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Even with legal pot, Global Cannabis Marchers’ work not done (Photos)

Even with legal pot, Global Cannabis Marchers’ work not done (Photos)

Just because both medical and recreational marijuana are now legal in Oregon doesn’t mean a cannabis activist’s work is done.

Portland’s 17th annual entry into the Global Cannabis March rolled through downtown Saturday, with hundreds of legalization advocates moving forward on their unfinished business.

The event featured speakers and music at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Then an hour-long march kicked off with chants of “I smoke pot, and I like it a lot.”

As its name implies, the march is an international event taking place in nearly 300 cities worldwide. In places like Portland, where marijuana prohibition has ended, marches continue to promote legalization at the federal level while protesting overregulation and the stigma that still often surrounds responsible cannabis users and patients.

“We usually come to the square trying to legalize,” says Scott Gordon, executive director for Oregon National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the emcee for the event.

While legalization has been achieved, he says there is still much work to be done.

“We have nowhere to smoke. We have nowhere to take our medicine in,” says Gordon.

He also notes the challenges for marijuana business owners who are unable to open bank accounts for business use.

“The march today is our voice for changing this,” says Gordon.

“To let everyone know that we are not done. Just because Oregon legalized in 2014 it doesn’t mean that everything is all gravy.”

-Dillon Pilorget and Kristyna Wentz-Graff

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Stash Tea of Tigard files lawsuit against Stash Cannabis of Beaverton

Stash Tea of Tigard files lawsuit against Stash Cannabis of Beaverton

Stash Tea Co. is suing Stash Cannabis Co., accusing the Beaverton marijuana dispensary of trademark infringement.

The tea company, which was started about 40 years ago and is based in Tigard, says the marijuana dispensary should be stopped from “infringing Stash Tea’s Trademarks in any manner,” including using the website stashcannabiscompany.com.

The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Portland, seeks a jury trial. Stash Tea seeks monetary damages, but no amount is specified.

The lawsuit lists four U.S. trademarks Stash Tea holds. It says the company served Stash Cannabis with two cease and desist letters over “ongoing and unauthorized activity” before the lawsuit was filed.

Stash Cannabis owner Chris Matthews said Wednesday, “we’re in talks with them right now,” declining to comment further on the lawsuit. He said Stash Cannabis opened at 9952 S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in September.

–Allan Brettman




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World Famous Cannabis Cafe to close due to Oregon’s clean air law

World Famous Cannabis Cafe to close due to Oregon’s clean air law

The owner of the World Famous Cannabis Café announced Monday that she will close her doors next week after another warning by public health officials that the establishment violates indoor air rules.

The cafe will host its final Stoner Bingo session March 7, said Madeline Martinez, a longtime marijuana legalization advocate and owner of the business, which offers people 21 and older a place to socialize and use cannabis.

She doesn’t want to face fines for violating the law, she said.

The decision follows an unannounced visit last week by Erik Vidstrand, a Multnomah County tobacco program specialist, to the Southeast Foster Road cafe, Martinez said. Vidstrand pointed out ashtrays and remnants of smoked joints and reminded her that smoking is not allowed in the cafe under state law, she said.

“I told them they are infringing on my constitutional rights,” said Martinez, whose patrons must bring their own marijuana to consume at the club. “I have a right to gather peacefully. That is what I am exercising. They are very concerned about the toxicity (of cannabis smoke), which is ridiculous.”

(See related: Oregon clean air rules may spell trouble for marijuana clubs and cafes)

Lawmakers expanded Oregon’s Indoor Clean Air Act last year to prohibit the use of devices such as vaporizer pens and e-cigarettes in public areas and workplaces. Marijuana was also added to the law, which initially targeted only tobacco.

The indoor clean air law includes exemptions for two types of businesses: cigar bars, where patrons may smoke cigars, and smoke shops, where tobacco consumption is allowed. Both kinds of businesses must be certified by the state.

Oregon is home to a small number of cannabis clubs where people generally pay a membership fee to smoke, dab and vape the drug in a social setting. Another Southeast Portland club, the Other Spot, closed recently over concerns about the clean air provisions.

Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, introduced an amendment during the Legislature’s 35-day session that would have exempted cannabis cafes from the clean air law, but it did not have enough support to pass.

Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, said she heard from public health advocates and local government officials who worry about exempting pot clubs from clean air rules. Lininger serves as co-chair of the joint legislative committee on the implementation of marijuana legalization.

The Coalition of Local Health Officials did not take a position on the amendment but submitted testimony to the joint committee detailing its concerns about efforts to weaken the clean air law.

“We are concerned about the potential air quality in these proposed cannabis cafes,” the testimony states.

The Oregon Health Authority also submitted testimony spelling out its concerns about cannabis cafes and a potential increase in youth use of marijuana. The agency compared the establishments to hookah lounges, which “led to a marked increase in youth use of hookah in counties where hookah lounges were located.”

Lininger said the current short session, which is winding down, didn’t offer enough time to work on the issue. She said she’s open to reviving the issue next year.

“I think the idea of cannabis cafes makes sense, especially if we allow cigar bars, but the concerns of public health advocates are real,” she said. “We need to make sure that if we allow the creation of cannabis cafes we do it in a way that is safe for workers and that is going to require some careful thought and discussion among people who care about the issue.”

Martinez said she plans to shift her focus to lobbying for a change to the clean air statute in 2017.

For now, marijuana consumers hoping to drop in at the World Famous Cannabis Café’s regular Stoner Bingo nights and jam sessions are out of luck.

“They are not happy,” she said. “They are asking me where are they going to go.”

— Noelle Crombie

503-276-7184; @noellecrombie

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Gogi OG is a procrastinatinating pot smoker’s best friend (cannabis review)

Gogi OG is a procrastinatinating pot smoker’s best friend (cannabis review)

Like most people with a pulse, I loathe house cleaning.

So when the occasional strain comes along that actually makes cleaning interesting, I pay attention.

Typically I find the best working-around-the-house strains are on the sativa (heady upbeat high) end of the spectrum – they give you good focused energy without sucking you into the couch.

My favorite of those is Jack Herer – a perfect mix of happy upbeat energy and a blurry but hyperfocused head that makes things like vacuuming become oddly fascinating. But I’m always looking for more strains to add to that arsenal.

I also have a soft spot for fruity and berry smelling strains (Jack to me usually smells mostly like citrus and pine).

So when the budtender at Five Zero Trees plopped a jar of sweet, berry-scented Goji OG in front of me and told me it was a happy, upbeat Sativa, I knew it was time for a cleaning test.

Well, that and the fact that I had ignored vacuuming for so long that I was starting to worry about new life forms emerging from the mix of cat hair and dust in my carpet.

The strain: Goji OG is a sativa-dominant hybrid mix of Nepalese (landrace strain), OG Kush and Snow Lotus. As a house-cleaning strain, it does not disappoint.
Not only did I get the vacuuming done, but the energy blast also got me to reorganize my living room and toss together a nice crock pot feast of potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions ground turkey and green chile for later.

It also gave me a great creative burst – which I used to make one of the oddest cat toys ever out of a pipe cleaner strategically jammed into a potato. (Yeah, it’s weird, but my cat has been using the anchored pipe cleaner as a makeshift toothbrush so I’m calling it mission accomplished!).

I do have a bit of a warning with this strain, though — don’t overdo it. One or two hits is all you need to get up and going. Smoke the whole bowl, though, and you might find yourself drooling on the couch. At 20.14 percent THC, this Goji packs a bigger punch than you might expect.

OG, meet OJ: I recently saw an article online about how to reduce a high if you overdo it. Suggestions include taking vitamins, drinking lots of water and eating, especially foods high in potassium, such as bananas, or vitamin C, such as oranges.

I’ve done most of these things at some point or another while smoking pot, and personally I find eating and drinking orange juice work best on me. (Or worst, depending on if I’m trying to keep my head high or not).

There was one suggestion on the list that I’d never tried though. The story claimed that ibuprofen can transform some of the active THC into a more neutral anti-inflammatory. I haven’t seen much to back that theory up or discredit it, so I figured I’d try it and see how it worked on me.

With that in mind, I smoked enough Goji OG to leave me rolling on the couch (don’t try this at home, kids!), then I took 400 mg of ibuprofen to see if it did anything.

The result was subtle, but noticeable. I’d say it dialed it back from about a 10 to an 8.

I’m curious to hear from anybody else who’s tried it, and to know how it or any other method seems to work for them. If you have suggestions, please let me know in the comments!

Other thoughts: This is some nice quality weed from Five Zero Trees in-house grow. The buds are longish and lumpy, tightly trimmed and covered in crystals. Along with providing great energy, Goji OG also has a happy, silly, social vibe that had me dancing around and grooving to Earth, Wind and Fire (in honor of musician Maurice White, who died recently).

Smelling a jar of this sweet berry goodness will have you dreaming of summer. Smoking it will have you ready for spring cleaning with a happy smile on your face.

Sue Vorenberg can be reached at sue@cannabisdailyrecord.com and on Twitter @cannabisrecord

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Looking for low THC? Harle-Tsu could be the strain (cannabis review)

Looking for low THC? Harle-Tsu could be the strain (cannabis review)

Is marijuana suitable for children? With strains like Harle-Tsu, perhaps. Short for Harlequin Tsunami, this strain has higher than 10 percent CBD and less than 1% THC, meaning this flower provides the medical benefits without the psychotropic high usually associated with cannabis.

“Pure” CBD strains like this, with less than 1 percent THC, first reached the mainstream in 2013, when Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiled a Colorado strain called “Charlotte’s Web” for CNN. It had been bred for a little girl named Charlotte who suffered from Dravet Syndrome, which caused her to have hundreds of seizures a day. After administering CBD oil, the seizures stopped almost completely. (Consult a medical professional before administering any medication to children.)

In April 2015, the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center released a study that showed CBD reduced seizure symptoms in patients aged 2-26 by an average of more than 50 percent.

Charlotte’s story, and others like hers, have been the impetus for “CBD-only” medical marijuana laws in various states. Lawmakers’ hearts are almost in the right place. But “CBD-only” programs are difficult to administer and to supply with sufficient product. Not to mention they neglect the medical benefits THC and THC/CBD strains can provide to adults.

It’s a little unusual to find flowers with less than 1 percent THC because these crops are turned into concentrates to be used as tinctures or pills. These pills and tinctures can be more appropriate for children (no smoking) and other people with medical conditions that make smoking impossible or unwise.

Scent, Appearance and Taste: This Harle-Tsu is fluffy and light. It is pale green and light on crystals and hairs. It is a little twiggy — not the best trim job. It smells sweet and fruity with woody undertones. It tastes earthy and herbaciously spicy. But honestly, you do not buy this flower for its looks, taste or appearance. It is all about the high CBD to THC ratio: Regardless of its physical properties, that is what makes this flower special.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, you can hit this flower hard and fast and probably not cough. I will switch to a strain like this if I have a bad cough or rib problems and do not want to risk a coughing fit by smoking.

The Experience: Smoking high-CBD, “no”-THC flowers is an interesting experience for people used to consuming marijuana with THC; it is a little disorienting to feel almost no head symptoms after smoking. The only giveaways are the dry eyes and mouth. I frequently wondered, “Is it working?” until my nausea and pain gently melted away.

I typically use a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio flower such as Maui Bubble Gift for pain and  morning use. I find the combination of CBD and THC more useful for pain management than either alone. But sometimes you need to be more sober and strains with THC will not do. That is when you turn to Harle-Tsu.

Lab results: 0.9% THC, 10.65% CBD

Price: $ 12/gram

That is not to say that the effects of Harle-Tsu are not noticeable. About 15 minutes after smoking, I definitely feel better. It is sort of like popping an Advil; it doesn’t feel like anything until it kicks in and then it just helps with symptoms.

Since there won’t be an immediate head effect to tell you when you have had enough, just smoke one bowl or a couple of hits and then wait to see how you feel.

Final Thoughts: It’s important for everyone to know that this kind of medical marijuana exists. Not every medical user is high all the time, and some can use every day and never get a traditional THC high if they only use CBD (or topical) products. If someone with a medical condition is interested in cannabis but THC makes them nauseous or paranoid, there are still medical products out there for them to try.

People experiencing physical discomfort that I have shared Harle-Tsu with have been impressed with it; those without physical ailments think it’s a waste of a smoke. So if you are curious about a cannabis experience without the high, I recommend picking up a gram of Harle-Tsu — just wait until you have sore muscles or are not feeling very good, otherwise you will completely miss the appeal of this product.

Alison Gary can be reached at AlisonGary.AG@gmail.com and on Twitter at @TheCBDiva

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How to make a Canna-Creamsicle smoothie (cannabis recipe)

How to make a Canna-Creamsicle smoothie (cannabis recipe)

I’m pretty sure that blenders were created so that we can all have smoothies. A smoothie is defined as “a thick, smooth drink of fresh fruit pureed with milk, yogurt, or ice cream.” I was very happy to see ice cream in there! However, most of the smoothies I make act as meal substitutes, and fruits and vegetables are the stars of the show.

At their best when seasonal, if you must have a strawberry smoothie in February, head to the freezer of your supermarket and grab a bag of frozen organic berries. No one will tell. The seasonal police have bigger fish to fry. The cannabis infusion is going to be easily incorporated during its time in the blender, and you will be justly rewarded.

Please remember that there is no reason to over indulge. When you know your dose, stick to it. You can change strains without switching to a higher, npi*, strain.

This perfect for winter smoothie for two is the start to many of our Saturdays. After imbibing, we have a delightful day taking care of all the stuff we can’t get done during the week. And it’s fun. Even vacuuming. Honestly, as long as there is cannabis and music, chores have never been such a good time.

*Npi-no pun intended


Serves 2

3/4 cup vanilla yogurt, coconut milk, almond milk

2 juicy naval oranges, peeled and cut in chunks

1 small frozen banana, sliced

6 dried apricots

1-2 tablespoons agave, honey or maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons canna-coconut oil

Combine all the ingredients in the blender, starting with the yogurt or milk. Pulse to start and then puree until smooth.

Infused coconut oil is good for your body, inside and out. Inside, canna-coconut oil can lower your risk of heart disease and improve cholesterol levels. On the outside, coconut oil is amazing for your skin and hair. When infused, lots of folks get tremendous relief from inflammation and muscle aches and pains from a topical application. Another plus; though it comes with a warning, infused coconut oil is considered to become more potent than olive, canola or butter.

Step by step infused coconut oil

  1. In a small saucepan melt 2 cups of coconut oil. Add 7 grams of decarboxylated cannabis to the oil and stir well.
  2. Allow the mixture to cook, over very low heat, for 3 hours. A gentle simmer at the most.
  3. Strain the cannabis through cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Allow to cool.

Laurie Wolf is a professional chef who develops recipes for cooking with cannabis. She can be reached at LaurieandMaryjane@gmail.com and on Twitter at @lauriemaryjane

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Cannabis use dulls the brain, but are effects long-term?

Cannabis use dulls the brain, but are effects long-term?

When it comes to marijuana, laws are way ahead of the research.

Four states have approved recreational marijuana, and 23 states allow medical marijuana use, with Oregon falling into both of those camps. But researchers are still trying to figure out the impact of marijuana on the brain and behavior and whether negative effects that have been observed in studies are long-term and conclusive.

An analysis published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry reviewed dozens of studies on marijuana. It noted that many have shown cannabis use impairs learning, memory and attention. But what’s less clear is whether these effects are permanent.

When studies compared cannabis users who had abstained for a month and nonusers, the researchers found no difference in neuropsychological test performance between the two groups.

Other studies indicate that cannabis use during adolescence could disrupt brain development. Some imaging studies have shown cannabis altered regions of the brain. But the authors pointed out another study that indicates those results could be skewed by other factors, such as alcohol use.

Some of the harmful effects on cognition are associated with tetrahydrocannabinol, THC. But another compound in marijuana, cannabidiol, may protect against those harmful effects, the authors said.

The analysis also looked at motivation. Cannabis has long been linked to decreased motivation, but the authors questioned whether it actually dampened motivation or was merely an association.

On psychosis, the paper said that while cannabis use does not necessarily cause schizophrenia, research indicates it can inflame a psychotic illness.

“This finding warrants serious consideration from the point of view of public health policy,” the authors said.

Though short on answers, the analysis was long on calls for more research.

“Current efforts to normalize cannabis use are being driven largely by a combination of grassroots activism, pharmacological ingenuity and private profiteering, with a worrisome disregard for scientific evidence, gaps in our knowledge or the possibility of unintended consequences,” the authors concluded.

— Lynne Terry



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Medicinal? Recreational? Obama Kush is both (cannabis review)

Medicinal? Recreational? Obama Kush is both (cannabis review)

I’m addicted to stress.

From checking texts the moment I wake up to sending the final email of the night, I spend a good part of my days in Smartphone Hell.

If this sounds familiar, neither you or I bear the burden alone. We share this issue on a global scale. I often wonder how to navigate a meaningful life in today’s hyper-stimulated world.

Un-plugging is a crucial, albeit Herculean-seeming task. So today’s review is focused on one key for finding inner peace — Obama Kush, a cannabis strain that walks the line between medicine and recreation, provides me with a benefit everyone needs: stress relief.

Looks/Jar Appeal: In contrast to the black-purple I come to expect from an Obama Kush, I’m met here with nuggets more bluish violet in hue. The jar seems to spill at the brim with plump, healthy-sized buds, while a distinct otherworldly sweetness rushes to greet my nose. The familiar blends with the exotic, forming a dimensional smell which intoxicates long before I have taken my first hit. A velvety blanket of glistening resin accentuates the allure.

Taste: A powerful combo of two premium varieties, Obama brings the best of its Bubba Kush and Purps lineage. You can’t go wrong with parents like this.

I know, I know, before you bombard me with comments: “But Leafly says its Afghani and OG Kush.” Let me stop you there — Leafly doesn’t know everything. Believe it or not, the dark days of prohibition didn’t bring much clarity to our grasp of cannabis genealogy. I can understand the confusion. Instead of chewing my ear off about it, get on Instagram to ask @CSI_Humboldt and @Tigard_Farms for the real scoop.

Bubba is an old favorite of mine, and her funky sweetness is here to play. Like powdered sugar and black licorice from outer space, Obama Kush brings a sublime weirdness I can’t get enough of.

When smoked from my bong, anise and sugar melt into a caramelized mess of goop. A second, fainter taste — the alien one — flits wistfully around my palate. Like Nag Champa and grape soda had a baby: it’s fizzy, effervescent, with a grounded hippie-hash to boot. Thoroughly enjoyable.

From a joint, taste deepens to candied hop notes. Confectioners sugar meets over-ripe mango, and they continue down a damp forest path. My mouth produces a salivary response to this barrage of flavor, before the inevitable cottonmouth sets in. Oily humus lingers on my taste buds long after this joint is done.

When vaporized, the first hints of pine wash out under an onslaught of floral notes. Almost perfumey to start, this develops a crucial body I expect from herb bearing the regal name “Kush.” Like shoe leather and sumptuous grape candy, this final crescendo fades into a gentle lavender close.

Effects: I fill my bong with healthful nuggets broken into bite-sized bowls. Smooth smoke fills my lungs, expanding like a dying star. The old adage “if you don’t cough, you don’t get off,” comes to mind, as I power through these potent tokes. I manage to hold back any explosive coughing, purity in flavor is all I exhale. This herb is clearly grown with premium organic inputs and finished with thoughtful cure. As lung expansion draws my attention inward, the drug effects finish the one-two blow.

Ten-pound weights attach to my eyelids, causing a dramatic — if not comical — droop. Stresses which plague my mind slowly melt away, leaving a vacuum of mental space. Void of constant input, this could serve well as my herbal Spa Day. A float tank of flower. Sensory deprivation sensimilla. You get the jist.

From joints, a mellowing turns to very, very baked. As a seasoned smoker, I wasn’t put off by the intensity of my high – although Netflix was crucial for this spacey flight. After speaking to how relaxing this variety can be, I feel a need to stress: this will not be everyone’s experience.

Weighing in at an impressive 25% THC, this unusually potent Obama doesn’t lack in horsepower. For the unprepared, there’s potential here for things to get weird. One joint is the perfect way for me to unwind after a day of work. For some, this could be a massive overdose.

With a vaporizer, infrequent users are empowered to take doses which fit their needs. If your friends still insist you take giant bong tokes with them, despite your protests, news flash: your friends suck. Knowing your dose is key to a positive experience. If you are a light user seeking this relaxation, use a vaporizer to walk your effects up slowly.

When vaporized, I experience an airy floating sensation. Much less grounded than when smoked, this “Vape high” lightness is to be expected, but is highly pleasant. For my purposes it’s just light enough to socialize, just heavy enough to take the edge off.

Final thoughts: Medicinal and recreational cannabis are not absolutes, but points on a spectrum. I personally have a profound medicinal relationship with this plant, I also use it to get high and enjoy myself. These terms aren’t mutually exclusive. By boxing cannabis as one or the other, we commit a cardinal sin of our culture: oversimplifying everything. Sick people are allowed to enjoy getting high, and the healthiest among us will have experiences with illness and stress, sooner or later.

When we reduce our language to black-and-white, we deny the entire spectrum of experience to all people. It’s a disservice to all of us — life is confusing enough being sick or stressed without figuring out which box you fit in.

I encourage all people to dissolve these lines and observe the range of benefit cannabis has to offer. When you refine and tune your experience, the rewards may surprise you. With this Obama Kush, I found a lily pad of silence in a flood of noise. Magnificent work, absolutely recommended.

Wylie Atherton can be reached at Wratherton24@gmail.com and on Twitter at @wratherton

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Sour OG is a chill recreational strain — just have healthy snacks nearby (cannabis review)

Sour OG is a chill recreational strain — just have healthy snacks nearby (cannabis review)

Have you ever had one of those days when you think, “I love what I do?” Today is one of those days. Sitting before the computer on a gray day, I am surrounded by pipes and grinders and some really nice Sour OG flower. It has been a long time — too long — since I’ve smoked something from the sour family.

Sour strains are classic, distinct cannabis strains. You know when you are smoking a sour or one of its progeny. Its distinct sour scent and flavor let you know from the first whiff.

Sour OG is a great Sativa/Indica hybrid bred from Sour Diesel and SFV OG Kush. This flower is from Green Bodhi and I am impressed enough to go back and try more of their strains. They practice organic “Intentional Horticulture” and their intentions are clearly of the best variety.

Appearance, Scent, Flavor: This is a great specimen of Sour OG. And of flower in general. It is well trimmed — just bud, with minimal stem. The buds themselves are light green and sparkly with crystals. It is also well cured, but on the dry side, not sticky like Sour Diesel. Easy to light, with a good, clear, classic Sour OG flavor, it smokes smoothly, reducing to a nice, fluffy white ash, which means it was flushed thoroughly before harvest.

It smells. . . sour. Like I said, it’s a distinct cannabis scent. Just a smell of this flower will make the taste buds on the back of your tongue tingle. There’s a lemon verbena flavor, with more of a floral than a citrus sour. It reminded me of a horse pasture. As with horse pastures, the scent of “sour cannabis” can be an acquired taste. But once you acquire it, you may start to crave it.

Through a clean water pipe, my mouth was coated with the clean flavor of Lyson. I preferred the flavor through a traditional pipe. More complex, more verbena, less Lysol. The nice green flavor lasted through a couple of hits, which is always nice.

The Experience: I love sour strains on dark days. The bright flavor and scent always remind me of sun and warmth. Nice and toasty. This flower produced a euphoric and relaxing high. I remained mostly clear-headed and totally functional, and didn’t detect much of the usual dry mouth and eyes. The high lasted a nice long while and the stoney phase seemed to go on forever. This is a weed for nursing.
Unfortunately, it did make me want to eat everything in the house. I recommend filling your house with vegetables before enjoying this flower.

Lab results: 29.65% THC, 0.43% CBG , 0.02% CBD

Price: $ 15/gram

High in THC, the strain is good for pain and nausea. That said, strains that are really high in THC, over 25% like this, can actually cause nausea, so be careful. For medicating I generally prefer less potent THC strains, but this Sour OG is super fun. I have been looking to capture a more recreational feel since I’ve been using medicinally, and this does the trick. I felt like I was back in college, only with way better weed.

Alison Gary can be reached at AlisonGary.AG@gmail.com and on Twitter at @TheCBDiva

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How to make Canna-Compound Butter for cooking with marijuana (Cannabis recipe)

How to make Canna-Compound Butter for cooking with marijuana (Cannabis recipe)

Several readers have asked for a recipe for canna-garlic butter, an absolutely terrific way to use your homemade canna-butter. Compound butters, defined as a mixture of butter and supplementary ingredients, are essentially a sauce, adding flavor to everything from a plain piece of toast to a magnificent rib-eye.

They are fabulously easy to make, and you can keep the butter in the fridge or freezer and just grab a pat or two when you are looking for an easy way to infuse any of a large number of dishes. I like to keep a stock of both savory and sweet canna-butter in the house – for a no-fuss medicated breakfast, or perhaps angel hair pasta tossed with canna-garlic butter and Parmesan. Tailor them to your preference, using these two recipes as only a guide.

The most important thing to remember, and I will say it again and again, and once more, know your dose, and don’t eat more than that. Too high is not fun. People don’t die from cannabis overdoses, but lots of people, including myself, have had pretty dreadful experiences from overindulging. Less is more.

Canna-Compound Butter

The butter lasts several weeks in the fridge, or freeze it for up to 6 months. Keep the butter in a ramekin or roll the softened butter in parchment, forming it into a log – a Canna-log.


4 ounces Canna-Butter

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

2 tablespoons finely chopped scallion

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor until smooth


4 ounces Canna-Butter

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor until smooth

— Laurie Wolf is a professional chef who develops recipes for cooking with cannabis. She can be reached at LaurieandMaryjane@gmail.com and on Twitter at @lauriemaryjane

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