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Doobie Rolls Into St. Louis, Missouri

Doobie Rolls Into St. Louis, Missouri

Doobie is entering the St. Louis, Missouri market, and we wanted to provide a little history on the Missouri relationship with the cannabis plant and the latest status of cannabis legalization in the Show Me “Your Weed” State.

Cannabis Legalization History

So is marijuana legal in Missouri? Not quite. While recreational cannabis use is still illegal for residents of Missouri, the state has been making progress recently towards full cannabis legalization. In 2014, through Senate Bill 491, cannabis was decriminalized to some extent, but the bill did not take effect until January 2017. While SB 491 reduced penalties for some cannabis offenses, possession of cannabis was still treated as a misdemeanor crime. 

Also in July 2014, the Missouri Medical Marijuana Bill (House Bill 2238) was signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon. This bill legalized the use of CBD oil to treat seizures. The measure set a 4 percent tax on medical cannabis sales with proceeds earmarked for services for military veterans. This legislation “allows the Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp for research purposes and allows the use of hemp extract to treat certain individuals with epilepsy.” HB 2238 only allows hemp extract that contains at least 5% cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

In November 2018, Missouri residents made a giant step towards Missouri marijuana legalization and approved Amendment 2 to legalize the medical use of cannabis. Passing with 66% of the vote, the ballot measure allows qualified patients to purchase no less than 4 oz of cannabis per month and to grow up to six cannabis plants.

On October 17, 2020, Missouri had its first licensed sale of medical cannabis.

More recently, as reported by Marijuana Moment and Fox, Republican Representative Shamed Dogan introduced a joint resolution (HJR 30, or the Smarter and Safer Missouri Act) in December 2020, where voters in Missouri could decide in 2022 whether to legalize marijuana. The proposal would replace the existing medical cannabis law and replace it with a simpler system that would cover both patients and adult consumers. Both the House and Senate would need to approve the legislation for the legalization question to go to voters. HJR 30 would legalize marijuana for adults 21+ and establish a commercial cannabis industry, taxing legal sales at 12 percent. Regarding social equity, there is no mention in the proposal.

Drogan is proposing low tax rates to prevent Missouri residents from buying from the illicit market. “If you make that tax too high, then you still have a pretty robust black market,” Dogan said.

St Louis Cannabis Legalization History

Named after King Louis IX of France, St. Louis is referred to as the Gateway to the West. With a population of almost 300K, St. Louis is the 2nd most populous city in Missouri behind Kansas City. 

In St. Louis, there had been some earlier reductions in sentencing for crimes of cannabis. In April 2013, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted to allow police to cite individuals instead of arresting them for small amounts of cannabis. Cited persons would be subject to a fine and processed in municipal court versus state court. This law went into effect in June 2013. 

In February 2018, penalties were further reduced when the Board voted to set a $25 fine for possession of up to 35g of cannabis, and in April of 2021, St. Louis City Council voted to reduce the penalties for certain amounts of recreational cannabis possession (35g).  It is reduced from a fine of not more than $1,000 or one year in jail or both to a fine of not more than $100.

How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card

Getting your medical marijuana card in Missouri is a much easier process than in its neighbor, Illinois. Patients suffering from any chronic or debilitating condition for which pharmaceuticals are normally prescribed may be eligible for a medical marijuana card. The law allows patients to receive qualification through “the professional judgment of a physician,” which means a patient can get a medical card even if a doctor believes cannabis could help with an ailment that isn’t included on Missouri’s list of qualifying conditions listed below:

  • Migraines
  • Chronic pain
  • PTSD
  • Cancer
  • Terminal illnesses
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS

Also, Missouri doctors do not have to provide a long-term relationship with their patients to certify they have a qualifying condition to receive a marijuana medical card.

Patients can easily get their medical card online by visiting sites like Elevate Holistics or Heally, where for between $100-$150 for the year, patients can be certified to receive a medical card. After the online visit, the recommendation will be available within an hour for download. Patients must next register for the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program using the online Complia application portal. The Physicians Certification for Medical Cannabis Form will need to be submitted via the application portal on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ online registry along with a $25 fee. The Missouri State Health Department will mail you a Missouri medical card in 30 days or less. 

Once fully approved by the state, patients can purchase up to 4oz of cannabis per month, and patients who register to grow have the option to grow up to 6 plants.

According to Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), as of January 2021, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported that the medical cannabis program had 100,000 patients registered, who are served by 56 approved dispensary facilities.

Doobie is partnering with Jane Dispensary in the St. Louis market, and they will be bringing their medical marijuana delivery service to several local cities and counties (including Saint Louis City, Saint Louis County, Saint Charles County, Franklin County, Jefferson County, Warren County, and Lincoln County). Getting marijuana from your favorite St. Louis dispensary just got a little bit easier.

The Doobie Difference

The Doobie Difference

Doobie is the one-stop cannabis shopping platform offering an exceptional customer experience and dependable delivery. We call it the Doobie Difference. 

The Doobie Difference is a concierge-like personal shopping and education experience you get from high-end cannabis retailers, combined with the home delivery convenience you are accustomed to from platforms like DoorDash and Uber Eats. If you have lots of experience buying weed, you will find shopping on Doobie a breeze, as you can quickly navigate the Doobie platform. You will find all your favorite brands and products are available – flower, pre-rolls, edibles, concentrates, beverages, tinctures, topicals, etc. – and have access to a curated menu of premium offerings. 

If you are a cannabis newbie, you can feel confident in your purchases by speaking (or texting) with Doobie’s consultative cannabis experts before you hit the buy button. In addition to traditional cannabis products, Doobie also offers balms and salves, gel caps and pills, high-CBD and micro-dosed edibles – even CBD pet-treats – products targeted specifically to the large group of consumers new to cannabis.

The Doobie user experience is designed to be flexible and seamless. You can order the cannabis products of your choice through an online platform, over the telephone, or via text. The online platform creates a streamlined, mobile-optimized shopping experience. You can browse popular products by category, view a detailed product menu by brand, and apply filters, including strain type, potency, weight, product type, and more. You can also chat with customer support for questions or queries. After checkout, you can track your delivery in real time. Just like Postmates or Instacart, your Doobie driver will arrive at your location in an unbranded vehicle, and discretely bring your product to the door. 

The Doobie Difference will be experienced throughout the entire process. Our knowledgeable and helpful cannabis consultants, and our friendly drivers, all share the same goal – We want to deliver happiness, right to your door. Have a Doobie Day!

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What are Phytocannabinoids?

What are Phytocannabinoids?

Phytocannabinoids are any cannabinoid produced in the trichomes of a cannabis plant. When extracted from the plant and consumed, phytocannabinoids interact with our body’s receptors to produce numerous psychotropic and therapeutic effects. All of the plants within the cannabis genus contain compounds called “phytocannabinoids” and there are dozens of different ones. Both plants and animals produce their own cannabinoids. Those produced inside the mammalian body are called endocannabinoids. The effects you’ll experience depend on which phytocannabinoids and terpenes are prominent in this strain.

So what are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are a class of lipophilic molecules that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Phytocannabinoids, or exogenous cannabinoids, are plant-derived cannabinoids produced by glandular trichomes covering the surface of the cannabis plant. Trichomes are responsible for producing all of the plant’s desirable compounds. More than 100 cannabinoids have been discovered in the cannabis plant, though research into their effects has only been done on the most prominent ones, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

So why does this happen within the cannabis plant?

We know that the human body produces cannabinoids for survival through the activation of homeostasis and the cannabis plant does the same but in far more direct response to external pressures. Phytocannabinoids, produced by the cannabis plant’s trichomes, cover the surface of the plant as a defense against environmental hazards such as insect predators and harsh weather conditions. The predators that try to eat the plant end up “high” and prevent the animals from continuing to eat it. 

Phytocannabinoid benefits include a wide range of medicinal and therapeutic applications. While there is still a lot of research that needs to be done, a sizable body of scientific research suggests that phytocannabinoids can reduce pain, anxiety, and inflammation, and provide other healthful benefits. Here are the two most popular phytocannabinoids and their benefits:

Delta-9-THC

Commonly known as THC — is the main intoxicating component of cannabis. THC intoxication has been shown to increase blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain responsible for decision-making, attention, motor skills, and other executive functions. The exact nature of THC’s effects on these functions will vary from person to person. When THC binds to CB1 receptors in the brain’s reward system, it can trigger feelings of euphoria. Much of THC’s ability to relieve pain is due to its interaction with CB1 receptors in the midbrain.

CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD), the second-most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis, has many potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-anxiety, and anti-epileptic properties. Cannabidiol can be sourced from both marijuana and hemp plants.

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What to Know When Making Weed Edibles

What to Know When Making Weed Edibles

Edibles are one of the most common ways to use cannabis, but if you are making them yourself it is important to know what to consider and how to make proper weed edibles.

Choosing a Strain

While there are various strains of cannabis, the main three options are Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid. Each of these categories have various medicinal and recreational purposes.

Sativa

Cannabis-Sativa is known for producing what some call a “mind high.” It encourages focus and creativity while creating an energizing effect that can reduce anxiety.

Indica

Cannabis-Indica is more known for producing a “full-body high.” This equates to people experiencing intense relaxation and is useful for reducing insomnia

Hybrids

Hybrids are a combination of Indica and Sativa and can have various effects. They have a variety of uses, which ranges from being used to ease the pain of chemotherapy or offer anxiety relief.

How to Properly Dose

When making edibles, it is important to make sure that you provide proper dosing of cannabis. If not, you’ll have little to no effect or having a high that’s more than you bargained for. Now let’s get into the math. First, most cannabis will be between 10-20% THC. 1g of cannabis equals 1000mg. That means 1g of 20% THC cannabis contains 200mg of THC. Next, find out how many doses you plan on making, or rather how many cookies or brownies you plan on making with the marijuana. Let’s say you are making 20 cookies. This works out to be 10mg of THC per cookie, which is a common amount for a casual user.

200mg THC/20 doses = 10mg THC per dose/per cookie

THC is also, according to research, about four times more available than when you smoke it. This means that eating 10mg THC is like smoking 40mg THC. 

Once you have this figured out, measure your ingredients accordingly and be sure to portion the edibles correctly.

If you’re not sure how many milligrams (mg) you should use, follow this guide:

  • 1-2mg THC: considered micro-dosing and is a good place to start for new users.
  • 2-5mg THC: depending on tolerance, this could still be considered a micro-dose.
  • 5-10mg THC: common range for recreational users.
  • 10-50mg THC: considered strong and recommended for experienced users.
  • 50-100mg THC: very strong and is used mostly for medicinal purposes.

Decarboxylation

There’s a reason why most people smoke marijuana. It’s because marijuana has little to no psychoactive properties when eaten raw. Before being heated or burned, cannabis is full of compounds known as THCA & CBDA, which by themselves have many benefits and possibly are even superfoods, but will not result in any sort of high. 

Decarboxylation or the de-carbing of cannabis is key to activating the psychoactive and other useful compounds of marijuana. When cannabis is heated up or burned it turns THCA into THC, which is responsible for giving you a high. It also converts CBDA to CBD which is known for its relaxing properties.

This is a key step in the process of making edibles. To do so you need to cook the flowers, leaves, or steam in the oven at 240ºF for 40 minutes to convert THCA to THC and 90 minutes to convert CBDA to CBD.

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Which Cannabis Strain is Right for You?

Which Cannabis Strain is Right For You?

Identifying which strain of cannabis is best for your needs can be a journey of trial and error. Cannabis is generally bucketed into three main categories: Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid, each having their own specific characteristics. The categories mainly indicate how the plant is physically structured. Indica strains are known for their wide fan leaves and squat stature, while Sativa strains often grow tall and spindly with long, thin fan leaves. Hybrid strains are a mix of Sativa and Indica genetics. The categories also claim to have different effects, with Sativa providing a head “high” and Indica providing a body “high.” There are many other characteristics of strains that can have an impact on the overall effects including terpene and cannabinoid profile. The strain you choose will be based on what effect you desire. Since cannabis has a range of medical uses, some strains are better for certain conditions than others.

It’s also worth researching the potential adverse effects of the strain. Many of the more common strain categories, which you can find below, list dry mouth, dry eyes, and dizziness as possible side effects. Marijuana also has the potential to interact with medications you might be taking. Make sure to not operate machinery or vehicles when using marijuana. 

Cannabis Sativa

Sativa strains of cannabis are great for those wanting an uplifting high to spark creativity and alertness. Sativa is a great daytime strain and can be a great replacement for alcohol due to its effect of liveliness and desire to interact. Sativa strains can sometimes cause increased anxiety in those with ADHD or are pre-disposed to anxiety.

Cannabis Indica

On the other side of the strain spectrum, Indica is for someone who wants a relaxing sleep aid or to feel more of a “body high.” Indica strains are mainly used for pain relief and usually induce a case of the munchies. Smoking an Indica strain at the end of the day can help you unwind from the overstimulation of the day. It’s also known to be helpful for women during their menstrual cycle.

Hybrid Marijuana

Hybrid strains cross Indica and Sativa for a combined mind and body high. Generally speaking, most existing strains are no longer pure Sativas or Indicas, instead of being Sativa-dominant or Indica-dominant hybrids. Sometimes, there will be 50/50 mixes with both strain types of cannabis. These hybrids are the result of the inherent inquisitive nature of the cannabis community, which has experimented for years to create strains with unique combinations of desirable psychoactive effects.

CBD

If you want the calming effects without the high or stoned feeling, strains that are high in cannabidiol, or CBD, is another option. CBD is one of the most prevalent cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant and has quickly become one of the most popular in the cannabis community. CBD does not produce the “high” or “stoned” effects that are typically expected from THC. Instead, CBD, which is an entirely different compound from THC, allows one to feel the therapeutic and pain-relieving effects of cannabis without the psychoactive consequences of feeling high. Many people take CBD to alleviate symptoms of chronic pain, and sometimes it is even used to treat individuals suffering from epilepsy, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and other health issues.

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