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February 6, 2020 administrator

High there and welcome back to our blog! Today we will be discussing a few of our favorite products and how we integrate them into our workout routines. Enjoy and remember you can find all of the products listed below at your local Euflora Dispensary.

The Dixie Vitalizing mints are a great way to start a workout whether you’re pumping some iron or out on the trail. The mints come in three flavors and can all be found at our dispensary locations! 

For an extra boost of energy while you’re working out we recommend trying our District Edible Gummies. They come in Sativa, Hybrid, and Indica strains with an array of flavor options to fit into any workout routine. 


Whether you’re on the trail or in the gym the O.pen 510 cartridges are great for a quick hit before you continue on with your workout. Pictured here is the strain San Fernando Valley OG which is a sativa dominant hybrid that leads, “with aromatic notes of earthy pine and lemon, its body effects take a little longer to feel than the initial head haziness” as Leafly states. The O.Pen cartridges come in disposable, 500mg, and 1 gram options. 


Mary’s Medicinal patches are a great way to recover from any workout no matter your strain preference. They also have awesome options like CBN and CBG patches to add to your recovery routine as well! 


Lastly there’s no better way to celebrate a successful workout quiet like a Dixie Root Beer float for an elevated post workout snack! Dixie also has an array of beverage options beyond the root beer to satisfy any cravings you’ve worked up while working out. 

 


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January 23, 2020 administrator

Legalized cannabis may bring new hope to nature’s dwindling pollinators. Bee populations have been shrinking at an alarming rate due to the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides and weed-killers like dicamba. Habitat destruction and climate change have also taken their toll on bee populations.If you’re allergic to bees, you may be doing the happy dance. But for most of us, the lack of bees is going to sting.

Besides delighting us in the garden and annoying us at picnics, bees serve critically important roles in agriculture. According to the American Beekeeping Federation, honey bees add a whopping $20 billion to the value of the US Agricultural Industry. Without bees, over a hundred different crops would be affected. We wouldn’t be able to enjoy some of our favorite munchies, such as:

  • Almonds: Almond trees depend entirely upon bees to reproduce. Sorry vegans. No bees, no almond milk.
  • Blueberries and Cherries: What would we do without antioxidant-rich blueberries and succulent cherries? Both are 90% dependent on bees.
  • Apples and cranberries: Anyone up for apple pie or vodka-cranberry cocktails? Holiday parties would be real bummers without these two.
  • Broccoli: Yes, even broccoli needs a little help from our apian friends.

What Does Legal Cannabis Mean for Bee Populations?

Since individual US states began legalizing medical and recreational cannabis and the 2018 US Farm Bill legalized hemp on the federal level, researchers have had more opportunities to study cannabis.

A recent study published in Oxford’s journal of Environmental Entomology has brought new interest in how cannabis cultivation may help bees. The study, conducted by Cornell University, concluded that cannabis plants provide nutrition during times of scarcity. Researchers also found that vast farmlands filled with hemp may provide valuable habitat for bees. This finding is great news for cannabis cultivators who are looking for investors.

The study corroborated research done by Colorado State University. The 2018 study found 23 unique species of bees in northern Colorado’s Cannabis sativa hemp fields. Bees swarmed Colorado’s hemp fields during late summer when flowers are in short supply. The desperate bees started foraging for pollen among the male hemp plants. Though bees prefer the nectar of bright-colored blooms, they’ll settle for cannabis pollen in a pinch.

Just like it does for us humans, cannabis may help bees get through those hard times in life.

Earlier Research on Cannabis and Bees

The Oxford and Colorado studies weren’t the first to find that bees like cannabis. Indian researchers found connections between bees and cannabis much earlier. Though technically illegal, cannabis has long been tolerated in India. A 2012, Indian study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Science also concluded that bees will take up residence in cannabis fields and extract pollen from male plants when other food sources become scarce.

Evidence of bees consuming cannabis pollen goes back to at least 1996 with an earlier Indian study, published in the journal, TAIWANIA. Biologists were studying the diets of bees in the Bhimal region of northeastern India, where farmers cultivate large fields of cannabis. The researchers found cannabis in the pollen loads of bees, proving that bees do indeed consume cannabis pollen.

Cannahoney

So, if bees like cannabis pollen, does that mean they’ll make honey that contains cannabinoids like CBD and THC? Bees extract pollen from male cannabis plants, not resin from the females. But that doesn’t stop some inventive entrepreneurs from trying to entice bees with the frosty trichomes of the female buds.

In 2016, Nicholas Trainer, a French beekeeper, successfully trained his diminutive companions to be attracted to female cannabis plants. As a result, they rewarded him with cannabis-infused propolis, which was naturally decarbed in the warmth of the hive. Imagine combining the properties of propolis, royal jelly and cannabis in one jar of honey.

Since Trainer’s breakthrough, entrepreneurs in legal cannabis states have been working on repeating his experiment with hopes of introducing all-natural, bee-made honey to the market. But don’t expect to find bee-made cannahoney on your dispensary shelf too soon.

For now, you’ll have to get by with human-made, cannabis-infused honey. Alternatively, you can try honey-sweetened cannabis edibles like Rebel Edibles’ Vanilla Bean Sea Salt Caramels or Coda Signature’s honey-sweetened chocolates. Both are available at Euflora’s dispensaries in Colorado.

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer and have your heart set on cannabis honey, you can infuse your own honey using one of the tinctures available here at Euflora. Our tinctures come in several varieties, including:

  • CBD
  • Indica
  • Sativa
  • CBN

You can even mix and match tinctures to create your own unique cannabis-infused honey blend.

Can Bees Get High?

With all this talk about bees and cannabis, you may be wondering if consuming cannabis could harm or confuse our tiny friends. Not to worry. Bees won’t land on a flower, forget what they’re doing, and binge-watch Netflix instead of collecting pollen. Bees lack an endocannabinoid system. Receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in humans and other mammals are what allow cannabinoids to work. Without the ECS, we wouldn’t feel the effects of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids.

What does cause harm to bees is pesticides. The worst offenders are neonic pesticides that industrial farmers use on crops like soybeans and corn. Manufactured by companies like Bayer, neonics disrupt the nervous system causing confusion and death in bees. Beekeepers have given the syndrome the nickname, “Mad Bee Disease.” The EU banned the most potent neonics, and the US followed suit by banning 12 of the most destructive neonicotinoid insecticides. The US House of Representatives has recently introduced the Saving America’s Pollinators Act which would require the EPA to ban all neonic pesticides. The bill gives hope to environmentalists as the current administration strives to limit the work of the EPA.

How Can the Love Affair Between Bees and Cannabis Help the Industry?

Since cannabis is wind-pollinated, the plants don’t need bees. However, the cannabis industry could reap tremendous benefits from the insects.

Bees are attracted to large areas populated by cannabis plants. This fact is sure to encourage environmentally-conscious investors to swarm upon the cannabis industry. Additionally, state and federal funding could become increasingly available to cannabis cultivators.

Furthermore, the positive impact of cannabis farming on bee populations may convince more growers to go organic. Pesticides are just as bad for humans as they are for the bees. Organic cannabis is a win-win solution for both us herb-lovers and our buzzing little buddies.

And if the work of Nicolas Trainer and other pioneering cannabis entrepreneurs becomes fruitful, Euflora dispensary shelves may soon include naturally-infused, bee-made cannahoney. Yum!

We’d love to hear from you. Share your bee stories in the comments below.


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July 17, 2018 administrator

Cannabis extracts (also sometimes referred to by the term “concentrates”) can be intimidating and confusing for the newcomer. There are many different types, and they go in and out of style. It seems like there’s always something fresh popping up on the market! But don’t worry, we’ve done some of the background work for you. Below we’ve written a list of commonly found extracts with definitions. Treat this as a primer, and don’t be afraid to chat with our friendly Euflora budtenders for more guidance!

 

Wax – Wax is an extremely popular concentrate for dabbing. It is made by blasting plant material with solvent. Then, the material is heated at a low temperature while it’s whipped. Cannabis wax looks a bit like Cool Whip, but is a bit crumbly. It looks tasty, but don’t eat it!

 

Budder – Budder is very similar to wax but has more moisture in it. It isn’t whipped as much as wax when it’s being made, and has a more malleable and oily consistency.

 

Live Resin – This amazing innovation is made similar to how you’d make budder or wax, except your starting material is fresh-frozen plant. The flavor and aroma with live resin is fantastic, and this type of extract really captures the spirit of the live plant that it was made from. Ranging in color from light amber to yellow-gold, it often has a shiny, wet look to it.

 

Shatter – Shatter is one of the most popular types of extracts available today, and we believe that’s at least partly due to the way it looks… like shattered pieces of stain glass! Typically created by blasting plant material with butane, the extraction process used to make shatter removes the lipids and fats from the substance.

 

CO2 Oil – C02 oil is a type of concentrate that’s become popular over the years. It is viewed as a more natural substance since it’s made using C02 (which, of course, is a substance that occurs naturally and is produced by the human body). C02 oil is made with pressure and carbon dioxide to separate plant material. The finished product is usually an amber-colored oil. Typically, you’ll find C02 oil in vape cartridges.

 

Crumble – The process for making crumble is a lot like the way shatter is made, but the oils used to make crumble usually have a thicker consistency and more moisture, which contributes to giving this concentrate its cheese-like, crumbly body. When making crumble, lower heat is used (compared to shatter) which preserves more of the terpenes.

 

Bubble hash – You don’t see it as often as you used to, but bubble hash is still popular with DIYers and the slightly older crowd. Using ice water to separate plant matter from the THC, bubble hash can be mixed into joints, crumbled over a bowl, or even smoked by itself.

 

Rosin – Rosin has been around for as long as people have been smoking cannabis. In some parts of the world it’s the dominant method of consumption. Considered to be one of the most natural types of extracts, all it takes to create rosin is pressure and heat. Folks at home even make their own rosin with hair straighteners or tortilla presses! It usually has the appearance of amber-yellow sap.

 

Consider the above list to be just a primer. The cannabis concentrates world is deep and varied, and there is always something new to try. Don’t be intimidated! Our friendly budtenders will help you navigate, just stop by any Euflora location to get started!


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April 2, 2017 administrator

Do you struggle to find your ideal cannabis strain but getting “the munchies” is keeping you from falling madly in love with one? Want to medicate during the day but can’t risk snacking all day at work? It may be that you have only tried high-THC strains.

THC is the primary psychoactive and hunger-inducing molecule in marijuana. However, there are also strains with compounds like cannabidiol (CBD), which promotes homeostasis. If you’ve tried high-CBD already, you know that they keep the munchies monster at bay better than the THC-rich varieties. And now there is science to prove it. A Yale study published in 2015 found that the THC in marijuana, while lighting up your brain in all kinds of unusual ways, also stimulates a group of nerve cells in the hypothalamus that governs instincts like hunger and arousal.

CBD isn’t the only compound you should look for in a munchie-less bud. Lesser known and slightly harder to find in great amounts is tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), which is a psychoactive cannabinoid that curbs appetite but also gets you high. Unfortunately, there are very few strains that are high in THCV; often, the content is barely 0.1 percent of the total cannabinoids. But we’ve zeroed in on a few strains that deliver a great balance of cannabinoids without leaving you circling the block for the next fast food joint.

Hate the munchies? Try these eight strains next time.

8. Harlequin
Here we have the quintessential strain on this list; it’s easy on the pain, light on side effects, and the results are beautifully calorie-free (unless you don’t want them to be). Harlequin is a unique sativa with a CBD to THC in a 5:2 ratio. This flower is an ideal choice for those seeking daytime pain or inflammation management (you weekend warriors out there) who don’t want to bother co-workers with the incessant crinkling of candy wrappers.

7. Cannatonic
Like Harlequin, Cannatonic is on just about every list because it won’t lead you to the kitchen but it also won’t leave you laid up on the couch. This hybrid strain produces up to 20 percent cannabidiol (CBD), and only some phenotypes provide tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in trace amounts. Let Cannatonic get you ready for a productive day, like an energizing green tea or a power yoga session.

6. Power Plant
Resist the urge to binge with Power Plant, a sativa-driven gift derived from an African landrace. It has a bright red clay colored hairs and a scent that tickles the nose with pepper and spice. If you need a positive outlook, focus on your golf game, creativity while writing your Great American Novel, then you can’t be giving into your stomach all afternoon.

5. Blue Dream
Blue Dream is the baby bear of the marijuana world. You know, it’s not too heady, it’s not too light, it’s just right. Some have called it the Advil of the marijuana world—a “jack of all trades” if you will. Athletes enjoy the happy high with the gentle burst of motivation and energy thanks to its Sativa-dominant genetics.

4. Durban Poison
There is a way to get a little more elevated and still dodge those munchies, and that’s by choosing a strain like this African Sativa. The flavor, the floral notes and the heady, yet clear-headed high are all thanks to Durban Poison’s increased resin gland production. This strain is high in THC-V, so it will help keep you going, munchie-free, during the day and could even help you trim down. New consumers beware; it has the power to elevate.

3. Jack the Ripper or Jack Herer
Here’s a twofer, because these two Jacks are aces when you’re high. Jack the Ripper is a hallmark sativa-forward strain from TGA Genetics. Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant strain (a Haze hybrid, baptized with a Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk cross), named after famed marijuana activist and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Both are sought-after strains at most dispensaries, loved for their pungent citrus aroma, frosty appearance, and the type of high that sneaks up on you. They will boost your creativity without making you hungry; perfect for micro-dosing during periods of focus when you are prone to eating out of boredom.

2. Remedy
To prove that you don’t have to give up your love of a good sleepy indica strain, we have this cross of Cannatonic and Afghan Skunk. Remedy will treat all that ails you with a small dose of THC for mental tranquility and natural relief from the Afghan Skunk, plus the homeostasis producing cannabinoids from the Cannatonic. Curb pain, migraines, anxiety, insomnia, and even your appetite.

1. Skunk #1
This 1980’s invention is a hybrid between Afghan Skunk and the legendary happy-hippie-maker, Thai. But that’s not all because this strain packs a THC-V punch. Skunk #1 has become a grower, and it didn’t take it long to catch on with patients too. You won’t break those intermittent fasts and ketogenic diets when you indulge in Skunk #1 before bed.


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