Cannabis Tolerance

What is a tolerance to cannabis?

Cannabis tolerance refers to the body’s ability to adapt to the effects of cannabis over time. This can result in a diminished response to the drug. Individuals who use cannabis often may need higher doses to achieve the same effects.
Tolerance develops because of changes in the brain’s receptors involved in processing cannabis. This can happen with any form of cannabis use; smoking, vaping, or consuming edibles.
It’s important to note that tolerance can increase the risk of developing dependence to cannabis. Regular users may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using cannabis. Individuals who use cannabis often should do so in moderation and take frequent breaks.
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Cannabis tolerance myths debunked

Cannabis tolerance is entirely based on frequency of use

It is true that regular cannabis use can lead to a build-up of tolerance over time. Yet, other factors such as genetics, body weight, and metabolism can also play a role in one’s tolerance to cannabis.

Increasing cannabis use will always lead to a higher tolerance

This is not entirely true. Some individuals may experience an increase in sensitivity to cannabis over time.

Smoking more cannabis will always result in a stronger high

 This is not always the case. The amount of THC in each individual cannabis strain can vary widely. Other factors such as delivery method and individual physiology can also affect intensity.

All cannabis products have the same potency

 This is not true. The potency of cannabis products varies. Factors include strain, growing conditions, and processing methods used. We actually covered this in our blog here.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s experience with cannabis tolerance can be different, and influences include variety of factors. Consulting with a healthcare provider or cannabis specialist can help individuals better understand their own tolerance and how to use cannabis safely and effectively.

How does the method of consumption affect tolerance?

The tolerances for cannabis can vary depending on the method of consumption. When you smoke cannabis, the effects are usually felt within a few minutes and reach their peak in about 30 minutes to an hour. The effects of smoked cannabis typically last for 2-4 hours.
When you consume cannabis edibles, however, the effects take longer to set in, usually about 30 minutes to an hour, and can last for several hours, up to 8 hours or more. This is because when consuming cannabis orally, the liver metabolizes it before it enters the bloodstream. The liver converts delta-9-THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more potent and has a longer-lasting effect.
Because of these differences in onset and duration of effects, it’s possible for an individual to develop a higher tolerance for smoking cannabis than for consuming edibles, or vice versa. However, it’s important to note that tolerance can develop with any method of consumption, and regular cannabis use can lead to tolerance regardless of the method used.

What can affect a person’s tolerance to smoking cannabis?

Several factors can affect an individual’s tolerance to smoking cannabis, including:


Some people may be genetically predisposed to have a higher or lower tolerance to cannabis.

Frequency of use

Regular and frequent use of cannabis can lead to the development of tolerance over time.


Higher doses of cannabis can lead to a faster development of tolerance.

Method of consumption

The method of consumption can affect the onset and duration of the effects of cannabis, which can in turn affect the development of tolerance.

Strain and potency

Different strains of cannabis can have different levels of potency, which can affect an individual’s tolerance.

Age and gender

Younger individuals and females may be more sensitive to the effects of cannabis and may develop tolerance more slowly.

Body composition and metabolism

Individuals with higher body fat may metabolize cannabis slower, which can lead to a higher tolerance.
It’s important to note that the development of tolerance is a natural response to repeated exposure to cannabis. It is not necessarily an sign of problematic use. Tolerance can increase the risk of dependence and addiction. It’s important to use cannabis responsibly and in moderation.
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Why is your edible tolerance different from your smoking tolerance?

Edible tolerance differs from smoking tolerance because of how the body processes THC.
When smoking, THC enters the bloodstream quickly through the lungs and is rapidly transported to the brain. This results in a faster onset of effects, and typically a shorter duration of effects. Smoking cannabis may also lead to a more gradual build-up of tolerance over time.
Orally consuming cannabis can produce more intense and longer-lasting effects. This is because the liver converts THC into 11-hydroxy-THC. This cannabinoid can pass through the blood-brain barrier easier and produce stronger effects. This means edible and smoking tolerances are not equal. Tolerance to edibles may build quicker because of the stronger and longer-lasting effects.

How does my body store cannabis?

After consumption, the active compounds, such as THC, are absorbed by the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body. THC is highly lipophilic, meaning it has an affinity for fat, which allows it to accumulate in fatty tissues throughout the body, including the brain.
Once THC enters the bloodstream, it can bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and other organs, producing a range of effects, such as altered mood, perception, and cognition, as well as pain relief and relaxation.
After being metabolized by the liver, THC is broken down into metabolites, some of which are stored in fat cells. These metabolites can remain in the body for weeks or even months after cannabis use, which is why THC can be detected in drug tests long after someone has consumed cannabis.
Over time, the body gradually eliminates THC and its metabolites through a process called metabolism. Metabolism involves breaking down and excreting these compounds through the liver, kidneys, and other organs. Factors that can affect the rate of metabolism include the frequency and amount of cannabis use, body weight, and genetics.
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How can exercising affect my cannabis tolerance?

Regular exercise can have an impact on cannabis tolerance, although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood. Here are a few possible ways that exercising may affect cannabis tolerance:

Increased metabolism

Exercise can increase the body’s metabolic rate, which may speed up the breakdown and elimination of THC and its metabolites from the body. This could lead to a decrease in tolerance over time, as the body becomes more efficient at clearing THC from the system.

Improved cardiovascular function

Regular exercise can also improve cardiovascular function, including blood flow and heart rate. This may enhance the body’s ability to transport THC and its metabolites to the liver and kidneys for elimination.

Increased endocannabinoid production

Exercise can also stimulate the production of endocannabinoids, which are naturally occurring compounds in the body that bind to the same receptors as THC. It’s possible that increased endocannabinoid production could lead to a decrease in THC tolerance, although more research is needed to confirm this.
It’s worth noting that while exercise may have a positive impact on cannabis tolerance, it’s important to approach exercise and cannabis use responsibly. Mixing cannabis with exercise or engaging in strenuous exercise while under the influence of cannabis can increase the risk of injury or other negative outcomes. It’s always a good idea to talk to a healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program or making significant changes to your cannabis use.

How can I lower my cannabis tolerance?

There are several ways to lower your tolerance to cannabis, including:

Taking a break

The most effective way to lower your tolerance to cannabis is to take a break from using it. This allows your body to reset and become more sensitive to the effects of the drug again. A break of at least a few days or up to several weeks can be helpful.

Reducing the frequency of use

Using cannabis less frequently can help prevent the development of tolerance or slow its progression.

Reducing the dose

Lowering the amount of cannabis you consume can also help reduce your tolerance over time.

Switching up strains

Trying different strains of cannabis with different levels of potency can help prevent the development of tolerance or reduce it if it has already developed.

Changing the method of consumption

Switching to a different method of consumption, such as from smoking to vaping or edibles, can help lower your tolerance.

Incorporating a tolerance break schedule

To prevent tolerance from developing, consider implementing a schedule of taking breaks every few weeks to a month to allow your body to reset.
It’s important to note that tolerance to cannabis can develop quickly, and it’s important to use cannabis responsibly and in moderation to prevent the negative consequences of overuse. Additionally, if you are concerned about your cannabis use or are experiencing negative effects, it’s important to speak with a healthcare professional.

What is a cannabis detox?

Cannabis detox, also known as marijuana detox, is the process of eliminating tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from the body after prolonged or heavy cannabis use. THC is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis, and it can remain in the body for days or even weeks after use.
Cannabis detox usually involves abstaining from cannabis use and allowing the body to naturally eliminate THC through the urine and feces. Depending on the frequency and duration of cannabis use, detox can take several days to several weeks.
Some people may experience withdrawal symptoms during cannabis detox, including irritability, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and decreased appetite. However, these symptoms are typically mild and short-lived, and can be managed with proper support and medical care.
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How does someone do a cannabis detox?

A cannabis detox typically involves abstaining from cannabis use and allowing the body to naturally eliminate THC and its metabolites from the system. Here are some steps that someone can take to support their body’s natural detox process:

Stop using cannabis

The first step in a cannabis detox is to stop using cannabis. This may involve gradually tapering off use over time or quitting cold turkey, depending on the individual’s level of dependence.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking water can help flush THC and its metabolites out of the body. Aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

Exercise regularly

Regular exercise can boost the body’s metabolic rate and help accelerate the detox process. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging, or cycling, per day.

Eat a healthy diet

Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can provide the nutrients the body needs to support the detox process. Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks, and alcohol, as these can be taxing on the liver and slow down the detox process.

Get plenty of rest

Getting adequate rest and sleep can help the body recover from cannabis use and support the detox process.
It’s important to note that the length of time it takes for THC and its metabolites to clear from the body can vary depending on factors such as the frequency and amount of cannabis use, body weight, and metabolism. In some cases, THC and its metabolites may remain detectable in the body for several weeks or even months after cannabis use has stopped. If you have concerns about a cannabis detox or are experiencing symptoms such as cravings or withdrawal, it’s important to seek support from a healthcare provider or addiction specialist.

How long does THC stay in your system?

The length of time that THC (the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis) stays in someone’s system depends on a number of factors, including the individual’s frequency and amount of cannabis use, body weight, metabolism, and method of drug testing. Here are some general guidelines for how long THC can be detected in various forms of drug testing:

Urine testing

THC and its metabolites can be detected in urine for up to 30 days after last use for frequent and heavy users, but typically up to 2 weeks for occasional users. Urine tests are the most common form of drug testing.

Blood testing

THC can be detected in the blood for up to 36 hours after last use.

Saliva testing

THC can be detected in saliva for up to 72 hours after last use.

Hair testing

THC can be detected in hair for up to 90 days or longer after last use. This form of testing is less common but can provide a longer-term view of cannabis use.
It’s important to note that these are general guidelines and that individual results may vary based on factors such as age, body fat percentage, and other health conditions. Additionally, some forms of cannabis (such as edibles or concentrates) can have a longer-lasting effect than smoking, which can affect how long THC stays in the body.

Why should we remove cannabis from drug tests?


With the increasing legalization of cannabis in many parts of the world, drug testing for cannabis may be seen as outdated or unnecessary. In jurisdictions where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use, testing for cannabis can be seen as a violation of an individual’s privacy and rights.

Medicinal use

Cannabis has been shown to have therapeutic benefits for a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, and seizures. Testing for cannabis on drug tests may prevent individuals who use cannabis for medicinal purposes from obtaining employment or other opportunities.

Inaccurate results

Drug tests for cannabis can be inaccurate and unreliable, particularly when it comes to detecting THC in urine or blood. This is because THC can stay in the body for an extended period, even after the effects have worn off. This means that someone who has used cannabis in the past may test positive for THC even if they are not currently impaired.


Drug testing for cannabis can perpetuate discrimination against individuals who use cannabis recreationally or medicinally. This is particularly true for communities of color, who are more likely to be targeted by drug testing policies despite similar rates of cannabis use compared to white communities.

Performance-based testing

Some argue that drug testing should focus on performance-based measures rather than testing for specific substances. This would allow employers and other organizations to assess an individual’s ability to perform specific tasks or duties, rather than their past or current drug use. A 2019 study showed persistent cannabis use is associated with decreased cannabis impairment.
Overall, the argument for getting rid of testing for cannabis on drug tests is based on concerns around individual rights, fairness, and accuracy. As cannabis use becomes more accepted and legalized, there may be increasing pressure to reevaluate drug testing policies and move away from testing for cannabis specifically.

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Women of Weed

Historic Women Of Cannabis

The history of cannabis is a long and complex one, with many individuals and groups contributing to its development and popularity over the centuries. In recent years, the cannabis industry has experienced a significant surge in growth, with many women making notable contributions to the field. In this article, we will explore some of the most prolific women in cannabis history, their accomplishments, and their impact on the industry.

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Mary Jane Rathbun, a.k.a. Brownie Mary

One of the most famous women in cannabis history is Mary Jane Rathbun, also known as Brownie Mary. Rathbun was a San Francisco-based cannabis activist and baker who is best known for providing cannabis-infused brownies to AIDS patients in the 1980s.

Rathbun began her activism work in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until the AIDS epidemic hit San Francisco that she became widely known. She started baking brownies infused with cannabis and distributing them to AIDS patients in local hospitals. Her brownies not only provided relief from pain and nausea caused by AIDS and its treatments but also helped to boost the appetites of patients who were suffering from weight loss. We even wrote about here in our pride article here.

Despite being arrested three times for her cannabis-related activities, Rathbun continued to advocate for the medicinal use of cannabis. Her activism helped to bring attention to the therapeutic potential of cannabis, and she remains an inspiration to many in the cannabis community today.

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Alice B. Toklas

Another woman who played a significant role in cannabis history is Alice B. Toklas. Toklas was an American writer and partner of Gertrude Stein, a well-known author and art collector. In 1954, Toklas published a cookbook called “The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book,” which included a recipe for “Haschich Fudge,” a cannabis-infused dessert.

The recipe was not well-received by the public at the time, and Toklas was criticized for including it in her cookbook. However, the recipe has since become famous and is now considered an important piece of cannabis history. Today, the recipe is often used as a symbol of the cultural and political changes that have taken place in relation to cannabis in the United States.

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Dr. Dina Browner

Dr. Dina Browner is a prominent cannabis activist and entrepreneur who has been called the “Queen of Medical Marijuana.” Browner has been involved in the cannabis industry for more than two decades and has worked to promote the legalization and responsible use of cannabis.

Browner gained national attention when she became the cannabis consultant for the television show “Weeds,” which aired from 2005 to 2012. She has also been featured in numerous media outlets, including Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

In addition to her advocacy work, Browner is the owner of a cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles called Alternative Herbal Health Services. The dispensary has been in operation since 2004 and has won numerous awards for its high-quality cannabis products.

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Mara Gordon

Mara Gordon is a cannabis activist and entrepreneur who has made significant contributions to the industry. Gordon began her career as a process engineer and quickly realized the potential of cannabis as a medicine.

In 2013, Gordon founded Aunt Zelda’s, a company that produces high-quality cannabis oils and tinctures. The company specializes in creating customized cannabis treatments for patients with chronic conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

Gordon is also the founder of the Zelda Therapeutics Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports research into the therapeutic potential of cannabis. She has been recognized for her work in the industry and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Forbes and Rolling Stone.

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Dr. Sue Sisley

Dr. Sue Sisley is a medical doctor and cannabis researcher who has made significant contributions to the cannabis industry. She is known for her work studying the therapeutic potential of cannabis for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Sisley’s research on cannabis and PTSD began in 2009, when she was the principal investigator in a groundbreaking study examining the effects of cannabis on military veterans with PTSD. The study was the first of its kind and helped to bring attention to the potential benefits of cannabis for PTSD patients.

Despite facing significant challenges in obtaining funding and approval for her research, Sisley continued to advocate for the study of cannabis as a treatment for PTSD. Her persistence paid off when she was awarded a $2.2 million grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2016 to conduct a clinical trial on the use of cannabis for PTSD in military veterans.

Sisley’s work has helped to pave the way for further research into the therapeutic potential of cannabis. She has been recognized for her contributions to the industry and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including CNN and The New York Times.

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Wanda James

Wanda James is a cannabis entrepreneur and advocate who has been a trailblazer in the industry. She is the founder of Simply Pure, a cannabis dispensary and edibles company based in Denver, Colorado.

James began her career in the military before transitioning to the corporate world. She became involved in the cannabis industry in 2009 when she and her husband opened a dispensary in Colorado. In 2016, James became the first Black woman to own a cannabis dispensary in the United States.

In addition to her work with Simply Pure, James is also the founder of the Cannabis Global Initiative, a nonprofit organization that works to promote diversity and inclusion in the cannabis industry. She has been recognized for her contributions to the industry and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Forbes and NBC News.

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Lynne Lyman

Lynne Lyman is a cannabis policy expert and advocate who has worked to reform drug laws and reduce the disproportionate impact of drug laws on communities of color. She is currently the Director of the Office of Cannabis Management for the city of Los Angeles.

Lyman began her career in drug policy in the 1990s, when she worked on a campaign to reform California’s “Three Strikes” law, which imposed harsh sentences on individuals convicted of multiple felonies. She later became involved in the cannabis industry and worked as the California state director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

In her current role, Lyman is responsible for overseeing the regulation of the cannabis industry in Los Angeles. She has been recognized for her contributions to drug policy reform and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Los Angeles Times and CNN.

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Jazmin Hupp

Jazmin Hupp is an entrepreneur and cannabis advocate who has made significant contributions to the industry. She is the founder of Women Grow, a networking organization for women in the cannabis industry.

Hupp began her career in the tech industry before transitioning to the cannabis industry in 2013. She founded Women Grow in 2014 to help women succeed in the cannabis industry and to promote gender parity in the industry.

Since its founding, Women Grow has become a leading organization in the cannabis industry, with chapters in more than 35 cities across the United States. Hupp has been recognized for her contributions to the industry and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times and Forbes.

From activists to entrepreneurs to researchers, these women have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the industry. Their work has helped to bring attention to the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

Oregon Women Owned Cannabis Brands

There are many cannabis brands owned by women in Oregon, reflecting the growing number of women who are making their mark in the cannabis industry. Here are a few examples:

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Laurie + MaryJane

Laurie Wolf and Mary Thigpen are the co-founders of Laurie + MaryJane, a cannabis edibles company based in Portland, Oregon. The company specializes in creating artisanal edibles using high-quality ingredients and locally-sourced cannabis. P.S. If you like L+MJ edibles, Laurie has written four cannabis cookbooks.


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She Don’t Know

She Don’t Know is a cannabis company founded by Jill Trinchero, a single mother and cannabis activist. Jill has been creating high quality edibles since 2015. 

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Hifi Farms

Hifi Farms is an Oregon-based cannabis cultivation and processing company that specializes in producing high-quality, organic cannabis. The company is owned by Sara Batterby, who has been featured in Oregon Leaf for her innovative business practices and advocacy work.

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Peak Extracts

Peak Extracts is a cannabis company founded by Katie Stem, a biochemist and cannabis expert. The company specializes in creating cannabis-infused chocolates, tinctures, and topicals using high-quality, lab-tested cannabis oil. 

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Empower BodyCare

Trista Okel is the founder of Empower BodyCare, a Portland-based company that produces cannabis-infused topical products. The company’s products are designed to provide pain relief and relaxation without the psychoactive effects of THC.

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Green Source Gardens

Green Source Gardens is a cannabis farm and producer located in Southern Oregon. The company is owned and operated by wife and husband Elizabeth and Nicholas Mahmood who are committed to producing sustainable, organic cannabis using regenerative farming methods.


These are just a few examples of the many women-owned cannabis brands in Oregon. Each of these companies is unique in its approach and philosophy, but they all share a commitment to producing quality cannabis.

Famous Female Stoners


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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg is an actress, comedian, and TV host who has been a longtime advocate for medical cannabis. In 2016, she launched a line of cannabis-infused products designed to help women manage menstrual pain and other health issues. 

If you’re interested in more information about menstruation & marijuana, check out our other blog here.

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Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler is a comedian and TV host who has been a vocal advocate for cannabis legalization. She has spoken publicly about her own cannabis use and has called for an end to the prohibition of the drug.

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Melissa Etheridge 

Melissa Etheridge is a singer and songwriter who has used cannabis to manage her own health issues. She has been a vocal advocate for medical cannabis and has even opened her own cannabis dispensary in California.

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Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John is an actress and singer who has used cannabis to manage her own pain and anxiety. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Olivia opened a national dialogue about cannabis as a medical treatment.

Cannabis Literature Written by Women

There are many books about cannabis written by women, covering a wide range of topics from personal memoirs to cannabis cultivation to medical uses of cannabis. Here are some examples:

“Weed Mom: The Canna-Curious Woman’s Guide to Healthier Relaxation, Happier Parenting, and Chilling TF Out” by Danielle Simone Brand

This book is a guide for women who are curious about using cannabis as a way to manage stress and anxiety, as well as for parents who want to learn how to use cannabis responsibly. The book covers a range of topics, from the basics of cannabis to recipes for cannabis-infused foods, and includes personal anecdotes from the author’s own experiences as a “weed mom.”

“Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed & Business” by Ashley Picillo and Lauren Devine 

This book is an exploration of the role of women in the cannabis industry, from growers to business owners to activists. The book includes interviews with women who have made significant contributions to the industry and offers insights into the challenges and opportunities facing women in this rapidly-evolving field.

“Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief, and Enlightened Self-Discovery” by Dee Dussault 

This book is a guide to using cannabis in combination with yoga and meditation for relaxation and pain relief. The book includes instructions for a range of yoga poses and meditations, as well as tips for choosing the right strain of cannabis and dosing properly.

“Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness: An Essential Guide for Using Nature’s Medicine to Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Inflammation, and More” by Aliza Sherman and Dr. June Chin

This book is a comprehensive guide to using cannabis and CBD for a variety of health conditions. It includes information on dosing, methods of consumption, and the legal and political landscape surrounding cannabis.

“Cannabis Revealed: How the World’s Most Misunderstood Plant is Healing Everything from Chronic Pain to Epilepsy” by Bonni Goldstein

This book is written by a medical doctor who specializes in cannabis-based medicine. It includes information on different strains and methods of consumption, as well as stories of patients who have successfully used cannabis to treat their health conditions.

Cooking & Recipes

“High Tea: Cannabis Cakes, Tarts, and Bakes” by Diana Isaiou

This cookbook includes more than 50 recipes for cannabis-infused baked goods, as well as information on dosing and cannabis strains.

“Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women” by Cheri Sicard

This book is a comprehensive guide to using cannabis as a woman, covering topics such as menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. It includes information on different strains and methods of consumption, as well as recipes for cannabis-infused foods and drinks.

“The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook: Feel-Good Food for Home Cooks” by Robyn Griggs Lawrence

This cookbook includes more than 100 recipes for cannabis-infused foods and drinks, as well as information on dosing and cannabis strains.

“The Art of Weed Butter: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Cannabutter Master by Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey

This book is a guide to making your own cannabis-infused butter, which can be used in a variety of recipes. The book includes step-by-step instructions for infusing butter with cannabis, as well as tips for dosing and cooking with cannabutter.

“Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana” by Danielle Guercio 

This book is a comprehensive guide to using cannabis for medical purposes. It covers a wide range of topics, from the science of cannabis to different methods of consumption to specific medical conditions that can be treated with cannabis. The book also includes recipes for cannabis-infused foods and tips for making your own cannabis-based remedies.

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Female Led Cannabis Podcasts

  1. “Weed + Grub” – Hosted by Mary Jane Gibson and Mike Glazer, this podcast covers a wide range of topics related to cannabis, including news, culture, cooking, and wellness. It has gained a large following due to its entertaining and informative approach.
  2. “The Cannabis Show” – Hosted by Kate and Hart, this podcast offers news, education, and interviews related to the cannabis industry. It is one of the most popular podcasts in Canada and has a loyal following of listeners.
  3. “The Roll-Up” – Hosted by Bruce Barcott, Alyssa Yeoman, and Hannah Staton, this podcast covers news and culture related to cannabis. It has gained a large following due to its engaging hosts and informative content.
  4. “The Green Rush” – Hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg, this podcast offers news and analysis related to the cannabis industry. It is one of the most popular podcasts in the business category and has gained a reputation for its insightful interviews and analysis.
  5. “High Friends” – Hosted by April Pride, this podcast focuses on the social aspects of cannabis use and features interviews with industry insiders, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts.
  6. “She Blaze” – Hosted by Dasheeda Dawson, this podcast explores the intersection of cannabis and business, social justice, and women’s health.
  7. “The Mary Jane Experience” – Hosted by Casey Jones and Jacqui Childs, this podcast covers a wide range of topics related to cannabis, from health and wellness to social justice and politics.
  8. “The Cannabis Enigma” – Hosted by Dr. Regina Nelson, this podcast takes a scientific approach to understanding the therapeutic properties of cannabis and explores its potential to treat a variety of health conditions.
  9. “Cannabis Heals Me” – Hosted by Rachel Kennerly, this podcast features personal stories from people who have used cannabis to treat chronic health conditions.
  10. “Great Moments in Weed History with Abdullah and Bean” – Hosted by Abdullah Saeed and Bean, this podcast explores the rich history of cannabis and its impact on culture, politics, and society. It has gained a large following due to its engaging hosts and unique approach to storytelling.

Substance Market Supports Women in Cannabis

We support as many minority owned companies as we can in our industry. Substance partners with many different minority companies to bring you the best cannabis, made by people who genuinely care about what they’re producing. Stop into any of our stores to check our some of our products. You can also check any of our menus here.

Additionally, you can find more information on the vendors we work with here.

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Organic: An Outlawed Word in the Cannabis Industry

A Brief History of Organic in the Cannabis Industry

The cannabis industry uses “organic” in the same way as other agricultural industries. “Organic” refers to a system of farming that relies on natural inputs. Compost and cover crops instead of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Organic agriculture values sustainability, conservation, and ecological diversity. The goal is to reduce the use of synthetic inputs and maximize the use of natural resources.
The organic farming movement emerged around 1940-1950. Many had concerns about the negative environmental and health impacts of industrial agriculture. In 1972, the USDA established the National Organic Program (NOP). Their task was to develop national standards for organic agriculture. These standards updated in 2000. Today the NOP handles certifying organic farms and products and enforcing organic standards.
In the cannabis industry, the use of the term “organic” has become more important. As legalization has spread and demand for high-quality, sustainable products has grown. The legality of cannabis at the federal level has complicated the issue of organic certification. Some states have created their own certifications, but have not been accepted nation-wide. The USDA has not yet established federal organic standards for the crops.
As a result, the term “organic” is often used in the cannabis industry in a more informal sense, to refer to products that are produced using sustainable, environmentally friendly, and pesticide-free practices. To ensure the quality and safety of cannabis products, many states require testing for potency and contaminants, regardless of whether the product is labeled as organic or not. Overall, the use of the term “organic” in the cannabis industry reflects a growing consumer demand for sustainably produced, environmentally friendly products.

Why Can’t the Word Organic Be Used in Legal Cannabis?

The word “organic” cannot be used to describe cannabis products in the United States because cannabis is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. This classification makes it illegal to grow, sell, or possess cannabis in any form, including for medical or recreational purposes.

As a result, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not have the authority to regulate or certify cannabis as organic. The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) sets the standards for what can be labeled as organic, and only products that are grown and processed in accordance with these standards are eligible to bear the USDA organic seal.

In order for cannabis to be considered organic, it would need to be legalized at the federal level, which would allow the USDA to establish standards for the organic production of cannabis and certify products as organic. Until this happens, the term “organic” cannot legally be used to describe cannabis in the United States.

While the absence of a federal organic standard for cannabis has led some growers and producers to use alternative labels and certification programs, it is important to be aware that these labels may not be recognized by the USDA or have the same level of credibility as the USDA organic seal.

Organic Cannabis & Legalization

The word “organic” is tied to cannabis legalization in a few ways:

Organic cannabis cultivation is becoming more popular as legalization expands: With the legalization of cannabis in many states, there is a growing demand for organic cannabis products. Many cannabis growers are choosing to cultivate their plants using organic methods in order to meet this demand and appeal to consumers who prioritize organic products.

Organic cannabis products are subject to regulation: In some states, cannabis products that are labeled as “organic” are subject to regulation by state organic certification programs. These programs ensure that organic cannabis products meet specific standards for organic production, such as the use of natural inputs and the avoidance of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

Organic cannabis cultivation can be seen as aligned with the goals of cannabis legalization: The legalization of cannabis is often framed as a way to promote a more natural, plant-based approach to medicine and recreation. Organic cultivation methods align with this goal by prioritizing the use of natural inputs and promoting soil health and biodiversity.

Overall, the word “organic” is becoming increasingly tied to cannabis legalization as consumers seek out natural, sustainable products and growers respond to this demand by using organic cultivation methods.

How to Find Weed Grown With Organic Practices in Oregon

In Oregon, there are several certifications for cannabis that signify healthy and organic growing practices. Some of the most recognized certifications include:

Clean Green Certified 

This certification is based on the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards and is specifically designed for the cannabis industry. It verifies that the product has been grown using sustainable, natural and organic practices.

Certified Kind

This is a soil-to-oil certification program that verifies that the product is grown using organic and sustainable methods. The certification is based on a set of rigorous standards that cover every aspect of the cultivation process, from seed to harvest.

Dragonfly Earth Medicine

This certification is based on regenerative farming practices that focus on building healthy soil, reducing waste, and conserving water. It verifies that the product is grown using only natural inputs and no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

Oregon Tilth Certified Organic

This is a USDA-accredited certification that verifies that the product has been grown using organic methods. It covers all aspects of the cultivation process, from seed to harvest.

Sun+Earth Certified

This certification verifies that the product has been grown using regenerative and sustainable practices. It focuses on the use of renewable energy, conservation of water and soil, and fair labor practices.

By seeking out cannabis products that carry these certifications, you can be confident that the product was grown using healthy and sustainable methods.

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What Are Oregon’s Cannabis Testing Requirements?

Oregon has strict testing requirements for cannabis products sold in the state. Here are some of the key requirements:

Pesticide Testing 

All cannabis products sold in Oregon must be tested for pesticides. This includes both inhalable and ingestible products.

Potency Testing 

Cannabis products must be tested for THC and CBD levels to ensure that they meet state requirements.

Microbial Testing

Cannabis products must be tested for certain types of bacteria and fungi that can be harmful to human health.

Moisture Content Testing

Cannabis flower and other plant material must be tested for moisture content to ensure that it is safe for consumption and does not contain harmful levels of mold or other contaminants.

Water Activity Testing 

Water activity testing is required for edible and other cannabis-infused products to ensure that they are shelf-stable and safe for consumption.

Residual Solvent Testing 

Concentrates and other cannabis products that are made using solvents must be tested for residual solvents to ensure that they do not contain harmful levels of these substances.

Terpene Testing

Optional terpene testing is also available, which can provide additional information about the flavor and aroma of cannabis products.

All testing must be performed by a licensed laboratory that has been accredited by the Oregon Health Authority. Products that fail to meet testing requirements may not be sold in Oregon dispensaries.

Overall, these testing requirements are designed to ensure that cannabis products sold in Oregon are safe and free from harmful contaminants.

Do Testing Requirements Protect Consumers From Non-Organic Material?

In Oregon, cannabis testing requirements are designed to ensure that all products that reach the market are safe for consumption and meet certain quality standards. These requirements include testing for potency, pesticides, microbial contaminants, and residual solvents.

However, while testing requirements can help to identify and prevent the sale of products that contain harmful chemicals or contaminants, they do not specifically prevent non-organic cannabis from going to market. For example, a product that has been grown using synthetic pesticides or fertilizers may still pass testing requirements if the levels of these chemicals fall below the allowable limits.

To ensure that you are purchasing cannabis that has been grown using organic practices, it is best to look for products that carry one of the certifications mentioned earlier, such as Clean Green Certified or Certified Kind. These certifications provide an additional level of assurance that the product has been grown using sustainable and natural methods.

Not Everyone Agrees On Testing Accuracy

There is disagreement in the cannabis community about the accuracy of testing for several reasons. First, cannabis is a complex plant with numerous chemical compounds that can affect the results of testing. For example, THC and CBD levels can vary widely depending on the strain, growing conditions, and harvesting techniques.

Second, there is a lack of standardized testing protocols and quality control measures across the industry. Different labs may use different methods and equipment, which can lead to variations in results. In addition, there is currently no federal oversight or regulation of cannabis testing, which can contribute to inconsistencies and inaccuracies.

Third, some members of the cannabis community have expressed concerns that testing may be biased or inaccurate due to financial incentives. For example, some labs may be incentivized to report higher THC levels in order to command higher prices for their testing services, or to boost sales of certain strains. Check out our blog on other reasons why THC percentage doesn’t show the whole picture here.

Finally, there is a general lack of education and awareness among consumers about how to interpret and understand lab test results. This can lead to confusion and skepticism about the accuracy of testing, particularly when results differ from consumers’ expectations or previous experiences.

Overall, the accuracy of cannabis testing is a complex and multifaceted issue that requires ongoing research, standardization, and education to ensure that consumers have access to reliable and trustworthy information about the products they are consuming.

Legal cannabis products are generally considered safe, but there are some potential risks and concerns that consumers should be aware of. While regulatory frameworks for cannabis production, distribution, and sale vary by state, most legal cannabis products undergo some form of testing for potency, contaminants, and other quality control measures. However, as noted earlier, the accuracy and consistency of testing can be an issue in some cases.

To minimize risks and ensure that you are consuming legal cannabis products safely, it is important to educate yourself about the products you are using, read product labels and lab test results, and follow dosage and usage guidelines carefully. You should also purchase cannabis products from reputable and licensed dispensaries or retailers, and be wary of products that make unsubstantiated health or therapeutic claims.

What is Biomagnification & What Does It Have To Do With Cannabis?

Biomagnification refers to the process by which certain toxins or chemicals become increasingly concentrated as they move up the food chain. In the context of cannabis products, biomagnification can occur as the plant material is refined into concentrates or extracts.

When cannabis is grown using pesticides or other chemicals, these compounds can become concentrated in the plant material. When this material is processed into concentrates, the levels of these chemicals can become even more concentrated, resulting in potentially harmful levels of exposure.

In addition, cannabis plants can also absorb heavy metals and other toxins from the soil or water in which they are grown. As with pesticides, these compounds can become concentrated in the plant material during the refining process.

To minimize the risk of biomagnification in cannabis products, it is important to use organic and sustainable growing practices and to carefully monitor the levels of toxins and contaminants throughout the cultivation and refining process. Additionally, third-party testing and certification can help to ensure that cannabis products are safe and free from harmful levels of contaminants.

Read Up On Organic Cannabis Growing Practices

Here are some books that cover organic cannabis growing practices:

The Organic Grow Book by Karel Schelfhout and Michiel Panhuysen

This book covers organic growing practices for a wide range of crops, including cannabis.

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis

This book provides an in-depth exploration of the soil food web and how to create a healthy soil ecosystem for optimal plant growth.

The Cannabis Grow Bible by Greg Green

This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of cannabis cultivation, including organic growing practices and techniques.

True Living Organics: The Ultimate Guide to Growing All-Natural Marijuana Indoors by The Rev

This book provides detailed instructions for growing cannabis using organic methods and materials.

Organic Marijuana, Soma Style: The Pleasures of Cultivating Connoisseur Cannabisby Soma

This book covers organic cannabis growing practices from a personal perspective, with a focus on cultivating high-quality, connoisseur-grade cannabis.

These books can provide a wealth of information and guidance for growers interested in organic cannabis cultivation practices. It’s important to note, however, that regulations and best practices for growing cannabis can vary by region, so it’s important to do additional research and consult local experts to ensure compliance and success in your particular area.


In conclusion, the word “organic” cannot be used in the cannabis market in the United States due to the conflicting regulations and legal framework surrounding the term. While the USDA has established a national standard for organic certification, cannabis remains illegal at the federal level. As a result, the use of the term “organic” in the cannabis industry is not regulated or recognized by federal agencies, leaving the door open to misrepresentation and fraudulent claims. As the legal landscape surrounding cannabis continues to evolve, it remains to be seen whether federal agencies will establish clear guidelines for the use of the term “organic” in the cannabis market.

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The world of legal cannabis is a constantly changing environment. Fortunately our staff is highly educated and our marketplace specifically strives to buy products grown with organic and sustainable practices. Stop in at any of our shops to learn about some of Oregon’s local cannabis brands that use these techniques. Shop any of our store’s menus and see what we have in store!

Substance offers online ordering and curbside pickup for dabs and other fine products at all dispensary locations throughout Bend, OR and now at our newest location in Cottage Grove, OR.

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Legal Weed

Talking to your parents about legal weed and its benefits can be a sensitive and delicate subject. Here are some tips:

Do Your Research

Make sure you are well-informed about the topic before starting the conversation. Read up on the science behind cannabis and its benefits, and research the laws in your area. This will give you credibility and help you answer any questions your parents may have. 

We’ve got plenty of articles to get you started: Consumption Methods, Recreational Cannabis, Endocannabinoid System, & More!

Start With a Conversation

Instead of immediately jumping into the topic of cannabis, start by having a broader conversation about health and wellness. Ask your parents about their thoughts on alternative medicines and natural remedies. This will help you gauge their level of openness to the idea of cannabis.

Be Respectful

Remember that your parents may have their own preconceptions and concerns about cannabis. Be respectful of their opinions and try to approach the conversation in a non-judgmental way.

Share Personal Stories

If you or someone you know has had a positive experience with cannabis, share your story with your parents. Personal stories can be powerful tools for changing someone’s perspective.

Address Concerns

Your parents may have concerns about the legality of cannabis or its potential risks. Address these concerns head-on and provide evidence-based information to alleviate their worries.

Focus on the Benefits

Emphasize the potential benefits of cannabis, such as pain relief, anxiety reduction, and improved sleep. Explain how these benefits can have a positive impact on overall health and wellbeing.

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In a legal state, there are several potential benefits for older folks using cannabis, including:

Pain Relief

Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating chronic pain, which is a common issue among older adults. Cannabis can help alleviate pain caused by conditions such as arthritis, migraines, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathy.

Improved Sleep

Older adults often struggle with sleep issues, such as insomnia. Cannabis can help improve sleep by reducing the time it takes to fall asleep and increasing the amount of deep sleep.

Anxiety and Depression

Cannabis can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Cannabis can help reduce feelings of anxiety and promote a sense of relaxation.

Appetite Stimulation

Cannabis can help stimulate appetite. This can be helpful for older adults who may have lost their appetite due to illness or medication.


Cannabis has been shown to have neuroprotective properties. This can be beneficial for older adults who may be at risk for age-related cognitive decline.

Note: The effectiveness of cannabis can vary from person to person. It’s essential to talk to a healthcare professional before using cannabis to treat any medical condition. Additionally, older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of cannabis. It’s important to start with a low dose and increase gradually.

Documentaries about cannabis for parents

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There are several documentaries available that explore the benefits and uses of cannabis. Here are some options you can consider:

If your parents are still hesitant, offer to explore the topic together. Suggest watching a documentary or reading an article (like this one!) about the benefits of cannabis. This can help them feel more comfortable and informed about the topic.

“The Culture High” (2014)

This documentary explores the politics and history of cannabis prohibition and its impact on society. It also delves into the potential benefits of cannabis for medical purposes.

“Weed the People” (2018)

This documentary follows several families who are using cannabis to treat their children’s cancer. It explores the potential benefits and risks of cannabis as a cancer treatment and the challenges of accessing it.

“The Scientist” (2020)

This documentary follows the journey of Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the researcher who discovered THC. The documentary explores the potential benefits of cannabis for various medical conditions, including epilepsy and PTSD.

“CBD Nation” (2020)

This documentary explores CBD, and its potential benefits for various medical conditions, including chronic pain and anxiety.

“The Union: The Business Behind Getting High” (2007)

This documentary explores the economics and politics of the cannabis industry. Additionally the film looks at the benefits of medical cannabis.

Remember: The goal of the conversation is to educate and inform, not to persuade or pressure. Keep an open mind and be willing to listen to their perspective as well.

Dispensaries and Cannabis for Parents(Photo Jan Zwarthoed)

Taking your parents to a legal dispensary can be beneficial in several ways, including:


A legal dispensary can be an excellent opportunity to educate your parents about the different types of cannabis products available. Dispensary staff can provide information on dosage, consumption methods, and potential side effects. They can also answer any questions your parents may have.


A legal dispensary ensures that the products your parents are purchasing are safe, tested, and accurately labeled. It can be challenging to know the quality and safety of products purchased from illegal sources. Taking your parents to a legal dispensary can help ensure they are consuming safe and high-quality products.

Access to a Wider Variety of Products

A legal dispensary provides access to a wider range of cannabis products than what is available on the illicit market. This can include different strains, delivery methods, and dosages. This gives your parents more options to find a product that works best for them.

Reduce Stigma and Fear

For many people, there is still a stigma and fear around cannabis use. Taking your parents to a legal dispensary can help demystify the process and reduce any concerns they may have. Seeing a professional environment can help them feel more comfortable and confident in their decision to try cannabis.

Bonding Opportunity

Taking your parents to a legal dispensary can also be an excellent bonding opportunity. It can be an opportunity to spend time together and learn something new. It may even be a fun and exciting experience for both of you.

Note: It’s essential to respect your parents’ opinions and comfort level around cannabis. If they are not interested in visiting a dispensary, that’s okay. It’s important to approach the conversation in a non-judgmental way. Let them make their own decisions about whether they want to explore cannabis as an option.


Parents and dispensaries

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There are many ways that the cannabis buying experience has changed since your parents youthful days of buying a four finger lid. It’s not meeting a sketchy dude some place weird anymore:

Access to a Variety of Products

A legal dispensary can provide access to a wide range of cannabis products, including different strains and delivery methods. This allows people with daily pain to experiment with different products and find the one that works best for their specific needs.

Guidance from Knowledgeable Staff

Dispensary staff are often trained and knowledgeable about the different types of cannabis products and their potential benefits. They can help people with daily pain choose the right product and provide guidance on dosages and consumption methods.

Quality Assurance

Products sold in legal dispensaries are subject to strict regulations and testing, ensuring that they are safe and accurately labeled. This can give people with daily pain peace of mind that the products they are purchasing are of high quality and safe to use.

Non-opioid Alternative

For people with daily pain, prescription opioids are often prescribed to manage their symptoms. However, these medications can have serious side effects and risks. Cannabis can provide a non-opioid alternative for managing pain, without the risk of addiction or other harmful side effects.

Improved Quality of Life

Daily pain can be debilitating and affect a person’s quality of life. Cannabis has been shown to be effective in managing chronic pain, and can help improve a person’s overall wellbeing and quality of life.

Note: Cannabis may not work for everyone. It’s essential to speak with a healthcare professional before using cannabis to treat any medical condition. Additionally, people with daily pain should start with a low dose and gradually increase as needed. Always be aware of potential side effects and interactions with other medications.

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Cannabis can be used as a tool to help parents and children bond together as adults in several ways:

Shared Experiences

Cannabis can be used to create shared experiences that bring family members closer together. Whether it’s sharing a joint or trying out different edibles together, consuming cannabis can be a fun and relaxing way for family members to spend time together and bond over a shared interest.


Cannabis can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can create a more relaxed and positive atmosphere for family members to spend time together. This can be especially helpful for families who have a history of tension or conflict.


Cannabis can also help facilitate communication and openness among family members. When consumed in moderation, cannabis can help people let down their guard and express themselves more freely, which can lead to more meaningful conversations and a deeper understanding of one another.

Creative Activities 

Cannabis can also be used to enhance creative activities, such as painting, drawing, or playing music. These activities can be a great way for family members to express themselves and work together on a shared project.

Note: Cannabis affects everyone differently, and it’s important to use it responsibly and in moderation. It’s also important to respect each family member’s personal boundaries and preferences regarding cannabis use.

Cannabis can replace more harmful addictive compounds such as tobacco and alcohol. Here are some ways cannabis can be a substitute:

As a Substitute for Tobacco

Many people who are addicted to smoking cigarettes find it difficult to quit. Smoking cannabis instead of tobacco can be a healthier alternative because cannabis does not contain the harmful chemicals found in tobacco. However, it is important to note that smoking any substance can still have negative effects on the lungs.

As a Substitute for Alcohol

People who struggle with alcohol addiction can use cannabis as a substitute to reduce or eliminate their alcohol consumption. It is generally considered to be less harmful than alcohol and has fewer negative side effects.

As a Substitute for Prescription Drugs

Some people use cannabis to manage chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and other conditions. By using cannabis instead of prescription drugs, they can avoid the negative side effects and potential for addiction associated with many pharmaceuticals.

Note: While cannabis can be a potential alternative to more harmful addictive substances, it’s not a guarantee. Use with caution and under medical advice. 

Alcohol Replacement Cannabis(Photo Michael Discenza)

There are several reasons why someone might want to use cannabis as a replacement for alcohol in a legal state:

Health Benefits

Cannabis is considered by many to be a healthier alternative to alcohol, as it is not associated with liver damage or increased risk of certain cancers like alcohol. Furthermore, cannabis can help manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, which are often conditions that lead people to drink alcohol.

Fewer Negative Side Effects

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that can cause blackouts, impaired judgment, and motor coordination, and it can also lead to addiction and other negative health consequences. In contrast, cannabis has fewer negative side effects and is considered to be less addictive.

Personal Preference

Some people simply prefer the effects of cannabis to those of alcohol. They may find that cannabis helps them to relax and unwind without the hangover or other negative consequences associated with alcohol.


In states where cannabis is legal, it can be a convenient and legal alternative to alcohol. People who may have previously used alcohol legally may be more willing to use cannabis instead now that it is legal.

Note: While cannabis can be a potential alternative to alcohol, it’s still important to consume it responsibly and with caution, especially when it comes to driving or operating heavy machinery. Like any substance, cannabis can still have negative effects and should be used in moderation.


Talking to your parents about legal weed can be an intimidating conversation at first, but with the help of this article you will be prepared to inform your parents about the benefits of cannabis. Communication and openness about cannabis is crucial to healthy relationships with both your family and with the plant! Additionally, if you’re interested in speaking with your health care professional about cannabis, read up here.

If you’re interested in how to talk to your children about legal cannabis, check out our other article here.

If you decide to bring your parent or grandparent into a dispensary, we are ready for you at Substance! Our friendly and knowledgeable budtenders can provide plenty of information in a judgement free environment. Check out any of our stores for more information about cannabis.

Substance offers online ordering and curbside pickup for dabs and other fine products at all dispensary locations throughout Bend, OR and now at our newest location in Cottage Grove, OR.

Dab Rig Essential Guide

Getting into the world of extracts and concentrates can be an intimidating process. Fortunately, it’s actually a pretty simple! This guide is designed to cover everything you need to know to use a dab rig with confidence. Get ready… to get dabbed out!

Setup: Absolute Essentials


Dab Rig

What is a dab rig? The term “dab rig” is typically used for a bong that is specifically designed for smoking dabs. This means that it has a different shape than most of the bongs you’ve used before. Many rigs incorporate something called a “recycler” that collects resin in the water that can later be reclaimed. Most bongs can be converted into a dab rig. Although some purists might scoff at the idea, you could replace the bowl of any bong with a nail.

Dab Nail

A dab nail, otherwise known as a bucket or banger, is what sets a dab rig apart from regular bongs. A nail is usually shaped like a small bucket, with a curved or angled stem that fits into the down stem of the rig. This piece can sustain high temperatures, and is heated to over 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows instant vaporization of the dab as it hits the nail. Much like the bowl to a bong, your nail must fit into whatever type of bong or rig you’d like to use. 


In order to heat your nail to the desired temperature, you’ll need a torch. Regular lighters or even small cigar torches typically will not be enough to adequately heat a banger to the ideal temperature. You need a small crème brulee torch, or something like a propane camping torch.

Dab Tool

Most dabs are consistencies that can be difficult to handle. Specific tools made for dabs help to get the small amount of dab safely into your banger. Dab tools can be made out of metal, ceramic, or glass. It is important to remember that whatever tool you use to dab off of, is exposed to the high temperatures of the nail. Never use anything that would be hazardous if heated.

Cotton Swabs

After taking your dab, you want to clean out your nail. Besides using cotton swabs to mop up the remaining dab, you can also use your torch to burn off leftover dab in your nail. This is useful when the dab has already cooled. A cooled dab will be extra sticky; cotton swabs should only be used right after taking a dab while the oil is still hot and liquid.

The Process of Using a Dab Rig

  1. Begin heating your nail with the torch, approximately 30-45 seconds
  2. Continue heating until your temperature gauge alerts you of the correct temperature, if you do not have a gauge wait until it is red hot. 
  3. Wait until the nail is no longer red, and checking to see if you can hold your hand 3-5” from your nail comfortably
  4. Prepare your dab by scooping it out with your dab tool if sugar or crumble, prepare your dab by scooping a rice grain sized amount with your tool. If using shatter it may be beneficial to warm up your tool first so the shatter will stick.. If shatter, it may be helpful to slightly warm your tool so that it will stick to the dab
  5. Carefully put your dab into the nail and set aside dab tool
  6. Cover your nail with carb cap as you begin to take inhale
  7. Spin the carb cap around to direct the airflow
  8. Once complete, take a cotton swab and mop up any remaining dab
Dab rig with various accessories

Setup: Nice to Have Extras

Temperature Gauge

The ideal temperature for most dabs is between 500-600 degrees Fahrenheit. Luckily, there are some handy gadgets that can digitally read the temperature of your nail, and alert you when it’s the right temperature. There’s also other products called e-nails that can be set to specific temperatures and will maintain those temperatures as long as you want. Perfect for your next sesh with your friends!

Carb Cap

A carb cap is typically made of glass or metal, and is designed to fit in or over the top of the dab nail. By putting the cap over the nail, it lowers the pressure, and thus lowers the boiling point of the oil. This also maximizes the convection and helps to control the airflow. Some carb caps can be spun to direct the oil around the nail for even vaporization. 

Terp Pearls

A terp pearl is a small glass ball designed to be spun around the nail with the use of a carb cap. This helps spread the oil around the nail evenly as it cools. 

Dab Containers

Storage containers for your dabs are not always necessary, since most of the time your dab will come packaged in some type of container. However, you may encounter products you want to put in a better container. Dab containers are usually made out of silicone or glass. Other dab products will be wrapped in wax paper, or a clear plastic. 

Other Ways To Smoke Dabs

There are many different ways to enjoy your favorite cannabis extracts!

Glass Straw

The most basic way to smoke dabs, a glass straw is exactly as it sounds. It looks like a glass tube with a mouthpiece and tapered tip resembling a straw. The tip is heated to temperatures using a torch and then pressed into the dab while simultaneously taking a hit from the mouthpiece. This option is usually the most cost efficient way to get into dabbing, but it’s also the hottest dabs you’ll take. 

Nectar Collector

A nectar collector is similar to a glass straw, but with a water upgrade. Along the middle of the straw, there would be an additional chamber that holds water. It is used the same way as a glass straw. The water helps to cool down the smoke, and produces a much smoother hit than a regular glass straw. 

Electronic Methods

There are many different types of electronic devices capable of vaporizing dabs on the market today. All of them are designed to accomplish the same thing, without the use of a torch. Most utilize a battery and electronic heating element to heat a container and vaporize the dab. This is a great option for those who feel uncomfortable using a torch. 

Bowls, Joints, Blunts

When it all comes down to it, you can also smoke your dab on top of your flower. You can also sprinkle it into joints or blunts. Crumble tends to be the most ideal consistency for this method. 

Cold Start Dabs

While usually the dab is put into the nail after it has been heated to temperature, a cold start dab is put into the nail then heated to temperature. This is an especially popular method for those using electronic dab rigs. 

Substance offers online ordering and curbside pickup for dabs and other fine products at all dispensary locations throughout Bend, OR and now at our newest location in Cottage Grove, OR.