The Brutal Reality of Buying Weed Online in Canada | 12 Month Case Study 2017

 

The Raw Findings of a 12 Month Long Case Study

Times are changing and it feels like warp speed for Canadians that buy weed online. With everyone trying to move forward at such a rapid pace some brutal gaps are becoming glaringly apparent. For us here at WhitePalm it has now been 12 months of trying to support our community in order for them to receive the medicine they need and we have learned a LOT, it’s literally been a 12 month case study.

CANADIAN CANNABIS INDUSTRY SUPPLY CHAIN
IS INADEQUATE OR INCONSISTENT

Weed Online Canada… Dispensaries are fighting the fear of getting shut down every day and that type of mentality has created an extremely short-term focus for these companies were corners are continually cut. What is available today is not tomorrow and the consistency in the product varies so much, it leads many to wonder about the supply chain these displaseraries have in place. The disregard or willingness to swap a strain in and out for today’s sales while not looking at the bigger picture, to ensure your patients satisfaction everyday. The idea that all strains are produced equally, could not be further from the truth in the cannabis industry.

The other sides of the coin has licensed producers being vertically integrated and one would assume that this would yield us a premium product. The unfortunate truth behind this is your growing skills did not determine whether you become a licensed producer or not. It was suit and ties of the financial district who believed growing weed is a simple task. Today’s the online buzz in Canada would state the counter to the green assumption made by these business folks… or fools. Whether the LP product is completely shwag or not they’re are dealing with some serious stigma around product quality and consistency.

There is plenty of documented incidence that reinforce the reality of the dilemma of LP’s.

JUST LIKE THE WINE INDUSTRY – A MERLOT IS NO DIFFERENT THAN AN OG KUSH…
IT CAN BE PRODUCED BY MANY DIFFERENT BRANDS AND THEREFORE FLEX DIFFERENT QUALITY.

 

 

Our reality as a cannabis consumers is very similar to that of the wine consumer, an OG Kush is just like a merlot, you can purchase a very different product from two brands. One brand is located in the north of Italy and runs you a couple hundred dollars while the other brand is from Mexico and can be bought for dollars.

While cannabis extracts have emerged with some accountability due to the branding of vape pens and shatter, little to no accountability exists around cannabis flowers. Online dispensaries are not growers, therefore the brand representing the product becomes the websites when it should be represented by the grower. The grower is the one who prides himself or herself on creating the best product and does not have conflicting interest when it come to selling the product to the end user. If the grower is not proud to claim the flower as theirs then why the hell are you buying it?

WHITEPALM’S ACTIONS AFTER
1 YEAR OF HANDS-ON LEARNING FOR BUYING WEED ONLINE CANADA.

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STEP 1 – BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH KEY LOCAL GROWER COMMUNITIES.

After seeing this situation emerge and continually talking to our community we set out to established a solution to the problem. We chatted with key cannabis enthusiast that believed in the the philosophy of “Microcannabis” (craft production of cannabis): the details matter, small batch, independent, supporting local growers communities and pure product.

You can learn more about Microcannabis here and we’ve worked with BC’s best growers to bring forth a new experience for ordering weed online.

STEP 2 – UPDATED OUR SITE TO SUPPORT OUR NEW PARTNERS – WITH A FOCUS ON ACCOUNTABILITY

Our cannabis marketplace has an array of different price points and every flower or extract is now represented by a different brands.


Check out our new flower page, that now shows who each flower is from and when certain flowers will be restocked. We now have 2 OG Kush flowers on our sites with different prices, we have 2 Blue Dreams with different prices, some in stock some restocking but one OG Kush flower will never represent another.

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Check out our cannabis brands page, you can quickly see what is newly available to our community or follow a brand’s updates on your favourite product re-stocks.

Our brand page that now has reviews for the brands – which you can earn loyalty points for leaving reviews. You can share your overall experience about a company or read reviews of what other saying about a new product or brand. Please share any feedback you might have.


STEP 3 – PRICING – STANDARD MARKUP –  DIRECTLY FROM THE GROWER.

Our pricing model is now no different than that of Whole Foods, standard markup on all products. No fluff or B.S. If a grower believes his cannabis product supports a premium price points because he runs extremely small batch, detailed growing process then his price can reflect that.  If the community loves a product or doesn’t believe the product speaks to the price, the grower will have responsibility as the product should speak for itself. Overall this  conversation and new direct relationships has recently brought prices down by 15-25% to ensure you receive the best value for the weed you order online.

We have broken are growers into 3 general classification – premium exotics, boutique and commercial grade.

MEET LEADERS OF THE CRAFT CANNABIS MOVEMENT

SOUTH COAST

The Sunshine Coast is the most ideal place to grow and produce the best Cannabis products in the world. South Coast are the leaders in Full Profile flowers and extracts.

One of the most important factors in the production of clean concentrates is the growing conditions of the parent Cannabis plant. Being that we are located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, our plants thrive without the need of pesticides and fungicides. Our all-natural plants are of the highest quality.

CHECK OUT: Gorilla Glue #4


KOOTENAY FIRE

Kootenay Fire prides ourselves in being a sustainable, indoor-grown cannabis brand that embraces British Columbia’s values and adventurous motives. We focus on small-batch flowers and masterfully crafted hashish.

CHECK OUT: Hempstar


THE SOURCE (Called Zero Ave. right now)

The names of top marijuana growers are heavily-guarded secrets both in the United States and abroad so it is our pleasure to introduce you to one of them!

CHECK OUT: BLUE COMA

YOU WILL SOON BE ABLE TP ORDER SAMPLE PACKS FROM EACH VENDOR
STAY TUNED WE HAVE SOME EXCITING THINGS PLANNED FOR YOU. THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY A REALITY! Weed Online Canada.

20% OFF THESE FLOWERS THIS LONG WEEKEND ONLY

Weekends are made for relaxing and enjoyment. It’s time to unwind and let all those concerns slip away. Summer is upon us and this is the jump off here for a sunny daze. To celebrate this long weekend we’re given 20%! off the following flowers until Monday Midnight. COUPON CODE: LONGWKND

GOD’S GIFT

KINGS CROSS

TRAINWRECK

DEATH BUBBA

Death Bubba

PURPLE URKLE

What the Heck are Terpenes!?

What the heck are Terpenes and how do they affect the make-up of cannabis products?

Well, simply put Terpenes engage with the endocannabinoid system much like cannabinoids.  They can also affect neurotransmissions to the brain. Understandings this provides an explanation of why there is a variance of strains that carry different aromas and taste, but also contribute to the mood and the sensation that a strain delivers overall.

Over one hundred known terpenes are present in cannabis and they are not only found in cannabis. Which explains why strains have unique properties and why some strains share similar attributes.

This diagram shows how they arrive in some strains:

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These 3 Gods Own Concentrate Shatter varieties are fully loaded with terps, meaning that your high will be ENHANCED.

OG Kush | Lemon Haze | Chronic Mint

Some of the most common terpenes are….

Myrcene

Myrcene is the most common terpene in marijuana strains (up to 60% of the essential oils of certain varieties) however, it is not found in hemp textiles. It is also found in large quantities in hops or in the West Indian wood (Saint Thomas Bay). Its smell is very similar to cloves (girofle). Myrcene is a potent analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. It blocks the action of cytochrome, aflatoxin B, and other pro-mutagenic carcinogens. It also has a relaxing, calming, anti spasmodic and sedative effect. Acting in synergy with THC, myrcene increases its psychoactive potential.

Limonene

Limonene is often the second, third or fourth terpene found in cannabis resin. This family of terpenes produces the typical smell we all recognise as citrus. Limonene has anti fungal and anti bacterial properties and is also anticarcinogenic. It prevents the detioration of the RAS gene, one of the factors that contribute to the development of tumors. It also protects against Aspergillus and carcinogens present in smoke. Limonene quickly and easily penetrates the blood-brain barrier, which increases systolic pressure. During testing on the effects of limonene, participants experienced an increase in attention, mental focus, well-being and even sex drive. Limonene is used sometimes in spray form, to treat depression and anxiety. It also has the effect of reducing the unpleasantness of gastric acid and stimulates the immune system. Plants use limonenes to ward off predators; for example, it repells flies like any insecticide.

Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene can be found in various herbs and spices, particularly in black pepper, which contributes to the spicy flavour. It is a local anti inflammatory and analgesic, and one of the active ingredients of the clove (Giroflé). It is an efficient remedy to relieve toothache. It also has anti fungal properties. This terpene has the particularity of selectively activate the cannabinoid 2 receptors (CB2), while it is not a cannabinoid. This discovery opens the door to many possibilities in medicinal research.

Pinene

Pinene is responsible for the familiar smell associated with pine and fir trees, and to be more precise, its resin. It is the main ingredient of the essence of turpentine. It is present also in many plants such as Sage or Rosemary. Pinene is used in medicine as an expectorant, bronchodilator, anti inflammatory and local antiseptic. It also crosses the hemato encaphalic barrier very easily, where it acts as an inhibitor of acetylcolynesterasics, preventing the destruction of molecules responsible for the transmission of information, which results in memory improvement. It is largely due to the presence of pinenes that Rosemary and Sage have been considered to be beneficial plants during thousands of years of traditional medicine. This terpene ca, in part, counteract the effects of THC, which leads to a decrease in the acetylcholine levels. The result is that the memory fails more with pure THC than with THC mixed with pinene. Skunk strains are, for example, recognised for their high levels of pinenes. Because this produces a bronco dilator effect, the smoke of plants rich in pinene give the sensation of sucking more air, which can cause hyperventilation or sometimes cough. Pinene also improves concentration, personal satisfaction and energy, but it may be limited by the effects of the terpinol.

Terpineol

Terpineol smells of lilac, crabapple blossoms and lime blossoms. During tests on mice, their mobility was reduced to 45%. This explains the sedative effect of some marijuana strains. Terpineol is often found in strains that have a high level of pinenes, the aromas of which can hide the smell of terpineol.

Myrcene

Myrcene is the most common terpene in marijuana strains (up to 60% of the essential oils of certain varieties) however, it is not found in hemp textiles. It is also found in large quantities in hops or in the West Indian wood (Saint Thomas Bay). Its smell is very similar to cloves (girofle). Myrcene is a potent analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. It blocks the action of cytochrome, aflatoxin B, and other pro-mutagenic carcinogens. It also has a relaxing, calming, anti spasmodic and sedative effect. Acting in synergy with THC, myrcene increases its psychoactive potential.

Borneol

Borneol has  aroma of mint and camphor. It is used in Chinese medicine against fatigue, stress, or to recover from illness. The Super Silver Haze Marijuana strain from Sensi seeds is known for its camphor aromas, and its effect is both relaxing and psychedelic. Hence, we can suppose that it contains a good amount of borneol.

Linalool

Linalool has a floral smell like lavender and spring flowers. Humans are able to smell it at very low levels, from 1 PPM in air. Linalool is currently used in the treatment of various cancers. It also has a powerful calming action, anti anxiety, and produces a sedative effect. In tests on mice it was discovered that their activity decreased by 75%. Linalool is thus partly responsible for the sedative effects of certain marijuana strains. It also has analgesic and anti-epileptic properties.

Eucalyptol

Eucalyptol (also called 1,8-cineol) is the main ingredient of eucalyptus essential oil. It has the characteristic minty smell of this tree and is also found in small amounts in marijuana. Its effects relieve pain and improve concentration and inner balance. Plants containing eucalyptol enhance meditation and concentration.

Nerolidol

Nerolidol, with woody and fresh bark aromas, can be found in ginger, niaouli and citronella. It has anti fungal, anti leishmaniasis and anti-malarial properties. It also produces a sedative effect.

Also, this video from Leafly gives a nice little overview of Terpenes. Which reminds us that you can now find us on Leafly – tell a friend!

The Landscape of the Legalization of Marijuana

Canada is well on it’s way to legalizing recreational marijuana throughout the nation making us the second country in the world to do so. Uruguay was the first nation to legalize pot several years ago. Such a bold moves on the world stage will surely have an impact on other countries most likely starting with the US.

In 2012 Colorado voters pushed for legalized marijuana and got it. It became the first region in the world to do so and introduce taxes on weed like they do with liquor. To date, nearly 30 states have some medical marijuana law and in November eight states legalized marijuana for adults.

Canada will be in a good position to set up a lucrative export business, as populous countries like Germany have legalized medical marijuana as a nation and others consider relaxing their laws. According to Arcview, North Americans spent $6.7 billion on legal pot in 2016, up more than 30% from the year before. The end result of Canada pushing forth legalization gives the land of the free an upper hand on trepidatious countries who are sluggishly rolling various regulatory provisions. This has led to a hearty injection of activity on the markets as investors know the flight path appears to be set for high flying action for the cannabis industry. As much as the US had show progress that point to an inevitable legalization full board, the federal government still treats marijuana as an illicit substance much like cocaine or heroin.

Canada will be in a good position to set up a lucrative export business, as populous countries like Germany have legalized medical marijuana as a nation and others consider relaxing their laws. According to Arcview, North Americans spent $6.7 billion on legal pot in 2016, up more than 30% from the year before. The end result of Canada pushing forth legalization gives the land of the free an upper hand on trepidatious countries who are sluggishly rolling various regulatory provisions. This has led to a hearty injection of activity on the markets as investors know the flight path appears to be set for high flying action for the cannabis industry. As much as the US had show progress that point to an inevitable legalization full board, the federal government still treats marijuana as an illicit substance much like cocaine or heroin. The learnings that Canada will likely earn while setting up the market — like dealing with provinces that border the US — will be ones that the US , just as states like Oregon and Washington have had the benefit of learning from Colorado. Canada’s own recreational marijuana task force consulted with Colorado and Washington to get ready for legalization “If a nation like Canada approves it, sets up a regimen, provides a living laboratory of people right across the border that are a lot like us, it might help change the perceptions of some skeptics,” says the Oregon congressman. “But what is most compelling is the experience people have in their own lives and families.”

FREE SMOKE – INVITE FRIENDS AND GET MONEY BACK!

Here at Whitepalm we’re always looking at ways to make a better user experience for our beloved members. Not just because we are a business, but also because we are genuine advocates and we need power in numbers to make change. Not too long ago we introduced a point system so we could give something back to you as we grow and you continue to enjoy our quality selection of bud and extracts. So we thought what else can we do to keep the team spirit alive and thriving… and then it came to us.

You like weed right? You probably have friends that do too. So we designed a system that allows for you to invite your friends to jump the cue AND get some loot back into your pocket and theirs.

Starting right now, when you invite a friend to join Whitepalm you will receive a $10 credit into your account once that friend has made their first order. Additionally, they will also get $10 off their first order. The best thing is that there is no limit to how many friends you can invite. You could be getting free weed all the time by sharing the love with your friends.

Here’s how it works…

1. Login to your “MY ACCOUNT”

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2. FIND YOUR WAY TO “INVITE FRIENDS”. You can share through your social media pages or simply put their email into the text box. This generates a unique tracking code for your account to make sure you get credit

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3. YOUR FRIEND GETS AN EMAIL OR THEY CLICK ON THE IMAGE THAT’S SHARED TO THEIR NEWS FEED

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4. YOUR FRIEND IS THEN REDIRECTED TO THE WHITEPALM SIGN UP PAGE.

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5. SHARE THE WEALTH.

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Our 2016 Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide

 

 

Do you have no idea what to buy your cannabis-friendly loved ones and friends this holiday season?

Fear not our lovely community, we have something for everyone. Whether is is a brand new vape pen, some old school Afghan hash, or the most premium flowers you can get… we’ve got you covered.

To top it all off, we’ll be doing a 1-week flash sale giving everyone 10% off. We know the holiday season can be cumbersome on your wallet so we’d like to alleviate some of that stress for you.

Here are our staff favourites:

1. Ashley our primo LiveChat agent  loves old school hash. The Phant Afghan Hash has a spicy taste to it but deals an exotic bodily high. Perfect for relaxing after a full day of helping our all of our 3,000+ WhitePalm members!

https://getwhitepalm.com/product/phant-hash-afghan/

2. It was really hard for Dean, our Community manager, to pick his favourite BUT he’s been in love with the South Coast WIFI cartridges since we got them in. He’s been the number one customer for these so PLEASE get one while you still can haha. Why does Dean love these more than he loves anything other medicine? Well…

a) The convenience of the pen is fantastic

b) The South Coast pens are much healthier for you than any other vape pens on the market because of their CO2 extraction process.

c) Nothing but smiles when you vape this awesome juice.

South Coast – Supercritical Electric Pen (WIFI OG – 46% THC)

3. Sean, our Orders Manager, is all about the multi-use medicine. His favourite is something new and something that our community has not really tried yet. The World’s Best Coconut Oil.

With 50% THC this magical oil can be used to cook, as a topical ointment for pain relief, AND as a vape product. It’s a win, win, win.

Smiles – The World’s Best Organic Cannabis Coconut Oil (50% THC)

Terrior | How The Soil’s Diversity Affects The Taste On Your Table

While food trends wax and wane, infuriate and delight (gluten-free cronuts with fermented bacon foam anyone?) there is one ideology so pervasive, so infallible, that it had become scarcely identifiable as a single technique; instead seeming the unspoken instinct of all excellent farmers and cooks. Until this A complete definition of terrior would be the set of all environmental factors and conditions (soil, climate, topography etc.) and traditions (cultural) in which a crop is grown that determine the final qualities and characteristics of that crop. Most likely it is a grape or wine cited as the term first originated to better classify distinctions among wines as affected by their growing regions.

The French may have coined the term “terrior”, but they didn’t invent the concept. Granted, they deserve heaps of credit for not (entirely) abandoning it in the last half of the 20th century as Americans did. But since September 2008 and the gentle inevitable arc of the pendulum to a simpler more authentic time (or at least the highly marketable pursuit of simpler more authentic, “slow-living”) the concept of terrior has returned to the New World with a vengeance. Which allows us to see that it was here and it was ours all along. It was where we started from.

The American South is a region getting a lot of attention in the world of terrior right now. Chef Trey Cioccia (of the The Farmhouse Restaurant in Tennessee) drives to middle Tennessee to hand-catch sweet local trout by fly at Bob’s White Springs Trout Farm for his seasonally changing menu. Most notably, Sean Brock (Author of “Heritage”, chef-owner of Husk restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina), is credited with heralding the return of terrior to the “New South” by highlighting local harvest, heritage pork and poultry and Carolina heirloom grains such as Carolina Gold Rice and stone-ground grits. These grains have been bred from Civil War-era starch varietals and are milled in the historical tradition of slow water and stone at Anson Mills (Columbia, SC) by terrior zealot Glen Roberts. Glen explains his business model, which chefs and purveyors across America are rushing to adapt:

“You have to step back away from yield, and stop thinking (about farming and cooking) in a profit-finance model, even though you can make a profit from it. You have to step a ways from that and say, “People lived doing this for thousands of years and they weren’t worried about yields… they were worried about flavor and nutrition.
It’s not about me, it’s not even about Anson Mills, It’s about how we develop this culture and pass it on for the future. When you take a stake in it like I have, the rewards are really kind of quiet. And it’s the human to human interaction that carries this forward.”

Edna Lewis, the undisputed First Lady of Southern Food, was born in Freetown, Virginia, the granddaughter of emancipated slaves. Her most acclaimed book, “the Taste of Country Cooking”, is full of passages that celebrate farm to table dining, born of necessity, not trend. Edna passed in 2006, but she would argue that true Soul Food is the essence of Terrior.

Centuries ago indigenous crops of West Africa such as rice, sorghum and okra made their way to the Americas though transatlantic slave-trade routes. Inhumane slave-owners fed their captive workers as cheaply as possible, forcing them to make do with ingredients at hand. Dietary staples of “home” (Africa) were combined with “new” foraged game and greens such as collards, kale, squirrel, possum, turtle and the limitless potential of native American corn/hominy. The creativity and industriousness of the slave-cook’s kitchen garden was sprung from longing and survival. And Soul Food, the South’s original Terrior, put down roots.

The pantries and food suppliers of the Deep South may be renowned for their sorghum molasses and light-as-air flours (such as White Lily) that produce the most ethereal biscuits unduplicated anywhere else, but the Pacific Northwest is just as famous for having foodways that run through its backyard. It’s literal backyard. This includes inland orchard produce and livestock, ideal conditions for vineyards, a wide ranging mushroom harvest from the coastal rain forest and what is arguably one of the world’s finest seafood regions at its heart.

Long before locavorism and the “100 mile diet” were trendy, indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest were terrior pioneers, immersed in this way of eating and reaping the region’s bounty of berries, elk, seed and grasses, rivers and oceans of teeming salmon, shorelines rich with kelp and clams and molluscs. Food in the form of potlatch was central to traditional life and celebration. For First Nations, food is what connected them to family, community and the afterlife.
We know how and why this changed in the twentieth century. The awareness of First Nations, the way food was honoured, celebrated and left whole was undermined in order to mass produce and make it benign to the foreign palate. Food was stripped of its nuance and sense of place in favour of homogeneity. Everyone lost in the decades to follow. First Nations lost in too large parts their tradition of nutrition and nose-to-tail hunting and harvest. And everyone else lost the lesson inherent.

Gone but not forgotten, traditional food and foraging of Pacific Northwest First Nations is making a mighty comeback, and the world is listening, learning and most of all enjoying food in it’s best and purest incarnation; plucked from the sea, the soil in your own backyard. Clinging dirt-tang, warts, kelp-bulbs, barnacles, leafy tops, snouts and all.