Five Companies You Can Feel Good About Supporting This Pride Month

Five Companies You Can Feel Good About Supporting This Pride Month

Original Post: High Times: Five Companies You Can Feel Good About Supporting This Pride Month

[Canniseur: Diving in to the details, it appears all companies listed are also donating money to LGBT-based causes and not just taking the profit off Pride. As an extra bonus, one company, Coolhaus, is actually lesbian owned. We all know plenty of cannabis-based companies still skew towards being led by straight men. It’s nice to see some LGBT-women included.]

June isn’t over yet—check out these cannabis companies who are giving back for Pride Month!

There’s been a lot going on this month. Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that’s changed the way we work, shop, and interact with people, and the newly-invigorated wave of protests and direct actions to address the prevalent and systemic issue of police brutality against people of color, it’s completely understandable that people are maybe more stressed out than usual.

As most of us know, June is LGBTQ Pride Month. Typically, this is the month where large corporations and big businesses decorate with rainbows and glitter…while not actually doing anything to benefit the community. This kind of performative move is particularly painful this year, since the Trump administration revoked a ruling that protected LGBTQ-identified people from discrimination in healthcare. This specifically impacts transgender people, who are already vulnerable to discrimination and abuse.

Those who are part of the LGBTQ community, and those who are allies, know how important it is to support companies and organizations that return that same support. That extends to cannabis companies.

This month, a few cannabis brands are showing their love to the LGBTQ community in meaningful ways—here’s who they are and why we love them:

Five Companies You Can Feel Good About Supporting This Pride Month
Courtesy of Kiva Confections

Kiva Confections

Last year, the über-popular edibles brand Kiva Confections rolled out a limited edition Pride-themed product in their Camino line of infused gummies. And it was so successful that the company decided to give their Tropical Punch Camino gummy an encore performance this year! Additionally, Kiva Confections partnered up with GLAAD for the rollout and has also made a monetary donation to help the organization combat discrimination and violence.

Five Companies You Can Feel Good About Supporting This Pride Month
Courtesy of PLUS

PLUS

For the third consecutive year, PLUS is offering a special, limited edition line of THC-infused gummies. PLUS’ Pride Gummies are rainbow sherbet-flavored and contain 5mg of THC per gummy. But better yet, the PLUS Pride line is for a good cause: for each tin sold, the company will donate $1 to the SF Bay Queer Nightlife Fund to help support nightlife workers who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Five Companies You Can Feel Good About Supporting This Pride Month
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Sunday Scaries

Let’s be real: the world is scary right now. But the CBD brand Sunday Scaries has our backs. Just in time for Pride Month, Sunday Scaries reintroduced their popular line of CBD-infused, rainbow-colored candy called Unicorn Jerky! For every pouch of Unicorn Jerky sold, Sunday Scaries donates $1 to The Trevor Project—an organization dedicated to suicide prevention and crisis intervention for Queer youth.

Here’s the really cool thing though: Sunday Scaries does this year-round; not just during June.

Five Companies You Can Feel Good About Supporting This Pride Month
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Kush Queen

Kush Queen went all out this year with a line of Pride Season products. They’re offering two different bath bombs, a CBD-infused lubricant, and CBD gummies. For Pride Month 2020, Kush Queen is supporting the non-profit organization Asylum Connect. This organization is dedicated to aiding LGBTQ people seeking asylum by helping them access various services for mental and physical health, translation, education, employment, and more. Kush Queen donated a total of $25,000 to Asylum Connect and is committed to helping them raise awareness on their social media and marketing channels.

Five Companies You Can Feel Good About Supporting This Pride Month
Courtesy of Aster Farms and Coolhaus

Aster Farms, Coolhaus, and Sweet Flower

This year, cannabis brand Aster Farms joined forces with ice cream company Coolhaus and dispensary Sweet Flower to bring us the ultimate Pride treat: a preroll and a pint. Sweet Flower will help deliver Aster Farm’s limited edition Rainbow Chip Preroll (a hybrid of Sunset Sherbert and Mint Chocolate Chip) and a pint of Coolhaus’ dairy-free and plant-based flavor EnjoyMINT For All to customers in Los Angeles.

Aster Farms and Coolhaus are both female-owned; additionally, Coolhaus’ founders are both LGBTQ-identified women in a relationship! All three companies will be matching each $5 purchase with a donation to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Homeless Youth Initiative.

 

Chloé Harper Gold
Written By

Chloé Harper Gold is a writer and editor for High Times Magazine. When she’s not writing about cannabis or going to class, she likes to attend literary events and analyze the horror and science fiction genres.

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What Are Landrace Weed Strains and Why Are They Evolutionary Wonders?

What Are Landrace Weed Strains and Why Are They Evolutionary Wonders?

Original Post: Merry Jane: What Are Landrace Weed Strains and Why Are They Evolutionary Wonders?

[Canniseur: There is a reason these strains are ‘legendary’. Read Randy’s article to learn why they have been subsumed into many different strains. Understanding landrace weed strain’s history is fascinating.]

While most weed smokers describe cannabis strains informally as “indicas,” “sativas,” or “hybrids,” there are two scientific categories that distinguish cannabis in broader terms: “landrace” and, well, every strain that’s not a landrace.

Cannabis cultivators who develop new strains are particularly fond of landraces. But what is a landrace strain, and why do bud breeders love them so much?

A Brief History on the Landrace Concept

We’ll need to dip our toes into the biological sciences to better understand what landraces are. The term first appeared in 1908 in a German book by agricultural scientist Kurt Rümker. The original word, landrasse, literally translates to English as “country-breed,” meaning a plant native to a particular country.

Since then, biologists have expanded the term “landrace” to encompass any plant or animal that’s native to a particular region and possesses specific, unique characteristics from the rest of its species.

What makes a plant a landrace, though? To answer that, we’ll have to review some evolutionary biology.

When a species like Cannabis sativa grows in the wild, it can sometimes grow in relative isolation from other Cannabis sativa varieties or strains. For instance, there may be weed growing near the top of a mountain, or weed growing on an island. When these plants grow in isolation, they won’t cross-breed with other cannabis strains, so this strain’s genetics remain intact for hundreds, if not thousands, of generations.

Over time (we’re talking thousands to millions of years), that isolated weed strain will become hyper-adapted to its environment. Genes that promote the strain’s ability to survive, thrive, and reproduce will often duplicate or evolve other enhancements within its DNA, increasing those genes’ expressions. These genes may regulate cannabinoid production, terpene production, or other traits such as drought-resistance, pest-resistance, UV protection, or higher flower yields.

By definition, landrace plants cannot originate from human gardens, farms, or other breeding programs. They must also produce relatively high yields even under less-than-ideal environmental conditions. And while some cross-breeding in the wild is expected, genetic sequencing must show that the landrace possesses “genetic integrity,” in other words, it mostly inbred within its own population. (Just FYI, unlike animals, plants don’t develop health issues from constant inbreeding.)

Why Some Weed Breeders Risk Life and Limb to Preserve Landrace Strains

Cannabis cultivators respect the agricultural tradition of naming landraces according to the strain’s country or region of origin. This is why the Afghani and Thai landrace strains are called “Afghani” and “Thai” and not something more colorful like “Purple Punch” or “Alaskan Thunderfuck.” However, some landrace names do have a bit of flare to them, such as Acapulco Gold and Panama Red. This naming convention designates landrace weed plants as distinct from the strains you’d find in most pot shops, which are almost always non-landrace hybrids.

In fact, the terms “sativa” and “indica” only accurately describe landrace strains. Since practically every weed strain sold by street dealers or licensed pot shops is the result of crossbreeding, almost all buds you can find these days are technically “hybrids,” regardless of how they’re marketed. Landraces also possess gene combinations for specific cannabinoids or terpenes that are difficult to duplicate with traditional breeding methods. So, if cannabis cultivators want those gene combos in their proprietary strains, they need to cross their plants with a landrace first.

Some cannabis cultivators have gone above and beyond to find landrace weed strains, too. In 2018, VICE News produced a mini-documentary about Franco Loja and Arjan Roskam, two “strain hunters” who traveled to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo in search of a rare Congolese landrace. Loja and Arjan founded the Green House cannabis cafe in Amsterdam, as well as Green House Seeds, which developed the world-famous White Widow strain from Brazilian and South Indian landraces.

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There’s another reason why cultivators want landraces: Landrace plants can protect monocropped plants from being wiped out by pests or diseases. Monocropping occurs when farmers plant and replant a crop where each plant has identical genetics, such as what’s happened in the US with wheat and corn. Although the nascent cannabis industry has not yet entirely monocropped cannabis, monocropping will likely happen if and when weed becomes federally legal (hemp has been federally legal since 2018). Since a monocrop has the same genes among all plants within the crop, they’re especially susceptible to pests and diseases, which can destroy an entire crop.

But, if cultivators can introduce a landrace’s sturdy genes into a monocrop, that monocrop will develop some genetic diversity, increasing its chances of resisting infection or repelling pests.

Basically, nature often does it better than humans can. And, no matter how clever our breeding methods get, landrace strains, which are essentially designed by nature, will always guarantee that we’ve got dank, potent weed.

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5 Trusted Medical Marijuana Brands

5 Trusted Medical Marijuana Brands

Original Article: Green Market Report: 5 Trusted Medical Marijuana Brands

[Canniseur: We’re all interested in understanding which cannabis brands are reputable and which are less than desirable. While I’m sure there are plenty of other quality brands on the market, here’s a list of globally recognized reputable medical cannabis. These are all extracts.]

Ever since recreational cannabis has stolen the stage, people tend to forget that cannabis is one of the oldest and most trusted medicines on the planted.

The medicinal properties within the plant are responsible for managing the symptoms associated in patients suffering from Epilepsy, Autism, Chrohn’s Disease, Cancer, PTSD, and Chronic Pain to name just a few.

These brands have developed some of the best practices and formulations in the industry to treat a myriad of ailments with patents pending across the globe.

Our team decided to break down a list of the most respected medical brands and products within the cannabis industry globally.

Here they are:

 

1.) Charlotte’s Web:

More than just CBD: CBD plus naturally-occurring phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and more in every CBD oil serving. The team from Charlotte’s Web uses limited, select ingredients to ensure you have the absolute best hemp extract possible. Their CBD oils include Charlotte’s Web premium hemp extract, carrier oil, and flavor. That’s it. Their products are U.S. Hemp Authority Certified. Charlotte’s Web CBD oils are whole-plant extracts that include a variety of of beneficial compounds, including phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids.

 

2.) Aunt Zelda’s:

Aunt Zelda’s is a pioneering, data-driven developer of cannabis-based plant medicines. Our products are the result of years of research and development by founders, Mara Gordon and Stewart Smith, in consultation with knowledgeable physicians and world-renowned researchers.

Utilizing proven time-tested extraction processes improved with modern technology, Aunt Zelda’s offers medicines of precisely measured potency and purity that empower patients to dose to the milligram and unlock the therapeutic potential of cannabis.

If you prefer to obtain lab tested products created for specific ailments, Aunt Zelda’s will help you get there!

Aunt Zelda’s mission is to alleviate patient suffering through medical cannabis.  We help you, our patients, live fulfilling, healthy lives.

They provide unmatched expertise in the correct use of medical cannabis matched to disease-specific products with the highest purity in California.

Their goal is to create a positive and supportive community for medical cannabis users. They aspire to be your trusted source of cannabis resources and its safe, effective and responsible use

 

3.) HOPE Grows for Autism:

Formulation by: Zelira Therapeutics

HOPE is a Proprietary formulation specifically to address patient symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The HOPE® Franchise has received support from organizations such as HOPE Grows for Autism, a leading autism advocacy group based in Pennsylvania. It has been the top performing product within the state and will soon be available for patients in Louisiana and throughout the US and Australia.

In a company press release in December 2019, Zelira Therapeutics leadership said, “Our company will have the ability to distribute the HOPE® portfolio along with our additional products through licensing agreements with multi-state and international operators…”

HOPE 1 and HOPE 2 are part of a growing family of proprietary medical marijuana formulations. HOPE™ is created by extracting, isolating, and then re-assembling the medicinal compounds from the marijuana plant to achieve specific, targeted effects. HOPE™ was formulated with autism in mind and has quickly proved to be beneficial to other chronic conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, neuropathy and others. HOPE™ has since become its manufacturer’s best-selling tincture.

WHAT FORMS OF HOPE ARE AVAILABLE?

Available as a tincture, blended in 100% olive oil.

WHAT MAKES UP HOPE?

THC + CBD + Terpenes

Found in the trichomes of the plant, terpenes are plant oils with unique aromas and distinctive​ flavors (pine, citrus, mint) and are known to play​ a key role on the overall effects of each strain. ​ Terpenes also play a key role in differentiating​ the flavor and scent of marijuana. Some terpenes​ might promote relaxation, while others energy or​ focus.

 

4.) Ilera Holistic Healthcare:

ALAFIA — which means ‘inner peace’ in the Nigerian “Yoruba” language — is scientifically formulated, lab tested and pesticide free. Currently on the market are two formulated PURE CBD tinctures: Isolate CBD with 500mg and 1000mg  and Full Spectrum CBD with 500mg and 1000mg.  This product is Additional CBD products will be released at dispensaries in the state of Louisiana only.

“Our vision has always been patient access and affordability,” said Chanda Macias, chief executive officer of Ilera Holistic Healthcare. “It was imperative for us to bring high-quality products that support health and wellness.  Patients now have the ability to purchase ALAFIA over the counter without a prescription anywhere it is available.”  Dr. Chanda Macias said back in January 2020

5.) Haleigh’s Hope:

Extra strength has double the concentration than the regular strength, allowing the consumer to take less oil but still get the same desired therapeutic effect as the regular strength. Extra Strength products are recommended for people over 100 lbs.

This organically grown, whole plant extract contains a broad spectrum of naturally occurring plant based compounds that are clinically proven to provide a powerful combination of antioxidants and neuroprotectants. Haleigh’s Hope® was created from a proprietary genetic plant strain that was carefully bred and cultivated over seven years to achieve a precise combination of clinically proven, therapeutic plant compounds..

Haleigh’s Hope® grows, extracts, produces, packages and ships 100% of our product from our facilities in Colorado. Because we have exclusive control over our products from seed to sale, we ensure the highest levels of quality and consistency in the industry. Every batch of our product is lab tested for safety and quality.

Safflower is a cold pressed seed oil that is non-GMO and organic, and does not need to be shaken.

Exclusively grown and manufactured in Colorado, USA.

 

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The Hottest Edibles Brands in the United States Right Now

The Hottest Edibles Brands in the United States Right Now

Original Post: Cannabis Industry: The Hottest Edibles Brands in the United States Right Now

[Canniseur: I’m not into edibles very much, except on long international flights. These days, I’m not on those long ocean jumping flights. COVID-19 has changed my travel completely, so I haven’t consumed much in the way of edibles lately. Back then, a 10mg Indica gummy was just the thing to knock me out for 8 or so hours. I know that many consumers love edibles and sometimes it’s good to know which brands consumers like best. I’ve consumed several of the brands on this list and consumers know best because these brands are at the top. The only problem with this list is consistency from state to state because the products need to be crafted locally.]

The Brand Marketing Byte showcases highlights from Pioneer Intelligence’s Cannabis Brand Marketing Snapshots, featuring data-led case studies covering marketing and business development activities of U.S. licensed cannabis companies.

In this week’s Byte, we’re taking a look at the top edibles companies in the country. Using a scoring methodology that factors in a wide variety of data sets, Pioneer’s algorithm tracks brand awareness, audience growth and engagement. Using more than 80,000 relevant data points per week, they analyze business activity across social media, earned media and web-related activities.

For April 2020, here are the top 25 hottest U.S. edibles brands:

  1. Kiva Connections
  2. Wyld
  3. Tyson Ranch
  4. Wana Brands
  5. Serra
  6. STIIIZY
  7. 1906
  8. Kushy Punch
  9. Coda Signature
  10. Kush Queen
  11. PLUS
  12. Theory Wellness
  13. Incredibles
  14. Kikoko
  15. Dixie Elixirs
  16. Fairwinds
  17. Deep Roots Harvest
  18. Willie’s Reserve
  19. Chalice Farms
  20. Care By Design
  21. Beboe
  22. District Edibles
  23. Bhang
  24. Satori
  25. Betty’s Eddies

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Yummy Gummies: The 15 Best CBD Gummy Snacks Available Now

Yummy Gummies: The 15 Best CBD Gummy Snacks Available Now

Original Post: Merry Jane: Yummy Gummies: The 15 Best CBD Gummy Snacks Available Now

[Canniseur: With all the CBD products on the market, this list will put your mind at ease when making your selection. Select one of these and you’ll know you’re purchasing a quality product.]

Gummies are the best way to consume cannabis. They taste good, they’re discreet, and help you live a more relaxed life. Here are the top CBD gummy brands that will help you tap into the best version of yourself.

We live in the era of cannabidiol, or CBD. And we’re all living better as a result.

CBD is a gateway for mainstream culture to experience cannabis as medicine. It’s currently consumed to address major medical issues such as chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression, arthritis, acne, neurological conditions, and even cancer-related symptoms. The power of this cannabinoid can’t be ignored.

Numerous CBD users also report that a regular dose helps improve sleep, mental clarity, and promotes calmness and security.

In terms of how to take it, CBD is available in oils, capsules, creams, vape products, drinks, and even suppositories. Still, CBD edibles are among the hottest cannabis products on the market. Why? Because nothing seems to help the medicine go down with more satisfaction than CBD gummies.

That’s why we put together a list of our favorite 15 CBD gummy products. After much testing, we broke down the ones that taste best, work fastest, and pack the most benefits in a bite. Chew away and chill, friends!

Penguin CBD

Penguin CBD

Penguin CBD gummies deliver the comfort of the classic sour gummy worm, but with the added benefits of CBD power. If you’re just jumping into the CBD world, this is the brand to start with and, we confidently predict, the one to which you’ll keep going back.

Cannabis gummies often have an, uh, “earthy” taste (and that’s putting it nicely). But Penguin’s CBD treats taste like real-deal gummy worms from the candy aisle. The active ingredient makes them 20 times better, though. The CBD also acts fast without ever making you feel high. It’ will, however, make you feel ultra-chill.

Soft and tantalizing, Penguin CBD gummies come in packages of 30 worms. Each worm contains 10mg of pure CBD. The company’s motto also precisely captures the feelings we felt after falling in love with this product: “Keep calm and waddle on.” 

VERMA FARMS

Verma Farms

Hawaii’s big kahuna among CBD makers imbues the spirit of aloha into each of its CBD gummy lines. You can taste it and feel it. Verna Farms flavors include Maui Melon, Beary Beach, and Rainbow Worms, as well as a line of sugar-free CBD gummies.

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Charlotte’s Web

The highly respected Charlotte’s Web genuinely lives up to its motto: “Trust Earned Naturally.” That means you can be confident when trying Charlotte’s Web CBD gummies, which come in varieties named for what they specifically target: Calmness, recovery, and sleep.

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CBDistillery

Focusing on “gimmick-free CBD,” the gummies made and sold by CBDistillery are cultivated from non-GMO industrial hemp grown using natural farming practices. CBDistellery’s gummies pack potent vibes and are available in regular and Nighttime forms.

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Lord Jones

Style-wise, Lord Jones is divine. Rather than standard bears or worms, Lord Jones offers old fashioned hemp-derived CBD gumdrops — and they’re honestly to die for. The chews and box they come in embody vintage class. But the taste? Forget about it. You’ll feel like royalty eating these glamorous treats.

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Hemp Bombs

Hemp Bombs’s CBD gummies rank high for taste and effects. But they get even more points for the variety they offer. Hemp Bombs offers standard gummies, sleep gummies, and high-potency gummies for seasoned CBD enthusiasts.

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Highland Pharms

All-natural, all delicious, and always effective, Highland Pharms CBD gummies supply a full-spectrum of hemp’s good stuff. That means each gummy contains other cannabinoids beyond CBD such as CBC, CBG, CBN, and more. The more non-intoxicating cannabinoids you ingest, the better you’ll feel! 

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Joy Organics

Elegant, elevating, and joyful, Joy Organics CBD gummies come in green apple and (our favorite) strawberry lemonade. Be fruitful and enjoy them.

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NotPot

NotPot CBD gummies are vegan, lab-tested, and not laced with anything artificial. Sample each of their flavors: Watermelon, pineapple, green apple, blue raspberry, and grape. Just like the company promises: There’s “no shady shit”!

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Premium Jane

The Scottsdale-based Premium Jane is an up-front, take-charge operation in terms of cultivating and creating its CBD products, and that certainly goes for their CBD gummies. Each chewy bear embodies Premium Jane’s ongoing commitment to excellence.

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Just CBD

When it comes to having variety in flavors, shapes, and sizes, Just CBD takes the cake. They offer CBD gummy bears, CBD gummy worms, CBD emoji faces, and CBD gummy rings (in apple and peach!) that come in containers ranging from personal 250mg jars to a whopping 3000mg “Party Pack.”

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Sunday Scaries 

The witty, one-of-a-kind CBD outlet, Sunday Scaries, touts its cannabidiol as “the remedy that makes life not so scary.” Sunday Scaries GBD gummies for chillin’ are made from high-quality, broad-spectrum, American-sourced CBD and boosted with vitamins B-12 and D3, which are proven to do a body good.

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Fab CBD

Fab CBD chews are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and awash in scrumptious fruit flavor. It’s good stuff and buying a bottle can do extra good, as Fab is also actively involved with charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

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cbdMD

cbdMD aims to provide premium CBD “from seed to shelf,” and if the shelf in question is stocked with the company’s oil gummies, their mission is accomplished.

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+PlusCBD

Bolstered with additional phytonutrients, such as vitamin E, +PlusCBD oil gummies come in cherry mango and citrus punch flavors. Boasting just 5mg of CBD per chew, +PlusCBD Oil gummies are the right product for keeping it light.

This was made in partnership with CBD Scout

Original Post: Merry Jane: Yummy Gummies: The 15 Best CBD Gummy Snacks Available Now

Review: The XVape Aria Vape

Review: The XVape Aria Vape

Original Post: High Times: Review: The XVape Aria Vape

[Canniseur: I want one! Or at least to try it anyway. It sounds like it might be even better than a Pax! I started with a wooden vape and thought it was crude. This is not crude at all!]

I remember the first dry herb vape I ever owned. It was a plain, wooden Magic-Flight Launch Box that I purchased with cash from some hole-in-the-wall head shop on St. Marks Place.

It was a great starter vape, especially since I bought it in 2014 and was living in a state without legal cannabis. Now that I’m living in the weed-friendly state of California, my vape options have expanded considerably. I recently had the opportunity to try out XVape’s Aria model. At first glance, it’s a dry-herb vape that heats up your cannabis to the perfect temperature and vibrates to alert you that your herb is ready to be consumed.

But there’s a bit more to the Aria.

The model features an LCD screen that displays the exact temperature of the cannabis while it’s being heated up. It defaults to heating the cannabis to 356º F, but you can adjust the settings to your preference, and also switch to Celsius if you’re so inclined.

The XVape Aria also sets itself apart with its pre-programmed session timers. The default setting is five minutes (meaning you have five minutes to vape), and there’s even a countdown timer that ticks down the seconds until the Aria automatically turns off. But if you need more time to vape and contemplate life, you can change the session time to ten minutes.

But wait, there’s even more: you can also use the Aria to vape concentrates.

I’m fairly straightforward when it comes to my cannabis consumption preferences, so I’ve been sticking with the default settings. I can honestly say that I’ve loved using the Aria. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and has a nice shape and weight that feels good in my hand. Even better, while the functionality is fantastic on its own, the Aria’s sleek look is aesthetically pleasing and comes in four colors.

The Aria comes neatly packaged with a charger, cleaner, concentrate pad, two mouthpieces, alcohol prep wipes, a few cotton swabs, and a user guide.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

Review: The XVape Aria Vape was posted on High Times.

What Are “Cross Joints” and How Do You Roll Them?

What Are “Cross Joints” and How Do You Roll Them?

Original Post: Merry Jane: What Are “Cross Joints” and How Do You Roll Them?

[Canniseur: The first time I ever saw one of these, I just had to try it. It’s a whole lotta weed to inhale at one time! WHEW!!!! It’s an interesting leson in crafting and craft because a good one is very difficult to make! Once you have mastered this, you can probably qualify as a surgeon. NOT]

When did you first learn about the majesty of cross joints?

For those familiar with this holy grail of grass consumption, the answer is quite likely to be the 2008 film Pineapple Express, a stoner action-comedy in which the two lead characters discuss and consume the fabled cross joint. While Saul (a pot dealer played by James Franco) gets credit for rolling all the joints in the script, in reality, it was Franco’s co-star who actually put his finger skills to use.

Yes, noted cannabis aficionado Seth Rogen is the man responsible for the cross joint’s debut in mainstream pop culture. Ironically, his character, Dale, is utterly mystified by the first cross joint he encounters. “You can SMOKE this?” he asks in shock, reflecting what could be said is a fairly universal response to see such marijuana elegance in the flesh. Dale is immediately given the good news: he can most certainly smoke that.

However, before we go over the steps required to construct and consume your own cross joint, here are a few details on what these complex contraptions actually are.

What Are “Cross Joints”?

Without wishing to invoke blasphemy, cross joints are essentially a crucifix of cannabis — at least from a physical standpoint. Technically speaking, a cross joint consists of a larger joint that has a second, smaller joint inserted horizontally through its middle. The name “cross joints” is thus because these architectural wonders of pot literally resemble crosses. If you prefer an agnostic descriptor, they also resemble a lower-case letter “t” (minus the bottom hook). Whatever shape you see, by lighting all three ends, one can create what Saul emphatically calls “a trifecta of joint-smoking power.”

The main trick to making your cross joint work involves a few carefully-placed sewing needle holes to ensure even air flow from three ignition points. Once those points (top and both sides) are burning, the fun begins. Despite their appeal, novice rollers may wish to start with something a bit more basic before tackling the cross joint.

For those who feel qualified (or just really love being frustrated), read on for a step-for-step guide on how to make this doobie dream come true.

How Do You Roll a “Cross Joint”? 

Seth Rogen has alway carried himself as a man of the people, so naturally, he made a video documenting the process of how to roll a cross joint in hopes of sharing this coveted knowledge with the wider world. Here’s what he suggests you do to successfully craft your own cross joint.

Supplies Required: 

  • Weed
  • Grinder
  • A small piece of cardboard
  • Rolling papers (1 large, 1 small)
  • Sewing needle or a similar tool

Directions:

  1. Using the larger rolling paper, roll what Rogen describes as a “big fat joint.” Be sure you roll this joint thick enough to insert another, smaller joint through the middle of the big guy, which we’ll detail how to do in a few steps.
  2. Get your smaller rolling paper and roll another joint. To keep things simple, we’ll refer to these two joints as LJ (large joint) and SJ (small joint) from here on out.
  3. Take the sewing needle and poke a hole in the LJ where you want the SJ to go through. Work the needle back and forth until the opening is large enough to fit one end of the SJ through it.
  4. Next, use the sewing needle to poke a hole in the SJ (which will go through the middle of the LJ). Place the hole in your SJ to coincide with the part of it that will be inside the LJ. This hole ensures that you’ll be able to inhale weed through the tip of the LJ, as the airflow would otherwise be blocked.
  5. Put the SJ through the hole you’ve just made in the LJ so that a balanced amount of SJ is sticking out on either side.
  6. This is optional, but Rogen recommends taking a few extra papers, cutting off the stickum part, and using them to reinforce the area where the two joints meet so everything pulls smoother.
  7. Roll your small piece of cardboard into a crutch and slide it into the bottom of the larger joint. (This can also be done during step one.)
  8. Light it up (in all three spots) and enjoy! Saul and Dale would be proud of you.

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Wana Quick Fast-Acting Gummies launch with Happy Hour Inspired Flavors

Wana Quick Fast-Acting Gummies launch with Happy Hour Inspired Flavors

Original Post: CFN Media Group: Wana Quick Fast-Acting Gummies launch with Happy Hour Inspired Flavors

[Canniseur: Wana gummies have been the most consistent edibles I’ve found. The effect seems the same every time. The indica flavor is great for long plane rides and helping sleep with pain. I’ve not been a fan of the ‘sativa’ flavor, mostly because I personally don’t like the effect of edibles. These new products might be different. They use a process called nanoemulsification, which is a pharmaceutical industry method of getting a drug in the bloodstream rapidly. It’s been around for a decade so it’s an established process. I’ll try them to see if the effect is different from regular edibles.]

Nanoemulsification technology ensures rapid onset and quicker offset

Boulder, Colo. (March 9, 2020) — Wana Brands continues to innovate the landscape of the gummie edible market. Wana Quick Fast-Acting Gummies featuring new Happy Hour flavors provide a novel edible experience, with an onset of 5-15 mins and Delta-9-THC effects (similar to an inhalation effect rather than an edible effect) lasting up to three hours. Traditional edibles have an onset time of up to two hours, with effects lasting up to six hours. The new Wana product line features an all-natural recipe, with no high fructose corn syrup. Each gummie offers 5mg of THC, with 20 gummies per package.

“At Wana, we saw a need for a product that could deliver a less intense inhalation-like experience in an edible form quickly and predictably,” said Wana CEO Nancy Whiteman. “Wana Quick Fast-Acting Gummies more closely mirror the onset and offset time of a typical inhalable cannabis product or an alcoholic beverage, making them a unique alternative to the traditional edible experience.”

Fast, effective and innovative, Wana Quick Fast-Acting Gummies harness TiME (Thermodynamic Individual Molecular Encapsulation), a new quick onset technology from Azuca. While traditional edibles convert Delta-9-THC in the digestive tract to 11-Hydroxy-THC, Wana Quick gummies feature individually encapsulated Delta-9-THC cannabinoids with greater bioavailability that work at the molecular level to bypass the liver and enter the bloodstream immediately. This means onset in less than 15 mins for most, and a Delta-9-THC experience that lasts two to four hours.

The encapsulation technology is paired with new flavors from Wana including:

●      CBD/THC 1:1 Strawberry Margarita: Fast-acting technology is paired with sweet and citrusy flavors of a strawberry margarita with a hint of salt. Infused with CBD and THC terpene-enhanced distillate, this popular 1:1 ratio offers psychoactive effects while promoting relaxation and tranquility. 5mg CBD / 5mg THC per piece, 100mg CBD / 100mg THC per package (20 pieces).

●      Sativa Peach Bellini: Fast-acting technology is paired with the juicy peach flavor of a sparkling peach bellini. Infused with sativa terpene-enhanced distillate, which has been known to cause a more uplifting and motivating effect. 5mg THC per piece, 100mg THC per package (20 pieces).

●      Indica Piña Colada: Fast-acting technology is paired with the rich and creamy pineapple and coconut flavors of a piña colada. Infused with indica terpene-enhanced distillate, which often results in a mellow, stress-relieving effect. 5mg THC per piece, 100mg THC per package (20 pieces).

Wana Quick Fast-Acting Gummies are now available in Colorado dispensaries and will roll out to other states where Wana Brands is available in the coming year. Wana became the No. 1 brand of edibles (BDS Analytics Brand Share Report 2019) in the United States, with more dollars sold than any other brand, by leading the industry in innovation. It has expanded its product portfolio with a range of different CBD/THC ratios as well as a variety of different dosages, onset times and duration of effects. The portfolio is designed so that products can be used singly or in combination to address specific health, wellness and recreational needs.

Another reason for the popularity of Wana’s gummies: great flavor. From the beginning, Wana has focused as much on taste as on all the other qualities of its products. More than 30 different types of pectin were tested to determine the best possible consistency and scalability. Fruit pectin makes Wana Sour Gummies one of the only available vegan products on the market. During the cooking process, the gummies are infused with a high-quality tincture, not sprayed. All Wana products are made with gluten-free ingredients and taste like real fruit, thanks to all-natural flavoring, coloring and sugar. Wana gummies contain no mineral oil or artificial sweeteners, which can cause stomach upset. Wana has prioritized safety and product standards. Products are manufactured in line with cGMP and HACCP practices and are tested for potency.

Wana Brands: Enhance Your Life.

Included in the 2019 Inc. 5000 list at #1536 and boasting a three-year growth rate of 269%, Wana Brands is the No. 1 edibles brand in the United States, with more dollars sold than any other brand, according to BDS Analytics 2019 Brand Share Report. Wana leads the industry in quality, consistency and potency, providing a range of different options that enable customers to create the specific cannabis experience they want. Wana products offer diverse product forms including edibles, vapes and extended release capsules, four different CBD/THC ratios as well as a variety of different dosages, onset times and duration of effects. The portfolio is designed so products can be used singly or in combination to address specific health, wellness and recreational needs. Wana products are available in Colorado, California, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Arizona and Oregon dispensaries, with Maryland, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Florida (as regulations allow) among the states imminently coming online. Wana Brands will also expand internationally to Canada in 2020. For more information or to subscribe to Wana’s e-newsletter, visit www.wanabrands.com. Follow Wana on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

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