Now that we've got you filled in on the basics when it comes to all things cannabis, it's time to get down to the fun stuff.
Times are changing for the cannabis community, but we've got you covered in the second installment of the Cannabis Survival Guide
Up until recently Cannabis was illegal across the entirety of the United States. For decades, Cannabis consumers would have to buy their Cannabis on the black market.
This meant meeting up with your local drug dealer. In most cases, these dealers new little to nothing about the Cannabis they were selling.
These dealers sold based off of THC potency and would always claim that this weeks Cannabis is the best they had ever smoked.
I was tricked a couple of times and paid high prices for sub par Cannabis. Most of the Cannabis purchasing public was ill informed about what to look for and what to smell for to ensure they were getting high quality Cannabis.
Oh how the times have changed.
Today’s Cannabis purchasing public is much more informed and these shady dealers are a dying breed.
Enter the medical dispensary...
Some states like California legalized the medicinal use of Cannabis. What this meant was that you would need to get a medical recommendation from a doctor for the use of Cannabis. You would take this medical recommendation to the dispensary and they would fill your prescription. Things went on like this for 18 plus years until, in 2012 Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the recreational use of Cannabis.
Enter the recreational/medical dispensary…
In these states and soon in California, you will be able to purchase Cannabis legally for recreational use as long as you are over 21 years old. Gone are the days of the shady drug deal in a fast food parking lot. All it takes now is a quick trip to your local dispensary.
Now that you have purchased your Cannabis and brought it home, you will need to store what ever you haven’t smoked or vaporized. To maintain the freshness and potency of your Cannabis, there are some factors you should keep in mind. First you will need to store your Cannabis in a cool dark area.
Sunlight or heat can cause the Trichomes on your Cannabis to evaporate. These Trichomes contain a large amount of THC and CBD, so keeping these trichomes intact is highly recommended. Be sure to use a grinder that has a Keif (Trichome) catcher.
This Keif catcher will store the trichomes that come off when grinding your Cannabis. Avoid breaking your Cannabis by hand as a good amount of the Trichomes will stick to your fingers.
When storing your Cannabis here are the top factors to be considered to ensure you are getting the most of your bud.
First off, the container you are using should be able to seal tightly. Be sure to keep your cannabis and containers in a cool dark place away from heat and light. As far as containers go- dark glass jars tend to the job the best.
If you are using your cannabis as a source for vaporizing, do not freeze your bud! Humidity is also a factor. Store your cannabis in ideal temperatures (Between 59 and 63 degrees.)
If you are looking to get the best bang for your buck when it comes to cannabis, storage is key. So the best advice would be to store the shit out of it and keep your bud in the best condition as possible to ensure its shelf life.
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