CBD Fights Back: Lawsuit Filed Against DEA
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by DJ Reetz

A lawsuit filed on January 13, 2017 aims to push back against a recent DEA decision to create a separate tracking number for “marihuana extracts” under the Controlled Substances Act, effectively codifying all cannabinoids derived from marijuana or hemp as Schedule I controlled substances. The lawsuit was filed by the Hoban Law Group in the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on the same day the new ruling was set to take effect, and seeks judicial review of the decision, claiming that the DEA has overstepped their authority in adding this definition of “marihuana extract” to the controlled substance schedule without following proper procedures to do so as outlined in the CSA. Serving as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are the Hemp Industries Association, Centura Natural Foods, and RMH Holdings.     

The DEA’s announcement in the federal registry published on December 14, 2016 raised concerns amongst many in the cannabis industry that the DEA would begin to target producers and distributors of hemp-derived CBD, which would fall under the definition of “an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis” outlined in the DEA’s final ruling.

“This is an action beyond the DEA’s authority. This final rule serves to threaten hundreds, if not thousands, of growing businesses, with massive economic and industry expansion opportunities, all of which conduct lawful business compliant with existing policy as it is understood and in reliance upon the federal government," said Hoban Law Group Managing Partner Robert Hoban in a press release.

The DEA has claimed that the ruling presented in the recent federal register amounted to little more than a clerical decision carried out in order to make tracking cannabinoid extracts easier, but many in the hemp CBD industry saw it as the first step toward a federal crackdown on the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has thus far operated nationally in somewhat of a legal gray area.

The true impact of the classification will likely be seen in the coming months and years.


Does CBD Convert to THC When Ingested? The findings from one study conclude it is possible.
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by Dr. Nicola Davies

Many people may be aware that cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant. New research, however, seems to indicate that this isn’t actually correct.

Cannabis strains high in CBD are popularly used as anti-inflammatories, as muscle relaxants and as general analgesics. Cannabis plants with high levels of delta 9–tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), on the other hand, are often smoked or ingested in order to produce feelings of euphoria and concomitant reductions in stress. Though high-CBD strains are often associated with indica varieties and high-THC with sativa varieties, this is not necessarily the case.

Executive Director of Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), Valerie Corral, wrote in a 2007 unpublished study titled “Differential Effects of Medical Marijuana Based on Strain and Route of Administration: A Three-Year Observational Study” that, “Patients did not note major differences between the cannabis sativa and cannabis indica strains.” Corral concluded, “We hope that a reliable and accessible means of analysis will become available in the near future.”1 Corral’s hopes for the future are closer to being realized. New research carried out by Kazuhito Watanabe (PhD) and his associates at Daiichi College of Pharmaceuticals, Japan, resulted in a paper titled, “Conversion of Cannabidiol to Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol and Related Cannabinoids in Artificial Gastric Juice, and Their Pharmacological Effects in Mice.”2 The research has shown that variations in gastric juices can lead to a different result from that expected when taking CBD. So far, testing has only been carried out on mice and artificial gastric juices have been used, but the results provide food for thought and may pave the way for further studies with human participants.

Essentially, the study by Watanabe and his team has demonstrated that when CBD comes into contact with an artificial gastric juice, the non-psychoactive CBD is converted by those juices to the
psychotropic element delta 9–tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as 9α-hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol (9α-OH-HHC) and 8-hydroxy-isohexahydrocannabinol (8-OH-iso-HHC). These two latter cannabinoids, known together as HHCs (hexahydroxycannabinols), were found to have THC-like effects on the laboratory mice. The researchers do point out, however, that the effects of the HHCs were not as strong as those of actual THC.

The main objective of the research was to show that THC is not the only psychoactive component of cannabis. The results suggest that sufficient attention needs to be paid to HHCs and their effect when they are combined with gastric juices during the digestive process. This could explain the anomalies in results for previous studies when the effects of CBD were tested on humans. As studies have so far only been conducted on mice, further research is required with humans to establish its applicability in the real world.

What causes the change to occur?
When people ingest cannabis in cakes or cookies, these usually contain some kind of sugar. The stomach becomes more acidic due to the sugars in these foods, as well as in any alcoholic drinks consumed when smoking or ingesting CBD. This acidity accelerates the change from CBD into THC, two HHCs and cannabinol (CBN).

What did the scientists measure?
The researchers began from the baseline of what has already been established about the effects of THC on the body: loss of sensation, drop in body temperature, prolonged sleep and reduced pain perception. The four aspects they chose to test were catalepsy (the loss of sensation or consciousness, inducing a rigid body), hypothermia (an abnormal drop in body temperature), pentobarbital induced sleep (deeper sleep when a barbiturate is given) and antinociception (the reduction in sensitivity to painful stimuli).

How did they do it?
Watanabe and associates isolated and purified THC, CBD and CBN from cannabis leaves using previously tried and tested methods. They placed the cannabinoids into an artificial gastric juice to observe the effects. Using a gas chromatograph, a sample solution was injected into the instrument, which then entered a gas stream of either helium or nitrogen used as carrier gas. The sample was then directed into a tube that separated the components. Results showed that CBD broke down into THC, two HHCs and CBN. To test the effects of these CBD components, the researchers administered small quantities to their experimental mice.

...when CBD comes into contact with an artificial gastric juice, the non-psychoactive CBD is converted by those juices to the psychotropic element delta 9–tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)...

How were changes measured and what did they find?
To test catalepsy, 24 mice were separated into three groups of eight and injected with THC, HHCs and CBN. Researchers waited fifteen minutes for the cannabis to take effect, then placed the front paws of the mice on a bar. If the mouse did not move its paws within 30 seconds, it was regarded as having a rigid or cataleptogenic reaction. The injection of THC affected the mice the most, and the HHCs were less effective than THC, but more so than CBN, which had very little effect.

For the hypothermic reactions test, mice were again divided into groups of eight and injected with THC, HHCs and CBN, respectively. Two hours later, their rectal temperature was taken. The results were consistent with the test for catalepsy, with THC causing the highest temperature drop. HHCs had an effect, but not as pronounced as THC, while injections of CBN did not produce any significant drop in temperature. Through its action on the central nervous system, THC prolongs deep sleep, so for this test, the researchers injected the mice first with the cannabinoids, and then gave them sodium pentobarbital fifteen minutes later to see how their sleep was affected. As expected, the mice given the THC slept the longest, those given HHCs slept less and those given the
CBN were least affected.

For the sensitivity to pain test, the mice were again given injections of the various cannabinoids, then twenty minutes later were given a 0.7 percent acetic acid solution and assessed on the amount of writhing produced by measuring abdominal contractions. Again, the results were consistent: THC produced the strongest block to pain with least writhing, the HHCs were somewhat effective, but less than THC and CBN had very little effect on pain blocking compared to the placebo group. 

Further studies needed
Much research has involved the administration of THC and CBD to patients for symptoms such as fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease and insomnia, but researchers have been circumspect in declaring their results and have called for further testing. Watanabe’s research, though conducted on mice, may hold true for humans – but that must be the subject of future studies. As Georgetown University Medical School’s Dr. Robert du Pont pointed out, there are an estimated 400 components in the cannabis plant, making it difficult to determine exactly which component is providing relief when cannabis is ingested for medical reasons.3 

Could anomalies in results have resulted from the way gastric juices break down CBD within the human body? In a 2016 study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, by John Merrick and associates, it was noted that, “In recent epilepsy research, pediatric subjects receiving orally administered CBD showed a relatively high incidence of adverse events (≤44%), with somnolence (≤21%) and fatigue (≤17%) among the most common.”4 This led the researchers to more closely investigate the accepted premise that CBD is non-psychoactive. They came to the conclusion that, “Gastric fluid without enzymes converts CBD into the psychoactive components Δ9-THC and Δ8-THC, which suggests that the oral route of administration may increase the potential for  psychomimetic adverse effects from CBD.”

From recent studies, it seems that there is a need to find delivery methods that decrease the risk of psychoactive cannabinoids forming during the digestive process. To this end, Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc. has developed an innovative transdermal synthetic cannabinoid treatment that bypasses the gastrointestinal tract, thus avoiding bioconversion to psychoactive THC.5 This may be the way forward in using CBD to assist patients with medical conditions without them inadvertently experiencing unwanted psychoactive effects. 


1. Corral, V.L., 2001. Differential effects of medical marijuana based on strain and route of administration: a three-year observational study. Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics, 1(3-4), pp.43-59.

2. Watanabe, K., Itokawa, Y., Yamaori, S., Funahashi, T., Kimura, T., Kaji, T., Usami, N. and Yamamoto, I., 2007. Conversion of cannabidiol to Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol and related cannabinoids in artificial gastric juice, and their pharmacological effects in mice. Forensic Toxicology, 25(1), pp.16-21.

3. Kleber, H.D. and Dupont, R.L., 2012. Physicians and medical marijuana. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169(6), pp.564-568.

4. Merrick, J., Lane, B., Sebree, T., Yaksh, T., O’Neill, C. and Banks, S.L., 2016. Identification of Psychoactive Degradants of Cannabidiol in Simulated Gastric and Physiological Fluid. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 1(1), pp.102-112.

5. Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2016. First and Only Synthetic CBD Formulated as a Permeation-Enhanced Gel Being Developed for Refractory Epilepsy, Osteoarthritis and Fragile X Syndrome. [ONLINE] Available at: http://zynerba.com/in-development/cbd-gel-zyn002/. [Accessed 21 July 2016].

Heppermint Lip Balm by Clover's Hemp
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reviewed by Hazy Cakes

Clover’s Hemppermint Lip Balm is made with natural and organic ingredients. The list is minimal and includes shea butter, hemp oil and beeswax. The delightful mint scent/flavor is produced through a blend of peppermint and spearmint essential oils. Your lips feel smooth and moisturized after application and it lasts for a very long time. All of Clover’s products are free of artificial fragrances, dyes, sulfates, parabens, and unnatural preservatives. Get yours at www.clovershemp.com.

Beautifying Hemp Facial Cream by The Wonder Seed
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reviewed by Hazy Cakes

If you are a like us and are always looking for the perfect face cream to make your life complete, we may have found it! The Wonder Seed produces several quality products to make you look and feel more youthful and beautiful. This facial cream is free of all the things that you don’t want in a beauty product; no parabens, sulfates, gluten, artificial colors or fragrances. It is made with all natural ingredients and is 100 percent vegan and cruelty free.

The water lotus scent is derived from essential oils and is refreshing, not overpowering. After using this product your skin feels highly moisturized without feeling greasy. It soaks in completely, leaving nothing behind but soft supple skin. With regular continued use it can improve the texture of your skin over time. Check it out at www.thewonderseed.com.

Wingtip Native Fresca 6-Panel Strapback by Grassroots California
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reviewed by Lisa Fay

Grassroots California’s strapback hats are the perfect all around hat. The design of this striped beauty works with whatever style strikes you. This hat goes to the slopes to hide helmet hair and to the beach to shield the sun. Since the size is adjustable, the fit is perfect. You will surely turn a few heads wearing this stylish strapback.

Grassroots has a variety of clothing and hats for both women and men at a price that won’t drain your wallet. On top of that, they are dedicated to helping local communities and communities abroad by donating a portion of every purchase. Grassroots’ diverse style has artists that range from Ann Taylor to Method Man and so many more. You are sure to find a unique and stylish addition to your wardrobe from Grassroots. Check out their selection at www.grassrootscalifornia.com.

The Black, White and Gray of Cannabis Regulation
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by David B. Bush

Talk about cannabis, especially in the realm of industrial hemp, invariably leads somebody to offer up the bromide that there are “gray areas” of the law. The law is vague and confusing, so it is said, which creates uncertainty about what is legal and what is illegal. But when I read the black letter of the law, I find little if anything that anyone would ever call gray. Federal drug laws may be a lot of things, including silly, counterproductive, and downright bad, but they are not vague or confusing. I find no shades of gray.

Make no mistake about it, cannabis plants, all cannabis plants, are classified under federal law as marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance. Not only that, but most parts of the cannabis plants are also considered marijuana; in particular, the leaves and flowers. Nor does the law stop there. “Every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation” of marijuana is also classified as marijuana.

All varieties of cannabis plants contain dozens or hundreds of chemical constituents. These include cannabinoids, nitrogenous compounds, amino acids, proteins, glycoproteins, enzymes, sugars, hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, simple acids, fatty acids, esters, lactones, steroids, terpenes, non-cannabinoid phenols, flavonoids, vitamins, and pigments. To the extent that any are derived from the leaves or flowers of cannabis, federal law classifies them as marijuana. One might challenge the wisdom of that definition all day long, I certainly do, but disagreement over what the law says does not make it any less clear.

Colorado is experiencing a boom in the market for cannabinoid products derived from cannabis. Most noteworthy perhaps is Δ-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the multisyllabic psychoactive goody that we have all come to know and love as THC, popularly consumed throughout the ages for its recreational and medical benefits. But there is a veritable alphabet soup of cannabinoids found in cannabis besides THC, dozens or hundreds of them. They include tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG) and a host of others.  Every single cannabinoid meets the federal definition of marijuana, because they are all derived from the leaves and flowers of cannabis. Every single one of them is a Schedule I controlled substance, making their unauthorized manufacture, possession and distribution a federal crime.

There is a flawed popular perception that the key to illegality in the world of cannabis is THC. But THC appears nowhere in the federal definition of marijuana.  Federal law does not care whether a cannabis plant is chock full of THC or has any measurable concentration of the substance at all. It simply does not matter whether the stuff made from cannabis could give one a buzz or not.  It is all equally illegal in the eyes of the law.

Many wish to believe that industrial hemp is different. A number of states, including Colorado, define industrial hemp to mean cannabis with a below-threshold concentration of THC in the plant tissue, generally recognized as no more than 0.3 percent by dry weight. Other than the narrow exception for academic research and development articulated in the 2014 Farm Bill, no similar distinction exists in federal law. But low concentrations of THC in industrial hemp does not help the plant avoid the onus of federal prohibition. Cannabinoid products are all classified as marijuana, regardless of the variety of plant from which they were made and regardless how much or how little THC the plant or the product made from it might contain.

Manufacture of cannabinoid products in Colorado is booming. But they are not being regulated in a consistent manner. Cannabinoid products made from what the state has defined as marijuana are strictly controlled under complex and pervasive regulations promulgated and administered by the Marijuana Enforcement Division in the Department of Revenue. In contrast, the only aspect of state-defined industrial hemp that is subject to regulation is cultivation, by the Department of Agriculture. Processing and sale of cannabinoid products made from industrial hemp is not regulated at all. In fact, Colorado law actually accords statutory immunity to anyone who processes and sells products made from legally registered and cultivated industrial hemp. Section 108(2) of the hemp regulatory statutes provides as follows: “[A] person engaged in processing, selling, transporting, possessing, or otherwise distributing industrial hemp cultivated by a person registered under this article, or selling industrial hemp products produced therefrom, is not subject to any civil or criminal actions under Colorado law for engaging in such activities.”

The stark difference in Colorado between the regulation of marijuana and industrial hemp presents a particular challenge to federal drug enforcement. In a now-famous memorandum authored by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole on August 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice effectively gave the nod to states such as Colorado to experiment with regulated cannabis markets. Federal law enforcement policy since issuance of the Cole Memorandum generally has been to avoid prosecution in states where cannabis is legal, provided that actors play by state rules and avoid implicating certain federal law enforcement priorities. One of the enumerated law enforcement priorities is to prevent the diversion of marijuana from a state where it is legal to another state where it is not. Therein lies the problem in Colorado. Diversion of cannabinoid products made from industrial hemp is now occurring on a large scale.

Transporting cannabinoid products made from industrial hemp across state lines places them in the stream of interstate commerce, where federal law, not Colorado law, controls. And federal law is clear: any product made from the leaves or flowers of any cannabis plant is marijuana. Interstate sales of cannabinoid products cannot be characterized as anything other than trafficking in a Schedule I controlled substance. Such activities not only break federal law, but they implicate at least one of the law enforcement priorities set forth in the Cole Memorandum, against diverting marijuana out of state.

So far, the federal government has been remarkably tolerant of interstate sales of cannabinoid products, other than for those rich in THC. Relatively few attempts have been made to impede their transport outside of Colorado. But that does not reflect any change in the law, only a relatively lax attitude by the current administration in Washington. That could change dramatically with the next administration, or for that matter, at any time. The current situation cannot continue. It exposes the regulated cannabis market in Colorado to the risk of significant intervention by federal law enforcement.

Recent calls have been made in some circles in Colorado for implementation of regulations that would apply to all cannabinoid products, without regard to the source material from which they were made. Such regulations would include licensing, standards for quality and content, labeling, and prohibitions against export out of state, as long as the products remained federally illegal. Not surprisingly, some in the industrial hemp sector have reacted with vehement indignation to such proposals. The very thought of having their industry lumped in with marijuana offends their self-image of moral superiority and entitlement to special protection. But the reality is otherwise.  There is but one plant, cannabis. There is but one body of federal law against it. Cannabis has but one future. We must all sink or swim from the same boat.

Federal drug laws are bad and need to be changed. Prohibitions against cannabis, all cannabis, both marijuana and industrial hemp, should be abolished. But until that day comes, the State of Colorado must rationalize its current regulatory system to avoid implicating federal law enforcement priorities set forth in the Cole Memorandum.

As an industrial hemp attorney, I support regulation of the processing and sale of cannabinoid products, including those made from industrial hemp. I have little doubt that it is coming. Resistance to regulation might delay the day of reckoning, but cannot forestall the inevitable. The industrial hemp sector can choose to be part of the problem, by denying that there is one. Or it can be part of the solution, by working to create a sound, reasonable and fair system of regulation. I would respectfully counsel the latter.




David B. Bush is the managing member of David B. Bush, L.L.C. dba David’sLaw, a business law practice dedicated to furthering the successful development of industrial hemp in Colorado and throughout the United States. His web page is www.davidlawcolorado.com and he may be reached at [email protected].

The Hemp Connoisseur Championship 2015
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Thank you to all our competitors, judges and sponsors!

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Thank you to everyone that came to the awards party on Sunday! We had a blast and hope you did as well! 

Here is the list of all of the THC Championship winners!!

Overall Champion

Green Man Cannabis- Star Killer



1st Place - Connoisseur’s Choice - Best Tested

Medically Correct- incredibles Chocolate and Infused products - Affogato Bar

2nd Place

Medically Correct- Incredibles Pumpkin Pie Delight

3rd Place - People’s Choice

Sweet Mary Jane- True Confections


CBD Edibles

1st Place - People’s Choice - Best Tested

Medically Correct- Black Cherry 50/50 CBD Bar

2nd Place

marQaha- Mellow Mint Mist

3rd Place - Connoisseur’s Choice

Mountain High Suckers- Caramel Apple Lollipop


Adult-Use Sativa

1st Place - People’s Choice - Connoisseur’s Choice

Den-Rec- Cookie Dough

2nd Place

Green Man Cannabis- Ghost Train Haze

3rd Place - Best Tested

The Herbal Cure- Kong


Adult-Use Indica

1st Place - Connoisseur’s Choice

Den Rec- Pure Kush

2nd Place - Best Tested

Green Man Cannabis- Hell’s OG

3rd Place

The Herbal Cure- Chem Dawg OG

People’s Choice

Igadi LTD - Grape Stomper


Adult-Use Hybrid

1st Place - Connoisseur’s Choice - Best Tested

Green Man Cannabis- Motor Breath

2nd Place

Den Rec- OG18

3rd Place

The Herbal Cure- Frankenberry

People’s Choice

Denver Relief- Ultimate 91’ Chem


Medical Sativa

1st Place - People’s Choice

The Herbal Cure- Lemon Skunk

2nd Place - Best Tested

Green Man Cannabis- Moonshine Haze

3rd Place - Connoisseur’s Choice

Natural Remedies/Organic Greens- LA Kush


Medical Indica

1st Place - Connoisseur’s Choice - Best Tested

The Herbal Cure- OG Kush

2nd Place - People’s Choice

Natural Remedies- Natty Rems OG

3rd Place

Natural Remedies/Organic Greens- Banana


Medical Hybrid

1st Place - People’s Choice - Connoisseur’s Choice - Best Tested

Green Man Cannabis- Star Killer

2nd Place

The Herbal Cure- Love Triangle

3rd Place

Natural Remedies/Organic Greens- Girl Scout Cookies Forum Cut

CBD Extracts

1st Place - People’s Choice - Connoisseur’s Choice

EndoCanna- Critical Cure

2nd Place - Best Tested


3rd Place

The Green Solution- Ruby Mas



1st Place - People’s Choice - Connoisseur’s Choice

Dabble- Gelato

2nd Place - Best Tested

Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers- Golden Goat

3rd Place

Standing Akimbo- Honey Banana

Best Tested

TR Concentrates- Stardawg
Igadi Grape Stomper
EndoCanna- Gorilla Glue
The Green Solution-Angel OG
The Green Solution-Rocky Mountain Fire


Solventless Extracts

1st Place - People’s Choice - Connoisseur’s Choice

Extracted Colorado- Scotty’s Sour OG Rosin Tech

2nd Place

The Green Solution- Sour D Rosin Tech Shatter

3rd Place

Premium Pete's Cultivation-Rosin tech Astral Kush



1st Place - Connoisseur’s Choice - Best Tested

Craft710- Lemon G

2nd Place-STATISTICAL TIE - Best Tested

TR Concentrates-Triangle Kush

3rd Place

Sweet leaf-Flo

People’s Choice

Sweet leaf-Kong

Best Tested

The Lab- Skywalker OG
The Green Solution- Kong Stomper

The Procrastinator's Last Minute Gift Guide
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 Gifts Under $25



$10 - Smoke Odor Exterminator Candle 

You have never had a candle that freshens the air as well as these ones. We tried out the Hollyberry Hills scent which smells remarkably like Christmas, and the Sapphire scent which smells like a mellow men’s cologne. These truly deliver on what they promise, covering up smoke and other unpleasant odors. They come in a ton of other scents, if you can’t find one you like you aren’t really trying. These candles are available at a variety of different retailers, online and in the non-virtual realm. Purple Haze smoke shops carry them in Denver. For a complete list on where to buy this gift for your secret santa visit www.smokeodorcandles.com.

  Toker Poker

$10 - Toker Poker

Get the hottest gift item of the season – the legendary Toker Poker! Finally your poker/dabber, tamper, hemp wick and lighter are all in the same place. This 420 multi-tool has everything you need to vape, dab, roll and toke. Its ergonomic design provides the most basic, yet essential tools for any smoker. Glow in the Dark, Chrome and other Limited Editions now available online. Sure to be a stocking stuffer hero! Visit www.tokerpoker.com to browse.


$10 - Res Caps by Resolution

Resolution res caps are an answer to a bong-lover’s grossest task. Add your cleaning solution to the bong and simply stretch these guys over the openings and shake away the stank! This will help cut the crud in no time with zero risk of splash-back. The caps stretch to fit so they will be compatible with most pieces (so stretchy, I implore you to find something you can’t fit these caps on). One of the best stoner stocking stuffers we have seen, your friends will thank you and their carpet will love you. Purchase at www.resolutioncolo.com.

  Rising Sun Ranch

$14-18 - Saddle Sore Muscle Rub by Rising Sun Ranch

Rising Sun Ranch is a Colorado business out of Steamboat Springs. They create a wide variety of products, from muscle rub to lavender honey. Now, usually we feature products that contain hemp in some way, but not this time. We have so much respect for Rising Sun Ranch for creating products from natural ingredients in an effort to heal others. This muscle rub is a winner as far as we are concerned. It has a strong scent to it with notes of clove and cinnamon, the smell is actually quite comforting. The salve just melts at the touch of your skin and really soaks in quickly. It is non-greasy after application and almost immediately starts working, relieving your aches and pains. This product is truly amazing! You need it, your mom needs it, your massage therapist needs it, and basically any person that you like and care about should have Saddle Sore Muscle Rub. It is the perfect size for a stocking stuffer, just sayin.’ Get yours at www.risingsunranch.com.

  420 Science

$15-24 - UV Screw Top Jars by 420 Science

Keep precious cannabis fresher for longer with these handy jars. In order to prevent premature decay of your nugs, the UV jars block out the light. Available in four sizes, these UV Jars can hold between an eighth of an ounce to one full ounce of your favorite strain. They are available in a multitude of different designs. We are sure you will find one for your sweetie that says, “I love you and I respect your love of Mary Jane,” not with words but with sweet graphics. Get them at www.420science.com.

  Sensi Tees

$20 - Sensi Tees

There are good cannabis clothing companies and there are bad ones in the sense of fashion sense. Sensi Tees is a one of the good guys. Their futuristic, digital, tribal designs are exactly what’s in right now and exactly what the cannabis connoisseur in your life will love for the holidays. The gray hooded t-shirt (pictured left) is about the coziest thing we’ve ever felt, can be worn by men or women and will be adored by your loved one this holiday season. Shop at www.sensitees.com.  

Gifts Under $55


Swine Army

$25 - The Quick Draw by Swine Army

This little cutie is a glass one hitter/lighter combo encased in hemp with a place to wrap your hemp wick. It is designed in such a way that you don’t have to take anything out of the case to use it. You simply load the bowl, put the mouthpiece up to your mouth, making sure the one hitter is on top, then light the lighter. It is perfectly positioned to light the bowl for you automatically. It is a nice little all-together kit that you can easily take with you. Plus if you purchase you are supporting sustainability and the love of hemp! Another great stocking stuffer for that mobile burner in your life. Pick them up at www.etsy.com/shop/LegalizePotBellyPigs.


$25 - Two-Tone Beanie by Grassroots California

This Grassroots beanie is snuggly, warm and stylish enough to wear every day this winter. The marbled pattern is trendy enough for downtown or for the slopes. The two-tone green and blue will make your friends stand out from the crowd and those in the know will recognize the iconic Grassroots sprout logo on the leather tag in the front. Made from high-quality materials, this is sure to be a hit with the cannabis crowd and beyond. Perfect for a stocking stuffer for the ski bum/bunny in your life. They will love the quality of construction and you will love the feeling of spreading holiday cheer through selfless gift giving. grassrootscalifornia.com

  Magic Flight

$25 - Bottle Rocket by Magic Flight

First of all, if you don’t have a Magic Flight Launch Box or Maud-Dib, get one immediately. This ingenious little product is meant to be used with either the Launch Box or Maud-Dib and essentially turns any bottle into a bitchin’ water pipe/vape. Any bottle you ask? Yes any bottle, fancy ones, antique ones, plastic ones, any bottle with a regular bottle sized opening. Genius! The Magic Flight line of vaporizers is awesome already and using them in combination with this innovative contraption makes it even better. It provides the smoothest vaping experience, you will love it or else! You can find this and all of their other cool products at www.magic-flight.com.


$40 - Headdress Hoodie by Chiefton Supply Company

Who doesn’t want a nice new hoodie for Christmas? This thing is extra super soft. Made with a cotton/polyester blend fleece fabric, it will keep your cuddle buddy warm all winter long. The headdress design is a real crowd pleaser, with the spikey mane of cannabis leaves and the Colorado C. The body of the hoodie is a slim fit, raglan style, two-tone, in charcoal heather and army heather. The hood itself is jersey lined, making it extra cozy on your noggin. Tie it all up in a nice little bow with a flat lace draw cord for your convenience. Everyone you know needs one. www.chieftonsupply.com

  Happy Cowboy

$45 - Small Chubbler by Happy Cowboy Glassworks

Happy Cowboy Glassworks is a Colorado glass company, specializing in uniquely crafted lathe-worked glass pipes, each piece is truly unique. Drew Ebelhare, aka “Happy Cowboy”, has been blowing glass since 1981, he started out making soft glass paper weights. This Chubbler pipe is very much like a hand-held bubbler. It holds water beautifully and doesn’t leak when you set it down. Their glass is so skillfully crafted and functional for everyday use. You need to get this for your brother, he will love it. Find it at www.happycowboyglassworks.com.


$50 - Seely Hemp Athletic Shoe by Adidas

Dress them from head to toe with these hemp skate shoes. It’s the classic look of an Adidas shoe with a fresh take on hemp. This is the gift that keeps on giving because they will only get comfier with wear and tear. Comes in various colors. www.journeys.com    

Gifts Under $100

X VApe

$70 - V-One By XVape

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! This vape pen is cause for celebration. The V-One has it all, sexy exterior and a smart interior, beauty and brains. The heating element is entirely ceramic, no coil at all. It looks like a super tiny pottery kiln and it essentially bakes the concentrate, no combustion. The V-One heats up superfast, zero to 428F in 2 seconds flat. It comes with a fully replaceable glass drip tip/mouth piece. Without any metal or plastic inside the heating element, concentrates taste better than anything. You can taste every terpene. It is equipped with a super convenient micro USB charging port. Love this thing. I think I see matching, couples V-Ones in your future.  Available at several local retailers but here is a link to save you some time, www.vapes.com.

Gifts Over $100


$100 - Self Cleaning Grinder by SLX

SLX is the first of its kind, a self-cleaning grinder that never gums up on you. It is so easy to use, just place your herb in the grinding mechanism, place the lid on top and twist back and forth. It is so smooth the teeth don’t catch at all and none of the plant material sticks to the surface of the grinder. So essentially you have the cleanest grinder on the planet. The teeth are coated with non-stick nano-ceramic particles, No Teflon, PTFE or PFOA. Simply put, if you are a grinder you need this product. If you don’t get one you will have to live with the knowledge that I grind better than you. #noshameinmygrind Find one for you or your sugar pie at slxgrinders.com.



$109 - Panama Red Pipe by Celebration Pipes

Celebration Pipes™ have been around for 42 years now. The very first pipes were created as stocking stuffers, the Christmas of 1973 in Laie Point, Oahu. These one-of-a-kind pipes are made of a special Hawaiian ceramic composite, known as LAVASTONEWARE™, then textured with lava rocks and fired in a 2,300 degree kiln. After firing, the pipes are plated with 22kt gold, platinum, opal black coral, purple haze, Hanalei blue, and the newest finish, Panama red. Each and every pipe is still hand crafted by artisan LAVASTONEWARE™ master Da Piper. This is one gift that will make your one and only someone feel extra special. It comes “gift ready,” encased in a velvet pouch, inside a gift box with a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. Functional and beautiful, it will surely be a cherished addition to anyone’s collection. Shop now at celebrationpipes.com.

  Cloud Penz

$110 - Limited Edition Cloud Pen x Slightly Stoopid 3.0 Vape Kit by Cloudpen and Slightly Stoopid

What’s cooler than the Cloudpen 3.0? A Slightly Stoopid collab with Cloudpen! This fun kit comes with the 3.0 pen, a micro USB cord, five mouth pieces, c-tensil, authenticity card, user manual, complimentary Cloudpen sticker, a disposable alcohol wipe all packaged neatly inside a custom box decorated with the band’s most recent album cover art. If you have a friend or relative who loves Slightly Stoopid and vaping then this is a no brainer gift. Heck, go the extra step and throw in the new CD for an all encompassing, awesome gift. Browse and buy at www.cloudpenz.com.


$199 - Fuse E-Hookah Vape by Flyt Lab

Get ready to have your mind blown. Imagine a vape that allows you to vape concentrates, dry herb, and e-liquid and lets you vape two of those options simultaneously, and it even sounds like a hookah. The Fuse does just that. It looks like a light saber and comes equipped with several cartridges that are specific to either concentrates, dry herb, or e-liquid. You can place two cartridges at a time in the interior heating chamber, like your favorite e-liquid and shatter. This creates a new taste sensation for your vaping experience. For those of us who don’t play around, you can use a dry herb and a concentrate cartridge together, my favorite. The taste is really smooth because the heating elements in the cartridges are ceramic. This is the gift to outdo all gifts for that true connoisseur on your holiday gift list. Never to be outdone, they will marvel at the witchcraft that is the Fuse. Check them out at www.flytlab.com.


$200 - 14 mm Swiss Honeycomb Tube in Pink Slyme by Purr Glass

Our friends over at Purr Glass have done it again. This piece is sick! It comes in three colors, Pink Slyme, Dichro Black, and Slyme. It bears a reinforced stemless design and is approximately nine inches tall with a matrix perc. Not only does this piece look cool, but it is so smooth to smoke out of. This has quickly become a highly favored tube at our house. It will be your favorite too, or your lady’s favorite, or your best homie’s favorite. Any cannabis consumer will love this Swiss Honeycomb Tube. Find at www.purrsmoking.com.  

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January 30-31st, 2016

Denver, CO

DENVER, COLORADO INDO EXPO Trade Show is back in 2016, proving that the INDUSTRY needs this traditional B2B event. With the success of the last two sold out shows, INDO EXPO has proven to be an industry leader.  Past events represented over 140 companies, with 2,000+ attendees/buyers walking the halls.

INDO EXPO is a full-spectrum 2-day event that hosts exhibitors in sectors such as: Cultivation, New Technologies, Smoke, Lifestyle, Education, Industrial Hemp and Industry Services. Hundreds of products & services will be showcased, representing the industry's cutting edge technology, equipment and supplies, lightning, nutrients, mediums, tools for harvesting and processing, lifestyle apparel, beauty, health, and more.  Over 50% of the exhibitors showcased are from out of state, hailing from coast to coast, and our attendees/buyers hail in from around the country as well as internationally- Amsterdam, Israel, Canada, Central and South American countries have all registered and attended.

“Providing a professional and safe platform to comfortably pursue business within the wholesale and retail markets; and assisting in building these relationships is the goal of the INDO EXPO,” says Operations Director, Stephanie Swimmer.

INDO EXPO looks to assist in building relationships between growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and the public. This show will provide a safe business environment as well as a forum for constructing business relationships and exchanging ideas and information.  INDO EXPO supports the growth of the industry by bringing together professionals from around the globe.  The opportunities are boundless... people with new businesses, ideas, products and services, are joining the “WORLDS FASTEST GROWING BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY!”

Complimentary seminars are offered daily and cover topics such as: organic growing, pesticides, greenhouse growing, industrial hemp, genetics & breeding, investing in the business, store display and visual merchandising, inventory control, small business best practices, email marketing campaigns, industry careers, HR issues- “effective talent management”, branding and marketing, optimizing your investments, and more.

For more information or to register for the INDO EXPO January 30-31th, 2016, visit www.indoexpoco.com. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram  Admission is complimentary to all Press.

About the INDO EXPO

The Indo Expo Show is a professional full-spectrum B2B Industry event. This two day event will be focused primarily on business to business (B2B) relationships, while building and supporting connections between wholesalers, retailers/buyers and the public.  Admission is complimentary to those working within the Industry.


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