Like Honey To Bees: Cannabis Extraction from Flower to Jar

Words by Anna Glavash | Photo by Sierra Pedro

If you’ve ever dabbed or vaped cannabis oil, you’ve probably wondered, “How did the cannabis flower become this golden substance?”

Cannabis extracts have come a long way since the dangerous days of open blasting and black-market butane hash oil (BHO). Today’s extraction process is done by highly trained experts in lab coats with state-of-the-art equipment, and the product is put through rigorous tests before going onto dispensary shelves. With so many quality extracts now on the market, it can be tough to choose. Here’s a look at how two innovative local extractors produce premium cannabis oil.

Hydrocarbon Extraction

Willamette Valley Alchemy (WVA) makes a range of top-shelf cannabis products including edibles and solventless concentrates, but specializes in hydrocarbon extracts, which is cannabis oil that’s been separated from dried plant material using a hydrocarbon solvent blend.

The process usually begins with trim or flower that didn’t make it to market for one reason or another, such as small batch or small bud size. WVA mostly works with farms that are Clean-Green certified, which is the cannabis industry’s version of the organic standard. All their products are co-branded, so you know which farm and flower it was made from.

WVA sources locally-manufactured lab equipment from Cascade Botanicals and Sweet Leaf Extractors. They use a passive closed-loop system which allows them to recapture almost all of the solvent for reuse. They clean the equipment obsessively to minimize any contamination, and double-distill their solvents to ensure they’re ultra-clean. Because the flower they source is top-shelf, they only use the highest quality gas and equipment they can get to honor the plant. “We treat everything like gold,” says WVA Head of Production Adam Chase.

Picture yourself in Walter White’s lab from Breaking Bad—and not the one in the Winnebago. Chase may not be a chemistry teacher, but he’s no less meticulous. Here’s what happens in the spark-proof room where the oil is extracted:

The dry plant material is packed into a column through which a liquid gas is pumped. They use a proprietary blend of solvents including butane and propane to separate the cannabinoids from the plant. The gas is chilled to -100 degrees using dry ice.

Once it’s been run through, the solvent is distilled out using warm water and what’s left is the oil. Once filtered, this oil is poured off and put into a vacuum oven for several days to cure. The negative pressure lowers the boiling point of the residual solvent, which slowly bubbles out. The low temperature allows the oil to retain maximum cannabinoids and terpenes for the most similar user experience to smoking the actual flower.

When all the solvent is gone, the product is sent off to be independently tested, and when confirmed that it’s free of solvents and pesticides, it’s packaged onsite. Test results, including THC percentage, are printed on the label.

The extract might be packaged in a resealable plastic pouch or weighed out into tiny glass jars, depending on its consistency. Though the process is the same, different flowers produce different results. Chase likens it to a unique personality: “The lifeforce of one plant is going to be different from that of another plant, even it’s the same strain grown in the same region.” This can range from a very stable “shatter” to a “sauce” or somewhere in between: “budder” or “wax.” Higher terpene content produces a more flavorful but also more volatile, less stable oil. All of these products are best refrigerated.

Chase and co-owner Brice Sherman built WVA to produce exactly what they wanted to smoke and share it with the community. His favorite part of the job? “It helps people who have medical conditions, and it makes people happy. If somebody had a shit day at work and they got home and they had their partner yelling at them, and their dog bit them when they walked in the door but they have their WVA dab ready, and they take that dab and they’re good, that is the most satisfying part. ”

CO2 Extraction

Critical Source (CS) is focused on full-spectrum CO2 oil formulas, but take a very different approach from other vape pen producers. Cartridges are popular for their convenience, but the flavor or effects can be compromised by a quick and dirty extraction process. The goal of CS’s full-spectrum extracts is to replicate the experience of smoking the real flower, but in cartridge form. Not only should the experience feel more authentic, “the effects can last substantially longer than distillate products,” says founding partner Kenan Hester.

CS’s CO2 extraction process is focused on retaining dimensionality and bioactive compounds of the flower through terpene profile preservation and cannabinoid profile retention that’s true to the cultivar—capturing the plant’s unique essence, if you will.

Initially created for the medical market, their extracts are made using CO2 in place of a hydrocarbon solvent. Although more expensive and time-consuming, CO2 is considered among the safest ways to produce and consume extracts. Hester says, “Great extracts that target therapeutic value should capture everything that you want from the plant and strip away everything that you don’t want.” The good stuff is those bio-active terpenes and cannabinoids. In post-processing, they aim to exclude plant compounds like waxes and lipids that can cause irritation in the lungs.

The process goes like this: The flower is put into the extraction chamber and saturated with low-temperature, low-pressure “subcritical” CO2. First, the terpenes are isolated in a liquid form and put aside. Then temperature and pressure is ramped up to “supercritical” levels, and the CO2 extracts the cannabinoids in a process similar to steeping tea.

The system’s patented back-pressure regulator gradually drops levels back down as the solution travels to the collection point, where CO2 and raw extract are separated. The CO2 vapor rises and is recycled back into the system. The raw extract left behind still contains those unwanted plant waxes and lipids, so it’s then homogenized with ethanol and put through a process called winterization to remove them.

Many CO2 extractors aren’t able to isolate the terpenes at the first stage, so they get winterized too, which can destroy them and create a generic flavor and character. Others may spend 2-4 days winterizing, but CS lets theirs go for 10-12 days until absolutely nothing else can be removed, giving their cartridge a very smooth hit.

Finally, the terpenes are reblended with the cannabinoids to achieve the finished product. CS never uses food-grade or bulk-cannabis derived terpenes, so you can be sure everything in the cartridge came from the same source and vaporizing it will mimic the experience of smoking the flower itself.

Hester likens this process to wine blending and says a little goes a long way. “You can have a Cabernet and Merlot blend that has only 1% Merlot, but as soon as you add that in, it can completely change the entire experience.” Similarly, using just a tiny bit of the original terpenes has a huge effect on the character of the extract.

When Hester founded the company in 2014, the market had a lot of great hydrocarbon extracts, but CS saw a need for more connoisseur-grade CO2 extractions. Though the barrier to entry in this method is much higher, CS wanted to advance the quality and availability of options for patients. It maintains these standards of quality in its recreational products and has just launched a premium line of co-branded vape cartridges called Kalapooya Fire. This brand seeks to honor the history of the Kalapuya people, from whom the culture of eco-stewardship in the Willamette Valley originated hundreds of years before the modern cannabis industry. Kalapooya Fire seeks to source from farms that emulate the sustainable practices of the Kalapuya people. To honor this legacy, they’re also launching a scholarship which supports Oregon Native American students who study chemistry & horticulture at the University level.

The Greener Side: Eugene’s Longest Running Dispensary

words by Delaney Rea | photo by Trevor Meyer

When Joe Hopkins moved to Eugene in 2012, Tracktown USA wasn’t his first choice. His family was more drawn to the city of Bend – the snow offered in that part of the state was particularly enticing. However, what ultimately made Eugene the place to go was a different kind of market – the marijuana dispensary market.

Hopkins and his wife, Chelsea, saw a need in the city for a quality provider of cannabis products. That’s why they started The Greener Side, the dispensary that they continue to own and operate. When they started their business, the state legislation hadn’t yet legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Because of this, The Greener Side started out as a strictly medical dispensary. With this license to sell, the dispensary was welcomed by the cannabis-friendly communities of the city. It’s been on the strength of that community that the business has continued to thrive, making it the longest-running dispensary in Eugene.

However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Eugene’s senior cannabis supplier. On May 23, 2013, only months after opening, The Greener Side was subject to a government raid. Although they were authorized to sell marijuana to medical patients by state law, federal law had the jurisdiction to intervene. What began as just another day in the cannabis industry saw the arrival of police, who arrested the entire staff. According to Hopkins, his personal home was also raided, private phones were confiscated and the bank accounts of the business were promptly closed. Hopkins’ wife was released that day, and they reopened their business within the next 24 hours. Though the business itself fought to overcome this obstacle, Hopkins said, “support from the community helped us keep going and kept our fire fueled.”

The legislation passed by Measure 91 to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana in 2015 brought relief to the fear of further raids occurring. “We’re extremely happy to be working in the legal market,” Hopkins said. When the new legislation took effect, The Greener side began selling their products recreationally. Soon after, Hopkins saw the customer demographics patronizing his store start to change. 21-year-olds started to come in on their birthdays for their first stop of many. Senior citizens, intrigued by the new market, began purchasing more and more cannabis product, finding it to be an effective medication for many ailments. Hopkins even met a woman who could recall a time before marijuana prohibition, when she had the same freedom to buy that she does now.

Hopkins has seen the normalization of marijuana as a necessary step for the industry since before the days of The Greener Side. Starting out, he decided to change the negative stigma that many people have associated with weed through the actions of his business. Since 2013, The Greener Side has hosted an annual charity golf tournament. This event has raised over $10,000 in the past four years, with the proceeds going toward multiple sclerosis.

As a member of Eugene’s Chamber of Commerce and the International Rotary Club, Hopkins has put his foot in the door of local business to make one thing clear: dispensaries are a credible business model. “It’s pretty awesome that I can go to any Rotary Club meeting in the world now, and I’ll be there for cannabis,” he said. “I can talk about my cannabis openly and proudly now.”

Being the oldest marijuana dispensary in Eugene and Springfield means that The Greener Side has persevered while seeing competitors come and go. While he welcomes the competition, Hopkins recognizes why many of them don’t last, attributing the ongoing success of his business to its commitment to customer integrity. “Changes to the industry don’t affect our protocol,” Hopkins said. Putting the customer first and staying consistent with the quality of the products they offer has earned the business a more loyal following than newer dispensaries that simply follow the latest trends.

Part of the customer loyalty that The Greener Side offers is daily deals that make marijuana consumption more affordable.  “Presumptions are left at the door,” Hopkins said. “When people come in here, they’re all coming in for the same thing. That’s something to better their life.” There are plenty of deals at The Greener Side to help improve customers’ lives. Mondays bring 15 percent off all edible products, and Tuesdays offer 10 percent off any purchase of $40 or over. On Wednesdays, customers can get $5 off the price of The Greener Side’s top-tier strains. Thursdays offer 15 percent off all products based in CBD, the cannabinoid with relaxing effects, and Fridays bring 20 percent off the purchase of seeds. Additionally, The Greener Side has a free membership program that customers can use to get further discounts and win periodically offered prizes.

Ultimately, the successful business Hopkins has built is only the beginning of the company’s potential. On Nov. 10, The Greener Side opened a new location in Detroit Lake, Oregon. Hopkins hopes to next franchise out into the greater Eugene and Springfield area. With an emphasis on customer loyalty, commitment to superior quality and a business model that has proven longevity, the future of The Greener Side looks bright.

The Hempiest Time of Year: Eugene’s 2017 Hemp Gift Guide

words by Sierra Pedro | photo contributed by Mountain Rose Herbs

From skincare to clothing to lip balm, hemp products make great go-to gifts for any of your Oregonian friends. We compiled a list of local, hemp products you might consider purchasing for a special someone in your life!

Hemp Hoop Infinity Scarf, $15

Made with 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton jersey, these cozy scarves are guaranteed to please a special fashionista in your life this holiday season. Currently offered in sea foam and iris colors.

Shop: sweetskins.com, 850 West 2nd St.

Street Purse, $48

The Eco Boutique, home to Of the Earth Organic Apparel, offers stylish purses that can be worn over the shoulder or as a handbag. They are also on discount at $29 on their website right now! Currently offered in black and denim colors.

Shop: oftheearth.com, 782 Blair Blvd.

Sprout Bag, $16.50

Made with 100% hemp, this 7” by 10.5” sprout bag is a go-to gift for any cooking guru. Just include some seeds, water and your sprouts will be ready in 3 to 5 days!

Shop: mountainroseherbs.com, 152 W 5th Ave. #3

Hemp Seed Oil, $11

An 8.5 oz. bottle of quality oil a delightful present for any kitchen enthusiast in your life! This certified organic hemp seed oil can be used for hummus to guacamole to smoothies to pesto. Plus, the oil bottles themselves are made from 50 percent recycled material.

Shop: mountainroseherbs.com, 152 W 5th Ave. #3

Hemp Lip Balm Assortment, $41.58

Lip balm makes the perfect stocking stuffer, and this assortment of 28 tubes and seven flavors offers a one-stop buy for all your closest friends and family. Made with hemp seed oil, rosemary and Vitamin E. Flavors include peppermint, spearmint, orange, lemon lime, cinnamon, vanilla and unscented.

Shop: merryhempsters.com

Organic Dog Salve, $5.25

Don’t forget about your furry friend this holiday season! This pet-friendly, price-friendly dog lotion with soothe cuts, bites or other abrasions. Packaged in a simple, roll on applicator.

Shop: merryhempsters.com

Green & Grub: A Pairing Guide

words by Skyla Patton | photo by Sierra Pedro

Picture this: it’s date night, and you’re taking your significant other out for a night on the town. You pick the best five-star restaurant in town, settle down in your window seat and the waiter hands you a pairing menu. One side depicts the most delicious food you’ve ever heard of, and the other is photos of huge, mouth watering… buds?

Well, it may be awhile before fine restaurants let your light up at the dinner table, but there’s no reason why you can’t get ready for that day by practicing at home. Check out these suggestions for successfully pairing your green with your grub.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand the components of the strain’s terpenes and aromas to fully understand what flavors will best match up. Terpenes are the naturally formed compounds in the bud that gives it it’s unique smell and flavor when smoked. These compounds are also found in most foods, which explains why identifying the smell and flavor would make a more successful pairing! Pay close attention to these details in selecting which strains you want to puff on while making your grocery list for the evening.

The art of pairing different marijuana strains with different flavor palettes works similarly to the pairing of wine and food. The strongest aromas and flavors of each wine are connected to the complementing aromas and flavors of food to make a delicious combination that best suits each other. Each flavor and aroma is meant to enhance that of the other, and there are two ways to do this: congruent pairing and complementary pairing. Congruent pairing is accomplished by combining two items with similar traits, like smoked cheese and a dark wine, whereas complementary pairing is combining two items that add to the other, like coconut and lime.

Use Your Nose

Buds often give off some pretty intense aromas. Even someone who is less familiar with the world of weed can usually catch hints of different flavors after taking a good whiff of a new strain. If you’re not sure what exactly you’re looking for, head over to a dispensary and ask a budtender on staff. They’re usually more than willing to lend an expert hand and they can help you differentiate between a sweeter bud and something a little more spicy. Let these initial impressions guide you, and try not to think too hard about it. It’s not as complicated as it can feel at first! If a strain has strong hints of blueberry, scoop up some vanilla frosting and blueberry cupcakes to satisfy your sweet tooth. Or, if you’re more interested in the complementary side of pairing, combine that blueberry aroma with a slice of angel food cake and fresh fruit sprinkled on top. A few strains that will inspire and get your inner chef pumped are Blue Cheese, White Russian, Chocolate Chunk and Berry Kush.

Pay Attention to Titles

While some strain names are less than helpful to the uneducated eye, like Alaskan Thunderfuck or Golden Goat, most titles will give you a very good indication of what to expect when smoking them. Strains pick up their titles from the flavor they put off, the aroma both as a bud and as smoke and occasionally from physical appearance. This is especially true when the name has an obvious connection to a flavor or specific food product. It can be a huge help in matching it with the perfect snack! An easy example is Tangie, a strain produced from sativa that is rich with the scent of citrus and tropical fruits. Now, focus on the citrus and think about what you would put lemon or lime on; sprinkled over roasted chicken, mixed into a fresh quinoa salad or served with an ice-cold pina colada. All of these things and more, would make for a delicious aftertaste to a few puffs of this strain. A few popular strains that are easy to identify are Peaches and Cream, Key Lime Pie, Lemon Kush and Pineapple Express.

Have Fun With It

There’s really no way to go horribly wrong when it comes to smoking your favorite bud and cooking delicious food. It’s important to do your research and put effort in when trying new pairing matches, but above all, your enjoyment of both the green and the grub is what’s key to having fun with this experiment. Play with flavors you already know you like, or go for a standard classic of Girl Scout Cookies and a tall glass of milk. Personal preference should always take priority over following the rules. Pairing a strain that you know you don’t enjoy to try and make snickerdoodles taste better won’t be any fun for you or the snickerdoodle! The possibilities are endless, so make sure to have fun with it.

Our Top 5 Pairing Examples

  • Chocolate Chunk and Brownie Sundaes: A chocolatey combo will satisfy the sweet tooth craving in everyone with an indica strain rich in cocoa flavors and a classic dessert with a melting scoop of ice cream on top.
  • Blue Cheese and Buffalo Wings: This easy indica-heavy pairing is great for a date night dinner at home and makes for a delicious meal of spicy, juicy wings and a creamy cheese flavor to complement it.
  • Lemon Kush and Apple Pie: This hybrid dish is perfect for dinner parties, combining the sweet smell of citrus with a fresh apple pie smothered in whip cream to create a killer dessert everyone will love.
  • Pineapple Express and Roasted Ham: The granddaddy of complementary pairings, the sweet taste of pineapple sativa will wow the crowd when combined with savory smoked ham fresh out of the oven.
  • Orange Haze and Mandarin Chicken Salad: A great dinner for one or even appetizer, mandarin chicken salad can only get better with the addition of sweet orange sativa.

 

 

Live Life WYLD

words by Sierra Pedro and Kelsey Tidball | photo contributed by WYLD

Have you ventured into the wonderful world of edibles yet? Whether you’re already an edibles fan or you have yet to try them, you’ve got to hear about one of the best edibles companies in the Pacific Northwest. WYLD, an Oregon-based cannabis company founded in January 2016, makes edibles so elegant and tasty, you’ll think you’re eating something from a gourmet candy store. WYLD specializes in gourmet, hand-crafted chocolates and gummies that are delicious, sweet and adventurous. The company was founded by born-and-raised Oregonians Aaron Morris and Rene Kaza, who are both UO alumni, and Chris Joseph, a PSU alumnus. WYLD’s products are perfect for the Pacific Northwest spirit. Take them hiking, give them as gifts or get some for yourself for a relaxing night in. If you haven’t tried edibles yet, you’re definitely going to want to try these. We promise they’ll become a new favorite treat.

Sold in over 400 stores across Oregon, WYLD products can be found wherever your heart may take you. Their gummies are made with real fruit and packaged in an elegant and unique prism-shaped box perfect for carrying on a hike or any other outdoor adventure. Each box comes with ten pieces of candy in a convenient, child-proof airtight container. These edibles are great for beginners and experts alike. When first trying these products, WYLD recommends starting with a ¼ or ½ dose — these gummies are specifically designed at a small 5mg dosage to help WYLD enthusiast find the perfect amount that works for their system. Remember to consume in small amounts to begin, you can always take more later!

WYLD currently offers gummies in raspberry, marionberry, strawberry and pomegranate flavors. We recommend trying their newly-introduced pomegranate 1:1 gummies for a wonderful, tart and tropical taste with a balanced blend of 5mg THC and 5mg CBD per serving. These bad boys were just launched in October, and we’re absolutely WYLD about them! If you’re looking for a product to help you wind down, reduce stress and sleep better, try the strawberry CBD-enhanced gummies. If you love all things PNW, try the indica-enhanced marionberry gummy. This classic, Oregon berry taste paired with its relaxing effects are sure to help you wind down and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. What we love most about these products is that there is no cannabis flavor lingering around, only amazing sweet, tart and fresh fruity flavors. Looking to explore or get things done? The raspberry sativa gummy is the perfect, uplifting adventure buddy! Are you more of a chocolate kind of person? Their white chocolates are perfect for on-the-go, and they’re price-friendly, too! WYLD’s products range from $3 to $24. Chocolates come in ten-pack or single-serve options. They are sure to provide a wonderful taste of a classic fruit and cream combination. Try the blood orange white chocolates for a sweet, sativa-enhanced experience, the indica-enhanced peach white chocolates for a relaxing experience, or the strawberry hybrid white chocolates for a more traditional taste.

By now, your mouth is probably watering and you’re wanting to run to the nearest dispensary to pick up a serving or two of these treats. Visit wyldcanna.com/findus for WYLD’s interactive map to find a store closest to you and to pick some up for your next party, event, or night in with friends. Don’t wait too long — a WYLD adventure is waiting for you. #LiveLifeWyld

Website: wyldcanna.com

Instagram: @wyld_canna

Facebook: /wyldcanna

Exceptional Edibles: Gourmet Treats For Your Next “Retreat”

words by Anna Glavash | photo by Trevor Meyer

It’s important to know cannabinoid profiles when choosing between the different types of edibles out there. Some are THC-dominant, others are all CBD and some contain both, with 1:1 ratios or a variety of other proportions.

When most of us think of edible cannabis, we think of the psychoactive effects of THC. But there are many other ways CBD, a non-intoxicating, therapeutic cannabinoid can behave in the body. We visited Moss Crossing, recent winner of best dispensary in Eugene Weekly, and talked to edibles cannasseur and budtender Jessie Daher about her favorites and when to eat them.

“For me, getting into edibles was the key to unlocking a better lifestyle and quality of life in general. I had severe insomnia for years that was feeding into other chronic pain issues. Once I got that handled, I realized what deep sleep felt like. Now I use edibles every night,” says Daher. So how can we know what to expect from these different products? “1:1 products are amazing for insomnia and chronic pain. THC and CBD work together synergistically to promote relaxation and healing in the body. You can’t go wrong. CBD in particular is preventative, and a lot of people don’t realize that. They think CBD is just to treat a problem. It’s actually better to prevent one. It’s one good way to lower inflammation and decrease cortisol [a stress hormone] in the body long term,” says Daher.

Retreats CBD Gummies by Willamette Valley Alchemy (Eugene) $19

  • CBD
  • 3 gummies per package
  • 24 mg CBD, 1 mg THC per gummy

These tropical gems are nothing like Haribo Bears. Made by hand right here in Eugene with real fruit purees and no artificial ingredients, they come in passionfruit, grapefruit, and strawberry flavors with blueberry launching soon. Retreats are “one of the strongest CBD edible products out there. They’re great if you tend toward anxiety or want to prevent inflammation,” Daher says. There’s also a THC version if you want psychoactive effects. Each batch is strain-specific, kind of like a single-origin coffee or chocolate bar, except Retreats uses locally-grown flower.

Mr. Moxey’s Mints CBD Herbal Pastilles by botanicaPORTLAND (Portland) $30

  • 5:1 CBD : THC
  • 20 Mints per tin
  • 5 mg CBD : 1 mg THC per mint

For the proper people. “Not only are they discreet, easy to take with you and tasty, you’re not going to have the psychoactive effects either.” These are perfect thing if you’re a microdoser and want to pop one or two at the end of your long day to unwind. With a 5:1 mg ratio of CBD:THC, the effects are very subtle. Mr. Moxey’s Mints won first place in the 2017 Dope Cup for the CBD Edible category. Find out why.

Junk Marshmallow Bon-Bons by Leif Goods (Portland) $24

  • 3:2 CBD : THC
  • 9.4 mg CBD : 6.8mg THC per bon-bon
  • 6 bon-bons per box

Vegan marshmallows. Covered in chocolate. Topped with chocolate salt. Yes, the salt is infused with chocolate. Far from junk, these are the ultimate indulgence. The near-equal ratio in this product makes it a favorite among those with complex medical issues, but it’s also great for anybody looking for a balanced high.

Leif Goods Peanut Butter & Jelly Organic Chocolate Bar $24

  • 1:1 THC : CBD
  • 42 mg THC, 47mg CBD per bar
  • 10 servings

The golden ratio (and maybe the golden ticket too) can be found in this chocolate bar. It’s truly amazing how much it tastes like a PB&J sandwich. The secret is the strawberry powder sprinkled on top. Chocolate is also a quick way to get results. “It’s a vasodilator, so it helps your system absorb the cannabinoids a lot faster,” Daher explains.

Cinnamon Maca Almond Butter by Lux (Bend) $17/27

  • THC
  • 500 mg per jar
  • Available in a 6.5 oz or a 1.27 oz. jar

Want to keep the good times rolling on a backpacking trip? Just toss this jar in your bag. With a malty, butterscotch flavor, Maca is a powdered root. According to Lux, the Incas used it for strength and stamina, and this THC formula will make your hike all the more enjoyable. Imagine cookie butter that tastes like graham crackers, but good for you. Yes, you can consider this a health food. Lux already took home first place for Sweet Edible in the 2017 Dope Cup. It’s delicious right off the spoon, or if you’re snacking, why not add some to sliced apples or toast, or drizzle on a smoothie or granola bowl. Though it’s tempting, we don’t recommend eating the whole jar.

Piqmiup Tea in Lemon & Jasmine Harmony Sativa Blend by Upward Cannabis Kitchen (Portland, OR) $14

  • THC
  • 5 mg each
  • 3 tea bags

There’s not much a cup of tea can’t cure. Daher says these are another good option for microdosing and a good way to get THC into your system quickly. Piqmiup comes in several blends including indica and hybrid. They’re made with looseleaf tea, other herbs like lavender and cannabis distillate, which is flavorless. Sativas are more energizing, indicas are calming, and a hybrid is, well, somewhere in between.

Magic Number Ginger Beer (Bend) $5/$7/$9

  • THC
  • 3, 10, or 25 mg per 12 oz. bottle

Daher says people can’t get enough of these drinks, which are a favorite among the edibles crowd. Why? Because they’re super affordable and get into your system a bit faster. What’s not to love? The best part is that the mg marks on the 25mg bottle show you where to stop drinking to control your dose. We’ve heard these make amazing floats, and yes, Moss also sells medicated ice cream. Cheers!

Eugene’s Top 10 Munchie Must-Haves

by Nicole Scopelliti | photo by Lauren Bruce

When the late night cravings come calling, don’t fret. Eugene is home to many satisfying and affordable restaurants, cafes and food trucks that are guaranteed to satiate even the mightiest of munchies. Whether you’re searching for a savory burrito or looking to dive into the sweeter side of donuts and ice cream, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied. Below are some of Eugene’s  best places to grab some grub when you’ve got the munchies. Go ahead, treat yourself!

The Dough Co.

Not only does The Dough Co. serve up the best calzones around, it’s also home to the perfect combo: warm cookies and milk. For just $7.50, you can receive a piping-hot calzone delivered to your doorstep. Among The Dough Co.’s most requested calzones are the Potato and Bacon calzone, filled with bacon, potatoes and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, and the Broccoli and Cheddar calzone. For $6, you can receive a batch of four cookies. Choose from flavors including chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar and oatmeal. It gets even better! The Dough Co. delivers until 3 a.m. every day of the week.

Give The Dough Co. a call during your next munchie escapade at 541-485-7459, or visit the restaurant at 1337 Hilyard Street from 11 a.m. – 3 a.m., seven days a week.

Burrito Boy

After picking up a new strain at Cannabliss’ the Sorority, head to the nearby Burrito Boy location, located right across the street from The Hub. Whether you want all the fixings or you like to keep it simple, Burrito Boy has it all. If you’ve got a case of the super-munchies, try a Chile Relleno or Taquito Combo Plate. Burrito Boy also has an impressive array of side and snack items, which are perfect for a lighter pick-me-up. The quesadillas and nachos are great choices, especially for those wishing to forego meat. Burrito Boy is located at 510 E. Broadway and is open 5 a.m. – 12 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 24 hours a day from Wednesday through Saturday and 12 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Sy’s New York Pizza

If you live close to campus and are craving an authentic slice of New York-style pizza, stop by Sy’s. Enjoy a slice of your favorite pie or grab a whole pizza and enjoy it in a casual, chilled-out setting. Sy’s also sells garlic knots alongside their renowned pizza, which are the perfect fix for an intense case of the munchies. Order Sy’s New York Pizza via HungryDucks.com, or visit the restaurant at 1211 Alder St. on Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Whole Foods Market Hot Bar

Health-conscious cannisseurs can conquer the munchies, too! The Whole Foods Market Hot Bar offers a variety of options, from salads and vegan mashed potatoes, to roasted chicken and macaroni. Whole Foods Market is conveniently located near The Hub and is a short distance from campus, making it a viable dining option for students. Choose to eat in the bright, modern eating nook located near the Hot Bar, or purchase the food to go. Pro tip: it’s best to hit the Hot Bar in the afternoon and earlier in the evening, as the food tends to be the freshest then. Whole Foods Market is located at 353 Broadway, and is open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Cheba Hut

Cheba Hut is the perfect spot to grab some grub in a relaxed, cannabis-inspired environment. With over 30 “toasted” subs and a variety of “cotton mouth cures,” Cheba Hut is guaranteed to curb even the most extreme case of the munchies. Try Cheba Hut’s Dank sub, featuring marinara, Genoa Salami, pepperoni and provolone cheese, or the White Widow sub, featuring grilled chicken breast covered in ranch dressing, mushrooms, bacon and provolone cheese. Cheba Hut also offers many vegetarian options as well, including the Magic Mushroom sandwich filled with portabella mushrooms. Check out Cheba Hut’s chilled-out vibe for yourself at 339 E 11th Ave from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Prince Pucklers

Stop by Prince Pucklers for a late night snack that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. With an outdoor patio, it’s the perfect spot to hang out during the warm evenings of spring term. Explore a wide variety of gourmet ice cream flavors such as Peppermint Stick, Green Tea, Salted Caramel and Red Raspberry Cheesecake. Prince Pucklers’ Euphoria Ultra Chocolate Sundae, a cult favorite topped in warm dark chocolate sauce, is guaranteed to please. Dairy-free options are also available. Prince Pucklers is located on 19th and Agate, and is open daily from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Voodoo Doughnut

When the munchies strike, head to Voodoo Doughnut for a classic Voodoo Doll doughnut filled with raspberry jelly or the ultra-delicious, fruit-loop covered The Loop doughnut. The menu is affordable and the downtown location isn’t too far from campus. Visit Voodoo Doughnut and order the Maple Blazer Blunt doughnut, a doughnut rolled into a blunt shape and covered in cinnamon sugar, with a tip dipped in maple frosting and red sprinkles. Voodoo Doughnut is located at 20 E. Broadway and is open 24 hours Thursday through Sunday and 6 a.m. – 12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Uly’s Taco Shack

Although a popular spot for those who have the “drunchies” after a night at the campus bars, Uly’s is also a satisfying grub option for the munchies. If you find yourself near campus on Friday or Saturday night, you can expect to find the Uly’s Taco Shack food truck parked across the street from Taylor’s Bar from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Be sure to order the ever-popular Trifecta which includes one of each taco from the menu. Even though the menu is small, the portions are satisfying. Uly’s Taco Shack is located at 894 E. 13th Ave and is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Maple Garden Chinese Restaurant

Takeout food: the stereotypical “munchie meal,” for good reason. When you’ve got the munchies, you need a quick, convenient and delicious cure. Maple Garden serves up quality, authentic Chinese food at affordable prices, making it a perfect option for those with refined tastes but a college student’s budget. Try the Szechuan Spicy Beef Noodles if you’re looking for a kick. If you’re feeling mellow, try any variation of Chow Mein and a side of Pork Egg Rolls or Veggie Spring Rolls. Maple Garden Chinese Restaurant is located at 1275 Alder Street and is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday. You can also order from their menu via HungryDucks.com.

McMenamins E. 19th Street Cafe

If a warm basket of tater tots and a cozy atmosphere appeals to you, look no further. McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe offers a relaxing space to hang out and eat delicious food with friends. Whether you’re ready to chow down on a burger or prefer hummus and pita bread, McMenamins will fulfill your munchie needs. Check out its happy hour from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and after 10 p.m., where you’ll find discounted food and drinks. McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe is open 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Sunday. Check it out at 1485 E. 19th Ave. Their food is also available for takeout.

Eugene’s Best Glass Shops

by Anya Caro and Sierra Pedro | photo by Benji Rothenberg

While we all have a preferred smoking method, glassware is a must-have for many marijuana users. After deciding which strain to use, the second important decision is the method of consumption. Lucky for us, Eugene has plenty of local glass shops, also known as head shops. These shops will help you make the best purchase for your weed needs. Several of the glass shops around town are locally-owned and dedicated to their practice, able to provide for each smoker’s preferences. No matter your price range or consumption preference, there’s a glassware shop nearby to help you out.

Cornerstone

443 E 13th Ave. / 541-844-1585 / Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Conveniently right down the street from campus is Cornerstone, a perfect stop for glass products. They have a wide array of affordable glass pipes in various arrangements, colors and sizes. They also promote local glassblowers work, which feature various colors and eccentric designs. Cornerstone’s water pipes come in all sorts of bright colors, and if you want to shed just a few extra dollars, their higher-up water pipe designs are another great option for inhalers.

Santa Clara Smoke Shop

664 River Rd. / 541-654-5772 / Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sun. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Santa Clara Smoke Shop uses products from over 30 different local glass blowers. Their products are constantly changing due to changes in the artists who provide for them. So if you want something unique and one of a kind, stop by Santa Clara for something specifically “you.”  They have hand pipes, water pipes, bowls, downstems and concentrate accessories. Santa Clara also has the widest selection of vape products and juice in the area. They exclusively carry Emerald vapors, simplifying your need to decipher the differences between various vape products.

Midtown

133 E 13th Ave.  / 541-345-3337 / Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m – 9 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m – 8 p.m.

Midtown sells locally made water pipes, bubblers, e-pens, dry pipes, concentrate supplies, vapor domes, vapor rigs, oil rigs and glass accessories. They sell a variety of products from local artists and top name brands. Every week, they have new pieces and provide new selections. They promote unique and top selling products that stand out among the crowd of glass shops in Eugene. You can’t find their unique products anywhere else.

Hunky Dory

271 W 7th Ave. / 541-345-1853 / Mon. – Sat. 10a.m. – 8p.m. and Sun. 12p.m. – 6p.m.

Hunky Dory is arguably known for being students’ favorite glass shop, right down the road from the university. They offer a wide selection of products and price ranges for any cannabis user. From hookah accessories to vaporizers to books and other products, they have it all! They also offer Miss Mary Jane leggings and Honey House Natural products.

Sweet Tooth Glass

3815 W 11th Ave. Ste 100 / 541-345-7777 / Mon. – Fri. 10:30a.m. – 7p.m., Sat. 12p.m. – 6p.m. and Sun. 12:30p.m. – 5p.m.

If you’re looking to support a small town, local business — look no further than Sweet Tooth Glass! They offer local handmade products from glass blowers Schott, Glass Alchemy, Northstar and Blast Shield. They also have a bench rental station for local artists and/or glassblowers to use!

LivWell Takes Oregon

By Delaney Rea | *Sponsored Content*

Marijuana dispensaries continue to pop up left and right. It’s becoming more and more evident that we’ve reached a fever pitch when it comes to the demand and supply of cannabis. With this many options, the pros and cons of each should be weighed. Are you getting the level of expertise required to make your cannabis shopping experience as successful as possible? The newest addition to Lane County’s dispensary scene aims to provide you with just that.

A family-owned organization, LivWell Enlightened Health began in 2009 with a single medical dispensary in Denver. Following Colorado’s 2014 recreational marijuana legalization, LivWell began catering to a new realm of customers. After expanding into 14 locations in Colorado, LivWell is venturing out to a fifteenth location in Springfield, Oregon.

At LivWell, you’ll find a one-stop-shop for all things cannabis. Not only that, it’s all offered at competitive pricing – which is ideal for college students on a budget. LivWell only stocks products from leading brands in the marijuana industry, which they closely evaluate for quality before setting them on their shelves. LivWell’s in-house cannabis infused products brand, Infusiasm, currently offers a wide range of concentrate, edible and topical products. In 2015, LivWell launched their own line of glass and accessories, Faded by LivWell. That same year, LivWell became the first dispensary to be endorsed by a celebrity when Snoop Dogg teamed up with them to sell his own cannabis line, Leafs by Snoop.

Michael Lord, LivWell’s Director of Business Development, takes pride in the business’ ability to serve consumers from all walks of life.

“In our locations, you’ll find customers representative of the diverse populations we serve, with men and women aged 21 to 65 [and older] regularly patronizing our stores,” Lord says. From first-time users to experienced “cannaseurs,” LivWell is a one-stop shop for everybody. Their popularity among a wide consumer base was earned by turning each employee into a cannabis expert. Every “budtender” undergoes an intensive two-week training program that provides them with all kinds of expertise. They are your resource for everything from the science of cannabis to choosing the best strain for your personal tastes.

LivWell makes your cannabis shopping experience easier with their customer loyalty program, LivWell Rewards. Free to join, the program awards its members points for every purchase. The points can be put toward discounts on non-medicated items in-store. In addition, you’ll receive $10 of store credit just for signing up, and you’ll even earn points on your birthday. Think of it as a punch card that doesn’t stop punching.

LivWell also strives to make their store like home for their customers. “Our budtenders love making personal connections with their customers, and many of them operate on a first-name basis with our consumers,” Lord says. The stores are also designed to be welcoming and relaxing for patrons. Friendly, inviting atmospheres are a major part of the culture that makes LivWell an enticing option for college students. This is far from the sterile, medicinal environments of some dispensaries.

At the end of the day, Lord’s ambitions for LivWell are relatively simple: “Our goal is for every customer to feel comfortable and confident about their cannabis purchase so that they can enjoy the best of what cannabis has to offer.”

LivWell will be opening soon at 2329 Olympic St. in Springfield. They can be reached at 541-357-5230.

Quiz: Which Strain Are You?

It’s Saturday: are you getting ready to celebrate the weekend, or prepping the snacks for Netflix and chill?

Celebrate: Would your friends say you’re the life of the party, or more of the “mom friend”?

  • Life of the party: Munchies – hard pass, or give you all the snacks?
    • Oh my gosh, I’m starving: Indica
    • No thanks: Sativa
  • Mom friend: What’s your ideal way to unwind?
    • A nice drink on ice: Hybrid
    • A solid afternoon nap: Indica

Netflix: When you’re high, what’s your go-to activity?

  • Clean the whole house: What’s your preferred smoking tool to use?
    • Bong/pipe rip the best: Hybrid
    • Joints are the only way: Sativa
  • Watch ALL the TV: What tunes are always playing during your smoke sesh?
    • Rock and roll, dude: Sativa
    • Acoustic, something mellow: Indica

Sativa: You like to take a few puffs, and then go get stuff done – you’re a sativa! Smoking is a quick pick-me-up for you to really feel accomplished and carpe all the diems. You’ll be caught organizing the kitchen or doing some homework with strains like Sour Diesel, Green Crack, and Alaskan Thunder.

Indica: It’s time to just, like, totally chill out bro – you’re an indica. Smoking with you is all about laying back, relaxing, and having a good snack bowl ready to go. The weekend is finally here and your pre-rolled joints and Netflix queue can’t wait to get started. Indicas can be found inventing new food combos and napping with strains like Northern Lights, Purple OG Kush, and Afghani.

Hybrid: Not too hot, and not too cold – you’re a hybrid. You don’t wanna feel like you have too many responsibilities, but lazing the day away isn’t quite your style either. Take a good rip, relax a little bit, and enjoy the day with a nice high. Catch hybrids writing in their journal or taking a walk through the park with strains like White Widow, Pineapple Express, and Ghost OG.