Get Loud for 710 with Purple Lotus

Get Loud for 710 with Purple Lotus

Get Loud for 710 with Purple Lotus

The second-biggest cannabis holiday of the year is almost here and we’ve got concentrate fans covered.

When it comes cannabis, one holiday a year simply isn’t enough anymore. 
These days, it doesn’t take a seasoned stoner to know what April 20 (aka 420) is all about. A celebration of all things cannabis, the term was first coined by a group of Bay Area high school kids back in the 1970s (referring to a time of day) and conveniently translated into a date on the calendar each April.
Likewise, 710 is celebrated on the day it seems to point to in the calendar: July 10. In this case, the origin of 710 is extremely simple: turn the numbers upside-down and it appears to spell the word “oil,” which is a shorthand commonly used to refer to potent shatter, wax, hash oils, and the like.
Again, like 420, there is also a specific timing component to the occasion, with many revelers choosing to toke at 7:10am and/or 7:10pm. As anyone who enjoys cannabis knows, the point isn’t to abstain except for these specific time slots but simply to go all out with your efforts when they arrive.
To achieve this goal, you’ll likely need some hardware. 
Back in the early days of 710 – many cite a 2013 LA Weekly article on the subject as a defacto origin point – taking a traditional dab likely meant relying on a dab rig. That, in turn, meant toting a bevy of tools like wands and torches to ensure you had all the necessary components on hand. Fortunately, as dabbing and concentrates continue to explode in popularity, a new wave of sleeker, more compact devices have now hit the market, making dabbing on-the-go a breeze.
With this year’s 710 just around the corner, Purple Lotus wants to help you prepare for the high holiday with some great deals our favorite concentrates. Stop by and set yourself up for an ideal 710 with the products below.
Cured Badder $25.99
The world of concentrates is ever-widening and filled with a glossary of strange new terms. For those just starting out, consider trying Highlights Zkittlez x Kush Mints cured batter. This badder (a phrase which describes a concentrate’s texture) is sourced from Connected Cannabis Co.’s cured indoor trim, providing an incredible price point on this popular Indica-dominant hybrid. Complete with notes both floral and gassy, this cured badder is great for pain relief and a full body high.
Live Resin Sauce $32.99
In contrast to cured badder, live resin sauce (as its name would suggest) appears in a sauce-like consistency. The “live resin” qualifier denotes that the sauce was made from freshly harvested plants, which is exactly how Raw Garden likes to roll. Combining Leeroy OG x GG#4, Funk N’ Fire is a potent potential cure for pain as well as a great source of cerebral relaxation and mental euphoria. By utilizing a flash-frozen technique, Raw Gardens is able to ensure a higher percentage of terpenes make it into every dab you take. For Funk N’ Fire, that means notes of sweet and sour fruit cut with undertones of spicy aromatics.
Cured Resin $39.99
Similar to cured badder, cured resin results from applying techniques which preserve the cannabis plant material to later prepare for extraction. As a company built around science and methodology, Apex is making some of the best cured resin you’ll find on shelves, and at prices that aren’t hard to swallow. We’re a big fan of Cake Boss, another Indica-dominant hybrid, especially if your ideal 710 involves a couch, some snacks, and whatever’s on Netflix.
Cured Badder Chips $25.99
Lemon Peel x Do-Si-Dos cured badder chips is another of our favorites from Highlights, who always get it right where it matters most: taste, cost, and world-class genetics. Cured badder chips, by the way, are just what they sound like: small pieces of cured badder in a hardened, chip form. What’s to love about Lemon Peel x Do-Si-Dos? Vibrant and bursting with citrus, this strain is a top-notch mood booster as well as a reliable pick-me-up after a long day of getting after it.
Live Diamonds $34.99
If you’ve never seen high-end live diamonds before, Stiiizy’s Sunset Sherbert is one heck of a way to get up to speed. Like their namesake, diamonds are pretty! More technically, diamonds are what we call the crystalline structures that develop in live sauce. In that form, they contain THCA – an ultra-potent cannabinoid cousin of THC. Sound like fun? Then go for the best with some Sunset Sherbert from Stiiizy, which hits hard and delivers an amazing flavor profile of berries, earth, and bubble gum.
 
Crumble $23.99
Last on our tour through the land of concentrates is the crumble. As you’ve likely guessed by now, crumble refers to the form this concentrate takes. Taken on its own or combined with flower, crumble is a somewhat less involved option when compared with sauces and the like. One of our top picks is Flavor’s Biohazard OG – a crumble featuring a cross between Chem 91 (Skunk VA) and Do-Si-Dos. Expect notes of everything from cookie dough to diesel, as well as a super strong high that earns the warning “biohazard.”
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Olympic Cannabis Scandal Shows Progress Still Has Miles Left to Go

Olympic Cannabis Scandal Shows Progress Still Has Miles Left to Go

Olympic Cannabis Scandal Shows Progress Still Has Miles Left to Go

Purple Lotus stands with track star Sha’Carri Richardson and here’s why you should too!

 A few days ago, news broke that track sensation Sha’Carri Richardson had been suspended for a month after testing positive for marijuana. As a result of this ban, Richardson’s hopes of competing at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics — where she was projected as a gold-medal favorite in the women’s 100 meters — are now in serious jeopardy.

The situation has also unleashed a public discourse that has subsequently branched-off in several, important directions. To help you get an idea of what’s going on, we’ve put together some of the key information to follow on this matter.

For starters, there are those who ridicule the fact that cannabis is considered akin to a steroid in the eyes of Olympics officials. Comedian Seth Rogen, who also runs a cannabis brand of his own, took to Twitter to share his take:

“The notion that weed is a problematic ‘drug’ is rooted in racism,” Rogen noted in a July 2 post. “It’s insane that Team USA would disqualify one of this country’s most talented athletes over thinking that [is] rooted in hatred. It’s something they should be ashamed of. Also, if weed made you fast, I’d be FloJo.”

Solid punchlines notwithstanding, the idea that cannabis cannot enhance one’s performance isn’t exactly accurate. To learn more on this subject, check out the concept of the flow state, which suggests that the right combination of caffeine, cannabis, and exercise can maximize one’s mental productivity. 

Naturally, having a crisp mind doesn’t give you record-breaking speed, so Rogen’s quip comparing himself to the fastest woman of all-time for taking a bunch of bong rips was definitely right on the money. 

Following news of the ban, a number of Richardson’s fans, sponsors, and fellow athletes instantly spoke up as well to voice their support for the 21-year-old, who had won the women’s 100-meter race at the U.S. track and field trials in Oregon just last month.

Nike confirmed it would not end its contract with Richardson over the issue, while Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Maholmes kept his comments short and simple: “This is so trash man… just let her run!”

The preposterousness of Richardson’s ban even inspired the satirical masterminds over at The Onion to conjure up one their best (NSFW) headlines in recent memory.

Another faction of outrage over Richardson’s ban stems from those who simply believe the Olympics are long overdue for an update to the rules. In a statement, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri highlighted several of the arguments in favor of the Olympics taking an evolved stance on cannabis. 

(What’s NORML? Short for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, this important advocacy institution is the oldest and largest national organization dedicated solely to marijuana law reform.)

“In the past, it has never made too much sense for marijuana use outside of competition to be a disqualifying factor for athletes,” Altieri said. “In 2021, at a time when marijuana use is legally accepted in a growing number of US states and around the world, it makes exactly zero sense for regulators to continue to take punitive actions against athletes like Sha’Carri Richardson or anyone else who chooses to consume cannabis in their off-hours.”

 

Altieri continued by highlighting Richardson’s publicly given reason for consuming cannabis: its potential therapeutic benefits as a way to cope with grief. In this case, it was the tragic death of Richardson’s mother that led her to seek solace in cannabis. 

For Altieri, that context makes this ban all the crueler.

“To use this as a rationale for denying this athlete, who is otherwise competing at the top of her sport, the ability to represent the United States at the Tokyo Olympics should be an unacceptable outcome in this situation,” he concluded. “Let Richardson race.”

If there is any positive outcome to Richardson’s unwarranted ban, comments made by President Joe Biden in the wake of the news suggests that reform of some sort may at last be on the horizon.

On Saturday, in response to a reporter’s question about Richardson’s cannabis-related suspension, President Biden offered the following response:

“The rules are the rules and everybody knows what the rules were going in. Whether they should remain the rules is a different issue, but the rules are the rules.”

In his analysis of these comments, Marijuana Moment’s Tom Angell notes that Biden’s words “could raise questions about whether his administration will use its seat on the WADA Foundation board, on which the U.S. is represented by the acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, to push for reforms.”

As is often the case, it appears that once again is has taken a glaring example of how bad current drug policy remains for meaningful change to become a priority. For track star Sha’Carri Richardson, hopefully this is the last time cannabis is used as a pretext to prevent an athlete from competing for Olympic gold.

In the meantime, Sha’Carri, if you’re reading this, Purple Lotus has you covered on all of your essential training supplies the next time you’re in our neck of the woods.

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Perfect Your 4th of July Plans at Purple Lotus

Perfect Your 4th of July Plans at Purple Lotus

Perfect Your 4th of July Plans at Purple Lotus

From picnic pick-me-ups to extraterrestrial adventures, we’ve got you covered for the long weekend ahead.

Welcome to our Independence Day!

 

America’s birthday is always a festive occasion, but given last summer was one devoid of big barbecues and sprawling family picnics, this year’s 4th of July weekend promises to be extra special. We’ve all been waiting what feels like forever for a chance to return to our cherished long weekend traditions, be it launching ourselves from a fraying rope swing into a lake or simply settling in with loved ones to watch a fireworks display.

 

Whatever your plans may hold, Purple Lotus is here is make sure you’ve got all the ingredients to a successful July 4. Come pay us a visit to enjoy some special decorations ala the 1996 masterpiece Independence Day and to grab any supplies you’ll need to make this holiday one you’ll never forget… or fully forget, depending on what your preference may be!

 

We know our menu runs deep, so to help you maximize your time spent in the sun, we’ve put together a quick list of surefire favorites perfect for whatever your plans may hold. Dive in, stock up, and go have some fun!

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SICK OF SMOKE? DRINK YOUR THC!

We get it: here in California, fires are now an all-the-time concern. As a result, it’s never been more important to exercise maximum caution when sparking a joint or otherwise utilizing an open flame in the great outdoors. 
If you don’t want to deal with any of that risk, why not skip the flower this time and instead try a refreshing beverage featuring a carefully measured serving of THC? Not only will you dampen any fire risks, you’ll also avoid the dreaded hangover likely to hit those who view long weekends as an extended drinking contest. 
But why not get the best of both worlds? That’s the deal you’ll get with Lagunitas Hi-Fi Hops.  Featuring hops provided by the legendary NorCal brewer, these sparkling drinks deliver great taste with zero calories or carbs. 
Entry level consumers are encouraged to start with Tuner ($7.99 each) from Hi-Fi Hops. Dialed in at just the right balance of THC and CBD — 5 mg of each — Tuner is both calming and invigorating, playing at a volume you can still hold a conversation over. If you want a louder experience, try Hi-Fi’s Reverb ($25.99; 4-pack). This IPA-inspired option packs 10mg of THC into every bottle. 
When it comes to a refreshing summer beverage, a variety of flavor is always crucial as well. If you want to add another truly delicious taste of THC to your 4th of July weekend, consider Habit’s Pineapple Sparkling Cooler ($16.99) too.
Boasting natural fruit flavors, these delicious drinks have virtually no hint of the funky cannabis terpenes some folks may prefer to avoid. In addition, this elegant, health conscious drink manages to include 100mg of ultra-refined shatter oil in every bottle. Bottom’s up!
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BE PREPARED FOR THE WEEKEND GETAWAY

Have you been invited to a big party or chipped-in on a rental with friends for the upcoming long weekend? Well we don’t need to tell you that no one likes a guest who shows up empty-handed. To avoid any potential embarrassment while making your bid for most awesome guest, arrive for your plans with a box of Jeeter Watermelon Zkittlez Pre-Rolls in tow.
 
Available in packs of five ($39.99), these baby jeeters are perfect for sharing with friends. Featuring the mouth-wateringly fruity, indica-dominant Watermelon Zkittlez strain, these .5g pre-rolls are an ideal grab-and-go option for those with a busy weekend ahead!

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IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME FOR A STAYCATION

It’s important to remember that having days off does not mean that you are obligated to fill them with plans. For some of us, a leisurely break for the grind is the best possible vacation of all. 
As an added bonus, those who are looking forward to a weekend of watching, say, Will Smith punch extraterrestrials in the face (but skip the sequel), can further treat themselves to some top-shelf flower. Be it a movie marathon or a long date with a lounge chair located next to a pool, we think Blue Chip’s Zaburzt Flower ($69.99; 3.5g) is the right strain for the job. 
Boasting a rare, potent cross of Zkittlez and Sunset Sherbert, this strain exhibits potent full-body effects in tandem with a jolt of cerebral energy. Taken together, Blue Chip’s Zaburzt Flower is a quick ticket to a carefree state of mind. Just add Netflix.

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DON’T FORGET TO THANK THE CHEF

Meat may not be an essential component of July 4th for everyone, but it’s definitely still at the top of the list in many homes. And while there is certainly some glory to be selected as the official flipper of burgers, hot links, and corn at a barbecue, that doesn’t mean the honor isn’t also some seriously hard work!
If you want to offer a helping hand, get a jar of Blue Chip’s Georgia Pie Flower ($69.99; 3.5G) to offer your cook du jour. After a long stint standing at a hot grill, there’s nothing like a big slice of Georgia Pie — with notes of sweet, peach cobbler paired with a potent body high — to silence an achy back and put one back in the festive spirit.
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The Blue Chip Strain Guide

The Blue Chip Strain Guide

The Blue Chip Strain Guide

Invest Wisely with Blue Chip Genetics at Purple Lotus

Here at Purple Lotus, the quality of the flower we carry is always a top priority.

No partnership better illustrates this commitment than our longstanding work with Blue Chip Genetics. Just as the name implies, Blue Chip represents the absolute best when it comes to cannabis strains and genotypes.

In fact, Blue Chip — which has local roots in both Santa Rosa and Oakland — was so about the cause that its founders once embarked on a year-long hunt across the globe to find rare and exotic seeds. 

This adventure, inspired by a love of fire phenotypes and a hunger for experimentation within cultivation, would eventually lead to the creation of Blue Chip’s titular strain: an especially pungent, beautiful varietal of cannabis that instantly became a destination event.

Indeed, since 2013, folks have traveled from parts near and far to visit Purple Lotus for the opportunity to try the Blue Chip experience for themselves. Blue Chip has even earned the approval of stoner legend Tommy Chong, who once chose the strain during a blind taste test contest. Blue Chip’s Durban Poison also won a prestigious High Times Canabis Cup. 

All the while, Purple Lotus was hard at work at our San Jose cultivation facility, where we brought some of the game’s top geneticists together to experiment in search of strain gold.

In total, it was a process that took over two years, but the results have proven more than fruitful. Today, you can rest assured that every strain released under the Blue Chip name is truly as good as it gets when it comes to choice California flower. 

To celebrate all that we’ve accomplished, Purple Lotus will be hosting a Blue Chip takeover at our San Jose location this weekend, June 26-27.

In addition to DJs and a chance to score Blue Chip swag, customers who visit Purple Lotus on June 26 and 27 can also expect to find some great deals on our favorite strains. 

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed about which buds to buy, don’t stress! Here’s a rundown on the Blue Chip beauties we currently have available.

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Gangsta Bird

Feast your eyes on the deep purple colas of this sweet-tasting cross between Gelato 33 and Extreme Cream. Organically grown in living soil, Gangsta Bird marries a creamy finish with feelings of euphoria, or, in larger doses, tranquility.

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Carbon Fiber

Look no further for the latest GSC phenotypes from the Blue Chip laboratory. For those in need of some sleep (or simply a bit of substantial sedation), Carbon Fiber — an extremely rare cross of arguably three of the heaviest indicas in the world — is the strain to beat.

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Zaburst

This fully organic, white ash producing cross between Zkittlez and Sunset Sherbert is renowned for the reputed jolt of brain energy it can often provide to its consumers. Paired with powerful, full-body effects, Zaburst delivers on both taste and experience.

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Cream Puffz

Don’t let the name fool you: Cream Puffz is a strain that means serious business. But that isn’t a bad thing! Following an initial head rush that should have you feeling uplifted and carefree, a glorious body high kicks in too, making Cream Puffz a solid bet for those looking for a buzz that is both social and creative yet also relaxing.

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Garlic Butter

If you’ve ever rubbed on some body butter to soothe an aching muscle, Garlic Butter is a strain with similar goals. Known for its powerful, muscle-relaxing effects, this aptly-named strain is also great for stimulating one’s appetite. Toss in some notes of pine needles and you’ve got all the ingredients for this Blue Chip favorite.

 

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The Glove

You have to be quite the basketball star to be the (technically, unofficial) namesake of an incredible cannabis strain, but Gary “The Glove” Payton has rightfully earned the honor. Known for hitting hard, this strain averages an incredible 20-25% average THC level, making it best suited for experienced patients. But if you’re up for it, this bud’s flavor — spicy yet sweet, mixed with notes of savory diesel — is, much like a big basket, not to be missed.

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Georgia Pie

Georgia Pie is an indica-dominant hybrid that brings the best of Gelatti and Kush Mintz together. Taste is key here, with Georgia Pie boasting a sinfully scrumptious flavor profile akin to a fresh peach cobbler. On top of that, this strain (another best reserved for more seasoned consumers) provides an intense head and body high, with medical patients especially championing Georgia Pie’s success at alleviating chronic pain symptoms.

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Butter Mintz

Last but most definitely not least is Butter Mintz. Another heavy indica, this cross of Animal Mints with Bubba Kush is famed for its flavor profile, which brilliantly melds notes of mint and cookies with uplifting feelings of euphoria, pleasure, and peace. Fair warning: once you’ve tasted Butter Mintz, it can be hard to go back to anything else.

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Get Dabs for Dad This Father’s Day at Purple Lotus

Get Dabs for Dad This Father’s Day at Purple Lotus

Get Dabs for Dad This Father’s Day at Purple Lotus

Beat the heat and celebrate pops with sauces, rosin, and more (oh my)!

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Let’s face it: buying a good gift for Father’s Day can be a real chore.

For as long as we’ve had a holiday dedicated to dads, it feels like we’ve been giving them ties, shirts, cufflinks, and other things that often spend the rest of their lives in the back of a closet. In a way, it’s simply the natural order of things, but also, maybe there’s another way?

If you’re tired of struggling to buy the right present for your pops, Purple Lotus is here with a simple suggestion for ensuring your dad rides high on Father’s Day: dabs. While the potency of dabs requires a certain degree of base tolerance to ensure the experience is enjoyable but not overwhelming, they also represent an amazing opportunity to introduce dad to today’s wild world of weed. 

Representing a diverse rainbow of flavors, effects, and extraction techniques, products like live rosin, cured badder, and more will be quite the revelation for fathers used to skunk flower in shoddily-rolled joints. Obviously, having such a wealth of choice does come with its own challenges: namely, that of knowing which ones to buy!

But don’t worry! In the hopes of helping to ensure you and your old man enjoy a smooth, satisfactory Father’s Day celebration, Purple Lotus has put together a list of highlights from of our menu to ensure you deliver the goods when it comes to Dabs for Dad.

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Raw Garden Live Sauce

Straight from the soil to your dab rig: that’s the Raw Garden guarantee. Extracted from Raw Garden flower grown nearby in Central California, the brand’s entirely organic-based, Clean Green-certified, rigorously tested products continue earn raves. The flavor is also incredible, thanks in part to Raw Garden cryogenically flash-freezing their harvests. To taste the magic for yourself, grab their Indica-dominant Funk ‘N Fire or hybrid GB6 East live resin sauces, both available now at Purple Lotus!

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Stiiizy — Curated Live Resin

Man, STIIIZY just keeps the hits coming, huh? Known for producing high-quality products in a range of categories, STIIIZY’s curated live resin “captures the true essence of the plant in extract form.” Utilizing a process in which the whole plant is cut, harvested, then immediately flash frozen, the result is curated live resin which preserves a full spectrum of cannabinoids and flavor. This line is also deep! The options available at Purple Lotus currently include Rainbow Mintz, Cupcakes, Snow Cone, and Orange Kush.

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Feeling Frosty — Headstash Live Rosin

Want to give your dad’s tastebuds an experience they won’t soon forget? Grab some Headstash live rosin from the masters at Feeling Frosty! First of all, this rosin just looks incredible. But what’s headstash, exactly? As our friends at Feeling Frosty put it, the term refers to “the purest rosin with the best terpene profile; containing the top grades from the cultivar.” Sound good? Well you’re in luck, as Purple Lotus has two of their finest offerings available now: Graperade and Pralines 31. 

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Kayla Extracts — Fresh Press Live Rosin

Kayla Extracts are synonymous with top-of-the-line quality extracts. If you’re looking to get the cannabis equivalent of a Rolex for your dear dad this year, Kayla Extracts has you covered. In 2020, the Oakland-based operation swept the podium at the Emerald Cup, bestowing upon them the mantle of one of the best of the best in the ultra-competitive world of solventless hash. In terms of what to go for, specifically, they are simply no wrong answers here. Head to Purple Lotus and see this gold for yourself!

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Apex — Cured Resin

Founded in 2017, Oakland’s Apex Extractions was one of the first cannabis manufacturers and distributors to get licensed in the state of California. And they’ve made great use of their time, perfecting a formula for delicious cured resin that has earned them a legion of diehard fans. Ready to let your father in on the fun? At Purple Lotus, we’ve got a ton of great options in the Apex cured resin line, including Lava Diesel, OG Runtz, Pink Garlic, and Super Glue x Crippler.

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Flavor — Shatter 

Does your dad have a sweet tooth? Perhaps a generous serving of Flavor’s Strawberry Pudding shatter will do the trick! That’s because Flavor Concentrates bills themselves as “the answer to what concentrates enthusiasts have been looking for.” A big proclamation, yes, but one Flavor has made good on with everything from crumble to live resin. Purple Lotus is proud to carry Flavor’s Strawberry Pudding shatter, which, despite its hard form, makes for an easy sell when it comes to satisfying true concentrate-heads.

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Highlights — Cured Badder

Get Connected! That’s the goal at Connected Cannabis Co., who continues their mission with the release of Highlights: a “new line of cured concentrates using fresh indoor, A-grade trim processed by quality manufacturers.” Without skimping on quality, Highlights offer you and your pops a chance to experience high-end genetics at great value! Also decked out in fully sweet packaging, Purple Lotus currently carries the following badders in the line: Fruity Cookies x Jet Fuel, Gelonade x Biscotti, Lemon Peel x Do-Si-Dos, and Zkittlez x Kush Mints.

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Punch — Cold Cure Live Rosin

If your dad enjoys a cold beer, elevate his game with the gift of cold cure live rosin. At Purple Lotus, we’re partial to Punch Extracts—the concentrate arm of Punch Edibles. If you’re familiar with the brand’s popular Punch Bars, you’ll know they mean business when it comes to quality cannabis products. As an added bonus, Punch pays your dollars forward by providing California veterans and medicinal patients with cannabis chocolates at no cost. Come visit today and check out our array of Punch cold cure live rosins, which currently includes Bomb Mints, Fat Berries, Fruity P., Orange Punch Berries, and Papaya Mintz!

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The Purple Lotus Guide to Cannabis Careers

The Purple Lotus Guide to Cannabis Careers

The Purple Lotus Guide

to Cannabis Careers 

Making an honest living in the weed business is no longer the stuff of myth. Want proof?
Here’s a survey of the numerous, varied careers available in legal cannabis today.
 

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Before humans even had a name for THC, we knew we liked how it made us feel. 

By the same token, the concept of a career in cannabis is not something new to the legal age. But whereas before the entirety of the “industry” operated outside of the law — not exactly the same demands you’d find at a normal 9 to 5 — the dawn of legalization has ushered with it a tidal wave of new, legitimate employment opportunities for candidates of all stripes.

With federal legalization potentially on the precipice of becoming a reality, recreational cannabis is presently legal in 17 states (plus Washington, D.C. and Guam). And business is booming.

It’s honestly difficult to overstate just how hot the cannabis job market in the U.S. is at the moment. According to a Leafly report published earlier this year, the U.S. currently supports 321,000 full-time cannabis jobs. 

“To put that in perspective,” notes the reports’ authors, “in the United States, there are more legal cannabis workers than electrical engineers. There are more legal cannabis workers than EMTs and paramedics. There are more than twice as many legal cannabis workers as dentists.”

As a result, the time has arguably never been better to consider a career in the legal cannabis industry. 

However, for many prospective workers, there may be a poor understanding of just how many different kinds of jobs are required to keep dispensaries, farms, distributors, etc. all humming. They know about farmers, yes, and possibly budtenders too — both amazing and utterly crucial pieces of the puzzle, no doubt — but do they know that those gigs are but two pieces of a far larger puzzle as well?

The easiest way to talk about careers in cannabis today may honestly be to try and think of any specialties that do not translate naturally to the weed business. 

For example: those with experience in the fields of construction, plumbing, electrical wiring, security systems, and real estate are all in high-demand as many companies continue to expand their footprints and reinforce their operations. The same goes for those in roles necessary to any proper business plan: accountants, lawyers, receptionists, custodians, and sales and marketing specialists.

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Naturally, there are some who hold the above positions but have opted to tailor their expertise to more specifically focus on cannabis. 

Thus, a new class of cannabis-focused lawyers, cannabis-focused accountants etc. are now also emerging onto the scene, providing a blueprint for prospective hopefuls in those fields to quickly set themselves apart from the competition. The same goes for security and drivers (both delivery and transportation). 

On the other hand, as a result of legalization, an entirely new crop of careers has also been created.

First up are the aforementioned farmers, who are undeniably a lifeblood of the whole enterprise. While being a cannabis cultivator is no easy career to choose, a fierce devotion to terroir, community, and a commitment to growing the best cannabis in the world makes cannabis farmers a revered and respected lynchpin of the industry.

 

Oh, and they are also employers! 

 

Sure, much of the work is seasonal, but from trimmers to transportation, each cannabis farm is also providing jobs in addition to serving up tasty flower. Ditto for cannabis manufacturers, who require a whole different set of qualified staffers to create the drinks, dabs, balms, and more that we know and love. 

From positions on assembly lines to quality-testing to ice hash processing experts, there’s a ton of folks finding their true calling in the world of cannabis manufacturing right now.

The same can be said for cannabis marketing efforts overall, where traditional marketing blockades continue to prevent legal brands from taking advantage of platforms like Facebook and prime-time television commercials. As a result, innovative solutions (and the sales smarties who can think them up) remain an extremely hot commodity.

In a slightly similar vein, those with big ideas for how the industry should evolve will find any number of positions in related non-profits, lobbying outfits, and with a wide array of lawmakers on the local, state, and national level all eyeing cannabis reform at present.

 

Of course, no survey of cannabis careers could possibly be complete without the job that truly links the flower to the customer: budtenders. While dispensaries are absolutely a team effort (one which also includes knowledgeable buyers and trusted security staff), it is budtenders who are often ultimately entrusted with the responsibility of getting the right thing into customers’ hands.

 

That doesn’t mean folks should be scared to apply though!

 

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The beauty of being a budtender is that there’s no formal education required — just a willingness to learn and a certain degree of empathy. That latter part is especially important, given the customers you’ll meet as a budtender range from the newly 21-year-old excited to buy their first preroll to the terminally sick seeking some form of relief. And that could just be one ten-minute stretch of the day.

Combining a knack for retail sales, a willingness to stay up-to-date on all of the latest trends in cannabis, and superb active listening skills, budtending can be a majorly fulfilling profession for those who desire to help people in need while collecting a paycheck. As a bonus, you’ll also likely meet some awesome colleagues and score a nice discount while you’re at it.

Whatever you may choose, just remember: if the job you want in cannabis doesn’t exist, that’s probably just because you haven’t created it yet.

 

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