Dear Stoner: What products would you suggest for a 65-year-old cancer patient? I want to treat my anxiety and pain and increase my appetite without the hallucinations or paranoia. I want something like the stuff we smoked in the ’70s.
If there’s one part about Christmas that I don’t like, it’s the shopping. The mall might as well be one giant, burning dumpster during December, and you can count me as one of the flaming jamokes running around to each retailer in a hopeless quest to buy something other than golf balls and books for my parents. There is one small part of the shopping I do enjoy, though, and that’s filling the stockings.
Shopping for stocking stuffers doesn’t have to take you to the crowded stores and boutiques in Cherry Creek or downtown. You’ll make your brother’s day with a couple bags of beef jerky, some new toothbrushes and a Chik-fil-A gift card, all of which you can buy at a grocery store. But since we’re in Colorado, why not include something infused with cannabis in your loved one’s stocking this year?
Dear Stoner: When planning multiple sessions of multiple strains with friends, is it best to start with the strongest and work your way down, or start with the weakest and increase as you go?
A reader recently pointed out the lack of high-CBD strain reviews in this column, and she was right. There’s no excuse, folks: I had CBD bias, and I’m ashamed of it. I’m currently free of any real anxiety, inflammation or muscle pains, so the thought of buying a CBD strain had never really crossed my mind. After getting called out, though, my eyes focused on a jar of Harlequin during a recent trip to the Health Center Uptown.
Very rarely do I let a budtender’s spiel persuade me to buy a certain strain, but solicited advice is always appreciated. A new strain (new to me, anyway) called Lemon Cap was on my mind as I headed to Northern Lights Cannabis Co. in Edgewater, but after a quick conversation with the budtender, I was instead dreaming about strawberries.
Being a cannabis critic isn’t all joints and blow jobs. Some of these strains are hard to understand, especially for an outsider to the industry. Amendment 64 passed five years ago, in November 2012, and Denver now houses over 200 retail pot shops and MMJ dispensaries, with hundreds more around Colorado. How could one person possibly profile everything they stock?
Whether you use cannabis medically or recreationally, there are certain terms you should know. It’s smart to walk into a dispensary armed with knowledge, so there’s no miscommunication between you and the budtender. The more educated you are, the better your chances of having a fairly priced, fulfilling experience.
So we’ve come up with a dispensary dictionary. While some of this might seem a little remedial to experienced consumers, it should come in handy for new marijuana users and transplants alike. Knowing what’s in your cannabis is important, just as it’s important to know what’s in your food; it also arms you with info to pass along to other people who might have questions. To begin your ascension to informed cannabis consumer, study these definitions: