Cannabis has had a long and storied history of human consumption. The first recorded instance of humans utilizing cannabis dates all the way back to Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2727 B.C. From there, cannabis use spread to the Middle East, North Africa, and finally the western hemisphere by 1545. The origins of cannabis use in North America are tied to the textile uses for hemp, such as rope, clothing and paper. Ultimately, a series of law changes were made to stop the production of hemp, which in turn made the marijuana we know, illegal to use or possess.
It has been a long and arduous road to try and reform unjust cannabis policies. But in 2019, it seems that we are turning the corner towards accepting the numerous amounts of benefits this plant can provide people. Progressive lawmakers are continuing to work every day to change corrupt laws while manufacturers are continuing to innovate and create new ways to properly use cannabis. Today, there are so many options when it comes to consuming cannabis, it can be an adventure on its own to find what will work best for you!
The main form of cannabis most people think of is the actual flower that is harvested from the female cannabis plant. Usually, cannabis flower is rolled with papers and made into a joint, or it can be put into a pipe for those who desire a bit more of a straightforward experience. Beyond actually smoking flower, vaporizers are devices that can be used to heat and inhale the active cannabinoids on the flower without burning the plant matter. This form of consumption is a great way to mitigate the number of carcinogens that can enter the lungs as a result of combusting plant matter. For this reason, many health-conscious consumers lean towards the vaporization method to meet their needs.
Flower is not the only type of product that can be vaporized. In fact, the only way to consume cannabis concentrates are via vaporization. Concentrates are a highly potent form of cannabis that are extracted with various methods. That being said, there are plenty of ways to vaporize concentrates. Dab rigs are a form of glass pipe made specifically to vaporize different kinds of concentrates. Arguably the most popular way to consume concentrates is in the form of disposable cartridges and pens. Cartridges can come in many different styles and flavors. A separate battery is required to utilize these cartridges, but they are all standardized so that most any cartridge will work with a particular battery. Disposable pens require nothing extra to use as they have a built-in battery. However, these pens usually contain less product than the cartridges. Green Dragon carries high quality cartridges and pens under the Magnus brand name. We also carry grams of both wax and live resin if you prefer to dab as your method of consumption. Magnus products have been tested to ensure premium level quality without the premium price point.
Concentrates have changed the landscape of cannabis products. These days, concentrates are also used to create high quality edibles. The market for edibles has absolutely exploded in the past few years, as legalization has started to spread around the country. Chocolates, gummies, drinks and even dried fruit are being made into edibles with consistent potency. The use of distillate concentrate oils in these edibles means that they can be dosed effectively without creating a strong cannabis taste in the product. As delicious as they can be, edibles are not to be taken lightly, especially by novice users. When decarboxylated cannabis is consumed orally, it is processed by our livers and becomes something called 11-Hydroxy-THC. This metabolite is at least four times more psychoactive than the standard THC molecule that is absorbed during smoking or vaporizing. A good general rule with edibles is to start small. The full effects of edibles can take two hours to be felt so keep your ingestion time in mind when considering eating more. With so many options, it can be difficult to decide what edibles are right for you. Luckily, Green Dragon carries a collection of high-quality chocolates under the SugarHigh brand! These edibles are made with gourmet quality chocolate and are consistently dosed to ensure a comfortable experience. The chocolates come in four delectable flavors, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Mint Crunch, Mocha Crunch, and Cookie Cream Crunch. Come by one of our 12 stores and taste the difference!