Cannabinoid Blends and the Future of Cannabis Wellness 

We have reached a turning point in the cannabis industry, where, as consumers, we now have more choices than we know what to do with. When I was younger, shopping for weed consisted of calling one of the 3 or 4 dealers in my area and picking up whatever flower strain was available from whoever had the best product or lowest price, or a combination of the two. Now, whether you live in a legal state or not, you have options – from classic flowers, to vape products, edibles, topicals, and so much more.  

Obviously, legal markets are rife with product variety, but even in prohibition states you can check out smoke shops, gas stations, or online retailers and find a myriad of alternative cannabinoids, some intoxicating and some not, some safe and some sketchy. The more popular are products containing blends of three or more different cannabinoid compounds; for example, vape carts with delta 8 THC, delta 10 THC, and CBN.  

According to recent surveys, nearly half of all cannabis consumers prefer to use products that contain more than one cannabinoid, 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. But how exactly do these blends work? What are the best combinations? And what different effects can you expect to experience?    

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What is the entourage effect? 

First noted in 1998 by Professors Raphael Mechoulam and Shimon Ben-Shabat, the entourage effect is a mechanism by which plant compounds work together, often resulting in more noticeable effects compared to when compounds are used individually. With cannabis, the entourage effect refers to the way different cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids offer the best health benefits and psychoactive effects when combined, and only when consuming the entire plant in its natural state. 

It has been attributed to the way the combination of compounds increases the activity of CB receptors one and two. Because these receptors are found throughout the entire body, the human endocannabinoid system plays a critical role in modulating many different physiological functions such as immune response, sleep/wake cycles, appetite, communication between cells, mental health, and more.   

In 2001, two highly notable researchers Ethan Russo (MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and author) and John McPartland (DO, MS, University of Vermont, Department of Family Medicine), published a paper titled “Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts: Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts.” This research paper revisits the claims of Mechoulam and Ben-Shabat regarding how cannabinoids act with other cannabinoids, as well as their interactions with secondary compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids.  

Their research found supporting evidence that “extracts rich in both cannabinoids and terpenes increased pharmacological activities that strengthened and broadened clinical applications and improved the therapeutic index.” Simply put, the effects all-around are better when these compounds are allowed to do what they do naturally and work together. 

How many cannabinoids and terpenes are there? 

There are 113 cannabinoids and over 150 terpenes in cannabis. Russo explains in this detailed study how every single part of the plant matters, from more dominant cannabinoids to even the trace terpenes. Each compound in the plant has a specific role and they all influence each others’ modes of operation when consumed together. For reference, let’s quickly cover what each of these compounds are. 

  • Cannabinoids: Naturally occurring compounds, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol), CBN (cannabinol), etc., that interact with the endocannabinoid system in mammals. 
  • Terpenes: A diverse group of organic compounds found in most plants that give them their specific fragrances. 
  • Flavonoids: These are important antioxidants that give plants their pigments and attract pollinator animals. In cannabis they’re referred to as cannaflavins. 

For example, the terpene myrcene can help diminish resistance in the blood-brain barrier which allows other cannabinoids to access the central nervous system with more ease. Linalool and limonene, two terpenes commonly found in citrus fruits, show promise in managing symptoms of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) when combined with CBG (cannabigerol). The study covers many more instances of how all these chemicals work together to the patient’s advantage. 

More about terpenes 

Terpenes are compounds found in most plants that produce their aromas and flavors. For example, they give lemon its powerful citrus scent, and they are the reason cinnamon smells so crisp and spicy. Terpenes are also abundant in cannabis, which is it has such a distinct smell with varying undertones. Lesser known is that terpenes are not just a factor in flavor, they also contribute to the effects we feel when we use cannabis. There’s a heavy focus on cannabinoids in consumer products, but if it wasn’t for terpenes, cannabis would not get us as high the way it does, nor would we experience all the numerous health benefits the plant is known for. 

Terpenes are a very large and diverse class of organic compounds that are produced by a wide variety of plants including herbs, trees, flowers, and fruit. In cannabis, they are secreted by the same glands that produce some of the most prominent cannabinoids including THC and CBD; but their role and effects are vastly different. Terpenes are aromatic plant oils that, when combined with other plant compounds, create a limitless palate of scents and flavors. In nature, terps serve as a defense mechanism by deterring herbivores who are turned away by the smells, and by attracting predators and parasites that attack herbivores. 

Chemically, terpenes are hydrocarbons and they are the major component of rosin, a waxy type of sap that is produced and developed throughout the life cycle of the cannabis plant. There are curing processes that can improve the final quality and content of the terpenes, but other factors that impact their development are climate, weather, age and maturation, fertilizers, soil type, and light cycles. 

As far as cannabis goes, terpenes – not classification (sativa/indica) – are the key to differentiating between effects and flavors of a strain. Some terpenes are relaxing, like those found in lavender, while others are energizing, like the terps abundant in citrus fruit. Some smell fruity, some are piney, and others are musky. The possible variations are endless. So far, over 100 different terpenes have been discovered in cannabis plants alone, and each strain typically has its own unique blend and composition. 

Terpenes have long been known to hold great therapeutic value, and some of the more common ones – like limonene, pinene, and caryophyllene – have been studied more extensively since they’re found in many different types of legal plants. More research is needed to determine the extent of their medicinal effects when combined with other cannabis plant compounds. 

Common combinations  

There are a few different ways that you can utilize cannabinoid blends. First, you could buy products that are premixed with different ratios of various compounds. These products are not hard to find, but regulation of alternative cannabinoids is sketchy at best and non-existent at worst, so some people are choosing to mix compounds at home and formulate their own oil, vape liquids, edible products, and more.  

Honestly the latter is not a process I’m personally familiar with. However, there are a handful of retailers, like Rare Cannabinoid Company, that offer single minor cannabinoid extracts as well as how-to guides to help consumers mix their own oils. Below are some popular combinations, all using some type of broad-spectrum oil as a base.  

  • Energy / Appetite suppression: THCV + 3000mg CBD 
  • Relaxation / Sleep: CBN +  Delta-8 THC + Terpenes  
  • Post-exercise / Relief blend: CBG +  CBDV + Terpenes  
  • For low mood: CBC + THCV + Delta-8-THC  
  • For nausea: CBDA + Delta-8 THC + CBDV  
  • For focus: THCV + Delta-8 THC  

Final thoughts on cannabinoid blends

It’s a well-established fact that, in most cases, cannabinoid and terpene blends work better individual compounds. That’s not to say that isolated cannabinoids serve no purpose, because they do, especially in a clinical setting where precise dosing can be extremely important. But for overall wellness, and recreational aims, mixing cannabinoids or simply using raw flowers and live resin extracts with a combination of compounds is enough to boost your high and provide many therapeutic benefits.

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Are spike proteins toxic? Experts disagree but flavonoids might help

The world is getting vaccinated, but with many unanswered questions. A circulating concern regards how these vaccines force cells to produce “spike” proteins. This protein helps induce an immune response, but it also potentially causes a host of symptoms similar to the sequelae of mild Covid-19. But, do the jabs truly produce toxic quantities of […]

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How flavonoids in cannabis, spinach, and other plants affect COVID-19

COVID-19, a virus, has proven humanities vulnerability. Cultures have been shaken and politicians have had to admit their wrongs and see the situation as a true beast not to be easily tamed. It is high time for people to act simply with their daily habits yet health authorities are timid and cautious when offering any […]

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How to Blind Test Cannabis for an Elevated Experience

Cannabis can be tasted and appreciated like fine wine and the idea is gaining momentum nationwide. Over in the global ganja epicenter of California, encouraging people to blind test cannabis is nearly standardized. 

Local chef, entrepreneur and industry veteran Chip Moore, 36, is the founder of the 4 and 20 Blackbirds collective and has been treating its members to the blind tasting concept — wherein participants don’t learn strain names before sampling, followed by discussion about the key characteristics of tastes, smells and effects.

In the hippy hamlet of Fairfax north of San Francisco, the newly formed Herba Buena collective, whose co-founder Alicia Rose comes from the wine industry, incorporated blind wine-style tastings as well. 

Alicia said the “effusiveness of the aromas” should guide aficionados through the tasting process. She’ll often make collective members smell a jar of Herba Buena’s ultra-organic cannabis before revealing the strain. “I like them to smell and experience the flower before identifying it,” she says.

It’s not a totally surprising development. The San Francisco Chronicle mentioned treating cannabis like wine as far back as 2007 and magazine The Clever Root — a farm-to-table foodie publication backed by the wine industry — has included an entire column devoted to cannabis. The magazine Marijuana Business Daily now publishes the results of blind taste tests in each issue.

As cannabis continues to be normalized and elevated through taste-testing events like these, industry leaders are wise to borrow from the wine and food culture, further illustrating how cannabis can offer as much of a connoisseur experience as wine or fine chocolate.

How to Conduct Your Own Blind Smell & Taste Test

1. When you blind test weed, make it blind. “The main difference is that when someone knows the strain they are tasting they have already categorized how it’s supposed to smell and taste based on their previous experience with that strain,” said Moore.

2. Pick rare strains. Don’t choose popular favorites like Sour Diesel or OG Kush — aficionados can identify their signature lemonhead or pine-sol funk aromas in one whiff, and the results lead to sample bias.

3. Pre-roll some joints. Unlike wine, cannabis strains can be identified visually from across a room, rendering moot the whole point of the blind taste. “I want to challenge the participants to use their senses,” says Moore, “particularly smell to reach past their preconceived notions and really get to know the bud they are smoking.”

4. Take a “dry hit.” Draw on an unlit joint to taste its terpenes at room temperature. A dry toke reveals a lot about the quality of the herb. It should have a clean herbal taste without any sharp salty notes which can indicate the presence of unflushed fertilizers.

5. Fire it up, but no bogarting. “I tell them to start off slow, not take one of those big, ‘I’m not going to get this joint back’ hits,” laughs Moore.

6. Write down your notes. Privately record initial impressions and share joints to taste how the joint changes as it smokes. As leading cannabis judge Swami of Swami Select says, “Each joint is a journey and each tells its own story, how well it was flushed, whether it’s indoor or sungrown, this kind of things.”

7. Use coffee beans as a palette cleanser. Coffee beans help refresh noses over-exposed to the onslaught of cannabis terpenes and smoke.

8. No spoilers. As the joint burns, Moore asks folks to continue to record their observations, but don’t shout out what they think the strain is. It creates expectation bias. 

9. Don’t overdo it. Wine tasters spit out the wine. Smokers just need to go slow. “The purpose is not to get so high they forgot what they’re doing,” says Moore with a chuckle.

10. Guess the strain. Write down your last impressions, along with any possible guesses as to what the strain is. Discuss.

11. Repeat. The best way to elevate your cannabis critiquing is to keep practicing.

TELL US, how do you choose your cannabis?

Originally published in Issue 21 of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE

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New Study Suggests Cannabis Flavonoids Could Shrink Pancreatic Tumors

A recent Harvard study on mice has demonstrated that flavonoids in cannabis could shrink pancreatic cancer tumors.

In the study, 70% of the mice treated with the compound saw tumors reduced to almost nothing or disappearing altogether. The study, entitled “Flavonoid Derivative of Cannabis Demonstrates Therapeutic Potential in Preclinical Models of Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer” was published recently in Frontiers in Oncology, and it demonstrates some potentially very interesting outcomes.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer in humans. That’s mainly due to it being almost impossible to treat with chemical and other therapies. Tragically, 93% of people with pancreatic cancer die within five years, according to statistics. During the study, mice with pancreatic cancer were given flavonoids (compounds in cannabis) and the results were surprising, even for the researchers.

Flavonoids are present in many plants, fruits, and vegetables and are what gives them their unique colors. While there are more than 6,000 known flavonoids, the Harvard study focused on one they called “FBL-03G,” which is found in cannabis. Previous research on cannabis and hemp for other forms of cancer has pointed to the plant’s tumor-reducing properties.


As co-author Dr. Wilfred Ngwa explained according to a Mail Online report, “People have done studies before showing that sometimes cannabis works against cancer, and sometimes it doesn’t.” Studies have successfully demonstrated that cannabis can be effective for some people to treat anxiety and depression.

At the same time, some evidence also suggests that the plant can worsen pre-existing symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia. However, due to the wide range of cannabis strains, it’s hard to pinpoint specific cannabinoids and flavonoids in the plant. As Dr. Ngwa explained, “So maybe the plant we’re investigating in Boston is very different from what we’re investigating in California.”

While most studies on cannabis have focused on the plant as a whole, Dr. Ngwa and his team were curious to find out more about specific compounds interact. His team separated out various compounds in the plant to ascertain which is the most effective (if at all) for shrinking cancerous tumors. Once the team had isolated the FBL-03G flavonoid, they put it in a petri dish with pancreatic cancer cells.

They also used special technology to inject the flavonoid into cancerous tumors in mice. We were very surprised with the results we got,” said Dr. Ngwa. “We expected it to show some inhibition of tumor growth, but we were quite surprised that it [also] inhibited tumor progression in other parts of the body. We actually had to run some [additional] measurements to see if this was really true. It was.”

While the researchers aren’t sure whether or not the cancer in the mice will return later, they are encouraged by the preliminary results from the research they carried out. At the same time, the team isn’t sure how or why the flavonoid treatment worked so well, although they have some ideas. “We believe that cannabinoids have immune modulation properties,” Dr. Ngwa explained.

He also said that flavonoids in cannabis, “can create these antigen cells that train the T-cells, like a vaccine – to recognize the disease.” Another theory involved somethings called “apoptosis” whereby “It (cannabis) kills cancer cells, but it does it in such a way that it exposes the camouflage of the cancer cells that hides them from T-cells,” explained Dr. Ngwa.

While nobody has five-finger clarity for the time being when it comes to the potential of cannabis to treat cancer and even to eliminate tumors, this recent Harvard study is a step in the right direction. The study concluded that, “A flavonoid derivative of cannabis demonstrates significant therapy potential in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, including radio-sensitizing and cancer metastasis treatment potential. The results justify further studies to optimize therapy outcomes toward clinical translation.”

No doubt, more similar studies will be carried out in the future as many cancer patients hope that alternatives to toxic treatments like chemotherapy and radiation will become the norm before long.

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The CBD Testers Weekly Review: New Payment Processing Service, NY Decriminalizes, Possible Vaping Dangers, and more

Welcome to the CBD Testers Weekly Review and Newsletter, where we cover a range of pertinent, cannabis industry topics.

We have a little something for everyone here. Whether you’re a patient or healthcare provider looking for the most recent developments in cannabinoid research, or a budding entrepreneur trying to learn about this booming industry, or even if you’re someone who simply enjoys cannabis and you want to find out more about products, recipes, and trends; no matter what you’re interested in, we’ve got you covered!

ViaBill Allows Cannabis Companies to Accept All Major Credit Cards

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Following the Elavon/Visa issues from June, cannabis companies have been scrambling to find a way to sell their products online. But that struggle seems to be coming to an end now with ViaBill. Many major names – especially companies selling CBD flowers like Secret Nature, Plain Jane, and Tweedle Farms – are turning to ViaBill too keep their customers happy and business operations running smoothly.

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Report: The UK Could Legalize Cannabis Within Five Years

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Although British politicians rarely agree on anything, they seem to have surprisingly reached a tri-partisan agreement regarding cannabis legalization in the UK. One Labour party representative, David Lammy, even changed his stance during his visit to Canada, against the tide of his own party.

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New York Governor Signs Historic Bill Decriminalizing Possession of Cannabis

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As Cuomo explained after signing legislation S.6579A/A.8420, making cannabis possession no longer a criminal offense and expunging some cannabis convicts, “Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all.” As of August 28th, the penalty for cannabis possession has been reduced to a fine of $50 to $200 depending on the amount.

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Fun Activities if You’re Tired of Being Stuck in the House with Your Buds

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If you enjoy using cannabis but would like the opportunity to use it somewhere other than your living room, look no further than one of these unique and exciting cannabis-themed classes and tours. You can take a Cannabis cooking class, Cannabis POTtery class, Cannabis Wine Tour, Cannabis Hike, and list goes on.

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A Legal Alternative to CBD Flowers in the U.K.

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With all the controversy over the legality of CBD flowers in the UK, especially following the recent arrest and prosecution of a flower vendor, some folks in the UK are looking for a legal alternative to CBD flowers – like the new PhenoPen Vape Kit.

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Two Cannabis Flavonoids Believed to be Stronger Than Aspirin

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While most of today’s medical research has focused on the benefits CBD and THC, a recent study explored a couple of lesser known compounds. The research, which was published in the journal Phytochemistry, revealed that two flavonoids, cannflavin A and cannflavin B, have extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects – 30 times more potent than OTC drug Aspirin.

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Wisconsin Doctors Fear Vaping E-Cigs Could Have Caused Lung Damage To Teens

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In another disturbing news headline for the vaping industry, health officials in Wisconsin are reporting at least eight cases of “severe lung damage” among teens, believed to be caused by vaping E-cigarettes. Doctors from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin reported their  findings to the Department of Health Services earlier in July.

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The Medical Cannabis Weekly Review: Synthetic THC, Pain-Relieving Flavonoids, Vaping Lung Disease, and more

Although cannabis research seems to be largely focused on CBD and THC at the moment, a recent study emerged that examined the anti-inflammatory effects of two flavonoids.

Also, doctors continue to prescribe synthetic Marinol, despite numerous complains from patients stating that real cannabis is more effective and leaves them with less side-effects. And did you know that CBD could possibly be used to treat gum disease? All that and more in this week’s Medical Cannabis Weekly Review and Newsletter. 

 

Real Cannabis vs Synthetic Marinol – Which One is Better?

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Despite the fact that most of the United States has legalized some form of medical cannabis or CBD, many doctors are still urging patients to use a synthetic alternative instead. Marinol, generic Dronabinol, is the first FDA-approved, cannabinoid substitute. It’s sold as a gel capsule and it contains a man-made form of THC as the active ingredient.

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Two Cannabis Flavonoids Believed to be Stronger Than Aspirin

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While most of today’s medical research has focused on the benefits CBD and THC, a recent study explored a couple of lesser known compounds. The research, which was published in the journal Phytochemistry, revealed that two flavonoids, cannflavin A and cannflavin B, have extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects – 30 times more potent than OTC drug Aspirin.

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Could CBD Toothpaste and Mouthwash Be The Next Gum Disease Remedy?

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CBD contains anti-bacterial properties and is believed to be useful in the treatment of gum diseases such as Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Australian based medical cannabis company, Impression Healthcare, has just been approved for a Phase 2a Clinical Trial looking at how CBD mouthwash and toothpaste could be used to improve gum health.

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Wisconsin Doctors Fear Vaping Could Have Caused Lung Damage To Teens

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In another disturbing news headline for the vaping industry, health officials in Wisconsin are reporting at least eight cases of “severe lung damage” among teens, believed to be caused by vaping E-cigarettes. Doctors from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin reported their  findings to the Department of Health Services earlier in July.

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OTHER TRENDING NEWS

The FDA just issued its newest CBD warning letter, targeting CuraLeaf

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In a warning letter dated July 22, 2019, The FDA addressed multiple violations being committed by the company CuraLeaf. Does that name sound familiar to you? It should. It’s the company that secured a deal with CVS to sell CBD products in the pharmacy chain earlier this year. In the letter, the FDA referred to CuraLeaf products as “unapproved and misbranded human drugs products.”

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Two Cannabis Flavonoids Believed to be Stronger Than Aspirin

Cannabis products are quickly becoming people’s go-to remedy for treating numerous different ailments.

Although many people still hold on to this image of cannabis as a recreational drug, others – including many in the scientific community – are beginning to recognize the medical potential of this versatile plant. While most of today’s medical research is centered around CBD and THC, respectively, but a recent study focused on a couple of lesser known compounds.

The research, which was published in the journal Phytochemistry, revealed that two flavonoids, cannflavin A and cannflavin B, have extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects  – 30 times more potent than OTC drug Aspirin. This actually has been discovered in other studies as well.

According to the study’s co-author, Tariq Akhtar, Ph.D, “There’s clearly a need to develop alternatives for relief of acute and chronic pain that go beyond opioids. These molecules (flavonoids) are non-psychoactive and they target the inflammation at the source, making them ideal painkillers. What’s interesting about the molecules in cannabis is that they actually stop inflammation at the source.

“And most natural products don’t have the toxicity that’s associated with over-the-counter pain relief drugs, which, even though they’re very effective, do come with health risks. So, looking at natural products as an alternative is a very attractive model.”

Cannabis-based medications don’t target the opioid receptors like many prescription pain killers – which makes cannabis very unlikely to lead to addiction, abuse, or overdose. Nor are they NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Aspirin or Ibuprofen, which can lead to dangerous complications when taken by pregnant women or people who use blood-thinners like Warfarin.

Bottom line is, man made drugs come with risks – sometimes, significant ones. While the long-term effects of cannabinoid (or flavonoid or terpene) use remains poorly understood, they pale in comparison to the side-effects of long-term use of standard painkillers. Cannabis is the medicine of the future.

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How To Cure Your CBD Flowers To Perfection

Growing the perfect CBD flower takes a lot of time, patience, and care. That’s why top-class cannabis growers take their time when it comes to every stage of the delicate growing and drying process.

One of the most critical aspects of that is what’s known as “curing.” The long-term success of any hemp crop starts with the genetics of the seeds and how carefully they’re handled during the delicate fertilization stage. Then, it’s all about lighting, nutrients, environment and about a hundred other factors.

Once the crop has reached its full potential from a successful grow, the cultivator will cut off the stems that contain the flowers and leave there somewhere dry and cool for a few or so. However, according to many growers, the magic really happens during the curing stage; in this case and for this discussion, we’re talking about jar curing CBD flowers.

The most experienced growers will use jar curing during the final stages of their harvest. They claim the end product is more potent and longer-lasting if cured right. When it comes to curing THC or CBD-heavy cannabis or hemp flowers, the cannabinoid content increases throughout the curing process. Proper quality jar curing will also ensure that the aroma, flavor, appearance, and effects of the flowers will be better. That’s also in terms of smoothness when eventually smoked or vaporized.

Before flowers are cured, they are dry or wet trimmed by the grower. Dry trimming is when the plants are hung upside down. After drying, the buds are trimmed of their leaves before being placed into glass jars. Wet trimming is a process whereby the plant is cut as soon as it’s harvested, and when it’s still “wet.” Buds are typically dried by growers in dark, cool rooms where the temperature sits at an even 65F. A small fan inside the room circulates air to keep things fresh and then it’s a waiting game of around two weeks.

Jar curing is the most popular way for growers to perfect their crops after the drying process. After all that attention to detail and hard work, it’s vital that the buds are matured correctly and under the right conditions. For that, all that’s needed is some large wide-mouth glass mason jars (depending on your yield), a dark, cool, not overly humid room, and lots of patience.

It is possible to cure hemp flowers in plastic containers, but this practice is ill-advised. Oxygen is unable to flow properly inside plastic, and it also negatively affects various terpenes and oils in the buds themselves.

Best practices for perfectly curing CBD flowers – Four simple stages:

  • Stage 1 – Once your CBD flowers are dry but not too dry and have been manicured to your liking, go ahead and carefully place them inside glass mason jars. This should be done loosely until the jars are roughly 2/3 full.
  • Stage 2 – The airtight lids of the wide-mouth mason jars should be secured tightly. Then, it’s time to put those jars in a dark, cool, and not too humid place. A garage or outhouse can work as well as a suitably ventilated closet or space inside your home.
  • Stage 3 – While some controversy and differing of opinion surround step 3, the general rule of thumb is that the process of “burping” your CBD flowers is advisable. Burping simply means that you need to open your mason jars, two or three times a day, and leave them open for a few minutes to get some fresh air inside. However, this stage is only done for the first week of curing so that mold doesn’t develop.
  • Stage 4 – When the first week to ten days of regular burping is through, it’s to sit back and try to relax. Curing flowers takes time and patience and if you have both of those you’re on track for some top-shelf buds. After the initial week of curing, the mason jars should only be opened once every few days for a few minutes. This process can continue for 2-6 weeks, and the longer you leave the flowers to mature, the better.

If you follow the steps above, whether you grow your own CBD flowers or purchase them legally, you’ll get the most from your crops. Always remember to handle your CBD flowers in a safe and clean environment.

When in doubt, let them sit quietly in that dark space for a little longer. Some people even leave their flowers at different drying stages, to ensure they have top quality buds for the near future, and something to enjoy in the present.

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