Vaping CBD: A Gentler Way to Access this Crucial Cannabinoid

If you’re new to the world of cannabis or returning after a break, you’re probably intrigued by the high-tech devices known as vaporizers or “vapes.” Whether they’re the sleek pen-style devices or more full-featured units, they all work on the same basic principle: That by heating cannabis to the point at which its beneficial cannabinoids become volatile, they deliver a cool and potent mist without any potentially harsh smoke or burnt plant matter.

This raises a question: Can you vape CBD? Absolutely! In fact, high-CBD vape pens are among the most popular items at our D.C. dispensary. And if you’re new to the world of CBD vaporizers and vaping CBD oil, you’re in for a treat. Because they work electronically to emit a cool-mist rather than potentially harsh smoke, vapes go easy on our lungs while delivering the same fast-acting benefits as smoked cannabis.

As revolutionary as these devices are, they promise an even greater reward. CBD vaporizers are one of the most popular and fastest-growing segments of the cannabis market, and it’s no surprise why. CBD vapor benefits include the potential to relieve:

  • Chronic pain and inflammation
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Insomnia and sleeplessness

If you’ve been wondering how to access all the potential benefits of vaping CBD oil, you’ve come to the right place! In today’s article, we’ll share everything we know, including specific recommendations for CBD vaping products.

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Vaping CBD: How CBD Partners with the Body

As one of the two principal cannabinoids—or “major active ingredients”—in cannabis, CBD has been linked to a number of potential health benefits. In addition to helping treat certain seizures, CBD shows promise in reducing anxiety and stress, addressing chronic pain, even helping us get a better night’s sleep.

Of course, THC—the most abundant cannabinoid, and the one most directly responsible for the marijuana plant’s characteristic “high”—is also linked to a number of potential health benefits in its own right. However, there’s a very major difference. Unlike THC’s intoxication, CBD’s psychoactive effects are not intoxicating, At most, some people report feeling a gentle cerebral “buzz.” This makes CBD-only or high-CBD vaporizers a great choice for those looking for symptomatic relief without potentially distracting psychoactivity.

Both CBD and THC work with the body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a vital regulatory network that helps our bodies stay healthy, regulate memory and sleep, and maintain homeostasis, among other functions. In a very real sense, the cannabinoids are “speaking the same language” as this important bodily system. Some researchers believe this is a crucial point when it comes to understanding the wide range of potential benefits associated with CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. 

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Potential CBD Vape Benefits

As we referenced a moment ago, the key distinguishing point about all vaporizers is that they heat (rather than burn) cannabis. Whether the cannabis in question is flower, concentrate, distillate or some other format, the principle is the same: By heating the material to the point at which the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds become volatile, vapes deliver all the medicinal benefits and none of the smoke. 

This begs a question: Is smoking cannabis bad for your lungs? While there’s not a consensus, the majority opinion is that it’s objectively less harmful than smoking tobacco. That said, smoking anything—including cannabis flower—still brings potentially irritating smoke into our lungs. And if you’re focused on leveraging the benefits of cannabinoids such as CBD, it’s a good idea to reduce any potential irritants from entering your airways.

Some of our customers are concerned that the experience of vaping CBD is less powerful than smoking it. That’s a contentious question. While some users claim that smoking cannabis delivers a more intense high, remember here that the point of vaping CBD isn’t to experience maximum intoxication. And in fact, compared with inhaling smoked cannabis, the bioavailability (or medical activity of the cannabinoids) is actually higher when using a vape. For this reason and others, we still recommend that those primarily interested in the medicinal effects of CBD try vaping as a smoother, less potentially irritating alternative to smoking.

By now we’ve covered many of the potential benefits of vaping CBD. Now we’ll segue into a discussion of a few products designed to deliver this medically active compound.

Vaping CBD: What to Look For in a Vaporizer

There are several options when looking to purchase a vaporizer, since you can vaporize the active ingredients in cannabis from flower directly or from cannabis concentrates

The popular 510 threaded vape pen batteries accept cartridges from many different brands and producers, so you can use the same battery with any number of oil-filled cartridges—including those that contain higher levels of THC should you want to try that route at some point. 

There are also vaporizing units, both handheld and tabletop, made specifically for vaporizing cannabis flower only. But of course, vaping CBD from a vaporizer capable of working with flower demands, well, flower. Because a growing number of our customers have expressed interest in high-CBD strains of flower, we make sure to always have at least a couple on hand. You can see what’s fresh and new by checking our selection of high-CBD, low-THC flower strains.

Or, you might choose a handheld or tabletop unit designed to vaporize potent cannabis concentrates. Lastly, there are units that can vaporize both flower and concentrates, and these units often come with different attachments for each. 

Regardless of which option you choose, you can expect the same fast-acting effects as with smoked cannabis, only delivered in a delightfully gentle and cool mist.

CBD Vaping: Final Thoughts

With the cannabis market expanding on a constant basis, it’s truly exciting to see the high-CBD products that are constantly hitting our dispensary shelves. From high-CBD flower to CBD-infused edibles to CBD-rich tinctures and oils, there’s seemingly no limit other than the skill and imagination of local cultivators, processors, and manufacturers.

If you’re interested in learning more about how CBD works with your body to deliver specific benefits, we’d love to help! As Washington’s #1 family-run medical marijuana dispensary, we’re dedicated to helping you get the very most from your cannabis experience. Have any other questions about vaping CBD (or any other questions in the wide world of cannabis)? Just ask! We’re always here to help.


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Heavy Hitters List: The Strongest Marijuana Strains with THC

If you know anything about the world of cannabis, you’ve probably heard of THC, the cannabinoid—or “major active ingredient”—most directly responsible for the plant’s distinctive “high.” And sometimes, you want a lot of it, especially to combat symptoms such as chronic pain, nausea, and insomnia.

What marijuana strain has the highest THC level? In today’s post, we’ll share a curated list including the highest THC marijuana strain. But be forewarned: These products aren’t for beginners, or those who find the psychoactivity of THC to be distracting or disorienting. That’s why we always counsel our customers to “start low and go slow.” You can always have more marijuana, but you can’t have less!

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Best Marijuana Strains: Introduction to the Cannabinoids

Before we unveil the strongest marijuana strain, it’s useful to understand the concept of cannabinoids. Because while—as we mentioned a moment ago—THC imparts marijuana’s “high,” that’s not all it’s doing.

The cannabinoids are a family of several-dozen natural compounds. They include CBD—a cannabinoid linked to many medicinal benefits, such as reducing anxiety and stress—as well as lesser cannabinoids such as CBN and CBG.

Besides imparting its unforgettable euphoria, THC does a lot for our bodies and our minds. Research suggests that in addition to its pain-fighting and anti-inflammatory effects, THC is a powerful remedy for nausea, such as that associated with chemotherapy.

That brings us to the topic of the highest THC marijuana strain. Because in addition to the enjoyment many of us derive from THC’s relaxing psychoactivity, many of those who rely on its medicinal properties want the powerful symptomatic relief of the strongest marijuana strain they can find. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of a few of the very heaviest hitters.

Highest THC Marijuana Strains

Highest THC Marijuana Strains: A Curated List

Kashmir Black, Abatin Wellness

Packing a truly astonishing 30.7% THC level, this powerful flower was bred from the legendary Durban Poison, OG Kush, and Champagne cultivars. Thanks to its profile of terpenes—or aromatic oils—it’s known for imparting deep calm, comfort, and inspiration.

Jack Herer, Center City Cultivation

Another true legend in the cannabis world, this sativa-dominant hybrid is named for the late cannabis activist, author of the foundational marijuana and hemp treatise “The Emperor Wears No Clothes.” Jack Herer—the strain, that is—is known for imparting a truly profound body high that is balanced by strong cerebral stimulation. This comes as no surprise given its hefty THC content of 30.6%! 

Pre-roll Moonrock: Viper Lemon Red, Alternative Solutions

We’ll admit it: This hefty pre-rolled joint “cheats” the THC test a bit by adding kief—or dry-sifted trichomes—and bits of the popular concentrate “shatter” to dry flower. But when you’re looking for an extraordinarily flavorful—and at 42%, exceptionally high-THC—smoking experience, this expertly crafted pre-roll is hard to beat.

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Pre-roll: Fog Jam, Alternative Solutions

While the lineage of this hybrid cultivar is somewhat shrouded in mystery, its effects are anything but. Packing a powerful 31% THC content, this pre-roll is beloved for its ability to help melt away stress and physical strain, anxiety, and insomnia. The delectably floral and hazy aromas serve as the icing on the cake.

Cherry Chem, District Cannabis

We’ll close out our list of highest THC marijuana strains with this crowd-pleasing favorite, a cross between the Cherry Pie and Chemdawg cultivars. Beyond the stellar flavor—a blend of sugary fruit mixed with gas and spicy notes—the high THC content (at a respectable 30%) makes this a go-to flower for those who wish to sink into a deeply relaxed and happy end-of-the-day state of mind.

Best CBD Products: In Conclusion

As the District’s first and longest-running medical cannabis dispensary, we’re grateful that so many Washingtonians turn to Takoma Wellness Center. If you have any further questions about CBD products, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re always here to help!


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How To Make Pot Brownies: Step-by-Step Recipe

A delicious, long-lasting, and smoke-free way to enjoy cannabis, the quintessential pot brownie—or “happy brownie” as it’s been called throughout the years—has been refined and perfected over decades and can now be found in as many variations as there are cannabis strains.

Infused brownies are a fun and convenient way to consume cannabis, and though you can always find pre-made options with fancy ingredients lining dispensary shelves, making your own at home can be well worth the time and effort. After all, who doesn’t love a warm, gooey brownie fresh from the oven? Add a dose of THC, and you’ve got the perfect after-dinner dessert or midday treat. 

If you’ve never made weed brownies before or want to refine your recipe, read on for our easy, tasty cannabutter and pot brownie recipes. With just a few ingredients, you’ll be on your way to chocolatey and stoney bliss. 

Decarboxylating Your Cannabis 

There are a couple of things you’ll need to do before you can actually start making pot brownies. If you’re starting with raw plant material, the first step is to decarboxylate your cannabis. 

What Is Decarboxylation? 

Decarboxylation is the process that activates the cannabinoids in your cannabis. Mainly, it converts non-intoxicating THCA into activated and intoxicating THC through gentle heating. 

Once decarboxylated and consumed in an edible, THC transforms further into 11-hydroxy-THC as it passes through your digestive system with effects that can feel more potent and last for several hours. The effects from edibles are usually felt between 30 - 45 minutes after ingestion, but it’s recommended to wait at least 90 minutes from the first dose to the second dose to avoid consuming too much too quickly.

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis 

You can easily decarboxylate cannabis in your oven. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to get you on your way:

  1. Preheat the oven to 225°F
  2. Roughly grind up your flower and spread it out over a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper 
  3. Set a timer and place the baking sheet in the oven for about 30 minutes
  4. When finished, remove and let cool. Your finished flower should have a light brown tinge to it

Pro Tip: Too high of heat or too long in the oven, and your cannabis will go past THC activation and into useless burnt flower. So keep a careful eye on your cannabis and check on its progress periodically.

How to Make Cannabutter: Step-by-Step Guide 

The amount of decarbed cannabis and butter you specifically need will depend on how much butter you want to make and how potent you want it to be. This can involve a bit of math, but this nifty Scientific Edibles Calculator is a great alternative for those of us who aren’t so good with numbers. 

Materials

  • Ground decarbed cannabis 
  • Butter or oil
  • Double boiler or slow cooker
  • Cheesecloth
  • Mason jar 

Homemade Cannabutter Recipe

  1. Melt butter or put the desired amount of oil in the top pan of your double boiler with water on bottom
  2. Once melted or heated to a low heat of roughly 225°F—low to medium-low heat stove top or low heat in a slow cooker—add your decarbed cannabis
  3. Stirring occasionally, let the cannabis and butter infused together for at least 2 and up to 6 hours. 
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, but do not allow it to fully cool. It should still be runny for the next step
  5. Place the cheesecloth over the top of your mason jar and slowly strain the plant material from the melted butter or oil into the jar
  6. Place a lid on your Mason jar for storage. If saving for later, the butter and oil can be kept for the same shelf life as their non-infused counterparts 

Do You Need Cannabutter to Make Weed Brownies?

In theory, you could just toss your decarbed bud directly into your brownie mix, but this method tends to make edibles taste too weedy and skunky. Additionally, there’s a good chance you’ll end up biting directly into little chunks of bud when you eat your brownie, so it might not be the best textural experience. 

Pot Brownies

Instead, to make the best-tasting homemade weed brownies, you’ll want to use your decarboxylated bud to make cannabutter or canna-oil first and then infuse it into your recipe by wholly or partially replacing the non-infused butter with your infused option. 

How to Make Weed Brownies

Now that you’ve gone through the steps of decarbing your cannabis and infusing it into your cannabutter, it’s time to make the brownies.

Materials

  • Two mixing bowls, medium and large
  • A wooden mixing spoon or spatula
  • A whisk
  • A saucepan
  • A square baking pan (about 8 inches)
  • Cooking spray or cooking oil

Ingredients

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder (or pre-made brownie mix if you’re in a pinch)
  • Two large eggs
  • ½ cup cannabutter
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract

Step-By-Step Pot Brownie Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray or otherwise lightly grease the baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Gently melt your cannabutter in a saucepan set to low-medium heat, removing from the heat as soon as it’s melted. Allow to cool for five minutes
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa powder (or brownie mix)
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, cannabutter, and vanilla extract until light and frothy
  5. Sprinkle the dry mixture into the cannabutter mixture and stir until just combined
  6. Pour it into a greased baking pan, spreading the mixture evenly throughout the pan
  7. Place the pan in the oven and let it bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean
  8. Allow brownies to cool for at least an hour
  9. Cut the brownies up into individual squares according to the desired number of servings and potency

Shop DC’s Best Cannabis for Homemade Weed Brownies 

Looking for some high-quality cannabis perfect for baking brownies or other edibles? Visit our dispensary today or check out our online menu and shop a wide selection of premium cannabis flower that are great for baking, vaping, and smoking. Don’t forget to ask about our excellent deals and discounts so you can make tasty treats without breaking the bank. 

How To Make Pot Brownies

Want to learn more about cannabis edibles? Check out our edibles product guide for more.


What Is Kief and How Do You Decarb It?

Here at Takoma Wellness, we love turning our customers on to the world of concentrates, the potent and flavorful family of products that took the cannabis world by storm in  the 1990s. But the story of highly concentrated cannabis products may be far older than you suspected: For centuries now, industrious cannabis cultivators have known the secret of kief.

If that name doesn’t ring a bell, you’re in for a treat. Kief is a little-known but highly flavorful cannabis product, the precursor to hash, and a potent addition to pre-rolled joints and bowls. In today’s post, we’ll share everything we know about it, including how to decarb kief so that you can use it to make your own edibles at home.

What Is Kief? The First Cannabis Concentrate

If you’ve ever noticed little drifts of powder at the bottom of your cannabis grinder, you’re already on to what kief is all about. Made of dried trichomes—the tiny, cannabinoid-filled glands that give fresh, high-quality flower its characteristic silver dusting—kief has traditionally been pressed into the potent bricks known in the Arab world as hashish or hash.

But wonderful though hash is on its own, there are other uses for kief. One of our favorites is sprinkling a little dusting of potent kief into a joint or on top of a bowl, where it will add a surprising burst of flavor and potency. The other is decarboxylating—or “decarbing”—it so that you can use it to make your own kief edibles.

Wait. What’s “decarbing”? So glad you asked! Here’s what it is, and why you definitely want to understand it.

a spoonful of Kief - dry trichomes

What Is Decarboxylation?

Decarboxylation is the process of activating the cannabinoids in cannabis, typically through gentle heat. If you were simply to eat a bite of raw cannabis flower, you wouldn’t feel any psychoactive effects. That’s because raw cannabis doesn’t actually contain the cannabinoids THC and CBD. Instead it contains their precursor cannabinoids, THCA and CBDA, which don’t impart any subjective effects in our bodies. The process of decarboxylation applies heat to these cannabinoids in order to convert them into active THC and CBD.

Is decarboxylation necessary with cooked edibles, such as marijuana brownies? Not necessarily. Edibles can be cooked or baked without having to decarb the kief or flower beforehand, but the results may be less potent than they would otherwise be. By decarboxylating your kief or cannabis buds before making the edible, you ensure that as many cannabinoids as possible are activated and that nothing goes to waste.

How to Decarb Kief

There are a few different ways to decarb kief. If you’re more of the hands-off type, using a decarboxylation machine such as the Ardent Nova or FX can be a great way to decarb your kief or bud with as little hassle as possible. Decarboxylation machines ensure that your plant material is decarbed at exactly the right temperature and for exactly the right amount of time, eliminating the risk of mistakes or the chance of ending up with improperly decarbed kief. When it comes to keeping things simple and quick, this is probably the best way to decarb kief.

But even if you lack access to a decarboxylation machine, there’s a fairly simple process you can use in the comfort of your very own kitchen. Here’s how it works.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 240° F. For maximum accuracy, use a purpose-made kitchen thermometer placed inside your oven.
  2. Using a scale, preferably a digital one, weigh out the desired amount of kief (typically in increments of a few grams at a time). Then add the kief directly into an oven-safe container. Pro tip: Place a layer of parchment paper onto the bottom of your container. Be sure the kief is in an even layer so you avoid mounds or clumps.
  3. Carefully wrap the top of the container with aluminum foil, then place the dish in the preheated oven. For THC-dominant flower, you’ll bake for 30-35 minutes. For high-CBD flower, bake for 45 – 55 minutes. Why? CBDA converts to CBD and becomes activated with a slightly longer oven time than THC does.
  4. Once the time has elapsed, remove the dish from the oven and, keeping the foil on the top, allow it to cool completely.
  5. Open it up and take a look. The kief will have darkened slightly, and it also may have melted slightly into a resinous pool. (That’s why the parchment paper is so handy, so as to avoid wasting any kief!) Your decarbed kief is ready to use. If you’re not using it straight away, store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Explore Kief and DC’s Best Cannabis at Takoma Wellness

As we hope we’ve made clear, kief is an historic and highly unusual addition to the classic lineup of cannabis products such as fresh flower, concentrates, edibles, and other favorites.

If you’re interested in trying any of these products, we’d love to help. As Washington’s #1 family-run medical marijuana dispensary, we draw upon a decade of experience helping our customers get the very most from cannabis. Stop by order online today!

Kief FAQs

Kief is a potent and powdery cannabis product made from the dried trichomes of flower. Because the trichomes produce the bulk of the plant’s cannabinoids, kief is notably more potent than flower!

Traditionally, kief is pressed into the dense bricks known as hash. But on its own, kief can be sprinkled into joints or onto bowls for a kick of intense flavor and added potency.

If you’re smoking kief, it’s not necessary to decarb it. But if it’s being made into an edible, decarbing it will activate all the cannabinoids and result in the strongest (and least wasteful) product.

Kief is quite a bit stronger than flower. While the strongest flower tops out around 30% THC, weed kief typically consists of 50% – 70% THC.


Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Washington DC

An Insider’s View on Washington D.C.’s Best Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Medically reviewed by Katherine Golden, RN, and Eloise Theisen, NP
Written by Denise Gonzalez-Walker

We recently caught up with Stephanie Kahn, BSN, for her perspective as a cannabis nurse and Takoma Wellness Center medical dispensary co-founder. Stephanie shared her insights from leading Washington, D.C.’s longest running legal medical dispensary and what she wished every new cannabis patient knew before visiting a dispensary.

(Note: This blog post was edited on 9/9/21 to more accurately reflect Washington, D.C., cannabis regulations.)

Takoma Wellness Center’s logo is a blue hamsa with a red heart in the palm.
Stephanie Kahn in front of a wall displaying a large hamsa collection at Takoma Wellness Center.

Step into Leaf411 member Takoma Wellness Center medical cannabis dispensary in Washington, D.C., and the first thing you’ll notice is the hamsa, a hand-shaped design that is believed to offer protection and good fortune, that traces back to ancient Mesopotamia.

The hamsa symbol is fitting, given that it shares a long history that runs parallel with cannabis. The cannabis plant can also be tracked back thousands of years ago when it was used medicinally, including in Mesopotamia. The hamsa symbol also holds an important place in the Jewish culture shared by founders Stephanie Kahn, BSN, Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn and their son Joshua Kahn.

Front door of Takoma Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary in Washington, D.C.

With a background in healthcare and the spiritual community, the Kahns already had extensive experience helping patients before entering the cannabis industry. One cannot help but think of Takoma Wellness Center’s extensive hamsa collection as a symbol of their caring and hope for the patients who visit the store.

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Navigating Washington, D.C.’s unique cannabis landscape

Takoma Wellness Center holds a unique spot as the oldest and longest running legal medical dispensary in Washington, D.C. While cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, the plant is legally sold for medical use in the nation’s capital, and possession of small amounts for personal use has been decriminalized.

District residents also support adult use (recreational) cannabis; however, Washington, D.C., is unique in that it’s not a state but a district that is ultimately governed by the US Congress. So far, Congress has blocked the district’s efforts to create a legal adult use cannabis marketplace.

U.S. Capitol dome with U.S. flag flying in front in D.C., where medical cannabis is legal.

District of Columbia dispensary Takoma Wellness Center accepts out-of-state MMJ cards

Cannabis cannot cross state lines, but marijuana medical cards can in a few states as well as in Washington, D.C. Medical dispensaries in the district accept valid medical cards from any state with a legal medical cannabis program, when that person is visiting the district and buying medicine in-person. (Dispensaries are not allowed to deliver or ship product across state lines due to ongoing federal prohibition that regulates all interstate commerce.)

For Takoma Wellness Center which is located only a few blocks from the Maryland state line and approximately 10 miles from Virginia, this means that over 50% of their customers come from outside the district, mostly from neighboring states. As nearby state marketplaces evolve, however, the mix of patients continues to change.

“We used to get a lot of patients from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but as their own state programs have improved, there’s less need for their residents to travel to find cannabis medicine that works for their needs,” Stephanie says.

Of course, the capital is also a popular place for people from around the country to visit. For patients who are unable to bring their cannabis medicine with them when traveling, finding a trustworthy local source like Takoma Wellness Center can be a godsend.

Patient consultant stands next to Takoma Wellness Center’s cannabis flower display, ready to help patients with questions.

Building a medical dispensary around the needs of cannabis patients

Takoma Wellness Center was built around not only providing a wide range of products but also exceptional service to patients, with patient consultants (similar to budtenders) who spend time educating visitors on different options. That commitment has remained even during pandemic challenges.

“Prior to the pandemic, we would spend a lot of time with our patients. That all changed last year with restrictions and the need for social distancing,” Stephanie says.

“A lot of the changes were positive. We were allowed to implement online ordering, curbside service and delivery. The downside, though, was that we were not able to spend the same amount of time in store consulting with patients.”

In response, Takoma Wellness Center developed virtual consults and protocols for patients to check in outside, reducing the time most people needed to spend inside the store. Stephanie says that their relationship with Leaf411 has also helped, with Leaf hotline nurses who are able to guide patients on the phone while looking over Takoma Wellness Center’s extensive online menu.

Graphic with a quote from Katherine Golden, RN, Leaf411 CEO saying, “Based on the calls we receive from Takoma Wellness Center customers, we can tell that their staff really care about helping patients only purchase what they need, saving them money and reducing buyers remorse by providing resources like Leaf411.”

What are the top reasons patients turn to medical cannabis?

Takoma Wellness Center serves patients who are seeking alternatives for a wide range of conditions.

“Pain and anxiety top the list, when it comes to the information that patients share with us. We have patients visiting us who have autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lyme disease, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, fibromyalgia, cancer pain and chemo side effects, who are seeking relief,” Stephanie says.

“We also have a couple of pain doctors in the area who are suggesting cannabis as an alternative to opioids for some of their patients. In my mind, this is a very positive development,” Stephanie says, though she also acknowledges that many other pain clinics continue testing patients for THC, with positive THC tests disqualifying them from continuing with prescription-based pain medications.

Tips & Tricks

Advice for both new and experienced cannabis patients

Stephanie has spent years helping patients understand the ever-changing cannabis landscape, with Takoma Wellness Center’s product selection informed both by Stephanie’s cannabis nursing background and years of experience hearing from patients on what has worked best. She’s also seen common missteps that new patients make on their first dispensary visit and has some general advice to share.

“A lot of cannabis naïve patients come in wanting to try edibles first. However, we really encourage them to first try tinctures instead. It’s much easier to adjust your dose with tinctures, which is especially important if you’re starting low and going slow,” Stephanie says.

She also sees both new and experienced cannabis users missing out on the full potential of plant medicine when they only focus on finding the highest-THC products.

“Whether the patient has been buying on the street for 30 years or they’re new to cannabis, we often see them looking for the highest THC product when a ratio product containing a balance of THC and CBD might actually provide better relief,” Stephanie says. “Obviously we’re not going to force education on them, but we do encourage patients to explore different product types and often have discounts to make it easier to try new things.”

When trying new products, Stephanie suggests that patients resist the urge to “stock up,” since cannabis products cannot be returned to the store.

“We’ve had customers who are brand new to cannabis who want to buy a half-ounce of cannabis flower or an extra-strength tincture because they believe it will be better than regular strength. While we’re not going to deny them that purchase, we do try to educate them and explain what the problems they might encounter,” Stephanie says.

Stephanie as well as Takoma Wellness Center staff also suggest that patients start low and go slow, understanding that everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different.

“The dose that works best for your friend may either be not enough or way too much for you. The best way to find your ideal dose is to start low and go slow, building up to the dose that works for you,” Stephanie says.

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Looking for the best local, family-owned D.C. dispensary with deep ties to the area?

Today’s patients and consumers have more options than ever when it comes to shopping for cannabis medicine. Many are eager to support local businesses that are making a difference and building a sustainable, equitable cannabis industry.

Takoma Wellness Center’s ties to the community run deep. Both of Stephanie’s parents grew up in Washington, D.C. within blocks of the medical dispensary’s current location. It was her parents’ experience using cannabis on doctors’ recommendations that inspired the Kahns to open a medical dispensary. As Stephanie says, “The story of medical cannabis in our city is personal to us—it’s also our family story.” (Read more about their story here.)

Stephanie is humble when it comes to ways the dispensary reinvests in the community. When asked, she shares that Takoma Wellness Center hires from the community, offering full health benefits, paid time off and above minimum wage pay. The dispensary has also participated in National Expungement Week and supports various community groups and programs.

Takoma Wellness Center has earned Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. Best Dispensary award for five consecutive years thanks to its commitment to patients and the community, as well as its vast product selection.

Also, as a Leaf411 business member, Takoma Wellness Center also helps ensure that cannabis education is freely available to all patients, regardless of where they live.

Katherine Golden, Leaf411 founder and CEO/ED says, “Based on the calls we receive from Takoma Wellness Center customers, we can tell that their staff really care about helping patients only purchase what they need, saving them money and reducing buyers remorse by providing resources like Leaf411.”


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How to Dose THC: How Much THC Is Too Much?

As the ‘70s folk-rock songsters Brewer and Shipley learned, there really is such a thing as “One Toke Over the Line.” And for many cannabis consumers both new or returning to the fold, “how much THC is a lot” isn’t an idle question. While imbibing too much cannabis is very rarely dangerous, it can be unpleasant. And that’s the last thing we want you to experience.

As experienced cannabis consultants, we’re familiar with many of our customers’ concerns about accidental overindulgence. In the interest of fostering the most pleasant cannabis experiences possible, we’d like to share what we know about how to dose THC and know your limits.

We’ll also include a vital piece of information: a THC mg dosage chart to help you understand exactly how much THC is too much. It’s our goal that you feel comfortable, knowledgeable, and prepared for a positive experience with cannabis. 

This guide covers how much cannabis you can safely consume as a beginner (and what to do if you’ve accidentally overindulged). By the time you’re done reading it, you should have a solid grounding in the mechanics of cannabis dosing.

How Much THC Is a Lot? A Very Personal Question

THC, of course, is the cannabinoid most directly responsible for the marijuana plant’s intoxicating properties. Before legalization, there were many horror stories about cannabis enthusiasts eating one infused brownie too many and vanishing into a black hole of paranoid couch lock. Nowadays, thanks to clearer, more consistent measuring of THC levels on packaged products, it’s easier than ever to make sure you get the appropriate dose for your experience level, metabolism, age, and body type.

How much cannabis is too much cannabis

But there’s a wrinkle in all this. Have you ever heard the expression “this isn’t your grandparents’ weed”? As the legal cannabis market grows and extraction and processing technologies improve, many cannabis products have become far more potent than they were even a few years ago. As a result, consumers who haven’t indulged since pre-legalization may find the cannabis they encounter is far stronger than expected! 

So: How much THC is too much? The slightly unhelpful—but truly honest answer is—it depends! Some variables include your prior experience with cannabis, your age, your gender, how much food you consumed prior to taking an edible, and other factors. While a given person might feel plenty medicated after ingesting 5 mg, others might not feel much psychoactivity at all.

That’s why it’s imperative—especially for newer consumers—to approach dosages of slower-acting products such as edibles and tinctures with caution. “Start low and go slow” is the watchword here, and we recommend you wait and only gradually increase dosage from there.

Even with rapid-onset formats such as smoking or vaping, we recommend you wait at least 15 minutes before ingesting more cannabis. A given strain might be much more potent that the products you’re used to, and while you can always take more cannabis, you can’t take less.

All the cannabis-infused edibles we sell are clearly labeled with the amount of THC each serving contains, and we strongly recommend you always follow the edible dosage guidelines on the package. Also, keep in mind that this list is strictly for THC, and edibles with a combination of THC and CBD can affect you slightly differently. Why? That’s because clinical research (and anecdotal evidence) indicate that CBD tends to mitigate the psychoactivity associated with an excess of THC. It’s as if the cannabis plant has its own built-in “emergency brake” to make sure the experience isn’t too overpowering!

For the best possible experience, it’s always a good idea to have a real-life conversation with your friendly neighborhood budtender about your familiarity with cannabis, past experiences, and general metabolic characteristics.

How Much THC Is Too Much? Can You Overdose on Marijuana?

Let’s get this out of the way first: If you mean “fatal overdose,” you can’t (although a mysterious case from 2019 did raise questions). But you can definitely have too much and wish you hadn’t. The good news is that, typically, the experience is typically fairly brief.

In many of the cases reported by hospital ERs, patients inexperienced with cannabis have imbibed too quickly and are suffering from delusions: Paranoid behavior, visual or auditory hallucinations, and other such symptoms. It’s important to note that such cases typically occur in people who already suffer psychiatric disorders or are prone to them.

In short, overdosing on cannabis happens most often to people who don’t use THC products often and accidentally exceed their limits. It’s also more common when people mix cannabis with alcohol or other substances that can increase the effects. 

How Many MG to Get High: THC Milligram Dosage Chart

So, how much THC is too much? Here are ranges to help you set general expectations. Again, it’s helpful to remember that everyone’s physiology is a bit different.

1 – 5 mg THC

This is generally regarded as the smallest of THC dosages, making it perfect for beginners as well as those of us who’d like to microdose. At this level we’ll typically feel mild relief of pain, stress, anxiety, and other symptoms. Some consumers experience heightened creativity as well.

5 – 15 mg THC

At this level of dosage, you’ll tend to feel stronger symptom relief. This is also where most consumers tend to feel a heightened sense of euphoria. You might also experience slight impairment of coordination and alteration of your perception of time. Anything under 15 mg is a good choice for helping with insomnia (especially with indica-dominant strains), while more energizing sativa-dominant strains can foster increased social interaction in some users.

15 – 30 mg THC

We recommend caution with inexperienced consumers ingesting dosages above 15 mg. This level is where newbies tend to experience paranoia, while seasoned users enjoy the heightened euphoria and relaxation. It’s also a good choice for cannabis patients who have developed tolerances to lower doses.

30 – 50 mg THC

At this dosage, most people experience impaired coordination and altered perception. That said, medical patients who have difficulty absorbing cannabinoids into their GI tract are helped by edible dosages of this level.

50 – 100 mg THC

This level is only for those experienced with THC. Even in seasoned consumers, negative side effects like paranoia and rapid heart rate can occur. Coordination is almost always impaired at this stage.

Beyond 100 mg THC

This level of dosage is only recommended for the most experienced consumers. Often called a “heroic dose,” it’s only for those who have taken high doses in this range before.

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THC Dose: Signs You May Have Overindulged

It’s all very well for us to tell you overdosing on marijuana isn’t dangerous. When you’re in the middle of a bad experience, it can still feel overwhelming. Here are some telltale signs you might have ingested too much THC:

  • You feel generalized, free-floating anxiety or paranoia
  • You’re confused and unable to distinguish what’s happening from your imagination
  • Your heart is racing
  • You feel nauseated
  • You feel dehydrated

How to Dose THC: What if I’ve Taken Too Much?

Suppose you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, to begin take a few deep breaths! Next, consider these tips to stop feeling so high:

  • Stay calm. It might feel like forever, but these effects will only last a few minutes. We promise you’ll feel better soon!
  • “Mom” yourself. What are the foods you find most comforting? How about a nice glass of water, or a piece of fruit? Feeding your body something nourishing and straightforward is a great way to get centered.
  • Lie down and rest. You’ll feel better if you let your body relax and your mind roam. Find a dark, quiet place where you can be still and dream for a while.
  • Get outside. If you’re feeling too anxious to stay still, indulging in a bit of nature time in a familiar place, like a garden or back yard, can help calm and focus your mind.

The most important thing you can do if you think you’ve consumed too much cannabis is try to stay cool, calm, and collected. Remember, this too shall pass!

How Much THC Is a Lot? Final Thoughts

Especially if you’re new to the world of cannabis, knowing how much THC is too much is vital information. We can’t say it enough times: “Start low, go slow.” Trust us, it’ll come in handy.

If you’re interested in learning more about how THC works in your body, we’d love to help! As Washington’s #1 family-run medical marijuana dispensary, we’re dedicated to helping you get the very most from your cannabis experience. Have any other questions about THC dosage? Just ask! We’re always here to help.


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The Washington DC Dispensary Guide to Cannabis Microdosing

New (and seasoned) cannabis consumers can benefit from an understanding of microdosing. Here’s everything you need to know. 

If you’re a seasoned cannabis consumer, you’re likely familiar with the potency race to the top. As cannabis becomes legal in a growing number of states, producers battle to attract consumers with products that pack a more potent punch. 

But stronger doesn’t always mean better! 

There are days when you want to experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, but you still need to get things done. That’s where cannabis microdosing, our Patient Consultant’s secret weapon for sustainable daily cannabis consumption, comes in. So what is cannabis microdosing? And how can you incorporate the benefits of micro-dosed cannabis into your daily routine? Let’s take a closer look!

What is cannabis microdosing

What is cannabis microdosing?

First things first; what is cannabis microdosing? While the actual amounts of cannabis an individual uses for microdosing can vary from person to person, micro-dosing consists of using a minimal dose of cannabis, either by taking a small amount of a pure THC product or a larger amount of a high CBD, low THC product for a more mellow effect enjoyable over a long period. 

The techniques of micro-dosing cannabis were initially associated with hallucinogens like LSD or mushrooms and have recently been expanded to investigate the potential of low dosage THC.

The idea is to balance the desirable benefits of THC and the sometimes overwhelming psychoactive effects to create a sustainable daily high.

How is cannabis microdosing different from a full dose of cannabis?

When it comes to cannabis consumption, microdosing is all about calibration. Rather than maxing out THC levels for a complete mind/body experience, the small doses utilized by practitioners of cannabis microdosing are designed to deliver precise effects. 

Where consuming a full dose of THC creates a specific bodily experience that some find overwhelming, the effects of microdosing are far more subtle and vary from person to person depending on several factors, including the cannabis strain, dosage level, and your body’s tolerances. Basically–the effects of microdosing are more subtle and controlled, allowing you to experience the therapeutic benefits of THC while continuing to go about your day unimpeded by the psychoactive effects.

What are the benefits of cannabis microdosing?

So, why microdose? The short answer is, it all depends! 

Individuals might try microdosing for a variety of reasons–depending on their physical and psychological needs. Some people enjoy the relief microdosing can provide for bodily conditions like relief from chronic pain or topical treatments for inflammation. In contrast, others turn to the treatment for conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

While most academic studies on microdosing have been done on psychedelic substances, consumers often report symptomatic relief; in addition, if you’re new to the world of cannabis consumption, microdosing can be a great way to test your tolerances and find out the right level of THC for your individual needs.

Benefits of cannabis microdosing

How to start cannabis microdosing?

First things first—let’s get you talking to a professional! 

As with any change in your wellness or supplement routine, you should always check with an expert who understands the ins and outs of consumption to see if cannabis microdosing is right for you. A qualified Patient Consultant will help you determine if cannabis microdosing is right for you and determine the best place to start.

Once you’ve got the professional go-ahead, check out some of our favorite low-dose products! If you’re brand new to the world of microdosing, a high dosage CBD product like Abatin Wellness CBD oil can be a great place to start. A low THC/high CBD tincture like Liberty’s MediHaze allows you to control your dosage drop by drop. Or try a little infused honey for a sweetly light dose. Whatever product you choose, Takoma Wellness’ experienced budtenders are here to help guide you through your cannabis microdosing journey.


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Ask a DC Budtender: The Rules of Cannabis Edibles Consumption

New cannabis consumers often approach edibles with a mixture of excitement, fear, and caution. We get it – edibles have an interesting reputation. But they shouldn’t. Our cannabis edibles basics will ensure you have the best experience – every time. 

When it comes to cannabis edibles, there’s an element of mystery that can make taking the first bite of that infused chocolate bar (or oat bar, marshmallow crisp, or cookie in a jar) a nerve-wracking experience. How do you know the correct dosage? And what effects will you experience? 

Unlike more familiar forms of cannabis, like flower and vape cartridges, it’s hard to make a visual assessment of the perfect amount (and variety) of cannabis edibles to suit your needs. 

That’s why we decided to sit down with our favorite professional Patient Consultants to learn the ins and outs of cannabis edibles and how new consumers can ensure a perfect experience every time.

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What are cannabis edibles?

Let’s start with the basics: what are cannabis edibles, and how do they work? 

Put simply–a cannabis edible is any cannabis-infused food product that contains either THC or CBD. Some cannabis edibles enthusiasts prefer them for their convenience, while others like the relief of not worrying about the impact of smoking on their lungs. 

These days, edibles come in many forms beyond the familiar pot brownie, from beef jerky to breakfast cereal! With the world of cannabis edible brands growing by the day, it’s easy to find a product to suit your palette (and dosage and effects requirements).

How long does it take cannabis edibles to kick in?

Edibles tend to take longer to kick in than inhalable cannabis products. Typically, you can expect to wait between 30-60 minutes to experience the effects of cannabis edibles. Many factors can affect the timing of cannabis absorption via edibles. Let’s go over a few:

  • You might feel the effects of high dosage THC edibles more quickly than a lower dose product.
  • Edibles you consume by sucking on them (like lozenges, lollipops, and gum) kick in faster since they’re absorbed directly through your saliva (they’re sublingual). 
  • Chewable edibles (like gummies, cookies, or that oat bar we talked about earlier) take longer to kick in since they have to be digested before your body absorbs the THC or CBD they contain. 
  • Other factors, like how empty your stomach is and your sex, weight, and cannabis tolerance, can affect how quickly your body reacts to edibles.

If you’ve consumed an edible and don’t yet feel the effects, have patience! Our Budtenders recommend waiting 24 hours before taking a second dose to avoid consuming too much. Instead, try eating something else to kick-start your digestion.

Cannabis Edible Consumption

How do edibles make you feel?

One advantage of edibles is the intensity they offer compared to other cannabis products. Cannabis edibles create a more powerful high than some other consumption methods, and you’ll feel the effects longer than inhalable cannabis products. 

That’s why it’s so important to read your labels and consult your budtender before embarking on a novel cannabis experience. Make sure you pay attention to serving sizes–what sounds like a reasonable dose for that chocolate bar you’re chowing down on might just represent the THC content of a single square!

The bottom line: whether you’re brand new to the world of edibles, or a seasoned pro, starting low and going slow is always the best advice. Taking a mindful approach to cannabis edible consumption will ensure you have a blissful, relaxing experience that’s 100% DC Budtender approved.

Do you have cannabis consumption questions? Drop by Takoma Wellness and ask a DC Patient Consultant (Budtender)! We’re here for you.