Everyone who loves pot should know how to use a bong. Bongs are just a chamber filled with water, used for smoking cannabis. But they’re also known for their smooth hits that come with highs that’ll take you to the moon. A bong’s water-filled chamber filters and cools much of the smoke’s harshness — making hits so easy a grandma could do it. Seriously. And we agree that getting high by a water bong is an excellent way for 420-smokers to switch things up. Whether you’re a novice who needs to learn how to take the perfect hit or a weed-smoking veteran who wants to get more high, we got you covered. Step #1) Preparing your bong Using a bong is simple. The first step is to get your bong ready. Fill up your bong with water using the mouthpiece at the top of the bong. Tap water is perfect for this. The right amount of water is about an inch above the tip of the downstem. A downstem is the glass stick with the bowl where you put your weed. Keep in mind: Filling it up past this point runs the risk of water splashing up when you inhale. Step #2) Adding the cannabis Don’t just place a fat nug in the bowl, grind that sucker up first. Get your cannabis ready using your grinder (preferably) or your hands or any other strategy you have for breaking up your nugs. Place your ground cannabis in the bong bowl. The bowl will be sitting at the top of that downstem that we talked about in step #1. The perfect amount is not too much, and not too little. Don’t fill it past the rim of the bowl, or else some bud can fall out, leading to waste. Remember that you can always pack more in the bowl if you need to. You can also use a bong to smoke dabs as well as regular bud. Merely use it the same way. Step #3) Lighting up Make sure you're sitting in a comfortable position. You’re going to want to be sitting up straight to fill your lungs to the max capacity. Then take a few deep breaths to get ready as it helps to get oxygen to your lungs, making your hit a lot smoother. This also limits the amount of coughing, allowing more THC to get absorbed. And who doesn’t want more THC to get absorbed? Put your mouth to the mouthpiece with your lips inside the mouthpiece. Its bad etiquette (and hygiene) to put them over the rim of the bong, so be aware of this — especially when you’re training novices to take bong rips. Then once you put your mouth on the mouthpiece, remember to make sure you have a good seal between your lips and the inner mouthpiece. This seal is important, so the smoke doesn’t escape into the room, along with your high. Lighting the bong is the part that many people find intimidating. But it’s not. It just takes practice! Take out your lighter while your mouth is on the mouthpiece and bring the flame to the bowl. Hold it at an angle to help avoid getting your fingers burned. Light the cannabis on the edge of the bowl to help the bud last longer. Don’t worry if it takes you a few times to get it lit. Practice makes perfect. Step #4) Breathe in. Breathe in. The secret to an excellent inhale isn’t to get the smoke to you but inside you to get that precious THC to your brain receptors. The smoke has to go from the point of combustion through the bong and the mouthpiece into your body. This step, you can see happen as the smoke travels through the bong, which is rather cool to watch. Step #5) Keep breathing. Keep breathing in. This will bring the smoke into your mouth and then to your lungs. And in your lungs is right where you want it. Stop lighting the bud when you have enough smoke in the chamber. For new or casual smokers, about half a chamber is suitable to start with; you can always light another hit to get more. Step #6) Finishing the hit: The key to getting super high. While you’re still breathing in, pull the bowl out of the stem and inhale the smoke in the chamber. Inhale deeply, so the smoke goes where you want it — your lungs! A good inhale is essential because if the smoke doesn’t get to your lungs with a proper inhale, the effects won’t be at their full potential. Don’t worry if you can’t take the whole hit all in one go. You can ‘pause’ a bong hit by covering the mouthpiece to keep the smoke inside the bong. When you’re ready to take the rest, remove your hand, and quickly put your mouth back on to avoid smoke escaping. Step #7) Letting the high times roll Hold your inhale in for a few seconds to let the THC absorb and enjoy your high. But not for too long, that’ll only deprive your brain of oxygen. Then once you’ve masted the art of the bong rip, it’s time to sit back and let the good times roll. How Does A Bong Work? Now that you’re ready for this bong hit, we’re going to bring in some science to your high. A bong works as everything else does, based on physics. Primarily, the physics of how a bong works is a vacuum. When you breathe in, a vacuum is created within the bong, which displaces the water. This vacuum allows the water to suck the flame towards the bud bowl pulling the smoke towards the bong. When you see bubbles forming in the water, these are the secondary micro-vacuum pulling the smoke into the chamber. The consistent vacuum caused by breathing in, combined with the force of gravity, causes the water to act as a liquid diaphragm in the human lungs. This action brings the smoke further into the bong’s chamber, allowing it to fill up. Then when you lift the slider, air from outside the bong rushes in to fill the vacuum. This displacement of air brings the rest of the smoke right into your lungs. And the physics of the bong is why it provides a stronger, smoother hit. Why Bongs Get You So High Bongs are different from joints or blunts, or even pipes. If it’s your first time, you may think that it has to do with the water inside the bong itself. And if this was your guess, you’d be kind of right. Bongs get you higher mainly because of the chamber and the vacuum created within it. The weed that you do use ends up having more of an impact as all the smoke from the hit is going into your lungs in fewer hits. While with a pipe or a joint, some smoke is burned and wasted between hits, bongs offer more hits with more intense effects from the same amount of weed. But the water in the bong is only a secondary part of why it gets you so high. The main reason bongs get people so blitzed is bongs offer you a smoother high. This is what draws most people to choosing bongs. Bong water filters out irritants from the smoke that causes coughing. This process helps facilitate more THC getting absorbed into your bloodstream before exhaling. How to Clean a Bong: It’s more important than you might think. Cleaning a bong is as crucial as cleaning your pipe or any other smoking contraption you decide to use. All of these, you have to clean, and bongs are no different. If you regularly clean your bong, it won’t only last longer, but you won’t need to deep clean or scrub it as often. An excellent-quality bong requires excellent-quality maintenance. Maintaining your smoking equipment ensures that they last. Here’s what you need: To clean a bong, you’ll need water, salt, and 99% isopropyl alcohol, more commonly known as rubbing alcohol. Step #1) Take your bong apart Remove the bowl and the downstem and place them to the side. This ensures that all the pieces get cleaned properly without chipping. Rinse each of the pieces with warm water as you take it apart. Warm water helps allow the loose resin to come off, making cleaning easier. Step #2) Clean the bowl and downstem Cleaning the bowl and downstem is easy. All you simply need is two plastic bags, salt, water, and rubbing alcohol. Allow the pieces to be fully submerged with salt and rubbing alcohol. Make sure to put these two delicate pieces in separate bags to avoid any damages. Step #3) Fill up the bong It’s now time to clean the bong. Remove the old bong water. Take the bong and fill it up with a handful of salt and rubbing alcohol. Plug the mouthpiece and the stem to make sure there isn’t a mess as you’re cleaning. Step #4) Shake it up. This is the fun part. Shake your bong, bowl, and downstem. This simple strategy is the best way to clean heavy buildup. Keep shaking until you see the buildup starting to come off. Quick tip: If this step doesn’t seem to be taking all the resin off of the glass, allow it to soak in the alcohol and salt solution for more than an hour. Soaking enables the resin to soften up and be easier to clean. Step #5) Rinse the grime away. After the resin is cleared away, rinse your bong thoroughly with warm water. Make sure that all the pieces are clean before you reassemble the bong. Having loose resin or leftover alcohol doesn’t make for a quality smoking experience. Conclusion Regardless of your level of smoking ability, or even your skill with bongs, the general rules remain the same. Know your limits. Nobody wants to green out on a bong. Be safe. Get high. Keep your bong clean and have fun.
Who doesn’t love weed? Haters. Cannabis is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, ease pain, and have a great time in general. Even though it’s been used recreationally and medicinally around the globe for thousands of years, there are still a ton of bogus weed myths floating around. And quite frankly, kush doesn’t deserve all this hate. Especially considering that much of the hate gets based on false misconceptions. So today, it’s time to set the record straight. Let’s get into 7 of the most common cannabis myths and why they’re ridiculous. Weed Myth #1) It’s an addicting substance. There’s a caveat here: Marijuana is not a chemically-addicting substance in the same way a drug like nicotine is. But here’s the thing, humans are habit-forming creatures. If we do something every day consistently, it turns into a routine. Whether it’s a morning coffee, hitting the gym, or — you guessed it — smoking kush. Weed isn’t an addicting substance BUT, just like with anything, if used excessively, you can still form unhealthy habits around it. After all, there is such a thing as too much of something good. The takeaway? Just like anything else in life, you make and form your own habits. So if you’re seriously worried about getting addicted to weed, you probably just need to hit the J and chill. Besides, using marijuana less frequently helps you get WAY higher when you do decide to smoke. Keep in mind, CBD marijuana is often used for many medical practices and at-home remedies. Weed Myth #2) Cannabis lowers your intelligence. Again, much of these marijuana myths are only half-truths that get taken out of context. I’m going to lay it out straight: If you happen to be under your province’s legal age, smoking anything, in general, isn’t the best idea for you right now. In 2012 there was a study in New Zealand that found smoking before adulthood possibly reduced a couple of IQ points later in life. But, if you’re an adult, take those bong rips in peace. There aren’t any strong studies done to support cannabis lowers intelligence past adulthood. That’s because kush doesn’t lower your mental capacity, but it might affect brain development in kids and young teens. However, we still don’t recommend getting high before your finals exam. Your exam scores probably won’t improve while you’re stoned. Weed Myth #3) Legalizing weed leads to higher crime rates. There’s a common idea out there that legalizing kush leads to high crime rates. Laughable, right? This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Studies have shown that legalizing cannabis may do just the opposite. In a study published by the Reason Foundation on the effects cannabis has on crime, it shows that there was no definitive link between cannabis legalization and higher crime rates. And where cannabis did affect crime rates, it tended to lower them instead. Don’t worry. It gets better: The results from those studies actually noticed lowered amounts of opioid use and overdose in areas after legalizing cannabis. If that isn’t a win-win scenario, then I don’t know what is. Besides, the scrooges that came up with this myth probably never blazed once in their life. Weed Myth #4) You can easily overdose on marijuana. Another myth you might’ve heard in the past is that you can overdose on weed. At face value, this seems reasonable for the uninformed — after all, it seems like you can overdose on almost anything. From things like caffeine to the more dangerous substances like heroin, there’s usually a risk of overdose if you use any substance in excessive amounts. But weed is a bit different. Out of all the uses of marijuana over the years, there’s only been one death that’s suspected to be directly caused by THC (THC is the part of cannabis that gives you the high). One death, ever. Interesting fact: More people have died from drinking too much water than that. And even then, that one weed-overdose is a massive outlier. Wanna know how much weed you’d have to consume to get up to those levels? You would have to smoke around 2000 joints worth of THC to get to lethal doses of weed — at once. Odds are, you’ll never have access to that much weed all at once in the first place or be able to fit 2000 joints in your mouth. Don’t get me wrong though, smoking too much kush can still have some regretful consequences. Chances are before you ever made it to your 2000th joint in one go, you’d get sick, also known as the infamous ‘green out.’ Remember, it’s not a race to smoke the most you can; it’s about letting the good times roll. Weed Myth #5) Marijuana kills your brain cells. We all remember the classic commercial, for many of us, this line’s been ingrained into our heads: “This is your brain on drugs.” But you can rest easy; this is just another myth based on a lack of evidence. No studies conducted up to this date have shown that weed kills your brain cells. Again, there’s a possibility that it might affect brain development in children, but besides that, there’s not much proof that cannabis is destroying your brain. Do you know what does damage your brain with overuse? Alcohol. And alcohol happens to be legal in most places around the world. But it’s common knowledge that irresponsible drinking can have some pretty adverse effects on your health, so people know to use it on moderation. If there’s one thing you should take away from these weed myths, it’s that responsible use is key to getting the most out of cannabis — or anything for that matter. Smoking a blunt isn’t going to destroy your brain, and it’s not going to ruin your life, just like a single drink isn’t. So next time you hear that marijuana is a monster that’s slowly eating your brain, rest assured knowing that it’s just a silly myth. Weed Myth #6) Marijuana is a gateway drug. This is one of the classics, and we’ve all heard it in school growing up. One of the biggest reasons that people say you should never try weed is that it’s a gateway drug. The rumor goes that if you try weed, it’s a slippery slope that leads to addiction to more harmful drugs. This myth has been floating around for years now. So let’s sit down and think about it for a second. The term “gateway drug” wasn’t even popular until it was used in propaganda during the 1984 war on drugs. And like we mentioned about the study in myth #3, there’s more of a correlation that opioid drug abuse declines when marijuana becomes legal. So don’t fret, marijuana use isn’t going to make you want to do cocaine or heroin. It’s just weed. Weed Myth #7) Smoking weed is worse for your lungs than cigarettes. According to a large-scale national study, smoking weed a low to moderate amount is less bad for your health than smoking tobacco. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it: Nicotine in tobacco is addictive. So it’s not unusual when a cigarette smoker burns through 20 darts in one day. So unless you’re blitzing yourself with 20 joints a day, tobacco smokers are smoking way more than pot smokers on average. When it comes to smoking cigs, this study found the more you use, the more you lose — ultimately, smoking tobacco led to a decrease in airflow in the lungs. However, when they tested the airflow in users’ lungs in marijuana users, they found that airflow actually increased up to a certain usage point. In conclusion So there are 7 of the most common myths about weed. Despite all of the silly rumors, cannabis is pretty dope. And hopefully, now you can feel a bit better about getting your high on. Don’t let everyone else ruin the fun for you with lots of false myths. Get out there, enjoy the facts, and enjoy yourself while you’re up into the clouds. Think we missed another common weed myth? Let us know your least favorite weed myth in the comments below!
Photo by Wesley Gibbs on Unsplash Maybe you’re a novice, or perhaps you’re a pot-smoking veteran. But that doesn’t matter. Both of you guys want to get high into the clouds. And thankfully, when it comes to how to get super high off weed, we’ve been able to compile some pretty dope tips to keep you flying. It doesn’t matter how high your weed tolerance is, we got you covered. In this kush lover’s guide, we’re going to give you some pointers to get you higher faster, more efficiently, and, most importantly — high. Did we say that we’re going to get you… nevermind. Let’s get to it. Disclaimer For Novice Smokers: Before we take you to class to teach you how to get higher, there’s something you need to know. Remember: Although it’s nearly impossible to overdose on marijuana, with great power comes great responsibility. You may not be Spiderman, but these tips should be used cautiously and responsibly. Unless your goal is to get completely stoned out of your mind — then maybe this is okay. Anyway, if you’re a new smoker with a low tolerance, take it slow and Enjoy. 1) Choose a strain of weed with more THC. The most straightforward way to get higher off weed? Get stronger cannabis. Remember that THC is what gets you high. The more THC potency that a strain of weed has and the more THC that you consume, the higher you’ll get. So when you’re shopping for cannabis, pay attention to the THC content. In today’s world, most cannabis will have THC content somewhere between the 10 and 20 percent range. Besides the THC content, there are also three main marijuana strain variations to keep in mind: Sativas generally make you feel more uplifted. This is what people usually smoke when they’re going to social gatherings or a beautiful hike. Indicas give you more of a sedative, relaxing feeling — making it a perfect strain for watching a movie or sleeping. Hybrids are a combination of Sativa and Indica and come with a wide variety of feelings and effects. 2) Manage your inhaling. One of the most common mistakes, when novices are smoking weed, is improperly inhaling. Don’t just take a quick puff and blow it out of your mouth like a cigar. To maximize your highness, you need to breathe the smoke into your lungs. If you want to make sure that you’re getting it all in, breathe in some fresh air before you exhale the smoke. You may have heard that holding your weed smoke in longer will help you get higher, but some scientific studies have also refuted this. Holding your smoke in for 5+ seconds isn’t a way to get high faster. Holding in the inhale for no more than a couple seconds is all you’ll need to get the job done. Plus, studies have pointed to that THC is absorbed into your lungs almost instantly. 3) Try using different methods of getting high. Besides the specific cannabis strains that you choose, the tools and methods you use are going to have a significant impact too. There are so many ways you can smoke, vaporize, and eat your cannabis that you could write a book about it. Seriously. But to keep things short here’s a quick guide on some of my favorite, most effective methods to inhale your THC: Bongs and bubblers. In essence, bongs and bubblers cool the smoke down before it goes into your lung so you can get a bigger hit. Never underestimate a bong. Everyone has a story about the time they unexpectedly got smacked down by a bong. Gravity bongs. Gravity bongs are getting their own section just because of their ability to help you take in massive hits effortlessly. They’re also easy DIY projects to make at home, and they’re simply one of the most efficient ways to smoke weed. Vaping. Vaping THC oil has been a recent growing trend recently. It’s convenient, high in THC content, so it only makes sense why it has become so popular. 4) Add kief and dabs to your kush. Adding kief and dabs to your smoking equation is one sure way to blast yourself closer to the moon. You’ll need to buy dabs separately, but dabs are just THC in an oil form — and usually A LOT more potent than regular bud. And kief is the name for the fine THC powder that separates from the weed when you grind it up. All you need is a weed grinder that has a kief catcher to get your own kief. Once you have your kief or dab oil, sprinkle it in with some of your kush and rock’n’roll. 5) Grind your weed. As simple as this might sound, it’s still often overlooked by pot rookies around the world. Investing in a decent grinder is an easy way to get more out of your marijuana. Properly ground-up weed will help you make smoother, bigger hits. And it’ll help you get that kief that we were just talking about. 6) Take a break from smoking weed to reduce your weed tolerance. “Weed doesn’t get me high anymore.” I know. Weed is awesome. And for some of us, it can be hard to take a break from it. But at the same time, if you’re only using it recreationally, it won’t hurt to take a break for a week (or longer), especially if you can’t get high anymore. Daily smokers will often enough not be able to get their high due to their growing weed tolerance. So once you start smoking after a break, you’ll be able to get that high that you just had in your daydream. Go ahead, take a break and rediscover that high you used to get. 7) Dine on some edibles instead of smoking. Edibles can be hands down, one of the most potent ways to take in your THC. Not to mention that it also gives your lungs a break. You can make them at home, or you can buy them at a dispensary. Gummies, cookies, brownies — you name it, you can eat it and get high. If you happen to like chef-it-up in the kitchen, the things you can cook with cannabutter are endless. Getting high and eating a delicious dinner — that’s not a bad idea, isn’t it? People that are even avid weed smokers can get blitzed by an edible. Just keep in mind that edibles usually take about 45 to 60 minutes to smack you, so be patient. 8) Change up your diet. Did you know that the food you put in your body can affect your high? Well, it does, and depending on what you eat, you can enhance THC’s effects on your brain. Here are some simple foods you can eat to give yourself a boost: Mangos. Myrcene is a chemical that helps THC move in your brain faster, intensifying highs. And guess what has myrcene? Weed! And Mangos! Dark chocolate. When you eat chocolate with 72% or more of cacao, it’ll act as an antioxidant. Salmon, sardines, flaxseeds, walnuts, etc. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids will help your body synthesize endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. Wow, science! 9) Change up your surroundings with an adventure. Sometimes getting high and going on a scenic adventure go together like popcorn in a movie theater. Believe it or not, the environment where you experience a high will also have an impact on how you feel. It’s easy to change things up. You can chill at a different location or even just get high during a different time of day than you usually do. 10) Exercise before you get high. Exercising and marijuana — that’s not a combination that comes together every day. And before I go further: If you don’t have much fat on your body, this tip won’t do you much good. Yes, I’m serious. A study from the University of Sydney has shown that 35 minutes of cardio on a bicycle had regular cannabis users with an average of 15% more THC in their blood than usual after smoking. Amazing, right? Another reason to exercise. And it gets you more baked. 11) Take care of your weed when you store it. We’ve all probably done it at some point. And it’s okay, but we need to stop killing our weed when we store it. Storing cannabis in plastic containers or bags might be spoiling your weed’s potency. Plastic can build up electric charges that are harmful to THC-filled trichomes (the little crystals on weed that produce the cannabinoids). So what’s the fix to this? Glass jars. They don’t build up electrical charges, and they’re pretty easy to get your hands on. For long periods of time, you’ll also need a container that controls humidity to protect your kush from drying up and losing its dankness. An easy fix to this is leaving an orange, lime, or lemon peel stored with your weed. The peel will help maintain just the right of humidity to protect your precious herb. Conclusion And there you have it. It’s time for you to take flight and get baked. Feel free to try out some of our 11 tips on how to get really high off weed, or do all of them at once if you’re feeling wild. Remember to get high responsibly. Are there any tips that we missed? Leave us a comment below!
Stoner Approved Recipes Outsiders often conclude that cannabis users are all the same, fitting into the stereotypical stoner image that has been projected since the ’60s. However, this could not be further from the truth. One of the only real attributes that are shared amongst the majority of weed smokers is the appreciation of food and good munchies. Cannabis opens many a culinary door for home cooks and consumers alike. Whether you like to bake up a pan of edibles or a meal for a host of friends, cannabis can be integrated into thousands of tasty and unique recipes. Delicious Options for New and Experienced Home Cooks From brownies to pasta, we scoured our resources and found some of the best cannabis-infused, stoner-approved recipes out there. Because we encourage inclusion, family, and friends, our first recipe is for more of a communal dinner or for a potluck dish. Cannabis Mac and Cheese You got us. This one is a bit of a cheat. However, we think you will not only forgive but thank us in the end… it requires Cannabutter and a simple boxed macaroni and cheese dinner kit. Ultimately this is an excellent chance for integration that does not occur to everyone right away. Ingredients 1 Boxed mac and cheese dinner kit 1-2 Tbsp Cannabutter (more or less to taste) Instructions Cook the noodles in the kit according to their cook instructions Add in the correct measured amount of milk and powdered cheese Add 1-2 Tbsp Cannabutter (more or less according to taste) Mix thoroughly and let cool at least five minutes before enjoying! Peanut Butter Quick Bread Quick bread makes for an excellent cannabis-infused treat because it is convenient and contains common ingredients found in the everyday pantry. This bread is both moist and rich in flavor, providing consumers with an intense, sustainable, and long-lasting high. Ingredients 2 Cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 4 Tbsp Cannabutter ½ Cup sugar ¼ Cup brown sugar 1 Large egg 1 Cup milk Instructions Heat your oven to 340-degrees Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and set aside for later Take your mixing bowl and beat your Cannabutter and sugar on low speed until the ingredients become fluffy. Now mix in your peanut butter, egg, and vanilla, continuously scraping down the sides of the bowl for a thorough mixture. Add in your flour and beat with a mixer until thoroughly combined. Your batter will be thick at this point. Add in the milk and beat until smooth. Pour your batter into a loaf pan until it is spread evenly. Bake it for 50 minutes or until your bread bounces back after indenting it with a finger. Allow the bread to cool within the pan for at least 15 minutes. Remove and place it on a cooling rack until completely cool. Enjoy! Cannabis Spaghetti and Sauce Spaghetti is an age-old meal that is great for families, potlucks, or group dinners. What you might now know is, it is entirely possible to create a delicious, THC infused spaghetti sauce that will delight your taste buds and allow you to relax. This is a perfect dish that will feed many at your next canna potluck! Ingredients 8-Ounces tomato paste, canned 2 Tbsp Canna-oil ½ Cup onions, chopped ½ Cup red pepper, chopped ½ Cup Cannabutter ½ Cup distilled water 1 Garlic clove, minced 1 Bay leaf ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper ½ tsp thyme 16-ounces dry spaghetti Instructions Mix all the ingredients except the noodles within a large saucepan Allow it to simmer for 1 hour and 45 minutes Get water boiling and cook your pasta until al dente Allow the sauce and noodles to cool Serve and enjoy! Cannabutter Pan-Seared Steak The majority of the population enjoys a good steak from time to time. And after all, what is better than a juicy steak and baked potato for dinner after you smoke? Yep, you guessed it – THC infused pan-seared steak! Ingredients 5 lbs. Ribeye steak. Preferably one that is at least 1.5 inches thick 1 Tbsp olive oil (Or canola oil if you do not have olive oil) Salt and pepper to taste 1 tsp Cannabutter Instructions Begin by preheating your oven to 500-degrees while bringing the steak down to room temp. (Allow it to sit out at least an hour Place a frying pan on the main burner and heat it on high for 5 minutes Brush the steak lightly with the oil of your choice then add seasoning as desired Place your steak in the center of your hot frying pan. Cook it for 1-2 minutes then flip Place your Cannabutter atop the steak and place the pan into the oven Cook for 2 minutes, flip, and cook for 2 more minutes Remove the pan from the oven and place the steak on a plate before wrapping the plate in foil for 2 minutes Following this resting period, go ahead and serve with the sides of your choice Velvety Canna-Mashed Potatoes I think it is safe to say that mashed potatoes are one of the more universal, well-loved foods in existence. Eaten from Ireland to American and everywhere in-between, this popular dish only gets better with the addition of Cannabutter. In fact, this would make for a great addition to the previous steak recipe (see above). Ingredients 2 ½ lbs. russet or Yukon potatoes Salt and pepper to taste 4 tsp. Cannabutter 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 ounces cream cheese Instructions Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil Peel and wash your potatoes, cut them into 2-inch cubes and place them in the water Turn the heat to medium and boil until potatoes are soft – 15 or so minutes Remove from heat and drain before placing the potatoes in a bowl Hand mash while adding in your butter, Cannabutter, and cream cheese, mix thoroughly with a hand mixer Serve and enjoy! Cook your Stoner Heart Out As you can see, the extent of foods that can be turned in cannabis-infused dishes is quite unlimited. Whether you are searching for a great main course or that perfect dessert for friends, all you need is some Cannabutter and a can-do attitude! Give a few of these recipes a try and see how truly easy it can be. Before you know it, you will be the go-to Canna-chef for your family and friends. With a little hard work you will be hosting dinners in no time!
CBD oil is gaining prevalence in becoming one of the most sought out natural remedies for just about anything. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating agent derived from cannabis. CBD can be processed into various forms including tinctures, topicals, or edibles, but is mostly found in the form of oil for accessibility. Though research about CBD is still in its infancy, here are some things about CBD that have been proven by scientific evidence to be beneficial. 1) PAIN RELIEF From acute, chronic, to neuropathic pain, preclinical studies have found CBD to be an effective treatment in both symptom management and symptom relief all while mitigating negative side effects found commonly in prescriptive medications. Conditions that are commonly treated with CBD include: · Arthritis (inflammation) · MS pain · Muscle pain · Alzheimer’s · Kidney Disease · Chronic Pain It has been noted that patients suffering from arthritis and musculoskeletal pain are the most prevalent users of therapeutic cannabis products (Bruni et al., 2018). 2) ANXIETY RELIEF CBD has become an effective method in both lowering anxieties and reducing the associated symptoms. CBD oil has been observed to benefit those suffering from a generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder. CBD may help alleviate anxiety by · Lowering stress levels · decreasing physiological effects related to anxiety More so than just people testifying that their anxieties and symptoms have reduced, Crippa, Derenusson, Ferrari (2011) showed in their study that changes occur in brain activity in response to CBD oil, specifically the hippocampus, a region associated with regulating mood and in turn anxiety. 3) CBD OIL IMPROVES SLEEP Though CBD oil may already improve sleeping conditions through lowering anxiety, it has also been shown to manage insomnia, sleep apnea, and generally improve one’s quality of sleep. CBD can improve sleep by · Regulating your circadian rhythm · Increasing the likelihood of sleeping dreamless · Stabilizing the body during REM sleep 4) ACNE TREATMENT CBD oil is becoming a popular ingredient in skincare products thanks to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. Though this claim requires more scientific evidence, it is believed that CBD prevents activity in the oil-producing glands which is often a cause of acne. CBD oil can help acne by · Reducing redness · Diminishing breakouts · Calming the skin · Soothe wrinkles 5) SEIZURE TREATMENT CBD oil is making headlines as an alternative treatment for those suffering from epilepsy. A study treating 57 epileptic patients with CBD ranging from children to adults showed an overall reduction in mean monthly seizure frequency (Hausman-Kedem, Menascu, Kramer 2018). Though it’s true efficacy still needs to be thoroughly assessed, many cases appearing on the news have outlined how beneficial CBD has been in reducing seizures and other epileptic symptoms. The underlying message here is that CBD can be utilized in many different, helpful, and life-changing ways. Despite its’ momentum towards normalized usage, there is still much left to be said and done about the side effects and whatever undiscovered potential that it may hold. It’s important to keep this into consideration when deciding if CBD oil is right for you!
When it comes to THC consumption, there are several ways to do so with varying results. While smoking provides immediate benefits, edibles are potent and long-lasting, ultimately providing a different experience. Furthermore, these baked goodies are a safe and easy way to enjoy the benefits of THC on the go. The real advantage here is their capability to provide affects you do not necessarily experience from mere inhalation. In fact, the consumption of edibles has been linked to more of a body buzz type of high as opposed to the effects received from smoking. With the spread of dispensaries across the country, it is easier than ever to purchase various edibles ranging from cookies to candy. However, if you are someone who indulges frequently, you will ultimately find yourself spending a pretty penny in the long run. The solution? Homemade edibles of course! The best part is, you don’t have to be Betty Crocker in the kitchen to whip up something tasty. Below are the easiest edibles to create in your home kitchen. The Humble Firecracker This humble little treat is not the tastiest on the list, but they do happen to be one of the best considering the speed and potency. Made from simple, household ingredients, this is one that can be thrown together last minute with minimal bud. The secret behind the firecracker’s success lies in the decarboxylation. Before you construct this nifty peanut butter and herb sandwich, the weed itself is put into the oven on low heat to convert the THCA into THC. When baked within the peanut butter the THC is absorbed by the fats from the peanut butter. If you do it just right you can achieve a pleasant and long-lasting buzz. Following the decarb practice, you will want to coat one side of each graham cracker with a generous amount of peanut butter. Top this off with the ground bud and stir it into the peanut butter with a toothpick. Once you sandwich the two crackers together and wrap them in foil, they are ready to bake. In under 15 minutes, you can enjoy a quick snack and a bit of relief. Cannabis Tea To all of the hot tea fans out there, this one is for you. Not only is it a smooth and convenient way to enjoy your herb, but it also provides that much-needed mid-day pick me up. While I have found this to be less effective than firecrackers, it is definitely worth a try at some point. With a simple tea bag, a tea bag holder, the liquid fat of your choice, and some hot water – you can brew a great cup of cannabis-infused tea. You can also have fun experimenting with different additives and types of tea. We suggest squeezing in a bit of honey or juice from your favorite citrus fruit for optimal flavor. Once you have broken up your cannabis you want to coat it in some sort of fat. For the purpose of drinking, you will want to stick with a liquid oil. We recommend coconut oil or butter. Get your water on its way to boiling and put your weed and tea inside a tea ball. Turn the heat to a simmer and steep your ingredients for thirty minutes. It is that easy to both take in THC and a warm, comforting beverage. The Microwave Brownie For many of us, the word edible quickly triggers thoughts of brownies and the like. This is of course due to their classic popularity, rich flavor, and ease of preparation. While a hot pan of baked fudgy brownies is unbeatable, cannabis brownies are in fact time-consuming. Luckily, when you are craving chocolate with a hint of THC, there is a much quicker option. With brownie mix, a mug, oil, some bud, and a microwave, you can quickly cook up a cake-like canna-brownie in minutes. There are several varieties of the microwave cake/brownie, so the mix you choose is really up to you. To craft this chocolatey treat, all you need to do is prepare your brownie mix according to the box, sauté your cannabis in butter until it is light brown and crispy, and microwave it for 45 seconds. Ultimately you will end up with a relaxing, melt in your mouth product. Add chocolate chips or berries for more variety and flavor. Not only are these a breeze to mix up, they can be as potent as you like with simple or big, bold flavors. Kief Cookies This simple edible is quick and easy with very little work involved. They are especially ideal when you have a good deal of kief built up in your grinder. Depending on how frequently you use your grinder, kief is more concentrated than the actual flower and can produce quite the surprising little baked good. The best part is, you can easily alter the potency by adding more or less kief to the cookie of your choice. To get started, collect your kief from within your grinder. Now, transfer it to some sort of smooth, dry surface like a rolling paper. It then needs to go into the oven at 220-degrees to decarb. While this process takes place, prepare your dough and form your cookies. When the kief is done decarboxylating, simply make a thumbprint in each cookie and add as much kief as you would like. Surprisingly enough, the weed taste barely comes through, allowing you to enjoy both the effects and the flavor. Becoming an Edible Chef If you enjoy the effects of edibles without the price tag, we strongly suggest trying out some of these easy to bake delights. Whether you choose to go the firecracker route or microwave brownie route, you will find these methods to be time conserving and highly beneficial. Experimenting with different flavors and methods is highly encouraged as well as the use of different strains. From pain relief to chronic anxiety and insomnia, an edible here and there can go a long way toward relief, relaxation, and well-being.