Recently Diagnosed with Cancer? Help from Your Denver Dispensary


January 17, 2018


If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, it is important that you know there is hope. Yesterday’s advancements have paved the way for recoveries and comfortable treatment options today. In fact, medical marijuana is known to help those combating the disease. As you plan to treat and beat cancer, it is helpful to learn as much as you can. Start by knowing key questions to ask your doctor, ways to manage pain, and how your Denver dispensary can help you along the way.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Upon receiving your diagnosis, here are top questions to ask your doctor to help you be more informed:
  • What is my type of cancer? Each diagnosis is different. You may combat yours differently than someone else. Cancer occurs due to an abnormal growth of cells within the body. Talk to your doctor about the type of cancer you have, how it may have started, where it is traveling, and all other details.
  • What changes should I make during treatment? Your daily routine will change as you fight the cancer cells in your body. It’s important to care for yourself to ensure the best recovery possible. From your eating habits and exercise routine, to sleeping and working, ask about the changes you will need to make.
  • What symptoms will I have? It is helpful to know what it normal to expect along the way. This will help you recognize signs that you might need to mention to your doctor down the road.
  • Is this genetic? It is helpful to know if your cancer is genetic. This way, you can inform family members so they can at least be prepared and have routine screenings.

Ways to Manage Pain

There are many ways to manage your pain associated with cancer treatment as you go. When experiencing pain, it is important to consult with your doctor about pain management options. Everyone is different and often times will prefer one method over another. If you find one method isn’t helping, talk to your doctor and try something else.

Keep trying until you find something that works. Your doctor may have you take anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling in mild cases, or opioids for more serious pain. If there is swelling, they may prescribe steroids. For non-medical assistance, you can work with a local physical therapist. Be sure you learn more about managing cancer pain at home.

Using Marijuana to Cope

For years, marijuana has been a way those with cancer manage their pain. It helps reduce pain and inflammation in the body, as well as nausea. This makes it especially helpful for those undergoing chemotherapy. Last, marijuana will also help reduce anxiety—enabling you to focus on treatment and your goal to make a full recovery. For quick relief, cannabis can be smoked or inhaled using a vaporizer, and allows for the active ingredient, THC, to enter the bloodstream quickly. You can also consume edibles for a longer lasting effect, but the relieving qualities take thirty to forty minutes to fully kick-in.

If you have been recently diagnosed with cancer, learn how medical cannabis helps cancer patients from your Denver dispensary, Altitude the Dispensary. Our team of experts can help you find the right strain that best fits your needs. Stop by one of our Altitude Dispensary locations today to see how we can help.  
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Tips From a Dispensary in Denver: How to Smoke Out of an Apple


January 10, 2018

Many people smoke weed out of a glass pipe, but there are plenty of other items that can be fashioned into a pipe if you don’t have one with you. The next time you want to smoke but don’t have a pipe handy, try to find an apple instead. In just a few minutes, an apple can be transformed into a fully functioning pipe. How? Follow these steps from a dispensary in Denver:

Remove the Stem

Start by removing the stem from the apple. This can usually be done simply by twisting the stem around and pulling it off, however the stem can also be cut off with a knife. If any piece of the stem breaks off and falls into the apple, make sure to remove it before moving onto the next step.

Dig A Hole From the Top of the Apple

Next, you will need to carve out a hole in the top of the apple, which can be done using any sharp utensil such as a knife, screwdriver, or pen. Shove the sharp utensil into the hole where the stem used to be. Keep pushing the utensil into the apple until you it has gone about halfway through the fruit. Twist the utensil around in a circle as you push it through the apple to create a sizable hole. The hole needs to be completely hollow, so you may need to use the sharp utensil to scrape pieces of the apple out of the hole.

Create the Second and Third Holes

You will need to make two other holes to complete the apple pipe. Using the same sharp utensil, dig a hole about half an inch away from the bottom of the apple. Continue to push the sharp utensil through the fruit until it makes contact with the first hole that you carved.

Then, create the third hole, which will serve as the carb. This hole should be about an inch and a half away from the top hole. It’s important to note that this hole should not be placed on the same side of the apple as the second hole. Again, push the sharp utensil through the apple until it has reached the first hole.  

Use the Apple Pipe

The transformation from ordinary apple to apple pipe is now complete! Place the marijuana that you purchased from a dispensary in Denver in the top hole that you created. Pack it into the apple the same way that you would pack it into a glass bowl. Hold the apple and put your finger over the third hole that you created, which is located near the top of the apple. Place your mouth on the second hole, which is located near the bottom of the apple, and light the marijuana to start smoking. Learn how to make an apple pipe to smoke weed from.

For more helpful cannabis tips, we encourage you to stop by Altitude Dispensary, a dispensary in Denver. 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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Advice from a Denver Dispensary, Which Beverages Should You Drink When Smoking?


January 3, 2018

Many people think carefully about which wine they should drink while eating certain foods, but have you ever thought about what beverage you should drink when smoking? Here’s a look at how tea, coffee, beer, and wine should be paired with pot:

Coffee

Many smokers that consume cannabis first thing in the morning enjoy pairing it with a cup of hot coffee. But, what kind of coffee is best? First, think about the caffeine content. Light roast coffee has the most caffeine, so it’s not a good idea to pair this type of coffee with an indica strain that makes you sleepy. If you are smoking an indica strain, choose a decaffeinated coffee or a dark roast, which has much less caffeine than light roast coffee.

If you are drinking a flavored coffee, make sure to choose a strain with a complementary flavor. For instance, smoking the Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies strain, which has a minty flavor, is not a good idea if you are sipping on caramel flavored coffee. Instead, choose either the Chocolate Thai strain or Chocolope strain, which would pair well with the caramel flavor.

Tea

When choosing which tea to drink as you smoke, it’s important to consider the effects of both the tea and the cannabis. If you are smoking a strain of cannabis that is designed to promote rest and relaxation, then pair it with chamomile or another type of tea that produces the same effects. Highly caffeinated teas work best with strains that are supposed to make you feel more creative and inspired. Take a look at the Leafly guide to pairing tea and cannabis.  

Beer

Think about the flavors of different types of beer when choosing the perfect brew to sip on as you smoke. Ideally, you should research how each brew and strain is made to learn about the different flavors and ingredients. However, if you don’t want to commit to conducting research, then go by the name of the beer and the strain alone. For example, Pineapple Express cannabis could be paired with a grapefruit or orange-flavored IPA. In this example, both the cannabis and the beer have a citrus flavor, which means they will work well together.

Wine

Wine aficionados know that every type of wine has a distinct flavor, so this is something that you should consider when choosing a wine to drink while smoking cannabis. A light and fruity strain of cannabis would pair well with a sparkling rosé, which has a similar flavor. You don’t always have to find an exact match between the flavor of the wine and the flavor of the cannabis, but you should always choose flavors that complement each other. For example, a wine that has deep, earthy notes may work well with a sweet, chocolate-flavored strain.

For more helpful cannabis tips, we encourage you to stop by Altitude Dispensary, one of the best weed shops in Denver. 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 Way to Consume Weed During the Holidays


December 20, 2017

People who are used to consuming weed on a regular basis may not be able to make it through the holidays without it. But, you may need to use a different consumption method in order to accommodate your busy holiday schedule. Here are some of the best ways to consume weed during the holidays:

Edibles

Enjoying an edible is a much more discreet method of consuming cannabis than smoking. Therefore, this is the perfect method of consumption for the holidays if you are going to be surrounded by friends and family members that don’t know you use marijuana. Keep your habit private by sneaking away to enjoy an edible whenever you’re in the mood for marijuana.

If you do plan on enjoying edibles during the holidays, make sure you keep them somewhere safe so family members don’t mistake them for regular food. It’s very easy to confuse a marijuana-infused cookie or brownie with regular sweets, so keep them separate. This is especially important if there are children in the house. See the 10 commandments of marijuana edible safety.

Joint/Blunt

Will you be celebrating the holidays with other people who enjoy marijuana just as much as you do? If so, there’s no better way to celebrate the season than to consume marijuana in a joint or blunt. This is the best way to share the experience of smoking marijuana with all of your loved ones. But, be sure to ask everyone to bring some of their own weed ahead of time so you don’t end up using all of the weed in your stash.

Topical

Many people smoke cannabis to relieve general aches and pains, but if smoking isn’t an option during the holidays, turn to a topical product instead. A topical product can be used to treat pain in specific areas of the body. Because these products look just like regular lotions and creams, no one will ever know that you’re using cannabis.

CBD Pill

Anyone who only uses cannabis to manage pain should consider trying CBD pills in addition to topical creams. These are just as discreet as topical products, but they can be taken orally instead of applied directly to the skin. Since these products do not produce a psychoactive high, there’s no need to worry about what you will say or do in front of your loved ones.

Vaping

If no one in your family smokes but they don’t mind if you do, vaping may be the best consumption method for the holidays. This way, you can still get the feel of smoking marijuana without making other non-smokers around you uncomfortable by lighting up a blunt. Plus, vaping does not produce a distinct marijuana smell, so you don’t have to worry about being a bad houseguest.

For more helpful tips on consuming cannabis over the holidays, we encourage you to 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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Tips From a Denver Dispensary: How to Traveling Legally With Weed


December 13, 2017

The holiday season is officially here, which means it’s very likely that you will be traveling by plane or car to see friends and family members. But before you start packing for your trip, it’s important to learn the laws regarding traveling with weed. Here are some things you should know from our experts at our Denver dispensary:

Traveling By Plane

Many people assume that members of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are looking for marijuana or other drugs when they search passengers’ bags, but that’s not the case. The TSA is responsible for finding anything that is a safety hazard. If they do happen to find marijuana, they will alert local law enforcement instead of handling the situation themselves. You may think that this means you won’t be in trouble as long as you are in a state that has legalized marijuana, but that’s not necessarily true.

The laws vary by state, but most states that have legalized marijuana do not allow users to carry the marijuana across state lines, meaning marijuana cannot be brought on planes. In addition, marijuana possession is prohibited within certain airports, including Denver International Airport. For these reasons, travelers must leave their marijuana at home if they are traveling by plane.

Traveling By Car

Fortunately, it is completely legal to travel through the state of Colorado with marijuana in your vehicle. You cannot drive out of state with marijuana in your vehicle, even if the state that you are trying to reach has legalized marijuana.

To comply with Colorado’s laws, the marijuana must be kept in a closed container at all times while it is in your vehicle. Also, keep in mind that it is illegal to consume marijuana while in a vehicle, even if you are not the one driving. If you are caught driving while under the influence of marijuana, you could face serious criminal charges and consequences. See more information for residents and visitors.

If you plan on traveling by limousine, you may be able to smoke marijuana during the trip as long as the limo operator allows it. But, the only passengers that are allowed to smoke marijuana are those that are riding in the back. No one who is driving the limo or sitting in the front seat is allowed to smoke.

Staying in Hotels

Will you be staying at a hotel or vacation rental in Colorado over the holidays? If you plan on smoking marijuana, make sure you call ahead to ask the hotel or owner of the vacation rental about their marijuana policies. Some hotels and vacation rental owners do allow their guests to smoke weed. However, it’s important to note that the city of Denver does not allow guests to smoke weed from hotel balconies if the balcony is visible from a public place nearby.

For more helpful tips on safely and legally consuming cannabis, we encourage you to stop by Altitude Dispensary, one of the best weed shops in Denver. 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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