The Pros and Cons of Pre-Rolled Joints and Blunts

The Pros and Cons of Pre-Rolled Joints and Blunts 

As more states legalize weed, the options available to cannabis customers are growing. But even with options ranging from tasty edibles to super-potent concentrates, the classic joint and blunt remain staples of many cannabis connoisseurs. Helping to keep joints and blunts in their favored position in cannabis culture in the face of an increasingly fast-paced, on-the-go customer are pre-rolls.

What is a Pre-Roll?

As their name implies, pre-rolled joints and blunts are joints and blunts that have been rolled ahead of time and are often referred to simply as pre-rolls. In general, pre-rolls consist of three parts—cannabis, a rolling paper, and a small filter—although pre-rolls infused with cannabis concentrates, which add potency, are growing in popularity. 

The Pros and Cons of Pre-Rolls

Pre-rolled joints and blunts are a3on sight at dispensaries like Lowkey and offer numerous advantages to discerning cannabis customers and a few drawbacks too.

Pros Of Pre-Rolled Blunts

Everyone from new cannabis users to long-time weed smokers will find that pre-rolls offer a multitude of benefits over rolling your own joints and blunts. 

Beginner Friendly

Perhaps the most notable positive of pre-rolled joints and blunts is that they remove a barrier to new weed smokers. Rolling a joint or blunt is tricky and poorly rolled ones can suck the enjoyment out of the experience. Pre-rolls put well-produced, smooth-smoking joints and blunts into the hands of all cannabis consumers. 

Convenient 

We all wish we could roll joints as quickly as Seth Rogen or hire a salaried blunt roller like Snoop Dogg, but the fact is rolling is time-consuming and inconvenient. Pre-rolls eliminate the need for accessories like a rolling tray, papers, a grinder, and filters while also avoiding the mess, sticky hands, and time suck of rolling your own.

Discreet 

The professional packaging and consistent manufactured look of pre-rolled joints and blunts can make them difficult to distinguish from everyday cigarettes or cigars. Further keeping cannabis use low key is the use of sophisticated and smell-masking packaging featuring unassuming branding.

Consistent 

Because pre-rolls are machine-made, they deliver joints and blunts with consistent quality and quantity of weed—and ultimately effect—something that is particularly hard to achieve when rolling your own. This helps new users avoid over-consumption and allows more seasoned smokers to select a pre-roll with just the right amount of cannabis to achieve their desired results—putting an end to the waste of valuable weed.

Cost Effective 

Pre-rolls are one of the most affordable methods for consuming cannabis. Because of the consistent nature of pre-rolled joints and blunts, it’s easy to buy just what you need to achieve a particular effect. Pre-rolls also eliminate the need for spendy accessories like dab rigs, bongs, and pipes.

Easy to Experiment 

Many pre-rolls are sold individually and come in a variety of sizes which makes them a simple way to experiment with different strains of cannabis. They are also an easy way to try next-level joints, like those infused with concentrates, which are notoriously challenging to roll.  

Cons Of Pre-Rolled Blunts

Pre-rolls provide numerous benefits but much like everything else, you have to take the bad with the good.

Ruins the Ritual of Rolling 

The process of rolling a joint or blunt, and all the accoutrement, is a large part of the overall experience of many weed smokers, especially those who have been rolling joints and blunts for a long time. To some of these DIY enthusiasts, the idea of smoking a machine-made joint or blunt simply isn’t satisfying as if they had made it themselves. 

Uneven Burn Rate

A common complaint of pre-rolls is that they burn unevenly and ultimately provide an unsatisfactory smoking experience. The reputation for burning unevenly was built in the early days of legalized marijuana, but the majority of the pre-rolled joints and blunts on the market now are top-notch and burn smoothly. That said, buying from a trusted dispensary like Lowkey is an excellent way to ensure you’re getting high-quality pre-rolls.

Unknown Quality 

The flower is hidden in a pre-roll which leads some cannabis customers to question its quality. Once again, this negative is largely attributed to the early days of pre-rolls when some manufacturers would fill them with trim, shake, or simply subpar weed. Most of the pre-rolls on the market today are made with first-rate product, but buying from a reputable dispensary like Lowkey is a good way to guarantee you’re getting the finest pre-rolled joints and blunts. 

Lowkey Dispensary 

Lowkey Dispensary has all of your cannabis needs covered, whether you’re into rolling your own joints and blunts or content to let someone else do the work for you. From first-class flower to premium pre-rolls, you can count on Lowkey to have the highest quality cannabis products and the expertise to help you find the perfect product for you.

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    Cannabis Gummy Greatness

    It’s no secret that people love cannabis-infused gummies. According to MJ BizDaily, gummies accounted for almost $1 billion in retail sales in just six of the 18 states where recreational cannabis is legal last year. The growth of interest in cannabis gummies is outpacing the marijuana market. Last year, in the six states that were tracked, gummy sales expanded by over 20% while the market on a whole grew roughly 18.5%.  

    5 Reasons Why THC Gummies Are Great

    Driving gummy’s growth is its approachability, which attracts new cannabis consumers, along with a whole host of other benefits that keep seasoned users going gaga over gummies. 

    Sweet Eats

    There’s a reason why you’ll likely find cannabis-infused Rice Krispie treats at your local dispensary and not THC-infused rice cakes. Edibles take the form of our favorite tasty treats because we’re searching for a sweet snack and high. Gummies can satiate almost any cannabis consumer’s cravings—they come in a wide variety of fun flavors and in different shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. 

    Discreet Treats 

    Gummies are a low-key way to consume cannabis. They’re generally small, portable, and easily carried in a pocket or purse—with the exception of this gargantuan gummy. Gummies also don’t require any special paraphernalia, like a dab rig, vape, or pipe. Furthermore, they don’t produce any tell-tale smoke. This all adds up to a popular option for keeping a low profile when enjoying cannabis in populated places.

    Control Dosage

    Uniformity is required of gummies and every gummy in a package must contain the same percentage of THC. Eating a gummy simply provides a more precise dosage compared to taking a bite from a cookie or a brownie. This makes them an especially good choice for newer cannabis users who haven’t yet found their ideal dosage.   

    It’s High Time

    Gummies are a great choice no matter if you’re watching your weight, saving room for munchies, or you’re only hungry to get high. Gummies have fewer calories than other edibles like brownies and cookies and practically everyone can make room for a piece of candy—even if not particularly hungry. 

    Long Shelf Life

    Gummies have a long shelf life and resilient quality when compared to baked edibles like cookies and brownies, which can go stale, and chocolates, which are notably sensitive to heat. Make sure to seal their package to lock in their flavor and potency and store them in a cool, dark place and they’ll last a long time. This allows you to buy in bulk without worrying about them going bad and means you’re not tossing away an old edible you never got around to eating. 

    Different Kinds of Cannabis-Infused Gummies

    Not all gummies are created equal—how a gummy is infused with THC will affect everything from its taste to the experience it provides. 

    Gummies Made with Distillate 

    The majority of edibles at your local dispensary are made using distillate. Distillate is a cannabis extract that has been stripped of all materials to leave behind just the THC. Distillates are virtually void of cannabis’s naturally occurring tastes and aromas, which puts a gummy’s candy flavor forward. Distillates are popular with manufacturers because they deliver a consistent experience, however, some cannabis connoisseurs will argue that the high they produce lacks nuance.

    Gummies Made with Full-Spectrum Oil 

    Infusing gummies using full-spectrum oil is less common than distillate. Full-spectrum oil contains terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids, which help deliver the unique flavor, smell, and effects of the strain the oil is derived from. Ganja gastronomes insist this produces a more refined and balanced high and manufacturers are able to tailor the gummies to deliver specific effects—like relaxed, energized, or sleep.

    Go Low and Slow with Gummies 

    Lowkey Dispensary preaches to our customers the mantra go low and slow, especially when it comes to gummies. Everyone responds to weed differently, which makes it difficult to determine what amount will produce the desired effect. The best method for finding your sweet spot is to start with a low dosage and slowly increase it over subsequent uses until you find the ideal amount. 

    It’s also important to remember that edibles like gummies can take longer to kick in and produce longer-lasting effects than other methods of cannabis consumption. Give gummies at least two hours to kick in before eating an additional serving, or better yet, play it safe and wait a day—with marijuana, it’s better to underdo it than overdo it.

    Lowkey Dispensary 

    Just like there are a bunch of things people love about gummies, there are a lot of reasons to love Lowkey Dispensary. Lowkey is home to a variety of great gummies with something for every taste and desired effect. Not sure what you’re looking for? Our knowledgeable budtenders will walk you through our selection and help you find a gummy that meets the flavor profile, texture, and potency you want. 

    Of course, you’ll find more than just gummies here. At Lowkey, you’ll find everything from flower and pre-rolls to concentrates and tinctures, along with all the accessories you need to live the “high” life.

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      10 Things to Do When You’re Too High

      From super-strong flower and potent concentrates to slow-to-kick-in edibles, it’s easy to overdo it when consuming cannabis. It seems that almost everyone who consumes cannabis has a story about “greening out”—feeling the adverse effects (such as anxiety, paranoia, and racing heart rate) that come with taking too much weed.  

      Although it may feel you’re going to die while greening out, keep in mind that there are no known reports of anyone ever experiencing a fatal cannabis overdose. Also know that since getting uncomfortably high is a common occurrence, there are a lot of proven methods for mellowing out.   

      10 Things to Do When You’re Greening Out

      1) Relax

      Remember that the overly intense high will pass and what you’re feeling is only temporary. Find a quiet place to sit or lay down and try to let yourself relax. Focus on your breathing—rather than what you’re experiencing—and take slow, deep breaths. If you are able to nap, do it. Time passes much faster when you’re asleep. 

      2) Distract Yourself

      Shifting your focus from your symptoms to something else is a great method for coping with greening out. Play it safe and stick with stuff that presents an aura of calm, such as:

      • Watching a favorite funny movie or television show 
      • Listening to soothing music
      • Putting together a simple puzzle 
      • Playing a game (bonus points for guessing the Wordle while super stoned) 
      • Reading a book 
      • Cracking open an adult coloring book

      Remember, you’re looking for warm and fuzzy feelings, so steer clear of anxiety-inducing and overstimulating things like horror movies.

      3) Hydrate and Eat 

      Water and a light snack is a good solution when you’re spinning. Sipping water helps to combat cottonmouth and gives you something to focus on other than being super high. Avoid reaching for an alcoholic beverage, which can increase and prolong the effects of THC.

      Snacking can also help ease the symptoms of a too-intense high. In fact, some snacks have shown the ability to counteract the effects of cannabis:

      • Lemon is another great source of the calming terpene limonene. Suck on a lemon wedge or, even better, zest a lemon peel into a glass of water—the peel contains the highest concentration of limonene and you get the extra benefit of simultaneously hydrating.
      • Pine nuts are rich in limonene, a terpene known to help ease anxiety, relieve stress, and elevate mood. Pine nuts also contain pinene, a terpene known for its calming properties. (Ironically, pinene is also found in cannabis and is what gives pot its pine-like aroma.)

      • Black peppercorn contains the terpene beta-caryophyllene, which can increase the sedating and calming effects of THC. Chew a few black peppercorns or carefully take a quick whiff to get control of your high. (This is rock star Niel Young’s preferred method for combating cannabis-induced paranoia.)

      4) CBD 

      CBD is a popular option for counteracting the effects of THC. CBD is one of the main cannabinoids found in cannabis and is known to reduce the anxiety and paranoia caused by THC. Try taking a few drops of CBD oil, eating a CBD gummy, or hitting a CBD vape. Many budtenders recommend selecting CBD-high strains and products as a way to avoid getting too high in the first place.

      5) Ibuprofen 

      The same over-the-counter treatment many turn to after overdoing it in their pickup game or after a long day of yard work is also a solution for being super stoned. Anti-inflammatory drugs—most notably ibuprofen—have been shown to reduce the high caused by cannabis.

      6) Pick Up the Phone 

      Going through a green out alone is a challenge, so seek some support. There are a lot of benefits from calling a friend; they can provide a distraction, offer encouragement, and serve as a voice of reason. Plus, think of the funny story the two of you will share when all is said and done. 

      7) Walk it Off 

      Sometimes getting out of the house can help get you out of your head. A short walk can provide a distraction, burn off some energy, and invigorate you. Walking is also a proven mood booster. Remember to stick close to home and in familiar surroundings—this is not the time to explore or get lost.  

      8) Take a Shower/Bath 

      Many marijuana users find the hot water and steam of a shower or the sensation of submerging in a warm bath calming and an excellent way to wash away too strong of a high. Additionally, running a shower or bath is a simple task that can distract from the symptoms of overconsuming cannabis. 

      While some users turn to warm water, others prefer to keep it cool by turning to a cold shower or splashing icy water on their face to clear the fog and anxiety caused by overdoing it.

      9) Snuggle Up to Your Pet

      Pets provide a number of health benefits, including decreasing stress and anxiety while boosting mood and happiness. If you’ve overdone it on weed, cuddle up with your dog or cat and find a state of calm. If you don’t have a pet, funny dog and cat YouTube videos can offer a distraction, or consider a pet-friendly movie (Air Bud—a movie about a basketball-playing golden retriever—is an awesome choice if you’re super stoned).

      10) Don’t Overdo It

      The best remedy for greening out is to avoid it in the first place. Know your tolerance level, keep your consumption within it, and don’t feel pressured to consume more than you can handle. New cannabis users are encouraged to follow the low and slow mantra—start with a low dose and slowly increase it over time to find how much weed you’re comfortable consuming. 

      How Long Does a Green Out Last?

      Cannabis affects people differently and the length and intensity of a green out can vary depending on variables like consumption method, dosage, and tolerance. For example, the ill effects from overdoing it on an edible will last longer than someone who took a few too many puffs in a circle since they take longer to enter and work their way through your system. In general, a green out will last anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours.    

      Lowkey Dispensary 

      Lowkey Dispensary in Boston’s Codman Square can’t ensure you won’t overconsume cannabis, but we can help you avoid a green out. Our expert budtenders can assist you in finding the right strain and dose to deliver an enjoyable cannabis experience and keep from you getting too high.

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        What is a Budtender and How to Become One

        What is a Budtender and How to Become One 

        In 2018, the word “budtender” was officially recognized by Merriam Webster, but it’s been part of cannabis culture for some time. According to the renowned dictionary publisher, the first appearance of the word budtender was in a 1997 San Jose Mercury News article—more than a quarter-century ago.

        What is A Budtender?

        Budtender is a combination of two words: bud, the flower part of the cannabis plant, and bartender, a person who mixes and serves drinks. While budtender is a fun play on words, the position itself is perhaps better likened to a sommelier, a person who serves and gives advice about wine.

        What Does a Budtender Do? 

        The best budtenders are extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of cannabis and use the role to share their expertise to help create better-informed customers. Although there is no industry-standard licensure or certification program to become a budtender, these critical employees serve as a guide to customers, educating them about the effects, benefits, and overall experience of cannabis products while also pairing products to the needs and desires of individuals.

        Key Skills of a Budtender 

        A budtender is a customer-facing position and requires many of the same skills that are needed for success in other service industry jobs. However, unlike running a register at a big-box store, budtenders must also possess a large amount of industry-specific knowledge. 

        Product Knowledge

        Budtenders need to have at least basic knowledge about the cannabis industry and popular products. In general, budtenders will want familiarity with common cannabis products like flower, edibles, vapes, concentrates, and topicals. They’ll need an understanding of how products are grown and created, their effects, how long those effects take to kick in, and how long they last. Budtenders also must know about: 

        • The three main types of cannabis: sativa, indica, and hybrids (a combination of sativa and indica)
        • The different strains of cannabis 
        • The difference between THC and CBD (the two primary psychoactive compounds found in cannabis)
        • Common terpenes—like myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene—and their qualities  
        • Dosing 

        The more in tune a budtender is with what’s happening in cannabis—everything from industry news to culture—the better they’re able to serve their customers. 

        Up-to-Date on Industry Trends 

        Successful budtenders are eternal students, as there is always something new to learn. Because budtenders interact with customers, they’re often the link between what’s happening in the industry and the end-user. Great budtenders stay current about emerging trends, new products, events, and happenings in cannabis culture and use that information to create better-informed customers and a richer dispensary experience. They also stay up to date on federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding marijuana to ensure the business and its customers remain in compliance.

        Customer Service 

        Budtenders are the face of dispensaries—after all, they’re the people who primarily work with customers. Like other customer-facing positions, budtenders need strong interpersonal skills, a friendly demeanor, and an outgoing personality. The best budtenders create an inviting environment where new cannabis users feel welcome to ask questions and regular/more seasoned customers are kept informed of new products and specials that may interest them. 

        Make Connections 

        The most sought-after budtenders combine their cannabis knowledge, customer service skills, and an understanding of their customers’ preferences, concerns, and desired outcomes to forge connections. Budtenders serve as advocates for cannabis and their dispensary. They have a passion for pot, use that passion to grow trust and relationships, and create repeat customers. 

        Why Become a Budtender?

        Budtenders are in demand and a great way to break into the cannabis industry, the fastest-growing industry in the nation (it added 107,059 new cannabis jobs in 2021, a 33% increase over the year before). Many dispensaries are small and operate with start-up mentalities, providing ambitious budtenders the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities, get hands-on experience in a variety of aspects of the business, and get facetime with management—all of which is great for growing a career in cannabis.  

        Some other reasons to become a budtender include:

        Lowkey Dispensary

        Interested in becoming a budtender? Contact Lowkey Dispensary! We’re on the lookout for passionate, knowledgeable, and talented individuals to staff our dispensaries. We have three coming to the Boston area—Dorchester, West Roxbury, and Downtown. Lowkey is also beginning cultivation. 

        Lowkey is committed to the neighborhoods we operate in and see our operations as adding jobs and driving economic interest in our communities. We intend to work within communities disproportionately harmed by the past criminalization of cannabis and provide residents with good-paying jobs and educational opportunities in the cannabis industry, while helping to increase diversity that is primarily white. 

        Contact Lowkey today to begin your journey to a career in cannabis.

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          What You Need to Know About Cannabis and Sex

          What You Need to Know About Cannabis and Sex

          Sex and cannabis make for more than just an attention-grabbing topic; the two activities go together surprisingly well. If you’re thinking about pairing these two popular pastimes, here are a few things to know. Keep in mind, a lot of what we understand about sex and weed is based on anecdotal evidence and everyone reacts to cannabis uniquely, therefore you’ll need to experiment to find what’s right for you and your partner(s). Luckily, this type of science is appealing to most people.  

          The History of Cannabis and Sex 

          The legal sale of cannabis is a relatively recent development in many U.S. states—California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, while Colorado legalized recreational weed in just 2012. Consequently, the combination of cannabis and sex can feel as new as Netflix and chilling, however, this alluring union dates as far back as the seventh century. Cannabis consumption was part of some Tantra rituals—a Hindu-Buddhist tradition. 

          Women, Weed, and Sex 

          The effect cannabis has on women, their sex lives, and sexual experiences are significant, especially when compared to men. Studies and surveys have shown that the use of cannabis does everything from increase sex drives to intensify orgasms. 

          Increased Libido 

          Weed has been shown to increase women’s sexual desire. A 2013 study had women watch pornography before and after consuming THC. The erotic films had little effect on the women watching them before cannabis consumption, but after cannabis, there was a substantial increase in arousal levels. Similarly, data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) shows that female marijuana users had sex 7.1 times over the past four weeks compared to six times on average for those who haven’t used cannabis in the past year.  

          Better Orgasms 

          Numerous studies and surveys have indicated that women using cannabis before sex enjoy increased satisfaction and heightened orgasms. A 2019 study found that 68.5% of women who used marijuana before sex found the overall sexual experience more pleasurable. Some studies have shown that marijuana use may not even have to occur immediately prior to sex for effectiveness—that same 2019 study found that women who frequently consume cannabis, regardless of when, were more than twice as likely to report satisfactory orgasms than infrequent marijuana users.

          Why Weed Works for Women 

          Because marijuana is illegal at the federal level, there are numerous barriers to studying it. This means that much of what we know about the effect of weed on women’s sexual experience is based on conjecture. Researchers speculate that consuming weed before sex lowers anxiety and discomfort associated with sex and heightens the euphoric effect of both activities. 

          Men, Mary Jane, and Making Love  

          While women seem to be the big beneficiaries of combining ganja and getting it on, men can also benefit from this winning combination. 

          Increased Desire

          Similar to the effect weed has on women, Mary Jane also increases the libido of male users. Stanford researchers discovered that men who consumed cannabis weekly had 22% more sex than those who abstain from weed, while a 2017 study noted that both male weekly and daily cannabis users had sex more frequently than nonusers. 

          More Excitement for Male Stoners 

          There’s conflicting research about the relationship between cannabis use and erectile function, but there is some evidence that consuming marijuana before sex can increase confidence in men and reduce anxiety. All of this is good news for guys who are shy about sex and whose anxiousness makes it tough to rise to the occasion.

          Too Much May Have An Adverse Effect

          There is truth to the old saying that there’s too much of a good thing. While consuming weed can boost male sex drive, too much can have a counter effect. Perry Solomon, M.D., the chief medical officer at HelloMD, warns: “You get that classic stoner couch lock and lose your desire to have sex at all.” It’s also worth considering that some studies have suggested a link between cannabis use and erectile dysfunction.

          A smart strategy for men looking to avoid weed-related issues in the bedroom (or wherever else you get down) is to stick to low dosages—think buzzed, not super high.

          Joint Benefits 

          Although there’s still a lot of research left to do, it seems that consuming cannabis is good for the sex lives of both men and women. A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine observed that 20% of Americans who had used marijuana in the past year had more sex than those that did not, while another survey of 200 men and women discovered that 60% of them said cannabis use increased their desire for sex and almost 74% reported that it improved their sexual satisfaction.

          Bringing Bhang into the Bedroom

          Just like we encourage new users to go low and slow when first trying cannabis, we suggest the same tact when getting busy with bud. That is, start with low doses and slowly increase them over time. Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a primary-care doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea HealthCare Center and a medical-cannabis consultant, cautions that, “At low doses, cannabis helps libido, but at high doses, it often isn’t as effective.” It’s also worth noting that everyone is affected differently and while many people will find consuming cannabis makes orgasming easier, some may find that it inhibits them.  

          Lowkey Dispensary 

          Whether you’re looking for some bud to bring into the bedroom, an edible for an intimate encounter, or some tincture for your Tinder date, Lowkey is the spot. Our dispensary has everything you need to put extra bhang in your sex life—from high-quality cannabis to awesome accessories to tantalizing topicals. Our budtenders can even offer advice on the best strains for getting busy.

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            What Is Kief and Is It for You?

            What Is Kief and Is It for You?

            Kief is generally considered the original cannabis concentrate. Kief has been consumed for hundreds (if not thousands) of years, and the recent growth of recreational cannabis and its expanding role in the culture has thrust kief back into the collective consciousness. Kief is used for everything from spicing up a classic joint to adding extra potency to a cup of coffee. 

            What is Kief?

            Most seasoned stoners will likely recognize kief, even if they’re unfamiliar with what it’s called. Kief is made from the sticky, crystal-like coating on cannabis and, when accumulated, is the fine, sticky brown, yellow, green powder at the bottom of a grinder. Kief is made by separating the terpene- and cannabinoid-packed trichomes—what gives cannabis its flavor, aroma, and effect—from plant material. 

            Why Consume Kief?

            Kief is commonly thought of as the original cannabis concentrate because of the relative simplicity in which it’s made. Most modern cannabis concentrates are made using solvents and high-tech processes that often require a lab. Conversely, making kief is straightforward, natural, and results in a final product that is rich-smelling, clean-tasting, and potent. 

            Is kief more potent than flower? Yes. Flower is packed with terpene- and cannabinoid-rich trichomes, but it also contains other plant material like bracts, calyxes, and sugar leaves, 9which in the end makes it a less concentrated product. Kief is made of just trichomes, which makes it inherently more potent than cannabis flower. In general, flower ranges from 25% to 35% THC, while kief typically contains between 50% and 80% THC.

            How to Collect Kief 

            There are two primary ways kief is collected: with a grinder and with screens.

            collecting keif cannabis

            Collecting Kief by Grinding

            The easiest way to collect kief is by using a three-chamber grinder. Three-chamber grinders feature a screen to filter out plant material and a special compartment for kief collection. Three-chamber grinders aren’t great for accumulating large quantities of kief and it’s common for some plant material to sneak through (making it less concentrated), but they provide an approachable way to collect kief at home.

            Collecting kief in a grinder often results in a product made from a wide range of strains and a unique mix of terpenes and cannabinoids, which many users enjoy. 

            Collecting Kief by Screening  

            The use of screens is a more involved method for collecting kief, but it’s a better option for those looking to acquire a large amount of very pure kief. Kief boxes—a series of microscreens built into a box—are a more scientific and effective way to separate kief and ultimately allow you to both process more flower and get a purer product. 

            Purchase Kief 

            If collecting your own kief sounds like too much effort, you can purchase it at your local dispensary, such as Lowkey Dispensary in Boston’s Codman Square. Keep in mind, the kief you find at the dispensary is probably purer than what you collected at home—which means it’s stronger and likely a lighter color (because it contains less plant material). You can also order online and pick up in store.

            How to Consume Kief 

            Unlike many cannabis products, like flower and edibles, it’s common to consume kief with another cannabis product, rather than on its own. Some popular methods for consuming kief include:

            how to consume kief cannbis

            • Add to a bowl: The addition of kief to a bowl is so popular there’s even a term for it, “crowning the bowl.” Sprinkling kief on top of a bowl is a tried-and-true way to add a little punch to your next smoke session.  

             

            • Roll into a joint: Much like adding kief to a bowl can give it an extra kick, so can putting a pinch of kief in a joint. Another popular method for consuming kief with a joint is to roll a “twax joint.” That is a joint that has cannabis oil on its outside and has been rolled in kief. Beware, twax joints are super-strong and not for the uninitiated. 

             

            • Homemade hash: Hash is one of the oldest forms of cannabis concentrates and is simply kief that has been heated and pressurized. The easiest way to make hash is to simply rub kief in your hand until it makes a ball. A more involved method uses a hair iron and parchment paper to press the kief into hash. 

             

            • Coat flower: Covering cannabis flower in kief to create “moon rocks” is another popular use for the concentrate. Moon rocks are made by coating bud with cannabis oil and rolling it in kief. Don’t grind moon rocks—the kief and oil will stick to your grinder—before smoking, rather, break them up by hand before smoking. Like twax joints, moon rocks are super-potent and not for rookies.

             

            • Cook up cannabutter: You can use kief to make your own cannabutter, which you can then turn into your favorite edibles. Unlike flower, kief doesn’t require straining—and thanks to its potency, a little goes a long way. Remember you need to decarboxylate (heat) kief to activate the THC. 

             

            • Brew coffee with a kick: Looking for a really strong cup of coffee? Mix decarbed kief into your coffee when you need more than a pick-me-up and for a cup that packs more than a caffeine high. 

             Caution to New Cannabis Consumers 

            Like other cannabis concentrates, new users should proceed with caution when trying kief—it’s incredibly potent, which makes it easy to go overboard. Keep in mind the “low and slow” mantra when beginning with cannabis. That is, start with low doses and slowly increase the strength of doses over time. 

            Lowkey Dispensary  

            Whether you want to purchase some high-quality flower to make your own kief or buy some pre-made kief, Lowkey has all your cannabis needs covered. At Lowkey, you’ll find everything from Boston’s best flower to some of the city’s strongest kief. You’ll also find expert advice. Our budtenders can guide you through processes like how to best crown a bowl or how to roll a twax joint.

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              Go Green with Cannabis this St. Patrick’s Day

              Go Green with Cannabis this St. Patrick’s Day 

              St. Patrick’s Day has long been thought of as a boozy holiday and evokes thoughts of busy bars, green beer, and rough hangovers. However, people are changing how they celebrate St. Paddy’s Day and making it even greener. Thanks to an increasing number of states that have legalized recreational cannabis, more and more people are choosing to center their celebrations around weed, rather than alcohol. 

              You don’t need the luck of the High’rish to green up your St. Patrick’s day—Boston’s Lowkey Dispensary has some great ideas to get blarney stoned this year. 

              Pot Parade  

              You might not discover a pot of gold in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day, but you will almost assuredly find a good time. Boston, home to Lowkey Dispensary, is one of the best places in the country to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and there’s no better place to start than the city’s famed parade, which unofficially began in 1737 as a way for Irish immigrants to celebrate their heritage, but got its official start when the parade moved to from downtown to South Boston in 1901. 

              Infusing cannabis into your parade experience is a great way to make the day more magical. Before heading to the parade route, puff on an Irish-inspired strain of flower—like Pot of Gold, Lucky Charms, or Green Crack—or chomp on a green-colored edible and take in the spectacle of Irish bands, bagpipers, dancers, floats, and numerous colorful characters walking the three-mile route while surrounded by 500,000 to 1,000,000 other spectators soaking in the Irish cheer. 

              Enjoy the Greenery

              If surrounding yourself with up to a million other Irish enthusiasts isn’t your idea of a good time, consider simply getting outside and getting stoned. In many places around the country, like Boston, St. Patrick’s Day occurs at a time when winter is in retreat and spring is arriving—and while you might not find Emerald Isle level greenery, the region is generally becoming more verdant this time of year. Remember public consumption of cannabis is forbidden, so smoke at home or consider a discreet product like an edible before heading into the great outdoors.  

              St. Patty’s Day Party 

              A St. Fatty’s Day party is an awesome way you and your ganja-loving group can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to shamrock decorations, add some extra green to your event with a selection of pre-rolls or stock up on some flower—think Irish Cream or Four Leaf Clover—and papers in preparation of rolling some big joints and blunts that would leave leprechauns trembling in their buckled boots. Remember to say sláinte, a traditional cheer before taking a toke. Another option is to redefine what’s in the “pot” at the end of the rainbow by making a multi-colored assortment of edibles available to your guests. 

              Just because you’re throwing a St. “Pot”rick’s Day party doesn’t mean you need to skip on the beverages. Rather than green beer or a selection of Irish whiskeys and liquors, consider a cooler filled with cannabis-infused beverages or whip up some alcohol-free cannabis mocktails like a minty pot tody

               

              Chill Out 

              Although many people think of St. Patrick’s Day as a time to party, others consider themselves lucky to have the chance to kick back and be a couch potato. If your plans are to smoke and stream this holiday, here are some movies that pair well with pot and St. Paddy’s Day:

              • Leap Year: If you’re hoping to get lucky this St. Patrick’s Day, consider watching this rom-com about a woman who travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend with your special someone. 
              • Boondock Saints: Those looking for a more action-packed movie should check out this flick set in Boston about two Irish brothers who seek to eradicate the city’s criminal underworld. 
              • The Departed: No matter how calming a strain your smoking is, this Oscar Award-winning film—also set in Lowkey’s home city of Boston—about a cop infiltrating the Irish mob will have you on the edge of your seat. 
              • Darby O’Gill and the Little People: Enjoy this classic about an Irishman matching wits with the King of the Leprechauns with something strong like a concentrate to truly capture the magic of this film. 
              • Leprechaun: Although many may want to shy away from horror flicks while high, this movie about a murderous leprechaun trying to reclaim his gold is as silly as it is scary.  

              Get Baked

              Saint Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to put your cannabis culinary skills to the test and try out a classic Irish recipe or invite your friends over for “pot” luck. There are tons of incredible recipes available that either include cannabis or in which you can substitute cannabis, from Irish breakfasts like cannabis-infused corned beef hash to dinners like real “pot” pie to desserts like this cannabis chocolate stout cake

              Looking for an option that will satisfy your stoner and non-stoner friends alike? Consider whipping up some traditional Irish soda bread and serving it with both butter and cannabutter.  

              A Lowkey Holiday

              Lowkey Dispensary in Dorchester’s Codman Square has everything you need for a shamrocking St. Patrick’s Day. From superb flower to a vast assortment of delicious edibles to high-quality concentrates, you’ll find what you need to make your St. Paddy’s day a little extra green and experience the luck of the High’rish.

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                Pets and Pot: A Bad Combination

                Pets and Pot: A Bad Combination  

                Attitudes about how we spend our free time are shifting in households across the U.S. For example, more people are consuming cannabis thanks to increased legalization—a recent poll found a record number of Americans have tried marijuana. Another shift in U.S. households is the growing number of pets found in them. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), more than 23 million American households (almost one in five) adopted a pet during the pandemic.  

                While we love to see pets living the “high” life in their new homes, the fact is pets—especially dogs—and pot aren’t always a great mix. Ask any dog owner and they’ll confirm their four-legged friend’s innate ability to get into everything, including their stash.  

                Dogs on Dope  

                As cannabis becomes more common in households across the country, so are cases of dogs consuming cannabis; between 2017 and 2020, the ASPCA Poison Control Center’s national call volume for cannabis ingestion jumped from 1,436 to 3,923 cases. Similarly, the Pet Poison Hotline also saw a 400% increase in the number of calls they took about marijuana-related incidents over a six-year period. 

                The connection between legal cannabis and canine consumption is apparent. In California, where recreational marijuana has been legal since 2016, call numbers grew by 276% between 2016 and 2020. In Colorado, numbers have risen elevenfold since the state legalized weed in 2012.   

                How long a dog will feel the effects of cannabis consumption will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of the dog, the amount of cannabis ingested, and the strength of the cannabis consumed. Marijuana intoxication is rarely fatal for our four-legged friends, but you should still seek veterinary advice if you suspect your dog has gotten high on your supply.

                Pet-Proofing Your Pot 

                The best solution for dealing with a dog consuming cannabis is to keep them away from it in the first place. This starts by keeping cannabis secure and out of reach of your dog. A stash box, UV-proof lockable container, or Mason jar are all excellent solutions for storing flower. Stash edibles on a high shelf that your dog can’t access. For even greater security, keep them in a child- or pet-proof container. A child-proof or locking jar is also a great solution for keeping pets safe from cannabis concentrates like shatter, sauce, and wax. 

                You’ll also want to remain aware of the other methods by which your dog might ingest cannabis. For example, eating a roach left in an ashtray, drinking bong water, and digging a cheesecloth used to make cannabutter out of the trash are all ways dogs can inadvertently consume cannabis. Along these lines, it’s also a sound strategy to pay attention to what your dog is up to when walking outside—after all, there is no telling if the “tasty” morsel your pup managed to scrounge off the sidewalk or in the park is edible or not.

                Signs Your Dog Got into Your Stash  

                Dogs are man’s best friend, but marijuana isn’t a dog’s best friend. If you’re unsure whether your dog has eaten weed, there are some tell-tale symptoms of cannabis consumption: 

                • Unsteadiness on their feet (acting drunk) 
                • Dilated pupils/glazed look in their eyes  
                • Agitation  
                • Hyperactivity  
                • Vocalization/barking  
                • Elevated temperature  
                • Dribbling urine  

                Just as the timeline for feeling the effects of cannabis can vary for you, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour for your pup to start showing signs of having gotten into your pot. Also, not every dog will experience the same symptoms; some may show just one or two signs while others can cover the entire range of indicators. 

                What to Do If Your Pet Has Consumed Cannabis  

                If your dog does accidentally consume cannabis—or you suspect they did—you’ll want to get them to a veterinarian immediately. The signs of marijuana consumption in dogs are similar to those of other toxin exposures. It’s also worth noting that reports show that dogs have more cannabinoid receptors in the brain and it’s suggested that they’re more susceptible to the toxic effects than are humans.   

                Before heading to the vet, clean any residual cannabis product from your dog’s face, fur, and paws so they don’t ingest any more if they lick themselves. Also, try to get a feel for how much marijuana (and the amount of THC) they ingested—for example, did they just sneak a lick from a bowl containing cannabutter or did they eat a whole cannabis-infused cookie?  

                Treatment for Weed Consumption in Dogs  

                Treatment for dogs who consume cannabis depends on a number of factors. Some dogs will simply get sent home to ride it out under their owner’s watchful eye while others will receive inpatient treatment. It’s common for vets to treat specific symptoms, like administering a sedative to ease anxiety or medications to bring your dog’s temperature back to normal.  

                Decontamination is another potential treatment used by veterinarians. One method vets use is giving dogs activated charcoal—a liquid your pet drinks—which helps neutralize the toxin and prevent further absorption. Another way vets achieve decontamination in dogs is to induce vomiting.  

                The Lesson of the Tail  

                Most dogs make a full recovery after consuming cannabis within a few days. Ensure your dog receives the best care and most appropriate treatment possible by consulting your vet immediately, being honest with them about what happened, and sharing as much relevant information as possible. Dogs eating marijuana is becoming an increasingly common sight at vet offices across the country—they’re not shocked and the more information they have, the less likely they are to run expensive tests.  

                Lowkey Dispensary  

                Lowkey Dispensary in Boston’s Codman Square is making a case to surpass your four-legged friend for the title of man’s best friend. Lowkey has everything new and seasoned cannabis users expect from a dispensary, ranging from ultra-knowledgeable staff to high-quality products and all the accessories needed to enjoy cannabis. Just remember—when you bring a bag home from Lowkey, keep it somewhere secure and out of reach from your dog. 

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                  Tips for Your First Visit to a Cannabis Dispensary

                  Tips for Your First Visit to a Cannabis Dispensary

                  It was only in 2018 that the first recreational-use cannabis dispensary opened in Massachusetts. Since then, they’ve popped up all over the Bay State, including Lowkey Dispensary. Although dispensaries are becoming a more common sight in communities across the state, there are still a number of people who have yet to visit one.

                  If you’re cannabis curious, but you’re not sure what to expect or are intimidated by the idea of a trip to a dispensary for the first time, here are some tips to make your first visit a great one.

                  1. Set a Goal

                  Much like the number of dispensaries in Massachusetts has grown in recent years, so have the number and types of products they offer. There are a ton of products available—including flower, concentrates, and edibles—which can make it overwhelming for both new cannabis consumers and cannabis veterans alike to know exactly what they want. This is why we encourage visitors to think about factors like how they prefer to consume and the effects they want (or don’t want) before visiting.

                  2. Do Some Research

                  Dispensaries like Lowkey love to share knowledge about cannabis and guide consumers on their journey. That said, having some basic knowledge beforehand is beneficial. Lowkey’s blog is an excellent source of information for new consumers looking to learn the basics about weed while also offering insight into the latest happenings in cannabis culture.

                  3. Read the Menu Online

                  A scan of a dispensary’s menu in advance of a visit can give you a chance to familiarize yourself with what products it stocks, what’s available, and how much it will cost. You might even pinpoint a few items of particular interest to ask your budtender about when you visit.

                  If the thought of visiting a dispensary is really causing you anxiety, many dispensaries will let you order online. For example you can view all of Lowkeys menu online here!

                  4. Build a Budget

                  Cannabis products cover a wide cost spectrum. A rough idea of what you want to take home and how much you’re willing to spend can help your budtender find the right products, at the right price, for you.

                  5. Have the Correct Form of Payment

                  Cannabis is legal in Massachusetts, yet remains illegal federally which makes checking out at your local dispensary a bit different than at a big-box store. For example, it’s highly unlikely they accept credit cards or Apple/GooglePay. This makes cash king at most dispensaries—although the acceptance of debit cards is increasingly common—and it’s a good idea to have enough green in your wallet to cover whatever you’re planning to purchase. If you’re light on cash, don’t sweat it, dispensaries often have an on-site ATM.

                  Ultimately, each dispensary is unique in the form of payment it accepts and the resources they provide to their customers. Know what they are before you go.

                  6. Bring Your ID

                  Only patrons over the age of 21 are allowed to enter a dispensary. To prove your age, you’ll need a valid ID on you even if you clearly look older than the mandated age. Valid identification includes state-issued driver’s licenses, state ID cards, passports, passport cards, and military IDs.

                  7. Ask Questions

                  With a steady stream of new cannabis products entering the market, even seasoned stoners have something to learn. Budtenders, like those at Lowkey, work day in and day out with cannabis and know about everything from the newest products to the unique characteristics of a particular strain. Don’t let their knowledge and experience go to waste, go ahead and ask for their input. An added bonus, when you build a rapport with a bartender, they can better help you on your next visit.

                  8. Remember, No Pressure

                  Although there are many differences between shopping at a dispensary and more traditional stores, there are also a lot of similarities. For example, entering a dispensary doesn’t obligate you to make a purchase any more than it does at the supermarket, convenience store, or big-box retailer. Feel free to come in, ask questions, poke around, get your bearings, and leave without making a purchase. Of course, we hope you like what you saw and you come back!

                  9. Wait Until You Get Home to Consume

                  Navigating a dispensary for the first time is thrilling and while we’re sure you’re excited to try your purchase, wait until you get home or to a private place to partake. It’s illegal in Massachusetts to consume cannabis in public and to drive under its influence. At best, enjoying your purchase immediately after leaving the dispensary can hurt a dispensary’s image in the community; at worst, it can lead to legal trouble for you.

                  10. Choose the Right Dispensary

                  Everybody has their own idea of the ideal dispensary, but, in general, the best dispensaries, like Lowkey, share certain characteristics—like being staffed by friendly, knowledgeable people who are able to answer your questions, and having the appropriate cannabis products for the experience you’re seeking.

                  Some dispensaries will even align with your values. For instance, Lowkey Dispensary is one of just a few Black-owned dispensaries in Boston and the state of Massachusetts as a whole. Our team isn’t just committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience, we’re also focused on creating diversity in an industry where it’s severely lacking—nearly 75% of the Massachusetts marijuana workforce is white.

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                    Lowkey - The History of the Bong

                    The History of the Bong

                    You might not give much thought to the multitude of bongs lining the shelves of your local dispensary, but the tradition of smoking cannabis out of a bong dates back thousands of years. Throughout the history of the bong, it’s been the go-to device for people across the globe—spanning seemingly every social class—and continues to adapt to the changing needs of cannabis consumers.

                    What is a Bong?

                    A bong is a device used to smoke marijuana flower. Bongs use water as a filter (which is why they’re often called water pipes) to cool weed smoke and allow for deep, smooth inhalations. Bongs come in all shapes and sizes and range from simple devices made of soda bottles to handblown glass works of art.

                    Bongs consist of five separate parts:

                    1 Bowl: This is where the cannabis is loaded and combusted. Bongs are often designed with a removable bowl that allows them to function as a pull- or slide-carburetor.
                    2 Base: The base is found at the bottom of the bong and is the chamber that holds the water.
                    3 Downstem: This connector is the link between the bowl and the base.
                    4 Tube: Also called the chamber, the tube is where the smoke goes after being filtered through the water in the base. The tube is fitted with a mouthpiece and is the part you smoke out of.
                    5 Carburetor: This piece is what allows you to clear smoke from the bong tube. The carburetor is also commonly known as simply the “carb.”

                    Early History of Bongs

                    There is extensive evidence of the use of bongs dating back thousands of years and new discoveries are still being made. It was just 2013 when archeologists discovered what are thought to be the world’s oldest bongs in what is now southern Russia.

                    Early Russian Bongs

                    The bongs discovered in southern Russia are believed to date back 2,400 years and are sculpted from gold. The gold bongs were discovered in Scythian grave mounds, called kurgans. The Scythians were a nomadic people who controlled large parts of Europe and Asia from the 9th century BC to the 4th century AD. Before the discovery of the two gold bongs, Scythians were already known for their connection to cannabis—Herodotus, the ancient Greek writer known as “the Father of History,” reported that the Scythians used a plant to produce smoke “that no Grecian vapour-bath can surpass…transported by the vapor, [they] shout aloud.”

                    In fact, the word “cannabis” comes from the Scythians and was first adapted into Persian as “kanab,” then Greek as “kánnavis,” and ultimately Latin as “cannabis,” the term we still use today.

                    Early African Bongs

                    Prior to the discovery of the Scythian bongs in Russia, the oldest known bongs were thought to come from Ethiopia. Two ceramic bongs were excavated in the Lalibela Cave, dating back to the 13th/14th century. No matter the exact age of the bongs, they predate the introduction of tobacco to Africa.

                    Early Chinese Bongs

                    Cannabis has a long history in China; recently, pot-smoking paraphernalia that dates back 2,500 years was discovered in the country. That said, it wasn’t until the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries that the region embraced the bong. It’s believed that bongs were introduced during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) and gained popularity in the following Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1911/12) It’s even rumored that Dowager Empress Cixi—who ruled China for almost five decades—was buried with her prize bongs.

                    The Glass Bong

                    The father of the modern bong is commonly thought to be a glassblower—also called a lampworker—named Bob Snodgrass. Snodgrass, known as the “godfather of glass” and the “the godfather of the bong renaissance” gained notoriety in the 1970s while traveling around the country blowing glass pipes in a mobile studio and often following the Grateful Dead.

                    Snodgrass is best known for his aesthetically pleasing water pipes and is widely credited for making the first color-changing bongs and being the originator of borosilicate glass bongs. Borosilicate glass allows for a very low coefficient of thermal expansion, meaning it will not crack under extreme temperature changes like regular glass. It’s in part thanks to Snodgrass’s artistic flair and innovation that bongs remain a staple of smoking weed today.

                    The Modern Bong

                    Glass remains the standard for bongs today, but other materials are making inroads. Silicon is one material in particular that is gaining favor. It offers properties similar to glass but is far more durable and commonly considerably more affordable. Other bong makers are turning to traditional materials—such as wood and metal—when making water pipes.

                    The Etymology of the Word Bong

                    Bongs have been on the tip of the tongue from their early origins in southern Russia and Africa to their more recent popularity in China and the U.S. However, we have the Thai language to thank for the word “bong”—it comes from the Thai word “bɔ̂ɔŋ,” meaning “a hollow piece of bamboo or wood.”

                    There are a number of theories as to how it entered into the U.S. lexicon. Two of the most prevalent are that the word was brought back to the states by soldiers returning from Asia—either from the Pacific Theater of World War II or Vietnam, depending on your source.

                    Lowkey Dispensary

                    Whether you’re looking for a bong that’s a piece of art or an everyday workhorse water pipe, Lowkey has an option for you. From mild to wild, we can help pair you with a water pipe that meets the needs of you and your favorite flower. Check us out in Dorchester’s Codman Square.

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