40th Birthday Party Ideas

When looking for 40th Birthday Party Ideas for Women (and Men) it’s best to think less about the number and more about how to create lasting memories. A 40th Birthday party is no small thing and we thought we’d share some ideas, some cannabis-centric, which we found online.

Nostalgia Party and Other Party Activities

Nostalgia Time! It’s easy: what year did you graduate from High School? There’s your Theme! Do you still have those leather pants in the closet from back in your rager days?

  • Take the Ladies Bowling! Yup: seems … silly, right? But, then again, it’s a blast and you can make it YOURS! Why not try Glam Night Bowling? Yeah, you have to trade in your Steve Madden’s for a pair of bowling shoes, but, it’s only for a while and then, when you’re done, you can slip those FMP’s back on and head to the bar!
  • Casino Night! Grab some cash: enjoy the gambling games and also good music and food. Having a birthday party at a casino would be a terrific 40th birthday celebration idea for her and surely it is going to be a memorable time for the gang.
  • Rock Out! Take earplugs if you need to and head on out to a local club to kick up your heels and get your rock on! Every community has live music somewhere nearby and there’s nothing like enjoying a favorite tune with your besties!
  • Cannabis Dinner is served! In some states, you can have a catered cannabis infused meal prepared and served in the comfort of your own home. By infusing CBD into food, you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable without the affects of THC.

Sexy Things

  • Gentlemen, if you’re reading this, remember this: your wife (sweetie, partner, ‘old lady’) would LOVE to rekindle the romance and celebrating her uniqueness by sweeping her off her feet for her 40th is a sure winner. So, open the wallet, pull a suit out of the closet and make the reservation at HER favorite restaurant. And, remember: keep your eyes on her, not your server.
  • Shopping Spree. This will also require the opening of a wallet, however, take your Sweetie shopping! Now, regarding the “sexy things” title of this section, gentlemen, please remember this: what SHE thinks is sexy isn’t the same as what YOU think is sexy and you should just smile and say “yes” when she asks if you like it! After all, it’s HER birthday!

Cannabis Tours

  • When you’re done the wine tour thing and you have seen every winery in the area you might consider the newest big thing: a cannabis tour! Yup, if you’re in Colorado, Oregon, Washington or California you too can enjoy the most unique and unusual experience you’ll ever have, a Cannabis Tour! In general, there are several types of Tours available:
  • Party Busses

The idea is pretty simple: bring some stash and your favorite smoking device and get on board the bus as you head out to visit a winery or brewery ripping one bong load after another.

Note: California Law has recently changed and now prohibits the consumption of cannabis in limo’s and busses while in motion.

  • Designated Drivers

These types of tours also focus on consumption and provide for a safe way to travel from one dispensary to another. Depending on where your tour is, you might be able to consume while on Tour.

  • Educational Tours

With an educational tour, you’ll find an emphasis on learning about cannabis, cannabis culture and why people consume cannabis. Many educational tours provide for some consumption, again, based on which state your Tour is in.

Happy Travelers Tours offers educational tours which put our Guests up-close-and-personal with Cannabis Plants. We also offer catered meals, Romantic Excursions and Bachelorette Parties!

For more information about Happy Travelers Tours, please check out our Tour Menu as well as our Booking page! If you have questions, please call 707-386-9859 or send an email to: [email protected]


What is Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil is not the same as cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The production of CBD oil uses the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant, which contain a higher concentration of CBD, another potentially beneficial compound in the plant.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil comes from the small seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. The seeds do not contain the same levels of compounds as the plant itself, but they still have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids, and useful bioactive compounds.

Full-spectrum hemp oil that also contains plant matter may add other effective compounds, which may help with certain health issues, such as inflammation.

Hemp seed oil is rich in omega fatty acids, but contains low levels of CBD or none at all. Hemp seed oil is used in cooking, beauty products, and as a bio-fuel source.

Some brands, like Charlotte's Web CBD oil products, include whole-plant hemp extracts from strain specific plants. The extracts contain a unique blend of cannabinoids plus terpenes and flavonoids.

Also, hemp oil refers to a full-spectrum oil from the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp seed oil, is the oil which comes from just the seeds of the hemp plant.

There is very little risk of intoxication from hemp oil as all forms of hemp oil come from food-grain strains of hemp. Food-grain strains of hemp contain less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the compound that causes the so-called "high" of marijuana.

Here are some benefits of hemp seed oil:

Body AreaBenefit
Skin HealthThe oil from the hemp seed is highly nutritious and may be especially helpful for the skin. Specifically for:
• eczema
• dermatitis
• psoriasis
• varicose eczema
• acne rosacea
BraIn HealthThe fatty acid content of hemp seed oil may also be good for the brain, which requires plenty of healthful fats to operate properly.
Heart HealthThe comprehensive nutrient profile of hemp seed oil means that it may also be good for the heart. More research is needed.
Natural Pain ReliefMany people use hemp or CBD oil as a form of natural pain relief, especially if the pain is a result of inflammation.
Acne The fatty acids in hemp seed oil may help balance the skin and prevent inflammation that can result in acne.
Muscle TensionFull-spectrum hemp oil that contains CBD may also help with general stress and tension in the muscles.

Topical hemp oils

Hemp oils can be used topically for a variety of hair and skin care uses. It may help treat symptoms related to some skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and acne rosacea.

Below is a list of some of the best topical hemp oils available. Check with the manufacturer before ingesting any of these oils.

BRANDDESCRIPTION@PRICE
Life-Flo Pure Hemp Seed Oil This virgin, organic, and cold-pressed hempseed oil is an affordable option that’s high in omega 3-6-9 fatty acids. It’s lightweight and easy to absorb, so it won’t leave your skin feeling oily.$18 for 6oz
Aura Cacia Organic Hemp Seed Oil This lightweight and organic hempseed oil has a grassy, nutty aroma. It contains vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which may help reduce signs of aging and damage from UV irritation.$8.99 for 4 oz
Edens Garden Hemp Seed Carrier OilThis hempseed carrier oil is designed to be used with essential oils, and can double as a skin moisturizer. It can be used to target dry areas on your body, such as your cuticles, heels, and elbows.$8.95 for 4 oz
Bella Terra Unrefined Organic Hemp Seed OilThis organic, cold-pressed hempseed oil has a light, nutty scent, and contains fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals. It can be used for skin, hair, and massage.$13 for 4 oz.
Nature’s Brands Organic Hemp Seed OilThis cold-pressed and organic hempseed oil has a light grassy and woody scent. It’s free of artificial preservatives, chemicals, and petroleum-based ingredients. It’s also packaged in biophotonic glass to ensure quality.$15 for 3.4 oz.
Canada Hemp Foods Organic Hemp OilThis organic, cold-pressed hempseed oil is an affordable option that’s made in small, handcrafted batches to ensure quality.$10 for 17 oz.
Nutiva Organic Hemp Seed OilThis cold-pressed, organic hempseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and chlorophyll. It’s also sold in bisphenol A (BPA)-free packaging, which supports the company’s vision for a healthier world.$7 for 8 oz.
Carrington Farms Organic Hemp OilThis cold-pressed, organic hemp oil is of food-grade quality, and is full of essential fatty acids that may help to reduce inflammation, boost immunity, and improve your mood.$12.99 for 12 oz.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seed OilThis organic, cold-pressed hempseed oil is free of additives and GMOs. The Canadian farmer-owned company ensures a fresh and high-quality product by following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) at their wind-powered facility.$11 for 8.4 oz.
Sky Organics Organic Hemp Seed OilThis cold-pressed hempseed oil is made in small batches on small family-run farms in Canada and then bottled in the United States. Its high fatty acid content makes it a nutritious addition to salads, dressings, and dips.$11 for 8 oz
Foods Alive Organic Hemp OilThis cold-pressed, organic hemp oil has a rich nutty flavor and is full of nutrients, including essential fatty acids. It’s produced in small batches in Canada.$5.99 for 4 oz.

How to choose a hemp oil

When choosing a hemp oil, always buy from a reputable manufacturer that’s clear about their practices and standards. They should be willing to answer any questions and provide appropriate documentation to support their claims. Many companies offer a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Most quality hemp oils have been cold-pressed using a modern steel press. This process helps the oils maintain their full nutritional value, flavor, and aroma.

How to use hemp oil

Hemp oil can be taken orally in a few ways. To use hemp oil as a supplement, take one tablespoon per day.

It can also be added to salad dressings, soups, and sauces, or used in oatmeal, smoothies, and baked goods. Make sure you like the taste before adding it to a large serving of food.

Hemp oil can also be used topically as a moisturizer on its own or diluted with other oils, lotions, or hair products.

When used topically, you don’t need to wash off the hemp oil. It can safely absorb into your skin.

You can also use it as an oil cleanser. In this case, you do need to rinse it off after use.

Is hemp oil right for you?

When taking hemp oil orally, always start with a small dose and gradually increase the amount you take over a period of time, especially if you have a sensitive stomach.

If you have any medical conditions or take any medications, talk to your doctor before starting to take hemp oil.

Hemp oil is legal and doesn’t contain THC or CBD. It won’t cause you to feel “high” or test positive on any drug test. Hemp oil is generally well-tolerated, but it can cause digestive side effects, such as cramps, diarrhea, and nausea, in some people.

Using hemp oil on your skin may produce mild irritation. Always do a skin patch test before using hemp oil on your skin. To test for allergic reactions, place a small amount on the inside of your arm and wait 24 hours to see if any reaction occurs.

Be aware of how the oil affects you when used topically or taken orally. Adjust your use accordingly, and discontinue it if any adverse effects occur.

When used properly, hemp oil can be a healthy addition to your wellness and skin care routine. Choose a product carefully, and always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

To Learn More about oils, edibles and other forms of cannabis Book our Dispensary Tour today!


More about our Cannabis Dispensary Tour

Happy Travelers Tours Cannabis Dispensary Tour offers two routes and two departures on a daily, year-round basis. Come experience the best Sonoma County has to offer in state-of-the-art cannabis dispensary retail environments.

Two Cannabis Dispensary Tour Routes

We're so excited to share some of the amazing cannabis retailers who have set up shop in Santa Rosa. Currently, there are six dispensaries which are open or about to open and there are several more planning to open in 2020. The city of Santa Rosa has become very pot friendly as it opens it's doors to more "wine-and-weed" country experiences!

Southern Santa Rosa

    • This Tour visits a two state-of-the art showrooms:
      • One of the oldest Dispensaries in Sonoma County is Mercy Wellness, which features a gorgeous retail space with knowledgeable bud-tenders
      • One of the newest Dispensaries is Santa Rosa features the first permanent “festival light show” system incorporated into a cannabis retail showroom. What does this mean? It means: prepare to get your mind blown by the amazing, fully integrated, light and sound show which is Doobie Nights.
        • Ask about special events at Doobie Nights and we can customize the light show for you (e.g., birthday, bachelorette party or just a girls weekend!)
      • This Tour also visits The Hook, which features exceptionally knowledgeable Cannabis Concierges who really know their products. In additional to a wide selection of Flowers and Concentrates, The Hook has more edibles and drinkables than any other dispensary in town!

Northern Santa Rosa

    • This Tour visits the oldest and newest Dispensaries in town:
      • Sonoma Patient Group is the oldest dispensary in Santa Rosa, going back twenty years! It’s also the smallest shop in town with very friendly bud-tenders.
      • The newest dispensary is also an indoor grow facility and we’re very pleased to offer a “Back Room” Tour of the amazing Flora Terra Dispensary. When we’re there, you can ask their cultivators any questions you have about growing indoor cannabis AND you’ll learn the basic steps involved growing indoors.
      • This Tour also visits The Hook, which features exceptionally knowledgeable Cannabis Concierges who really know their products. In additional to a wide selection of Flowers and Concentrates, The Hook has more edibles and drinkables than any other dispensary in town!

2 Departure Times and 2 Pick Up Points!

    • The Cannabis Dispensary Tour runs daily, from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM and again from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM and includes a Food Stop (meals not included)
    • This Tour originates in Sonoma at the historic Sonoma Square and in Santa Rosa, at either historic Railroad Square or other convenient location depending on where you’re traveling in from.

This Sounds Great! How Much Does it Cost?

    • The Cannabis Dispensary Tour is $75.00 per person and Guests need to be 21 years old or over.
    • Both Routes stop at a local restaurant for a Food/Snack Break. Meals are NOT included in Tour fee.
    • Please bring Cash for your Cannabis Purchases!

Book your Happy Travelers Tours Cannabis Dispensary Tour today! Or, check out our Sip-and-Sniff Sunset Tour or our MountainTop Wine-and-Weed Tour!

And, if you’re interested in reading more about cannabis, cannabis tourism or Happy Travelers Tours, check out our Blog.


Is Smoking Weed While Sick Bad?

At Happy Travelers Tours we’ve seen the effect of smoking weed while sick first hand. Our opinion: give yourself a break – you’re ill for a reason and smoking weed while sick is, really, just a waste of good cannabis!

However, in the cause of cannabis education, here is some information about smoking weed while sick.

Not feeling well? You may want to reach for the CBD instead of the THC

Using marijuana while you have a cold or flu is a matter of personal preference—though we do recommend avoiding smoking (no spliffs or joints), as it can irritate your lungs, and opting for vaporizers, edibles, or topicals instead.

Both THC and CBD are known and scientifically proven for their pain relief properties, and they should be used responsibly when you’re sick, just as when you’re healthy, too. For example, be careful with consumption amounts on edibles, even if you think you need or want a stronger dosage than usual. The only thing more unpleasant than getting too high is getting too high while you’re also sick.

It is important to note that CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is legal in all 50 states, is anti-bacterial—which means that it won’t help fight the source of the common cold or flu, which are virus infections.

With that said, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help with unplugging sinus infections and increasing respiratory ease regardless of whether you’re suffering from a bacterial or viral infection.

CBD can be either ingested as oil or applied topically. There are even CBD bath bombs these days, so you can take a chest-opening steaming bath and get your CBD fix at the same time.

THC, on the other hand, can potentially suppress the immune system. Please review the 2010 University of South Carolina study published by the European Journal of Immunology and led by Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti.

The study indicates THC can trigger a unique type of immune cell called myeloid-derived suppressor cells, MDSCs. This study was done specifically in regards to immune cells’ ability to kill cancer cells—not virus or bacterial infections. What we know for certain, though, is that getting high is not a magical cure for your stuffy nose and cough.

Got a fever?

Avoid getting high—most people who have experienced getting high with a fever claim that it is unpleasant, though there are no long-term side effects. You may experience more dizziness or nausea, for example. To truly make yourself feel better, consider using a topical for your aching joints, throat, chest, and forehead. After application, wrap it up with a hot steamy towel or sit in the sauna (or just turn the shower on)—you may even enjoy this more than drugstore vapor rub.

We do always recommend consulting your own doctor first before you self-medicate.

Some people believe that smoking weed can help alleviate the symptoms of the common cold. If true, this could be due to the anti-inflammatory compounds present in cannabis.

Other people believe either that smoking cannabis has no effect on a cold or that it could make symptoms worse. Indeed, burning cannabis produces heat and smoke, both of which are likely to irritate the sinuses, potentially exacerbating respiratory symptoms.

Currently, there is no direct research on the effects that smoking weed has on a cold. However, research into the general health effects of cannabis use can help shed light on this area.

The general health effects of cannabis smoking can be difficult to gauge. One reason for this is that different strains of cannabis contain varying concentrations of the active compounds delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

THC is the psychoactive compound that alters a person's mood, while CBD is the compound that provides the purported health benefits of the drug.

Despite the lack of direct research into smoking weed with a cold, there are several related questions that research may help answer. We consider some of these below.

Will smoking weed cure a cold?

Proponents of cannabis often promote weed smoking as a cure-all for minor health issues, such as the common cold.

However, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that smoking weed will cure a cold.

Does smoking weed help with cold symptoms?

Cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids and terpenoids. According to a 2018 article in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, these compounds may have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. These effects may help alleviate some of the inflammatory symptoms of a cold, including:

  • puffy eyes
  • pressure headaches
  • inflamed sinuses

Smoking weed may also help lessen general aches and pains, which are common symptoms of a cold. A 2019 review states, cannabinoids reduce feelings of pain in many people, even those who experience chronic pain.

Again, there is no evidence relating specifically to cold symptoms. Anyone considering using weed to help with these symptoms may wish to consider scientifically proven options first.

Can smoking weed make a cold worse?

Opponents of cannabis use may be more likely to claim that smoking weed can worsen a cold.

There is no evidence to suggest that smoking weed makes a cold last longer or that it suppresses the body's ability to fight a cold. However, some research suggests that smoking weed may aggravate certain cold symptoms.

A 2018 review found evidence linking weed smoking to respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and mucus production. A person who already has these symptoms due to a cold may find that they become worse after smoking weed.

While some people say that smoking helps with inflammatory symptoms, others argue that the heat and smoke can make these symptoms worse.

People who want to smoke weed to alleviate a cold should, therefore, consider other methods of cannabis ingestion. For instance, they could try consuming either cannabis infused edibles or the extracted anti-inflammatory compounds, such as CBD oil.

Does weed interact with cold medications?

Some people claim that weed interacts with cold medications. For instance, some over-the-counter (OTC) cold medications may cause side effects similar to those of weed. Taking both drugs together can exacerbate these side effects.

Some common side effects of weed and OTC cold medications include:

  • feeling cold
  • dizziness
  • impaired cognitive function
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth

As smoking weed or taking OTC cold medications can cause drowsiness, people who use either should avoid driving, operating heavy machinery, and doing any other activities that require focus.

Side effects of smoking weed with a cold

A person with a cold may experience headaches, sinus pressure, and a stuffy nose. As we all know, a  cold can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • a sore, scratchy throat
  • a cough
  • sneezing
  • a runny or stuffy nose
  • sinus pressure
  • headaches

Some people may find that smoking weed helps alleviate these symptoms, while others may find that it makes the symptoms worse. Both heat and smoke are potential irritants. Ingesting irritants in this way may cancel out any anti-inflammatory benefits that the cannabinoids and terpenoids provide.

Remember, smoke may be particularly irritating for people with nasal symptoms, such as sneezing and congestion. Smoke can also irritate the throat and lungs, resulting in increased phlegm production.

Heat can also aggravate throat symptoms. The smoke from a joint or handheld vaporizer can be hot, as it does not have much time to cool before entering the throat. This heat can further irritate the throat, making it dry and sore.

Other methods of cannabis smoking may help cool the smoke slightly. One option is to use a water pipe that contains ice. However, the smoke itself may still be irritating.

Summary

Anyone thinking about smoking weed with a cold may want to consider other methods of cannabis ingestion. These include eating medicated edibles or consuming the extracted anti-inflammatory compounds. Even then, there is no guarantee that the compounds in cannabis will alleviate a cold.

Some people who smoke weed with a cold may find that it alleviates their symptoms. However, others may find that it irritates their nose, lungs, and throat and makes sinus and respiratory symptoms last longer. These detrimental effects are likely to be due to the smoke and heat that burning cannabis produces.

There is currently no direct scientific research on the effects of smoking weed with a cold. As such, there is insufficient evidence to say whether smoking weed while sick has beneficial or detrimental effects.

Read more Cannabis 101 Blog posts or Book a Happy Travelers Tour to learn more about cannabis, cannabis culture and the wine-and-weed country lifestyle!


Guide to Weed Smoking Devices

Happy Travelers Tours is proud to present our  guide to weed smoking devices! They vary in use, size, convenience and popularity and, with advances in technology, stealth!

We’re going to discuss

  • Rolling Papers
  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • Bongs
  • Vapes and Volcanoes

Sounds like fun! Ready, let’s go!

Rolling Papers

Paper is derived from one of the most versatile plants on the planet, providing raw material for everything from plastics, to clothes, shoes and rope. But when it comes to paper we often think about smoking. But did you know there are many materials for great for rolling papers?

Rolling papers have a slow burn rate, making them a great option for joints, blunts, or cigars, and can be found in both thin and thick varieties. If you like to roll your own smokes, you will love the quality of rolling papers.

Rolling papers are an all-natural way to roll your own cigarettes or other herb setups. If you are concerned about what you may be smoking through your papers, check to make sure your papers are a safe and environmentally-friendly choice. Other rolling papers, especially flavored ones, can contain additives, dyes or chemicals used in processing, but not.

Fact is, rolling papers provide a perfect blend of plant material designed specifically to enhance and improve your smoking sessions, making it a fan favorite among tobacco and herb enthusiasts worldwide. Besides the all-natural side and the durability, is also a bland, and largely tasteless substance. This means it will not interfere with the flavor of what you are smoking!

Read more about Joints, Blunts and Spiffs in this Blog Post

Cigars

Cannabis cigars are basically extra large joints that are packed with premium flower, rolled in resin, hash, or another concentrated cannabis product, then wrapped in cannabis leaves and left to cure. It’s one way to include nearly every part of the plant in your product.

Cannabis cigars typically involve several layers of plant material, so the price can vary from $100 for a small cannagar to hundreds or even thousands for a luxury piece made with the finest top shelf ingredients. But with that much potency packed into each hit, chances are it will take you some time to smoke the whole thing down, giving you plenty of time to savor it!

Pipes

Pipes made for smoking cannabis, sometimes called pieces or bowls, are made of a variety of materials, including metal fittings, ceramic, borosilicate glass, stone, wood, bamboo among other materials. Subtypes include one-hitters, bubblers, chillums, glass blunts, corn cob pipes, and standard hand pipes.

Pipes vary greatly in shape and materials, and most are handmade. The common thread between them is having a narrow screened receptacle ("bowl"), a "stem" (which may be a long flexible tube as on hookahs and vaporizers), and a "mouthpiece". The smoking material is placed in the receptacle and affected with a heat source while air is drawn through the bowl and stem to the user.

Blown-glass pipes and bongs are often intricately and colorfully designed. In addition, hand-held pipes and one-hitters have many different names around the world:

Name of PipeCountry
ChillumIndia
ChillumJamaica
MidwakhUAE
SebsiMorocco
ChaliceJamaica

Bongs

Bongs, which you may also know by slang terms like bubbler, binger, or billy, are water pipes used to smoke cannabis. They’ve been around for centuries. The word bong is said to have come from the Thai word “baung” for a bamboo tube used for smoking weed.

Today’s bongs look a lot more complicated than a simple bamboo tube, but they all come down to the same basic process. Bongs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are very basic with just a bowl and chamber. Others are colorful, mouth-blown works of art. At the end of the day, they all do basically the same thing: filter and cool the smoke that comes from the burning marijuana.

Bongs generally feature a small bowl that holds dried weed. When you light the weed it combusts. Meanwhile, as you inhale, the water in the bottom of the bong bubbles (or percolates, if you want to get technical). The smoke rises up through the water and then the chamber before entering your mouth and lungs.

Please read more about Bongs here in our Blog Post: What is a Bong?

Vapes and Volcanoes

When it comes to Vaping, there is a lot of controversy and confusion about what is safe, how they work and, in fact, what a “vape” is.

Vaping is a verb and it means to consume tobacco or cannabis without inhaling hot smoke. Instead, a vaporizer heats either dried herb (e.g, tobacco leaves or cannabis flower) or manufactured “oils” to a specific heat which creates a reaction causing the substance to vaporize, which can then be inhaled as a vapor, versus smoke.

Are they safer? It’s debatable. Are they convenient? Depending on the circumstance, using a hand-held vape pen might be preferable to using a pipe or smoking a pre-roll.

The original vaporizer is the “volcano”. The Volcano has a reputation for excellent performance every time you fire it up, without any fuss or setup. It's easy to load and assemble, fills bags quickly, and makes tasty vapor that is always cool and comfortable to draw, thanks to the bag system and full convection heating.

An original Volcano is expensive, running upwards of several hundreds of dollars. Conversely, vape pens, which are hand-held versions of the larger Volcano, cost anywhere from $20 (for disposable units) to under $100 and can either vaporize ‘oils’ or ‘concentrates’ or flower.

Here’s a link to our Blog Post on Vape Pens 

To learn more, join Happy Travelers Tours on one of our fun and informative Tours! You can choose from:

MountainTop Wine-and-Weed Tour

Sip-and-Sniff Sunset Tour

Cannabis Dispensary Tour

Book your Happy Travelers Tours today!


How to Come Down from a Weed High

One thing which doesn’t get discussed too much is how to come down from a weed high, or, alternatively, what to do when you’re too high. Just like with Cannabis Hyperemesis, there’s another aspect of consuming weed which can occur, which is getting too hight, or, as those in the culture say: hitting it too hard.

More American people than ever have access to legal cannabis, and you can expect that a lot of people are going to turn themselves into a blanket burrito. This is what many call rookie syndrome, when you just get too stoned to function normally.

Whether smoking a high-THC strain for the first time, or eating something more potent than what you’re used to, getting too stoned is something that happens to many people at some point. Proper dosage greatly affects an experience, and that becomes hard to do when you’re smoking or eating something particularly tasty. Beginners are most susceptible to getting too stoned, but one don’t worry. You won’t die; no one has yet!

Getting "un-high" is not exactly as easy as you think, but there are certain things that can definitely help you out of a corner. Like many intoxicants, it’s really a waiting game, as you have to allow time for your body to metabolize the THC just like you would with alcohol. That’s also why edibles can be dicey, the effects take more time to fully present, and longer to die down as they travel through your system. Edibles and dosage in general can work on everyone differently, so if you don’t have a firm idea of your tolerance, caution is your best bet.

Let’s discuss ways to come down from a weed high

  1. Stay Calm, Don’t panic

Most symptoms of imbibing too much cannabis will dissipate within minutes to hours, with no lasting effects beyond a little grogginess.

Give it some time and these feelings will eventually pass, trust us.

Also, contrary to what you may have heard, there have been zero reported cannabis overdose deaths in the history of ever, so despite how freaked out you may feel or how sweaty you get, you won’t expire from excess consumption.

  1. Know your limits before consuming

It’s all well and good to make new friends, but being surrounded by strangers when you can’t feel your face is unpleasant at best and anxiety-ridden at worst. Our next suggestion is to consume with friends you know and are comfortable with, and don’t feel pressured to consume more than you can handle.

Take it slow, especially when consuming edibles. We recommend starting with a standard dose of 10 mg of whatever the edible is (gummy, chocolate or whatever you’ve selected) and cutting that into quarters, so, you can start with a 2.5 mg piece and then wait at least an hour, if not two, before increasing your edibles dosage.

Remember, it takes your body as long as 90 minutes to digest the edible and have it move from your stomach to your liver (edible cannabis is absorbed in the liver, not the lungs).

So, start with a small dose and increase it ONLY after enough time has passed for it to be in your system.

Also, if you’re used to occasionally taking one hit off your pipe, we don’t advise sitting in a smoking circle passing the bong for an hour!

Remember to just say: “No, I’m good right now” … no one will be offended!

  1. Try water and light snacks

Don’t forget to hydrate! Whether you prefer water or juice, make sure you have a nice, cold beverage on hand (preferably non-caffeinated). This will help you combat dry mouth and allow you to focus on a simple and familiar act – sipping and swallowing.

Keep in mind that by “hydrate,” we don’t mean “chug some brews.” If you’re feeling the effects of your strain a little too aggressively, stay away from alcohol as it can increase THC blood concentrations.

Consider grazing on some fruits, nuts, or cheese, and see if it’s a little easier to connect mind and body. Some people find that a light snack helps them feel a little more grounded.

  1. Keep calm and rest

Take deep full breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Focus on the sound of your breath and just rest a while.

Once you’ve found a quiet area, lay down and let yourself relax. If drowsiness and sleep are quick to onset, take a little nap to rejuvenate yourself. Should you be unable to fall asleep, just get comfortable until you feel strong enough to spring back up.

  1. Take a walk or hike

Sometimes a change of scenery and some fresh air to get your blood pumping will help invigorate you. Refrain from taking a walk if you’re feeling too woozy or light-headed to stand; instead, we recommend going back to Option #4 and laying down for a while.

  1. Take a shower or bath

We know from our own experiences that taking a nice hot shower or bath can really help to bring yourself down if you’re too high or are feeling the affects of cannabis hyperemisis.

Sometimes it’s not feasible but, if you’re at home, try taking a nice shower or bath and you’ll notice the water helps you relax.

  1. Distract yourself!

All of the activities that seem so entertaining and fun while high are also a great way to distract yourself while you try to come back down to Earth. Whatever distractions you prefer, make sure it’s a familiar activity that gives you warm fuzzy emotions. Your brain will hopefully zone in on the positive feelings and give you a gentle reminder that you are safe and just fine.

Bonus tip: Try some CBD

CBD is an excellent anxiety-fighting compound, and for many people it can be used to counteract too much THC. Read about CBD in our blog post CBD vrs THC.

If nothing works and you’re still feeling strong anxiety you can always seek medical attention and tell a doctor or nurse that you are having a cannabis-induced anxiety attack. This option is always available, even in states where cannabis is illegal.

From a medical perspective, physicians have your best interest in mind and want to do all they can to make sure you’re okay, even if it’s helping you come down when you’re too stoned.

Here's a handy list for your reference:

Tip NumberNameDescription
1Stop Getting High(er)Seems obvious, but, the first step in coming down is getting any higher.

If you consumed edibles, you can’t stop your body from digesting what’s already been eaten, but you can dilute the contents of your stomach by eating and drinking more so that that digestion takes longer and releases cannabinoids in smaller amounts.
2Eat More FoodAs mentioned, food gives your body fuel to continue to digest whatever has been consumed. If it’s an edible, this will dilute the amount of cannabinoids digested at one time. Food is also a comfort that can allow us to relax when a high becomes too much.
3Drink WaterStaying hydrated can make a big difference in your cannabis experience. Your uncomfortable high could be a result of lack of water, and the side effects that come with it. Make sure to continue to stay hydrated, allowing your body to consistently flush itself.
4Counter the Terpenes with TerpenesCannabis shares terpene profiles with many other plants and fruits that are commonly enjoyed. By applying counteracting terpenes, you can reverse the process.

Options like Lavender, Lemon Juice and/or Black Pepper/Peppercorns help relax the body and potentially minimize the effects of cannabis terpenes on the body.
5Caffeine (but, not if you're feeling 'speedy')While won’t stop your high, it can help you refocus and direct your attention away from your discomfort. It can also help the brain with clarity and ward off the sense of fogginess or lethargy that comes with getting too high.
6Shower and a NapDepending on how your body reacts to cannabis, a quick shower or a short nap can allow the body to reset naturally. The quick change in temperature will jolt the brain and body, allowing you to “snap out of it”. A nap will let you “sleep it off” and is often easier after you’ve stuffed your belly full of munchies (see Eat More Food).
7Smoke Some CBDAlso derived from the cannabis plant, CBD is THC’s non-psychoactive cannabinoid cousin. CBD has been proven to naturally reduce anxiety and bring our minds & bodies back to homeostasis.

When someone has a negative experience with cannabis and gets “too high” CBD can be consumed and the person will actually start to mellow out and come back down.

CBD is extracted from the plant and consumed in many forms — the most popular being tinctures, gel tabs, gummies, topicals, patches, vape-ready oil cartridges, and distillate powder.

The Final Hit: How to Stop Being High

All of these tricks will help mitigate a high, but when it comes to how to stop being high, you’re likely going to have to simply sit it out. The best trick for stopping an uncomfortable high is never starting one; know your limits how long a high lasts for you, and consume responsibly, and you’ll never have to figure out how to stop being high.

Quick Hit: Top 7 Ways to Stop Being High

  • Eat a healthy meal
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use terpene-based aromatherapy
  • Try a serving of caffeine
  • Take a shower and a nap
  • Try a dose of CBD
  • Distract yourself

If you want to learn more about consuming cannabis, sign up for our Cannabis Dispensary Tour or, during the outdoor grow season, join us on a Wine-and-Weed Tour!

You can Book your Happy Travelers Tour year-round!


How to Smoke Weed for Beginners

This post is called How to Smoke Weed for Beginners, however, we're going to cover a lot of ground from the reasons why people use cannabis, to the different strains and ways to consume cannabis and a conversation about how to smoke weed for beginners, the goal of this being a chance to provide education and illumination so you can make an informed decision.

Why Do People Smoke Cannabis?

People use marijuana to heal, boost creativity, relax, inspire, socialize, energize and improve focus. It’s an affordable and natural way to maintain balance between your body’s essential functions like eating, sleeping, and healing.

Daily activities made better

Using marijuana enhances, excites, and elevates your everyday routine—even already pleasurable activities like relaxing or exercising.

Marijuana as medicine

People use marijuana and its medicinal compounds, called cannabinoids, to heal both mind and body. The two most common compounds are THC and CBD, which have differing but complementary effects.

Cut back to live more

People who use marijuana as part of their regular routine tend to decrease their use of alcohol, opiates, tobacco, and narcotics as a result. Marijuana’s unique properties lend itself to numerous safe, effective, and non-addictive purposes.

Instead of Alcohol
Skip the hangover and the empty calories — try marijuana instead of alcohol the next time you’re looking to have some fun. You’ll have a great time and your liver will thank you. It’s no surprise that 4 out of 5 consumers surveyed have replaced their weekly drinking with cannabis.

Instead of opiates

For those suffering from severe or chronic pain, going through chemotherapy, or recovering from injury, marijuana is a reportedly great alternative to opiates. Treatment with THC and CBD alleviates pain while avoiding dangerous side effects and addiction. In fact, one-third of patients surveyed have completely replaced their opiate use with marijuana.

Instead of tobacco

If you’ve been meaning to quit tobacco, marijuana can likely help you achieve your goal. Opt for a quick vape or a slow smoking joint the next time you have a craving or social obligation to smoke. It’s reportedly healthier and non-addictive. We’ve found that one out of ten tobacco-users surveyed have entirely replaced tobacco with cannabis.

Instead of sleeping pills

Put on some relaxing music, turn off the lights, and tuck yourself into bed with a sedating Indica vaporizer, which reportedly reduces anxiety and induces mind and body relaxation.

Vaporizers are convenient pen-shaped devices that are more discreet than traditional options, like a joint. They are odorless, portable, and require virtually no heating time. Vaporizers are often filled with oil cartridges, and vaporize the marijuana instead of combusting it, releasing the active compounds without unhealthy contaminants that you’d find in smoke.

Regardless of your experience level, the effects are felt almost immediately, making this the most efficient way for your body to process marijuana.

 How long do effects last?

The effects of marijuana can last from 1 to 6 hours depending on the individual, how much of a cannabis smoker they are (newbie, occasional, frequent or chronic), the type of strains being consumed and other factors, ranging from how tired a person is to how much they’ve eaten that day. It’s complicated.

I want to smoke weed for my first time.

The first question is: How high do you want to get?

Whether you’re looking to microdose for a subtle mood boost or dive deep into euphoria and relaxation, we’ve got some tips to help you enjoy your experience.

How High Do You Want to GetSmoking/VapingEdibles
Not High at AllHigh CBD products with a ratio of 24:1 or 16:1 CBD:THCHigh CBD products with a ratio of 24:1 or 16:1 CBD:THC
A Little HighSmoking: less than 10% THCEdibles: less than 2 mg THC
Noticeably HighSmoking: between 10% and 20%Edibles: between 2mg and 10mg
Super HighSmoking: more than 20% THCEdibles: more than 10mg THC

How to Smoke Weed: A Beginner's Guide

It's never too late to learn the basics.

The decidedly uphill battle to legalize marijuana, medical or otherwise, is likely to be with us for decades to come.  While alcohol and tobacco remain America's "official" ways to inebriate, the fact of the matter is: cannabis is less harmful and more beneficial to both the body and society in the long run.

If you happen to be interested, here's a Marijuana Basics Primer:

1. Indica vs. Sativa

Learn the difference. Indica makes you sleepy; it's more of a body high, good for pain, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping—you'll likely nod out a couple hours after smoking. Sativa is a more upbeat, artistic, and cerebral high. It sparks the imagination and energizes you directly after smoking, and will keep you awake if you smoke too close to bedtime.

2. Just Say No to Blunts

The use of tobacco leaf rolling papers or hollowed-out/re-rolled Swisher Sweets as the delivery device of choice for weed is called a Blunt. The challenge of smoking blunts is that not only can it lead to an addiction to nicotine, it also kills the taste of the myriad delicious strains now on the market. Nobody would ever mix a shot of red wine in a glass with ice and Coke, would they?

3. Know Your Equipment

Some people swear by vaporizers, which eliminate the intense skunky smell (good for dorm rooms and public spots) and the inhalation of smoke (possibly but not medically proven to adversely affect the lungs). However, the vape high is considerably less intense and shorter lasting. While a bong can be unruly and downright disgusting, a small water pipe can fulfill the same purpose, filtering the more noxious elements of combustion. For cleaning, isopropyl alcohol cuts resin nicely.

4. Giggling Gets Old

The first time you smoke, feel free to giggle your ass off, munch down on Double Stuf Oreos and barbecue potato chips, and marvel at the newfound intensity of movies, music, sex, et al. The primary effect of weed is to enhance the sensory enjoyment of everything around you. Over time, however, you’ll get beyond the endless giggles and into the newly opened doors of your perception.

5. Expectations

If pot makes you feel paranoid, it's because it affords the user a slightly different view of him or herself. When you're high, your words echo discreetly in your own coconut, and your point of view is slightly off center from normal, affording you a kind of fleeting glimpse of yourself and your actions that you might not ordinarily have. Weed invites self-observation, which is not for everyone. Even though it should be.

Terms you Should Know

  • Cannabis: A tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. It is used to produce hemp fiber and as a psychotropic drug in extract, ingestible, or smokable flower.
  •  Marijuana: A dried preparation of leaves and female flowers of the hemp plant. Used as a psychotropic and anti-inflammatory drug.
  •  Cannabinoids: The chemical compounds that are the active principles of marijuana. Naturally occurring in plants, animals, and humans; isolated from marijuana alone are at least 85 known cannabinoids, the most well-known being THC (the psychoactive compound we know and love) and CBD (the non-psychoactive compound that’s been finding it’s way in headlines for treating children and toddlers with epilepsy).
  • Cannabinoids exhibit various effects and can treat a wide assortment of ailments such as Cancer, Epilepsy, chronic pain, nausea, lack of appetite, Glaucoma, ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Tourettes, migraines, seizures, and much, much more.
  • There are no known incidents of fatalities by marijuana overdose. There is no connection between marijuana and social/psycho disorders. Like any controlled substance, care should be taken to avoid developing addiction in recreational users. Steps can be taken to cut lung damage and respiratory problems, such as exhaling immediately, smoking weed high in THC, and using a water pipe (also known as a bong!).

Indica Strains vs Sativa Strains

Cannabis plants come in two main classifications: Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. The first thing a new user will pick up is which of the two they prefer.

  • Indica plants produce marijuana strains that give you a deep body high, often making you sleepy or “couch-locked”. Indica strains are used to treat chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia.
  •  Sativa plants produce marijuana strains that give you a creative and uplifting “mind high”.  Sativa strains are used to treat depression and are great at providing energy and focus.
  •  Hybrids of the two plants create strains that combine benefits of both classifications and are directly influenced by the individual genetics of the plant. The resulting amount of choice is incredible. Hybrid strains   fall into the following categories:
  •  Indica Dominant- Excellent for treating daytime pain.
  •  Even- Strains that have an equal between a cerebral and body relaxing high.
  •  Sativa Dominant- Energetic strains that boost focus and creativity without putting you to sleep.

Weed for Beginners

How to Get Cannabis Legally

  • To obtain weed legally in the US, you must visit a recreational marijuana dispensary in one of the four states that have legalized weed. A marijuana dispensary is simply a store, filled with pot. It’s amazing. You must be 21 or over and have identification.
  • To legally use marijuana medically in states where it is available, you must apply for a marijuana registration card; a process that requires a Dr. visit, application fees and about a one month wait time.

How to Cannabis is Consumed

Cannabis is enjoyed in many ways. The most popular method with the easiest self-dosage control is to smoke it. You can smoke weed in a joint or a blunt or a pipe or a bong. Steps can be taken to reduce lung damage and respiratory problems, such as exhaling immediately, smoking weed high in THC, and using a water pipe (Bong!). Vaporizers are a healthy alternative to smoking, as are tinctures and edibles.

What to expect from smoking weed for first time

Some people say you don’t feel anything your first time; some people say it’s the best they’ve ever felt.

Whatever the outcome, smoking weed for the first time can be climactic, anti-climactic, exciting, a little scary and, most of all, confusing.

Furthermore, it’s rare that a first-time smoker is around someone who is as experienced as, let’s say, Tommy Chong. Usually, it’s a bunch of people in a circle not wanting to admit they have no idea what they’re doing.

So, we’re going to move the learning curve up a bit and give you, cannabis virgins, a few tips on how to smoke weed.

How to Buy It

In order to smoke weed, you need to have weed, so this first step is pretty simple.

Most of the time, first-time cannabis consumers will smoke someone else’s weed. Someone will hand you a joint, bong or, God forbid, an edible at a party because "it’s just crazy man that you haven’t been high before."

In that case, you can skip this step and read on. But, if you really want to impress your friends, or simply want to experience being high for the first time in a more personally accommodating environment (read: in your house by yourself), you need to know how to buy it.

We’re going to stick with legal procurement, here, because we have to respect the law. So, when you’re heading into a dispensary, there are a few things you need to remember.

Bring your ID

This is not an option. These institutions are heavily regulated and one wrong move ruins it for all of us. And, trust us, you don’t want to get all the way through the line just to be told you can’t be served.

Allow yourself plenty of time

Most of the dispensaries have lines out the door at all times. You may not be able to make it there and back on a lunch break. Allow for time to be in line and time to check out the product. You want to be able to make a quality choice, after all.

Speaking of time, don’t go right at closing

Remember when we said these dispensaries are heavily regulated? Well, just because you’re there before they close doesn’t mean they have to serve you. Everyone has to have paid and be gone when “closing time” hits.

So, even if you wait in line for two hours, if it’s time, it’s time, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Ask for help

Bud tenders are trained to help guide you through this process. Don’t know which strain to get? Don’t know how much to buy? Don’t know if you’re in the mood for Sour Patch Kids or cookies? They will be more than happy to assist you.

Cash is King

Some dispensaries cannot take plastic yet. You don’t want to get all the way to check out only to find that you can’t actually buy any bud at all.

How to Consume Cannabis for the first time

Alright, so you’ve made it legally through the line and you’ve got weed in hand. And, now it’s time to smoke it!

Your smoking options includes:

  • joint
  • blunt
  • bowl
  • bong
  • vape pen or vaporizor
  • a myriad of devices that probably aren’t fit for a first-timer (dab rigs and such)
  1. A joint or blunt is probably the easiest way to smoke, but rolling can be hard if you’ve never done it before (and we’re assuming you haven’t) and, as we mentioned above, we’re not fans of smoking blunts, so let’s skip that.
  2. Bong rips may be a bit too harsh and heavy for a first-timer and vapes can be expensive. It’s our considered opinion the most economical and efficient way to consumer cannabis is the old-fashioned pipe. So, we recommend smoking a bowl.
  3. You can purchase a pipe (known as a “bowl”) at any head shop. To find a head shop in your area, Google “head shops in my area.”
  4. We also recommend picking up a grinder while you’re there, so you don’t have to worry about trying to properly break up weed.

OK, I've got a Grinder and a Bowl, Now What?

The first step in using a grinder is to “break up” or separate your bud from the stem. Since a “bud” is the dried flower which grew on the cannabis plant, it has a ‘stem’ (also known as “lumber”) which the bud mass has grown around. Breaking up a bud is easy, just pull the bud mass apart from the stem and, voila, it’s broken up!

The next step is to put the broken up bud mass into the grinder and then turn the top and bottom in opposite directions. The grinder’s “teeth” will tear the bud mass apart and turn the sticky flower into a finely grown “tobacco” which you can then easily load into a pipe (or, once you get the hang of it, roll into a joint) and then smoke.

We recommend you use just enough ground cannabis to loosely fill the bowl, which you then gently tamp down. This way, once you start to get it burning, you won’t have to fight with the pipe and the burn will be even and steady as you inhale. And, that’s the trick – once you inhale, just hold the smoke in for a moment and then slowly exhale. When you exhale the first hit of a fresh bowl, you’ll be able to taste all the terpenes which you were smelling when you ground up your cannabis.

And, there you have it! You’ve officially smoked weed! Don’t worry if you cough. Cannabis smoke expands in your lungs so you don’t have to take a deep drag, but, since it is expansive, it can cause you to cough.

There is an old saying in cannabis culture: if you don’t cough, you don’t get off. The idea is: by holding your hit in for a prolonged time, you’ll get more THC into your blood stream. The trade-off is: you’ll most likely cough a lot as you learn to do this.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your experience goes as smoothly as possible.

No matter what state you're in right now, you cannot smoke weed in public.

  • It’s still illegal. So, make sure you are at a private residence when you enjoy your bud.

Do not pass a cached bowl to someone.

  • The term “cached” means the bowl or bong no longer has any smokable bud in it. If you are smoking with friends, do not pass a cached bowl to someone.
  • He or she will just suck ash through the pipe and probably not want to be your friend anymore.

Remember to “puff, puff, pass.”

  • This may sound trite, but it’s important. Don’t hog the weed if you’re smoking with friends.

Eating edibles? Read the dosage properly.

  • At Happy Travelers Tours, we don’t recommend eating cannabis as your introduction to consuming marijuana. There are several reasons for this, including the simple fact it can take up to 90 minutes before you feel the affect and you have no way to titrate your dose once you’ve eaten an edible.
  • However, if you do decide on an edible as your first (or second) cannabis experience, we do recommend you are in a familiar, comfortable, environment where you can fall asleep without worry, since that is the most likely end result of your experience!
  • Make an appropriate decision on how much you should eat. Then, eat half of that.

What to expect: what does smoking weed feel like

  • Take a moment and just breathe. You will feel your heart race a bit and your face will get a little flush. You might even feel kind of light-headed.
  • Odds are it’s both the weed and your nerves, and that’s OK. It will pass in a minute.

Here’s what else you should expect when you’re high

You will get the munchies.

  • The cannabinoids in marijuana work with your neurons, and they basically tell your brain it’s time to eat, even if it’s not. Make sure you have food on hand before you smoke. If not, Domino’s delivers, y’all.

Your mouth will get dry.

  • Maybe you’ve heard the nasty cottonmouth rumors floating around. Well, they're true.
  • Marijuana will dry out your mouth and eyes, so make sure you’ve got plenty of liquids around.

It will last about two hours.

  • But, your body will calm down in about 15 minutes, and you will be able to relax and enjoy your buzz -- unless you ate edibles, in which case, the high can last longer depending on the dose.

Time will go by fairly slowly.

  • This is normal. The beautiful thing about weed is it allows you to savor every moment for what feels like longer. Take it all in.

If you don’t feel high, smoke more.

  • The great thing about weed is you can never do too much.

To learn more about consuming cannabis, consider Booking a Happy Travelers MountainTop Grow Tour and get up-close-and-personal with cannabis plants.


Recreational Weed States

The legalization of cannabis, and the establishment of recreational weed states in the United States, continues to occur on a state by state basis. While there has been significant speculation as to what it will take for cannabis to be legalized throughout all 50 states and territories, the timeline for this continues to be elusive.

Looking Back at History

The movement towards recreational marijuana states starts with medical marijuana in California. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis, sparking a trend that spread to a majority of states by 2016.

Recreational Weed States Arrive!

In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize cannabis for recreational use. However, it would six more years before California recreational weed became available, and it's been in the past couple of years we've seen an explosion of cannabis related businesses in California.

This table provides some key dates and milestones in cannabis' journey from being illegal in all 50 states to being able to walk down the street in San Francisco smoking a joint without fear of being busted!

It's truly amazing the amount of progress we've seen in the past 24 years - it'll be even more amazing 24 years from now!

1996Medical Cannabis Legalization Begins
1996California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis with the approval of Proposition 215.[23] Arizona also passed a medical cannabis ballot measure, but it was rendered ineffective on a technicality
1998Oregon, Alaska, and Washington all legalized medical cannabis through ballot measure.[25] Nevada also passed a medical cannabis initiative, but it required second approval in 2000 to become law, as per the state constitution
1999Maine legalized medical cannabis through ballot measure
2000Hawaii became the first state to legalize medical cannabis through state legislature.

Nevada and Colorado legalized medical cannabis through ballot measure
2001Nevada decriminalized cannabis through state legislature
2003Maryland passed legislation establishing reduced penalties for persons using cannabis due to a medical necessity (as established at trial)
2004Vermont legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.

Montana legalized medical cannabis through ballot measure
2006Rhode Island legalized medical cannabis through state legislature
2007 New Mexico legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.
2008New Mexico legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.
2010New Jersey legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.

Arizona legalized medical cannabis through ballot measure.

California legislators reduce penalties for cannabis to a civil infraction
2011Delaware legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.

Connecticut decriminalized cannabis through state legislature
2012Connecticut legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.

Rhode Island decriminalized cannabis through state legislature
2012Recreational Cannabis Legalization Begins
2012Colorado and Washington become the first two states to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, following the passage of Amendment 64 and Initiative 502
2013Vermont decriminalized cannabis through state legislature.

New Hampshire legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.

Illinois legalized medical cannabis through state legislature
2014Utah became the first state to pass a low-THC, high-CBD medical cannabis law. These laws allowed low-THC cannabis oil to be used for treatment of certain medical conditions with a doctor's recommendation.

Maryland legislators decriminalized cannabis and approved a comprehensive medical cannabis law, expanding the very limited measure that was passed in 2003.

Missouri decriminalized cannabis through state legislature.

Minnesota legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.

New York legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.

Alaska and Oregon legalized recreational cannabis through ballot measure.

By the end of the year ten more states passed low-THC, high-CBD medical cannabis laws: Alabama, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Tennessee, Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, and Missouri
2015Delaware decriminalized cannabis through state legislature.

Louisiana legislators passed a limited medical cannabis law.

During the year, five more states passed low-THC, high-CBD medical cannabis laws: Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming
2016Pennsylvania legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.

Ohio legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.

Illinois decriminalized cannabis through state legislature.

California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts approved ballot measures to legalize recreational cannabis. Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota approved ballot measures to legalize medical cannabis.
2017West Virginia legalized medical cannabis through state legislature.

Indiana passed a low-THC, high-CBD medical cannabis law.

New Hampshire decriminalized cannabis through state legislature.
2018Vermont became the first state to legalize recreational cannabis through state legislature. Unlike all other states that had legalized recreational, however, no provision was made for commercial sale.

Indiana legalized CBD for any use.

Kansas legalized CBD for any use.

Oklahoma legalized medical cannabis through ballot measure.

Michigan approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis.

Missouri and Utah approved ballot measures to legalize medical cannabis
2019Hawaii decriminalized cannabis through state legislature
Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_cannabis_laws_in_the_United_States#State

If you'd like to take a Tour of some of Sonoma County's most interesting Dispensaries, check out our Cannabis Dispensary Tour!

Or Book one of our Mountaintop Cannabis Tour's for 2020!

 


CBD vrs THC

CBD vrs THC

As the legal use of marijuana and other cannabis products grows, consumers are becoming more curious about their options. This includes cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), two natural compounds found in plants of the Cannabis genus.

CBD can be extracted from hemp or from marijuana. Hemp plants are cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3 percent THC, while marijuana plants are cannabis plants that contain higher concentrations of THC. CBD is sold in the form of gels, gummies, oils, supplements, extracts, and more.

THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives the high sensation. It can be consumed by smoking marijuana. It’s also available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, and more.

Both compounds interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system, but they have very different effects.

Read on to learn more about these compounds. While they may have a lot in common, they have some key differences that determine how they’re used.

CBD vs. THC: Chemical structure

Both CBD and THC have the exact same molecular structure: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. A slight difference in how the atoms are arranged accounts for the differing effects on your body.

Both CBD and THC are chemically similar to your body’s own endocannabinoids. This allows them to interact with your cannabinoid receptors.

The interaction affects the release of neurotransmitters in your brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals responsible for relaying messages between cells and have roles in pain, immune function, stress, sleep, to name a few.

CBD vs. THC: Psychoactive components

Despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC don’t have the same psychoactive effects. In fact, CBD is a nonpsychoactive compound. That means it doesn’t produce the “high” associated with THC.

THC binds with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. It produces a high or sense of euphoria.

CBD binds very weakly, if at all, to CB1 receptors. In fact, it can interfere with the binding of THC and dampen the psychoactive effects.

CBD vs. THC: Medical benefits

CBD and THC have many of the same medical benefits. They can provide relief from several of the same conditions. However, CBD doesn’t cause the euphoric effects that occur with THC. Some people may prefer to use CBD because of the lack of this side effect.

In June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approvedTrusted Source Epidiolex, the first prescription medication to contain CBD. It’s used to treat rare, difficult-to-control forms of epilepsy.

CBD is used to help with other various conditions, such as:

  • seizures
  • inflammation
  • pain
  • psychosis or mental disorders
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • nausea
  • migraines
  • depression
  • anxiety

THC is used to help with conditions such as:

  • pain
  • muscle spasticity
  • glaucoma
  • insomnia
  • low appetite
  • nausea
  • anxiety

CBD vs. THC: Side effects

CBD is well-tolerated, even in large doses. ResearchTrusted Source suggests any side effects that occur with CBD use are likely the result of drug-to-drug interactions between CBD and other medications you may be taking.

THC causes temporary side effects, such as:

  • increased heart rate
  • coordination problems
  • dry mouth
  • red eyes
  • slower reaction times
  • memory loss

These side effects are part of the compound’s psychoactive properties.

Neither compound is fatal.

However, high THC use may be connected to long-term negative psychiatric effects. This is especially true for adolescents who consume large amounts of THC.

The effect on the brain is more profound for teens. Using the compound increases the risk for some psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia.

CBD vs. THC: Drug testing

Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are stored in the body’s fat. They can show up on drug tests for several days or weeks after you use them.

Not every drug test will be able to detect CBD, but CBD-sensitive tests are available. Most standard drug tests will look for chemicals related to THC, so THC or marijuana use might show up on a screening.

Likewise, hemp can produce some THC in addition to CBD, so a test could be positive for THC even if you’ve not used it.

Why do people talk about THC content in CBD oil if THC and CBD are two different compounds?

CBD and THC are two of the most prominent cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant. Both marijuana and hemp produce CBD and THC.

However, marijuana has a higher concentration of THC. Hemp has a higher concentration of CBD.

The average marijuana strain today contains about 12 percentTrusted Source THC. CBD oil may contain small amounts of THC because it’s present in the hemp plant. CBD can have no more than 0.3 percent THC to be legal at the federal level.

Takeaway

CBD and THC both have medical benefits. They’re also both considered safe, but consider the possibility of side effects and interactions with other drugs you’re taking. Continue your research and talk with your doctor if you have any questions.

TAKEAWAYCBDTHC
Anti-inflammatoryYESYES
Decreases SeizuresYESNO
Eases DepressionYESNO
Eases MigrainesYESYES
Helps with InsomniaYESYES
Helps with PsychosisYESNO
Hemp-DerivedYESNO
IllegalYES*NO
Increases AppetiteNoYES
Interact with Endocannabinoid SystemYESYES
Marijuana DerivedYES*YES
Pain RelieverYESYES
Produces a "High"NOYES
Reduces AnxietyYESYES
Reduces NauseaYESYES
Shows on Drug TestPOSSIBLY**YES
Side EffectsALMOST NONEPSYCHOACTIVE SIDE EFFECTS
Used for Various ConditionsYESYES

* CBD can be extracted from hemp (cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3 percent THC) or from marijuana plants (cannabis plants with higher concentrations of THC).

** CBD isn't detected in hemp products, but hemp products may contain trace amounts of THC. THC may show up in high enough concentrations to produce a positive drug test.

Is CBD Legal?

Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Check your state's laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.

Let's Revisit the Medical Benefits of CBD

The list of conditions CBD may help with is ever-expanding. Here are some of the most common conditions and symptoms patients combat with CBD:

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Pain and inflammation
  • PTSD and anxiety
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Opioid withdrawal

Though clinical and anecdotal evidence suggests CBD’s benefits in managing different conditions, it became most famous for treating a rare and debilitating form of pediatric epilepsy. Dravet’s Syndrome is notoriously resistant to current approved treatment methods. Sufferers are plagued by seizures, often up to hundreds a day, that worsen as they age and can be life-threatening. Currently, treatment methods include having the child wear an eyepatch, specialized diets, and brain surgery, but all have mixed success rates.

Keep in mind that CBD levels may vary from crop to crop—even from plant to plant. However, below are some strains that have been bred to contain higher CBD levels, so they might be a good place to start. Check the map on their strain page to see if these are sold at a dispensary near you. We also recommend checking with dispensaries about the specifics of their strains’ CBD levels. It’s always a good idea to purchase only lab-tested products that clearly state the CBD/THC levels so you know what kind of experience to expect.

To learn more, read our Blog Post Indica vrs Sativa: Which to Choose?

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What is a Bong?

What is a Bong? A bong (also water pipe, billy, bing, or moof) is a filtration device which uses water and/or ice as a filtration system and is generally used for smoking cannabis, tobacco, or other herbal substances. In construction and function a bong is similar to a hookah, except smaller and especially more portable. A bong may be constructed from any air- and water-tight vessel by adding a bowl and stem apparatus (or slide) which guides air downward to below water level whence it bubbles upward ("bubbler") during use.

To get fresh air into the bong and harvest the last remaining smoke, a hole known as the "carburetor", "carb", "choke", "bink", "rush", "shotty", "kick hole", or simply "hole", somewhere on the lower part of the bong above water level, is first kept covered during the smoking process, then opened to allow the smoke to be drawn into the respiratory system. On bongs without such a hole, the bowl and/or the stem are removed to allow air from the hole that holds the stem.

Bongs have been in use by the Hmong, in Laos and Thailand, and all over Africa for centuries. One of the earliest recorded uses of the word in the West is in the McFarland Thai-English Dictionary, published in 1944, which describes one of the meanings of bong in the Thai language as, "a bamboo waterpipe for smoking kancha, tree, hashish, or the hemp-plant." A January 1971 issue of the Marijuana Review also used the term.

Historically, it is generally accepted that the bong was first brought to the United States by US soldiers stationed overseas in the 1960’s. Since then, artisan glass blowers have made bongs into their own art form.

How a Bong Works

The basic concept of the bong is to cool the smoke being inhaled by passing it through one or several chambers filled with water or ice. The more contact the smoke has with the water, the cooler and smoother the smoke. Although these devices vary in size, shape, and complexity… the one thing they all have in common is delivering a pleasantly refreshing smoking experience.

Essentially a bong consists of 5 pieces:
1.    Tube and/or base – the long, straight tube is essentially what defines a bong. These can vary in sizes from 8” on up. The base is filled with a small amount of water.
2.    Downstem – a tube that slides into the side of the of the bong and into the water. These may also be slotted at the base to create more bubbles.
3.    “Carb” or carburetor (generally a pull or a slide) – a hole in the side of the base to create clean air flow and clear the tube. (Most times, this means simply lifting the bowl off of the downstem.)
4.    Bowl – placed at the opposite end of the downstem, this is where the herb is packed.
5.    Percolator – a filter that creates bubbles in the water when smoke is drawn through the tube.

ICE Pinch

Many bongs today come with an ice pinch in the tube. These “pinches” in the glass, usually located at a mid-point or near the top of the tube, prevent the ice cubes from falling into the water (at least until they melt small enough to fall through). This additional filter of ice provides another cooling level before reaching the smoker’s mouth.

Why Use a Bong? The Benefits of Percolation

There is no denying the distinctive sound of a bubbling bong, but there is science behind that beloved gurgle. Although the level of filtration acquired is debatable, studies are promising that passing smoke through water helps to filter some of the toxicants that may be inhaled while smoking. With other smaller devices, such pipes, cigarettes, or joints, the smoke is not filtered which allows small particles, toxicants, even burning embers to pass into the smoker’s mouth, esophagus, and lungs, potentially causing damage over time. Using a water pipe, as the smoker inhales, the smoke travels through the water trapping particulate matter, as well as, commingling with clean air and water vapor, which essentially expands the smoke. As more bubbles are created, the more the smoke expands, and the smoother and cooler the hit.

With this in mind, there are many different types of percolation filters found in bongs today which are engineered to provide better air flow and produce a better smoking experience.

These are but a few of the most popular types of percolators:

  • Honeycomb – just like the name suggests, this filters the smoke and water through dozens of tiny holes.
  • Turbine – pulls smoke through 5-6 slots creating a cyclone effect in the water.
  • Hanging – a series of smaller tubes, hang in the center of the main tube to create more bubbles.
  • Inline – a small horizontal slotted tube near the bottom of the base
  • Fritted – finely porous glass filter, almost looks like fibers, creates the smallest bubbles, which creates the most filtration, but can also clog the easiest.

Other Pieces and Parts of a Water Bong

In addition to the percolator, the other parts play an important factor as well. The down stem, example, has three common styles:

  • Classic Down stem – a simple glass tube with a flared end to fit the bowl.
  • Diffused Down stem – like a classic down stem, but with extra slots at the base to create more airflow.
  • Direct Inject – also called a “stemless bong”, this is built into the side of the bong.

Bowls also come in different sizes to fit whatever size stem is being used in the bong. Three sizes for glass on glass bongs are generally considered standard: 10mm (small), 14mm (medium), and a 18mm (large). For water pipes with standard downstems 9mm and 12mm tend to be the most popular size bowls. Even the base of the bong may vary in shape from just a tube, to a flared beaker-style base, or a bubble base.

The Variations are Limitless

So many options, combined with the artistic creativity of extremely talented glassblowers, equals an impressive array of intricate, beautiful glassware seen in water pipes. Some very elaborate pieces may have several chambers with multiple levels of diffusion and functionality, others may be finely detailed sculptures of artistic splendor that sit on a shelf, never used. While some might only be used to entertain guests. Just remember the more complex the piece, the higher the price tag. Bongs can vary in price from very cheap $10 pieces to upwards of $20,000 or more (see Expensive Bongs below)

A bong is considered by many to be one of the most exquisite ways to smoke. From the perspective of improving the overall smoking experience, a bong not only provides the smoothest, coolest hits; it is also a unique and functional piece of artwork.

Different Types of Bongs Materials

Let’s look at the different types of bong materials in use today:

  1. Glass happens to be the most popular bong material
  2. Plastic is the second most used material for bongs
  3. Ceramic bongs are much heavier compared to glass or plastic bongs

Expensive Bongs

Glass pipes, bubblers, and bongs come and go like the wind. One day you have a beautiful blue bubbler in your hands, making huge smoke clouds and seemingly enjoying the hell out of its life. Next thing you know there’s a million pieces of glass on the ground and your cat has that evil look she’s so very fondly of throwing in your face.

Although it can be a disheartening feeling to lose a member of the squad, they can usually be easily replaced for under 100 bucks. However, like with most things, you can spend some major money on these dope weed pipes. Here’s a list of the most expensive bongs for sale:

    • ME Glass X Blitzkriega Balloon Giraffe – $7,000
    • Burtoni & Euphoria “Squid Chopper” Hybrid – $7,000
    • Scott Deppe’s Grateful 4 Mushrooms – $14,000
    • Scott Deppe’s Take Me 2 The Mothership – $20,000
    • Illuzion Glass Galleries 2017 Annual 420 Party Collaboration Vabor Bubbler by AKM, Cowboy, and Darby – $30, 000
    • “Double Rainbow” Bubbler and Hand Pipe Collaboration Set by Adam G., Darby, Buck, 2BA, and Eusheen – $33,000
    • Pirate Ship Bubbler – $30,000
    • Roor Skull Gun – $90,000
    • Scott Deppe’s Gold Encrusted Skull Bong – $100,000
    • “The Throne” Bubbler Collaboration by Clinton Roman, Scott Deppe, Darby Holm, and Banjo. “The Throne” really is the king of all glass pieces, any other claiming they need a reality check. “The Throne” is considered to be one of the most iconic and legendary functional glass pieces in the industry. Standing nearly two feet tall, this mega collaboration was constructed in 2010. The skulls, made by Scott Deppe, remove from the top revealing the mouthpiece, and the structure itself was assembled by Darby Holm using the Deppe’s Darkness color. Banjo constructed the one-foot tall goddess that sits upon Darby’s lattice of bones. The airflow of this piece begins at the push bowl, where it travels down into a large natural percolator and then on up the skeletal backbone to the mouthpiece. Since this piece was first exhibited, there have been several similar pieces created, but this one will always be considered the true original. “The Throne” can be viewed at Illuzion Glass Galleries in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Bongs are great!

All in all, bongs are a great way to consume cannabis. Not only do they provide a filtration and cooling function, they can look really cool as well.

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

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