If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or burned out, a relaxing night in is just what you need. It’s the perfect way to reset and recharge, so you can feel like the best version of yourself again. 

When you need maximum relaxation, supercharge your evening with calming cannabis products. Whether you’re looking for relief from anxiety, pain, or a lack of quality sleep, there’s a product for you. Here are 10 of the best cannabis products for relaxation and rest. 

Kurvana ASCND All-In-One Northern Lights Vape

Elevate your night with Kurvana’s Northern Lights vape. Northern Lights is a beloved indica strain known for its euphoric and ultra-soothing effects. Fans of the strain say it melts away stress, anxiety, and pain, leaving behind a relaxed and sleepy feeling. It’s an ideal way to unwind and recharge after a long day. 

Papa & Barkley 30:1 CBD Releaf Tincture

If you’re looking for stress relief without psychoactive effects, turn to the Releaf CBD tincture. This full-spectrum CBD product is made from just two all-natural ingredients: MCT oil and cannabis oil. While it’s predominantly CBD, this 30:1 tincture also contains a range of terpenes and natural cannabinoids for an added wellness boost. It’s an excellent CBD oil for sleep, stress relief, or general relaxation.

Kiva 5:2 Midnight Mint Cannabis Extract Dark Chocolate Bar

Get a restful night of sleep with Kiva’s Midnight Mint Dark Chocolate. This gourmet cannabis edible features 5 mg of THC and 2 mg of CBN per piece, so this sweet treat will leave you ready to drift off in no time. 

Lagunitas Hi-Fi Hops Sessions Hoppy Balance 

Featuring hybrid lineage and a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio, this refreshing cannabis-infused beverage is here to help you have a balanced night in. Hoppy Balance creates a well-rounded experience, with calming yet lightly energizing effects. It also offers a balanced and refreshing flavor profile, with a blend of hops and bright citrus. 

Wyld Boysenberry THC:CBD:CBN Gummies 

Drift into a peaceful slumber with these delicious gummies for sleep. These marijuana-infused gummies feature a 1:1:1 ratio of THC, CBD, and CBN. CBN, the sleepiest cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, makes these THC edibles powerfully relaxing. They’re formulated to help you quickly drift off to dreamland and have more restorative sleep. 

Papa & Barkley 3:1 Releaf Body Oil 

Soothe stiff or aching muscles with the Releaf Massage Oil. This fast-absorbing topical is designed to reduce tension, inflammation, and pain. Use it on yourself or a loved one and enjoy relaxation, relief, and hydration. 

Lost Farm Blueberry x Blue Dream Live Resin Fruit Chews

Infused with the beloved Blue Dream cannabis strain, these marijuana edibles offer a hybrid experience. Blue Dream starts with a happy and creative feeling, then settles into a relaxing and mellow effect. Pick up your paint brush and bask in your creative energy, then enjoy a night of quality sleep and sweet dreams. 

Mary’s Medicinals 1:1:1 Transdermal Compound 

Get relief with this beloved topical product from Mary’s Medicinals. Designed to deliver potent cannabinoids to targeted areas, this non-psychoactive lotion provides localized relief. It’s formulated to ease acute and chronic pain, which can aid relaxation and promote more restful sleep. 

Verdure Honey+Lemon Cannabis Tincture

Melt away stress and pain with Verdure’s Honey + Lemon Tincture. This all-natural, gluten free, and vegan tincture is the perfect nightcap when you’re feeling worn down. Featuring 10 mg of THC per ML and an infusion of terpenes, this tincture offers natural pain relief and balanced therapeutic effects. 

Passiflora Private Reserve OG Flower 

Sink into the sofa with Passiflora’s Private Reserve OG, a sleepy strain with powerful effects. Private Reserve OG is best for more experienced users, as it packs a potent punch of sedation. One of the best strains for sleep, Private Reserve OG is the perfect companion for experienced medical or recreational users who want a top notch sleep aid. 

Looking for more cannabis products for a relaxing night in? Visit a DC Collective cannabis dispensary or browse our online store

If you're familiar with cannabis extracts and their use, you have probably heard the terms, "solventless" and "solvent," both of which are used to describe certain cannabis products. In recent years, use of cannabis extracts have surpassed the use of cannabis flower products, which means that more people are trying them every day. If you are interested in using extracts, it's a good idea to understand the lingo and a bit of the science associated with them so you can choose the product that best suits your needs. This guide can help. 

What are Solvent Extracts?

To create cannabis concentrates, the plant material is filtered out, leaving behind the active compounds that produce the effects of use. That includes both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The process also removes the terpenes, concentrating them into the finished product. The terpene profile refers to the combination of chemicals that produce the unique scent and flavor of a given cannabis product. No two are quite the same and you can find those that offer up an herby profile, as well as many that have a fruity profile. 

The most common way to make a concentrate is to use some type of solvent to dissolve the plant matter, leaving behind the cannabis compounds and terpenes. The trick is to use a solvent that won't destroy  the CBD, THC or terpenes. Once it's done its job, the solvent is typically left to evaporate. There are several solvents used to create the various forms of concentrates found in dispensaries. 

It might sound like the use of these chemical solvents are something you should avoid. However, this process has been used in the food industry for decades. Provided you buy your concentrates from a licensed and reputable dispensary, you can safely use cannabis products made using a solvent such as those listed above. 

Examples of Solvent Extracts

There are a variety of options when it comes to choosing solvent-based concentrates. Understanding their properties and uses will help you decide, not only if they're right for you, but which one is the most ideal for your marijuana goals. 

Butane Hash Oil (BHO)

This is perhaps the most common extraction method and is done using lab-grade butane. Butane is lauded for its bipolarity, which allows manufacturers to separate the plant matter from the cannabinoid content and the terpenes in an efficient manner. At the same time, the process eliminates any residual butane from lingering in the final product. Examples of this include the following:

Propane Hash Oil (PHO)

This product utilizes propane to separate the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant material. This is done at a higher temperature and lower pressure than the butane method and removes more the residual plant materials, resulting in a high terpene, full-spectrum extract. 

Ethanol Extracts

Ethanol is the agent that creates intoxication in liquor and is a colorless and flammable liquid that works well as a solvent. It's used for a variety of food preservative and additive purposes. It doesn't have the non-polar properties of butane, but many experts say it's just as effective and helps retain some of the chlorophyll in a cannabis plant, producing products with a pleasant grassy flavor and scent. The main limitation with this extraction process is that it cannot reach a purity of more than 80 percent, so the finished product isn't as full spectrum as others. 

Solvent Extract Pros and Cons

Weighing the good with the bad is always an important part of choosing the right cannabis concentrates for you. 



What are Solventless Extracts?

Solventless extractions are resin concentrates that are created without the use of chemicals. They are an ideal choice for someone who wants to be sure they aren't getting any residual butane, propane or ethanol in their concentrates. Keep in mind that solventless concentrates are not the same thing as solvent-free products. A solvent-free concentrate is one that has had the solvents used during the manufacturing process removed before sale. A solventless product has no chemicals used at all and is an ideal choice for a medical marijuana user, as well as health-conscious cannabis connoisseurs.

Examples of Solventless Extracts

As with solvent-based extracts, there are a wide variety of solventless concentrates to choose from. As the technology for manufacturing this kind of concentrate continues to advance and evolve, you can expect new products in this category to pop up all the time. In the meantime, have a look at your options below. 


Also called hashish, hash has been around for centuries and has its origins in India and the Middle East. It's very popular due to its potency and true flavor profile. It's made by identifying and separating the trichomes from the cannabis plant. Originally, this was done by simply massaging the marijuana buds between the fingertips. It's now done using screens, which is an efficient way to capture all of the resinous trichomes from the flower, which is then pressed into bricks, that in turn is used to create other cannabis products, including the following:

Bubble Hash

Also called water hash or ice-o-lator, bubble hash is a resin that is extracted from the cannabis plant material using ice-cold water and agitation. During ice water extraction, the buds of the plant are stirred, either by hand or with a machine, which causes the trichomes to break off the plant. The water is then poured through a series of mesh bags, with the mesh material becoming finer as the cannabis is poured through. These are often called bubble bags. The quality of the water influences the quality and potency of the final product, with the expectation of total cannabinoids being between 50 and 80 percent. 


Using only heat and pressure, rosin results from extracting a full melt oil from the cannabis flowers or hash. This is a new method of creating solvent-free cannabis products and dates to only 2015. It is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to extract resin while keeping as many of the terpenes as possible. 

Rosin can be created using many original sources, including kief, bubble hash and flower and works with both fresh and frozen materials. Because the chemical structure of rosin can't be altered, there's no way to make the high-quality products that other methods that are used in the cannabis industry. In other words, the quality of the plant directly correlates to the quality of the rosin. 


When you have a resin product, you can process it further by whipping it. The resulting product is called budder and is often used for dabbing due to its texture. The process of creating a budder is a good way to increase the aroma of the starting material. Budder can be found at many dispensaries, but can also be easily made at home by stirring rosin with a spoon to get the desired texture.  

Solventless Extract Pros and Cons

Again, before deciding if solventless extracts are right for you, it's important to have a look at the advantages and drawbacks that such products offer. 



Final Thoughts

No matter whether you choose solventless cannabis extracts or the solvent-based variety, safety is of the utmost concern. Only buy your products from licensed dispensaries with proof of their quality and safety compliance. Low-quality concentrates pose health risks, so it's best to be sure you are choosing the safest products on the market. If you have more questions, don't be afraid to talk to your budtender at DC Collective who can guide you to the right concentrate product for your wants and needs. 

Marijuana has been used for centuries for a variety of medical and mental wellness purposes. It also has a long history of being used for recreational reasons. No matter why you use or want to try marijuana, it's best to choose the right product to meet your needs. One such product is cannabis extract in a tincture form. What is a tincture and what can it do for you? This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know. 

What are Tinctures?

Herbal tinctures are liquid extracts from a plant, in this case, cannabis, that is often extracted with some type of food-grade alcohol. Tinctures have been used for centuries as a way to take advantage of the varied benefits of herbs. They are generally absorbed rapidly and are easy to use. But, you should know what to expect before you get started so that you can get the most out of the cannabis tincture you choose. A tincture is a great smoke-free alternative and one of the methods of consumption that is gaining in popularity as more states legalize marijuana. 

Cannabis Tincture Facts

As explained above, a cannabis tincture is made up of the liquid extract from the cannabis plant. The finished tincture may be made of cannabis flowers, fresh leaves or other parts of the plant, which are extracted via high-proof alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol, or some type of glycerin mixture. The glycerin or alcohol works to extract active chemicals such as cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant, resulting in a highly concentrated liquid that contains the same compounds found in the marijuana that some people smoke.

Making a Cannabis Tincture

There are several steps in the tincture-making process. It's always best to purchase your products from a licensed and reputable marijuana retailer so that you can take advantage of its medicinal compounds without safety risks. 

Cannabis Tincture Varieties

Just as with other cannabis products, there are several types of tinctures. Understanding their properties and uses ensures that you choose the right one for your needs so that you can take advantage of the health benefits of cannabis without the risk of adverse effects. Some of the most common types of tinctures are listed below. 

Using Cannabis Tinctures

Cannabis tinctures, much like other cannabis consumption methods, have a certain degree of versatility, which makes them easier to use, as well as making them more accessible to a variety of users. Using them properly ensures the best results, whether you're using them recreationally or for medicinal purposes. 

Dosage and Potential Effects

Individual response to a cannabis tincture may vary from another person. For that reason, it may take a bit of trial and error to find the perfect dosage for your needs. Several factors play a role, including your body weight, the potency of the tincture, eating habits, hydration and your tolerance. 

In general, it's advised to start small. Use a low dose at first, then build upon it until you find the right amount for your needs. It's a good idea to keep a record of your dosage so that you can see where modifications may be necessary. Use the dropper that's typically provided with any type of herbal tincture so that you can be precise about how much you're using. You'll want to use one to three drops to start, then wait about an hour to determine the effects. From there, you can gradually increase how much you use until you find your sweet spot. 

How do you know you've found the magic number? You can get a sense by reading the dosing instructions on the label, which varies based on potency and strain. Many people find success by using a quarter or half the recommended dosage, particularly if you're new to cannabis use.

The delivery method also plays a role. Using the tincture under your tongue will produce results much more quickly and you may need less of the product than if you add it to food or drinks. 

Knowing what effects to expect from your dosage is also important when it comes to using cannabis medicine or recreational tinctures. Effects vary based on the person and the cannabinoid profile of the tincture you choose. 

Benefits of Adding Tinctures to Your Routine

If you've read this far, you probably have a pretty good idea of some of the benefits of cannabis tinctures. The wide range of potential perks are why more and more people are using marijuana in its liquid form. 

Potential Risks

While there are plenty of benefits that go with using tinctures, there are also some potential downsides that you should be aware of. This ensures that you are getting the most out of your product without the risk of adverse reactions. 

Safe and Legal Use

As mentioned above, you should know the laws about marijuana use in your area so that you can abide by them accordingly. Always purchase your cannabis tinctures from a reputable source that is licensed so that you can be sure you are getting what you pay for. Be sure to follow dosing instructions and keep track so that you can get the right amount for your needs, whether you're using it for fun or health reasons. 

In Summary

Tinctures are versatile and beneficial for many reasons. With their range of delivery methods and long list of potential benefits, many users find relief from their mental and physical health problems. Being sure to get the right dose and combine the use of your tincture with other prescribed treatments, you could find just what you've been looking for. Prioritizing safety and legality will help you get the most out of your tincture. 

Visit DC Collective for a whole range of high-quality cannabis products.

While the FDA has not officially approved the use of marijuana as a cure or treatment for any health condition, some research proves it can be beneficial for a list of physical and mental diseases and illnesses. However, this article is intended for information only and you should consult your doctor before using cannabis for any health reason. 

With that disclaimer out of the way, it's important to be aware of the common misconceptions and myths that surround the use and benefits of cannabis, whether recreationally or medically. It's not legal on the federal level yet but is legal in some states, so you need to know the laws before you choose to use or not. In the meantime, read through this guide to marijuana myths so that you have the facts straight and can make an informed and educated choice regarding its use.

What is Cannabis?

Before we talk about the myths that surround cannabis, you should be familiar with what it is. Cannabis is actually not just one plant, it's a family of flowering plants and there are more than 100 species with over 100 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the plant compounds present in cannabis. They bind to cannabinoid receptors in your brain and each of them produces some kind of effect, from hallucinogenic to euphoric to relaxation, and more. 

The two main compounds in cannabis are CBD and THC. CBD, or cannabidiol, won't get you high and usually produces feelings of relaxation and calm. It's often used to treat seizures, inflammation and chronic pain, as well as anxiety and stress.

THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the marijuana compound that produces altered perception and the psychoactive effects most commonly associated with cannabis use. It's most often a recreational choice, but also has positive benefits for increasing appetite and treating certain heart rhythm disorders. 

On the federal level, marijuana is illegal, though many states have legalized it. With that legalization comes the potential for research. As more studies are conducted on cannabis, it's becoming more widely accepted as a way to treat many mental and health problems.

Keep in mind that CBD on its own is federally legal, making it increasingly available for medicinal purposes. However, despite a fuller understanding of cannabis, there are several misconceptions that people hold onto. Dispelling those myths can help you decide of cannabis use might be right for you. 

Marijuana is a Gateway Drug

This is perhaps one of the biggest and most common myths out there. Many people mistakenly believe that cannabis consumption opens the door to using narcotics and other dangerous substances.

A host of research counteracts this claim and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that very few cannabis users go on to experiment with harder drugs. According to medical experts, environment and individual predispositions play a bigger role in the use of narcotics and other drugs and cannabis has very little influence, if any. 

Cannabis Causes Cognitive Decline

Naturally, you understand that your cognitive function is pretty important. Some will tell you that using marijuana can interfere with your IQ score and cognition. This is simply untrue, provided you are an adult using cannabis moderately and responsibly. It is established however, that marijuana use can have a negative impact on the still-developing adolescent brain, particularly when used irresponsibly and heavily. It's best to forgo use until you are legally allowed to use it. 

It's Addictive

Many people are under the incorrect assumption that marijuana is a highly addictive substance, another myth that pervades the community of non-users. While some individuals may become dependent on cannabis, the risk of addiction is quite low when compared to substance use disorders based on harder substances, such as alcohol, opioids, and nicotine. Very few marijuana users experience withdrawal symptoms, but when they occur, these symptoms are generally much milder than those seen with withdrawal from other recreational substances. 

Every Strain Works the Same

One of the biggest misconceptions about marijuana is that all strains of cannabis plants are the same. This is patently untrue because the composition of chemical compounds differs between strains and knowing the difference can help you choose the right product for your marijuana goals.

Whether you use recreational marijuana for its psychoactive effects or you use medicinal cannabis for its health and therapeutic benefits, it's best to know your options.

In general, sativa strains are great for boosting energy and creativity, while indica strains are better for relaxation and stress relief. Part of being a responsible cannabis user is knowing what strains and cannabis products best suit you.

It's Only Smokable

If your image of marijuana use is the classic lazy stoner sitting with a lit joint in his hand, you have fallen prey to one of the many cannabis myths. While smoking marijuana is one of the easiest ways to achieve the high you're looking for, it's certainly not the only one.

You can also vape, eat edibles, use tinctures and topicals, as well as concentrates. Each product offers a different potency, longevity and onset time, so you have loads of options when it comes to taking advantage of the array of therapeutic benefits, medicinal benefits or simple high offered by cannabis. 

Legality Promotes Use by All Ages

Like alcohol and cigarettes, there is a legal age limit required to purchase and use marijuana. While it's accepted that some younger people will find ways to get around this, in general, statistics show that because there's no unrestricted access, there's more control over who can buy and use cannabis.

Many laws in place help control usage, including age limits, packaging, age verification and restrictions on how much can be purchased at one time. This helps cut down on illegal usage and makes cannabis use safer. 

Medical Marijuana Allows for More Teen Usage

Many people fall prey to the cannabis myth that medical marijuana increases teen usage. Federal restrictions are in place for this reason. However, statistics from states that have legalized medical marijuana dispute this idea. Because of restrictions on use, data shows that teen usage has decreased. 

Legalization Increases Crime Rates

When formerly illegal drugs are legalized, many assume that crime rates will increase as a result. However, in states that have legalized marijuana, data indicates no rise in property or violent crimes. That includes states that have legalized cannabis as a recreational drug, as well as those that have legalized it for medical patients. In reality, legalizing marijuana allows police officers and other law enforcement officials to focus on other crimes.

Marijuana Isn't Therapeutic

There's a certain degree of stigma that marijuana carries and one of the most prevalent misconceptions is that it has no potential benefits. However, numerous studies have found that many of the compounds found in cannabis plants including THC and CBD, have an array of uses, both for mental and physical conditions, including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and chronic pain relief. It has also been found to provide relief for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. 

If you're considering using marijuana for your health, be sure you work with a qualified healthcare provider so you can safely add it to your treatment plan. 

It's Safe to Use

While there are quite a few potential benefits of using cannabis, one of the myths about marijuana that is gaining traction is that it's completely safe. While it does come from a plant and isn't filled with the chemicals used to make many illicit drugs, there are still some safety concerns to keep in mind.

All people react differently to cannabis, depending on the strain, the potency and the person's makeup. Beginners may notice more negative effects than seasoned users and misusing the drug in any capacity can lead to negative consequences. For that reason, it's vital to do your research and be well-informed before it becomes part of your routine. 

In Summary

Debunking myths surrounding marijuana and its use is important, particularly in places where it's legal. This helps users understand what to expect and how to choose the product that suits their needs. The use of cannabis is predicted to continue rising, as it has benefits for a broad range of conditions. It's up to you, the consumer, to be educated and knowledgeable so you can use it responsibly. 

Always buy from a reputable retailer/dispensary. DC Collective offers a range of cannabis products in a safe and secure environment you can pick up in store or have delivered to your home. 

Finding the perfect gift can be a bit overwhelming. You want something the recipient will love at a price you can afford. If you have a cannabis user in your life, you're in luck, because there are loads of holiday gifts that will put a smile on their face. Stoner gifts come in all shapes, sizes and prices, and this handy cannabis gift guide will give you all of the ideas you could ever want or need. 

Honeydew Mojito Refined Live Resin THC Cartridge

Honeydew Mojito
Refined Live Resin™ THC Cartridge

This delightfully flavored THC cartridge is a thoughtful gift for someone who likes to try new cannabis products and enjoys using a vape to deliver the marijuana. This high-potency cartridge boasts natural flavors and aromas, including melon and mint that provide a delicious vaping experience, leaving the user a lovely high at the same time. 

5:1 Midnight Blueberry Cannabis Infused Gummies

5:1 Midnight Blueberry (20mg CBN/100mg THC)
Camino Gummies

If you know someone who is craving a good night's sleep, these delicious blueberry flavored gummies are the obvious choice. The indica strain used in the product offers the soothing effects one needs to drift to dreamland. At the same time, the addition of chamomile and lavender further induces a night of deep and restful shuteye. Combine these gummies with a warm pair of fuzzy socks for the perfect gift for the cannabis lover in your life. 

5:2 Midnight Mint Dark Chocolate

5:2 Midnight Mint Dark Chocolate CBN (100mg THC/40mg CBN)
Dark Chocolate Bar

No one with a sweet tooth will turn down chocolate, especially when they're in the holiday spirit. This gift combines the natural flavors of cacao with a delightful hit of THC. Designed to help you sleep, the mixture of THC and CBN will have you feeling drowsy and ready for bed in no time. Add to that the lovely background taste of mint and it's like having a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream in bed. 

Birthday Cake Vape Pod

Birthday Cake

Does your guest list include a cannabis connoisseur who wants to feel blissful, relaxed and creative? This birthday cake flavored vape pod will be their favorite gift this year. It has a lovely buttery, nutty cake taste that will uplift and soothe without being too sedating, as it's predominantly an indica strain. Available in .5g or 1g, this is a gift sure to please.

Cream Cookie Mints Pre-Rolled Singles

Cream Cookie Mintz [1g]
Pre Roll

Need a gift that doesn't cost too much, but will still offer the cannabis experience your loved one has on their list this year? These pre-rolled singles are the perfect choice. A mixture of indica and sativa strains, they're great for smoking alone or with friends. You'll get a balanced combination of soothing energy and euphoria and anyone will love getting these joints as a gift. 

Sunrise Tangerine Tincture

Sunrise Tangerine [30ml] (1000mg)

A tincture is the ideal choice for anyone who loves the effects of cannabis flowers but doesn't want to smoke it. This tincture has a fresh citrus taste and offers and uplifting effect with every dose. The product comes with a dropper for precise measuring and makes it easy to find just the right amount. Make it a happy holiday by gifting this tasty tincture that provides the many benefits of cannabis without the risk that comes with smoking it. 

Cinnamon Relief 1:1 Spray

Cinnamon Relief 1:1 Spray (500mg CBD/500mg THC)
Oral Spray

Do you have a friend or family member who is stressed and needs to chill? This spray is among our many premium cannabis products and helps induce sleepiness, as well as promote recovery after a workout or stressful day. It comes packaged with plenty of aesthetic appeal and is small enough to be portable and discreet at the same time. Just a couple squirts and anyone will find the relief they're looking for. 

1:1 Fire & Ice Muscle Relief Lotion

Fire & Ice
Muscle Relief Lotion

Cannabis culture isn't just about getting high. There are loads of benefits in terms of using marijuana as an alternative medicine to treat a wide variety of mental and physical health conditions. This relief lotion is ideal for all ages and is something that the athlete in your life will get super excited about. The non-greasy, roller application combines CBD and THC with essential oils for a lovely experience and a practical solution to sore muscles. 

22K Pod Battery

22K Pod Battery

For anyone who regularly runs out of juice in their cannabis vape pen, this pod battery will be a lifesaver. This compact battery is easy to pack and makes it easy to smoke anytime without worrying about running out of power. No cannabis holiday gift guide would be complete without this ideal power source for always being ready to light up the vape. 

Rolling Tray

Rolling Tray
DC Collective

If anyone on your gift list enjoys making and smoking joints, this rolling tray will be sure to make them happy. The silver color and compact design is ideal for leaving out on the coffee table, as well as being portable enough to take along on all cannabis adventures. Rolling recreational cannabis is so much easier and fun with a rolling tray like this one. 

Pomegranate Odder Popz Feminized Seeds

Pomegranate Odder Popz [11pk]
Creme De Canna
Feminized Seeds

The cannabis community is filled with people who love to smoke or otherwise use marijuana, but if you know someone who also wants to experiment with growing their own product, these seeds are the perfect starter gift this year. There is an array of strains that can be nurtured in a home cannabis garden, but be sure you adhere to all rules for doing so when you gift these seeds so that no one gets into trouble with the endeavor. 

Citrus Cedar Blue Sage Cream

Citrus Cedar
Blue Sage

There is such a great variety of options tailored to personal preferences for usage methods. Applying cannabis topically, via creams or lotions, is a good way to infuse your muscles with the product and enjoy a soothing and relaxing effect. This cream is ideal for athletes who spend a lot of time playing their sport, but it's also a fantastic choice for anyone you know who suffers from sore muscles for any reason. It boasts a citrusy scent and the potent effects that sore muscles are crying out for. 

Black Berry Pre Roll

Black Berry
1850 Cannabis
Pre Roll

When you need an affordable cannabis gift, you can't go wrong with a pre roll. It's great for any stoner in your life and is something they can enjoy alone or the two of you can share as part of your holiday celebration. The indica strain encased in this pre roll produces a lovely soothing effect with a tasty blackberry flavor that anyone is going to love. 

Maui Wowie Terp Chews

Maui Wowie [20pk] (100mg)
Terp Chews

Each of these fruity terp chews has 5mg of THC, which promises the recipient an uplifting euphoric effect, combined with a tasty mango and pineapple flavor with each bite. The great thing about gifting a bag of cannabis gummies is that your loved one can enjoy them alone or you can chew them together for a shared blissful experience with a potent punch. 

Baklava Specialty Hybrid Pod

Specialty Pod

For the rich flavor of a baklava dessert, this pod is the ideal choice to satisfy that wish. The cannabis industry has exploded with new and innovative premium cannabis products and flavors and this pod fits the bill for anyone you know who loves trying them all. The hybrid array of strains contained within promises a blissed-out, but invigorating feel that anyone is going to enjoy this holiday season. 

Platinum Blue Dream Shake

Platinum Blue Dream

This California-bred sativa strain is a potent mix that promises an enlightening high. If you have a loved one who is after that euphoric and energizing feeling, this shake is the perfect gift option. It features a refreshing sweet blueberry flavor and can be used to roll a joint or smoke a bowl. 

No matter which cannabis lover you're shopping for this year, this array of premium cannabis products available at DC Collective offers something for everyone, including the recreational joint smoker and the person who just wants a good night's rest. Any of these gifts on their own is great, but you can also match them with cannabis accessories, a pair of fuzzy socks or Edie Parker glass fruit pipe to make it a present that won't soon be forgotten. 

It's no secret that the holiday season brings a lot of stress with it. From your company holiday party to family gatherings to the cooking and wrapping and driving from place to place, your mental health may take a hit, despite the joy of the celebrations.

When that happens, you are likely looking for relief, and cannabidiol (CBD), one of the compounds in marijuana, may be just the thing you've been looking for. But, you shouldn't use it without understanding the product and what it can do to ease your seasonal stress. Use this guide to help you.

Causes of Holiday Stress

Knowing what might lead to symptoms of stress will help you decide when to take your CBD product with you, just in case you need to use it. Being prepared goes a long way toward helping you manage the anxiety that often goes along with preparing for and planning events for the holidays. The following are common stressors that go along with the holiday experience. 

If you're struggling with any of these things, your stress levels may be through the roof and you're wondering what you can do to find a sense of calm during the holidays. Fortunately, in addition to the other methods you've tried, using CBD can be a natural remedy that you hadn't thought to try.

What is CBD?

CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is one of many compounds present in the cannabis plant. It is a non-psychoactive compound and won't create the altered perception that is associated with using marijuana. THC is the other most well-known compound associated with marijuana use and is the one that will produce euphoria in users. CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors in your brain, which can help ease stress and holiday anxiety. 

As cannabis is increasingly legalized in states across the country, research has proven its potential benefits for stress management. As well as being a short-term solution to stress in the moment, CBD has been linked to effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. That's why many people use it during the holidays to control symptoms and produce calm during what is supposed to be a time of joy.

Research studies find that approximately 70 percent of CBD users report satisfaction with the effects, while nearly 80 percent of CBD users find an improvement in anxiety symptoms after two months of use. 

Using CBD for Holiday Anxiety

Proper use of CBD is the biggest influence on whether it provides the stress relief you're looking for. It's a good idea to discuss use with your doctor before trying it, particularly if you use any prescription or over-the-counter medications for anxiety or any other medical condition. Most people experience relief with a dosage of 300 to 600 milligrams. There are several methods of using CBD, so you may need to experiment a bit to find the precise dosage and delivery technique that works for you.

Oral CBD products, such as oils, capsules and edibles typically produce effects within 30 minutes to 2 hours. This is a viable option when you know stress will rear its ugly head, such as when you're going to a family dinner or preparing for holiday travel. Add it to your personal stash of holiday cookies or sip an infused tea as you get ready to go.

Smoking or vaping CBD tends to produce faster results, making it a great option when you're standing at the mall trying to choose meaningful gifts or your holiday spirits are flagging because your mother-in-law criticized your cooking abilities. Keep in mind that there are laws in most places about public use, so be sure you are adhering to them appropriately.

No matter how you use it, the reason CBD works is because it activates your serotonin receptors and calms the panic reflex. So, when you are on a hectic holiday shopping spree or stuck in the airport with a delayed flight, CBD can help quell the emotional and physical symptoms that go with being anxious. That includes the flight or fight response, as well as shaking, sweating and irritability.

Choosing a CBD Product

CBD can be a wonderful addition to a holistic approach to your holiday wellness routine. It can help provide the calm you need during the busy holiday schedule to produce a more enjoyable holiday experience. CBD is ideal for individuals who suffer from an anxiety disorder, but can also provide relief for stress that occurs specifically due to the holidays.

In either case, it's best to buy your CBD products from a licensed and reputable source so you can be sure you're getting what you expect. Look for a dealer that has the following qualifications:

CBD Considerations

There are some potential negative side effects that you should be aware of if you want to try CBD for your holiday stress. While CBD is generally considered safe for most people, it can interfere with certain medications and may be counter-indicated for some health conditions. Consider the following:

Being aware of the downsides of CBD will also help you avoid suffering potential side effects when you're trying to enjoy your company holiday party or you're on your way to see your favorite family members. Watch for the following:

If you experience any of these, stop using CBD and consult your doctor. It could be that you need to modify your dose or choose a different strain or delivery method to get the results you want. 


If creating the perfect holiday experience for yourself and your family is making you stressed and anxious, it makes sense that you're seeking out the ideal solution to quell the symptoms and allow you to enjoy a wonderful time with your loved ones.

CBD provides relief for many users, and you could be one of them. Talk to your doctor about using CBD, then do your research to find the product that best suits your needs, whether it's reducing stress due to family drama or trying to manage the jam-packed schedule of holiday season parties and shopping. In any case, you could find that CBD is exactly what you need to add to your wish list this year. 

DC Collective has a range of CBD products to treat holiday anxiety. Visit to purchase in-store or arrange for our home delivery service. 

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is a plant that has been used for centuries for various medicinal and recreational purposes. It contains several active compounds, the most well-known being delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects commonly associated with cannabis, while CBD is non-intoxicating and believed to have numerous potential health benefits. Cannabis can be consumed in various forms, including smoking the dried flower, vaporizing oils, consuming edibles, or applying topical creams. In recent years, medical professionals and researchers have been increasingly exploring the potential therapeutic uses of cannabis, particularly for seniors in managing chronic pain, improving quality of life, and addressing various medical conditions. It's important for seniors to approach cannabis usage with caution and consult with their healthcare providers to determine the most effective dose and ensure there are no potential risks or adverse effects due to interactions with other medications.

Benefits of Medical Cannabis for Seniors

Medical cannabis can provide numerous benefits for seniors, particularly in managing chronic pain and improving overall wellness. One of the primary advantages of medical cannabis is its potential for reducing joint and tissue inflammation, which can be especially beneficial for seniors experiencing joint pain. Cannabis can also help manage chronic pain by providing relief and reducing reliance on prescription drugs.

In addition to pain relief, medical cannabis can enhance sleep quality for seniors. Many seniors struggle with sleep issues, and cannabis can act as a sleep aid by promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety. This can lead to more restful nights and improved overall sleep support.

Furthermore, medical cannabis has shown promise in improving mood and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. The active compounds in cannabis interact with the endocannabinoid system in the body, promoting balance and alleviating symptoms of various mental health disorders.

It is important for seniors to consult with their healthcare providers before considering medical cannabis. They can provide guidance on dosage, potential risks, and any interactions with other medications. With proper medical supervision, medical cannabis can enhance the quality of life for seniors by reducing chronic pain, promoting better sleep, and supporting positive mental health.

Types of Cannabis Products

There are several types of cannabis products available for seniors seeking the potential benefits of medical cannabis. These products can be consumed in various ways, allowing individuals to choose a method that best suits their preferences and needs. One common option is cannabis flower, which can be smoked or vaporized for quick relief. Cannabis oils and tinctures offer a discreet and convenient way to consume cannabis, as they can be taken orally or added to food and drinks. Edibles, such as infused candies or baked goods, provide a longer-lasting effect and eliminate the need for smoking. For those who prefer not to ingest cannabis, topical creams and lotions can be applied directly to target areas of pain or inflammation. It is important to consult with medical professionals and reputable dispensaries to find the most suitable cannabis product and determine the proper dosage for individual needs. With the variety of options available, seniors can explore different types of cannabis products to find the most effective and enjoyable method of consumption for their wellness journey.

Different Forms of Cannabis

Cannabis comes in various forms, offering seniors a range of options for incorporating its potential wellness benefits into their lives. Understanding these different forms is essential for making informed choices and ensuring safe and effective usage.

One commonly known form is the cannabis flower, which can be smoked or vaporized. This method provides quick onset relief and allows users to easily control their dosage. However, smoking may have adverse effects on lung health, which is a concern for seniors with respiratory issues.

Alternatively, cannabis can be consumed orally through edibles or tinctures. Edibles offer a discreet and long-lasting option, while tinctures provide precise dosing and fast-acting effects when placed under the tongue. It's important to note that edibles can take longer to take effect and have a stronger psychoactive impact.

Additionally, seniors can choose to use topicals such as creams, lotions, or balms that are applied directly to the skin. These products provide localized relief without the psychoactive effects typically associated with cannabis use.

While cannabis has shown potential benefits for seniors, it is crucial to consider the potential risks before use. As with any medication, cannabis can interact with other prescription drugs and may have adverse effects on individuals with certain health conditions.

Therefore, it is vital to consult with healthcare professionals knowledgeable about cannabis use for seniors to ensure proper guidance and judicious utilization.

Non-Medical Cannabis Use

Non-medical cannabis use among seniors carries potential risks and implications that should not be overlooked. While recreational cannabis use may be legal in some jurisdictions, it is important to consider the concerns and negative effects associated with this practice, especially among senior citizens.

One major concern is the impact on physical health. Cannabis smoke contains harmful chemicals that can have adverse effects on lung health, exacerbating respiratory issues commonly experienced by seniors. Moreover, the psychoactive effects of cannabis can impair motor skills, increasing the risk of falls and accidents in this age group already prone to fragility.

Mental health disorders are also a significant consideration. Cannabis use has been linked to an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and psychosis, particularly in susceptible individuals. This is particularly concerning as seniors may already be at a higher risk of developing or exacerbating mental health conditions.

Additionally, the cognitive impact of non-medical cannabis use is worrisome. Studies have shown that regular cannabis use, especially in higher doses or over a prolonged period, can lead to cognitive decline and memory problems. Given that cognitive function is already known to decline with age, introducing cannabis as a recreational substance may further exacerbate these issues.

Seniors should be mindful of the potential health risks associated with non-medical cannabis use. It is important to prioritize their overall well-being by staying informed, consulting medical professionals, and making conscious decisions about recreational cannabis usage.

Potential Benefits of Medical Cannabis for Seniors

Despite the potential risks and concerns associated with cannabis use in seniors, there are also potential benefits of using medical cannabis for the elderly population. One significant advantage is its potential for pain relief, particularly in individuals with chronic pain conditions such as neuropathic pain or joint pain. Cannabis has shown promising results in alleviating pain and helping seniors regain their mobility and improve their quality of life. Additionally, medical cannabis may have potential benefits for mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. Some studies suggest that certain compounds in cannabis can help reduce anxiety and enhance mood. However, it is important for seniors to consult with their healthcare providers and find the most effective dose and strain for their specific medical condition. Furthermore, medical cannabis may serve as an alternative to prescription drugs, which often come with various side effects and risks. It is crucial for seniors to obtain a medical marijuana card and receive guidance from experienced medical professionals to ensure safe and appropriate usage of cannabis for their individual needs.

Pain Relief

Medical cannabis can provide significant pain relief for seniors by interacting with their endocannabinoid system (ECS) and reducing psychological stress. The ECS is a complex system in our bodies that helps regulate various physiological processes, including pain perception. When medical cannabis is consumed, its active compounds, such as phytocannabinoids and terpenes, bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the ECS, thus reducing the intensity of pain signals.

One of the notable benefits of cannabis for pain relief is its potential to reduce the need for opioid painkillers, which can be highly addictive and have numerous adverse effects. Seniors may find relief from chronic pain, joint pain, and neuropathic pain through the use of medical cannabis.

Cannabis contains various phytocannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, which have been studied for their pain-alleviating properties. These compounds, along with terpenes like myrcene and limonene, have shown potential in managing and reducing pain levels. However, it should be noted that further research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind cannabis's pain-relieving capabilities.

For seniors looking to explore medical cannabis for pain relief, it is crucial to consult with healthcare providers who have experience in this field. They can guide seniors in finding the right strains, consumption methods, and effective doses based on their specific medical conditions and needs.

Quality of Life Enhancement

Medical cannabis has the potential to significantly enhance the quality of life for seniors in various ways. One notable benefit is its ability to alleviate chronic pain. Seniors who suffer from conditions like arthritis, neuropathy, and joint pain may find relief through the use of medical cannabis. Studies have shown that the phytocannabinoids THC and CBD, along with terpenes like myrcene and limonene, have pain-alleviating properties. By reducing pain levels, medical cannabis can improve seniors' mobility, allowing them to engage in daily activities with greater ease and enjoyment.

Moreover, medical cannabis can also address sleep problems commonly experienced by seniors. It has been found to promote better sleep quality and duration, helping them wake up refreshed and energized. By improving sleep patterns, seniors can experience increased daytime alertness and improved overall well-being.

In addition to pain relief and better sleep, medical cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties. This can be particularly beneficial for seniors with chronic inflammation-related conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. By reducing inflammation, medical cannabis may help alleviate symptoms and improve joint mobility, enhancing seniors' quality of life.

Improved Mental Health Issues and Mood Disorders

Medical cannabis has shown potential in improving mental health issues and mood disorders in seniors. Studies have indicated that certain strains of medical cannabis can have mood-enhancing and anxiolytic effects, providing a sense of calm and relaxation for seniors.

One of the key benefits of medical cannabis for mental health is its ability to reduce anxiety. Seniors who experience anxiety can find relief through the use of medical cannabis, as it has been found to reduce feelings of stress and tension. Furthermore, medical cannabis may also help alleviate symptoms of depression, offering seniors a potential natural alternative to traditional antidepressant medications.

However, it is important to note that while medical cannabis can be beneficial for mental health, it is not without potential risks. Individuals with a family history of psychosis or schizophrenia should exercise caution when considering medical cannabis use, as it may exacerbate or trigger these conditions. It is crucial to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any cannabis treatment plan.

Blood Pressure Regulation

Blood pressure regulation is an important consideration for seniors when exploring the use of medical cannabis. Research suggests that cannabis use may have potential effects on blood pressure levels in older adults.

Some studies indicate that the use of medical cannabis can lead to a temporary increase in blood pressure. This is due to the psychoactive effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the active compounds in cannabis. However, it is important to note that this increase is usually minimal and short-lived.

On the other hand, there is evidence to suggest that long-term cannabis use may have a beneficial impact on blood pressure regulation. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that regular cannabis users had lower blood pressure compared to non-users. The study also found that this effect persisted even after accounting for factors such as age, sex, and body mass index.

While these findings are promising, more research is needed to fully understand the associations between cannabis use and cardiovascular health in seniors. It is important for seniors considering the use of medical cannabis to have open discussions with their healthcare providers to assess the potential risks and benefits, specifically in relation to blood pressure regulation. Consulting a medical professional can help ensure safe and informed decision-making in this regard.

Reduced Risk from Blood Thinners and Other Medication Interactions

Medical cannabis use in seniors can offer potential benefits for managing chronic pain and improving quality of life. However, it is important for seniors to be aware of the potential risks and side effects associated with its use. One particular concern is how cannabis can interact with blood thinners and other medications.

Blood thinners, such as warfarin, are commonly prescribed to seniors to prevent blood clotting and reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack. Cannabis can have an impact on the effectiveness of these medications, potentially leading to adverse effects. It is crucial for seniors to be cautious and consult with their healthcare provider before incorporating medical cannabis into their treatment regimen.

By discussing their medication regimen with their healthcare provider, seniors can ensure that there are no potential interactions or risks associated with combining cannabis with blood thinners or other prescribed medications. Healthcare providers can provide guidance on effective doses, potential benefits, and potential side effects specific to the senior's medical condition and individual needs.

Potential Risks and Side Effects of Medical Cannabis Use in Seniors

While medical cannabis can offer potential benefits for seniors in terms of pain relief and improving their quality of life, it is essential to consider the potential risks and side effects associated with its use. Seniors need to be informed about the potential negative effects and potential interactions with other medications they may be taking. By understanding and discussing these potential risks with their healthcare providers, seniors can make well-informed decisions regarding the use of medical cannabis. It is important to note that each individual's medical condition and needs are unique, and what may work for one person may not be suitable for another. Therefore, it is crucial for seniors to consult with their healthcare providers to ensure their safety and well-being when considering medical cannabis as a treatment option

Psychoactive Effects and Reefer Madness Concerns

Cannabis use in seniors may have potential psychoactive effects, which has been a cause for concern in the past due to the infamous "reefer madness" propaganda. It should be noted that the psychoactive effects of cannabis vary depending on the strain, dosage, and individual sensitivity.

While some seniors may experience a mild euphoria or relaxation, it is crucial to address concerns surrounding reefer madness. The exaggerated claims made in "reefer madness" propaganda are far from the truth. Cannabis use does not lead to madness or insanity, as falsely portrayed.

It is important for seniors to understand the temporary psychosis that can occur with high doses of THC. Those with a family history of psychosis or schizophrenia may have an increased risk of experiencing these conditions due to cannabis consumption. It is advisable for individuals with these risk factors to exercise caution when considering cannabis use for wellness purposes.

Additionally, seniors should be aware of the potential adverse effects of cannabis. Some individuals may experience irritability, anxiety, upset stomach, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, or sweating. These effects are usually temporary and subside as the body adjusts to the compounds in cannabis.

Adverse Cognitive Effects from Long-Term Use

When it comes to the use of cannabis in seniors, it's essential to consider the potential adverse cognitive effects that may arise from long-term use. While cannabis has been touted for its potential medical benefits, it's crucial to acknowledge and address the potential impact on cognitive function.

One area that may be affected by regular cannabis use in seniors is memory. Studies have shown that long-term cannabis use can lead to memory impairment, particularly in terms of short-term memory. Seniors may find it challenging to retain and recall information, which can affect daily activities and overall quality of life.

Concentration and decision-making abilities are also susceptible to impairment with regular cannabis use. Seniors may struggle with maintaining focus and making sound judgments, leading to difficulties in tasks that require mental clarity and critical thinking.

Specific cognitive impairments that seniors may experience as a result of regular cannabis use include slowed thinking, reduced problem-solving skills, and decreased overall cognitive efficiency. These impairments can impact various aspects of daily life, such as driving, managing medications, and engaging in social interactions.

Considering these adverse effects is crucial when evaluating the suitability of medical cannabis for seniors. While cannabis may offer potential benefits for certain health conditions, it is fundamental to weigh the potential cognitive risks and carefully consider whether the benefits outweigh the disadvantages in each individual case.

Possible Negative Impact on Mobility, Balance, Memory Loss, etc.

When considering the use of medical cannabis in seniors, it is important to be aware of the potential negative impact on mobility, balance, and memory loss. Cannabis can affect these areas due to its psychoactive properties and potential cognitive impairments.

In terms of mobility, cannabis use may impact motor skills in seniors. The psychoactive effects of cannabis can lead to slowed reaction times and impaired coordination, increasing the risk of falls and accidents. This can significantly affect independence and overall mobility for seniors.

Balance is another crucial aspect that can be affected by medical cannabis use. Cannabis can disrupt the functioning of the inner ear, which plays a role in balance control. Seniors who already struggle with balance issues may experience amplified difficulties, increasing the risk of falls and injuries.

Memory loss is a well-documented adverse effect of long-term cannabis use. Seniors may experience difficulties with short-term memory, making it harder to retain and recall information. This can lead to challenges in daily activities and social interactions.

Final Thoughts

As we explore the potential benefits and risks of cannabis use in seniors, it is important to acknowledge the limitations and uncertainties that currently exist in the evidence base. While some studies suggest that cannabis may provide relief for certain medical conditions, the research is still in its early stages, and conclusive evidence is lacking.

One of the main challenges in studying cannabis for seniors is the lack of standardized dosing and administration methods. Medical professionals often struggle to determine the most effective dose and method of consumption for each individual. Additionally, the complexity of the cannabis plant, with its numerous active compounds, makes it difficult to isolate and study the specific effects of each component.

With the recent legalization of cannabis in many regions, there is a growing need for further research to balance out the marketing pressures surrounding cannabis. It is crucial to gather more conclusive evidence to guide appropriate public health messaging for seniors. This will help individuals make informed decisions about cannabis usage and ensure the safety and well-being of our senior population.

For high-quality cannabis products and professional guidance, we recommend visiting DC Collective, a reputable cannabis dispensary committed to providing safe and effective options for seniors and individuals of all ages.

Have you heard of the entourage effect? The entourage effect is the theory that the compounds in cannabis work better when they’re together. The idea is that these compounds interact with and balance out each other, improving beneficial effects while also lessening side effects. 

Some cannabis products, like CBD isolate, contain just one compound. Others contain the full range of compounds or are somewhere in between. According to the entourage effect, products with more compounds might work better–but is that true? 

Let’s break down what marijuana science can tell us about the entourage effect and how that may affect the products you want to choose. 

Cannabis Compounds Working Together 

Most people are familiar with THC and CBD, the two most famous cannabis compounds. But the cannabis plant actually contains hundreds of compounds. And, according to the entourage effect, all of these compounds work together to support each other. 

There are two main types of cannabis compounds: cannabinoids and terpenes. 


Cannabis contains a wide range of cannabinoids, which are compounds that interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a natural system in your body that helps to regulate bodily functions like appetite, memory, metabolism, anxiety, and immune system response. When certain cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors in the ECS, they can change how the ECS regulates these systems. 

Some notable cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant include: 


Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in cannabis and most other plants. These give plants their aroma. You can look at a strain’s terpene profile and get a good idea of what it will smell like. 

Some research suggests that terpenes may also interact with the body, causing therapeutic effects of their own. Here are the most common cannabis plant terpenes and some of their potential therapeutic benefits:

Origins of the Entourage Effect Theory 

The term “entourage effect” was coined in the 1990s, then became more well-known in 2011 thanks to a research paper by neurologist and pharmacologist Dr. Ethan Russo. His review “Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpene entourage effects” details the benefits of top cannabis compounds. Then, based on their pharmacology, he goes over their potential synergistic effects when used together. 

In his review, Dr. Russo stated that specific combinations of cannabinoids and terpenes may reduce the negative side effects and boost the positive effects of THC. Russo listed various combinations that could potentially help treat conditions like anxiety, pain, inflammation, and epilepsy.

Dr. Russo later described this effect using a musical analogy, putting THC as a soloist and the whole plant as a supporting musical group. “If they’re really good, someone singing acapella can be really great,” says Russo. “But if you have multiple instruments and harmony, it’s often a richer experience. The same applies to medicine, particularly plant-based medicine.”

Modern Research on the Entourage Effect 

Much of the current research we have on cannabis was done using single compounds, like THC isolate or CBD isolate. This creates a problem when it comes to studying cannabinoid interaction, since a majority of studies have been done on isolated cannabinoid activity. 

While there aren’t many studies using numerous compounds at once, there are some newer additions to the scientific literature that have looked at potential cannabis synergy. One 2018 review collected potential evidence of the entourage effect, while another 2018 study found that certain terpenes and flavonoids in cannabis had specific health benefits. A 2020 study found that cannabinoids paired with terpenes may be able to treat certain mood and anxiety disorders. 

There are also a fair amount of modern studies that have looked at how CBD and THC affect each other when used alone. This research suggests that CBD seems to help curb the adverse effects of THC, especially anxiety. It may also enhance THC’s ability to ease pain

While there’s some evidence that the entourage effect could have therapeutic potential, marijuana research is still in its very early stages. We need more research to fully understand how cannabinoids and terpenes, and minor cannabis compounds like flavonoids and fatty acids, may create effects in humans. 

How Do You Get the Entourage Effect From Marijuana Products?

So, should you always make sure you get the entourage effect when you use cannabis? We would say it’s good to think about, but you don’t necessarily always need the whole entourage. Like Dr. Russo said, sometimes a soloist–like THC or CBD–can be great. The question is whether, for you, having a whole band might be better. 

A good way to think about how different products can give the entourage effect is by looking at the different types of CBD products. CBD products fall into one of three categories: 

If you wanted a CBD product that could potentially provide the entourage effect, you would want either a broad-spectrum or a full-spectrum product, like a full-spectrum CBD oil. 

If you’re not sure which product would be best for you, ask a DC Collective dispensary employee for assistance. An employee can help you find a cannabis strain or product that would best suit your needs and tolerance level, as well as answer any questions you may have about the entourage effect.

Definition of Cannabis

Cannabis is a flowering plant that has been used by humans for medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years. It contains more than 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, with the primary psychoactive compound being delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabis can be consumed in various ways, including smoking, vaporizing, ingesting, and applying topically. In California, the use of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes has been legal since 2016, but there are still strict regulations in place to ensure public safety and prevent abuse. Understanding the legal definition and various forms of cannabis is vital for anyone who wishes to use it for any purpose in California.

Laws in California

In California, cannabis was legalized for recreational use in January 2018. However, there are still strict laws governing its possession, sale, and cultivation. Possessing over 28.5 grams of cannabis or more than four grams of concentrated cannabis can lead to misdemeanor charges punishable by a $500 fine and/or six months in jail. Possession with intent to sell can result in felony charges and up to four years in state prison.

Cultivation of cannabis is also regulated, with a limit of six immature plants or up to 12 mature plants per household. Selling cannabis without the proper permits and licenses is illegal, with penalties that include fines and imprisonment.

These laws are in place to ensure public safety and prevent the distribution of cannabis to minors. They are enforced by law enforcement officers who may conduct searches and seizures with a warrant. The Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), Health and Safety Code, and Business and Professions Code are all legal instruments that dictate cannabis regulations in California.

It is important to understand these laws to protect oneself from possible legal consequences. Anyone considering getting involved in the cannabis industry must also obtain the necessary permits and licenses to avoid penalties.

Types of Cannabis Products

Cannabis products come in various forms and are used for a variety of reasons. While many people associate cannabis with smoking joints, it is also available in other forms such as edibles, tinctures, and topicals. Each type of product has its own unique set of benefits and effects. It's worth exploring the various types of cannabis products available in California as they relate to your personal needs and health goals. Whether you're looking to relieve chronic pain, manage anxiety, or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of cannabis, understanding the different types of products can help you make an informed decision.

Concentrated Cannabis

In California, concentrated cannabis is defined as any product that has been derived from the marijuana plant and has undergone a process to increase the potency of the plant's cannabinoids. The possession limits for concentrated cannabis are different for medical and recreational users. Medical patients are allowed to possess up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis, while recreational users can possess up to one gram.

Qualified patients are allowed to possess, cultivate, and transport concentrated cannabis as long as they have a valid medical marijuana identification card. However, it's important to note that concentrated cannabis is illegal on federal lands, and possessing it could result in serious consequences.

Violating laws related to concentrated cannabis can result in fines and criminal charges. Possessing, distributing, or manufacturing concentrated cannabis without the proper license is a felony offense in California and could result in up to three years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Individuals caught with concentrated cannabis in an amount exceeding the legal limit can face misdemeanor charges, with potential penalties of six months in jail and a $500 fine. It's important for cannabis users in California to familiarize themselves with the laws surrounding concentrated cannabis to avoid any legal issues.

Immature Plants

One important thing to know about cannabis in California is the regulations surrounding immature plants. In California, adults over the age of 21 are legally allowed to cultivate up to six cannabis plants for personal use. However, these plants must not be in the flowering stage and must remain within a designated private residence.

The term "immature plant" refers to a cannabis plant that has not yet flowered. In general, immature plants are smaller and less developed than mature plants, and they can require different care and techniques for optimal growth. For this reason, many cannabis cultivators choose to purchase immature plants rather than starting from seed.

If you plan to purchase or cultivate immature plants, it's important to understand the legal requirements. For example, California law requires that all immature plants be labeled with the grower's name and contact information, as well as the date the plant was acquired. This labeling helps law enforcement officers distinguish legal cannabis plants from illegal ones.

It's also important to note that while immature plants are legal for personal use, they must not be sold or gifted without a state-issued license. The cultivation and sale of cannabis without a license is illegal and can result in serious penalties.

If you're interested in cultivating your own cannabis plants, it's crucial to do your research and understand the regulations surrounding immature plants. By following the law and taking proper care of your plants, you can enjoy the benefits of homegrown cannabis while staying on the right side of the law.

Grams of Cannabis Concentrates

In California, the legal amount of concentrated cannabis that can be purchased is 8 grams per day for recreational users and 32 grams per day for medical users. This is equivalent to 1 ounce of cannabis material for recreational users and 8 ounces for medical users.

Cannabis concentrates are a form of cannabis that has been extracted to produce a more potent product. Some common forms of cannabis concentrates available in the market include shatter, wax, budder, and oil.

While the use of concentrated cannabis can have beneficial effects for users, it also carries some health risks. Overconsumption can lead to nausea, anxiety, and other adverse effects. Additionally, manufacturing cannabis concentrates using hazardous chemicals can result in explosions or fires, putting both the manufacturer and others nearby in danger.

It is important to note that violating California regulations, such as purchasing or possessing more than the legal amount of concentrates without a license, can result in legal consequences. Violating these regulations can lead to fines or even imprisonment, depending on the severity of the violation. It is essential to understand and follow the state's regulations surrounding the use of concentrated cannabis to stay safe and avoid legal repercussions.

Medical Marijuana Law in California

In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana through the passing of Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act. Since then, several amendments and laws have been passed to regulate medical marijuana in the state. This article will provide an overview of the medical marijuana laws in California, including how to become a qualified patient, possession and cultivation limits, and the importance of obtaining a medical marijuana identification card. It will also cover the potential legal consequences of violating medical marijuana laws and the ongoing challenges faced by the medical marijuana industry in California.

Qualified Patient

In California, a qualified patient refers to someone who has a qualifying medical condition and has received a recommendation from a licensed physician to use medical cannabis. People with chronic pain, persistent muscle spasms, and other medical issues can become qualified patients under the California Compassionate Use Law (CUA). This law has created a medical marijuana program that allows patients and their caregivers to possess and cultivate cannabis for personal medical use.

To participate in the program, qualified patients need to obtain a Medical Marijuana ID Card. The card is issued by the California Department of Public Health and provides legal protection for patients and their caregivers while using and possessing medical cannabis. To qualify for the card, patients must register with their county health department and present their physician's recommendation along with proof of residency and identity.

The California Compassionate Use Law recognizes a range of medical conditions as qualifying for medical cannabis use. The list includes cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, severe nausea, seizures, and a host of other conditions that cause severe pain, vomiting, or muscle spasms. Patients with any of these conditions or any other debilitating medical issues may qualify to become a participant in California's medical marijuana program.

Persistent Muscle Spasms

Cannabis is increasingly being used to treat persistent muscle spasms in California, particularly those associated with conditions like multiple sclerosis. This is largely due to the plant's ability to reduce muscle tension and pain, which can provide significant relief for patients suffering from this debilitating condition.

One of the main benefits of using cannabis to treat persistent muscle spasms is its ability to alleviate symptoms without the negative side effects of many traditional treatments, like opioids. Additionally, cannabis can have a relatively rapid onset of relief when consumed through inhalation or sublingual administration, making it an effective option for patients who need quick relief.

However, as with any medication, there are potential side effects associated with cannabis use, such as dizziness, dry mouth, and changes in appetite and mood. There are also potential risks associated with long-term use, such as the development of tolerance or psychological dependency.

Patients considering cannabis as a treatment for persistent muscle spasms should always consult with their healthcare providers and carefully weigh the benefits and risks of this treatment option. Additionally, it's essential to only obtain cannabis from legal and reputable sources and to follow all applicable state and local laws regarding the possession and use of this substance.

Recreational Use of Cannabis in California

Recreational cannabis use became legal in California in 2016 after voters passed Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Although the state has a long history of cannabis use, this new law has brought significant changes to the landscape. Here's what you need to know about recreational use of cannabis in California.

Under California law, adults 21 and over are allowed to possess up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis or 8 grams of cannabis concentrates. Smoking or consumption of cannabis is allowed in private residences, but not in public places. The law also allows for cultivation of up to six cannabis plants per household, as long as they are kept in a secure location not visible from a public place. Licenses for cannabis businesses are required, and smoking or consuming cannabis is not permitted in any facility with a state-issued license.

Licensed cannabis dispensaries are allowed to sell recreational cannabis, but municipalities have the right to ban or restrict cannabis sales. Sales tax and an additional cannabis excise tax are added to the purchase price. Local governments may also add their own taxes.

As mentioned before, smoking or consuming cannabis is not allowed in public places, including sidewalks, parks, beaches and other outdoor locations. Violators can be fined up to $100. However, cannabis consumption is allowed in a private residence or in a private establishment that doesn't have a state-issued license. It is also important to not operate a vehicle under the influence of cannabis.

While recreational cannabis use is legal in California, there are still regulations regarding use, possession and sales. It is important to stay informed and compliant with the law to avoid any legal consequences. As with any controlled substance, responsible use and behavior can make a significant impact on how cannabis is perceived in society and its future legalization across the country.

Youth Center Accessibility

Youth Centers are important community resources that provide young people with a safe and supportive environment to learn, grow, and develop. They offer a range of helpful programs and activities that promote physical fitness, educational achievement, and socialization opportunities. However, not all youth centers are accessible to everyone, which can limit their impact in various communities.

Accessibility is an essential element that ensures youth centers offer the same opportunities to everyone, regardless of their physical ability. Most centers aim to ensure that all young people can participate fully in the programs and activities they offer. This includes providing accommodation for individuals with disabilities, ensuring that facilities and equipment are easy to use and navigate, and offering programs that are suited to everyone's unique needs and abilities.

For instance, some youth centers have wheelchair ramps and accessible bathrooms to ensure that individuals with physical limitations can easily access the building and facilities. Others have adapted recreational and sports equipment to make it more accessible to those who use wheelchairs or have other mobility challenges. Additionally, programs such as art classes, music lessons, and computer labs can be designed with accessibility in mind to ensure that everyone gets equal opportunities to participate.

Accessibility goes beyond physical ability. It also extends to ensuring that youth centers are welcoming and inclusive to everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Youth centers should create a safe and supportive space for all young people, where they can learn and grow in a respectful and accepting setting.

Community organizations and government agencies can support youth center accessibility by offering funding and professional development opportunities to youth center staff. This will help them gain the skills and knowledge necessary to promote accessibility effectively and provide support to young people with diverse needs and abilities.

In conclusion, providing accessible youth centers is essential to ensure that young people from all backgrounds, abilities, and experiences can benefit from the opportunities they offer. By promoting and supporting accessibility, we can create a more inclusive community where everyone feels welcome and valued.

Possession of Marijuana Restrictions

In California, the possession of marijuana is legal for both recreational and medical purposes. However, there are limitations to the amount that can be possessed. For recreational use, individuals over 21 years old can possess up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis or up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis. Possessing more than this amount is considered a misdemeanor offense, which can result in up to a $500 fine and six months in county jail.

For medical use, qualified patients can possess up to eight ounces (227 grams) of cannabis for personal use, as well as grow up to six mature or 12 immature plants. Possessing more than the allowed amount can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the quantity.

It is legal to possess marijuana in a private residence, but possessing it in public areas such as schools, parks, and government buildings is illegal and can result in fines or even imprisonment. Additionally, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal and can result in a DUI charge.

Overall, while the possession of marijuana is legal in California, it is important to adhere to the laws and limitations surrounding its possession, and to be mindful of where it is being used and stored.

Licensing Types for the Cannabis Industry in California

The cannabis industry in California has various types of licenses available to operate legally. The five main types of licenses are cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing, and retail licenses. To obtain any of these licenses, applicants must comply with state regulations and meet specific requirements.

Cultivation licenses are necessary for growing, drying, curing, grading, and trimming cannabis plants. Before applying, candidates must complete a background check, pay application fees, and meet certain criteria, such as being at least 21 years old and having no prior felony convictions. Similarly, manufacturing licenses require applicants to follow strict safety protocols and meet state and local zoning requirements.

Distribution licenses are necessary for transporting cannabis between facilities before it reaches the retailer. To obtain this license, applicants must have a physical location and meet minimum requirements for security, inventory tracking, and quality assurance. Testing labs must meet ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation standards and undergo annual audits to obtain and maintain their licenses.

Retail licenses are for businesses that sell cannabis products directly to consumers. In addition to complying with state and local regulations, applicants must have a physical location, follow strict security protocols, and meet minimum financial requirements. Regardless of the license type, all cannabis industry businesses must follow California's strict compliance and regulatory guidelines.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, understanding the current state of cannabis in California is crucial for anyone looking to explore its benefits or participate in the industry. We've explored key aspects, including the legalization history, regulations, and the thriving cannabis culture in the state.

California has been at the forefront of cannabis reform, legalizing both medicinal and recreational use. This progressive approach has allowed for the establishment of numerous dispensaries throughout the state, offering a wide variety of cannabis products to meet the needs and preferences of consumers.

If you're in the San Fernando Valley area, one cannabis dispensary that stands out is DC Collective. Known for its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, DC Collective offers a diverse selection of cannabis products, including flower, edibles, concentrates, and more. Their knowledgeable staff can guide you through the wide range of options and help you find the right products for your needs.

Whether you're a medical patient seeking relief or a recreational user looking for a positive cannabis experience, DC Collective in the SFV is worth exploring. Take the next step in your cannabis journey by visiting their dispensary and experiencing their exceptional products and services firsthand.

Remember, responsible cannabis use is essential, and it's always important to follow California's laws and regulations. Stay informed, make educated choices, and enjoy the benefits of cannabis responsibly and legally.

For cannabis enthusiasts, the desire to extend and intensify the effects of their high is a common quest. Whether you're a seasoned user or new to the world of marijuana, discovering ways to make your weed high last longer can enhance your overall experience. In this blog, we'll explore practical tips and techniques that can help you maximize the duration and potency of your cannabis-induced euphoria. From consumption methods to dosing strategies, get ready to unlock the secrets of extending and fully enjoying your cannabis high.

How Long Does A High Normally Last?

When it comes to consuming cannabis, one of the most frequently asked questions is how long does a high last? The duration of a high can vary from person to person, as well as depending on certain variables:


THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. The quantity of THC in your cannabis product can greatly affect how long your high will last. Generally speaking, the higher the THC quantity, the longer a high will last. This can vary, however, depending on factors such as the method of consumption and one's individual tolerance.

Method Of Consumption

Inhalation methods such as smoking or vaping tend to produce a shorter high than ingestion methods such as edibles. When cannabis is ingested, it is metabolized differently and takes longer for the effects to kick in, but those effects can last for several hours.


Individuals with a faster metabolism may find that their high wears off more quickly, while those with a slower metabolism may experience a longer-lasting high.


Regular cannabis users may find that they require more THC to achieve the same effects, resulting in a shorter high. Conversely, taking a tolerance break can help to reset the CB1 receptors in the brain and potentially extend the duration of a high.


Being in a relaxed or comfortable environment can enhance the high and make it feel longer-lasting, while stressful or uncomfortable environments may shorten the effects.

As a general estimate, the duration of a high from cannabis concentrates can last anywhere from 1-3 hours, while the effects from flower tend to last around 2-4 hours. Edibles, due to their digestion and absorption process, can produce effects that can last for up to 8 hours or more.

It's important to note that individual experiences may vary, depending on unique factors such as weight, height, age, and health. Some people may find that their high lasts for a shorter period of time, while others may experience a longer-lasting high.

Layer Effects For A Longer-Lasting High

Achieving a long-lasting high can sometimes be a challenge for cannabis enthusiasts. While different variables impact the duration of a high, there's a layering technique that can improve its staying power. A combination of edibles and inhalable options, such as smoking or vaping, can extend the length of the psychoactive effects of THC.

Variables such as dose size, route of administration, tolerance level, and metabolism all affect the duration of a high. It's worth noting that tolerance levels can differ from person to person, influenced by factors that include a person's frequency of cannabis use.

Taking A Tolerance Break to Reset the High

If you are a regular cannabis user, you may have noticed that over time, the effects of THC can diminish as your body builds up a tolerance. While this is a natural response to frequent exposure, it can be frustrating for those who want to experience a longer-lasting high.

Tolerance builds up quickly with frequent exposure to THC, and other factors such as the frequency and potency of the cannabis products you consume, your sex, age, and lifestyle can all influence how long it takes for your body to become desensitized to THC. This means that the length of your tolerance break will depend on a variety of factors, and you may need to experiment to find what works best for you.

Some potential benefits of taking a tolerance break include increased sensitivity to THC, stronger effects from smaller quantities of cannabis, and potentially even reduced risk of certain adverse effects associated with regular cannabis use.

If taking a full tolerance break isn't feasible for you, another alternative is to hold off on consuming cannabis until later in the day. This can help to prevent your body from becoming too accustomed to the effects of THC and may also help to make your high last longer.

Smoke Efficiently, Not Greedily

When it comes to smoking weed, there's an art to doing it efficiently. Taking small hits instead of big ones can help maximize the effects of THC and make your high last longer. But smoking too much at once burns through the weed too quickly, leading to a shorter high and potentially a waste of product. That's why it's important to smoke efficiently, not greedily.

Using a mini pipe or small bowl can help control the amount of weed being consumed. This will allow you to take small hits and enjoy the effects for a longer period of time. Not only will you be able to make your weed last longer, but you'll also find yourself needing less and less to reach the desired high over time.

Smoking efficiently has other benefits beyond just prolonging your high. By taking smaller hits, you'll be able to get a stronger effect from the THC. This is because you're maximizing the cannabinoid receptors in your body that THC binds to. With larger hits, you may be getting too much too quickly, overwhelming your receptors and ultimately limiting the effects.

So, the next time you're smoking weed, remember to smoke efficiently, not greedily. Using a mini pipe or small bowl and taking small hits will not only elongate your high but also allow you to enjoy the benefits of THC more effectively.

Store Your Weed Properly

First, let's discuss why proper weed storage is important. When weed is exposed to light, air, and moisture, it loses its potency, resulting in a weaker high. Storing your weed in a plastic container or a supplier's container reduces its strength. This is because static generated by plastic containers could draw the THC-rich trichomes on your flowers, leading to them never making their way to your bloodstream. Therefore, understanding proper storage techniques is essential to ensure that your weed remains potent.

Here are some best practices for storing weed:

1. Keep the container in a cool, dark place. Exposure to sunlight or heat will dry out and degrade the immediate humidity around your cannabis.

2. Avoid excess air or moisture. Lightly packed containers can cause oxygen pockets that may cause premature drying and reduce your bud's quality.

3. Avoid storing your weed near electronic devices such as speakers or refrigerators. The constant vibration may damage trichomes and reduce potency.

4. Don't store your weed in a refrigerator or freezer; it makes your bud dry and brittle.

Smoke in a Confined Space

Smoking weed in a confined space has become a popular practice amongst weed users. Whether it's in a small room, enclosed car, or any other space with limited ventilation, hotboxing can help to prolong the effects of THC, leading to a stronger and longer-lasting high.

Hotboxing entails smoking weed in a confined space until the area is filled with smoke. The idea is to breathe in the thick fumes that have been circulated in the enclosed space, exposing your lungs to more THC. This method can be particularly effective for those who have built up a higher tolerance level, allowing them to feel the psychoactive effects of marijuana for an extended period of time.

There are numerous benefits to smoking weed in a confined space. Consuming THC through breathing in the fumes from hotboxing can help increase the amount of chemical compound in your bloodstream, leading to a more intense and longer-lasting high. Additionally, if you are smoking weed with other people, hotboxing can provide extra time for everyone to enjoy the effects of cannabis together.

Eat the Right Food

One of the best ways to extend your high and get the most out of your cannabis experience is by eating the right foods. While many people focus on the method of consumption, using specific foods can significantly enhance the effects of THC and other cannabinoids on the body.

1. Mangoes - Mangoes are high in the terpene myrcene, which is also present in cannabis. This terpene helps cannabinoids better penetrate the blood-brain barrier, resulting in a more potent and longer-lasting high. Eating a mango around an hour before smoking cannabis can help make the high more intense and last longer.

2. Sweet Potatoes - Sweet potatoes are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower blood THC levels and reduce the risk of experiencing adverse effects such as anxiety and paranoia. Eating sweet potatoes before consuming cannabis can help counteract these negative effects.

3. Black Peppercorns - Black peppercorns have a compound called beta-caryophyllene, which can help mitigate the highness of THC. If you're feeling too high or experiencing anxiety, chewing on a few peppercorns can help tone down the effects of cannabis.

4. Fatty Foods - Eating fatty foods before consuming cannabis can help the THC bind to fat molecules, leading to a slower onset of effects and a longer-lasting high. Incorporating foods such as avocado or nuts into your diet before consuming cannabis can help extend the period of time you feel the effects.


It's important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Combining different techniques and experimentation may be needed to find the right balance and achieve a longer-lasting high. We encourage readers to share their own tips in the comments section and engage in a discussion about how they make their weed high last longer.

At DC Collective, a premier cannabis dispensary, we understand the importance of high-quality cannabis products in enhancing your experience. That's why we offer a wide range of carefully curated cannabis strains and products to suit your individual preferences. Whether you're looking for a relaxing indica, an uplifting sativa, or a well-balanced hybrid, we have something for everyone.

We urge readers to always use cannabis responsibly and understand their tolerance level. It's crucial to seek professional medical advice if needed and be aware of any potential adverse effects. Remember, what works for one person may not work for another, so listen to your body, be mindful, and use cannabis in a safe and responsible manner.

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