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Which Plants and Spices Can Get You High?

Posted by CANNASaver on Saturday, 26 November 2016 in Canna Blog

PLANTS AND SPICES WITH A BUZZ FEATURE

 

Before you get all excited about new ways to catch a buzz, it is highly recommended that you conduct full research on the items presented in this article. As with many items that pertain to taking a substance of any type, effects are individual and information shared is from that of another's experience.  This article in no way promotes the use of these contents, but does encourage the investigation into each one, their dosage and potential benefits.  When in doubt, consult a scientist or medical professional.

 

Philosopher Terence Mckenna has a video floating around on Youtube describing this first plant. He says if you do it right, you will open yourself up to a new world, but cautioned the amount consumed because it doesn't take much.

 

SALVIA DIVINORUM is a plant that many may know as “sage", different from the spices you cook with however. This plant is just over three feet tall and has incredibly large leaves, hollow square stems, and occasional white flowers with violet calyxes ( husk or wrapping). Sometimes, you may find white or purple flowers growing on the stems. It  is a psychoactive plant which can induce visions and other altered and spiritual experiences.

 

CATNIP  - Not just for Cats!  European countries have been using it for treating several health conditions. This plant can be good for digestion; it acts as a sedative, tranquilizer, and promoter of menstruation.  It is said to be an effective cure for infant colic as well. When this plant is consumed in the form of tea, its aromatic flavor is considered to be a remedy for coughs and colds. It’s said to give relief in cases of chest congestion and also loosens and relaxes muscles. It can be either smoked or taken in the form of juice, tincture or tea. It produces a sense of calmness and relaxation, while sometimes producing a mild sense of euphoria coupled with giddiness.

 

WHITE SAGE - The dried leaves are typically used in smoking blends to improve mood. White sage promotes feelings of relaxation and also boosts memory. When smoked alone the flavor can be intense. According to United State Department of Agriculture, it can also be used to treat eczema and skin eruptions. 

 

DAMIANA -  is a small shrub with flowers that give off a very aromatic scent. This plant is usually mixed into a tea or sugary beverage.  The plant is said to give a “relaxed" feeling almost immediately. Damiana is also used more and more as incense because of its aromatic calming effect. It has long been used as a relaxant and aphrodisiac. Native Indians were known to drink sweetened Damiana tea,  and it is said to be believed as one of the original ingredients of margaritas.

 

BLUE LOTUS - is a plant that is also known as “Sacred Blue Lily". Some refer to this plant as the “spiked plant"; because of its blue and white spiked petals, and because it is said to give the same type of effects as a sedative. It also supposedly increases your conscious awareness. It is said that your senses will be heightened and at the same time you may feel a sense of peace and tranquility. It contains nuciferan (a natural anti-spasmodic) along with aporphine, which will give you feelings of a calming euphoria.

 

Nature is amazing. From plant life to human life, everyday we learn, grow and experience new thoughts and ideas. If you have any ideas about trying any of the aforementioned plants and spices for a recreational high, make sure to investigate fully and consume responsibly.

 

Happy Week.

MrD.

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Do You Get Higher When You Cough

Posted by CANNASaver on Sunday, 10 January 2021 in Canna Blog

Do you have iron lungs or do you have a chronic cough? Perhaps you clear your throat before you take a rip or shortly thereafter. Sometimes that bong rip hits a little harder than usual, sending you into a coughing fit, which makes you think  – do you get higher when you cough? 

The answer, although it would be cool, it actually does not! 

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When Weed Hits Your Lungs

Lungs are amazing organs that keep us alive by pulling air into our body, extracting oxygen, and sending it to cells. The lungs also extract cannabinoids and THC and send them through your body to give you bodily pain relief or uplift your spirits. 

At some point during your hits, you will need to exhale and breathe a new breath. The same goes with the hit that it will contain a certain amount of THC which will affect you and your lungs can only pull out a certain amount. Once your lungs hit their absorption limit it's time to take a new hit. It's less important if coughing will get you high as it is if you have more buds to load. 

For some people, the cough before a bong rip is essential to help them take a big full breath of some delicious smoke or vapor of their favorite strain. For others, the cough is a completion of that same smokey pull to push out all of the smoke from their lungs. 

There are some people who can suppress their coughs or who have trained themselves to take short shallow breaths instead of coughing. Others can simply hold their breath until their urge to cough goes away. 

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Why Do You Cough When You Smoke Weed?

[Weed] smoke has some toxins and the body has natural defenses to get it out, such as coughing. But coughing could also be a mechanism to help get you more oxygen. Coughing might help you contract your lungs and prepare for a big inhalation. 

As the body works shamelessly and effectively to keep you alive, the act of breathing when interrupted by smoke or vapor will result in an attempt (cough) to expel those things until you are breathing less irritable air. Your lungs will extract THC and CBD just as effectively regardless of coughing or not. There is a limit to the absorption capacity that your lungs max out.

Myth: Busted - Coughing Does Not Get You Higher

There is not a lot of medical evidence surrounding the claim that coughing will get you higher due to the Federal legal status of marijuana products. The anecdotal evidence is as wide-ranging as the colors of your favorite hippie’s hair. “Coughing gets you higher,” “holding your hit in longer will get you higher,” “blowing out smoke rings will get you higher,” and “you will float through the center of those O’s.”

But, alas, coughing does not get you higher. The lack of oxygen when you take a hit of smoke may make you lightheaded but this is a short-term side effect that will resolve quickly once you take a few breaths of air. The claim that coughing gets you higher, while fun to believe, is false. Coughing might help you inhale bigger breaths but it will not rocket you into outer space. 

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Someone who was embarrassed by their cough when toking likely came up with this rhyme “cough to get off” to make themselves seem cool. That person may also have not learned how to use a carburetor (pulling out the bong bowl or letting your thumb up to let in some air) and did not inhale enough oxygen during their pull.

So instead of acting like you have a cold or COVID just buy more concentrates or buds and load another bowl. The marginal impact of coughing to get higher is merely the deprivation of oxygen. Although it is a fun myth to believe, it is not a truth, which will replace finding stronger and tastier weed. 

Make fun of yourself when you cough and laugh at your friends when they cough. There is nothing to be embarrassed about because your lungs are helping you to survive and as they have done for centuries of evolution – they will inhale and get you high. 

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Most Efficient Way to Get High

Posted by CANNASaver on Thursday, 28 January 2021 in Canna Blog

You’re at your favorite dispensary with all the different options in front of you when you start thinking, which of these products are the most efficient way to get you high? 

With vast amounts of flower, concentrates, edibles, and other marijuana goodies, it might be a good idea to at least consider efficiency when selecting what you take home to consume. 

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Most Efficient Ways to Get High

Whether it be the amount of money you have to spend, considering your overall health, or the best high involved; we are going to look at the most efficient way to get you high.

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Bong

The beautiful, classic bong. How we love thee. Bongs are often beautiful and could even be pieces of art. The bong is ever so trusty when getting you high and getting you high really fast. Bongs produce THC-rich smoke which helps the efficiency of your high. 

With water pulling gross toxins from entering your body, it cools the smoke in your lungs allowing for bigger hits. Use a smaller bowl when using a bong to get maximum efficiency when smoking your weed. Cannasaver helps to find the tastiest of the buds.

concentrates most efficient way to get high

Concentrates

Concentrates such as wax, shatter, and live resin were made for a modern stoner wanting smoking efficiency. Cannabis concentrates often hit between 60-80% in THC potency and can even sometimes hit higher numbers. The higher potency maintains a stronger high. 

With an onset time of 1-3 minutes, the effects can last a few hours. Concentrates maintain the terpenes from the marijuana plant thus adding to the overall cannabinoids being absorbed and natural taste involved. It also helps that concentrates are cheaper by weight for the amount of THC contained.

However, proceed with some caution as concentrates will raise THC tolerance big time. They are not recommended for first-time users due to their strength in potency. They also require tools to use such as a rig, torch, dabber tool, etc. 

Concentrates are definitely fun for veteran smokers. Check out Cannasaver for killer deals on concentrates.

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Edibles

From brownies to drinks, edibles offer a strong, unusually unique marijuana experience. 

Edibles are the longest-lasting, incredibly efficient way to indulge in cannabis. Though they have an onset time between 30-90 minutes (depending on your metabolism), these tasty treats can last anywhere from 6-8 hours. Compared to smoking/dabbing lasting between 1-3 hours.  Infused drinks are known to hit much faster between 20-30 minutes. 

It does not take much of an edible to get a desired high. The edible is digested with THC forming into a different byproduct in the liver making a chemical 2.5x stronger than regular THC. 

With this, comes a bit of caution. Start with low doses and be patient. Overeating edibles can cause a bad time, especially in those new to cannabis. If the edible doesn’t kick in within 30-90 minutes, then take more. Not before.

In the end, edibles are also a health-conscious way to get high, protecting your lungs from toxins and carcinogens found in smoke. Check out Cannasaver for deals on edibles.

grinders most efficient way to get high

Grinders

The grinder is a stoner’s very best friend. 

Throwing whole nugs or hand-broken nugs into a pipe often won’t burn very well thus being very inefficient. Instead, use a grinder! This will eliminate uneven burning on your poor ol' Mary Jane.

By grinding your cannabis, you are increasing the surface area of your stash. The increased surface area allows for more bowls gained out of your stash with the added benefit of burning your buds very evenly. Also, you will more thoroughly enjoy the terpenes in your favorite weed by breaking through to the freshness within your cannabis. Which in turn intensifies your high. 

By the end, you have an efficient cannabis tool with the added bonus of the wonderful trichomes (kief) accumulating at the bottom of your grinder, a great rainy day treat.

One-Hitters

One-hitters are discreet, powerful, and effective. One-hitters are small in size only allowing for one hit at a time before needing to reload. This helps to space out your smoking sessions. This will help maintain a low tolerance. 

Tolerance is the key to smoking weed efficiently. 

With a lower tolerance, you will be able to smoke the least amount of bud getting the most out of your high. For $10 or under, these devices are a cheap investment for minimizing your tolerance needs and providing years of savings.

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Vaporizers

Vaporizers are known as the most efficient way to smoke marijuana. They are easy to use and extremely discreet. They are one of the healthiest ways to consume due to producing no tar byproducts. 

While vaping, keep your temperatures low, allowing for maximum efficiency. Using a trusted battery for your cartridge will add to the benefit of vaping. Vaporizers also reduce the amount of odor being emitted while maintaining flavor. Companies like PAX and GreenDot have cartridges that you would swear were actual bud hits. 

In terms of the best herb vaporizer, the volcano reigns supreme. Though initially expensive, it will help you get the most out of smoking your weed. You can even "reburn" or reuse vaped weed a couple of times, adding to its efficiency.

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Switch Up Strains

You might be thinking, will switching strains be an efficient way to get you high? 

Hell yeah, it will!

Your brain gets too familiar when you're constantly smoking the same strain. You can stick to either Sativas or Indicas but play around with different strains within those categories. 

If you smoke Grand Daddy Purp all the time, try smoking Bubba Kush or Blueberry instead. And so on. Playing around with strains will keep your brain guessing in a good way.

With these options in mind, hopefully, you can find the most efficient way to get high that pertains to you. Each person is going to be different when it comes to efficiency but with these products in mind, it will be much easier for you to narrow down the perfect option for you.

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Vape Pen vs Flower High

Posted by CANNASaver on Monday, 01 February 2021 in Canna Blog

As someone who’s worked at a dispensary, I know there are two items that newbies and connoisseurs alike typically flock towards upon entering – vape cartridges and flower.

Flower is absolutely timeless, most likely being the first way you ever indulged on marijuana goodness. However, as legalization has spread, vape cartridges have become ever more popular as time passes. 

Whether you are a first-time flyer or an experienced THC warrior, you’ve become curious as to what is the big thing about vaping and what could possibly be the difference between smoking a vape pen vs flower? 

Let’s get this bout started, the match of the new cannabis millennia, vape pen vs flower high.

vape pen vs flower high

Difference Between Smoking a Vape Pen vs Flower 

Though marijuana strains and flower options increase in potency every day, vaping has risen high above the clouds, providing a swifter kick of a high than regular ol’ flower. 

Vaporization works by heating THC to a temperature between 250-400 degrees Fahrenheit which creates vapor. This process optimizes your cannabinoid intake by making just enough heat to create a high concentration cannabinoid vapor. 

This contrasts with smoking flower due to flower needing to combust in order to burn THC. Smoking flower produces carcinogenic chemicals as a byproduct of combustion. This can lead to coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and other lung-related issues. 

Vape cartridges offer an alternative to combustion.

A Note About Vaping As “Healthier”

In terms of whether flower or cartridges are worse on your body, flower, unfortunately, wins for now. 

Though vaping is “healthier”, edibles are the only true way to consume marijuana without resulting in any long term bodily damage.

Even though vaping may be considered better for you, whether it be weed, tobacco, or any other smoking substance, inhaling smoke of any kind is bad for your lung health.

smoking vape vs flower

The Good & Ugly of Smoking Flower

We all love cannabis, which typically starts with the smoking of classic marijuana flower. 

Flower provides intense effects that occur by combustion releasing every cannabinoid from the bud in your pipe to your lungs. This produces the strong euphoric or sedative feeling we associate with getting high. 

Much cheaper than vape pens in terms of initial investment of items needed to smoke from. With papers and various cheap glass out there, smoking is really no problem. 

The bad and ugly with our precious flower comes in the method needed to activate the glorious THC: Combustion. 

Flower provides less overall control of cannabinoids with them being activated all at once instead of overtime through this process. As stated previously, combustion causes complications in our bodies we should avoid.

smoking vape pen vs weed

Vape Pens: The New Kid with Unknown Intentions

Studies have shown that vaping is the most efficient delivery of THC into the body. Dosage for dosage, flower can’t compare to vaping. 

With such high concentrations of THC, cartridges hit the bloodstream faster than flower. The concentration of THC hits with a high often described as a “cleaner” high. Not leaving you feeling as heavy as flower can. 

Vapes tend to pronounce flavors more, putting terpenes and other cannabinoids into cartridges for full marijuana effect and tastiness. 

Do note: there is a bit of a learning curve to vaping: adjusting settings, general maintenance, and learning about proper temperatures. 

If you are not inclined to learn about a new device, it may be best to stay away. With flower, you just have to load a bowl.

Let it also be known that studies on vaping and its long term effects are fairly new. Long term effects associated with vaping in any way is yet unknown. Black market/ street dealers don’t always sell up to par cartridges. These cartridges are often known as the vapes that killed people containing vitamin E. 

Just stick to legal companies – companies such as PAX or GreenDot (Labs), who are respectable and responsible brands with high-quality products.

Vaping requires no lighting of a bowl, no use of a grinder. Simply beautiful.

When it comes to smoking, everyone has their choice. It seems like when we truly look at vape pen vs flower high, vaping is the way of the future. Vaping has many things that let it shine and renovate the way cannabis evolves.

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