type.

     

    Why is the lack of these receptors distressing? When it comes to breast cancer treatment, hormone receptor-positive and HER2 positive types currently have more options. When scientists can identify receptors that lead to tumor growth, they can develop prescription drugs to target those receptors.

     

    Treatment for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer may include medications that block hormone communication or reduce estrogen production. Similarly, drugs that specifically target HER2 receptors, such as trastuzumab, are an option for women with HER2 positive breast cancer.

     

    On the other hand, women with early-stage triple-negative breast cancer have fewer treatment options and usually need chemotherapy. This makes the triple-negative type particularly interesting to scientists in search of novel treatments and medications.

     

    Now that we understand the foundations of breast cancer types and treatments, let’s examine the exciting discoveries this study reveals!

     

    Shattering the Cellular DNA of Cancer Cells

     

    Previous studies suggest that CBD induces apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells through the human body’s naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors, as well as through our vanilloid receptors – the molecular gateway to our pain pathway. Expanding on this knowledge, Sultan and colleagues focused on how CBD affects two populations of breast cancer cells: estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) subtype, T-47D, and another triple negative subtype, MDA-MB-231.

     

    You’d think scientists could come up with better names, right?

     

    But Sultan et al. didn’t choose these populations based on snazzy names. Known as “immortalized cell lines,” these two populations grow indefinitely in culture dishes, providing researchers with a continuously dividing supply of cancerous cells to work on.

     

    The researchers found that adding CBD in a dose-dependent manner causes both cell lines to undergo significant structural changes that inhibit cell survival and activate apoptosis.

     

    In English, that means the more CBD you add to these two populations of breast cancer cells, the more the cells shrivel up and die. But the cancer cells don’t simply die; their cellular DNA shatters into fragments. Their mitochondria, or energy powerhouses, cease to function. Eventually, your body recognizes these broken shreds of cancer as cellular garbage and promptly disposes of them. Basically, CBD is like Godzilla, totally crushing the most common and most difficult-to-treat cancer cells.  

     

    Now that you have the visual of a giant reptilian monster squashing cancer cells like buildings in a single stomp, the non-fiction piece of this story gets even better.

     

    Cancer Cell Destruction and Tumor Shrinkage

     

    In this 2018 study, Sultan et al. go on to describe the underlying mechanisms behind this cancer-killing monster. To do this, they examine three key players in cancer development:

    • Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR): involved in regulating cell growth, proliferation, and survival
    • Cyclin D1: a protein that causes a cell to start copying its DNA in preparation to divide
    • Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ): a ligand-binding transcription factor that plays a role in cellular proliferation and apoptosis

     

    Before I lose you, let’s break this down.

     

    Overstimulation of the mTOR pathway can cause cells to grow and divide out of control. This may then initiate tumor development in many parts of the body, including the breast.

     

    Additionally, overstimulation of the mTOR pathway leads to overexpression of cyclin D1, which ultimately causes uncontrolled cell division.

     

    Lastly, PPARγ is a transcription factor, meaning it’s a protein that can bind to DNA and regulate gene expression. PPARγ has been found to reduce the growth rate and malignancy of breast cancer cells, making it the sole factor we want to see more of out of these three.

     

    So how does CBD affect mTOR, cyclin D1, and PPARγ in these two breast cancer cell lines?

     

    Remember, PPARγ is a ligand-binding transcription factor. CBD is the ligand it binds to. This CBD-PPARγ complex suppresses mTOR expression along with the downstream production of cyclin D1. When cyclin D1 activity declines, PPARγ activity increases even more, leading to the destruction of cancer cells and shrinkage of tumors.

     

    Importance of Scientific Research

     

    Not only does this study at the Egyptian university propose CBD as a beneficial treatment for two subtypes of breast cancer – one that accounts for about 65% of cases and the other particularly difficult to treat – it demonstrates the importance of scientific research on the medical applications of cannabis.

     

    But cannabis research is no easy feat; major regulatory roadblocks must be overcome. For example, cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, where it’s listed as a Schedule 1 drug. In order for an organization to conduct research, it must submit an application to the DEA, requesting a special license to work with Schedule 1 substances a process that can take a year or longer (filled with intimidating hurdles).

     

    Even with the DEA’s permission, researchers can only study cannabis from one authorized provider known as “the farm” at the University of Mississippi. This provider grows specific strains under contract with the National Institute on Drug About – not quite the caliber of cannabis we see in the marketplace.

     

    Despite these challenges, scientists are moving forward with new cannabis research projects at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), to name a few. When there’s a will, there’s a way.

     

    If you have any questions about this article or want to learn more about cannabis as a cancer treatment, head over to Nugg’s Cannabis Concierge. Our expert team is happy to answer any cannabis-related questions you have.

  5. Politics, Pot and Perk with Dr. Craig Leivent

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    Nugg talks politics, pot and perk with Flower Power Coffee Company’s Dr. Craig Leivent. He whips up a pretty mean cup o’ CBD coffee, and some food for thought too.

     

    It’s a rare treat to talk to someone who’s as passionate about cannabis as we are. Botanist and pharmacist Dr. Craig Leivent believes that everyone should be able to benefit from the perks this plant has to offer and does everything he can to share them. So if you’re in love with coffee and cannabis, you’ll find you have a lot in common with the doctor.

     

    Find out how Flower Power Coffee Company hopes to make the world a better place with the potent power of CBDs.

     

     

    Dr. Leivent’s Background and How Cannabis Became a Part of His Life

     

    Nugg: “When did you first start learning about the potential health benefits of cannabis?”

     

    Dr. Leivent: “So I grew up around cannabis. I lost my dad when I was eight, and my mom worked three jobs. She needed the right path. So, she took cannabis and that helped her. I grew up seeing this. I also grew up being ridiculed and criticized by my friends and by their parents who were mostly heavily medicated and/or alcoholics. And meanwhile she came home from work after a long day, or maybe she was on her way to her next job, she was medicating herself in a way that she was able to go about her daily life. That’s what I saw.”

     

    “It was hard sometimes. It was something we had to deal with because, a lot of my friends, their parents wouldn’t let them come over. But then I began to realize, even when I was in high school, that this was her way of coping instead of being on Xanax and Zoloft or Prozac or multiple other things, she was utilizing cannabis. And this got me to thinking of cannabis as more of an exit drug, and not an entrance drug, and as a tool that can be used for health.”

     

    Nugg: “So how did cannabis become a part of your adult life too?”

     

    Dr. Leivent: “I’ve always loved plants, so I went into botany thinking I was also going to be a doctor. But then the accident happened and I broke my jaw and my orbital, and I thought I wasn’t going to be able to do that. I was doing therapy over the next 6 to 8 months, after my accident, and the doctors wanted to put me on barbiturates, benzos and anti-depression meds. I was almost like a guinea pig at one point. I was almost comatose. I was like a zombie and I couldn’t even live my life.”

     

    “So, I tried some cannabis too, and I realized, wow! I didn’t need the benzos or the barbiturates or the anti-depressants that they had me on – the pills that made me a zombie. I was able to consume a little cannabis and get on with my daily living. My reading and writing came back. I wasn’t as proficient as I was before the accident, but I noticed that the cannabis had a healing property on me. I mean, I had 186 stitches on my face. My lips were ripped off. My jaw was broken. My orbital was crushed in. My eyelash was ripped off over my right eye. It wasn’t pretty.”

     

    But Dr. Leivent didn’t let the accident stop him. He finished college and applied to pharmacy school. Dr. Leivent wanted to make cannabis available to help others the way it helped him. He then opened a medical dispensary in Oregon, Lincoln City Collective. Now he’s also on the East Coast, trying to get cannabis into people’s lives through his CBD-infused yummies.

     

    The Story Behind Flower Power Coffee

     

    Dr. Leivent: “I needed a way to get cannabinoids into everyday life. I was thinking and thinking, ‘could we put CBD into something that more than 80% of the population uses?’ And I looked in my hand and saw my coffee and thought, there it is!

     

    “That’s when I reached out to Chef Leighton Knowles who was doing some amazing things in the cannabis sector on the East Coast. We went over some products that were available and were not happy with what we found at the time. So we started going over different formulations, a scientist and a chef another perfect match, but the one thing we knew is we didn’t want an oily brew.”

     

    “I’m not poo-pooing other companies who make CBD coffee. I just don’t see how you can put CBD oil, on a bean, and then grind that bean, and then percolate that bean, and have a consistent measurement of CBD. Because each bean is not getting the same amount of CBD if it’s not being ground right away to get your measurements. So if they’re just leaving it as a whole bean and saying that its 350 mg per bag, that’s great, but how much is it per a serving? Because, if its an oil based thing, is that oil going to come through my water? Am I actually going to be able to get that in my coffee cup? Water and oil don’t like each other. They’d separate.”

     

    “So we searched out a custom-formulated CBD isolate, which is pure CBD – completely THC free. Then we went a little further and we thought, let’s get the best possible coffee that we can get and let’s put it with the best possible isolate that we can get. So we have this amazing CBD isolate with this fantastic coffee that’s been roasting in Brooklyn for the last 70 years. It’s been on Oprah and Seinfeld.”

     

    “We have the best coffee, with the best CBD, and the slight bitterness that the CBD might have is completely masked by the coffee. It’s like a match made in heaven. And it has its own entourage effect, because you’re going to get your energy through your coffee – you’re going to get your focus – but you’re not going to get those jitters and you’re not going to get the anxiety that caffeine usually brings. At least not in moderation.”

     

    “There were studies recently with CBD and coffee that didn’t show that, but these people were drinking eight to 10 cups of the stuff. You’re going to be jittery and have anxiety if you consume that much coffee. So moderation is important. But when people take our coffee and drink it, and they come back and tell us how they feel, it’s undeniable. That’s how the coffee came around. A lot of people describe drinking the coffee as being similar to the sensation they get when they put their hand on an air hockey table. They feel that light buzz going through their body and on their skin. That’s a great feeling.”

     

    “A lot of people don’t realize that their everyday life is stressful. You wake up, and suddenly you’re bombarded with stuff. Our brain doesn’t even let us realize all the stuff that’s going on around us all day or we’d go crazy. I serve this coffee at large events, and I tell people, ‘you’re going to drink this coffee and you’re going to feel great and be able to walk around all day.’ And they come back later and say ‘yeah! I feel great! I walked around all day. I usually can’t do that.’ Or they might have some anxiety with crowds, but they’ll come back to me three hours later and say, ‘you know, the crowds didn’t bother me.'”

     

    Feelings About Cannabinoids and Terpenes

     

    Nugg: “What are your feelings about high THC products with no CBD?

     

    Dr. Leivant: “Well now THC is amazing by itself. I also think it depends on the time of day for particular products. I think a balanced product – especially because of the synergistic effects between THC and CBD – is usually the best option. But the cannabis patients in New York don’t have access to the specific strains and varieties that you do in California.”

     

    Nugg: “It’s so strange to see a state that doesn’t allow flower.”

     

    Dr. Leivant: (laughs) “Yeah, it’s because New York is a smoke-free state, so vaping is considered non-smoking. You can consume your capsules or have a vape pen, but no smoking of flower.”

     

    Nugg: “Do you feel like they are missing out on the other benefits that you would find in natural flower like the CBNs and the terpenes?”

     

    Dr. Leivant: “Oh yes! They definitely might be missing out. CBN, CBG, you know, the other tiny cannabinoids that get pushed out with high THC breeding too. I mean, a plant can only contain so much THC before it can’t grow anymore. So it happens to the flower too. A lot of those natural cannabinoids that cause the entourage effect are being bred out. It’s extreme. I’ve seen 31% THC, so, when you think about it, 30% of that plant is just THC (the buds). So you’re losing a lot of those other finite cannabinoids that have those other wonderful synergistic effects that might give you a better effect from that THC. So, I don’t like THC with no CBD in it. But I also do like higher THC strains too. I’m a hyperactive guy and I have a lot of energy, almost too much energy.”

     

    “This is something I feel very passionate about. I realized everyone needs to consume some type of cannabinoid in some type of way. Like THCA, it won’t get you high, it has more antioxidants and Omega 3,6 and 9, than almost any other plant and most fish. Cannabis is a superfood! If we were to consume cannabis itself as a food, I don’t know how many diseases or conditions we’d improve or even eliminate. You’re in California! You should be consuming raw cannabis every day. Juice it, any way you can get it in there. You can’t deny the benefits. But we’re giving out opium. We’re giving out synthetic fentanyl. I would take my patients down the herb aisles and I would have to say you have to be careful taking this because your kidneys might fail, if you take too much of this your liver will fail, if you take too much of this you’ll get an ulcer. But you can consume your body weight in cannabis and feel great. It’s crazy. The only way you can get hurt from cannabis is if you drop 2,000 pounds on your head.”

     

    Nugg: “It seems so backward.”

     

    Dr. Leivent: “Yeah. We’re not even being taught about the endocannabinoid system. My friends that went through medical school weren’t taught about it. My students in pharmacy school aren’t taught about it. They do have an elective course at LIU, but at St. John’s, a Catholic school, there’s no mention of it. Before, what was it, 1938? There were some 2,000 pharmaceutical products with medical cannabis in them. It was just a great medicine! Now we don’t even feed hemp to our livestock. We’ve taken so many of these cannabinoids out of our daily life. Who knows how many of our current diseases or mental health problems could be attributed to this? I personally believe that. When you see someone who is cannabinoid naive, and you give them CBDs or low dose THCs and you see the effects, it’s undeniable. The reports that we get from people saying they’ve stopped shaking from their Tourette syndrome or they slept all the way through the night for the first time in years – it’s just undeniable. It’s just great to hear these things. We should be utilizing it as much as possible, and instead, we are being handcuffed.”

     

    The Importance of Taking Legal Action to Help Enable Legalization in New York

     

    Of course, with the tenuous ground that CBDs stand upon, the conversation took a natural turn toward the politics of pot. Dr. Leivent isn’t just passionate about his coffee. He knows that his company’s and his customers’ futures depend on the direction of current legislation.

     

    Now that Epidiolex is America’s first FDA-approved CBD-based medication, it’s impossible for the DEA to continue to deny that cannabis has no medical benefit. The DEA must make a decision to reschedule Epidiolex, and it’s still being debated whether this rescheduling will include all CBDs. Some activists are very worried about this decision because if all CBDs are rescheduled to Schedule 2 or Schedule 3, production could become more complicated, not less.

     

    Dr. Leivent: “I don’t think enough people realize what the big issues are. They think any step toward legalization is great. They don’t realize the intricacies of the situation. If we deschedule, we’ll be able to utilize this as a superfood, and as the plant-based medicine it is. If we reschedule, we will be putting cannabis completely in the hands of the pharmaceutical industry. Call your congressman, call your representatives. Everyone, everyone should be calling. Every dispensary should display their congressperson’s phone number.”

     

    The nation got a glimpse of what such a Schedule 2 or 3 world would look like in mid-August when it was discovered that Epidiolex, which is being produced by GW Pharma, could cost as much as $32,000 per year.

     

    That pill may be a little hard to swallow since current compassionate care providers in legal states can make similar CBD tinctures and concoctions for just a couple hundred dollars a month. They often even provide these CBD tinctures for low or no-cost, utilizing the profits from legal cannabis sales to cover the relatively minimal production costs.

     

    Nugg: “Do you think there’s enough public interest now to stop this from happening?”

     

    Dr. Leivent: “Absolutely! Just look at the demographics that this crosses. You have every walk of life – every creed, every color, every age group. There are so many people who have seen benefits. Look at all the people who want to relax or treat pain, so they drink or pop a Xanax – but then they poo-poo cannabis. So they go home and they have a drink or get drunk and then they look terrible the next day. Or they take their Xanax and they’re totally out of it. Why would you want to do that when you can come home and smoke a joint or eat an edible and feel a lot better and be a better person to everyone else? There are no ill-effects…well, maybe a pizza or two.”

     

    Find Flower Power Coffee Company’s coffee at these locations, and learn more about coffee and cannabis from Nugg’s Cannabis Concierge team. We’re always here to help.

     

  6. Cannabis Can Help Your Arthritic Canine

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    Dogs are more than pets. They’re beloved four-legged family members who depend on you for everything from breakfast to belly rubs just like your kids. That’s why it’s so devastating to watch yours suffer from a painful condition like osteoarthritis (OA).

     

    But with the June 2018 approval of the first pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol (CBD), dog owners are looking to this wonder cannabinoid to help their canine companions.

     

    CBD’s anti-inflammatory pain relief is well-documented for people with arthritis, so why not try the same medicine for your dog? Until recently, there wasn’t much research to back it up. But a new study published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science shows promise for CBD as a safe and effective OA treatment. 

     

     

    What Is Osteoarthritis?

     

    There are over 100 different types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis is the most common. Sometimes called degenerative joint disease, OA is a chronic condition that involves wear-and-tear to the cartilage that cushions the jointsCartilage is a soft, slippery tissue that covers the bone ends where they meet at a joint. When broken down, it can cause bones to grind together.

     

    Signs that your dog may have OA include:

    • Altered gait or limping
    • Stiffness and swelling in joints
    • Decreased activity
    • Difficulty getting up or lying down
    • Inability or reluctance to climb stairs
    • Whining, whimpering, and other signs of pain

     

    Risk of developing OA increases with age, but certain dogs may be more susceptible to this disease earlier in life. If your canine counterpart is particularly active or large, he or she might  be more prone to OA.

     

    How Do You Treat Osteoarthritis in Dogs?

     

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most common treatment for OA but they’re far from ideal. NSAIDs can cause unwanted side effects, especially stomach issues.

     

    A systematic review published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine found that OA treatment with NSAIDs causes adverse side effects in 55% of studies. To make matters worse, NSAIDs may not even offer adequate pain relief for your pooch.

     

    These issues have led many pet owners to seek alternative therapies, like CBD oil, to reduce OA symptoms without side effects.

     

    How Does CBD Reduce Osteoarthritis Symptoms in Dogs?

     

    Like humans, dogs have an endocannabinoid receptor system that plays a key role in managing pain and inflammation. In addition to being widely dispersed throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, cannabinoid receptors are present in the lining of the joints.

     

    CBD is a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant that binds to these receptors, offering therapeutic benefits such as:

    • Decreased sensitivity to pain
    • Reduced inflammation
    • Regulation of the immune system

     

    These medical benefits make CBD an appealing option for treating dogs suffering from OA. Until recently, there wasn’t a lot of scientific evidence to back it up. The July 2018 study, “Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs” by Gamble et al. provides the proof.

     

    To investigate the effects of oral CBD supplementation, Gamble and colleagues performed a randomized, placebo-controlled, dog owner and veterinarian double-blind crossover trial. They gave 16 dogs with moderate-to-severe OA each two treatments in random order: CBD oil dosed at 2 mg/kg or a placebo. They administered treatment every 12 hours for 4 weeks with a 2-week period in between phases.

     

    Gamble and colleagues measured OA symptoms with an owner assessment using the canine brief pain inventory (CBPI) and Hudson activity scale, as well as a veterinary evaluation every two weeks. Since the study was double-blind, neither owner nor veterinarian knew which treatment the dog was receiving during any phase of the study.

     

    Results showed significant improvements with CBD supplementation at weeks 2 and 4 across 16 dogs of various breeds and sizes. While taking CBD oil, the dogs showed fewer signs of pain and increased their activity level both at home and during their veterinary evaluation.

     

    More importantly, there were no observed side effects throughout the study. While a longer-term trial including a larger sample of dogs would reveal more information, the study by Gamble et al. suggests CBD is a safe and effective treatment for OA.

     

    What Other Conditions Can CBD Help My Dog Cope With?

     

    CBD isn’t only beneficial for dogs with OA. Even without double-blind, placebo-controlled trials to support it, many pet owners hail CBD as a cure-all for a vast array of veterinary health problems.

     

    A report published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association found that owners use CBD to treat several conditions in their dogs and cats, including:

    • Seizures
    • Cancer
    • Anxiety
    • Phobias
    • Digestive issues
    • Skin conditions like pruritus

     

    In addition to reducing pain and inflammation, CBD also has anticonvulsant and antiepileptic effects on dogs, making it a top choice for seizure treatment.

     

    Even if your dog doesn’t have a serious medical condition like arthritis or cancer, he or she may exhibit anxiety in situations like a thunderstorm or among other dogs. Since they can’t talk to release trauma, the best you can do is make your puppy pal feel safe and comfortable. Following pain relief, help sleeping and reducing anxiety are the two most common benefits owners report when giving their fur baby CBD.

     

    How Do I Know If CBD Is Right for My Dog?

     

    First, discuss your dog’s symptoms and any concerns you may have with your veterinarian. If the doggy doc diagnoses yours with OA or another issue, ask if CBD can help.

     

    Remember: CBD is non-psychoactive, so your dog won’t get high as long as there’s no THC in the product. While both hemp and marijuana contain CBD, a product that contains only CBD typically comes from the hemp plant. Many CBD products come in oils you can easily mix in with your dog’s food, or simply drop it in their mouth.

     

    If you have more questions about how CBD can improve your dog (or cat’s) life, one of Nugg’s friendly and professional Cannabis Concierge’s will gladly answer them. And while medical questions are best left for your vet, a Cannabis Concierge is always happy to chat with you about the best cannabis products for your fur baby’s condition(s).

     

  7. Dos & Don’ts of Cannabis Storage: How to Keep Your Products Fresh

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    It’s Friday so you purchase some quality flower to help relax. But you unwind too much and leave the jar open over the weekend, only to find stale, flavorless flower come Monday. Maybe you store a top-shelf cartridge in your pocket, forget it’s there, and break it when you sit. Or you leave a piece of chocolate in its foil wrapper where it melts from sun exposure.

     

    While stale bud, leaky cartridges and melted chocolate aren’t the end of the world, it’s really annoying to waste your hard-earned money at your local dispensary or on cannabis delivery. You want the most out of your investment.

     

    You may not realize this, but proper cannabis storage can keep your products fresh, potent and tasty. They, like fresh produce, are also susceptible to degradation. Taking a couple of simple precautionary steps will ensure your edibles, flower, pre-rolls, concentrates, vape carts, tinctures and topicals stay fresh and effective ‘til the end!

     

    Here we’ll give you some tips on how to get the most out of all your cannabis products. In the end, it’s better for your bank account and body.

     

     

    What Happens to Cannabis When Improperly Stored

     

    Natural forces can really do a number on cannabis quickly. Beyond the physical alterations, factors like heat, air, and UV rays can actually lead to cellular changes that modify potency and effects.

     

    Cannabinoids, the vast chemical compounds found in cannabis like THC and CBD, can synthesize into other forms. Many cannabinoids are stored as acids, which aren’t “bioavailable” without heat. Cannabinoids like CBC (Cannabichromere) and CBG (Cannabigerol), which we don’t know much about, are synthesized from their acidic versions (CBCA and CBGA) when they come into contact with heat.

     

    One of the most consequential examples of cannabinoid synthesization is THC, the cannabinoid that makes us feel high. THC becomes bioavailable when THCA, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, is exposed to heat. But that’s not the final act. When exposed to light and air, cannabis is synthesized into CBN, a cannabinoid known for making you very sleepy.

     

    Synthesizing THC to CBN isn’t necessarily a bad thing; some may even benefit from CBN. If you deal with sleep disorders or pain due to inflammation, CBN’s sedating and anti-inflammatory properties could do the trick. Just be aware that, typically, the higher the CBN level, the lower the THC and psychoactive effects.

     

    Yet if you buy cannabis with a certain THC level and want to keep it that way, storing the product properly will help preserve its potency, texture, flavors and effects. Generally, the most important natural forces to consider are light, temperature, air, and moisture. Improper levels of any of these can lead to changes in taste, potency, safety and, as mentioned, even cannabinoids.

     

    Light

    Failing to stash a strain properly can alter its effects and potency. UV rays, specifically UVA and UVB, are undoubtedly powerful. UVB can break down THC, which can lead to a drop in potency. Protecting your flower from this demise is as simple as buying a couple of UV-protected jars and storing them in a dark, cool place when not in use.

     

    Temperature

    Cannabis should be stored somewhere relatively cool (60°-70°F) and dry. Heat and moisture can produce mold, which can be very dangerous to inhale.

     

    But it can’t be too cold! Cannabis, especially flower, should never be placed in the fridge or freezer. These frigid temperatures will cause the trichomes, those little hairs that make buds look frosty, to separate. Losing trichomes means losing important cannabinoids and flavors.

     

    Air

    In general, cured and processed cannabis should be exposed to as little oxygen as possible. Too much O2 can cause rapid cannabinoid deterioration. As we mentioned, oxygen is responsible for synthesizing THC to CBN. Oxidation will produce a less potent “high” than cannabis products kept in airtight containers. Those UV protective jars above are great because they have an airtight seal and block harmful rays.

     

    Moisture

    Too little humidity can lead to crunchy, unappealing cannabis that lacks flavor and potency. Sounds gross, right? On the other hand, too much dampness and lack of airflow can create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

     

    And as if that isn’t enough, too much humidity and stale air can really ruin the flavor of cannabis by introducing too much ammonia to the chemical equation. Neither is great, though there are easy ways to regulate moisture in your cannabis jars, pre-rolls, and edibles so you have no excuse! Simply buy freshness packets to store in the jar/pack/pouch to help regulate moisture, avoid mold and flavor degradation.

     

    Proper Cannabis Storage by Product Type

     

    Edibles

    Nowadays, we have cannabis-infused versions of just about everything: cold brew coffee, truffles, dried fruit, potato chips, granola–the combinations are virtually endless. Because of this, each edible type comes with its own shelf life and storage needs. On top of that, many come with more than one dose, so proper cannabis storage is necessary if you want to maintain freshness until the next dose.

     

    The number one rule when it comes to edibles: pay attention to the packaging. With such variety their needs vary, so check for shelf life info like sell-by/expiration dates, refrigeration instructions and how long a product will last after opening. If you can’t find any of these details, ask your budtender or contact the brand for advice.

     

    If you don’t spread infused butter or olive oil on your daily toast, stow in the freezer instead of the frig. Just be sure to use the rest in six months or risk it going rotten.

     

    Refrigerate drinks, candy bars and baked sweets unless consumed in one sitting. Don’t like them ice-cold? Let chocolates, cookies, cakes and krispy treats sit out for five minutes to reach room temperature or risk cold, hurt teeth. Unlike baked goods, most chocolate bars don’t come in resealable packaging, so also put them in an airtight sandwich bag to prolong shelf life.

     

    More popular infused snacks like chips and popcorn already come in resealable bags; those that don’t, place in an appropriately sized ziplock bag. Regardless of the packaging, keep them anywhere it’s not very hot or cold since they don’t require refrigeration.

     

    As for gummies, most are also already packaged in reclosable bags or child-proof plastic bottles. Refrigeration won’t do any harm, though you’ll do more chewing, so put them in a cool, shady place like a drawer or cabinet.

     

    Flower & Pre-Rolls

    We can’t overstate the difference proper storage can make on cannabis flower and pre-rolls. Flower easily deteriorates when exposed to oxygen, humidity and UV rays that can lead to lackluster flavor and effectiveness.

     

    If you left a fresh nug or joint out on the counter, it wouldn’t be worth consuming within two weeks. But with the proper cannabis storage techniques, flower and pre-rolls can last up to six months or longer! That’s a huge difference in shelf life for very little effort.

     

    First, let’s discuss the best containers for storing cannabis flower. Here’s a little-known fact: the static electricity in plastic bags can actually make marijuana less potent by attracting the trichomes away from the buds and to the walls of the plastic bag. These trichomes are full of cannabinoids and terpenes, both essential to the potency and flavor. If plastic bags are part of your current storage technique, now’s the time to invest in some UV-blocking glass jars.

     

    Now let’s talk temperature. Proper conditions will ensure your cannabis doesn’t dry out or grow yucky organisms like mold and bacteria. These gross critters thrive above 77°F, so always stash your bud in a cooler environment and away from direct sunlight, preferably 60°F to 75°F. This can be as simple as keeping a jar or pre-roll pack/tube in a desk drawer in a shaded part of your home. And if you want to be extra cautious about moisture levels (and you should), invest in some freshness packs to extend their shelf life.

     

    But, whatever you do, don’t store your cannabis flower or joints in the fridge or freezer. While a very short stay in either isn’t necessarily bad, storing flower in very low temperatures for an extended time can cause the trichomes to fall right off.

     

    Concentrates

    Concentrates have taken the cannabis world by storm. Similar to edibles, there’s a huge variety available made using different extraction processes, resulting in distinct textures and effects like sugar, shatter, budder, resin, and crumble.

     

    Unlike flower, these concentrates offer more potent effects, a cleaner high, and arguably more complex taste. However, improper storage can be detrimental to these positive characteristics.

     

    Concentrates are one of the easier products to preserve, lasting three to six months or longer when properly stored. Concentrates like sauce, butter, and crumble typically come in thick glass jars while others like shatter are packaged in small plastic cases (like SD cards) or paper envelopes with the product wrapped in parchment paper. Regardless of their packaging, don’t leave them exposed to the air when not in use.

     

    If you want short-term storage and transportation, purchase an airtight silicone container to keep your preferred concentrate(s) free of debris, deterioration, and harmful UV rays.

     

    Vape Cartridges

    Proper storage is a matter of function as well as preservation. Vape carts should also be placed in a cool, dark locale to preserve potency and flavor. Beyond that, tossing one around haphazardly or storing it horizontally (unless in the manufacturer’s case) can lead to annoying mishaps like leaking and clogging.

     

    Unfortunately, most cartridges are made from plastic and thus relatively easy to break; the components are so small it isn’t hard to get a clog. And when you pay $50-$60 for a top-shelf one, being careless with care can really hurt your wallet.

     

    Keep in mind that pyrex and metal cartridges are less likely to break since the material’s stronger. Whenever your battery pen isn’t in use, unscrew the cartridge to avoid any unnecessary heat. Then store it upright with the mouthpiece facing up; keeping the oil down by the wick won’t cause clogging near the mouthpiece. Plus, you won’t have to wait for the oil to flow back down towards the heating element. Want portability? Invest in a vaporizer that comes with a padded carrying case.

     

    Here’s an extra tip for clogged cartridges (they’re more common than you think): many top-shelf brands use more natural ingredients like honey in their concentrates. This can cause the oil’s viscosity to fluctuate, sometimes resulting in jamming. But before you give up on a vape oil cartridge try thinning the oil with a little heat using these two methods. Take small, rapid puffs while plugged into the battery to get the heating element fired up or simply roll the cartridge between your hands quickly to create friction. Now you’re heatin’ up!

     

    Tinctures

    If this was a competition, tinctures and topicals would be tied for easiest cannabis storage. Generally, tinctures are a supremely underrated form of consumption. Not only are they a very discrete non-smoking option that can be added to nearly any food or drink, they have a two or three-year shelf life if stored right!

     

    That might sound crazy, but tinctures are incredibly stable due to the alcohol extraction method most commonly used to make them. So, as you might guess, tincture storage is pretty simple. Whether it’s olive oil, vegetable glycerin or something else, it’ll preserve easily. All you need is one of those UV-protected bottles or jars kept in a cool, dark place. And as if that isn’t easy enough, virtually all tinctures already come in UV-protected packaging.

     

    Topicals

    Storing topicals is pretty much a no-brainer. These can easily have a shelf life of one to two years if stowed properly — since storing topicals is so easy, you shouldn’t have any problems.

     

    Whether an oil, lotion, salve, spray, balm, or cream, they’re all made to be stored in a bathroom or medicine cabinet like the rest of your ointments and other medications. That means the materials used to emulsify and mix into topicals are, for the most part, completely shelf stable. And just like tinctures, virtually all topicals come in UV-protected and airtight packaging.

     

    Still, the normal rules of cannabis storage still apply. Keep your topicals in a cool, dark place; don’t let them sit in the car during a hot summer day or in the freezer when the AC is on the fritz. Generally speaking, a bathroom or bedside drawer are great spots to store.

     

    Recommended Cannabis Products with Storage in Mind

     

    Sadly, when it comes to packaging, not all brands are created equal. Some may look very visually pleasing, but just doesn’t offer the level of protection needed to keep what’s inside fresh. Here are some concentrates, carts, flower, pre-rolls, and edibles that are just as potent as they are protected. 

     

    Concentrates

    Look for concentrates that come in small and sealable glass jars or syringes rather than just parchment paper and a Ziplock bag. Both Heavy Hitters and Alpine Vapor make some pretty cool small syringes filled cannabis distillate and oil, respectively. These can be easily be stored upright and will limit the concentrate’s exposure to unnecessary air.

     

    Vape Cartridges

    Invest in one that comes with a nice, padded carrying case like this one from AbsoluteXtracts. For a disposable vape option, try a dosist pen. While these pens are made of recycled plastic, they’re incredibly well made and aren’t likely to leak or break. Why? The entire cartridge, except a small window to gauge the level of oil, is encased in a strong plastic shell.

     

    Flower & Pre-Rolls

    When it comes to flower and pre-rolls, invest in brands that package their products safely and correctly to maximize shelf life. Flow Kana packages their flower in UV-protected, amber glass jars. Ganja Gold houses their individual flower/wax/kief tarantula pre-rolls in sturdy, airtight plastic doob tubes. THC Design shrink wraps their Classic J’s tins containing six joints, each with its own molded placeholder, covered by a Boveda humidity pack and thin paper sheet.

     

    Edibles

    Most infused foods, unfortunately, aren’t made with storage in mind, especially those that come with multiple doses like a chocolate bar or baked good. If you’re like me and often find yourself with more, there are a few options.

     

    One option: buy edibles with resealable packaging. Korova stores all of their bars and cookies in tricky-to-open, UV-protected, resealable plastic pouches. If dividing one is too much trouble or sweets aren’t for you, try Milo Confections single serving mints. They provide the exact dose you want and fit in your pocket or purse. Just pop one or two out of the tin whenever you need relief!

     

    Do yourself a favor and stash your cannabis where it’ll keep fresh! It’ll last longer, keep its flavor and potency, and remain free of mold and other harmful bacteria. When it really comes down to it, cannabis storage is as simple as keeping a UV-protected jar or ziplock bag in a cool, dark drawer. Sounds easy enough, right?

     

    If you’re curious about the best way to store your favorite or new product, consult Nugg’s cannabis concierge service. Our team of experts can give you the most up-to-date info on how to seal your stash, maximizing flavor and potency for weeks to come.

  8. Discover CBD: The Good, the Bad, the Astonishing

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    Ever wondered if CBD is an effective medical remedy or just another snake oil? Everywhere we look we see CBD in products like vape pens, fancy waters and maple pepper chewy puppy treats. So what’s the point of taking cannabis if it won’t make you high?

     

    Our full-service Cannabis Concierges field this question a lot, though the answer might be more surprising than you think.

     

     

    What Is CBD?

     

    If you’re just joining the class, let’s review the basics. CBD, AKA cannabidiol, is considered one of the core 483 compounds contained in the cannabis plant. While it doesn’t make you high alone, it does induce a mild state of well being. Some other cannabinoids you might know are:

     

    • THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
    • THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid)
    • THCV (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
    • CBC (Cannabichromene)
    • CBN (Cannabinol)
    • CBG (Cannabigerol)
    • CBDV (Cannabidivarin)

     

    Each of these distinct compounds is known for producing their own set of benefits and effects. However, cannabis is more than the sum of its separate components.

     

    Isolates Vs. Whole Plant CBD

     

    The cannabis compounds above are called isolates, substances that have been separated from their combined mixtures. Each isolate will have its own chemical properties and effects that are separate from the mixture they were derived from.

     

    It’s difficult to overemphasize an important fact: these compounds can have completely different effects as isolates than they do when combined with each other.

     

    THC alone has been proven to cause panic, anxiety and tachycardia (rapid heart rate) in some users. While this reaction isn’t fatal, it certainly interferes with the more pleasant side-effects of a high. The good news is that CBD can mitigate these negative effects.

     

    This isn’t something to take lightly considering the plant’s medical applications. And there are more examples where this came from.

     

    CBD More Beneficial Than THC?

     

    Not at all. There’s an ongoing and incomprehensible myth that CBD is the good cannabinoid while THC is the bad one. Why? Probably because THC makes you high and CBD doesn’t. There’s a basic assumption behind this reasoning: things that make you feel good are bad for you. This couldn’t be more wrong.

     

    Eating chocolate feels good; it has antioxidants, minerals and other nutrients that the body requires to maintain a healthy diet. Actually, eating anything tasty feels good. Why? The body creates reward pathways for survival so we’re more likely to do (and eat) things that are good for us.

     

    The problem occurs when the triggering substance gets replaced with something harmful that carries the same feel-good effect. If naturally nutritious food gets replaced by processed junk, you’ll get sickeven if it feels good.

     

    Pleasure Isn’t the Problem

     

    Take dopamine, the chemical released with “runners’ high,” laughing, and even sexbasically anything that’s awesome. Cocaine also releases dopamine; but while the previously listed activities that lead to its release are usually healthy, cocaine is not. What’s wrong here? We’ve replaced naturally healthy methods of dopamine release with a caustic chemical that causes irritation, bleeding, and tissue damage.

     

    The problem isn’t the reward pathwayit’s the thing that causes a reward. If it’s bad for our health, it’s a problem; if it’s good, it’s a solution. So far, THC shows promise to unlock many health benefits. Is the fact that it makes us feel good a bad thing? Of course not!

     

    Mother Nature Knows Best

     

    There’s another misconception that any cannabinoid works just as well without the others. This isn’t just assumed for CBD. You’ll also find potent MMJ products that have very little CBD and up to 25% THC. This isn’t necessarily the natural form of the plant that we’re evolutionarily designed to absorb.

     

    We actually have specific receptors designed to receive cannabinoids. We create our own endocannabinoids in our cells, which bind to these same receptors. Cannabinoids are the actual substances designed for that reward pathway. Many believe the best cannabinoid combinations are those in their natural form, not distilled and purified like a pharmaceutical.

     

    Considering the emerging evidence, there might be a case for not disturbing Mother Nature. The whole plant, with all of its complementary compounds, was designed to work together both in nature and our bodies.

     

    The Case for Only CBD

     

    Still, there are reasons why you might want to take pure CBD. You may:

     

    • Want to try it for anxiety if you don’t tolerate THC well.
    • Live in a state that hasn’t legalized cannabis.
    • Want to test cannabis’ health benefits but get drug tested at work.

     

    A CBD-only formula helps at least derive some benefit from cannabis, even though you can’t enjoy the full plant. Hopefully, in the future, the law won’t block anyone from enjoying the benefits of whole-plant, CBD-rich cannabis extracts.

     

    Can CBD Convert to THC in My Body?

     

    There’s a myth that CBD can convert to THC in our digestive systems, which is untrue. The rumor originates from a 1940s study that tested conversion rates in prolonged exposure to artificial stomach acids.

     

    It’d take an enormous amount of CBD to end up with detectable amounts of THC in your bloodstream. Estimates are that roughly 1% to 3% of the amount of CBD ingested is converted to, and excreted out, as ∆9 and ∆8 THC.

     

    Consider Your CBD Source

     

    Lots of companies extract their oil from industrial hemp. It’s a little hard to believe they can extract an efficient amount of CBD from non-flowering hemp since CBD oil is mostly extracted from the cannabis plant’s resinous, flowering tops and leaves.

     

    Other companies are going even further by extracting CBD oil from hemp seeds. While hemp seeds and hemp seed oil are wonderful sources of nutrition, they aren’t usable CBD sources as they don’t produce cannabinoids.

     

    Another risk factor? Since so much industrial hemp is required to extract a tiny amount of CBD, contamination risk increases. If grown in a tainted area, hemp could produce polluted oil as it’s a notoriously powerful bio-accumulator. Those toxins hemp cleans from the soil have to go somewhere, and they go into the plant. So it’s better to use fewer and more resinous plants to reduce environmental toxins in the resulting oil.

     

     

    What to Look for in CBD Products

     

    The best CBD oil is produced using high-CBD plants with a high resin level, not industrial hemp. Many cultivators breed plants to be high CBD and low THC, less than .03%. These strains are proving to be a powerful treatment against Dravet’s Syndrome and other forms of epilepsy.

     

    Just don’t forget: THC is medicine too. If you live in a legal state and work for a company that doesn’t test for THC, consider the benefits of using whole-plant, high CBD products with a complete cannabinoid profile.

     

    Now that you know the good and bad about CBD, here are the most common ways to ingest it. Remember, always ask your doctor about the best delivery method and how much to take before medicating.

     

    Edibles & Drinkables

    There are just as many ways to eat CBD oil as there are ways to ingest THC. CBD oil is used in exactly the same way. And as the plant’s popularity continues to rise, we’re beginning to see CBDs featured at mainstream restaurants and health food stores. One of the most beautiful examples of creative consumption is the Mr. Nice Guy cocktail at San Diego’s Madison on Park.

     

    Since you’re probably taking CBD oil for its health benefits, consider the vehicle you’re putting it in/on CBD gummies are cute and tasty, but also chock full of sugar. Instead, combine your favorite fruits with kale, chia seeds, yogurt or oats in a power smoothie and add a few drops of CBD oil to feel like a true superhero.

     

    Potential Benefits

    A CBD edible or drinkable may be a way to counteract an overactive high, since a solid dose of CBD has been shown to help calm anxiety and soothe inflammation.

     

    And speaking of inflammation, several current studies explore the benefits of cannabinoids to soothe intestinal inflammation, Crohn’s, IBS, and other stomach related illnesses. The GI tract is lined with receptors that snatch up CBDs for these anti-inflammatory benefits. In other words, this might be the best and most effective delivery method for these conditions.

     

    Potential Disadvantages

    Make sure you have a clean source of CBD oil. As mentioned, cannabis can pull lots of toxins and pesticides from the soil. Other than this, there aren’t any know dangers; you won’t get high and you won’t overdose. Of course, read the package and make sure you’re not about to chow down on a product that contains CBD and high amounts of THCunless you really want to.

     

    How Much Should I Take?

    It isn’t legal to list a recommended amount of CBD since the FDA reserves the right to set guidelines for nutrients. Until then, you should follow the dosage others are doing. If you are taking CBD only, typical doses are anywhere from 3mg per serving to 1,000mg per serving.

     

    Start at a small amount, just a few milligrams, and gradually work up to the right dose for you. Everyone has different needs so most people experiment with different CBD to THC ratios and/or other cannabinoids as well.

     

    A word of caution. If you’ve never eaten THCeven though you’ve smoked itdo not start with a high CBD/THC product. Most novices start with 5-10mg and usually feel medicated for hours. Can you imagine accidentally eating a 1,000mg brownie because you thought it was only CBD? You wouldn’t die, but it’d take a couple days to peel yourself off the walls.

     

    It wouldn’t matter if the product had a balanced THC and CBD ratio either; no amount of CBD can counteract a dose that high. So while you freely experiment with your CBD dosage, approach any accompanying THC with extreme caution.

     

    Sublinguals

    Sometimes, under the tongue delivery is the most efficient way to take a medicine. That’s why nitroglycerin is placed under the tongue, instead of swallowed when a heart attack is near.

     

    How does it work? The thin membrane of epithelium under the tongue is filled with large, absorbent blood vessels. When an herb absorbs into these blood vessels, it allows their compounds to pass directly into the bloodstream instead of first passing through the digestive tract.

     

    How It’s Done

    Simply place the recommended amount under your tongue and hold it there for a couple of minutes, then swallow.

     

    Potential Benefits

    Much faster delivery of its beneficial effects. If you’re using the CBDs for pain, headaches, seizures or other problems that need quick relief, many swear by this method.

     

    Potential Disadvantages

    Sometimes, you want to deliver the medicine to your digestive system first. If you are using CBD to help a rumbly tummy, intestinal distress, or liver problems, then you might be better off with an edible than sublingual delivery.

     

    Topicals

    This is a great way to take CBDs for skin problems or sore muscles. Many patients swear by CBD lotions, rubs, salves and oils for muscle pain.

     

    How It’s Done

    Just rub your CBD lotion onto your achy, itchy or splotchy parts.

     

    Potential Benefits

    Might be the best delivery method for skin conditions.

     

    Potential Disadvantages

    May not provide as potent a form of relieve as edible administration or tinctures.

     

    A word of caution. Most say it’s impossible to absorb enough THC through your skin to fail a drug test or get high. Maybe. Most topicals just don’t have enough THC to matter. However, a tiny amount can absorb through the skin and make you high if you use enough, though it’d require more than an impractical amount.

     

    Some theorize that many historical figures anointed themselves with cannabis oil to become high during rituals and thus commune with nature, God, etc. Likely, if they were only anointing and not smoking, they just had really soft skin.

     

    Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Wait several hours and only increase the amount gradually if you’re concerned about the effects. If you choose one of those lotions with both CBD and THC (not THCA), make sure to start small and see how it affects you first. Non-decarboxylated (not heated) THCA is the precursor to THC and considered to be non-psychoactive until it’s heated.

     

     

    Vaporizers

    Vaping, like smoking, is one of the fastest, most potent delivery systems available. It also lasts the shortest amount of time, so the doses have to be repeated several times a day.

     

    How It’s Done

    Special cartridges of liquid cannabis extract are connected to a battery and heated until the liquid is vaporized and inhaled.

     

    Potential Benefits

    This is a convenient and unobtrusive way to inhale cannabis without the tell-tale smell. It also doesn’t expose your lungs to the tar associated with smoking dabs or flower, so some people (not all) find it to be less irritating.

     

    Potential Disadvantages

    There’s a tradeoff between vaping and smoking. Oddly, people used to consider limited smoking a healthy activity because they believed it would ward off parasites and disease. But now we realize the last thing our lungs need is a daily coating of fresh tar. So, we’ve begun to vape more often for both health benefits and the convenience.

     

    It’s important to remember the law of unintended consequences. We haven’t been vaping long enough to understand the long-term health consequences. Additionally, many alarming safety concerns have popped up in recent months. Recently, the concentrates used in Brass Knuckles vape cartridges failed lab tests for pesticide exposure. One of the most alarming pesticides, Eagle 20, turns into cyanide when smokedand that’s just one of the nasty pollutants they found.

     

    If you’re vaping CBD-only cartridges for the “health benefits without the high” you could potentially be breathing in pesticides as well. Worse, some of the hemp-only CBD cartridges are sold without the same level of testing required for THC cartridges. Worst of all, many vape cartridges use propylene glycol to water down the oil into something that is easily vaped. This can irritate the lungs and there isn’t enough info about long-term consumption to ensure safety.

     

    Yet this isn’t to say that vaping is a bad choice. It’s just a warning to consider your source carefully. Your best bet for the best benefit is to purchase fully lab-tested cartridges that don’t contain propylene glycol.

     

    If you want to find the best CBD products, use Nugg’s cannabis delivery platform to find and have them brought to you! Unsure where to start? Consult our live chat cannabis experts who’ll help you find the best consumption method(s), dosage and lab-approved CBD products to ensure the best experience possible.

     

  9. CBD Syrup: Is “Weed Lean” the New “Purple Drank”?

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    We get it, Lil Wayne is your spirit animal and you totally want to get your “lean” on (legally).

     

    Luckily for us medical marijuana patients, we’re living through a revolutionary time in the history of cannabis innovation and science—a point proven by the creation of hemp and marijuana CBD syrups.

     

    They’re growing in popularity, especially with young consumers, by replacing a similar but dangerous drink, lean (a.k.a. sizzurp or purple drank).

     

    Haven’t heard of it, or lean? No problem, just continue reading and you’ll learn about this fascinating CBD incarnation including the different types of syrups, how they became popular, where to get them, the difference between hemp and cannabis CBD, and more! 

     

    What you will learn in this post:

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    CBD Syrup: A New Way to Find Relief

    A Healthy Alternative to Lean (Is it Really Similar, Though?)

    What’s Hot in CBD Syrups

    CBD vs. THC Syrups

    How Much CBD Syrup Should You Drink?

    Where Can You Buy These Products?

    Testimonials from Other Cannabis Users

    Final Thoughts

     

    CBD Syrup: A New Way To Find Relief

     

    CBD products like syrups are a new, easy, and incognito way to get “crunk” (by crunk we mean medicinal relief). They’re therapeutic, medicinal, absolutely non-lethal and contain no adverse side effects.

     

    As simple, natural cannabis and/or hemp derived mixtures, CBD syrups can treat a myriad of problems and conditions like insomnia, inflammation joint and muscle pains, seizures, anxiety, and opiate withdrawal from substances like codeine. They definitely get the job done.

     

    Simply pour the desired amount of syrup into your beverage of choice, usually a fruity-flavored carbonated soda like Sprite or Fanta, add some ice (or even a Jolly Rancher for extra flavor), mix it up a bit, and enjoy.

     

    While most patients prefer using this diluted method as the easiest method of consumption, others simply ingest the non-psychoactive syrup as you would any liquid medicine; or get creative and pour some into a joint, infuse blunt wraps, or even vaporize it!

     

    A Healthy Alternative to Lean

     

    This mixing method is identical to “lean” codeine concoctions, also known as sizzurp or purple drank, popularized by rappers like Lil Wayne, A$AP Ferg, and Three 6 Mafia, whose hit “Sippin on Some Sizzurp” made the drink more publicly known and socially acceptable.

     

    Lil Wayne Sizzurp

     

    The main difference is that promethazine codeine can be dangerous, or even deadly, when abused. Lil Wayne himself has been hospitalized multiple times from drinking too much, and he’s been lucky worse hasn’t happened.

     

    DJ Screw, the Houston, Texas DJ/producer known for his pioneering “Chopped & Screwed” method of slowing down and mixing hip-hop tracks, died of a codeine overdose due to mixing lean with valium and PCP. 

     

    Like, come on people, those are not smart decisions, and by no means are we drawing any direct correlations between CBD syrup and codeine “lean” drinks in regards to their effects on the body. CBD is among the most harmless (in fact beneficial) substances available to everyday consumers, while the exact opposite can be said about lean.

     

    With sizzurp’s decreasing popularity, CBD hemp syrups have come along to fill the void and are quickly gaining momentum, especially among the hip-hop community (and in turn, young cool kids) as a much safer, even healthy, alternative while still providing the same familiar ingestion method, and some of the sedating, calming effects.

     

    This notion isn’t lost on the companies that produce CBD syrups.

     

    Instead of just marketing their products purely as a medicinal syrups like Robitussin, brands like Cloud N9ne are capitalizing on this void left by lean, enlisting rapper Redman, a notoriously marijuana enthusiast, as a celebrity endorser.

     

    Cloud N9ne Syrup Redman

     

    Even Actabliss has teamed up with rapper Riff Raff in a promotional contest to find who can design the most flamboyant and original cup from which to sip your CBD lean.

     

    What’s Hot in CBD Syrups?

     

    Cannabis CBD syrups and liquid THC drinks are now highly popular and can be found in almost any medical marijuana dispensary. But like just about anything, some brands are better, or at least more well-known, than others. Some of the more popular brand name hemp and weed lean syrups include:

     

    • Actabliss: based in San Diego, available in THC with CBD 2oz. bottles (higher THC and pure CBD coming soon).
    • Cannabinoid Creations: hemp based syrups available in grape or cherry, each in AM or PM form.
    • Cannavis Syrup: organic THC syrup handcrafted and made in small batches; available in eight fruity flavors (CBD syrup coming soon).
    • Cloud N9ne Syrup: contains 60mg of Charlotte’s Web & AC/DC CBD strains in every bottle and absolutely no THC.
    • Dreem CBD: comes in grape flavored AM & HD (daytime) 60mg & 200mg bottles
    • Slactavis: THC & CBD syrups offered in 350mg, 1,500mg, 2,000mg & 6,000mg bottles (the strongest available), packaging more similar to cough medicine.
    • Tree Lean: has 1,000mg of raw, blue agave THC infused syrup; available in seven flavors.

     

    Cloud N9ne Hemp Syrups

     

    Of these seven, Cloud N9ne has become one of the most popular brands turning out CBD lean syrup. This is partly because the stuff has no THC, and in fact, doesn’t even have a CBD dose to classify it as real medical cannabis, making it legally available if you’re at least 18.

     

    Featuring colorful flavors like watermelon, blueberry, grape and cherry, Cloud N9ne’s infused syrups are perfect for anxiety, insomnia, and pain relief, but can’t promise to provide the same level of effects as a true, cannabis-derived CBD drink would.

     

    The company calls it a “hemp syrup,” though hemp contains cannabidiol (CBD) levels that are too low to be beneficial, which has about 64mg of (presumably hemp) CBD in each bottle. It also lists CBD-dominant strains AC/DC and Charlotte’s Web (created by crossbreeding with hemp) as ingredients, along with nine powerful, all-natural herbs.  

     

    However, the syrup’s specific ingredient amounts and ratios remain unknown; we assume its legal because the two practically pure CBD strains have been diluted with hemp and are listed in name only. 

     

    So how does Cloud N9ne produce its relaxing effects while seemingly lacking the potency to do it? This content confusion leaves the reason(s) for feeling high up in the air.   

     

    Could it just be a placebo effect? After all, other hemp-derived CBD products are marketed as being “available in all fifty states” and are thus nothing more than a dietary supplement with limited scientific evidence to back up any claims.

     

    CBD vs. THC Syrups

     

    Cannabis products richer in CBD (or Cannabidiol), a cannabinoid found in all cannabis, are generally more calming and relaxing than THC and provide significant medical benefits without the heavy “stoned” sensation commonly associated with THC.

     

    Indeed, there are some legitimate, high-CBD syrups out there on the market in states where medical cannabis is legal, and which will afford you the real medical benefits of CBD. Of course, you’ll need a recommendation from a doctor if you hope to purchase such products legally.

     

    Baked Bros THC syrup

     

    For those seeking the “stoned” sensation, or just want something stronger with real psychoactivity, THC-infused syrups and drinks are also becoming just as common.

     

    Companies like Baked Bros, winners of High Times’ Cannabis Cup and many other awards, are making high-quality pourable weed syrups that will surely spice up your sodas and leave you leaning. Their 300mg and 600mg bottles are available in grape, cherry, strawberry kiwi, mango, and watermelon flavors.

     

    But seriously, be careful with those kind of dose amounts, as even 300mg THC is enough to put even the most seasoned cannabis vet on their ass.

     

    Some of these syrup products, like the marijuana they are derived from, contain a mixture of CBD and THC. Different ratios of each will provide different effects, so it’s best to experiment in small doses with each until you find what works for you.

     

    Another common emerging product, liquid THC/CBD drinks, are similar in that they combine hemp-derived CBD or THC oil with a beverage. Drinks like Venice Cookie Co.’sCannabis Quenchers” are vegan/gluten-free and provide heavy pain relief, available in THC and CBD with a variety of ten complex flavors, including CBD mango.

     

    Where Can You Buy CBD Syrup?

     

    Where is Cloud N9ne syrup for sale? How much does it cost? On average, a 4 oz bottle of CBD syrup will cost you $30-40. But remember, these hemp-only CBD drinks aren’t what you’ll find on cannabis dispensary shelves. In fact, you’re more likely to find them on the shelves of your nearest grocery store.

     

    If you are looking for real, cannabis-derived CBD products, the best place to locate CBD syrup is at legal cannabis dispensaries in your area, in states where cannabis-derived syrups are available.

     

    If you’re looking for an even easier way to get your hands on this stuff (and you live in California), you can order from a wide selection of cannabis dispensaries online at getnugg.com.

     

    How Much Should I Drink?

     

    Remember, dosage depends on the type of CBD you’re taking. If it’s a hemp CBD syrup like Cloud N9ne, you don’t need to worry about THC (but should be aware of other ingredients intended to produce similar effects), and even if you downed the whole bottle, you still wouldn’t be getting a high-enough dose of CBD to be considered a “medical” product.

     

    If you’re trying a syrup that has THC like Actabliss, it’s best to start slow and low then work your way up from there.

     

    We also advise you do some research in advance, and always pay attention to how many milligrams of CBD and/or THC it contains. Read product reviews online, ask your friends, consult with the budtender taking your order (whether it be through an online delivery platform like Nugg or at a storefront dispensary), or even go so far as to ask your primary physician what he or she thinks.

     

    Of course, that last suggestion is not an option for most of us, which is why NuggMD allows you to safely connect with a licensed, pro-cannabis doctor online to get your recommendation or medical marijuana card.

     

    The evaluation process offers you an opportunity to ask a friendly and knowledgeable MMJ doctor any and all questions you might have related to using medical cannabis to treat your stress, anxiety, and any other problems!

     

    Testimonials from Cannabis Users

     

    “I like how [CBD syrup] isn’t a drug, although I was still expecting it to feel more like a high. It serves its purpose and it is a very relaxing and euphoric experience, and in its own bracket it’s flawless. It’s not what I expected but it’s definitely worth a try.” James D.

     

    “I was skeptical at first, but saw so much hype on [Cloud N9ne’s] twitter account from people saying they love it, I gave it a try. I’m glad I did. Not only does it taste good, I was super relaxed and feeling good…Shockingly it seems to be working better and better for me than my prescription for anxiety. I will definitely be buying more when I run out!” —Nicole B.

     

    “I’m a long time customer of [CBD] syrup. I have COPD which happens to be a respiratory disease…[it] has in fact helped with relief of pressure as I live with a feeling of a rubber band around my chest.” —Peter C.

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    As CBD syrups continue to grow in popularity as a legal, THC-free substitute to opiates, alcohol, high sugar energy drinks and even coffee, more companies/brands are popping up trying to capitalize on this vacancy.

     

    Some are clearly doing so to provide pain relief for those who don’t have access to insurance, or even a med marijuana card, while others are simply trying to profit from these sick by promoting a panacea that’s actually a placebo. 

     

    The world is a crazy place, but luckily you’ve got people like us to fill the knowledge gap so that you can make a purchase decision that aligns with your preferences and interests.