6 Ways to Consume Marijuana Without Smoking It

6 Ways to Consume Marijuana Without Smoking ItEveryone is aware that consuming marijuana by smoking is the most popular method of ingestion, and pretty much the only method you see in the movies.

But these days, there are actually a lot of other ways that cannabis can be enjoyed, and you may want to try some to broaden your own experience. There are also some people that have respiratory problems which requires them to avoid any kind of smoking.

Regardless of your motivation, here are many other ways that you can have a rewarding cannabis experience without smoking.

1. Dabbing

This is a type of flash vaporization whereby concentrated cannabis is dropped on a heated water pipe attachment and then inhaled.

The appeal to this method centers around the tremendous potency of the vapor which results from the concentrate being superheated. It also involves no smoke, and is completely disassociated from the plant itself.

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2. Topicals

These are balms and lotions which have been fused with cannabis, and which are applied to the skin directly.

This application is far more about the relief of inflammation, soreness, or aches and pains, than it is about any kind of euphoric effect. In fact, cannabis topicals are well-known for the capability of treating symptoms without any kind of psychoactive effect on the subject.

3. Edibles

Edibles are probably the second most popular way of ingesting cannabis, and the category also includes drinks infused with cannabis.

This consumption has become wildly popular recently, and it continues to grow, with retail shops marketing everything from infused lemonade to brownies to roasted garlic crackers.

A word to the wise: since edibles take longer to kick in and eventually produce powerful psychoactive effects, it’s best to start slowly and eat or drink a little bit before adding on.

4. Vaporizing

Many people prefer the taste of vaporized cannabis to that gained from smoking it, and of course vapors are much gentler on the lungs and respiratory system.

Some of the more expensive table-top size vaporizers offer a variety of temperature control settings, while still producing high-quality vapor.

There are also the smaller hand-held sizes available for enjoying the experience on the go, so there are suitable vaporizers for pretty much any situation.

5. Ingestible oils

These are cannabis concentrates which can be consumed orally, and which commonly come in plastic applicators or capsules. Either of these types can be added to food or drink, or even consumed directly as is.

Ingestible oils are much like edibles, in that it may take a while for their psychoactive effects to kick in, but when they do, the experience can become very intense.

6. Tinctures

These are infused liquids with cannabis extract included, and they can be consumed by applying them directly under your tongue.

Contrary to either infused foods or ingestible oils, tinctures hit the bloodstream quickly, so their effects are felt almost immediately, and don’t leave you guessing about dosage.

An added bonus: they come in a whole slew of flavors and strengths, so you can be sure to find one that appeals to your taste or your medical needs.


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Marijuana Infused Wine?

I’m sure the thought if infusing Marijuana in lots of different foods and drinks are pretty abundant, but what about wine?

LA Times posted an article recently about how Lisa Molyneux, a long time Marijuana advocate and dispensary owner from Santa Cruz, has decided to do make this infusion happen. She is pairing up with Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, owner of Verdad Wines in Santa Maria to try this new infusion.

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Apparently, the thought arose while camping together in Yosemite Valley back in 2010. This infusion is called Canna Vine. High-grade Marijuana fused with biodynamic farmed grapes.

The new “Green Wine” is also getting a lot of hype from celebrities like Chelsea Handler and Melissa Etheridge. These new bottles are ranging from $120-$400 so you better be ready to fork up the big bucks for the infusion.

Read the full articles from LA Times here!

Amazing Dietary Benefits of Cannabis

In the view of Dietitian Jessica Aragona, the next best thing might be the most nutritious plant ever discovered by humanity with some amazing dietary benefits of cannabis. That’s undoubtedly saying a lot of course, but there is some strong evidence to back up the notion that cannabis has some powerful nutritional advantages.

For instance, it is a terrific source of protein, it’s very easy to digest, and it’s rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which are known to provide numerous health benefits.

For those who follow a vegan lifestyle, cannabis is also dairy-free, gluten-free, and 100% vegan, so it can fit right in with that lifestyle.

Raw dietary benefits of cannabis

Raw cannabis is not psychoactive unless it is first heated, but it still contains two very powerful compounds which are disease-fighting dynamos; cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

When these two are ingested like any other vegetable (for example mixed in with a salad, blended into a smoothie, or juiced into a liquid) they produce some tremendous health benefits to the consumer.

Dr. William Courtney is credited with being a prime move in the ‘Raw Greens’ movement, and helped to reveal many of these benefits by devising a method for raw cannabis juicing.

In one of his best-known cases, a woman named Kristen Petuski-Courtney experienced an astounding return to good health after suffering through years of chronic illnesses which left her virtually debilitated. All medical treatments had failed her for years until she was introduced to raw cannabis juicing – and her miraculous recovery began.

The woman in this case is far from an isolated success however. As Dr. Courtney himself says, “Whether Sativa, Indica, Ruderalis, male, female, hermaphrodite, native, feral, bred for fiber, seeds or medicinal resin, cannabis is the best source for beneficial cannabinoids. Over 50 patients have used only cannabinoids to put their cancer in remission, and over 150 have found symptomatic relief.”

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Medical conclusions

Dr. Courtney’s medical conclusions about the benefits which accrue from ingesting raw cannabis are startling, and may hold the promise of medical breakthroughs in the future.

He has found that ingesting cannabis raw is far more effective than smoking it, because the properties of cannabinoids are degraded through heating, and lose their therapeutic effectiveness.

Raw cannabis however, triggers activation in the brain’s own cannabinoid system, and that results in the release of antioxidants in the body. As most people are aware, antioxidants serve as cleaners in the body, and cause the removal of many kinds of damaged body cells. This in turn, increases the efficiency of all other cells in the body, which are no longer burdened by weakened or damaged cells.

While smoking cannabis does treat the symptoms of many pains and illnesses, raw consumption seems to be far superior in terms of providing a healthy and therapeutic boost to the body’s systems, and possibly curing the causes of those problems.

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How to Make a Balm Using Cannabis

Just when you thought you had heard everything about the health benefits of cannabis, along comes another discovery about the amazing healing properties of the plant, in this case as a balm.

Almost everyone has a need for balms or salves to provide relief from localized pains or irritations around the body, and it has been found that cannabis is terrific at doing just that.

Since balms are applied directly to the skin, any psychoactive characteristics of the plant are bypassed, so that only the pain relief benefits come into play. Here’s how you can make your own basic balm using cannabis salve, and start feeling for yourself one of the newly discovered benefits of the amazing cannabis plant.

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Making a basic cannabis salve

To begin the process, assemble the following ingredients:
  • 28 grams of dried cannabis, finely ground up so that it can be easily mixed
  • 1-1/2 cups of any kind of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of beeswax
  • a double boiler or a sauce pan
  • a cookie sheet with a long flat surface
  • one medium-size jar
  • one cheesecloth
  • 2-3 containers to hold your salve
  • several drops of your favorite kind of essential oil

After gathering all the ingredients you’ll need for the process, pre-heat your oven to a temperature of 240°F, and then spread your dried ground cannabis powder uniformly over the surface of the baking sheet. Once the oven has been pre-heated, you will need to de-carboxylate your cannabis in the oven for about 15 minutes.

In the meantime, add the olive oil and coconut oil together in your saucepan or double boiler, and heat them over a low stovetop temperature, while making sure to stir them continuously. When your cannabis in the oven has been fully decarboxylated, remove it and mix it into the coconut oil/olive oil mixture. While maintaining a low heat under your saucepan, continuously stir this new mixture for between 20 and 25 minutes.

Final stages

It’s important that you remember to keep the heat low for the saucepan or double boiler, because if it gets too high, the cannabis will be scorched and the THC might burn off, which will decrease the potency of your salve. After the 25 minutes of stirring, remove your mixture from the heat source and pour it through the cheesecloth into your medium-sized jar, then set the jar aside for a while.

Now heat your beeswax in the saucepan, and as it begins to melt, add the mixture of your coconut oil, olive oil, and cannabis into it. This is also the time when you should add your essential oil, which should be a favorite scent like lavender. Be careful not to overdo this though, because even a few drops will be enough to impart a very fragrant scent to the mixture.

Once everything has been thoroughly mixed together and heated for a few minutes, remove it from the stovetop and transfer it into the containers you set aside for your cannabis-infused salve. Once it cools and solidifies, you’re ready to start enjoying the benefits of one of the most effective topicals in existence – and you made it all yourself!
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Oregon Leads the Nation’s Efforts Again with Hemp-Infused Alcohol

Oregon has been the leader of medical and recreational marijuana legalization efforts over the past few years, and they’ve just raised the bar again.

Change in Legislation

Over the weekend, Oregon reported a change in the legislation that legalizes the blend of alcohol with locally-cultivated hemp.

But of course it’s not final yet, as the OLCC, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has kept infused alcohol prohibited at this point.

“Hemp-infused beverages are only allowed if the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has approved the beverage formula, in accordance with the April 2000 Hemp Policy.” – OLCC

Oregon Leads the Nation in Craft Beer

Oregon has a big reputation for both hemp and alcohol, specifically beer and wine. Many people in the nation recognize Oregon as being one of the top brewery states with three main cities filled with craft breweries, Bend, Portland, and Eugene. Not to mention southern Oregon as being a new age Wine Valley producing similar grapes to that of Napa Valley.

Oregon’s help industry has also been booming over the past year as they recently reduced decriminalization towards legalization and have made regulations friendlier.

“Prior to manufacturing or selling hemp-infused beverages, the formula and label of the drink must be approved by the OLCC.” – Allie Beckett, Marijauna.com

We are already seeing breweries excited about this change as many have already introduced the blend by substituting the hemp plant in for hops.

From Seed to Joint: The Process for Marijuana Business Owners to Sell

Marijuana business owners are becoming more and more abundant as the cannabis industry is growing. When you go to a store to pick up your weekly supply of joints, edibles, and other products, do you ever think about the process it takes to go from seed to store shelf?

There are a lot of things marijuana business owners need to go through to make sure they are offering the most potent, natural, and organic strain on their shelves.

The flowers appearance

The flowers appearance has a lot to do with with the effectiveness of the strain you are smoking. As most people don’t know, the flower is actually the part of the plant people smoke. They are frosted and exhibit hair-like crystalline structures.

There are thousands of different strains that are bred displaying a range of profiles: effect, potency, flavor, and color. The flowers of these strains will also exhibit different aspects; short and fat, long or skinny, and different colors.

“Right now, as far as cataloged strains, there are roughly 350,000 different varieties,” said Nicholas Cretecos, recreational budtender at Choice Organics. “Of course, people are also creating them independently, so there are always more coming out. In the store we usually have about two dozen different kinds of flower on the shelf.” – Choice Organics, Coloradoan

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Testing the product

After the plant has been harvested and before it can be sold in stores, the plants must go through a testing process with a third-party testing facility to approve the product. This is essential as the product needs to be safe for the buyer and they need to ensure the quality is up to high standards.

  • Cannabinoid potency
  • Marijuana contaminants (molds and mildews)

The buds are then labeled with the proper information for the buyer and the seller.

“The profile for each individual strain identifies percentages of cannabinoids present within the trichomes of the flower. The nature of the consumer’s needs, whether recreational or medical, can then be more easily paired with a product or flower, based on this in-depth knowledge of the chemical makeup.”  – Choice Organics, Coloradoan

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The buds are then organized by the dispensary and displayed in certain areas of the store based on recreational vs medical, potency vs tenuous, by type: edibles, joints, flowers, and of course products to use for consuming the substance: vaporizers, bongs, bowls, etc.

Each and every person has their own ideas on how to consume their choice of substance as they please. So making sure the dispensary has the most available as they can is important to retain their repeat customers.

GABF: Most Popular Beers & Cannabis Infused

GABF (Great American Beer Festival) held each year in Denver is the most iconic beer festival in the nation to date.

The festival is held in a space that is almost a half a mile large with over 800 brewery and beer vendors.

With GABF being the mecca event of the year, tickets are pretty hard to come by, and quite spendy. Regardless of the price, GABF is worth a visit every year, if not at least once in a lifetime.

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The 2016 GABF was another great year of experimental concoctions and innovative flavors.

Here are some of the GABF popular beers found at the 2016 festival from CNBC.

Dad & Dudes Breweria – Aurora, CO

Beer: General Washington’s Secret Stash – a cannabis-infused beer

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales – Denver, CO

Beer: Cherry Oxcart – a fruit-infused sour ale

Prison City Pub & Brewery – Auburn, NY

Beer: Mass Riot IPA – Paste Magazine rates as the best IPA in the country

Jester King – Austin, TX

Beer: Buddha’s Brew Kombucha – an iconic brew previously released in 2012

Fate Brewing – Boulder, CO

Beer: Morai Coffee IPA

Lost Abbey – San Marcos, CA

Beer: Churchills Finest Hour

Wicked Weed – Asheville, NC

Beer: White Angel and Red Angel – their renowned sours

Cigar City Brewing – Tampa, FL

Beer: Jai Alai IPA

Night Shift Brewing – Everett, MA

Beer: The 87 – Double IPA

So if you end up coming across one of these beers, it would be a shame if you left without trying them!
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