How Long Will These Marijuana Products Last?


July 26, 2017

It’s important to learn the lifespan of your favorite edibles, concentrates, and other products so you know how long you have to use them before they should be thrown away. Here’s a helpful guide to reference the next time you’re wondering about whether a product is still good enough to use:

Concentrates

Over time, cannabis concentrates from weed shops in Denver will begin to lose their color. If you have concentrates that have darkened and become murky, you may question whether they are still safe to consume. There is no expiration date on concentrates, so they won’t go bad like a carton of milk will after a certain number of days. However, they will lose potency. Concentrates that have started to change color or crumble when you touch them are not nearly as potent as they once were. It’s up to you whether you want to use them anyway, or just toss them and buy fresh products. Learn more about the concentrate shelf life.

Cannabis

Similar to concentrates, the longer that you leave cannabis laying around, the less potent it will become. One study found that cannabis loses about 17% of its potency after being kept at room temperature for a period of one year. However, the cannabis will experience a more significant drop in potency if it is exposed to heat, high levels of humidity, and light. The cannabis may look and feel different as it is left to dry out. It’s very likely that cannabis that has not been consumed after several months will look browner than it initially was and will crumble when you touch it.

Edibles

Edibles are a food product, so they should have a printed expiration date on the package. This is not the date that the cannabis will go bad, but rather the date that other ingredients used to make the product will. For example, edibles that contain eggs cannot be eaten past the expiration date of the eggs even though the cannabis content may still be safe to eat. Because of this, it’s important to pay close attention to the expiration date on your edibles. If you happen to find loose edibles at the bottom of your handbag or in one of your jacket’s pocket, don’t consume them if you do not know when they expire.

Topicals

There typically won’t be expiration dates on topical products. However, many topical manufacturers recommend using their products within one year of purchasing them to achieve the most effective results. The product may lose some of its potency within this time, but it should still be effective in relieving pain in a targeted area. If you open the topical container and notice a strange smell, color, or consistency, it’s best not to apply it to your skin.

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How to Make Edibles Kick In Faster


July 19, 2017

Many people enjoy consuming edibles, but they may not like having to wait up to two hours to feel the effects. If you want to ensure your edibles kick in faster, follow these tips:

Look for Fast-Acting Edibles

Due to high consumer demand, some manufacturers have started to produce edibles that are designed to kick in much faster than traditional edibles. These companies are using innovative techniques to alter the composition of edibles and ensure that marijuana hits your bloodstream as quickly as possible. Talk to the budtenders at the Denver dispensary you visit to find out if these products are in stock. Learn how fast-acting edibles are getting people high at lightning speeds.

Empty Stomach

If you want edibles to kick in faster, consume them on an empty stomach so they can enter your bloodstream quickly. However, this is never advised for people who have not consumed edibles before. If you are new to consuming edibles, then eat a full meal before your first time to ensure you do not experience an intense, uncomfortable high.

Buy Drinks

Consider drinking your cannabis instead of eating it if you want the high to kick in faster. Liquids pass through your digestive tract much faster than solid foods, so they should hit your bloodstream quicker, too. There are countless different marijuana-infused beverages on the market, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one that sounds appealing to you at a local dispensary.

Increased Metabolism

If you have a fast metabolism, your body will digest the edible faster and you will experience the effects of a high more quickly. Therefore, it may be a good idea for frequent edible consumers to speed up their metabolisms so they have a more enjoyable experience with edibles. However, this is not a quick fix. Increasing your metabolism involves committing to living a healthy lifestyle. It’s possible to slowly speed up your metabolism over time by working out on a regular basis, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep every night.

Drink Caffeine

Research has shown that caffeine can give your metabolism a boost, so drinking a caffeinated beverage as you consume an edible could be enough to temporarily increase your metabolism. Drink a glass of green tea or a cup of coffee as you enjoy your next edible to see if it helps speed up the digestion process so you can feel the high effect faster.

Consider Alternatives

If you’re unhappy with the amount of time it takes for an edible to kick in, you may want to consider exploring other options the next time you visit a dispensary. For instance, tinctures are cannabis extracts that will quickly hit your system if placed underneath your tongue. This is a great alternative for people who don’t want to wait for edibles but don’t want to smoke cannabis either.

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The Potential Side Effects of Smoking High-THC Strains


July 12, 2017

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the cannabinoid that produces the high feeling that many people love. The side effects that you may experience from THC will vary. In general, the effects are more intense if you consume a strain that has a high concentration of THC. Here are some of the side effects that you may experience after smoking a high-THC strain:

Munchies

THC activates areas of the brain that are associated with hunger. Because of this, it’s normal to have the munchies after smoking a strain from a Denver dispensary that has a high concentration of THC. Learn about the science of munchies: why does cannabis stimulate your appetite?

Drowsiness

High-THC strains can also make you feel tired or lethargic. This is great for people who are smoking marijuana in order to relax or get a good night’s sleep, but if you’re trying to stay focused or be productive, this can be an annoying side effect.

Paranoia

Not everyone who smokes high-THC strains will experience paranoia, but it’s a possibility. The higher the concentration of THC, the more likely it becomes that you will experience some degree of paranoia or anxiety after smoking.

Dry Mouth

THC attaches to cannabinoid receptors in the mouth and decreases the amount of saliva that is produced by your salivary glands. As a result, it’s normal to experience dry mouth after smoking high-THC strains.

Red Eyes

If you plan on smoking a strain that is high in THC, it’s best to keep eye drops handy so you can treat your dry, red eyes. THC causes your blood pressure to lower and the blood vessels in your eyes to dilate, which leads to red eyes. If you’re around other people that don’t know that you smoke, your red eyes could be a dead giveaway that you have recently lit up.

Learning How to Avoid These Negative Side Effects

You may not mind a case of the munchies or a high-THC strain that will help you unwind after work, but no one wants to experience paranoia or dry mouth. How can you enjoy your favorite high-THC strain without experiencing the negative side effects? It helps to start with a low dose and work your way up to ensure you don’t take in too much THC at once. Take a few inhales and then wait to see how the THC affects you before smoking again. In low doses, THC won’t cause the unappealing side effects, so by taking it slow, you could completely avoid paranoia, dry mouth, and extreme drowsiness.

Another option would be to find a strain that also contains a significant amount of CBD, which is another cannabinoid. CBD can counteract the effects of THC, so if you find a strain that has equal amounts of both of these cannabinoids, you may have a more pleasant experience.

If you want to find the strain that is perfect for you, stop by Altitude Dispensary, a Denver dispensary. Our knowledgeable budtenders can help you find the right medical or recreational product to suit your needs. Contact Altitude Dispensary for more information today!
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The Best Foods to Eat When You Have the Munchies


July 5, 2017

Everyone who has ever smoked or consumed an edible before has probably had a bad case of the munchies before. There’s nothing worse than hearing your stomach growl and realizing that you don’t have any appealing foods in your pantry. Don’t let this happen to you—buy some of these foods so you can stock your kitchen and satisfy your cravings the next time you have the munchies:

Cookie Dough

There’s no need to fuss with baking sheets or the oven—just grab a spoon and a package of cookie dough and you’re set. This is a great snack for people who have an insatiable sweet tooth.

Nutella

Speaking of sweets, another great snack to have in your pantry is a jar of Nutella, which is a chocolate-hazelnut spread with a creamy consistency. Similar to cookie dough, all you have to do to enjoy Nutella is grab a spoon, although you could spread it on some toast if you’re feeling adventurous. Or you could plan ahead by baking a few sweet treats that incorporate Nutella into the recipe. Try these 25 easy Nutella recipes.

Frozen Pizza Snacks

If you’re high, you may not be able to follow complicated instructions in order to prepare a snack. But, you should be able to push a few buttons on the microwave to prepare frozen pizza snacks. Browse through the frozen food aisle at your local grocery store and grab your favorite bite-sized pizza snacks.

Chips

Do you plan on vegging out in front of the TV after smoking? If so, you’ll need a snack that you can enjoy by the handful while you watch your favorite shows. Many smokers keep bags of their favorite chips handy so they can dig in after smoking marijuana. Plus, there are so many different flavors of chips that you won’t ever have trouble finding one that satisfies your cravings.

Popcorn

Popcorn is lighter than other snacks, so if you would feel guilty after eating a bag full of chips, choose a bag of popcorn instead. This is an ideal substitute because it can still be eaten by the handful, but you won’t be consuming as many calories.

Pop Tarts

Although Pop Tarts are actually considered a breakfast pastry, they can also be the perfect snack for people who have the munchies. Enjoy these by themselves or take two Pop Tarts and add a layer of Nutella, marshmallow fluff, or chocolate syrup in the middle to create a sweet and satisfying sandwich.

Ice Cream

Buy a pint of your favorite ice cream to keep in the freezer for the next time that you get the munchies. Ice cream is not only delicious, but it can also ease any discomfort you’re experiencing because of a dry mouth.
 
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Everything You Need to Know About Kush


June 28, 2017

If you’re new to the world of weed, there are a number of terms that you may not be familiar with, including “kush.” Here’s everything that you need to know about this popular type of weed:

What is Kush?

Kush is a type of cannabis that comes from the mountains on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is one of the few places on the planet where cannabis grows natively. It is fairly easy to grow kush cannabis here in the U.S. as the genetics make this plant very resistant to various environmental elements. It’s also easy to manage these plants because they don’t grow too tall. As a result, it is a popular choice among growers and there are now a number of different strains that have kush genetics. You can visit a dispensary in Denver to see if you are able to find any of these popular strains of kush cannabis.

The Characteristics of Kush Cannabis

Kush cannabis produces dense buds. This type of cannabis usually has deep green colas and may even have a slight purple tint on its leaves. The tiny hairs on the cannabis, which are known as pistils, can be orange or rust colored. Kush has a very powerful smell, but its smell can range from natural and earthy to sweet and floral, so it’s difficult to spot kush based on smell alone.

The Effects of Kush

One of the reasons why cannabis consumers love kush so much is because it produces a very strong high. What should you expect if you smoke kush cannabis? Kush strains are usually indica or hybrid strains, which means they may make you feel incredibly relaxed and drowsy. Medicinal marijuana users often choose kush strains for its pain relieving properties.
 
Some kush strains may also make you feel slightly euphoric and focused. Be sure that you talk to a budtender at the dispensary before choosing a strain so you know what type of high you should expect.

Most Popular Strains of Kush

One of the most well known strains of kush is OG Kush, which is a hybrid. OG Kush gives users a relaxing, yet uplifting and euphoric high, so it isn’t as sedating as other strains of kush. If you’re looking for a kush strain that acts as a sedative, a good choice would be Bubba Kush. This strain of cannabis creates a head and body high that may give you a bad case of the munchies. If you plan on consuming Bubba Kush, make sure you clear your schedule for the rest of the day. If your local dispensary does not have Bubba Kush, look for Master Kush, which has many of the same characteristics. Learn more about the Master Kush strain here.
 
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