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

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.

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.

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!

PHONE: 360.433.2758

8312 E Mill Plain
Vancouver, WA 98664

HOURS: Daily 8am to 11pm

Flower Deals:

$8/g RGL Private Reserve flower (limit 1/cust)
$5/g select strains (limit 1/cust)
$7/g Select Fireline strains
Select Cloud9 strains $10/g & $35 1/8ths
25% Off flower from these farms; Green Mountain Valley, Knights Hemplar, NW Rec

 

Concentrates & Carts Deals:

$10 Agrijuana cartridges
$16 Craft Elixirs cartridges
$20 ECC 1g Thunderbud wax
25% Off all Green Ghost Concentrates
Kush Farms .5g concentrates $15
NWCustom Chronic 1g Wax $15ea
Kai’Dro Raw mixed indica $15/g

 

Joints Deals:

$3 JCC joints
8-pack joints $20 by From the Soil
G-sticks infused joints $6ea

 

Edibles Deals:

Journeyman Couch Potatoes $18/pk
Proper chocolates 2pc $7
30% off SPOT
30% off Zoots

 

Non-Cannabis Deals:

60% off Eclipse Vapes
BOGO 50% Off Stoner Essentials
20% Off ALL Glass

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Have a Dank Thanksgiving with These Strains

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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.

Cooking with Cannabis: Stoner Stir Fry

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Cooking With Cannabis

Before people began drying, curing, and smoking their cannabis, they were using it as a regular food source. Our ancient ancestors first ate the seeds for their high protein, and omega 3 content, eventually moving to the rest of the plant including the buds and the leaves. Not only does the raw plant have a wonderful array of nutrients, it can also have flavors that vary greatly from strain to strain, making it excellent for use as a spice.

While the extensive variation in taste is a benefit in and of itself, it can also be a double edged sword. There are just so many, how can you tell which one is right for your dish? Well the first thing you must do is start with a high quality cannabis, with a recent harvest date and strong terpene profile. Older, or lower quality cannabis, while cheaper, won’t have the same intensity of flavor as something nice and fresh.

Secondly, you must figure out what kind of dish you’re preparing, something spicy pairs well with earthy peppery notes. Sweeter, more pine-like flavors work wonderfully in pesto and pasta dishes. If you can’t decide on something, ask your budtender, we are more than happy to help you find just the right bud! Once you’ve figured out your meal plan and have your weed picked out, it’s time to start cooking. For some inspiration, I’ve prepared a simple recipe which I have used myself multiple times.

Stoner Stir Fry

Serves 4

● Ingredients:

○ 4 cups rice (I prefer jasmine, but any rice will do)

○ 1.5-2lbs chicken, cubed

○ 1 medium zucchini, cubed

○ 1 head of broccoli cut to small pieces

○ 2 bell peppers, 1 red, 1 yellow, chopped

○ 2-6 green chillies to taste/spice tolerance

○ ½ large onion, chopped

○ 1-2 cloves garlic to taste, minced

○ 1g ground cannabis (For this recipe I suggest something like gorilla glue or rapper kush)

○ 2 Tbs coconut oil

○ 1 Tbs soy sauce

○ 1 Tbs rice vinegar

○ 1.5 tsp smoked paprika

○ 1 tsp cumin

○ Salt and pepper to taste

 

● Begin cooking the rice by the instructions on its packaging, you will want to start this first as it will be done around the time that the stir fry is finished

● In a large skillet or wok, melt 2 tbs coconut oil and saute garlic, onion, and cannabis until onions begin to glaze or about 6-7 minutes.

● Once the garlic mixture has finished sauteing, add the chicken, paprika, cumin,salt, and pepper and allow to cook evenly.

● As the chicken finishes cooking, add the broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, and chillies and cook until tender.

● Finally, add the soy sauce and vinegar and allow to simmer for 2 minutes

● Smoke a bowl, serve over rice and enjoy!

 

-Budtender Andrew

Recipe: Easy Infused Kickin’ Chicken

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Sometimes cooking with cannabis can be complicated, from infusing your own butter or oils, to using the whole plant. That’s why we love using products like Verdita Dragon infused syrup by Craft Elixirs. The dosing is already done for you, so you have total control of your experience. This recipe makes it outrageously easy.

Unlike trying to infuse butter or oil to cook with and not really knowing what the dose is afterward, these syrups are measured out for you already, making recipes a piece of cake. The syrup we are using for this recipe comes in a 100mg bottle that can be easily dosed to your preference.

For this simple recipe, we used a jalapeno and cannabis infused syrup to add the kick to our kickin’ chicken.

spicy cannabis infused syrup

Ingredients

4-6 thin cut chicken breasts

1/2 C extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lime

salt

pepper

red pepper flakes

Verdita Dragon infused syrup by Craft Elixirs, dosed to your liking

Step 1: If the chicken breasts are not already sliced thin, place them on a cutting board and slice them horizontally through the middle with a sharp knife. Salt and pepper both sides of each piece of chicken.

Step 2: Add oil, lime juice, pepper flakes, and 40-100mg dose of Verdita Dragon cannabis syrup, depending on your desired dose per piece of chicken, to a plastic resealable bag. Shake to mix.

Step 3: Put seasoned chicken into the bag with the oil mixture and shake to coat chicken. Let sit for at least one hour, or for better infusion and flavor, overnight in the refrigerator.

Step 4: Grill chicken over medium heat, basting occasionally with the remaining sauce, and serve hot.

Serving suggestions: Serve with a slice of lime to juice over the top. Top with jalapeno slices or a spicy chimichurri to give it even more kick. Or top with a pineapple mango chutney to cut the heat.

 

Bong Bowls, What’s the Difference?

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Bong Bowls: Rubber Grommet vs. Glass-on-Glass

There was a day when most people didn’t care about what type of bong bowl they had. But the days of the cannabis connoisseur are upon us. Consumers are becoming picky, and we at Mary Jane’s House of Grass believe that to be a good thing! We want you to be picky, because that means you’re getting the best, safest, and most effective cannabis experience possible. After all, cannabis is all about enjoying life and having a good time!

So what are the two categories of bong bowls? What are the differences between the two? And most importantly, why does it matter to you as the consumer?

The Two Types

The two main categories in bong bowls are rubber grommet (also called slide bowls) and glass-on-glass. Rubber grommets are exactly like they sound. They’ll usually have an o-ring around the base of the bowl, which fits into the down stem to form a seal between the bowl and the bong itself. A glass-on-glass bowl will have a frosted glass “joint” that fits snugly into the down stem, without the need for an o-ring or other seal. It’s just the glass of the bowl joining to the glass of the bong.

These two types are both effective in creating a seal between the bowl and the bong. However, they each have their own benefits and detriments. So let’s examine the differences, and determine which type would be the best fit for you!

Rubber Grommet

Rubber grommet bowls, also called slide bowls, are generally going to be less expensive than glass-on-glass. This is because they tend to be thinner, and they do not need to be exactly the right size, since their seal comes from the rubber grommet or o-ring. Using this type of bowl is makes it easier to slide out of the down stem, making for a quicker, easier clearing of the smoke from the chamber. Whereas a glass-on-glass bowl will use friction to keep it sealed and secure, a rubber grommet bowl does not create any friction. It just “slides”.

There are definite downsides to grommet bowls. In fact, for most connoisseurs, the downsides will outweigh the upsides. Most importantly, because there is no friction locking the bowl down in place, a fair amount of airflow gets through, which means your hits will not be as efficient or strong. It also means the bowl can fall out much easier. If you’re like us, you’ve had the occasional “butt bump” of the bong, and sent the bowl crashing to the ground, stamping your ticket back to Mary Jane’s for a new one. Second, grommet bongs are usually more difficult to clean. The reason is that the down stem is attached via the grommet. Many people struggle to take it out, and even end up breaking their bong in the process, sometimes causing injury from broken glass. Not fun when you’re trying to get high!

Glass-On-Glass

Glass-on-glass bowls are the more popular choice for the cannabis connoisseur, because they form a nearly perfect seal at the joint. Whereas grommets simply sit on top of their joint, glass-on-glass bowl joints “hug” each other, forming a seal from friction. This means that the bong will be airtight in all the right places, making it easier and much more efficient to take a hit. The friction seal also makes it much harder for the bowl to slip out accidentally.

Another nice thing about glass-on-glass bowls is that they are a more ubiquitous option on the cannabis market. They are very common, and come in standard sizes of 10mm, 14mm, and 19mm. You should be able to walk into any headshop on the planet and find dozens of options for each size. And the best part is that you’ll usually find the more extravagant, beautiful designs for glass-on-glass bowls. This is for two reasons which we’ve already mentioned. 1) Glass blowers want their product to be effective and efficient as well as beautiful, and 2) Glass blowers don’t want their bowls to easily fall out of their bong (think of how hard they worked on that piece!!!).

The biggest downside to a glass-on-glass bowl is, ironically, one of its biggest upsides. The fact that the joint creates a tight seal based on friction also means that it’s not as easily maneuverable, and can get stuck when you’re trying to pull it out. It can create a tug-o-war match with your bong, and end in you ripping the bowl out and sending your weed flying across the room!

The Verdict

There’s no perfect answer for which type of bowl to buy. Many times, it will depend on which bong you already own, or which bong catches your eye in the store. However, we recommend that you take the type of bowl into account when looking for a bong, and consider these pros and cons, and decide which one will work best for you. Most importantly, when you don’t know the answer, ask your friendly budtenders at Mary Jane’s House of Grass! We’re always looking to help. It’s what makes us smile! At the end of the day, though, we want you to walk out with something that makes you happy.

It’s your world. We’re just living in it!

-Budtender Matt

What’s the Right Smoke Method For You

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If you’re reading this, chances are you partake in cannabis. Whether you prefer joints, pipes, bongs, or vaporizers, imbibing cannabis is a way of life for many of us. If you’re like me, you’re concerned with three main things; taste, smoothness, and most importantly, how high you get. We all know that these are largely dependent on the type of bud you smoke, however the method with which you consume can play just as big a role. It may surprise you to know that just by switching up how you smoke, one can significantly alter how high they get and how much bud they use to get there.

THC absorption graph methods

Most stoners will have at least one pipe in their glass collection, whereas some of us prefer the simplicity of a joint. Both methods are practical, quick, and easy, each imparting a unique taste and consistency of smoke. However, there are also certain drawbacks to these methods. Joints, if rolled improperly, can run, whereas pipes can have a tendency to be harsh. Ultimately however, the reason that I prefer other methods comes down to how high I get. When smoked in a joint, your body is only capable of absorbing between 5% and 30% of the available THC in the plant. A pipe isn’t much better at 20-40%. This discrepancy is due to destruction of THC via pyrolysis (loss by fire), loss due to sidestream smoke (the smoke which escapes when not inhaling), and additional chemicals produced by the combustion process interfering in your lung’s capacity to absorb THC.

As a step up from these more basic inhalation methods, many stoners use bongs or bubblers. Bongs filter the smoke through water, making the smoke that enters the lungs much smoother due to the removal of a large amount of the water soluble, non-cannabinoid components. This filtration combined with the reduction of sidestream smoke allow the body to absorb between 50-70% of the available THC. It goes without saying that by using a water piece, one can potentially get more out of their weed, making them a more cost effective method. Bongs and Bubblers are not without their own drawbacks however, bongs can be bulky, and bubblers don’t provide the same level of filtration and require more frequent water changes. In addition, anybody who has accidentally sucked up old bong water will agree, you cannot create a fouler substance without using nuclear material.

Finally, we have come to vaporizers. Without a doubt, vaporization is the smoothest, most efficient, and cost effective method for consuming cannabis. On many models there are different temperature settings, some even allowing you to adjust by the single degree. This variability allows one to properly volatilize nearly all of the THC within the plant, between 75-98%. In addition to squeezing nearly every metaphorical drop out of your bud, one can also achieve volatilization of nearly all of the terpenes without actually combusting them. Not only does this lead to the best possible flavor from your weed, it also improves your experience due to the interaction of these terpenes with the THC in your bloodstream. As you could imagine, a vaporizer will allow your weed to go the furthest, saving you money in the long run. In this writer’s opinion, the only drawbacks to this method are the upfront cost of the unit itself, and the fact that you simply can’t get a vape to look as pretty as well worked glass.

To put all of this in perspective, all methods of cannabis consumption have their positives and negatives. There isn’t much that beats a well rolled joint on a bright summer day, and a pipe for your bag is an essential for every stoner on the go. A fat bong rip will get you to where you want to be without scorching your lungs, using less weed in the process, and vaporizers will make you salivate from the intense flavor. Ultimately however, whether you puff a pipe, rip a bong, or sip on a vape, the most important things are that you find something that you love, you smoke responsibly, and that you stay high and happy!

-Budtender Andrew

Terpene Talk: How Terpenes Affect Your High

cannabis terpenes affect your high

Imagine your daily trip to the local Washington cannabis dispensary. You have your typical place, and probably by now, your favorite trusted budtender. But when you take a look at the menu each day, what’s the first thing you think of? Most people narrow it down to one of two things:

1. Indica vs. Sativa

2. THC Percentage

However, there is so much more to your high than the type of strain and the potency. In fact, many cannabis connoisseurs testify that they have enjoyed a batch of bud testing at 15% THC much more than a different strain from a different grower testing at 30%. This is in good part due to the strain’s terpene content.

What Are Terpenes?

Have you ever cracked open a jar of some freshly-bought Sour Diesel, and immediately been sideswiped by a rush of its citric diesel aroma? Have you ever peeled open a bag of some Dutch Treat, only to be pulled downward into a sticky patch of lemon and maple syrup? You, my friend, have experienced terpenes in their best form.

Terpenes are the naturally-occurring chemical compounds that give cannabis its unique smell and flavor. In fact, every plant on earth has terpenes, from lavender to eucalyptus, from dandelions to oak trees.

In cannabis, a strain’s specific effects also have a lot to do with its terpene profile. This is why bud that tests lower in THC can often have much more desirable effects than its higher-testing counterpart. So let’s look at the most common terpenes found in cannabis, and their effect on the high.

The Most Popular Terpenes

Myrcene

Generally when you feel like a strain has a really strong “indica-type feel”, with relaxing or sedating effects, it means that the strain is high in myrcene. Myrcene is one of the most prevalent terpenes in cannabis, and is great for relaxing your muscles and helping you sleep after a long day.

Limonene

Just like it sounds, limonene is the citric lemon terpene. In nature, it is found in, you guessed it, lemons! Popular cannabis strains like Super Lemon Haze and Pineapple Express are high in limonene. This terpene is known to have anti-carcinogenic effects, and may help fight cancer cell growth as well!

Linalool

This terpene can be found naturally in mint, lavender, and cinnamon, and also many spicy and sour types of cannabis, such as Sour Diesel and Amnesia Haze. Linalool can be used for anti-inflammatory effects, which makes it popular for users of medical cannabis in Washington.

Eucalyptol

In terms of smell, this one speaks for itself. Eucalyptol is the main extract taken from the eucalyptus plant. And in cannabis, it will be used for the same medical and therapeutic effects. Eucalyptol has a spicy aroma and is extremely helpful for general relaxation and mental clarity.

Pinene

Pinene is exactly how it sounds. It gives your bud that classic sappy pine taste and smell. It has calming effects, and can help elevate moods and induce a deep relaxation.

Alpha Bisabolol

Tough to say, but simple to recognize. Alpha Bisabolol is found in chamomile among many other plants. In cannabis, it can have anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects.

These are just a few of the dozens of terpenes that change the way you experience your cannabis. Ask your Mary Jane’s House of Grass budtender about the different terpene profiles in their favorite recreational cannabis strain. You may find that you’ll have a new favorite strain that you never knew existed. Remember; it’s not just about the THC percentage. Do yourself a favor, and try a few varieties of strains with different terpene profiles, and find which works best for you. You may find a new favorite!

-Budtender Matt

Infused Cocktails for Two

cannabis infused moscow mule humboldt cocktail

If you’re looking to impress your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, you may want to try one of these delicious infused cocktails. They’re simple enough for the amateur bartender, but they are sure to deliver on flavor. Perfect for a romantic dinner in, or a pre-dinner cocktail before you hit the town. None of these recipes include alcohol, but you can alter them if you would like to add a punch to your punch, if you know what I mean.

Let’s start with a classic infused margarita, or margaWEEDah. This is much like the classic alcoholic version, minus the alcohol, with a fizzy twist. The Verdita Dragon infused syrup has a nice hint of heat from jalapeno juice that makes this mocktail a real heart warmer.

MargaWEEDah (makes 2)margaweedah infused cannabis margarita cocktail recipe

4-8oz margarita mix

3-4 capfuls of Verdita Dragon infused syrup by Craft Elixirs

Juice of 1 lime

4-8oz soda water (we suggest equal parts soda/mix)

Jalapeno and lime wedge for garnish

 

 

 

cannabis infused moscow mule humboldt cocktailWe love a good Moscow Mule, so we put our own spin on it with another Craft Elixirs infused syrup – Gingergrass. It really packs a nice ginger punch. If you’re a fan of a good mule, you’ll love our Humboldt Mule cannabis infused version.

 

 

Humboldt Mule (makes 2)

8oz Ginger Beer (We love the Cock N Bull brand)

3-4 capfuls of Gingergrass infused syrup by Craft Elixirs

Juice of 1 lime

lime wedge for garnish

 

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned White Russian? We put our own spin on this classic cocktail using Craft Elixirs Bagley Avenue Brew syrup, which is coffee flavored and absolutely amazing. We call it the Weed Russian. This would be the perfect nightcap for snuggling up by the fire with your sweetheart. It’s also great as a simple sweetener for your morning coffee.

Weed Russian (makes 2)cannabis infused white weed russian cocktail mocktail

2-4 capfuls of Bagley Ave Brew infused syrup by Craft Elixirs

4oz soda water

4oz half and half

Serve over ice

 

Whether you’re hitting the town, or snuggling down for the night, we hope these cannabis infused mocktails will make your Valentine’s Day a sheer delight. Pick up your Craft Elixirs mixers at House of Grass.