Monthly 420 Subscription Box
You’ve all seen the trends — monthly deliveries of razors, dog toys, candy and more. Subscription boxes are all the rage these days and it’s easy to see why. We’ve recently come across one of our favorite subscription services and you can probably guess what it might be. That’s right — a monthly subscription smoker box from a company called Hippie Butler.
Meet the Hippie Butler
Hippie Butler sends a collection of smoking gear and accessories to you every month. The thing that sets Hippie Butler apart from the rest of the 420 subscription boxes is the ability to customize your box. Much like Trunk Club or Ipsy, users are presented with a series of questions during sign-up related to their smoking preferences. Do you like papers or wraps? Do you like flavored or non-flavored papers? How about flower or concentrates? All of these questions will help tailor one of the 3 tiers of smoker boxes that are offered by Hippie Butler.
Different Smoker Subscription Boxes
Currently, the 3 boxes are priced at $11.99, $32.99 and $139.99 a month. The Rollers Club is the lowest priced box, perfect for smokers who roll up papers and wraps most often. For those looking for a bit more variety, the next step up is the Butler Box which provides other smoking accessories like grinders, rolling trays, pipes and more. For the big time smokers (or if you are looking for a comprehensive setup), Hippie Butler offers a premium subscription box called the Masters Club box ($139.99/mo). You can choose the Flower or Concentrate version of this box and it comes with higher prices items like bongs, oil rigs, Phoenician grinders and more.
Save Some Money on Us
We reached out to the guys at Hippie Butler to be able to offer our readers a little discount. Be sure to use the code 420 during checkout to receive 20% off your first box!
We know what you’re thinking– it’s too good to be true! Well hold tight fellow tokers, we’ve got the skinny on one of the hottest products on the market. There has yet to be a sex lube infused with marijuana made for women’s pleasure, but hold the phone and enter entrepreneur Mathew Gerson.
Marijuana-Infused Sex Lubricant
Gerson created an invigorating and intoxicating sex lube that is a delightful mixture of coconut oil and cannabis. This enticing product was named Foria, perhaps in reference to the “euphoria” it is designed to create. Not only is it an excellent lubricant, it is designed to increase the couple’s overall sexual experience–especially on the ladies’ end.
Gerson put extensive time and money into testing his product, and ultimately discovered a broad range of responses to the lubricant. He concluded in independent testing that women have experienced intensified sensations including swelling of the clitoris, tingling, and heat around their sweet spots. The FDA has not performed any research on the insertion of marijuana-infused oils into the vagina, so Gerson’s research is unique and the start of something awesome!
Independent tests run by Gerson’s team of professionals with the Foria lubricant have reported women having a “sense of embodiment, a sense of dropping into a more full relationship to sexual sensations, and sensations around the body”. It’s safe to say that women who experience orgasm during sex can expect to have an intensified experience.
Gerson set out to create an “ode to women” and his research proved that marijuana has been used to increase sexual appetite throughout the ages. It is after all, a medical aphrodisiac that improves libido. He wanted to create a product that was enticing to women and benefited them in all the right ways. By golly, we think he hit the mark!
Sex Lube Used as Medical Marijuana
While Foria may not get the user high by exclusive use down south, it is edible and performs with the same level of intensity as other potent marijuana edibles. At a pricey $88 for a 1oz bottle, you can experience all the promises Foria has to offer! Yeah, it’s a little high– but how do you put a price on an edible marijuana infused sex oil?!
It should be noted that Foria is marketed as medical marijuana, so it is only sold to patients over the age of 18 with a medical marijuana recommendation from their medical provider.
Ah, that thing of fantasy: the out of state (aka non-resident) medical card.
The myth you’ve heard is true…in Oregon. Oregon, as of this writing, is the only state in the union currently offering medical cannabis cards to out of state patients. Their MMJ law has no residency requirement. But the forward momentum is on.
There is one more option. The VHV (Vets Helping Vets) Medical Marijuana Card is another curious creature, with acceptance in all states that have pro-medical marijuana laws on their books. More information and rules can be found on the Vets Helping Vets website at myveteran.org. If you are eligible for such a card, be sure to review your options with your primary care physician and have your licensed VA doctor sign the application document.
Unfortunately, the State of Arizona is a little more hard nosed. No out of state residents can obtain a medical card within state boundaries. Another example: the case for PTSD as a cannabis-treated medical condition appeared before the Department of Health earlier in 2012 and was sadly struck down.
Most states that recognize cannabis as medicine do accept the VHV card and cards that have been issued to patients in other states. Arizona’s law will not allow cards to be issued to out of state residents. Fortunately, however, the new law states that out-of-state medical card holders are protected within the restrictions of Arizona’s law under the “visiting qualifying patient” clause. This doesn’t mean you can purchase medicine at Arizona dispensaries, but MMJ patients from other states can carry up to 2.5 ounces and use privately within Arizona.
With the first Arizona dispensary only now being officially licensed just last month, we are expecting more questions and regulations surrounding residency and medical cards. Your thoughts, comments, knowledge, and questions are always welcome in the comments on this page.
Now that the ball is rolling a little bit faster on legalization of cannabis for all purposes after the recent election, perhaps we will see a proliferation of cannabinoid research and a wide range of THC-infused products as a result.
In fact, research and product development has already begun on beauty products and personal care items containing cannabinoids. Members of the Rastafarian religion (famously and frequently associated with marijuana) have long used the plant to promote health in the body. According to researchers in Europe, they may not have been far off: humans actually produce cannabinoid-like compounds naturally already. The marijuana plant’s active ingredient, THC, is believed to be a protectant to the leaves. Human cannabinoids are thought to be produced for the same purpose.
One company — based in a state leading the charge against prohibition, Colorado — is already producing such products. Apothecanna was founded in 2009 to be on the forefront of THC-infused products. They aim to provide relief and calm through cannabis.
Burt’s Bees (which was recently bought by Colgate-Palmolive) has jumped on the hemp bandwagon, recently releasing hemp-based body care items. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has long been a company loudly advocating hemp research and production in countries where that has been outlawed. Dr. Bronner’s has made its personal cleansing products with hemps for decades.
There is a stigma that seems to be pervasive among non-users: marijuana is only for getting high. With scientific advancements in plant breeding and putting the end product to good and healthy (including non-intoxicating) use, cannabinoids will be a force to be reckoned with in the beauty and personal care realms in the decades to come.
We get asked this question a lot, and I’ve actually wondered about it myself. I have a very fair complexion that has been subjected to (arguably) too much sun damage over the years and would, of course, prefer a natural remedy for skin cancer prevention. The explosion of RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) and other forms of hash oil have seen a sizeable increase in availability in most “legal” states. So, this begs the question, “why not just use the oil?” Let’s compare.
First of all, THC cream will not get you high (as in, the normal “stoned” high we all normally associate with smoking or ingesting weed). It is a topical application that administers treatment locally and would taste horribly if ingested or even rubbed on gums (we don’t recommend smoking the stuff, either). It might “get you high” if you apply it all over your skin to be absorbed all at once. We’ve never tried.
For THC lotions to have a noticeable numbing or preventive affect, make sure you get a highly concentrated one. As a rule of thumb, lower cost generally equals lower cannabinoid percentage. Which leads me to my next point…
Hash oil. If you really want some serious relief, get this stuff. Because it’s still considered illegal to perform legitimate medical grade, double-blind research studies on cannabis, there is only anecdotal evidence of the miracles of Rick Simpson Oil (Tommy Chong, anyone?). In Colorado, pharmaceutical quality hash oil can reach $3900 for a two months supply. One gram of pure, organic refined CO2 oil with a THC level of 75% will set you back approximately $60.
It’s a bit more pricey than hemp cream, but you get what you pay for. You can smoke, vaporize it (recommended to maintain the integrity of the active components), apply it to the skin or gums, or ingest it. Many medical marijuana patients mix the resin oil with ingredients like organic coconut oil for tinctures, rubs, and edibles.
The versatility and highly refined level of cannabinoid compounds in hash oil make it a winner. For older or more sensitive patients and milder cases, a high-concentrate lotion will probably do. Use the freedom your patient card affords and play with the best method and THC/CBD level for you. Please leave your advice and experience in the comments…we’d love to hear from you!
Getting Medical Marijuana in Arizona
So, you’ve been suffering for a while now from pain and disorders ranging from migraines to epilepsy, arthritis to cancer. You can soon get relief! Every state has different laws governing the use of medical marijuana, and Arizona in particular is new to the scene. It can be tricky navigating all the rules and regulations. We in no way offer the contents of this article as bona fide legal advice, and we whole-heartedly recommend you consult with an experienced attorney should any questions or concerns arise.
You may have heard of a moratorium on licensing patients and dispensaries by the State of Arizona. At this time, the State is still issuing medical cards to patients.
Talk to Your Health Care Provider
First, you will need to have a very open and honest conversation with your licensed, qualified health care provider (preferably your primary care physician). Hopefully you and your doctor have a professional relationship based on trust, and perhaps he or she has already broached the subject of integrating medical cannabis into the treatment regimen for your specific ailment.
If your primary provider is not willing to recommend medical marijuana to you, we suggest going to a Medical Marijuana Certification Center. These clinics specialize in medical marijuana recommendations. Patients find the most success rate receiving their marijuana recommendation from these types of places, rather than through a general health care provider.
The Next Step
Your doctor’s office will need a valid state identification card or driver’s license to prove your age and that you are a resident of Arizona in order to issue a recommendation for medicinal cannabis treatment. If you are under 18, a waiver signed by your legal guardian is also required. Bring any prior medical records that may be pertinent to your illness.
The staff at your physician’s office should give you a packet to mail to the State along with your prescription. They will also be able to give you full instructions for completing the packet and can answer any questions you might have.
Obtaining Your Medical Marijuana
Once you receive state-issued documentation you will need to choose a legal, permitted apothecary. You, your physician, and the experts at your chosen medical marijuana dispensary should discuss and determine the appropriate strain to aid in your recovery. Things like THC and CBD content (and other life-supporting cannabinoids) should be discussed as they relate to your condition. There are a myriad of various strains that can overwhelm patients. Be sure you have the correct information. Seek a second opinion to set your mind at ease.
Feel free to experiment with various strains and delivery methods (edibles, tinctures, vapor, smoke, etc) and seek professional advice. Be sure you carry your marijuana patient identification card at all times. Once you settle into a routine, enjoy your newfound feeling of health! Happy Healing!
We are thrilled to watch this list grow! There are elections in every state every year. Some states are forced to conduct special elections because medical marijuana petitions have garnered overwhelming support!
As a result, we will try to keep this list as updated as possible. We are eagerly looking forward to the big election cycles happening in 2012.
Here are the states that currently allow legal use of medical cannabis.
District of Columbia
Our kudos to the efforts of the voters in these states!
Here are the states who have planned upcoming elections involving medical marijuana legalization. Show them some support!
Here are the states where ballot initiatives favorable to medical marijuana have recently failed.
Forms of Cannabis
Generally, when one thinks of marijuana they envision green nuggets with a foul odor. This is the unprocessed form of marijuana that is gathered from the female cannabis plant. This is the most popular form, containing from 3% to 22% THC; the male cannabis plant is used to produce hemp and contains very low levels of THC, making it not very useful for recreational usage. There are four other forms of processed marijuana that are becoming incredibly popular with the introduction of the medical marijuana scene lately.
First up is known as hash or hashish, and is one of the most popular forms of processed marijuana. Hash is a concentrated block of resin that comes from the flowers of female cannabis plants. Hashish is almost always more potent than unprocessed marijuana buds and can be smoked, vaporized or eaten. The blocks of hash vary in color, ranging from black to golden brown. The color of the hashish is highly dependant on the purity of the hash. It is generally much more expensive than unprocess marijuana because of how potent it is. You can sprinkle bit of hash on top of marijuana cigarettes or pipes to add an extra kick to any smoke.
Up next is Kief (also known as Kif, Keef or Keif), a powdery substance that is rich in trichomes (which contains the psychoactive effects of the marijuana plant) and is very potent. Kief is collected by sifting or filtering the small trichomes from marijuana leaves and flowers. The marijuana is generally placed in a box or tin that contains a very fine mesh or wire screen and is then shaken to allow the kief to fall through to a seperate compartment. Once the kief is seperated, it can be sprinkled on any bowl or cigarette to spice it up. It can also be compressed to produce hashish. Kief is also more expensive than unprocessed marijuana buds because of it is a super concentrated form, meaning you need to consume less of it to acheive the same effects as unprocessed marijuana.
A third prepared form of marijuana is hash oil (also known as butane honey oil). Though less popular than the previous, hash oil is definitely one of the most potent forms of cannabis available. Containing a percentage of cannabinoids ranging from 40% to 90%, hash oil is created by extracting resins and essentials oils from female cannabis plants with the use of solvents. Because of its liquid form, hash oil is commonly used in cooking with cannabis. Hash oil can also be smoked or vaporized.
Finally, you have the least popular and glamourous form of cannabis — residue. Resin buildup can be found on almost any used smoking utensils for marijuana because of THC’s adhesive properties. After smoking, a sticky residue builds up in these pieces that has tar-like properties and a foul odor. This resin still contains THC as well as many other cannabinoids, meaning you can actually smoke the resin and achieve psychoactive effects. This form of cannabis is used commonly by smokers who have run out of “fresh” marijuana and have only dirty smoking utensils coated with resin left over. This resin can be collected and smoked, though nasty in taste, and still provide the normal effects of marijuana.
There are three main categories that marijuana will be divided in to at your local dispensary. First up is your Sativa-dominant strains, which you would describe as a cerebral, head-high. You will then see Indica-dominant strains, which offer a pain-relieving, body-stone. Finally, you have the Hybrid strains, which are a cross-breeding of Indica and Sativa strains.
Sativa-dominant strains are incredibly useful for day-time smoking. They are usually very clear-minded and active strains that will keep you going throughout your day. Treating anxiety and depression is no-problem with Sativas; many patients feel incredibly uplifted and full of energy upon using them. Marijuana buds that are sativa-dominant are characteristically longer, sometimes a bit more airy and less-dense than Indica strains.
Indica strains are recognized as the most medicinally-beneficial type of marijuana because of their pain relieving effects. These strains are great for night time smoking and will put many smokers on the couch, creating a very pleasant sedating effect. They’re perfect for nausea, vomiting, any type of body pain, appetite induction, insomnia — you name it! Indica-dominant strains are great for almost any type of ailment and are the most recommended at dispensaries. The buds are tight, dense and usually covered in crystals.
Finally, you have the hybrid strains. Hybrid strains are a cross breeding of two different types of marijuana plants, usually Sativa and Indica. This results in a very full type of high, giving you all of the beneficial elements that marijuana has to offer. Hybrids are becoming incredibly popular in the medical marijuana field. Patients enjoy getting the best of both worlds without being put down on the couch from a heavy Indica. These strains will usually be identified with a percentage of sativa vs. indica. You’ll be given something like 60% indica / 40% sativa. This would simply mean that the hybrid is Indica-dominant, resulting in slightly more of a body high. Hybrids are perfect for any time of the day and almost any type of ailment!
In the end, it all comes down to what you’re trying to treat with marijuana. The caregiver at you local dispensary will be able to tell you which of their marijuana strains is right for you. Caregivers work at the dispensaries and are very well versed in the marijuana field. They will be able to answer any questions you might have! Good luck!
What is Proposition 203?
There’s a ton of talk lately around the polls regarding the controversial Prop. 203 that would allow Arizona citizens who are registered with the Arizona Department of Health Services to obtain up to two-and-a-half ounces of medical marijuana every two weeks. The new proposition will also allow patients who live more than 25 miles from a dispensary to grow up to 12 plants of their own. The marijuana is only to be used to treat or alleviate symptoms associated with a “debilitating medical condition.” The list of conditions includes, but is not limited to: Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Nail Patella, Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome, Severe Nausea, Severe & Chronic Pain, Seizures and Severe Muscle Spasms.
Although it is likely we will not be seeing dispensaries around Arizona until then end of summer, 2011, the vote allowing patients with debilitating medical conditions to finally medicate in peace is a huge success for the state of Arizona. Many criticize the passing of this proposition, accusing it of being a loophole for people to obtain marijuana who do not really need it. The truth is, these people already obtain marijuana through other illegal methods that only contribute to the survival of the marijuana ‘black market’. People view other states that have similar laws in place, such as California, as a foreshadowing of what will become of Arizona. The problem in these states is not with the marijuana laws, more so it has to do with the loose reigns set around physicians who are allowed to recommend marijuana to any patient who has $150 to shell out. Arizona’s law is subject to rigorous review and re-writing which will make it much more difficult for people who do not really need marijuana to obtain it.
All in all, this is a giant leap forward for Arizona and should provide an interesting change in the coming months.