As cannabis slowly approaches full re-legalization, more and more glass blowers keep popping up, but how many of them will actually teach you how to make your own glass pipe? Luckily, I came across one such glass blower, at the Gypsy Jane Festival, who not only sells a variety of different artistic glass creations, but he’ll also teach you how to make them yourself. In fact, he sent me a couple glass nug jars so I could show you the type of quality to expect from C&H Glassworks, which is based in Lakewood, Colorado.
WHAT TYPE OF CLASSES DO THEY OFFER?
But before I get into the glass pipe lessons, I want you to realize that there is more to C&H Glassworks than just a bunch of stoners making pipes, so they can get even more stoned.
You see, they’ll open up their studio and let people come check it out, as well as set up events like the one they’re hosting on December 6th & 7th, where you can actually make your own glass ornaments for the approaching holiday season. And hey, $30 to make your own, unique glass piece in 15 minutes to hang on your tree is actually a pretty good, seeing as how there are memories linked to, and meaning behind, the ornament you create.
And, if you want to shell out $45, they also have 30-minute classes where you can learn the basics of literally blowing glass, the old school way! I’m not sure what exactly you’ll be making during this class, but you’ll have a professional glass blower right by your side, working with you 1 on 1, so that your piece comes out as good as it possibly can, while you learn the ropes.
But, if you want more than just an introduction to glass blowing and can afford to pay $210, you can get 3 hours of a hands-on, 1-on-1 learning experience to teach you not only the basics of glass blowing, but you’ll also have plenty of time to really map out and push your imagination with your newly-learned skills.
Heck, if you already know what you’re doing, you can actually rent their glass studio, at $35/hr, and work on some glass pieces at your own pace. How many places do you know that will do that!?
But let’s get into what you really came here for…
LEARN HOW TO MAKE A GLASS PIPE FROM A PRO
Now, this class is also a 3 hour, 1-on-1 lesson, so you’re looking at a $210 price tag, but the focus of this class is going to be only on the creation of glass pipes. And, given the cost of a lot of the glass pieces I’ve bought over the years, that’s not a bad price, since you’re going to learn a new skill, create the type of pipe you want, and actually get to take it home and smoke out of it!
Sure, you’ll still have to learn about how to use a torch, shop safety, what supplies you’ll need, and how to set up your workplace, but you’ll also get to see a few demonstrations on different glass pipes, before you even get started. All of these different classes can be scheduled and purchased through THIS PAGE, but do these guys even know what they’re talking about? I mean, I haven’t showed you any of their work yet, so how can I expect you to shell out a bunch of money for these lessons, without showing you some of the end products?
CHECK OUT THESE STASH JARS
Corey Silverman, the “C” in C&H Glassworks, was kind enough to send me a couple of the glass stash jars, which were made for the festival we met at, and they’re actually pretty nice. They both appear to be blown glass, as you can see in the image below, and would hold around the same amount of herb (probably about little more than a half ounce), but the green jar has a nice tilt to it, which might make it easier to grab a few nugs out of it. They also have fatty corks, to help seal in the dankness, and are etched by the artist on the bottom.
The blue, white, and orange jar is close to 4 inches in diameter, at its widest point, with a 2 and 5/16″ diameter opening. It’s about 3 inches deep, and it appears that it would keep enough light out of your jar to keep your cannabinoids from degrading. I kind of like how you can feel the ridges of the different colors of glass on the outside, but I’m not sure how I feel about the $75 price tag. Sure, that’s probably a reflection on the time put into the piece and the materials needed to create it, but I’d be more likely to shell out some cash for the other nug jar, since it’s priced a lot lower. Call me cheap if you like since, as you can see at their store, they really create some high-quality art when they’re in the studio, but let’s move onto the next jar.
The green, white, and glittery green jar with a tilt, is also about 4 inches in diameter, at its widest point, with the same size opening, but it has more of a flare to it, which might make it easier to get your hand in there. And this jar is slightly deeper, if you measure at an angle from the opening, diagonally to the back, but it doesn’t block out quite as much light. Now, you’re probably only going to use this jar for herb that you plan on smoking soon, so it might not be that much of an issue, but I do prefer the tilt design a little better, for dispensing purposes. And guess what else I like? That it only costs $40!
If you’re going to spend close to $100 on some good greenery, what’s another $40 to encase it in some crafty glass? These stash jars come in a variety of colors, which cause the price to fluctuate, and you have three options for your cork: plain, or laser etched with a single pot leaf, or a ring of pot leaves.
Sure, you can go to C&H Glassworks to purchase a variety of different glass creations, but when they’re opening up their studio to you, and are willing to teach you their craft, why wouldn’t you take advantage of that?
Current Research on Effect Specific Uses of Cannabis
New research regarding the benefits of cannabis and its main properties of CBD and THC continues to emerge as more countries and states legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana. Also, because of legalization, the business potential of the cannabis industry continues to grow. Cannabis companies can now distribute to a broader range of people. However, there is more to cannabis than different strains (Indica or Sativa) or the ratio of CBD to THC. Another essential cannabinoid is terpenes, and they play a critical role in the effectiveness of cannabis.
A Perfect High
As the cannabis industry continues to enter the mainstream sphere, it must determine how to market to the mass consumer who expects their cannabis product to be consistent in quality and give off the desired effect. Consumers search for a product that provides a more tailored experience and a more controlled high. Like how the consumer can pick their alcohol to achieve desired effects, cannabis companies and scientists research ways to deliver a custom product. Before a consumer buys a product, they need to know if the product’s cost matches the quality of the experience.
THC causes impairment, slower reaction time, and difficulty performing simple tasks. Consumers want to control their level of buzz. Just like there is a wide variety of alcohol, each with its flavors, and proof, that allows a consumer to have their own unique experience. Cannabis companies strive to achieve a range of products that can mimic the desired effect, from calming to energetic or happy. Consumers also want to test how their body responds to these products to make the most informed decision about what is right for their needs and works best for them.
Ultimately, scientists continue to learn about the importance of terpenes and CBD to modify THC’s effects. The largest cannabis companies and their teams of scientists keep their research under wraps for competitive reasons. Every company wants to be the first to produce a controlled, tailored product. Whoever discovers this first will have an advantage within the cannabis industry.
The Entourage Effect
Cannabis companies and scientists ultimately want to achieve a way to tame THC, a term first introduced by scientist Ethan Russo in 2011. They estimate the cannabis industry will grow as large as the alcohol industry and generate billions of dollars in revenue a year, but only if they can manufacture a product that consistently delivers. In 1998, scientists Raphael Mechoulam and Shimon Ben-Shabat discovered the entourage effect, or the combination of THC, the psychoactive component, CBD (cannabidiol), an active non-psychoactive ingredient, and terpenes, the flavor and taste profile of each strain. All three elements have a unique effect on the body, depending on each ingredient’s ratio and combination.
However, with just the cannabis plant, it is hard to replicate the same feeling and its effects on the body since each plant, grown from different marijuana seeds, has its unique properties. Scientists continue to try and isolate these components to learn better ways to use them as a controlled substance. Also known as whole plant synergy, the main ingredients THC, CBD, terpenes, and other cannabinoids are also essential to unlock the health benefits of cannabis and how to use each ingredient to treat chronic pain and diseases better.
Evidence shows that cannabinoids boost other cannabinoids; for example, THC enhances CBD’s medicinal properties, while CBD modifies and controls the effects of Eagle Moon High THC Seeds, producing a more controlled high. Each cannabinoid is more effective together, which is why THC alone or CBD only products derived from hemp are less potent and effective. There are also other minor cannabinoids at play, such as CBG or CBN, that scientists continue to research. Emerging research also suggests the possibility of two different types of entourage effects: Intra-entourage refers to the interactions of cannabinoids and terpenes and inter-entourage, which relates to the interactions between terpenes to terpenes and cannabinoids to cannabinoids. However, research slowly begins to unearth the role terpenes play in the entourage effect and its full potential.
Terpenes and Future Potential
Cannabis consumers are more sophisticated than society’s perpetuated stereotype of the stoner or hippie. Consumers want to know about the benefits and properties of cannabis, such as Indica versus Sativa, and THC versus CBD. While they may be more familiar with these terms, terpenes are a newly discussed topic amongst cannabis circles, and consumers and scientists alike want to unlock terpene’s full potential. Scientists describe terpenes as the flavor profile in all plants but specifically provide each cannabis strain with its taste and smell.
Researchers today understand that the properties of terpenes go beyond just flavor, smell, and stimulating moods, but modulating brain activity that can have potential health benefits. CBD and THC have higher potency together, and the same is true that terpenes, along with other cannabinoids, work better together and have a more substantial impact. Terpenes and cannabinoids can increase blood flow, enhance motor and sensory functions, and eliminate respiratory bacteria that cause MRSA. The terpenes and cannabinoid attribute to the effectiveness of marijuana or cannabis products in the treatment of chronic pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, and even fungal and bacterial infections.
Companies define the use of cannabis for medicinal or holistic reasons, by the strain or CBD to THC ratio. However, new research suggests that the terpene profile may be one of the most critical elements in the effectiveness of the strain and its intended use. As the cannabis industry and scientists compete to unlock the potential of terpenes and its connection to THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, consumers will gain access to a marijuana experience unlike anything before.
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Jay-Z announces new line of cannabis products dubbed Monogram
Rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z is launching his own cannabis brand in partnership with Caliva, the California-based weed company that hired the star as its chief brand strategist last year.
Named Monogram, Jay-Z’s line of marijuana products launched its website and social media accounts on Friday.
“Monogram marks a new chapter in cannabis defined by dignity, care and consistency. It is a collective effort to bring you the best, and a humble pursuit to discover what the best truly means,” Monogram’s website highlights.
No further information on the specific products that will be sold under the Monogram brand has been released yet.
However, according to the website, the flower used in Monogram’s products is grown in small batches, with a board of “cannabis experts” tasked with grading and hand-selecting each flower that goes into the line.
The New York rapper joined Caliva in 2019 as a brand strategist, which entailed overseeing the creative direction of the company. Furthermore, Jay was focused on Caliva’s social equity efforts as he aimed to increase economic participation of people disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition in the newly legal industry.
As for when consumers can expect to try Jay-Z new products, a spokesperson told the New York Daily News Monogram still hasn’t set its dispensary release schedule. The line will “definitely be available across all of California,” according to the spokesperson.
In other news, basketball star Shawn Kemp who played for the Seattle SuperSonics is also showing his love of pot. Kemp is set to open Seattle’s first black-owned marijuana dispensary this Friday. The Sonics legend named his dispensary Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis and is hoping to serve as a model for others in the black community who might be interested in foraying into the legal marijuana business in the area.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming Sonics fans on a regular basis, starting with opening day. I hope that Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis will be an inspiration for people to get involved with the legal cannabis industry, especially people of color,” the Reign Man said in a press release.
Analysis: Legal weed in Texas would generate over $500 million in tax revenue per year
Legalizing marijuana in Texas could generate over half a billion dollars in tax revenue per year and create more than 40,000 new jobs, according to the results of a report released by Vicente Sederberg LLP earlier this month.
Legal cannabis sales in Texas would reach about $2.7 billion annually based on the fact that there are more than 1.5 million residents over the age of 21 that consume pot on a monthly basis, the analysis calculated.
The estimated tax revenue was calculated under the assumption Texas would tax marijuana sales at the same rate as Colorado at 20.6%. This would amount to $1.1 billion in taxes per biennium, while Texas could collect an additional $10 million per year through the issuing of marijuana business licenses.
The report notes Colorado has raised nearly $13 million on average per year just from license and application fees. Furthermore, the report indicated that current taxpayer dollars that go towards marijuana arrests and prosecutions amount to $311 million per year – money that Texas would save should it legalize pot.
“States across the country are seeing the benefits of legalizing and regulating cannabis. It is inspiring lawmakers in prohibition states to reexamine the efficacy and costs of their current policies and take a closer look at the alternatives,” said Shawn Hauser, a partner at Vicente Sederberg.
“The goal of this report is to provide a snapshot of the economic benefits Texas would experience if it started treating cannabis more like alcohol for adults 21 years of age and older,” he commented on the new report.
Aside from the tax revenue that legal weed in Texas could generate, the report highlighted marijuana’s job creation potential. An estimated 20,000 to 40,000 new jobs would be available in the newly legal industry, with tens of thousands of additional indirect positions, the report estimated.
Hauser also pointed out the added economic benefits of legalization in Texas given current uncertainties provoked by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Texas is leaving an enormous amount of money on the table by keeping cannabis illegal,” according to him.
Texas was once known for having the strictest drug laws in the U.S., but the state has softened its stance on cannabis in recent years. A very limited medical marijuana program was established in 2015, while, more recently, cannabis possession arrests in the state have been significantly declining after hemp became legal.
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