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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          The Gift Your Sweetheart Will Love: The Rose Petal Blunt

          The Rose Petal Blunt The Rose Petal Blunt—Better Than a Box of Chocolates  

          Looking to crush Valentine’s Day this year and impress your stoner sweetheart? Make it a high holiday and roll a rose petal blunt. The perfect marriage of romantic sentiment and passion for pot, rose petal blunts are great for sparking romance and setting that special someone’s heart aflame.  

          First Love  

          Internet personality Sasha is largely considered the creator of the rose petal blunt. A video she posted in September 2017 on Twitter, showing how to roll a rose petal blunt, has racked up over seven million views to date. One of the most appealing aspects of the rose petal blunt is its simplicity: it’s just a classic blunt rolled with rose petals instead of tobacco leaf.  

          In addition to the sweet sentiment of a rose petal blunt, roses have long been a staple of traditional medicine and today are found in everything from essential oils to personal care products. The health benefits associated with roses include: 

          • Anti-inflammation  
          • Improved immunity  
          • Eased digestion  
          • Reduced menstrual cramps 

          Roses have also commonly been thought of as mood boosters and may help lower anxiety and stress, which makes them a powerful partner when coupled with cannabis. 

          Why You’ll Fall in Love with Rose Petal Blunts

          In addition to offering a simple and sweet way to smoke up your secret (or not-so-secret) admirer, there are some other reasons why so many people are smitten with rose petal blunts. Most notably, thanks to their vibrant color and elegant look, rose petal blunts are an ideal match for special occasions, like Valentine’s Day. 

          Rose petal blunts don’t just look nice, they smell nice too. Rose and cannabis both share the floral-smelling terpene nerolidol which is known for its pleasing scent and relaxing effect. Also helping keep you and your cannabis companion calm is the soft, less harsh taste rose petal blunts deliver.

          What You Need to Flirt with Making Rose Petal Blunts 

          The tools needed to make a rose petal blunt aren’t all that different from what you need to roll a regular blunt:  

          • High-quality flower  
          • Grinder  
          • Lighter  

          You’ll also need:  

          • Oven  
          • Small baking sheet
          • Rose petals  

           Since you’re going to smoke the rose petals, it’s a good idea to look for roses that haven’t been treated with chemicals. Look for organic flowers or ask a family member or neighbor if you can raid their garden for a few rose petals. A rolling tray is also useful, particularly for first-time rose petal blunt rollers, as it helps keep everything organized and avoid waste.  

          How to Roll a Rose Petal Blunt  

          Rolling a rose petal blunt is a little more time-consuming than rolling a regular one, but it’s time well spent, especially if it impresses that special someone.  
           

          1. Arrange three or four rose petals on a baking sheet.
          2. Set the oven to broil and cook the petals for 10 to 15 seconds*.
          3. Lick the bottom of the petals (to make them sticky) and arrange them in an overlapping row.
          4. Put the rose petal wrap back in the oven for another 10 to 15 seconds to help it fuse more securely.
          5. Allow the rose petal wrap to cool for roughly two minutes.
          6. Fill your wrap with ground flower.
          7. Roll up your rose petal blunt like you would a regular one, tucking one edge of the rose wrap under the other and licking the edges to form a seal.
          8. Place the rolled blunt back in the oven for 10 to 15 seconds to secure the seal.
          9. Wait two more minutes to allow everything to firm up.
          10. Spark it up and enjoy!


          *Every oven is unique, and rose petals come in different shapes/thicknesses. Consequently, it may require a bit of experimentation to perfect your rose petal broiling skills. 

          How to Spice Up a Valentine’s Day Rose Petal Blunt 

          A ménage à trois is a potent potion for spicing up your rose petal blunt, and concentrates are an appealing third party. Try adding a thin layer of shatter, wax, or resin instead of licking to seal the blunt to really feel high on love. 

          Final Toke  

          A rose petal blunt is possibly the perfect present to woo that special stoner. Lowkey Dispensary stocks everything you need to play cannabis Cupid this Valentine’s Day, from first-class flower to advice on the ideal strain for a blunt for your beloved. You might even find pre-rolled rose blunt shells and pre-rolled blunts—just don’t wait until the last minute. Like dinner reservations and show tickets, rose petal blunts go fast in February! 

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            How to Marry Marijuana and Valentine’s Day

            How to Marry Marijuana and Valentine’s Day 

            Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which has us thinking about love. While we hope Cupid’s arrow finds its mark this year—no matter what strain of love you’re looking for—one thing you can count on is cannabis being the perfect partner for creating a romantic Valentine’s Day.   

            Play Cupid with Cannabis

            Cannabis goes hand in hand with most holidays, so it should come as no surprise that it’s becoming increasingly popular to pair marijuana with Valentine’s day celebrations. Whether you and your stoner sweetheart are simply looking for a relaxing activity or hoping to pump up the passion, here are a couple of reasons to wed weed to your Valentine’s day this year. 

            Lowers Inhibition 

            When you’re in the mood for love, nothing kills it quicker than anxiety. Cannabis can help crush feelings of worry, tension, nervousness, and fears relating to specific events or situations. Studies have shown that CBD has potential as a treatment for general anxiety, while low doses of THC can help reduce stress and uneasiness. It’s important to note that high doses of TC can have the opposite effect, and make anxiety worse. Simply, cannabis can get you—or your partner—out of your head, into the present, and feeling frisky.  

            Libido Booster

            Reduced anxiety + increased comfort = better sex, and there is a growing amount of research and studies to back this notion up. The most notable effects of marijuana occur in women. A recent study found that women who used marijuana before sexual activity experienced increased sex drive and better orgasms than those who abstain. Men can also benefit from bud; research from Spain indicates that cannabis use leads to more satisfying sexual experiences for both men and women. Ultimately, cannabis can help you set the bedroom ablaze.    

            Sativa For Your Sweetie  

            Some cannabis is more conducive to amorous activities than others. Since cannabis affects everyone uniquely, it can take some experimentation to find which strain brings the sexual healing stronger than Marvin Gaye. In general, people looking for love gravitate toward Sativa products, rather than Indica. Sativa and Sativa-leaning hybrids are known for producing full-body highs and relaxative properties. They also have a reputation for increasing sensitivity during sex and intensifying orgasms.   

            Be Loved and Be Safe

            Remember, like candy hearts, chocolates, and other Valentine’s Day treats, you can get too much of a good thing. There’s nothing sexy about a marijuana-induced meltdown and you’ll want to save getting super-stoned for a less important occasion. When using any cannabis product, it’s important to remember the mantra, start low and go slow—start with a low dose and slowly increase it to find the desired effect without going overboard. After all, there is no “emergency text” or safe word to end a bad date with Mary Jane. 

            How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Cannabis and Your Crush 

            Cannabis can make you and your partner more amorous, but you don’t have to save the sweet stuff just for the bedroom. Lowering stress and anxiety makes it easier to connect with a long-term partner or open up to a potential new love interest. It can make jokes funnier, food taste better, and help you forget that awful blind date. Below are a few ideas for incorporating your other love—cannabis—into Valentine’s Day.  

            Breakfast in Bed 

            Valentine’s isn’t the day for the same old wake and bake. Aim to impress by treating your sweetheart to breakfast in bed. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whip up a batch of homemade cannabutter—or grab some at your local dispensary—and get cooking. A little dab will do in, or on, everything from grab-and-go staples like muffins and scones to favorites like waffles and pancakes. Not exactly a casanova in the kitchen or baked goods beau? No worries, a drop of tincture or cannabis oil can turn almost any dish into a marijuana-infused meal. 

            Netflix and Chill 

            Crowded restaurants, busy movie theaters, and high expectations can make going out on Valentine’s Day a hassle. One alternative is to stay in and cuddle on the couch with your crush and some cannabis. Create some atmosphere before sitting down to watch a movie on your favorite streaming service by drizzling cannabutter over a freshly popped bowl of popcorn or grabbing an edible that reminds you of your favorite movie theater. 

            Wondering what to watch? You can’t go wrong flirting with these weed-friendly romantic comedies:

            • Half Baked 
            • Outside Providence 
            • Knocked Up 
            • Newlyweds 
            • Mallrats 

            Get Outside 

            Leaving the house doesn’t require heading to a busy restaurant or show, it can simply mean going outside and getting some fresh air. Grab a pre-roll or your favorite strain and bowl and take your beloved on a hike to a secluded spot and smoke up while surrounded by nature. Walking together isn’t just romantic, walking can create bonds and boost your mood

            Stay-At-Home Spa 

            Those with a desire to treat their special someone to the lap of luxury will want to consider an at-home spa day. There are a variety of cannabis-infused products that can help add some buzz to your spa, ranging from lotions to bath salts. There’s even cannabis lube, which is a surefire way to provide a happy ending to your spa date. 

            Love Bud

            Cupid is known for his arrows, but cannabis is his secret weapon. Don’t make cannabis a third wheel this Valentine’s Day—rather, find creative ways to incorporate it into the occasion and create a relaxing atmosphere where you and the object of your affection are comfortable sharing everything from your feelings to intimate moments. 

            Local dispensaries, like Lowkey Dispensary, are those special someones who can help you fulfill your cannabis desires. Stop by Lowkey Dispensary and work with a budtender for everything from finding the right flower to make cannabutter with, to edibles that stimulate amorous appetites, to topicals that will turn a hot stone massage into a hot stoned massage.

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              Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis Tincture

              Joints, blunts, bowls, and brownies are staples of old-school cannabis culture. However, walk into your local dispensary today, and you’ll find a wide variety of products. One such product that’s growing in popularity is cannabis tinctures. 

              The History of Cannabis Tinctures

              It may seem like cannabis tinctures are a new product—especially when compared to standbys like joints and bowls—but, prior to the prohibition of marijuana, they were one of the most common methods for consuming cannabis. Cannabis was added to the United States Pharmacopeia in 1850, was widely used throughout the country as medicine, and was readily available in pharmacies and general stores until the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act effectively banned the sale and use of cannabis.

              What is Cannabis Tincture?

              Cannabis tinctures are products made by using a solvent—such as alcohol or oil—to extract terpenes and cannabinoids from the plant. The result is a cannabis-infused liquid with varying concentrations of terpenes and cannabinoids. Tinctures are commonly divided into three distinct categories: THC-rich, CBD-rich, or a blend of the two. 

               

              • THC tinctures are popular with weed enthusiasts and produce a psychoactive effect (the “high” often associated with marijuana). THC tinctures are available only in states where cannabis is legal.
              • CBD tinctures are federally legal, thus more widely available than THC tinctures. CBD tinctures don’t provide psychoactive effects, but can help ease everything from pain to anxiety.
              • Blended tinctures are available only in states where cannabis is legal. Blended tinctures deliver a broad effect provided by the presence of multiple cannabinoids. The effect is dictated by the blend—the higher the ratio of THC to CBD, the more psychoactive it is; conversely, the lower the percentage of THC, the less psychoactive the effect. 

               

              The Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures 

              There are pros and cons to every cannabis product. Cannabis tinctures have their perks, and the multitude of benefits they provide is a primary reason for the increase of interest in them. 

              Tinctures are Convenient 

              Cannabis tinctures are small, portable, and discreet—they are nearly indistinguishable from numerous other wellness products and supplements sold in amber-hued bottles. Unlike many other pot products, Cannabis tinctures also do not require any accessories. That’s right, no rolling papers, pipes, or lighters are needed.  

              Tinctures are Discreet 

              In addition to their discreet packaging, they’re also an inconspicuous way to consume cannabis. They have no distinguishable odor and it’s easy to take a dose without anyone suspecting what you’re up to. Unlike smoking, there is no tell-tale cloud of smoke or stinky scent. 

              Tinctures are Easy to Dose 

              The majority of tinctures come with a dropper with four markings: 0.25 ml, 0.5 ml, 0.75, and 1 ml. Using the milligrams of THC in the bottle, the number of milligrams per dose, and dose size, you can fairly precisely control how strong of a dose of THC you’re getting.   

              Tinctures are Fast Acting 

              Tinctures are most commonly taken sublingually. That is, the drop or drops are placed under the tongue where it’s absorbed. Sublingual application allows the THC to enter your bloodstream rapidly, with effects setting in within 10 to 30 minutes. 

              Tinctures are Hygienic 

              While there’s something special about passing a joint around or sharing a pipe, it’s more than just marijuana you’re sharing, you’re also sharing germs. On the other hand, if handled properly, the droppers used to dispense tinctures never touch anyone’s mouth or hands. 

              Tinctures are Smoke-Free 

              In addition to calling attention to what you’re doing, some people find smoke irritating, while others prefer to avoid the carcinogens and toxins contained in cannabis smoke. Simply, tinctures provide a smoke-free alternative for cannabis. 

              First time Trying Tincture 

              Like other cannabis products, the best guideline for trying tinctures is to start low and go slow. The suggested method for finding your ideal dose is called titration and is the practice of slowly upping your dosage to produce the desired effect without going overboard. Most people opt for sublingual consumption, however, there are other ways to consume cannabis tinctures. Some users opt to drop the dose in their mouth and swallow, while others will add tincture to their food or drink. 

              A word of caution if you’re swallowing cannabis tinctures or adding them to food or drinks: it can take longer to kick in and the effects can last longer. It can take roughly one to two hours to feel the effects and they can last upwards of six hours. If you’ve taken a dose of tincture either by swallowing or on food or drink, show some patience when waiting for the effects and give it some time before taking another dose. Thinking it’s not working and taking another dose is a common cause of overconsumption. 

              Last Toke 

              At Lowkey Dispensary, you’ll find the highest quality tinctures to ensure a reliable and positive experience. Lowkey Dispensary offers more than just products, we also deliver expertise. Our budtenders can help you find the right tincture that delivers the desired effect and assist you in calculating the right dose before you head home. Want to try making your own tincture? Let Lowkey provide the flower.

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                Lowkey What is Microdosing Cannabis?

                Despite using the smallest amount of weed possible, microdosing has become one of the biggest trends in the cannabis community. Microdosing is the practice of taking minute amounts of marijuana, which allows users to feel the effects of cannabis, but produces minimal psychoactivity (the feeling of being high). This is great for everyone from beginners just getting started with cannabis to seasoned consumers who want to enjoy the effects of weed during the day without it negatively affecting their productivity.

                What is Microdosing Cannabis?

                As its name implies, microdosing is the use of a small amount of cannabis throughout the day to feel mild and sustained effects. A “standard” dose of THC is 10mg (both Colorado and California public health organizations recognize 10mg as a single serving) while microdoses of marijuana are often as low as 1 mg.

                The Benefits of Microdosing

                Micordosing appeals to consumers for a variety of reasons.

                New cannabis users like to microdose because it makes it easy to follow the maxim “start low and go slow.” Microdosing allows new weed users to find their limits without having an uncomfortable overconsumption experience.

                Experienced cannabis users enjoy that microdising allows them to take advantage of the positive effects of weed—such as increased mindfulness, improved awareness, clearer thinking, a more collaborative spirit, and reduced anxiety—without the disruption of getting noticeably high.

                Microdosing can also help manage the tolerance levels of new and casual cannabis consumers, while some regular users claim it’s harder to build a tolerance microdosing, since it doesn’t overwhelm the body’s cannabinoid receptors.

                How to Get Started Microdosing

                Everyone responds differently to marijuana and the optimal dose is unique to each user. It’s generally recommended that those starting microdosing begin by taking a dose between 1mg and 2.5mg, maintaining that dose for three to four days. After a few days, slowly increase the dose by 1mg increments until the desired effects are achieved. Keep in mind that finding the ideal dose involves trial and error, so clear your calendar of anything important when getting started. Also, remember that the goal isn’t to produce a psychoactive effect.

                Methods of Microdosing

                Everything from flowers to concentrates to edibles can be used for microdosing. That said, some methods are more suitable for microdosing than others.

                Edibles for Microdosing

                Edibles are far and away the product most commonly used for microdosing. Edibles are easy to transport and discreet, which is handy when consuming cannabis consistently throughout the day. It’s also easy to control dosage when consuming edibles, especially compared to other methods of consuming cannabis. In fact, numerous producers now make low-dose edibles intended specifically for microdosing.

                Don’t forget that it can take up to two hours to feel the effect of edibles. If you don’t feel the effects of an edible right away, allow a few hours to pass before taking another dose. It’s easy to overdo it, even when eating low-dose edibles.

                Other Methods of Microdosing

                Edibles are the go-to product of many microdosers, but there are plenty of other methods for microdosing.

                Vape pens are a good alternative to edibles for users looking to microdose, as they are discreet and portable. Some users control the amount they consume by limiting the number of inhalations and sticking to smaller puffs. However, the increasing interest in microdosing has led some manufacturers to create low-dose vapes that are ideal for microdosing.

                Cannabis-infused beverages are similar to edibles (albeit not as inconspicuous) and make it very easy to control the amount of THC going into your system. Also like edibles, a number of manufacturers offer low-dose products for the microdosing market.

                Flower is difficult to get a small, consistent dose with, but a chillum or one-hitter—and some practice—can make it possible. That said, flower is a better option for more experienced pot smokers.

                Tinctures are absorbed sublingually—under the tongue—and are another inconspicuous and convenient way to microdose. Tinctures are generally high in THC, however, which can make finding the right dosage tricky.

                A Dose of Lowkey Dispensary

                If you’re interested in trying microdosing, visit us at Lowkey Dispensary or start your shopping experience online. Our budtenders can help you find the right cannabis product for you and the right potency for your needs. More than just microdoses, Lowkey carries everything from super-strong strains to low-dose edibles, along with all the accessories required by cannabis connoisseurs.

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                  Cannabis Concentrates 101

                  Cannabis concentrates are often confusing even for long-time consumers, largely because they cover a wide range of products with differences in everything from the form they take to how they’re consumed. Concentrates, which generally have THC levels around 50%, but can creep as high as 90%, are gaining popularity for their potency. Comparatively, cannabis flower commonly contains between 15%-25% TCH. 

                  Solventless vs. Solvent Cannabis Concentrates 

                  Concentrates represent a broad category of cannabis products and the easiest way to distinguish between them is how the concentrate is made: either with solvents or solventless. Products are then further distinguished by the type of solvent used and the consistency of the final product. 

                  Solventless Cannabis Concentrates 

                  As the name implies, solventless concentrates are produced without the use of solvents. Rather, they’re created using heat, pressure, and water to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from plant matter. Unlike what you learned in high school chemistry, water is not considered a solvent, and concentrates made using water are considered solventless. The most common solventless cannabis concentrates are hash and rosin. 

                  Hash 

                  Hash is the classic concentrate, dating back thousands of years. Traditionally, hash was made by rubbing buds together in your hands and rolling the resin left behind into balls or wads. Hash is made much more efficiently today using a variety of methods such as mechanized dry sieves, ice, and water. The use of water is a particularly popular method of making hash and the end product is commonly called “bubble hash,”  thanks to the way it bubbles when smoked. 

                  Rosin

                  Rosin is made by applying heat and pressure to cannabis flower and results in a rich, potent, syrup-like material that you can smoke or dab. Rosin is popular because it doesn’t use chemicals in the extraction and delivers a flavorful, powerful product. Rosin is popular for DIYers—you can make it using a hair straightener—but you’ll also frequently find it at a dispensary near you.    

                  Solvent Cannabis Concentrates 

                  Chemically, a solvent is a liquid that dissolves a solid to produce a solution. In cannabis, solvents are employed to extract terpenes and cannabinoids from plant material which is then removed, typically through vacuuming, evaporation, or hand whipping. Because the solvents used to make concentrates are often volatile, production is best left to professionals. Your local dispensary should stock a wide variety of concentrates made using solvents. 

                  Numerous types of solvents are used to make concentrates—butane, CO2, propane, and alcohol are all common—and different solvents produce different end products. 

                  CO2 Oil

                  One of the most common concentrates, CO2 oil is used in vape cartridges and disposable vape pens. CO2 oil is made by applying pressure and carbon dioxide to separate cannabinoids and other essential compounds from plant material. 

                  Live Resin

                  CO2 is also used to make live resin, a concentrate made from just buds and fan leaves. Freshness is key (hence the “live” part), which is why live resin is made from cannabis frozen immediately after being harvested and kept frozen through extraction. Like other concentrates, live resin is potent and consumers love it for its intense flavor and aroma.  

                  Tinctures

                  Tinctures are made using alcohol as a solvent. Tinctures typically come in a small bottle and are administered using a dropper, which makes them a discreet, easy-to-transport, smoke-free way to consume cannabis. Tinctures are commonly delivered sublingually, or under the tongue, but you can also mix them into food and drinks.

                  Butane Hash Oils (BHO)

                  This is the extraction method that you’ve likely heard horror stories about someone trying to make at home—butane (the primary solvent) is highly flammable and BHO production is best left to the pros. BHO results in numerous products which are defined by their texture and consistency.

                  • Shatter: known for its smooth, hard, translucent appearance and is noted for its similarity to glass. Shatter is generally a light or dark amber color and is easily broken into pieces. 
                  • Crumble: often compared to a honeycomb and has a dull appearance. Crumble, as its name implies, is easily broken apart.  
                  • Budder: also called “badder” and has a consistency similar to cake batter or a salve. Because of its malleability, in addition to being consumed using a dab rig, budder is sometimes spread on joints or blunts to up their potency.  
                  • Sauce: super sticky and viscous, sauce’s consistency resembles that of marmalade. Unlike other BHO products, sauce contains two parts and possesses cannabinoid-rich crystals floating in terpene-rich oil. The end results in a potent and flavorful product. 
                  • Wax: soft, gooey, and sticky, wax can come in a variety of consistencies, ranging anywhere from a slightly firm crumbly texture (similar to crumble) to a more sludgy quality reminiscent of budder. 

                  Cannabis Concentrate Dosing 

                  The majority of concentrates are extremely strong and work very quickly. This makes it a great choice for experienced users, but also makes it very easy to overdo it. When purchasing concentrates at your local dispensary, make sure you know the strength of what you’re buying and the size of a dose. Another option is to purchase pre-filled vape cartridges or disposal vapes, which make it easy to control the dose. 

                  Lowkey Dispensary 

                  Whether you’re looking for some flower to make your own hash or some top-quality budder, Lowkey Dispensary is the place to go. We stock a wide variety of both solvent and solventless concentrates along with the accessories you need like vapes and dabs. Our experienced staff can even assist you in finding the concentrate with the right potency and dose for you before leaving.

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                    Lowkey A Lowkey Guide to Storing Cannabis

                    Not so long ago, storing your weed in a plastic baggie was the norm. But as users get more sophisticated, so is how they store their weed. Proper storage of marijuana is key to maintaining its quality, ensuring you get the flavor and potency you pay for, and maximizing the investment you made at your local dispensary.

                    The Importance of Properly Storing Cannabis

                    How long does weed last? According to one study, cannabis has a shelf life of up to two years provided it’s cured and stored properly. In states with legal recreational marijuana—like Massachusetts, home of Lowkey—curing is commonly done before the weed arrives at your local dispensary; after you purchase a cannabis product, though, the responsibility to store it the right way falls on you.

                    The 5 Rules of Cannabis Storage

                    The key to preserving your pot’s flavor, aroma, quality, and potency largely comes down to limiting its exposure to the elements. In general, the more you can control the environment cannabis is stored in and the cleaner you keep where it’s stored, the better.

                    1 – Stay Cool

                    Ideally, weed is stored in temperatures ranging from the mid-fifties to mid-seventies. Store it in too-hot conditions and you can dry out the flower and reduce terpenes, the compounds that give cannabis strains their unique smell and taste. Furthermore, temperatures above the mid-seventies, when combined with excess humidity, are conducive to mold and mildew—the enemy of safe and healthy cannabis.

                    Too-cold temperatures are also bad for the longevity of weed. Freezing cannabis can damage its trichomes—appendages that produce and store the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes—and ultimately affect its potency.

                    2 – Keep it in the Dark

                    Store weed in a dark place—somewhere like a closet/drawer or, at a minimum, in an opaque container. Light (sunlight in particular) is the biggest threat to your weed. UV degrades cannabinoids and terpenes and reduces its potency. A study from the 1970s found that exposure to light is the greatest single factor in the loss of cannabinoids.

                    3 – Manage Moisture

                    In a perfect world, weed is stored in a relative humidity of 59% to 63%. When humidity levels creep above 63%, your bud becomes more susceptible to mold and mildew—the natural enemy of cannabis. Conversely, not enough humidity can dry out weed and break down cannabinoids and terpenes. Too-dry conditions can also strip cannabis of essential oils and can lead to weed that lacks flavor, is harsh to smoke, and is less potent.

                    4 – Clear the Air

                    Storing your weed in an airtight container can go a long way to ensure long-lasting cannabis. Air converts THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) to CBN (cannabinol). More simply, air reduces the “high” feeling produced by THC and replaces it with the more sedative effect of CBN.

                    Another tip for controlling the amount of air in contact with your weed is to choose the correct container size. A good rule of thumb is that your weed should take up between two-thirds to three-quarters of its container. This leaves some room for air and prevents humidity from rising, but doesn’t pack your bud so tight that it gets damaged.

                    5 – Clean Up

                    Keeping the container you store your cannabis in clean is an easy way to prolong its shelf life and ensure its quality. Make sure to remove any dirt and grime before adding your weed. It’s also a good idea to clean containers between uses if you’re mixing strains, since containers can hold onto flavors and impart them on whatever they’re currently holding. While not catastrophic, it can affect the taste and your overall experience.

                    Recommendations for Storing Weed

                    Plastic baggies have gone by the wayside, but there are numerous options available, ranging from repurposing common household goods to buying something especially for weed storage.

                    Glass Mason Jars

                    Glass Mason jars are an extremely popular choice for storing weed. Glass is sturdy, nonporous, and—unlike metal and plastic—will not affect the smell and taste of your weed. Mason jars also feature an airtight seal which helps your bud last longer.

                    On the downside, classic Mason jars are clear and do not block light, the biggest threat to weed. If you’re going to use Mason jars to store your weed, keep them someplace where they won’t get exposed to light. Another option is to select Mason jars made with brown glass—which offers significantly more protection from light than clear—or made with UV-resistant glass.

                    Cannabis Humidor

                    Cannabis humidors—humidity-controlled boxes—are gaining popularity with true marijuana mavens. If you’re going to go this route, buy a humidor specifically made for use with weed. Cigar humidors are lined with cedar, which has oils that enhance the flavor of cigars but can have the opposite effect on cannabis. Cigar humidors also use sponges that use propylene glycol to control humidity, which can oversaturate your pot.

                    Other Considerations

                    In addition to what you store your weed in, there are a few other factors to consider when storing weed.

                    • Moisture control: A multitude of companies have stepped up to create ways to keep your cannabis at the correct humidity level. Look for pods or packs that absorb and release moisture as needed.
                    • Store separately: Keep your weed away from lighters, pipes, grinders, and other paraphernalia that can impart their smell on your container and in the end your weed.

                    The Wrap Up

                    Lowkey Dispensary sells the finest cannabis products and proper storage of them ensures the best possible experience. While nothing lasts forever, taking a little extra care when storing your pot can help it last longer, smell and taste better, and protect its potency.

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                      Lowkey Dispensary - Opening March 2022

                      Our goal is to provide cannabis products and education to help you make the most of your everyday experiences. Lowkey is opening March 2022 in Dorchester MA.

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