[Canniseur: It’s Memorial Day weekend. The traditional beginning of summer, but we’re mostly staying in place, so a BBQ is a really wonderful thing to make after you’ve braved the market, found some meat and veggies for the grill. So if you have to stay at home with family, here are some good ideas to make the “Q” even more enjoyable.]
Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way we live and interact with each other. Close hugs and packed parties have given way to face masks and a six-foot radius. But as governments around the world begin to relax stay-at-home orders and people leave their homes due to quarantine fatigue, it’s still pertinent to stay protected and diligent when attending gatherings this coming summer.
And what screams summer louder than a backyard BBQ? A backyard BBQ with weed.
We know that many will be itching to get out and see friends and family as the weather warms up, but you shouldn’t throw caution to the wind to do so. Below, check out how you can still get stoned with your mates by the BBQ while keeping yourself and others safe.
Tips to keeping your distance
Restrictions are loosening, but that doesn’t mean coronavirus has been eradicated. We know the urge to see your friends in person is skyrocketing day by day, and it’s important to proceed carefully when you’re finally gathered.
If you’re already planning your first summer BBQ, it’s recommended that the total attendees aren’t more than 10 people (depending on how much backyard space you have to work with). There should be enough room for everyone to relax yet still be physically distant at the same time. Traffic in and out of your home may pose a risk, so it would be best to let people right into the backyard from the get-go or host the event at a nearby park.
Hand sanitizer and wipes should be freely available, and it may also serve guests best to bring their own glasses, plates, and silverware. When inviting the BBQ group, you can also ask that everyone bring their own favorite foods for themselves as an extra step and precaution. Everyone can take turns on the BBQ as the party goes on.
Last — and most importantly — opt to get your cannabis goods by pickup or delivery. If you want to smoke, don’t pass the joint, or consider making these gatherings edibles only.
Great strains for livening up the BBQ
If you choose to smoke or vape, find the following strains to make the most out of your social distancing BBQ.
Best strain to increase appetite: Legend OG
Legend OG is a strain that WM users have found makes them hungry and feel relaxed. Big BBQ energy, for sure.
Open up your appetite with a couple of hits of Legend OG. Thought to be an OG Kush phenotype, this heavy-hitter will get the digestive juices going and put you in the mood for a BBQ feast.
Best strain to relax and digest: Dosidos (Do-Si-Dos)
And lastly, no BBQ would be complete without that strain that helps you kick back and relax when the BBQ is all said and done. That’s where Dosidos comes in.
When all the food has been devoured, the only dessert you’ll want will be a delicious hit of Dosidos. Relaxing and uplifting, this strain will make you feel like you’re drifting off in the summer sunshine.
From beers to chips, you don’t have to look far for delicious BBQ-inspired edibles. Keep an eye out for these stoney eats to really get the summer vibes going.
Weed beers seem like a no-brainer to bring to a BBQ with weed, right? For those who want to avoid alcohol but still want the refreshing, social aspect of cracking open a beer with friends, weed beers hit the spot.
Non-alcoholic with 5 milligrams THC, Two Roots Mango Dango IPA packs a tropical punch and tastes just like a smooth and delicate IPA and are available in California, but there are various brands and breweries experimenting with infused-beers in a couple of states.
It goes without saying that sweet, dessert-y edibles are going to be a must for your 420-friendly BBQ. Brownies, cookies, and rice krispies are always great bets in the baked goods department.
If gathering around a fire pit is too close for comfort, you can get your s’mores kick elsewhere with incredibles’ mouthwatering S’mores Bar. Clocking in at 100 milligrams THC for the whole bar, you can portion your elevation with 10 milligrams per piece.
When it comes to adding just a small kick of THC, there are a ton of options in the butter, honey, and sauces to slather all over your favorite BBQ foods.
Spice up your burgers, hotdogs, chicken — and whatever else you throw on the grill — with an infused twist. Portland Oven’s Pot Sauce comes in three heat flavors, so you can choose to go mild or sweat through your clothes with 50 milligrams THC per bottle.
[Canniseur: Times are strange and will get stranger. COVID-19 is also creating upheavals in the cannabis market. Dispensaries in most states are open, but there are rumblings of closures and supply issues. Yesterday in Colorado, two stores I visited said several of their growers will stop operations. How you can put plants on pause is beyond me, but I understand the fear.]
Since social distancing and quarantine have been widely enacted, many have been advised to work from home in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). But because so many other places are closing down that don’t offer any kind of work from home options — such as restaurants, gyms, and retail shops — many aren’t seeing paychecks coming in as the government figures out a plan to ease the burden.
And as some wait it out, others have stocked up on more than just toilet paper and hand sanitizer: according to Headset, a data analytics service for the cannabis industry, last week, “sales of Adult Use cannabis in Washington State were up 23% on Friday, 14% on Saturday, and 33% on Sunday.” Additionally, “average baskets on Sunday were $33.70 before taxes, up 22% over the prior week and 28% compared to baskets in January and February of this year.”
So whether you’ve bulked up your stash this past couple of weeks in preparation, or you’re just planning on stretching whatever nugs and buds you have left, follow our guide to making your dollars last without completely depleting your favorite cannabis products.
What do quarantine and social distancing mean?
What’s the difference between quarantine and social distancing? Vox recently reported on the coronavirus outbreak and the utilization of social distancing to help quell the spread of the virus:
Quarantine: to separate individuals completely from the public if it is believed that they have been exposed, but aren’t yet showing, symptoms of sickness.
Social distancing: requires the public to refrain from social gatherings and maintain a conservative and clear radius around oneself and others when out and about.
Including these practices in your plan to help fight the virus will greatly and positively affect your community. Protecting those who are immunocompromised or most susceptible to the virus is the number one priority throughout this pandemic.
Even if you are symptom-free, you can still be a carrier of coronavirus. According to various experts interviewed by The Atlantic, you should be avoiding social interaction as much as possible at this time. This includes skirting the gym, canceling non-essential appointments such as beauty treatments, stepping away from birthday parties and large family or friend gatherings, and keeping a healthy separation between you and the public when grocery shopping or running errands.
Basic tips for cannabis shopping
Depending on your state, some cannabis retailers have closed their doors to adult use consumers but may offer delivery or curbside pickup to patients at this time. If you still haven’t made it to your local dispensary before total lockdown, but have access to goods or services, consider our shopping tips for the busiest times of the year.
Once you find a retailer that does curbside pickup or delivery, see if there are any deals they are running. Typically, retailers will promote buy-one-get-one-free deals and specific discounts on certain items on their Weedmaps listing page under the Details and Deals sections. You can also take advantage of the Weedmaps Orders platform to order pickup and delivery online.
Want to get super elevated the cheapest way possible? Consider investing in a few nugs of moon rocks. These little devils are flower buds dipped in concentrate and then rolled in kief.
You won’t have to smoke an entire bowl to feel the effects, just one or two puffs should get the job done.
If you’re big on concentrates yet falter on the high price tag, think about picking up some crumble. Unlike regular concentrates that are usually fluid or sticky, crumble is a type of concentrate extracted using a solvent and maintains a “crumbly” consistency.
You dab it just like you would any other concentrate while saving a few bucks since “a gram of shatter costs a median price of $40 compared to a median price of $37.50 for a gram of crumble,” according to WM News data.
Kief can make any smoke session just a bit stonier — all you have to do sprinkle any leftover particles over fresh bowls of cannabis and you’re good to go. It’s one of the simplest ways to stretch your stash, even when you’re down to the bare bones.
If you don’t have a large amount of kief at the bottom of your grinder, some retailers sell it by the gram at a cheaper price than other concentrates and some flower.
Look for high THC strains
If you usually stay away from high THC strains, it may be worth your while to look at some of our picks in order to save some money. While low THC products definitely have their place in stash boxes everywhere, during times of financial distress, you may be able to get more for your buck with less when it comes to powerful strains.
Instead of going through a full joint, one, two or three puffs of high THC strains could be all you need to get the same effect.
Use terpenes to enhance cannabinoids
Terpenes are to cannabinoids as peanut butter is to jelly. They enhance the best qualities of cannabis and can expand on a certain elevation you’re gearing toward. If you’re looking to stretch the last of your weed, try a boost of terpenes to get you through the coming days of increased quarantine.
For quick relief of anxiety and stress, reaching for a bowl of cannabis is hardly out of the question. Many strains are loaded with a variety of fragrant terpenes that work through the entourage effect to take you to a state of cool, calm, and collected bliss.
But how do you know which terpenes are best for relaxing the mind and crushing anxiety? Below, discover which terpenes are found in anxiety-busting strains as well as a few recommendations to look out for at your local dispensaries.
First Things First: Which Terpenes Tackle Anxiety?
Among the plethora of terpenes found in cannabis, three come to mind when we want to reduce anxiety. These aren’t the only terpenes that relieve stress, but they do a phenomenal job when taking care of mental wariness and physical ailments.
Found in cloves and black pepper, you’ll want to pair this anti-inflammatory terpene with something rich and cozy (pumpkin spice latte, anyone?). Caryophyllene reduces stress through its pain-relieving properties, leaving relaxation in the wake of a smoked joint or vape. Playing on the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, strains rich in this terpene may also diminish the effects of colitis, pain, and Alzheimer’s from mice model studies.
Try These β-Caryophyllene Cannabis Strains for Pain & Inflammation Relief
Popular for its abundance in aromatic plants such as ylang-ylang and wild thyme, myrcene offers sedative and anti-inflammatory effects. It’s also conveniently synergistic with THC, which means some may feel a more powerful high with large amounts of myrcene in their chosen strains. Fortunately for you, this terpene is one of the most popular found in cannabis, so you won’t have to search high and low to feel myrcene’s anxiety-reducing traits.
Breathe easy when you inhale a limonene-rich strain and anxiety will melt right off your back. This citrusy terpene is commonly associated with tart lemons and delivers a wave of calm and euphoria on the exhale. Studies suggest limonene may be a potential anti-depressant, as well as a means to boost serotonin and dopamine in the brain.
Try These Limonene Cannabis Strains for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress Relief
Which Strains Contain Anti-Anxiety Terpenes?
Now that you’ve brushed up on a little terpene knowledge, check out which strains are chock-full of anxiety mashing terpenes.
Perfect for starting your morning on the right foot, Harlequin is one of those strains offering both relief and major staying power. Along with myrcene, Harlequin contains a rich profile of CBD, and usually expresses a CBD:THC ratio of 5:2. You can relax and stamp out THC’s paranoia all in one pull.
Bubba Kush is the ultimate strain bringing on tranquilizing effects and mood-boosting qualities. It’s no mystery why this particular bud is highly prized: it’s a powerhouse of anti-anxiety terpenes including all three of the top stress-reducing oils. Myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene collide with Bubba Kush’s incredible anxiety-reducing traits.
Low in THC (6%), high in CBD (6-17%), Cannatonic brings balance to the universe with its high myrcene content and mellow CBD characteristics. If you’re searching for something to toke on throughout the day (and won’t leave you couchlocked), reach for this migraine crushing, anxiety-reducing strain.
White Widow has been around the block a few times, and it’s easy to see why. With a high dose of caryophyllene and myrcene among its myriad of terpenes, this creative strain boosts euphoria, mowing down any stressful thoughts you just can’t shake. Load up a bowl or pull on a vape, White Widow is sure to be your new go-to.
In addition to its rich myrcene content, Remedy tips the CBD scales at 15% with only trace amounts of THC. Looking for mellow body relaxation and inflammation-reducing cannabis? Look no further than the pain-killing, stress-reducing Remedy.
What’s better than cheesecake? A delectable Blueberry Cheesecake strain that also takes care of mental burdens. A favorite for those seeking mental relief, relax with this mighty caryophyllene strain that pairs well with…you guessed it, blueberry cheesecake.
Tis’ the season for apples, pies, and pumpkins. But as you make your way through your second pumpkin spice latte, consider another less popular yet oh-so-delicious fall treat: grapes. Without them we wouldn’t have wine, jellies, or the inspiration for this round-up for amazing grape-tasting cannabis strains.
Grab a couple fresh-off-the-vine grape bunches and load up on the strains below to celebrate this sweet, small fruit.
Even the hue of Grape Krush resembles that classic grape-purple color, so we couldn’t possibly leave this delicious number off the round-up. With a surprisingly uplifting high mingling on the edge of a more potent and relaxing effect, it’s perfect for winding down at the end of the day.
Why People Love It:
“One of those strains that has cool bud structures and a great grape taste. I would definitely recommend this one, the high is clean. Although it is an indica dominant strain, I would find myself kayaking for hours upon end while smoking Grape Krush.” —NickUSA
You know that classic scene in I Love Lucy where Lucy goes to Italy and stomps grapes with a local grape-stomper and hilarity ensues? Grape Stomper is a bit like that: Speeding you off to interesting destinations with a giggly effect to boot. Note: Grape Stomper is also known as “Sour Grapes.”
Why People Love It:
“Awesome mouth-watering taste … With a natural grape taste, even in a diamond cigar I felt like a swig of grape soda laced my blunt. The smoke hits your chest with the most pleasant high. Uplifts your thoughts and calms your lower body.” —DrGhostmonious
Granddaddy Purple is always a top pick on “Favorite Strain” lists, and it’s easy to see why. With full mental and physical effects ranging from cerebral creativity and the numbing of a number of ailments, Granddaddy Purple is one of those grape-y strains that will (thankfully) be around until the end of time.
Why People Love It:
“The sweetest strain I’ve ever tasted. The exhale seriously reminds me of a grape popsicle. It’s a potent indica, with an extremely mellow body stone that’s great for relaxation and pain relief. One of my favourite indicas. Do yourself a favour and score some of this dank-ass ganja.” —NeonPablo
Grape Ape and Grapefruit parents created the incredible tasting and happily euphoric Zkittlez. With a blend of berry and tropical flavors, toking on Zkittlez will be as close to eating candy as you can get—but without all that sugar.
Why People Love It:
“Smells of crushed grape skittles with citrus notes and berry undertones. I agree about wanting to tape my face to the jar. Effects are very strong, very fast. Sedating the body and calming the mind. This won’t shut off your head but will allow you to be mellow and focused in small to medium doses. High doses tend to lend more to the indica side leaving you more and more relaxed as time goes on.” —chi3fz3ro
With Sour Diesel and Granddaddy Purple lineage, Sour Grape was bred to do amazing things. The taste will pucker you up while the effects sink into your body and deliver a shot of cerebral energy. Different to the “Sour Grapes” above, make sure you’re choosing this particular strain at your next dispensary visit.
Why People Love It:
“In the words of the great Homer Simpson: “mmmm…grapes”. Or maybe it was donuts … The point I’m trying to make is the how much Sour Grape tastes and smells like the fruit of which it is named. Like other Sour variants a delayed skunky aftertaste lingers much like sucking on a giant sour patch kid. The high is cerebral with the usual face numbing that usually comes with Sour Diesel. Great high for night or day. Medicinally best for depression and stress.” —dabbyduckishighasfuck
Grape Ape was named for its pungent, grape aroma, so you know it’s going to be good. With characteristic purple leaves, this strain will relax the mind and calm the body, making it a great choice to beat insomnia and get some much-needed shut-eye.
Why People Love It:
“Dude… had a top shelf G after a 14-hour shift and it took me to the moon. The high crept on slowly and intensely, ridding all stresses of the day. Consumed with a vaporizer the grape taste and smell is wonderful. The buds were extremely frosty and easy to breakdown.” —drewdeezus
Ed. Note: There are a lot of people who are claiming health benefits for cannabis. While this is subjective and not objective, I have to wonder how much of this is placebo effect or really works, remains to be discovered objectively. In some ways, this is a nostrum, but if arthritis patients are happy, then who are we to say otherwise?.
Arthritis develops in many different forms, from inflammatory arthritis to metabolic arthritis (commonly known as gout). Each type contributes to ongoing pain and constant bodily stress that can potentially lead to a dependence on pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs.
Thankfully, cannabis has been shown to alleviate symptoms of arthritis in patients who regularly incorporate it into their routine. It’s even a qualifying condition for medical cannabis in a number of legalized states. When used, the cannabinoids in cannabis bind to CB2 receptors, controlling the pain signals firing from the joint to the brain—ultimately relieving arthritic pain.
Arthritis is not an uncommon affliction, so we took to our Leafly userbase on Instagram and asked you which products have help arthritis symptoms. Here’s what you had to say:
Available in: Arizona, Colorado, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington
Strain: Strawberry Cheesecake
Chronic pain is no match against the very berry delicious Strawberry Cheesecake. Complete with a touch of CBD mixed into its typical 20% THC content, it’s a strain made for pain management and relief. Not only will you drift off to strawberry fields with this creamy delight, you’ll also get a jolt of cerebral, creative energy at the end of every toke.
Cannabinoid receptors aren’t just present deep within the body, they have also been found on human skin. MOTA’s Green Balm homes in on this fact, creating an extra-rich balm that soaks into skin layers and delivers 250mg THC:15mg CD in every jar. Use it on arthritic joints, inflamed skin, and sore muscles.
Available in: Canada
Strain: Amnesia Haze
Amnesia Haze will hit you with an energizing buzz that will lift you out of arthritic-induced pain. According to Leafly user octavedoctor, Amnesia Haze seemed to sweep away gout and arthritis symptoms following a smoke session.
Chock full of soothing essential oils and 350mg CBD, Ricky Williams’ Maintenance & Repair Salve permeates the skin to relax joints and ease your senses with lavender, menthol, and calendula.
Available in: Nationwide
Soothing Cream by Double Delicious Topicals
You’ll notice this isn’t listed anywhere on the Leafly Instagram post, however, I couldn’t keep this product to myself. I was recommended Soothing Cream by Double Delicious for my mom’s arthritic pain in her toes. I gifted her a jar and she reports stunning results, adding that the 80mg THC cream works almost instantly in relieving her pain.