Nothing says early summer in Michigan like the High Times Cannabis Cup. On June 9 the Auto City Speedway near Flint will once again be jumping with the sounds, smells and tastes of the state’s largest cannabis community gathering. It can be daunting, so we whipped up a guide full of some handy tips and tricks.

WHAT TO SEE, WHO TO VISIT

Michigan Cannabis Cup Preview: Everything you need to smoke, eat, see and do at the Auto City Speedway

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Buy Your Tickets in Advance

Although this is always good advice, at the Cannabis Cup, it’s a real time-saver. Each person is searched and metal detected for weapons, so the entry can be slow when you arrive. Have your medical marijuana card and identification with you; although there is an on-site certification service, being prepared beforehand will give you more time enjoying the Cup events and less time enjoying the line outside the venue. And get that High Times gift bag before you walk out onto the Speedway infield- you’ll need something to carry all your freebies and giveaways in!

Be Prepared for Lots of Sun. Or Rain.

There are vendors selling food and water all over the Cup but nobody sells SPF 1000 sunblock (a lesson from personal experience). Bring what you need based on the weather forecast. In Michigan, that could range from a sun parasol to a raincoat on the same day, so plan ahead and travel with a group- that way, there’s always someone to hold your parasol while you get selfies with celebrities.

Live Music on Saturday Night

In Michigan, the High Times Cup has always featured top quality musical acts who frequently toke up on stage. An all medical marijuana patient audience means the crowd is free to engage the blaze, too, and many stage photos of hot musical acts from past Cup events have been ruined (or enhanced) by clouds of cannabis smoke. The man with the most hits performing on Saturday has to be Ludacris; the man with the most local street cred performing is definitely rapper Trick Trick, a pillar of Detroit’s modern music scene. Nevertheless, the fans will all flock to Waka Flocka and the featured performer, Vic Mensa. Fans can get closer to the performers at the High Times Cannabis Cup concert than they ever will at a typical concert venue, making this a very camera-friendly evening experience.

Give Some Love

Several booths in the non-profit section are worth stopping by. Sons and Daughters United are most well-known for their “F*CK CANCER” t-shirts and hoodies, but their real work is providing legal services to the poor. Michigan Medical Marijuana Association just coordinated the submission of more than 100 new conditions to the medical program, more than 10 of which are likely to be added before the end of summer. And no trip to a cannabis event is complete without saying “High!” to the folks at Michigan NORML and MILegalize, who are both part of a coalition bringing a legalized adult use of cannabis proposal to the statewide ballot in November 2018.

Don’t Forget the Beans

Local genetics legends Mota Rebel will have a booth at the Cup event, and their history of winning competitions makes them a big hit at every High Times party they attend. These guys travel all around and make Michigan look good everywhere they go. Likewise, Cup vendor Radicle Genetics from metro Detroit has been making an impact on the cultivation scene since they first started sprouting in the early days of the medical marijuana program. When you want to grow trees, you have to start with the best beans.

Liberty Meds

If it’s citrus strains you’re looking for, Liberty Meds has some of the best Agent Orange and Tangie in the region. This group has been moving around the Flint area for some time; the locations may change but the meds remain the same. Not the largest caregiver group or the most flashy, these guys deliver where it counts: a quality bit of meds without gouging the ill for every shilling they have.

THE STRAINS

Michigan Cannabis Cup Preview: Everything you need to smoke, eat, see and do at the Auto City Speedway

The Blues

DJ Short has traveled across Michigan telling his tale of the Blueberry strain and educating smart cultivators on the subject of genetics and phenotypes. Michigan caregivers have embraced this wisdom and are crafting some very Blue hybrid strains with strong characteristics. Statewide favorites include Blue Dream, Blueberry Headband and Blue Cookies. Take care in evaluating the flower and select only the finest Blueberry crosses, or for a true old school superior experience acquire the original strain endorsed by the inventor himself. You can’t lose with the Blues.

The Glues

Everyone wants to take a good thing and make it better, and with Gorilla Glue, it actually happened. Like the Diesel strain before it, Glue seems to take well to hybrid variants and is a great base strain to experiment with. Purists may like ‘straight’ Gorilla Glue #4 flower but other hybrid strains like Gorilla Fuck, Super Glue and Elmer’s Glue have dominated dispensary shelves in Michigan. There are Glue variants for every taste, including spicy, sweet or plain-old dank; just let your nose guide you to the best flower.

Free Leonard

Seeds of Free Leonard (the real strain) are often bartered between Michigan caregivers for things like, you know, cars and Bitcoin. There are those who worship the strain named after famed Native American federal prisoner Leonard Peltier for its mellow high and pleasant effect. As such this medicine seldom makes it to the cannabis market, so finding a caregiver with a joint of it may be easier than finding a booth featuring the product. If you are lucky enough to find the true Leonard somewhere, gobble it up and enjoy like a connoisseur.

Pinconning Paralyzer

Without a doubt, Pinconning Paralyzer is the most identifiable Michigan made strain. Pinconning is a Lake Huron shoreline community whose Paralyzer has been delighting Michiganders for decades. Despite the strain’s longevity, its distribution is still limited; when you find a jar of PP on the shelf, ask how the grower obtained the strain. It’s sure to be a story worth hearing! Indoor Paralyzer is extremely hard to find but completely worth the time to look for

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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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