Business as usual. Well, except for…

It’s been a long few days (anyone else struggling to keep a child educated and occupied?).

Amid all the chaos, we wanted to let you know what’s going on at daikoku, and to reassure you that business, for the most part, remains as usual. And that we have a healthy inventory of dried bud, vapes, edibles – even soft chews! – oils and caps.

Our plan is to have Daikoku remain open from 10 AM to 9:30 PM daily.

To ensure everyone’s safety and in compliance with the city of Edmonton’s Mask By-law, we have a no-mask, no entry policy.

We took the decision to stay open with our regular hours after discussions with our staff and taking into consideration the effect that shorter hours might have on in-store foot traffic, especially with regards to density. We also want to try and keep normalcy going for as long as possible, for you and for our team.

It goes without saying that we sanitize regularly. We’re also very lucky in the fact that the store is very large. In an effort to keep everyone healthy, we will ask you to utilize all that room: let’s spread out and keep at least one meter away from everyone.

Thanks for all your help. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Keep it fun,

Mimi

Could Topicals Be the Fountain of Youth? Three FAQ’s Regarding Topicals You Have Definitely Wondered At Least Once In Your Life 

Topicals are the latest cannabis category to land on Alberta retail shelves and are challenging the ways we think about cannabis consumption. From bath bombs to face serum, cannabis-infused skin-care and bath products are a popular category from grey market days, but are often misunderstood in legal markets. That’s why we’re here to help answer your most frequently asked topical questions. 

1. What Do Topicals Do?

In 1992 scientists isolated the first endocannabinoid receptor allowing us to begin to understand how cannabis interacts with our bodies. It was discovered that these receptors exist all over our bodies with one of the largest amounts of receptors existing on our skin. The cannabinoids that exist in topicals interact with the receptors in your skin to produce a rejuvenating effect. The exact effects of topicals are often debated, but many claim to experience a sense of overall skin improvement. 

2. Will Topicals Get Me High?

Short answer, no. Longer answer, not in the way that you’re thinking. Topicals interact with the epidermis layer of your skin and don’t break the blood barrier – unless you have broken skin. Therefore, topicals produce a more comforting, physical body effect rather than a psychoactive one. 

3. Why Don’t More People Talk About Topicals? 

To be honest, there’s not much we can say. Health Canada limits the claims licensed producers and retailers can make about THC and CBD. Therefore, any information you find on topical application or effect likely refers to the other ingredients in the product. Furthermore, the current research we have regarding topicals is not reliable enough to derive claims from. In the meantime, feel free to forward all of your topical questions our way!

Topicals have made a more silent appearance than other product categories but they definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Take your bath to the next level, or see for yourself if serum really is the secret to a youthful glow when you ask your budtender about topical availability. 

5 Cannabis Products That Make the Perfect Stocking Stuffers Under $25

It’s that time of year again, you know the time where you realize you still need gifts for everyone in the family but it’s too late to order online. We know the feeling, that’s why we’ve put together this handy list of five products that make the perfect holiday gifts. From chocolate to prerolls there’s something for everyone here and it won’t break your bank. 

1. Face Serum

Skip the hemp seed oil and opt for a higher-level experience. Compliance Brand Face Serum is a THC-infused, oil-based face serum made with jojoba oil that absorbs quickly leaving behind plump, refreshed skin. Recently reduced in price, this product makes the perfect stocking stuffer for any skincare junkie. 

2. Kushmas Stix

A blend of Mendocino Purple Kush and Critical Kush, Trailblazer’s Kushmas Stix pack a festive punch of pine, sweetness and spice in a convenient 0.5g pre-roll. A festive design that complements gift wrapping, a winter hike or making it through that third helping of stuffing. Perfect for keeping your loved ones feeling warm and ‘Kushy’ this season. 

3. Legend Chocolate

Scored into four breakable pieces, Legend combines 10 mg of THC with 10 g of rich, premium chocolate to ensure every bite is truly a celebration. The chocolate used by Legend comes from fourth-generation, Alberta-based master chocolatier Bernard Callebaut, often referred to as Calgary’s father of chocolate. For an added holiday touch, keep an eye out for their Candy Cane Crush seasonal flavour. 

4. Tropic Lemon 510-Thread Vape Cart 

Ready when you are, Valens’ Tropic Lemon 510-thread cartridges contain a total of 0.5g of ethanol-extracted distillate, and combined with botanical terpenes. Tropic lemon is a sativa-dominant profile, unique balance of floral and citrus notes produced by three lead terpenes; terpinolene, myrcene and limonene. It’s an easy way to take a quick break from one of those unending Zoom calls – maybe put this one in your own stocking. 

5. Daikoku Gift Card

Even the hardest to shop for will jump for joy at the sight of a Daikoku gift card in their stocking. With two stoner-friendly designs to choose from, you can wish your friends & family “Merry Juana” or “Happy Holiblaze” – Gift cards range from $10-$100. 

There’s More In-Store

If these aren’t quite what you’re looking for we’ve got plenty more stock that will make any stoner smile. Check out our online menu to shop before coming in, you’ll notice our prices are so good that almost everything could be a stocking stuffer!

Zoomed in: Daikoku’s Greenhouse

I’d been toying with the idea of DIY miniature dollhouses for a couple of years. And, like everything else on the Internet after you click that one link, my social media channels started showing ads for Rolife’s Miniature dollhouses. The Greenhouse is ostensibly the best selling kit, so I figured I’d try my hand at it. 

To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail

Before I actually started glueing anything together, I watched quite a few videos. This video by Cris.Crafts speeds up the process of unboxing and building the kit. However, this video by Kixkillradio Miniatures showed me that when it comes to miniatures, you’re only limited by your imagination. This came in handy when a few “happy accidents” occurred.

I also looked at the Amazon reviews to see what extra items were needed when buying this kit. Glue was the top recommendation.

Here are a few more I learned on the way:

  • An X-acto knife, box cutter or blade. You want this VERY sharp (so be careful and maybe do the cutting of pieces while sober…)
  • Scissors: Fabric scissors, paper scissors and embroidery scissors were all used in the making of my miniatures.
  • A self-healing cutting mat. Unless you want new decorative etchings on your table.
  • Acrylic paint and assortment of brushes. If you want to change up the colour scheme, acrylics tend to be the cheapest method of getting good, opaque coverage.
  • Toothpicks or a needle tool. Because the glue will inevitably bubble over, and a toothpick is a quick way to grab a small gob of it and apply it to small pieces.
  • Origami paper, scrapbooking paper, white card stock and black card stock. I prefer using papers with small motifs or patterns so they don’t look out of scope in the 1:24 scale miniature. Or paint my own (watercolours are very forgiving).

Top tip: I didn’t know this until my fourth kit, but it’s a good idea to scan all the pages of the papers you have to cut.

In case you have a happy accident.  Or several.

ABC, easy as 1, 2,3

I followed the steps in order, building the shelves first, and then the smaller decorative pieces. I only started taking pictures once the decorative pieces were stuck on the floor.

Things I learned with this kit:

  • The transparent glue dries relatively quickly. Add as little glue as you can, hold the pieces together for a count of 10. If the pieces aren’t stuck together by then add a LITTLE BIT more glue. I did not. As a result, I see several places where there’s excess glue (no one else seems to see them, or at least no one says anything).
  • Add your own touches. This is probably the most important. By the time I was done with all the big shelves and decor items, I had a big brown bag that was supposed to read “Flower.” Being the kind of girl I am, I changed it to a Big Bag o’ Weed, which brought me to add several weed references to the miniature.
  • The transparent lid of the greenhouse is the single most evil thing in the kit. Actually, it’s every single transparent acrylic that’s included in the kits as I always get them caked with glue. Anyone have tips for me?
  • Double-check the instructions. Ok, that’s not a fair statement. I didn’t learn that (as future miniatures will show), but as a result of speeding by the instructions I glued everything on the wrong side of the floor. I had to carefully remove all the items, doing my best to avoid bending, breaking and otherwise destroying them. Then I ended up painting the floor. Fun times.

Things I improved after this kit

  • I became a  lot more confident when painting and customizing the kits. In subsequent kits, I wanted to keep Daikoku’s official colour scheme of white with dark accents, and the occasional bright ray of yellow on a backdrop of greenery. After I did the small customizations on the greenhouse, it was less scary to paint the floor or the walls in my next few kits. 
  • I learned about the differences in sandpaper grit. After this kit, I learned which sandpaper to use to remove paint from the wood, which to use to prep the wood and which to use to smooth out the paint. I’m sure most people know, but just in case I’ll let you in on my secret in the next kit blog post.
  • I picked up polymer clay again. While it’s incredibly impressive and satisfying to use odds and ends, recycled materials, leftover craft pieces and the actual pieces they give you in the kits, you just can’t find bongs and pipes at a 1:24 scale. And trying to make them out of leftover craft items didn’t look quite so pretty as the ones I sculpted. But more on that when we talk about Kit 2: Daikoku’s Coffeeshop.

Under the loupe: Reefer References

Big Bag of Weed on the front left shelf

Daikoku Sticker on Easel as artwork (has a bong and bags of weed)

A marijuana leaf on the floor, under the front shelf

The lady in the painting to the left of the door has a joint in her mouth (which is shoddily drawn in)

The marijuana plant in front of the store

The Devil’s Lettuce sign in the bottom bin

Life at 1:24

You’re going to make mistakes. Your hands will be covered in glue. You’re going to notice all the places you mess up. But you’re the only one who will.

When you’re done, no one wil know what you could’ve done better. The ‘mistakes’ that you fix become what make your miniature kit your own.

You also get an incredible high from people complimenting you, looking for reefer references, and from finishing something you created. Actually, just cutting up the monstera plant and having someone recognize it (those plants were really hard to cut!) for what it is is pretty amazing.

Where you can pick up your supplies

Check out these local businesses to see where you can stock up on supplies:

(Please note that the completed kits at the store are not for for sale.)

5 of Our Favourite Weed Gifts We Wish We Could Sell

Cannabis accessories have come a long way since legalization. These days you’ll find everything from wearable vape tech to adorable statement pieces. Unfortunately, regulations limit what we can sell in-store (if you ever wondered why we don’t carry cute animal-shaped bongs, this is why). But that doesn’t stop us from sharing the list of cannabis-themed gifts that topped our list with you! Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or you’re shopping for a friend, we’ve rounded up a list of accessories that will bring joy to any stoner in your life. 

Veil

Of all the gifts, this one works even if people don't toke. They smell so nice....

This fragrance, with notes of sweet orange, cracked pepper, and Virginia Cedar, is designed to eliminate cannabis smoke odour. Veil odour eliminator is the original smoke deodorizer created for the high-minded. Perfect for the post-sesh refresh.

Vaporizer Hoodie

The perfect gifts don't exi...

Embrace your new stay-at-home life with this wonder-garment that allows you to blaze your favourite concentrates discreetly through the drawstring. Available in white, black, or grey this vaporizer hoodie will keep you toasty. Perfect for cozy lazy Sundays and movie marathons. 

Ganjaland

If you're play like me, you also end up with a hazy halo.

From the creators of What Do You Meme comes an epic weed adventure some may call the royal reefer race of the century. Players pull cards from the deck and move character pieces accordingly. Ganjaland comes with 8 character pieces, a game board, 157 playing cards, a note pad with two pencils, a cannabis crown, 5 photo props and instructions. 

Jigsaw Puzzle: Budtender in His Shop

Hehe, High Art...

This hilarious, cannabis-fueled parody of fine art is actually a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. High Art reimagined the famous painting The Goldsmith in His Shop as a dispensary while staying true to the classical details of the renaissance painting. 

Druggist Weed Canister

This porcelain stash jar by Jonathan Alder should be reserved for only your most quality buds. Dreamy third-eye mindscapes are rendered in Delft-inspired blues and accented with real sparkly gold. At $288.00 this is no ordinary stash jar. If you’re feeling extra-boujee, check out the entire set. 

There you have it, 5 cannabis themed-gifts that you won’t find in our shop (but we definitely recommend adding in your letter to Santa). Now don’t be shy, share this with your friends & family so they know what’s on your wish list, or so that you can drool over these products together. Looking to stock up your stash instead? We’ve got a wide assortment of cannabis for you to choose from. 

Daikoku Discovers: Concentrate Vapes

The high quality concentrates that are available in Alberta deserve to be consumed using quality pieces. But if you’re new to dabbing, getting started can seem daunting. Which is why a concentrate vape is a nifty accessory if you want to avoid purchasing a lot of gear. Today we’re inspecting two of the industry’s top rated dab pens to help you determine which one to add to your cannabis wishlist. On today’s inspection spotlight we have the SLASH dab pen from Stonesmith and the Carta V2 by Focus V. 

The Products

The Slash can withstand Canadian winters

The Slash:

The SLASH dab pen is a concentrate vape from Stonesmith. It is proudly manufactured here in Canada. Stonesmith prides themselves in developing thoughtful designs with the cannabis community in mind. With its ergonomic design and forward-thinking features, the SLASH takes dabbing to an elevated level. 

Carta: The portable dab rig.

The Carta V2

Proving that dab rigs can be portable, the Carta V2 by Focus V is changing the cannabis vapourizer game. Offering both concentrate and dry herb consumption (using the additional dry herb atomizer), the Carta is designed to meet every stoners’ needs. 

How to use your device:

Slash:

Load concentrates easily and mess-free using the built-in loading tool. Press the button 3 times to cycle settings (temperature).

Hint: Press twice to  activate the automatic 12 second setting.

In our experience, this yields the best output.

Carta:

The large bowl offers a stronger experience for more frequent consumers. Press the button 5 times to turn on, and 5 times or one long press to turn off. 

Temperature Control 

Slash:

Three temperature levels: high, medium, low. 12 second auto-mode. Press the button to cycle through temperature settings. 

Carta:

To heat up, press the button once and your base will heat to the last temperature set. To change the temperature, single clicks allow you to change from 500°F up to 842°F. Quartz or titanium atomizer.

Cleaning 

Both devices

1-step cleaning process. After use, clean the inside of the ceramic bowl using a q-tip and 99% isopropyl alcohol. Avoid touching the any silicon parts with the alcohol!

It’s a lot easier to clean the device after every use than after a number of uses!

Your device will thank you for regular cleaning.

Appearance

Slash:

Compact, brass pen design is sleek and lightweight. Offering a high-end look and feel that will have you showing this off at every event. 

Carta:

Emulating the iconic dab rig shape with an added futuristic aesthetic. A 100% borosilicate glass water piece caps off the Carta’s base, providing an ultra-smooth experience. 

What’s the best concentrate vape?

It depends what you’re using it for.  If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, on-the-go vape that not only gets the job done but looks good while doing it then the SLASH is for you. Alternatively, if you’re interested in a new and improved take to the classic dabbing experience then the Carta is your match. 

When it comes to finding your perfect accessory we’re always here to help. There’s many factors to keep in mind and our staff have the knowledge to help you make the right decision. Let us know if you have any questions about the SLASH, Carta, or any other cannabis vapes. 

Daikoku Discovers: Cannabis Beverages

Do you drink your weed? The edible market has expanded beyond chocolates and soft chews to offer an array of beverages from sweet to sparkling there’s something for everyone. Beverages offer a unique consumption experience and may not feel the same as edibles. 

Why are beverages different?

Beverages and beverage add-ins rely on emulsification technologies to make oil-based cannabis extracts water soluble. As a result, beverages on the legal market interact differently than other edibles.

When ingested, cannabis molecules are usually too large to absorb into your bloodstream until they are digested into your liver. When cannabis molecules are broken down in your liver Delta-9 THC converts to 11-Hydroxy THC, an alternative that’s about 5x stronger. That’s why edibles often have a stronger effect. However, the emulsifications that beverages undergo make the molecules smaller than previously allowing them to begin absorbing within 15 minutes of consumption. As a result, beverages may have a more rapid effect than edible alternatives and create a unique user experience.

And while many beverage products on the market today usually have small quantities of THC (maximum 10 mg per beverage), the effects are additive. They can easily creep up on you. So as always, start low, go slow.

For the Soda Lovers 

Tweed Sodas

Tweed’s most popular strains are now available in a ready-to-drink beverage. With 2mg of THC, Tweed currently offers beverage mixes; Houndstooth & Soda and Bakerstreet & Ginger.

Cannabinoid Content: 2mg THC/ 355ml can

Flavours: Bakerstreet & Ginger and Houndstooth & Soda

Houseplant

Houseplant offers refreshing, cannabis-infused sparkling water with 2.5mg THC/can. This naturally flavoured beverage is perfect for social or solo occasions. 

Cannabinoid Content: 2.5mg THC/ 355ml can

Flavours: Lemon and Grapefruit

Quatreau

Encouraging you to “calm up” the latest in CBD beverages comes in two refreshing flavours. With 20mg of CBD, these beverages make the perfect addition to your busy days. 

Cannabinoid Content: 20mg CBD/ 355ml can

Flavours: Cucumber Mint and Passionfruit Guava 

Summit

Claiming to be free of the distinct taste of cannabis, Summit infused waters offer citrus flavoured still water infused with 2.5mg of THC per 355ml bottle.

Cannabinoid Content: 2.5mg THC/ 355ml bottle

Flavours: Lemon and Grapefruit 

Basecamp

Just a hint of sweetness accompanies this classic black tea with lemon infused with 15mg of CBD per 355ml bottle.

Cannabinoid Content: 15mg CBD/ 355ml bottle

Flavours: Lemon Black Tea 

Veryvell

Offering a complete line of products to support your self-care journey. Veryvell CBD-dominant and balanced sparkling water and iced tea aim to be your new go-to. 

Cannabinoid Content: 15mg CBD/ 355ml bottle 

Flavours: Sicilian Lemon and Strawberry Hibiscus 

Little Victory

Vibrant, naturally flavoured sparkling beverages to toast to any of life’s little victories. Celebrate a little with their selection of balanced beverages. 

Cannabinoid Content: 2.5mg THC & 2.5mg CBD/ 355ml bottle 

Flavours: Dry Grapefruit, Dry Lemon, Dark Cherry, and Blood Orange

Everie

Made with great taste in mind, Everie’s sparkling beverages offer natural fruit flavours and really pure CBD. 

Cannabinoid Content: 10mg CBD/ 269ml can

Flavours: Mango Passionfruit, Dragon Fruit Watermelon, and Lemon & Lime

Mollo

Mollo-out with the crisp, cold taste of mollo beverages. Offering the same easy-drinking flavour in two balanced potency’s 2.5mg and 5mg. 

Cannabinoid Content: 1:1 CBD and THC in either 2.5mg or 5mg/ 355ml bottle

Flavours: Malt & Barley 

House of Terpenes

A range of terpene-forward sparkling tonics that celebrate the flavours of cannabis. House of Terpenes offers balanced sparkling tonics to help you reach a higher taste. 

Cannabinoid Content: 5mg THC & 5g CBD/ 355ml bottle 

Flavours: Limonene and Myrcene 

Deep Space

A deep, dark, and mysteriously full-flavoured carbonated beverage designed for those looking for something small, potent, and ready to go. 

Cannabinoid Content: 10mg THC/ 222ml can

Flavours: Herbs, fruits, and liquid smoke 

For the Mixologists 

Ripple

Ripple powder provides the freedom to infuse any food or beverage. They’re packed into individually sealed packets of precise portions of flavourless, dissolvable cannabis. 

Cannabinoid Content: multiple content varieties – 10mg THC, 7.5mg THC, 5mg THC (2 pack), 1mg THC & 10mg CBD (4 pack), 2.5mg THC & 2.5mg CBD (4 pack) 

Flavours: Flavourless

Drift Shots

Sip back and enjoy the journey with the refreshingly new THC Shots – a quick and easy-to-enjoy cannabis beverage captured in a conveniently small bottle. Every shot is infused with a measured dose of THC and tangy citrus flavour. Shake well before drifting.

Cannabinoid Content: 10mg THC/ 45ml shot

Flavours: Tangy Citrus 

Veryvell Drops

Get the drop on the latest from Veryvell. Their water-soluble drops allow you to infuse your drops into any beverage of your choice. Their build in dosing cap provides the ability to control the experience you’re looking for.

Cannabinoid Content: multiple content varieties: 1mg CBD/2 drops, .5mg THC & .5mg CBD/2 drops, 1mg THC/ 2 drops 

Flavours: Chamomile Extract, Ginseng Extract, and Passionflower Extract

For the Tea Drinkers

TGOD tea

Whole Leaf Tea combines the highest quality organic ingredients with cannabinoids from certified organic cannabis. Responsibly sourced premium ingredients are packed in a resealable pouch containing two biodegradable pyramid sachets. Add one tea sachet to 250ml cup of hot water and steep for five minutes. Absorption can occur in just 15 minutes, with 4.5 times more absorption versus oil alone. Sip and enjoy!

Cannabinoid Content: multiple content varieties: 5mg THC/ tea bag, and 10mg CBD/ tea bag

Flavours: Happy Hibiscus Mate, Zen Green Sencha  

Everie

Three deliciously bold tea blends all boldly infused with CBD. Everie tea is a decaffeinated premium, whole leaf herbal tea designed to offer you a soothing tea experience. 

Cannabinoid Content: 10mg CBD/ tea bag

Flavours: Lavender Chamomile, Peach Ginger Green, and Vanilla Rooibos

Haven St.

Blended in small batches, using only the highest quality, natural ingredients. Each street is hand-crafted, using organic ingredients and a proprietary cannabis infusion process to provide an enchanting aroma and superior flavour.

Cannabinoid Content: multiple content varieties – 20mg CBD, 5mg THC & 5mg CBD, 5mg THC & 10mg CBD, 10mg THC & 5mg CBD, 10mg THC

Flavours: Green, Chamomile Berry, Vanilla Earl Grey, Chocolate Rooibos, Citrus Berry

Industry: It’s October 17th!

Or, as I like to call it, Legal Canna-Dab-Is Day

The legalization of cannabis in Canada was a much-anticipated event. The industry has come a long way since the first legal bud was sold in Newfoundland.

Many of us in the industry had high hopes (hah!) of what it would look like.

In many ways, the legal industry has given us many surprises. Some good. In other ways… Well, let’s just say that some most of our predictions have yet to come true.

Continue reading “Industry: It’s October 17th!”

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