People use cannabis to manage a wide range of symptoms for various ailments and find that weed can even lower stress. One of the most common reasons for use is pain. The cannabinoids disrupt pain signals, reducing discomfort and inflammation and making it easier to perform daily activities. Other people use cannabis as a way to combat insomnia. Some use the plant to manage anxiety. While many people may equate cannabis use, particularly THC, to greater anxiety and even paranoia, studies have found that it can actually help alleviate such symptoms in some cases.
There’s a common misconception that cannabis worsens anxiety. While this can be true, this isn’t always the case. The culprit is typically too much THC.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. In other words, it’s the cannabinoid responsible for getting you high. The right amount of THC for a user can produce a pleasant high. Depending on the strain, these effects could include euphoria, full-body relaxation, or mental stimulation. Too much THC, on the other hand, floods the system and can result in extreme anxiety and feelings of paranoia. While these effects do wear off, they’re nothing if not unpleasant at the moment.
So, if overconsumption of THC can sometimes exacerbate stress and trigger anxiety, how can it alternatively reduce stress? While we don’t know exactly how it works, research shows that while high doses of THC worsen stress, low doses reduce it. More research is needed, but the results are promising for people who deal with stress regularly. With the right dose, you can unwind, relax, and manage your symptoms more easily.
Other studies look at the effects of CBD, cannabidiol, the second most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis. Many studies show that this non-psychoactive compound can lower stress and anxiety, making it easier for users to relax at the end of the day or deal with social situations.
The trick to using cannabis to manage stress is to find your ideal dose of THC. One of the best ways to do this is to start with a small amount and gradually work your way up until you find relief. If you’re new to cannabis, you might consider starting with as little as one to two milligrams of THC. Try the dose for a few days and monitor the effects. Increase your dose a milligram or two and try the process again. Repeat until you start feeling the desired results.
Some people find the greatest relief with microdosing, a method of cannabis use that involves taking very small doses of THC for relief. You might consider microdosing with tinctures or edibles, two of the easiest-to-dose products on the market. In the end, it’s all about what works best for you.
So, in short, weed can lower stress, even if it contains THC. The trick is getting your ideal dose of THC right. Start low and increase gradually. You might even find that microdosing works best for you. With the right dose of cannabis, you’ll reduce your stress levels and finally be able to relax.
The cannabis industry has come a long way from rolling up joints or packing bowls. Now, you can experience cannabis in even more formats. Whether you prefer vaping, dabbing, topicals, or eating edibles, there are plenty of ways to enjoy high-quality weed. For many people, smoking is the go-to. It’s classic, simple, and flavorful, and the effects are almost immediate.
Smoking weed will never go out of style, but if you are looking for something a little more potent and even more flavorful, live resin is a stellar choice. It’s terpy, tasty, and packs a punch. For fans of flavor, live resin cannot be beat. This juicy, vibrant extract is made with the absolute freshest cannabis to capture the true essence of the strain.
Let’s dip into the details on how to smoke live resin and what other factors you might consider on your journey to discovering your perfect strain.
Live resin is a cannabis extract made with the full, live flower of the cannabis plant. The plants are cut down at the pinnacle of harvest when the trichomes are ripe and bursting with flavor. Commonly, extractors will flash-freeze the buds and store them in a freezer for later use. At BLOOM, we cut down the fresh plant and extract it within 24 hours after harvest. No cryogenics, no freezers for long-term storage. This process preserves the fragile trichomes, reducing any potential damage to the cannabinoids and terpenes that might otherwise be lost during the drying and curing process or when stored long term.
Since we did not damage the cannabinoids and terpenes during harvest, the concentrations are much higher than many other types of extracts, meaning that our live resin cartridges are very potent and aromatic. Live resin is an artform of extraction, producing perhaps the most flavorful and terpene-rich smokable and dabbable extract available.
Cartridges are a popular choice due to their convenience, affordability, and ease of use. They also travel well, are never messy, and taste great. What’s not love? Live resin is a thick, saucy extract, and can somewhat resemble the crystallized honey left at the bottom of the jar. When first extracted, the liquid is too viscous to be put into a vape cartridge. We use a unique combination of extraction, distillation, and terpene formulation that makes a perfect live resin cartridge. For anyone wondering how to smoke live resin – a vape cartridge is an excellent choice.
Not only are they great for recreational use, but the high concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes truly provide a potent medicine for patients. Terpenes are known to target various physical and emotional conditions, alleviating pain and elevating the mood. Cartridges are suitable for anyone, but we suggest the following practical tips before you get started.
Everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system, and we all experience the effects of cannabinoids and terpenes differently. Trying out different strains and doses is the only way to discover what works for you. To get started, choose any one of BLOOM’s select live resin cartridges. There are plenty of flavors and terpene profiles to please every palate. Begin with a one to two-second puff—no need to draw deeply on the pen. Just inhale lightly for a couple of seconds and then exhale. Effects begin within minutes, but it might take up to a half-hour for full effects. If you would like to be a little higher, try another one to two puffs and wait and see how you feel. Continue to increase use as you’d like.
Terpenes are a group of naturally occurring chemical compounds produced throughout the plant kingdom. They are responsible for creating the aromatic scent of many plants, herbs, flowers, fruits, and even some animals and insects. These compounds also contribute to the overall mood and effect of a cannabis strain.
Did you know that the calming, floral aroma of lavender is because of the terpene linalool? Limonene is an energizing terpene best recognized in the zest of citrus fruits, and myrcene is responsible for that fruity, musky aroma of myrcene. All of these terpenes (and over 100 more!) are found in cannabis.
Terpenes work synergistically alongside cannabinoids to create what is known as the ‘entourage effect.’ This term is used to describe the overall harmonious effect of consuming these naturally occurring plant substances together. For example, if you were to consume just one isolated cannabinoid, like THC, you would certainly get very high, but you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the well-rounded benefits of the other cannabinoids and the terpenes. They simply work better together for both the body and the mind.
Keeping a notebook handy for journaling your experience can help find your ideal strain. It might take a little patience and practice to find your perfect puff, but dialing in your dosage and preferred blend is sublime. Consider jotting down any or all of the following in your journal to track each experience.
These are some suggestions, but feel free to elaborate as much as you’d like. The more information you can document, the better your experiment will be. Sometimes, it can be helpful to simply seek out personal guidance to get a good recommendation for a first try. Many dispensaries have dedicated professionals who would be happy to help you target your specific goals and make recommendations for you.
Live resin budder is made by extracting live cannabis plants within two hours of harvesting. Much like live resin sauce, budder is creamy and dripping with terpenes. It’s an easy-to-use extract because of it’s texture — it’s not too liquidy, nor is it too sticky to handle. And the flavor? Absolutely unrivaled.
Budder is vaporized in a dab rig with a set of tools designed to vaporize the budder at precisely the right temperature. Dabbing is a process in itself and is definitely an art for the connoisseur. Here’s how it’s done.
Every dab rig has a nail that the extract is going to be placed on while it vaporizes. The nail can be made of glass, titanium, or quartz and varies based on preference or type of rig. The first step is to heat the nail with a torch. It’s okay to heat the nail until it glows red, especially if it’s the first time. This removes any impurities.
Next, let the nail cool off for a while. The ideal temperature for live resin budder is 300-3600 F. An infrared thermometer can help monitor the cooling. As a general rule, it can take 30-60 seconds for the nail to cool to the ideal temperature. Using a thermometer is the only way to know for sure. Dabbing at lower temperatures allows for better flavor and a less harsh experience. High temperatures scorch flavor and waste much of the extract.
Use a dab tool, scoop up a small amount of the budder and place it directly on to the surface of the nail. The heat will vaporize the budder, and this signals that to begin slowly inhaling the vapor. Don’t take a big hit and inhale quickly, vaporizing a more delicate process than smoking a bong or joint. If available, cover the nail with a carb cap to keep in more heat, allowing for the most vapor possible.
No need to hold in the vapor, exhale immediately and empty the lungs completely. Effects begin within 5-10 minutes. Wait and see how you feel before taking any more dabs.
Keep track of the dabbing experience just like you would with a vape pen. Consider your state of mind and intention going in, and details about the type of extract. THC percentage and terpene profile are important to note, as well as dabbing temperature.
Live resin is a wonderfully fun way to enjoy cannabis both recreationally and medicinally. It provides deeply nourishing effects from the concentrated cannabinoids and rich terpene content. We hope this post offers a little more insight into how to smoke live resin and discover the best strains for you. Head over to our shop and check out all of our great strains and find a dispensary carrying BLOOM near you.
Cannabis enthusiasts swim in a sea of options when shopping for fun ways to consume their favorite cannabinoids. Perhaps one of the most popular methods is the use of a wax pen. These small vessels are similar to vape cartridges, but offer the user more control and variety in choice of concentrate. Add any kind of shatter, sugar wax, live resin, budder, or rosin you like into the heating chamber, and it vaporizes just like a small, personal dab rig.
Wax pens are convenient and discreet and can pack a punch. But, with so much THC available per puff, have you ever wondered how much THC you’re inhaling? How long does a wax pen stay in your system?
While this question may not arise unless you need to pass a drug test, read on to learn more about the body’s ability to detox from a wax pen and what determines the detection time.
Each person will metabolize THC a little differently. Although no two bodies are alike, some common factors play a role in how quickly the body can metabolize and flush THC.
One of the primary draws of using wax pens is the ability to change oils frequently. Every time you smoke, you can try out a new kind of wax. Cannabis concentrates will likely have varying test results, with THC percentages ranging from 40% to over 80%. Smoking wax results in a more potent high with fewer hits in comparison to smoking flower in a bowl or a joint. This is the appeal of vaping wax, especially for those with a high tolerance or anyone who requires hefty doses for therapeutic purposes. However, the higher the THC, the more THC that the body will need to break down.
Above all, the frequency of use may play the most prominent role. With consistent and frequent use, the body builds up a concentration of cannabinoids that reside in layers of fat cells in the body. For first-time smokers, their bodies will break down the THC and flush it out pretty quickly. But, for the chronic smoker who seems to always have the pen handy, it may take several weeks to rid the body of THC fully. This formula is pretty simple — the more frequently you vape, the longer it will take to detox fully.
Weight plays a big role in detox time. For overweight and obese smokers, passing a THC drug test becomes more difficult. This is because the body stores THC metabolites in fat cells, and for a person with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI), there are more places for the THC to linger. These metabolites are harder to remove as they become embedded in layers of fat cells, and you must actively burn the fat to release the metabolites.
Additionally, overall health plays a role in detox and detection time. People with a high metabolism will likely detox faster, and those that are plenty hydrated. Since THC flushes out of the body via urine, drinking plenty of fluids and urinating frequently speeds up the detox process.
In addition to the above factors, the type of THC test used is an important consideration. Most standard THC tests are urinalysis, and as a general rule, THC is detectable in urine for up to 30 days for frequent users. This applies to regular users who moderately to heavily consume cannabis. However, again, remember that factors such as weight and overall health contribute to this timeline.
Blood tests, although uncommon, detect THC for a few hours up to 24 hours. Saliva testing will detect THC for up to 24 hours, although some advanced tests can extend that window to 72 hours. Of all the options, hair follicle testing has the longest detection time at 90 days.
If you take only a few hits off of a vape pen, expect to purge the THC from your system in as little as a few days up to one week. However, if vaping or dabbing is a part of your daily routine, it’s best to allow yourself at least 30 days off of cannabis if you need to have a THC-free drug test.
There are plenty of ways to help your body detox in case you might be facing a drug test. Several companies make detox products that help speed up the process. Some work within 24 hours in the unfortunate event that you find yourself up against a surprise drug test. Most importantly, remember that the more you use higher concentrations of THC, the longer it will take. Drink plenty of water, get some exercise to boost your metabolism, and stop use immediately if you believe a test is on the horizon.
Not all that long ago, cannabis was taboo. People thought it was an evil gateway drug and that only lazy, no-good hippies smoked it. Today, things look a bit different. While some people are still wary of it, a good number of Americans are accepting. More people than ever before are trying it or are interested in trying it. Thanks to research, we’re learning new things about the plant constantly. Several states across the country have legalized its use, and there’s even talk of federal legalization (although we’ll have to wait and see). The initial revolution that sparked interest in cannabis has turned into evolution as the cannabis industry continues to grow and change.
The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 made cannabis illegal in the US. While Nixon overturned the Marihuana Tax Act in 1969, he signed the Controlled Substances Act into law the following year. The new law labeled cannabis a Schedule I controlled substance.
Despite strict laws, hundreds of thousands of people descended upon the Catskills in New York State to celebrate peace, love, and music during the well-known Woodstock festival in 1969. Part of the celebration included plenty of cannabis use. While the government added more laws, the revolution had begun.
Things look very different today than they did just a few decades ago. Fewer people fear cannabis use. The people who experienced Woodstock firsthand are some of the ones to thank for that. Research is showing the plant may provide some significant physical and mental health benefits. While research faces some issues due to federal regulations, scientists are learning more about cannabis every day. It’s not the boogeyman the propaganda made it out to be. Even in the last ten years, the cannabis market has evolved significantly, and it continues to do so today.
In just a few years, several states have legalized cannabis use. More than two-thirds of them have legalized it for medical use, and just over a dozen have legal recreational cannabis.
It’s no longer smoking joints and “special” brownies anymore, either. The industry has grown to include a vast range of products, including buds, vapes, edibles, topicals, and concentrates. As more states continue to legalize the plant’s use, the industry creates more jobs. Cannabis is having a positive impact on state economies. The market has been growing significantly, and current projections show it’s likely to continue. In fact, data shows that the legal cannabis market is expected to double to more than $41 billion by 2025.
No one can say for sure what the future holds. While there’s talk of federal legalization, there’s still a lot of uncertainty there. It may happen, but it also might not happen as quickly as cannabis enthusiasts are hoping. The industry is continually coming out with new products and innovations that shake things up and keep them interesting. They’re also creating jobs and helping to improve state economies. We might not know what’s coming next, but we do know one thing, the future of cannabis sure looks exciting.
If you’ve spent any time in a dispensary, you’ve no doubt come across a myriad of tasty edibles. From the classic brownie to gourmet chocolate to candies and more, there’s a flavor and product type for almost everyone. Did you know that you can make edibles at home, too? The typical process requires decarboxylating buds and infusing butter or oil before cooking, but not everyone has the time for all of that. You can make all kinds of delicious infused recipes at home by cooking with tincture.
A tincture is a liquid cannabis extract. Most involve soaking plant matter in alcohol to pull out beneficial cannabinoids. When complete, manufacturers discard the plant bits and bottle the liquid. Some tinctures use glycerin or an oil such as olive or coconut. These products are ready-to-use as manufacturers decarboxylate the plant first, a process that activates the cannabinoids.
When it comes to cooking with a tincture, your options are practically limitless. Even so, tinctures do lend themselves to some recipes better than others, especially if they’re alcohol-based.
One of the easiest ways to cook with a cannabis tincture is to buy one from the dispensary. It’s ready to go as soon as you’re ready to cook. Now, you can make a homemade tincture if you so choose, but doing so will require some time.
Alcohol-based tinctures lend themselves particularly well to infused candies such as gummies and lollipops. You can also add them to different types of beverages. They work well in coffee and tea, especially if you add a splash of milk or cream.
If you’re looking to add your tincture to a favorite recipe, you have a few options. One is to drop your dose into a soup or stew right at the end of the cooking process or directly into your bowl after you’ve dished it out. Either way, be sure to mix it well. You can do the same with a sauce or dressing. It’s really that easy!
There are several benefits of cooking with a tincture:
It doesn’t get much easier than dropping your dose right into your food. Whether you’re adding it at the end of the cooking process, mixing it into your bowl before you eat, or whisking it into a dressing, there’s no real extra work that you need to do.
Your dose is in your food. Unless you say something, no one will know it’s there.
While it takes longer to feel anything when you eat it versus applying it under your tongue, the effects of your dose will last a bit longer.
Tinctures are one of the most accurate dosing methods around. You know exactly how much you put in, so you know exactly how much you’re getting.
Combine your love of cooking with your love of cannabis and infuse some of your favorite homemade recipes. Not only will you get your dose of cannabinoids, but you’ll get to do it in a flavorful, enjoyable way. With a cannabis tincture, there are hardly any extra steps to your cooking routine, allowing you to incorporate the liquid into your favorite recipes with ease.
When shopping for cannabis products, most users pay the most attention to the THC content. THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, offers significant benefits beyond producing a high. It helps to alleviate pain, eases nausea, treats insomnia, enhances appetite, and more. THC isn’t the only beneficial compound, though. CBD provides numerous benefits, too. CBD tincture use, in particular, has grown a lot in recent years, and it’s continuing to rise.
A CBD tincture is a liquid cannabis product that typically comes in an opaque bottle with a dropper lid. You may also find them in spray bottles.
The main cannabinoid in these tinctures, as their name suggests, is CBD, a compound that has gained a lot of popularity over the years. It’s a type of extract that involves soaking a high CBD strain in alcohol, oil, or glycerin to pull out the cannabinoids. After discarding the plant, manufacturers bottle the liquid for use.
There are a few different types of CBD tinctures on the market. One type you may come across is a CBD isolate, which means the tincture contains CBD and nothing else. Broad-spectrum tinctures have CBD as the main component with other cannabinoids and terpenes. The notable ingredient these products are missing is THC.
There are also full-spectrum CBD tinctures, which contain all of the cannabinoids including THC, and terpenes from the original plant. Many users swear by full-spectrum products. Even small amounts of THC can help the tincture provide the best results.
One of the top reasons why CBD tinctures are so popular is because they’re generally non-psychoactive. Most contain little to no THC, so the liquid doesn’t cause any mind-altering effects. If you take a tincture with balanced amounts of CBD and THC, you may feel some euphoric effects, but those effects are generally much gentler than taking a high THC product.
Other reasons why CBD tincture popularity continues to rise include:
You have a few options for taking a CBD tincture. One of the most popular methods is to apply the liquid under your tongue and let it sit for several seconds. With this method, the cannabinoids absorb quickly into the bloodstream. You generally feel the effects within 15 to 30 minutes.
A second option is to swallow your dose immediately. Alternatively, you can add your tincture to tea, coffee, or your food (such as a sauce, soup, or dressing). While easy, keep in mind that it will take longer to feel the effects.
CBD tinctures provide effective relief from a myriad of symptoms. They’re fast-acting (depending on how you take them) and discreet. They’re also perfect for individuals looking for results without the high. The popularity of these tinctures has exploded, and it doesn’t look like it’s about to stop any time soon.
If you've ever considered the selection of cannabis focuses on the shelves of your nearby clinic or looked at the item collection online, you've no doubt discovered that are actually all type of various labels. There is actually shatter, budder, crumble, rosin, substance, therefore far more. Some call for making use of a synthetic cleaning agent to develop, while others do not. Something that each one of these products share is actually that they're all drawn out from the marijuana vegetation. They are actually likewise substantially much more effective than various other products on the market.
Prior to our experts get into live rosin, our experts start through discussing rosin. While similar in name, rosin is its personal item. It is actually a kind of solventless concentrate that includes utilizing a combo of heat as well as tension to press the difficult cannabinoid as well as terpene-filled substance coming from weeds, hash, or kief. Without making use of a synthetic cleaning agent, there's no requirement to bother with hanging around chemicals and also their prospective health impacts.
Making online rosin is actually a little a lot more sophisticated than making rosin. First, the fresh or even flash-frozen buddies need to have to become immersed right into ice water and roused around. The procedure trembles the trichomes loose. These trichomes fall to the bottom of the compartment, where suppliers collect all of them prior to placing all of them by means of a collection of displays. The objective is to take out as much plant material as feasible, leaving behind only trichomes. What is actually left behind after sifting dries prior to being pressed into the completed item.
Among the most significant reasons that cannasseurs adore online rosin is due to the fact that the concentrate preserves plenty of more terpenes. When wiped or even smoked, you obtain so much more flavor with your cannabinoids.
One more main reason why it's therefore well-liked is actually that it does not require a solvent to create. Without making use of solvent, you do not have to stress over any type of harmful health impacts coming from lingering chemicals.
Ultimately, stay rosin, like rosin, is flexible. You may dab it, vape it in a concentrate vape pen, or even incorporate a bit of it to your favorite weeds before rolling them or even after stuffing them in to a bowl.
At first glimpse, live rosin might look comparable to basically every other concentrate on the marketplace. What prepares it apart is actually that the extraction method preserves much more important terpenes, giving you a more savory adventure. For a cannasseur along with discriminating tastes, this could be only what you need to take your smash hits to the upcoming degree.
Edibles have grown significantly in popularity. If you check out the selection at your local dispensary, you’ll likely find numerous incredible products. Along with classics like brownies and gummies, you may also come across gourmet chocolate bars, granola, peanut butter, tea, coffee, sparkling water, and non-alcoholic beer and wine. There’s something for every taste and preference. These cannabis-infused edibles provide several significant benefits, including long-lasting effects.
Cannabis-infused edibles offer a different method of getting your dose of cannabinoids. Rather than inhaling them into your lungs, you eat them. With such a wide variety of options, there’s something out there for everyone, whether you have a sweet tooth or you prefer something a bit more savory.
One important thing to keep in mind with edibles: it does take longer to feel the effects. When you eat cannabis-infused foods, they first go through your digestive system. Your liver then processes the cannabinoids before they enter your bloodstream. When you smoke or vape, you might feel the effects within 30 minutes. Sublingual tinctures take effect in as little as 15 minutes. Edibles, however, often take up to 90 minutes (or more) to feel anything.
As edibles require more time to produce the desired effects, you may want to consider timing your dose if you’re eating one to fall asleep or reduce your anxiety before you hit up a social event. This information is also important to keep in mind so that you don’t consume too many in a short period.
Edibles might take longer to kick in, but the effects stay with you much longer. On average, the effects may stay with you for anywhere between four to eight hours, although many continue to feel them for up to 12 hours.
Several factors affect how long your edibles last. These factors include:
Longer-lasting effects are just one benefit of edibles. Another significant benefit is that you don’t have to worry about harming your lungs since you’re not inhaling smoke or vapor. Other benefits include:
Cannabis edible packaging provides you with all of the information you need regarding the potency of the product. You’ll find the THC content of the whole edible, as well as the amount per serving. Knowing this makes dosing a breeze.
When you smoke, others know it. The distinct smell sticks to your clothing, hair, and skin. Vaping is a bit more discreet, but you still need to take a hit from your pen. Edibles are much more discreet. To those around you, you look like you’re eating a regular snack.
Another great thing about edibles is that you can make them at home. By making cannabutter or cannabis-infused oil, you can make brownies, cookies, cakes, and other sweets. You can also cook vegetables, make a salad dressing, or marinate meat. The possibilities are practically endless.
While edibles take a bit longer to process, they last much longer than other methods of ingestion. And, with so many delicious options to choose from, you’re almost certain to find something you’ll love.
Many people use CBD products without THC. While CBD isolates and broad-spectrum CBD products do impart benefits, the cannabinoid might not necessarily be as effective as you think. The truth is that CBD with THC — even with a very small amount of the latter — is more effective than CBD alone. Here’s why.
People who use THC-free products often do so to avoid the hazy, mind-altering high that cannabis is best known for producing. They may not be aware that a little bit of THC can help to enhance the benefits of CBD — even though each cannabinoid can work independently they work better together.
The great news for those worried about getting high is that you don’t need a lot of THC. A small amount can make a big difference. The two cannabinoids, along with other cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant, work together in what’s known as the entourage effect. This is an observed phenomenon wherein cannabinoids are more effective together than they are separate.
There is some research out there that backs up this theory. It shows that using these cannabinoids together can produce better results for several different conditions, including cancer.
The concern for many people is the possibility of getting high. Here’s the truth: It depends on the strain you select.
Strains that are high in CBD but very low in THC have a minimal chance of causing any mind-altering effects. If you use a more balanced strain, you may feel yourself getting high. However, any psychoactive effects you feel while using strains like this will be less intrusive than using a product high in THC.
These potential experiences all go back to the entourage effect. CBD helps to counteract the effects of THC — meaning it can reduce THC’s intoxicating effects — and allows you to feel more grounded and present when using these products.
Choose something that’s described as full-spectrum. These products contain CBD, THC, and other natural cannabinoids and terpenes found in the original plant. They’ll allow you to reap the most benefits of the entourage effect.
Another factor to consider is the ratio of CBD to THC. Both cannabinoids can help to alleviate pain, inflammation, anxiety, and more — but their concentrations can have a significant impact on your overall experience. Finding the ideal product depends on your tolerance as well as your preference.
While you can find plenty of CBD isolates, as well as THC-free and broad-spectrum CBD products, the truth is that CBD is much more effective when combined with a bit of THC. If you’re concerned about the possibility of getting high, you can always look for strains or products high in CBD.
As with any other cannabis product, you can start low and gradually work your way up to find the right product that works for you.
The NBA’s 2001 Most Valuable Player, Allen Iverson, was wildly popular for his electric style of play and fashion sense during his time playing professional basketball. Last week, Al Harrington’s Viola announced their first-ever talent partnership with Iverson, including a collection of strains that honor the rich legacy of the freshly-minted Hall of Famer.
Though Harrington and Iverson’s never got the chance to play for the same team during their 12 concurrent seasons, the pair seems more than ready to spread the healing power of cannabis while shutting down the racist origins of the plant’s stigmas.
To fully understand the impact of Viola working with A.I., you’d first have to understand Allen Iverson. His “brand” has thrived for 25 years, in spite of many of the same racist stigmas and institutions the cannabis industry is still fighting today – and it’s off the strength of skill and character alone.
“What difference (does) it make how I wear my hair? They were basically saying, ‘This guy is a thug.’ But I was just being myself.”
For most of his playing career, the adoration Iverson received from fans was countered by stark disapproval from corporate interests in the media and the NBA.
When he entered the NBA in 1996, the basketball world was desperately looking to bank on the next Michael Jordan, whose mainstream appeal grossed billions for the league and adjacent sponsors. But much of the same massive industrial complex that blossomed from MJ’s role-model marketability openly resented A.I.’s refusal to conform to their ideas of who he should be and what he should look like.
Iverson was deemed “the symbol of youthful arrogance and disrespect in the NBA” and told multiple times that he needed to change his image in order to win the league’s acceptance. Along with other racist criticism that he received for things such as wearing a durag and cornrows and being heavily tattooed, Allen Iverson was also judged for his past – including a cannabis conviction.
In 1997, a 22-year-old Iverson was arrested for marijuana possession in his hometown of Hampton, Virginia after officers “smelled weed” and found “a 2 1/2-inch-long marijuana cigarette” and an unloaded gun in his vehicle.
“[Iverson] gave everybody the courage to be who they are. And when I think about what we’re doing in cannabis, it’s the same thing. We’re stepping out there for the people that are a little afraid, and giving them a glimpse of what it would look like if they did it, too.”
The sports star was still battling the negative PR of a traumatic 1993 imprisonment that cut his promising high school football and basketball careers short and jeopardized his ability to play either sport in college.
Thankfully, five months into his five-year sentence, the conviction was reversed. But still, Iverson became the subject of Reefer Madness-style fearmongering from outlets like ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, all of which used coded and not-so-coded racist language in early coverage of his career.
In 2005, NBA commissioner David Stern even went as far as instituting a dress code that required players to wear conservative business casual clothing at games and official league events – a clear shot at Iverson’s influence on a generation of players that had modeled themselves in his image of braids, diamonds, tats, and King-sized throwback jerseys.
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Then and now, it’s clear that the issue with Iverson’s fashion was never about style or aesthetic. It was cultural warfare, not unlike the racist propaganda that made marijuana illegal for past generations .
It makes all the sense in the world that a brand with a strong commitment to justice (like Viola) is ready to lift him up and help him shine in the cannabis industry.
Though media gatekeepers of the 1990s definitely tried, no one could keep a lid on Allen Iverson’s talent. His presence raised questions about race and class that few knew how to unpack for a primetime audience, but his skill and magnetism were undeniable.
For Viola’s Al Harrington, working with Iverson is deeper than numbers and pure business fundamentals. It’s about giving a legend his just due — both for the sweat equity Iverson has already earned and for the untapped potential he still holds as an influencer.
Basketball fans will always remember Iverson as the greatest “pound-for-pound” player in NBA history because of his physics-defying dominance over far bigger opponents.
Now, gram-for-gram, Iverson’s partnership with Viola could turn out to be as legendary as his playing career if they continue to prioritize social equity and MVP-level products that continue to change the game.
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