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  1. How to Throw a Cannabis-Themed New Year’s Party

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    Oh, hello, New Year’s Eve.

     

    Finally, it’s time to let all of 2018 ride (and die). At NYE events, I find a prevailing mix of exhaustion and euphoria, and a natural-born comradeship of “We made it. I made it. New year, new me.” Maybe nothing much will change in 2019, but one thing’s for sure: celebrating the completion of 2018 is in order.

     

    A good night looks different for everyone. For me, it’s being surrounded by pals who’ve been with me through the highs (literal and figurative) and the lows. Yummy bites are nice, but the ambiance is even more important. And nothing sets the mood like a quality spliff to share.

     

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    Canna-Cocktails

     

    2018 was the year of rockin’ cannabis cocktails. A bar and venue I frequent in Oakland won the Chicago-based Battle of the Bars competition with their bevy of cocktails, which included “No Place Like Home,” a vividly green drink which featured cannabis terpenes. Judges loved it, and the Starline Social Club took home the golden trophy.

     

    It’s easy to make a winning adult beverage with tinctures, and I prefer sun-grown, whole flower infusions like those from Humboldt Apothecary. It’s fun to update an old standby, like a Negroni, with a modern twist. It’s also great that by adding, say CBD, you’re mitigating the overall effects of alcohol on your system.

     

    If you’re going the canna-bar route, keep a few things in mind:

     

    1. Just like edibles, canna-cocktails are consumables and are metabolized differently than smokables. Wait 15-30 minutes in between drinks to see how the cannabis impacts you! Alcohol does amplify the effects of cannabis.

     

    1. The best cocktails have well-rounded, balanced flavor interactions. Since cannabis is herbaceous, citrus pairs nicely and offers the palate a clean, neutralizing taste. Think about the other ingredients’ aromatic qualities and how they will pair with cannabis.

     

    1. Limit the dosing to around 2.5-5mgs per drink. This will ensure the interaction between the alcohol and the cannabis doesn’t get overwhelming.

     

    Flower, Vapes and Edibles for Different Experience Levels

     

    So, you’re looking to have the best night ever? Even if you’re staying in with Netflix and your trusty cat, you’ll definitely want to have nature’s BFF in your back pocket, whether it’s in flower, cartridge or edible form. We’ve got a handy guide for you based on your comfort level and preferences. There’s no need to get “baked” if you’re newer to cannabis. So, without further ado, Nugg recommends incorporating the following cannabis companies for your New Year’s Eve bash.

     

    Lightweights Welcome

     

    There’s no shame in knowing where you’re at and finding products to meet you there! Don’t push yourself for the sake of the “party,” because the goal is in boosting enjoyment. Finding the right balance and potency is the key to pleasure and relaxation.

     

    Flower

    Henry’s Original CBD Ritual 20:1 is a high-quality, chill strain. Because there’s little THC in Ritual, it’s likely that you won’t feel stoned unless you’re highly sensitive to THC: you’ll just feel well and at ease. This would be a great starter-bud for someone new to cannabis that may be afraid of getting “too high.” It’s also super reasonably priced at ~$30 per eighth of Northern California, an outdoor-grown flower which crumbles nicely and burns hella clean. Simply for its healing effects on my stomach (great for hangovers, too, partygoers!), I’d buy Henry’s Ritual again and again.

     

    Vapes

    Dosist pens are perfect for newbies because they are utterly simple to use. Just inhale and the pen will vibrate and shut off after you’ve gotten one dose. In an attractive design, these pens also have style – something that, let’s be honest, is great to flaunt when you’re not exactly sure what works for you, yet. Bliss is 9:1 THC:CBD with notes of piney gas, and as a THC-forward formulation, will leave users feeling euphoric and buzzy. This pen is not economical for heavy users, but if one to two hits does you right, Dosist pens are your friend.

     

    Edibles

    Honestly, my go-to recommendation is Kiva’s Terra Bite beans. They are just delicious, perfectly dosed, and never feel like riptide an hour after consumption. Given that they’re Tanzanian micro-batched expresso beans, covered in Kiva Confection’s proprietary dark chocolate, and are just 5mg per bite, this pass-around tin is a party favor to end all others.

     

    Old Pros

     

    You’re not new to cannabis, maybe you’ve been smoking since your teens, and you aren’t afraid to go big or go home. Here are our suggestions for some old-standby heavy-hitters and some new kids on the block we think you’ll love.

     

    Flower

    THC Design’s Purple Punch is the king of relaxation. Though it’s got potential to be sedative to those who are not daytime indica smokers, it’s perfect for folks who are done with certain sativas’ “raciness” and are looking to ease into their evening in fine spirits and a handle on any lingering anxiety. Purple Punch is just the ticket with THC Design’s consistent genetics and reasonable price (around $40 per 1/8).

     

    However, if you are looking for upbeat sativa vibes, we recommend Durban Poison (such a beautiful OG strain!) from Northern Emeralds. Spicy, piney, lemony, Durban Poison is a treat for the senses; after just a hit or two you’ll find yourself ready for the dance floor.

     

    Vapes

    You might have heard the name Jack Herer. This well-balanced and easy-going strain’s namesake was a prominent cannabis activist who deserves a nod as we close 2018. If you know what Jack Herer flower tastes like, then HoneyVape’s formulation is an almost exact replica of that smell and flavor profile. It’s got delicious spice citrus notes with a harsh skunk and gassy finish. One of my favorite flavor profiles and a proper homage to cannabis’ roots.

     

    Edibles

    Korova is known for its powerfully strong bakes, and I second the dominant opinion about this brand. Its cookies, particularly the Vanilla Bean Minis, have great “bang for their buck” and will get you properly high. I like them for their yummy buttery flavor (think classic sugar cookies); they’d make for a festive treat at a bumpin’ NYE get-down. They’re also have a high CBD and THC content that contributes to a wonderfully chill and full-force experience.

     

    Highballin’ Highbrows

     

    This section is for the cannabis connoisseur, someone who is pretty excited at the thought of a solid rose gold vape pen or who wants to try this season’s limited edition cream of the crop flowers. We’ve got you covered in this round-up of luxe cannabis goods.

     

    Flower

    With its signature orange box, Canndescent makes you feel as though you’re buying a luxury item off of the shelves of a high-end department store. Though they re-label strains with their own numbering system (which isn’t ideal), you can – and should – select by desired effects. “Create,” “Connect,” and “Charge” are all sativa-leaning choices that will leave you feeling energized and party-ready.

     

    Vapes

    For true looks, check out Bloom Farms’ Rose Gold Highlighter pen. Their Rose Gold stylus features a metal mouthpiece, filigree accents, leaf-shaped LEDs and an overall classy feeling in the hand and in the mouth. It also boasts a clear reservoir which speaks to the brand’s confidence in its golden oil, which gives users a feeling of creativity and connectedness. I like this pen for its fancy look and its sweet “crème brulee”-like flavors. It retails for around $60 but would make a sweet end to the year!

     

    Edibles

    Cookies are also common in the consumables category but there’s nothing pedestrian about Utopia Macaroons.  Remarkably flavorful, their Peanut Butter and Raspberry Macaroons are gluten-free and vegan, making them perfect companions if you’re looking for a clean, guilt-free culinary experience. When you add their pure artisanal cannabis extract and splashy pink color into the mix, you’ve got something special. Best part? There are four cookies per pack which can easily be broken in half or even quartered – and shared.

     

    If you need recommendations about which products are best for your party guests, chat online with our Cannabis Concierge. Then hop over to the Nugg Marketplace and see if your favorite products are available for delivery in your area! 

     

  2. Beat Holiday Anxiety With these Mood-Boosting Cannabis Products

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    Oh, the holidays. Insert heavy sigh. Even if you love a good jingle, the holidays represent so much work. And if you feel more aligned with the Grinch, then yes, the next few weeks might take some special sauce to get through. For many Americans, ‘tis the season…for a meltdown! The holidays bring up a true mixed-bag of feelings. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, “financial strain, loneliness, or unrealistic expectations” can contribute to the holidays being a real drag.

     

    And while there are plenty of opportunities to gather and make merry, not everyone feels joy and good tidings. In fact, the holidays often exacerbate depression and anxiety. A whopping 15 million Americans suffer from SAD, otherwise known as Social Anxiety Disorder, which isn’t great if you have mandatory holiday work parties or expected appearances at family gatherings.

     

    Whether you’re on the naughty or nice list, you can still take the edge off any Xmas mood-related issue with Santa’s little helper (how else does the North Pole function so smoothly?). Since 2018 has been a year of broadening cannabis access, why not celebrate the plethora of opportunities to experience a more elevated lifestyle?

     

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    MICRODOSING


    Take the edge off social anxiety and other mood-related issues with a low-dose edible, discreet vaporizer or your favorite indica flower, like Flav’s Asian OG. If you’re new to cannabis and the idea of suddenly being impossibly high next to your dad wigs you out, don’t fret. Microdosing, the act of going “low and slow” with edibles or tinctures, is a great way to start small. For more, see Nugg’s handy guide to micro-dosing with CBD.


    Many cannabis companies make it easy to take a single dose through intentional product design. For instance, Kiva’s Petra Mints (2.5 mg THC) and their best-selling Terra-Bites (5mg THC) offer smooth and seamless experiences. If you’re curious about edibles but haven’t had much experience with them, remember to wait 60 to 180 minutes before consuming more. Because they’re metabolized rather than inhaled, edibles have a delayed effect – and you don’t want to find yourself barricaded in Grandma’s bathroom decorated with all numerous elf figurines. Take it from me, loves. There’s not enough eggnog in the world to save you at that point.

     

    Without further ado, here’s a list of mouth-watering cannabis concoctions that can help you “get through” the holidays but possibly even enjoy them!

     

    EDIBLES

    Made for the holidays, edibles often take the form of baked goods. Crumbly cookies, frosted cupcakes, classic brownies, decadent dark chocolate bars: there’s an edible for every palate. You could even construct a potent adults-only gingerbread house – just warn anyone who goes to pick a gummy off the roof that they’ll be feeling extra jolly! However, there are also some savory options out there if you’ve had it with the sweets or deal with health-related conditions that make sugar somewhat intolerable.


    Budget-Conscious: Pop-Up Potcorn

    Make way for a savory cannabis-infused treat that gives the sweet tooth a run for its money! With just four ingredients, palm oil, sea salt, organic popcorn and cannabis extract, Pop-Up Potcorn is a terrific option for people seeking an alternative to sugary and additive-laden edibles. It’s also popcorn, the perfect companion for the family-friendly movie you’ve seen 287 times or a post-gathering Netflix decompression sesh. At $8 per single serving bag, what’s not to love? You can choose your preferred strength in 10mg THC, 10mg CBD, or a balanced 1:1 ratio (5mg THC:5mg CBD) so it’s particularly good for those new to cannabis or who just want to go “low and slow.”

     

    Top-Shelf: KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar

    If I’m going to recommend an edible for your holiday season blues, it’s KIVA’s Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar. These luscious flavors melt in your mouth and offer reliable, consistent effects. Because of its easy-to-break squares, this infused choco bar is easy to dose for any occasion. Take 25mg for a functional high, and more if you have a higher tolerance or are looking for sweet sugarplum dreams. Kiva’s high-quality extract and chocolate justify the $22.

     

    CARTRIDGES

     

    Budget-Conscious: Alpine Vapor and Guild

    Alpine’s Live Resin Granddaddy Purple .5g cartridge (about $25) will have you so relaxed you may fall fast asleep after five puffs. This heavy, indica-leaning cart offers sedative, calming effects and is ideal if you have trouble sleeping or suffer from incessant pain. Just be prepared to stay put once you consume this strain.

     

    Meanwhile, Guild’s Lemon Larry is a rip-roarin’ good ol’ strain to have in your back pocket. It’s great for an in-the-moment S.O.S. like when Uncle Lance starts going off about politics, something the family vowed wouldn’t be discussed until after dinner. When the dam of restraint breaks, don’t be shy in reaching for this affordably priced $30 0.5g pen. You’ll have an “oh my, that’s tasty!” smile on your face in two puffs. It is indica-forward, so if you’re new to cannabis, go easy on this pen at first.

     

    Top-Shelf: Level Blends and TreeBase Klear

    Level is another good brand if you’re seeking one or two solid companions to keep close by this holiday season. The brand has a range of cartridge options that produce different effects such as Dissolve to maximize chill, Elevate, a hybrid balance of head and heart, and Spark, a sativa for socializing. Level takes the time to provide a full breakdown of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, important details that are good to know for targeting specific conditions.

     

    For instance, if all the rich holiday food is bugging your belly, try Level’s Remedy 3:1 CBD cart to ease tummy trouble. Level also has its cannabis extracts in classic 510 threaded cartridges or, for a bit more dough, get one of their Pax Era pods which are fun to use, discreet, and have customizable heat settings. The only catch is Pax pods only work with a Pax Era battery so don’t forget to ask Santa for both.

     

    TreeBase Klear is another brand known for its “ace in the hole” quality offerings. The Agent Orange half-grammer is a true gift to yourself, which will boost your mood and explode your palate with a delightful sweet and sour combination that pleasantly lingers. Agent Orange is an ideal “wake-and-bake” vape for just-right elevation that feels consistent and even. At $40 per cartridge, I felt this option was top-shelf quality at a price point that’s a bit more but won’t break the bank. Maybe get one for you, and one for grandma!

     

    FLOWER


    For many people, flower is the only way to go. While it’s highly individual, some consumers find that they get more of the “full body” effects smoking flower due to the full spectrum of natural cannabinoids and their interaction with the endocannabinoid system. I personally love smoking flower because:

     

    1. Clouds from flower =  timeless satisfaction
    2. Rolling a joint is a tactile ritual I just can’t do without
    3. The terpy flavors are more pronounced

     

    But that’s just me! Here are my top two flower recommendations that’ll soothe your anxiety and offer a great pick-me-up just in the (saint) nick of time.

     

    Budget-Conscious: Jungle Boys’ Strawnana

    Jungle Boys does a wonderful job developing potent and delicious strains. Strawnana was no exception. It tastes like a strawberry-banana milkshake; sweet on the nose followed by a creamy-with-fruity-overtones mouthfeel. Yum! For around $35 per eighth, this is a great deal. The only thing to watch out for is that Jungle Boys doesn’t use exceptionally strong packaging for optimal protection of its buds, so you’ll want to make sure to pick out a bag that hasn’t been squashed.

     

    Top Shelf: Utopia Chiquita Banana Sativa-Leaning Hybrid

    For those looking for “Gold Label” flower, you needn’t look any further than Utopia’s Chiquita Banana strain with its unrivaled taste, clean-burning ash, and buds dripping in trichomes. For around $55 per eighth, this top-shelf flower is so worth it. You’ll want to return to this strain over and over again for its well-balanced, elevating effects.

     

    Chiquita Banana is uplifting for the spirit and relaxing for the body and the mind. Limonene, myrcene, and beta-caryophyllene are the predominant terpenes, which lend this strain its sweet and musky orange flavors. Every detail on the packaging speaks to the seriousness Utopia takes in its pristine flowers.

     

    So, there you have it, folks! A list of marijuana options to make the holiday season smooth sailing. Whether you’re consuming cannabis solo or sharing with friends and family, Nugg is here for you. We’ve got your back and wish you a very happy holidaze!

     

    Check out Nugg’s Marketplace to see what products are available for delivery from your local dispensary – and enjoy a relaxing and joyful holiday.  

     

  3. Get Baked With These 3 Spooky Edible Recipes

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    The spirit of Halloween is based on do-it-yourself creativity. From homemade costumes to a spruced-up trick bag, the more handmade a prop is, the more authentic the experience feels–especially if it looks and tastes memorable. 

     

    Rather than making cannabutter from scratch, you can use cannabis-infused treats (chocolate bars work best) and melt them down, or break them up and add them to your favorite Halloween goody recipe. This not only saves time, but you can order edibles from Nugg and have them delivered to your door while you hang cobwebs and carve jack-o-lanterns.

     

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    Ghoulish Goodies From the Depths

     

    Using a box of cake mix (vanilla or chocolate works best) and cannabis-infused cocoa nibs. 

     

    Prep Time: 5 – 10 mins

    Cook Time: 9 – 10 mins

     

    Ingredients:

    • 1 box (16.5 oz) of vanilla or chocolate cake mix
    • 1/3 cup oil vegetable oil
    • 2 eggs.
    • Pack of Flav 100mg Cocoa Nibs Dark Chocolate Bars
    • Pack of edible eyes
    • Pack of edible fangs
    • Marshmallows or marshmallow bites

     

    Tools:

    • Spoon, spatula, hand mixer or standing mixer
    • Baking sheet
    • Wax paper or silicone baking mat
    • Microwave or stovetop and a double boiler (saucepan and metal or glass bowl also works)
    • Oven

     

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Lightly coat the parchment paper with butter to prevent sticking.
    3. Melt the pack of Flav 100mg Cocoa Nibs in the microwave 1-3 minutes or chop them up and add in a double boiler for easy melting.
    4. In a large bowl combine the 2 eggs, oil, melted cannabis chocolate, the wet ingredients, before slowly adding the dry cake mix.
    5. Mix well.
    6. Use any kind of spoon or a small ice cream scoop to place rounded balls on to the lined cookie sheet. You can make them any size, but I like to shape mine about an inch because they’re easier to decorate that way.
    7. Place marshmallows on the raw cookie dough before placing in the oven.
    8. Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on your level of desired gooeyness.
    9. Let the cookies rest for 3-5 minutes cool either using a fan or the environment around you.
    10. Use some of the melted chocolate as glue to press on the edible eyes and wax fangs on the cookies. Use either a small spoon or a tooth pick to spread the chocolate on the back of the candy decorations and gently place them on the cookies. Place in the fridge for around 30 mins to let the chocolate harden.

     

    Option: Skip melting the Flav cocoa nibs and place these chopped or broken pieces on top of the cookie dough, alongside the marshmallows.

     

     

    Spooky Demon Cookie Balls

     

    Using cannabis-infused cookies and chocolate 

     

    Prep: The day before Halloween. Usually takes 30 mins to an hour.

     

    Ingredients:

    • A pack of candy eyes
    • 2 packs of Korova Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies (20 cookies)
    • 1 pack cream cheese. 
    • KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar
    • 1 bag milk chocolate chips
    • 3 – 4 teaspoons of vegetable oil

     

    Tools:

    • Food processor or a heavy, blunt object (mallet, rolling pin, bottle) and a Ziploc bag
    • Large bowl
    • Refrigerator (for best results)

     

    Instructions:

    1. Ground the Korova Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies in the food processor or put in the Ziploc bag and smash them with a mallet or rolling pin to produce fine crumbs.
    2. Mix the cookie crumbs and cream cheese to create a batter.
    3. Form the dough into balls (number will vary, based on size) and place on a plate or cookie sheet.
    4. Melt the Kiva BlackBerry Dark Chocolate Bar in a bain-marie or microwave for 1 minute, stop to check, and then cook at 30-second intervals to make sure chocolate doesn’t overcook; thin with vegetable oil.
    5. Dip the cream cheese cookie balls in the chocolate, making sure they’re fully coated. If you don’t want to get messy use a toothpick to dip.
    6. Decorate the wet balls with the googly eyes and add the milk chocolate chips as horns.
    7. Refrigerate overnight to harden.

     

    Note: This recipe is customizable as the measurements can be modified depending on your party’s size.

     

    Rice Krispie Dipped Marshmallow Monster Bars

     

    For the last-minute party planner.

     

    Prep: The day before Halloween. Usually takes 15 – 40 mins, depending on your decorative detail. Let harden overnight. 

     

    Ingredients:

     

    Decorating Options:

    • Chocolate sprinkles
    • Edible googly eyes
    • Edible Halloween decorations (tiny ghouls, candy corn, etc.)
    • Marshmallows
    • White chocolate
    • Sprinkles

     

    Tools:

    • A large bowl
    • Your imagination
    • A helping hand (optional)

     

    Instructions:

    1. Cut the marshmallow rice treats in half or leaving as is.
    2. Melt the cannabis-infused chocolate bar in a bain-marie or microwave for 1 minute, stop to check, and then cook at 30-second intervals to make sure chocolate doesn’t overcook; thin with vegetable oil. 
    3. Dip half of the Rice Krispie treat in the chocolate (you’ll want to tread lightly to start) and let them drip on the bars vertically to get that oozy, slimy look. 
    4. Decorate your monster however you want and unleash your inner artist.
    5. Refrigerate your unique chocolate covered cannabis creature until hardened (1 hour – overnight).

     

    Note: This recipe is especially enjoyable with friends; you can even have a contest for the most elaborate monster bar.

     

    We hope you enjoy these creepy cannabis-infused treats. Remember, all medicated ingredients can be replaced with non-medicated chocolate so anyone can enjoy them.

     

    See if Nugg delivery is available your area and get baking today! If you have questions, chat online with Nugg’s Cannabis Concierge – we can help you find the products to please every type of party guest this Halloween.

     


    Warning: Please consume these edible snacks responsibly and in moderation. Be mindful that edibles usually activate within 30 minutes to four hours after consumption.

  4. 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.

  5. Buying Edibles Online: 6 Things You Need to Know

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    When it comes to buying edibles online (or anywhere, for that matter), the process can feel overwhelming, right?

     

    There’s simply so many brands and products with different flavors, textures, strengths, effects and reaction times to choose from. You might be wondering how you make any sense of it all.

     

    And when you do finally decide on a product, you’ll need to know how to get it, where to get it, and the appropriate price to pay for it.

     

    Don’t know where to start?

     

    Don’t worry, because in this brief guide we’ll address these issues and more, so that you can make better purchase decisions when it comes to cannabis edibles.

     

    What you will learn in this post:

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    How Safe Is It to Buy Edibles Online?

    Where Can I Buy Edibles Online Legally?

    How Do I Know If an Online Retailer Is Legit?

    How Much Do Edibles Cost When Sold Online?

    What Are Some of Recommended Edibles?

    How Can I Order Edibles for 1-Hour Delivery?

    Customer Testimonials

     

    How Safe Is Buying Edibles Online?

     

    The process of buying cannabis edibles online is pretty straightforward, especially since most dispensaries are cash-only businesses so there’s no fear of having your bank info stolen or having a recorded cannabis purchase.

     

    If you’re thinking of purchasing edibles from an online retailer that is not a legal cannabis dispensary, then that’s a whole other story which we’ll get to shortly.

     

    While no one has ever fatally overdosed from edibles (you’d need to consume thousands of times the amount of THC in one joint to be lethal) they can still be frightening to the amateur user and cause some unpleasant side effects like fear, panic, and confusion if you take too much or eat too many.

     

    Unstable quality control

    Despite being relatively harmless, there’s no federal or even state-level quality control for edibles or any other cannabis products. Except if you live in a state like Colorado, where regulations are being implemented to ensure quality control, and product recalls have already happened. 

     

    Product testing is currently state controlled and varies by state, ranging from non-existent to strict. Here in California, law stipulates thata licensed testing laboratory shall issue a certificate of analysis for each lot, with supporting data…

     

    That means detailed info on all compounds present in an edible like THC, CBD, CBN, terpenes and even minor levels of contaminants must be provided, and all levels must conform to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia monograph or the Department of Health’s standards.

     

    Whether cannabis brands are abiding by these standards seems unlikely since their enforcement remains to be put in place.

     

    Brand name edibles present a safe option

     

    Prepackaged brand name edibles like Kiva, Bhang, Cheeba Chews, Korova, and Venice Cookie Company are typically the safest to consume since they include the product’s strength in milligrams, strain type(s), ingredients, THC:CBD ratio, and are reviewed and lab tested before sale. All you have to worry about is not consuming too much.

     

    Dispensary & homemade edibles

         

     

    Dispensary and homemade edibles usually have basic, loose packaging and less (if any) product info, so there are more unknown (but not necessarily dangerous) factors. Unless you have personal experience with the dispensary or with the person/people who make the homemade edibles, it may be best to steer clear of them.

     

    Always follow these basic consumption rules:

    • Pot brownies, THC candies, and other weed edibles can take anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes to work.
    • Do not mix cannabis with other psychoactive substances (alcohol, prescription pills, mushrooms, etc.)
    • Always consume edibles responsibly; start with a low dose (10mg or less) and wait at least 2-3 hours before taking another.
    • Edibles are much more intense on an empty stomach so have a substantial meal before indulging.
    • Label edibles and keep them in a separate area, hidden away from normal foods and snacks to avoid accidental consumption by children or anyone who might mistake them for a regular sweet treat.

     

    Where Can I Buy Edibles Online Legally?

     

    If you want to order marijuana edibles, you first must possess a valid California medical marijuana recommendation/card before purchasing edibles anywhere in the state, in-store or online. You don’t need to be a California resident to acquire one if you’re a U.S. resident, though it’s only valid here. Cards from other states won’t work.

     

    If you don’t have a doctor’s rec or card, you can get one in under 15 minutes and under $40 (if you qualify) using NuggMD.

     

    Ordering online from storefronts that deliver or from delivery-only dispensaries are the only legal way to buy THC edibles online (in California, at least). In other states with recreational or medical marijuana laws on the books, it’s likely that walking into a storefront location is your only legal option, as many states don’t yet have formal rules in place regarding cannabis delivery.

     

    Most dispensaries carry different brands and different kinds of edibles, to appeal to different types of customers and consumer preferences. Plus they often have giveaways, discounts, and other special promotions around their products. Variety’s the spice of life, so take advantage and enjoy being a sought after customer!

     

    Don’t purchase edibles outside of the state you live in. Neither dispensaries nor edible companies deliver or ship products outside of CA or whichever state they’re legally operating, so if you see a company advertising such a service, understand that they are doing so 100% illegally, and that you could find yourself in hot water if the law was to find out.

     

    Also, edible companies never (I should say only very very rarely, as the brand would need a collective license as well) sell directly to patients. Instead, they distribute their products by selling wholesale to qualified storefront dispensaries and delivery services.

     

    How Do I Know If an Online Retailer Is Legit?

     

    Use your best judgment; if you’re still uncertain, do some background research.

     

    Remember, illegal sites commonly:

    • are not licensed cannabis dispensaries
    • have a website doesn’t look professional/official
    • sell unfamiliar edible brands
    • quote prices too good to be true
    • promise to ship anywhere worldwide (or even just within the states)
    • only accept online currency (bitcoin)
    • explicitly say “No Medical Card Needed”

     

    The images below depict a couple such illegal sites. While there will always be a black market for cannabis goods, these are sources you simply cannot trust. When you offer up your money to these sites, you’re quite literally taking a gamble on whether they do what they claim.

     

    Craig Weed

     

    Beware of online edible websites/companies like cannabisoilsale.net, orderediblesonline.com, helloganja.com & craigweed.com (which just links you to HelloGanja’s site).

     

    We strongly advise avoiding such illegal avenues at all costs, as not only could you end up high (or rather, not high) and dry with a hole in your wallet, but could face legal ramifications (and at the very least a huge headache in court) if  cannabis products were found being delivered to your home via postal mail.

     

    How Much Do Edibles Cost Online?

     

    These candies are so diverse the price really depends on what you’re looking for: brand recognition, taste, strength, strain, quality ingredients, craftsmanship, and packaging. Here are a few of the most popular ones out there with their average retail price (subject to change):

     

    • Bhang 120mg Chocolate Bar ($15)
    • Cheeba Chews Quad Dose ($10-18 each)
    • Kiva 60mg 1:1 Espresso Dark Chocolate Bar ($20)
    • Korova 300mg THC Organic Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bar ($22)
    • Venice Cookie Company 180mg 4.20 Bar ($15)

     

    Remember, delivery services might charge an extra fee, have an order minimum, and you might want to tip your driver, especially if you regularly use a certain collective.

     

    What Are Some Recommended Edibles?

     

    It’s not just pot brownies anymore!

     

    Every month there seems to be more and more edible brands pushing their infused products onto dispensary shelves. It’s actually quite overwhelming, and if you’re like most, you should just try a few until you hit on one (or multiple) that you like!

     

    Here are several (and by no means is this an exhaustive list) individual products we recommend you try for yourself:

     

    • One of the most potent bars on the market, Korova’s Black Bar provides a whopping 1,000mg of THC in each brownie. Recommended for only those with extreme pain and/or tolerance, it contains 20 doses of hybrid herb. Now available in mint.

     

     

    SEE ALSO: In-Depth Review of Korova Edibles (Dose, Flavors, Ingredients, Etc.)

     

    • Madame Munchie’s artisanal cannabis macarons contain 20mg of THC in each blissful, beautiful confection and come in variety boxes of five or in single servings. Flavors include Citrus Almond, Green Gold, Hazelnut Mocha, PB&J and Tropical Jungle.

     

     

    • Day Dreamers is well known for their Chocolate Blueberry Sativa Bar that has six pre-portioned 30mg servings in each bar. You’ll be floating but functional (at just one of the doses, of course, not all six).

     

    Day Dreamers Blueberry Sativa Edible

     

    • Need a little kick in your tea or PB&J?  Add a VCC’s Me So Honey 20mg honey straw to any food or drink for a sweet cannabis concentrate-inspired buzz. 

     

     

    • Edipure Watermelon Tarts are ideal for sour gummy enthusiasts. A 25-pack contains 250mg (10mg per gummy) of THC.

     

     

    SEE ALSO: In-Depth Review of Edipure Products (Dose, Flavors, Ingredients, Etc.)

     

    • CBD MediRoons are a gluten-free, organic, vegan option that come in 20mg servings and contain no THC. Available in Chocolate Chip, Lemon Pie and Brownie.

     

    SEE ALSO: Six Vegan Edibles You Should Try

     

    • If you like to keep it healthy while enjoying your herb-infused edibles, try Auntie Dolores’ Glazed Pecans. Five to six pecans will yield a 10mg dose of THC (100mg per pack).

     

     

    • Want to make your breakfast coffee or tea even stronger? Pour a pouch of Zendo’s Infused Coconut Oil to add a some enlightenment to your morning.

     

     

    • Kushy Punch offers a 4-pack of 15mg 2:1 THC:CBD “Recover” gummies, perfect for your Sunday hangover or gym soreness.  

     

     

    Order One-Hour Home Delivery Through Nugg

     

    Instead of taking chances with shady sites or spending time comparing edible prices, let Nugg do all the work for you in buying edibles online. Products get delivered to your home, quickly and conveniently within about an hour!

     

     

    Just put in your zip code and a brief description of the marijuana edible you’re looking for (brand, strength, flavor) In seconds you’ll get a list of certified, local dispensaries and delivery services that have what you want at the price you’re willing to pay.

     

    Once you place an order online you’ll receive an ETA (about an hour). Now relax and wait for a courier to bring your edible cannabis straight to you.

     

    Additionally, if you don’t yet have your doctor’s recommendation in California (required for ordering medical cannabis products from legal dispensaries), use NuggMD to get a med card online in a matter of 15 minutes! Once you do, you’ll automatically get $20 off your first delivery order!

     

    Testimonials

     

    “I would recommend to anyone buying edibles. No need to ask about products, just look them up online and purchase.” —Kristy N.

     

    “It was about one hour from ‘please scan your recommendation so we can approve membership’ to a huge order of edibles at my doorstep. Great selection and very prompt.” —Von T.

     

    “You can chat on their [the online service] web page, email up and back, whatever you need they are there and very personable. I have used them again and will continue to.”     —Carl W.

     

    “[Nugg] delivered to me in twenty minutes and they do all kinds of credits, cash-backs, and patient deals. They have great top shelf nugs…and a GREAT selection of edibles”

    —Lee V.

  6. Marijuana Tea Benefits, Effects, Recipe & Dosages

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    Many patients who use medical marijuana on a regular or semi-regular basis are familiar with the more traditional ways of ingesting it—smoking, vaping, and eating. But did you know that marijuana-infused tea is considered a gentler, healthier alternative to smoking?

     

    Marijuana-infused teas are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those looking for a convenient alternative to traditional consumption methods and wanting to avoid the associated risks of smoking, which can be especially helpful if you’re battling respiratory diseases or afflictions of the mouth or throat.

     

    But these drinkables are by no means new innovations. Throughout history, several prominent cultures have harnessed cannabis’ healing power through teas. In many Jamaican and East Indian households a common home remedy for morning sickness and pregnancy-related stress is is often a cup of cannabis-infused tea. Intrigued? Keep reading!

     

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    Therapeutic Benefits of Marijuana Tea

     

    Another reason for marijuana-infused teas’ increasing popularity is that they contain more therapeutic benefits than traditional smoking. And, unlike smoking’s quick reaction time, cannabis-infused teas have a longer build due to the digestive tract’s absorption of the liquid’s active ingredients.

     

    Tea made from brewing the leaves of the plant, not the bud, produces milder effects and doesn’t generate the traditional “heavy” or “stoned” sensations associated with other ingestion methods. Because of this, many say they feel “renewed” by the overall mild euphoria that often accompanies drinking cannabis tea, providing a great choice for those wishing to avoid becoming overly intoxicated.

     

    SEE ALSO: In-Depth Review of Spring THC Soda

     

    Dosages

     

    As with all these cannabis ingestion methods, finding the correct dose for you will take a little trial-and-error, so it’s wiser to start small. If you’ve never tried marijuana before, in any form, begin with a very small dose to familiarize yourself with its associated sensations and side-effects. We recommend trying ½ a cup (125 ml) per day.

     

    Otherwise, if you’re a regular or semi-regular user, a standard starting dose is one cup (250 ml) every 24-hours. If you find that the medicinal effect isn’t quite enough for your situation, you can increase to two cups (500 ml) every 24-hours, taken at 12-hour intervals (once in the morning, once before bed).

     

    THC Per Cup

     

    The amount of THC per tea cup will vary depending on the strain(s) you use to create your home-brew. For example, if you’re using a single gram of cannabis (1,000 mg dry weight) that has an approximate 10% THC content, your tea would contain roughly 100 mg of THCAs with all teas, strength depends on how long you allow it to steep; longer equals stronger tea.

     

    Effects of Marijuana Tea

     

    Cannabis-infused teas typically take somewhere between 30-90 minutes for the full impact to be felt. Some people with a higher metabolism or lower body mass may feel the effects more rapidly, while those with a slower metabolism or denser body mass may not feel the impact until almost 2 hours later.

     

    So the first time you try this tea, plan to be in a familiar, safe environment for a few hours until you know how your body reacts. Drinkers typically experience effects lasting 4-8 hours. And it’s because of these long-lasting results that many find it particularly beneficial treating chronic conditions like MS, nausea, and rheumatoid pain.

     

    How to Make Marijuana Tea

     

    Want to make your own marijuana tea? The easiest way to brew a cup is to simmer the marijuana buds, leaves or stems for 30 minutes with an added fat (like butter or coconut oil), depending on the medicinal strength you want.

     

    Marijuana-infused teas made from cannabis buds produce the strongest effect; teas made from leaves are milder; and stem-made teas have the weakest effect of all three.

     

    Here are three different marijuana tea recipes utilizing each of these plant parts that you can easily make at home! 

     

    1. Marijuana Bud Tea

    Ingredients:

    For each cup of tea you’ll need:

    • 1/2 gram marijuana buds (for leaves or stems check out the second recipe below!)
    • 1/2 teaspoon softened butter (unsalted)
    • 1.5 cups water (400 ml)
    • Optional: Tea bag (any flavor, mint works very well)
    • Optional: Milk, sugar or honey to taste.
    • Utensils: tea strainer, stainless steel pot, spoon

     

    Instructions:

      1. Grind the buds. Remove any stems and put them aside to make a separate cup of stem-infused tea.
      2. Place the ground buds into a bowl and add the butter, mixing carefully; the back of a spoon works very well for this. Try to get every piece coated with a little butter.
      3. Carefully add the water to a stovetop pot on medium heat, slowly bringing it to a simmer, then gently spoon in the marijuana butter mixture (be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl). Keep the water simmering and “brew” your tea for 30 minutes, stirring often.
      4. Remove your pot from the stove and allow to rest for a moment, or until the bubbles to stop breaking the surface; once cooler slowly pour it through a strainer and voila—tea!

     

    If you find the taste too strong, you can always add a tea bag of your choosing to the pot during the last 3-5 minutes of brewing.

     

    2. Marijuana Leaf/Steam Tea

    To make a mild-tasting tea with even lesser “intoxicating” effects, simmer 1-2 grams of stems, leaves, or a combination of both in 1.5 cups of water for 30 minutes. Strain and drink! That’s it! It’s a perfect drink before bedtime.

     

    3. Ready-Made Teas

    If you’re not feeling up to the challenge of making your own cup of marijuana tea, you can always enjoy these pre-packaged ready-made teas anytime, hot or cold!

     

    1. Sarah’s Medicated Teasbased in Colorado Springs, CO, are available for purchase online. They’re currently branching out into Northern California and will soon be available at Dank Valley Farm, Indigo, Humble Root, and From the Earth.
    2. The Venice Cookie Co. offers four different flavors of their “Subtle Tea”: PM, a non-caffeinated chamomile, spearmint and valerian combo, Chai, Green, and Black (Ceylon). Each bag contains 40mg of THC.
    3. Have a discerning palate? House of Jane offers “Jane’s Brew Gourmet Cannabis-Infused Teas,” available in both C-Cups (for Keurig style machines) and traditional bags available in three doses: 20mg, 80mg or 200mg THC.
    4. Pot-o-Coffee also has a 10mg K-Cup option of their “Hemp-Derived CBD-Infused Tea.”

     

    You can also find cannabis-infused tea by searching for the keyword “tea” on Nugg, which will search the inventories of nearby cannabis dispensaries and let you order delivery online if any are available!

     

    Consumer Reactions

     

    “[Marijuana tea is] the absolute best for medical use…[I] drink one cup of tea and have it relieve my symptoms for at least 6 hours. Not a really strong tea either…[its] effects took between 1-1.5 hours and it sneaks up on you…you may not notice anything ‘happen’ rather you may notice a few hours later, hey I’m not in pain.” Kelly of Cowichan Bay, BC

     

    “I prefer teas to smoking because I don’t feel sluggish, just relaxed and alert.”Ember Rose of Denver, CO.

     

    “Drinking marijuana tea can give you all the medicinal effects you’re after, and you don’t get the smoke in your lungs—or the smell on your breath. It’s great if you happen to have a sore throat or something like that. When I’m down, a steaming hot cup of this tea drops my pain level down to where I can actually function like a human being! I think it would be perfect, too, for people who are non-smokers but still need pain relief!!”Janet M. of Ann Arbor, MI,

  7. 6 Cannabis Candy Edibles To Tickle Your Sweet Tooth

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    There’s something exciting in the air, and by air, I mean your mouth. That’s because the days of “classic” cannabis edibles — those fat-filled, calorie-laden chocolate pot brownies and cookies — are officially gone. Sure, you can still find the traditional marijuana desert edibles, but they’re quickly being replaced by more exciting, exotic, even healthy cannabis treats. This post won’t cover the new-age healthy options (you can check out our post on vegan marijuana edibles for that), but rather how “desert-edibles” are getting a makeover.

    Six New-Age Cannabis Candy Edibles for the Adventurous Edible-Lover:

    1.  Edipure Watermelon Tarts

    Edipure products are potent (for their size) and taste great. The company prides itself on successfully eliminating the taste of cannabis in all their products. They think cannabis candy should taste more like candy and less like cannabis, and we agree! (On that note, the strength of cannabis-taste in an edible can be a fine indicator of the potency of that product, so having no taste at all can be misleading, so beware!) Edipure candy products usually come in small 10mg pieces, so it’s easy to control your dosing. If you’re going to give these little guys a shot, we recommend the “Watermelon Tart” flavor! Just make sure you place these goodies out of reach of children, since they directly resemble sugary sweets like Sour Patch Kids.

    If you want to find EdiPure products near you, you can use their product locator, or you can just search for “Edipure” in the search bar of the Nugg app!

    2. Wizzie Sticksmedical marijuana

    Remember the powdered candy craze from the 90’s? Well it’s back with a vengeance in medicated marijuana form. Wizzie Stix are basically Pixy Sticks, but each stick contains 50mg of THC! That’s potent enough for even the stoniest of stoners to feel, so be extremely careful if you’re a new cannabis user. In fact, we recommend starting with just 1/4 of one straw, then working your way up to a full straw if you feel comfortable. In my personal opinion, these straight-sugar edible straws represent one of the most convenient and fun ways to consume cannabis — just pour some sugar down your throat, get medicated and simultaneously enjoy a rush of nostalgia from your days as a young lad!

    3. Cannabis Cotton Candy
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    Kandy Care’s medicated cotton candy doesn’t need much explanation. It’s another straight-sugar product, delightfully infused with THC and lab-tested for quality and potency. The only downside to this product is its geo-location lock, which seals the packaging shut until it recognizes you’re either at a monster-truck rally, a baseball game, or the county fairgrounds — the only three places one would ever eat cotton candy.

    4. Kushy Punch
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    Many cannabis-users dismiss cannabis candy products due to their traditionally low potency (many come in 10mg increments). Well, now there’s a cannabis candy for those with a higher tolerance. Whether you prefer sativa, indica, hybrid, or even pure CBD; Kushy Punch has a bite-sized product to provide maximum relief. The company hasn’t been around for long (and they produce everything in California) but I’ve seen their products flying off dispensary shelves. And it might not just be their tasty products… the company also donates 10% of their profits to local charities! That’s something we haven’t seen many cannabis brands do, but is something we whole-heartedly endorse. Go Kushy!

    5. Cheeba Chews
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    Do you have a plethora of food allergies? Never fear! Cheeba Chews are here! Cheeba Chew products are both gluten and peanut free and the best thing about them is that there are so many different types. There’s a huge selection of doses, strains, and flavors available. They even have some containing only CBD for those of you trying to stay clear headed while still treating your symptoms. Also, you don’t have to look too hard for these. Cheeba Chews tend to be everywhere. In fact, chances are you’ve already heard of this Cannabis Cup winner,  these guys are veterans in the world of all things cannabis! They also tend to be on the cheaper side, so if you’re trying to save some dough, this might be the best choice. Plus, check out the artsy video below to see how they’re made!

    6. Incredibles
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    Are you sick of commonplace, tart & sour cannabis candy? Or maybe you’re a cannabis candy connoisseur? Incredibles has created a name for themselves in the vast world of cannabis candy by inventing a variety of exotic flavors. Most cannabis candies are usually just medicated versions of everyday candy, but Incredibles has created something truly unique. By combining contrasting flavors like raspberry and habanero, the company has set out to create unimaginable taste sensations, fueled by a cannabis-infused high. You could consider this product the fine wine of cannabis candy, so try a bite!

    Well there you have it folks, six sweet marijuana edibles that will do your sweet tooth some good.

  8. High Dining: THC Infused Salmon

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    Sliced thin with flecks of dill peeking out, the salmon looks like any other of gravlax you would have for brunch. But put it on a bagel with a schmear of cream cheese, and you will get pretty stoned eating this delicacy.

    The mastermind behind the THC infused salmon – cured in salt, dill, lemon, sugar and a weed tincture – is Josh Pollack, owner of Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessen in Denver.

    “I love bagels and lox, and I love cannabis,” Pollack said.

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    “I’ve always been food obsessed,” Pollack said. “Bagels and lox has always been a comfort food.”

    It was tough to find his favorite comfort food, so specific to the New York and New Jersey area, in Denver. So last year, Pollack opened Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessen to serve up classics like bagels and lox.

    The idea to infuse salmon with a weed tincture came about as a “fun little thing to do” for the 4/20 “stoner holiday”, as Pollack called it, earlier this year. It was a hit.

    “It puts two things that people really love together,” he said. “That’s why I did it. There were people freaking out when they heard about it.”

    The first batch of THC-infused salmon, which Pollack and his team passed out to people at a 4/20 event, was a little strong, making it difficult for people to eat a whole bagel covered in the stuff. Through trial and error, Pollack and his team at Rosenberg’s have figured out the right proportion of weed to salmon.

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    According to Colorado marijuana regulations, edibles sold recreationally must be wrapped individually or distributed in increments of no more than 10 milligrams of activated THC. To meet this law, which Pollack said is a “safe point” for most people, every three ounces of fish – the ideal serving amount for a bagel – should contain 10 milligrams of the tincture.

    Pollack is still in the process of perfecting the dish, and said he has gotten more calculated each time they make a batch.

    Pollack can’t currently sell the special salmon, but once he perfects the proportions, he hopes to sell it through local dispensaries. Unlike other edibles, salmon is “not a particularly shelf stable product”, so he said he will likely sell it on a special order basis.

    The process of giving the salmon what Pollack calls a “tiny herbaceous flavor” is similar to the way he cures all the salmon for his delicatessen. First he makes a tincture by soaking weed in strong alcohol, straining it out and cooking the alcohol out of the remaining green liquid without activating the THC. Then, he adds the tincture to the recipe used for the cure recipe the delicatessen uses on all gravlax – a mixture of spices and a little bit of alcohol that acts as a retaining agent.

    The salmon dries in the fridge for 72 hours to let the flavor disperse throughout the flesh and form a hard outer shell, and is then topped with lemon and dill.

    “With this application, it goes really well to appropriately mask the flavor of the cannabis,” Pollack said. He said people like it because most edible products are brownies or candies – sweets filled with sugar that don’t really hide the flavor of cannabis, which not everyone likes. Savory items infused with weed, though on the rise, are still rare.

    Now, Pollack is working on a new batch of gravlax for the Harvest Gathering, a Jewish food event in Colorado at the end of September, where he plans to teach Jewish chefs how to cook with cannabis. Lox isn’t the only Jewish food Pollack is currently infusing with weed; he’s also trying his hand at matzah ball soup, made with cannabis-infused schmaltz.

    “Anything you can cook with fat, you can cook with cannabis,” he said.

  9. Six Vegan Marijuana Edibles You Should Try

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    Whether you are an animal rights activist, allergic to dairy, or simply just watching your weight; you’re probably wondering where all the vegan marijuana edibles are, right? Some certainly have “vegan” printed in bold letters on the packaging, but for the most part it’s hard to tell which edibles are actually vegan, and which ones are filled with animal byproducts. Your budtenders MIGHT be able to help you, but I wouldn’t count on it, and don’t be surprised if they don’t understand what the hell you’re asking about.

    So we did some digging and some taste testing for you, to find the best, most yummy vegan marijuana edibles on the market right now. There’s sweet, savory, salty, and fruity to please even the most picky of our vegan friends, so dive in and eat up.

    Six Vegan Marijuana Edibles You Should Try:

    1.  Korova Chocolate Peanutbutter Bar

    Korova Organics -- Vegan Marijuana Edibles

    Korova’s new vegan marijuana edible is made with 100% organic ingredients and packed with 300mg of THC. If you happen to get your hands on a Korova edible, it’s best you nibble like a rabbit. Taking too big a bite could send you deep into a blackhole of confusion and paranoia. There are a bunch of great vegan edibles out there, but Korova takes the crown when it comes to potency.

    2.  Star-nosed Mole’s Citrus Tamarind Almonds

    Star-Nosed Mole's Citrus Almonds -- Vegan Marijuana Edibles
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    Maybe cookies and brownies are a bit too basic for you. Perhaps you’re an elitist foodie with a sophisticated tongue. Well in that case it’s highly likely that Winterlife has something with your name on it – medicated almonds. They don’t come close to Korova in terms of potency, but your tastebuds will explode and likely gain several thousand XP.  Definitely one of the most exotic vegan marijuana edibles we’ve ever come across.

    3.  Verdelux Chocolate

    Verdelux Chocolate -- Vegan Marijuana Edibles
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    Maybe you’re not into brownies, cookies, or nuts. Maybe you’re a connoisseur of fine chocolates. Verdelux’s Vegan Mocha Chocolate is so good the chocolate gets you high even without the added THC. You think you’ve had a chocolate cannabis edible before? Think again.

    4. Catnip Brownies

    Catnip Brownies -- Vegan Marijuana Edibles
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    If you’re trying to save money, I’d recommend making your own vegan weed edibles. And trust me, there’s several vegan pot brownie recipes already out there. My advice? Ignore them and go with this one – the epitome of pot brownies. You’re welcome, now go and bake like you’re trying to get baked.

    5.  Medical Fruit Leather Strips

    Fruit Leather Strips -- Vegan Marijuana Edibles
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    You’re probably not eating enough fruit. If you don’t screw up this recipe, you can cure your vitamin C deficiency and medicate at the same time. Also keep in mind that fruit leather is for eating. Don’t try to make yourself a jacket or a couch with this stuff. Actually I take that back. DO IT. Just don’t blame me if your fruit leather jacket melts and you suddenly become a living ant hill. Here’s the recipe.

    6.  Frosted Raw Brownies

    Frosted Raw Brownies -- Vegan Marijuana Edibles
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    Maybe you’re a bit crazier than most vegans. Maybe you’re super paranoid about what goes into your body or maybe you’re just super trendy and feel like bragging about your new diet. In that case you’re probably a “rawist”. You don’t touch processed foods. You study the art of “uncooking.” You’re probably lost somewhere in the Amazon rainforest… Well. If this sounds like you, this raw vegan marijuana edibles brownie recipe is right up your alley.