Month: April 2022

Ask Mama: Everything You Want to Know About Weed Hangovers

Published on April 29, 2022

Weed Hangovers Spins

by Tough Mama

You wake up in the morning, the sunlight hits you — and you know it’s not going to be the lovely day from that old song. You’re a little groggy, your eyes feel like someone shook out a bathing suit in them, and you’re feeling a little foggy. 

Could it be a weed hangover? Are weed hangovers even a real thing? And most important of all, how do you make it better? 

You’ve got questions about marijuana hangovers, and Mama’s got the answers you’re looking for. Here’s everything you need to know about how to handle the occasional morning-after yuck.

Weed Hangovers: the TL;DR

Mama knows sometimes you just want the facts without a lot of explanation, so here’s the TL;DR version.

  • Weed hangovers are probably a real thing. Yeah, Mama said it.
  • The main symptoms are dry eyes, cottonmouth, grogginess, brain fog, and sometimes, headache. 
  • They’re pretty rare.
  • They’re a lot less gnarly than hangovers caused by alcohol.
  • The main cause of weed hangovers is too much high-potency weed.
  • Not drinking enough water, eating too many Takis in a munchies-induced haze, and getting stoned on an empty stomach can also cause you to feel hungover. 
  • There are things you can do to feel better the morning after a serious session, like taking a shower, drinking some coffee, and eating a good breakfast.
  • The best way to avoid weed hangovers is to stick to your limits.

Are Weed Hangovers Real? Scientists Don’t Know, but Stoners Say So 

This is where Mama would usually whip out a few scientific studies to give you the down-low, but newsflash — scientists haven’t done a whole lot of research about marijuana hangovers. Maybe they were too busy trying to prove that it’s a gateway drug and all the other scare stories you read. Insert eye roll here. 

There are only a few studies on whether weed gives you a hangover. They’re pretty old, and only included young men as subjects, so they may not apply to everyone. 

  • One study in 1985 had 13 guys smoke either a joint or a placebo (a.k.a, a fake joint). Then, they had them do a bunch of simple tests that night and the next morning. They found that the guys who smoked the real deal didn’t judge the passage of time as accurately in the morning as the guys who smoked the fake doobies. The researchers concluded that smoking marijuana may have some subtle “residual” effects.
  • In a 1990 study, researchers had 12 guys smoke weed one weekend, and fake doobies the next. Each weekend, they had them answer questions and do tests the morning after they smoked. They found no real differences in their results between the two weekends and concluded that weed doesn’t cause hangover effects.
  • In 2015, researchers asked medical marijuana users what they liked best and least about using medical cannabis. Some of the people who answered mentioned “marijuana hangover” and “a foggy, non-alert feeling in the morning.” The study doesn’t mention how common those particular effects were. They were lumped in with the 21% of smokers who said they didn’t like the smell, the munchies, coughing, or feeling paranoia. 

So science is pretty split on whether or not weed hangovers even exist. But stoners have been talking about weed hangovers practically as long as they’ve been lighting up. That’s what scientists call “anecdotal evidence,” and anecdotal evidence often turns out to be on point. It’s obvious that some people have some kind of symptoms the morning after enjoying themselves, but the very fact that folks still have to ask if it’s a real thing suggests that it’s pretty rare.

The bottom line: Yeah, weed hangovers are a real thing. But they’re pretty rare and the effects are pretty tame. 

What Causes Weed Hangovers? 

The first answer to that one is pretty basic. The most common cause of being stoned-over is smoking or ingesting edibles beyond your tolerance level. Just like greening out, when you smoke more than your body is used to, you might feel crappy afterward. You’re more likely to experience some symptoms if you’re indulging in high THC products, especially if it’s more potent than you’re used to, or if you use more than usual.

Some folks suggest that the morning after grogginess, sleepiness, and general blah-ness isn’t actually a hangover. Instead, they say, you’re just still high from last night. This can be especially true with edibles, which take much longer to kick in and deliver a high that can last for hours. 

It’s also possible that you’re feeling the effects of something else. *Cough*Alcohol*Cough*. If crossfading is your thing and you get that hungover feeling in the morning, you might be blaming the wrong intoxicant. Booze hangovers come with symptoms — like nausea and pounding headaches — that don’t usually happen when you stick to weed. 

If you like your intoxicants in liquid form, Tough Mama’s Yolo Shotz come in tasty flavors, mix well with your favorite mixers, and kick in fast to get the party started. Check out Mama’s recipe for Lucky Lemon Lime Elixir and follow on Insta for more tasty home-baked goodie ideas.

What Are the Symptoms of a Weed Hangover?

The most common symptoms of being stoned-over include… 

  • Fatigue
  • Sleepiness
  • Brain fog
  • Grogginess
  • Dry eyes 
  • Dry mouth
  • Mild headache

How to Get Rid of a Weed Hangover

The best way to get your day going if you wake up still feeling baked is to just get on with your day. That may sound like some of Mama’s Tough Love, but it turns out that a typical morning routine is just what the doctor ordered for those symptoms.

Here’s Mama’s weed hangover cure:

  • Take a shower. You can try alternating hot and cold water, but really, just getting under the water will help wake your system up and get your circulation going.
  • Drink a cup of coffee. Caffeine will help jumpstart your alertness.
  • Go for a brisk walk or do a quick workout. Just like the shower and the coffee, it will help wake you up.
  • Eat a good breakfast. Hey, good nutrition is the key to feeling right any time, and it’s especially helpful if you’ve overindulged in anything the night before. Keep it light, and hit all the important food groups.
  • Invest in some eye drops. Burning, grainy eyes? This, too, shall pass, but in the meantime, over-the-counter eye drops can help soothe them.
  • Get the juices flowing. To deal with cotton mouth, try chewing some gum or sucking on hard candy. Either of those will give your salivary glands a little poke.

How to Avoid a Weed Hangover 

The best way to deal with a weed hangover is not to get one in the first place. Duh. 

Here’s Mama’s best advice on getting properly baked without feeling burned in the morning.

  • Know your personal limits. If you’ve been around the block a bit, you know what yours are.
  • If you’re trying something new — especially if it’s stronger than your usual — start low and go slow. 
  • Listen to your body. It will let you know when you’ve hit the point of a little more is a little too much.
  • Avoid mixing your intoxicants. Or at least know that if you do, the chances of feeling grim in the morning are a lot higher.
  • Start the party earlier. If your late-night seshes make it hard for you to get going in the morning, try indulging earlier in the evening.
  • Eat before you toke. 

Weed hangovers aren’t inevitable — some people will never wake up twice-baked — but they can happen to even the toughest of us. The trick is knowing what to expect and what to do if it happens to you. 

Now that you’ve got all the info you need, Mama doesn’t want to hear any more whining. You know what to do.


PubMed – ‘Hangover’ Effects the Morning After Marijuana Smoking

Psychopharmacology Subjective and Behavioral Effects of Marijuana the Morning After Smoking

PubMed – Chronic Pain Patients’ Perspectives of Medical Cannabis

Everything Stoners Need to Know About THC Drinks

Published on April 29, 2022

THC Drinks Pool Party

by Nick Marshall

How are you getting your drink on these days? Shotgunning spiked seltzer like it’s still 2019, sippin’ on gin and juice like an OG, or pounding the brewskis in the backyard because it’s the weekend? 

Tough Mama’s seen it all and she knows that this year it’s probably none of the above.

Stoned Cold Sober Is the New Buzzed

As a nation, we’re drinking less alcohol and smoking more herb. And that’s created a huge global market (set to top $2 billion by 2026) for cannabis-infused drinks. Since brewers aren’t allowed to produce any drink that contains both THC and alcohol, these new kids on the block are alcohol-free. That’s great if you want to get high instead of wasted — and avoid hangovers while still having a blast.

How to Enjoy Your Liquid Marijuana

With THC drinks, the buzz hits different. It takes longer, for a start. Like 90 minutes for an oil-based THC beverage, or around 15 minutes for a water-soluble formula like Tough Mama’s Yolo Shotz. So there’s no chugging or chasers required, just a slow pace to let your cannabis infusion do its thing. 

Where to Buy

THC drinks aren’t available in all 50 states, and you’re not going to find them in the major retailers yet. That means you’ll have to order them online or check out your regular dispensary. At the moment, it’s mainly women blazing the trail too. Tough Mama approves!

Here are our top picks of what’s out there at the moment. 

Cannabis Shots

If you prefer your cannabis straight up or splashed on the rocks, you’ll find plenty of cannabis shots to choose from. These give you a quick, controlled dose that kicks in within 10 or 20 minutes. Tough Mama’s Yolo Shotz are some of the most kick-ass on the market, and clock in at 100 mg of THC per bottle. 

Who’s it for? Seasoned stoners looking for a serious high. 

The DIY Dose

If you’re not about the tasting notes and just want the THC, look for pure liquid cannabis. strip things down to a pure liquid cannabis shot. The most popular are colorless and odorless vials that gives you 5 or 10mg of THC. No calories, no sugar. Just drop it in your smoothie, shake, morning coffee, or sundowner, and let the good times roll. 

Who’s it for? Hustle culture bros with no room in the calendar for a full bong between spin class and their TED Talk.  

THC Teas 

Think Long Island iced tea, without the alcohol. Look for the brightly colored bottle and instant look of regret at your local dispensary. That’s because most are pretty hit and miss when it comes to flavor. We prefer to take an established brand of Iced Tea and add a Yolo Shotz instead. Who said you can’t hack getting high?

Who’s it for? Stoners looking for a cheap 100mg of THC without too much concern for taste.

Sodas, Seltzers, and Sparkling Waters

Since everyone’s making a hard seltzer these days — here’s the proof —it’s hardly surprising that THC soda is already a big deal. They’re not bad at all right now, and could get even better once some of the bigger beer and soda brands flex their muscles.These fruity, natural sodas are a great place to start your cannabis journey, as most come with just 2mg of THC per can, but if you’re an experienced stoner they’re not going to blow you away.

Who’s it for? Yo mama (seriously)- and her cannacurious friends.

Marijuana Mocktails

As long as you’ve got plenty of ice, a shaker, and a swizzle stick or two, why not experiment at home with some THC mocktails? All you need is a dash of sour, a hint of sweetness, a few parts bitterness, and a slug of Tough Mama YOLO Shotz, with a No BS 100mg of THC per bottle and three flavors to choose from. 

Who’s it for? Mixologists on a mission. 


Boost your gut health AND set your mind free? Sounds like a plan. Kombucha drinks with THC are starting to boom and we’re expecting them to become a big deal in the future, especially with some well-known brands ready to enter the market.

Who’s it for? Clean-eating, life-loving, moment-seizing beautiful people. 


It’s wine, but not as we know it. Now you can get fermented grape juice that swaps out the alcohol for around 8mg of THC. Red fruit with a hint of honeysuckle? Mmm. Live cannabis resin? Ahhhh.  

Who’s it for? If you can name a bud by the aroma alone, this one is for you. 

Energy Drinks

Need a boost? If you like a little Mary Jane with your Cup of Joe, you can either add your own THC-infused oil to your regular coffee or you can chug an energy drink with THC to see you through the task ahead. 

Who’s it for? Anyone who wants to be high at work, but whose boss might have a problem with one of our infused pre-rolls in a meeting. 

Sip and Soar

THC drinks are the best new way to get buzzed. If you’re looking to put the fun back in getting baked, Tough Mama’s Yolo Shotz is a must in your line-up. They come in three flavors, and at 100 mg per 2oz bottle, they pack a serious punch. Because Tough Mama is for the fearless few who aren’t afraid to get stoned properly.  


LA Times You can drink your high this Fourth of July with these five cannabis-infused drinks

LB Business Journal Drinkable high: Are THC-infused beverages the next trend in legal cannabis? – Long Beach Business Journal

Cannabis Beverage Association the Cannabis Beverage Association

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The Dos and Don’ts of Taking a Marijuana Shot

Published on April 27, 2022

how to take liquid THC shots

by Dan Ketchum

In the Year of Our Mama 2022, you can get high from a blunt, a vape, a drop under your tongue, a patch, some beef jerky, a cup of coffee or even cotton candy (that’s not a typo). 

Truthfully, liquid THC drinks kinda sucked until recently, but thanks to the good graces of the weed gods — and also lots of science — smooth, tasty marijuana shots have finally arrived. 

Mama says always shoot your shot, but if you’re gonna do it, here’s how to do it right.    

It’s Me, Liquid THC

So, marijuana shots are simple: liquid THC infused into a convenient, shootable beverage. THC shots are always alcohol-free, as it’s currently illegal to combine alcohol and cannabis into a single product in the U.S. 

The way that cannabis got infused into your shot is a little less simple, though. Infusing cannabis into beverages has been stumping brands for years, which is why stuff like THC-infused beer used to go down like chunky Yoplait. That’s because cannabinoids like THC and CBD are fat-soluble compounds that don’t like to mix with water (think oil and water).  

In recent years, a process called nano-emulsification, which breaks cannabis oil down into microscopic particles, has finally allowed liquid THC to thrive. Tough Mama’s own Yolo Shotz exist thanks to tech like B-LINE nano-emulsion, a new Cannabistry technique that ensures cannabinoid integrity and maximizes bioavailability. In other words, it gets you high real good, real clean, and real quick.

How to Take a Marijuana Shot (Like a Pro)

A super important clarification: even though it’s called a marijuana shot, you don’t always want to shoot the whole off-the-shelf bottle at once. (Unless you’re trying to green out, we guess). Read the label to figure out how much THC it contains in total. 

As a dosage rule of thumb, stick to about 5 to 10 mg for a punchy shot, or feel free to go lighter — around 2.5 to 4 mg — if you’re new or want a gentler high. For context, a single capful of one of our Yolo Shotz is about 5 mg, which means you can get about 20 shots or canna cocktails from a single bottle (sizes of course vary among brands). 

You can shoot a THC shot straight, holding that capful-sized dose daintily, pinky up, and wig powdered. Or, if you want that real LFMAO ft. Lil Jon “Shots” vibe, mix your milliliters into sparkling water, soda, or juice, and serve in a shot glass. Virtually any traditional shot recipe works, just sub out the booze for THC. That’s the beauty of marijuana shooters; you can take them as a no-nonsense sip to encourage creativity or get you through your shift, or dress ‘em up for a Friday night and expect less of a Saturday hangover.  

Oh, and don’t forget the best part: you’ve got flavor options. Nowadays, liquid THC tastes like everything from green tea to sour gummy worms. We like Mama’s Tropical Punch, Lemon Lime, and Berry Crush shooters, but we’re also slightly biased. 

Ways to Shake It Up

Look, Mama’s a classy monkey, just like you — she’s not always taking stealth shots in the Circle K parking lot (only sometimes). If you’re a classy stoner, try mixing your THC shot into a weed-infused cocktail. Here’s some inspo.

Tough Mamartini

What you’ll need:

  • 5 ml Berry Crush Yolo Shotz 
  • 5 oz organic coconut water
  • Sugar
  • Sprig of rosemary

How to make it:

  • Rim glass with sugar
  • Combine all liquid ingredients and shake over ice
  • Serve in a 7 oz martini glass
  • Garnish with rosemary sprig

Tough Mama’s Lemon Lime Elixir

What you’ll need:

  • 5-10 ml Lemon Lime Yolo Shotz
  • 5 oz lemon-lime seltzer
  • Hearty dash of lime syrup

How to make it:

  • Combine all ingredients 
  • Serve on ice in a rocks glass

What to Expect

Marijuana shots like Tough Mama’s own family recipe are a good time, but remember that they’re also powerful. THC shots kick in fast (like really fast), so they get you high quick. Expect liquid THC to hit in about 5 to 15 minutes. In comparison, you can expect an onset of about 30 to 60 minutes with most edibles.

Vibes will range from euphoric to mellow depending on the strain the shot contains. The premium cannabis extract used in our Yolo Shotz retains the full spectrum of the flower, which means you’ll get a high that’s a little more spacey and stonery. 

As fast as they hit, marijuana shots also dissipate more quickly than smoke and edibles, making them a little more sessionable (meaning, you can have a few hits in a single session). This also makes it great for hanging with people who have different tolerances — seasoned stoners can keep shooting while canna-casuals can sip slowly. 

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Dr. Ryan Vandrey of John Hopkins University says, “If you’re talking about drinking [weed shots] in a social setting in an evening, you need to drive home at some point. A faster onset and shorter duration might be better.”

Let the High Times Roll

If you’re new to THC shots, always remember the quote Confucius stole from Mama: start low and go slow

When you’re ready to shoot your shot, here’s where to buy Tough Mama’s Yolo Shotz. But try to make your Mama proud, OK? Shoot hard and take big swings, but know your stuff first — and don’t go apeshit.

Dan splits his time between Dallas and LA, where he’s been writing lifestyle, fashion, health, and food content for more than a decade. He’s been fortunate enough to collaborate and publish with companies such as Mistifi, LIVESTRONG, Vitagenne, Reign Together, Out East Rose, SFGate, The Seattle Times, and many more.


Cannabistry – Cannabistry’s Four Proprietary Canna-Tech Platforms Solve Industry Pain Points

Rolling Stone – Drink Your Weed: How Cannabis Beverages Finally Took Off

The Washington Post – How to Carefully, Safely and Legally Use Cannabis in Drinks

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Ask Mama: WTF Are Weed Shakes

Published on April 27, 2022

Weed Shakes Spins

by Tough Mama

No, we’re not talking about shake weed. And, no, we’re not talking about the kinda shakes Daniel Day-Lewis and Kelis are into — though weed milkshakes are actually a thing but try to stay on topic, OK? Listen to Mama for a change.

Weed causes people to feel a lot of different stuff, and in some rare cases, THC can cause people to shake, shiver, or tremor. We call that the weed shakes. It’s always good to listen to your body, and the same kind of science that evolved Mama from a chimp to a gorilla has a perfectly legit explanation for weed shakes, too. Remember that weed shakes are usually harmless, take a deep breath, and we’ll get through this together.

OK, But What are Weed Shakes?

To be real, we don’t have studies in, like, Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research or The Journal of Neuroscience that dive into weed shakes. Honestly, as Herb reminds us, we have a lot more studies touting cannabis’ power to reduce tremors and spasms. 

But what we do have is a heap of anecdotal evidence, where people who have smoked cannabis or taken edibles report involuntary tremors, shivers, and shakes, ranging from unsteady hands to Parkinson-like vibrations. And these stories come from a whole range of sources, from Reddit users to medical pros to cannabis industry CEOs.

Why Shakes Happen

When you smoke weed, shaking is not the ideal result. Munchies, yes, high eyes, sure, but tremors are no bueno. Try not to worry your pretty little human head about it, though, because Mama has a perfectly good explanation. 

THC can actually lower your body temperature as it interacts with nitric oxide in the body, and you know what happens when you’re cold? That’s right, you shiver. But more likely, weed shakes happen when you don’t listen to your mom’s excellent advice about “everything in moderation.” 

Too much THC – whether that’s too many hits or going too hard on a high-concentration strain – can lead not only to psychoactive effects but also to paranoia and even shaking. 

Other reasons people smarter than Mama (THERE AREN’T MANY) suggest for weed shakes include: 

  • Anxiety. 😰 While marijuana is typically a one-way ticket to the Mellow Zone™️, every person’s reaction is different because every person’s body is different. Sometimes, that reaction includes anxious feelings, which can physically manifest with the shakes.
  • Over-Stimulation. 😵‍💫Speaking to Cannigma, Ministry of Hemp CEO Erin Zadoorian says that over-stimulation “usually occurs when you take your weed with other substances, like tobacco or caffeine.” So THC + stimulants = maybe some shakes.
  • Low Blood Sugar. 😪 Because the endocannabinoid system, the built-in bodily network that processes cannabis, helps us maintain a healthy glucose balance, it’s possible that shaking happens as a response to low blood sugar. An American Journal of Medicine piece even found that stoners have a tendency to be more sensitive to the effects of insulin, which adds some weight to this theory.  

Tough Mama’s Cure for Weed Shakes

Usually, Mama’s best health advice is “smoke more weed,” but that’s not the brightest idea here. Try these ancient gorilla healing remedies instead:

  • Cut out the stimulants. If weed shaking is a thing for you, avoid tobacco, Coke, tea, coffee, matcha, fair-trade lattes, Red Bulls, Four Lokos…you get the idea. Cut out any caffeine, nicotine or other sorts of uppers. Mama knows what you did in college.
  • Bundle up. In case those shakes are related to weed’s effect on body temp, get a warm blanket or cozy up by the fire. Doing this will help calm you down, too, which might ease anxiety-induced effects. A little cuddle never hurt anybody, either.
  • Breathe in, breathe out. Mama loves the sound of one hand clapping (silence, for those of you who need a bit of help here), and mindfulness, breathing, and meditation exercises are a great remedy for weed shakes. Get away from hectic environments or chaotic people, focus on your steady inhales and long exhales, and clear your mind in a safe, quiet space.

As Healthline says, you can’t overdose on weed, but you can overdo it. 

Your body reacts to weed differently than anybody else’s body because Mama made you beautiful. So remember to start low and go slow, and keep good, safe company when you’re experimenting with new strains or edibles. Most of the time, you can expect weed shakes to last for no more than 30 minutes, or a few hours with slow-metabolizing edibles. Just rest your head on Mama’s bosom till they pass.


The Cannigma – What Are the ‘Weed Shakes’ and How Can You Prevent Them?

National Library of Medicine – American Journal of Medicine: The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance Among US Adults

Herb – Does Smoking Give You the Shakes?

Healthline – You Might Not Overdose on Cannabis, But You Can Still Overdo It

Real Talk: Here’s How to Tell If Weed Is Laced

Published on April 27, 2022

how to tell if weed is laced

by Tough Mama

Gather round, kids. It’s time for some real talk on a tough subject: laced weed. You all know what I’m talking about. We’ve all heard of weed that’s been mixed with something else to make it stronger, weirder, or to fool you into thinking it’s higher quality than it really is. 

But here’s the deal: Laced weed can be straight-up dangerous. Any self-respecting stoner needs to be able to spot if something funky has been mixed in with their flower. And Tough Mama’s here to teach you how.

Here’s everything you should know about laced weed, including…

  • how to tell if weed is laced.
  • how to tell what it’s laced with.
  • what you should do if you accidentally smoke laced weed.
  • how to avoid buying laced weed in the first place.

How Common Is Laced Weed? 

Kids who grew up watching cartoons and action shows in the ’80s and ’90s thought quicksand would be a much bigger problem in their adult lives. You can say the same thing about the chances of accidentally coming across laced weed. If you go by the headlines and viral posts on Facebook, it seems like a really huge problem. But the facts tell a different story, especially if you’re talking about fentanyl, which is the most likely to get into the headlines. A recent case in Connecticut is a good example. 

In November 2021, the Connecticut Department of Public Health issued a warning about fentanyl in weed. Just a few months later, in February 2022, they had to walk back their warning after testing lots of weed and finding fentanyl in exactly one sample. Even cops agree that it’s pretty rare to find weed laced with fentanyl. 

So How Does It Happen?

Probably by accident. The stories you hear about weed laced with fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, angel dust, and other street drugs don’t pass the smell test. Just like nobody is handing out $20 edibles to kids at Halloween (bummer, Mama knows), no dealer is wasting money by dusting cheap weed with more expensive drugs. 

What’s more likely is that they packaged their weed on the same table where they package other drugs. If they didn’t do a good job of cleaning up between batches, some of the fentanyl might get mixed in with the bud.

Why Do People Lace Weed?

Some stoners lace their own weed with another drug to change the high. That’s cool — Mama doesn’t judge. You might run into it if they bring it to a party or offer to share it with you. If you’re expecting pure flower, though, their little addition might be an unwelcome surprise. 

Street dealers may mix low-quality weed with other things to make it heavier or to fake higher-quality strains. If you know what to look for, you can avoid getting ripped off — or worse, ending up in the ER.

How to Tell If Weed Is Laced

Fentanyl and other street drugs may grab the most headlines, but they’re not the only things you might find in your bud, especially if you’re buying it on the street. Here’s how to tell if weed is laced and what it’s laced with — preferably before you light it up.

  • Know your weed. Know how it should look, taste, smell, and feel. 
  • Smell it. Different strains have very different smells, but they should all have that rich, earthy smell underneath it all. If it smells chemical or fake, it probably is.
  • Feel it. Roll a nug between your fingers. It should be slightly sticky, and some of the trichomes might stick to your fingers. 
  • Look for excess white powder that might be crushed drugs or laundry detergent. The kief should be greenish with maybe a tinge of brown or yellow. 
  • Watch for weird effects when you light up. If it sparks, pops, or burns in weird colors, there’s probably something off with it.

Here are some specific things to check.


Like Mama said it’s rare to find fentanyl in weed. If you’re still worried about it, though, you can use a fentanyl test strip (here’s how to use them) on a small sample. It will tell you if there is any fentanyl in it. 

Special Note: Fentanyl is more dangerous if you inject it or absorb it through mucous membranes, like under your tongue. It’s also a lot easier to test tinctures and oils for fentanyl.


There are two ways to tell if weed is laced with coke:

  1. a lot of white powder shakes off the buds.
  2. your mouth goes numb when you spark it up.

What you might feel after smoking weed laced with cocaine:

  • agitation
  • excitation
  • high energy
  • paranoia
  • heart racing
  • shallow breathing

What to do: Call someone you trust — if you’re not already with a friend. They can get medical help for you if your physical symptoms get too extreme.


Weed isn’t exactly laced with acid because the psychedelic compounds in acid will break down when you light up. Instead, people soak the mouth tip of a joint or blunt in acid to make a rainbow joint. There’s no real way to tell if you’ve got a rainbow joint before you smoke it and start tripping. It can be scary AF if you’re not expecting it.

What you might feel after smoking weed laced with acid:

  • hallucinations
  • euphoria
  • intense emotions
  • time distortion

What to do: Again, get a friend to babysit. You’ll be fine in a few hours.

PCP (Angel Dust)

There are two ways to lace weed with PCP: mix it with the weed or soak the rolling papers in it. If it’s mixed in with the weed, you’ll see more white powder on the buds than there should be. If the papers have been soaked, you might be able to see the dried crystals. but don’t count on it. You will taste it, though. PCP has a strong, harsh smell and taste.

What you might feel after smoking weed laced with angel dust:

  • hallucinations
  • euphoria
  • relaxation
  • excitement
  • feelings of invincibility
  • wired
  • agitated
  • anxious
  • nausea
  • panic
  • racing heartbeat
  • psychosis

What to do: Mama’s starting to feel like a broken record here but — yeah, call a buddy to sit it out with you. They can get help for you if you need it, and keep you company if you don’t.

Other Weird Additives

Some shady dealers try to pass off ditch weed as top-shelf green by doctoring their stash with some pretty nasty stuff. If you pay attention, you can usually catch it before you roll it up and toke.

Ground Glass

Um, yeah, it’s a thing. — and not even a new thing. Back in 2007, Brits had an epidemic of grit weed. Dealers were spraying shwag with the stuff they use to make signs reflective. The buds looked rich and sticky with trichomes — but they were tiny glass beads. 

How to tell: Rub a nug between your fingers. If it’s been laced with glass, it will feel gritty. Or rub against the back of a CD. If it leaves scratches, it’s probably laced.

What to do: Throw it out — and don’t buy from that dealer again.

Laundry Detergent

Again, they’re trying to fake the trichomes you get on dank weed. 

How to tell: Use your eyes. Laundry powder will be pure white or have blue speckles. Or break off a bit of bud and swish it around in a glass of warm water. If it suds — well, trichomes don’t do that.

What to do: Same as before. You don’t really want to smoke bargain-basement laundry soap, do you?

Butane or Fuel

Some strains of weed have a very distinct smell. Sometimes a dealer will try to fake something like Sour Diesel by spraying crap weed with lighter fluid or some kind of fuel. 

How to tell: Break off a chunk and hold it to a lit flame. If it flares right up, it’s probably dipped in something flammable.

What to do: You know the drill by now.

How to Avoid Getting Laced Weed

Mama doesn’t say “don’t” very often, but here’s a big don’t — don’t buy your weed on the street corner. The one sure way to make sure you’re getting the real deal is to buy from a trusted source, like a dispensary. That way, you don’t look like a fool swishing your nugs in a dishpan to see if they suds up.


WebMD Connect to Care – Fentanyl Laced Weed: 3 Myths You Should Stop Believing Now

Ohio Harm Reduction Network – False Reports of Fentanyl in Cannabis

CT Insider- Dozens of CT Overdoses Were Falsely Linked to Fentanyl-laced Marijuana

The Guardian – Warning Issued Over Cannabis Adulterated with Glass Beads

Annenberg Media – Fentanyl-laced Weed: Fact or Fiction?

Filter Mag – The Pernicious Myth of Fentanyl-laced Cannabis – How to Test Drugs with a Fentanyl Test Strip

24 Weed Quotes That Make Perfect Stoner Insta Captions

Published on April 26, 2022

Best Weed Quotes

by Cyrus Grant

“A friend with weed is a friend indeed.” — Pops O’Donnell. 

We gotta agree with Pops on this one. So, next time you want to share a stoner-themed social media post with your friends and followers, go ahead and take one of the weed quotes below and let the likes roll in.

And if you’re looking for a hit of inspiration for your post, check out Tough Mama’s kick-ass cannabis products.

Gilbert Shelton

“Weed will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no weed.” 

Freewheelin Franklin was dropping some wisdom back in 1971, and now you can pass that wisdom on to all your followers.  Use this caption to remind people that all is good when you have some weed.

“Hands down, the dopest dope I’ve ever smoked.”

Pineapple Express is full of gems, and you can’t go wrong with something short and straight to the point. Use this caption to memorialize, you guessed it, the dopest dope you’ve ever smoked.


“If we all had a bong, weed all get along.” 

Nothing brings people together like weed. You can even go for the extra weed pun instead of “we’d” if that’s more your style. Use this caption to show off a group hang-out made better with everyone’s favorite plant.

“Just like weed, you make everything better.”

Everything is better with a friend/partner. Use this caption to show off a picture of your favorite smoking partner.

“Struggle is the enemy but weed is the remedy.”

Lyrics make good captions, and this Kid Cudi line is a perfect example. Use this line as a caption to let people know that no matter the struggle, weed is here to help. 

“I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints, and then I smoke two more.”

Sticking with the lyrics theme, Sublime understands that the best time to light up is whenever the hell you feel like it. Use this line to let the people know that you’ve had a good day staying high.

“It’s 420 Somewhere.”

We don’t really need an excuse, but this is true….probably. Use this for a photo of you smoking morning, day, or night.

“A joint a day keeps the bad mood away.”

We agree. Use this alongside a picture of your favorite pre-roll (whether it be pre- or mid-smoke). We suggest our award-winning Tough Mama Pre-rolls.

“Two wrongs don’t make a right, but two joints made my night.”

Nothing like a cannabis nightcap. Use this caption alongside a picture showing off the end of a great night.

“Red eyes, big smile.”

Weed makes us smile…and makes our eyes red. Use this caption for a picture of you or a friend channeling this winning combo.

“Don’t kill my high because you’re low.”

Sometimes you need to throw some subtle shade at people bringing you negative energy. Use this caption to show people they can’t bring you down.

“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”

The great Bob Marley lives on through his music and as a symbol for marijuana culture. Borrow this famous quote as a caption to spread his always-relevant message.

“The biggest killer on the planet is stress and I still think the best medicine is, and always has been, cannabis.”

Another music legend and cannabis symbol, use this Willie Nelson quote with a picture of you de-stressing.

“Never give up the ganja.”

The man known for playing God in seemingly every movie, Morgan Freeman, dropped this quote during an interview with the Guardian. Use it as solid advice to share alongside any weed-themed Instagram post…or any post really. Heck, yell it from the rooftops.

“Smoking weed doesn’t make you cool, but if you’re cool then you probably smoke weed”

“Can’t complain when you’ve got Mary Jane.”

No arguments here. Use this caption with a picture of you kicking back and relaxing with your good friend Mary Jane.

“Alcohol kills – Weed chills.”

Weed > alcohol. Use this caption to make your preference clear. (If you still want the party vibes of taking shots, try Tough Mama’s YOLO SHOTZ.)

“Don’t worry. Don’t cry. Smoke weed and get high”

Life’s too short to spend it worrying. Get high instead. Use this caption to pass the message along.

“Whatever I do, I do it better stoned”

Whether it’s writing an article on weed quotes, or posting to social media, it’s all done better stoned. Use this to let people know weed is your performance-enhancing drug of choice.

“If you ever miss 4:20, just wait until 4:22. Because 4:22 is 4:20, too.”

Stoners might not be the most punctual, but we’re fun. Use this caption as a playful way to sneak in an extra 420 into your day.

“It’s CANnabis, not CAN’Tabis”

You CAN do it! Use this to let your followers know anything is possible (especially with the help of a little weed).

“I got high, and forgot I wasn’t supposed to get high”

Ricky Williams was able to dominate the football field while high, whoever told him he couldn’t probably should’ve been minding their own business. Use this quote as a nod to the running back that proved you can be elite at what you do and be stoned at the same time. 

“That is not a drug, it’s a leaf”

Arnold Schwarzenegger, known to some as the Governator, dropped this absolute gem back in 2007. Guess he didn’t need to time travel to find that out. (Terminator reference, anyone?)

“Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.”

Do we have to smoke? No. But why wouldn’t we? Use this weed quote to remind people to do what feels good.

Now that you have these caption ideas, all you need is to take the pictures. Get out there, get high, snap some photos, and remember, when you need weed Tough Mama’s got you covered. Oh, and don’t forget to tag @toughmamaweed in your posts!

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25 High Thoughts That Are Sure to Blow Your Mind

Published on April 26, 2022

Hilarious High Thoughts

by Cyrus Grant

Have you ever been so high your brain leveled up? Well, you’re not alone. And to prove it, Tough Mama has gathered all of the most hilarious and mind-bending high thoughts from around the Web.

So, spark one up and get ready to have your mind blown.

1. The only thing worse than running out of lighter fluid is running out of weed.

Weed Jokes Lighter

2. Uno reverse, Officer.

Weed Jokes Tiny Mirror

3.  Weed giveth and weed taketh away.

Weed Jokes Answers

4. Weed never know.

5. Maybe we really are in a simulation.

6. What do we do with the extra gloves?

Weed Jokes Hands

7. We prefer being up in the clouds.

8. Not sure, but when we’re baked, we’ll gladly eat either.

High Thoughts Cookie Bacon

9. Wonder if Mozart ever realized this.

High Thoughts Tuna Piano

10. Lightbulb!

High Thoughts Lightbulb

11. One pulp water, please.

High Thoughts Water Pulp

12. Circle, square, triangle…don’t care as long as it’s pizza.

High Thoughts Pizza

13. New plan: Light up a Tough Mama infused pre-roll and watch a bug documentary.

High Thoughts Bugs

14. So, like, are all stairs reversible?

High Thoughts Stairs

15. Math checks out. Forever young!

16. Weed so fire you forget it’s winter.

High Thoughts Freeze

17. Better late than never.

High Thoughts Working Man

18. Are you saying every day could be our birthday??

19. And words are just air shaped by our mouths.

High Thoughts Name

20. Think about it.

21. Not what I signed up for, tbh.

22. The world may never know.


23. Hard pass.


24. Safety first.


25. Wait, wtf.

Inspired? Let us know if you have any mind-bending thoughts! And if you need a little help getting in the right mindset, check out Tough Mama’s powerful pre-rolls, vape cartridges, and liquid THC shots at your local dispensary.

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Dos and Don’ts of Getting Baked at Music Festivals

Published on April 19, 2022

How to sneak weed into a music festival

by Erica Garza

Want to get high at a music festival but don’t know how to make it past security without doing what Butch Coolidge did with his dad’s watch in Pulp Fiction? We’re here to ease your mind. 

Figuring out how to sneak weed into festivals can be tricky (and don’t count on us to be your one phone call if you get caught!) but people do it all the time without having to do time. After all, haven’t weed festivals been a thing since Woodstock? 

Here’s the low-down on getting high at music festivals this year, from getting your herb in, to enjoying yourself while you’re there.     

How Hard Is It to Sneak Weed Into Festivals? 

Though cannabis is legal for recreational use in several states, most concert venues are subject to strict laws. Even in California, where everyone saw Snoop Dogg toke before taking the stage at Super Bowl LVI, it is prohibited to use cannabis in public. But if you’ve ever been to a concert, you know you’ve encountered that familiar and unmistakable scent of your favorite plant. 

Here are some of the crazy ways that people have tried, but keep in mind their success (or lack thereof) may have depended on the festival, the city, or maybe just the person patting them down:

  • Underwear — this works best for compression shorts and bras.
  • Shoes — try wrapping it tightly in a plastic baggie first and then stuff it deep into the shoe.
  • Tampon applicator— pull out the cotton wad and slide in the herb.
  • Trail mix — Trader Joe’s might be monetizing your mix soon.
  • Peanut butter jar — just don’t do what these guys did at Bonnaroo.
  • A hollowed deck of cards — even David Blaine would be jealous.
  • Ballpoint pen — remove the tip of the ballpoint pen and the ink barrel for a classy hiding place.
  • String holes of a sweater — you’re about to love your favorite hoodie even more.
  • A pack of gum — the minty smell will throw them way off.
  • Ground coffee — similarly, the smell of coffee is usually strong enough to overpower your ganja.
  • Books — you might get an eye roll for wanting to read between sets, but security is unlikely to flip through the pages of Oprah’s latest book club rec.    
  • Cigarette pack — this classic hiding spot will just make you look like any old innocent tobacco user.

The Best Methods for Getting High at Festivals 

While you might love the way your bong brightens up your coffee table, you definitely wouldn’t want to lug that into a festival.

It’s highly recommended to smoke discreetly, so pre-rolled joints come in handy here because they’re easier to hide and save you the hassle of having to roll when you’re inside. Vape cartridges are also small enough to hide almost anywhere you’d hide a joint, though you should be mindful of keeping them in a moderately cool place. So, maybe don’t hide them near your ballsack, in your bra, or in your shoe if you tend to get sweaty.

Where to Smoke Once You’re Inside 

Though you’ll probably see people lighting up almost anywhere, there are some places within most venues where you’re less likely to get caught. 

If you’re in the middle of a crowd and everyone is smoking all around you, feel free to join in. If you’re the only one getting baked, it’s usually a good idea to blow your smoke or vapor upward instead of towards other people’s faces. They may not like the aroma as much as you do. 

Speaking of people’s faces, it’s also not a good idea to shotgun the security guards as much as you think it’ll help them enjoy Doja Cat’s set even more. While most onsite police and security will look the other way if you’re smoking nearby, you still want to be as discreet as you can and not cause a scene. 

Dos and Don’ts to Keep in Mind 

DO bring your own weed to the festival, which leads us to the very important first don’t…

DON’T attempt to buy cannabis at the festival. Cops may look the other way if you’re smoking, but they probably won’t be as chill if they see you buying. You also don’t know if the weed you’re buying is any good or if it’s laced with something shady like fentanyl. It’s probably better to go the route of a legal dispensary instead of depending on that guy you just met in line.

DO share with friends. If you’re getting a hard look from the person next to you because you’re smoking, don’t get paranoid and think they’re about to snitch. They probably just want a hit. 

DON’T sell your shit. Cops definitely won’t look the other way if they see you making a deal. You might be looking for a side hustle, but selling weed at festivals isn’t it.

DO have fun. Weed makes everything better, even the performances you’re not really looking forward to. And if you’re still too scared to attempt making it past security, don’t fret. Just pregame before the show with a cannabis beverage that you can swig on the way in like Tough Mama’s Yolo Shotz, which takes just 7-15 minutes for you to feel its effects. Or maybe just opt for a cannabis-friendly music festival like the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball or 4/20 on Hippie Hill. Something tells us they won’t pat you down too hard on your way in.

Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. She writes about health, sex, tech, and cannabis. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Salon, and VICE.


California Legislative Information – Chapter 9.5 Loitering for Drug Activities

Reddit –  Best way to sneak bud into music festivals?

NME – 500 mushroom-laced peanut butter treats seized pre-Bonnaroo

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Ask Mama: Is Greening Out a Real Thing?

Published on April 19, 2022

what is greening out

by Tough Mama

All right, kids, gather round. It’s time for a tough talk about a tough subject: greening out. You’ve got questions, like

  • What is greening out? 
  • Is greening out even for real or is it just more reefer madness scare stories?
  • What do I do if I get too high? 
  • Is there anything I can do to avoid a greenout?
  • And the biggie: What’s the worst that could happen? 

If you’ve read Mama’s Story, you already know we don’t mess around with the facts, so here are some straight answers to all of your questions.

The TL;DR on Greening Out

The bad news is that greening out is a thing that can happen. The good news is that it won’t kill you…and what doesn’t kill you teaches you a little more about your tolerance. 

The most common symptoms of greening out are

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Increased heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Hallucinations (in extreme cases)

For most people, the effects only last a couple of hours, and you can ride it out with a few common-sense ways to cope (which Mama will share later in this article). There are also things you can do to make greenouts a lot less likely, like not getting cross-faded on weed and booze at the same time, or making sure you’re fed and watered before you start. 

If you have a heart condition or history of heart disease, you should definitely talk with your medical professional about consuming cannabis. 

What Is Greening Out?

Greening out is what happens when you consume more THC than your body can handle. It’s not uncommon — in fact, most stoners will probably experience a greenout at least once, especially when using high potency products or trying a new form of cannabis. It has a range of nasty effects, including nausea, dizziness, discomfort, paranoia, generalized anxiety, racing heartbeat, drowsiness, and, you know, generally feeling like you’re going to die. (Don’t worry, it happens to the toughest of us!)

What Causes Greening Out?

Like Mama already said (so listen up this time), the simple answer is “consuming too much THC.” 

But what exactly is “too much”? This is where things get complicated. The line between vibing and greening out can be different for every person — and it even can vary for each person depending on different circumstances. To understand it, you need to know a little about how weed gets you high. 

Here’s a down-and-dirty primer. 

The Endocannabinoid System and Greening Out

The endocannabinoid system (known as the ECS, for short) is the most recently discovered bodily system and may be the most important system in our bodies. Stoner science for the win.

The ECS helps maintain homeostasis in all of the cells in the body. In other words, whenever something in our environment changes, the ECS goes to work to keep the body functioning at its best level. It does this by releasing certain enzymes that bind to receptors on the surface of our cells, which trigger chain reactions that help us feel warmer, cooler, less anxious, calmer, hornier — the list goes on and on. 

Basically, the ECS is what keeps our brains and bodies working the way they should.

Some of those enzymes our body makes are virtually identical to enzymes found in the cannabis plant, most notably THC and CBD. When you take in THC, it binds to certain receptors, triggering your body to release chemicals that make you feel happier, calmer, more nervous, hornier, etc., etc. When you take in more THC than your system can handle, your body is flooded with those chemicals, which results in — you guessed it — greening out. 

Does Greening Out Mean I’m a Lightweight?

It’s not a shame game, okay? While newbies or folks that haven’t toked up in a while are more likely to get too high, it can happen to anyone at any time, especially if they’re partaking in a high-potency product for the first time. 

There are a few things that can make you more susceptible to that way-too-high feeling, though. They include…

  • Partaking in weed AND other substances, especially alcohol
  • Getting stoned on an empty stomach
  • Being high in a situation that makes you anxious
  • Using a higher dosage or different form of cannabis than you’re used to
  • Genetics (maybe)

In other words, if you’re already feeling a little off, there’s a higher risk that you may have a bad reaction. There are ways to counterbalance most of those factors in the tips section below. (Mama’s got you!!)

Symptoms of Getting Too High 

Let’s take a closer look at the most common symptoms of getting too high.

  • Nausea 🤢 : While weed is well-known as a way to fight nausea, it’s also one of the most common symptoms of over-consumption. It will pass.
  • Anxiety 😬 : Some (unlucky!) people get anxious when they indulge, but the anxiety that comes along with a greenout can be next level. If you find yourself wondering whether you’ll ever come down from this high, chances are you’re mid-greenout. Roll with it, and be careful not to call 911 and tell them you are literally dying — especially if you’re a cop.
  • Paranoia 👀 : Paranoia is another common reaction to weed, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re on the way to greening out. It is a pretty good signal that you should chill for a bit, though. If you’re feeling extra jumpy or panicking at every little sound, it’s time for a little self-care.
  • Increased heart rate ❤️: One of the physical side effects of weed is an increase in your heart rate. When you’re all in your head, though, that increase can feel really scary. Combine it with paranoia and anxiety, and it’s almost a closed feedback loop. Unless you have an underlying heart condition, this, too, shall pass in due time.
  • Drowsiness 😴 : That pleasant, mellow dreaminess you get from a nice hit of Indica can sometimes cross the line to knocking you out for the count. If you’re not in a good place to sleep it off, that can be a big problem.
  • Dry mouth 😛 : Cottonmouth is a real thing, and it’s not just from dehydration. Turns out that THC makes you produce less saliva. Chew some gum, or suck on hard candy.

What To Do If You — Or Your Buddy — Gets Too High 

Despite your best efforts and experience, it happens. You — or one of your bud buddies — are way too high. Here’s what you can do to get through it.

  1. Don’t Panic. Yes, that’s easier said than done, but it really helps to keep reminding yourself that no one ever died of a weed overdose. You’ll be fine. It will just take time. 
  2. Get with Friends. If you’re alone, call a friend to be with you. Pick someone that gets it, and will hang with you, reassure you, and distract you. This is not the time for that one friend — you know who they are — that thinks it’s funny to pop a balloon behind your head.
  3. Hydrate. Water and a light snack will help take the edge off. A glass of fruit juice can be especially helpful since it will give your blood sugar a little lift. Just avoid alcohol, since research shows that alcohol increases the concentration of THC in the blood. This is the exact opposite of what you want to happen when you’re already greening out.
  4. Distract Yourself. Play a video game, go for a walk, watch your favorite comfort show. Do whatever it takes to just take your mind off your symptoms and make the time pass more quickly.
  5. Try Some CBD. CBD can help manage the over-the-top effects of too much THC. Keep a few gummies handy just in case.
  6. Sniff Some Pepper. Or a Lemon. It sounds weird, but there are a lot of folks that swear by lemon or black peppercorns to help them come down when they’re too high. It’s probably because they both contain natural terpenes that help relieve anxiety.
  7. Take a Nap. Sleeping it off works. 

When to Get Help

In most cases, greening out is nothing to worry about. You should call for medical help if:

  • someone is continually vomiting.
  • someone has a heart condition and is experiencing chest pain.
  • they seem overly sedated (i.e., you can’t keep them awake).

Tips to Avoid Greening Out 

Our vape carts and infused pre-rolls may be a little stronger than you’re used to — tough as a silverback, remember? If this is your first trip on the silverback express, here are a few things you can do to ensure that you bliss-out, instead of greenout. 

  1. Indulge in a Safe Space. Yeah, yeah, you’re not a baby. Still, being in a place where you’re comfortable with people you like makes everything better, right?
  2. Go Easy on the Alcohol. If you do decide to crossfade, the accepted wisdom is weed first, then booze
  3. Know Your Tolerance. If you’re trying a new strain, product, or different method of ingesting, go easy at first ( especially if you’re going for something with higher THC than you’ve tried before). Take it one hit at a time, and wait to judge how high you are before hitting it again.
  4. Know the Dosage. Okay, real talk here. Look for the dose on the label before you buy — and only buy from those you trust to put the truth on their labels. 
  5. Eat a Little Something Before You Get High. Weed on an empty stomach is an invitation to the greenout gremlins. 
  6. Take it Low and Slow. Mama knows that’s standard advice, but it’s especially important when you’re experimenting with something new like Mama’s Yolo SHOTZ. Even if you’re used to edibles packing 100-200mg, nanoemulsions come up quick and let your body absorb more THC. Mama’s suggestion: start with 5mg microdoses and proceed with caution.

Mama’s Got Your Back

We’re all about putting the fun back into getting high. That’s why we never cut corners when it comes to getting properly baked. Every cart and pre-roll is high-quality, high-potency, and tasty as Mama’s home cooking. Check it out — and be ready to party.


Leafly – 8 Ways to Sober Up from Being High

Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia – How Do You Look After Someone Who Is Greening Out on Cannabis?

Harvard Health – Marijuana and Heart Health: What You Should Know

Canigma – What Is Greening Out? What Does It Mean and Is It Dangerous?

Healthline – Can You Overdose on Cannabis? Separating Myth from Fact

NORML – Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System

Way of Leaf – The Science Behind Weed and  Cotton Mouth

Leafly – Can CBD Undo the Anxious Side Effects of THC?

Herb – What Is Crossfading and How to Do It Properly

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