These Cannabis Vaporizers Make Traveling While Medicating A Total Breeze

While at a weed-themed birthday party a few weeks back, I felt like a kid at a candy store perusing cannabis vendors sportingall kinds of 420-friendly wares.

I couldn’t help but be drawn to one vendor’s table that looked sleeker and sexier than the rest. Upon further investigation, I came to learn a lot about Evoxe Laboratories, a cannabis vaporizer distributor that aims to revolutionize the way we medicate.

Using a combination of cannabis and aromatherapy oils, scientifically testedformulas help users achieve a specific mood. With four vape pens currently on the market — a sativa, indica, hybrid and low-THC, CBD oil blend — there’s one for every occasion.

At the party, I chatted up Michael Katz, the founder and president of Evoxe Labs, about his strategy to change the negative stereotypes surrounding medical marijuana users.

Not everyone who benefits from cannabis is in a position to shout it from the rooftops, making discrete forms of consumption a must. That’s where vaporizers enter the picture. Smoke-free and often scentless, they’re perfect for keeping your cannabis use on the DL.

Vaporizers also seem to be the way to go if you simply want to be efficient with your weed consumption. On the company’s website, I found this little nugget of useful information:

Acollaborative studyconducted by California NORML and MAPS found that vaporizers could convert 46 percent of available THC into vapor, whereas the average marijuana joint converted less than 25 percent of THC. Likewise, patients ranked vaporizers as the most efficient method of marijuana intake requiring a lower dose than smoking, edibles and tea in a recent study published in theJournal of Psychoactive Drugs.

Sounds like a win-win, right?

I brought the white, CBD pen with me to Texas — which, by the way, is totally, 100 PERCENT LEGAL(I think) — just to prove that I could. I put the pens in my makeup bag and got through security with no problem at all, likely because they look just like my dozens of eyeliners.

(This is apersonal commentary detour, but culturally, the weird thing in my bag should be the ten different types of liquid black eyeliner, not a couple vape pens.)

Anyway, traveling with my CBD pen was a total breeze. While it didn’t get me high, the pain-relieving benefits were a godsend afterstanding and dancing at concerts all day and night. And while I used the oil blend recreationally, many of Katz’s customers say they can’t get through a night of sleep without the CBD pen.

Personally, I love the taste and effect of the cinnamon-flavored sativa blend because it leaves me feeling awake and inspired. It’s kind of like eating an after-dinner mint that also gets you high.


The chef cooking his way to a cannabis revolution: ‘I’m a scientist at heart’

As others find the perfect wine to match their meals, Christopher Sayegh, the Herbal Chef, pairs pot and cuisine as he subtly infuses meals with marijuana

On Wednesday morning, 9 November 2016, the consumption of marijuana might be legal in the state of California. Those only familiar with my home state from reruns of The OC and TMZ might think weed has been legal for years. Well, I hate to be the salty old coot who breaks your illusion, but the Golden State is actually far more diverse than it appears from the outside. The idea of smoking a joint legally is anathema to a lot of folks in places like Orange County, Riverside, Fresno, and believe it or not, San Diego. I grew up in a small town in the San Joaquin Valley called Merced, two hours south of San Francisco, and never touched the stuff for fear I might get arrested on the spot or grow a second head.

Christopher Sayegh, owner and operator of the Herbal Chef, a company that hosts pop-up dinners and sells all manner of cannabis-infused food products, hopes to do away with the kind of marijuana misinformation I grew up with and usher in an era of enlightened pot usage in California and eventually, all across the country.

Lamb chop with mint chutney. Photograph: Dan Tuffs for the Guardian

Sayegh, a square-jawed 23-year-old who cut his teeth in a variety of high-end restaurants, has made it his personal mission to reframe the conversation around edibles. His work as the Herbal Chef allows him to combine his passion for cooking with his hope that the discussion around weed can be normalized in our lifetime. What else are we gonna do with food? he asks rhetorically. Im a scientist at heart. Im an experimenter. I want to learn. I want to grow, and this is how thats done. By pushing the envelope.

When one thinks about pot food, the usual image is that of the pungent brownie or THC candy. It often tastes less like the food it was intended to be and more like an overwhelming marijuana delivery system. That flavor profile is one that Sayegh is doing his best to elevate with his moveable feast of private dinners, which he puts on for celebrities and normal folk alike. Depending on the number of courses, the cost is between $200 and $500.

I love the smell of cannabis, but what you smell [when you eat pot food] are terpenes, he tells me when we meet in his Los Angeles apartment for a demo meal. Theres two active components of cannabis, THC and CBD, then terpenes, which is the aromatic profile. I extract [the terpenes] with CO2 and water. In the middle of the table, Ill have these boiling cauldrons, so this smell, Ill pair with, like, the cheese in my bacon-and-eggs dish. So people are wafting this. Its a whole sensory experience which I want to bring. I think its the next step here.

His food, he says, doesnt taste like weed the way standard edibles do. The ingredient doesnt overpower the dishes, but accompanies them through careful curation and with an eye toward balance. He accomplishes this by cooking with a water-soluble THC solution that dissolves into the food during preparation. In his apartment, he has syringes filled with the stuff a syrupy, rust-colored liquid labelled so that he wont confuse whatever magical substances are contained within them.

The writer tries a bite of lamb chop. Photograph: Dan Tuffs for the Guardian

Sayegh sees vast economic and social opportunities in legal marijuana consumption and has set up his business so that it can function in the currently complicated medicinal environment, but also so that it might flourish if Californias ballot measure passes. Not only is he a chef and marketer of frozen meals to medical users, hes also a growmaster, overseeing the production of marijuana plants. On top of that, he fancies himself an ambassador for the burgeoning pot economy. Fear of legalization persists, even when two US states, Washington and Colorado, have lifted their prohibition of the drug. Why was it illegal in the first place? Misinformation. The more information we have, the better off well be. Itll just take awhile, he says as he jovially prepares his mint chutney.

I share some of that fear, mostly due to personal experience. Its widely believed that pot food should only be eaten in small doses, lest the consumer find herself suffering from a sort of chemically induced nervous breakdown. As I sat in Sayeghs apartment, I wondered how I would be able to consume an entire meal a lamb chop on a bed of lentils with leeks and garlic, plus a side of mint chutney that was infused with THC, and for dessert, a fried brioche dough with dark chocolate, caramel spread, and popcorn ricotta, also infused with THC without curling up in the corner and sucking my thumb.

As a veritable novice, I was trusting Sayegh to take care of me during the meal. I had informed him ahead of time that I was a lightweight, and he assured me that the dose hed be adding to my food would be mild. The point of the meal, as he sees it, is not to get someone stoned beyond recognition. As any chef will tell you, the point of a meal is to enjoy the food. When the added element of THC is involved, Sayegh has to remind people that its not just a gimmick. He doesnt smoke when he cooks and he doesnt play up any party boy image with his diners. People ask me: Are you high all the time? Fuck no! The picture he paints of our cannabis-infused culinary future resembles how one would enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer with a meal. Its only to heighten the experience.

Sayegh uses syringes containing water soluble THC and CBD. Photograph: Dan Tuffs for the Guardian

As I cut into my lamb, Sayegh instructed me to make sure every bite had a bit of the THC-infused mint chutney not for the high it would bring, but because the flavors needed to be paired for the dish to bring out his desired taste. I fumbled around with my fork, hoping to get as much of the green side dish in my bite as possible. Its not every day you have the chef staring at you as you eat his food, so I didnt want to disappoint him by disregarding his intention. The lamb was delicate and flavorful, seared nicely on top and cooked through just enough that it was still pink in the middle.

At no point did I taste marijuana, just as he had promised. The buzz I felt didnt move me to lock myself in a bathroom. The only change I registered within myself was that I ended up a tad happier. Thats truly the core principle of any meal, THC-infused or not: its a transference of joy from one person to another. Sayegh is confident hell be able to share his unique experience with the masses sooner rather than later. Love, compassion and community those are the things that are going to set us apart from every other industry. It needs to happen. Its time for it to happen, he said. I dont know if it was the weed kicking in, but in that moment, I believed him.


Marijuana millionaires cashing in on cannabis legalisation

Jeremy Moberg has gone from illegal grower to tax-paying multi-million dollar businessman in Washington state. Lucy Rock catches up with him between meetings

Jeremy Moberg peers into a microscope at a leaf in a Petri dish. Thrips, he declares to a man wearing a facemask and surgical gloves. Well get rid of those with neem oil. Moberg spotted the pest while cloning in his greenhouse. Hes not your run-of-the-mill biologist or horticulturalist. The 41-year-old owns a marijuana farm with a multi-million dollar turnover in Washington state, USA, where the drug was legalised for recreational use in 2012. His expertise comes from two decades of growing illegally, deep in the woods, dodging the helicopter raids of drug-enforcement officers.

The smell of marijuana hangs heavy and pungent in the processing centre, where half a dozen people are clipping flower buds. Youre trimming too closely, he calls to one man working on his cheapest product as he walks to the boardroom. Leave it shaggier and go faster. Life is good for Moberg. Hes generated more than $3m in the 20 months since he started the business. However, he says a glut on the market has depressed prices this year, taxes are high and profits are invested back into the farm, so his personal pay cheque is modest. Still, he owns a couple of houses and enjoys eating out, skiing and fishing.

As Moberg says, he is a product of circumstance, the right person at the right time. Four years ago he was on his uppers. He had taken a job as a fisheries ecologist, using his environmental science degree, and stopped growing weed to go straight while involved in a custody battle for his daughter, now 10. Then he was laid off and his life unravelled. With no crop in production, he sold wood to make ends meet, borrowed money from his mother and relied on friends for food. He nearly lost his house and had a difficult break-up with a girlfriend, which led to him being arrested for taking his rucksack out of her car. He was arrested again for stealing a Sim card tray from a shop so he could use his mobile for a job interview. Both charges were later dismissed.

Thats important because people with marijuana convictions are often barred from working in the industry. This has meant Black Americans, who were disproportionately targeted in the war on drugs, are thought to be missing out on the opportunities created by legalisation.

Now Moberg runs a legitimate business, producing and processing 900kg of marijuana a year that he sells to pot shops springing up across the state. And its about to become a family affair. His mother, a retired teacher, and his brother, a lawyer, are going into production, too, each having taken leases on farms neighbouring Mobergs.

It felt so good when the vote passed to legalise, Moberg says. We drank and sat in the hot tub in the snow. We totally partied. The next morning my pipe, my beer, my weed were still there. I remembered saying: This is going to be huge.

Joint account: Jeremy Mobergs farm in Okanogan County, Washington. Photograph: Patrick Kehoe for the Observer

I first met Moberg in a coffee shop in Seattle a four-hour drive west from his farm on his way to deliver tens of thousands of dollars worth of stock. He was rangy from a food-is-fuel attitude and a hectic schedule, and his face was weathered from a life outdoors. He talked rapidly. It was no surprise that he smoked marijuana to help him sleep at night, although the double-shot espressos probably dont help.

Establishing his business hasnt been straightforward. Moberg grows outdoors; the conditions in Okanogan are perfect hot summers with low humidity. At first it was proposed licences be granted to indoor growers only, largely because of security concerns over open fields of marijuana. Moberg, who spent most of his life terrified of being raided by police or robbed, now had to step forward and argue his case in public. He and fellow growers formed the Washington Sungrowers Industry Association (WSIA), lobbying politicians in Olympia, the state capital, and giving a presentation to the liquor control board.

Indoor production leaves a large carbon footprint, he told me, because of the electricity needed for intense lighting and air regulation. Sun-grown marijuana as he calls outdoor weed was more environmentally friendly, he argued, even in Washington, which uses mainly hydropower, considered greener than other energy sources. Indoor growers use lots of nitrates and phosphates and theres mercury in the lightbulbs. He used only vinegar, natural plant-derived oils and potassium bicarbonate.

It was prohibition that led to growing indoors in the first place to hide it, he added. This led to a more potent product because it was bombarded with light and fertilisers. People got used to the look and strength of it. Theres a perception that outdoor is crappy because for a long time it was grown illegally in difficult conditions. But I can manipulate the plant by depping [using tarpaulins to deprive plants of light and trick them into flowering] and can produce marijuana that is as good quality.

WSIAs campaign was successful and licences were granted for outdoor cultivation of up to 30,000sqft. Moberg, now one of more than 600 growers in the state, told me there are strict rules around security and to avoid environmental damage like that caused by illegal outdoor farming in California, where there are cases of water being diverted from salmon-spawning creeks, deforestation and soil erosion.

Pot luck: a worker in Mobergs cannabis farm. Moberg legally sells 900kg of marijuana a year, generating more than $3m in the past 20 months. Photograph: Patrick Kehoe for the Observer

I joined Moberg as he delivered an order to Uncle Ikes Pot Shop in Seattle. Moberg chatted to the owner, Ian Eisenberg, who said he was now testing the pot he sold for pesticides. Two Washington growers had been fined for using illegal pesticides and regulators in Colorado had recalled several batches over similar concerns.

He pointed towards the lunchtime queue of office workers, hipsters and a couple of middle-aged women in yoga pants. A security guard checked ID at the door you have to be over 21 to buy and use marijuana and half a dozen budtenders stood in front of shelves filled with bottles of marijuana flowers with names like Girl Scout Cookies, Aliens on Moonshine and Double Lemon Cheesecake, as well as vape pens, pre-rolled joints, oils and waxes, and edibles cookies, chocolates and brownies.

Eisenberg said: People care about how their chicken is raised, whether its in a cage or not, but until now no one cared how their pot was grown. The older crowd is going for non-pesticide now.

The roads to Mobergs CannaSol Farms in Okanogan County, north-central Washington, stretch long and empty, flanked by apple and pear orchards, and fields of alfalfa. Theres no sign marking the anonymous buildings on the one-acre site surrounded by 8ft fences topped with barbed wire and security cameras.

Moberg has been teaching his mother MaryAnn Bennett, 68, how to clone marijuana from a mother plant, so the same strain can be grown repeatedly. Shes giggling at how the nickname for a greenhouse of marijuana plants is the Mother Room. Youre getting the hang of it, Mom, just like you did with your roses, jokes Moberg.

With her long wool skirt, glasses and bobbed hair, she certainly looks more retired elementary school teacher than cannabis farmer. Shes a new convert to the drug. Moberg showed her how to infuse it into sugar and she sprinkles half a teaspoon in her tea every evening to help her sleep.

She intends to grow medicinal marijuana, which is legal in 23 states. Recreational use is legal in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Colorado as well as Washington DC. This is a new venture for me, she says. I have senior friends who have really benefitted. One has a serious case of lupus and her joints hurt real badly, and this has really helped her.

However, Bennett, a churchgoer, adds: I dont really talk about it with my friends, just my very close ones. Theres still prejudices and bias, in the churches especially. Even in my quilting group theyre older than me, Im young, some are in their 80s theres a prejudice. I always thought it was less harmful than alcohol. Its beneficial in certain circumstances. Everyone can use something to excess.

She says she knew nothing of Mobergs years of guerrilla growing until she heard him speak at a symposium after hed been granted a licence. It was a bit of a shock, she admits.

A lot of friends got busted. I used to hide my plants in the woods: Moberg on his farm. Photograph: Patrick Kehoe for the Observer

Moberg was the hippy kid growing up in Moses Lake, Washington. His father, since separated from his mother, was a lawyer. When Moberg was in his early teens he became a socialist, experimenting with dope and starting the schools first recycling programme. His activism wasnt always well received, particularly during the first Gulf war. We had an anti-war group and held a forum I got hate mail. I was, like, OK Im not going to school any more. His parents sent him to a private school 100 miles away in Spokane, where he lived with his older brother and enjoyed his new-found freedom.

Me and my friends used to cruise around for hours looking for green bud. Wed find a little bit of weed for 50 bucks, smoke it and go look for it again. That was what probably first made me think theres a market here. He was soon growing marijuana in his wardrobe and selling it at school, which ended with him being expelled and then arrested for possession. I made a deal to spend a month in rehab. It was full of alcoholics, cokeheads and meth heads. I was like: I just smoke weed, I dont know what your problem is.

Back at high school, he began growing in the basement of a house he shared, and then outdoors. Me and my buddy would ride motorbikes deep into the woods and grow not very good weed. We had no idea. I was producing around 20lb a year. People could make $50,000 to $100,000 a year from that. It was a big risk and a lot of effort, but a good income for my age. He made enough to put himself through college. Id turn up two weeks late for fall quarter and leave two weeks early. I had a crop to tend.

He bought some property in the North Cascades mountains near where CannaSol Farms now is. I was just hanging out. My pal had next door. I had a beautiful lake. Those were my back-to-the-land years. I wasnt making a lot of money, but enough. It doesnt sound relaxing, however. I was a hermit. We were very afraid to speak to anyone, even fellow growers. The helicopters came every year and I had a lot of friends who got busted. I hid the plants under trees in the woods. They did find a lot, but they couldnt prove it was ours unless they caught us with them.

One time, it was so scary, I couldnt breathe. Even now when I hear the voom, voom, voom of a chopper, wow I reckon I smoke marijuana to help my PTSD from selling marijuana.

In 2002 he got a proper job, monitoring habitat in rivers for an environmental consulting firm. He was laid off in 2011. For some of these years, Moberg lived next to the sheriff of Okanogan County. He still does growers are not allowed to live on their farms and they are on friendly terms. I think he was like, Yeah, we knew the whole time, says Moberg, laughing.

Sheriff Frank Rogers is weeding the garden of his home in Okanogan. Dont mind dead animals, do you? he yells, striding inside to the living room where half a dozen stag heads and a bobtail cat stare down from the walls. Yeah, I knew Jeremy when he was counting fish, before he got into the legal dope growing.

I knew he grew illegally, they had dope in the house, he continues. I couldve done something, but the trend was towards legalisation. He had a lot more up at his other place, turns out.

Ready to roll: a CannaSol employee holds a bag of Dutch Treat marijuana ready to be shipped to retailers. Photograph: Patrick Kehoe for the Observer

There has been a mixed reception to legalisation in this rural, conservative area 48.6%, including Sheriff Rogers, voted against it in Okanogan. There were fears that usage would increase, particularly among young people, leading to more addiction and mental health issues, crime and traffic accidents.

We do see more people using it, says Rogers. Once it was legalised they were like, hey, we used to smoke this when we were kids. This stuff is so strong, though. Theyre hallucinating, having anxiety attacks. These people my age, 55, 60, used to smoke a big bag of crap weed, but on this stuff they get wasted like with booze, they get sick. Weve seen more problems with kids, too, because getting hold of it is easier they can get it from home, steal a little bit from Dad. Its here to stay. The worse issue here is the meth and heroin, its bad.

A paper published in the journal Addiction in January stated that while it was too soon to assess many of the effects of legalisation, there was little evidence that more people were using it. There had been an increase, it said, in the number of motorists suspected of driving under the influence testing positive for cannabis. There had also been a dramatic fall in the number of prosecutions for possession (it is legal to carry up to 28g), although African-Americans continued to be three times more likely than whites to be charged, despite comparable rates of use.

Rogers worries about visiting houses where people are smoking marijuana. Its hard for cops. I cant stand and talk to them because I cant breathe it in. If I then go out and shoot someone, Ill be automatically tested for drugs and alcohol and itll be in my system. We ask to talk to them outside.

Andi Ervin, of the Okanogan County Community Coalition, which works to reduce youth substance abuse, believes regular cannabis use affects the developing teenage brain. She says data shows that the percentage of teenagers in the state who thought there was no risk of harm from regular use had jumped between 2008 and 2014. Theres another issue, too Rogers has received complaints about the smell coming from the farms, which travels a couple of miles during harvest. The county stinks, he tells me.

However, the green rush which is producing millions in tax revenues for the state has also brought economic benefits to the county, one of the poorest in Washington. There are more than 50 licensed growers in Okanogan now who are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars locally on equipment, labour and construction work.

Moberg is in the greenhouse inspecting his mother plants. He describes how Cannabis sativa strains make users more alert, while C indica is more sedate. What does he prefer? All my best decisions were made when I was smoking sativa, its thinking mans weed, he says, as an employee comes in to tell him hes needed at a meeting. But I dont get to smoke as much as I did, he adds ruefully. I just dont have the time.


NYC’s Police Commissioner Had Some Choice Words About Cannabis Legalization

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton had some choice words about cannabis legalization in an interview with host John Catsimatidis on AM 970’s Cats Roundtable radio show earlier this week.

After some general conversation about crime rates in the United States and locally, Catsimatidis sparks the drug dialogue with news of a recent heroin bust and rising overdose statistics.

Bratton says,

Interestingly enough, here, however. in New York City, most of the violence we see, violence around drug trafficking, is involving marijuana. And I have to scratch my head as we’re seeing many states wanting to legalize marijuana, and liberalization of policies.

Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project told ThinkProgress that Bratton’s claims are extremely dubious, and would be highly dependent on how involving marijuana is defined. Fox continues:

It seems to me that that statement could only be true if you just count the mere presence of marijuana, he said. The mere presence of a small amount of marijuana at a crime scene or on the person of someone involved in a violent crime does not mean that marijuana was involved in or the motivation for that crime.’s Jacob Sullum writes:

That has to count as one of the most clueless statements on drug policy by a prominent public figure since Hillary Clinton declared that drugs are too profitable to be legalized. Like Clinton, NYC police chief Bratton is presenting an argument for legalization as an argument against it. Just as Clinton does not seem to understand that prohibition enriches criminals by making drugs artificially expensive and dropping the business into their laps, Bratton does not seem to understand that marijuana-related violence in New York City is a predictable product of the black market.

It’s not the first time Bratton has blamed marijuana for an uptick in crime. In 2015, he said,

The seemingly innocent drug that’s been legalized around the country. In this city, people are killing each other over marijuana more so than anything that we had to deal with [in the] ’80s and ’90s with heroin and cocaine. In some instances, it’s a causal factor. But it’s an influence in almost everything that we do here.

And let’s not forget when Bratton held up a bag of oregano to demonstrate what 25 grams of marijuana looked like at a news conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio as they announced changes to limit marijuana arrests. After that policy change, the number of arrests and summonses for small-time pot possession quickly plummeted.

Too bad for Bratton; the tides are shifting around him. New York was one of the first states todecriminalize small amounts of the substance in 1977, and the state’s medical marijuana program officially launched in January. So it appears it’s only a matter of time before the state goes fully recreational.

Listen to the full interview on The Cats Roundtable with Bratton here.

This post was originally written by Katie Shapirofor The Cannabist.


Here’s How The Cannabis Industry Gave A Woman Strength After Her Mother Died

Natasha Irizarry has managed to launch a business that brings surprise packages of pleasure into peoples’ lives, just as she’s going through a personally trying time herself.

Love surprises? Presents? High-end smoking gear? You’re going to want to check out Stashbox, a monthly subscription box of cannabis-related products as unique as the individual recipient.

“We use data to personalize each box,” says Natasha Irizarry, 29, who founded Boulder-based Stashbox last May with co-founder DJ Shott. “Each person fills out a profile that filters out how they consume, whether water pipes, joints, vapes, edibles, topicals – it’s endless.”

Some top-rated items include a diamond-shaped birch storage container from Areawear, jalapeno hemp seed hot sauce, and cold-pressed organic protein-bar munchies from Evo Hemp.

Earlier this year, the company was accepted into Canopy Boulder‘s seed-stage business accelerator, which focuses on ancillary products and services in the legal cannabis industry. It provides up to $70,000 in capital, a 16-week mentor-driven bootcamp, and industry knowledge – all in return for a 6-9.5 percent equity stake.

Two weeks ago, she took part in CanopyBoulder’s Demo Day in Boulder.

Irizarry lost her mother, but found strength in her passion to press on.

It’s a demanding program, which was made more difficult because of a personal tragedy for Irizarry.

“I come from a tech background so I am fully aware of how hard an accelerator can be, but I actually faced a few hardships getting out here,” she said. “I applied to canopy in November: in January, my mom died unexpectedly.”

Her father encouraged her to go through the program, despite the challenges of running a new business while coping with her grief and raising a young family.

“When you have a company that’s just you and one other person, it’s terrifying anyway,” she said. “Two days after she passed, Canopy let us know we got in. I have three kids, and I’m 29, and they’re three, five and seven, and my dad was like, ‘you have to do this, there’s no other way.’ So a couple weeks later, we packed up and moved from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Boulder, Colorado in a little white Prius.”

“We haven’t left the office since,” she said with a laugh. “We’re here all day and all night, because we believe we’re the team to do it right.”

CanopyBoulder, a seed-stage business accelerator, provided the support she needed.

Irizarry says the CanopyBoulder team has been a huge source of support at difficult time for her.

She revealed,

At times, especially with my mom passing, it was really hard to get up in front of 10 companies and pitch.But the whole group really embraced each other and [CanopyBoulder Co-Founder & CEO] Patrick Rea and [Managing Director] Micah Tapman were always there when I needed to talk.They make themselves there for you; you have to take advantage of it. It’s helped me figure out the hard stuff, like logistics, and shipping, and fulfillment. That stuff is hard, and when you’re trying to do it right and not mess up you need those people behind you.The number one thing was a sense of validation. It felt amazing that my hard work was paying off.

So far, Izizarry has found success in the cannabis industry despite her recent struggle.

Stashbox currently has over 150 subscribers, and a waitlist of 2,000. So far they’re only shipping within the United States, although Irizarry says they’re looking at expanding into Canada.

It’s a passion, a labour of love, and you have to put all of yourself into it.

This post was originally written by Julia Wright for Civilized.


Drakelow Tunnels cannabis farm grower found guilty – BBC News

Image caption The Drakelow Tunnels were built as a factory during World War Two

A man who used a former nuclear bunker to grow more than 800 cannabis plants has been found guilty.

A total of 885 plants with an estimated street value of 650,000 were found in Drakelow Tunnels, in Worcestershire, in November 2013.

Grower Wayne Robinson, 48, of Marlpool Lane, Kidderminster was convicted after a retrial at Worcester Crown Court.

He is due to be sentenced next month. In December, another man was jailed for two-and-a-half years after assisting Robinson.

Jason Whiley, from Brierley Hill, West Midlands, had been found guilty of assisting in the production of cannabis, after a trial at Hereford Crown Court in October.

In earlier proceedings, Robinson admitted possessing a shotgun and ammunition without certification, but had denied a charge of permitting the production or the attempted production of a controlled drug on a premises.

Originally built as a factory for making aircraft engine parts in World War Two, the Drakelow Tunnels were lined up as a possible base for regional government in the event of a nuclear attack in the UK.

The 285,000 sq ft network of tunnels stretches for about three miles.

The tunnels were also used by the Ministry of Supply throughout the 1950s for storage, and much of the original equipment is still in place.


Here’s How To Make Cannabis-Infused Corn On The Cob This Weekend

It’s Fourth of July weekend, and you know what that means: Time to fire up that grill. But why not take your basic BBQ to the next level with a few cannabis-infused dishes?

Roasted corn with cannabutter is a super easy, super tasty side dish for summer grilling. The strength of the cannabutter is determined ahead of time by the strength of the strain or shake (leftover leaves). You’ll lose a bit of the butter when it melts off, so in the end this dish should give you a lightly lifted experience.

4 Ears of summer corn
Canola oil, for grates
2 Tbsp
Canna-Butter, cut into 4 pats
Coarse sea salt and ground pepper
Green onions to garnish, optional
Chili powder to garnish, optional

1. Peel back corn husks, leaving them attached at the base of the ear. Remove and discard the stringy silk and pull husks back over the corn.
2. Preheat grill to high and lightly oil the grates.
3. Place corn on grill. Cover and cook, turning occasionally, with tongs, until husks are slightly charred and corn is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Remove ears from grill. Holding the bottom of hot ears with a towel, peel back husks and, with a knife, coat kernels with canna-butter.
5. Season corn with salt, pepper, and chili powder and garnish with chopped green onions. Serve.

Happy feasting!

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6 Unusual Cannabis-Infused Products You Never Knew Existed

Move over edibles, lotions and tincture potions there’s an entire new realm of cannabis-infused products hitting the shelves of dispensaries and recreational shops as marijuana moves even further into the mainstream.

What was once almost always smoked is now also available to mix in with your morning smoothie, gargle as a mouthwash, or even insert into your, ahem, lady parts. The science of extracting THC to make the base oil used in many of these products is a fairly standard practice, which begs the question, What can’t we infuse?

Whether you want to stay away from smoke, avoid going down the rabbit hole of edibles or are seeking pain relief, here are six of the most surprising vehicles to try.

Please note that each product is listed alphabetically by brand, not ranked; prices may vary dependent upon dispensary; and shipping restrictions might be based on legality, so check all websites for details.

1. Cannabis-infused coffee and tea.

The handcrafted-edibles company Canyon Cultivation makesdrinks now too, with infused tea bags and cold brew coffee the perfect way to get a head start on the day’s high.

Their tea is vegan, medical-only and available in packages of five tea bags (25mg THC each) in either Mota Mate or Rose Mate blends. Pro tip: Consume slowly to ensure proper dosing, and expect to wait 45-60 minutes to begin feeling the effects.

Just introduced, “The Original Cannabis Coffee” comes ready-to-drink in a Stumptown-esque bottle filled with a Guatemalan roast infused with 100mg of caffeine and 10mg of THC per serving.

For Keurig users, we also love the K-Cup knockoff fromHouse of Jane. Each Jane’s Brew C-Cup pod contains fair trade coffee infused with CO2-extracted cannabis oil and is available in an indica/sativa hybrid ranging from 20mg to 200mg THC, or in a 14:1 ratio of CBD and THC.

2. Cannabis-infused tattoo ointment.

Upgrade the old jar of Vaseline for a post-tattoo ointment that’s said to help healing.

Designed for use after the first 24 hours of getting inked, the organic hemp-seed oil and cannabinoid-based formula protects new artwork naturally from the sun and soothes inflammation and pain, while keeping color vivid. Bonus conditions the super stick is listed to treat: eczema, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, burns, bites and severely dry skin.

3. Cannabis-infused vaginal suppositories.

Foria made headlines for launching the first-ever recreational cannabis lube in 2014, with multiple new brands following suit (more on that soon).

Now, the revolutionary company has entered the relief game with a special vaginal suppository packed with 60mg THC and 10mg CBD, which is believed to relax muscles and release tension and cramping in the body.

Developed with the help of a Los Angeles urologist and not much larger than a dime, the suppositories are made with an organic cocoa butter formula affects the uterus directly without a psychotropic effect.

4. Cannabis-infused bath soaks.

We just rounded up the best cannabis beauty products out there, but this bud-infused, soothing soak stands out in effectiveness and delivery.

Cannabis leaves with lavender, chamomile, peppermint, grape seed oil, dead sea salt and epsom salt are packed tight into an all-natural sachet, which doubles as a loofah after you’ve soaked in hot water.

Insomnia fighting, hangover curing, PMS relieving, sore muscle repairing, wedding-engagement inducing and giving you a sense that world peace is possible are just a few of Mary Jane’s claims with this euphoric product all but one we’ve personally experienced.

5. Cannabis-infused protein powder.

Make your green juice morning drink even greener with a powerful powder mix blended with fruits, vegetables and plant nutrients combined with a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD.

This concoction’s touted benefits include improving the immune system and aiding digestive health to increasing energy and promoting heart health. For a post-workout recovery, whip up a whey smoothie that has a healthy dose of protein and 160mg of CBD to help repair inflamed muscles fast.

6. Cannabis-infused toothpaste and mouthwash.

Struggling with frequent toothaches or gum issues? A recent study linked heavy cannabis use with periodontal problems.

Axim Biotech is heading into a final round of clinical trials for their line of cannabis oral care called Oraximax. It’s one of the first companies to utilize the cannabinoid cannabigerol (CBG).

The plant compound is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and serves as a base in its products you can soon treat your teeth too. It’s not available just yet, but keep an eye out for a big debut when it officially launches in early 2017.

This post was originally written by Katie Shapiro for The Cannabist.

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Is Cannabis Really Getting Stronger?

The ConversationCannabis continues to be the worlds favourite illicit drug with around 147m people using it annually. However, there are fears that the drug is becoming increasingly potent and that it could pose a public health risk. But how reliable is the evidence? And is it really getting stronger?

The debate about cannabis potency and harm is long running. In the UK, where there are 2m annual users, it predates the 2004 downgrading of cannabis classification from class B to class C. But this episode demonstrated some of the issues with estimating the harms of the drug. Research conducted at the time highlighted how the relative harms of cannabis compared with other class B substances was one of the factors behind the decision to reclassify. However, critics accused the government of ignoring emerging evidence that cannabis was becoming more potent and that it represented a serious public health problem.

Those more sympathetic to the change in classification questioned whether this interpretation of cannabis potency was accurate, highlighting how an alternative conclusion had been drawn from published research which suggested only modest changes in cannabis potency over the 20 to 30 years prior to 2004.

Others, meanwhile, questioned the relevance of potency evidence, pointing to a shortage of studies looking at the consumption of cannabis in a natural setting and how users may well be smoking higher strength strains, but that they could be titrating their doses as a consequence, for example, by taking smaller puffs.

The debate over potency is not helped by politicians referring to the lethal quality of todays cannabis and although the evidence is inconclusive, there is widespread acceptance that strains of cannabis are stronger than in previous decades.

To date, most assessments of cannabis potency have focused on increasing levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But this doesnt provide the full story. Cannabis contains hundreds of compounds, some of which interact with each other. For example, THC helps the user get high, but another compound, cannabidiol (CBD), can counter this by reducing unpleasant feelings such as anxiety. So it is the balance between THC and CBD over time that is important.

It would seem that many cannabis producers have competed to incrementally increase THC levels while selectively breeding out the more protective cannabinoids. Seizures from the US Drug Enforcement Administration show how this ratio has changed in America over the last 20 years.

CBD / THC ratio over time. ElSohly et al 2016

This changing ratio was helped in the UK by the introduction of hydroponic techniques in the 1980s for cultivating cannabis.

Proxy Problems

Proxy measures of cannabis potency such as those based on home seizures of cannabis are widely used and quoted. But we dont know if the cannabis seized is a representative sample of the cannabis in circulation. Steve Rolles, senior policy analyst for Transform Drug Policy Foundation, describes it as a massive data hole.

Also, the quality and sophistication of the cannabis testing procedures, such as chromatography, used to analyse seizures has improved over recent decades. But this means seminal and widely quoted research is outdated and less relevant.

Another factor to consider is how much cannabis is consumed in the average joint. A recent analysis of over 10,000 cannabis transactions carried out in the US between 2000 and 2010, estimated that the average joint contains 0.3g. This is significantly lower than the previous estimates of 0.75 to 1g.

Other factors that influence the strength of the hit are how deeply you inhale and how long you hold the smoke in your lungs.

The method used to ingest the drug also influences a users experience, such as eating, vaping or smoking. Dose can be increased by using a bong whereby a greater quantity of the drug is inhaled in one go compared to a single hit on a joint. Higher potency concentrates known as dabs have the potential to alter the level of intoxication.

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Research gathered from a subset of cannabis users creates ill informed policy, threatening the credibility of public health messages.

Why Any Of This Matters

Without any quality assurance system such as the one recently introduced at a festival, it is likely that younger users who havent been using cannabis for long are the most vulnerable to variations in cannabis potency.

There are public health implications. Cannabis users have to rely on their own knowledge when deciding on the dosage to achieve the desired high. A regulated market such as the one in Colorado could mean users are able to make better decisions and, in turn, reduce the rate of people needing treatment services where cannabis is the primary problem .

The government should regulate cannabis products to make them safer, enabling consumers to make more informed choices. It should create opportunities for targeted education and harm reduction, and employ other evidence-based health interventions.

The science underpinning the cannabis potency story is problematic. With so many people using cannabis, it cant be acceptable to continue with a system where basic information about this products strength and purity are obscure. It is time for a national survey of cannabis that not only provides information about the strength of cannabis but how exactly it is consumed, too.

Ian Hamilton, Lecturer in Mental Health, University of York and Mark Monaghan, Lecturer in Crimimology and Social Policy, Loughborough University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.


With cannabis on the ballot, can Clinton and Trump cash in on the pot vote?

A record number of legal marijuana measures is likely to increase the election turnout, but which candidate will it help the most? The answer is complex

The unprecedented number of cannabis measures on the ballot in November, including in two swing states, could complicate turnout in the 2016 presidential election, bringing out more voters, but not reliably for any candidate.

At first glance, the traditional demographic of marijuana voters white, young, male, Democrat would presumably increase votes for Clinton. But with Libertarian candidate (and known pot enthusiast) Gary Johnson having the best chance since Nader to siphon votes away from a mainstream candidate, and the unpredictable loyalty of party-line voters this year, its not guaranteed that Clinton will be able to cash-in on the momentum of marijuana.

Polls show that theres a trend toward marijuana legalization, so the energy behind this issue seems to be on the legalization side, said Geoffrey Skelley, media relations coordinator for the University of Virginias Center For Politics. So if there are citizens who turn out and vote because of this issue, its probably going to favor Democrats.

But, Skelley notes, a certain slice of voters motivated by marijuana politics may not support Clinton or Trump.

Youre talking about a group thats more white male than not, and even at younger ages, they dont view Clinton favorably. Romney won 18- to 29-year-old white men in 2012, and thats a group Trump should hope to be winning. So he should be worried that Gary Johnson could steal some votes from him there. After all, young men who are white are a potentially good voting group for Johnson, so higher turnout related to marijuana legalization might hurt Trump, even at the margins.

Different voters, different motivations

Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners, a Democratic polling firm, saidthere are significant numbers of people across the board who are motivated by this issue, but for various reasons.

African Americans tend to support it from a criminal justice perspective, older whites often come to it from a medical perspective, libertarians see it as a privacy issue, particularly in the west.

If theyre framing it as a criminal justice issue, [Trump or Clinton] could really broaden their audience, Skelley said. It makes it part of a larger conversation.

A man smokes a blunt as part of a group of cannabis advocates outside the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/Reuters

Both Clinton and Trump have had trouble wooing Black Lives Matter voters, so showing that they care about the disproportionate arrest of millions of African Americans for marijuana possession could help.

When it comes to older voters, polls show that many seniors do embrace medical marijuana, though marijuana legalization is not on their agenda. In states like Florida, Arkansas, and Missouri, where medical marijuana is looking to be legalized, and Montana, where medical laws would be expanded, a candidate could appeal to retired voters by supporting the measures.

Millennials are far and away the target market for marijuana campaigns, with 71% in favor of ending prohibition compared with 58% nationally. So in states proposing full legalization like Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada, showing support for marijuana reform could bolster a candidates numbers by a few points.

Trump needs to figure out ways to engage with younger voters, says Michael Berry, associate professor of political science at CU Denver. While Clinton may try to appeal to the white, male vote. This year, perhaps more so than others, the real effort is going to be to try to get voters to turnout, rather than switch sides.

According to Lake Research Partners data, when Oregon and Colorado were deciding whether to legalize marijuana in 2012, voter turnout in the under-30 age group increased by six points in Colorado and five in Oregon when compared with the 2008 election. Other polls showed a 4% increase in the youth vote in Washington (who were also voting to legalize) in 2012.

An increase in voter turnout could have real consequences in swing states like Nevada and Florida.

According to Roll Call, when Florida voters were faced with a medical marijuana measure in 2014, their numbers increased by 10% from 2010, despite nationwide turnout being the lowest in 70 years. (With 57%, the 2014 measure still failed due to the states requirement of 60%, hence their revisiting the measure this year.)

Nevada currently has one of the highest concentration of marijuana users in the nation, so its likely that a measure to legalize marijuana could bring out extra voters there as well.

Courting the marijuana vote

Over the course of the 2016 election, both Trump and Clinton have engaged in some hardcore flirting with marijuana voters.

This would explain why the Democratic Party Platform was recently loaded with several pro-pot proposals, with the expressed intention of creating a reasoned pathway to future legalization.

Clinton has been wary of marijuana in the past, eventually warming to medical marijuana before coming out in favor of moving cannabis from a DEA schedule 1 drug to schedule 2. Though she has yet to go so far as Bernie Sanders or Gary Johnson to support full federal legalization.

Clintons strategy seems to propose a continuation of the status quo, letting it unfold in the states, making her appear more moderate, which makes sense in the general election, says Berry.

While Trump has said he supports medical marijuana, he opposes full legalization. But thats a lot further than his party is willing to go: a proposal to adopt medical marijuana onto the GOP platform recently failed, with opponents citing the gateway theory, tying medical marijuana to heroin use.

Berry noted: It seems that there are more political costs to being opposed to marijuana instead of being in favor of it, which is strange because if you go back ten years ago, it was just the opposite.