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Cannabis Commercialism

Did you know that they have CBD multi-level marketing campaigns out there now? For real, cannabis products have made it into pyramid schemes, and if you haven’t encountered it already, you’ll soon see your old friends from high school selling CBD products on Facebook just like Scentsy or Tupperware. And it doesn’t stop there. I […]

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Did you know that they have CBD multi-level marketing campaigns out there now? For real, cannabis products have made it into pyramid schemes, and if you haven’t encountered it already, you’ll soon see your old friends from high school selling CBD products on Facebook just like Scentsy or Tupperware. And it doesn’t stop there. I just got some junk mail from Bed Bath and Beyond advertising their new CBD products, Carl’s Junior sold a CBD-infused burger this past 4/20, and the Kardashians even have their own line of CBD cosmetics.

In a way, this is awesome because the stigma surrounding cannabis gets weaker every time a new celebrity or corporation comes out with a CBD line, but in a different light, it’s unfortunate, and I’ll tell you why. All the CBD products that are available nationally are derived from hemp instead of marijuana because hemp is legal everywhere as where marijuana is not. And while hemp produces high amounts of CBD, it produces negligible amounts of all the other cannabinoids like THC, CBN, and CBG. You need all these compounds for a true full-spectrum entourage effect (we’ll talk about that in a second), so hemp doesn’t encompass nearly as much as marijuana. Here’s a good way to think about it:

Hemp is good for making rope, marijuana is good for making drugs.

All the commercialism out there would have you believe there’s no difference between the two, and that’s frustrating because CBD products derived only from hemp haven’t been proven to do that much (read THIS). People with serious ailments who try hemp products usually don’t get much relief, and then they never try the real stuff that’s sold only in dispensaries because they think they already have. It makes me want to stand in public like a town crier and shout, “take marijuana, not rope!” but that would be weird, so I’m writing this blog instead.

Here’s the most important thing you need to know: there’s no such thing as “full-spectrum hemp oil.” And the reason you need to know this is that every single bottle of hemp-derived CBD oil I’ve ever seen says “full spectrum” right on the label. Liars! The term “full spectrum” is something we use in the cannabis industry to describe products that deliver all the cannabinoids that can be found in marijuana, and since hemp doesn’t produce all the cannabinoids, it’s impossible for it to be “full spectrum.” Get it? Granted, some hemp oil has a “fuller” spectrum than others, but it’s still lacking as compared to the complete spectrum marijuana provides. But in their defense, the reason some hemp-derived products are called full spectrum is that there are two ways to get the CBD out of hemp plant matter: a chemical isolation process (that captures only the CBD), or a whole-plant extraction process that gets out everything hemp has to offer. The latter is indeed “full spectrum” when compared to the former, but not when compared to marijuana products.

But the term “full spectrum” doesn’t really matter if you don’t know why it’s important. Basically, a full-spectrum marijuana product is the only way to achieve the entourage effect, which is the synergistic way all the cannabinoids work together to produce a physical or psychoactive effect. Wikipedia can tell you all about it HERE, but long story short, cannabis products both get you high better, and provide better overall effect, if you get ALL the cannabinoids instead of the limited few produced by hemp. And yes, I’ll admit that trace, itty-bitty amounts of secondary cannabinoids (like CBG of THC) show up in hemp from time to time, but marijuana packs a whopping 113 different cannabinoids, which makes hemp’s spectrum empty in comparison.

But if you’re a hemp enthusiast, please don’t think that I’m trashing your plant completely. Hemp-derived CBD is used by many people, but I’d still recommend the real stuff. In my mind, hemp products are like essential oils as where marijuana is something for which you can get a prescription. And I’d imagine that as soon as legal weed is available nationally, the hemp products will start to dwindle because that’s what always happens to second-best.

My point is that you shouldn’t listen to all the cannabis commercialism that seems to be getting worse daily—marijuana professionals, such as the ones you’ll find at The Greenery, know way more about this stuff than Bed Bath and Beyond or any Kardashian ever will. And if you’ve tried the hemp-derived stuff and didn’t find the effect you were looking for, please, come into our shop and try the real stuff. We have a tincture that contains well over 600mg CBD per bottle, but it also contains 9mg of THC and a smattering of other cannabinoids. You can’t buy this stuff online. And the best part is that you don’t need to worry about the “high” with this tincture because each serving delivers only a quarter milligram of THC, which is just enough to enable the entourage effect without clouding your mind with a psychoactive effect. We offer the same sort of product in a gummy or a vape pen or straight-up flower because we’re the best Durango dispensary for real CBD products.

So please, if you’re looking for CBD’s effect without THC’s high and you’d like to try a bona fide marijuana product, come see us at 208 Parker Avenue (but we’ve also got your back if you’re looking for the high as well). We’re open seven days a week with plenty of discrete parking and we have a knowledgeable staff you need to meet, because when it comes to real CBD, We’re Your Best Buds!

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Best Bud of the Month: Toffee – Bud Tender

Frankly, you already know Toffee. In fact, if you Google “Toffee Durango Greenery,” the first ten results that pop up are from happy customers who left a review specifically for Toffee, and they’re all glowing sentiments with comments such as “great customer service” and “best budtender ever,” which makes sense. Toffee simply slays it up […]

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Frankly, you already know Toffee. In fact, if you Google “Toffee Durango Greenery,” the first ten results that pop up are from happy customers who left a review specifically for Toffee, and they’re all glowing sentiments with comments such as “great customer service” and “best budtender ever,” which makes sense. Toffee simply slays it up front, and everyone who walks in our door leaves with a smile thanks to the equal parts of friendly, sarcastic sass and superb cannabis knowledge they received from Toffee. But just in case you’re one of the few Durangans who doesn’t know this extra-fab budtender of ours, here’s your chance to learn a bit more:

 

About your Best Bud:

Q. When did you start working for The Greenery?

Toffee. I began working at the Greenery a scant 5 months ago, and I’m still having fun.

 

Q. What’s your favorite way to enjoy marijuana?

Toffee. I prefer a nice flavorful flower or a potent dab. Edibles for special occasions of course!

 

Q. What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

Toffee. Nothing beats the simple joy of a walk by the river or a gentle hike. I prefer getting fresh air and relaxing to testing my endurance and athleticism.

 

Q. Tell us about your pet.

Toffee. I don’t have a pet at the moment, but I will be remedying that as soon as possible.

 

Q. Which station do you stream while you’re working at The Greenery?

Toffee. I tend to listen to podcasts when I’m just passing time with busy work, but I’ll switch over to one of my custom playlists when I want to focus.

 

Q. What do you like most about working at The Greenery?

Toffee. I’ve always been passionate about cannabis, and this job really lets me indulge in that passion. I could talk about weed and weed-adjacent products all day long. No, really, that’s what I’m paid to do.

 

Yes! We really do pay our budtenders to “talk about weed and weed-adjacent products all day long,” which is still something we don’t take for granted—we all remember when weed was illegal, and it’s still a bit surreal to walk into this Durango dispensary daily to sell it and talk about it for a paycheck.

And really, there aren’t many people better at talking about weed than Toffee, who comes to work each day with an organic, genuine passion for the plant, and with a heartfelt desire to help the people who walk into The Greenery looking for legal weed. So, Toffee, thank you for all that you do; you’re February’s Best Bud of the Month!

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Solventless Hash Oil in Durango

Technically, “solventless” isn’t a word, but we’ll pretend like it is just like everyone else in the cannabis industry. Anyway, this post is overdue because quite a few of you have been coming and asking for vape cartridges that aren’t filled with BHO or anything else that’s extracted with hydrocarbons, and until recently, CO2 was […]

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Technically, “solventless” isn’t a word, but we’ll pretend like it is just like everyone else in the cannabis industry. Anyway, this post is overdue because quite a few of you have been coming and asking for vape cartridges that aren’t filled with BHO or anything else that’s extracted with hydrocarbons, and until recently, CO2 was the best we could do, but that’s over now because we recently put the Live Rosin carts from Dab Logic on our shelves.

But first, I should back up just in case you have no clue what I’m talking about. When most cannabis vape oil is made, they start with dried flower. Then they grind it up finely, bake it to decarboxylate the cannabinoids, and then they put it in an extraction vessel (which looks like a big metal tube). And then they “blast” some sort of solvent through that tube, which separates the cannabis oil from the plant material, and then that oil is put into a vape cartridge. If a hydrocarbon such as butane was used instead of CO2—which is often the case, because butane is a more caustic solvent that removes more from the plant material—they must remove the solvent from the oil thanks to Colorado’s regulations. So, the oil must go into a purge oven before being put into cartridges: the purge oven heats the oil and creates a vacuum, which pulls from the oil all the residual solvents.

This is why BHO (butane hash oil) has never scared me—I trust the manufacturers we use for vendors, and I know their product has been tested for residual solvents to make sure it’s below Colorado’s permissible level. Frankly, I’m more worried abut the butane that gets into my system by using a butane lighter to smoke regular pot (we sell hemp wick in our Durango dispensary if it bothers you as well), so the tested, butane-derived concentrates we sell don’t bother me in the slightest.

That being said, there are still plenty of people out there who avoid hydrocarbon-extracted concentrates for one of two reasons: one, they’re worried about the residual butane, and two, they like the taste and high of solventless extracts. The former isn’t a big deal thanks to the testing, but I get the latter preference completely. Solvents such as CO2 and butane work well to remove cannabis oil from the plant, but they leave quite a bit behind, meaning the high you get from BHO will never be as complex as a flower high, and even though the butane has been removed, hydrocarbon extracts have a certain taste to them that some people simply don’t like, which is valid. And that’s where solventless hash oil, or “SHO” comes in, bringing us full circle back to where this blog started.

Rosin and Bubble Hash are two examples of solventless hashes because both products are made with only water, heat, and pressure, but both products are solids, so they don’t do you any good when it comes to vape pens; you need SHO for that. But this stuff hasn’t been around for long, which makes sense: you don’t need to be a scientist to figure out that it’s extraordinarily difficult to turn a plant into vape liquid, so it took this burgeoning industry of ours quite some time to figure it out. But we finally got it done, and here’s how:

First, instead of starting with dried, cured flower, to make SHO, producers start with “fresh-frozen flower,” which is frozen with dry ice immediately after harvest. They do this because when you let flower dry, many of the terpenes evaporate, which means flavor is lost. The next step is to take that fresh-frozen flower and give it a bath in Bubble Hash (which is separated from the flower with ice water and mechanical agitation), and this is done to bump up the potency in the final product. Then, the bubble-hash bathed, fresh-frozen flower is wrapped in a mesh bag before being put in a press, which applies gentle heat and pressure to squeeze out from the plant matter all the hash oil contained within. After this step, you have something called “Live Rosin,” which we also sell in our Durango dispensary, but it’s still a solid, so one more step is required. Next, the Live Rosin is put in a large, deep tray to be baked. This denatures the Live Rosin and makes all the solids float, which are scraped off the liquid below, which is then gathered and put into cartridges as finalized SHO.

Crazy, right? And if you think about it, even though SHO carts look like other carts, this complicated process is why you end up paying more for solventless vapes, but the price is worth it. The flavor from these things is as good as it gets, and since everything was removed from the flower mechanically, and since the flower was fresh-frozen, the high from a SHO cart mimics the complex one you get from flower, which is awesome. So, if you’ve never tried an SHO cart, I recommend running here to get one, because they really are that wonderful.

And if you’re just now realizing that most concentrates are made with hydrocarbons, and you’d like to try something that isn’t besides the new Dab Logic carts, we’ve got you covered. When it comes to solventless, full-melt concentrates, we always have Live Rosin from Kush Masters on our shelves. This is the solid form of SHO that didn’t undergo the denaturing process to make it a liquid, so it looks a lot like wax, but it’s as true to the plant as any concentrate out there, meaning it’s the best solventless dab on earth.

Or, if you’re old-school like me and you don’t dab, but you’d still like a solventless hash experience, The Greenery is Durango’s only dispensary that sells traditional, kief-based hashish. We have our own Hash Factory that produces Moroccan and Lebanese hash, both of which are completely solventless, and all you need to do to step things up a notch is sprinkle some of either on top of you bowl (or roll some into your joint).

But what about all you edible fans? Did you guys know that most gummies are infused with CO2 oil, or that some of them contain butane-extracted cannabinoids just like hydrocarbon dabs? Well, for you, we’ve always sold Love’s Oven edibles such as their Turtle Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookies, both of which are made with canna-butter, which is technically solventless. With edibles such as theses, cannabis flower is mixed into butter and then heated, which causes the cannabinoids to infuse the butter solventlessly (which definitely isn’t a word). But in the coming weeks, we’re going to expand our solventless edible selection by introducing “Dialed In” gummies, which are made with the same SHO you’d find in a Dab Logic vape cart, which is very exciting, because it means you’ll be able to get a flower-like high from an edible (and because these things are delicious).

And that’s that! SHO carts are the newest “it” thing in the cannabis industry, and we have the best ones in town, so come see us. And for that matter, we always strive to bring in the newest and greatest innovations such as SHO carts before everyone else in Durango, because We’re Your Best Buds!

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Best Bud of the Month: Jewel – Bud Tender

About your Best Bud: Jewel is part of a younger generation, one that simply doesn’t understand the struggle that came from being a stoner twenty-something years ago, because way back then, Jewel was still in diapers instead of waiting in dark parking lots for pot like the rest of us. And as soon as she […]

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About your Best Bud:

Jewel is part of a younger generation, one that simply doesn’t understand the struggle that came from being a stoner twenty-something years ago, because way back then, Jewel was still in diapers instead of waiting in dark parking lots for pot like the rest of us. And as soon as she became of age and moved to Colorado, she walked into a brave new world where marijuana is legal, and oddly enough, the first job she landed was with us, right here in Durango’s best dispensary.

But she has a true love and sense of appreciation for the cannabis plant, despite never knowing the struggle, and her level of professionalism is far beyond her years. She stands behind our bud counter day after day selling weed with a comfort that might come from not knowing a time when this was illegal, and she does her best to research marijuana deeply so she can educate our customers right along with their purchases. Frankly, we love Jewel, but you don’t know her as well as we do, so here’s your chance to meet her:

About your Best Bud:

1.) When did you start working for The Greenery?

Jewel. I started on September 30th, 2019.

2.) What’s your favorite way to enjoy marijuana?

Jewel. I like just about any form of cannabis, but I really enjoy rolling my own joints and dabs, too. Fun fact: my first lesson on rolling came from an old German woman in Dakotas. For dabs, I think half of the fun is hunting around for different strains and consistencies of wax.

3.) What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

Jewel. I’m on the lazy side so I love hikes and yoga.

4.) Tell us about your pet.

Jewel. I don’t have any myself, but I do adore my sister’s pets, a pit-bull as sweet as her name, Daisy, and two cats, Pearl and Spot.

5.) Which station do you stream while you’re working at The Greenery?

Jewel. It usually has something to do with the Revivalists, Unlike Pluto, or Panic! At The Disco.

6.) What do you like most about working at The Greenery?

Jewel. It’s pretty cool I can chat with my managers/coworkers about their experiences with cannabis and it’s just a regular workplace conversation.

Isn’t that exactly how it should be? There are still quite a few people out there who see cannabis as something salacious, when really, it’s just a plant that causes far fewer problems than other legal intoxicants such as alcohol, so shouldn’t all conversations about marijuana be “just a regular workplace conversation”?

And that’s another reason Jewel is a Rockstar, even though she might not know it: by being a young professional in the cannabis industry, she’s helping our culture to normalize this Coloradan experiment of legal, regulated weed. Jewel’s dedication to education and professionalism is helping us all turn a new leaf, pun intended, and for that, she’s Your Best Bud for January. Thank you, Jewel!

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