September 7, 2019 9:00 AM
We gathered some interesting facts about marijuana, so that you don’t have to. See which of these you have never heard of before.
1. Shakespeare was a stoner.
When scientists examined 24 of Shakespeares tobacco pipes they found traces of cannabis on 8 of them. This brings into question whether or not Shakespeare wrote his famous plays high? (Henry)
2. American presidents grew weed.
While there is no substantial evidence to support that early U.S. presidents smoked weed, there is sure enough evidence that they grew it (Dhiman). President George Washington even wrote letters about his marijuana crop:
“Began to separate the male from female plants rather too late … Pulling up the (male) hemp. Was too late for the blossom hemp by three weeks or a month.” (Henry)
They commonly used their hemp crop to make rope and paper, not to get high (Dhiman).
3. Weed used as a truth serum in World War 2.
A wartime intelligence agency Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which was later to become the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was established during the war. They tested various drugs as a means of extracting information from detained prisoners of war. Weed was one of them. Weed was “spiked in the cigarettes and given to the detainees so that they spilled some secret information.” (Dhiman)
4. Hollywood…or Hollyweed?!
In 1976 the iconic “Hollywood” sign overlooking Los Angeles was vandalized to read “Hollyweed”. The prankster used tarps to change the O’s into E’s (Dhiman). Since then the sign has been changed to "Hollyweed" several more times, most recently in the beginning of 2017 (Rosenbaum).
5. Henry Ford’s Hemp Car.
In 1941 Henry Ford constructed a car made and powered entirely by hemp (excluding its steel frame). The car ran using hemp bio-fuel and everything except for its frame was made from hemp plant material (Dhiman).
6. Female participants are a not welcome in cannabis clinical trials.
Women are often excluded from cannabis clinical trials because they are hormonally less stable than men. “Despite the recommendation of the National Institutes of Health in 1993 to include more women in studies or give good reasons not to, many researchers still avoid dealing with the hormone swings inherent in a woman’s biology,” notes a report in WSU Insider, a communication platform by Washington State University (Dhiman).
7. There are at least 200 words in English for marijuana.
Cannabis, Marijuana, Mary Jane, Pot, Weed, Bud, Reefer, Chronic, Grass, Dope, Ganja, Trees, Kush and so on and so forth (Henry).
8. First use of marijuana on record happened in China 4,700 years ago.
A Chinese Emperor by the name Shen Nung used marijuana to treat different ailments such as rheumatism, pain, arthritis and malaria. In 500 B.C. marijuana was banned because it was thought to make young people disrespectful to the elders (Henry).
9. Rastafarians can legally smoke weed in Italy.
Italy’s Court of Cassation ruled that marijuana is a sacrament to their religion and that Rastafarians can use marijuana “not only as a medical but also as a meditative herb. And, as such it is a possible bearer of the psychophysical state to contemplation and prayer.” (Henry)
10. Cameron Diaz bought weed from Snoop Dogg in high school.
Before the two were ever famous, it is rumored that Cameron Diaz would hit Snoop up for some weed (Henry).
11. Bhang – an Indian milkshake containing…that’s right! Marijuana.
In India there is a milkshake in which the main ingredient is – Marijuana! It is called “Bhang” and is very popular. Historically the Indian subcontinent loves marijuana. The government in India declared weed completely harmless back in 1894 (Henry).
12. The first thing sold over the Internet was a bag of weed.
Over 40 years ago, in 1971, Stanford students used Arapnet (an early version of today’s Internet) to buy a bag of weed from their counterparts in MIT (Lehnardt) (Henry).
Dhiman, Anisha. The GrowthOp. 8 April 2019. 6 September 2019. <https://www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-culture/10-odd-facts-about-marijuana-that-you-probably-never-knew>.
Henry, Noah. Mandatory. 10 September 2015. 6 September 2019. <https://www.mandatory.com/living/1061510-25-fun-facts-about-marijuana>.
Lehnardt, Karin. Fact Retriever. 10 April 2017. 6 September 2019. <https://www.factretriever.com/marijuana-facts>.
Rosenbaum, Sophia. New York Post. 1 January 2017. 6 September 2019. <https://nypost.com/2017/01/01/welcome-to-hollyweed/>.
August 31, 2019 8:00 PM
Whether you are a weed connoisseur or just a beginner, surely you have heard the terms sativa, indica and hybrid. Although they are not the only indicators of the effects your marijuana will have on you they are to some extent predictive of the general type of “high” you will experience.
Sativa vs. Indica
It all begins with these two cannabis types: Sativa & Indica. Chances are you already know which of the two you prefer.
Sativas produce invigorating and uplifting cerebral effects. You will feel a euphoric head high, increased energy and creativity. It is great for daytime use, social gatherings and creative projects (Rahn).
Indicas tend to have more of a full-body relaxation effect. They are more physically sedating and are usually recommended for evening and night-time use (Rahn). Great for snuggling on the couch to watch Netflix and chill.
However, there is a third cannabis type which should be considered: Hybrid.
Hybrids are a combination of sativa and indica and fall somewhere on the indica-sativa spectrum depending on what they inherited from their parent strains (Rahn). Hybrids produce a combination of effects of their indica and sativa parents. Most strains on the market today are actually hybrid strains. Hybrids are often recommended for their highly specialized effects, flavors, and aromas (Weedmaps).
The truth is the effects are not always consistent even if you and your friend smoke the same strain. Also sometimes a sativa-dominant strain will make you feel sleepy and unable to be productive and an indica strain will produce a cerebral, euphoric head “high” characteristic of sativas. Knowing the difference between sativas, indicas & hybrids is a good start but consider exploring the effects cannabinoids and terpene content have on your high.
Rahn, Bailey. Leafly. 20 September 2018. 29 August 2019. <https://www.leafly.ca/news/cannabis-101/sativa-indica-and-hybrid-differences-between-cannabis-types>.
Weedmaps. Weedmaps. n.d. 30 August 2019. <https://weedmaps.com/learn/the-plant/difference-between-indica-sativa/>.
August 25, 2019 9:00 PM
In recent years a new therapeutic solution has emerged for treating all kinds of physical and neurological ailments – CBD. There has been a lot of buzz among the general population about CBD. The rising mainstream interest in CBD is largely due to its medical benefits (Andersen).
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second-most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis, second only to Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is non-intoxicating and does not produce a “high” feeling which is typical of THC. However, CBD can be said to produce some psychoactive effects. This means it can affect mental processes such as cognition and mood. Think about the calming effects, which are associated with CBD and can be described as psychoactive but non-intoxicating (Andersen).
Its Many Forms & Uses
In today’s market CBD comes in many different forms. Starting from marijuana strains, which are high in CBD and low in THC and CBD oils, topical creams, bath bombs, edibles, makeup and much more (Andersen). The sky is really the limit. But what are the different uses of CBD? CBD can be used to treat anxiety & depression, relieve pain, reduce swelling, help with insomnia, help with symptoms of addiction, enhance sexual pleasure just to name a few. The fastest way to absorb the most active ingredients and feel the effects is to vape CBD oil or take it under the tongue. For a more subtle effect try eating edibles or capsules (Andersen).
CBD for Pain & Swelling
Studies have shown that CBD has a variety of pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore it is very helpful to people suffering from muscle spasms, arthritis and areas of discomfort in their body (Weedmaps). CBD is also quite effective in treating migraines. There has even been some evidence that suggests CBD may be effective in treating chronic pain and fibromyalgia by helping with pain levels, sleep disruption, anxiety and depression symptoms (Andersen).
CBD for Anxiety & Depression
CBD is very helpful with alleviating anxiety. According to a February 2019 study from the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, 300 milligrams of CBD may effectively treat socially motivated anxiety, most commonly made manifest in the immediate anxiety surrounding a public speaking experience (Andersen). Our staff has long used our CBD tincture to help with symptoms of anxiety, depression and pain. A few drops of this tincture can easily be vaped or taken under the tongue and it is proudly made in Canada.
CBD for Insomnia
More research is needed in this area. While some studies show a positive correlation between CBD use and improved sleep other studies suggest that CBD may in fact promote wakefulness by decreasing REM sleep. However, this may be beneficial to patients with PTSD who often have sleep disturbances and nightmares during REM sleep (Weedmaps). There is quite a bit of information out there to support CBD as an effective sleep aid and we suggest doing more research if you think you’re the right candidate to use CBD for sleep.
CBD for Addiction
A comprehensive review of CBD as treatment for addiction found it to help alleviate symptoms of opioid, cocaine and psychostimulant addiction. A study where CBD was administered to rats who were trained to self-administer methamphetamine showed that rats had a decreased motivation to self-administer after CBD was introduced (Andersen).
CBD & Sex
With its many uses it is no wonder that CBD can help in the bedroom as well. A study of CBD’s effects on sex, which included 5,398 participants found that CBD made sex more satisfying and less painful. The study also found that 66% of both men and women used CBD to help with sexual anxiety (Andersen).
We hope you found this CBD Guide helpful. Whether you were already familiar with CBD or just learning about it, there is no denying its growing popularity. In United States major drugstore chains such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid are all coming out with CBD products in legal states. Martha Stewart has a partnership with Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp. to develop a new CBD line. Even Kim Kardashian is on board. She recently hosted a CBD-themed baby shower in 2019 (Andersen). With these kind of supporters we are sure this phenomenon is not going anywhere soon!
This guide is not to be taken as medical or legal advice. Consult with your healthcare practitioner prior to beginning using CBD. For more in depth information about CBD please visit the Weedmaps sources listed below.
Andersen, Andy. Weedmaps. 19 June 2019. <https://news.weedmaps.com/2019/06/the-essential-weedmaps-guide-to-cbd/>.
Weedmaps. Weedmaps. 2019. <https://weedmaps.com/learn/cannabis-and-your-body/cbd-oil-insomnia/>.
—. Weedmaps. 2019. <https://weedmaps.com/learn/cannabis-and-your-body/use-cbd-oil-pain/>.
August 17, 2019 12:00 PM
There has been a long debate in the cannabis community about proper packaging that leaves a lesser imprint on our environment. Plastics are widely frowned upon to package and store your cannabis in. This is mainly due to the growing concern over the amount of plastics ending up in our oceans. Another concern is being raised over microplastics which have been ingested by fish and end up being consumed by humans.
Researchers are saying that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This is an alarming prognosis. In the cannabis business the new standard is biodegradable or at least recyclable containers. The goal is to send nothing to landfills. Biodegradable containers decompose and glass jars can easily be reused, recycled and even donated after initial use. You can recycle them by simply throwing them into your recycling bin. However, re-purposing and reusing the jars can also be a lot of fun.
Try using your jars for:
- Storing small items like ear buds
- Small arts and crafts materials
- Starting seedlings and growing small house plants
- Jewelry travel holders
- Bobby pins & dab tool holders
- Storing homemade moisturizers, glosses & balms
- Spice & herb containers
- Storing butters & jams
- Nuts, bolts, screws & nails
You can also donate your clean jars to charities or recycling programs, which can use the jars for many purposes including holding medical supplies. You can feel good about your contribution, help a cause and be a part of the zero-waste game!
Elite Toke is helping to lessen its environmental footprint by strictly using glass jars with 100% recyclable plastic lids. And the tinted brown jars? Well they provide protection from the damaging UV rays which can decrease the level of THC found in your marijuana. Protect our oceans and protect our planet. Join the zero-waste movement and reuse, recycle or donate your used jars.
Catalano, Jessica. How to be a Low-Waste Cannabis Consumer. 30 July 2019. 6 August 2019. <https://news.weedmaps.com/2019/07/how-to-be-a-low-waste-cannabis-consumer/>.