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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide by Mike Wight

Posted on: February 12th, 2024 by Erika Morotta No Comments

Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to remind your special someone how much you care. Whether you prefer flowers, chocolate, or just the chance to spend some quality time with your loved one, the budtenders at JAR Co are happy to help make sure your night is one to remember.

When it comes to gifts, there’s nothing quite as timeless as a bouquet of flowers. This year, consider putting a thoughtful twist on this Valentine’s Day classic by picking up a jar of your partner’s favorite strain. Not sure which one they’d like best? No problem; buy a few different grams instead and elevate your evening with a DIY cannabis tasting!

Celebrating at home this year? Surprise your loved one with a new take on their favorite drink using squier’s premium elixirs. Each bottle is designed to mix with soda, seltzer, or water, and uses delicious all-natural fruit juice with raw blue agave to make for deliciously simple cannabis-infused cocktails.

If you’re spending the night out on the town, be sure to bring one of JAR’s disposable vapes to keep the vibes high between stops or before dinner. Filled with a full gram of oil made from your favorite strains, these disposable vapes easily fit in the palm of your hand and are the ultimate choice for convenience and discretion. 

Of course, it would hardly be Valentine’s Day without dessert. Afterglow’s decadent chocolate bars aren’t afraid to break the mold with unique flavors such as marshmallow-loaded S’mores or indulgent Strawberry Shortcake. Want to step things up a bit? You could even try breaking off a few squares from different edibles to make your loved one a box of chocolates- just make sure to watch your dose! 

Cozy Strains for Winter in Maine by Mike Wight

Posted on: January 5th, 2024 by Erika Morotta No Comments

While Maine has been building a name for itself in the cannabis industry for years, the pine tree state has an even larger reputation for its long New England winters. Whether you’re exploring one of the state’s beautiful national parks, indulging in world-renowned food and drink in the Old Port, or simply enjoying the excuse to bake a few extra cookies at home, these strains are sure to help you enjoy the winter season in Maine. 

Clementine Kush’s bright citrus flavor and uplifting effects have made this sativa a longtime favorite of ours. This strain’s easygoing daytime high offers just enough energy to help you start the day off on the right foot, making it great for a chilly morning wake-and-bake, shoveling off the driveway, or spending the day in the great outdoors. This tasty sativa was created by breeding Tangerine Sunrise with Sanjay Gupta Kush.

 All out of Clementine Kush? Try out Tropicanna Cherries, another fruit-forward sativa that gives users a boost of fun, bubbly energy without making them feel uncomfortable or “too fast.” This strain’s happy-go-lucky high is perfect for ugly sweater parties, playing with pets, and baking sweet treats at home. This cross of Tropicana Cookies and Cherry Cookies tastes like fresh cherries, backed by sour citrus and rich earth.

Whether you’ve just gotten home from work or from skiing the slopes at Sunday River or Sugarloaf, there’s no better way to unwind after a long day than with a freshly-packed bowl of Gush Mints. This heavy indica is known for its soothing body effects that melt away stress and tension, often treating users to a deeply relaxing experience that’s best enjoyed after a workout or before climbing into bed. Gushers, Durban Poison, and Kush Mints are all brought together in this supremely relaxing indica.

Ready for dessert? Swap out Gush Mints for Ice Cream Mints to add the taste of spiced vanilla and sugary dough to every hit. This strain’s potent indica-dominant high is similar to Gush Mints, offering users powerful relaxing effects that can become sleepy and sedating when used in large amounts. This indulgent dessert strain was bred by crossing Ice Cream Cake with Kush Mints.

Snowed in and stuck at home for the day? Spark up some Moonbow, a tasty hybrid from Archive Seed Bank. This strain balances its heady euphoric effects with a calming body high, helping users kick back and unwind without gluing them to the couch. This 50-50 hybrid is a great choice for chill days at home, especially when watching movies or having friends over. This potent cross of Dosidos and Zkittlez tastes like sweet sugary candy, tropical flowers, sweet berries and gas.

JAR Co’s Best Vaporizers and E-Rigs by Mike Wight

Posted on: December 8th, 2023 by Erika Morotta No Comments

While cannabis concentrates have been around for hundreds of years in the form of hash, today’s dispensaries line their shelves with a variety of extracts, all with different consistencies, flavors, and potent effects. The caveat, however, is that most of these oils need to be vaporized- and that takes a lot more heat than what your average lighter can provide. Luckily for new (or veteran!) dabbers, our stores carry a wide selection of electric vaporizers and e-rigs that make exploring cannabis concentrates as simple as the press of a button.

Little Dipper Dab Straw

The Little Dipper dab straw is as sleek as it is simple to use. Made by Dip Devices and voted “Best New Product” at New Orlean’s 2021 HQ Event, the Little Dipper is making waves across the industry for its ease of use and no-nonsense design. This portable vaporizer comes with three different temperature settings for precise dabbing, and its ceramic tip can melt right through extracts with the press of a button- that means no more waiting around while your paraphernalia heats up and cools down. Combine this with the fact that it’s small enough to fit in your pocket, and it’s no wonder why Dip Devices has adopted the motto “toss the torch.”

EVRI Starter Pack

The EVRI Starter Pack comes with a battery and three magnetic attachments. While the Little Dipper is an excellent addition to any dabber’s collection in its own right, the folks at Dip Devices know that variety is the spice of life. Their EVRI model embodies this as a portable, plug and play, all-in-one vape for concentrates. The starter pack includes a battery and three magnetically connecting attachments, including a ceramic vapor tip that works exactly like their Little Dipper and two different dab pens made to power either cartridges or pods, respectively. Coming in five different colors and with an ever-growing selection of accessories available online, the EVRI has something to offer for everybody.

Electro Barrel E-Rig

The Ooze Electro Barrel cools and filters your hits using a small water chamber. The Electro Barrel from Ooze uses their C-Core onyx atomizer and a small water chamber to evenly heat and filter every dab you take, delivering smoother, larger hits than its dry-vaporizer competition. Once you’ve loaded your choice of concentrate into the Electro Barrel’s ceramic chamber, all that’s left to do is to choose one of three temperature settings, hold down the power button, and enjoy.

Puffco Peak Pro

Puffco’s Peak Pro stands head and shoulders above the competition. Searching for a premium vaporizer that refuses to compromise on form or function? Look no further than the Puffco Peak Pro. The Peak Pro stands out amongst other vapes and e-rigs for its elegant glass design and unparalleled performance, with heat settings so precise that you can even control it to the exact degree from your phone; say goodbye to harsh, scorching hot bong rips. With tons of mods and accessories available online ranging from different glass chambers and travel kits to heated loading tools, Puffco and the Peak Pro have everything you need to lift your dabbing experience up to the connoisseur level.

Unwrap Joy: A Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

Posted on: December 8th, 2023 by Erika Morotta No Comments

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to spread cheer than with thoughtful and unique gifts for your loved ones? Whether you’re shopping for the cannabis connoisseur, the dog lover, the coffee enthusiast, or the fashion-forward friend, our holiday gift guide has you covered. Explore this curated collection of gifts that will bring joy and warmth to everyone on your list.

Experience Tranquil Nights with JAR’s “Happy Camper” Gummies:

  • For that friend who could use a well-deserved break and a peaceful night’s sleep, look no further than JAR’s “Happy Camper” Indica Gummies. These Maine blueberry pomegranate flavored gummies not only taste delicious, but they contain melatonin and magnesium, a perfect combination for relaxation and a good night’s sleep. 

Elevate Your Strolls with JAR’s 10-Pack of Dogwalkers:

  • For the outdoor cannabis enthusiast, elevate their daily walks with a 10-pack of Dogwalkers. These perfectly rolled, pre-rolled joints make strolls with or without furry friends more enjoyable. At .3g each, these pre-rolls offer the perfect size and convenience are the perfect size to convenient and enjoyable way to unwind and connect with furry friends during the holiday season.

Sip in Style with a Coffee Tumbler:

  • Give the gift of warmth and convenience with a sustainable coffee tumbler. Perfect for the busy bee or the slow sipper, JAR’s Wheat Himalayan tumbler keeps beverages hot or cold for hours. 

Dress Up Your Furry Friend in JAR Doggie Jewelry:

  • Treat your four-legged friend and their owner to a JAR branded dog leash. Crafted with durability and classic JAR design elements, this leash is more than just a pet accessory – it’s a statement piece for your stylish doggie.

The Gift of Choice: A JAR Gift Card:

  • When in doubt, a gift card is always a safe and thoughtful choice. This versatile gift allows your friends and family to choose something special that suits their taste and preferences. From apparel and accessories to a wide variety of quality cannabis products, there is something for everyone at JAR.

Stay Cozy with New Beanies:

  • It’s officially unofficial winter in Maine so keep your loved ones warm and stylish with a trendy beanie. Choose from a range of colors and styles to match their wardrobe and personality. Whether they’re hitting the slopes or strolling through Portland, a new beanie is a winter essential that never goes out of style.

Make a Statement with a Corduroy Hat:

  • For the fashion-forward friend who loves JAR, be sure to grab them JAR’s custom corduroy hat! Elevate your friend’s wardrobe with this limited edition accessory that’s sure to be the highlight of their holiday season.

Convenience on the Go: Disposable Cartridge:

  • For the cannabis enthusiast who appreciates discretion and convenience, a disposable cartridge is the way to go. These portable, pre-filled cartridges offer an easy way to enjoy their favorite strains. Choose a variety that suits their taste, and let them savor the holiday season with ease.

Giving Thanks to Our Budtenders by Hannah Woolfolk

Posted on: November 10th, 2023 by Erika Morotta No Comments

Quality, consistency and range of products are always important for a successful cannabis retail shop. However, sometimes the people behind the counter are even more essential when it comes to choosing your favorite dispensary. At JAR, the budtenders serving you take great pride when recommending products and strains, and we are happy to highlight their constant care in serving our customers every day.

I began working as a budtender at JAR in 2019 and loved every minute of meeting with and helping customers find their perfect cannabis products. As time went on and my position changed, I am now grateful to be able to help select our team of budtenders to continue helping patients and customers in our retail locations. There are many things that go into a good budtender, but the number one thing we look for when hiring is the desire to help people learn about, select, and enjoy cannabis no matter what their circumstances or reasons for consuming. 

When you walk into a JAR store, you will be greeted with a smile from the front desk attendant and checked in. A brief wait in line will then bring you to the counter where a budtender will be ready to serve you. Whether you know exactly what you want or have never purchased cannabis before, your budtender will be able to help! They will ask you your desired effect of your purchase, how you like to consume (i.e., are you a smoker, do you love candy, etc.), and will be able to recommend a product that will make your cannabis consumption memorable and enjoyable.

We are especially grateful this Thanksgiving season to highlight our tireless retail staff for all that they do. Some work one day a week because they believe in all that JAR stands for, and others are full-time, weekend warriors who serve our communities during the busiest times of the week. Regardless, they love what they do and we are proud to have them at the front lines serving our valued customers!

The Wonders of CBD by Ellie Vance

Posted on: October 12th, 2023 by Erika Morotta No Comments

CBD (or Cannabidiol) is another cannabinoid derived from the remarkable Cannabis plant that we all know and love. Some of you might be wondering, “What exactly is it, and what does it do?” Well, we’ll get to that! But first, let’s take a step back and delve into some essential information about our bodies.

As humans, we possess something called an Endocannabinoid system, a biological system that plays a vital role in regulating and balancing key bodily functions. Within the Endocannabinoid system (ECS), there are neurotransmitters known as Endocannabinoids, which can be categorized into two groups: CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the brain and spinal cord, while CB2 receptors are distributed throughout the rest of the body. These receptors are the points of interaction for cannabis compounds when we consume them, and CBD binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors, whereas THC specifically binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain.

BENEFITS OF CBD

Now, let’s dive into the fascinating world of CBD and explore what it does and why incorporating it into your daily routine can be beneficial! CBD is known to address a wide range of health issues, including chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, sleep troubles, and epilepsy. Unlike THC, ingesting CBD does not produce a psychoactive or “high” effect. However, many individuals report experiencing feelings of relaxation and tranquility after consuming CBD. Have you ever felt like you needed more and more of a substance to achieve the desired relief? CBD can also help with that by resetting the CB1 and CB2 receptors, reducing your tolerance. Say goodbye to tolerance breaks!

CBD PRODUCTS

Excited to try CBD? You can find various CBD products like topicals, edibles and tinctures right at JAR. At JAR, we have a deep appreciation for CBD products and offer several Maine brands to give our patients options. Let me share a few of my personal favorites.

While I’m not a frequent user of topicals, I absolutely adore the 1:1 THC and CBD Canna Salve from Seed and Sound Co. This salve contains 500mg of THC and 500mg of CBD, along with other natural herbs that aid in pain reduction. The combination of these cannabinoids works wonders in alleviating my pain, and I can’t sing its praises enough!

Another exceptional CBD product I’d like to recommend is the 6:1 CBD:CBDA tincture from the Healer brand. The founder of Healer, Dr. Sulak, has expertly formulated this tincture with a 6:1 ratio of CBD to CBDa, a perfect combination for tackling joint pain and inflammation after long days of hiking or walks with my pups. What’s more, this product is incredibly convenient for on-the-go dosing and offers fast-acting relief.

Now, for my all-time favorite product that includes CBD: the one and only Clementine Kush strain. Where do I even begin? The citrusy terpenes make for a delightful taste experience! This sativa-dominant strain has THC, but also boasts a high CBD percentage (around 2.5%), making it an excellent choice for daytime use. It makes me feel clear-headed and motivated to conquer my day. Just like the other CBD products I mentioned, Clementine Kush effectively eases my daily aches and pains while lifting my mood. It’s unquestionably my top choice!

If you have any questions about CBD or other cannabinoids, don’t hesitate to visit Jar and chat with your budtender. We love discussing all things cannabis!

The Best Products for Better Sleep

Posted on: September 18th, 2023 by Erika Morotta No Comments

Are you getting enough shuteye? If not, you aren’t alone. According to the CDC, anywhere from 50 to 70 million Americans struggle with ongoing sleep disorders – that’s close to a fifth of the country! At JAR Co we understand the importance of quality rest for an adventurous lifestyle, so we’ve curated a list of our best products designed to help you hit the hay. 

1. Ice Cream Runtz Flower

Ice Cream Runtz is a tasty dessert strain with indica leaning effects that can help users relax and unwind, especially after a long day. Sporting sweet flavors of sugary vanilla and gassy candy, this easygoing cross of Ice Cream Cake and White Runtz gently soothes the body while putting the mind at ease, making it a great strain for catching up on some zzz’s.

2. JAR Co’s Happy Camper Hash Rosin Gummies

While THC-only edibles have been a bedtime staple of experienced consumers for years, our Happy Camper gummies take R&R to the next level. We start by infusing our edibles with hash rosin containing all of the plant’s active compounds rather than just THC, then add a small amount of magnesium and melatonin to create a long-lasting, full-bodied high that’s a great fit for evening relaxation.

3. Squier’s 5:1 Sleepy Time Elixirs

Squier’s Specialty Edibles makes fresh fruit and blue agave drink mixes that pair perfectly with sparkling water and mocktails. Their Blackberry Lavender Sleepy Time Elixir comes with a measuring cup for easy dosing and is infused with a blissful combination of 200mg CBD and 40mg THC. This CBD-heavy 5:1 ratio was designed for nighttime use and produces a calm, soothing experience that’s less impairing than traditional THC edibles.

4. JAR Co’s 40:1 Sour Watermelon CBD Gummies

And lastly, for a non-impairing option, there’s our sour watermelon-flavored CBD gummies. Each gummy comes infused with 20mg of CBD and a small .5mg dose of THC, offering enhanced relief from anxiety and tension without producing the typical “high” effect that comes with most edibles. These subtle effects are gentle and long-lasting, making this edible a great starting point for new consumers.

Written by Mike Wight, JAR Co. Budtender, Content Creator and Cannabis Enthusiast

Summer in Maine: Cannabis Adventures by Hannah Woolfolk

Posted on: August 14th, 2023 by Erika Morotta No Comments

What is my favorite way to spend summers in Maine? With cannabis of course! Here are a few of my go-to adventures to do while staying elevated during the Maine dog days of summer.

Whether I’m taking a dip in the lake, watching the waves along the rocky coast, or getting high up in the mountains, cannabis is a great addition to any summer adventure in the beautiful Pine Tree State. I don’t think I can pick my favorite summer activity, but no matter where the long days take me I know I can always count on a pick-me-up from a tasty edible, a wood-tipped vape pen, or a JAR dog walker joint . But, it’s important to respect your fellow Mainers and abide by smoking laws, so here are some of my go-to summer selects to stay high while enjoying all that Maine has to offer.

Maine is known for its beautiful abundance of water, from the clear blue lakes and ponds to the winding rivers connecting them. It can be tough to find a secret smoke spot when everyone under the sun is trying to enjoy the water, so on float days I tend to default to a THC beverage to quench my thirst and catch a little buzz. There are so many options for a delicious drink nowadays, and by slipping a JAR koozie over the label, you can be extra discrete when taking a sip. The high hits quickly and there is no hangover the next day! Now that’s a win-win.

Walking through the wharfs in Portland requires some sensitivity as well, and I tend to gravitate towards a vape pen to puff as I look out at the Atlantic Ocean. I love seeing the lobster boats bringing in their daily catch and hearing the seagulls swarming above the harbor. My favorite part of smoking a vape pen is the variety I have, from a fruity distillate pen to a strain-specific hash rosin pen, paired with the consistency and subtlety of the smoke. It’s like hitting a bowl without the cloud or the smell, perfect for a day of sightseeing in the state’s busiest city!

On those cooler summer days I like to make the drive up north for a hike. There’s nothing more satisfying than summiting a peak and looking out across the rolling green landscape below. But, a little pick-me-up at the top is also a must. I’ve found that the perfect hiking companion is the JAR tin of dog-walker joints. Ten .3g joints in a squish-protected case? Share them with your trail friends or smoke them all yourself, you can’t go wrong.  -Hannah Woolfolk, JAR Retail General Manager & Outdoor Enthusiast


JAR Rolling Papers with Custom Tips: A Review from Budtender, Evan Thorne

Posted on: August 14th, 2023 by Erika Morotta No Comments

When I first saw the new JAR Rolling Papers I was thrilled. The sleek black top caught my eye immediately and I drifted over to snag a pack from the table. Upon further inspection, this was not only a paper pack, but had customized filter tips as well, each tip having the slogan, ‘Take Adventure Wherever You Go” on one side and a funky van heading to the mountain on the other side.

Excited, I took them away to roll up. At first, I was a little dismayed because the filters were shorter than I was used to, and I couldn’t quite get it folded the way I like. After some contemplation though, I decided to change how I fold the filter and it all started to come together. Pulling out a paper I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect and I was met with a nice clean, 1 ¼” hemp paper. There was a thick gum line at the top and the paper was folded length wise in half in a classic way.

I got my filter to my preferred size, gave the paper an extra fold just below the gum line to create a trough to hold the flower, and began to roll. The paper stuck to my fingers very well and didn’t slip as I rolled up. It allowed me to stuff and cone to my heart’s content and by the end of the roll there was around a gram of flower jammed inside. I had unintentionally placed the filter in the paper, but noticed as I rolled that the slogan written on the filter tip was showing through and it looked awesome. When it was complete, I set out to find a spot to smoke, delighted with my creation and eager to see how it was going to burn.

When some other test subjects were found, I lit it up and the trial was underway. I was instantly hit with how smooth the paper was and how it didn’t muddy up the flavor of the bud. As an avid smoker/roller I always pay attention to how the paper burns and what color ash is being left behind as those can be great indicators for the quality of your flower but also your paper, and I was not disappointed with these. I was provided with a clean, long-lasting burn, with white ash and no runs or re-lighting necessary, an experience that has remained consistent after further testing.

After the smoke had cleared it was apparent, these JAR papers are flipping awesome, and they set a bar for how I roll going forward. With the stone setting in, I ventured forth in search of chicken wings Dustin had just pulled off the grill. Much like myself, the wings were cooked to perfection and with a full stomach, and a hazy head I was feeling pretty good. The only question that remains to be answered now is, when does the King Size come out?

Want to learn how to roll a perfect joint? Follow this 10-Step Guide

Roll a Perfect Joint with this 10-Step Guide

Posted on: August 14th, 2023 by Erika Morotta No Comments

Joint consumer, connoisseur and JAR’s very own budtender, Evan Thorne, breaks down joint-rolling into 10 easy to follow steps (with pictures)!

  1. Grind your material. Rolling works best with quality flower that isn’t too dry, make sure you choose a flower that has a bit of stickiness to it. You can roll with drier flower, but it might be a little more difficult.
  2. Prepare your paper and filter. Fold the filter with the slogan facing you, take the end that has the arrow point and fold it just at the tip of the arrow, folding away from you. Once there is a good crease, continue rolling the filter around the single crease you’ve made. The paper will already have a fold in it, but let’s add one more. Hold the paper like it came from the pack and now pull the front down and expose the gum line entirely. Fold the paper there and you should have a nice trough for your filter and material to sit in. Plop your filter into your paper and you’re ready to start rolling!
  3. Hold the paper and filter together with the gum line facing you and start adding material in beginning on the side with the filter. Spread the flower evenly. You can add more material at the end of the joint if you want to give it more of a cone shape.
  4. Once your material is all in, take your finger and lightly pack down the flower. This will help keep the flower together and will provide you with some stability during the roll.
  5. Next take both sides of the paper and begin rolling. It’s not always intuitive but practice makes perfect, and I believe in you! Once you have a nice core of flower rolled, not too tight, you can begin tucking the paper in.
  6. Start at the end where the filter is and begin the tuck. Once the first part of the tuck is in the rest usually follows along but you may have to work with it a little bit. Hold the joint by the filter where you have already tucked the paper in and begin rolling and shifting the paper as necessary. This is usually where things can go wrong, and you may have to try a few times but as you curl and roll, you’ll see it start to come together.
  7. Now that you have your roll almost done, it’s time to lick it and stick it. As you roll, the gum line will stay exposed and when you’re ready you can wet the gumline and stick it to the paper.
  8. Once your paper is stuck you should have something resembling a joint! Now let’s clean it up. Grab a packing tool like the flat end of a pen and gently push the material down into the joint leaving a small bit of paper empty at the top. You can tap or shake your joint to get a more even pack, but this can also cause clogging if it becomes too compressed. You may also lose material out the back end if it is rolled too loosely.
  9. With the last bit of paper on the end, fold it down with your packing tool so the end is flat and blunt.
  10. Congratulations! You now have an awesome joint that you rolled yourself, good job! Time to spark that thing up and relax, you worked for it!
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