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What Is Your Favorite Strain?

January 30th, 2023

I am going to be honest with you, I really like weed. It smells nice, it tastes good, and its effects are enjoyable too. It is so lovely when you are not expecting it and you get hit with the aroma of cannabis.  When I walk into work in the mornings all I can smell are the grow facilities. The HVAC fans must kick on around the time I arrive because my walk into work from the parking lot every morning is a feast for my senses. I also love the way weed tastes, every strain has such a unique flavor. All cannabis is my favorite, I may prefer this strain over that strain but if you ever catch me saying... Read More

Two Sides of the Same Cannabis: Comparing THC and CBD

January 17th, 2023

Though cannabis plays host to at least 85 different cannabinoids, there are two who tend to grab the most time in the spotlight: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). You’ve probably heard talk—or formed opinions yourself through careful research of your own—about preferences of marijuana users for certain strains that give them that amazing head high or, conversely, those who prefer a nice, mellow body buzz. These differences can be attributed to the makeup of a particular strain and its ratios of THC to CBD. Beyond the effect these two cannabinoids have on recreational experiences,... Read More

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! Cannabis tales to share…

January 14th, 2023

It’s true, you can’t make this stuff up! The cannabis culture is colorful and full of interesting facts and fallacies. Here are a few facts that may tickle your funny bone or leave you scratching your head in confusion. Pot for Sale Online in 1971. The very first online purchase was an undisclosed amount of marijuana between students at two prestigious colleges.  In the early 70’s,  long before eBay and Amazon, students at Stanford University using Arpanet accounts at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, engaged in a commercial transaction with their buddies... Read More

Can CBD Help to Keep Your Tolerance Down?

January 7th, 2023

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

Confessions of A Movie-Loving Budtender

December 23rd, 2022

My first recommendation is The Matrix, because it literally changed the film world and spawned tons of rip-offs for years after it was made. I also believe this movie is meant to be watched while high, the blu-ray should come with a pre-rolled joint. The Matrix is a futuristic sci-fi film about a hacker who can jump between two realities. Even twenty years later the movie still looks better than most of the new films coming out. Not only are the visuals and the story cool, nothing is funnier than about halfway through the movie when Keanu Reeves’ character Neo watches Morpheus jump across a building... Read More

How to Talk to Your Family About Cannabis During the Holidays

December 19th, 2022

It’s holiday season! That means a lot of you have been visiting family, and some still have family to visit! These family gatherings can be a great opportunity to talk to your family about cannabis. After decades of negative propaganda campaigns, and the failed war on drugs, it’s more important than ever to spread the truth about this plant. You can make a difference by educating your loved ones. Here’s a few tips for having those conversations this holiday season. Ease Into It You don’t need to start immediately exclaiming how great the cannabis plant is, how it has all these benefits,... Read More

Drink to Your Health: Cannabis Tea for the Common Cold

December 11th, 2022

I spent the majority of last week sick with a sore throat (a name that doesn’t quite do it justice as I felt it would be better described as nightmare throat or raging-baby-dragon-trapped-in-my throat), and I found myself wondering about cannabis teas, or in short, CBD tea. First, a couple of facts: Tea alone is packed with benefits for the body. There’s the antioxidants that protect the it from free radicals that can wreak havoc on our health, and let’s not forget about its association with weight loss and a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes. When ingested, such as in tea, cannabis... Read More

Confession of a Boulder Budtender

December 8th, 2022

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

Dispensary Etiquette: The Right Way To Shop For Cannabis

December 1st, 2022

The art of being a budtender is making customers feel comfortable and excited about purchasing cannabis. There are many elements that dispensaries provide to make these emotions happen: flowering house plants, relaxing music, local artwork, a shop dog, and much more. The one element that is out of the dispensary’s hands is how customers interact with their staff and the other patrons. With emotions flying, I can understand how you can get carried away or find yourself in your own world. Whether it’s your first time or you are a veteran shopper, consider the following elements that you bring... Read More

Cannabis for Your Pets

November 17th, 2022

Chances are you have a furry member of your family. All mammals have an ednocannabinoid system to help maintain balance within the body and optimize proper functions.  Your furry friend can provide perks to your overall health and wellness too. This is probably one of the reasons 68 percent of all households in 2017 within the United States own pets.  Playing with animals, especially puppies, has been shown to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are the hormones that make you feel good. When the hormones are released, it helps reduce stress levels and can help improve memory and... Read More

Boulder Named One of the Best Cannabis Vacation Destinations in the U.S.

November 4th, 2022

The leader in the travel information sector, Upgraded Points, has just released new data that shows the best and worst American cities for a “Canna-cation,” as well as the most and least expensive places to experience marijuana. A cannabis vacation is known as a canna-cation. It’s essentially a term for those looking to take a vacation where they can consume cannabis. The top cities for a cannabis vacation were determined after a study of 50 significant cities where recreational marijuana use is legal. The researchers took into account ten ranking factors that are closely related... Read More

Top 5 Activities to Combine with Cannabis

October 27th, 2022

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

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

September 23rd, 2022

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

Boulder’s Top 3 Rated Recreational Dispensaries

August 27th, 2022

In Colorado, you must be at least 21 years old to purchase adult-use marijuana or participate in weed-friendly activities. Adults are permitted to possess up to one ounce of marijuana at a time. To buy medical marijuana in Colorado, you must be a Colorado resident with a qualifying medical condition. Drivers and passengers are not permitted to open marijuana packaging and consume the product while in a vehicle, even if the vehicle is stationary. If the marijuana product seal has been broken, some of the product has been consumed, and there is evidence that it was used in the car, you may be charged... Read More

Boulder Bar Wins First Place in the Colorado Cannabis Cup

August 23rd, 2022

The High Times Cannabis Cup Colorado: People’s Choice Edition aims to identify and award the best cannabis products in Colorado, across a variety of categories, all judged by the great people of Colorado. This will be the second-ever competition open to the general public in Colorado, and it will feature the largest pool of judges in history. This is a sampling dream because it will put your products in the hands of hundreds of new customers who will provide feedback on your entries, as well as thousands of impressions. Edibles: Chocolates & Baked Goods First Place: Incredibles – Boulder... Read More

Up in Smoke: 5 Marijuana Myths It’s Time We Burn

July 23rd, 2022

Featured Photo Credit: Toke Signals Even though it’s been proven—ahem, numerous times—that cannabis is champion for our health, there are still a few opinions holding strong about how it is bad for our bodies. Let’s explore five marijuana myths that remain in circulation today but have already been debunked by science. 1. Marijuana smoke is as damaging as cigarette smoke. Everybody knows how damaging cigarette smoke is: cancer, COPD, heart disease, stroke, potential stillbirths—the list goes on for miles. Marijuana smoke is often lumped in with cigarette smoke because it seems like... Read More

How Tourists Can Buy Marijuana in Colorado

July 19th, 2022

Did you know ordering pot from Colorado is legal even if you’re a tourist? While the rules for residents and out-of-staters are different, you’ll have no problem walking into a dispensary to buy bud. You can also purchase exciting strains like Skunk seeds on this website that you can grow in your garden if you plan to stay a while. So what are these cannabis laws, and how do you stay out of trouble? Here, we look at the current cannabis legislation in Colorado, highlighting what tourists can and can’t do. You’ll also find out where you can buy weed in this progressive state. Let’s... Read More

A Grow Facility Field Trip

July 16th, 2022

Cannabis blogging seems to have its perks. Last weekend I went on my first ever writing assignment. I visited Colorado Springs to check out some grow facilities and meet some investors who have plans for a much larger facility. What I got was a weekend with a bunch of young cannabis reporters and a group of questionable investors who showed a guy a pretty good time. Saturday started out with a fat joint of the Scott’s OG. Just what the doctor ordered on this crisp morning to relieve the stress and anxiety of the previous five days. Through a cloudy haze of morning weed smoke, we cruised south... Read More

Ridin’ High?

May 14th, 2022

When we talk about policy changes regarding legalization of marijuana, there are always people that immediately go into “reefer-madness-code-red-alert!” mode out of concern for driver safety. Telling them to take a hit and calm down goes over like a lead balloon. So instead, let’s talk facts and be reasonable. Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol and, like alcohol, the deterrent effect of a DUI arrest applies. In the first large-scale controlled study of drug and alcohol crash risk by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is no significant increased crash risk associated... Read More

Cannabis Is Not Alcohol

April 22nd, 2022

As the budtender, I get in a lot of conversations about why cannabis should be legal. One common argument made is that cannabis should be legal because alcohol is legal. To start with, marijuana should not be legal just because another thing is legal. Marijuana, oops I mean cannabis, should be legal because it is a benefit for humans. We all understand why this argument gets made though, alcohol and cannabis are both substances that get you a little impaired and can affect your judgment. In our society, they are two of our social norms for changing the mindset and relaxing, but they are very different... Read More