QUICK HITS: Benefits of Cannabis

This Episode: There are many benefits of cannabis, both physical and mental. Exploring the various forms of cannabis and different methods of consumption will help you understand how cannabis can positively impact different aspects of your life.

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QUICK HITS: Smoking Devices 101

This Episode: As technology advances, so do our smoking devices. Pipes and bongs have been around for quite a while now. But another device is gaining popularity and beginning to overshadow these two classics, due to its portability and versatility: vaporizers have become one of the most popular smoking devices available today.

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CANNABUTTER DONE BETTER

Cannabutter is one of the oldest infusion techniques known to stoners worldwide. From the infamous “weed brownie” to today’s fine confectionary treats, cannabutter acts as the primary ingredient in most edible recipes.

Unfortunately, most cannabutters taste like ass. Whether your buddy didn’t know the difference from schwag and quality flower, or someone realized too late they didn’t strain the butter, leaving you to pick nugs from your teeth, most of us have had as many bad experiences with homemade edibles as we have good. Here are a few pointers to put you on the right path to a POSITIVELY memorable evening:

You get out what you put in:

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BETWEEN THE TAIL: Sexing Your Plants

Whether you’re starting your garden from seed or diving into the exciting world of cannabis breeding, sexing your plants is crucial to maintain a successful garden.

Just like most types of plants and animals, cannabis has continually propagated itself over the centuries sexually, and occasionally, asexually. Having both male and female sexes allows for all types of selective breeding practices, but in the garden you need to be able to differentiate and separate the males from the females. Luckily, they look completely different even in their early growth stages.

Cannabis plants are photo dependent, meaning they won’t start flowering until the light cycle lessens to around 12 hours. Rather than having to wait on flowering, or inducing growth just to discover a largely male crop, cannabis plants begin to show their sexes as early as 4 weeks into the vegetative period from seed. Just look at the base of the nodes: a small white, or sometimes pink or purple, hair (pistil) indicates you have a female. A small ball or banana-shaped protrusion (stamen) often stretching out from the node itself indicates a male. If you plan on vegging your plants for a while, this early detection can save soil, space, plant count and time.

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ROSIN ON THE RISE: The Birth of a New Concentrate

Concentrates have been aggressively rising in popularity lately, especially with the growing acceptance of cannabis across the US, and recreational markets flourishing. For a lot of people, dabs seem a bit hardcore, and questions of how they are made and what potential toxins are present has many people rightfully concerned. Considering that the most popular method of making waxes, shatters and oils is via butane, propane and alcohol, it’s an understandable worry.

With all our modern technology, rosin took the weed community by surprise. Just when we thought we had the best tools to create the most high-end products, someone simply squeezed a bud with a flat iron, and rosin was born. That’s right, someone took a bud, placed it between some parchment paper and squeezed it…and out came a beautiful, solventless oil, ready to dab. After years of playing with explosive gases, endless hours with bubble bags and dry sifters, and years of scraping out the kief collector on your grinder, there’s been a far easier way all along.

Using the varying ratios of time, heat and pressure, people have developed an entirely new category of concentrates with varying textures, potencies, colors and most exciting of all, flavors. Of course, pressing has now branched well beyond the flat iron method, to specialty compressors and hydraulic presses. The beauty of the final product is that you know there aren’t any residual solvents or heavy metals left by the process, yet you still preserve the full, natural flavors of the original product.

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SMOKING DEVICES 101: Don’t Just Blow Smoke

As technology advances, so do our smoking devices. Pipes and bongs have been around for quite a while now. But another device is gaining popularity and beginning to overshadow these two classics, due to its portability and versatility: vaporizers have become one of the most popular smoking devices available today.

Pipes have been used for centuries, and are a traditional method of consuming cannabis in many cultures. They are made using various materials like glass and ceramic, and have artistically evolved throughout the years. Many people now collect pipes simply for their design and aesthetic.

Using a pipe is simple. All you have to do is pack the bowl of the pipe with cannabis, then ignite and inhale the trapped smoke. The same process applies when using a bong. Bongs are a type of water pipe used to smoke cannabis. To properly use a bong, first make sure there is water in the piece, then pack your bowl with cannabis, similar to how you would pack a hand pipe. The water in a bong helps cool the smoke, and some find it makes for a smoother inhale.

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SAFETY FIRST: 5 Easy Tips to Safely Consume Cannabis

While there have never been any recorded deaths or overdoses from cannabis, there are still certain guidelines every safe cannabis consumer should follow. If you’ve recently been introduced to cannabis and want to learn what it takes to be a responsible cannabis consumer, check out these 5 simple rules:

Know the law

Laws regarding the sale and possession of cannabis vary state to state. Educate yourself on your local laws regarding cannabis, and make sure you’re aware of marijuana laws while traveling internationally or out of state.

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POT SHOP ETIQUETTE: Tips and Tricks for First Time Shop Goers

Bring proper identification

Make sure you bring government-issued ID when you visit a recreational cannabis dispensary—you must to prove you’re at least twenty-one years old. Medical marijuana patients should be prepared to present their medical card or doctor’s recommendation.

Know your cannabis basics

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