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Best Cannabis Strains for Autumn

Best Cannabis Strains for Autumn

Who doesn’t love autumn? Leaf peeping and leaf-raking, hiking, dramatic skies, football games, apple cider, wool socks, cozying up with comfort food and all the family gatherings. Michigan is a paradise all year round, but fall is extraordinary, and there are a few cannabis strains that we’re recommending for you to enjoy as we get ready for the holidays and hunker down for winter.

GRow Journal: September 2021

GRow Journal: September 2021

You may have heard the analogy that being in the cannabis industry is like being on a rollercoaster. I’m here to certify that analogy is indeed true! One day you feel on top of the world with a new opportunity or achievement in front of you, the next day you find yourself miles away from that euphoria, surrounded by seemingly insurmountable barriers.

The Best Way to Store Your Marijuana

The Best Way to Store Your Marijuana

By law, in Michigan, we’re each allowed to have up to 10 ounces of cannabis in our house at any given time. And if you’re lucky enough to have 10 ounces of flower, you need to make sure it’s stored to maintain maximum potency and freshness.

GRow Journal: Wet Cement and Power!

GRow Journal: Wet Cement and Power!

The summer has been flying by at Pharmhouse Wellness, and we’ve been busy next door, too, continuing construction on the grow facility. Every grow I’ve had before this was a DIY experiment. You’ll be glad to know this is different—so much planning and thought have gone into this project.

How to Buy Marijuana

How to Buy Marijuana

As you know, there are many strains of cannabis flower—we carry about 70+ kinds of cannabis from cultivators across Michigan. With so many strains to choose from, how do you get started? If you’ve never purchased flower before, or just don’t think you’re choosing the right products, we can help. Here are some things to consider.

GRow Journal: Getting It Started

GRow Journal: Getting It Started

You’ve stumbled upon the first entry in my GRow journal. I decided to write this as a documentary of sorts about the journey I’ve been on in the cannabis industry. From the Grand Rapids Lottery for Special Land Use Permits to opening a cannabis business in a pandemic, and now coming out the other side, we are on the verge of expanding our small but GRowing company—with a cannabis cultivation facility. So let’s get caught up on what’s happening around the GRow!

Best Cannabis Strains for Summer

Best Cannabis Strains for Summer

Just like juicy strawberries in June, breathtaking Lake Michigan sunsets and campfires with fireflies—there are some cannabis strains that pair up best with the summer months.

Our Social Equity Plan

Our Social Equity Plan

We believe cannabis social equity is more than a plan or a checkbox—for us it is a deeply held company value.

More than Indica vs. Sativa: Things to Know About Buying Cannabis Flower

More than Indica vs. Sativa: Things to Know About Buying Cannabis Flower

There are so many options to consider when buying cannabis flower, and if you’ve reviewed our cannabis menu—you know there are so many choices, and making an informed decision isn’t always easy. Buying cannabis flower is a bit more complicated than simply Indica vs. Sativa—but those two features are an excellent place to start!

Cannabis and Sports: Debunking Old Myths

Cannabis and Sports: Debunking Old Myths

With cannabis becoming more widely accepted and available, people are learning of the many positive benefits the plant offers. Interestingly enough, cannabis and sports are not mutually exclusive and it can be used to help both physically and mentally by adult athletes.

So You Want to Try an Edible?

So You Want to Try an Edible?

A cannabis edible is food that is made or infused with cannabis. In most dispensaries, they’re products like gummies, hard candy, tablets, cookies, brownies or fudge.

Recreational and Medical Cannabis: The Key Differences

Recreational and Medical Cannabis: The Key Differences

The distinction between medical and recreational cannabis is an important one when you’re looking to make a purchase. But the bigger question is why is there even a difference in the first place now that both are legal? And what is the difference, really?

Marijuana is Recreational, What About Decriminalization?

Marijuana is Recreational, What About Decriminalization?

Recreational marijuana is legal in eleven states and Washington, D.C. Michigan was the tenth state to legalize marijuana for adult use. As the plant becomes legalized across the U.S., the questions surrounding how it clashes with the war on drugs have come to the forefront of social justice issues.

Cannabis In Your Community

Cannabis In Your Community

So, can cannabis provisioning centers benefit your community?

Yes! Here’s how: like anything else in life, cannabis is taxed. The better a provisioning center does, the more tax revenue the state and local community will see. Medical cannabis is taxed at Michigan’s standard 6%, while recreational cannabis is taxed an extra 10% on top of the standard 6% tax rate. This money goes to improving schools, roads, and other various things that benefit from tax dollars.

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