Living Art Installation

Ask someone why they have a particular houseplant, or any houseplant for that matter, and the answer usually falls somewhere between, “someone gave it to me,” and “I thought it looked cool.”

It’s that gift you get for someone when you have no idea what to get them. Or maybe you get excited and buy one every time you move—lucky if you’re still remembering to water it six weeks later.

I choose something that isn’t terrible, and that doesn’t cost more than everything else, hope it doesn’t take too much responsibility, and figure it’s worth more than flowers, that it’ll last longer at least, since it isn’t dead to begin with.

In elementary school, middle school, high school, we learn about photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide, plants release oxygen—more nature means more breathable air. I had always thought we were talking about trees, redwoods, whole rainforests—the Amazon. Turns out though, a houseplant is more than just some pretty face, that these small attempts to green up the place are in fact making our lives happier and healthier.

According to the EPA we spend nearly all of our time indoors, almost 80% of it. We go from our homes to school, or work; to the library, and the coffee shop, and out to dinner, and to the movies; into stores and on public transportation, and then back home again—and bringing everything that we’ve picked up along the way right back inside. Everything from carbon dioxide to pesticides to something simply referred to as “volatile organic compounds.” If you really want to be grossed out, read the EPA’s Indoor Air Report.

So, NASA scientists did a study, as they’re known to do, and what did they find? What is it keeping all those toxins at bay?

Drumroll please…

Houseplants!

Houseplants filter out toxic air pollutants the same way any tree would. They’ve even been found to help fight the common cold. 

Being under their influence houseplants can reduce anxiety, improve focus and concentration, and can significantly reduce feelings of fear and anger by replacing them with a sense of calm and well-being.

But if you fill your apartment with potted plants and Ficus trees, there’s a good chance someone is going try to have you committed. Plus I’d have to figure out how to get a tree home on the bus.

What you can do though, is hang them from the ceiling and everyone will think it’s coolest thing ever.

And if you’ve been by Bloom Room recently you may have noticed our small attempt to add a little more green to the space. Having replaced the holiday snowflakes hanging just over reception with a whole array of plants that little, if any care.

You can use any type of low light houseplant. We used common ivy varieties, and Tillandsia air plants, but you can use anything that has a solid root system in place (not succulents though).

Air plants are great because they take hardly any attention at all. They absorb everything they need through their leaves—no soil, no potting,  no plant food. Instead of staying rooted in one place, they can grow just about anywhere, on rocks, in glass jars, or on dead branches, using their roots to keep themselves grounded wherever they might happen to be. And even better, they thrive on neglect! A little mist of water once a week, some circulation, and they’re good.

Ivy isn’t much work either. Once you get them set up they’ll get growing all on their own. You start by taking apart the plant and root systems. Remove the entire root soil bundle from the pot and spread it out on a larger surface to work the roots apart. Rinse the soil off of the roots before placing them in the jar, fill with enough water to submerge the roots. Make sure to keep the water filled, and that’s about it.

They’ll be cleaning up your air in no time. Or you can come by Bloom Room and breathe in some of ours.

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Guess who’s coming to dinner???

Heyo!

It’s been a minute since we posted in our Blog.
You’ll notice us start to use it more now, but first things first.

We felt overwhelmingly compelled to share this with the world…..

WE HAVE BOTH OUR AWARD WINNER STRAINS IN STOCK @BLOOMROOMSF

Black Magic (I/S) and Hawaiian Gold (S)

Black Magic (I/S) and Hawaiian Gold (S)

Hawaiian Gold THC 20.0%, CBD .1% [Pineapple X Super Lemon Haze]

Hawaiian Gold

THC 20.0%, CBD .1%

[Pineapple X Super Lemon Haze]

[Blueberry Yum Yum x Super Lemon Haze] THC 20.3%, CBD 0.1%

Black Magic

[Blueberry Yum Yum x Super Lemon Haze]

THC 20.3%, CBD 0.1%

Plus, another one of our house favorites:

[Burmese x God Bud] THC 25.6% CBD 0.5%

Ambrosia

[Burmese x God Bud]

THC 25.6% CBD 0.5%

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San Francisco Mint Plaza

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Everything is exceptional – from the antipasti to the dolci: the menu at 54 Mint in Mint Plaza bursts with mediterranean flavor steeped in rustic-italian inspiration. Try the pizzetta (think homemade flatbread & homemade sausage)  and make sure you try each and every dish at least once. If you try 54 Mint Ristorante in San Francisco – you’ll meet old-country flavor without leaving the 7×7.

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The aroma alone is worth a fifteen minute wait. Drip coffee happens over time – it’s never rushed. Hot water washes warm notes of hazelnut and chicory into your single serving – and voila!

“My freshly dripped Blue Bottle Coffee is now ready for cream and sugar.” At least, that’s your initial response. Sip it without modification and indulge.

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Located at 12 Mint Plaza, this branch of the San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Credit Union is straight across from the SF Chronicle Building on Mission Street. SFCU reimburses for all ATM fees (in other words use any and all other bank ATMs and SFCU will pay your fee without question – automatically!) and they have a groovy SF Fire Credit Union iPhone app and the sleek SF Fire Credit Union Android app as well 

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“Mezzanine is San Francisco’s premiere live music venue, nightclub, and event space, showcasing DJs and live performances from some of the newest, most talented artists in music, and hosting performances that span all genres – from Indie-rock to Hip Hop, Nu-disco to New Orleans Brass.

Mezzanine has steadily become one of the Bay Area’s primary destinations for live music, giving both the artist and concert goer the finest amenities, hospitality and performance quality. Centrally located in the heart of Downtown San Francisco, Mezzanine features two state-of-the-art sound systems, and industry renowned lighting.”

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Everyone knows Bloom Room SF! Think 4G eighths, tax always included, and lab-tested premium flowers! We also carry an epic array of concentrates and edibles. We do Medical Marijuana the way Blue Bottle does Coffee. We take this medicine seriously – and that’s why we offer our patients serious value!

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“As one of San Francisco’s most unique boutique salons, we are an experienced team of fashion forward and passion driven stylists who pride ourselves in providing outstanding and personalized customer service; as well as behind the chair, behind stages of fashion shows and editorial photo shoots.

Located in the city’s newest urban oasis of Mint Plaza, we’re nestled in a sunny corner unit with 360-degree view provided by our 8th floor accommodations.

We provide personalized and detailed attention to our top quality work in a convenient and comfortable setting. Whether it’s color, cut, extensions, a fabulous style or blowout; a total new look or something for a special occasion – there is a stylist here to fit your personality and needs. We also give great thought and consideration into the products that are used here in the salon.

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“Gentle Star is an original & progressive San Francisco medical spa, offering a portfolio of clinical skin rejuvenation services. Dedicated to the artistry of non-surgical esthetic transformation, Gentle Star’s founders Dr. Thomas R. Ellis and Craig T. Shishido (Medical Esthetician) are inspired by the fusion of art, beauty and medicine.

Cutting edge medical esthetic treatments are delivered in a true San Francisco urban retreat. Tucked away in the historic 1907 Haas Candy Factory Warehouse across from San Francisco Shopping Center, Gentle Star is a quiet oasis where you can rediscover your inherent beauty. Come feel the beauty with us and get energized with a special experience that is uniquely Gentle Star.”

Kiva Confections: Chocolate Meets Medical Marijuana

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Bloom Room SF supports local flavor. Medical marijuana started here – and we’re big fans of bay-area marijuana organizations who support quality, consistency, and safety. Kiva Confections is an exceptional chocolate producer; even without their key medical ingredient, cannabinoids – their chocolate is worthy of being in the fancy chocolate aisle at Whole Foods or Molly Stone.

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Kiva Confection produces Premium Medical Marijuana Infused Chocolate. They offer a variety of flavors – all of which contain 180mg of THC (the main ingredient often sought after by many medical marijuana patients in San Francisco0; while they don’t offer a CBD-Rich variety (meaning more cannabidiol than THC per dose) – they have introduced a brand-new edible to our menu: Kiva Confections Terra Espresso Bites!
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These delicious coffee beans are wrapped with Kiva’s velvety chocolate bliss. every bite brings wellness and a smile.

As with any medical marijuana edible, Kiva Confections should be broken into small pieces and ingested incrementally every 30-60 minutes. Leave some time between small bites to test your personal tolerance: edibles can last for several hours, so it’s important that patients do not consume a large portion of this medicine right away!

In the event that you do consume too much medical marijuana chocolate – consider a CBD-Rich product like Alta California’s CBD Tincture! Using CBD can help you dissipate the mental effects of THC. If your dose becomes to much to handle – a couple drops of the Alta California Tincture will help you avoid an unhappy experience.

Bloom Room Holiday Party Features Vaporizers, Freebies, and Fresh-Brewed Blue Bottle Coffee!

Thanks for showing up Cannabis Times Magazine! Hope you enjoyed our Pax Giveaway!

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We had our own Coffee Barista serving fresh-ground Blue Bottle Coffee by the drop. Perfect every time!

We had our own Coffee Barista serving fresh-ground Blue Bottle Coffee by the drop. Perfect every time!

Coffee and Cannabis is the perfect combination. We even have exclusive giveaways for fans of Blue Bottle Coffee! Follow us on Facebook for details :)

Coffee and Cannabis is the perfect combination. We even have exclusive giveaways for fans of Blue Bottle Coffee! Follow us on Facebook for details :)

The Pax vaporizer was up for giveaway, donated by LivingCannabis.

The Pax vaporizer was up for giveaway, donated by LivingCannabis. Foodie-worthy food provided by Show Dogs in San Francisco.

Is There Such a Thing as Marijuana Addiction?

Let’s define addiction first: According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences.” So, for a person to have an addiction, compulsive consumption leads to negative consequences (like losing your job or health).

Now, let’s explore what most people think of addiction (aka Physical Dependence): according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “the body adapts to the drug, requiring more of it to achieve a certain effect (tolerance) and eliciting drug-specific physical or mental symptoms if drug use is abruptly ceased (withdrawal).”

Therefore, when people think of an addict as someone who is trembling with withdrawal symptoms until they catch their next fix, they’re really thinking of an individual with an extreme physical dependence! While someone might suggest that a medical marijuana patient who uses cannabis so often that they forget to show up for work is an addict, we are uncomfortable with the concept.

Nicotine Leads to Text-Book Physical Dependence

Nicotine Leads to Text-Book Physical Dependence

After all, addiction is a strong word! We think of nicotine addiction, heroin addiction, or caffeine addiction: in all of these cases, the user will experience withdrawal symptoms that damage their health and wellness because their biological material has been manipulated into thinking that it requires the substance to function “normally.”

So, when it comes to medical marijuana, one is only “addicted” if use is negatively impacting life responsibilities; since using medical marijuana helps patients reclaim their life, happiness, and level of comfort – it’s difficult to see medical marijuana addiction as being something that can actually exist! If your cannabis helps you stay functional, helps you maintain productivity, or enhances your ability to meet and exceed life’s demands – than you can’t be considered an addict!

How To Identify Medical-Grade Cannabis in San Francisco and Beyond!

Not all marijuana is created equal. All cannabinoids are medically valuable – but not all flower samples have the potential to alleviate your medical conditions. In San Francisco, patients have access to a range of different medical marijuana strains; the bay area plays host to a variety of providers and purveyors of cannabis – but, that doesn’t mean that everything on every menu can be considered medicine. In order to be medical marijuana, your cannabis needs to possess cannabinoids – and the beneficial medical compounds are found in the highest concentrations within the resin glands know as trichomes. Though it is ideal to have lab data reflecting the medical potential of a given strain, there are various ways to assess the quality of any sample of medical marijuana.

Next time you’re at Bloom Room SF (or any other medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco), take a few moments to examine multiple strains for the following qualities:

Trichomes Are Where Most of the Medicinal Magic Happens!

Trichomes Are Where Most of the Medicinal Magic Happens!

1) STRUCTURE: When it comes to premium medical marijuana – trichomes matter most; since trichomes grow on the surface of the flower, density becomes an issue. If a bud is too dense, the trichomes will form and mature in a limited fashion rather than throughout the entire bud (you’ll find them clustered on the outside of the flower or in pockets). Loosened flowers provide more surface area and thus a greater among of cannabinoid-dense trichomes.

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2) FRAGRANCE: Medical-grade cannabis has a pungent aroma. While every scent differs from one strain to the next, a sample that lacks a distinct fragrance is generally old and/or dried out. If you notice the dominant scent of wet grass, then chances are that sample hasn’t been properly cured and needs to dry out before consumption. Curing is an essential part to the process of harvesting quality medical cannabis! This process breaks down chlorophyll (which tastes/ smells like grass) and allows the terpenes (fragrance compounds) to express themselves. Patients shouldn’t consume fresh medical marijuana by way of inhalation: it will taste disgusting and harsh. All proper medical cannabis has been thoroughly dried and properly cured.

3) MOISTURE CONTENT: One of the best ways to test a strain of medical marijuana for moisture is the crack test. To perform the crack test, simply bend the stem of your flower sample. If the stem bends, the sample is too fresh to be consumed by way of inhalation (either through a vaporize or smoking device); if the stem cracks with a clean break, the sample is properly dried and ready for consumption. Flowers that have been improperly stored can dry out resulting in a harsh experience for the patient.

4) STICKYNESS TEST: This relates back to both trichomes and moisture content. Proper medical marijuana should be sticky to the touch. Patients have reported their medical nuggets sticking to the top of the Bloom Room medicine tins when they first open their gram or eighth! Cannabis flower stickiness is caused by the trichomes’ resinous surface: more sticky = more trichomes = great medical marijuana! No stickiness means the sample has few trichomes or that it is very dry. Consider cracking open a nugget to examine the stickiness within; sometimes the handling of large quantities of buds results in the nuggets losing their stickiness on the external surface. Cracking a bud can also help you get a great sample of the true fragrance for any particular strain. Consider getting a grinder to avoid losing trichomes on your fingers!

BR_Chart graphic_035) LAB TEST: At Bloom Room, we test all of our strains for potency and safety (mold and pesticide) with CW Analytical Labs in Oakland. They analyze the cannabinoid content for each strain – allowing us to inform patients about their medicine. Instead of relying on a name or lineage of genetics, patients can get to choose their medicine based on the symptoms they wish to alleviate; since each cannabinoid has different medical qualities, we think it’s important for patients to have access to lab results when seeking out quality medicine.