Home Grown: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Home Grown: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

In the continuing celebration over the legalization of cannabis in Washington State, there’s one little detail that escapes most people’s notice: of all the states that allow recreational cannabis, Washington is the only one that prohibits growing cannabis indoors for individuals. It remains to be seen what sort of fallout will come from a recent announcement of a crackdown from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Still, there’s some hope that Washington State will amend its policy towards home growers. The right to grow your own marijuana has been enshrined in cannabis culture from its very earliest days. At its roots—no pun intended—cannabis is, of course, merely a plant; a completely natural product requiring minimal processing to be medically or recreationally viable. Now it seems that’s all up in the air…or is it? While many observers agree that federal decriminalization is only a matter of time, it’s impossible to predict whether that’s a short-term, middle-term, or long-term forecast. And that uncertainty has much to do with why Washington finds itself the only cannabis-legal state that prohibits its citizens from growing cannabis indoors. How did we come to this state of affairs, and—more importantly—is there real hope this will change anytime soon? The Cole Memo: A Shaky Foundation for a Legal-Weed America In considering whether or not to decriminalize at all, most states referred to the Cole Memo, a 2013 document outlining a cautious, legally nuanced approach for states to determine their destiny when it comes to cannabis. Now the Attorney General has officially abandoned the Cole Memo. Still, no one is certain what that will mean for cannabis-legal states. The Cole...
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...
Here’s How to Talk to Your Budtender to Get What You Want

Here’s How to Talk to Your Budtender to Get What You Want

Legalization has brought many opportunities, both professional and personal. But we’d rank the opportunity for learning at the forefront. Here at Have a Heart, we pride ourselves on our huge selection of Washington’s best cannabis products. But we’re just as proud of our staff of our professional budtender staff. “First thing? Please don’t be afraid to be honest. Interested in sensual topicals? So are a lot of our customers. And we have the info on how they work and best practices.” We hire people who know their stuff and are totally passionate about cannabis: from fun topicals to the healing powers of CBD. Our goal is not just to sell weed, but to educate. So please, ask questions! If you’re new to buying weed at a pot shop, we understand that it can be a little intimidating. But just remember: We’re here to serve you. Here at Have a Heart, we value curiosity. No question is a dumb question. No question is too broad or too specific. And please don’t be afraid to be honest. Interested in sensual topicals? So are a lot of our customers. And we have the info on how they work and best practices. (The key word here is recreational, and there’s no shame in that.) Do you really just want the cheapest weed available? That’s cool too! There’s nothing wrong with being thrifty, and we happen to have some great deals on dank buds, pre-rolled joints, vape cartridges, pot cookies, THC candies, and other cannabis edibles. Talk to our budtenders about the strains and products that’ll give you the most bang for your buck. So...
Bang for the Buck: Best Weed Deals at Have a Heart Skyway

Bang for the Buck: Best Weed Deals at Have a Heart Skyway

Here at Have a Heart, we believe that all people have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And to us, the pursuit of happiness is a lot easier with the right supplies. But not everyone can afford an $18 gram. Which is why we make sure our menu includes good deals so that all  our customers walk away with a smile. So looking for the best weed deals? We currently have some especially great deals at our Skyway pot shop: Pre-Rolled Joints Down to your last $5? We carry a ton of pre-rolled joints in this price range, including The Truth, Sugar Mama, Sour Tsunami, Snoop’s Dream, and 9lb Hammer. If you’ve got slightly more to spend, you might consider a two pack ($10) of Blue Dream pre-rolls from Artizen–it’s classic for a reason. Cannabis Edibles Have a Heart offers our finest cannabis edibles in single packs for just $3, including Apple Caramels and Butterscotch Pebbles from Magic Kitchen; Black Cherry and Blue Raspberry Pebbles from Northwest Cannabis Solutions; and Caramel Sugar from Phat Panda. Cannabis Flower The White If you’re a Costco or Cash n’ Carry type (aka a shopper who doesn’t mind buying in bulk to get a way better deal), you’ll want to check out The White from Dama. Pony up $150 and you walk away with 25 grams, which comes out to about $5.30 per gram. As a bonus, this potent strain derives its name from an abundance of crystals–these buds look like they’re rolled in sugar. Talk about a sweet deal! Carl Sagan from Mad Mark Pay homage to the...
Cooking With Cannabis: Savory Edibles for the 12th Man

Cooking With Cannabis: Savory Edibles for the 12th Man

Football season is upon us, and we’re stoked to enjoy all our favorite tailgate traditions. Coolers of ice-cold cerveza? Check. Guacamole and corn chips? Check. Stuffed jalapeños? Check. Hawks gear? Check. Savory edibles? Hey, this is the Pacific Northwest! We have our own football traditions. Maybe it’s because the Seahawks colors are big on the green? Anyway, here at Have a Heart Sea-Tac/Skyway, we’re all about the ultimate tailgate or game time party, and to us that means tasty THC edibles. Here’s two of our favorite savory edibles: Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp  Ingredients: 12 bacon slices, cut in half 24 large raw shrimp, peeled and cleaned 4 teaspoons canna-olive oil 1 large lemon sea salt Directions: 1. Heat large medium pile of coals or set gas grill to medium. 2. Heat cast iron pan to medium and cook the bacon until mostly done but not stiff. Remove from pan. 3. Brush each shrimp with  canna-olive oil and sprinkle with salt and lemon juice. 5. Wrap the partially cooked bacon around the shrimp and skewer. 6. Place skewers on edges of grill, so not directly over glowing coals. Cook until shrimp is pink. Cannabis Mini Quiche  Ingredients: 2 tablespoons cannabutter 1/2 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup of chopped ham 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 4 eggs, beaten 1 ½ cups Cannamilk salt and pepper to taste Supplies:  Muffin pan Sauce pan Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt cannabutter in a saucepan. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook for additional 30 seconds. Grease muffin pan. Cut pie crust into rounds to...