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Cannabis-Infused Beverages: Summer’s New Buzzy Drink

Cannabis-infused beverages are the hot new drink of summer with good reason! Like other types of foods and drinks infused with activated cannabis concentrate, cannabis-infused beverages are considered to be a type of cannabis “edible” (despite the fact that technically, you drink them). Curious about this new drinkable product and how it can improve your summer? Take a look below to learn more!

What are Cannabis-Infused Drinks?

Cannabis can be infused into many types of edibles — and now, companies have cracked the secret of infusing cannabis into beverages. These infused drinks tend to be relatively simple and refreshing since they’re made up of familiar, delicious flavors that are begging to be included on the menu for your next summer get-together! In fact, the real challenge might just be stopping at one beverage.

There is a wide range of cannabis-infused beverages available today, including cannabis-infused sodas, sparkling waters, coffee, and even non-alcoholic beer and wine. With so many choices available, many people are becoming increasingly interested in this discreet and user-friendly method of cannabis consumption.

A Brief History of Cannabis-Infused Beverages

Historically, cannabis has proven difficult to effectively infuse into beverages. Cannabinoids do not traditionally mix well with water, since they are fat-soluble. So cannabis users who wanted to utilize an edible solution would normally turn to baked goods or other edibles since cannabinoids do tend to mix well with fatty kinds of butter and oils. 

Alcohol serves as a reasonable substitute for water when it comes to mixing tinctures, since cannabinoids mix well with alcohol — however, it is illegal to combine cannabis and alcohol in the United States. Due to this fact, cannabis-infused drink manufacturers had to come up with innovative strategies that would allow them to create that vital infusion using a non-alcoholic base. Once they hit on solutions that worked, cannabis-infused drink creators wasted no time on breaking into the market and the drink’s popularity is now exploding.

Cannabis-infused beverages have been used for some time for a variety of possible therapeutic purposes. Many people already use them in hopes it may help them relax at the end of a long day or to seek energy when they’re feeling a little low. Now, they can add the range of symptoms that may be treated by cannabis products to their list of things that can be handled by opening a refreshing beverage.

How are Cannabis Beverages Different?

Cannabis beverages have a number of differences from other types of cannabis products. 

Cannabis-infused drinks may work faster than other cannabis products

When you use a cannabis gummy or eat a brownie, you may need to wait up to four hours for the full effects to set in. With most edibles, you will need to wait for the product to digest completely before the body begins to absorb it. That can mean a long wait before you feel the full impact of your edible. On the other hand, with cannabis-infused beverages, the nanoemulsions used to help the cannabinoids dissolve in water will start absorbing into your system once it hits your mouth, through your saliva. As a result, you may start to feel the effects of your cannabis drink in as little as 30 minutes — which can make a big difference when you need fast results, whether it’s for relaxing or pain relief. 

Cannabis beverages are socially acceptable, smoke-free products

If you choose to smoke or inhale cannabis, you may need to step outside or away from the group until you’re finished. With a cannabis-infused beverage, on the other hand, you won’t have to worry that your cannabis consumption will impact anyone else around you, and you can stay close to everyone else while you enjoy it. Cannabis-infused drinks don’t produce any potentially unwanted by-products like smoke or vapor!

Cannabis-infused beverages are designed for beginners

If you have never used cannabis before, many of these cannabis-infused beverages are designed to be a great place to start! They’re intended as an entry-level product new users or patients can easily adapt to and enjoy, as well as a new, convenient way to imbibe for experienced cannabis users and patients. With their relatively low potency levels, they won’t make you feel too affected out of the gate. Since you start feeling the effects sooner, you also decrease the odds that you will inadvertently consume too much of a beverage vs. a cannabis edible.

Cannabis drinks allow you to enjoy more of the flavor

With a cannabis-infused beverage, while some brands are still very potent, many are designed with lower potency levels so you can consume the entire can over the course of an evening — not just a single gummy or piece of chocolate. Since there are fewer worries about over-indulging, you may find that your new cannabis-mocktail or marijuana-infused drink makes it easier to enjoy the experience!

Cannabis drinks are easy to use

Some people, including those who may have added cannabis to their routines in an effort to help manage a range of medical conditions or decrease problems with seizures or anxiety, suffer may from immense pill fatigue. Meaning, they get tired of swallowing down handfuls of pills every day, and it quickly starts to feel like a chore. Even smoking can start to wear on you after a while, especially if you have to go outside to do it because it quickly becomes a process. However, with a cannabis drink, you can consume your cannabis products much more easily! Just open the beverage and enjoy.

Cannabis drinks are not necessarily more potent than other edibles, but they do absorb faster, which means you may see the results or effects in a shorter amount of time. They are often also combined with other compounds that can help enhance their effects, which means that you may feel a more potent effect, in a shorter time period even at a lower dosage.

How do Cannabis-Infused Beverages Work?

When you consume a cannabis-infused beverage, the cannabis is processed through your digestive system, just like when you eat an edible. However, since the cannabis-infused drink starts processing as it hits the saliva in your mouth, you may see much faster results than you would if you consumed a traditional edible product.

What are the Different Types of Cannabis-Infused Beverages?

Cannabis-infused drinks come in a variety of forms. You can choose the one that best fits your needs, whether you’re interested in something that will help you relax or a beverage that will help give you the energy you need to finish the week strong! Some of the most common cannabis-infused beverages include:

  • Cannabis-infused sparkling waters
  • Cannabis-infused sodas
  • Cannabis-infused coffee
  • Cannabis-infused non-alcoholic beer, wine, or mocktails
  • Other cannabis-infused drinks and beverages like lemonades, iced teas, and beverage enhancer flavored drops — the list is growing all the time!

How are Cannabis-Infused Drinks Made?

Cannabis-infused drink makers face one major obstacle when trying to determine how to best create their cannabis-infused beverages, whether they’re putting together a cannabis-infused sparkling water or designing a cannabis-infused coffee beverage. The challenge?  The cannabis compound does not dissolve in water. 

“For compounds like CBD [or THC]  that don’t really mix well with water, usually you have to put another agent with it to help it dissolve,” said Dr. Yasmin Hurd, a professor of neuroscience, pharmacological sciences and psychiatry at New York City’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Different ways used by people or the pharmaceutical industry are being adapted by cannabinoid companies.”

By improving water solubility, the compund’s bioavailability (the rate at which the body absorbs it) increases dramatically. Many manufacturers are using a technique known as nanoemulsion. In essence, they use a third party mixture that binds together those molecules to create the stable compound consumers plan to enjoy. The cannabinoid droplets are dispersed throughout the liquid and suspended. For consumers, that means a smooth taste and texture, rather than a clunky texture that feels as though they are drinking curdled milk. Even better, this nanoemulsion strategy is stable, which means that products, including cannabis-infused sodas and cannabis-infused non-alcoholic beer and wine, will last for a long time in their cans. 

As research continues, companies are looking for new, improved ways to reach this effect —but the burst of new cannabis-infused beverages hitting the market shows that most companies are content with their current strategies. Consumers, too, are thrilled to reap the benefits of these products, which can be much more convenient than other types of cannabis in some situations.

What are the Best Cannabis-Infused Beverage Brands?

With a wide range of cannabis-infused beverage brands to choose from, which one is right for you? Check out some of the great brands carried by Thrive. 

Cann

Cann comes in a variety of flavors, including blood orange, ginger lemongrass, lemon lavender, and grapefruit rosemary. Cann drinks offer the perfect solution for a refreshing buzz that will activate within about 10-15 minutes for most users. These drinks contain just five all-natural ingredients and at 30 calories per bottle, they are a great choice for summer!

HaHa Beverages

HaHa offers a wide range of cannabis-infused beverages, including cannabis-infused sodas and sparkling waters. Choose from root beer, grape, and lemon lime soda flavors in the Thrive shop today as you experience this latest innovation from the Haha Beverages brand. 

CannaPunch

If you’re looking for a great cannabis-infused beverage with a big punch of flavor, CannaPunch delivers. Look for it at a Thrive Cannabis Marketplace near you in watermelon, black cherry, and granddaddy grape flavors.

Select

Select is a well-known cannabis brand that customer’s consistently say delivers an exceptional flavor profile — and the Select Squeeze cannabis-infused beverage enhancer drops are no exception. Check out the Select range of products and choose your favorite flavor of their Select Squeeze drops to try when you need to add a pick me  up to your next glass of water!

Kalvara Cannabis Cocktail

Kalvara may offer a rapid-onset experience that will allow you to make the most of every cocktail. The cannabis cocktail is free of preservatives and sugar and offers a low-calorie option for your cannabis consumption needs.

SIP

Looking for a quick punch of flavor? SIP offers smaller servings of cannabis-infused beverages that are designed similarly to a 5-hour energy shot, whether you’re looking to be in a social mood, interested in getting better-quality sleep at night, or just want that great “chill” effect. SIP Elixir shots come in flavors like Mai Tai, Wild Berry, Watermelon, and Hurricane for every summertime craving!

Who Should Drink Cannabis-Infused Beverages?

Cannabis-infused beverages are appropriate for a wide range of users and patients over the age of 21 or those who have a medical CBD card or medical marijuana card in their states. Consider these reasons why you might want to try a cannabis-infused beverage.

It’s part of your routine to unwind 

People who often use a glass of their favorite alcoholic beverage, including beer and wine, to unwind at the end of a long day may find that a cannabis-infused beverage delivers the same relaxation. However, a cannabis drink offers relaxation without the risk of some of the health concerns you may have to contend with when using alcohol. 

You want to socialize without cannabis smoke or vapor

Smoking can feel incredibly isolating when others are not able to withstand the smoke or just do not enjoy it. With a cannabis-infused beverage in hand, you can remain the life of the party even as you enjoy your beverage of choice. You won’t have to worry about isolating yourself or worry about missing a big moment at a get-together while you excuse yourself to take a smoke or vape break. 

You want an edible product that works faster

With a cannabis-infused beverage, you can expect the effects to kick in within as little as 30 minutes. You may prefer edible products, but do not want to wait as many as four hours for the effects to kick-in and a cannabis-infused beverage is the ideal solution for that problem. 

You’re looking for a quick way to unwind or relieve anxiety

Dealing with anxiety before a party or other social event can ruin the entire event for you before you even arrive! Many cannabis-infused beverages, however, are ideal for enjoying before parties and social events as an “appetizer” and may help relieve you of any feelings of anxiety and allow you to unwind and let out a stress-free, more relaxed version of yourself.

Find the Best Cannabis-Infused Drinks at Thrive Cannabis Marketplace Dispensaries

At Thrive, you’ll find a wide range of cannabis products, including cannabis-infused drinks that can help you kick back and relax after a long day. We aim to help our users find carefully sourced cannabis designed to fit your specific needs.

Thrive is the best cannabis dispensary and marijuana shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. We promise guaranteed product satisfaction, 24/7 support, and experienced staff! Our products are available for pickup, delivery, and at our drive-thru at select locations. Visit the homepage of our website for more information and to find the service that fits your lifestyle at one of our Thrive Cannabis Marketplace locations today!

Our Staff’s Top Cannabis Products To Get Delivered

If you’re wondering where to buy cannabis in Las Vegas, our fantastic selection at Thrive is available for both home delivery and curbside pickup. We have four different Las Vegas dispensary locations and one location in Reno so that you can find the best cannabis dispensary near you. Our range includes pre-rolled joints, cannabis flower, vape pens, edibles, and accessories. You can opt for quality cannabis products delivered right to your door from your closest Las Vegas strip dispensary! We have a speedy delivery time and a wide selection to choose from. If you’re unsure of what product to choose that best fits your needs, here are some of our top staff picks!

Chemical Compound by Pistola

Pistola is a hybrid dried cannabis flower available as both flower and vape products. This strain, Chemical Compound has a THC content of 27.73% and a calming, relaxing effect. It may also leave you feeling happy and recharged! If you would like further information about the effects of cannabis and how to choose the right product for you, find out more on the blog.

Berry Pie by Cookies

Berry Pie by Cookies is a sativa strain of cannabis flower with a sweet smell that will remind you of berry pie and cream. It has an energizing and euphoric effect, but at 23.39% THC, it’s calming and uplifting at the same time. 

Fruity Pebbles OG Vape by City Trees

Fruity Pebbles OG Vape by City Trees is one of the many vape products from our best Vegas dispensary. Vaporizers are the best way to consume cannabis discreetly and this one by City Trees is fairly potent, leaving you happy, relaxed, and ready for a perfect night’s sleep.

Hawaiian Bubble Live Resin by HSH

Hawaiian Bubble Live Resin by HSH has a robust fruity and earthy flavor and precise effects due to undergoing the freezing process after harvesting. It gives you a feeling of relaxed euphoria and is ideal for combating stress, depression, and fatigue.

Head Cheese Infused Pre Roll by Polaris

If you’re looking for a Sativa-dominant pre-roll, this Head Cheese Infused Pre Roll by Polaris is a hybrid of the two strains Headband and Cheese. It has a mix of pine, lemon, and cheese flavors and produces a positive buzz, leaving you perfectly alert yet blissfully calm.

Cannabis Cocktail 100mg 5pk by Kalvar

Cannabis Cocktail 100mg 5pk by Kalvara is a sugar-free, zero-calorie drink that uses infusion technology. If you’re looking to try out a canna-infused beverage that tastes great and is said to have pleasant tension-relieving effects, this could be the product for you! Before you’ll be engulfed in a sea of calm with this twisted cocktail.

Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Bar by Binske

The Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Bar by Binske is made from premium ingredients hailing from all over the world – luckily you can always find it at our Las Vegas Strip dispensary, Thrive. Binske bars offer a complexity of flavors and sensations and this hazelnut milk chocolate one is no exception. The delicious treat is the perfect blend of chocolate and cannabis, making it a popular choice for edible. It produces effects of calm and relaxation and you’ll feel happy and rejuvenated.

How to order cannabis products to your home

Ordering high-quality cannabis products to your door couldn’t be easier. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “is there a dispensary near me delivery”, wonder no more. With one click, select the Thrive North Las Vegas or Thrive Southern Highlands dispensary locations on our menu page to sign up for delivery! Choose the products you want and submit your order. You will then be able to track your delivery! Our average delivery time is 4-8 hours depending on the volume of orders and our friendly team will keep you notified and let you know when your items are on their way. 

In-store shopping and curbside pickups are also easy alternatives to home delivery if you prefer to pick up your order. If you’re looking for a dispensary near Las Vegas strip, we are also conveniently located! To arrange a pickup, all you need to do is choose your favorite Thrive Cannabis Marketplace location from the menu on our curbside pickup and delivery page. Select the items you would like to order, then at checkout, you can opt for curbside pickup from the best Vegas dispensary, Thrive. As soon as your order is ready you will receive a notification with instructions on what to do when you arrive, all we’ll need is details of your car, parking spot, and proof of ID to get your order out to you!

With Thrive Cannabis Marketplace, you can pick up our products at a dispensary near you, or have them delivered directly to your home! You can choose from our top staff picks for great deals and discounts or browse our wide selection of cannabis flower, vape accessories, and edibles. If you would like further information about where to buy cannabis in Las Vegas, learn more about our amazing range of cannabis products.

Cheeba Chews

Assorted Bags of Cheeba Chews Edibles

Cheeba Chews are here! These delicate, gluten free cannabis edibles were created in Colorado during the medical cannabis boom to answer the industry’s lack of consistency in edibles. Cheeba Chews were designed to be consistent, potent and discreet, and they certainly deliver in all three areas. Each 10g piece of Cheeba Chew can be divided equally into 4 pieces, for a consistent dose of 15 mg of THC in every bite.

Cheeba Chew side effects are similar to most edibles. Some may experience a body buzz, muscle relaxation, and an intense feeling of euphoria lasting 4-6 hours. Overconsumption can lead to paranoia, racing thoughts and manic behavior. Always begin with a small dose of Cheeba Chew; How much to eat will vary from person to person.

Indica

Indica Cheeba Chews usually last for 5-6 hours and produce a wonderful sensation of relaxation, anxiety relief, and euphoria. Many consumers may prefer eating these alone at night while enjoying some relaxing music or a movie.

Hybrid

Hybrid Cheeba Chews are a fantastic compromise for those who enjoy the sedative effects of an indica edible but also want to remain balanced and social. This chew is a perfect mix of both worlds and available at most Las Vegas dispensaries.

Sativa

Sativa Cheeba Chews are the chosen edible of consumers who want daytime relief from chronic pain, nausea, tremors or the like, but also want to remain somewhat mentally sharp and functional. These chews are a great option for consumers who want to be productive and social in the daytime but still want to enjoy a euphoric buzz.

CBD

CBD Cheeba Chews are an amazing pair for those who enjoy the anxiety and pain relief of CBD, while also reaping the benefits of THC therapy. These candies are amazing at controlling seizures, dulling pain, soothing the mind and presenting an overall sense of well being, while functioning with a relatively clear head. Recreational users may enjoy the “mellow” effects of these CBD chews as it still contains THC, though enough CBD to moderate the “high” feeling.

Thrive Cannabis Marketplace proudly carries Cheeba Chews quad doses for both our medical marijuana patients and our recreational customers. Stop into one of our cannabis dispensaries in Downtown Las Vegas to experience any of our edibles for sale in Las Vegas. Have questions? We’ve got answers! Contact our stores for more information about Cheeba Chews, edibles and all things cannabis.

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Kosher Kush Strain Review

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Kosher Kush

While this extremely potent indica strain isn’t strictly kosher — it’s not produced under rabbinical supervision — its relaxing, happiness-elevating and sleep-inducing properties make it a perfect part of a day of rest, whether it falls on the Sabbath or not. For patients suffering from insomnia, sleep apnea or general anxiety, especially the kind of anxiety that keeps you up at night, Kosher Kush is one of the best indica strains out there.

Kosher Kush is a purebred indica varietal, and it’s an absolutely perfect example of its strain. Its high THC content delivers a heavy and thoroughly relaxing high. In particular, Kosher Kush ranks among the best strains for insomnia that you can find. Leafly gives it a perfect score on relaxed and an incredibly high score for sleepy. Find our full product list of kosher products at Thrive Cannabis Marketplace.

This is pretty much the ideal nightcap for anyone who needs help with sleep problems. Unlike some classic sedating strains, Kosher Kush does not induce much hunger, which is a good quality in a strain meant to treat insomnia because eating right before bed reduces your quality of sleep. Of course, that’s just part of its medicating potential, and just one of the strains on our menu available at our North Las Vegas dispensary and our Thrive downtown Las Vegas store, that can help with sleep and much more.

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OG Kush Strain Review

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Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable high or an elixir for your medical issues, OG Kush is the answer. The basis for many other favorite strains, this western strain can offer THC levels as high as 24 percent. There are good reasons why OG Kush weed is a favorite strain in Colorado and on the West Coast.

What Does OG Kush Look Like?

The OG Kush strain is easy to spot with large-ish, indica-like buds, yellowish-green leaves, orange hairs, and a heavy coating of trichomes that looks like sprinkled sugar. It’s a pungent strain: The bud smells strongly of pine and sour lemon and, when smoked, has a strong woody taste with sour lemon undertones.

Where Did it Come From?

The origins of this OG strain are somewhat of a mystery. We know that the strain emerged in California in the early to mid-1990s, but we’re less sure of the parentage. Most likely the OG Kush strain comes from a cross between the Chemdawg and the Hindu Kush strains. OG may stand for the strain Original Gangster, denoting its fame as a building block for many other strains, or it may mean, “ocean grown”, a reference to the strain’s West Coast origins.

Because OG Kush is rather difficult to grow, less-than-ideal conditions can lead to a low yield. This makes it a risky investment for many growers and can cause this popular strain to be difficult to find.

What to Expect

Whether you are taking OG Kush for medical or recreational purposes, be prepared for a high like none other. This hybrid is known for producing a hard-hitting high that offers the best of both indica and sativa. The mental euphoria and relaxation make it ideal for treating stress, depression, and even anxiety since it lacks the “mind-race” of many other sativas. At the same time, the intense physical relaxation and “couch lock” are excellent for treating chronic pain, insomnia, and nausea.

Where to Find OG Kush in Las Vegas

If you’ve read an OG Kush strain review or two and think you might be interested in this popular type of weed, be sure to stop in at one of our dispensaries.

Not sure what strain or product is best for you? At Thrive Cannabis Marketplace, our experienced staff is always happy to discuss your needs and experience and help you make a decision. Visit us today at one of our dispensaries, located in Downtown Las Vegas and North Las Vegas.

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Pure Kush Strain Review

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Pure Kush is an indica-dominant strain that belongs in every MMJ patient’s medical kit. It is extremely potent, often measuring up to 22% THC content, and is considered one of the strongest strains of medical marijuana available. This strain is not to be taken lightly, as its intense sedative effects can knock out even the most experienced of smokers. But used responsibly, it’s masterful at alleviating the suffering of chronic aches and pains.

ABOUT THE STRAIN

Pure Kush strain is a powerful phenotype of the famous OG Kush. Though ubiquitous, the origins of OGK are somewhat of a mystery. It’s believed that OGK is a descendant of Pakistani Chitral Kush. This strain was developed via a natural landrace in a Pakistani town known for making https://thrivenevada.com/las-vegas-dispensary-locations/some of the best hash in the Middle East. This strain found it’s way to Florida, where it was possibly bred with Chemdawg, and found its way to California where it exploded onto the scene in 1995.

The buds are olive green, dense, and shaped like pinecones, with bright orange pistils and lots of sticky trichomes. The aroma is extremely pungent with pine forest oak and earth tones.

HOW’S THE SMOKE?

Flowers burn with a harsh, thick smoke that can be overwhelming for new smokers. Novices to cannabis may prefer concentrates for this reason. The smoke tastes oaky and skunky with strong tones of spice.

PURE KUSH EFFECTS

The high creeps up slowly, then hits hard and fast. Most Pure Kush reviews describe these effects:

  • Warm, gentle pressure around the face
  • Sensory distortion
  • Amplification of lights and sounds
  • Time slows down
  • Couchlock
  • Wandering euphoric thoughts
  • Increased appetite
  • Extreme sedation
  • Pain relief

Those who suffer from anxiety or insomnia will enjoy the calming, sedative effects as Pure Kush isn’t known for causing racing thoughts or paranoia. Its body high is extremely effective for relieving pain, aches, cramps, muscle spasms, and headaches.

Be warned: Pure Kush is a powerful sedative and isn’t ideal for those who have work to do (unless your job is to binge-watch Netflix and giggle.)

Where to Find Pure Kush in Las Vegas

If you prefer concentrates, our North Las Vegas dispensary carries Pure Kush live sugar. With a whopping 78.6% THC concentration and a full terpene profile that highlights the strain’s flavor, our live sugar delivers a powerful body high that’s easier on the lungs. Pure Kush rosin is also available as a solvent-free extract. PAX owners will be delighted to know we carry Pure Kush oil in pods that fit your device at both our North Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Cannabis stores. Stop in 7 days a week or contact us to learn more about the Pure Kush strain as well as the many cannabis products we offer.

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Strain Spotlight: Gorilla Glue #4 Strain

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Gorilla Glue #4

Get a taste of Colorado with one of our neighboring state’s favorite strains! Gorilla Glue #4 is guaranteed to give you an experience like none other.

What to Expect

Gorilla Glue #4 is a sativa dominant hybrid strain known for an extremely strong aroma that recalls its Diesel roots. It tends to taste earthy with a bit of pine, although some users compare the taste to that of stale coffee. You can recognize it by its light green color and white sugar-sprinkled appearance.

What You’ll Get

This Gorilla Glue strain is a strong hybrid sativa strain; well-known for producing an intensely relaxing feeling that can keep you couch-locked for hours. Due to the intensity of the effects, first-time users should approach this strain with caution.
Gorilla Glue marijuana is frequently used as medical marijuana. It’s perfect for treating stress, chronic pain, depression and even obsessive compulsive disorder. The intense sleepy, relaxed feeling can also make it a good treatment for insomnia.

Where to Buy Gorilla Glue #4

Stop in at one of our North Las Vegas dispensaries or our cannabis store in Downtown Las Vegas to speak with one of our experienced staff. We can help you determine whether Gorilla Glue #4 is right for you, or help you find something that is.

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The Newest Weed Strains to Try in 2020

If 2019 taught us anything, it’s that the marijuana business is growing along with its variety of top marijuana strains.

Illinois became the eleventh state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes in January. Many other states changed laws concerning marijuana and the workplace, making developments that erred on the side of leniency and acceptance.

And a handful of others—Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and several more—are geared towards legalization in 2020.

With these developments come new varietals as technology grows and stigmas lessen. Cultivators are crossing bud types left and right, producing fantastic new strains that harness some new favorites.

So, if you happen to hit up a dispensary this year, here are a few new and classic stand-out strains to keep an eye out for!

Hybrids

Hybrids are arguably some of the most popular varietals out there, as they’re handcrafted by growers to produce unique flavors and effects.

This can be anything from reducing anxiety to easing adverse symptoms of chemotherapy

Hybrids are a combination of Indica and Sativa—the THC content and levels of Indica vs. Sativa vary from strain to strain. Your Thrive budtender will be happy to explain what the expected effects are.

Here are some great hybrids to look out for in 2020.

Sour Banana Sherbert

The Green & Gold Sour Banana Sherbert strain is a sweet bud that produces equal feelings of relaxation and euphoria or creativity.

This strain sits at about 27% THC, making this a heavy hitter. The hybrid strain is a cross between sour diesel and banana sherbert, which creates a unique aroma, flavor, and feeling.

Animal Cookies

This hybrid strain is a cross between GSC x Fire OG, producing a pleasant, body-melting head high that helps alleviate depression, headaches, and body pain.

This strain is about 23% THC with 0.04% CBD.

Dream Queen

Here we have a 19.8% THC level.

Dream Queen by Matrix is a combination of Blue Dream and Space Queen.

If you like a musky, fruity, and earthy bud—this strain’s for you. Feel like your flying among the stars with its euphoric and spacey cerebral effect. 

Indicas

Indica strains produce those feel-good, cozy effects. This makes Indica buds intensely relaxing, helping to increase appetite while lowering pain levels or feelings of nausea. The following are some stand-out Indicas of 2020.

Irene

This beautiful purple bud is very soothing and sits at a THC level of almost 23%.

Expect your classic physical and mental relaxation with this strain. It also has the added benefit of being an excellent mood enhancer.

Banana OG

This 24% THC strain is an indicant-dominant hybrid of OG Kush x Banana.

This “creeper” (meaning, the effects set in a while after the first hit) deserves its name, as its aroma resembles yummy over-ripe bananas. Careful of overdoing it, as its effects will sneak up on you—leaving you every bit as comatose as one might expect from a potent Indica.

Try this if you are looking for pain relief, appetite stimulation, or a night of restful sleep.

Black Mamba

The strain sits at about 23.62% THC and 0.03% CBD.

Its flavor can be described as fruity, skunky, and sweet—a yummy cross of classic Indica flavors.

Try it in the nighttime, as its effects are relaxing and sleepy while offering pain relief and euphoria.

Sativas

Sativas often, but not always, have higher levels of THC with lower levels of CBD.

This potent mix produces a “mind high” that’s uppity, exciting, and energizing.

A Sativa’s effect helps you feel creative and productive instead of overly relaxed. That’s why Sativas are an excellent daytime option, as they stave off lethargic feelings while promoting an upbeat high.

Here are some 2020 go-to’s.

Mimosa

This higher-level THC strain sits at about 23% THC with 0.04% CBD.

It’s a beautiful high, offering feelings of alertness, energy, and euphoria. This makes it a perfect daytime strain, as any great Sativa should be.

Mimosa has won many Cannabis Cups, making it a significant player into 2020 as well.

This trending Sativa is a cross of Clementine x Purple Punch—which makes its flavor an exciting mix of Hawaiian Punch with citrus. 

If you want to stay clear-headed and focused, this strain’s for you. Expect pleasant anxiety relief, too.

Snow Dawg

This strain’s THC level sits a little lower, at about 20.23%.

It’s also its own complex mix of strains. The formula comes down to (Chem Sister x Sagarmatha’s Bubbleberry) x (Mass. Super Skunk x Oregon Sno). Try and keep that straight!

However, the name Snow Dawg or G6 is good enough for your local budtenders, who will hook you up with this excellent strain from the notorious Chemdawg family. 

It’s both fruity and citrusy, and most people choose it for its relief of stress and tension. It’s also a great daytime strain, reducing social anxieties, work pressures, or life stressors.

Candyland

Don’t let the name fool you—this strain is more hard-hitting than one might think!

Candyland is a Sativa with about 22% THC. Its flavors are classic Sativa—sweet and citrusy—with just the effects you might hope for: daytime alertness, feel-good happiness, and a burst of energy.

It’s a potent, California-bred strain that mixes Granddaddy Purple x Bay Area Platinum Cookies. If you love the taste of pink lemonade, you’ll love the taste of this bud. 

Try it out if you’re looking for a creative, social strain that doesn’t keep you glued to the couch.

Enjoy These Top Marijuana Strains!

This list is certainly not exhaustive—the year is young, and there’s much more cannabis greatness to come in 2020.

If you’re in the Las Vegas or Reno area and looking for some of these top marijuana strains, swing by one of our four Thrive locations.

We offer a variety of fantastic deals every single day with our Thrive Daily Deals. Come get your edibles, concentrates, flower, and pre-rolls at your one-stop cannabis dispensary.

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Strain Spotlight: Blue Dream

Thrive Cannabis Marketplace Blue Dream

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is considered by many at Thrive Nevada and in the legal marijuana community to be the best of the best. There are very good reasons this strain has consistently been the best-selling strain in Colorado and Washington state. Smooth, flavorful and well-balanced, its uplifting high is not overpowering and has many medicinal uses.

Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid created with sativa Haze and indica Blueberry.  It’s a high-THC strain (17 percent to 24 percent) that is very versatile and suitable for those new to cannabis medication.

Aroma and Flavor

The aroma is sweet and mellow with strong hints of blueberry, and the flavor has strong, sweet berry notes. Novices and more advanced smokers alike have raved about the flavor of this strain.

Effects

You will love this strain for your daytime medication. Users have consistently raved about its uplifting and motivational high, especially when it comes to sparking creativity. There is virtually no “couch lock,” making it ideal for medicating on the go.

Ideal For:

  • Headaches
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Nausea

If Blue Dream doesn’t seem right for you, you can check out the weed menus for our Thrive Cannabis Marketplace in North Las Vegas or our Downtown Las Vegas dispensary to find the cannabis strain that works best for you.

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Strain Spotlight: Head Cheese

THRIVE Cannabis Marketplace Head Cheese

Head Cheese

Head Cheese is a powerful strain that is ideal for those medicating for extreme pain, spasms or sleeplessness and is available to purchase at Thrive Cannabis Marketplace. Ideal for intermediate and advanced smokers, it is often the preferred nighttime medication for those who are ready to unwind and relax fully after a long day thanks to its heavy body high and quick effects.

Head Cheese is a sativa-dominant hybrid resulting from the breeding of 707 Headband and UK Cheese strains. THC content can reach 28 percent.

Aroma and Flavor

The aroma is a pleasant combination of pine and lemon. The aroma is best described as earthy, skunky and pungent with faint hints of cheese. The flavor alone makes Head Cheese a favorite amongst flavor chasers and more advanced smokers.

Effects

Head cheese is best for advanced smokers or those experiencing extreme pain. The effects are powerful and instant, and beginners may find this to be somewhat overwhelming. Advanced smokers will love the high THC content and the euphoric relaxed feeling that comes with this strain.

Ideal For:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Fibromyalgia and similar disorders
  • Pain relief
  • Inflammation
  • Eating disorders
  • Migraines
  • Sleep disorders
  • Muscle spasms

If Head Cheese doesn’t seem right for you, you can check out the weed menus for our North Las Vegas dispensary or our Thrive dispensary in Downtown Las Vegas to find the Cannabis strain that works best for you.

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