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Celebrities & Cannabis: Seth Rogen’s Houseplant

By Kit Foreman In early August of 2008, two little films went head-to-head at the box office. Surprising nobody, The Dark Knight came out on top - but a little cannabis comedy called Pineapple Express came in second. Overall, it grossed $101.5 million dollars worldwide, and wrote Seth Rogen into the annals of stoner history. [...]

Pride Month & Cannabis

By Sarah Weiss Every June we see the rainbows roll out; flags and logos redone in rainbow serve to indicate that Pride Month has arrived once more. However, there’s a lot more to the history of Pride - and it all has a closer connection to cannabis than one might think. Pride wasn’t always parties [...]

Cannabis Use in Ancient Egypt

Original Art by Sarah Weiss By Sarah Weiss Despite existing nearly 2000 years ago, Ancient Egypt remains one of the world’s most popular cultural fixations. This fixation may be due, in part, to just how much modern society has in common with this ancient civilization. One example of this commonality: regular use of the cannabis [...]

The Oregon Cannabis Equity Act

By Sarah Weiss The War on Drugs was never really about the drugs. As the newly legal cannabis industry continues to boom across the United States, with multi-millionaire celebrities like Seth Rogan and Martha Stewart cashing in on the craze, it’s become increasingly difficult to ignore the fact that many people are still sitting in [...]

Cannabis and Your Pets

By Sarah Weiss Humans have been using cannabis and hemp for their therapeutic benefits for thousands of years. Following the federal legalization of hemp products and multiple states’ legalization of medical and recreational cannabis, research has only just begun to show the numerous therapeutic benefits cannabinoids can provide through human consumption. As we look into [...]

The Plastic Problem – Conscious Consumption & Retail Cannabis

By Kit Ryn Foreman Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide every year -- and half of it is single-use. Of those 300 million tons, over 8 million tons are dumped into our oceans. Every week, the average human consumes approximately one credit card’s worth of plastic due to plastic breakdown in the [...]

Incarceration & Cannabis : A Closer Look

by Kit Ryn Foreman The United States leads the world in cannabis-related incarceration, with an estimated 40,000 people behind bars. The federal government has stepped back and allowed states to legalize or decriminalize cannabis. Arrest numbers have fallen drastically in legalized states. Numbers have also fallen (if more modestly) in decriminalized states. However, arrests are [...]

Indica Vs Sativa, What’s The Difference?

Have you found yourself asking indica or sativa? Which one do I get? What’s the difference? Weed is weed, right? Not quite. Each plant has a different set of characteristics and effects, understanding the difference between the two will help you find that perfect strain. Many users report that the flower of sativa and indica [...]

Proud to be Clean Green Certified

Are you conscientious of what you are purchasing? Is the cannabis you’re buying organic and sustainable? To be sure, verify that the cannabis you are buying is from a Clean Green Certified source. What does that mean? Legally, cannabis can not be called organic – the term organic is a federally regulated term and the [...]

Consumption Methods

The physical and mental benefits of cannabis greatly depend on how it’s consumed, with each method providing a unique experience with different effects. There are three basic methods: inhalation, oral consumption, and topical application. Each method serves a different unique function and is appropriate for different occasions. Check it out – you might find a [...]

Oregon Cannabis 101

Are you new to the state of Oregon? Maybe you’re just passing through or visiting family and you want to stop at a local dispensary. Whatever it is, you probably have some questions regarding recreational cannabis laws. Whatever the reason, you’re in the right place. Here is your 101 guide to recreational cannabis in Oregon. [...]

Know Your Terpenes

What Are Terpenes? When choosing cannabis, many users will focus on two things: indica vs. sativa, and THC percentage.  In most cases these attributes will determine what a customer purchases before scent, taste, or appearance are even considered. This is problematic for a few reasons. One sativa might make you feel happy and relaxed, while [...]

Substance: The Evolution of Cannabis Culture

Sub·stance (noun): the quality of being important, valid, or significant.   Our work as a community cannabis operator is incredibly important, and we are dedicated to being a champion of the power of the plant and diverse communities who choose to partake. The evolution of our brand is consistent with our desire to effect positive […]

Debunking the THC Myth: Why a Higher THC Percentage Isn’t Necessarily Better

THC isn't everything. Our friends at Phyre do a wonderful job of explaining why in their recent blog post.  Introduction Imagine walking into a liquor store in search of the perfect bottle of alcohol. “Which one’s the highest proof?” you ask the clerk, scouring each label for the alcohol content of each. After carefully reading [...]

Tom Marino Back in Running to Be Trump’s ‘Drug Czar’

Federal Policy Update Tom Marino: Our Best Hope? Our friends over at Leafly have done a wonderful job explaining how Tom Marino’s expected appointment could shield the cannabis industry form federal meddling. Marino has a long history of focusing on the opioid epidemic while in Congress. Marino’s opioid focus will, hopefully, take some wind (smoke?) out of Attorney General Sessions’ sails when […]

Distillate: The cannabis concentrate of the future

distillation | dis·til·la·tion | noun a: the purification or concentration of a substance, the obtaining of the essence or volatile properties contained in it, or the separation of one substance from another, by such a process. You may only remember this word from high school chemistry class, but distillation is quickly changing the cannabis industry. Concentrate producers […]

Cannabis Oil Cartridges: Are they for me?

The Good Kind Of Oil As cannabis consumption continues to enter mainstream society, personal vaporizers are becoming more popular by the day. Vaporization is, essentially, the point at which solids turn to gas. In the cannabis world this means heating a product, but not to the point at which it burns. There are many different types [...]

Your Cannabis-Eclipse Connection

On Monday, August 21, the United States will experience its first total solar eclipse since 1979. This rare cosmological phenomenon occurs when the moon blocks the sun’s light from reaching the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface. There are three types of solar eclipses: partial, annular, and total. A partial eclipse occurs when [...]

Jeff Sessions and the CSA

In our last post, we discussed how Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reignited the war on drugs. On May 12, Attorney General Sessions directed his federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe penalties possible for drug-related offenders, including mandatory minimum sentences, a penalty largely seen as responsible for the disproportionately high incarceration rates for ethnic […]

Jeff Sessions and the War on Drugs

On May 12, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping new criminal charging policy. Attorney General Sessions directed his federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe penalties possible, including mandatory minimum sentences. Many credit these and similarly harsh policies of the “War on Drugs” in the 1980s and 1990s for the United States’ role [...]

Cannabis Cultures: Bhang

Cannabis use varies between cultures. Some elements of cannabis consumption certainly seem to be ubiquitous. Smoking cannabis in the ‘marijuana cigarettes’ known colloquially as joints, spliffs, and blunts, for example, seems to pervade almost all geographic boundaries. However, certain practices are unique to a specific culture or location. Today, we will be exploring one such […]

Cannabis Reactions

People often react very differently to cannabis consumption. For many, it’s a relaxing, even meditative experience, while others often feel anxious and paranoid. Some find a small, light dosage effective. Others need high quantities of extremely strong cannabis to feel any effects at all. So why do our reactions vary so widely? Today, we’ll explore […]

Know Your Type: Cannabis Classifications

If you're familiar with cannabis basics, you may have heard of two common terms used to describe different types of weed: indicas and sativas. These terms refer to two different species of marijuana, cannabis indica and cannabis sativa. Indicas and sativas look, smell, and taste different. Indicas tend to grow shorter and stockier, while sativas grow taller and thinner. Indica bud may have [...]

Cannabis Ingestion Methods: Dabbing

In our previous two posts, we covered two of the more common methods of consuming cannabis: smoking and vaping. Today, we'll be moving in a newer and more powerful direction: dabbing. What is it? If you have heard of dabbing, you probably know something about its potency. For cannabis, the word 'dabbing' comes from 'dab', as in, [...]

Cannabis Ingestion Methods: Smoking

With the sea of cannabis consumption options the average weed consumer faces today, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, or how. That's why here at Substance, we're offering a quick guide to all the basic info you'll need to get started. In our last post, we covered vaping. Today, we'll be [...]

Cannabis Ingestion Methods: Vaping

There are more methods of consuming cannabis today than ever before. Between edibles, dabbing, vaping, topicals, and more, it can be easy to feel a little lost. That’s why here at Substance, we’ll be explaining the basics of several methods of cannabis ingestion. Today, we will be covering a relatively new and technologically advanced method: [...]

Cannabis Breakdown: Bud, Extracts, Edibles

As anyone who’s visited a dispensary can tell you, there are a myriad of ways to consume weed. So, for those of you new to cannabis, we’ve prepared a short introduction to the various preparations of the plant. Bud What is it? Bud is the literal flower of the cannabis plant. It contains all those [...]

Know Your Bud

For those of you new to cannabis, what’s inside of any variety of ganja can be a bit overwhelming. To help you navigate the sometimes seemingly endless array of weed-related jargon, we’ve prepared an intro for you on the primary source of all your favorite cannabis products: bud, or flower. What is it? Bud is [...]

Cannabis Supplements: Caring for Your ECS

As you may know, the effects of cannabis are due to its interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is the system by which cannabinoids, the chemical compounds secreted by the cannabis plant, interact with the human body. The ECS helps the human body maintain homeostasis, meaning that it remains constant, well-regulated, and healthy. It […]

Dab Review: Gorilla Glue #4 by OM Extracts

Hello again everyone! As always I’m very excited to bring you this review, and if you’ve been reading along you know I’m a bit of a fan of @OMExtracts but I try not to play favorites. If you like to dab like I do, you’re going to be really happy with what you see coming […]

Lesser-Known Cannabinoids: CBN

As you may know, many of the effects of the cannabis plant are due to the chemical compounds it secretes, called cannabinoids. While almost everyone is familiar with the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, there are actually over 100 cannabinoids. Recent popular and scientific interest in the therapeutic effects of cannabidiol, or CBD, has brought long-overdue […]

Extract FAQs

As you may have heard, extracts can now be sold legally in Oregon’s recreational marijuana market. Like edibles, however, they are being sold in more limited quantities and at lower doses than their medical equivalents. Rec market extracts must contain less than 1000 mg of THC, and can be purchased once per day. In light […]

Dab Review: Pure White BHO by Jollybees

Steve is back at it with another review. See what he has to say about Jollybee’s, Pure White BHO! Seems like everyday, Science is taking the guess work out of the Cannabis Industry, and me personally I couldn’t be more excited to see what Scientist like team at Jollybee has for us in the future! Their […]

A Brief Guide to Edibles

As of June 2, edibles can be purchased in Oregon’s recreational marijuana market. Here at Substance, we decided it was high time to put out our own guide for this brand of cannabis consumption. Whether you are a first-time user or a veteran looking for a refresher, we hope you find this guide useful. Dosage […]

New Products Available for Oregon Recreational Marijuana Market

As of June 2, adult cannabis users in Oregon have legal access to a whole new range of items. Adults over the age of 21 will now be able to purchase edibles and extracts, in addition to flower. More specifically, adult users can now buy: One low-dose edible a day (15 mg of THC or […]

Dab Review: Headband Gold Label by Om Extracts

Here’s what Steve has to say about his recent experience with Headband Gold Label from Om Extracts — I really have to give it up to the guys over @OMExtracts for their quality lately, and this Headband Gold Label was another brain stopper. Visually speaking this stuff looks like bright fish eggs, and when you […]

Dab Review: Chem Dawg and Dutch Treat Rosin

Sterling Gold’s Rosin is the first Flower Rosins (SHO) I’ve personally had the pleasure of trying, and they were delightful! I’ll admit, I was one of the skeptics in the group about people using hair straighteners for science. But now with the industrial presses we are seeing around, I see the light! The looks of […]

Dab Review: Charlotte’s Webbing Cake from Sterling Gold Extracts

This week I was very excited to review one of my personal favorite processors, Sterling Gold Extracts. They are the in-house extraction team of Liontree Farms in Southern Oregon, and these guys know what they are doing. When it comes to quality and consistency with their products, Sterling Gold Extracts hits the mark every time. […]

Your Endocannabinoid System

My what?  Endocannabinoid System. It’s OK to talk about it.  We all have one.  We just didn’t know that it existed until the 1980’s. Your endocannabinoid system is a complicated body-wide system that helps promote homeostasis.  Homeostasis is when your body is at rest, not stressed, just chilled out and kicked back and doing what […]

Legal Recreational Pot

The goal was to ensure legal marijuana businesses, like growers and sellers of legal recreational pot could operate in the City of Bend, Oregon for years to come. Substance founder — or “Person Responsible for the Facility” if you want to get technical — Jeremy Kwit has spent months in meetings as part of the City of […]

Get Involved in Marijuana Legislation

It’s an exciting time in Central Oregon! Please show your support for allowing recreational marijuana businesses in Deschutes County by attending one of these local meetings. These meetings are open to the public.  Attendees are expected to be professional and respectful in behavior and appearance. Public Hearings on Marijuana Land Use Regulations: Wednesday Dec 2nd […]

What’s it Like to Work in a Weed Store?

Working in a pot shop is not exactly “high” times, like some may expect.  Unfortunately, we can’t sit around all day taking bong hits and eating marshmallows. (If anyone knows where I can get paid to do that, please let me know!) This is a job, after all, and we are professionals. Despite the rules […]

Recreational Marijuana: It’s the marijuana you DO take home to mom.  

I mean, only take weed home to your mom if she’s into that sort of thing. Well, it finally happened.  The seventh seal was broken, the words were spoken, and that one-time innocuous weed that the devil planted so long ago was finally let loose onto the public last month.  Oh, the horror, the horror. […]

Heck Yeah, We Do Sell Recreational Marijuana Here!

Gone are the days of, “Pssst! Hey, do you know where we can score some pot?” It is now legal for participating Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to sell marijuana to adults who are 21 or over. That’s right, folks, you can all (21 and over) come in to Substance and buy marijuana from us, legally. […]

New Products and New People; Welcome Everyone 21 and Over

We believe that cannabis is part of everyone’s health and wellness regimen, whether they have a note from their doctor or not. So, let’s welcome all of the new cannabis consumers into our Substance community. Additional demand from our new adult-use clients has allowed us to procure a larger variety of cannabis from more producers […]

The Unexpected History of Ganja

When you hear the term ‘ganja’, the first thing that comes to mind might be Rastafarianism. Rastafarianism is a religion that began in Jamaica in the 1930s, combining Protestant Christianity with mysticism and a pan-African political consciousness. Rastas use ganja (cannabis) as part of a spiritual, meditative practice. Interestingly, however, the word ‘ganja’ does not [...]

Recreational or Adult Use, Marijuana or Cannabis: Which Term to Use?

If you’ve ever been to a dispensary, you might have noticed some slightly different language to refer to the products and services inside than you have heard colloquially or in the popular media. In this post, we give a brief breakdown of why we use the language that we do. Recreational vs. Adult Use With […]

Cannabis and the Hemp Industry

Hemp, a low-THC variety of Cannabis sativa, has long had a wide variety of industrial uses. With uses ranging from paper to plastic substitutes to cooking oil, hemp is among the most versatile crops produced. The Historical Context Hemp has a long history in the United States. The crop was first planted in Jamestown, Virginia in the early […]

October Adult Use and Recreational Marijuana Sales

As of October 1st, 2015, Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensaries may choose to begin selling marijuana for adult (recreational) use to persons who are at least 21 years of age, under the regulation of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  Here are some important snippets of information to learn and share with your friends. Who can buy it? […]

A Literary History of Cannabis in the United States: Racism, Classism, and the Beats in Post-WWII America

Cannabis has a long history in literature. From Shakespeare’s “noted weed” to the experiments of the French Romantics with hashish, many famous writers have used cannabis in their creative toolkit. In the United States, however, cannabis has a somewhat sordid literary history. Racist and Classist Propaganda Following the Mexican Revolution of 1910, much of the […]

Recreational Cannabis Stores in Bend, Oregon

Everybody knows that Measure 91 makes the recreational use of cannabis legal in Oregon as of July 1st, but what does that really mean? It means that adults 21+ can have it, but they can’t buy it in a store just yet. Here is some information about adult cannabis possession and consumption — we refer […]

Strain Review – Chem Dawg

Chem Dawg (sometimes Chemdawg) has secured quite the name for itself over the years. A series of successful crosses of this strain to make such powerful strains as Sour Diesel and OG Kush has made Chem Dawg a favorite amongst growers and consumers alike. Its potency is well known, being largely THC dominant, with strong traces […]

Cooking with Cannabis – Vegan Stir Fry

Learn how to decarboxylate your cannabis before cooking with it, if you wish to achieve the full psychoactive effect.  This recipe uses cannabis coconut oil. For directions on making cannabis infused coconut oil, check out this guide. Ingredients 1 cub cubed pumpkin 1/2 cub cubed Japanese eggplant 1 cup trimmed green beans 1 red pepper […]

Strain Review – Blue Magoo

Blue Magoo, not to be confused with Blue Goo, is a lovely indica dominant hybrid strain with a rich lineage stretching back to the mid 90s where it was originally cultivated by one of the many great growers of Oregon. The mother of the strain was the ever popular indica Blueberry, which was pollinated by […]

Historical Cannabis Use in Japan

Hemp was used in ancient Japan in ceremonial rights and for purification with and emphasis on driving away evil spirits. In Japan, Shinto priests used a gohei, a short stick with undyed hemp fibers to create sacred space and purity. According to Shinto beliefs, evil and purity cannot exist alongside one another, and so by […]

Strain Review – Grape Ape

Grape Ape is a cannabis strain popular throughout the Pacific Northwest, and for good reason. This particular crop of Grape Ape contains almost every hue of the color spectrum, and is positively dripping with medicinal trichomes. As you might expect, hints of grape flavor permeate the air around these flowers. The nugs are neatly trimmed, […]

The Cannabis Origin: What is a Landrace Strain?

We welcome the neverending flow of new crossbred strains. Patients are able to enjoy a vast spectrum of medical benefits, and connoisseurs bask in the diversity of their complex flavor profiles. For those only accustomed to plastic bags of nameless herb, signature varieties like Blackberry Kush and Red Haze introduce a new world of cannabis. But where did all […]

Historical Cannabis Use in China

Hemp has a long history in China. At one point it was so prized that the Chinese called their country “the land of mulberry and hemp.” Cannabis was a symbol of power over evil and in emperor Shen Nung’s pharmacopoeia it was called the “liberator of sin.” The Chinese believed that the legendary Shen Nung […]

Marijuana’s Surprising Effects on Athletic Performance

When Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati tested positive for a small amount of marijuana in his blood at the 1998 Japan games, his first-place finish was temporarily called into question.   But THC, the main mind-altering chemical in marijuana, wasn’t even included in the International Olympic Committee’s banned-substances list at the time (it is now, but […]

Historical Cannabis Use in India, Pt. 2

One of the most commonly consumed preparations of cannabis in India is called Bhang. Bhang is offered to Shiva images and statues throughout India, especially on the festival of Shivratri. Cannabis is such an important part of the religious culture of Benaras, the main city of Shiva worship, that it is sold in government-run shops […]

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis

Raw cannabis contains a lot of THCA which is not psychoactive. When you smoke weed, the THCA molecule loses its carboxylic group (COOH) in the form of water vapor and carbon dioxide and becomes THC. In short, THCA becomes THC and your cannabis becomes psychoactive. This process is called decarboxylation. When you smoke or vaporize marijuana, [...]

Historical Cannabis Use in India, Pt. 1

Cannabis has been used in Ayurvedic and Indian medicine for at least three thousand years to treat a variety of health conditions, including nausea and wasting syndromes. It is also prescribed for general health and longevity. To this day body builders in India use cannabis as a part of their training regiment to gain muscle […]

An Introduction to Cannabis Edibles Pt. 2

Learning to Classify Edibles Correctly Though there are untold varieties of edibles available on the market today, they can all be split into three basic categories: those geared towards gastrointestinal uptake (digested through stomach), those geared towards oral uptake (through saliva), and a few that fit into a hybrid category that targets both. The most common edibles are geared towards […]

An Introduction to Cannabis Edibles Pt. 1

With all the options available to medical marijuana patients today, many are choosing to explore methods of medicating beyond the traditional pipe or paper. Marijuana infused products, commonly referred to as ‘edibles’, provide another option to patients who cannot, or choose not to smoke their cannabis. Edibles come in many different varieties, including tinctures (alcohol and glycerin […]

What is Kief?

Ever wonder what to call all those tiny, sticky crystals that cover cannabis flower? Well, we’ve got an answer for you: kief. Simply said, kief (also known as dry sift or pollen) refers to the resin glands which contain the terpenes and cannabinoids that make cannabis so unique. While marijuana sans kief still contains cannabinoids, the resin glands that […]

Marijuana Drastically Shrinks Aggressive Brain Cancer, New Study Finds

Over the past few years, research has revealed that marijuana can both destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others. Now, a new study in mice has found that when combined with radiation treatment, cannabis can effectively shrink one of the most aggressive types of brain tumors. In a paper published Friday in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapies, a […]

Online Petition to Reschedule Marijuana

A recent petition has surfaced on WhiteHouse.gov calling for the rescheduling of marijuana. Currently, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning that it has no medicinal merit. As a Schedule I Drug, marijuana joins the ranks of Heroin, LSD, and Ecstasy as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. In […]

Measure 91 Has Passed – Now What?

If you’re like me, you are overjoyed at the recent passing of Measure 91 in Oregon, which states that marijuana will be legal to purchase and consume recreationally by adults over the age of 21. I emphasize the word “will” because Measure 91 has not yet taken into effect, even though it has passed. The […]

Stop the Marijuana Witch Hunt

A letter to the editor of the Bend Bulletin, as penned by our very own Jeremy Kwit. 10/29/14 Stop pot witch hunt I write with human rights, sensible social policy and balanced criminal justice in mind. Nineteenth-century philosopher, political economist and social servant John Stuart Mill argued we are each our own sovereign nation. Individuals […]

How to Talk to Your Doctor or Health Care Provider About Cannabis

While medical cannabis has had a rocky history for the past century, as more people are becoming comfortable with it, each year more places have been legalizing cannabis for medical use. It can be difficult, however, to navigate all of the information out there. So, how do you know that medical cannabis is right for you? The first […]

Storing Cannabis

Proper storage of cannabis is critical for keeping it as potent as possible While storing cannabis is not difficult, there are four important factors that affect its freshness and potency: •  Rule # 1: heat will dry it out and too much moisture can cause dangerous bacteria to grow, •  Rule # 2: light is […]

Vaporizing Cannabis FAQs

If you’ve ever had questions about a vape pen that you are thinking of picking up or have already obtained, please allow us to reference you to the Atmos brand’s page of FAQs right here. While the page primarily pertains to the Atmos brand of vaporizer pens, many of the inquiries apply to multiple brands […]

Supercritical CO2 Extraction

What is Supercritical CO2 Oil? This particularly clean and safe method of cannabis ingestion is simply CO2 in a gas or liquid state which has been pressurized into a “Super Critical” state. During the extraction process, as the gas is passed through it pulls the oils, waxes and other materials out of the cannabis plant […]

Cooking with Cannabis – Ricotta Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients 8 large white mushrooms, stems removed 5 cloves of garlic, crushed 3-4 tablespoons partially skimmed ricotta cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 tablespoon infused extra virgin olive Cannaoil 4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Clean mushrooms, remove stems. Chop stems and any extra mushroom. Heat olive Cannaoil in […]

Cannabis Topicals and Dermatology

Cannabis topicals are good for a variety of ailments. Some of the salves that we currently have in stock help treat symptoms related to psoriasis, melanoma, arthritis, migraines and symptoms like dry and itchy skin. Cannabis topicals come in several varieties, such as roll-on oils, nourishing salves and ointments, and in some cases even products […]

The Benefits of Juicing Cannabis

As we all know, there are a wide variety of ways to ingest cannabis. You can find many of these on our page highlighting some of the more common methods of marijuana consumption right here. Recently. there has been a lot of talk about a relatively new method of cannabis ingestion; juicing. Why has it […]

Strain Review – Afghani Pakistani

Recently we at Substance started carrying a new flower, known as Afghani Pakistani, or Afpak for short. A couple of the staff members here have gotten a chance to try this lovely flower, and we would be delighted to share our experiences and opinions on it with you all. First things first…some basic Afghani Pakistani […]

Cooking with Cannabis – Pot Pizza

Pot… and pizza?! I’m not sure I can think of a better combination. This is it, guys. It’s all downhill from here. Until you eat the pot pizza, that is… Ingredients 1 prepared pizza dough (I recommend getting pizza dough from local shops – for example, Pizza Mondo here in Bend sells their dough and […]

Edibles for Patients with Dietary Restrictions

The exciting world of edibles tends to be… not so exciting when you have dietary restrictions. Luckily, there are other options for patients with dietary restrictions for creating edibles that will work for them. Here’s a guide to just a few. Edibles for Patients with Diabetes As you may have noticed, many edibles tend to […]

Cannabis and Cancer

People with cancer who must undergo radiation and chemotherapy frequently stop treatments rather than suffer the nausea, pain, and other unpleasant side effects. Years before any state had authorized the medical use of cannabis, a 1991 Harvard Medical School study revealed that nearly half (44%) of U.S. oncologists were recommending cannabis to their patients as […]

The Therapeutic Potential of Cannabis

While research in the United States has been sharply restricted by the federal prohibition on cannabis in the past, recent discoveries have increased interest among scientists in the more than 100 different cannabinoids so far identified in the cannabis plant. The International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) was formally incorporated as a scientific research organization in […]

Flowering Week by Week

Cannabis is considered a short-day plant that flowers in the fall. It regulates its growth and flowering stages by measuring the hours of uninterrupted darkness to determine when to flower. Flowering Week by Week Within three or four days of initiation to a daily dark period of 10-11 hours, cannabis changes its growth pattern from […]

The Endocannabinoid System

What is the Endocannabinoid System? As one learns in biology, the human body has many systems – the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems to name a few. Each system has parts: for example, the nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. By the late 1980s, science identified a new […]

Cooking with Cannabis – Chicken Soup

Who doesn’t love chicken soup? It’s the go-to comfort food for many folks, whether they’ve got a cold or they just need a tasty dish to warm their bellies. How could you possibly improve on this time-tested favorite? By medicating it with cannabis, of course, which can only serve to add to the medicinal and […]

Synthetic Cannabis

What is Synthetic Cannabis? Synthetic Cannabis, otherwise known by brand names such as K2 or Spice, is any designer drug that mimics the effects of cannabis. Synthetic Cannabis is something of a misnomer; according to Lewis Nelson, MD, a medical toxicologist at the NYU School of Medicine. Nelson states, “It’s really quite different (than natural […]

Cold and Heated Cannabis Extractions

Medical cannabis is processed for administration in various ways; fresh, dried, and cold/heated extractions (or concentrates). In this session of the Substance Cannabis Class, we will be covering the different forms of cold and heated extractions. Cold extractions/concentrates result in various products:  Kief: Powder of the trichomes that have fallen off the plant. May be ingested raw […]

Terpenes and Terpenoids

What are Terpenes? Terpenes (TUR-peen) are a large class of organic hydrocarbons produced by a wide variety of plants, and are referred to as terpenoids when denatured by oxidation (drying and curing the flowers). They are the main building block of any plant resin or “essential oils” and contribute to the scent, flavor, and colors. Some are […]

Cooking With Cannabis – How to Make Cannaoil and Cannamayo

Many cannabis edible recipes require cooking materials other than cannabutter (the recipe for which can be found here). Some, such as pasta, require an oil-based cannabis infusion, while others call for the use of cannamayo to create their delicious treats. Whatever you’ll be cooking, we have a couple recipes just for you. How to Make Cannaoil Ingredients:  […]

Cooking With Cannabis – How to Make Cannabutter

There are multiple ways to cook using cannabis, but most methods involve cannabis buds being mixed with cooking elements such as butter or olive oil, so that the cannabis is easily able to transition into a delicious form of medication. Cannabis infused butter and oil is made from the sugar trim leaves of cannabis – […]

Know Your Rights – Search and Seizure Laws

Your Constitutional Rights Include (Among Others): Not to have your personal property searched without a search warrant; To refuse to answer police questions or make any statements; To refuse to open your door to your home unless there is an emergency or a search warrant; Not to be detained without your consent or questioned (even […]

Historical Use of Cannabis

For more than 6,000 years, cannabis and humans have crossed paths. The oldest archaeological record of cannabis was in central Europe in the Bylony culture. Archaeological evidence points to shamanic purposes as a historical use of cannabis. Cannabis may, in fact, have been the first cultivated plant. Cannabis Sativa seeds were recovered in Neolithic band […]

Cannabinoid Breakdown

The Cannabis plant and its products consist of an enormous variety of chemicals, including over 100 unique cannabinoids. While some are more well known than others, each has an important part to play in the healing process. Here’s a handy guide highlighting some of the most notable properties of these remarkable cannabinoids. Compound: Cannabigerolic Acid Abbreviation: CBGA […]

Cannabis Anatomy

The cannabis plant is comprised of several structures, many of which we can find on any ordinary flowering species. Cannabis grows on long skinny stems with its large, iconic fan leaves extending out from areas called nodes. Cannabis really starts to stand out in her flowers where unique and intricate formations occur. Cola Also known as the terminal […]

Sativa

Sativa strains of cannabis, similar to their Indica cousins, have a wide variety of health benefits. Some of the more notable benefits include Relief from depression Mind stimulation Increasing focus, and Treating PTSD Examples: Cinex, Haze Wreck, Jack Herer Sativa plants are found throughout the world. Potent varieties such as Colombian, Panamanian, Mexican, Nigerian, Congolese, Indian and […]

Indica

Indica strains of cannabis have a multitude of health benefits, which include but are not limited to: Relief from body pain Muscle relaxation Reduction of seizures Migraine relief, and Appetite stimulation Examples: Afghan Kush, Blue Cheese, Blackberry Kush Indica plants developed in central Asia between the 25th and 35th latitudes, where the weather is changeable. Drought […]

Tax and Regulate Cannabis

It’s official: Oregon voters will decide in November whether to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over. The Oregon Secretary of State has certified that our petition campaign has turned in enough valid signatures to qualify the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act for the November ballot. We are celebrating […]

What Are Cannabinoids?

The Cannabis Sativa plant is known to produce over 480 chemical compounds. This includes over 100 known phytocannabinoids, commonly referred to as cannabinoids, that have not been found in any other plant. Cannabinoids can be used to treat a variety of ailments, long-term illnesses and diseases. They are known to mitigate the side-effects of heavy prescription […]

Nitrogen Packaging

Oxygen is a major culprit in food spoilage. The most effective way to prevent oxygen damage and package perishable products and  is to remove the oxygen and replace it with an inert gas like nitrogen. Replacement of oxygen with nitrogen is simply referred to as nitrogen packaging. Modifying the composition of the internal atmosphere of a […]

Topical Cannabis Salves

Topical Cannabis Salves Salve is a broad term used to describe lotions, ointments, pastes, and creams that soothe or heal an area of the body that is excessively dry, irritated, burned, or wounded. Salves contain natural ingredients that can promote the healing process and reduce discomfort. They are commonly used to treat severely dry hands, […]

Open Letter To Doctors

Open Letter to Doctors About Medical Marijuana Dear Doctor, I recently opened Substance, a community agency that provides safe access to cannabis in a judgement-free environment. Marijuana has become increasingly relevant in patients’ health care choices. I would therefore like to introduce our organization and facility as a resource, and share what we’re seeing and […]

Marijuana Tinctures

Marijuana tinctures are liquids that are taken sublingually under the tongue. Tinctures are alcohol extractions or glycerin infusions of cannabis flowers and trim leaves. Tinctures contain all of the essential marijuana plant oils, or cannabinoids. Until cannabis was banned in 1937, tinctures were the primary type of cannabis medicines. Marijuana tinctures address the problems of […]

Concentrates vs Flowers

Consumption of concentrates vs flowers is a personal preference. Concentrates such as BHO or honey oil can be very potent, much stronger than bud alone. Concentrates refer to the product of a cannabinoid extraction processes using a solvent such as alcohol, butane or CO2. The goal of concentrates is to eliminate plant matter and extract […]

Cannabis 101

We will use this area to discuss human physiology and cannabis science. We’ll discuss the cannabinoids present in cannabis, and the endocannabinoid system of the human body. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that exist in marijuana. Consider cannabinoids to be the essential oils of the marijuana plant. People often refer to extractions or cannabis concentrates as […]

Welcome to Substance

Welcome to recently opened Substance, a community dispensary that provides safe access to medical marijuana in a judgement-free environment. Marijuana has become increasingly relevant in patients’ health care choices. We would therefore like to introduce our organization and facility as a resource. Substance is a comfortable space for individuals who have been self-medicating in isolation […]