Giant buds you can hug, a slide that drops into a pool of nugs, and the world’s largest bong are among the promises of Cannabition, an immersive cannabis museum now open in downtown Las Vegas. According to founder JJ Walker, the experience takes guests from “seed to celebration” via photogenic, interactive, and often enlightening installations.

‘Immersive’ is a hot buzzword in entertainment at the moment, describing everything from interactive plays and escape rooms to oh-so-Instagrammable selfie factories, like Candytopia and the Museum of Ice Cream. It was, in fact, the latter that inspired Walker to conceive of a similar concept surrounding cannabis.

Though Instagram is certainly a facet of Cannabition’s design and its many colorful, photogenic rooms, Walker also emphasizes education and—should Las Vegas decide to allow it—possible social consumption.

“I’d been thinking about how [social consumption] would work,” Walker said. “Is it really people just sitting around smoking hookahs? Why don’t we combine the emergence of these immersive museums with cannabis? Vegas seemed like a good option because Nevada was the next legal state and Vegas is the center of tourism.”

Walker worked as event producer in Colorado before opening a dispensary in the Denver area in 2009. He later founded  My 420 Tours, a cannabis tourism agency, which connects travelers with weed-friendly hotels and experiences in states where such things are allowed. However, Las Vegas proved to be a surprisingly difficult market.

“When they legalized cannabis, they shut down all consumption,” he said. “You can buy it, but you can’t smoke it anywhere. Hotel rooms, buses, all the things we got away with in Colorado, Sin City said, ‘no way.’”

Las Vegas' Cannabition Museum Offers a Fresh Spin on Tourism and Education

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Cannabition is a way for Walker to engage in cannabis-centric tourism in Vegas, offering a permanent exhibit that can evolve as the law does. Its fun, accessible exhibits appeal to cannabis enthusiasts and mainstream audiences alike, who can snap pictures with friends as they learn about the plant’s biology, history, and culture.

The exterior of the building features a mural by Gear Duran that takes viewers through moments in cannabis history, both positive and negative. For instance, the visage of Jimi Hendrix fades into a cop car adorned with the D.A.R.E. logo.

Inside, you can lounge in a cannabis seed bed, then wander a forest of 7-foot buds which you’re encouraged to embrace. Climb up a staircase that represents smoke being inhaled, then slide through a pair of lips and a series of smoke rings, and plop into a pool of foam nugs. Along the way, learn about the difference between THC and CBD and how cannabis is harvested. Or, learn about terpenes and their effects at the Clear Concentrates’ terpene smelling station.

Notably, Hunter S. Thompson’s 1973 Chevy Caprice is on display, on loan from his widow, writer and activist Anita Thompson. This is not the same car HST and Oscar Zeta Acosta drove between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the road trip that would ultimately become the basis of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. That car was but a rental. This Red Shark was HST’s own car, and the one used in the 1998 film adaptation of Fear and Loathing.

HST was a daily cannabis user, according to Thompson, and sat on the board of NORML. Though Thompson is not a smoker herself, she wrote a paper on cannabis while studying at Columbia in NYC.

“I started to research prison and the prison system,” Thompson tells High Times. “Three strikes, minimum mandatory sentencing, and the privatization of prisons all happened within a few years of one another, and that was shocking to me. This was the same time that we were losing our labor to overseas factories, so basically we have these prison camps in the U.S. and a lot of these laborers are working for 13 cents an hour [on sentences] for possession of marijuana.”

Thompson frequently hosts NORML events on Owl Farm, the sprawling Woody Creek, Colorado property HST once referred to as his “fortified compound,” and hopes lending the car to Cannabition will not only bring awareness to these topics, but reinvigorate those who remain committed to fighting against the criminalization of cannabis. Additionally, she believes this kind of exhibit will promote HST’s legacy in the right spirit: “integrity and also fun.”

“The car wouldn’t go to a museum that’s funded by Kaiser Permanente or something,” Thompson said. “The need for Hunter’s work is still growing with the crisis we have in our country right now, politically. It’s important to keep his homeland, his archives, and his artifacts, and for the public to have access to Hunter on a personal level.”

Las Vegas' Cannabition Museum Offers a Fresh Spin on Tourism and Education

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The Red Shark will be presented alongside a rotating collection of the journalist’s personal effects, including photographs, manuscripts, pipes, and pages from the his notebook.

Other exhibits include an Indica room where guests can recline on a giant Buddha sponsored by W Vapes, a Pax tree swing, and an oversized Raw joint sculpture in which one end is a kaleidoscope and the other lights up. Perhaps most impressive is the Bongzilla, a 24-foot glass bong designed by Jerome Baker, which is, in theory, operational. Guests may also stop off at the museum’s retail component, where a variety of CBD-infused beverages and snacks are available for purchase. In all, guests should expect to spend 45 minutes to an hour inside.

Walker hopes that Las Vegas will soon embrace the idea of social consumption and that Cannabition will secure the city’s first official license.

“On that day, we could christen the bong with a group of the top leaders and celebrities in the industry,” he said. “Imagine Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg hanging out together, christening this bong.”

Cannabiton can be found in Las Vegas’ Neonopolis, the Fremont Street entertainment complex that already contains axe-throwing bar Axehole, the gutbusting Heart Attack Grill, and geeky video game bar The Nerd. Current hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight. (Hours are subject to change, so we’d advise calling ahead.) Tickets start at $24.20.

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.

THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.

11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.

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