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How to Celebrate 420: The Haziest Day of The Year

Cannabis enthusiasts around the world look forward to April 20th for many reasons. It’s the perfect excuse to attend a festival or event, or spend the day hanging out with friends with some pre-rolls or weed brownies. 

If you are new to cannabis or have never heard of 420, you may be wondering how the 420 tradition started and how you can celebrate it. 

This article helps answer any questions and suggest some creative ways to celebrate 420. We’ll also recommend some products perfect for you and your friends to try. 

Let’s start at the beginning. What exactly is 420, and how did it start?

The History of 420

Today 420 is an unofficial holiday that celebrates cannabis culture, but how exactly April 20th became associated with cannabis is still debated. 

There are many theories around the origin of 420. Some people say it comes from the number of chemicals in cannabis. Others say it matches up with a mythical tea time in Holland. Finally, some speculate that the number comes from Bob Marley’s birth date or the death dates of Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, or Jimi Hendrix combined. 


A famous 420 origin story that is widely accepted begins with a group of high school students who called themselves the Waldos.  Back in the 1970s, this group of school athletes would meet every day at 4:20 p.m. near a statue of Louis Pasteur to smoke cannabis.

The time 4:20 p.m. was chosen because it was right after they got out of practice, but before their parents got home from work, giving the teens a small window of opportunity to get high.

As the story goes, their code for their meetup started out as “4:20-Louie”, but Louis eventually was dropped. As word of the ritual spread, 420 became code for smoking marijuana. Ultimately, 420 was adapted to a calendar date – April 20th – as a day to celebrate all things cannabis.

Why Do People Still Celebrate 420?

Since the birth of 420, April 20th has been recognized by both cannabis enthusiasts and activists alike. Before Canada legalized cannabis, many activists used 420 as an opportunity to highlight the need for change in cannabis policies.

With the Cannabis Act in place in Canada, 420 has become a fun-filled day with events and festivals popping up all over the country.
Many cannabis fans see the day as a way to celebrate the legalization of cannabis within a community of like-minded enthusiasts, not to mention giving the nod to the recreational and medical benefits cannabis provides.

Ways to Celebrate 420

After two long years of enduring the isolation brought about by COVID-19 social distancing, most people are ready to go out and celebrate. Though some have celebrated 420 for a long time, this tradition is still new to many who are just beginning to become familiar with cannabis culture. 

If you are new to marijuana or just want to make the most of your 420 celebrations, here are some ideas to get you started:

Make Tasty 420 Edibles

420 edibles

There are a ton of different ways to eat marijuana. Edibles can come in the form of baked goods, gummies, candies, chocolates, capsules, teas, and oils. So whether you like it savoury or want to keep it sweet, there are plenty of recipes that you can infuse with cannabis.

Perhaps one of the most recognized and popular edibles is weed  brownies

If you’re not big on chocolate, you can make any kind of cannabis-infused treat by replacing regular butter or vegetable oil with cannabis butter or oil in the recipe. 

This is a great hands-on activity for those who want to control the potency level or anyone who loves cooking.

Watch a 420 Classic

420 movie

If a crowded festival or party isn’t your scene this April 20th, why not stay in and watch a movie. 

Whether you are hosting a small gathering or celebrating solo, there are plenty of popular stoner flicks to choose from. Here are a few classics: 

  • Friday  (1995)
  • Half Baked (1998)
  • Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
  • Up in smoke (1978)
  • Pineapple Express (2008)
  • How High (2001)

Roll Up a Joint

420 Joint

Whether you’re a seasoned smoker or if this is your first time smoking weed, rolling up a joint is a staple of the 420 holidays. It’s not only a great way to relax and hang out with friends, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to try out different strains. So take a pick from our list of the best sativa strains in 2022 and have a blast with the best options out there.

Go to a 420 Festival

420 events and festivals

The Niagara Falls 420 Expo is a celebration of cannabis and the community right here in Ontario. This year’s event will have more than 30,000 square feet of everything cannabis-related, including exhibitors, educational seminars, guest speakers, and more.

There are plenty of other events happening in and around Toronto. From an Ecstatic Dance Party and Social at Chocolate Groove, where you can bust out your dance moves, to 420-themed comedy acts such as the Secret Stash Show and The 420 Show

In addition to these crowd-pleasers, many other events will be happening in Toronto, so be sure to keep a lookout.

Use Concentrates to Get the Most Out of Your 420 Experience

A concentrate is much more potent than an edible or a joint. This is because a concentrate contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds in their purest form. It creates a more potent high. If you’re looking for a stronger effect, concentrates are the way to go!   

Experienced enthusiasts could give concentrates a try this 420 – you could dab a concentrate with a torch and oil rig or smear the concentrate on top of your cannabis flower in a pipe or joint.

If you’re new to concentrates, read our helpful guide here.

Best Cannabis Products to Celebrate 420

1. Wildflower Honey Oil | 0.5g

Wildflower Honey Oil | 0.5g

Wildflower Honey Oil is a natural and full-spectrum extract high in THC. Made from a CO2 extraction process that uses no harmful chemicals or artificial terpenes. This hybrid blend is both potent and euphoric.

Enjoy the uplifting effects by dabbing, rolling, filling, vaping, or infusing this wildflower honey oil into your favourite recipes.

2. Blue Iguana [Double Dutch X Old Time Moonshine] Pre-Roll 3-pack | 1.5g

Blue Iguana [Double Dutch X Old Time Moonshine] Pre-Roll 3-pack | 1.5g

The Blue Iguana is the perfect hybrid for those looking for a strong THC potency. Though it has a skunky, earthy aroma, it also boasts flavours of dried fruit, spice, and deep musk. 

If you’re looking for a creative high, the Blue Iguana is your pre-roll!

3. Blueberry Sour Soft Chews | 2x5mg

This 420 is going to be a sweet one! If you’re looking for a delicious way to enjoy some THC, Wana’s Blueberry Sour Soft Chews are a great choice.

 Infused with indica-enhanced distillate, they include 5 mg of THC per chew, perfect for enjoying anytime, anywhere.

4. Gelato 33 [Sunset Sherbet X Thin Mint GSC]

Gelato 33 [Sunset Sherbet X Thin Mint GSC]

Looking for a hybrid flower that’s out of this world? Then you have to try Gelato #33. This unique strain is the lovechild of Sunset Sherbert and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, and it inherits some unique terpenes from its parents. 
You’ll be amazed by its intense aromas of orange, earth, and mint. Don’t forget to grab some Cyclones Hemp Wraps Pre-Rolled Cones to complete your festivities.

Time to Celebrate!

The 420 holiday is just around the corner, and now you’re well-prepared to celebrate. This year, be sure to try out something new, like cooking with cannabis or buying a new strain. 
If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, visit our store or explore our cannabis collection online to see everything we have to offer. We can’t wait to see what everyone gets up to this year.

Happy 420!

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CBD vs THC: What’s the Difference

Even if you are new to cannabis, you have probably come across the terms THC and CBD. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most common compounds found in cannabis.  Although both come from the same plant, they can affect the body differently.

If you are curious about CBD and THC and their effects, you’ve landed on the right article. We’ll explain the potential benefits of each, how they might affect you, and suggest some products you can try to see which compound is suitable for you.

What Is CBD?

CBD is one of more than 85 active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is derived from hemp and cannabis plants but lacks psychoactive properties that cause people to get high. Instead, CBD is known for its medical properties like pain relief and improved sleep.

CBD interacts with neuroreceptors in your endocannabinoid system to help regulate your mood, homeostasis (the balance of various systems in your body), and immune system. 

There’s a variety of CBD products you can pick from, including topical lotions, flower, edibles, tinctures, oils and vape pens.

What Is THC?

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Recreational cannabis products such as edibles and pre-rolls often contain THC, as this cannabinoid is responsible for the user’s euphoric effects or what is known as “high. ”

THC binds receptors in the nervous system and affects how a person remembers things, feels pleasure, moves around, thinks about things, concentrates on tasks, and perceives time. For example, some artists add THC to their creative process.

You can find THC in edibles, joints, vapes and topicals, among many other products on the market.

Are CBD and THC Similar?

Somewhat. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids and have the same molecular structure. However, there’s a slight difference in how the atoms are arranged. This is why one of these cannabinoids is psychoactive (THC) and the other one isn’t (CBD). 

When it comes to potential benefits, both CBD and THC might be effective against insomnia and chronic pain. Besides that, clinical studies have shown that the mix of THC and CBD can help manage symptoms of anxiety, chronic pain and inflammation. 

There’s a variety of products available on the market for both CBD and THC, including dried cannabis flowers, vape pens, edibles and more.

What Are The Key Differences Between CBD and THC?

Chemical Structure and Effects On the Body

CBD and THC have the same molecular structure, but how these molecules are arranged differs. Because of this difference, CBD and THC interact with the brain’s receptors in slightly different ways. 

THC binds to the cannabinoid (CB1) receptors in our brain, causing euphoria and altering the user’s perception.

On the other hand, CBD has minimal, if any, binding effects on CB1 receptors. As a result, CBD does not cause euphoria. 
So if you’re looking for a more wellness-focused experience, CBD products might be the way to go. They might help reduce inflammation, relieve physical pain, speed up the healing process, and improve stress management.

Where They Are Derived From

CBD can be derived from hemp or marijuana, but it is most commonly derived from hemp, which has low levels of THC. CBD products extracted from hemp are ideal for those who want to avoid the high produced by the THC compound. 

On the other hand, THC is extracted from the marijuana plant because it has higher levels of the THC compound than hemp.

Potential Health Benefits

Research indicates that THC and CBD have wide-ranging positive effects on the human body. 

To fully grasp these benefits, we first need to understand how our endocannabinoid system works. This system is a group of neurotransmitters that regulates several body functions, including sleep, mood, appetite, and memory. 

THC and CBD  interact with the endocannabinoid system and influence various biological processes.

CBD

CBD lacks euphoric effects, which are present in THC. This is why some people prefer CBD because it does not create the high typically associated with marijuana. 

CBD may help with conditions such as: 

THC

THC may be used to relieve the symptoms of some medical conditions. And from a recreational standpoint, users prefer THC for its euphoric and relaxing effects. 

THC has been shown to help with conditions such as: 

THC Products You Can Try 

Amsterdam Sativa

Amsterdam Sativa (High THC)

Highly Dutch’s Amsterdam Sativa (THC 23%) has sweet floral flavours with punchy aromas to compliment any occasion. This strain is organically grown and selected for quality to deliver a consistent potency and unique experience in every batch.

Amsterdam Sativa will leave you feeling creative, energetic, and inspired.

Magic Melon 510 | 1g

Magic Melon

The flavours of Magic Melon (THC 83%) are like nothing else. Prepare for a truckload of tropical, sour and sweet flavour with every puff. It’s not just the myrcene or caryophyllene terpenes that make it unique, but also the abundance of terpinolene, which gives off aromas reminiscent of a fresh honeydew melon. They’re perfect for any occasion where you want something light yet refreshing at once.

Sweet Tartz Pre-Roll | 1g

Sweet Tartz Pre-Roll | 1g

Sweet Tartz (THC 22.4%) is an originally bred hybrid strain by Gage Cannabis. This strain is known for its sour-tart-like flavour and gassy aroma. Sweet Tartz breeds frosty dense nugs with a beautiful mix of purple and green and soft orange hairs, perfect for a relaxing night.

CBD Products You Can Try

CBD 50 Plus Formula Oil | 30ml

CBD 50 Plus Formula Oil | 30ml

This CBD Oil (CBD 960 mg – 1000 mg) is made using the high-CBD Plus formula from MediPharm Labs, which is ideal for helping your body with the daily grind. This full-spectrum oil contains a high concentration of CBD per drop and is produced under strict manufacturing standards.

CBD Reign Drops | 30ml

CBD Reign Drops | 30ml

These drops (CBD 420 mg – 450 mg) are made with a greenhouse-grown blend of CBD cannabis, put through a state-of-the-art CO2 extraction process and diluted to the optimal concentration. It’s available in a 30 ml bottle and has an extremely low THC potency countered with a high CBD.

CBD GEMS+ | 15 caps

CBD GEMS+ | 15 caps

CBD+ Gems (CBD 435 mg – 495 mg) cannabis softgels are made with CO2-extracted oil from blended hybrid strains. This product comes in 15 capsule bottles, and each gelatin softgel contains 30mg per dose. They have high-CBD potency and are available in 15-capsule bottles. 

The high-CBD potency of these cannabis soft gels makes them perfect for those who want an all-natural, THC-free experience.

Takeaway

As you can see, there are some significant differences between CBD and THC. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get you high, while THC does produce a psychoactive effect. CBD is known to have a number of medicinal properties, while THC is mainly known for its psychoactive effects. 

We hope you now have a better understanding of the difference between THC and CBD. If you’re still not sure which product is right for you, check out our website or visit us in-store for more information.

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Decarbing Your Cannabis: Dos and Don’ts

Homemade edibles are a great way to get high without having to smoke, and they can be a lot of fun to make too. Whether you’re a first-time cannabis user or a seasoned pro, there’s one thing you need to know before you start cooking your flower: decarbing is vital. 

If you’re not familiar with the decarbing process, it might seem intimidating at first. Don’t worry, this article will discuss what decarbing is, how to do it properly, and our favourite tips and tricks to make perfect edibles.

What is Decarboxylation?

importance of thc and cbd in decarbing

Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis flower that activates cannabinoids like CBD and THC in it. 

Decarboxylation is essential when making edibles, infused oils, topicals, and tinctures because it will activate the THC or CBD compounds in the plant. This is because these two cannabinoids are present in other forms (THCA and CBDA) in raw cannabis, but they are not as powerful and won’t deliver the desired effects. Decarboxylating process involves heat, which lets cannabis change these inactive cannabinoids into active ones.

Why Is Decarbing Important?

To get the “high” you want from smoking weed or eating edibles, you need to decarboxylate your cannabis. This means heating it to a specific temperature so that the non-psychoactive THCA cannabinoid is turned into the psychoactive THC cannabinoid. 

When you are making edibles, decarbing should be the first step. If done incorrectly, you could waste your cannabis or get edibles that will not deliver your desired effects.

What Temperature Should You Decarb Flower At?

The temperature can affect how fast decarboxylation happens. You want to use the right temperature so that the process doesn’t take too long or your flower burns. 

Different cannabinoids and terpenes require different decarboxylation temperatures. For example, THCA needs to be heated to about 220ºF for 30 to 45 minutes. The whole process can take a little longer, depending on which decarbing method you use and the quantity of cannabis. 

The best way to decarboxylate cannabis is to use the least amount of heat possible. Low heat preserves the therapeutic cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant. Terpenes can be lost when exposed to high heat levels, so caution is essential.

Different Ways to Decarboxylate Cannabis

Decarbing cannabis is a relatively simple process because the basic idea behind decarboxylating cannabis is to heat it. There are many ways you can decarb at home, but here are our favourites:

1. Using an Oven 

oven to decarb your cannabis

To decarb cannabis in an oven, you need a baking sheet, parchment paper and cannabis flower. Then, follow these easy steps;

a) Set the oven to 235 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius). 

b) Meanwhile, place the parchment paper on a baking tray and spread your marijuana across it. Make sure to break up any large pieces with your hands. You can also use a grinder. Just make sure that your flower isn’t too fine. Otherwise, you’re risking burning your cannabis. 

c) Place your tray into the oven. Every 10 minutes, check on your flower and mix it around to make sure it bakes evenly. 

d) After approximately 35 – 40 minutes, take it out of the oven and let it cool. 

2. Stovetop and Mason Jar 

If you want to reduce the smell of weed in your kitchen that decarbing inevitably produces, a mason jar is a good option. The jar will keep the smell and the mess to a minimum. 

To decarb cannabis using a stovetop and mason jar, follow these easy steps: 

a) Grind your cannabis roughly and place it inside your mason jar. Seal the jar tightly. b) Pour water into your pot until it is halfway full. Place the jar inside the pot, and turn on your stovetop at low or medium heat. 

c) You will need to let the jar and water simmer in the pot for about 90 minutes. Keep an eye on the water level so it doesn’t evaporate. 

3. Oven and Mason Jar 

This method is similar to the one above, but placing the mason jar in a pot, you put it in the oven. This technique is ideal for anyone who wants to keep the smell to a minimum but also doesn’t have 90 minutes to decarb their cannabis. Here’s how you do it: 

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. 

2. Meanwhile, put your grinded cannabis in the mason jar. Make sure to close the top of the container tightly to minimize the smell. 

3. Once the oven is preheated, place the jar on the oven rack. Make sure that it’s not touching the sides of the oven to avoid glass exploding. 

4. Bake the cannabis for around 30 minutes or until it is dark brown.

What Are the Dos and Don’ts of Decarbing?

Dos 

● Make sure the cannabis is spread out to distribute the heat evenly. 

● To preserve the terpenes in your herb, use low heat. 

● When it starts to turn a toasted colour, take it out to prevent it from burning.

Don’ts 

● Do not over-grind your cannabis. It could easily burn. 

● Do not try to decarb your weed at a too high temperature. You might burn off the psychoactive compounds you’re trying to preserve. 

● Don’t lose patience and take your flower out before the timer goes off, or you won’t get fully decarbed weed. 

Get Your Heat On!

Decarboxylating cannabis might seem complicated, but it is simply the process of heating raw cannabis flowers to activate the cannabinoids within the plant to enjoy the full benefits. And remember, this is an essential step before making any edibles or infused oils. 

We hope this blog was helpful to you. As you decarb your cannabis, keep these tips in mind for the best results. If decarbing still seems like too much work, you can always check out Leaf Lab’s selection of edible products.

Looking to learn more about cannabis? Check out our blog for more articles on your favourite cannabis topics.

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Your Guide to Cannabis Gummies: Which Ones Should You Try?

Cannabis gummies are taking over the edibles market for a good reason. They’re delicious, discreet, and offer plenty of great benefits. These mini, tasty treats come in different flavours and shapes, making them a favourite buy for many cannabis connoisseurs. 

If you’ve never heard of cannabis gummies, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about. Read on to find out more about these popular edibles, the benefits they offer, and some brands you should try.

What Are Cannabis Gummies?

Cannabis gummies are a sweet, chewy, candy-like product infused with cannabis. 

The main compounds found in the cannabis plant are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol  (CBD). Cannabis gummies typically contain either CBD or THC and sometimes even both.

What Is the Difference Between CBD and THC Gummies?

The type of compound (THC and CBD) and their concentration in the product determine the overall effect cannabis gummies will have on you. 

THC is a psychoactive substance, which means it can change the way a person’s brain and nervous system works, resulting in a well-known “high.” As a result, THC gummies are often used recreationally. 

On the other hand, CBD-infused gummies are famous for their therapeutic effects and are mainly used for medical benefits. 
The chemical composition of CBD and THC is nearly identical. Because of this, both compounds produce some similar effects. They can even work together in your body to enhance the unique benefits of each compound.

What Are the Benefits of Cannabis Gummies?

Apart from being a great alternative to smoking cannabis, gummies are discreet and easy to use anytime and anywhere. Gummies are also cost-effective, with most options on the market costing less than $10 per pack. 

Another great advantage of gummies is that they offer dosage control and long-lasting effects. They usually take 45 minutes to 2 hours to work, and the effects may last up to eight hours. 

While gummies are often used as a recreational treat to be shared with friends, they also offer therapeutic benefits. Some of these include:

With so many benefits and advantages, gummies continue to grow in popularity. If you are looking for recommendations, here are a few great options from our Toronto store.

Cannabis Gummies You Should Try

CBD and THC Gummies

Sunny Day Citrus Sugar-Free Soft Chews | 30-Pack

Monjour Bare’s Sunny Day Citrus Sugar-Free soft chews are mildly sweet and made with CBD Isolate. They come in a variety pack of 30, so you can enjoy a mix of orange, lemon and lime flavours whenever you’d like. 

These treats will leave you feeling calm, relaxed and happy.

SOURZ Strawberry Mango Gummies | 5x2mg

Who doesn’t love a little sour with their sweet? Strawberry Mango SOURZ by Spinach™ is the perfect gummy for those who like a little zing. Made with only natural flavours and colours, these dual-flavoured gummies are sure to please. Each pack comes with 5 gummies so that you can share them with your friends. 10 mg THC total per pack.

CBD Gummies

Lemon Green Tea CBD Soft Chews | 50-pack

These Lemon Green Tea CBD Soft Chews are made by hand using all-natural ingredients and are infused with full-spectrum cannabis extract. They are guaranteed to deliver a potent dose of CBD and boast no artificial colours or flavours! 

The naturally occurring terpenes found in green tea make this soft chew an appealing choice for those looking for THC-free gummies.

CBD Pomegranate Soft Chews | 30x10mg CBD

These CBD soft chews help you get 10mg of pure, isolated cannabidiol daily. Plus, they taste great! 

They are made with tart and refreshing pomegranate juice for a satisfying finish that’s not too sweet but very berry-like. These THC-free soft chews come 30 per pack for a convenient monthly supply.

THC Gummies

Quick Orchard Peach Soft Chews | 2x5mg

Wana Quick Orchard Peach gummies are perfect for those looking to experience the flavours of juicy peaches with an increased level of THC. 

These handcrafted, 10mg per package treats contain over 30 terpenes and come from a recipe using pectin instead of gelatin. Produced with a culinary innovation by Azuca Time Infusion, these gummies may result in a quicker onset and offset of effects.

Pomegranate Blueberry Acai 5:1 Sour Soft Chews | 2x5mg

These handcrafted Pomegranate Blueberry Acai Sour Soft Chews are the perfect way to enjoy the benefits of both CBD and THC. Made with all-natural ingredients, they’re infused with 50 mg CBD and 10 mg THC terpene-enhanced distillate for a 5:1 ratio. So if you just want to relax and unwind, these delicious soft chews are perfect for you.

Get Chewing!

If you are a fan of cannabis gummies or know someone who is, share this article. As you can see from our list above, there are many different kinds of cannabis gummies – and you’ll find even more options in our store.  At Leaf Lab, your experience is our top priority. Whether through our dispensary locations or our online store, you can count on us to provide excellent service and quality products. Get in touch with us on 416-488-8239 or email us at info@leaflabcannabis.com.