by Meredith DeLuca
As the Cannabis industry grows in this country and abroad, so does the number of pot-curious travelers roaming our region. While it is not fully-legal in New York State (yet!), our progressive region is still a welcoming place for those visitors who might like to look on the green-side of things. Legal forms of Cannabis are here to stay, so here at Welcome 716 we have compiled a list of the best things in our region that offer a glimpse at this budding industry.
With the passage of the Farm Bill in December 2018, CBD and other products of the hemp plant were legalized in New York State
Here are our suggestions for cannabis-friendly activities in the Buffalo Niagara region (and one Canadian suggestion):
Terrapin Station is a classic headshop that has been keeping Buffalo cool for over 3 decades. Recently, Terrapin Station was deemed one of the United States’ Most Legendary Headshops by High Times Magazine, which is quite a high honor. From Grateful Dead t-shirts, to meditation bowls, to Bamboo plants, rolling papers and so much more, Terrapin Station goes way beyond your average headshop. Terrapin Station exemplifies a chill vibe and a thriving community of kind, eclectic people sharing a social connection, and that’s really what cannabis culture is all about.
Excuria Salon & Spa CBD Massage
Excuria Salon & Spa offers an array of massages and treatments including the relaxing Rainbow Maker CBD Massage. This warming massage nourishes skin and brings luminosity with mineral highlights. Packed with Hi-Bio fast absorbing, full spectrum hemp oil with cannabinoids, this massage is a unique experience that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. The stereotypes surrounding CBD and cannabis are slowly melting away thanks to places like Excuria Salon & Spa that show the benefits of these natural remedies go way beyond simply “getting high.”
Terrapin Station on Hertel Ave. opened its doors in 1988
Excuria Salon & Spa offers a relaxing CBD oil massage
This new CBD shop in Tonawanda is a reliable place to purchase CBD in our region. They definitely do their research and with all of the options out there it can be rather confusing to navigate the CBD products available. What we love about Sativa Remedy is that they have strict guidelines for the products they sell. Like anything else you put into your body, you have to be able to trust the potency and safety of the CBD. At Sativa Remedy, they support the United States’ hemp industry and our domestic economy by only sourcing hemp products from farmers and manufacturers in the U.S. with clean, sustainable, and organic growing practices. They also have an online store so be sure to check that out as well.
This private cannabis club of Buffalo Niagara is a place where all people from all walks of life can come together and embrace their common denominator – a love for that special green plant. Their invite only policy ensures a safe space where privacy is embraced. You can request an invite on their website. You’ll also find cool events on their website like Cooking With Cannabis and much more.
The Niagara Herbalist (Ontario, Canada)
While we love supporting domestic economies, if you want to smoke the good stuff legally you have to take a short drive to our neighbors to the North at The Niagara Herbalist. It’s a quick car ride from Buffalo and Niagara Falls to experience a real-life dispensary, but be smart. Obviously, we do NOT condone bringing any weed or illegal items back to the States. And you shouldn’t be high while crossing the border either. But if you do your research, are smart and abide by the laws of each country, it can be fun to experience what it’s like to patron a legal dispensary.
CBD can be consumed via oral tinctures, gummies and vape cartridges
An industry that’s here to stay
At the moment, the legal-cannabis business is kind of the Wild West with a patchwork of unclear regulations that vary from state to state, and even city to city, but a market is emerging and big business is coming. This industry is here for the long-haul, so whether you’re curious to explore, a seasoned enthusiast, or someone looking for a new experience, we have your starting point. While our region has become a boomtown for craft beverages and unique food experiences, it’s just a matter of time before more businesses incorporate this commonly used plant into their business platforms. The times are changing and Welcome 716 is happy to see another budding industry making its way into our region. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em! Just be smart, safe and conscious while doing so.