Cannabis Now And Curved Papers Launch Rollout Of Three New Styles: RICE, RICE KING & HEMP KING.

NEW YORK: Curved Papers is always innovating. This year they have rounded out their product line with two sizes of another popular kind of paper, called rice, in the 1-1/4 and KSS sizes, and a KSS format organic hemp paper. The NORML Curved Papers are 100% organic hemp at the 1-1/4 size.

curved-riceCannabis Now will carry Curved Papers in an exclusive selection in their new dispensaries all over the country. They will celebrate together at the Cannabis Now flagship store in Beverly Hills, CA.
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CEOs Eugenio Garcia, of Cannabis Now, and Michael O’Malley, of Curved Papers, are old friends of MJBA Founder David Rheins from the Seattle daze, and have always looked for a way to work together. This multi-touchpoint program will include all aspects of Cannabis Now’s extensive media machine, social media, online content and physical presence in the brick & mortar empire of the MSO.

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CURVED PAPERS GIVE YOU AN EDGE

While still finding ways to expand the reach of the easy to roll curved edge, the Great Vape Scare of 2019 sort of fell into Curved Papers’ lap this year. It has led many back to the traditional practice of smoking joints, which continues to dominate overwhelmingly anyway. Doctors and nurses agree, it’s not a bad way to take your meds. It’s not like smoking tobacco cigarettes, and, conversely, vaping is not like smoking a joint.

With a new emphasis on online sales, Curved Papers has introduced a Holiday Mixed Four Pack, in fact, two styles of it. They include each of the three new styles, RICE, RICE KING and HEMP KING, and either the original Curved Papers, our classics, which simply cannot be improved upon, or NORML Curved Papers, which are 100% organic hemp, and support the legalization leadership of NORML with a royalty through a licensing agreement. Help Make Marijuana Legal. Buy These Rolling Papers.

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Why You Should Consider A Dry Herb Vaporizer

As a cannabis connoisseur (or occasional user) you no doubt are aware of the many ways in which you can enjoy your favorite herb. For most of us, we stick to what we know best. Good, old-fashioned and dependable joints, pipes and bubblers.

But what if we told you there was a better way?

Although not nearly as well-known or mainstream, dry herb vaporizers are quickly gaining traction among the cannabis community, and with good reason. A dry herb vaporizer is a relative newcomer to the cannabis scene, but is one that brings with it a number of unique qualities and an experience that simply cannot be replicated through traditional “smoking” apparatus such as water pipes.

What is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

A dry herb vaporizer is a device used to consume dry herb, flowers or bud. As the name suggests, it is used to vaporize the herb vs. burning it. These vaporizers heat the herb to a temperature at which the active compounds within vaporize, making them readily available to inhale.

Dry herb vaporizers may come in pen, box or desktop versions, each of which has their own best use cases and features. For example, a dry herb pen is great for “on the go” use, whereas a desktop dry herb vaporizer is perfect for sharing with friends or for long vaping sessions at home.

How Does a Dry Herb Vaporizer Work?

Dry herb vaporizers are battery-powered devices that utilize heat from an internal atomizer and coil to heat up herb. They are usually turned on by way of a button that triggers the heating up of the coil to the optimal temperature, after when you inhale similar to how you would with any other smoking device.

The herb is heated to a point at which it vaporizes terpenes, cannabinoids, THC and other active compounds, all without any smoke, ash, tar or other off-flavors. As such, the experience is often richer, purer, and more flavorful.

Some devices are Bluetooth enabled, coming with apps that can be used to track usage, battery life, adjust the temperature and more.

Why Make the Switch to a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

1. Temperature Control and Safety

When smoking herb you have little to no control over the temperature in your bowel or joint. This lack of control not only results in harsh off-flavors, but it can also be detrimental to your health. Smoke of any kind, yes, even from herb, is full of carcinogens, tar and toxic compounds from the fuel in your torch or lighter. Vaping, on the other hand, eliminates these from the experience altogether. Vaping also results in vapor that is cooler and thus easier on those with sensitive lungs.

2. Purer Unadulterated Flavor and Aroma

Combustion smoking such as with bongs and other smoking devices burn up a lot of the terpenes and active ingredients. This, combined with smoke and ash, results in an impure and less flavorful experience.

3. A More Intense Experience

Burning herb does release many of the active compounds in your herb, but it also burns some of them up. For example, smoking can result in as little as 25% of actives such as CBD, THC and other cannabinoids being converted into a breathable form that your body can process.

By contrast, a vaporizer allows you to fine-tune temperature control to optimal levels, resulting in a more concentrated vapor packed full of all those compounds that give your herb its magical properties. This is especially useful for those who use legal cannabis for medicinal reasons.
4. Portable and Highly Discreet

Not only are dry herb vaporizers portable and discreet, the aroma is less potent and noticeable. Smoking herb leaves wafts of smoke floating in the air, and a distinctly skunky cannabis smell that lingers in your clothes and hair. Vaping, by contrast, is much less noticeable, with the scent dissipating quickly. In fact, someone could be vaping herb a few feet away and you might not even notice.

A Brief Look as Some of the Best Dry Herb Vaporizers

G Pen Herb Vaporizer1. The G Pen Nova LXE 

Innovative technology and an enhanced user experience make the G Pen Nova LXE stand out.

Featuring:

  • Full ceramic atomizer design
  • Impressively balanced heat distribution
  • Engineered to prevent clogging and sticking
  • Powerful 650mAh battery
  • Temperature customization

 

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2. Kandypens K-Stick Supreme 

Portability, convenience and superior performance are what the Kandypens K-Stick Supreme pen is all about.

Featuring:

  • Compact and sleek design
  • Smart locking mechanism percent accidental battery engaging
  • Innovative funnel atomizer design reduces risk of spill or leakage
  • Ceramic lined chamber

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3. G Pen Pro 

Compact, light and highly durable, the G Pen Pro packs a punch at home or on the go.

Featuring:

  • Durable and light aluminum outer body
  • Removable mouthpiece
  • Removable silicone cover for ease of cleaning
  • Ceramic internal heating chamber

 

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4. Pulsar APX 2 Vaporizer

Having made waves as one of the most technologically advanced vapes, the APX 2 Vaporizer is one of the most impressive units on the market.

Featuring:

  • Advanced portability
  • Brilliant design
  • Upgraded vapor path and mouthpiece
  • 5 pre-set heat settings
  • LED indicators
  • Incredibly fast 30-sec heat up time
  • Ceramic herb chamber

Ready to Make the Switch to your Own Dry Herb Vaporizer?

Although consuming herb by any means can be an enjoyable experience, adding a dry herb vaporizer to your collection is something worth considering. Check out the Vape Pen collection from Hemper.co to find something you like. The purity and intensity of the experience, coupled with reduced health risks and discretion make dry herb vaporizers a winner in our book.

A Guide To Using CBD For Pain Management

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a term that’s gained quite a traction in the medical world. A substance that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant, CBD doesn’t result in the “high” that is typically linked to cannabis. In fact, the “high” feeling is a result of using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is another kind of cannabinoid.

So, why has CBD gained so much popularity recently? Well, studies suggest that topical CBD products, CBD oil, in particular, provide a remedy for chronic pain and decrease inflammation, pain, and discomfort linked to different health conditions.

Due to these benefits, it is a valuable alternative for people suffering from chronic pain and, hence, turn to stronger medications for relief. Such drugs, while useful, tend to result in side effects and cause dependency.

While research on CBD and its possible results are still ongoing, the future looks promising. Using CBD for pain is only going to become more common soon.

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Types of CBD Products

CBD is available in a variety of forms, and whichever type you choose depends on what you need to use CBD for. These forms typically include the following:

Tinctures and oils: Liquid infused with CBD is taken orally by placing it under your tongue with a dropper. This form is excellent for people who aren’t comfortable taking capsules or pills.

Lotions and creams: These topical treatments are great for joint and muscle pain. They can also be used for skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.

Capsules and pills: Such forms are commonly used to treat digestive issues and seizure disorders and may take some time to take effect once ingested.

Edibles: Ingesting gummies is one of the most common ways for CBD intake due to the taste, portability, affordability, and precision. 

Vaping: This form is the fastest way to experience the effects of CBD. Once CBD is inhaled through e-cigarettes, for instance, its compounds are directly absorbed into your bloodstream.

CBD For Pain Relief

Here are four ways CBD can help with pain:

Every person’s body contains an endocannabinoid system (ECS), a cell-signaling system. According to research, what makes CBD effective is the impact it has on the endocannabinoid receptors found in a person’s immune system and brain.

These receptors are linked to a person’s cells and receive chemical signals from various stimuli and allow your cells to react. This reaction is what results in pain relief and anti-inflammation and, hence, helps manage chronic pain, such as post-trauma pain, back pain, and post-surgical pain.

Arthritis Pain Relief

Today, arthritis affects around 54 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. The two most common kinds of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The former is a degenerative disease that affects the bones and joints cartilage in the thumb, hip, and knee joints. The latter is an autoimmune disease where a person’s immune system attacks the joints and causes inflammation. It often occurs in the hands and feet.

While using CBD to treat pain related to arthritis does have a positive outlook, research has only been conducted on rats. Considerable research still needs to be carried out to prove if CBD is as effective in this area as it seems to be.

Cancer Treatment Pain Relief

Treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, come with their side effects, such as nausea, loss of appetite, and pain. According to research, CBD eases these side effects and also helps reduce inflammation and anxiety that results from these treatments.

Migraines

Throughout history, cannabis has been used as pain relief for headaches. While research isn’t specific, it does suggest that substances found in the cannabis plant result in therapeutic effects for headaches, especially migraines.

It’s important to note that these studies typically use the entire marijuana plant, which, apart from CBD, also contains THC. Hence, it is difficult to pinpoint whether these therapeutic effects are a result of THC, CBD, or both.

Side Effects

Intake of any product for medicinal purposes requires full awareness of its potential side effects. While CBD doesn’t have any significant risks associated with it, it may cause some side effects, such as:

  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

Additionally, if you’re currently taking any dietary supplements, prescription medicines, or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, CBD may interfere with their results.

Conclusion

While research is still underway, CBD may provide pain relief for people suffering from various conditions. CBD should ideally be introduced to your body in small doses and then built up from there.

Moreover, it’s vital to consult your doctor to ensure it doesn’t interfere with any other treatments you may be undergoing. Your doctor can also help you figure out the dosage that’s right for you.

As more research is conducted, the uncertainty around using CBD for pain will decrease.

Have you used CBD to treat pain or any other medical conditions? Let us know in the comments below!

Edibles, Medical, Concentrates, Oh My! The Best Brands In Each Weed Category

Most smokers remember a day when they were happy to get whatever strain of weed they could find — but now that marijuana is decriminalized across much of the U.S. and legalized medically and/or recreationally in more than half of all states, stoners can afford to be a bit more discriminating. These days, cannabis lovers can enjoy a large and diverse selection of brands and products, from traditional flower to vape products, concentrates, capsules, edibles and more.

If you don’t want to waste your time trying lower-quality weed products, you don’t have to. Read on for recommendations for the best of the best brands in each product category.

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Since medicinal marijuana has been legalized in more states than recreational weed, there has been more time for medical cannabis brands to grow and develop. While medical marijuana products vary in type — you can find medical bud and pre-rolls as well as edibles, vapes and more — we are separating this category because brands here have claims about their products that other weed brands might not. Specifically, medical cannabis tends to boast a higher quality of product and more controlled experiences, such as less euphoria and paranoia and more pain relief or relaxation. Some medical marijuana brands target specific medical ailments, like menstrual discomfort or arthritis, but here are the best general medical marijuana brands on the market:

  • Nature’s Medicines. Starting as a dispensary chain and now producing a line of unique, high-quality strains and concentrates, Nature’s Medicines is gaining national attention for its efficacy.
  • Trulieve. Offering flower, vape cartridges and a number of concentrates, Trulieve is an exceedingly accessible medical marijuana brand that places emphasis on safety.
  • KIND Concentrates. As the name suggests, KIND Concentrates specializes in concentrates, specifically capsules, vape pens, RSOs and the like, with high percentages of THC.

Flower

To those new to cannabis culture, “flower” (also called bud and nug) is the portion of the marijuana plant that contains the highest percentage of cannabinoids that create the mind and body high stoners (and other marijuana users) seek. While flower is ground up and refined in chemical processes to produce edibles, concentrates and other weed products, you can still purchase flower on its own to smoke in joints, pipes and bongs or to generate your own cannabis creations. However, flower can vary greatly in quality, so until you get a feel for finding the best buds in your local dispensary, you should stick to ordering from these brands:

  • Caviar Gold. Marketed as the strongest weed in America, Caviar Gold offers four types of flower, all of them considerably higher quality than anything else in the market.
  • Omaha Farms. Recently purchased by marijuana giant MedMen, Omaha Farms is wildly popular for its flower Salad Bowls, which should be widely available soon.

Edibles

Humans have long experimented with baking and cooking cannabis into all forms of food, with the result that the candies, baked goods, crackers and other treats now available tend to be exceptionally refined recipes that taste as good (or better) as anything you can find in a regular grocery store. The world of edibles is huge and truly deserves a post all to itself — after all, how do you compare a chocolate bar with beef jerky? Still, experts agree that you can’t go wrong with the following edible brands:

  • Kiva. It’s hard to mention edibles without bringing up Kiva, which was the first widely available edible brand that used professionally trained chefs and chocolatiers to produce high-quality treats.
  • Baked Bros. Baked Bros essentially set the industry standard for infused gummies back in 2014 when their Sour Kush Kids won the Cannabis Cup, and they continue to offer the best worms, rings, bears and more on the market.
  • LOL Edibles. Specializing in reimagining popular snacks as weedy treats, LOL Edibles offers pitch-perfect THC versions of Froot Loops, Cap’n Crunch, Cheetos and more.
  • Kush Nuts. For potheads without a sweet tooth, Kush Nuts produces savory nut mixes seasoned with THC-infused oils. They look and feel fancy, but they’ll definitely get you high.

Vapes

Even amidst the concern about a vape-related lung illness, vaping remains one of the most popular ways to use cannabis. Vapes tend to offer a concentrated hit of CBD and/or THC that creates an immediate effect; plus, they are small and tend to produce less odor than traditional smoking, making them discreet for stoners on the go. Yet, it is becoming ever more obvious that quality is imperative in vape tools and products, so you should stick to these best vape brands:

  • Dosist. Setting aside the vape juice for a moment, it should be noted that Dosist produces some of the most attractive vape pens of all time. Perhaps this is why Dosist is becoming one of the fastest growing marijuana businesses in the country.
  • Willie’s Reserve. In truth, Willie Nelson offers all kinds of stuff in his line of marijuana products, but his vape cartridges are the cream of the crop.
  • Roots. Roots offers another stunningly beautiful vape pen as well as premium vape oil extracted from the highest quality cannabis plants.

You don’t have to settle for whatever weed you can scrounge up from the shady neighborhood dealer. If you try any one of the above brands, you won’t ever be tempted to go back to low-quality skunk; you’ll develop the refined marijuana palette that you deserve.

 

 

7 Best CBD Gummies To Purchase This Year

It’s hard not to notice how popular CBD has become recently. People commonly ingest it through oils and tinctures, but like marijuana, there are other ways to reap its significant health benefits (that do not come with feeling high).

One of these ways is through edibles. Instead of marijuana cookies you may be familiar with, CBD is often infused into candy-like gummies. These gummies can pack a potent punch but have the benefit of being inconspicuous: if you feel yourself feeling anxious or in pain throughout the day, you can take them as-needed, even at work or in public.

Not all CBD products are made the same, though. The cannabidiol industry is largely unregulated, so there is no overarching governing body holding CBD companies to high standards or vigilantly enforcing them (the FDA has only sent warning letters to rule breakers). It’s imperative to purchase from a reputable company, and you should keep your interests in mind when shopping (how much CBD do you need? How often will you take it? How soon do you need it? What flavors do you prefer, and what does your budget allow for)? Here are a few of the best CBD gummies to check out this year:

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If you want delicious-tasting CBD gummies, then Verma Farms is worth a look. This brand offers multiple concentrations (such as 10, 12.5, or 21 mg of cannabidiol per candy) and flavors, including Blueberry Wave, Island Apple, and Beary Beach. Though experts say that CBD works best in conjunction with a little THC—and the federal legal limit is .3 percent—Verma’s products are made without THC just in case you are nervous about it showing up on a drug test. The company even offers dried CBD fruit so that you can still get chewy deliciousness if traditional gummies are not your thing.

CBDfx 

CBDfx offers a broad array of CBD products. Many of its gummies also include a few special extra ingredients, such as melatonin for sleep and superfoods like spirulina and turmeric for reducing inflammation. What’s great about CBD gummies is that no matter what you use them for, all you need to do is pop one in your mouth and chew—much more efficient than setting up a vape pen or dealing with the earthy taste of many unflavored oils.

CBDistillery 

CBDistillery sources local hemp from Colorado and extracts cannabidiol from a CO2 process. Their fruity gummies taste delicious and use high-quality ingredients. To make things better, they are vegan and are affordably priced. Any CBD company that knows what it’s doing will have its products tested with third party labs for things like purity and potency, and CBDistillery publishes those results on its website. Many CBD companies do this, like Verma Farms, but not nearly enough—having an easily accessible Certificate of Analysis with test results online is a marker of a legitimate CBD business that is transparent about its products.

Green Roads

Green Roads is one of the more famous CBD brands out there. Not only does it have tasty CBD gummies, its candies come in fun shapes like bears, fruit bites, toads, and “froggies.” They come in a few concentrations from 10 to 25 mg and even include sour flavors. CBD products can taste earthy, but Green Roads’ products ensure that not only do you enjoy the benefits of CBD, you enjoy the actual experience of taking it.

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Charlotte’s Web is another leading CBD brand. What’s intriguing about its gummies, though, is that each of them have a different formula according to its intended use. Its sleep gummies, for instance, include melatonin, and its “calm” variety incorporates L-theanine and lemon balm. Likewise, its “recovery” label is made with turmeric and ginger to support joint and overall health. It’s packages also come in packs of 60, which should last you around two months.

Happy Hemp

When you think of gummies, you probably do not only think of fruit bites or bears—you also imagine gummy worms, rings, ribbons, sours, and more. Happy Hemp offers all of them, including CBD strawberry licorice. It’s prices range from as little as $23.99 to as much as $99.99, but that’s because the company offers packages available in 250, 750, 1500, and 300 mg strengths. With Happy Hemp’s diverse variety, taking CBD will never be boring.

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CBD Infusionz, as its names suggests, infuses CBD into a multitude of products, such as gum, honey, chocolate, hard candy, and more—and of course, an assortment of gummies. CBD Infusionz also gives you the option of choosing between full spectrum or THC, so you can benefit from more potent properties or not worry about THC showing up on a drug test.

CBD is a sizable market, and there’s a gummy out there for anyone who wants to try cannabidiol with a bit of candied fun. Which gummy sparks your interest?

The Higher Ground Legal Stash Box, Valentine’s Day Edition!

A Highly Curated Cannabis Collection

By Michael A. Stusser

While we have yet to discover cannabis-infused edible underwear (ewww!), pretty much every other item you might purchase for your puffing-paramour this Valentine’s Day is available in a canna-friendly version! Chocolates? You bet! Candles! Sure thing! And flowers…? Well – obviously!

Curated from legal markets across the country, the Higher Ground Legal Stash Box highlights the most amazing products and packaging in the burgeoning cannabis industry. Hand-selected by Michael Stusser, host of Higher Ground TV, the items in each anthology represent the gold standard of legal offerings for cannabis connoisseurs!

The notable selections in this month’s Valentine’s Edition of the Higher Ground Legal Stash Box include:

My Bud Vase: One of our favorite companies in the cannabis space is My Bud Vase, which turns elegant vintage vases into gorgeous one-of-a-kind smoking pieces. My Bud Vase are also incredibly discrete, should you wish to put your cannabis lifestyle in plain site. (Ours even came with flowers!) The artist creating these sophisticated devices is Doreen Sullivan, and she’s as fab as her collectables.

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Velvet Swing: With luck, there will be sexy-time.Velvet Swing is the world’s first water-soluble cannabis lubricant. The sensual lube has both THC and CBD, as well as a custom terpene blend designed specifically for sexuality. As Velvet Swing founder Mistress Matisse explains, “THC is a vasodilator, and it sharply increases blood flow to the intimate areas where it’s applied, resulting in very sweetly swollen and sensitized bits. It also stimulates your own natural lubrication. We often refer to Velvet Swing as “liquid foreplay”, and when you try it, you’ll see why!” The combo can improve blood flow, sensation, and orgasmic potential – and who wouldn’t like some of that?! The tagline pretty much says it all: ”Better Orgasms.”

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Cannabis Basics: Love. We love Cannabis Basics, a ground-breaking company created by Ah Warner that’s been concocting Cupid’s cures since 1995. The health and beauty aids in her line include essential oils, whole-plant infusions, and extractions rich in multiple cannabinoids and terpenoids for relaxation and rejuvenation. So this Valentine’s Day, grab some Love Yourself Body Oil, Naked Lip Butter or Hemp Massage Oil from one of our favorite brands.

Passion Dose Pen. With a formula designed specifically to stimulate sensuality and enhance your sexual experience, the Passion pen delivers euphoria (and, for some, with a dominant THC formula, perhaps TOO much euphoria). Best of all, the pen’s innovative design vibrates when you’ve gotten a pre-measured dose – little somethin’ extra for your lip-smackers.  Formulas best for Valentine’s:  Arouse, Calm, Bliss, and our fav, Passion.

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Firefly: The (now vintage) fire-engine-red vaporizer featured in our box is a perfect match for your Valentine’s lipstick, nail polish, cufflinks or tie…Still a classic. The elegant Firefly uses dynamic convection technology to deliver delicious flavorful vapor draws will go well with that chocolate-covered strawberries.

Verdelux Chocolates: Verdelux are creating some of the world’s best edibles, including Bon Bombs and luscious lumen drops. Crafted in small batches, they’re lovingly handmade in the tradition of Victoria confectionaries. The decadent Pink Sapphire bar contains CBD and THC, and is perfect for a relaxing and unwinding on date night.

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The Leira Cannagar: Better than ugly slippers, silly boxers or nasty-scented cologne, a Canna-Gar is perf for St. Valentine’s special day! CannaGars are small-batch cannabis cigars, using the finest flower from grower Gold Leaf Gardens. Each cigar is hand-rolled, and cured. The 6” Corona is full of 10 ounces of primo ganja, then covered in 3 grams of rosin oil – then wrapped in at least two layers of handsome, pure cannabis leaves, making it the most luxurious cigar on the market.

Saints Joints: The exquisite box from Saints and Gold Leaf Gardens is as good as getting jewelry. Gold Leaf reaches back to the botanical roots of the rich Hawaiian islands. Saints also has created The Artist’s Series Pack, a five joint multi-strain sampler collection of all-organic first-rate flower. A percentage of their Limited Edition Pride Packs go to Equal Rights Washington.

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RED ROSES: Ya didn’t think we’d leave out an actual rose, did you!? The best option here, of course, is to grow your own flowers to give as gifts. You can also give a living plant that will grow in your garden for years to come, reminding you of that special person and day. For ganja flowers, you might consider a Valentine’s bouquet from Lowell Farms!

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If you are buying a dozen roses for your loved one, please consider locally grown organic flowers, as this means fewer “flower miles,” and also ask that your local florist switch from plastic cellophane wrapping to butcher’s paper. Growers who have taken steps to minimize ecological impacts and improve worker conditions include Veriflora and Florverde.

EDITORS NOTE: (Sadly), the Higher Ground Legal Stash Box is not available for purchase. Stay tuned to MJHeadline news where we will continue to curate the best in legal cannabis, and highlight the most  innovative and elegant brands in upcoming Higher Ground Legal Stash Boxes.

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Higher Ground is the World’s first talk show highlighting cannabis culture. Think of it as “The Daily Show” meets “Good Morning America”…but with a giant bong on the desk. For more on Higher Ground and host Michael Stusser, visit www.highergroundtv.com  or www.michaelstusser.com

The Different Ways To Dab Concentrates

Dabbing is a slang term that means different things for different people. Some may refer to it as the dance but among cannabis users, it refers to vaping cannabis concentrates. There are several dabbing tools available on the market, and the number is rapidly increasing.

For most beginners who just ditched the conventional smoking method, the concept of dabbing might seem overwhelming at first. But to ensure your first attempt at dabbing is a smooth process, this guide will expose you to the various dabbing tools and the different ways to dab your cannabis concentrates.

The most popular are dab rigs because of their intensity. When wax was first discovered, people would put the concentrate on their flower herbs and smoke it. They quickly found out this isn’t the proper way. Although it melts and turns into smoke, there were better ways to do this. Usually, the hotter the heat, the better it is for smoking wax. However, there’s a limit to the temperature you want it to get too. You can create Benzene from high heat dabbing if you’re not careful.

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4 Different Ways To Smoke Your Wax

Oil Rig

An oil rig, commonly known as a dab rig is a water pipe designed for dabbing concentrates. It is the most widely used way of consuming wax concentrates. It heats your cannabis extracts by using hot dabs nails. When you dab from a rig, you may be smoking an entire blunt unknowingly. Hence, it is a suitable dabbing method for those who know the stunts. And not for a newbie in the dabbing world.

As you use your dab rig to dab your favorite concentrate, it’s vital to ensure it is clean before using it. Its longevity depends on how often you clean and maintains it. It is easy to clean, especially when you use a glass cleaner.

Oil Rige-Nail

E-nails are electronic nails, and they have been around in the vaping industry for some years now. It wasn’t popular until recently when dabbers can now get them at fair prices. e-Nails give you full control over your dabbing temperature as they come with a controller box. This helps to deliver the heat to the coil. You can easily manipulate the temperature of your e-nail and regulate it just with the touch of a button. That is the biggest difference between a dab rig and an enail. A dab rig uses a torch to heat it up and therefore won’t give you an accurate temperature.

Dab Pen

This is the most convenient way to consume your cannabis concentrates. It’s a portable electronic device that uses a small unit to turn your wax into vapor. Dab pens come in different capacity and grades. They come with batteries and coils. These coils could be ceramic, titanium or quartz.

They are very user-friendly, easy to use and maintain as well. With the dab pen, you can forget about your dab torch and your dab rig. All you will need is just your dab pen and concentrates. Some dabbers still prefer the dab rig or nectar collector because it produces a smoother hit and best vapor taste than the dab pen.

For your dab pen to last long, you have to ensure that you properly maintain it. Remove any wax leftover around the atomizer and clean it thoroughly. It’s best to vape everything on the wax coil before you dab anymore.

Nectar Collector

Nectar collectors are the newest way of enjoying waxes. A nectar collector is like a dab rig compressed in one portable device. It uses a tip, usually made of titanium or quartz that is heated and dipped inside the concentrate. Once you use the hot tip to touch your concentrates, it melts the wax instantly to produce smoke. Most nectar collectors have water chamber system where you can pour water into before dabbing your concentrates.

The water chamber acts as a filtration system that removes toxins from the vapor. It also helps to cool the vapor before getting to the mouthpiece.

To clean your nectar collector, remove the mouthpiece and the tip, then soak them inside isopropyl alcohol. Remove and soak again with hot water, then rinse and allow to dry.

 

What Are Wax Concentrates?

Wax concentrates are a highly concentrated form of marijuana with a color that is around the yellow spectrum. It’s a sticky substance that resembles a syrup and can hold its shape when placed on a flat surface. Waxes are derived from cannabis plants with a higher concentration of THC than the regular buds. Since it is a higher level of smoking marijuana, most people that get accustomed to smoking wax concentrates because of its taste and potency.

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Types of Wax Concentrates

You can find many different types of cannabis concentrates on the market today. Some of them include:

Shatter

Shatter or glass is known to be the purest and cleanest form of cannabis extracts. Shatter concentrates are lightly colored with glassy transparency, which makes it clear.

Rosin

Rosin is a shatter-like product (solventless shatter) with translucent color and sappy texture. Rosins are produced by pressing dry cannabis flower or kief between two heated surfaces with lots of pressure.

Wax

Although we sometimes refer to concentrates as wax, there is one type of sticky cannabis extract that is known as wax. This type of concentrate looks like beeswax and suitable for oil rig (you can still use it for other methods of dabbing).

Cannabis CO2 oil concentrateOil

Cannabis oil is usually made using butane or Co2, and it comes with a runny texture just like a typical oil.

Live resin

Live resin is extracted from live plants, and it contains more terpene than other cannabis concentrates. Unlike other extracts that are from dry plants, Live resin is made from living plants to give a special flavorful cannabis extract, which tastes better than some other concentrates.

Budder

This type of cannabis extract is like oil but differs in texture. While oils have a runny consistency, budder has an opaque taffy texture.

Top Buying Trends In Vaporization 2018

By Tom Buckland

There has been a surge in the number of people vaping in the last few years. A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that over 40 million people use electronic cigarettes. Since 2012, there has been a shift from tobacco to e-liquid. This is mainly because of the health problems associated with smoking that have become well-known, not to mention smokers find vaping cheaper than purchasing regular tobacco sticks.

Now in 2018, vaping is more popular than ever and with popularity come trends.

Here are some of the biggest vaping trends of the year:

Better Mods

One of the biggest trends we’ve seen this year has come from the rapid growth of mods.  They are relatively new to the vape scene but their ability for customizing the experience has been a major factor to this.

2018 has seen better and more efficient mods available on the market. The batteries have gotten bigger, giving vapers longer usage from their devices. The mods have also been developed to be more compatible with these batteries, as well as the varying sizes of tanks and coils. This all ties back into the customization point.

In particular, one of the biggest winners of 2018 in terms of mods are Juuls. They have become so popular that the phrase ‘Juuling’ has become part of the culture.  According to Bloomberg, the company responsible for their creation, Juul Labs, is now worth over $15 billion. Considering it has only been a year since it split from its parent company, Pax Labs, the speed of growth is incredible.

Juuling has got so big that according to Wells Fargo, over 70% of all US e-cigarettes are Juuls. But all this popularity has not gone unnoticed, and in some ways not for the better. A lot of Juul users are young people. There have been arguments that Juuls are creating more of a problem because, instead of vaping being used as a method to quit smoking, young people are using it as a way to start. Of course, with moderation and regulation, this can be prevented.

Cloud chasing is on the rise

One of the biggest draws of vaping comes from the ability to create clouds that look awesome. It’s a skill that brings together a who different side of the community, some of which don’t even have a nicotine concentration. These people just vape for the fun of it. With the rise of cloud chasing has seen the increase of VG content in the make-up of e-liquid.

Compared to most of the other substances that create vape clouds, VG produces some of the thickest around. This is because VG, or vegetable glycerine for its full name, is responsible for distributing the nicotine and flavorings in the solution before it vaporizes.

Higher VG content also gives vapers a less intense feeling on the throat when inhaling, boosting its popularity. As such, the more that people are seeking to perform vaping tricks, the more that VG is wanted, so companies are using it more in their products. You are now likely to find most e-liquids with a VG/PG ratio of around 70/30. In some cases, you’ll now find e-liquids that are 100% VG.

More nicotine salts

Another vaping trend of 2018 has been the rapid increase in the use of nicotine salts. These work differently to the regular way of extracting nicotine, where ammonia is used to separate the nicotine from the salts of tobacco leaves. Nicotine salts, on the other hand, do not require any harmful chemicals to extract the nicotine. Instead, the salts are being directly extracted from the leaves themselves. Ammonia is a well-known carcinogen so avoiding its use in the extraction process is a huge win for vaping.

One of the biggest winners of the nicotine salt trend is, once again, the popular mod Juul, meaning that the biggest users are younger people. There are plenty of other advantages of using nicotine salts, such as their ease of use, their portability and above all else, they are a much healthier option. They’re also great for those that don’t like the feel of vape hitting the throat. Nicotine salts are a lot smoother than regular freebase nicotine e-liquids.

Finally, with the concentrations of nicotine less available in e-liquid due to TPD regulations, nicotine salts can provide a more satisfying hit.

Conclusion

These are four of the most popular vaping trends of 2018. With 2019 just around the corner, vaping is sure to grow even more. We are excited to see what the next biggest trends will be.

 

Fun With Fire: Blowing Glass At The Champs Trade Show In Las Vegas

NEVADA: Every cannabis connoisseur appreciates the value of good glassware.  Whether you were looking for classic beaker bongs, fancy bubblers, chillums, stones,  spoons, steamrollers, Gandolfs or Sherlocks — The Champs Show in Las Vegas had just the right pipe, plus lots of rolling papers, hemp wraps, rolling trays, vapes and novelties.

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Fun with fire.  The highlight of the event for this reporter was the live glassblowing happening in workstations located throughout the vast Las Vegas Convention Center floor.  There is just something awesome about watching these talented folks spin their magic creations from the flames.

Here are just a few of the featured artists showing off their glass blowing chops, captured by Marijuana Channel One:

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The Higher Ground Legal Stash Box, Vol.II! A Highly Curated Cannabis Collection

By Michael A. Stusser

Curated from legal markets across the country, the Higher Ground Legal Stash Box highlights the most amazing products and packaging in the burgeoning cannabis industry. Hand selected by Michael Stusser, host of Higher Ground TV, the items in each anthology represent the gold standard of legal offerings for cannabis connoisseurs!

highergtv logoThe notable selections in this month’s Higher Ground Legal Stash Box include:

Defonce Chocolatier. Combining the world’s most premium chocolate with organic California cannabis, Defonce Chocolatier isn’t only a great edible, it’s gorgeous. Designed by former Apple product manager Eric Eslao, the pot-infused chocolate features three-dimensional designed dividing pyramid-shaped sections into perfect doses. As for the name – “Defonce” is French for stoned.

Firefly Vaporizer. The elegant Firefly uses dynamic convection technology to deliver delicious flavorful vapor draws that are ready in seconds. With Zebra wood detailing and top-notch craftsmanship, it’s the most elegant vaporizer ever made. The intuitive controls allow users to dial in their favorite temperatures, and the Firefly 2 can also vape wax and concentrates.

Swifts Mints. Blending the finest cannabis and green tea and peppermint natural extracts, Swifts Mints energize the taste buds – and give a refreshing buzz. The mints are sugar free, and contain the perfect microdose in each delectable lozenge.

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Lucky 420s. Lucky 420s are fresh, 100% cannabis pre-rolls with a filterless crutch that turn heads, and get you stoned to the Bejesus. The brand also has one of the hippest social media campaigns in cannabis, harkening back to the 1970s with stylish, discreet retro vibe that’s part Charlie’s Angels, part James Bond.

SeaGoat Cannabis. Using only Single Origin Venezuelan fair traded chocolate, SeaGoat edibles are colorful, all organic, and contain no artificial ingredients. Oh, and the delicious coco is infused with only the finest CO2 oils. Yumbuzz!

Freddy’s Fuego Pre-Roll. Freddy’s pre-rolls deliver a crisp, sweet smoke from a grower concentrating on consistency and quality. The weed from Freddy’s also has the highest level of terpenes, giving their strains intense flavors, smooth exhales and a head in the clouds.

Saints Joints. Seattle Green Bud is dedicated to growing only the highest quality cannabis, using only natural ingredients and practices. They also donate a portion of proceeds to arts and community organizations. Their A-Grade flower is hand trimmed, top shelf, high potency, and tasty.

Gold Leaf Gardens. Flower from Gold Leaf reaches back to the botanical roots of the rich Hawaiian islands. Using generations-old cultivation techniques and values, the growers engage in strict organic principles and operate with Clean Green Certification. What it means for those who smoke the flower? Richest flavors, euphoric aromas, and uplifting intoxication.Grown with Aloha!

While the Higher Ground Legal Stash Box is not available for purchase, there are several high end curated delivery boxes for sale, including Club M and Lucky Box Club

Stay tuned to MJ News Network where we will continue to curate the best in legal cannabis, and highlight the most innovative and elegant brands in upcoming Higher Ground Legal Stash Boxes.

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Higher Ground is the World’s first talk show highlighting cannabis culture. Think of it as “The Daily Show” meets “Good Morning America”…but with a giant bong on the desk. For more on Higher Ground and host Michael Stusser, visit www.highergroundtv.com or www.michaelstusser.com

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