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Chapter 1: Types of Cannabis Concentrates
Cannabis concentrates are as diverse as they are potent. There are so many different types of concentrates, sometimes it hard to keep them all straight.
From kief to oils, hashish to shatter, it can be overwhelming to consider trying them, or how to smoke concentrates when you aren’t even sure which is which.
So, what are concentrates?
How are cannabis concentrates made?
How are concentrates, oils and extracts different?
How much do concentrates cost?
Types of Concentrates
What is a concentrate?
Solvent-based and solventless marijuana concentrates are products that have been created from the cannabis plant and are much more potent than just flower alone.
What is a solvent based extract or solventless cannabis concentrate?
Well, some concentrates call for a solvent, such as CO2, butane or alcohol, in order to extract the THC and other valuable cannabinoids and terpenes.
If a concentrate utilizes a solvent to be created it is referred to as an extract. Other concentrates require no solvent and these are referred to solventless concentrates.
All extracts are concentrates but not all concentrates are extracts. While different types of cannabis concentrates might seem to run together, they are each quite distinctive.
There are numerous types of concentrates and extracts and new ones being developed all the time.
Kief, hash, rosin, tinctures, oils, shatter, pull and snap, wax, budder or badder, crumble, honeycomb, distillate and crystalline are the concentrates we will focus on.
Popular Solventless Concentrates
Kief is the most basic of the THC concentrates. It is a powder-like substance that lives on cannabis flowers. If you own a grinder with a small reservoir at the bottom, known as a kief catcher, you are probably familiar with kief.
Hash is, basically, pressed kief or compressed resin. There is finger hash, bubble hash, dry sift. To make hash, THC rich trichomes are separated from the cannabis plant and condensed with high temperature and pressure. It is highly potent.
In this Leafly video, you’ll learn the cannabis craftsmanship on how to make hash.
Rosin is a sticky substance created when heat and compression meet a bud of cannabis flower. Unlike hash which is made with just trichomes, rosin is made with the entire cannabis bud. Rosin can be made commercially but is also able to be safely and easily produced at home with a hair straightener or t-shirt press.
Popular Cannabis Extracts
Tinctures utilize decarboxylated cannabis, placed in a jar with a high proof alcohol like Everclear. The mixture is then stored for several weeks, strained and consumed.
It remains a liquid, but will be green in color and is spiked with all the good stuff that has been leached out of the plant into the alcohol.
There are several different types of cannabis oils, which we will detail in depth in our next chapter.
In the meantime be aware the most popular oils are THC honey oil, CO2 extracted oil, BHO extracted oil, distillate and Rick Simpson Oil.
When made properly, it is a thicker liquid than a tincture, but viscous enough to not be a solid either. It is more popularly utilized in a pre-filled vape pen and can also be placed inside capsules for oral ingestion.
Shatter is a solid substance, which resembles a honey-colored glass shard. When tapped with a dab tool, it breaks into pieces or “shatters,” get it?
Shatter is one of the most recognized concentrates, is easy to manipulate and is far less messy than other varieties of concentrates or extracts.
Pull and Snap
Pull and snap looks very similar to shatter but has an almost taffy-like consistency. Instead of shattering into pieces, pull and snap can be…pulled and snapped.
As a piece of this concentrate is pulled, it reaches a breaking point then snaps off the whole. It, too, is honey colored.
As the name suggests, wax concentrates resemble the texture of candle wax. Depending on the overall consistency it can be known as budder, badder, crumble or honeycomb.
Budder or Badder wax is the more viscous wax, which is gooey and can almost be stirred.
Crumble and Honeycomb wax have the same consistency but can be in different forms. Crumble is typically used to describe wax that is already broken up, or crumbled. Honeycomb is used to describe wax that is still mostly intact but is filled with holes like, you guessed it, a honeycomb.
Distillate is a refined, or distilled, version of a cannabis extract. After extraction, the distillate is run through a purification process several times. The result is a liquid, clarified distillate, much like honey in color and consistency.
Crystalline is a solid extract that has been through many processes and filters in order to destroy the plant matter remaining in the extract, preserve the THC and remove any leftover solvents. The remnants are clear crystals that boast 99% THC.
How do I smoke a concentrate? You’ll have to wait until Chapter 2 for that answer!
Price of Cannabis Extracts
What is the price of a cannabis extract? Well, it depends. We are going to be talking averages here because nailing down a universal price isn’t realistic.
So you might have seen it go for more, you might have paid less at some point – but for the sake of putting an average number on it, these are the prices we discovered through research.
$20-$35 a gram
At this price point, you can get a gram of kief, hash or wax. From our research $20-25 a gram seems a pretty customary average for kief.
However, you COULD just purchase a grinder with kief catcher and collect your own. Bubble hash can be around $30 a gram, but hash that is a chemically extracted product can cost up to $100 a gram.
As for wax, you will pay around $30 a gram, depending on the wax you are choosing.
$40-$55 a gram
For a little more money, you can get yourself a gram of rosin, shatter, pull and snap, 250-500 mgs of cannabis oil or 32 ml of tincture. Depending on the quality of the rosin, you could pay an average of $45 a gram, with some being less and some being more.
An average cost for quality shatter is about $40 a gram. Pull and snap can range between $30-$50, or an average of $40 per gram. A vape pen cartridge filled with oil can be anywhere from $30-$60. If you want hash oil you’ll be looking at around $50 per gram.
You aren’t going to be buying a gram of tincture because most likely it is going to be measured in milliliters. 32 ml of tincture can go for about $50.
$100-$200 a gram
Yes, this sounds a little crazy, but both distillate and crystalline will cost a pretty penny. Users need to use much less at a time than other concentrates to feel effects, both of these products should last you for some time.
Because of its high quality and high potency, distillate can go for up to $120 a gram! Wowzers!
However, keep an eye out because prices for distillate have been dropping and it can be found for $50 a gram, sometimes even as low as $20 – though you might want to question the purity and quality of such cheap product.
For a gram of Crystalline will be anywhere from $100-$200 for one gram, because again, the high quality and high THC potency are going to cost you.
Chapter 2: Marijuana Oil Insights: Making & Consuming THC, Hash, Honey, Butane Oil and More
In the last part of our chapter, we answered your questions, “what is honey oil?”
“What is the difference between hash oil and THC oil” and more. So now you want to know how to make these oils?
Well, you are in luck because continuing onto the next part of our chapter – we explore just how these incredible oils are made and how to consume them. There are lots of ways to do both, make and consume weed oil, and we will do our best to go into as much detail as we can, safely.
For example, we aren’t going to draw you a diagram on how to make BHO or Butane Hash Oil because, well, it can be a hazardous process. But we will give you the basics and you can do more research about it if you choose.
Time to get started.
How are Cannabis Oils Made?
As we learned in Part 1, the terms “cannabis oil,” “hash oil,” “marijuana oil,” and even “weed oil” refer to any concentrated extract oil made from cannabis. That includes THC Oil, CBD Oil, Hash Oil, Honey Oil, BHO, CO2 Oil and Rick Simpson Oil.
All of these, except for CBD Oil, comes exclusively from the sticky icky kind of cannabis. CBD CAN come from recreational or medically grown marijuana – but it can also come from hemp, which allows it to be sold nationwide (and even internationally) as hemp products are totally legal.
In an article from Live Science, Sara Ward, a pharmacologist at Temple University in Philadelphia cautions buyers of cannabis oil about researching quality.
“There can be many, many different varieties, and if you’re thinking about doing this for medical reasons, you want to find a trusted source and do your research. Where does that oil come from, and how confident can you be that you know the exact percentages of the different cannabinoids in the product?”
We think whether you consume cannabis oil for medical OR recreational reasons, it is important to know how it is made and the quality of said oil. So, how is cannabis oil made? To tell you short and sweet, each oil has a different extraction process but many are available in cartridges to use in your vaporizer.
Let’s just quickly get this out of the way. Hash oil is just one of the main words that describes any cannabis oil. For a specific oils process, check out the next subsections in this chapter.
Interested in how to make THC oil?
It isn’t that difficult at all. A basic THC oil is made with alcohol and is produced by extracting the resin that is in the cannabis plant, the female of the species of course. The resin that is extracted dissolves in alcohol. After that the alcohol evaporates, leaving a thick, syrupy residue.
This is your THC oil!
The higher the THC percentage in the flower that you use, the higher the THC in the resulting oil.
To make sure you are making CBD oil that is exclusively CBD you will need to purchase flower that has little to NO THC count, such as Charlotte’s Web, or purchase hemp.
To extract CBD you are going to typically use the whole plant – or aerial parts. Aerial means it is exposed to air – so no roots.
Your CBD process will be the same as your THC process – the only difference is that the resulting oil will have no psychoactive qualities. Because CBD is totally legal, making CBD oil from hemp (not THC filled cannabis) is also legal and results in no legal ramifications for possession or manufacturing.
It also has a host of medical benefits that many patients, and pet parents, swear by.
Butane/BHO Oil/Honey Oil
Okay, into the more involved processes.
BHO, Butane Hash Oil – sometimes referred to as Butane Honey Oil, was originally made through a process called “blasting” or “open blasting” which is really not done commercially anymore but is often the cause behind at home manufacturing explosions.
This technique is outdated, to say the least. During the butane extraction process, gas passes through a tube open at one end, often made of glass, stainless steel or PVC, which is filled with cannabis plant matter.
A low temperature, liquid butane passes over the plant matter, is collected at the other end and crystallizes the resins in the cannabis. The butane is then left to evaporate, by heat or vacuum oven, and what is left over is known as BHO.
It is a hazardous process and wastes a lot of cannabis, making it not the most cost-effective way to create BHO either. When blasting, there is no way to contain the extremely flammable butane – so when you are open blasting any type of ignition can create an explosion.
We will not be going to go into detail on how to perform open blasting, it is dangerous and we won’t be responsible for passing that knowledge along.
However, blasting is not the only way to make BHO. Due to the extremely hazardous conditions caused by blasting, a new concept has been adopted – Closed Loop Extraction. And it isn’t just better because it isn’t an explosive technique – there are other reasons it is superior to blasting.
In closed loop extractions, solvents are put into a pressurized tank which is connected to an extraction tube which is where plant materials are stored. Leftover, or residual, solvents then collect in a recovery tank. Solvents in the recovery tank can be stored and reused – so it is a very sustainable process as well.
People are also debating whether or not consuming butane is safe. When you use a lighter to light a bong, pipe, joint or cigarette – you are inhaling trace amount of butane…but there has not been enough research done to say if butane consumption is creating long-lasting health hazards or not. Buyer beware.
Supercritical fluid extraction of SFE is the preferred process for CO2 Oil extractions. What is Supercritical Fluid Extraction? During this process, components are separated using Carbon Dioxide or CO2.
The word supercritical plays in because in chemistry, “supercritical” means “any substance at a temperature and pressure above its critical point, where distinct liquid and gas phases do not exist.” In this supercritical state, the product is able to be broken down and separated.
Only then is it able to pass over cannabis plant matter and dissolve the membrane of trichomes and separate substances. CO2 extraction is capable of extracting THCA, CBD, CBG and THCV to name a few. CO2 extractions can also separate terpenes and other vital compounds in cannabis.
The enriched CO2 solvent is then passed into another tank, a pressurized separation vessel, and changing pressures and temperatures are used to complete the process of separation. Remaining CO2 is restabilized into a gas and as we said above, often reused.
Even the FDA recognized Supercritical CO2 extractions as safe for industrial extractions – not in cannabis of course, but for other botanical products and such.
Distillation is used in the alcohol industry to remove methanol and ethanol used in alcohol production. It is the process used to separate compounds by utilizing their unique boiling points.
It is used to purify cannabis oils by heating cannabinoids to their boiling point. The resulting cannabinoid-rich vapor is condensed and collected – while residual solvents, chlorophyll and other unwanted plant matter are left behind.
This does remove most if not all of the terpenes in cannabis oil, however, as the temperatures are too high for the terpenes to survive the process.
With that said, manufacturers are now playing with the re-introduction or terpenes to the oil after the process. The distillation method can be repeated multiple times in order to produce the purest product possible.
Rick Simpson Oil
RSO is easy peasy to make at home on your own and is not too much different than making cannabutter or other cannabis oils.
Simpson’s recommendation is to use indica strains exclusively, but a patient can use whichever strain they prefer. Visit Leafly for the full recipe and process.
Hope that answer your question about “how are cannabis oils made?” How do you smoke cannabis oils? Read on, friend, we are about to go there.
Prisoners Charged With Cannabis Offenses Are Being Released
Since California’s legalization of medical cannabis, in 1996, several states have followed suit and provided a more modern approach to dealing with cannabis.
From medical use to recreational use in 22 states and Washington D.C., you can now legally use marijuana! In many states, it has also become decriminalized, protecting minor offenders (who would have previously been prosecuted for a dime bag) from the headache of an unnecessary arrest.
As a country, overall in the past 25 years, we have come a long way in the fight for legalizing marijuana. For those of us who are free and able to partake in these new legal marijuana outlets, it is wonderful and is a time for celebration.
Some of our brothers and sisters did NOT make it to the GREEN AGE of legalization, without a detour through prison.
Across the country thousands of men and women still sit behind bars, serving out time on minor marijuana offenses. Some of them are even being SLAPPED with the label of felons. Since the changing of many laws, some of these so-called “offenders” have been able to have their sentences overturned and are being set free.
There have been many “cannabis offenders” throughout the years, go to prison and be released.
Here are a few updates on those who were imprisoned due to marijuana or are currently on their way out.
One of the most talked about prisoners released after new marijuana laws were implemented, Mr. Mizanskey spent two decades in prison for a non-violent marijuana charge. He was arrested in 1996 for the intent to distribute nearly 6 pounds of marijuana. Mr. Mizanskey was charged with a life sentence with no option for parole. Although it is still illegal to distribute marijuana without proper protocol and licensing, this sentence was quite harsh even for the time. Jeff was a non-violent offender who only had two previous, minor arrests on his record, which were also non-violent. In 2015, the new Governor of Missouri, where Mizanskey was serving his time, reversed the decision of the court and allowed him to walk free.
In 1993 James Tranmer was sentenced to 420 months or 35 years in prison for conspiracy to import and distribute marijuana. He has continued to promote the benefits of marijuana from behind bars and is still active in his Rastafarian based faith. James was sentenced for helping his son financially with a marijuana smuggling venture. His son also served time for the same case. He pled his case to President Obama, seeking Presidential clemency. In 2017 Tranmer received his wish and was granted clemency in President Obama’s last round of clemencies. He was released on May 19, 2017, at the age of 73 after spending 24 years in prison.
Paul Free was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance in 1995. This non-violent charge that was weakly substantiated has led to a decades-long fight for freedom. Paul has been incarcerated in California trying to find a lawyer that can help him successfully overturn his charges for the past 22 years. When he was originally charged, there were multiple witnesses that stated he was not the person who distributed them marijuana, as well as having multiple pieces of evidence which place him away from the scene of the crime. Finally, in 2017 Free was given a glimmer of hope when he was granted clemency by President Obama. He is set to be released in the next few years and will be able to assimilate back into normal life with his brother down in Mexico.
In 2005 Craig Frazier was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a non-violent offense. Frazier was caught in an unfair situation where he was charged, on the premises, that he had WAY more marijuana in his possession than he actually did. Even based off of the amount of marijuana he had, Frazier was charged with four times the mandatory minimum for his case. He was treated this way in the Montana court system. After 7 years in prison with a clean record, Frazier was granted clemency and released on December 18, 2016. He plans to attend college back in his home state of Montana.
Our last update on a marijuana prisoner does not end as well as the previous few. Dustin Costa is still incarcerated at the Lompoc prison in Lompoc, California. He was running a small-scale marijuana grow farm that catered exclusively to patients. Costa stuck strictly to the rules laid out in prop 215 but was still arrested. He was charged with several different marijuana offenses and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Costa is now 71 years old and has been in prison since 2005. Not only were his crimes non-violent, but he was also helping around 300 patients have access to the healing, medicinal qualities of marijuana at the time of his arrest. Costa is still an avid cannabis supporter and looks forward to the future when it is legalized everywhere. Although he may never see life beyond prison bars again he is grateful for the support of others through letter correspondence and continues to enjoy advocating marijuana in any way that he can.
With new laws being implemented throughout the states we can only hope for more stories the end in 100% release for non-violent cannabis charges.
The harsh, draconian laws of the past no longer need to be upheld. As marijuana becomes legalized for medical and recreational use across the country, it will at the very least lead to fewer marijuana arrests and fewer prisoners in general. Violent drug offenders should most definitely STILL be prosecuted! However, for non-violent marijuana situations, there is no need for ANYONE to serve out the rest of their life behind bars.
It’s no secret that the US 1920’s ALCOHOL PROHIBITION did NOT work at all!
For those thirteen years, vast amounts of wealth were created illegally on the black market. The basic law of economics teaches us that where EVER there is a demand, a supply will be created.
Perhaps an even more destructive prohibition in the U.S. has that of hemp and cannabis medicine. For eighty years, cannabis prohibition has plagued the American people – a prohibition set into action based almost entirely off of lies, racism and crooked cronyism interests.
Cannabis Prohibition First Takes Hold
The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was one of the most manipulatively convoluted and misunderstood laws to ever hit the books. Just about everyone who has read or seen pieces of media such as Reefer Madness can now understand how absurd these claims were. The sad part is, back then – people actually believed that ‘one toke can turn youths into marijuana addicts’ and that ‘the devil’s weed, with its roots in hell, led wealthy white women to leave their husbands for black jazz musicians.’
The ringleader spinning this web of lies was a vile man by the name of Harry Anslinger. Anslinger served as the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department‘s Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN). The FBN eventually evolved into what we now know as the DEA. He was a perhaps the most vocal and outspoken supporter of the criminalization of drugs. Without him, cannabis prohibition might never have come to pass.
Somehow, Anslinger held office for 32 years in his role as commissioner until 1962. After that, he was the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Narcotics Commission for two years. In addition to inciting racism, Anslinger told an abundance of lies to representatives of a political system that believed it. In so doing, the waters of people’s understandings of the differences between non-psychoactive hemp and cannabis medicine were so muddied; most Americans didn’t know the difference at the time. In fact, the term ‘marihuana’ was virtually invented by these government goons at this time period. Later the made-up word evolved into what most people call it today – marijuana.
Before this, the plant was mostly called hemp in the west, with some more educated people referring to it as its scientific name, cannabis. Not only did Anslinger and his cohorts prevent access to cannabis medicine, but also restricted access to hemp – which is one of the most versatile plants on the planet.
Hemp’s Historical Uses
As you might already know, the non-psychoactive hemp plant has an abundance of uses dating back centuries. More than half of states in the U.S. currently allow the growing of hemp with a license. The Federal government passed a farm bill was 2014. This legislation allows farmers in legal states to grow industrial hemp, provided it clocks in at under 0.3% THC.
Popular Mechanics magazine called hemp a “billion dollar cash crop” back in 1938.
Ironically, this was right around the time that cannabis/ prohibition was taking hold of the country. Even though cannabis prohibition has stifled much of the potential advancements involving the versatile plant, American-grown hemp has been proving itself as a cash crop once again. Sales of hemp products reached over $500 million nationwide in 2015, reports the Boulder, Colorado-based Hemp Business Journal.
How Prohibition Influences The Legal System
As previously stated, the parasite of marijuana prohibition has been embedded into all Americans for 80 years now. As destructive as it was back then, it’s arguably even worse now. According to the ACLU, marijuana arrests make up more than half of all drug arrests in the United States. Police made 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010. Of those arrests, 88% were for simple possession – not for selling it, or for property damage, or hurting anyone else.
The War on Drugs was initially put into place by President Nixon, and Regan amped it up with the “Just Say No” campaigns of the 1980’s. Along with a plethora of propaganda and fear mongering delivered to young children through the D.A.R.E. campaign, the drug war has needlessly claimed thousands of lives of otherwise law-abiding citizens that most Americans agree should be offered treatment instead of punishment for drug use if they weren’t hurting anyone else. The war on drugs has cost the American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars and has effectively taken law enforcement attention away from real crimes with real victims.
Thankfully, there are many sensible officers, current and former, who are against the war on drugs because they see how it takes away their resources that would otherwise be focused on real crimes. One of such groups is Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), formerly known as Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. To say we need more sensible, compassionate, and educated officers like these who understand the vast harms brought on by drug prohibition and advocate an end to its stranglehold on the American people.
Despite the fact that sixty percent of Americans now favor the end of cannabis prohibition, President Trump’s new drug czar Jeff Sessions has vowed to crack down on drug users, stating, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” Sessions even made the outright statement that there is “no evidence of medical uses for marijuana,” which is a bold-faced lie. Does Sessions actually believe these ridiculous statements, or is he pandering to the forty percent of Americans who somehow favor the continued prohibition on cannabis and the war on drugs? You be the judge.
Who Benefits From the Continued Prohibition of Cannabis?
With all of the overwhelming evidence of the destructive nature of cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs, what is taking so long to end it? Many people have made speculation and will continue to do so. Some people think it’s the pharmaceutical industry whose corporations stand to lose millions from the outright legalization of medical cannabis. Others point to for-profit private prisons making a fortune on jailing weed smokers. With so many people being arrested for marijuana possession and being pushed through the legal system by essentially being forced into plea deals that involve treatment as terms of probation, drug counseling services also stand to lose out when cannabis prohibition finally ends. Then there are also the DEA and police unions who oppose legalization because they understand how much money is being drained from arrestees in the form of fines, court costs, and legal fees.
While cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs is still very much entrenched in the American culture and the legal system, we have seen some great strides over the past few years – and we’ve come a long way. Hopefully, the senseless prohibition of cannabis won’t last too much longer, as it has a negative impact on the U.S. in so many ways.
Colorado Cannabis Tours and California Cannabis Tours are pleased to announce a new partnership with CannaVines Cannabis infused wine. We will be serving select varieties of this biodynamic cannabis-infused wine. These marijuana-infused wine tinctures will be available as part of the Bay Area Wine and Weed Tour.
There has been a long tradition of high-end boutique vino, particularly in California’s wine country. Now with recreational marijuana in Califonia, we are open to offering this delicious and robust pairing to our guests. We are ecstatic to bring you a wine that takes pounds of specially grown cannabis and blending at just the right moment in French oak barrels.
Let us know what else you would like to see on the new California Wine and Weed Tour.
While visiting Denver, there’s plenty to do from sight-seeing and dispensary-hopping, to checking out the local food scene. In between all of that, you might want to get in on a little culture as well. Here’s 7 things to do while stoned in the Denver.
-Arcades are a fun way to interact, whether you’re getting stoney or not. Denver offers a few grownup game-centric spots. If you’re in the mood for something a little less mainstream than say, Dave & Buster’s, the infamous OneUp has two locations. Both close to downtown, it’s a great spot to check out on the weekends and during the week. With a more of a dive bar feel, OneUp offers everything from pinball to giant jenga. FTW is a game-friendly gastropub on 16th St. Mall. While being a newer spot, it also offers a variety of activities close by with the Denver Pavilions movie theater and Lucky Strike Bowling Alley next door.
-If movies sound more your speed, Denver has lots of options. The previously mentioned UA Denver Pavilions Stadium 15 theater has snacks galore, and a great view of downtown. Several art house theaters such as the Mayan or the Esquire boast a unique cinema experience with interesting architecture, and the Mayan has a bar as well. The Planetarium is a great movie opportunity to relax while you expand your mind in comfy reclining seats, and take in the world of science for an afternoon.
-Speaking of mind expansion, I love going to museums when blazed. It’s a great way to zone out and zen in to the information in front of you. It can be easy to get distracted, but the The Science and Nature Museum is a great distraction for whatever your interests. From dinosaurs to Egyptians to mind control games, the museum hosts multiple floors of interactive exhibits, and is actually home to the planetarium, as well. After wandering through the space odyssey exhibit, make sure to take a gander at the view through the Petrino Family Atrium. The gorgeous view of the Denver skyline through City Park will take your breath away.
-Checking out a show at the Hi-Dive on Broadway, or the Meadowlark in RiNo is a great way to get a feel for the local music scene. Lots of people-watching and drink specials, while bands serenade the patrons. Other spots like Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox offers a more jazzy-lounge vibe, and Lost Lake Lounge on East Colfax brings hipsters of all genres together.
-One of the magnificent art galleries, like the Denver Art Museum, or the Museum of Contemporary Art is a great way to spend a stoner-friendly afternoon. The MCA has a cozy rooftop cafe and bar to enjoy the lovely city views. Over in the Santa Fe Arts District is mix of art galleries, eclectic restaurants, and small businesses to peruse.
-If you’ve got a car access, a day trip to one of the many local hiking spots around Denver is a great option too. The extra drive is worth it for the experience of these hikes. Red Rocks is a great daytime jaunt, and is very popular for locals looking to stay fit as well. Chautauqua Trailhead in Boulder is about an hour away from Denver, and offers an easy hike; if you’ve got the time and the lung capacity to manage, I highly suggest one of these. The views are well worth it.
-Being high is even better when you’re around funny people. And going to see a comedy show while stoned is a great choice in my opinion. Denver has a couple of comedy joints, and I personally love catching a show at Comedy Works or at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. The hole-in-the wall spot known as Deer Pile, above City o’ City, has a free comedy show the last Wednesday of every month, and hosts local comedians, as well as occasional big names as a surprise act; the restaurant downstairs boasts some of the best vegan pizza if you’re looking for late night munchies.
Being single on one the most romantic holidays of the year, Valentine’s Day, can be a real drag
or some of us still hanging out in the singles pool. And while it may seem easy to get down in
the dumps around this time, here are some tips for making sure to take good care of yourself on
this day of love. If you find yourself single this Valentine’s Day, fear not, because it’s not all
about the romance.
If you’ve got the afternoon free, beat the rush, and treat yourself to a fancy lunch somewhere, or
meet up with a friend if you’re not the only single folk you know. If outdoors are more your
speed, spend a little time meditating in a park, and envisioning all the great things you love
about you. And then treat yourself to a picnic of some of your favorite foods, and maybe even a
few tokes while you take in the beauty of nature.
Spark up, and head to a movie. Buy tickets ahead of time so you can bypass the teller at most
theaters, and I like to eat a low dose edible to maintain my buzz while watching a flick. Then you
can pig out on all the popcorn and munchies you want, and you’ll be too enthralled in the feature
to worry about much. Oh, and if you get paranoid in public about people knowing you’re high, in
my experience they only know if they’re a little high too, so embrace the theater experience,
and drift off into cinematic bliss.
Pamper yourself with an infused spa treatment at home. Light some candles, slather on this
easy hemp avocado face mask, roll a heady joint, and spend the evening in an infused bubble
bath, taking in some tokes, and letting the world go. Make sure the ambiance is right with some
low key tunes, and light some incense or add a few drops of essential oil to your bath to
enhance your aromatherapy experience. Check out this CBD bath soak made with lavender
from Ambary Gardens for a heightened level of relaxation.
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Plan a smoke sesh with some other single friends. Have everyone bring snacks or something to
sip on, and plan a few board games, or pick out some anti-Valentine’s Day cinema like some of
these classics. You can Netflix and chill in a more literal, friends only sense, and make it comfy,
casual, and more fun than sitting in an overcrowded restaurant eating a prix fixe meal with some
date you recently swiped right on in last minute desperation.
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Make sure to buy yourself plenty of flowers, like the weed kind, and maybe a beautiful bouquet
of your favorite buds too. Save some moolah by checking out the floral section at your local
grocer, and get creative with what’s leftover. You might find a love for your new hobby of floral
arrangements, or you might just get a pretty bunch of flowers to enjoy. I like to smoke a joint of
something uplifting and more sativa dominant to help the creative juices flow; I usually smoke
heavy citrus and tangie strains to get an out of-the- box focus for new projects.
Hopefully, these spark some ideas about how to enjoy this couple-y holiday in a more fun, plant-
enhanced way. If the single Valentine’s Day blues do start to get to you, watch this video and
teach yourself how to make a homemade gravity bong, and make sure you have plenty of girl
scout cookies stocked up because it’s that time of year. Above all this Valentine’s Day, just
remember that you are loved. Loving yourself, and taking care of the one person who’s always
going to be there, you, is one of the most evocative things you can do.
When in the Mile High City, one is apt to get the munchies. In a fast changing city such as Denver, it’s good to have a few solid spots to go for grub. People often ask me about my favorite spots, and while it’s hard to pick, these places have certainly found a special place on my restaurant go-to’s.
Forest Room Five
2532 15th Street
Forest room five is a unique joint just as you’re making your way into the bustling highlands neighborhood. Rustic vibes, quirky decor, small plates, and elegant cocktails are bound to entrance even the most sober of patrons. While the outdoor patio sports a few cozy fire pits, the ambiance really makes this place special. An occasional discreet toke amidst the campy outdoor scene can really enhance the experience.
Dae Gee Korean
Dae Gee Korean BBQ is a great for small groups, and there’s a ton of food for a relatively reasonable price. Not for the timid, however; the Korean BBQ experience is one of teamwork and trying new things. Making sure no one’s brisket gets burned while testing different side dish combos is a flavorful experience of multi tasking. And while it can sound overwhelming, you find your flow after the first round or two. The lunch time unlimited bbq special is probably my favorite, but come hungry.
6715 W Colfax Ave
Casa Bonita offers an authentic only-in-Colorado experience. The zany theme park esque vibe of this spot is a must for those looking to really get weird in their dining experience. Typical Mexican restaurant cuisine makes up the menu, but this isn’t really a spot you come to for the food. From cliff-diving gorillas, puppet shows to gunfights, this spot even has an arcade to keep the shortest attention span entertained.
2615 Larimer Street
-Sushi Rama in the always growing Rhino district gives those with an appetite for something light an interactive way of choosing their meal. Menu items are made fresh, and circulated around the booths via a slow moving conveyor belt. Take what looks good, and you can request things from the menu as well. The real deal is hitting up this spot for happy hour where cocktails and rolls are appetizingly affordable.
3763 Wynkoop Street
Rebel restaurant offers innovative twists on classic dishes and maybe some brand new favorites as well. While the decor is simple and minimal, the dishes are anything but. While the menu changes seasonally, the combinations are always on point. The complementary drink menu, friendly staff, and always-improving seasonal cuisine make this one of my favorite spots in Denver.
Pulling up to the Lumber Baron Ballroom during the holidays is like getting to check out that cool decked out house at the end of the block you always wanted to see inside of growing up. The tall wooden doors make for a grand entrance way to this grand old home turned B&B. We are led up a few flights of stairs and into a delightful airy studio at the top of this regal Denver homestead. We are headed to the Marijuasana class, held here every month. Marijuasana is a sensory experience that involves yoga, personalized stretching, breathing, and a few CBD breaks in between. They offer complimentary herbal CBD tea and a few CBD vapes are passed around to instill the grounded feeling of wellness even further.