The Peaceful Choice:  

GG #4,  Papaya Cake,  Sueño

NATIVE ROOTS DILLON:  

Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

A Cut Above – rec:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Item #9,  Sage N Sour,  Tractor Beam

NATIVE ROOTS LONGMONT:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Dosidos,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

The Dispo (REC):  

Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  White 99

KIND CARE OF COLORADO LLC:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Ice Cream Cake

Solace Meds Colfax:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Grape OZ

Solace Meds Broadway:  

Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake

THE JOINT BY CANNABIS:  

Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9,  The Sauce

The Dab By Silverpeak – Courtesy Rd.:  

Bananaghani,  Item #9,  LA Kush Cake

Golden Meds – Sante Fe:  

Bananaghani,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake

Native Roots Trinidad:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Dosidos,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9,  LA Kush Cake,  The Sauce

Tumbleweed Edwards:  

Item #9,  Tractor Beam

Tumbleweed Debeque:  

Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

Native Roots Littleton MED:  

GG #4,  Papaya Cake,  Sage N Sour

NATIVE ROOTS SANTA FE:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Dosidos,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

SOLACE MEDS LLC – FC:  

Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9,  The Sauce

Rollup:  

The Sauce,  Tractor Beam

The Dab by Silverpeak – Downtown:  

Bananaghani,  Item #9,  LA Kush Cake

Native Roots Colorado:  

Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

MMJ AMERICA UPTOWN:  

Biker OZ,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake

Higher Grade Medical (at Galena):  

GG #4,  Papaya Cake

COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY KALAMATH:  

Grape OZ,  Item #9

COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY BROADWAY:  

Grape OZ,  Item #9

Higher Grade 38th:  

GG #4

Trill Alternatives:  

Biker OZ,  Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

Solace Meds – WR:  

Biker OZ,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake

5280 Weedery:  

GG #4,  Papaya Cake

Native Roots Highlands:  

Biker OZ,  Dosidos,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

Eclipse Cannabis Company:  

Biker OZ,  Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

PIG N’ WHISTLE:  

Biker OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

NATIVE ROOTS NORTH DENVER:  

Ice Cream Cake

The Dab By Silverpeak – Dillon Rd:  

Bananaghani,  Item #9,  The Sauce

COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY YALE:  

Grape OZ,  Item #9

BACKCOUNTRY CANNABIS COMPANY:  

Bananaghani,  Dosidos,  Headband Kush,  Item #9,  Purple Papaya Punch,  White 99

NATIVE ROOTS VAIL:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake

Wolf Pac Cannabis Federal:  

Biker OZ,  Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

THE TUMBLEWEED DISPENSARY Parachute:  

Ice Cream Cake,  Tractor Beam

Tumbleweed – Steamboat:  

Biker OZ,  Item #9

Dabbington LLC:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix

COLORADO BEST BUDZ LLC:  

Biker OZ,  Cake Mix,  Item #9,  Purple Papaya Punch,  The Sauce,  White 99

RJJ Tower:  

GG #4,  Papaya Cake,  Sage N Sour

Tumbleweed Carbondale:  

Grape OZ,  Tractor Beam

NATIVE ROOTS ASPEN:  

Ice Cream Cake

LIVE GREEN – SHERIDAN:  

Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  The Sauce,  White 99

Natures Kiss:  

Bananaghani,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

Tumbleweed Frisco:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ

NATIVE ROOTS LITTLETON:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Dosidos,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9,  Sage N Sour,  The Sauce

CANNACO:  

Bananaghani,  Item #9,  The Sauce

NATIVE ROOTS Frisco – rec:  

Biker OZ,  Dosidos,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

Rocky Mountain Blaze:  

Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9,  The Sauce,  White 99

RJJ Frisco:  

GG #4,  Papaya Cake,  Sage N Sour

NATIVE ROOTS EDGEWATER:  

Biker OZ,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake,  Item #9

Boulder Wellness Center:  

GG #4,  Papaya Cake,  Sueño

GROUNDSWELL:  

Biker OZ,  Grape OZ,  Ice Cream Cake

Nature’s Herbs & Wellness – Distribution Center (Flower only):  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Headband Kush,  Item #9,  Purple Papaya Punch,  White 99

NATIVE ROOTS Grant St. REC:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Dosidos

Mile High Dispensary – MED:  

GG #4

Standing Akimbo:  

Sueño

Herbal Healing:  

NORTHERN LIGHTS CANNABIS CO.:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Grape OZ

Wolf Pac – Pueblo West:  

Biker OZ,  Grape OZ

Craft vs. Commercial Cannabis

Kenneth Morrow

Columns – Tomorrow in Cannabis

How do you—and the industry—define what is and what is not “craft” cannabis? Subscribe

Periodically, I scan social media sites for posts of large-scale cannabis production facilities, and when I find such a post, inevitably someone has left a comment stating the facility, due to its size, will merely produce average or substandard, low-grade cannabis. The commenter usually follows up such an accusation with a comment that he will only produce and consume the presumably superior “craft” cannabis.

This begs the questions: What is craft cannabis? And how did this notion come to suggest that all large-scale cannabis cultivation operations produce the negatively perceived “commercial-grade cannabis”?

The Craft Beer Model

The Brewer’s Association for small and independent craft brewers, on its website, offers a clear-cut definition of craft brewing:

“An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional.

Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships.

Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.

Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.”

The Brewers Association also offers concepts related to craft beer and craft brewers:

  • “Craft brewers are small brewers.
  • The hallmark of craft beer and craft brewers is innovation. Craft brewers interpret historic styles with unique twists and develop new styles that have no precedent.
  • Craft beer is generally made with traditional ingredients like malted barley; interesting and sometimes non-traditional ingredients are often added for distinctiveness.
  • Craft brewers tend to be very involved in their communities through philanthropy, product donations, volunteerism and sponsorship of events.
  • Craft brewers have distinctive, individualistic approaches to connecting with their customers.
  • Craft brewers maintain integrity by what they brew and their general independence, free from a substantial interest by a non-craft brewer.
  • The majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a craft brewer.”

The Search for ‘Craft Cannabis’ History and Qualifications

In an attempt to find an official “craft” application to cannabis, I paged through many cannabis books, spoke with my mentors and peers, even scoured the internet—yet I could not find any concrete rules that dictate whether a crop or plant can be deemed, certified or considered “craft.” So I still am left with the question: On what is the “craft” cannabis designation based?Could it be:

  • Plant count? If so, how many plants are too many?
  • The number of people who work with the plants?
  • The cultivator(s)’ percentage of ownership vs. outside or investor ownership?
  • The facility’s automated capabilities (or lack thereof)?
  • Nutritional additives? What can be approved for use?
  • Innovation?
  • Limited production and sales?

I completely agree that passion, care and attention to every detail is required to produce superior-quality cannabis with rich cannabinoid and terpene profiles. There cannot be compromises to nutrient-source quality, environmental control nor labor practices.

In cannabis production with supplemental nutrients, for example, one could choose to purchase lower-quality and less-expensive nutrient options, but could never eliminate any of the three major nutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) or potassium (K). Doing so would spell disaster for any crop.

In brewing, while some commercial breweries sometimes substitute ingredients like corn and rice to minimize costs, beer is made of basically four ingredients: water, hops, malt (usually from barley) and yeast. (In fact, German beer-purity law, or Reinheitsgebot, adopted in 1516, decrees that only these ingredients must be used for beer making.)

Some breweries choose to follow these rules while others choose to circumvent them. Ultimately, a brewery’s success or failure is, in large part, determined by its ability to sell its product based on the choices it makes regarding sourcing its starting materials and their quality. The customer chooses his brew, in large part, based on flavor and complexity, not (usually) alcohol content. Taste means everything in both beer and cannabis, and there are rules regarding beer making that are respected by the industry. Cannabis should create the same; however, like brewers, obviously not all cultivators will opt to abide by them.

Other Potential Factors in ‘Craft’ Cannabis

In a previous column, I noted that someone could cultivate the world’s best cannabis only to destroy its delicate aromatics in the drying and curing process. I suspect the point at which some craft-grade can become commercial-grade could be determined by the technique used to dry and cure product, not necessarily the scale at which these processes are being performed.

But, it should be noted that it is far easier to dry and cure small amounts of cannabis than large amounts.

The perceived, but still-undefined concept of “commercial” cannabis-as produced by large-scale production and consequentially lower-quality and lower-priced-is similar to less-expensive, lower-quality wine or beer, for which there is still a huge market. Some consumers do not care about complexity; they focus on price, while others select products for quality and/or certain related traits. Again, compare this to the alcohol industry, which offers an almost endless range of selections between light liqueurs and 190-proof Everclear; the latter also can be loosely compared to super-high-THC strains, in that higher alcohol or THC content does not often make for the best consumption experience for the masses, yet it has its market.

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‘Craft’ and Quality

There are both traditional values and legal guidelines to abide by as a producer. For cannabis consumers to make a blanket statement that large-scale production facilities do and always will produce commercial-grade “substandard” cannabis is a head-in-the-sand mentality. It is naive at best to assume that a company with a legitimate understanding and comprehension of large-scale agriculture, with hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal, contract agreements with the best breeders/genetics and a qualified staff can’t produce quality cannabis with low production costs. I firmly believe those who produce the best cannabis, regardless of scale, will always have customers, and those who do it ethically and sustainably possess even more strategic advantages.

Customers and their specific tastes will decide the success or failure of a company based on its quality, price and behavior.

I recently saw a TV commercial featuring the American actor Danny Trejo as a barkeep, in which a pretentious, finicky hipster approaches the barkeep, and says (continuously interrupting himself):

“Looking for a ‘microbrew’-

No, ‘nano brew’-

Fruity—

Not too fruity-

Blackberry-

No, boysenberry-

With hints of chocolate and leather-

Not shoe leather-

Like a belt-

But barrel-aged-

And with a sick label…”

I found this hilarious because cannabis is rapidly heading in the same direction, and I wonder how many cannabis apothecaries have heard the same.

But do these specific traits automatically imply “craft” cannabis? With no clear definition, the industry is subjecting itself to confusion that will be passed down to consumers. So, if you consider yourself to be a craft grower, on what are you basing that? What do you think the true definition of “craft” cannabis should be?

Editor’s Note: This is an important topic the industry would do well to address. Please feel free to share your insights with us at: EditorCBT@gie.net.

Kenneth Morrow is an author, consultant; owner of Trichome Technologies™. Facebook: TrichomeTechnologies Instagram: Trichome Technologies

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https://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/craft-vs-commercial-cannabis/

Cannabis Brain Hacks: What Happens When You Mix Cannabinoids and Nootropics

What Is a Nootropic, and How Do These Brain-Boosting Substances Interact With Cannabis?

When it comes to consuming cannabis, different strains can provide you with vastly different cerebral experiences. There are types of cannabis that help you to relax, but there’s also cannabis you can use to focus or unleash a flow of creativity. You could call them cannabis brain hacks.

But did you know some supplements can also be used as brain hacks? They’re called nootropics, and when you mix cannabinoids and nootropics, you’ve got the potential for a potent cognitive boost.

What Is a Nootropic?

“Nootropic” is a term that encompasses a wide variety of natural and synthetic substances, supplements and drugs that may improve mental performance. In particular, nootropics are believed to enhance cognitive functions such as memory, focus, alertness, creativity and motivation.

While the term may sound strange, the truth is that nootropics are pretty common. Statistically speaking, you’ve probably already consumed one today: caffeine. Some other nootropics may also be familiar to you: nicotine, ginkgo biloba, creatine and panax ginseng, among others.

Can You Mix Cannabinoids and Nootropics?

So now we have a better idea of what nootropics are, but can you use cannabis with nootropics? Yes! Combining two or more nootropics, also known as “stacking,” is a practice intended to maximize the cognitive benefits of different nootropics.

In fact, in many circles, the effects of nonintoxicating cannabidiol (CBD) are considered to be nootropic, and so mixing cannabinoids and nootropics is not only something you can do but something plenty of people already do. Below are three quick examples of nootropics that are often infused or mixed with CBD or cannabis products. 

Caffeine 

Caffeine can be taken in many forms but is most frequently consumed in coffee or non-herbal tea. A cup of coffee increases your attention and alertness while decreasing your response time. Recent studies have also found that the effects of regularly drinking coffee are associated with a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

But no one likes the jittery, anxious feelings that often come with a big caffeine boost, which is why CBD-infused coffee beans are gaining popularity. The calming qualities of CBD make it a surprisingly fitting counterbalance for caffeine. This way, you get the benefits of feeling more alert and focused, without the jitters.

L-Theanine

While not as widely recognized as caffeine, L-theanine is a natural nootropic found in another popular beverage. It’s an amino acid contained in green and black teas, and has been found in multiple studies to have many of the same calming benefits as anti-anxiety medications, only without causing drowsiness. This makes L-theanine ideal if you need to focus on complex or stressful tasks. L-theanine also increases alpha waves in the brain, which are linked to creativity

Some CBD products already contain L-theanine, giving consumers a double-dose of calm. If your goal is to boost your focus and / or creativity, you could try combining an L-theanine supplement along with a Sativa-dominant cannabis strain as a strong combination. 

Melatonin 

While you can find synthetic melatonin in the vitamin section of most any supermarket, melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the brain that helps regulate your circadian rhythm, also known as your “internal clock.” Your circadian rhythm can be thrown off by things like jet lag, insomnia, anxiety or depression. 

Studies have found melatonin to be beneficial to regulating sleep patterns, thereby potentially aiding alertness, lowering stress levels, and perhaps even helping combat seasonal depression. As with caffeine and L-theanine, melatonin can often be purchased already combined with either cannabis or CBD, most commonly in the form of gummies designed to help you get a good night’s sleep. 

A True Cannabis Brain Hack: Veritas Strain Resources

There’s more to cannabis than just a buzz. Depending on what you pair it with, you may be able to give yourself an additional brain boost. But whether you’re looking for a cannabis strain to get you feeling focused, creative and ready to work, or something on the more mellow side, with more than 90 strains in our library, Veritas has you covered.

Election Drug Policy Outcomes

We all know how crazy and stressful this year has been. I think something we can all agree on is being able to enjoy television again without the hundreds of political ads getting thrown in your face every minute of the day. Through all the craziness, we are happy to share some positives that have come out of all this!

Arizona

Passed initiative to legalize marijauna. Voters rejected a similar legal cannabis proposal in 2016. Arizona passed an initiative to legalize medical cannabis in November 2010. After Nov. 30, 2020, Arizonians will legally be allowed to use, possess and cultivate cannabis. Regulators can issue licenses starting January 2021.

New Jersey 

Approved a referendum to legalize marijuana, which is expected to to cause a domino-effect across the East Coast. Gov. Phil Murphy has been an active supporter of the measure saying he believes it will be a revenue-generator and will add to social justice. The constitutional amendment will go into effect Jan.1, 2021.

Mississippi

Approved an activist led initiative to legalize medical marijuana and establish a medical marijuana program. The Mississippi Department of Health will be responsible for developing program regulations by July 1, 2021 and patient medical cards will be issued the following month.

Montana

Approved measure to legalize marijuana and establish a system of marijuana sales and production for adults 21 and older. Adults can use, psssess and cultivate cannabis starting Jan. 1, 2021. Regulators may begin to accept license applications that same day.

South Dakota

Approved separate initiatives to legalize marijauna and medical cannabis. Under the recreational measure, those 21 and older can possess and distribute up to one ounce of marijuana. Legalization will become the law on July 1, 2021. The Department of Revenue is required to develop licensing regulations by April 1, 2022.

Oregon

Approved a first of its kind in U.S. initiative to decriminalize all drugs and expand substance misuse treatment. This measure will remove criminal penalties for low-level drug possession. 

Oregon also approved an initiative to legalize psilocybin mushroom therapy. Regulators will be responsible for issuing licenses for the manufacturing, testing and administering of psychedelics by Jan. 2, 2023.

Washington D.C

Approved an initiative to decriminalize psychedelics. The measure will go into effect after a 30-day review period by Congress, where the initiative could be blocked, as was done with the voter-approved medical cannabis initiative 

Better Intimacy Through Cannabis: The Ins and Outs of Using Cannabis in the Bedroom

You’ve heard all the tried-and-true methods to get you and your partner in an intimate mood: chocolate, red wine, massages and a liberal scattering of rose petals. But what about adding cannabis to the mix?  

While it may sound surprising, surveys and studies have shown that not only is regular cannabis use linked to higher amounts of sex, using cannabis in the bedroom can help take you and your partner’s sexual experience to the next level.

Cannabis and Sex: What’s the Connection?

According to a 2019 survey of women, nearly 70 percent of respondents who consume cannabis said that having sex after using cannabis made the experience more pleasurable. The study also found that women who used cannabis before sex were twice as likely to report orgasms compared to those who did not use cannabis. 

So what’s the link between sex and cannabis? 

According to a 2017 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, when the human body reaches a state of orgasm it releases various chemicals, including endocannabinoids. This response is something that makes us feel good and happens with behaviors such as eating food, exercising and yes, having sex.

What’s special about the specific type of endocannabinoid associated with orgasm is that it appears to look and function similarly to phytocannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Researchers hypothesized that the release of endocannabinoids “plays a role in the rewarding consequences of sexual arousal and orgasm,” so it stands to reason that using cannabis in the bedroom has the potential to deepen arousal and heighten orgasms.

Cannabis Intimacy Products 101  

So now you may be wondering, what’s the best way to use cannabis in the bedroom? When it comes to timing and what form of cannabis to try (flower, edibles or a topical), it’s recommended that you start low and take it slow. And experimenting on what works best for you and your partner will hopefully be part of the fun. 

Dosing and the amount of time it takes for you to feel the effects will also vary depending on how you choose to consume. 

Vaping or smoking are fast-acting methods that are easy to titrate and dial in for an optimal experience. Edibles, on the other hand, come with some challenges. They generally take much longer to take effect, and you and your partner are likely to peak at different times due to how much an individual’s physiology factors into when the effects of an edible kick in.

If you want to avoid inhalation methods, you could try a tincture that’s applied under the tongue and absorbed by the tissues in the mouth. It will take effect slower than vaping or smoking but much quicker than an edible, and it can provide a significantly more consistent experience for you and your partner.

If you’re looking for cannabis products for intimacy specific to the bedroom, they don’t necessarily have to be intoxicating. Cannabis-infused lotions or oils are great for a massage and can start getting things intimate without a head high. 

For the more adventurous, there are also cannabis-infused lubricants that are designed to provide enhanced sensation and arousal. However, as with any lubricants, make sure to read the product label carefully, as certain oil-based lubricants should not be used with condoms because of their potential to weaken the latex. 

In the Mood for Some Fine Cannabis?

If you and your partner are incorporating cannabis into your sex life, finding what works and feels best for you both is part of the fun. And at Veritas Fine Cannabis, we’ve organized our craft cannabis strains into effect-based categories to make your choices that much easier. Whether you’re getting intimate in the bedroom, kicking back on the couch, or heading out and about on the trail, Veritas Fine Cannabis has the perfect strains to pair with the experience.  

Terp Talk – Terpenes 101

Welcome to ‘Terp Talk’ where we will be sharing an inside look at what we do here at Veritas Fine Cannabis and what we look for in order to grow the highest quality cannabis. We will share educational tips, techniques and stories from our experienced growers and geek out on the history and evolution of cannabis. 

This week, we want to discuss the importance of terpenes. Terpenes play a significant role in the way we experience cannabis. Cannabis plants are known to produce well over 100 different terpenes, although only a few are commonly found in strains. When you crack open that jar, that distinct aroma that fills the room is due to terpenes within the oils secreted in the trichomes of the plant. As great as this smell is, these aromatic terpenes actually have an evolutionary function within the plant.

These heavy oils developed over time provide a form of defense for the plant by warding off herbivores, attracting predatory insects that feed on the plant’s ‘enemies’ and attract pollinators. Content and concentration differs between location on plant, growth, light, heat, & moisture. Cannabis isn’t the only place we find terpenes. They’re also produced by various herbs, fruits, and plants. Some animals also utilize terpenes (such as the Swallowtail Caterpillar, which stockpiles terpenes from host plants and uses them as a foul-smelling defense against predators) (Source: cnbsorg.com). 

We are now in the age of the cannabis connoisseur. Pallets have evolved and growers are learning more and more about the properties of the cannabis plant and how to improve their craft. Understanding what truly provides the aroma, effect and taste of different strains will help you have a more enjoyable cannabis experience.

Our goal is to elevate your cannabis experience by providing you with the tools and knowledge to shop based on the desired effect or taste you’re looking for.‍ Understanding the various components, such as terpenes, of cannabis will take your cannabis experiences to new heights. Next time you shop, ask about the terpene profiles and don’t focus too much on the THC percentage.  

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Why trust cannabis in your topicals?

At Veritas, we are focused on learning about and celebrating all of the ways cannabis can positively impact us today. Just ran across this interesting article, discussing how cannabis topicals can provide consistent benefits.

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The beauty world has been sparking up lately: Cannabis is proliferating in beauty products, and it’s poised to take your skin-care routine to a higher level. That’s because the star ingredient, known for its reputed stress-reducing and pain-relieving (among many others) benefits in the wellness space, has incredible prowess when it comes to topical, skin-boosting use.

“For 5,000 years, cannabis has been helping everyone,” says Cindy Capobianco, co-founder of Lord Jones, a brand that makes CBD-laced edibles and body lotion. “Before 1937, when it was prohibited, there was a cannabis elixir on every shelf. It reduces inflammation and pain in a way I’ve never seen anything work.” Keep reading for more on how cannabinoids work in beauty products, the skin-care benefits, and which products to add to your top shelf. You already know that inflammation is the root cause of oh-so-many skin woes, from acne to rosacea. Because of cannabinoids’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, using it can reduce puffiness, swelling, and even soreness, says Jessica Assaf, The Cannabis Feminist. “It’s this all-in-one solution because of its ability to target those problems simultaneously,” she says.

“It’s this all-in-one solution because of its ability to target all of those problems simultaneously.” Studies have shown that CBD can potentially be helpful for fighting acne, too, and may even give your skin a more youthful appearance, thanks to its inflammation-fighting prowess. And here’s yet another anecdotal way cannabis is becoming a BFF for holistic types: It can potentially help relieve pain. Capobianco says she has witnessed cannabis lotion provide super-quick relief countless times. “I could tell you a hundred different stories of people standing in front of me with tennis elbow, a shoulder injury, or some sort of pain, and they use our lotion and 10 minutes later they don’t feel it anymore.” Science shows why this is the case: “CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itch, and pain,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a New York-based dermatologist. “This explains why it has a soothing effect on the skin. Just as other natural oils are used in skin care, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hempseed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin and eczema.” Pin It While CBD is the compound popping up in beauty products, it’s not the only one within the cannabis plant to be aware of. “There are nearly 100 [naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids], and CBD is the one that’s most well-known for its health and wellness benefits,” says Capobianco. Real talk: There are a lot of chemicals within cannabis, and our body has an entire system that regulates them. All of this comes into play when you slather the plant’s extracts on your skin. “If you just have one cannabinoid, such as CBD, you’re missing out on the over 100 additional cannabinoids that work together to produce the entourage effect,” Assaf explains. “I really believe in the whole plant, full-spectrum extract or oil as the active ingredient in skin-care products.” In other words, you want the whole system working together, she says.

Your body’s endocannabinoid system has receptors, and Capobianco notes that the full spectrum of cannabinoids work in concert more efficiently and effectively than one on its own—hence it’s good to look for the whole plant’s extract in the beauty aisle. “It’s like with supplements, you need black pepper in order to absorb turmeric,” explains Assaf. “You need all of the cannabinoids to connect with your body’s receptors.”

But then, there is the legality issue. “Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states,” notes Capobianco. “By contrast, cannabis-infused products are regulated at the state level and cannot cross state lines.” And obviously, full-on cannabis is illegal throughout the US. “Legally, as long as the plant (either cannabis or hemp) is grown with under 0.3 percent THC [the cannabinoid that gets you high] it is considered legal, so theoretically it doesn’t matter whether it is hemp or cannabis,” adds Assaf. And hemp’s legal to import, but you can only grow it legally under an educational pilot program because of the Farm Bill—which is how most companies get away with growing it domestically, she explains. As is the case in the food industry, knowing where your extract comes from is crucial, Assaf says. “It’s important to know the source. It’s not enough to say you’re getting CBD or hemp extract,” she says. “Some could be processed so intensely that the phytonutrients are stripped away and you’re left with a CBD isolate that’s just a white powder, which is missing all the potent cannabinoids.”

Capobianoco compares whole plant extract to extra virgin olive oil. “It’s a pure extraction method where you’re left with a brownish oil,” she says. “It’s key to look at this when purchasing, so that you’re getting something effective. It [also] helps with our overall goal and mission to de-stigmatize and normalize the plant. The last thing we want is someone to use something and think it does nothing and is a hoax.” So, according to Assaf, look for whole plant extract on the packaging to confirm what you’re using isn’t simply capitalizing on the buzz around the ingredient.

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Veritas is the latin word for “truth” which perfectly embodies our brand. We ensure each and every plant is individually cared for by hand. All flower is hand-watered, hand-harvested, hand-trimmed and hand-packaged ensuring what you see on the label is what you get.

What ingredients are used in the Cookies & Veritas Fine Cannabis production process?

Ca(NO₃)₂, KH2PO4,K2O3Si, KNO₃, Mg(NO₃)₂, NH₄NO₃, Na₂MoO₄, K2SO4, H3BO3, NH4H2PO4, ZnCl₂, Ca(OAc)2, C12H22, CaO14, CaCl2, MgCl₂, Fe EDTA, CuCl2, H3PO4, FeSO4, K2O, BEET VINASSE, MgSO₄, Mn EDTA, Zn EDTA, Cu EDTA, (NH₄)₆Mo₇O₂₄, FeSO4, MnSO4, ZnSO4 , CuSO₄, BURKHOLDERIA SP STRAIN A396, AZADIRACHTIN, BACILLUS AMYLOLIQUEFACIENS STRAIN D747, POTASSIUM SALTS OF FATTY ACIDS, MYKO JORDAN, AZOS, BAT GUANO, MOLASSES, FISH SOLUBLES, KELP MEAL, ALFALFA MEAL, GLACIAL ROCK DUST, OG BIOWAR ROOT PACK, OG BIOWAR FOLIAR PACK, MODIFIED COCODIETHANOLAMIDE, KOH, ENZYMES KOMPLETE, EARTHWORM CASTINGS, ELITE ROOT IGNITOR, CLONEX SOLUTION, CLONEX ROOTING GEL, UREA, MARINE ALGAE, SUGAR CANE VINASSE, MYKOS

Does Veritas come pre-packaged?

Yes! Veritas now has pre-packaged 1/8th jars and pre-roll joint packs available in dispensaries near you.

Keeping Your Favorite Glass Piece Clean in 7 Simple Steps

You just got off from a long, hard day at work and want nothing more than to sit at home, relax and smoke some of your favorite Veritas flower. The setting is perfect, with your favorite movie or show on along with a plethora of snacks by your side. You load your first bowl of the night and prepare to drift off to your own personal utopia. You take a nice toke only to get…nothing but a clogged piece and a strange taste. You take a look at your favorite glass piece, only to realize it is completely black from the residue. The last time it was even remotely clean was on the day you got it. Don’t toss it just yet; this doesn’t mean it has reached the end…lucky for you, the Veritas team has a solution!

The Process:

Our first suggestion is to make sure your piece is cleaned weekly (or more frequently) depending on your personal cannabis usage and quantity smoked. We always suggest starting with a relatively new or clean glass piece BUT these simple 7 steps will work to clean an existing dirty bong or bowl to clean out that residue.

Step 1. In a clean kitchen sink, run hot water until it reaches the highest temperature possible. We do not recommend cleaning your glass in a bathroom sink or in a dirty kitchen sink because of the residue and cannabis ash that will get on other items in and around the cleaning station during the cleaning process.

Step 2. Rinse your dirty smoking apparatus with the hot water to remove any loose residue. This will start to loosen up any caked-on residue in the piece.

Step 3. While the piece of glass is still warm (warmer temperatures help the process of cleaning out residue) from the first rinse, use paper towels to clean out the inside of your bowl or pipe. This will remove more of the initial residue stuck on the inside of your piece.

Step 4. The next step is to fill the piece with Isopropyl Alcohol while plugging all of the openings. Give it a gentle shake and rinse with hot water for a second time.

Step 5. Let your glass piece soak in 91% (or preferably 99%) Isopropyl Alcohol (available at your local grocery store). If possible, depending on the size of the piece being cleaned, fully submerge the piece and allow to soak for 30-45 mins (Tip: If you are short on time, you can also use the microwave to heat up your Isopropyl Alcohol and then fill your piece and continue the rinse and shake process to speed up the cleaning time period).

Step 6. After the piece has soaked in Isopropyl Alcohol for 30-45 minutes, give the piece a new full rinse with hot water and watch as the remaining loose particles and residue rinse out of your smoking utensil.

If your piece is still dirty, processes 3 and 4 can be repeated 2-3 times to ensure the best possible cleaning. If you are cleaning a bong, kosher salt can be added to help with the cleaning process as well. After a full hot water rinse, make sure any remaining salt particles are cleaned out. Use paper towels again to dry out and clean out the rest of the piece.

Step 7. Enjoy your fresh piece of glass! If you use a water pipe or bong, we suggest using distilled water (especially if the piece of glass is clear) to help reduce the chance of water streaks or other stains in your glass piece. The more frequently you can clean your smoking utensils, the better and the easier it will be to keep them clean in the long run.

Photos: @thc_samuel

Context: Samuel Farley, MHPC Media

The Standard is Excellence

Updated: Jan 31, 2019

So Why Choose Veritas? | Weed Words

The differentiating factor that places Veritas above the rest stems from the significant time and effort put into each plant. Our hands-on approach is carefully executed to ensure the highest quality product from the seed to you, the customer. Here at Veritas, we pride ourselves on being one of the very few wholesalers in Denver to take the time to complete everything by hand. Giving our plants the maximum attention from beginning to end is shown in the results. This includes everything from hand-watering to hand-picking and individually harvesting plants to begin their journey as Veritas.

Our product is not only easy on the eyes, but tasty on the palate. When you consume Veritas, you know you are getting something that is properly grown, dried, cured, trimmed and ready to burn as it should. Along with great looks and fantastic taste, our terpene profiles are top notch providing an elevated cannabis experience.

Setting Us Apart | In Cannabis Veritas

Our drying and curing process is extra important to us. Drying and curing our flower properly dramatically alters the smoothness and harshness of the final product. Proper drying breaks down chlorophyl and proper curing breaks down any leftover minerals and undesirable sugars produced during the process. We do this to increase potency while providing a better flavor and aroma. It also reduces the chance of mold and bacteria providing an even higher quality product. With rooms modified specifically for different processes and factors such as humidity and dryness, we don’t lose potency or smell while maintaining the high quality appearance.

At the end of the day, we want to give you a reason for choosing Veritas. We want you to recognize the difference from the initial contact. Whatever it is you are searching for, we want to make sure you are consuming nothing less than the best. In cannabis Veritas.

-Yatska

A Strain for Everything…ING

A Strain for Everything…ING | Weed Words

Whether it’s for running, gardening, cleaning, or doing anything else that ends in ING, I crave and desire cannabis. I adore “terpene” rich strains, such as Cherry Diesel and Stardawg. Depending on what ING I am doing that will determine what type of terpene rich high I desire. Terpenes are the flavor surrounding the plant. I believe there are dozens of distinct terpenes throughout the various cannabis genetics, each creating different feelings that could be unique to each users.

The Magical Plant | Discovery to Contentment

The word “stoner” was given to Cannabis users for many years because weed at that time really only had one effect: couch lock. In the past ten years in Colorado with the advent of medical and then recreational cannabis use, much more was discovered about this incredible plant. The fact that one plant could create different emotions ranging from energy to stillness, discovery to contentment, desire to satisfaction proves that we are only just beginning to understand the possibilities of this magical plant. We have proven without doubt the vast array of medical benefits as well as recreational enjoyments.

At 38 years old I can say I have used Cannabis for more than half my life. And each day living in its Mecca here in Denver I continue to discover more and more wonderful aspects from this amazing plant. It’s an incredible time to be a Cannabis fan, and knowing that there is so much more to come is the best part!