Cannabis 101

4 Tips for Consuming Cannabis Edibles

When I was in my early twenties and new to Colorado, a coworker gave me my first edible. “Be careful with this,” she warned, handing me a glass bottle wrapped carefully in a paper bag and topped with a red bow. I peeked inside at the contents: A cannabis-infused soda with a bright, psychedelic label that read: WARNING. Contains THC: 100mg. My coworker’s warm smile melted to stern sincerity as I excitedly fiddled with the bottle cap. “I’m not kidding,” she insisted. “Take one sip – ONE – then wait an hour and see how you feel.” Well, we all know how this story ended. I woke up fourteen hours later (and four hours into my work shift) nose-to-nose with a half-eaten box of pizza I didn’t remember ordering. Sporting the same clothes as the night before and a dizzying headache to match, I was a ...

The Case for CBD Flower

I’ll be honest: The first time I heard about CBD flower, I turned up my nose. Toddling around the Orlando Hemp Fest on a humid weekday morning, a friend and I came across a booth displaying giant jars of what looked like wispy, dark buds of fresh cannabis flower. Confused at how the shop owner had managed to display her entire store stash in a public park (an illegal act in Florida), she informed me that none of what she sold contained THC—it was, as it turned out, hemp flower. “Why would anyone smoke that?” I asked as we walked away, wincing at the thought. Admittedly, I was a bit of a weed snob. As a Colorado cannabis industry veteran of ten years and a recent transplant to the very young, emerging, and highly-regulated market of a brand-new state, I was still wriggling into my Flo...

What the F*&! is a Cannabinoid? (And other commonly-used cannabis terms)

If you’re new to cannabis, or if you’re exploring cannabis for the first time in a while (I’m talking to you, 60s flower children!), then you’ve probably noticed a lot has changed. With countless products to choose from, confusing lingo and conflicting information at every turn, navigating cannabis – whether for medical reasons, pleasure, or both – is a complex experience for the novice user. But have no fear – I’ve compiled for you a list of answers to the top five most commonly-used terms you’ll come across when becoming acquainted with your new best friend. Whether you’re a new patient or a seasoned recreational user, educating yourself on cannabis basics can be a powerful tool in helping you find the relief, joy, or spiritual experience you’re seeking. Read on to learn more about these...

Your First Trip to the Pot Doc

Currently, 33 states in the US have written medical cannabis programs into law. One by one, state governments are beginning to recognize the importance of providing safe access to medical cannabis. If you’re considering cannabis as an option for the first time, you’re not alone. But for many of us, walking into a cannabis clinic can feel intimidating. Complicated qualifying conditions, state fees, and dizzying paperwork can quickly become a source of stress when you’re in pain. The good news is that with a little preparation and education, you can walk into your doctor’s appointment feeling confident and prepared. If you’re a new patient about to go to the pot doc for the first time, read on for three helpful tips to help you get through the process with ease.   1. Know your options, ...