NEW TO CANNABIS?

Don’t worry! We have all been there. At Chalice Farms, we take pride in our customer service and education. Our staff has been trained to work with newcomers and cannabis connoisseurs alike. Our stores are both aesthetically pleasing and inviting to guests from all walks of life. Take some time to check out our educational materials here, and if you have any questions, visit a friendly product specialist at your local Chalice Farms. We look forward to helping you find what works best for you and your needs.

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CANNABIS BY CATEGORY

When categorizing cannabis strains, the industry has broken it down into three distinct sub-species: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica plants are very common, whereas Cannabis Ruderalis tends to be less prevalent due to its lower concentrations of the psychoactive compound associated with a cannabis ‘high’, called THC. More on that compound below.

The terms “indica” and “sativa” have been widely accepted by the cannabis industry to distinguish differences in effects. A “Sativa” strain is known for more energetic, cerebral and euphoric effects. An “Indica” strain is known for more body-oriented, sedative, and relaxing effects. Nearly all strains nowadays are considered “hybrids” which are a result of crossbreeding of the Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica plants. You will see many cannabis products have Sativa, Indica or Hybrid variations.

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UNDERSTANDING CANNABINOIDS

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that are the plant’s medicine. While there are many, we tend to focus only on two of the main cannabinoids that occur in cannabis: THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, which has a pyscho-active effect and CBD, Cannabidiol, which does not. These compounds affect the body differently and are known to be used for both medical and recreational benefits and can offer relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and inflammation. While these two cannabis compounds are the most common, there are at least 100 different cannabinoids that can be produced by the cannabis plant. As legalization opens up access to cannabis, more research will reveal a diversity of compounds with an even wider array of beneficial cannabinoids than just THC and CBD.

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TERPENES

A terpene is an aromatic hydrocarbon that is found in the essential oils of all plants. The flavors associated with fruits, vegetables and herbs are actual terpenes. Terpenes are responsible for the unique smell and distinct flavors of cannabis strains.

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BIOLOGY OF THE E.C.S.

In 1990, an Israeli cannabis scientist by the name of Raphael Mechoulam discovered the endocannabinoid system(ECS). The endocannabinoid system is a biological system that promotes balance and helps to regulate several essential body functions. This discovery shed light on how cannabinoids work with the body’s receptors and how the role they play in numerous vital body functions including pain perception and appetite regulation.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR DISPENSARY VISIT

Since July 2015, adult-use recreational cannabis has been legal in the state of Oregon. That means any person over the age of 21 can purchase cannabis in the state, even if you are not a Oregon citizen. This is your guide for what to bring to on your visit to a dispensary and what to expect from your first legal cannabis purchase.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PRODUCT

So you made it to the store, now what to purchase. Many consumers who are new to cannabis may not be familiar with all of the unique ways to consume cannabis products. Contrary to popular belief we can consume cannabis in many ways. Cannabis products can be inhaled, eaten, applied to the skin, dropped under the tongue, or vaporized. Depending on the desired effect, onset time, longevity of effects, and an individual consumer’s consumption restrictions or health concerns different consumption methods may be preferable to each user. Review our Consumption Method breakdown to determine what type of cannabis consumption method would work best for you!

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COMBUSTION

While it sounds explosive and spontaneous, combustion at its core means burning. Considered the most basic way to consume cannabis, dried leaves and buds are ignited in a vessel or lit up in a paper roll to create smoke that is simply inhaled. Breathe in the age old tradition of smoking cannabis!

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VAPORIZATION

Where technology meets tradition, vaping is still inhaling but at a lower temperature for a smoother draw. The vape cartridge offers a highly portable and discrete way to consume cannabis. The vape system is a no-mess, no-fuss, no-lighter, no-paraphernalia way to partake. Take it..and make it easy!

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FlOWER VAPORIZATION

Where technology meets tradition, vaping is still inhaling but at a lower temperature for a smoother draw. The vape cartridge offers a highly portable and discrete way to consume cannabis. The vape system is a no-mess, no-fuss, no-lighter, no-paraphernalia way to partake. Take it..and make it easy!

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EDIBLES

Remember pot brownies? Edibles have come a long way, baby! Cannabis has become an added ingredient is a wide array of treats to suit individual tastes and desires. Digesting cannabis is a different experience than inhaling and takes a bit of experimenting to determine what works for your taste buds and sensitivity level. Nibble away!

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EXTRACTS & CONCENTRATES

This category is exactly how it sounds- extracting out the goodness of the plant and making concentrations that are higher potency. This area has become popular with the seasoned user that enjoys higher dosed increments and often richer terpene flavors. Less in more in this case!

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TOPICALS

Cannabis is a plant-based medicine that interfaces with our body’s endocannabinoid system. Topical cannabis products can be applied topically to aches and pains for spot relief. There’s the rub!

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TRANSDERMALS

If you are seeking full body relief, transdermal products are an option since they access the bloodstream to be carried throughout the body. Rub for a full body experience!

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SUBLINGUALS

To by-pass the delay in onset with digestion, sublinguals, most often in the form of tinctures, are absorbed directly into the bloodstream from under the tongue. It usually offers a similar body high that you can feel from edibles, only faster. Ideal for micro-dosing!

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KNOW YOUR CANNABIS LAWS

Cannabis laws vary wildly from state to state. Whether you are on vacation or consuming from home it is imperative to know your local cannabis laws. Check out our interactive cannabis law map to see what laws to follow in your area.