What Is RSO?

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In the medical side of Cannabis, a product known as Rick Simpson Oil or simply RSO has become a staple. Many who use this product swear by it as a cure-all, citing everything from dealing with chronic pain, to treating gastric issues, and even so far as curing cancer! RSO was developed in 2003 by a man named Rick Simpson as a treatment for his metastatic skin cancer. After successfully treating himself and going into remission, Rick began promoting his oil nationwide, leading to the staple product that we have today. But what is RSO?
Speaking from a chemical perspective, RSO is an extract made with ethanol and using the whole plant, from stalk to bud. It is made by soaking the plant matter in the ethyl alcohol for several months, simultaneously dissolving the active ingredients and activating the THC. The excess ethanol is then evaporated off and the resulting sticky black substance is RSO. Fully edible and entirely activated, RSO is, gram for gram, the most potent edible that one can ingest, save distillate.
One must be fairly careful when administering their dosage, and as a result, more often than not RSO is sold in a needle-less syringe in order to facilitate this. After all, it is easier to get an exact amount out of a syringe than trying to scoop it out of a jar. It is also very important to know exactly how many mg of THC are in each gram. All store bought RSO will have a THC percentage on the packaging, often between 50% and 80% give or take a few. In order to convert this to milligrams simply move the decimal place over one space, for example, a 75.5% THC RSO will have 755mg of THC. Typically on the side of the syringe there will be notches indicating the amount of RSO in the syringe, simply divide the milligram amount by the number of notches to determine how many mg are in each section and this can be used as a method to determine your dose. If you don’t feel like doing any math however, a glob about the size of an uncooked grain of rice is a safe standard dose for a beginner. I would strongly recommend not using any more than this until you know how that amount will affect you, you can always take more, but you can’t retroactively take less.
In addition to RSO being an easier method of consumption, there are also various other benefits. Being a whole-plant extract, RSO contains a very strong terpenoid and cannabinoid profile. While present in regular bud, these compounds act very differently when ingested instead of smoked. Due to being processed by the liver and carried through the bloodstream at a slower rate, these compounds have a greater availability within your body allowing one to get the most out of their RSO in medical terms. Another plus to consuming RSO is the elimination of the need to smoke, removing the one potentially hazardous aspect of cannabis consumption. Heck, the only downside to RSO in my experience has been the taste, which is very planty, somewhat like wheatgrass but with a more “weedy” flavor.
Of all the ways that one can consume cannabis, Rick Simpson Oil has got to be among the most efficient methods in terms of its sheer medical benefit. With a profile of compounds unseen in any other form of concentrate, RSO has the potential to provide the people who need it with the kind of treatment that simply can’t be touched by other products. If you have a medical need, I would strongly recommend trying some RSO, and as a daily user of it myself I can attest to its efficacy, at least for my own treatment. Do yourself a favor and try it out, it may very well be the “holy grail” you’ve been looking for.

  • Budtender Andrew

The Scanning Trend, and Why We Don’t ID Scan

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With the use of scanning devices of all kinds ever growing, and our right to privacy becoming more and more endangered, Mary Jane’s House of Grass has taken a stance that may make us seem like the outsider, or behind the times. However, we believe that respecting the privacy of our customers is important, so we’ve decided to stand firm and not use electronic ID scanning devices.

You may have noticed some changes in the local cannabis dispensaries lately. Many of them have adapted the new ID scanners to help verify age. We see this, as many of our customers do, as an unnecessary violation of privacy. When your privacy is compromised, without a good reason, then it just feels wrong.

It’s not required by law to scan your ID when you walk into a dispensary, it is only required to show your ID for the purpose of proving your age. We also know that, even with the scanner, mistakes are made. One local dispensary was recently cited for selling to a minor after their ID was scanned, twice. Not only are scanners an invasion of privacy, but they can also be inaccurate due to the human factor.

In lieu of using a machine to track and profile our customers via a state police database, which many devices link to, we have chosen to train our staff very thoroughly to recognize and dismiss underage IDs, fake IDs and otherwise unqualified identifications. We are proud to be one of the only Vancouver dispensaries with a completely clean identification record, having never been cited for selling to a minor. That is due to our stringent training programs in cooperation with the LCB.

We want our customers to feel safe and welcomed in our House. Cannabis has been legalized for adult use in Washington state, and we are working hard to destroy the stereotypes and taint of prohibition still circling the industry like vultures. Why feel criminalized for walking into a legal store?

If you’re feeling uncomfortable with the new ID scanning trend, visit Mary Jane’s House of Grass dispensary in Vancouver. We won’t scan your ID to the state system, and we’ll even let you use a nickname for a further level of anonymity. We know you value your privacy, and we do, too.

How To Find the Very Best Bud in Washington

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When shopping for your favorite cannabis products, there’s a lot of options out there. How do you narrow it down? How do you know you’re getting the best bhang for your buck? With so little time under the industry’s proverbial belt, it can be hard to choose what to buy and where to buy it. There are several things to consider in finding the right shop for you, as well as the right product for you.

When you think about it, paying attention to what you’re smoking, or consuming, makes sense. I mean, we pay attention to the fruits and vegetables we eat, and buy organic products when we can. We favor biodegradable, or earth friendly products. We recycle. We do our part. Right? But how does that apply in the world of cannabis?

One of the things we hold in high priority is the quality of the bud, which translates directly to the quality of any derivative product made with the bud, like concentrates or edibles. Our bud buyers check out every farm we purchase from to make sure it meets our exacting standards of quality. There are several things they look for, that benefit the end user, that may never occur to people outside the industry.

Cleanliness

When our buyers walk into a grow they look for several things, but first and foremost, and sometimes easiest to recognize is cleanliness. We want to buy from growers who take pride in what they do and keep their facilities spotless. Debris, dirt, and standing water all create habitats for tiny critters to flourish and thrive. If we notice any of these things at a potential source, we don’t buy their products. We’re looking for places that are clean.

Pesticides

You may have heard some recent buzz around pesticide use. Have no fear! Mary Jane’s House of Grass cares about our customers and their health. So we also care about pesticide use. Nobody wants to taste harsh chemicals in their dabs or cartridges, right? But more so, nobody wants to consume pesticides. Yuck.

Cannabis is a very delicate plant and attracts a number of voracious pests, so we understand that pest control is important. However, there are great natural pest control options and we tend to favor the farms that favor the natural remedies, like ladybugs. Who doesn’t like ladybugs?

Evidence of Mold or Fungus

Obviously this is a very bad sign of infection in the plants, and unhealthy plants. Unhealthy plants are unhealthy for a reason. Something, be it soil conditions, lack of pest control, contamination of employees, or any number of reasons, has caused those plants to become sick and it can effect the entire crop. If we spot mold or fungus on plants, we’re out of there!

Flush Process

You know that harsh burn in your throat or nose you get sometimes after you smoke? We know that burn is due to the flush process. After cannabis has grown to a certain point, it needs to have its soil flushed out at very regular intervals. That flush process, when done poorly, results in a harsh burning feeling in the nostrils and throat. But, when done well, the bud smokes smooth and doesn’t leave you hacking from chemical burns.

Growing Material

It’s also important to us what the plants are being grown in. Every plant picks up characteristics from its environment, especially its soil or growing material. Be it soil, coconut husk, primordial goo, or any other material, we want to know what that plant was grown in so we know what added flavors or characteristics the bud might have.

Number of Strains

This one might not be as obvious, until you start to think about it. We like to work with growers who have a small number of strains to offer. Why? When a grower is focused on just a few really great strains, they have more time and energy to nurture those plants. That extra love makes those strains grow to their best potential.

Trimming Process

Isn’t it nice when you buy a beautiful nug and it’s all flower? No giant chunks of stem or leaves? We think so, too. That’s why our buyers prefer farms who hand trim. Hand trimming allows for a closer, more accurate trim, and less stress on the bud itself. A few of our farms machine trim their bud, but we also have a stringent check-in process that allows us to catch, and reject, any poorly trimmed packages we find.

It may seem like a lot of work, but we do it because we love weed, and we know our customers appreciate the fine quality flower and other products in our dispensary. You can feel confident purchasing cannabis products from the House of Grass knowing that our buyers have done the research footwork for you. If it matters to you, it matters to us.

  • Stay Lifted, fam.

A Love Letter to CBD

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From a Collegiate Athlete

When playing sports, we immediately subject our bodies to the possibility of a serious injury. From personal experience on this matter, you know it’s a possibility to get hurt but you never think it will actually happen to you. For me, I made it twenty-two years without a serious injury in the game I love. Soccer was my sport of choice. I chose to stick it out to the collegiate level.

I take you back to about a year ago. I had just finished my sophomore season and won our region title. We were still practicing after our games were over and I was also playing pickup games on the side. I ended up getting injured and tore my MCL. Not how I pictured ending my season, but I’m still thankful our season was at a close (my coach would have killed me if this had happened during the season). The diagnosis was under a forty percent tear, so lucky for me no surgery was necessary. I still had to deal with crutches for the first month and half. The whole process took over six months to heal to a point where I could bend my knee a little more and walk without a massive limp.

At this point you’re wondering what does this story have to do with CBD? CBD saved me! For those who have already experienced the amazing properties of CBD you will probably be able to relate to my story. If you can’t relate, than I am so happy I can share my testimony with you.

Even though at six months I was healed up and able to move around. I still knew that my movements were more cautious and I felt uncomfortable a lot of the time. I am an active person and I’m always on the go so, for me, not being able to move the same way ultimately shook my whole foundation. I kept to myself about how I truly felt and there was depression overtaking my motivation to be my active self. When you get to this kind of thought process you really start to get hard on yourself which begins a vicious cycle and it’s hard to escape. Luckily, I had a great support system in my corner. I also did not know that I would start working at Mary Jane’s a couple months later.

This is when I was introduced to pure isolate CBD derived from hemp. I was so interested in all of our CBD products, this was such an amazing opportunity to continue a healthy lifestyle and expand my knowledge for self-healing. A lot of people like to put CBD and THC in the same category, since CBD is found in a lot of cannabis strains, especially Indica strains. The misconception that they come from the same plant can simply be solved by saying having a CBD isolate will not psychoactively effect a person.

CBD acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system, creating physical changes in the body. Finally, products that anyone can try without feeling high, but still experience the healing properties of CBD. This is how CBD ties into my story.

I decided after I began to familiarize myself with CBD, that I would try a CBD isolate therapy for my MCL tear. From the research I had done I knew I needed to let CBD bind to my system, which simply means the CBD needs time to get to your blood steam to start working. I wanted this to be an efficient process so, I chose to start with CBD Isolate concentrates from PSHI (Pure Science Hemp Isolate) to get the ball rolling. A few days later I picked up a 500mg high CBD tincture to take daily. I was able to make it last about 20 days doing a quarter dropper at 25mg daily and making sure to hold the tincture under my tongue for at least 60 seconds. Holding it under your tongue ensures that the CBD skips the digestive tract and absorbs through the mucus membranes to activate in your system faster. Through the process I noticed I felt more well rested and woke up feeling productive, with excitement for the day again. I also realized I didn’t have anxiety in certain situations anymore. My view on how depressed and unmotivated I was slowly starting to shed and I was feeling like myself once again.

Now I have shared mentally how CBD mentally helped me, there was still the actual issue of my physical injury. I was already sold on CBD because of it’s proof of my mentality changing, but the physical change was even more impressive. After my MCL healed up when I ran my hand over the tear I could still feel this lump where it had repaired itself. This was all just scar tissue and you could feel it shoot through my nerves if I pressed on the spot. This is when our selection of CBD topicals made its debut. Every day, once in the morning and once at night, I would apply the rub on my knee and massage the topical in for about 2-3 minutes. I did this for three weeks consistently. When I went to feel for the lump in my MCL I could not really pinpoint where the injury was anymore. I was so shocked by this result, I just couldn’t believe it really worked that well. I mean I knew it would have helped me with everyday movement, but it went a step beyond and healed it for me completely. Fun fact, CBD actually helps repair cell damage, and that is exactly what it did.

I can proudly can say that today I am again playing soccer at a collegiate level, coaching as one of my full-time jobs and of course still working at one of the amazing Mary Jane’s locations. I really urge anyone who might be battling a new or old injury, an ailment or even a mental battle with themselves, to come stop by one of our shops and pick any of our great employees’ brains about any questions, concerns or advice on CBD treatment.

Best Priced Gram Vs. Washington’s Best Cannabis

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The debate between the $5-dollar gram and the $15-dollar gram

The Experiment Parameters

We all have our preferences when it comes to cannabis. Some are looking for the best deal, some look for the best quality, some are looking for the most potent, and some look for the highest THC. No matter what we look for in our cannabis we can all agree on one thing; we at Mary Jane’s House of Grass do our best to make sure we have an option available for everyone.

Since we have a lot of options, I decided to do a direct comparison between a strain that was available from one of our top tier farms, House of Cultivar, and our budget friendly option, Cowlitz County Cannabis. They both offer a strain called Honey Bananas. For this direct comparison, I have decided to smoke each one and vape each one then supply my findings and opinion.  For this strain review I used both, a Special K Bullet Beaker and the Ghost MV1.

Background of the Farms

Cowlitz County Cannabis (CCC) is a processor for Hydro Pro which were the producers of this batch of the Honey Bananas. Hydro Pro is a Tier 3 producer/processor dedicating their resources to its sun-grown cannabis using no pesticides. The heads got into the cannabis industry when they identified the additional benefits of cannabis when put into other mediums than smoking, such as topicals. They maintain an extremely low overhead which allows them to keep their cannabis at a competitive price no matter what variances the market gives. They roughly crop over 2,000 pounds of cannabis per harvest but understand at the end of the day, quality will shine through. In their practice they maintain quality knowing that the best weed stands out and consistently sells because no one wants their product associated with dry dirt.

House of Cultivar is a Tier 3 State-of-the-art producer/processor who recently took the DOPE Cup for Seattle essentially making them Washington’s premier level cannabis. The founding partners started in medical, although on separate projects, back in the mid 2000’s, then making the move into the I-502 market in September of 2016. They have also revolutionized using tissue culturing with cannabis as an alternative to cloning to minimize and prevent genetic drift a strain gains over time. Genetic drift (also known as allelic drift or the Sewall Wright effect) is the change in the frequency of an existing gene variant (allele) in a population due to random sampling of organisms. A population’s allele frequency is the fraction of the copies of one gene that share a form. In other words, a strain can lose key characteristics over time thru consistent cloning, which can make it less potent overall, grow differently, yield less, etc. Tissue cultures are the growth of tissues or cells separate from the organism. This is typically facilitated via use of a liquid, semi-solid, or solid growth medium, such as broth or agar. Using this process, which House of Cultivar have fine-tuned, they were able to figure out how to reset a plant’s genetics back to its original state.

Initial Findings

The $5 Gram

Hydro Pro’s (Cowlitz County Cannabis) Honey Bananas tests around 15.22% total cannabinoids. This was the first to be sampled for the experiment. For the first test I smoked using the bong. Initially opening the bag, you do get the whiff of the banana smell. It broke up nicely by the fingertips when breaking down to load it in the devices used. The initial pull got a decent dose of the banana flavor with a bit of honey on the aftertaste but after the second hit, the taste was no longer present. The onset of the stone was immediate and I noticed the feeling down into my shoulders. The feeling from it wasn’t super intense but noticeable and probably would have gotten a heavier stone out of it if I had consumed a little more.

When vaped the concentration of the banana flavor came out and was consistent through the whole vape session. The stone felt a bit more intense than when I smoked it but not incredibly so.  If I were to grade it on a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being un-smokable and unpleasant and 10 would be best thing ever, I’d give it a 7. Knowing the variety of outdoor cannabis here in Washington, keeping a pesticide free environment outside can be a hassle or a constant state of maintenance and they show they’ve done an excellent job at that. Flavor is about what I expected out of it and even though it is possible for the plant to perform better; Maintaining 450 plants each with its own genetics is a Herculean task of its own. At the end of the day it is outdoor which means that it had to face the elements instead of focusing its energy entirely on growing to the best it can perform.

The $15 Gram, Washington’s DOPE Cup Winner

House of Cultivar’s Honey Bananas test around 21.6% total cannabinoids. Initially opening the bag, you get a heavy whiff of the banana smell and it gives of a sweet musky tone. It was a bit stickier than the outdoors version of the same strain and the hues from it looked more of the lime green look with noticeable hairs. The initial pull gave a heavy dose of green banana with the honey being more present on the exhale, but the biggest difference I noticed was how long the flavor lasted on my palette after taking the initial pull, which lasted about another 3 minutes. The flavor lasted throughout the rest of the bowl even on the charred bits. The other noticeably different thing was I felt about twice the initial stone compared to the Hydro Pro iteration of the same strain. Also, I felt more of the cannabinoids and terpenes affecting my body since I felt it affecting the top of my head down to my shins.

When vaped everything was amplified even more, and felt more of the Indica traits from it feeling slightly sleepy afterwards.  If I were to grade it on a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being un-smokable and unpleasant and 10 would be best thing ever, I’d give it a 9. They did a really good job with the honey bananas as far as maintaining the true genetics. The only reason for it’s score is that I feel they can push the genetics a little further and they also had other strains that came in at this time which caught my attention more so than the honey banana.

Conclusions

Now if we compare the two we must note the noticeable differences. One was grown in an environment where it was able to perform at its best, with the environment around it being tailored to its every need; the other having to battle the elements of mother nature to be a producing plant grown the way it has for thousands of years before modernized growing practices. One is working to be competitive with pricing, the other being competitive as the best farm Washington has to offer. The winner of the two is obvious, House of Cultivar. But is it that much better to invest the extra $10 for it? If we compare cannabis to alcohol and the way we shop for it, are we always looking for the highest alcohol content or are we looking for taste? That is going to depend on the kind of person you are, the tool being used, and the kind of experience you are going for.

Some people are completely opposed to outdoor weed and will spend the extra to know that someone has taken the time, effort, and special care to make sure they are getting the most out of their cannabis. Some people are looking for the best deal they can get. Some people would pass over these since the THC level isn’t what they are used to getting. I do see the value of the $15-dollar gram and it’s my personal go-to, since I believe that the other cannabinoids are vital to a strain’s experience. I also have, in my opinion, some of the best devices to consume cannabis. Not everyone has a vape, bong, pipe, or even want to use glass, but in the same sense not everyone can roll. Not everyone has the knowledge base of a bud tender or wants to use a bud tender to help select strains.

We are all going to see value in cannabis a bit different than the next person, but the value a person sees in cannabis is directly tied to a person’s knowledge and experience with it. We mustn’t forget though, the grower sees value in cannabis as well and price point is usually linked to the grower investing time; which is months at a time for a batch of a strain; resources such as nutrients and pesticides; money for electric bills for indoor growing; maintenance & care which is even more important when growing with the sun; and most of all love for producing a product that people will consume and creating the desire and drive for people to come back to their product. House of Cultivar has a state of the art facility with the drive and passion to push bud genetics to their limit and Hydro Pro lets mother nature facilitate the growth of cannabis the way nature intended. Now whichever one you decide on is completely up to you.

 

Author: Reuben

The Bond Between Sex and Cannabis

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Cannabis and Sex have both been held as taboo for many centuries, so, it makes sense they go hand in hand toward enhancing the experience for both you and your partner when they are paired together. Toking up with your sweetheart before intimacy has been proven to relax the mind and body, allowing you to fully indulge in those special moments.

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, or have trouble getting aroused due to anxiety, have no fear, cannabis is here! For over 3,000 years, cannabis has been recognized as a natural aphrodisiac in ancient medicine practices and is even prescribed by doctors to this very day for many ailments (sexual or not!) It’s even been known as one of the only proven “female viagras”.

Cannabis can create an intimate bond between partners. A more open connection is found allowing one another to be completely submerged in the experience. It heightens all senses, making each little touch and sound that much more enjoyable. Cannabis also distorts the sense of time which allows you to experience prolonged arousal and longer orgasms.

Bonding

Studies have shown that the endocannabinoid system can stimulate the production of oxytocin; a hormone produced in the hypothalamus and distributed by the pituitary gland. Oxytocin is widely known as the “bonding hormone.” Lowering your inhibitions and increasing your libido, THC can help you relax and really get in that sweet spot of relaxation that puts you in the mood.

Smoking isn’t the only way to heighten your senses during intercourse. Cannabis lubricants, such as Muse Oil from Ethos, and, Cannabliss from Honu, can enhance that juicy warm and tingly feeling. The level of THC in these lubricants is absorbed through the membranes of the woman’s vagina which becomes the CBD receptor, dilating the capillaries and increasing the blood flow. In doing so, it enhances circulation and adds sensation and sensitivity to the area. You can even use it solo, or as a massage oil for a little foreplay.

Granddaddy Purple and Chocolate Chunk seem to have aphrodisiac effects to get in you the right mindset before getting intimate with your partner. Be weary though, smoking too much before getting down, has been known to cause “cotton-mouth” but for the vagina (that’s when the Muse Oil comes in handy). It also has the ability to get you too focused on the meaning of life and not on your experience.

Dose Matters

Caution, fellas, according to Perry Solomon, M.D., the chief medical officer at HelloMD, overconsumption can lead to lethargy, and even low testosterone levels in men. He recommends to choose a strain that has no more than 14% THC, and go slow. Long term use by men has also been found to lower sperm count, but, this does not mean it is safe to be used as a contraceptive.

So, next time you’re looking to spice things up in the bedroom, shotgun your hit to your babe, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Sessions’ Threat to Legal Marijuana: What it Means for You

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If you’ve tuned in to any news source recently you’ve probably heard about the recent move by Jeff Sessions (US Attorney General) to rescind the Cole Memo. The Cole Memo, which stated that individual states have the right to regulate marijuana as they see fit, was a memorandum released in 2013 under the Obama administration by then US Attorney General James Cole.

To put it simply, what the Cole Memo said was that the federal government would not interfere with states that have legalized marijuana, regardless that it is still a Schedule 1 drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Current AG Sessions has rescinded that memo, and caused a ripple of outrage and fear among the many Americans who have voted for or partaken in marijuana either recreationally or medically.

So what does this mean for medical and recreational users in Washington state? We’re here to help clear up many of the questions and concerns we’ve heard in the dispensary since the statement was released.

First and foremost, we should tell you that we are operating business as usual. Be assured we will be here for you and continue to carry the products you love, and need, with the same friendly faces you recognize. Mary Jane’s House of Grass is a medically endorsed store. Should recreational use come under attack, we intend to hold our ground as a medical shop.

The Facts

  • Marijuana remains a federally illegal substance under the Federally Controlled Substances Act.
  • Marijuana is legal for use by adults over 21  in Washington state.
  • The memo released by Jeff Sessions IS NOT LAW. It is guidance for state Attorney Generals and prosecutors.
  • Sessions’ new memo does not explicitly set forth how prosecutors should treat medical marijuana.
  • President Trump has neither endorsed, nor spoken against, recreational cannabis.
  • Congress has, since 2014, essentially codified the Cole Memo in each of its continuing spending resolutions, forbidding DOJ from spending tax dollars to prosecute individuals acting in accordance with state law. Those decisions were not rescinded with the Sessions memo.
  • Currently twenty-nine states allow the use of medical marijuana and eight, including the entire West Coast and the District of Columbia, allow recreational use. Which means that more than half of America has legal marijuana laws that were voted for by the American people.
  • Governor Jay Inslee (WA) has come to the defense of the cannabis industry in Washington, and has issued the following statement:

“In Washington state we have put in place a system that adheres to what we pledged to the people of Washington and the federal government; it’s well regulated, keeps criminal elements out, keeps pot out of the hands of kids and tracks it all carefully enough to clamp down on cross-border leakage. We are going to keep doing that and overseeing the well-regulated market that Washington voters approved.

“Make no mistake: As we have told the Department of Justice ever since I-502 was passed in 2012, we will vigorously defend our state’s laws against undue federal infringement.”

Other leaders in legalized states have come forward to oppose the memo. Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon, another legal recreational state, said, “Trump promised to let states set their own marijuana policies. Now he’s breaking that promise so Jeff Sessions can pursue his extremist anti-marijuana crusade. Once again the Trump administration is doubling down on protecting states’ rights only when they believe the state is right.”

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner tweeted his response stating that the issue “must be left up to the states.” He went further to threaten to hold up the confirmation of DOJ nominees.

The feeling and pulse in the industry is certainly charged, but with the support of our state government, and the support of other legalized states, we hope to prevail over those who are opposed to and/or uneducated about marijuana legalization. The end of prohibition was never expected to be easy, but we intend to keep up the fight. We remain hopeful and will continue to carry on.

12 Deals of Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Mary Jane’s House of Grass in Vancouver! Enjoy these amazing deals and save some dough this holiday season. Pick up something for yourself, or gift something different this year. We’ll even gift wrap it for you for just $2! But hurry, these deals end Christmas day and only while supplies last.

Stop In Now – These Deals Won’t Last Long!

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Flower Deals:

$8/g RGL Private Reserve flower (limit 1/cust)
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Concentrates & Carts Deals:

$10 Agrijuana cartridges
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Cannabis Legalization Did Not Increase Teen Use

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A concern among many parents is that their child will experiment with drugs. And, in particular, they wonder if their child will ever engage in the readily available cannabis. These concerns were heightened with the passage of Washington Initiative 502, which legalized small amounts of marijuana for adults over 21 years old. But, were their concerns realized?

A Look Back

First, let’s remember back to when we were in those angsty teenage years. If you had any social life, even if it was occasional, you have personally been at a party or were hanging around town or were driving to the movies when a friend, or maybe a friend of a friend, pulled out a joint and asked if you wanted to get high. Maybe you partook. Maybe you didn’t? Maybe you thought of what your parents would think? Maybe you didn’t give a second thought to what they might think because, hey, it’s your life and you can do whatever you want. You’re basically an adult. Or, maybe you were the friend of a friend offering the weed.

These scenarios are playing out all across America, in cannabis legal states and otherwise, right this very moment.

And so what if you decided to partake? Why are parents always so melodramatic and overprotective?

The Science

While we’d like to think our parents just didn’t want us to get caught with an illicit substance that, they thought, would get us tossed in jail or, more likely, stuck with a ridiculously large fine and mandatory AA meeting participation, there is more logic to the concerned parental. (Parents, this is when you should listen most.)

There is science that backs illogical responses and reactions by teenagers. You might think you’re in control and practically an adult when you’re 17. You might even act more mature than your peers. But, are you?

Scientists used to think the brain was basically done forming before high school. But, they were way wrong. Instead, it’s now been confirmed over and over again that the prefrontal cortex still isn’t fully functioning – and this is a major deal.

So, what is the prefrontal cortex? Well, it’s a part of the brain that is right behind your forehead and acts as the CEO of the brain. It is responsible for all sorts of things including memory, planning, organization, and mood. As it forms, teenagers will naturally become better at reasoning, impulse control, and judging the safety of situations. Ultimately, while cannabis is rather safe, the overall situation may not be and a teen’s brain may or may not process this; a nightmare parent scenario.

Additionally, a teen is more susceptible to addiction than an adult. While it’s shown that cannabis itself is not addictive, behaviors are – hence marijuana use disorder. This is four to seven times more likely is people who start consuming cannabis before age 18.

Similarly, studies confirm that a teenager who smokes cannabis will show cognitive defects even days after use. Alternately, adults will return to their baseline much faster. This can easily result in poor test performance after a weekend of cannabis consumption for those whose brains are literally not yet fully formed.

The Data

So, should parents be concerned? Maybe the answer is yes. But, will cannabis legalization increase teen cannabis use? Well, we finally have the answer.

In 2016, more than 230,000 Washington students in grades 8-12, representing all 39 counties, 236 school districts, and over 1,000 schools participated in the Healthy Youth Survey. Here are the results:

These students admitted to marijuana use in the last 30 days:

  • 6% of 8th graders
  • 17% of 10th graders
  • 26% of 12th graders

While that might be alarming to parents, only half of the students consumed cannabis on six or more days in that month. Additionally, these statistics indicate that numbers have remained steady, rather than increasing over the years.

However, there are other areas where education is needed and, at Mary Jane’s House of Grass,  we encourage this open dialogue. Just like alcohol, we agree that cannabis use is a privilege that comes with age and, more importantly, full brain development.

One area that is changing is 8th graders perceived risks associated with cannabis. While cannabis has exponential benefits for adults, as discussed above there are specific scientific reasons teens should not yet engage.

 

While 53% of 8th graders understood the risk, only 48% recognized these effects in 2016. Today, about one in five 8th graders, one in three 10th graders, and 50% of 12th graders perceive no to slight risk associated with regular cannabis use.

However, the questions must also be asked, how was survey question presented. For adults there is little to no risk associated with marijuana use, while the use for teenagers does actually alter their minds, and for multiple days after consumption.

Ultimately, this is what the data is telling us:

  • Cannabis among teenagers remains steady.
  • Education may be needed to ensure teenagers recognize the risks specific to them.

The Outcome

At Mary Jane’s House of Grass, we encourage recreational cannabis experimentation for adults over 21 years old. We have seen the benefits ourselves and for our customers. We know that for those whose brain is fully formed, cannabis can relieve insomnia, pain, depression, nausea and many more conditions. We also know it’s a great de-stressor and sometimes it’s just plain ol’ fun!

However, as a member of the Washington community, we want to encourage safe, legal use and discourage teenage experimentation. With that said, we know that teens will experiment and for this reason, we strongly encourage parents to develop an open dialogue with their children starting from a young age, just as one does with alcohol.

Teens aren’t going to innately know that while cannabis is beneficial for adults, it can have proven negative effects on the younger forming mind. We want the next generation to flourish and for that reason, we discourage cannabis use and encourage dialogue and education.

To learn more about how to engage in an open dialogue with your teenager, visit www.starttalkingnow.org and www.learnaboutmarijuanawa.org.

 

Mary Jane’s House of Grass is located in Vancouver, WA. Stop by some time for a visit.  

Have a Dank Thanksgiving with These Strains

Thanksgiving turkey, Happy Danksgiving

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? I mean, what’s not to love? Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, casserole, pumpkin pie, oh my. As much as we love the food, friends and family aspects of Thanksgiving, there can be some special issues that arise from the holiday. Here’s some of our top favorite strains and product recommendations to help get you through Thanksgiving, and all the upcoming holidays, to make them, well… dank.

Eating Lots

Get your “eatin’ pants” out for this one! Our favorite strains to help you get your eat on this Thanksgiving are a couple of classics; Girl Scout Cookies – a popular hybrid for it’s balanced effects. Cinex (we highly recommend Heavenly Buds‘ version) – a great sativa that will keep your head in the conversation and get you in a munchie mood.

Relaxing

If you’re not hosting, chances are you’re gathering for a nice relaxing day with loved ones. Our recommendations for extra relaxation and couch melting body highs are Blackberry Kush and Granddaddy Purple.

Football Viewing

Cheer your team to victory on Turkey Day with the classic sativa leaning hybrid, Dutch Treat. We love this one for the cerebral effects and lack of body effects or couch lock. It’s uplifting and slightly euphoric, so great for keeping your cool even when the opposing team scores and your uncle cheers.

Cleanup

If you’re the unlucky person left with the insurmountable cleanup task, we’ve got you covered. To help you power through, give you a lifting energy, and motivate you to get the job done, we recommend Pineapple Express or Jack Wreck.

Difficult Relatives

We love our families, right? Right? OK. Sometimes family is hard to take all at once. Don’t worry, we got you. We love Legal Beverage’s Rainier Cherry tonic for a really uplifting, euphoric feeling that can help you tackle even the most irritating relatives with a smile. It’ll make you look like a champ for handling three hours of Uncle Mert’s war stories with ease. You’re welcome.

Be it with friends or family or both, we at Mary Jane’s House of Grass wish you and yours a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Please consume responsibly.

Legal Cannabis Is Stimulating the Economy

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It’s no surprise that cannabis is a successful business. It may, however, be a shock to learn that in Oregon alone the recreational cannabis industry brought in $1.2 billion in 2016 alone. To say that cannabis is a booming economic industry is saying it lightly.

“Cannabis is a job-creation machine,” Oregon economist Beau Whitney told Marijuana.com. “On a national basis, the $50 billion cannabis market is essentially the equivalent to the U.S. wine market ($55 billion).” In fact, over 900 businesses were licensed in Oregon in the last year, and 1,225 applicants wait approval. That’s 2,142 recreational cannabis businesses in Oregon alone.

Similarly, in Washington there are over 735 recreationally licensed marijuana businesses operating in the state of Washington, including Mary Jane’s House of Grass. That compares to 559 Starbucks locations statewide. Of the licensed businesses, 58% are processors and producers, while 23% are retail locations. And, with so many retail locations, 90% of the population lives within ten miles of a cannabis store. However, between strict location laws and residential approval, it is a challenge for a store to begin operation. This ongoing discussion helps keep cannabis approval ratings high.

In addition to monetary value, cannabis is also adding to the job sector as around 300,000 jobs in the U.S. are currently related to this industry, with the ability to rise to more than one million as states legalize consumption, according to Whitney. This is a drastic boom comparatively to education where 105,000 jobs were created last year and construction, where 219,000 were adding, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

And, cannabis is sure to grow in some of the fastest growing cities where the housing market is booming, like Portland and Vancouver. In Vancouver, the price per square foot rose over 11% to $185 and the average price for a home was up to $297,000, according to Trulia. Similarly in Portland, Oregon, where there is a surplus of buyers and a deficit of sellers, the prices of homes continues to increase.

“Inventory in the ballpark of $300,000 is rapidly disappearing as prices far outpace wages, a scenario exacerbated by the continuing fallout of a homebuilding draught,” as stated in an article on Oregonlive.com, as well as “the region’s surging population and the tendency of current homeowners to stay put instead of move up.”

In addition to creating jobs and putting money back into the economy, cannabis funds are contributing positively to the community. According to an article in thenewstribune.com, in the next two years, Washington anticipates raking in $730 million. And, 60% is slated to go toward public health programs, including Medicaid, substance abuse prevention efforts, and health centers. However, some Washington lawmakers, including Senator Ann Rivers, would like some of the funds go toward elementary schools, whose budget continues to drop.

While other politicians, like House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, thinks the money should go to healthcare as stated in Initiative 502 that legalized recreational marijuana in Washington, this is a good problem to have.

“We can’t ignore public health or access to health care,” said Sullivan, “The initiative that passed dedicated that money to those causes.” However, with marijuana expected to rise $75 million between the state’s next two budget cycles, maybe the law should expand to fund even more public resources provided by the State of Washington.

“Marijuana isn’t our solution to education funding,” said Senator John Braun. “It helps us build a stable and balanced budget, but it’s not a panacea that fixes all our problems,” he added.

 

And, these positive results continue to benefits future states looking to add legalization bills and will eventually help to convince the federal government to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substance list and officially back states that enable pro cannabis laws.

In addition to monetary figures, it was found that in 2015 – the most recent data available – that over 29 million grams of cannabis were produced in the State of Washington. This is equal to allowing all residents, regardless of age, to receive four grams. And production is only expected to rise.

As loose cannabis sales continue to rise, so do edibles. In 2015, over 731,000 units of edibles were sold and the data continue to show a rise each month since legalization. The top cannabis-infused product has been baked goods like cookies and brownies at 35%, following by general desserts like chocolate, caramels, and brittle at 33%.

 

Since legalization, Colorado has discovered that cannabis is a stronger economic driver than 90% if its industries. This, we’re learning, is similar in other locations where recreational legalization has come to pass. In fact, it was this realization that spurred passage in places including Washington and Oregon.

Today, cannabis is a numbers game. As medical research continues to discover the many benefits associated with cannabis – improved mood and sleep; decreased pain, anxiety, depression – and it continues to add jobs and funds in states where medical and recreational cannabis is legal, it’s become a game-changer.

Ultimately, the future of cannabis is shifting. Visiting a marijuana dispensary in Vancouver is becoming more normalized and it’s contributing to the economy in ways so dramatic they were unforeseeable. The vast sales show how acceptable cannabis is becoming and at Mary Jane’s House of Grass, your marijuana dispensary in Vancouver, we couldn’t be more delighted.

We’ve seen first hand and heard through our customers the wonderful benefits cannabis has contributed to their lives. We recognize the high demand for quality products our customers expect and receive from us. We know there is a growing future for this industry and we can’t wait to see where it takes us next.

There is a marijuana dispensary in Vancouver on every other corner, but with high demand and room for more, we’re glad to be apart of your community and can’t wait until you visit again.

Meet the House of Grass Medical Consultants

medical dispensary Vancouver Washington

The term “medical marijuana” is one that Washingtonians and Oregonians may have heard less since the legalization and availability of recreational cannabis. Why bother getting your medical card when it is so easy to walk into a recreational cannabis shop to purchase your flower and concentrates? We think it’s important for people to understand, though it may be easier, those who are self-diagnosing or self-treating medical conditions with recreational cannabis may be missing out on the benefits of legitimately having a medical cannabis recommendation.

There has been a lot gray area and confusion surrounding medical marijuana, which has likely prevented many people from seeking medical recommendations. Prior to Initiative 502, there were strictly medical delivery services that many people (especially older demographics) felt uneasy about. And, if you weren’t connected to the cannabis community in any way, it may have been difficult to get this information, or embarrassing to ask around. With a little more wiggle room as the stigma of cannabis lessens, many physicians, with the ability to recommend medicinal cannabis, are now making more mindful decisions when treating their patients, and are oftentimes forgoing the more harmful and addictive pharmaceutical drugs. What a world we live in, right? Rewind to ten years ago, and it seems amazing that we’ve made it this far.

For now, only a small handful of people and recreational dispensaries in the Vancouver area have received their medical endorsements, including our very own Katie G. and Nyssa M. (pictured above) at Mary Jane’s House of Grass. Nyssa and Katie both participated in a twenty-hour program to receive their medical endorsement, which gives them an advantage in the industry. Mary Jane’s could be considered one of the pioneers in this movement, as more shops will likely be moving forward in the same direction. Nyssa mentions that, “everyone is going to have to comply,” to stay current in the competitive and evolving industry. More and more, we are seeing this symbiotic relationship between the medical and recreational cannabis worlds, ultimately creating a more simplified process for medical patients. With more clarity and assistance available to patients, people will likely be treating their ailments more effectively than they had been previously.

Following a medical cannabis recommendation, patients, including those under 21 years-old and under 18 years-old (when accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caregiver) can now visit House of Grass, where Katie and Nyssa will be able to get them started in the process of purchasing their medicine. With proof of a physician’s recommendation, Nyssa or Katie can create a legitimate medical card and will add the customers to the state database. Not only will patients have access to medical-grade and recreational cannabis products including (but not limited to) flower, oils, topicals, and edibles – they will also be able to get more than the state recreational limits and will receive a local sales tax exemption.

Most importantly, this endorsement will allow Katie and Nyssa at House of Grass to give medical suggestions about cannabis products that may work better for certain medical conditions. It will strengthen the bond you have with your bud tender while allowing you to make intelligent and intuitive decisions about your health. Amy, Co-Owner at Mary Jane’s House of Grass, says that there are benefits to shopping at a store that’s medically endorsed because “they have a vast knowledge of the cannabis products that goes beyond just getting high.”

So come visit Katie or Nyssa at our House of Grass dispensary in Vancouver to hear their recommendations and find something to suit your needs.