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I wasn’t the only person picking my favorite flavors at the event. A group of judges is tasked every year with judging the hundreds of entries (a tough job, but someone has to do it) and yesterday they announced the winners.
I finally had the chance to attend my first Emerald Cup in Santa Rosa, California, this weekend… and Disney World now ranks #2 on my list of happiest places on earth (sorry, Mickey).
In case you’re not familiar with the Emerald Cup, it’s renown as the biggest and best showcase of sun-grown cannabis in the world. For a recovering “indoor weed snob” like myself, it’s a mandatory event to attend so you can see just how incredibly good outdoor cannabis (and its byproducts) can be… not to mention the amazing community that surrounds it.
I barely contained my excitement as I bounced from booth to booth meeting farmers, learning about strains, sampling products and selectively scooping up the best flavors I could find. I say “selectively” since I set a $700 limit for myself–I could have easily spent way more if given more time and less self-control. 😉
All in all I came away with 16 strains of flowers (just over 2 ounces) and 5 concentrates… not a bad haul for a single day, eh?. Check out photos of each below, then leave a comment and let me know what you scooped up at the Emerald Cup.
I travel quite frequently for work and pleasure, and there’s little else I want to do after being crammed on an airplane for hours than spark up a bowl of some dank herb. To make sure said bowl is smoked – and multiple bowls after that – I’ve carried marijuana through airport security on countless occasions since becoming a medical marijuana patient back in 2009, and I’ve never had a single issue (knock on wood).
One of the main reasons I feel comfortable bringing marijuana on an airplane is that security, for the most part, isn’t even looking for it. TSA’s website says security officers aren’t searching for marijuana or other drugs. If they do happen to find anything in your baggage then they’ll turn you over to local law enforcement. I only carry cannabis when traveling through medical or recreational states, and I feel comfortable with the potential consequences in those states (something you need to consider and decide for yourself).
I’ve also talked to police about the issue. Before a flight between Denver and Montrose, Colorado, I called the Denver PD and asked if I could carry cannabis on an in-state flight. They didn’t hesitate to say it was ok to do that. The fact that they’re so lax about in-state travel makes me feel pretty comfortable walking through Denver International with a jar of chronic.
My method for carrying weed through TSA checkpoints isn’t anything elaborate. It’s quite the opposite and boils down to two simple things:
Bubble hash, full melt, ice wax – whatever you call it – water-extracted concentrates are by far my favorite type of cannabis concentrate. They can be so flavorful, so potent, but also so hit-or-miss.
Making the highest-quality hash requires true artistry and care – care for the product and for the end consumer – which makes finding truly extraordinary hashes more of a rarity than a common occurrence.
While smoking anything is the ultimate test for quality, there are a few ways I go about finding unicorn tears in a sea of mediocrity. Check them out below and leave a comment if you have any more tips to add to the list.