Once upon a time, cannabis lovers had to choose between bowl or brownie – but those days are no more. In this modern world of legal cannabis, there are all kinds of ways to make use of this powerful herb. Topicals are one such method.
A cannabis topical is a cannabis extract that’s been infused into a product that you can apply to your skin. These can be cannabis-infused salves, oils, lotions, sprays, and other transdermal methods. There are even transdermal patches! These cannabis topicals are used for a variety of things, like easing localized pain, soothing skin irritation, or reducing inflammation. And they won't get you high (read on to learn why!).
How Topicals Work Their Magic
Like other forms of cannabis delivery, topicals work with the receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is concentrated in the spine and brain but is actually located throughout the human body — which is what allows cannabis to help treat all kinds of medical conditions and symptoms.
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD connect with the ECS, much like the endocannabinoids that your body makes, working like a lock and key to open your ECS to better function. When you’re working with a topical, it’s going to stay near the surface of your skin; which means that it won’t reach your bloodstream, resulting in no psychoactive effects (again, no high). (The exception to this rule are transdermal patches, which are created with the intention of breaching the bloodstream.)
So Many Ways of Aiding Wellness
Now that you know how cannabis topicals work, we’ll dive into what they can do. Their biggest advantage lies in treating localized pain (vs. generalized), as they can be applied to specific areas; as well as being non-psychoactive, allowing for medication when life demands the medicator to be intoxication-free. But they can do all kinds of things...
1. Localized Pain: Topicals can help alleviate headaches, menstrual cramps, bruises, sore muscles, painful joints, arthritis symptoms, and many other types of pain and discomfort.
2. Reduce Inflammation: When the body is damaged in some way, it produces inflammation to signal to the immune system that there’s repairs needed. However, when this becomes chronic it can lead to significant health problems.
3. Skin Issues: The body’s biggest organ can get into trouble in all kinds of ways. Cannabis topicals are likely to help infection, rashes, bug bites, scratches, and even more significant issues, like psoriasis.
4. Burn Treatment: Cannabis has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and analgesic effects on burns – offering a triple-punch in healing them.
5. Antioxidant: Cannabis has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant, helping protect you from free radicals, which can damage and age your skin.
6. Massage Oil: Using its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing effects, a cannabis topical can help a massage therapist (or novice!) take massage therapy to a whole new level.
7. Sex Aid: It seems that using cannabis-infused lube, or other pleasure enhancer, would be a modern revelation; but it’s actually been at it for millenia, and remains just as helpful today.
8. Sleep Aid: There aren’t many topicals designed for sleep on the market, but Kush Queen’s Sleep bath bomb is widely reported to deliver an epic night of z’s.
Convenient, Effective, and All-Around Delightful
Cannabis topicals are a convenient and effective way to treat all kinds of issues, usually doing so with a great smell and without a lot of additives. (Though be sure to check for additives before applying, especially to broken skin.) And cannabis topicals are a heck of a lot more enjoyable to use than outdated products like Icy/Hot! Stop by The Higher Path to talk to one of our knowledgeable and friendly budtenders about what cannabis topical product might be right for you.
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The days of only having one way to consume cannabis are behind us. (Flower, meet vape pen, topicals, and even marijuana tablets!) We’ve got a whole variety of methods these days, but this one is actually making an old-school comeback. Tinctures are cannabis extracts that have been diluted in a liquid form, usually sold in dropper bottles.
Before cannabis prohibition, tinctures were extremely popular. You could walk into any drug store to purchase them, with even small stores often carrying their own label of cannabis tincture. They were used for all kinds of mental and physical ailments, just as they are again today. (We can thank a real gem of a person named Harry J. Anslinger for this nearly-90-year detour from progress, but that’s another story.)
Why Use Tinctures?
Tinctures are probably the most underrated form of cannabis available. While they might not be as delicious as a brownie, or the many other edible treats in this new world of cannabis; and there’s not a ritual around it, no favorite piece to employ – cannabis tinctures also have benefits that other methods don’t offer.
1. Discreet: Taking a little liquid out of a dropper bottle is a whole lot less conspicuous than puffing on a spliff. Cannabis tinctures are a great way to medicate when in public or other situations where it’s not okay to employ other methods.
2. Careful Dosing: That little dropper is also a whole lot more adept at measuring your dose than say, “a big-ish bite of brownie.” Dropper vials allow you to measure exactly how much you want, enabling you to ingest the amount desired with clarity. Cannabis tinctures are especially great if you’re interested in microdosing.
3. Fast-Acting: Cannabis tinctures can be taken sublingually by dropping the liquid under your tongue and letting it absorb into your bloodstream. Rates vary depending on the person and tincture, but you can expect to start feeling it in 15 minutes and it will be effective for 2-3 hours. (You can also swallow the drops for an edible effect, which will kick in later.)
4. Can Double as a Topical: You can also use cannabis tinctures as a very potent topical, rubbing the liquid into your skin in small problem areas. This method can be used for pain and inflammation, skin care, and other issues; depending on the cannabinoids being employed.
5. Variety of Cannabinoids Available: In tinctures, you can often choose from a bigger variety of cannabinoids. Where it can be difficult to find even CBD flower from time-to-time, you can count on seeing a variety of CBD tinctures, and maybe other helpful cannabinoids like THCa.
6. They Can Get You High, Or Not: On a similar note to our last point, you can choose if you’d like to have a psychoactive experience based on what cannabinoids you choose. THC is the cannabinoid that gets you high, so be mindful of this when choosing your products.
How to Use Tinctures
Cannabis tinctures are a very simple method of cannabis consumption. First, decide how much you’re going to take. It’s always wise to start with a low amount, like 0.25 mL, and slowly add more until you reach the desired effect. Next, you either swallow it or let it absorb under your tongue (sublingually) to get it directly into your bloodstream.
If you swallow the cannabis tincture, it will process through your liver and take effect later. Some non-psychoactive cannabinoids seem to have a cumulative effect, with healing not being so obvious as a lack of symptoms. So be prepared if you decide to stop use because it doesn’t seem to be working anymore as the return of symptoms can be a very unpleasant surprise.
A Few More Thoughts on Cannabis Tinctures
Not every tincture is created equal. Tinctures can be made with different dilution methods that have their own strengths and weaknesses. Tinctures are technically defined as extracts diluted in alcohol, but that’s illegal in California; so you’ll find mostly MCT, vegetable glycerin, and olive oil tinctures at The Higher Path.
MCT stands for medium-chain-triglycerides, which are saturated fatty acids that come from coconut and palm oils. Because cannabinoids are fat-soluble, science suggests that using oils high in these “good fats” leads to better absorption of cannabinoids.
Other plant methods fall under vegetable glycerin, like soy, that generally don’t have as much fat but that do have a palatable taste. Olive oil is a gentle form of extraction, leaving fragile terpenes intact. Again, these can’t hold as many cannabinoids due to having less fat – but they also doesn’t pull a lot of chlorophyll, which leads to a better taste. (Fiddler’s Greens is a great example there.)
Is it Time to Get to Know Tinctures?
All-in-all, cannabis tinctures are a highly underrated mode of cannabis consumption. They are discreet, offer specific dosing, are fast-acting, and come in a variety of options with various strengths. Our friendly budtenders at The Higher Path will be happy to guide you to the option best suited to your needs.
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Vaping is becoming ubiquitous and its usefulness for easily dosing cannabis is well known. If you’ve visited us lately, you’ve probably noticed that alongside top-shelf flower, we carry high-quality vape cartridges featuring cannabis oil from a variety of popular strains. So why are vape cartridges so popular? Here’s what you should know the next time you’re considering purchasing a cartridge of oil.
While edibles can be the most discreet method of dosing cannabis owing to their lack of odor and smokeless intake, vaping lodges a close second place. Smoking from a joint or pipe is pretty obvious. If you're looking for a discreet consumption method that will help you quickly feel the effects of your chosen strain, then vaping is perfect.
Not only is using a vape pen easy, but the smoke it produces doesn’t have the strong odor you’d get from lighting up a pipe or bong. This means that after a couple of puffs, your clothes and hair won’t give you away. For medical users or those who just prefer to keep their recreational habits under wraps, this can be extremely beneficial.
In addition, it’s easier to carry around a vape than it is to carry a pipe. Vape pens are about the same size a typical writing instrument and are less fragile than glass chillums or less messy than a bowl.
Recent research shows that vaping cannabis probably delivers more potency than just smoking cannabis flower. While there is still more information to be uncovered about the properties of cannabis vape, this enhanced effectiveness has the potential to significantly reduce the amount of money spent on cannabis — for those who use cannabis to relieve chronic conditions, this can be a godsend.
Just like flower comes in a variety of strains that have been bred to highlight different characteristics, the oil in your favorite vapes have been derived from those terpene-rich buds to produce some great tasting vapes.
To ensure that patients and customers can get the effects they want, The Higher Path carries a wide assortment of vape cartridges. Our vape cartridges feature different THC potency and a great variety of strains so you can find one that works best for you. In addition, some vape cartridges are formulated to elicit certain effects. For example, some vapes aim to help you relax, while others are all about energy or focus. These special blends will still share their potency information, so be sure to read all labeling carefully!
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry! We’ll help you choose from our amazing menu. We carry Pure Vape, Heavy Hitter, and Alpine vape cartridges, as well as everything you need to get vaping right away. Whether you’re looking for a great disposable pen or a cartridge and a battery, The Higher Path has all the high-quality cannabis and CBD goods you need!
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There’s an awful lot to love about living and working in sunny Sherman Oaks: The easygoing Southern California vibe mixed with the hustle and flow of Los Angeles, easy access to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and of course the food!
Like greater Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks hosts an incredible array of vibrant and ethnic flavors. Right in our neighborhood, we’ve got classic Mexican, festive Greek, pristine seafood and more! Here’s a little sampler plate of our favorite Sherman Oaks restaurants!
The Higher Path’s Favorite Sherman Oaks Restaurants
The Local Peasant
3532, 14058 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Now THIS is our kind of place: Think a beautiful dark wood and sleek metal bar (with over a dozen local brews on tap), up-leveled happy hour specials like smoked chicken wings and a hearty, mile-high kale Caesar salad, and rock-solid takes on dinner classics like cedar-planked salmon and chili made with tender ribeye. Night owls take note: The fairly expansive bar menu is served til 1:15 am each night.
Wood & Water
13359 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
This hip yet inviting seafood and chops place isn’t cheap, but for a special night out there’s no place better. You’ll find fresh takes on everything from Wagyu beef burgers to halibut tacos, but keep your focus on the stellar seafood, whether it’s cold and briny oysters, sliders reimagined with lobster or the showstopping whole crispy sea bass with an addictive Thai lemon dipping sauce.
13301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Mexican food is easy to find in Southern California, and when something is everywhere, it’s easy to take for granted. But this vintagey Mexican joint is a cut above, as much for the solid takes on classic dishes like taquitos con guacamole, Sonora-style crispy tacos, and chilaquiles. It’s a throwback to the 1950s, when it first opened its doors, and—especially when potentiated by a margarita or two—it’s an absolute blast.
The Great Greek
13362 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Another trip back in time, this party-like eatery has been serving up Greek delicacies, live music and fun since 1984. You’ll find all the usual suspects here: Creamy yogurt dips, sharp feta cheese plates, briny olives, and toothsome stuffed grape leaves. It’s a genuine hoot, and the experience of sitting around a big table sharing salty and sweet delicacies with friends is a pleasure too often ignored.
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
14457 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Translating to “Horn of the Bull” in Japanese, this well-loved chain serves up the deliciousness of Japanese grilled meats the fun way: By making YOU do the cooking! Each table comes equipped with a charcoal brazier in the middle so you can cook up savory miso-marinated pork belly, garlic-shoyu ribeye, salt-and-pepper filet mignon and a seemingly endless list of other grilled delicacies. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can order ramen, bibimbap, and other popular Japanese-Korean dishes. But you’d be missing out on an addictively fun part of the experience….
MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
14612 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Lest you forget where pizza really comes from, this lively and always bustling Neapolitan pizza joint will set you straight. The crusts are light and chewy, the toppings simple and flavorful. And after sampling MidiCi’s perfect margherita—just tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves—you may wonder why anyone would ever have it any other way.
Before heading out for some grub, don't forget to place an order online at your favorite Sherman Oaks dispensary!
With recreational legalization sweeping the nation, a larger variety of edible products are now available to more consumers than ever before. Between candies, baked goods, drinks, and even pizzas, cannabis customers have access to a plethora of yummy options when they visit their local dispensary.
Being a cannabis-savvy consumer, you’re probably more aware than most about what CBD is. These days, it seems to be just about everywhere. In addition to high CBD strains of cannabis, you may have seen CBD advertised as an additive in popular foods and beverages like CBD-infused coffee, candies, ointments, and even dog treats. And in those states in which cannabis isn’t (yet) legal, you can often buy CBD derived from hemp.
For decades, 4/20 has been observed by America’s cannabis enthusiasts as a celebration of cannabis culture and the continuing struggle towards full legalization across the country. While there is still a lot to be done on the legalization front, over the years, 420 events have become gatherings where like-minded cannabis connoisseurs can meet and experience the wonders of cutting-edge cannabis in a safe, legal environment.
@scareyjones, THP Staff
.Cannabis is reaching a higher volume of respect and acknowledgement in many medical fields. The cannabinoids in the therapeutic flower have started to replace many over the counter and prescribed medications such as opioids, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and alprazolam (Xanax). So it begs the question, how does cannabis measure up against sexual enhancing drugs that many rely on? And what part of the plant is going to determine and alter your mood?
A year into legal cannabis and we’re still mostly confined to consuming in the comforts of our homes. While West Hollywood recently announced the approval of eight consumption lounges, no one’s certain when they’ll actually be able to enjoy these spaces. Luckily, you don’t have to wait another year to smoke and socialize in Los Angeles.
Give the gift of legal cannabis this holiday season--this Friday November 23rd, 2018 The Higher Path is helping you kick off your holiday shopping on a high note with some fantastic Black Friday Deals!
Spliffkle and Eburnt, THP Contributor
I love love love Green Crack. A strong, stimulating sativa that keeps you clear headed, it’s perfect for daytime (or anytime) use. If I had to choose only one strain to smoke, this would be the one. There’s just one thing…
WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE CALLED GREEN CRACK?!
If you’ve visited the Los Angeles International Airport website recently, you might have noticed a change in their public Marijuana Policy.
Spliffkle and Eburnt, THP Contributor
I tend to prefer flower to edibles whenever possible, but there are many situations where smoking isn’t an option. In those circumstances, PLUS Gummies offer an excellent alternative. The Higher Path currently offers three 100 mg options of PLUS Gummies: Sour Watermelon (Sativa), Blackberry & Lemon (Indica/CBD) and the newest flavor Sour Blueberry (Hybrid).
Spliffkle and Eburnt, THP Contributor
Generally speaking, I am a fan of regulation in the cannabis industry. It seems like a sensible way to eliminate (or at least reduce) the criminal element, while also providing funds for the state that can be used for things like education. As a parent I encourage packaging requirements and the like. However, as with all regulation, when you take it too far you end up stomping out innovation and progress.
As you may have noticed the prices of legal, compliant cannabis products have increased in the months since January 2018. Our goal here at The Higher Path has always been to provide our patients and customers with the highest quality products at a reasonable price, which is why we’ve increased our prices gradually since the start of 2018 to account for pricing increases throughout the legal cannabis industry.
Spliffkle and Eburnt, THP Contributor
Most vape pens aren’t what I would characterize as “smooth”. The dose pen™by dosist is the exception.
Every cannabis enthusiasts' favorite day of the year is almost here--join us this Friday April 20th, 2018 from 7am-10pm as we celebrate the VERY FIRST recreational 4/20 in California!
All adults 21+ are welcome with a valid photo ID (from ANY state) or a valid passport! Anyone 18+ is welcome with a valid medical recommendation! You MUST have a valid form of ID (and your MMJ recommendation if you're a medical patient) physically with you to be let in to The Higher Path on 4/20--no exceptions!
Los Angeles Times
The wait is FINALLY over! We're extremely excited to announce that as of Saturday January 20th, 2018 The Higher Path is the first dispensary in Los Angeles OFFICIALLY OPEN for recreational cannabis sales! Here's what you need to know about coming to see us whether you're a recreational consumer or a medical cannabis patient:
Lots of things are changing about the California cannabis industry in 2018 & here at The Higher Path we're having to make some adjustments to our Loyalty Points & Rewards Systems.
Once we receive our recreational license we will no longer be able to give out free products of any kind to either medical patients or recreational consumers. We are legally required to do this based off of details in MCRSA:
(UPDATED JANUARY 20TH, 2018) We're extremely excited to announce that as of Saturday January 20th, 2018 The Higher Path is officially open for Adult Use Recreational sales! Anyone 21 & older can now visit The Higher Path with a valid photo ID. For more information on what to bring with you when you come to see us & what taxes you can expect to pay click here!
Los Angeles Times
As the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2017, fireworks will celebrate the new year and will signal the dawn of a new era: cannabis legalization in California. With this newfound freedom, the people of Los Angeles will be scrambling to get their medicine, and tourists will be coming in droves to sample (arguably) the country’s best herbs. But consumption laws have left people few options as to where they can enjoy cannabis, leading to uncertainty regarding the tourism that will accompany legalization. Tourists can buy it, but can’t smoke it anywhere?
We all know that 2018 will be a year for the books — recreational marijuana sales go into effect and change the landscape of the Los Angeles cannabis scene forever. But the million dollar question heard ‘round LA is, “Do I still need a medical card?” and the answer is entirely contingent upon your needs and desires as a cannabis user.
The new wave of recreational marijuana sales in California is just around the corner and the buzz of excitement from non-medical marijuana card holders is palpable. Now to address a word that’s been flitting around the state since last year’s election: taxes. How much will they go up, who will be affected and how do you avoid paying astronomical amounts of money for your medicine?
In the age of Postmates and AmazonFresh, it’s no surprise that cannabis users often opt to have their greenery delivered right to their door—but is it legal? Not currently in Los Angeles. This might come as a huge shock to you, especially when you login to Weedmaps & see the bevy of delivery services listed, but cannabis delivery in Los Angeles is illegal.
There are a LOT of cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles, but did you know that most of them are illegal? With January 2018 fast approaching & legal cannabis coming to LA, law enforcement is really going to be cracking down on illegal shops & the people that visit them. But how can you tell if the dispensary you’ve been frequenting is illegal?