It’s getting closer to the winter holidays and I’m much more excited than I was last year. We were still facing strict lockdowns in my area last year as we progressed into the winter season. Although I still wear my mask in public and follow basic hygienic recommendations for preventing viral spread, it’s nice to finally be vaccinated and to see the infection rates drop throughout the entire country. I’m going to see friends I haven’t been around in ages and will do more decorating than the year before. Some of my favorite stores are already having holiday promotions even though we haven’t hit Black Friday yet. The craft stores have a pre-Christmas sale where you can get Christmas related items for 50% off until Thanksgiving. The cannabis dispensaries have been running consistent holiday sales and promotions as well. I got a quarter of an ounce of Purple Punch cannabis flower buds for 50% off on Halloween because I wore a costume to the dispensary that day. For Thanksgiving this year, they’re running a food drive where you get 10% off if you bring in three cans of food during your visit. I’m excited for the eventual Black Friday sale, followed by the online purchase sale at dispensaries during Cyber Monday the following week. This is the time of the year when you see the most cannabis dispensary sales from one week to the next. It’s nice getting all of your products with some form of discount or clearance promotion every single time you shop for weed products. I hate paying full price at a particular cannabis dispensary if I know I can get a similar strain at a different dispensary for much less.
When I experimented with alcohol a lot in college, I couldn’t figure out why I would get a more full-body intoxication from beer and wine compared to hard liquor like vodka or whiskey.
The body numbness usually quelled my anxiety better than the intense mental effects I experienced with hard liquor.
Even though I quit using alcohol altogether, I will only accept it again if I’m offered beer or wine at a special event. The effects aren’t desirable to me, especially if I have too much. My family is full of drinkers but I have always been a cannabis user instead. But oddly enough, cannabis products vary in effects similarly to alcohol products, and for many of the same reasons. Raw cannabis flower buds are full spectrum and are rich in natural terpenes and cannabinoids. When you extract oil from cannabis flower buds, you always lose some of the natural compounds that are in the raw plant. There is expensive cannabis distillate oil that utilizes a rich terpene sauce that is extracted directly from the same marijuana plant used to make the oil itself. This is closer in effect to the actual flower, but some marijuana oil pens are basically just concentrated THC. I will only buy cannabis oil pens if they’re rich in terpenes and flavor. There are too many cheap cannabis oil pens that taste like plastic or metal every single time I take a hit. On top of that, the cannabis distillate oil might lack cannabis derived terpenes altogether. If your distillate oil is made with botanical terpenes instead, you’re definitely not going to get the same entourage effect that you find with whole flower cannabis buds.
There are reasons for this though, especially its genetic lineage.
It’s nice to try cannabis in each state you visit if you get to travel as much as I do for your work. My boss has me flying out to company locations all over the country and encourages me to sample the cannabis as long as I wait until I’m back at my hotel room for the evening and I don’t let it negatively affect my work. You’d think that most cannabis markets would tend to offer a lot of the same stains, but I haven’t experienced that in my experience. Depending on the companies that start out in a nascent legal marijuana market, you will either see a trend towards classic strains like Sour Diesel, Blue Dream, and Lemon Haze, or a focus on newer strains like MAC1, Runtz, and Ice Cream Cake. Thus far, one of the most enduring strains in my state’s medical marijuana program has been Space Age Cake. I see the jars of flower buds at multiple dispensaries, as well as concentrates like shatter, crumble, wax, rosin, and live resin. When I tried Space Age Cake for the first time, I couldn’t figure out why it has its legendary status. There are reasons for this though, especially its genetic lineage. Space Age Cake is made by crossing Forum Cut Cookies and Snow Lotus. Forum Cut Cookies is a coveted phenotype of the original Girl Scout Cookies strain, which itself is a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison. I wish I could find a classic landrace cannabis strain like Durban Poison, but you’re much more likely to find something like Space Age Cake if you visit a random marijuana dispensary in my state.
I moved back to my hometown after college to work for my parent’s company.
Unfortunately, any friends that were still living in the area after high school had finally left by the time I returned four years later.
Sometimes I wonder if I should be doing more to make new friends in my free time whenever I’m not busy with work. There are a few bars downtown that are frequented by people my age and older, but it’s easy to fall into the habit of constantly staying indoors and never going out. Oddly enough, one of the few things that will get me out of the house is a new movie that I’ve been dying to see. Some hate the movie theater experience, but it’s an important form of entertainment for me and has been since I was a kid. I recently had the idea to consume marijuana edibles before visiting a local theater to see a new science fiction film that looks interesting. When I made the weed butter for my pot brownies, I underestimated how strong the cannabis actually was. During that movie I was glued to the ceiling because I was so high from the pot brownies. I had to do a reality check when the film ended and the credits started to roll. For a few minutes I had forgotten where I was and got completely engrossed in the film. I followed a similar recipe and made marijuana infused cinnamon rolls and had similar positive effects. However, it’s smart to be careful with your dosing when consuming cannabis edibles, especially if you don’t have a high tolerance for the plant.
Periodically I love to end my day with a bowl of cannabis flower buds and a couple of cannabis candies in my stomach
When I was buying cannabis on the black market, you had to be really well-connected with people if you wanted top shelf weed for less than $50 for an eighth of an ounce. These cannabis flower products were not lab inspected and could range up to 15% in THC regardless of how frosty the buds look or the power of the odor when it comes to your nose. Buying at dispensaries means that my marijuana is perfectly fresh and labeled appropriately for potency. And on top of that assurance, I absolutely understand what strain I am smoking and can compare to whatever else happens to be available. By doing this, I was able to learn that I prefer sativa strains during the day for toiling and love indicas at night for unwinding. Best of all, the dispensaries in my state all offer first-time-patient discounts, often up to 50% off your initial order. Since there are modern dispensary companies opening every single year, I can save a lot on my cannabis products by utilizing these sales promotions. Although I tend to prefer cannabis flower products if I’m going to use weed regularly, it’s also nice to try cannabis edibles, oils, and concentrate products. I still have a sizable tote of cannabis candy products from when a modern dispensary opened down the road from my apartment a few weeks ago. Periodically I love to end my day with a bowl of cannabis flower buds and a couple of cannabis candies in my stomach. I find that it’s a much preferred way to end a stressful and hectic day of work than alcohol. I don’t have all the lingering effects the next day either.