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Influential Cannabis Icons

For as long as cannabis has consumed the minds of prohibitionists, politicians, and lawmakers, there have been influential cannabis icons that have popularized the drug, bringing it into the mainstream.

These icons play a momentous role in cannabis legalization for states nationwide. Their continued support for cannabis use and the cannabis industry is only creating a brighter future for cannabis in the U.S. and those who use it.

Keep reading to learn about some of the most influential cannabis icons.

Jack Herer

Herer is known as the “father of marijuana legalization” and “the emperor of hemp” and even has a cannabis strain named after him.

In 1973 he opened his first head shop, called High Country, and began compiling information about the Cannabis plant, including its uses as hemp and as a drug.

After a dozen years of research, in 1985, he published his non-fiction book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes.”

Many mark the release of this book as the beginning of the cannabis legalization movement, and the text is still used today to promote legalization and cannabis law reform. Herer was so confident in the claims made in the book that he included an offer of $100,000 to anyone who could disprove them.

Wanting everyone to have access to the book, Herer published it online for free. However, editions are also available for purchase on Kindle and paperback.

Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong

These two are easily the funniest cannabis campaigners in history. The comedians performed together in the 1970s and 1980s when cannabis was considered taboo among general audiences.

In 1978, they released their first featured film, “Up In Smoke,” which is widely credited as the first stoner comedy film.

The characters they played while performing standup, acting in films, and recording comedy records were major successes with audiences.

The two created hyperbolic versions of the people the audience was already seeing in the growing hippie counterculture. They were trailblazers for the stoner tropes still portrayed in media today.

Both run independent cannabis companies, Tommy Chong’s Hemp and Cheech’s Stash.

Willie Nelson

“Roll me up and smoke me when I die.”

This iconic opening line of Willie Nelson’s 2012 song “Roll Me Up” is an excellent example of just how big a role cannabis plays in Nelson’s self-identity.

Throughout his career, Nelson has promoted cannabis and its uses. When touring from gig to gig, he was notorious for swapping his stash with fans who offered him some of their Mary Jane. For him, cannabis culture is a way of life, and he lives by the philosophy, “my stash is your stash.”

In 2015, he released a line of cannabis called “Willie’s Reserve,” By 2016, he had stores in Colorado, Washington, Las Vegas, and Oregon. True to his philosophy, Willie’s Reserve® “pays tribute to the tradition of sharing, caring, and toking.”

Beyond his love for cannabis and the community, Nelson is also one of the cannabis revolution’s most passionate and dedicated supporters. While he is undoubtedly a renowned and timeless American country musician, Nelson is also Co-Chair of the National Organizational for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg has always been very open about his cannabis use. Countless references to cannabis are found throughout his discography, from his earliest work to newer hits.

Allegedly, Snoop was introduced to cannabis by Tupac Shakur at a 1994 party for the movie Poetic Justice. That night he smoked his first blunt. Ever since he has preferred blunts over any other consumption method.

By 2015, the rapper entered the world of cannabis education and business:

  • April 2015 – invests in Eaze, the Uber of weed delivery that advertises delivery within ten minutes; delivery is currently available in California and Michigan
  • September 2015 – launches the cannabis-focused digital media platform MERRY JANE; the platform features a database for identifying cannabis strains and dispensaries, an original video series, and editorial content on the business and politics of the cannabis industry
  • November 2015 – launches his line of cannabis products, Leafs by Snoop (rebranded as LBS in the Canadian cannabis market)

Snoop also partially owns Canopy Growth, the largest global cannabis and CPG organization in the world.

North Dispensaries

At North, we know we wouldn’t be where we are today without the cannabis cultural icons that have paved the way for cannabis legalization and industry.

Even though we did our best to include some of the most notable cannabis icons in our list, many others have and continue to work to decriminalize and destigmatize cannabis.

There are so many ways that cannabis can benefit individuals. That’s why we sell only premium medical cannabis products at our Pevely and Hillsboro locations.

If you need medicinal cannabis, check out our locations and hours.

Brand Spotlights: Cannabis Inc.

For the fifth installment of our Brand Spotlights series, North is happy to feature Cannabis Inc., which provides cannabis products for Missouri from Missouri. As always, North Dispensaries chooses to work with only the best that Missouri has to offer so they can provide the highest quality medical cannabis products to their clients.

Read on to learn more about Cannabis Inc. and why North is so excited to work with such an amazing brand.

About Cannabis Inc.

Cannabis Inc.’s mission is to create the safest possible medical cannabis products that all patients can enjoy. They believe that nature provides everything we need to survive and that artificial ingredients, additives, and chemicals have the potential to harm our bodies.

To ensure that its products are as pure and safe as possible, Cannabis Inc. creates its full-spectrum solventless-derived medical cannabis products in small batches, making it easier for them to control the quality of everything they produce.

The company’s dedication to creating the perfect cannabis extracts makes them a premier source of concentrates, edibles, cooking ingredients, and more.

Cannabis Inc. Products

LiRo Cart

This solventless live rosin vape cartridge is truly incredible. The solventless live rosin is placed into Cannabis Inc.’s all-glass cartridge, enhancing each strain’s true flavor. The all-glass cartridge also ensures that the rosin never encounters any metal surfaces, eliminating the concern of heavy metals leaching into your vapes. Enhance your vaping experience with the LiRo Cart.


Cannabis Inc. produces various high-quality concentrates, such as:

  • Cold cure live hash rosin – a full-spectrum, cold-cured, solventless extract made from ultra-refinement and mechanical separation technology. Its color and texture will vary based on terpene profiles, genetics, and harvest cycle.
  • Live shatter – characterized by a potent and stable shatter consistency. It can be smoked or vaped and melts down like water for an ultra-smooth finish for a clean, top-shelf experience.
  • Live rosin jam – provides a long-lasting and delicious experience with a combination of THCa diamonds and terpene sauce.


Have you ever wanted to create your own cannabis-infused dishes? Cannabis Inc. has you covered.

  • Ghee (clarified butter) – it allows you to medicate with your favorite recipe. All you have to do is include the intended dose of the full-spectrum, rosin-infused ghee, and you have a medicine personalized to your tastes and needs.
  • Coconut oil – you can use this product to replace cooking oil in almost any recipe. From salads to pancakes, know that you can medicate the way you want with this full-spectrum, rosin-infused oil.


Are you tired of looking for the perfect edibles? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

  • Brownie – a modern take on this classic that everyone will enjoy, Cannabis Inc. creates an effective and delicious edible that is also gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan.
  • Greenola bites – if you’re looking for a well-rounded edible that is delectable and healthy, these greenola bites are the way to go. It contains no refined sugars and is loaded with oats, pepitas, hemp seeds, dried cranberries, and local Missouri honey. Ten pieces contain 5 mg of THC, making this product an excellent introduction to edibles or a quick low dose. It is also gluten-free and nut-free.

Rosin Tincture

Available in 100 mg and 250 mg, this potent tincture is exceptionally effective. It is made with MCT oil, full-spectrum hash rosin, sunflower lecithin, and cinnamon extract. A great way to medicate on the go, use the dropper to place your dose under your tongue, and wait 20 to 30 seconds before swallowing.

Cannabis Inc. Products at North Dispensaries

North Dispensaries is comprised of two Missouri locations. Each location carries its own selection of Cannabis Inc. products.

Pevely Location

  • Cake Crasher Live Rosin (concentrate) – a sativa rosin from Terrapin’s Cake Crasher strain
  • Master Yoda Live Rosin (concentrate) – a hybrid (a mix of sativa and indica strains) rosin
  • Cake Crasher Live Rosin Jam (concentrate) – a sativa rosin
  • Cookies N Cream (live rosin vape) – a hybrid vape cartridge

Hillsboro Location

  • Ghee (clarified butter) – 100 mg of THC in each jar; 1 tsp = 5 mg THC and 1tbsp = 15 mg THC
  • Cake Crasher Live Rosin (concentrate) – a sativa rosin
  • GG#4 (live rosin vape) – a hybrid vape cartridge
  • Mango Cookies (live rosin vape) – a hybrid vape cartridge
  • Master Yoda (live rosin vape) – a hybrid vape cartridge
  • Master Yoda Live Rosin (concentrate) – a hybrid rosin
  • Cake Crasher Live Rosin Jam (concentrate) – a sativa rosin

North Dispensaries

Visit our Pevely or Hillsboro locations today so you can get a taste of some of what Cannabis Inc. has to offer.

When shopping at North Dispensaries, know that you’re in good hands, as any product we carry we’ve selected with your health and wellness in mind.

Visit our website today to learn more about medical cannabis and the brands that we carry.

Cannabis & Horror Movies

Halloween is just around the corner!

There are many reasons why people love the holiday. Still, for the most part, Halloween attracts those who go nuts for the macabre, gory, terrifying, and mystifying.

One thing that marks the Halloween season is the scores of horror movie marathons that litter all sorts of TV channels and streaming platforms during this time of year.

Now, we know that not everybody is a fan of horror films, and the idea of using cannabis to help enhance the experience of watching one may be the last thing you want to do. But there’s no denying that the horror genre and cannabis use has been linked in some way or another for decades now.

Keep reading to learn more about the interesting relationship between cannabis and horror and what movies you should check out this Halloween.

The Counterculture

Now, you may be wondering why people have created a connection between the horror genre and cannabis. 

Some suggest that this connection is because horror films and cannabis and those who enjoy them are considered outliers, forbidden fruits of the social norm. Throughout history, both have attracted unique and interesting people from all walks of life that are just looking for a way to process emotions, ideas, and trauma.

While it may seem unconventional to some that someone would turn to a terrifying horror movie or a perception-altering substance, there’s still no denying that the catharsis both provide is real.

The Pros of Mixing Cannabis Use with Horror Movies

We know it’s not for everyone, but those who do like to smoke some flower or eat an edible before getting comfortable for a night of jump scares and more have their reasons.

If you already love horror movies without using cannabis, you’ll probably like it while using cannabis.

Cannabis enhances the experience by heightening your senses, suspending your disbelief, adjusting your focus, and funneling any paranoia through a thrilling lens.

Classics For The Film Aficionado

It’s easy to get caught up in all the new horror films released every year. Don’t forget that those films are inspired by the classics that set the stage for the horror genre to take off.

“Psycho” (1960)

Watching this Hitchcock classic is the perfect way to start a horror movie marathon. Who hasn’t heard of Norman Bates and his murderess mother? If you have never seen this thriller full of twists and turns, we highly recommend you pop some popcorn (for the munchies) and get ready for a film that will have you checking your back; you know, just in case.

“The Exorcist” (1973)

While some people prefer gory and grisly murders, others prefer a more supernatural approach. “The Exorcist” is a story of a battle between good and evil, as an exorcist is sent to help save a young girl possessed by demonic spirits.

Although a controversial film, audiences marveled at the storytelling and special effects that ultimately made “The Exorcist” one of the film industry’s first ‘blockbusters’ and one of the only horror movies ever to be nominated for Best Picture.

“Night Of the Living Dead” (1968)

Directed by George Romero, this film cemented him in film history as the master of the modern ‘zombie film.’ Unlike the modern interpretation of zombies, these cannibalistic, re-animated dead were once depicted as trance-like undead slaves produced by voodoo rites.

While it was a low-budget, independent debut film, for 96 minutes, audiences experienced groundbreaking, genre-defining work as Romero conveyed his interpretation of a dehumanized society with the film’s explicit violence, rawness, cannibalism, and somber ending.

We could go on forever about what classics you should watch this Halloween. Some honorable mentions include:

  • “Dracula” (1931)
  • “The Birds” (1963)
  • “Nosferatu” (1922)
  • “Poltergeist” (1982)
  • “Halloween” (1978)
  • “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)

Modern Horror Classics

We could include so many movies on this list, so we’ll do our best to fit the best ones in.

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

A quintessential teen slasher, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” stars Freddy Krueger, one of the most well-known antagonists of all time. A child murderer in life and demonic child murderer in death, Freddy terrorizes the screen by invading the dreams of teens and causing a mind-altering sequence of horrifying encounters.

This film will have your mind turning from start to finish, as even the ending, ever ambiguous, leaves more for your imagination to assume. 

“The Shining” (1980)

A mix of paranormal and human horror, this film was Stanley Kubrick’s masterful take on the traditional concept of a haunted house. While its title is that of its source material, Stephen King’s third novel under his name, Kubrick’s creation carries little resemblance to King’s work.

The film follows a father (Jack) and his descent into madness, fueled by both physical and intangible forces, while isolated with his family (his wife Wendy and young son Danny) in a snowed-in resort. The family soon finds themselves affected by a “psychic photograph” that depicts a series of historic murders that occurred on the resort’s property.

The film’s title refers to the psychic abilities of the resort’s head cook (Halloran) and Jack’s son, which add an otherworldly point of view into the world beyond the living.

“Shaun Of the Dead” (2004)

What would be a list of must-see horror movies without acknowledging the horror/comedy genre?

Written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, Wright directed this romantic zombie comedy (a “rom-zom-com”) while Pegg played the role of Shaun, a downtrodden London salesman that must deal with his girlfriend, mother, and stepfather all while he and his friend Ed, try to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Inspired by classics like George Romero’s (we mentioned him earlier) “Dead” trilogy, Wright and Pegg’s film initially had commercial success, having grossed $30 million worldwide on a $6.1 million budget. It then went on to receive two nominations at the British Academy Film Awards, with some calling it one of the greatest comedy films ever made. It only makes sense that this gem quickly acquired a cult following.

“Get Out” (2017)

Written, directed, and co-produced by actor, comedian, and filmmaker Jordan Peele, “Get Out” was his directorial debut, and a box-office hit. Peele would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya).

This psychological thriller is equal parts horror, social commentary, and even comedy. While the story innocently starts with a young black man (Kaluuya) meeting his white girlfriend’s family for the first time, shocking secrets soon come to light that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Ranked by the Writer’s Guild of America as the greatest screenplay of the 21st century, the film creatively explores the implications and historical relevance of “covert” racism in modern society by depicting the antagonists as white, “New York liberal” types. Lanre Bakare wrote in The Guardian, “It exposes a liberal ignorance and hubris that has been allowed to fester.”

Ultimately, this film will have your mind whirling in circles with insane plot twists, murder, mind control, and more.

Modern horror film honorable mentions include:

  • “Us” (2019)
  • “The Cabin in the Woods” (2011)
  • “The Ring” (2002)
  • “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

Celebrate Halloween with North

Are you ready for Halloween? Whether you’re planning a night in or need a way to relax and recuperate after a day out celebrating, we can help!

North’s premier medical cannabis products are just what you need to get your body and mind feeling right, even when you’re watching a horror movie.

Check out our Pevely and Hillsboro menus to see what might work best for you. You can come in and purchase your products, order them and pick them up with our drive-thru, or have them delivered.

Brand Spotlights: Robust

North only works with the best cannabis companies in Missouri to ensure its customers receive the highest quality products. Each company North works with sets high standards of excellence, and Robust is no different.

Robust takes exceptionally excellent care of their patients and the planet. By keeping both healthy, they set a positive tone for the medical cannabis industry and create a path for other companies to follow in their footsteps.

Keep reading for more on Robust and what products of theirs you can find in our Pevely and Hillsboro locations.

About Robust

Robust is proud to be Clean Green Certified® and the first Certified Kind™ cannabis company in Missouri. These product labels tell consumers that their cannabis is organically and sustainably grown.

Every one of their mother plants was grown from a seed and then cloned to maintain her unique genetic expression when populating their grow rooms, which encompass a 75,000 sq. ft. positive pressure greenhouse that maximizes efficiency while preventing potential cross-contamination.

Nothing goes to waste with Robust. Plant “waste” is shredded and composted back into their microbiome-rich soil with minimal tillage.

Everything is hand-watered, which allows them to keep an eye on every single plant, and while healthy soil and healthy plants don’t need much in terms of integrated pest management, Robust does keep natural remedies on hand just in case.

Finally, they hand-trim their cannabis, so you only get the best and most beautiful nuggets.

Robust is also proud to support its community by stimulating the local economy and providing life-changing medicine to its customers.

What Robust Products Can You Find at North Dispensaries?

Between our two locations, you’ll be able to purchase the following flower:

  • Buddha’s Hand – a hybrid of Limoncello and White Runtz; provides head and body relaxation with a psychedelic high; relieves pain, anxiety, and arthritis, and provides relaxation
  • Raspberry Parfait – a hybrid of Shiska Berry and Truffula Tree; provides relaxing and blissful feelings with cerebral euphoria; sedative; relieves chronic pain, depression, and muscle spasms, and supports mental focus
  • Undertaker – a hybrid of Karmarado, Headbanger, and White Cherry Truffle; relaxing, creative, focused, and sleepy; great for nighttime use; relieves chronic pain, mood swings, PTSD, depression, insomnia, migraines, and anxiety
  • Chanel No. 5 – a hybrid of Heath Robinson’s Black Rose and Mendel’s Tropic of Censer; potent head and body relaxation accompanied by a psychedelic high; relieves pain, anxiety, arthritis, and inflammation; is anti-tumor, an appetite stimulant, and provides relaxation
  • Finnish Frost – a hybrid of Blue Dream and White Fire OG; heavy hitting with long-lasting cerebral stimulation; increases creativity and energy; relieves tension, stress, anxiety, mood swings, PTSD, muscle spasms, chronic fatigue, and ADHD

Check out our menus for our Pevely and Hillsboro locations. You can use the search bar at the top of the page to search for Robust items.

Head North Today!

At North, we only carry the best of the best products for our customers. That’s why we carry Robust flower. Not only are their products perfect for managing your symptoms, but they also help protect the earth and support their community while dedicating themselves to high-quality work.  

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Brand Spotlights: Flora Farms

Flora Farms is a Missouri-owned and operated medical marijuana producer and distributor. Its mission is simple: provide access to high-quality, medical-grade marijuana. Whether you’re looking for flower, edibles, concentrates, or tinctures, they have it all. They also streamline the process of obtaining a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card. No matter where you are in your medical cannabis journey, Flora Farms will be there to help.

What Can You Find at North?

Flora Farms products available at our Pevely location include:

  • Flower – Black Garlic, Blue Dream, Cantaloupe Haze, Chem OG, Fruit Fetti, Lavender Jones, Missouri Diesel, Peach Fuzz, Purple Papaya, White 99, Buoyant Bob
  • Concentrate – Strawberry Float Terp Sugar
  • Live Resin Vape – Mo’Dank-Root Beer Float

Flora Farms products available at our Hillsboro location include:

  • Flower – Black Garlic, Blue Dream, Cantaloupe Haze, Lavender Jones, Lemon Cheese, Peach Fuzz, Pizookie, Purple Papaya, White 99

Flora Farms’ Dedication to the Consumer

According to Flora Farms, it is “producing the best quality medicine at the most affordable cost to the patient.” This promise of affordable care extends to all their cannabis-infused products. And you know you’re only purchasing the best of the best.

To eliminate variables for error, Flora Farms does everything. From growing the flower to extracting the oil, they are confident in the consistent quality of their product. They also utilize sustainable growth methods, determined to place a positive stamp on the medical cannabis industry.

Flora Farms’ Facility

Each week, dedicated employees process over 150lbs of premium Flora Farms-grown cannabis in the company’s 8,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Flora Farms produces a whopping 5,000-6,000 grams of concentrate and 4,000-5,000 pre-rolls weekly.

Besides producing a reliable product at a great price, Flora Farms is also dedicated to reducing waste and shrinking its carbon footprint. It packages its cartridges and batteries in reusable and recyclable aluminum tins to accomplish this goal.

For more information about Flora Farms, visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

Purchase Flora Farms’ Products at North!

At North, we carry various Flora Farms products, as we agree with its dedication to providing high-quality yet affordable products to medical cannabis users.

Check out our Pevely or Hillsboro menus today. Remember, you can order online and have your order delivered or pick it up at one of our locations.

We can help you! Stop by today so that you can have a better tomorrow.

Brand Spotlights: Honeybee

Have you ever wondered how North gets so many delicious chocolate and gumdrop cannabis-infused edibles? Well, you’ll be feeling the buzz with some Honeybee’s award-winning chocolates and real fruit gumdrops.

This St. Louis brand is lovingly named after the Missouri state insect and is intended to serve medical cannabis patients who know how to enjoy the sweetness of life. Please keep reading to learn more about Honeybee and all it offers!

About Honeybee

Honeybee’s tasty treats are curated and produced by the Director of Culinary, Chef Dave Owens. Before working for Honeybee, Dave spent over a decade as the Chief Chocolatier and Vice President of Taste at Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier, so this man knows a thing or two about delicious candy.

According to Dave, “The opportunity for me to get to do what I love while helping those who are in need of cannabis’ benefits is really a treat.”

What makes Honeybee unique is that they source the finest European chocolates, the most flavorful natural fruit purees from around the globe (no artificial flavors), and their premium cannabis distillate.

Honeybee’s Real Fruit Gumdrops

Honeybee is proud to produce sweet and chewy gumdrops made with natural fruit from around the world. They carry several different flavors and potencies. These include:

  • Grapefruit calamansi lime – 100 mg THC per package
  • Passionfruit guava – 100 mg THC per package
  • Black cherry cola – 100 mg THC per package
  • Sour raspberry lemonade – 100 mg THC per package
  • Sour watermelon passion fruit – 100 mg THC/100 mg CBD per package
  • Sour cherry lime – 20 mg THC/ 200 mg CBD per package
  • High-potency black cherry cola – 300 mg THC per package
  • High-potency sour watermelon passion fruit – 300 mg THC/300 mg CBD per package

Each package comes with 20 gumdrops and clearly states the potency on the package of one gumdrop, making dosing simple.

For more information on ingredients and nutritional facts, click here.

Honeybee’s Artisan Chocolates

You’ll never get enough of these chef-crafted chocolate bars made with deluxe European chocolates, premium toppings, and THC. The flavors include:

  • Banana + Candied Black Walnut – white chocolate; 100 mg THC per bar
  • Sticky bun – milk chocolate; 100 mg THC per bar
  • Salted brownie batter – dark chocolate; 100 mg THC/100 CBD per bar
  • Cherry pistachio – white chocolate; 100 mg THC per bar
  • Peanut + pretzel – milk chocolate; 100 mg THC per bar
  • Strawberry crunch – caramelized white chocolate; 100 mg THC per bar
  • Toasted coconut + sea salt – milk chocolate; 100 mg THC/100 mg CBD per bar
  • High-potency peanut + pretzel – milk chocolate; 300 mg THC per bar
  • High-potency strawberry crunch – caramelized white chocolate; 300 mg THC per bar
  • High-potency toasted coconut + sea salt – milk chocolate; 300 mg THC/300 mg CBD per bar

Each chocolate bar is clearly labeled with potency and divided into ten even squares, making dosing easy.

For more information on ingredients and nutritional facts, click here.

Edible Guide

The following information is what to expect per gram of THC consumed via edibles. Remember, the effects and onset of edibles may vary by user.

  • 1 – 2.5 mg: this range is suitable for beginners and those seeking only mild effects. It may relieve pain, anxiety, and aid in sleeping.
  • 2.5 – 10 mg: expect feelings of euphoria, laughter, and more substantial symptom relief.
  • 10 – 20 mg: if you are not an experienced cannabis user who consumes it at least a few times a week, we recommend not surpassing 10 mg. Expect to feel strong euphoria and sedation.
  • 20 + mg: these high dosages are best saved for patients with conditions requiring a very high dose.

There are two main types of edibles:

  1. Sublingual – these dissolve under your tongue. Examples include tinctures, hard candies, and mints. They will have a faster onset than orally ingested edibles, with patients often feeling the effects within 15 minutes. Once you feel the effects, they can last between two and three hours.
  2. Orally Ingested – these are ingested and processed by the liver. Examples include chocolate bars, gumdrops, and baked goods. Expect these to gradually take effect over 30 to 60 minutes (it can sometimes take up to two hours!), with a typical total duration between four and eight hours.

After consuming an edible, we recommend you wait at least two hours before consuming any more. Try starting at a dose of 2.5 mg or 5 mg, wait two to four hours, and gauge how you feel.

Do you have additional questions about Honeybee Products? Check out their FAQ page or contact them today!

North Dispensaries Carries Honeybee Products!

I’m sure by now, your mouth is watering, and your mind is whirling with cannabis-infused fantasies of jaw-dropping gumdrops and superb chocolates.

Make your fantasies a reality and shop at North! Check out our Pevely and Hillsboro menus to see which Honeybee products we’re currently carrying. You can stop by and shop in the dispensary, order online and pick up at our drive-thru, or order online and have your goods delivered!

The Benefits of Keeping a Cannabis Journal

You can keep a cannabis journal for several reasons. Not only does journaling your experiences make you more mindful, but it also helps identify and achieve your goals regarding consuming cannabis. This is especially helpful for medical cannabis patients.

Overall, every human body is different. That means everyone will react differently to the same or similar products. You may even respond differently to the same product if taken on a different day.

Journaling your experiences makes it easier for yourself and your patient consultant to identify which products can reproduce the perfect experience. Keep reading to learn more about cannabis journaling and how it can help you achieve all your cannabis goals.

How To Cannabis Journal

Cannabis journaling isn’t very difficult. The most challenging part is ensuring that you record your experience each time you use cannabis. By being consistent, you’ll find it easier to determine patterns that can help you maintain successful sessions.

Follow the steps below to learn how to cannabis journal:

What Type of Journal Are You Using?

Do you prefer writing longhand or simply using a memo app on your cellphone? Pick a version that will allow you to keep up with it daily.

If you prefer to write out your experiences by hand, you can purchase physical strain journals like Goldleaf’s Patient Journal. Please keep them in your house where you won’t forget about them.

Journaling the old-fashioned way, while not the most convenient method for some, has its benefits, as studies show that it keeps your mind sharp and helps you retain information. However, keep in mind that journaling is supposed to be stress-free. So, do what feels right for you.

Before Dosing

Now that you know what type of journal you want, you can get down to business. First, you’ll want to assess your baseline. Include the basics, like:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Cannabis product name and where you purchased it
  • Delivery method
  • Symptoms (pain, insomnia, nausea, anxiety, etc.)
  • What other medications you’re on
  • If and what you’ve eaten/drank before your session
  • Overall mood (powerful emotions can influence your experience)

After Dosing

Depending on your delivery method (smoking, edibles, etc.), you may feel the effects immediately, or it may take a while (sometimes up to two hours). Allow your body to fully experience the cannabis before recording your findings.

You should note:

  • Dosage consumed and be specific (“one half-gram pre-roll” is better than “smoking a joint”)
  • How you feel
  • How long the effects lasted
  • Symptom relief (if any)
  • Side effects
  • Current state of mind (did the session change anything?)

It’s paramount that you are specific about the outcomes and symptom relief that you feel.

Why Should You Keep a Cannabis Journal?

You should keep a cannabis journal for many reasons, especially if you’re a medical cannabis patient. Some of the reasons you should keep a cannabis journal include:

It Helps Your Caregiver or Patient Consultant

It’s impossible to ask yourself to keep up with the latest trends in cannabis research, products, and genetics. To do that all is a full-time job! Instead, as a medical cannabis user, you should rely on your caregiver or patient consultant.

Providing a detailed log of what products and delivery methods have worked and haven’t worked is the best way to ensure your caregiver or patient consultant has all the necessary information to succeed you succeed in your treatment plan.

It Helps Repeat Successes

If you want to repeat the successful sessions, you must have the ability to remember which cultivars, dosages, and delivery methods work best for you. It can be difficult to remember everything from one session to the next. (A cultivar is a plant that has been selectively bred to have distinct, desirable characteristics)

By having a physical journal, you don’t risk losing any of your valuable information to technology that’s gone haywire.

Writing Is Good for The Mind

Writing does terrific things for your memory and comprehension. By writing out everything you experience while taking cannabis, you’ll be more likely to thoroughly understand your own body’s response to cannabis, which will help you make more informed decisions.

Journaling Promotes Mindfulness

Writing, especially with a pen and some paper, helps the mind slow down and induces a certain level of focus. It’s almost like meditation. This focus is called mindfulness.

Mindfulness helps you to leave worrying emotions, like anxiety, at the door so you can better focus on the task at hand. You’ll be more attentive to your symptoms and treatment by being mindful.

You Get A Complete Picture

A journal is open-ended, meaning that you can add other essential factors along with writing down the obvious entry points like cultivar, dosage, and delivery method. These could include:

  • Sleep quality
  • Water intake
  • Food intake
  • Other medications/supplements you may be on
  • Coffee intake
  • Alcohol intake

Keeping detailed notes on the seemingly ordinary parts of your life can expose why you react to specific cultivars, dosages, and delivery methods the way you do. Even a stressful day at work can affect how you respond to cannabis. So, no matter how trivial something may seem, don’t think twice before writing it down.

You’re Creating A Database

If you’re a cannabis user, you must know how difficult it can be to compare one cannabis product to another. The lack of unified regulation on plant genetics, concentrations, grow practices, and more means that even the same strain can vary significantly in effects from dispensary to dispensary.

To try and replicate successful therapies, make notes of “where the product was acquired” or “how it was grown.”

Final Thoughts

For those looking to get the most out of our cannabis, keeping a cannabis journal is one of the best measures we can take to ensure we do just that. Your cannabis journal will help you discover and remember your preferences by having you log your experiences and usage.

A cannabis journal can help you discover patterns that can improve your symptoms, avoid products you dislike and find the most effective time of day to consume your cannabis.

Overall, cannabis journals can do wonders for your cannabis experiences and mental health. If you haven’t started one already, we highly recommend that you do!

North Dispensaries

At North Dispensaries, we care about the experiences of our customers. As a medical cannabis provider, we want our customers to find the perfect solution to their symptoms. That’s why we offer a wide variety of high-quality products.

From flower to edibles and everything between, we have exactly what you’re looking for; we guarantee it!

Check our menus for our Pevely and Hillsboro locations today. If you see something you like, stop by or order online and have it delivered right to your door. We can’t wait to help you!

The Benefits of Buying Legal Cannabis

Now that more states are legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, it’s time we take a hard look at why legally purchasing cannabis is better for you and those around you.

Cannabis has long been controversial, but it doesn’t have to be. Forget about the black market and illegal deals and opt for something that even the most strait-laced all of us can get on board with! Keep reading to learn the benefits of buying legal cannabis.

What Is Black-Market Cannabis?

When looking at why the United States should legalize cannabis, it’s helpful to look at a nation that already has. One of the reasons Canada legalized recreational cannabis use was to reduce black-market activity in the country.

The black market is any underground transaction where goods and services are illegally exchanged.

By legalizing cannabis, they were able to add more retail stores and increase quality control measures to ensure customer safety and satisfaction. These changes seem to be working because, as of 2020, the black-market supply dropped 21% since legalization in 2018.

Black market cannabis is typically obtained through the following channels:

  • Illegal websites that are selling cannabis
  • Unlicensed brick-and-mortar dispensaries
  • Street dealers

The suppliers of black-market cannabis often have strong ties to gangs and organized crime. Black-market cannabis also does not pay any taxes, meaning there is no public gain from its sale.

Why Should You Promote Legal Cannabis?

There are many reasons why you should legally obtain your cannabis products. These include:

  • Testing your products – there are regulations that legal cannabis providers must follow to make a profit. The legal market must test all cannabis products for molds, heavy metals, pesticides, fungus, and other microbials.
  • Maintaining product consistency – The testing on the product helps maintain its consistency and supply chain transparency.
  • Promoting socio-economic development – Illegal operations do not pay taxes on their profits. They do not participate in or help provide education, advocacy, social equality, living wages, or community programs.
  • Breaking the stigma – Not only does buying legal help cut down on crime, but it also helps ensure safe access to cannabis and propels cannabis research. The stigma is also broken when more and more people promote and train for cannabis careers.

Along with undergoing testing for safety purposes, legal dispensaries will indicate potency and other information like cannabinoids and terpene content on the label of your products. Now, you don’t have to second guess how much THC or CBD is in your cannabis, which is critical, especially for medical cannabis patients.

Legal Cannabis’ Largest Threat

The most significant threat to the legal cannabis industry is the illegal market. California collected 55% more tax revenue from legal cannabis sales in 2021 than it did in 2020. Yet, California is struggling compared to other states primarily because the illegal market in the state is at least twice the size of the legal market.

Some think the answer to this problem is to gut regulations and cut taxes on cannabis. However, all that will do is make it harder for people to obtain safe cannabis and take away money from schools, healthcare, equity programs, environmental programs, and essential childcare.

“The answer is to enforce laws against illegal growers, dealers, and unlicensed dispensaries,” according to Timmen L. Cermak, MD. If the United States can successfully regulate the production and sale of illegal alcohol, there is no reason it cannot protect the legal cannabis industry.

North Dispensaries

North Dispensaries provide medical cannabis to the individuals of Pevely and Hillsboro, Missouri. We have dedicated ourselves to providing high-quality products to those who need them most.

The illegal cannabis market only adds to the negative stigma surrounding cannabis use and delegitimizes those who legally provide cannabis. Promote legal cannabis sellers today to ensure that cannabis continues to impact our communities positively!

Don’t have a medical cannabis card? No problem! Follow this link to learn how you can obtain one today.

Brand Spotlights: Illicit

North Dispensaries caters to many different types of medical cannabis users. To ensure that we meet the needs of each one, we partner with various cannabis companies that produce a wide array of products. This blog is just the first of many, highlighting the vital partnerships that allow North to treat our customers right.

Keep reading to learn more about the first partner highlighted in this series: Illicit.

Why The Name “Illicit?”

The company chose the name Illicit to highlight the rampant hypocrisy in the legal system towards cannabis and the thousands of people still incarcerated for cannabis-related offenses that should be freed immediately.

Along with providing high-quality cannabis products into the medical cannabis mainstream, Illicit works with local and national advocacy groups to support the release of cannabis POWs.

They believe that Missouri and the United States have reached a vital tipping point in our collective consciousness. What was once illicit will now be a new beginning.

How Does Illicit Work?

Illicit is an inclusive and consumer-conscious brand that goes the distance to ensure high-quality cannabis products.


  • Feature a premier genetic library with over 30 strains hand-selected and pheno-hunted by their Master Growers
  • Utilize a state-of-the-art “bio-security” system that eliminates all contaminants in the air and on all surfaces
  • Hand trim everything because it produces better-looking buds and a higher potency; machine trimming may be faster, but it damages the trichomes and the buds
  • Treat each strain with their proprietary drying and curing techniques to maximize the cannabinoid and terpene content of the flower; all done by hand

Illicit has also created a job training program for recently released non-violent drug offenders to assist in their re-entry to society. Their 160 employees keep a watchful eye on every part of the cultivation, and Illicit continuously invests in their training and education.

Illicit Freedoms Campaign

This campaign aims to shed light on an unbalanced criminal justice system condemning cannabis offenders.

Currently, the campaign features eight prisoners of the “war on drugs,” also known as POWs, who served their time and are free to share their life-changing stories.

Each POW’s time in prison costs taxpayers about $120 per day, according to the average annual COIF for a Federal inmate in a Federal facility in 2020.

What Type of Products Does Illicit Provide?

Illicit provides options for:

  • Pre-packed eighths – made from their premium flower
  • Vapes-live resin – provides everything their flower offers in a discreet, compact, and concentrated method of inhalation; available in 0.5g and 1.0g sizes
  • Vapes-classy carts – distillate cartridges that contain high-quality oil
  • Dapper disposables – an all-in-one CCELL pod that holds 300mg of premium Illicit cannabis oil
  • 1g pre-rolls – only made from hand-trimmed flower and NEVER from shake or trim
  • Smokos – a smaller version of a joint; five per pack
  • Concentrates – butane hash oil concentrates (BHO) and non-BHO concentrates are available
  • Vape batteries

What Can You Find at North?

So, which Illicit products can you find at North? Check out our Pevely and Hillsboro menus to find out!

Head North Today!

North believes in what Illicit is doing. It’s vital to supply high-quality, regulated cannabis to medical users. It ensures quality control and funds movements like Illicit’s stance on decriminalizing cannabis and those who need it.

For more information about North and what we offer, visit our website today!