Attention all dabbers: This is how to avoid getting a ‘chazzy banger’

It’s quite appropriate that I am writing this article, in fact, it’s sort of ironic and funny. In the past, I’ve had friends designate a ‘Julia’ rig and keep it aside for when I come to visit. Up until a year or two ago, I had a bit of a reputation for chazzing bangers. But, […]

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Cannabis Suppository Wordsearch – How to make your own

For some medical patients, the key to a better quality of life might be cannabis… just not ingested through the mouth. Cannabis suppositories can be used both rectally and vaginally. Make no mistake, cannabis suppositories save lives and if you have never heard about them, you might be missing out. Don’t worry because it’s not […]

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New Year’s Eve 2021 – How You Can Celebrate At Home

If there’s ever a time that it feels good to party, it’s New Year’s Eve. It’s about celebrating the coming year and the fact that you survived to see it. This year, celebrating the New Year is more important than ever because 2020 globally sucked. You can still keep your social distance and have an […]

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How to make a cannabis-infused Extra Green Matcha Latte

As the days grow shorter and colder, the season for warm and cozy drinks has arrived. Many people already have a ritual built around their morning coffee or night time tea — making it an ideal vessel for a daily dose of cannabis. With health and immunity at the top of everyone’s mind, infusing cannabis for an extra boost of wellness, physical and mental, is just as easy with warm beverages as it is with traditional iced cocktails

One of the most useful technologies in creating cannabis drink products, from ground coffee to powder mixers, is nano-emulsion technology. Essentially, this process breaks down the cannabis elements into particles tiny enough to get mixed into other ingredients while retaining potency. Cannabis products that are nano emulsified are particularly efficient for drinks because they are relatively flavorless, allow for quick onset of cannabis effects, and stay suspended in liquid without separating. 

With seasonal flavors, we use a variety of cannabis products to create warming drinks as tasty as they are potent. Many of the cannabis drink enhancers are interchangeable and come in a wide variety of flavors, including non-flavored, to allow maximum versatility and creativity when it comes to taking your drinks to the next level. 

How to make delicious warm cannabis-infused cocktails

Before you start mixing, there’s a few tried-and-true tips you should have at your disposal for the best canna-cocktail experience: 

  • After following a recipe, periodically taste and adjust the amounts of each ingredient to create your ideal balance.
  • Use almost-boiling water. Using water that has cooled a bit from being boiled will be plenty hot to bring flavors together while allowing some of the more delicate notes of mix-ins — like matcha, fresh citrus, and spices — to shine. 

Add your own flare: play around with garnishes to put a personalized stamp on homemade drinks. Try anything from cinnamon sticks to infused honey.

Why the Extra Green Matcha Latte?

Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

Matcha is an excellent coffee alternative for those with caffeine sensitivities, while being an all-around healthy green tea. Its flavor is earthy and delicate, so opting for a flavorless cannabis enhancer is ideal. 

Tip: using hemp milk, which can usually be found with other plant-based boxed milks, adds another layer of cannabis to this delicious drink, but any milk will work well. 

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces water or milk of choice, such as hemp or oat 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, optional
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1-2 doses unflavored 10 milligrams of THC drink enhancer
  • 1 whisk

Method: 

  1. Slowly heat milk or water on the stovetop.
  2. While milk is warming, add vanilla extract, maple syrup, matcha, and drink enhancer into a mug whisk with a fork until fully combined.
  3. Pour warmed milk into the mug and stir.

Tip: you can use an electric foamer for an extra-foamy touch. 

Products we mixed: Bud Naked by Chil

Unflavored, so you can just enjoy the taste of your matcha, Chil‘s Bud Naked enhancer offers fast-acting THC in 10 milligram packets. 

Available: California

Photos by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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How to make a cannabis-infused sleepy CBD hot toddy

As the days grow shorter and colder, the season for warm and cozy drinks has arrived. Many people already have a ritual built around their morning coffee or night time tea — making it an ideal vessel for a daily dose of cannabis. With health and immunity at the top of everyone’s mind, infusing cannabis for an extra boost of wellness, physical and mental, is just as easy with warm beverages as it is with traditional iced cocktails

One of the most useful technologies in creating cannabis drink products, from ground coffee to powder mixers, is nano-emulsion technology. Essentially, this process breaks down the cannabis elements into particles tiny enough to get mixed into other ingredients while retaining potency. Cannabis products that are nano-emulsified are particularly efficient for drinks because they are relatively flavorless, allow for quick on-set of cannabis effects, and stay suspended in liquid without separating. 

With seasonal flavors, we use a variety of cannabis products to create warming drinks as tasty as they are potent. Many of the cannabis drink enhancers are interchangeable and come in a wide variety of flavors, including non-flavored, to allow maximum versatility and creativity when it comes to taking your drinks to the next level. 

How to make delicious warm cannabis-infused cocktails

Before you start mixing, there’s a few tried-and-true tips you should have at your disposal for the best canna-cocktail experience: 

  • After following a recipe, periodically taste and adjust the amounts of each ingredient to create your ideal balance.
  • Use almost-boiling water. Using water that has cooled a bit from being boiled will be plenty hot to bring flavors together while allowing some of the more delicate notes of mix-ins — like matcha, fresh citrus, and spices — to shine. 
  • Add your own flare: play around with garnishes to put a personalized stamp on homemade drinks. Try anything from cinnamon sticks to infused honey. 

Why the sleepy CBD Hot Toddy? 

Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

Hot toddies are a cold weather staple to take out the chill ward off the common cold. Instead of spiking with the classic whiskey, our version is made with CBD that is specifically designed for rest and relaxation. 

Tip: fresh citrus really makes a difference in this drink, adding brightness and maximum flavor. You can use some of the zest for an even more intense citrus kick, and add ins like ginger and turmeric would be tasty and healthy additions as well. 

Ingredients:

  • 7 ounces of hot water
  • Juice of ½ lemon, freshly squeezed 
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 dose of 25 milligrams of CBD drink enhancer

Method:

  1. Heat water to near boiling.
  2. While water is heating, juice the lemon into your mug, add honey and swirl to combine.
  3. Add hot water and CBD drink enhancer — stir to combine.
  4. Garnish with optional extras like sliced lemons or a cinnamon stick. 

Products we mixed: Nightly Dose CBD & CBN Oil by Green Roads

With 2.5 milligrams melatonin, 22.5 milligrams of CBD, and 2.5 milligrams of CBN, Green Roads’ Nightly Dose will have you easily drifting into dreamland. Add this fruity, blueberry oil to make the perfectly relaxing hot toddy cocktail. 

Available: nationwide

Photos by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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How to Create an Immersive Stoner Dining Experience at Home

You and your partner just smoked a fat joint, getting you perfectly baked. Sitting with a soft, fuzzy blanket, you mentally note how comfortable it feels to sit on your living room couch. Hearing Gordon Ramsey, you look up and stare at the TV, hypnotized by the beef wellingtons coming out of Hell’s Kitchen. All […]

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Maskne: 5 Ways to Keep Your Face Mask from Causing Breakouts

Maskne – the latest in COVID colloquialisms – refers to breakouts, pimples and skin irritation from your face mask. Since face masks aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, what better time for a quick 101 on your skin type and the care you need? Here are 5 ways you can keep yours from causing breakouts so […]

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It’s Trim Time: A List of Everything You Need to Properly Trim Cannabis

Once again it is that season when the days grow shorter and harvest is completed, and so our thoughts turn to trimming. Not just the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner or trimming the Christmas tree, but to trimming the cannabis crop! Now that you have grown your plants to perfection, you’ll need to redirect your energy to manicuring the flowers which is the final step to show off the beauty of the bud.

After harvesting and drying them until the stems snap and excess moisture is evaporated, we like to wrap the bud covered branches in unbleached Kraft paper. We roll them into big “burritos” and stand them up in plastic tubs so they stay fresh – not too dry and not too moist –  and maintain temperature and humidity at 60º and 60 percent.

The next step is to prepare your trimming area, making sure it is clean and comfortable. I recommend putting plastic sheets on the floor, so you’re not grinding extra leaves and waste into your carpets, and also a plastic tablecloth on the large table you’ll be using. Some people prefer to sit on a couch with a trim tray on their lap but I find that it’s preferable to be able to spread out on a table and keep my back straight while sitting in a chair

Bucked cannabis rolled in Kraft paper.

Gear You’ll Need to Get the Job Done & How to Use it

Trimming scissors  

I recommend the orange handled Chikamasa brand, but if you’re trimming a very large amount you may want to have other styles on hand as well to switch between in order to avoid repetitive stress injury. I also suggest that if your hands start to feel tired, stretch your arms in front of you, turn your palms upwards and stretch your fingers wide. This is a good relaxation technique to employ occasionally.

Trim Bin or Large Tray

It is well worth the investment to buy a Trim Bin online or at your local grow shop or headshop. They are ergonomically designed to rest your hands in a comfortable position. Best of all, the built in 2-level screened system allows the kief to strain through to the tray below so you can collect the resinous trichomes that accumulate. They can be used to make cannabis butter, hash or simply sprinkle onto your joints for an extra boost. You can also use a simple flat tray or even a plate, but whatever it is, be sure to keep it clean.

Good Lighting

You’ll want a desk lamp with an expandable range such as this one. I like it because it offers natural daylight as well as a built-in magnifying glass and clamp-on mounting options. Always have good bright light, and be sure to protect your eyes with glasses or goggles. Another tip about your eyes while trimming: Be aware. Do not put your fingers in your eyes or the resin from trimming will sting like crazy! A magnifying glass is beneficial so you can observe the buds closely if you have reason to believe they have mold or powdery mildew.

Gloves

In the old days, no one wore gloves of any kind while trimming, and then we’d wonder why we were so high by the end of the day! Cannabis resin will gather on your fingers and seep through your pores, so not only will you have super sticky hands that take lots of scrubbing with oil to clean, but you’ll get too stoned to focus. There are several types of gloves on the market and people have their own favorites. Some trimmers prefer the ones with powdered latex while I like the textured nitrile varieties that are powder free. Sample a few to find what is to your liking.

A Reynolds turkey bag full of trimmed cannabis.

Turkey Bags

I wonder who it was that figured out that turkey oven-roasting bags hold in the smell of their contents so very well. Hence, back in the days of the “traditional” illicit market, growers used them so that no skunky smell gave away the clue of what was in their car as they drove the buds to their final destinations. At one point in the late nineties, the small village of Laytonville, situated in the heart of the Emerald Triangle, actually won an award from Reynolds Company for selling the most turkey bags! Over the years, it has become obvious that these bags really do contain the terpenes and freshness of your cannabis. I recommend you don’t buy the small expensive boxes of them at the grocery store, but go on-line or to your local grow shop where they are considerably less expensive in bulk. Also available now are “Ostrich Bags” which are really huge for larger plants.

Ziplock Bags

I use these for the shake and smalls leftover from trimming, and am sure to label them according to their cultivar. The shake, aka trim, can be used for making edibles or hashish. The smalls are what the farmer traditionally keeps and smokes while selling the full flowers. If this is your personal crop, and not for sale, you can just include the smalls with the full flowers, but you may still want to separate them as you don’t need to trim the smalls as finely.

Smalls Bowl

Just something funky will do – I  set this to the side of my trim bin to hold the small buds if you are separating them from the fully trimmed flowers.

Masking Tape & Sharpies

It’s always smart to label your cannabis as much as possible, especially if you have several cultivars. Use a dark black Sharpie to label the Kraft paper “burritos” once you take the branches down from drying. Then be sure to also label your bags with finished trimmed flowers so you never lose track of which strain is which.

Aprons

It’s best to wear some covering as your clothes will otherwise be covered with weed! Avoid knits, flannel and woolens that seem to have a magnetic attraction for leaves.

Plastic Tubs

Once trimmed, you’ll put your flowers into a turkey bag. Then store them in large plastic tubs in a cool and dark place. You may also want to take out some buds to place into well-sealed glass jars, preferably of a dark or opaque color, and again place these in a cool and dark place for storage.

Water Mug

Place a mug next to your trim space for dipping your scissors to keep them clean. This trick is not widely known but it really works. After every few buds, depending on the stickiness of the strain, just dip your scissors into the water, shake them off and continue. The dampness is just fine for the buds and it will keep your scissors so clean and smooth that you’ll never have to switch them out or dip them in alcohol.

Trim scissors being dipped into a mug filled with water.

Audiobooks and Podcasts

While you are snipping away, it really helps to listen to something entertaining. You’ll be surprised how fast the time goes. Best to avoid videos, as you need to keep your eyes on your work. I like to find some juicy, really long books that entice me to keep trimming away.

Trimming Techniques

Now that you are all set up, put on your apron and gloves and sit in your favorite trimming chair. First, you’ll have to “buck” the branches, which means removing any large stems and fan leaves — the large leafy matter that protects the buds but doesn’t have any real cannabinoids — and take each and every bud off of the branch. You’ll be left with individual buds that now can be manicured with your scissors.

Cut off any extra leaf and remove the small stem pieces so that only the bud remains in all her glory. Be careful not to trim it too closely as there is beneficial resin on some of the smallest leaves which serve to protect the bud. No one wants a “mowed down” look. Our rule for top shelf flowers is that no bud smaller than a nickel goes into the full buds bag – they go into the smalls bowl to be consumed in-house.

Take your time and get into a meditative rhythm. Remember to dip your scissors into the water mug after every couple of buds to keep your scissors clean so they don’t get sticky. Before you know it, hours have passed and you’ll have a nice pile of beautiful buds. Whether for commercial or personal use, now is the time to showcase to perfection the months of work it took to grow these plants.

So get your girls ready to greet the world and enjoy the trimming season! 

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Demystifying the Dry Ice Kief Separation Method

The primary goal of any extraction method is to separate the cannabinoid-rich resin of the cannabis plant from the inert plant matter. In the dry ice kief separation process, dry CO2 literally freezes the resin glands on the plant, making them easy to shake loose from foliage.These frozen glands fall through a 120- to 220-micron mesh sieve and are collected in a container below.

Done properly, CO2 extraction is exceptionally efficient, and the most common method of small-scale CO2 extraction is dry-ice separation.

A Few Notes on Dry Ice

Dry ice is actually solidified CO2 gas.  It’s super cold, because the freezing point of CO2 is very low, and it must be kept in specialized freezers that are even colder.

When not kept in a frozen state, dry ice doesn’t melt — it “sublimes” or “sublimates.” That means it transforms directly from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid state. This unique feature, along with its super-cold temperature, makes it ideal for CO2 separation.

As a safety note, remember that dry ice is so cold that it can cause frostbite on contact, so always handle with gloves and wear eye protection.

Getting Started

The following step-by-step technique is excellent for processing and preserving large quantities of leaf and small buds that might otherwise go to waste. In simple experiments, this method yields 15 to 18 percent of the source material’s weight in the final product —kief.

As with any kief or concentrate, that final product is contingent on the original buds. Resinous buds make the best kief. Lower-quality leaf and buds make lower-quality kief. The final product can be of many grades, but the first few shakes will always yield the highest quality. These smaller sieves (120, 160, etc.) let less green matter through. Larger mesh (200, 220, etc.) lets a lot through!

And always remember to shake over a large, flat mirror or large, smooth surface. Such an area makes it easy to scrape up kief.

Making Dry-Ice Kief

 Step 1: Place a few chunks of dry ice directly into a container. A can would work. Add about 3 times as many leaves and small buds to the container and let the pieces of dry ice mix with the chilled cannabis so it freezes the resin glands. The cannabis should be as intact as possible, so don’t grind it up.

Step 2: Use a Bubble Bag (or something similar with a 160-micron mesh sieve) to cover the opening of the container. The sieve end of the bag should be secured so it is pulled taut over the opening of the container.

Step 3: Holding the container right-side-up, shake the CO2 cannabis mixture in the can so the chunks of dry ice break up and freeze the supercooled cannabis.

Step 4: Turn the container upside down so the sieve is facing the mirror below. Shake the container for a few seconds or up to 5 minutes. During this time white vapor should emerge from the container as the CO2 sublimes and resin glands slide through the sieve onto the mirror.

The first couple of shakes you’ll get top-quality resin glands. The resulting powder progressively turns to green leaf matter. Shake the container a few times so that the highest-quality kief passes through the sieve. Collect this kief before progressing to the next grade. Repeat process as many times as desired and keep separate jars for different potency grades

Step 5: Remove any remaining pieces of dry ice. Scrape kief still stuck to the sieve and the inside of the container onto the mirror. Scrape all this kief into a pile and store it in a glass container to use for cooking. This hash is lower quality and contains contaminants, but the cannabinoids are concentrated in the final product when you cook with it.

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How to Cure the Infamous ‘Weed Hangover’

It’s the day after a fun social outing and you wake up feeling tired, drained and uninterested in doing anything other than vegging out. You’re headachey, foggy or a little more “blah” than normal. You think back on your evening and you don’t remember drinking that much or doing anything else that would make you feel so lethargic… but then it hits you. Whether you were smoking like a chimney all night or casually snacking on cannabis-infused edibles like they were run-of-the-mill munchies, you’re feeling the aftershock of too much THC.

Some people call it a “weed hangover.”

Surprisingly, alcohol isn’t the only substance that can have you feeling off-kilter after overindulging. Dehydration, the main culprit when it comes to booze hangovers, has been shown to have a short-term effect on brain function and cognition (things like such as attention and memory), according to one study. But there are a few conflicting reports when it comes to whether or not cannabis can cause you to experience hangover symptoms.

For example, another study determines that “marijuana smoking can produce residual (hangover) effects the day after smoking.” But a different study not only concludes that “marijuana smoking was not associated with a ‘hangover,’” but that “no evidence of residual subjective intoxication was found, and most of the behavioral tasks and mood scales were unaffected the morning after.” So, what’s the deal? It really depends on how cannabis affects you as an individual. Some people have never experienced a weed hangover, while others are all too familiar with the unpleasant condition.

Either way, if you feel like you just can’t get it together after one too many edibles, dabs, hits or the like, then there are ways you can help yourself recover.

Sleep It Off & Hydrate

With some rest and a little bit of patience, a weed hangover is so easy to kick that it’s barely worth worrying about.

As a general rule, the annoying or uncomfortable symptoms that stem from consuming cannabis past your body’s personal tolerance level will subside after a nice, long nap. Sleeping it off is the easiest way to let your body sort itself out without you needing to do much. But if you don’t have the option to take it easy, due to previous plans or obligations like “going to work,” there are some ways you can help weather the storm.

The next best thing you can do to dissipate your pot-pot haze is to hydrate. Because some other common symptoms include dry mouth and intense thirst, H2O is essentially your best friend. You can also try moisturizing eye drops or laying down with your eyes covered with a cool compress for a little while. And if you are experiencing mild nausea, you can try sipping on some ginger tea or peppermint tea to soothe your stomach. For brain fog, you can try sipping on some coffee, going for a brisk walk or even just moving around your living space to break through the fuzz.

In general, you should feel just fine the day after smoking, vaping, dabbing or eating cannabis and residual effects should normally include a need for more snacks and enjoying a good night’s rest. Yes, there may be times where do get a little higher than expected by accident, but it’s important to take learning about your personal tolerance level very seriously.

But if you find that you’re experiencing hangover-like symptoms often, then may consider cutting back a little bit, microdosing or taking tolerance break to reconsider how you’re consuming cannabis.

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