[Editor’s Note: Pass the avocado toast please! Another new cannabinoid is being discovered and pursued. This one actually suppresses appetite. We always thought weed and munchies went hand-in-hand. ]
It seems like each day is a new opportunity to discover something great about cannabis. After all, there are over 100 different kinds of cannabinoids out there and we’ve only begun to scratch the tip of the iceberg when it comes to researching the unique effects of each.
One especially promising cannabinoid is THCV. THCV, or Tetrahydrocannabivarin, is a cannabinoid that can be found in strains like Durban Poison or Pineapple Purps. A few health benefits at a glance include stimulating bone growth, managing sugar levels, and boosting memory.
The most interesting, however, is the claim that THCV can help suppress your appetite, allowing you to smoke all day long without fear of the munchies taking over. But keep in mind that even though some strains contain higher THCV, they may still have a good amount of THC—so they can help curb the munchies, but not rid them all together.
I set out to find the most THCV products out there and put that claim to the test. Check out the results below for products available in California and Washington.
Stimulate THCV Tablinguals by Level Blends
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It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Level Blends. The California-based company utilizes rare cannabinoids like CBG and THCV to create everything from sublingual pills to PAX Pods and beyond.
Part of what makes Level Blends so alluring, is the convenience you get with each product. Their newly released Stimulate Tablingual 1:1:1 THCV:THC:CBG is one of my new favorite cannabis products to date. Simply slip one under your tongue and wait 20-30 min before you start to feel the effects kick in.
CBG is another cannabinoid that’s extremely good at managing anxiety thanks to its gentle sedative effect. Add some THC and THCV to the mix and you get a tablet that’s calming without being sedating. Each pill contains 15mg THC, 13mg THCV and 15mg CBG. It’s an extremely unique experience with a gentle head buzz and a whole lot of focus. One pill at 9am and I’m not hungry until past 2pm.
One of the strains that’s been sitting on my canna-bucket list for years is Doug’s Varin. It was one of the first cultivars that came up when I searched for THCV and is extremely rare to come across. I’ve never actually seen the strain in any dispensary before. Which is exactly why California Cannabinoids’ Doug’s Varin Vape Pens has me jumping for joy. This sleek little beauty contains 25-30% THCV produced in California with full sun. Two versions of the pen are available: the first is a THCV standalone pen while the other has extra CBD added to it.
Both pens are beautiful, hit extremely smoothly and produce a satisfying amount of vapor. The effect of the THCV here is subtle. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the sensation of smoking without feeling overly sedated and is most definitely the thing I now go for when munchies strike at 9pm.
Zero Vape by Suicide Girls
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This vape pen is especially interesting owing to the fact it was created as a “diet weed” with appetite suppression in mind. Part of their Chill, Hustle, Zero line, the Zero Cartridge contains equal amounts of CO2 extracted THCV and THC (60%).
“Durban Poison was a really popular cannabis strain many of the SuicideGirls were [using]. We loved it because our appetites weren’t out of control after smoking, and we thought it was something we should bring to the cannabis community,” said Milloux Suicide in an interview with Merry Jane.
Where’s My Bike and Dutch Treat Cartridges by Heylo Cannabis Extracts (Seattle, WA)
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The good people at Heylo Cannabis have not just one, but two high THCV products. One is their Where’s My Bike c-cell cartridge. It contains both THCV and a delicious 4.4% of CBG (you can check out the detailed lab results on their website). The draw is extremely smooth and satisfying, giving me a nice creative kick with a side of mental energy that’s perfect for daytime smoking.
The other is their PAX Era Pod Dutch Treat, and let me tell you, this is a really special pod. It contains double the amount of THCV as the Where’s My Bike cartridge, boasts 11% terpenes and has the magical ability to put my hunger in its place.
A few hits of this will soothe even the most savage of hungry bellies for a short time, so keep it handy wherever you go. It’s also predominant in terpinolene, a terpene known for inducing a calm mental state.
Original Post: Leafly: Fight the Munchies With These West Coast THCV Products
[Editor’s Note: We love the fresh smell of pine and the pinene terpene is just a terrific aroma.]
One of the best things about the holiday season are all the comforting smells that come with it. We’re talking freshly baked sugar cookies, spicy cinnamon wafting out of mulled ciders, and—if you’re lucky enough—the smoky goodness that comes with roasting marshmallows over a cozy fireplace.
While all of these holiday scents are intoxicating in their own way, one stands alone: the fresh, aromatic delight of fragrant pine needles on a Christmas tree farm, AKA the scent of Pinene. Inspired by this beloved winter scent, I decided to round up my favorite pinene-rich products for you to enjoy this holiday season.
Beta Pinene by True Terpenes
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If you, like me, can’t get enough pinene in your life, then get ahold of the terpenes themselves. True Terpenes offers a wide variety, ranging from the pure Alpha and Beta Pinene bottles, to strain-specific terpenes that are high in pinene. Strains containing the highest amount of pinene include ACDC, Blue Dream, and Green Crack.
Keep in mind that you can’t use the terpenes straight out of the bottle—you’ll need to dilute them first and read the FAQ. That said, the versatility in which you can use these terpenes is truly stunning.
OG Kush Candle by Kush Candles
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Sure, there are Christmas tree scented candles, but why not take it to the next level? Go straight to the source with Kush Candles. Infused with honest to goodness organic terpenes, each candle has its own unique scent inspired by a unique cultivar. There are several tantalizing flavors to choose from, but this winter, I’m all about the OG Kush Candle. It’s infused with α-pinene and myrcene, smells bright and floral like a mix of lemongrass and jasmine, and burns for over 50 hours. Light one up, take a deep breath, and get ready for the entourage effect to start working its magic.
Corazon Extract & Pineapple Express Chocolate by Peak Extracts
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This Portland-based company consistently produces some of the best, most terpene-rich products in Oregon. All of the products at Peak Extracts are single-strain and extracted in-house using flower from Yerba Buena and East Fork Cultivars. You can taste the quality of the flower in their terpene-heavy cartridges like the Corazon, a high-CBD varietal clocking in at 61% CBD, 3% THC, and an impressive 3% CBG.
The signature “terp-lock” process ensures that the terpenes stay as fresh as possible for your smoking experience—and yield some of the tastiest cartridges I’ve yet to smoke.
Did we forget to mention their delicious chocolates? Single-strain and made from the finest quality gourmet dark chocolate, the Pineapple Express Bar is filled with pinene. It tastes as good as it feels (which is to say, I may have gobbled up the bar in one go).
Relief Vaporizer Pen by Surterra Wellness
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One of the most remarkable properties about pinene is its ability to act as a bronchodilator, expanding the chest and airways in just a few seconds. Add in some big players like THC and CBD and you’ve got one hell of a product. The Relief Vaporizer Pen by Surterra Therapeutics uses a 1:9 CBD to THC ratio, along with the power of terpenes to provide relief from a variety of symptoms ranging from muscle pain to anxiety. The pen contains 230mg of cannabinoids, and advises using 23mg as a daily dose, yielding a 10-day supply per vaporizer.
Be Calm CBD Inhalers by CBD Luxe
I have been absolutely fascinated by the idea of cannabis-based inhalers, so you can imagine my sheer delight at discovering CBD Luxe’s line of inhalers. They look exactly like their conventional medical counterparts, with only the product name on the side to distinguish them.
Available in three varieties, Be Calm, Be Clear and Be Alert. The Be Calm inhaler is made from lavender and a-Pinene extracted from chamomile. Throw some CBD into the mix and you get an herbal combo that packs a powerful punch. It’s also a great way to dose precisely, with each spray containing 8.0mg of active cannabinoids.
Dutch Treat Pax Era Pod by Heylo Cannabis
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Based in Seattle, WA, the good folks at Heylo Cannabis are nice enough to put the lab results from their products right on their website. This encourages us to explore their offerings at length which led me to their fantastic new Dutch Treat PAX Era Pod.
While Dutch Treat is already naturally high in pinene, the unique extraction process at Heylo ensures that the terpenes are never separated during processing, yielding a product where the terpene count in the pods is nearly what you’d get in the flower itself. There’s also a some terpinolene and myrcene to round things off, resulting in the kind of pod you can happily smoke on all day long.
Original Post: Leafly: Pinene-Rich Products to Ramp Up the Holidays
Ed. Note: Check out this great guide to the cannabis retail scene in Portland(ia). If you’re headed to Portland, this is a fabulous start to your green vacation.
Portland, Oregon is a mecca for cannabis lovers everywhere. One of the first places to legalize and decriminalize the magic herb, it was the home of the first cannabis cafe to open in the US (RIP World Famous Cannabis Cafe) and houses the country’s first CBD cafe, too.
Unlike our friends in Canada who nearly ran out of weed on day one, Oregon is so rife with growers that the state has more cannabis than people can consume. This happy accident means having access to a wide range of products at low prices, making Portland the place to be for all things green.
Folks today can enjoy Portland’s 167 dispensaries alongside some of the best food in the country. Whether you choose to explore the city’s many hiking trails or zip around town on a motorized scooter, there are a million and one ways to get your green on in this joyous city.
First things first: Click here to view a map of Portland cannabis shops on Leafly.
Portland’s Cannabis Laws
- You must be 21 and older with a valid legal photo ID to buy cannabis.
- You’re allowed to grow up to four plants on your property, possess up to eight ounces of cannabis, and have up to one ounce on your person.
- You can’t sell or smoke recreational cannabis in public or anywhere with a liquor license.
- You can’t drive while under the influence of cannabis.
- You can gift cannabis if you’re 21 and older, so long as the giver doesn’t receive compensation and the gifted amount is within legal limits.
- You’re allowed to purchase up to one ounce of flower, 72 oz of liquid edible (i.e. Muru cannamixers), 16 oz of edibles, 5 grams of concentrates, 4 plants and 10 seeds.
Top Portland Cannabis Shops
Some stores have menus displayed prominently overhead while others have booklets. Feel free to ask a budtender if you need any help or want to smell something. The best dispensaries might even have lab results or terpene reports for you to check out.
Note: The standard taxation rate for cannabis in the state of Oregon is 20%. Most dispensaries factor this into the final price but not all, so be sure to double check if in doubt.
(Courtesy of Jayne)
Jayne is class, pure and simple. Step inside and the first thing you’ll be met with is a comfy waiting area replete with a giant bowl of candy, comfy couches, and a very lifelike cannabis display. You’ll find some of the city’s most patient budtenders who are more than happy to lend a helping hand. Enjoy flower from some of the state’s finest growers like East Fork Cultivars, Pilot Farm, and Deschutes Growery.
View Jayne’s Menu
With two locations in Portland, the vibes inside this stylized 70s den are all groovy, baby. A colorful storefront gives way to decked out retro gear. A record player, fur rugs, and lots of art give it a fun, upbeat feel that encourages browsing. Cannabis varietals here are also helpfully categorized in terms of their effect, with vibes ranging from active to cosmic. Grab grams here for as low as $4.
View Electric Lettuce’s Menu
Cannadaddy’s Wellness Center
Walking inside here is like stepping into Willy Wonka’s factory of all things cannabis. There’s more product lining every inch of the walls than you could possibly hope to smoke in a lifetime. Folks can enjoy some of the most extensive flower, concentrate, andedibles selections in the state. They also host weekly specials with great deals on everything in store.
View Cannadaddy’s Wellness Center Menu
Bridge City Collective
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Bridge City has two locations in Portland and is home to some of the most knowledgeable budtenders around. They are also one of the only dispensaries in town that list terpenes found in their flower selection, providing you with all the info you need to make a truly informed choice.
View Bridge City Collective’s Menu
Top Portland Delivery Options
Can’t make it to a shop? Experience Portland’s quick delivery services.
One of the finest delivery services in the city, Hello Diem offers free delivery to residential areas in Portland. They operate from 12—9, with orders before 7pm delivered same-day. Enjoy products from the Diem brand at great prices and an extremely well-stocked concentrates selection.
I Heart Jane is a very user-friendly platform where you can search by mood. This allows you to search directly for ailments like insomnia, pain, or even just a “happy” strain.
Briteside is extremely well-designed, making for a streamlined, simple shopping experience. They also offer a recurring delivery service, so you can have a box full of goodies delivered to your door at the same time every week. Check their website for a handy blog chock full of industry info and cannabis best practices.
Rip City is here to service all your SW Portland needs. Same-day orders stop at 8pm, with a minimum purchase of $40 for delivery. You’ll find a nice variety of products represented here including some of the cheapest PAX pods in town.
Original Post: Leafly: A Complete Tourism Guide to Portland’s 2018 Cannabis Scene