Capsules vs. Gummies: Which is Right for You?

Capsules vs. Gummies

Capsules vs. Gummies, oh my! Cannabis consumption methods have come a long, long way since California legalized medical marijuana way back in the 1990s. Once upon a time, fans of the bright green herb had two choices for partaking in the plant: you could either smoke it, or eat it in the form of home-baked brownies or other high-dosage treats.

Now, the legal cannabis market is absolutely flooded with all kinds of products, including candies, pills, capsules, gummies, chocolates, and so, so much more.  

For those of you who like to eat your weed, how can you possibly choose? We hope this article, where we dispel the key differences between two popular edible cannabis options, will help.

What is a weed gummy?

Like the gummies you buy at the grocery store, weed gummies are sweet, chewy candies containing small amounts of an extracted THC or CBD concentrate. 

Weed gummies most often are made from gelatin to get that signature texture, which ranges from gummy worm-tough, to jelly fruit slices. Vegan weed gummies, made from tapioca or other starches, are also available for those who avoid animal products in their diet.

Popular gummy flavors include mango, citrus, berry, and other varieties that complement the taste of cannabis.

Because gummies are precisely portioned, factory-made versions of the product are great for partakers who want to know exactly how much they’re getting: each gummy within a bag reliably contains a specified milligram-amount of THC, CBD, or both. The effects of edible cannabis tend to come on slower and last longer than inhaled versions, so an accurate dosage helps you to know what to expect from the upcoming experience.

What is a weed capsule?

Similar to store-bought supplements or vitamins, weed caps come in the form of either softgels or powders which are packed into small, dissolvable capsules. 

The soft gels are usually sealed, like fish oil supplements, and contain a gelatinous liquid or oil which has been infused with a THC or CBD concentrate. Like gummies, softgels offer a precise dosage per cap.

Powder capsules contain whole-plant cannabis which has been dried and pulverized before being stuffed into the final pill. These may also be precisely dosed, although it is generally much lower and slower-acting than concentrated forms.

Weed capsules are designed to be swallowed whole with water or juice, as you would take any other form of medication. Powdered capsules can be opened and mixed into food or a beverage, and softgels can be frozen and cut in half to lower the total dose, but most manufacturers recommend that partakers avoid chewing their capsules, unless they enjoy the taste.

How do I know which one I should try?

As with any culinary or sensory experience, the most important thing about consuming cannabis is that you like the form it’s coming in: how it tastes, how it makes you feel, etc. The only way to know that is to try out a few different products and see which suits your fancy.

But if exploration’s not your jam, here are a few tips that will help you choose your next edible purchase.

The flavor of the flower. Weed gummies definitely still taste like cannabis. Gel capsules might remind you of what’s in them if you take one and burp later, but you won’t experience the flavor while it’s going down.

If you are someone who enjoys the taste of cannabis, gummies might be the one for you. If not, capsules might be a little easier to take.

Just say yes (or no) to sugar. Gummies are candy, and candy contains sugar, even if it’s just a little bit. If you’re someone who needs or wants to stay away from the sweet stuff, a capsule might be preferable. There are however sugar-free gummies available that are sweetened with erythritol, stevia, and fruit juice for those who can’t do sweets but still want a little treat.

A hard pill to swallow? Maybe you don’t like the taste of cannabis, or want to take a business-only approach to your weed consumption, but can’t swallow whole pills to save your life. If this is the case, gummies may be the better route to take.

Whatever form you choose to take, remember to take it slow with new products, even if you think you know the right dose for you. When trying out a new capsule or gummy, especially a high-THC version, make sure you’re somewhere safe and comfortable, and start out with ONE dose until you know how the particular product affects you.

Other forms of edible cannabis

The cannabinoid extraction process involves infusing either an oil or other kind of solvent with THC of CBD concentrate. The oil can then be used in a huge range of edible treats to give your favorite snack a medicinal edge.

  • Weed-infused chocolate is poured into bars or drops which offer a precise dosage if broken into accurate pieces.

  • Cannabis press-pills are a swallowable OR chewable cannabis product that does away with the gelatin capsule.

  • Hard candies come in a range of flavors that remind you of your grandma’s living room, and can be quickly crunched or held in the mouth for hours to bring on the experience you’re seeking.

If you can imagine it, there’s probably a cannabis-infused version of it. Haven’t seen anything you like so far? Book a Sonoma dispensary tour with Happy Travelers to discover the weed experience of your dreams.

Living the High Life on a Cannabis Farm Tour

Combining the romance of a rural-living experience with the sensory pleasures of a curated culinary feast, taking a tour on a real-life cannabis farm should be high on the list of any travelers who are fans of the sticky green herb. Whether you like filling your brain with industry facts, getting down-and-dirty with some practical farming activities, or kicking back and breathing deep the aromas of growing things, a visit to a cannabis farm is sure to please.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the basics of cannabis farm tourism – what to take with you, what to leave at home, and where you can book your next experience.

Why visit a cannabis farm?

Cannabis farm experiences take you into the roots of the industry, which most of us would never get to glimpse over the counter of a modern dispensary. And a really good farm tour offers so much more than just a view of the plants – curated experiences led by expert guides will allow you to learn more than you knew there was to know about the industry, including the history of the land, laws, farming practices, and the plants themselves.

Plus, activity-filled tours offer hands-on educational experiences after which you will actually get to taste the fruits of your labor. Visits with a culinary element give you an opportunity to enjoy off-the-stem cannabis, paired with farm fresh foods and a great view.

How to prepare for your cannabis farm tour

Cannabis farm visits usually involve a daytime tour that’s chock-full of educational and entertaining activities – most of which will happen outdoors. Visitors will get a chance to talk with the growers and learn about the land and the farm before getting their questions answered. A walk around the site is usually followed by some time with the plants and in different areas of the farm. At the end of the day, visitors may share a meal, grab their goodie bag, and head home.

Most cannabis farm tours promise to offer a relaxing day, as long as you come prepared. Here are a few boxes to check before heading off on your cannabis farm adventure.

What do I bring?

Here’s a quick list of a few things to keep handy before you head out.

Your ID. Cannabis consumption is restricted to adults aged 21 and over, so you should make sure you have proof of age in the form of a valid and active ID before you head to the farm. You will be expected to carry this with you throughout the tour.

A camera. You may not be allowed to take pictures throughout the tour, but most cannabis farm visits will have at least a few spots where you can snap some shots for your cannabis scrapbook, so come prepared!

A change of clothes. We all love the smell of cannabis plants, right? But as anyone who has ever worked with weed will tell you, that smell is as sticky as the plants themselves. If you’re getting up-close-and-personal with the plants, that delicious aroma is definitely going to rub off on your clothes, whether or not you notice. So before heading off to your next engagement, make sure to change out of your farm clothes and into your spare set if you’d rather remain on the stealthy side.

What should I wear?

Speaking of clothes, here are a few outfit suggestions to keep you as comfy as possible during your visit.

Outerwear. Definitely check the weather for the area of your farm before you take off. Practical, weather-appropriate jackets are a must, whether in the sun or rain.

Shoes. Cannabis farm tours tend to be a little more rustic than vineyard experiences, so wear shoes you don’t mind getting a little dirty, and prioritize comfort over aesthetic. Think hiking boots, running shoes, or anything with good tread that will help you run through the rows of hemp.

Everything else. Don’t expect to be asked to throw a bale of hay, but do anticipate that you’ll be moving around a lot on your farm tour. Dress for comfort, and in clothes you can move in. 

Dos & Donts 

Finally, here are a couple pieces of key advice to take with you on your tour.

Don’t: Bring your pets. Most farms will not allow you to bring your dog onto the property, whether or not they are on a leash. Make sure Fido has a babysitter the day of your tour so you can be as present as possible.

Do: Pay attention to your tour guide. Not only do they have lots of interesting things to say about the farm and the plants, but there may be important safety and legal information about certain areas of the farm that will help you to stay well and engaged during your trip. Listen up!

Don’t: Pick anything without permission. Leave the plants alone unless you are given explicit permission to harvest leaf or flower. Touching the plants is usually okay, but leave them whole until the farmer tells you it’s alright to do otherwise.

Do: Ask lots of questions. There are no silly questions, so allow your curiosity to run wild. That’s why the tour guide is there!

Don’t: Walk off-path. Cannabis plants are more delicate than they look, and some in various growth stages may be more vulnerable to breakage. Stick only to designated paths, unless your guide tells you it’s okay to enter the field.

Do: Have a DD. Some tours involve a tasting session with our favorite green herb. Make sure that if you consume any of the plant that you have someone waiting at the drop-off point to get you safely home.

Find your next cannabis farm tour with Happy Travelers

Canna-curious? We’ve got you covered!

Whatever you love about the world of weed, Happy Travelers offers the tour of your dreams in the heart of California’s Sonoma County. We’ve been running top-notch cannabis experiences since 2018, with something for everyone on the menu, from ‘high’ teas, to tours of rural cannabis farms. Recognized as leaders of hands-on cannabis education in Northern California, our tours let you learn about the industry while savoring all the flavors it has to offer.

Learn more here, and book your next cannabis tour with Happy Travelers today!

Weed Delivery in Napa and Sonoma

What? Weed Delivery in Napa and Sonoma?! Customers of all kinds can get just about anything delivered these days. Food, groceries, alcohol – and now, in some parts of the world, even your favorite flower.

For locals as well as visitors to the Napa Valley, being caught unawares by a low stash is a thing of the past. Whether you smoke, vape, eat, or rub in your THC and CBD, Napa and Sonoma counties are flush with fan-favorite dispensaries offering high-quality products that you can have brought to your home, whenever you need them.

But how does cannabis delivery happen in NorCal, and what do you need to know to make it work for you? Let’s talk about it.

Everything you ever wanted to know

Cannabis delivery is a relatively new concept. The industry is still subject to many rules and regulations designed to keep it safe and available, and so using a weed delivery service may not be as straightforward as ordering a meal on DoorDash.

But we’re here to help. In the next few sections, we’ll go over some of the details of cannabis delivery to help demystify the process and let you know what you’ll need when purchasing your next cannabis delivery.

Is it legal?

Not everywhere.

State laws permit local governments to self-regulate the particulars of cannabis businesses of all types within city and county limits. This means that, while cannabis delivery is legal at the state level, it may not be within an individual county or city. 

Napa County as a whole does not allow cannabis businesses of any kind to exist in unincorporated areas. But several cities within county boundaries have chosen to permit weed delivery – visitors and residents in Yountville, American Canyon, and the city of Napa still can order cannabis products to their homes.

Sonoma is the opposite. In general, cannabis businesses of any kind are legal, with just two cities standing out as deserts in an otherwise very weed-friendly county. Residents of Windsor and Rohnert park will have to suit up and leave the house if they find their stash running out.

How does it work?

The mechanics of most weed delivery experiences are the same as ordering from any other online retailer.

Customers can browse the shop’s products online, pick out what they want, enter payment information and a delivery address, hit “order,” and wait for their purchase to arrive.

Here are a few ways it’s different:

    • A quick address check. Given that weed delivery isn’t allowed in every city in both Sonoma and Napa counties, many cannabis delivery sites will ask you for a delivery address up-front so you can make extra sure that you’ll be able to receive a delivery before shopping. If you’re unsure if your home is within the limits of a city allowing cannabis delivery, checking your address on a retailer like Eaze will let you know.

    • Identification. Like alcohol, you must be over the age of 21 to legally buy cannabis from a dispensary in California. Most dispensaries that offer delivery will ask you to prove your age by uploading your ID to their system before you check out. When your delivery arrives, you will be asked to present a valid ID to the driver before they give you your purchase – there is no option for them to leave it on your porch and walk away, so you should definitely plan on being home within the delivery window.

    • Minimum purchase limit. Most dispensaries require that you buy above a certain dollar amount before they will allow you to purchase a delivery order. But don’t worry – many companies also offer free delivery for larger buys, so filling your basket is usually worth it.
    • Timing. You may be asked to choose a time slot for delivery before you click “buy” – this is to ensure that you plan to be home to receive your order.

Now that you know how weed delivery works in Napa and Sonoma counties, let’s take a look at a few local dispensaries offering delectable products brought right to your door.

Where to order your next cannabis delivery in Napa and Sonoma

Not all dispensaries in Napa and Sonoma deliver, but these ones do! Here are a few of our favorite spots to get weed when we’d rather not leave the house.

Mercy Wellness

This company is a virtue-informed institution of Sonoma county offering so much more than their fantastic selection of products to cannabis fans across the valley. Committed to elevating the local cannabis experience, as well as the lives of community members, Mercy Wellness has just about every type of THC and CBD product anyone could hope to need, as well as an educational program that helps orient customers to both the products they sell, and the industry as a whole.

If you don’t have the time to check out their two beautiful locations in Cotati and Santa Rosa, Mercy offers delivery within Sonoma County and North Marin.

Down Under Industries

Go for the promise of an incredible range of well-stocked and to-die-for products, but stay for the love story that founded this family-owned business at the heart of Sonoma County. Owners Jamie and Robb met on a cruise in 2007. After bonding over a shared love of cannabis, they decided to open Down Under together to share this love with the community in the form of a diverse menu of plant medicines, and a great customer experience.

Down Under Industries delivers in Sonoma County and North Marin.

Napa Cannabis Collective

Weed delivery in the city of Napa is limited to holders of medical marijuana cards – luckily, the Napa Cannabis Collective offers a tailored experience to customers who are coming to them for a medicinal experience. The company offers expert product consultation for medical users, along with a curated selection of products designed to deliver an elevated experience to partakers of all kinds.

Napa Cannabis Collective delivers within both Napa and Sonoma Counties.

Elevate your experience with Happy Travelers

If you can’t get cannabis delivered to your home, why not make a day of it?

Happy Travelers is a Sonoma County-based company offering like-no-other vacation experiences that take you on a trip through Sonoma’s wine & weed country. Visit some of the favorite local dispensaries, tour a farm, or dive deep into an out-of-this-world culinary experience with side-by-side wine & weed tasting. Perfect for groups, couples, and even solo adventurers, a Happy Travelers experience is just a click away. Learn more today!

A Guide to Cannabis Tasting

Let’s take a little trip into the world of cannabis tasting to discover how you can develop your palate and get more out of each product. As the cannabis industry continues to expand, so does the number of myriad sensual delights it has to offer. A really good cannabis product will soothe all the aches, pains, and worries in your body while also being a pleasure to consume.

Like fine wine, cannabis – when taken correctly – comes with a complex and intriguing palate, if you know what to look for. And like fine wine, there are hundreds of varieties to choose from and experience!

How to taste cannabis

Cannabis connoisseurs are aware that there are many modes of consumption available on the modern marketplace. Between smoked products, vapor, and the many different styles of edibles, the tasting experience has something to offer to everyone – whether you enjoy the taste of straight cannabis, or prefer to have a little flavoring in the mix.

If you’re someone who loves a good wine pairing with dinner, a high-quality edible cannabis product may speak to you, offering an intentional blend of curated flavors. 

There’s no way to fully eliminate the taste of the sticky green herb, and so choosing additional flavors that complement and harmonize with this distinctive flavor is an important aspect of the creation process. Done really well, an ingredient like ginger or lemon included in a gummy (or mint, or chocolate, or hard candy) might even bring out some of the subtler notes of the strain being used in the product.

The extra flavors that you find in an edible will however disguise or dilute some of the taste of the flower itself. Purists who want to experience the full depth that an unfettered strain has to offer will prefer to smoke or vape their cannabis. Tasting the plant by itself gives a more straightforward experience, and is a great way to start working to identify the different notes which a really delectable strain has to offer.

What is this I’m tasting?

Aromatic plants owe their aromas and more pronounced flavors to chemical compounds called terpenes. In addition to producing distinctive scents and tastes, terpenes can have bioactive properties which offer mild therapeutic support to a variety of ailments – for example, linalool, the primary terpene in lavender, is responsible for the flower’s sharp botanical aroma, and may also provide a nervine effect which helps us to calm our nervous systems and relax.

Terpenes are responsible for the variety of flavors in cannabis. Three most common terpenes in various strains of the plant include:

  • Myrcene, by far the most abundant terpene in cannabis, provides earthy, musky notes.
  • Caryophyllene, the second most common terpene, offers a spicy tasting experience.
  • Limonene, an extremely popular terpene, does what it says on the tin and gives cannabis a citrusy palate.

Besides these few, at least 8 other named terpenes exist which contribute to the flavor profile of the hundreds of cannabis strains on the market. When you take your tasting skills to the next level, see if you can name the chemical compounds responsible for the notes you’re noticing.

Cannabis tasting notes to look out for

Understanding the myriad flavors that await you in a cannabis flight can help you to deepen your tasting experience and get a better sense of what you like. That’s the whole goal of tasting! Here are some of the common notes to keep your nose and palate open to the next time you taste.

  • Sweet. This note goes at the top because it can encompass many of the other flavors – sweetness is a complex concept in culinary circles, as it is in cannabis, offering a candy-coating that can feel like caramel, fruit, ice cream, or cookies.
  • Spicy. Think pepper, cinnamon, clove, and tobacco – part nose-hair curling capsaic experience, part baked-good delight.
  • Sour. An icon of the cannabis flavor profiling world, this one is as varied as its sweet counterpart, offering a tart and puckered experience that might sit more on the citrus side of things, or closer to the danker end of the spectrum.
  • Umami. A flavor that tames your munchies while you smoke, because it tastes like a whole savory meal! Think garlic, miso, mushroom, and meat (as featured in the named “Burger” strains.)
  • Earthy. Wet leaves, rich soil, leather, and overripe fruits. These tend to feel cool on the palate and savory in the nose.
  • Floral. Botanical, colorful, and sharp – cannabis shares a number of terpenes with other more familiar garden-variety cousins including lavender and rose. Strains featuring these notes should be smoked on a garden terrace or during a summer picnic.
  • Fruity. Like flowers, fruits owe much of their flavors and aromas to the magic of terpenes, which they share with cannabis! Citrus, mango, strawberry, and blackberry are just a few of the fruity notes you can find in your pre-roll.
  • Cheesy. Notes that feel like dairy are common across popular strains. Cream, brie, cheddar, and even butter have all been noted on tasting cards across the globe.
  • Gassy. These notes are where cannabis got its skunky reputation, but the plant’s gaseous aromatics go beyond the mammalian and into the industrial: notes of diesel and petroleum join our stripy friend in this category.

And so on, and so forth. If you need a handy chart, Western Cultured put together this tasting wheel as a quick guide to the world of cannabis tasting.

Cannabis tasting best practices

Like wine, the process of tasting cannabis is a multi-sensory experience involving the ear, eye, and hand, as well as the nose and mouth. Getting the whole picture of whatever bud you’re consuming is a delicate process, and one you should consider trying out if you want to become a bonafide cannabis connoisseur. Here’s how.

  • Stay hydrated. A dry mouth and nose can dull your senses to the delicate oils making up the flavors and aromas of your cannabis product. Staying hydrated will help to keep the sensitive membranous tissues in both spots open and active for the experience.
  • Wash your hands! It’s polite, if tasting in a group, of course. But hands can carry smells and flavors on them that will disrupt the delicate profile of your strain. Before you taste, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with unscented soap, and dry well with a clean towel.
  • Choose your weapon. How you consume your cannabis will also manipulate the flavor – a toasty taste from a pipe or joint will add a certain smoky intrigue to the taste, while a bubbler offers a cleaner experience.
  • Touch, taste, smell, look, listen. Like a sommelier swirling, sniffing, and examining their glass before taking a sip, you’ll get the most out of your smoke with a little preparatory appreciation of your plant.
    > First, examine the bud, noting color, density, and the presence of crystals.
    > Next, gently compress the bud between your fingers, and listen carefully for the tell-tale crunch from the petals. Doing so will release some of the aromatic oils for your smelling pleasure.
    > Finally, after setting down the bud, give your fingers a quick lick as part of the dry tasting process – burning changes the chemistry of the plant, and tasting it before you smoke offers a different profile to experience.
  • Burn with care. When you’re ready to smoke, light the bowl or joint gently – avoiding torching the plant will allow you to taste the complexity of the strain, without the flavor of the fire itself.
  • Enjoy! Tasting is only fun if you like it, so don’t pressure yourself into smoking cheesy strains if you’d rather pack your bowl with citrus. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Tasting cannabis will help you to figure out what you like.

Take a Tasting Tour!

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Everything you ever wanted to know about getting a job in the cannabis industry

Despite its rocky beginnings and complicated legal status, the growth of cannabis as an industry is continuing to accelerate. Estimated to reach a revenue value of around $40 billion over the next 12 months, legalized cannabis production represents a major contributor to the US economy, as well as the present job market: in 2022 alone, more than 400 thousand cannabis jobs made their American debut.

Whatever your field, a career in cannabis can prove lucrative – whether or not you’re one of the 5 in 10 Americans who partake. But what exactly does working in cannabis entail, and how do you get started? Let’s talk about it.

What are the different types of cannabis jobs?

Modern cannabis companies offer a variety of both familiar and industry-specific job opportunities at all levels. Generally, these can be split into two categories:

  • Plant-contact positions involve working directly with the product, such as in cultivation, retail, ect.
  • Auxiliary positions focus on organizational operations, including marketing, web programming, etc.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the more popular positions available today in the cannabis industry.

Plant contact roles include:

  • Bud-tending. “Bud-tender” is a familiar industry term for retail and sales associates working in customer-facing positions at brick-and-mortar dispensaries. Bud tenders help customers to find the right products to meet their needs, and must be knowledgeable about different varieties of cannabis and their uses and effects.

    Average salary: $30,000
  • Store management. As a growing industry, there’s lots of room for advancement and career mobility in cannabis. Dedicated and knowledgeable retail associates can work their way into a managerial role if they are willing to put in the time and effort.

    Average salary: $44,000
  • Delivery. Delivery services are wildly popular these days, not to mention critical points of access for people with limited mobility. Medical and recreational cannabis delivery drivers provide essential services for those consumers who can’t (or would rather not) take a trip to the dispensary to pick up their favorite products.

    Average salary: $33,500
  • Cultivation. Like any agricultural crop, the survival of the cannabis industry is dependent on its growers. Nationally there exist a variety of both large and small-scale growing operations requiring skilled and dedicated workers to help coax the plant from seed and into its final harvestable form. Licensed growers also create other seasonal jobs for trimmers, harvesters, and packers.

    Average salary: $50,000
  • Laboratory. The rising popularity of edibles, cannabis vaporizers, and other non-flower methods of consuming and using both THC and CBD cannabis products requires the expertise of chemists and other lab-competent scientists to extract the active components of the whole plant for use in a variety of products. Chemists and lab managers are at the higher-end of this earning scale.

    Average salary: $75,500

Here are a few common auxiliary positions available in cannabis:

  • Accounting. As a regulated industry, cannabis businesses are subject to different tax laws than most other organizations. Therefore any company with cannabis as its primary product will require the help of financial experts who are aware of these laws and understand how to navigate them when doing the business’ books.

    Average salary: $54,600
  • Marketing. As in any other industry, cannabis businesses need skilled marketers to help spread the word and accelerate company growth. Per regulations, however,  legal stipulations apply which limit what can and cannot be said about certain cannabis products. A good marketer working at any level in the cannabis industry must be able to build and support high-quality campaigns while still adhering to these laws.

    Average salary: $45,500
  • Product consultant. Product consultants are market-savvy advisors that help retail cannabis organizations know which products to stock to get the most out of their sales. This is a non-contact position which nonetheless requires individuals to have in-depth knowledge of a variety of cannabis products, including which ones are likely to sell. This role is a great goal for product-passionate new bud tenders to set for themselves.

    Average salary: $83,000

These are just a few of the myriad roles which are popping up every day. Later in the article, we’ll talk about where and how to look to find a dream job that plays to your skills set in the cannabis industry.

How to get hired with cannabis companies

Success in any position in the cannabis industry requires specific knowledge of and appreciation for the product, even in entry-level positions. You don’t always need to be an expert, but you do need to know what you’re talking about. Luckily, this information is readily available through a variety of reputable sources online – having a basic knowledge of various cannabis products and strains will allow you to do well in a customer-facing role.

Starting out as a bud-tender or other front-line product worker can set you on a career path towards higher-level positions. It’s also a great way to build a better understanding of all aspects of the industry including product knowledge, as well as compliance laws, sales tactics, and other critical skills.

From here, you might engage in specialized educational pathways that will move you closer to career-level work. Holding a business degree, an accounting certification, marketing degree, etc. alongside your knowledge of and experience with cannabis will help you stand out from other applications.

Consider your career goals, both long and short-term. Where are you now, and where do you want to be? What will it take to get you there? This will give you a good platform from which you can build any skills and knowledge caches which might be missing.

What to know when applying for a job in cannabis

Most jobs in the cannabis industry, whether or not they actually come in contact with the substance itself, are subject to compliance measures set by regulatory laws.

For example, some states where cannabis has been legalized require budtenders to hold a special license before they are able to work. 

If you are already a career path professional who’s looking to break into the world of cannabis, it is likely you will need to build some industry-specific knowledge or earn special certification or licensing which will qualify you to work in the industry. 

And of course, cannabis is not legal in every state within the US. If you live in one where cannabis products are legally sold, check out your state’s cannabis information sites to find out more about specific licensing laws.

Why work in cannabis

As we mentioned in the introduction, cannabis is a fast-growing industry that’s quickly overcoming many of the former legal limitations which were holding the industry in stasis for so long. There is extraordinary room for advancement in many fields within the industry, meaning individuals with all different kinds of skill sets can find lucrative and fulfilling work, whatever they have to offer.

Where to look for cannabis jobs

In states where cannabis is legal, job seekers can find available cannabis positions in the same places they might find other jobs, including Indeed.Com, LinkedIn, and other employment websites.

You can also take a look at some of your favorite cannabis companies to see if they’re hiring, or get a better sense of what they’re looking for in candidates to help you spruce up your resume.

Come check out Happy Travelers

Want to learn more about the many delights the cannabis industry has to offer? Book a tour with Happy Travelers! Nestled in the heart of California’s wine country, our tours give you a taste of all the industry has to offer, so you can learn about cannabis and cannabis products through luxurious experience. 

 Book a Happy Travelers Tours Cannabis Experience today!

The Best Cannabis Strains for Socializing

Whether you’re heading out for a birthday celebration, a house party, or delicious dinner, you don’t want to just grab any strain. You want to consume the best cannabis strains for socializing and enjoying your night. That means a strain that’ll get you feeling outgoing and energized without getting couch-locked and sleepy.

Looking to choose the strain that’ll get you feeling lively? Check out our list of the best strains for socializing.Best Cannabis Strains for Socializing


Runtz is a rare type of hybrid marijuana strain. Runtz is a cross Zkittlez with Gelato and it is loved for its fruity flavor profile. Runtz is celebrated for its creamy smoke that is smooth and welcoming. In 2020, Runtz was named Leafly Strain of the Year. This strain of weed produces uplifting effects that are known to be long-lasting.
Runtz weed strain is also euphoric, making it perfect for social situations. The high can help you feel more talkative and outgoing, making it easier to socialize with others. If you are looking for a cannabis strain that will help you unlock your creative side, then Runtz is a good choice

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid marijuana strain made by crossing Blueberry with Haze. This strain produces a balanced high, along with effects such as cerebral stimulation and full-body relaxation. Blue Dream is reported to smell and taste like sweet berries.
The strain provides plenty of happy energy to keep you moving, and enough carefree buzz to relax when you need to. You can float in the water, take a swim, or just chill and enjoy the view with whomever is vibing next to you. Share a friendly bowl and get to know each other. You’ll be feeling so good you might make a new friend, or maybe something more.

Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies is an indica-dominant hybrid marijuana strain made by crossing OG Kush with Durban Poison. This popular strain is known for producing euphoric effects, followed up by waves of full-body relaxation. One hit of GSC will leave you feeling happy, hungry, and stress-free. GSC is famous for its pungent, dessert-like aroma & flavor profile featuring bold notes of mint, sweet cherry, and lemon. This strain has won numerous accolades and awards over the years, including a few Cannabis Cups.

White Widow

Among the most famous strains worldwide is White Widow, a balanced hybrid. Whte Widow is a cross between a Brazilian sativa landrace and a resin-heavy South Indian indica. Its buds are white with crystal resin and provide euphoric and energetic effects great for stimulating both conversation and creativity. White Widow has been recognized as one of the best strains for socializing since it hit Amsterdam’s coffee shop scene in the 1990s. White Widow’s long-acting, focused effects make it an excellent party strain for any occasion.

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Stoner Accessories

What could be more fun than Stoner Accessories? Check out this short list of very cool stoner accessories for the cannabis consumer in your world! 

Sunset Bong

The Sunset, from Yew Yew Shop, is designed to look and hit like an absolute dream. 

Made from thick and sturdy borosilicate glass. Stoner Accessories - Bong

This piece features a rounded mouthpiece and a squared base that feels sturdy in your hand. 

The smoke filters through the water for a perfectly smooth hit every time. 

Why smoke from anything, when yew can smoke from a sculpture?

The Best Grinder

Stoner Accessories - GrinderThis medical-grade anodized aluminum herb SHREDDER from Santa Cruz Shredder is the ultimate in new herb Shredder technology.

Every element of the Shredder has been analyzed and improved upon, from the revolutionary tooth design and threading pattern to the rare earth magnet used in the lid closure system.

Spinning Rolling Tray - the Best of the Stoner Accessories

The Birch Blazy Susan Spinning Rolling Tray features an innovative design with smallStoner Accessories - Blazy Susan compartments for all different types of smoking accessories and supplies including lighters, pre rolls, bangers, your cell phone, and more. This tray was built from the ground up through consumer feedback and has more functionality than any other rolling tray on the market. The Blazy Susan Spinning Rolling Tray is truly revolutionary, and was built by smokers for smokers. Give it a spin – your coffee table will never be the same! The Blazy Susan is 15.5” in diameter and is constructed from high quality birch. It is hand finished with a fine Italian varnish to ensure a sleek and smooth rolling experience. Blazys make a perfect gift for any smoker, from casual to connoisseur. 

This is the Best of the Stoner Accessories, in our opinion!

Retractable Lighter Holder

Tired of losing your lighters? Got a friend with sticky fingers? Grab yourself a lighter leash! While this seems like the leastStoner Accessories - Lighter Leash interesting item on our list, it's probably the most important! Everyone who consumes cannabis knows the one person in their group who will steal a lighter with no remorse! 


Put a leash on it!

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Cannabis Camping

Planning to go camping with your buds? Here are some Cannabis Camping suggestions for how to take your trips to new heights!

Edibles around the Bonfire

Heavenly Sweet Chili Lime Crackers

A deliciously crunchy twist on our baked crackers. Loaded with the combination of zesty lime and flavorful chiles, this snackable munch is loaded with 100mg THC (10 standard doses) per package.


Keef Classic Sodas

Keef Classic Sodas are everything you love about the sweet and timeless soda flavor with a burst of THC for an added effect. Keef Classics are widely available and come in the following delicious flavors: Bubba Kush Root Beer, Original Cola, Orange Kush, Blue Razz, Purple Passion and recently added Mr. Puffer. Recreational Keef Classics contain one serving of 10 MG THC and medical Keef Classics are available in both 25 MG THC and 100 MG THC depending on the state.


Cannabis Camping: Hotbox the Tent

If you’re unfamiliar with hotboxing, it’s when you smoke cannabis in a small confined area until it is full of smoke. This could be a car, a closet, a bathroom, a shed, or any small enclosed space (like a tent).

Whether you believe it gets you more stoned or not, it's pretty fun.


Best Cannabis Accessories for Camping

Puffco Budsy

This discreet water bottle bong will have you sippin’ on hydro smoke all day with no one else the wiser! The Budsy Water Bottle Bong is Puffco’s latest masterpiece and their first-ever water pipe. Centered around portability, the Budsy is perfect for concerts, hikes, and just about any other outdoor activity or on-the-go lifestyle. This water bottle water pipe features a screw-on lid that contains your bong water inside the bottle while on the move and conceals a hidden ceramic bowl piece below the mouthpiece. The Budsy mouthpiece flips open and closed with ease and connects to a long downstem disguised as a straw. This deceitful downstem features an inline percolator with numerous holes that provide advanced water filtration as you inhale!


The Polar Blast

The 2021 design is bringing The Polar Blast up to an ALL NEW LEVEL! The new, stealthy lid is made from the same food grade polycarbonate that our Original Polar Blast lid is made from. Contents can be concealable in the sunken in space and the lid top is detachable. At the bottom of the dual, walled stainless steel insulated tumbler is an additional removable compartment. It is a 2 in 1 stash area and grinder. This is also made from our durable food grade polycarbonate and is sure not to break.


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Best Rolling Papers

In the age of high-tech smoking and pre-rolled goods, rolling your own joints is still a convenient skill to have in a pinch. It might be considered outdated, but it's all part of a ritual and experience. And it starts with the best rolling papers!

For Beginners:

Curved® Papers

Using Curved® Papers, anyone can roll a perfect joint! It doesn’t matter if you are just beginning to learn or you’ve been rolling your own for years. The Best Rolling Papers

Curved® Papers feature the easy to roll curved edge. The company uses only the finest French cigarette rolling paper to provide a beautiful burn.

For Stylish Smokers:

Blazy Susan

Blazy Susan is proudly Vegan, GMO Free, and Chlorine Free.

The Best Rolling PapersTheir world famous Blazy Susan Pink Rolling Papers are made in France using premium materials that deliver a slow burn with absolutely no aftertaste. Instead of using hemp or rice paper, which can impart unwanted flavors and smells onto your smoking material, Blazy Susan uses wood pulp so that joints taste and smell the way they should. Blazy Susan Rolling Papers are also extremely tough compared to normal rolling papers. You won’t have to deal with nearly as many rips, tears, or holes poking through your papers.


For Classic Consumers:


Since the beginning, RAW has been on a mission to be the leader of the pack in the rolling paper industry. RAW continues to revolutionize the smoking world by creating products that are naturally ingeniously designed to enhance the smoking experience.The Best Rolling Papers

RAW only makes high-quality & earth-friendly products that improve your smoking experience, and we refuse to ever change what we stand for. RAW paper is made from natural plants with zero burn additives.

For Those with Expensive Tastes:


The Best Rolling PapersFashioned as the epitome of luxury rolling paper, Shine 24k gold rolling papers have been handcrafted from a meticulous blend of edible gold and hemp based paper, to make one of the smoothest burning rolling papers on the market. Not only do Shine Papers turn every head in the room, but the papers also burn extremely slow, due to their high quality materials.

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Best Cannabis Books

​​Here are some of the best cannabis books about everything from general information, to  infusion, to growing marijuana.

For Beginners:

The Essential Cannabis Book: A Field Guide for the Curious

Rob Mejia

The Essential Cannabis Book: A Field Guide for the Curious is founded on the premise of “Where do I begin?” Like theCannabis Books author’s journey, it starts with an enlightening look at the history and science of cannabis from its evolution in the US from a useful, legal plant to a demonized Schedule 1 drug to how cannabis varieties (...that historically(“grew like weeds”) are grown, cultivated, and differ in character and benefits. The straightforward language makes learning your THCs from your CBDs easy while the ensuing chapters on medical benefits, the basics of personal and responsible consumption, and the know-how for infusing cannabis oils into tasty, healthy recipes provide valuable fundamental knowledge. Best of all, threaded throughout are personal stories–ranging from a dispensary owner, medical patient, and hemp oil producer to a farming nun, a Colorado sheriff, and more–that lends The Essential Cannabis Book an engaging human voice as it provides answers and guidance for those curious about the benefits of cannabis and the rapidly growing cannabis community.

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The Leafly Guide to Cannabis: A Handbook for the Modern Consumer

The Leafly Team 

Cannabis is at the very beginning of a craft and educational renaissance. It is emerging from the legislative shadows and a second awakening is occurring: people are proactively seeking information about how to properly consume and enjoy it.

And cannabis is a wildly diverse product, even more so than alcohol. Consumers can experience not only different flavor profiles, but also different cerebral and body effects; they can consume using different methods, from vaporization to combustion to topical application; and they can pick and choose between an ever-growing number of different strains and products.

The Leafy Guide to Cannabis provides all the best tips to navigating this growing market in a definitive guide that will enhance every user's enjoyment and high.

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Cannabis Books For Foodies:

Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed: A Cookbook

Editors of MUNCHIES 

Inspired by the popular MUNCHIES and Viceland television series, Bong Appétit is the Joy of Cooking for a new generation interested in making serious, sophisticated food--with weed. Bong Appétit breaks down the science of infusing (oils, butters, milks, alcohol, and more) with cannabis, and offers recipes ranging from weed butter-basted chicken to weed chimichurri to weed brownie sundaes. Along the way, the book hits on marijuana politics, dosage, and pairing strains and flavors, and has tips from MUNCHIES vast network of friends and experts, including "Bong Appétit" stars Ry Prichard and Vanessa Lavorato.

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Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations

Warren Bobrow

Combining cannabis and cocktails is a hot new trend, and Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics shows you how. Featuring a collection of 75 recipes of cannabis influenced cocktails and drinks; The Cocktail Whisperer Warren Bobrow will show you the essential instructions for de-carbing cannabis to release its full psychoactive effect. Learn the history of cannabis as a social drug and its growing acceptance to becoming a medicinal. Look beyond cocktails and create successful tonics, syrups, shrubs, bitters, compound butter and exotic infused oil to use in any drink. Start your day with coffee, tea, and milk-based cannabis beverages for healing and relaxation. Get your afternoon pick-me-up with gut healing shrubs and mood enhancing syrups. Make cooling lemonades and sparking herbal infusions to soothe the fevered brow. Then, have an after dinner herbal-based cannabis drink for relaxation at the end of a good meal. The options are endless with Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics!

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Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen

Stephanie Hua

This cookbook ventures boldly beyond pot brownies with remarkably delicious baked confections as well as innovative savory treats. Designed for bakers and cooks of all skill levels, Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen includes simple recipes like spiced superfood truffles and roasted beet hummus, alongside more advanced recipes like artisanal marshmallows and Gruyére & green garlic gougéres—all brought to life with vibrant photography.

Complete with instructions for creating master ingredients such as canna butters, oils, honey, and maple syrup, as well as information on dosage and portions and the science of cannabis, this baking cookbook gives cannabis newbies and connoisseurs alike the info they need to create an easy, safe, and scrumptious edibles experience.

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Cannabis Books For Green Thumbs:

The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medicinal Use

Greg Green

The most comprehensive guide to marijuana gardening ever written is back with all new information and updated advice for cannabis enthusiasts. Over 200 additional pages of all new information are included in this book, from all new lighting equipment and techniques, to highly advanced cannabinoid extraction techniques and detailed, step-by-step gardening guides for novice and professional growers alike.

This book contains over 700 pages, with all new photos and step-by-step guides to every aspect of marijuana horticulture, plant breeding, and hash production. Featuring a handy quick start guide at the beginning to allow growers to get started right away, and hone their techniques as they read the later chapters in more detail. The biggest, most comprehensive, and straightforward guide to marijuana horticulture ever published.

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Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible

Jorge Cervantes 

With 512 full color pages and 1120 full color photographs and illustrations, Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible is the most complete cultivation book available. The Fifth Edition of the former Indoor Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor Bible was originally published in 1983, when it immediately became a best seller. More than 500,000 copies of the Indoor Bible are in print in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish.

New greenhouse and outdoor growing chapters make this a book both indoor and outdoor growers will keep under thumb. The other 15 chapters (17 total) are all updated with the most current information, completely rewritten and significantly expanded. For example, Dr. John McPartland contributed an all new medical section - The books credits list more than 300 contributors and reads like a who's who in the world of cannabis cultivation.

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