Lab Tested Cannabinoids: 21.6% THC, 0.06% CBD
Dispensary: Nectar Cannabis 4125 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Chemdawg (also Chemdog) is a renowned cannabis strain of legendary, yet mysterious, origins. The story is that sometime before 1991 a man named Chemdog bought an ounce of high-quality cannabis for $500 at a Grateful Dead Concert in Noblesville, IN at the famous Deer Creek outdoor amphitheater. They exchanged numbers, and Chemdog later received two more ounces in the mail. One of those ounces was seedless, and there were 13 seeds in the other. What I have here is purportedly an offspring of one of those legendary seeds that produced viable female plants. While Chemdawg’s parentage is unknown, its progeny are famous, including classic cannabis strains like Sour Diesel and OG Kush.
Nectar Cannabis, N. Mississippi Ave., Portland. (Alison Gary/Whaxy)
I picked up this Chemdawg sample from Nectar Cannabis dispensary in North Portland. Nectar is one of the biggest dispensary chains in Oregon with four Portland area locations and one in Eugene. The Nectar dispensary on N. Mississippi Ave. is in a charming old house. You walk into the living room, which is separated into two spaces, one for recreational users and the other for medical. They were doing so much business while I was there, and had so much product turnover, that it was impossible to keep the menus current. But the budtenders were good at recommending strains similar to what customers had come in looking for.
The kief coverage on this Chemdawg, grown by Flying Eagle Farms, is so dense it almost sparkles in the sunlight. The flowers are many different shades of green riddled with subtle rust colored hair trichomes. This sample had a pungent diesel aroma (terpenes) when pulled apart, with soft hints of sweetness. Through my G Pen Elite vaporizer the flavor was a distinct chemical diesel flavor that lingered in the mouth, giving way to notes of earth and pine (pinene). Smoked in a glass pipe, the flavor was much earthier with only back notes of pine and diesel.
Chemdawg cannabis strain from Nectar Cannabis, Portland. (Alison Gary/Whaxy)
Chemdawg is known for being a potent strain that often leads to couch lock. But after enjoying my first bowl, I found myself happily cleaning and doing chores around the house. I felt like a Stoner Queen, being productive while using the ‘infamous’ motivation-killing Chemdawg.
Then I decided to have a second bowl. My productivity dropped precipitously and a nap became the only option. The high, while very strong, was also very relaxing with tingling in the face and extremities. It also stimulated my appetite.
I believe Chemdawg’s reputation is warranted; I would not recommend this strain to a novice cannabis user. An indica-dominant hybrid, I would say dosing matters for this cannabis strain. At first the cerebral high hits with a wave of creative energy, but in true creeper-strain fashion, it may give way to powerful couch lock or nap with more consumption. With only 21.6 percent THC (and 0.06 percent CBD), Chemdawg is proof that there is more to a smoking experience than THC lab results.
Inside Nectar Cannabis, N. Mississippi Ave., Portland. (Alison Gary/Whaxy)
“This is the chillest Pomeranian I’ve ever met,” is a phrase I hear frequently. I can confidently take Sir Jacob McFluffington, known as Big Jake or Mr. Fluff to his homies, literally anywhere — meetings, the park, dog-friendly patios, a friend’s house or even a party — knowing that he will just sit down and relax or sleep.
While in my company his demeanor may be cool, calm and collected, those who will tell you he is the chillest have been denied the chance to watch him completely lose his mind when I go to leave the house without him.
The moment he hears the jingling of my keys or sees me put on my shoes, Mr. Fluff turns into Dr. Psycho Pants and blind rage takes over. His high-pitched, screeching-eagle like barks can be heard round-the-world, and he jumps up and down while simultaneously spinning in circles until he inevitably trips over something or smashes his little face into the side of the couch or a wall. This will go on for minutes if I am not ready to run out the door the moment he is onto me.
Mr. Fluff’s death stare, signaling he suspects he is about to be left at home.
Watching his temper tantrum is not only heart-breaking, but I feared he may injure himself. I didn’t want to dope him up with doggy-Xanax, but our lives could not continue like this. In my search for the best anti-crazy medication for my little Knight, I turned to the therapeutically beneficial plant I know so well — hemp. Strains of cannabis which contain little to none of the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are categorized as hemp.
Anxiety is among the many symptoms and conditions that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid most prevalent in hemp, can help to alleviate, and I know very well that it can quickly calm my mind and relax my body without causing any brain-fog. My research showed that CBD could produce the same effects in Mr. Fluff since like humans, canines have an endocannabinoid system.
While I found several manufacturers of CBD treats for dogs, a brand called Therabis stood out from the rest because they offer ailment-specific products that have been developed by a veterinarian with the entourage effect in mind. Since Therabis products only contain CBD and other natural ingredients, they can be ordered online and shipped almost anywhere.
Of the three Therabis lines, “Up and Moving,” “Stop the Itch” and “Calm and Quiet,” which are all available for “small,” “medium,” and “large” dogs, I ordered Calm and Quiet for small dogs. They arrived in palm-sized, single-serving pouches called Sachets which directed me to pour over my dogs food once per day. Not only was Big Jake willing to chow down on the Calm and Quiet formula, he seemed to enjoy the taste as he licked his bowl clean.
I also really liked how informative the Therabis website was. It’s apparent that this company wants to educate people about the potential health benefits of CBD and how and why it affects dogs. The Therabis website also clearly explains that it may take continual administration of their natural health supplements, over a period of time, to notice desired effects in our furry friends. About 30 days into the daily use of Therabis Calm and Quiet, Dr. Psycho Pants has slowly transitioned into Mr. Please Take Me With You. Big Jake still watches me like a hawk when he suspects that I’m planning to leave him at home, but his tantrums have been toned down into more of a guilt trip.
I will definitely continue to sprinkle Therabis Calm and Quiet on top of Big Jake’s breakfast every morning, and I may soon try the Up and Moving now that he is officially a senior dog.
Typical Mr. Fluff asleep at a party.
Cannabidiol oil (CBD) has gained popularity in recent years as a way to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy. Now, entrepreneurs are hoping to expand its use to the animal kingdom by manufacturing pet treats containing CBD to help four-legged friends who are suffering from illness and ailments associated with aging.
Matthew J. Cote, brand manager for Auntie Dolores, a company that manufactures edible treats for dogs, explained:
“Most people grow cannabis for the euphoric experience of THC. But they’ve been overlooking cannabidiol—commonly known as CBD—which is non-psychoactive.”
CBD can relieve pain and joint stiffness for pets, just as it does for humans.
Those producing the therapeutic animal treats must use caution in marketing, and are not supposed to make healing claims about their products because they aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Pet owners, however, are quick to applaud the benefits. A woman from Fort Bragg decided to give the treats to her aging dog—who was scheduled to be put down—and asserts they enabled the dog to walk around and act normal again. Another pet owner reported that medicinal marijuana treats cured her cat of anxiety and inflamed bladder issues that had been going on for over a year.
It is important for pet owners to realize that the treats made by manufacturers such as Auntie Delores are not made with the same cannabis consumed recreationally by humans. These special treats are made with high CBD, low THC cannabis strains. Giving your pet a treat made with high THC marijuana could cause adverse side effects.
If a dog, for example, ingests too much marijuana, he or she can face serious consequences. Tina Wismer, medical director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, explained:
“You would think they’d become sedated and wobbly, but almost a quarter of them become quite agitated. They’re trying to pace. They’re panting. You reach out to pet them and they jerk their heads away.”
While not everyone agrees on the effectiveness of CBD for animals, it may soon become more common. Nevada’s legislature is now considering a bill allowing vets to prescribe it and, if approved, would be the first state to do so. Even in the 23 states where medical marijuana is legal, vets are currently not allowed to prescribe its use for pets.