Guide to Cannabis Oils: What They Are and Where to Start

Guide to Cannabis Oils: What They Are and Where to Start

“Whatever happened to just good ol’ fashion weed?”

Well, it got better. Cannabis, especially with more and more states legalizing recreational use, has expanded beyond what many people grew up thinking it was. Cannabis oils, while not necessarily a totally new development, has increased in popularity over the years. If you’re not familiar, don’t worry. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about cannabis oil, how to use it, and where to start. But first things first, let’s go through some of the basics…

What is Cannabis Oil?

As the name implies, cannabis oil is substance extracted from cannabis plants. It’s 100% natural, no chemicals added. It’s sticky and gooey, much like sap you’d find in a tree. As a concentrated form of THC or CDB, cannabis oil is one of the most potent forms of marijuana. Because of this, they’re often used for medicinal purposes to alleviate pain especially in cancer treatments.

As science has gotten more advanced, so have cannabis oils. Whereas it used to be around 15% THC, you can now get numbers as high as 90%. Whether you’re using for medicinal or recreational reasons, cannabis oil has become a popular route for many. Not just for its potency, but for the wide array of uses and ways to use it. Not everyone wants to smoke flowers or roll a joint. For that, and many other reasons, cannabis oil can be a great alternative for people wanting to use cannabis without smoking. The methods vary, letting you choose which is best for you. Let’s take a look at few.

Topicals

Essentially, topicals are anything you’d put on your skin that’s infused with cannabis oils. This could be a lotion, a balm, or just straight oil that you rub into your skin. What makes topicals so appealing is how they can directly address soreness and pain. Just simply rub the topical into wherever you’re aching and you’ll find fairly rapid and long-lasting relief. Using a topical typically won’t get you high, which can often be a benefit. Since they aren’t entering your bloodstream, you can take care of your pains with a topical and not have to worry about your sobriety. Think of topicals as a therapeutic rather than a psychogenic. They can also help reduce swelling and inflammation. Really, topicals are one of the most practical uses of cannabis that won’t interfere with your day-to-day.

Topicals are not, however, boring. Just like their are numerous strains of cannabis flowers, topicals come in all sorts of varieties and flavors. Want a blueberry kush balm? You can find that. It’s all just a matter of deciding what’s right for you.

Vape Cartridges

You’ve likely seen a lot of different vape stores around town or in news headlines, but that type of vape is very different animal. Those are much more in line with e-cigarettes, giving an alternative to tobacco. They often contain nicotine, but not always. Cannabis vape cartridges do, however, function somewhat similarly.

Vape cartridges require the use of a vaporizer pen – a small, cylindrical device that looks like, well, a pen. It’s convenient enough to fit into your pocket, making it portable and functional. The pen itself is fairly useless without two things: a charge in an outlet and cartridge. Your pen will heat up the cartridge somewhere between 284 and 446 degrees Fahrenheit – any hotter than that and the oil would combust. This turns the oil into vapors and you’ll inhale through the end. Some vaporizers will let you choose what temperature you burn your oils, also determining how much of the cannabis you burn. More heat means more cannabis.

Vape cartridges are often odorless or flavored. You won’t stink up the house using a vape pen, which is one of its strongest selling points. Many consumers will often pick the pen over traditional cannabis just for that reason. It’s much easier to carry with you and have at the ready. For someone who has chronic pain, being able to carry a cannabis vape pen with them alleviates the stress of having to find a proper space to ingest cannabis. There’s a range in quality of pens as well. You can go for a basic model, which typically won’t give you much of a choice in terms of temperature, or you can go with something that truly helps you customize your experience. You can choose everything from size, color, and different settings.

Smoking, even cannabis, will have an effect on your lungs. Vaping cannabis oils doesn’t completely remove those risks, but by inhaling vapor instead of smoke you’re making things a lot easier for your respiratory system. Vaping also ensures that you’re getting pure cannabis and not other elements mixed in with the smoke, giving you a better and purer high. Not just that, but they can be more cost effective as well. There are a few upfront costs, especially if you’re committing to a high end vape pen, but you might find cartridges last you longer than flowers or pre-rolls, especially if you’re a frequent smoker. Cartridges will cost you more than the typical gram, but you won’t have to keep running back to the store or dispensary for more as often.

Dabbing

If you’ve heard anything about dabs before, it likely has to do with the intensity. It’s a newer method for ingesting cannabis, developed within the last decade, but it’s already taken notice from outlets as large as The New York Times. So, what’s the buzz all about?

Dabs are concentrates made from cannabis oils. It’s cannabis distilled to it’s highest percentage of THC, often between 80-90%. That means you’re going to have a much more intense experience than smoking or even vaping. For a simplified version of weed, dabbing can be surprisingly complex. It needs to be facilitated with a few tools, including: a water pipe, a torch, a dome, a glass nail that fits in your water pipe, and a metal dabber. When you’re dabbing, it’s best to veer toward being cautious. You don’t need much concentrate at all, average doses look like the size of pocket lint. A little goes a long way. You’re encouraged to sit as well – this can be a really intense experience.

Dabbing is one of the most efficient ways of consuming cannabis and it can be the best way for immediate pain relief. However, you should always exercise caution with dabbing. Dabbing will often heightened your heart rate even more than typical with cannabis and can exacerbate symptoms like paranoia and hallucinations. If you’re trying dabbing for the first time, do it with someone who’s familiar with the process.

Cannabis oils are emerging as some of the most fascinating and effective ways to enjoy and use cannabis today. Ready to try some for yourself? Come on down to The Bakeree and we’ll help you find the right method for you. In the meantime, check out our options on our menu.

Nacho Picass Has Made It In Life: A Nacho Picasso Art Show and Record Listening Party

Nacho Picass Has Made It In Life: A Nacho Picasso Art Show and Record Listening Party

Born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Seattle, WA, Jesse Robinson, known by his stage name “Nacho Picasso” is one of the most decorated hip hop artists to come out of Seattle in the last decade. Nacho has released 12 studio albums over the last six years and has captured the imagination of fans worldwide.

Nacho is not afraid to speak his mind and his no holds barred attitude has endeared him to cult hero status among his fans. His content ranges from sex, drugs and violence all the way to comic book super heroes, anime and iconic movie references.

Before Nacho ever released any music, he was a self proclaimed comic book nerd and has been honing in on his personal artwork ever since. Thursday, October 19th, at the Bakeree in Seattle, WA – the public will get its first ever chance to view his visual works in person as well as a chance to hang out with the artist himself.

In addition to the artwork, the public will get a sneak preview of Nacho’s new album “Anti-Hero Vol. 2” which is a collaboration w/ super producer Harry Fraud.

DJs: Stas Thee Boss & Ramos from KEXP Street sounds will provide the soundscape to the party.See you there!

Living on the Fringes: A Pop Up Gallery Experience Featuring 70s Band Merch

Screen-printed band t-shirts have been en vogue for so long, that it can be hard for some younger music fans to conceive a time when they weren’t in fashion. Whether it’s grabbing a shirt from the merch table at a concert all the way to massive retailers now carrying shirts for classic artists that you can buy off the rack, band tees and merch are about as ubiquitous now as most other clothing items. But that wasn’t always the case. Journey with us as The Bakeree welcomes Living on the Fringes – a pop up gallery showcasing 70s band merch, highlighting an era that finally bridged the gap between rock music and fashion.

This exhibit, which is currently being featured in our store until October 15th, features work by Jeffrey Axelrod and Barry Anderson. The two founded Hip-O-Potamus Creations back in 1970 and steadily defined the style of the decade as they began to work with higher profile artists. Rock and roll in the 1970s was vibrant, exciting and full of a tenacity in the artists that they carried both on and off stage. The energy around the music that was coming up needed visual components that matched the enthusiasm and eclectic nature of the sounds being produced by artists like the Grateful Dead, The Who, Janis Joplin, and Fleetwood Mac. Some of that you could get off of album covers and posters. However, the clothes being worn by artists on stage started to create a movement of fashion on its own.

This left another opportunity wide open – why not merge the identity of the artist with fashion? Axelrod and Anderson saw the opportunity and the drive to make it happen as they started the very first licensed manufacturing business for silk-screened t-shirts for rock musicians, film, as well as the marijuana initiative of 1972 to 1974. All these different realms collided in a beautiful way throughout the decade with apparel justing being one of the many ways they’d intersect throughout the decade and through to today. So, who were these two guys that helped define the looks of these movements?

Jeffrey Axelrod was originally born in Massachusetts but really settled his early life in New York in the 1960s. By the time he was 21 years old, he owned a gas station and two parking lots in Chelsea. But Axelrod had a spirit of adventure. In 1969 he stowed away in the bathroom of an airplane as a means of getting himself to Los Angeles. However, he quickly found that Los Angeles wasn’t suited for him and moved up the coast to San Francisco. It was there that he met his eventually business and art partner, Barry Anderson. Anderson had lived in San Francisco his whole life. At that time, he was working a motorcycle shop painting bikes and creating custom designs for their customers. The same year Axelrod moved to San Francisco, Anderson’s friend who served in Vietnam reached out to him about starting a t-shirt company with Axelrod. Anderson hopped on board, doing t-shirt designs at night until his boss at the motorcycle shop found out and fired him for freelancing. A minor setback ended up being a blessing in disguise, giving Anderson more time to focus on his apparel designs. A company that Axelrod started with only $100 was about to take off with everyone in their right place.

Steadily Hip-O-Potamus creations took off. Soon they found themselves created t-shirts for the likes of David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Santana, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and more future iconic artists. As those artists became more prominent, so did Anderson’s designs. Anderson and Axelrod’s partnership became a huge part in defining the look of the era, with their shirts being sold on tour with these artists – as well as creating shirts for the crew and exclusive looks for the artists.

The marijuana initiative of the 70s proved to be another defining point for the burgeoning t-shirt company. Expanding beyond working with artists, they decided to put their skills toward political change. They began creating shirts that encouraged the community to get out and vote for legalization of cannabis, partnering with groups such as Mothers for Marijuana to help get traction. It was the first ballot initiative to seek legalization in the history of the United States. While that campaign ultimately didn’t pass, it created the foundation for campaigns that would ultimately lead to legalization here in Washington and other states like Colorado, Oregon, and eventually even their own home of California.

“People still refer to Barry and I, with our initials B and J, as the Ben & Jerry of marijuana,” Alexrod says on their website.

Axelrod and Anderson are still hard at work today running Hippo Tees. They still sell some of their classic designs but also continue to innovate and create custom works be request. Anderson, not personally keen on the advent of Photoshop, still does all of his designs by hand which gives his work that unique, irreplaceable look that’s become part of the pop culture conscious for nearly five decades. Whether it was musicians we’ve idolized or the marijuana movement that’s made businesses like The Bakeree a possibility, these two innovators have been through it all. What they do is art and a gallery may be the best way to experience it (other than wearing the shirts for yourself!).

This is the first time and only time this exhibit has been seen, after being in storage for 42 years prior to going to Back Stage Auctions. The Bakeree is thrilled to host their works in our gallery space. It’s a rare opportunity to see some of the original works that spurred an entire industry and movement within music and fashion. There are some of the original concepts and sketches on display as well, showcasing how these famous designs were birthed all the way through their eventual printing on shirts. Come see it for yourself. Stop in today and check it out for yourself.  The Bakeréé is located at 74 S Lucile St., between Hwy 99 and 1st Ave in Seattle’s historic Georgetown.

“Living on the Fringes” showcases original rock band memorabilia from the 70’s

“Living on the Fringes” showcases original rock band memorabilia from the 70’s

The Bakeréé is hosting an exhibit featuring the first Rock Band Merchandise from the 70’s including; Grateful Dead, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, Journey, Pink Floyd and more.  The exhibit has been in storage for 42 years and has never been seen before as a collection.  All the art will be sent to auction after the show in Seattle at 74. S Lucile St, Seattle 98134.  The founder of Hippo-potamus Creations, Jeffrey Axelrod will be at The Bakeree Thursday 9/7/2017 to share stories of that incredible time in history.

Rise Up Expungement Program

Do you have a cannabis-related crimes on your record?

The Minority Cannabis Business Association and Marley Natural™ have teamed up to combat the negative consequences of the war on drugs. The mission of the Rise Up™ Expungement Program is to help men and women expunge (or “vacate”) certain types of cannabis-related crimes from their record. On May 20, we will assist a group of select individuals with vacating their Washington cannabis-related crimes. You may qualify if:
•    Are over 18 years of age
•    Have a valid (not expired) state-issued (any state) ID or valid U.S. passport (you cannot participate if you do not bring your valid ID with you)
•    Were convicted of a cannabis crime in Washington State

On May 20, in 2 hours or less, we will help you complete all the steps necessary to file your request for expungement with the state of washington, including covering all costs and fees.

•    Apply for the expungement day by completing the registration form. Space is limited, so register early.
•    You will receive notification of confirmed registration within 3 business days
•    The event will be held in Seattle, WA. Address to be communicated upon confirmed registration
•    There are two time options – an 11am appointment start time and a 12:30pm appointment start time
•    This is an estimated 2-hour time commitment. Expect to complete the process within 2 hours of your appointment start time
•    Food and beverages will be provided
•    Please provide a valid email address with your sign up. We will confirm your sign up via email
•    NOTE: If you sign up, you are expected to show up. A no show means someone else who needed this service missed out because we saved a space for you
Complete the sign up form today to reserve your spot. Spots are limited, and will be assigned to qualified individuals. Sign up early before all spots are taken.