Five Black-Owned Businesses in Muskegon You Need to Know

A list of Muskegon-area Black-owned businesses you should support this February and throughout the rest of the year.

2020 challenged every American, but our BIPOC friends and neighbors faced unique challenges virtually unheard of in other communities. And they’ve encountered these challenges for centuries.

February is Black History Month, a time to honor the important role Black Americans have played in American history and in our communities every day.

Timber stands for equality, justice, and humanity for our Black coworkers, community, and partners. Perhaps the most powerful and meaningful way to support the Black community is by supporting Black-owned businesses.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Muskegon-area Black-owned businesses that we want you to support.

Lott on the Lakeshore

Phyllis Loudermill-Watson originally opened Lott on the Lakeshore in Muskegon’s Lakeside neighborhood to give locals southern cooking and soul food. But after listening to residents, Phyllis, along with her partner Angela Turner, overhauled the eatery’s theme and menu. Today, Lott on the Lakeshore offers a sub-$10 menu that includes tasty waffle sandwiches, Philly Steak & Cheese Eggrolls, and their famous Rock the Boat loaded fries.

Phyllis’s local eatery captures the tastebuds of Michiganders, but she has a bigger purpose. Lott on the Lakeshore is creating career paths for formerly incarcerated women.

An all-women crew staffs her restaurant, and many of her team members were once incarcerated. Today, they need help to enhance their future employability, and fortunately, Phyllis is ready, willing, and able to assist.

Lott on the Lakeshore

2445 Lakeshore Dr.

Muskegon, MI 49442

Soul Filled Kitchen at The Hideout

Muskegon-raised Chef Lakisha Harris wants to ease your pandemic-related stress with comfort food.

Her Muskegon Heights eatery, Soul Filled Kitchen (inside The Hideout kitchen), serves comfort staples and signature Southern dishes. Harris stacks her menu with classics like burgers and mac n’ cheese, alongside Southern staples like catfish, gumbo, and jambalaya. Harris even manages to give a new spin on the uniquely-Muskegon classic, barbecue turkey knuckles.

Chef Lakisha is committed to bringing people together over good food, and she also encourages locals to give back through a weekly signature salad challenge. Amateur chefs compete to prove their salad-making prowess, and a portion of proceeds from the top-selling salad goes to the winner’s selected charity.

Soul Filled Kitchen at The Hideout

100 E Broadway

Muskegon Heights, MI  49444

The Beat on WUVS 103.7 FM

Paul Allan Billings founded 103.7’s The Beat and his nonprofit, The West Michigan Community Help Network, to give Muskegon-area people a place to learn, engage and find assistance.

Billings’ wants to bring the community together by providing education around issues impacting Muskegon’s citizens. He also provides critical resources for less-fortunate community members and organizes food drives, community concerts, job fairs, and mentorship programs.

And his tireless efforts haven’t gone unnoticed; in 2019, Muskegon honored Billings with the city’s Outstanding Citizen Award.

https://new.1037thebeat.com

Urban Apparel

Thomas Smith opened Urban Apparel in Muskegon Heights in 2003 because he was tired of hearing that Muskegon residents traveled to Grand Rapids to shop and wanted to keep money in the Muskegon Heights community.

Today, Smith’s mission is to give Muskegon Heights men a source for well-made, affordable clothing. The haberdashery specializes in suits, tuxedos, hats, and shoes.

In addition to delivering quality menswear and exceptional customer service, Urban Apparel is also at the forefront of supporting the Muskegon community. Working with Michigan’s GROW lending, Urban Apparel has helped provide education, resources, and guidance to local small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic.

Thomas Smith is also president of the local Muskegon Heights Optimist Club, which helps local children develop optimism while also teaching them the value of promoting civic involvement and getting involved with local community causes.

Urban Apparel

2713 Peck St.

Muskegon Heights, MI  49444

Forrest Tax and Accounting Services

A family-owned business based in Muskegon, Forrest Tax and Accounting Services have been providing quality support, continuing education, and straight, authoritative and friendly financial expertise to business owners throughout the community.

CEO Ashley Forrest takes great pride in knowing that her company is able to offer exceptional accounting and bookkeeping services while also being able to educate and mentor clients to help them prepare and establish business plans.

Forrest Tax and Accounting Services

173 W Clay Ave. 

Muskegon, MI 49440

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What are Tinctures, and Why Should Michigan Dispensary Customers Care?

If you think tinctures aren’t for you, think again.

What does the word “tincture” bring to mind?

Romantic Victorian poets reclining languidly on chaise lounges? Or maybe snake-oil prescribing doctors of the American frontier? The word can conjure many images, but your understanding of these remedies might be lacking. It’s understandable.

It wasn’t until recently that tinctures saw a resurgence in popularity among people looking for anxiety and pain relief. They’ve become so mainstream that you can buy CBD tinctures at your local organic grocer or online (you have to visit a Michigan dispensary for remedies containing THC).

That’s right. Tinctures are no longer limited to your New Age friend who knows about crystal energies and Tulum yoga retreats. Everyone is embracing them today. But there’s more.

Now that Michiganders are starting to reject the crusade against cannabis, you can head on over to your favorite dispensary and buy cannabis tinctures!

Before we dive into the many cannabis tincture perks, there are a few things to address.

What is a tincture? 

Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts made by soaking herbs and flowers in an alcohol solvent for weeks to remove the plant material. They come in dark-colored bottles to protect the liquid from light and use droppers for easy-dosage.

Michigan cannabis brands use the same process to make their tinctures but extract cannabinoids like THC and CBD and terpenes from the cannabis plant instead of just herbs.

What are the Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures?

  • Dosage control — drop-by-drop dosing allows for greater control and more precision. Tinctures are perfect for beginners who are trying to find their minimum effective dose. Everyone is different, and what may work for one person might not work for another. If you want to microdose, start low and go slow with tinctures (just like edibles).
  • Extremely Fast Onset — when you need immediate relief, you want the effects to hit quickly and efficiently. Where edibles can take up to an hour for the effects to kick in, tinctures, when taken sublingually (under the tongue), allow you to feel the effects in under 15 minutes. Along with easy-dosing control, this helps people understand how cannabis affects them before they start moving on with the rest of their day.
  • Discretion — unlike most other cannabis consumption methods, tinctures don’t have a noticeable cannabis fragrance. You won’t draw unwanted attention, and the bottles are easy-to-transport (put one in your backpack or purse) and discrete.
  • Non-Inhalable — Combustibles and inhalation can be hard on your respiratory system. And in light of coronavirus, many people, understandably, want to opt-out of anything that puts their lungs at risk. Plus, you decrease the risk of spreading bacteria when you’re not sharing pipes, joints, and bongs.
  • Fewer-calories — Tinctures contain fewer calories than gummies, brownies, and chocolates. You’ll receive the same benefits and experience with tinctures but won’t have to worry about its impact on your waistline (unless you’re munchies-prone, then all bets are off).

Who Can Benefit From Cannabis Tinctures?

Cannabis interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for regulating everything from mood to pain, to metabolism to sleep. It’s a complex system that touches many brain and body processes, including the immune system.

Because of this, people are consuming cannabis as an alternative to aggressive pharmaceuticals with unwanted side effects.

Cannabis isn’t just for the people wanting to relax and mellow out (although who DOESN’T want that?)

It’s for ALL the people out there suffering from ailments like arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, Chron’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, MS, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, Tourettes, and insomnia. And people who want to reduce anxiety, cardiovascular disease, seizures, weight, or the risk of diabetes. The list of people who can benefit from cannabis tinctures can go on and on.

For women, cannabis has been shown to effectively alleviate cramps, aches, and nausea during menstrual cycles and PMS. It has also been shown to help treat cervical cancer as well as ease the effects of menopause.

In Ancient Mesopotamia, women used cannabis for menstrual pain, bloating, urinary tract infections, and even lessening the agony of contractions during childbirth. That’s right; people have used cannabis for medicinal purposes for millennia.

The History of Tinctures

The history of medicinal tinctures spans centuries. You’re a busy person, so we’ll cut to the chase!

From ancient Egypt to Victorian times, medicine throughout the world routinely involved tinctures. They were referenced as early as the 11th century by Persian polymath Ibn Sina in The Canon of Medicine. This early encyclopedia of medicine was revered as the medical bible for centuries and has helped set current medical practice standards.

However, it wasn’t until the 1800s when Western medicine first referenced cannabis tinctures in WB O’Shaughnessy’s On The Preparation of Indian Hemp and Gunjah.

Of course, people consumed cannabis for medicinal purposes before O’Shaughnessy’s research.

Emperor Chen Nung, the Father of Chinese Medicine, “discovered” the healing properties of “Ma,” the Chinese word for cannabis, in 2900 BCE. But it wasn’t until doctors began to administer cannabis to Queen Victoria for PMS that cannabis tinctures became well known.

Soon there was a massive cannabis tincture boom, with apothecaries establishing in-house brands. Cannabis tinctures became so prevalent that they even appeared in the United States Pharmacopoeia until the 1930s-1940s.

The “Marihuana” Tax Act of 1937 made medical cannabis research nearly impossible for decades and effectively outlawed cannabis, so tinctures virtually disappeared.

Now, with legalization and with the US Federal Administration’s slow withdrawal from the War on Drugs, tinctures have begun to experience a renaissance. And for excellent reasons!

Here are five tinctures in stock at Timber’s Muskegon dispensary that we want you to know:

  • Urban Roots CBD Relax (2000MG CBD)
  • Mary’s Medicinals The Remedy 1:1 (150MG THC / 150MG CBD) – (Adult Use only)
  • Rise 1:1:1 (165MG THC / 165MG CBD / 165MG THCA) –  (Med only)
  • Choice Labs 450MG THC – (Med only)
  • Treetown 200MG THC – (Adult Use only)


What’s the Difference Between a Decent Michigan Dispensary and a Great Michigan Dispensary?

Here’s what separates the run-of-the-mill from the excellent in Michigan dispensaries.

You might think you know the kind of experience you’re in for when you enter a Michigan dispensary, but do you?

Michigan has been in a green rush since our state legalized adult-use cannabis. Dispensaries are everywhere, and the competition is fierce.

But not all dispensaries are created equal.

What are the characteristics separating good Michigan dispensaries from excellent dispensaries in our state?

Ambiance, Atmosphere, and Environment

We’ve all heard the phrase, “you can’t judge a book by its cover,” but first impressions are crucial. Michigan dispensary shopping can be intimidating both for first-timers and seasoned cannabis enthusiasts.

Many Michigan dispensaries greet first-time shoppers with bright lights and pulsing house music that’s more appropriate for a dance club than a comfortable store.

An excellent dispensary exudes a vibe that puts you at ease. More importantly, great Michigan dispensaries offer an experience akin to high-end wine shopping – without feeling stuffy or pretentious.

Recreational cannabis is legal in Michigan, and excellent dispensaries in our state (like ours) work hard to eliminate the negative stigma associated with our favorite plant after years of misinformation.

You shouldn’t feel like you’re walking into a college dorm room. And it would help if you weren’t forced to shop for Michigan cannabis in a windowless building with a green cross glued to its exterior.

Great dispensaries are thoughtfully designed, welcoming, sun-filled, and comfortable.

Exceptional Budtenders

You should expect to work with a warm and welcoming staff when you shop with a great Michigan dispensary. Imagine going into a dispensary staffed with apathetic, rude, and indifferent budtenders.

In a great Michigan dispensary, budtenders are educated and passionate about the products they consume and sell. And they understand your need for an exceptional experience. With so many options in our state, it’s essential to spend your hard-earned dollars with deserving businesses.

Stellar budtenders are approachable and patient and treat you with respect. They’re the in-house experts and should be happy to answer your questions. After all, you might need help to find the right products for you! Our budtenders are here to provide product education so you can find the best fit for your lifestyle.

The stigma that still sometimes surrounds cannabis can make dispensary trips overwhelming at best and intimidating at worst. Great dispensaries normalize the cannabis shopping experience so you can comfortably earn the benefits of this long misunderstood plant.

Timber Staff Members

Expansive Menu Selection

Excellent Michigan dispensaries offer customers a wide range of flower, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, topicals, vapes, and more, at competitive prices.

We want you to get the products, brands, and strains you love every time you visit, and we don’t want you to pay exorbitant prices.

You should expect detailed and up-to-date product menus when ordering online or in-store. You should also expect exclusive vendor partnerships, limited flower drops, and a large but highly-curated experience-focused product selection.

Menu selection should resonate with you if even if nothing else in this blog does – because while a good Michigan dispensary might have an okay product selection, great dispensaries marry their product selection with outstanding customer service, exclusive drops, and unbeatable prices.

Timber is the Complete Package

We strive to be Muskegon’s best dispensary, with an exceptional in-store experience, excellent interior design, and outstanding customer service. 

Our culture is customer-centric, and we work closely with Michigan’s best cultivators and vendors to offer customers exclusive flower and product drops people won’t find anywhere else. 

Have you stopped in yet?


Timber Marijuana Dispensary Muskegon

The Nine Most Common Questions Michigan Dispensary Visitors Have, and Their Answers

Our guide answers nine of the most common questions posed by new Michigan provisioning center customers.

If you’re a Michigander exploring cannabis for the first time, you probably have many questions. 

It’s understandable. 

After all, legal adult-use cannabis is unfamiliar territory for most people. We’re all about making cannabis approachable, healthy, and fun, so we thought it’d help to answer nine of your most common questions.

Marijuana Flower - Timber Dispensary Michigan

1. What are cannabis strains?

There are three traditional cannabis strains: sativa, indica, and hybrid. Many Michigan provisioning center customers consider indica strains relaxing and sedating, sativa strains uplifting and energizing, and hybrid strains a mixture of the two. But things aren’t so simple. 

17th-century researchers identified Cannabis sativa and cannabis indica based on appearance. But a plant’s appearance doesn’t always indicate its effects. What’s more, cannabis breeders have spent decades combining cannabis plants to create at least 779 unique strains, each with different qualities. As a result, today, almost all cannabis varieties are hybrids. 

So if the three traditional classifications don’t tell the whole story, how do I know which strain to buy? 

At our Muskegon provisioning center, we’ve made things easy by categorizing strains based on effects. We have five product categories: Activate, Focus, Restore, Chill, and Dream.

THC and CBD

2. What’s the difference between THC and CBD? 

Cannabis contains over 500 components, including at least 110 cannabinoids. The two most commonly known compounds are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

THC is the plant’s primary psychoactive cannabinoid. It gets you high. But that’s not all it does. THC can also help with insomnia, pain reduction, and more.

CBD, on the other hand, does not get you high. But it can help you manage anxiety and reduce inflammation (and a lot more). 

THC and CBD work well together, and CBD can mitigate some of THC’s side-effects. Our Muskegon provisioning center offers topicals, edibles, and drinkables with different THC to CBD ratios. We make it easy to find the best product for you.

3. How does cannabis work? 

THC and CBD interact with our bodies through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system keeps our bodies in balance (even though most people don’t know it’s there). 

Throughout the body and nervous system, there are CB1 and CB2 receptors. THC and CBD both interact with these receptors and change the messages sent between neurons. This interaction allows consumers to target the endocannabinoid system therapeutically, providing many benefits for Michigan’s dispensary customers.

4. How is cannabis consumed? 

There’s an ideal cannabis consumption method for every adult Michigander.

Traditionalists love the dried, cured flower of the cannabis plant, which they grind and smoke in a joint, pipe, bong, or vaporizer. 

Concentrates are potent cannabis flower extracts that give an instant, powerful high.

Vaping heats cannabis flower or concentrates without burning the plant matter; it’s discreet and easy on the lungs.

You can also try cannabis-infused foods and drinks (edibles and drinkables). The effects don’t arrive as quickly as smoking or vaping, but the high lasts longer.

People consume tinctures orally. In a tincture, THC and CBD are suspended in an alcohol base and absorbed directly into your bloodstream. The effects can be felt in as little as 15 minutes.

5. How much of an edible should I eat?

Here’s the golden rule for edibles: Start low, go slow. First-timers should start with 1 to 2.5 mg of THC and then wait at least 6 hours before eating more.

When you’re ready, you can try upping the quantity – we suggest no more than 5 mg each time.

6. What should I do if I get too high from consuming cannabis? 

Don’t panic – the feeling will pass.

Try watching TV or listening to music as a distraction. You can also take a nap. You’ll feel refreshed when you wake up!

7. Is cannabis legal in Michigan? 

Yes. Michiganders can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis daily, including up to 15 grams of concentrates, but you should only buy cannabis from a licensed dispensary like Timber Cannabis Co.

You must be 21 or over to buy weed, and you can’t smoke it in public. It’s not legal to take cannabis across state lines, and you should never drive intoxicated.

8. What do I need to bring to the dispensary? 

You’ll need a valid government-issued ID to purchase recreational cannabis and a Medical Cannabis Card to purchase medical marijuana. You’ll also need cash to buy weed from our Michigan provisioning centers – each location has an ATM.

9. What should I expect when I get to the dispensary?

You should expect and anticipate a warm and friendly welcome!


Marijuana Plants

What Is the Endocannabinoid System and Why Should Michigan Dispensary Visitors Care?

There’s a powerful, far-reaching system inside every person, yet most people don’t know it’s there. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) keeps your body balanced and, when combined with cannabis, can provide a range of potential benefits for Michigan dispensary customers.

You’d think cannabis would have to be involved with a name like endocannabinoid, but not necessarily.

“The endocannabinoid system exists throughout our lives – even before we’re born,” says Dr. Ruth Ross, Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Toronto. “It’s there in people who have never been exposed to cannabis. It explains how cannabis works, but cannabis is not why it exists.”

So why does the endocannabinoid system exist? In the simplest terms, the ECS exists to promote homeostasis. It maintains bodily balance despite internal or external changes.

If your body is an orchestra, the endocannabinoid system is its conductor, leading the way and keeping everything in rhythm. It’s the firm but gentle schoolteacher who steps onto the playground when the kids aren’t playing nice. Or, according to Dr. Rachel Knox, co-founder of the American Cannabinoid Clinics, it’s an apartment building. 

“Let’s say the endocannabinoid system is your apartment building, and your next-door neighbor is making a lot of noise. You walk across the hallway, and ask them to turn the volume down,” says the certified cannabinoid medicine specialist based in Oregon. 

“You can imagine how important this function is when cells are sending signals of stress, pain, or inflammation. Like your noisy neighbor, these processes need to be checked, and it’s through this mechanism that the endocannabinoid checks these processes back into balance so that your body can relax, remember to eat, fall asleep and forget traumatic experiences.”

Doctor holding cannabis

Endocannabinoids and Science: A Brief History

If the endocannabinoid system is so important, why aren’t more people talking about it? For starters, it’s a relatively recent discovery.

People have consumed cannabis medicinally for more than 4,700 years. Still, we didn’t understand how the plant worked until 1964, when Yechiel Gaoni and Raphael Mechoulam first isolated and identified tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

“THC, referred to as a “cannabinoid” (like the dozens of other unique constituents of cannabis), acts on the brain by muscling in on the intrinsic neuronal signaling system, mimicking a key natural player, and basically hijacking it for reasons best known to the plants,” writes Dr. Bradley Alger, Professor Emeritus of Physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 

It was suspected that THC could bind tightly to receptors in the brain and help shape its physiological processes. Researchers confirmed the theory in 1990 with the isolation and cloning of the first cannabinoid receptor, CB1, and later CB2. CB1 is most often found in the central nervous system, while CB2 exists mostly in the immune system.

So if we’re born with THC receptors in our brain, does that mean we’ve evolved to consume cannabis?

Not exactly.

It’s a coincidence that phytocannabinoids like THC “fit” our CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 and CB2 receptors evolved to react with endocannabinoids – cannabinoids produced naturally within the human body. The first two endocannabinoids were discovered in 1992, again by Mechoulam’s group: anandamide and 2-AG.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

How do endocannabinoids work

Endocannabinoids aren’t like normal neurotransmitters. ECS neurotransmitters work in reverse.

Presynaptic neurons usually release a chemical neurotransmitter that travels across the synapse to the postsynaptic neuron. 

Endocannabinoids, however, are made and released from postsynaptic cells and travel backward across the synapse to CB1 receptors. When they get there, they inhibit the release of many excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters.

“By releasing endocannabinoids, postsynaptic target cells can influence their own incoming synaptic signals,” writes Alger.

How do endocannabinoids help?

The endocannabinoid system influences bodily processes and, when combined with cannabis, can provide a range of potential benefits for our Muskegon, Michigan provisioning center customers:

  • Central nervous system: The ECS protects neurons and generates new ones. It also regulates neuroinflammation, controls memory processing aspects, and helps people bury traumatic life experiences. 
  • Immune system: The ECS regulates immune responses in the body and the brain, and helps manage inflammation. 
  • Metabolism: The ECS influences when you feel hungry and feel full. It also controls energy storage and insulin sensitivity.  
  • Gastrointestinal system: The ECS helps regulate the GI tract and reduce inflammation. 
  • Hormones: The ECS regulates the body’s response to stress and secretion of reproductive hormones.
  • Bones: The ECS stimulates bone formation and prevents bone resorption.

The endocannabinoid system isn’t fully understood, but its potential for curing illness is vast. Promising research is underway, particularly on how cannabis can address migraines, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. 

Learning more about the endocannabinoid system helps us explain cannabis’s benefits with scientific reasoning, boosting its credibility.

Drop by our Muskegon, Michigan provisioning center to learn more about cannabis. Our friendly and knowledgeable budtenders are always happy to help. 


Cannabis Microdosing - Timber Muskegon

Timber's Guide to Microdosing for Michigan Cannabis Consumers

Sometimes less is more when it comes to cannabis consumption.

Microdosing could be the most effective style of cannabis consumption for Michigan dispensary shoppers, according to a study from the University of Chicago.

The study gave participants both a stressful and non-stressful task to complete. They also gave participants a 0 mg, 7.5 mg, or 12.5 mg dose of THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis.

Compared to placebo, 7.5 mg of THC significantly reduced anxiety and made the stressful task feel less challenging. 12.5 mg of THC had the opposite effect, increasing negative feelings, and making a stressful job seem even more intimidating and harder to do. 

This is just one study, and higher dosages might be more useful for treating conditions besides stress and anxiety. Nonetheless, it’s part of a growing body of evidence to suggest that a low dose of cannabis can be just as effective, if not more, than a higher amount.

More benefits, fewer side effects.

Lower cannabis doses could be the answer for Michigan dispensary visitors who want to maximize benefits, minimize side effects, and avoid feeling high.

That’s where microdosing comes in.

Microdosing means taking the smallest possible dose to get your ideal benefits. Microdoses are sub-perceptual and don’t make you feel high.

Microdosing can even help you focus. “If your job is to throw yourself into a subject and filter out extraneous stuff, a little THC could help you do it,” says cannabis expert Jahan Marcu. 

On the flip side, microdosing can help at bedtime too. Charlotte Palermino, a writer for Cosmopolitan, experimented with cannabis microdosing while on a six-day work trip. “My sleep was regular and consistent,” she writes. “As a result, my eye bags were nowhere to be seen, and my energy levels, other than the few moments where I took too many edibles, were higher than average.” 

Her back pain was gone too. “While I knew THC was a good remedy for my back pain anecdotally from my years of flying, after a haul from NYC to LA, I typically have a few days where I’m stiff and lumber around until the pain lessens. This time, from my back’s perspective, I felt fine.”

Michigan dispensary customers have found various benefits from microdosing like reduced anxiety, sharpened focus, better sleep, and improved pain management. At the same time, they’ve reduced side effects like lethargy and paranoia. 

Still, it’s essential to keep in mind that every person is different, and results can vary. What might be a stress relief for one person could induce paranoia or self-consciousness for another.

Controlled dosing of THC

Find your minimum effective dose.

Current cannabis consumers should start with a tolerance break to find their minimum effective dose. Abstain from consumption for two days to sufficiently reduce your tolerance. 

Once the levels are adequately reduced, Dustin Sulak, an osteopathic physician and medicinal cannabis expert based in Maine, has a reliable system to help find your ideal dose.

1. Evaluate.

Ask yourself three questions and answer on a scale of one to 10:

“How easy is it to breathe?”

“How comfortable and calm does your body feel?”

“How easy is it for you to smile authentically, to feel content and grateful?”

2. First dose.

Take one milligram of THC and one milligram of CBD (here’s a pro tip, use a tincture for more precise measurement). At Timber’s Muskegon, Michigan dispensary, our tinctures and oils are marked with THC and CBD quantities, making it easy to get the right dosage.

3. Wait and see.

After 45 minutes, ask yourself the questions again. Have your scores changed? If not, and you’ve felt no effect, increase the dose by one milligram. You may want to wait longer for edibles, as it can take more than an hour for effects to kick in.

4. Consistency is the key.

Continue the process over the next few days and stick to small increments. When you feel a difference after consuming, you’ve found your minimum effective dose.

Better results.

Sulak surveyed 48 daily cannabis consumers who followed his microdosing system. Since beginning the protocol, the new microdosing consumers had cut their consumption in half, and they were getting better results. “You’re saving money,” he says. “If you’re a smoker, you’re saving smoke exposure to your lungs, and having fewer side effects.”

Drop by our Muskegon, Michigan provisioning center, and let us help you make the most of your microdosing journey. We offer a wide range of tinctures, oils, flower, edibles, concentrates, and vapes, and our trained, helpful staff will guide you to the best products for your lifestyle and needs.   

Click here to learn more about the products available at our Muskegon dispensary.


The Michigan Dispensary Guide to Understanding CBD & THC Ratios

THC and CBD ratios are often confusing to new (and even seasoned) Michigan dispensary customers. Our guide will clear things up for you.

Cannabis is a mostly psychoactive plant with over 500 components, including at least 110 cannabinoids (that we know of today). But there are two primary cannabinoids most consumers are familiar with: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). 

Traditional cannabis thinking says THC percentage determines psychoactive potency – a more significant THC percentage equates to more intense psychoactive effects. And CBD, as a counterpoint to THC, can mitigate its less desirable side effects like anxiety. 

We now know things aren’t quite so simple (we wrote two blogs about it here, and here), but since this wisdom prevails, it’s worth understanding the meaning of cannabinoid ratios in your favorite Michigan dispensary products. 

There are also now numerous cannabis consumption methods (inhalation, topicals, edibles, drinkables, and more) adding to the confusion.

Understanding cannabis product ratios isn’t difficult – we’ll guide you.

Like most cannabis-related topics, we’re still in the early phases of understanding the deeper intricacies of cannabinoid ratios; still, cannabis’ medicinal and therapeutic properties are definite. 

CBD and THC interact differently with our body’s receptors. THC binds to the CB1 brain receptors, and CBD attaches itself to the CB2 receptors. CBD can block THC’s ability to link with the CB1 receptors, which explains how CBD can mitigate some of THC’s unwanted side effects and psychoactivity. 

The printed ratio on Michigan dispensary products indicates the contained milligrams of THC to CBD. 

You can expect that Michigan dispensary products containing a more significant CBD ratio offer less intense psychoactive effects and vice versa. Low (or no) THC products are attractive to consumers who aren’t interested in psychoactive effects but want positive attributes like anxiety and general pain relief.

Here’s an example:

Products labeled 1:1 indicate that there is one milligram of CBD for every milligram of THC – its equal parts of both cannabinoids

What are the best cannabis products for your individual needs?

Every person is different. Factors determine your cannabis experiences outside of THC and CBD ratios – like body chemistry and even the food you eat before or after consumption. 

What works for your friend might not be the best choice for you. We suggest new Michigan cannabis consumers start with products containing a more significant ratio of CBD to THC; this makes it easier to learn what works best with your body chemistry and individual needs. 

The less desirable aspects of cannabis (anxiety, the munchies) are usually brought about by higher THC dosages; smaller doses tend to stimulate consumers while higher doses are often sedating.

Ratio of CBD to THC in Cannabis Products

Here are the most common cannabis ratios found in a Michigan dispensary.

CBD: THC 0:1

0:1 indicates cannabis products containing no CBD. You can expect significant psychoactive effects from THC-only products. If you’re THC-sensitive, 0:1 products are probably not the best purchase.

CBD: THC 1:0

1:0 indicates cannabis products that are entirely CBD. These products produce little to no psychoactive effects but are mood-enhancing and helpful for reducing anxiety without side effects.

CBD: THC 1:1

1:1 indicates cannabis products containing equal quantities of CBD and THC. 1:1 products are a perfect starting place for new Michigan cannabis consumers – it’s just enough THC to realize its many benefits and achieve a mildly euphoric high.

CBD: THC 1:2

1:2 indicates cannabis products that contain 1 milligram of CBD for every 2 milligrams of THC. 1:2 products produce a psychoactive THC high, but CBD can mitigate less desirable effects like paranoia and anxiety.

CBD: THC 2:1

2:1 indicates cannabis products with a higher ratio of CBD to THC. 2:1 products often eliminate anxiety, paranoia, and psychoactivity, but still allow consumers to experience the therapeutic aspects of both cannabinoids.

CBD: THC higher than 10:1

10:1 indicates CBD-dominant products containing so little THC that its effects are barely noticeable. CBD keeps psychoactive effects at bay but still allows consumers to realize THC’s positive attributes (it’s the entourage effect at work).

CBD: THC higher than 1:10

1:10 indicates THC-dominant products that are best suited for experienced recreational cannabis consumers. THC-dominant strains help many consumers manage pain, nausea, stress, and insomnia.


What are indica, sativa, and hybrid strains

A Deeper Look at Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains

Consumers and the cannabis industry are confused about what indica, sativa, and hybrid strains are, and why there’s a better way to predict your high.

We’ve trained Michigan’s dispensary customers to think about cannabis in three groups: indica, sativa, and hybrid strains (we touched on the subject in two recent blogs). 

And since there is so much marketplace confusion over just what the three strains are -and what you can expect from them – we want to dig deeper. 

What are indica, sativa, and hybrid strains, and how did they become the prevailing cannabis categorization system?

People across the planet have experimented with cannabis for thousands of years. But it wasn’t until the 18th century when Swedish botanist Carl Linneaus identified cannabis sativa, and French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck later identified cannabis indica that we made a distinction between the two. 

We’ve recently derailed the centuries-old cannabis debate with discoveries about the biological functions and active chemical compounds in cannabis, giving consumers new tools to understand and anticipate how they’ll react to different strains.

Cannabis Sativa Plant

Sativa versus Indica.

Most Michigan dispensary customers understand that indica strains can be relaxing and mildly sedating, and sativas are often psychoactive and energizing. But, as it turns out, things aren’t so simple. 

Linneaus and Lamarck developed Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica to describe the plant’s appearance, not its effects. 

Adding to the confusion, nearly all cannabis varieties today are hybrids—most with hazy parentages from crossbreeding and prohibition. And strain names outside of indica, sativa, and hybrid have mostly lost whatever usefulness they once had. 

A plant’s appearance doesn’t always predict its chemical makeup or effects. A 2015 study observed the chemical compounds in more than 400 flower and concentrate samples. They noted that the observed data doesn’t support the current cannabis classification system of indica, sativa, and hybrid. The researchers suggest a new classification system is needed to help medical cannabis patients communicate better with healthcare providers. A new system also helps recreational customers understand how to select strains from a Michigan dispensary.

How can consumers find their favorite strains if the three-strain system isn’t accurate?

It will take work by the cannabis industry and its consumers to transition out of the three-strain debate. Consumers need to know (and understand) the cannabinoid and terpene makeup of their selected products. These compounds are a far better indicator when it comes to figuring out if your flower is energizing or sedating. 

Most Michigan cannabis fans gravitate toward high THC strains since its the plant’s primary psychoactive ingredient. But THC does more than give you a head high; it’s also responsible for food cravings and short term memory impairment. We’ve trained customers to think they’re getting more bang for their buck out of high THC strains. But other active cannabis compounds can amplify, minimize, or change the effects of THC along with providing unique characteristics. 

CBD has recently taken the stage with THC as the second most well-known cannabinoid. Though CBD is seeing a meteoric rise in popularity among new cannabis consumers, it’s underappreciated by many THC-obsessed cannabis connoisseurs. THC and CBD share some benefits and characteristics, but consumers who embrace CBD enjoy its anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic effects, since CBD is known to reduce the side-effects of THC. 

And though CBD and THC are the most significant cannabinoids impacting your cannabis experience, they are only two out of more than 100 different cannabinoids identified in recent decades. Researchers and cultivators are selectively breeding cannabis cultivars to produce higher concentrations of lesser-known cannabinoids and terpenes. We predict you’ll soon see strains high in cannabinoids like CBN, THCV, THCA, and CBC.

Cannabis Indica Plant

What does this mean for Michigan’s cannabis consumers?

Indica, sativa, and hybrid strains won’t disappear overnight. Michigan dispensary shelves are still lined with products that adhere to the three-strain classification system. But understanding the other variables impacting your cannabis experience within the context of indica and sativa can help you make informed selections. The labels are an excellent first step toward discovering your favorite strains, but they’re not the only step. 

We’ll make the strain selection process simple. Between our easy-to-understand product categories and our knowledgeable budtenders, we’re here to help you find the right products. 

Just ask.


Timber’s Guide to Cannabis Weight Measurements

Timber’s Guide to Cannabis Weight Measurements

Here’s everything new Michigan dispensary visitors need to know about cannabis flower weights.

First-time Michigan dispensary visitors are frequently taken off-guard by the complexity of our modern cannabis industry. Unfamiliar terms like terpenes, cannabinoids, and sativa and indica are confusing. And cannabis weight measurements can befuddle new consumers even more. Gram, eighth, quarter, half-ounce, full-ounce – what does it all mean? 

As you might have already guessed, cannabis is usually measured in increments within an ounce. Of course, you can purchase marijuana from a Michigan dispensary in smaller quantities – a gram at a time, or in more significant amounts up to the legal daily limit (2.5 ounces of flower). 

Depending on the dispensary, there could be a cost-benefit to purchasing more substantial quantities. For example, it’s usually more cost-effective to buy an eighth (one-eighth of an ounce/3.5 grams), rather than purchasing three separate grams – it’s similar to a bulk discount. 

No matter the quantity, as we’ve mentioned, cannabis dispensary measurements represent weed in relation to a full ounce. An eighth is ⅛ an ounce of cannabis, a quarter is ¼ an ounce, and a half is ½ an ounce.

Keep reading to learn how cannabis is measured, weighed, and sold in Michigan dispensaries (like ours).

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Gram

A gram is the baseline measurement for your Michigan dispensary purchases. It’s the smallest cannabis quantity by weight that you can buy. One gram is often enough to roll and enjoy a couple of joints (if you practice), or a few hearty bowls. 

One gram of cannabis can fit in the palm of your hand. If you’re a craft beer fan, you might think of one gram as the cannabis world’s taster glass. Gram purchases are great for sampling different cannabis strains.

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Eighth

An eighth is one-eighth of an ounce and is arguably the most popular cannabis quantity purchased in Michigan dispensaries. An eighth by weight is 3.5 grams of cannabis, and for many Michiganders, it’s the perfect quantity – enough to always have weed on-hand without any going to waste. With an eighth, you can roll 7 half-gram joints or 14 quarter-gram bowls.

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Quarter

A quarter is one-quarter of an ounce and weighs roughly 7 grams. You might consider purchasing a quarter when you find a strain (or strains) you love. You’ll enjoy many joints and bowls with a quarter ounce of weed.

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Half

We’re entering committed cannabis consumer territory. If you’re getting the hang of this whole weed measurement game, you’ve probably figured out that half refers to a half-ounce of cannabis or 14 grams. If you’re an aspiring cannabis chef, you’ll likely purchase a half since most infused recipes call for a half-ounce of dried marijuana.

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Ounce

A full ounce of cannabis weighs roughly 28 grams. Purchasing weed by the ounce is often the most cost-effective approach. Still, it’s a substantial quantity – we suggest that you work up to an ounce after experimenting with different strains to learn what kind of consumer you are – casual, daily, or many times per day.

Our quick cannabis flower conversion guide (ounces to grams):

  • Eighth (⅛) ounce = 3.5 grams
  • Quarter (¼) ounce = 7 grams
  • Half (½) ounce = 14 grams
  • Full (1) ounce = 28  grams


Here’s a pro tip; invest in a cannabis grinder. 

Grinding your weed in a cannabis grinder ensures slower-burning bowls and joints, and helps you get the most out of each batch, regardless of quantity/measurement. 

Are you confused? We’re here to help! Get in touch, and we’ll guide you.


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Everything Michigan Dispensary Visitors Need to Know About Terpenes

Terpenes can help to break you out of the indica, sativa, and hybrid box.

Consumers have used three basic descriptors to guide their cannabis strain selections for as long as anyone can recall; indica, sativa, hybrid. 

It’s easy to remember that an indica can put you “in the couch,” a sativa can perk you up, and a hybrid can fall somewhere in the middle. 

But cannabis is a chameleon.

If an indica has kept you from getting to sleep at night, a sativa has killed your daytime productivity, or a hybrid has left you feeling confused, you’re not alone. 

As it turns out, the range of effects cannabis offers to Michigan dispensary visitors is wider than any of us could have predicted before legalization. And there’s a better way to pick the perfect strain.

What do sativa, indica, and hybrid mean?

Indica and sativa are two cannabis plant species, with different cannabinoid compositions and over 200 terpenes. They were discovered and named by 18th-century biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, but Lamarck’s classifications were based on the plant’s appearance – not its genetics or effects. 

“In the late 1700s, the French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck classified two varieties of the plant we now know as weed, ganja, marijuana, or cannabis. They were, you guessed it, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. His descriptions of Cannabis sativa reflect a light-colored, pointy-shaped leaf and a taller plant, while the species identified as Cannabis indica describe a shorter plant of Eastern origins with broader, dark-colored leaves.”Civilized Life

And after generations of crossbreeding, pure indica and sativa strains have grown scarce. Most strains today are either indica-dominant, sativa-dominant, or a hybrid of the two.

Here’s a breakdown of the three-strain philosophy:

Indica: Indica strains are powerfully sedating. 

Sativa: Sativa’s are invigorating, cerebral, and uplifting. 

Hybrid: Hybrid strains fall in the middle and offer a balance of both effects. 

The three-strain categorization system is deeply rooted in mainstream cannabis culture. Chances are most budtenders in a Michigan dispensary are going to start the recommendation process by asking if you prefer an indica, sativa, or hybrid strain. 

But terpenes (and cannabinoids) are a better indicator of how a particular strain is going to make you feel.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes give weed its aroma. You can find them (and cannabinoids) in trichomes – the shiny, sticky crystals covering high-quality marijuana flower and buds. 

Terpenes and cannabinoids bind to our brain receptors and produce an entourage effect. Combining specific terpenes and cannabinoids gives a broader range of potential therapeutic and recreational effects. 

*Click here if you want to learn more about cannabinoids and the entourage effect. 

Still, without the genetic profile of each plant listed on the cannabis packaging from a Michigan dispensary, it’s hard to understand how a strain will act, which is why the three-strain system usually wins. 

It’s not an exact science, but you can transform your cannabis experience with your sense of smell as a guide. 

For example, strains that smell like citrus tend to relieve anxiety, weed with a piney aroma often helps with inflammation, and earthy genetics can calm an insatiable appetite.

Since not every person is in-tune with their sense of smell, we keep it simple in Timber dispensaries. Our cannabis products are broken into five categories:

Activate

Our Activate products are perfect for daytime stimulation (or any time you need an energetic boost).

Focus

Focus strains harness your attention for productive work and creativity. 

Restore

Our Restore products ease anxiety or help with workout recovery – without putting you to sleep.

Chill

Chill offers cannabis strains designed to take the edge off – sort of like a post-work Malbec without the possibility of a hangover.

Dream

Dream features products to help you get restful sleep.

Here are four common cannabis terpenes Michigan dispensary customers should know:

Myrcene Terpene

Myrcene

Myrcene is arguably the most common cannabis terpene. It has an intensely hoppy and musky taste and provides the classic “couch-lock” effect people usually attribute to Indica strains. Myrcene is also known for its ability to provide deep relaxation, stress relief, and is a friend to insomniacs.

Linalool

Linalool is a terpene characterized by a wildflower-like aroma. It’s helpful for Michigan dispensary customers looking for physical and mental stress relief. It is also known to have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which is why Linalool helps many cannabis consumers manage chronic pain.

Linalool Terpene
Limonene Terpene

Limonene

Limonene has an intense citrus aroma, and it’s a strong ally in your fight against anxiety, stress, and depression. It’s uplifting and energizing, which explains why most in-the-know cannabis consumers associate limonene with sativa’s. Still, it’s worth remembering that a sativa can act like an indica, and vice versa.

Pinene

There are two subtypes of pinene, beta-pinene (b-pinene), and alpha-pinene (a-pinene). And they are only distinguishable by a difference in smell. A-pinene smells like evergreen trees, and b-pinene is reminiscent of herbs like parsley, dill, basil, and rosemary. Pinene is known for providing an energetic and cerebral effect, which is why it’s great for focus and clarity.

Pinene Terpene

Choose your own adventure.

You can still use the three-strain system to guide your Michigan dispensary purchases, but with a little knowledge, you’ll transform your cannabis consumption experience. And if you’re struggling, come see us – we’re here to make it easy.