Solventless Tsunami: Left Coast Extracts Vape Pods Deliver the Flavor

Fans of magnetic, dual-barrel vape systems are in for a long and steady ride on a rollercoaster of terps. Left Coast Extracts pods are available in dual-barrel form, and the strain-specific extracts are more than worthy of praise. Apart from Left Coast Extracts’ 510 thread pens, cartridges, and Dablicators, the dual-barrel pod system provides consistent deep draws that fits flat and naturally.

San Diego County-based Left Coast Extracts craft solventless-focused concentrates from California-grown flower with quality that carries over in the final product. The company was founded by Alexandria Kometas and Coltin Barody, who comes from a background in the U.S. Navy and presidential honor guard.

At Left Coast Extracts, strains known for their effects are hand-selected for the extraction process, and there’s also an emphasis on the individual consumers and patients. Left Coast offers a variety of solventless consistencies including crumble, diamonds (with over 95% THC), badder, diamonds & sauce, and so on. The company has taken home multiple Cannabis Cup wins over the years at events from Denver, Colorado to Amsterdam with entries such as Jack Herer, a sativa.

The vape pod delivery system is perfect for AirBnb stays or moms and dads who want the vape to hit but also want the odor to be minimal. The pods fit together with the battery stick like a Lego, and it is held together with a magnet. It’s light enough and flat enough to forget it’s in your pocket. It’s interchangeable with similar dual barrel pens; however, Left Coast owns the patent to the pod. The colorful pod boxes provide lab results, and a QR code on the back can be scanned to provide further results.

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Left Coast Extracts Premium Vape Pods Review

I started off my journey with the Gelato Premium Vape Pod (Sunset Sherbet x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies) hybrid, which came in a red box. It contained 878 mg of THC and 1.6 mg of CBD. A quick wave of peace and warmth massaged my body. It provided a moderately strong body high—the perfect ballpark of medium potency for aficionados but maybe a bit too much for newbies. All of the Cookies, Sherbinskis, and Mario Guzman goodness is still there in oil form from this popular strain. This one in particular turned up the crank in creativity, and it made me want to create art or start a project.

Next, I opened a yellow box containing another pod with a tiny picture of an ice cream cone melting on a cake. Ice Cream Cake Premium Vape Pod (Cheesecake x Dream Cookie), an indica, contained 901 mg of THC and 1.7 mg of CBD. It’s sweet, tangy, and has a bit of vanilla nut hint. Fire up this cart before a binge on Netflix because you’re going to be somewhat cemented to the couch. It won’t render you into a deflated bog person, but you probably will lose track of time a bit after a couple of hits of the Ice Cream Cake. When I eventually came to my senses, it was a rude awakening into reality, and I remained in a pleasant haze.

NYC Diesel Premium Vape Pod had a refreshingly different taste with 939 mg of THC and 7.7 mg of CBD. I’d recommend this for people seeking out substantial levels of CBD that you’re probably not getting with smoked cannabis. NYC diesel has been around for over 20 years as a killer sativa, a Mexican sativa crossed with an Afghani cut, and it still knocks me out of the park. It provides a full-bodied high with numerous effects on mood, energy, and general well-being. The sweet chem-diesel taste and aroma, however, is the real reason most people gravitate towards NYC Diesel. For some people, it’s a flashback from the past. I took this pen along with me when I went jogging, making the activity quite a bit more enjoyable.

I popped open another pod that also provides a bit more CBD than you typically find in carts. Orangeade Premium Vape Pod, another hybrid, (Tangie x Purple Punch) contained 940 mg of THC and a whopping 9.7 mg of CBD in an orange box. This had the most powerful effect on mood out of any of the pods that I sampled. I can see the potential here for anyone facing mental conditions on their own. Orangeade flower is loaded with humulene and limonene and provides the expected citrus taste, combined with the floral/hops notes. The balanced effect is useful during multiple times of day.

Also check out vape pod flavors such as indicas like Zombie OG and Superman OG Vape Pod or sativas like Jack Herer and Blue Dream.

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Trends in the Concentrate Market

Cannabis concentrates are likely the best bang for your buck, and trends in the concentrate market indicate this. Concentrates rank fifth in the most extensive product category. Although not nearly as popular as cannabis flower, among young consumers, concentrates are three times more prevalent than among older adults. As well, males tend to buy concentrates […]

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DIY Hash: It’s Super Easy

If you live in America or Canada, you might not come across hash that much, as its more standard to smoke a dried version of the cannabis plant. In other parts of the world, however, like the mid-East, India, and into Europe, hash is often more popular, and some much prefer it. If you’re a hashhead, or looking to try it out, here are some general instructions for DIY hash in your own home.

DIY hash is one of the best ways to get a quality hash product, right in your own home, just the way you want it. Welcome to our independent news publication which specializes in the cannabis and psychedelics industries going on today. Be a part of it by signing up for THC Weekly Newsletter, which also puts you at the front of the line for offers on cannabis products, likes vapes, edibles, and other paraphernalia, along with cannabinoid products including delta-8 THC. We remind you, *cannabinoid products are not preferred by everyone, and we promote consumers to buy products they are comfortable with using.


What is hash?

The cannabis plant can be taken, dried out, and then smoked in order to gain psychoactive effects. For a lot of the world, this is exactly how it’s done. However, in some places, it’s not about the standard plant, but a compressed and processed version of it, called hash, or hashish. Hash is essentially the compressed resin glands of the plant, known as trichomes. The cannabinoids of the plant are housed within these trichomes, so hash is a concentrated version of these cannabinoids.

This resin, when compressed, forms bricks or slabs, that are softer or harder depending on the strain, and the amount of compression. It ranges in color from brighter yellow to darker red and black, and is somewhere between brittle and bendable in terms of consistency.

Hash is similar to kief, which is powdered trichomes that are usually collected via a mesh screen at the bottom of a bud container. Kief is a powdery substance of trichomes, while hash is the more condensed version. Hash is easily made by compressing kief until it becomes solid. This is as simple as rolling around kief in the hand, or squashing it in a sandwich bag. This is probably the easiest way to make hash, and some people save their kief for this purpose.

Hash is a popular (or the most popular) form of marijuana in many places like Morocco, Lebanon, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, India, and Iran. It’s usually smoked with a pipe or bong, used in edibles, vaped via a dab, or rolled with tobacco to make a spliff. Hash is accounted for in the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the international drug treaty that regulates global cannabis legality. The line: “the separated resin, whether crude or purified, obtained from the cannabis plant”, refers to hash.

Hash has been a staple in several cultures, going back centuries, although when it first came about, and from where, are unknown in present day. The first use of the word ‘hashish’ in written history is its inclusion in a pamphlet published in Cairo Egypt in 1123 CE. This wasn’t necessarily a positive reference, and pointed at the  Nizari Muslims as ‘hashish-eaters’. Hash has a long history in India and Nepal, where the local name ‘charas’ is used.

DIY hash

There are different ways to make hash, with the easiest listed above. Overall, the processing for hash is minimal, and unlike creating oils, tinctures, or edibles, requires very little in order to get to the final product.

DIY hashThe kief method

If you have a bunch of kief, and you want hash, just compress it until it reaches the consistency of hash you like, and voila, you’re done. It’s one of the simplest ways to do it, since kief already functions as an extract.

You also have the option of using a hash press. A hash press (pollen press) is a tool used to compress the kief into a solid hash brick. It’s usually a simple design whereby the kief is put in the devise, with a cap and plunger on the end, which is used to compress the kief down. Its left in place for an hour or more to get it to stay in shape. When using a press, you can decide how compressed you’d like your final product to be.

If buying a press seems extensive, there’s a poor man’s way to do it too. For this you just need a standard iron and parchment paper. Set the iron on low and put the kief within two layers of the paper, about ¼ inch thick. Iron it for 3-4 seconds at a time, and about 20 times over. Check in between to make sure the heat and pressure are right. When it’s how you want it, you’re done. Go ahead and smoke it!

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DIY hashDry sift hash instructions

This is a standard and easy procedure that’ll net you some decent DIY hash. This method involves dry-sifting the weed, and requires different sized screens, preferably attached to boxes for collection. If boxes are not available, just make sure you’ve got some place for what’s coming through the screen, to go on the other side. The general process goes like this:

1 – Rub the plant material over the screen with the largest holes, until no more resin comes out. It’s expected that other unwanted plant material will also get through, since the holes are bigger to start with.

2 – Continue the process with smaller and smaller screens until the plant material has been sifted out, and you’re left with concentrated resin. That’s it. Not terribly difficult. It literally only involves rubbing the weed through successive screens until the most concentrated part is left.

3 – Smoke it!

DIY hashBubble hash instructions

There is another way to make hash, and it also makes use of the idea of cold. Cold has shown to be quite beneficial for cannabis plants, at the time of harvest, and for processing afterwards. Cold locks things in place, and keeps compounds from degrading, so if a plant is frozen immediately at the time of harvest, and/or kept cold through preparations, the final product is often stronger and more pure. This pertains to the making of bubble hash, though the weed does not have to be frozen first for this method. It’s just an added benefit.

For this method, a five gallon bucket, a large spoon for mixing, and bubble bags are required. Bubble bags are bags that offer different layers of filtration, much like the successive layers of screens used in the above method. Bags are used instead of screens because this method involves liquids. I’m putting basic instructions here, however, other steps and tools can also be employed. Check recipes for alternate approaches.

1 – Put the bag with the smallest micron filters in the bucket first, and then cover it with each successive sized micron bag. The one with the biggest holes should be on top.

bubble bags

2 – Fill the bucket with ice and weed. First a layer of ice, then a layer of weed, then another of ice, and another of weed, and so on until the top. Fill up as much as can be fit in the bucket without overflowing. The top layer must be ice, and not weed.

3 – Let it sit for a bit. You can even stick it all in a cooler for an hour or so. Everything must get cold.

4 – Stir. This might be difficult at first since you’re stirring ice within bags, but as the ice melts, it gets easier to stir. This agitates the material and removes the trichomes from the plant, so they can go through the successive layer of filters. Stir for 10-15 minutes, increasing speed. The more you agitate the plant matter, the more comes off of it.

5 – Strain it. As the ice melts, it brings the trichomes through the filters, which stop the plant material from getting through. Each bag should have less and less plant material as the filtration holes get smaller, and the bottom bag should only have resin by the end. Each layer makes for a different hash, with different amounts of plant material. You can decide which level you like the most, for the preparation of future batches.

6 – Smoke it!

Conclusion

There you have it, hash is one of the easiest concentrates you can make, and it doesn’t require dangerous chemicals, or processing techniques. Just get the appropriate tools together for your preferred method of extraction and compression, and you can have some solidly awesome DIY hash in just a few hours, or less. Check out other DIY instructions for gummies, tinctures, sweet treats, skincare products, tea, and oils. You can even check out guides for making your own CBN, and delta-8 THC, although we do not recommend the latter for novices.

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Magic Mushroom Tinctures: What They Are and How to Make Them

Magic mushrooms are growing in popularity, with several locations decriminalizing their use, and some states looking to legalize their recreational use. We also know that mushrooms are generally eaten, with some administration methods providing less useful means of delivery. Right now, some companies are working on ways to make transdermal patches for absorption through the skin. But there’s another way to consume them: as magic mushroom tinctures. Here’s what a magic mushroom tincture is, and some basic information on how to make one.

Making magic mushroom tinctures might not be for everyone, but it does provide an entirely different way to consume psilocybin. Interested parties should proceed with caution. We are an independent publication reporting on everything important and interesting in this growing world of psychedelics. Keep up with us by signing up for the The Cannadelics Weekly Newsletter, and get your daily dose of industry news, while being first in line for new promotions and deals on psychedelic products, as they start to become available.


What’s a tincture?

A tincture is an extraction that’s used on pretty much any plant, where a solvent is employed to take out different plant constituents. Tinctures generally use ethyl alcohol, and some will only consider an alcohol extraction to be a tincture. However, whether simply considered ‘extracts’, or tinctures as well, these same extractions can be done using vinegar and vegetable glycerin. Whether the latter two are used for magic mushroom tinctures is hard to say, so for this article we’ll focus on tinctures as solely an alcoholic extraction.

There are different ways of making tinctures, but the general idea is to leave plant material in a solvent over time, with shaking used to agitate the material in order to help particles move away from the plant, and into the mentrsuum – which is the solvent material. Tinctures are often left for several weeks at a time, if not more, in order to allow this process to happen. For some plants there are expedited tincture recipes that call for hot or cold in order to speed up the process.

When a tincture is done, its run through cheesecloth one or more times to separate the plant material from the alcohol, which is chock full of plant constituents. The remaining tincture is very concentrated, and can generally be administered by the drop. Tinctures allow a product to last longer, as an alcoholic tincture has a shelf life of many years, so long as its kept in an airtight container, and away from sunlight. They are often put in dark glass bottles to keep any light exposure to a minimum.

Tinctures have several benefits. In the case of weed tinctures, for example, the user doesn’t have to smoke the plant, though this is less relevant with mushrooms. What is relevant, is that tinctures can be taken sublingually – under the tongue, to allow for quick absorption through the many blood vessels under the tongue. This is enhanced by using alcohol for the tincture, which allows even quicker permeation through cell walls.

While mushrooms are generally ingested, sublingual administration allows the user to bypass the digestive tract, meaning the psilocybin goes directly to the bloodstream (like with patches). If a user wishes to only have this part, they can spit out the tincture after taking it sublingually, in order to keep anything not already absorbed, from going through the digestive tract.

Magic mushroom tinctures

Mushroom tinctures exist for different kinds of mushrooms, and are often used to access the medicinal components of mushrooms, in a more concentrated way. Common mushrooms for medicinal mushroom tinctures include chaga, cordyceps, lion’s mane, reishi, shitake, and turkey tail. Of course, you can also make a magic mushroom tincture in the same way.

Magic mushroom tinctures are not the most popular way of consuming magic mushrooms, but as the industry grows, they can be expected to make more of an appearance. In light of current state decriminalization and legalization measures for psychedelics, it becomes that much more important to know all the ways they can be used.

In order to make magic mushroom tinctures, you’ll need just a few things: 1) dried out and powdered magic mushrooms (this can be accomplished by grinding a dried mushroom in a mortal and pestle, 2) a glass jar with an airtight lid, 3) a very high proof alcohol (as close to 100% as possible), 4) cheesecloth, and 5) dropper bottles for the final product. *While I will explain the basic process next, I am not encouraging anyone to use illegal substances, I’m simply giving instructions on how to make a tincture.

How-to make magic mushroom tinctures

Step one – Take your mushroom powder and pour the alcohol over it. Make sure they are thoroughly mixed. Leave the mixture to sit for at least 24 hours, and up to several weeks. In terms of quantity of powder vs alcohol, you’ll want to make sure the alcohol just covers the powder, with nothing extra. Approximately two grams of magic mushroom powder should equal about 1ml of tincture at the end, and about 1-2ml is needed to produce a good psychedelic experience. Of course, using more alcohol is always okay, but it will take longer to evaporate it out at the end.

magic mushroom powder

Step two – During the waiting period, shake the mixture several times, this acts to agitate the material and helps remove the plant constituents from the plant material, and into the alcohol.

Step three – Filter out the mushroom material from the alcohol. This is done with cheesecloth. You have the option of running more alcohol through the mixture, and then combining the two sets of alcohol together – therefore making for a double extraction. With some mushrooms, the second part is done with water to ensure that water-soluble plant constituents get removed as well. This is not required though, just a way of getting more active compounds out of the plant material. The result of the filtration is a thick, goopy substance.

Step four – Allow the alcohol to evaporate out. As psilocybin breaks down in heat, this part shouldn’t involve extra heat to quicken the process, and can take a day or so to finish. Obviously, you’ll leave your jar open so the alcohol can evaporate out, and leave it for as long as it needs to be left.

Side note* – Magic mushrooms come in different potencies, so the idea of precise dosing once a tincture is made, is a bit difficult, and should be done carefully. How strong the final tincture is, is dependent on the strength of the original mushrooms, the growing medium, and how the tincture extraction is done. This makes it important for prospective makers of magic mushroom tinctures to know average potency for the mushrooms they choose to use, and the weight of the powder being used. Also, this recipe applies to psilocybin mushrooms only, not fly agaric mushrooms.

You can also buy magic mushroom tinctures

You can always tell when a market is starting to blow up, by the inclusion of more and more varied products for sale. Such is the case with magic mushroom tinctures, which are now advertised online. As of right now, I see the majority of sites coming out of Canada. As these sites do not operate illegally, I will not link to them, nor encourage anyone to use them.

Not because I think they’re definitely bad, either, but as an unregulated industry, it means no testing measures spoken about on these sites are likely to be legit, and its impossible to speak to the quality of the product, or if any bad materials are used. Sure, they could be fine, but good marketing is easy to come by, so an inviting site does not mean a quality product.

Buying illegal drugs online is always a bit dicey, and this isn’t because the drugs in question are necessarily dangerous. Magic mushrooms don’t come with a death toll, and have been shown more and more to be useful for tons of medical issues. But this doesn’t mean that opportunistic and unscrupulous businesses won’t attempt to take advantage of your desire to procure illegal drugs. If you are looking to buy online, find out as much as you can about the company you choose to buy from. If they’ve been around for awhile, or sell other quality products, you can have more faith in them. If you find a bunch of articles telling you to beware…then best to beware!

mushroom tincture

How else can you use magic mushrooms?

Now that we know that magic mushroom tinctures can be made, how else can magic mushrooms be used? Well, first and foremost, you won’t gain much by trying to smoke them, and you might make yourself a bit sick. As mentioned earlier, psilocybin is not thermally labile, meaning it breaks down with heat, meaning you probably won’t get the hit you’re looking for with smoking.

The one exception *might be fly agaric mushrooms (Amanita muscaria), which are not psilocybin mushrooms, but muscimol and ibotenic acid mushrooms. Though all mushrooms could be called ‘poisonous’ mushrooms, that’s what these mushrooms are designated as, and not hallucinogenic mushrooms. This is all semantics however, as they do similar things, but with different active compounds. These mushrooms have a slightly better reputation for being smokable, but interested parties should be extremely careful if this is something they want to try, as mushrooms contain many different, often dangerous, compounds, and smoking them introduces molds and fungi into the lungs.

Magic mushrooms as an edible is the primary way of consumption, and though mushroom teas are not new, magic mushroom tea is a more modern invention. Even boiling water can be hot enough to degrade the psilocybin and psilocin of the mushrooms, so making sure your tea water doesn’t stay at that high a temperature for too long is important when attempting a magic mushroom tea. In fact, it would likely be beneficial to let the water cool a few degrees before applying it to the mushrooms. Much like with a tincture, this isn’t done with fresh mushrooms, but with dried, powdered mushrooms.

Another growing use of magic mushrooms is with skin patches, aka transdermal patches. These patches are employed quite a bit for pain medicine administration, birth control, and to take off warts, among other uses. Though they come in different designs, they all revolve around the idea of medicine put in or around the adhesive layer of a patch, which allows the compounds to enter the bloodstream through the skin over time.

Several different biotech companies are currently making magic mushroom patch formulations. These include Nova Mentis and Mycrodose who teamed up to investigate using psilocybin patches for fragile X syndrome. Another partnership exists between Ei.Ventures and Tioga, who are researching using said patches for psilocybin medicine delivery. And a third venture by The Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI) and Pharma Ther, Inc., is geared at using micro-needle patches for the delivery of psychedelic compounds like MDMA, LSD, DMT, psilocybin, and ketamine.

Conclusion

Whether you’re a big magic mushrooms fan, or simply looking to make a high-powered medicine, magic mushroom tinctures provide a way to create a strong psilocybin extract. Obviously, care should be taken by anyone attempting to make such a tincture. However, I do expect that as the industry grows, and as legalizations come through, that these tinctures will become much more commonplace, being made in homes, and with plenty of pre-made products on shelves.

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DIY Weed Tinctures: Best Methods

There’s something so fulfilling about doing something yourself, and having more control over the process and the final product. Whether its DIY gummies, baked goods, or tea, home jobs are sometimes way better than buying any product. So, if you’re into tinctures, here are some guidelines for DIY weed tinctures, that should have you making a great product, all on your own.

Having quality products to buy is a great thing. But sometimes it’s best to get a job done yourself. With these DIY guidelines for making weed tinctures, you can control for all factors and create the best product possible, all on your own! Welcome to our little publication, where we go over everything relevant in the wide world of weed. Keep up by subscribing to THC Weekly Newsletter, and also get direct access to offers on vapes, edibles, and other paraphernalia, as well as deals for cannabinoid compounds like HHC-O, Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP HHC. Check them out in our “Best-of” lists. Please keep in mind.. *cannabinoid products are not for everyone, and we advise that people only use the products they are comfortable with using.


What’s a tincture?

A tincture is a form of extract, and can be used for most any kind of plant where the idea is to extract plant compounds. In the case of cannabis, a tincture is meant to leach out all the cannabinoids and terpenes, while leaving the rest of the plant matter behind. Tinctures can often take some time to make, and generally involve leaving a mix of plant materials and solvent over a period of time, while shaking it frequently to remove the constituents from the plant matter.

Tinctures involve the use of a solvent, but this can vary depending on what a person wants to use. Ethyl alcohol is the most popular solvent used, but glycerin is also frequently used, and vinegar can be used as well. The second two options are employed more by those who don’t want to use alcohol for whatever reason, but even if alcohol is used, it can technically be burned off at the end.

If we really want to get down to it, even water can be thought of as a solvent, but the end result when using water is much weaker than when using one of the above-mentioned solvents. Some people go as far as to only call alcohol extractions tinctures, while leaving the rest under the heading of ‘extract’ only.

When a tincture is done, it leaves a very strong mixture that is then taken by the drop. They are pretty simple to make, and do not require dangerous chemicals or processes. In fact, all you need is a little patience. For a tincture extraction, you need plant material, a solvent like alcohol or glycerin, an airtight jar like a mason jar, cheesecloth for straining, dropper bottles for storage of the final product, and a dark place to store it while its doing its thing. Different variations call for other factors like cold or heat.

Tinctures come with the benefit of not needing to smoke anything, and are quickly absorbed, especially when using alcohol. They can be taken sublingually, which means put under the tongue, which allows for quick absorption as well through the blood vessels in the mouth. This is especially true when using alcohol, which already permeates cell walls better than other liquids. This gives them two ways of getting to you, directly to your bloodstream, and through your digestive tract when swallowed. If the latter is not desired, the tincture can be spit out after sublingual administration to allow for less getting absorbed through the digestive tract.

DIY weed tinctures step one: the menstruum

As stated, you can use alcohol, glycerin, or vinegar for a tincture, and the three come with their own stipulations and benefits. Ethyl alcohol is the best to use for a menstruum as it will extract the most compounds. Whereas for many herbal tinctures, a standard 40-50% bottle is enough, in the case of cannabis, a very strong proof alcohol is necessary, closer to 100%. This is also true for roots and barks, whereas flowers can generally be tinctured with a lower alcohol percentage. This is not the case for cannabis flowers since resins require a stronger proof to break down.

Glycerin and vinegar make good options for people who, for whatever reason, do not want to use alcohol. Though sometimes these aren’t considered tinctures, I’m including them in the general explanation. When using glycerin, buy a 100% vegetable glycerin. The anti-fermentative properties allow these tinctures a long shelf-life, though not as long as alcohol.

When it comes to vinegar, apple cider vinegar is best, especially raw. However, any type of vinegar can be used so long as the acidity is 5%. This could require diluting a stronger vinegar, or using it directly if it starts with the right acidity. Regardless of what is used, the term ‘menstruum’ refers to the solvent meant to break down the plant material. And the instructions are generally geared to the use of alcohol.

DIY weed tinctures step two: to decarboxylate or not

Your first major decision after what menstruum to use, is whether you want your tincture to make you high, or if its purely for medical purposes. A tincture can work both ways, and the final product depends on whether you decarboxylate your plant material first. Decarboxylation is a chemical process by which the application of heat makes the THCA that is native to the plant, drop a carboxyl group (COOH), to become the THC (delta-9) that gets us high. The transformation is C22H30O4 to C₂₁H₃₀O₂.

Delta-9 THC only exists in small amounts in a fresh plant, and the THCA that does exist in larger quantities, breaks down to delta-9 over time naturally through time and light exposure. Heating it simply quickens the process, more immediately transforming the THCA to THC in order to create a psychoactive response. Therefore, if this is meant only for medical purposes, the cannabis doesn’t need to be decarboxylated. However, if you want to get high from it, you’ll need to do this process first.

Decarboxylation is best done in an oven that maintains a stable temperature. Toaster ovens can work, but the temperature must be monitored more closely since the temperature fluctuates and this can cause problems if it gets too high. An oven thermometer is good to have, and it can take some close monitoring to ensure the temperature stays within bounds.

Some people do a longer decarb on a lower temperature, some people do a shorter one at a higher temperature. Generally its done between 200-300º F (93.3-149º C). At lower temps, it can be left in for about 45 minutes, at the higher temps, for only about 15-20. If going as high as 325º F (162º C) it can be for as short as five minutes, but such high temperatures often burn out desired compounds.

decarboxylation

The weed is broken up to a consistency just chunkier than powder and laid on a baking sheet evenly. This is then put in the center of the oven, with the thermometer right by it to ensure that you’re measuring the temperature in the right part of the oven. Some people like to cover the whole thing with tin foil to keep vaporized particles from escaping, allowing them to condense back onto the cannabis material. How useful this is, is hard to say.

DIY weed tinctures step three: the method – folk

The standard – or folk – method for creating a tincture mainly involves patience and time. For a weed tincture, you’ll need approximately one gram of flower per one fluid ounce of menstruum. Cover all the plant material with the alcohol, and put the mixture in a glass jar with an airtight lid. The cannabis should be cut up, or ground down, and should not be so compact that it can’t move in the menstruum.

Glass is important because plastics break down with alcohol and other solvents. This means the jar should be glass, and the lid a non-corrosive metal. You can place parchment paper under the lid to keep corrosion from happening. Airtight is also important, as contact with oxygen oxidizes the material, rendering it useless. The mixture then sits for about 6-8 weeks, and should be shaken frequently.

Shaking is important because it allows the plant constituents that the alcohol is loosening from the plant, to move away from the plant, and into the menstruum material. Agitation is always a part of an extraction process, and shaking the bottle serves to agitate the tincture and remove the particles from the plant.

When the waiting period is over, the mixture is run once or twice through cheesecloth to get out unnecessary plant materials. Then its bottled in an airtight bottle (dropper bottle in a good idea), and stored for as long as it will last. Alcohol tinctures have a very long shelf-life and can be kept for years.

DIY weed tinctures step three: the method – freezer

If you’re looking for a faster process, the application of freezing temperatures is actually beneficial. This might sound odd since we usually talk about heat quickening a process, but in this case, it’s actually the cold that’s useful. Why? When the water in the plant material freezes, it does what water does, and expands. This allows it to burst through the trichome walls, which are already more brittle from the cold.

First, both the alcohol and weed are put in the freezer, but separately, allowing them both to get very cold. They are left to freeze separately for several hours. Then the two are added together, and shaken vigorously. The mixture should be shaken several times a day for 2-3 days, and replaced in the freezer in between. After three days, the mixture is strained, and stored as usual.

I have used this method several times, and did find that it was a much quicker way of accomplishing the same thing. It requires a little more work in the beginning, but nets a much quicker outcome. I cannot say if this is better than heat in the end, but both hot and cold do provide an expedited way of tincture-making.

freezer method

DIY weed tinctures step three: the method – heat

The hot method, sometimes called the Green Dragon method, has to do with using heat to speed up the process, as heat makes thing break apart. It also requires a bit more equipment than the other methods, and slightly more danger. This time around, when you put your cannabis in the jar with the alcohol, the jar is put in a saucepan with about an inch of water around it (waterbath). The water is brought to a boil, and the jar is left uncovered.

Once the waterbath water reaches boiling temperatures, the temperature is lowered down to a simmer until the contents of the jar reach about 165º F (74º C). You can use a thermometer to measure this. It shouldn’t get hot enough for the alcohol to boil, but if it does, turn down the heat so as not to burn the alcohol off. As a tip, if a person creates an alcohol tincture, and doesn’t want alcohol at the end, they can also use this method to boil the alcohol out.

Make sure the room is well ventilated as alcohol fumes are not great to breathe in. Also best to use an electric burner as alcohol is highly flammable. When the mixture reaches 165º F, take the jar off the stove and let it cool down. Once cooled enough, it can be strained like usual, and voila, you’re done the whole process in much less time!

Conclusion

Tinctures allow for quick absorption, and the benefit of not smoking. With DIY weed tincture methods, you can control the ingredients used, the process undertaken, and the quality of the final product. Happy tincture-making!

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Study Says… CBG For Glowing Skin

With all the new cannabinoids coming out, and the cannabis properties being studied, it’s easy to get lost in it all. We already know a lot about THC and CBD, but what about CBG? And what’s the new research pointing to CBG for skin health? Here’s a look at minor cannabinoid CBG, and the low down on how this compound can be used to keep your skin glowing.

CBG is the new word in skin care, with new research pointing to tons of benefits like hydrated skin, less inflammation and redness, and a way to lessen blemishes. If you’re trying to keep your skin looking young, CBG might be the best way to do it. We cover everything in the cannabis industry, and work hard to bring you the best news out there. Make sure to subscribe to the THC Weekly Newsletter to keep up to date on everything going on, and to check out exclusive deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and many other products! We’ve also got great offers on cannabinoid products, like HHC-O, Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP HHC. Find them in our “Best-of” lists, and enjoy!


What is CBG?

CBG (cannabigerol) is a cannabinoid of the cannabis plant, much like THC and CBD. Whereas THC and CBD occur in much higher amounts, CBG is a minor cannabinoid, only showing up as about 1% of the plant. CBG exists because of the decarboxylation of cannabigerolic acid, the precursor molecule to CBG. Most CBG gets converted to THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids during growth.

This does have one important implication. Though CBG is a naturally occurring cannabinoid, (unlike delta-10 THC or THC-O-A), it doesn’t occur in large enough amounts to be able to extract it from the plant and use for products. Manufacturing products requires a good bit of a raw material, and in this case, the plant itself cannot provide enough. So any CBG products out there can only exist by synthesizing the CBG.

Only a little research has been done on CBG thus far, but as the cannabis plant gains more and more traction, each little piece of it is being examined. This past month, the first research on CBG for skin care benefits was published, which we’ll get to in a minute. It can surely be expected that more research will be out on this compound soon enough, as its thought to play a role in many things, like stimulating the appetite, as an anti-inflammatory agent, for antibacterial properties, as an antioxidant, and with neuroprotective attributes. It is not psychoactive, and it’s chemical formula is C21H32O2.

CBG skin

In terms of legality, CBG isn’t specifically mentioned by a UN scheduling treaty. If it’s derived from marijuana (high-THC cannabis) it’s illegal, however, if derived from hemp (low-THC cannabis) it is legal. It should be remembered, that the need to synthesize it means that anything used for products will not be hemp-derived, but synthetically derived, and therefore not covered under the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalizes hemp products if they’re actually derived from hemp.

CBG can be bought in many forms. It can be an oil, a distillate, an isolate, as a high CBG flower, in vape carts, and in edibles like gummies. It can also be found in creams and other skin care products.

Research says CBG is great for the skin

Published January 13th, 2022, this study sheds a bit more light on CBG for the skin: In Vitro and Clinical Evaluation of Cannabigerol (CBG) Produced via Yeast Biosynthesis: A Cannabinoid with a Broad Range of Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Health-Boosting Properties. One of the findings of the study is that CBG has shown to regulate more genes than CBD, which include several related to skin health.

When skin cells were triggered to produce a cytokine reaction and show oxidative stress, it was shown that “CBG and CBD reduce reactive oxygen species levels in HDFs better than vitamin C.” CBG went a step further, inhibiting pro-inflammatory cytokine releases from inflammatory inducers like ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB), chemical, and C. acnes, much of the time more potently than CBD.

Study investigators used 20 subjects, who were given a 0.1% CBG serum, or placebo, which was put on the skin for two weeks after the skin was irritated by sodium lauryl sulfate (found in nearly every hair washing product). The CBG serum caused a statistically significant improvement over the placebo for transepidermal water loss, and reduction in redness.

The study went on to say, “While CBD and CBG modulate many targets at the gene level, the data presented here demonstrate that CBG has greater potency in modulating specific cutaneous targets.” They explained why this might be, saying, “CBG has previously been reported to act as a partial agonist for both CB1 and CB2, while CBD does not bind to CB2, but may affect CB1 receptor activity via an indirect method. Thus, we can speculate that CBG’s ability to modulate both cannabinoid receptors may lead to its improved activity and efficacy in skin.”

cannabis skin care

The study authors concluded: “We demonstrate for the first time that minor cannabinoid CBG, when applied topically, clinically promotes skin health by reducing the appearance of redness and improving barrier function better than a placebo. Based on the data presented here, CBG is an attractive new candidate for dermatological use, outperforming its more well-known derivative, CBD, in several in vitro studies.”

As a note, this study was not done using CBG directly extracted from the plant, but instead used synthetic CBG which was “prepared via biosynthesis using yeast strain CEN.PK2-1D.”

How does all this make CBG good for your skin?

Studies can get very technical, and sometimes we just want to know what it means for us as consumers. Since CBG has antioxidant properties, this implies it deals well with free radicles, which are a reason for premature aging. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help bring down puffiness and redness in the skin, as well as antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help keep skin clear of infections.

This means CBG can calm down inflamed skin, reduce blemishes, clear out pores, balance sebum in the skin, and help with cellular turnover. Since CBG can help cells retain moisture, it can keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated. This also helps maintain a youthful appearance as drying skin is a part of aging. This ability to retain moisture helps the skin to show aging signs at a much slower pace, as well as helping it retain its glow.

Apart from these benefits for the skin, CBG is thought to enhance the function of the neurotransmitter anandamide, which effects feelings of pleasure, motivation, appetite regulation, sleep, and pain sensation. From previous research, CBG is also associated with bringing down inflammation from inflammatory bowel disease; reducing intraocular pressure in people who suffer from glaucoma; slowing down cancer cell growth, and possibly being a treatment for Huntington’s disease.

What CBG products for the skin exist?

Plenty of companies are getting in on the CBG game, offering products infused with just CBG, or a cannabinoid combination. In the future it can be expected that many more options will be available containing CBG. For now, here are a few possibilities for those interested in improving their skin’s health.

CBG flowers

Mask Skin Care offers a line of CBG infused products like Under Eye Patches ($8), Face Masks ($16), Anti-Aging Masks ($16), and Spotless Masks ($16) to help with blemishes and oily skin. The products are not tested on animals, have a USDA organic certification, and contain no toxic chemicals. Using natural extracts, this company produces products that help condition skin, and keep it at its finest. Interested buyers can check out the ‘Where to buy’ section to find retailers in their area.

Kanabigerol also has a whole line of CBG products. The company offers products like a Cosmetic Universal Ointment (€ 26.90/$30.77), Revitalizing Face Cream (€ 49.90/$57.08), Silky Cleansing Gel (€ 38.90/$44.49), and Skin Oil (€ 29.90/$34.20). All of these products are infused with 4% CBG. I did not see anything on the website about being cruelty-free, or being chemical free, and some products do contain Vaseline, which is mineral oil, and a byproduct of the oil industry.

The company Happy Dance also offers a CBG option with its Soul Revival CBD+CBG Hand Cream ($20), which is great for keeping your hands from getting too dry, what with constant handwashing, and exposure to the elements. This hand cream is made without formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, sulfates, synthetic dyes, or synthetic fragrances.

For those who want to use a pure oil on their skin, Pharma Hemp has CBG Drops (€44.90/$51.37). According to the company, these drops are produced using a raw extract made through an alcohol extraction, diluted with MCT oil. The oil contains a high amount of CBG along with other cannabinoids like CBD, and compounds like terpenes. It comes in three strengths: 5%, 10% (€84.90/$97.11), and 15% (€124.90/142.88).

Conclusion

Cannabis oil has many benefits from its many cannabinoids and terpenes within. Whereas a whole plant extract can certainly do some good, so can cannabinoids on their own. With more coming out every day about the benefits of CBG for the skin, the beauty industry is certainly taking notes, and incorporating this naturally-occurring cannabinoid into products.

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Trusting Today’s Cannabis Industry? Mislabeled Products, Delta 6a10a, and more

My deep dive into yet another THC, delta 6a10a tetrahydrocannabinol, all began with a brief conversation among friends regarding some advertisements they saw; they were wondering what this cannabinoid is if what the companies are saying about it are correct. For the record, it’s a synthetic cannabinoid that has been completely misrepresented by some of the people selling it, the exact people who should know what compounds are in the products they’re pushing.   

That being said, you’re likely to see a short-term influx of products containing delta 6a10a THC hitting the store shelves and online retailers; especially if you live in a state without a legal recreational market, as this is where you’ll be more apt to see all the alternative cannabinoids.  

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What is Delta 6a10a THC? 

Delta 6a10a, also known as Delta-3 THC, is a synthetic isomer of delta-9 THC that was developed in 1947, along with some other similar compounds, to establish different versions of THC that could be used to avoid patent problems and issues with shelf life and stability. 

Other chemical names for delta-6a10a THC include: Δ3 -Tetrahydrocannabinol2 (B), Δ6a,10a-Tetrahydrocannabinol2(A), EA 1477, Δ3 -Tetrahydrocannabinol2(B), and Δ6a,10a-tetrahydrocannabinol2(A). Contrary to what some companies are saying, delta-6a10a is not the same as delta-10 THC. Delta 6a10a products are often mislabeled as another form of delta 10 or delta 6 – neither of which is accurate. Whether this is due to incorrect lab testing results, incompetence on the company’s part, or intentional false advertising, that remains to be answered.  

As devoid of sense as this situation is, the main thing to focus on is that, if you do feel like you want to give delta 6a10a THC a try, at the very least, don’t buy it from a company that it’s promoting it as delta 10, delta 6, or anything other than the chemical names I listed above. Delta 10 THC is a synthetic crystalline compound formed when certain chemical catalysts are applied to delta 9 THC, moving the double bond over to the 10th carbon chain. Delta 6, another synthetic isomer, is quite potent but not yet being used in products and is not the same thing as delta 6a10a. 

What exactly is going on with all these different cannabinoids? 

If you do a lot of online shopping, or have noticed the new selection of products at smoke shops, head shops, gas stations, and so on, you’ve seen that there are A LOT of cannabinoids available to consumers now… almost too many to keep track of at this point. In just a single product you can find combinations of 3 or more cannabinoids like delta-10, delta-8, and THC-O, for example. Or delta-8, delta-9, delta-10, and CBG, is another popular combination that I have seen.  

According to recent surveys, nearly half of all cannabis consumers prefer to use products that contain cannabinoid blends, and that number is expected to grow. Knowing what we know about the entourage effect and how different plant compounds work together synergistically to provide the highest level of benefits, it’s no surprise that people are excited to try new combinations of cannabinoids and terpenes.  

Delta-9 THC is still by far the most popular, it’s the backbone of the entire cannabis industry. But, in its absence, people are turning to alternative forms of THC to get the job done, sometimes individually and sometimes many of them combined. Some of these THCs, like THCV and THCP, are found in trace amounts in the cannabis plant, but most of them are synthetic isomers.  

Are they natural or synthetic? 

This is an interesting question, and one with a double-edged answer. Let’s start by breaking down what exactly each type of cannabinoid is. The term ‘natural cannabinoids’, or phytocannabinoids, refers to all the cannabinoids that can be isolated from the cannabis plant. Research has found that the cannabis plant produces between 113 cannabinoids and about 300 non-cannabinoid chemicals, and the most abundant are CBD (cannabidiol) and delta-9 THC.  

Now, the definition of synthetic cannabinoids is where things branch off a bit. Synthetic cannabinoids are compounds that either, do not exist in nature and must be created in a lab, like THC-O; or, a synthetic may also be a cannabinoid that does exist in nature, but in such minimal amounts that in order to manufacture enough for it to be used in consumer products, it must still be synthesized in a lab.  

Whether or not a cannabinoid that does actually exist in the plant but needs to be synthetically produced, should still be classified as a full-on synthetic, is up for debate and causing both legal and practical confusion for businesses and consumers alike. Delta-8 immediately comes to mind, and all the complications surrounding legality and the uncertainty among consumers, many of whom are not sure if what they’re consuming is even natural or synthetic.  

To clarify, all these synthetic cannabinoids are regulated under the Federal Analogues Act, and thus are not federally legal, regardless if they’re found naturally in cannabis plants. And because all these compounds are completely prohibited, they are unregulated in the markets in which they are sold, another fact that may come as a surprise to many consumers.  

All this is not to say that synthetics are inherently bad. If they’re safe and produced by an experienced professional, they can be fun and certainly have their place in both medicinal and recreational settings. But you’re definitely not going to get the same kind of high or experience with these products as you would with the real thing. If you know what to expect, you won’t be disappointed though.  

Fake lab tests and mislabeled products  

Now, back to the subject of mislabeled products and incorrect or completely falsified labs and COAs (certificates of analysis). There’s a narrative being played out in the media that, because of the 2018 Farm Bill provisions, any cannabis product that contains less than 0.3 percent delta 9 THC is legal, regardless of what else is in it. When it comes to minor cannabinoids, THC isomers, cannabinoid analogues, and so forth, most of them are actually illegal, regulated under the Federal Analogues Act (as mentioned above). 

Obviously, pointing out the legality of a product, if it’s not legal at all, is not the best business strategy. So, to be able to continue pushing said products, the story is perpetuated that they are permissible by some type of legal loophole, when that is not the case. Since these products are illegal and there are no standards in place to regulate them, a growing number of companies are resorting to some unscrupulous means to provide “lab results” in an attempt to validate their black market products.  

Real, legitimate lab testing is the backbone of any cannabis market. All the products sold at licensed dispensaries are required to undergo testing from a state-accredited facility to confirm levels of cannabinoids and terpenes; as well as test for heavy metals, mycotoxins, residual pesticides, microbials, and any other unwanted contaminants. Overall, the main purpose of lab testing is to guarantee compliance with whatever state protocols are in place to govern the sale of cannabis products.  

Every test requires certain procedures, different equipment, and needs to be performed by a licensed and trained specialist. Not only do these lab technicians need to be knowledgeable in their field, but they should be familiar with state and local testing regulations, as they are constantly changing. Most labs are third party companies that are accredited through a state program. All labs have specific tests they are required to perform and guidelines they must abide to, but there are no universal standards in place. 

As foolproof as this sounds, there are ways for companies to get around it. I mean, where there is money to be made, corruption will breed. One way this happens is by companies and growers only sending in samples of their best products in for testing, while lower quality, untested batches of the same product get listed for sale. Another strategy is referred to as “lab shopping” – a shady practice in which cultivators and manufacturers send their products to labs that have a reputation for inflating potency numbers and overlooking contaminants that would cause the product to fail purity tests at more reputable facilities. 

Dylan Hirsch, executive vice president of Diagnostic Lab Corporation says that “Many of the labs will sometimes say they can get better results. It can be so subjective for results on THC.” Dr. Donald Land and Dr. Reggie Gaudino, two of the scientists in charge of running Berkeley’s Steep Hill Labs, one of the nation’s largest testing companies, echoed these statements. Both mentioned that their company is asked to boost potency number on a regular basis. “In almost every state we operate in we have someone approach us and say, ‘Hey, what would it take to get these numbers changed?’” Gaudino said. 

Taking things to another level, some companies have altered or completely faked their products’ lab “results”, as per a recent investigation conducted by CBD Oracle, a website that reviews “hemp-derived” products. For example, they sent in 51 different delta 8 THC products to FESA licensed labs in Southern California. They found that, “delta-8 product manufacturers routinely mislabel their gummies, vaporizer cartridges, and other products.” In total, 77 percent of products failed testing.  

Final thoughts 

Whether you’re shopping for delta 8, THC-O, regular weed, or even delta 6a10a THC, it’s imperative that you do as much research as possible. You’ll be inhaling these compounds straight into your lungs, so you want to make sure that they’re as clean and safe as possible. Don’t blindly trust the companies selling to you, because obviously they’re more concerned with their bottom dollar than your health. I’m not saying to avoid these products entirely, because some of them can be perfectly fine, but make sure to as informed as possible before rushing to try the newest flavor-of-the-month cannabinoid.  

As far as delta 6a10 THC is concerned, no one really knows enough about it to say with 100 percent certainty that these products are safe. I’m sure the compound itself is perfectly fine, if it’s manufactured by a trained professional that is. But if you’re buying stuff from companies who are completely misrepresenting this cannabinoid, it’s hard to say what else is not on-the-level there.  

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What is full melt hash, the star system, and why does it exclude extracts?

Hash enthusiasts and solvent extract heads clash from time to time. Two different categories of extracts are separated by physical process and culture. Because of this, there are fine lines in the nomenclature to define various products. For example – a certain phrase only applies to one category, but what is full melt hash and […]

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Ultimate Discretion – The Best Disposable THC Vapes of 2021

Disposable vapes are trending big time, a fact that we at CBD Testers already knew but was only solidified by the sheer amount of disposables on display at both MJBizCon in Las Vegas and USA CBD Expo in Chicago. When it comes to vaping legal cannabis products these days, it’s all about the various types of THC as well as propriety cannabinoid blends. Lucky for me, I had the opportunity to test many different products over the last few weeks and have compiled a list of my personal favorites based on effects, flavor, and design.

Vaping products, especially disposable vapes, are quickly becoming industry top-sellers, and for good reason. They’re discreet and much safer to use if it contains safe ingredients. For more product-related articles like this one, and for exclusive deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and other products, make sure to subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


A Bit More About Disposable Vapes

As the name implies, Disposable Vapes are just that, vape devices that come prefilled and you toss them out when they’re out of liquid. They are rechargeable, and some are actually refillable, but you can only do that once or twice and none of the disposables on this particular list can be refilled.

I’m a big fan of disposables because they are so, incredibly discreet. As some of you know, I moved from the fully-legal state of California to one of the most restrictive prohibition states in the nation, Indiana. Things I used to take for granted, like simply smoking a joint on a beautiful hike through nature, are things I can no longer enjoy… or if I do choose to get high on my adventures anyway, I need to be much more cautious about it. What may have been a warning to put the weed away in CA could be a felony arrest here in Indiana.

When I have a THC disposable with me, I don’t have to worry about getting in trouble. I can take them anywhere, they come in a variety of flavors and don’t smell at all like weed smoke, and some compounds, like HHC (hexahydrocannabinol) don’t even show up on drug tests.

For an old-fashioned flower smoker like myself, vaping in general leaves something to be desired; but in my opinion, disposables make it that much more appealing. What is also interesting is that, with vaping, you can get a lot of different propriety blends of cannabinoids, rather than just Delta 9. Many disposables come prefilled with liquid containing numerous different combinations of Delta 8 THC, Delta 10 THC, THCO, THCV, CBN, CBG, CBC, and more.

Glazed HHC Disposable (Sunset Sherbet, Hybrid)

This one is a bit unfair because it’s not actually available for sale yet. Regardless, I feel it deserves it’s own mention because it is one of the very few disposable vapes that contains high-quality, lab-tested HHC… and only HHC.  What’s nice about this, is that unlike other forms of THC, HHC does not show up on a drug test. I personally have not test this theory because I’m a heavy delta 9 user, but numerous sources claim it to be true.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand, the Glazed HHC Disposable, which was debuted at USA CBD Expo in Chicago at the end of October. They have a few different flavors, but my favorite was Sunset Sherbet, which as a fresh, uplifting taste of orange, pineapple, and other citrus and tropical fruits. The full ingredient list, according to the package: hemp-derived HHC oil, terpenes, and natural flavors.  

Delta Extrax Delta 10 THC Disposable (Blue Candy Kush, Indica)

Delta Extrax is a company that does things right and one that I really enjoy shopping with. They have so many products and everything is high-quality and nicely presented. Additionally, they have wonderful customer service and ordering from them is simple and fast.

Their disposable Delta 10 THC vapes from Delta Extrax are some of my favorites. They’re extremely well-priced, very low-key, and they come in a variety of delicious flavors but Blue Candy Kush, one of their indicas, was my personal favorite. 

According to Delta Extrax, the company uses high quality Delta 8 and 10 distillate, combined with pure, clean terpenes. All of their products are lab tested twice, once when the ingredients are in raw form and again once the product is finished. They are dedicated to safety and quality.

Mellow Fellow THCO Disposable (Zkittles, Indica)

THCO (THC-O Acetate) is gaining popularity, but still, few products are available on the market. Mellow Fellow specializes in the alternative THC’s and their focus lies in the responsible formulation of various products. For example, their disposables are made from only two ingredients: naturally-derived cannabis oils and extracts, and strain specific terpenes. Their disposables aren’t available yet but they will be in the coming weeks, and they have THCO carts in the same flavors for sale right now.

Although I’m not partial to either indica or sativa strains, in this case, their Zkittles Indica disposable is my favorite. It has an interesting flavor that is much more marijuana-like than other vape products I’ve tried, but not so much that it would be noticeable when using it out in public somewhere. And the fact that they don’t add any unnatural flavors is definitely an extra win in my book.

Chronix Trinity Collection THC Blends Disposable (Strawberry Cough, Sativa)

Chronix is a brand created by Delta Extrax. This specific disposable is part of their trinity collection, which contain different proprietary blends of cannabinoids and terpenes. The strawberry cough flavor, which is a sativa, is made up of Delta 10 THC, Delta 8 THC, and THCO distillates, as well as hemp-derived terpenes.

Chronix disposables come prefilled with 2 grams liquid, compared to most brands that only contain one. As a sativa strain with Delta 10 in the mix, the high is very uplifting and energizing. It’s the perfect cannabinoid blend for a daytime adventure.

ZaZa Delta 8 (OG Kush Hybrid)

ZaZa THC is a company that only wholesales, so you won’t be able to buy products directly through their site. However, they’re expanding and you’ll soon be able to find their products for sale at online retailers and store fronts all over the country. 

One of their most popular products are their Delta 8 THC one-gram ‘Z-Bar’ disposables, the OG Kush Hybrid specifically. I had the pleasure of trying both OG Kush and MK Ultra, and while both were pretty great I definitely prefer the flavor of the OG Kush. In total, they have nine flavors/strains to choose from.

Again, keep an eye out for their products at a head shop near you. Their packaging design is simple but really stands out at the same, with bold colors and a big smiley face on every box. If you’ve seen their products, you know they are hard to miss.

Urb Effex Zenergy THC Blends (Unwind, Indica)

Again, the THC blends are popular. Similar name and product as another on this list, but I wanted to mention this brand specifically for two reasons. First, the blend is slightly different. The Urb Effex Zenergy Unwind disposable contains Delta 8 THC, Delta 10 THC, and THCV.

THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, is interesting because it’s one of the few cannabinoids that has been linked to appetite suppression and weight loss. While THC is generally known to cause the “munchies”, or make you hungry in other words, THCV is said to be a great compound to aid in weight loss.

I also really enjoyed the flavor profile of this disposable, which consisted of grape, berries, and a skunk type component. Their propriety blend of hemp-derived cannabinoids and natural terpenes creates a very unique indica experience, one where you feel the heavy head high but also feel somewhat energized and sans munchies.

Conclusion

Even though some of these disposable vapes aren’t yet on the market, they will be available soon and we want you to have the ability make informed decisions with even the very newest products to hit the shelves. These are the best ones that I’ve tried lately, but if you feel we missed any brands that you’re partial too, drop us a line in the comment section below!

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A Whistle Stop Tour of the Cannabis Concentrates

The cannabis market has been booming over the last few years as more countries around the globe begin to accept the wonders of the plant. What once was an illegal, unacceptable drug, is now – slowly – becoming a legal medicine and even a legal recreational pastime. One of the more modern inventions inside the cannabis world is cannabis concentrates.

Whilst some have been around for centuries, others have been created more recently by the wonders of science. There are several different cannabis concentrates out there, so sometimes it’s hard to find the information you want. In this article, we’ll be taking you on a whistle stop tour of all of the main cannabis concentrates. And don’t worry – this tour is completely free of charge. Put your seatbelt on. Let’s begin.

Cannabis concentrates can be found on dispensary shelves, boasting names like shatter, butter, wax, resin, and more. Any specific cannabinoid can be concentrated, so regardless of whether you’re looking for delta-9 THC, delta-8 THCdelta 10THC-OTHCV, CBG, or something else, it can be found in concentrate form. This is great for delta-8 THC users, because it allows a concentrated form of this alternate form of THC which doesn’t cause anxiety like half-brother delta-9, and which leaves users with a clear head and energy, while having a similar medical profile. We’ve got great deals for delta-8 THC and many other compounds, so take a look, and try ’em out!


What are Cannabis Concentrates?

Once someone has total control over the marijuana plant, there are many ways to transform and eventually consume it. Cannabis can be placed in oils, edibles, the usual buds and even synthesised concentrates. It all depends on the creation process. But before we discuss how they’re made, let’s first truly understand what they are. And, as always, there’s never a better places to find complex definitions than wikipedia

“A cannabis concentrate (also called marijuana concentrate, marijuana extract, or cannabis extract) is a highly potent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or cannabidiol (CBD) concentrated mass. Marijuana concentrates contain extraordinarily high THC levels that could once range from 40 to 80%, up to four times stronger in THC content than high grade or top shelf marijuana, which normally measures around 20%”

It’s in the name really, isn’t it? Cannabis concentrates are designed to be especially potent in comparison with cannabis buds or other products. By getting rid of any extra, unnecessary parts of the cannabis plant, cannabis concentrates are able to focus on what really matters: the terpenes and cannabinoids. It’s within these that the aromas and effects of cannabis are found – which is why people have spent years trying to find a way to harness them in the greatest possible way. That is why cannabis concentrates come in so many different shapes and sizes, and are made in a variety of ways. 

How are Cannabis Concentrates Made?

Cannabis concentrates is an umbrella term for many different substances; some are liquids, some are solids and some are a mix of both. There are two main ways of making cannabis concentrates and that is through solvent extraction, and solventless extraction. One uses chemicals, labs and science coats, whilst others are easier to make and more natural. Let’s figure out what these are. 

What is Solvent Extraction?

A solvent extraction is essentially when a chemical is used to separate the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant. By introducing certain chemicals, as well as heat and pressure, into the equation – this separation occurs. However, there isn’t just one way of completing this process. Some use carbon dioxide, whilst others use butane; these are two of the most common ways of using solvent extraction to create cannabis concentrates. 

Carbon Dioxide Extraction 

Carbon dioxide extraction is complex because, obviously, co2 is a gas, not a solid. However, the amazing result of a beautiful cannabis concentrate makes the process worth it. The carbon dioxide is first placed in a chamber where it is pressured and turned into a liquid through low temperatures. The co2 is then reheated, which due to the nature of carbon dioxide, makes it a supercritical substance. This substance is then passed through a chamber containing the cannabis plant. The supercritical substance will extract the trichomes, which contains the pure and potent compounds desirable to create cannabis concentrates. The substance that is left after this process can then be used to create a variety of cannabis concentrates. 

Butane Extraction

Butane extraction is most popular for creatine hash oil. But how does it work? As mentioned earlier, any solvent extraction to make cannabis concentrates uses some sort of other chemical – which in this case, is butane. The cannabis is first covered with butane, in its liquid form. Butane happens to be a very easily liquefiable gas. Once this is done, heat and pressure is used, and yet again, what is left is a cannabis concentrate. This can be used to create hash oil, budder, shatter or crumble. 

What is Non-Solvent Extraction?

Non-solvent extraction is a far less complicated process, and one that doesn’t leave you scratching your head quite as much. However, that’s not to say that the result is any less wonderful. Non-solvent extraction is made, as you can imagine, without chemicals in the creation process.

For example, kief and hash would both be cannabis concentrates that are made with non-solvent extraction. But, yet again, there are a variety of ways that non-solvent extraction can take place. Kief is made through rolling the dry cannabis plant over a sieve, and allowing the whitey yellow thrichomes to collect. Trichomes also look a bit like mini snowdrops up close. These are hugely potent and hold all of the best compounds of the plant. 

Another example of a non-solvent extraction would be in the creation of hash. Hash is one of the oldest types of cannabis concentrates. In fact, a scientist called Gmelin first mentioned the substance in 1777. The process of creating hash can vary depending on technique. However, one way of making hash is in water. The cannabis plant is tumbled in icy cold water and is then filtered through a mesh. This substance is then dried and pressed into small blocks. The resin, which is what the substance is made out of, is very high in THC.

Why are Cannabis Concentrates Popular?

Before we take a whistle stop tour through some of the main and post popular cannabis concentrates, let’s first ask the question: why are they so popular? Well, it’s first important to realise that any connoisseur of any substance will always search for the most pure version of it. Think of pressed olive oil, some people will spend their lives searching for the first press because it will be the highest quality oil.

This is the same with orange juice, the first press of orange juice is considered to be the purest, healthiest and tastiest. Cannabis concentrates are no different to this. People who love cannabis and the effects of it, are always discovering new ways to enjoy it in its purest and most powerful form. As mentioned earlier, the average cannabis concentrate can have THC levels of over 60%. This is why cannabis concentrates are becoming more and more popular. 

The Cannabis Concentrates

Non-Solvent

Kief

Kief is a collection of resin trichomes. Kief is one of the easiest cannabis concentrates to make. In fact, some three-part grinders have a section at the bottom that collects fallen down kief over time, which can then be placed in a joint and smoked. It is golden in colour, and powdery. 

Hash

Hash is usually sold in brown blocks. Some are dark and some are light brown. Usually, a good way to tell if hash is good quality is to see if it burns like a candle. If it does, then your hash is excellent. Usually hash will be heated before consumption, so that small parts can be separated from the large block. These small parts of hash are then placed in the joint. 

Charas

Charas comes primarily from India and Jamaica. It looks quite similar to hash but is usually darker and sold in balls, rather than blocks. The difference between hash and charas is that the latter is made from the entire cannabis plant, whereas the former is made from dried trichomes. 

Solvent

Shatter

Shatter is an example of cannabis concentrate that is made from butane extraction. The substance is golden in colour and looks like shattered glass. It also looks quite a lot like frozen honey. 

Wax

Wax is very similar to shatter, except it’s slightly more liquidy. Whilst the aroma and potency of wax is almost identical to shatter, it’s the consistency that differs. Wax is opaque and malleable. In addition, wax is dabbed into a joint in order to smoke it. 

Crumble 

The average crumble has THC levels of anywhere from 60-90%. Again, there are many similarities between crumble and the rest of the solvent cannabis concentrates, however the look and consistency is different. Crumble literally crumbles in one’s hands. Crumble is also dabbed in order to use it. 

The Tour Is Now Over

So there you have it, that was a quick and concise whistle stop tour of the cannabis concentrates. There are many other cannabis concentrates that people might mention, and all of them are very slightly different to the next. Like any enthusiasts, cannabis-lovers like to invent and name new cannabis concentrates constantly – even if they look and feel the same as before. Nevertheless, there’s no doubt that cannabis concentrates are a highly potent and quite amazing substance. 

But what’s your favourite cannabis concentrate? Drop us a line in the comment section below!

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