Smoke Weed Everyday

There are people who smoke weed everyday. They wake up to a toke, before breakfast and  their morning coffee. But is it harmful and excessive to smoke weed everyday?  What really are the facts, what happens to a person that consumes marijuana day after day, and year after year.  What does the research tell us about the dangers and benefits of heavy, daily marijuana use?

Daily Cannabis Consumption - The Benefits

Medical Marijuana has been found to treat or alleviate the following symptoms.

  • Contain Cramps
  • Lift Depression
  • Lower Eye Pressure
  • Lift Fatigue
  • Treat Headaches
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Lower Inflammation
  • Mitigate Insomnia
  • Enhance Appetite
  • Treat Muscle Spasms
  • Stop Nausea
  • Raise Pain Tolerance
  • Reduce of Stop Seizures
  • Reduce or Halt Spasticity
  • Lower Stress

CAN WEED MAKE YOU SICK?

The simple thinking is that marijuana smoking would be similar to smoking cigarettes and getting high all the time might destroy your liver or some organ, like alcohol.  Then you're going to be addicted, just like cigs and booze.

This is the line of thinking that was used by the Fed back in the day to scare a very gullible public about the dangers cannabis.  In a study of a few thousand marijuana moderate to heavy users, it was found that there was no greater incidence of lung disorders, including cancer.  Also, it was found that moderate daily marijuana use was associated with an improvement in lung capacity.

Then there are the studies about the liver and other organs.  Moderate daily use is correlated with improved liver function and is not associated with organ damage of any type.

Onto addiction.  Marijuana is addictive to a small % of the population that partake and is several times less addictive than alcohol and there is no comparison with cigarettes, which is among the most of all addictive substances.  In addition, cannabis tends to moderate cravings found in drug abuse and obsessive compulsive behavior. This munchie inducing herb actually balances appetite to LOWER weight in the long run.

Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome is a very real reaction to smoking cannabis. You can read more about it in our Blog Post.

Daily cannabis smokers are more likely to go to the hospital. BS!

According doctors at the Boston Medical Center, people that consume marijuana daily are no more likely to visit a doctor than non-smokers.  Furthermore, many sick people that visited the hospital regularly have started using cannabis daily to treat their conditions and symptoms, so the real healthy effects of smoking marijuana daily could be masked somewhat.

This good news about the daily use of cannabis and your lungs is despite the fact that there is tar and other carcinogenic things in a joint, plus many illegal (and legal) growers use horrible pesticides and herbicides, that definitely irritate and damage lung tissue.

One of the benefits of legalization is the implementation of Quality Control, Testing and other consumer safety requirements which make Cannabis purchased through legally licensed dispensaries significantly more pure.

Daily Cannabis Consumption can treat Chronic Pain

Cannabis has been documented in European literature in the treatment of pain.  Queen Victoria's physicians prescribed alcohol extracts of Indian Hemp (has THC) for her cramps and migraines.  Today, Whoopi Goldberg does the same for her cramps and migraines. Literally every study on pain shows that cannabinoids are much better tolerated as compared to addicting and body destroying opioids, and especially the synthetic ones.    If you glance at a weed consumer, you won't be able to tell if they toke or not, but an opiate addict sticks out like a sore thumb, like a prison of war victim.

Cannabis has been used for millennia to treat pain. US Pharmacopeia in 1930 listed Cannabis and tinctures thereof, to be a potent painkiller and was especially good for women's issues.  Literally every study done on marijuana indicates that it's safe and it's opioid counterparts are, in every case, found to be dangerous with potentially life threatening side effects.

Is the pharmaceutical industry is against marijuana. No, not any longer.

The medical researchers in the US are chomping at the bit to get on board and catch up with the rest of the world, a world that has a head start on the synthesis of cannabinoids and derivatives.  As legality looms large, the number of cannabis medicine related research events - that is positive studies and clinical trials aiming to explore the benefits - will explode. Sadly, as was the case of opium, cocaine and now cannabinoids, man made toxic chemical derivatives will likely supplant the natural, much more tolerable and effective (in the long term) herbals.

Medical studies suggest that cannabinoids are useful to treat diverse conditions, especially those related to inflammation, acute or chronic pain. The discovery of cannabinoid receptors, their activators (endocannabinoids and components of weed) how the body's own chemicals are synthesized, transport, and degradation of these chemical  messengers, has equipped the medical community with with understanding to develop new chemical analogues.

They don't know how weed works or how to prescribe it.

Some current treatments with highly addictive and toxic opioids and anti-inflammatory drugs are not effective for certain painful conditions. These same conditions may be treatable with non-toxic cannabinoids and analogues because the endogenous cannabinoid system components, CB1 receptors, are present in the nervous and immune system and work with the body's own endocannabinoids in pain modulation. Cannabis cannabinoids like CBD and THC can supplement or replace the body's own endocannabinoids (in short supply) to intervene in pain mechanisms.

“The herb is the healing of our nation, the alcohol is the destruction of it.” - Bob Marley

Smoking Weed every day makes you stupid. - Not really.

Regular weed smokers know that there are a few potheads in every crowd, people that fall in love with the herb, the holiday feeling, and like to live every moment in the "Bob Marley Zone". And, there are some people who shouldn't smoke cannabis (or consume anything, really). However, there is little to no evidence that smoking THC, or CBD with moderate THC, hampers cognitive ability.  Certainly, cognitive ability can be impaired with too much THC, but these effects are temporary and have no measured permanent effects in longtime users.

If you are an energetic, creative person, and your receptors like cannabinoids, the results can be extremely good, and the creative juices flow, doors and windows open to the canyons of your mind.  Weed especially compliments the overactive, overachiever, to tone it down and go at a slower and more wholesome pace.

Smoking too much weed will make me fat -   Nope

According to literature. the ingredients in weed, THC and CBD act to modulate the receptors that affect appetite, both up and down.  Generally, obese people don't feel properly satisfied when they eat and continue to eat to feel better. It's the lizard brain at work, an impulse in the subconscious brain generated by simple errant biochemical reactions gone wrong.  Cannabinoids and other drugs act as biochemical switches to turn on/off hunger, pain, inflammation and so on.

Some cannabinoids like THCV, a type of THC found in South African strains and derivatives, works in the reverse of regular THC to turn off hunger.  At the end of the day, the net effect of long term weed smokers is that they don't put on extra weight, and in fact have substantially less fat on their bodies compared to their non-toking comrades.

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study about daily marijuana users, which showed a lower risk of obesity than marijuana non-users, regular cannabis users have thinner waists and lower insulin levels than those cannabis-free.  Cannabis was the single best treatment for anorexia, because it stimulates a healthy appetite and reduced fears of getting fat.

Smoking Weed Daily is a gateway to other drug abuse. BS!

Wherever weed is legal, drug and abuse statistics go down, all of them and every case.   Back in the day, then you had sometimes had to go to a drug dealer for your weed and he also had some narcotics, then it was possible that a gateway effect existed.  This gateway effect had nothing to do with weed, but the circumstances, where weed was placed in an environment with shady players doing shady things.

Anyone that rents real estate knows that you want to rent to responsible weed smokers and not bing alcohol consumers.  Weed smokers pay the rent and don't break things, while the drunks are generally a nightmare experience all round.

"Smoking cannabis regularly resulted in a 3 percent reduction in the probability of alcohol consumption and a 5 percent reduction in the probability of binge drinking among this younger group, the researchers found. Younger adults to substitute high caloric alcoholic beverages with lower-calorie marijuana 'high,' resulting in lower body weight and lower likelihood of obesity."

Cannabis is bad for the heart.  BS

If your blood pressure is too low from medication, weed may lower is further to the point of blanking out.    In this case, rather than swear off weed, you might contact a doctor that is deep in cannabis based medicine experience and ask two questions.  Can my high blood pressure medicine be reduced, or could cannabinoids lower my blood pressure to normal levels all on its own.

Most clinical research revolves THC and CBD, the psychoactive and non-psychoactive components of most strains of cannabinoids.  Medical professionals are now leaning toward balanced cannabis medicines, including a variety of terpenes and other types of cannabinoids as opposed strains containing only psychoactive THC.  The benefits of the "other cannabinoids" such as CBD, CBN, CBC on the cardiovascular system and heart are only now being studied in any great detail.

Conclusion

Granted, we are not clinical researchers, however, we find no body of clinical nor anecdotal data to suggest that daily use of cannabis is harmful to one's health. Given its low toxicity, in comparison to toxic pharmaceuticals, cannabis is indeed the choice for long term treatment.  With that said, the body will build up a tolerance and even reject THC if the dosage is too large and is taken for too long a period.

The research strongly indicates that any substance whether herbal or drug, natural or synthetic, taken in significant quantities that profoundly affect the body, should be cycled with a ration of something like 1:3 or 2:7 on:off.

This translates into one week to 10 days off weed per month.  If you can't anty up and go weed free for a week here and there, then maybe, sir or madam, you do have a dependence issue.

Which leads us to a conversation about overuse.

Overuse, Addiction or Nothing to Worry About

For those of us in legal weed states, it's ridiculously easy to indulge. There are $5 joints for sale in every neighborhood. But how do you know when you're overindulging? Weed's mild nature can make it difficult to spot developing problems. It doesn't cause hangovers; it's pretty easy to lead a functional life through a perpetual haze; and, unlike cocaine, alcohol, or coffee, quitting doesn't usually result in withdrawal symptoms.

Still, experts say that pot addiction—or, as psychologists call it, cannabis use disorder—does exist, and out of control weed use can negatively impact both your wallet and your relationships. Plus, we still don't know entirely how cannabis affects our cardiovascular and brain health.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, symptoms of cannabis use disorder include spending a "great deal of time" obtaining and using cannabis, as well as having "a strong desire or urge to use cannabis."

In my case, both are true. I am a medical cannabis patient and I operate a cannabis tour company.

I use cannabis because I was in a bicycle accident many years ago and I crushed 12 vertebra in my spine as a result. I use both THC and CBD to help manage intense chronic pain.

As a Tour Operator, I spend a LOT of time talking about cannabis with my Guests and helping them to make good choices about their own cannabis consumption.

Do I think I have a problem with cannabis use? Not really. While it is true I consume more than most people, I use it medicinally and it provides me a benefit. And, besides, talking about cannabis is really fun!

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For more information about consuming cannabis, read our blog post Ways to Smoke Cannabis

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Honeymoon Ideas and Things To Do

Honeymoon Paradise – that’s a good description of Sonoma County’s Wine and Weed Country! As far as honeymoon ideas go, there is so much to do besides visit wineries! This article is going to talk about some of them, and, yes, we’re also going to talk about wine, because, in Sonoma County, Grape is King, Wine is Queen and Cannabis is the next in line!

Sonoma County

Birthplace of the California wine industry, 17-mile-long Sonoma Valley sits between two mountain ranges and is home to dozens of wineries where tastings and tours are held daily. Sonoma's town square is the Plaza, surrounded by historic adobe buildings, boutiques, and restaurants. Thanks to its hot springs, the area has drawn health-conscious visitors for more than a century. Today it includes several world-class resorts and spas and is the gate way to Sonoma County.

The City of Sonoma is full of historic buildings, fine restaurants and breweries and is home to California oldest winery, Buena Vista. In addition, Sonoma is very walk-able and bike-able with trails connecting both sides of town!

Napa Valley

Napa Valley, which consists of six towns (Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, and the city of Napa), similarly boasts first-class wine producers, restaurants, resorts, spas, and Wine Country scenery.

Downtown Napa visitors walk from tasting room to tasting room without needing a car. It’s a grown-up version of a bar crawl with sophisticated flair. It's also a time saver if your romantic getaway to Napa Valley is limited by time. You might not get to stroll through the vineyards but you will get to swirl more wine in the glass or boogie to some of the great local music.

Russian River

Many of the 150 wineries in and around the Russian River Valley are small, family-run operations. Some have tasting rooms as chic as the bar in an elegant restaurant, while in others, visitors stand amidst barrels and stainless steel drums, sampling wines that have been poured by the winemaker himself.

The Russian River Valley is also known for its commitment to artisanal cheeses and locally grown produce, making the region appealing to both food and wine aficionados. And, of course, the River runs to the Sea, in this case the magnificent Pacific Ocean and the rugged Sonoma Coast.

Spend a day visiting the coastal communities of Bodega Bay, Jenner and the Sea Ranch!

Other Wine Country Activities

Before you start thinking, not another winery!, arrange to spend time involved in one of California wine country activities likely to delight honeymoon couples:

  • Hike along the ocean bluffs in Russian River and Napa Valley
  • Go kayaking or canoeing on the Russian or Petaluma River
  • Day spas - where you can soak up to your necks in mineral-rich mud
  • Hot-Air Ballooning - soar over the beautiful northern landscape
  • Shopping - including wine, glasses, and accessories
  • Check out the Microbreweries
  • Treat yourselves to a romantic dinner
  • Take a Happy Travelers Tours Wine-and-Weed Tour and get up close to Cannabis Plants

Tip for Tipplers

Unless you have a designated driver, avoid tasting wine and getting behind the wheel. Options include staying in Downtown Napa to enjoy tasting rooms there, hiring a limo, even visiting vineyards in a horse-drawn carriage. Wine tour shuttles are in abundance and you can choose conveyances that range from a private car service to a jovial party bus. If you have more time to spend, swish, and spit, consider booking passage on the Napa Valley Wine Train. A variety of romantic hotel and train packages are available.

Happy Travelers Tours is for hire and available for private tours or as a car service. Give us a call at 707-386-9859 to take care of your transportation needs.

We think Sonoma County is California's best honeymoon destination. That may seem like a grand proclamation, but we're not just boasting. Here's why: Sonoma County is where you can find abundant sunshine, more than 425 wineries, romantic vineyards, breathtaking Pacific Ocean beaches, award-winning restaurants, majestic redwood forests, relaxing resorts, and did we mention world-class Cannabis? Last but not least, this favorite Wine Country is just 45 minutes away from San Francisco. Who needs more?

Simply take a look at these five points, and you'll surely agree that Sonoma Wine Country region is prime not only for Weddings but for the happy couple's getaway, too.

The Romance of Wine and Cannabis

There's no denying the pleasure of a fine glass of wine, and shared with a loved one, a sip adds an extra special statement to even the most simple moment. Sonoma County boasts more than 400 wineries, and 60,000 acres planted with world-class wine grapes of nearly every varietal imaginable.

In addition, Sonoma County boasts both indoor and outdoor cannabis cultivation, retail dispensaries and Tours.

Princess for a Day

Would you like to play princess for a day? Visit Sonoma's Wine Castles, for example: Ledson, Chateau St. Jean, Ferrari-Carano, and Francis Ford Coppola wineries. Send an email to [email protected] and as about our Princess for a Day Tour! We’ll be happy to provide Royal Transportation for your day!

Lovely Places to Cuddle

Whether you're looking for a posh, modern retreat (the recently renovated Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, for example) a quaint, historic B&B amid the vineyards (the 1880 Radford Inn beckons), or flat out luxury (Madrona Manor is a classic European mansion), lodging here is so unique and welcoming you may never choose to leave your estate grounds.

The Embrace of Mother Nature

Running hand-in-hand through grassy meadows, strolling through whispering mountaintop forests, romping on the beach, and plucking flowers from vast gardens to wear in your hair. Does that sound like a greeting card?

It's reality in Sonoma County, which spans more than 1 million gorgeous acres, from the Mayacamas Mountains range to the Pacific Ocean coast. With near-endless parks, preserves, babbling streams, greenbelts, and vast open agricultural and grazing areas, there's something new to explore every day.

How much open space is there, really? In fact, rural lands take up almost two-thirds of Sonoma County's total acreage, and the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District continues to acquire more land for protection every single year, enjoying a remarkable 28 percent growth since 2006.

Come on a Happy Travelers Tours Wine-and-Weed Tour and visit a 3 acre Cannabis Grow high up in the Mayacamas Mountains!

Wine … and Dine

Given the wondrous agricultural bounty grown in Sonoma County, the pasture-raised beef, lamb, pigs, and poultry, plus rainbow arrays of artisan cheeses, breads, and treats like handcrafted chocolates, it's no wonder that we're home to some of America's best farm-to-table restaurants.

Just a few of our top-rated destinations include the 2019 Michelin star favorites SingleThread (three stars), Madrona Manor (one star), and Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant (one star).

If you're a true foodie, you might even think about a spring wedding, to take advantage of Restaurant Week in March.

Play Time

Because Sonoma County encompasses such a broad range of landscapes, the recreation is equally expansive.

You and your honey can horseback ride at wineries or along the coastal bluffs of Bodega Bay, zip line through the redwoods, hike and bike, kayak the Russian River, and go hot-air ballooning over vineyards, lakes, and valleys.

Perhaps you'd like to take a winery tour in a horse-drawn carriage, or stroll through a vineyard or a sunset Cannabis Tour which visits a dispensary on the way to the Sonoma Coast, a catered dinner and a breathtaking view of the sun setting into the Pacific Ocean.

Nothing says “romance” like a glass of fine wine. Sonoma County and Napa Valley, CA form the epicenter of the verdant wine-lover’s dreamland known as California wine country. This is one of the best growing regions in the world for wine grapes, resulting in dozens of vineyards and a seemingly endless array of vintages.

Add in their variety of luxurious spas, and it becomes clearer than ever that Sonoma and Napa Valley are the perfect place to unwind. From a Cedar Enzyme Bath at the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary to a Rose Petal Body Polish at the award-winning McArthur Place Hotel & Spa, California wine country is your oyster for romantic pampering and invigorating treatments.

Prefer something a little more fast-paced? Active couples can pedal through the region’s rolling hills and quaint country roads on a bike tour. Take to the skies into a hot air balloon for stunning views of the gorgeous California landscape. Get the most of the pleasant, sunny weather with world-class golf courses. Flirt beneath ancient Redwoods in the Armstrong Reserve. Glide through warm-water bays on kayaks, laze along rivers on a canoe, or go white-knuckle and take to the rapids on a rafting expedition. Take a drive up a mountain to an outdoor cannabis grow.

Whether you’re more spa nut, wine enthusiast, adrenaline junkie, or a bit of all three, California wine country gives the best of all worlds.

  • GETTING THERE: Sonoma County has its own small airport with regional flights. Most travelers will make a connection in Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or other nearby cities for a local flight to wine country.
  • RENT A CAR: Attractions and activities are spread out, so rent a car to make everything you want to see and do easy to access.
  • WINE & DRIVING DON'T MIX: To get the most out of California’s world-class wine country safely, book a tour that provides transportation. No one should have to be the designated driver for their own honeymoon! Remember, Happy Travelers Tours is available for hire!
  • WHEN TO VISIT: While beautiful year-round, rainfall is highest during the winter months. May through October are most popular, though frugal honeymooners might snag discounts during the off-peak season.
  • SHOP AROUND FOR PACKAGES: Streamline planning and get all the best California wine country has to offer by shopping for inclusive honeymoon packages. These can get you wine tours, spa days, outdoor activities, and a hotel stay for one price, potentially more affordably than if you booked them all separately.

Happy Travelers Tours provides transportation, private tours, day-trips, wine-and-cannabis tours and, given that we're born-and-raised in Sonoma County, we are outstanding Guides to Sonoma County!


Buds, Buds and Buds

Let’s talk about Buds. Or, if you prefer, Budz. Either way we’re referring to the best part of the cannabis plant, the fully mature and ready to smoke flower, a.k.a. Buds.

As in: got any buds? Or, Get your budz here! Sometimes there’s nothing more glorious than bags of weed all lined up and ready to go. A big bag of marijuana is one of the most amazing things to behold!

Bagging weed for sale has changed over the years; in the past a triple-beam scale, a plastic baggie and some weed was all you needed. Post-legalization, the process for bagging up weed is a much more controlled process, requiring a technician to log a large container of cannabis out of the inventory system and then, in a clean-room environment, transferring the cannabis from the master container to child-proof containers or into containers which can then be sealed child-proof.

And, of course, it’s much more expensive to package cannabis post-legalization than it was in the bad old days. Let’s talk a bit more about Buds. Please refer to this graphic from Leafy to better understand the anatomy of the cannabis plant.

Cannabis Plant Anatomy

Cannabis buds will form at most of the plant’s nodes. A node is where a leaf or branch grows off the stalk. The larger the plant grows, the more nodes will appear, which means your plant will have more locations where buds can grow.

Many novice growers, as well as more experienced ones, struggle with the quality of their weed buds. The plant might grow fantastically, but it just doesn't always seem to produce the most desired results.

The following list highlights several cannabis tips which can help you improve the quality of your buds.

Source Quality Cannabis Seeds or Clone Starts

Get to work and do some research on your options: seeds versus clones. For seeds Source from a reputable seller/broker who has:

  • Genetically stable seeds
  • Feminized Seeds
  • Auto-Flowering Seeds

For Clones, it’s the same principle, you’re just looking for the Clone Starter to have the same qualities as listed above.

Grow Room Conditions

Grow Room conditions are critical to ensuring the success of your crop. The correct lighting configuration, air circulations, temperature and humidity are all mission critical. Remember, you’re trying to re-create the ‘great outdoors’ inside the space you’ve constructed as your grow room.

Provide the Proper Nutrients

You need to give it the right amount for each growth stage, especially when it's flowering. During the flowering stage, make sure that the nutrients are low on nitrogen but rich in phosphorus and potassium.

Provide Support for the Plants

This means: either put tomato cages around your plants or rig up a plastic netting arrangement which provides places for your plants branches to grow through and rest on … this allows them to “get a break” when those buds start fattening up and adding water weight.

Harvest at the Right Time

The whole thing about harvesting is that it’s both science and art. The science is that the plants life cycle is a fixed number of days, so, you pretty much know when they’re entering their final phase. However, the way to measure “ripeness” is to examine the trichomes on your plant.

They should be standing erect with a drop of resin at the tip. The resin should have gone from a clear, transparent state to a golden or amber color state. When you see this, your plants are ready to be harvested and then cured!

Curing Your Buds

The next next stage, and arguably the most important, is the current stage. It’s in the curing process where all the terpenes get expressed and your cannabis matures into the dank you’re looking for.

To cure you need a dark room which has a constant 60 degree temperature and a 60 percent humidity. Use a dehumidifier if you have too. The curing should take between 12 and 14 days. Too fast and the weed won’t have all it’s flavor profile and too slow and the weed could get moldy.

You’ll know it’s ready when you can “snap” a bud off it’s branch and it breaks cleanly …congratulations! Now, all you gotta do is Trim it.

It’s a Lot of Work to Grow Buds

As you can tell by reviewing the short list above, it takes a lot of work to grow ‘dank’ buds. Of course, if you live in a legal state then it’s really easy to just go to the dispensary and purchase the budz of your choice!

If you’ve never been to a retailer, then just remember, at first glance, the cannabis you want should make you wish you already had a joint of it rolled up or a bowl packed. This is the weed that you’ll find on most cannabis Instagram pages. The green will pop through all the juicy trichomes. The buds should look like they were just removed from the plant, even though they have been drying and curing for the past few of weeks.

When you’ve got that kind of cannabis in hand, you’re ready to have yourself a real good time!

To learn more about cannabis, and get up close to cannabis plants, Book a Happy Travelers Tour today!

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Cannabis Strains for Pain Management

Best cannabis strains for pain management

Cannabis and Pain Management has been a controversial subject for decades. Without Federal approval, the United States has only been able to conduct limited clinical studies, so, most reports are built on anecdotal stories from users, as opposed to controlled scientific programs.

Studies have been conducted abroad, however, a more concerted and focused effort will need to occur in order for the body of science to grow. In the meantime, the internet can be used to source the limited amount of information which is available.

The classic "measurement" for pain management is: what are the percentages of THC and CBD in the flower (or oil or edible)?

However, there are a few things that you will want to consider outside of simple percentage CBD and THC. One of these considerations is the ‘type’ of cannabis you are purchasing.

There are three categories that your medical marijuana can fall into:

  • Indica
  • Sativa
  • Hybrid (a mixture of both indica and sativa)

While this is not an exact science, users tend to report more effective pain-relieving properties with indicas. In one survey, participants reported that indicas helped more than sativas when it came to headaches, joint pain, neuropathy, and spasticity. Users also reported indicas to be more helpful when it comes to sleep and sedation.

Lastly, there are countless user reports on specific strains of weed that have been found to be powerful for relieving pain. While some of these strains are high CBD, indica strains, some strains of weed used for pain do not fall into this category.

Some of the most renowned pain-relieving strains (per user reviews) include:

Strain  Category CBD Content THC Content Description
ACDC Hybrid High Low Produces no noticeable high feeling due to very low THC content. Helps to relieve pain and even control stress.
Purple Kush Indica dominant hybrid Low High Produces a strong body high with associated reductions in pain. A very relaxed and sleepy high.
Harlequin Mostly Sativa High High Mellow psychoactive effects that are great for pain relief experienced with menstrual cramps and arthritis.

CBD oil for pain

Whether you live in a state where medical marijuana is not available, or you would like pain relief without any “high” feeling, CBD oil may be a good option for you.

When it comes to CBD only studies, the majority are preclinical or animal studies. There are limited studies examining the effect of CBD alone on pain in humans. Most of the studies out there examine the benefits of THC and CBD together, or whole Cannabis sativa plant, for pain.  That said, the research conducted thus far, along with countless user reports, suggests that CBD itself may be able to help relieve pain.

Activation of cannabinoid receptors has been linked to the inhibition of pain. The exact mechanisms of action are still being researched, however, CBD has been found to increase the levels of endocannabinoids in the body, specifically anandamide. It is plausible that this increase in endogenous endocannabinoids could have an impact on pain.

Here we will examine the limited scientific evidence, along with theories relating to the use of CBD for pain.

CBD Oil ApplicationDescription
CBD Oil for Nerve PainNeuropathic pain, also known as nerve pain, is a unique type of pain that is caused by injured, dysfunctional, or irritated nerves. This pain tends to be chronic and severe, and with no known cure or remedy, every individual is left to try numerous strategies to find something that works for them.

Some of the most common sources of neuropathy include diabetes, injury, cancer, infections, alcoholism, and autoimmune disorders. While there have been human clinical trials that support the benefits of THC and CBD for nerve pain, there have been fewer studies examining just CBD. In an animal study, researchers found that oral supplementation of CBD led to improvements in neuropathic pain in rats.
CBD Oil for Back PainBack pain is one of the most common forms of both acute and chronic pain. Acute back pain tends to be caused by an injury, such as by falling or lifting something heavy. Chronic back painis that which lasts more than three months and is often caused by a ruptured or bulging disc, arthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis, or nerve pain.

Some back pain is partly caused by inflammation, and numerous preclinical and animal studies have found benefits of CBD for inflammation. Through possible reductions in both nerve and inflammatory pain, CBD may help relieve back pain.
CBD Lotion for PainWhen it comes to localized pain, topical CBD lotion or creams may be a great option. By applying the CBD directly to problem areas, concentrated CBD is delivered to exactly where you need it the most.

While human studies on the efficacy of CBD lotion are lacking, there are plenty of animal studies and personal accounts to support this use. In one study, researchers found that rats with arthritis treated with transdermal CBD experienced reductions in pain-related behaviors and inflammation.

Dosage amounts of cannabis and CBD for pain

Cannabis and CBD dosing for pain are highly individual. Studies have found a bell-shaped dose-response curve with cannabis extract, meaning that it slowly becomes more effective until it hits a certain point, and then the effectiveness decreases. To further complicate matters, the effective dose found in human studies varies greatly from one condition and one study to the next.

For example:

  • in migraines, the effective dose of THC and CBD was found to be 200 mg/day, with no benefits found at 100 mg/day.
  • however, doses of Sativex, an oral spray that delivers 2.7 mg THC and 2.5 mg CBD per spray, was found to be effective in the treatment of central neuropathic pain in Multiple Sclerosis at doses of around 20-30 mg/day CBD + 22-32 mg/day THC.

CBD dosage for pain has not been examined in any human studies. Like the Cannabis sativa extract, studies have found that exceeding the optimal dose of CBD can lead to a reduction in efficacy. In a study examining the effect of CBD on anxiety, 100 mg and 900 mg were not effective, where 300 mg was.

So where, then, should you start when it comes to dosing Cannabis sativa or CBD oil? Follow these steps when adding in a cannabis or CBD oil product:

  1. Choose the product that you would like to take
  2. Start at the lowest recommended dosage
  3. Split this dose between 2-3 doses throughout the day
  4. Stay at the same dose for 3 or more days and see how you feel
  5. Increase your dose until you find the best dose for you

Cannabis sativa is good for pain

Studies and anecdotal reports have shown that cannabis is good for pain. There are numerous products available for you to use if you live in a state where pot is legal. Some products that may help if you want something other than bud itself include:

  • Lotions or creams
  • Tinctures (dropper bottles with cannabis-infused oils)
  • Capsules or pills
  • Edibles (chocolates, candies, teas, or other foods infused with cannabis)

Here is a table of various cannabis strains for pain management:

HELPS WITH - STRAINDESCRIPTIONEFFECT
General PainACDCAll hail ACDC, one of the most effective painkilling strains out there due to its one-two punch of cannabinoids CBD and THC. As a general rule, cannabis strains with high amounts of both THC and CBD tend to make the best pain medicines, and there are plenty of high-CBD strains out there offering similar chemical profiles as ACDC.Relaxed
Focused
Uplifted
Euphoric
Happy
Blackberry KushBlackberry Kush is a heavy THC-dominant strain that wraps the mind in dreamy, blissful euphoria while lifting pain from the body. With the exhale of its sweet, berry flavors, it’s easy to sink into a new mindset—one that isn’t dominated by throbbing aches and pains.Lazy
Euphoric
Sleepy
Happy
Creative
Inflammation and ArthritisHarlequinLooking for cannabis that will quiet the roar of pain without a foggy mind? Try out the high-CBD strain, Harlequin. Its uplifting and clear-headed effects set it apart from heavier, more intoxicating options and make it a perfect choice for daytime medicating.Happy
Euphoric
Focused
Uplifted
Energetic
Blue WidowBlue Widow is a prolific hybrid cross between parent strains Blueberry and White Widow. Leafly reviewers praise Blue Widow for its anti-inflammatory qualities, and perhaps the reason for this is Blue Widow’s rich terpene profile that typically boasts high levels of caryophyllene alongside a hearty cannabinoid content.Anxiety
Stress
Pain
Depression
Insomnia
Headaches and MigrainesPurple ArrowPurple Arrow hits the target somewhere between heavy pain relief and uplifting euphoria, making it a great choice for headache sufferers needing swift relief without overly sedating effects.Euphoric
Happy
Uplifted
Lazy
Giggly
Blueberry HeadbandHeadband hybrids are commonly described as “cerebral” with effects that go straight to the crown of your head. Blueberry Headband lives up to its name, delivering focused headache relief and a sweet berry flavor.Happy
Relaxed
Uplifted
Euphoric
Talkative
CrampsRedwood KushWith effects that relax tension in both mind and body, Redwood Kush is known to deliver a woody forest aroma alongside hefty amounts of THC to help ease muscle cramping.Euphoric
Happy
Uplifted
Creative
Lazy
DynamiteDynamite is another high-THC strain that blows pain and cramping out of the water, but be wary: Dynamite is also known to incite the power of the munchies.Euphoric
Lazy
Sleepy
Happy
Uplifted
Spinal Injury PainCataract KushCataract Kush is a heavy-hitting hybrid cross between powerhouse classics LA Confidentialand OG Kush. This strain’s potency may not be for the novice consumer, but it’s perfect for patients needing a strain that can expertly annihilate pain associated with spinal injury.Lazy
Euphoric
Happy
Hungry
Sleepy
Maza SharifDescending from some of the earliest landraces of Afghanistan, Mazar I Sharif is a relentless painkiller with a potency you can see on her heavy blanket of crystal trichomes. Afghani strains have a reputation for their high cannabinoid contents, so it isn’t hard to imagine that so many patients have found relief from stubborn pain in Mazar.Lazy
Euphoric
Hungry
Sleepy
Creative

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Vape Pens

Vape Pens. What are they and how do they work? What's the difference between disposable vape pens and a battery with pre filled vape cartridges? What's a concentrate vape pen and how is it different than a bud vaporizer?

We're going to answer these questions and provide information about "best of's" in this blog post all about Vape Pens!

How Do Vape Pens Work?

Let's take a peek under the hood with some help of the good folks at TheCannabist:

1. The tank

The cannabis oil holder is usually called a tank if refillable, or cartridge if it’s intended for single-use. It’s also typically combined with the atomizer as a single unit. Tanks are usually polycarbonate plastic, but glass and stainless steel tanks can also be found.

2. The atomizer

The little heater in a vape pen is called an atomizer. Fancier versions are called cartomizers, clearomizers or other new jargon, but they are still atomizers at heart — that pint-size heating element converts liquid to tiny airborne droplets. Atomizing is what we should really call vaping, but that’s a lost cause for sure.

If you dab a bit of oil on the heating element, that product will likely be labeled an atomizer. Surround the atomizer with polyfill material to keep it saturated with oil from a separate tank and it’s a cartomizer. Drip the oil from a separate tank onto the atomizer using a silica wick and it’s a clearomizer. The wick can be swapped for cotton, steel mesh, or other “premium” materials.

3. The sensors and software

Some vape pens automatically turn on when the user inhales through it, while others use a push button to toggle the heating element. Both of these methods require sensors to determine when the user is inhaling or button-pushing. Embedded software controls the various pen parts.

4. The battery

Vape pen batteries must provide enough current to power a tiny heater that reaches 400 degrees in mere seconds. So, just like your cell phones and other power-hungry devices, vape pens use rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which have high energy density. They also have a very small chance of exploding if improperly charged.

Disposable Vape Pens vs a Battery Pack with Vape Cartridges

Starting with disposable vape pens, the first issue is how do you correctly dispose of it? They ARE really convenient and reasonably priced, what could be the problem? The issues with these pens focuses on two component parts:

  • the battery
  • the residue or remaining concentrate

The challenges are the batteries aren't typically easily recyclable because they're part of the chassis of the disposable vape pen and the residue or remaining concentrate is considered - are you ready - a hazardous material.

While you can't throw vape pens and batteries into the recycling for curbside pickup, they can still be recycled through the right facilities. The easiest way to ensure your old vape pens and batteries are disposed of properly is to bring them to your local Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF).

On the other hand, Vape Pen Batteries are units which contain a rechargeable battery to which the user attaches a vape pen concentrate cartridge. The cartridges however still present a problem, specifically due to any residue left in the cartridge.

You might wonder, why can’t cannabis oil cartridges be recycled after use? Vape pens and their cartridges are made up of many different materials in minuscule quantities. Because of the complexity of these products, traditional recycling facilities have no method to extract the desired resources.

Dealing with spent cartridges is a specialized field. Anytime you want to recycle something as unique and complex as a vape cartridge, you need a large quantity that can sustain the business offering the service.

With no shortage of cartridges, this brings us to the second problem: Why can’t we collect vape cartridges? When states began to transition to legal markets, regulations were put in place to deter illegal resale activity. The fear was that items like cartridges would be collected and trace amounts of cannabis oils could be extracted to produce an unregulated black market product. Because of this, it is illegal for businesses to allow for drop-off bins for cartridges.

So - what's a conscientious consumer to do? It seems the most appropriate path to take is to find a Battery system which you like, purchase the vape pen concentrate or oil you like and recycle those used cartridges at your local HMMF location.

Or - you could use a Dried Herb Vaporizer. Let's Discuss!

If you decide that using a vaporizer for dry herbs is the right choice for you, you'll quickly find there are several different types to choose from.

  • The most common type is a portable vaporizer, which allows you bring your vape with you just about anywhere you go. Portable dry herb vaporizers come in all different shapes and sizes, so you will have plenty of options to choose from including many that are incredibly discreet.
  • If you plan on enjoying your herbs at home, you should look into purchasing a desktop vaporizer. These units are usually much larger in size and often more expensive. However, they are capable of producing the best quality vapor and are generally built to last longer.
  • The last type to consider is a dry herb vaporizer pen, which is usually the least expensive and is considered the lowest quality. A vaporizer pen for dry herb is basically a portable vape that is shaped like a pen and resembles an E-cigarette closely. It is important to note that these types of units typically have a dry herb heating chamber where a heating coil is utilized in order to heat the herbs. Unfortunately, this type of heating mechanism actually burns the material rather then vaping it. Therefore, it is very important that you spend time researching the device to ensure it functions as a true vaporizer before buying one.

For your convenience, we've pulled together information about the "Best Vape Pens" and present it to you here in this convenient chart:

Vape Pen CategoryPlaceNameRating (1 to 10)
Best Weed Vape Pens for THC Oils1stKandypens Special-K9.6
2ndPCKT One Plus9.6
3rdO-Pen Vape9.2
Best CBD Vape Pens1stCBDfx Terpenes Vape Pen9.6
2ndCBDfx Vape Pen9.5
3rdHemp Bombs Disposable9.4
Best 510 Thread Batteries1stKandypens Special-K9.6
2ndPCK one Plus9.6
3rdMig Vapor Migi Pro9.4
Best E-Liquid Pens1stFreemax Twister 80W9.4
2ndInnokin Plexar9.3
3rdSMOK Stick V9 Max9.2
Best Dab Pens1stKandypens Crystal9.7
2ndKandypens Prism9.6
3rdMig Vapor Wasp9.5

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Cannabis Tourism in Sonoma County

Here at Happy Travelers Tours we’re proud of our Tours, Itineraries and Leadership Position as Sonoma County’s premier educational cannabis tour. We’re also not the only Tour based here. In fact, Cannabis Tourism in Sonoma County is thriving!

Before we zoom in on Cannabis Tourism in Sonoma County, let’s back up a bit and look at the state of Cannabis Tourism in the State of California.

Cannabis Tourism in California

First, there are several Tour Companies operating up-and-down the state, primarily in these areas:

  • San Diego and Los Angeles
  • Oakland and San Francisco
  • Sonoma County and Napa County
  • Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity Counties

There’s not too much in the Central Valley or Sierra’s (yet), however, the opportunities for cannabis tourism in the central part of California is limited by local rules and regulations. In fact, most of the State of California is a “pot desert”.

Per Marijuana Biz Daily “Two-thirds of California municipalities prohibit marijuana businesses from setting up shop, underscoring the hurdles MJ entrepreneurs face in trying to break into the world’s largest legal cannabis market.”

The state remains a patchwork of regulations and rules, with most local jurisdictions choosing to implement their own regulatory schemes on top of state rules, so, local permits on top of state permits.

According to data from CannaRegs, a website that tracks local marijuana rule developments in the state, only 161 of California’s 482 municipalities and 24 of the 58 counties have opted to allow commercial cannabis activity of any sort.

The State has allowed the delivery of medical cannabis for many years, however, when Cannabis was legalized in the State, communities were allowed to decide, on the local level, whether or not to allow Dispensaries to operate within their boundaries.

Different Types of Cannabis Tours

Second, there are several different types of bus tours being offered, including:

  • Party Buses:
    • The Way It Works: You bring the stash
    • What to Expect: The bus is heading to dispensaries and processing facilities and, depending on which tour you’re on, wineries or breweries
    • What’s the Day Like: Party On!
  • Variety Tours:
    • The Way It Works: The Tour is going to visit a variety of locations
    • What To Expect: On-and-Off the Bus to View/Visit
      • Dispensaries, Indoor Grow Facilities and Paraphernalia retailers
      • Breweries, Wineries and Dispensaries
      • Dispensaries, Manufacturing Facilities and Indoor Grows
    • What the Day Like: Interesting, Lots of Bus Time
  • Educational Tours:
    • The Way It Works: The Tour Experience focuses on educating Guests on the benefits on cannabis and works to de-stigmatize both consumption and the cannabis consumer
    • What To Expect: Get Close to the Plants, Learn About Cannabis and Cannabis production from professionals and have fun!
    • What the Day is Like: Adventurous, educational and nature oriented.

Lots of Rules and Regulations

Third, even though cannabis is legal in the state of California, each county and all municipalities can (and do) have separate rules and regulations in force which impact how Cannabis Tours can operate.

Cannabis Tourism in Sonoma County

According to the Sonoma Valley News, there are four Tours Operators offering Cannabis Tourism in Sonoma County as of June, 2019:

TOUR OPERATORLOGODESCRIPTION
Emerald ToursMany tours originates in San Francisco, they have cannabis-infused “cruises”, seed-to-sale tours, and a farm tour.
Happy Travelers Tourshappy travelers weed cannabis toursCaters to groups and specializes in “Wine and Weed Tours” and de-stigmatizing cannabis consumption and use. Tours originate in the Cities of Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Napa and by arrangement.
The Sonoma County ExperienceMost tours start in San Francisco and takes folks to a Sonoma County dispensary, brewery and winery.
Wine Country Weed TripsThis a designated-driver operation which picks up folks at hotels in the city of Santa Rosa and takes them to a dispensary and then either a Sonoma County winery or brewery, depending on guest preferences.

Of course, there are other types of Marijuana Tours and Activities besides Bus Tours. The research we’ve been doing at Happy Travelers Tours has shown us several other ways in which cannabis tourism is flourishing.

There are:

  • Walking Tours of historic places in San Francisco which focus on smoking weed
  • Activities like “Puff Puff Paint” where you bring your own cannabis (BYOC) and spend an evening smoking and painting
  • Indoor Grow and Processing Tours where you can visit cannabis manufacturing facilities where they grow indoor weed as well as process marijuana into various consumables
  • Membership Events, like the Glowing Goddess Getaway, which takes Guests on a weekend long “Glamping” experience which focuses on all things Cannabis
  • Food and Cannabis Pairings/Infused Meal events where participants eat cannabis (both THC and CBD) infused foods and/or sample different foods while pairing with different types of cannabis
  • Cannabis-friendly Resorts and/or Home Rentals are also gaining popularity as destinations where you can hang out and smoke curated menu choices of artesian cannabis

It’s clear Cannabis Tourism in Sonoma County, and the State of California, is here to stay and not only is 2019 going to be a banner year, the momentum building for 2020 portends great things!

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Kush, Blue Cheese and Alaska Thunder Fuck!

Kush, Blue Cheese and Alaska Thunder Fuck - what in the world are we talking about? As most cannabis consumer know, cannabis strain names are often weird and random, just like these three examples.

What's in a Name?

Kush Flower
Kush Flower

A question we get asked frequently on Tours is: who came up with this name? Since Happy Travelers Tours mission is to educate folks about cannabis and cannabis culture, we always try to find a "nice" way of explaining the seemingly un-connected way cannabis strains get named, but, we also recognize (and know) the majority of those names are created the way most people THINK they are - a bunch of stoned people sitting around sampling the stain and coming up with something to call it.

Hence: Kush. Or, Blue Cheese.

Strains, Terpenes and Flavonoids

There are many cannabis strains that vary widely in the composition of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds. These components work synergistically to produce wide variations in benefits, side effects, and strain characteristics. Knowledge of the individual medicinal properties of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids is necessary to cross-breed strains to obtain optimal standardized affect.

Indica, Sativa and Hybrids

Pssst! Are you looking for some 'pure Kush'? After generations of crossbreeding, it is now quite rare to find a pure Indica or pure Sativa strain.

It is now common for most strains of Cannabis to be Indica-dominant, Sativa-dominant or hybrid. As you may expect, different plant genetics can often lead to different medicinal effects.

Let’s start with Indica. Indica plants are typically shorter and have wide leaves. The buds of an Indica plant will usually be quite dense. You will typically find that Indica-based strains are more relaxing and will usually be associated with more bodily sensations.

These strains are often recommended for nighttime use due to these effects.

Beautiful Buds
Beautiful Buds

As for Sativa, these plants are typically taller with long and thin leaves.  The buds of a Sativa plant are typically less dense and can be somewhat feathery. Sativa strains usually produce a cerebral feeling and are more uplifting and euphoric. As a result, they are recommended for daytime use.

A hybrid is a Cannabis plant that is a crossbreed between an Indica and a Sativa plant. Most strains of cannabis are a hybrid of these.

Top Strains of 2018 and 2019

Here is our chart of the top strains of 2018 and 2019. Our research took us to High Times, Leafly and other websites and we are excited to share what we've compiled.

YEARSTRAIN NAMEDESCRIPTIONAWARDSGENETICS
2018Mega QuesoThe dense and sticky nuggets produce incredible concentrates, including a fantastic live resin with an intense terpene profile and appetite-stimulating potency. This sativa-dominant hybrid combines the best of both worlds for an overall buzz that’s both calming and uplifting at the same time.2016 SoCal Cannabis CupHybrid
2018Chem ScoutGreat for treating insomnia and body pain, Chem Scout proves to be a unique indica-dominant variety that honors its roots while remaining contemporary.First Place Indica Flower 2014 NorCal Cannabis CupIndica
2018Manderin CookiesThis indica-dominant feminized Mandarin Cookies, a cross between Mandarin Sunset and Forum Cut Cookies, tastes like a Creamsicle and tests out at over 30 percent THC! Growers love the short flowering time and high calyx-to-leaf ratio, while connoisseurs appreciate the grapefruit citrus terps combined with the rich and earthy undertones.Mandarin Cookies' tasty terpene profile has won multiple concentrate awards.Indica
2018Franco's Lemon CheeseThis cross of two strains—Super Lemon Haze and the famous Exodus Cheese (from the UK). This hybrid is fast-hitting and long-lasting and it grows very fast.High Times Top-10 Strains of 2018Sativa
2018French CookiesBrightly glistening flowers are contrasted by dark-colored purple leaves, some looking almost black in appearance. French Cookies tastes spicy with a hint of grape and yields well for a Cookie strain.High Times Top-10 Strains of 2018Sativa
2018Rosetta Stone XXThis cross of Jack Herer and Cinderella 99 retained the beloved spicy sandalwood aroma and musky flavor of the Jack, but added resin production, stability and yield while reducing flowering time.High Times Top-10 Strains of 2018Hybrid
2018Green Crack CBDGreen Crack CBD tests at over 12 percent CBD and 6 percent THC for a two-to-one CBD/THC ratio. The effects are euphoric—a lasting happy feeling of well-being, perfect for daytime use or for patients with a lower tolerance seeking relief from migraines or anxiety.High Times Top-10 Strains of 2018CBD
2018Kush MountainsShe’s a cross between the super-frosty White Walker OG and Blue Flame OG.2018 World Cannabis Cup First Place Hybrid FlowerIndica
2018Auto Critical Orange PunchThe citrus-flavored strain is a feminized cross of Grand Daddy Purps and Orange Bud that was then crossed with XXL Auto Kritical Bilbo.High Times Top-10 Strains of 2018Hybrid
2018Dosi SherbertDosi Sherbet, a cross between 2 Scoops (Grape Sherbet x Orange Sherbet) and Dosidos, represents some of the frostiest flowers available anywhere with terpenes that smell and taste like sweet candy and fruity ice cream.High Times Top-10 Strains of 2018Indica
2018Purple PunchThis is a crossing of two classic strains—Larry OG and Grand Daddy Purple. These buds are heavily frosted with trichomes and exude a potent aroma of fruit and candy. Its creamy, berry finish only compliments its heavy sedative nature, perfect for ailments such as nausea and depression, patients report.Indica
2018Sunset SherbertThe ever-popular Girl Scout Cookies strain, combined with the heavy-hitting indica Pink Panties make up the genetics behind Sunset Sherbert—a full-bodied indica-dominant hybrid identified by its sweetly inviting smell and dense, resinous buds.Hybrid
2018ZkittlezZkittlez is an indica-leaning hybrid known for its comforting tropical fruit flavor and pleasantly uplifting stress relief. The cross between Grape Ape and Grapefruit is a joy to grow outdoors, as this strain is highly resistant to mold and mildew, and is preferably grown with lots of sunlight.Indica
2018Forbidden Fruit The terp-heavy cross between Cherry Pie and Tangie is a breeze to grow in moderate conditions and carries a high resistance towards pests and crop-related diseases.Indica
2018Do-Si-DosHere is another child of Girl Scout Cookies genetics, Do Si Dos is also parented by the strong indica Face Off OG to provide a relaxing experience with just enough energy to keep creative. Indica
2018Original GlueAlso known as Original Glue, this superstar strain is the product of a three-way between Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. Hybrid
2018Key Lime PieOnce again, Girl Scout Cookies makes for a bedrock of solid cannabis genetics. The strain is accentuated by carrying sweet, candy-like notes of lime and mint, and wallops users with a wave of relaxation suitable for chronic pain and sleeplessness.Hybrid
2019Vanilla FrostingSmelling of vanilla, followed by fuel, Vanilla Frosting descends from a Humboldt GelatoIndica
2019Driz-NipperThis is a strain that crosses Cookies and Cream to Sherbert, Strawberry, or Lemon Tree. Those new strains are dubbed: Bonkers, Strawberry & Cream, and Driz-Nipper, respectively.Hybrid
2019Do-Si-Dos CrossesSherbidos, Dosi-Cake, and Dosi-Tree, plus other dessert strains like SamoasIndica
2019MimosaMimosa is a cross of Purple Punch 2.0 x ClementineSativa
2019CBD Glue TideIt’s a cross of CBD classics Sour Tsunami, Cannatonic, and AC/DC, plus Good Medicine, and a touch of Original Glue for aroma and euphoria.CBD
2019Guava Jelly CBDGuava Jelly CBD is a very effective, 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. CBD
2019Venom OGThe Venom OG is very strong and tasty, but grows shorter and bushier than many OG Kushes and gets gorgeously purple.Indica
2019WhoOodyA cross of Gucci OG and Sour Strawberry Indica
2019Original GlueBreeders keep crossing Glue because its offspring produce highly resinous, pungent, glimmering buds.Indica

If you're interested in getting up-close-and-personal with cannabis, Book a Happy Travelers Wine-and-Weed Tour today! As far as Sonoma County Cannabis Tourism goes, we're the only Tour which lets you touch plants!


The Best Cannabis Dispensaries List

There are many choices when looking for the best cannabis dispensaries list. When we started doing research for this blog post, we noted the usual suspects have all published some type of a "Best Of" list: Leafy, PotGuide, High Times - they've all got one.

Not only do they all have their own version of a Best Of list, many have the same cities and same dispensaries on them, so, at some point, it's all the same list! If that's not enough, sometimes a dispensary is shown on one list under one name and on another list under a different name!

As we looked at the information and types of comments which are published, one format caught our eye, which is to say: High Times. So, with all due respect and admiration, we present the Best Cannabis Dispensaries List as compiled by High Times:

STATECITYNEIGHBORHOODDISPENSARY NAMEADDRESS
CODENVERLoDoCannabis Station1201 20th Street
CODENVERMultiple LocationsColorado Harvest Company1568 S. Broadway
CODENVERValverdeDiego Pellicer2949 W. Alameda Avenue
CODENVERMultiple LocationsGood Chemistry330 E. Colfax Avenue
CODENVERMultiple LocationsGreen Dragon930 W. Byers Place
CODENVERMultiple LocationsThe Green Solution4400 Grape Street
CODENVERCity ParkGroundswell1709, 3121 E. Colfax Avenue
CODENVERWashington ParkThe Herbal Cure985 S. Logan Street
CODENVERGlendaleKind Love4380 E. Alameda Avenue
CODENVERSanta FeL'Eagle Services380 Quivas Street
CODENVERMultiple LocationsLivWell Enlightened Health1941 W. Evans Avenue
CODENVERMultiple LocationsNative Roots1555 Champa Street
CODENVERLoDoNatural Remedies
High Level Health
1620 Market Street
CODENVERUniversity (DU)Sared Seed5885 E. Evans Avenue
CODENVERLoHiSimply Pure2000 W. 32nd Avenue
CALOS ANGELESMultiple LocationsMedMen735 S. Broadway
CALOS ANGELESDowntownCity Compassionate Caregivers2235 E 7th Street
CALOS ANGELESVeniceGeen Goddess Collective1716 Main Street
CALOS ANGELESWest HollywoodExhale Med Center980 N La Cienega Blvd #102
CALOS ANGELESStudio CityBuds & Roses13047 Ventura Blvd.
CALOS ANGELESHollywoodMMD1515 N Cahuenga Blvd.
CALOS ANGELESLarchmontWestern Caregivers Alliance2815 Sunset Blvd. #201
CALOS ANGELESHollywoodThe Kind Center1944 N Cahuenga Blvd
CALOS ANGELESWest HollywoodAlternative Herbal Health Services7828 Santa Monica Blvd
CALOS ANGELESCulver CityNew Amsterdam Naturals9021 Exposition Blvd
CASAN FRANCISCO
The ExcelsiorGreen Cross4218 Mission Street
CASAN FRANCISCOMultiple LocationsThe Apothecarium2029 Market Street
CASAN FRANCISCOLower Nob HillGrass Roots1077 Post Street
CASAN FRANCISCOSoMaBarbary Coast Collective952 Mission Street
CASAN FRANCISCOSoMaBloom Room471 Jessie Street
CASAN FRANCISCOInner Richmond
Bernal Heights
Harvest4811 Geary Blvd
CASAN FRANCISCOSomaUrban Pharm122 10th Street
CASAN FRANCISCOThe MissionMedithrive1933 Mission Street
CASAN FRANCISCOSoMa
Lower Haight
SPARC1256 Mission Street
CASAN FRANCISCOBernal HeightsCookie Co 4154503, 3139 Mission Street
ORPORTLANDSE HawthorneFarma916 SE Hawthorne Blvd
ORPORTLANDNW Pearl District
Inner Southeast
Oregon's Finest1327 NW Kearney Street
ORPORTLANDMultiple LocationsCannabliss & Co8701 SE Powell Blvd
ORPORTLANDNW Pearl DistrictVirtue Supply Co510 NW 11th Avenue
ORPORTLANDMultiple LocationsFive Zero Trees5336 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
ORPORTLANDBuckman
Downtown
Serra220 SW 1st Avenue
ORPORTLANDInner NortheastJayne2145 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
ORPORTLANDNorth Williams
Inner Southeast
Bridge City Collective4312 N Williams Avenue
ORPORTLANDNorth OverlookJeffery's Flower & Oil4027 N Interstate Avenue
ORPORTLANDNortheast SandyPanacea6714 NE Sandy Blvd

So, if you're looking for a dispensary in Denver or if you're heading to California and you're looking for a dispensary in Los Angeles or if you're looking for a dispensary in San Francisco then this list is for you. If you're heading up to the Northwest and you're looking for a dispensary in Portland, we've got the information you need as well.

And, next time you're in Wine-and-Weed Country, book a Happy Travelers Tour and you can visit some Sonoma County Dispensaries or visit our Mountain Top Cannabis Grow!


A Brief History of California

California. The California Lifestyle. The Golden State. The entire history of California is outside the scope of this document – however, we will discuss several highlights of California’s history, starting with the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846.

The Bear Flag Revolt

During the Bear Flag Revolt, from June to July 1846, a small group of American settlers in California rebelled against the Mexican government and proclaimed California an independent republic. The republic was short-lived because soon after the Bear Flag was raised, the U.S. military began occupying California, which went on to join the union in 1850. The Bear Flag became the official state flag in 1911.

Bear Flag Revolt: Background

In 1846 California was controlled by Mexico and was home to a growing population of American settlers. Mexican leaders worried that many of these settlers were not truly interested in becoming Mexican subjects and would soon push for annexation of California to the United States. For their part, the Americans distrusted their Mexican leaders and were worried the Mexicans might make a preemptive attack to forestall rebellion.

In the spring of 1846, the American army officer and explorer John C. Fremont (1813-90) arrived at Sutter’s Fort (near modern-day Sacramento) with a small corps of soldiers. Ostensibly, he and his men were in the area strictly for the purposes of making a scientific survey. However, the brash young officer began to persuade a motley mix of American settlers and adventurers to form militias and prepare for a rebellion against Mexico.

Bear Flag Revolt: June-July 1846

On June 14, 1846, a party of more than 30 Americans under the leadership of William Ide and Ezekiel Merritt invaded the largely defenseless Mexican outpost of Sonoma just north of San Francisco. Fremont and his soldiers did not participate, though he had given his tacit approval of the attack. Merritt and his men surrounded the home of the retired Mexican general Mariano Vallejo and informed him that he was a prisoner of war. Vallejo, who was actually a supporter of American annexation, was more puzzled than alarmed by the rebels. He invited Merritt and a few of the other men into his home to discuss the situation over drinks.

Having won a bloodless victory at Sonoma, Ide and Merritt then proceeded to declare California an independent republic. With a cotton sheet and some red paint, they constructed a makeshift flag with a crude drawing of a grizzly bear, a lone red star (a reference to the earlier Lone Star Republic of Texas) and the words “California Republic” at the bottom. From then on, the independence movement was known as the Bear Flag Revolt.

Fremont officially took command of the so-called Bear Flaggers and occupied the unguarded presidio of San Francisco on July 1. Six days later, Fremont learned that American forces under Commodore John D. Sloat had taken Monterey without a fight and officially raised the American flag over California. The United States had declared war against Mexico on May 13, 1846. This news apparently had not reached the Bear Flaggers at the time of their revolt. Since the ultimate goal of the Bear Flaggers was to make California part of the United States, they now saw little reason to preserve their “government.” Three weeks after it had been proclaimed, the California Republic quietly faded away.

In 1850, California joined the Union and the Bear Flag was officially adopted as California’s state flag in 1911.

California During Prohibition

On January 17, 1920, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States made “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States…for beverage purposes….” illegal. But, two little words were missing from that list: ownership, and consumption.  It was those 2 words that made all the difference in the years ahead.

The Volstead Act, the body of law responsible for the enforcement of Prohibition, defined “intoxicating liquor” as any beverage containing half a percent (.5%) or more of alcohol by weight.  The Act did provide few exclusions including wine for religious purposes. Catholic and Jewish religious leaders, who opposed Prohibition were quick to secure supplies of “sacramental wine” for themselves, and their congregations.

The strictly hierarchical structure of the Catholic church ensured that priests signing orders for sacramental wine were actually priests and not imposters. However, the looser structure of the Jewish religious organization, led to many bootleggers claiming to be rabbis to take advantage of the loophole in the Volstead Act.

In response, the market introduced sacramental champagne, crème de menthe, brandy, and others.  Asked to rule on whether these liquors truly belonged under the sacramental wine exception, a federal judge in the District of Columbia allowed it, stating, “it is not the content of the beverage, but the purpose for which it will be used that determines whether or not it is sacramental wine.”

Another Exception: Home-Made Cider, er, Wine

Another exception to the Volstead Act allowed for the making of up to 200 gallons of non-intoxicating cider or homemade fruit juice each year. The Bureau of Internal Revenue, however, struck down the .5% definition of “intoxicating,” with regard to homemade wine in July of 1920.  The Bureau stated that, “some drinks that contain more than the prescribed one-half of 1 per cent, while they may cheer, do not inebriate.”  This ruling opened the door to a booming home winemaking business.

Prohibition lasted almost 14 years before the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment returning control of liquor laws to the states.  The Prohibition years had a profound impact on society and American’s attitudes towards liquor.  While some wine growers ripped out their vines and replaced them with apricots and other fruit trees, other growers found religion and not only survived the prohibition years, but prospered.

Georges de Latour of Beaulieu Vineyards was one such.  De Latour, a Catholic, had secured connections within the Catholic church in the years prior to prohibition, to provide the sacramental wine for churches across the country. During the entirety of Prohibition, Wente Vineyards sold 100% of its harvest to de Latour to be made into sacramental wine. Beringer, Martini, and Concannon also sold to the church.

De Latour and other makers of sacramental wine did not restrict themselves to providing for the Catholic church. They also made kosher wine, and provided wine for Lutherans and the Russian Orthodox.

Demand for wine grapes soared.  California land dedicated to grape-growing increased by 700% during the first 5 years of Prohibition.  By 1928, approximately 27,900 railroad carloads of grapes left California bound for New York alone.  The volume was so great that the Pennsylvania Railroad expended its Jersey City freight terminal solely to accommodate the thousands of grape-laden boxcars.   Prices increased as well as volume.  During the first four years of Prohibition, a ton of grapes went from a pre-Prohibition price of less than $30 to a staggering $375.

Another method of legally distributing wine grapes during Prohibition was to sell grape concentrate in the form of a solid block (about the size of a pound of butter) called a “wine brick” or “wine block”.  According to the law, these bricks could be used by the consumer to make “non-intoxicating fruit juice.”  In order to comply with the letter, if not the spirit, of the law, the wine bricks were sold with a warning on the label cautioning the consumer not to add yeast or sugar to the grape juice or to leave it in a cupboard for 20 days before drinking because it “might ferment and turn into wine.”

Repeal found the California wine grower eagerly tearing out the rows of hated Alicante vines and replacing them with tastier varietals.  Vintners struggled to regain lost winemaking knowledge and to refill the barrels and casks with the “liquid poetry”.  During the 13 years and 10 months of Prohibition, some wineries closed their doors, a few made fortunes, most did what they needed to do and just to survive.

The Path to Cannabis Legalization

Here’s a chart which shows major marijuana legalization milestones in California.

The Poison and Pharmacy Act of 1907
California passed the Poison and Pharmacy Act in 1907 that banned the sale of opium, cocaine, or morphine without a prescription. In 1913, cannabis was included on the list of banned drugs, making the Golden State the first to prohibit marijuana.
Marihuana Tax Act of 1937The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 made the possession or transfer of marijuana illegal across the United States under federal law. Medicinal use was legal but it created an expensive fee system to tax its use.
California Attempts to Legalize Marijuana in 1972The Golden State was the first in the U.S. to independently attempt to legalize marijuana in 1972 with Proposition 19, which attempted to decriminalize marijuana possession and sale. The law failed to pass with 66.5% voting against it.
Berkeley Marijuana Initiative I of 1973Berkeley voters passed the Berkeley Marijuana Initiative I, prohibiting officers from making marijuana-related arrests unless approved by the city council first.
Moscone Act of 1976The Moscone Act in California changed possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Berkeley Marijuana Initiative II of 1979Berkeley voters passed an ordinance that made growing, possession, transportation and sale of marijuana the lowest priority for police.
Judge Rules DEA Hindered Cannabis Research in 1988A judge ruled that the DEA hindered cannabis research and allowed the drug to be used safely, claiming it was a therapeutic product. Later that year, researchers discovered cannabinoid receptors in the human brain that lead to a better understanding of how drugs affect the central nervous system.
San Francisco Recognizes Marijuana for Medicinal Use in 1992The Board of Supervisors in California become the first city government to recognize marijuana for its medicinal purposes. That year, the enforcement of marijuana laws became the city’s lowest priority.
California Voters Vote to Legalize Marijuana in 1996Voters in California passed Proposition 215, legalizing the use and sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes, but the law conflicted with federal statutes.
California Introduces Medical Research for Marijuana in 1999The Golden State introduces a three-year program for medical research, gearing their focus on the drug as a medical treatment. The legislation led to funding the University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego.
Oakland Passes Measure to Allow Taxation of Cannabis for Adults in 2005Oakland passes a measure to allow regulation and taxation of cannabis for adult use, making the prosecution of adults who use or possess marijuana a low priority for law enforcement.
Governor Schwarzenegger Passes SB 1449 in 2010Governor Schwarzenegger passes SB 1449, making the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana a misdemeanor and civil infraction in the state of California.
Oakland Approves a Citywide Plan to Cultivate Marijuana in 2010The city of Oakland votes to approve a citywide plan to cultivate medical marijuana in four factories. The plans were later dismissed after the Obama administration warned Oakland that they would be in violation of federal law.
Proposition 19 is Defeated in California in 2010Proposition 19 would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 years and older but it was defeated - 54 percent voted against it.
US Attorneys Prosecute Landlords Allowing Marijuana Growth in 2011Four U.S. attorneys for the state of California begin to prosecute property owners and landlords who rent buildings used to sell or grow marijuana.
Mendocino County Ends Permit Program for Medical Marijuana Growers in 2012Mendocino County ends its permit program (the first in the nation) to medical marijuana growers after receiving pressure form the federal government.
California Voters Say They Would Legalize Marijuana in 2013In a state poll, at least 55 percent of voters agreed they would support the legalization of marijuana.
California Lawmakers Set New Regulations for Medicinal Marijuana Programs in 2015The Golden State begins to draft new regulations for medical marijuana programs, establishing rules for growing cannabis, setting fees and licensing standards.
Adult Use of Marijuana Act is Approved in 2016Proposition 64 is approved by California voters, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the state.
Marijuana Legalization Goes into Effect in 2018After the approval of the Marijuana Act in 2016, weed will be legal in the state of California starting Jan. 1, 2018.

The History of California Lifestyle

California is one of the USA’s most famous states. It’s home to iconic San Francisco and Los Angeles, Napa Valley, Sierra Nevada mountains and Yosemite National Park. Sunny California is also famed for the enviable Californian lifestyle. Take a look at our tips and experiences for living like a ‘Cali’ local.

San Francisco

California has a history of being a lifestyle pioneer. In fact, it was the colorful streets of San Francisco that gave birth to the hippie movement and the subsequent Summer of Love back in the 60s. Use your free time in San Fran to explore the historic sites of Haight Ashbury, taking pit stops in the hipster cafes and craft beer pubs.

The Central Valley

California is the USA’s most organic state. Not only do Californians love to embrace an organic diet, but Californian farmers are responsible for a large majority of the organic produce sold in America.

To get an authentic insight into the industry, visit Salinas Valley to learn about fruit and vegetable production from a Local Specialist, or head to Earthbound Organic Farms in Carmel Valley to take a tour and try out the local produce.

Wine Country

As well as organic, Californians love to keep it local with their wines. To live like a ‘Cali’ local, take a tour of California’s wine country and try out the local varieties on offer.

Create, taste and bottle your own combination of Carignane, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel on a local family-run winery in Sonoma. Or head down to Napa to get on board the Napa Valley Wine Train for a unique wine-tasting experience.

California Weed Country

Or, enjoy the “high” life by taking a Cannabis-and-Wine Tour or by visiting a dispensary or tasting room. Some Tours will take you to cultivation sites where you can get up close and personal with the plants.

Parks and Other Outdoor Activities

When it comes to all-round well-being, California’s enormous National Parks can feed your body, mind and soul. As well as exercising your legs in the rugged National Parks, take a moment to reflect on your surroundings and take a long deep breath of fresh air. It’s not just the sheer expanse of California’s National Parks that give you a new perspective, but the enormity and beauty of the natural vistas that are around you.

Feel dwarfed by the “Land of Giants” as you walk through the Sequoia National Park, before spending the night stargazing with a naturalist as they take you on a journey through the night sky.

When visiting Yosemite, stay overnight inside the park, allowing more peace and quiet for your short stroll to Yosemite Falls. In Mammoth Lakes, head up into the mountains for a relaxing two-night stay.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles may be famous for the star-spotting and glamorous lifestyle portrayed in the movies, but L.A. dwellers are also extremely active. Californians love to get out into the great outdoors on a hike or bike ride, and L.A. has it all covered.

Are you coming to California? Check out Happy Travelers Tours for a unique and memorable experience in Wine-and-Weed Country!


Sonoma Wine Tasting

Sonoma Wine Tasting

At Happy Travelers Tours we're always looking for some unique spin on the Sonoma County Lifestyle and recently we did some research to compile a list of Sonoma Wineries who still provide complimentary tastings.

While the era of free wine tastings is long-gone in the Napa Valley, and a relatively recent loss in Sonoma County, you can still find a dozen or so places who'll pour you a taste without a fee.

Here's our list of free Sonoma Wine Tasting for your use:

WINERYCOMMENTS
Highway 12You’ll get an informative tasting, with a background of the downtown Sonoma winery and some tips on where to stop afterward.
Merry EdwardsHere, wine education has always been at the forefront. It’s a serious experience with two options. The first is a 15-minute, walk-in friendly tasting of three wines — two Pinots and one Sauvignon Blanc. The second is a sit-down, in-depth tasting that requires an appointment. You’ll taste five wines: Chardonnay, four single-vineyard Pinots and the Sauvignon Blanc. This experience is designed for those who really want to learn more about the history of Russian River Valley and former Winemaker of the Year and winery owner Merry Edwards.
KorbelThe popular California “Champagne” house is one of very few that can call its sparkling wines Champagne. (Rules preventing wines outside of the region of Champagne from using the term came into effect after Korbel was established, and it was grandfathered in to the regulations.) The complimentary tasting is for parties smaller than 10 people without a reservation. You’ll get a free tour of the Russian River Valley property and a four-wine flight. The whole experience takes about 45 minutes.
ColagrossiOwner Craig Colagrossi has a suggested tasting fee of $10. His hope is that you like the wines enough that you buy a bottle, but whether you pay for the tasting is up to you. You’ll sample four or five wines — and if you’re lucky he might also offer you a barrel tasting.
Rodney StrongThe winery offers complimentary tastings of the entry-level wines — the ones sold in grocery stores. Start with a self-guided tour of the winery, then sample two free pours from their Sonoma County wine collection. An upgrade to their estate wines will cost you $15.
Williamson WinesAt the Healdsburg tasting room at 134 Matheson St., you can walk in for a free food and wine pairing before 6 p.m. (For Williamson’s higher-end wines, visit their other tasting room at 18 Matheson St.) This includes five wines and “fridge foods” — cuisine you’d find in your refrigerator, like pickles or peanut butter. Free for groups of six or fewer.
Francis Ford CoppolaFree tastings at the Geyserville mega-winery are offered daily at the main floor tasting bar, however reserving a cabana by the pool will run you up to $235.
BobDogYou’ll glimpse panoramic views on the complimentary tour. Wine pours tend to follow what the owners are feeling, but they mostly vary between vertical tastings (tasting the same wine over different vintages) and a lineup of their Bordeaux-style wines.
J. Rickards WineryThis is the place to go for a full experience in Sonoma. You’ll get a flight of about five wines and a local cheese pairing. There’s also a tour of the vineyard and the option to hang around outside for a picnic. Bring your own or pay for the box lunch. Free for groups of eight or fewer.
Locals Tasting RoomThis co-op tasting room in Geyserville hosts 10 family-owned wineries. They’ll customize a tasting for you depending on what you like or if you’re interested in a particular winery.
Alexander ValleyThe tasting room isn’t fancy, but its outdoor area is a perfect spot to sip and enjoy some afternoon sunshine. Make sure to walk in at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. for a complimentary cave tour. The free tasting includes your choice of five estate wines. We recommend the rosé of Sangiovese, which is gentle and dry with red cherry and mineral notes. Their Cabernet Franc is a can’t-miss, with full flavors of black cherry, pepper and herb. Free for groups of 10 or fewer.
A. RafanelliThis appointment-only winery is all about exclusivity. The free tasting for parties of six or less comprises of three wines, and it usually includes their Zinfandel and their Cabernet Sauvignon.

Happy Travelers Tours Wine-and-Weed Tour

Another way to taste some wine for free is to join one of our Wine-and-Weed Tours and come on up to the Mountain Top to enjoy wine and cannabis while we talk about the convergence of wine and cannabis and it's impact on the Sonoma County Lifestyle.

Book your Tour today or read about our other itineraries!