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Cannabis Strains 101: Important Facts for First-Time Users

Since the legalization of medicinal marijuana in 33 US states and other countries, the popularity of cannabis has soared, and researchers are starting to experiment with different cannabis strains to discover more medicinal wonders.

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Cannabis Strains
Since the legalization of medicinal marijuana in 33 US states and other countries, the popularity of cannabis has soared, and researchers are starting to experiment with different cannabis strains to discover more medicinal wonders.

Major Cannabis Strains

Cannabis is divided into three major cannabis strains: sativa, indica, and hybrid. Each strain has specific characteristics and different effects on users. As a medicinal weed user, it is important to know the difference between these to avoid unpleasant or undesirable experiences.

• Sativa

Physical characteristics The Sativa plant grows in countries near the equator. They thrive in places where the length of the day is fairly consistent all year round. This species is often cultivated in places like Thailand, Mexico, and southern Africa. Growing as high as 20 feet, this strain is ideal for cultivating outdoors. On average, this plant takes six months to fully mature and has 60 to 90 days of flowering time. Its light green leaves are thin and narrow. Medicinal properties Sativa has properties that can uplift a person’s mood. This plant also contains substances that can sharpen focus, increase creativity and make people more alert. You can use sativa to relieve symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and depression. It can also clear creative blocks and fatigue. The plant can also stimulate the production of serotonin which regulates mood, sleep, and appetite. With the plants stimulating properties, this is best used during the day.

• Indica

Physical characteristics Indica plants prefer the harsher climates of mountainous regions. They originate from the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and Central Asia. These plants are shorter and bushier compared to sativa enabling them to survive the harsher conditions. This plant also takes less time to mature compared to sativa and has a shorter flowering time (45 to 60 days on average). With its shorter stature and a faster flowering time, this strain is ideal for indoor cultivation. Its leaves have a darker green hue and are thicker and wider than sativa. Medicinal properties Indica contains chemicals that calm and soothe the body, making it the perfect companion for relaxation and meditation. It also has properties that relieve stress and anxiety. The combination of these effects means that indica has a drowsy effect that can send people to sleep. It can also provide relief from chronic and recurring pain, which makes this plant ideal for night use.

• Hybrid

Although both strains have been around for millennia, pure sativa and pure indica plants are now extremely rare. Most strains today are a combination of the two species. They are sativa-dominant, indica-dominant or balanced and, as technology has progressed, scientists have been able to produce hybrid strains too.

100 Marijuana Strains

Through modern science, you can now buy around 100 different marijuana strains containing different quantities of sativa, indica, and hybrids. They are classified into three types: sativa-dominant, hybrid (balanced), and indica-dominant. Each has its own distinct curative properties and effects on the body. Here are just a few examples of the different strains:

Sativa-dominant

  • Acapulco Gold
  • Strawberry Cough
  •  Sour Diesel
  •  Panama Red
  •  Tangle

Indica-dominant

  • 9 Pound Hammer
  • Berry White
  • Grape Ape
  • Presidential OG
  • Willy’s Wonder

Hybrid

  • Afghan Haze
  • Blue Dream
  • OG Kush
  • Trainwreck
  • White Widow
For more information on these strains and their effects, you can visit different cannabis website.

Use Marijuana Strains with Caution

Take note that medicinal marijuana has not yet been legalized at federal level in the US. This means that you can only buy and use them in 33 states. You might face criminal charges in states where it has not yet been decriminalized. Moreover, doctors and experts still caution users to use this drug in moderation. Just like any other medicine, it has potential side-effects. So, be sure to consult health professionals  first before trying any strain.
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The Growth of Online Cannabis Delivery in Canada

Stacey Wellington

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon many changes, both positive and negative to our daily lives. One of the most prominent changes was made to the way businesses are conducted. While the transition to online businesses and e-commerce was already in progress, the global lockdown has accelerated the pace at which businesses needed to adapt their operations and bring their business online. It was a matter of survival for many businesses of a variety of industries, including cannabis.

As the majority of the population was forced to remain indoors, brick and mortar dispensaries were no longer desirable, and the need for online dispensaries intensified. Many people were already opting in to do their shopping online, as the convenience of having everything delivered to their doorstep without having to leave the house outweighed the potential dangers of making in-person trips for their daily necessities. The cannabis sector saw a huge spike in interest during the pandemic lockdown period, which opened up many doors of opportunity to online dispensaries. Those companies saw huge potential for growth not only in 2020 but in the coming years. Canada’s online cannabis businesses saw intense growth in the last year, generating the highest amounts of revenue historically, and continue to attract the interest of future customers, as the convenience of online cannabis delivery outshines that of traditional dispensaries.

What To Look For When Ordering Cannabis Online?

Before you consider ordering your cannabis via an online dispensary, however, it is important that you consider a few important things mentioned below.

Product Selection

As with any product, having a variety of choices to offer to customers is important. Before you consider buying cannabis from an online dispensary in Canada, first you need to find out whether they offer the products you are searching for. Are the products of good and reliable quality? Are there multiple strains available to suit your cannabis needs? Does the dispensary offer edibles and other cannabis products? Is the selection limited?

You should consider multiple dispensaries and find one that is able to meet all of your cannabis needs, not only the most convenient one but rather one that focuses on quality products and experience.

Shipping and Safety

If you are a person that values privacy, it is important to shop at a dispensary that offers discreet and smell-proof packaging and shipping options. Is the shipping fast and discreet, ensuring that you not only receive fresh products but also prevent curious neighbors from snooping on your favorite past-time?

Before you shop at an online dispensary, find one that values the privacy and protection of its customers by investing the time and resources to provide fast and safe packaging and shipping.

Price

While higher price usually indicates higher quality, price gauging has become extremely popular during the lockdown. Many businesses saw the pandemic as an opportunity to raise prices on common goods to exploit desperate customers. When shopping for online cannabis delivery, ensure that the price you are paying is due to the quality of the product you are receiving. Do the due diligence of comparing multiple online dispensaries, their products, and prices. Always ensure you are receiving your money’s worth and aren’t falling a victim to price hikes.

Online cannabis dispensaries in Canada are seeing extreme popularity, attracting more businesses to the market. Before committing to a cannabis delivery service, using the three factors mentioned above, do the due diligence to ensure you find a reliable company that offers a high-quality product with discreet shipping options at a reasonable and justifiable price.

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The State of Cannabis in Washington State: Things To Know in 2021

Jordan Webber

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The Pacific Northwest is well known for its beautifully lush landscapes, crisp apples, fresh air, and progressive lifestyle/health views. Being the only state named after a United States president(George Washington), Washington is a place many happily and willingly call home or their sanctuary.  

In terms of other well-knowns, Washington state was one of the first to legalize cannabis for recreational use nearly a decade ago (2012 to be exact). As long as you are 21 years old or older and reside in the state, you can privately partake in the consumption of cannabis without any legal ramifications. This has been an appeal to many across the country, with some actually moving to the state for this reason.

In 2021, and with the dawn of a new administration in the White House, marijuana looks to have a very bright few years ahead. We’ve already seen an emergence of pot stocks and hometown dispensaries budding up all around the United States and the rest of North America, and that only looks to continue into the near future.

If you’re in the mood to finally take the leap into using cannabis, now could be a great time to learn more about this wonderful plant and its many healing and rejuvenating properties. 

What is it used for mainly in 2021?

Cannabis was once thought only to be good for “getting high.” There has been a plethora of scientific research giving us a better understanding of this miracle plant. It has been used to treat Cancer, Epilepsy, Seizures, Glaucoma, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In 2021 after a rough 2020, many have been using it as a healthier way to indulge at home, protecting themselves from the ongoing pandemic. Instead of frequent alcohol consumption, there has been a larger shift towards the consumption of cannabis as it has been stated to be less harmful to vital organs like the heart and liver. Alcohol also creates a lot of inflammation within the body, whereas cannabis reportedly fights inflammation. 

Best places to buy it in 2021?

The best places to purchase your cannabis are from state-licensed retailers in Washington. Purchasing weed through private means(aka black-market) is still illegal and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to do your due diligence when seeking reputable dispensaries as there are “pop-up shops” that claim being licensed but are not, and purchasing from them could result in a hefty fine or even jail time. 

Per WeedMaps, Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess up to:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana, or 85 grams;
  • 48 ounces, or 1.36 kilograms of marijuana-infused products in solid form;
  • 1.69 gallons, or 6.4 liters of marijuana-infused products in liquid form, or; 
  • 21 grams of marijuana concentrate.

Washington state cannabis Legislation in 2021

As far as growing and cultivation of marijuana for personal use, this is still illegal. Washington cannabis laws are more liberal than other states, but there are still many restrictions, such as not being able to consume it in “public view”. The most notable push in the cannabis space in Washinton state is a bill for home cultivation.

Conclusion

Washington is a great place to visit and, for many, is one of the best places to call home due to its stance on cannabis consumption. With 2021 being a year of progression, it looks like the state of cannabis in Washington will only continue to shine.

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How to Find the Best Bud for Your Needs

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So, you’ve heard about cannabis. You hear that it gets you high and doesn’t carry some of the worst parts of alcohol, like the hangover and dizziness. Now you’re interested in trying it for yourself, but where do you begin?

Today’s your lucky day. We will be looking at how to find the best bud for your needs at a marijuana dispensary right near you. Still, we have a few notes to go through before we begin. For starters, we’ve laid out the information below as a series of “either-or” questions. These help to direct you to a desired experience rather than a specific brand or type.

Additionally, we will be giving pointers in four different categories. See below for a brief explanation of each.

Sativa, indica or hybrid?

Sativa cannabis strains generally give users more pep and contain greater quantities of THC. Conversely, indica strains are used for relaxation and calmness more often than not and contain higher quantities of CBD.

Low, medium or high THC/ CBD?

As the active ingredient in marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is what gets you high. Its counterpart, Cannabidiol (CBD), counteracts some of the effects of THC but gives a more mellow and relaxed feeling. Honestly, the dosing and differences between these two cannabinoids is a larger task than this article can tackle, so check here for more info.

Flavor Profile

The flavour profile of your marijuana can be one area where you have full control over the selection. If you want something fruity, spicey, sour, dank, piney or with hints of evergreen, simply get your nose involved in the selection process at your preferred marijuana dispensary.

Delivery Method

The delivery method you choose can play a big role in how the effects occur. Generally, inhalation will give you the quickest onset of feelings, whereas ingestion can take up to an hour to begin.

Active or Sedentary?

Active

Some people enjoy activity when they’re stoned. Getting high can make exercise more enjoyable, increase your focus and (surprisingly) help the time pass quicker. If this describes your desired outcome, look for the following traits:

  • Sativa-dominant
  • Low-middle THC concentration
  • Fruity flavours
  • Fast-acting delivery method

Sedentary

The cliche experience you hear about marijuana imbibers is that they lay around doing nothing. While this couldn’t be further from the truth, it is hard to ignore how much better watching television or playing video games can be with the proper substance. When it comes to selecting product at a marijuana dispensary for a better sedentary experience, these factors might get you closer to the goal:

  • Indica-dominant
  • Low CBD concentration
  • Evergreen, piney flavours
  • Gradual delivery method

Fun or Powerful?

Fun

Unlike the previous two choices, your options here can lead to the other. What we mean to say is that you can have a fun experience with powerful weed, and vice versa. Still, for beginners, it is essential knowledge that you do not need the highest THC to have a good time. When you are looking for something to bring to a house party or take a walk through the park, consider these objectives:

  • Sativa or indica dominant
  • Any THC concentration
  • Any flavour
  • Edibles, oils, smokeables, etc.

Powerful

If your objective is to get as high as possible, that can be a tall order. Marijuana affects everyone differently, and with experience comes an understanding of how different highs feel. As a result, it can be difficult to offer suggestions for the best experience possible due to how much of it will boil down to personal preference. Still, for those looking to head in a particular direction, prefer these traits in your cannabis:

  • Sativa or hybrid
  • High THC concentration (over 18%, generally)
  • Your favourite strain (kush or diesel yield positive results)
  • Concentrated products (oils, hashish, shatter, etc.)
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