Too High? Don’t Panic!

words by Skyla Patton

Marijuana carries with it a plethora of medical benefits, relaxing qualities and an overall mellow vibe for most consumers. However, it’s still possible to take just a little too much and end up having a bad time. This is known as “greening out.” Eating a dosage too high for your tolerance or even taking one puff too many on a joint can lead to some undesirable side effects, but fear not; If you ever end up with unpleasant side effects, there are a few things you can do to nullify the experience. Check out these guidelines on taking the appropriate amount and how to calm down if you get a little too high.

Take 5

When trying an edible for the first time or experimenting with a new one you’ve never had, dosing can be a daunting challenge—especially because the right dosage isn’t always clear with every product. A good rule of thumb to follow is the “take five” standard, introduced by Leafly in an article a few years back. For most beginners, 5mg is the sweet spot with most edibles. It’s a great way to test the actual strength of the product without taking too much and ending up greening out. For veteran cannabis users, you’ll eventually want to go beyond the standard 5mg to 10mg or even 15mg, depending on the product. Still, it’s always better to stay on the safe side, especially the first time. Once you’re used to an edible, experiment with larger doses as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.

Tips to Calm Down

You’re a little too stoned, and that’s OK—it happens to the best of us. It’s important to remember the bottom line: you’ll be okay! If you’re feeling weird or starting to experience anxiety, follow these tips to mellow out and stay calm.

1. Find A Quiet Place

Whether you’re at a party or with friends when you start feeling uncomfortable, you’re more prone to feel paranoid or anxious in stressful or high-energy environments. If possible, separate yourself and take a short walk outside or find a quiet room where you can sit or lie down for a few moments to gather yourself. If you’re in public or can’t leave, take a bathroom break to breathe or find a comfortable seat to relax in until you feel more in control.

2. Controlled Breathing

A common practice for panic or anxiety attacks is controlled, structured breathing. This will control your heart rate and give you something to focus on. Along with this, breathing slowly and calmly will serve as a good reminder that you’re okay and help you concentrate on relaxing your body and mind. Popular exercises include breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, or the 5/7 rule: inhale for five full seconds, hold it for a brief moment, and then exhale slowly for seven seconds.

3. Play Calming Music

Music is a tool for many different ailments and can rapidly relax your mind even in high-stress situations. Headphones are ideal for isolating your thoughts, but if that sounds uncomfortable, playing something soothing on a stereo or the TV works just as well. Despite your regular taste, try to avoid music with rapid tempos or intense rhythms — even though you usually enjoy it, it can be stressful when experiencing negative side effects. Opt for something calm like indie instrumentals or music designed for sleeping.

4. Eat Some Snacks and DRINK WATER!

Drinking water is literally never a bad idea. Keeping your body hydrated is crucial for overall health and can actually help regulate your system effectively enough that it can nullify anxious feelings or stress. Along with this, eating a few light snacks like crackers or a piece of toast can add some substance to your stomach and get you a step closer to normality.

5. Distract Yourself

If all else fails, finding a task or something relaxing to occupy yourself with can absolutely help calm your mind and provide your busy brain with something to focus on instead of the nervous feeling in your stomach. The worst thing to do is remain in an environment or situation where all there is to do is concentrate on your rising anxiety. Journaling, watching a TV show, or even a hot bath (or cold shower) can help you concentrate and relax your body and mind. However, it’s important to listen to your body and not shut out everything; pay attention to your symptoms in case you need help or some extra TLC from a friend.

Budtender Spotlight: Bridget Gavin of River Valley Remedies

How and when did you become a budtender?

I started out in April of 2015 working for Joe and Chelsea Hopkins at The Greener Side. Bloom Hill Botanicals, my family’s cannabis farm, provided The Greener Side with some flower and I jumped at the opportunity to work one-on-one with patients. I’m indescribably grateful for them and the opportunity to work as a budtender just as adult-use legalization became a reality in Oregon. I wanted to broaden my experience within the cannabis industry, and because of that I’ve worked with several different brands. Over time, I took positions at Cannabliss’ the Sorority House and Green Health. All the while, I was still actively a part of Bloom Hill Botanicals. I finally found my fit for budtending in River Valley Remedies, and I really feel as though I’ve won the employment lottery working here.

What was it like the first time you got high?

I felt all the constantly incoming stimuli from my anxiety suddenly become very orderly and manageable. I was in a safe space with people I trusted. Because I grew up in the area, the cannabis was a really good quality too. It was like I went from staring at a Jackson Pollock to a fractal. Everything had a lot more order to it.

What’s one funny or weird customer interaction you’ve had?

I once had an older gentleman ask me where my ruderalis was at because all the real growers knew that was the best stuff out there. Ruderalis is another taxonomy of cannabis, like indica or sativa, and it’s usually associated with high fiber and low cannabinoid output.

How do you approach recommending a product to a customer?

Questions, questions, questions! I start by genuinely asking them how their day is going. Making the consumer feel welcome and connected with is essential to getting honest answers to questions relating to cannabis and how and why they use it. What’s your desired effect is probably the question I ask most behind the counter. Some consumers will have really specific end results they’re looking for and some are just looking for the current staff favorite. Budtending often requires unpacking incomplete information a consumer picked up online or from prohibition area, so getting to know the consumers baseline is really important. It all starts with being an engaged listener.

What’s one stereotype about cannabis users that’s true? What’s one that’s false?

If working in weed has taught me anything, it’s that the only guaranteed commonality between cannabis users is that they use cannabis. The people I get to help in a day represent such a wide array of life experiences I don’t think that there’s a particular stereotype that rings true for all or even most of them.

What do you look for in a strain?

Mostly smell. When I’m on the consumer side of the counter, I’m the person who wants to smell every jar. I also like to look into the producer and the genetic lineage of the strain. If a strain has a terpene profile available to look at that is always a huge plus for me. I make a note to look out for that producer at other shops in the future.

What’s special about this shop?

Education! There is a constant push for education of our staff which leads to education and empowerment of for our consumers. We aren’t just looking to push you into the trendiest product or highest THC. We really want you to be in control of your experience and getting the most out of using cannabis. Looking at cannabis not just as a single active ingredient but a medicinally beneficial plant containing thousands of compounds is at the heart of understanding cannabis’ full potential.

Best part about the job? Worst part?

I think the answer to both questions is the same, the people. Getting to know and help so many people is deeply rewarding; however, because cannabis is such a life-changing substance for people, the stories they share can be very emotional and even draining at times. However, hearing about someone being able to manage the side effects of their chemotherapy or the symptoms of their MS makes all of the emotional investment worth it.

Favorite way to consume?

I love a good clean bong rip, although a joint is my method of choice when in a group. I also have a medicine cabinet full of tinctures. The founder of Sativa Science Club, Mary Jane Poppins, has talked about how tinctures capture a particular strain at a particular harvest in a way that preserves it well for future enjoyment and I couldn’t agree more. Tinctures can almost be akin to vintages of wine in that way.

What’s your favorite munchie food or favorite thing to do while high?

My favorite activity for partaking is probably playing my ukulele or knitting. I really like to get creative when consuming.

What accessory or paraphanelia do you like to use?

My bong and I have been together for a while.

When I’m not here, I’m…

Usually helping out at Bloom Hill. When I finally get a moment away from the cannabis world I like to get my loved ones together for a nice meal.

Are you high right now?

Not necessarily, although I did take my CBD capsule this morning. It’s like my multivitamin, I try to never forget it.

 

Pucker Up for Lemon Kush: May Strain of the Month

words by Skyla Patton

Who doesn’t love a nice tart flavor with a good sour face to follow? Lemon Kush won’t actually twist you up, but it’s still time for this hybrid to have a turn in the spotlight. A descendant of Master Kush and Lemon Joy, this sativa-heavy strain is actually quite difficult to come by due to the high amount of variations that have been produced in backyard breeding. The name gives away its general aroma: Lemon Kush is heavily scented with sweet citrus, a sour tang and the earthy flavors of classic kush. This sour flavor comes from the incredibly high content of limonene, the same found in the peels of citrus fruits as well. It’s largely regarded as one of the best-tasting strains around, and was featured in our pairings guide as a nice citrus touch with the same foods you’d add actual lemon zest or juice to.

These buds are naturally compact, with rich and bright orange and yellow hairs that give it a fun, colorful look. Lemon Kush is renowned for it’s mellow, relaxed vibe and is one of the best strains to relieve general tension and stress.  On the downside, it’s also a killer strain for cotton mouth and the munchies, so be sure you’re prepared for both side effects before you settle in with this strain. Lemon Kush is best suited for a nighttime smoke rather than something you’d puff on before going out into your day, and can be quite helpful for insomnia or other sleep-related issues. Don’t think of it as a couch strain, though; the energy is considered uplifting and creative much more often than groggy or tiring. It’s interesting lineage can lead to a surprise combo of the hybrid, but generally, you’re likely to get something with a high THC percentage and mostly sativa-based effects. This is a great strain for an arts and crafts night or to whip up a new meal you’ve been itching to try.

 

Goodbye Cramps, Hello Cannabis

words by Skyla Patton | photo by Michaela Barnes

Cannabis is progressively gaining more recognition for its medicinal qualities. Renowned for its ability to relieve anxiety, muscle tension and other minor body ailments, medical marijuana continues to be tested for more medicinal capabilities. Pain-relief products are hot in the cannabis market, and the monthly pains of PMS is just one ailment they can alleviate. Cramps, bloating and other horrendous side effects are woes that women were forced to sit through until recently. All kinds of cannabis products are claiming to relieve menstrual cramps, help with swelling and provide overall relief for the monthly struggle. Check out these product suggestions that feature testimonials from women who have experienced the relief themselves.

Lunar Balance Balm by Ceres Garden

This herb-packed topical is a one-stop shop for pain relief, and it’s uniquely designed for women’s monthly pains and aches. The title lunar balance comes from the origin of the word menstruation, which can be translated to moon from it’s Greek roots. Ceres Garden is an up-and-coming medicinal cannabis line, packed full of just about every tincture, balm or strain you can imagine. They’re committed to making products that serve a primary purpose: making you feel better. Made with a combination of primrose oil, willow bark and black cohosh, this balm packs a whopping 175mg of THC and CBD, which is perfect for curing cramps, muscle aches or even general headaches. Ceres Garden isn’t located in Oregon permanently yet, but can be ordered online from third-party distributors like Cascade Herb Company for only $15.

“I didn’t know a topical could help so much, but every time I put it on I felt instant relief. I haven’t had to use it since my surgery [for endometriosis], but leading up to it I used it almost daily and it helps immediately.” Sarah, 29, Washington

Whoopi & Maya

Produced by the one and only Whoopi Goldberg and famous Om Edibles creator Maya Elisabet, this female-led power company offers some of the best PMS pain relief on the market. Their tag line of “soak, savor, rub, and relax…” nearly puts you to sleep just reading it, but also perfectly describes their target areas of menstrual relief. Melting chocolate, herbal cannabis tincture, bath soaks and a soothing muscle rub are all offered by this brand for targeted pain relief across the board. A cult favorite is the raw cacao: considered to be a superfood on its own, when combined with cannabis this sweet treat can cure your cravings and relax your tense joints all at once with your choice of CBD or THC. Perfectly paired with vanilla ice cream, on toast or even just as a sweet snack this chocolate is tasty and healing all in one. Whoopi & Maya have flash sales at Oregon dispensaries, so keep an eye out for local pop-ups or deals.

“Herbs can help us in a variety of ways: by granting relaxation, offering pain relief, reducing muscle cramping, strengthening immunity, and stimulating the senses. These physical effects also improve our mood and wellbeing. They invite us to honor ourselves.” Alexis Gandara, Whoopi & Maya Herbalist

Sacred Herb Medicinals

This rub-on stick, which looks similar to your average deodorant, is a powerful anti-inflammatory that will numb and relax any pains you may have. Mixed with essential oils of your liking, fifteen different herbs and organic waxes to solidify it, this rub-on magic is perfect for swelling or harsh cramps. It’s also good for bruises, small scratches and sore muscles. Made with heat-resistant products, it’s compact enough to fit in a purse or backpack and won’t melt during the heat of the day. If you’re looking for something even more compact and discreet, they also offer a CBD roll-on oil. Designed specifically for migraines, this roller is perfect for targeting specific areas of pain, like a swollen lower back or a tension headache. Sacred Herb Medicinals are offered at nearly every dispensary in Eugene and can also be ordered online. Roller balls and sticks alike range from $24 to $30 depending on location.

“It’s made right here in Bend [where I live]. I just roll it [the rub-on stick] over my lower abdomen and it works like magic!” Leona, 27, Bend

Foria Relief

For those of us who are dying for relief and need immediate gratification, Foria Relief is here to save the day with suppositories. This female-empowering company focuses on confidence, comfortability and pleasure for all women, utilizing the healing powers of cannabis to further that goal. Designed to target the specific areas of pain and tension caused from menstruating pains, these easy-to-use inserts have swept the market of cannabis pain relief products and are some of the best and fastest relief available. Carefully crafted with exact serving sizes of THC and CBD, the healing goes straight where it needs to and can ease the worst of PMS pains. Unfortunately, Foria is not yet located in Oregon, but it can be ordered online from their site at foriapleasure.com.

 

Knowledge Over Stigma: River Valley Remedies

words by Delaney Rea | photo by Michael Davies

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“Destigmatize.” It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot in conversation about the cannabis industry. We’ve all heard canna-advocates express their desire for wider acceptance and deeper understanding of the plant, but how does it become a reality? What tangible steps can be taken toward reaching recognition of the full form and function of cannabis? According to River Valley Remedies, the answer is simple: education.

First, a brief history: River Valley began operation in 2015 as a medical farm in Salem. Marion County, which the capital city resides in, was one of the areas that opted out of recreational sale. While this made the idea of sale in the area a non-starter, another Oregon city lay waiting in the wings. On the eve of 4/20 this past year, River Valley opened shop as a dispensary in Eugene.

Natalie Raulin, River Valley’s resident marketing guru, is one of the core staff who helped the Eugene venture find its initial footing. Raulin’s mother, a midwife from Scotland, introduced her to a healthy dose of medical knowledge as a child. Much of this involved non-Western, medicinal plant practices. This background, along with her chemistry studies, fits River Valley’s approach like a glove.

“[Non-Western] medicines have been around for thousands of years. We wanted to present that tradition to Eugene,” says Raulin.

She’s far from alone. Much of the River Valley team comes from a background in plant medicine, which helps them cater to customers’ medicinal needs. With a pre-existing population in Eugene that was open to non-traditional medicine, it hasn’t been a challenge for River Valley to convince the community of the utility of their products. They essentially operate like a classic apothecary, guiding their patrons individually to make effective use of their services, whether they be medical or recreational. However, this isn’t to say that the dispensary deals solely in cannabis-based remedies. In fact, much of its herbal section doesn’t include cannabis-based products at all.

To help the community better comprehend the benefits of cannabis, River Valley has made concerted efforts to provide them with proper education. As Raulin puts it, the public has a habit of simply looking at the indica and sativa properties of the flower they choose to consume. An approach like this can allow only a skin-deep experience. River Valley combats this with workshops, panels and more events that encourage deeper, more informed interactions with cannabis. Raulin also writes a monthly Q&A with cannabis experts for the Eugene Weekly, which helps River Valley reach a broader portion of the Eugene community.

Educational events occur every month at River Valley, including workshops on how to grow mushrooms and how to create your own tinctures. Tinctures, which are alcohol-based cannabis extracts, were a primary form of cannabis medication prior to the enactment of cannabis prohibition. They serve as an entry point for many users to smokeless cannabis use. River Valley has hosted recurring tincture making workshops, and the events are among their most popular with community members. Since initiating the series, River Valley has only seen attendance to its various events grow as more people become interested in broadening their cannabis knowledge.

“Two months into the business, we had around 20 people showing up. Now, we see more than 100 attendees at [events like] our psilocybin talk,” says Raulin.

Psilocybin, a naturally occurring compound produced in over 200 strains of mushrooms, is another type of holistic medicine River Valley aims to bring to those in need. Research suggests that the compound could be effective in treating depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Currently, there are restrictions in place that restrict them from offering products that use the compound. However, that could change in the near future.

The Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS) is a group working to bring awareness of and access to psilocybin in Oregon. OPS works in response to increasing research surrounding the safety, benefits and risks associated with controlled psilocybin consumption. Currently, the group is working on the Psilocybin Service Initiative (PSI), an effort for which they are trying to land a spot on the 2020 Oregon general election ballot. If passed, the measure would create access to psilocybin services in Oregon. By holding events that address subjects like psilocybin, River Valley helps raise awareness about the compound.

Coming up, it won’t be a simple task for River Valley to achieve its goals. Oversaturation in the market will prove a challenge to overcome. “There’s a shop on every corner on our street alone,” says Raulin. “We don’t want to compare ourselves to other stores, but we are aware that they’re there.” Despite the competition, Raulin says they don’t want to see competitors fail. They encourage efforts by other locations to provide similar education, with success of the overall industry reflecting well on them in the long run.

So how does River Valley set itself apart? Developing strong relationships with farms is a start, especially as the farms themselves face an uphill battle to move their product out of their warehouses and into the hands of consumers. According to Raulin, there’s an excess level of unused flower in farms around Oregon that far exceeds the amount of consumer demand. River Valley has experienced a resulting influx of farmers attempting cut deals to unload their product. By making it a goal to avoid the lure of this cheaper, typically lower-quality product, River Valley strives to maintains the integrity of their existing farm partnerships and continues to deliver superior-quality flower to their customers.

Moving forward, River Valley aims to continue expanding their event offerings. For example, they just started their terpene presentations series, which will run through the rest of the year. Additionally, they want their education to reach beyond the existing cannabis consumer base.

“We want the whole community to be educated, not just [our patrons],” says Raulin. “We want to put our hands wherever we can help.”

River Valley Remedies’ hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are located at 1985 W 7th Ave. Visit them online at RiverValleyRemedies.net, and learn more about OPS at Opsbuzz.com.

 

Why Terpenes Matter

words by Anna Glavash

What do lemons, pepper, lavender, eucalyptus, mangoes, lilacs and hops all have in common? They all smell fantastic because they all contain terpenes.

Visitors to the “terpene experience booth” at the Cultivation Classic cannabis competition in Portland on May 12 could experience smells—and some tastes too—in an interactive display of snacks and bouquets. The booth belonged to Green Leaf Lab, an analytical cannabis testing lab that offers terpene testing services. The idea was to demonstrate where terpenes are commonly found. In fact, Amanda Day, aka @terpodactyl_, social media coordinator and former budtender for TJ’s Provisions, says “terpenes exist in every living plant.” This includes the cannabis plant, and cannabis users have been hearing more about terpenes lately.

According to Green Leaf, terpenes are aromatic molecules found in plant resins. They account for the vast array of smells and flavors found in cannabis flowers and extracts. You know that citrus smell, or the cheesy one, or the piney or diesel aroma of your favorite strain? It’s all terpenes, and it turns out they affect more than just smell and taste. Though information about terpenes has been around for as long as aromatherapy, cannabis users are beginning to learn more about the effects of terpenes on their experiences with specific strains.

So why would you want to know a strain’s terpene profile? Day says, “Whether you’re looking for a recreational experience—you want to giggle or have a good time or feel kind of loopy or have a ‘traditional high’—or if you go in looking for something to help with your anxiety or sleep, terpenes are a huge part of that. It absolutely is not reliant upon the THC, CBD, THCA, CBN or any other cannabinoid, for that matter.”

There’s a perception in the recreational market that higher cannabinoid content means a better high. This has led to customers shopping by THC percentage and preferring more potent strains. Testing for cannabinoid potency is required for all cannabis products, but terpene profile testing isn’t. Day says THC content is only one part of the experience of a high, and that other cannabinoids, along with the unique terpene profile of a strain, create something known as “the entourage effect.”

If you haven’t heard of it, the entourage effect is the theory that all of those components work together synergistically to produce the experience of a high. Though there isn’t a lot of research available on it, the theory has been bolstered by the studies of Dr. Ethan Russo, which suggest various ways terpenes interact with cannabinoids to create a whole experience greater than the sum of the parts.

“Many of us have tried a cannabis product that may have had 25 percent THC, but not had that same wonderful experience as with another product that maybe had an 18 or 19 percent THC,” says Anthony DiFalco, sales director for Green Leaf. This is due to the entourage effect, and the other components of the product, including terpenes, which can produce a more pleasant effect depending on the user.

With all the different combinations out there, how to know what’s optimal? “The nose knows,” Day says. She explained that TJ’s doesn’t advertise cannabinoid percentages up front and instead turns their jar labels backward so that when people come in, they’re shopping with their eyes and noses first and not by potency. “Smelling something and really thinking it’s pleasant might be a good way to start,” Day recommends.

There’s an incredible amount of information available about terpenes that we’re already well-acquainted with, like linalool. “The linalool that’s in lavender that calms you down is the same linalool in the cannabis strain that puts you to sleep. It’s important that people realize that connection is there and that information is already out there,” Day says.

So how can you go about finding it? Get curious and do your research. Though some dispensaries are now listing the most prevalent terpenes in the flower they sell and producers of extracts and edibles are starting to add them to labels, terpene content is far from being universally advertised. Unlike when your server walks you through the tasting notes in each bottle on a wine list, most budtenders aren’t trained to talk terpenes with customers.

To spread knowledge, Green Leaf makes profile cards for specific strains and makes them available to producers. The producers can then share them with dispensaries or directly with consumers. Day recommends checking Leafly.com or following labs on social media to get informed about strain profiles. In theory, dominant terpenes should be consistent across a strain no matter who grows it.

DiFalco says many farmers and smart consumers understand the value of knowing a terpene profile, but when it comes to dispensaries, the challenge is “bridging the gap.” His goal is to get them to talk about terpenes more, and he says consumers play a big role in this. He’s trying to educate consumers to ask more questions at the dispensary. Stay curious, and you just might learn something.

To learn about specific terpenes, check out River Valley Remedies “Terpene Series” on the last Sunday of each month. These educational talks are free to attend and are presented by Maria Worsley of Medicine Farm Botanicals, who’s very knowledgeable about existing research on terpenes and their effects on the human body. She focuses on a different terpene each month—beta-myrcene in April, alpha-pinene in May.

Find Your Adventure With WYLD Gummies

Words by Skyla Patton | Photo Contributed by WYLD Canna

What are your Sunday plans? Relaxing at home? Going on an adventure? Soaking in a hot tub? Whether you’re an adventurer or a movies-with-popcorn type, the possibilities are endless with a delicious WYLD gummy to enhance your experience. Made with all-natural fruit, these fun-sized infused snacks guarantee a good time. Check out these suggestions to choose which fruity ride you want to go on this weekend.

Relax with Marionberry Indica

All the candles are lit, the lights are dimmed and your favorite bath bomb is bubbling away in the tub. You’re prepared for the distressing of a lifetime. Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read, put on some soothing piano music and sink into the flavor of the “cabernet of berries” with a glass of actual cabernet on the side. If you’re looking to kick your feet back and relax all day long, Marionberry is the gummy for you. Enhanced with indica to soothe all your troubles, this classic flavor will blissfully melt your day away.

Trekking with Raspberry Sativa  

The sun is just climbing over the treetops, birds are chirping and it’s ripe time to climb another mountain. Pack up your bags and lace up your hiking boots—Spencer Butte is calling your name. Don’t forget the granola bars and raspberry gummies to make the climb a full outdoor zen experience. Enriched with sativa, this chewy snack will give you the energy boost you need to conquer the day.

Soak in the Springs with Pomegranate 1:1

The hike to the Terwilliger Hot Springs is hardly a hike at all and even the sorest of joints will be able to relax in the natural mineral rich pools. It’s the perfect day trip to satisfy the craving for adventure without a strenuous workout or long drive. Be sure to bring a neck pillow, a nice fluffy towel and WYLD’s newest gummy, Pomegranate 1:1. Half sativa and half indica, this chewy snack is the perfect addition to your mellow soak in nature’s tub.

Take a Walk by The Ocean with Strawberry CBD

It doesn’t get any better than a sunset on the beach with your favorite person, a cup of hot cocoa and a few cannabis gummies as a snack. Florence is a quick but beautiful 90 minute drive away, and the ocean is welcoming you with blue skies and peaceful waves. Lucky for you, there’s plenty of dispensaries on the way to pick up a pack of strawberry gummies. Packed full of relaxing CBD, these treats are the perfect way to relax your muscles and let tension melt away with a little help from the ocean air.

You Mean There’s Weed In That?

Words by Skyla Patton | Photo by Michael Davies

At this point, humankind has found a way to put weed in just about everything you can think of. Have we gone too far? Nah. Edibles are popular for many reasons; their potency and easy dosage process, as well as being a great alternative to smoking, make them a hot commodity. Whether you’re taking the first steps into finding the right edible or a seasoned cannasseur trying to branch out, these edibles are a fun way to get a great high.

Cannabutter

The most commonly used ingredient in at-home edibles is the same as most recipes: a whole lot of butter. Cannabis-infused butter, better known as cannabutter, is easy to make and will open up a whole new world of delicious cannabis sweets and treats.

The first step to making your own cannabutter is called decarboxylation, which is essentially baking the weed at a very low temperature to convert the molecules into THC. This produces the “stoned” effects we’re looking for. Do not skip this step! While it may sound a little too scientific right off the bat, this is a key aspect in ensuring your butter is potent and effective. Preheat your oven to 245ºF and spread a cup of buds (roughly 7 to 10 grams) out on a nonstick baking sheet. Use parchment paper too if you have a bad history of burns with your cookware. Bake the buds for about 40 minutes, shaking them around with a spatula every 10 minutes or so to ensure even temperatures, and voilà, your cannabis has now been decarboxylated and is ready to be ground up and turned into something delicious.

Adding the butter is the easy part. Melt a cup of butter and a dash of water over low heat (this will keep it from burning) on the stovetop until it’s almost entirely liquid before adding your ground cannabis from earlier. Keep the heat super low and simmer the concoction for two to three hours, stirring regularly and ensuring it never comes to an actual boil. After the time is up, strain the liquid into a container of your choice through a cheesecloth, and boom! You now have savory cannabutter at your disposal for a plethora of different recipes.

Important!: Make sure you test the dosage of your butter before going crazy with a recipe! Taking too much of any edible or having a sky-high dose unknowingly will make for a less than fun experience for everyone involved. Try a half a teaspoon of your butter on a cracker or toast and wait to see how potent it is. This is a great way to get a better grasp on how much you’ll need in any given recipe.

Brownie Recipe

Brownies are a cult classic in both the cannabis world and among the general population, renowned for their diverse recipe possibilities. The best thing about DIY edibles is that you have complete control over how much weed is actually going into the product, and you know how much you can handle as an individual. Making edibles at home can be risky business, but with the proper knowledge and preparation, you’ll end up with homemade brownies that can satisfy your sweet tooth and send you to the moon at the same time.

You can substitute your favorite brownie recipe or add in extras like nuts or caramel, but here’s a consistent one to follow to get started. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan of your choice with nonstick spray or butter. Melt 4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate in a mixing bowl and combine it with the cannabutter, 2 cups of sugar, a dash of salt and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Add 3 eggs individually and mix in between each until everything is combined. Finally, add in 1¾ cups of flour and mix one last time. Pour into your greased pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, depending on your preference and oven. Let cool and serve in small squares at a dinner party, or eat them all to yourself. We won’t tell.

Apex CBD Hemp Protein Powder

Including hemp in your morning protein smoothie may not be common sense quite yet, but it’s actually crazy good for you and is currently the craze of the exercise industry. Vegan, non-GMO and gluten free, this nutrition-packed protein powder is perfect for the bodybuilder who tends to be a little more au-natural. One serving, or 50 grams, of this protein holds boasts 86 milligrams of CBD and zero percent THC — so you won’t have to worry about toppling over or craving a triple chocolate brownie after tossing this into your smoothie.

Little known to the general public, hemp is actually a phenomenal source of protein and can be utilized to really amp up your daily workouts. It contains essential amino acids our bodies need to function at peak levels of performance. If you’re someone who holds organic produce near and dear to your heart, hemp products and protein powder will be the best thing since sliced bread. Best of all, this brand is even locally distributed straight out of Bend. Order your protein powder online at Apex Shop.

Drip Sweets Ice Cream

It’s not a strange story to hear of someone lighting up a joint, taking a few long puffs and then, before they know it, ending up with a half-eaten pint of ice cream in their lap. One of the top five dangerous munchie cravings, a sweet treat like gelato or a cone is often reached for to ease cottonmouth and rumbling stomachs. Why not cut out the middleman? Drip Sweets, a Portland-based marijuana candy company, brings us exactly that: cannabis-infused ice cream. Offered in two classic flavors, salted caramel and cookies & cream, this is the perfect solution to a bad case of the munchies.

With the serving sizes conveniently located on the packaging itself, dosing is easy-peasy with this edible. Even downing the whole carton won’t leave you bedridden. Drip Sweets sends a message of positivity, letting your imagination run free and truly enjoy your experience, whatever it may be. If you’re not sold already, this is an all-female run company, founded and run by women who are passionate about cannabis and satisfying sweet cravings. You can find Drip Sweets at local dispensaries like Mary Janes, TJ’s Organic Provisions and Modern Forest.

Dr. Jolly’s Peanut Butter Cups

Do you love peanut butter cups? Are they the first thing you crave after taking a few puffs of an indica? Dr. Jolly’s is here to save the day with over 40 milligrams of THC packed into a handful of delicious peanut butter cups. Creamy peanut butter is rolled in savory chocolate and packaged locally in their main distribution center in Bend, Oregon. This sweet treat is the perfect movie popcorn pairing or after-dinner relaxer after a long day.

Depending on your tolerance, just one or two of these cups will be the perfect body relaxer and provide a mellow high of giggles and coziness. For the more experienced, eating them together could be the recipe for a solid night of sleep and an especially delicious dinner, but be sure to pay attention to your own body and start slow to ensure a positive experience. Dr Jolly’s peanut butter cups conveniently split up the dosage between several cups in each package, so it’s easy to take a few nibbles and see how it makes you feel. Bonus tip: keep a bag of unmedicated Reeses Cups on hand in preparation for the munchies so you’re not inclined to just swallow the others whole. Check out these tasty sweets at dispensaries like Eugene OG, TJ’s Organic Provisions or Emerald City Dispensary.

Magic Number Ginger Beer

This craft-brewed beverage is topping the charts of weed-infused treats with it’s bubbliness and savory ginger flavor. Blazing the trail of the “cannabis revolution,” Magic Number produces this out-of-the-box experience locally in Bend at their Canna-Brewery. Similar to another infamous cannabis product of theirs, infused cold brewed coffee, medicated ginger beer has flooded the shelves of dispensaries around Oregon as the latest and greatest way to get a sweet high.

The drinks are as magical as they are refreshing, made up of fresh Peruvian ginger and pure cane sugar to add a little sweetness. Sold in 12 oz single-serve bottles, this local company makes it even easier for the consumer by putting the magic number right on the bottle. Available in 3mg, 10mg and 25mg, there’s a dosage for all types of connoisseurs — although you do have to have a medical card to qualify for the highest dose as it’s not for the faint of heart. A smooth combination of indica and sativa, these tasty beverages are sure to make a float on the river just a little bit closer to perfect.

Wild Urban Condiments

Do you slather every meal you eat in a savory sauce or seasoning? Are you addicted to Tapatio or Jack Daniels BBQ? Hot sauce lovers rejoice; they’ve found a way to put weed in that, too. Wild Urban Condiments, ran by an international executive chef with over 30 years of experience in the culinary industry, is bringing hot sauces, barbecue rubs and even pesto infused with cannabis oil to a dispensary near you. While they come in small packages of little over two ounces, each sauce packs a whopping amount of THC and the classic tastiness of the hot sauces and rubs we’ve come to love.

The BBQ sauce, loaded with nearly 45 milligrams of THC in each bottle, is a perfect pairing for any meat or vegetables that need an extra kick. If you’re interested in a bit of spiciness itself, their hot sauce offers 50 milligrams of THC and a biting chili pepper heat to compliment any taco or pasta you can think of. If you’re more into sweet stuff, fear not: they also offer a wide range of gourmet chocolate snacks and sauces to go with your favorite dessert. Priding themselves on cooking every bottle from small, hand-crafted batches, Wild Urban’s cannabis comes straight from good ol’ Oregon and is even pesticide free. Check out SpaceBuds or Eugene OG for these cool additions to your dinner tonight.

Budtender Spotlight: Tyler Banks

How and when did you become a budtender?

It was the summer of 69… Wait, scratch that! That was the moon landing… albeit how I became a budtender did feel like a story that was written in the stars. It was a mystically magical combination of waiting, timing, and experience. Some longtime friends came to me with a job offer and an idea to open a dispensary. Moss hadn’t even been born, still a twinkle in their eyes, yet I knew this was going to be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Two and a half years later I’m still working the most emotionally rewarding job I’ve ever had to pleasure of partaking in. My skill set of working in all avenues of customer service, for 17 years, had really paid off.

What was it like the first time you got high?

I’ll never forget that first time I got high. My step-brother and I felt it necessary to venture as far away from the house as physically possible. Once we made it to the other side of the pond on my parents property, we sat behind a tree, fired up my new Zippo, and sparked a party bowl big enough to get 10 people high! I can still remember the sensory combination of lighter fuel and ditch weed terps. We coughed our lungs out, every hit, and proceeded to space walk our way back to the house. Time slowed way down, my body felt extremely heavy, and we managed to polish off an entire box of strawberry shortcake popsicles. I blasted off to another world with my new best friend, Mary Jane.

What’s one funny or weird customer interaction you’ve had?

You never know when they’ll strike, but as soon as they ask you a question, and don’t wait for a response, you know you’ve entered the Twilight Zone! No matter how much information you provide, all they can hear are their own thoughts. I dub them the “thinking out-loud” customer. Most of the time my silence can snap them back into reality, and we find something they didn’t even know they wanted. Win win! I get a lesson in patience, and they get a solid recommendation.

How do you approach recommending a product to a customer?

I’ve found that it’s a two way street. I like to begin by asking a few questions of my own. “What time of day do you like to consume? How would you rate your tolerance to Cannabis? Are you looking for any specific effects?” Gathering information about a customer gives me a head start to effectively finding something I think they’ll enjoy. Because strains react differently to each person, I try my best to ask enough questions, not to overwhelm, but to ease them into making their own decisions.

What’s one stereotype about cannabis users that’s true?

What’s one that’s false?

Can they find joy in the simplest things? TRUE! My Cannabis of choice soothes inflammation and pain, slows down my thought patterns, and mellows the mind enough to truly enjoy the little things in life. Not the annoying little things, the magnificent eccentricities that get lost in our hyper analysis of the world around us. Take some time to slow down and appreciate the sloths pace for a change. What more can I say? The sloth life chose me.

Do all Cannabis users like watching Bob Ross? FALSE! Not all stoners enjoy the soothing sound of his voice, the way he creates something from nothing, life lessons taught via “happy little trees”, and squirrel buddy shenanigans. On second thought, I take it back! Everyone, stoner on not, loves Bob Ross.

What do you look for in a strain?

Terpenes. More often than not, if I enjoy the smell of a strain, I’m going to enjoy the taste and effects. My relationship with the Cannabis plant and this process, has not led me astray. I do tend to lean towards a more mellowing mood, so terpenes like Caryophyllene and Linolol are some smell profiles I seek out.

What’s special about this shop?

Moss Crossing is not only a soothing place to chat it up and buy a blunt, it’s a hub for information, and a springboard for squashing stigmas. They value our opinions, treat us with equality, and nurture a compassionate environment that enables us to approach the day with patients and kindness towards whomever walks in the door. Also the laid back vibe and decor of the shop won a DOPE Magazine Industry Award for the “Best Atmosphere” in all of Oregon! Stop by, if not for some education, just to say HIGH and see what we’re all about.

Best part about the job?

Worst part?

Best: The people! Experiencing first hand how Cannabis is benefiting a customers daily life is one of the most rewarding things about being in this industry, and that’s just the customer side of things. My co-workers, the owners, vendors, growers, extractors, bakers, crafters, so many wonderful people involved in making Oregon one of the BEST States to find something safe to consume! We are one of the few states that requires ALL products to be free of pesticides and mold via rigorous analytical testing. Go Oregon! Keep’n it green!

Favorite way to consume?

The best way to consume is to find what works best for your lifestyle. I’d say my favorite way to consume is the “combination method”. I start most days with a baseline level of Cannabis derived CBD, taken in a tincture or mint, to squash any pain or inflammation I’m experiencing. I have some screws and hardware in my femur from a car accident I was in a number of years ago, so CBD’s have become a big part of my herbal treatment. Then, depending on what day it is, I generally get my THC sometime in the mid to late afternoon with a gummie, chocolate, or infused beverage. I usually save my smoking rituals for the evening time with a hit of the bong, Hemp wrapped Moss Crossing rolled blunt, or CO2 oil vape pen. Ultimately I don’t dislike any of the methods of consumption, so I do tend to mix things up if I’m feeling fancy.

What’s your favorite munchie food or favorite thing to do while high?

Favorite munchie? Salty and sweet, or anything crunchy, and chocolate. Yeah, chocolate.

Favorite thing to do while high? Playing mentally challenging games. Something like “Cards Against Humanity” is a great balance of social interaction and sparks my mind enough to enjoy cleverly crafting a properly inappropriate winning card. I also thoroughly enjoy zoning out to nature documentaries, making abstract art while listening to psych rock, playing kickball, and brainstorming the answer to the universe. So far I think it might be 42.

What accessory or paraphanelia do you like to use?

Hempwick has quickly become one of my favorite accessories. It enhances the smoking experience by removing butane from the inhalation equation, and allows for a more accurate sensory experience. No fuel equals more natural flavor. Just make sure you’ve fully extinguished your hempwick between uses. My favorite paraphernalia has got to be the Launch Box from Magic Flight. It’s a dried herb vaporizer that has a lifetime warranty, numerous accessory upgrades like: a grinder that fits perfectly on top to funnel herb right in, a water bubbler that attaches with a hookah hose, and a home use cord that plugs into a wall outlet so you don’t have to drain the batteries. It is the most simplistic portable flower vaporizer on the market. #availableatmosscrossing 😉

When I’m not here, I’m…

Lucidly traversing a dreamscape created by my subconscious mind OR discovering a new band I had no idea I couldn’t live without.

Are you high right now?

Yes indeedy.

 

Beauty Green: A Look at Local Hemp Beauty Products

Words by Kelsey Tidball | Photo by Sierra Pedro

Hemp products have a wide range of beauty benefits. Two Oregon-based companies, Wild Grace and Oregon Hemp Works, specialize in the rejuvenating aspects of the versatile plant. We talked to these businesses to find out what goes into making hemp-based beauty products.

Wild Grace

Wild Grace is a Eugene beauty company that focuses on sustainable, plant-based beauty products. Katie, the owner of Wild Grace, has spent her life dabbling in the ways of the apothecary. As a little girl, she experimented with the herbs in her family’s herb garden under the guidance of her uncle. He revealed to her that before pharmaceutical medicines became the norm, physicians used plants and herbs just like the ones she played with in the garden to cure all sorts of ills. She would grind them up and mix them together, noting their unique smells, colors and shapes. Katie was always looking to learn more about plants and what they can do for modern medicine and health.

“When I was in college, I struggled a lot with anxiety and depression,” Katie said. “I was looking for a really holistic way to increase my physical and emotional health rather than taking pills, and I think plants can really help complement our self-care.”

Today, Katie uses those same holistic principles to create beauty and skincare products at Wild Grace that are made from all-natural, plant-based ingredients. Many are made with hemp oil and other hemp products and are formulated for a variety of afflictions, including dry or oily skin, inflammation and sensitivity.

Years ago, Katie swore off of harsh, chemical-based cosmetics, realizing just how harmful they can be to body and spirit. However, she also struggled with finding natural skincare products that were right for her lifestyle and for her skin. She kept trying new brands and they kept coming up short.

“I knew there must have been a better way,” Katie said. So, she decided to put her apothecary skills to good use and started to formulate her own products.

“In the process of crafting my own skincare,” Katie says on her website, “the question in the back of my mind was, ‘Why recreate all the products already on the shelf?’” The conclusion that Katie came to was, “the world doesn’t need another version of the same face cream, even if it is ‘all natural.” From that, Wild Grace was born.

Wild Grace offers products such as Fir and Myrtle Gentle Cleansing Milk, which is made from white rose, douglas fir, sunflower and jojoba oils, hemp seed, coconut oil soap and rosemary extract. It is designed to nourish and stimulate dull, dry skin. They offer organic face masks, such as the Rosy Cheeks Exfoliating Mask, the Pumpkin Enzyme Corrective Mask and the Ondine Purifying Mask. They also offer facial creams and serums that are designed for oily skin, dehydrated skin, combination skin and damaged skin.

For Katie, skincare is a ritual. She offers collections of products that are meant to be paired in order to optimize her customers’ experience. She believes that skincare and self-care are deeply connected, and Wild Grace products are designed to encourage responsible, guilt-free, natural “me time.”

Being involved in the company is extremely important to Katie, so each of her products has been designed and formulated by hand. She says she has so many ideas for new products, she often finds it difficult to rein in her creativity and limit Wild Grace’s production; however, she understands the importance of keeping the company small, staying true to her brand and perfecting her products.

“I want to just keep going,” she said. “I love being able to employ local people and offer jobs and a livable wage. I am really excited about the company’s organic, steady growth.”

Wild Grace products are available on her website, www.wildgrace.me, and can also be purchased at local farmers markets and events where she is often found selling alongside her fiance, the proprietor of a local hemp-based printing company, and their friends at Little Bees Candle Co.

Oregon Hemp Works

Oregon Hemp Works is an Oregon-based beauty company that does things a little differently. The company was founded in 2010 by Benjamin Christensen, who was inspired to make soap by the movie Fight Club. Yes, you read that correctly. That scene where Brad Pitt holds that horrible hazing ritual and burns Edward Norton’s arm with lye? That was the inspiration for Oregon Hemp Works. But don’t worry, their soaps will not cause intense chemical burns.

In fact, Oregon Hemp Works soaps are 100% vegan, 100% non-GMO, made without dyes, parabens, BPA or artificial ingredients and scented with essential oils rather than unnatural fragrances or perfumes. And the best part? Each bar is only $6.50.

In addition to soap, Oregon Hemp Works also makes massage oil, deodorant and soap specially formulated for bathing dogs. Their products are created with a deep love for the hemp plant and its benefits, both for consumers and for the planet. Benjamin hopes that, unlike the depiction in Fight Club, hemp and hemp products can inspire genuine curiosity, open mindedness and widespread wellness. Oregon Hemp Works products can be found online at www.oregonhempworks.com.