Beyond Buds, Next Generation: Marijuana Concentrates and Cannabis Infusions by Ed Rosenthal and Greg Zeman
Every once in a while a book comes along that makes me want to try concentrates. I’m still not sure about infusions though. But I am sure that given the new-found legality of cannabis in many states, there will be people who experiment with our favorite plant in ways that have not been thought of before now. For whatever reason, the cannabis plant can be morphed into new substances that can take us down the road to high.
Both authors are well known and respected in the cannabis industry and both Mr. Rosenthal and Mr Zeman have written several books before about the same thing. They have also written books about cultivation and other cannabis topics of interest. This could be called a reboot of the last version of this book, which was published in 2015. 2015 was a different era for legal cannabis and extracts, so you could think of this as a new edition…or just a new book. In the wine world, Hugh Johnson’s (and now Jancis Robinson too!) has been published since the 1971, so you can’t fault the authors for the continued publication of this book.
This book got me chomping at the bit to try some of the concentrates that are described in it. I’m not ready to dab, mostly because it’s just too complex to operate. I’m generally not a concentrate guy. Extracts and concentrates can be very confusing. They certainly are for me. The best parts of cannabis flower can be explained and understood easily. But when it comes to concentrates and extracts, there’s a bit of the mad chemist in them. If it’s an extract, how were the THC and other good parts of the plant (think terpenes, and lots of other elements besides THC) extracted? Alcohol? Butane? CO2? Water? Ice water? This book will explain it all to you in a way that you can understand. There is a ton of information in this book.
Which is the Best?
I’m generally not a concentrate person. I usually don’t really know where they’re from and how they were made. I like flower and its components. Flower is something tangible. I know where it came from. I can see it. I can see how’s it’s trimmed and I can see what it looks like. Not so for concentrates. I’m depending on the label and Flower is something I can smell and hold in my hand and understand. When I see a concentrate, I always wonder what it is. I don’t smoke vape pens because I don’t know where the oil came from. Was it cut with something that I don’t know?
Last year there was the big vape scandal. Never mind that it was mostly product from black market producers, it was scary and several states had dispensaries pull their vape products off their shelves. Not a good scene.
There is one concentrate company that I know and I know where the product comes from and how it was made. Water seems to bee the best way to extract the ‘good stuff’ from flower. It’s difficult to do, but the results can be outstanding.
Conclusion & Caveat
There is one disconcerting issue in this book. There seem to be many advertisements for products. I’ll leave it at that, but somehow there shouldn’t be advertising or the appearance of advertising. We live in a different world now with these kinds of emoluments, but shouldn’t there be a way to tell there are ads?
Overall, this book is a great addition to any cannabis library and to anyone who wants to know and understand concentrates and how they’re made and all the different varieties of concentrated cannabis.
[Canniseur: No, the “Quarantine Cop List is not a list of police in quarantine, it’s a quarantine shopping list featuring new products in the marketplace for all lovers of cannabis. It has a few surprises, too. Just the thing for your weekend pleasure, especially if you can find some of this gear and don’t have to wear a mask to get it…thanks Internet! This has indeed been one strange year and it’s not over yet!
Canniseur admires Capetta’s style and appreciates much of his selection for quarantine shopping. If you’re looking for holiday gifts (for friends, family, or for yourself), this list is worth a look.
Some of our favorites:
The Puffco Peak Pro rechargeable vaporizer, which we will be trying (and reviewing) soon. Capetta admires its style and is pleased with performance improvements.
MouthPeace Mini joint / blunt filters, for those looking for a cleaner, smoother smoke.
Tasty looking edibles, Hervé Macarons, available in Nevada. “These GORGEOUS infused French Luxury Macarons each contain 10mg of sativa-leaning THC, with a focus on Delta 9, and taste just as good as they look.”
And there’s more. As Capetta says of his quarantine shopping list motivation:
With the craziness of the past few weeks around spiking numbers and losing cheetos, I personally have gone way overboard on trying to find new dopeness. My dopamine levels needed it, and I bet yours do too. This month I have some heat that’s less canna-focused, some that are less product-focused, and some that are just straight weed for the fam in Cali.
[Canniseur: I knew hemp seed was healthy, but didn’t know it was heart healthy, I should have known this. Cannabis is a good part of a healthy lifestyle. So the fact that the seeds are part of this isn’t surprising. Not at all.]
Hemp seeds are from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, the same species (but different variety) of cannabis, or marijuana. Hemp seeds do not contain the psychoactive cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Hemp is back! This variety of the cannabis plant, not to be confused with its intoxicating cousin (marijuana), is one of the most significant crops in history.
Hemp dates back to 8,000 B.C. in present-day Iran and Iraq. It was among the first crops to be cultivated as a textile fiber, in things like cloth, rope and paper. Every part — seeds, stalks, leaves, flowers, roots — can be used. Historically, it has been used as food, in religious rituals, and medicinally to treat ailments like wounds, toothaches and arthritis. Dietary hemp seeds are nutritious, versatile, and tasty.
WOW!!! The best strains of all time? Really? There are a lot of very good strains out in the market right now. Too many, I think to say this is the “Best of all Time” but hey, I could be wrong. I think it’s one person’s opinion that these are the best. They certainly are good strains, but the best? I sure like all of these strains, but none of them has had me saying that this is the best ever. Weed is sort of like wine this way. If you’re a wine crazy like me, we can agree that some wines we’ve had are great. But we’d probably disagree on which were the greatest we’ve ever had…if we have all had the same wines from the same vintages.
What is your way of unwinding after a stressful day? Some people love mediation practices and resort to yoga sessions for relaxation. Others take cannabis since the plant is famous for its calming and mood-boosting effects.
If both cannabis and yoga can help with the stress, how about combining the best from both worlds? That won’t be an easy job because not all marijuana types are suitable for meditation. That is why we let the experts choose and single out the top ten strains for yoga. Check them out below and pick your favourite!
1. Granddaddy Purple
Granddaddy Purple has a berry flavour and aroma, which is soothing from the very first second. Although you will feel a calming effect, your mood will also improve. That will ensure you wait for yoga sessions with more desire, and the practice itself will be more active. Granddaddy Purple will make you more energized and ready to complete the entire medication session.
2. CBD Shark
CBD Shark is another great choice for those looking for a potent strain containing a high amount of both CBD and THC. If we are talking about types of weed, this is a strain where Indica dominates. It has a fruity and savoury aroma with just a small touch of garlic. It can give you the energy boost and clarity you need to achieve mindfulness and focus on a yoga session.
3. Yogi Kush
The manufacturer behind this strain is a part of the wellness industry, which implies Yogi Kush is a smart choice for yoga. It is not easy to meditate if you have PTSD and ADHD. You might want to try this variation to experience focus and clarity, which are important for yoga sessions.
ACDC band is legendary in the music industry, and this strain is every bit as famous in the cannabis world. You will often find it among the top choices of CBD for athletes, especially since THC quantity is low. ACDC will help you calm down and focus on the meditation. That can be helpful after you had a stressful day, and you have problems focusing on the session.
5. Northern Lights
Here is a strain that is strong and recommended to advanced cannabis users. They will appreciate the kick that the Northern Lights provide. The strain helps you to achieve the combination of relaxation and clarity that will help you push through stretching, yoga, and all other workout sessions.
6. Blue Dream
If you are dealing with chronic stress, Blue Dream might be able to help. This strain is a hybrid that has a sweet blueberry-like flavor. You can turn to Blue Dream if you have problems performing certain yoga moves because of muscle strains or mild injuries. It will provide pain relief that will keep your spirits up during the session.
Can you imagine a more fitting name for a yoga cannabis option than Zen? That is the zone you want to achieve while meditating. The strain is suitable for those who don’t want much THC in their cannabis. Zen relies on CBD and might get you in the right mood for the upcoming yoga session.
Inspired by the Superman movie, this strain has a high quantity of THC. It can be useful before a yoga session because it can assist in decreasing anxiety and stress levels. Kryptonite lasts for a while, which means that you might feel its effects after the meditation.
9. Grape Ape
If you want to dive into a yoga practice and achieve maximum relaxation effects, try grape ape for its calming benefits. It belongs to Indica strains, and it can relax you before and during yoga practice. The strain is a perfect choice for those who need a small calmness boost ahead of their yoga session. It will take you a step closer to mindfulness, and it is suitable for beginners because of its mild taste.
10. Laughing Buddha
Unlike other hybrid strains, this one is completely based on Sativa. Its goal is to improve clarity and focus, which helps to achieve mindfulness. Beginners will appreciate its mild effect, but also the capability to put them in the mood to meditate.
When it comes to picking the perfect strain for your needs, it’s just like picking a fine wine. Anyone who knows a thing or two about wine knows how much goes into the varieties and properties of different grape strains. When choosing the best CBD capsules or other hemp products, knowing the strain can help you find the best product. Even CBD oil lotions are made using specific strains, depending on the company.
Cannabis is actually very similar to wine when it comes to varietals and unique strains. In fact, it could be said that cannabis actually has more complexity! It starts at the seed and in the very core genetics of the plant. From there, care is important, but it is the genetic strain of cannabis that largely determines its properties and potential effects. If you are looking for assistance with insomnia or anxiety, you may want to choose different strains for each. It all depends on how you react to the product and how you like its effect.
Understanding the cannabis plant
In order to understand how to pick strains for your specific needs, it’s important to understand the basics of the cannabis plant. Cannabis is the overarching term for the plant species that includes both marijuana and hemp plants. While both marijuana and hemp are cannabis plants, there is a difference between the two. The main difference between the plant comes down to their cannabinoid concentrations and the properties those cannabinoids instill.
Cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, are molecules found in cannabis plants. There are over 100 different cannabinoids in cannabis, with each having their major properties and potential benefits. These cannabinoids combine with flavorful molecules called terpenes in something called the entourage effect.
Different strains of cannabis have different combinations of cannabinoids and terpenes. This unique combination is responsible for the differences between strains. Knowing the properties of a hemp strain can help you select the right products for your needs, even when it comes to the best CBD capsules and CBD oil lotions.
Examples of Cannabis Strains for Insomnia and Anxiety
Once you know the three basic types of cannabis strains, and understand how cannabinoids and terpenes interact under the entourage effect, it is easier to select the right strain. The three basic types of cannabis strains are:
These are loose categories, and strains within these categories will have varying effects and properties. However, they are a good place to start. Indica cannabis strains tend to be more relaxing, and produce a “body” effect. Sativa cannabis strains have more energizing and “heady” properties. A Hybrid strain is a mix of Sativa and Indica. Hybrids vary widely, and can be more Sativa-dominant or Indica-dominant.
Cannabis Strain for Insomnia
People most often recommend Indica strains for insomnia, such as Cannatonic CBD flower. Indicas are the most recommended for insomnia. However, the source of your sleep issues may effect which strain type works best for you.
Cannabis Strain for Anxiety
Experts often recommend Sativa-dominant cannabis strains such as AC/DC for anxiety. However, some find that Sativa-dominant strains increase anxiety symptoms and use Hybrid strains instead. Whenever trying a new product or strain for the first time, trial and error are key. Take suggestions in mind, but find what works best for you.
Best CBD Capsules for Insomnia and Anxiety
Selecting a small company using their own in-house genetics ensures you’re taking the best CBD capsules for insomnia and anxiety. A pure hybrid blend using limited genetics sourced from a small farm guarantees consistency. When it comes to wellness and CBD products, it’s essential to know what you’re getting when you buy.
[Canniseur: There was a time when the only rolling papers you could get to roll your own were ZigZags. And then, they weren’t usually used to create joints, but rather cigarettes…made from tobacco! Pre-rolled tobacco cigarettes really didn’t get popular until the early 1900s, even though the rolling machine was invented in the 1880s. It sure made the Duke family enormously rich (the same family that endowed Duke University!). There are still many stubborn people who roll their own cigarettes, probably using Bull Durham tobacco in a pouch. And most of those cigarette rollers probably use ZigZag papers.
ZigZag became popular with the ‘new’ cannabis users in the 1960s and 1970s who were rolling their own cannabis cigarettes…joints. And ZigZag papers are still popular today. And pre-roll joints are becoming popular as well…ZigZag is there too!
Here’s a little look at how ZigZag changed and is still changing the world of rolling papers today.]
Not all CBD is created equal. Many types of plants have different varieties, each with their own distinct properties. Plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, and even roses come in several varieties. Cannabis hemp plants act in much the same way. Due to cross-breeding and genetic selection by farmers, hundreds of hemp varieties now exist. The best strains turn into the best full spectrum hemp oil and the best cbd pills. Therefore, it’s crucial to know the properties of different strains and how to pick them.
How Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is Made
The best strains of hemp make the best hemp products. That is why starting at the seed and
knowing the strain of your products is key! Hemp plants get broken down using CO2 extraction, and what comes out is pure CBD oil and CBD isolate. The full spectrum hemp oil and isolate turns into the best CBD pills or gummies. Or, it is left as an oil for sublingual use. CBD flower, especially, should always have a clear label stating its strain. If you cannot determine the strain of CBD flower, it probably isn’t from a reputable company.
How Hemp Grows
The genetics in the seed of a hemp plant determines its strain. Farmers began growing American hemp around 2014. The 2014 Farm Bill passed by Congress made it legal to grow hemp through state research programs. However, the plants must have less than 0.3% THC content. This growth exploded with the federal legalization of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill. Many farmers started cross-breeding certain cannabis phenotypes that produce high total cannabinoid levels (sometimes as high as 32% total cannabinoids).
The best CBD companies grow the hemp that makes all their products. This ensures that the hemp is high quality, and that the specific strain is known. Knowing the strain of the product helps you select CBD flower for specific desired qualities and effects.
Sativa-dominant flower strains tend to produce energetic and uplifting effects.
Indica-dominant flower strains tend to produce more relaxed and sleepy effects.
Hybrid CBD flower strains have a mixed balance of sativa and indica qualities. They can be more indica or sativa dominant, or evenly balanced.
The Best Strains of CBD Guide
Sour Tsunami CBD flower is one of the original hemp flower CBD strains. Sour Tsunami is a balanced hybrid known for its relaxing effects. It has aromas of Hops, Pine, Cinnamon, Orange, and Chamomile. This pungent flower has a calming experience that eases the muscles into relaxation without any mental cloudiness. The way that a plant grows at the farm affects the potency and final terpene content of the plant. However, Sour Tsunami generally contain around:
63% Total Terpenes
With an earthy smell and hints of lavender, Cannatonic is an indica heavy hybrid that provides relief to a variety of symptoms, some of which include insomnia, stress, and aches. Cannatonic possesses aromas of Hops, Pine, Cinnamon, Earthy, and Floral scents. This strain combines the best of CBD to provide fast and flavorful relief. The way that a plant grows at the farm affects the potency and final terpene content of the plant. However, Cannatonic CBD flower generally contains around:
09% Total Terpenes
AC/DC is a sativa-dominant hybrid CBD flower, bred for it’s uplifting effects. The crystal covered flower buds are known for their effects on anxiety, pain, inflammation, and maintaining homeostasis, all with a clear head. It has aromas of Hops, Pine, Cinnamon, Wood, and Chamomile. The way that a plant grows at the farm affects the potency and final terpene content of the plant. However, AC/DC hemp flower generally contains around:
52% Total Terpenes
Craft Hemp Flower
Since 2018 many companies have released flower strains grown or cured in unique ways. For example, USA Hemp’s American Blend CBD flower is a specially-cured mixture of their three house strains. It is then cured in Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrels, straight from the source in Tennessee. The result is an oaky, smooth burning flower with hints of caramel.