[Canniseur: It’s been a long cold winter. Time to get out the spring pastels and new designs. Hello Spring! New toys for your consumption pleasure.]
As March slowly pokes its head out from under layers of snow and ice, we’ve all begun to wonder: When will it finally be spring again?
One of the best parts of spring is when all of the gorgeous flowers start to bloom. The first thing I feel when I see a freshly bloomed cherry tree is a sense of wonder—quickly followed by an urge to smoke a nice joint to take it all in.
Flowers and cannabis are a natural combination, which is why these floral cannabis accessories are so delightful. Honor the beginning of spring by treating yourself to a new treat, a nice hike, and a thoughtfully scenic smoke.
Vase Bongs by My Bud Vase
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These are, hands down, some of the loveliest bongs you’ll ever see from My Bud Vase. Delicately crafted, small and sleek, they come in a variety of types, many of which feature flowers.
The Rachel is adorned with tiny pink roses, while the Aurora pairs a gorgeous peacock feather with a purple rose and rainbow body. They are almost too pretty, and also come with a variety of flower based accessories like this sweet little flower poker.
Purple & Pink One-Hitters by Mariposa Glass Designs on Etsy
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As far as one-hitters go, these pink and purple ones from Mariposa Glass Designs are as magical as it gets. Each pipe is four inches long, handmade, and covered in beautiful flowers that cascade around the pipe body.
The bright color gradient—combined with strategic swirls—renders this a piece of art, adding a touch of class to a traditional accessory.
Gilded Flower Ashtray from Urban Outfitters
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One of my favorite ways to enjoy cannabis is by smoking a small joint to myself during a rainy day. Spring showers never looked so good.
Pay homage to that moment of hygge with this Gilded Flower Ashtray. Each one is etched with raised petals to give you a tiny hit of visual satisfaction with every toke. Dipped sides allow for convenient joint storage in a pinch.
CBD Lit Kit by Kush Queen
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Kush Queen has figured out the perfect way to welcome spring. Start with a bath bomb filled with 25mg of full-spectrum CBD, add in a 25mg CBD edible, and a lovely flower pre-roll for their CBD Lit Kit.
It’s one of the best self-care kits I’ve seen and it’s a guaranteed way to turn a blah day into a day devoted to a little self-loving and care.
Water Color Rose Grinder from Walmart
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Available in five different colors, each Water Color Rose Grinder displays a laser etching of two roses on the outside cover, reminding you of the beauty found in all flowers with each grind.
Blush Pink and Red Watercolor Floral Rose Lighter by Zippo
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Great big cartoonish flames, skulls, flaming aces … in my experience, 90% of Zippo lighters look like they were ripped off the Vegas strip. Which is exactly why it’s so refreshing to finally find a Zippo on the other end of the spectrum.
This Blush and Pink Rose Lighter is covered in a vintage-inspired rose print and comes in one of four finishes, including a matte version. It also comes with a “fix it free” lifetime warranty, meaning you get to class it up for life.
Original Post: Leafly: Say Hello to Spring With These Floral Cannabis Accessories
[Editor’s Note: Weed and bowling. What we love best is how an event like this brings the community together for pure fun. More of this, please. ]
On February 5th, Rick Sanchez walked toward me with a beer in hand and a grin on his face. He didn’t notice my watching, though. To him, I was just another face in the crowd, another one of the dozens of smiling faces who moved from station to station at KingPins in Portland, Oregon. I can’t help it, though: the way the colorful lights of the bowling alley illuminated his blue hair entranced me.
Okay, so it’s not the Rick Sanchez, but it is a guy enthusiastically dressed as one, who prepared for the nights’ “Best Dressed” contest. He’s one of the many folks hanging out at this year’s CannaBowl, a cannabis friendly bowling event put on by The Daily Leaf and Confident Cannabis—a software company bringing transparency to legal cannabis.
The idea was pretty simple: get a bunch of awesome cannabis businesses together and put them under one roof for a bowling tournament and voila: CannaBowl was born.
“The Oregon market needs some fun and relief,” said Brad Bogus, VP of Growth & Marketing at Confident Cannabis. “It was great to be able to don some fun bowling outfits, let our guards down, and just enjoy each other’s company.”
Strikes and Cannabis
If you strolled through the halls of KingPins during Cannabowl, you’d have seen a sea of booths with friendly vendors. From dispensaries like Deanz Greenz to testing labs like Cascadia Labs, just about every type of cannabis business was represented in some way. Some booths encouraged you to spin a wheel for a free prize, while others proudly showed off masterfully crafted product displays. The Caputo Group stole the show with their CBD cannolis, re-enforcing once and for all that the way to a cannabis lover’s heart is through their stomach.
I noticed the DJ spinning in the bar area (okay, I spotted cupcakes) and find my way to the Dank Brothers’ booth. Two ladies enthusiastically greeted me, and as I said “hi,” I couldn’t help but notice the relatively small crowd and the air heavy with testosterone—or maybe it was just the appeal of the large cash prize for the bowling competition that made everyone extra hyped for the night.
I watched as a group of men huddled together nearby, with one man in the center swearing heavily. He insisted one of the groups “hired ringers,” an allegation I might take more seriously if I wasn’t so distracted by the glittering rainbow lights that beckoned me to the bowling lane.
As I walked out, I couldn’t help but notice one final treat: a table full of cookies. Laid out with cups of milk and a sign that read “SDK (She Don’t Know) Loves You.” I offered up a silent prayer, grabbed two cookies and dipped, excited by the prospect of heading home for my own goodnight bowl.
Original Post: Leafly: KingPins’ Cannabowl Brings Cannabis and Bowling Together
[Editor’s Note: Lovers of both chocolate and CBD, this list is for you. To our delight this list offers the best of the best. Is your favorite not on this list? Let us know!]
Cannabis is so powerful that it’s transformed Valentine’s Day. Single or taken? Who cares? There’s infused chocolate, friends, and enough of it to ensure that no person should ever be unhappy on Valentine’s Day regardless of their dating status. We’re talking fancy truffles, gourmet bars, caramels, bon bons; in fact, if your heart can dream it, chances are someone’s out there making it right now.
In honor of Valentine’s, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best cannabis chocolates out there. You’ll find your standard THC edibles as well as CBD options for a more mellowed out experience. No matter what you choose, be prepared: the contents that follow are extremely tantalizing and may just give you a case of the munchies.
Peak Extracts Strain Specific Chocolate Bars
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I will never ever stop bragging about how much I love Peak Extracts—especially their Strain Specific Chocolate Bars. They’re very helpfully sorted based on color, and each bar is 70% dark chocolate couverture, vegan, and rich with antioxidants. The experience you’ll get from eating a bar is out of this world thanks to Peak’s unique extraction process, a technique that allows them to preserve the natural terpenes in every cultivar.
Binske Chocolate Bars
Available in: California, Nevada, Colorado, and Florida
When it comes to getting the real deal chocolate, Binske is as good as it gets. These luxury bars utilize Peruvian Nacional Cacao, a rare cocoa bean that was lost for 100 years and only recently rediscovered in 2008. Named “rarest cacao in the world” by The New York Times, these 100mg bars deliver a dose of smooth, velvety chocolate at its finest. They’re currently available in four different flavors, though I’d be lying if I didn’t say the obvious golden child is their Peruvian Nacional 47% Dark Milk with Hazelnuts.
Bliss Edibles German Chocolate Truffles
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Available in: California medical collectives and deliveries
One look at Bliss Edibles’ German Chocolate Truffles is all you need to start drooling. Made by rolling baked chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting, each truffle is then lovingly dipped in milk chocolate before receiving a milk chocolate drizzle. These bad boys took home 2nd place at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup back in 2010, proving their tastiness once and for all (as if that was ever in question). The only caveat is they’re available for medical customers exclusively.
Lulu’s CBD Chocolate Bars
(Courtesy of Lulu’s)
Available in: Nationwide
Where to buy: luluschocolate.com
The perfect gift for canna-curious folk who don’t want to indulge in THC, Lulu’s CBD Chocolates are vegan and from organic hemp oil along with a combination of terpenes. The chocolate smells fragrant—vaguely of berries—and snaps well, indicating a good temper. Each 1oz bar contains 80mg of CBD. All the ingredients (sans salt) are organic while the chocolate comes from harvested heirloom Arriba Ecuadorian fair trade 78% cacao. It’s a rich, decadent experience even your grandma would love.
Secret Garden Society Bliss Blossoms
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Sonoma County’s Garden Society is dedicated to making “chef-inspired, low dose cannabis confections,” a mission I support 1,000%. Their milk chocolate Bliss Blossoms are visually satisfying bites of heaven. Enjoy 10mg of THC per piece infused with a hybrid strain from Shine On Farms. All ingredients are organic, fair-trade, and locally sourced. Even the cannabis is extracted without solvents, meaning you can freely indulge.
The Goodship Dark Chocolate CBD Peppermint Patties
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Founded in 2014 by famed baker Jody Hall, The Goodship is a Seattle-based collective that creates a variety of delightful cannabis confections. One fine example of this finesse can be found in their dark chocolate CBD Peppermint Patties. It’s a playful, cannabis-fueled take on the classic peppermint patty, with each patty containing an infused mint fondant before it’s covered in dark chocolate. Available in a 4 to 12 pack, the patties contain a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD.
Editor’s note: Goodship and Leafly are owned by the same parent company.
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If you’re searching for the finest of the fine, look no further than Satori Chocolates. Satori uses only the best organic ingredients and cannabis oil in their bars, with lab results for each. Serious chocolate enthusiasts will revel in seeing a short, basic ingredient list that elevates the humble bean to its greatest potential. Available in a milk and dark chocolate variety and containing 90mg per bar, Satori’s chocolates are the perfect gift for that rare unicorn in your life that lives for the finer things.
Calivolve CBD Chocolate Truffles
(Courtesy of Calivolve)
Available in: Nationwide
Where to buy: calivolve.shopify.com
There is so much to love about Calivolve’s CBD Truffles. The packaging stacks geometric shapes for an Art Deco feel that adds the perfect touch of class. Each truffle is shaped like a jewel—which they may as well be since these chocolates are priceless. These unique sweets are made with adaptogens like Ashwagandha and full-spectrum hemp oil. Each jewel contains 20mg of THC, yielding a total of 80mg per box. Available in three different flavors (mint, cherry, and matcha) these gems are the perfect way to show someone you really, truly care.
Original Post: Leafly: Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Gourmet Cannabis-Infused Chocolates
[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