Also known as “bubblers,” “moofs,” or simply “water pipes,” bongs are almost synonymous with cannabis consumption and one of the most practical ways to smoke marijuana flower.

Glass bongs use water to cool smoke and filter out some of the harmful carcinogens. Most bongs are designed for use with dry herb, but some bongs come with adaptor kits so you can use them for concentrates. 

High-quality bong manufacturers typically use borosilicate glass, which can withstand extreme changes in temperature without breaking. Some bongs also have components made from quartz.

Anatomy of a Bong

Although bongs come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, they share specific characteristics, including:

  • The chamber is the main body of the bong, where the smoke gets filtered through the water.
  • The bowl is the receptacle where you place the buds for lighting.
  • The downstem is an angled cylinder of glass that houses the bowl. Glass bongs usually require you to lift the bowl from the stem to inhale the smoke.
  • The mouthpiece of a bong is typically just a wide opening on the top of the chamber.

Some bongs also come with a carb hole that must be covered during the draw and opened to inhale the smoke.

Types of Bongs

Straight Tube

The most basic bong consists of a straight glass tube with a flat base for stability. Straight tube bongs are ideal for fast rips, but they tip over more easily than bongs with wider bases.

Beaker and Bubble Base 

Beaker and bubble base bongs tend to be more stable than straight tube bongs. These larger based bongs allow for more filtration and cooling, but they tend to draw slower.

Bent-Neck Bongs

Bent-neck bongs help to prevent used bongwater from entering your mouth when you draw. 

Ice Bongs

Ice bongs have special notches to hold pieces of ice along the chamber. The ice helps to cool the water further, providing a smoother hit.

Scientific Bongs

Scientific bongs use various mechanisms to provide extra filtration. However, these types of bongs typically draw slower and can be harder to clean. Scientific bongs usually come in shapes that resemble laboratory equipment. 

Some examples are recyclers and percolators. Recyclers have two chambers to separate the dirty and clean water. Percolators come in a variety of forms, such as donuts, trees, eggs, discs, coils, honeycombs, and showerheads.

Artistic Bongs

Glass-blowers create artistic bongs from coloured borosilicate glass, often incorporating precious metals. Artistic bongs come in almost any form imaginable and act as conversation pieces and collector’s items as well as functional bongs.

Mini-Bongs

Mini-bongs can come in any of the above styles, but they offer a more portable size.

Bubblers

Bubblers are hybrids between a pipe and a bong. They also use water to filter the smoke, but you can carry them in your pocket like a pipe.

A high-quality glass bong can last many years when taken care of properly. You may want to store your bong when not in use. You can use salt and alcohol for weekly cleanings and a lemon/water solution to remove tough stains. Alternatively, you can purchase a commercial bong cleaner.

Ever since recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada, consumers and brands have been searching for new and innovative ways of consuming it. From gummies to vape cartridges, there are now dozens of ways to enjoy a kick of THC or a soothing dose of CBD, without necessarily smoking. Cannabis-infused beverages are a relatively new addition to the cannabis market and they promise to be the next most delicious thing since space cookies.

But what are cannabis beverages and how do they work? 

First Things First: What Are Cannabis Beverages?

Technically, drinkable cannabis products are a subcategory of cannabis edibles. 

They are made by simply infusing a liquid with cannabis extracts blended with an emulsifying agent (usually some kind of oil, since cannabinoids are not water-soluble). While that addition made early iterations of cannabis drinkables a bit inconsistent, recent technologies have allowed of much more palatable results.

Beverages come in a wide assortment of formats, including sparking water, bagged and loose leaf teas, sodas, as well as powders. These products usually contain THC and/or CBD that are activated and immediately effective -which makes them more sensible than dried bud that needs to be decarboxylated (combusted or heated).

Types of THC beverages

Due to the psychoactive nature of THC, it is usually infused in light beverages such as coffee, tea and soda. Alcoholic drinks are not currently available, since THC doesn’t mix well with alcohol, and the combination can produce unwanted (and potentially dangerous) side effects. 

 When purchasing THC-infused beverages, make sure to go for a product with 5mg of THC or less, just to be safe. 

Types of CBD beverages

CBD, the “yang” to THC’s “ying”, is much more flexible in its use since it is not psychoactive. Therefore, it can even be infused in alcoholic drinks. It is unlikely you’d ever suffer from a CBD overdose, but in larger doses it can make you feel lethargic. If that’s not your end goal, it might be a good idea to practice moderation.

What Are The Effects of Cannabis Beverages

We mentioned above that cannabis beverages are subsets of edible products, and as such, they get absorbed through digestion. If you’ve ever eaten a cannabis brownie, you can guess how it works. Due to the slow onset time of edibles, it may take up to a couple of hours until the active ingredient kicks in. In addition, the effects last longer as well (up to 10 hours). 

Potency and dosing

The potency of cannabis drinks varies depending on the active ingredient and the amount the product contains. The legal limit for drink products is 10mg for THC, while there is no such provision for non-psychoactive CBD. You can check the potency of each product on the label to make sure you’re getting the right one for you.

When consuming THC products, users -and especially newbies- should exercise caution. As stated previously, the effects of edible products are not immediate. Therefore, you should start slowly and increase the dosage incrementally after a few hours. When ingested, THC is far more powerful, thus increasing the risk of unwanted side effects. In any case, it is always good to go with a product containing about 2-3mg of THC and have some CBD handy to counteract the high.

According to a study published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “Weight, metabolism, gender, and eating habits also contribute to how soon and for how long someone will feel intoxicated following oral ingestion”. 

Should I Try Cannabis Beverages?

For those who like the effects of cannabis but hate smoking or vaping, edibles and beverages provide an excellent (and tastier) alternative. Additionally, beverages serve more than one purpose: you can quench your thirst or kick back and relax with a drink, while at the same time enjoying the positive effects of cannabis. 

However, there are a few negatives to consuming drinkables. Beverages and juices are notorious for increasing your caloric intake without providing much nutritional value. Also, since drinking is a much more accessible intake method, the user can be led to overconsumption. 

Buying guide for THC and CBD beverages

Let’s assume you’ve found the dispensary you’d like to buy from. What now?

Some things to review before ordering are:

  • Product potency (max is 10mg for THC)
  • Taste 
  • Ingredients (check for sugar, allergens, etc)
  • Shelf life, particularly if you do not intend to consume the whole product at once

The good news about cannabis drinks is that they are made from distilled cannabinoids and therefore do not carry the unpleasant grassy taste of raw weed. Most products are flavored or completely neutral. Moreover, some products get their taste by including terpenes in their ingredients. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in a variety of plants, and they are responsible for their distinct flavor. For example, the pungent smell of mango is mainly due to the high concentration of a terpene called myrcene, which can also be found in cannabis. 

Legality

According to the Federal Cannabis Act, cannabis possession is permitted within legal limits. People of minimum age and above can possess up to 30 grams of cannabis or 2,100 grams of liquid. Cannabis-infused beverages count against your quota, so make sure to buy within the legal range. Most online and physical shops will let you know if your purchase surpasses the legal public possession limit. 

Enjoy Responsibly

Cannabis drinks are a great idea if you want to enjoy the effects of cannabis without putting your lungs at risk. However, as with most things in life, moderation is key -especially in the beginning. Do not hesitate to ask your budtender or your doctor if you have any concerns and always remember the golden rule of cannabis edibles: start low and go slow.

Although researchers have been studying cannabidiol (or CBD for short) since the ’70s, 2018 marked a turning point in its history: The 2018 Cannabis Act in Canada and the historic 2018 Farm Bill in the US provided clear legal frameworks for the regulation of hemp, starting a period of renewed interest in phytocannabinoids and particularly CBD.

This non-psychoactive component of the Cannabis sativa plant leaped into the spotlight after several highly-publicized cases of epileptic children whose symptoms were eased by CBD came to the public’s attention.

Subsequent research has shown CBD’s potential ability to help with a great variety of ailments, including:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Chemotherapy side-effects

Although further research is needed to verify CBD’s therapeutic uses, the compound’s potential is staggering, and interest in hemp-derived products has soared to an all-time high. Consumers can choose from a plethora of CBD-infused products, including oil, capsules, chocolate, beer, and even toothpicks!

CBD creams and topicals are some of the most popular items on the market today. Consumers increasingly turn to CBD-infused creams and salves for relief from discomforts ranging from skin problems to joint and muscle pain.

Let’s take a closer look at CBD topicals and their uses, so you can decide if CBD creams, lotions, and salves are right for you.

What is CBD Cream?

CBD creams are made by infusing CBD isolates or distillates with a carrier oil, such as:

  • Coconut oil
  • Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil
  • Olive oil
  • Wax

Since CBD will not dissolve in water-based products, CBD creams and topicals must have an oily base.

A typical CBD cream might contain CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD, or broad-spectrum distillate. Isolates contain pure CBD, usually around 98%. Full-spectrum CBD includes all of the components from the hemp plants to take advantage of the entourage effect. Full-spectrum CBD includes up to the legal limit of .3% THC. Broad-spectrum distillates preserve most components of the hemp plant, except delta-9 THC.

Uses of CBD Cream

According to research dating back to the early 1990s, CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system, a set of transmitters that aid the body in achieving balance, or homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system helps to balance essential functions, such as:

  • Appetite control
  • Pain response
  • Mood regulation
  • Sleep cycles

When applied topically, CBD is absorbed into the body and binds to several endocannabinoid receptors on your skin.

CBD Creams for Pain

Recent research has discovered that CBD influences the TRPV1 receptor, which relates to pain and inflammation.

Please note that CBD is not a cure for conditions relating to inflammation and pain. Sore knees showing signs of osteoarthritis won’t grow new cartilage when you apply CBD cream. Instead, CBD topicals can help you manage the pain and swelling in a particular joint.

CBD Creams for Skin Conditions

Consumers are choosing CBD creams and other topicals for numerous skin conditions, including:

Although CBD can’t provide a cure for these skin conditions, many consumers report that CBD creams have improved their symptoms.

CBD Lotion, Cream, or Salve? Which Should You Choose?

The main difference between CBD salves, lotions, and creams is the consistency of the ointment. Topical manufacturers formulate each of their CBD products differently depending upon their intended use.

CBD Lotions

CBD lotions have a higher water-to-oil ratio than other topicals. Lotions have a light, non-greasy consistency that makes it easy to rub into the skin’s pores.

CBD Creams

CBD Creams are thicker than lotions, but they also absorb into the skin faster. Creams typically use a capturing agent, such as a petroleum product, to hold the CBD against the skin and retain moisture.

CBD Salves and Serums

Salves are similar to creams but lack water. Manufacturers of CBD salves usually use a base of oil and wax. Serums are concentrated forms of skincare products that are allowed to evaporate.

How to Use CBD Cream

To help with joints, massage CBD cream directly into the affected area. You may also want to gently massage CBD cream on areas of facial discoloration and inflammation. Try the products as directed for two weeks, and consider keeping a journal or photo diary to note what happens to the problem areas.

If you’re happy with the outcome, you may want to increase your CBD topical use frequency. Remember, CBD cream contains a host of antioxidants and vitamins, so it’s a terrific way to support sagging skin and even reduce the signs of wrinkles.

You can also use CBD cream as a preemptive treatment. If you’re getting ready for the gym, dancing, or a long hike, you can apply CBD cream to your knees or feet. After your exercise, you may want to reapply CBD cream for a post-workout massage.

Side Effects of CBD Cream

Most people who experience an allergic reaction to CBD cream respond to the carrier oil rather than the CBD isolate or distillate. You can avoid unwanted skin rashes by choosing a hypoallergenic CBD cream. Before putting CBD cream on your face to address inflammation, discoloration, or thinning skin, you should try a small test spot on your wrist or ankle.

Final Thoughts: Choosing a CBD Cream

As you can see, CBD creams and topicals may be a valuable part of maintaining healthy and glowing skin. Before choosing a CBD topical, decide if you would like a product containing CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, or full-spectrum CBD. Next, determine whether a lotion, cream, salve, or serum would best suit your needs. Lastly, select a hypoallergenic CBD cream and test on a small area, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Another factor to consider is whether you would prefer an unscented or scented CBD cream. Many CBD manufacturers include essential oils in their topical products. Lavender can soothe your mind while supporting sore joints, and peppermint can brighten your thoughts as you massage a sore muscle. If you can’t tolerate scents, you’ll also find plenty of unscented CBD products.

Costa Canna is proud to announce that our second retail cannabis dispensary is now open in the heart of Duncan - the Cowichan Commons retail center. Now, customers have two dispensaries to find award-winning cannabis products on Vancouver Island.

Read along to discover what you'll find at Costa Canna's new dispensary in North Duncan in Cowichan Commons.

Costa Canna's Exceptional Cannabis Menu

At Costa Canna, we believe that it's our responsibility to ensure our clients have access to the best selection of recreational cannabis in the Central Vancouver Island region. By being the first licensed cannabis dispensary in Duncan, we're committed to raising the bar at every level.

Once you begin browsing the menu, you won't know where to start. Will you give our new Hexo strains a try? How about trying a CBD oil from the likes of Aurora? If you have a particular cannabis product in mind - we're fully stocked and ready to assist you.

Choose from countless cannabis brands, such as Aurora, Hexo, Broken Coast, United Greeneries, and so much more.

All of the products at Costa Canna's Cowichan Commons dispensary are lab-tested and fit for even the most discerning clients.

Location, Location, Location

Whether you're a real estate professional or not — the location means everything.

Costa Canna's new dispensary location in North Duncan isn't just convenient — it's groundbreaking. The Cowichan Commons shopping center is an important retail location for any business. Now, you can shop our daily cannabis deals and get other shopping done next door with the likes of Best Buy, Home Depot, or Walmart.

Click and Collect With Costa Canna

Costa Canna's primary priority is the safety of its clients. The ongoing situation of COVID-19 requires us to operate safely while remaining open for our clients. Now, we offer an additional service for our clients who wish to have a near-contactless experience — Click and Collect.

Costa Canna's Click and Collect service are as easy as it sounds. All that's required is an active internet connection that's connected to our website. Simply choose your preferred Costa Canna location from the menu, select your items and add them to your cart. Once you're ready confirm your order, checkout and pay once you arrive.

Drop-In And Say Hello To Costa Canna's New Location

When you're ready to restock on your favorite cannabis products — it's time to head over to Costa Canna's second Duncan dispensary in Cowichan Commons.

The moment you walk through the doors, you'll be greeted by a relaxing atmosphere, endless cannabis products, and friendly staff. Whatever your questions, Costa Canna's knowledgeable staff is ready to assist your every need.

If you're in need of the best cannabis products that Duncan and the greater Vancouver Island provides — look no further than Costa Canna's new dispensary located in the Cowichan Commons of Duncan.

Find us at:

North Duncan in Cowichan Commons

110-2591 Green Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6C7.

If you’ve ever smoked a joint, then you already know what a pre-roll is. Indeed, pre-rolls are simply pre-packaged marijuana joints. Customers who buy pre-rolls don’t have to worry about grinding buds, lining paper, and rolling a joint. With pre-rolls, all of that tedious work is already taken care of, which means you could enjoy a refreshing smoke on-demand.

Considering how convenient pre-rolls are, it’s no surprise they’ve become increasingly common in the marijuana industry. There are, however, a few things customers should consider before they buy a pre-rolled joint.

What Goes Into A Weed Pre-Roll? – Trim vs. Shake

Right out of the gate, we should mention that most pre-rolls don’t contain premium-grade nugs. The majority of companies that put out pre-rolls rely heavily on trichome-rich shake rather than ground marijuana buds.

For those who aren’t aware, shake refers to plant materials that “shake off” of cannabis nugs while they’re in storage. Even though shake isn’t the result of hand grinding, it’s usually full of potent cannabinoids and terpenes. Since shake is still perfectly smokable, many manufacturers like to repurpose it in pre-rolls to avoid unnecessary waste.

Please note: there is a significant difference between shake and trim. Unlike shake, trim refers to any cannabis leaves with some traces of trichomes (e.g., sugar leaves). While good trim isn’t entirely useless, it often has a diminished trichome count versus shake.

Convenience Over Quality? – Are Pre-Rolls As Good As DIY Joints?

Unsurprisingly, many cannabis purists claim pre-rolls can never match the quality of a hand-rolled joint. Since most marijuana pre-rolls contain shake or trim, critics sometimes claim they’re the equivalent of “cannabis fast food”—cheap and convenient, but low-quality.

However, the reality of this situation is a bit more complicated. Like any other product, pre-rolls are only as good as the company that’s producing them. While there are some cheaply made pre-rolls on the market, there are also plenty of fantastic pre-rolls with superb shake.

As with any other product, you have to research your company’s reputation to make an informed decision. You could also slice into one “sacrificial” pre-roll to examine whether the manufacturer uses high-quality shake or a bunch of worthless stems.

Should You Buy Pre-Rolled Joints?

Pre-rolls are ideal for new cannabis users looking for a simple way to test recreational or medical strains. Since pre-rolls are so user-friendly, they’re an easy way for cannabis newbies to “test the waters.”

But even if you’re a pro at rolling joints, cannabis pre-rolls have a lot to offer. For instance, if you want a hassle-free way to sneak a smoke into your day, then pre-rolls might be the way to go. Plus, marijuana pre-rolls are a fantastic addition to any ganja-themed party setting.

Cowichan cannabis enthusiasts will be happy to learn that Costa Canna now offers a click and collect service!

Now you can reserve your favourite products online at either of our Duncan locations and pick them up at your leisure. Read more to find out about our service!

Please note that this is not a cannabis delivery service, under provincial regulations for British Columbia.

Why Click & Collect With Costa Canna?

Our Click & Collect service saves you time and frustration by allowing you to select your desired products and collect them when it is most convenient.

How our service works

  1. Choose the Costa Canna location where you would your products to be reserved
  2. Browse through Costa Canna’s extensive catalogue from the comfort of your own home
  3. Add the desired items to your shopping basket
  4. Select a pickup time at the checkout page and collect your order! It’s simple and efficient!

Costa Canna Click & Collect FAQ

Here you can find some answers to practical questions regarding our Duncan, BC click & collect service.

Q: I don’t want to make the trip to your store. Do you offer delivery?

A: We’d love to offer delivery. However, this isn’t possible due to British Columbia regulations concerning cannabis. If the situation changes shortly, we’ll make sure you know!

Q: Where and when can I collect my order?

A: Before browsing ensure that your desired pick-up location is selected. During checkout, you will be prompted to enter the desired pickup time. Your order will be waiting for you at the Duncan dispensary of your choice. Click here to find it on Google maps!

Q: Where is your store?

A: Costa Canna has two locations to serve you:

  • 180 Central Rd Unit 1A, Duncan, BC V9L 4X3, Canada
  • 110 -2591 Green Rd., Duncan, BC V9L 6C7, Canada

Q: Can I pay for my order online?

A: Unfortunately, we do not offer online payment as of yet. However, when it becomes available, we’ll make sure to let you know. Sign up to our newsletter to receive regular news and updates regarding our new services!

Q: I forgot to add my favourite cannabis edible! Can I edit my order?

A: It is not possible to change an order once it has been placed. However, there are a couple of ways you can circumvent that:

  • Call us at 778-422-0420 (Duncan Village location) or 778-455-0420 (Cowichan Commons location) or
  • Place a second order and select the same pick-up time!

Q: What if I can’t make it on time? Will you cancel my order?

A: Your order will be available for you until the end of the day.

Q: Can I pick up an order for someone else?

A: It is possible to pick up an order for a third party. To do that, you will need:

  • Full name of the person who placed the order
  • Order confirmation number
  • A clear screenshot of the confirmation email
  • Your government ID

Q: I’ve changed my mind! How can I cancel my order?

A: Mistakes do happen! If you want to change your order, simply call or message our store and let us know. We will cancel your order immediately and send you a confirmation email.

  • Tel: 778-422-0420 (Duncan Village location) or 778-455-0420 (Cowichan Commons location)
  • Email: info@costacanna.ca

Mark your calendars for the opening of our second location in Cowichan Commons, 110-2951 Green Road, Duncan, BC on June 20th, 2020, from 10 am to 7:30 pm!

Look forward to door prizes, giveaways, and product specials, including:

  • 10% off flower
  • 15% off Accessories
  • Grand prize of a BBQ

Since the safety and health of our customers and Costa Canna staff is our top priority we will continue to follow procedures to minimize the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 for both team members and customers alike.

In order to ensure a safe and seamless visit, please review the guidelines below:

  • If you feel ill, please stay home
  • If you’ve come into contact with someone who has either tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home
  • Stay 6 feet apart from other customers
  • We will have signs, lines, and information on where to stand
  • Follow the signs placed inside and out
  • Please do not linger in the store
  • Avoid any hand-to-hand contact

We look forward to serving you at our new location!

To all our valued customers: we will be closed this April 12th (Sunday) to give our staff a much-needed break. Our incredible team has worked tirelessly to keep the store running to provide and meet all of our customers' requests. 

We are so thankful for your continued support and have worked hard to maintain a high level of service all the while keeping staff and customer safety our highest priority.

We will return to our hours of Monday to Friday 10 am - 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday 11 am - 6 pm on April 13th.

The safety of Costa Canna’s team members and customers is always our first priority. For that reason, we have implemented a number of precautions based on the advice of the Canadian Health Authority to minimize the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 for both team members and customers alike, including an increased frequency in the disinfection of all surfaces that are frequently touched by team members and customers, including interior and exterior door handles, payment gateways, tablets and counters. In addition to following increased hand-washing protocol team members will wear gloves when handling product and currency.

At this time we will not be accepting returns on any product unless it is defective. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this time. Our overriding priority is the Health and Safety of your families and our team members.

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