‘Beyond Buds, Next Generation:’ Water Hash 101

‘Beyond Buds, Next Generation:’ Water Hash 101

[Canniseur: Many types of hash, concentrates, butter, sugar, shatter, dabs, wax are available in today’s market. There’s all sorts of names for cannabis concentrates. Most all are made with a solvent of some sort; alcohol, butane, whatever. Water hash is a different story. The only ‘solvent’ used to extract the hash is ice water. For those wanting to reduce the amount of toxins ingested, water hash is superior. The trichomes are harvested whole and you get all of the whole plant goodness in concentrated form. Water hash fell out of ‘style’ in the early 2000s. Why? It’s a little more difficult to make and the yields aren’t as high, but it’s worth the trouble for full-spectrum effects.]

Water hash is a favorite method of making concentrates employed all over the world. Its name comes from the water process used to collect glands from the trim, leaf and buds. On a fundamental level, the process works because cannabinoids are not water-soluble, meaning that the desired resins are not damaged by contact with water and ice.

Water hash can be smoked as loose, granular resin or pressed into traditional hashish: High-quality loose hash can easily be pressed into hashish using nothing more than the palm of one hand and some light, brisk friction, applied using the thumb of the other hand. Loose or pressed, many people are still enthralled by the unique, full-spectrum experience of this potent natural product.


Plant materials are weighed and measured inside of the Resinator XL.

Water hash can be made in small or large quantities, and turnkey extracting systems can be purchased to simplify the process. It is also possible to make water hash using home-gathered equipment, but with inexpensive kits available, the savings are often negligible. Pre-made systems offer increased precision and efficiency for the water hash process, and their availability contributed to a surge in water hash’s popularity during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Water hash’s two-decade run of dominance ended with the rise of solvent-extracted hash; shatter, wax, and other butane hash-oils have muscled aside bubble hash on many dispensary shelves in the United States over the last few years. But this competition from solvent hash has also inspired water hash makers to step their game up, inspiring an increased emphasis on appearance and flavor. Ultra-fine water hash is now being sold as “solventless wax,” reflecting the broad demand for solvent-free products that mirror the desirable consistency and refined flavor profile of solvent-extracted hash.

Water is sprayed inside the Resinator XL, an extraction machine designed to make water hash.

High-grade water hash is also great for edibles, and any experienced dabber will tell you that “five star” hash is very dabbable. It’s also next to impossible to seriously injure yourself or anyone else making water hash, because the process doesn’t involve any flammable chemicals or potentially explosive machinery.

How Water Hash Works

All water hash methods use water, ice and agitation to separate resin glands from plant material. Water and plant material are placed in a bucket that has been lined with filtration bags, similar in composition to the screens used for making dry sift kief. Like those screens, the bags filter the glands by micron size, separating the hash from the trash. A micron is one-millionth of a meter, or .001 millimeters. The material is stirred to knock the trichomes free, and while the plant material floats in the top bag, the glands (which are heavier) sink and are collected in the lower bags.

Ready-made systems use multiple bags that sort the glands by size: Unlike kief-making, the material is separated in one step rather than through repeated sieving. Usually, the material is processed once, but some commercial hash makers process it a second time to further isolate the THC.

Hand-pressed hash.

As with all extraction methods, cold temperature is a key element of water hash production. The ice keeps the water and material very cold so the glands remain brittle and snap off with agitation. After the material is agitated in ice water, it’s allowed to settle. Then, the bags are separated and the glands are removed from each one. After the water hash is dried, it’s ready to smoke.

Water hash varies in color and can be many shades of white, brown, red and even purple. When extracted from the finest-grade material, the potency of water hash can test as high as many solvent hash products, with up to 80 percent cannabinoid content.

A traditional Nepalese pressed hash ball.

A Note on Yields

Processing 227 grams of high-quality material usually yields between 18 grams (8 percent yield) to 35 grams (15 percent yield). Yields increase with the quality of the starting material. However, in some instances, such as with Tangie, obtaining a yield over 7 percent using water is nearly impossible. This is one reason solvent-based methods and other, newer extraction techniques have overtaken water processing in popularity.

But there are considerations other than yield; the full-spectrum effects and natural flavor profile of water hash are unique because the process preserves the terpenes in the glands. For this reason, some people prefer high-quality water hash to solvent-extracted products.

To learn more about extraction techniques for water hash and other cannabis concentrates, check out “Beyond Buds, Next Generation: Marijuana Concentrates and Cannabis Infusions.”

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Meet the Flameless Device That Wants to Disrupt Cannabis Vaporizing

Meet the Flameless Device That Wants to Disrupt Cannabis Vaporizing

[Canniseur: This is a very interesting development in technology. We love research is being performed looking for the safest and most effective consumption method. We need more rocket scientists!]

Back at the start of this year, the Willamette Week reported on a new type of vaporizer that would work with any pipe to make it into a vape.

The seemingly miraculous device at the center of their story was the Ember, a U.S.-made vape by Portland-based Prrl Labs. Created by a former aerospace engineer, it’s essentially a pocket-sized heat gun designed to blast your bowl. The Ember uses convective heat, like a Volcano, passing heated air through the plant material, vaporizing the cannabinoids and other active chemicals in the cannabis. This is different than conductive heat, used in nearly every other vape pen on the market, where the heating element contacts the cannabis or oil directly — which raises the risk of accidental combustion.

Cannabis Now caught up with Josh Winicki, one of the two founders of Prrl Labs, who told us about the process of designing, creating, and launching the Ember.

Winicki is a former economist with the USDA, a researcher with the American Institutes for Research, a teacher at Portland’s Wilson High School and even a competitive gymnast. In a way, it’s thanks to his history as an athlete that Winicki is in the cannabis industry today.

“I have always enjoyed cannabis much more than alcohol,” Winicki says. “With gymnastics, if you come in and you are pushing yourself and you’re not performing your best it can be dangerous.” While many of Winicki’s peers drank to relax and have fun, if he drank he says he suffered dire consequences. “I couldn’t train the next day or two, but with cannabis I was fine.”

Safety First

Winicki and his co-founder Mark Lewis are both “sensitive to the material components issue,” and they “wanted to have a clean vaping experience.” To do that, they put intense effort into their sourcing of materials. “Mark found a coil from his background in aerospace that is completely non-corrosive and never breaks down,” Winicki says. They use that coil in place of nichrome wire, which research has found actually breaks down and vaporizes. In addition to the coil, the Ember has a screen glued into place which covers its heating element. Winicki says this prevents flower material from blowing into the device and “causes a more even distribution of the heat.”

“The glue in the Ember is heat safe,” Winicki added.

Another step Prrl Labs took to create a safe device is making it themselves in Portland, Oregon, rather than half a world away in Shenzhen, China. “You send something over to China and it’s like a black box,” says Winicki. “You get it back and while it may look really professional, you have no idea what went inside it.”

To Winicki, the Ember is “like a piece of art” and like art, “it’s about the quality.” He says he and Lewis felt the best way to make an artisan vape product was “to keep it more local,” with an in-house operation. However, as of now the Ember itself is an adapter that fits onto a battery pack, the Cuboid Mini, which Winicki says “does come from abroad.” But he says that’s something Prrl Labs is already reexamining. “The next product we are working on has the battery inside it, rather than using the Cuboid,” he says.

Ambitious Plans for Innovation

While the goal is to make the Ember able to fit onto any pipe or bong, for now, the device comes with a customized pipe. The Ember pipe is designed for both bud and concentrates, although Winicki advises that users “put concentrates on a bed of flowers so they don’t gum up the screen.” And if you’re a serious dabber, don’t worry — Winicki says they “already have an accessory with a 14.4 brushed glass attachment to go onto a dab rig.”

As Cannabis Now has reported before, there are many devices on the market being sold as vapes which aren’t actually vaporizing what is inside them. Instead, they heat cannabis material to temperatures well above the point of combustion.

“[We] dug into the temperature settings on other devices and found that all they are really measuring is the resistance in the circuitry rather than the actual temperature,” Winicki says. Basically, this means your inhalation speed can impact the heat applied your cannabis material, because your vape’s setting manipulate power levels rather than exact temperatures.

But the Ember is no exception to this rule, and how quickly you inhale will affect the temperature things are heated to. Winicki says that a “slower draw will cook the bud more, but a faster draw will be a purer vapor draw,” and added that “a very tiny amount of airflow could cause combustion, but no airflow at all should not burn.”

Heating Up

Winicki gave specific tips on how to get the best results from the Ember. “What I tell people is you are going to want to draw in a lot slower than you think,” he says. He also mentioned you can do a “cigar puff” to “pre-heat of all the material,” which means that your first puff will get your bud or dab up to temperature and is not likely to produce a huge cloud. But Winicki says that “by the tenth draw it can be hot enough where you only need like a three-second burst of heat to vape it.”

As of yet, Winicki says Prrl Labs has yet to reap the financial rewards of the Ember, but he remains unbothered.

“We’re not making a whole lot of money on it,” he says, but emphasized that it isn’t about the money, it’s about breaking out from the pack and working to get people “back to the pipe” in a healthier way. “Once you get to experience vaping flower, you can tell the difference in the vapor,” he says.

For the record, I got to try a prototype of an Ember and found that the quality of vapor produced for flower and cold-water hash to be on-par with a home device like a Volcano or a VapeXhale — with some bonus points for portability. Put that in your pipe and vape it!

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Fake Weed Cartridges Are Still Popping Up Across the Country

Fake Weed Cartridges Are Still Popping Up Across the Country

[Canniseur: Fake vape carts, fake weed, fake everything. When a state allows a black market to operate, there are going to be lots of fakes. During alcohol prohibition, bathtub gin, which was mostly methanol alcohol, was routinely sold as the real deal. Why would the black market in cannabis products be any different? So we get fake weed, fake hash, fake hash oil…fake everything cannabis.]

According to news headlines around the country, weed cartridges are still hot items in black markets throughout the US.

Police beats say local authorities recently seized carts in New Jersey, Nebraska, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Massachusetts.

Although some of the above-mentioned states, like Ohio and Massachusetts, have medical or recreational weed laws on the books, suspects in those states were busted with other (read: real) illicit drugs (e.g. cocaine) or because they exceeded legal possession limits.

In other states, like Nebraska and Indiana, THC-rich weed and other weed-infused products are completely outlawed.

Some of the recent news stories read like Onion headlines, too. For instance, cops found weed cartridges in Indiana that resembled kids cereal boxes. One New Jersey case cited a teenager who stabbed a man over a cannabis-cartridge deal gone wrong. Who stabs someone over weed these days?

Weed cartridges have become uber-popular over the past year due to their small sizes and discreet appearances, as they look (and sometimes smell) like nicotine vape pens. However, their popularity has provided opportunities for bad actors to sling fake cartridges in legal and prohibition markets.

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Wizard Stones: The Magic of Making Cannabis Diamonds

Wizard Stones: The Magic of Making Cannabis Diamonds

[Canniseur: The rapidly changing world of concentrates continues to amaze. Now there’s a crystalline form of THCA that looks like quartz. t’s amazing to watch the crystal grow in the video.]

Heat, pressure, and time. The three components required to form a diamond from carbon. But what about diamonds made from cannabis? The founders of Oleum Extracts, Aaron Palmer and Graham Jennings both agree that a good diamond product ultimately comes down to the flavor provided by its terpene fraction.

Creating Wizard Stones

Diamonds is a slang term for the crystal formations of the cannabinoid THCA. The molecule’s lattice structure builds upon itself naturally as individual molecules clump together creating the faceted formations that resemble diamond or quartz.

When most people talk about cannabis diamonds, they’re talking about THCA structures that form in their own terpene sauce. So, it’s a little different technique than other isolation methods.

Oleum —While their chemical composition is the same, the process to make them is slightly different than the traditional diamonds mined from a raw extract. Instead, they use a specially formulated solvent mix to create a solution with a composition that encourages crystallization.

Due to Washington state’s regulations, Oleum is limited in the chemical solvents they can use. So that blend is the crucial variable to isolating THCA into their Wizard Stones product.

Growing cannabis diamonds within their original terpene fraction comes down to creating an environment with the right amounts of pressure and heat to encourage crystal growth.

Within the raw extract, the terpene and cannabinoid compounds are homogenized together, but as they settle and separate the mixture “crashes” — which is the start of crystallization.

Palmer explains that it “helps to create a seed because if there’s nothing for the THCA molecules to grab onto then they have a harder time starting the diamond formation.”

There are a few ways extractors seed a solution to start diamond growth, but Oleum prefers to use freezing temperatures to solidify and then thaw their extract, helping to create small groupings of THCA for other molecules to stack off.

Another common seeding technique is to drop a previously grown crystal into the extracted mixture of cannabis compounds, giving the THCA something to grow off of.

This technique is especially useful when filming a time-lapse of the crystal growth because it gives the camera a focal point knowing where the formation will grow from.

In this THCA Crystalline Wizard Stone timelapse video, we can see diamonds begin to form almost immediately. However, the crystallization process can take a month if not longer to complete once a raw extract is jarred and waiting to crash.

Oleum utilizes custom-built isolation vessels for their production diamond runs but admits that the jar tech allows more visibility into the process.

Jennings points out, “You see the jars, we even do the jar stuff a lot. It’s more popular… and people know what it is compared to a large isolation vessel that no one can see into it but you know it’s growing 2,000 grams of crystals.”

Each batch can present a different ratio of diamonds to sauce and it seems like everyone wants a little different combination. “We just give ‘em what it makes,” Jennings said.

That’s the beauty of isolated products like cannabis diamonds and sauce; you can mix your own cocktail of cannabis compounds and really dial in the flavors and feelings that you’re after.

Cannabis diamonds grown in their own sauce create a potent, refined, and pronounce expression of the strain they are extracted from.

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What Is Crumble Wax and How Do You Smoke It?

What Is Crumble Wax and How Do You Smoke It?

[Canniseur: I certainly learned a lot from this article. There are so many different kinds of concentrates and new ones seem to come around weekly. It’s hard to keep up with the changing and evolving technology.]

Why go with crumble wax when there are a handful of other concentrates available? Here’s why.

Fans of cannabis concentrates are always on the look-out for more potency and more flavor. Where shatters and isolates may fall short in the taste category, crumble waxes deliver.

What Exactly Is Crumble Wax?

Crumble wax is a weed extract made through a similar process as shatter. To create either product, processors extract cannabis resin from the plant with a solvent such as butane. During the purging steps, manufacturers apply heat and vacuum filtration to remove the solvents.

To create crumble wax, processors simply use lower heats and longer vacuum times than they would when making shatter. The result is a drier, more delicate concentrate that resembles a honeycomb. Once the fragile honeycomb breaks apart, it becomes crumble wax.

With some legal weed producers scrambling to keep up with demand, why take the extra time to craft crumble?

Heat can cause a loss of terpenes, the aromatic compounds in cannabis resin that give weed its sought-after scents and flavors. Excessive heat will evaporate or burn these delicious components from the wax, so making crumble should preserve its terpene contents.

Higher heats can also break down the plant’s various chemical compounds into carcinogens. Although few studies have looked at carcinogens in concentrates, theoretically, lower heats should minimize the chance that crumble wax will contain these cancer-causing agents.

As for potency, crumbles don’t offer anything new there. They boast roughly the same THC values as other popular concentrates.

How to Puff Crumble Wax

Like other concentrates and extracts, the most efficient way to get crumble wax into the lungs is by dabbing.

Dabbing vaporizes the wax by brief application to a hot nail. Nails will completely vaporize the crumble at higher temperatures. However, many dabbers prefer lower temperatures, which better keeps the terpenes intact, leading to a tastier experience.

If going the low-temperature route, be sure to remove any remaining oils from the nail before starting another dab. Residual oils left behind may contain toxic breakdown products.

Unlike shatters, crumble wax may be difficult to stick to a wand, an instrument used to apply the wax to a dab rig nail. If that’s the case, gently heat the wand, then dip it into the crumble. Just a wee bit of heat should be enough to slightly melt some of the crumble so it will bond to the wand long enough to transfer to the nail.

For those who prefer to roll their weed in joints or blunts, crumbles can be sprinkled across the flower prior to twisting them up. This method will jack up the joint’s potency (and harshness on the lungs), so puff with caution.

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Crumble wax is an excellent way to accurately dose homemade edibles, too. Packages should list THC content on the labels. After determining how elevated you and your friends want to get, just dissolve the wax in warm cooking oil or butter when making some baked goods.

Frying with crumble wax is not recommended, as the intense heat could smoke out the wax’s good stuff before anyone takes the first bite. That may limit the range of infused dishes you can cook, but that’s just how the (cannabis) cookie crumbles.

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Are You Smoking Moldy Weed? Here’s How to Check

Are You Smoking Moldy Weed? Here’s How to Check

[Canniseur: EWWWW! Mold (mould, if you’re British) in cannabis just sounds bad. It sometimes happens, although your favorite retailer should be protecting you from that. Great tips to figure out if there’s mold in your weed.]

Moldy cannabis has increasingly become a problem in legal markets. How can you tell if your weed has mold or mildew without forking over thousands of dollars to a lab?

Mildew Kush doesn’t sound appealing, does it? It doesn’t, not just because it’s gross, but because it’s dangerous, too.Unfortunately, legal markets have seen their fair share of moldy weed recalls over the past few months alone. In January, Michigan regulators recalled 48 pounds of medical marijuana due to mold.A month prior to Michigan’s order, Colorado agencies recalled an entire batch of weed from one operator that affected at least 10 Denver-based dispensaries.Also in December, Canada’s government weed supplier, the Ontario Cannabis Store, recalled 25,000 grams of pot after a customer found mold on her cannabis.So the mold scare is real. Here’s how to ensure it never ends up in your pipe.

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Eye-Ball It

The easiest and most cost-effective method for spotting mold on weed is the naked eye. Tokers will notice something that looks similar to cobwebs on or within the buds. Spider mites also leave behind actual webbing that can look identical to mildew, but you shouldn’t be smoking those, either.

Powdery mildew, a form of mold, can sometimes look like dusted kief to the untrained eye. However, closer inspection will reveal the powder isn’t kief at all, but something that resembles sawdust or the dust produced by kicking a puffball mushroom.

Other signs of mold or mildew include dark spots on otherwise green buds, yellow or gray fuzz, or the presence of slime. (Yuck.) Sometimes buds may also appear as if they were rolled in confectionery sugar, another sign of powdery mildew.

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The Nose Knows: The Smell Test

Weed comes in a wide assortment of aromas, from hints of berries to that chronic funk that smells like you just ran over a wild skunk. But two scents can tip you off to moldy weed: the smell of human sweat or urine.

Of course, no one should ever smoke weed that smells like pee anyway, mildew or otherwise.

The smell test has limitations, though. Some noses are more sensitive to the nuances of weed fragrances than others. And tokers who are allergic to mold-derived antibiotics like penicillin may experience an allergic reaction.

Additionally, some molds and mildews don’t produce any smells, especially if the infestation only recently took hold.

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Science, B! Use a Microscope

Obvious signs of mold, like seeing webby crud all over your buds, indicate the infestation was there for a while. Sometimes, however, newer cases of mildews and molds are invisible to the naked eye.

In this case, consumers can still detect if their weed contains mold. This method requires a microscope. In the age of Amazon, however, digital microscopes sell for less than $30.

Again, recognizing mold on weed by eye, even the aided eye, takes some experience. Mold and mildew produce little filaments called hyphae. Hyphae look nothing like the bud’s natural glandular trichomes, so if anything looks out of the ordinary, it might be mold.

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Check the Media and Brand Websites for Recalls

Another safe practice for finding out if your cannabis contains mold is by checking local media for reports of recalls. State or city websites, as well as some company websites, may also post notices.

Although checking the news for moldy weed may seem dorky, it has worked in the past. In the case of the Canadian recall mentioned earlier, the woman who reported the mold only caught it because she’d read a news story on the topic. She said she never would have checked had she not known mold was even an issue with legal weed.

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Why Mold Threatens Good Health

Why even care about mold on weed? After all, isn’t mold a source of medicine, just like cannabis?

Molds and mildew are fungi that thrive in moist environments with poor air circulation. With weed, the presence of molds or mildews indicates the plants are diseased, not extra medicated.

While some molds produce antibiotics like penicillin, treating an infection by smoking moldy weed is a really, really bad idea. Those allergic to penicillin could react violently to smoking mold, much less smelling it. Other patients, like those with compromised immune systems, may be unable to fight off the mildew’s spores, leading to moldy lungs on top of smoking shitty weed.

Furthermore, some molds and mildews produce toxins, called mycotoxins, that can’t be burned away. And even worse, making edibles with moldy weed will transfer those toxins wholesale into the food. (Double yuck.)

Basically, get your cannabis from trusted sources. Inspect every purchase before ever flicking a Bic. And always remember: webbing belongs in dark corners, not on weed.

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Hot New Cannabis Products Promise Precise Effects

Hot New Cannabis Products Promise Precise Effects

[Canniseur: Each strain of cannabis affects us differently. It’s a good idea to describe cannabis by its effects rather than by ‘strain’, or even sativa or indica. The proliferation of strain names is getting tiresome. This all said, some of these products read like science fiction. Do we really want to micro-manage our moods by what we ingest? And, this might take some of the fun out of experiencing a new strain.]

“How is this going to make me feel?”

That’s by far the most common—and the most important—question asked by cannabis consumers.

“Will it stimulate my creativity, or help me sleep? Will it relieve my pain, or pique my appetite?”

To help answer these questions, and boost sales, more and more brands are labeling their offerings as “Chill,” or “Creative,” or “Relax,” or “Inspire.” They claim their gummies and vape pens can not only get you high, but reliably change your mood from active and energetic to calm and relaxed. Every drug—botanical or not—can affect different people in different ways, and there’s much more science to be done. But early data has led to these cutting-edge, effect-specific products from top California brands. Get ready to feel different.

OLO


(Courtesy OLO)

Moods Offered: Chill, Focus, Social, Active

The result of a rigorous two-year period of research and development, OLO comes from a team of biochemists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and cannabis experts determined to go “beyond strains.” They honed in on how blends of marijuana’s main active ingredients —cannabinoids and terpenes—alter nervous system functioning.

This is not an entirely new concept.

Traditional connoisseurs long-held that certain cannabis types sedated people, while other physically different types uplift and stimulate. Recent research challenges that simplification and points to cannabis’ aroma—its terpenes— as mood modulators.

Companies dial in effects a few different ways. Some blend cannabis with other herbs, like lavender for sleep or ginseng for energy.

Brands like OLO isolate the dozen-plus main active ingredients in cannabis, called cannabinoids, and re-blend them in precise ratios. As little as 2 milligrams of pot’s two main molecules—THC and CBD—can cause mild, manageable feelings of well-being, dubbed “euphoria”. Add in some terpenes, and you can enhance that high, or calm it further.

OLO has four formulas with reliable, specific effects, based on consumer tests. OLOs come in the form of mouth strips that goes under the tongue. Each contains 5 milligrams or 10 milligrams of THC. OLO dissolves quickly, with effects manifesting within 15 to 20 minutes.

Level Tablinguals

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Moods Offered: Elevate, Soothe, Calm, Stimulate, Relieve

Ready for a futuristic, reliable way to dial in a mood?

Level brand products contain exotic cannabis molecules that dissolve under your tongue, providing discreet relief.

This is cool, because nowadays you can choose how you want to ingest cannabis. Smoking or vaping rapidly transfers THC to the brain, via the blood and lungs, bringing on effects within minutes. It’s easy to adjust your dose—stop toking—when you start to feel high.

By contrast, edibles must first traverse the stomach and liver, which alters cannabis’ effects—potentially making them longer and stronger. It can take up to two hours for edibles to kick in, and you can’t stop digestion once effects get strong. The high can last hours.

Lastly, “sublinguals” (under the tongue) take effect much faster than edibles. Taking a tincture, mouth strip, or tablet under the tongue delivers a substance directly to the bloodstream, and thus the brain in about 15 minutes.

Level’s Elevate tab bills itself as a “classic high,” delivering 3 milligrams of THC per tablet, but the rest of the offerings are more interesting.

Soothe uses a slightly different, more rare version of THC called “Delta-8.” It should be less stoney and spacey.

Calm Tablinguals each contain 3 milligrams of cannabigerol—CBG. This weed molecule won’t make you giggly, so it’s gaining more attention for its possible medical applications.

Level also offers vape carts and Pax Era pods, and their website has a search function designed to help people find products with specific effects.

Kiva Camino

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Moods Offered: Chill, Balanced, Uplifting, Social

The newest product line from California’s cannabis chocolate powerhouse, Kiva Confections, the four flavors of Camino gummies blend terpenes and cannabinoids intended to affect mood. The first three varieties contain 5 milligrams of THC per piece. Wild Berry uses terpenes derived from an indica strain to induce a Chill vibe. Blenheim Apricot uses terps from both sativa and indica cultivars to bring Balanced feelings. And Pineapple Habanero blends “energy-stimulating sativa terpenes with ripe pineapple and a touch of heat for the perfect daytime lift.”

Only one flavor, Sparkling Pear, uses CBD to reduce anxiety for a Social formula, with 2 milligrams of THC and 6 milligrams of CBD per piece.

Again, effects can vary. Solid peer-reviewed science is scant. Edibles made from an indica strain could affect you differently than an edible made from a sativa strain, but it’s unclear how eating cannabis-derived terpenes affects mood. Terpenes are found in the vast majority of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that we eat.

Kikoko Tea

Moods Offered: Tranquil, Positive, Sympathetic, Sensual

Brilliantly blending complementary herbs with varying ratios of THC to CBD, these teas offer four distinct moods. Sensuali-Tea, aimed at increasing sexual arousal, uses 7 milligrams of THC per serving along with hibiscus, rose, and cardamom.

Tranquili-Tea combines 2 milligrams of THC with 5 milligrams of CBN — a sleepy drug— plus chamomile and lemon myrtle.

Intended to combat pain and anxiety, Sympa-Tea contains a 20 milligrams of CBD and three milligrams of THC along with turmeric and ginger. Only one tea contains caffeine—Positivi-Tea—a blend of mint, green tea, 10 milligrams of THC and 5 milligrams of CBD, intended to bring on feelings of joy. You can also boost the power of your tea by adding a new Kikoko Honey Shot, with Calm CBD and Buzz THC options for further mood enhancement.

Canndescent

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Moods Offered: Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect, Charge

The first brand to abandon traditional strain names, Canndescent simplifies shopping for weed. They grow traditional strains extra-consistently, and give them alliterative new names based on intended effect.

Canndescent’s joints (dubbed prerolls), and buds come in sleek packaging, and Charge promises to energize your body and mind while Calm relaxes it. The effects of Cruise, Connect, and Create fall somewhere in-between. Canndescent offers a classy, tame way to introduce new users to the effects of cannabis flowers, so look for their flights of five different prerolls to sample all of the different experiences.

Aces Vapes

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Moods Offered: Energize, Uplift, Inspire, Unwind

Aces offers effects-based cannabis oil blends for portable vaporizer pens. A sativa cannabis oil called Energize contains a popular “terpinolene-forward” blend. Inspire comes from hybrid cannabis oil with a myrcene-forward terpene blend, “known to stimulate your mind and arouse your curiosity.”

Aces Uplift offers citrusy Super Lemon Haze oil. The Unwind balances THC extracted from an indica varietal with equal amounts of CBD to facilitate relaxing.

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Say Hello to Spring With These Floral Cannabis Accessories

Say Hello to Spring With These Floral Cannabis Accessories

[Canniseur: It’s been a long cold winter. Time to get out the spring pastels and new designs. Hello Spring! New toys for your consumption pleasure.]

As March slowly pokes its head out from under layers of snow and ice, we’ve all begun to wonder: When will it finally be spring again?

One of the best parts of spring is when all of the gorgeous flowers start to bloom. The first thing I feel when I see a freshly bloomed cherry tree is a sense of wonder—quickly followed by an urge to smoke a nice joint to take it all in.

Flowers and cannabis are a natural combination, which is why these floral cannabis accessories are so delightful. Honor the beginning of spring by treating yourself to a new treat, a nice hike, and a thoughtfully scenic smoke.

Vase Bongs by My Bud Vase


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Price: varies

These are, hands down, some of the loveliest bongs you’ll ever see from My Bud Vase. Delicately crafted, small and sleek, they come in a variety of types, many of which feature flowers.

The Rachel is adorned with tiny pink roses, while the Aurora pairs a gorgeous peacock feather with a purple rose and rainbow body. They are almost too pretty, and also come with a variety of flower based accessories like this sweet little flower poker.

Purple & Pink One-Hitters by Mariposa Glass Designs on Etsy

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Price: $16.99—$19.99

As far as one-hitters go, these pink and purple ones from Mariposa Glass Designs are as magical as it gets. Each pipe is four inches long, handmade, and covered in beautiful flowers that cascade around the pipe body.

The bright color gradient—combined with strategic swirls—renders this a piece of art, adding a touch of class to a traditional accessory.

Gilded Flower Ashtray from Urban Outfitters

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Price: $12

One of my favorite ways to enjoy cannabis is by smoking a small joint to myself during a rainy day. Spring showers never looked so good.

Pay homage to that moment of hygge with this Gilded Flower Ashtray. Each one is etched with raised petals to give you a tiny hit of visual satisfaction with every toke. Dipped sides allow for convenient joint storage in a pinch.

CBD Lit Kit by Kush Queen

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Price: $19.99

Kush Queen has figured out the perfect way to welcome spring. Start with a bath bomb filled with 25mg of full-spectrum CBD, add in a 25mg CBD edible, and a lovely flower pre-roll for their CBD Lit Kit.

It’s one of the best self-care kits I’ve seen and it’s a guaranteed way to turn a blah day into a day devoted to a little self-loving and care.

Water Color Rose Grinder from Walmart

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Price: $32.99

Available in five different colors, each Water Color Rose Grinder displays a laser etching of two roses on the outside cover, reminding you of the beauty found in all flowers with each grind.

Blush Pink and Red Watercolor Floral Rose Lighter by Zippo

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Price: $44.20

Great big cartoonish flames, skulls, flaming aces … in my experience, 90% of Zippo lighters look like they were ripped off the Vegas strip. Which is exactly why it’s so refreshing to finally find a Zippo on the other end of the spectrum.

This Blush and Pink Rose Lighter is covered in a vintage-inspired rose print and comes in one of four finishes, including a matte version. It also comes with a “fix it free” lifetime warranty, meaning you get to class it up for life.

Original Post: Leafly: Say Hello to Spring With These Floral Cannabis Accessories

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