Stash Box – How to Ensure a Successful Sesh

A proper stash box is essential in every toker’s toolkit. If you’re smoking that good green, it’s going to smell incredibly pungent. The best place to keep dank weed safe, fresh, and smell-free is, of course, in a stash box.

But what sets a modern-day stash box apart from a simple weed kit? After all, anybody can grab a cardboard box, put their grinder, rolling papers, and whatever inside and call it a day. 

Oh, yee of little faith, a stash box is so much more. It’s a dedicated stash of all the things you need to enjoy your bodacious bud, keep it fresh,  and keep it hidden. 

It’s a safeguard for all your flower, concentrates, and accessories to protect them and ensure that they do not fall into the wrong hands. 

Basically, it is your marijuana masonry. 

What is a Stash Box?

what is a stash box

Essentially, a stash box, also known as a stash, is any container or kit used to house all of your smoking paraphernalia. 

These items include accessories, such as grinders, papers, filters, vapes, and dabs, your smokables, weed, concentrates, vape cartridges, and the equipment needed to keep and maintain them in pristine condition.

While a weed kit might only contain a grinder, rollies, filters, and maybe a rolling tray, a stash box has everything you need to enjoy weed.

What’s in a Good Stash Box? The Basics

Smoking Accessories

Smoking accessories are the foundation not just for a stash box but for a weed kit, too. The basics include a grinder, rolling papers, filters (if you use them), hemp wicks, a rolling tray, and of course, a lighter.

Today, many kits offer a built-in rolling tray as well as an included grinder.

We think hemp wicks and filters are necessary, but hey, it’s your stash box! Do it up as you wish. If you use cones and blunt papers, be sure to include those too.

If you want to include concentrates into your weed stash box, you’ll want to include a mini dab rig and a mini butane torch as well. The same goes for vape pens and chargers, too.

Your stash box might be limited, so if dabs are important to you, upsize to a bigger container.

Smokeables and Containers

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Smokeables are anything that you want to toke, smoke, or vape. These items include but are not limited to weed flower, dab concentrates, and vape cartridges.

This also includes the containers needed to keep the products you intend to smoke clean, fresh, and safe, such as glass, opaque, air-tight jars for fresh bud.

A weed kit might have you putting your flower into a film canister or a zip lock bag, but we’re talking about a stash box here. It’s about being classy, graceful, and elegant.

If you have the leeway, jars with humidity control packs inside are great at keeping and locking in the dank goodness of your weed.

A good stash box also has to be smell proof. That’s what they’re designed for, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t go the distance to keep weed fresh.

To preserve your terpenes, keep your stash aroma-free,  and maintain the freshness of the items contained inside, don’t skimp out on glass containers!

Extra Equipment

When things go south, you don’t want to be left wanting.

How many times have you arrived at your sesh spot with a joint or blunt in hand only to find that you left your lighter at home? 

Ever want to hit a dab but find out that you’re missing a carb cap? Remember the frustration of wanting to clear another bong bowl but not being able to because you can’t clean out your weed pipe?

A stash box should be large enough to accommodate any necessary extra items. An extra lighter is fundamental, but if you really want to stay on top of the game, consider including these alternative items too:

An Ashtray

what's in a good stash box

You never know when or where you’ll be smoking! 

Some people like to keep their stash box in the car for on-the-go seshes. If you smoke at a friend’s house or in your car a lot, you’ll want to include an ashtray to help keep things clean.

Eye Drops

We’ve all suffered from red-eye before. It’s one of the dead giveaways of being high that everyone seems to recognize. 

If you’re someone that likes to “go for a walk” at family functions, including eye drops in your stash box is essential.

Pick, Pipe Cleaners, or a Multitool 

Keeping glassware clean for a great smoking experience is just basic hygiene.

Okay, so bong water may not be changed as frequently as we might like, but if your glassware, vape, or dab rig gets dirty and clogged, it can put an end to your smoke sesh.

And nobody wants that.

Breath Mints or Gum 

Another dead giveaway, dank breath is noticeable right away, but it’s not the symptoms that we’re worried about, it’s the cause.  

Chewing on gum can stimulate saliva production, which can fight against cottonmouth and bad breath.

Stash Box – Your One-Stop Pot Spot

If you read through our list, you’ll now know that a proper stash box is leagues ahead of regular weed kits. 

Not only do they include everything you need to smoke all of your weed products, but they also provide great post-sesh aftercare!

Live in a house with prying pets or tiny children? Keeping one of these all-encompassing containers is an excellent investment in keeping the contents inside fresh as well as discreet.

What’s in your stash box? Do you prefer metal or bamboo? Do you like boxes or bags? Let us know!

THC Pills – A Portable, Pocket-Sized Way to Dose with THC

With the growing catalogue of evidence to support the claims that smoking is detrimental to your health, alternative ingestion methods, such as THC pills or THC capsules, used to reap the health and recreational benefits of medical marijuana are steadily on the rise.

It’s safe to say at this point that a majority of tokers know that smoking is bad for you, even if it is one of the most popular ways of enjoying weed. 

That said, science doesn’t lie.

Smoking tobacco or cannabis can produce multiple adverse health side effects, such as inhaling tar and other unsavoury carcinogens, leading to more severe conditions.

In terms of longevity, many blazers seek healthier alternatives to enjoy their gorgeous green securely and for longer.

With this in mind, today we are covering one of the safest and all-around most convenient cannabis products for dosing THC whether you’re at home or on the go – THC pills.

In this article, we’ll outline exactly what THC pills are, their benefits, and even how to make them yourself.

Have we piqued your interest? Let’s get started!

What are THC Pills? What are THC Capsules?

what are THC pills

Commonly referred to as weed pills or THC capsules, THC pills are pretty much what they sound like. 

They’re a portable, potent cannabis product most commonly created by infusing some variation of cannabis concentrate with a carrier oil. The mixture is injected into a gelatin capsule that you can easily pop into your mouth and swallow.

Examples of carrier oils include olive oil, MCT oil, or coconut oil, which create weed oil when mixed with cannabis. 

While creating weed oil is rather straightforward and something that cannabis lovers can easily do for themselves at home, there are vital elements to consider to ensure it is created properly. But we’ll return to that point later.

These carrier oils are crucial for creating weed oil and consequent cannabis products, including THC pills. Medical marijuana itself is not all that water-soluble and won’t mix well with water.

However, it is fat-soluble, so a carrier oil is so essential for these products’ overall effectiveness.

One of the features of THC pills that many tokers appreciate is their versatility. THC capsules come in multiple ratios and sizes to suit various tolerance levels and dosage preferences. 

The most commonly found sizes are 5 mg, 10 mg, and 25 mg.If you’re not looking to experience the psychoactive effects of THC, there are also CBD pills available for multiple retailers and dispensaries where you can buy weed online.

However, their versatility doesn’t end there. Users and retailers can create THC pills with various store-bought or homemade concentrates. 

For example, you could use cannabis tinctures, weed oil, or regular flower if that’s what tickles your particular fancy.

The choice is yours!

What are the Benefits?

There are many benefits to using THC pills as your preferred ingestion method. 

As we said before, one of their biggest draws is that users can indulge in the psychoactive effects of medical marijuana without having to worry about inhaling harmful toxins, like carcinogens.

In this way, they offer the most desirable effects of cannabis while also avoiding the harsher, adverse health side effects commonly linked to more traditional ingestion methods, like smoking. 

They’re also awesome because they allow you to bypass other not so fun elements that come with smoking, like coughing so much it feels like you’re going to hack up a lung or burn your throat and lungs, which can cause lasting soreness that can last long beyond the initial sesh.

Both of these side effects are no bueno, as most blazers likely already know.

Suppose you have dietarily-restricting conditions, for example, diabetes. In that case, THC pills also pose a promising alternative because they don’t contain the immense amounts of sugars, additives, or carbohydrates found in a lot of cannabis edibles.

That said, we at Sugar Jack’s are dedicated to creating our products with all-natural flavourings, including Manuka Honey and cane sugar, to present a safer, more transparent product for our customers.

But hey, we get it. 

Sometimes you don’t want to medicate with a sweet nightcap after brushing your teeth, or you’re worried about blood glucose levels after eating something a bit sugary. 

So, in this way, THC pills are an excellent option because they are less likely to lead to blood sugar spikes. Even if you merely have the New Year’s resolution of watching your figure and committing to a healthier lifestyle, THC pills are great for that, too.

Perhaps one of the biggest appeals of THC pills, however, is the driving force behind what influences many tokers’ decisions surrounding cannabis products – potency. 

This feature, in particular, is truly THC pills’ time to shine.

Get ready for a badass bud science lesson. 

Since they are technically cannabis edibles, THC pills must travel through the digestive system, liver and make their way through the GI tract before they are fully absorbed. 

When your body ingests THC, it is converted by the liver and the digestive system into a metabolic byproduct called 11-Hydroxy-THC or 11-OH-THC.

Typically, metabolic byproducts are less active than their initial forms once they are broken down. However, this isn’t the case for 11-Hydroxy-THC.

 In fact, the opposite happens. 

Once metabolized, it becomes even more potent than its original form, THC.

If you’ve ever wondered why edibles seem to be stronger than smoking regular bud, this is why. 

The conversion of THC into 11-Hydroxy-THC is what causes edibles to be so effective and potent for medical patients and recreational users.

So, if you’re looking for a stronger cannabis product that will cause you to get even higher, THC pills are a good way to go. 

What’s more, another righteous benefit of THC pills is that you don’t necessarily have to buy them.

If you’re looking for a fun cannabis-infused DIY project, you can even make THC pills from the comfort of your own home!

How to Make THC Capsules

how to make thc capsules

As we said before, THC pills are widely celebrated for their versatility, and this feature extends to how easy they are to create, allowing users to make them themselves at home if they feel so inclined.

We also mentioned that you could create a THC capsule using various cannabis products. 

Today, we will be featuring three primary and popular examples of making THC pills at home.

Method 1 – Using AVB

already vaped bud

Vaping has quickly become one of the most popular methods for weed lovers to enjoy their favourite bud. Still, if you think that your weed is useless after vaping, you’re sorely mistaken. So, before you empty your vape and toss the remnants, known as AVB or already vaped bud, in the trash, think twice.

Most seasoned blazers may already be aware of this fact, but THC needs to be “activated” to produce its effects and benefits for those who may know. This process is known as decarboxylation. While the term itself may seem overly-scientific, it’s actually very simple in terms of what actually occurs.

Basically, decarboxylation is the process of exposing cannabis to heat in order to “activate” the THC present in your weed, thereby promoting and bringing forth the excellent effects that we all know and love.

This activity is why, even though it contains many health benefits, eating raw weed will not get you high.

So, if you’re a frequent vaper, be sure to save your AVB because you can use it to create THC pills with the added bonus of cutting out the necessity for the decarboxylation process since the bud has already been activating through exposing it to the heat when you initially vaped it in the first place.

In this way, all you need to do is take your AVB and pack it into your THC capsules, and you’re good to go!

Method 2 – Using Fresh Flower

If you don’t have any AVB lying around, that’s okay, too! You can also use fresh flower to create THC pills. It just requires the additional step of decarboxylating your weed.

If you’re intimidated by this, don’t sweat it. We’ll walk you through it.

First, we’ll start with the materials you’re going to need to decarboxylate your weed and make weed oil at home:

  • Weed grinder
  • Fresh flower (duh)
  • Your carrier oil of choice (olive, coconut, MCT oil, etc.)
  • Gelatin capsules
  • A syringe
  • Cheesecloth or coffee filter
  • Parchment paper
  • Frying pan
  • Oven

Step 1 – Decarboxylating Your Weed

That’s right. Decarboxylating your weed is such a straightforward process that it only serves as the first step for the overall creation of THC capsules with fresh weed.

Using your weed grinder, grind up your bud, but not too finely. Next, cover a baking sheet in parchment paper and preheat your oven to 105° C (220° F).

Spread your now-ground cannabis evenly across the baking sheet and place it in the oven. Bake it for approximately 35 to 40 minutes or until the buds appear light brown.

Be sure to flip the weed halfway through the baking time to ensure full coverage and that all of it is activated. That’s all there is to it! You have officially completed the decarboxylation process.

Easy, right?

Step 2 – Infusing Your Carrier Oil

Whether you opt for olive, MCT, or coconut oil, place your carrier oil of choice in a frying pan on the stove and put it on a low simmer. Once it is properly heated, mix in your decarboxylated weed and stir incrementally for a minimum of one hour.

A word of advice, the longer you leave the bud/oil mixture on a low simmer, the more potent the end product will be. Still, that said, you can leave it on for too long, which will cause the oil to turn black and develop a distinct and unsavoury bitter taste.

So, we would recommend removing the mixture from heat after three hours max.

Step 3 – Filling Your Capsules

Once the allotted cooking time is complete, remove the decarboxylated weed and carrier oil mixture from heat and strain it through the cheesecloth or coffee filter and discard whatever is left over.

Allow the newly-formed weed oil to cool entirely before pulling it into the syringe to your desired dosage level and injecting it into the gelatin capsules. Once filled, you can store your THC capsules and any remaining weed oil in the fridge for months at a time.

However, you must take the proper storage measures to ensure optimal results, meaning you should use an airtight, opaque container.

Method 3 – Using Tinctures

Okay, so you don’t vape, and you also don’t want your house to smell like a grow house – what are your options for making THC pills and capsules?

You can skip the entire decarboxylation process by moseying yourself on over to an online dispensary Canada and grabbing yourself a THC tincture.

THC tinctures offer concentrated doses of both THC and CBD in liquid form, so if you want to skip the DIY weed oil process, you can pick up one of these tinctures and fill your gelatin capsules with them.

Of course, one might ask why you would want to make THC pills when you already have a THC tincture on hand, but nobody’s here to judge. Sometimes, you just can’t keep a fragile glass bottle on your person at all times – they just don’t have that kind of durability. 

THC pills on the other hand, do, and you can easily put a couple in a zip-lock bag and medicate when you’re away from home, on an outdoor excursion, or at work!

THC Pills – A Discreet Way to Dose on the Go

As we’ve outlined throughout this article, there are nearly countless benefits to trying THC pills.

They are an excellent method for switching from more traditional ingestion methods, such as smoking, to a safer, healthier, and more sustainable way to enjoy a dose of THC and reap the benefits of your favourite icky sticky.

They also serve as an extremely convenient and discreet way to dose on the go without drawing too much attention to yourself, with the advantage of being pocket-sized, making it easy to transport and take whenever, wherever your stoner heart desires.

Additionally, if you’re looking to dabble in a fun DIY project with some bodacious bud or AVB, you can easily make THC pills at home. 

However, if you’d rather skip the creation process, just visit an online dispensary Canada where you’ll find dozens of THC pills in different potencies, ratios, and even flavours!

In that case, if you do choose to purchase instead of make, all that’s left to do is sit back, relax, and wait to experience the healing effects.

Have fun and enjoy!

Best Stoner Movies – 7 Movies to Fuel Your Movie Marathon

Movies and weed have had a symbiotic relationship since the day they were incepted, blossoming a wide variety of best stoner movies to suit every toker. Any regular weed user can tell you that if you’re high enough, anything can seem like a blast, especially in the case of movies. 

As far as the vernacular goes, almost any movie can be considered a stoner movie so long as you’ve smoked enough weed. In fact, you might be surprised that some of the greatest films to watch while high sometimes have nothing to do with weed.

If you want to talk about immersion, weed has been documented to have a remarkable effect on enhancing a person’s sensitivity to the senses. When you smoke weed, not only do your visuals get an extra injection of vividness, but your sense of hearing, smell, and touch also get a boost as well. 

So, if you’re watching a movie after taking a few puffs, there’s a high chance you’ll be entirely immersed in what you’re watching.

That said, we’ve created a list of some of the best stoner movies to watch whether you’re half baked or sky-high. So, if you’re looking for some ideas for your next stoner movie binge, keep on reading! 

What is the Appeal of Stoner Comedy?

The world of cannabis is entrenched with its own variants of slang and humour. Most notably, the stoner stereotypes and memes that are so pervasive throughout the internet and human culture. 

In particular, Stoner comedy typically plays on those stereotypes, exaggerating them and making fun of them in a lighthearted way that is often innately relatable to consumers of all experience levels, from novice tokers to expert smokers.

Although stoner comedies are a great watch while sober or high, you’d be missing out on some prime real estate if you were restricting yourself to watching this genre of movies solely while high. 

To further elaborate, here is a list of some of the, in our opinion, best stoner movies to watch after eating an edible, taking a few puffs from a joint, or whatever weed ingestion method tickles your particular fancy. 

Best Stoner Movies to Enjoy While High 

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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Blade Runner 2049. Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros

Fans of the cyberpunk genre of science fiction will enjoy this long-awaited sequel to the original Blade Runner

Blade Runner 2049 stars some of the original movie’s cast, including Harrison Ford, integrated with modern film staples, such as Jared Leto, Ana De Armas, Ryan Gosling, and Dave Bautista. Although Blade Runner 2049 is relatively slow in terms of pace, the world it creates is like no other. 

The attention to detail in the environment and characters allow the viewer to be completely immersed in the universe. Blade Runner 2049 focuses on themes of humanity, empathy, and morality for the philosophical tokers out there, making it one of the more serious films on this list.

The Nice Guys (2016)

A hidden gem in the world of comedy films, The Nice Guys is an American Neo-Noir action-comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. 

The movie takes place in Los Angeles during the 1970s as a mismatched pair of private eyes take on a series of cases related to a missing girl and the mysterious death of a pornstar. 

A combination of witty humour and physical comedy, The Nice Guys, provides a breath of fresh air in the comedy movie realm and is a great watch for anyone looking for a good laugh.

The Disaster Artist (2017)

“The Disaster Artist”

A rework of the original movie The Room (2003), The Disaster Artist is a modern rendition of what was widely considered one of the best worst movies ever made. 

This time around, the movie is filled with all-star actors including the Franco brothers, James and Dave, Seth Rogen, and Allison Brie. With the original film achieving cult status success, The Disaster Artists builds upon that success and gives viewers a reason to laugh and cringe at the same time. 

All in all, The Disaster Artist is essentially a movie about the behind-the-scenes antics of making the best worst movie of all time.

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Directed by Catherine Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty, The Hurt Locker is the godfather of military thrillers. 

The Hurt Locker is an intense portrayal of an elite army bomb squad tasked with one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, disarming Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). As the squad is plunged into the heart of chaos, they struggle to contain their leader as he wildly behaves as though he is indifferent to death. 

The Hurt Locker is one of the most suspenseful thrillers out there and an overall amazing film and performance.

Pineapple Express (2008)

Pineapple Express. Columbia Pictures

An iconic stoner film featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco, Pineapple Express is arguably one of the most influential stoner movies of recent history. In this way, it will feel like familiar ground to novice and experienced tokers alike.

An unlikely alliance of a process server and laidback drug dealer team up to cover their tracks as they get intertwined in a murder by the city’s most dangerous drug lords. 

Dale, the process server, and his laid-back drug dealer Saul must fight against the weed-induced paranoia and work together to find a creative solution that will save them from certain death.

Filled with ridiculous antics, a plethora of stoner references, and a dash of hilarity, Pineapple Express is an excellent example of one of the best stoner movies. 

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Trippy is an understatement for this film. Cloud Atlas follows the story of six individuals with six different timelines, each with its own unique environment and story. 

Cloud Atlas takes the viewers on an emotional journey as they explore how human action impacts one another’s lives in an ever-changing world, even generations down the line. 

While Cloud Atlas is already trippy to watch while sober, it becomes a whole new animal after you’ve munched on some edibles.

The Beach Bum (2019)

Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg in the movie “The Beach Bum.”

The Beach Bum is equally entertaining as it is ridiculous. Featuring an ensemble of Hollywood behemoths, including Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, and Jonah Hill, The Beach Bum is filled to the brim with wild and wacky characters while being situated in geographically one of the most notorious states in America. 

Moondog, a washed-up, free-spirited individual, is forced to channel his inner creativity to complete America’s next greatest novel. 

Along the way, drugs paired with unexpected events put Moondog under a great deal of pressure as he tries to complete his goal.

Best Stoner Movies – Enhance Your Blazing Experience 

Regardless of whether you’re baked or not, these best stoner movies are a great watch. If you’re planning on watching them while high, then more power to you. 

Smoking weed is known to enhance the senses or at least provide an increase in sensitivity to them. That said, not only will smoking some weed before watching a movie enhance the visuals and audio, but it will also help you process the story and information through a different lens as you would when viewing while sober. 

If you’d rather cut out the middle man and avoid rolling joints or packing a bowl, there is arguably no better way to enhance your blazing experience and movie binging marathon than with the perfect snacks!

So, why not combine your love of weed with the convenience of an accurately dosed THC boost with edibles?

At Sugar Jack’s, we are committed to quality, natural ingredients that make our products delectably delicious. With natural flavouring sourced from real fruit and sweetened with manuka honey and cane sugar, our THC gummies allow for a tasty treat without compromising potency. 

If you’d like to experience sugar and spice, our THC Ginger Molasses Cookies are the perfect blend of peppery, spicy ginger with the ideal amount of sweetness to make them entirely irresistible. 

Whichever you choose, our edibles are the ultimate way to sweeten the deal and bring a fun-loving element to your next movie night. 

Happy watching!

Reading While High – Elevate Your Mind

The concept of reading and smoking weed together seems like an unlikely pairing, but for some, reading while high is a very unique, entertaining, and rewarding pastime. 

It’s true that for some, weed can make it more difficult to concentrate or decipher words when reading. Still, many others are coming to find that once you muster up the energy to start reading while high, it improves reading abilities.    

In today’s article, we will discuss why reading while high is a must-try experience and how you can reap the benefits for yourself. 

Keep reading!

Reading While High 

When you think about it, it kind of makes sense. 

Marijuana has a famous reputation for being linked with creative expression, not to mention reading while high can be the impetus for augmented imagery. 

Cannabis allows creatives to better visualize vivid concepts or scenarios happening in the story, which keeps the reader more focused and engaged. 

Furthermore, reading while high can also help certain individuals learn a foreign language, but before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s first explore the three most common mistakes people make while trying to read when high.

Common Mistakes

Reading while high promotes introspection, enhances imagery and helps you to concentrate better on the story. However, if consumed improperly, it can lead to a negative experience. 

That said, here are three common mistakes people make when trying to read while high.

1. They Smoked too Much

When you get high, and you find yourself having trouble reading or remembering what happened — it’s because you smoked too much. 

This is known as a green out. Greening out happens from consuming too much THC and exceeding your tolerance level.

There are levels of being high, so of course, when you’re entirely faded, you won’t be able to do much besides sleep or zone out.  

2. They Picked the Wrong Type of Strain

reading while high common mistakes

Some strains are known for their sedative effects. For instance, strains such as Purple Kush, Kosher Kush and G-13 can float you to sleep and induce relaxing effects.

What’s more, when you smoke weed, THC isn’t the only substance that can cause feelings of drowsiness and disorientation. 

Other compounds like the plant’s trichomes, flavonoids and terpenes such as myrcene and linalool are known to be sedative — especially when found in the right combination. 

3. Aged Cannabis

Cannabis is known to drop in potency over the years. When it happens, THC begins to convert to CBN and can lose its potency almost in half.

That said, the blending of cannabinol (CBN) and THC can also increase drowsiness, confusion, and disorientation. 

Ultimately, they will make it hard for you to read or understand spoken language. 

If you want to avoid these mistakes, try to lower your dose and look for high-quality cannabis that is fresh and dank.

Alternatively, you can also opt for cannabis products such as edibles. Edibles present a healthier alternative to smoking weed, are easy to dose and consume. Unlike cannabis, you will know how much THC you are consuming.

Sugar Jack’s edibles, for example, contain 20mg THC in each gummy. All you need to do is to pop a gummy in your mouth and get lost in your literary world of choice.

They are also super tasty and packed with the beneficial effects of manuka honey, cane sugar and cannabis!

Now that you know what mistakes people make when reading while high let’s learn why this experience is a must-try.

Why Reading High Is Becoming So Popular

Over the years, especially since recreational marijuana has become legal in 15 states and medicinally legal in 35 of the 50 states in the U.S. — many users have started to report that smoking weed helps them to want to read by making it more enjoyable. 

We also know that many people find that smoking pot can enhance one’s imagination in all contexts, including touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste. 

The innate ability to vividly experience what you’re reading with all six senses makes it a much more entertaining experience — making you more invested in whatever you happen to be reading.  

Reading While High When Learning A Foreign Language

The process of reading and trying to piece together the puzzle of learning new words and languages is easier to do when they’re stoned. 

A study published by Harvard Medical School found that marijuana may improve and not impair executive functioning in adult subjects.   

Not only that, but a separate study that looked at the impact of weed use on executive functioning found that after three months of continuous use, cognitive functioning improved. 

Their overall ability to carry out cognitive tasks — especially those influenced by the frontal cortex — dramatically improved. The act of speaking to someone, listening to someone else talk, reading, writing, and learning a new language are all mediated by the left prefrontal cortex

As we study and learn more about cannabis and how it influences us, we learn to adopt new treatment methods and let go of our inaccurate, preconceived notions about what smoking weed does and doesn’t do to its users.  

Improved Listening Skills

According to a study conducted by Harvard psychologist Charles Tart, smoking marijuana helps users understand and make sense of song lyrics better than when they are sober. 

Of course, as mentioned earlier, the ability to learn foreign languages better also extends to how well our listening skills are. As we stated before, many users have reported being able to understand a foreign language better, and to do this — you need to use your ears. 

On the flip side, these reading and listening enhancements might come down to the fact that smoking weed impacts our attention. 

One of the most common side effects of consuming marijuana is that it causes users to zone out and focus their attention on one thing: an object, pattern, or any other type of stimuli.

This is how being high could improve our ability to hone in and focus on what someone else is saying or improving our overall ability to focus on reading, speaking, or listening. 

Reading While High – Enrich Your Reading Experience 

We’ve learned that reading while high is possible and extremely enjoyable for many cannabis enthusiasts worldwide, despite the commonly held belief that you can’t smoke and read or do anything productive at the same time. 

Now you know it depends mainly on how much you smoke, what strain you smoked, how old it was and if you’re predisposed to struggle with concentrating while stoned or not. 

Other factors like age, body weight, height, gender, and tolerance levels can also impact how strongly you’ll be affected.

Just remember to start low and go slow.  

The only way to know how reading while high will affect you is to try it.

Ask your local budtender for help deciding which strain they have that will best pair with reading or intense concentration. Alternatively, if you want to experiment with other healthier and tastier methods, try edibles

Happy reading!

Weed Hot Chocolate – Three Ways to Put a New Spin on an Old Classic

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and treats are aplenty, with weed hot chocolate presenting the perfect compromise between reexperiencing childlike wonder and indulging in the healing happiness of your favourite icky sticky. 

We all remember the nostalgia of having snow-fueled adventures during the winter months. Building snowmen, making snow angels and having epic snowball fights. If you don’t, you’ve likely seen what it looks like on TV and in movies. 

Regardless, what better way to warm up after a day of frozen fun than with a piping hot cup of hot chocolate? 

Now that we’re older, we have the option of kicking things up a notch and indulging in a different way by combining two of our favourite things into one. 

Today, we are going to teach you how to make weed hot chocolate in three different variations. So get ready because things are about to get all kinds of delicious! 

Recipe #1 – Using AVB

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Already vaped bud, or AVB for short is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the weed leftover after using a dry herb vaporizer. Vaping bud, instead of straight-up smoking, leaves behind brownish remnants of the weed that, contrary to what you might think, is still suitable for future usage. 

In other words, don’t throw away your leftover weed just yet! Just when you think that it’s over and done with, we are here to tell you that, depending on the vaping method, temperature and length of the sesh, there may still be a substantial amount of THC remaining in the dry bud that is ripe for the picking. 

Since weed used in a dry vaporizer is heated up slowly over a lower temperature, the process of decarboxylation, or “activating” the cannabis, has already been completed. 

Usually, weed is decarboxylated through combustion (smoking a joint or a bowl) or baking (in the oven). Vapes act as mini weed ovens, so your AVB is good to eat as is or ready to be infused into your foods and drinks, as we’ll soon go over below! 

To make weed hot chocolate using AVB, you will need the following:

Materials 

  • Coffee filter or cheesecloth 
  • Coffee cup/mug
  • Thermos or teapot 
  • Weed grinder
  • Medium saucepan or microwave

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of whole milk (or creamy consistency dairy, but lactose alternatives will also work) 
  • 0.5g AVB
  • Your favourite premade packet of hot chocolate mix 

Instructions

  1. Grind your AVB as finely as possible to get the most cannabinoids out of it 
  2. Bring milk to a boil either in a saucepan or the microwave. 
  3. Add 0.5g of AVB into the teapot or thermos along with the now-boiled milk. 
  4. Let the mixture sit for about 25 minutes while occasionally stirring every couple of minutes. 
  5. Strain the milk into your coffee cup or mug using the cheesecloth or coffee filter 
  6. Add hot cocoa mix and stir. 

That’s it! That’s all she wrote. AVB weed hot chocolate is an excellent way to use your already vaped bud because it allows you to create a delicious and potent edible without buying any extra ingredients or material. 

In this way, your weed can relive its glory even after it’s vaped, and you can reap the benefits of the THC in your AVB to give yourself and your body some much-needed TLC! Not to mention, you get more bang for your buck as well. It’s a win-win! 

Recipe 2 – Using Weed/Cannabutter

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The beauty of weed butter, also known as cannabis butter or cannabutter, is how easy it is to make and how accessible it is. When it comes to learning how to make weed butter, you don’t need to be a professional chef or seasoned cannabis connoisseur to pull it off. It’s one of the most straightforward cannabis edibles to make!

For the full breakdown of the entire process in detail, check out our article on how to make weed butter

Essentially, the most critical element to making weed butter is performing decarboxylation through heating your bud in an oven or toaster oven to activate the righteous THC. For making cannabutter, you’ll need to heat at least ½ ounce of quality cannabis. 

From there, add 8 ounces of unsalted butter and 1 ½ cups of water into a pot or saucepan and heat over low heat until the butter is melted. Then, mix in the decarbed weed and allow the melted butter to saturate it fully. 

This mixture should be left to simmer for 3 to 4 hours while occasionally gently stirring every half hour to prevent burning or sticking. 

Finally, pour the mixture through cheesecloth or some sort of filtering apparatus to cipher out any remaining plant matter before using the product to create other edibles, which, for this article, is weed hot chocolate. 

Once strained, the infused butter should be refrigerated and allowed to cool overnight.

making hot chocolate

To make weed hot chocolate using weed butter, you’ll need: 

Materials 

  • Saucepan
  • Mug  
  • Coffee filter 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp cannabutter 
  • 3 ½ tbsp superfine sugar 
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional) 
  • Two ¼ cups whole milk (lactose-free alternatives will also suffice) 
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate broken into chunks

Instructions 

  1. Place the cannabutter, milk, sugar, and cinnamon into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil on low heat. 
  2. Take off heat and allow the mixture to sit for about 20 minutes. 
  3. Add the chocolate to the milk and stir over low heat until the chocolate has melted. 

When making weed butter, it is best to make enough to experiment with multiple recipes to figure out which edibles are most to your liking. 

Weed hot chocolate infused with weed butter is an ideal and delicious way to enjoy something warm and sweet on those cold, lazy winter days while also providing a straightforward method of easing into the fun and exploratory world of creating your own cannabis edibles. 

Recipe 3 – Using a Weed Cookie 

Not everyone is looking to indulge their inner-chef when it comes to enjoying the benefits of edibles like weed hot chocolate, and that’s okay! The holiday season is about taking some much-deserved time off to rest, reflect and regenerate. 

In this sense, why not let someone else do all the heavy lifting and eliminate the necessity and involved process of grinding down your AVB and straining it or going through the meticulous process of making your own cannabutter? 

Instead, opt for the easy way out by merely following the instructions on the back of your favourite pre-made hot chocolate mix and adding a little something extra in right at the end.

Sugar Jack’s 50mg THC Ginger Molasses Cookies are blended with the perfect amount of spicy, delicious ginger and a boost of sweetness to make them irresistible to any sweet-tooth. Each cookie comes with 50m of nano-emulsified THC distillate to ensure accurate dosing every time. 

So, instead of going through the tedious process of cooking yourself, let Sugar Jack’s do all the heavy lifting and simply crumble up these delicious cookies into your hot chocolate for a delightful combination of sugar, spice and a precise dose of THC that is oh so nice. 

If you don’t want to crumble the entire cookie into there, that’s okay too! The beauty is that you can put in, however much you want. Even if you don’t want to crumble it into your drink, another option would be to simply dip it in and take a bite that way.

After all, all good cookies are meant for dipping! 

Weed Hot Chocolate – Get Cozy with Cannabis this Winter 

There’s something soothing and comforting about the idea of grabbing your favourite fuzzy blanket and feeling the warmth of hot chocolate spread throughout your body. 

One way to take this experience to the next level is to grab your favourite icky sticky and allow the warmth of the hot chocolate and the healing, relaxing benefits of bud to come together in a delightful synergy to create an atmosphere of pure contentment. 

This holiday season spread some holiday cheer by indulging in a classic cozy beverage with a new modern twist. Whether you use already vaped bud, cannabutter or a delicious Sugar Jack’s Ginger Molasses Cookie, we can guarantee you that you are in for a rich, delicious, and sweet experience. 

As with all edibles, it will take some time to feel the effects of weed hot chocolate, so be sure to adhere to the regular rules of waiting at least 2 hours before ingesting more. As the saying goes, all good things come to those who wait. 

Have fun and enjoy!

Weed is Officially Recognized as a Medicine

Weed just got recognized as medicine.

Cannabis has had a big year. From being declared as an essential service by the Canadian government to being legalized for recreational use in Arizona, New Jersey, and Montana following the 2020 presidential election, it’s clear that attitudes surrounding cannabis and its use are changing.

However, perhaps none are more impactful and significant than a historic vote placed forward by the UN which recognized weed’s medicinal values. 

weed recognized as medicine by UN

Yes, you heard that right. Weed is now officially recognized as a medicine! 

World Health Organisation members had put forward a recommendation earlier for the UN’s Commission for Narcotic Drugs to remove weed from a list of substances deemed to have little to no medical benefit. 

On Dec 2nd, the UN voted to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, a vote that was narrowly won by 27 to 25 votes

Does this mean we could one day pop into a coffee shop or cafe and grab one of Sugar Jack’s new ginger molasses cookies along with your cup of tea or coffee within a few years? 

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It’s likely in Canada, but the same can’t be said internationally. 

The United Nations, of which 193 countries are members, is the world’s largest intragovernmental organization, but everyone’s favourite plant is still a ways away from international recognition.

The US, the UK were in favour of the change while Russia, China, Pakistan and Nigeria were amongst those against the move. 

What’s important to note is that while the vote recognized marijuana’s medicinal benefits, it doesn’t remove weed or weed-related products from a list of drugs that require strict international regulation. 

The UN’s system for the classification of 250 controlled substances falls into four “schedules.” These categories are ranked according to their risks, addictiveness, and medical value. For a long time, weed has been classified as Schedule IV, a category of which heroin is a member. 

weed recognized as medicine

Worldwide, 50 countries have already recognized and adopted medicinal marijuana programs and access. 

While the UN does not hold influence over the rules and regulations of sovereign countries, an international group of drug policy organizations have said that “this is welcome news for the millions of people who use cannabis for therapeutic purposes and reflects the reality of the growing market for cannabis-based medicinal products.”

Recognition from the UN could spur more countries into adopting similar programs in their own policies, however, the group does go on to say that the current changes are not enough. 

UN flags

While cannabis is no longer under Schedule IV, the most dangerous category of substances, it’s still under Schedule 1, which places weed next to the likes of cocaine, heroin, and opium. 

So what do you think? Now that weed is recognized as medicine, are the changes enough, or do you think the UN is continuing to drag their feet and limit access to a substance that has provided vast medicinal benefits to many around the world? Let us know! 

Weed Pipe – The Perfect Smoking Compromise

In the holy trifecta of weed accessories, a weed pipe sits proudly next to the likes of joints and bongs, but they’re not as commonplace as you might think.

Despite being incredibly versatile, convenient, and having been utilized for thousands of years, the practice of using a weed pipe has fallen out of vogue in favour of THC vape pens, bongs, and of course, edibles.

For the traditional toker, a weed pipe still presents a readily available and, well, a beautifully classy way of consuming your favourite herb.

If you were feeling hesitant about using a weed pipe or merely unaware of what a weed pipe is, let us break everything down for you so you can toke with confidence!

What is a Weed Pipe?

what is a weed pipe

In layman’s terms, a weed pipe is a small device used to smoke weed. 

Like a bong or other forms of glass and glassware, it can come in a variety of shapes, materials, and sizes, so depending on your smoking style and aesthetic preferences, you can find one that’s perfect for you.

A weed pipe is specifically designed for ease of use and an ideal accessory for a quick, convenient smoke.

Weed pipes typically feature a long and thin cylindrical shape with a large bowl at one end that holds the weed and a mouthpiece on the other where you inhale. 

In 2003, the US Department of Justice launched “Operation Pipe Dreams” in an attempt to target and arrest weed pipe glassblowers across the United States. The charges laid against these artisans eventually led to a resurgence in both the popularity and glassblowing of weed pipe-making that continues well into this day!

It’s important to note that a weed pipe doesn’t necessarily have to be exclusively made of glass. In fact, many of the more affordable cannabis pipes come in plastic, metal, and even classic wooden varieties.

A trip to your local head shop or dispensary will likely yield various pipes in many different colours, materials, and forms. The need to appeal to a wide range of tokers and smokers has even led to continued innovation in the pipe industry, giving rise to newer, more convenient variations. 

Such iterations include one-hitters, designed to clear a bowl in one toke, and vape pipes, which vape cannabis flower instead of combusting it.

Why use a Weed Pipe?

why use a weed pipe

If you’re not an avid smoker, the benefits of using a glass weed pipe or any similar smoking pipe won’t be immediately apparent.

After all, why use a weed pipe when you can roll up a joint or use a bong instead?

While both of these forms of weed consumption are classic and effective, it can take time to learn how to roll a joint and perfect it to an art. Once rolled, you also need a sturdy container to keep your joints from getting wet and bent out of shape.

Bongs also come with their own set of drawbacks. Unless you’re using a bubbler, bongs typically tend to be large, unwieldy, and require water to smoke your weed correctly, not to mention their usually exorbitant price tag.

A weed pipe presents a happy medium between these two smoking devices, providing both the convenience and form factor of a joint while also providing smokers with the huge tokes and potency that make bongs so awesome.

Another point worth noting is that a weed pipe may typically be harsher than joints and bongs due to their shorter pathways limiting the amount of time the smoke has to cool down before it enters your lungs. 

For this reason alone, we wouldn’t recommend beginner tokers to use a weed pipe instead of more conventional and less harsh smoking devices.

In this way, you may want to stick to joints, bongs, and of course, edibles if you’re a new smoker. However, if you decide to venture to try a weed pipe, take smaller, careful tokes. 

Weed Pipe Varieties

Like we’ve said before, a weed pipe does not necessarily need to be made of glass. Although the most common, there are various forms of weed pipe. 

Two of the most popular being: 

Hand Pipes

When it comes to pipes, hand pipes are the most emblematic and probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a weed pipe. Also known as “spoons” or “spoon pipes,” hand pipes are named as such for their small, convenient design that fits in the palm of your hand.

Although the most common ones are available in glass, metal, wood, and even plastic, hand pipes are also viable options. 

If you’re planning to be out and about, a hand pipe is the perfect travelling companion. Heading out on a hike or going on a trip? A hand pipe is the ideal weed pipe to bring along to either enjoy by yourself or with a few friends!

One-Hitters

One-hitters are a weed pipe appropriately named for their function. Also known as “chillums,” one-hitters are small, thin cylinders that typically come in a “dug out,” a separate case that stores both the one-hitter and a weed stash.

One-hitters are eponymously named after the small, limited amount of weed that they carry. These devices only have enough weed for one hit and are cleared after one breath.

However, heed our words of caution – these pipes are incredibly harsh, and if you don’t have seasoned lungs, you could be in for a harsh toke.

How to Use a Pipe

If you’ve ever used a bong, learning how to use a weed pipe will be easy as 1-2-3.

  • Take a pinch of ground weed and pack it into the bowl. Take care not to overpack the bowl to ensure even airflow. 
  • Hold the pipe in your hand, place your thumb over the carb (the non-mouthpiece hole) and bring your lips to the mouthpiece.
  • Light the bowl with your lighter, and gently inhale while keeping your finger on the carb.
  • Once your bowl begins to light, take your thumb away from the carb and continue inhaling. You can control the airflow by using your thumb.
  • After the bowl is pooched, cover the carb with your thumb, flip your pipe upside down and blow out to clear the bowl.

Weed Pipe – The Perfect Smoking Companion

At the end of the day, a weed pipe offers the perfect combination of versatility, convenience, and portability. 

This device presents the portability and ease of use of a joint while providing a smoother, larger toke commonly associated with hitting a bong. 

So, if you’re a fan of smoking weed on-the-go or just somebody that hates rolling joints or purchasing pre-rolls, then a weed pipe is the ideal accessory for you.

Of course, packing the perfect bowl ultimately comes down to the quality of the bud you’re using, so always make sure that the weed you buy comes from a legitimate, licensed dispensary to ensure the highest quality.

If you’re looking to venture outside your comfort zone and attempt a new but still traditional smoking method, we would highly recommend giving a weed pipe a try.

Have fun and happy toking!

Cane Sugar – Naturally Sweet for Naturally Great Edibles

When it comes to adding a little something sweet to the mix, you can never go wrong with opting for good old fashioned natural cane sugar rather than more processed, less organic alternatives.

Using proper ingredients can make or break an edible. They are the essential components that strike the difference between an edible that is just okay and something fantastic and delicious, which is why Sugar Jack’s is so passionate about ensuring that every element we put into our products is of the highest quality and the most natural makeup.

In this way, we are firm believers that simpler is better. You don’t need to add complicated chemicals or overcrowded ingredient lists to create something extraordinary.

Leonardo DiVinci said it best, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

It’s why we infuse our edibles with premium, flavourless THC distillate and infuse it with natural sweetness from cane sugar and manuka honey, to let the quality and flavours speak for themselves without having anything else to hide behind.

Organic cane sugar is what gives Sugar Jack’s gummies their signature, playful chewiness while infusing them with a fuller-bodied taste that can’t be attained through more processed sugars.

Today, we are delving into why we choose to use cane sugar rather than cheaper, more processed alternatives to give you a peek behind the curtain of what makes our product so tasty and memorable!

What is Cane Sugar?

sugar cane

As the name implies, cane sugar comes from sugar cane.

Unlike ordinary refined white sugar, cane sugar still retains some of the sugar cane plant’s molasses and moisture, meaning that it technically contains less sugar and calories per serving, making it a healthier alternative to more processed sugar options.

This fact is also the reason behind its distinct colouring.

Sources conflict regarding the origins of sugar cane and its eventual dispersal to the rest of the world. Thus, the entire sugar cane industry does not have one single and simple place of origin.

However, some sources state that societies in prehistoric Asia likely started producing and manufacturing cane sugar by initially discovering the cane sugar plant and chewing raw sugar cane. 

From there, they began pressing out the juice by using some form of primitive technology.

They then eventually discovered the advantages of boiling the juice into a dense state to be more easily transported and infused into cooking.

Both organic cane sugar and refined white sugar are extracted from sugarcane. However, raw cane sugar is not as refined. Hence, the “raw” part.

It can be found in multiple forms, including cane juice, which can be added to various food, drink and baked goods to sweeten up the flavour. 

Organic cane sugar contains some remnants of the sugarcane plant, as stated before, so its flavour presents a fuller mild toffee-like flavour. In contrast, the white sugar commonly found in grocery stores and retail locations has been processed to remove anything that could add a different flavour aside from being sweet.

While cane sugar is a healthier option than refined sugar products, it should be enjoyed in moderation.

However, it does provide some all-natural benefits, and at Sugar Jacks, we’re all about delivering a naturally good time! 

It’s a Natural Source of Energy

cane sugar as a source of energy

One of the main nutritional benefits of cane sugar is that it is converted into glucose once it enters the bloodstream. Glucose is the simplest form of sugar.

The blood then absorbs the glucose to provide energy to the cells. However, as we previously stated, it should be taken in moderation as ingesting too much of any kind of sugar, refined sugar, or organic cane sugar can lead to adverse health conditions, including obesity and diabetes.

In obesity, the body can be overwhelmed by ingesting too much sugar, causing the energy that is not utilized to be stored as fat.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Cane sugar can be an excellent source of energy to put some pep in your step. It’s just important to practice balance!

It’s a Source of Antioxidants

The sugar cane plant contains multiple nutritional benefits, including its antioxidant properties within the plant material itself.

Less processed or refined sugar thus contains higher levels of antioxidants than other products due to it containing remnants of plant matter that has not been processed out.

Antioxidants perform many benefits within our bodies, including reducing the impacts of oxidative stress from exercise and helping prevent more serious conditions, such as heart disease.

It has Antibacterial Properties

Cane sugar also has antibacterial properties. It has proven to be effective against bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus.

Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus are commonly found in the mouth and can cause various conditions, including dental plaque tooth decay.

Of course, more research is necessary to confirm, but the health benefits of sugarcane have been celebrated and utilized for thousands of years. In this way, it must be doing something right!

Combined with the natural, antibacterial and antibiotic properties of our other sweet ingredient, manuka honey, you can enjoy the fantastic, natural flavours of Sugar Jack’s gummies and feel good about eating them, too!

Cane Sugar – A Natural, More Robust Flavour

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of cane sugar, compared to other sweeteners and sugars, is the more full-bodied flavour it presents.

Since it contains remnants of sugarcane plant material, organic cane sugar presents a more well-rounded taste that elevates sweetness and the entire flavour profile as a whole.

This element is one of the core reasons we choose to use this sweetener rather than more processed alternatives in our Sugar Jack’s gummies.

While cane sugar operates as a tool to help sweeten our gummies, it also works to contribute to our commitment to using only the finest, most natural ingredients in our products, providing our customers with a delicious experience without compromise.

This ingredient, combined with natural manuka honey and flavouring sourced from real fruit, creates a delectable edible dream that can only be heightened by cannabis infusions made in-house without the use of fillers or diluents.

Put it all together, and we think you’ll agree that it’s a pretty sweet deal in every sense of the word! But don’t take our word for it.

Why not pick up a pack today at an online dispensary and try our gummies for yourself? We’re confident you’re going to love what you get.

Weed Hangover – How to Beat the Day-After Blues

Cannabis offers a wide variety of therapeutic effects that can soothe both the mind and body, but consuming too much of it can lead to what is known as a weed hangover the next day. 

Much like an alcohol hangover, weed also has the potential to produce adverse effects that can transfer over to the day after your session. Whether you’ve smoked too much weed or taken too strong of an edible, the residual effects will be felt the very next day.

It may come as a surprise for many newcomers to the scene, but weed hangovers are no lie. They do happen, and although they may not be as severe or dreadful as an alcohol hangover, they are just as annoying. 

The effects of a weed hangover can linger throughout the day, causing headaches, cottonmouth, and fatigue to varying levels of degree and can make the day seem like one big haze. 

The mind fog is real for weed hangovers, and it’s more common than you might think. Weed hangovers are nobody’s favourite and can strip you of your energy and productivity. 

To find out more about what contributes to a weed hangover, how to cure a weed hangover, and how you can avoid it, keep on reading for some useful info, tips and tricks. 

Is a Weed Hangover a Real Thing?

is a weed hangover a real thing

Yes. A weed hangover is possible and real

They can be as subtle as slight fogginess in the morning, all the way to debilitating, energy-sapping fatigue that can put even the most seasoned smokers in a state of disarray. 

Although some people may claim that a weed hangover is a made-up fantasy, some people have gotten away with smoking copious amounts of weed with little to no residual effects. 

When it comes down to it, individual physiology plays a large role in how marijuana will affect the person in mind, including physical build, weight, gender, etc. 

However, while the number of studies related to the effects of active cannabis and even the potential side effects or residual effects continues to increase, research into studying the causes and symptoms of a weed hangover is still relatively low.  

Still, for the sake of keeping it short and simple, the primary cause of weed hangover is obvious, consuming too much weed. 

There are a few other factors that come into play, such as dehydration and individual physiology, but for the most part, these effects typically arise from excessive weed smoking, usually when it’s done in a single sitting.

Common Weed Hangover Symptoms

The symptoms of a weed hangover usually all fall under one similar category, they make it harder for you to complete tasks and responsibilities. 

Symptoms of a marijuana hangover include brain fog, a haziness that renders you unable to have clear and focused thoughts, making it hard to concentrate and get high-level tasks done.

Other common symptoms of a weed hangover include:

  • Loss of energy and motivation 
  • Fatigue 
  • Dry mouth (also known as cottonmouth) 
  • Nausea 
  • Dizziness
  • Dry eyes 
  • Confusion 

In some instances, users will sometimes also experience headaches.

How to Cure a Weed Hangover

While a weed hangover is likely not to be a super pleasant experience, it won’t last forever. 

As with consuming too much alcohol and being hungover the next day, there is no one all-time fix for how to cure a weed hangover, as everyone is different, and various methods may work better than others depending on the individual. 

Basically, it all comes down to different strokes for different folks. 

That said, we’ve compiled a list of some tried and true classic solutions to help ease the blow and hopefully alleviate symptoms. 

Below are some tips and tricks for how to cure a weed hangover: 

Watch Your Consumption

How to cure a weed hangover

The absolute best way to prevent yourself from experiencing a weed hangover is to take preventative action towards it. 

That means paying attention to how much weed you’re smoking or how much you’d like to take. Keeping tabs on dosage requires diligence and effort, but the reward pays off immensely. 

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Of course, this does require some experience with smoking weed itself, so if you find it’s too late to take a proactive approach, we’ve got you covered for that, too. 

Take a Cold Shower

Studies have shown that cold showers can activate and stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, driving out anxiety and depression symptoms while keeping the user sharp and alert. 

We know that taking an ice-cold shower or bath can be an uncomfortable thing to do, but if you feel hazy from all the mind fog, a cold shower could be exactly what you need. You won’t have to take it for too long either, just a few minutes should do. 

Trust us, it’s one of those things that is absolutely terrible to initiate, but it’ll leave you feeling like a million bucks once you’re done with it. 

Weed hangover or not, cold showers are a great way to add some pep to your step.

On a side note, to make things easier for you, you can start the shower off with warm water and end by gradually adjusting it to cold water, so it doesn’t come as such a shock.

Drink Some Coffee or Tea

Caffeine is the world’s most widely used stimulant, and for a good reason. It wakes people up and gives us a sense of alertness that we all sometimes need. 

The fatigue and lethargy associated with a weed hangover can cause us to get lazy and build up barriers to the responsibilities and tasks that we need to get done for the day. A nice cup of Joe or some green tea will have enough caffeine to activate your human nitrous and get you going for what’s next. 

Depending on your personal tolerance to caffeine itself, there are a variety of different options to choose from. We recommend green tea as it strikes a nice balance between more subtle teas like earl grey and more potent forms of caffeine like coffee. 

On average, a cup of green tea will have half of the amount of caffeine that a cup of coffee has.

Stay Hydrated

dehydration and weed hangover

A lot of the dry mouth and headaches associated with a weed hangover actually come from a side effect of dehydration

In fact, a lot of people tend to forget to sip on water while they’re smoking, leading to dehydration and eventually headaches the next morning. 

You can easily avoid this by either sipping on some water while you’re stoned or right when you wake up. Hangover or not, staying hydrated is always a healthy option you should strive for.

Go For A Walk Or Get Some Exercise

We recommend doing some sort of cardio to get the blood flowing

If you have the will and energy to fight through it, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) will help to release the balance of hormones and androgens to get feeling on your A-game as well. 

In the case that you don’t have quite enough energy for that, a nice, pleasant leisurely walk outside will also help ease the weed hangover side-effects.

Relax

Last but not least, sometimes all it takes is a little rest and relaxation. 

If you’ve gone overboard with the edibles yet again, you already know what to do, take it easy.

In fact, if you’ve eaten too strong of an edible, it really is all you can do. Call in sick for work or school, put your feet up, and ride out the effects.

Weed Hangover – This Too Shall Pass

Similar to how the effects of smoking bud may vary from person to person, not all weed hangovers are created equal. 

Each person will have their own unique experience, so you’ll have to diagnose each situation accordingly. Finding out what works for you and what doesn’t really is a matter of trial and error. 

If you experience a hangover yourself, the tips and tricks we’ve provided should help you cure and deal with the weed hangover and get you back up to speed. 

All in all, it is always better to take a proactive approach to this type of situation. Track your dosage and pay attention to how much weed you’re smoking or eating to avoid greening out and a weed hangover the next day. You can’t manage what you can’t measure.

Remember, our advice is strictly based on personal experience and is not intended to be taken as professional medical advice.

Stay safe and well, friends!

Moldy Weed – Dangers & Prevention Methods

Smoking moldy weed is a total buzz kill in more ways than one.

Getting all amped up to enjoy some of your favourite icky sticky only to find that it has been infested with hazardous growths is a less than ideal scenario for any toker. Mainly because, under no circumstance, should you debate smoking moldy weed.

Just don’t do it.

Mold is known to cause a variety of adverse health conditions that can vary in severity from a mild sore throat to more severe and significant respiratory and immune system complications.

Basically, mold is bad. Don’t ingest it.

In fact, even government-grade weed isn’t completely exempt from being infiltrated by this unrighteous growth. We know. It’s heartbreaking.

Thus, blazers need to learn how to detect signs of moldy weed to keep themselves safe and prevent it from growing in the first place so that they can enjoy their righteous bud for as long as possible.

If you still aren’t entirely sure how to tell if you have moldy weed, you’ve come to the right place.

Today, we will outline what moldy weed is, why it’s dangerous, and how to protect your stash from becoming tainted.

What is Moldy Weed? Why is it Unsafe?

what is moldy weed

Ultimately, unless you are experimenting with or interested in observing the origins of penicillin, avoid mold at all costs.

You wouldn’t eat a piece of fruit or an unidentifiable food item covered in mold, would you? So, you should apply the same logic to your weed.

We repeat. Smoking moldy weed is never a good idea, no matter how badly you want it. Trust us. It’s not worth it.

Even though not all mold strains will cause you to get super sick, some can cause negative health effects, such as nasal congestion, sore throat, sneezing, wheezing, coughing and even more harmful conditions such as allergies and respiratory issues.

So, why take the risk at all?

Moldy weed usually results from improper storage methods, including weed plants that are either grown or stored in too moist conditions. Moisture is an ideal environment to facilitate the breeding of mold and mildew.

Humidity, moisture, air and light factors all influence the likelihood of developing moldy weed. So, ensuring that tokers know the proper methods regarding how to store weed to preserve its integrity is essential.

Unfortunately, once you have discovered that your weed has grown mold, there is nothing you can do to save it. Stick a fork in it – it’s done.

The only thing you can do once this happens is to throw it out, which is a heart-rendering experience for new and experienced blazers.

Therefore, determining how to tell if you have moldy weed is a valuable skill that all tokers should learn to protect themselves and others from ingesting potentially harmful toxins.

How to Tell if You Have Moldy Weed

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Before smoking any type of weed, you should inspect it thoroughly to ensure it’s safe to consume.

If you aren’t sure how to do that, don’t sweat it. We’ve got you covered.

Use Your Eyeballs

Luckily, mold is typically visible to the naked eye. So, one of the easiest ways to determine if you have moldy weed is simply by looking at it.

Of course, even if you can see it, you might not know for a fact that it is mold. In this instance, there are a few key indicators to watch out for.

In terms of colouring and texture, mold usually looks like white powdered sugar or sawdust. In this way, some cannabis users may mistake it on the surface of their bud to look like kief.

Still, if you look a little closer, you’ll likely be able to tell that it’s mold spores. The trichomes on the cannabis plant typically have a mushroom-type-shape with a bulbous crystalline tip that is unique. Mold does not.

Another key sign of moldy weed is discolouration on specific parts of the weed plant. This fuzzy growth can come in a rainbow of unrighteous colours from grey to black or even yellow and brown. 

Either way, it’s definitely not that gorgeous green that you’re used to.

Finally, slimy weed can be a crucial indicator that there are mold spores on your bud. There is no reason for your weed to be slimy. Do not, under any circumstance, consume it.

Either way, whether it appears as a fuzzy, powder-like consistency or slime, your weed is bad. Throw it out.

Use Your Sniffer

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A sense of smell is an ability that many of us often take for granted. Still, it can be a powerful tool to deter us from potentially harmful toxins.

Luckily for novice and more seasoned tokers, weed has a distinct dank smell that we all know and love.

Mold also has a unique smell.

While the scent may vary from individual strain to strain, cannabis contains a pleasing smell that is more skunky in nature, whereas the smell of mold is gross and unappealing.

If your weed smells like sweat or urine, there is a high likelihood that it has been infested with mold.

Really, anything that smells like sweat or urine is probably not something you should consume, just as a more general rule of thumb. #LifeHacks.

Ultimately, the best approach is to combine your senses of sight and smell to increase your chances of detecting moldy weed.

Invest in a Microscope

As we said, there are various types of mold, and some may not necessarily be detectable to the naked eye.

If you think there might be something off about your weed, you can invest in various tools, such as a microscope or a black light, to help you take a closer look when attempting to identify moldy weed.

If you aren’t looking to break the bank, there are various affordable options available in retail locations and online.

Of course, it will take some practice to spot spores and mold growth on your bud accurately. Practice makes perfect!

A good place to start would be learning the various features of normal cannabis to help cancel out what is and is not supposed to be there.

What to do if You Have Moldy Weed

We said it once, we’ll say it again, and we will continue to say it until the point comes across.

Do not, under any circumstance, no matter how much you want it, smoke moldy weed.

One more time for emphasis. There is no instance or conditions where smoking moldy weed is a good idea. 

Unless you want to risk damaging your immune system, lungs, or experiencing other negative health impacts, just don’t do it.

If you discover that you have moldy weed, as much as it hurts, throw it away.

How to Prevent Moldy Weed

The best and most effective method of preventing your weed from growing any type of mold is to learn the essential elements of how best to store weed.

The key culprits for moldy weed are moisture, humidity and light.

Protect your bud by keeping it in an air-tight glass container or secure jar and store it in a cool and dark location. Light exposure and heat can potentially decarboxylate your weed prematurely, causing it to lose potency by decreasing THC.

Whether you have grown weed at home or purchased it from a licensed dispensary, you must inspect it before smoking to ensure that it doesn’t have any mold on it.

If you find that your purchased weed is infected with mold, contact the dispensary immediately to inform them so that they can take the necessary action to determine whether it was a botched batch and if they need to take further action.

Most dispensaries will want to rectify the situation.

Moldy Weed – Safety First

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We’ll say it one more time for the people in the back. Do not smoke moldy weed! There is no instance or conditions where smoking moldy weed is a good idea. 

We really can’t emphasize this fact enough. The potentially harmful toxins and negative health consequences aren’t worth the risk.

While finding moldy weed is a total drag, there are steps that you can take to protect your bud and ensure that it doesn’t happen, one of the most viable being proper storage methods.

If you believe that your weed may be tainted, rely on visual and scent-related indicators to confirm your suspicions. If it is, contact the dispensary you purchased from to let them know that the weed is bad.

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Our advice? Skip the flower and go for an edible. They’re easy to eat and even easier to enjoy. Best of all? You won’t have to worry about any funky mold ruining the experience for you. 

Stay safe, friends!