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2018: Recreational Marijuana in California

At Caliva, our professional Budtenders are expert trained. Equipped with a depth of cannabis knowledge, they'll happily answer your questions, guiding you on a path to better wellness! We look forward to expanding our services, providing many benefits to the recreational client in 2018! 

In the meantime, check with a medical marijuana professional to see if you qualify for medical marijuana. 

Questions? Brush up on some recreational marijuana basics!

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Types of Marijuana


Short, bushy and potent!

Indica plants are short, usually under six feet tall, and have fat, deep green leaves. They originate from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and the surrounding areas. The high from a quality Indica strain leaves you relaxed and social. The stronger varieties will numb your body and put you to sleep. Great for relaxation, stress relief, and couchlock.


Big, tall and uplifting!

Sativa plants can grow upwards of 25 feet tall, but most level out under 12 feet. Leaves are long, thin, and light green; the typical cannabis icon. The high from a Sativa strain is often described as uplifting and energetic. Sativa is great for daytime. It's also a favorite of medicinal users because of its pain relieving properties.


The best of both worlds.

Hybrid cannabis strains provide the best of both worlds. Expert breeders select the top Sativa and Indica strains, then combine them into super strains that maintain the best aspects from both parents. Hybrids can be Sativa or Indica dominant and have the effects to match.


Non-psychoactive pain relief and body euphoria.

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, the cannabinoid second only to THC when measured by average volume. Recently, research has shown CBD to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects (the "high" or "stoned" feeling) that THC provides. While high THC strains often tout levels of over 20%, generally, CBD levels of over 4% are considered to be high.

Recreational Marijuana Delivery Methods


Cannabis in its pure and natural form.

The cannabis flower - buds, nugs, chronic et al, is usually rolled into joints, smoked through a glass pipe, or otherwise decarboxylated. From bottom shelf to connoisseur strains, flower is the most natural form of cannabis. Burning flower is not as healthy as vaporizing, edibles or topicals, but it is the most classic form of cannabis and often preferred by traditional users.


Oh, the wild world of concentrates!

Cannabis concentrates are highly-potent derivative products of the cannabis flower. Common types include traditional hash, rosin, extracted oils and many other variations. Most often consumed by dabbing or vaping, concentrates are often the quickest and most effective way to deliver THC to the system. They're preferred by high-tolerance users and medical users who need quick delivery. The world of concentrates is wide open. Ask your budtender to help you determine if concentrates are right for you!


Discreet, portable and delicious!

Vaporizers and vape pens have been growing rapidly in recent years. They are an easy, on-the-go delivery method that is pleasant and discreet. Mostly using C02 Oil, they don't pack quite the punch of dabbing concentrates; however, they provide a smooth and accessible high. Choose from a variety of strains and brands for your perfect vape experience.


Sweet, savory, effective!

Second to flower, edibles are one of the most classic cannabis delivery methods. From the humble (yet potent) cannabis brownies of yore, to today's immense variety of confections, savories and more, edibles are a staple of the cannabis industry.

Pay close attention to dosage and talk to your budtender about what is right for you. Edible dosages range from 5mg to 300mg, and it's important that you find the dosage that's right for you. Start small!


For localized pain relief.

Topicals are a relatively new product in the cannabis industry designed to be absorbed through the skin. Ranging from basic medicated lotions to CBD patches, topicals are popular for localized pain relief. Typically, topicals are not psychoactive products.

Let's Get Technical! What Recreational Marijuana Means to the Community.

In the last election, California residents made a historic vote to legalize weed in the state on a recreational level.

Prop 64:

Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 and older. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. Provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation.


  • Revenue from the two taxes will be deposited in a new California Marijuana Tax Fund. First, the revenue will be used to cover costs of administering and enforcing the measure. Next, it will be distributed to drug research, treatment, and enforcement.
  • $2 million per year to the UC San Diego Center for Medical Cannabis Research to study medical marijuana.
  • $10 million per year for 11 years for public California universities to research and evaluate the implementation and impact of Proposition 64. Researchers would make policy change recommendations to the California Legislature and California governor.
  • $3 million annually for five years to the Department of the California Highway Patrol for developing protocols to determine whether a vehicle driver is impaired due to marijuana consumption.
  • $10 million, increasing each year by $10 million until settling at $50 million in 2022, for grants to local health departments and community-based nonprofits supporting "job placement, mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, system navigation services, legal services to address barriers to reentry, and linkages to medical care for communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies."
  • 60 percent to youth programs, including drug education, prevention, and treatment.
  • 20 percent to prevent and alleviate environmental damage from illegal marijuana producers.
  • 20 percent to programs designed to reduce driving under the influence of marijuana and a grant program designed to reduce negative impacts on health or safety resulting from the proposition.

Fiscal Impact Of recreational Marijuana:

Additional tax revenues from hundreds of millions of dollars to over 1 billion dollars annually, mostly dedicated to specific purposes. Reduced criminal justice costs of tens of millions of dollars annually.

recreational marijuana Tourism

In addition to tax benefits, recreational marijuana looks to boost tourism in some areas. Colorado and Washington are seeing a dramatic rise in cannabis related tourism. Sites like Kush Tourism boast cannabis friendly lodging and look to aide 420 friendly travelers on their vacations. A number of farms throughout California are welcoming the idea of farm tours and stays along with a tasting facility much like the wine industry.

cannabis Consumption 

In terms of competition across different consumer categories, alcohol looks to suffer the most once a medical marijuana card is no longer needed to enter a dispensary.  According to a recent study by Eaze (a medical marijuana delivery company), 82% of cannabis consumers reduced alcohol consumption. An interesting fact given that recreational marijuana will be available to a new generation turning 21 in the next few years.

Exciting times in the years ahead as we experience a paradigm shift in recreational marijuana use. Though still illegal to consume in public in California, expect to find more hosts providing cannabis products in lieu of cocktails at their next party!

Caliva Weekly: Recreational Marijuana Trends

Frequently Asked Questions About Recreational Marijuana

+ How have states with recreational cannabis profited since its legalization?

Washington, where recreational cannabis is legal, has earned over $400 million in tax revenue since 2012. Colorado is earning close to $20 million in taxes which is being funneled into school construction and health programs.

+ How has adult cannabis usage changed recently?

With the legalization of recreational cannabis spreading, the perceptions regarding cannabis usage are starting to change. According to a 2016 poll by Gallup, 13% of adults in the U.S. are current marijuana users which is a significant increase over the 7% of adults in 2013. As more states legalize recreational cannabis, we expect this number to continue growing.

+ I want to consume cannabis but I do not want to smoke, what should I do?

There are a variety of ways to consume cannabis without inhaling smoke. Some popular alternative consumption methods are vaporizing and edibles. Vaporizers heat cannabis to lower temperatures in order to vaporize compounds like THC instead of burning it, creating a cleaner experience. Edibles offer a wide variety of consumables from cannabis infused drinks to brownies made for precision dosing. In addition to these popular forms, cannabis also comes in infused topical products like lotions and tinctures that are applied on the skin or directly under the tongue.

+ What are concentrates/what is dabbing?

Cannabis concentrates are a highly concentrated extract from the cannabis plant. Through extraction process, cannabis flower can be transformed into a variety of products(hash, wax, kief, shatter, crumble) that contain a significantly higher percentage of THC, CBD, or both. Dabbing usually refers to a dose of concentrate that is heated on a hot surface, usually a nail, and then inhaled through a dab rig.

recreational marijuana resources

Beginner's Guide to CBD

Beginner's Guide to CBD

Beginner's Guide to Concentrates

Beginner's Guide to Concentrates

Beginner's Guide to Edibles

Beginner's Guide to Edibles

Beginner's Guide to Flower

Beginner's Guide to Flower

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