Vendor Spotlight: Cresco – Consistently Amazing Cannabis!

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For this vendor spotlight, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the outstanding products being distributed by Cresco Cannabis. A sub-brand of Cresco Labs, a company dedicated to revolutionizing cannabis, Cresco Cannabis features a mindblowing product line of top-shelf flower, mouthwatering concentrates, and potent medicinal products.

Consistently High-Quality Cannabis

Cresco Labs are committed to a professional cannabis experience that earns customer’s trust and keeps them coming back. Their lineup features a wide array of products for a wide array of consumers. Whether you’re looking for top-shelf flower, prerolls, cartridges, shatter, or live resin, Cresco’s got you covered!

Consistency is the name of the game for Cresco. This is a brand that is dedicated to creating products and delivering experiences that you can count on each and every time. Cresco’s multi-state facilities are powered by world-class cannabis connoisseurs, expert growers, and top-of-the-line growing equipment. From seed-to-sale, Cresco and its partners are committed to quality, purity, and consistency.

Cresco Cannabis is well on its way to becoming one of the best-recognized brands in the entire country. They currently operate 18 growing facilities in 11 different states while owning and operating 21 dispensaries of their own across the country! Moreover, Cresco products are sold in over 700 dispensaries across the nation. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Cresco has become one of the most important cannabis brands in the USA!

Additionally, Cresco is committed to growing the cannabis industry through its Social Equity And Social Development (SEED) program. The SEED program consists of actionable approaches and impactful programs designed to support the cannabis industry by raising nationwide awareness of marijuana’s benefits and by inspiring job growth and opportunity in the industry.

Our Favorite Cresco Products

Cresco Cannabis produces some amazing and unique cannabis products. Here are 3 of our favorite Cresco products that you can find in our shop right now!

Cresco Renew RSO

Cresco’s Renew RSO is Cresco’s signature Rick Simpson Oil (RSO). Unlike their Painkiller XL 1:1 RSO, the Renew RSO contains only THC (no CBD), but rest assured that it packs a mean punch! RSO can be applied sublingually, applied topically, or ingested orally (swallowed) in order to produce effects. Careful with this one, a little tends to go a really long way!

Cresco Cough OG Live Resin Cartridge

Cresco’s Cough OG is a cross between powerhouse strains Strawberry Cough and OG Kush. Featuring sour notes of pine and diesel, Cough OG is a delight for the senses. Cresco’s vape cartridges are crafted from premium fresh-frozen flower and feature high-terpene, full-spectrum cannabis oil that overwhelms with its potency, aroma, and flavor.

Cresco Painkiller XL 1:1 RSO

Cresco’s Painkiller XL 1:1 RSO is a unique take on Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) that has excellent medicinal potential. Most RSO products feature only THC, however, this oil has been infused with a 1:1 ratio of both THC and CBD. This blend will give you the best of both worlds, allowing THC and CBD to work together in synergy in order to provide comprehensive relief.

Ready to grab your own? Order online now or stop by our Columbia dispensary.

On a Roll: Best Practices for How to Roll a Joint

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Before, there was one way to enjoy cannabis—to smoke it. You could put it in a pipe, stuff your bong, or roll a joint. Now it feels like there are countless ways you can access the benefits of the cannabis plant. At the same time, sometimes the simple joy of rolling a joint is the most desirable solution for dosing. Here’s what you should keep in mind to master the age-old art of how to roll a joint.

What to Know Before Rolling a Joint

While rolling joints is considered an honored pastime within the community of cannabis consumers at large, there are many recent innovations that have transformed the practice. The most notable of these innovations is the widespread popularity of flavored rolling papers which allow you to better customize the taste of your joint. Banana kush bud with strawberry rolling papers? Sounds like a win to us.

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In addition to a massive selection of flavors now available, rolling papers can also come in various sizes. Large rolling papers are ideal for robust blunts that are intended to be passed around with friends or other groups of cannabis enthusiasts, whereas smaller rolling papers may be suited for individual joints that can compliment a night by yourself. 

Finally, some rolling paper brands are known to be of higher quality than others. Test out a few so you can find the ideal ones for your needs.

The Proper Method for How to Roll a Joint

Joint rolling requires practice before mastering, but it can become an exceedingly satisfying endeavor. The first step in any joint-rolling session is to grind your flower into a fine form. You don’t need to grind the cannabis into a powder, but it should be fine enough to smoothly fill out your joint. 

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Once you have your cannabis, carefully set a filter at one end of the joint. This filter will end up forming the base of your joint. Next, distribute your cannabis throughout the rolling paper, taking care that you pack the joint evenly. Uneven joints can result in poor airflow and pockets that can create a messy, lopsided burn.

Finally, hold each end of your joint with the tips of your fingers and begin to roll it, folding one end of the paper into the other. When your joint has been cinched up properly, simply seal it with one lick across the top. Leaving some breathing room at the end of your joint is recommended to produce the smoothest possible smoking experience.

Tips and Tricks for How to Roll a Joint

When rolling joints, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many time-honored methods that may work for different individuals. Experimenting with the exact style that works for you can be a lucrative experience, as the best joint rollers are able to work in their own unique rhythm. 

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Likewise, joint rolling has a long history as a virtual art form within the world of cannabis. There are numerous creative style of rolling a joint that have been described in detail on the Internet and other sources of marijuana knowledge, providing ample opportunities for impressing attendees at your next cannabis get-together.

Don’t want to roll your own? We carry pre-rolls to make life easier. Check out our online menu to see what’s available or stop by our Columbia dispensary to learn more.

How To Come Down From A High

How to Come Down From a High

Sometimes too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Even cannabis! Have you ever been so high that you wished you weren’t so high anymore? Ever wondered how to come down from a high? No problem, it can happen to even the most experienced cannabis connoisseur! Check out these 5 tips to help you come down from a high next time you’ve smoked a little too much. 

How To Come Down From A High: Try Some CBD

Studies show that CBD may have serious potential as an anti-anxiety compound, making it perfect for when you’ve ingested too much THC. Not only that, but CBD has been shown to counter many of the psychoactive (read: anxiety-inducing) effects of THC. A dose of CBD will immediately begin to work towards balancing your buzz and dampening any sensations of anxiety or paranoia. CBD won’t instantly kill your buzz, but it will make it dissipate more quickly. 

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Eat Some Food And Drink Some Water

Who doesn’t love to eat when they’re high? Eating a good meal will not only engage your senses but will also completely distract you from your anxiety and paranoia. If you really want to distract yourself with food, go cook something. Just remember to turn the oven off! 

Staying well-hydrated can also help keep you grounded and comfortable. Consuming cannabis will quickly dehydrate you leading to dry mouth and dry eyes. Keeping some cold water on hand will quench that thirst and keep you feeling refreshed. Just remember to stay away from alcoholic beverages as they will only enhance and intensify your buzz.

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Relax

Sometimes simply taking a time out can be enough to get your mind back to a safe and comfortable place. Lie down on your bed or on your favorite sofa and close your eyes for a while. A quiet, safe, comfortable space can help you to quickly decompress and get back to a pleasant state of mind. 

Distract Yourself

If you are feeling overwhelmed, a good strategy is to distract yourself so you are no longer thinking about it. Watch some tv, take a shower, grab something to eat, or even just step outside for a few minutes. Thinking about something else or simply moving into a new environment can work well to calm you down and shift your focus towards something more positive. 

Get Some Exercise

Exercise is the ultimate distraction for when you get too high. Go for a run or even just a nice leisurely walk. Usually, the combination of fresh air and an elevated heart rate will get your mind to a better place. 

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Take A Nap

One of the best ways to wait out an unpleasant high is to simply take a nice refreshing nap. Going to sleep will let your brain rest and work its way through the high while you sleep peacefully. Cannabis simply has to run its course, and sometimes a nap is the best way to let it do that. 

If that doesn’t work then try some caffeine. A jolt of energy may be just what you need to pull you out of that ‘couchlock’ effect that some strains of cannabis are notorious for. 

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Most importantly, don’t panic. Try some of these strategies next time you’re wondering how to come down from a high. Most symptoms of being too high will dissipate within an hour or two at most. Look at the bright side, at least now you know your limit!

Cannabis Capsules And Other Discreet Dosing Options

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Sometimes the stars just don’t align to provide you with the privacy to consume cannabis. Thankfully, there are several discreet dosing options that will let you consume cannabis discreetly and privately. From cannabis capsules to transdermal patches, check out these discreet dosing options that can help you to enjoy cannabis without alerting anyone else. 

Edibles And Cannabis Capsules

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Edibles and capsules are some of the most popular discreet dosing options on the market. Edibles are a great way to snack on some cannabis without raising too much suspicion. However, be aware that some edibles can still smell when you open the package and handle them. As such, edibles are certainly discreet but perhaps not as much as some of the other options on this list. 

Cannabis capsules are very similar to edibles. They’ll produce the same kind of heavy, long-lasting buzz, but are even more discreet than edibles. Cannabis capsules are typically odorless and flavorless, making them harder to detect. Capsules are even easier to consume. No chewing involved! Just swallow a capsule with some water and wait for the effect to kick in!

Tinctures And Oral Sprays

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Tinctures and other sublingual dosing options are the next best thing when it comes to discretion.

Tinctures are typically applied sublingually where they can be absorbed by membranes under the tongue and inside the cheeks. This allows them to reach the bloodstream quickly and begin producing effects within minutes. To apply a tincture, simply load up the dropper and squirt the contents under your tongue.

Tinctures can also be swallowed to produce effects more similar to those of an edible. However, be aware that the bioavailability of cannabinoids will be lower due to the first-pass effect. As such, if you are looking to maximize your buzz in a discreet fashion, sublingual application may be a better option. 

Oral sprays are similar to tinctures but utilize a slightly different delivery method. If you don’t have the privacy to use a dropper than a quick spray may be just what you need.

Transdermal Patches

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Transdermal patches are an excellent discreet dosing option for consumers of medicinal marijuana. While a transdermal patch will never deliver enough THC at once to get you ‘high’, it can deliver a steady dose of cannabinoids to provide long-lasting relief. Cannabinoids are time-released slowly in order to provide a steady dose over the course of a day. Some transdermal patches can last for up to 12 hours.

Simply peel a patch and apply it to your body. Some popular spots to apply transdermal patches include the arm, upper chest, lower abdomen, and hip. Just remember to clean your skin well before application to ensure maximum absorption.

Discreet Vape Pens

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Vaping is much more discreet than smoking. While it isn’t quite as discreet as some of the other options on this list, some vapes can allow you to vape quickly and discreetly without arousing too much suspicion. 

Vape pens are a great way to vape quickly and discreetly. They can be quickly disassembled into two pieces for easy carrying and storage. Simply attach the cartridge to the battery and vape away!

How To Use RSO (Rick Simpson Oil)

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Rick Simpson Oil is a medicinal cannabis concentrate that has great therapeutic potential. However, its unusual thickness and stickiness may leave some people wondering how to use RSO. Thankfully, RSO can be used in a variety of convenient ways that can help you medicate quickly and effectively.

What Is RSO? 

Rick Simpson Oil is a concentrated cannabis oil known for its high THC content. The oil is named after its creator, Rick Simpson, a Canadian cannabis activist that created and used the oil after his cancer diagnosis in 2003. After treating his skin cancer, Rick committed himself to spreading info about the benefits of medical marijuana and to bringing RSO to the public. 

RSO is a full-plant extract that is typically made from indica strains of cannabis that are prized for their analgesic, anxiolytic, and sedative properties. 

How To Use RSO

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There are several different ways to enjoy the benefits of Rick Simpson Oil.

Apply It Directly To Skin

Applying the oil topically to the skin can work to manage the symptoms of certain skin conditions. Mixing RSO with a bit of coconut or olive oil will make it much easier to spread on the skin. After applying the oil, the area can be covered with a bandage that can be changed with every new application.

Apply It Sublingually

If you don’t mind the taste, RSO can be applied sublingually (under the tongue) for quick psychoactive effects. The medicinal contents of the oil are absorbed through membranes in the mouth and carried into the bloodstream where they can produce therapeutic effects. The extract can also be placed between the gums and the cheek where it can dissolve over time. It may be a good idea to keep a glass of water or soda on hand in order to chase the oil’s bitter taste after it has dissolved.

Eat It

If you can stomach the taste, RSO can also be eaten to produce effects more similar to edibles. Swallowing RSO will result in longer-lasting, though potentially less potent, effects as the oil is slowly digested.

However, the RSO tends to be rough on the throat for many people, leading some to seek alternative ways of ingesting it. Some alternatives include simply spreading it on a small piece of bread or fruit, or inserting the oil directly into an empty gelatin capsule that can be swallowed more easily. 

It’s important to note that the smoking, vaporizing, or dabbing of Rick Simpson oil is not advised.

How Much RSO Should You Consume?

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A beginner dose of RSO should be no more than half the size of a grain of rice, up to three times a day. As your body builds up a tolerance to THC with continuous usage, you may want to consider slowly increasing the dosage if you believe you need to.

When discontinuing use, it may be a good idea to slowly wean off the oil, rather than stopping cold turkey. Suddenly stopping use may lead to THC withdrawal, resulting in sleep problems, anxiety, and irritability.

What Are The Effects of RSO?

Because RSO contains such high levels of THC, the risk of experiencing THC’s side effects is much higher than with other cannabis products. For most people, the most commonly experienced side effect is sleepiness. However, there are a number of other side effects you may experience, including anxiety, paranoia, irritability, dry eyes, dry mouth, impaired memory, and slowed reaction time. 

To learn more about RSO and whether it’s a good choice for you, make an appointment at Remedy Columbia!

Healthy Infused Recipes to Spruce Up Your Diet

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Infused recipes are a great way to experiment with cannabis consumption methods. Smoking or vaping just isn’t for everyone. By cooking with cannabis, you can create amazing infused recipes that help you get your dosage in without inhaling.

Cannabis-Infused Oatmeal Pancakes

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It has often been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there is no better way to lift one’s spirits in the morning than with a lightly infused recipe. To transform your average oatmeal pancakes into a potent edible creation, this recipe simply calls for a few drops of cannabis tincture to be added into the batter.

Once you’ve mixed together your oatmeal, banana, egg, and cannabis oil or tincture, making cannabis pancakes is as easy as pouring your batter into a hot skillet. You can adjust the amount of cannabis you add to match your desired effects, employing one or two drops for a light buzz or more depending on your typical dosage.

Salted Coconut Cannabis Caramels

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Not all edibles have to be extravagant. These salted coconut cannabis caramels are ideal for easy consumption, delivering a powerful dose of cannabis in the form of a delightful sweet. While dispensaries now carry edible candies of all varieties, there is a distinct satisfaction to be found in crafting your own. 

When making cannabis coconut caramels, the most important ingredient will be, besides cannabis, your coconut oil. For the best possible edibles, high-quality coconut oil is recommended, as the consistency and flavor of your caramels will be largely dependent on the coconut oil employed. 

Cannabis Coffee

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Cannabis coffee makes for a relatively simple infused recipe. Similar to the process for pancake batter, adding cannabis to coffee only requires mixing in a small amount of infused oil. Infused honey is also an acceptable additive according to the list of ingredients included as part of the recipe. 

While THC is not water-soluble and thus often finds its potency reduced when added to liquids, the benefits of cannabis coffee can still be apparent. A light cannabis buzz can result in a breezy, happy state of mind that lasts for almost the entire day. (Not a coffee drinker? Check out our infused tea recipe.)

No-Bake Almond Butter Canna-Cookies

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Throughout the history of cannabis, two baked goods have typically been the most commonly infused edibles: cookies and brownies. Over time, however, many new twists have been made to the classic “chocolate chip cookie” edible format.

These almond butter canna-cookies are rich, scrumptious, and don’t even require the use of an oven. Like the other infused recipes featured in this list, cannabis oil is the only ingredient needed to make these edibles.

Additionally, you can also add a drop of your favorite tincture to a beverage or even a salad dressing to help make it easier to ingest. Keep in mind that when you ingest THC, it can take longer to feel the effects. Start slow and wait before taking another dose to avoid feeling too high.

Ready to hit the kitchen? Stop by our Columbia dispensary or place your order now.

How Terpenes Can Fight Pain

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There’s no question that pain sucks. But the good news is that cannabis is proven to help manage chronic pain—and it’s not just THC and CBD that are providing relief. The greatest pain-fighting players in cannabis are cannabinoids, but did you know terpenes can also help? If you’re curious about the power of terpenes for pain management, keep reading because this article is for you.

Terpene Basics

Terpenes are a diverse class of organic compounds made by plants, including cannabis. They’re the chemicals that give the plant world its variety of scents and flavors. If you’ve ever enjoyed herbs or essential oils, you’ve already reaped some of their many benefits. In fact, essential oils largely consist of terpenes. And while these tiny molecules stimulate the senses, they also have the power to help ease our pain.

Terpenes for Pain

People have been successfully using herbs (including cannabis) to fight pain for centuries, and today we have the science to back it up. While most cannabis studies focus on cannabinoids like CBD and THC, scientists have begun looking at non-cannabinoid elements of cannabis like terpenes for anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties. A recent study on mice found that terpenes from cannabis can help guard against oxidative stress, inflammation, and pain.

Terpenes work for pain in a similar way to cannabinoids—by activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors—without getting you high. If you suffer from pain, navigating the 200+ terpene varieties can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the most effective terpenes for pain. Ask your budtender about some of these on your next trip to the dispensary.

Myrcene

Myrcene is the most common terpene found in cannabis. It has an earthy, fruity, citrus-like aroma and provides a variety of beneficial qualities. It’s an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and potent pain reliever. Myrcene works more powerfully in combination with THC, zapping depression, boosting mood, and squashing pain.

Eucalyptol

There is a reason the word “eucalyptol” sounds like “eucalyptus.” This well-known Australian tree is one of the primary sources of eucalyptol, and it can also be found in tea tree and bay leaf. While it works as a powerful insecticide and antifungal, eucalyptol is primarily useful for relieving pain and swelling, especially when applied topically or inhaled.

Pinene

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Pinene has a woodsy, piney scent, and is naturally sourced from conifer tree resin. It gives cannabis a fresh scent along with powerful healing properties. Studies have shown that beta-pinene acts as a mood stabilizer and a potent antimicrobial, helping to bring relief from pain and inflammation. Pinene has also been shown to be particularly effective in easing pain associated with MS, arthritis, and cancer. It can also help counteract the short-term memory loss associated with THC.

Caryophyllene

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Caryophyllene is found abundantly in cannabis, with the distinctive flavor that gives black pepper its kick. You can also find it in hops, cloves, and rosemary. It was the first non-cannabinoid compound found to activate cannabinoid receptors and works as a powerhouse to reduce inflammation and lessen pain.

Linalool

Linalool has a beautiful floral aroma that promotes relaxation and a sense of calm. It’s found abundantly in over 200 plants like lavender and birch bark. While plants use it as an antimicrobial, humans have been using it for ages for its sedative, antidepressant, and pain-relieving properties. It also makes your immune system more resilient to the effects of stress, which can help relieve stress-induced pain.

Final Thoughts

While terpenes can be effective on their own, they are more powerful when combined with cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Why? It’s thought that terpenes can modulate the effects of the individual cannabinoids, so you can combine them to target specific issues like pain. This synergistic power is known as the entourage effect and allows your body to maximize the benefits of both cannabinoids and terpenes for potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits.

Want to explore terpenes in cannabis? Stop by our Columbia dispensary to get some terpene-rich strains, or order online now!

Potent Pain-Relief: Exercising While High

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Exercising While High

While cannabis is commonly associated with a lack of energy and lethargic attitude, more cannabis consumers than ever before are exercising while high. As a potent reliever of pain, many exercise enthusiasts actually find that cannabis can help to dull some of the discomfort associated with the typical workout regimen, making it easier to exercise for longer periods of time. For those considering employing cannabis in their next exercise routine, here’s everything you need to know. 

Health Benefits of Exercising While High

First, it should be noted that exercising with cannabis may not be the right choice for everyone. Individuals should be aware of their limitations when exercising with cannabis use, taking care not to engage in activity that could be dangerous while experiencing a cannabis high. 

However, for those who wish to experiment with using cannabis before light exercise, the results may be surprising. The euphoria brought on by cannabis use may, contrary to popular belief, actually assist in prompting individuals to work out more often.

One of the major barriers to exercise that many people face is lack of motivation. For some, though, the addition of cannabis to a daily exercise routine can turn this task from a chore into a fun and engaging event.

Likewise, it’s well known that cannabis is helpful in reducing inflammation. While cannabis may not necessarily work to restore damaged tissue, working out while high can potentially make working out easier and reduce the pain associated with strenuous physical activity. 

Exercising While High: Best Practices

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As mentioned previously, exercising while high can be dangerous under certain circumstances. Cannabis use can temporarily impair motor functionality and result in mind-warping cerebral highs, which means that using heavy exercise equipment is not recommended. When exercising while high, it can be helpful to have a companion present to ensure the total safety of any workouts attempted.

Those with certain medical conditions may also find that exercising with cannabis can exacerbate their symptoms and potentially pose a health risk. Consulting a doctor before starting a new workout regimen to make sure you can safely incorporate different exercises into your routine.

Tips and Tricks for Exercising While High

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When exercising while high, the variety of strain employed can be important. For example, indica strains are typically known for their heavy sedative qualities and deep, embracing body highs. While indicas may be ideal for unwinding after a workout, sativa strains are often considered the go-to form of cannabis for exercise enthusiasts

Sativas are renowned for their uplifting mental effects capable of generating a positive mood in any who encounter them. Some sativa strains may be more energetic than others, but the overall reputation of sativas places them firmly in the category of cannabis for exercise.

High-CBD strains may be worth exploring as well. CBD, an abbreviation of cannabidiol, is the chemical within cannabis that is often attributed to its pain-relieving properties. Cannabis consumers who appreciate the psychoactive qualities of cannabis might not be interested in CBD, but for those in search of a substantial reduction in pain, certain CBD-rich strains could be the best option.

Remedy Columbia is proud to serve our community by connecting patients with clean, safe cannabis solutions. Our extensive menu of products contains high-quality cannabis flowers, edibles, and much more, all available in total convenience. Check out what we have available on our online menu.

Vendor Spotlight: Rythm Aims to Give Cannabis a Consistent Backbeat

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Let’s face it: Navigating the world of cannabis is challenging. With so many variables and components to keep track of—cannabinoids, terpenes, strains, and delivery methods, to name just a few—it can be difficult to feel like you’re really on top of all the relevant information. And because cannabis isn’t a “one size fits all” medicine, it’s essential to understand what you’re working with when you want consistent, repeatable results from your medical cannabis.

That’s where Rythm comes in. A national family of cannabis products, the company’s offerings are built around a deceptively simple color-coding system designed to make using cannabis medicine simple, intuitive and easy. We’re incredibly excited to be carrying their products, which include everything from fresh flower, vape pens and cartridges, and potent concentrates and live resins. 

Rythm: Cannabis Grown for Consistent and Predictable Results

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One of the main challenges facing cannabis producers is the question of consistency. Because cannabis is an all-natural plant product, this means that growers have to maintain an incredibly close watch on their plants to ensure predictable growth and consistent potency, cannabinoid contents and terpene profiles.

In essence, that’s what Rythm has done. Because they’re a national grower who emphasize data-driven and analytical approaches to growing and processing, they’re able to deliver a remarkably consistent product, no matter where it’s grown and where it’s sold.

Rythm: A New Approach to Describing Cannabis

Each Rythm product—whether it’s fresh flower, concentrate or any other cannabis product—is color coded into easy-to-understand categories. In an intriguing and refreshing change of pace, Rythm relies on experiential and emotive descriptions more than traditional cannabis lingo. That’s why you’ll find their products categorized as: 

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Energize: A light, energizing and creativity-stimulating experience designed for daytime use 

Balance: A warm, centering and mildly euphoric hybrid formulated to ease anxiety and stress

Relax: Geared towards nighttime use, these stress-fighting products promote sleep and rest

Heal: These high-CBD products relieve pain, anxiety and more without a psychoactive “high”

If you’re used to identifying cannabis by the name of its strain, don’t worry: Rythm also relies on those evocative and highly memorable labels (Cosmic Glue or Yeti OG, anyone?). But whether you’re new to the wide world of cannabis or you’re a seasoned pro, the creation of those four highly relatable categories is designed to help you understand what this cannabis will do for your body and your mind without having to stop and ponder.  

Rythm: Types of Cannabis Products

Rythm produces high-quality cannabis flower, vape pens and cartridges, and “live” resins. Remedy Columbia currently stocks a wide variety of Rythm’s disposable vape pens and glass-chambered cartridges for CCELL-type vaporizers. Because our stock changes so quickly, it’s always best to consult our live menu before heading down to the dispensary to make a purchase.

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Whatever your medical cannabis needs, it’s a safe bet that Rythm’s intuitive and easy-to-navigate product categories will simplify your self-care. And in the big, big world of cannabis products, we think that’s something to get truly excited about!

You can grab Rythm and other high-quality cannabis products at our Columbia dispensary. Check out our online menu to get started.

Separating Fact from Fiction: Is Cannabis a Gateway Drug?

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For decades, cannabis has been denounced as a “gateway drug,” a relatively “soft” drug that inevitably leads to harder and more harmful ones such as cocaine, meth, and heroin (most recently by a presidential candidate). Now that a majority of U.S. states have legalized medical cannabis (and the trend towards allowing adult-use or recreational  legalization will likely continue, if at a slower pace), is this argument still valid? Was it ever? We’ll dive into the latest research and attitudes towards cannabis and try to separate fact from fiction as it pertains to this important and still-relevant question. 

Cannabis as a Gateway Drug: Changing Times, Changing Laws

A society’s laws, of course, are merely a reflection of what a community holds to be true, of its professed values, and of its aspirations. When marijuana was prohibited on the federal level in 1937, there was a widely held belief that it had no medical value and that it generally contributed to “low morals.” Less explicit was the sense that it was associated with Mexican immigrants in specific and people of color in general. Prohibition was, in part, a racist act.

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The term “gateway drug” dates from the early 1970s and the early years of the “War on Drugs.” It was coined by Dr. Denise Kandel, a researcher who first tackled the question in 1974. Interestingly, although she was tasked with studying the potential links between cannabis and harder drugs, she went off-script and found that nicotine, not marijuana, was the most reliable path towards more harmful substances.

But because marijuana was illegal—and nicotine was not—the preponderance of anti-drug efforts was deployed against cannabis. And it turns out the question of legality is an important one when we try to untangle the question of whether or not cannabis actually serves as a gateway drug.

Cannabis as a Gateway Drug: Cracking the Data

A more recent study attempted to answer the question more authoritatively by studying data on drug use collected between 2001 and 2005. It found that cannabis use contributed to a significantly increased chance of hard drug use, although it should be pointed out that over 95% of those who reported using cannabis frequently never went on to abuse those harder substances.

But it’s the time period in which the data was collected that is potentially problematic. Because only nine states had approved medical cannabis in 2005, nearly everyone who participated in the study was breaking federal law. As some researchers point out, this behavior—breaking the law—can itself be a sort of “gateway.” Not only does buying black-market cannabis put one in touch with criminals, but it normalizes the act of law-breaking in and of itself, a predictor of future acts of criminality.

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That’s not to say that using cannabis doesn’t entail a risk. It’s estimated that roughly 9% of those who use regularly use cannabis will develop a cannabis use disorder characterized by a strong desire to use cannabis, difficulties in controlling their use, an increased tolerance, and other side effects.

These symptoms all have serious implications, especially for adolescents, and we want to be clear that the staff here at Remedy Columbia is wholly committed to the safe, legal, and sustainable use of medical cannabis.

But that said, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. And when it comes to the notion of cannabis being a gateway drug, we believe that it’s more a reflection of antiquated biases than a sober examination of the facts.