If You Want a Career Change, Budtending Might Be For You

If You Want a Career Change, Budtending Might Be For You

Finding the dream job is a task that few people in life actually achieve, but if you’re looking to make a change and want a position that offers a ton of perks, then budtending might be as close as you can possibly come. As the marijuana industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the Pacific Northwest, openings for budtenders have flooded online job boards.

But how exactly do you become a budtender and what’s required of you? How does it differ from other customer-facing positions, and most importantly, do you make good money? Today we’re going to explore everything related to budtending and why it’s an awesome career.

The Landscape Of Budtending

The numbers vary all the time, but it’s safe to say that the opportunities to budtend in Washington are growing nearly every day. At last count, there were over 100 recreational marijuana dispensaries in the area with far more medical establishments adding to the overall number. When you estimate that each location probably has at least a handful of staff members, you see there’s a lot of potential to break into this industry.

To the untrained eye, working in a dispensary might seem like just another retail job where you’re selling weed instead of shoes, but that assumption couldn’t be farther from the truth. The marijuana industry is highly regulated, and budtenders need to know compliance rules like the backs of their hands. Those who work in a medical dispensary even have to take a 20 hour class to learn what they can and cannot say to patients.

While you certainly need to have an upbeat personality and exceptional customer service skills, there isn’t a long list of qualifications to become a budtender. In the State of Washington, you must be at least 21 years old to work in a dispensary and at the current time, no permit is required.

Benefits Galore

What exactly makes being a budtender so great? The reasons people love working in the industry are varied, but overall it’s a stable position that allows for growth and is truly enjoyable. It seems as if some people believe that working in a dispensary means you can be high on the job, but that misconception couldn’t be farther from the truth. Being a budtender means being held to high employment standards just like any other career.

Depending on the shop you work at, you might find that you get paid an hourly wage plus part of the tips that are collected each day. Other shops tend to pay a higher wage and omit the option for customers to tip, but either way you’re going to be seeing some good money coming in. How much exactly? It depends on where you work.

Some data shows that budtenders who are new to the industry make around $12 per hour, while more experienced employees can easily earn $15 per hour or more. After you’ve been in the industry for a while, and if you show some promising leadership skills, you could move into a store manager position which earns anywhere from $40,000 to $100,000 per year.

Just like other companies in various industries, you may or may not have the option of health insurance or paid time off. If these items are important to you, be sure to talk with your potential new employer about all of the benefits you’ll receive before you’re hired.

What’s It Really Like?

There still seems to be some mystery surrounding dispensaries, in that people outside of the industry feel as if it’s a magical position that only a few lucky people can land. Because it’s such a highly regulated industry, there are certainly specific qualities that you have to bring to the interview table in order to get hired.

If you’re new to the marijuana industry, do your homework and learn about the nuances of being a budtender. Since you can’t promise certain results with a specific strain or product, practice some phrases you might say to customers in case you’re asked to do some role-playing during your interview.

Once you’ve been hired, expect to learn a lot in a short amount of time. Unlike other retail settings where you can just let customers pick out the shirt they like the best and ring them up at the end, budtending requires a consultant type of approach. You need to know about every flower, what its effects are, and how it might taste or smell. When a customer comes into your shop who has never smoked weed before, you’ll be their guide and it’s expected that you know how to point them in the right direction.

Don’t worry, as your comfort level with all of this new information will grow the more shifts you work. Once you feel confident in your knowledge base, the fun really starts as you become an individual who is truly helping others to manage certain symptoms or to impart more joy and relaxation into their lives. You’ll start to have customers who see you regularly and you’ll get to develop relationships with these individuals.

Most dispensaries aim to have a welcoming and fun atmosphere, so there’s a good chance that you’ll get to listen to music all day long and many places will even let you dress how you like, within reason of course. Much like other jobs you’ve had in the past, you’ll create friendships with your co-workers and before long, you’ll wonder why anyone would ever want a job other than being a budtender!

Interested in breaking into this industry but not sure where to start? Stop by The Bakeréé and talk with our helpful budtenders. They’ll give you the lowdown on how they got started and can share some tips for how you might prepare for an interview. While you’re there, be sure to check out the full selection of premium flower, pre-rolls, edibles, and more. The Bakeréé offers upscale products in a down to earth environment, so stop in and say hello the next time you’re in the area!

Tired of Paying Taxes When You Buy Weed?

Tired of Paying Taxes When You Buy Weed?

Remember the days when you used to call your friend to buy some weed and you handed him a few crumpled bills? In exchange, you likely got a zipped bag full of flower, and even way back when you felt like you were getting a deal. Now that marijuana is legal in Washington State, the price you pay for weed is probably a lot higher than you remember.

However, not all of your money is going toward the cost of the flower itself, nor are you simply lining the pockets of the dispensary owner. Part of the initiative to legalize marijuana in Washington in 2012 included detailed information about how to tax weed purchases and where that money actually goes.

We won’t lie – it’s a high tax rate that residents of The Evergreen State are forced to pay. More than double the rate of any other legal state, purchases in this upper corner of the Pacific NW are slapped with a 37% tax rate, but for good reason. Let’s find out why. (more…)

THC 101: What You Should Know About Your High

THC 101: What You Should Know About Your High

The intricacies and nuances of smoking marijuana have only gotten more complex in recent years. Before legalization and the ability to buy flower in dispensaries, many people simply relied on the word of others that their stuff was “good.” But as customers now have more choices and wider varieties to choose from, knowing about your weed has become increasingly important.

One of the main components of marijuana, and the reason that most people choose to get high, is THC. Often times, people will base their purchase solely on how much THC a particular strain has, while others try to stay away from it at all costs. What exactly does THC do and how can it affect your purchase and your high? Let’s find out!

The Basics Of THC

If you skipped out on science class don’t worry, we’ll keep this brief. Understanding what THC is and how it can affect you goes a long way when it comes to the weed you smoke. In short, cannabis contains over 100 different chemical compounds, and some of them have a much larger impact on your body than others.

One of the more prominent compounds, called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, is responsible for the psychoactive effects you experience when smoking. THC is considered a cannabinoid and binds with receptors in your brain to create a variety of effects. Because these receptors are already primed and ready to receive THC, many argue that our body was naturally created for cannabis use.

Can You Get Too High?

Because THC reacts with the body on a chemical level, there are a plethora of factors that influence a person’s high. You may hear cannabis users talk about their tolerance for weed, and that has to do with how much they can smoke before feeling “too high.”

Like many other biochemical processes, it takes our bodies a time or two to adjust to a new compound when it enters our system. For many, the first smoke session results in an extreme high that lasts hours on end after only one or two puffs. Some individuals experience extreme psychoactive effects like hallucination or exceptionally heightened senses for a full 24 hours or more.

Over time, the brain gets used to THC and knows how to process it, which is why most of the time people need more and more weed in order to achieve the same effect. However, some users’ makeup dictates that they never really adjust and every time they consume pot it’s an intense experience. If that’s the case for you, staying away from weed altogether might be a better choice.

It’s In The Math

 Now that we understand a bit more about what THC is and how it works, it’s time to apply that information on a practical level. When you visit your local upscale dispensary like The Bakeréé and see all of those percentages for each strain, what does it actually mean?

Before hitting the retail shelves, each strain is tested for its potency. THC levels can vary from harvest to harvest even in the same type of plant, so it’s imperative that growers properly test their material. While the methods of doing so can vary, most use specific labs that have appropriate equipment to accurately test THC.

Using a process called high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), individuals are able to determine the amount of specific cannabinoids in each strain. Labs always do their best to accurately report THC and CBD levels each and every time they review a batch of weed, however unfortunately there are often reports of over inflation of THC percentages.

While it’s possible for certain cannabis products like concentrates to reach percentages upward of 60%, marijuana flower rarely comes that potent. As of 2017, the highest recorded strain ever came in at 34.04%, which is quite powerful for flower but rather weak compared to other cannabis options.

Knowing What To Buy

 THC preferences run the entire gamut when it comes to cannabis connoisseurs, with some who prefer a powerful punch with maximum psychoactive effects and others who need a more mellow high. In general, here’s what you should look for when it comes to THC levels:

  • Below 15% – Nearly everyone will agree that strains with less than 15% THC are considered fairly weak, and are great for new smokers or those who are very sensitive to cannabis. The psychoactive effects you experience will be quite gentle or perhaps even nonexistent.
  • Between 15% and 20% – Often considered to be a moderate THC range, strains in this category often hit you hard and fast. Effects will vary based on the particular strain you use, but in general it will only take a few puffs for you to feel it. Your high could last for several hours with strains of this potency, but again this will vary depending on your unique body chemistry.
  • Above 20% – Novices should take note when smoking a strain with this level of THC. Those who are more experienced often aim for these stronger strains because it will get them the high they’re looking for without having to smoke a lot of it. Remember, the higher the percentage typically the more psychoactive effects you’ll encounter. Seasoned smokers tend to have quite a bit of fun when smoking flower that’s in this THC range.

THC can be a rather confusing topic for some, but ultimately knowing how your body reacts to certain levels of it can be a huge help when it comes time to visit your local dispensary. If you’re new to smoking marijuana and aren’t sure how you’ll feel, don’t be afraid to share your questions or concerns with your budtender. After all, their job is to help guide you to the particular product that will best meet your needs.

The next time you light up a joint, take note of the strain’s THC levels and how you feel both during and after your high. If nothing else, it might be a fun little experiment to see how you react to different THC strengths.

Cannabis And Drug Testing: Things To Be Aware Of

Cannabis And Drug Testing: Things To Be Aware Of

Whether you have been using weed for years or are just now dipping your toe into the waters of legal marijuana, you should know that legalization doesn’t equate to a free pass. In Washington State, employers can have varying opinions on marijuana use, and getting drug tested can bring on a whole new meaning.

So what is a Washington resident supposed to do if they enjoy marijuana but also need to bring home a paycheck every other week? Depending on who you talk to, you’ll get a wide range of answers. In general, let’s review the basics of what you need to know when it comes to cannabis and drug testing.

First Things First

Before diving too deep into drug testing laws and employer outlooks on weed use, it’s important to know why cannabis is becoming such a big issue in the workplace. Unlike alcohol, an unarguably popular recreational substance, marijuana stays in your system long after use. If you have a beer the night before you’re about to get drug tested, it’s typically no big deal. Yet if you smoke a joint even weeks beforehand, you may find it poses a challenge.

Why such a huge discrepancy? Marijuana affects many major organs, including the brain, liver, and your heart. Because your body processes it much differently than other compounds, even a one-time smoke can stay in your system up to four days. People who use weed fairly often will have at least a 10 day waiting period before a urine test would show up drug free, and heavy users could have 30 days or more to wait before being able to pass a drug test.

In many cases, individuals who are on the job hunt don’t think about this element of their weed use, and poor planning can lead to the inability to pass a drug screening. When the prospect of waiting at least one month before obtaining employment is on the line, people often get frustrated and blame employers for not being more lenient. However there’s a good reason for standards to be as strict as they are, as we’re about to learn.

What’s The Law? 

Washington residents as a whole are still getting used to the idea that marijuana is now legal to use for both medicinal and recreational purposes. With such a big change in legalization, it’s only natural that it will take some time for certain guidelines to become formally established. At this point in time, the law is a little gray when it comes to weed use.

Despite the fact that it’s legal, you can never use weed on the job, similarly to alcohol or any other substance that would be questionable in the workplace. But what happens if you want to smoke over the weekend and show up to work Monday morning? That’s where things get a bit hazy.

At this point in time, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to testing positive for marijuana while on the job. If you are obviously high, your boss does have the right to exercise suspension or even termination from your job. When you haven’t smoked in days but test positive for weed, it’s up to the employer as far as how to handle the situation.

Some take the approach that what you do on your own time is fine, and as long as the only thing showing up on your test is legal weed, you’re good to go. Other hard drugs will probably lead to different types of conversations, but you get the idea.

Others have a strict no-tolerance policy and will instantly fire you if your drug screening shows positive results. Why are they so harsh? Ultimately, marijuana is still illegal on a federal basis, and certain employers in Washington want to maintain their reputation as individuals who follow every law to the letter. Furthermore, any type of on-the-job accident that can be attributed to weed use creates panic in the eyes of many employers.

Still some jobs will be somewhere in the middle of these two extremes, and may ask that you talk to their HR department before returning to work, or might ask you to take some vacation time until your test can come back negative. How your employer chooses to handle the situation is as unique as each company themselves.

When You’re On The Hunt

 We’ve talked about what might happen if you test positive for weed when already employed, but what happens if you’re job hunting and you are asked to take a drug test? More and more staffing agencies in Washington are starting to enforce mandatory urine testing along with the submission of your application, and sadly this strict policy is causing more and more people to go without work.

Some estimates show that over 30% of people who apply to work with a temp agency are failing their drug test, a number that is significantly higher than it was in past years. Perhaps taking such a hard stance on marijuana is creating more problems in the job market than many anticipated.

Possible Solutions

 Once you’ve taken a hit, whether it’s your first ever or you’ve now lost count, you need to start thinking about how it will affect your current or future employment. Many individuals often try to get around drug testing and utilize over the counter products that claim to rid your system of all traces of marijuana. Stories have been told for years about people smuggling fake urine into the test with them, although the success of this method isn’t very high.

Your best bet just might be to have a candid discussion with your employer and ask what their stance is on marijuana. You may end up surprised to find that they don’t care what you do on your own time, while others will make it very clear how they feel about any kind of weed use. Once you have that information, you can then determine what makes the most sense for you should you ever get randomly drug tested.

Still unsure about what to do? You can always visit the team at The Bakeréé, as our budtenders are well-versed in all things marijuana. If losing your job isn’t worth it, visit us to pick our brains about how you can still enjoy weed without the worry.

Scared to Get High? Here’s Why It’s Ok

Scared to Get High? Here’s Why It’s Ok

We all know that person who somehow managed to never smoke marijuana during high school or college. Perhaps they were afraid, they wanted to make their parents proud, or they were an athlete and knew they would get drug tested. Now as an adult, their interest is piqued.

For individuals who live in a state where it’s legal to consume cannabis, like Washington, you have more options available to you now than ever before. Something that once had a stigma around it and could potentially put you in jail under certain circumstances now has a free pass associated with it. If you’re still scared to get high, that’s ok too.

The first time you smoke weed, or eat an edible for that matter, can bring up a plethora of feelings. Let’s unpack those a bit and explain why being scared to get high is common and how you can prepare for a successful experience.

Great Expectations

One of the more common reasons that people are afraid to get high at any age is that they don’t know what to expect. Unfortunately, marijuana is still viewed by many as a drug that’s terribly evil, and by getting high you’re just asking for an extreme psychedelic experience. If you didn’t already know – that’s not true.

Part of what gets you high comes from THC, a compound in cannabis that does impart psychoactive effects, yet they are typically manageable from the start. As a new smoker, you can take a few steps to ensure you don’t get too high and that your journey is pleasant rather than anxiety filled.

The first time you smoke, your body will have the strongest reaction to THC that it will ever have, which is why people who have smoked for years often need more and more to experience the same level of high. Keeping this reaction in check means choosing a strain of marijuana that’s relatively gentle.

Be sure to consult a budtender at your local upscale dispensary, like The Bakeréé, and let them know this will be your first time. More than likely they’ll suggest a strain with a low THC percentage, typically around 10% or so. Anything greater than 15% could be too much and create a negative set of effects that could sour your experience.

Once you have your mellow weed, another key element in soothing your fears is to make sure you partake an appropriate amount. A first-time smoker probably shouldn’t enjoy an entire joint or take multiple bong hits in succession – you’re just asking for trouble if you do. Instead, all it might take is one or two puffs at the most before the effects start to kick in.

How Long Is Too Long?

Related to the fear of what it’s like to be high, many first-time smokers worry that they don’t know how long they’ll be high for. If they hate the feeling, do they have to ride it out for seven hours before they feel normal again?

The answer depends on how sensitive your body is, how much you’ve had to eat, and if you’re smoking versus ingesting cannabis. In general, new users note that they experience effects for a much longer period of time the first several times around, and that’s mostly due to your body not quite knowing how to process these new compounds that have made their way into your system. We don’t want you to worry, but some people have reported being high for a full 24 hours the first time they smoked a joint.

Your best bet is to try getting high on a day where you have absolutely nothing to do. Maybe it’s your day off from work, the errands are done, and the kids are at grandma’s house for the weekend. When you have nothing remotely responsible looming on the horizon, it can help to lessen the fear of being high for too long. If you do experience effects for 24 hours, it won’t ruin your day.

Perception Is Everything

The connotations that are still present in our culture around smoking marijuana and getting high is another common reason why people are afraid to ever start using it. Self-doubting questions like “what will my friends think?” or “will I become a stoner?” can run rampant through people’s minds, and it’s enough to make them fearful about what could happen if they decide to cross the line into becoming a cannabis consumer.

Everyone is so different that we can’t necessarily speak to each and every concern about how people will perceive you, but we can offer some general things to think about. First, remember that you are ultimately in control of your marijuana use. If the fear of becoming a non-functioning member of society who is always stoned and glued to the couch is terrifying, you and you alone have the power to make sure that’s not the case.

If judgment from friends and family makes you fearful, then you have a few options. Some people simply don’t care what others think, which of course is easier said than done. Others take the opportunity as a way to have a candid conversation with their loved ones. This allows them to explain their reasons for starting to use marijuana and could even break down stereotypes within families or groups of friends.

Still, others might choose to get high by themselves in the comfort of their home and never tell a soul. Maybe their budtender is the only one who knows that they’ve taken the leap into the world of weed, and that’s ok too.

No matter why you’re afraid to get high, we want you to know that your fears are 100% valid. New experiences can be scary, and if you’ve gone your entire life avoiding pot only to try it for the first time as an adult, there’s a fair amount of common sense that might tell you to stay away. When in doubt, remember that the reasons you choose to get high are yours, and no matter what your mom says, no one has ever died from getting high.

A Traveller’s Guide To Marijuana

A Traveller’s Guide To Marijuana

In case you haven’t heard, marijuana is legal in Washington state! Smoking weed for medicinal purposes has been permitted since 1998 as long as you have proper documentation, and in November 2012, residents voted to legalize the product for recreational use. However, just because you can legally consume it doesn’t mean you have a free pass to go all out and enjoy total freedom.

As of the beginning of 2018, it is still illegal to consume marijuana in many places, essentially anywhere outside the comfort of your own home. Think of the restrictions in a similar manner to consuming alcohol, except more stringent.  With that being said, what if you’re a resident of Washington but need to take a trip outside of the state?

Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, there’s a chance you may want to take a few nugs of your favorite strain with you on the road. Before you pack your bags, it’s imperative that you understand the law regarding marijuana use in whatever state you’re visiting. To save you some time, we’ve compiled a quick guide to traveling with weed!

Legalization In Several Forms

By now you’ve probably realized that the term “legal weed” can bring some nuances along with it. Regulations typically separate medicinal usage from recreational enjoyment, and while you might be able to take advantage of one in certain areas, the other may be strictly prohibited.

As of January 8, 2018 you can consume marijuana for medical purposes only in the following states:

  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Florida
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Hawaii
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont

That seems like quite an extensive list, doesn’t it? On paper it does look like the world is your oyster when it comes to traveling with marijuana, but in reality, only about half of the US will allow you to partake.

Defining Medical Usage

 An important thing to note is that the states which allow medical marijuana enforce this regulation wholeheartedly. If there’s even the slightest inkling that you’re using cannabis for recreational purposes you could potentially face some strict punishment – more on that later.

So what’s the caveat to this long list of places where you can smoke pot? Nearly all of them do not allow out-of-state usage, meaning that if you hold a Washington medical card but you travel to North Dakota, your card means virtually nothing.

As of the end of 2017, only seven states that allow medical marijuana grant out-of-towners the freedom to consume within their borders. While some areas will give you a free pass if you’re smoking in the privacy of someone’s home, others prohibit visitors from purchasing at a local dispensary with an out-of-state medical card.

With that being said, the idea of traveling with weed to another state can be a huge gray area. If you have a medical authorization to consume and you’re visiting a state that allows you to smoke, should you bring weed with you? If you’re headed to an area where you aren’t allowed to purchase, it seems like you should, right?

These questions are tough to answer, and ultimately we aren’t here to tell you one way or another. Instead, let’s shift the focus over to the states where you won’t have to worry one bit – the places where recreational use is allowed.

Feel Free To Smoke Away!

 Ready for an epic road trip? You’re in luck, as all of the West Coast has gotten on board with allowing marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. Your full list of green light states are as follows:

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Alaska

In most cases, you can purchase and consume marijuana as an out-of-towner just as you would in Washington. One element to keep in mind, not only at home but when on the road, is that each state does have different limits on purchasing and possession. The laws on this can change from time to time, so be sure to do a bit of homework before heading to the nearest dispensary.

Penalties For Misuse

You might be tempted to bring some bud across state lines and covertly partake in a private setting. Again, we’re not here to tell you yes or no, but you should understand the ramifications if you choose to indulge. No matter where you are, whether weed is legal in any form or not, you’ll face serious consequences if you are driving under the influence. A DUI doesn’t look good on anyone’s record.

As far as the consequences are concerned for getting caught with marijuana on your person, in your car, or actually smoking it, they will vary depending on the state you’re visiting. Some see it as a small slap on the wrist and might simply confiscate your material while others head straight to charging you with a felony.

Ultimately the choice is yours – if you have a medical need for your weed and you won’t be able to function without it, you may decide that it’s worth it to take the risk and smoke in a state where it’s illegal. Others may want to hide their bud in the form of edibles and try to pass it off as normal candy if questioned, while still other cannabis connoisseurs don’t want to take the risk that’s involved.

If in doubt, head over to The Bakeréé where our knowledgeable staff can help you to understand the consequences of taking weed over state lines. The cannabis community is a big one but we’re here to support one another, so we’ll be sure to share any recommendations we may have for shops you can visit on your trip.

One last thing – keep in mind that legislation regarding cannabis is constantly in flux, and the information we’ve discussed today might have changed by the time you’re ready to take a trip. Always do a bit of research before you travel with marijuana just to make sure you’re not putting yourself at risk. Bon voyage!

How to Identify the Best Qualities of a Cannabis Strain

How to Identify the Best Qualities of a Cannabis Strain

The world of weed has changed dramatically in the last decade. Not only have the dynamics of the industry transformed for dispensaries, investors, and growers, but users have had to keep up with constant shifts as well. If you’ve been to an upscale shop like The Bakeréé recently, your head might have spun a bit when looking at all of your flower options.

Instead of going through a trial and error process to find the strain that you like the best, we’re here to share some insight so you know what to look for. When it comes to the best qualities of a cannabis strain, certain features will hold more weight than others, and some aspects are deal-breakers while others have more flexibility.

Before you make another trip out to your local dispensary, let’s review how you can judge cannabis strains for yourself and determine what’s good and what’s not quite worthy of your time.

Do You Taste Your Weed?

Anyone who has smoked marijuana before knows that there are a wide range of aromas that can come along for the ride. From diesel and skunky tones to more fruity or savory smells, the scent of your flower can have a huge impact on your experience. However there’s another component that many users often overlook, and that’s the actual flavor of the strain.

Similar in concept to the aroma profile, nugs of weed have their own flavors that they impart onto your palate during a smoke session. Most of the time the smells and tastes match up nicely, but there are certain strains that offer different aspects between your various senses.

Think about what appeals to you from a flavor standpoint and then ask your budtender which strains they would recommend. Rather than messing around with unknown tastes, you’re more likely to have a good experience if you purchase cannabis strains that you’ll savor.

How High Can You Go

The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes cannot be overlooked, but in this particular instance, we’re focusing more on the recreational aspects that weed can bring. Let’s face it – if you’re smoking a joint or hitting a bong, there’s a good chance you’re doing it to get high.

But how high do you want to be, and are there limits to what good or bad cannabis strains can bring? The primary component of marijuana that imparts the crazy effects we feel is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. In general, the higher the THC level of a certain strain, the higher you’ll get.

A good rule of thumb is to consider your strain selection based off of the THC level you can handle. New smokers would do themselves a favor to stay away from anything above 15% or so, while more experienced users can go much higher. Some strains reach almost 30% THC, so if you end up with some of that in your pipe, be prepared for liftoff!

CBD For The Win

While we’re on the subject of science, there’s another major element to selecting a quality cannabis strain that can make a big difference when it comes to medicinal usage. THC isn’t the only compound to look for when shopping for weed, as cannabidiol or CBD can play a huge role.

If you’re using pot to soothe chronic pain or help you battle insomnia, finding a strain with high levels of CBD should be a top priority. Different than THC, something with a 9% CBD level would be considered massively large, whereas strains with 1% are still considered to be rather effective and worth your time.

Not only does CBD help relieve the symptoms associated with a wide variety of medical conditions, but it doesn’t impart a high feeling and can actually counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. Keep this information in mind the next time you choose a strain, as the ratio of THC to CBD can dramatically change your experience.

Looks Are Important

We’re all told not to judge a book by its cover, but in this case, taking a good hard look at your weed before buying it can make all of the difference in the world. Often times, identifying the best qualities of a cannabis strain comes with a quick glance and a bit of knowledge.

If you’re interested in a particular strain because of its flavor profile or THC levels, the next logical step is to take a peek before you purchase. What if the nugs look shriveled and brown? How about if they have a lot of crystals on them? Would you be able to know what’s ideal and what’s not?

Quality nugs of weed will vary in color, but they’ll all have a bright and robust appearance. Anything that’s tinged brown or looks overly dry is most likely old and isn’t worth your time. Indications of crystals, called trichomes, or even a stickiness to each bud means you’re in for a treat, as both of these elements mean you’re looking at a high-quality product.

Take Your Time

At the end of the day, even the most experienced cannabis user might end up with a bad strain on their hands every so often. Despite knowing the tricks of the trade, marijuana can sometimes be misleading and a strain that seems amazing could be a bit lackluster. For a quick recap, here’s what to look for when seeking out quality cannabis strains:

  • Choose a flavor that sounds appealing to you. If it isn’t clear by the strain’s name, ask what the profile might taste like.
  • Consider the THC level of the strain and how that will play into your high.
  • Evaluate how important CBD is for your particular situation.
  • View your weed before buying, and look for vibrant and fluffy nugs. Strains that appear crystallized or sticky are your best bet.

Don’t be afraid to ask your budtender for recommendations when trying to narrow down your purchase. Before long you’ll have a few favorites to fall back on while you continue the fun of experimenting with new strains!

Cookies, Candy, And More – Which Edible Is Right For You

Cookies, Candy, And More – Which Edible Is Right For You

The landscape of marijuana consumption has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade or so. Way back when before you could Google the easiest way to make your own treats, people went through a trial and error period of infusing various foods with cannabis to figure out the best avenues to get high.

Nowadays, instead of guessing how to make effective edibles without overdoing it, there are tried and true methods of making your own weed butter and using it in a variety of baked goods. It’s a time-consuming process, and if you’d rather leave the scientific measuring up to the experts, any number of dispensaries can supply you with premade edibles and a ton of options.

If you’re new to the world of edibles, let’s explore what’s before you. From loaded soda and candy to cookies and teas, the choices can often be overwhelming. We break down the most common options and explore what you might expect from each type.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

One of the more popular kinds of edibles comes in the form of candy, and whether it’s chocolate, gummies, or mints, you’re sure to find a flavor that you like. Edible candies typically take two general forms: smaller bite-sized pieces that come in a pack, or larger items like bars and multi-serving gummies.

Those who don’t enjoy smoking can often appreciate eating their weed, as the candy has come a long way in terms of taste. Some brands do bring with them a hint of marijuana aftertaste, but for the most part, companies do a great job of masking the taste with other delicious flavors.

As with all edibles, candy can either take a while to affect you (up to 2 hours in some cases) or if you eat them on an empty stomach can take as little as 10 minutes to take you on a wild ride. Your high is generally more intense and lasts a decent amount of time, although everyone will be affected differently.

Candies commonly come in 5mg doses while larger options are made to break apart into smaller sections. It’s not advised to eat an entire chocolate bar in one sitting!

Cannabis Cookies

Popular with the at-home baker, both cookies and brownies are commonly talked about when it comes to edibles. Much like candy options, the effects of the weed can hit you right away, offering relief from pain or simply imparting a calming mood. Again, how hydrated you are and how much food you’ve recently eaten will play a large role in how strongly you’re affected by the THC.

One of the main reasons to choose a brownie or cookie over candy is that in many ways it can be more discrete. Unless you transfer your candy to your own bag, it’s clear for everyone to see what you’re eating. However, hold a cookie or brownie in your hand and nobody’s the wiser! Remember, dosages will vary in these baked goods, so while eating a regular cookie in one go isn’t a big deal, you might want to exercise some discretion with your special treats.

Loaded Sodas

Going along with the idea of portability and discretion has come a new way to ingest marijuana – drinking a loaded soda. This innovative type of edible has become popular within just the last few years as the technology used in the marijuana industry has created new kinds of applications for weed.

Although they’re harder to come by, upscale dispensaries like The Bakeréé are well-aware of the benefits of these products. In most cases, one bottle of loaded soda is intended for at least two separate servings, although if you’re feeling bold you could theoretically drink the entire container in one sitting.

While they tend to have stronger doses than candies, they’re still not quite as potent as smoking weed itself. On average, one serving of a loaded soda brings at least 15mg to your system. Try drinking one with a meal or if you need to be subtle about it, put it in your own water bottle and take it with you on an outing with friends.

Tea Time Is High Time

Cannabis tea is perhaps one of the most perfect creations for those who enjoy the ritual of a calming and warm beverage to start or end their day on a good note. Similar in many ways to traditional tea, you brew cannabis tea in warm water to create an infused cup of goodness. There are a wide range of flavors on the market, with anything from green tea blends to energize you to chamomile to soothe and relax.

Using tea to consume cannabis is often a safer method for those who aren’t used to getting high, as each tea bag has a set amount of THC that can range anywhere from 2.5mg up to over 20mg depending on the brand. Some also offer the benefits of CBD as well, setting their sights on pain relief and lifting your mood all in one delicious drink.

The Wave Of The Future

For some, smoking marijuana is almost a thing of the past, as blazing a joint or using a bong can be limiting in some ways. While it’s a proven fact that lighting up isn’t good for your lungs, it also brings along with it a smell that’s hard to disguise. The ritual of smoking can be calming, yet perhaps replacing that with a different method of consumption can be equally satisfying.

The next time you’re in a dispensary, talk with your budtender about the edible options they have for sale. Depending on how long you want to be high for and what sounds most appealing to your taste buds, there could be a range of foods and drinks to meet your needs. If nothing else, trying out an edible with friends in a public setting could be just the thing you need to have an awesome adventure!

Know Your Method: Flower, Pre-Rolls, and Edibles

Know Your Method: Flower, Pre-Rolls, and Edibles

When it comes to cannabis usage, there’s something to be said for staying within your comfort zone. Those who partake tend to have a specific routine and method of consumption, and can count on the effects they’ll experience each time they get high. However, coloring outside of the lines can bring its own set of benefits too.

No matter how you currently use cannabis, it helps to learn more about other methods that might spice up your routine or offer a different perspective that you can appreciate. While the ways of enjoying weed are nearly as numerous as the number of strains themselves, we want to focus on three of the more well-known methods to ensure you have a good grasp of the basics.

Falling For Flowers

Perhaps the most versatile option when it comes to enjoying cannabis, buying flowers from your local upscale dispensary like The Bakeréé is a great way to go. The use of flowers provides smokers with a ton of benefits including:

  • The ability to buy as much or as little as you want. Most often you’ll end up with a bulk discount if you choose to purchase larger quantities at once.
  • The chance to try new strains and flavors with ease. Since you can buy just a bit at a time, think about flower as a way to get a good variety of bud in one shopping trip.
  • The freedom to use a variety of devices when smoking. Flowers can be rolled into a joint, put into a pipe, or used with a bong for different levels of convenience and portability.

There’s also something really magical about the ritual of using flowers compared to a premade cannabis product. Smelling the nugs as you break them apart gets your senses ready for the ride you’re about to take, and grinding your product before using it brings the entire experience to another level.

However, flowers aren’t 100% perfect either, particularly for individuals who don’t like to smoke. If you have sensitive lungs or just don’t like the feeling of smoking something, that pretty much rules out this method right off the bat. Flowers can also be a bit pricier depending on the strain you choose, and there is more work involved in the preparation of your weed before you get to enjoy it.

Planning With Pre-Rolls

Smokers on the go and newbies alike tend to gravitate toward pre-rolls for their convenience and ease of use. Whether you smoke them occasionally or they become your main method, pre-rolls bring a lot to the table:

  • Even more versatile than flower, you can literally buy just one pre-roll if you want. Most dispensaries have a large menu of pre-roll options, which gives you the chance to stay on a budget or splurge a little bit.
  • Like buying nugs, you too can experience a wide range of flavors and strains with pre-rolls. Keep in mind that not every strain in the shop will be available in a pre-roll form, but you’ll still have a good selection to choose from.
  • Pre-rolls take the muss and fuss out of rolling your own joints. Whether you simply don’t like to grind and roll or you are physically incapable of doing so due to arthritis or chronic pain, pre-rolls are the supreme option for a grab and smoke method.

More often than not, a pre-roll can help you get by until your next payday, as many dispensaries have $2 or $3 options available. Instead of needing at least $10 or more for flower, you can enjoy a pre-roll with the change you find in your couch!

In many cases, pre-rolls get a bad wrap because it’s a great way for dispensaries to hide unsatisfactory product inside of a premade item. Some have been known to cut their pre-rolls with other plant material or they simply offload their stale weed into these pretty packages. Don’t let that deter you though because not all shops do this.

Eat Your Edibles

If you ask a regular cannabis user how they feel about edibles, you’ll more than likely get a favorable response, as this is a fun way to change up your routine with something delicious! Edibles have come a long way in the last few years, and now include products like chocolates, gummies, sodas, and more. What can you expect from an edible? Some of the perks include:

  • If you’re put off by the smell of smoke yet still want to get high, edibles are the perfect choice. You get a tasty treat and all of the same wonderful effects that flower would provide.
  • A dispensary can be your new candy store, with a ton of options to choose from. Make it your own personal mission to try every type of edible there is and then decide which ones are your favorites!
  • Edibles are incredibly discrete, allowing you to enjoy their effects outside of your home. If you are planning a trip with friends or an evening on the town, eat an edible before you go (make sure you don’t drive!) and have a great time.

The great thing about edibles is that you can try making your own if you’re feeling adventurous, thus allowing you to have even greater versatility with flavors and textures. Simply purchase some flower, find a recipe you like, and get cooking!

Perhaps the only major drawback to consuming edibles is that they can be rather pricey depending on how frequently you indulge. Compared to lesser priced pre-rolls, you might be spending three to four times the amount for the same high.

How do you like to use cannabis? Do you tend to stick to one method only, or is it more fun to change up your routine a bit? As the cannabis industry continues to grow it’s only a matter of time before we see even more unique ways to get high and partake in this substance that we all know and love. Still unsure about which way to go? Chat with your budtender for top recommendations on flower, pre-rolls, and edibles alike!

Past to Present: Everything to know about the History of Vaping

Past to Present: Everything to know about the History of Vaping

As modern as vaping seems it is not actually all that new. The roots of vaping are actually recorded to reaching as far back as the 5th century. Ancient models aside, even modern vaporizers have their specific roots with electronic advances during the last century. All trends need to start somewhere, but sometimes they do not really pick up until a time where an audience will really appreciate them.

Vaping: In the Beginning

The earliest recorded electronic cigarette patent appeared in the 1920’s, created by a Joseph Robinson. But while Mr. Robinson’s designs did not pick up and there would not be another push for electronic cigarettes until the 1960’s. In 1965 Herbert A. Gilbert published his patent and pushed for a less addictive, healthier alternative to smoking. Unfortunately the 20th century audience would be less than receptive to the need for an e-cigarettes benefits.    

Ahead of the Times

The mid-20th century was home to a tobacco industry at full strength. Advertisements were everywhere, warnings were minimal, and people were not actively looking for any alternatives. Production of vaporizers was unnecessary when there was already an established market for cigarettes. Mr. Gilbert’s patent for e-cigarettes would expire before the idea fell back into obscurity.

Modern Return of Vaporizers

The e-cigarete would not re-emerge as a viable idea until the 21st century. A chinese medical researcher and pharmacist named Hon Lik would develop and create and release a new, modern e-cigarete by 2006. There would be plenty of refinement and changes before the modern trend started to pick up within the next two decades. Vaping subcultures were already growing by the early 2000’s and with the decline of smoking they would soon see an incredible boom in business.

Vapes’ Time in the Spotlight

The rise of vape culture was further pushed when two brothers named Umer and Tariq Sheikh living in the United Kingdom created the cartomizer. With the cartomizer, e-cigarettes would then be able to go on the market as single, disposable units. This change allowed vaping to spread even faster and by 2007 the e- cigarette would hit U.S shores. As vaporizers spread and grew in popularity, they would benefit from the attention and contributions of its user base.

2018 and Future Directions for Vaping

One of vapings best qualities is how customizable of an experience it can be. Vaporizers are incredibly modifiable and the user base has found ways to push and change their experiences in radically different ways. Size, shape, color, or even power settings are capable of being swapped to fit user preference. There are even sports and events centered around people vaping and mods. The history of the vape is still ongoing; a hobby that has taken the world by storm.