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Mandarin Punch Feminized Grow Report (Indoor)

We developed Mandarin Punch Feminized from a stellar lineage of heavy hitters, including Maple Leaf Indica, White Widow, NYC Diesel, and California Indica. The effects are well-balanced, and this strain can be enjoyed any time throughout the day. This grow …

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6 Best Strains for Aquarius Season

Aquarius, the eleventh sign in the zodiac represented by the water-bearing Greek hero Ganymede, is both charming and iconoclastic and, ultimately, the most individualistic of all the zodiac signs. Folks born between January 20 and February 17 can seem both …

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Live Resin: Preservation of Terpenes

Over the last decade, there have been significant technological advances in the cannabis industry that have helped push the boundaries of cultivation and extraction. There are now numerous high-quality extractions available that can provide the cannabis connoisseur with a full-spectrum …

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How to Use Humidity Packs to Cure and Store Weed

Humidity plays a huge role in the quality of cannabis post-harvest, as well as its lifespan once in the jar. Properly cured and stored flower can remain a sensory smoke show of flavor, smell, and effect long after it’s sold. However, if moisture levels are off during the curing process or while being stored in the jar, even the highest-grade flower at harvest can fall victim to mold when too wet and harsh and degraded trichomes when too dry.

Like all good things in life, dank weed is ephemeral. But there are things we can do to slow its inevitable roll to the great beyond. Whether you’re a home grower with a heap of harvest or a customer looking to make the most out of your dispensary run, it’s essential information to know how humidity will affect your cannabis during and after the curing process.

Keep scrolling to learn about the complexities of maintaining humidity, or skip ahead to the best humidity packs for weed.

Storing weed starts with having some. Find flower on the Weedmaps app.

Cannabis and humidity: relative vs. ambient

There are two types of humidity to consider when curing and preserving flower. Relative humidity refers to managing the…

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Best Weed Trimming Scissors for Harvest and Pruning

Trimming cannabis is an extremely important part of the harvesting process. Trichomes — the chemical compounds that dictate smell, taste, and effect — are located on the outside of the leaves and buds, so a bad trim job can render even the best weed vibe-less.

Below, we spoke to small-scale growers to find the best trimming scissors for your own harvest.

Weed trim gone wrong? There’s no judgment — and lots of nugs — on the Weedmaps app

What are trimming scissors, and why do you need them?

Trimming scissors are high-quality gardening shears used by cannabis farmers to trim away unwanted leaves and not damage the bud.

Due to the fragility of cannabis nugs and the importance of keeping the trichomes intact, a good pair of trimming scissors or pruning shears, which are larger shears used to trim branches off the plant while it’s growing and during the harvesting process, are a must when it comes to preserving flower.

While normal scissors are blunt on the end, clunky, and uncomfortable in the hand when used for long periods of time, trimming scissors are small, sharp, and have specifically been designed for botanical dexterity.

And to expert…

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Mandarin Punch Feminized Grow Report (Indoor)

We developed Mandarin Punch Feminized from a stellar lineage of heavy hitters, including Maple Leaf Indica, White Widow, NYC Diesel, and California Indica. The effects are well-balanced, and this strain can be enjoyed any time throughout the day. This grow report highlights its bountiful yield, deliciously sweet flavour palette, and resin-covered buds!

Flowering stage: 68 days

Total time, seed to harvest: 99 days

Final yield: 107 grams

THC content: 27.23%

Mandarin Punch Feminized (also available in an automatic variety) was created to harness the finer qualities of four fan-favourite cultivars. Reaching to the past for inspiration, we selected the best traits of Maple Leaf Indica, White Widow, NYC Diesel, and California Indica to be the building blocks of this robust strain. 

Created using classic cultivars, Mandarin Punch Feminized brings new and exciting traits to the forefront for growers to enjoy. It was exciting discovering and documenting these fantastic qualities for our latest grow diary.

We began our grow cycle by selecting and hanging our lights. For germination, we used a 600W Green Power Philips HPS, and for the rest of the cultivation cycle, we chose a 1000W…

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Best Pre-Rolls in Colorado | Best Denver Pre-Rolls

Pre-rolls are a great introduction to smoking cannabis and trying different weed strains. They require no effort to roll, are cheaper than buying full eighths, and can be found at every dispensary.

But with so many options, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed with the shopping process — especially in Colorado, where many of the brands you smoke come directly from the dispensaries selling them.

So we made a trip to Colorado to check out a few different pre-rolls and to suss out the cream of the crop. Keep scrolling for my list of the best pre-rolls in Colorado for every situation.

Explore every Colorado pre-roll brand on the Weedmaps app

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Favorite overall pre-roll brands

Favorite budget pre-rolls

Favorite infused pre-rolls

How I chose my go-to pre-rolls in Colorado

Who am I, you ask? If you’re not familiar with my work, I’m Danté Jordan, a longtime cannabis journalist and the columnist behind The Drop. I’ve been writing about weed for years for Weedmaps but also Leafly, High Times, Thrillist, and many other publications. I also host a weekly newsletter called Words Never Said (wordsneversaid.com),…

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Cannabis Trends 2023: 10 Professional Predictions

If there’s one thing that can be said with certainty about the weed industry, it’s that there’s never a dull moment. In 2023, that trend will continue as this relatively young industry forges ahead in the face of a possible recession, continued oversupply, and price compression, all while honing in on what consumers actually want and need.

Below, we asked dozens of industry professionals about what they think will be the big trends and developments in cannabis this year. Here are a few of the most common themes.

Price compression and oversupply will continue

Last year was challenging for much of the industry. The impressive growth seen in 2020 and 2021 did not continue in the same ways in 2022. Markets became increasingly saturated, capital became increasingly hard to come by, and oversupply put downward pressure on prices. These trends are predicted to continue this year.

“As we are experiencing oversupply, we need to make tough business decisions,” said Lilach Mazor Power, president of the board at Arizona Dispensaries Association. “How do we bring more customers to try cannabis? How do we differentiate ourselves, and how do we stay profitable? How…

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Bisexuals use cannabis more frequently for coping, enhancement

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Young people classified as bisexual not only use cannabis more frequently but also are more likely to use it to cope with mental health issues and for what researchers call experiential “enhancement.”

A recent study, titled “The Pot at the End of the Rainbow,” is one of the first to examine motives for cannabis use among sexual minorities quantitatively. Led by Washington State University psychologists, researchers analyzed survey data from nearly 4,700 university students from across the country. Of the participants, 23% were classified as bisexual after indicating that they were not exclusively attracted to one gender.

“The group classified as bisexual was more likely to report using cannabis to cope as well as for enhancement, which is a bit surprising,” said Kyle Schofield, a WSU Ph.D. candidate in psychology and first author on the study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. “The coping motive was…

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6 Best Strains for Aquarius Season

Aquarius, the eleventh sign in the zodiac represented by the water-bearing Greek hero Ganymede, is both charming and iconoclastic and, ultimately, the most individualistic of all the zodiac signs.

Folks born between January 20 and February 17 can seem both familiar and mysterious in the most captivating ways. This Uranus-ruled air sign boasts creators and destroyers, outcasts and icons — the wild, free thinkers that, for better or worse, push our society forward. The range is vast and includes Frederick Douglas, Paris Hilton, Audre Lorde, Sarah Palin, Oprah Winfrey, and Angela Davis.

Aquarius energy is more than just a counter-cultural cornerstone; it’s a force to be reckoned with. Even if you don’t know anyone born under this zodiac sign, drawing on your own innate Aquarius power could put you in a perfectly revolutionary state.

Below, find six Aquarius-adjacent cultivars.

Find strains for every sign on the Weedmaps app

3X Crazy

Also known as Optimus Prime, 3X Crazy is a hybrid bred from OG Kush, Bubba Kush, and Granddaddy Purple. It usually leans into a euphoric and stoney high.

When the Aquarius vibes go off the rails, and you’re suddenly…

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Live Resin: Preservation of Terpenes

Over the last decade, there have been significant technological advances in the cannabis industry that have helped push the boundaries of cultivation and extraction. There are now numerous high-quality extractions available that can provide the cannabis connoisseur with a full-spectrum cannabinoid profile while keeping the original essence of the strain.

Throughout the hobby-grower community, there are many ways to extract specific cannabinoids. However, in the cannabis industry, there are three main extraction techniques used: 

  • supercritical carbon dioxide
  • hydrocarbon
  • ethanol

Throughout all methods, the raw plant material is subjected to a solvent, which removes the active cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant into a chemical solution before being purged of impurities and cooled. Post-production techniques give the extract its texture and consistency. 

Throughout this article, we will be focusing on an advance in terpene preservation and discussing live resin. This is a high-quality extract renowned for its immaculate terpene profile and full-spectrum cannabinoid content.

What is live resin?

Cannabis extractions are often named for their aesthetic appearance or…

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Keep marijuana edibles out of your child’s reach

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at UConn Health on Jan. 17, 2023 for press conference with CT Attorney General William Tong, Dr. Suzanne Doyon of the CT Poison Control Center based at UConn Health, UConn School of Medicine Pediatrician Dr. Jody Terranova, and Interim CEO Dr. Bruce T. Liang. Credit: UConn Health Photo by Tina Encarnacion

With recreational marijuana now legal in Connecticut, State of Connecticut officials want to keep our smallest children safe from accidentally ingesting edible marijuana such as gummies.

At UConn Health on Jan. 17, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and State Attorney General William Tong and the UConn Health-based Connecticut Poison Control Center called attention to the importance of parents vigorously following child safety measures when it comes to recreational marijuana use.

Health experts are most concerned about the dangers for our pediatric population of small children under 6, especially toddlers. A recent study…

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Low-Stress Training to Increase Yields

Low-stress training is an easy-to-learn plant training technique that offers minimal risk to the growing
cycle with high rewards. Those rewards come in the form of increased yields, boosting light efficiency
per watt, and using all available canopy space within a growing area. A standard tool for experienced
gardeners, it is also usually the first technique learned.

Plant training is a common practice in farming and has been traced back thousands of years. Growers can achieve improved results by manipulating the cannabis plant into specific shapes. This is achieved through two general schools of methodology, LST (low-stress training) and HST (high-stress training). Each has its advantages, and growers often use both in tandem. 

Bending, breaking, and cutting a plant can be intimidating for new growers. However, low-stress training is the gentlest form of plant manipulation and has a low margin of error. New gardeners will feel more comfortable with this process, which even experienced growers use regularly. The fact is that yields can be increased with just LST alone. LST is the least difficult plant training technique to learn. The materials needed are minimal and…

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Top 3 THC Mocktails for Winter

‘Tis the season of social gatherings with friends and family, which usually means gathering around food and drinks. If you are looking for ways to skip alcohol this year, all you need is a few great recipes for mocktails! However, no need to forgo a buzz altogether, just switch it up with THC beverages. Wynk sparkling seltzers are the perfect mixer for mocktails, allowing you to control how much you have and when you’d like a little more. To inspire your next happy hour, we’ve got three delicious THC mocktails for you to check out. 

Get Festive With Winter Mocktails

Winter mode is fully activated, and much of the country is covered in a gorgeous sheet of fluffy white snow. This time of year comes with many iconic moments, like making snowmen, hitting the slopes, and sipping hot cocoa by the fire. Let these cooler months be a time to slow down and be more present with those you love. Sometimes overindulging in alcohol means you might have fuzzy memories of a night with your friends, but THC drinks are a great alternative that can help you tap in and connect. 

Wynk seltzers contain equal amounts of THC and CBD, offering a mellow, smooth buzz. You can…

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Cannabis-related emergency department visits among older adults on the rise

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As a growing number of older adults are experimenting with cannabis to help alleviate chronic symptoms, a new University of California San Diego School of Medicine study has identified a sharp increase in cannabis-related emergency department visits among the elderly.

The study, published Jan. 9, 2023 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, identified a 1,808% relative increase in the rate of cannabis-related trips to the emergency department among California adults ages 65 and older from 2005 to 2019. Researchers used a trend analysis of data from the Department of Healthcare Access and Information and found that cannabis-related emergency department visits went from a total of 366 in 2005 to 12,167 in 2019.

The significant increase is particularly troublesome to geriatricians, given that older adults are at a higher risk for adverse health effects associated with psychoactive substances, including…

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Nearly a third of people with chronic pain turn to cannabis

JAMA Network Open (2023). DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.49797. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2800119″

Self-reported Change in the Use of Common Nonpharmacologic Pain Treatments Due to Cannabis Use Among US Adults Aged 18 Years or Older With Chronic Pain in March to April 2022 Measures for nonpharmacologic pain treatments were from a survey fielded from March 3, 2022, to April 11, 2022, of adults aged at least 18 years living in states with medical cannabis laws who reported having chronic noncancer pain (n = 1661), used cannabis at any time (n = 495), and who used nonpharmacologic treatments for pain (n = 362). Respondents were asked “Has your use of cannabis to manage your chronic pain changed your use of any of the below?” with possible responses of increased, decreased, or no change. Bars signify the weighted proportion reporting an increased use or decreased use. Credit: JAMA Network Open (2023). DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.49797. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2800119

As more U.S. states…

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The Best Pre-Rolls in California in 2023

Pre-rolls are a great way to try a bunch of different strains and brands without breaking the bank. Consider them trial smokes before committing to buying an eighth.

And in California, there’s no shortage of pre-roll options. Some are high-quality smokes with great flavors, smokability, and consistency, while others will just get you high. For those searching for the former, I’ve gathered what I think are some of the best pre-rolls in California right now.

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How I chose the best pre-rolls in California

I’m a long-time pre-roll smoker. My standards for determining the best pre-rolls are based on the complete smoking experience: flavor translation, smokability, consistency amongst different strains, and lastly, is the weed fire?

  • Flavor: Weed can look and smell good in the jar, but when that flame hits the flora, those terpenes can deliver a grassy or cardboard taste that makes you wonder why you just dropped $10 – $20 on a single joint. The best quality cannabis flower and joints should offer both distinct and subtle flavors that are dynamic and unique to the strain.
  • Smokability: If your joint is harsh and burns your throat or makes you cough throughout smoking it, it’s not a good pre-roll. In fact, it’s not good weed. The brands listed below should protect you from that experience.
  • Consistency: Consistency is about two things: 1) If you buy a strain from a particular brand today and then again in four months, will the quality be as good as you remember? 2) If you buy various strains from this brand, will there be more positive than negative experiences when it comes to liking the flower and pre-rolls? The brands below are known for putting out good weed in a variety of flavors so you can always find something worth your money.
  • Is the weed fire? When the combination of the smoking experience, flavor, and effects come together, are you impressed? That’s all that really matters when deciding if you’re going to go back to that brand and buy its weed again. If the brand uses trim and shake for its pre-rolls, the answer is an automatic “No.” Only full-flower joints will prosper on this list.

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As legal pot grows, more kids sickened by edibles at home

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The number of young kids, especially toddlers, who accidentally ate marijuana-laced treats rose sharply over five years as pot became legal in more places in the U.S., according to a study published Tuesday.

More than 7,000 confirmed cases of kids younger than 6 eating marijuana edibles were reported to the nation’s poison control centers between 2017 and 2021, climbing from about 200 to more than 3,000 per year.

Nearly a quarter of the children wound up hospitalized, some seriously ill, according to a new analysis in the journal Pediatrics.

And those are just the reported cases, said Dr. Marit Tweet, a medical toxicologist with the Southern Illinois School of Medicine, who led the study.

Cases of kids eating pot products such as candies, chocolate and cookies have coincided with more states allowing medical and recreational cannabis use. Currently ,37 U.S. states permit use of marijuana for medical purposes and 21…

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