Street drugs such as Spice and K2 contain synthetic cannabinoids and are touted as fake marijuana. That’s a misnomer. What you need to know about the affects on the body, drug tests and more.
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Ask The Cannabist: For a reader looking to make weed cookies with 10 mg THC per serving, we break down the potency calculations so they’re easy to follow.
Marijuana edibles experts share tips on trying a batch of cannabutter or cannabis oil when you don’t know the THC content and don’t want to overdo it.
Our expert brings in cannabis edibles chef Jessica Catalano of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution to help calculate THC potency in a batch of pot brownies.
Experts weigh in on whether cannabis topicals — which include lotions, balms and THC transdermal patches — will cause a positive marijuana drug test.
Op-ed: Years of political advocacy as a marijuana activist fighting for legalization have instilled in me a sense of patriotism and voter power.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating compound found in marijuana. But can it show up in a drug test for the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?
We asked experts for details on how hair drug tests work to help answer questions from readers who are trying to figure out how to approach this type of test.
Calculating the THC potency of a joint and how much THC is actually consumed can be tricky. The Cannabist looks at past research, then does the math.
A terrified parent has questions about teen marijuana use and its effects after discovering that their 13-year-old son is smoking pot.
The Cannabis Diversity Summit draws minority business and advocacy leaders to Denver for discussions and a dinner hosted by the Go GREENE advocacy group; the summit got its start with Alaska-based activist Charlo Greene.
A reader is headed to Denver and wants to know: Will marijuana shops let me bring my dog? Ask The Cannabist gets the scoop on which places are pet-friendly.
A massive cannabis convergence happened in Denver recently, and no, we’re not talking about the annual 4/20 smokeout.
From Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill to Wiz Khalifa and Method Man, here’s your April calendar of 4/20 events and more marijuana happenings.
Quick-detox drinks, supplements and home remedies all have a reputation for clearing your body of weed, or at least masking its presence. But what really works?
How long does weed stay in your system? We look at one of the most-asked questions about using marijuana.
Fun with your buds: Events on tap for March include 303 Day at Illegal Pete’s, a hemp festival at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, cannabis painting classes, comedy all over town and more.
February 2016 highlights: On Feb. 6, celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. And Valentines themed cannabis events heat up Denver for singles and couples.
A how-to guide for calculating THC potency when making BHO edibles instead of using traditional cannabutter for marijuana recipes.
A pesticide-wary reader wants organic, outdoor-grown marijuana in Colorado, and Ask the Cannabist finds that organic cultivation can get complicated.
Stretch your limits at a vinyasa yoga class at Bend and Blaze every week. Catch a hip-hop show, including Mizznekol at Speak Easy Vape Lounge or head to the mountains for winter festivals celebrating fire and ice in Aspen, Telluride and Breckenridge.
Ask The Cannabist: A reader who is breastfeeding asks if it’s safe to use marijuana. We look at available research and guidelines from women’s health groups.
The holiday season is here! Gather your buds and roll around town for some fun during the holidays. Join iBake Denver for a field trip to see the downtown Denver tradition Parade of Lights, have dinner and cruise around town in a smoker-friendly bus with a comedian looking at tacky Christmas lights, make a hand-crafted gift at Puff Pass & Paint or laugh until you cry at the Sexpot Chris-mas show — with headlining comic Chris Gethard.
A reader has developed a marijuana cough in the last few years, and wonders what to do. The Cannabist spoke with a UCLA researcher for the answer.
Dress up in character for Chromic Con at Speak Easy Vape Lounge, catch a comedy buzz at the Denver Improv Festival or learn more about cooking with cannabis at a Tattered Cover author event.
The Headquarters Harvest Dinner draws a cultivated crowd with its twist on a farm-to-table dinner: cannabis pairings that complement a special menu created by Colorado “Top Chef” champion Hosea Rosenberg
October 2015 events: Munchie Crawl; Lucha Libre and Laughs Zombie Brawl; Emma Crawford coffin races; Hemp Harvest Party and more.
Ask The Cannabist: Why doesn’t the marijuana industry operate entirely on renewable energy? Industry insiders say there are obstacles to sustainability.
A reader wants to know if a renter claiming to have a license could grow 100 plants at home. Ask the Cannabist reaches out to a lawyer for help.
September 2015 events: Rim Rock Camping and Music Festival, bawdy comedy fun at Uncalled Four: The Worst Bar Game, Jimmy Cliff reggae show and more music.
A reader wants to know if there are hazards to telling your doctor that you use marijuana. Ask the Cannabist goes to a medical source for guidance.
Marijuana advocates at the annual Seattle Hempfest have differing views on social pot use. We get insight from NORML founder Keith Stroup and Hempfest’s Vivian McPeak.
August 2015 events: High Plains Comedy Festival, Reggae on the Rocks, help with gardening at Ekar Farms, Dead Prez performs in Colorado Springs & more.
A reader wants to know if a recently passed Colorado bill allows out-of-state residents to own equity in Colorado marijuana businesses.
What’s on tap for July 2015: Uncalled Four interactive comedy show hits the bar scene. Celebrate 7/10 at the Lion Sesh in Colorado Springs, garden with The Green Team, jam with String Cheese at Red Rocks or check out the Second Annual Munchie Cup in Denver.
For a caregiver moving marijuana plants from one facility to another, discretion and proper documentation are key, says a marijuana compliance attorney
What types of lobbyist jobs are available in marijuana? We talk to a professional lobbyist about the types of lobbyist roles and how to get started.
After court ruling on Coats vs. Dish Network: In order for employees who are medical marijuana patients to have protections from termination, a different legal approach is necessary.
Ask The Cannabist: Just because partaking in Colorado is legal, it doesn’t mean you’re protected from work consequences when you get back home.
Curious about marijuana pollination by hemp plants? Now that hemp cultivation is increasing in the United States, it’s a factor growers must consider.
Reader: ‘I’m growing weed in my basement, and I’m proud of my pot plants. I want to share them on the Internet. But is that legal?’
A reader is curious about the legality of CBD oil. Cannabis compliance attorney Robert Hoban breaks down the differences with marijuana and industrial hemp.
Cannabist Calendar: June 2015 edition. From Hemp History Week to 420-friendly yoga classes to the Cannabis Carnival II at the Fillmore, here’s fun for your June.
Colorado marijuana crime stats: What’s the impact of legal pot? Breaking down 2013 and 2014 stats for pot arrests, crimes at dispensaries, DUIDs and more.
Reader asks: “At what point, if at all, should I tell my potential new employer that I’m a medical marijuana patient?” We talk with the experts.
A reader asks: “Is it ever legal to buy or sell marijuana on Craigslist?” We spoke with marijuana law/criminal defense attorney Lauren Davis for the answer.
A reader wants to know more about the differences between marijuana edibles vs. smoking. Get an explanation of the factors that cause the high to be different as well as the duration of the effects for these types of pot consumption.
April showers bring May flowers! Enjoy the warm springtime weather — and your favorite flowers. In Denver, take a yoga or painting class at Green Labs, find your groove at reggae night at Grow Big Supply or catch a comedy buzz with SexPot Comedy. Geek out at Denver Comic Con or take an early camping trip along the Colorado River at Campout for a Cause.
Get info on how to make cannabutter or canna-oils and reasons to use the water method versus going without, with tips from Colorado chef Jessica Catalano.