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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. He's putting out phenomenal work right now and was a hugely refreshing change of pace that left us rip-roaring-stoned. New terroirs are always invited... Subscribe in the Footer! Are you a small hash making brand? Reach out for an article and let's make it happen! #hanzo_gardens #gardenninja #washington #washintonhash #rosin #thehashishmanifesto #hashwriter #hashisacrime #hash #hashrosin #hashrosinbadder #hashrosinsauce #rosinsauce #rosinbadder #coldcure #jartech #cannabis #concentrates #cannabisconcentrates #hream #antisolventsolventlessclub #assc #humboldt #humboldtcannabis #sungrown #california #calibud #calicannabis #hashhash #tag #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 #growyourown

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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, rather than saving fifteen or twenty bucks and regretting the purchase. A lot of these lower grade/affordable extracts become less than appealing in a hurry. Here's a direct quote from that article: Synopsis It really depends on the price and situation, including what other products or brands are available at your dispensary. I can usually find a solventless brand for a few bucks less than top priced products, while still finding high-quality material. I long for the old days of @Papa's-Select and hope they focus on delivering more of those watery-clear jars of full-melt, so easily confused as rosin, and those pristine jars of the best fresh press rosin around. The heads have spoken and they want more high quality hash and rosin, with quite literally, everything else devoted to edibles. I'm just relaying the message. Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought about any of the Sessions line of products or if you just want to be heard. Let's hope to see more hash like the following from Papas Select. Be sure to subscribe to the Hash Blog for future article notifications and a Hash-Letter every month! Help Support Hashwriter.org and grab a copy of my book for all your cannabis loved ones right here on Amazon. #hashwriter #hashwriter2 #baddertech #baddertech2 #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 #hwream #FTP #FTW #convicthashco #felonioushashmonkey #feloniushash

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Clean Hash? Are Distillates A Clean Option? Dabbing in the Dark Ages

Clean Hash? Are Distillates A Clean Option? Dabbing in the Dark Ages

Table of Solvent-Based Extract Options Included At The End (scrolls left to right). I haven’t had a lot to say lately, with so many voices, they can sometimes drown out my own. Then I hit the DM's hard and remembered who I was writing for again: all of those coming to it, are new to it, are shifting product categories, or those who finally decided to pull their heads above water and take a hard look around. And boom! Clean hash, or clean BHO rather, became the topic of conversation with a question I’ve encountered many times before: Is “distillate" clean … (um, gulp) - hash? Table of Solvent-Based Extract Options (scrolls to the right). As is usually the case, people come to me with half truths and the bits and pieces of information they picked-up and patched together along the way. Hashwriter.org ties up the loose ends and connects the dots for consumers, however minor comments in conversation revealed Florida budtenders marketing Distillate as “clean hash.” I should have known. Everyone is going to experience the same growing pains and ugly marketing trends of retail cannabis in new market states, the way California did two or three years before. Don’t feel bad, however. I envied Colorado’s maturing solventless scene as it was just rolling out in California back in 2018-2019, helping to fuel the spontaneous arrival of @Hashwriter and hashwriter.org. The market can change and change fast. Let’s just break it down, why don’t we? There’s a conspiracy out there keeping solvent extracts relevant. Now I'm not into conspiracy theories, but common sense says chemical solvent extractors make far too much money on the largest scale not to make every attempt to control the narrative. They infiltrate new market states and their uniformed consumers to allegedly "educate" with their biased canna-propaganda. An article for another day, will reveal the parent companies of cannabis-colleges and classes, disarming us with their generosity to educate, but failing to provide meaningful product information. Bud-Tenders are taught marketing trends and terms, not cannabis or product insight. Is distillate clean hash? Despite any number of possible definitions of cleanliness, let’s focus on two. One for solventless hash-making real fast and one entirely different meaning for “clean” in the solvent-based industry. Solventless Clean Solventless clean is classified by a system of 1 through 6 stars for ice water hash and couldn’t be any further away from what bud-tenders in Florida are currently talking about. Cleanliness is one crucial aspect to grading ice water hashish, and determining whether the hash can be dabbed as normal, or if it simply contains too much plant material to dab. Since water hash is refined using only ice and water, it's a different topic altogether, but the inklings of where I think some confusion about "cleanliness" may originally stem. Solvent-Clean Is distillate clean hash? Distillates, or short-path distillation is nothing original to cannabis. Before the distilling is accomplished however, another method of chemical solvent extraction is required. This initial extraction uses Co2, Propane, Butane, Hexane, or Ethanol, all safely referred to as simply "BHO" today. After the initial BHO extraction (which contains traces of residual solvents) distillation can be accomplished, eliminating 100% of the residual, or leftover solvent used in the first extraction phase. Is a distillate clean of residual solvents? Yes, but only at the greatest expense of all... When distillation was first put to use, the resulting product was often referred to as being "Solvent-Free," not to be confused with "Solventless." Today solvent-free is used interchangeably to describe solventless extracts and the older definition has fallen out of use. Distilled down into THC, distillates and isolates are missing everything pertinent to the Entourage Effect. The latest cannabis research and knowledge points to a combined effect, known as the Entourage Effect, when cannabinoids interact with terpenes. A plant's unique range of cannabinoids and terpenes is what defines the genetic, with terpenes also providing the smell and taste. Distillate Defined We should probably define a distillate. "Distillate" is pure THC, or pure CBD depending on the goal. It is either the 99.99% distillate, no different than a THC isolate, or a grade lower, still testing well over 95 percent. Anything made up of 99% itself, I’d say was pretty clean, but clean of what? It's true that it's clean of residual solvents. It’s also clean of 200 and counting cannabinoids identified in cannabis already, aside from THC or CBD. It's true it's clean of another 200 and counting terpenes. Is it “clean”? Yes. Sure is. But compared to other forms of cannabis, such as whole flower or solventless hash, distillates are totally ineffective, and by far the least medicinal or therapeutic version of cannabis on the market today. I argue THC distillate alone is like, 1/400th cannabis and a sorry excuse for a product. It is a bulk option for bargain access, making use of waste, but you will never hear this. The Dirtiest of Sourcing Let's not overlook the quality of cannabis eligible for distillation: quite literally, any! Moldy, mildew-stricken, bug infested, contaminated biomass, made up of the trimmings and trash from harvest becomes the distillates sold and consumed industry-wide. Distillates are used to infuse today's vape cartridges, where non-cannabis derived terpenes are added for an artificial taste. Distillate is also clear or white, without a scent, making it perfect for edible infusions of the cheapest kind. While terpenes may not play a role when consuming cannabis edibles, the other cannabinoids play a key role in making solventless edibles entirely more effective. What To Turn To Those of you in newly accessible states, still without solventless options in sight, I recommend Live Resin BHO as the best product available to dab. While it will contain minimal traces of butane (we're talking less than the butane used when lighting a joint or a bowl of cannabis), the spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes that survive the harsh chemical extraction make Live Resin BHO undoubtedly your best bet. I will gladly consume trace amounts of butane, before sacrificing the Entourage Effect and the quality of cannabis, missing from distillate based products. What is Ideal and What are we after in Cannabis? The whole idea is to consume the plant's trichome glands and everything contained within them. It wasn't until 6-Star Ice Water hashish was achieved in very recent years, that the trichome could be removed and preserved for consumption by dabbing. Each method of chemical extraction that led up to it, improved on prior techniques by containing greater segments of the trichome gland. Live Resin BHO, made from fresh-frozen cannabis was the furthest extent of chemical extraction progress, before the solventless game took hold. Be patient and get by, because the solventless evolution will continue to spread. A Final Word On Solventless On a final note, don't expect to see the best cannabis products available today sitting on any or every store shelf, as this is far from the case. Still in 2022 living in Humboldt County California, not every retail store carries solventless products. This is changing and changing in a hurry, but keep in mind it will take some effort to locate the best products on the market. Online menus are a consumer's best friend. Hash-on! Table of Solvent-Based Extract Options (scrolls to the right). *C.R.C (Color Remediation Column) can be used as an additional filtration column on a standard closed-loop solvent extraction set-up. *Live Resin BHO comes in wildly different qualities making it difficult to decipher who is running trim and who is using quality frozen cannabis. Well made live resin can purge nearly all of the butane, making for a consistency similar to rosin. I like it mixed into a live resin badder, rather than the crystalized THC and liquid terpenes sold as Live Resin Sauce. #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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Shocking Discovery! A Crucial Interview with the Internal Cannabis Horticulture Affairs Department

Shocking Discovery! A Crucial Interview with the Internal Cannabis Horticulture Affairs Department

Hashwriter Media Group and Prestige World-Wide are absolutely honored to have our latest esteemed guest & distinguished colleague in the house. I could rant and rave about this person's contributions all day long, totally enamored by their greatness. So, without further adieu, I bring to you the heart of cannabis and the core culture of cannabis' next generation... ... It's Chad-himself. H.W.: Hey Chad. Glad to be able to talk with you, and ask a few questions and get your side of the story. There has been quite a bit of- (interrupts) Chad: "Sup, bro! I was just here at the Hall of Flowers rubbing shoulders with the real cannabis industry types. That shit was poppin' yo!" H.W.: Oh, cool Chad. Corporate P.R. events are my favorites. Hopefully you brought in all of your event people and the HR department from your fortune 500 company. Chad: "Yeah, no way in hell I'm employing anyone who has worked in the cannabis industry before or smokes the shit. We try to push as many of those types out of the industry as we can. It's criminals like them, giving today's consumer a bad name with all of their peace and love and hippy bullshit." H.W.: Hippy bullshit. Right! "It isn’t about a good or a bad cannabis brand. It's about manipulation and the brand being celebritized." -Chad Chad: "We seek corporate professionalism and we drug test our employees weekly." H.W.: Do you watch them pee? Chad: "We're looking to maximize profit margins and the first step was getting rid of the lazy stoners the 215 market's endorsed. We like to measure productivity on an individual level and our numbers remained consistent, even after replacing the so-called 'skilled-worker,' our head of cultivation, with some hush-hush, "cheap labor." (note to reader: “cheap labor” was said using air quotations with fingers). Chad continued: "Off the record, we're off now right? O.K. cool. Can you believe they're willing to do the job for pennies on the dollar? We cut 75% of payroll hiring rich heady kids willing to work for us for free and gave the money to upper-management as bonuses. Hell, we fired our entire marketing department and rely on our consumers for free marketing now." H.W.: Enough business talk, lets get to the nitty gritty. What kind of C.R.C. products will your new (air quotes) "brand," put out? Chad: "Well, ... we realized adding a C.R.C. column reduces our BHO yields by 0.0001%, so we stopped using it. We're making everything from a distillate anyways, so that all grades and levels of cannabis plants are perfect for our use. Doesn't matter how moldy, mildewy, or rotten those flowers are, nothing goes for a loss when chemical solvents come to play. We fill our vape carts up for about half-of a penny's worth of THC distillate and fill the rest with non-cannabis derived terpenes. It's the classic "get rich quick in cannabis" scheme." H.W.: What about all of those Live Resin Vape Carts you sell? CHAD: "This is one of our largest money makers after coming to the realization that there’s really no descriptive labeling laws. We can call anything just about whatever we want in this industry, inside of state product-category guidelines. H.W.: Good point. Kind of like labeling stuff indica or sativa, despite having no possible way of testing or identifying either. CHAD: Exactly. What’s live resin anyways? Cannabinoids and terpenes. We use distillate for the THC and top the rest off with non-cannabis derived terpenes and call them live resin carts. Consumer’s are clueless and will buy whatever we sell them, especially if the packaging is baby blue"....[grins hideously at me]. H.W.: Yeah, I figured as much, so-. Chad: (interrupting) "Maximize, maximize, maximize!!! (said while making karate chop motions). Our facility is engineered by profit per square-pubic-hair. After completely stabilizing our facility, every grow-cycle is maximized. Everything is automated so that no one is required to tend to the facility during a grow. We set it and forget it." H.W.: What about genetic diversity and environmental stressors being necessary to healthy and thriving genetics? Chad: Who said anything about healthy or thriving genetics? We aren't here for quality, after-all. Hahaha. Come on now! H.W.: What are you here for? Chad: "For the same reasons we’re heavily invested in the military and prison industrial complexes, as we’ve been profiting off the use or misuse of cannabis in one way or another since the day Prohibition began. Profiting from the legal and regulated use, is just covering the other side of the coin. They can fight and argue over state and federal law, meanwhile we will be profiting hand-over-fist. We're cracking people from all three sides of the equation." H.W.: Talk about hedging your bets.... Fears about your image and practices not lining up? Chad: "We used to have some concerns, but not anymore. Hell, after all of the shit these brands have pulled, yanking their tattoo program, kicking fans to the curb, treating consumers as an annoyance, getting caught lying about products, etc., etc., and yet people still kiss their ass. Those guys broke every last word or promise of who they are and what they do, and yet the love and absent-minded support appears endless. They really invented a new model, earning true fan loyalty during the first year or two, smashing it, and holding it unapologetically over the heads of loyal fans. It isn’t about a good or a bad cannabis brand, it's about manipulation and the brand becoming celebratized." H.W.: Sounds just about right. Well that's about all I can stomach for one day. Thanks again for being here Chad, and I'd say good luck to you and your new "brand" if I didn't know you had complete control over policy and legislating the industry. It's just another example, "where the economic power of corporations has been translated into political power with disastrous effects for people’s lives." I can say this much for sure, quality cannabis is impossible under the corporate structure. Wrap-Up Calling out our Supreme Court of criminals, I mean Justices, to use the words of Senator Whitehouse: "Congress has obediently repaid the corporate powers by changing the basic operating systems of our democracy in ways that consistently give big corporate powers even more power in our process of government, rewiring our democracy to corporate advantage." They already have everything else, will we let corporate money and a few old men take cannabis too? Subscribe to the Hash Blog today for future updates and new articles, as well as a monthly Hash-Letter. Tune in next time for Part 2 with Chad and Brad. #hashwriter #hashisacrime #hash #hashrosin #hashrosinbadder #hashrosinsauce #rosinsauce #rosinbadder #coldcure #jartech #cannabis #concentrates #cannabisconcentrates #hream #antisolventsolventlessclub #assc #humboldt #humboldtcannabis #sungrown #california #calibud #calicannabis #hashhash #tag#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 #growyourown

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Punch-Party in my Pants! Check Out Some Recent Heaters from @Punch_Extracts

Punch-Party in my Pants! Check Out Some Recent Heaters from @Punch_Extracts

I never wanted to be that type of writer, you know? The one reviewing a product we all know isn't ideal and slamming the company for being low-quality, without context or perspective of price. I've seen some accounts that are overly direct and unnecessarily cruel in their negative reviews, when the real story is their terrible purchasing decisions. Of course the vast majority of BHO is terrible and so I've taken the silent approach to save you the agony of unnecessary posting. I’ve also kept my reviews to the Instagram format, and on solventless hash for these reasons and more, but figured it's high-time I started some review-styled articles. Punch Drops Rosin Badders Punch dropped another round of really, really good hash rosin and rosin badders, all worthy of review. There's a stellar fresh press rosin or two, (despite forgetting to plug my mini-fridge back into the wall outlet after bringing it in from the car) and luckily the rest were badders. I was stoked for another round of this incredible rosin badder that Punch seems to have come out of nowhere with, perfectly dialed in. For a brand consistently delivering on the rare fresh press rosins, their newer rosin badders came as a refreshing surprise. A Few Favorites Lemon Limez Badder (small batch) This new Lemon Limez small batch rosin badder, grown by @LumaCalifornia is truly amazing. I thought it was a Zkittlez cut for sure, and I only seem to find that skittle-shell taste once or twice a year. The flavor is unmistakable, however there are no Zkittlez there, it's just the key-lime pie's sweet candy taste (the breeder informed me). Don't miss this one and if you love white & sweating-sweet Zkittlez flavors, I'd grab a few. All of the recent Lime cuts are awesome. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I think this Lemon-Limez badder takes the cake in recent months. Poochie's Juice (Poochies X Garlic Cookies) Tier #1 A phenomenal fresh press rosin (and a phenomenal Poochies Papaya Badder), this Poochie's Juice combines the best of two Emerald Triangle farms. Emerald Queen Farms has been a favorite for hash material for a couple of years now and Luma California is gaining a solventless reputation in a hurry. The classic Garlic Cookies from @EmeraldQueenFarms (the best Garlic Cookies or GMO going) and @LumaCalifornia's Poochies rounds off this classic mix. On point and a tier-one. 4-LOKO (Grape Pie x Watermelon Gelato) Tier #3 4-Loko hits just a little bit different. While I can't say it's a favorite of mine, its another solid fresh press rosin in a more affordable range. Definitely worth a try and might be more up someone else's alley flavor-wise. A few unique flavors combine and the taste adapted a bit as she buddered over (slowly). Everyone seemed to pick up on a different taste for this mixed cultivar fresh press rosin. Key Lime Pie (small batch) (GSC Lime Sherbert Pheno) Tier #1 This Key Lime Pie fresh press rosin is one of those rare beauties of super soft, bright and brilliant looking golden rosin. I tend to smoke these types up in a hurry. Absolutely delicious candy-like taste in a Fresh Press rosin that has no need to butter. She packs all of her flavor from the first clear dab to the very last. This Key Lime Pie is definitely special and I'd grab as many as I could if you're lucky enough to come across her. My Sleeper Pick Gelato 41 Badder The sleeper pick has to be this Gelato 41 Badder. It's the only one without other farm markings or indicators of anything special on the label, unlike the other new flavors. Same white-ish badder appearance, same soft and appealing badder texture, and the same clean melt, just with a doughy-gelato finish. Grab this sleeper pick if you see her (I went in twice)! Madagascar A quick combo piece bringing all kinds of flavors together to invent "Madagascar." Check her out in the video below using a bit of the old #baddertech2 to resuscitate her to a wet gleaming charm. {Check the how-to article and video right here.} A Word on Rosin Color They say color doesn't matter and until recently I really agreed, until coming to the realization that color and sight play a significant role in the experience and can actually change how taste is perceived. While anything's possible, every light colored rosin received is phenomenal. These are the ones I can't stop looking at and smoking. Darker shades of rosin have been overly greasy and quite disgusting at times, with an occasional (very occasional) outlier revealing itself upon dabbing. Thinking about the plant's trichomes, they're clear to milky white and amber. Maybe the amber of ripe trichomes causes a bright yellow to orange hue, that is consistently noticeable in good hash rosin badders. All of these from Punch were light and bright. No matter how many times people try to hype up the darker lower-grades as a full-spectrum rosin, I'm sticking to my guns: the lighter the better. Summary Two months in a row, Punch_extracts has been firing on all cylinders and producing some of the best hash and rosin in California. With prices that often match BHO extracts, Punch is dominating the solventless scene. Great hash rosin and for less? I'm all in! Be sure to check out @Punch_extracts and subscribe to the Hash Blog for future article notifications and a Hash Letter every month! #Punch_extracts #Lumacalifornia #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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HashWriter PRESENTS: EVAN SHORE QUARTZ! Q&A and Discussion with the Legend!

HashWriter PRESENTS: EVAN SHORE QUARTZ! Q&A and Discussion with the Legend!

With only a handful of artists producing quality American made quartz, Hashwriter is honored to have the quartz legend himself, @EvanShoreBangers, in the house. After some Q/A we spoke at length on his brand, his story, and his vision moving forward in the world of glass and quartz functional headies. Maybe it's the home-team Pennsylvania vibes, but I’ve known of Evan Shore quartz since the banger concept was introduced around 2014-2015. Fresh Frozen harvests and the introduction of BHO Live Resin demanded something far-better than previous titanium nails. I'd watched enough glass dab rigs suddenly shatter as the red hot titanium nail would swell inside the glass joint. Talk about a buzzkill. By the time solventless hash and rosin appeared, the quartz was dialed in thanks to a handful of artists like Evan Shore... Q&A With Evan Shore H.W.: I heard something about college and traditional training as a scientific glassblower, is that right? Where? When? And why switch to headies? E.S.: Yes, after going to school for chemistry, I decided to go to Salem Community College in 2013 to learn scientific glass. It was the only class I took and it was the best. I went there wanting to learn scientific glass so I had a base for pipe making. Pipes were always what I had in mind when going to school, although I really enjoyed learning the chemistry behind glass. When I was at school, my friend Nate opened up The Finer Things (Glass Gallery/Store) and I started volunteering there helping manage the store and take glass photos. H.W.: What city in Pennsylvania are you from? Tell me about where you grew up and how this all began…. E.S.: Elkins Park (Township) and I took the train to Philly pretty regularly to hang out at Drexel starting around 15-16 (years old). I ended up meeting my friend Nate, a.k.a. @pweencess at some point and he had a huge collection of headies. I always had a fascination with glass starting as a kid at Wheaton Village, but didn't really know how pipes were made or what the scene was like. Once I met Nate, I realized I could and should definitely be a part of this scene. After watching Degenerate Art and going to hang out at Krushmore (glass studio), I decided to sign up for Salem (renowned Scientific Glass Program)." Degenerates and Outlawed Art For those who haven't seen it, Degenerate Art is the borrowed title of Aaron Golbert, a.k.a. Marble Slinger's 2011 documentary film. It reveals the early culture of glass blowing and the artists who risked imprisonment for the cause. Watching this incredible documentary myself in 2014, I realized I had grown up contributing to many of these artists, wondering the whole time where these amazing works of art came from. It was a necessary culture of silence, secrecy, and a touch of mysticism, difficult to imagine today. To get some sense of the times, I discovered "Degenerate Art," was first coined by fascists to describe "art of decay." Thousands of pieces of modern and abstract art were stolen and confiscated for the 1937 defamatory exhibition in Munich, titled “Degenerate Art”. The styles of abstract and modern art were said to contribute to the decay of the nation, drawing a parallel to the persecution and criminalization of glass and glass artists during cannabis Prohibition. Artistic freedom and free speech go hand-in-hand. Blowing-UP... H.W.: When did it all start for you and everyone else, and when did things really take off? In the 6-7 years I was forced to abstain, the tech went crazy! Anyone in particular that helped advance the tech so fast? E.S.: In September of 2014, I started renting space in Delaware with a quartz blower. I made pipes and quartz d-nails for The Finer Things shop and after a strange interview with QCB, I ended up making bangers. I blew up in 2015-2016 and moved to a happier studio in DE. Seeing other quartz artists do some fancy tech inspired me to dig really hard. I stayed competitive and wanted to make the best quartz, so I was always pushing myself to learn and do more. H.W.: Heroes? Inspiration? Who taught you heady techniques? Other Artists that inspired you and your work? E.S.: I have and will always look up to Mothership Glass. They crush and inspire a lot! They push the boundaries of what can be done with production headies and I thoroughly love that. Early people that inspired me were Krunk and Chad G. I went to a @stresslessglass borosilicate fume class, that was probably my biggest heady tech I learned from someone. After that class I was able to really explore how fume works with glass. I loved it. Fuming In Style I asked Evan more about the fume and what exactly is taking place. The fume vaporizes precious metals like silver, gold, or platinum in front of the flame. The fumes attach to the surface of the glass and can then be sealed in and covered with additional layers of clear glass to create colorful effects and color changing designs. Common to the world of borosilicate glass thanks to the enormous influence of Bob Snodgrass (see Degenerate Art), fume and quartz pushes the boundaries to a new level. See the example below: Down With China Glass I had an immediate respect for Evan's work for numerous reasons, like his Titty Banger and the intent of providing quality American Quartz at the lowest feasible price. Evan made his displeasure with all things China well-known, as he should. I argued however, that people cannot afford or are unaware of the reasoning for quality quartz and a fifty to sixty dollar option is needed. This conversation led to two important items. One is about some of the industry players sourcing and working with China for their "so-called" American-made quartz, often sold in the fifty to sixty dollar range (no big surprise there). The other item is that quality quartz made from a reliable or reputable source and material, really cannot be made for under a hundred dollars. I was admittedly, somewhat unaware of the extensive labor and material cost required in producing quartz like the beauty sent to us below: H.W.: Tell me more about carved quartz and who does the carving on the Trippy Banger you hooked H.W. up with? Do you do it all? E.S.: It's a team effort. It went through a bunch of different hands to be made. The (carved) design was for our elemental series where I picked a part the fume to get 4 different fume color styles. Heady Glass, Heavy Pricing HW: First of all the skill and artwork has progressed fast, but then what do you think about the rise in pricing? I’m all for artists getting paid (as I am one), but I worry that the only people who can afford top quality work, are those here for the wrong reasons, trust fund kids, and true CHADS. Any thoughts? E.S.: Quartz and dabs are expensive, it's just hard to get around that unless you rely on China and smoke mids. This is not easy stuff to make. Definitely not borosilicate (glass used for pipes, bongs, etc.). There's lots of loss and the base materials are expensive. We try to cover all bases with the Titty Banger. H.W.: Speak on the Titty Banger... E.S.: We wanted to make the cheapest all American made banger possible! It's the cheapest option next to China quartz. H.W.: What direction do you see the market heading? Will prices hold as high as they are? Or will the vastness of new artists bring prices back to earth? E.S.: Not with how Covid has increased material prices. Every material and tool has gotten harder to get. I think new artists will price it similarly due to how hard it is! China is the only cheap escape and their quartz sucks. Banger Design H.W.: I’m all about the function, as in function for the best possible dab of hash and or rosin. What I’m trying to get at is, tell me the reasons for why you designed the bangers as you have…just your style, or are there any reasons or valid arguments for why… E.S.: It's just my style. I also try to adhere to ratios. Some people like to go really big and we want them all suited! Options are good. H.W.: How about the Slurpee? E.S.: I wanted to hop on the slurper bandwagon and realized they hit pretty well. It was only the natural progression. H.W.: Other artists you really dig? Your favorites…… E.S.: I enjoy @th3ydidit, Renz Craft, Jenkins Glass, Siren Apparatus, Avantgarde Glass, BuckGlass, Soft Serve Glass, Jake C., Cadoo, *roor*. H.W.: Future Projects?... E.S.: Going to keep digging into different, new quartz techniques and make a state-of-the-art glass facility for my crew! We spoke at length about the art form and the differences between working with borosilicate glass versus quartz. I was informed that quartz requires twice the heat of borosilicate, making it far more difficult to work with, but creating new challenges to overcome. More and more techniques from the world of borosilicate glass are being applied to quartz as artists push the limits to create some wild functional designs and Evan Shore is at the forefront. In Closing Huge respect and appreciation to Evan Shore for personally taking the time to answer questions and converse on all things glass and quartz. He's at the leading edge of the new-school you could say, influencing quartz artistry and helping thousands to dial in. His latest Halo slurper/banger is just the latest from a passionate artist continually pushing the limits and perfecting the dab. Glass and Glass blowing had always fascinated me to the point that I'd considered enrolling in a glass blowing class at our little community college way back in 2004. I'd watched glass progress during my early adulthood as I sought after and collected work from Snodgrass, Baker, Roor, and Illadelph. I'll always remember seeing someone's brand name and logo on glass for the very first time. And it wasn't that long ago... Be sure to check out EVAN SHORE at www.smallwerldglass.com and @EvanShoreBangers and subscribe to the Hash Blog for future article notifications! #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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Space Blog Ep. 7: Mind Expanding Belts & CBN

Space Blog Ep. 7: Mind Expanding Belts & CBN

The #SpaceBlog is back with Episode 7, to bring you the latest and greatest creation (with half the sugar) from my favorite cannabis cook: Wendella Lovebird and her fabulous-solventless Space Gem edibles. If you missed Episodes 1-6 make sure to catch-up for a complete understanding of the solventless method, The Entourage Effect, & Ice Water hash edibles... Retail 2019 (A quick flashback)... With every edible brand made with chemical solvents and short path distillation, I avoided them. These processes destroy what's needed for the Entourage Effect, yet are used by every major (and minor) edible brand. Aside from including only one cannabinoid (THC), "Distillates" allow moldy trim and trash scraps from harvest to become the top-dollar products many regularly purchase and consume. This caused many to look elsewhere for quality cannabis and shy away from retail edibles entirely, until the market was blessed by a bird... A Lovebird! When I was approached a year and a half back with Space Gem, made from Ice Water Hash, I quickly found a new love for edibles and a place for them in my regular consumption routine. I'd forgotten the euphoric-joy of a quality-made cannabis edible. The Home-Team Since then, there's no company that I'd rather write about and support, especially in the category of edibles, than Space Gem. As a small-local business and Humboldt-based brand, Wendy and Space Gem have been perfecting the recipe here for decades. She is a perfectionist in her craft, a craft focused on making the best cannabis edible possible (which means using ice water hash.) For Space Gem, the project starts and stops with pristine ice water hash edibles. Unlike other options that finally exist, Space Gem's sole focus on edibles keeps them at the very top of the game. Want proof? Look no further than the new Mind Expanding Belts with half the sugar of prior Space Gem products and a special new version loaded with CBN! Mind Expanding Fig Belts with CBN The brand new Sweet Fig Belts blew my mind. I kid you not, as I normally shy away from the lower THC (high CBD) versions, but with the inclusion of CBN, the effect is euphoric bliss. Despite 1/2 the THC content compared to the other Belt flavors, the Fig Belt's 50mg of CBN (cannabinol) and full spectrum effect makes them equally potent. A couple pieces can easily spell relief and a sure-to-be-had incredible night's sleep (a 2 alarms kind of sleep personally). CBN could unlock a potential replacement or substitute to highly addictive and incredibly dangerous pharmaceutical drugs like Valium or Xanax, as well as other sedatives and sleep medications. Further research is absolutely necessary, but CBN shows serious potential. Each of the Fig Belts contains 50 mg of THC and a whopping 50 mg of CBN. Isolated Pretenders... Just like the race to patent and monetize each new cannabinoid identified and isolated, the lack of THC in most of these products makes for a lucrative sham. The test results above show the spectrum of cannabinoids present in the Belts including THC, which is proving to be necessary for the Entourage Effect to occur. Don't be fooled by wellness products with isolated single cannabinoids, as they're all required for the full effect. Even a minute amount of THC has shown to unlock the potential of cannabinoids like CBD or CBN, which are considered non-psychoactive alone. Mind Expanding Belts For the classic Space Gem #SpaceDrop fans, the Mind Expanding Belts are the first Space Gem products to come in single flavor packs! The Belts come in Sour Watermelon, Sour Apple, or Sweet Wild-berry. Each pack contains 100mg of THC total, with 10mg of THC in each piece. Like the Fig Belts, there's half of the sugar compared to prior Space Gem products, making them an instant favorite. As a vegan product with organic ingredients, the flavors are sourced locally and so is the cannabis. All Space Gem products use Humboldt grown, Emerald Triangle cannabis washed by the best hash makers around. The spectrum of sunlight and unique micro climates produce the incredible cannabis the region is renowned for. Single Strain Edibles? I Think Not... Space Gem uses different genetics (aka strains) in the edibles to provide the widest spectrum of cannabinoids. This means you will be exposed to a range of cannabis genetics in each Belt or Space Drop, providing a balanced and full-bodied result, backed by the Emerald Triangle's rich genetic legacy. To produce strain specific edibles is merely a marketing tactic, (more product "skus" for dispensaries to order from) as the terpene profiles are lost in the decarboxylation stage (cooking), and any terpenes remaining are the result of added fruits, flavorings, & sweeteners. Strain specific edibles can only limit the range of cannabinoids included in a product. Mixing genetics provides the widest spectrum of different cannabinoids. And my mom loves them too. Helping with pain, they were her favorite before I realized they were my own, letting me know how good they really are. After trying more and more versions from other solventless brands, the Space Gem hits hardest.. "Send More Space Gem Please!" -MOM The only downside to Space Gem is that you can't stop eating them! Trust me, forget your normal THC intake when measuring your first dose, as you will be shocked what a quality product equates to. The new Sour Belts might be even better than the ridiculously good Space Drops, and they kick in astonishingly fast. With 1/2 the sugar compared to the renowned Space Drops, these new Mind Expanding Belts are sure to go quick. Space Gem is a brand to support. Doing it the right way, Wendy and Space Gem have dialed in the gummies like no one else. Choosing again to set trends not follow, Space Gem solventless products continue to amaze and surprise everyone who comes across them. I'm yet to find anyone who isn't delightfully surprised by everything Space Gem produces. They're truly a bright spot in the industry, and a beaming example of what a quality cannabis brand is all about. For all you Super-Heavyweights out there, grab a bottle of Gem Juice Tincture with 600mg of THC per bottle! Keep an eye out for Space Gem products and when you're lucky enough to encounter them, pull the trigger fast! With other solventless options appearing, Space Gem expertise keeps them above and beyond the competition. They're the GOLD standard of solventless edibles and the more other companies dip into the solventless edible field, the more distinguished Space Gem products become. They're truly that good. Make sure to check them out on Instagram @Space.Gem.CA and their website www.spacegemcandy.com Subscribe to the Hash Blog below, or become a website member for notifications of new posts and a monthly Hash-Letter that is going on month number 13! #spacegems #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 @Pez_Bros Wrinkle in Time & Galleria Extraordinaire

A @Pez_Bros Wrinkle in Time & Galleria Extraordinaire

These shots were entirely too sexy not to share in full size and get out on the Inter-Web. Hold onto your pantelones! Watch as Mendocino County cannabis makes sweet-sweet love to my camera hole, and indulge yourself in the fine workings of the HashWriter X Pez Bros X Farmacy Bros Galleria Extraordinaire! These next few jars were the most photogenic jars of hash rosin I'm yet to come across, but first, a short story… Walking into Organicann in Sonoma County, I believe it was in 2015, I'd just finished up my probation period out of Florida and was looking for all of the wax and shatter I'd missed since that fateful day in 2013. That day the Pinellas County Pigs lit me up. They arrested me during a third or fourth controlled buy, raided my downtown apartment, and left it unlocked and wide open for the whole crack-smoking city of Saint Petersburg, Florida to pillage. And pillage they did… As usual, I had questions... Questions that nobody in the Santa Rosa, CA area of dispensaries (there's about a thousand) could answer. I'd heard enough about flower rosin and decided to take my first stab in the dark on what was @Pez_Bros flower rosin. That was my retail introduction to solventless rosin and while it wasn't hash rosin, I knew the concept was making waves. New fresh frozen harvests and “live” resin were just taking off around this time. BHO dominated the scene for the next two years to the extent that flower rosin disappeared from shelves entirely, before hash rosin finally arrived. Fast forward to 2021 and the @Byrd_Extracts hash class (that you can see and read about here). I was ecstatic to see @Pez_bros there teaching the class and on top of his game, whipping up some of the best fresh press hash rosin I saw in 2021. I'd often thought back to the original flower rosin makers wondering if they put two and two together to keep up with the hash rosin (not flower rosin) revolution. Sure enough my man Paul aka Pez Bros., was fully dialed in. Pez_bros used to rake up the awards on the gray side of things. I'd seen his name and logo over the years represented at most of the Cannabis Cups and other events, where he often dominated the competition. With everything changing up in such a hurry, It's good to see an original California solventless brand still on top. Since then we have worked together and Pez Bros has always treated us right. A stand-up dude, a friend, a family man, and a brand to pull for is Paul & @Pez_Bros. (Shout out to Byrd, MendoBudSmith, FrankityDankity, Rakkems, Rosin Bell, and the rest of the hash-Class crew.) OK now Enjoy!.. Check out those fat slabs of hash rosin! Definitely a few of my favorite jars from the year prior. Genetic is "Unicorn Shake". *Prints available. Subscribe or Sign Up and become a Website Member! Notifications of new postings and content and a monthly Hash-Letter will be sent direct to you. Sign-up and join the discussion by leaving comments or posting to the FORUM. Hash-On! #strain#buyersguide#solventless#hasheducation# hashwriter#fourtwenty #420 #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 #crc #c.r.c. #colorremediationcolumn#cannabiscures#medicalcannabis#love#community#joint#cannabisgrow#terpenes#bho. .

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The Life of a Cannabis Trichome Gland-Illustrated; Part One: Living That Best Life at 6-Stars

The Life of a Cannabis Trichome Gland-Illustrated; Part One: Living That Best Life at 6-Stars

With a long history of confusion, misinformation, and deception, the ease and simplicity of the modern solventless process, along with the precision achieved is truly mind blowing. It's as if we are growing two or even three plants simultaneously, rather than just one... First, we grew cannabis plants for their flowers. Most of the plant material was scrapped (or used for BHO), while the buds or flowers sold for top dollar. We know now the real prized possession isn't the plant or its flowers, but rather, what's growing from their surfaces: While the solventless method is fairly new, anyone who understands the plant and it's trichome structure, can logically comprehend ice water hash and the solventless refinement process (trichome structure explained later). The goal of which, aims to remove, isolate, and preserve ONLY the round head of each trichome gland, using only ice and water. Trichome Glands (Capitate-Stalked) These trichomes begin to appear at the start of the flowering stage (just like the flowers) and have been our measure of readiness, harvesting plants based upon inspection and the color of the plant's trichome glands. Despite farmers paying close attention to the trichomes for decades, they've been largely ignored after harvest until recent years. The graphic below illustrates the start of the flowering period (roughly 30 to 60 days in) through harvest, when trichomes mature and start to exhibit a milky, white, and amber hue to their heads: Ice Water Hash/Trichome Anatomy Six-star ice water hash (the highest grade), when perfected, is a jar consisting of only the round heads from each trichome gland (free of the trichome stems even!) (See Ex.2). Knowing what is contained in each trichome from Example 1, here's a more realistic anatomy of a single trichome gland: Since everything pertinent to cannabis is contained within the plant's trichomes, the goal of hash-making is to remove and preserve them. Simple enough? Well we have known this much for decades, however the idea of removing and preserving these trichomes was a bit beyond us. The best we could do is blast the plant with chemical solvents and hope to recover as much of the dissolved and destroyed trichomes as possible. With these two factoids well digested: Everything desirable to the high, effect, & therapeutic properties of cannabis reside entirely within the plant's trichome gland heads. Ice Water Hash is made up of whole trichome gland heads. Let's turn back to a cannabis flower... Most plants require 60 to 90 days from the start of flowering until harvest. Having eliminated the male plants early on, females ramp-up trichome production. Energy normally exerted toward reproduction and seed growth, goes instead to all-out, resinous trichome growth. A Maturing Bud of Cannabis By the end of the flowering period, trichomes become visible to the naked eye. A closer look, preferably under some magnification will reveal a dense abundance of trichomes covering every available surface of the plant. Below is a zoomed in look at the surface of our almost mature cannabis flower (above), covered in ripe trichomes: The graphics should give you a good idea of what, when, and where trichomes develop. The plant is cut down and immediately frozen on the farm. Freezing the plant locks valuable terpenes into the frozen trichome heads, and helps us refine them. The Wash Frozen cannabis is transported from the farm to the lab and put in a 220 micron mesh "work bag". In the mesh bag, the frozen cannabis is lowered into a bath of ice and water. The mesh bag only allows material smaller than 220 microns to fall through and while the plant material is apt to float, the densely resinous trichome heads will sink and settle to the bottom. The frozen trichomes will naturally break free from their stems and the plant material by agitating and stirring the frozen cannabis wash. The bulk cannabis material can easily be removed from the water in the mesh work bag. The water (containing only trichomes and minor debris smaller than 220 microns) is then poured through a series of increasingly finer mesh filters (think cheese-cloth), separating trichomes from the water by size. Spooned directly off the mesh bags and onto metal trays, the trichomes are placed in the commercial freeze drier and we're smoking hash by tomorrow! As the trichomes are dried using sublimation in pharmaceutical freeze dryers, the resulting effect is a hardened patty of trichome heads. This hard and dry material is put through a normal kitchen sieve to achieve the fine sand-like consistency as depicted by @papas_select in the video below: This is all accomplished in refrigerated rooms and after the ice water hash is weighed and put into jars, it’s returned to the freezer. From the wilderness of a Humboldt cannabis farm, breathing fresh air and taking in sunlight, those same trichome glands grow to maturity, are cut-down, and frozen in place. They will remain that way until you open the jar and let those trichomes thaw for the first time since leaving the farm. Conclusion Solventless hash has changed the landscape of cannabis for the better and will continue to influence cannabis consumption in more ways than this writing can express. It's the answer to many of my "corporate" concerns. It's the great equalizer, without the enormous start-up cost or use of dangerous solvents and serves as the "Acid Test" for the highest quality of cannabis. If you thought we were only after THC, think again, as we're after so much more... Part 2 Coming Soon, where I will show you what happens when the hash isn't a perfect six-star melt and requires an additional process to curate live hash rosin. #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 Tools of the Trade: Ice Water Hash & Live Hash Rosin Presented by @GoPurePressure

The Tools of the Trade: Ice Water Hash & Live Hash Rosin Presented by @GoPurePressure

Here to bring transparency and education, having innovated and developed the industry gold-standard in hash making equipment, is PurePressure. They partnered-up with Hashwriter.org to help provide some concrete answers to the challenges faced in refining the purest natural essence of the cannabis plant into ice water hash or live hash rosin. While curating solventless hash begins long before the garden, the final tools, equipment, and methods used for refinement are rather straightforward after years of extensive R&D. We broke it down into three main areas of equipment or tools necessary to furnish any size hash lab. Hailing from Denver, Colorado, PurePressure has been a major contributor to the solventless game, improving the quality of hash, while reducing prices through better equipment and better techniques. A.K.A., my kind of people. They worked with some of the best in Colorado to develop and refine their tools. Since then they have helped @Papas_Select win back to back Emerald Cups in California and are used by many of my favorite hash brands, like @Papas_Select, @Schackow.Solventless, @Dab Logic, @Cold Gold, and many more. Their support of small grassroots publications and solventless supporters like Hashwriter.org is something special and reflects the culture. Step 1: Washing Ice Water Hash It's as simple as it sounds, in theory anyways. Frozen cannabis is added to a container full of water and ice to be stirred. The mechanical stirring and agitation causes the frozen trichome glands (which cover the surface of the plant) to break free from the plant material and sink. The trichomes are removed from the water by pouring or straining it through a series of mesh filter bags. A wash vessel, a drain vessel, and mesh filter bags are necessary for the wash. This is achieved by "washing" or mixing the cannabis within a 220 micron wash bag that only allows material smaller than 220 microns to fall through. Once stirring is complete the bulk cannabis material is easily removed from the water (contained within the 220 micron mesh work bag) and the remaining trichome rich water is poured through mesh filters, often referred to as "bubble-bags". Keeping the proper wash temperature is crucial and the insulated systems designed by PurePressure help to do just that. Hand Wash Vessels What began in plastic five-gallon buckets, before graduating to full-sized plastic trash cans (Brute), has found it's professional home in the various sized, food-contact approved, stainless steel "Bruteless" wash vessels by PurePressure. In 20, 30, 44, and 65 gallon options, the insulated Bruteless wash and drain vessels ensure commercial standards with professional-grade results for years to come. A second "Bruteless" vessel is used with a set of mesh filter-bags that work to separate trichomes from the wash water by size. Your system can be gravity fed like the set-up above, or a simple food grade pump can be added to maximize efficiency, pumping the rinsed water full of trichome glands up and through the series of mesh bags, as shown below. For the serious Hashishin, PurePressure offers the Bruteless Commercial Hash Washing System, with throughput of over 15,000 fresh frozen grams per run. Centered around a 65-gallon, food-grade stainless steel vessel with strategic hook-ups and a false bottom that protects the valuable trichome glands as they sink and settle. From the wash bin, two 44-gallon drain vessels and two pumps provide multiple washes with ease, all day long. Hand Washing Automated For those looking for next level performance and automated production, without sacrificing a hand-washed finish, the Axis Trichome Separator is the closest system to a hand wash. Combining years of research and development to create an automated wash system designed to work with different sizes of "Bruteless" vessels, the Axis is next level engineering for the solventless future, here today: With the wash vessel separate from the source of agitation, it allows you to wash, fill, soak, sift, strain, and drain your next vessel, while the Axis runs. This provides a massive boost in efficiency, reducing labor, and allowing producer's to scale their operations. With various sized and shaped attachments, the Axis is designed to maximize throughput without sacrificing the exact orientation of a hand mixed system. Wash Bags/Bubblebags Regardless of your exact wash set-up, you will need a second vessel to line with a set of mesh filter bags. As your one-stop solventless partner, Pure Pressure carries various sets and sizes from both Boldt Bags and BubbleBag's brands. Step 2: Drying Ice Water Hash After washing the cannabis material and filtering and straining the trichomes, they are scooped directly off the mesh bags and onto trays in order to dry. This prevents mold, while protecting the delicate trichome glands. PurePressure carries a full line-up of Pharmaceutical Freeze Dryers made by Harvest Rite, along with additional pumps and all the accessories your new lab needs. They also offer several commercial grade units, and additional options for each set-up. Step 3: Pressing Hash Into Rosin The wash process as explained above is nothing new, and has been practiced and used since the 1960's and 1970's to make bubble hash. While aspects like washing frozen cannabis and using freeze dryers has changed, the methodology hasn't. So what brought old-school bubble hash back from the dead with a vengeance? The rosin press. The big squeeze. The 1970's bubble hash method (The Wash) was reincarnated in combination with the rosin press to bring the people Live Hash Rosin. On the rare occasion that a genetic or crop yields clean melting six-star hash, the rosin press is forgone and the hash sold as is. For the other 90% or so of washes, the rosin press is the solution to a fully melting, easily dabbable product known as live hash rosin. There are numerous varieties of products that can be made with the rosin press to provide a number of solventless SKU's (products). The freeze dried hash is poured into mesh rosin pouches, which work as a final filtration under the rosin press. Hand Operated Rosin Presses PurePressure offers four rosin presses with two specific differences. The first two presses are hand operated and work without pneumatic hookups, hand pumps, or compressors. Let's take a look at the first two portable, and hand operated models in the Helix and Helix Pro: With it's Pressware technology and touch LCD screen, the 3 Ton Helix Manual Rosin Press is the home grower and hash maker's top of the line option. Industry leading custom design, the hand operated press delivers uncompromising control over your operation. Press up to six grams of flower or ten grams of sift or hash at a time. For those in need of a bit more, the 5 Ton Helix Pro ups the ante with 60% more pressure and force, allowing 12 grams of flower or 20+ grams of hash or sift in each press. Pneumatic Rosin Presses The Pikes Peak V2 is PurePressure's Flagship model, and industry leading design. For the true professional in commercial applications, look no further. Packed with options and loaded with professional grade features, like the smart Pressware technology that allows users to dial in their SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures), saving and recreating the same press "recipes" for anyone to use. Pikes Peak V2 uses five tons of force between its 10 inch plates, easily pressing up to 40 grams of sift or hash at one time. Take control over your presses like never before. The Long's Peak model is designed after the Pikes Peak V2, for industrial application and large scale processing. With 60% more force than the Pikes Peak V2 press, this 8-ton pneumatic rosin press will double your possible output and can press an astonishing 80 grams of hash or sift at one time. They both offer independent thermocouples to ensure evenly dispersed heat with precision control of temperatures to within one degree. They have dialed these units in beyond what was thought possible to offer unique settings and consistent operation that will improve your presses and maximize efficiency. In Closing If you are just hearing about PurePressure, let this be your notice to look no further for the best lab equipment for professional grade results. They offer far more than just equipment as well, with training and tutorials. They are one of very few companies to make good on their word to educate consumers, as this article is proof. They are making good ice water hash and rosin more accessible through improved design, while supporting the community and being involved in solventless projects, like Hashwriter.ORG. A Win-Win. Check them out at www.gopurepressure.com for all your solventless needs. Subscribe Now or EVEN BETTER: Sign-Up as a Website Member and leave your comments below! 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Crediting California's Craft Cultivators as Mass Media Misses the Mark

Crediting California's Craft Cultivators as Mass Media Misses the Mark

There's a whole lot that turns my stomach in the industry that is cannabis, far more than I'll ever reveal. Other than sharing the gift that is ice water hash and explaining the revolutionary concepts, my writing from day one has been fueled by outrage, frustration, and disgust at any number of things. With the introduction of solventless hash and rosin in 2018, there was finally an option -a solution if you will- to validate my many criticisms as now necessary and constructive. As a writer and member of the media in some menial capacity, I must say that our cannabis publications and main media sources might be the grossest aspect of the whole sha-bang. It's one thing to sell your harvest and run your trim through distillate to make a fortune. It's quite another to dive into bed with them, pushing and promoting their products, without regard for the consumer-base you serve. How do hyped-up articles about garbage products and brands do any justice to the readers and paid subscribers? Instead they continue to lead consumers down a path of ineffective products from mass-producers only concerned with the bottom line. Brands used to pay for advertising space along the margins and in the classifieds at the rear of the magazine, but somewhere along the line major magazines and publications went wildly astray from their journalistic duty to accurately inform and update the reader. Facebook and Google's "overreaching ambitions to supplant professional journalism on the internet," by "inserting themselves between publishers and their populations" is potentially disastrous, as we have learned (Zuboff 506). There was a time when cannabis publications were worthwhile and served their readers. The internet ended the medias stronghold of voices and opinions, leading to paid promotions as articles in a declaration of "fuck-it". Regardless of cause and effect, cannabis publications maintain zero journalistic integrity to the plant in today's industry. In a grand reversal of fashion, it is the general public advancing the plant out of passion, while our cannabis publications remain several years behind the times. Pretty wild to watch even cannabis mass-media sell out to paid articles from some of the worst brands around. Normally it is the lackluster group of bloggers and social media pundits who spread misinformation bypassing "trusted publishers." When the publisher isn't to be trusted, we build our own called Hashwriter.org. What gets me to write an article on this subject out of nowhere, exhausted and burnt out from a long day of smoking good hash is the farms. The real farms. California events and award shows are always handing trophies right back to whoever pays the most in sponsorship fees, and on the highly rare occasion that a large publication covers a Humboldt County Farm, it's always some largely unknown and obscure farm without their own products or branding, who are awarded a blue ribbon. Likely it's whoever pumps out the most mid grade crap to make distillate for vaporizer brands, who can pay for an article and are written up as lord and savior, the best to ever do it, the finest cannabis around, completely neglecting and ignoring a plethora of immaculate craft-cultivators who have accelerated this culture and it's hardcore industry to what are still, even after four years on retail shelves, clearly unimaginable new heights. At a time when cannabis has attained new possibilities through the solventless method, the small Humboldt and Emerald Triangle farmers tucked in and behind the Redwood Curtain are creating the finest fresh-frozen cannabis for making hashish in the world. Now, Humboldt and the Emerald Triangle have long held the title of cannabis mecca, something not to be taken lightly, but indoor cannabis blows away all of the legend and lore. I'm an indoor guy, growing up in Colorado, that is until everything changed. It wasn't until the solventless method was scaled in the last few years, that anyone realized the new value, the true value of the climate's sun grown cannabis for ice-water hashish. Nowhere else on Earth has contributed to cannabis like Humboldt County, and yet it's going unnoticed by the larger cannabis media. In my short stint in Humboldt County I can list farms that have helped change the game and deserve every page of recognition inside every cannabis magazine, publication, or newspaper around. And yet time after time these writers completely miss the mark of what's going on and where the plant and its longtime consumers are heading. They feed and lead the "hive mind" as it inevitably snowballs away from quality. *Here's a list of some of the finest craft cultivators, responsible for much of the solventless industry: @EmeraldQueenFarms @humboldtkinefarms @booney_acres @SouthFaceFarms @ABRFarms @HashandFlowers @The_Emerald_Kid @SabertoothFarms @Talkingtreesfarms After so many years of calling cannabis cannabis, without regard for the damaging extraction techniques or the lack of key, crucial components missing from the plant to the products, these guys still view all cannabis as cannabis when that is anything but the case. It's going on a steady four or five years now of constant solventless options available in even decent dispensaries around the state and the only article we see that even mentions a solventless producer is mixed in with a group of BHO brands (Leafly). The absurdity. Oh the absurdity. Are our premier publishers and journalists really this clueless? Yes, in the vast majority of cases (unless they read hashwriter.org). Or, are these narratives intentionally chosen and utilized as “profit-driven” propaganda, nudging and tuning consumers through "surveillance capitalism's" preferred form of behavior control? FIGHT THE POWER *Feel free to add to my list in the comments Sign up as a Site Member today (or subscribe) for alerts of new articles, Forums, a monthly Hash-letter and more! #criminaljustice #criminaljusticereform #criminal #criminaldefense #crminal #justice #incarceration #massincarceration #hash #rosin #hashrosin #livingextracts #rosin #icewaterhash #bubblehash #solventless #hream #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #cannabisindustry #hashwriter #fullmelt #humboldtcounty #humboldt #cannabis #peace #love #papa #trichomes #hightimes #leafly #badder #sauce #rosinsauce #rosinbadder #premium #premiumrosin #fuckpigs #fuckcops #closethepolice #hashisacrime #innocenceproject #lastprisonerbullshit

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Rosin Carts & "Live Resin or Distillate?" with Raw Garden

Rosin Carts & "Live Resin or Distillate?" with Raw Garden

I sure as hell didn't see this one coming but then something clicked and I began to see some upside. Cartridges are terrible. Period. I hate the things and the ineffective oils in these products. I don't think I need to tell you how little regard I hold for BHO in 2021, but BHO vaporizer cartridges set the bar as low as we could possibly go. Somebody quick! Call James Cameron! And just like that, as I am typing this article it dawned on me that this article will allow me to shed light on those mass producer's known as Raw Garden. But first, solventless cartridges are all the hype and like I asked a few months back: Why the hell is everyone so bent on stuffing their gorgeous rosin into a cartridge? The obvious answer is money. So, I spun this one real quick to equal better hash for lower prices with more options for the heads. The hash-heads. At least that's the result I'm hoping for if the plan or goal is to cash in on the cartridges. Since a large and vast consumer population has taken to these mechanical cartridge contraptions for their discreet and convenient use, a solventless cartridge will be a major improvement. At least now, when that one or two times per year rolls around that I'm forced to go without or hit a pen, I'll have options I can actually choke-down. Cart Mania With the widest sector of consumers using these horrible distillate pens often labeled as "live resin," people are receiving a product that is hardly cannabis as nature intended. Companies who acknowledge the use of distillate often add food grade terpenes to their oil giving consumers one of over two hundred cannabinoids possible and a few fake terpenes. A far cry from the dynamic chemical properties in the plant's trichome glands. The high concentration of THC in distillate, provides a decent kick of a short-lived, anxiety inducing, fleeting rush of a high that provides almost zero therapeutic potential, while always delivering that lingering scratchy cough. Anyone who has used a few cartridges can relate. You couldn't sell a customer anything less and still call it cannabis. Live Resin Remains Highly Undefined Many claim their cartridges to be "live resin". THC and terpenes is what live resin contains at a minimum. Mixing extracted terpenes in with distillate, while certainly not the same as live resin, it is technically speaking, the same thing. While live resin is normally extracted with butane from crops that are frozen at harvest to retain more terpene content, all that goes right out of the window, since everything is heated in the oven to achieve the right consistency before stuffing it into a cartridge. Whether there's live resin in the cartridge, or distillate and non-cannabis derived, food-grade terpenes, the final cartridges are both technically speaking, free to call their product a "live resin" cartridge. Trust me, it gets a lot worse... Corporate Status Quo The manipulations in this market are vast and deep, maximizing profits at every turn along the way. A decade plus of medical and recreational markets left general consumers, mainly industry workers, unaware of the basic concepts and principles of cannabis extraction. Big Cannabis kept the blanket pulled-up-over everyone's eyes just long enough to woo us with chemicals and take charge of the industry's status quo, directing their massive marketing teams, sales-forces, and retail operators to spew forth the rhetoric of corporate cannabis. Vapes Here To Stay With the demand for convenient and self contained units, it doesn't look like vaporizer cartridges are going anywhere anytime soon, other than solventless. With so many still turning to bho carts, (many purchase the same 3-4-5 cartridges every month) the solventless cart is a welcomed upgrade when viewed contextually. And since they're here to stay, at least for a while, dialing in a solventless rosin cartridge will be the ticket to economic freedom & success for many solventless producers. Most companies will dedicate their less desirable batches of hash and rosin to the cartridges, and despite a lower quality of starting material, the final price never reflects this. Considering they're only half-gram cartridges, the profits double again. Since the hash rosin must be inserted into the oven and heated for a duration of time before liquefying and reaching the proper consistency to fill the cartridge, the quality, color, and stability of the rosin has little effect on making a sell-able cartridge product. Cartridge Heroes Since I'm talking about cartridges, I figure this is a good time to zero in on those cartridge heroes, and the "best selling extract in California," Raw Farden. Running only auto-flower plants on their massive outdoor property, harvests come super fast for these Super Chads (a.k.a. Shads). Auto-flowers go straight into the flowering stage and skip the vegetative phase entirely thanks to the work of genetic engineering. Their website makes no mention of this claiming instead: "We have multiple harvests per year without light supplementation or deprivation to bring the highest quality products to the consumer," or in other words, they grow auto-flower seeds. From the very jump and initial impression, these guys are blurring the lines with shady marketing copy. More Shady Marketing For a company that doesn't sell cannabis flower, only chemically extracted BHO products, their site focuses heavily on the farm to ignore the disgusting chemical processes used to make every product. Focusing on the farm allows them to appear green and friendly, distracting from their low-grade and mass produced products. Educating the public about the process would only lead to decreased business, explaining why very little information was ever shared with consumers over the last decade. Manipulative marketing terminology and a lack of distinct definitions is compounded by the ambiguity of chemical procedures. Much like the big edible companies who have cornered the market with their extremely low quality distillate edibles, the exact same mass-produced distillate is used to make nearly all of today's BHO vaporizer cartridges. Adding Terpenes Anyone familiar with Paw Garden knows that they consistently put out new genetics or combinations of genetics that are all basically the same thing. When extracting for their vape cartridges, everything is run through a closed loop CO2 extraction or BHO (butane etc.) extraction before further distillation nets nearly pure THC, removing everything else. From here they are free to mix whatever cute combination of terpenes back into each distillate based-cartridge and pretend each one is a different genetic or "strain." With thousands of genetic names, they are clearly mixing and matching terpenes to create a very manipulative "Live Resin cartridge" that they claim "by definition, [Raw Garden’s product] is not distillate." Notice how they claim it isn't distillate, but only "by definition," something we covered above. In fact, they go on to define distillate as an extract from trim material, which is usually true, but any form of cannabis can be distilled. By their own skewed definition it's not a distillate, but even based along standard industry definitions as discussed above, the inclusion of terpenes to the distillate base make it technically speaking, not distillate. They have enough word play going on that nothing they utter can be taken at face value. Close Reading They weren't the first or the last to manipulate terminology to serve their own ends. "Our cartridges only contain single-source cannabinoids and cannabis derived terpenes", which when read between the lines says we concoct cultivars. By extracting and distilling they isolate THC (or CBD) and each terpene that survives these harsh processes can be mixed back into the final base or saved to make other flavors. More close reading is required to handle these bullshit artists: "In the Raw Garden process, the cannabis terpenes are preserved and each batch uses only strain-specific cannabinoids." Notice how they confirm prior suspicions, claiming only strain-specific cannabinoids, but this does not include using strain specific terpenes. They mention it twice, and both times neglect to include terpenes as strain specific, even referring to their terpenes as "cannabis derived". Every distillate contains strain-specific cannabinoids, (distillate is the plant’s THC cannabinoid) as you can see them dancing around the topic. Raw Garden's Live Resin Diamonds appear to be another application of the disgusting Color Remediation Column. They claim this removes fats and lipids, but with no adequate reason for doing so. It makes the product white to clear and more visually appealing by running the cannabis oil through silica gels and fryer grease filtration powder. I assume their cartridges use CRC also, as this technique has become all but standardized in chemical solvent extraction labs. Solvent-Free/Cold-Pressed About a year or two ago Lowell dropped a "solventless" pen that was and I quote, "A Cold Pressed" rosin vaporizer pen. It took awhile before I ran into someone using older equipment and running CO2. After referring to this overnight extraction process as "cold pressed," it dawned on me that Lowell was playing the "solvent-free game" as I like to call it. Using terminology that signals positive well-being but playing with the words just enough to confuse and mislead. Believe it or not, solvent-free was first introduced and used to define distillate! This process of distillation removes 100% of residual chemicals from the first BHO extraction phase. Solvent-free refers to using chemical solvents for extraction but the distillation process makes sure all of the solvent is purged from the product. Unlike all of Raw Garden's test results that were positive for traces of residual (leftover) butane in their live resin sauce: But the testing for their "live resin cartridges" mirrors a distillate and shows no trace of residual solvents: Either way Raw Garden is the ultimate corporate cannabis brand, pumping out the most cost effective products with the greatest margins for profit, without regard for culture, quality, or the plant. Just say no to BHO. Back to Solventless Rosin Pens Punch Extracts is developing their solventless pen, I hope to see here in the next couple of weeks. Dablogic has been working tirelessly to dial in a solventless cartridge they can be proud of and I can say that they're certainly onto something and moving in the right direction. The Emerald Kid has a solventless cartridge hitting the market that is a solid product I was able to try. I see Jungle Boys with their solventless pens. I'm yet to try 710labs solventless pod system but don't plan to either. Blue River claims to have made a breakthrough in solventless cartridges that will drop in California in the coming weeks and I will be sure to let you know what I think. Whoever's solventless cartridges take off will probably have the freedom and flexibility to concentrate on making the very best batches of hash and rosin and let all the rest go to the vaporizer market for round #2. Rosin Pens might be the economic answer to consistently producing the best hash and rosin for people like us. I have expected hash makers to use their lower tier, second press, or later washes for hashish edibles as a way to make their hash and rosin more viable, but have been surprised to see almost no one doing this. Every solventless brand I speak to has gummies or hash edibles planned or on the horizon but only Papas select and 710 have pulled the trigger. Solventless Transformation The industry is transforming as we all expected, now the idea is to support solventless, while refusing the products from Corporate players. A couple hundred people is all it takes to cause serious market influence.#NOBHO Under any corporate structure, quality is the furthest concern, with maximizing profits as the only aim and we're the mark. Refuse all BHO and if you absolutely need to use a cartridge, GO SOLVENTLESS! Subscribe or Sign Up and become a Website Member! Notifications of new postings and content and a monthly Hash-Letter will be sent direct to you. Sign-up and join the discussion by leaving comments or posting to the FORUM. 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The Bud-Tender in All Of Their Glory: Pawns in the Spread of Corporate Cannabis

The Bud-Tender in All Of Their Glory: Pawns in the Spread of Corporate Cannabis

The modern Bud-Tender, boy what an idea. A concept that was a noble and often glorified role that unfortunately, came to a head under capitalism. From loved and adored to hated and despised, the legalized and regulated rendition of everyone's favorite bud dealer, re-incarnated as not only an official position and duty in a functioning society, but an "essential" one! I could go off in a lot of directions on this one and intend to cover them all, but many aspects overlap and they all have significantly more meaning after I explain the "medical hoax." Hold-UP! Now before you freak out, let me just say that cannabis is absolutely, without a doubt, medically applicable in a wide range of areas and has an acute effectiveness on several severe illnesses. Yet, until paper laws came into question, the idea of cannabis as a treatment existed, but the phraseology common to popular use certainly wasn't limiting the scope of cannabis applications to a "prescribed medication". No one described a really good high as an "effective dose." Medical Rhetoric Medical terminologies weren't in public use until long after cannabis Prohibition had begun and medical applications for severe illnesses I mentioned before, required civil-disobedience. Parents fought for the right to treat their children's illnesses, after all other treatments failed. Cancer and Aids patients fought for the medicinal right to ease their suffering during Chemotherapy. The common lingo evolved from getting "high" and getting "stoned" to "medicating" and "effective relief." Smokers were now called "patients," as we skirted the lines of legality through carefully selected terms. The cannabis world picked up on these notions, and quickly adopted the new expressions. Side Note: Remember the Head-Shops? Head-shops for years skirted regulations by using different terminologies, and by preventing anyone from mentioning cannabis in the store. I saw people kicked out of head-shops for calling a bong a bong more than once. This was a whole game of avoiding the laws by never calling a spade a spade and using whatever term, like "water-pipe" was currently deemed acceptable. This same line of thought was adopted by early medical dispensaries, as every cannabis smoker on earth suddenly became a "patient." Patientdom Piggybacking on the severe cases that warranted direct, consistent, and ongoing cannabis treatment, the fight to legalize medically was born. Fighting as a united cause, the medically dependent along with everyone who enjoyed cannabis used its medical applications as a means to access inside of the law. It was a strategy and an argument to fight for, and a stepping stone toward where we are headed. Somewhere along the line however, we forgot that medical cannabis was largely a ploy aside from rare cases, and a minimum standard of access, rather than anything ideal. Medical cannabis doesn't allow for recreational use, but recreational use surely allows direct medical application. Cannabis Pharmacies The other side of the coin required places of business, usually called "dispensaries," to uphold the same medical image and vocabulary. Dispensaries were modeled after pharmacies. As California's early medical industry began, all eyes were watching to get a glimpse of these new pharmacy-modeled cannabis stores. The Bud-Tender is Born And then of course came the "Bud-Tender," who's name ironically enough, from the start was modeled, and more appropriately may I add, after a bar-tender. That is about as far across the spectrum as it gets, contrasting a trained medical professional and pharmacist with a server and bar-tender. Two images were cast, with each one helping to blur the lines of the other. The Immaculate All-Knowing Bud-Tender Expectations were enormous, and people flocked to dispensaries with an endless list of questions. Bud-tender's were immediately expected to be all knowledgeable, people of the bud. The customers expected answers to their questions, questions that often reflected pharmaceutical influence. Doctor's approved medicinal cannabis for everything and anything under the sun, so long as $100 to $150 dollars cash was included. Bud-Tenders were expected to play doctor, nurse, and pharmacist, with doctors writing prescriptions for the substance only. Both the style of product, variety of cannabis, and the dosage rested entirely in the hands of the immaculate, all-knowing budtender. "How much do I take, how long does it last, what does this mean, what does that mean?" Unrealistic Expectations Bud-tenders from the start, were not only tasked with presenting cannabis to the cannabis naive, but doing it in a way that resembled the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The whole thing was a sham for the majority of "patients," but not because cannabis didn't help these people and make their lives better, but because of the ridiculous process required to access the plant and the new lingo of "patientdom." Both "patients" and budtenders danced around prior terminology, as they attempted to accurately explain the problem and assess dosage, genetic, and product variety. I'd say this was obviously asking entirely too much. Employed to Fail Put in an immensely overwhelming situation, the earliest bud-tenders quickly climbed the ranks as the backward establishments of medical cannabis stores unfolded. Customers, or sorry, "patients'' who need experienced recommendations are often handled by the least knowledgeable members of the store. Experienced bud-tenders have had enough of Prohibition's ignorance, and now sit in the manager's office, while the newest hires are sent to handle customers and reproduce corporate cannabis' understanding of products and the plant. As low man on the totem-pole, bud tenders cannot afford to try the majority of products they sell. They rely on retail tactics like the sativa-indica assumptions. Pretty funny, how cannabis was at its least scientific moment, while masquerading as an all-new medical industry. Pretty dangerous, to apply the sales tactics of retail consumerism to a product that is supposed to be medicine. Guessing and predicting the effects of a product is negligent and not included in the responsibilities of a knowledgeable Bud Tender. Canna-sultants/Concierge/Terp.Tech With such a long list of medical and spiritual benefits, the plant should be easily accessible to everyone, everywhere. The plant's all-around benefits should never be limited in access to prescription only, but something to be shared akin to its polar opposite: alcohol. I have always felt that the medicinal application of cannabis was a severely limiting idea, bound to confine the plant to strict pharmaceutical regulations. Thankfully, the plant is bigger than any man-made pharmaceutical industry and has luckily avoided it's own misdirected fate. Fake-Pharmacy to 711 Finally reaching a partial state of legalization, and no longer required to play pharmacy and pharmacist (ending the Medical Hoax), the expectations of bud-tenders dramatically decreased. The recreational laws and settings naturally allowed for much less consumer oversight on the part of budtenders. For a decade plus now, dispensaries have hired new industry employees to educate the uniformed. The blind have been leading the blind for so long that the industry is its own problem. It fell in line with yesterday's thinking, pushing stores full of distillate based products using the sativa and indica assumption, in a new boutique setting. The sooner budtenders stop predicting and assuming effects, the sooner everyone will understand the subjective, personal, and individualized effects of the plant. It will do most consumers a lot of good to forget everything you think you know about cannabis and start over with a simple explanation that is available starting here. Be skeptical of sales tactics and inform your own decisions, (especially for medicinal needs) but keep in mind that most of the information and science is yet to be studied or officially confirmed. Ideal Bud-Tending: Hands-Off The role I envision for most stores is your friendly cashier that can let you know of new products, sales, and promos, but otherwise leaves the experience and effects of a product out of the conversation. Price, product, brand, and other information directly labeled on packaging should be about as in depth as you want your budtender to go. For those seeking answers, one-on-one consultations should wait in separate lines and have private conversations, rather than being forced to air whatever ails them to the entire store. Expect much less of bud-tenders and understand the dynamics of retail sales. Hands-On The retail world selling a consumable product, could learn a lot from the hospitality industry. In fact it fits right in between food and drink. Here is my other ideal, where budtenders should be equally informed about all the flavors, genetics, prices, and products, with a basic knowledge of who grew it and where it was made. One or two bartenders handle the needs of hundreds of patrons, in busy, fast-paced environments for alcohol that a truly distinguished and well-informed Bud-Tender could easily reproduce. A dispensary devoted to dabbing and concentrates, with an updated expectation from consumers, would recommend products based on terpene profile, or flavor. Flavor and taste, along with farm recognition or backstory, would serve as a highly informative sale. Expanding the Scope of Application Breaking from this retail narrative that assumes the effects of a plant or product that affects everyone differently, a much wider scope of acceptance and understanding is needed. Not only is cannabis a medicine, it's also a vitamin, it's food, exercise, a meditation, a worship, a social activity, and more than anything else, cannabis is a gift and a reward. You may use cannabis for "relief" or to "medicate," but you can also use it to get high. You can use cannabis to get high and receive relief at the same time. The forced medicinal terminology can come to a close for most consumers and an honest desire to consume for enjoyment is the kind of honest discourse that will help to normalize the plant. While our diets affect how we feel and can be detrimental or a solution to disease, I look at cannabis in the same light. It's a prescription style of medicine for a few serious illnesses, but for all else, it's as much of a medicine as your diet, that is a small but important part. In Closing Despite any evidence to the contrary, this idea of an all-knowing pharmacist-budtender never existed. Nor did the overtly specific remedy for each patient's illness. With the small amount of credible information and the sudden overwhelming demand, everyone just bullshitted into action. The retail world adopted the principles of medical cannabis and ran with ill-fitting rhetoric, while a corporate sales line of thinking permeated the core of the industry-culture. Do your homework, research brands, and products by checking dispensary menus online before setting foot in retail stores. Be your own best budtender and don't rely on a "salesman" or "saleswoman" to recommend and sell you cannabis products. With such diverse applications, it's ridiculous to rely on cashiers to inform your decision. Try thinking of the dispensary more like a liquor store or a 711, since that is the goal for cannabis accessibility: To have cannabis everywhere alcohol is sold. Afterword Now the best thing retail cannabis stores can do is to make shopping easier for the consumer. You aren't a pharmacy, so please hang a menu. Being able to easily peruse the menu, will eliminate the need for conversation at the counter in busy and painfully slow moving stores. Expect far less from budtenders, and realize they're simply cashiers. #strain #buyersguide #solventless #hasheducation# hashwriter #420 #710 #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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Wake Up Missouri, Michigan, & Illinois, Cannifest is Bringing the "Grow & Squish" to The Windy City!

Wake Up Missouri, Michigan, & Illinois, Cannifest is Bringing the "Grow & Squish" to The Windy City!

Exciting news! Hashwriter is joining forces with the Cannifest team to announce the GROW & SQUISH!; A first-of-its-kind, all-inclusive event and competition for Home Growers and Commercial Brands in Missouri, Illinois, and Michigan. Up to 420 growers and "squishers" (rosin makers) will compete in this event, which culminates at the Cannifest EXPO Chicago After-party, where two Grand Prize winners will be awarded $10,000 dollars cash! Ten Grand to the best flower and ten grand for the best rosin! Who's stepping up to the plate? Two Grand prize winners will be selected, along with Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in each of the four categories. This means 12 prizes and places will be handed out in addition to the two big Grand Prize winners. The contest will have four categories in total: Home Grow Flower, Home Grow Rosin, Commercial Flower and Commercial Rosin. Gift Packs and Grow Gear from event sponsors will be awarded to our medalists in each of the four categories. What a time to be alive! Who wants to make history as the first ever Grow and Squish champs? I might even see you there... Please Note: All samples will receive purity testing prior to judges sampling, so keep it clean and keep it green! Raising The Bar While competition will surely be fierce, it's also an opportunity to expose the community to the finer side of cannabis and cannabis refinement. The industry is making massive strides in progress and improvement and this will be an opportunity to meet and interact among the newly functioning Mid-Western hash and cannabis scenes. This is one way to expose more consumers to quality cannabis and solventless rosin, which is helping to elevate the industry nationwide. We're all about quality cannabis and education, and want to share the incredible advancements happening in solventless rosin over the past few years. The best way to showcase cannabis is through modern techniques of solventless hash and rosin, and of course, through the best flower anyone can grow. They said forget the rest, as the contest is completely solventless. The two highest quality forms of cannabis available will be judged, flower and solventless rosin. Finally, an event without a multitude of low-grade chemical extracts and product infusions, which normally overload competitions with cheap distillate based products. With only flower and rosin to judge, Cannifest Chicago 2022's Grow & Squish is dialed in on the solventless revolution. All-Inclusive Event For Home Growers Too! And this one is for everyone! Both commercial brands and the avid home grower will finally have the chance to "put the money where their mouth is" and make a serious mark on this brand new industry. Thanks to massive community support the old laws are falling like dominoes, as the cannabis market continues to pick-up steam. Cannabis history is being made every day and while competition is friendly, the clout that goes along with a Cannifest Trophy is PRICELESS! Industry respect and recognition will be sure to follow the winners in all of their future endeavors. Let's show the people the best of what modern cannabis and hash rosin has to offer! Oh, and did I mention a win comes with lasting brand-name recognition and dispensary demand to boot? Watching the results of other contests, nothing spells demand like a grand prize champion at one of these events. All the glory, respect, and honor shall descend upon two very lucky Grand Prize winners, in addition to ten-thousand dollars in cash! Who knows maybe the same person will win both categories! Heavy Weight OG Legends to Judge In an effort to restore some sanctity to the world of weed, the Grow & Squish will feature some heavyweights judging the show-down. So don't trip, you wont see judges using e-rigs (or DMing me the night before the Cup to ask how to smoke the hash they're about to be judging (Oh yes, it's a dork's playground right now)). We're bringing in some heavyweight legends of the Cannabis scene to judge this one. I'm talking Breeders, Growers, Farmers, and Hash-making heroes will all have their hands on deciding the first two Grand Prize Grow & Squish champs! Early Registration Open Now! Registration is already open and if you are one of the first 100 growers or squishers to sign up, you will receive a free VIP pass add-on to your entry (valued at $250+). Spots are still available but are going fast! This VIP Pass includes a day pass & after party ticket to Cannifest Expo Chicago, all access VIP entry to the event, a meet & greet session with the Cannifest Grow and Squish judges at Cannifest Chicago, food and drink tickets, access to the VIP viewing lounge, and a Cannifest swag bag. Entree Fees & Logistics Home Growers Home Growers and hash makers 18+ in Missouri, Illinois, or Michigan may enter. The fee is $200.00 and includes one entry to the Grow & Squish competition and a ticket to Cannifest Chicago in Jan 2022. This is a rare opportunity for someone to make a real name for themselves, opening doors to new possibilities. Commercial Brands The entry fee for commercial growers or squishers is $500.00 and includes one entry to the Grow & Squish competition, two tickets to Cannifest Chicago, and a social media shout-out (Instagram) that your company/brand has joined the competition. Those looking to enter both flower and rosin will be required to pay two entry fees, one for flower and one for rosin. Parameters of Entries: If you are entering the GROW competition you must submit 1 oz of dried flower for judging.
If you are entering the SQUISH competition you must submit 10 grams of solventless rosin with 2 grams of the flower the rosin was made from. Sample drop offs are due December 18th and 19th. There will be five drop off locations divided between the three states. You’re responsible for getting your samples to the drop off locations within the time allotted. More information will be sent mid November regarding specific drop off locations and more. Winners Will Be Notified The 12 winners and 2 Grand Prize Champs will be contacted via email prior to Cannifest Chicago and notified that they are in the finals – BUT you’ll have to be in Chicago to find out who the winner is! Registration officially opened to all on Saturday, August 28 at noon PST. Grow and Squish registration closes December 17th at noon PST, so there's plenty of time left! Competition registration form must be completed and entry fee must be paid to be considered officially “IN IT TO WIN IT”. Please do not forget to complete your registration form and make sure you enter with the same email that can be used for communication. Please note: the email you use to pay your entry fee *must* be the same email you use for registration, and we will use that email to communicate with you throughout the competition. Please ensure this is a working email you can access. Surprises To Come! There will be some surprise judging appearances as well, so stay tuned! If there was ever a cannabis event and competition to get in on, Cannifest Expo Chicago is it! Originally started in Humboldt County, California back in 2015, Cannifest has been a phenomenal success and the time came to bring this show on the road. Everyone signing up let me know for a shout out, and DM the @cannifestworldwide page as well. Hash-on! Hash-on! Link to the Cannifest Expo Chicago Grow & Squish Registration. #cannifest #cannifestchicago #chicagohash #cannabisevent #cannabistradeshow #cannabisexposition #cannabiseducation #cannabisbusiness #cannabisindustry #hashish #grow&squish #melt #growandsquish #hream #hashwriter #hwream #windycity #michigan #missouri #illinois #craftcannabis #solventless #solventlesshash #420 #710 #nobho #flowerandrosin #rosinandflower #NuEra #reggae #squish #growyourown #10k #10K4flower #10K4rosin #solventlessrevolution #hashrosin #willitwash #dabs #dabbing #cannabismedia #legalize

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Overcoming Archetypes: Modern Hash and Rosin Consumption Aesthetics

Overcoming Archetypes: Modern Hash and Rosin Consumption Aesthetics

Rising THC percentages in solvent-based extracts and the unique form of consumption that resulted, made dabbing appear just shy of an extreme sport. Something people did when they wanted to get as high as possible as fast as possible. Almost a recreational activity that looked to see who could take the biggest hits, with the most hype, out of the most expensive bongs. These "dangerous" new concentrates were supposed to be too strong and bound to cause harm. These so-called, "super-concentrated" forms of "extra-potent extracts", proved within a quick five years to not even create a fulfilling or effective high. Funny what a few years of time can do to significantly change perspectives (not facts). A New Identity for Solventless Smoking I have said for a while that hash and rosin needs to separate itself from the "dabbing" ideal entirely. More than anything else, smoking today's best hash and rosin is the furthest one can go in the direction of craft-quality, farm-to-table, cannabis excellence. It's no different than finding your favorite bottle of wine. Just because the wine is crafted and aged and stronger than beer, doesn't mean people associate wine with overindulgence or extreme consumption. However, BHO and dabbing shatter appeared to outside observers as an equivalent to alcohol's beer-bongs, keg-stands, and beer-pong! This aesthetic has stuck with dabbing, despite a complete and total reversal in the quality of products being consumed. Solventless Prestige Modern hash and rosin reflect the vineyards of northern California, a culture, and an ancient art-form revived and revitalized. Solventless hash deserves the entire cannabis community's full attention and respect. It is the highest achievement for both farmer and hash-maker, and should be celebrated at the top rung of all cannabis products. Unfortunately, these new products are being confused with outdated ideals of "extreme consumption," often synonymous with dabbing. Least Effective Extracts BHO and distillates earned a reputation as corporate cannabis products, created from an ever decreasing quality of cannabis scraps. These older techniques create the cheapest products by using the recycled trimmings from harvest. Wax, shatter, crumble, and even distillates became associated with dabbing, for those looking for a cheap but concentrated high. Again, these kinds of second grade products contained high levels of THC, but very little else that would be necessary for the Entourage Effect. Despite the ever increasing amounts of THC, these products lack much of what creates an effective high. Most Effective Cannabis Product Modern hash and hash rosin is so far and away at the opposite end of the scale from previous solvent-extracts and the dabbing aesthetic it bred, yet negative associations seem to follow. Enjoying a small dab of six star hashish or live rosin, is simply the cleanest and clearest way to receive the full benefits of cannabis. It’s also the most enjoyable method, easier to inhale than flower smoke, with flavors you have to try to understand. Vaporizing the trichomes by "dabbing," rather than burning them through combustion smoke, provides an enormous increase in bio-availability and absorption. With a full profile of terpenes and cannabinoids (identical to the plant), vaporization of hash and rosin is the most effective way to consume cannabis and the fastest way to find immediate relief. It should be an option available to everyone, with ways to consume that are less intimidating (and easier) than using the old blowtorch. Highest Degree of Skill To be able to grow healthy plants that produce the finest hash and rosin is the highest honor and most difficult achievement in cannabis. It requires both precision in the garden and in the hash lab. And just as one enjoys a small glass of hundred dollar whiskey, six star hash and hash rosin should be thought of along these lines. Mass produced cannabis cartridges therefore, stand for the nine dollar gallon jugs of cheap vodka. Funny enough, both are distilled. And while that cheap gallon of vodka will have an immediate effect (much like distillate), it's the worst kind of effect possible. Refined Consumption This is why the hash pipe and the act of smoking hashish needs to adopt a new image, one of excellence and quality, unrelated to older ideas of dabbing. Now that the focus of the game is on hash, a new environment and aesthetic around dabbing will be useful in showing others the joys of solventless hash smoking. The old archetype of red-hot titanium dabs of butane soaked shatter will eventually fade, as the techniques and tools continue to evolve and mature. Some E-rig makers are certainly on the right track. A very basic e-nail is the perfect way for anyone to try hash and rosin without needing a torch. A New Tomorrow Don't allow past ideas, concerns, or fears stop you from experiencing cannabis like never before. This is refinement perfected, far beyond what anyone even thought was possible. Methods drastically simplified, resulting in the all around best product in cannabis. I do believe a time will come where hash and rosin smokers outnumber flower consumers. More solventless hash; More hash for everyone! Subscribe Now and Grab Your Copy of "The Hashish Manifesto"! Check out my new Patreon account, linked in Instagram bio, @Hashwriter and give me a follow. #spacegems #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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Hash and Hash Rosin Prices from Humboldt County to Southern California 2021

Hash and Hash Rosin Prices from Humboldt County to Southern California 2021

I'm starting to see a lot of curiosity about pricing for modern hash and rosin and other concentrates. Seeing others writing on the topic, I figured I'd fire off a quick post to speak some truth into the topic. The retail cannabis market in California is a battlefield, full of landmines. Despite the smoke in the air, one wrong move will cost you dearly. All you can do is cross your fingers and hope that you chose the right store this time to avoid the vast inconsistencies in pricing. The first thing any hash head must learn is what stores are hash friendly and who's just out for blood. With typical retail pricing ranging anywhere from 45 to 140 dollars per gram, you could say prices are quite diverse. Taxes: Retail's Issue I used to focus on taxes, which are hefty, but insignificant and equal everywhere. An early issue was the way stores listed their pricing with some posting prices that included one of the two taxes and others including none. This made it difficult and frustrating to shop online. More than once I was tricked by deceptive pricing. This has seemed to even out and most stores do include a significant portion of taxes in the menu price. Expect to pay another ten to fifteen percent over the listed pricing. Rule of Thumb 100 or Less My rule of thumb is nothing over 100 dollars and even that is for special occasions. Usually seventy to seventy-five bucks is the goal. This means the price is seventy-five dollars "out-the-door," as it's referred to, since taxes can be staggering and add an unexpected leap in price. Believe me, after evaluating pricing and taxes extensively, the market is so inconsistent that you have to find a shop you can rely on. Brand's Prices The wholesale cost of hash and rosin that covers the Farmer, the Hash-maker, and the Distributor, is doubled or tripled by retail stores and sold to consumers. Kalya will hit the shelves around eighty bucks usually. Their new line, Community Cannabis, is cheap. They have hash and a "second press" style rosin for close to fifty bucks! Everyone was overjoyed when Hash and Flowers hit the shelves at 45 or 50 dollars, with some of the best cold cure going. Too bad my local price is now seventy for them and prices went up everywhere. Fuck 710Labs. Papas Select has a reputation of being a hundred dollars per gram, but I've also been able to find stores carrying it for sixty-five to eighty-five bucks. It's not uncommon to see Papas Select and Rosin Tech Labs sitting right around ninety dollars per gram. I believe Ahti hit the shelf at eighty or ninety bucks. Punch changed things up with their tier pricing and has rosin priced from fifty or sixty, right up to a hundred per gram. HaveHash is always a rock solid buy, usually going for ten to fifteen dollars less than the other brands. The Real Market The true market has the same inconsistencies in pricing and depending upon name-brand value, prices skyrocket. People are paying a minimum of a hundred dollars per gram for hash or rosin, unless tied in directly. By the time most consumers get their hands on the product, several others have raised the price. If you're friends with the hash man, life is a lot easier. Fifty dollars per gram is a solid and pretty standard deal for most small-scale squishers. Instagram dudes on the other hand, keep the mark at a hundred per gram. The Sesh The best option is to hit the sesh, but finding good hash and rosin makers is still pretty difficult. I've heard there were only one or two people with solventless products, but depending on where and who shows up, things can change. Expect fifty per gram and up. Direct To Consumer I don't commit to anything like this and have seen prices rise and satisfaction fall fast from many consumers joining these programs. Sometimes it seems cheap and like a perfect option, and other times prices fail to compete with certain retail stores. Peace Out! Hope that helps to map out pricing somewhat, or at least give an accurate perspective of the varying prices. #hashish#hash#weed#cannabis#cannabiscommunity#marijuana#thc#weedporn#hashporn#cannabisculture#terps#hashrosin#cbd#solventless#rosin#bubblehash#icewaterhash#dabs#hightimes#weedstagram#ganja#joint#stoner#hashishin#charas#drysift#extracts#kush#terpenes#dank#hashsociety#smoke#hemp#chillum#psytrance#indianpipe#psytranceparty#chillom#solventlesshashoil#italianchillum#chilum#fullmelt#canapa#chilam#ganjagirls#concentrates#goatrance#hashishlovers#goa#cilum#sho#boombolenath#community#cilom#hashlovers#cannabis#cannabiscommunity#weed#marijuana#thc#cannabisculture#cbd#weedporn#weedstagram#hightimes#hemp#maryjane#medicalmarijuana#ganja#kush#highlife#growyourown#life#dabs#dank#cannabissociety#highsociety#smokeweedeveryday#smoke#weedlife#cbdoil#bhfyp

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Splitting the Trichome: Solventless Diamonds Present A Theoretical Block in Hash Evolution

Splitting the Trichome: Solventless Diamonds Present A Theoretical Block in Hash Evolution

So, I had to write an article about rosin diamonds to answer many of the questions I received, so here goes: We have hit a place in the evolution of solventless refinement, as the style matures and more products are discovered, that begs to ask the terribly redundant question: "Isn't all THC the same?" We are aware, I hope, that the THC molecule alone produces a meager high and lacks the majority of therapeutic elements from cannabis. We know through the Entourage Effect that terpenes and cannabinoids work in unison with THC and fail to provide a quality effect when these aspects are missing. This includes CBD, which is especially ineffective alone, but powerfully beneficial when consumed with THC and other cannabinoids. The question becomes, are solventless diamonds (pure THC) different from THC diamonds or isolates achieved through distillation? And if not, why would I want it? A Flawed Understanding We were correct that THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, but only recently learned that there are hundreds of additional cannabinoids and just as many terpenes contributing to the high. They all originate in the same trichome glands as THC and CBD cannabinoids. It's become evident that these trichomes were meant to remain as one and be ingested simultaneously, just like smoking whole cannabis flower (or ice water hash). BHO/Co2 Splits The Trichome It wasn't until the introduction of chemical solvents for extraction, just a little over a decade and a half ago that the trichome gland was originally split. The idea was to retain the plant's THC, without much regard for the rest of the trichome gland, largely unaware of our destruction. Solvents were able to dissolve the trichomes, while latching onto and extracting single cannabinoids. The creation of solventless diamonds, as explained by Gutenberg's Dank Pressing, requires a similar split and separation of terpenes from cannabinoids that has left me skeptical about these types of solventless products. Guttenberg Pressing does a good job at detailing the process of making solventless THCA here. Back to Solventless THC Methods Having washed the bulk cannabis into bubble hash, its packaged in mesh envelopes and put through the rosin press. While the rosin press breaks down trichome glands, it keeps their contents together. At this point we have already overlooked the two most unadulterated products in cannabis: Ice Water Hash and Fresh Press Rosin. Choosing not to sell the water hash or the fresh press rosin, the rosin is left in a jar to cure and is stirred by hand to create rosin badder a.k.a. cold cure. I'll go out on a limb and say something's wrong if the rosin goes beyond here. To manipulate the rosin any further requires additional heat sources and steps potentially detrimental to the terpenes and overall effect. This is about as far down the order of operations as I usually choose to go with my money. Mini Diamonds The next option is called Jar-Tech, and while it keeps the refined terpenes and cannabinoids together in one jar, additional heat is needed to create this wet-sugar consistency. Post-processing methods of heat, pressure, and patience cause the THC diamonds to separate from the terpenes, although they remain mixed together in one jar. Rosin Jam, Rosin Sauce, Lava, and more describe this sugary-wet texture that forms after the whole jar of rosin is heated in the oven and then left to separate. While I consider these styles a step down from the first three, I would certainly prefer this over the next option. Mechanical Separations Up until now, solventless refinement keeps the terpenes and cannabinoids together in the rosin. This initial chunk of rosin must be put through the rosin press again at low temperatures causing the terpenes to liquefy and separate, while the THC remains. Patient slow presses at low temp will result in a pure THC powder leftover in the rosin bag. This THC powder must be heated again (3rd time) in the oven to liquefy what will quickly harden into a kind of THC "diamond". The diamonds can be shaped and formed with a mold, or snaked out and rolled. It's then chopped up into smaller pieces. Alone, the hardened THC is a close equivalent to THC distillate. Whatever terpenes were pressed off initially, can then be added back into the final product, making me wonder why we ever separated them to begin with. It's a novel idea for the rosin market and certainly something to try, but I'm sticking to that first, fresh press rosin or better yet, Ice Water Hash. Conclusion Does it matter how we get there when the final product is identical? Speaking theoretically, if pure THC is achieved with ice, water, and pressure, it won't differ from THC isolates achieved through distillation. It's never been about how we get to a final product, but more about what is present in the final product. However, the method of extraction or refinement will determine what remains in the final product, helping informed consumers to see between the lines. While I prefer not to dab residual butane in trim-run BHO extracts, the main reason for my solventless consumption is to the "Headie Community," the function, otherwise known as the effect. Knowing that the full spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids remain intact and identical to the living plant, makes ice water hash, fresh press rosin, and rosin badders the pinnacle of my consumption aims. And so it goes... Afterword: A Note on Distillates Distillate/Isolate Distillation is a secondary post-processing technique, turning crude cannabis extracts into a purified form of THCV. The distillation works to remove everything else, much of which is highly desirable for the Entourage Effect, while activating the psychoactive effects of THC for edible consumption. This pure THCV or "distillate" is used to infuse all of the industry's edibles and vaporizer cartridges. It is quite honestly, the least effective product in cannabis. However, it can achieve the same results regardless of the quality of cannabis and can process crude at an unstoppable rate. Distillates are corporate cannabis' best friend. #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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Terp Theory: Some Corporate Cannabis Whistle Blowing Headlines and Possible Market Maturation?

Terp Theory: Some Corporate Cannabis Whistle Blowing Headlines and Possible Market Maturation?

When a criminal market suddenly becomes capitalism, honor amongst thieves ceases to exist and a legion of greedy Brad's will be quick to cut the legs out from under their competition, stifling it through a series of corporate Chad tactics. What was once incriminating knowledge about the inside workings of a competitors organization, is now Chad's ticket to expanded market access. Companies telling-on each other didn't just start... wait until the really dirty stuff starts to happen. Oh wait, maybe it already has... I try to keep up with industry headlines, but find myself largely disinterested in the topic of cannabis politics. Legislation is bought and sold and corporate interests have no limit on the control and influence they exert over state and local economies. Buy up your politicians and pay-to-play! Keeping up with bullshit headlines gets old real fast, as a bunch of career liars, a.k.a. politicians manipulate journalists into spewing their petty nonsense, rather than education and desperately needed cannabis information. After about eight decades of falsified science and government propaganda taught in schools, you would think there would be quite a bit about the plant to say... (misdirection is a corporate play.) To educate is to empower, something that works against corporate cannabis and all of their abysmal quality products. The industry is dying and farmers are literally paying hash makers to carry the weed away. Not really, but prices have reduced significantly as every CHAD in America with a few bucks decided to start a weed business. The same thing happened back in 2015, a year or two into Colorado's legalization when flower prices bottomed out, and real hash making was the incidental result. If it weren't for the rapidly declining prices, we probably wouldn't have discovered six star hash and live rosins, as no one was willing to risk their flowers for R&D until they were worthless. I guess some industry decline is the best thing that could happen to invite competition and improve the quality of the market's despicable retail products. Competition is the one word entirely missing from the cannabis industry during medical markets, prop 215, and these first years of retail sales. Coming off parole in 2015, I was utterly appalled and even shocked at the incredibly poor quality of every flower on the shelf. More surprising was the total lack of industry knowledge in retail stores and their reliance on big name brands to dictate quality. The market has been such a novelty and fueled by hype for so long that enormous profit margins became the norm. Speaking to several farmers in Humboldt the message was the same: "Time to cut the fat" to stay profitable. The shelves have been packed with disgraceful products for as long as I can remember, yet the demand seemed endless. The industry is far from dying, and despite declining profit margins, maybe it's more like an industry trying hard to mature. Market maturation can unfortunately hit the smaller brands and farms we like the most and I fear that competition will be stymied by dirty tactics, such as informing on other brands. Smaller margins mean millions instead of billions for the big guys, but can mean failure for small and independent brands and farms. From zoning and marijuana business regulations keeping towns dispensary free, to the lack of federal involvement, forcing a cash only business, the planners set things up in favor of big brands. Pay your taxes, yet receive none of the guarantees or incentives of a legal tax-paying business. While you could say, "all parties face the same obstacles," you're asking for the Wal-Mart of weed and forgetting the industry already exists. Deep pockets weren't supposed to be able to buy the whole industry, but it's exactly what is happening. Yeah, we are seeing it unfold right before our eyes and when my kids ask why we didn't claim a stake in the new industry, I'll be at a loss for words. The results of a million small moves all adding up to corporate cannabis. And with the ole' oppressive force of poverty looming, some industry workers have been quick to team up with as many of these Chad's as possible. It's hard to blame them, but its where we are at. An entire culture and community invaded by corporate America, my worst fears for cannabis come true. I think the time to hope for favorable outcomes has passed us by and we're looking at the makings of the new market. Refusing to buy from these brands and supporting the real ones is the only way forward. In order to do this, the message remains the same as day one: choose solventless products and refuse everything else. Who in their right mind creates a market and all of it's legislation without the testing required to even understand the product or the plant? Without federal oversight the research and testing necessary to properly regulate the industry is missing, replaced by corporate interests. Not to mention the science and research necessary to disprove decades of propaganda to those who still think Reefer Madness is true. And the few people who do understand the plant have nothing to do with the process. Man, if America isn't home of brash-stubbornness and determined ignorance in the face of fast profits, nowhere is. By the way, did anyone ever apologize for the multi-generational damage done by criminalizing this plant? I didn't think so. Cannabis Consuming Education is key! 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Slurping Terps with @HaveHashh...

Slurping Terps with @HaveHashh...

Have you ever pulled into the driveway of an Emerald Triangle farm and thought, "My God, this is the mecca of weed!"? It's been a surreal experience to enter private, personal gardens and spaces I grew up imagining. While I know the indoor garden all too well, cannabis growing freely under the sun? Now, that's an anomaly. I never know quite what to expect when meeting farmers and hash makers on their turf, and while today wasn't a farm or lab visit, I finally had the chance to meet up with the prior Ego-Clash Champ and Humboldt County Hash favorite, Jacob Stockwell of @havehashh. I've been a low-key @HaveHashh fan for a couple years now, recommending them for their cold cures, but I usually prefer fresh press rosins. In all honesty, I prefer whatever texture of rosin is best for a given cultivar and I do like having the option to choose. In general, fresh press usually requires better starting material and we agreed that it's easier to pull off a cold-cure and mask issues a fresh press rosin may reveal. But, some cold-cures definitely improve the taste and smell of a rosin (and provide a more convenient product form). Some cultivars simply perform better as a cold-cure and vise-a-versa, and I'm happy to buy whichever version the hash maker prefers. Getting to hear Jacob's take and rationale for cold-curing a lot of @havehashh's rosin, let me know it's for quality reasons alone. Growing up in Santa Cruz, CA with a passion for cannabis and making hash, Jacob put in the early industry work when the information struck by 2016. That's when the tech was released to online chat rooms or message boards, and hash rosin ideas began to take off. Some early @HaveHashh influences mentioned were @headsthatroll, @Soilgrownsolventless_, and @solventlessmind, who all played an important role in inspiring solventless methods. They had been washing bubble hash for several years when the rosin press first emerged, and it was a matter of putting the pieces of the puzzle together at just the right time. With new tech and a new method taking off, quality cannabis was needed, but connections to legacy farms are far and few between. Thankfully, with relaxed laws, more and more incredible legacy farms are stepping from the shadows with each passing day. As an experienced glass-blower, to my complete surprise, Jacob used an apprenticeship opportunity with the legendary Mr. Grey, to connect with Humboldt's Legacy farmers and other exotic, small batch, craft-quality growers. He forged the connections and relationships during his artistic foray into glass, to pursue hashish in its unadulterated forms. Spoken by the man himself: "We're here to make the best hash possible in the most sustainable way possible, protecting the environment that provides us with the plants we consume". This dedication to community and sustainability was obvious, showing his displeasure in the amount of packaging used by the industry. His business model lines up with some of the principles we discussed, allowing @havehash to deliver some of the best hash and rosin in the world. Having formulated products on the 215 market as a "legacy brand" (winning Ego-Clash in Spain), @HaveHash put themselves in a prime position to work with some of the finest cannabis cultivators in the Emerald Triangle. Anyone who has experienced the pure bliss that is SpaceGem Edibles, can attest to the quality of sun grown cannabis from @TalkingTreesFarms. The full sun batches of cannabis they grow are used for both brand's products. In addition to a line-up of hash and rosin in three different tiers, @HaveHash washes and refines all of the bubble hash Space Gem uses to make the best edible on the California market. I'm yet to try anything comparable to the quality of SpaceGem's solventless hash edibles. This also provides a productive and sustainable outlet for anything less than a true full-melt hash. This small community of collaboration has led to top notch projects that embody a craft-quality vision for cannabis. The full-sun, craft-cannabis growing in Humboldt County's unique terroir helps to curate a few insane flavors that have been some of my favorites. Keep your eyes out for anything Zkittlez related, as @HaveHashh has a close and interesting relationship with this difficult cultivar. My all-time favorite zkittlez and zkittlez crosses, have all come from @havehashh. You know you have a good one when a mix of skittles flavors, so reminiscent of the candy it's crazy, smacks you in the taste buds. Yeah, you will know. I remain open to the possibility of each style of rosin providing the best representation of a given cultivar and would like to trust my hash maker to choose rosin styles accordingly. We discussed live rosin sauce, and how it is an easy method to use when a batch turns out less than ideal, something I have spoken on before. Add rosin vape carts next on the list of solventless products with decreasing quality. But with some increased demand for these textures, some of the best batches are now going to rosin sauce. This Sunset Mint Live Rosin Sauce we smoked is a good example: Having numerous outlets for @TalkingTreesfarms, creates an ideal situation for attaining the best hash. With the freedom to pick and choose batches to wash, @HaveHashh can focus on bringing the best hash to the market, without being forced to process and sell lower quality batches. Only unique, desirable, and distinguished varieties are the focus in this ever-evolving art-form of solventless hashish. And did I mention @havehash is self-supported, refusing outside sources of funding and without corporate interests demanding a bottom line? @Havehashh is a brand with purpose, using the "profession and passion to educate and motivate others to regenerate our planet." Now that is a brand I can get behind and by the way, call me a turp-slurper because I'm sold! Check them out at havehash.com . #hashwriter #hashisacrime #hash #hashrosin #hashrosinbadder #hashrosinsauce #rosinsauce #rosinbadder #coldcure #jartech #cannabis #concentrates #cannabisconcentrates #hream #antisolventsolventlessclub #assc #humboldt #humboldtcannabis #sungrown #california #calibud #calicannabis #hashhash #tag
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Everything You Need To Smoke Ice Water Hash and Live Hash Rosin

Everything You Need To Smoke Ice Water Hash and Live Hash Rosin

I've spoken at length about the dynamics of dabbing temperatures, storage, and brands, but never really covered the basics that many online may wonder. Here's exactly what you must have to smoke or dab hash and hash rosin. I'll lay out the easiest, most efficient methods and tools to effectively consume hash and rosin (like a motherfucker). Prepare to experience cannabis and explore it's many cultivars, like never before. Dabbing Necessities The Torch The first thing you need, yes, it's a torch. A new torch and a can of butane, as the torch usually comes empty. There's a few different models, but the mainstay is the Blazer Big Shot and any grade of butane fuel will do. Newport Torches used to be my favorite, but I don't see them as much anymore. You can usually get your torch at a head-shop where you will probably need to go for your glass. Otherwise, Amazon is the spot. We use butane torches to heat the quartz "banger" up and then allow it to cool to the proper temperature, before inserting a "dab" of hash or rosin. Using traditional lighters to heat up the quartz will not work and cover your quartz banger in nasty black soot. Propane torches will work, but I advise against using propane, unless it's the only thing you have. Smaller torches and pocket torches may work depending on your set-up. There are a few smaller and mid-range torches available that are a lot less intimidating to use than the Blazer Big Shot, but take a bit longer to heat. You will get used to the torch fast, don't be scared. The Glass You can spend as much or as little as you want on glass and the market has a range of products for everyone. When it comes to smoking full melt hash and live rosin remember that smaller is better, making it much more affordable to find a quality glass piece. You will choose from a 10 mm or 14 mm female opening at either a 45-or-90-degree angle. These numbers tell you what size quartz banger will fit your piece (10mm or 14mm) and the angle it will sit (14mm at 90 degrees is standard). You can usually find something basic and small for under or around a hundred bucks. The smaller rigs allow the smoke to expand within the lungs rather than expanding and touching additional glass surfaces. It is perfectly OK to use your old bong or bubbler if necessary, but a small 6 to 8 inch tall dab rig is ideal. Nothing fancy is required and almost any glass piece with a removable slide or bowl-piece can work. The Quartz A quartz banger is probably the most important part of smoking hash and is the new "bowl-piece" or "slide" you could say. The quartz banger is the part you will torch until hot, and then put the dab in as it is cooling. It is the direct surface you place your hash or rosin on, in other words. My normal glass dab rig or piece cost about 150 bucks, but my quartz banger was $220 alone. You can see where the priority lies but you can often find solid brands making standard quality quartz for fifty dollars or less. There's plenty of five, ten, and twenty dollar quartz bangers that I recommend avoiding and trying to find some of the mid-priced stuff. These super-cheap China quartz generics can get the job done if need be, but there are plenty of quality-handmade products in the mid-range of pricing. Brands such as Bear Quartz, Monark Glass, and AFM make quality quartz for around thirty to forty bucks. Heat retention and dispersion is important, but I've found any grade of quartz will do, but the kicker is the shape. Improperly shaped bangers lead to problems with the next item you will need. Spending on high-end quartz will help ensure a well-shaped and perfectly-round quartz banger. A Buyer's Guide to quartz is here. The Carb-Cap Still clinging to its old name from the early BHO wax days, the "carburetor cap," or carb-cap is another dabbing necessity, that now makes all the sense in the world. It appeared unnecessary to me coming from the wax and crumble days, but I was wrong. For adequate and efficient dabs the carb cap is a crucial necessity for several reasons. For one, it increases the temperature within the quartz banger, causing it to vaporize through convection, while the cap also works to move the dab around inside of the banger. Some "spinner" caps come with a spinning output of air that can spin an optional "terp pearl" or small bead inside your banger. Personally, all the spinning toys and odds and ends in use are largely an aesthetic extra when used with a traditional style and shape of quartz banger. With or without terp-pearls, the carb cap is still needed to take functional dabs. I prefer a simple and standard bubble-cap with a long thin snout for added pressure build-up. Having a well-shaped banger and cap creates a seal for pressure to build. This is where those cheap bangers and caps can fail, without making for an effective suction and seal. The Tool This one could be filed under optional, as almost anything can make due. For the regular dabber a nice dab tool is a smart purchase. You will need some type of tool able to scrape some hash or rosin from its jar, and apply it to the hot quartz surface. Steel or titanium has been the preferred material, but glass and other versions of dab tools do exist. You can easily pay thirty or forty dollars for a dab tool, or pick-up whatever generic brand the smoke shop offers for more like five bucks. Q-Tips Clean your quartz after every dab with a q-tip, or don't and find out why its listed under necessities for yourself! Optional Items Temperature Device To some this may be a necessity, but as someone to dab and dab daily for years without a temperature device, I don't recommend it, but it is possible to do with a timer. With that being said, buy yourself a Terpometer as soon as possible. It has eliminated error and dialed in my dabbing routine to where I can make five to ten degree adjustments that are accurate and consistent every time. These temperature devices take the guesswork out of dabbing and are a luxury to have. For just twenty or thirty bucks you can find infrared thermometer guns on Amazon that will do the job as well if not better than some of these desktop designs, costing hundreds of dollars. (Once you acquire a temp. reader, this here article is for you.) Terp-Pearls Terp Pearls are like small marbles made from different materials and intended to provide a bit more heat retention, while working to spin and evenly vaporize the hash or rosin. It's been quite the cash grab from glass artists, selling marbles and small pearls for hundreds of dollars each. They are just too much for me to keep up with and constantly clean to become a regular part of my routine. Punch hooked me up with a terp pearl as seen below: New Quartz Options Recently a new quartz option has appeared and caught on fast called, the Terp Slurper. These "slurpers" and "blenders" require some sort of stationary cap, like a marble, that doesn't allow air to flow through it. Instead the air is pulled in from the bottom and into an upward spinning vortex. For Terp Slurpers, "terp-pearls" and marbles are necessary, as they completely change the function, helping to increase pressure when used as intended. Speaking of pressure, it is important for both styles of quartz to increase the pressure while inhaling, causing the hash or rosin to vaporize at significantly lower temperatures. The better the products, the better the seal. Electric Options New electric and portable dab rigs have appeared that I recommend for brand new consumers. Otherwise, I would only use these for on the go and other situations that necessitate speed and ease of use. E-nails on the other hand, that can be plugged in and keep your banger at a consistent temperature are highly ideal in replacing a torch. If you have the means, E-nails that heat quartz shaped like a usual "banger," are the ones I recommend. Wrap Up With the necessities you are well on your way to experiencing cannabis like never before. There has never been a better method to explore cannabis cultivars and their different sensory profiles than with modern hash and hash rosin. If you have not experienced the euphoric joy and unadulterated taste of pure trichomes, you’re in for a real treat, as these products are the best of what cannabis has to offer. Subscribe or Member-Up for updates and a monthly Hash-Letter to your inbox. Check out the store for plenty more! 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Best Thing to Happen To Cannabis & How Hashish is Saving the Cannabis World

Best Thing to Happen To Cannabis & How Hashish is Saving the Cannabis World

Sometimes you just have to come out and say it like it is: Solventless hash making is the best thing to happen to cannabis in my lifetime. Yes, that's right. Not medicinal cannabis in California, or state legalization in Colorado and Oregon, and certainly not the domino effect of unprepared follower states scrambling to enact self-serving legislation. Not this legal incompetency and manipulation of law and order that has suddenly subsided into a strong-armed licensing power-play and tax-grab called "legalization". The same people profiting from incarceration want to keep their hands on a slice of the pie. Certainly, I won't fall for the idea that cannabis is legal while men and women not only remain in prison for cannabis, but continue to be arrested and prosecuted for it. There's nothing legal about my cannabis felonies. Natural Resistance I knew the big guys were dug in for a good stay beyond their time, despite solventless revelations. I may have underestimated the dedication however, to these less effective means. I thought more had moved on, but a few recent quips and odd comments led me to reevaluate the chemical extract industry. Only those financially tied to butane extractions will even make the effort to argue against BHO's abysmal quality, but these lies have led to false arguments and illogical replies. You see, the problem is we do everything backwards thanks to the hyper-consumerism of surveillance capitalism with a side of Prohibition. Backwards Evolution of BHO Had quality products been the ideal, we would have come across solventless hash and rosin a long, long time ago. I fight mentally to argue that the cannabis quality itself is what was required for solventless refinement to become possible and that without the advances and interest that Butane Hash allowed, the cannabis quality wouldn't have progressed fast enough for solventless methods. Regardless, no one took a quality cannabis plant and said how do I best refine this... Instead they took a heaping mound of trim, trash, larf, leaf, and scrap and said, "How do we profit from all this trash?" Another detrimental aspect of Prohibition, preventing anyone from risking the research and development necessary. Instead, flowers were gold and we were looking for an effective means to refine the trash. In A Normal World A normal world would have used cannabis rather than it's trim to develop a finer product. Solventless measures have been around forever and part of the solventless system did exist long before BHO, but the final steps of modern solventless only came about in the last few years. Had grade A cannabis been used in prior bubble-hash, it probably would have risen to fame long before chemical industries decided to "lend a hand." In this idea of a normal world, it would be common knowledge that only the best comes from ice and water washes. It would be common sense to say the usage of chemicals to refine anything in cannabis is due to a lower quality of cannabis and as a last resort. If water works, why use chemicals? Quality Yields Solventless We know that the absolute finest cannabis on earth yields well in ice water hash and that only pristine batches of the best cannabis go toward solventless refinement. There's never been a flower that was too good for ice water hash but there's certainly a ton of flowers out there that could never dream of being refined with only ice and water. While you can put quality cannabis through BHO refinement, why would you? If a fundamentally superior style of product can be obtained in ice and water, who on Earth would want their cannabis soaked and dissolved in Butane instead? Let's Compare: Do you want your cannabis to be stuffed into these pipes and blasted with propane, butane, or ethanol? No thank you. We let scientists pack cannabis into a steel column or pipe attached to a closed loop system, like a giant chemistry set, pumping solvent gasses through the weed, in effect dissolving cannabis trichomes into the solvent. This chemical stew of liquid butane and whatever terpenes and cannabinoids remain is disgusting. We used to allow the butane to simply evaporate, but now use ovens to help purge the remaining butane and call whatever remains, "a product". On the other hand, I'll take my cannabis product made by hand in ice and water that comes from something more like this... Wash and drain, drain and strain, and give me water hash! It's almost as simple as that. In the long term, understandings will eventually balance out. These strange early days of backward dealings and legally prohibited exploration have slowly come to a close, as a modern understanding of cannabis and the methods to best refine it slowly spread. Ten or twenty years from now BHO will be put into perspective and held alongside distillate for bargain priced products that everyone knows are made from trim. The backward evolution of extracts caused by Prohibition will subside and a more logical understanding will evolve. Solventless Genetics to Wash While solventless appeared to be extremely difficult and limited to a very distinct set of genetics, these were some of the earliest claims about solventless hash. An updated understanding of solventless-appropriate genetics has found that the proper phenotype will wash. This means it is up to the grower to pheno-hunt for the right version of a genetic if they want it to "wash". A genetic that will "wash" is hash slang meaning it will yield a fair solventless product. Those that "won't wash," simply haven't searched long or hard enough for the right phenotype of that particular cultivar. While some cultivars like GMO, Papaya, or Wedding Cake seem meant for solventless methods, more and more genetics are found and bred specifically for ice water hash with each passing day. Cannabis Is Made For Hash Being cautious not to over-simplify matters too much, it only takes half a day of watching a serious ice water hash operation to think to yourself, "this is too easy! Why on Earth haven't they been doing it like this all along!?" I could not believe the amount of high quality melt being washed from massive amounts of fresh-frozen cannabis. I'm talking sheet tray, after sheet tray, after sheet tray overflowing with sandy trichomes that are simply spooned off mesh screens. Fifteen minutes of hand stirring two side by side 65 gallon pots of ice, weed, and water is all it took to then filter the wash water with just two or three screens. With the wash-basket lined in a 220 micron screen, the next rinse or two is dialed in to yield a ton of trichomes. The process has been dialed in to yield nearly all of the plant's trichomes with just two or maybe three pours and rinses through various micron screens. I walked away thinking cannabis was made for this. Seriously. Cannabis is made for ice water hash. Back to BHO My interest and attention to the latest chemical solvent extraction procedures was one of general disregard. I didn't study chemistry and that is who was needed to implement and conduct solvent extractions in bomb-proof (f1a1-or-whatever-the-legal-code-is approved) rooms. Despite originating in the back-yard, (like all good things in cannabis) a few blown-up condos in Colorado was what it took to make solvent extraction a highly regulated practice, requiring chemists to perform the extractions safely. Replaced By Nerds Closed-loop systems were developed for the safe extraction with solvents, costing extractors a small fortune, (hence being "dug-in"). I want to know how my products are made maybe more than anyone else, but once you get past the general premise of packing cannabis into a metal tube and "blasting" it with chemical solvents, the rest is pretty much up to a scientist to understand. The industry quickly moved into the hands of trained professionals from other technical or scientific fields. Those responsible for extracting the cannabis and infusing our products had moved further and further away from the heart of the community, meanwhile putting up theoretical walls that made growing and extracting today seem impractical if not impossible at home. Non-smokers in white lab coats had taken over, replacing those who worked, sacrificed, and endured incarceration for the love of the plant. Our Savior! Solventless hash slammed the door on chemical extraction, opening the back door for the heart of the community to take the reigns once more. I heard the message early on from people I won't mention and @Pez_bros, and I think almost everyone in the community had a "hair-dryer awakening." Realizing we could make our own extracts again that would melt was so important. And while this was exactly what the industry needed, it took some time to spread. Solventless hash empowered cannabis consumers, growers, and hash makers, placing the ball back in our court. Just when I thought all the real ones, the people who risked incarceration, people who were incarcerated, and everyone who sacrificed for the plant appeared to be pushed out of the industry, in swooped the solventless method to make things right again in the world of weed. A New Quality A new quality of cannabis, something the chemical engineers couldn't care less about was required for ice and water refinement. Fresh-frozen or the use of frozen material was the final push needed for solventless products to eliminate BHO and chemical extraction from my diet completely. Once you cross over and realize what was missing from BHO it's impossible to switch back. My years-old hacking cough subsided within days and the whole experience of consuming concentrates evolved. The days of preparing for harsh hits of sauce and diamonds ended and a new experience of tasting cannabis like never before began. Subscribe for updates and a monthly Hash-letter! #hashwriter #hashisacrime #hash #hashrosin #hashrosinbadder #hashrosinsauce #rosinsauce #rosinbadder #coldcure #jartech #cannabis #concentrates #cannabisconcentrates #hream #antisolventsolventlessclub #assc #humboldt #humboldtcannabis #sungrown #california #calibud #calicannabis #hashhash #tag #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 #growyourown

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Lab Lessons and Lame Legislation: Failures in Regulating CA Cannabis Testing (BCC Fact Sheet)

Lab Lessons and Lame Legislation: Failures in Regulating CA Cannabis Testing (BCC Fact Sheet)

Cannabis Testing in CA has Failed Boy, do we ever know how to mess a good thing up before it even begins... Things are really messed up in the world of weed, as though a 1980's understanding of cannabis was used to create guidelines for California's cannabis testing today. 100 years from now we will acknowledge the progress made, but wish many of the mistakes and misdeeds baked into the legislation, were avoided in the efforts to regulate and legalize. The cannabis industry is being designed like any other business in corporate America, where corporations dictate laws and regulations. Alcohol in the Hash? I've received plenty of DM's over the last several months asking the same thing: "Should there be isopropyl alcohol in my solventless products?" and the answer is a resounding no! Why are these C.O.A.'s (Copy of Analysis) turning up with isopropyl alcohol in solventless products? An early blunder in legislation and testing is our answer. Little Faith in the Current Testing The answer came to me while investigating some dirt fed my way a few months back, that I ultimately decided wasn't valid. A COA or copy of analysis showed ISO alcohol in a hash rosin product. What ensued however, was a two hour telephone call with the head of a major solventless brand and the head lab chemist. There was only one reason to include the lab in this phone call and it was to take the blame for the mistake. The isopropyl alcohol testing positive on C.O.A.'s for solventless products is the result of sloppy lab work and a failure to implement standardized testing minimums. Trace elements of alcohol were accounted for by the lab's use of disinfecting wipes or cleaning products. You would think a scientific testing facility would understand this and prevent such a simple mistake from happening, but get this. I was told, the chemists come from other fields and are learning how to test with different materials/consistencies as they go. Common Sense too Common Well, why not retest the sample and update the results? A lesson learned during the 710 Labs Gummy fiasco, trace elements and positive results can be retested, however the C.O.A. is not updated. Regardless of the reasons for false positives, and regardless of the results of re-testing, the original C.O.A. is the only one that remains on file both in dispensaries and online through the B.C.C. What looks like an effort to prevent manipulation after testing, has led to incorrect results shown to consumers. It took a good moment for this to fully sink in. This failure to inform consumers or update COA's on file is a problem created by legislation. The BCC Fact Sheet While I expected to be searching for a needle in a haystack reading legislation and trying to find this in writing, I lucked out as the B.C.C. fact sheet made things pretty clear. "A licensed testing laboratory shall not amend any COA after issuance" and in case it wasn't clear, they repeated the line in the next column of their one-page fact sheet! I really thought this one would be difficult to spot, as most bureaucratic legislation tends to be. Contradiction to common sense isn't usually this blatant, but then again, what's more blatant than a century of plant Prohibition based on lies? (Maybe the acceptance of alcohol, despite it's poisonous reality). Anything that fails testing is "quarantined," but for positive results that remain under acceptable levels, retests are never seen by consumers. So, despite the lab's admission, taking responsibility for the false positive with retests to prove it, the COA's on file continue to show the contamination to consumers. Apparently, even false positives and lab error do not qualify as "remediation, necessary to supersede the original test results," however I'd hate to find out what these "remediation" tactics actually imply. Punished For Doing More The amount of ISO alcohol contained within the test result was so minute that other labs across the state wouldn't have registered a result. I was pretty shocked to learn that there are no requirements or regulations for LOD or LOQ (or else they need to be significantly lowered). The LOD, or limit of detection, is how small or how little of a substance is required to show up on the test. This lab happened to be running advanced testing that shows far more than the BCC requires for legal sale. But instead of being rewarded for extensive testing with LOD/LOQ less then 0.10mg, it came back to bite him in the ass. Here's another facet of the Cannabis industry provoking quantity and profit over quality and understanding. When asked what the remedy was, hoping the product sells out and preventing it from happening on the next batch (despite it not being the hash makers fault or responsibility) was the only answer. His hands were tied with a clean, quality hash product, tainted by lab errors and legislation. Failure to Standardize Lab Testing Without regulations for the Limit of Detection, anything that tests over that limit, but under the limit of quantitation, simply reads <LOQ. It shows that some amount is present but not enough to show the exact numbers until it reaches the LOQ. When we are talking about trace amounts of terpenes or cannabinoids and in one gram products, trying to compare them without standardized levels of detection is impossible. In order to understand what we consume, standardized levels of detection seems like it would be the place to start. And people wonder why I pay the tests and their results absolutely no attention anymore. I won't even get into the projected range of error for each and every test. To Top Off the Lunacy Just to top the non-sense off, requesting to show only what was required by the BCC is no longer an option. Choose to only test what is necessary and those results can happen, but asking for more has a "no-going back" clause. Everything's incentivized against quality products and precision. "A COA must accurately reflect all testing, even if ... it was not required by BCC regulations." Screwed again for doing more. Yeah, its required to show all of the extensive original testing, just not any of the accurate retests to provide consumers with facts. While these may seem like a few rare occasions, it builds on a long list of reasons to be wary of lab numbers and results. The reasons for skepticism just continue to grow... Follow us on IG @Hashwriter and Subscribe to the Hash-Blog for a monthly Hash-letter and alerts for new articles sent directly to your inbox. New Book Out Now! 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The Great Marijuana Hoax 1966 & 2021: Second Manifesto to End The (Federal) Bring Down

The Great Marijuana Hoax 1966 & 2021: Second Manifesto to End The (Federal) Bring Down

Second Manifesto to End The Bring Down Part 1: The first half of the essay was written while the author was smoking hashish. 7:38 P.M. July 26, 2021 Arcata, California, USA, Kosmos "How much to be revealed about marijuana especially in this time and nation for the general public! for the actual experience of the herb is clouded by" rumor, but the larger awakening of cannabis acceptance is toppling state laws like dominoes! The unspoken need for Federal reform is a pressing impasse that needs the full voicing support of both cannabis users and those who understand what personal liberties and freedoms as an American are all about: choice. The time has come to focus resources and demand Federal constitutional change immediately. To be repeating the words of 1966 in 2021 is an embarrassing testament to American ignorance, corruption, and nearly a century of pain and community destruction based upon fabricated lies emanating from a single-source (No, not that kind of single-source). The Hoax is still on... On the same day that I flashed photos of Woodstock 1999’s ragged-looking police force and riot squad, sent to quell a literal war zone set on fire, comparing it to the shocking images of militant officers strapped head to toe in the latest combat gear—hundreds of real life Robo-Cops- sent to violently deter peaceful protests today, I found this unpublished essay by Allen Ginsburg. It is a scary outline and completely unheeded warning, reflected in all of today's extremes. There is still "an enormous open secret—that it is time to end Prohibition (again). And with it put an end to the gangsterism, police mania, hypocrisy, anxiety, and national stupidity generated by administrative abuse of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937". It's time to reveal the propaganda machines in perspective and cut ties with these falsifications and fabricated ideas at the source. “There’s an enormous open secret—that it is time to end Prohibition again. And with it put an end to the gangsterism, police mania, hypocrisy, anxiety, and national stupidity generated by administrative abuse of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937”. -Allen Ginsberg 1966 POLICE STATE I define a police state as one in which the police openly and honestly pay allegiance to one another over defending the Constitution for which they serve. They call it the "Blue Code," but everyone knows that is the Convict Code. Rooted in the drastic cultural and socioeconomic changes,“it should be understood once and for all that in this area we have been undergoing police-state conditions in America, with characteristic mass brainwashing of the public, persecution and deaths in jails, elaborate systems of plainclothes police and police spies and stool pigeons, abuse of constitutional guarantees of privacy of home and person from improper search and seizure,” leading to today’s militant over-policing and the widespread murder of black and brown citizens in their own communities. What has become common to some over 75 years and a failed War on Drugs, was clearly a stark contrast to the preceding years in which Ginsburg wrote. Today's global panoptic surveillance measures and the Patriot Act define the modern "police-state" and its unthinkable Prison Industrial Complex. As for brainwashing, it's important to remember the brand new mediums of radio and television, or "mass-media" that simultaneously "encouraged (citizens) to drink intoxicating beer by millions of dollars worth of advertisements," (propaganda), while airing the Vietnam War (another Great injustice) to a drunken nation, glorifying violence. "How much to be revealed about marijuana especially in this time and nation for the general public! for the actual experience of the smoked herb has been completely clouded by a fog of dirty language by the diminishing crowd of fakers who have not had the experience and yet insist on being centers of propaganda about the experience". -Allen Ginsberg Crime-Waves Caused by Prohibition Long before the street gangs formed within our bloated prison systems, Prohibition enabled criminal enterprises to take root. "The police prohibition of marijuana has directly created vast black markets, crime syndicates, crime waves in the cities, and a breakdown of law and order in the state itself" (pg. 99). This perpetually multiplied for eighty years from one criminal organization to the next. The vast black markets and crime syndicates appeared instantly after Prohibition just as they had for alcohol Prohibition among mafioso. Long before crack cocaine flooded the ghettos with gangs, as paramilitar