You Can Fly With Cannabis, Sort of

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“Can I fly on a plane with my cannabis that I legally purchased?” This is a question we hear on a pretty regular basis. The answer, unfortunately, is a complicated one. But, let’s try to break it down anyway.

First, let’s assume that since you’re purchasing your cannabis at Mary Jane’s House of Grass, our Vancouver Washington dispensary, that you’ll probably be flying out of Portland International Airport, just across the river.

Then, let’s next imagine that you’re just taking a short hop over to Eugene and will be landing at Eugene Airport, also known as Mahlon Sweet Field, without leaving the state. Then, based on state regulations, you would legally be allowed to carry up to an ounce of cannabis on your commercial flight. Airport officials changed its policy after the statewide recreational cannabis law went into effect.

With that said, you better be flying within the state.

If you are flying to literally anywhere else and have to cross state lines, then you might just be in trouble.

That’s because, if the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Portland International Airport finds that you are carrying cannabis, their first action is to report you to the Port Police.

What, I thought you said I could fly with cannabis?

Yes, you can fly with cannabis within the state of Oregon and if you are 21 years old and if you have one ounce or less. According to an article in Travel + Leisure, “[TSA agents] ‘do not search for marijuana and other drugs’ but will refer any that are found to local law enforcement.

So, if you carry your ounce of weed through the security checkpoint in your carry-on bag and a TSA agent finds it, you have to deal with Port Police.

What happens next?

First, you’ll probably have to wait a long time and you might even miss your flight. They’re not interested in your travel plans. They’re just doing their job and usually that takes awhile.

But seriously, Port Police will then check to see how old you are (confirming you are above 21 years of age), check to see if you are carrying within the legal limit (one ounce), and check your final destination, which must be within state. If those boxes are checked off, then you are free to go . . . find the next flight available because you just missed yours.

 

What if I’m carrying an ounce or less, but try to take it on an out-of-state flight?

Well, you’re in luck, kind of. Since cannabis is legal in the state of Oregon, the Port Police will most likely just make you ditch your stash before your flight rather than prosecute you.

As Steve Johnson, media relations manager for the Port of Portland, told Travel + Leisure, “most commonly the traveler will be asked to leave the secured area . . . and safely secure the recreational marijuana before traveling.”

You just got so lucky! Traveling with cannabis across state lines is a federal crime.

What  if I’m traveling through another airport in a state where cannabis is legal?

Well, it varies. The laws in Washington are very similar to Oregon, so if you’re flying out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport you’re cannabis will only be confiscated if you’ve committed a violation of the law. So, like Oregon, the charge is based on fact rather than a premeditated act.

However, the rules change if you’re in Colorado. You can’t even bring cannabis anywhere on the Denver International property. It is banned. And, in Colorado Springs, amnesty boxes have been set up so anyone who “accidentally” brought cannabis with them to the airport can safely deposit it before boarding a flight.

But, what if I’m flying from Oregon to another state where cannabis is recreationally legal?

Unfortunately, it’s still technically a no-no and the reason is multifaceted.

For one, transporting cannabis across state lines is illegal as it’s considered interstate transport by the federal government. This could involve jail time, according to an article in Weed News.

However, you might ask, “What’s the deal? If I’m traveling from one legal cannabis state to another; this should not be an issue.” Nope, it shouldn’t, but it is. Again, the reasons are multifaceted, but let’s start with the fact that states who have legalized recreational cannabis added a byline that prohibited purchasers from leaving the state where the cannabis was legally obtained.

More importantly, the air where planes travel is mostly made up of federal air space. And, if you don’t recall, cannabis, while legal at the state level, is illegal at the federal level. So, even if you legally fly with cannabis from Portland to Eugene, if you fly into federal air space, you are breaking the law.

So you’re telling me it’s a bad idea?

Not so fast, buddy. It’s definitely not worth the hassle if you get caught, but not that many people even get caught – or maybe not that many people are taking the risk? Nope, I think not that many people are getting caught.

According to data from Denver International Airport, 55 million people traveled through this hub in 2015 and not a single person received a ticket related to cannabis possession. And, more astoundingly, only 30 people were stopped by TSA and were asked to toss their cannabis; they did.

And honestly, I’d be more concerned about the people trying to bring loaded guns in carry-on bags. Not the friends wanting to get high on vacation.

In the same 2015 timespan, TSA saw over 708 million passengers in the U.S. and scanned 1.6 billion carry-on bags at which time they discover 2,653 guns, 83% of which were loaded. That was a 20% increase from 2014.

Ultimately, TSA is concerned with actual security threats, not your one-ounce cannabis. So, do what you will, but know that if you’re within the legal carry limits, you’re more likely to miss your flight than end up with a ticket, or worse, in jail. So, stop by our Vancouver Washington dispensary and just try to smoke all the cannabis before your next flight.

Cannabis and Alcohol: How They Mix

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Imagine, you’ve just returned home on a Friday evening after a long week of work. All you want to do is just chill out and clear your head of the stresses you encountered. Sometimes you grab for a nice cold beer, but today you opt to smoke some cannabis that you picked up at a nearby dispensary in Vancouver.

You take a long, deep inhale and near immediately feel a wave of calm come over you. You slink a little deeper into the couch and turn on your favorite go-to show on Netflix. It’s early so you opted for a hybrid strain because, hey, maybe someone will call with plans. In the meantime, it’s just you laughing to the lines you’ve laughed at a million times before and emptying your head of those flood of work worries you couldn’t let go just moments before.

Twenty minutes pass when your friends start texting you. They’re meeting up at the local bar and you want you to join, especially because it’s within walking distance. It’s early so you decide to take them up on their offer.

You arrive at the bar, still high, and down a few craft brews. A few hours later you’re feeling pretty good and decide to take a leisurely walk home. You arrive a few minutes later, flop back down on the couch and take another drag of your bong, as there was still a little cannabis left over.

This is a scene that plays out all over the country on any given night. Both cannabis and alcohol were legally and safely consumed and the desired effect was achieved.

But, what was the actual effect on the body? Did smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol, often referred to as “cross fading” when consumed together, have a different effect than just one or the other?

Let’s explore this more.

In the example provided, the person safely consumed cannabis and alcohol. This is usually the case. But, after researchers found that they are the two most common drug combinations detected in car accidents, they decided to dig into the impact on the body.

This research, first featured in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, officially confirmed that when a person simultaneously consumes alcohol and cannabis their blood contains a higher concentration of cannabis’ main psychoactive property, tetrahydrocannabinol, better known to you as THC.

Their research confirms that if you are smoking cannabis with THC, you will feel more “high” if you are also drinking alcohol, maximizing the effect of the cannabis comparatively to consuming cannabis alone.

So, how did they figure this out?

Scientists asked 32 adult cannabis smokers to drink either placebo or low-dose alcohol 10 minutes before inhaling 500 mg placebo, low-dose THC, or high-dose TCV vaporized cannabis. Their blood and plasma were then collected and measured.

Of the 19 participants who completed the study, each had “significantly” higher blood THC values with alcohol use.

What else do we know?

We know that each person reacts differently, regardless of what the studies show thus far, as confirmed by Scott Lukas, a psychiatry and pharmacology professor at Harvard Medical School who’s performed multiple cross fading experiments.

“Not everyone responds to alcohol and marijuana the same,” Lukas told Vice News, but added that THC levels now commonly found in cannabis exceed the amount used in his studies.

What are other possible side effects?

When you use alcohol and marijuana at the same time the likelihood of you greening out goes up considerable. This refers to someone feeling ill after smoking marijuana.

When a person is greening out they might feel sweaty and nauseated while looking pale and complaining of feeling dizzy with the spins. He or she may even vomit. This often follows the desire to lie down for a nap.

Greening out is not a common side effect of cannabis, but drinking alcohol beforehand does increase the chances. However, when someone smokes before drinking, this effect is unlikely to occur.

Just like the phrase, liquor before beer, you’re in the clear; it turns out the same holds true for cannabis.

While greening out isn’t life threatening, alcohol poisoning, on the other hand, is.

It is known that cannabis has an antiemetic effect, meaning it makes it more difficult for the body to vomit and stunts nausea. While this is an excellent effect for those who are prescribed harsh cancer medications, it is not a side effect you want to experience if you accidentally overdo it on the alcohol while smoking. In this case, the side effect could be dangerous as vomiting is the body’s way of emitting harmful substances from the body – expelling excess alcohol.

With that said, even Lukas agrees the risks are low.

“If you’re sitting alone in your bedroom,” he said, “and you’ve got pillows all around you, and you’re well hydrated, and the bed’s not too far off the ground, the risk is low.”

What We Don’t Know

Unfortunately, while a lot is know about the effects of alcohol on the body, as well as the effects of cannabis on the body, not much is known about the combined effect they can have on your system.

According to a study from Northeastern University, some partakers interviewed had the time of their lives. Others, on the flip side, felt immensely ill, vomited, and then passed out.

Ultimately, when these two substances are used together the likelihood of something going wrong increases. So, if you decide to experiment, do so vigilantly and around people you trust in a safe environment.

And, when you’re ready to snag some more cannabis for your next high, come visit our dispensary in Vancouver, Mary Jane’s House of Grass. We’ve got the hookup for all your cannabis needs.

What to Expect on Your First Visit to a Dispensary

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If you’re thinking about visiting a Vancouver dispensary, you should definitely stop by, even if it’s just to browse.

The first thing to know is there isn’t just one reason a person visits a dispensary and there is no wrong way to feel about it.

If you build it, they will come

As you’ve seen, whether you are visiting from afar or live around the corner, there has been an influx of Vancouver dispensaries in the last few years. Since its medical and recreational legalization, they’ve been popping up everywhere. At this point, you’re more likely to find a dispensary than a gas station.

All joking aside, it’s been a wild ride. For the first time, people who illegally consumed cannabis were able to do so legally. And, for the first time, people who never took a second glance at cannabis, because it was illegal, were coming in and purchasing and smoking cannabis. And, everyone loved it! This is still true today.

Who is coming?

As shared above, there is no one “type” of person who is visiting our Vancouver dispensary. You couldn’t pigeonhole our guests if you tried. It’s actually quite wonderful. For maybe the first time, all races, ages (above 21), sexes, and people from significantly different socio and economic status are purchasing cannabis and its complementary accessories.

What’s the interaction like?

While it’s impossible to characterize our diverse clientele, let’s focus in on some of the first-timer personalities we see most commonly.

The Introvert

This is actually one of my favorite customers as this person has probably wanted to visit a Vancouver dispensary, but just hasn’t taken the plunge. This person is usually very quiet and often accompanied by a more experienced dispensary visitor.

This person feels, incorrectly or not, that they  know nothing about cannabis and feel so clueless, embarrassed, and/or ashamed that they don’t even know what to ask about their first visit. The only thing they sometimes know is that they (may) enjoy smoking THC-packed cannabis. And that is totally ok!

Cannabis, like a glass of wine, is too easily dismissed. There is a strain and consumption method that suits each person and it’s finding that perfect combination that is both a challenge and fun experiment.

When interacting with the introvert, we like to jump in and share our knowledge, without overwhelming the customer. This usually starts with some questions. If the focus is on cannabis strains, these are some things we usually ask:

  •      Are you looking for something particular?
  •      Do you prefer loose cannabis or are you looking for a pre-rolled joint?
  •      What kind of effect are you looking for?
  •      What type of high do you want?
  •      Are you looking for something with medicinal qualities?

Based on a person’s answers, we can easily direct him or her to the cannabis strain that best meets the desired effect, whether it’s a sativa, indica, or hybrid.

We want each person to have the desired experience they are looking for, if they have one in mind. Or, we can make excellent recommendations on the few things we do learn.

Often, our introvert first-timers become repeat customers. Yes, they love our product and that’s one of the reasons, but the main reason is our store aesthetics and top-notch customer service.  This person may have entered apprehensively, but often leave pleased, if not giddy.

The Questionnaire

This inquisitive first-time visitor is the one taking the lead to ask questions, and usually not just the basic ones. Regardless of whether they’ve done their research or are actually just nerds like us, our job is to inform.

While their questions are often very specific to what they are looking for, here are some generic favorites:

  • Do you have a sativa-dominant strain that will also help me focus?
  • Do you carry an indica strain that will calm my anxiety without causing me to fall asleep?
  • Which is your favorite strain because I’m looking for a new sativa that’s both fruity and energizing?
  • I read  . . . did you hear about this? What do you think?

This customer usually knows the type of effect they want, but are usually still looking for strain recommendations and we’re more than glad to help!

The I-know-what-I-want

Similar to The Questionnaire, this visitor comes in with a mission. However, this first-timer is even more specific. This person usually asks a question like, “I want OG Kush and which sativa pre-rolls do you have right now?” Likely, this person knew someone who purchased OG Kush and they liked the high. Great! You know what you like, but don’t be afraid to try something new!

The dilemma with The I-know-what-I-want is they know what they want. The great part is they are often genuinely interested in suggestions and really want to learn more. If they are set on OG Kush, that’s what they’ll get. But, we also might recommend a similar strain we have on hand, particularly if it’s in a pre-roll like they asked for.

There is no wrong way to be

When you visit a dispensary for the first time you may feel excited, giddy, anxious, nervous, apprehensive, accomplished, ashamed, embarrassed, empowered, or a number of any other emotions. All ways are the right way to feel. We embrace where you’re at and are glad you came to visit us for your initiation into the legal cannabis world. And we’re happy to meet you where you’re at, wherever that might be.

What to expect

Each Vancouver dispensary experience is personalized so there is no one specific experience you might have, but here is a generic peek into our facility.

When you open the door, you’ll be asked for your ID before you even see anything. This is required by law, as you must be at least 21 years old to visit a dispensary in Washington.

There is no wrong way to imagine a dispensary and each one has its own flare, but we like to think ours is welcoming. One of our friendly bud tenders will greet you as you enter, and you will enter into a room filled will carefully organized glass cases featuring everything from cannabis to pipes, bongs, edibles, and storage devices.

We organize our cannabis strains to the right and the majority of our store features colorful, intricate hand-blown glass, most by local artists.

Our store is professional, but casual. Our products speak for themselves and we’re known for our stellar customer service, ready and willing to assist the novice and veteran consumer alike.

 

Cannaversary Celebration

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It’s Our Birthday, but You Get the Presents!

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since Mary Jane’s House of Grass opened our doors in the little brick building on Mill Plain. It’s our birthday and we want to celebrate with all the people who made it happen.

Join us for our first Cannaversary celebration event! If you’re familiar with our dispensary in Vancouver, you know that we throw a killer party. This one promises to be the best yet. As if cannabis wasn’t entertaining enough, we’re providing some fantastic entertainment to go along with our amazing deals.

What’s the Deal?

  • $3.00  1 gram Joints all day!*

  • 20% Off Legal Beverages, and FREE uninfused samples 1-5PM

  • 15% Off Concentrates all day!**

  • Buy-One-Get-One 20% Off Eighths!

  • Green Ghost extracts 3g for $100!*

  • Green Vault extracts 5g for $100!*

  • 30% Off Select edibles products

  • 35% Off Eclipse Vapes

  • Buy-One-Get-One Half Off Cleaners

Entertainment

  • Live Reggae music provided by Co-Lo-So
  • Vendor Samples (uninfused, of course)
  • Live Glassblowing demonstrations by our local glass artists

Entertainment kicks off at 1PM, but the deals last all day, or until they sell out.

*Selected strains. While supplies last.

**Exclusions may apply. Excludes RSO.

Indica Vs. Sativa: What’s the Difference?

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If you’re interested in cannabis, you’re already aware that there are three main species, cannabis indica, cannabis sativa, and cannabis ruderalis, and that each has unique properties and offer a different type of high. But what, exactly, does this mean? And how does it affect you when it comes to choosing the type of cannabis that best fits your needs? What about hybrids? This article will function as a guide to answer the most common questions about indica vs. sativa as well as help you decide what type of marijuana is best for you.

How do I identify the different types?

It’s actually relatively easy to discern indica vs. sativa by the physical appearance of the plants themselves. If you have a plant that you’re unsure about, start by looking at the leaves. Indica plants have a very broad, thick and dark green leaf that is often purple or blue, while sativa plants tend to be more slender and lighter in color. A hybrid strain can appear either way, or its leaves can be a combination of both.

When it comes to the plant itself, sativa will usually be much taller and have longer branches. In fact, a cannabis sativa plant can grow to over 8 feet in height. Indica plants, on the other hand, generally only grow from about 2 to 4 feet in height and consequently will have much shorter branches.

Due to their larger size, sativa plants take a bit longer to grow and should be harvested when they have matured for around 10 to 16 weeks. Indicas mature more quickly and can be harvested between 6 and 8 weeks. When identifying hybrids, they can sport qualities of either species.

As for the buds themselves, sativa strains produce skinnier buds that take longer to grow. However, the wait is often worth it as this strain is usually more potent and has a higher concentration of THC. The shape, specifically, was an evolutionary change as it helped the plant protect itself against mold outbreaks and other diseases in humid climates. On the other hand, indica has dense buds that tend to grow in fragrant clusters, which is more optimal in dry climates.

What are the effects of indica vs. the effects of sativa?

The effects of indica vs. sativa are very different; while hybrids offer a combination of both. Sativa is known for its cerebral, energizing high; indica is known for the body high it provides and the “couch-lock” effect that it has. Which species you prefer will depend on your personal desires. During the day, if you’re looking to be active, sativa is the best choice. In the evening, as you are getting ready to sleep, indica is your best option. There are also hybrid strains that can provide you with a combination of effects. With so many strains available today, you will find at least one that meets your needs and our knowledgeable Bud Tenders are available to help you navigate the many options.

What about the medical effects?

Cannabis strains carry two main molecules: tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD. Each of these has a variety of different medical benefits. Sativa has a high THC content and is relatively low in CBD; indica has a higher ratio of CBD to THC. Each molecule interacts with your brain differently.

When you consume THC it binds with and activates with protein-coupled cannabinoid receptors, CB1, located in your central and peripheral nervous systems. Similar to when your body naturally binds anandamide (the ‘bliss’ molecule) with CB1 receptors, when THC and CB1 receptors bond together, it stimulates the THC and you will likely feel more euphoric and a heady high, as well as possibly more anxious and paranoid depending on the amount of THC consumed, especially in relation to the ratio of CBD.

Unlike THC, CBD does not bond with CB1 receptors and can actually block THC from binding with said receptors. This is when you will feel more relaxed, have improved sleep, and decrease your anxiety after consuming cannabis.

THC and CBD alter the chemicals in your nervous system very differently. For this reason, sativa strains with higher THC are best to use when treating depression, fatigue, and decreased appetite while indica strains with higher CBD are better for insomnia, anxiety, nausea, and inflammation

Certain strains are also bred to be very high in CBD and very low in THC; because of this, they have very little in the way of psychoactive effects but can help with problems such as seizures. When considering indica vs. sativa it helps to research the condition you are attempting to treat.

Does cannabis come in multiple flavors?

The “flavors” between strains do vary. Actually, it’s the terpenes, or fragrant oils, that give cannabis its aroma. To date, more than 100 versions of terpenes have been identified in cannabis plants, which explains the multitude of scents you will come across from pungent to sweet to musky and many more.  

Cannabis is often also added to food and drinks, which alters what you will taste. Instead of a sweet flavor, you might only taste the chocolate when it’s added to a Honu edible.

What if I need more information?

There is a huge amount of information on indica vs. sativa online and in books; ultimately, however, you will want to start discovering for yourself what strain is best for you and your specific needs.

A trip to your local dispensary will help you begin the learning process. If you live in the Vancouver, Washington area, check out Mary Jane’s House of Grass. We will provide an extensive list of cannabis strains including THC-dominate options, CBD-dominate options, and many hybrids. We can also help you navigate various smoking devices, edibles, and storage solutions.

It’s important to look for a shop that vets its plants carefully, like Mary Jane’s dispensary in Vancouver, WA, and ensures only the finest quality products are kept in stock. You will also want to seek out a business that employs knowledgeable staff as customers regularly share that recommendations are an invaluable part of the decision-making process when they visit our dispensary.

Discreet Cannabis Use For Parents

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In the just four years that cannabis has been legal in Washington we’ve dramatically changed the industry. Most significantly, cannabis use has become a socially acceptable, normalized activity that adults of all ages, races and sexes are enjoying. It is no longer a taboo subject in our state and at Mary Jane’s House of Grass, we are thankful to have contributed to this ever-accepting mindset.

However, while cannabis is legal to purchase and consume, just as you do not want your under-aged children to partake in alcohol consumption and may limit your use around them, as a parent you may choose to consume more discreetly than in your childless days.

At Mary Jane’s cannabis shop we encourage parents to be open and honest about their medical and recreational marijuana use. As an adult, you are opting to legally and responsibly consume a natural product that has significant mental and physical benefits. You should never feel you have to hide your cannabis use from your family just as you don’t have to sneak a beer or glass of wine at the end of the day.

That said, we do understand when parents are looking to consume more discreetly and want to ensure extra safety precautions around their children. For this reason, we provide a host of excellent options for you to choose from.

Inhaling cannabis is what everyone is most familiar with so let’s start there.

First, it’s important to know if you don’t already that it is required to sell bud in childproof containers. While I mentally yell at the plastic bottle for not opening more easily, this is a safety measure upheld by the State of Washington and in place so, just like traditional medicines, children can’t accidentally access your supply.

Now, let’s get into the details.

If you prefer to smoke cannabis, you are not limited to rolled joints and obvious glass pipes. However, if this is your preference, at Mary Jane’s we carry an assortment of locking cases.

A personal favorite, which comes in various sizes, is the Anonymous Bags. It is a soft case made of hemp that very closely resembles a glasses case. You can easily store your bud, pipe, and lighter, lock it safely with a key, and not worry about tiny hands finding “toys” they shouldn’t be playing with.

Similarly, we carry various nug jugs that resemble an empty flowerpot. This ceramic storage unit will also easily hold your hand-held pipe, joints, lighter, and bud. But, in addition to locking with a key, it also prevents the scent of your bud from accidentally wafting into the air.

If you are more into vaping, we also have excellent, discreet options for you. The Firefly looks just like an old-school phone and is about the size of a Nokia. This surprisingly affordable option is a recommended choice at Mary Jane’s because of its external battery and intricate safety system. The external battery is great because if it stops working one day you can easily get a replacement instead of buying a new device. And, the complex button combination you have to hold down to make the thing work is easy enough for an adult, but would never compute with a young child. Their fingers just aren’t long or dexterous enough.

If you are thinking beyond inhalation, there are also great little edibles and delicious drinks on the market today.

While a lot of the drinks, I think, taste too sweet or syrupy, there are a few cannabis beverages I do enjoy including Legal, which is made with only natural pressed juice and very little agave sweetener, and we carry a number of flavors at our stores.

However, if you’re in search of something more on the go, then Zoots may be the perfect option for you. The ZootsDrops can be literally dropped right in your mouth or easily added to your favorite beverage. They come in an energizing and relaxing version so whether you’re looking to veg or have a dance party, you can easily and discreet use cannabis. The ZootsRocks are also a popular favorite, as they resemble hard candies.

Other edibles we love include cannabis goodies by Honu. The original edible produced by Honu is their Peanut Butter Cup, which is a mixture of a milk and dark chocolate cup with a creamy peanut butter center. The Caramels are also a hit. These are dark chocolate squares filled with caramel and topped with toffee chunks. They also offer Coconut Balls, which won the ‘2016 Dope Cup Award’. These are coconut truffles dipped in white chocolate and rolled in raw, sweetened coconut. Yum!

Note that if you are new to the world of edibles, whether drinks, drops, or snacks, it will take longer to feel the effect of the THC or CBD and will last for a longer duration. However, there is an end to all good things. In Washington, you won’t find an edible over 10 mg of cannabis per serving, which gives you more control over your experience. And, just like traditional cannabis bud, it is required by law for edibles to be sealed in child resistant packaging.

While consuming cannabis is a favorite method, don’t forget to think beyond the basics. If you have aches and pains the Flying Dutchman “Icy Pot” Salve is an excellent alternative to traditional products you’ll find at the local grocery store. Like the Icy Hot found in the drug store, you’ll feel both a cool sensation to dull the pain and a heat to help melt it away, add the benefit of THC and this is a winning combo!

No matter your cannabis preferences, there are ways to consume more discreetly and provide extra protection that will allow you to enjoy your consumption even more.

 

If you have questions or want to view any products listed here, visit our cannabis store and our knowledgeable Bud Tenders will gladly find the smoking or storage device that best fits your needs and preferences.

How To Troubleshoot Your Vape Cartridge

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At Mary Jane’s we’re natural problem solvers, it’s true, but you don’t always need our expertise to solve the most common cartridge problems.

We have found that more than 95% of returns, once tested (by us doing these simple troubleshooting tips), have worked just fine. Taking a few extra minutes to troubleshoot a cartridge saves you the time it takes to exchange the product. Here’s some tips to save you a trip if your vape cartridge malfunctions.

The #1 Cause for Malfunction: Cartridge is not connected to the battery.

This is caused when the battery contact on the cartridge has been pushed too far up into the base of the cartridge causing a loss of battery connection. We recommend that you only screw in the cartridge to the battery just until all threads meet; screwing it too tight can often times push the heating element in too far.  When the heating element gets pushed in too far it can prevent the element from connecting with the battery, thus not “pulling”. If you can make sure that the element is pulled out so it is flush with the bottom of the cartridge and then try it on a charged battery to see if it “pulls” properly – 9 times out of 10 this does the trick!

This is a delicate, yet fast and simple fix. The tip of a pocket knife, or the tip of a box cutter work well, even your fingernail if long enough. As always, use caution please don’t cut yourself! The top left picture above is where this element is pushed in too far in on the cartridge. The top right picture is where to insert the tool (paper clip, finger nail, razor blade etc.) to gently pull out the heating element. The bottom left picture is how to pull up the heating element and the bottom right is how it should look once pulled out. You want to make sure the element is flush with the bottom of the cartridge.

The #2 Reason – Weather!

When the warm weather is here, it is important to never leave the cartridge and battery exposed to hot temperatures, i.e. in the car, out at the beach, etc. This is a guaranteed way to cause the cartridge to simply not work properly. Almost like if you left your phone in the hot sun for 8 hours it would fry the phone. Make it a point to never leave your cartridge in the car. This helps more than you know!

When it’s cold outside, the same things apply. Don’t leave your cartridge in the cold car, outside on a deck or smoking area, etc. If the cartridge gets cold, the oil will thicken and cause it not to pull. If this happens, we advise you (after trouble shooting the battery and cartridge) to put the cartridge in a small ziplock bag in a warm cup of water to warm the oil. Then try it on your battery again.

Reason #3 – “My cartridge is not pulling”

If it seems the cartridge is not “pulling”, first check if your battery is fully charged. The batteries that we sell have a “baby” charge, and it is always recommended to fully charge the battery before using. Next, make sure that the battery you are using has a 180 MAH or less setting. If you are using a battery that is for an e-cig, for example, make sure it is at the lowest watt/volts possible.

When a cartridge is used on a battery that is too strong, it can potentially blow the element in the cartridge, causing it to not pull, or it simply will not connect the element and battery and not pull. Consider what kind of battery you will be using when you make your cartridge purchase and let our budtender know.

We hope this helps you troubleshoot any cartridge problems you may have, but if it doesn’t, don’t hesitate to come on in with your cartridge and battery and ask one of our professional budtenders to help you.

Vancouver’s Favorite Cannabis Strains

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We asked our budtenders and our customers what their favorite strains are. Here is what the cannabis consumers of Vancouver are really diggin’.

At the top of the list is the infamous Gorilla Glue #4, otherwise known as the Colorado strain. It is a potent hybrid strain that delivers heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch. Its chunky, resin-covered buds fill the room with pungent earthy and sour aromas inherited from its parent strains, Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. Taking first place in both the Michigan and Los Angeles 2014 Cannabis Cups as well as the High Times Jamaican World Cup, this multiple award-winning hybrid’s supremacy is no longer a secret, and consumers will search far and wide to get their hands sticky with Gorilla Glue #4.

Look for it at Mary Jane’s from Sunshine Farms, Vancouver. But hurry!

Another one that is getting a lot of buzz (no pun intended) is Lemon Sweet Skunk. Lemon Skunk was conceived from two separate Skunk phenotypes that displayed exceptionally zesty lemon traits. The skunky, citrus flavor draws you in immediately, and the happy, energetic buzz will shake you out of any funk. DNA Genetics has developed Lemon Skunk as great strain for combating depression and stress.

You can also find this favorite at Mary Jane’s.

A hot new strain exclusive to us right now is Pinkberry. This is a cross between Pink 2.0 (which is also fantastic) and Plushberry. Pinkberry is an indica-dominant hybrid with powerful body-focused effects. In its exceptional variations, pink hairs burst from bright green buds barely visible under a blanket of sugar-like trichomes, with traces of a sweet vanilla and candy perfume. The potency of this strain could be considered overpowering, and even small doses are known to eliminate pain, insomnia, and appetite loss. Pinkberry induces a deep relaxation in the mind and body, with calming qualities that melt away stress.

Pink 2.0 and Pinkberry are available from Northwest Recreational at Mary Jane’s.

XJ-13 is a sativa-dominant strain cherished for both its therapeutic potency and enjoyable euphoric buzz. This hybrid cross of Jack Herer and G13 Haze induces unencumbered cerebral effects perfect for stimulating creativity and conversation. As if we needed another reason to love this lightweight sativa, XJ-13 consistently exhibits a strong citrus aroma accented by notes of earthy pine. Novice consumers looking for an easy, paranoia-free experience can depend on XJ-13 as a surefire way to relieve stress and mood-related symptoms.

We have it from Heavenly Buds.

Master Yoda has been a fan fave for years. With lab-tested THC levels that reach over 20%, strong medicine, Master Yoda is. This strain, however, is not about brute “Force,” as the original Master Yoda would know, and the sativa side of this mostly indica buzz has just enough of an uplifting balance to please just about anyone. Master Yoda clinched 1st Place at High Times Los Angeles Cannabis Cup in 2012, where the OG Kush and Master Kush cross was already a local favorite. Growers also like this strain for its hybrid resilience and its 8 week flowering time.

Also in the store now from Heavenly Buds.

One we can’t seem to keep on the shelf once we get it is Orange Crush. Orange Crush is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain with a super sweet tangy flavor and aroma. Bred with California Orange and Blueberry for parents, Orange Crush produces a powerful cerebral sensation that can last up to two hours. It has small, dense buds that contain a large amount of trichomes and many orange pistils. Orange Crush has a flowering time of 7-9 weeks and a THC content of up to 15%. Don’t let the % fool you, though, those trichomes and terpenes work wonders.

Find this in our store from Fireline.

And who could forget Snoop Dogg’s favorite, Green Crack. Few strains compare to Green Crack’s sharp energy and focus as it induces an invigorating mental buzz that keeps you going throughout the day. With a tangy, fruity flavor redolent of mango, Green Crack is the perfect daytime medication for patients treating fatigue, stress, and depression.

You can find an oil infused Green Crack joint by Willie’s Reserve, or flower by Shango at Mary Jane’s.

10 Reasons The Stoner Stereotype is Dead

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Even with recent outspread legalization, many people still believe in the old stoner stereotype that people who use marijuana are unkempt, lazy, stupid, unproductive, or otherwise unsavory. But the recent legalization and opening of recreational stores are proving those stereotypes are just plain wrong.

Today’s recreational user is more like what you might see in your local coffee shop. Maybe because the new retail recreational stores are looking and feeling more like your local coffee shop. From the soccer mom to the college professor, from the young hipster to the white collar business professional, we are seeing a drastic trouncing of the old stoner stereotypes. Here’s why we think the new retail store format is helping to shape the new face of cannabis consumers.

1. Safer access. Gone are the days of the back alley deal with unsavory characters. Consumers over 21 can enter a clean store with professional bud tenders who are knowledgeable and friendly. That’s causing folks who wouldn’t go to the black market before, to come try the new legal retail market instead. And these are folks who definitely don’t fit the typical stoner stereotypes.

2. Safer products. All of our products are lab tested for quality, potency, pesticides, and to make sure there’s not a bunch of excess leaf, twig or other unsavories in your cannabis. Just the good stuff.

3. Higher quality products. Gone are the days of ditch weed. Legalization has brought formerly underground grow operations out into the open as Washington’s new producers. These are people who have been growing for years but are now able to expand their facilities and production, allowing for better growing conditions. These folks aren’t your average stoner growing pot in his mom’s basement. These are true artisans at their craft who are now able to grow in the most desirable conditions. Top quality growing facilities = some pretty amazing cannabis.

4. Control over the experience. If we haven’t experienced it ourselves, we know someone who has. A bad trip. When all you wanted was to feel stimulated and party all night, and what you got was a 6-hour couchlock. What was available in the market before was mostly indica. Why? Because it is smaller (read: easier to hide), and faster to flower (read: faster to market). But indica is the variety that can sometimes leave you couch-locked. So, if you bought from your dealer looking for something to get your motor going, or inspire your creative side, you may have been disappointed with the experience. The realization that you can be highly functional on weed, even more alert,  AND predetermine your outcome, is changing that stoned-on-the-couch stereotype.

5. Wider selection available. Post prohibition marked a rapid increase in the types of available liquor, beyond bathtub gin. The landscape is no different here. Legal growers are out in the open, allowing them better facilities and resources. They are cross breeding and creating new strains with great fervor and the result is an outstanding selection of flower. Want it to smell like berries? No problem. Want to taste an earthiness and enjoy a heightened sense of creativity? You got it. Need sleep? We’ve got you covered.

6. Closet consumers are “coming out” in droves. In a brilliant and touching ad, Green Flower Media calls out these closeted consumers and asks them to share their story. It’s called #ComingOutGreen. And we love it. Mostly because it shows average people. People that you might see in your local coffee shop, at a PTA meeting, at the high school football game, at work. And here’s the kicker, most of the time you would never have guessed they used cannabis.

7. Legality makes it legit. Those law-abiding folks who were reluctant to try it before because it was illegal, are more willing to step into a clean store to purchase it safely and legally. Also, see #6.

8. Tasteful advertising. Gone are the images of scantily clad women in compromising positions surrounded with smoke and holding a bong. Also gone are the slew of slang terms that bring the stereotypical stoner to mind.

You know, terms like pot, weed, dope, grass, green, ganja, herb, reefer, cheebah, chronic, Mary Jane, bud, skunk, doobage, sticky icky, and wacky tobaccy. As well as phrases like getting high, stoned, baked, ripped, faded, sparking up, smoking up, toking up, and, lest we forget, getting blitzed out of our gourds.

The best MJ marketers will not be using any of these terms because of the derogatory associations and because they really no longer apply.

9. Viewing cannabis growth for the art it is. We spend a lot of time and energy focusing on the art and craftsmanship that goes into our favorite beers and wines. Cannabis is no different. Much the way a viticulturist is a master of the grape vine, the people growing cannabis are experts in plant breeding, growth conditions, nutrients, and masters of the plant itself. With the new legalization, these folks can finally spread their wings, and it’s causing an amazing and sharp increase in the quality and variety of the products they are able to bring to market. With retail stores offering “meet your grower” experiences and featuring weed like fine wines, the stigma surrounding it is quickly fading.

10. Consuming responsibly. The new industry is being forthright in its advertising and advising folks to consume responsibly with ad campaigns focused on  anti-over-consumption and starting slowly – because let’s face it, this shit is getting real. Some strains are testing at 40% THC! And the edibles? Whoa. So seriously, start slowly and consume responsibly.

Our recreational clients are getting better quality, safer products and the education to empower them to make the right choice for them and the experience they want. All of those things put the power in the hands of the consumer for the first time. Consumers are finally emboldened to “come out”, and that alone is blowing the stereotype away (and blowing the doors off some closed minds).

Is Cannabis the Next Frontier for Women Entrepreneurs?

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There seems to be an emerging trend in this predominantly male industry – women leaders. When Washington’s I-502 was voted on in November 2012, it was the women aged 35-55 who pushed the majority to success. “As a woman, and a mother, this statistic piqued my interest,” says one of our owning partners. What changed?

One can only surmise that it was a shift in the thinking of this particular group of women, mothers in particular, that pushed that change in law. Campaigns aimed at that soccer-mom age group focused on reducing youth access through a regulated system. It was the knowledge that allowing an unregulated black market to exist was more dangerous to our children than a well-regulated system with plenty of checks and balances. After all, drug dealers don’t check ID.

It was also the language in the law that designates significant tax dollars to the funding of schools and education programs. When voters can finally see a large increase in school funding without an increase in property taxes, they notice.

“For me,” says Mary Jane’s House of Grass owning partner, Amy, “it was a big leap from ‘Yes I support legalization’ to ‘Yes I’ll open a pot shop.’ I’ve always supported legalization. I think it’s a much better and safer alternative to synthetic prescription drugs and could possibly hold the cure to many of today’s plaguing diseases. But making the leap to actually putting my stamp on a place where people can come and buy it openly was scary.”

It was a big leap from ‘Yes I support legalization’ to ‘Yes I’ll open a pot shop’.

Amy cites several reasons for the fear including fear of what friends, family, and community might think, and she admits being surprised by several of their reactions, both positive and negative. “It’s never easy being a pioneer,” she says, “but it’s always exciting. There have been so many obstacles – things we never even thought would be obstacles. But it’s a bold new world, a brand new industry emerging from a world of prohibition. How many times does that happen in your life? Never? It’s incredibly exciting to think of the possibilities.”

Women are not only being emboldened by the new legalization, “they are also gentrifying and gentling pot’s testosterone-laden image,” according to the Denver Post. The face of the industry has always been predominantly white and male. “The industry is long overdue for a feminine touch,” says Amy. In this new marketplace, pot shops need to adapt to a new emerging market of middle-aged women. When you enter shops like Mary Jane’s, you will see plenty of female faces. Women have dominated retail for years and marijuana is no different.

Mary Jane’s House of Grass sees women like Amy as a great potential market. “Women in my age group,” says Amy, “are prescribed more anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications than any other demographic in America. Wouldn’t it be great to offer them something completely natural, without the side effects of synthetic drugs? I want to foster the open-minded approach to cannabis, answer the tough questions, and quell their hesitations.”

It’s no surprise that women are now dominating the fields of edibles and topicals. It’s also not just coincidence that those products are the ones that most appeal to women. Many women interested in the plant’s properties want the plant extracts for more practical uses, like trouble sleeping, anxiety, depression and anti-aging applications. Until now, products like these were largely unavailable to the general public.

Amy predicts that consumers can expect to see advertising campaigns aimed more at women in the near future, calling it ‘the softer side of pot’. The industry has a lot of growing to do (no pun intended) and women present a large part of that market – on both the entrepreneur and consumer sides.

“Most of my career I’ve been in fields dominated by men, so this one is no different. And the few women I’ve met in this field have been very supportive and welcoming. We’ve got to stick together.”
Organizations like Women Grow, a national, women only organization aimed at fostering relationships through networking and support, are cropping up to serve this growing demographic. Will cannabis be a bold new frontier for women entrepreneurs? We’re betting on it.

12 Deals of Christmas

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Looking for some sweet gifts at even sweeter prices? Here’s some outstanding deals to make gift giving for the cannabis consumers on your list even easier. Better hurry, these deals are too hot to last!

40% OFF These Items Dec 12-24th

  • All Phoenix Flower
  • All Spot Edibles
  • All Jefferson County Cannibis PreRolls
  • All Smokey Point Flower
  • All Craft Elixirs Edibles and Mixers (excludes cartridges)
  • Zoots Brand
    • ZootBites – Caramel Brownie 2 Pack
    • ZootBlast – 30mg Single
    • Zoots 2pk Kookie Dough

30% OFF These Items Dec 12-24th

  • All Fireline Flower
  • All X-tracted Concentrates
  • All Kai-Dro Hash and Keif
  • Chongs Choice Grollia Glue .5g Cartridges
  • Green Ghost Concentrates
    • 1g Honeycomb Blue Hawaiian
    • 1g Tangerine Dream
    • 1g Wax Blue Hawaiian
    • 1g Wax Girl Scout Cookie
    • 3.5g Blue Hawaiian (flower)
  • Willie’s Reserve Brand
    • 1/8 Can DJ Andy WR
    • 1g DJ Andy
    • 1g Fruit Punch
    • Pre-Rolls Aloha, Bubba Kush, Dirty Girl and Green Crack

25% OFF Any Glass Item over $200 Dec 12-24th

And don’t forget, EVERY Tuesday is Fat Tuesday! 15% OFF All 7g and larger flower packages.

Recipe: Mulled Infused Cider

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It’s winter time. Time to come inside, enjoy the fruits of the holiday season in the form of warm drinks that make us happy and our spirits bright. One of my favorite seasonal beverages is hot spiced cider, or wine, or cranberry, or whatever. As long as it’s hot and spicy.

Here’s a great recipe for mulled infused cranberry. You can sub just about any juices. Mix it up. Enjoy.

3 C cranberry juice

3 C orange juice

mulling spices (to taste)

1-2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange – cut in quarters

Lemon “Kick Back” ZootDrops

Combine juices and mulling spices in a saucepot on med heat. Add cinnamon sticks and orange quarters. Simmer as long as you can stand it (about an hour) to infuse the juice with the spices. Serve in mugs and add 1 capfull (10mg dose) of ZootDrops to each mug.

*I suggest adding ZootDrops individually so you can control your personal dose, and so that others who wish to drink plain mulled juice can do so without any THC.