PlantieKatie RantieKatie: Death and Taxes

On January 1st, Illinois joined the rank of states which allow the legal sale of Cannabis. Congratulations Illinois! What the state soon discovered was that this “freedom” comes at a price. That price? A monstrous degree of sales tax. Thus far you can only grow your own cannabis in Illinois if you are a “medicinal marijuana resident”. If you wish to abide by state laws you’ll have to go to the dispensary. Once you arrive at the cash register you will find a generous kick in the stomach. Thank you CannaWorld and the residents of Illinois for providing a few receipts for the rest of the world to view:

Seriously. That’s insane.

The one thing I can say in favor of this strategy is that the government is being totally transparent about the amount they are taxing. Here in Ontario you may have noticed it’s not clear exactly how much we are being taxed on cannabis. The Ontario Cannabis Store lists all its prices with the taxes included. Thus far I haven’t located a good breakdown of exactly how we are being taxed but I intend to dig deeper to find out. There is certainly an Excise Tax applied, that much is clear. I would like to think that I’ll be pleasantly surprised once I find the answers but I suspect that’s just me being naive. After all, there really are just two things in life one can be certain of.

Wow. Thanks Debbie Downer. Don’t worry, I agree leaving things there brings us all down. I think we call all use a bit more happiness in the world, so instead I leave you with these, in the hope that you will find them inspirational:

Thank you South Park, for all that you do. Now to send you off into the happiest of feels:

Seriously. The kitten at 4:20 in this video. My heart.

Mix Master Grub vol 2

Vol 2. I’m feeling nostalgic for the first cannabis plant I grew today. I didn’t think to clone her which was a pity. I will forever be chasing the carefree giddy high “Janie” supplied. Therefore for today’s post Christmas 420 Funsies I present:

Canned Heat, by Jimiroquai.

“Why?” You ask. Well … are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

I had grown, harvested and cured my first plant which sprouted from a random seed I got from a friend (Thanks DW 💕). As I had no idea what variety she was I simply named her Janie. I don’t generally smoke, I prefer edibles. I whipped up a batch of triple chocolate espresso cookies to enjoy (read painstakingly made cannabutter, got groceries, slaved away). While I was working away I decided to have a bit of raw cookie dough, like you do, thinking it would help me gauge how strong they were. It turns out Janie packed a punch. A beautiful relaxing stretchy punch once the giggles stopped. Finding myself unexpectedly stoned out of my tree I popped in an old CD a friend made for me in University. This was song number one baby and I rocked out, just like Napolean. So without further ado, the man himself:

Vote for Pedro.

Stigma.

Despite its now legal status in Canada, the stigma around cannabis use remains strong. The question is Why? Why is it so wrong for someone to consume a substance to ease pain or alleviate stress and anxiety? As a society we readily accept drunkenness and have mostly turned a blind eye to cigarettes for years. It’s just something you do and it’s ok. It’s your body so your decision. Then exactly what is everyone so afraid of when it comes to cannabis?

I’ve got 3 great articles today. The first is about mainstream acceptance, the second focuses on cannabis at holiday work parties and the third is about a massive cannabis store that has opened in West Edmonton Mall (say What?).

I’ll open with this one from cannabis.net (which is only fair cause I snagged their awesome photo to help get your attention):

This is a great article from The Globe and Mail:

Last but certainly not least. Aurora cannabis has opened a 11000 sq ft store in west Edmonton mall. That’s right. 11000 sq ft. The store is split into two sections, one is naturally to sell cannabis itself, and the other is designed for community engagement and “post consumption products” like puzzles, munchies and track suits. Here they plan to hold classes on things like cannabis cuisine, therapeutic uses of CBD and other fun events like movie nights.

Once again leafly.com has brought us this wonderful article:

The best way to end stigma is to talk, share our experiences and learn more about this fascinating plant. So … who wants to plan a trip to Edmonton?





Christmasy 420 Funsies

I’m doing a little relaxing and decorating before I head out for some festive celebrations tonight. Here are a couple of my Christmas favs to get you into the holiday season:

Get that tree up folks! (Then rock around it)

Oh Kevin McCallister. You brilliant little trickster.

And of course this gem from the Muppets:

Naturally, I saved the best for last:

Have a great weekend and stay safe if you’re out and about.

Plantiekatie Rantiekatie – Vol I

I have a beef. It involves this article from the CBC:

This only applies to residents of Manitoba, so most of us are in luck, but even that in itself is weird. Here is a quick summary for those of you who do not wish to read it:

  1. You can only legally carry cannabis in government issued packaging.
  2. You can be fined up to $625 for carrying it in anything else.
  3. This is to stop illicit “black market” cannabis sources.

How exactly is THAT going to stop independent sellers? Just because it’s in a government approved plastic bottle does not mean that bud is actually from the source on the label. A monkey could get around this “plan”. Instead it’s forcing you to buy at least a small amount through a government issued retailer so you’ve at least got a bottle for ‘show’ DESPITE being legally allowed to grow 4 of your own plants. That is, of course, if one were actually allowed to grow their own plants in Manitoba. Although a federal law has been passed that allows most of us to tend a few plants at home, it is still banned in Manitoba. Presuming that one then needs a proper medicinal license to grow there, this packaging rule probably still applies. After having carefully tended your beautiful 100% organic home grow you’ll have to buy some cannabis from the government and shove it in one of these ridiculously bulky plastic bottles.

Seriously. THIS came with 3.5 grams of flower in it. It’s massive.

So there you have it Manitobans. Your tax dollars hard at work making clever plans that will surely outsmart the criminals and ensure you purchase excess unnecessary single use plastics. As if any of us really needed another excuse not to visit Winnipeg.

Sniff, Swig, Puff

I was scrolling through Twitter this morning, as usual, looking for some useful articles when I stumbled across this:

So without further ado, here is your Sunday 420 Funsies:

Thank you Mara Wilson. For this, for Miracle on 34th street, for Matilda, for Mrs. Doubtfire, for everything.

Flying High? Know the rules for flying with Cannabis within Canada

I recently had a friend fly into the city for the day. We met up for dinner and drinks and a little home grown cannabis. I brought a little extra flower along so he could take some home with him but we realized we were unsure about the regulations for flying with Cannabis within Canada.

Not surprisingly you can’t take it across the border. Period. That’s a pretty easy one, but can it be in your carry-on for a domestic flight? How much can you have? The quick answers are; Yes and 30g. Liquids must abide by normal carry-on rules. You should also know that if your plane is diverted to the States you are responsible for your cannabis, not the airline. This makes your carry-on the optimal choice so you can access it and flush it if you find yourself unexpectedly headed out of the country.

I’ve done quick screenshots of the websites for Air Canada, WestJet and Porter. They are up to date as far as today, November 26, 2019. I’ll add the links to directly to the restriction pages in case of any changes. I also came across this gem of an article from thegrowthop.com on HOW WestJet suggests you package your cannabis for the journey:

Handy. Now on to the screenshots and links:


Air Canada

If you’re interested in reading the other links then click on the button below and it will take you to the above page and on to the government of Canada links.


WestJet


Porter


Now that you’re all packed up, have a great flight 🙂

The Right Seed for You.

This one is for beginners. The greenest of green thumbs.

You’ve decided to grow from seed. Nice. However, picking seeds is tough. There are so many to choose from, where do you even start?

Let’s do a little basic breakdown of your options.

  1. Normal (photoperiod)
  2. Feminized (photoperiod)
  3. Feminized autoflower

Normal

Cannabis seeds in their natural state are 50% male and 50% female. In order to produce a flower, which is the bud that we all desire, you need a female.

How do we tell the boys from the girls? You have to grow them to find out. Not only do you have to get em going, you have to grow them for a while because this is not immediately obvious. If this isn’t something you’re into discovering, now or ever, you can jump ahead to #2 (feminized) if you’d like. In the meantime I’ll continue along here for those of you who are still with me.

Normal Cannabis seeds are classified as photoperiod. This means that for the beginning of their lives they require a good 18 hours of light a day to encourage happy, green growth and then require a switch of 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness to induce flowering. At this point it will become very obvious if you have a make or female plant. If you’re doing this inside, you can regulate your lights with a timer, if you’re growing outside you have to wait til nature does it for you in the fall. Hence the nickname Croptober.

If you’re looking for a good plant to clone, this is where to start. They often have better genetics because they haven’t had us poking our noses into their reproduction and “improving” them.

Sometimes you’re lucky and a friend gives you a lil bag of random seeds and you get to just play around and see what happens. As long as you haven’t got your heart set on a big beautiful harvest of your favorite bud it’s a great way to learn.

One problem left. How do you go about picking a choice seed from these randos? Look closely and there’s a few tricks to guide you. Now, I could just list them, but this is a really great article on the subject. Thank you leafbuyer.com for this gem:


Feminized

These lil beauties are from plants that have been tricked into giving only female seeds. Occasionally you will get a hermaphrodite, that is a plant with both male and female characteristics, but its a small price to pay as it is FAR less likely then getting a male in a normal mix.

So you’ve got your little lady, all you have to do is follow a light schedule and you’re good to go. These can also be planted outside and will flower in the fall (just make sure to get a seed that specifies its good for outdoor growth, don’t fret this info will be on the spec sheet).

You CAN clone from a feminized seed. Go ahead and get as many plants as you can out of those seeds, it just isn’t recommended as the best option if you’re going to start growing en mass. The main issue here is the higher likelihood of them reverting to hermaphrodites vs a plant started from a normal seed.

You can’t wait that long? Presenting option #3

Feminized Autoflower

There are a lot of growers who don’t like these, but they definitely have their place. This is especially true if you are a hobby grower and maybe you live in an apartment in the city and it happens to be winter.

Unlike the two previous options you do not have to switch the light cycle in order for your plant to start blooming. After a set period of time it just does this on its own. This is nice because it means you don’t actually need a tent to block off all the light outside of your 12/12 schedule (because there isn’t one) and if you really want to you can grow it in the kitchen with an LED grow bulb. Pop it in the corner with some mirrors bouncing the light back and your bulb in a nice lamp that matches your decor and its a fun conversation piece. Cute. No, you’re not going to get a huge plant, but you don’t have a huge house and the bigger the plant the more odor it gives off. If you’re a plant person and just want to play around then this really is a great option. Yes, the seeds are the most expensive on the list, but if you play your cards right they are still FAR less expensive then buying that much cannabis.

Don’t bother trying to clone them. A clone is just that, a copy of the parent, at the same genetic age. Cutting a piece off will not revert it back to the beginning of its growth cycle, you’ll just get a very little flowering plant. So unless you’re into micropropagation from tissue samples just pop in a new seed.

But Which Strain do I buy?

Check a few catalogs and pick out the one that falls under the type of seed you’d like and has a description of the type of high you like. Remember to keep in mind your growing conditions, indoor vs outdoor and check the specs to ensure you’re getting the optimal one for you. You can even get high CBD varieties. Take the flowering time and potency with a grain of salt. It’s an approximate guideline that will vary and is calculated based on “ideal conditions”.

I asked the cannabis community of Reddit for their fav Canadian seed banks. I didn’t get a huge response but I’ll update this list as time goes on. Check out:

  • True North Seed Bank
  • Canuk Seeds
  • Growers Choice
  • Jordan of the Islands
  • Niagara Seed bank

So there you have it. Now all you have to do is get it to germinate 🙂

How do you do THAT?

As it happens I’ve got a post on that …

Good luck and happy growing.

Vaping 101, Apparently.

So … I do own a “digital dry herb vaporizer”. Most of the time I prefer edibles because I like the type of high and the longevity. Generally my lungs don’t allow for any tom-foolery like smoking, so the alternative is a vaporizer. I am in no way informed about vaporizers in general. The one I have was a gift (thank you, sweet sweet friends). I can’t really do a compare and contrast besides saying I like that this one doesn’t look like I’m sucking on a deodorant stick.

This is it:

I call it the Hooter.

So you can adjust the temperature. That’s cool. The factory setting is 375 degrees Fahrenheit. I really just left it there cause I mean they probably chose that temperature for a reason. Turn on, inhale … stoned … check. Research complete.

I finally decided to look it up, so if you are also curious I suggest this article from leafscience.com. It goes into more depth about optimal temperatures.

I’m still playing around to see if I can tell the difference. I’ll keep you posted. Thus far I moved it up to 400 degrees. The results:

Turn on, inhale … stoned … check.

If anyone has any personal experiences with being able to actually tell the difference please let me know. In the meantime I will rely on the scientific data in the article to help steer me towards optimization.

The curious researcher in me also decided to check for some sort of Vaporizer comparison video. Instead I came upon this. It was the first video I watched and decided to just leave it there. It’s almost 7 minutes long:

Vape Nation.

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Note: Not sure if the video will show up in the emails. If you’re curious what I stumbled across and its not there then here is a link too …

News Blast: Nov 6, 2019

I’ve decided to incorporate trending Cannabis news as well as personal website information into my circulation.

I spend a lot of time skimming social media for relevant articles to add to my site. Yesterday the focus of the news was PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder). The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia released a study, “the first to document the relationships between PTSD, Cannabis use, and severe mental health outcomes …”

Here is the link to the article, you can also find the study itself (printed in the journal of Psychophramacology) embedded there:

Here is a secondary article from the conversation.com that includes a brief overview of PTSD and how cannabis interacts with individuals:


New to the website:

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