Powered by Kolas: 3 Ways to Prioritize Safety When it Comes to Vaping Health Risks

Powered by Kolas: 3 Ways to Prioritize Safety When it Comes to Vaping Health Risks

As headlines highlight cases of illegal vape-related illnesses and deaths, we want you all to be super safe about vaping!

When it comes to vaping health risks, you should know the facts. We want you to always be educated so that you never need to compromise your health.

Here are some things you can do to stay safe when it comes to vaping.

1. Only buy from licensed dispensaries that have proof of product testing.

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The vaping health risks that people are concerned about are coming exclusively from illegally-bought vape pens.

When you buy from a licensed dispensary like ours, or any other dispensary powered by Kolas, you can feel confident about what you’re putting into your body.

ALL of the products in our store (including vape pens) are scrupulously lab-tested for pesticides, molds, and other harmful chemicals. This includes anything related to the vaping health risks that innocent people are suffering from. Every product also has a Certificate of Analysis to prove its legitimacy.

The safety of our customers means everything to us, especially when they’re timid or nervous to try a new product.

2. Stay educated.

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We want you all to be at the forefront of cannabis knowledge.

We run this blog so that our customers have access to the cannabis education that they deserve.

So when you’re shopping for the perfect vape pen at our dispensary, don’t forget to check for an expiration date on the packaging. Using your product before that date will ensure that your product is fresh, safe, and ready to go!

We also think it’s important to check for any rare signs of leakage. Vape pens that have been damaged or left in the sun for too long may present signs of leakage.

We encourage you to get to know the industry, the product, and the brand to ensure your safety and to avoid any unnecessary vaping health risks!

3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

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Not only are our budtenders awesome people, but they’re also experts in cannabis safety!

They’re trained at a cannabis-centric training center to be able to provide you with the most information possible about our products and your safety.

They are here to help you make the safe choice that’s right for your body and mind.

Let them help you in prioritizing your safety so you never have to worry about compromising.

Never be afraid to ask our budtenders questions about our products, how we lab-test our products, and cannabis in general.

Vape pens should be something fun, safe, and even medicinal for some.

Our hearts go out to the victims of illegal vape-related injury and death.

As much as we want you all to have fun, we think it’s way more important that you’re safe and taken care of.

Visit our dispensary today and talk to a budtender about how you can be more aware of vaping health risks.

P.S. On another note, you need to get over to our dispensary like… now! Our collab with Cookies is blowing up! We have Cookies pre-rolls, flower, and cartridges just waiting for you to pick up and enjoy! All lab-tested and safe for consumption.

8 Cannabis Myths Everyone Should Know the Truth About

8 Cannabis Myths Everyone Should Know the Truth About

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There are so many cannabis myths out there which is why we’ve taken the liberty of setting the record straight.

Myth #1: George Washington grew weed in his own backyard. Myth #2: Cannabis makes sex bad. Myth #3: You can get high from eating raw cannabis. Myth #4: Cannabis causes cancer.
The Truth: He actually grew hemp, not cannabis. Believe it or not, weed you like to smoke and the hemp plant are two very different things. The Truth: 67% of participants in a Canadian survey agreed that marijuana enhances sex. The Truth: Eating raw cannabis won’t get you high. You can only get high from eating cannabis extract after it’s been infused into your food. The Truth: Scientists have found that a compound in cannabis actually stops metastasis in some aggressive forms of cancer.
Myth #5: Cannabis is a gateway drug. Myth #6: Cannabis kills brain cells. Myth #7: Smoking weed is just as bad, or worse, as smoking cigarettes. Myth #8: You can overdose and die on cannabis.
The Truth: Alcohol is the real gateway drug, and people have even begun to use cannabis as a means to wean themselves off of prescription drugs, alcohol, and other harmful drugs. The Truth: Cannabis has no neurotoxic effects on our brain cells (or neurons). The Truth: Cannabis is significantly better for your health than tobacco cigarettes. The Truth: There has never been a reported cannabis overdose death.

Which of these cannabis myths were you most surprised to find out about? Let us know in the comments section below.

Looking for premium cannabis products in the Sacramento area? Feel free to stop by our shop, Alternative Medical Center, any time! Our helpful and knowledgeable budtenders are always ready to answer any questions you may have.

How to Roll Cool Joints in Minutes

How to Roll Cool Joints in Minutes

So you’ve mastered rolling a classic joint. Now it’s time to take things to the next level. This blog will show you joints that you may have never seen before. It’ll also teach you how to roll these in a matter of minutes. Impress your friends, and get super high.

We’ve taken the three most creative and cool joints to roll and broken down the steps as simply as we could.

The Braided Joint

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If you’re learning how to roll cool joints, the braided joint is one of the must-dos.

The first step for this joint is to roll three normal joints or use the three pre-rolls you just picked up from our dispensary.

Add your crutch or filter to all three.

Then, you’ll want to bind the base of all of the joints together.

To do this, take a piece of rolling paper and carefully rip a thin slice off of it lengthwise so that you have a long, skinny piece of rolling paper.

Use that piece, with a bit of spit, to wrap the end of your three joints together.

Once they’re securely bounded, then, do like a teenage girl and get to braiding.

If you don’t know how to braid, there are tons of YouTube videos out there for you.

Once everything is all braided and it’s looking nice, rip off another long and thin piece of rolling paper, and bind the other end the same way you did to the first end.

This end may take more spit though because it’s likely that your three joints may try harder to break apart at this end than the other end.

And viola! You either have a beautiful braided joint, or you have something that looks kind of like a crazy octopus.

The Cross Joint

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You saw it in Pineapple Express, and you’ve seen it everywhere since then.

Chances are, when you saw “how to roll cool joints”, your brain probably sent you an image of a cross joint because it’s so classic.

First step is to roll two joints.

One joint should be significantly larger than the other, and if you plan on using a filter, be sure to attach it only to the bigger joint.

You’ll be lighting both ends of the smaller joint.

Use a paper clip or another small pokey object to poke a hole in the larger joint wherever you’d like your cross to be.

Gently wiggle the pokey object in your bigger joint to slowly and carefully make the hole larger until the smaller joint can fit through it.

Then poke a small hole in your smaller joint right where it’ll intersect with your big joint.

This is for maximum airflow.

Carefully rip off the gum strip (the sticky part) off of a piece of rolling paper and wrap it around the center.

Use as many strips as you have to until it’s airtight. Now, enjoy the holiest joint out there!

The Tulip Joint

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When you’re in Amsterdam and you ask how to roll cool joints, a tulip joint will be the first thing someone will want you to roll.

It’s probably the most complicated joint to roll on this list, but it’s worth it. Why?

Because it’s awesome, and it’s pretty much the epitome of Amsterdam culture.

Start by making a filter/crutch/roach/whatever you want to call it about the same length and diameter as a pencil and then seal it with as many rolling papers as it takes.

Set that aside, and take another two more rolling papers and stick them together to form a square with the gummed strip running along one side.

Fold one corner of the square to meet the opposite corner, and then wet the strip to fold it over to seal your triangle.

You should now have something that resembles a flattened version of a paper cone.

Then, open up your new cone and tightly pack it with your favorite strain of grinded cannabis.

Then gently bring the excess paper at the end of the cone together.

Then grab that long filter we had you make earlier, and place it in the center of your big cone, using the excess cone paper to hold it in position.

Finally, secure the filter in your tulip cone with a piece of thread or hemp wick.

Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses (or tulips) while you enjoy this masterpiece of a joint!

If you’re still having trouble rolling a normal joint, feel free to stop by our shop and pick up some pre-rolls to skip that step!

Want to show off your amazing new joint? Tag us on IG @amcsacramento.

6 Marijuana Intake Methods and Their Pros and Cons

6 Marijuana Intake Methods and Their Pros and Cons

Weigh the pros and cons of six marijuana intake methods to find out which cannabis consumption method is perfect for you.

1. Smoking: The Most Common Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Smoking marijuana, or cannabis, by the combustion of the cannabis plant and an inhale and exhale of the resulting smoke. This is the most common form of cannabis consumption.

  • Tools you need: A lighter, and either rolling paper to roll a joint, glassware like a bong or pipe, or a crafty compulsion to make your own DIY bong.


  • Many people enjoy the classic feeling of smoking their cannabis and the whole process of the most traditional marijuana consumption method.
  • You get to see the flower right in front of you and you know exactly what you’re smoking. There’s a simplicity to it.
  • Fast-acting


  • Not everyone enjoys the smell of marijuana smoke, and it does linger. Not nearly as long as cigarette smoke does, but it still lingers.
  • For some, rolling a joint or packing a bowl may be hard to do for novices and for those who have a hard time steadying their hands.
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Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - marijuana intake methods

2. Vaping: The Most Cutting-Edge Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Vaping cannabis is the vaporization of cannabis concentrate, or cannabis itself, into a vapor for inhalation. This is the most cutting-edge form of cannabis consumption due to the new technology.

  • Tools you need: A vape pen or other vaporizing technology.


  • More discreet than smoking
  • Cannabis aroma doesn’t linger
  • Easier on the lungs
  • Smoother hits
  • If you’re vaporizing concentrates, a stronger high
  • User ease
  • Fast-acting


  • Vaping technology can be expensive depending on the brand

3. Edibles: The Most Unique Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Edibles are foods that you can eat that have been infused with cannabis concentrate. This is the most unique form of marijuana consumption due to the method itself and the one-of-a-kind high.

  • Tools you need: No fancy tools needed.


  • Long lasting high
  • Strong high
  • Strong body high
  • Discreet intake
  • User ease


  • Some describe high as “too long and too intense”
  • Highest calorie option
  • Not fast-acting
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Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - marijuana intake methods

4. Tinctures: The Most Discreet Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Cannabis tinctures are made with high percentage alcohol to extract terpenes and cannabinoids from the rest of the plant material. In other words, it breaks it down to its best components. This is the most discreet form of marijuana consumption.

  • Tools you need: A tincture itself and a glass dropper for precise dosing.


  • Can be consumed orally or sublingually and still faster acting than an edible
  • Perfect for precise dosing
  • Discreet
  • User ease


  • Doesn’t produce the same psychoactive experience as smoking. In other words, it doesn’t get you as high.

5. Topicals: The Best Body Pain Relieving Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Cannabis topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin. This is the most body pain relieving cannabis consumption method because they’re designed to target localized relief for pain, soreness, and inflammation.

  • Tools you need: No fancy tools needed.


  • Therapeutic physical benefits
  • Non-intoxicating


  • Non-intoxicating
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Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - marijuana intake methods

6. Dabbing: The Most Intense Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Not for the faint of heart, dabs are the concentrated doses of cannabis that are vaporized in large doses. This is known as the most intense marijuana consumption method because of its incredibly high THC content.

  • Tools you need: A dab rig, a nail, and a torch. Also probably something to put underneath everything to prevent a mess. Also, a tool to pick up the concentrate and add it to the nail, also known as a dabber.


  • Highly psychoactive
  • Intense and enjoyable high for advanced users


  • May be too intense for beginners or novices
  • Requires many tools

Doing your own research is important when choosing products that are right for you. Weighing the pros and cons will give you a clearer vision of what you see for yourself. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you so that you don’t have to go through the trouble.

Have you tried all of these methods? Know of more marijuana intake methods that you want us to weigh the pros and cons for? Let us know in the comments section below!

P.S. Don’t forget to stop by our shop and talk to our knowledgeable and friendly budtenders for more details. Each cannabis consumption method, product, and brand provides a unique experience, and we can help you figure out which one is right for you.

5 Smoke-Free Cannabis Methods You Need To Try

5 Smoke-Free Cannabis Methods You Need to Try

When you think about cannabis, you probably imagine someone with a joint or a pipe taking a long inhale and exhaling a cloud of smoke.

For some, this sounds like an ideal experience.

For others, they want nothing to do with it but are still interested in experiencing the benefits and fun that cannabis products can offer.

If you don’t love the smell of cannabis, if you’re just looking to be discreet, or if you’re just interested in trying something new, there are many ways to ingest cannabis without smoking it.

You shouldn’t need to settle when it comes to cannabis products, so we wrote up this list so you don’t have to.

1. Edibles

If you’re looking for a creative, yummy, and smoke-free way to ingest cannabis, edibles are your best friend!

Many brands carry snacks and treats that taste nothing like cannabis and will get you high for hours. Edibles are one of the most discreet consumption methods, and also one of the most potent.

A lot of medical patients turn to edibles for the heavy body high, pain relief, and the longevity of the high.

Recreational users like edibles because they provide an unforgettably potent experience with a very friendly and unintimidating consumption method. After all, we all know how to eat a cookie! Check out this blog to learn the 4 easy steps to prepare for an edible high.

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Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - smoke-free

2. Tinctures

Not only are tinctures a great smoke-free method, but they’re also amazing for precise dosing.

They typically come in glass bottles or vials with droppers and are made with high-percentage alcohol.

But don’t worry; these tinctures will not get you drunk.

The alcohol is only there to extract terpenes and other natural chemical compounds from the rest of the plant material.

Tinctures can be consumed orally, sublingually, or infused in your favorite dish to cook.

Tinctures shine for their precision dosage consumption, as well as an effective and fast-acting smoke-free method.

3. Topicals

This is the perfect smoke-free consumption method for those who are specifically looking to relieve body pain.

Topicals come in the form of cannabis-infused oils, salves, lotions, and other methods that can be absorbed through the skin.

They are most popularly chosen for muscle tension, inflammation, and soreness.

They won’t typically give you the same potent high as smoking cannabis would, and even a THC-rich topical will still be very gentle and subtle.

Depending on the brand and ingredients used, different topicals have different benefits.

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Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - smoke-free

4. Vape

Using a vape pen is one of the most travel-friendly smoke-free methods out there.

The pen itself is discreet and usually durable depending on the brand.

Coming in a variety of strains, flavors, and THC:CBD ratios, vape pens are a versatile and highly customizable method.

While you are inhaling and exhaling the vapor, you aren’t smoking.

Since the cannabis oil is heated, and not combusted, fewer carcinogenic compounds are released when you’re vaping cannabis than if you were smoking it.

Even though cannabis smoke is significantly less toxic than cigarette smoke, the combustion of anything isn’t the best for your lungs.

Using a vape pen is also great for someone who used to enjoy smoking, and continues to enjoy the physical act of smoking, but wants something easier on the lungs.

5. Capsule

If you’re used to taking pills and enjoy the simplicity and comfort of taking one, then a cannabis capsule or pill will be your new favorite smoke-free consumption method.

Not to mention the precise dosing and lack of calories that this method has to offer.

This method is perfect for someone who has trusted pharmaceutical drugs for their whole lives but is now opening their mind to the possibility of trying cannabis products.

This safe and discreet method is also optimally metabolized, just like a pill you’d be used to taking already.

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To learn more about the best smoke-free methods that you can use to ingest cannabis, come on in and chat with one of our knowledgeable and helpful budtenders! Our staff is here to help you and show you that the cannabis experience can be as fun, safe, and discreet as you want it to be.

Have you tried any of these methods before? Which one is your personal favorite? Do you have any friends or family members you think might benefit from a smoke-free cannabis method? Do you think people would be more open to trying cannabis if they knew about all of the smoke-free options?  Let us know in the comments section below.