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Culture of Excess: The Strangest Products On The Cannabis Market

Call me old-fashioned, but when it comes to consuming cannabis, I’m perfectly satisfied with a simple, tightly rolled joint. Clean bowls/pipes are nice too. Much of everything else — gravity bongs, CBD oil vaporizers, crazy edibles, and water-soluble THC capsules — seems a bit excessive. After all, I’m usually just trying to make a book or movie more interesting with a delicate buzz, not blast myself to the point where I’m sinking into the couch…

The skinny on solvents

Chemical Separation: Chemical separation is another technique used to remove the trichomes from the plant matter; but it is far different from mechanical because it uses what are sometimes very volatile gases for extraction. However many of the techniques are remarkably safe under the right conditions, and furthermore, many of the solvents used are not even very volatile. Regardless, there are many other parameters to consider when discussing solvent VS. non solvent extractions. Bottom line:…

The glass ceiling: cracked, but intact — When it comes to gender parity, don't let the cannabis industry fall behind

“Jane,” a caregiver in Oxford County, has been growing cannabis for more than a decade; an older female friend of her mother was the one who initially introduced her to the plant’s medicinal properties. These days, Jane serves multiple patients and has years of expertise under her belt. Yet sometimes, she still finds herself forced to assert herself among her male counterparts. Jane has resorted to “interrupting, talking over — even raising my voice —…

'Too High'? ― Twenty Percent Pot Tax Sparks Discussion

In my last installment, we discussed how being an ethical smoker includes participating in the legislative process as Maine’s recreational pot regulations take shape. Folks, the time is nigh. With lawmakers currently hammering out what the state’s commercial pot program will look like upon implementation next year, it’s now critical for those of us interested in eventually buying or selling recreational marijuana to pay close attention — and weigh in, before the full legislature takes…

Bud and Breakfast: Maine's First Cannabis Inn Opens Amidst Slight Controversy

Cornish Maine is now home to a new cannabis venture that’s attracted both tourists and controversy.   The Laughing Grass Inn held their soft open party last week and generated a lot of buzz. Why? Well, the 200-year-old, 16 room house doesn’t just invite visitors to indulge in the region's bucolic pleasures: it offers a chance to wake-n-bake too.   As part of the all-inclusive package, guests at the historic, country-themed inn are served up…

Ancient Highs: Cannabis' Long, Weird History

The history of humans and cannabis is a long, tumultuous love affair that you probably haven’t dedicated much thought to.   Nowadays, ingesting marijuana is discussed endearingly in countless forms of media. We sing songs about it, watch TV shows around it, blog about growing it, and gloat about cooking with it. The love for cannabis extends far past college campuses and music festivals — how many homes do we visit that have some sort…

How It's Made: Shattering Myths About Shatter

It cannot be overstated how important the industry of recreational cannabis will be for the state of Maine. As the industry evolves and becomes more advanced, and as customers demand different products and experiences, the state will start to see new, inventive ways to get stoned.   The most popular way to do so appears to be dabbing, which is hotter now than a red titanium nail.  Simply put, dabbing describes the process of lighting…

Wacky Cannabis News From Afar

This week, we’re taking a break from highlighting Maine-centric stories in the marijuana world, and expanding to see how our favorite plant is making headlines in other parts of the planet.   Are Those Epic Red Bud Shots Photoshopped? Have you seen those photographs online of bright red cannabis flowers? They can’t be real right? Well actually, some of them are. Like most plants that change colors during certain months in their grow cycle, cannabis…

Is It a Crime to Make and Possess BHO?

Ahhh, the years-old question of the legality of making butane hash oil. When the mainstream media exploded with stories of backyard or basement chemists blowing up their homes in Colorado making BHO using poor techniques, it seemed to become common knowledge overnight that to produce or even to possess any amount of hash produced with butane was a felony. However, this raises dozens of questions: how would a police officer or a court of law…

Omnibust: On Ridiculousness, Rancor, and Vulnerable Cannabis Laws

As Maine slowly slogs through the process of regulating the sale of recreational cannabis, it’s worthwhile to see how the same process is playing out in Massachusetts, where some legislators seem determined to re-write the law entirely. A Mass House revision introduced last week would have more than doubled the tax rate on recreational cannabis from 12 to 28 percent, as well potentially added a 21.75 percent tax on medical marijuana. House Speaker Bob DeLeo…
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