Ways To Consume Cannabis – 25 Different Ways To Enjoy

Ways To Consume Cannabis – 25 Different Ways To Enjoy

Ways To Consume Cannabis 25 Different Ways To Enjoy 

With the list of marijuana benefits only increasing, there is an abundance of different ways to consume cannabisEach method has its own benefits. Whether youre smoking for recreational purposes or medicinal, cannabis can help make a positive impact on your life.  

Bong

Bong

Smoking out of a bong is one of the most common ways to consume cannabis. Many people prefer a bong because the water in it cools the smoke and makes it smoother on the lungs.

Bongs come in a variety of different sizes and shapes. The water in the bong also acts as a filter and removes some of the carcinogens found in smoke. Many report that the highs from bongs are also more intense compared to the other methods.

Gummies

Gummies

Gummies are considered the one of the easiest ways to consume cannabis and are the most popular type of edible, which are cannabis-based food products. Gummies are quick and easy to eat and taste delicious. Weed gummies are easy to dose and store, and are a great option for users who wish to keep their lungs smoke-free.

Brownies & Baked Goods (Edibles)

Brownies & Baked Goods (Edibles)

Another type of edible is a baked good which can be a brownie, cookie, cake, etc. These edibles are created through a process called decarboxylation.

In this process, carbon dioxide and water are released, which then converts THCA into the THC that gives users a high. This is another extremely popular and delicious method of cannabis consumption.

Pills & Capsules

Pills & Capsules

Marijuana in pill form are cannabis capsules. The product is created with an abundance of different types of cannabis, including oil and decarboxylated flower.

The pills can also contain cannabinoids or the full spectrum of compounds the source cannabis plant has to offer. This is another quick and easy form of consuming cannabis.

Dabs

Dabs

Dabs are the most ideal for advanced smokers who consume weed often. The substance is a concentrated form of cannabis made from drawing out THC. When done correctly, dabs can deliver a high dose that is easier on the lungs.

Joints

Joints

The most common and widely used way of consuming cannabis is smoking a joint. All you need is rolling papers and grinded weed, as well as a filter.

There is an abundance of different papers available on the market to smoke with including different hemp, wood pulp, rice, and different sizes. The type of paper that is chosen will impact the experience. If you are unable to roll a joint yourself, there pre-rolled joints on the market as well.

Joints

Drinks (Nonalcoholic & Alcoholic

Cannabis infused alcoholic beverages are very new in the market. The most common type of beverage in this category is wine–for example, THC infused Sauvignon Blanc is a popular new product.

Joints

Tincture

This form of cannabis is either alcohol or oil-based and can be taken either on its own under the tongue or put into cannabis recipes. The high from this form has a longer duration compared to actual smoking.

Tincture is quickly absorbed in the bloodstream; therefore, it is popular for those seeking a fast but long-lasting does of cannabinoids. It is also a popular method for medicinal weed users that may be using it for pain relief.

Bowls

Bowls

Bowls, also known as pipes, is another one of the most common ways to consume cannabis. Bowls are small hand pipes that similar to tobacco pipes. They are most commonly made out of glass but they can also be wood, metal, ceramic, and silicone. To consume the weed, users only need a pipe, lighter, and grinded weed, making it an easy-to-use method.

Gravity Bongs

Gravity Bongs

This method is very unique way to smoke marijuana. Users can either purchase a gravity bong or create one at home. The homemade options are more popular because they are cheaper and very effective. The gravity bong, also known as a geeb, includes two empty plastic bottles that funnel smoke through water and push it into the users’ lungs.

Bubblers

Bubblers

Bubblers are hybrids between a traditional glass pipe and a water pipe. They’re smaller than bongs but bigger than pipes and give a similar high. There are a variety of different styles and designs of bubblers on the market.

Decarb

Decarb

The most important step in creating cannabis products is the process of decarboxylation. There are a variety of ways to consume cannabis after decarboxylation is completed.

Without it, we wouldn’t be able to create capsules, tinctures, or any other cannabis products. It is a tedious process that requires heat and patience.

Oils

Oils

Cannabis oil is a very beneficial form of consuming weed and getting high. The oil is created by extracting cannabinoids like THC and CBD from the cannabis plant. The high does take longer to form compared to smoking products; however, it can work quicker than most edibles.

Pens

Pens

Pens are a great method for users who wish to be as discreet as possible. They don’t give off a strong odor and come in a variety of sizes. The cannabis in the pens are marijuana concentrates and are usually preloaded and ready to use.

Vapes

Vapes

Vapes are also more discreet compared to smoking a joint or bong. The method includes heating the cannabis without combustion, therefore, reduced the risk of ingesting toxins in marijuana smoke.

The high from a vape is different from smoking green marijuana. Users can choose which method based on the high they prefer. Vapes are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis and have grown in popularity in recent years.

Sprays

Sprays

Alcohol based cannabis sprays give users a fast-acting dose of cannabinoids. The CBD in the spray is an easy way to consume the chemical. The product comes in a variety of different THC and CBD ratios. They are commonly used by both experienced consumers and beginners.

Topical Creams

Topical Creams

Topical ointments and creams infused with THC and CBD are popular for pain management.

They are very effective with providing localized pain relief. These types of topical creams are commonly used by athletes because they want pain relief without the side effects of medication.

Transdermal Patches

Transdermal Patches

Transdermal patches are worn on the skin and work the same way nicotine patches do where chemicals are released into the bloodstream.

This method is for users who are looking for pain relief. The effects are discreet and consistent for users who may be suffering from chronic pain.

Cannabutter (cannabis-infused butter)

Cannabutter (cannabis-infused butter)

Cannabutter is a mixture of cannabis and butter that is typically used for home cooking and cointains a combination of CBD and THC.

Cannabutter is one of the simplest ways to make infused cannabis edibles, from sweets to savory foods. Cannabutter is great because of its versatility and low price point compared to buying other cannabis products. It can be used in a recipe for brownies, added to savory mac & cheese or pasta, or used in almost any way you would typically use regular butter.

Chewing Gum

Chewing Gum

Cannabis infused gum is very similar to nicotine gum that smokers enjoy. The gum contains both CBD and THC and is activated once users begin chewing.

Chewing gum is relatively new among the different ways to consume cannabis.

THC Soda

THC Soda

Cannabis infused sodas are new to the market and have limited distribution. The sodas range in THC level from 20 mg to 200 mg. After the drink is metabolized through the liver, the high kicks in.

Soda is an easy way to consume cannabis, similar to using edibles.

Cannabis Simple Syrup

Cannabis Simple Syrup

For a variety of food and drink recipes, cannabis simple syrup can add extra flavor and zest to any dish. This product is made with sugar and water and infused with cannabis. When creating the simple syrup, you can add other flavorings and herbs to spice it up.

THC Bath Soaks

THC Bath Soaks

Soaking in a hot bath induced with THC is a very relaxing method of consuming marijuana. The THC relieves sore muscles but doesn’t make users high. They are very popular for people searching for a therapeutic cannabis consumption

Hookah

Hookah

Marijuana hookah pipes are vaporizing products that pass vapor or smoke through an instrument.

The sizes and shapes of the hookahs vary and they take time to prepare before they are ready to use. Hookah tends to be a very social way to consume weed.

Canna Oil

Canna Oil

Canna oil differs from regular CBD oil because its main use is for cooking. While cannabutter needs to melt for use in recipes, canna oil is in liquid form and acts as a great alternative for baking and cooking.

 

Try Some Out

If you’re looking for a variety of ways to consume cannabis, including many of the 25 ways to enjoy that we have listed, check out the pre-order selection at Purple Lotus. We aim to provide a variety of choices for each guest.

From the first approved medical cannabis use to the more recent legalization of recreational cannabis use, we continue to go above and beyond to bring you top quality concentrates, cartridges, edibles, topicals, and of course the finest in CA grown cannabis at every price range.

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Purple Lotus Picks for Memorial Day

Purple Lotus Picks for Memorial Day

Purple Lotus Picks for Memorial Day

Memorial Day

At long last, the sun is shining and things are beginning to veer back towards something resembling normal. As more people feel comfortable returning to the pace of everyday life, the usual appeal of the Memorial Day long weekend is conveniently once more around the corner.

When it comes to making the most of a three-day break in the Bay Area, the sky is truly the limit. From the outdoor recreation offered by quick excursions to Tahoe or Big Sur to a plethora of local beaches and forests, the chance to get together — safely — with loved ones to enjoy some quality time is one many have already eagerly begun planning.

But when it comes to making the most of the Memorial Day weekend, ensuring you don’t have to bail on a backyard barbeque or call it quits on a camping trip to hit a dispensary is always a high priority.

That’s why Purple Lotus is here with some holiday-specific recommendations. Featuring items all available on our menu, we’ve culled our vast inventory to find five surefire winners when it comes to being ready for whatever the weekend throws at you.

BEVERAGE — 1:1 Hi-Fi Hops (Lagunitas x Absolute Xtracts)

Long weekends and cold beverages are a tradition as old as the holiday itself. But the reign of beer as the drink du jour is rapidly coming to an end thanks to the likes of products like Lagunitas’ Hi-Fi Hops. This refreshing beverage combines everything the iconic Northern California brewery knows about hops but with absolutely zero alcohol, calories, or carbs.

Taking the place of this key ingredient is THC and CBD at an ideal 1:1 ratio of 5 mg each.

Together, they make for a delicious, IPA-inspired sparkling drink that packs a different kind of punch courtesy of the wizards at Absolute Xtracts. Available to purchase individually or in four-packs, bringing some bottles of Hi-Fi Hops along on your weekend adventures is a refreshing recipe for success.

Whether you’re grabbing a bottle while (responsibly) floating down a river or just settling in for a long overdue front porch chat, Hi-Fi Hops are quickly becoming a new staple of summer in California.

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EDIBLE — Marionberry Gummies (Wyld)

Sure, nature is awesome, but so are movies, concerts, and museums. If you’re the sort who sees three free days in a row as a chance to cram in all of the culture you can, a cannabis product built for discretion is a great addition to your standard needs of a wallet, keys, and a mask.

Edible makers Wyld are happy to help with this goal in the form of their truly scrumptious Marionberry gummies. Each package includes ten gummies dosed at 10mg of THC each, making this a potent but perfect way to subtly maintain your high throughout a busy day.

Wyld also knows what’s up when it comes to flavor.

Their Marionberry gummies feature real fruit as well as Indica terpenes, all combined into one delicious blast of cannabis-packed goodness. Slip a box into your purse or day bag and rest assured that you won’t be wasting one moment of your Memorial Day weekend searching for a vacant alley to spark up or worrying that everyone at your screening of Saw: Spiral can smell it on you. 

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FLOWER — Woods (A Golden State)

For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to camping season.

Given California’s current drought and fire risks, however, it is imperative that we all exercise extreme caution when lighting-up outside. Thus, for those with camping in mind, see our recommended vape product below for a fire-free alternative.

But even if you’re not planning to break out any sleeping bags over the weekend to come, you can still get a flavor of the great outdoors with Woods from A Golden State.

Testing at 24.84% THC, this colorful, aromatic strain is reputed for bringing about cerebral highs and bursts of creativity. Thanks to a terpene profile heavy on limonene, linalool, and pinene, Woods is also known for its campfire-worthy flavor.

In the trusted hands of A Golden State, that robust mix of citrus, pine, and floral notes can easily transport one back to the Cascade Mountains and waters of Mt. Shasta that feed all of A Golden State’s crops. Taken together, it’s an ideal strain for spring’s surge into summer, complete with the warm, sedate energy of a sunny July afternoon spent doing precisely nothing.

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VAPE — Zkittlez (Purple Lotus)

As noted above, now is not the time to take any risks whatsoever when it comes to open flames. Fortunately, a whole new category of product now exists geared precisely towards those who like to inhale but prefer what they take in to be as pure as possible.

Naturally, Purple Lotus has embraced the increasingly popular vape trend as well with our own line of carts designed to work with any 510-thread battery. Furthermore, when it comes to packing light, it’s hard to beat the simplicity of tossing a battery, charger, and a couple of fresh cartridges in with the rest of your gear.

As for which option to pick, the choice is truly yours.

That said, if potency and some serious bang for your buck are priorities, try our Zkittlez 1g carts. Testing at 89% THC, this popular, candy-flavored Indica cross of Grape Ape, Grapefruit, and a third (undisclosed) strain is a staple of the scene and one that’s wonderfully expressed in the Purple Lotus cartridge line.

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PREROLL — 4 Pack Hash-Infused Blueberry Muffins x WiFi OG (Hella Dank)

At the end of the day, sometimes the best course of action is to just have a bunch of joints with you at all times. 

While there is an undeniable satisfaction to smoking something you’ve rolled yourself, the death of cargo shorts as an acceptable fashion choice has made running around town with a grinder, papers, a booklet of crutches, flower, and flame a bit of a chore. 

Plus, unless you’re planning to self-infuse your joints with hash, prerolls offer an excellent way to cut out the prep work and get down to the good part.

For prerolled perfection to pair with your Memorial Day plans, grab a four-pack of Hella Dank’s hash-infused Blueberry Muffins x WiFi OG. Each .5 gram joint is infused with Hella Dank’s ice water hashish, cultivated under conditions highlighting living soil practices and absolutely no solvents.

As an added bonus, preroll packs are a great way to let everyone have their own personal joint when desired as we all re-adjust to pre-social distance life.

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Best 5 Places to Order Weed Delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area

Best 5 Places to Order Weed Delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area

Best 5 Places to Order Weed Delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area

With Cannabis legalization gaining more ground in the United States, legal dispensaries and shops are cropping up all over the place.

California is one of the most fast-growing areas for legal cannabis consumption, but that also means that there are plenty of businesses cutting corners.

When it comes to quality cannabis products and a strong business model that caters to customers, finding a good weed delivery or dispensary delivery service matters. People like to know exactly what they are buying, along with the quality, flavor, price, and ratios that are best for their use.

From partnering with the best cultivators and stocking new and interesting products, flower, and weed to getting weed delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area right, there are a few dispensaries that do it well.

These are the businesses in the best five places to order weed delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area, so you can find a reliable source for weed delivery and sample the best of the cannabis community.

#1 Purple Lotus

#1 Purple Lotus

With over a decade of being in the legal cannabis business, it is hard not to put ourselves on top of the list–but we are not the only ones who think Purple Lotus tops the best five places to order weed delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Purple Lotus is a state licensed cannabis dispensary, which means every product that reaches our shelves has gone through rigorous testing to meet quality standards (the same standards that every agricultural product in California must adhere to).

We have a long history as a dispensary and are proud to be a member of the cannabis community in California. Our founders were medical marijuana patients before legalized adult-use.

Countless visits to dispensaries in the Bay Area, especially San Jose, always led to inconsistent and poor-quality marijuana. The medication was overpriced, overrated, and premium medication was mid-grade at best.

This led to establishing Purple Lotus in 2009, offering a variety of medical marijuana products and services to assist in the treatment of a variety of conditions.

Fast forward to the legalization of recreation adult-use cannabis and we continue to go above and beyond to provide a variety of product choices for each guest. We have some of the best weed delivery services in San Francisco, CA.

Here are some of the largest brand names we offer:

largest brand names we offer

Purple Lotus brings our customers top quality concentrates, cartridges, edibles, topicals, and of course the finest in California-grown cannabis at every price range. With 500+ unique products, there is something for everyone.

We have an ongoing loyalty rewards program, cash and online Treez Pay payment options, and offer fast and free same day delivery to the San Francisco Bay Area.

With weekly deals and specials, including deals on our weed delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is no other company as involved or motivated in the cannabis industry.

Now, customers get 20% off their first delivery order, along with 15% off $200 orders and 25% off $300 orders. Purple Lotus consistently runs deals for in-store, pickup, and delivery purchases, so our new and returning customers always have something to look forward to.

Brands
Purple Lotus cares as much about its community as it does its patients. We strive every day to help those in need inside and out of the patient center. In fact, 100% of all charitable donations go towards helping local families and communities!

We have partnered with many local charities to better not only the cannabis community, but also the entire San Francisco Bay Area community. We hold events throughout the year to help raise money for worthy causes and give back to the community.

Eaze

2. Eaze

Eaze, a leading cannabis software platform and marketplace, connects adult consumers with licensed dispensaries and products. Eaze enhances safe access to legal cannabis, educates people about cannabis as a tool for wellness, and drives smart cannabis policies.

With on-demand cannabis product delivery and a broad selection of products for any price range, Eaze is one of the best five places for weed delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area.

However, Eaze is not available all over California or even all over San Francisco, so be sure to check whether your address is within their delivery area. Since each area utilizes the stock from different dispensaries, not all products are available to all customers.

The marketplace maintains a stock of women and BIPOC-owned cannabis brands to support a greater diversity of business and products.

Additionally, Eaze has a special offer for $30 off first-time customer delivery orders. It also runs regular product deals and promotions, including 25% off products that are “Eaze Picks”.

The marketplace offers flower, vapes, edibles, concentrates, drops, capsules, accessories, and more. Customers can filter selections and choose the products best for their needs.

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Eaze is one of California’s largest legal cannabis marketplaces, with over seven million cannabis deliveries to-date.

To place an order on Eaze’s platform, customers are required to provide valid proof of ID, and are then routed to one of Eaze’s local, licensed retail partners.

All deliveries are made by background-checked employees of subsidiary and retail partners, and delivery drivers follow all CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety.

The marketplace has developed a Momentum business accelerator and partnered with non-profits and charities though a Social Equity Partners Program to create a more diverse and sustainable industry.

Amuse

3. Amuse

Amuse delivers high-quality cannabis products safely and conveniently to customers’ doorsteps. With its sleek interface and ease of use, Amuse ranks in the best five places to order weed delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Amuse compiles available products based on customers’ locations and offers a wide variety of brands at low prices. With a safe and easy sign-up and verification process, customers can order products online and get fast delivery right to their homes.

Amuse has one of the best online website design and interfaces for easy ordering and navigation. They offer edibles, cannabis flower, concentrates, vape, topicals, pre-rolls, pills, and more.

Amuse Pack
The products available to customers differ based on location, with address-based availability since Amuse relies on local dispensaries and businesses to provide products to customers.

Additionally, Amuse offers incentives and deals for existing and new customers.

They have a Refer a Friend program which allows customers to give $20 of credit to a friend and receive $40 of credit to use for themselves.

There is also an Affiliate Program that allows brands to receive a portion of profit that they bring to Amuse.

Amuse always has ongoing deals and product promotions, with frequent 20% off product offers and some deals as much as 50% off regular prices. For example, right now new customers can get $30 off their first order and returning customers can get $5 off their next order.

Sava

4. Sava

Sava is a platform that connects consumers with brands that sell high-quality cannabis products.

Sava is one of the best five places to order weed delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area due to the way it emphasizes community and safety in its business model and the variety of products it offers

The marketplace only lists products that have been lab-tested by a third party and adhere to the industry’s strictest rules and regulations to raise the bar for the cannabis industry.

Sava rigorously vets and hand-picks the highest quality cannabis products, tailored to real-life needs that range anywhere from pain relief to relaxation.

Sava offers $10 towards your order when you sign up for their newsletter and has an ongoing 10% discount for seniors and veterans. They also have frequent sales to provide affordable cannabis products to their customers and community.

The company prides themselves on the human connection and recommendation service they provide, whether by email or text.

Sava Pack
What sets Sava apart from other weed delivery options is their dedication to personalized service and commitment to selling minority owned brands. Sava shares the stories of their products and their makers, to make the cannabis experience less mass-produced and more human.

Sava describes itself as a queer, woman, white, Latinx-owned company, and has always maintained that 50% or more of the brands their platform be women-owned.

As of last year, Sava made a commitment to create shelf space for BIPOC-owned brands and at least 20% of the brands they carry are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned.

Additionally, Sava frequently raises funds for charity and have partnered with non-profits to do good for the community and to help others with their knowledge of running a successful cannabis business.

Buzz

5. Buzz Delivery

Buzz Delivery provides patients with easy and discreet access to safe, effective medicinal and recreational cannabis products.

Like its name, Buzz Delivery offers fast delivery and great customer service, making it one of the best five places to order weed delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area.

They are one of the fastest of the best five places to order weed delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Buzz offers same day delivery, often with a wait time of only 1-2 hours depending on the customer’s location.

Buzz also has deals and promotions on products and delivery. They have a Give $20, Get $20 Refer A Friend Program, and seniors 65+ and veterans receive an additional 5% off order.

Buzz Delivery has daily product deals and special offers, including a current offer to save 10% on all next day delivery items.

Buzz Delivery
Buzz Delivery provides convenient, professional, and discreet delivery of cannabis products-with intuitive online ordering.

All products that Buzz Delivery has in stock have gone through rigorous lab testing according to the Bureau of Cannabis Controls testing standards. Products are tested for potency, pesticides, heavy metals, molds, mycotoxins and more.

The delivery service features products from trustworthy and experienced suppliers, and work with well-established, reputable laboratories for product testing. All cannabis products are guaranteed to be free of pesticides, fungicides, and other toxic chemicals.

Additionally, services and products are in full compliance with all requirements of local and state laws, making Buzz Delivery a great option for ordering cannabis products in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Biden Administration gives thoughts on Federal Legalization of Cannabis

Biden Administration gives thoughts on Federal Legalization of Cannabis

Biden Administration Gives Thoughts on Federal Legalization of Cannabis

Legal Cannabis

Will cannabis become federally legal under the Biden Administration?

Written by our Founder, Matt

Jerry Garcia’s famous saying, “What a long, strange trip it’s been,” perfectly encapsulates cannabis reform in the United States on a state – and now – federal level.

Although there have been several attempts at the federal legalization of cannabis over the years, the potential for major federal cannabis reform has never been more significant than it is today.

During the recent Vice-Presidential debate, Kamala Harris adamantly stated, “We will decriminalize marijuana, and we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana.” By far, these are the most transparent remarks to date on cannabis reform that any potential candidate for president or vice president has taken on such a large stage.

While many prominent activists in the cannabis industry push for federal legalization, it is far more likely that reform comes by decriminalization, 280E reform or protection from enforcement, and banking legislation that allows dispensaries much-needed access to banking and financial services.

While it’s easy to get excited at the prospect of federal legalization, we must genuinely evaluate the benefits and ramifications of full legalization instead of the federal decriminalization of cannabis.

We believe that decriminalization coupled with financial and banking reform will be much better for the industry than the full-scale federal legalization of cannabis at this time.

Here’s why.

Cannabis Commercialization

While federal legalization sounds enticing, there will be many immediate challenges and risks that current cannabis operators will experience when this happens.

Most cannabis operators have built their businesses from the ground up with sweat, tears, and minimal financing.

Federal legalization of cannabis would spur an influx of some of the world’s largest companies to the industry. This influx would affect the industry by pushing out some of the smaller cannabis businesses and may commercialize cannabis to provide low-grade products, similar to the tobacco industry’s model.

In all fairness, the brave individuals and organizations that shaped this industry and worked tirelessly to advance the cause for cannabis deserve the first chance to succeed in this industry.

Cannabis as a healing plant needs to be protected as long as possible. Commercialization will entice new consumers of cannabis to be attracted by big household names, possibly at the expense of quality cannabis and its related products.

    Compliance in Cannabis

    Federal legalization would also introduce an entirely new system of national compliance practices.

    With cannabis use consistently becoming more accepted in many states across the U.S., operators are in the infancy of navigating the many different measures of compliance.

    This process is very complicated. For instance, Purple Lotus in San Jose, California, currently operates underneath four separate standards of compliance from four different governmental agencies.

    Federal legalization would almost certainly provide additional compliance measures that may not coincide with the various city, county, and state regulations across the nation.

    Further adding to the complexity may be additional bureaucratic departments of the Federal government regulating the industry. Cannabis operators need more time to firmly establish the procedures to operate under the current multiple exhaustive sets of regulations.

    These regulations would be incredibly challenging for cannabis companies that are located in multiple localities and states.

    Taxes

    It always comes back to the almighty dollar.

    Cannabis is currently one of the highest-taxed items in the nation. In San Jose, customers pay a 10% city tax, 9.25% state sales tax, and a 15% state cannabis excise tax for a total of 34.25%.

    Suppose the Biden administration chooses the Federal legalization of cannabis as opposed to decriminalizing it.
    In that case, the Federal Government will surely add a substantial amount of tax to this, unquestionably driving up the price of cannabis and pushing customers back into the unregulated black market.

    Customers have not had enough time to get used to safe access to cannabis and need more time in this environment to be truly educated and thoroughly convinced of the benefits of regulated marijuana and why it is worth paying more.

    The decriminalization of cannabis and the passing of federal banking regulations such as the M.O.R.E Act are much more prudent and appropriate steps at this time. Like federal legalization, decriminalizing cannabis would protect cannabis operators and workers from the possibility of federal intervention as long as they are compliant in the state where they operate.

    This, along with the S.A.F.E Act or the M.O.R.E Act being passed, will provide cannabis operators the security and peace of mind that they will not be prosecuted federally. This will also open up so many opportunities for cannabis companies to obtain bank accounts and financial services vital to corporations’ workings and governance. Federal legalization would resolve 280E, but this can be done by eliminating this archaic tax code.

    In addition, before cannabis is federally legalized, the IRS must change their tax code regarding 280E. This archaic IRS code prohibits the deduction of all expenses besides the direct cost of the product by companies or individuals involved in federally illegal activities.

    This is an existential threat that requires cannabis operators to operate underneath a wide variety of corporate complexities to comply with 280E’s restrictions. Not only does this cause difficulty in record keeping, but it adds a substantial amount of administrative costs for both the company and IRS.

    Tax Code 280E was established to prevent high-level drug traffickers from claiming expenses related to the sale of controlled substances. It was established based on a single man’s attempt to deduct expenses from his drug trafficking operation to avoid tax evasion. It was certainly not intended to be used to put legally operating cannabis companies in such jeopardy and at the mercy of the IRS.

    Choosing to take these steps instead of moving directly to federal legalization will allow states to refine their state programs.

    Most states are still working through the kinks of their program and learning how to manage the compliance, regulations, and monitoring of cannabis businesses. Historically, when the Federal Government gets involved, things tend to get more complex. Giving states time to establish their own cannabis programs will prepare the industry for future federal legalization of cannabis.

    It will also encourage states to learn from each other to establish a more “universal” approach to regulations that the Federal Government could mimic. The Federal Government has no previous experience in cannabis regulation and should be sure that the state programs are effective and well-established before full legalization.

    Cannabis Gavel

    Federal Legalization Will Increase the Cost of Cannabis

    The number one reason the Biden Administration would consider legalizing cannabis is for the tax revenue.
    During the past year, the COVID-19 virus ravaged the entire world, crippling economies like nothing we have seen since The Great Depression.

    There are scarce resources for the Federal Government to tax to fund the government’s support of individuals and businesses during the pandemic. However, the Biden Administration could choose to decriminalize cannabis while passing banking reform and taxing the sale of cannabis either directly or through each state’s cannabis authorities.

    If this tax was placed at 5%, it is estimated that in the year 2021, cannabis operators would pay $1 billion in taxes to the federal government, with revenue topping $20 billion in totalI know we’re all excited about the possibility of federal cannabis legalization – anyone who loves and believes in this plant would be.

    It’s coming, and its momentum is as strong as ever.

    As its benefits and effects are becoming more popular and well-known, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that cannabis will be federally legal in the coming years. However, as industry veterans, we must realize that the moment is not quite ripe.

    We must first move forward with the push for federal legalization by taking small but substantial steps and not running into a situation that may jeopardize the incredible progress that the cannabis industry has made.

    The Federal Government and its states, counties, and cities need to take a cautious approach to federal legalization for cannabis operators, not just for themselves but for all of us in this industry.

    May we all experience cannabis excellence!

      Cannabis Effects in Phases

      Cannabis Effects in Phases

      Cannabis Effects in Phases

       Choosing the best strain to elevate your Valentine’s Day and everyday mood.  

        

      PHASES is an effects-based premium line of cannabis flower created to appeal to anyone looking to elevate their mood, from cannasseurs to the canna-curious. Find the perfect PHASES strain for your favorite activity—whether it be socializing and energizing, or resting, relaxing and recovering.   

      The cannabis effects from PHASES are expertly curated with sustainably grown indoor flowers at our cultivation facility in Northern California. PHASES provides five approachable, premium strains for everyday use in sativa, hybrid and indica varieties.  

       

      Check out the menu for the full lineup here, exclusively available to Purple Lotus customers in the San Jose area.   

       

      Recommended moods to elevate your Valentine’s Day and top staff picks are Vibration and Reverie.  

       

      Vibration* – Sativa  

      Made for fun and euphoric moods, ideal for quality time with friends and loved ones. 

      Cannabis effects in PHASES Vibration include stimulating head highs with passionate body sensations. 

      • Cultivar: Saturday Special  
      • Dominant terpenes: Nerolidol, limonene, caryophyllene 
      • Tasting notes: Citrus, floral, earthy 
      • Aroma: Orange, lavender, hops 
      • Total Cannabinoids: 25-27% 

       

      *This strain is also available in a Valentine’s Weekend Bundle, ask your associate for more on the promotion. 

       

      Reverie - Hybrid  

      Made to put you in a state of daydream and romantic bliss.  

      Cannabis effects in PHASES Reverie are characterized by full-body relaxation and soothing highs.  

      • Cultivar: Rosé 
      • Dominant terpenes: Limonene, linalool, caryophyllene 
      • Tasting notes: Sweet, floral, herbal 
      • Aroma: Lavender, hoppy, earthy 
      • Total Cannabinoids: 28–30% 

       

      Other PHASES moods to try out include High Frequency, Retrograde, and Dreamcatcher. 

       

      High Frequency – Sativa 

      Made for energizing activities and mental clarity.  

      Cannabis effects in PHASE High Frequency help empower your body and brain. 

       

      • Cultivar: Mint Cake  
      • Dominant terpenes: Limonene, caryophyllene, linalool 
      • Tasting notes: Citrus, earthy, pine 
      • Aroma: Lavender, citrus, herbal 
      • Total Cannabinoids: 38-40% 

       

      Retrograde - Indica 

      Made for recovery, resulting in a relaxed body and mind. 

      Cannabis effects in PHASES Retrograde are ideal for recovering after a good sweat or a long workday. 

       

      • Cultivar: Delight 
      • Dominant terpenes: Limonene, caryophyllene, linalool 
      • Tasting notes: Citrus, earthy, floral 
      • Aroma: Herbal, lavender, citrus 
      • Total Cannabinoids: 30-32% 

       

      Dreamcatcher – Indica 

      Made for rest and deep, sound sleep.  

      Cannabis effects in PHASES Dreamcatcher are perfect for resting easy and dreaming sweetly. 

      • Cultivar/strain: Pillow Talk  
      • Dominant terpenes: Limonene, myrcene, caryophyllene 
      • Tasting notes: Citrus, earthy, herbal 
      • Aroma: Pine, citrus, hops 
      • Total Cannabinoids: 28–30%
      Phases Vibration Blog Post

      The History of Cannabis and Racism

      The History of Cannabis and Racism

      The History of Cannabis and Racism

       A message from our Founder, Matt

       

      Cannabis and Racism History

       

      Racism sucks. It is the judgment of people based on something we don’t control, and something that has absolutely no relation to who we are; the color of our skin.

       

      My childhood (and later, my prison time for cannabis) was spent in the South. From the stark difference in how kids were treated at school, to the difference in opportunities for young adults, and all the way through the criminal justice system, racism existed at every corner. It never did, or has it ever made any sense to me.

      In recent years, and especially in the aftermath of incesant police brutality of black men in 2020, the plight of African Americans in the United States has been highlighted for the systematic oppression that has existed for centuries. This oppression is just presently being exposed by mobile phone cameras, smartwatches, and anything else that can take a picture. The Black Lives Matter movement saw millions of people of all races demanding that African Americans be treated equally in all aspects of society. While at times it seems like this, it is tempting to think that equality has momentum, there is far too much disparity in the reality to relax our attention.

       

      We will not change the world into one where we all are treated equally by the words we say in public or the way we present our views to the world. It will take each of us to make sure that equality exists in our hearts, minds, spirit and therefore in the world we create around us in order for meaningful change to happen.

       

      During Black History Month (and frankly, every month), it is very important that we look at Cannabis’ place in the history of racism, as well as what still must be done to combat the inequality that fatigues our modern day. 

       

      CANNABIS UPON A TIME

      The plant I love and call cannabis has been referenced to many terms in our time: pot, weed, grass, ganja, dope, reefer, mary jane, chronic, and most recently, “fire” or “gas”. However, over the history of cannabis in the United States, it has mostly been called Marijuana, and for a very specific reason.

      Prior to the Great Depression, cannabis wasn’t very well known in the United States and was used solely for hemp production. Since the colonial era, farmers had grown cannabis for hemp. In fact, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both had hemp farms. (1)

      Cannabis was popular in Latin America, including Mexico, since early ancient times. In the United States, Cannabis was only used as a medicine, and could be found in most American homes in the forms of tinctures and pill medications, prescribed by doctors for a variety of ailments. (2)

      In the early 1900s, tens of thousands of people fleeing the Mexican Civil War immigrated to the Southwest portions of the United States, and a large portion of them settled in current day states of Texas and Louisiana. This influx of immigration escalated anti-Mexican immigrant sentiment, and a campaign of “reefer madness” among white Americans inflated. This campaign was largely initiated by the commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics at the time, Harry Anslinger. (3)

      Anslinger’s propaganda campaign included racist narratives, alike to, ‘those who smoke marijuana are of an inferior race, much more likely to engage in sexual promiscuity, and resort to violence and stealing.’ New Orleans’ news articles consistently associated the “drug” with “African-Americans, violence, jazz music and prostitution. (3)

      After World War 1, Caribbean immigrants introduced cannabis to the increasingly enfranchised Black communities of Southern port cities, such as New Orleans. Cannabis’s tendency to help with creativity in music and art, relax the mind, and enhance social experiences made it very popular amongst these communities. During the period of American alcohol prohibition, it was also much easier and more cost effective to get cannabis than alcohol. This made cannabis even more popular. (4)

      White America was already concerned about African American’s expanding economic, social, and voting power, threatening the region’s long-standing social order. This was not something White Americans were ready to accept. Cannabis was utilized by Anslinger to create a propaganda campaign that oppressed entire races, ruined countless families and lives, and withheld medical opportunities for millions. Sadly, this information was accepted as truth by many people for many years. (4)

      Instead of referring to the plant as “Cannabis,” prohibition activists referred to it as “Marijuana” or “Marihuana” in order to make the plant sound more “Mexican”, successfully connecting the use of marijuana to brown and black people as dangerous, and fabricated side effects of the drug. (5)

      This propaganda campaign, combined with its use by Mexican immigrants, quickly convinced Americans that Cannabis was a dangerous drug used by only the degenerates of society. States began to make possession of even a small amount of cannabis illegal, banning cannabis based on racism. By 1937, all states had passed laws making Cannabis illegal when the federal government effectively completely banned all cultivation, sale, and possession of cannabis. The Marihuana Tax Stamp Act of 1937 criminalized cannabis in any form. (5)

      This Act required anyone who hoped to sell cannabis to pay a tax and get a license. However it was designed so that it was practically impossible to do so. It created a highly punitive situation, whereas having cannabis without a license was treated as tax evasion and could draw a substantial prison sentence. In truth, it was designed to oppress African and Mexican American people. During the year following the Marihauna Tax Stamp Act, African Americans were arrested for cannabis 3x as much, and Mexican Americans being arrested at a 9X higher rate than white counterparts. (6)

      During the 1960s, young adults and teenagers of all races began using Cannabis as part of the “hippie revolution”. They looked at Cannabis as something that created peace among people and shared joints of Cannabis on the streets of San Francisco and the West Coast, yet still in the closets of their home in the Southern part of the United States. In 1969, Cannabis was almost made legal when the Supreme Court tossed out the Marihuana act, stating it violated the constitution by forcing people to incriminate themselves when asking for a tax stamp. (7)

      Quickly, in 1970, the beginning of President Nixon’s War on Drugs was kicked off by the passing of the Controlled Substances Act. The Controlled Substances Act organized various legally controlled substances into “schedules” based on their opinions on how dangerous, addictive, and medically useless they considered them to be. While there have, and continue to be, many efforts to deschedule Cannabis, it has always been a schedule 1 drug, the most highly restricted category. Heroin and cocaine are also classified as Schedule 1 controlled substances. (7)

      In November of 1996, California passed the world’s first Medical Marijuana Program, establishing the use of Cannabis as effective for conditions such as nausea, pain, anxiety, and glaucoma. This was the beginning of public acceptance of the Cannabis plant in the United States. This was followed by more states creating medical marijuana programs, and in 2012, both the states of Colorado and Washington legalized Cannabis for recreational use. As more US states passed medical and recreational Cannabis laws allowing the consumption of Cannabis, even entire countries, like Uruguay and Canada, fully legalized Cannabis for recreational use. (8)

       

      Cannabis Today

       

      Currently, there are only six states in the US that have not legalized or decriminalized Cannabis for either recreational or medical use. Still, the problem of racial disparity with Cannabis greatly exists. For example, in New York City, African Americans are now 8x more likely, and Mexican Americans are 5x more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts for Cannabis. These numbers are despite extensive research showing that Cannabis consumption among races is relatively equal. (8)

      As Cannabis gains increasing acceptance in our society, it is necessary for our industry to recognize the struggles that were gone through in order for us to enjoy the plant that helps our lives so much. It is paramount that we ensure that African Americans and Mexican Americans have opportunities in the legal cannabis market, not only opportunities to participate but the ability to help shape the industry.

       

      PURPLE LOTUS TODAY

      As a private family-owned legal cannabis dispensary in San Jose, we are one of the oldest and most recognized dispensaries in the nation and perhaps the world. As the industry matures, we see continue to see large hedge funds (comprised mostly of people with no knowledge or feelings about the plant and the people it serves – in many cases, they have no feelings towards much besides money) swooping into the industry to profit off of a plant that many others have struggled and sacrificed to get acceptance for. 

       

      Purple Lotus has remained a private family-owned company primarily because we want to stand up tall to effect social change, and we won’t take a chance on investors stealing the soul of our mission. Our mission from the first day we opened our doors. With 1 lb of Cannabis, my wife and I’s goal have always been to “unite all people through cannabis excellence.” After 10 years of service, we remain humbled and excited about the progress we have made amongst our community. 

       

      “None of us are free until all of us are free” is true in so many, many ways.

       

      In a sign of progress, most cities and states that regulate Cannabis have created Cannabis Social Equity programs that encourage and require participation from historically disadvantaged groups, including mostly African Americans. While this is a large step in acknowledging what must be done, it is not enough. It will require business services to look at everyone equally when they make decisions, consumers to shop, not with the old conditioned thoughts in their mind, but with a mindful approach and solid reverence for equality.

      Purple Lotus is firmly committed to combating inequality in the Cannabis industry through our hiring practices, employee educational opportunities, community involvement, investments into groups representing African Americans and other marginalized groups.

      In close, with me being from the South, my family was marginalized due to race, sexuality, and religion. And at a very young age, spent 5 years in prison for cannabis related arrest (which included a 15-month stint in solitary confinement). From my cell, I never in a million years would I think that I would have the opportunity to provide the blessing of Cannabis to so many people these past 10 years. I wake up every morning excited and extremely grateful at the opportunity to change lives through cannabis. My hope is that all people have the opportunity to experience these feelings of hope, healing and wellness through Cannabis, regardless of race, sex, religion, or geography. Like all opportunities, some people will take advantage of them, and some will be happy to not pursue them. That is each individual’s decision, however we all deserve the same, fair chance.

       

      Let’s take good care of each other; we deserve it.

      Matt, Founder of Purple Lotus

       

      Purple Lotus will donate a portion of our proceeds from the entire month of February to The Last Prisoner Project, an organization devoted to ensuring all people incarcerated for Cannabis are freed. As of this writing, they have just secured the release of Michael Thompson, a man who served 25 years in prison for 3 lbs of marijuana. This was a significant success, the movement to free Micheal was assisted by Kim Kardashian’s recommendation, who “didn’t think weed should be a reason people are in jail”, several district attorneys, and a worldwide #freemichaelthompson hashtag campaign on social media. The past year has found Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat with many posts containing #FreemichaelThompson. You can support their work at www.thelastprisonerproject.com. Michael Thompson was a huge step, but there are many, many, many more. We can’t stop until they are all home.

       

      Michael Thompson Michigan Release

       

      SOURCES:

      (1) The Complicated History of Cannabis in the US

      (2) Medicinal Cannabis: History, Pharmacology, And Implications for the Acute Care Setting

      (3) The racist origins of marijuana prohibition

      (4) The Racist Origins of Marijuana Prohibition

      (5) The Science behind the DEA’s Long War on Marijuana

      (6) Marijuana or cannabis? How racism, immigration shaped the history of the drug war in N.Y., U.S.

      (7) Legal history of cannabis in the United States