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How To Inhale Marijuana

How to inhale marijuana

What may seem like a simple and obvious task for experienced marijuana smokers, is not necessarily the case for first time users.  Think back to when you took your first toke on a joint.  Did you really know how to properly inhale marijuana?  While you almost certainly still got high, you most likely didn’t get the most out of your toke.  Smoking marijuana has its own vibe, pace and technique which differs to that of smoking a cigarette.  Let’s go through the process step by step to help you inhale your marijuana properly and effectively, as well as learn some tips and tricks on how to avoid coughing and burning of the throat.

 

Marijuana Vs Cigarettes

With cigarettes, smokers tend to take quick puffs, inhale and then exhale, all while flicking the end of their smoke to knock the accumulating ash off.  The pace of smoking a cigarette tends to be faster and more methodical.  Inhaling marijuana on the other hand is a whole different pace.  It’s meant to be laid back, slow, and relaxing.  Rarely is smoking a joint a rushed activity.  Slow, steady and long drags are the name of the marijuana game.

 

Inhaling Marijuana Joints

There are a few simple techniques you can use to help you get the most out of your marijuana toke.  When smoking a joint, take a slow and steady drag, inhaling as you toke.  You’ll want to inhale slightly through your nose as well as your lips should be sealed on the joint.  Start small if you’re new to smoking marijuana to reduce the need to cough.  Once you have had enough, remove the joint from your lips but continue to inhale the air for about another third of what you just smoked.  The air will help the THC get in to your lungs, which will increase the high you get from your toke.  There is a common belief that holding marijuana in your lungs after inhaling will get you higher, however, this is not necessarily true as cannabinoids such as THC act as a bronchodilator which increases airflow, and in turn, absorption without the need to hold it in.  Slowly exhale at a steady and consistent speed.

 

Inhaling Marijuana Bongs

While the principles are the same for inhaling bongs as they are with joints, a bong will give you a lot more smoke.  Water bongs can feel much smoother though due to the combusted marijuana filtering through water before it reaches your lips.  When inhaling marijuana from a bong, place your lips on the bong opening and light the bowl.  Take a slow and steady drag, breathing through your nose as your lips stay sealed to the bong.  As the bong fills up with smoke and you start to inhale the filtered marijuana, remove the bowl from the bong and quickly inhale to clear the smoke from the bong and absorb some oxygen as well.  This will give you a strong hit, much more intense than a toke from a joint.  Slowly exhale at a steady and consistent speed.

 

Inhaling Marijuana Bowls

Similar to smoking a bong, a bowl has a mouth piece and a bowl to place and burn your weed in.  However, where bongs have a removable bowl to allow air in after taking a toke, bowls have a hole on the side that you cover with your thumb while igniting your weed and release when taking your final inhale.  Placing your thumb over the hole while smoking creates a vacuum between the bowl and the mouth piece.  When you remove your thumb from the hole, it allows air through, clearing the pipe of smoke and reducing inhalation resistance so you can follow your toke up with a good dose of oxygen.  First, you’ll want to use a bud buster to grind up your marijuana.  Then take a small amount to start and place it in the bowl of your pipe.  Cover the hole on the side of the bowl with your thumb and place your lips securely on the mouthpiece.  Ignite the marijuana in the bowl with a lighter and begin inhaling slowly and steadily.  When you’ve had enough, release your thumb from the hole and continue to inhale.  As there will now be less resistance you will inhale much faster.  Slowly exhale at a steady and consistent speed.

 

Vaping Marijuana

If you find that joints, bowls and bongs are too harsh for you, you could try marijuana vaping cartridges.  Since marijuana vaporizes at a lower temperature than it burns, vaping can give you a stronger hit since more cannabinoids such as THC, will remain intact.  Because you are not combusting the marijuana, there will be fewer particles entering into your lungs creating a much smoother experience.  As vaping can be more potent, and less noticeable as it enters your lungs, make sure you take smaller hits to ensure you’re reaching a high you’re comfortable with.  You can always take another hit if the dose isn’t strong enough.

 

Regardless of what method you choose to consume marijuana, keep it slow, keep it mellow and enjoy the process as much as the high.  Long, slow tokes are the way to go, and starting with smaller quantities is always better than taking too much if you aren’t sure of the dose you prefer.  As with anything, the more you smoke, the more you’ll get the hang of it, and perhaps even discover your own tricks to getting that perfect high.

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The Different Cannabis Growth Stages

Cannabis Growth Stages

It’s a new age for the Cannabis plant.  As many countries begin legalizing the use of cannabis products, a whole new demographic is being introduced to this incredible plant.  The negative stigma which has been tightly tied to marijuana over the decades, is slowly being lifted.  The laws surrounding cannabis has kept the necessary research into its many benefits at bay, leaving a wide-open field for pharmaceuticals produced in laboratories to become the go-to choice for symptom management for many consumers.  With the new legalization of cannabis in Canada, you can now not only purchase cannabis products from reputable companies, but you can actually grow your own cannabis plants at home and discover just how natural and incredible cannabis truly is.  From seed and soil to harvest, each growth stage of cannabis is a joy to witness, and the pay-off of nurturing your own plants to provide you with beautiful buds is something quite special.  If you’re excited to get your hands dirty and grow your own cannabis plants, read on to learn about the different cannabis growth stages.

 

How Many Cannabis Growth Stages Are There?

There are 4 main stages to cannabis growth.  The growth stages are as follows:

  1. Germination stage
  2. Seedling stage
  3. Vegetative stage
  4. Flowering stage

 

Cannabis Germination Stage

The first stage of cannabis growth begins with germinating the seeds.  Although there are many ways to germinate a seed, a popular method is to soak a few pieces of paper towel with distilled water and put them on a plate, place the seeds to one side of the paper towel, separated by approximately one inch and fold the wet paper towel over them.  Cover with a bowl or lid and keep at a warm temperature.  A seed is germinated when it splits open and a sprout comes out of it.  The time from placing the seeds in the wet paper towel until germination can vary, but usually occurs within one to two weeks.  Make sure to keep an eye on your paper towel.  If it dries out, add some more water to ensure the seeds keep in contact with the moist towel.

 

Seedling Stage

Once your seed has germinated it’s time to plant it.  You’ll want a high-quality potting soil for your seed to give it the best environment to thrive.  Fill a small 2-3 inch pot with soil and make a hole in the soil with your baby finger about a quarter inch deep. Gently place the seed into the hole with the sprouted tap root facing down and cover it up with soil.  Using a spray bottle filled with water, spray the soil until it is nice and moist but not too wet.  You want to give your new seed some water but you don’t want to drown it either.  Keep an eye on your seed making sure the soil doesn’t dry out too much and in a week or so, you should start to see a sprout push through the soil.  You will then see some small leaves form.  These leaves are crucial to the plants development as they absorb the sunlight which is required for strong growth.  Once you see the leaves develop your cannabis plant has reached its seedling growth stage.  As your seedling continues to grow, more leaves will develop and will produce more blades.  Make sure you transplant your seedling into a larger pot once it has outgrown its current container.

 

Vegetative Cannabis Growth Stage

Once your plant has developed leaves with 5-7 blades (after approximately 3 weeks), it has exited the seedling stage and entered into the third cannabis growth stage called the vegetative stage.  At this point your cannabis plant will have many leaves and really take on the mature plant look.  If your plant is Cannabis Sativa, it will be tall and lanky.  If it is Cannabis Indica, it will be short and stocky.  Make sure to supply your growing plants with the proper amount of water and ensure they have a good, nutrient rich soil to grow in.  You can learn more about the best soil to use here.  Your plants should be getting 18hrs of light per day at this growth stage, and can continue in a vegetative state between 3 and 16 weeks.

 

Flowering Cannabis Growth Stage

Once your plant begins to receive less than 12 hours of light a day, it will begin to enter its flowering stage.  This is of course where you get those beautiful buds you’ve been looking forward to harvest.  The first thing you’ll want to do is determine the sex of your plant.  If you find you have any male plants, immediately separate them from the female plants so as they don’t pollinate them.  To learn more about determining the difference between male and female plants click here.  The flowering cannabis growth stage typically lasts between 8 to 11 weeks.  During the flowering stage you’ll want to cease pruning and ensure your plant has the proper support for the weight of the buds.  Once your buds have reached the end of their growth cycle, it’s time to harvest them.

 

Drying Your Buds After Harvest

Now that you have your buds fully harvested you’ll need to dry them out and cure them.  The best way to dry your buds is to hang them up by their branch so that the air can fully circulate around them.  Depending on the size of your buds, the drying process can take anywhere between 1 and 2 weeks.  To ensure you’ve dried your buds properly you can test them by bending one of the branches.  If it snaps, they are dried.  If the branch bends, you’ll need to let them dry longer.  Once they are dried sufficiently and trimmed, you’ll want to store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.  Click here to read about the best methods to store your cannabis.

 

There’s no greater reward than harvesting your own cannabis buds from a plant you grew from seed.  Each and every stage of growth is a joy to watch unfold.  With the proper care and nurturing attention, you’ll be able to grow your own healthy and happy cannabis plants at home.

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CBD Lollipops

CBD Lollipops

There has been an enormous amount of excitement and hype around CBD (cannabidiol) over recent years.  The possible benefits of this miracle cannabinoid continue to grow as more and more people report on its ability to manage symptoms from a wide variety of conditions such as pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and PTSD.  Different from the second most active cannabinoid in cannabis called THC, CBD does not actually get you high.  The effects of CBD are not so much felt physically, but are visible in how they reduce symptoms.  With the ever-growing interest and demand for CBD, producers and retailers have created a wide variety of products to consume the cannabinoid.  There are many options when it comes to CBD products such as candies, chocolates, topical solutions and tinctures, but if you’re a CBD fan and also love to make your own treats, CBD lollipops are a tasty alternative that you can make right in the comfort of your own home.

 

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is one of many cannabinoids (chemicals) found in the cannabis sativa plant.  Although there are more than 80 cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, the major active cannabinoids are THC and CBD.  CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid meaning it doesn’t have the same psychoactive properties as THC does.   Although research behind this cannabinoid is on-going and constantly developing, CBD seems to be having many positive effects on patients suffering from pain, anxiety and most notably, epileptic seizures.  CBD seems to prevent the chemicals in the brain which initiate pain from breaking down, making it a seemingly good solution for pain and anxiety reduction as well.

 

What Types of CBD Products Are There?

CBD has become a mainstream topic in recent years and can be found incorporated into everything from beauty products to beverages.  With such a wide variety of options to consume CBD, there’s something available for everyone.  Some common CBD products are:

  • Ointments, creams and other topical solutions
  • Edibles in a variety of food formats such as candies, gummies, crisps, brownies and chocolates
  • Capsules which can be swallowed
  • CBD oil and tinctures
  • Vape cartridges
  • High CBD Flower

 

CBD Dosage for Lollipops and Other Forms

Unfortunately, there is not a precise dosage guide in place to help you determine exactly how much you need, however, there are recommendations to start within the 2.5 – 10 mg range.  This is a good dosage starting point to help with alleviating anxiety.  As dosage requirements can vary from person to person based on many unique variables such as age, weight, genetics, metabolism and any medications that person may also be taking, it’s important to start with a lower dosage and increase incrementally until the desired effects are achieved.  There is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to dosing, so start small, and take your time to determine what works best for you.

 

What to Look For With CBD Products?

As there are such an enormous number of options when it comes to purchasing CBD products, it’s important to know what to look for.  You’ll want to make sure you read the product label and determine the dosage of CBD per serving.  You’ll also want to note the product batch date and expiration date to make sure you’re purchasing the product in its optimal time frame, similarly as you would at a grocery store.  You’ll also want to consider the overall weight of the product and how many doses that weight will give you, as well as the recommended use instructions.

 

CBD Lollipop Recipe

Now that you’ve learned a bit about what CBD is, suggested dosages and the variety of products there are available, it’s time to learn how you can make your own CBD lollipops from home!

What You’ll Need

Before you dive in, you’ll need to make sure you have a few items ready for your delicious CBD lollipop creation.  Here’s a list of items you’ll need:

  • Saucepan (medium sized)
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Sticks for your CBD lollipops
  • Lollipop Mold (Silicone to prevent sticking)
  • Spoon for stirring (Silicone)

You’ll also need to make sure you have all the ingredients necessary before starting.  You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • CBD tincture
  • Sugar (1 cup – raw cane sugar or organic for best results)
  • Water (1/4 cup filtered)
  • Light corn syrup (1/2 cup)
  • Natural peppermint flavouring (3 teaspoons
  • Fine powder cane sugar

 

Now that you have all of your kitchen tools and ingredients ready to go, it’s time to dive in and start making your own homemade CBD lollipops.

  1. In the medium saucepan combine the sugar, filtered water and corn syrup and stir over medium heat until the mixture has dissolved.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and immediately stop stirring.
  3. Place the candy thermometer in the mixture and monitor until it reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit
  4. As soon as the mixture has reached 300 degrees Fahrenheit, remove it from the heat.
  5. Monitor the candy thermometer, and when it reads 250 degrees Fahrenheit, you can stir in 1 teaspoon of CBD tincture and 3 teaspoons of natural peppermint flavouring.
  6. Place your CBD lollipop sticks into the lollipop mold and pour the mixture in.
  7. Let the mixture cool in the molds for approximately 20-30 minutes.
  8. Remove your CBD lollipops from their molds and dust them with the fine powder cane sugar to help prevent them from sticking together.
  9. Store in an air tight container in a cool dry place.

Now that you have the basics down, feel free to experiment with this recipe by substituting the peppermint flavouring with a different flavour of your choice.  You can also skip the step of placing the lollipop sticks in the mold to create individual hard candies.  Play around with different molds, try a variety of CBD tinctures and create you own unique, fun and tasty CBD lollipop treat to take with you on the go, or enjoy while relaxing at home.

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Best weed strains in BC

Organic Platinum Bubba Kush

What are the best weed strains in BC?

Here at Canada Wide Weed we are dedicated to sourcing some of the finest flowers you will ever see in Canada.  We carry a spectrum of cannabis buds including many rare sativa, indica, hybrid and CBD selections.  We primarily specialize in finding organic cannabis that is grown in living soil.   Whether its from Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast or the Kootany region of BC, we are always on the hunt for the finest BC Bud.  Let’s take a look at what are the best weed strains in BC.

Best Sativa’s in BC.

Sativa’s are popular for those who don’t want to be glued to the couch all day.  This is the selection for all you active people in Squamish and Whistler.  They are also the choice for all the creative types that hang out in Vancouver.  Some of our favourite sativa’s for 2020 have been as follows:

 

Best Indica’s in BC

Indica strains are a gift for those who need to chill out.  With how crazy 2020 has been I think we could all relax a little bit.  They are also great for those of us that are restless at night.  Again with everything going on out there we probably have all lost a little sleep here and there.   We love our indica’s here at CWW and are always looking for the absolute strongest and sticky buds in BC.  These varieties are known for having the most THC content of any cannabis strains out there.  These strains are associated with the “stoned” feeling and slow “stoner” image.  It is the sedative and relaxing properties that cause this effect.  These are also the strains that make your eyes droop and turn red. We love to use these strains as a night cap after a long day of typing on the computer.  Sometimes we need to melt our brains after coming up with all this information.  Without further adieu, here is a list of the best indica’s we’ve seen in 2020:

Best Hybrid Strains in BC

Hybrid cannabis strains are a  blend of the two dominant varieties of Sativa and Indica. These strains are the result of cannabis breeding.  Like most living beings on planet earth, Cannabis also has parents.  When you sex the plants the the new strains will display characteristics of each parent.   Really at this point almost all the strains that are consumed on the market are some form of Hybrid.  We tend to classify hybrids as those strains exhibiting a 50 – 75% of there genetic profile as Sativa or Indica.   Here is a list of the best strains we’ve found in 2020:

Best High CBD Strain in BC

High CBD strains are rare to find here in Canada.  Although plentiful in the states due to the legalization of hemp flower in the states, they hardly are grown here in Canada.  This is a shame but we have been able to find a few of them here in 2020.  Here is a list of the best CBD strains:

 

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What Are Dabs?

What is a dab?

There are so many different ways to enjoy cannabis.  You can roll it up into a joint and smoke it, you can eat it in the form of a tasty edible, there are topical solutions you can apply on your skin, and you can even incorporate it into your own cooking by using our cannabis butter recipe or cannabis honey recipe.  If you’ve been around the world of weed for any period of time, you may have heard of another method, dabbing.  What are dabs and what sort of effects can you expect?  Let’s take a closer look.

 

What Are Dabs?

A dab is a term used to describe concentrated cannabis which is meant to be vaporized and inhaled using a dab rig.  Examples of cannabis concentrates used for dabbing are wax, shatter, rosin and butane hash oil.

 

How Are Concentrates Made?

Dab concentrates are made by extracting cannabinoids, most notably THC, from the cannabis plant using a solvent of some sort such as butane, propane, CO2 and ethanol.  The solvent is used to dissolve the cannabis plant’s trichomes, separating them from the rest of the plant.  The liquid is then evaporated off by using a vacuum oven and pump to remove as much of the solvent solution as possible.  The result is a sticky, resin, wax like cannabis concentrate that is very high in THC, offering a more potent high than smoking herb on its own.

 

What Accessories are Needed for Dabbing?

Dabs are inhaled through a vaporizer designed for wax concentrates called a dab rig.  A dab rig looks similar to a water bong, but its design incorporates a unique bowl-shaped end called a nail.  The nail is different to the bowl of a regular bong as the nail is specifically designed to heat up and vaporize whichever cannabis concentrate you’re dabbing.  You’ll also need a dabber, which is an elongated tool used to transfer the concentrate onto the needle of your dab rig.  These dabbers can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes such as pointed, scooped, paddled etc., in order to accommodate the different consistencies and textures of concentrates.  Although not essential, a carb cap can be a great addition to your kit.  Carb caps are placed on top of the nail in order to allow you to control the amount of airflow.  They also trap the heat in which helps burn your cannabis concentrate more efficiently.  You’ll also need a torch to heat up your nail.  A propane torch is a great choice as it will heat your nail up quickly and easily.

 

How to Get Your Dab On?

So, you’re accessorized up and are ready to get dabbing.  Let’s take you through the steps of how to do it.

  1. First of all, you’ll need to heat your nail up. Using your torch, heat your nail until it just starts to turn red.  This is a good place to start, but you can always heat it up less or more depending on your preferences.  If you have an electric nail, it will have a built-in heating element.  You’ll want to refer to the manual that came with your electric nail for usage instruction.
  2. Now that your nail is nice and hot, let it rest for about 45 seconds if it’s made of quartz or 10 seconds if it’s made of titanium. This will help bring the heat down to a more appropriate temperature to vaporize your concentrate.
  3. Grab your dabber and scoop the amount of concentrate onto it that you wish to dab.
  4. Place your lips onto the mouthpiece of your dab rig and place the dab onto the hot nail. Begin inhaling.
  5. If you have a carb cap, place the carb cap on top of the nail and continue inhaling.
  6. That’s it! You’ve just enjoyed your first dab.  Repeat steps 1-5 until you’ve reached your desired high.

 

How Much Cannabis Concentrate?

As with any cannabis product, if you aren’t sure about the potency, it’s important to start with a very small amount and increase gradually until you reach your desired high.  For dabbing, you may want to start out with an amount no bigger than a peppercorn.  You can always do another dab but you can’t undo it, so ease in slowly to ensure you have a great experience.  After a few dabs, you’ll quickly understand what quantity works best for you.

 

Do I Need to Clean My Dab Rig?

Absolutely.  Maintaining your dab rig by cleaning it on a regular basis will ensure you get the most out of every single dab.  Purchasing a dab rig is an investment, and by keeping it clean you’ll be able to enjoy for many years.  Many like to clean the nail after every use.  This ensures a nice clean hit for the next dab.  To clean the nail, you can simply heat it up to burn off any unused and unwanted residue.  If you find there’s some build up, scrape it off gently with your dabber.  There are also cleaning solutions you can purchase for your dabber nail, or you can simply soak it in 91% isopropyl alcohol.

 

Can I Make My Own Concentrates?

The process of extraction to create dabs can be a dangerous one if not done properly.  It requires specialized equipment to ensure the extraction is conducted safely, a series of lab tests to ensure product quality and experienced professionals to monitor and carry through the process.  As the solvents are flammable, creating your own dabs could lead to a dangerous situation such as an explosion if done incorrectly.  It is advised to purchase your concentrates from a reputable company to ensure the highest quality product possible.

 

While dabbing can seem like a daunting endeavor for those who have never dabbled in the dabbing world, once you have the proper accessories and cannabis concentrate, it’s really straight forward.  If you’re not sure if dabbing is right for you, see if you can find a friend who has a full dab kit and give it a try first.  Maybe, it might just be your new favourite way to get high.  Happy dabbing!

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Sexing Cannabis

Sexing Cannabis

If you’ve ever dug into the world of homegrown cannabis plant cultivation, you’ve almost certainly discovered that cannabis grows as either male or female plants.  If you are growing your cannabis to produce those tasty buds like the ones you purchase at your favourite cannabis store, knowing whether your plant is male or female is crucial information.  This is simply because only the female plants are capable of producing potent buds.  Every strain of cannabis you’ve ever purchased would have come from a female plant.  So, the question you are most likely wondering is, how in the world can you tell what sex your cannabis plant is?

 

What is Sexing Cannabis

Sexing cannabis is determining whether the cannabis plant is male or female.  As the plant gets older, the sex becomes more apparent, but when the cannabis plants are in their early stages of development, the differences are much more difficult to identify.  Sexing cannabis properly is a crucial step to growing your own cannabis for ingestion.

 

How to Determine the Sex of a Cannabis Plant

Identifying if a cannabis plant is male or female is quite obvious as the plant develops, however, there are ways to identify them in their vegetative stage of development too.  The key to sexing the cannabis plant in this early stage is to look at the plant’s pre-flowers.  Pre-flowers can be seen in male plants at approximately 3-4 weeks and in female plants at 4-6 weeks.  They are extremely small so it’s recommended to use a magnifying glass to help you locate them in the plant’s nodes.  The cannabis pre-flowers are located right at the base of the leaves where the male plants display a pollen sac, and the female plants begin to show a tiny bud and pistils as seen in this excellent diagram from Leafly.  The pollen sac on the males are there to develop pollen in order to fertilize the female plants who in turn will develop seeds in their buds.  The stigma on the female plants catch the pollen from the male cannabis plants to initiate fertilization.  This is why it’s important to remove any male plants you have before they fertilize the female plants who in turn will produce seeded buds instead of seedless buds.  You may also hear seedless buds referred to as sinsemilla which translates to “without seeds”.

 

Mixing Male and Female Cannabis Plants

When both a male and female cannabis plant are present, fertilization occurs.  The male plants develop and release pollen from their pollen sacs, while the female cannabis plants catch that pollen on their stigma and fertilize their buds.  The fertilization process develops seeds inside of the buds which eventually drop onto the soil and begin the growth of new cannabis plants.  In order to grow cannabis for smoking or ingestion with a potent THC content, female cannabis plants must not be fertilized.  This encourages the female plant to continue to grow buds without the seeds.  This is why sexing your cannabis plants is so important.  One male plant can ruin your entire crop.

 

What is a Hermaphrodite Cannabis Plant?

It is possible for a cannabis plant to have both male and female sex organs.  A hermaphrodite cannabis plant is something to keep your eyes peeled for as you may mistake it for a female plant, but a hermaphrodite plant can pollinate your other cannabis plants.  A female cannabis plant can become a hermaphrodite by genetics, or if the plant is put through stress such as deficiencies in nutrients, poor weather, disease and damage to the plant itself.  It’s very important to take care of your cannabis plants to ensure they are not subjected to any of these stresses.

 

Can You Tell the Sex of Cannabis by its Seed?

Unfortunately, there is no way of determining the sex of a cannabis seed.  However, there are feminized seeds which ensure that the plant will be a female.  Feminized seeds are produced by creating the hermaphrodite process in a female plant, which in turn pollinates itself.  The seeds it produces are feminized and will grow into a female plant like its mother.

 

Can You Clone a Cannabis Plant?

Cloning is an excellent way to ensure you are not only growing the female sex of cannabis, but that you are getting the exact same varietal.  Cloning is done by taking a clipping of an existing cannabis plant, nurturing them until they begin to grow roots, and then planting them.  This method removes the process of sexing your cannabis and allows you to focus on growing a happy, healthy female plant.

 

Can You Smoke Male Cannabis Plants?

Male cannabis plants do contain low quantities of THC, so you could in fact smoke the plant and feel a high.  However, since the THC levels are so low, you would have to smoke a lot more male plant to feel its effects.  This is why buds from unfertilized female plants are used for cannabis products meant for ingestion.  They have a much higher concentration of THC which allows the user to consume less to feel high.

 

Growing your own cannabis is a very rewarding experience.  Even more so, when growing your own cannabis from a seed.  Now that you know how to identify the sex of both male and female cannabis plants, you’ll be able to separate them at their pre-flowering stage in order to allow your female plants to flourish, producing plenty of tasty buds for your harvest.

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How to Make Marijuana Brownies

Marijuana Brownie

Marijuana is a true gift from nature which can be consumed in a wide variety of methods.  Many enjoy rolling up the dried herb into a joint and smoking it.  Others prefer to inhale it with a vape or apply it as a topical cream.  If you enjoy a delicious sweet treat, then incorporating marijuana into your baking might just be the best fit for you.  When it comes to chocolatey finger licking goodness, few desserts beat out a soft, chewy brownie.  That’s why marijuana brownies have been a go-to edible for many decades.  It’s a must-have recipe for your marijuana cook book and a party favourite which will be sure to keep your friends coming back for more.

 

In this recipe we’ll utilize our homemade cannabis butter recipe which we showed you how to make in our “How to Make Cannabis Butter” post.  If you haven’t already made your cannabis butter, follow this simple step by step recipe and then read on.

 

Do I Need a Special Brownie Recipe for Marijuana Brownies?

Absolutely not.  While we have a fantastic recipe for you to try, you can use any brownie recipe that requires butter.  The marijuana content in your brownies comes from the cannabis butter.  The beauty of cannabis butter is that it can be incorporated into any of your favourite recipes, including brownies

 

How Much Marijuana is in Marijuana Brownies?

The marijuana quantity that’s in your marijuana brownies is directly correlated to the amount of marijuana in your cannabis butter and the amount of cannabis butter used.  When making marijuana brownies, you don’t use dry herb on its own as an ingredient, but a decarboxylated cannabis cooked with butter to extract the cannabinoids and then strained to remove any chunks of herb.  Our cannabis butter recipe contains a half ounce (14.17 grams) of marijuana per one cup and a quarter of butter.  When making your marijuana brownies, in order to reduce the quantity of THC, you can always mix your cannabis butter with regular butter.  Let’s say your mother’s infamous brownie recipe calls for one cup of butter.  You could use one quarter of a cup cannabis butter and three quarters of a cup of regular butter.  If you would like to strengthen the marijuana content you could up it to half a cup of cannabis butter and half a cup of regular butter.  It’s very simple to customize the potency of your marijuana brownies

 

DIY Marijuana Brownie Recipe

OK, let’s get to it!  We’ve borrowed a delicious brownie recipe from allrecipes.com and revised it to incorporate our homemade cannabis butter.  First let’s list off the ingredients you’ll need for your marijuana brownies:

 

Brownie Mixture Ingredients

  • ½ cup cannabis butter (or ¼ cup of cannabis butter and ¼ cup of regular butter for a milder dosage)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flower
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

Icing Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter (regular butter)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar

 

Now that you have all of your ingredients ready, let’s get to making the marijuana brownie batter.

Marijuana Brownie Batter Recipe

Step 1 – First you’ll want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

Step 2 – Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan

Step 3 – Melt your ½ cup of cannabis butter (or cannabis butter, regular butter mixture) in a saucepan.  (This is the key component to marijuana brownies)

Step 4 – Once the butter is melted, remove it from the heat and mix in the sugar, eggs and vanilla

Step 5 – Beat in the cocoa, salt, flour and baking powder

Step 6 – Once the batter is mixed, spread it evenly into the 8-inch square pan and put in the oven on the middle rack

Step 7 – Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes

Step 8 – Once the brownies are cooked, remove them from the oven to let them cool

 

Now it’s time to make the icing for your tasty marijuana brownies.

Marijuana Brownie Icing Recipe

Step 1 – Combine the butter, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla and confectioners sugar in a medium bowl

Step 2 – Stir until the icing mixture is nice and smooth

Step 3 – Ice your brownies while they are still warm so that the icing distributes evenly

 

That’s it!  You have yourself some super tasty marijuana brownies ready to impress your friends with.

 

Can I Use Cannabis Butter in the Icing?

You most definitely can.  You may find, however, that the marijuana flavour is much more predominant when used in the icing as it will not have been mixed in with a batter and baked.  You may prefer this though so feel free to experiment.  We would suggest reducing the cannabis butter in your marijuana brownie batter when adding cannabis butter to your icing so as not to make your marijuana brownies too strong.

 

How Long Will Marijuana Brownies Keep?

When stored properly, your marijuana brownies can last you for a good amount of time.  Make sure you cover them and keep them in a cool, dark place and they should last 4-5 days.  To store longer, place your marijuana brownies in an air tight container and place them in the freezer.  When frozen, marijuana brownies can last two to three months.  More than enough time to enjoy your chocolaty masterpiece.

 

There you have it, a very easy recipe and a new, tasty way to enjoy your marijuana.  The beauty of baking with cannabis butter is there are endless possibilities to develop your own creation.  As you change the strain of marijuana in your canna-butter, you’ll feel those traits in your marijuana brownies.  We’ve shown you that you can substitute the butter in the icing for cannabis butter, and you can even try using our cannabis honey recipe in the icing too!  Let your imagination run wild, and have fun creating your own marijuana brownies.

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How to Make Cannabis Honey

How to make cannabis honey

Many of us enjoy a delicious sweet treat now and again.  Some of us a whole lot more than others.  While many sweet products we consume are laden with white sugar, there’s another great alternative that packs an irresistible unique flavour and even has some health benefits.  That’s right, I’m talking about honey.  There’s nothing quite like indulging in nature’s sweet nectar made from extremely hard-working bees.  But what if you could take your honey to the next level?  What if you could combine it with cannabis?  Well, you’ve come to the right place!  We’ll take you through the steps to make your own cannabis honey.

 

How is Honey Made?

Bees collect nectar from the surrounding flowers in their region and bring it back to their hive.  The nectar is spread across the honeycombs which, combined with the air generated from their wings, allows the moisture to evaporate.  What’s left behind is the sweet gooey golden liquid we know as honey.  The colour and taste of the honey is directly affected by the flowers that the nectar is collected from.  You can make cannabis honey using any honey, but you may want to choose one with a stronger flavour that compliments the cannabis.

 

What are the Health Benefits of Honey?

While honey is in fact high in calories as it’s mainly made up of sugar, there are some great health benefits that it offers compared to white sugar.

  1. Lower Glycemic Index – The minerals within and lower levels of fructose in honey keep your blood sugar level from spiking as high as when consuming white sugar. This gives you a more evenly distributed boost in energy with less of a sugar crash
  2. Nutrients – Honey also contains some good (although a small portion of) nutrients. Inside honey you will find vitamin C, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, folate, calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, magnesium and selenium
  3. Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics – The probiotics found in bees which help with digestion are also in the honey they create. These help us digest as well.
  4. Antiseptic – Honey has been found to help reduce swelling by pulling water out of tissue and can also kill bacteria. This is why honey and lemon are a common treatment for sore throats.

 

DIY Cannabis Honey Instructions

Ok, now that you know a bit about honey and the health benefits it can provide, why not mix it with the miracle plant; cannabis?  It’s a simple, effective and most importantly a delicious way to enjoy two of nature’s greatest gifts.  The best part?  It only takes two ingredients; cannabis and honey.

You’ll need:

  • 5 grams of decarboxylated cannabis
  • 1 cup of honey
  • Double boiler
  • Funnel
  • Cheesecloth
  • Jar or container to store it.

First of all, and most importantly, you’ll need to decarboxylate your cannabis.  This is a very easy process of heating up your cannabis to activate its cannabinoids.  For step by step instructions on how to decarboxylate your cannabis, see our article on Cannabis Butter.

Once your cannabis is properly decarboxylated, you’re ready to make some delicious cannabis infused honey.

 

Step 1 – Fill the lower part of your double boiler with water and heat up on the stove top ( a nice gentle heat will do).

Step 2 – Add 1 cup of honey and 3.5 grams of decarboxylated cannabis to the upper portion of the double boiler.

Step 3 – Simmer the cannabis and honey mixture for approximately 40 minutes.  Make sure that you don’t bring it to a boil.  Just a nice even simmer.

Step 4 – Once your cannabis honey mixture is ready, place a funnel on your storage jar and place the cheese cloth inside of the funnel.  Pour the cannabis and honey mixture through the cheese cloth and into your storage container.

Step 5 – Store in a cool, dark place for up to 2 months

 

And that’s it!  A very simple process to create your own, homemade cannabis honey.

 

How Much Cannabis Honey Should I Eat?

Like any new cannabis product, it’s extremely important that you start with a very small dosage and gradually increase it until you feel the desired effects.  A good starting point is to use about ¼ of a teaspoon and see how that works for you.  If you aren’t feeling a strong enough high from your cannabis honey after that, up the dosage to ½ teaspoon and so on.  Don’t be afraid to adjust the proportions of your next batch if you feel your honey is too strong or too weak.  There are so many factors which contribute to the potency of your honey such as the strain of cannabis you use, the cook time, the decarboxylation process and so on.  Make sure you test each and every new batch with a small dose first.

 

How Can I Use My Cannabis Honey?

This is the fun part!  Cannabis honey can be used in or on anything you would use regular honey.  It’s delicious slathered over a buttery piece of toast, you can bake some scrumptious honey muffins, or drizzle it over a light and crispy fried sopapilla.  Cannabis honey can also be used in savory dishes.  Add a dollop into your homemade pizza or pasta sauce, make a honey glaze for your chicken or salmon, or create a thick and sticky sauce for your slow cooked ribs.  The way you use your cannabis honey is only limited by your imagination.  There’s also absolutely nothing wrong with dipping a spoon in and enjoying it as is, straight out of the jar.

 

There you have it.  Another simple and unique, homemade cannabis product to add your cooking repertoire.  This cannabis honey recipe is just a starting point.  You should feel free to change the ratios of cannabis to honey, try it with a variety of different strains of cannabis and explore an assortment of honeys created from a mixture of different flowers.  Most importantly, have fun with it!  After all, that’s what home cooking is all about.

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Can You Overdose on Weed?

Can you overdose on weed?

With weed being more accessible than ever these days for new users and seasoned veterans alike, a question that often arises is “can you overdose on weed?”.  We’ve all seen the copious amounts of weed the Snoop Doggs of the world can smoke, but is it possible to smoke too much?  How much is too much and what exactly happens if you consume too much weed?

What Does it Mean to Overdose

Defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, an overdose is:

  • Too great a dose (as of a therapeutic agent)

Also: a lethal or toxic amount (as of a drug)

  • An excessive quantity or amount

By this definition, referring to weed an overdose would mean “a lethal or toxic amount”.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ingesting enough marijuana to be lethal is highly unlikely.  However, it is possible to consume a toxic amount of weed, but the quantity can vary quite significantly depending on the person.

What Happens if I Overdose on Weed?

Most cases where consuming cannabis has resulted in hospitalization have been a result of consuming too many edibles (especially by inexperienced users).  Edibles can take up to four hours before effects can be felt.  The mistake many new and impatient users make is consuming more marijuana during this period, so when the effects finally kick in, they have consumed far too much.  CDC lists the effects of overdosing weed as: extreme confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, fast heart rate, delusions or hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and severe nausea or vomiting.

 

How Much Weed is too Much?

The quantity of weed you can consume depends on your preference and tolerance.  We are not all built the same and so there is no “one size fits all” answer to this question.  If you are unsure of how a specific strain will affect you, make sure you consume a very small amount to begin with.  Once you have a better understanding of the effects, you can slowly up your dosage until you’ve reached a high that you’re comfortable with.  Save the experimenting for when you have some time to decipher the portion that suits you best.

 

Is There Any Amount of Weed That Would Kill Me?

The quantity of weed it would take to kill a person is so enormous that it would be physically impossible to consume it.  The author of “Weed: The Users Guide, David Schmader calculated the quantity of weed you would need to consume for it to be lethal at fifteen hundred pounds in fifteen minutes.  That’s a whole lot of weed!  It is an impossibility for the direct consumption of weed to be fatal.  However, as THC is a very strong psychoactive, the effects it creates on the brain may cause behaviour and alter decision making which may ultimately lead to a fatality.  If you plan on consuming a large amount of weed, make sure you’re in a safe area to do so and with friends or family who can help ensure you stay safe.

 

How to Counteract the Effects of a Weed Overdose

If you’ve consumed too much weed, more commonly known as a “greenout”, there are a few things you can do to help you get through it and sober up a little bit quicker.

  1. The first thing you need to do is ensure you don’t panic!Consuming too much weed can feel overwhelming, and can be a very unpleasant experience.  Just remember, you will sober up and your current state is only temporary.  Take deep breaths and repeat to yourself “Everything is ok”.
  2. Drink lots of water and if possible, eat some food.It’s important to hydrate yourself and help your body to flush out the THC.  Drinking water will help sooth any dry-mouth you’re experiencing, and the familiar motion of sipping will help keep your mind focused.
  3. Chewing on or sniffing black peppercorns has been known to help eliminate the effects of overdosing on weed.It sounds like a strange solution, but many claim that it is very effective.  If you’d like to read more about how peppercorns can help reduce the effects of a weed overdose, The Growth Op wrote a great article on it.  Just click this link.
  4. Close your eyes and rest.One of the best ways to get through a weed overdose is to let your body rest and recover.  Find a comfortable, dark room to lie down and put on some soothing music or a guided meditation to help your mind stop racing.  Even if you aren’t able to fall asleep, a little “time out” can go a long way when you’re trying to come down from consuming too much weed.
  5. Distract yourself.Whether its taking a nice relaxing bath, playing some games, watching a movie or just listening to music, try to find an activity to focus on which will distract you as you move through your high.  An audio book can be an excellent choice.

If none of the above suggestions help, you may decide to seek medical attention and let your doctor or nurse know the quantity and type of marijuana you consumed.

While there have not been any fatalities directly connected to consuming weed, it is very possible to consume more than your body can comfortably handle.  The amount each person can manage varies greatly on their size, weight, chemical balance and so on.  What may be a casual Thursday night dosage for one person, may cause severe anxiety and paranoia for another person.  Overdosing on weed is not a fun experience and one that can easily be avoided by easing into a new strain or edible.  By starting off small and incrementally increasing your dosage to a level you’re comfortable with, you will be able to find a dosage that suits you best.  If you’re consuming cannabis for recreational uses, you want to have an enjoyable time, so learn what your threshold is responsibly and you’ll be able to have a great high and get the most out of your weed experience.

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How to Make Cannabis Tincture

how to make cannabis tincture

Smoke it, eat it, vape it, apply it.  There are many methods by which you can ingest cannabis.  That’s one of the many allures of this miracle plant.  Not only are there a wide variety of strains to choose from, each offering a different effect on your mind and body, but there are also many different methods to consume cannabis.  From the traditional method of breaking apart the cannabis bud and rolling it into a joint to smoke, to cannabutter mixed into a delicious edible treat, cannabis sure can be a pleasure to consume.  If you’re a cannabis advocate, chances are you’ve tried another method; cannabis tincture.  In this post we’ll teach you how to make your own cannabis tincture.

 

What is Cannabis Tincture?

Cannabis tincture is essentially a mix of food grade alcohol and cannabis extracts.  Alcohol is used to extract the terpenes and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant to be consumed in a liquid form.  As the cannabis will be consumed orally, the cannabis must first go through a process called decarboxylation in order to activate the cannabinoids.  (Check out our blog on “How to Make Cannabis Butter” to read more about the decarboxylation process.)  The end product is a cannabis infused alcohol that can be administered by using a glass dropper bottle.  For those who are new to cannabis or prefer not to smoke it, tincture is a great method for cannabis ingestion.  There is of course no smoke, and the dosage can be measured and customized quite easily and accurately based on the number of ml you take from the glass dropper bottle.

 

How do Cannabis Tinctures Differ?

As there are a variety of cannabis strains, so too are there a variety tinctures.  The potency of your tincture is directly influenced by the quantity and quality of the cannabis used to create it.  There are Indica based tinctures for that more mellow high, as well as sativa and hybrid tinctures for a more energetic high, and everything in between.  There are also CBD tinctures for those who wish to explore the many health benefits of CBD in a consumption friendly form.

 

Using Glycerine vs Alcohol for Tinctures

Although alcohol is the best and most popular base for tinctures, some choose to use glycerine as a plant-based oil alternative.  However, the bonding of glycerin to the cannabinoids is not as strong as it is with alcohol, so a glycerin-based tincture tends to be less potent.

 

What Do I Need to Make Tincture?

The good news is making your own tincture is a very simple and straight forward process!  With a few items from around your house and from your local grocery store, you’ll be ready to create your own cannabis tincture concoction.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Decarboxylated Cannabis (See decarb cannabis section in link)
  2. Food grade alcohol (750 ml – high alcohol by volume)
  3. Mason jar (At least 1L in size)
  4. Cheesecloth
  5. Glass measuring cup
  6. Glass dropper bottle

How to Make Homemade Cannabis Tincture

Now that you have everything you need to make your tincture, let’s go through the process step by step.  This recipe is based on 1 ounce of cannabis, but you can adjust the quantity by maintaining the same ratios:

 

Step 1 – First, if you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to carboxylate 1 ounce of cannabis.  This is a very important step.  Skipping this process will leave you with a cannabis flavoured alcohol which has little to no effect.  It’s a simple process of heating your cannabis at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 40 – 45 minutes.  Make sure you review our “How to Decarb Cannabis” section at this link.

 

Step 2 – Place your 1 ounce of decarboxylated cannabis into a large mason jar and add 750 ml of alcohol.  Tightly seal the jar with a lid.

 

Step 3 – Let the alcohol and cannabis mixture sit for two to three weeks, making sure you give it a good shake every day.  Some recommend leaving the mixture in the freezer as the cold can help separate unneeded components such as chlorophyll.

 

Step 4 – Once your mixture of alcohol and decarboxylated cannabis has rested for two to three weeks, it’s time to strain it to remove the unwanted particles.  Place a cheesecloth over a glass measuring cup and pour some of the alcohol mixture onto it, letting it drain through the cloth.  Pour some more of the alcohol mixture through the cloth and repeat until the liquid no longer passes through.  Give it a squeeze to help push the remaining liquid through.  If you feel there are still particles in the liquid, strain a second time through a new cheesecloth.

 

Step 5 – Now you’re ready to place your tincture into your glass dropper bottle.  Carefully pour the liquid into your dropper bottle.  You can either fill a multitude of glass dropper bottles or leave the remainder of the tincture mixture in the mason jar until you’re ready to use it.  As with any cannabis product it’s ideal storage is in a cool, dark environment in an airtight container.

 

How to Ingest Cannabis Tincture

Now that you have your homemade, hand crafted tincture ready for use, it’s time to give it a try.  There are a few options to use your cannabis tincture.  You can use the dropper to add a dose to your drink, food or drip it directly into your mouth.  For the fastest, most effective method of consumption, many suggest administering the tincture sublingually.  To do this, draw your preferred dosage into the dropper and drip the tincture under your tongue.  Hold the liquid there for approximately 30 seconds and then swallow.  This method allows the tincture to enter the bloodstream in a quick and effective manner.

 

Cannabis tincture is a great method for ingesting your favourite cannabis strain.  It’s very discreet, offers a quick, effective and controllable high, and doesn’t require inhaling smoke.  Now, you can make your own cannabis tincture right in the comfort of your home!  Don’t forget to store your cannabis tincture properly, and you’ll be able to enjoy it right until the last drop.