Daikoku Local Artist Search

Daikoku Artist Search

We are on a mission to find an Edmonton artist to help design a Daikoku-esque image for our new t-shirts. (This way, we get to combine our love for Edmonton with our love for the arts!) We’ll be letting our following vote for their favourite design. The winning design will receive a $500 award for their creation. The winning design will be used principally on our t-shirts, but might also be featured on other swag!

Sounds like something up your alley? Great! Here’s now you can enter: 

  1. Create a Daikoku Design using our logo and the theme of bubbles/water – you know, that iconic sound of a bubbler. 
  2. Submit your design(s) to questions+design@daikoku.ca – AI, EPS or PDF file formats are preferred – deadline for art submissions is October 4, 2020 at 11.59pm MST 
  3. Designs will then be shared across our social channels for voting. Encourage your friends and family to vote for your design! The art with the most votes will be chosen as the winner – voting period is October 5, 2020 8am MST to October 10, 2020 11:59pm MST. The winning design will be announced October 11th 

Here are some additional details you should note: 

  • Designs must not be appealing to youth; depict a person character or animal, whether real or fictional; or be presented in a way that evokes a positive or negative emotion about or image of, a way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.
  • You must be 18+ to enter, but this contest is in no way meant to encourage or create glamour around the consumption of cannabis 
  • You must be a resident of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region
  • There is no purchase necessary to enter 
  • The winner will be chosen based on voting counts, viewers will be able to vote once per design. 
  • The winning designer will receive a $500 cash award as payment for the use of their design
  • The winner will be contacted via direct message and email to determine an appropriate method to collect payment

Daikoku Discovers: Creativity and Cannabis

What’s the relationship between Creativity and Cannabis? 

“I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, unavailable to us without such drugs.”

Carl Sagan, Mr X

Creativity is the use of the imagination or original ideas. We typically associate this to the production of artistic works, but of course, it can extend to problem-solving and many other aspects of our lives.  

So can cannabis help us tap creative reserves?

The answer is: it’s complicated. (Did you really expect anything different?)

A word on the studies

There are few studies that have been conducted specifically to study the relationship between creativity and cannabis. The studies referenced herein used timed word association and other linguistic creativity games.

Does weed make you creative, or do you smoke weed if you’re creative?

The adventure begins: What kind of person are tokers?

Open minded, curious and adventurous: this set of adjectives can describe creative people and… and people who try cannabis. Or, well, most drugs. (See the quote attributed to Carl Sagan above.) 

Many celebrities associated with creative works, like Snoop Dogg or Lady Gaga, openly admit to consuming ganja. Carl Sagan, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are other tokers who have used creativity in a different vein.

We can’t be certain which way the correlation runs.

How much is the right amount?

In the studies, low doses of THC seemed to improve results in word-association games. On the other hand, higher THC quantities tended to impact the results negatively.

It’s also interesting to note that the studies didn’t report CBD content or terpenes, if there were any present. Therefore conclusions shouldn’t be made on cannabis as a whole, but should be limited to THC.

That being said, the well known axiom of “Start low, go slow” is particularly important when you want to be able to enhance, rather than detract from, your creativity.

How much THC then?

There’s no single answer – how cannabis affects each individual varies. People who consumed between 2.5mg and 5mg of THC performed slightly better than the control group in a study; most people who had consumed more than 12mg tended to perform less well than the control group in the same study. 

So what actually happens?

Studies have confirmed a correlation between creativity and cannabis in low dosages. There are many hypothesis to explain the link.

Similarly to alcohol, cannabis lowers or can even eliminate inhibitions. People are less fearful of trying different methods or experimenting with new concepts. 

Cannabis can also be a stimulant, and all stimulants, like coffee, can boost problem solving and focus, though not creativity directly. 

Lastly, certain people can, on advice of their medical practionner, treat anxiety and depression through cannabis. Treating their symptoms allows them to undertake endeavours they would otherwise not have done, and thus can be seen as a means of explaining the relationship.

Daikoku Discovers: The dos and don’ts of recycling your cannabis containers

Reuse your containers!

Cannabis packaging has changed quite a bit since the legacy market days. It certainly feels like it’s gotten a lot bulkier! As Licensed Producers (LPs) navigate regulations, packaging varies wildly from one brand to another. That being said, it doesn’t all have to go to the landfill. In simpler times, we were able to offer in-store recycling solutions. These days those recycling programs have been put on hold. As a result, lots of people let us know that their packages seem to be piling up. 

So what can you do with it all?

Depending on the container material, there’s numerous ways to recycle your cannabis packaging. 

Keep on reading for all you need to know on properly recycling your cannabis containers. We even included information on how you can repurpose your containers into items worthy of shelf displaying. 

Recycling: Plastic Jars

One of the most common cannabis containers on shelves these days are plastic jars. These jars come in a range of colours, but are most often white. The good news is, plastic containers are recyclable. Add them to your regular recycling bag; items must be empty, clean, and dry. 

Recycling: Plastic Jars

Re-Use Center: Tin Boxes

Tin containers are exclusive to Canopy products, such as Tweed and LBS. They are not recyclable. However, there are many ways that these containers can be repurposed. Once we hit stage 3 of opening, consider dropping them off at the Edmonton Reuse Centre. In the meantime, try getting creative with your containers. Use them to hold other small items or even turn them into a decorative succulent pot (see below for instructions). 

Re-Use Center: Tin Boxes

Recycling: Glass Jars 

Glass jars are the latest to hit shelves, and are often the jar of choice for organic cultivators such as, Simply Bare and Good Buds. Glass is great because it is both recyclable and repurposable. You can add your glass jars to your regular recycling bag; items must be clean, empty, and dry. However, if you’re looking to give your jars new life, try repurposing them into an adorable succulent pot. 

Recycling: Glass Jars

Try Repurposing!

Repurposing your jars doesn’t have to be complicated. Succulents are incredibly durable plants that are the perfect size for your old cannabis containers. Once your plant is potted you’ll only need to water it about once a week or when soil feels dry. 

Repuposing: Glass Jars!

Instructions: 

  1. Add a layer of rock to the base of your container. This will allow for proper drainage and help prevent root rot. 

Tip: Adding a layer of charcoal and moss can help further prevent your plants from being overwatered

  1. Add your soil. Make sure to leave enough room to add your plant. Your soil of choice will change depending on the plant you are potting. Your local garden centre can help you find the right base. 
  1. Remove your plant from the container you purchased it in and gently separate the roots from the soil. 
  1. Once your plant roots are exposed, add it to your repurposed container. Top with additional soil to hold your plant in place. 
  1. Add any decorative items you would like to your container ie. ribbon, gems, stickers, etc. 

Recycling: Aluminum Cans/ Beverage Bottles

Your new cannabis beverages may look similar to your other beverage options, but can they be recycled in the same way? The answer is, yes! Your cannabis beverage bottles and cans can be returned for a refund at your local bottle depot

Recycling: Beverage containers

Recycling: Cardboard Boxes

Yup, you guessed it, your cardboard boxes are definitely recyclable. Just make sure they’ve been flattened, clean, and dry. If you’re into composting some packaging, such as from Kolab and Foray, can be added to your compost bin. 

Recycling: Cardboard
Lots of LPs are phasing out their outer-boxes.

Garbage: Vape Cartridges / Disposable Vapes

Whether it’s PAX, 510, or Luma your vape cartridges and disposable vapes are not recyclable. The complicated technology that makes up a vape cartridge is not easy to reuse; cartridges go in your garbage. Alternatively, your vape batteries and disposable vapes are considered household hazardous waste and should be dropped off at your local eco station

Garbage: Vape Cartridges and Disposable vapes

Want to learn more?

Check out our Instagram post for a quick on-the-go cannabis recycling guide, or download the Edmonton Waste Wise app for in-depth information on recycling. As always, if you’re ever uncertain feel free to ask our Budtenders! They’re always happy to answer any and all cannabis inquiries you may have. 

Daikoku Discovers: Drops and Powder Distillate

Mixing things up with Mix-Ins

Mix-ins, like veryvell drops, are water-soluble.

Edibles and oils are one of the easiest ways to get acquainted with cannabis. However, some of these products, like mix-ins, are a little different than what we see on the market.

Beverage drops and distillate powder are an interesting take on oils. Rather than consuming the product directly (as you would an oil), you incorporate a few drops, or a pack of powder into a beverage or food.

These products have a distinctive taste in order to let consumers know that what they’re ingesting contains cannabis products.

Which can make pairing it to something a bit tricky.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Mix in with full-fat plain yoghurt, and sweeten to taste with maple syrup, jam, sugar or fruit. (You can use this as a foundation for a smoothie.)
    Why this works: While mix-ins, like drops and powders, are water-soluble, fat helps cannabinoid absorption. Plain flavoured yoghurt complements the slightly bitter taste of the cannabis product. By then sweetening to taste, you can adjust to the point where you notice the flavour, but it adds rather than detracts from the experience.
  • Mix to salad dressing, or make your own vinaigrette:
    • 3 tbsp Olive oil
    • 1 tbsp Vinegar or Lemon juice
    • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp Honey
    • Optional: Curry powder, cumin, fresh herbs
    • 1/8th tsp Salt (Or a pinch, if you don’t want to break out your mini-spoon)
      Mix all ingredients; add a desired quantity of cannabinoid mix in and taste. Adjust flavour and refrigerate 30 minutes before consuming.

Why this works: See above regarding fat absorption; a strong flavoured oil, like olive (not extra virgin!) aligns with the flavour of the cannabis products, while the other ingredients allow for a full flavour that takes the focus away from bitterness.

  • Mix to decaf chai tea: Find the best quality tea you can, sweeten to taste, and add milk or creamer. If you can’t find any good teas near you, grab a cup from our neighbours Royal Paan. They have the best Chai I’ve ever had.