November 30, 2019 2:00 PM
When you think of organic cannabis, think of organic fruits or vegetables. The idea is much the same. Organic marijuana farming focuses on quality over quantity. Unlike the mass producing modern day farming methods which use ‘super chemicals’ and focus on rapid growth, farming and consumption, organic marijuana is grown in nature's soil, free of chemicals, pollutants and leaves zero or very little negative impact on the environment.
Organic Marijuana is just as potent as regular marijuana, and delivers strong cerebral and physical effects. Organic cannabis also smokes much cleaner and smoother than regular marijuana and will not irritate your throat. The flavours and aromas of organic cannabis are much cleaner than cannabis treated by heavy chemicals during the growing process. In fact organic marijuana tastes better and has more flavour. For example our organic sold out strain ‘Grape Ape’ has a very strong and potent aroma of fresh sweet grapes. Check out our New Organic Line-Up under the “New Products” section of our homepage or by clicking here. We carry 4 Organic Strains: Black Jack, White Gold, God’s Green Crack and Pink Shark. Organic Grape Ape is coming back next week!
In the end it is up to the consumer to decide if they want to buy and smoke organic vs. regular weed. But many in the cannabis industry believe that consumers will start to lean more towards buying organic cannabis much the same as in the food industry with the organic trend on the rise during the past decade showing no signs of slowing down. As long as people are conscious about what they are putting in their bodies there will be a market for organic cannabis.
Honest Marijuana Co. Organic Marijuana: The Definitive Guide. 2017. 30 November 2019. <https://honestmarijuana.com/organic-marijuana-guide/>.
Jergler, Don. Organic Cannabis Standards Develop Out of Government's Reach. 26 December 2018. 30 November 2019. <https://news.weedmaps.com/2018/12/organic-cannabis-standards-develop-out-of-governments-reach/>.
October 4, 2019 9:00 PM
Celebrities...They're just like us. Minus the millions and the lavish lifestyles of course. Find out which 10 celebrities are more like you than you ever thought. Below are just some of the celebrities that you probably never suspected of smoking weed, but who do indeed partake in cannabis.
1. Matthew McConaughey
His first major movie role was in the 1993 classic Dazed and Confused and as it turns out the actor liked to smoke cannabis off camera too. In 1999 he was arrested when cops responded to a noise complaint and found weed in his Austin, Texas home. But what makes this story really interesting is that the officers found Matthew completely naked and playing the bongos when they showed up. Who else wishes they were one of these cops?!
2. Cameron Diaz
Cameron bought weed from Snoop Dogg in high school who was a year older than her and went to the same school. She went on record on Lopez Tonight saying: “We went to high school together, he was a year older than me... I’m pretty sure I bought weed from him. I had to have.” More recently the actress had been spotted sharing a joint with Drew Barrymore at the beach.
3 & 4. Maisie Williams & Sophie Turner
This one is a 2 in 1 special! Apparently while decompressing after long days of shooting Games of Thrones these two besties would have sleepovers where they just ate, watched stupid videos and smoked weed. Check out this great picture of the two on Maisie's Instagram.
5. Justin Timberlake
Justin told Playboy in 2011: “The only thing pot does for me is it gets me to stop thinking. Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high.” He also said on record that: "It would cut the crime rate in half. All the stoners I know are too paranoid to do anything stupid." I think it’s safe to say that JT is a certified pot lover!
6. Jennifer Lawrence
The actress has been spotted smoking what appears to be a joint outside of her home by paparazzi. She was also snapped smoking a joint in Hawaii in 2013. And in 2018 on The Howard Stern Show she admitted to smoking weed with some rappers at Ellen DeGeneres’ legendary 60th birthday party: “My ride wasn’t ready to leave yet, so I smoked a joint with some rappers — and their s— is different,” she said. “So I entered a different universe.”
7. George Clooney
During the filming of Ocean’s Twelve in Amsterdam, employees at a busy weed café nearby said that George was a frequent customer.
8. Jennifer Aniston
This American sweetheart admitted to Rolling Stone magazine that she enjoys smoking weed and sees nothing wrong with it: "I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it." Like we needed another reason to love her!
9. Barbara Streisand
Believe it or not but this music heavyweight used to get high with comedy legend Peter Sellers. During the filming of Guilt Trip Seth Rogan tried to blaze Barbara on a joint but was unsuccessful.
10. Morgan Freeman
Back in 2012 Morgan told Newsweek about criminalization of marijuana: "It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history. You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid." We agree!
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September 27, 2019 9:00 PM
Hash, also known as Hashish, is a cannabis concentrate. It is made from the resin powder of harvested and cured cannabis plant. The resin glands or trichomes as they are widely known are compressed together to achieve a brick, slab or rolled pieces form. Due to this process hash often contains much higher levels of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and other cannabinoids than cannabis in the regular flower form.
You can consume hash by smoking small pieces in a pipe, bong, vaporizer or a joint or by ingesting it orally, believe it or not. If you are smoking hash in a joint make sure to break it up into small pieces and mix it with herbal cannabis, tobacco or another herb that is meant for this type of consumption, otherwise the hash will not smoke on its own. Hash comes in a variety of different colours such as dark brown, green, sandy brown, black and even red all depending on the process and the amount of leftover plant material (i.e. chlorophyl).
In 2008 Hashish was the primary form of cannabis used in Europe whereas in the North American market it was and still is herbal cannabis. It has been argued that hash is one of the oldest cannabis concentrates in the world. There is written record of hash dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. There is no clear evidence about where exactly hashish first originated but certain regions of the world are more widely associated with hash than others. These include the Middle East (Iran, Turkey, Egypt), Central Asia (Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and North India and Nepal. Although we should mention that a lot of these ancient users consumed hash like an edible (via ingestion) because smoking did not become common until the introduction of tobacco around the 1500s.
Hash will provide you with a nice head high and an enjoyable body buzz. After smoking hash you will feel relaxed, euphoric and uplifted. Hash has some of the same medicinal qualities as cannabis. It is very concentrated and even a small amount, like a quarter, will last you a long time. So next time you are feeling like elevating your high and having a sophisticated smoking experience try some hash and go on a mystical jolly journey. A truly perfect ending to a long day!
Weedmaps. Hashish. 2019. 27 September 2019. <https://weedmaps.com/learn/dictionary/hash/>.
Wikipedia. Hashish. 20 September 2019. 27 September 2019. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashish#History>.
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?
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. 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.”
They commonly used their hemp crop to make rope and paper, not to get high.
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.”
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. Since then the sign has been changed to "Hollyweed" several more times, most recently in the beginning of 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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/>.