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Weed 101: A primer on cannabis consumption.

There are many, many ways to consume cannabis. Historically it has been burned, concentrated into hashish, distilled into oils and pressed into cakes dating back several thousand years.

  1. Burning: Combustion of dried cannabis flowers, or Buds, is by far the most common use. It is also one of the worst methods due to the gasses and by products of burning plant material and breathing it. Placing burning cannabis in a bowl and placing a “tent” over it used to be a medical treatment. Rolling “joints” is quite popular, small hand pipes, chillums and even tin cans and fruit can be used to toke up. Water pipes help reduce some of the transfer of heat and combustion gasses and range from under $10 to several thousands of dollars. Vaporizing is the process of raising the plant oils to their vaporization temperature which is below the combustion temperature of the plant material, eliminating the CO2 and other combustion by products.
  2. Hashish: The THC and CBD and many other terpenes are concentrated in trichomes, small capsules of oil that give the cannabis flower a sugar coated or frosty appearance when grown properly. These capsules are on small stalks sort of like mushrooms. Traditional separation of these trichome nodules has been by placing the plant on a fine screen and beating or shaking it.
    Water extraction of trichomes has become popular with the introduction of graduated silk screen bags market under the trade name “Bubble Bags”. They use the same silk screen method used for hundreds of years only they incorporate water and ice to facilitate transfer of separated trichomes through the successive silk screen sizes.
    Trichomes will, when mature, be 120 microns (triple the stalk diameter), to a maximum upwards of 135 microns. Knowing this it is then possible to utilize just a 120 micron screen to isolate the separated heads. Placing the plant material in a freezer and then further reducing the temperature with Dry Ice will cause the trichome stalks to become brittle and break off. Then a minute or two of agitation will move most of the trichomes through the silk screen.
    At this point, using dry sift, bubble bag or dry ice you will be left with “kief” which can then be smoked or eaten as is or further processed into Hashish by applying heat and pressure. Heating also “carbolizes” the THC increasing the potency.
  3. Concentrates: Concentrating cannabis removes most or all of the crude plant material. The primary method is Solvent Extraction and the two main types are Critical CO2 and Butane.
    Critical CO2 extraction produces an opaque oil retaining more terpines and therefor flavor and the interaction of various terpines.
    BHO results in a translucent “honey oil” or Shatter or opaque “crumble” depending on the processing after extraction. BHO is certainly the most common method due to the low cost and small learning curve required to create a usable product.
    The process of pressing “Rosin” from fresh or dried cannabis has been gaining in popularity as it requires nothing more than a way to apply high pressure and/or heat. From simple hair straighteners to elaborate heated presses people are creating excellent rosin with minimal risk or expense.
  4. Eating: Perhaps one of the first methods of getting THC in the body was to just eat the cannabis plant. The entire plant is edible, seeds, roots, stalks, leaves, flowers…there are no know toxins of any consequence in any part of the plant when properly grown (not using toxic chemicals). Cannabis can be made into healthy drinks, cooked into almost any food, used as a marinade, fresh leaves/buds used in salads, concentrates can be added to almost any thing. 5 to 10 milligrams is the recommended starting dosage for those new to edibles and their potentially greatly increased effects.

JW’s Bianca

STRAIN: Bianca
TYPE: Hybred: White Widow and Afghan cross with the Empress phenotype White Queen (Leafly)
ORIGIN: Bianca is a unique hybrid consisting out of three different and extremely popular strains. The famous White Widow, which is regarded as one of the most desirable marijuana strains ever produced and is a multiple Cannabis Cup winner. The Afghan strain, used to mountainous conditions, a very hardy and strong strain of cannabis, which can endure severe cold or heat. And then at last, but definitely not at least, the White Queen strain, also referred to as the Empress among the white cannabis genetics.
https://amsterdammarijuanaseeds.com/seedshop/bianca-seeds
MEDIUM: Promix
NUTES: Botanicare
GROWER: JW – MatSu
APPEARANCE: Bianca is a robust woman, wide in girth and tall in stature! Large buds, not seriously dense but certainly not airy at all.
SMELL: Mild lemony aroma, grassy, nothing that really assaults the nose.
BURN: A little tar to the ash, clean and even otherwise. Nice resin ring forming about halfway into the joint.
TASTE: The lemony smell carries through, subtle, slight spice.
EXHALE: Sweet lemon, the aftertaste is distinctly sweet.
HIGH: Mild run up after second hit, after 4 tokes we could certainly tell it was there, after 5 we got into a protracted discussion that kept changing subjects…neither of us wanted another hit for quite a while, it had done it’s job well. I felt lifted, energetic without being twitchy.
MANICURE: Very close hand trimmed quite excellent buds.
OVERALL: This has become a favorite strain, in the top ten of the last year certainly. This is the second meeting with a second grower, both were from seed, The high is well balanced, nothing overpowering, a little short term…uh…that brain thing…oh yea, memory loss, but that’s…uh. Oh, it’s somewhat spacey, did I mention that? Congrats to JW and a big thank you for letting me sample this quite excellent work.

Matanuska Medicine Woman’s Citrus Farmer

Strain: Citrus Farmer (Skunk Tangerine x Grandpas Breath F2)

Type: Afghani/South Africa roots with Granddaddy Purple (GDP) x OGKB (OG Kush Breath) on one side and Skunk Tangerine indica on the other.

Origin: Dungeon Vault Genetics

Medium: Coco

Lighting: HPS phantom lights

Nutes: grown with canna coco

Grower: Matanuska Medicine Woman

Appearance: Tight and sparkly.

Smell: The smell claws it’s way out of the bag, pungent citrus diesel smells make themselves quite known. This stuff gives you fair warning of what to expect before you even break open a bud.

Burn: Even, nice light ash. Well flushed.

Taste: The smell was a warning, it tastes a lot like it smells. I’m trying to find good things to say about the almost overpowering dank oily shop rag sqeezins mixed with lemonade made from old socks. But it gets better.

Exhale: Something certainly transpires while this stuff lingers in your lungs. Bright citrus with a mild muddy earth…gone is the Diesel, I wonder where to?

High: It seems to approach like a long train, you can just feel it down deep before you can hear it rumbling down the tracks, then you can hear the Diesel engines roaring and pretty soon it’s on you, and before you know it your sitting in a box car, along for the ride. Get comfy.

Manicure: Excellently performed.

Overall: I really like this strain for the quality of the high it provides but I need to find a way to suppress some of the Diesel taste on the draw and bring up the Citrus, I’ll try squishing a nug and see if that does the trick. There is another strain to be reviewed soon with a worst taste…or perhaps I’m just getting spoiled…this joint has misplaced itself twice before it is 1/2 gone now…bad weed! Well, good weed actually, pretty damn good weed, and even the taste seems to…no…wait, yea, it’s still there, dark and low like Texas Radio…crawling up out of the citrus bottoms like a toad croaking out love songs.

Strain Review: Sour Diesel

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Sour DieselStrain: Sour Diesel 

Type: Sativa Hybrid

Origin: Cali Connection

Medium: Hydro

Lighting: LED

Nutes: CLASSIFIED

Grower: Northern Lights Cannabis Company

Appearance: Tight, sparkly, very dense buds

Smell: Earthy, almost a chocolaty smell, very inviting, can’t really find the “skunk” heritage on the sniff test.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel

Burn: Clean, thick and flavorful inhale.

Taste: Rich, I can feel it coating my tongue, very nice promising flavor that does not disappoint when it gets to the high.

Exhale: Please remember to do that.

High: YES, there is a serious high that starts before you remember to exhale. Very cerebral, a good “Let’s get’er done” high. My mind does tend to wander a little (4 days I’ve been trying to get this review out)  because I keep thinking of better things to be doing at the moment, or see a funny cat meme and end up watching 30 minutes of Darwin Award videos.

Manicure: Tight, no fluff, no scruff, just the good stuff.

Overall: Solid 9, a performer that does not have me waking up with keyboard imprinted in the side of my face. I’m told that after a few years regular users report some jitters and anxiety from this strain that does not happen with NY Diesel so it should be put in a rotation with other strains if your going to become a constant consumer.

I pressed out some rosin to run through my new DipStick, not a real gusher but a decent press out, a second press would bring a little more, and a 3 ton press would really do the trick. Excellent L Limonene dominant terps coming off the pressed and decarbolated rosin/bud.

leafly.com/sativa/sour-diesel

You know how when your talking to your dog…

And they really seem to be understanding what you have to say…

 

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Moose Nuggets

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Strain:
Moose Nugget

Type: Assorted

Origin: The bottom of a stash box

Medium: Rare

Lighting: 28″ LCD Monitor

Nutes: Hormel Chile with Rice and Chedder Cheese

Grower: Nothing growing on it that I could see.

Appearance: Greenish, lots of kief, a few little bits of shatter and something that looks like a freeze dried raisin.

Smell: Sort of like a cat pissed in an old jock strap.

Burn: rather like a coal furnace

Taste: Earthy, flowery, lemony, cat pissy, grapefruit and blueberry with a hint of chocolate.

Exhale: More like an explosive aspiration than an exhale, this stuff is not the atmosphere of your home planet!

High: I waved as I passed the ISS…

Manicure: Yea, I could use one, and a pedicure too.

Overall: Imagine that over the last 6 Months you have dropped some of the best weed in Alaska in one box, loading bowls, ripping dabs and rolling joints out of it until there is a deep layer of mostly trichomes and flakes of shatter and then roll that into a fat joint and try and write about it 1/2 way through…ooo…there’s a chip of lemon wax…I remember that!

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Grape God by GrizzWeed

ggSTRAIN: Grape God
TYPE: hybrid
ORIGIN: Grapefruit/God bud
MEDIUM: Soil

LIGHTS: MH/HPS/T-8’S
NUTES: Private reserve, Family recipes
GROWER: GrizzWeed

APPEARANCE: hard, firm and dense
SMELL: Sweet, fruity and yet floral

BURN: Slow and even leaving a light grey to white ash at finish
topshelfsmokinsunsmTASTE: Distinctly sweet and fruity draw almost juicy. A robust flavor
EXHALE: mild light, excellent fruity aftertaste
HIGH: Quick come on with a heady buzz. That allows the user to stay happy and relaxed. Great as a AM or a PM smoke
MANICURE: High and tight but still leaving enough of the sugar leaves to add to the flavor.
OVERALL: An all around great smoke for either getting things done or for just a relaxing evening with friends

 

gg1-2015This is one of the top strains to be found in Alaska currently, The potent BC God crossed with the most excellent Grapefruit was a masterstroke and it is delightful to see this out in the hands of great horticulturists like GrizzWeed.

While GrizzWeed is a serious cultivator even in the hands of a novice first time grower I have been amazed at the yield and potency of this one.

http://www.facebook.com/grizzweed/ gw

 

Considering several encounters with this strain over the last year, each being a delightful surprise, and each encounter being with a different grower, I have decided that this is the best overall strain I have seen in 2015.

leafly.com/hybrid/grape-god

 

 

 

Where did cannabis come from?

Cannabis came to the Middle East between 2000 B.C. and 1400 B.C., and it was probably used there by the Scythians, a nomadic Indo-European group…Germanic tribes brought the drug into Germany, and marijuana went from there to Britain during the 5th century with the Anglo-Saxon invasions. Over the next centuries, cannabis migrated to various regions of the world, traveling through Africa, reaching South America in the 19th century and being carried north afterwards, eventually reaching North America.

http://www.livescience.com/48337-marijuana-history-how-cannabis-travelled-world.html

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