April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time for compassion and open dialogue around substance use and abuse issues. Even if you don’t personally struggle with drinking, you’ve likely been touched by an epidemic that often goes underreported. Over a quarter of adult Americans reported binge drinking at least once a month, with an additional 6% saying they’ve consumed 4-5 drinks in a two hour span at least five times in a month.
Limonene limonene just like grandma...mene? Alright so maybe you wouldn’t find a sidewalk stand selling this terpene by itself, but as one of the most abundant terps found in cannabis you’ve no doubt enjoyed the citrusy delight of limonene’s distinct aroma.
People just can’t fall asleep. As many as a quarter of Americans report having chronic issues with insomnia every year, and a lack of sleep can have negative consequences on overall health, work productivity, and even road safety.
With Adult Use cannabis now legal in Arizona, it’s important to get newcomers up to speed on weed. Browsing, purchasing and consuming cannabis from Sol Flower might seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before, but there’s no shame in not knowing what you don’t know. We’re here to help! So let’s roll it back to the basics and talk about flower.
Now that purchasing cannabis legally in Arizona no longer requires a visit to the doctor first, you might be wondering how things are changing for literal card-carrying members of the cannabis shoppers club.
What do you get for the year that truly has it all? If we were doing the shopping, we’d gift wrap a swift kick out the door and a one-way ticket back to the demon planet from which it came. Yes, 2020 has been naughty, but the holidays are here to hopefully help us all end the calendar on an emotional uptick.
This year Last Prisoner Project will host it’s 2nd Annual Holiday Letter Drive and Sol Flower is excited to help. We need your help to raise awareness and ensure that LPP constituents know that we are fighting for them and that they have not been forgotten.
Happy Thanksgiving from Sol Flower! No matter what your celebration looks like, we can all agree that a little gratitude will go an even longer way this year. So we’ll pretend like it’s our turn at the table and share what we’re thankful for first:
You’re feeling very sleepy. A whiff of tree bark after a fresh rain is in the air. There are no bugs anywhere near you. Is this a dream? No, it’s Nerolidol, a fascinating little terpene that makes your strain taste like citrus and keeps pests away from people and plants.
Preheat the oven to 350, dig through your kitchen drawers for that old can opener, and find a comfortable cushion on the couch: Thanksgiving month is upon us! While birds everywhere prepare to get basted, you can use this time to mentally prepare yourself for in-laws (even if it’s dinner-by-Zoom this year).
If you’ve ever had a longing to get away from it all and be one with nature, you’re probably thinking about pinene. It’s the terpene that, as its name suggests, is responsible for the unmistakable scent of pine trees. As a so-called “major terpene,” pinene is heavily researched and is a common component in many of the most well-liked strain flavors and aromas on the market.
At Sol Flower, we love all terpenes. We know that the subtle interactions between these aromatic molecules is what creates the magic unique to each strain of cannabis, and that delicate dance makes it hard to play favorites. It just so happens that we spend most of our time with myrcene.
Time for our midsummer Arizona temperature check: actually, no, that would require us to go outside. Triple digits are a mainstay for the next couple months, with the occasional monsoon (and haboob!) to make things interesting. But that doesn’t bother us, right native Arizonans? Beats shoveling snow, right transplanted Midwesterners?? Let’s all keep our cool and keep telling ourselves these things to get through.
Profundities run rampant in cannabis culture. Ordinary items, songs, locations, even numbers often take on new, deeper meanings when examined through a danker lens. Surely it took a deeply philosophical mind under the thrall of freshly-torched shatter to look at today’s date on the calendar, imagine it inverted, and marvel at the waxy serendipity of what was taking place.
Beta-Caryophyllene is a bit of a rebel in the terpene world. While most other terps are out there binding to the CB1 receptors in your brain and nervous system, Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP for short) prefers to roll with the CB2 crowd in your peripheral system. It’s not here to give you a heady high, it cares only about making sure your joints feel lubed and your body feels grooved. In fact, it’s the only known terpene with the power to directly activate a cannabinoid receptor on its own.
With no sports on TV and the Eagles world tour on indefinite hiatus, this has not been the best couple months for dads. Yours has likely had to re-prioritize a few things in his life, which means picking up new skills (learning how to voice text!) and spending more time at home (driving your mom insane!). Dad used to be able to simply retreat to his man cave to watch Jeopardy reruns and get away from it all - but 2020 has been more of a metaphorical man prison from which there’s precious little escape.
Get a whiff of this: the smell of your strain says more about the experience you can expect to have with it than any “indica/sativa” label. That’s all thanks to terpenes - oils secreted in cannabis plants that lend a unique aroma to each bud and provide nose-tingling clues about a strain’s effects.
What to get for the mom who has everything? You know, the aches and pains, mild anxiety, and inflammation from all those years of tending to your every need and loving you with her whole body and soul. There are lots of reasons she deserves to feel good this year, not the least of which is all that time she’s having to spend cooped up at home. If your mom is a cannabis patient, we have 7 Strains that double as great Mother’s Day gift ideas for the woman who means so much to you.
Today is 4/20, also known as the high holy day of the cannabis calendar. In any normal year we’d see weed parties and backyard smokeouts aplenty, mixed in with peaceful protests from groups seeking to legalize marijuana in their state or nation.
The world may be on edge right now, but we’re over here putting our energy toward ways to make it through. As we become better acquainted than ever with our couches and kitchens, maintaining a sense of calm and focusing on our collective well-being are taking top priority. This too shall pass!
Cannabis and beer. Separately, they’re enjoyed for their flavor profiles and desired effects on the mind and body. While each carries a unique culture and history of its own, today’s evolving attitude toward both has legitimized this pair’s standing in the popular zeitgeist: we like to get boozy, and we like to get high. And we increasingly like to do both at the same time.
When it comes to things that make you feel good, it’s hard to beat cannabis and chocolate. And as the old saying goes, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em - which is why chocolate in its many forms is such a popular base for edible products.
We at Sol Flower would like to let you in on a schwaggy little secret: the differences between sativa and indica might not be as great as you think. Over time, stereotypes have turned into categorical truths about each - indica puts you “in the couch,” sativa opens your mind to big thoughts and creative expression - but to what extent are these attributes real science vs. stoner jargon? And does it matter?
We are truly living in the golden age (or greenest age) of symptom relief via cannabis, with more ways than ever to get cannabinoids into our system and more selection when it comes to how we want to feel.
Why cannabis is helping seniors sleep away their insomniaFor senior citizens who stir through the night, insomnia can be detrimental to the active lifestyle many want to enjoy. Contrary to some stereotypes, seniors don’t biologically require fewer hours of sleep to feel well-rested; 7 to 8 hours a night is recommended for adults age 65+, in line with every other adult age group. But conditions like chronic pain, PTSD, depression and anxiety are all contributing factors to senior sleep deprivation, with symptoms that can worsen without proper rest.
The holiday season shopping clock is ticking down. At Sol Flower, we have just the items you need to fill out those wishlists for your buds this year. Shopping doesn’t have to be stressful, either - especially if you relax with our strains that are perfect for this time of year while you peruse our menu.
Of all the amazing qualities inherent to cannabis - the clarity it provides, the creativity it opens up, the highs it can take you to - perhaps the greatest of all is its versatility. Marijuana is not only multifaceted in the ways in which it’s consumed, but in the variety of medical conditions for which the plant provides relief.
Welcome to the latest installment of Sol Flower’s 7 Strains Series, where we introduce you to a lucky number seven names to know when medicating for a specific use. Today’s timely list: 7 strains to de-stress during the holidays.
Who’s hungry? If you’ve ever salivated over the variety of delicious options available on marijuana-infused menus these days, you might be considering edibles for your next medicated meal. Before you go scarfing down cannabis cookies or dousing your chicken wings in spicy Pot Sauce, make sure you know what you’re putting into your body and how it might affect you.