12 Deals of Christmas

12 cannabis Deals of Christmas at House of Grass Vancouver dispensary

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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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.

Cooking with Cannabis: Stoner Stir Fry

cannabis chicken stoner stir fry recipe

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

Know Your Legal Cannabis Limits in Washington

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A question we hear on the daily is “How much can I buy?” Every state is different, and Washington has limits for both recreational purchases and medical purchases. So here’s a quick and easy breakdown of what those limits are so that you can be prepared when you visit your local dispensary.

Let’s start with the basics. First of all, you will need to be at least 21 years of age to enter a local pot shop, and you must be prepared to present a valid, government issued ID. Drivers license and passports are the most common forms of ID we see. If you have a medical card, you’ll want to bring that too. That will help you save a little dough, and buy more of what you need. Medical card holders in Washington state will save the local sales tax (approximately 8.6%), so that can help take the sting out of your purchase just a bit.

Recreational limits:

Flower – up to 1 oz. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s roughly the size of a large mason jar. That’s 28 grams, if that helps you picture it.

Concentrates – 7 grams of concentrates. If you dab, you know that 7 grams is enough to last you and your friends a while.

Edibles (solid form) – 16 ounces of solid form edibles. Now, the most common follow up question we get is, “Is that 16 ounces of cannabis or the actual edibles?” It is indeed edibles themselves by weight. So, oddly, you could buy a very lightweight edible with a high dosage and walk out of the store with enough to last you a good long time. Biggest bang for your buck (and limit) we have found to be the altoid type mints.

Liquids – 72 ounces. Again, like the edibles, you could purchase a very high dosage liquid edible and get a very nice bang for your buck.

Medical limits:

Medical patients who register with the state can grow up to 6 plants, and possess up to 6 ounces of dried flower.

They can also purchase up to 3 ounces from a medically endorsed dispensary.

Currently there is no clause in the law allowing medical patients to access clones, seeds, or home growing supplies. If you are a medical patient, and want to be able to access these items, please speak up. Let your representative know what you think.

NORML is hosting an event this month in regards to medical patients rights. October 4th. Read more here.

 

Wherever you shop, it’s important to know your legal purchasing limits. We at Mary Jane’s House of Grass in Vancouver wish you happy shopping and smoking. Stay lifted, friends.

 

Legalizing Cannabis Personal Home Growing in Washington

home grown medical cannabis

If a person can legally buy a bottle of beer, they should be able to brew their own. If a person can buy a bag of cannabis, they should be able to grow their own. But we residents of the Evergreen State are left, if you will, seedless in Seattle.

Of all the states that have legalized cannabis, Washington is the only one that still does not let its adults, 21 and over, grow their own cannabis plants at home for either recreational or medical purposes. When the law was written and voted on in 2012, lawmakers did not include a provision for this. Granted, it was literally the first legal cannabis law in the history of the United States, and most of the world. But this oversight has stayed with Washington ever since, and it has only recently been revisited by lawmakers.

A Plethora of Misinformation

But you’ll find it hard to convince legislature to change the law. Prohibiting people from growing their own weed means more people purchasing in stores. By keeping home grows illegal, they see it as more tax money for the state.

Not only is this an egregious stance on cannabis law, it is also quite a bit of an oversight. I’ll take it back to my first analogy of home brewing beer. Any Washingtonian age 21 or over has access to home brewing supplies. Home brewing is also much, much cheaper in the long run than going to the store and buying a six pack. By that logic, pubs and liquor stores should be out of business, because everyone is brewing their own! And yet, only a miniscule amount of Washingtonians brew their own beer. This is because buying a case is much easier and more convenient.

The same can be said for cannabis. Cultivating takes time, patience, and lots of hard work. This, combined with the fact that most people don’t want to dedicate a place on their property to some large, bushy cannabis plants that will either take up a room inside, or stink up the neighborhood and arouse suspicion outside. We believe that most people would still choose the convenience of coming into Mary Jane’s House of Grass and picking up some premium weed!

Making a Change

So legalize home growing of cannabis in Washington State. It’s a mockery of cannabis legalization that we are not allowed the same freedom of other states. Those who choose to grow their own should be allowed, and those who don’t want to, don’t have to!

I encourage you to reach out and contact your state senators. Tell them that this is an important issue to you, and that your voting will be impacted by their stance on this issue. The National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) makes it easy to contact them, just go here!

As always, stop into Mary Jane’s House of Grass and ask your friendly budtenders about anything cannabis related, including growing at home, medical and recreational uses, and local laws and ordinances. We’re experts, and we love to educate.

See you soon!

-Budtender Matt

Using Cannabis for Sports Recovery

Ricky Williams, cannabis, sports, exercise

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is something we try to emphasize at Mary Jane’s House of Grass. Not only can cannabis be used in tandem with healthy living; We know for a fact that cannabis can actually be used to augment our healthy living—whether it be for relaxation, pain management, anxiety relief, or even just a much-needed case of the giggles.

Today, we’re going to talk about cannabis as it relates to recovery from sports-related injuries and ailments. As an athletic person, and an avid fan of professional sports, using cannabis to help heal the body is vital to my lifestyle, and I believe it can be the same for you.

Recently, the National Football League made headlines when it said it would be willing to consider letting its players use cannabis for medicinal purposes. Currently, league rules do not allow players to test positive for THC. But current and former players have been coming out of the shadows to say that cannabis has not only been effective as medicine, but it is far superior to the opioids that have plagued the league for decades.

Last fall, we had the pleasure of hosting Ricky Williams, one of my favorite former NFL running backs, at an event in our store. Ricky was suspended from the league several times for his cannabis use, and now he tours the country speaking encouraging doubters to change their view on the medicinal value of the plant. He spoke specifically about cannabidiol (CBD) which has been proven to reduce inflammation and actually act as a neuron protector. When used in conjunction with THC, these compounds can not only reduce pain from sports injuries, but also help heal the body after incurring injuries.

I could never count the number of customers who come into my store and explain that cannabis has helped them kick the pain killer habit.

Some have even taken me aside and told me that the plant has saved their life. It’s always inspiring to hear stories like this. It reminds me to be grateful for what I have, and at the same time, thankful that these customers have found something that helps.

As an athlete myself, I tend to use cannabis after I go for long runs, or get a good workout at the gym. The CBD after a workout really helps with the recovery time it takes my muscles to heal so I can plan an intensive workout for the next day. In fact in terms of a pre workout a little THC is great for you. In mild doses the THC can distract you from the “burn” of muscles during lifting to help you get those few extra reps. For me I find that strains with low levels of a balanced THC:CBD ratio are great for relieving any aches and pains.

I would encourage anyone interested in cannabis from a recovery standpoint to come in and talk with one of our budtenders, or our medical consultants. We study this great plant for a living, and we love to educate our customers!

-Budtender Matt

Is Cannabis Addictive?

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You’ve probably had the talk at some point. Or maybe you were the one giving it. Either way, it might have gone something like this: “There will be times when your friends are going to do things that you don’t agree with. They will experiment and get into dangerous situations. You’ll end up at a party where things quickly get out of hand. It’s up to you in those moments to make the right decision. Stand up to peer pressure. Don’t drink. Don’t smoke. Don’t do drugs. If you do, you’ll get addicted, end up in jail, and ruin your life.”

Ok, so I’m paraphrasing, but the idea is the same. Too many people with authority lump cannabis in the “bad kid” box and said it was addictive.

Yes, there are strong scientific reasons why teens should not be experimenting with cannabis, but is it actually addictive?

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of mythological nonsense about cannabis floating around. Stop by marijuana shops in Vancouver, Washington, talk to anyone behind the counter, and you’ll quickly realize that there is so much misinformation about cannabis that the person’s job is almost less about selling you the sativa you want as it is educating the clientele on all sorts of topics from dabbing, to the benefits of using a bong, to the best storage containers, and so much more.

While we’re faced with all sorts of questions on a daily basis, one I still hear more often than you would think happens to be, “Is cannabis addictive?”

While it’s too often become common place for nearby cannabis connoisseurs to smirk at this question as if it weren’t legitimate, I can tell you that I’ve heard much more ridiculous queries, and that this is actually a question with an answer that keeps evolving, it seems. And, while some marijuana shops in Vancouver, Washington are quick to tell you, “No, cannabis is not addictive”, it turns out the true answer is more convoluted.

Addiction

To better understand if one can have an addiction to marijuana, let’s start with another question: “What is addiction?”

According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, “Addiction is a complex disease, often chronic in nature, which affects the function of the brain and the body.”

“Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry,” states the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

“Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable but the continuation of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary responsibilities and concerns, such as work, relationships, or health,” according to Psychology Today.

Here in lies our first problem.

While all of these statements from reputable sources are correct and there is overlap, they are also very different. And that’s because while we have learned much about addiction over the last half century, addiction is still not well understood.

The lack of understanding is just one of the reasons we treat the symptoms and not the disease. Remember, there is a reason they call it the study of medicine.

But, let’s get back to the issue at hand. Based on these definitions, is cannabis addictive?

The answer is yes.

But, you may say, cannabis doesn’t have any addictive properties like nicotine found in cigarettes. While we might not yet be able to pinpoint addictive chemicals in cannabis, it’s not so much the cannabis, but the behavior that is addictive. So much so that Cannabis Use Disorder was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5). In fact, they estimate one in three regular users can qualify as having Cannabis Use Disorder.

Cannabis Use Disorder

Cannabis Use Disorder is diagnosed by the appearance of 11 symptoms. Any two symptoms and you can be diagnosed, but as more symptoms appear the severity increases. Here are the symptoms as shared in Very Well.

  1. Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you meant to
  2. Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not managing to
  3. Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance
  4. Cravings and urges to use the substance
  5. Not managing to do what you should at work, home or school, because of substance use
  6. Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships
  7. Giving up important social, occupational or recreational activities because of substance use
  8. Using substances again and again, even when it puts you in danger
  9. Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the substance
  10. Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want (tolerance)
  11. Developing of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance

In addition to the above, people who are diagnosed with Cannabis Use Disorder also complain of disruption of function due to use, an increased tolerance, cravings, and the development of withdrawal symptoms that can include the inability to sleep, restlessness, nervousness, anger or depression.

A recent study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) find that 2.5% of adults – about 6 million people – have experienced Cannabis Use Disorder in the last year. And, those who consume cannabis before 18 years old are seven times more likely to experience these symptoms.

However, while the numbers suggest addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that Cannabis Use Disorder is more closely associated with dependence problems than full on addiction. Their estimates say about 4 million people in 2015 were dependent on cannabis and under 150,000 sought treatment for their behavior.

Their concern is the rising potency of cannabis. It’s well known that THC levels in cannabis strains are increasing. This, the institute states, could lead to more accounts of dependence down the road.

Ultimately, while cannabis itself isn’t considered addictive, people are occasionally developing a dependence on this substance and in some very rare instances, this elevates to addiction.

Recipe: Easy Infused Kickin’ Chicken

grilled infused cannabis chicken

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.

 

A Brief History of Cannabis

cannabis, plant, leaf

By now, nearly all stoners are aware of the differences between indica, sativa,and hybrid cannabis varieties. These familiar names bring to mind our favorite strains, Blueberry, Green Crack, Dutch Treat, the list goes on, and continues to grow as people continue to cross-breed. With so many varieties, many bearing multiple names and phenotypes, choosing the right strain for you can be quite the difficult proposition. In order for one to best navigate these winding, murky waters, one must first be willing to learn a little about the origins and biology of this remarkable herb.

Cannabis evolved between 34 million years ago and 6.38 million years ago in the Kush mountain range, which extends from North-eastern Afghanistan all the way down through Northern Pakistan, and India’s northern border, forming the western portion of the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region. Seeds found in sites dated to be as old as 12,000 years suggest that our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors were at least partly responsible for spreading cannabis from this fairly central region to Africa and Asia as they migrated between these areas. As humanity settled into it’s various different corners of the globe, the cannabis that they had collected and taken with them began to adapt to the various different climates in which it was dropped along the way. It was in this way that C. sativa and C. indica separated and became distinct species which began self-sustaining wild populations.

As cannabis adapted to different areas, it began to differ greatly from its geographically distant relatives, both physiologically and in the terpenes and cannabinoids that they produced. Cannabis which stayed in the mountainous Kush region became known as indica and grew to be short and stocky, producing dense buds. These adaptations protect against the cold, wet, mountain climate which can cause rot in less adapted plants. Meanwhile cannabis which landed in the hot, low-elevation African and Asian climates grew tall with a loose, fluffy bud structure, allowing them to grow and reproduce very quickly and became known as sativas. Sativa varieties even made it over to the new world by way of the Spanish Invasion of South America.These different regional varieties are what became known as the “Landrace Strains”, and these are considered to be the genetic forebears of all the strains that we know today.

A landrace strain can best be described as cannabis that has come from a specific region which has not been crossbred with any other strain, and are considered to be genetically “pure” sativa or indica cultivars. Strains like Hindu Kush, Moroccan red, Durban Poison, and Acapulco Gold are all examples of landrace strains, illustrating just how far this plant has spread and how adaptable it is. Perhaps the most fascinating thing about these strains is how different locations and growing conditions can affect such drastic differences in taste, smell, and effect. Differences which came fully to light in the early 1960’s, when strains from Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan were brought to Northern California by adventurous stoners who had hiked the fabled “Hippie Highway” and returned with seeds. Conditions are very similar in the two regions, both being mountainous terrain on roughly the same parallel, allowing for these strains to adapt quickly, producing new phenotypes in the process.

As growers came across all these different strains, the first intentional crosses between the two subspecies began to spring up all over California and the West coast. Strains that are now world famous such as Skunk, Big Bud, Haze, Northern Lights, and many others made their debut between 1960 and the mid 1980s in a frenzy of crossbreeding. Even the U.S. Government got in on the action, breeding the strain G-13 at the University of Mississippi in an effort to understand more about the plant. One night somebody stole the seeds to the strain and soon enough, people were smoking government weed. Strains developed during this time are referred to as heirloom strains and they are still highly prized for their unique flavors and highs. Eventually, the cross-breeding fever spread overseas to the Netherlands, where legal tolerance allowed for a more scientific approach to breeding. Dutch breeders went figuratively nuts, producing a litany of new hybrids like Dutch Treat, and Cherry Pie. In fact, many of the hybrid strains that we know now were produced by dutch growers during this time.

In this day and age, there are so many variants, it’s nearly impossible to keep them all straight. With genetic lines ranging from 95% pure indica or sativa, to lineages which have been scrambled to the dank smelling winds, finding the perfect strain can be difficult. Additionally, strains which were at one time staples of the cannabis world have become difficult, some even say impossible, to come across. An industry wide lack of desire to cultivate the old strains, combined with the danger of transporting landraces from their native homes are definitely not helping in regards to reviving these older strains. All’s not lost however, as a large number of growers have been dedicating resources towards reviving the old landraces and heirlooms.

As humans continue to grow and change as a species, so to does our oldest friend. Cannabis is as versatile and ever changing as the people who grow and smoke it, leading to a symbiosis that has stood the test of time. We must be cautious however, if we lose touch with the origins of cannabis we run the risk of losing strains and their unique effects. Understanding where our favorite strains come from and how they grow is important to maintaining the genetic integrity and quality of smoke from our favorite strains for years to come. Hopefully, with the proper care and attention, we can continue to innovate without losing touch with our roots.

 

  • by Budtender Andrew