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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Sunshine is Doing it Right

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Sunshine Farms is an indoor grow discreetly located in an industrial section of Vancouver. You’d never know what was happening in the building until you step into the lobby and get a massive nose full of terpenes. It’s that beautiful, unmistakable scent of sweet cannabis flowering away. The deep breaths and luxurious sighs of my fellow tourists as we stepped into the facility was a sure sign that we’d found the right place.

The people of Sunshine Farms are exceptional. The growers have over 120 years combined experience and it shows in the beautiful happy plants they grow. Everyone there is friendly and happy. Of course, we all work in the weed industry, so what is there to be sad about. Right?

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One of the first things we noticed was that this grow was exceptionally clean. No debris, no spills, no vegetation on the floor. It’s very important to keep your grow spotless. No place for little nasties to lay in wait to ambush your crop.

The first room we visited was the clone room. The mother plants standing tall and proud with their little clones aeroponically rooting in the back corner. After the clones have sufficiently happy roots they are moved into a coconut bark mulch, where they appear to thrive. These are some seriously happy plants. Nothing compared to my dismal home herb garden. I’m surprised they even let me in this place. They must not know about my brown thumb. Anyway…

From the clone room we moved to the veg room where little clones go to grow up. It’s like, college for clones. They are trained carefully and lovingly pruned back to support only the best colas, as well as to help keep vegetation from allowing bugs to hide.sunshine farms cannabis vancouver mother plants

Pest control is always important to us. We look at pest control methods very carefully to make sure there are no chemicals used and no residuals left on the final product. Not all companies test for residual pesticide, so we keep an eye out for you. I’m happy to report that Sunshine uses no chemical pesticides, only natural pest control methods here. That’s a win for everyone.

The flower room was remarkable. Several strains were already showing impressive colas even though they are nearly two weeks from harvest. They’re developing some very interesting strains, like one that tested at about 4% THC and 17.6% CBD. You’ll see it on our shelves as soon as it’s ready.

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Trimming and packaging were under way as we wrapped up the tour. Worker bees were diligently hand trimming some really gorgeous looking buds. Nice, large, dense nugs that looked and smelled amazing. I can’t wait for them to arrive in the store! I’ll bet you can’t either.

Overall, Sunshine has a great grow operation. Clean and well kept, and met our high vetting standards. Which is why you can now find Sunshine Farms on our shelves. Come in and get hooked up with one of their delicious strains today!

Edibles: How to Have a Great (and Not Scary!) Experience

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Maybe you’ve heard some of the scary stories that surround edible marijuana consumption. Maybe you’ve had a bad experience yourself.

99% of the time, this happens for two reasons:

1) The consumer doesn’t wait the full 2 hours for the edible to take effect before they consume more.

2) The consumer is unaware of the potency of the product.

Some people are afraid to try edible marijuana products, such as brownies, cookies, or candies, simply because of these stories. But taking edibles can be a very enjoyable experience. All you need is knowledge.

The good news is that every cannabis edible at Mary Jane’s House of Grass, and in fact every edible in the state of Washington, is required by law to be tested for potency, and to display that potency on the packaging. This means that consumers are always aware of how much they are actually taking in. A product may be labeled at, say, 10 milligrams per serving, or 100 milligrams per package, and you will know exactly how much to take.

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What serving size is right for me? A lesson in milligrams

But when a product says it contains 10mg of THC, most casual consumers have no idea what that sort of potency means. They’re used to seeing it in grams, ounces, and percentages, rather than in milligrams. Well, converting from bud potency to edible potency can be a little volatile, so it’s generally best not to get caught up in the conversion.

Here’s the best way to start.

Understand that 10mg of THC is the recommended starting dose for edibles. This is a dose that is good for first-timers and those with a low tolerance. Some consumers will even recommend starting with 5mg if you are wanting to be extra cautious, but if you go any lower, you likely won’t feel anything!

In fact, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board requires that all edibles in the state of Washington have a maximum of 10mg per serving. This is part of an effort to ensure that novice consumers don’t accidentally take too much.

“I’ve tried 10mg before, and I didn’t feel anything!”

An unwritten cannabis rule of thumb is that everyone is different. Some people inherently have a high tolerance to cannabis. Some first-time consumers need several servings more, while some cannabis veterans feel plenty of effect after only 10mg.

This is why we always, ALWAYS recommend that you start low, and work your way up from there. If you start at 10mg, wait the full 2 hours for it to take effect, and still don’t feel anything, no problem! Just increase your dose the next time. However, if you start at 50mg, or 100mg, and find out that it’s too much for you to handle, it’s already too late to go back. As they say, “You can always have more, but you can never have less.”

Edibles are very fun when taken responsibly, and now that marijuana edibles are legal and tested for potency, being a responsible consumer is incredibly easy! So if you’re interested in trying edibles for the first time (or if you’ve been wary in the past and want to try again), stop on by Mary Jane’s House of Grass, consult your favorite budtender, and grab some tasty culinary treats! You may just find that you’ve been missing out on a great way to consume cannabis!

-Budtender Matt