Browsing: Cannabis Encyclopedia

cannabis-for-dummiesCourtesy of John Wiley & Sons

Nothing is that legitimate unless there’s a book about it for dummies. My dad learned how to coach Little League basketball and install Windows 97 thanks to the triangle-headed nerd who’s been on the cover of nearly 2,500 different self-help guides, aiding millions of readers. Now, the Dummies franchise has decided that cannabis is too big to avoid, bringing in former Native Roots executive Kim Casey to author a book about the plant.

The onetime communications director for Colorado’s largest dispensary chain has experience in the cannabis industry and with its constantly changing laws that few can rival, and she puts that experience to good use in her newly published Cannabis for Dummies. We caught up with Casey to learn more about the book, including which dummies will find it most helpful.

opiumHerbert Fuego

The strain name game is a fun, complicated mess of cannabis genetics, nomenclature and overzealous salespeople. You can find strains named after celebrities, candy, presidents, mountain ranges and everything in between.

Since they’re dealing with a psychoactive substance, it’s not surprising that strain breeders and pot dealers have named a few strains after other drugs that give off similar effects — luckily for tokers, not that similar. From Acid to Opium, here are eight strains named after drugs of much more serious consequence.

Cannabis IllustrationsPatrick Campbell

Botanical art, botanical illustration and flower painting are not the same thing. The emphasis on scientific accuracy and aesthetic value varies among the three, but they all showcase a plant’s composition and beauty. And now, in a show that very well might be the first of its kind, the University of Colorado Boulder is giving cannabis the beauty treatment.

“We have a rich, rich history of botanical illustration in the state of Colorado,” explains Susan Fisher, botany artist and curator of Cannabis: A Visual Perspective. “But there were huge conversations around this subject, because it was, you know, cannabis.”

edibles recipesCourtesy of Stillwater Brands

There’s no shortage of online recipes and techniques for infusing butters and oils with cannabis, but today’s consumers often want to take things a step further. No longer satisfied with space cakes and brownies, some potheads want a more elegant edibles experience. Unfortunately, infusing complex dishes and drinks that aren’t heavy in fat can be difficult, as THC bonds to fat molecules.

So some of Denver’s best chefs and mixologists teamed up with Stillwater Brands, a company that specializes in powdered CBD and THC distillate, to create dank and delicious recipes as 4/20 nears. The tasteless Ripple powder is made to mix in with food and drinks in various doses, making your cannabis kitchen adventures much easier — and impressive — than they used to be.

YouTube

America’s history of being wrong-headed about cannabis is well-documented on a variety of platforms, but the funniest way to examine it today is on YouTube. Host to a wide range of entertaining lunacy, YouTube’s rabbit holes can lead down some weird paths, including flat-earth theories, ’80s hair metal or videos that end in some asshole yelling “WORLD STAR!”

One of my favorite dens of nostalgic stupidity is anti-marijuana commercials and public service announcements from yesteryear. While a few carry messages that make some sense, such as the dangers of youth use or smoking and driving, many of them carry the same Reefer Madness rhetoric we make fun of today. Don’t believe it? Check out these ten commercials and PSAs from past decades and see for yourself.

cannabis schoolShutterstock.com/Per Bengtsson

Classes teaching the ins and outs of the cannabis industry have been around since the birth of the industry itself, but one new institution wants to reach professionals further away from the plant than trimmers and growers. Inspyre, a school aimed at accountants, engineers, human resource professionals, government regulators and legislators, plans to educate individuals who can affect the future of a pot business but have little experience or training in the growing industry.

“We’ve identified a lack of continuing education. A lot of folks have their heads down trying to put out these day-to-day fires,” says co-founder and vice president of business development Eric DeWine. “Technology, tracking systems, lighting systems, heating and air technology — you have to seek that knowledge out. It’s not provided.”

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