How to Avoid Mold and Pesticides in Your Cannabis

How to Avoid Mold and Pesticides in Your Cannabis

We’re so lucky to live in the Evergreen State! The rugged natural beauty, the pulsing lifeblood of Puget Sound. Oh, and the killer cannabis! But even in Washington, you’re not always guaranteed to get high-grade weed. When it comes to ensuring that consumers get the cleanest and safest cannabis, Washington is at the cutting edge. We’re lucky to have laws mandating the regular inspection and testing of cannabis producers, their products, and their facilities. That said, to some degree, cannabis quality is truly up to individual growers and retailers. While the state mandates inspection and certification of marijuana growers, to some extent, this is still a work in process. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) have partnered to better monitor the use of illegal pesticides on marijuana under the terms of a contract signed in 2016—but quality control doesn’t end there. Here are some of the steps that we—and our trusted suppliers—take to ensure we provide the very best high-grade weed. Is Organic Marijuana the Best? When it comes to our food, the term “organic” has real meaning: It’s legally reserved for use by the USDA to describe agricultural products that meet their strict definition. To maintain organic certification, growers must skip on using certain pesticides, steroids, and other chemicals and additives. So technically, marijuana can’t be certified organic by the USDA. But we can take all the same steps to protect your cannabis from chemicals, molds, and other contaminants. And we do. At Have a Heart, we take the potential for cannabis contamination very seriously. Because we absorb cannabis...
Can Marijuana Improve Your Workout?

Can Marijuana Improve Your Workout?

Media often portrays cannabis consumers as being lazy and junk-food craving individuals. It’s about time that the narrative on marijuana begins to shift away from stereotypes and toward the facts. Regardless, even those who are educated on the benefits of cannabis may be surprised to find that it has something to offer everyone, from the average Joe looking to get fit to professional athletes. Here are some reasons that smoking weed and working out is just as realistic a combo as those other, more popular stereotypes. Pain Management If you dread working out because of the pain that inevitably ensues on a long run or during a heavy lifting session, you may want to try toking beforehand. Marijuana appears to manage pain by distracting you from it. A study conducted by the journal Pain found that though weed doesn’t appear to actually kill pain, it makes it more bearable. Cancer and AIDS patients have used marijuana as an alternative to opioids to treat chronic pain and this has been one of the leading arguments for its legalization. Federal hurdles still remain, however, making further research on cannabis incredibly difficult to conduct. Reduced Anxiety Some people may have the motivation to go to the gym but end up not going because of the anxiety of lifting weights or running in a room full of sweaty and athletic people. Studies have shown that cannabis strains that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) have powerful anxiety-reducing effects. CBD works by counteracting the adverse effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component in cannabis. The sounds of other people’s thoughts could be drowned out by...
How Cannabidiol (CBD) Can Help Save Lives in the Opioid Epidemic

How Cannabidiol (CBD) Can Help Save Lives in the Opioid Epidemic

We don’t have to tell you that opioid overdoses have become a public health crisis. To put in perspective on how bad things are: three times as many people in the U.S. die each year from opioid overdoses than from gun-related homicides (according to the CDC, 33,000 opioid-related deaths vs. 11,000 gun-related homicides). In the last 12 years, deaths from opioid overdoses have skyrocketed over 400%. Last year alone nearly 19,000 Americans died from opioids. That works out to about 52 people per day. Two 747s full of people crashing and burning every single week. Even President Trump has officially declared it a health emergency. Fortunately, there is a natural solution that can help break the power of opiate addiction and help restore people to their natural life. New studies show that cannabis may be our best answer to this crisis, and one solution looks particularly promising. Read on for more info on using the cannabinoid cannabidiol for opiate withdrawal. Cannabis, Opioids, and Chronic Pain Chronic pain lies at the source of the opioid crisis. Because the chronic pain is, well, chronic, it requires consistent medication. The problem of turning to opioids for chronic pain treatment is that they are extremely addictive. Opioids are a godsend for acute pain like recovering from surgery, but a small consistent dose over a long period of time gets the patient hooked. And when the prescription finally runs out, they can slam into a brick wall of withdrawal. If the doctor won’t continue to supply them, many people find other ways to procure them—and the addiction becomes more dangerous. Cannabis offers an alternative. A...
How to Choose a Medical Cannabis Dispensary

How to Choose a Medical Cannabis Dispensary

With the wave of legalization taking place across America, many new cannabis businesses are popping up wherever the sale of the plant has been unrestricted. For inexperienced consumers, it can be difficult to choose a reliable dispensary — especially when so many of the available options attempt to cheat customers by lying about things like the quality and quantity of their bud. Here are a few tips to help you decide where to go the next time you Google medical dispensary near me. Reviews Typically, it’s a good idea to do some research on any dispensary you want to visit before actually making the trip. This will save you the hassle of several bad experiences and allow you to quickly identify the “best medical dispensary near me.” A simple Google search will reveal all you need to know: for example, if you live in Seattle, Washington, you should search “medical dispensary near Seattle” or “medical dispensary near me” with their location detected by Google. Browsing through the results, you will be able to find several dispensaries with copious amounts of reviews from other customers. The more positive reviews, the better. Dispensaries with few or negative reviews are probably not worth your time, especially if they’ve left customers so dissatisfied that they took the time to write a review. Sometimes dispensaries will impersonate real customers to make themselves look better in their search results, so always remember to be thorough in learning about a dispensary you’re interested in before deciding to spend your money. Cannabis Deals A new customer to a dispensary should always ask about their cannabis deals, as the...
How Does Cannabis Affect Our Health?

How Does Cannabis Affect Our Health?

Is cannabis a dangerous controlled substance or a powerful, potentially vital medication nearly perfectly suited to human physiology? The answer may be all three, depending on your perspective. If you’re a wee bit confused, join the club! Misconceptions and contradicting reports abound when it comes to cannabis and health. Nearly everyone now alive in this country grew up in an era of cannabis prohibition. Though cannabis has an astonishingly long and deep history as a medication, we’re only now beginning to unlock its potential. Recent findings have shed some light on much of the conventional “wisdom” of the last 75 years or so. Cannabis and Health: What We Know It is a bit early to issue blanket statements like “cannabis will improve your health”. Still, you’ll be surprised by what we’re learning about this incredibly complex and medically useful plant. Research shows there are some conditions for which cannabis does an equal or better job of treating than do conventional first-line treatments. This list includes some very difficult-to-diagnose conditions, notably fibromyalgia, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS). What’s more, cannabis often reduces patient’s dependence on other, less safe drugs, such as opioids. In many cases, cannabis is more effective at treating the underlying symptoms, such as chronic pain. The Endocannabinoid System But beyond specific conditions, what may prove to be the single most important discovery concerning cannabis took place not in a botany lab, but inside our own bodies. In 1992, researchers uncovered the first endocannabinoid—a class of neurotransmitter vital to the body’s regulatory functions—and named it anandamide (for the Sanskrit word for “bliss,” for its role in regulating pain and...
Don’t Miss These Fall Events at the Beautiful Chateau St. Michelle

Don’t Miss These Fall Events at the Beautiful Chateau St. Michelle

From pods of killer wales to powdery ski slopes, Washington State has always been a gem. But the state has gotten even cooler in the last ten years. Legalization of recreational marijuana is an obvious factor, but we can now also boast one of the country’s premier wine regions. Here at Bothell’s best pot shop, we’re all about enjoying both. And we’re loving the line-up of fall events at nearby Chateau St. Michelle. Although Washington wine has only recently taken its deserved place in the global market, Chateau St. Michelle was way ahead of the game. With fifty years in the business, the state’s founding winery has developed some serious know-how. So this fall we’ll be swinging by these Chateau St. Michelle events to sample their fine local food and wine: Bin on the Lake Wine Dinner (November 2) This Kirkland event features an original menu by executive Chef Frank Rog. Chateau St. Michelle winemaker David Rosenthal will be overseeing the wine tasting and talking guests through the wines and pairings. Prosciutto wrapped figs and braised short ribs? Yes please. Tickets are $125 per person. (If you want to get your appetite in gear beforehand, swing by South Seattle’s favorite pot shop to stock up on fine Washington weed.) Blind Taste Like a Master Sommelier (November 2) Here at Have a Heart Skyway, we like to think we’re pretty good at blind tasting. When it comes to weed anyway! But we’re excited to improve our wine tasting vocabulary with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ Master Sommelier and Senior Director of Wine Education, Rob Bigelow. Starts at 6:00 PM. Approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $90....