It’s been two years since the first cannabis shops opened in Alaska, and to the surprise of many, the industry continues to grow at breakneck speed.

One of the biggest misconceptions about cannabis is that THC potency is the only factor that will determine the quality of cannabis. Though potency is an important part, the real science behind your high is right under your nose.

The cannabis industry in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has grown substantially since retail sales officially started in 2017. There’s now a spectrum of cultivators growing for eight dispensaries across the Valley and they contribute to Valley’s overall economy in a variety of ways, from job …

Late last month, cannabis industry representatives gathered in Juneau to attend the February Marijuana Control Board meeting. This meeting held particular signifance because Alaska’s legislature is in session, which provided industry representatives a wonderful opportunity to meet with elect…

I’ve always been a late bloomer. I went on my first date at 17. Got my first kiss at 19. Lost my v-card at 21. If it wasn’t for being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia at 32, I probably never would have tried cannabis.

On site consumption was approved in Alaska last December in a 3-2 vote by the Marijuana Control Board. While many were excited at the idea of being able to use small amounts of recreational cannabis in approved establishments, the momentum appears to be stagnating.

Legal Cannabis has brought on a whole new market in Alaska. Many of us are not aware that there’s an etiquette to purchasing weed. We seem to have forgotten what it was like to wait hours for our man to deliver us the goods, being forced to buy only one kind because it was all that was avail…

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 known cannabinoids. In recent years it’s gotten quite a bit of attention as we learn more about its numerous health benefits. One alluring factor of CBD is that it’s not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get people high. For many people, CBD has incredi…

As we’re all likely aware by now, AMCO recently gave the green light to move forward with regulations for onsite consumption. Most of the cannabis community is celebrating the good news, however some are feeling a bit jaded by the 1 gram maximum and the uninclusion of concentrates. The 10 mg…

Big news for the Alaskan Cannabis industry! After years of debate, the MCBA has voted to allow onsite consumption with a 3-2 vote. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, cannabis users aren’t free to toke up at their favorite pot shops just yet, as the regulations will still …

I’m a firm believer in global warming and climate change. There’s too much evidence that firms up that conclusion. Alaska’s permafrost is meltcoasvillages have had to move further inland to avoid being washed away by seasonal storms, and Kodiak bears are hanging out on the streets of that to…

Mark your calendars friends, because Wednesday December 19th is an incredibly important day for the future of the Alaskan cannabis industry. The Marijuana Control Board will meet at 1 p.m. that day, at which time the public may offer comments. The board will then meet the next day to potenti…

Budtenders hear the question potentially hundreds of times per day; What’s your highest THC? We’re learning that most of the time, people are asking this question because they’re looking for a certain kind of effect. Usually, they’re looking to get as “high” as possible. Every once in awhile…

If you’ve been into any of Alaska’s recreational cannabis stores in the last month or so, chances are you’ve noticed a new product showing up on the shelf. Sold in a syringe, often dark brown, almost black in color, the highly potent cannabis oil is well known to many medicinal cannabis user…

Elizabeth Block Haus is this week’s CannaPoem winner, entitling her to a $25 gift card to Williwaw. You wanna win? Send your best cannabis-inspired poem to editor@anchoragepress.com.

This week was Fall equinox, followed by a bright, full, luminous moon. The leaves are changing color, flashing bright yellow contrast against these clear blue sky Fall days. It’s beautiful, yet at the same time I know the cold is coming. I’m not the biggest fan being chilly; in fact, I loath…

As much as I try to quit smoking Swisher blunts, I just can’t. It’s in my DNA. A regular swish, one gram of weed preferably Gorilla Glue #4, a car with a CD player and I can fly away. Today my soundtrack is going to be that Slime Language mixtape by Young Thug. Young Thug’s label is named, “…

Broke, with no smoke.

How do we equate impairment? That’s a question the cannabis industry has been up against for years now. Researchers are hard at work trying to create a device that can measure real time use of THC, but we’ve yet to see anything valid come onto the market just yet. Perhaps this is because we’…

It’s amusing how accurate cliches describe situations. “Just when you thought it was safe.” Just when I thought it was safe to be a proud weed smoker in Anchorage, Alaska; just when I thought it was safe to relax and enjoy the ambiance, I find myself out of position and in a pickle. You must…

O’Hara Shipe: Samantha, you’ve been nominated as one of Anchorage’s Best Budtenders, so we wanted to give your adoring fans a glimpse into the life of a star budtender. So, tell me, where did you grow up?

She’s the bomb, alright ... Chef Bombshell, as she calls herself.

Sunday was a terrible day. The weekend left me feeling ravaged. We don’t need to get into details because that’s not the point. The point is that some days we have bad days, off days, horrible days. If we’re human, we’ve likely had a few. Chances are we’ll encounter several more. But what do…

Alaska’s edible market has come a long way since it first began. We have choices now. Gone are the days of being forced to eat past prime Rice Krispies treats containing unknown levels of THC. We now have a developed market, with choices. Variety, friends! We’re starting to see it, and it’s …

They say the critic has the easiest job. It might be true. Believe it or not, there’s more work involved in judging a High TImes Cannabis Cup than one might expect. How do I know this? Because I was picked to be one.

Turns out all this endorsement-making is harder than it seems. Some of these primary races, it’s some really tough calls trying to recommend one candidate or another when both candidates are working hard, both have some good ideas and have invested a goodly amount of psychic energy along the way.

High Times been around for almost 45 years now. What sort of hurdles has the Magazine faced throughout the years while operating in a country where Marijuana was banned (or in a legal limbo)?

Before I tell you this story of recent news, I’d like to take a moment to honor each and every one of the individuals who’ve made the legal Alaskan Cannabis industry what it is today. It’s taken a collection of free-thinking citizens to band together and accomplish what we’ve established. It…

We walk into a weed shop and look at the menu. As we scroll through the varieties and different offerings we inevitably find ourselves drawn to those higher THC numbers. We see the prices, which appear rather proud, and our American minds conclude that this must be the better product. More T…

South Anchorage has a new marijuana store to offer you, and it’s getting great reviews. A quick peek at Weedmaps will show what the people are thinking; word is on the street is The Frost Farm is the place to hit up.

A major development in the cannabis world has been the increasing popularity of vape oil cartridges. Also known as vape oil pens, these products have become a favorite of cannabis customers due to their portability, ease of use, discretion, and consistent dosing. However, despite these produ…

Matanuska Cannabis Company broke into the Valley scene as cannabis distributors this weekend.

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June 11, 2018 ANCHORAGE – The data validation report released by the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office and the Department of Environmental Conservation–Division of Environmental Health describes some of the challenges associated with accurately testing marijuana for potency. The re…

The budtender at Enlighten told me this was a new strain for them. He hadn’t tried it yet, so he couldn’t offer any input. It looked decent, and smelled alright when he let me sniff the sample in the black plastic container. I was curious; I haven’t tried anything by Absolem’s Garden, so I w…

Ever dreamed of owning your own Cannabis Cultivation facility in scenic Seward, Alaska? If so, Bruce Martin has an offer for you.

Here in Alaska, Governor Walker recently signed Senate Bill 6 (SB6) into law.

This year was my first Cannabis Classic. I went into the experience excited, with an open mind. I’d heard both good and meh about the event, but I believe in forming our own opinions so I approached it as an exciting new experience, a chance to celebrate the Cannabis industry and the individ…

Tel Aviv, Israel: The adjunctive use of CBD extracts is safe and effective in adolescent patients with refractory epilepsy, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the journal Brain & Development.

It’s a kind of ironic phrase, Christian stoner. Most people think that these two could never combine peacefully. The common stereotype of a stoner is a stupid, lazy person who does nothing but smoke, get the munchies, and sleep on the couch. Whereas a Christian is supposed to be an uptight, …

In a very basic sense, not that much has changed about using Cannabis (‘weed’) since it first took over the scene more than half a century ago. Get the good stuff, jam it into a pipe or roll it up and light it, inhale the smoke and prepare to experience its various effects.

The previous decade has seen a boom in the popularity and recognition of the therapeuitic value of cannabis compounds.  One of the major nonpsychoactive components, cannabidiol, or CBD, has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and ant…

The recreational market in Alaska has become competitive. We have stores opening up all over town with more coming on board soon. We’re finally at a place where we can be picky about what we buy and where we buy it. Many of us have found shops and cultivators we prefer. We’re now even able t…

Alaska is fairly new to the recreational use of marijuana. Some people visiting from a more restrictive state may not have had the opportunity to imbibe without fear of breaking the law. Some people here in Anchorage may have simply not wanted to try it.

It’s a kind of ironic phrase, Christian stoner. Most people think that these two could never combine peacefully. The common stereotype of a stoner is a stupid, lazy person who does nothing but smoke, get the munchies, and sleep on the couch. Whereas a Christian is supposed to be an uptight, …

This weekend is exciting for the Alaskan Cannabis Industry, as the 4th Annual Cannabis Classic will be held on Saturday May 19 in Anchorage. The event is an industry awards show and growers competition, sponsored by Pakalolo Supply Company of Fairbanks.  

After much agonizing and foot-dragging, legal, commercial cannabis began in February of 2017 with one shop first out of the gates.

The House of Representatives approved HB 316 by a 30-10 vote on April 15. On April 25, HB 316 reached the Senate Finance Committee. The bill helps seal public documents relating to marijuana possession convictions prior to Feb. 24, 2015, when marijuana was legalized in Alaska. This bill has …