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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. 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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. 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. Forget THC, 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"! 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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. 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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 paramilitary forces in South America were funded by the U.S. and Narco sales; Before Purdue and Big Pharma (along with the FDA) turned America into the home of the junky, with nearly 200 opioid overdoses daily for the last decade (and no signs of slowing). Before China flooded the U.S. with Car-Fentanyl to replace the declining Oxycontin market and Narco trafficked Mexican tar heroin sales skyrocketed in the suburbs; Before methamphetamine production was so prevalent that prices plummeted, Prohibition planted the seed for cartels to take root. Well Documented Corruption The extreme real-life consequences and subsequent prison boom and arrival of the prison-industrial-complex would be a business of power, fabricated on lies, motivated by money. It is truly an American abomination, locking up a missing generation with over two million behind bars on any given day. Too bad we now know the widespread abuse and corruption of power infecting everything from police, to judges, to DA's, to prosecutors, to drug lab analysis people, to bailiffs and clerks, to the FBI, CIA, & DEA, of course. Everyone was on the take and Netflix is basically evidence for a RICO case against U.S. governmental and institutional corruption to the detriment of the people. Reefer Madness to Gateway Drugs The original source of negative cannabis information is identified by Ginsburg as the US Treasury Department of Narcotics Bureau and that crook Harry J. Anslinger who co-authored the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act later deemed unconstitutional, but not until 1968. They invented and created the ideas of "terror and physiological, or mysterious psychic addiction. An essentially grotesque image, a thought-hallucination magnified myriad thru mass media, a by-product of fear-- something quite fiendish--'Dope Fiend,' the old language, a language abandoned in the sixties when enough of the general public had sufficient experience to reject" Reefer Madness propaganda and the "bureaucratic line shifted to defense of its own existence with the following reason": Smoking leads to a search for thrills, and this leads to the "monster heroin." Oh, the irony. "As a propagandist for the war on drugs, he focused on demonizing racial and immigrant groups," with Anslinger ignoring all medical and juridical reports of the time. The British East India Hemp Commission report of the 1880's, the largest ever conducted at the time "concluded that marijuana was not a problem." Our Panama Canal military reports gave marijuana "a clean bill of health," ignored by the Bureau. Ginsburg hoped to "explain the actual horror of the US Treasury Department Federal Narcotics Bureau to an already suspecting public," revealing the "violence, hysteria, and energy of the anti-marijuana language propaganda, ... has as its motive a rather obnoxious self-interest" (pg. 92). Without demonizing cannabis, "the bureau will have no function except as a minor tax office for which it was originally proposed" (pg. 89). What was supposed to be a tax on hemp production, was spearheaded by Anslinger, abused and weaponized with anti-cannabis propaganda as the precursor to the D.E.A. and War on Drugs. I can still remember being taught that cannabis is a "gateway" drug in Jr. High D.A.R.E. programs by the least medically trained and qualified person possible: THE POLICE. They weren't there to teach anything except the symbolic criminalization of drug users to children (propaganda). Had I been taught anything appropriate about drugs, I may not have considered my cannabis use as equally wrong and criminal as heroin or crack cocaine, preventing their use. The sweeping indictment of substances is every young addict's rationale for continued excess. Well, isn't that all just lovely as heroin production turned to government and pharmacological control, flooding the nation with Oxycontin under the premise that they didn't know opioids were addictive! What happened to the "Monster Heroin"? It only takes a glance back at history to understand motives to contradictory logic. Intercepted Beliefs Ginsburg's need to "explain the misunderstanding that has too long existed between those who know what pot is by experience and those who don't know exactly what it is, but have been influenced by sloppy, or secondhand, or unscientific" knowledge is nearly everyone today. Ginsburg speaks to cannabis' harshest critics, non-smokers, while I couldn't help but read this as it applies particularly to "canna-influencers" and social media hype-men, who often confirm set stigmas and stereotypes that Ginsburg's cannabis virgins once upon a time invented. And yet Ginsburg's "crowd of fakers who have not had the experience," maintain their iron-clad ignorance, clinging to anti-cannabis propaganda, despite a century of evidence to the contrary. The "metaphysical herb less habituating than tobacco, whose smoke is no more disruptive than insight," has been rumored and lied about (and prevented from being studied or researched) until intercepted as fact by the next generation in the fragmented fight against Prohibition. While Reefer Madness beliefs died, (and prescriptions now lead to heroin), the ancillary stigmas grew through effective propaganda. Criminalization While many have now had "the experience" of consumption, a newer generation missed the experience of being criminalized or fearing criminal sanctions. Growing up understanding that cannabis is safe and alcohol is not (thanks Dad), the subconscious “fear of being treated as a deviant criminal” and “the helplessness of being overwhelmed by force or threat of deadly force and put in a brick or iron cell” was no joke. I have spoken on the negative language and association of cannabis to crack cocaine's "trap" houses, just as Ginsburg refuses to call it a "narcotic," choosing instead to call it an herb "in order to switch from negative terminology and inaccurate language". Entrapped Dichotomy Something I have touched on before, the application of drug laws are used as racial leverage to fill an ever-expanding prison system and create constant flux under the feet of the general public. The dichotomy between today’s state and federal cannabis laws is an extreme progression of fragmented instability and entrapment. This un-American law has led to the “venomous bullshit that an arbitrary law can create, from the terrors of arrest to the horror of years in jail," despite prevalent cannabis use. Even in the most progressive states, where you can buy cannabis at the store if you're twenty-one or older, you're breaking the overriding Federal laws simultaneously. "Such a law is a threat to the existence of the state itself, for it sickens and debilitates. It is not healthy for a state to be annoying so many of its citizens thusly; it creates a climate of topsy-turvy law and begets disrespect for the law and the society that tolerates execution of such barbarous law, and a climate of fear and hatred for the administrators of the law.” No truer statement has ever been uttered on the strife between police and the general public today. “It is not healthy for a state to be annoying so many of its citizens thusly; it creates a climate of topsy-turvy law and begets disrespect for the law and the society that tolerates execution of such barbarous law, and a climate of fear and hatred for the administrators of the law.” -A. Ginsburg Recidivism Means Profit And yet, we wonder why we have the least effective and largest prison system in the world with an unheard of 85 percent (low-ball figure) of inmates being returned to prison in their first year after release. Our recidivism numbers are ghastly, appalling, and almost certainly intentional, with incarceration in today's penitentiary clearly "begetting disrespect for law and the society that tolerates execution of such barbarous law". With extreme and harsh sentencing of drug offenders, and the wrongly convicted black man becoming the latest American archetype, why would there be any respect left for the state that "made, propagandized, administers, and profits from the law"? There is certainly a "fear and hatred for the administrators (pigs) of the law," however, by the time a non-violent drug user finishes a prison term. I speak for myself having been raised in a prestigious ski-resort town with general respect and a belief in our code of law. That was all shattered, not by my scenario alone, but the widespread inhumanity and injustice plaguing so many without adequate financial means to be heard. I was humiliated, dehumanized, and subjected to a machinery of physical and mental torture, violence, and injustice that the general public is a long ways from comprehending the extent of. Smoking Anxiety is Our Cultural Thing A Kafkaesque nightmare without a solid foundation to stand, and my early anxiety while smoking cannabis, with the subconscious realization of “jail and victim-age by the bureaucracy that made, propagandized, administers, and profits from the monstrous law,” it's no wonder smoking causes anxiety. An anxiety traceable to incarceration and the subconscious “fear of being treated as a deviant criminal” and “the helplessness of being overwhelmed by force or threat of deadly force and put in a brick or iron cell.” How deadly that force became. The irony, oh the irony. Normalizing the Smoke Harry J. Anslinger and the Federal Narcotics Bureau of idiots is responsible for the "marijuana menace in the public mind and carefully nurturing its growth in the course of a few decades until the unsuspecting public was forced to accept an outright lie" (pg. 89). A scary thought that has come true for alcohol consumption entirely, despite it causing more harm than all other drugs combined (and I'm only speaking about the first-hand medical effects). For cannabis "The Great Hoax" couldn't last, but the false stigmas and stereotypes assigned to the user of the now some-what accepted herb remain firmly entrenched within the culture. These are the instagramers I spoke of earlier. And yet, these negative stigmas and stereotypes associated with the user of cannabis remain a major hindrance to legalization efforts and normalizing its use today. Poignant propaganda played out and "nurtured" by government agencies until being accepted into the hands of those who didn't live under Prohibition or learn about the history before "insisting on being centers for Propaganda on the experience". Just as grammatical errors are obviously the result of cannabis consumption on my part and this is all just madness spewing from the mouth of a hashish fiend, except I'm a trained literary scholar, who refused to write about anything until my credentials were in line, as god forbid, my comments be used or misconstrued as a negative association to cannabis or other mind-expanding substances. In fact, quite the opposite as you will hopefully see the critical thought and logical evaluations of this writing and the massive injustices caused. My consumption of hashish is used as a tool to find clarity and to reflect both within and upon my work, but usually only after completion. It is my reward after a long day of writing that allows me to see between the lines-if you will. Lucky for me, I was able to venture physically between or behind those lines, as a prisoner in a War not to be declared for another decade after Ginsburg's writing. A War on Drugs that would lead to my arrest and eventual imprisonment for possession of oxycodone, once they had revived me from my overdose and arrested me the moment I was medically cleared at the hospital. I was sent to prison as my own victim, the victim of the government's much greater game, entrapped in an institutional system of enslavement and financial gain, but what I witnessed in prison is tough to put into words.... TO BE CONTINUED... New Book Out and on Amazon! 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A Glimpse of Hashin in the Windy City State

A Glimpse of Hashin in the Windy City State

In 2014, Illinois joined the growing list of states with medical cannabis programs, allowing patients with a limited set of health conditions to qualify and a small handful of well-funded companies to cultivate and process medicine for them. Boasting some of the most stringent operational guidelines and lowest tolerances for contaminants in the country, Illinois' program justified the comparatively high prices of dispensary products by chalking them up to the incurred costs of lab testing, not to mention corporate overhead. Fast-forward to New Year's Day 2020 and feverish lines have formed outside once-relaxed shops as shivering masses of adults throughout the state eagerly await their first local recreational purchase, ostensibly numbed from cold and excitement to the shock of steep taxes, particularly for "high-potency" products with THC content reported over 35%. Perhaps most dismaying to cutting-edge concentrate users with experience in other states' markets, more so than the hefty price tags, hectic shopping experiences and restrictive daily purchase limits they were likely to encounter, was the lack of solventless products available after more than five years of exclusively medical sales. As a patient since 2017, I saw rare batches of kief, Moroccan-style hash, and flower rosin reach shelves, yet it always seemed like a consolation prize as I watched the evolution of full-melt and hash rosin develop out West. I began to wonder if the profit margins simply could not sustain high-quality solventless processing in IL's competitive climate as long as cultivators remain locked in wholesale combat over slices of the retail pie, while many of them simultaneously pivoted to the national expansion of their brands. Fortuitously, a small and unassuming dispensary operator called NuMed decided to step up and join the production side with a unique angle: focusing on solventless. In an act of defiance to the BHO-dominated extract market, built on greater biomass returns from hydrocarbon and predictable pricing for consumers, the subsequently renamed NuEra devotes more fresh and cured flower to solventless extracts than any other cultivator, maintaining relationships with close to 30 dispensaries at any given time. Offering freeze-dried full-spec bubble hash (both in grams and mixed into their Dubble joints), flower rosin, and more recently hash rosin, the brand identity taking shape for the rather low-key company is one centered around cleanliness, simplicity, history, respect for the plant, and obtaining the purest medicine from cannabis, reminiscent of CA's Nasha. I had the opportunity to speak with Kris Coffie, NuEra's Director of Facilities at their 20,000-square-foot greenhouse in Hillcrest, IL, as well as Nate Anderson, the on-site Extraction Manager, about the importance, challenges, and exciting future of solventless in Illinois. HW: What's the growing environment like at the Hillcrest facility? KC: We use coco from a highly sustainable supplier and grow under the sun with some supplemental LED lighting and lots of love. We have about 40 people on the team, including security, processing, packaging, harvest, and couriers; definitely one of the smallest in Illinois. HW: What pushes demand for solventless products? NA: It's kind of analogous to the rise in natural and organic foods in grocery stores. People are looking for products that don't have any harsh chemicals, that were grown naturally. It's the true essence of the plant. That's why our bubble hash is legit full-spectrum. We don't take out the meat and potatoes and call the scraps full-spectrum, we keep the meat and potatoes in our product to maintain the entourage effect of each plant's terpene profile. HW: What's the dogma behind selecting genetics for hashing? KC: The ultimate goal as the cultivator is to find universal strains that can yield great dry flower, great bubble, great bag appeal, etc. It's extremely hard to find something that checks every single box, but those who are the most successful find things that work for specific end goals in mind. Personally, I'm hunting for fruits and I'm hunting for some new gas, that super skunk. It's taken us a while to be able to introduce new strains to the grow but we're looking forward to creating a distinct character and personality for NuEra beyond just the legacy of Pharmacann. Our LSD (name of the cultivar) is kind of the start of that; it's a return to tried-and-true, foundational, effective medicine that promotes the experience most people expect from smoking weed. It's not the Instagram hype strain of the year. I also fully believe you should be able to pick out a mint, a eucalypol, a citrus, a sweet, a berry, and really have a full availability of different terps. At the end of the day, consumers might not know all the strains we have growing because if they don't turn out great in flower form, we don't release it. On our end, we're looking to reinvest in ourselves and continue expansion projects and to offer products that support that path while adapting to the ever-changing demands of the market. NA: I'm all over Kris every day about getting me some Chemdawg, some GMO, you know. I wanna open up the fuel tank. HW: What strains tend to wash best in hash? KC: I can't be too specific to NuEra here, but some typical hash go-tos are Papaya and Tropicana Cookies. I've also seen GMOs and Chems that do great in flower rosin just because they're so greasy. I mean, when you walk past it as it's growing you might get a streak of oil on your arm. So I'm looking for both traits for different results, the super frosty, sugar-coated cultivars for ice water hash and the stickier, greasier cultivars for flower rosin. HW: Do you use fresh-frozen or cured flower to produce bubble hash? KC: We've done both. There's a lot of motivation to capture the moment in the flower's life right at harvest time, but after years of making hash I actually prefer the cured heads. I love consuming live resin and live rosin, but I feel like smoking a joint gives you a different high than a dab because of the replacement of monoterpenes with sesquiterpenes as the resin cures. It's like a wine; you lose the lighter molecules but gain heavier, more complex ones that unlock the depth of flavor and effect. Another analogy is, imagine your favorite book had the last ten pages omitted. It would still be almost every bit as satisfying to read, but just lacks that last bit that completes the picture of what the book was about. HW: When you describe the hash as full-spectrum, are you using every wash screen in the end product? KC: No, we choose to omit the same ranges that everybody else [in the hash space] does, so we're typically not gonna hold anything below 45 micron. It's strain-dependent whether we stop collecting above 120 or 160. The interesting thing with some of the newer strains coming out is that we might get the majority of the yield in 120-160, which is not normally expected and can sometimes affect the cleanliness with traditional cultivars. When we're able to grow large-diameter heads, though, it'll shift where the yield comes from. HW: What's your preferred way to use bubble? Mine is rolling hash joints a la @PixieStixOfficial. NA: Bowl topper. No layering, straight on top. HW: Apart from the obvious bottom line, what deters cultivators from venturing into solventless more? KC: The difficulty of hunting for strains that yield enough to warrant the time and labor spent. You know, if a given flower dumps 5% in bubble hash versus 20-25% through a BHO column, you tell me what you would do. But I make solventless and you enjoy solventless so we're willing to make that sacrifice to stand out. Rather than try to compete with the big players in the same categories, we believe that offering diversity and specialization gives us our platform. We have top-of-the-line extraction equipment for solventless and nobody is really positioned to do it better than us right now. I absolutely think that we'll see an increase in rosin on the market once craft grow takes off, especially with the lower startup cost involved. Right now, 21 companies control the market in Illinois, so I'm excited for craft producers to buck that trend. NA: It's also a relatively newer thing commercially, and it's an art form. Someone else can buy the same equipment as us and try to find better strains but you also have to be in tune with each individual harvest, the moisture, the trim, and overall treat it less like a manufacturing process where you press a button on a machine and more like an artistic undertaking. HW: What's been the consumer feedback on your solventless line so far? NA: People like the bubble hash a lot for its ease of use. Flower rosin has more of a learning curve and a bit more stigma from the plant residue, but it just takes an understanding that, yeah when you press flowers you're gonna have traces of plant material and I feel like the market wasn't necessarily ready for that. KC: Naturally, you're gonna have more lipids and waxes in the flower rosin than in a BHO counterpart. That's where a bit of the art form comes in so the flower isn't ruined under 160-degree temperatures. I constantly challenge Nate and encourage him to try new things without fearing a loss of product for a gain of knowledge. For example, solventless carts are so hard to do right because you have to deal with the THCa crashing out, but if you go out West and one in ten dispensaries carries a solventless cartridge, we want that expectation to hold true for Illinois as well. HW: Growing in organic living soil has become a hallmark of top-tier hashmakers due to the rich terroir it can contribute to trichome heads, but I've heard that soil is actually prohibited in Illinois. Is that true? KC: That is incorrect. We can use whatever media we desire, but because Illinois maintains some of the lowest permitted microbial thresholds in the country (about 100x stricter or more than other major cannabis-producing states like California, Washington and Colorado) and can't distinguish between normal airborne yeasts that would be produced from organisms in the soil and pathogenic bacteria, it becomes nearly impossible to produce biomass that passes lab testing every single time when the pathogens we are tested for are omnipresent in nature. At NuEra we've always been sun-grown in clean coco; I stay away from peat due to lesser sustainability and opt out of using rockwool, so that we can compost our spent media, reducing our overall refuse and environmental impact. NA: Operating in Illinois, we're very highly regulated. We get inspected once a week, they look at our books, check our cameras and see all the inputs we use, including five years' worth of written records. Only a short, benign list of household pesticides is approved by the Dept of Ag, and nobody in the state is even allowed to use pesticides in the flowering stage of the plant, so we keep an extremely clean facility. Most of the things we use, like rosemary oil, can be sprayed just moments before someone walks through and it's totally safe. HW: Who are your hash heroes? KC: I can't ever knock Bubbleman, he's the reason for so much that exists now. It's not always about the public image portrayed, but how they were able to change the community with shared knowledge, and Hash Church Sundays were a big part of that for me. While I don't prefer heated, aged hash or temple balls per se, Frenchy Cannoli deserves credit both for his part in the creation of the Delta Separations VTS-50, a machine dedicated to making hash with his particular quality goals in mind, and for contributing to the artistry of and appreciation for hash culture. NA: My top three are Simpson Solventless, Rosin Ryan and Jungle Boys. Ahti Hash and Polar Ice extracts are also role models for quality right now. HW: Thanks so much, gentlemen. Keep it hashy! Enjoy the Guest Spot? Do you have something to contribute? We just might need a Hashwriter in each legal state. Or, I can dream anyways. If you have a story, information, a topic, or your own article don't hesitate to reach out! 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#HAF Supporting the Real Ones: Corporate Cannabis Has its Foot on Our Necks

#HAF Supporting the Real Ones: Corporate Cannabis Has its Foot on Our Necks

During trips and visits to different Emerald Triangle farms, I can't help but to imagine how things used to be, long before Legacy farms called themselves a "Legacy farm." I've been taken-back by the visibility and easy accessibility of many farms that I assume must have been built in more recent years, but @HashandFlowers was hidden deep. While some rows were clearly constructed in more recent years, under relaxing laws, what circles the house is far more reminiscent of a good-old, Prohibition Era Home-Grow and cannabis farm. Or what I'd always pictured an Emerald Triangle farm to look like under the most draconian of laws. The property's physical features bear witness to a history of paper laws, written in far off places, by far off people. The ground itself seemed to tell me the story and evolution of State and Federal cannabis laws, or more importantly, the choice not to enforce them. Let me remind you that cannabis remains Federally illegal, meaning nothing has really changed, other than a choice to not enforce Federal law. A choice, not a right, that leaves everyone in the business without a solid foundation, or a set of rights, to fall back or build upon. But it fits the mold, per se. Use legislation to destabilize the competition. It's an ingenious tactic used countless times before in all walks of life, now enabling a new industry to be created under corporate control, where corporate interests dictate legislation. Only big business can put up with changes in regulations, B.C.C. demands, and heavy taxation. It keeps all of the small players in check, with their foot on our necks and without access to things like banking, payroll services, insurance, employee benefits, small business loans, or even advertising channels! But despite Facebook and Google's ban of cannabis related advertising, multi-state operators or M.S.O.'s like, Columbia Care, seem to do as they please. Every google search for cannabis stores when I was in Orange County, was topped by paid advertisements from guess who? Columbia Care. Apparently, if you throw enough money at any set of regulations or rules they won't be enforced. This selective application of laws and regulations fits right in with the double standard of state and federal law, shaping yet another dangerous tool in the cap of corporate interests. It's also a dead giveaway as to who is writing the laws and calling the shots. This is such a gross perversion of the free market that I'm calling for an outright boycott of all products made by the Big M.S.O.'s. (Multi-State Operators). This shouldn't be difficult as their products are made from the lowest quality cannabis trash. Please help spread the good word. Thankfully, California still has a few retail brands left that I can spend money on and not feel like I'm being punked. @HashandFlowers, hailing out of Trinity County, California, is certainly one of them. Recently hitting retail markets, they've sent consumers home with more for less, earning them plenty of fans in recent months. As a single-source producer, everything is grown and washed on-site as a small team/family unit. Most of today's hash-makers out-source their cannabis, freezing it and transporting it to be washed elsewhere and often down south. Unlike many of the farms, @HashandFlowers refuses to go with light-deps, choosing full-sun and full-term traditional growing methods instead. While this cuts down on the number of yearly harvests, it allows plants to grow into full maturity. Full-term plants grow from April to October giving them six full months to mature. This potentially allows for a greater flush of nutrients from the plants. While indoor and light deprivation grows will cut off nutrients and flush the plants with only water for the last two weeks or so before harvest, it hardly compares. Indoor and light deprivation grows usually take around 60-90 days to mature once the flowering stage begins, but take only three to four months total from start to finish. That's half the length of time it takes for a full-term outdoor plant to grow. While full-term outdoor plants were never my ideal cannabis smoke, the new solventless world has shown that outdoor flowers pack a serious punch in solventless forms. It has caused me to completely re-evaluate my beliefs about outdoor cannabis for hashish over the last year or so. The cold-cured hash rosin from @HashandFlowers is some of the best I've tried, but you know I needed to see the fresh press.... And man did they deliver. When done right and with fresh quality cannabis you grew and washed yourself, the fresh press rosin has just as much flavor from the first dab to the last. Sometimes even the best rosin lacks scent until it really warms up, but has all of its flavor from the first dab to the very last. Everything I tried was loud and right. I've smoked more than enough versions of GMO hash and rosin to know when you have the right phenotype and a rocking terroir. After being thoroughly turned off by anything with a banana from 710labs last year, @HashandFlowers fully restored my faith in the "nanner" cuts. Honey Bananas and Modified Bananas both smacked with flavor and hit hard with effect. With all kinds of sweet and fruity cultivars like "fruit by the gram," I'm looking forward to trying everything they put out. Out-sourcing cannabis material for hash and rosin has proven successful, but I will argue that a single-source producer, like @hashandflowers has the advantage. Many advantages in fact, some that only a gardener who spends every day with his or her plants can effectively communicate to the hash making process. Seeing a small team that grows and washes the same plants in the same area is extremely rare in today's retail market. Their ability to grow numerous cultivars that excel in solventless refinement, speaks to their extensive expertise. All of these pictures were taken on July first, but I'm told they have taken off since. This is the size most indoor and light dep. plants grow to at full maturity, but is merely half their finished size. I'll be heading back out in the coming weeks to document the growth and show off some absolutely gigantic plants that I'm told will hover a couple feet above the wooden posts! Before medical markets and hydrocarbon chemical extractions were involved, farmers had been saving their trim and scrap from harvest. They used it to make bubble hash in ice and water. It wasn't until chemicals came around that trim became desirable, bought and sold, and used for every product on retail shelves today. The thought of washing whole cannabis flowers, let alone whole crops, was so taboo it wasn't even mentioned. Thankfully that is all over for some, and the whole crop, no the whole damn farm is now committed entirely to producing hashish. Run by a group of amazing people, I had an absolute blast smoking a ton of hash with everyone at @hashandflowers. They're pumping out incredible amounts of high-quality cold-cure hash rosin, but I was able to influence them into dropping some fresh press rosin and even ice water hash in the coming months. Terry, the owner is the first one I've met that just might smoke more hash and rosin than me... Check them out on the gram and stay tuned to see some real monsters of cannabis plants. 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Buyer's Guides: Everything You Need to Know About Quartz Bangers For Dabbing

Buyer's Guides: Everything You Need to Know About Quartz Bangers For Dabbing

Why does that one cost three-hundred and fifty dollars when an identical one goes for less than thirty dollars? Why is all of the China stuff twenty bucks when American quartz goes for hundreds? Are there differences and what do I need to efficiently consume hash and rosin? Is it worth spending hundreds of dollars on something I already bought for thirty bucks? Those are just a few of the questions I asked coming back to the world of cannabis upon completion of parole. Things changed fast. Not education or information, but the glass scene absolutely exploded in the five or six years I was forced to abstain. Some of the same brands are still out there doing it and doing it the same way I remember, like the infamous Roor, who introduced everyone to "glass-on-glass" fittings standard today, and my Philly favorite, Illadelph. Mothership took the game to a whole new dimension, incorporating mathematical concepts to invent pretty much every style of dab rig made today. Otherwise, the glass industry turned to modern art for its pricing and structure with glass artists selling their works for tens-if not hundreds- of thousands of dollars. There's probably more money spent on glass than cannabis. Mind-blowing. Fully-Worked There are a few things that actually do differentiate a cheap banger from a quality-made one, believe it or not. While the price hike is mainly for brand name appeal, it is a custom craft requiring a skilled craftsman. The part of the banger where the arm attaches to the bucket is the main difference. A quality quartz banger will have been "fully-worked," referring to the bucket and neck of the banger being worked with heat into one solid piece of quartz. Lesser quartz bangers and those coming from China are simply fused to the side of the bucket as two separate pieces. If you start to look closely at the weld, you can determine if it was "worked" or not. Does it change the function? No, not until it breaks anyways, as the "fully worked" bangers are surprisingly strong and hold up to small drops on the table or in the sink. Cheaply made bangers will often snap in two. That's one advantage to spending more money for a good banger knowing it will stand up to the daily rigor of use and short drops. The Seal Really the only other aspect is the shape. This aspect could be downplayed or maximized depending on your knowledge and experience dabbing. Since all of these quartz bangers are handmade, buying quality quartz will assure you a tight seal. People often overlook suction and pressure, which is a main component to effective vaporization at lower temperatures. If your "carb cap" or "bubble cap" does not sit flush on the banger (or just inside) it will not make for a solid seal and fail to build adequate pressure during the dab. If you have a cheaply made carb-cap the problem compounds. This is the biggest difference in function that I have noticed although, the cheap stuff gets better and better every day. While we are on the topic of suction, I figure it's the perfect opportunity to talk about the latest evolution in smoking hash, The Slurper. Terp Slurpers by Toro glass have taken off over the past several months with numerous models and differing ideas that focus on the same concepts. These slurpers bring gravity into the equation but can fail to have any suction pressure at all. If used with the appropriate marble combinations, the suction and pressure is greatly increased. Without a good set of marbles however, you're sucking wind. I've tried numerous models and systems like the "blender" and "shredder" but in the end I still prefer a more traditional set-up. Size and shape remain a huge issue with cheap imports and unknown brands. The size and shape of a banger has pretty much become standardized with either a 25mm or 30mm wide bucket. Lots of cheap brands use their own sizes and dimensions that quite-frankly, just aren't as aesthetically pleasing. They seem to not function as well either. For these newer slurpers and blenders, the China quality knockoffs have only just begun. With the best designs still being dialed-in by some of the best artists, I'd be weary of China slurpers until they have some time to improve. Name Brand Quartz While I believe Puking Beagle is accredited with the first banger designs, Quave and the QCB, or "Quave club banger" really cemented the style of banger and their brand on the hash industry. They make some of my favorite quartz in the traditional shape. Quave combined with Mothership to craft @binarybangers at a hefty price. Toro, who invented the Terp Slurper makes some of the most desirable quartz in the game. They stay sold out, however. Joel Halen glass is my go-to for quartz carb caps. That's right, quartz carb caps, as they're usually made from borosilicate glass. Between the perfectly shaped circle of the cap and its long narrow snout (for added pressure), plus the added strength of quartz, it makes for the perfect carb cap. Shout-out to Evan Shore who makes some awesome quartz as well, hailing from my home turf near Philadelphia, PA. Long Island Quartz is another East Coaster and Grass Labs has really caught my eye lately. While decent, Highly Educated is another brand I would no longer recommend and Eternal quartz just seems to always be overpriced. DCS is relatively affordable at times also. This is just the beginning with countless others I'm sure I forgot. Cheap Quality Luckily, there are a couple brands doing some quality work for prices that actually reflect cheap imports. Brands such as Monark Glass and Bear Quartz are selling quality, hand made quartz for twenty or thirty dollars. I have gone through countless twenty- or thirty-dollar Bear Quartz bangers in the traditional, non-worked category. It's really hard to beat a twenty-dollar banger shaped almost identical to a Quave. Bear also has incredible heat retention outdoing my Quave and my Highly Educated V3 bangers. And now they're doing "fully-worked" Bear bangers for just fifty bucks. This might be the best deal on quartz in the whole industry. While I love these quality made cheap bangers, I wouldn't spend my money on just any knock-off. I put in some time and research to find brands like Bear and Monark that are affordable and consistent in shape with top quality models. (AFM, or Alien Flower Monkey quartz falls under this more affordable category, although I do not have experience with their products. Same is true for the banger supply company. Feel free to comment on these brands below). What drew me to brands like Bear quartz early on, was that they modeled their bangers off some of the best. My non-worked bear quartz is shaped nearly identical to my Quave Club Banger, but the Bear has slightly thicker walls, hence the greater heat retention. They're almost identical and I have mixed the two bangers up before. One cost me twenty-six bucks, the other two-hundred and twenty bucks.... Later There's been a lot of talk about American quartz versus "wherever-quartz," as though being American makes a mineral better. While there are various qualities of quartz, I'm yet to find or notice a difference in anything from heat retention to flavor. I've used and own the fade space inserts and can say first hand the immense flavor produced, but as far as regular quartz, I can find little difference in flavor from one to another. For our usage and the best hash and rosin on earth, quartz is quartz and serves one purpose, heating my hash. Quartz doesn't make flavor, but good hash does. Feel Free to leave comments or corrections. 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Farming & Pheno-Hunts for Hash: @SouthFaceFarms & @Uncle_Mac's Hash Flavor Factory

Farming & Pheno-Hunts for Hash: @SouthFaceFarms & @Uncle_Mac's Hash Flavor Factory

I've now ventured through Northern California's Emerald Triangle numerous times to meet murderers on their own turf. Fortunately, the only thing killer are terpene drenched hash farms and my own onslaught of their trichomes. That must have been what they were talking about in Murder Mountain. Slaying terps is a dirty job but somebody's got to do it. Unlike other farms hidden down dirt roads and unsuspecting driveways deep in the heart of Southern Humboldt's land-locked wilderness, @southfacefarms took me all the way to the coast. After winding through the woods for well over an hour, I was spit-out from behind the Redwood Curtain onto the Coastal Highway 1 in Mendocino County. Just ten to fifteen minutes from the small seaside town of Ft. Bragg, lies an oasis of exotic genetics, classic cultivars, and throwback favorites. Feast your eyes upon the the 2021 Emerald Cup Bronze Medal farm in Water Hash and the reigning People's champion of the First Annual Hashwriter Awards for Fresh Press Live Rosin. That mimosa by @uncle_macs is truly something else, checking all of the boxes I look for in a favorite. Now Presenting: @SouthFaceFarms, @Uncle_Mac's, and @FlowerWheelNursery: Just when I thought @Papas_Select had found the finest farms and flavors, here came Mac with enough unique and fabulous genetics to require a Benjamin Moore paint swatch book to show off his garden. A newer farm for @Papas'_Select in 2020, it only took a gram or two to leave a lasting impression. Any @Papas_select hash or rosin with the infamous @SouthFaceFarms written on the box became instant must-haves. After rising to the top of my favorite hash farms list with the incredible Garlic Juice aka #TheGruice and Papaya Punch, I learned of his own hash brand titled aptly enough: @uncle_mac's. Having given @uncle_mac's Mimosa fresh press rosin of the year, I have a feeling it was only the beginning, with plenty of favorites still to come. In order to offer new and unique genetics, a third of @Southfacefarm's permissible living-soil space is dedicated to finding the next "Unicorn" of cannabis varieties. Pheno-Hunting as it is referred, requires growers to "pop" or germinate numerous seeds of the same genetic or genotype, to narrow down a winner. Only the best resulting plants are selected, as producers look for certain dominant or recessive traits displayed in each plant or phenotype. Narrowing down the phenotype of choice requires extensive R&D and numerous rounds of growing to find and hone-in the best versions of the plant. To make this incredibly difficult two-to-three-year long process more feasible, the winners are eventually offered through the family-owned nursery in clones or small plants. By January 2022, the cult-classic Garlic Juice and Strawberry Mochi will be available from @FlowerWheelNursery. In partnership with @SouthFaceFarms, @Flowerwheelnursery is maintained on-site by the hard working team pictured below. Mac was quick to mention that "@rymarie333 and her team of Queens crush that side BIG TIME." To offer the best version of a genetic from one generation to the next, pheno hunting becomes a crucial part of farming, especially for hash. It helps ensure that the best variation of a genetic cultivar is achieved, that will also yield in solventless refinement. That's why numerous test washes and several full rounds of growing is required before a winning phenotype is chosen to be cloned for hash or flower and released through the nursery. It's truly a labor of love and something that requires far more passion and dedication than your average Big-Weed, or auto-flower farmer is willing to put forth. I'll let the landscape speak for itself a bit... While opinions have varied drastically on the best growing methods, living-soil and light deprivation, like @southfacefarms employs, might lead to the best hash making material on earth. Covering the rows with tarps serves the same purpose as every indoor grow, where the light cycle is controlled and reduced to twelve-hour days. The grower determines when the plants will flower by adjusting the light cycle. Same premise with light deps, that allow this outdoor producer to harvest three times per year, rather than once in the Fall. This is the best set-up for constant variety and pheno hunts, with faster growing periods and several harvests to keep a rotation of new flavors for hash. Farmers shorten the length of daylight hours by covering the plants at the end of every day and uncovering them in the morning. Outdoor "deps" are similar to an indoor grow, but with the major advantage of the sun's natural light spectrum. While plants won't be as enormous as a full-term outdoor grow, the dynamics can be watched closely, with more attention paid to trichome production in each plant. @SouthFaceFarms and its relative closeness to the ocean, just so happens to create one mean hash making terroir. The micro-climates across northern California continue to produce some of the best hash and rosin on the market and Mac's terroir calls my name like few others have before. Keep an eye out for those impeccable and rare @uncle_mac drops (guaranteed to please) and all of the continuing work @southfacefarms does with other hash makers. Flavors come and come quick from this terpene-drenched slice of heaven. Everything seems to have just a touch of taste above the rest on his unique terroir. He's #UndeniablyAuthentic, been doing it as long as anyone, and it shows in everything @Southfacefarms produces. It was truly an honor to stand on this legendary farm and even see #TheGruice up close and personal. In an industry full of financial pursuits, out-right liars, and bold-faced thieves, Mac's an original. As crazy as it may sound, It was refreshing to smoke hash with a farmer who smokes hash... In the now immortal words of Uncle Mac, "Say Less." #lightdep #lightdeprivation #depping #deps #outdoor #hash #rosin #solventless #humboldtcounty #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #weed #marijuana #thc #cannabisculture #cbd #weedporn #weedstagram #hightimes #stoner #indica #sativa #hemp #maryjane #medicalmarijuana #ganja #kush #highlife #growyourown #life #dabs #dank #cannabissociety #highsociety #smokeweedeveryday #smoke #weedlife #cbdoil #bhfyp

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How Cannabis Works & Works Together: The Trichome Glands

How Cannabis Works & Works Together: The Trichome Glands

Solvent or solventless, hash or rosin, epoch or zeitgeist. Do the words matter when we don't understand how cannabis works? No. They sure don't, yet somehow I was of the mindset that explaining extraction or refinement sciences would make sense, when I haven't told you how cannabis works or what we're after! Forget everything you know and focus on the trichome gland. Trichome glands cover the surface of female cannabis plants. There's three different types of trichomes covered here, but the focus is on the Capitate-Stalked trichomes. These are the mushroom shaped trichomes that most people have seen in those crazy macro images of the plant. Here's an example I took of dried cannabis flower. Notice the tiny clear heads on each stalk seen best in the center of the photo: See the hundreds of clear, milky, and amber heads attached to the white stems? These are the trichome heads where the plant produces the cannabinoid known as THC, along with two-hundred other cannabinoids that have already been identified to bind and interact with our Endocannabinoid Receptors. CBD, like THC, is just one of hundreds of cannabinoids contained within each trichome. Along with this vast spectrum of cannabinoids, a plants terpenes are also concentrated within the same trichome glands. Here's a graphic I made to give you a better idea of what is contained inside each and every one of those trichome heads on the surface of female plants: Let the outermost black circle represent the outer membrane of each trichome gland or head. All of those tiny clear circles sitting on the white stems in the prior photograph contain some variation of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids like the graphic above. The white stem would come right out of the base of the black circle (above) to make-up one single trichome gland. Each and every trichome gland covering the surface of female plants contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in a ratio unique and natural to that particular type of cannabis cultivar or variety. This ratio is what determines and defines different varieties of cannabis and causes their different tastes, looks, and smells. Notice, I made the THC-A molecule gray to highlight that cannabinoid, which chemical extraction and especially distillation seeks to remove and isolate from each trichome gland. While we used to believe that THC-A was solely responsible for the mind altering and medicinal effects of cannabis, more recent revelations on the Entourage Effect proved otherwise. Experience confirms these notions. Our aim to purify THC was accomplished many years ago, but destroyed the plants valuable terpenes in doing so. Back to a jar of hash. Now that you know about trichome heads and can see what is potentially contained within each individual trichome head (by my graphic), check out this jar of hash... Yep, that's right. You're looking at tens of thousands of individual trichome glands. Each one containing a profile of terpenes and cannabinoids like the graphic above. Each jar of Ice Water Hash is made up of entire trichome glands, removed and preserved from the plant. What you are looking at in the jar, is perfectly preserved trichome heads like those in the first picture still on the plant. No other product or method has ever achieved this level of perfection and the effects are otherworldly. What's Hash Rosin? Want to know the difference between Ice Water Hash and Hash Rosin? Hash Rosin removes the black circle from my graphic above (trichome membrane), leaving pure cannabinoids, trichomes, and flavonoids to pour out for collection. While this removes that very last bit of plant material that is the trichome membrane, volatile terpenes off-gas the second the trichome membrane is ruptured. You get a cleaner melting product with live hash rosin, but nothing can match the precision and quality of Ice Water Hash. How Cannabis Works What we know is that all of the terpenes, cannabinoids, and potentially flavonoids work in unison to produce the most effective high possible, known as the Entourage Effect. No molecule is more effective alone, compared to being used naturally and in the full ratio or spectrum of the trichome gland. It's a very simple philosophy of using whole and natural cannabis, which refuses chemical extraction as an effective or logical operation for how the plant works. This is why every time I hear they're zeroing in to study another cannabinoid with new potential, I know I am already receiving the finest cannabis in the most effective form possible through ice water hash. This is especially true for CBD which is showing to have almost no effect whatsoever when taken alone. The effects of each cannabinoid have shown they are most effective and pronounced with THC and the rest of the trichomes natural profile. The plant is sick and tired of being sold as high quality flower, and then having its trim and trash blasted with chemical solvents to create the lowest quality cannabis ever attained. Quite an accomplishment to find every way possible to profit with no regard for quality. Pretty amazing that we discovered the lowest quality products, (distillates, CRC) long before the best. Let's turn the page already and put these ineffective chemical extracts where they belong: the trash. Subscribe NOW!! 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MendoBudSmith Proves Possibilities Washing Dried and Cured Cannabis into Fresh Press Hash Rosin

MendoBudSmith Proves Possibilities Washing Dried and Cured Cannabis into Fresh Press Hash Rosin

When @mendobudsmith came through and set up shop with two types of hash rosin, fresh or cured, I assumed he meant fresh-press or cold-cure rosin. I chose fresh and only a month later, sitting in his garage, did I understand he meant the material. Yeah, the material it was washed from, as in fresh press rosin from fresh frozen OR dried and cured plant material. Um, what.....? As I sat reasoning the possibility of dry cannabis being washed and pressed into hash rosin that resembles fresh press live rosin, I remembered the old lesson: The more you know about something, the less you realize you know. Just days after running the article titled "The Fresh Frozen Zeitgeist," my theory was crumbling. I'd often pondered the mere possibility of going from a rare five star melt, achieved with dry material to the whole she-bang, full-melt six-star hash. With traditional hash makers stuck at about the four-star quality ceiling for decades before fresh frozen harvests emerged, I'd overlooked the possibility of pressing traditional bubble hash into hash rosin. The enormous progress of ice hash and live rosins only seemed possible thanks to fresh-frozen harvests and yet, there I sat staring at fresh-pressed hash rosin made from dried and cured cannabis material. My theory was redeemed however, as the dried and cured cannabis material is still frozen, but after the thirty-day drying process or cure. Freezing the cannabis makes the trichomes brittle and easier for the heads to break free from the trichome stems during the ice-water wash. While the zeitgeist remains frozen, this discovery confirmed a new evolution in our conceptual understanding of cannabis. An understanding of what is possible when optimal quality cannabis is used, like this cured plant hash rosin by @mendobudsmith, and extending all the way back to the lowest quality cannabis there is... Let us not forget: Until very recently, let's be clear about the two purposes or motivations for making hashish: 1. To concentrate extremely low-quality cannabis into an effective form. Despite lofty rumors, the traditional forms of hashish emerging from the Arabic world required concentration to make for a useful product. The landrace varieties of cannabis growing naturally in the regions required concentrating massive amounts of bulk cannabis crops into a minute amount of consumable hashish. Legend and lore have grown, but despite the rumors and false assumptions, the quality of cannabis growing in these regions would provide little to no effect, otherwise. Hashish was the only effective form of cannabis known and the moment that cannabis flowers became useful alone, was the moment American hash making was relinquished to utilitarian need. 2. Extraction as a means to salvage and profit mightily off of another person's trash. The 1960's popularity of an Americanized hashish was made from the trim and scraps of harvest. Farmers have been using these traditional sieving methods to make bubble-hash for decades. For the farmer it meant a few extra bucks or some quality smoke to help make it through long winters. With Prohibition keeping things firmly underground, the cannabis flower became and remained the prized possession for the next seventy-plus years, with only its excess trim and scrap devoted to any kind of extractions or hash making. And by day 1 of U.S. recreational cannabis sales in Colorado around 2013, Butane Extraction proved vastly superior to bubble hash in salvaging the trash. Dabs and Dabbing were brand new, and the idea of full-melt hashish was obscure at best. Having no real clue what we were doing, Butane extraction and further distillation worked wonders to salvage THC and provide the first chemical solvent extracts on legal, and illegal markets made from trim and trash. An entire industry (or maybe I should say The entire industry) blossomed on the buying and selling of bulk cannabis material, or biomass, worthy of little more than alcohol-soaked tinctures. This biomass was now being packed into closed-loop hydrocarbon extraction machines, where a bright yellow extract came out the other end. For years companies have gotten filthy-rich buying others trash and using chemical solvents to salvage usable THC distillates for nearly every cartridge and edible product we consume. Our grossly capitalist market took full advantage, infusing every product under the sun from trash grade cannabis material and CRC extracts are just the latest evolution in washing the trash. After a decade of dabbing hydrocarbon extracts, refining the practice, evolving the quartz tools we use, carving out a place in the market and a demand for higher quality extracts, all before Fresh Frozen cannabis harvests provided the final push toward modern hashish: the use of cannabis flowers and whole plants rather than trim. Those first few jars of Live Resin sauce made from freshly frozen cannabis flowers blew the doors off everything we were used to prior. Fresh Frozen harvests finally brought a whole different motivation behind making hash. 3. To make and smoke the highest quality product ever achieved, while sacrificing enormous profits by choosing the solventless method, rather than plundering consumers for every last penny off someone else’s trash. Borrowing the fresh-frozen philosophy, bubble hash makers nailed it. They figured out the age old question when touching and looking at live growing plants that asks, "how do we smoke you just like this?" Freezing the plants during harvest prevents months of terpene deterioration to provide hashish and hash rosin that tastes and smells identical to the living plant. Now, some argue that terpenes can actually improve as they ripen or cure, as is the case with properly cured flower. This is one argument rosin cold cure or badder producers claim as the difference between fresh press rosin and a cold-cured rosin badder. Budsmith took it to a whole different level, curing the cannabis flower as normal, yet freezing it prior to the ice-water wash. The fresh frozen answer to six-star hashish remains true, but the indelible mark that fresh frozen harvests have on the industry, is proving what is possible when using cannabis flower rather than someone’s trash and trim to extract from. It's incredible what can be achieved with just ice, water, and some pressure. @mendobudsmith's ability to craft phenomenal fresh-press rosin from both fresh frozen and dried cannabis is just the latest example of the possibilities. I will admit, I did not enjoy the cured material hash rosin at first, with its much more traditional taste. I rarely smoke flower anymore, but that is exactly what the taste reminded me of. This would make sense as the cannabis material is dried and cured the exact same way his flower is prior to freezing it for the wash. Since the hash material was dried like flower, it was only logical that I asked if he had any of the dried flower to compare. With fresh frozen harvests, we never get to see the finished versions of the dried plant. These shots of his Mac 1 help make sense of the quality retained during cured material washes. My preference for the fresh-frozen rosin taste remains, but a whole different effect from the cured material rosin took me by surprise. By the second day I was choosing the rosin made from dried and cured material over the fresh frozen rosin purely for reasons stemming from the effects. The initial high or effect from the cured material seemed to be lacking at first, without the harsh-almost anxiety inducing effects of dabs first kicking in. The high comes on a bit slower with the cured rosin but materializes into a bodily euphoria felt heavily in the forearms and shoulders. It is almost comparable to an edible high, or relatable might be the better word. The high lasts longer from the cured material yet seems to dissipate without the tiring effects usually associated after smoking cannabis. The questions that initially came raining in about the cured material rosin, asked about yields and pricing, which only make the Budsmith look like a genius. Despite taking an additional thirty days of drying the plant, the cured material yields are often greater than from fresh frozen material! Add price into the equation, with the cured material rosin going for half the cost of his fresh frozen rosin and I'm sold. I ended up mixing jars together to get the best of both worlds. His Mac1 fresh frozen rosin is one of my favorites and the cured material version proved incredibly euphoric in a body high. Scientific testing is crucial in understanding the dynamics and complexities at play. Hopefully soon enough we will be able to compare and understand the effects of the cure. This is true for cold-cure rosin badders versus fresh press rosin, as well as for this latest evolution. I found I can write and read effectively during and after smoking the rosin from cured material, something I'd never say for the fresh frozen material. Clearly something is happening after harvest that we have failed to grasp in a meaningful way. Come on Science! Wrap-Up Chemical extractions never aimed for top quality, they simply aimed at effectively removing the THC molecule from almost any quality of cannabis. Chemical's dissolve trichomes from the plant, while water and agitation remove whole trichomes from the plant. Two entirely different actions with different motives. These chemical extracts are best left for their original purpose: Salvaging and making use of the trash, while solventless refinement continues to take over the cannabis world. Subscribe to the Blog and Become a Site Member for Email Updates and a monthly Hash-Letter! 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Gold Country Resin Presents: THE HASH ROSIN Rigmarole! Badder VS. Fresh-Press

Gold Country Resin Presents: THE HASH ROSIN Rigmarole! Badder VS. Fresh-Press

Well, it's about time we welcomed a new brand into the HashWriter fold! I was lucky enough to meet the Gold Country Resin crew at the Byrd-man's hash class, along with several other industry pioneers. Having finished in second place in this year's Emerald Cup, Gold Country Resin showed up in support and to contribute to the larger conversations of hashish. After hearing @Byrd_extracts_co preaching the merits of using a full-spectrum of wash bags for rosin (sizes 50 to 150-micron), something I've heard numerous times before, I finally experienced these added effects first-hand. The light tan Strawberry Cheesecake badder I was gifted appeared rather unassuming, but when the Entourage Effect kicked my high into over-drive, I realized I finally found a brand using the full-spectrum to their product and consumer's advantage. Many claim full spectrum, only to include less desirable washes in the rosin. Coming out of Nevada County, CA, Gold Country Resin uses several of the standard Light-Deprivation greenhouses, with a modern-hash twist. In addition to the unique spectrum of Northern California sunlight, either LED or HPS lighting gives plants an added boost. Solventless farmers have made quick work combining the best of both worlds, indoor and out, to make these mixed-light "deps" an optimum environment of hash growing terroir. After honing their chops under the direction of @TrueHashcompany, G.C.R. branched out to some early success. The Personal Use Solventless category runs deep in the Emerald Cup with competition coming from anyone, all over the state. Medaling back in 2019 primed them for the 2021 Emerald Cup, where Gold Country Resin earned the silver medal, quickly putting their name on the hash-map. The question of "fresh press" rosin versus "cold-cure" rosin badder has been ongoing with vastly differing opinions. Claiming the demand has been greater for their cold-cure lately, I wondered if this was a result of wholesaler demand, rather than consumers. Regardless, we decided to put the two styles of rosin side by side for a little test. The Great Rosin Debate of 2021 With The Great Rosin Debate of 2021 alive and raging, Gold Country Resin put their money where their mouths are, no wait... They put their hash rosin where their mouths are and left the talking to the professionals. These types of things are always best left to the professionals, if you know what I mean... A bold move I must say and one that carried some significant risks. It would be one thing to put your fresh press rosin right out of the fridge up against a cold cure for review, but they risked reputations for a real-world comparison. With the understanding that buddered rosin is a part of the comparisons, let's Real-World Hashish, take 1! Shipping & Storage What better way to begin than by testing out their ability to arrive in prime condition? An ice pack was included and two days later I was amazed to be scooping this perfectly fresh and clear rosin from a lukewarm jar: Fresh-Press Stability Huge win for G.C.R., but normally the cold-cure wins this round hands down. It's that sun-grown Northern California cannabis with the killer stability in fresh-press. Any indoor rosin would have buddered long before reaching me. Many of us became accustomed to rosin that budders-up in a matter of minutes from indoor producers, making the effort seem ridiculous. Outdoor hash and rosin has proven to have far greater stability outside of refrigeration and G.C.R. just helped to further this notion. My General Beef with the Cure The first aspect I notice in nearly all the cold cures I've smoked, is a doughy-type of "flavor-smell" that kind of mimics the "doughy" look of cold cure badder itself. I've been noticing this throughout the last year, but haven't had the opportunity for a direct comparison side by side. I want to say cold-cures take on a play-doh or almost a clay-like smell that I haven't been able to put my finger on. It's a smell that seems separate from the genetic itself or a common building block many genetics share. "Smell-Images" My initial reaction smelling the two jars confirmed my beliefs. The fresh press has a clear or more direct smell of the genetic, while the badder takes on a smell I can only describe as "doughiness". The fresh press scent I categorize as clean, crisp, sharp and clear. The badder scent I describe as "doughy", "cake-like", or thick and muddled, despite a slightly stronger scent overall. These are the "smell-images" years of rosin smoking chiseled into my brain as the usual descriptors. Both consistencies are of Goodtimes OG, a mixed genetic that seems to suit every palette. A real "people pleaser" genetic that has layered tastes and smells. Numerous intricate notes of fruity-flavor ride high on a base-line of solid and at times, funky OG Kush gas. I experienced a depth of flavor on the fresh press that the cold cure lacked. I'm sure it's no surprise I prefer the fresh-press, but I didn't expect some of my more generalized expectations, to apply so perfectly to the situation. Safeguards of Fresh Press To be specific, while confirming one of the safeguards to fresh press rosin mentioned here, both jars are labeled as Whole Plant Fresh Frozen from 40 to 179-micron bags, but only the fresh-press clarifies what "pull" or "wash" it's from. The fresh-press says "1st & 2nd Pull" meaning only the first two washes are included in the fresh press, while the badder may contain additional washes. As is always the case, fresh-press will be your safest bet at buying the best of every batch (right after ice water hash). This is the plant in its least adulterated or manipulated form of rosin. It lets you determine the rate it budders and gives you the opportunity to try all of its phases. G.C.R.'s rosin hit on the perfect consistency of fresh press reminding me of my favorites. Considering how difficult a good fresh press is to achieve and even harder to come by, I was blown away by the quality, stability, and depth of flavor. Cold-Cure Badder As much as I absolutely loved the fresh press rosin, the cold-cure was nothing short of exceptional. I wouldn't want a world without the occasional badder. Check out this bucket of grease, cured up into a shining and wet looking masterpiece. And with some minimal changes in lighting and camera angle, here she is looking like a ripe mango ready for the picking, or smoking. The Synopsis Rosin badder or cold-cure badder (same thing) turn the semi-clear fresh press rosin into a shelf-stable, homogenized, and uniform badder. The advantages of not requiring cold-storage are many, with the convenience or ease of use and accessibility badder allows. While the badder is often preferred due to aspects of convenience, fresh-press is often preferred for reasons stemming from quality alone. Back From The Grave A part of comparing fresh press to badder is what happens after the fresh press dries and cures, since this is why many people shy away from it. Myself and others have often wondered if and how the #baddertech badder differs from cold-cure badder intentionally performed by producers. I figured it was best for the full cold cure to happen prior to the sale, but after some side-by-side comparisons, I'm no longer sure. In fact, dried fresh press that has been turned to badder might be preferable over producer sold cold-cures. The reasons, however, have less to do with what happens or doesn't happen during the cold-cure and everything to do with the safeguards of a fresh press rosin. So, I left some of the fresh press out to budder, used the #baddertech, and have the results here to compare. The #baddertech not only resulted in a lighter colored rosin (thanks to the safeguards), but the same crisp smell and taste exists for that one. I thought they would smell the same by this point, but there's still a distinct difference. I'd have chosen the #baddertech badder over the cold cure if I had nothing but color and smell to judge by. A Terpene Related Affair One explanation is that the fresh press version retains more of the lighter and more volatile terpenes, that would explain the more distinct, crisp smell. That is assuming that these volatile terpenes evaporate and leave behind a familiar smell of more common and less volatile terpenes in the cold-cure badders. This is most likely what causes a similar smell for most cold cure badders. Surely some aspect of this is at play, but until much more advanced research and testing is done, common sense holds its place. There is something to be said for the occasional cold cure, where terpenes change and increase, but that's for another article. Conclusion I was initially drawn to Gold Country Resin for showing up to a hash class taught by this year's winner. For the ones on top, it truly is a lifestyle and a labor of love that is felt, smelt, and smoked in all of their products. It's easy to get petty and look at brands as direct competitors but takes wisdom to understand that we all simply contribute to history's long-running conversations on the best hashish. Hash makers have it right in collaborating, sharing, and teaching one another to the benefit of us all. Keep an eye out for Gold Country Resin and don't sleep on a chance to try them out yourself! 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Taking Over One (jar of) Punch at a Time

Taking Over One (jar of) Punch at a Time

I greatly dislike broad ranging, general statements and try my best to provide accurate information without committing the same errors in logic. That said, there are certainly trends and ideas that app