How to Roll a Joint

How to Roll a Joint

This blog post, How to Roll a Joint, explores the basics of rolling joints. When you are finished reading this article you will be equipped with all the information you need to become a better joint roller than you are now. If you’ve never rolled one before, hopefully you’ll give it a try after reading! As someone who smokes weed, knowing how to roll a joint is an integral part of the culture. You will feel satisfied every time you roll a nice joint, there’s nothing quite like it! Your friends will rely on you to roll the joints because “yours burns so nicely”, and during your smoking sessions you will be showered with compliments. There is one specific rolling hack we will share with you, and also explain how to personalize your joint rolling setup.

You will need three things in your quest for joint rolling supremacy.

    1. Practice.
    2. Personalized supplies.
    3. A joint rolling hack.
1. Practice.

As with all things that are worth knowing, practice makes perfect. You’re here seeking out the perfect joint, and there is no way around practicing. But worry not, you don’t need to get in ten thousand hours to roll a good joint, because at the end of the day, it’s a fairly simple motor skill. Roll thirty to fifty joints and you’ll be ready. Roll over a hundred, and you’ll start getting really good. When you start to lose count of the number of books of papers you go through, then, and only then, will you have achieved full mastery status. You better love the process people, so always remember, practice makes perfect.

2. Personalize Your Supplies.

When it comes to rolling the perfect joint, it’s like shooting a free-throw in basketball, or a tennis serve. It’s a repetitive skill that all comes down to routine. Personalize your preferences. Shaq didn’t throw free throws the same way as Kobe. Take the time to choose your favourite rolling papers, filter tips and grinder. Use them routinely to become comfortable. If you keep changing your supplies you’ll still get better, albeit at a slower rate. For example, you could exclusively use Raw 1 + 1/4 Papers with perforated Elements Filter Tips, and use a black top Sharpstone grinder, over a full size, custom Raw Rolling Tray. On the other hand, your good friend exclusively uses OCB King Size Thin Papers with perforated Raw Filter Tips in a red top SpaceCase grinder, over a vintage rolling tray he picked up in France. Both examples may love smoking lots of weed, and both roll excellent joints, but the setups are different. It’s all about your preferences, people! Customize!

Finding your favourite papers

This is the biggest point to customization. There are so many options! Do you like thin papers like OCB’s, or are you an old school smoker that prefers thick papers like Rolling or Players brand? There are rice, hemp or corn papers to choose from. Bleached or unbleached? Flavoured, or natural? Some of the most famous and widely used rolling paper brands are RAW, Zig Zags, Elements, OCB’s, Smoking, Pure Hemp, or Rizla. Then you have your niche papers, like the ones that come with a wire inside them (they suck, trust us), or clear rolling papers made of cellophane, or 24K Gold papers (pretty pricey as they are actually coated in real gold). The possibilities are endless, and that is awesome because rolling papers are pretty cheap. You should test out as many as you can before you settle on one.

rolling papers

Use rolling tips

Raw, Element, and OCB all make them, as well as many others. Just make sure you don’t buy actual cigarette tips. They don’t let enough smoke through for a cannabis joint, it’s meant to filter harsher tobacco.
Why should you use rolling tips? Consistency. Sure, you can use random bits from some old business cards, but each time it will be a different size and length, which will definitely impact your end result. It all starts with the filter. Whatever you do, do not, I repeat, DO NOT, take someone’s pack of papers and rip off a piece of the booklet to use for your garbage filter. We’d rather you didn’t use one at all. For those who roll joints on the daily, you have to understand that they have a close relationship with the supplies they use. You wouldn’t borrow a friend’s shoes only to rip out the laces and use them to hold your pants up cause you forgot to wear a belt today. Plan ahead with filter tips. Also, pro tip: there are re-usable glass filter tips as well for the bougie smoker.

Use a grinder

Old school smokers claim scissors and your fingers are the best way to break up bud. It may be nostalgic but it is certainly not efficient. These are usually the same people that claim weed was better in the 60’s. Just so we’re all on the same page, this is what the best weed in the 70’s looked like, featured in High Times Magazine:

high times 70s

Titanium grinders work like fifty scissors at once, so do yourself a favour and make a one time, thirty dollar investment in good grinder. Space Case and Sharpstone are two of the best brands, but again, there are so many options out there to choose from. Just make sure it’s made of titanium, not an “alloy”. Don’t use plastic grinders either, you don’t want to be smoking little bits of plastic when it starts to break down.

At the end of the day, when it comes to rolling joints, there is nothing more frustrating than trying to roll up big chunks.. Save that for the pipe or the bong. When trying to rollbig chunks, many bad things can happen. You’ll be up at the cottage and a piece of a stem will puncture your last and only paper. You’ll be absolutely steaming with frustration. Who wouldn’t want to avoid that? You’ll go to ash your joint after using your last and only match and the whole cherry will fall out. Maybe you’ve got a backup fire source, but what if it’s windy? No one likes lighting a joint a million times. There will be extra air spaces between the flower, make the burn uneven and allowing the paper to burn much quicker than the weed inside. The main point here is: get yourself a titanium grinder!

Cop a stash box

To really up your game, buy a stash box. You can find some pretty neat stuff on Amazon or in local head shops. Having a rolling kit is definitely a good look, and as you advance in your skill level you will want to customize your kit in the way that makes the most sense for you. Hot tips for when you’re browsing: the best way to store weed is in UV protected glass, and also make sure the stash box is big enough to fit your grinder, papers, filter tips and of course, your weed!

3. Big Joint Rolling Hack:  FILTER IN joint at start of roll.

Do not try to wrangle the filter into the joint after you’ve already rolled it. Problems may arise. The filter might fall out when you pass it, and the joint definitely won’t look smooth, it’ll be all bumpy and uneven. After you’ve packed the weed in and you start to roll the joint, tuck the corner of the paper behind the filter paper, and then spin it tightly around that point. Finish the roll and you will end with a perfect cone shape. Lick only the corner of the paper, around the filter. Don’t like the entire edge of the lick strip. Why? That can cause “canoeing”, an uneven burn effect that results from a part of the joint being wetter than the rest. This causes the wet part to burn slower. We don’t want that!

To summarize:

    1. Roll that joint with the filter in.
    2. Roll the joint tightly around the filter.
    3. Lick only the final corner of the lick strip, where the lick strip meets the filter.

Now you are ready to embark upon your own rolling experience. Have fun!

A Guide to THC Tolerance

A Guide to THC Tolerance

How does THC actually get you “high”?

THC is a molecular compound called a cannabinoid. It interacts within the body with a system called the endocannabinoid system. When it enters the bloodstream through the lungs or digestion, it activates the CB1 receptor, which is the part in the brain that stimulates intoxication.

Brain scans portraying the prefrontal cortex have shown increased blood flow when exposed to THC. The prefrontal cortex regulates attention, decisions, and motor skills. Depending on your tolerance to THC, these functions may be affected to different degrees.

Is it the same for everybody?

The quick answer to this is, no. The effects of THC vary in strength based on what is called your tolerance level. If you have any experience consuming alcohol, it is a similar phenomenon. Some people feel the effects quicker and more heavily, and for others the effects are slow on the uptake and don’t last as long. It’s a completely subjective experience and the only real way to know is to try it yourself. Just make sure to start low and go slow.

How do I know in advance what my THC tolerance level is?

Tolerance level is normally based on frequency of use. For example, if you smoke three joints each day, you will have a much higher tolerance than someone who smokes three joints each year. Using the comparison to alcohol again, the individual who drinks once every three months will have a much lower tolerance to the one who drinks heavily three time a week.

In some cases, which are more rare, some people are naturally resistant to the effects of THC. Some people will say, yeah I’ve tried smoking weed before, but I didn’t feel anything. Although this is uncommon, it still is possible. However, it is also possible that the individual didn’t properly inhale, or had too small of a dose to feel the effects properly. Everyone has an endocannabinoid system, so feeling the effects is really a matter of consuming the correct dose for you.

Lower tolerance to a substance means that you will feel the effects more strongly. There are pros and cons to this. The pros are you will need to spend less money and consume less of the substance to feel the effects. The negative side is it is easier to overdo it, consuming too much and getting too high. In the world of cannabis consumption, this is often called “greening out”.

What is “Greening Out”?

A Green Out is when you consume too much cannabis too quickly and the effects are overwhelming. You may experience strong anxiety, intense sensory awareness, and a loss of conception of time. The effects are felt to such a high degree that sometimes people turn a little green in the face. As a result, paired with the slang “green” for cannabis, the term Green Out was born.

You may have experienced this yourself, or seen a friend in this position. Often, the result is someone locking themselves in the bathroom, or leaving the party early to sprint home to safety.

If you’re greening out, a good thing to remember is that you’re going to be fine. Keep reminding yourself that the high will eventually fade and you’ll feel completely normal after a few hours. Worst comes to worst, you’ll go to sleep stoned, but you’ll wake up feeling normal again. If the hazy, smouldering effects are still there in the morning, it’s nothing a good espresso or some tea won’t fix.

Ok, I’m too high. How do I stop feeling this way?

The easiest answer to this is time. Ride it out, my friend. But, if you’re feeling too overwhelmed and uncomfortable, here are some things you can do to bring yourself down back to Earth.

Meditate with breathing

  • Often people who are greening out think they are going to have a heart attack because their heart it beating so quickly as a result of so much stimulation.
  • A great way to lower your heart beat is to sit in one place, stop moving and focus on your breathing.
  • Take 30 deep breaths, inhaling for 7 seconds, holding for 3 second, and exhaling for 7 seconds. This will slow your heart rate as well as calm you down

Eat some food

  • Indulge your frenetic need for munchies. Eating a bunch of food will also help you relax, while also giving your active mind something to focus on.
  • If you eat foods that are high in fat, remember one thing: cannabinoids bind to fat molecules. If you want to lessen your high, stay away from fatty foods, and indulge in some citrus fruits or vitamin C tablets.
  • A trick that works for some is sniff some black peppercorns. Many users swear by this.

Have a shower or a bath

  • Having a shower or a bath will give you something solitary to do that is distracting, yet a calming experience.
  • Having a shower is a routine that everyone is used to, and it’s normalizing. It will help to remind you that you are still capable of doing normal human things.
  • Throw in some epsom salts into your bath to bring the experience to the next level.

Hydrate!

  • Drinking water will help you calm down and relax. It’s important to stay hydrated at all times.
  • Sometimes when you’re really stoned, some relief for cottonmouth is all you need to calm down. Keep some water in your backpack, side bag or purse. Be prepared to battle cottonmouth!

Go to sleep

  • Time is the best way to break your cannabis high. Remember, you’ll feel normal in the morning, or after a good solid nap.
  • If you’re finding it difficult to sleep because of increasing anxiety, take a look back at step #1. Focus on your breathing and take some time to meditate.
  • At this point, you’re completely safe in the castle of your pillows and blankets. Don’t worry, you’re not going to die. Of the millions of people who have greened out before you, not a single one has died in their bed.

Hopefully A Guide to THC Tolerance will help you make decisions about dosing moving forward. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, leave us a comment in the comments section and we will do our best to provide you with more information!

Cannabis and Anxiety

Cannabis and Anxiety

I’m prone to anxiety. How do I get high?

Since legalization and even before, let’s face it. Lots of people are getting high. Many people enjoy the effects of cannabis, and others do not. It’s very similar to alcohol this way, in that it is a very subjective experience.

I get anxious, so I don’t smoke

Many people who suffer from anxiety tend to stay away from cannabis because they’ve heard that they should, and that when they smoke they will get anxious and maybe even panic. Although this is true in some cases, some people who suffer from anxiety can benefit greatly from using cannabis. So how do we navigate the landscape?

The four steps of pharmacokinetics

First, let’s discuss how it actually works. Why do you get high at all? This process is called pharmacokinetics. There are four steps to this process: absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination.

  1. When you smoke weed, THCA is converted into THC and ‘activated’. THC is absorbed into your bloodstream within minutes of smoking at concentrations of 10-30%.
  2. 
After it enters the bloodstream, where does it go? THC is very lipophilic. This means it likes fatty tissues. With any chronic use of cannabis, THC is distributed among these tissues. This is how regular smokers test positive for THC in their body even after 4 weeks of non-use.
  3. People who take medications should consult their doctors before trying cannabis products. This is because THC is metabolized mainly within the liver, like most things. It recruits hepatic enzymes to help with the metabolism, but this can potentially leave your other medication with fewer enzymes to metabolize them. There has been cases where interaction between metabolizing Prozac and THC resulted in mania.
  4. THC remains in the blood for 6 minutes up to 22 hours, after which it is eliminated. You might wonder why your high lasts for so long after that 6 minute period. Here is a video that can help to explain.

Cannabis and Anxiety

The common question: I get anxious smoking weed sometimes. Other times I have an awesome time. Why?

Cannabis and Anxiety
Cannabis and Anxiety

It differs person to person

When it comes to smoking weed, one of the most common things people complain about is anxiety. Sometimes, the psychotropic effects of cannabis can really mess with your head. Some people can smoke endless amounts and still be as chill as a cucumber. Others take one toke and think their heart is going to beat itself out of their chests and they’re going to die. So, what’s the difference? Why do some people react this way and others don’t?

Not enough science behind it, yet

Unfortunately, because of limited studies on illegal substances, scientists have long been banned from studying the effects of cannabis on people. Hopefully with legalization in full swing more concrete research will emerge. In the meantime, there are endless accounts of anecdotal evidence in this budding industry (pun intended), so let’s take a look at those.

Cannabis and Science
Cannabis and Science

Look for CBD-rich strains

If you are prone to anxiety, remember that CBD tempers the psychoactive effects of THC. Strains that have a high CBD content are often described as relaxing, calm, mellow and chill.

Why aren’t there more CBD strains?

The black market has long cultivated THC-rich strains, always selected the more THC heavy phenotypes to breed with one another. It was simply a product of supply and demand. Usually, people buying weed are looking for the “strongest”, “heaviest” or “most potent” strains. When the medicinal cannabis market emerged, there became a need for CBD-rich or CBD-only strains. Patients didn’t always require the pulsing THC highs for their medicine. They were more interested in the therapeutic, calming effects of CBD. Since this time, cultivators have specifically attempted to grow strains rich in CBD.

Some famous CBD strains

Some famous CBD strains to look for are Cannatonic, Charlotte’s Web, Harlequin, Sour Tsunami and Pennywise.

High CBD Strains
High CBD Strains

If there are no CBD strain options, choose an indica over a sativa

If you have anxious tendencies, seek out indica strains if you can’t find any CBD strains. Indica strains generally tend to have a higher CBD content than sativas. Usually, indicas generate sedative and relaxing effects that are felt mostly in the body over the mind.


Stay away from hazes

People who suffer from anxiety should normally steer clear of any strain with the name “Haze” in it. Hazes tend to have very potent cerebral effects that can be disorientating or mildly psychedelic. Some examples are Super Lemon Haze, Super Silver Haze, Amnesia Haze, Original Haze, Neville’s Haze, Lemon Haze and Silver Haze.

Try low dose edibles

If all you can see on the shelf are hazes and sativa, first thing to do is find a new place to buy weed. In the meantime, you can try some low dose edibles. Edibles have effects felt mostly in the body, and not the mind. At higher doses edibles can be debilitating, but in small doses you will experience a happy full body buzz, while maintaining a clear and alert mind.

Low Dose Edibles
Low Dose Edibles

Now get out there!

Now you are equipped with more information to safely consume cannabis. If you suffer from anxiety, it doesn’t mean cannabis is completely off limits for you. Always remember, start low and go slow. Once you can understand how your body reacts to different strains and different doses, you will be able to consume cannabis safely, and maybe it will even help your anxiety!

A Beginner’s Guide to Marijuana Edibles in Canada

– Marijuana Edibles in Canada – Tips for Beginners

Cannabis is a mighty plant that can be ingested in several forms, each which give  different effects. It has been a long time since people first started processing marijuana into edible products. Even though smoking weed is still the most popular way to consume cannabis, there is certainly a big part of the population that loves edibles.

 Marijuana edibles and week cookies

So, edibles work the same as smoking weed does, right? Well, not really. When it comes to cannabis and its various forms, it’s essential to be informed before you start trying things. The same rule applies for edibles.
Edibles have a bit of a different effect, even if you’ve smoked a lot of weed in the past. Getting high through digesting cannabis is a who different animal, and chances are you’ve probably heard stories of people freaking out with hash brownies or weed gummies. Don’t worry, we will explain everything you need to know.

What are marijuana edibles?

Cannabis edibles, or just edibles, are various forms of edible foods that contain THC, CBD, or both. They can come in the form of chocolate, baked goods, candy, drinks, ice cream, and so on. There are four different types of marijuana edibles in terms of the way they make you feel:
• Sativa edibles
• Indica edibles
• Hybrid edibles
• CBD edibles

Instead of smoking or vaping (using your lungs), you eat food to get high. Some people don’t like smoke or the taste of a joint, or they want to feel the effects in a different way. Edibles are a great way to consume cannabis with no side effects to your lungs.

What is the difference between CBD  and THC edibles?

CBD and THC edibles aren’t the same things. THC edibles have high levels of THC in them and are engineered to provide you with psychoactive effects. On the other hand, CBD is a compound that comes from cannabis, but doesn’t have the psychoactive effects. Therefore, CBD edibles will not get you high, but you can attain calmness and help medicate with CBD.
In most cases, CBD edibles use CBD hemp oil, which does not have psychoactive effects. However, they give a sense of relaxation, stress relief, and can be used as anti-anxiety medicine.

How are the edibles made?

 Marijuana cakes with chocolateThere are two common ways of making marijuana edibles. The first way is by making canna-butter, which is uses heat to mix cannabis with water and butter. After canna-butter is created, it can be used in any recipe that requires regular butter.

On the other hand, another common method of making edibles is by infusing an already created cannabis extract into the edibles. Some examples of cannabis extracts used in this process are Phoenix Tears, De-Carbed Shatter, THC distillate, or CBD isolate.

Are edibles safe?

Each cannabis edible comes in packaging that should identify the dose. If a dose is not listed, stay away!

Edibles are a different experience, and your body needs time to get used to it. If you’re a veteran smoker this does not in any way mean you will have a high tolerance for edibles. They are so very different and the tolerance levels are not affected by one another. Edibles take much longer before they kick in, usually up to an hour or two before they start working.

A lot of people that aren’t used to this eat more before the effects have kicked in. Then they get into trouble. After you’ve had the recommended dosage, wait for the effects to kick in. All edibles in Canada have recommended doses on the label.

Additionally, when looking for products, make sure to find those that give specific details about their ingredients. If not, you can expect inconsistent effects. To conclude, edibles are safer than smoking joints as they don’t damage your lungs with combustion and smoke.

Are edibles addictive?

In terms of addictiveness, edibles are pretty much the same as smoking weed. People who are prone to addictive behaviours can easily get hooked to on any habit, so edibles could potentially be habit forming. Overall, cannabis edibles, and cannabis in general, is not habit forming.
Furthermore to this point, if a person is highly addicted to sugar, he or she could eat edibles for the sugar high and not for THC. The chances of becoming addicted to cannabis edibles is as dangerous to becoming addicted to the sugar within it.

Where to buy edibles in Canada?

Weed gummie bears

Canada has finally legalized edibles. Marijuana is legal for recreational use. This means that you can consume edibles in Canada without having to worry about getting in trouble with the law.

When ordering online, you will have to find a reliable site, and create an account on it. This involves giving personal information and, most importantly, your age. In Canadian provinces, people at the age of 18 or 19 and up can buy cannabis products.

When buying marijuana online, it’s pretty much like any other online shopping. Look for reliable sites, check their background, reviews, credentials, and reliability before ordering anything. With many websites you pay with a debit card, e-transfer, and sometimes credit card.

Storing edibles

When you purchase edibles in Canada, you might not be able to eat it all right away. A product can last for some time, and will usually have an expiry date posted on the packaging. Since edibles are food, you will have to store them properly to protect it from:

• Insects
• Mould
• Heat
• Sun exposure
• Moisture
• Contamination

If not stored properly, your product can go bad in just a couple of days. Luckily, apart from legal edibles, Canada also offers specially designed containers for carrying these products. You can choose from glass jars, air-vacuum containers, and silicone containers. If you want to store edibles for a more extended period, you can keep them in the freezer.

If you want to buy edibles online in Canada, DashDub is a great place to start. Make sure to follow the instructions on the edibles label and begin with smaller dosages. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to try new cannabis products with your friends or partner, and not alone!

 

Mail Order Marijuana. Do You Have Questions?

Mail Order Marijuana. Do You Have Questions?

Yes, recreational weed is now legal across Canada, but how do you buy it? Is it safe to purchase mail order marijuana online and have it delivered straight to your doorstep? Is ordering online and receiving it through the mail even legal? It is totally legitimate for these questions to trouble you, especially if you’ve never placed an order with a mail order marijuana company before!

Don’t jump to conclusions or make any quick decisions. Educate yourself! The following guide helps you navigate the world of mail order marijuana. We are also going to give you some tips and tricks on ordering marijuana online, and having it delivered to you safely.

Mail Order Marijuana in Common in Canada

As of October 17th, 2018, cannabis became legal. Every person of legal age in their province is now able to legally purchase marijuana. The problem is, there are not enough legal retail cannabis stores for all communities to access across the provinces. As a result, mail order marijuana from online dispensaries is the only option people have to access quality cannabis.

Mail Order Marijuana is Safe

The company in charge of delivering mail order marijuana products to your address is Canada Post. This is not an entirely new challenge for Canada Post. The company has been delivering medical cannabis for many years now.

Discreet packages are sent with Canada Post through XpressPost mail service, which means it takes 2-3 business days from when the package is sent to reach the destination. In some remote towns and the Canadian Territories, packages may take some extra time to reach you. We’re sure you’re used to that!

All reputable mail order marijuana sites that use a mailing service provide tracking numbers to help ensure safe deliveries. The receiver can track a package and pinpoint its location while it’s in Canada Post’s delivery network. Make sure to get a tracking number! If a company will not provide a tracking number, that is certainly a reason to be suspicious. Without the tracking number, you can’t locate the package if it gets lost in the mail.

If you’re ordering from a local delivery service, the service will be way faster! Companies like DashDub deliver cannabis to your doorstep within hours of placing an order. One of the reasons DashDub is unique among these delivery services is because it has local delivery services available in several major cities across Canada. Another reason it is special is all of the product is sourced from British Columbia, famous across Canada for top quality cannabis.

Tips on Mail Order Marijuana in Canada

Using Canadian mail order marijuana services is very easy. Online dispensaries resemble the standard e-commerce websites you use every day. Many of them used to be your favourite dispensary, but they had to shift online when legal cannabis stores were implemented. Many of them are online stores created through using WordPress, Wix or SquareSpace. You will not find any cannabis on Amazon or Shopify platforms.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions. Most reputable websites have a chat window on the bottom of the screen. Use this to talk to a representative and ask about products, processes and other details. Take advantage of this option. Inform yourself about the cannabis products you might buy.

Another great tip is to have an government issued photo ID with you when a package arrives. Canada Post’s policy requires ID if the receiver appears to be younger than 25 years old. Weed delivery services will want proof you are of legal age to buy weed. Proof of age is not something to argue about. Make sure to have your ID with you to make the process smooth and easy. It’s just like ordering an alcoholic drink at a restaurant.

Most mail order marijuana companies that use Canada Post require a signature to drop the package. Use the tracking number to track  packages and make sure you’re home for the delivery. If you miss the delivery, they will bring the package to the closest Canada Post office. You will have to go pick it up there. Always make sure you bring government issued photo identification.

Finding the Best Mail Order Marijuana Website in Canada

You can wander the internet and browse on your own, but we already know where you’ll end up. Do you want buying weed online to be mobile friendly,  easy to navigate and convenient? Do you want a wide selection of products at great prices? Are you looking for fast response and a quick delivery? Look no further. An excellent example of this kind of service is DashDub.

First, on the home page you choose your city. Then, you are shown all products available in your region. Lots of great products are featured in each region across Canada. Products range from a variety of flowers and concentrates to edibles and accessories. Fresh product is brought in from BC every week.

Legalization of recreational marijuana use is very new. It’s vital to educate yourself about the ins and outs of Canadian mail order marijuana services. Ordering online is the best way to get great selection or quality. Hopefully, the tips we shared with you will help you gain the courage to place your first online marijuana order!

DashDub is a synonym for high quality, quick response, and fast online cannabis delivery.

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