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Viceland’s Epic TV Criss-Cross!


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After the first day of my work week, I am most excited to come home to watch the new episodes of Weediquette and Bong AppétitWeediquette may have aired their final episode of the season (boo!), but Bong Appétit is still going strong.  Last week’s episode featured Abdullah Saeed throwing a pizza party for his friends featuring cannabis-infused pizzas.

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            Other than showcasing cannabis-infused pizzas, there were some notable guests that dropped by for the celebration.  These guests appeared on Bong Appétit for what is known as – wait for it—a TV CRISS-CROSS!  That’s right, folks!  Today’s post features a crazy TV criss-cross that brought together various guests from other TV series.  It was a TV Criss-Cross so spectacular that it is known as…the Viceland TV Criss-Cross!

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            So let’s break it down:  For the pizza-themed episode, the Bong Appétit crew welcome Frank Pinello from The Pizza ShowThe Pizza Show follows Frank Pinello as he travels across the country tasting various pizza pies.  Frank’s own series can be watched on the Viceland network!  Since The Pizza Show was on hiatus until season 2, Frank dropped by the Bong Appétit house to help out with making three infused pizzas.  He isn’t a heavy cannabis user, but he was enthusiastic about adding cannabis products into his pizza pies (props to him for that amazing dab hit at the end!).  Cannabis and pizzas, two beautiful commodities here in America, melded together for one fantastic Bong Appétit episode. 

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            But wait, there’s more!  The episode featured guests from Viceland’s other series King of the RoadKing of the Road follows three teams that go on a skating trip of a life time, shredding their dignity (as well as blood!) to be crowned as King of the Road.  It’s a wild scavenger that leads three teams all across the country to cross off each item on the list (for those of you who remember the scavenger hunt episode on MTV’s Viva La Bam, it’s basically that concept for the series!).  Some of the King of the Road crew dropped by for some pizzas, smoke some amazing weed, and to shred on the half-pipe ramp.

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And there you have it – three amazing shows on Viceland under one roof for Bong Appétit It was an amazing TV criss-cross that featured three shows from one awesome TV network.  There were pizzas, there were radical skaters shredding the half-pipe, and of course…LOTS of weed!  Skateboarding, cannabis, and pizzas…can it get any better than this?  This was the best Viceland TV Criss-Cross to date!

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            I haven’t done much TV Criss-crosses for MakeSandcastlesNotWar lately and I’m glad I found the time to write about this one.  It’s funny how you discover TV series intertwining for one amazing television event.  TV series have been crossing over each other for decades and it makes for great entertainment.  Viceland’s criss-cross of Bong Appétit with The Pizza Show & King of the Road made for a fantastic episode last week.  Who knows what other fantastic TV Criss-crosses we’ll run into in the future.

Funny Cannabis Strain Names


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There are over hundreds of known cannabis strains around the nation.  Some strains are named for an aspect of the plant (Panama Red, Purple Urkle) while some names play off of pop culture references.  As cannabis becomes more popular among American culture, the motivation to spread out unique strains becomes more relevant than ever.  Nowadays, most new strains are discovered from crossing different strains among each other.  Many more strains have yet to be discovered and the names are getting crazier than ever!

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To dive into this topic, MakeSandcastlesNotWar decided to look at a few interesting choices for strain names.  Some strains referred to aspects of popular culture while other names were just flat out strange.  These strains are a few of many others that have a funny name for the plant.  Here are a few hilarious strain names that are out on the market:

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Alaskan Thunder Fuck:  Alaskan Thunder Fuck is just one of those strains that will make you think ‘what the fuck?’.  Originating in the Matanuska Valley area of Alaska, this legendary sativa strain possesses a relaxing yet intensely euphoric high.  It’s also known for having the ‘creeper’ effect and cause you to get the munchies after consuming.  This strain produces strong odors of lemon, pine, menthol, and skunk.  Consuming Alaskan Thunder Fuck produces happy, euphoric effects that are great for combating depression and stress.

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Herijuana:  While this strain sounds more like something you inject through needles, Herijuana does NOT pose any similarities to heroin.  Herijuana is a classic indica strain that produces THC levels of over 25%.  Consuming herijuana will cause a heavy, numbing feeling (NOT the numb feeling from heroin!)  that will keep you relaxed and sleepy.  This strain is perfect for those suffering from pain and insomnia.

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Phishhead Kush:  Before I start the description…YES, this strain IS an homage to the band Phish.  Another indica-dominant strain, Phishhead Kush produces heavy hypnotic effects that leave the mind and body feeling pure bliss.  This strain inherits this spicy, woody aroma that comes from the Afghani indicas.  Blast some of your favorite Phish records and kick back with some good Phishhead Kush!

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Zombie OG:  Ironically enough, Zombie OG will NOT transform you into some flesh-eating monster.  This indica strain should be consumed during a lazy night because of its strong sedative effects.  Zombie OG is a cross between Blackberry and OG Kush.  Consuming Zombie OG is great for treating muscle spasms, depression, and even stress.  Consuming Zombie OG would go perfect with The Walking Dead episode premiere on a Sunday night.

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Skywalker OG:  May the Fourth Day happened a few days ago, so it’s only makes sense that we add Skywalker OG into the mix.  This indica-dominant hybrid strain could take you to a galaxy far, far away…with its strong body effects such as mild tingling and numbness.  Skywalker OG is a cross between Skywalker and OG Kush that is here to rescue you from pain as well as physical limitations.  Consuming Skywalker OG will leave you feeling happy, relaxed, and euphoric that will melt away that stress or depression.

So there you have it, 5 hilariously-named cannabis strain.  One sounded similar to a harder drug (heroin!), another strain was an homage to Phish, and there was even a strain after a flesh-eating monster.  As wacky as these names were, these are definitely some go-to strains if you’re looking for something different.

I hope you enjoyed reading through some of these funny strains.  If you ever come across one of these strains, be sure to pick them up at your local dispensary!

The U.S. Pot Pipeline


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Wednesday nights have been great for one thing – new episodes of Weediquette and Bong Appetite.  These new episodes’ air on Viceland at 10 PM.  They aired the new seasons on April 19th and the episodes have been amazing so far.  Weediquette explores some of the complex dilemmas we face even with cannabis legal on the rise.  Last night’s episode dived into what is known as ‘The Pot Pipeline’.

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On episode 3, Weediquette host Krishna Andavolu follows a shipment of weed going across the country.  This pipeline of pot ships from California and drives right into New York.  There are three different routes to the destination and some of them can be much riskier than others.  This episode showcased how the legalization of cannabis ushered this golden age of weed smuggling.

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Watching this episode made me conjure up an interesting problem within the cannabis industry.  A majority of weed comes from California and is shipped all across the nation.  Since New England isn’t the best climate for growing cannabis, employers rely on shipments coming in from California (California-grown, bitches!).  States like Massachusetts and Maine are setting up their legal cannabis business that will be starting in 2018.

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Why would people choose to ship weed all the way to the New England region?  For more profits, of course!  Cannabis prices in California are DOUBLED in places like New York City or Boston.  A pound of cannabis costs roughly $1,000-$2,000 in California whereas that same pound will cost $3,000-$4,000 in Massachusetts.  Cannabis is being transported to the East Coast because it costs higher than what people get on the West Coast.

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The journey itself is a difficult one.  One trip from Los Angeles to New York City is 2,791.9 miles long, taking 41 hours total to reach your destination.  Daring travelers are driving across the country with pounds (that’s right, POUNDS) of cannabis in their vehicle.  Their task is to drive pounds of cannabis to New York and come back to California for another shipment.

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Sounds easy-peasy, right?  WRONG!  While California is a legal state, many other states have heavy fines for carrying pounds of cannabis in your vehicle.  Many states, especially in the southern region, have conservative laws where fines could lead to decades in prison.  In Oklahoma, anyone caught with 25-1000 lbs can be incarcerated from 4 years to LIFE in prison and a hefty fine of $100,00.  Life in prison, in Oklahoma, for transporting cannabis to a dispensary in New England.  Speeding tickets are one thing, but getting busted for carrying pounds of cannabis inside your vehicle is a WHOLE other ballgame!

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As you can see, transporting California-grown cannabis to legal states in New England is not an easy task.  Dispensaries depend on these cannabis strains because their customers need them for their personal use (whether it is medically or for recreational use).  Some customers have tried cannabis in California that they really enjoyed and want to see these strains in their local dispensaries.  Cannabis that is grown in California is in high demand because it’s grown so well and there’s much more strains to choose from.

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With legalization making waves around America, the pot pipeline is more essential now than ever.  We need to keep the supply flowing to satisfy the ever-growing demand around New England.  As risky as this idea is, this pipeline is the key to bringing more flavors into other states.  If legalization is becoming more of a reality in this country, why are other states not following through?  Why hasn’t states like Oklahoma or Georgia waken up this secret gold mine that is flowing across the nation?

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Whatever the other states decide on, one thing’s for certain – many states are missing out on a golden opportunity.  The pot pipeline will continue to flow as many businesses take advantage of the legal cannabis market.  As shady as this idea is, sometimes we have to jump through a few hoops to get the cannabis industry up and running.  Hopefully the noise will quiet down once legalization makes even more waves in the near future.

For now, Bostonians like me can thank adventurous Californians for shipping that luscious green into Grassachusetts.

Legal Cannabis + Airbnb – Public Consumption Rule = WIN-WIN


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We’re at over five months after Question 4 passed in Massachusetts and so far we are operating on a legal grey area.  Massachusetts citizens can consume legally, yet there are no recreational dispensaries open at the moment.  It’ll be quite a while before the first shop opens up, but that isn’t stopping audiences from getting the products they need.

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Even with the dispensaries opening, there’s a bigger problem revolving around WHERE customers can consume their products.  Smoking cannabis in public is still illegal and there are no licensed businesses that provide safe havens for places to smoke.  Edibles are easier to consume discreetly, but there are customers that prefer smoking their herbs.  And to add insult to injury, those potential customers are hesitant to purchase cannabis because they wouldn’t be able to find anyplace to consume.  This situation can be summed up by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s phrase:

Water, water, everywhere,

            And all the boards did shrink;

            Water, water, everywhere,

            Nor any drop to drink.”

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            In this case, it would be ‘pot, pot, everywhere, nor a single location to smoke’.  Cannabis can easily be found around Massachusetts (especially around Boston), BUT there are no legal public places for customers to smoke.  No public place for consumption means customers will flock from Boston and head to a more 4/20-friendlier city (like Denver or Portland).

How do we go about solving this issue?  What’s the temporary solution we have now that we could use for the next few years?  Is there a hidden answer within Coleridge’s riddle that we’re not looking at?

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Well folks, I managed to figure out a solution to this riddle that made a light-bulb go off inside my mind.  The answer for public 4/20 places is…Airbnb.

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Airbnb is the answer that’s been around before cannabis became legal in Colorado and Washington State.  Founded on August 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb is an online hospitality service that enables people to lease or rent short-term lodging.  Such lodgings that can be found within Airbnb include apartment rentals, vacation rentals, hostel beds, home-stays, and even hotel rooms.  It provides similar hospitality services within hotels, but Airbnb connects people on a personal level.

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Rather than just provide a place to sleep in for the night, Airbnb hosts can answer any questions/concerns about the place guests are staying at.  But the real kicker with Airbnb?  Some choices feature rooms where the hosts are 4/20-FRIENDLY.  That’s right people, there ARE 4/20-friendly options available on Airbnb!  4/20-friendly options can already be found within Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and especially in California.

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Not only is Airbnb bringing in more foot traffic because of the 4/20-friendly states, but the costs are less expensive than hotel rooms.  Cheaper options to stay at means customers will have more spending money to use for exploring the cannabis culture.  For example, John and Jane will have more money to spend on a half-ounce of Grandaddy Purple in Colorado because they saved money on an Airbnb option rather than hotel room that is $150/night.  Dropping more coins on the cannabis products rather than the hospitality services means customers will travel BACK to that destination again (and will probably bring family/friends to the mix!).

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Going back to Beantown, there are plenty of Airbnb rentals within the Boston area.  Dispensaries are hitting the streets next year and customers will be flocking to Massachusetts (better yet, GRASSACHUSETTS!) for the greens.  Airbnb will hold the key for solving the ‘pot, pot, everywhere, not a single location to smoke’ dilemma.

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But wait, it gets even better!  With companies like Airbnb thriving in the 4/20-friendly states, the competition in tourism will be MASSIVE among the hospitality services.  Customers will steer away from traditional hotels and flock to the modern options that allow them to smoke cannabis publicly without the fear of being arrested.  In turn, hotel companies will provide 4/20-friendly options to keep business afloat.  Airbnb serves as the primary domino that will knock down the barriers cannabis prohibition created with public consumption.

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To recap, let’s do the math real quick:  A legal cannabis market in Boston (1) plus legal public consumption through Airbnb (1) minus the rule where public consumption outside is illegal (0) equals a WIN-WIN situation for the cannabis/tourism industry (1+1-0=2).  Coleridge’s riddle of where to use can be solved through Airbnb.  We are quite a way until we provide 4/20-friendly hotels in Boston, but 4/20-friendly Airbnb has already been happening before cannabis was made legal.

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Massachusetts is still operating under a grey area when it comes to legal cannabis.  To pull ourselves out of the quirky situation, we need to discuss the problem from every angle to figure out the right solution for the industry to thrive.  People are enthusiastic about cannabis making airwaves in Boston, but we have to solve the problem from every angle in order to make this work.  There’s always going to be new and unique problems arising in this industry and that’s why we have to keep searching for more interesting ideas to go about solving it.  It’s companies like Airbnb that serve as the golden key towards unlocking the treasure chest full of gold.  In this case, it’s green gold.

MakeSandcastlesNotWar visits the New England Cannabis Convention!


It’s been days since 4/20, yet the cannabis celebration continues around Boston.  This year was Boston’s first 4/20 celebration after passing Question 4, the measure to legalize recreational cannabis use in Massachusetts.  Hundreds of cannabis consumers flocked to the Boston Commons (a.k.a. the most popular spot in Boston to consume cannabis) on April 20th to light up on this special day.  Passing Question 4 sent shockwaves for the state of Massachusetts, opening up a unique industry that was already booming in the West Coast.

With Question 4 passing last year, what kind of businesses will we see around Massachusetts?  What kind of cannabis culture will we see here in Boston?  Could Boston’s cannabis culture be different than the culture seen in Colorado or California?

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To get a sense of how the cannabis culture fits into the city of Boston, I took a trip to the New England Cannabis Convention.  This event was located at the Hynes Convention Center on Boylston Street in Boston; now in its 3rd year, it is the biggest convention dedicated to companies/organizations doing business for the cannabis industry.  A wide variety of businesses met with consumers to discuss what kind of work they conduct on a daily basis.  From growing supplies to consulting, every type of product or service was featured in one building.

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After scoping out the convention for the past few days, I found some inspirational companies looking to make it big here in Boston.  Some businesses had a unique take on the cannabis culture while others stood out for their interesting product that would make the cannabis experience much better.  Here were some notable moments I had to share about my experience at the New England Cannabis Convention:

Vendors

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Charlotte’s Web:  For the first vendor, I went to check out Charlotte’s Web.  Charlotte’s Web is the name for a high-CBD strain that was created by The Stanley Brothers.  The Stanley Brothers’ created the strain specifically for a young epileptic patient named Charlotte.  Charlotte is a young girl who uses CBD medicine to treat her ongoing seizures due to epilepsy.  Since using the CBD oil, Charlotte has experienced much less seizures than she did before.  This brand of CBD can be used as oil or capsules, depending on what works best for you.

CannaKorp:  My next stop was to CannaKorp, known for being the world’s first pod-based cannabis vaporizing system.  CannaKorp is manufactured in Stoneham and currently a patent-pending vaporizer that allows people to indulge with cannabis through efficient vapor.  You can choose from a variety of indica, sativa, hybrid, and CBD strains to vape with.  Each pod contains pre-ground cannabis flower that is sealed to lock in the flavor, freshness, and aroma for an amazing experience.

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AngryBuds:  When I passed by Angry Buds, I immediately thought of the game Angry Birds that was released more than 7 years ago.  Ironically enough, the company is releasing the game Angry Buds that is similar to Angry Birds (except that it’s with buds rather than birds!).  Other than the interesting Angry Birds reference, Angry Buds sells a wide range of products for a greater smoking experience.  Such products include grinders, vaporizers, papers, bud stuffers, containers, and other accessories.  The Angry Buds game won’t be released anytime soon and hopefully we will hear more of the game’s release sometime this year.

Kushley:  Kushley features organic products that eliminate the cannabis odor from the room.  Just a few sprays of the product and you can keep your room smoke-free.  Cannabis may be recreationally legal here in Boston, but not everyone is looking to join the Boston Pot Party!  Whether it is a conservative friend that doesn’t like the smell or keeping the odor away from kids, Kushley is available for any kind of situation.

Lifted:  Located in Santa Monica, Lifted looks to help businesses create mobile apps for the iOS, Android, or the web.  With cannabis prohibition slowly becoming a thing of the past, building a strong brand with a passionate following is crucial for cannabis companies.  Having a strong brand is critical for surviving the business world and Lifted looks to build up a long-lasting brand that consumers will remember.  This was a unique company that worked on cannabis brands rather than the actual product itself.

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Maine Green Scene:  Even though Massachusetts legalized recreational use last year, Maine has already been paving the way for the cannabis industry. Maine Green Scene is a business showcasing a directory of the cannabis culture in Maine.  From dispensaries to medical doctors, Maine Green Scene provides all the information you need to snag the best cannabis products.  Legal dispensaries won’t be opening their doors until early 2018, but you can still find a handful of medical products within the state.

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ProVerde Laboratories:  ProVerde Laboratories is one of a few medical cannabis testing labs here in Massachusetts.  It’s the company where science, technology, and cannabis all meld together under one business.  Testing for cannabis includes tests for THC, CBD, CBN, CBC, terpene profiles, and other data about the product.  This was a great company to check out because testing labs are so important in revealing what’s inside your cannabis flower or edible that you are consuming.

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Skunk Magazine/Linzy Heartwork:  While wandering through the last lap of the exhibit hall, I noticed the name ‘Shona Banda’ on the cover of the book Live Free or Die.  It took me a minute to realize that Shona was featured on Viceland’s show Weediquette last year.  Shona was interviewed for the episode titled ‘Stoned Parents’ where Shona discussed how her kid was taken away because he mentioned the term ‘cannabis’ while in school.  I was excited to talk with Shona Banda about her experience with cannabis and how she is paving for the fight against prohibition here in America.  It’s figures like Shona Banda that help push the fight for recreational cannabis use all across the country.

Miscellaneous

Other than the vendors, I walked through an art gallery that featured some infamous art work surrounding the cannabis culture.  Some featured pictures of the cannabis/hemp plant itself while other works revolved around the history of cannabis prohibition.  Here were some notable pictures I found within the art gallery:

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You heard it from the man himself, George Washington!

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‘The New Billion-Dollar Crop’: A headline that would’ve revolutionized the hemp industry had it been released in the 1930s.

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The man, the myth, the Harvard Professor himself – Dr. Lester Grinspoon!

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America’s most famous stoner duo…Cheech and Chong!

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A Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 – the stamp needed to grow cannabis/hemp, yet none were given out.

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Samuel R. Caldwell – America’s first victim of cannabis prohibition who was incarcerated in 1937.

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Famous ‘Reefer Madness’ posters that initiated the PR nightmare that destroyed cannabis’s reputation for decades!

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Harry Anslinger and Richard Nixon – two different political figures with the same goal to eradicate cannabis in the country.

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That was my infamous journey around the New England Cannabis Convention.  I had an amazing time meeting with people from different companies/organizations and learning about what they have to offer for the cannabis industry.  Recreational dispensaries haven’t opened up yet, but business will be BOOMING in Boston by summer 2018.  It has been a long road up until Question 4 passed, but all of our hard work will pay off once the cannabis culture is in full bloom.