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 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: 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.

Shatter: It’s the Sheet

Shattter : It's the Sheet

We now have a number of Shatter options in Alberta. Fireside has brought three different cultivars of the product to the market. Stigma Grow is poised to bring their latest Banana Punch x Sour Grape concentrate to market any day now:

It’s coming… #StigmaGrow #shatter #bananapunch #sourgrape

Posted by Stigma Grow on Saturday, August 8, 2020

About Shatter

Shatter is a bit of the new kid on the block. It came to market in Canada in the nineties alongside badder. Both formats were the culmination of the research for a pure form of concentrates, with no fats or residues.

It’s typically thin and glass-like. It reminds me of sugar candy, which is unsurprising because I liken everything to food.

Sheet of Shatter by Stigma Grow
Sheet of shatter by Stigma Grow. 🤤

How is shatter different from other concentrates?

When you break it apart – or, more heartbreakingly, drop it – shatter shatters. It’s where it gets its name from. It’s as satisfying as cracking a crême brulée topping. 

This concentrate can reach a potency of up to 90% THC. (Read: this product is better suited for experienced consumers, not someone starting their cannabis journey.) Ultimately, “Shatter” is the nickname for this format of hash oil.

What’s Hash oil? 

Licensed Producers obtain hash oil, also known as butane hash oil or BHO, using a solvent-based extraction method. Licensed producers will either use a Hydrocarbon-based (eg, butane) extraction process, or a CO2-based extraction process.

Wait. Butane. You mean there’s lighter fuel in my shatter?

Well, yes. But no.

Butane has a boiling point of -0.5˚C and burns cleanly (leaving little to no residue) during the natural process of creating hash oil. If left to professionals, that is.

Solvent extraction is a dangerous process.
Licensed Producers are closely monitored to ensure overall safety and legal compliance.

This includes ensuring that there are no residues on the products we buy.

Consuming Shatter

These types of concentrates are best consumed when using a concentrate vaporizer or a dab rig. Use tweezers to manipulate the solid product. Place in a dab rig attachment to your bong. Heat the product until it produces vapour, either with an e-nail, or using a torch lighter (like the one you’d use for the aforementioned crême brûlée, not one you pick up for a buck or two) and a carb cap.

You can also add it to a joint – think of it like croutons to a salad. Add the chunks of shatter towards the end tip: burning the concentrate too early can clog up your joint.

Anatomy of a Dab Rig

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