DAY TRIPPIN’ | WEST LETHBRIDGE


Dec 20, 2018

Our guide to the people and places that make up our growing cannabis community.

A trip to southern Alberta will land you in the city of Lethbridge, a.k.a the windy mullet. Its nickname likely stems from the frequent, strong Chinook winds that wreak havoc on hairdos, but help keep winter temperatures reasonable.

Take a quick trip over to the west side and you’ll find NewLeaf Cannabis Sunridge. Managed by Julie Pilling, this is one of three NewLeaf Cannabis stores in Lethbridge. She’s joyful, engaging and proof that you don’t have to consume cannabis to support people who do. Julie was inspired by friends who benefited from using the plant. Her pioneer spirit lead her to pursue a career in the cannabis industry.

After stopping by Sunridge for a visit and to check off some items from your cannabis bucket list, why not spend the day in Lethbridge: home to a massive urban parks system and ravine created by the Oldman River, just a short walk, bike or five-minute drive from the store.

 

West Lethbridge | Top Three Things To Do

Do you enjoy Indica vibes? Who says you have to stay seated ‘in the couch’ to enjoy them?

Sometimes the best days out, are ones where you chill… out. We believe there’s nothing like taking a stroll by the river or watching the night sky light up, after you’ve lit up. Here’s two locations that might interest your Indica-inspired spirit.

Popson Park

Originally part of the Urban Park Project funded by the Provincial Government, this public green space is filled with walking trails and picnic sites. The river borders the eastern and southern boundary of the park, forming flat land around the banks and coulees to the west.

Dog lovers, this park is home to the only off-leash park on the west side.

The Oldman River Observatory

The Old Man River Observatory includes an equipment room with several portable telescopes, an extensive library, a lounge area and presentation room that can seat up to forty people. Just outside the main building is a viewing platform for the portable scopes, plus a permanently (pier) mounted 14 inch and 8 inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes for visual observing.

The Lethbridge Astronomy Society is a mixed bag of space science enthusiasts and Registered Charity in Canada. The facility, equipment and all programs are funded by volunteers. If you enjoy learning about the night sky and would like to make a tax deductible donation, please contact the society.

If riverside picnics and stargazing aren’t your thing, we have another suggestion that takes you in the opposite direction, both figuratively and literally.

 

Nicholas Sheran Park

Nicholas Sheran Park is just five minutes from NewLeaf Cannabis Sunridge (in the opposite direction; east) and includes Lethbridge’s only Disc Golf Course. A full 18-hole course has been built on 100+ acres of a park that includes a man-made lake that’s great for boating in the warmer months and ice skating in the winter.

For an added treat, Nicholas Sheran Park also has an edible orchard. Yes, those of you with a green thumb and the munchies, you read that right…an edible orchard. Visit the park in the summer season and you can enjoy fresh apples and cherries, free for the picking.

West Lethbridge has a little something for everyone.

Consuming cannabis in public places has limits. Respect the law. Citizens be mindful. Tourists be informed.

https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/Pages/Cannabis.aspx#government

 

Links

The Oldman River Observatory http://www.lethbridgeastronomysociety.ca/the-observatory.html

Popson Park https://www.lethbridge.ca/Things-To-Do/Parks/Pages/Popson-Park.aspx

Nicholas Sheran Park  https://www.lethbridge.ca/Things-To-Do/Parks/Pages/Nicholas-Sheran-Park.aspx

 

 

THE 12 BUDS OF CHRISTMAS


A cannabis-lovers guide to the perfect holiday stash box stuffers

On the first day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
One gram of tangerine dream

On the second day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
Two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

On the third day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
Three vaporizers, two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
Four packs of papers, three vaporizers, two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
Five golden bongs, four packs of papers, three vaporizers, two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
Six trays for rolling, five golden bongs, four packs of papers, three vaporizers, two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
Seven one-hit tasters, six trays for rolling, five golden bongs, four packs of papers, three vaporizers, two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
Eight oils for droppin’, seven one-hit tasters, six trays for rolling, five golden bongs, four packs of papers, three vaporizers, two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
Nine wipes for cleaning, eight oils for droppin’, seven one-hit tasters, six trays for rolling, five golden bongs, four packs of papers, three vaporizers, two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
10 jars for storing, nine wipes for cleaning, eight oils for droppin’, seven one-hit tasters, six trays for rolling, five golden bongs, four packs of papers, three vaporizers, two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

On the 11th day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
11 pipes for piping, 10 jars for storing, nine wipes for cleaning, eight oils for droppin’, seven one-hit tasters, six trays for rolling, five golden bongs, four packs of papers, three vaporizers, two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true bud gave to me:
12 stash boxes, 11 pipes for piping, 10 jars for storing, nine wipes for cleaning, eight oils for droppin’, seven one-hit tasters, six trays for rolling, five golden bongs, four packs of papers, three vaporizers, two stone pipes and one gram of tangerine dream.

HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN YOUR BONG


Nov 28, 2018

A beginners guide to cleaning and maintaining your water bong.

For those of us who choose to consume our cannabis in a water bong, there’s few things as satisfying as a cool, smooth toke from a freshly cleaned bong.

On the flip side, nobody wants to be passed a bong that has been used for an extended period of time without a cleaning; dirty water and dingy glass can be rather off-putting, especially in social smoking situations.

Science suggests that bacteria tales about a day to form in used bong water if it’s left to sit; leading to bad smells, tastes and the risk of inhaling bacteria into your lungs. And even if none of that concerns you, all it takes is one awkward moment to knock a bong filled with dirty bong water onto your floor or couch, and nobody should have to deal with that mess!

So, for those who choose to bong, let us help you ensure you don’t do it wrong…

 

HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN YOUR BONG

Give it a Rinse
The first thing you should do is empty out your bong water and rinse the bong with warm tap water. Try to remove any ‘floaties’ or debris clinging to the sides by swishing water around against the walls and main chamber. If you do this every time after use, it can often be enough. But if you are more of a reactive cleaner than a proactive one, keep reading…

 

The Ideal Solution
There are a ton of options when it comes to bong cleaners; from rubbing alcohol to more natural solutions and a variety of manufactured options available in cannabis shops. Regardless of what you use, it can help to add a small handful of salt into the bong as well to assist with the clean. For cleaning purposes, you typically need to fill the main chamber with slightly less solution than the amount of water you would fill it with to smoke.

 

PRO TIP: To ensure the salt gets to the main chamber, instead of sticking to the stem/smoke chamber, use a spoon to pour the salt down the chamber.

 

Get a Tight Seal
If you’ve ever absentmindedly shaken a beverage without a tight cap (or any lid at all) you probably created a mess you’d like to avoid in the future.

The same concept translates into cleaning your bong. Before you begin to swirl the cleaner against the walls of the bong, make sure you cover up the holes with something air-tight.

You can buy rubber caps for this at some novelty cannabis shops, but you can also use stuff around the house (plastic wrap, cotton balls, elastic bands, towels, etc) to accomplish the seal.

 

Soak and Shake
After you seal everything up, let your solution soak in the bong for a few minutes to soften up any dirt or resin on the glass. Next, shake it baby shake it! With a firm grip on the covered openings of your bong, shake and swish the solution all around your bong, making sure it touches all areas you want cleaned. Do this for about a minute, or until you feel you have cleaned everything you can with the solution.

If you use it, the salt you added acts as an abrasive capable of loosening some of the dirtier parts of your bong.

PRO TIP: Pipe cleaners and a little elbow grease (that means ‘effort’ for those of you that were born after 1990) will help you get any stubborn resin off the walls of your bong and especially in the down stem.

Rinse and Rewards
Once you are done cleaning, drain your bong of the solution you used and rinse it several times to ensure you remove any traces of solution, salt or loose resin. Once you are sure it’s all rinsed away, refill your bong with the liquid of your choice and enjoy a fresh new, clean, smooth bong session!