We are living in the modern marijuana age, let us rejoice. There are more cannabis ingestion methods than ever before, hooray! Whether you want to get silly stoned, or just relieve soreness in the body, there is an ingestion method to match, and each comes with its own pros and cons.
Roll a joint, smoke a bowl or load a chillum, am I right?
The pros of smoking are easily recognized. When you smoke pot, you get high, quick. The effects are felt within a few minutes and can last for a few hours, depending on the strain and the user’s tolerance. It is easy, it is quick and it is efficient.
The cons are also pretty obvious. When you smoke weed you are utilizing combustion, which is the process of burning something. Inhaling any combusted material can take a toll on your lungs causing coughing and irritation, but smoking cannabis is in no way equivocal to smoking cigarettes. In fact, in one scientific study, researchers stated, “Any attempt to try to equate cigarettes and cannabis exactly is probably a fool’s errand.”
Another quick point about smoking weed — you’re gonna have to change your shirt or everyone is gonna know you just got high. That could be a pro or a con, depending on whether you live in a legal state or not.
Vaping can be via a pre-loaded vape pen cartridge or by loading oil or a concentrate into an empty vape pen.
The pros of vaping have been heralded by researchers. When you vape cannabis you are ingesting much more of the plants cannabinoids than when you smoke. You also inhale far less of the other, potentially harmful compounds that you ingest when you choose to smoke. For these reasons, vaping is considered to be a more healthy way to consume marijuana.
Vaping is also practically odorless and any smell that may be produced does not linger or cling to the user’s clothing. Discreet.
The cons of vaping are limited really. If you are using a preloaded pen you could run out of battery, making use of the pen and the cannabis oil within impossible. It is entirely frustrating to pull your vape pen out in a time of need and have a dead battery.
If you are using a vape pen that requires you to load a concentrate, that can be a little messy. It is more difficult to achieve while on the go and requires you to use dab tools to prevent any loss of product or sticky fingers.
Also, you need to be aware of buying low-grade concentrates made with dodgy oils.
Dabbing isn’t new, but it is the most recent of the methods to come onto the scene.
Dabbing concentrates allows the user to experience cannabis in an extremely potent way. Concentrates are, well, a powerfully concentrated version of the cannabis flower. Through various processes, depending on the concentrate, cannabinoids and terpenes are extracted from the plant. The result is a robust and fiercely packed substance that, when exposed to extremely high temperatures during dabbing, produces an almost instant, intense high.
Dabbing is not for everyone. When a cannabis patient needs high doses of cannabis in order to feel relief, dabbing can be a lifesaver. However, if someone who has a low tolerance takes a dab, it can be an overwhelming and unpleasant experience. The inexperienced dabber can find themselves coughing, a lot, falling down, passing out… Definitely work your way up to dabbing, because the newcomer is not built for it.
Edible cannabis comes in a variety of forms and concentrations.
Consuming a cannabis-infused edible is one of the most discreet ways to consume. There is no smell, and you can find anything from infused gummies to infused pizza. You can even choose the amount of cannabis you want to consume because commercially produced edibles are labeled according to the amount of milligrams per item. You can consume a 50 mg edible or a 5 mg edible, depending on your preference. The high produced from an edible can last for hours, which many users consider a BIG pro.
Because edible cannabis is digested, it is not absorbed in the lungs like smoked, vaped or dabbed cannabis. It takes quite a bit longer for edible cannabis to take effect. In fact, it can take 30 minutes to an hour – which can be a major con.
It is also possible to consume a bit too much of an edible, resulting in the consumer just passing out, missing the effects altogether.
Transdermals and Topicals
Transdermal cannabis use is non-invasive and can be achieved with infused lotions, oils or patches. Got an aching back?
Transdermal use is totally discreet. Lotions and oils infused with cannabis and rubbed on the skin will not show up on a drug test (but patches will, so beware). Applied to sore muscles, used for tension headaches and arthritis, transdermal use can be used to spot treat your aches and pains. Transdermal patches can be applied directly to problem areas but is also effective when placed anywhere on the skin. It requires no inhalation and has no calories. Also, for those that are looking for a consumption method that does not produce a mental high at all – transdermal use is ideal.
You will need a significant amount of cannabis-infused lotion or oil to feel the full effects, and they can be expensive. Lotions and oils will need to be rubbed in with each application, so transdermal use requires a bit more TLC than other options. Otherwise, there are not really many (or any) cons to transdermal use, as long as you are looking for a more subtle relief.
The Sativa Preservation Society Project Will Protect Rare Haze Genetics
Space Coyote, the totally cosmic cannabis company, has launched the Sativa Preservation Society Project — a movement that protects Haze genetics while paying homage to the custodians and cultivators who kept the seeds alive.
Celebrators of the cannabis culture’s stoner heritage, Space Coyote’s aesthetic and ethos embraces the vibes and psychedelic Seventies scene, where the creativity and community of cannabis intersect.
Co-founder and self-confessed ‘Sativa Diva’ Libby Cooper calls it the “ultimate passion project”.
“We’re truly passionate about saving these genetics that are the actual grandmothers of every modern-day sativa strains that people love — all of these desert strains, all of the fruity strains,” Cooper tells me from the Space Coyote van en route to Hall of Flowers.
Founding the Sativa Preservation Society Project
The concept of the Sativa Preservation Society Project was years in incubation as the Space Coyote team deliberated over how to bring it to life. It was important for them to give back to the community while helping to educate about the history of cannabis culture.
The stars aligned earlier this year when the team met Bam Vachher-Gnanathurai, nursery and plant breeding manager from the Posibl Project in Salina. A mutual love of the unique effects of Haze genetics made for a truly cosmic outcome.
“Bam is super passionate about sativa,” said Cooper. “When we went and met up with Bam for the very first time, he rolled a blunt from Cuban Black. It was such an amazing experience to smoke that flower.”
“The initial conversation of the Sativa Preservation Society coming to life happened during that smoke session. It was like, ‘holy shit, we could actually do this.’”
The Haze Experience
The Sativa Preservation Society Project is launching with three incredibly rare cultivars — Cuban Black Haze, Uptown Haze (also known as A5 Haze), and C5 Haze — all of which were originally cultivated in the 1980s by legendary grower Neville Schoenmaker. The flower will be available as bagged eighths and as infused prerolls.
Cooper likens the Haze experience to being “a bit like mushrooms” — colors are brighter, your smell is enhanced and your hearing is sharper.
“It’s really like a cup of coffee without any jitteriness or anxiety usually associated with sativas. This is pure energy without any sort of adverse effects,” explains Cooper. “You really feel as if your eyelids are getting peeled back — you’re awake, you’re uplifted. Basically, I smoke it and I immediately start stretching.”
“Many sativa genetics are dying out due to a number of reasons,” says Cooper. “Typically, they are more difficult to grow, have a longer curing time, and the fluffy buds are easily crushed in transit.” All of which makes sativas less cost-effective in California’s highly competitive legal market.
“This truly is the first time these original sativa strains are going to be commercially grown,” says Cooper. “It really wouldn’t have been possible, funnily enough, without this group named Posibl.”
Learn more about the Sativa Preservation Society Project in the video above. While you’re at it, find your nearest Space Coyote here.
Peach Oz: This Sweet And Juicy Cultivar Will Stimulate Your Creativity
If you’re looking for a premium cultivar with legendary genetics and a euphoric high, look no further than Peach Oz, the latest addition to Wonderbrett’s stellar strain menu.
A cross of Peach Rings with OZ Kush and a descendent of Zkittlez, the sweet, stimulating citrus taste profile of Peach Oz will get your creative juices flowing.
While the cultivar may be new to the public, according to Wonderbrett Co-Founder and famed Breeder Brett Feldman, it’s five-years-old in the world of genetics.
“There’s only a small handful of heady smokers who follow these things,” says Feldman. “I wanted to bring it to the masses to share the experience with everybody. That’s where my passion comes from with this strain. Similar to an amazing dish at a restaurant, you want to share it with your friends.”
Grown in small-batches at scale from the company’s state-of-the-art Long Beach cultivation facility, the strain was first created by Dying Breed Seeds, then perfected by Cannabis By Corey, before making its way to Feldman.
Bursting with flavors and aromas that bring to mind the sweet ocean breeze and fragrant fruit orchards of the California sunshine state, Peach OZ’s four dominant terpenes: Caryophyllene, Linalool, Limonene and Humulene, create a distinct sweet taste of ripe peaches, citrus candy and cream.
“When any strain has that unique, recognizable consistency in its flavor, whether that be peach, lemon or orange, that’s what myself and other breeders appreciate most and look for when bringing a genetic like this to market. It’s mind-blowing what Peach OZ can do that, translating a fruit flavor to a smoking experience,” explained Feldman.
Peach OZ is available at select dispensary and at Wonderbrett’s flagship dispensary in L.A.
Pink Lemonade: This Sparkling Strain Is Both Pretty & Potent
The frosted pink buds of Pink Lemonade might dazzle the beholder with glittering layer of golden trichomes, but this gorgeous flower isn’t all looks.
Dusted with a glittering layer of golden trichomes, the Pink Lemonade strain is endowed with a mystical appearance that embodies everything curious, attractive, and intriguing about cannabis flowers. Tightly bound calyxes dazzle with a bouquet of pink, violet, and sage coloration.
Cracking open one of these flowers emits a comfortable herbal aroma. A burst of crispness teases the nose, somewhat akin to the tart fizz in a carbonated cherry drink. This dessert-like aroma nicely compliments a definite happy hour high. Calm, relaxed, and downright chill, Pink Lemonade is a true afternoon delight.
The Pink Lemonade High
Put on some chill beats and pour yourself a nice drink. This plant is smooth, easy, and well-rounded. If inhaling Pink Lemonade feels like the first meaningful breath you’ve taken all day, you might be pleasantly surprised as a subtle relaxation works its way along the limbs and through the muscles.
There’s no doubt about it–this plant is a go-to strain for mellowing out. While often described as thoughtful and creative, the herb is better suited to leisure activities than it is serious concentration.
While solo consumers may enjoy putting on some Netflix after a little of this plant, it’s peaceful and contented nature is ideal for social gatherings. Spending time with friends may always be fun, but it’s easy to sit back enjoy a pleasant conversation after a few tastes of Pink Lemonade.
It’s worth mentioning, however, that cannabis affects everyone differently. The herb tends to be a mood enhancer rather than an instant remedy for happiness. If you are in an easygoing and relaxed environment, expect even more mellow after enjoying a little bud. If you’ve been having a bad day, strains like Pink Lemonade may provide relief by softening negative emotions and making them more tolerable.
Pink Lemonade Strain Background
Today’s cannabis market is truly a craft one. To say that the lack of federal recognition of the herb is problematic is an understatement. However, one benefit of state-by-state legalization is the development of truly local, expertly crafted products.
Pink Lemonade is a superb example of such a flower. There are many renditions of Pink Lemonade out there, yet the particular version pictured is a cross between two contemporary hybrids, Lemon Cheesecake and Huckleberry Soda.
Each parent strain is exceptional in its own right. Lemon Cheesecake is a sativa-dominant flower with a sour cream aroma and substantial THC production. Huckleberry Soda is a craft hybrid from Annunkanki Genetics, an intriguing cross between two hybrids, Black Cherry Soda and Huckleberry Hound.
Pink Lemonade Strain Benefits
As a craft flower, Pink Lemonade was arguably bred more for enjoyment than serious medical potential. It’s frosted pink buds dazzle the beholder, showcasing the fact that this plant is truly a treat. However, this gorgeous flower isn’t all looks.
The flower produces upwards of 25 percent THC. This means that the plant may be useful to those who benefit from high-THC therapies. Those interested in making a full-extract oil, hash, or other forms of concentrates may also enjoy experimenting with this sugary herb.
This plant is not too energizing nor is it overly sedative. However, those hoping for a little extra help falling asleep at night may find the flower helpful. The relaxed flower may also be beneficial for anxious individuals in search of a social lubricant.
However, the high-THC content in Pink Lemonade can inspire the opposite effect in some people. Bottom line: if you are prone to social anxiety or often respond poorly to THC, this potent flower is likely not the best choice.