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.

Is Cannabis Safe for Pets?

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We are big fans of pets over here at our House of Grass dispensary in Vancouver, WA. At Mary Jane’s we believe cannabis is for all, not just for all people but also for our beloved four-legged friends. Not only has cannabis become something with known benefits that we enjoy partaking in recreationally and medicinally, as well as recommending our favorite strains to everyone we know, it is also continually being used in new and unexpected ways.

 

More frequently customers, and even friends and family, are coming to us and asking, “Is cannabis safe for my pet?”

While you might conjure images of your higher-than-a-kite friend taking a huge hit and then blowing in into their dog’s face to see what would happen, this has become a more legitimate and complicated question. People aren’t exactly wondering what will happen if their pet gets high, they are looking for real solutions to help their pooch.

What they really want to know is, will cannabis relieve:

  •      My dog’s anxiety? He freaks out every time I leave the house.
  •      The immense pain my cat is experiencing as she battles arthritis.
  •      The same cancer symptoms we experience as humans faced by our favorite furry friends?

Today, more and more often, people are asking, “Will cannabis, used medicinally, benefit my pet in the same way it would benefit me?”

Here is what we know:

Is cannabis safe for pets?

Yes, but first of all, most people aren’t blowing smoke in their dog’s face. Rather, they are consuming cannabis in other forms. A common way is a specialized whole plant extract, or RSO. Importantly, RSO is often packed with CBDs, the substance that provides therapeutic effects. Just remember, a little goes a long way. We recommend a dose the size of a grain of rice.

Will my pet feel relief immediately?

Just like us, your pet may experience near immediate relief from pain and anxiety. However, some ailments may take more time to see results, like inflammation.

Will my pet get high?

CBDs, like in humans, do not result in the classically “high” effects. Instead, your pet will receive the medicinal benefits of cannabis, but won’t get high like we know it as this is the non-psychoactive substance in cannabis.

People have noticed that their pet gets drowsy, and on rare occasions excessive itchiness and mild vomiting have been reported. However, even these more mild symptoms are more the outlier than the rule.

With that said, while mild sleepiness is ok, if your dog experiences any negative reactions, immediately discontinue use.

Note: Since the legalization of cannabis, poison control centers are reporting an increase of calls asking what to do because their pet ate a their nugs. Cannabis, when dispensed correctly, is beneficial for your pets, but eating a bunch of your loose weed is not.

If your dog’s side effects include severe lethargy, dilated pupils, excessive drooling, being off balance, muscle twitching, excessive vomiting, involuntary urination, or even unconsciousness, immediately take your dog to the vet.

Why do people turn to cannabis?

While cancer and arthritis are the most common symptoms cannabis is used to treat, anxiety is high on the list of reasons people want to try this alternative option on their pets. Some breeds, and many mixed breeds – specifically rescue dogs – experience tremendous anxiety. This Velcro-dog will be totally chill when its owner is around, but completely freak, destroy the house, and not stop whining when left alone.

It’s a terrible position for a new dog owner to be in, especially for those who live in an apartment complex or any other close quarters where neighbors can hear the ruckus.

While there are dog anxiety vests, like the ThunderShirt, that are effective, but not enough, and medications prescribed by the vet that will make your dog so hazy they rebel the pill, cannabis has become a turn-to option.

It works on humans, so why not our canine buds?

Why didn’t my vet react positively to this question?

Each pet, like each person, is different, so there may be a specific reasons your vet does not want your animal to consume cannabis. However, a common reason vets ignore or deflate the topic is because cannabis is not legal in many places. It’s still illegal on a federal level, it’s illegal in most states at a recreational level, and it’s only medicinally recognized in about half of the states at this point.

If you think cannabis is right for your pet, do your own research and, if legal, experiment with a little to see how your pet reacts. If you like the effect, great! If not, or you think it unwise in your specific situation, we respect that opinion. You do you!

What’s the counter argument?

The American Veterinary Medical Association is staying away from support for the moment, while individual veterinarians are showing increasing support. With that said, even those who recognize that cannabis could benefit pets, want more scientific support.

In an AVMA blog post, one pro-cannabis vet, Dr. Douglas Kramer – specifically for the treatment of postoperative and chronic pain – said, “My position is the same as the AMA’s. We need to investigate marijuana further to determine whether the case reports I’m hearing are true or whether there’s a placebo effect at work. We also need to know what the risks are.”

Another more questioning vet, Dr. Dawn Boothe, followed with, “My gut reaction is they do probably provide some therapeutic effect benefit . . . but, I’m never going to say there’s enough benefit that marijuana should be given to pets. I’m saying there’s enough justification that we need to study it.”

So, what should I give my pet if I want to try cannabis?

There are numerous companies that produce cannabis products specifically for pets. Canna-Pet offers CBD-filled capsules for cats and dogs, as well as hemp doggy biscuits.

Similarly, Canna Companion also provides capsules that were developed by Washington State licensed veterinarians. These capsules are all natural, non-GMO, and do not contain wheat, corn, sugar, or soy.

Is cannabis right for your pet?

What’s the Right Smoke Method For You

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

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

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

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

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

-Budtender Andrew

The Benefits & Cautions When Cooking With Cannabis

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Cooking with cannabis is a great alternative to those who do not want to smoke it, those with medical conditions, or those just looking to experience a different type of high.

 

While you used to be limited to just edibles, today there are numerous recipes available so you can combine your favorite cannabis strain and delicious meal for the perfect, delectable weekend or afternoon treat. Or, you can mix cannabis cooking oils into literally anything you consume to make your favorite snack even more enjoyable.

However, just like when you consume edibles, there are benefits and precautions to consider when cooking with cannabis. Most notably, there is a delayed reaction compared to the rather immediate psychoactive effect associated with inhalation. No matter what product you decide to pick up during your next trip to your local dispensary in Vancouver, Washington, here are some benefits and cautions to consider next time you cook with cannabis.

The Decarboxylation Process
One of the first things to understand when cooking with cannabis is a process known as decarboxylation. This is a fancy scientific word that simply explains the chemical heating reaction of removing a carboxyl group and releasing carbon dioxide. More specifically, it’s the process by which THCA is converted to THC.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), as you might know, is one of the two main active molecules in cannabis and provides the euphoric heady high we all known and love. But, what is THCA? This is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in raw, live cannabis plants. So, how do you achieve this transformation?

Well, the process occurs naturally when cannabis dries, but we don’t want to wait forever, so we speed the process up by adding heat. While this process happens naturally when smoking or vaping, it’s an extra step to take if you want to combine your favorite sativa and baked good rather than opting for cannabis-infused butters or cooking oils. However, you don’t want to heat it up too much. This will prematurely release THC instead of just activating it. So, cook below its boiling point — absolutely no higher than 314 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are the results of one person experimenting at 240 degrees Fahrenheit between 30 and 60 minutes in the oven.

Cooking Basics
There are a number of tidbits that people who cook with cannabis are ready to dole out, but a top tip is to cook with fat (oil, butter, milk). While you may have an inclination to throw together a healthy fare, since THC is extremely fat-soluble, this is necessary for proper absorption after consumption. Unlike water-soluble molecules that are able to easily pass through to your body for excretion, fat-soluble molecules pass through the intestinal tract into your bloodstream. Once THC enters your blood it then moves to your central and peripheral nervous systems to cause its sensual and psychoactive effects.

Consider Your Measurements

Just like you wouldn’t throw together a cake without measuring the baking soda and sugar, you won’t want to just throw cannabis-infused butter into your meal without considering the desired effects.

 

First, if you purchased pre-made cannabis butter, look at the THC concentration on your product. Note that regardless of what’s listed as, it’s in our recommendation to use just a small amount the first time. If you receive your desired effect, excellent! If you want a more potent high, add some more next time. In my personal opinion, after at least one instance of being couch ridden for the rest of the day, it’s better to add too little than too much, especially if you’re new to cannabis cooking.

Think About Flavor

If you plan to dry your cannabis purchased at the nearby dispensary in Vancouver, Washington, and use that for cooking, go with what you know and choose something yummy. To no surprise, cannabis will alter the flavor of whatever you cook. If you choose skunk weed, you’re not likely to enjoy your edible as much as if you chose your favorite, fruity strain and add it into your pancakes. Now that sounds like a delicious Saturday morning breakfast!

Bake Beyond Brownies

As just mentioned, don’t limit yourself to the run-of-the-mill weed brownies. Sure, they’ll be delicious, but you can really add cannabis to anything, so get creative. Make a crock-pot dinner and throw it in there, sauté up some vegetables and add some there, too. There are few restrictions, so have fun. Just remember, as said before, make sure you include the fat! I think my next experiment will be with cannabis-infused granola bars to take on my next trek into the Portland forests. What about you?

The Effects

So, what are the effects? Well, it does vary, but regardless of whether you choose a sativa or indica-based cooking adventure, the effect

1) takes longer to occur

2) lasts longer

3) is a more physical high

Are you excited to get started on your edibles journey? It’s a totally new adventure to jump into the world of cooking with cannabis. No longer are you limited to inhalation and pre-prepared cannabis-infused chocolates stuffed with added sugars. You now control your cannabis consumption. You can find the perfect flavor profile and marijuana measurement to create the optimal desired effects. Now, go forth and experiment.

But, if you take away only a few tips remember to (a) cook with fat and (b) start small.

If you have any questions on how to get started on your cannabis cooking journey, want to swap recipes, or are looking for cannabis-infused cooking oils, visit our dispensary in Vancouver, Washington where our bud-tenders are ready to share their extensive scientific and personal knowledge on the topic.

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

What to expect on your first visit to a dispensary

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.

 

Anatomy and Life Cycle of a Marijuana Plant

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When you pull up to your local cannabis dispensary and walk in the door, wafting in the glorious scent of various strains, you’re probably not thinking about the intricate details of the marijuana plant. You might not even know what a cola, calyx, and pistil are, and that’s ok. But, in case you had any interest in delving deeper into the anatomy and lifecycle of cannabis, today is your lucky day because we’re here to break down the details.

Just like humans, the cannabis plant is divided into male and female, also called dioecious. While some are hermaphroditic, for the most part, a male and female have to come together to create new baby cannabis flowers, just like us. But, for our consumption, the female flower is the one to covet as it carries the desirable amount of THC, so we’ll focus more on the lady bits.

 

While having male and female plants sounds like a good thing, to growers, it’s bad news bears in bulk. That’s because the male plant’s goal is to pollinate the female plant and then she will put all her energy into producing seeds instead of THC-packed resin. For this reason, growers do their best to weed out most males.

Now let’s get to the anatomy!

Flower

The flower is the part we know and love as it contains the highest concentration of THC. They grow toward the top of the plant and, as you probably know, are also referred to as buds.

Cola

Also know as the apical or terminal bud, this part of the plant denotes the cluster mass of flowers at the top of a cannabis plant. Thankfully, growers are actually able to manipulate plants to increase cola to produce greater yield. This is a win-win for all!

Trichomes

These are the resin glands found on a flower’s leaves and calyces. They kind of look like tiny translucent crystals, but are more similar to a crystallized mushroom if you have the chance to view trichomes with a microscope.

This is the essence of hashish, kief, BHO (Butane Hash Oil), and more, so some cannabis strains are developed specifically for a high trichome count. That’s because it contains the “miracle molecules”, cannabinoids and terpenes.

Calyx

Just like in others flowers, this is a portion of the flower that encloses and protects the ovule and pistils. It is part of the bud itself. This is where the highest amount of trichomes are found, which is why it’s the part of the flower you care most about, knowingly or not, if you smoke or vape.

Pistil

The pistils, or hairs, are the part of the plant that seems to poke out from inside each of the calyx. When they first peak out, they are white, but quickly transform to orange, red, or brown. This part of the plant is only found in a female and it’s the main function is to capture pollen from the male. This is also known for its high THC concentration.

 

Fan Leaves

The fan leaf is without a doubt the part of the plant that’s most recognizable. However, it does have an actual function. Aside from being the poster child for cannabis, it is focused on photosynthesis, the process of using energy from the sun to feed the plant. Most often, you will see fan leaves featuring five leaves; but there are also plants with seven and even nine leaves, which is most common among sativa strains.

Sugar Leaves

This is a smaller leaf that grows within the flower. It’s usually covered in trichomes and trimmed when flowers are harvested. They are, however, used when making edibles because of the trichome coating.

Seed

The seed is hidden within the calyx, as described above. In addition to planting a seed to grow a new cannabis plant, oil can also be extracted. In a sativa plant, this will generate THC cannabis oil, while an indica is more commonly referred to as hemp oil, which has high CBD and low THC content.

Stem

Just like all flowers, stems provides structural support and stores nutrients. They are not known to contain THC as that’s directed solely to the flower, but it can be repurposed for its fiber.

Node

A node, like all flowers, is where a leaf branches off from a stalk.

You now have an understanding of the various parts of the plant, so let’s get more into the lifecycle.

When the plant is first sprouting, the first two leaves are not the typical marijuana leaves you’d expect to see. Instead, they have smooth edges. It’s the next two that have the classic points associated with cannabis. The baby stage lasts 1 to 3 weeks at which time it will grow 4 to 8 leaves.

Next, the plant will begin growing more notes where more branches with more leaves will sprout. During this time, the plant needs fresh warm, dry air and lots of nitrogen-rich nutrients as it’s working to grow from an 8-inch baby to a 3-foot tree in a short 3 to 6 weeks. For this reason, it also needs long summer sunlight hours or 18+ hours of fluorescent light per day to produce the required amount of photosynthesis. If daylight or fluorescent hours are cut, the plant will not grow quite as tall.

It takes 1 to 5 months for a cannabis plant to enter the pre-flower phase. This is when the sex is presented. If male plants are recognized (green sacs near the node), a grower will either kill this plant or separate it from the females so, as explained above, the females can concentrate on producing THC instead of seeds. This needs to be done before the sac opens, spilling its pollen.

At some point, it’s required to decrease light time from 18 to 12 hours, at which point potassium and phosphorus nutrients should be added. If everything went as planned, you will both see and smell trichome-filled cola growing from you plant within 8 to 10 weeks after light is reduced.

Finally, the plant is ready for harvest and distribute to you local cannabis dispensary. You’ll know it’s ready when the pistils in the cola buds turn from white to the orange, red, or brown.

Congratulations, after months of work, you can now get high!

 

Thankfully, your cannabis dispensary works closely with growers to provide you the best and most diverse strains. Just like many plants, growing cannabis takes a lot of time and dedication to achieve the desired results.

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.

What to Look For When Buying Your First Bong

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When you started smoking cannabis you likely opted for a joint or chose a small, handheld glass pipe. These were effective and fun for a while, but maybe you want to take more control of your smoking experience? You may be looking for a cleaner, less harsh inhalation or just enjoy watching the smoke waft through various chambers. Either way, you’ve decided to make the move from your former pieces and are ready to purchase your very own bong. But, where do you start? There is no right or wrong option, but here are some things to consider before you visit one of your local Vancouver dispensaries.

There are various ways to categorize bongs, but we like to separate them into grommets: glass on glass or standard slide.

The slide is the area of the bong where the cannabis is placed. In some versions, the grommet is rubber, but glass on glass literally means that the slide, just like the bong, is all glass. This creates a tighter seal.

The glass on glass slides come in three sizes (10 mL, 14 mL, 18 mL), while the standard slides come in two (standard and oversize).

While the bong you choose to purchase will come with a slide, there are various replacement slides sold separately, which is why it is important to know the style slide you opt to get.

Similar to those who say they don’t enjoy wine until they find the one that perfectly matches their palette preference; at Mary Jane’s House of Glass we agree that there is a bong for everyone. Just like finding the perfect wine, finding the perfect bong is an adventure. Thankfully, you don’t have to try bongs you don’t like before finding the right one. All you have to do is chat with one of our bong experts and you will find one that meets your needs. Whether you are looking for an American-made bong, one that is hand-blown, or the one that offers the coldest hits, we help direct you to the ones that best meet your needs.

Here are some of our of best tips and top options:

M.I.O. Glass

M.I.O., or Made in Oregon Glass is one of the first brands we recommend for new bong users. These particular bongs, as the name suggests, is made in Oregon, and we love promoting local artists. However, it’s the experience that brings their products to the next level. While they are not as intricate as other bongs, the glass-on-glass sliders create a tight seal. It’s also made with glass that is 6mm-9mm, which is thicker and more durable than other options. Additional tidbits we like include the optional UV glow, ice pinches to cool the smoke for a smooth inhalation, and the few removable pieces. It’s undeniable that this is a quality product offered at an affordable price.

Taylor Sims

Taylor Sims is a resident of Eugene, Oregon, and develops true works of art when it comes to glass bongs. His pieces are often divided into two categories. They are usually “heady” and look very colorful and trippy, or “scientific”. His scientific pieces are not always the first bong purchased as they are often more fragile with additional water chambers, but they are definitely works of art. It’s impossible not to get flashbacks to high school chemistry even before getting high. His inline recycler is a favorite. He designs smaller pipes as well if you are a fan of Taylor’s craft.

Sheldon Black

Sheldon Black designs American-made glass bongs, each of which is emblazoned with the trademark logo. These pieces range from basic to intricate designs as the Sheldon Black designs date back to Los Angeles in 1988. These are considered pioneer pieces that were created from the curiosity and passion for the smoke culture. While these bongs are strong as they are made of German Glass, it is still important to be careful. Ultimately, it’s a favorite among our bud experts who often say the inhalation is as “light as breathing.”

Here are some additional questions to consider before purchasing a new bong;

  • Do you want a colder hit?
  • Are you looking to admire the smoke move through multiple chambers?
  • How fragile or durable of a bong do you need?
  • Do you mind if the bong starts to turn colors from smoke residue?
  • How often do you want or expect to clean your bong?
  • Where will you be using your bong?
  • Are you looking to regularly exchange your slider for fun pieces?
  • Do you want something colorful or clear?
  • Do you want something American-made?
  • Would you prefer German glass?

Ultimately, if you know which kind of hit you prefer (cooler, smoother, etc), then an expert at one of your nearby Vancouver dispensaries will be able to direct you to the bong that is perfect for you.

Be sure and check out the latest cannabis reviews from our staff.

If you have any additional questions, you are always welcome at Mary Jane’s House of Grass. We have an extensive collection of bongs, whether you are a first time user or a connoisseur. We also carry bud, storage containers, edibles, salves, and more.  

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.

Terpene Talk: How Terpenes Affect Your High

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

1. Indica vs. Sativa

2. THC Percentage

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

What Are Terpenes?

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

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

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

The Most Popular Terpenes

Myrcene

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

Limonene

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

Linalool

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

Eucalyptol

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

Pinene

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

Alpha Bisabolol

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

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

-Budtender Matt