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Mankind buyers guide to the ultimate Danksgiving Gathering

Thanksgiving, the holiday enjoyed by stoners nation-wide. While some give thanks to things like health and wealth, I like to give thanks to how many different ways I can get the munchies to prep for the big feast!  Who ever thought eating THC-infused food would make you want to eat more food? If edibles aren’t your forte then smoking is always a great option! Rolling joints or taking rips from the bong are great ways to smoke but if you ask me Thanksgiving calls for vaporizing concentrates until all you can concentrate on is mashed potatoes and gravy! Any way you choose to get high, Mankind has your back for everything you need to make this Thanksgiving a Danksgiving!

Edibles – The Tasty Way To Fly

Since Thanksgiving is all about eating let’s start off by talking about edibles. Some people like to get up early and watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  If that’s you, why not pair your early morning with a tea? Specifically a Positivi-Tea from Kikoko! This caffeinated tea bag contains 10mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD which is sure to get your morning started on a high note! If 10mg of THC just isn’t enough for you, feel free to pair the tea with our THC infused Honey from Honey Pot.

This 4oz container of 100mg THC infused honey will leave you with plenty of honey to turn any tea into a THC infused one! As turkey day goes on you’re going to want something with a little more strength to it. Now there’s two ways you can go with this… you can take a shot of 100mg of THC with Kwik Ease and really get the day going! Or you can play it cool and microdose yourself into a cozy couch lock until dinner is served. There are plenty of edibles that offer the option to microdose! One of the favorites around Mankind are the Kushy Punches. They are available in Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid and they are amazing tiny little gummy squares of magic! Now if you want something that’ll get the entire dinner table high, we have the perfect thing for you… THC infused butter!! We have a 1000 mg container of butter from Heavenly Sweet that is perfect for making a butter roasted turkey! A THC turkey, I’d never thought I’d see the day.

Herb – Not Just For Turkey Seasoning

Now onto the good old herb. If you and your friends and family like to watch or play football on Thanksgiving, Mankind has the best joints to pass around the huddle. Infused Baby Jeeters are an amazing option because they are short little baby joints dusted in kief that are perfect to smoke during timeouts or halftime. They come in packs of 5 so you have one for every quarter and one extra just in case there’s some overtime.

If you’re watching the game sit back and relax with a Mimosa. Not the drink! Mankind has a flower option with the same name! Mimosa from KNBIS is a great selection. A winner of multiple Cannabis Cups, Mimosa is a new Sativa that has gained a lot of attention in the past year. Mimosa is born of Purple Punch and Clementine, which makes for a very unique flavor profile – strong citrus with hints of Hawaiian punch. Quickly becoming a favorite for many fans across the country, this strain has an uplifting, clear headed effect, often inducing a sense of focus perfect for watching a game. 

Vape – The Discreet Treat

If you’re trying to get high discreetly during the Thanksgiving party then vape cartridges are the way to go! Raw Garden and Outco are two favorites here at Mankind and for good reason. All of their stains have great flavor and equally as great effects. Sneak outside the back door and take a couple puffs of a Raw Garden or Outco cartridge and you’ll almost instantly be taken to a place of thankfulness to whoever made these lovely pens. 

Extract Salads

If you’re looking for a terpy appetizer this Thanksgiving, Mankind has a smorgasbord of tasty concentrates to choose from. Anything from Apex Extractions will fill your lungs with flavorful vapor. If you want something for right before the big meal that will last you for the entire meal, Blue Dream from Apex Extractions should be the one you grab. Blue Dream is a Sativa dominant Hybrid that gives you the best from both the Indica and Sativa side. You’ll be so happy and yet so relaxed as you chow down on everything Thanksgiving has to offer. If you want some true flavor from your concentrates, scoop up some 710 labs anytime you see it at Mankind. Their rosin is some of the most  flavorful and potent concentrates on the market. We must give thanks to all extraction companies but give a little extra to 710 Labs.

In conclusion, Mankind has the stuff that will make you feel extra thankful for a day filled with food and football. Sometimes all you need is a little weed to make you feel grateful. There really are so many options to choose from, you can’t go wrong with any of them. If you have any of the products I mentioned then you’re for sure turning Thanksgiving into a Danksgiving! Have a Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Local Cannabis Companies Give Back – Pacific San Diego

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Mankind Dispensary, and many other cannabis companies, work hard to be a positive force within the communities they serve. Recently Pacific San Diego ran an article on the challenges some companies face in giving back to the charities in our own back yards. Mankind’s very own Cathy Bliss spoke to Pacific San Diego about the work Mankind has done. You can read about it below and then head out to their website to read the entire article.

Cathy Bliss, director of community outreach at dispensary Mankind Cooperative, isn’t surprised schools rejected Brun’s donations. Existing laws state cannabis companies cannot operate near schools and must childproof products’ packaging.

“We’re trying so hard to keep cannabis … away from kids unless it’s for a medical purpose,” said Bliss. “It makes sense to me why some of the schools might not want to be associated.”

Bliss hasn’t experienced an incident like Brun has, but said a veteran-based nonprofit told Mankind they couldn’t work with them at the moment. Bliss said their reasoning was unclear, but overall finds that the majority of groups want to partner with Mankind on philanthropic work.

Participating in charity work gives Mankind more visibility in the community, said Bliss. She points to Mankind’s sponsorship of a neuroscience conference for the Autism Tree Project Foundation as one example. Many parents approached Bliss at the conference to inquire about cannabis’ potential benefits on autistic children.  

“It was overwhelmingly positive,” said Bliss. “The fact that we had sponsored it and I was there; I think that gave a lot of people access.”

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Take a deep breath. Now exhale. Feel that? That’s the same relaxed feeling you will get when you visit San Diego’s best cannabis dispensary, Mankind Cannabis. We offer premium quality medical cannabis and recreational cannabis for adults over the age of 21. This holiday season what does that mean for you? A little less stress thanks to the amazing cannabis products found at Mankind.

Holidays And Chill

The holidays are here. That means life can get a little stressful. Well we’ve got something for that whether you’re a new customer, or a faithful Mankind family member there’s something for everyone. All you need to do is print out one of the coupons below, grab your ID that shows you’re over the age of 21 (it doesn’t have to be a drivers license even) and then come talk to one of our incredible Bud Tenders to see which product is right for you.

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We are located at 7128 Miramar Rd, San Diego CA 92121. Come see us, and don’t forget our little gift when you do. See you soon San Diego.

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Cannabis & The Holiday Munchies

Mankind’s Guide To The Holiday Munchies

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Food Glorious Food

The holidays represent a trying time for people. The stress of travel, shopping, and even being around family can take its toll on the body in a number of ways. One of the most obvious is in the increase in appetite.

Within the health and fitness community it is widely understood that most individuals will fall off from their nutrition and health regimens during the Holidays. During this time we experience less control over what we eat both in quantity and quality. Between family gatherings where food is prepared en mass, to the perils of airport available options for snacking, even the most diligent nutrition and fitness junkies have been known to experience some additional padding around the mid section. But, believe it or not, the transverse is true as well.

People may not think it is possible but the added anxiety around the holidays can often lead to a lack of appetite as well. Even for those that seem to take the holiday season in stride there may be less interesting food options upon arrival at various holiday parties which can in turn lead to a decrease in hunger. So how can cannabis help with the holiday munchies, or lack thereof? We asked Rob to shed some light on the topic for us and as always he was more than happy to oblige.

Endocannabinoid And The Digestive Tract

The endocannabinoid system is widely distributed throughout the entire body. It is located in the brain, immune system, spleen, GI tract, liver, pancreas, stomach, skeletal muscles, and fat tissue. Receptors from the endocannabinoid system act on every major organ of the digestive system. This system is deeply involved with your bodies metabolism and plays a major role in appetite. First let’s look at the how it impacts the brain, since this is the drivers seat of the whole thing

The hypothalamus is a region of the brain responsible for controlling appetite. It does so by regulating the secretion of two different hormones: ghrelin and leptin. The hormone ghrelin stimulates appetite and increases the feeling of hunger. Leptin on the other hand, creates the sensation of satiety, of being full.

The neural circuit in the hypothalamus that regulates ghrelin is stimulated by CB1 receptors. This is how the chemical THC is able to create such powerful hunger cravings. It is so effective, in fact, that a pharmaceutical company designed a CB1 blocker as a diet pill to control appetite. Despite it’s effectiveness as an appetite suppressant the cannabis related drug never reached approval due to the psychological effects the drug produced.

The Dual Life Of CBD 

It turns out though that CBD happens to be an incredibly effective CB1 blocker. In animal studies rats given CBD ate much less food than the control rats. Additionally, CBD has been shown to increase leptin levels, which as we mentioned earlier are responsible for the feeling of satiety, or being full. So then CBD is a good appetite suppressant right? Well not so fast.

The flipside is that CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, and for people with appetite issues stemming from inflammation such as Chron’s disease, reducing inflammation usually means increased appetite and ability to digest. So it isn’t exactly accurate to say that CBD will work as a suppressant in everyone, as it could very easily end up doing the opposite for some people.

Sugar For The Win…

There is some research that shows THC-V to be an effective appetite suppressant, but it’s such a rare cannabinoid that finding a strain with a high enough content to be effective is like winning the lottery. Since we all know that winning the lottery has less chance of happening than being struck by lightning we will stay away from any discussion involving THC-V.

Research shows one of the effects ingesting cannabis has on the human system is a marked decrease in blood sugar. Researchers have also found that marijuana users have lower fasting insulin levels compared to non-users. What does that mean? Well the first reaction your body will have to it’s sugar levels dropping is a quick jolt of hunger in an effort to regulate those levels back to normal. An easy way to combat this and put the brakes on the onset of the munchies involves fruit juice. Drink fruit juice before you consume and you will lower the chance of those maniacal munchies. You know the ones that have you eating a whole bag of hot Cheetos while watching TV with the family. Or going for fifths and sixths at that holiday family buffet table. But why juice you ask?

Fruit juice specifically, coming from fruit, has a naturally high sugar concentration due to the fructose levels found in fruit. When fruit is juiced down those fructose levels don’t disappear, instead they are paired down with the juice itself giving fruit juice it’s high sugar concentration. Ever looked at the sugar content of Naked Juice? Pretty up there.

Most people may shy away from juices like this due to the amounts of sugar they contain. However if you are truly trying to avoid an onset of the munchies this is a fast, easily digestible way to get your insulin levels up. Thus you will avoid the insulin drop that comes with the ingestion of cannabis. It is also much healthier than eating a large snickers bar or a dozen donuts. After all its that kind of behavior we are looking to avoid.

But I Like Food

Now if you are looking to increase your appetite then the solution is much much simpler. Don’t take down any sugary drinks right before you consume your cannabis for the day. The drop in your insulin levels that occurring after you partake will spike that desire to eat. It won’t be long before you find yourself ready to dig in at the dinner table. Furthermore the right strain will aid in feeling more relaxed. A welcome release from all the holiday travel and anxiety that can get piled on during this time of year.

Want to know the best strains for anxiety relief, digestion, and inflammation? Stop in at Mankind Dispensary and speak to one of our insanely awesome Bud Tender crew. Mankind offers a number of different strains and products to get you just right for the holiday. So enjoy a relaxed, calm, peaceful time this holiday season.

Why Do Edibles Have A Different High?

Mankind’s Reference Guide To Understanding Edibles

To Eat Or Not To Eat – The Edibles Dilemma 

Ever notice that consuming cannabis edibles is a drastically different experience than smoking cannabis? Or maybe you are a long time cannabis smoker and are “canna-curious” about trying edibles. With the legalization of recreational cannabis in California more and more people are turning to it’s use for a variety of reasons. One thing some of these newer consumers are looking for is alternative ways to consume it.

Maybe you enjoy the calming effects of cannabis, but don’t want to smell like it at social functions. Then there’s the benefits to cannabis use in the professional realm as well. Many creative professionals utilizes various strains of cannabis to help them in their day to day work. Or you might have kids at home and you would rather not smoke around them. In that case edibles present a great alternative. The issue is though that people can have a vastly different experience consuming cannabis than they do smoking it. That is where Mankind comes in.

Mankind Dispensary’s staff is full of self-proclaimed “science nerds” and longtime cannabis professionals. When we asked them to explain for everyone why consuming edibles is so much different than smoking cannabis a couple were kind enough to kick some science your way. Here’s what the team had to say.

Smoking And THC

When you smoke marijuana, THC gets sucked into your bloodstream via the alveoli in the lungs, but  THC is an oil-soluble compound, meaning it doesn’t break down well in blood, which is mostly water. So within seconds, it looks to bind with the endocannabinoid receptors in the body, never really having a chance to be metabolized by the gastrointestinal tract. But when you ingest cannabis, your saliva immediately starts to break down that THC. Once it hits the stomach and then the liver, it becomes 11-hydroxy-THC. What is 11-hydroxy-THC? It’s one of the dozens of cannabinoids we’ve been able to study. Interestingly enough, it does not naturally exist in the cannabis plant. Rather it is formed within the human body after the ingestion of THC.

What is especially interesting about THC metabolites is that their levels in your body can be more than 10 times higher if you take cannabis in an edible form rather than through other routes. This accounts for the biggest difference between edibles and smoking. With edibles, a much larger fraction of Delta-9-THC makes it to the liver before being broken down. The liver is where it gets converted to 11-hydroxy-THC. If you smoke or vape, the conversion ratio is negligible. There really isn’t enough research available for review on 11-OH-THC, other than what amounts to scientists having injected people with Delta 9-THC and 11-OH-THC in varying levels and recording their response. What we can review says 11-OH-THC can have effects described as “psychedelic and highly intoxicating in high doses”.

Too Much Of  A Good Thing

Essentially when science references “highly intoxicating” we assume they are referencing stories of people calling an ambulance for themselves and sleeping for 14 hours. Something that occurs after eating an entire 500mg edible. Not something any experienced, wise cannabis connoisseur would recommend doing. It is important to note the actual lethal levels for cannabis, called an LD50 rating, would require a 175 pound man in good health to ingest somewhere around 53 whole grams of pure THC. (53000mgs for those who paid attention in math class.) In just about any commercially available edible if you consumed the necessary amount the sugar or salt would actually kill you first. Salt and sugar both have a lower LD50 than cannabis. (It’s possible to get decarbed wax in a high potency and consume 53 grams of it. It wouldn’t be an easy thing to accomplish however.)

Indica, Sativa, Hyrbid – What Is What?

As for edibles being considered Indica, Sativa or Hybrid…there’s some room for debate. When referring to the starting plant material you can definitely classify what the origins of the cannabinoids are. However, does that really matter when judging what the effects will be? When decarboxylation and processing the plant material into an edible, most times, a good amount of the complex terpene and cannabinoids are lost. A large portion of edible producers are using cannabis distillate as to avoid giving the edible an unpleasant “weedy” flavor. What makes the edible feel sleepy or not has more to do with your metabolism and the environment you took it in, along with the presence of compounds like CBN to help sleep along.

Eat Right, Eat Smart

There’s still so much science has to uncover in the cannabis world. Until cannabis is completely decriminalized we can’t understand every last complexity. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t lots of smart people out there working every day to learn what we can, with years of professional experience behind them. As they say, a little knowledge can go a long way. The first piece is understanding how your body reacts to the different ways you ingest cannabis. Edibles are much different, as we can see, than inhalation. When done right it is a great way for people to partake in something that has a ton of benefits to it.

If you are unsure how much to take of an edible the smartest thing you can do is ask your bud tenders next time you are in. These are folks who live cannabis daily. They immerse themselves into understanding how to safely consume it in all of it’s forms so that you don’t end up sleeping for 14 hours or freaking out. Cannabis is being used not only for medical purposes, but also to help people unwind from long days at the office. It aids in relieving anxiety, recovering from athletic training, enhancing work productivity, and socializing. Learn what works for your needs, talk to a professional, and enjoy the lifestyle enhancing effects of cannabis. You’ll be glad you did.

The Mankind Cannabis Food Drive

Mankind Cannabis – Feeding The Community

The Holiday’s are coming up fast. It is a time of reflection and gratitude. At Mankind Cannabis we have a lot to be grateful for. Amazing friends and family. Our health, and the ability to help so many others with theirs. Truly we feel that our lives are filled with so much, yet there is so much more out there that can be done to aid our fellow man. So we decided to hold a Mankind Cannabis Food Drive to feed those that struggle to feed themselves. We realize this is just as important of a topic to our community as it is to us so we wanted to give you a chance to help out, and give back some gratitude for those that do.

Giving and Receiving

So how does the food drive work? Glad you asked. We’ve kept it simple so follow along (if you get lost there is a chance to ask questions late…ok not really but we did make it super simple):

1. First you can bring in non-perishable food items. These include boxed meals, canned items, anything that is not fresh fruit, meat or veggies, or requires refrigeration. Think of things that are filling and easy to make. (Did you know spaghetti and sauce are non-perishable? Yep, you can provide a meal with two items, pretty cool.)

2. Second you can choose a meal bag from a list in the store. These bags provide a complete meal and are often feeding families.

3. Get something back for your good deed. 

It is just that simple. So what do you get in return? You mean other than that deep seeded glowing feeling in your soul achieved by helping your fellow man? Well if you donate non-perishable items we will give you $5 off any purchase of $25 or more. For picking a meal bag off the list you get $10 off any purchase of $25 or more. Just our way of saying thank you for helping your fellow man.

Making A Difference

San Diego is a wonderful place to live. Filled with sunshine year round and beautiful beaches. Still there are people that struggle in this great city daily to simply survive. That is why Mankind Cananbis is helping by donating all the food received to the San Diego Food Bank.

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank comprises the largest hunger relief organization in San Diego county. On average the food bank serves 370,000 people per month in San Diego County. There are almost a half a million people in San Diego County facing food insecurity daily. By donating to the Mankind Cannabis Food Drive, now through November 20th, the cannabis community can have a huge impact on those numbers.

Help us make an impact on our home. Come down to Mankind Cannabis today at 7128 Miramar Rd, San Diego, bring food or sponsor a meal bag, and leave feeling good in more ways than one.

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