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CBD and THC: Finding your ideal Cannabinoid Ratio

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THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical that all of us cannabis users know and love. It’s the cannabinoid that gives you that euphoric “high” effect. Many of us have also learned about THC’s sibling chemical CBD; toted in the news and drug stores as the latest miracle drug that can cure anything. Though this isn’t exactly true.

CBD + THC = Better

CBD, when paired with THC, has amazing medicinal benefits that differ from smoking any ol’ joint from your local weed dealer. There is a synergistic experience known as The Entourage Effect that occurs when multiple cannabinoids are consumed at the same time. In turn, you need fewer of each cannabinoid in order to reach a desired medicinal effect when you have as many of those cannabinoids as possible.

Depending on which ratio of the cannabinoids present in what you’re smoking, you can receive different effects. For example, CBD has shown evidence of quelling some of the negative side effects from consuming high levels of high THC like anxiety, paranoia, raised blood pressure and other feelings of “being out of control.” In turn, it makes for a calmer high that can be intense but manageable if you’re used to feeling too intoxicated by straight THC.

Cannabinoid Ratios Explained

Products that include both THC and CBD will have the quantity of both of these compounds, in relation to each other, listed as a ratio on their packaging. For example, if you have a product with 120mg of CBD and 40mg of THC, it will have a ratio of 3:1, CBD:THC. These ratios can vary in any direction of being CBD dominant, THC dominant, or equal parts of both.

Most modern cannabis breeding has produced strains of flower that are much higher in THC but much lower in CBD and other therapeutic cannabinoids. This means you’ll often see THC:CBD ratios at 300:1 and higher. Though this high THC can be fun for, and sought after by, the recreational user, it limits the amount of medicinal application for those that want relief but don’t want to be “high”. Luckily there are amazing breeders and cultivators who are creating and reviving high CBD flower strains that are the source of true full-spectrum and cannabinoid rich oils.

Different ratios of CBD:THC from High Gorgeous

You can now find strains like AC/DC that come naturally with a 20:1 CBD:THC ratio which has worked wonders for mood disorders, depression, inflammation, epilepsy and many more. Ratios higher than a 12:1 CBD:THC ratio show little signs of creating an intoxicating effect for consumers. However, this is not a steadfast rule, as we all have differing sensitivities and tolerances to THC.

While high levels of THC may lead to intoxication, recent findings have shown that THC is favored as the most medicinal cannabinoid in cannabis, not CBD. This is not to discredit CBD entirely, as it has worked wonders for adolescents and adults alike who suffer from diseases and syndromes that can be completely reverted with CBD. Simply put though, having combinations of CBD and THC together show the broadest range of treatment options with increased efficacy. Finding your ratio is a matter of trial and error. If you aren’t sure what is right for you try talking with your budtender at Mankind in San Diego for some guidance.

Remember if you are taking cannabis for medicinal reasons it is important to speak with your doctor and get their recommendations for dosage and frequency of use. While budtenders can help you find the right strain in store, we are not doctors and therefore shouldn’t be consulted as such.

Mankind Dispensary is located at 7128 Miramar Rd in San Diego. We offer a wide array of flower, concentrates, vape, edibles, and other cannabis products. Mankind Delivery is available to those within a 20 mile radius from the store for those who may not be able to come in. Delivery is available from 12m to 7pm daily. Our online budtenders are there to answer questions during delivery operating hours.

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Cannabis Cup Winners At Mankind

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High Times Cannabis Cup Awards

The Search For Quality

Here at Mankind Dispensary our number one priority is to find you the best quality cannabis products and get it into your hands. Every time you come into a dispensary we all hope their product purchasers care about really good weed as much as you do. One of the ways we explore our passion for discovering new products is by attending California High Times Cannabis Cups. We believe those who are able to judge the competition care about the effects, taste, smell, looks, smoothness and burn quality just as much as we do. Awards aside, cannabis events always have vendor booths with amazing products which we get to interact with first-hand. Products which win these cups often are a step above the rest in quality and provide a special experience that makes you want to return to it again and again.

Below is a list of products we carry which have awards in NorCal, Central Valley and SoCal for 2019. We feel these products represent some of the best that California has to offer and maintains its reputation as the best source of cannabis in the world.

Central Valley Cannabis Cup

Best Edible

2nd place Tropic Twist Gummies by Dixie

3rd place Sour Watermelon Gummies by Smokiez

Best Sativa

2nd Gelonade by Connected

            A cross between Gelato and Lemon Tree, Gelonade has a citrus sweetness which gets rounded out by a slight desert creaminess that has you licking your lips for more. The effects are uplifting and social but can be intense in higher doses.

Best Indica

2nd Cherry Meringue by Lumpy’s Flower

            One of the most flavorful flower we’ve seen in a while, the Cherry Meringue is extremely mellow and would be a great flower to fill a bong with and wind down from a long work day. The flavor is rich and full-bodied with dark fruit undertones.

Best Sungrown Flower

1st Venom OG – Honeydew Farms

Best Indica Concentrate

1st Papaya by Apex Extracts

            Papaya by Apex Extracts tastes like a hot pie with tropical fruits in it got set down on your mom’s oldest wood chopping board, creating a rich fruity smell that is surrounded by a sweet earthiness that coats your entire mouth. Though the flavor my resemble a typical sativa terpene profile, the effects are heavy behind the eyes and would have you zoned out in no time.

Best Topical

3rd place Synergy Bath Salts by Dixie

Hitting with a wave of relaxation and pain relief, the Synergy Bath Salt by Dixie contains 100mg of THC and 100mg of CBD. Perfect for easing inflammation and easy muscle tension, this bath additive smells great, won’t leave a weird film on your skin like other salts, and makes your whole body feel like it is draped in a heavy warm blanket after your bath.

SoCal Cannabis Cup

Best Hybrid

3rd place Mac 1 (Caps cut) by SOG and Choice

Best Sungrown Flower

1st Guava by Loudpack

2nd Sundae Driver by Honeydew Farms

3rd Venom Og by Honeydew Farms

Best Indica Concentrate

2nd Papaya by Apex Extracts

Best Preroll

2nd place Mac 1 by SOG and Choice

Best Vape Cart

1st Moxie Dart Pina Colada

            You just hopped on a cruise ship and you stop at the poolside bar to grab a drink and wave your friends away as you sail into the sunset. You take your first sip and you’re in heaven. Moxie’s Pina Colada has a smooth high and a heavy hit, perfect for continuous hits throughout your day of fun in the sun.

3rd Strawberry Jack by Raw Garden

NorCal Cannabis Cup

Best Infused Product

1st place Trance (hash infused joint) by Lola Lola

Best Preroll

1st place Sunset Sherbet by Goldenseed

We at Mankind have one of the widest selections of Cannabis Cup winning products in San Diego. Paired with all of our other wonderful flowers, vapes, edibles and concentrates, we boast one the greatest collections in the whole state. The best part: Mankind has an interactive layout which doesn’t leave you stuck at a counter feeling pressured to buy whatever one person is pushing at you. Take your time to peruse our store and actually hold, smell, and inspect any cannabis product you would like. Come in today and get to experience first-hand all the amazing award winning and other products here at Mankind.

The Importance Of Cannabis Genetics

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Indoor Cannabis Grow

When growing cannabis, a strain’s genetics are arguably one of the most important factors in deciding whether or not you’ll end up with some Grade-A chronic or some mids that you couldn’t pay anyone to smoke. Equally important when smoking, understanding genetics helps you better decide which strain will produce the affects you are looking for. There still remains pure heirloom strains which have survived for decades for sure. Most strains we know now have been strategically hybridized to create new variety and improve past strains with their most desirable traits. What are the basics of genetics, and why are they important to growing and smoking?

Genetic Manipulation How and Why

For growing, genetics will greatly contribute to determining a plant’s size, color, vigor, resistance to pests and mold, smell, taste, yield, and overall cannabinoid and terpene production. These qualities all vary from strain to strain based on its genotype, or genetic code which provides the framework for a strain’s attributes. This code is then expressed through a strain’s phenotype, or physical manifestation of a strains genotype (paired with contributing environmental factors). Like siblings who share DNA, different phenotypes are similar yet vary in how they are expressed. As a hypothetical example, pheno 1 may produce a shorter growing plant with the citrus smells from the mother plant, while pheno 2 may taste earthier, with heavy sedative affects from the father.

As the number of cultivators has increased, so too has strain hybridization. Strains that are unique and high yielding in cannabinoid content, terpene, and over all quantity production are the holy grail for growers. Hybridization helps accomplish this by creating new strains that potentially have the best traits of both parent strains. Growers embark on what’s known as a “phenotype hunt”. This is a large induction of hundreds to thousands of seeds in a search for a new perfect combination of traits from both parents. These traits include growing habits which can make filling a large room a headache. This is due to sporadic growth patterns or a walk in the park due to a strain’s uniformity. Single strains can be bred back into themselves to create more stable and predictable traits.

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Consumption Junction Whats The Function?

From a smoking perspective, knowing the genetics of what you’re consuming helps you predict what you will feel and the potential quality of that flower. Genetic consistencies are displayed through strain names that help signify what type of affects you are going to feel. Jack Herer is a popular euphoric and soaring sativa that is crossed with many other strains. Thus, when you see Jack the Ripper or Candy Jack, you can expect similar effects to its notorious parent strain.

The tricky part is memorizing all of the cannabis strain trigger words. Haze, purple, blue, OG, kush, dream, jack, lemon, cookies, etc. These are all common prefixes and suffixes in strain names. Researching what these words genetic lineages are will help you better decipher what strain to pick up off the flower wall at Mankind.

Knowledge Is Power

Knowing which strain to grow and smoke can be a daunting task if you are new to cannabis. Even veterans of the industry are exposed to newly developed genetics, phenotypes and cannabis experiences every day. Taking the time to speak with a knowledgeable Mankind Dispensary consultant will help provide insight on strains you love and even help you find new favorite cannabis genetics in San Diego. Stop by today to find out which genetics are right for you!

About the author: Zac is a cannabis devotee and one of our lead cannabis consultants at Mankind Dispensary. He is San Diego county born and raised (Carlsbad) and has been a professional in the cannabis industry for 8 years. You can find him on instagram at zabadaba.sd .

Mankind’s 5 Ways to Enhance Your High

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Make your high a little better

Life Is About Adventure

Is your normal way of using cannabis just getting a little stale? Life is often categorized into routines, and our cannabis habits are no different.Just because you’ve gotten used to consuming in one way doesn’t mean you can’t have a new experience. The next time you pick up your favorite flower or vape from your local San Diego dispensary like Mankind think about this list. Here are five ways you can enhance your high and take it to the next level.

1. Ingest Terpenes

Terpenes are chemical components found in cannabis that produce its smell and modulate the effects of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. They possess aroma-therapeutic effects, and strains or forms of consumption which are high in terpenes create a unique experience. This all depends on which terpenes are in that strain. Terpenes like Myrcene and Linalool create calming and sedating effects and thus are closely affiliated with Indica strains. Limonene and Pinene possess uplifting and focusing qualities and are often associated with sativa strains. Consuming terpenes through raw inhalation or vaporizing them in a diffuser, while consuming cannabis, can help intensify and change the direction of your high.

2. Try Different Consumption Methods

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District Edibles cannabis infused gummy

Constantly smoking out of your favorite pipe or only munching on edibles can give you a similar high every time you imbibe in cannabis. They say “variety is the spice of life” for a reason, and it is no different for cannabis. If you’re used to smoking joints, pipe loads, or bong hits then you should try edibles like Kushy Punch gummies or Kiva chocolate bars which will take longer to kick in but will last much longer and can hit in a more intense fashion than smoking. If you’re used to vaping cartridges or concentrates, try a tincture from Outco brands or Care By Design. Tinctures are liquid drops that go under the tongue which reach full effect in around 30 minutes. Different consumption methods provide different pros and cons, so have fun experimenting with new ingestion options.

3. Smoke Some Hash man!

Cannabis concentrates, often known as hash, hash oil, water hash, dabs, distillate, etc. are extracts which boasts much higher cannabinoid levels than your typical cannabis flower. Concentrates are also higher in terpenes, which we learned earlier have THC-modulating effects. The higher presence of both cannabinoids and terpenes means a longer high and more uniquely intense experience. Smoking or vaporizing concentrates like Raw Garden Hash Oil Sauce (insert link to online ordering raw garden sauce) on their own or adding them to your flower will certainly give you a potent high you won’t forget.

4. Consume Before Exercising

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Fit couple taking a break

They days of labeling cannabis consumers as “lazy stoners” are long gone. Many users find that ingesting cannabis before a workout can not only improve their focus on the task at hand but can also enhance the high they experience during and after a workout. Studies have shown that cardio exercise can increase blood-THC levels by 15% when cannabis is in your system. Additionally, consuming THC and CBD after a workout can help quicken the recovery process so that you’ll be back to toking and training in no time.

5. When All Else Fails, Take a Tolerance Break

Our bodies love cannabis. It triggers our endocannabinoid system and helps find the missing pieces our body needs to reach homeostasis. This means our bodies hold on to cannabinoids for a long time, building a tolerance to cannabinoids. This is why you may notice your high is not as intense as when you first opened that eighth or took your first drag of your new cartridge. Stopping cannabis for two days out of the month can help reset your system and make it more receptive when you start consuming again. Even taking a minor break can produce a noticeable intensity when you decide to roll up again.

So the next time you decide to relax and toke up with a joint or hit your vaporizer, consider trying some of these ways to boost your high. Reset things and give yourself a unique cannabis experience. You can always come talk with us at Mankind Dispensary too. We are happy to assist in finding the next new product or consumption method to enhance your high.

About the author: Zac is a cannabis devotee and one of our lead cannabis consultants at Mankind Dispensary. He is San Diego county born and raised (Carlsbad) and has been a professional in the cannabis industry for 8 years. You can find him on instagram at zabadaba.sd .

Understanding Cannabinoid Test Results and “Total Active Cannabinoids”

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Testing for cannabinoids

So, you’re at Mankind and you’re looking through the 50+ plus strains of marijuana the dispensary has on the flower wall. You end up with a bag of Sonoma Pacific’s Alien Rock Candy in your hands, and find it has a “Total Active Cannabinoids” of 21.04%. What does this number actually mean? What does “active” mean in this case? As consumers we are often looking for high THC percentage, yet THC makes up only a portion of the percentage of total cannabinoids. What else makes up a plant’s Total Active Cannabinoids, and why is this number important?

As mentioned in one of our previous blog posts, Rob’s “Cannabinoid Reference Guide and Breakdown”, cannabinoids are the main chemical component that gives cannabis its effects. There are over 85 cannabinoids documented by science. Some of the most common ones are THC (delta9-THC), CBD, CBN, CBG, and THCV. Each strain has what we call a Cannabinoid Profile, or the amount of each cannabinoid present in that specific strain. This profile is typically what testing results are referring to when listing a strain’s percentage of Total Active Cannabinoids.

What are “active” cannabinoids?

Companies like Sonoma Pacific, who cultivate cannabis flower, list “Total Active Cannabinoids,” along with levels of delta9-THC and CBD. However, listing delta9-THC on flower can be confusing. Total Active Cannabinoids on most Sonoma strains range from 15%-32%, yet delta9-THC is often listed around 0.3%-5%. If levels of THC dominate most cannabinoid profiles, why is the delta9-THC so low?

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Marijuana flower from Sonoma Pacific

To answer this, we must address the descriptive words used in test results; more specifically, what the term “Active” means in the context of cannabinoids. Cannabis does not produce delta-9-THC, but its precursor THCa (Tetrahydrocannabinolic-acid). THCa becomes “active” after going through the process of decarboxylation, where heat energy is applied to the THCa (usually during the smoking or vaporizing method of consumption). Here the acidic portion of the non-psychoactive THCa is removed. The THC can now be processed by the body to create the euphoric, pain-relieving and calming experience we all know and love. Other cannabinoids with acidic properties are also activated in the decarboxylation process.

However, referring to decarboxylation as activation should not cause you to think a cannabinoid’s acidic form is useless. Cannabinoids in this form are able to be processed by the body, and produce beneficial medical effects. Yet they do not create the psychoactive and more powerful effect most users are looking for from their cannabis. Common terminology has simply referred to THC as the popular and readily desired chemical. This is why a more accurate labeling of THC in a finished flower will be Total Potential Cannabinoids and will isolate the detected amounts of THCa combined with THC.

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Marijuana in oil form

What else is in a cannabinoid profile?

When listing isolated cannabinoids most companies will only provide potential THC and CBD percentages in the plant, as they are the most well-known and sought-after cannabinoids. Unless selectively bred otherwise, most cannabinoid profiles will be dominated by THC and low in CBD and other minor cannabinoids. Yet when you add up these other 85 phytocannabinoids potentially present in that strain, they can make up around 2%-15+%, of the total cannabinoid profile. Though small in comparison to the levels of potential THC (often around 10%-30+%), these others can have a major influence on the type of high and experience you get from consuming that specific strain.

These complex and infinitely unique effects are why it is important to individually list the levels of all potential cannabinoids in a specific strain. As conscious cannabis consumers searching through dispensaries in San Diego like Mankind, we hope the future brings more accurate testing and transparency. The listing of major and minor cannabinoid levels will help to better understand how the cannabis we are inhaling will affect us. Knowing what ratios of specific cannabinoids work best for your body can create a more consistent and fulfilling experience. It can also make shopping for the perfect strain at Mankind a bit easier.

About the author: Zac is a cannabis devotee and one of our lead cannabis consultants at Mankind Dispensary. He is San Diego county born and raised (Carlsbad) and has been a professional in the cannabis industry for 8 years. You can find him on instagram at zabadaba.sd .

The Indoor vs. Outdoor Grow Cannabis Debate

There is a conversation that takes place among cannabis connoisseurs all over. The indoor vs. outdoor grown conversation. We decided to tap into resident canna-science nerd and genius, Rob, to talk about this topic. Rob’s passion for quality products is well known among staff, vendors, and Mankind members (even if they don’t know it). Think of him as the E.F. Hutton of weed. When Rob talks, we should all listen.

Quanlity, Quantity, Sustainability

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Growing cannabis outdoors

The word “outdoor” has always had a negative connotation among cannabis buyers and consumers. It’s generally regarded as lower quality or a commercial venture rather than a high quality passion project. This line of thinking has a few critical errors and oversights. I hope to cover some of the key points here.

The levels of cannabinoids present in a plant, as well as it’s overall appearance, are really the only determining factors in judging the quality of any sample. There are a million factors that can lead to the levels of one strain being higher or lower than another. Genetics, environment and light spectrum tend to be big three. Taking genetics out of the conversation today, let’s focus on environment and light spectrum.

Climb Into The Light

When we talk about environment, we’re referring to the conditions, climate and control of the plant’s light and nutrient exposure while it was being grown.

Light spectrum is referring to the source of lumens feeding your plants. A lumen is the amount of light emitted per second from any particular light source. The sun provides a certain spectrum of light. Meanwhile high pressure sodium, or LED lights, provide a different spectrum respectively.

“Full term”, “outdoor”, and “sun grown” refer to plants with very little environmental control. The sun provides the only light spectrum and the plants are exposed to whatever is in the air around them. This is the traditional way to grow cannabis. It gives you the ability to scale the size of your production to whatever the size of your plot of land will allow. Cheaper cost of production leads to cheaper retail prices, for better or for worse. Companies like Roots and True Humboldt specialize in outdoor grows.

Here little environmental control can lead to problems with microbial and pesticide testing. The sun however will always be the preferred source of light for producing a broad spectrum of cannabinoids. This is especially true in the production of complex volatile terpenes which are responsible for the plant’s flavor and aroma.

Upsides: Sustainable, scalable, low impact to the surrounding environment

Downsides: Low environmental control, only 1 grow per season, appearance of flower can sometimes be subpar

A Greener House

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Green house produced cannabis offers sun and artificial light

“Greenhouse”, “light- dep”, or “mixed light” grows are becoming more and more the industry standard. There is some wiggle room in these terms but generally a true greenhouse is just an enclosed glass structure. These are used to control the environment while maintaining the pure sunlight spectrum.

Light deprivation, or “light dep” grows utilize the sun’s light as well as some form of light control. Things like black out tarps or light movers ensure a specific amount of light reaches the plants. “Mixed light” grows are some of the more advanced systems today. They utilize the sun’s natural light, supplemented by LED and/or HPS lights to ensure plants get the widest spectrum of light possible.

Upsides: Sustainable, scalable, medium to low impact to the surrounding environment, fully automatable for year round production, high quality flowers

Downsides: Cost of production goes up the more advanced your grow becomes

Indoor All The Way

True indoor grows came into existence for 2 main reasons. The first was because it’s easier to hide a clandestine grow inside a house than it is outdoors. The second, and probably more important reason, was the ability to grow year round. The influx of indoor hydroponic grows along with the impetus for higher and higher THC contents converged to create the notion that indoor inherently meant higher quality.

While you have a higher level of environmental control on temperature and outside influence, most commercial indoor rooms produce about 60% of what their Mixed Light counterparts do. It also costs more to produce it this way. Small batch, boutique indoor grows with unique branding and exorbitant price points have seen a rise in popularity in the recreational cannabis space. Brands like Garrison Lane and the Jungle Boys specialize in exotic strains grown completely indoors. It’s pretty costly on the water supply, power grid, and your wallet, to start an indoor grow or to purchase the finished product.

Upsides: The highest level of environmental control and security

Downsides: Cost prohibitive, smaller yields, and the highest impact on the environment

The Circle Of Life

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Choosing the right product matters

When we consume cannabis we become part of the chain of production. It’s our responsibility to choose products that align with our conscience. Looking into the business practices, sustainability, and the environmental impact of the companies we deal with is as important in the cannabis industry as it is in the food industry. The rise in demand for cannabis will lead to more and more growers, that means more water being used, more gas being used, more plastic being used and more electricity being used. So be informed, and be aware of the large impact our small choices can make.   

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Rob Espinosa is Mankind Dispensary’s very own cannabis whiz. Rob handles product purchases and has a long history of love, and education, within the cannabis world. You can find out what new hotness Rob has found for Mankind customers by stopping in at 7128 Miramar Rd in San Diego. You can find him on IG @blue_ridge_rob. (PS we asked him to smile…he said he was.)