Sonoma County Ultimate Bachelorette Party Planning Guide

Sonoma County Ultimate Bachelorette Party Planning Guide

Introduction

There’s more than just Wine in Sonoma County

Sonoma County is more than just the number one spot for World Class Wine, it’s home to a bounty of food choices (from Vegan to Traditional), beverages (Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries and more), activities (Sightseeing, Hiking/Nature Preserves, Attractions) and, of course, Shopping!

From Antiquing to Boutiquing, from renovated Shopping Districts to Day Spas, Sonoma County has got it all. And, did we mention Cannabis? Dispensaries, Indoor and Outdoor Grows and Cannabis Production thrive in Sonoma County and your Ultimate Bachelorette Party can include Tours and Tastings!

We are Sonoma County natives and in Section One we share insights into what makes Sonoma County the place for your Ultimate Bachelorette Party. In Section Two we provide a sample Three Day Itinerary to inspire your Ultimate Bachelorette Party.

Section One: Things to Consider

When planning your Sonoma County Ultimate Bachelorette Party there are several things to consider.

There’s more to Wine Country than Wine:

  • Food and Restaurants

From world-famous dinner spots like John Ash (Santa Rosa) or The Girl and the Fig (Sonoma), to local gems like Lilly Kai (Petaluma) or Della Santinas (Sonoma), it’s all here and easy to get to!

For Causal dining there are wonderful bakeries and diners to consider for breakfast treats or a memorable lunch. Consider Sweet Pea Bakery in the City of Sonoma for breakfast or lunch, or, if you’re on the famous Sonoma Plaza, try the Sunflower Café or La Basque Boulangerie and sit outside to watch life on the Square!

  • Day Spas

Whether it’s a nature-centric adventure to Osmosis or part of a recreational shopping experience at Montgomery Village’s MeSpa, Sonoma County hosts some of the highest rated Day Spas in California.

Get your mud-bath/massage or group mani/pedi thing on! Ask your concierge if your hotel offers any group discounts!

  • Boudoir Photos

It doesn’t matter if you’re the Bride-to-Be, the BFF or the Groom’s Mom, a Boudoir Photo session creates lasting memories for everyone. Just think about the surprise of a lifetime for the Groom (you know what we mean)!

Some boudoir photographers will shoot outdoors, taking advantage of the Sonoma County landscape; a quick Google search will get you what you need!

  • Novelty Fun

As we mentioned at the beginning, there’s more to Wine Country than Wine and here’s a list of a few things we like to call Novelty Fun!

First up, have you ever had fresh, hand-made, Mexican Ice Cream? We’re guessing you haven’t, but, you can enjoy some at La Michoacana Ice Cream right outside of the City of Sonoma, in what’s called “The Springs”. Get a scoop, grab a seat on one of the benches outside and take in the culture of The Springs!

Before (or After) you visit La Michoacana, stroll down to the Sonoma Family Fun Center in the Maxwell Village Shopping Center and challenge your ‘I Do Crew’ to a round of Miniature Golf (you can go toast the winner down the street at La Roche Family Vineyards outdoor tasting patio when you’re done!)

If you’re up for something new and different, try a Cannabis Dispensary Tour with Happy Travelers Tours. Pickup is available throughout Sonoma County and the Tour visits three unique Dispensaries, one with an Indoor Grow. In addition, there’s an opportunity to consume what you purchase before enjoying a family style Mexican meal.

  • Wine Tasting

Of course, it’s almost impossible to visit Sonoma County’s Wine Country without spending some time tasting wine; our recommendation is to Book a Tour with Elite Excursions and let Fonzi and his Team take you to the very best wineries Sonoma County offers.

In addition, Elite Excursions offers airport shuttle service, so, when it’s time to consider your transportation options, we recommend Elite!

  • Weed Tasting

If the Cannabis Dispensary Tour interested you, then, we present the MountainTop Wine and Weed Tour from Happy Travelers Tours. This unique and one-of-a-kind experience will put you and your Gal Pals up-close-and-personal with cannabis plants.

Get educated about cannabis cultivation with the grow team, enjoy a personal bud-tender retail experience with our retail partner. A catered lunch is provided along with several Bachelorette Party exclusive add-ons!

Get high up on the mountaintop and create memories which will last a lifetime with a Happy Travelers Tours Bachelorette Party experience!

  • The Happy Travelers Tours High Tea Experience

What could be more fun than sitting down to a High Tea with your Bridal Party? What if the Tea and Treats are infused with CBD? Now, that’s what we call a ‘High’ Tea! For groups of 4 or more, the High Tea Experience features:

  • Three Courses of CBD-infused Teas
  • Treat Towers filled with both CBD-infused and non-infused:
    • Sandwiches
    • Breads and Scones
    • Desserts

Read more here at The High Tea Experience!

  • Sonoma County Sights

Sometimes, sitting back and letting the world flow by the window is the very best thing to do and, when you’re in Wine and Weed Country this couldn’t be more true!

Take a day trip with Elite Excursions or Happy Travelers Tours. Visit the Sonoma Coast and enjoy Happy Travelers Tours “Sip-and-Sniff” experience while watching the sun set into the Pacific Ocean.

Take a ride around Sonoma County in one of Elite Excursions Sprinters and see the sights in luxury.

We’ve shared some things to consider and, hopefully, you’re now super excited about planning your Ultimate Bachelorette Party using some ideas from our list.

In Section Two, we present a Sample 3 Day Ultimate Bachelorette Party Itinerary using some of the things we’ve mentioned.

Section Two: 3-Day Ultimate Bachelorette Party Itinerary

This sample three-day itinerary presumes the in-bound Travel Day is also Day One of your event and the out-bound travel happens either at the end of Day Three or the next day.

Travel and Arrival Day - Getting to Wine Country

Day 1:

  1. Arrive SFO or OAK
  2. Limo Service to Wine County
    1. Consider Elite Excursions for your Transportation needs
  3. Food and Rest Break
    1. From SFO, consider a stop in Sausalito for a food and rest break
    2. From OAK consider a stop in Berkley for a food and rest break
  4. Accommodations in Sonoma or Napa
    1. Sonoma has both large and boutique hotels, and a variety of AirBnB and Cottage rentals
    2. Napa has several large (boutique and corporate) hotels, as well as a variety of AirBnB rentals
  5. Local Fun/Sightseeing/Shopping
    1. If you’re staying in Sonoma, then we recommend you spend some time decompressing from your travel on the world-famous Sonoma Plaza. Eat. Drink. Shop. People Watch. You know the drill!
  6. Dinner
    1. So many choices! Whether you’re in Sonoma or Napa the food choices are bountiful. Find a new favorite (be sure to call ahead for reservations for your Group)

Ultimate Bachelorette Party Day

Day 2:

  1. Getting Going
    1. Consider a light breakfast or mid-morning brunch; maybe have a personal Chef prepare breakfast for everyone!
  2. Novelty Fun
    1. Mini Golf and Ice Cream? Ice Cream and Mini Golf? Good Wholesome fun (before the debauchery)
  3. Wine Tasting/Luncheon
    1. Not the whole day, just some wine tasting, perhaps around the Sonoma Plaza, topped off with a luncheon
  4. Boudoir Photos
    1. Doesn’t matter if you shoot indoors or outdoors
  5. Dispensary Tour
    1. Take the Tour! See an indoor grow and purchase some Quality Cannabis, you’ll want to smoke some before Dinner!
  6. Dinner
    1. Go for Broke! Order for the Group! Enjoy cocktails and wine, it’s the Main Event of the Party!

Last Chance to Dance Day

Day 3:

  1. Getting Going
    1. Lot’s to do today, so, keep breakfast light
  2. Day Trip Options:
    1. Wine Tour Day
    2. Cannabis Farm Tour Day
    3. Dispensary and Winery Tour Day
    4. Day Spa
  3. Shopping
    1. They say shopping is fun and therapeutic, what do you think? There’s fantastic shopping, antiquing and so on in Sonoma, the Sonoma Valley and, if you’re heading back to SFO, in San Francisco!
  4. Dinner
    1. One last time to lift a Glass to the Bride!
  5. Prepare to Travel Home
    1. Pack your bags and enjoy your memories, it’s time to head home

Conclusion

We have shared a lot of information and ideas and we hope this Ultimate Bachelorette Party Guide has been helpful.

As Sonoma County Natives, we have access to the Party Planning resources that ensure your Ultimate Bachelorette Party is the most memorable ever! If you would like some Party Planning assistance, please email [email protected] or call 707-386-9859.

Or, Book your Ultimate Bachelorette Party today!


Cannabinoids, What the Heck are Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids. We all know THC (the most famous Cannabinoid) is what most people think about whenever the subject of cannabis is mentioned.

But there are other Cannabinoids which can be used alone or in combinations for all kinds of medical purposes.  And, three classes of cannabinoids, CBG, CBC and CBD do not have any psychoactive effect at all.

Confused? This Will Help

In the most basic sense, cannabinoids are the chemical compounds in weed which match up with the chemical compounds in your body and cause weed to affect you. Cannabinoids are the reason you get high when you smoke weed and they’re also the reason weed can help to heal certain illnesses and afflictions.

There are at least 113 cannabinoids found in weed and they all have a slightly different effect. Certain cannabinoids, like THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), have a psychoactive effect, which is what makes you feel high. Other cannabinoids, like CBD, have more of a somatic effect, affecting the physical functions of your body.

Our bodies contain many receptors.  The chief among these are named CB1 and CB2 and were discovered in the mid 1990’s.  The CB1 receptor is expressed mainly in the brain, but also in the lungs, liver and kidneys. The CB2 receptor lives in the immune system and in cells which have to do with the formation of new blood cells.

How Do Cannabinoids Work?

Cannabinoids occur naturally in weed in the form of phytocannabinoids. They also occur naturally in the human body in the form of endocannabinoids. The ones found in the human body are produced in something called the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for functions like sleep, movement, appetite and emotion.

Brain functions controlled by CB1-modulated neurotransmitters are diverse and of utmost significance as they include how we think, remember, learn new things, express emotions.  They also affect bodily movement, fear, stress, pain, appetite and body temperature, among other critical functions.

CB2, is mainly found in the immune system. Once the cannabanoids enter your body, they attach to these receptors, activating the endocannabinoid system and affecting it in different ways depending on the particular cannabinoid.

How Many Cannabinoids Are There?

There are close to 150 other cannabinoids in each and every cannabis plant, most of them still mysterious and full of potential.

Here are some of the Cannabinoids which have been identified to date:

  • Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA)
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • Cannabidolic Acid (CBDA)
  • Cannabidiol (CBD)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Cannabichromene (CBC)
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)

How Much Cannabinoid Research is Occurring?

“New” cannabinoids—chemical compounds that mimic compounds found in the human endocannabinoid system—like CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol) and THCP (tetrahydrocannabiphorol) aren’t really new. Heck, they’ve been important cogs in the marijuana machine from first sprout. Until recently, though, they’ve remained under the radar of the mainstream.

There are reasons why very few of cannabis’ almost 150 phytocannabinoids have been isolated and comprehensively studied. Because marijuana is still deemed illegal on a federal level in the U.S., research–and securing funding for that research–can be a tricky endeavor. And because most varieties of cannabis are CBD- or THC-dominant, the isolation and study of “minor” cannabinoids can be challenging.

Cannabinoids, Now What?

Check out these other Blog Post which discuss the chemistry of Cannabis: Terpenes, What the Heck are Terpenes? Trichomes, What the Heck are Trichomes? and Flavinoids, What the Heck are Flavinoids.?

Book a Happy Travelers Tour Cannabis Experience and get up-close-and-personal with Cannabis Plants!


My Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome Story

My cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) story goes back 20 years and it’s taken me a long time to learn how to manage it. Before we get to it, we need to discuss CHS.

What is Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is characterized by recurring episodes of intractable nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting in long-term cannabis users. Onset of the syndrome occurs after several years of chronic cannabis use and occurs more frequently in males. Each episode of hyperemesis typically lasts 24-48 hours.

A patient history of chronic use of marijuana and compulsive hot showers to alleviate symptoms of hyperemesis suggests cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.

Let’s Unpack CHS

It’s clear there are many people (both women and men) who, after consuming cannabis for a long period of time (typically many years of Chronic or Daily use) develop a bio-physical response (which includes: nausea, sweating and vomiting) after consuming cannabis.
Further, one way which CHS sufferers manage their symptoms is by taking hot showers. In some cases the hot shower counters hyperthermia symptoms and in some cases (like mine) the hot shower calms the stomach and stops the nausea and vomiting.

How Come CHS Occurs

This is the big mystery and the question which has yet to be answered. The metrics tell us that CHS occurs more frequently in:
• Men
• Chronic Consumers
• Under the age of 50

There are three ‘working’ theories about Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome documented in Wikipedia:

CHS TheoryDetails
Cannabinoid buildup theoryTetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a fat-soluble cannabinoid that can be deposited into a person's fat stores, accounting for the long elimination half-life of THC. During periods of stress or food deprivation, a person's fat stores can be mobilized (lipolysis) for energy consumption, releasing the previously stored THC back into the blood. The mechanism can be characterized as a "reintoxication effect." Another cannabinoid called cannabigerol acts as an antagonist at cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and serotonin 1A receptors, antagonizing the anti-emetic effects of cannabidiol that occurs through its effects on serotonin.
Hypothalamic theoryCannabidiol, a cannabinoid found in cannabis, can increase the expression of the CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus of the brain. Additionally, THC acts at the CB1 receptors to induce a hypothermic effect, lowering body temperature. This might explain how exposure to hot water can relieve symptoms of CHS, reversing the decrease in the thermoregulatory set point induced by cannabinoids.
TRPV1 theoryAlterations in the transient receptor potential vanilloid subtype 1 (TRPV1) receptor, which is involved in gastric motility and is activated by cannabinoids, nociceptive heat (temperatures above 43°C), and capsaicin, has been proposed as potential mechanism of CHS. In vitro cannabinoids mediate dephosphorylation of TRPV1 and desensitize the receptor. The TRPV1 theory posits that chronic exposure to cannabinoids down regulates TRPV1 signaling, and that compulsive hot-water bathing is a learned behavior to normalize diminished TRPV1 activity by exposure to nociceptive heat. This may also explain the salubrious effects of topical capsaicin in treating CHS.

My Cannabis Hyperemesis Story

In 1993 I was in a bicycle accident the result of which is a spinal cord injury. The accident crushed 12 vertebra in various areas of my spine. When I left the hospital I was given a prescription for the “opiate of the day” and sent home.
Fortunately I was familiar with cannabis and instead of taking the opiates I began using Cannabis to manage pain. Over the past 27 years I’ve consumed between 1.5 and 3.0 grams of cannabis per day to manage my ongoing, chronic pain.

Starting about 20 years ago, I would on occasion, be sick in the morning with some vomiting. I didn’t think much about it because I had been diagnosed with “extra large turbinates” (mucus producers in our nose) and, typically, what I did get “up” in the morning was mucus.

Starting 10 years ago, my wife and I realized I had a food allergy to nightshades. The discovery was accidental, however, once we made the connection between certain food and my “CHS” symptoms, we started to eliminate those foods, and, over time, the frequency and severity of my symptoms diminished.

In 2016 things changed. I woke up one morning and had a bout of CHS but NOTHING would stop the vomiting. Not a Shower. Not Ginger Tea. Not Cannabis. Finally, around 2 in the afternoon, I was lying on the floor in the fetal position suffering dry heaves and we decided to go to the emergency room.

It was during this process that the attending physician and I talked about my history and he determined I was indeed experiencing Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome. After treating me with Benadryl and Compazine, and after a two hour long nap, I was released.

Since then, every night before bed I take a dose of Children’s Benadryl (to mitigate mucus production while I sleep) and, IF I experience nausea in the morning I just take a HOT shower and my nausea discomfort stops!

Common Situation?

Is my CHS story the common situation? I’m not really sure. Some folks are so affected by CHS they stop consuming cannabis altogether.

For me, that’s not really an option. I still have serious chronic pain management challenges and, for me at least, cannabis continues to be the best way for me to manage it and maintain my ability to work, be an active member of my family and enjoy life.

What to do Next

Read our blog post: What is Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome or Book an Educational Cannabis Tour with Happy Travelers Tours.


History of the Afternoon and High Tea

The history of the afternoon and high tea goes back to 1840. In modern times, you will see hotels serving a 'high tea'. Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a 'low' or 'afternoon' tea around four o'clock, just before the fashionable promenade in Hyde Park. The middle and lower classes would have a more substantial 'high' tea later in the day, at five or six o'clock, in place of a late dinner. The names derive from the height of the tables on which the meals are served, high tea being served at the dinner table.

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. The Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for "tea and a walking the fields."

The Duchess Influences London

This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.

Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches (including of course thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches), scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Tea grown in India or Ceylon is poured from silver tea pots into delicate bone china cups.

The Difference Between Afternoon and High Tea

Changing the phrase ‘afternoon tea’ to ‘high tea’ happens to differentiate between the afternoon tea that is traditionally served on low, comfortable, parlor chairs or relaxing in the garden and the worker’s after-work high tea that is served at the table and seated on high back dining chairs.

The Happy Travelers Tours ‘High’ Tea Experience

We are not shy about using the word ‘high’ in our High Tea Experience. The reason? We serve 3 types of CBD-infused Teas along side a three course CBD-infused (and non-infused) Treat Tower with Sandwiches, Scones and Breads and Desserts!

Perfect for Groups of Four or More! From Ladies Day Out to Bachelorette Parties, from Groups to Birthday Celebrations, our High Tea is the most unusual experience you’ll ever have!

Book your Seats today for the High Tea Experience!


The High Tea Experience

Are you ready for the most memorable Ladies Day ever? What would be more fun than High Tea with your Besties? Enjoy the Happy Travelers Tours High Tea Experience!

The High Tea Experience includes:

  • A "sweet and savory" Treat Tower filled with mix of yummy CBD-infused treats and non-infused treats from our Catering Chef
  • CBD-infused loose-leaf Teas, brewed Table-side in traditional British Tea Service Style

The Best Part? We Come to You! If you're staying in the Sonoma Valley, Happy Travelers Tours will bring our High Tea Experience to your accommodations for you and your Group to enjoy!

Contact Us for More Information

Please email [email protected] or call 707-386-9859 for reservations and event planning

If your Group is especially adventurous, we have this add-on for you to consider:

Trimming and Rolling Package

Our Mission is Education and we're proud of our hands-on, up-close-and-personal cannabis and CBD Experiences. If you're curious about marijuana (CBD) plants and flowers, this Add-On is the one for you!

  • Learn how to Trim CBD Flowers (each Guest will receive a "Trimming Certificate" at the conclusion of the event)
  • Learn how to assemble a perfectly acceptable CBD Flower smoking device

To Get Up-Close-and-Personal with Cannabis

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Why Marijuana Should Be Legal

Why marijuana should be legal is a complicated story covering all of American history. Starting with legal hemp in Colonial times to the Schedule 1 Classification in the 20th Century, the journey to re-legalize cannabis covers lots of ground. Remember, back at the turn of the 20th Century, legal cannabis was available at the corner store. So, what happened?

Marijuana has gotten a bad reputation over the years and many people consider it nothing more than a drug that gets people high. One of the major reasons why many people vocally support calls to ban marijuana are the number of myths and misunderstandings surrounding it. The good news is that this is changing. Over the years, various studies conducted around the world have found multiple medical benefits from marijuana use and public opinion regarding marijuana has changed for the better over the last few years. The percentage of American adults who oppose marijuana legalization has sharply declined in recent years.

If you are still on the fence about marijuana, here are some reasons to help you make up your mind, starting with the fact cannabis is used for medicinal and recreational purposes around the world. There are over 480 compounds found in the plant, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

No Deaths Have Been Reported Due to Marijuana Overdose

One of the most popular marijuana myths that are still doing the rounds is that a marijuana overdose can kill a person. Nothing could be further from the truth. Recent studies shows that a person would have to consume 20,000-40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint to die due to an overdose. To date, not even a single account of death due to a marijuana overdose has been recorded.

It is Safer Than Many Legalized Drugs

  • A study conducted by a team of drug experts in the UK found that marijuana has lesser side effects than many other popular drugs. Researchers found that the combined health risks posed by marijuana are much lower than that associated with alcohol and tobacco consumption

Marijuana is Not as Addictive as Many People Think

  • Many people wrongly think that trying marijuana once would get them hooked to the substance. This is not true and is one of the many myths surrounding marijuana.

Cannabis Can Help with Insomnia

  • Many strains of cannabis indica show promise in treating sleep disorders. Respondents participating in a study conducted by the National Cancer Institute reported sleeping more peacefully after ingesting a cannabis plant extract spray.

It is Not a Gateway Drug

  • Many marijuana detractors claim that people who try marijuana first are bound to start using harder substances. In reality, most people who use marijuana do not go on to use other substances.
  • In fact, cannabis is being used to wean addicts off of opiates and nicotine

Medical Benefits

Yes! You read that right. Marijuana can help alleviate symptoms associated with a number of health conditions.

  • It is prescribed by physicians around the world to patients with nausea.
  • It can help people with HIV/AIDS overcome poor appetite.
  • Marijuana is known to relax muscle tension, spasms, and help manage chronic pain
  • CBD, one of the compounds found in cannabis, may help cancer cells from spreading
  • A study found that marijuana use can help control epileptic seizures
  • Helps alleviate pain in multiple sclerosis
  • Endocannabinoid compounds in marijuana can help ease depression symptoms
  • Can help alleviate symptoms for those with Parkinson’s disease
  • Can help improve cognitive performance and concentration in people with ADHD/ADD
  • Endocannabinoid contains anti-inflammatories that are known to fight the brain inflammation that causes Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Can help cope with pain associated with arthritis
  • Helps with Crohn’s Disease
  • Can help alleviate symptoms of Dravet syndrome
  • Marijuana has a calming effect on the user. It helps control mood and can be used for treating kids with autism

Economic Reasons

Here is a laundry list of economic reasons why legalizing marijuana makes sense:

  • More Revenue for the Government
    • A study conducted in 2017 found that legalizing marijuana at the federal level that year would have resulted in a generation of $131.8 billion in tax revenue to be collected between 2017 and 2025. Thanks to a reduced peak business tax rate, this estimate has fallen. However, the government would have still been able to generate $10-billion plus every year.
  • Legalization Can Help Cut Law-Enforcement Costs
    • The federal government spends around $4 billion of dollars to enforce marijuana laws every year. Legalizing marijuana would help reduce these costs. Additionally, removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances would help reduce costs associated with court cases that go to trial.
  • Job Creation
    • Legalizing marijuana can help create millions of jobs. Marijuana legalization will increase the demand for professionals who can coordinate with farmers, processors, retailers, and distributors. Legalization will also benefit lenders, builders who specialize in developing retail outlets, and players in any other industries that cater to the cannabis industry.

Pro and Con Arguments

Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana say it will add billions to the economy, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, free up scarce police resources, and stop the huge racial disparities in marijuana enforcement. They contend that regulating marijuana will lower street crime, take business away from the drug cartels, and make marijuana use safer through required testing, labeling, and child-proof packaging.

Opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana say it will increase teen use and lead to more medical emergencies including traffic deaths from driving while high. They contend that revenue from legalization falls far short of the costs in increased hospital visits, addiction treatment, environmental damage, crime, workplace accidents, and lost productivity.

A growing number of states have legalized the drug for recreational or medical purposes in recent years. The changing legal landscape has coincided with a dramatic increase in public support for legalization, which is favored by a majority of Americans.

Here are six facts about Americans and marijuana:

  1. Two-thirds of Americans favor marijuana legalization, reflecting a steady increase in public support, according to a September 2019 Pew Research Center survey.
  2. Views of marijuana legalization differ by generation and political party, though support has increased across demographic groups over time. Majorities of Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1997), Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1980) and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) say the use of marijuana should be legal, up sharply from a decade ago. And while a smaller share of the Silent Generation (born between 1928 and 1945) currently favors legalization, support among these Americans has also increased.
  3. Few Americans say marijuana should be illegal under all circumstances. In the fall 2019 survey, 59% of U.S. adults said marijuana should be legal for recreational and medical purposes, while another 32% said it should be legal for medical use only. Just 8% said the drug should not be legal.
  4. Supporters and opponents of marijuana legalization cite different reasons for their views. Americans who favor legalization are most likely to point to the drug’s perceived medical benefits or to say it would free up law enforcement to focus on other types of crime; 86% and 70%, respectively, say these are very important reasons for their support, according to a Gallup survey conducted in spring 2019.

Among Americans who oppose marijuana legalization, 79% say a very important reason is that it would increase the number of car accidents involving drivers who use marijuana.

  1. About half (48%) of American adults say they have ever used marijuana, according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That is lower than the shares who say they have ever consumed alcohol (86%) or ever used tobacco products (66%).
  2. Eleven states and the District of Columbia have legalized small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Combined, these jurisdictions are home to 29% of adults in the country.

Roughly three dozen states (33), as well as D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, have approved some form of a medical marijuana program.

Why Marijuana Should Be Legal Conclusion

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Flavinoids, What the Heck Are Flavinoids?

Flavinoids are antioxidants, which may play a significant role in heart health and may help to prevent diseases caused by free-radical damage, such as cancer.

The word “flavonoid” actually comes from the Latin term flavus, referencing the color yellow as it appears in nature. This makes sense considering a primary function of flavonoids is to provide color pigmentation to plants, notably in flowers, for the purpose of attracting pollinators.

You've heard that "eating the rainbow" is good for your health. But do you know why? Colorful produce contains special compounds called flavonoids, which are plant-based nutrients that offer plenty of health benefits from reducing inflammation to slashing your risk of certain diseases.

Flavinoids, What the  Heck Are Flavinoids?

In an August 2019 study published in Nature, researchers found that regularly eating foods rich in flavonoids was associated with a reduced risk of developing heart disease and cancer. That association was even stronger among people who smoked or drank large amounts of alcohol, which are two groups that tend to have higher levels of inflammation.

There are six flavonoid subgroups: flavonols, flavones, isoflavones, flavanones, chalcones and anthocyanins:

FLAVINOIDFOOD or CHARACTERISTIC
Flavonol• Berries
• Tomatoes
• Onions
• Kale
• Apples
• Cherries
• Broccoli
• Grapes
• Red wine
• Green tea
Flavones• Celery
• Broccoli
• Green pepper
• Carrots
• Olive oil
• Navel oranges
• Parsley
• Thyme
• Oregano
• Dandelion
• Peppermint
• Rosemary
• Chamomile tea
Isoflavones• Soybeans (and soy products such as tofu)
• Alfalfa sprouts
• Peanuts
• Legumes
Flavanones• Grapes
• Oranges
• Lemon
• Lime
Chalcones• Chalcone is an aromatic ketone and an enone that forms the central core for a variety of important biological compounds, which are known collectively as chalcones or chalconoids.
Anthocyanins• Purple Colored Cannabis

Flavonols

Flavonols are the largest and most well-known subgroup of flavonoids. Flavonols, especially quercetin, have been studied extensively for their role as an antioxidant.

Oxidative damage to the body is responsible for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and many cancers.

Flavones

One of the major health benefits from flavones is their anti-inflammatory effects, according to a June 2016 study in Plants. Inflammation is usually the common thread between many chronic conditions, such as obesity, diabetes and cancer.

Isoflavones

The king of all plant proteins is the soybean, which is high in catechins and a particular type of flavonoid, isoflavones. Isoflavones have a mixed reputation because of their similarity in structure to estrogens.

Flavanones

Flavanones are found in citrus fruits, in the juice and in the peel — and yes, you can eat the peel. The flavanones are responsible for that bitter taste, which most people stay away from. Flavanones are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, and they have been shown to lower cholesterol.

What Are Cannabis Flavonoids And Why Do They Matter?

To date, researchers have discovered 483 unique compounds in the cannabis plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. In recent years flavonoids have taken a back seat while much has been talked about cannabinoids and terpenes.

Flavinoid Research

Researchers have discovered nearly 6,000 different types of flavonoids in nature with many of them being unique to specific plants. Cannabis plants contain several flavonoids that are found nowhere else in nature, known as cannaflavins.

Flavonoids are phytonutrients that are found in nearly all fruits and vegetables. These compounds are primarily responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their color. Flavonoids serve numerous purposes throughout nature like helping flowers attract pollinators or protecting plants from potential threats such as the sun’s damaging UV rays or pests and diseases.

Cannabis flavonoids are primarily responsible for giving cannabis plants their pigmentation. For instance, the deep purple color of certain strains is attributed to the flavonoids anthoxanthins and anthocyanins.

Flavonoids Are the Future of Cannabis Research

Flavonoids have been incredibly understudied. Up to this point, researchers have primarily been concerned with unlocking the full potential of cannabinoids and terpenes but now, flavonoids are the future.

Could Flavonoids Play a Role in Pain Relief?

There have been 200 or more bioactive compounds that have been discovered in cannabis. Flavinoids account for roughly 10% of these known compounds with around 20 varieties known to exist in cannabis. Similar to terpenes, flavonoids share a role in how we perceive cannabis through our senses. But there’s a lot more to flavonoids than what meets our nose and taste buds.

In 1986, a researcher from the University of London was able to isolate two cannaflavins and found them to have extremely potent anti-inflammatory effects.

More specifically, the anti-inflammatory effects produced by Cannaflavin A and Cannaflavin B are believed to be up to 30x more potent than those produced by Aspirin. However, despite their effectiveness, the amount of cannaflavins in cannabis is actually very small. Cannaflavins are believed to make up less than 0.15% of the fresh weight of cannabis.

Cannabis molecules stop inflammation at the source and do not pose the same health risks as the over the counter NSAIDs:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Advil

Flavonoids and Cannabis

Both odor and flavor are possible in cannabis due to the synergistic qualities that terpenes and flavonoids share with one another. Moreover, flavonoids also affect the pigmentation of cannabis, just as they do with other flowers.

Those beautiful, deep purple cannabis strains owe their coloration to the flavonoids known as anthoxanthins or anthocyanins.

What To Do Next

If you’re interested in learning more about Flavinoids, Book a Happy Travelers Tours Wine and Weed Tour and get up-close-and-personal with Cannabis Plants.

Join us and see Cannabis Flavinoids in person or read: Terpenes, What the Heck Are Terpenes or Trichomes, What the Heck Are Trichomes!


Guest Testimonials: Happy Travelers Tours

Guest Testimonials are the proof that when say "we guarantee at the end of the day you’ll be a Happy Traveler" we put our money where our mouth is. In addition to conducting post-tour Survey’s for Guest Testimonials, Happy Travelers Tours uses Yelp for Guest Testimonials as well.

Yelp Guest Testimonials for Happy Travelers Tours

If you’d like to read Happy Travelers Tours Guest Testimonials on Yelp, just follow this link and take a look at the Happy Travelers Tours Yelp page.

Here is a Yelp Testimonial excerpt: My GPS gave me the wrong address to meet up with Van. We ended being 20 or 30 minutes away from where we were supposed meet. Van went out of his way to come get us. He didn't have to do that and we're very appreciative for that. So I would definitely recommend one of these tours. It's fun and safe. A really good experience!

This is another from Yelp: This tour was fun! Everything from beginning to the end was great! The mountain view was spectacular! The veggie panini wow!!! The wine was yummy. Trimming, tasting, the buds! This was a very good tour. You'll get the best of both worlds. Van our tour guide was wonderful. He was very attentive, kind and thoughtful. Thank you! Nancy, his wife was also fantastic. This was memorable.

Testimonials from Happy Travelers Tours Guests

These samples are from our post-Tour Survey:

  • “This was a great tour! Van gives an interesting and informative tour of the past and present of the weed industry in Sonoma. We got to see some big weed plants - something we hadn't ever seen before. Van is really laid back and open to questions. In general, it was a great day, and we're planning on coming back next year - when there should be even more plants!”
  • “This tour is a great diversion from the wineries and it's not just about weed. It includes a ride up and down a beautiful mountain with lots of current and historical information about Sonoma, cannabis and the developing cannabis industry. The food and wine are good too!”

Get Up-Close-and-Personal with Cannabis

If you want to spend your day getting your hands on cannabis plants (and dried flowers) then you should consider spending time getting up-close-and-personal with cannabis on a Happy Travelers Tours adventure!

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What is Marijuana

What is Marijuana? Also called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms—is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa and Indica.

What is Marijuana - History

While cannabis plants have been grown since at least the 3rd millennium BCE, evidence suggests that it was being smoked for psychoactive effects at least 2,500 years ago in the Pamir Mountains; the earliest evidence found at a cemetery in what is today western China close to the tripoint with Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

What is Marijuana - Chemistry

If the plant contains more than .003% of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is “marijuana” if it has LESS than .003%, it’s “hemp”.

Hemp which contains .003% THC can be used for CBD products. Less than .003% is industrial hemp territory, which has over 50,000 different uses.

Is Marijuana Easy to Consume?

Some people smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints; in pipes, water pipes (sometimes called bongs), or in blunts (marijuana rolled in cigar wraps).

Marijuana can also be used to brew tea and, particularly when it is sold or consumed for medicinal purposes, is frequently mixed into foods (edibles) such as brownies, cookies, or candies. Vaporizers are also increasingly used to consume marijuana.

While most people are familiar with marijuana flowers (or “buds”), there are stronger forms of marijuana including:

  • concentrated resins containing high doses of marijuana’s active ingredients,
  • honeylike hash oil
  • waxy “budder”
  • hard amberlike shatter.

These resins are increasingly popular among those who use them both recreationally and medically and are typically consumed either with a vaporizing tool or a special type of Bong called a Dab Rig (see What is Dabbing?)

Vaporizing Tools pull the active ingredients (including THC) from the cannabis and collect their vapor in a storage unit. A person then inhales the vapor, not the smoke.

How do people use cannabis?

People use cannabis for as many reasons as there are stars in the sky, however, for classification purposes, there are two kinds of use: recreational and medical.

The differences between the two, at the surface, seem obvious: recreational users consume weed to get “stoned” or “high” whereas medical users use cannabis to help manage a wide array of issues, include, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Eating Disorders
  • Injury Recovery
  • Pain Management
  • PTSD
  • Epilepsy

Some use cases support smoking and vaping on an ‘on demand’ basis, some required topical applications with physical therapy and/or exercise and some required a combination.

Many medical (and recreational) consumers of cannabis use ‘hybrids’ or crosses between the cannabis strains (read about Indica vrs Sativa) and between THC rich strains and CBD rich strains.

Conclusion

So, what is marijuana? It’s a complicated subject with many answers. To learn more Book an up-close-and-personal experience with Happy Travelers Tours!


Is Marijuana Legal in Florida

The answer to the question ‘is marijuana legal in Florida’ is a disappointing, No. Not only is it a No – there are still draconian laws on the books which prevent legal cannabis in Florida.

Early in the 2020 legislative session, Sen. Jeff Brandes (R) introduced a bill — SB 1860 — to legalize and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and older. A companion bill — HB 1389 — was also introduced in the House.

Unfortunately, the legislature adjourned its session in March without taking action on the bills, and an effort to put legalization on the ballot for voters to decide on in 2020 also failed.

How draconian are Florida’s pot laws?

  • Possession of small amounts is illegal: Possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000. Possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • Sale or delivery qualifies as a felony: Sale or delivery within 1,000 feet of a school, college, park, or other specified area is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000. The sale of 25 pounds or less of marijuana is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000. However, the delivery of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Is medical marijuana legal in Florida?

Medical marijuana permitted: An individual may register as a medical marijuana patient if his or her doctor certifies that the individual suffers from one or more of the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition

To qualify, a patient must be a permanent or seasonal resident of Florida, be entered into the medical marijuana use registry, and obtain a medical marijuana ID card. You can learn more about the requirements to become a patient here. Patients can purchase marijuana from registered marijuana dispensaries, called Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers

When will marijuana be legal in Florida?

This table is a compilation of marijuana policy reform in Florida

DATEACTION
1978The Florida Legislature enacted the Therapeutic Research Program, which was never operational. The program would have required federal permission and would have involved pharmacies dispensing marijuana to cancer and glaucoma patients. It was repealed in 1984.
1991In Jenks v. State, the First District Court of Appeals allowed two seriously ill HIV/AIDS patients to raise a medical necessity defense to marijuana cultivation and drug paraphernalia charges. The court found that the defendants had met the burden of establishing the defense at trial and reversed the trial court’s judgment and acquitted the defendants.
1998The same First District Court of Appeals upheld the medical necessity defense again in Sowell v. State, even after the legislature made a slight change to its Schedule I statutory language that was unfriendly to the use of medical marijuana
2012Simultaneous bills HJR 353 and SJR 1028, a constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida, were introduced by Rep. Jeff Clemens (D – Lake Worth) and Sen. Larcenia J. Bullard (D – Miami) but never voted on. This marked the first time that medical marijuana bills were filed in both the House and the Senate.
2014The “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014” allows specified physicians to issue orders for certain patients, allowing them to use low-THC cannabis, which is defined as having no more than 0.8% THC and more than 10% CBD. It requires the Department of Health to create a registry of patients and to authorize five organizations to grow and dispense the cannabis. Requiring doctors to issue “written orders” rather than recommendations or certifications puts them at risk under federal law.
Advocates were able to get a medical marijuana constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot. Since it was a constitutional amendment, it needed 60% or more of the vote to pass. Unfortunately, it only got 57.6%.
2015Local governments began opting to allow officers to cite, rather than arrest, adults found in possession of marijuana.
2016Amendment 2 – which established a medical marijuana program – passed with a popular vote of 71%.
20172017: In special session, the legislature passed SB8A to regulate Amendment 2, and implementation is underway by the Office of Medical Marijuana Use within Florida’s Department of Health.
In June 2017, Gov. Scott signed the Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects Bill, which gives Florida A&M University and the University of Florida permission to conduct research pilot projects on growing and selling hemp. Nearly two years later, in May 2019, the Florida Legislature passed a bill enabling the commercial production of hemp. Florida had its hemp regulatory plan approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in April 2020.
2019The legislature enacted SB 182, repealing a ban it had previously instituted on smoking medical cannabis.
June 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 7107 to allow a cannabis-derived drug for children with epilepsy. The bill changes that specific drug’s classification in state law from a Schedule I substance to Schedule V.

Recreational Marijuana in Florida

  • Florida has some of the harshest recreational marijuana laws in all of the United States. The possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is charged as a misdemeanor with one year imprisonment and a fine of $1,000. Possession, use, or sale of anything greater than 20 grams is charged as a felony with prison time ranging from five years to 30 years and up to $200,000 in fines.

Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Marijuana

  • A mandatory minimum sentence is when a judge must sentence the defendant to at least the outlined mandatory minimum amount of jail time for violating a specified law.

Hash, Concentrates and Paraphernalia

  • Being caught in possession of hash can result in up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. Selling, delivering, or manufacturing hash is also a felony, and carries the same penalties as a possession.
  • Marijuana concentrates hold the exact same penalties as hash, with possession, sale, and/or delivery resulting in five years of jail time and a $5,000 fine.
  • “Marijuana paraphernalia” is any product used as an accessory for using marijuana, such as pipes and bongs. The possession of marijuana paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, with Florida marijuana law punishing those in possession of paraphernalia with up to one year of jail time and a $1,000 fine.
  • Drivers in Florida are forbidden from using their car or some other type of motor vehicle if there is any detectable level of THC and/or marijuana in their system. If you have recently consumed marijuana, even if it is legally obtained medical marijuana, do not operate a motor vehicle under any circumstances.
  • While hemp-derived CBD products are legal under federal law in the United States, individual state laws are dynamic and fluid. Individual states may enact their own laws governing hemp-derived CBD.
  • Even for first-time offenders, the cultivation of cannabis for any purpose is considered a felony in Florida.
    • If found cultivating fewer than 25 plants, it is considered a third-degree felony punishable by incarceration up to five years and fines up to $5,000.
    • If an individual is the owner of the property where more than 25 plants are being illegally cultivated, the offense is charged as a second-degree felony, punishable by 15 years in prison.
  • Florida’s Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in March 2016, permits certain dispensing organizations to grow and distribute cannabis.

Local Decriminalization of Marijuana in Florida

Several local jurisdictions that have passed resolutions or laws that decriminalize the possession of marijuana or other cannabis products. For example, in Miami-Dade County, possessing up to 20 grams of marijuana only comes with a $100 fine.

What To Do Since Marijuana is not legal in Florida?

If you are planning a Cannabis Vacation, consider a visit with Happy Travelers Tours in the heart of Northern California’s Wine-and-Weed Country. Book one of our up-close-and-personal Tours with Cannabis Plants!