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Hash History: A Study of Top Marijuana Strains at Takoma Wellness

There are history buffs in nearly every topic of interest—and one topic that’s been drawing a lot of attention recently is cannabis history. Cannabis buffs look at the study of marijuana strains and their origins in the same way other amateur historians look at airplanes or boats. If you’re one of these people, rejoice! We’re going to take a deep dive on the history of three top marijuana strains in this post.

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Let’s Study Marijuana: Top Strains at Takoma Wellness Center and Their Origins

While we were tempted to only look at old-school strains, we decided against it: That would be like only covering ancient history. We’ve put together a survey of classic and more modern genetics for this history lesson. Check out our breakdown of Blue Dream, OG Kush, and Do-Si-Do below.

Blue Dream

We’re going to kick things off with one of the biggest strains of all time: Blue Dream. This sativa-dominant strain was all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s. But its story starts before that.

Blue Dream traces its origins to California in 2003. It was created by crossing the legendary cannabis breeder DJ Short’s Blueberry strain with the equally renowned strain Super Silver Haze. While no one’s sure exactly who bred the first Blue Dream plant, some believe it originated in the Santa Cruz area.

Like its parent Blueberry, Blue Dream has a sweet, juicy flavor. One of the things that cannabis lovers found so attractive about Blue Dream was its euphoric and cerebral effects. That makes it a great daytime strain, in contrast to couch-locking indicas. Blue Dream often features a THC content that hovers around 20%, and it has little CBD to speak of.

Check out our menu to experience Blue Dream for yourself.

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Classic OG Kush

If someone asked you to think of the biggest strains of all time, chances are OG Kush is one of the names you’d come up with. OG Kush is a hybrid that offers both relaxing and uplifting effects. It usually has a fairly high THC content, regularly clocking in above 20 percent.

And who could forget the flavor and aroma? OG Kush seamlessly blends the spicy incense-like fragrance of Kush plants with the distinctive scent of dirt that typifies OG strains. Sparking it up is often reminiscent of walking through freshly plowed earth.

OG Kush’s real genetics are shrouded in mystery. Despite its seemingly obvious nod to rap, we don’t even know what “OG” really stands for! Some insist it means “Original Gangster.” Still others point to the term “Ocean Grown” in a reference to coastal California. However, experts generally accept that Chemdawg is involved, and crossed with either a Thai or Hindu Kush plant.

Want to learn more? Find Classic OG Kush at our dispensary.

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So far, we’ve really only looked at old-school strains in our deep dive into the origins of top marijuana strains. But we’re going to change that and spark up something a little more modern: Do-Si-Do.

If you’re familiar with modern cannabis genetics, you’ve probably heard of Do-Si-Do. It’s a cross between Girl Scout Cookies and Face Off OG. First hitting the scene in 2016, this strain quickly grew in popularity and was named Leafly’s “Strain of the Year” for 2021.

What really makes Do-Si-Do stand out is its high THC concentration. It often reaches a percentage in the high 20% range, sometimes even surpassing 30%. Its flavor hits you in the face, too, and definitely has notes of that classic OG taste we mentioned earlier.

Do-Si-Do is the kind of strain you need to try to believe, and with a strain this high in THC we always recommend the old adage for consumption: start low and go slow. You can browse the Do-Si-Do products we have in stock on our online menu.

The History of Marijuana Strains from Takoma Wellness Center

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our cursory study of some classic marijuana strains. If you’re looking for other legendary genetics, check out our complete menu!

Questions? Comments? Please reach out, we’re happy to help. We look forward to serving you!

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Zurple Punch Weed Strain: A Complete Guide

Are you the kind of cannabis enthusiast who’s always searching for the next hot strain? If you are, look no further than Zurple Punch. Zurple Punch is a cannabis strain that will soon carve a name for itself in the annals of the weed world. With great flavor and pleasant middle-of-the-road effects you’re not going to want to sleep on it.

Marijuana Reviews: Zurple Punch Weed Strain

Zurple Punch is a fairly rare cannabis strain. It’s also fairly new, which may contribute to that—some people just haven’t caught on yet. That gives savvy cannabis lovers the opportunity to get in on the ground floor with this impressive strain. If you’re the kind of person who chases rare genetics, the strain is not to be missed.

Zurple Punch: Genetics and Effects

This strain’s unique name comes from its parents. Zurple Punch is a cross of Zkittles (a hugely popular strain over the last few years) with Purple Punch (an older, but still popular strain). That lineage gives Zurple Punch a fairly balanced hybrid genetic profile.

That genetic profile plays a large role in determining the effects of this strain. Users report that it helps to spark creativity and sociability. It also may heighten the sensitivity of certain senses. Additionally, some fans of the strain say that it helps them relax and chill out.

Zurple Punch often tests between 20% and 23% THC, putting it in the “middle of the road” category of weed strains. It’s not so strong that it’s overwhelming for those new to cannabis, but its effects are powerful enough to please even the most experienced cannabis enthusiast.

THC isn’t the only thing that determines the effects of Zurple Punch, though. It also contains nearly 1% CBD. While that may not sound like much, many strains contain even less CBD. That means Zurple Punch actually has a decent amount of CBD. 

Terpene Profile: Flavor and Aroma

It has a unique flavor and fragrance that cannabis connoisseurs won’t find in many other strains. It combines notes of blue cheese and sweet berries with some distinctively nutty tones. Additionally, a faint lavender fragrance permeates this strain.

You can thank its terpene profile for that. Terpenoline influences Zurple Punch’s fragrance and tastes the most with its floral funk, along with some help from:

  • Caryophyllene: Caryophyllene is the only terpene that’s also a cannabinoid, which puts it in a unique position. It has a sharp, spicy taste, and you can find it commonly in black pepper. According to some research, it may be effective at reducing swelling.
  • Pinene: The most common terpene in nature, Pinene, has a fresh and uplifting scent that you may associate with evergreen trees.
  • Limonene: Limonene contains the very essence of citrus flavor. You can find this zesty, upbeat terpene n in (you guessed it) citrus plants and their fruits. Some research suggests this terpene may have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and gastroprotective properties, among others.

Zurple Punch Strain Takeaways

All in all, this is a strain on the precipice of greatness and certainly a strain worth seeking out. Stop by Takoma Wellness Center, call or browse our online menu to see what products we’re currently carrying.

Questions? Comments? Please feel free to reach out: We’re always here to help. And we look forward to serving you!

Top 5 CBD Vaporizers: Benefits, Effects, and What to Look for in a Vaporizer

If you’re new to the world of CBD vaporizers, 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 benefits of CBD in a discreet and portable format, this article is for you!

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Effects of CBD Vape: How CBD Works 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, and even helping us get a better night’s sleep.

Of course, THC—the most common cannabinoid—is linked to a number of health benefits as well. However, unlike THC’s intoxicating “high,” CBD’s psychoactive effects are minimal. 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 distracting psychoactivity.

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Top 5 CBD Vaporizers: What to Look For

In a sense, a high-CBD vaporizer is no different from any other. Because most vapes accept multiple cartridges, 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. Regardless of which you can choose, you can expect the same fast-acting effects as with smoked cannabis, only delivered in a delightfully gentle and cool mist.

No matter what cannabinoid ratio you choose, you’ll want a product that fits your particular needs. If you intend to use your CBD vaporizer on the go, a slim pen-style battery—such as our custom Takoma Wellness Center unit—offers portability and reliability in an astonishingly small package.

Likewise, the Vessel Vista takes the same functional strategy to its logical conclusion. Featuring an ultra-powerful battery and an eye-catching collar design, it’s a truly deluxe accessory for those interested in enjoying the benefits of CBD vaporizers.

On the other hand, the Vessel Compass battery is designed with ergonomic functionality and comfort in mind. Featuring an incredible, high-capacity battery plus tuned airflow and the same flexibility as a standard pen unit, the Compass is truly showing the way forward when it comes to the vaporizers of the future.

For those who want to take their CBD vapor benefits to the next level, there’s the Puffco Peak. Designed to vaporize potent cannabis concentrates, this tabletop unit’s multiple temperature settings and long battery life make it the Cadillac of concentrate vaporizers.

Finally, for anyone looking for a quick and no-fuss solution for their CBD needs, Takoma Wellness offers the Bunji Bros Battery and Painkiller XL set. This dynamic duo includes a high-quality rechargeable battery and a cartridge containing Painkiller XL, a cannabis strain specially formulated to address the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and chronic pain. If you’ve been searching for a “CBD vape near me,” this set offers a simple, intuitive, and cost-effective answer.

CBD Vaporizers: 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. Check out our online menu or stop by. If you have any further questions about the benefits of CBD, don’t hesitate to reach out. 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.

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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: Our Step-By-Step Recipe

Pot brownies are a classic cannabis treat. Delicious, long-lasting, and smoke-free, cannabis-infused brownies are a fun and convenient way of enjoying cannabis. You can always stop by our dispensary to pick up a pre-made brownie, but making your own pot brownies at home can be well worth the effort. 

Keep reading to find out how to make pot brownies at home and to check out an easy and delicious pot brownie recipe that you’re sure to love.

How to Make Pot Brownies: Decarboxylating Your Cannabis and Making Cannabutter

There are a couple of things that you’ll need to do before you can actually start making pot brownies.

The first is to decarboxylate your cannabis. Decarboxylation effectively activates the cannabinoids in your cannabis so that they can produce effects when eaten. Eating raw cannabis won’t get you high, but once it’s decarboxylated, a bite of bud will have you on cloud nine. 

You can decarboxylate cannabis in your oven by grinding up your bud and spreading it out over a baking sheet. Throw it in the oven at 225℉ for about 45 minutes. Remove and let cool.

After you’re done decarboxylating your bud, you’ll need to use it to make cannabutter.

In theory, you could just toss your decarbed bud directly into your brownie mix, but this tends to make edibles taste too weedy and skunky. Additionally, there’s a good chance that 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. Instead, to make the best-tasting brownies you’ll want to use your decarboxylated bud to make cannabutter which can then be used in your brownie recipe.  

Here’s a simple and easy cannabutter recipe you can use. 

How to Make Pot Brownies: Ingredients and Utensils

As with any recipe, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got the proper tools and ingredients before you can start cooking. For utensils you’ll need:

  • A mixing bowl
  • Cooking spray or cooking oil
  • A wooden mixing spoon or spatula
  • A large saucepan
  • A square baking pan (about 8 inches)

For ingredients, you’ll need:

  • ½ cup cannabutter
  • Two large eggs
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar

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Getting Down to Business: Our Favorite Step-By-Step Pot Brownie Recipe

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the best pot brownie recipe we know. 

  1. Preheat your oven to 340℉.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder (or brownie mix).
  3. Melt your cannabutter in a saucepan set to low-medium heat.
  4. Once the cannabutter is fully melted, remove the pan from the burner and add in sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat eggs and mix thoroughly.
  5. Mix the dry mixture from the bowl into the cannabutter mixture in the pan. Make sure to stir and mix thoroughly in order to ensure an even dosage of cannabutter.
  6. Once fully mixed, pour it into a greased baking pan, making sure to spread the mixture evenly throughout the pan.
  7. Place the pan in the oven and let it bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and place a toothpick in the middle to check that it is fully baked. If the batch is fully cooked, the toothpick should be dry when pulled out.
  9. Allow the brownies to cool.
  10. Cut the brownies up into individual squares, depending on the dosage you want in each brownie. 

Top-Notch Cannabis for Baking Brownies

Looking for some high-quality cannabis perfect for baking brownies or other edibles? Then visit our dispensary today or check out our online menu to shop a wide selection of premium cannabis buds great for baking with—or just to find something new to enjoy in your favorite vape, joint, or bowl. Some strains we think work perfectly for making pot brownies include Green Crack (tends to be an energizing sativa), NYC Diesel (an all-around hybrid), and Hindu Kush (known for relaxation). 


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What is Cannabis Kief and How Do You Decarb It?

Many people like to sprinkle some cannabis kief into their joints or onto their bowls as a way to boost the potency of their cannabis. But these aren’t the only ways to enjoy kief. Adding some kief to your edible recipe can have the same effect, resulting in more potent and hard-hitting edibles. 

However, before adding kief to any edile recipe, it’s important that you take the time to decarboxylate it first so that your edibles will be as potent as possible. Here’s what you need to know about kief, how to decarb kief, and why it’s vital to take the time to do decarb kief.

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What is Cannabis Kief?

Kief is made from the shiny and sticky trichomes that cover raw cannabis, which can be shaken loose from the plant material and collected. They may be small, but they contain a resinous substance that is loaded with cannabinoids and terpenes. While it’s less potent than most other extracts, kief is still much more potent than cannabis flower, making it a great addition for when you want to crank up the potency on your smoke, vape, or edible. 

What is Decarboxylation?

Decarboxylation is the process of activating the cannabinoids in your cannabis, or in this case, in your cannabis kief. Think of it this way: If you were to eat a piece of raw cannabis flower you wouldn’t feel anything, but eating a piece of decarbed cannabis would make you feel that typical edible high.

This happens because raw cannabis doesn’t actually contain THC or CBD like most people think. Instead, it contains their precursor cannabinoids, THCA and CBDA. The decarboxylation process applies heat to these cannabinoids in order to convert them into active THC and CBD. 

Edibles can be cooked without having to decarb kief beforehand, but this may result in less potent edibles. By decarboxylating your kief or cannabis buds before making the edible, you can ensure that as many cannabinoids as possible are activated and that nothing goes to waste.  

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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 like the Ardent Nova or FX can be a great way to decarb your kief or bud with as little hassle as possible. Decarboxylation machines will make sure that your plant material is decarbed at the right temperature and for 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.

If you don’t have a decarboxylation machine, you can always just decarb cannabis kief in your oven. Just set your oven to between 245℉ and 250℉ and spread your kief across an oven-safe pan that is covered in tinfoil. Once the oven is ready, place the pan in the oven for about 20 minutes before removing it, letting it cool, and collecting your decarbed cannabis kief. 

Lastly, you can also use a sous-vide machine. Place your kief in a sealed silicon container and set your machine to 203℉ for about 90 minutes. Seal your container with a vacuum sealer and drop it in hot water. This is a less common way to decarb kief, but can be just as effective as using an oven. 

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Kief and Cannabis Edibles at Takoma Wellness Center

Whether you’re looking for some kief to add to your edibles, or simply for some edibles you can enjoy right now with no cooking required, make sure to drop by our dispensary today or check out our online menu right now to see how we can help you.

Read Rabbi Jeff Kahn’s testimony to the DC Council on 11/19/2021 in favor of Bill 34-113 the Medical Cannabis Amendment Act of 2021 and Bill 24-118, the Comprehensive Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Act of 2021

My name is Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn. I am a resident of Brightwood Park and my wife, son, and I own and operate Takoma Wellness Center, the District’s first and longest operating medical cannabis dispensary. Before discussing cannabis, let me put on my rabbi’s hat to say 

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה, יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ, מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה.

This is a moment to celebrate for we have been kept alive, we have been sustained, and we’ve been brought to this moment when we begin to legalize the use of cannabis for all adults in Washington, D.C. Thank you Chairman Mendelson, Council Members McDuffie and Allen, and all the members of the Council of the District of Columbia for making today possible.

I don’t think anyone testifying today will oppose marijuana legalization. I-71 passed with 65% of the vote in 2014. I’m sure even more Washingtonians support full legalization now. But today you will hear many different ideas of who, how, what, where, and when it should be done. The proposed legislation aims to maintain and strengthen our medical cannabis program. That intention is stated several times in the proposed legislation. I don’t think anyone testifying today will oppose maintaining a strong medical cannabis program. We all want medical use and adult use and we all want it done correctly.

We will not be the first jurisdiction with a medical cannabis program to legalize all adult use. Washington State, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Alaska, New Mexico, and Illinois all had medical programs in place when their adult use programs began. All wanted to keep a medical program in place. Some have been far more successful than others.

The states that have succeeded have:

  1. Built their new adult use program on the foundation of their medical cannabis program. Takoma Wellness Center has a ten-year unblemished record of successfully operating in a heavily regulated and taxed DC cannabis program. Current and proposed rules and legislation call for additional medical dispensaries and cultivation centers. An Adult Use program will, no doubt, require even more. But the current licensed dispensaries and cultivators must be grand-mothered into any Adult Use program and must be able to sell cannabis to any adult as soon as the Act is effective. That is our first step to success.
  2. Established a large enough tax difference between medical and adult use cannabis to encourage medical patients to see a medical care provider and register with the state. It costs at least $200 to enter DC’s medical marijuana program. People will not spend that much and pay the same or a similar sales tax as adult use. The proposed legislation calls for a 13% sales tax for adult use and 6% for medical. The tax is too high to encourage medical registration or encourage regulated adult use sales. It would be best for adult use cannabis to be taxed at the regular 6%. Like any other medicine, medical cannabis should not be taxed at all. A low “recreational” tax and no medical tax is our second step.
  3. Allowed dispensaries that serve medical and adult use clients to mark all differences at the point of sale. It is at that point that all differences in tax, limits, products, and prices can be made. States that have adopted programs that require different entrances, inventories, counterspace, etc. have all found them excessively burdensome and unnecessary. We hope to see changes made to the proposed legislation to remove these stumbling blocks so we can succeed.
  4. Encouraged greater diversity and local participation by carefully expanding their program. We need to be sure that rules and regs are promulgated so that supply and demand are maintained. New players must be added to the program to serve more clients. ABRA is about to open applications for new cultivators and a dispensary. The legislation under consideration today doubles the number of dispensaries. DC currently has one the most diverse cannabis industries in the nation. Most of our dispensaries are Black and/or woman owned. We are encouraged that this legislation will keep us as local and as diverse as possible. That’s step four to our success.

Today, you are hearing many ideas about how DC can create a safe, legal, taxed, and regulated adult use cannabis market. Please remember that while doing so, we must maintain and strengthen our medical cannabis program, upon whose foundation the adult use program will be built. All current, licensed medical cannabis dispensaries must be able to sell to the general adult population as soon as regulations are finalized. We must stop taxing medical cannabis altogether and create a low adult use sales tax. We must continue to encourage diverse and local ownership. ABRA has already proven itself to be an outstanding regulatory authority, and we greatly appreciate Director Moosally’s leadership. Together, we can make all this happen and ensure the success of our efforts.

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Ask a DC Budtender: How Much Cannabis is Too Much Cannabis?

We want to make sure you have the best cannabis experience every time you consume, so we wrote this helpful blog. 

As experienced Patient Consultants, we’re familiar with many of our customers’ concerns about accidental overindulgence. Before legalization, there were many horror stories about cannabis enthusiasts eating one 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 easy to make sure you get the appropriate dose for your experience level and body type (just ask us for tips!). But as the market grows and technology improves, cannabis products are becoming more potent, and consumers who haven’t indulged since pre-legalization may find the flower they encounter is stronger than expected! 

So we wanted to write you a helpful guide covering how much cannabis you can safely consume as a beginner and what to do if you’ve accidentally overindulged.

How much is too much when it comes to cannabis?

The slightly unhelpful honest answer is, it depends! For the best experience, it’s always a good idea to have an IRL conversation with your friendly neighborhood Patient Consultant about your familiarity with cannabis, past experiences, and general metabolic level.

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t helpful guidelines to follow. The LA Times made a beneficial calculator for this purpose. A general rule is to stick with minimal dosage the first time you try a new cannabis product. If you’re a newbie smoking an unfamiliar strain, take a single puff and wait about half an hour to feel the peak of the effects. If you’re trying out an edible, give yourself slightly more time–around an hour or two–to see how the dose hits you.

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How to avoid taking too much cannabis?

When it comes to figuring out your ideal cannabis dosage, we give all our favorite clients the same advice: start low and go slow.

If you’re trying out a new cannabis product, whether it’s a new vape gel, edible, tincture, or strain, always carefully read the dosage information. Some manufacturers will suggest dosages, while others merely tell you how much THC a product contains and leave you to decide for yourself. Either way–consulting that packaging is always a good move!

If the suggested dosage isn’t doing it for you, you can increase the amount of THC you’re taking in about 5 mg at a time, leveling up with a slightly higher dose the next time you use the product. So, for example, if you’re eating a 20 mg candy bar, and ate a quarter without feeling much, start next time by just eating half. You can go for the full dose next time if the experience isn’t as intense as you’d like!

Can you overdose on marijuana?

Let’s get this out of the way: No! 

If you scrolled down here in a panic to make sure you’re not about to die, the good news is that there have been zero recorded deaths or any other adverse health outcomes longer than the length of a stormy afternoon. 

Still, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to overdose. It’s just that, unlike other, more dangerous compounds, the effects of a cannabis overdose can be unpleasant rather than harmful. 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. 

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Signs you might 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, unable to distinguish what’s really happening from your imagination
  • Your heart is racing, and you feel panicked
  • You feel nauseated, or maybe even vomit
  • You feel dehydrated like you’re sweating more than usual.

What should I do if I’ve taken too much?

Suppose you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, deep breaths! Fortunately for you, your friendly neighborhood Patient Consultants  know a few good 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 stay cool, calm, and collected. Remember, this too shall pass! And next time, check-in with your patient consultant before you try something new. We’re 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.