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Killer Cops Are Not New: 100 years of Blood From Pigs in Blue

Killer Cops Are Not New: 100 years of Blood From Pigs in Blue

I've long been an agnostic, forced to wrestle with the underlying truths of atheism, only to reconsider the agnostic approach. I've long been in favor of our partial-system of socialism toward communism, only to wrestle with the violence and catastrophic events under communist-regimes. And from day one I've remained a peace-nik, dead-set on desertion before forced murder in unjust wars, a Bob Marley devotee, denouncing Che Guevara and violent revolutionaries. I can remember back to one of my oldest beliefs, adopted at a young age, that said war will only cease when peace is the protest or response to violence. Power must turn the other cheek. With age comes cynicism, understanding, totality. With age my dream of peace is shattered and I am reminded almost daily of the violence ensued through poverty, policing, mass incarceration, unending global conflict, and of course, citizens slain by police. The long-slow hands of time have done wonders to enhance power, with the ability to dictate the historical narrative, while the creature comforts of consumer life and its insulating properties leave everyone to forget the violent tragedies perpetrated by the powers we pay to be American. New investigations have uncovered tragic injustice after tragic injustice, with Netflix becoming a thesis for a fascist regime, mass-injustice, and tyrannical rule over the last hundred or more years. False-convictions, executions, blatant police department criminality and corruption to the top of the chain of command dot the history of policing's past (police meaning local, county, state, sheriff, drug tasc forces, DEA, FBI, CIA, National Guard, and its supporting military forces). The People Murdered With the recent brutal murder of Tyre Nichols, many are quick to point to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, and about twenty other individuals recently murdered by police, but it's time for the long-arm (not of the law), but of perspective. See, this isn't new or unusual (and the rate reduced significantly now that the people have again awoken) and it has been taking place in this nation for the last hundred years. Much of the killing has its roots set in the 1960's when The People's voice momentarily crippled power, uniting the people, until the brutal slayings and massacre of the Black Panther Party in 1969. Fred Hampton was drugged and murdered in cold-blood by the Cook County Sheriff's Department. This was such a blatant and tragic injustice, that the government has since reneged: "It was resolved in 1982 by a settlement of $1.85 million (equivalent to $5.19 million in 2021); the U.S. federal government, Cook County, and the City of Chicago, each paid one-third to a group of nine plaintiffs. Given revelations about the illegal COINTELPRO program and documents associated with the killings, many scholars now consider Hampton's death an assassination at the FBI's initiative". Cold-blooded Police slayings, opening fire on a residential apartment filled with innocent bystanders. They fired over 90 rounds into the apartment killing two and injuring many, after drugging Hampton. See, killing citizens isn't a new tool or tactic, but one firing on all cylinders to silence revolutions and leaders around the world. While Martin Luther King and Malcom X were likely murdered by the punk police, Fred Hampton's killing is cut and dry. Kent State Killings On to the next year in 1970, when the people crossed their allotted bounds of protest and execution was evidenced again. Key in the Kent State shootings and killings during relatively peaceful, college-campus protests over the War in Vietnam. Students were shown the same truths known by the Viet Cong a world away, which was this: The U.S. Government is not afraid to murder citizens to reach whatever aims As opposition to the War in Vietnam mounted, the National Guardsman there to control the protests opened fire into an unarmed crowd of student protestors. Four students were murdered and another nine students were injured. The point was made, a point that has remained close-to-heart in the minds of Americans everywhere; firmly entrenched in the subconscious of the American psyche. The War ON Drugs With The People finding truth and power in numbers, (and mind expanding drugs) alternative methods were necessary to silence and control the population. How convenient that in 1971 Nixon (a criminal) declared a war against our own citizens who choose to consume or possess very specific substances. "Tune In, turn on, Drop Out" was solved with a prison sentence and new legislation. It was no longer necessary to murder leaders of the people with criminalization through drugs leading us to mass incarceration. We have several generations now locked behind bars with millions more disenfranchised for life. Mandatory minimums, habitual offender, three-strikes, and a never-ending-list of "sentence enhancers", provide the tools to silence any rebellion. Yeah, a government funded encounter with the Contras made cocaine easily accessible to wealthy Americans everywhere. Shortly after, crack cocaine would be released in our Nation's ghettos, criminalizing huge wafts of society. No longer was the government pursuing those committing isolated criminal acts, but criminalizing entire neighborhoods. As crack cocaine lingered in the shadows, the new opioid epidemic was being unleashed upon an unsuspecting general population, which would go on to kill more Americans than the violent, gang-ridden ghettos of the crack cocaine epidemic, and far more than the police could kill alone. A decade of heavy narcotic opioid sales, requires F.D.A. & government oversight, repeatedly. Mass Incarceration = Mass Warehousing = Mass Murder Despite having no reason whatsoever to have hope, my faith in fellow humans remains. It is not the individual's intention to operate corruptly, however the systems set-up by a prior generation lay the foundational channels and framework that hides, shields, & incentivizes over-policing, barbarism, violence, murder, and mass incarceration. A group of well intentioned individuals come together to create the persistent injustice, inhumanity, and disease that enriches corporations, while entire nations remain starving. It's beyond time to draw the line. You're either with them or you're not. You're either working for the problem, or helping the solution. We have a never before seen problem with a never before seen solution. Peace, Love, & Solventless Hashish

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Thoughts from the Hash-Brain: Mr. Scientist & his Institutional Form of "Corporate-science"

Thoughts from the Hash-Brain: Mr. Scientist & his Institutional Form of "Corporate-science"

As an advocate of science, or rather, Truth, learning, and information, I’ve always leaned to the side of science when confronted with mounting heady theories and the endless bro-sciences that seem to be welcomed industry-wide. I’ve always relied on research, what very little we have, along with a lifetime of first-hand experience when our limited knowledge quickly runs out. And to be frank, if fresh-frozen harvests and ice water refinement didn’t show us a vastly better way, I’d still be the first person smoking BHO dabs all day long. Long story short, there's no need, no use, and no desire for any cannabis product made from solvents when solventless options have appeared. The battle we face is against institutional-science, or rather, Capitalist-Science with an agenda. For many who raked in the money, running chemical solvents through bulk “biomass,” the motivations to deceive are in the millions. They’re quick to point out other agricultural industries who utilize the same mechanisms of extraction, which seemed to be a good enough reason for acceptance (ten years ago). If you’re seeking only one cannabinoid this may make sense, otherwise there’s nothing else like the cannabis plant. This is an important point often overlooked, as this plant is truly incredible & unique for a long list of reasons many never encounter. Of all the essential oils using hydrocarbon extraction techniques, they seek to isolate the one active molecule. Cannabis doesn’t have just one active molecule, but a cornucopia of cannabinoids and terpenes that act in unison. While THC was long considered to be the sole active compound, more recent science (and experience) proves otherwise. "Science Doesn't Stop For Heady Bois" I read a caption earlier today that went like this: “Science doesn’t stop for Heady-bois,” as though solventless fans are science deniers. An appropriate response to this bulk-biomass distiller would be: 1. Solventless refinement is a science. It uses our understanding of science to improve the product. In fact, continued use of chemical solvents denies our scientific understanding of the plant, serving a profit-motivated form of science, I'm calling "institutional or corporate science." 2. Science isn't here to find out what product and method has the largest upside & greatest profit margins, (although so-far that is all science is concerned about) despite our scientific research and understanding of the plant being far from complete. Talk about counting chickens before hatching the eggs. If only "science" worked to help the people, what a crazy notion. B.H.NO Thanks to Mr. Scientist It’s funny to remember that BHO extraction wasn’t the scientific industry researching the plant and lending us a helping hand (when we needed it the very most). It was anything but, with countless home extractions blowing up like meth labs in the process. Only then did Mr. Scientist make his presence known in a swift swoop of capitalist opportunity. Opportunity is key here, as the chance to pay pennies on the dollar for contaminated cannabis trash, with all-but-guaranteed solvent-extraction yields, is a pretty penny for the founder. While they may have their boom, just like the food we eat, the people will catch on and demand better. And when you have made a fortune buying bulk cannabis biomass (regardless of contamination or infestation) and in fact, usually bought because of contamination for the purpose of remediation, life was way too easy. Remediation being the industry's new favorite word for packing a steel pipe full of biomass, blasting chemical solvents like butane through it, and collecting & purging the liquid butane and cannabis biomass-mix to save whatever is left. Further distillation will isolate THC & remove leftover solvents, but THC is far from the whole picture. Long story short, there's no need, no use, and no desire for any cannabis product made from solvents when solventless options have appeared. Then again, I am the first to admit the need for BHO and distillation will remain and should remain to provide dirt-cheap (free) edibles to those most in need. The entire industry is massively overpriced as no adjustment whatsoever has been made to account for the revolutionary new techniques of ice water hash and live rosin. Rather, a whole new level of pricing sought to gouge consumers for quality, while keeping trash-quality products at an exorbitantly high-priced-premium and they wonder why the market's failing. And yet, no other product on retail shelves provides anywhere near the value of Live Rosin in a real-world comparison to the plant and all other products. Whenever I doubt prices or other options, I'm quick to remember that quality cannabis plants, healthy cannabis plants, matter. With remediation as a regulation and a rule, it's safe to say we know where ALL of the cannabis goes that has failed testing: to Mr. Scientist & his chemistry set. We now have two methods to remove trichomes from the plant: Shake the plant until all of it's perfect trichome gland heads (containing all of the plant's cannabinoids and terpenes) fall free for collection (ice water hash). Agitation causes whole trichomes to break free for collection as if "meant to be". Gathered, the perfect trichomes are pressed by hand into live rosin. Hand-made. No machines. No chemicals. Tiny batches of quickly trimmed, loosely packed, chosen and frozen flowers. OR Drench the plant in Butane causing the trichome gland heads to melt from the plant and dissolve into the liquid chemical solvent. Destroyed trichome glands & contents liquefy, carrying with the solvent. This "Butane-cannabinoid-terpene-mixture" is purged and evaporated to remove the butane and leave behind whatever remains from the plant. Gross. Subscribe to the Hash Blog today! Learn anything or want to support an indy author, ex-cannabis convict, & Hashwriter.org ? Grab my book on Amazon here. #distillates #suckass #solventlessordeath #hashishacrime #getchemicalsoutofcannabis #greed #corporatescience #institutionalscience #Grosshash #bhono #710labs #papasselect #hash #rosin #hashwriter #hashblog #convicthashco

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dry-farmed hash by "TheilGanjier"

dry-farmed hash by "TheilGanjier"

TheILganjier, originally from Oregon, is no stranger to plants. Growing up, his house was filled with them as his mother was passionate about reforestation, having learned about horticulture out of necessity before moving to the Prairie State to find work. Since then, his botanical affinity evolved into a passion for growing great medicine that provides empowering relief, and one standout cultivar rules his garden: a Strawberry Banana cut known as SBOG borne from a DNA Genetics hunt by Smokinart Industries. The flavor, potency, and combination of effects made SBOG an instant keeper in theILganjier’s book, and he began reversing it to itself and breeding it with other complementary strains, like Mother’s Milk from Bodhi Seeds, to test the range of terpene and cannabinoid expression that resulted. He would soon discover that the Smokinart cut was a true resin dumper for bubble hash, exceeding 7% yields. Though his indoor flowers are dried and cured, lately, he’s been converting his outdoor crop to WPFF for hash rosin, with GG4 x SBOG being one of the latest out of the press. TheILganjier’s usual method of full-term outdoor dry farming in native soil is a practice that he believes yields the best quality hash by encouraging plants to grow large, metabolite-rich trichomes with hardy membranes that won’t rupture in the ice wash. He amends the soil with only a light touch of mycorrhizae and worm frass for the express purpose of offsetting transplant shock. As a slight deviation, GG4 x SBOG was grown directly in a compost pile and watered occasionally, but still under the sun with minimal interference. The goldenrod clump of putty-like rosin badder glistens lightly on the exterior, as a sweetly fermented aroma of banana yogurt wafts from the puck. It handles easily with a semi-firm consistency, releasing a clean, chemmy note when a dab is carved away. TheILganjier, a longtime musician, compares the process of designing flavor profiles through phenotype selection to engineering a track, tweaking proportions of fruit and funk like the frequency ranges of a song’s melody and a bassline. The 120u grade provides a hearty hit with holistically therapeutic, balancing effects. It swiftly quells gastrointestinal pains and relieves muscle aches, unclenching knots of tension in the legs, back and shoulders. The calm state that follows is still energetic enough to remain active at a casual pace while focus is drawn inward to needs both bodily (like appetite regulation) and spiritual (like savoring a moment of solitude). When irritation is flaring and patience wears thin, GG4 x SBOG smothers the flame and replenishes the tank. To put it another way, this hash can take a user from full systemic freak-out to a feeling of stability in the time it takes for the solventless concentrate to melt, vaporize, and traverse a set of lungs. Tangy dairy and strawberry add an uplifting bite to the smooth banana bubblegum flavor, with a pocket of dank, earthy Glue terps underlying in the foundation. This uncomplicated and balanced taste profile persists through the course of a dab, as well as throughout the life of a gram. TheILganjier keeps a low public profile, but in 2020 he led a virtual tour of his garden for Future Cannabis Project’s YouTube page. Contributions by @Medsforheads. Give him a follow. Have a local hash brand (that you don't own) or scene and feel they deserve a spotlight in the world of hashish? HIT US UP! We all know the major media publications (even in our own industry) cater to big-money brands and paid for advertisements in the form of articles. Hashwriter is dedicated to the culture of cannabis and promoting those who do it right, for the right reasons, regardless of the economics. As a P.O.W. in the War on Drugs, we have seen first-hand behind the scenes and understand that the power, the only true power, lies in the hands of the people. Our purchasing power dwarfs the meager cannabis industry and together, we can keep quality cannabis and the brands who make it, alive. Peace Love & Solventless Hashish, -Hashwriter

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A Very Melty Christmas with The Hash Calendar Club

A Very Melty Christmas with The Hash Calendar Club

Hashy Holidays! Another fabulous guest writer Feature from @medsforheads. ENJOY! -Hashwriter On my best day, I am a hater at heart. A chronic eye-roller. A Grinch. As such, Christmas never held a place of significance for me, and only partially because my family celebrated Hanukkah. But this year, something about the holiday season melted my cynicism and made me brim with wonder like Ralphie fogging up the window of that toy store over a weapon made for children. That something is The Hash Calendar Club. Celebrating its first anniversary this Christmas, the Club brings together a variety of covetable flavors from respected hashers throughout the West Coast (with the noteworthy exception of Maine’s Helios Hash) in an advent calendar beautifully designed by VanGoghZuh. Since the first iteration, Saint Patrick’s Day and 7/10 have both had their own themed calendars with a roughly .3g taster of high-caliber rosin behind each day’s punch-out cardboard door and a big surprise waiting on the last day. For calendar number four, however, trouble was a-brewing at the North Pole, culminating in an all-out war between Santa’s elves and Krampus’ evil minions that split the flavors into two teams, red and blue. Viceland, eat your heart out because I went straight into the trenches to report on this 18-day conflict battle by battle. Day 1: The Real Ridge Boys Blueberry Melon vs. Professor Sift OGKBZ I arrived at the North Pole to a barrage of heavy artillery terps out of the gate. A fanfare of fruity and floral shampoo notes rang out on Santa’s side, opposed by the indelibly squeaky aroma of a gym floor with peppery Z flanked with subtle gas in the background. The Blueberry Melon’s sweet and smooth flavor bore a berry aftertaste and a tropical undertone with a hint of leather, providing a complex camouflage for a subduing and heavy high. Resisting attempts by the red side to pacify, Sift’s OGKBZ was swift and agile, piercing the fog with an astonishing head rush that gave way to a hyperverbal and virtual reality-like mental state. When the smoke cleared on that first skirmish, it was the mind- and chest-expanding taste of Sweet Tarts dissolved in mineral-rich stalactite drippings that stood victorious. Winner: OGBKZ. Day 2: Dammit Bobby Rasta Banana vs. Relentless Melts Zkittlez Doubling down on their Day 1 tactics, the blue team followed up with an even more focused Z battalion from Relentless Melts, the clearest expression of the profile I have ever encountered. However, despite a strong, cologne-like presence and cool blast of citrus candy on the palate, the power of Z only served to ‘make head go brrrr’, to borrow a phrase from my military escort, imbuing a docile indifference that eventually turned to impatience and irritability. Meanwhile, red took its first round setback in stride and regrouped with banana cake milkshake terps from the venerable Dammit Bobby. Mouthwatering notes of caramel and cantaloupe were enhanced by more challenging hints of fermented gas and sunscreen, much like a bayonet on a rifle. Although both flavors packed significant heat, the Rasta Banana’s bouncy yet mellow euphoria forced a retreat by Krampus’ army…for now. Winner: Rasta Banana. Day 3: Feeling Frosty Red Smoothie vs. T. Squisha Orange Octane It seems the bitter rivals may have more in common than they realize, as both sides have opted for a color show as their third day gambit. But while Santa rallied his troops with the morale-boosting Red Smoothie, loaded with funky papaya and tart goji berry essence, Krampus employed the element of surprise. The Orange Octane dazzled with its fragrance of full-bodied OG gas behind a facade of orange Push Pops. Still, its flavor, as refreshing and enjoyable as a Morir Soñando, was rather simplistic by comparison. Unfortunately for the blue team, creamy citrus may keep scurvy away in the barren Arctic, but the scatterbrained stone it rode in on was no match for the engaged and booted-up buzz of Frosty’s fruit-fortified smoothie, clearly an advantageous use of the native snowy terrain. Today’s spat is the first so far that I’d consider one-sided. Winner: Red Smoothie. Day 4: PDX Pressin Rocky Love vs. Sunfire Farms Fuel Popz #9 Combatants are starting to gain a feel for each other’s movements and have begun to maneuver more inscrutably in return. Motivation-melting potency was stocked in both red and blue arsenals today, as was a ballistic cranial strike. The Portland regiment delivered a refined yet rustic anise-like herbal flavor, making its subtle scent of sour lime and orange zest aromatic gas seem like a decoy. In response, Sunfire Farms unleashed a smoke bomb of complexity on the nostrils, its profile layered with wild mint, diesel, and Sharpie fumes, backed by the musk of old furniture imbued with four-plus decades of farts. The Fuel Popz’ taste was more appealing, but no less discordant, offering notes of snowcone and rubber followed by a chocolate mousse aftertaste that lingered nearly as long as the rosin’s arresting head whack. Winner: Fuel Popz #9. Day 5: Mountain Grease G Spot vs. Quality Squishes GMO With two wins apiece, Santa and Krampus look for tried-and-true strategies to pull ahead. More specifically, strate-G’s, those being G Spot and GMO, respectively. AKA Hosebeest, Mountain Grease leads the charge for the red team with big guava energy and a warmly inviting aroma redolent of peach pie and pear concentrate. In contrast to this disarming juiciness, Quality Squishes’ GMO barreled through sporting metallic Chem, deep pine, and garlicky armpit funk which translated on the palate to a patch of organic soil replete with earthy nutrients and shroomy umami. The unexpectedly lively GMO was physically regulating and appetite-stimulating, but fell by the wayside of the G Spot’s cooling, lackadaisical, and surrender-inducing stone, similar to the sensation of standing under a waterfall. Winner: G Spot. Day 6: Swollen Heads Sour Rainbow vs. Waterboyz Dog Breath Of all the fighters on a tour of duty this December, the ones facing off today have been in my awareness the longest as warriors of prowess without having ever witnessed their skills firsthand. As the red side taps Swollen Heads Hash Co. for its light and nimble Sour Rainbow, the blue faction enlists video meme experts The Waterboyz and their deceptively-named Dog Breath. Not to accept restriction to the “candy gas” box, the Sour Rainbow’s scent carried notes of rotten tangerines, baby powder and pastry dough while orange sherbet and diesel dominated its flavor. The Dog Breath had its own sweet and noxious synergy, with a Jolly Rancher and spray paint scent and a hard-to-place flavor consisting of garlic spice, milky Gelato, sugar cone, and more elusive elements. Amid a flurry of obscure terps, this battle was certainly the hardest to call thus far, since the strengths of each rosin differed so greatly. The red entry left a full-body buzz and equipped its soldiers with laser beam eyes; the blue was more lighthearted, floaty and active, effective for staying on task yet muscle-tranquilizing. Not all versions of history are written the same way, and although the classically stimulating psychoactivity of the Sour makes it a winner in my book, the Dog Breath could easily have come out on top from another perspective. Winner: Sour Rainbow, but just barely. Day 7: Helios Candy Fumes vs. Full Flava Extracts Cold Stone A week of warfare comes to a close with no resolution in sight. Growing up, I was told that the seventh day should be one of rest, but the forces of good and evil are only working harder. Recruited from the faraway land of Maine, General Helios led his company in the Candy Fumes formation, exhibiting an intense fruit candy smell with a rank durian back note and a buttery pie crust undertone. Its taste was more streamlined, shedding complexities and leaving notes of melon boba, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a tinge of blue raspberry to occupy contested lungs. Helios defended against the duo of Full Flava Extracts and First Class Concentrates, who issued an air strike of vanilla frosting, grape Now and Laters, and faint skunk on the nose. This was followed up with a decadent palate full of gluey passionfruit mochi, complemented by white grape sorbet and acai Vitamin Water. Comparing the delectably saturated flavors is difficult, and comparing effects damn near impossible. The Candy Fumes provided a centering high that hushed distracting thoughts and enhanced reality with an exhilarating flow state. On the other hand, the Cold Stone had a groovy, mobile buzz that compelled muscles to stretch and eradicated tension from the knees and spine. Draw, evenly matched. Day 8: Spiral Light Farm Lemon Sour Diesel vs. Rufus Rosin Grape Cream 2.1 (aka Grape Kush Breath) Before the dust had settled from yesterday’s standoff, Krampus’s abominable snowmen had rolled up with some unexpected equipment: a terp pearl nestled into the jar of Grape Kush Breath rosin with a colorful millie that had hypnotic properties when spun at a certain angle. Lieutenant Rufus would later inform me that the troop’s official name was Grape Cream 2.1, but the floral grape must and earthy gas on the nose would be just as alluring by any other name. Requiring decisive firepower to keep the tides from turning against their favor, Santa called upon Spiral Light Farms to develop a bombshell that would make Lockheed Martin blush. The Lemon Sour Diesel, harkening back to the run of Sour dominance on the East Coast, positively reeked of rosewater, French onion soup, and unripe lemons. The lip-staining, almost minty diesel terps possessed a mascarpone-like richness that empowered the mind and body into a feral, disinhibited “beast mode” immediately upon exhale. By comparison, the Grape’s clean taste gave the impression of old-school purple cannabis pre-designer weed era, with sticky sponge cake and Ramune soda in the background. While those wounded on the blue side appreciated its deeply medicinal waves of calm and happy frontal lobe buzz, the sheer strength of the Sour cemented a win for the red on this day. Winner: Lemon Sour Diesel. Day 9: Zen Extracts Strawberry Daiquiri vs. Mission Hill Melts Strawberry Cannoli The Battle of the Berry is upon us. The Mission Hill Melts First Airborne Division executed a carpet bombing of syrup-soaked strawberry sundae topping terps spiked with a healthy swig of cognac, dubbed Operation Strawberry Cannoli. The pilots’ payload induced physical vibrations and telescopic focus, disrupting red communication systems. On the ground, Santa and the elves bolstered their defenses with Strawberry Daiquiri armor, lending the smell of berries, spoiled cream, and feety papaya funk to the battlefield. The fructose-saturated flavor of strawberry donut frosting with the tang of dragonfruit anesthetized the injured and gave them the will to wobble on, but just as the Cannoli broke down barriers of anxiety and fatigue, it penetrated and overran the Daquiri perimeter. Winner: Strawberry Cannoli. Day 10: Brahma Rosin Tropical Watermelon Z vs. Mad River Melts Gary Angels Instead of continuing to attack from the skies, team blue made an aquatic play today by tapping Mad River Melts for their Gary Angels platoon, a group of former athletes with lucrative cannabis endorsements. The athletic squadron approached nearly undetected, with only a faint scent of piney cookie and jet fuel, and struck with a tingle of Thin Mint gas and fresh dill that evoked alertness and a punch-drunk cerebral smack. In anticipation, however, the Red advanced with island terps that thrive best when surrounded by water. Spiritual paramilitary contractor Brahma Rosin deployed the loud and fruity Tropical Watermelon Z, packed with a flavorful cocktail of orange, cherry, and blueberry. An effective counter, the enhanced Z pressed down on enemy craniums with face-mushing, heart-hugging tranquility, infiltrating and blowing occipital lobes open like cargo bay doors. Subtlety certainly has its place in a successful campaign, but this episode favored an air raid siren of tropical fruits while Gary, much like U2, moved in mysterious ways. Winner: Tropical Watermelon Z. Day 11: Steady Kushin Lemoncane vs. Cannadosio Modified Bananas #8 By now, Santa’s army has gained enough ground to take more risks, like trying to pierce Krampus’ front line with the halberd-sharp Lemoncane from Steady Kushin. A perfume of citronella and cool, piney gas made the unit aerodynamic, allowing it to stun snowy sentinels with the taste of Meyer lemon squares and a sun-beaten buzz like spending hours baking on the beach. Nevertheless, when Lemoncane collided with Cannadosio’s Modified Bananas #8, its zesty citrus terps were backed down by roasted garlic, rotten bananas, exhaust pipe emissions and mushroom stock. In fact, by my assessment, this Bananas had more GMO character than the GMO by Quality Squishes that fell upon the same ground days prior. Number eight, nicknamed “The Ocho” by some, flung dabbers and debris into orbit indiscriminately to be picked up by a giant cosmic claw machine. Winner: Modified Bananas #8. Day 12: Real Cannabis Chris Pink Zugar vs. Hash Heads Lemonheadz As the winds of victory blow every which way, the red and blue camps continue to unfurl their sturdiest sails to catch them. On the heels of yesterday’s defeat, Santa’s elves sought reinforcement from a supply of Pink Zugar from The Real Cannabis Chris. In turn, the shifty henchmen of evil appropriated and refined the red’s recent lemony tactic with Hash Heads Lemonheadz to induce a resolve-crumbling mix of shame and confusion. After surveying the scene and evaluating Lemonheadz’ olfactory notes of lemon meringue bath scrub and just a hint of urine, General Chris, a decorated solventless veteran, issued a Pink Zugar mortar blast of Nerds candy and birthday cake Oreo flavor that filled the air with the scent of sugary conchas, malted milk and royal icing. Although the Lemonheadz’ San Pellegrino-like taste and bell-ringing creeper stone may have held out in an alternate matchup, it was all but washed away in a miasma of smiley euphoria by the overwhelmingly sweet Pink Zugar. Winner: Pink Zugar. Day 13: Ogre Farms Starburst OG vs. Beachside Solventless Pie-Z The days are growing shorter and colder, and I have never been so high for so long consecutively. But still the sun rises, shedding light on the frozen landscape, and so must I. The red forces’ slow and steady traction has afforded them the upper hand, allowing them to innovate with each battle as the blue side scrambles to keep up. Today’s cannon fodder is two illustrious cuts, each interpreted by a somewhat clandestine producer with lesser media hype than some of their peers. Ogre Farms’ Starburst OG represented team Santa with a familiar, earthy OG Kush profile sharpened by hints of bright red cherries. Its blissful, ballooning high was both creatively inspiring and homeostasis-balancing for the body. From team Krampus and Beachside Solventless came the Pie Z with a noseful of shortcrust pastry and Fruity Pebbles cereal. Pie Z provided support for the blue soldiers in the form of tart cherry pie flavor doused in kerosene and a chill, mood-lifting buzz that extended the charge on social batteries. Quite evenly matched, there was a point when I thought the fighters may simply exhaust each other. That is, until a kushy hand clawed its way out of the fray, fingers covered in pie crumbs. Winner: Starburst OG. Day 14: Yeti Melts Banana God vs. Happy Hash Cat Ztrawberry Kiwi This morning, I awoke to the ground trembling. Could the California earthquakes have followed these hashmakers all the way to the North pole? In fact, it was the footsteps of a giant that shook the powder snow from the rooftops of elf huts. Yeti Melts, a beast I had thought only a myth, lumbered into the field wielding a massive, light golden club of Banana God rosin, ready to act as Santa’s enforcer. Thinking quickly, Krampus released another wild creature whose feline reflexes could circumvent the Yeti’s brute strength, the Happy Hash Cat with claws of Ztrawberry Kiwi. What ensued was a heated bout of terp-to-terp combat that began in the nostrils. Yeti swung his weapon ferociously with notes of banana Windex gas and funky pineapple topped with cottage cheese as the Hash Cat dipped and dodged, landing swipes of strawberry kiwi Snapple, cranberries and guava with piney sharpness. The rumble progressed to the taste buds with a clash of superb flavors. Yeti rained down dollops of banana pudding and whipped cream on Hash Cat, who struck back with a saber-toothed bite of thick and sweet mango nectar with lingering raspberries and grapes on the aftertaste. In spite of the upbeat, zeroed-in high bestowed by the Ztrawberry Kiwi, the Banana God’s final blow turned its recipient to an unthawable glacier. Winner: Banana God. Day 15: Ganjah Guru/Cold Gold Strawberry Spritzer vs. Gold Country Resin Durban Sherbert I sense that this war’s conclusion is just over the horizon. Both red and blue terp reserves are dwindling, but I am reminded of the Hanukkah story, another hard-won battle wherein the last drops of oil in the temple lamp burned more persistently than ever. Similarly, these later scrimmages could become the most crucial in determining the last man or Eastern European punitive monster standing. Today, Santa reached across the aisle to involve a spiritual leader from a different faith, Ganjah Guru. Allied with Cold Gold, the Guru brought forth the Strawberry Spritzer, smelling like aloe vera hand lotion and Fruit Roll-ups. To parry, Krampus unsheathed the Durban Sherbert from Gold Country Resin with a flash of camphor, deep woods, and geraniums. Considering the Durban Sherbert’s rocket-powered genetics and intriguing scent, I was surprised when its weaknesses in both taste and effects were exposed by the Spritzer. Compared to the latter’s delightful strawberry milk flavor, the former’s was mainly that of cooked, stalky hash with a streak of mint. After dabs of each, the spacey, darting focus and slight headache induced by the Durban was requited by the Spritzer’s stoned-cold, mentally mischievous high. Winner: Strawberry Spritzer. Day 16: Gasman Extracts Zkittles vs. Wooksauce Winery/ABR Farms Berry Crunch I’m no doctor, but I believe I could be experiencing the first documented case of PZSD (Post-Zkittlez Suhh Dude). When I close my eyes, I see rainbows and smell candy gas. I find myself waking up in a chill vibe in the middle of the night. I fear my zpelling may never be the zame. But for God and country, I remain posted on the sidelines until the end of this madness, ready to dab even more Z. Today’s saucy and nuanced iteration comes from Gasman Extracts on the red team, with a potent aroma of grape Laffy Taffy, violet fields, and expensive eau de toilette complemented by flickering gassy stank. This typical, mass-appealing olfactory profile concealed an eclectic palate which bore notes of Thai basil and sanded hard candies dropped in Sprite, as well as an aftershave-like aftertaste that smoldered like grenade shrapnel. Having already expended its pure Z ammunition early on, the axis of Krampus invoked the Berry Crunch from Wooksauce Winery and ABR Farms. Also sporting a misleading nose, the wafts of blueberry cobbler and toasty cereal from the Berry Crunch transformed into hearty gas with a soapy blackberry edge. The day’s winner was decided by sheer commitment, as the ether-like stone of the Berry instantly faded the opposition, compared to the Zkittlez’ swirling vortex of alternating motivation and slack-jawed stupor. Winner: Berry Crunch. Day 17: Kenjana Extracts Ze Chem vs. Joshua Gardens Grape Gas The firefight in the Arctic has officially escalated to nuclear levels, with neither side holding anything back. Warheads of volatile gas collide in midair, showering the snow-covered ground below in funky fallout. Santa displayed unprecedented aggression, opting to launch the Ze Chem missile manufactured by Kenjana Extracts, chemtrails streaming behind with a complex scent. Olfactory observers reported tennis balls, rainforest, ammonia and menthol notes, with a backdrop of citrus zest, but those closest to impact could taste nothing but straight Chem gas, clean and unadulterated, followed by a sweet and spicy tingle like diced pineapple sprinkled with chili powder. Subsequently, Krampus drew a chemical weapon of his own, Joshua Gardens’ Grape Gas. The obliviating linalool and myrcene-heavy blend provided fair warning of its sedative properties via the smell of lemongrass, dark chocolate and lilac. I was totally unprepared, however, for the distinct presence of bergamot in its flavor, along with sediment scrapings from the bottom of a wine barrel. Witnessing both strikes was akin to being in the center of a slapping contest. The first hit from Ze Chem was awakening, and brought my brain online, connected to an infinite Internet of ideas. The Grape Gas, on the other hand, batted me into the far reaches of the universe, from which I still have yet to fully return. Winner: Grape Gas. Day 18, The Eve: The Real Ice Wook Sticky Papaya vs. Resin Ranch Extractions Lemans #7 So much heat has crossed these polar grounds that the ice is wearing dangerously thin. Elves and Snowfolk alike are falling through into the ocean, and fighting cannot sustain much longer. Their numbers dwindling, Santa and Krampus each channeled their own energy into a last-ditch terp surge. On the red side, The Real Ice Wook’s Sticky Papaya. On the blue, Resin Ranch Extractions’ Lemans #7. One purely sweet, one cacophanous and gassy, they represented the same vision for the future. Whether the catalyst is a juicy blend of papaya and condensed milk or an irresistibly noxious bomb of peanut butter cookies, blueberry Pledge and Korean spicy garlic wings, the result was a balanced state of peace and motivation, calm but ready to fixate on a solution. In the wake of eighteen days of fire, both leaders realized a peace accord was necessary to avoid further ice cap melting and preserve the world as we know it. Whether they receive the credit or not, we all owe our lives to the terps that gave theirs over the last two and a half weeks. Winner: Humanity! X-mas Day: Pax Terpenica Leading by example, Santa and Krampus have squashed the beef and set aside their differences for the common good on this dark, cold holiday. In the name of tradition, there was even a gift exchange at the treaty signing. The items in the gift boxes were mostly identical, given that there are only a few vendors in the North Pole, but in addition to a pack of Pro Swabs, hash capsules by Ice Cold Connection and a pair of adorable elf and snowman truffles by Everyday I'm Trufflin', Santa and Krampus each received a gram of rosin in a personalized jar from Empty1glass. The red jar contained Tropical Sorbet from Kalya Extracts, while 710 Labs Zkittles persy badder (not Piescream as printed) graced the blue. The lesson we can take from this chapter of history is universal: no matter the name, brand, strain or profile, hash can make life better, and it's best enjoyed together. So keep your hearts and bangers warm this Christmas, support hardworking craftspeople, and join me in a toast to another year of terps to come. Cheers! Written By @medsforheads

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The Most Effective Way to Consume Cannabis: The Best Bioavailability Cannabis Article Ever Written

The Most Effective Way to Consume Cannabis: The Best Bioavailability Cannabis Article Ever Written

In an effort to clarify the most effective method of cannabis consumption, and therefore the least effective methods, we dove into several research journals along with a long list of cannabis websites and publications. While we can narrow down the scope of findings and information, this is yet another project that makes one thing absolutely clear: WE CAN NOT TRUST ANYONE, ANYWHERE, IN THIS INDUSTRY FOR ANY INFORMATION. After perusing fifteen to twenty online articles, our research once again came to a quick close, realizing there is far more bad than good. Our poignantly focused topic (unassumingly heavily written upon) is yet another example highlighting the industry's incompetent willingness to make unqualified statements, even when they contradict common sense. Criticism is still highly lacking in this partially cloaked continuation of the over-exaggerated and over-generalized, for-profit, "medicinal" charade. Bio-Availability Is the ability of a drug to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Coming from other areas of intoxication, bio-availability played a key role in researching the synthetic pharmacopoeia Millennials much like myself, learned to skillfully navigate. An understanding of pharmaceutical's bio-availability for instance, allowed us to measure an equivalent dose of one opioid to another. In cannabis the term rarely applies, but a single lesson on the various methods of consumption and the averages we do know, can help focus attention to effective products and especially to the most effective routes of administration. Like the butt-hole. Route of Consumption The metabolism of cannabis is determined by the route of consumption. This played a huge part in safely using opioids with drastically different bio-availabilities depending upon the route of consumption. Readers can imagine why mainlining is preferred (and read why later). While many articles and publications go into the absorbed effects of THC alone in transdermals, patches, topicals, etc., my interest lies in the various methods of inhalation and their obvious differences, despite article after article with incorrect information that doesn't distinguish the two. MISINFORMATION CANNABIS PLANET Finding numerous publications stating that combustion smoke consumption is equivalent to the bio-availability of vaporized THC, this is purely and obviously false. It only requires a momentary connection between dabbing ice water hash and the temperatures when terpenes and cannabinoids vaporize, to see the error in logic. Furthermore, we know the temperature when THC is destroyed and converted to CBN, that happens long before actual combustion smoke ever occurs. Common sense in mind, here are several examples from leading publications and top search results: Leafly says: "However, the bioavailability of THC is still limited when consumed orally, averaging only 4-12%. When smoked or vaped, the bioavailability of THC leaps to an average of 30%," combining combustion smoked cannabis as equal to vaporized cannabis. Again, this is absurd. "The bio-availability of inhaled THC is 10% to 35%. After THC is absorbed, it travels to the liver where most of it is eliminated or metabolized to 11-OH-THC or 11-COOH-THC. The remaining THC and its metabolites enter the circulation. Across all users, light and heavy, the bioavailability for inhaled THC is between 10% and 35%". "By definition, drugs administered intravenously have a bioavailability of 100%" (there you go). "Smoking and vaping are one of the more efficient methods in terms of bioavailability. One study found that smoked THC has an average bioavailability of 30% while, in contrast, orally ingested THC ranges from 4% to 12%. The results for CBD are similar when comparing smoking to oral ingestion." -Encore Labs COMMON SENSE REBUTTAL TO REPORTED BIOAVAILABILITY With common sense telling us that combustion smoke destroys a majority of THC and destroys all terpenes present, we know for a fact that vaporization provides an immense increase in the bio-availability of the flower, product, and/or trichomes. Refer to our article on dabbing temperatures, which includes the temperatures of vaporization for terpenes and cannabinoids, with pre-combustion occurring and destroying elements even before actual combustion occurs. Anything lit on fire and smoked is destroying all but a mere fraction of the original THC, while vaping may preserve an entire spectrum including terpenes. RELIABLE NUMBERS FOR VAPE BIO-AVAILABILITY After numerous searches we finally found information that aligns with common sense. "The actual bio-availability of THC after inhalation is estimated to be 18%; when you vaporize cannabis instead of combusting it, the estimated bio-availability increases approximately 40%." That's a massive increase in bio-availability, nearly doubling the amount of THC & CBD absorbed, which is on par with our understanding. All of these "sources" measure only THC & CBD, without interest in a meaningful effect, the Entourage Effect, requiring a spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes. Only through vaporization is the bio-availability of terpenes possible, without being burnt. With combustion smoke destroying terpenes, they are left out of the picture entirely in each article on cannabis bio-availability. And this much has been known for nearly a decade and spurred numerous applications such as the life-long presence of the Volcano vaporizer and countless wooden box-style flower vape devices, before the idea of dabbing or BHO ever materialized. Somehow in all of the commotion, everyone forgot the basics and motivations behind vaporizing flower, instead of burning the plant. Now able to remove and preserve these trichomes from the plant into ice water hash and rosin, dabbing becomes the most effective and efficient method of vaping and therefore, consuming the cannabis plant. Volcano & Research Proves Vaping Increases Bio-availability One last google search turned up some accurate information from RoyalQueenSeeds.com about the 2016 study [2] called “Medicinal Cannabis: In Vitro Validation of Vaporizers for the Smoke-Free Inhalation of Cannabis.” Numerous tests were performed using the Volcano and others to show the vastly improved bioavailability of vaporized inhalation. The numbers aren't even close with vaping at 50% to 80% bioavailability. Dabbing Wins Seen from afar as a way to get as high as possible, as fast as possible, dabbing quickly garnished itself a "beer-bong-like" image. Taking it's earliest aesthetics purely from a place of methamphetamine use didn't help. Add in the blowtorch, and dabbing quickly became a super-stoner-style using a "rig". It didn't help that the BHO extracts of the time ie. "wax, shatter, crumble" were nearly all THC and made from the trim and scraps alone. How far we have come. Today, dabbing is not only the most enjoyable way to consume the best cannabis, it's also the most efficient and effective. If solventless hash teaches us one thing, let it be an understanding that trichomes are what we are after. The entire trichome head and not the plant. Not the leaves or buds or flowers or stems, not the pistils or stigmas, or any other plant feature that cannabis shares with many others. Consider the plant the carrier, the same way a rolling paper carries herb, the herb carries trichomes. Hash Plant. Ever heard of it? The hash plant was grown and intended for hash-making, which has evolved into today's OG Kush varietals. Growing freely as a landrace, it's low psychoactive properties required concentrating the plant into more powerful and condensed alternatives through different ancient processes of hashish. Hashish being so widely known and consumed that smoking the flower itself wasn't even considered. As cultures vary drastically on their perceived usage of cannabis, the black market should be respected. While large producers employ chemical solvents to maximize profit margins, the culture's demand for solventless hash and rosin on the black market would be wise to pay attention to. Despite having half of the cannabis community jump down my throat anytime I say it, let me repeat myself yet again: Smoking cannabis flower is absurd! Put down the plant and pretend to understand it. Pick up her trichomes and welcome yourself to the world of vaporizing (dabbing) solventless hash. Summarize After looking and reading through at least twenty other websites and their inaccurate and lazy reporting on the topic, it dawned on me they do not care. Education in this industry is applied without confrontation. If the information does not fit neatly into simple, categorical understandings, it is not written about. Nearly every article today is written only to reinforce the dominant narratives of corporate cannabis, now in a lazy effort to increase their S.E.O. (Search Engine Optimization) if not paid for. Trying to be found among the millions of sites, someone has to write about each and every topic under the sun, as the dominant narrative multiplies and the soul of cannabis is neatly, nicely, professionally, incarcerated in corporate propaganda. Hashy Holidays! -Hashskeller aka The Hinch. aka Hashthputin aka Hashbokov, aka Theodore Dabstoyevski, aka Franz Hashka, aka Kurt Hashonnigut aka Hashhunter Thompson.

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THE MFing CLAW: One Arm To Rule Them All With Evan Shore Quartz

THE MFing CLAW: One Arm To Rule Them All With Evan Shore Quartz

With the latest creation from the mystic mind of one, Evan Shore Quartz, Hashwriter is happy to help introduce the next generation of modular quartz smoking accessories centered around: The CLAW. Trust me when I say, The Claw is one arm to rule them all… The Claw, or as I like to call it, “The Motherfucking CLAW,” is one of the more unique designs to come from any of the quartz makers as of late. While we’ve seen a lot of creative new work recently, this one has been in the making for some time; Not an overnight idea, this one took time, energy, and research to conquer. And unlike some of the headiest glass, The Claw is priced right. For the smoker who wants options and accessories, there’s never been a better banger. To quote the man, the myth and the legend himself, Evan Shore says, "This is the future” for quartz. Form Follows Function With an endless line of new designs and artistic expression, function is often less of a concern. Then again nothing like The Claw has ever come our way before and it could lead to some interesting combinations and maybe even a new E-nail design. As the first "modular banger" it offers an adaptable function like nothing before it. The Claw is perfectly shaped to hold lower sections, while remaining air tight. You can consider it the first two-piece quartz banger or slurper, as the glass/quartz evolution continues to unfold. Cost-Saving American Quartz Measures Since the majority of skilled work is applied to the fitting rather than the bucket, creating one fitting and an “arm” will provide economic solutions to owning every variety of slurpee or slurper under the sun. From the short and stocky to the XXL depth, slurpers and blenders offer a variety of functions. The Claw allows smokers to interchange their slurper or banger buckets alone. The options are endless and a lower claw attachment will be made for each new style of quartz that comes from Evan Shore. That means more options, without the full cost and labor required to hand form each fitting. One fitting and one arm, to rule them all. One fitting and one arm, to rule them all. Duh. Custom Air-Flow Quartz Aside from clean-up, this might be the best part! When combining The Claw arm with any lower section, you have the ability to adjust the airflow. By not aligning the air holes perfectly, you can wrench down on the flow of air, or line them up for the full blast. We have seen some pretty drastic differences in people's preferred level of airflow, but now the adjust-ability can be all yours. Lowest Temp Dabs Use Pressure Playing around with different air flows could help vaporize your terps at lower temperatures than you may be accustomed to. Less airflow will lead to a greater build-up of pressure inside your quartz while inhaling, which helps vaporize your hash at temperatures lower than usual. Rather than being forced to rely on your carb cap for airflow regulation, (a battle I fought to reduce airflow) The Claw brings true customization to the airflow of any hash pipe. An ideal addition that could help with super-heady rigs or those that just have too much airflow. Easy To Clean There’s never been an easier to clean slurper on the market. Not only will the claw attachment and arm be easier to clean between uses, but multiple buckets will allow a wash and dab rotation. While one lower section soaks, use another. Or if you’re a cold start fan, you can pre-load dabs and have them ready and on deck. This design will provide plenty of room for adaptation and new ideas. Only the Claw knows what the future will bring. After dabbing you can dunk the bucket attachment in alcohol, while the arm can detach to be removed. This will allow you to easily clean inside the arm of The Claw before submerging it again, while scooping up the cleaned lower section. All this can be accomplished with one hand, leaving your hot bucket in the alcohol to soak for a minute while you q-tip inside the arm of The Claw. Thorough cleaning and upkeep made quick and easy with direct access inside the arm of The Claw. With easy access to the normally dirty and difficult to reach joint areas, your Claw arm can remain clean and functioning flawlessly for years. New Potentials As usual, Evan Shore Quartz continues to push progress, while retaining optimal American Made quality quartz smoking accessories. The Claw delivers a solution to owning a variety of bangers, for a fraction of the full cost. New designs like this have enabled us to discover new uses and ideas for future progress, as artists continue to push the boundaries of this elaborate art-form. Grab yourself The Claw from Small Werld Glass and check out our previous article linked below. Questions, concerns, curiosities? Pick up "The Hashish Manifesto: Understanding Retail Cannabis Through The Art Of Hashish," 2nd Edition Hardcover ONLY on AMAZON now. Happy Hashing! #evanshorequartz#hashwriter#humboldt#philly#positivelyvibe#denver#smallwerldglass#5mmshow#glassblowers#headies#formfollowsfunktion#pfunk#philly#love#peace#hashish #pfunktion #pariliament #funkadelic #gfunk #wefunk #hashmoney #rosindollars #cannabisindustry #glassindustry #headies #hash #hream #hwream #esb #smg

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Toro & Hare Design Studio: Helping the Next Wave Standout With 10 Rules For Good Design

Toro & Hare Design Studio: Helping the Next Wave Standout With 10 Rules For Good Design

Welcoming a friend from across the world, Hashwriter is happy to introduce the craft-cannabis world to a designer for the next evolution of brands. Coming all the way from Taiwan, Toro & Hare’s new studio & website are open and equipped with everything from design and merch, to the toiling tasks of packaging and labeling design. Let’s check out some of his incredible work, including the cover of The Hashish Manifesto 2nd Edition before talking about his process and 10 rules for good design… Mac-Daddy Introduced I was somewhat amazed with our first conversation a year or two back, as a call from Taiwan asking for my writing isn't exactly typical. Having seen his work here and there, I was blown away by a project, mesmerized at his ability to adapt brand design into an array of different assets. Starting with a base logo and design, he has the vision to adapt custom artwork into parallel themes for each cultivar of cannabis, for example. His work with Mac and @SouthFaceFarms is incredible and really speaks for itself, tying together SouthFaceFarms, Uncle_Macs, & Flower Wheel Nursery. Zig-Zag Art After seeing his work with @SouthFaceFarms and @Uncle_mac's, it was his Zig Zag series putting the talent level over the top. Bringing in a few other artists for a small display of expertise, each artist redesigned the class zig-zag rolling paper logos to their suited style. In the end, all three are better than the original. With a team of like minded artists and graphic media experts, Toro and Hare are capable of achieving memorable results like these for your brand. The Hashish Manifesto 2nd Edition Hardcover Finding someone to combine timeless or classic features with Hashwriter’s rough and raw message, would need to leave an indelible mark. Thankfully, Toro and Hare came to the rescue and knocked this design out of the park. Timeless, yet HashWriter vibing through and through. He might be the only artist outside the confines of state prison to produce something so appealing. He also produced the vector dab design in our newest Hashwriter Social Logo. 10 Rules of Good Design With clients feeling less than informed on design processes and major decisions, Toro and Hare helps to inform clients on the rules of design. In order to develop a timeless and classic logo that can be used extensively and in a variety of positions, locations, or file types, these guys have you covered with ten rules of good design: Essential Functional Honorable Innovative Coherent Artistic Long-Lasting Meticulous Unobtrusive Eco-Friendly Following these ten rules of good design lead to a place of balance and harmony- the sweet spot. Success. A Clearly Defined Process Toro and Hare have clearly defined the process as well, with five R's for ultimate success. The five R's making-up the process are: Research Rough Refine Revise Render During the research phase he will gather a collection of inspiration while they help envision the vibe, feel, & design of the brand. After a thorough investigation, rough drafts are sketched on an Ipad for easy changes or additions. Once an idea comes to light it enters the Vector phase for detailed design. Next he refines the design, choosing colors and fonts, while making small adjustments. Once everything is laid out, colors and fonts in place, they render final assets to bring your brand alive. Spelling out the process ahead of time helps the client to reach their ideal design. Completely Unique Unlike a long list of other designers, everything Toro and Hare puts out is fully original, drawn, sketched, and digitized. It has become relatively common to use pre-made design features and assets, combining them into a logo. While the final product is somewhat original, each of the features that make up the work are anything but. Not that there's anything wrong with using stock assets, we do it enough, but all original assets set the art, artist, and your brand apart. Conclude Toro and Hare have the chops to make the mic drop. Get in touch and check out their incredible new website at www.toroandhare.com to bring a breathing, feeling, and refreshing brand image to life. #toroandhare #design #hashishmanifesto #hashwriter #humboldt #county #cannabis #hream #hwream #baddertech2 #hash

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Cold. Gold. Solventless. Say. Less. Part 1: Methods, Dynamics, & the Sauce

Cold. Gold. Solventless. Say. Less. Part 1: Methods, Dynamics, & the Sauce

Them boys with the dirty little word now associated with their names, proved to be the beacons of truth and light for an emerging retail industry. Some of the originals to this way of the world and wisdom of the flower, now reduced to being called, dare I say it, ... a "Legacy"- market brand? Invading On A Way of Life As the corporate world invades a sacred space, its brands like Cold Gold Solventless that hang on to the hope– the hope for a decent and humane industry, focused on people and informed consumption, rather than preying upon the uninformed. As those who railed against cannabis, investing and profiting from the sprawling prison-industrial complex, now push their chips in on cannabis, we the people get to witness the contradictions of a sociopath, aka the 'corporate mind'. COLD GOLD SOLVENTLESS We were lucky enough to meet up with Cold Gold Solventless several times to discuss their brand, products, methods, and so much more. Always generous, these guys put us on to a grip of flavors to review. I'll share some insights into our conversations and a few key aspects setting the Emerald Triangle's Cold Gold Solventless apart, before diving in on their immaculate new single-source and third-party flavors. The Best & The Worst: Rosin Badder Some of the best Terps we've ever come across are cold-cure live hash rosins, however the same can be said for some of the worst. With cold-cures and rosin sauce too-often becoming answers to lower quality, flavorless fresh press rosin, there remain producers like Cold Gold Solventless, whose aim and experience allow the rosin to dictate the ideal texture. Only years of experience lead to this type of hands-on know-how, while an endless stream of new hash makers continue to give rosin sauce & badder a bad name. These terp crusaders and their Cold Gold Frozen Cannabis resins, breathe new life into these ambiguous and often arbitrary methods. Despite my usual preference for fresh press rosin, a quick and fresh side by side comparison made their cold-cure the clear cut winner. They even brought me around a bit on the idea of rosin sauce, with yet another full-circle story. Concept Dynamics & Theory Hand-Wash or Machine Mixed Hash Rosin Distinguishing themselves from the flock, Cold Gold Solventless was happy to go into detail and explain their theories around the ice water wash and the rosin press. While hand-wash versus machine-wash dominated early solventless discourse, the dynamics of each method can drastically differ. The discussions over machine agitation (of the frozen cannabis, purified water, and ice), versus hand mixed (think boat oar), each present a long list of variables, stifling this overly-generalized discussion. "Less time spent in water + less time in between heated steel plates= Cold Gold Solventless and some of the best terps in the world." Applicable Hash Maker Variables Some specifics each hash maker must figure out regardless of mix method include: How many wash cycles? How long does each wash cycle last? How many grams of frozen cannabis do you wash at once? After the wash, the temperature of the rosin press, the duration or time each press takes, and how many grams of hash to press into rosin at once, only scrape the surface of the many variables in question. Include the specifics of when to harvest or wash water temperature, and the list grows quite long. Distinguished Resins With countless batches under their belts, (including years of commercial washes and a list of Emerald Cup Awards) their insight is well received. Without giving away too much information, Cold Gold has drastically reduced the time of each wash, as well as reducing the amount of time the hash sits in the rosin press. Less time spent submerged in water + less time in between heated steel plates= Cold Gold Solventless and some of the best terps in the world. No wonder their Rainbow-Belts taste so good. Small Batch-Big Press While it would appear that the smaller the batch the better, there's one area that comes as a surprise. Rather than pressing minimal amounts of hash at once in many smaller presses (which seemed labor intensive but ideal), the yield quality actually improves by pressing a larger volume of hash (trichomes) at once. Pikes Peak strikes again... A concept that makes sense with more forgiveness for pristine trichome heads. It's safe to assume that less is damaged by pressing a larger quantity at once. Hash Strategy It's amazing to hear some strategy in the hash game, as heady questions are often met with a strange stare, a laugh, a sideways look, but rarely an answer. There is an endless range of potential scenarios, questions, and concerns still to be asked, let alone answered. For many, the hash strategy goes no further than efficiency and the bottom line (evident by declining retail rosin quality). For those who make this their life and then their livelihood, the innate desire to improve quality will remain alive. Rosin Sauce Speaking of strategy, let’s look at the sauce. The idea of crystalized cannabis never sat well with me, but as always, we're only looking for the best. First let's distinguish methods as solventless diamonds are often confused with rosin sauce, before discussing something truly monumental. What Are Solventless "THC-A Diamonds"? A method exists where hash is pressed into rosin at high temperature, causing all of the terpenes to melt off. What remains is a hardened patty that can be cut up into small pieces and passed along as solventless "diamonds" or "solventless THC". Producers often pour the remaining terpene fraction back over the hardened THC "diamonds" in the jar. The hardened THC is no better or worse than lab extracted distillates and is often sold as a sauce. An interesting discovery and concept, but not one that catches my eye. The Real Rosin Sauce A very different idea exists, as THC turns to a micr0-crystallization. Through increased temperatures and a sealed glass jar, this post-production method (first used for live resin bho) also creates a rosin sauce. No solvents, no chemicals, nothing but ice and water, heat, pressure, and some patience. As the THCA and terpenes naturally begin to separate in the jar, we are left with a rock-salt consistency of small THCA diamonds in a pool of liquid terpenes. Now the beauty of this method lies in the fact that nothing is ever separated manually and everything is contained within each step of the process, unlike solvent extractions separation of terpenes from cannabinoids. This requires BHO makers to "re-infuse" or recombine whatever liquid terpenes remain, much like solventless "diamonds" explained above. For Cold Gold's rosin sauce, the separation of terpenes and cannabinoids happens naturally while everything remains sealed in the jar. Increased Terpenes in Aged Hashish!? The results of this rosin sauce process provoked an interesting claim and discussion. Trying not to slaughter this idea too much, it was once believed that hashish gains terpenes as it ages and cures. Some ten to fifteen years since first hearing this rather nonsensical claim from Frenchy, we may have come full-circle. A Scientific Explanation Rather than those magical terpenes appearing from thin air, there may be a scientific explanation for the process causing minimal terpene percentage increase in aged hashish. That's to say, there isn't an increase in terpenes, but an increased percentage of terpenes. The idea that terpenes erode lipids and waxes, or impurities resulting in higher terpene percentages over time, may apply to the rosin sauce process, as well. Only an enormous amount of testing and research can say for certain and until then preference plays full-time. Assuming It's True... With that said, who is to say the small increase in terpenes results in anything noticeable or desirable? While Cold Gold explained why or how the process occurs, they were just as quick to remind us that this doesn't necessarily mean the product is improved. It's easy to make one wrong step and fall into these kinds of thinking traps. While it is generally accepted that the presence of increased terpenes is desirable, it's only a small slice of the story, often removed from context. We need the testing and research for a global picture, rather than hanging our hats on any one detail. It was agreeable that most rosin sauces are not ideal and many strains simply do not want to perform. In today's market, a long list of new hash labs are appearing and after a few errors or mistakes, the sauce becomes the unfortunate victim. For the few that do express themselves properly, the rosin sauce is another interesting aspect of the new solventless world. Sauce Or Badder? Rosin-Off!!! I've heard a long list of theories for why lipids and waxes should be removed from rosin, by the same people using cardboard-gas-station-blunts to smoke flower out of. We have always smoked lipids and waxes along with an insane amount of plant material, leaving me intrigued with rosin sauce, but certainly not for this reason. If science can deduct a clear-cut winner, we're all in, but until that time preference remains with the cold-cure. Every now and then however, a batch of rosin sauce can be truly unreal, keeping it on the radar from brands like Cold Gold Solventless and others you trust. In Continuation... With so much insight we didn't come close to cultivar reviews, but will launch another article shortly on some of their new single source flavors. It's harvest time boys and girls and Cold Gold Solventless is a name to remember. #coldgoldsolventless #hashwriter #hashwriter2 #baddertech #solventless #710 #420 #cannabiseducation #solventlesshashish #hashrosin #badder #love #humboldtcounty #humboldt #herb #ganja #hashish #hashishmanifesto #TerpKooler #emeraldcup #emeraldtriangle #cold #gold #solventless #say #less #cannabisindustry #hashmoney #dollars #coldgoldsolventless #hashwriter #hashwriter2 #baddertech #solventless #710 #420 #cannabiseducation #solventlesshashish #hashrosin #badder #love #humboldtcounty #humboldt #herb #ganja #hashish #hashishmanifesto #TerpKooler #emeraldcup #emeraldtriangle #cold #gold #solventless #say #less #cannabisindustry #hashmoney #dollars

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Corporate Cannabis: The New Corporate Legacy of Legacy Cannabis Brands

Corporate Cannabis: The New Corporate Legacy of Legacy Cannabis Brands

There has been plenty to learn about the "cannabis industry" over the past decade, having little to do with understanding the plant. For that, we aren't even close, but eventually standardized testing will give us some solid answers to stand on, but the money-makers waste no time, certifying their courses, and creating divisions where there once were none... Understanding cannabis today is about understanding the people who control it. It's far less about the plant and instead, about what is done with the plant and how it is prepared. Beyond that our scientific understanding grinds to a halt, while methods of preparation tell the real story. The story no one wants to tell... whose remnants remain to be seen in contemporary solventless regulations. The current cannabis industry in California, and elsewhere, is a dream come true to haunt us. Many concerns about the plant and its new industry have proven to be understated, often-times finding concerning issues written right into the regulations. For this kind of dirt, we normally need to look for shady dealings and hidden practices, but for a newly regulated and still misunderstood crop, the powers that be have taken to their soap-boxes to declare cannabis consumers ignorant and uninformed. I'd argue they are calling us stupid with regulations that fly in the face of quality cannabis or common sense. Shady or Standard Practice? A major concern regarding chemical solvent extraction, for example, lies in the ability to use moldy, mildew-ridden, cannabis scrap material, known as "biomass" to make products from. Turns out this isn't something to be concerned about, and isn't a shady practice, no!- it's much worse than a worry, it's now standard practice. WPFF Ever wonder why W.P.F.F. or "Whole Plant Fresh Frozen" is a term? This hearkens back to solvent extractions and the industry standard of buying, selling, and extracting from "biomass" or scrap material, rather than from the flowers of the plant. You see, wax, shatter, BHO, vaporizer pens, and edibles have been nothing short of one big hustle, cashing in with chemical solvents. Despite a clear perspective of the picture, imagining the extent of this practice as standardization into the new cannabis codes is mind-blowing. Another true travesty for informed consumers. Shady Practices Now Approved! What's wild is how ambiguous these regulations are, leaving the act of remediation up to the minds and imaginations of those who "know-how," while appearing harmless to those who don't. Knowing that chemical solvents overcome a long list of practical and agricultural deficiencies, it was quite a surprise to see this as the standard and a standard set twice. After one failed test, remediation, and a second failed and second remediation attempt, the product can still hit the shelves. Only after a third failed test is cannabis deemed unsafe for consumption and incinerated (or whatever the hell they do with it). Now written into the regulations, remediation has clearly been a standardized practice, dating back to the medical cannabis days. Quality is never a concern. Trash To Gold I'd drastically underestimated the prevalence of contaminated & remediated products. Check the labels, you won't see it mentioned anywhere. It's safe to assume that every edible and vaporizer cartridge on the market, began as biomass (if not solventless). Notice how there are two attempts at remediation in the regulations. After solvent extraction, if this crude oil fails testing a second time, the second remediation attempt will almost certainly work, using another method not to be mentioned in the regulations: Distillation. Melted and stripped down, THC is all that can remain. This pure THC, achieved by distillation is utilitarian, but marketed as anything but. Distillates allowed bulk producers to provide a list of new products and profit from what was once called: "Trash". Many of the myths aren't myths at all, but factual procedures influenced only by the bottom line. Rife For Deception Today's dispensary has no time or interest in quality, but a changing selection making waves across the farmlands. Everyone wants to tell us what the consumer wants; everyone but the consumer. Farmers are at the mercy of uninformed dispensaries demanding a rotation of varieties and refusing to purchase the same thing twice. This industry has created more room and need for manipulations and outright lies, than factual information. Testing is set-up to favor mass production of the lowest quality kind, while charging premium prices on fancy products that are a far cry from the cannabis plant. Try to hear this message anywhere else, you wont. Hippies Sold-Out Even the oldest of hippy heads seem to have switched gears, gotten in line, and accepted their payments. The one's I didn't think had it in them to want or worry over material possessions, have quickly cashed in. They can't make-up classes to pay for and fake certifications fast enough. All to teach yesterday's information from an industry in it's infancy, strewn with vocabulary including sativas and indicas and other out of use terms. The first steps in building a culture of corporate un-accountability, with a fat bill fold, and no soul. I said, "bill-fold". lol. Hash-Magick This is the magic of solventless hashish, as it prevents such drastic manipulation and requires a new level of retail quality that can be defined along the very simplest of lines: -Fairly Healthy -Pest & Disease free -Flowers (not just trim) The disgusting level of quality used all along, makes cannabis intended for solventless look like the best bud ever grown on planet Earth. The level of expectations couldn't be set any lower over the last decade, truly representing bottom of the barrel products. If it weren't for a culture of hashish, cannabis quality would only decrease as it has for years. Passing along some standardized notion about a plant lacking proper research, is a poignant attempt to control a corporate narrative and build a position of protection for them and theirs. A corporate cannabis message has begun to echo pretty loud and clear from deep in the heart of this "industry" and it's a lie I vehemently oppose. Symbolic Implications The current cannabis industry stands directly opposed to the principles inherent in the plant and the plant's emphatic effects. Nolan Gertz, stating "a society that only values its own survival and protection of the status quo, is a sick society creating good citizens, but bad people," sounds a lot like today's corporate cannabis industry and those at the heart of the matter. Even the cannabis publications refused to cover quality advances until five years after they have been around. Yes, the core industry of cannabis might be the biggest thing holding back the normalization and spread of quality cannabis products. They've been quick to ignore the issues, the truth, and promote whatever distillate brand is throwing the most money at them next. Business Men & Brokers When retail cannabis markets came to Colorado back in 2012, it brought a whole new realm of smokers into the domain. Smokers with little interest in the plant or its people, but keen on profiting from a new industry, jumped in. These types clashed directly with the sentiments of the herb, the principles it represents, and the commonality it exposes between us all. Don't believe the lies, they're intended for you. #hashish #hashwriter #hashishmanifesto #710 #humboldt #theory #truth #blastoff #hash #icehash #sixstar #macro #concentrates #hashlife #hashonomics #terps #terpenes #organic #hashlane #solventless #hashrosin #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #YouareaGem #Glutenfree #vegan #organic #icehash #icewaterhash #terps #society #organic #cannabiscures #stoned #medicalcannabis #instaweed #weedlife #love #community #edibles #bud #hash #bong #pot #joint #cannabisgrow #vape #legalizeit #terpenes #rosin #homegrown #dab #stoners #ganjagirls #daily #marijuana #smokeweed #grow

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A Library of Terps: Terp Kooler & An Updated Storage Strategy For All Hash and Hash Rosin Products

A Library of Terps: Terp Kooler & An Updated Storage Strategy For All Hash and Hash Rosin Products

​​After a few years on the hash and rosin racing circuit of Northern California, the pit-crew developed a list of consumer SOP's taking the top google search result queries. What a competitive edge that is, but there remain a few things missing and some areas to narrow in on. The guys at Terp Kooler were cool enough to send this fridge for critical analysis, and an updated word on solventless storage strategies. It isn't often that I'm pleasantly delighted. For all things cannabis related, expectations further decrease, making my newest Terp Library an astonishing surprise. Longtime followers will remember our budget mini-fridge from Target (which now lives in my car) and will be happy to hear she's still running beautifully. However, this Terp Kooler is a big upgrade, improving on almost everything the budget option entailed, including in many ways you would never have noticed without some first-hand use. Cannabis For Consumption Let us begin by reminding everyone that cannabis is both a living plant and a consumable. Not much different than lettuce, celery, or any other type of produce, the plant and its solventless products should be thought of and handled like food. While refrigeration is always recommended, several styles of hash rosin were formulated with shelf-stability in mind. Rosin Badder/Cold Cure/Rosin Jam or Rosin Sauce Things have simplified as we have reached a better understanding over the past several years. While your cold cure or rosin badder is best suited in refrigeration, it will not change in texture or appearance and will hold up outside of refrigeration whenever necessary. Rosin Jam does not require refrigeration, but again it’s recommended if or when possible. Rosin Jam is intended to be shelf stable and nothing will change or be noticeable either way. Cold storage for bulk purchases is recommended, as the Terp Kooler is perfect for these styles of rosin. Extinguish Condensation The Terp Kooler is King for all things Cold Cure Rosin Badder/Jam/Sauce and is perfect for maintaining your Library of Terps. Unlike the cheap mini fridge options that develop a good deal of condensation, the Terp Kooler stays bone dry. No more destroyed labels and packaging leading to mixed up jars or needing to sponge water from the bottom. Just in case it does create condensation, a small tray in the bottom keeps it away from your jars (those looking to increase the humidity can utilize this tray slot to introduce more moisture into the air). Small things that make for effective use go a long way. Beautifully Displayed Terps The addition of several glass shelves differentiate the bottom from the lowest shelf and provides a stunning display for your jars. It also has three shelves unlike cheaper models. The Terp Kooler also comes with an internal light controlled by a button on the door. Altogether it makes for a beautiful display of everything inside. For the impeccable quality of modern hash, the Terp Kooler is quite fitting to house and show off your precious resins. Right next to the light button are temperature controls. It’s recommended that you keep it on the coldest settings as temperatures range from 46℉ on up. Testing the fridge with a kitchen thermometer, it stays just under 49℉. This is perfect for maintaining all styles of rosin mentioned above. Convenient Charging Points Before covering storage for fresh press rosin and ice water hash, the three USB ports on top of the Terp Kooler appeared to have little use at first. Once I realized its the perfect set up to hold and charge my temp devices, they became a favorite feature. Since cords to these devices are only a couple of inches long, the top of the Terp Kooler is the perfect place to charge Dab Rites, Terpometers, Temp Devices, E-rigs, and even my LED lights. Look for USB-C additions in future models. Fresh Pressed Rosin (Still Clear) & Ice Water Hash (Fresh) The Difficult Versions Other than ice water hash, no other style of rosin demands refrigeration quite like fresh press rosin. That is, when its still fresh. Mere moments outside of refrigeration is enough for the cure to begin, where the rosin begins to harden and turn to a solid shade of tan or white. Ice Water hash undergoes a similar effect with trichomes melting together. The urgent need for cold storage stems from these two styles of hash & rosin. A Frozen Plan In order to preserve the clear and translucent Fresh Pressed Rosin or Ice Water Hash, refrigeration was recommended, but freezing is the new ideal. Anyone planning to hang on to fresh press rosin or ice water hash for a duration of time would be wise to simply freeze them, rather than hoping your fridge stays cold enough. Frozen, Fresh Press rosin and Ice Water Hash retain starting appearances for as long as you need. The Perfect Prep The Terp Kooler is just cold enough to maintain fresh press rosin or ice water hash for a matter of weeks, making for a perfect second stage preparation. Holding a temperature just under fifty degrees F, it will allow a slow cure over a period of about two-to-three weeks, depending on the genetics of the fresh press rosin or ice water hash. Any fresh press you intend to consume within the following week or two would be perfectly suited for storage directly in the Terp Kooler. Bulk purchases would be wise to freeze and keep only your smoking stock of these styles on deck. Terp Kooler to Defrost Working with something we consume, look at it from a culinary perspective. Best practices say to thaw food slowly in cool water or refrigeration. Rather than leaving frozen hash or rosin sitting at room temperature (or my pocket), it's better to place the frozen jar in refrigeration and allow it to slowly thaw overnight. I place all of my hash and rosin in the Terp Kooler directly from the freezer, that I plan to consume in the days and weeks to follow. Freezing, thawing, and refreezing is never recommended for meat, so I do the same for rosin. A slow thaw appears to allow the rosin to vape more effectively and I avoid re-freezing fresh press rosin. I do the same with ice water hash, relying on the Terp Kooler alone after the first defrost. *Keep in mind this applies to single gram jars. Buddered Fresh Press Rosin & Greased Hash Likewise, once that rosin has solidified, there's no going back. You can certainly #baddertech the dried rosin into a more enjoyable and pleasing badder form, but the clear look of the fresh press rosin will not return. At this point refrigeration is still recommended, however a noticeable change will not occur. Jars of fresh press rosin that have warmed up at any point along the supply line will already be buddered over, leaving little reason to rush that rosin home to the fridge. Ice Water Hash While refrigeration used to be recommended for new jars of Ice Water Hash, it’s best to simply freeze them. Freezing ice water hash keeps it in pristine form, while refrigeration allows the trichomes heads to slowly melt. Leave your ice water hash frozen and let it thaw in the Terp Kooler overnight where it will be ready to dab. It will be interesting to see how freezing, thawing, and refreezing effects the hash and is something to consider. The elimination of condensation within the fridge makes it a much more comfortable setting to house and thaw your precious ice water hash. Summary For most styles of rosin, the Terp Kooler is a brainless solution to all your storage needs. For fresh press rosin and ice water hash, the Terp Kooler is perfect for priming your rosin, short-term storage, and use in combination with a freezer. Moving your frozen hash and fresh press to the Terp Kooler, keeps these prime for daily use until finished. Taking these tips, the Terp Kooler comes highly recommended and is a nice addition to your dabs. *Be sure to subscribe and check back as we will update this article and do a 6 month or yearly review. #Terpkooler #hashwriter #baddertech #humboldt #hash #hashmonkey #hash #money #rosin #dollars #strain#buyersguide#solventless#hasheducation##copywriter #hashwriter #cannabiswriter #uc #photography #cannabis #icehash #6star hashwriter #hream#strains#phenotypes#710labs#710labsflower#hash#rosin#solventless#cannabis#hashwriter#mothership#KV#icehash#sixstar#macro#concentrates#hashlife#hashonomics#terps#terpenes#organic#ogsmakebetterog#hashlane#terps#society #cannabiscures#medicalcannabis#love#community#joint#cannabisgrow#terpenes

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Hashwriter Presents: "Terp Wizardry in The Mitten" (DEM and A Race To the Bottom)

Hashwriter Presents: "Terp Wizardry in The Mitten" (DEM and A Race To the Bottom)

[A guest Blog appearance by @medsforheads] The Michigan hash scene is ripe with talent, including sustainable homesteader Terp Wizard. We caught up with the Wiz over the phone before sampling some truly magical flavors. The Hash-Mitten In southern Michigan, a farmer and hash maker known as Terp Wizard is pressing out unique flavors and doing right by the Earth to obtain them. Sustainability lies at the heart of his practices and he advises more growers to examine theirs, saying “more people should be asking how they can get their input costs down by growing outdoors with the sun, as nature intended. You can really get some stellar representations of the plant that way.” His own outdoor farm, Plant Magic Homestead, was recently certified as a Dragonfly Earth Medicine DEM Pure closed-loop, regenerative horticultural system; A place where food, crops, and cannabis are raised side-by-side in symbiosis with the land and free of bottled nutrients. There, compost piles and Hügelkultur mounds sit above ground, feeding the microbiology below rather than damaging it with digging. Terp also operates a soil-based indoor grow amended simply with DEM compost teas to closely replicate his results in the native terrain. "More people should be asking how they can get their input costs down by growing outdoors with the sun, as nature intended. You can really get some stellar representations of the plant that way." -Terp Wizard All About The Fruits (& Froots) While much of the local hash production falls along the gas spectrum–funky, savory, meaty, chemmy, and downright automotive–the Wizard has been hunting primarily for pure fruit cuts these days. “I like the Papaya profile,” he says, “that tropical, astringent fruit and candy. That’s what I’m shooting for and this Tropaya #3 I’m working with, for example, is nailing it for me right now.” Though Terp doesn’t consider himself a breeder per se, he has undertaken some pollination projects in the name of improving "washability" traits in a particular genetic line and taking his single-source operation to the next level, from seed to resin. At the same time, he expresses gratitude to colleagues like Nitrogrower and Lyme Rising Farms who have helped sustain the business while his new space was being established. Terp Wizard looks at Maine as a hopeful example of a state that supported its small-scale producers after ushering in recreational sales. -C.M. Corporate Controlled Regs. When Michigan’s adult-use cannabis market opened the door for large corporate players, M.M.M.P. caregivers like Terp Wizard were pushed out of the storefronts they once supplied. Meanwhile, those same players are able to purchase licenses for thousands of plants in a facility, allowing them the margins to undercut caregivers who are capped at 72 plants each. For California’s legacy farmers, this tale is hauntingly familiar. Far from bitter about the situation, Terp Wizard looks at Maine as a hopeful example of a state that supported its small-scale producers after ushering in recreational sales. The Race To The Bottom The Illinois native has now been making hash for six years and change, having briefly dabbled in open-blasting before deciding he’d rather not risk a household explosion on a market trend he recognized even then as a race to the bottom. “It’s not top-end material getting made into BHO these days. It’s mainly crap that you couldn’t wash or sell as flower,” he says. Specializing in heat-cured rosin badders, Terp is eager to get more full-melt hash to his patients as the weather gets cold enough to preserve heads in their most pristine form. His top criterion for releasing a product is flavor, and washes that don’t make the cut may be processed further into R.S.O. or his signature Berga Balm, winner of the Best Topical prize at Gage Green Group’s Organic Cup in 2020. Originally intended for relief after long, grueling days in the garden, the balm has become a staple for patients suffering from arthritis. Terp Wizard is quickly becoming a name to know in hash circles, his entrance to an elite crowd confirmed by Kevin Jodrey’s public praise of his seeds and rosin. Humbled as Terp was by West Coast beasts such as, SimpLee Adam, Wooksauce Winery, and The Real Cannabis Chris when he put his hash up against theirs at The Smoking Jacket in LA last month. At home, he’d just as happily smoke local favorites like Organitron and Organimelts (no relation). When I ask him about his state’s distinct terroirs, he thinks for a moment and, although sommelier is not one of an already substantial list of Terp Wizard’s titles, he is confident in responding that the differences in moisture, temperature, and soil composition from the palm of the mitten to the Upper Peninsula offer a variety of growth conditions. Before signing off, we make plans to meet so I can try a few highly-anticipated samples of Terp’s labor of love. Terp Wizard Tasting Profiles I was blessed with three jars, two single-source and one processed from @michiganwildflower710’s regenerative light-dep garden. The single-source flavors, Papaya Punch x Litterbox and Strawberry Pie, are stamped with wax seals, adding an extra touch of ceremony to dab sessions. The third-party GMO, on the other hand, needed no adornment, practically belching garlic through the glass threading. All three had a supple, homogeneous badder consistency with a glistening terpene glaze on the surface. Over the next week, the trio served as an effective all-day rotation for homeostasis and functional euphoria. The Papaya Punch x Litterbox was all but dominated by majorly sweet, fruity notes of Hawaiian Punch and tropical Starburst with a citrus tang adding a spike of maturity to the nostalgic sugarscape. Once the up-front juiciness dissipates, the warmth and murky autumnal spice of mulled wine rise to the surface, backed by plenty of purple grapes. A spear of chlorinated pool water, presumably an expression of the Litterbox parent, pokes through the high-fructose cocktail and provides a clean edge to an experience that may otherwise be a tad cloying. Tremendously smooth on the lungs, a dab of PPxLB did not elicit the involuntary cough I typically expect with such terpene-rich rosin. Powerful in its onset, I felt light shining outward from my eyes, nose, and mouth as I exhaled a hit. Within seconds, a mushroom cloud billowed into my head, pushing against the walls of my skull. My bodily tension evaporated, leaving a mild tingling sensation in my neck and calves before a level-headed, focused, and sociable high manifested. I found myself engaged with activities, mildly munchy, and patiently attentive in conversations. Starting my days with the Strawberry Pie set me off on a good foot each time. The light golden badder effused a dessert-like smell like a thick-spun white chocolate milkshake drizzled generously with strawberry sauce, priming my taste buds for a silky, indulgent, yet light-as-air flavor experience. Cool and tangy strawberry washes over my palate first, followed by subtle wild mint with just a hint of pastry gas. My first dab had me doing fake martial arts moves like Mac in Always Sunny with a soaring high that stimulated both mental and physical activity. When the initial rush subsided, I found myself lounging on a cloud, in no hurry to come down. Alongside the first wash, Terp included a glob of the second and third combined-wash full-spectrum rosin from the same harvest. Surprisingly different in character, the stiffer badder was heavier in effect with more menthol in the taste. After nodding off from a dab of the full-spec rosin twice in a row, I threw the rest in a hash hole joint and took it outside to give my head a proper bashing I’d have to walk around stupefied to appreciate. This GMO, though. Woof. An opaque, aggressive stench wafted from the jar, loaded with mineral earthiness, shroomy funk and feet filthy enough to excite certified nasty bois like Quentin Tarantino. Those same feet would come back to kick me in the chest, cementing me to the couch for at least half an hour post-dab. I believe GMO’s ubiquity in the solventless market makes it a good benchmark by which to assess the nuances of different growers and hash makers, and this iteration is a special one because it covers the bases of terpene expression so well. The noxious umami of dark-roast coffee and motor oil, the fire-breathing chem, the underlying unctuousness of Karo syrup; all working in concert to create a rich, lasting flavor and promote a superbly cozy, centered buzz with a full-body sensation and slightly improved circulation. Enjoyable at any time of day, I especially preferred this GMO just before dinner to pique my appetite and coast into a solid night’s sleep. Big thanks to Terp Wizard for putting the Midwest on the map! #hashwriter #terpwizard #michiganweirdos #makegoodhash #Ch #guestspot #guestblog #hashnation #hashwriternation #hashandfeet #sarahsilvermansbignaturaltoes #barf #710labs #dabtemp #dabbing #dabtemperature #terpometer #temptech #tempstechusa #rosin #hash #pricing #710labs #710labsflower #cannabis #cannabisindustry #cannabisconcentrates #solventless#hashrosin#Tier #420community #weed #education #cannabiscommunity #concentrates #ogsmakebetterog #persy #persyrosin #persyrosinsauce #persysauce #710 #oil #marijuana #copywriter #hashwriter #cannabiseducation #cannabisculture #hashoil #BHO #hydrocarbonextracts #weedwriter #hashwriter #fingertech #baddertech #hashwritertech

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The 5mm Show! Presented by Evan Shore Bangers X Small Werld Glass X Positively Vibes

The 5mm Show! Presented by Evan Shore Bangers X Small Werld Glass X Positively Vibes

Over 100 works from the world's premier glassblowers and artists converged on Positively Vibe for a functional glass miniatures showdown for the ants, I mean ages. We caught up with Evan Shore and crew to recap the already infamous 5mm Show and share the work with you, the people. The 5MM Show Rules The baseline and premise went as follows: Order the tools needed from Small Werld Glass to construct mini dab rigs with 5mm joints. The kit includes a 5mm brass "reamer" and a 5mm quartz joint (still available on Small Werld Glass). Artists were free to enter their works, with Evan Shore Bangers providing the quartz and in-person voting to decide on a top three. 5mm Mini and Micro sized Slurpees & Bangers by ESB available here. The heads came out in numbers, selling well over 50 VIP tickets to the Positively Vibes hosted event. A little creative restraint was all that was necessary to set the scene for an outpouring of ingenious artistry and unique micro work. "It started out as something niche or fun and turned into a movement. People love it.” - Evan Shore A Bit of The Old Back Story With hash and rosin becoming the water-pipe's latest mainstays, we saw a major reduction in the sizing of common dab rigs over the last five years. While the science remains out, less surface area inside the rig allows more smoke to expand in the lungs, so the theory goes, anyways. One thing is certain, smaller rigs are effective (and more affordable), while helping to retain the flavor, but 5mm!? E.S.B. 5MM Titty Rig Sets Available Here With traditional glass joint sizes only being reduced to 10mm sizing in recent years, 14mm and 18mm have been the standards since "glass-on-glass" joints first arrived (thank you Roor). While 18mm is a bit much, today's hash pipes normally come with 14mm or 10mm female joint sizes. Switching to a 5mm joint tested the intricacy and resolve of our finest glass artists and to be expected, the results are nothing short of stunning. Hondo Glass with the incredible pineapple 5mm hashpipe Sponsors Before unveiling the goods and festivities, we need to thank everyone who came out, along with all of the generous sponsors. Sponsors for the 5mm Show included: Moodmats The Terpometer Dablogic Mystic Timber Northstar Glass Thanks to our vendors as well, Bubba's Cheesecakes, Polar Provisions, and Stroman’s Denver. Couldn't have done it without you and thank you to everyone who came to the event. HashWriter's Picks With so many entries from everyone's favorite artists, there's almost too much to get to. I put together a few galleries consisting of my favorite works, as well as anything unusual that catches the eye, like this mind-blowing fully-functional marble rig. Avant Garde Glass: "The Ingressive" 5mm Positively Vibes describes the work from Avant Garde as follows: "This (approximately) 3" marble has a 5 mm ingress that leads the smoke into the walls before passing through 5 holes of diffusion into the center of the sphere. After the smoke and water mix, they are pulled through an aperture at the top of the marble back into the walls, recycling the water back down to the core of the sphere. The smoke travels out of a 10mm dewar seal through the detachable mouthpiece." With a removable mouthpiece and intricate interior flow, this rig from Avant Garde Glass is next level. A wild concept, executed flawlessly. Niko Cray Symmetry is pleasing, especially in a mini glass rig. Niko Cray with some seriously loud work and brilliant, eye-popping-bright colors. Digging the line-work and the yin & yang aesthetic. Frosty's Fresh We have always had a thing for Frosty's Fresh and his gnarly scrunched-faced jammers. Throw in some nostalgia, as fleeting memories of a Junior High pottery course flash every time we see his work. Ah, memories. A Small Sample of Entries Check out this gallery of work, some of which is still available for sale on the Positively Vibe website. Top 3 Finalists 3rd Place: @AF_Glassworks A pretty spectacular little rig from @af_glassworks took home the third prize. This thing recycles water more times than I can count. Max function in miniature. 2nd Place: Bear Mountain Studios The photos do little justice to how small these rigs really are. Bear Mountain Studios (@th3ydidit) killed this little guy that sits at 3.25 inches tall. With everything from Haterade Emerald Dichro to mystique crushed opal and a reinforced four hole shower head perc, this pocket rig could go just about anywhere. 1st Place: Dan Hoffman Glass The Grand Champ of the first 5mm Show is Dan Hoffman Glass and the results are evident. He wasn't about to let size scare him, as Hoffman pulled out all the stops for this spinner. Sitting at a clean 4.50 inches tall, this is one of the dopest hash pipes around with minute details, impeccable line-work, wig-wags, spirals, and more. This work has it all. This one seems to get more and more impressive, really distinguishing itself as the rightful winner. Phenomenal. Moving Forward Evan Shore Bangers and Small Werld Glass will keep the 5mm bangers and slurpees in stock, along with Evan Shore 5mm titty rigs. A man of the people, Evan Shore's Titty rigs provide an affordable option into the upper class of glass and are now available on SmallWerldGlass.com in 5mm sizing. (Each rig comes complete a 5mm large slurpee, 5mm quartz pearl, and two 3mm ruby pearls.) These are offered in three models, with the v3 5mm Titty Rig shown next: They are also doing a Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser with 25% of proceeds going to charity. Several big new collaborations are nearing completion I'm told, so be sure to follow him on Instagram @evanshorebangers to see the latest collaborations and all of the new work. Wrap-Up This was a fascinating event that really brought out the best from some highly talented artists. Be sure to check out the latest with Evan Shore Quartz on the SmallWerldGlass website and you can scope the remaining entries for sale on Positivelyvibe. We speak for everyone when we say we're ready to see all that comes next and with several big name collaborations nearing completion, I’d keep my eyes on Evan Shore Bangers and Small Werld Glass. *Let us know your favorites in the comments and subscribe for future article notifications. Learn more about E.S.B. and read our interview with the quartz legend here. #evanshorequartz #hashwriter #humboldt #philly #positivelyvibe #denver #smallwerldglass #5mmshow #glassblowers #headies #formfollowsfunktion #pfunk #philly #love #peace #hashish

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#SeaBiscuit is Back and Boy, Does She Hit Hard: Horse-Snacks is the Next Generation

#SeaBiscuit is Back and Boy, Does She Hit Hard: Horse-Snacks is the Next Generation

Just when we thought she was done and gone for the year, Punch_Extracts provides a new rendition to keep the horse-a-kicking. Keep reading to hear about the legend and the new combinations out now. With a high that is distinguished from all else, Josh Wax provides a blessing to the cannabis world. Every so often a new (new to me) cut of cannabis is released that profoundly enhances my life and creativity. While there's often a handful of flavors per year that stick out for their insatiable appearance, smell, and appetizing taste, its more like once in a decade that a cut finds a perfect home in my head like Seabiscuit. The initial praise given to Josh Wax for this impeccable "Seabiscuit" cut already had us planning an article, but time has been limited. Receiving the newest sample batch from Punch_Extracts, I was delighted to see Seabiscuit back and banging hard as ever. Mixed with Emerald Queen's GarAnimal Cookies cut, Seabiscuit doubled-down on my need to share more about this incredible cultivar with you. Indica Woes, Sativa Misbeliefs When a specific type of cannabis is considered "powerful," many want to make the connection to couch-lock and other fabled "indica"-related drawbacks (or upsides). Or, there's the frequent complaint of anxiety inducing "sativas," (despite smoking a distillate that is incapable of exhibiting anything but the effects of pure THC). As is spoken on at length, the complexity of modern cannabis breaks down the barriers of binary expectations, while the grizzled past of solvent extraction has created a long list of beliefs about specific types of cannabis less than accurate. Moving into the solventless world will allow consumers to truly experience different varieties that remain consistent to the natural growing plant. A Truly Rewarding Smoke Long-time readers know we refrain from pre-determining the outcome or effect of each cut, as everyone and their endocannabinoid system differs, but time after time this cut delivers monumentally powerful full-bodied effects, without sacrificing intense cerebral clarity, euphoria, & energy. A truly rewarding smoke that stood out immediately and was put through the ringer, only to hit just as hard and amazing every time. We've been curious how it hits others, so feel free to leave your experience with either cut in the comments. #SeaBiscuit While a full-bodied effect is certainly relevant, the cerebral energy and crispness of the high cuts through the traditional categories to deliver an experience all its own. Seabiscuit by Josh Wax is an absolute knock-out, with the potential to be a medicinal wonder. For those seeking relief from pain, look no further. Despite reaching back and bringing a Landrace Afghani into the picture, Seabiscuit is the epitome of a modern cultivar, with one of the best high's in years. Grown indoors, Josh Wax uses a veganic living soil and the extra time and care absolutely shows. Horse Snacks Mixed with @EmeraldQueenFarm’s cut of Garanimals, Seabiscuit is better than ever. Horse Snacks (Seabiscuit X Garanimals) is a killer. Stone-Cold. She exudes the basics of modern genetics and the results of several hundred (or thousand) years of cultivating cannabis. Despite being a mix, Horse Snacks hits just as hard as the original. The sweet and vanilla dough-like flavor of animal cookies, pairs well with the static gas and classic cannabis palate of Seabiscuit. With a rather chronic but otherwise non-distinct taste, flavor chasers would have missed this cut altogether. Garanimals compliments Seabiscuit in a way, making it possibly better than the original. Powerful at Any Temp. Even a dab at 450 degrees F, Seabiscuit is apt to lay the laymen flat. With such a strong initial effect, there were doubts about the variety and it was put to the test time and after time, jar after jar. Regardless of the dab size, the exact temp, and other specifics which often harangue the effects of some cultivars, this ones exempt. Mixed with Garanimals, my "go-to-to-get-really-stoned-jar", serves its purpose. Tier 3's Let me assure you, Punch is putting out heat at reasonable prices for the people. While the Tier #1's will always be more difficult to locate, the quality of Tier 2 and often Tier 3 can often be ranked upon yield numbers rather than quality alone. Something to keep in mind. A Tier 1 quality that absolutely dumps massive yields of hashish, allows for some of the best material to be sold for a nominal price... Speaking of which, here are four solid Tier 3 Fresh Press Rosins for you to rank: Final Live Test I saved a pea size crumb of beautiful white sea-snarling-biscuit, and she blasted me into the hyper-zone. Just now. Just to check myself for the twentieth time, this last piece was the final test and like clockwork, hits heavy. Heavy but extremely clear headed. Cerebral with couch-lock leg properties and a warm burning sensation from both sides of my rib-cage. Overpowering my eyelids with a tingle at the very back of my brain, a small bell is rung that blesses the valleys with golden warmth and love and appreciation. Thanks Josh, Riley, Alex, and everyone else. #hashwriter #hashisacrime #baddertech #punch #punchextracts #joshwax #emeraldqueenfarms #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #weed #marijuana #thc #cbd #cannabisculture #weedporn #weedstagram #hightimes #stoner #indica #sativa #hemp #maryjane #kush #highlife #medicalmarijuana #ganja #growyourown #smoke #cannabissociety #weedlife #life #dabs #highsociety #smokeweedeveryday #dank #high #community

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REMEDIATING Contaminated Cannabis: Corporate Regulation Every Consumer Deserves To Know

REMEDIATING Contaminated Cannabis: Corporate Regulation Every Consumer Deserves To Know

This one almost wrote itself, yet the words are often hard to get started on a topic so groundbreaking, its unmentioned prior. We have written about and discussed the disastrous start to lab testing and regulation, with a lengthy list of complaints, however, this article will look at the legislation surrounding "remediation" practices to show everyone what the regulators saw fit for the new cannabis marketplace. Once again, it's far worse than imagined... Cannabis Remediation A long list of unthinkable items have become the unfortunate realities of the new cannabis market. Adopting strategies from Big-Agriculture benefited the plant in a long list of ways during the last decade, but as we move into the next phase of modern retail cannabis, many of the methods shared with other agricultural fields come as major disappointments. Perhaps none is more revolting than remediation of contaminated cannabis crops with chemical solvents. Contamination < Remediation Adding to our long list of concerns and reasons to avoid solvent extractions completely, is their ability to hide contamination. Peer into the current-past of cannabis extraction and realize a rude awakening: We have probably been consuming contaminated crops... for years. Any cannabis failing state laboratory testing as outlined in Article 5 of the DCC regulations, may employ a range of remediation methods according to Article 6. Article 6 § 15727 item A states, "A cannabis or cannabis product batch that has been additionally processed after failed testing must be retested and successfully pass all the analyses required under this chapter". Item B mentions that the "business involved in distribution shall arrange for remediation of a failed cannabis or cannabis product batch." You heard it here first, going all the way back to Color REMEDIATION Columns and our article on CRC. This one puts new meaning into the idea of a corporate run, corporate owned, and corporate regulated industry, with little regard for quality or the consumer. Just so we're crystal clear, this says that cannabis that has failed testing and cannot be sold, can be "remediated" and then retested before it officially fails. With flower prices at a historic low and more cannabis than we know what to do with, the pettiness and greed required to squeeze every last cent out of rotting cannabis-biomass is absurd. Cannabis, meet capitalism, your new worst enemy. Cannabis, meet capitalism, your new worst enemy. If said remediated batch fails testing after remediation, no worries, just try blasting it with butane again. Item D states, "A cannabis or cannabis product batch may only be remediated twice," only twice! "If the batch fails after the second remediation attempt and the second retesting," only then is it safe to call trash, trash. Truth truly is stranger than fiction. Most likely a second failed test would lead to distillation, after the initial remediation attempt is made with butane. Basically any farmer whose flowers fail testing, can be fed along to BHO extraction and then retested. If it fails again, distillation will all but guarantee a poor product, but one that passes regulation, amazingly. Reintroduction-Remediation Much like distillate producers who pour terpenes back into distillate and think it's capable of an entourage effect, blasting contaminated cannabis with volatile solvents isn't an effective solution. It's not simply an issue of removing contaminants when those contaminates effect the plants ability to grow healthy and thrive, producing a limited potential of what the crop could be. Bugs & Bags Tipped Their Hand Some BHO makers tipped their hand on this one. If anyone remembers back in 2020, a close-up or macro shot of rosin bags were shown and next to the bag were bugs small enough to be pressed through the rosin bag and into the final product. It's just too bad that material of this quality would never be considered for solventless refinement (for a lengthy list of reasons both practical and regulated). With everything to lose, those partial to solvents were in desperation mode in the moment. Wondering how anyone could see butane killing bugs as a positive aspect to BHO, rather than seeing the problem in the garden, the comparison fell flat. With no relation to solventless refinement, the post helped to reveal more about solvent extraction. It left an inkling that something really gross is going on in many BHO and distillate labs. Now we have the regulated proof. Bulk Cannabis Biomass It was no secret that moldy, mildew filled, pest-ridden, bulk-biomass is the usual victim of distillation, but to see it implied as a solution for contaminated crops, backs up everything said prior. Strangely enough, and despite a list of terms and definitions, the word remediation is neglected, allowing the process of remediation to be interpreted by other D.C.C measures. Measures like volatile solvent extraction, color remediation, and further distillation are implied (more on this as we make our way through extraction regulations in next weeks column). Don't get me wrong, there will always be a space for distillates and BHO, but a proper place where consumers understand the utilitarian nature of remediation and solvent extraction to provide some form of THC to the indigent. An Impersonal Industry After solvent extraction became relatively organized and regulated in Colorado (circa 2014) consumers came to the realization that their wax or shatter maker is never the one growing the plant. A sense of camaraderie, a spiritual connection between grower and smoker was severed. An impersonal feeling arose with yet another middle man buying from someone else and creating a new area of industry with solvent extractions. A White-Labeled Domain While it's known and accepted most extractors and hash makers outsource their material, what wasn't understood was that this method applies to other areas of cannabis. For example: not only do extractors outsource their material, but so do most of the cannabis flower brands! This may come as a major surprise or none at all, depending on your knowledge of the situation. A specialty position of hash maker is understandable, but buying flower low to repackage and sell high sounds like... the black market. Just like big agriculture, the same farm and farmer often supply a long list of brands. Just the latest corporate-style bummer and disappointing reality of retail cannabis. Wrap Up We have reached and surpassed the limit of outside knowledge with cannabis being so incredibly unique from almost all other agricultural plants. Furthermore, the latest methods of solventless refinement require all new testing and research. With no way to verify or confirm regulations are met (and no oversight), consumer's are at the mercy of a declining market, with too many players, and far too little competition until recently. Remain highly skeptical and avoid products capable of coming from this kind of a mess. The same message holds true from 2019-2022: go solventless or sink. #remediation #remediationcolumn #humboldtcounty #volatilesolventextraction #humboldt #regulations #dcc #dccregulations #readingtheregs #hashwriter #hashwriter2 #hashwriterorg #humboldtjoeextracts #emeraldkid #710labs #ogsmakebetterog #antisolventsolventlessclub #mothership #cannabis #rosin #hash #assc #baddertech #hashwriter #hream #rosintech #sholabs #associatedpress #qualityovereverything #sho #2gram#solventless #cannabis #420#710 #hash #rosin #solventless #cannabis #hashwriter #mothership #wax #sho #liverosin #leafly #hightimes #dope #literature #theory

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@Punch_Extracts X The King of Cakes: A @HumboldtKineFarms Flavor-Pack

@Punch_Extracts X The King of Cakes: A @HumboldtKineFarms Flavor-Pack

With our previous article collaboration running in WeedWorldMagazine under the title, "The Farmer and the Hash-Maker," another trip was made on Friday to touch base with Eric Walz of @HumboldtKineFarms, and to discuss some of the phenomenal new flavors dropping in collaboration with @Punch_Extracts. Cultivars: JBMO THC Bomb Peel-Out Rainbow Beltz What To Look For Punch_Extracts just dropped a bunch of new flavors and offerings from the legendary Humboldt Kine Farms. Here's a detailed description of the best new cuts to keep an eye out for, along with a few shots from the visit. Pictured is a new flavor of Papaya X THC Bomb. Look forward to this flavor in the near future. Working with Punch_Extracts, the self-declared #kingofcakes (inside joke) is back with a slew of flavors that represent one of the most unique and abundant terroirs for growing cannabis intended for hash. A terroir that speaks to the heart of the matter, delivering some of the tastiest and terpiest profiles around. Longtime followers will remember the phenomenal 2020 Emerald Cup winning THC Bomb from @Humboldtkinefarms and be pleased to hear she's back in the rotation, but we will save her for last. JBMO Rosin Badder (Tier 2) (Small Batch)(Plug Smoke) JBMO or JMO, is a garlic-cookie fan’s favorite, bursting with everything a GMO is known for and legend to be, with a sweet and swirling soiree of Jelly Beans dotting the flavor profile. Another fabulous Humboldt Kine Flavor, with a welcomed reminder of what the best GMO’s are packing: clear-white resins, exploding flavors, and one of the more functional highs out there. Those who laugh at the lightness of many perceived “daytime smokes,” will welcome the cerebral nature of the high paired with full-bodied effects. Exactly what modern cannabis is supposed to be: The best of all worlds. The actual garlic palette is light, while the hazy and grizzled gas is prevalent. Those without the expectation of a GMO flavor, may miss the mark entirely. For such a distinct cannabis cut, the many varieties and new interpretations of the famed Garlic Cookies a.k.a. GMO, helps this solventless savant to be highly adaptable to new flavor combinations. While some simply combine two flavors, GMO mixes have a unique ability to adapt two flavors into a unique third. JBMO is just the latest variety to sing in the good graces of garlic cookies, with yet another modern twist. Peelout Fresh-Press Rosin (Tier 1) (small batch) (MotorBreath X Banana Punch ) Bred by Symbiotic Genetics, we the people are grateful to indulge in another terpene masterpiece. Unique, Unique, Unique. The icy-cool banana profile has something special to it. After the initial flavor-blast, an icy banana peel emerges from the smoke in a dazzling array of new banana flavors. Expecting the traditional thick, gassy, and often muddled banana, the initial flavor is crisp, leading some to think she might be named for her horsepower instead. Sure enough, as the initial taste subsides, a glorious, perfectly proportioned banana (half-peeled) slowly rises out of a blueish-white light and rotates. Sometimes mental imagery does more justice than trying to explain flavor away. After the spectacular bubble-gum glory of Rainbow Beltz, the idea seems to have rubbed off and Peelout shares the same scent. Pink Bubblegum scented banana hard-candy terps turn-up! The sweetly-soft banana taste lingers. Expect a rosin badder Peel-Out to drop next. Rainbow Beltz Rosin Badder (Tier #1) (Small Batch) Archive Seed Bank combined a Zkittlez cut with Do-si-do’s to bring us “moonbow,” which was crossed with Zkittlez again to arrive at 2021-2022’s most hyped solventless variety… and the winner is... Rainbow Beltz, and for a list of good reasons. Bubblegum flavored terps is what the heads say… while inferences of the full skittles rainbow of flavors make their appearances known. The new school variety that takes the cake (quite literally and throws it out). She’s quickly become a solventless legend, overhearing comments like: “if you have a rainbow beltz dumper you’re killing the game”. The bubblegum scented rosin takes on a yellowish hue, always a sign of a flavorful cut. Rainbow Beltz Canon of Lore Both adding to and detracting from the Rainbow Beltz canon of cannabis lore, are the mostly cerebral effects that remain consistent regardless of the farmer. For all the flavor chasers out there this comes as an added benefit, with a highly functional effect some would deem appropriate for daytime use or for social settings and situations. Rainbow Beltz will leave you feeling light on your feet, with a clear mind and a mouthful of candy flavored terps. THC-Bomb Rosin Badder (Tier#1) (Small Batch) Thc Bomb is Back! The phenomenal 2020 Emerald Cup winning THC Bomb from HumboldtKineFarms, is a pleasure to have back in the rotation. Sure enough, a yellowish hue is noticeable right away, a distinguishing feature of the Bomb that’s been especially noticeable in the ice water hash. Don’t let the name lead you astray, as it does little justice to the clear pop of ground-ball grape big league chew bubble-gum. When dialed in, she’s sweet like candy, without the muddled taste of gas or garlic, so common to the solventless arena. Originally bred and developed by Bomb Seeds, the THC Bomb genetics remain proprietary, bringing an added touch of intrigue to the already distinguished variety. As an ice water hash, she exudes grapetastic blasts of flavor, while the rosin can take on a few new flavors. Pop the lid and smell the scent of a blueberry yogurt. Sugar cookies, angel food cake, and vanilla cream pies, replace gas and garlic, while retaining a hard hitting effect. The Terroir Humboldt Kine Farms location and climate, otherwise known as “terroir” produces accurate and precise presentations of every cultivar grown. As a multi-time Emerald Cup winner, it's a safe bet to bet on the best. Another batch of hard hitting staples from the #KingofCakes, @humboldtkinefarms. Next Up... Keep an eye out for several tier three rosins that will be reviewed and discussed in an upcoming article. And if you're lucky enough to encounter any of the flavors mentioned in this article, it would be wise to pull the trigger. Fast. Subscribe below and stay in the know with Hashwriter.org, and please, feel free to leave comments, join the conversation, agree, disagree, or ask questions and we got you! #punchextracts #punch #punchxhashwriter #humboldtkinexhashwriter #humboldtkinefarms #humboldtkine #humboldtcountycannabis #humboldthash #humboldtkinehash #livingsoil #sungrown #hash #rosin #solventless #singlesource #ogsmakebetterog #qualityovereverything #transparency #cannabis #concentrates #extracts #hashrosin #ROsinbudder #rosinbadder #zberries #zuboff #hashrosin #surveillancecapitalism #weed #hashwriter #weedwriter #OG #hream #fingertech #baddertech #hashonomics

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The Latest Updates and The Hashish Manifesto 2nd Edition Hardcover & Kindle E-Book

The Latest Updates and The Hashish Manifesto 2nd Edition Hardcover & Kindle E-Book

We couldn't release a new edition without a proper blog article and figured this would be a good chance to share some important insights & logistics and do some catching up... There's a website page dedicated to the work with summaries, previews, and the full table of contents right here, while this blog article will allow me to focus more on the motives, the process, and the story behind the story... Saving You A Small Fortune While the website is home to a vast array of cannabis and hashish related topics, The Hashish Manifesto 2nd Edition Hard Cover (and new Kindle E-Book) deliver an unbiased and brutally honest take, revealing a range of unsettling practices and common-if not standard- industry techniques. A few simple demonstrations and comparisons will re-educate readers on the basics, curve negative shopping trends, and save consumers an absolute fortune. Informed consumerism and our combined purchasing power will help to create the market "we the people" actually want for tomorrow. All in a nicely bound & stitched Collector's-Edition Hardcover, the message finally receives the medium it deserves to last well into the long & bright future of modern hashish. The Solventless Revolution Endless hours were spent gathering the material in a life-long obsession with understanding, growing, using, and finding the highest quality versions of the plant. The flame died down with retail markets, but the obsession was reignited by modern solventless methods emerging around 2017-2018. Much of the knowledge shared has been commonly known among industry insiders, but brand new solventless methods made the alternatives (BHO) look like chemotherapy for cannabis. A few simple demonstrations and comparisons will re-educate readers on the basics, curve negative shopping trends, and save consumers an absolute fortune through informed purchasing decisions. How & Where It All Started Having formulated many of the site's articles from common questions and topics regularly confronted with by followers and fellow smokers, hashwriter.org became the first cannabis platform empowering new (and even more old) hash and cannabis consumers. A link to each article became the daily DM's in response to an endless sea of consumer questions and concerns. Number One Ranked Google Results Nearly all of the articles included in the work now have well over ten thousand reads, with many becoming Google's trusted & top-ranked search result for a long list of hash and cannabis related topics (accuracy, reliability, and effectiveness of writing). Otherwise, articles that teach the necessities to use, enjoy, and understand hash and therefore cannabis, are included to paint a full picture for the modern markets. The First Edition What was originally supposed to be a loose collection of essays, turned into much more. After months of transitioning chapters appropriately and removing repetitions, the project had grown some serious legs. Anyways, to spare you the brutal details of self-publishing-despair; To great success the First Edition Hashish Manifesto paperback sold well-over 300 copies direct from Hashwriter.ORG (not including those sold on Amazon), THANK YOU! It hit each continent within its first six months thanks to our global group of hash heads. You guys rule! 2nd Edition Pricing Breakdown That was a ton of books to ship, so this time it's available only on Amazon (with limited signed edition runs being advertised on Instagram). The new Collector's Hardcover 2nd Edition with premium full-color print interior costs us $28 per book (3x more than the paperback first edition) just to print and ship, but also includes many of my favorite full-color pics. It's certainly a bit high, but in order to present the best version, cost wasn't a top concern for this version. After Amazon takes their cut, the profit is about $25 to $30 dollars each (hence the reason for the increased price). We're all about transparency, after all. (A paperback 2nd Edition is in the works). The Second Edition Hashish Manifesto Final Product It wasn't until the 1st edition was published and in circulation that a few nagging needs became clear. This was the first time putting out a volume of work and the message in totality was close. Extra material was pulled from articles and added to each relevant chapter for a much more complete conversation and to deliver the full message of our intent. While the first edition remains a classic, the Second Edition can be considered as the completed work. Something For Everyone Honoring a commitment to shared progress and knowledge, the information is and was shared freely on the site. The Hashish Manifesto 2nd Edition compiles over 92 articles into a cohesive message that can be read, referenced, and understood by ALL. Couple that with critical insight, process, theory, and reflection to honor the plant, and everyone will walk away with something new. The missing areas that no one else talks about that effect the greatest number of people, like overcoming retail's barrage of bullshit to find the few items that are truly exceptional, dabbing, and storing hash are covered in great detail. Tips and tricks for all the solo smokers and beginners, along with a solid explanation of trichomes, what's desirable, and how the plant works will accompany new-age smokers well into the future of grass. Solventless Perfection The new techniques of solventless hash making are just getting going and there's a massive swath of the cannabis community, yet to understand, let alone experience the enormous progress being made. This is in large part due to the lack of information and failure to educate industry workers on the benefits, shortcomings, and ultimate limitations in our methods of solvent-extraction and further distillation. Shortcomings, the solventless method solves. A full comparison of extraction methods is beyond convincing, while a complete "How-To Guide" (in Part 3) provides the information to help the solventless consumer-body to grow. Fan of Hashwriter.org? Your purchase goes directly to supporting the site and our continued work. There’s plenty on the horizon with new hash makers being welcomed into the fold very soon! Subscribe for updates and send everyone with questions to The People's Source for Cannabis Truth: HashWriter.ORG. Break On Through As cannabis has always been about empathy, truth, and a deeper understanding, the revelations of six-star hashish and live rosin, along with what they teach us about the plant, epitomize much of the same. Now, in a nicely bound & stitched Collector's 2nd Edition Hard cover, the message receives the medium it deserves to last well into the long and bright future of hash. Thank you so much to everyone reading, learning, and supporting the mission. -Hashwriter #strain#buyersguide#solventless#hasheducation##copywriter #hashwriter #cannabiswriter #uc #photography #cannabis #icehash #6star hashwriter #hream#strains#phenotypes#710labs#710labsflower#hash#rosin#solventless#cannabis#hashwriter#mothership#KV#icehash#sixstar#macro#concentrates#hashlife#hashonomics#terps#terpenes#organic#ogsmakebetterog#hashlane#terps#society #cannabiscures#medicalcannabis#love#community#joint#cannabisgrow#terpenes

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    Cannabis Culture Club's Tour of The Pacific Northwest Finds Home At Terp Mansion

Cannabis Culture Club's Tour of The Pacific Northwest Finds Home At Terp Mansion

Terp Mansion, in the heart of Humboldt County just outside Willow Creek, was the perfect set and setting for the 2nd Cannabis Culture Club's "A River Runs Through It" dinner and journey through the Pacific Northwest. A dinner and hash tasting event found a fitting home for the night, right where the action happens... Cannabis Culture Club X Terp Mansion With the massive Spaceship greenhouse making-up the backdrop, those in attendance were treated to an incredible evening of the freshest farm-to-table cannabis and Hash Rosin experience on Earth. A relaxed and mellow atmosphere kept things business-casual, with dab rigs and rosin replacing the typical wine or beer and torches, tools, temp devices, and iso dunk tanks accompanying each plate. Hash makers, friends, fans, and owners from across California made the visit to this private event, to show support and respect for each other's craft, while celebrating new-found freedoms. While there was plenty of representation from local brands like Errl Hill and Cold Gold (who flexed their mighty Rainbow Belts by the way), Terp Mansion provided the tastings of hash rosin paired to accompany each course. A Tour of Terps Before the dining and hash festivities, guests were treated to a tour of Terp Mansion hosted by the man himself, Luke aka The Emerald Kid. This brought unbridled access, giving guests the opportunity to see where the evening's flavors were born. After touring the property and mixed-light greenhouses, guests sat around the huge walnut tree in a giant square with enough seats for the nearly fifty guests in attendance. Some notable names there included @stickerfarmer.mendo, @Black Market Vikings, Pinnacle Extracts, @Cold Gold, @Errl Hill, and other dispensary and brand owners. @dj_dvinity kept the background beats pumping, while private chef Arin McBlaine curated six courses of impeccably presented local cuisine. Pairings & Tastings Accompanying each dish was recently washed and pressed hash rosin flavors, each one grown, refined, and packaged on-site. With Humboldt Joe in attendance, he was able to shed some light on the hash rosin he pressed just a day or two before the event. Guests could see the cannabis growing, the hash lab, the packaging room, and the final retail product ready to be smoked, all while sipping cannabis infused drinks with a rosin salt around the rim. A moment of full-circle satisfaction. A True Cannabis Farm 2 Table Experience As a single-source provider, vertically integrated in the legal retail cannabis industry here in California, Terp Mansion can sell products direct to consumers with a new retail license. This allowed a first of its kind dinner event, where in addition to the food and hash pairings, Terp Mansion's retail menu enabled guests to purchase products directly from the farm. With a nursery, indoor and mixed-light cultivation, manufacturing (hash making), packaging and distribution, retail and farm-direct-to-consumer is the latest achievement and this was the perfect way to kick things off. "A First of Its Kind" Preparing five or six flavors for the night fell on the shoulders of hash making wiz, @HumboldtJoeExtracts. This gave Joe the chance to showcase some fresh-press live rosin and cold cure badder flavors from the farm. The Z Chem rosin harvested and washed in the days leading up to the event was an instant favorite with a real Z kick. The Pastel and Grape Cartel Live Rosins went fast, along with the newly unveiled line-up of products... Worm-Hole Meets Hash-Hole Making their appearance at this dining event, Terp Mansion's 3/4 gram of rosin and 2.75 grams of flower are perfectly rolled into giant cone-shaped joints. There's numerous flavor combinations that will be offered in unique blends approved by us. These will be available directly to consumers in the near future, so be sure to subscribe to his mailing list here. If you live in the Humboldt area, be sure to look out for emails about a direct to consumer delivery program that will bring huge savings to fans and followers. Terp Mansion is in dispensaries across California, but this is a special and unique opportunity to provide savings, while offering limited D.T.C. ONLY products, and the freshest hash, rosin, and cannabis flower money can buy. Thank You! A huge thanks to the homie G and former Cosmic Supper Club organizer Young Slabby, for making everything come together just right. Humboldt Glass Blowers sponsored the event along with Proper Wellness, one of Humboldt's favorite dispensaries. A special thank you to the following for contributing to this landmark experience: @jazyg @hashwriter @lexxijuana @globmops @third_dimensiondabs @garden_muse @elgeeproductions @yungslabbyy @properwellnesscenter.official @humboldtjoextracts @humboldtsugarco @peachykingfarm @sixriversbrewery @dj_dvinity @majesstic_707 Until Next Time... Again, a huge thank you to everyone who put the event together and showed up to make it a phenomenal success. We will be looking forward to getting our hands in some more festivities in due time. Hashwriter dinner pairings is an inevitable possibility... #terpmansion #humboldtjoeextracts #hashwriter #hashwriterorg #weedfarm #weed #humboldt #humboldtcounty #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #weedporn #marijuana #weedgrowers #weedmemes #weedlife #weedfarmer #kush #weedgrower #cbd #weedstagram #marijuanagrowers #growyourown #cannabisfarm #cannabisculture #cannabiscultivation #weedgirls #weedpics #weedsociety #thc #weedculture #life #cannabisfarmer #growyourownweed #daily #hightimes #weedsmokers

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    Cannabis Culture Club's Tour of The Pacific Northwest Finds Home At Terp Mansion

Cannabis Culture Club's Tour of The Pacific Northwest Finds Home At Terp Mansion

Terp Mansion, in the heart of Humboldt County just outside Willow Creek, was the perfect set and setting for the 2nd Cannabis Culture Club's "A River Runs Through It" dinner and journey through the Pacific Northwest. A dinner and hash tasting event found a fitting home for the night, right where the action happens... Cannabis Culture Club X Terp Mansion With the massive Spaceship greenhouse making-up the backdrop, those in attendance were treated to an incredible evening of the freshest farm-to-table cannabis and Hash Rosin experience on Earth. A relaxed and mellow atmosphere kept things business-casual, with dab rigs and rosin replacing the typical wine or beer and torches, tools, temp devices, and iso dunk tanks accompanying each plate. Hash makers, friends, fans, and owners from across California made the visit to this private event, to show support and respect for each other's craft, while celebrating new-found freedoms. While there was plenty of representation from local brands like Errl Hill and Cold Gold (who flexed their mighty Rainbow Belts by the way), Terp Mansion provided the tastings of hash rosin paired to accompany each course. A Tour of Terps Before the dining and hash festivities, guests were treated to a tour of Terp Mansion hosted by the man himself, Luke aka The Emerald Kid. This brought unbridled access, giving guests the opportunity to see where the evening's flavors were born. After touring the property and mixed-light greenhouses, guests sat around the huge walnut tree in a giant square with enough seats for the nearly fifty guests in attendance. Some notable names there included @stickerfarmer.mendo, @Black Market Vikings, Pinnacle Extracts, @Cold Gold, @Errl Hill, and other dispensary and brand owners. @dj_dvinity kept the background beats pumping, while private chef Arin McBlaine curated six courses of impeccably presented local cuisine. Pairings & Tastings Accompanying each dish was recently washed and pressed hash rosin flavors, each one grown, refined, and packaged on-site. With Humboldt Joe in attendance, he was able to shed some light on the hash rosin he pressed just a day or two before the event. Guests could see the cannabis growing, the hash lab, the packaging room, and the final retail product ready to be smoked, all while sipping cannabis infused drinks with a rosin salt around the rim. A moment of full-circle satisfaction. A True Cannabis Farm 2 Table Experience As a single-source provider, vertically integrated in the legal retail cannabis industry here in California, Terp Mansion can sell products direct to consumers with a new retail license. This allowed a first of its kind dinner event, where in addition to the food and hash pairings, Terp Mansion's retail menu enabled guests to purchase products directly from the farm. With a nursery, indoor and mixed-light cultivation, manufacturing (hash making), packaging and distribution, retail and farm-direct-to-consumer is the latest achievement and this was the perfect way to kick things off. "A First of Its Kind" Preparing five or six flavors for the night fell on the shoulders of hash making wiz, @HumboldtJoeExtracts. This gave Joe the chance to showcase some fresh-press live rosin and cold cure badder flavors from the farm. The Z Chem rosin harvested and washed in the days leading up to the event was an instant favorite with a real Z kick. The Pastel and Grape Cartel Live Rosins went fast, along with the newly unveiled line-up of products... Worm-Hole Meets Hash-Hole Making their appearance at this dining event, Terp Mansion's 3/4 gram of rosin and 2.75 grams of flower are perfectly rolled into giant cone-shaped joints. There's numerous flavor combinations that will be offered in unique blends approved by us. These will be available directly to consumers in the near future, so be sure to subscribe to his mailing list here. If you live in the Humboldt area, be sure to look out for emails about a direct to consumer delivery program that will bring huge savings to fans and followers. Terp Mansion is in dispensaries across California, but this is a special and unique opportunity to provide savings, while offering limited D.T.C. ONLY products, and the freshest hash, rosin, and cannabis flower money can buy. Thank You! A huge thanks to the homie G and former Cosmic Supper Club organizer Young Slabby, for making everything come together just right. Humboldt Glass Blowers sponsored the event along with Proper Wellness, one of Humboldt's favorite dispensaries. A special thank you to the following for contributing to this landmark experience: @jazyg @hashwriter @lexxijuana @globmops @third_dimensiondabs @garden_muse @elgeeproductions @yungslabbyy @properwellnesscenter.official @humboldtjoextracts @humboldtsugarco @peachykingfarm @sixriversbrewery @dj_dvinity @majesstic_707 Until Next Time... Again, a huge thank you to everyone who put the event together and showed up to make it a phenomenal success. We will be looking forward to getting our hands in some more festivities in due time. Hashwriter dinner pairings is an inevitable possibility... #terpmansion #humboldtjoeextracts #hashwriter #hashwriterorg #weedfarm #weed #humboldt #humboldtcounty #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #weedporn #marijuana #weedgrowers #weedmemes #weedlife #weedfarmer #kush #weedgrower #cbd #weedstagram #marijuanagrowers #growyourown #cannabisfarm #cannabisculture #cannabiscultivation #weedgirls #weedpics #weedsociety #thc #weedculture #life #cannabisfarmer #growyourownweed #daily #hightimes #weedsmokers

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"Here's Why BHO Is The Best": The Logical Fallacies of BHO-Apologists & Solventless Climate Deniers

"Here's Why BHO Is The Best": The Logical Fallacies of BHO-Apologists & Solventless Climate Deniers

There is no doubt that BHO is easier, consistently achieved, & capable of overcoming all sorts of issues solventless cannot, remaining vastly more lucrative and therefore, motives for false scenarios and misinformation run high. We have heard our fair share of excuses, distractions, and manipulative arguments in our day, and finally took the time to thoroughly consider and respond to each. Let’s talk about some of the issues arising from a lack of critical thinking and repeated logical fallacies hindering the minds of the many… Hasty, Hasty, Hasty No article on logical fallacies could be complete without admitting and recognizing errors in logic of our own, so let's get it out of the way first. While blanket statements and hasty generalizations are a common logical fallacy, in the early years of retail cannabis, it has been beneficial to error on the side of (extreme) caution. And with the widespread usage of solvents and distillation compared to the highly rare solventless product, we've committed this error in logic, often with great intention. "For an herb that speaks empathy, reveals higher levels of consciousness, and promotes individualized thinking, this industry is one to pile on the likes we have never seen before." With BHO/distillate dominating the market's share of products (for a decade), the highly rare solventless products could easily be said to be superior back in 2018 to about 2020-2021. At the same time those who have engorged themselves with Hashwriter rhetoric know that flower rosin and traditional bubble hash has never been my fight, (going as far as to claim Live Resin BHO as a preferred product price-point considered). With that being said, Live Resin made with butane can be incredibly good when quality cannabis material is used. Unfortunately, this is rarely-if-ever the case, with the vast majority of makers using solvents for very good reason. A reason they often try to hang on hash... Butane Kills The BUGS! The first of fifteen types of logical fallacies, assumes the circumstance of the BHO maker as equal or similar to that of the solventless hash maker. A common example many have pointed to (which truly hurts their case) makes claims of contaminated cannabis, bacteria, and even pests as a problem and an issue in the flower the solventless method doesn't solve. True, but truly grasping for straws as this only helped to reveal "Remediation". Remediation Butane surely kills parasites, however this is a major divider in the quality of the starting herb. While chemical solvents allow producers to extract THC from trimmings and bulk scrap materials, they continually experience these types of rather unappealing cannabis. Cannabis that has been tested and labeled contaminated, can undergo remediation techniques using chemical solvents, while solventless producers cannot attempt to use contaminated materials to begin with! The C.R.C. column is the latest favorite for "remediating" rotten cannabis. It’s no wonder these Ad Hominem/hypocritical concerns incorrectly attempt to place similar concerns on both parties, while this admission should have everyone taking a long hard look at where their products come from. Samples sent for testing that fail, still become the edibles and vape pens widely consumed on retail markets, making solvent-capabilities terrifying on the free market. Proof of Power Cannabis containing pests, bacteria, mold, or mildew never make it anywhere near the ice water wash. The quality required to yield ice water products refrains from attempting to use cannabis scraps. In fact, with bubble hash being around since the seventies, solvents allowed producers to profit from trim, while solventless was forced to lay dormant, waiting decades for fresh-frozen harvests of whole crops (not trim) to arrive. Problems We Never Knew We Had This could carry over into the logical fallacy of the straw-man argument as well, considering the concerns and potential impact simply doesn’t apply to both parties. More common to this area of thought, is the mysterious new problem we never knew we had: waxes, fats, & lipids. These commonly come up as arguments for why a BHO product is superior or preferable, however none of these elements of the plant have ever been a concern prior. The only reason these were ever removed was simply due to the systems of chemical solvent extraction. No one has ever said, “Gee, we need to smoke this cannabis flower without the waxes, fats, and lipids.” Never happened. It just so happened to be the result of chemical solvent extractions winterization process, and is a lifeless argument to be ignored. Water is A Solvent (Terpenes are Solvents) While this one should come later, it’s just too much fun not to tackle now. At some point in almost any discussion with a BHO fan, the time comes when they utilize the scarecrow tactic to inform me that water is indeed a solvent. And/or terpenes are solvents. This argument is useless, and can be debunked by the very fact that no solvent processes occur during ice water refinement. When something is water soluble, it is solvent in water. When butane/propane/ethanol melts trichomes from the plant, they’re acting as solvents in the dissolution of the trichome-gland. When something is non-water soluble such as cannabis trichomes (in addition to being frozen), the water acts as a carrier, but never as a solvent. Whole cannabis trichomes naturally break free from the plant while submerged in water, and the water is poured through filters (think cheesecloth) to remove the trichomes it helped to carry. Residual Solvents While no one wants to smoke residual butane leftover from extraction, the solvent aspect is not our reasoning for solventless superiority. It is one reason, a reason commonly overlooked by BHO apologists and when confirmed, causes ridiculous/hypocritical/incorrect attempts to "sling-mud." Appeal To Ignorance An appeal to ignorance is another go-to tactic for solventless-deniers. The prior example fits well into this type of fallacy, pointing to the universal fact that water can at times, for certain materials such as sugar, be a solvent. This proves nothing and only works to reveal the appeal to ignorance, without an accurate understanding of the methods or actions in use. Feel free to clarify by offering your contemporaries a tall cold glass of ice water and a second glass of butane, propane, or hexane, inviting them to drink the similar "solvents" up. Everyone seems to forget that we consume cannabis when water is compared to harsh chemical solvents. False Dilemmas or false dichotomies are another polarizing tactic, demonizing otherwise ignored elements (we’re talking fats, lipids, etc), while postulating on the unknown need to remove these elements. This is also referred to as a farce, and a mighty farce indeed, until testing tells us anything otherwise. While fats, waxes, and lipids may apply to the smoke-ability of vape cartridges (highly doubtful), it doesn’t apply to hash or rosin, yet is used as a global argument against the solventless method (and even toward newer patented solventless products). Circular Arguments Here’s one of my very favorites. Hashwriter has battled an endless list of bho-pologists in his day, and one very distinct feature of all these confrontations remains consistent throughout. At times it takes some digging, but is always evidenced: The Circular Argument. Someone who is financially tied to the success or failure of solvent based extracts, often comfortable in their sales of bulk trim and biomass, rarely acknowledge the picture clearly. Everyone seeking the truth for their own knowledge, are promptly swayed from solvents and led back to the promised land of ice water refinement. Rare but frequent enough, is the all or nothing argument (aka false dilemma) that ignores a long list of logical and argumentative facts. This is the guy saying, since you can't prove to me solventless is better, my own opinion and preference must be truer than your long list of valid arguments, experiences, insights, warnings, & revelations. These are the types that like to mail T-shirts to your house, comfortable in their ability to photograph cannabis that looks like methamphetamine. Thanks Bud. Always remember the source: “I own a BHO brand, therefore solventless is just hype" (False). The hasty generalization is one logical fallacy that both parties, in fact all parties, can be held responsible for. It was briefly mentioned before, but in effort to avoid hasty generalizations, remember the argument for solventless superiority holds true for live hash rosin and six star hash, and otherwise it’s of no concern. When top quality cannabis flower is used, any technique can yield quality cannabis products, however when the quality of the cannabis is on this level, there is no need for harsh chemical solvent extraction. Ice and water will lead to a superior product containing whole trichomes, with terpene and cannabinoid contents identical to the freshly harvested plant. Solventless hash makers are constantly looking for the very best batches of fresh frozen cannabis to refine, while the typical BHO and distillate provider sources trim, trash, and biomass. Non-Washers Suddenly Wash: WOW! The last vestige of an argument holding on for dear life, lays claim to BHO as necessary for certain varieties of cannabis. While there is no doubt that a select style of genetic is copacetic for solventless use, we have also seen a long list of supposed "non-washers," sold as solventless products later that year. Taking all of your information from those who are manipulating you into sales is never ideal. Lesson learned. Manipulating The Crop The ability to manipulate the cannabis does not exist for solventless providers and the method itself is a safeguard against the use of biomass, trim, and trash. While a fresh frozen harvest of high quality cannabis can result in a quality product, this is not the intent or the aim of the market’s majority of solvent-based makers. From edibles to vaporizer cartridges, the market is made-up of “organic, artisan, premium, craft-quality,” distillate from bulk cannabis biomass and remediated waste. And to be totally transparent, fresh-frozen cannabis intended for Live Resin sells for considerably less than fresh frozen cannabis meant for ice water refinement. Fact. By deflecting attention away from their own deficiencies in cannabis quality, ie. mold, mildew, and parasites, this is an attempt to distract from the argument, by casting doubt on solventless methods' ability to deal with problems they do not face. This argument would assume that all cannabis is riddled with mildew and mold prior to extraction and therefore, only chemical solvents can effectively remediate it. Again, an admission of their own deficiencies that solventless methods are unconcerned with. Follow Me To Mediocrity The bandwagon fallacy has had a greater effect on the cannabis consuming world than one could ever imagine. For an herb that speaks empathy, reveals higher levels of consciousness, and promotes individualized thinking, this industry is one to pile on the likes we have never seen before. While solventless is now popular, it took some serious convincing to interest others and was the furthest thing from "hype". In fact it was finally the truth and the first transparent product to hit the retail cannabis world. If a product is truly exceptional and we all buy it, no fallacy holds true, however when the vast majority of products fail to be effective, yet everyone buys one, it’s time to reevaluate motives. When junky and potentially dangerous plastic dab rigs that go for double a fair price can’t stay in stock, and when IR temperature readers are ineffective and touch sensors are the obvious solution, it’s been a follow the leader toward ever-greater mediocrity. And the quality of cannabis products reflects this... America… Follow us toward increasing mediocrity. America- Home of the Scared, Land of the behaved. Subscribe for notices of new articles in the footer! Grab a copy of the 2nd Edition Hashish Manifesto NOW! #strain#buyersguide#solventless#hasheducation##copywriter #hashwriter #cannabiswriter #uc #photography #cannabis #icehash #6star hashwriter #hream#strains#phenotypes#710labs#710labsflower#hash#rosin#solventless#cannabis#hashwriter#mothership#KV#icehash#sixstar#macro#concentrates#hashlife#hashonomics#terps#terpenes#organic#ogsmakebetterog#hashlane#terps#society #cannabiscures#medicalcannabis#love#community#joint#cannabisgrow#terpenes

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Hanzo Gardens: Cherry Kush & The Missing Teenage Mutant (Garden) Ninja Turtle?

Hanzo Gardens: Cherry Kush & The Missing Teenage Mutant (Garden) Ninja Turtle?

Despite our humble beginnings writing about various California retail solventless brands in an effort to reach the largest number of consumers, an endless array of craft-quality hash and rosin brands now dot the country from coast to coast. Hallelujah-Hashish! We've already chronicled a few and look forward to bringing many more into the limelight beginning with @Hanzo_Gardens. After googling "Ninja Titles" trying to come up with a catchy rip to name this article, Ninja Turtles filled the search results. From their earliest years fighting for a spot in the sewer to full-blown celebrity stardom, The Teenage Mutant (Garden) Ninja Turtle must have been missing. My childhood heroes and their pizza eating obsession, make more sense knowing the missing turtle had a wicked green thumb. Enough playing around, it's time to jump straight into the details that @Hanzo_Gardens was kind enough to disclose. The nitty gritty details like this rarely come out, despite giving hash makers the opportunity to disclose as much or as little information as they please. As a single-source hash maker hailing out of Washington State, the Garden Ninja (Turtle) sets his sights on growing the best indoor cannabis for fresh frozen harvests and solventless hash making. Well known to Washington locals, his indoor operation includes Royal Gold soil under LED Luxx 630 lighting. His solo-run, single-source operation includes a few unique cuts he has hung onto over the years, like this Cherry Kush that was impeccable. With an eleven week flowering period she is well worth... the wait & weight. While enlightened by a small sample, one that barely lived long enough for proper photos to be taken, it hit on every note and checked every box defining craft-quality concentrates. In a cleanly stickered black jar, the Cherry Kush (70-149u) Live Rosin Badder created a perfect balance of sweet and savory, while triggering a new descriptor for complex cultivars. While the flavor isn't necessarily new or unique, it was the perfectly pronounced representation of flavor that instantly clarified a descriptive title for taste, pertaining to the highly unlikely spatial dimension. It requires a clean phenotype of quality cannabis to retain a spatial dimension to the flavor of the dab, but when it's apparent, it's nearly impossible to mistake. Just under the sweetness of cherry and vanilla gas sits a second dimension of flavor, known to GMO staples and its crosses. While a layered taste that unveils itself as it undergoes vaporization, changing flavor once or twice through the duration of the dab is common enough, this Cherry Kush piles it all on at once. Separating flavors instead by a clear mental imagery of space, allowing all aspects to meet and greet from different levels. There's an ability to notice and experience several different features of flavors simultaneously, which stacks a spatial dimension to the interpretation of the dab. What the Ninja referred to as a GMO "Gash," provides context to the depth of this unique profile and flavor. Cannabis has always shaped its most meaningful flavors and their perceptions through imagined scenarios, dejá vū, comparisons to foods and flavors, along with a mental imagery created, helping to remember and decipher the taste of a given cultivar. These aspects are all common enough, however the spatial dimension of gas and what can only be described as garlic, are fairly unique to a handful of select modern cultivars. When done right, these cultivars unlock a second or third dimension of flavor that is exciting and truly enticing. But no this isn't your standard cut of Cherry Kush and its parental units are unknown. Traditionally a combination of OG Kush X Purple Afghani (predecessors used in conjunction to create today's Girl Scout Cookies and eventually GMO (aka Garlic Cookies)), this Cherry Kush would appear to touch on similar flavor notes. Having been gifted clone-line genetics around six or seven years ago, @Hanzo_Gardens keeps these flavorful and powerful cuts on deck. While unique terpene profiles can create endless combinations of flavor, many miss on the effect, which remains our primary intention of smoking after-all. Not the Cherry Kush however, that fired on every note. To the average smoker she's certainly on the heavy side, a well welcomed relief. Summary We were extremely delighted to bring some Washingtonian Hashish into the Hashwriter fold and look forward to highlighting numerous other small hash makers in the coming months. Stay tuned and be sure to give @Hanzo_Gardens a follow on Instagram. 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Shattering the Retail Narrative: Legal Tampering Period in Full Swing

Shattering the Retail Narrative: Legal Tampering Period in Full Swing

After drawing parallels to cannabis, "The Legal Tampering Period" in NFL free-agency can be described as such: "Welcome to the legal tampering portion of NFL free agency. The term itself might sound like a contradiction, but legal tampering gives NFL teams the ability to contact pending unrestricted free agents on opposing teams who remain under contract until the official end of the league year." Legal tampering in cannabis looks like federal criminality and state legalization. It looks like retail sales in one county, and new cannabis arrests in another. Cannabis convicts in prison in one state and new entrepreneurs in another. Cannabis' legal tampering period is allowing corporate cannabis brands to set their hooks in deep, owning the industry and dictating the narrative long before Federal oversight arrives. Retail Infancy The true story about the cannabis industry has roots all over the map. California had co-ops and other semi-retail style medical cannabis stores first, but legalization and retail shopping began in Colorado in 2012-13. As the first state to legalize the plant for retail sales (Oregon legalized too but didn't open its first retail store until a year later), we watched the hidden markets transform into something no longer recognizable. 2012-2013 A bunch of law abiding squares who abstained from cannabis their entire lives, suddenly began to light-up in public. People really took state legalization seriously! It was shocking to witness the brash willingness of many to immediately and publicly consume! It says something about a person willing to abide and obey laws they don't believe in, only to happily partake the moment it becomes partially allowed. Everyone knew cannabis was safe and enjoyable and yet, they still refrained from use for legal reasons alone, until all of the sudden in 2013! Welcome to the newcomer's, glad you are here, but to all those who waited for state legalization to partake, let me urge you to reflect on what other injustices you silently adhere to, with questionable cause. Civil Disobedience isn't just a right, it's a moral responsibility in Democracy. My experiences with arbitrary policing left a strong distaste for state sanctioned "justice". I still hide my weed and fear arrest at every turn. No, I certainly wasn't about to trust a state-only legalization, which simply granted an ever greater authority to discretionary policing, and even more uncertainty on what laws would or simply would-not be enforced. If one were crazy enough to be inclined, one may even imagine that it was all a government-run plan. There's no better way to eradicate the "dirty reefer's" after-all, then by getting them all on paper first. Then they can identify, round-up, and eradicate the criminal plant growers once and for all, am I right? Caught in a Whirl-Wind Everyone was so enthralled with the idea of legal weed, that we laid out an industry, to sell a plant we still know very little about. The key components of cannabis have only recently been discovered and yet there's so much more to learn in order to properly regulate the industry. This is telling, as state governments would never attempt to regulate something they know so little about. It makes no sense. Then you remember the influence of corporate lobbying and remember that in Corporate America, the corporations write their own regulations (or buy them). Only the pressure and payday of corporate lobbying efforts could convince state's to create stringent regulations and guidelines out of thin air. We Do What We Want We began this market and industry without Federal oversight, and regardless of the legal technicality of state laws, there is greater value in adequate and proper testing of the cannabis plant that only Federal oversight allows. Blind studies at research institutions, proper-trials and tests, none of it has been done. So far third-party chemists and private labs are responsible for the state testing, without any kind of standardization. Minimum levels of detection, levels of quantitation, and other basic testing norms were never established. This has made comparisons from one lab to the next impossible, beyond making sure toxic contaminants don't exist. However, without terpene and cannabinoid profiles, quality comparisons cannot be made from this kind of testing. Evident in Testing The testing reflects mass consumerism, as testing in state labs looks for contaminants and materials detrimental to one's health (to cover their asses), but makes no effort in understanding the presence of terpenes or hundreds of other cannabinoids contained in the plant. The information setting the worst product apart from the best is never provided. Standards are low, very low, with nearly anything uncontaminated (but can include measurable amounts of solvent chemicals) passing right on through. It's the perfect testing equation for mass production, without concern for quality, transparency, cannabis, or the consumer. The current lab testing is a farce, but is right in line with State regulations. Catch-22 The problem becomes multifaceted, realizing the same people needed for Federal Cannabis support, still believe government sponsored and CIA approved misinformation. Science and research is necessary to disprove decades of propaganda to those who still think Reefer Madness is true. The same government agencies (CIA) and officials who falsified information, lying to the general public with an onslaught of new media propaganda, should now be responsible for telling people the truth. Not about the plant, as they don't have a clue, but about the smear campaign of fabricated misinformation. One of the earliest uses of mass-media was to deceptively influence the nation against cannabis and toward deadly alcohol, followed by tobacco. Radio and TV painted the earliest picture of cannabis, and alcohol to everyone. They have clearly lied and misled this nation, however to rebuke the government's false information, would again, require Federal oversight. Big-Ag/Big Pharma With the new industry forming, Big-agricultural companies became involved and with a very inadequate understanding of cannabis, implemented methods and procedures still being used today. At first we were absolutely amazed at the ability to create a wax-form of hashish using butane. What many did not know for years however, was that the cannabis flowers were being sold-off for top dollar and the concentrates or extracts were made from trim and scraps from harvest. As chemical extraction methods matured, we were able to secure THC with phenomenal ease, doubling profits from the same "biomass" of cannabis scrap. The chemical solvent extraction methods in use (and still in use today), had no idea of the molecular complexity within the plant's trichome glands. Cannabis doesn't work like essential oils, minerals, vitamins, or other single molecules extracted with chemical solvents. The ability to isolate THC with ease from any quality of cannabis, made for resourceful products, utilitarian by nature. However, there's never a mention of how this is an affordable option, never to be preferred. Instead, any product infused with pure THC distillate was considered premium, organic, craft-quality, full-spectrum cannabis, charging a fortune for bottom of the barrel products. Now throw the dirty scourge of greed and late-stage capitalism into the equation and imagine the worst... The Root of the Problem And the people hired to spread misinformation and sell these awful products to uninformed and unaware consumers, make up a large part of the cannabis industry. Coming back around the cannabis scene with the good news of solventless products, I was alarmed by industry ignorance and a lack of curiosity. Everyone pretended to know everything, but had answers to nothing it seemed. The retail industry hired up corporate managers from other industries who went on to hire more of the same. Anyone with a clue is a long ways from consumers with the least knowledgeable and least cannabis-experienced workers making up the front lines for the spread of product deception. Bud-tenders and those helping consumers directly are always the newest employees, while anyone who understands the plant manages behind the scenes. The retail environment was designed in reverse, helping corporate cannabis to easily control the retail narrative. Without the Feds in sight, checks and balances could not materialize. Had the savior that is solventless hash not come around, we would probably still be sucking down cheap extracts from the worst grades of cannabis, believing whatever the companies told us. Education or Misdirection ? Bud Tender sales demos and presentations to these same workers, dictated the rhetoric, all well hidden behind the wall of "General cannabis education". Well-done corporate cannabis, then again no one ever claimed you weren't master manipulators. Power works through punishment, but also in reward, or the appearance of such. General cannabis education has been the perfect misdirection to sneak low-quality products right on by. The perception of a helping hand, finally here to liberate through cannabis education, always failed to explain how products are made or what they contain. Solvent Greed Chemical solvents meant big things for the industry, as companies bought up farmers biomass of trim and scraps, creating a whole industry around it. Buying, selling, moving, and extracting with chemicals made some people a whole lot of money, meanwhile consumer's were kept entirely in the dark. It wasn't until they began to sink, that some BHO companies decided to teach about what they were doing. Too little too late, as these methods are replaced by ice water hashish and solventless products. The change over is currently taking place and while BHO and chemical extracts should always have a bargain basement place in the cannabis industry, it's beyond time to reveal the truly disgusting methods of chemical extractions. With nothing positive to say about their product or the cannabis or the method in which it was made, Corporate Cannabis turned to the other option. Let's pay people to show off our products and hire influencers to subconsciously sell products. Advertisements should be purely informational about the product itself, giving consumer's a fair and honest evaluation of their product. When you have nothing good to say and exposing your methods would only hurt the company (distillates), you rely on manipulation to sell your product. Much like other industries, information is scarce and the incentive to buy is pure fiction, selling a belief with a shitty product. Every new brand with a celebrity, a basketball player, athlete, movie-star, or Justin Bieber on their product, have a bad product and we don't have to waste a dollar to find out. It's obvious when brands have nothing to bring to the table but a celebrity name (who was certainly misled). Cannabis is corporate. As distillates and BHO came from increasingly undesirable cannabis trash, the solventless revolution moved the needle to the far opposite end of the quality scale. Unlike BHO products, all solventless hash products must use the whole plant. It also requires only the highest quality of cannabis, a quality you will not see sitting on retail shelves. Real Black and White Let's imagine this, you have two products to sell. One is harmless, the other is lethal. One passes through FDA testing while the other would never pass testing for human consumption. If educating the reader factually, the choice would be no choice at all. So what did they do? Made the safe substance illegal and pushed the dangerous one. While a smear campaign was launched on the one side, a positive propaganda campaign took full advantage of television advertising to show us how desirable drinking alcohol was. They replaced that with distillate vaporizer cartridges smoked by celebrities. Speaking of vape cartridges and athletes, did Brittany Griner ever get out of Russian jail? #hashwriter #baddertech #humboldtkinefarms #humboldtkine #humboldtcountycannabis #humboldthash #humboldtkinehash #livingsoil #sungrown #hash #rosin #solventless #singlesource #ogsmakebetterog #qualityovereverything #transparency #cannabis #concentrates #extracts #hashrosin #ROsinbudder #rosinbadder #zberries #zuboff #hashrosin #surveillancecapitalism #weed #hashwriter #weedwriter #OG #hream #fingertech #baddertech #hashonomics

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Papaya Juice Mixed-Media Glide-Show Review

Papaya Juice Mixed-Media Glide-Show Review

A new model for some mixed-media styled reviews. Click on Read More to open and scroll through the glide-show of photos, links, and the written word. I hope everyone digs it as much as I do! #hashwriter#hream#ogsmakebetterog#tier2#2gram#solventless#cannabis#420#710#hash#rosin#solventless#cannabis#hashwriter#mothership#KV#HW#icehash#sixstar#macro#concentrates#hashlife#hashonomics#terps#terpenes#organic#ogsmakebetterog#hashlane#baddertech#cannabis#cannabisconcentrates#strain#buyersguide#solventless #hasheduationhashwriter#hream#strains#phenotypes#710labs#710labsflower#hash#rosin#solventless#cannabis#hashwriter#mothership#KV#icehash#sixstar#macro#concentrates#hashlife#hashonomics#terps#terpenes#organic#ogsmakebetterog#hashlane#terps#society#cannabiscures#medicalcannabis#love#community#joint#cannabisgrow#terpenes

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Hashish’s History Through The Literary Tradition: Oldest Mentions & Relics to Modern Day

Hashish’s History Through The Literary Tradition: Oldest Mentions & Relics to Modern Day

Hashish and Cannabis have enjoyed a long and stable relationship with humankind, despite our brief one-hundred-year blunder of Prohibition and a (Drug) War against the people. Meanwhile sugar, coffee, tobacco, and alcohol serve as main objects of trade; All of which are far more addictive and destructive. Our willingness to accept, control, and dominate all these other trades, yet the distinct refusal to accept cannabis, will be remembered as racially motivated and power-hungry. There is no other adequate excuse for the senseless abandonment and criminalization of the plant or anyone who chooses to consume it at the dawn of the 19th or 20th century. Cannabis has existed and been consumed for as long as we know, with its earliest recorded literary references coming from the classic, 1001 Arabian Nights. What is clear to me is the prominent usage of hashish, actualized by our literary giants and explored by generations after. It is through the work of writer’s, philosophers, scientists and poets, that hashish and other pharmacological wonders have made lasting marks. While its use is common enough to be included in contemporary literature, the material presents a narrow glimpse into the realities of hashish. Let’s dig in. First Recorded Medical Use It is around 2,700 B.C.E. that we have the first recorded medicinal application of cannabis written by Emperor Shen Neng of China. Another form of hashish, Bhang, is dated from 2,000 BCE until 800 BCE, having been mentioned in ancient Hindu texts. Hashish was used among Napoleonic campaigns, said to “bolster exhausted armies” in Egypt. A look at hash history in literature however, begins with a true classic in the literary realm: 1001 Arabian Nights. 1001 Arabian Nights Some of the earliest known mentions of hashish appearing in 1001 Arabian Nights, leads the reader to deduct very different ideas about the effects of hashish. Our oldest recorded reference, the work consists of “folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age,” says Wikipedia. Sometime between the 7th century AD and the 14th century, the tales were likely an oral tradition, until finally gathered into One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, with two chapters pertaining to hashish. The Tale of the Hashish Eater While many are quick to dismiss The Tale of the Hashish Eater included in Arabian Nights, as a warning against the use of hash, they may have missed the point. A frequent and continued problem, our hashish mentions are often reduced to good or bad, moral, or immoral, without considering both the positive and negative aspects of consumption. The tale begins by stating a normal, working, fisherman takes his hashish three times daily and lives a regular honest life. It isn’t until he swallows a “larger dose of his favorite drug than usual,” that his night-time fishing excursions land him a dog (thinking the dog is a fish) on his hook. Hashish is called “that hilarious herb,” in humorous tone, while depicting the hashish eater’s follies. Let this be a lesson in the responsible use of hashish. Agriculture & Hemp We know that hashish played prominent roles throughout early Arab Empires, spreading across central Asia, with traces of cannabis, cannabis seed, and hemp spread throughout our ancient timelines. The monumental and world-changing practice of agriculture was discovered about ten-thousand years ago. Hemp is the oldest known and dated crop, developing around 8,000 BCE. This has led scholars such as Carl Sagan, to believe that cannabis may have been among the first agricultural crops to sustain modern civilizations. Agriculture would allow civilizations to flourish, as the population rapidly increased. Cannabis may have been central to the evolution of mankind. https://www.cannaconnection.com/blog/13797-history-of-hashish-where-it-comes-from Hashish Literature in the New World We have a brief mention of how hashish was first seen through exotic and eastern influence, causing great interest to Americans, but great concern. In his 1854 Putnam's Monthly article "The Vision of Hasheesh," Bayard Taylor recounts his time spent in Damascus. Taylor’s interest was piqued at the “remarkable drug which supplies the lusurious Syrian with dreams more alluring and more gorgeous than the Chinese extracts from his darling opium pipe." The places of origin and similarities in the methods of consumption, would link the two drugs through histories bylines, despite very different results. This often-cited New World account should be prefaced by Taylor’s own cautioning that, "they be content to take the portion of hasheesh which is considered sufficient for one man, and not, like me, swallow enough for six." Taking a dose for six, we have one of the earliest accounts of the hashish experience: “"I was double, not 'swan and swallow,' but rather, Sphinx-like, human and beast. A true Sphinx, I was a riddle and a mystery to myself." Introspection is the one common theme in all historical accounts, despite some outlandish descriptions, otherwise. Ludlow's Contemporary Classic It is through our literary giants, such as the Beat Authors, that hashish and other mind-expanding substances were introduced to the public. None was more influential to hash in the New World than Fitz Hugh Ludlow. It would be misinformed however, to discuss the contents of Fitz Hugh Ludlow’s The Hashish Eater, without understanding the context it was written and more about Ludlow’s life. While his work helped popularize hashish several times over the last two hundred years with reprints of the classic, the content is startling, and a far-cry from the realities of smoking hashish. Ludlow’s work continued the literary tradition started in 1001 Arabian Nights, naming his book after the chapter called A Tale of the Hashish Eaters, but Ludlow mixes ideas and imagery that seem to come straight from Confessions of An English Opium Addict, by Thomas De Quincy. The influence of De Quincy can be seen throughout Ludlow’s work, along with Bayard Taylor's The Vision of Hasheesh and W.B. O'Shaugnessy's, On the Preparations of the Indian Hemp, or Gunjah. Ludlow relied heavily on these texts while documenting his own hashish experiences, but he was clearly gripped with opioid addiction. De Quincy published Confessions of an Opium Addict in 1821 about his addiction to laudanum, an opioid mixed with alcohol. Like De Quincey, we know Ludlow was given morphine to treat tuberculosis and that “Ludlow struggled with opiate addiction throughout his life.” Most of Ludlow’s writing on hashish, should have been directed at morphine, as almost all his later writings were. Despite his harrowing tales of addiction, obsession, and withdrawal, Ludlow’s work was enough to launch hashish forever into the New World lexicon. Substitution Therapies Ludlow’s later publication John Heathburn’s Title, “concerns an opium and alcohol addict who is cured by a substitution therapy using a cannabis extract.” The plot was another reference to De Quincey in his life and work. Too bad it would take over two hundred years before the scientific and medical community revisited the possibility of using hashish or other substitution methods for the current opioid epidemic. Similar replacement therapies are finally saving tens of thousands of lives today. What a disgrace that two hundred-or-so years have gone by, and our scientists and doctors know little more today about addiction, recovery, or cannabis than Ludlow wondered way-back then. This literary movement would be a springboard to the 1950s and 1960s, when the tradition of pharmacological experimentation in literature would reemerge. Hashish Parlors & Headlines Despite some wondrous scenes and powerful warning lines against the use of hashish, Ludlow’s work, almost simultaneously popularized hashish. By 1870 Ludlow’s work brought hashish into the spotlight, with “hashish candy and hashish clubs popping up around the U.S.” These were some common bullet-points from the era: · In 1876, America hosted a huge Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, at which fair goers flocked through the Turkish Hashish Exposition · By 1883, hashish smoking parlors had spread across the United States, and were legally open in every major American City, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, Over 500 hash parlors were operating within New York City in this decade, and even 40 years later, during the times of alcohol prohibition, hash parlors still outnumbered the infamous speak-easy's that the era was known for. Be sure to read this article written in reference, The Future of Hashish. Wow, the history lessons they skip over in school are crazy. You would think someone would have mentioned that we had more “hash parlors” than speak-easy's during alcohol Prohibition. Ludlow's Classic Reappears It would be nearly a hundred years before the legendary City Lights Book Store in San Francisco republished Ludlow’s work. This helped inspire a whole new generation to indulge in self-exploration. Ludlow would influence generations of writers, most notably the Beat authors and counter-cultural icons in the United States. William S. Burroughs famous book Junky and follow-up, In Search of Yagé are like an encore. Hooked on heroin and thoroughly determined to kick, In Search of Yagè follows Burroughs to South America. Hearing about psychedelic Yagè, otherwise known as Ayahuasca (and decades later determined to be DMT), his attempt to rid himself of a powerful opioid addiction was to no avail, but spurred the idea of psychedelic's in recovery. Burroughs was a lifelong Heroin addict, whose experimentation with drugs and his desire to find relief from opioid addiction would influence his writing and generations to come. Ginsburg's Demand An absolutely fascinating read from another beat author, Allen Ginsburg, is recapped in my article titled, "The Great Marijuana Hoax 1966 & 2021: Second Manifesto to End The (Federal) Bring Down." As an artist, poet, and activist, I was surprised to find Ginsburg writing so wholeheartedly about Federal cannabis legalization or that I hadn't heard of it before. From Ginsburg to Kerouac and everything in between, a generation of baby-boomers helped plant cannabis and hashish firmly in the minds of Americans. From there modern authors, researchers, and pioneers helped cannabis find a home in Humboldt County California, ushering in a new age of super-chronic. To be continued... #hashwriter#hream#ogsmakebetterog#tier2#2gram#solventless#cannabis#420#710#hash#rosin#solventless#cannabis#hashwriter#mothership#KV#HW#icehash#sixstar#macro#concentrates#hashlife#hashonomics#terps#terpenes#organic#ogsmakebetterog#hashlane#baddertech#cannabis#cannabisconcentrates#strain#buyersguide#solventless #hasheduationhashwriter#hream#strains#phenotypes#710labs#710labsflower#hash#rosin#solventless#cannabis#hashwriter#mothership#KV#icehash#sixstar#macro#concentrates#hashlife#hashonomics#terps#terpenes#organic#ogsmakebetterog#hashlane#terps#society#cannabiscures#medicalcannabis#love#community#joint#cannabisgrow#terpenes

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Hash Review: Papa's Select New "Sessions" Hash Rosin Badder An Affordable Choice

Hash Review: Papa's Select New "Sessions" Hash Rosin Badder An Affordable Choice

Switching-up from their standard black box we've seen for years to a bright Barney-purple makes a bold statement for their new line of "everyday hash." Well, The Purple Boxes Look Cool I really dig the purple boxes to be honest, but I'm not entirely sure about the hash. I was able to try out three of the new flavors coming from High Valley Ranch and Clover Valley Ranch, two new farms for @Papa's_Select. My initial impression, (the unavoidable) visual, was less than enticing, coming from one of my favorite hash and rosin brands all-time. When Papa's Select started dropping rosin badder, which they did from the start in 2019, it was always an incredibly light colored shade of off-white or yellow. They had a reputation for all of those insanely clear and stable fresh press rosins, but those light colored and flavor-packed badders never received the attention deserved. I expected a lower grade rosin badder with the Premium indication appearing on most boxes, but thankfully it never came and the non-premiums remained just as good. Now that everyone is scrambling to supply a mid-range rosin product, @Papas_Select's new "Session" line aims to do just that. Testing Take 1: Smoke I wanted to give these a chance however, as darker colored full-spec can occasionally cause a stronger high or provide ulterior benefits. This wasn't the case with the Sessions line and they hit and smoked as well as would be expected. The first two I tried were decent, but left little hope for the Mandarin Meringue, which I'd skipped over as the darkest colored of the three in favor of the one Premium Rosin Badder I received. On a positive note, the new jars look and feel great, without the patent number and other details embossed into the bottom of the jar. If you saw my IG stories, the sticker-less lids have finally arrived and certainly look clean. Let’s just hope they work as well as the original lids. Affordable Alternatives While I recognize the need for more affordable solventless options, and I commend this attempt, quality is the one variable that cannot change considerably. It's a steep and slippery slope between the lowest grades of live hash rosin and dead flower-rosin or sift-rosin badders. They all seem to lose anything unique and maintain a very bland and muddled palette, similar to their appearance. I've experienced quite a few jars by now that quickly lose their appeal for these reasons, ending up in my graveyard prematurely. The Winner Surprisingly enough, the Mandarin Meringue is the best jar of the group. This was the only jar that stood out or offered a terpene profile really reminiscent of anything flavorful or distinct. It's actually quite good, with a fruity mandarin orange terpene profile on the inhale and a bold and textured gas on it's way out. This one was grown by High Valley Ranch, and certainly is worth a taste. The Mac1 came as nice surprise, but doesn't deliver much of anything special or unique and carries a similar muddled profile as the Apple Fritter. They are certainly better than some of the other low-end solventless options available, but it's a difficult analysis when I'm used to their best. No purple boxes in sight? Don't fret. Stick with the Black Box and spend the twenty dollars more. It's always worth it. Wrong Idea Altogether For me, obtaining the best cannabis or now hashish, always includes the notion of sharing it with those closest to me (and my followers). It has often been in moments of finding profound quality, that I offer to sesh and share my wares. With that being said, anyone proposing a sesh and delivering inexpensive mid-grade-rosin, will have offended the Hash Gods deeply and will not be forgotten or forgiven anytime soon. In fact, hand over your hashish punch-card for bringing mids to the sesh. Metrics and Data To Solve Cheap Hash With the difficulties of achieving high grade products, lesser materials are not the solution. The only way I see happy-hash-consumers, is if high-yielding, abundant cultivars can be sold for less, while lower-yielding, difficult varieties sell for more. I wouldn't be angry if they started selling grams of hash based on the metrics and data of each individual batch. This includes judging the same cultivar depending on the quality of each and every batch grown. Use Tiers This was the way the original tier system was proposed and described back when it was first introduced by 710 and why I was so in favor of it. Since then, numerous others have jumped on the tier-system-train for greater access and availability of their products. The Final Score As live hash rosin was first coming out in 2019, flower rosin badder and a few inexpensive choices appeared, causing me to write this warning article years ago, titled The Solventless Dilemma. I argue that it is almost always wise to fork over the extra twenty to thirty dollars for a reliable product you know you will love,