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Cannabis Flower

INTRODUCTION

Even as new technologies allow manufacturers to create numerous product types that deliver the benefits of cannabis, traditional flower smoking remains the most common and preferred method of consumption around the world.

Flower, also called “bud,” refers to the smokeable part of the cannabis plant that has gone through the cultivation, harvest, drying, and curing process. Flower continues to be a popular choice for its versatility, offering numerous methods of consumption, such as being smoked using a pipe or bong, or by rolling it into a joint or blunt.

Among the many benefits of smoking flower is its rapid onset. Flower’s high bioavailability means you’ll feel its effects almost instantaneously. Effects can last anywhere from one to three hours, varying from person to person.


SMOKING METHODS

While the majority of smokers around the world like to roll their flower into a joint to smoke, there are numerous ways to enjoy cannabis flower. These methods are dependent on the person’s preference, environment and given situation.

Rolling a Joint

This is the most common method of consuming flower, there are many benefits to rolling a joint. The only tools you need to roll a joint are rolling papers and your flower (a grinder, while helpful, is optional). Rolling papers are inexpensive and easy to purchase (available in most convenience stores).

Rolling a Blunt

While less common, a blunt is the same basic idea as a joint. A blunt is an emptied-out cigar wrapper that’s been filled with flower and resealed. For similar reasons as a joint, the benefit of rolling a blunt is that all you need is the blunt wrap (or tobacco leaves) and your flower (a grinder is optional). Most convenience stores sell cigars, allowing blunt making to be possible virtually anywhere. The only potential downside to a blunt is that you’re also consuming the tobacco in the cigar wrap.

Pipes

Possibly the easiest, most straightforward way to consume flower is through the use of a pipe. Small, compact, and easy to use, pipes are handheld devices that are used to smoke flower. They require no power or water; simply break apart your flower, fill the bowl and light up. Ideal for traveling or discreet use, pipes are practical and reliable tools for cannabis consumers.

Bongs

Another common method of flower consumption is the use of a water pipe, or “bong.” Bongs are a filtration device structurally comprised of a chamber, which is partially filled with water, and a downstem that connects the water chamber and holds a bowl (which holds the cannabis). Bongs are ideal for calming the heat and harshness of inhaling smoke. The liquid in the water chamber helps filter particles from the smoke. As the smoke makes it way through the bong, the length of the pipe also aids in the cooling action.


DOSING

Unlike other methods of cannabis consumption, flower doesn’t have a standard dosing structure. Potency is measured by the total concentration of cannabinoids (chemical compounds that act on our endocannabinoid system to stimulate psychoactive and physical effects) and is expressed in percentage of mg/g. For example, a menu item of Hardcore OG might read as 18.84% THC, which indicates that there are 188.40 milligrams of Tetrahydrocannabinol (an intoxicating cannabinoid) per gram of flower.

Edibles

INTRODUCTION

Edibles are food items made with cannabis flower or concentrates. Thanks to advances in the cannabis culinary arts and the emergence of distillate, you can find a wide selection of high-quality baked goods, beverages, and treats that provide the desired effects of cannabis.

The benefits of consuming cannabis-infused edibles is the ability to feel the effects of cannabis without having to smoke flower or vaporize concentrates. Consuming is easy and intuitive — we all know how to eat and drink.

The disadvantage of consuming cannabis-infused edibles is that they’re absorbed through the digestive system, which means the effects may take hours to set in and the potency of effects gradually increases. The effects may onset as quickly as 45 minutes or can take up to 3 hours to onset and the duration can last between 4 and 6 hours. It is possible to feel the effects as early as 20 minutes.


ONSET AND DURATION

Edibles are absorbed through the digestive system, which results in delayed onset as compared to inhalation and sublingual delivery (administered underneath the tongue). While it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours to feel the effects, edibles provide a longer duration of effects when compared to other consumption methods.


WHAT IS A DOSE?

The potency of an edible is measured differently than cannabis flower or concentrate. Instead of stating the percentage of cannabinoid strength, the potency of an edible product is indicated by the milligram (mg) amount of cannabinoids contained in the product. An edibles package will typically state both the milligrams per serving and the milligrams in the entire package. For example, an entire chocolate bar may have 50 mg of THC. If the desired dose is 5 mg, the bar can be divided into ten 5-mg doses.

Edibles have a wide variety of CBD: THC ratios. Ratios with a higher concentration of CBD tend to be less intoxicating than edibles with no CBD. However, intoxication is entirely dependent on how much THC you consume. No matter what the edible contains, it’s recommended that the THC dose dictate how much is consumed.


FINDING THE RIGHT DOSE

Knowing the accurate dosage of an edible product and consuming at a measured pace is extremely important due to the delayed onset time and variable dosage options. The recommended dose for beginners is 1 to 5 mg of THC.

Beginners should start with an initial dose of 5 mg then wait 24 hours to evaluate the effects. Increase the dose by 2.5 or 5 mg every 24 hours until you feel the effects. This will be your minimum effective dose.

Because so many factors affect how your body might interact with cannabinoids found in edibles, dosing recommendations contain ranges rather than definitive quantities.


HOW EDIBLES WORK

Edibles enter the body through the mouth and are absorbed through the gut. The absorbed compounds are metabolized in the liver. THC is metabolized in the liver into a compound called 11-hydroxy-THC. This compound is more potent than THC, has a longer half-life and can be very sedating. It’s this mechanism in the liver that causes edibles to have a different effect in most people. This entire process can take between 45 and 180 minutes.


HOW EDIBLES ARE MADE

When it comes to anticipating the effects of edibles, it’s important to understand how they’re made. The ingredients used and the method of production have an impact on the resulting product, onset time and duration of effects.

Infused edibles found in the marketplace are made using hashish, cannabis distillate — an odorless and flavorless oil — or pure cannabinoid crystals, which are infused into a food product made using a fat, like butter or oil. It’s important to recognize what form of cannabis concentrate was used to create your edibles as they can yield different effects.

Decarboxylation plays a key role in determining the type of effects an edible may present. Decarboxylation is a process by which THCa, present in the raw form of cannabis, is slightly heated and changed into the psychoactive compound THC. The human body cannot convert THCA to THC.

Distillate is used for edibles that are meant to produce a psychoactive effect. They’re popular among commercial edible producers because the cannabinoids are completely decarboxylated during the distillate production process.

Crystalline is popular because it contains a single cannabinoid — usually CBD or THCA. Crystalline can be sprinkled on foods or blended with dry or wet ingredients during the cooking or baking process, while distillate can be blended with other moist ingredients or mixed directly into liquids. Should you decide to bake your edibles with THCA crystalline, decarboxylation will take place during cooking or baking and the THCA into the intoxicating THC.

Making Edibles at Home

Cannabis-infused butters and oils can be made from scratch at home using dry flower. The overall concept of infusing butters and fats with cannabis involves submerging the dry material in the desired carrier (fat) and gently heating it to slowly extract the cannabinoids from the plant material. The mixture must then be strained to remove any remaining plant material. The infused fat or oil can then be substituted at a 1:1 ratio in any food recipe.

It’s pretty easy to make homemade edibles, but can be very difficult to dose properly. For consistent dosing, effects, and taste use manufactured edibles and check the labels for cannabinoid contents to find what product suits your need.

Changes in Cannabis Laws Taking Effect In 2019

Changes in Cannabis Laws Taking Effect In 2019

In Cannabis LegalizationCannabis NewsLearn by Eric

In 2018, the California Legislative Assembly made more than 1000 bills brought into effect as laws after the signature of Governor Jerry Brown on various issues like net neutrality, environment issues (plastic straw), etc. We should say that the issue of cannabis was indeed a side stone and nothing much was done regarding the subject except a few bills to provide minor language clarity to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). A few others dealt with the creation of new licenses, regulations, and programs. In this article, we shall look into some of those bills related to cannabis that has been passed and will be effective in 2019.

Assembly Bills Regarding Cannabis

1. AB 106(Committee on Budget) Cannabis and AB 1817

These bills gave the authority for authorities who issue cannabis licenses to get access to criminal history information from the federal agencies. Also, the Department of Justice can also transmit the fingerprint images of the applicants for cannabis licenses and other related information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

2. AB 710 (Wood)

As you might know, Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the compounds present in cannabis which is non-psychoactive, i.e., it does not induce highs.

This bill authorizes physicians, pharmacies and other people with healing licenses to prescribe medicines with CBD and also dispense them as long as those products are approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). More and more researches now confirm that Cannabis or CBD, in particular, has many medicinal properties and may have the potential to heal ailments like epilepsy, cancer, etc.

3. AB 2215 (Kalra)

Cannabis infused medicines are also becoming popular among the pet owners. In fact, there are special CBD treats available in the market especially made for pets. A clinical study promises a positive outcome of CBD administration on dogs with epilepsy.

AB 2215 prohibits any veterinary doctor who has any benefit from the Cannabis licensees or whose immediate family member has a MAUCRSA license from prescribing cannabis products to an animal patient. If he/she is found violating this law, the Veterinary Medical Board has all the rights to revoke his/her license.

4. AB 2721 (Quirk)

If you grow cannabis for personal recreational use, this is something you should know. This law empowers cannabis growers for personal use to get their plants tested and know what they actually consume.

AB 2721 allows the testing laboratories to test cannabis from private growers and provide them with valuable information regarding what they consume and prevent them from consuming potentially hazardous substances.

5. AB 2899 (Rubio)

This law pertains to the advertisement of cannabis and its products in California by cannabis businesses who have canceled licenses. It prohibits such companies from advertising or marketing their cannabis products.

6. AB 2914 (Cooley)

This law is coming into the legal scene to ensure that people get hold of cannabis only from those who have legal licenses to sell cannabis and its products, given the findings that black cannabis market is still perceived to be profitable in many ways.

AB 2914 pertains to alcoholic beverages containing cannabis. Existing laws already prohibit cannabis licensees from selling alcohol. But with this law coming into force, alcoholic beverage licensee also cannot offer, sell or provide any cannabis products with alcoholic beverages, including alcoholic beverages containing THC, CBD, hemp, etc. This, however, is silent about the use of cannabis with steroids, another controversial combination.

7. AB 3067 (Chau)

There is a list of products that the law prohibits from marketing to minors over the internet. AB 3067 adds cannabis and its products to the list. So, cannabis businesses can no longer market their business or products to minors on the internet, be it on the web, applications or games.

8. AB 2402 (Low)

Existing laws require that the cannabis sellers maintain official records of each and every commercial cannabis transaction.

AB 2402 prohibits the cannabis licensees from giving out the personal information of their customers to third parties. This law, however, has two exceptions: first, in connection to processing the payments and second, to the government officials like the police who are performing their official duties.

9. AB 2020 (Quirk)

This law empowers the local administrative jurisdictions with the authority to issue temporary licenses to cannabis events at the venues they wish to permit. In order to get a temporary license, the applicant should have a valid license from the Bureau of Cannabis Control.

Senate Bills Regarding Cannabis

1. SB 1294

SB 1294 also has the name California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018. According to this, the Bureau of Cannabis Control has to undertake an equity programme to provide grants to eligible local jurisdictions to assist local equity licensees and applicants. Governor Brown’s budget has set aside $10 million for this cause.

There were also some other minor Senate Bills passed like SB 311 (Pan) to regulate the commercial cannabis activity and its movement, SB 1459(Cannella) to regulate the provincial licenses, etc.

These were the amendments in the cannabis laws which are already approved in 2018 and are all set to come into force in 2019. These bills, as usual, a step forward to make sure that there is a proper use of cannabis and its products keeping the welfare of the citizens in consideration.

A Final Game Board For California Cannabis Regulations

A Final Game Board For California Cannabis Regulations

In Cannabis LegalizationCannabis NewsLearn by Eric

California’s medical marijuana laws continue to grow, and this time the state officials have wrapped up their final version of regulations and have released them online.

The proposed regulations – from the state’s BCC, Department of Public Health and Department of Food and Agriculture – have been successfully submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and target areas including cannabis events, packaging and delivery. The rules will not be effective until the Office of Administrative Law approves it.

“If adopted permanently, these new regulations would offer a raft of significant changes for cannabis businesses,” said Juli Crockett, compliance director for Los Angeles-based consultancy MMLG.

Here are primary takeaways from the proposed regulations:

  • A big win for deliveries

In the final regulation, delivery operators are the obvious winners. According to the BCC, third-party companies are prohibited to deliver cannabis anywhere in the state that do not have state medical marijuana commercial licenses. But tech platforms are allowed to deliver provided there is no direct profit-sharing on each sale.

  • Packaging regulations changed

Apart from deliveries, another imperative win for cannabis industry is contract manufacturing, also called white labeling. White labeling enables a licensed manufacturer of concentrates, or edibles to produce and package products on the behalf of an unlicensed company , for instant an out-of-state company or a celebrity brand.

There is also a significant change to be witnessed in packaging and labeling provision. Previously manufacturers had to hold off on identifying cannabinoids before sending their products to labs for testing.

This would allow distributors to get concentrates and edibles tested for potency and then make that information available on the labels before sending them to retailers. This new California cannabis regulation also announced child-resistant packaging which won’t be required until next year. This means more burden on retailers to use child-resistant exit bags at their stores.

  • Reduced amount of inventory to be carried

The draft is most likely to lower the amount of inventory permitted to be carried by a single delivery vehicle, which would be $5,000 from $10,000. And the delivery vehicle has to have at least $2,000 worth of existing orders in place from buyers before it leaves a delivery hub.

  • More transparency in stakeholders

The new California cannabis regulation puts a ban on silent partners and would require licensed cannabis businesses to disclose more information about every stakeholder. The BCC demands more transparency and wants to know who all are involved in each of these companies.

  • Significant increase in cannabis events

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill which replaces a law that allowed licenced cannabis events to be held on county fairgrounds. This means there would likely be an increase in various types of cannabis events held in California. The bill was passed to benefit local economies and small businesses by giving cities more independence to govern how such events take place in the state.

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