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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.

Concentrates

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.

Ingredients

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.

Edibles

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.


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.  

Shop the best today at https://north.life/!


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 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.

They:

  • 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!


All About Concentrates

Concentrates are the products of extracting plant matter from cannabis, leaving behind cannabinoids with unique properties. This includes THC, which is known for its euphoric experiences, CBD, which is responsible for healing, and terpenes, which provide the aroma. The whole goal of creating concentrates is to keep the desirable elements of the plants but to eliminate the plant matter.

Why Go with Concentrates?

Concentrates are known for their flavor, potency, and wide variety of products. They are great for medical cannabis users looking for immediate pain relief, experienced cannabis users, and people looking to try something new.

The versatility of concentrates is a great reason to give them a try. For starters, you don’t just have to smoke concentrates; there are many ways you can consume them. They are also very effective, meaning a little goes a long way. And, finally, the extracts that concentrates are made from are refined. This creates a smooth, clean inhale when vaporized.

So, just how are cannabis concentrates made?

How are Concentrates Made?

There are two categories that concentrates fall under. These are solvent or solventless. However, each category has a couple of subcategories that you need to know about.

Solvent Concentrates

  1. Butane- also know as BHO (Butane Hash Oil), extractors add butane solvent to fresh, frozen flower or cured bud to strip the essential oils from the plant. The final product is an extract that retains all the cannabinoids and terpenes. However, it’s not done there. This extract then must be purged in a vacuum over. During this process the remaining chemical solvents evaporate from the extract.
  2. Carbon Dioxide- By exposing a combination of cannabis and gas at high temperatures and pressures, you get a crude extract that needs to undergo distillation. Distillation further refines the product and allows manufactures to isolate cannabinoids.

Solventless Concentrates

Solventless concentrates are made when heat and pressure is applied to the cannabis flower. There are two different categories of extracts that come from this process.

  1. Dry sift/dry sieve- this is process of rubbing or rolling dried flower over a sieve to collect trichomes (the resin glands of cannabis). This product is also known as kief and looks like a crumbly, off-white powder.
  2. Ice water hash/bubble hash- the extraction process involves tumbling cannabis flower through ice water, filtering it through fine mesh, and letting it dry. It can be dry, chalky, or greasy.

Textures

Every concentrate falls into a category of textures or consistencies. Here are the different textures you can see with different concentrates.

Sauce

Sauce is a runny, terpene-rich concentrate that occurs when the cannabinoids and terpenes are separated. Some products are labeled HTFSE (high-terpene full-spectrum extract), which means it’s a terpene-rich concentrate that still maintains a well-rounded cannabinoid profile. Sauce is thicker, stickier, and more viscous in texture than sugar, and has a more uniform structure.

Sugar

Sugar is used to describe any concentrate that has a similar consistency to a wet, sappy sugar. This texture is not uniform in nature and typically is colored anywhere between bright yellow and deep amber.

Rosin

Rosin is pure and has no solvent residue. This shatter-like concentrate retains more terpenes and flavonoids and is great for people looking for flavor and purity. It is made by heating and pressing dried flower, hash, or kief together.

Live Rosin

Live rosin has no solvent residue and is made by pressing bubble hash that came from freshly frozen flower

Live Resin

Live resin is a solvent-based (usually BHO), high-quality concentrate. The extreme flavor is achieved by flash-freezing the whole cannabis flowers and then extracting them.

(“Live” products are frozen immediately after harvest.)

Budder

Budder is an amber/yellowish concentrate that resembles butter. Its flavor, colorfulness, and aromatic properties separate it from other concentrates. The creamy texture makes it easy to consume and store. The high THC levels produce a joyful and euphoric experience.

Hash

Hash is kief compressed into a block and has been used for thousands of years by different civilizations.

Ice wax

Ice wax is a subcategory of bubble hash, this concentrate is the highest grade of bubble hash and can be dabbed. Identified by its fine, grainy, sand-like texture.

Wax

Wax has a gooey, candle wax-like texture achieved by whipping it during the purging process. Usually a yellowish-brown color, these concentrates are very potent and can be used to relieve several health issues, like chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.

Shatter

This concentrate looks like glass and shatters into tiny pieces. It should be a clear-thin sheet that is amber or gold in color. Its potency (50%-90% THC) makes it ideal for medical use. It’s excellent for chronic pain and may also help with mood swings, depression, and stress.

Distillate

This concentrate undergoes a complex extraction, separation, and purification process to produce a potent oil. All that’s left after these processes is THC. This 99% THC concentrate has tremendous protentional for medical and recreational use and is often used in edibles and vape cartridges.

Crystalline

This concentrate is isolated cannabinoids in a pure crystal structure. These crystals have no flavor, color, or aroma and are very high in THC (99.9%).

How To Consume Your Concentrates

If you’re looking for something low maintenance, but still want a potency boost, we recommend you top your flower. Adding powdered kief to your bowl or wrapping wax around your joint can up the potency of your smokables with only a little extra effort.

Looking for a light high on the go? Use a vape pen! Pre-filled vape pens are a discreet and efficient way to consume cannabis concentrates. A major plus of this option is that the high sets in almost immediately.

For a long-lasting, smoke-free high, eat an edible. These don’t require any special equipment and they’re easy to consume. However, it may take up to two hours for the full high to kick in.

Finally, if you’re looking for targeted relief, we suggested you try a topical. When applied topically, concentrates may provide the relief you’re seeking, but without the head high.

Head North!

Head North for all your concentrate needs. We have a wide selection to choose from, so it’s guaranteed that you’ll find something perfect for you. Check out our website at https://north.life/ for all your medical cannabis needs. Also, take the time to check out some of our blogs, here, for more information about cannabis and what it can do for you.


Timeline of Missouri’s Cannabis Industry

Missouri’s medical cannabis industry has come a long way since its legalization in 2018. Here is exactly how we got here:

2014: SB-491 Passes to Decriminalize Less than 10 Grams of Marijuana

In 2014, Missouri passed Senate Bill 491. This declared possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis a misdemeanor crime, resulting in a $500 fine and no jail time. The bill, however, somehow passed through without receiving Governor Jay Nixon’s signature. It did not officially go into effect until 2017. 

2017: SB-491 Officially Goes into Effect – 10 Grams of Cannabis or Less Results in a $500 Fine

This bill went into effect in January 2017.

November 2018: Missouri Legalizes Medical Marijuana

The November elections brought medical marijuana to Missouri. Amendment 2 modifies the Missouri constitution, signaling permanence and an intent to make medical marijuana accessible to eligible Missourians.

There were two other measures on the Missouri ballot. One of the losing measures, Amendment 3, set a 15% tax on medical marijuana and funds would go to researching cures and treatment for cancer and other diseases. This amendment also would not have allowed for home cultivation like Missouri’s current laws do.

Proposition C would have taxed medical marijuana sales at 2% and only allowed people with a limited list of certain conditions to qualify for a medical marijuana card. Amendment 2 passed by a margin of 66% to 34%.

December 2018: The 2018 Farm Bill Legalizes Hemp Nationwide

The 2018 Farm Bill was important to not only Missouri, but the nation as a whole. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, spearheaded the 2018 Farm Bill, effectively legalizing hemp and removing it from the federal-controlled substances list. The bill also addressed other aspects of farming unrelated to hemp, like subsidiaries and others.

June 2019: Patients and Caregivers Begin Applying for their Medical Marijuana Cards in Missouri

According to Amendment 2, the Department had until July 6, 2019 to open applications for medical marijuana patients and caregivers. They were six days ahead of schedule on June 28. The Department has officially been taking applications for over a year, meaning many of Missouri’s patients have already gone through the annual renewal process.

August 2019: Facility Application Window Begins (and Ends)

Missouri began accepting applications for medical marijuana facilities on August 3. Immediately, the flood of applications and want-to-be cannabis businesses became apparent. There were 12 applications received in the first 48 hours. The deadline to submit applications was eventually extended, with some citing technical difficulties.

This caused a lot of uproar from applicants who felt their months of hard work preparing for the application process was undervalued and disregarded. Many applicants paid early bird fees to be ready to hit submit on their application the moment they were able to. On average, across plant-touching businesses, applications submitted per applicant equaled 1.5 with dispensaries being a little higher at 1.7.

December 2019: Facility Licenses Start Getting Approved

Testing was the first group of licenses that were awarded. The testing facilities are responsible for testing all aspects of the plant, such as THC levels, pesticide use, heavy metals, etc. Missouri awarded ten applicants licenses to test medical marijuana, eight more than Amendment 2’s required minimum of two facilities. There were 17 applicant groups for testing facilities – so seven did not receive a license.

After testing, transportation licenses were awarded. Transportation facilities are those certified to transport medical marijuana, like to the dispensaries for sale, testing facilities to test, or manufacturers to process the flower into products. What is unique about transportation licenses is the ability to apply at any time. The remaining sectors of the cannabis industry had a “one and done” application window. The majority of transportation applicants received a license during their initial application period, with 21 approved licenses and three denied.

The month of December brought one more approved license group: cultivation. Missouri approved 60 cultivation operations across the state, with 14 of them being in the St. Louis area. Only a small percentage of cultivation licenses were awarded out of the 600 applicants who applied.

December 2019: Lawsuits Begin

On December 27, Sarcoxie Nursery made headlines when they sued the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Sarcoxie Nursery felt they were wrongly denied a license to cultivate medical marijuana. The founders of Sarcoxie Nursery, the Callicoats, felt large corporations took over Missouri’s medical marijuana industry and pushed Missourians and the grassroots movement aside.

“Our family, along with tens of thousands of advocates from across Missouri, fought hard to legalize medical marijuana to bring healing to patients, as well as much-need economic opportunities to our local communities and to our state,” Dr. Callicoat said. “These large corporations that now have been awarded the lion’s share of the cultivation licenses were not involved in the effort either with time or money. It is wrong, and it is not what Missourians intended when they voted to legalize medical marijuana.”

January 2020: Remaining Licenses Awarded, Restraining Order Denied

On January 10, 86 approved manufacturing licensees were notified of their win. Upon manufacturing licenses being awarded, even more lawsuits took place on behalf of those applicants who felt they were wrongly denied, Sarcoxie included. A judge ultimately denied Sarcoxie’s request for a restraining order.

Seed-to-sale licenses were awarded in Missouri on the 13th of January. Seed-to-sale systems will track plants from the beginning of their life to the sale made in a dispensary.

Missouri approved 192 licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries in Missouri on January 27. DHSS ended up having to release a revised list of approved dispensaries due to one group accidentally receiving 6 licenses, 1 license over the 5 license per group cap. The freed-up license was given to LSL Management LLC. North Medical Group was honored to be one of the 192 licenses chosen to provide medical marijuana to the people of Hillsboro.

June 2020: BeLeaf Becomes First Cultivation Operation to Put Plants in the Ground – The Industry Has Begun

On June 11, St. Louis-based BeLeaf was the first cultivation operation to begin growing plants. The company already has a hemp cultivation operation and transitioned into medical marijuana. Other companies continue to cross their t’s and dot their i’s.

What Does the Future Hold?

With nearly 200 dispensaries in the state and adult use on the horizon, the potential for the marijuana industry in Missouri is infinite.