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Confession of a Boulder Budtender

March 13th, 2020

This week I was criticized by a reader for not offering a true “confession” like the title of this blog suggests. Alright I have a reader! The thing is though, there is not much to expose about being a budtender. There are no secrets that need uncovering, no whistleblowing that needs doing, and no oppressive leader that needs toppling. I am not an investigative journalist up here to call out the weed industry for their abuses of power, I am just a dude who works in a weed shop. “Breaking News! Nobody likes strains that are low in THC, more on this story next week”. I like to make fun of... Read More

Can CBD help to keep your tolerance down?

March 7th, 2020

For regular cannabis users, there’s nothing worse than building up a tolerance to cannabis, and specifically tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Tolerance means smoking or vaping more to enjoy the same level of high, which inevitably leads to higher costs. While it would be a step too far to call it a waste of weed, there are certainly more efficient ways to make use of your bud. Some choose to make edibles, as tolerances to inhaling and eating cannabis differ. Others decide to go cold turkey to bring their tolerance down – but for those who smoke daily, this can seem easier than it is.   However,... Read More

Cannabis Board for Hemp Regulation Launches in Boulder

March 4th, 2020

The Marijuana Licensing Authority was named in August of last year and was meant to handle licensing of marijuana products. However, the licensing is currently still being handled by Boulder city officials and the Licensing Authority is really only providing advisory recommendations, with the hopes to begin licensing later this year. This mixup in naming has caused the city, city council, and businesses a headache as it causes confusion over what the Authority can legally do, and Boulder City Council proposed a name change to the Cannabis Licensing and Advisory Board. This name helps clear up some... Read More

About Pacific Frost, A Sweet Cannabis Strain

February 27th, 2020

The Pacific Frost cannabis strain is an indica-dominant hybrid. This bud is brought to us by the breeding masters at California. In terms of its lineage, as its name lets on, Pacific Frost Strain was created by crossing Pacific OG and Frosty marijuana strains. The plant is a beauty to look at, as the name suggests it has frosty green buds to complement it the buds are covered in white crystal trichomes. It has a sweet flavour profile with notes of grape and berry. The aroma has a similar sweet undertone.  The strain is known for its medical benefits. Patients who have used Pacific Frost find that... Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Alien Dutchess

February 25th, 2020

A Cresco Lab creation designed to lull the user into a deep meditative state prior to providing an intense and potent euphoric trip. Alien Dutchess is a refined cross between Alien OG and Dutch Treat Haze. Many users report that the strain smells of pine and lemon, with a splendid spicy aroma to finish the ordeal. Upon consuming the strain, citrus becomes unmistakably present, along with earthy undertones that seal the deal on a flavourful masterpiece. Common users of Alien Dutchess are those who struggle to gain weight due to some sort of physical or mental hardship such as anorexia or severe... Read More

Top 5 Activities to Combine with Cannabis

February 10th, 2020

Despite the stereotype about cannabis making people lazy, cannabis pairs perfectly with several activities. Physical activity naturally stimulates the ECS by producing its own endogenous cannabinoid, anandamide. Anandamide is known for causing the euphoric sensation after exercise, often referred to as the runner’s high. Consuming cannabis can then compliment physical activity by supplying your ECS with exogenous cannabinoids, like THC and CBD. Here are five of the top activities to combine with cannabis. 1. Hiking Hiking and cannabis have long been a favorite for many. Since cannabis hasn’t... Read More

Vaping Illnesses Increasing Support of Marijuana Legalization

October 26th, 2019

As black market vaping products, including THC products, have been increasingly linked to vaping illnesses, support of marijuana legalization has only grown. As marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are unable to regulate products, even in legal states. Meanwhile, legal states are also struggling to keep up with regulation and safety for marijuana products. This is becoming even more of a problem as marijuana related products, including pre-filled vaping cartridges, are far outstripping studies about general vaping risks, and specifically... Read More

Colorado Proposes Law to Ban Additives in Marijuana Vape Products

October 19th, 2019

With a string of illnesses and vaping related deaths in the last few months, the public has been turning a harsh eye towards all vaping products, including marijuana products. Several vaping related illnesses have been seen in Colorado, and nearly all of the patients were using a combination of tobacco and marijuana products. The source of the illness is still unknown, but many have pointed towards black market vaping products. In an effort to quell some of the destruction of vaping related illnesses, particularly in teens and young adults, many cities have taken it upon themselves to remove flavored... Read More

Coors and Lagunitas Join Cannabis Drink Market in Colorado

October 12th, 2019

Coors and Lagunitas are both going to try their hand at marijuana infused beverages in Colorado. Coors will be distributing a non-alcoholic carbonated CBD soda and sparkling beverage line. Distribution will be limited to Denver. “We see a big demand for high-quality and unique products in the non-alcoholic space,” Coors Distributing Company marketing director Jennifer DeGraff says in a statement announcing the deal. “While both brands are locally produced and focus on using high-quality ingredients to deliver superior tasting products that stand out above competition, they each... Read More

U.S. to Spend $3 Million on Research for CBD and Pain

September 21st, 2019

The U.S. government intends on spending $3 million on research for CBD; none of the money will be spent on the THC counterpart which gets you high. Nine research grants have been approved that research CBD in everything from food to beauty products, along with some other lesser known chemicals, but THC was specifically excluded from the funding. Many find this to be an incomplete analysis of marijuana and pain management, as it is still unclear exactly what part of the plant may be helpful in pain management. This also inhibits the ability to discover whether pain can be managed without the intoxicating... Read More

How Hemp Will Help Our World’s Health

August 24th, 2019

With the recent news about the Amazon rainforest fires, people are taking action to learn about what’s going on and find ways to help. The fires have risen nearly 83% since last year, and almost 73,000 fires have been reported across the rainforest. The destruction is reported to be the cause of deliberately set fires for the locals to clear land in order to meet the demand for animal agriculture. The land is deforested and cleared for animals or crops for animals to eat and accounts for 91% of the deforestation. There’s been a total of 136 million rainforest acres cleared for animal agriculture.... Read More

Army Veteran Learns to Walk and Talk Again While Using CBD

August 10th, 2019

I recently had the honor of speaking with Blake Cook about his experience with the military and how he is crushing his goals while using CBD. Blake is 30 years old and was born and raised in West Virginia. He joined the military in 2010 to join the Army to be in the infantry and was sent to Fort Bragg NC. “I wanted to serve my country because of watching 9/11. I enjoyed the Army and the strong bond between a group of guys that became family.” Blake said. “In 2012 I was blown up by an IED and spent the next 25 months learning to walk and talk again. For years I lived in pain because I refused... Read More

The Vitamin Shoppe Strikes Exclusive Deal with Uncle Bud’s Hemp

August 3rd, 2019

Earlier this year, we saw CBD start its mainstream transition when CVS announced they would carry their first CBD products. In order to meet demand and keep up with the competition, less than a week after the CVS announcement Walgreens announced they would be carrying CBD topicals in almost 1,500 stores. At that time, the popular supplement and health store GNC, was not carrying any CBD products at all, and I suggested why they should in a previous article. Since then, I’m happy to report that GNC wised up and started carrying Uncle Bud’s Hemp products. Now, The Vitamin Shoppe has made an exclusive... Read More

Hemp for Fitness

July 27th, 2019

Hemp fibers are strong and can be grown without herbicides or pesticides, making it an environmentally friendly material. It also takes 3 times less water than cotton and cleans and replenishes soil. This makes natural hemp-made products better for people, animals, and the environment. More and more people are becoming conscious of how they impact the world and are voting for the world they want with their dollars. With so many consumers choosing products with more ecofriendly practices, companies are replacing plastics and other materials with hemp. There are so many ways you can incorporate hemp... Read More

How to Add Cannabis to Your Training Routine

July 20th, 2019

“How do you add cannabis to your training routine?” is a common question I get as a sponsored cannabis endurance athlete and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. I’ve been asked it to the point where I started taking notes about what I said in response. In doing so, I noticed a few similarities and patterns I tend to repeat, so I’ve created a standard routine for anyone looking to add cannabis to their everyday personal wellness routine. The first rule of adding cannabis to your workout or activity is to know your tolerance and start where you feel comfortable. If you’re new to cannabis in... Read More

Survey Suggests Athletes Use Cannabis for Pain

July 13th, 2019

The Athlete PEACE Survey studying cannabis and athletes has been completed, and the results have just been published! The survey, titled The Cannabis use in active athletes: Behaviors related to subjective effects, was conducted and published by Joanna Zeiger, PhD, who is also a World Champion and Olympic Triathlete. Last summer I had the opportunity to speak in Denver on the Women, Fitness and Cannabis panel for Ellementa, a global Women’s Network focused on health, wellness, and cannabis with Zeiger. She discussed how she used cannabis to help her manage chronic pain symptoms and help her get... Read More

5 Fast Ways to Add Hemp to Your Diet

July 6th, 2019

There are several health benefits from adding hemp to your diet. Hemp seeds and protein powders are easy to digest and are high in fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and other micronutrients like magnesium. Fiber helps us clear the digestive tract, which encourages proper absorption of nutrients. Protein is an essential macronutrient our bodies use to build muscle, bones, organs and other tissues. Omega 3 fatty acids promote brain health and have been shown to prevent coronary heart disease. Magnesium is needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the human body. All of these beneficial micro... Read More

“Medical Cannabis: Health Effects of THC and CBD” at CU Boulder

July 6th, 2019

CU Boulder’s CHANGE Lab has been working over the past several years to finally observe the potential benefits and risks to marijuana consumption, something that has previously been studied very little. Kent Hutchison, a psychology professor and cannabis researcher in CU Boulder’s CHANGE Lab, became frustrated with how little was known about the effects of marijuana when his elderly mother attempted to use marijuana to ease her chronic pain and consistently was given conflicting advice depending on what dispensary she went to. The same thing also occurred when Hutchison’s wife tried to... Read More

5 Reasons to Choose Organic Cannabis

June 29th, 2019

As an athlete and personal trainer, my mission is health for people and our planet. Cannabis is used as a medicine for many people, including myself, and as a safer alternative to harmful opioids and anti-inflammation drugs. There are so many reasons why increasing numbers of people and companies are choosing organic cannabis options, and here are a few. 1. Cannabis is Medicine Many people consume cannabis for medicinal reasons. Individuals may also be battling serious illnesses and have compromised immune systems. This is why so many people are choosing organic cannabis to get the highest quality... Read More

2019 Trail Marathon Challenge

June 22nd, 2019

I’m very excited to announce my participation in the 2019 Trail Marathon Challenge produced by Green House Healthy! As an athlete who consumes cannabis and an advocate for its benefits as a natural medicine, I strive to challenge myself beyond my limits while promoting how cannabis helps me achieve my goals. Last year I challenged myself by becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM, completed my very first Spartan obstacle race, and participated in my first Ragnar Trail Relay. It was a year of firsts for me and I wanted to continue that this year by taking on the 2019 Trail Marathon... Read More