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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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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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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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HashWriter's 2021 Rosin Badder Awards

HashWriter's 2021 Rosin Badder Awards

I knew I was going to do myself in by presenting separate awards. Regardless, I certainly am in favor of judging fresh press rosin separately from cold-cure rosin aka rosin badder and rosin sauce, despite it requiring me to write an extra article. Small traps I like to set for myself to keep the verbiage flowing. Cold-Cures Oh, boy where to begin. I think anyone that has followed my IG the past year or so, knows I am not in favor of rosin sauce or cold-cure badders, but the ease of access and lengthy shelf-life made rosin badders popular before anyone had rosin to compare it to. With only a few companies offering solventless hash on California's retail shelves, only a fraction of those companies offer a fresh press rosin. There is no way everyone experienced enough fresh press to say, "oh, I think the badder is better." In fact, I still cannot say for certain which is better, but I lean toward fresh press as a more enjoyable product to consume. Isn't it funny how things work like that? It's happened repeatedly over the last few years pertaining to cannabis. Just when I think things are either relatively straight forward or awfully opaque, I'm thrown another curve-ball by headstrong consumers. The characteristic I've quickly come to respect the most, especially in cannabis, is the ability to admit when you are wrong or unsure. Honesty is one thing, humility is another subject all together. Humility is what we lack, forget honesty. Indoor and Outdoor For close to thirty years there's nothing you could have told me to make me think outdoor cannabis is better than indoor cannabis. I was wrong. At least pertaining to hash and rosin, I was dead wrong. It wasn't until solventless refinement caught on the last year or two that anyone could adequately compare indoor versus sun-grown hashish, and the results are indisputable. While my awards aren't necessarily for outdoor, sun-grown cannabis only, all of the top results, sure enough, come from sun-grown cannabis from the Emerald Triangle. Lets all practice some humility going forward and measure our comments aptly. Now without further ado, I present to you the 2021 Hashwriter awards for favorite cold-cure/rosin badders/rosin sauce. 5th Place Rosin Badder @HumboldtTerpCouncil Strawnanna by DNA Genetics Just look at that thing. I literally thought we swapped jars and I may have brought home their BHO live resin badder accidentally. Nope, it's rosin badder and tasted more like pink bubblegum than anything I've tasted before. This was really a special gram looking quite different than many others and just reeking the room up with pink Double-Bubble terps. Good to see the old BHO legends, scoring high on the solventless side of life. And let this be a tip to watch out for these guys soon. 4th place @punch_extracts Wedding Crasher Cold Cure Bred by Symbiotic Genetics Straight up, @Punch_Extracts is killing the game and I was lucky enough to receive a few grams of their hash, despite living too far North to regularly see it on shelves. They certainly struck a perfect balance for these cold cures that sell for less than any other solventless brand on the market, or so I'm told. Machine washing is allowing Punch to put out more hash and rosin, while allowing them to offer prices that rival BHO! That is incredible considering the yields of BHO are massive in comparison to solventless refinement, and really shows how overpriced and overvalued BHO extracts remain to be. Punch has some fire fresh-press rosin as well, letting me know they are about it. Whenever I see a company doing cold-cures only, I'm skeptical of their ability to produce a clean fresh press rosin, which is the necessary step before the cold-cure. Normally but not always, rosin remains a fresh-press product unless there's a reason for further processing, usually determined by the color and appearance of the fresh press rosin. I look forward to many more from Punch as their stock in the solventless world continues to climb. 3rd Place @HaveHash zkittlez The local Humboldt boys come in strong with an array of different cold-cure flavors. These guys have the cold-cure tech dialed in and early on, while others struggled with dry rosin badders. They also will save you a few bucks, retailing for a good ten or fifteen dollars less than most competitors. I'm becoming increasingly fond of @havehash for the convenient and relatively affordable, and consistently terpy cold cures. Between their Sticky Papaya and Key Lime Pie, among many others, they have quickly become the go to recommendation for most bud-tenders in and around Humboldt County. It took me a few days of searching to find this one but I'm glad I did. This was by far my favorite Zkittlez cut of the year, in any consistency. For anyone wondering, a dab of this cold-cure zkittlez tastes just like a mixed handful of Skittles candy. After exhaling, that familiar sugary taste of mixed skittles coats the roof of your mouth with a reminder of its namesake. The first time you try a zkittlez that truly embodies its name, it leaves absolutely no doubt about what genetic you're smoking on. They certainly have some sexy cold cure rosin just gleaming in the light. I could only find two pics of the zkittlez, so I included a couple shots of sticky papaya or key lime pie to show their cold-cured consistency from one genetic to the next. 2nd Place @papas_Select and @humboldtkinefarms Peanut Butter Berries Premium Rosin Badder I was a bit underwhelmed by the Peanut Butter Breath alone this year, however when mixed with the Zberries, it brought out the best of both flavors. I couldn't shake the mental picture of honey covered Zberries (whatever a zberry looks like), leaving a trail of gas. Some flavors are so bold that visual imagery often does more justice than trying to explain away flavors. A creamy peanut-buttery delight of rosin badder so visually appealing I couldn't stop dabbing it until the jar was gone. Jillian over there at @Papas_Select has been whipping up some classic flavors over the last year, making sure to only combine flavors that elevate each genetic into a terpiness all their own. It would be easy to randomly mix flavors and call it a day, but @papas_select did anything but that. This is one example, and the best rosin badder of 2021 is another prime example of expertly intertwined genetics that echo one another. 1st Place @papas_select and @TarhillFarms Lemon-Berry Rosin Badder There's something totally different about these flavors when combined that I swear must be the result of terpene voodoo. I can't lie when I say I'm not usually a huge fan of either flavor alone. I really like both but can't say I love either. The gargoyle melon berry is good, but I never really tasted the sweet melon until combined in this badder. Meanwhile the pink lemonade, a solventless staple for years now, brings just the perfect touch of lemon citrus to the sweet melon flavor. The texture of this rosin badder, much like the prior, is to die for. There's a ton of rosin badders I get and play with, that really don't do much for me and then there's jars like these that I literally cannot stop touching/smoking. With all the talk surrounding the color of rosin and rosin badder, and darker browns not being very pleasing to the eye, the conversation forgot to discuss the prime yellows and neon oranges certain rosin badders produce. Whenever I see bright yellows or oranges in rosin badder, I know it's going to be the chronic. Honorary Mention I couldn't finish this article without making mention of the freak of all freaks. Yeah-you, you know who I'm talking about... The Freak! The freak that is, Papaya! This one could land anywhere on my list, but I saved her for another category. Still, the rosin badder is so perfect that it had to fall somewhere on the rosin badder list as well, exhibiting the same palatial yellows as the two prior mentions. I think the @emeraldqueenfarms Papaya is the best Papaya going and a special genetic to be savored. To Surmise Huge shout out to all the solventless studs crushing the game and evolving the industry at warp speeds. The shelves have quickly gone from all BHO and no solventless options, to nothing but solventless options in under one year. With dispensaries and consumers beginning to catch on, the low-grade chemical extracts will hopefully be a thing of the past. Thanks for reading and tune in for the hash awards coming next! 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The 2021 Hashwriter Hash Awards List

The 2021 Hashwriter Hash Awards List

I’ll try to keep this one short but use the opportunity to dispel some early myths about ice water hash that I must say, took me by surprise recently. I've had more than one person, (working in the industry) say to me recently, "Yeah, I don't really mess with hash. I don't have any parchment and don't want to bother making flags." After taking a moment to absorb this information somewhat dumbfounded, realizing this is indeed Humboldt County and I was indeed at a dispensary selling hash and rosin, I figured it was a joke. I waited for a grin, thinking this is surely dry dispensary humor like, "I want your highest THC product," but none came. And then it dawned on me that dispensaries across the state surely share this uninformed opinion about modern Ice Water Hash. As if the extreme difficulty and rarity of achieving full-melt hash wasn't enough, we have industry workers (and writers) (judges) passing along misguided opinions about the finest product to ever grace retail shelves! You do not need to flag your hash and you don't need parchment paper to smoke it. In fact, flagging hash only works when its still fresh and is more of an aesthetic feature than anything else. The majority of hash dabs are not flagged out and are dabbed just like any other style of concentrate, only at reduced temperatures (below 500). Ice water hash is the ultimate cannabis product and the beginning of every rosin and cold-cure rosin badder that we smoke. All of today's rosin is pressed from less than perfect hash. When hash is perfected, that is the only time you will see it sold as an ice water hash product. The hash will grease down into an oil and changes at room temperature very much like a fresh-press rosin. Dabs of ice water hash provide the cleanest and clearest high in cannabis, a sentiment shared across the aisle (so to say). And for anyone worried about the clean-up, I dab hash from the same quartz banger as rosin and nothing more than a few q-tips is required in between. Glass is made for cannabis, not the other way around. Let's Get it I saw a ton of amazing hash from a bunch of incredible farms this year. I think we are all very lucky to be sampling the very best of what these northern California farms have to offer. Modern hash making calls for the very best cannabis grown specifically for its resin production and ability to produce in water hash. Only the wash will tell how a crop will fare, but the whole process has helped shine a light on the best batches of cannabis growing today. At a time when everyone's "work" (so to say) is being laid out for the rest of the cannabis world to see, here's the best hash that still has a glimmer of hope and a spark of love and peace from the original glory days of the Counter-Culture. 5th Place Hashwriter Awards Luma Melons Ahti Hash Luma Gardens I can't tell you how excited I was to see Ahti back in the game! Especially with such a severe shortage of actual hashish brands selling hash! I tried several killer ice water hash varieties from Ahti and they were all legit. I'll be watching close for the next drops to come and expect to see a growing following behind these solventless masters. 4th Place Hashwriter Award Kombucha Booney Acres Farms @papas_select Mimosa Phenotypes cleaned up this year with some unique and interesting qualities to each. While this Kombucha took 2nd in the Emerald Cup, another Mimosa phenotype won the gold labeled as Strawberry Jelly. I almost left this off my list, having received it so late in the year, but when I realized how limited ice water hash has already become, I needed options. She ranks right up there with the best, as all of my top five picks are something to behold. Yeah, she's funky-fresh alright, with that mimosa-clementine taste I love so much and an added air of funk. Bringing that fermented idea to life in a scent, this one appeases both palettes with enough sweet and funk for all. 3rd Place Hashwriter Awards The Gruice is Still Loose and Papa Still Don't Play Garlic Juice @Southfacefarms @Papas_Select When you see the Gruice... ... you buy the Gruice! Anytime or should I say every time I see @papas_select with the @southfacefarms on the box, I get a little excited. Let that be a huge shopping tip to you, my friends. Mac kills it in every way and on every level and I couldn't be more grateful to enjoy his masterpieces. He is the type of person that I feared was wiped from the industry by this point. A kind, thoughtful person that I'm incredibly grateful to have befriended. Watch out for @unclemacs, his own solventless brand (who I gave the rosin title to) as Mac is a fundamental master of the game. 2nd Place Hashwriter Award The Papaya of all Papayas @EmeraldQueenFarms @Papas_Select Not only has this been by far my favorite Papaya in the biz, but a friend from Colorado visited California recently and left agreeing, it's the best papaya there is. She has it all from texture to consistency, to powerful papaya terps with just a hint of purple smarties. And on top of everything else, the high is unparalleled. "Powerful, thick, and full" is how I would describe the effect. Certainly, a keeper and one we will surely be seeing a lot more of. Emerald Queen keeps rolling out winner after winner. I'm looking forward to everything they bring to the market and hoping to get an Emerald Queen article for the site in the coming months. Look-out! 1st Place Hashwriter Awards 🍇 THC-BOMB 💣 @humboldtkinefarms @papas_select Eric Walz and I collaborated on an article that was run in a six or seven page spread in Weed World Magazine last month, that you can read right here. He trusted me to steer the ship straight and thanks to his brilliance and ability to manage an incredible operation, (not to mention his editing skills) we had the content to crush it. Oh, and in case anyone forgot, he cleaned up in the 2019 Emerald Cup (back before they used Puffcos to judge hash), taking Gold and Silver for his work in 2019. I had little doubt that he would win it again this year, but instead he gets an even more meaningful win right here from the consumers who buy and smoke his hash the most. That yellow hue is remarkable! Can't wait for one of my all-time favorites, The Humboldt Kine Farms Zberries, to be released in hash. Eric's the champ no doubt about it. This is my favorite hashish of all-time. Straight-up. Thank you for delivering this hash of pure joy! Wrap-it-up-B! The ancestral lineage that has bred this crop from a wispy weed, where making concentrated forms of hashish was the only viable way to feel its effects, to the massive colas today, it has always been about the trichomes covering the surface of female plants. Not in the plant, or even of the plant, but simply the resinous trichome glands that cover the plants surface. By flash-freezing the freshly harvested crop, these trichomes naturally break right off when submerged in ice and water and can be sifted back out with ease. Having learned the relative range of sizes that trichomes appear in, mesh netting allows producers to strain the isolated trichomes from the water. Simple stuff, done with mind blowing expertise! The ancient methods are reborn and right on time for a whole new zeitgeist of fresh-frozen hashish. Make sure to read my Fresh Press Rosin Awards and Cold-Cure/Badder award articles. 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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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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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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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Real Blasphemy on Blast: 710Labs Gummi Warning!

Real Blasphemy on Blast: 710Labs Gummi Warning!

This one's too easy. I thought I would just show up and do my journalistic duty to lay down the clear-cut, lab-tested evidence, but I got bored and decided to eat a few. The cubes of "tapioca syrup, cane sugar, pectin, citric acid, and vitamin C" taste great, but block any "nuance" of their "private library of cultivars." I thought they were plain in order to warrant the marketing of single strain flavors, but trust me, flavor is the least of our concerns. At this point everyone is well aware that 710Labs outsources cannabis from a few Northern California farms, a problem no one seems to have issue with more than 710Labs themselves. Their repeated false claims as "single-source" inherited cult-like vibes long ago. With "Elefante" and "Created by Elefante" on their label, they appear to have a much different understanding of single-source, since I first praised them in "Avoiding Heady Halos: Single Source." But fine, work with Elefante, as I'm sure they're some cool San Francisco based, vegan Chefs, making the rare 710 Labs "Gummi" by hand for at least the last hundred-million years (I joke). I was surprised by the cheap, white, hard-to-open, generic-mylar envelope, so unlike 710Labs to skimp on packaging. Especially when their competition comes in a custom-reusable tin for ten bucks less. The labeling holds no qualms about it, spewing "single source" rhetoric, while claiming their "Full Spectrum Hash Rosin" cubes are unlike other "single compound THC Distillate" edibles, so I simply asked for proof. Since many of these terms hold little value in regulation, let's deal in facts. The C.O.A.'s (Certificate of Analysis) reveal trace elements of some pretty shocking finds, however we will save the best for last. Here's the COA reports thanks to one upside of California's prop 64 regulations: we can request state logged COA's on every product a cannabis dispensary carries. Thanks to some solid regulatory bookkeeping at my local spot, (Hey) two of the three COA's for 710labs gummies were located. Here's the Ghost Hulk gummie: For the Ghost Hulk #25 by 710Labs, there is one and only one cannabinoid present: THC. Despite the label's true claim that, "most edibles on the market use single compound THC Distillate," the tests would appear to confirm 710 Labs does too. There isn't a trace of additional cannabinoids that would be present in a solventless product. For comparison I made sure to collect some other records in my role as weed sleuth. Since I have previously supported an edible company for their Hash Gummies, I figure I'd better put myself on blast and compare Space Gem's cannabinoid content: You can see how Space Gem's edibles produced with Ice Water Hash contain the cannabinoids THC, CBG, CBC, and CBN. I'd expect nothing less from the original Hash edible brand Space Gem, who sources their cannabis from Humboldt's own Talking Trees Farms. I compared several products COA's, all to the same results. Most of Space Gem's products contained an even greater array of cannabinoids. The terpene question is one that 710labs elected not to provide, as it requires an additional testing fee. This is suspect in it's own right, granted terpene content of edibles is a tricky subject, with food flavorings containing non-cannabis derived terpenes interfering with tests. As I glanced at the testing for the Orange Cream #27, that's when it hit me: Now the repeated claims of being "single-source" and "full-spectrum" are pretty brutal, but these aren't even solventless! My worst assumptions from afar proved to be more accurate than I'd honestly thought possible. Appears they assumed everyone would be the victim of their "heady-halo," too blinded by the 710 awe to check the tests. Ethanol and traces of Methanol and Isopropyl Alcohol are all chemical solvents present in the gummies. A dead giveaway this is not a solventless product. The lack of cannabinoids and now the presence of harsh chemical solvents further my analysis. First thing I did was checked out Elefante's website, which was conveniently included on the packaging. And there we have our answer to the unusually cheap, white, envelope style packaging. The packaging and product come from another brand. For anyone unfamiliar with white label products, they let you slap whatever brand or logo you want over their generic cannabis products. Absolutely nothing wrong with white-labeling products in the growing economy, but honesty is everything, with regulation clearly failing to monitor or define many producers' common claims. And right on time, I found Elefante's flagship item that looks and sounds eerily identical to 710s gummies: "Combining carefully sourced THC Distillate," with 710Lab's stickers is a surefire way to get thirty bucks for a two-dollar product, while spitting in the face of their consumers. Especially for those truly in need of medicinal quality cannabis products, this is disconcerting to say the least. The increasing production of 710Labs cartridges (which are almost assuredly distillate-based as well) was bad. The increasing BHO products and the massive merchandise overreach was worse, but drop-selling distillate edibles as a "solventless full spectrum hash rosin" product marks a new industry low. I'm personally offended to have paid for these. I can no longer support this brand in good faith. The thing is they don't care and have said as much and acted in conjunction. They created the "headiest" of all "heady-halos," pulling the old rope-a-dope, to abuse brand loyalty and fool their own fans. In case you're wondering, the entire pack of gummies hit me, quite hard at first, only to be a fleeting high completely unnoticeable an hour and a half later; The true mark of a distillate edible. I tried to warn you, "the List" really is for Custys... As I've previously vouched for Space Gem, I did so for legitimate reasons. There is no question anymore, with the proof of Ethanol in 710's "Tapioca" pudding. #710labs #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

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710 Labs Tier Pricing & Buyer's Guide

710 Labs Tier Pricing & Buyer's Guide

710 Labs built their second facility in Oakland a few years back, as California's recreational market was severely lacking solventless products and good indoor flower. Having made quite the name for themselves in Colorado's intensely competitive markets, 710 Labs "honed their iron" long before expanding into California's market. With an almost strictly solvent based California extract market, it's been a warm welcome to 710Labs. The Tier Pricing System Expanding from Colorado, 710 Labs unleashed the first 6-star solventless hash onto California's unsuspecting retail market. They redefined quality, setting the bar high for butane extracts, while all but introducing solventless hash. And with the quality 710 Labs is known for, their tier pricing model is another industry innovation that just makes all too much sense. Tier 1 = The Best (of the best) ($$$$) Tier 2 = Perfection ($$$) Tier 3 = Greatness ($$) Tier 4 = Goodness ($$)* 710 Labs implemented the Tier system to account for the natural and unavoidable variances in quality from batch to batch. As a small-batch, craft producer, the tier system accounts for these variations in batches allowing them to be priced accordingly. Each product from 710 Labs will have a small circle on the label with the number one 1 through 4 indicating the tier (as seen below). The tier system allows consumers to pay considerably less for tier 3 and 4 products, while reducing the guess work in finding the absolute best hash available. Tier 1: $85 -$130+ Only perfection from seed to sale of exotic, low-yielding, or difficult strains will ever obtain the Tier One rank. For most of 710 Labs genetic library perfection from seed to sale equates closer to a tier two. This allows for special batches to be released as a Tier one for those looking for peak quality. I've seen Tier 1's going from $140 down to $80 bucks. Tier 1 is often reserved for the wealthy connoisseur, who isn’t fazed by exorbitant prices. This allows 710 to offer incredibly low yielding strains that are otherwise unprofitable as water hash. Tier 2: $7o to $95 a Gram Tier 2 is considered perfection from seed to sale for many of the strains, or phenotypes 710 labs fans have come to know and love. While the tier rating system takes unlimited variables into account, you can rest assured that a Tier 2 product is an elite extract. This group is reserved for healthy harvests and full-melt water hash. Since not all strains can be considered a Tier 1, Tier 2 is often the cream of the crop. While Tier 1 prices can occasionally skyrocket, like recent Black Mamba Persy Rosin for $130.00, Tier 2 pricing remains on the higher end of the scale, but without the price hikes. By making tier 2 flawless cannabis extracts, it also helps illuminate the intricate quality of a Tier 1. Tier 2's usually fall in the $70.00 to $90.00 range at California's normal retail costs. Tier 3: $55 to 85$ Tier 3 is more affordable than Tier 2’s, yet they still often resemble Tier 1 or 2 products. For high-yeilding, easy and fast growing, plentiful varietals they often fall into a Tier 3, without losing or lacking any of the quality seen in the Tier 2 range. This allows for some of the more common and easier to produce solventless strains to be offered at an affordable price without sacrificing quality. Pricing on Tier 3 Rosins are beginning to rival the price of the markets higher end B.H.O. products. A batch that is less than perfect, but often still phenomenal will get the Tier 3 rating. It can be slightly hit or miss on tier 3's, but as 710Labs continues to dial in their operation the characteristics between Tiers is reduced. Check out this Tier 3 Blueberry Haze that was recently picked up for $54.oo: Tier 4=$65 or less. Tier 4’s are a steal and used for two things: Affordable extracts and collaborations. I’ve seen quite a few 710 Labs B.H.O. products listed as Tier 4’s lately and sold for extremely reasonable prices that rival other B.H.O. products. While this is the low grade for the company, 710 Labs is committed to only selling hash that they themselves would smoke. I’ve had a few Tier 4’s that were amazing, especially considering their price. Recently, second press live rosin has been sold under this Tier 4 rating as well. While second press rosin lacks a bit of the flavor compared to first press, second press can often have a heavier, sedative, couch-locked effect. This is due to a higher conversion of THC-a to CBN from the additional heat of a second run through the rosin press. You get all the boom for your buck in second press pricing. Tier 4 is also reserved for collaborations, as 710 Labs honors their commitment as a Single-Source provider. This means that everything that comes out of the 710 Labs facility was grown, extracted, labeled, and packaged in house. For the rare and occasional collaboration 710 Labs does with other brands, the products will be Tier 4 on this principle. I’ve only seen one or two collaborations from 710 Labs, but I hear there are more collaborations headed our way. Let’s hope they honor the Tier 4 collaboration rating as well as price An area of common confusion around tier ratings needs to consider that all strains are not tier one worthy. This means one strain can be perfection with a Tier 2 rating, while another strain capable of Tier 1 quality can become a tier 2 if it's just less than a perfect batch. The Tier system judges specific varieties of cannabis against previous batches of the same varietal. The result: two different strains or varieties both with tier two rankings don’t necessarily equate in quality. As each phenotype has different characteristics, the tier ratings consider numerous aspects of the batch. Everything from flavor and smell to its melt-ability and the amount of ash left behind from dabbing it as water hash, is all considered and compared to prior batches, and overall quality of the hash. One downside to the tier pricing model fell outside the immediate control of 710 Labs. With these retail stores new to carrying the product or with a limited selection, the tier pricing can be ignored causing customers to pay tier 1 or 2 prices for tier 3 or 4 hash. This happens when stores try to set a consistent price without taking individual products into account. 710 Labs has done well in preventing this sort of thing, and it has also worked in the customers favor at times. By grading their cannabis against previous batches, “quality over everything” is achieved as growers learn the specifics of each strain. Batch to batch comparison for the same phenotypes gives consumers a level of transparency when choosing products, while helping the growers and extractors dial in a particular variety. This system allows not only for the best cannabis to be produced, but also a range in prices making quality solventless hash and hash rosin accessible to all sectors of the cannabis community. "Persy" We have seen some pretty creative ideas behind everything 710 Labs does, but despite hearing numerous interpretations, Persy is just what it sounds like: "personals". Slang representing the best of the best, the pick of the litter, etc. etc. Persy Rosin applies to 6 star water hash that's been pressed into rosin, whereas the normal live rosin doesn't make the same guarantee. The Live Rosin is pressed from hash considered just under 6 star and doesn't have a perfect melt. Persy Rosin is pressed only from the finest of 6 star/full-melt ice-water hash extractions. This way the Persy Rosin is always sold for slightly higher costs then the live rosin and can still come in the full range of Tier rankings. Persy Sauce (solventless) 710Labs most expensive product is their Persy Sauce. Despite many's ideas, Persy Sauce is indeed a solventless form of water hash pressed into rosin and then undergone a secretive operation turning a perishable hash rosin into a shelf-stable product that mimics BHO sauce and diamonds. And like everything else coming out of 710 Labs, the Persy Sauce is also graded by the tier system. L.S. (living soil grown)- If your hash has the initials L.S written on the package after the variety type, it indicates the cannabis was grown in Living Soil beds. Growing indoor living soil allows for a pesticide and fertilizer free method of sustainable indoor growing. Living Soil products can sometimes call for a $5 price hike compared to non LS products. This isn't always the case and occasionally I will receive a living soil gram without even realizing it until I get home as stores often fail to list this detail on their menus. The packaging often has a small sticker or slightly altered decorative boxes showing fungi and other undergrowth. Living Soil hash often has an extra layer of earthy, wholesome terpenes altering the flavor just slightly into a more robust sensory representation. Re-Cap: 710 Labs implemented the Tier system to account for the natural and unavoidable alterations in quality from batch to batch. The tier system allows for these variances in batches to be priced accordingly. Only perfection from seed to sale of exotic strains, low-yielders that are rare and difficult to work with will ever obtain the tier one rank. For most of 710 Labs genetic library, perfection from seed to sale equals a tier two. This allows for certain special batches to be released as Tier 1 with customers understanding that a tier one is a true gem to be gauged as special, unordinary, beyond the usual scope of perfection. Tier 1 is reserved for perfection, from seed to hash. Tier two are top notch batches with nearly full-melt water hash that hits on every level. A Tier 3 product is still high quality, and should be viewed as an average quality batch. Tier fours produce nearly unmatched quality in solventless hash to almost any other solventless brand, but are not their best work. Every batch of flower is graded on this tier system allowing varying batches to be priced accordingly and reflected. From the "OG's" Themselves: #hash #pricing #710labs #710labsflower #cannabis #cannabisindustry #cannabisconcentrates #solventless #hashrosin #Tier #420 #420community #weed #education #cannabiscommunity #concentrates #ogsmakebetterog #persy #persyrosin #persyrosinsauce #persysauce #710 #oil #marijuana #copywriter #hashwriter #cannabiseducation #cannabisculture #hashoil #BHO #hydrocarbonextracts

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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 apply far more often than they do not, but keep in mind there are always outliers and exceptions to every rule. I've been watching Punch Extracts pumping out a bonafied treasure-trove of unique and interesting Fresh Press Live Rosin flavors. Many of my followers switched from some of the elite producers, finding quality hash and rosin companies for less. I've said all along as soon as someone figures out how to sell their solventless for even ten bucks less, I'm all in. Trust me, despite sourcing most of their cannabis from the Emerald Triangle, you would have already seen a lot more Punch on my feed if it was sold anywhere in Humboldt County. While a few companies have figured out how to produce rosin badder or cold-cure rosin badder for less, Punch is the only brand on California's retail market able to achieve fresh press live rosin consistencies at more affordable rates. Hell, they're one of only two or three legal brands able to achieve fresh press live rosin at any rate (discover the difference in rosin consistencies here). A topic that I will dig into over the next several articles (lots of side by side comparisons), fresh press live rosin remains my ideal consistency for rosin products. While I'll readily admit that cold-cure badder at times outperforms fresh press rosin, the safeguards involved in producing fresh press rosin do not exist for rosin badder and that's the catch. There are far too many ways to cover-up or hide deficiencies in the cannabis with rosin badder that fresh press puts on full display. (I will go more in depth on the safeguards of fresh press rosin later.) So, without further ado, lets dive right into the rosin, as I was quite blown away by the quality in everything I tried. I'm just going to come right out and say it now, Punch Extracts has solidified a top three spot on the solventless market, while selling for a third less than those sitting at number one. Hash Reviews Strawberry Ice Cream (Ice Cream Cake X Strawberry Banana) [Tier #1] The Strawberry Ice Cream was just perfect. A true vanilla ice cream taste comes through on this one, with subtle hints of strawberry-banana intertwined. The gram had buddered but took minimal effort to badder it up into a super photogenic, soaking-wet badder. A few of the fresh press rosins from this first round came to me slightly buddered up, but the #baddertech made quick work out of them. I could immediately tell I was dealing with high-quality, sun grown cannabis resins just from their textures. I've noticed only sun grown rosin has an iridescent gleam when dry. With the Ice Cream Cake coming from Emerald Queen Farms, it's no wonder this one holds up long past its prime. The Queen's sun grown cannabis resins hold-up better than anyone's. A quick smash of the dry rosin with my finger, before centering and kneading back over the material using my dab tool and check out this transformation. It took about thirty seconds to go from dry, to this beauty below. A Note on Color The Strawberry Ice Cream was the real treasure out of the first six grams I smoked and to no surprise of my own, it was also the lightest colored rosin of the bunch. There's been a generalized attack against light colored hash rosins, with some serious blanket statements claiming, "color isn't an indicator of quality." I'll be the first to say there's incredible rosin that is dark, but there are too many instances of the lightest colored rosins being the best for me to agree. Of course, there are all kinds of strange and shady techniques to alter color, but when comparing solventless rosin from trusted sources, color is absolutely an indicator of quality, judged proportionately. Jelly Bomb (THC Bomb X Jelly Rancher) [Tier #1] Another favorite of the bunch works off my personal favorite THC-Bomb, crossing it with Jelly Rancher to create Jelly Bombs for all! While the Jelly Bomb was a touch on the dry side, I was still able to use the #baddertech, although it took some patient work. The following video shows a tough #baddertech job in action... This one combines the grape taste of THC Bomb with a funky concoction of different Jelly Rancher flavors. Sweet, tart, and sugary, she puts off candy-like aromas, but will turn your nose upon closer inspection. A sweetness converges with the subtlest hint of the funk, in this mixed palatial delight. Ice Cream Mints (Ice Cream Cake x Kush Mints) [Tier 1] Just in case anyone was wondering, yeah, I'd say they have the fresh press consistency on lock. This fresh press had the stability to stay translucent for a few days, as it slowly swirled with white lines and shades of buddering texture. You can see it beginning to budder, or cure, with the white area in the bottom right. Ice Cream Mints combines the fan favorite from Emerald Queen Farms, along with some added fuel of Kush Mints from another California light dep. (learn about light-deprivation farming here). The doughy vanilla Ice Cream Cake gets a boost of pure OG gas from the Kush Mints for all those gas lovers out there. A full-fledged heater that leaves an unexpected touch of sweet vanilla in your mouth once the gas subsides. This cut was comparable to others from Emerald Queen that will remain stable for a day or two at room temperature... (something very few brands have been able to achieve). Dozizos (Dosido X Zkittlez) [Tier #1] Speaking of sun-grown grease, hot-damn, this next gram is only the second or third time in my solventless career that a fully dried and cured gram of fresh press rosin did NOT require the #baddertech. It takes a rare and awfully greasy genetic to turn itself into a moist and gleaming rosin badder. I'd say 99% of the time, rosin solidifies and hardens causing it to crumble when trying to dab. Here's the other one percent of the time: There's only one other company out there whose fresh press rosin budders, but remains soft to the touch, putting Punch on par with the very best. These guys are using some of the very same material as other brands from the same Northern California farms, while selling their product for nearly a third less. A winning formula if I do say so myself. Fruity Pebbles And it actually smells like a box of Fruity Pebbles cereal. I almost forgot to include this one as I don't post or write on everything I try, but another quick whiff demanded the mention. It's actually overpowering to smell these terps up close. By wafting the aroma from a distance one of those portals of the mind snapped opened, transporting me back to a perfect bag of Rocky Mountain, mid-winter, fruity-cannabis bliss. The smell of good cannabis is tied directly to my memory of precious terpenes. You know the bags that are so damn good you can't help but to take another whiff and a closer look at? Those perfect bags we wish every bag smelled like. Yup, those are the thoughts this one brought to mind. She reminds me of the old Blueberry cuts that wreaked with sweet, sugary, fruity combos of flavor. I had to look this one up to see it called FPOG (Fruity Pebbles OG) a mix of Green Ribbon, Grandaddy Purple, and Tahoe Alien. Safeguards You can see how after buddering and using the tech, these fresh press rosins ALWAYS end up much lighter and more appealing than the vast majority of rosin badders on retail shelves. The most likely explanation is that producers mix in lower grade hash material for badders that cannot be included in the fresh press variety. They can get away with tucking the 50 &/or 150-micron wash bags into the badder, that would ruin a fresh presses color. This is just one of the safeguards of fresh press rosin I mentioned earlier. You are also much more likely to receive a first wash in fresh press rosin, whereas the badders often include second and third washes. Let's not even go into first and second presses... In Closing I love Punch Extracts determination to produce fresh press live rosin, rather than catering to dispensary demand for shelf-stable products. Of course, dispensaries, whose guiding philosophy for every decision is based entirely on the bottom line, prefer shelf stable extracts. It costs dispensaries money to install commercial refrigeration and pay the increased utility bills. The trend of retail rosin badders is not one made from a quality standpoint, but purely an economic one. With Punch Extracts coming out of L.A., I miss out on all the sweet drops. I'm up here in Humboldt seeing and hearing about these amazingly priced hash rosin drops from Punch, with prices no one else has even tried to match. These guys are crushing the solventless game and making some serious waves as a result. Sounds like my kind of guys... Subscribe to the blog or become a member to receive a monthly Hash-Letter and notices of new articles and follow me on Instagram @HashWriter. And be sure to check out Punch's website here. Stay fully hashed-out! #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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Everything You Need to Know About Storing Solventless Hash and Hash Rosins

Everything You Need to Know About Storing Solventless Hash and Hash Rosins

Time to talk hash. I’ve had a bunch of people hit me up lately asking how to store ice water hash and hash rosins. While I can offer some quick guidelines, the topic of storing solventless cannabis concentrates is situational, and requires a longer explanation than I care to give more than once. I decided to share my experience with solventless cannabis extracts over the past three years for anyone who cares to read. The simple storage answer is to freeze your water hash, refrigerate hash rosin, and leave B.H.O. like live-resin sugar at room temperature. They didn’t always recommend leaving BHO at room temp., but B.H.O badders are on another level after warming-up and getting all jiggly and moist. But for solventless extracts of all sorts, its an imperative that you keep them cold, while remembering not to open a frozen jar. Always let hash warm up before opening the jar to prevent condensation from forming and destroying the hash. These are the basics that will adequately protect and preserve your hash, however there are far more intricate aspects of storage that I will discuss below. WARNING: NEVER open a frozen jar of hash or rosin. Always allow your water hash and rosin to warm-up before opening to prevent condensation from forming that can damage the hash. The Scoop Forking over a significant amount of money for some of the world’s finest cannabis concentrates, its nice to know you are getting all you can out of them. These solventless extracts require more attention as storage tech plays a key part in enjoying the solventless side of life. Unlike B.H.O. and other chemical-solvent extractions of cannabis that are shelf-stable at room temperature, solventless hash and hash rosin begin losing volatile terpenes right away. This is why they require freezing or refrigeration, to preserve as many terpenes as possible. As the volatile terpenes naturally deteriorate the hash or hash rosin will transform in appearance, texture, and consistency. It will also significantly increase the aroma and the taste, making the hash more aesthetically pleasing and often easier to work with up until a certain point. Once an extract has surpassed this point, it will harden and remain that way until consumed. It's a natural process of working with undisturbed resin glands that are ruptured by chemical solvents, causing many terpenes to evaporate long before B.H.O. is put in the jar. This is often the reason that many hydrocarbon extraction techniques require the infusion of "food-grade terpenes," rather than terpenes which are cannabis derived. Furthermore, BHO takes a wild guess at the correct ratios and profiles of cannabinoids while re-infusing terpenes at the end. Only with solventless extractions can you get a true expression of that phenotype or cannabis varietal. Honestly, there's absolutely no better way to experience and explore different cannabis varieties, as hash rosins contain a superior spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavanoids in profiles Mother Nature intended. Welcome to the new and improved world of solventless extractions. Rosin (Fresh-Press) When it comes to hash rosins the process explained above is called "buddering-up," or "ripening" as I like to call it (despite actually losing terpenes). If the hash rosin has been well cared-for, meaning it remained below 47 degrees consistently throughout transportation and dispensary storage, it will usually be a translucent shade of yellow or white. Once the hash rosin begins to warm in temperature it can budder-up quickly, which is why it's important to properly store hash rosin after each use. Some strains will budder far quicker than others, with some buddering before it ever reaches the consumer. For certain strains this is normal as every cannabis variety reacts differently. Sometimes a pre-buddered hash rosin is a sign that someone failed to properly store the hash, as most dispensaries in California are still unfamiliar with solventless refinement and underestimate the need for refrigeration. For hash rosin that is completely translucent like the photo to the left, (above) its a good idea to let it warm up some before storing it in the refrigerator rather than the freezer. Freezing hash rosin works to stall the buddering process, while refrigeration will allow the translucent hash to budder-up slowly, developing an opaque crust and a gooey center. Most hash rosin enthusiasts agree the ideal time to consume hash rosin is midway through the buddering process. The challenge is to balance the process using refrigeration to help dictate the rate at which buddering occurs. Below is another example of the same rosin, after 24 hours at room temperature. You can see how after 24 hours at room temperature the rosin above begins to develop a haziness as it turns from a gooey oil into a solidified state. Its perfectly O.K. to dab hash rosin in any state of appearance, but its much more flavorful and enjoyable while undergoing the buddering transformation. Allowing the extract to sit at room temperature, it took about four days before completely solidifying known as caking-up. The product is still incredible, but is missing some of the most volatile terpenes that can evaporate when your hash is exposed. This is a reason to always put the lids back on your solventless extracts during and after each use. The photo below is a fully buddered hash rosin that some people prefer. #Baddertech For those disappointed to spend big bucks only to find out your hash is already buddered**, remember that certain varieties of cannabis act and react different than others. If your hash rosin appears to be caked-up, allow it to reach room temp. and try some agitation using your dab tool to release moisture. Many companies are electing to whip or stir their hash rosin into a stable rosin badder, which can occur naturally with rosin and careful agitation. Below are pictures of what appeared to be a caked-up hash rosin, that was largely just a strain dependent effect. You can see the moisture that is released by making it into a rosin badder. **Editor's Note: Written prior to#baddertech Article to revive dry hash here. You can see above how this Wedding Cake hash rosin from 710 Labs turned right into a gooey, wet, delicious badder that was incredibly easy to dab and one of the most satisfying textures to work with. By simply allowing the hash rosin to reach room temperature, sometimes, you can turn caked-up rosin into a perfect consistency as is shown below. If the hash rosin crumbles with agitation, I'll carefully use my finger to compress the hash rosin down in the bottom of the jar, as the heat from my finger helps it to stick back together. Then I use my tool to gather it around the edges and knead across the surface as explained here. Just as a reminder, no matter what I've said, you should always allow all solventless concentrates to warm up before you dab them to prevent sizzling from condensation. Sometimes with caked-rosin scraping the top layer off after compressing it will surprisingly cause some moisture to appear. Either way it is much easier to work with, especially to gauge the amount of each dab once its compressed. Below are examples of hash rosin I compressed in the jar. Below is a shot of some hash rosin that appeared to be buddered, but showed its soft center as I scraped a few dabs off the solidified shell that was forming. It had buttered up on me, but was a joy to play with as I formed and shaped it back into something of a hash rosin badder coin. Fast, light-tapping with my dab tool loosens the rosin up, especially Persys, and will often transform into a perfectly moist rosin badder. If my hash rosin reaches this 50/50 point of translucency like the papaya hash rosin below, I'll usually freeze that jar of hash rather than refrigerating it between uses to maintain this perfect consistency. Hash rosin will slowly begin to budder-up in the refrigerator, often at a perfect rate to be consumed within the week. You will get to know companies and their cultivars that will effect your storage plans. 710 Labs kimbo-kush hash rosin for example, is super stable and usually takes several days at room temperature before buddering becomes visibly noticeable. Papas Select's premium hash rosins have earned a lofty reputation for their surefire clarity and consistent translucency across varieties and batches. Long-Term/Bulk When purchasing multiple grams of hash rosin its a good idea to freeze all but a gram or two and put them in the refrigerator instead. You should also freeze any bulk purchases of hash or rosin and it never hurts to seal them in a zip-lock or air-sealed bag before freezing to be certain that moisture cannot seep in. The buddering process in rosin continues to amaze and makes dabbing solventless hash rosin more enjoyable and more involved than any other extract form. Ice Water Hash For ice water hash, the same process unfolds as thousands of individual trichome heads containing a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavanoids combine as water hash "greases-down". Once it has "greased down" err..." -up?", the thousands of pristine individual trichome heads meld together into a natural cannabis oil. Only high grade 5 and 6 star ice water hash will undergo this greasing process. Lesser bubble hashes contain too many contaminants like plant material and trichome stalks to ever "grease down" into a dabbable form of oil. It is recommended that you keep ice water hash frozen between uses to prevent it from completely "caking-up" or drying-out. It is still perfectly good hash for consumption, it just loses some of the terpenes that naturally evaporate from all forms of cannabis after harvest. The Ice-Oil With six star hash and hash rosin made from freshly frozen, rather than dried cannabis, most of the terpenes that are included would already be long gone by the time cannabis flowers are dried. This is what makes solventless concentrates so incredible, so don't let caked up hash or rosin prevent you from thoroughly, enjoying this huge advance for cannabis and the culture of hashish. Below are some examples of ice-water hash and the greasing process that ensues. Note how the thousands of tiny heads coagulate turning from a sand-like appearance into a unified oil. This sand like appearance is the ideal consistency of a well preserved hash that has remained frozen or close to it. After warming up and starting to grease down, ice water hash will turn from a sand-like appearance into an oil. The picture below is a perfect example of water hash greasing down after the agitation of pulling out a dab And the unfortunate scenario of having your ice water hash go beyond the greasing process and completely caking-up. EDIT- The picture above is from Santa Cruz Naturals who store their solventless Hash and Hash Rosin from 710 Labs in a warm dry storage area. This is what happens even if the jar is never opened from sitting at room temperature. It is equally as important to allow frozen jars of hash to defrost and thaw out a bit before removing the lid as this will cause condensation that can potentially damage the hash. The same is true for hash rosin, but with hash being in a more natural state, it is recommended that you keep ice-hash frozen when not in use. If after several uses your water hash hasn't greased-down into an oil, try leaving it out for a bit to kick-start the grease-down at room temp. The ideal consistency for water hash only occurs with the best of the best, as the water hash forms a natural rosin without the need for the pneumatic rosin press. Papas Select's water hash is unlike others, and has become the paramount example of 6 star, perfection in water hash refinement. Here's an example of my last gram that was incredibly consistent and held up as an oil even after a couple days at room temp: Personal preference varies, but most hash heads are in agreement that the pristine time to dab hash rosin is halfway through the buddering phase, similar to hash heads who are looking for a partial grease down before dabbing water hash. For the other varieties of solventless hash such as 710 Labs Persy Sauce, the concept is that it no longer requires refrigeration and is a stable product the way B.H.O. extracts are. This makes it much easier to handle, being able to take it with you without concern for refrigeration. The same is relatively true for hash rosin badders or cold-cures, that should be refrigerated when possible to help preserve terpenes, but really will not change noticeably in texture or appearance at room temperature. The evolution that hash and hash rosin undergoes during the cure, is a part of the enjoyment of smoking only the best. There really is no wrong or right way to do things, but the general consensus appears in agreement that these valuable terpenes contribute not only to the taste and smell but also to the effects or "the high". As terpenes and cannabinoids interact to create the "Entourage Effect", proper cold storage and care will help unlock the full potential of solventless dabs. #hashwriter #hream #ogsmakebetterog #tier2 #2gram #solventless #cannabis #420 #710 #hash #rosin #solventless #cannabis #hashwriter #mothership #KV #HW #icehash #sixstar #macro #concentrates #hashlife #hashonomics #terps #terpenes #organic #ogsmakebetterog #hashlane #baddertech #cannabis #cannabisconcentrates #strain #buyersguide #solventless #hasheducation# hashwriter #hream #strains #phenotypes #710labs #710labsflower #hash #rosin #solventless #cannabis #hashwriter #mothership #KV #icehash #sixstar #macro #concentrates #hashlife #hashonomics #terps #terpenes #organic #ogsmakebetterog #hashlane #terps #society #cannabiscures #medicalcannabis #love #community #joint #cannabisgrow #terpenes

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Let's Get Solventless Consistencies Straight: A Quick-Start Guide to Hash and Rosin Products

Let's Get Solventless Consistencies Straight: A Quick-Start Guide to Hash and Rosin Products

Storage tech and consumption of the best solventless hash needs a serious refresher course. With solventless hash finally starting to take off it's time to clarify a few things and get everybody on the same page. Here's the fundamental basics differentiating the variety of solventless or SHO products hitting the shelves and what to do with them. In order to never mention it again, flower rosin and bubble hash do still exist as other solventless options outside the process explained below. Bubble hash is washed from dried or cured cannabis rather than fresh-frozen cannabis and flower rosin is pressed directly from flowers, rather than extracting and pressing ice water hash into rosin. Flower rosin is the reason I usually avoid rosin badders, since it's easily mimicked by these older extraction techniques. Storage temperature for these products has little to no influence on the hash. Flower rosin aside, let's cover the key concepts in modern hash-making every consumer should understand. AND NOW, WE BEGIN Stage Numero Uno: ICE WATER HASH Everything begins with the hash. All consistencies of solventless rosin begin as an ice water hash extraction, making this the crucial first step for all live rosin processes to follow. Remember to let your jars of hash warm-up before opening to prevent condensation from forming! Frozen cannabis is mixed in water and ice allowing the trichome heads to gently break free from the plant. The water is then strained with mesh bags to remove and dry the isolated trichome heads before being sieved into a loose, sand-like texture. The hash will start to solidify or "grease" the moment it's removed from the freezer. It can be sold as ice water hash or undergo further refinements. Always keep ice water hash frozen between uses. Allow it to thaw completely before opening. Let your hash reach room temperature before dabbing and return it to the freezer after each use. Dried out or caked-up water hash has no remedy, which is why constant freezing is so important. Water hash can be dabbed like normal or pressed into Hash Flags as explained here. Water Hash needs to be dabbed cooler than any other extract at around 500 degrees F. Read more on dab temps here. Fresh-Press Live Rosin Taking the same ice water hash as seen above, it's packaged inside small mesh envelopes. These envelopes of hash are placed between heated metal plates that use immense pressure and minimal heat to squeeze the ice water hash into the highest-grade live rosin. This fresh-press rosin can be packaged and sold or undergo additional processes. This is the stuff that requires freezing or refrigeration to prevent it from buttering-up or drying out. Freezing rosin halts the process. While some fresh-press rosin increases in flavor while buttering, others lose their flavor just as fast. You will find a relative balance between refrigeration and the time spent at room temperature for each dab. The rosin will naturally butter or begin turning opaque and solidifying more with each use, or time out of the fridge. Always let your rosin warm up prior to dabbing. If your rosin was well cared for and remains translucent like below, it should be dense, but soft and gooey when warm enough to dab. You can taste a noticeable decline in terpenes once fresh-press dries out or cakes-up completely. For dry and buddered rosins there's no going back to the clear translucence it once was, but using the #baddertech shown here, will work wonders to revive dry-buttered rosin. Fresh-Press rosin is the most difficult consistency to achieve with the stability necessary. This is why so many producers elect to whip their fresh-press into a uniform badder. Fresh-Press Rosin in 3 Phases. Hash Rosin Badder Electing not to sell the fresh-press rosin, which requires constant refrigeration, the fresh-press rosin can be whipped into a stable badder consistency. Refrigeration isn't necessary. Producers use the cold-cure technique to finalize their rosin into an even and stable badder. Whipping, stirring, and changes in temperature help to turn fresh-press into a light colored rosin badder that can almost be white. As long as we are certain it is indeed hash rosin badder and not flower rosin disguised simply as "Rosin Badder", it can be some of the tastiest and most potent dabs around. While I say no to rosin badder from unknown producers, Papas Select, Rosin Tech Labs, and Frosty-fresh, Have-Hash are a few exceptions to this rule. These types of badder maintain their appearance and don't require the care or cold-storage that fresh-press demands. Refrigeration never hurts, especially for longer-term storage, but I prefer to leave my rosin badders at room temperature after opening a new jar. Hash Rosin Sauce (Persy Rosin sauce)(Jar-tech) Recently, Rosin Sauce has become a thing. These mimic the consistency of BHO live resin sugars, but remain solventless. These rosin sauces follow the same pattern of steps as outlined above before some final touches (jar-tech) turn soft rosin badder into a crystalline-like texture known as sauce. These rosin sauces come in a range of consistencies unique to the genetic. Some have large noticeable diamonds, while others remain an apple-sauce consistency. Regardless of consistency, rosin sauce is stable at any temperature and designed for on the go use. That said, cold-storage never hurts, but isn't needed. I leave rosin sauce at room temperature where it's always ready to be dabbed. To Summarize Different forms of rosin begin as a fresh-press rosin of warm, dripping, and clear trichome juices like the shot below. Brands can sell it as fresh-press rosin or whip, stir, heat, cool, and cure their fresh-press rosin to create all kinds of other textures and consistencies. Rosin badders and cold-cures are homogenized, meaning they come in an even and stable consistency and won't change. Only two solventless products, ice water hash and fresh-press rosin, rely on temperature to maintain their appearance during storage. Make sure to freeze your water hash and keep fresh-press below 45 degrees if you don't want them to butter . Each method has its advantages, and disadvantages, but fresh-press rosin is the true measuring stick for clarity, quality, and success. Best Dab Consistency Everyone always asks the best consistency to dab fresh-press rosin and the answer is all of them! Each cultivar is best at different stages in the buttering process. Sometimes rosin can have some distinct changes in flavor as it butters and quite often a cultivar will lack the nose until warming up. I always want to try rosin as fresh as can be and at different stages of buttering. 710Labs rosins are often bland until starting to butter, whereas @Papas_Select rosin smacks you in the mouth from the first clear-stringy dab. #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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Indux Labs Reflux Revealed & Reviewed

Indux Labs Reflux Revealed & Reviewed

EDIT: Since writing this article @Zachharrisondesign dropped the #glowstick which has become my go-to insert.-12/12/20 Well, well, well. So, I've written several articles that thankfully, I did not publish about the Indux Labs Reflux. My opinions on this device have ranged more drastically than I could have drawn up. First, I'll just explain what the hell the thing is and how it works, which will answer a lot of misdirected questions, and hold most of my thoughts until after. The Reflux The Indux Labs Reflux is the first and only electromagnetic smoking apparatus, putting it in a class of its own. There is no other comparison, even in the mechanical function of the unit. The titanium rods or inserts heat-up independently of the glass or metal frame. It comes built to withstand WW3, so that's nice, especially right about now. This thing's seriously, solid aluminum plates bolted together into a classic desktop design. Commercial Build A heavy-duty commercial cord comes free from the back of the unit and attaches with a three-prong plug into the wall. On the back is the main power switch and probably a built-in surge protection. Once it's turned on there's the timer knob and the start/stop buttons to operate. You can turn the timer up to 100 seconds and press go! It runs almost silent, aside from the noise certain inserts can make spinning in the glass vial, but otherwise the machines operation is silent. Titanium Rods The Indux Labs Reflux comes with a bunch of titanium rods or inserts and with them, went my hopes and dreams of never using titanium to smoke with again. There are a ton of these titanium rods that come organized and labeled in individual plastic containers. You place whatever configuration of titanium rods inside a glass vial along with your precious hash, raising the first red flag. The vial, hash, and titanium rods are screwed back into the large round metal lid (Reactor) like below. Set-Up This big circular piece of aluminum seen above (the Reactor), sits partially inside and partially above the desktop unit itself. It's threaded underneath where the glass vials are screwed in. Once the small glass vial is screwed directly into the underside of the circular steel "Reactor," that's right, a silicone hose is attached directly above the glass vial. Didn't see silicone making a comeback did you? Me neither and another red flag in my initial evaluations. A titanium attachment comes as a mouthpiece and fits a 14mm female rig when inserted to the bottom of the glass fitting. I found it much easier however, to smoke it straight from the hose rather than connecting a glass rig or water-pipe. Airflow With everything ready to go, you insert the top half inside the desktop unit. You can see how it lines up above just before inserting. Looking inside the machine there's a thick coil the glass vial is inserted into the center of. The rest is just there to hold things steady, but with one hole and a silicone hose sucking air out of the glass vial, where does the air come in? Bingo! You're looking at it. One hole sucks air out of the glass vial and the smaller hole is where air comes in. You can see this is about as basic a set-up as it gets. You're sucking air into and out-of a two inch glass vial and the circular steel contraption just holds them in place. Some Spin The hole is flawlessly drilled however, and some of the titanium parts are made to spin inside. The two #terpedo sizes and a couple thicker inserts will spin. Most sizes of titanium rods require several at once. The lower temperature configurations call for 8 to 16 of the thinnest rods, leaving little room for any movement inside. My Reflux Run-Through (quick-start guide) All assembled with a fresh dab of hash rosin and one 5/32 sized titanium rod, I hit the on button and wait... and wait... and wait... until the device turns off. I immediately turn it back on for another 100 second cycle and just then can I take the first decent hits. I will usually get one good taster hit around the 100 second mark with minimal to no smoke and wait another 15 seconds before taking a second pull. I've learned to take tiny sips of air for a second or two during the initial 100 second cycle, but anything more throws the heat-up off entirely. About midway through the second 100 second cycle is when I can take several big back-to-back hits comparable to a dab-rig. I've dialed the 5/32 bit in as described and have used it this way ever since. Hard inhalation is necessary to cause the titanium rod to spin and evenly vaporize the rosin. Soft or normal strength hits aren't quite enough and until it's almost up to temperature the hash prevents the titanium heating element from wanting to spin. With some experience you get the feel for it. If you have the patience for a much longer heat-up, using numerous thin rods makes it easy to hit since the rods do not spin. Most of the titanium sizes require anywhere from 3 to 16 rods at once. I use the one or two sizes that are used alone. Temperature Fluctuation Since you are sucking air directly in and out of a two-inch glass vial, the temperature decrease can be massive. The Reflux timing can change depending on how you inhale with the same sized titanium. The good news is there's endless combinations to try with room for error. Different configurations can have less fluctuation between hits and the temperature reductions are only really noticeable as its still heating toward a usable temperature. Learning Curve With this much said, it brings us to everyone's concern of usability. To answer the first question, "what is the learning curve?", for me it was extreme and outrageous! I wasted a ton of hash that a very simple guide or write-up like this one would have saved me. Pretty shocking to think, not a single publication or website picked this one up, yet they remain sold-out and are paid for in advance. Full Transparency- I wasted enough good hash in the first two weeks to never want to touch this thing again. I'd completely given up and was writing about the Reflux as the latest stoner scam, but I had a nagging feeling there was more to it. I didn't think a minute long heat-up made sense (it doesn't really, but works)! I also spent hours trying each titanium rod size, unaware 8 to 12 rods are needed at once! I think it was @Wolverinedabs that rescued my Reflux from dissolution, long after I'd given up hope. With only a timer and an on/off button it's all about your technique meaning how long you wait before the first hit. Having found a size that makes sense, the 5/32, the 100 second heat up before inhaling is crucial. Now the learning curve is massively reduced! It Gets Me Higher! So It actually works and provides better hits than anything else around. Switching to the larger titanium rods helped me to figure it out. A huge selling point and the main reason I continued to use the Indux over my rig, is how much higher I get from the same jars of hash! There was a strong and noticeable difference in effect, enough to keep using it while I learned the ins and outs. "Do you really get like ten hits?" This is the most common question needing to be broken down. When I take a dab of rosin with a torch and quartz, I get at least two or three big hits. I usually hit it repeatedly for almost a full minute before my dabs are done. If you are dabbing at proper temperatures you should already be getting numerous large hits from each dab. I will say, I use slightly more hash for the Reflux than one normal dab, but It does make each dab last longer. Concept and Concern The Reflux has raised a lot of questions and unforeseen concerns. The titanium inserts can't spin or move, for that matter, until they heat up and the rosin melts. With the thinner rods heating slower than the 100 seconds it takes the 5/32 to smoke, you can imagine the inconsistent vaporization this can potentially cause. Loading dabs can be difficult and result in product not vaporizing if it isn't low enough in the vial. The Reflux raises a lot of questions that deal with vaporization temperatures and terpenes I'm sure to write on more. Cold Starts Rule The Cold start style wins. I've written before about the drawbacks of starting your dabs on hot quartz and vaporizing them as the quartz cools, like traditional dabs. Yet, I still prefer regular dabbing as cold-starts can be difficult to gauge. Dialed-in the Indux becomes the perfect cold-start tech. Running the 5/32 titanium rod in the Indux, it creates smoke by the 100 second mark and is too hot or at full temperature sometime in the third 100 second cycle. I haven't found another device or configuration that heats up fast enough to be satisfying, without burning hash quite like the Indux. I smoke to taste, but equally to get high. To Conclude The Reflux is intended for smoking high end concentrates and while I can run rosin through it successfully, it's not the device for my full melt hash. It is a fascinating idea and anyone who can afford the $1200.00 is getting something built to commercial standards that surprisingly, has a ton of adaptability and different styles of use. I hear it's great for the Sesh or customer sampling, which I can imagine. The concept has room for improvement or alteration as new heating elements are being designed, and different air-flow options are being explored. This makes the design adaptable and improvable over time without changing the base. This is what the Indux is: A genius new idea that needs a whole lot of engineering to perfect or it's on you to figure stuff out. With that said, it's functionally proficient in the meantime and provides some seriously tasty hits. I use two glass vials in rotation and the same size titanium rod for each rip. Once you find your settings it can be an awesome way to smoke, share, and taste all of the terps. I guess you could say it has become a necessary part of my daily smoking routine. The longer I've had it, the more I like it and aside from accidentally losing titanium rods, its fail-proof with broken atomizers becoming a thing of the past. #hashwriter #hashisacrime #hash #hashrosin #hashrosinbadder #hashrosinsauce #rosinsauce #rosinbadder #coldcure #jartech #cannabis #concentrates #induxlabs #indux #induxreflux #induxlabsreflux #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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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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Badder-Tech for Dry Hash-Rosin

Badder-Tech for Dry Hash-Rosin

Disappointed by solventless hash rosin that is already buttered-up? I have a solution! You can turn dried and buddered rosin into a dripping wet badder by reading the techniques below. Different strains (cultivars) of hash rosin act and react differently. This means certain strains or phenotype, butter-up faster than others. Cold storage of solventless hash is always crucial to keep hash in a fresh and translucent state. If hash rosin warms at any point after production, it will begin to lose the stable and clear consistency everyone is looking for. I've written about storage and the process of rosin buttering-up here, but regardless of why your rosin is buttered, here's a couple secrets from the Hash Gods, working wonders for myself and many others. For the unfortunate jars of Rosin coming buttered-up, like the gram below (no longer translucent and solidified into a shade of white), let it warm up to room temperature. Once your gram has sat out and completely warmed up, use a tool to break off any outliers, or thin pieces of rosin on the walls or rim of the jar, but DO NOT WHIP. There's no "whipping" or "stirring" after rosin budders. Whipping only works with fresh rosin and will work against buttered rosins, drying them out even more. Once everything's gathered, place your finger on the hash and then gently apply pressure until you can feel the gram give just a bit. I used to sit there and use my tool, slowly working over the hash, but found it's much faster to start by smashing everything together under my finger. Press just hard enough to have felt the whole chunk of rosin slightly give or shift into the bottom of the jar. Work around by pressing or tapping and very carefully packing the rosin down with one finger. Sometimes that's really all it takes, as the heat from your finger and the agitation really works to soften the hash and bring some of the moisture out. Flattening the surface works sometimes and other times disturbing the top layer is all that is necessary for it to change. You will begin to get a feel for the tech and the rosin the more times you try it with your finger. Every jar is different. By pressing down on the rosin, it allows for agitation without exposing additional layers to the air. Wear a glove or get some finger condoms if you want, but I just wash my hands first. The heat from your finger can have a significant impact and fast, so tread lightly until you get a feel for it. Once the hash rosin is flattened, l work around the edges with my dab tool as it gathers the rosin toward the center of the jar. Otherwise use your tool to gently tap and shape the rosin, packing it all together like the shot below. In the video below you will see how I used to slowly work the rosin down and together with repeated light taps and shallow chops into the surface of the rosin. Now, I usually start by using my finger and then using the technique in the video below to finish the job and bring out the terps! Either way works. Careful agitation is everything. Using a thin metal dab tool, like the steel punch-card ones from @710labs, slightly chop about a millimeter or so into the surface of the hash rosin if it's hard or wax like. Slowly knead the rosin almost like dough, trying to work it all around without cutting too deep and exposing excess surface area. Quick, small-tapping chops repeatedly across the surface of the hash will help liquefy the terps. Do this carefully across the entire surface of the hash, while trying to keep anything from crumbling. As molecules begin to warm from the heat of agitation, hash rosin can turn into a soft-fluent consistency, even when you least expect it. This is when you can really smell and taste your hash like never before. I'm often surprised how strong the terpenes stink while it undergoes this #baddertech process. You will also be surprised by how incredibly different the consistency can turn as well. This is especially true for 710 Labs Persy rosin that always bounces right back. I usually leave my hash rosin out at room temperature for a few hours after the #baddertech to let everything settle and a thin terpene layer to rise, smooth, and glisten. I refrigerate it after this and in between uses as normal and it will maintain this rosin badder texture. The texture achieved in the shot above is when those wet terpenes will really sweat out and smell up the room. Knowing I can achieve this consistency regardless of the starting material, makes dried hash rosin no big deal anymore. I'm not nearly as disappointed to see a fresh jar already buddered. After the hash sits and settles it will slightly harden, but maintain the glossy-wet appearance and be easier to dab. Remember to take your time and work the rosin slowly, and you will begin to see the hash transform. There's a few different ways to achieve the same wet badder results I'm looking for, as each jar and strain acts differently. While some people prefer to whip their fresh and translucent hash rosin into a badder right away, I recommend allowing the rosin to budder naturally before turning it into a badder. This way you will get to try the rosin in all of its consistencies, from translucent to chap-stick and back to badder. The tech becomes a near necessity once you get it down, and takes just minutes to enjoy wet-baddery solventless hash rosin, every time. Enjoy. #hashwriter#hream#ogsmakebetterog#tier2#2gram#solventless#cannabis#420#710 #hash#rosin#solventless#cannabis#hashwriter#mothership#KV#icehash#sixstar#macro#concentrates#hashlife#hashonomics#terps#terpenes#organic#ogsmakebetterog#hashlane #baddertech #cannabis #cannabisconcentrates

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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. Subscribe or member up to receive notification of the next @hashandflowers articles and many more! #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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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! Hash-Heavy, Hash-Writer! #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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Space Blog Episode 4: Binary Defying Space Drops [Sweet, Sour, and 1:1 CBD]

Space Blog Episode 4: Binary Defying Space Drops [Sweet, Sour, and 1:1 CBD]

Despite the complexities of life everything from prior gender roles (male or female), to our political system (Republican or Democrat), to our prior understanding of Cannabis (sativa or indica) hinges on binaries... Either or. Up or down. Left or right, but without any room in the middle. If only life were that simple, but speaking at least for cannabis (gender roles and political parties too): IT IS NOT! Rather than shopping for cannabis products based on these outdated modes of prohibition rhetoric, its time we reach a deeper understanding of the cannabis we consume. Sativa or Indica? Science Says No While science has debunked the genetically unidentifiable myth of sativa or indica years ago, it remains a top concern to almost every retail consumer. It's really no wonder when these terms are blasted across packaging almost forcing their existence. Luckily, some brands have now gone as far as to issue gag-orders against the words. For all of modern cannabis, original "land-race" varieties have been bred and crossed leaving a hybridized genetic for almost every variety available today. Scientists cannot detect or distinguish indica or sativa genetics and the terms should have faded right then and there. Unable to scientifically distinguish a sativa or indica through regulated lab testing, it would be nothing short of false-marketing to claim a product is one or the other. As the solventless edible pioneer's, Space Gem foregoes these highly questionable marketing trends of labeling their Space Drops sativa or indica and instead offers their ice water hash edibles in Sour, Sweet, and a 1:1 CBD version. But, if science isn't your "thing," there are still more than enough reasons to forget the words sativa and indica when shopping for any retail cannabis product. Don't Be Fooled These terms sativa and indica have become the lingo of corporate marketing and manipulation every cannabis consumer should fear. Using the terminology sativa or indica to describe the effect or high produced, rather than the genetic itself, becomes another binary assumption doing no justice to the intricate variances of cannabis' potential effects. There is a whole lot of middle ground besides couch-lock and high energy, the two opposite effects usually associated with indicas and sativas. It's really become a lazy way to generalize a product without an honest take. The high is much more nuanced than our earlier understanding allows. Most modern cannabis varieties are well-rounded in the effects they produce. This is the idea behind crossing different genetic varieties after all, as you want the best of what each genetic has to offer. That is what Space Gem provides from single-source, sun-grown, Humboldt County cannabis. We have also seen the opposite effect from a strain labeled sativa or indica too many times to take the words seriously anymore. Proving the subjective and individual experience cannabis causes, to assume and label products sativa or indica can be equally misleading. Don't let indica or sativa labels steer you away from trying certain strains and products as the effects are so subjective and open to interpretation that you just might find a new favorite. The Usual Distillates Most of the industry's edible products and vape cartridges are made from the same THC distillate. These distillates are devoid of the terpenes and cannabinoids, which when present lead to the the Entourage Effect and dictate the high. Edibles made from cannabis distillate, are stripped clean of terpenes and hundreds of cannabinoids that are only present in solventless edibles made from ice water hash. For most of the edible and vape products, they all contain the same THC distillate that lacks the terpenes and cannabinoids that would cause either an upward (sativa) or downward (indica) kind of high. You get the shell of a high missing all the best substance. It's become a pretty bad joke, using the cannabis communities own terminology to manipulate the unaware consumer. This misleading rhetoric blasted across the cannabis industry does not benefit customers in anyway. Weed itself is no longer good enough unless you have 50 different kinds to choose from and never get to try them all. And yet, somehow with tens of thousands of different cannabis varieties, they are all supposed to fit neatly into two specific categories of effect? I think not. COPY #sativa #indica #sweet #sour #cbd #strain #buyersguide #solventless #hasheducation# hashwriter #hream #strains #phenotypes #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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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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The Master List of Hash and Cannabis Terminology

The Master List of Hash and Cannabis Terminology

This will be a working list because attempting to conquer it at once has prevented me from starting the project. This way I can simply add to it as I go. Don't take it too seriously. Open to interpretation and almost always up for discussion. No fixed definitions and regional and cultural influence may apply. Leave comments or drop a term on the Forum, anywhere I'll see it, and I will add the appropriate ones to the list. Slang & Industry Terminology Custy A word that only a true "custy" would know how to use. Chazzed Banger "When your quartz banger becomes black and crusty like your cat's butt-hole." -(DM Me For Credit for your quote!) Cannabis Concentrates: Terminology and Concepts Hash, Hashish- Concentrated Cannabis made without the use of chemical solvents. Solvents rupture trichome glands to extract molecules from inside the trichome gland, while hash removes trichomes. Hash has become a catchall term for concentrates, although it is more appropriate for solventless products alone. Solventless methods differ entirely by sieving or removing trichome glands from the surface of the plant and preserving them. I use hash for all solventless varieties originating from an ice water process or other method of mechanical separation. Fancy talk for shaking weed around and collecting the trichomes falling off. And or pressing collected trichomes into a more traditional hashish (dried cannabis flowers) or live rosin (freshly frozen flowers). Hash is a process of refinement and preservation that does not extract but removes trichomes from the surface of cannabis material. Ice-Water Hash- Hashish made from Cannabis that's frozen moments after harvest. Ice Water hash is graded from one to six stars. Only five and six star quality ice water hash is capable of being "dabbed" alone. Bubble Hashish- Made the same way in ice and water, but with dried Cannabis flowers. Solventless-(see Hash) Hash made the way it was meant. Solventless uses ice and water or other methods to concentrate cannabis without chemical solvents. Not to be confused with Solvent-Free, solventless hash and or rosin products, remove and preserve trichomes naturally. Rosin- (all consistencies here) A process that uses pressure and heat to remove cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis. Hydraulic or pneumatic presses are used to squeeze cannabis flowers or hashish into a dabbable concentrate. Lots of varieties of rosin exist as explained in full detail here. Live Rosin-(see rosin) Live rosin, much like live resin, uses fresh-frozen cannabis flowers to begin with. It also becomes a live rosin when ice water hash is pressed, rather than pressing whole cannabis flowers. Hash Rosin- (see here) Cannabis is harvested and dried before being flash frozen and then washed and pressed into a Cured Hash Rosin. Flower Rosin-(see rosin) Flower rosin uses the same process, hydraulic or pneumatic pressure to squeeze the contents directly from cannabis flower material. Cold Cure Rosin or Rosin Badder-(see rosin) Rosin is left to sit or cure, and whipped or stirred to make fresh press rosin into a rosin badder. Rosin Sauce, Jam, (Jar-Tech)- (see rosin) Rosin badder that uses pressure, heat, and time to allow terpenes to naturally separate from THC-A, which crystalizes. The final texture of rosin sauce can be full of micro-crystallization, mimicking the texture of a chemical extract like live resin. BHO or Chemical Solvent Extractions These products sold and marketed responsibly, will pride themselves on transparency. They will readily reveal their style of technology and be happy to call it BHO to distinguish it from hash. Due to the solvents dissolving trichome glands from the plant, it becomes a process of extraction, rather than solventless refinement. There's a list of different solvents used, such as Butane, Propane, Hexane, Ethanol, and more. They can all be labeled as BHO or hydrocarbon extractions. Hydrocarbon Extractions Hydrocarbon extracts are a great way to make use of leftover trim material or cannabis flower that refuses to produce in ice water hash. Most of these extracts use similar chemical processes as major consumer brands, who extract and concentrate nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and essential oils from organic material. Problem is cannabis doesn't work the way large producers had hoped. The recreational and therapeutic effects of cannabis are not caused by the THC molecule alone, throwing a serious kink in the plans of chemical industries. Thank You Hash Gods. In fact, the chemical solvents used destroy hundreds if not thousands of cannabinoids and terpenes that lead to maximum results, aka The Entourage Effect, when present. An affordable method of extraction, but one that cannot compare with solventless methods. Solvent-Free- (see BHO) Here we go with the market manipulation. Often used to describe cold-pressed CO2 extractions. Solvent-free is anything but. Solvent-free uses chemical solvents but purges them 100% clean from the final product. Problem is, we aren't worried about leftover or residual solvents as much as we are concerned with cannabinoids and terpene content. While solvent-free may be 100% clean of residual solvents, it doesn't change the fact that trichome glands were ruptured and dissolved in the process of collection. Furthermore, solvents and rupturing trichome glands cause volatile terpenes to off-gas and be missing from the final product. Distillate-(see also BHO) A distillate uses the process of distillation, not unique to cannabis, to not only extract cannabinoids from inside cannabis trichomes, but to isolate single cannabinoid molecules, namely THC or CBD. As is the case for all chemical extractions, they remove cannabinoids from inside each trichome gland growing on the surface of the cannabis plant. Distillation provides an isolated distillate, containing pure THC, used widely across the industry. Distillates provide only one of over 200 cannabinoids, and depletes the product of all terpenes. It's an economic way to remove THC from cannabis byproduct, trim, waste, etc., but provides the least effective results of any cannabis product. CBD Extractions Right now, they're running with this CBD thing after decades of propaganda in support of the single molecule (read above on hydrocarbon). It's the latest molecule to be exploited for all its worth, as the cure-all, despite evidence of THC-A's necessary interaction. They fail to distinguish CBD made from hemp, that lacks even minimal traces of THC proven to aid dramatically in the absorption and efficacy of CBD . Yes, CBD is highly beneficial, that is not where my gripe lies, but CBD alone cannot compare to the medicinal value of CBD in combination with THC and hundreds of terpenes and cannabinoids. Furthermore, whether it comes from cannabis or hemp is too often ignored. I support one company for CBD products. Ask me and I'll tell. Badder Can be made with or without the use of chemical solvents. Mixed, whipped, or stirred BHO or Solventless Rosin. Full-Melt 6 star Ice Water Hash that has full melt-ability for clean and functional dabbing. Rated from one to six stars, Full-Melt hash is considered technically to be six-star hash. Dabbed at the proper temperature it will leave almost no residue behind. A slight char is all that will remain after dabbing full melt on quartz. "Buddered" or "Cured" Rosin Buddered, buttered, cured, or Dry rosin. Rosin is pressed clear, but turns to an opaque solid once removed from cold storage. This process is readily apparent ,as clear rosin will completely change in texture and appearance. It will often marbleize, get milky, and turn to a solid. Caked-Up This is the worst thing that can happen to ice water hash. Similar to rosin, Ice water Hash can become dried up and turned into a hardened and "caked" consistency. There's no coming back as many terpenes will have dissipated. It's still fine for consumption, but is missing much of what sets ice water hash apart to begin with. Dabbing Temperatures- Here. Growing Terminology and Concepts Landrace noun: landrace; plural noun: landraces a local cultivar or animal breed that has been improved by traditional agricultural methods. Landrace "strains", more appropriately called cultivars, are cultivars growing naturally without influence or human selection. In this day and age, landrace cultivars are nearly impossible to locate, if any exist at all. Only a handful of places on Earth had landrace genetics free from outside influence. These landrace strains have evolved to survive whatever conditions or environments they have grown in. All of today's modern genetics combine numerous Landrace genetics. Strain/Cultivar/Variety (genetic) noun: cultivar; plural noun: cultivars a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding. Cultivars are usually designated in the style Taxus baccata “Variegata.”. Strain never sat well with the big bosses and is a term leftover from black market ideas. More aptly titled cultivar, a cultivar is the specific genetic of cannabis plant. It is the specific variety of cannabis such as, "Blue Dream" or "Purple Haze". For the young bloods, "Papaya" or "GMO" are two different varieties or cultivars . Phenotype noun: phenotype; plural noun: phenotypes the set of observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment. Each of our genetic cultivars makes up specific phenotypes. The phenotype is often labeled with a number such as "Papaya #35". Papaya is the genetic or the cultivar and it is the 35th phenotype. This is where pheno hunting comes in. Having ten Papaya seeds, each one will become a different phenotype. Not all seeds from the same cultivar or genetic will produce the desired characteristics in its environmental settings. These types of specifics were largely out of play to the consumer until solventless hash making took off. With the extremely low yields of ice water refinement, selecting ideal phenotypes can make or break solventless success. Trichomes Trichomes are what we harvest for ice water hash. There are three different types of cannabis trichomes: Bulbous trichomes are tiny bulbs that dot the surface of the plant. They cannot be seen without a microscope and their production of cannabinoids is still in question. They add a sheen to the cannabis plant and add to the stickiness of the flower. Bulbous trichomes are distributed throughout the entire surface of the plant. Capitate-sessile trichomes are more abundant than bulbous trichomes, but still typically only visible with a microscope. Like bulbous trichomes, capitate-sessile trichomes have large bulbs, but with more of a classic mushroom-shaped structure. This trichome is primarily found on the underside of sugar and fan leaves. Capitate-stalked trichomes are the ones we're after. Shaped like mushrooms and containing a large bulb or "head" at the top of a stalk. These are the largest and most abundant trichomes on cannabis, (yes!) and most familiar to consumers. The capitate-stalked trichomes are primarily found on the surface of cannabis flowers and are rarely seen on fan leaves or stems. Light Deprivation/Light Deps Vintage Variation The different batches of the same cannabis genetic or variety can be attributed to vintage variations, where each batch is slightly different and especially across different growing styles and locations. Batches grown outdoors are influenced by nature and weather patterns. With modern hashish we are able to really key-in and taste the dynamic flavors and nuanced changes from one batch to another. With the same producers, we should be able to notice slight changes in the same genetic from year to year. Kief_poop Cunt-hair-Thanks Dad. BHO-Not really weed. Hydrocarbon Extraction-Not Weed. Sieve

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THE SOLVENTLESS DILEMMA

THE SOLVENTLESS DILEMMA

Finding good hash in California's legal cannabis industry was difficult enough, but now solventless companies selling something on an entirely different level, are reaping the rewards of high-grade hopes. For consumers unable or unwilling to fork over $75 to $100 on a gram of live-rosin from a brand whose quality and consistency has already earned immense reputations, new solventless options have begun to appear. While these products are labeled solventless, they’re sold for nearly half the price of leading brands. What isn't always reflected is the drastically different processes used to arrive at what may appear similar final products. What's forgotten in the shuffle to find live-rosin, is the flower-rosins of old. Remembering that solventless hash can take on many forms and consistencies, the styles of solventless refinement vary as well. Understanding the basics of cannabis refinement without the use of chemical solvents, will inform consumers and eliminate the disappointment of misleading products in a rather opaque retail industry. While the industry defining standard of live hash-rosins and six-star hash is irrefutable, there are simpler and cheaper methods of producing solventless hash. By adapting Old-World methods, bubble-bags became the best technique using only water and mesh screens to filter cannabis trichomes from water. This technique starts with dried and cured cannabis (often trim), just like butane extractions of wax, shatter, and crumble originally did. The dry cannabis is mixed into a bucket filled with water. Lining the sides and bottom of the bucket are around seven mesh bags in descending micron sized order. Having agitated the cannabis by stirring the water, the valuable trichomes containing THC break free from the plant. The bulk of cannabis is removed from the water as the first mesh bag is pulled. Each consecutive mesh filter-bag has a slightly finer micron size, working to filter out plant material, until only cannabis trichomes remain. After pulling several bags that are usually trash, hash is scraped from the desired micron sized screens and left to dry. Producers decide what spectrum or range of trichome sizes they will include in the hash. Some hash is sold as full spectrum and others are labeled 90u or 120u if sold separately. Starting with dried cannabis left bubble hash with a low ceiling for improvement and quality remained stagnant for decades, until advances in cannabis science evolved with medical legalization. Bubble-Hash Solventless hash extracted with only water and mesh filters is an old-world method still in use around the world today. This style of bubble hash can produce halfway decent hash, but it cannot be dabbed on a quartz banger. Instead of melting on a quartz nail like butane extracts, lower grade bubble-hash products must be added to a bowl or sprinkled in a joint. Trying to dab bubble-hash rated four-star and below (on a scale of one to six stars) simply will not work unless combusted on a red hot nail. This type of solventless bubble-hash is sold very cheap, but don’t be confused, you are not receiving anything close to the six-star hash you may have heard about or seen. Bubble hash produces a dark brown to tan product, still containing plenty of excess debris. This was the type of hash smoked between red hot kitchen knives long before a melting and dabbable extract was ever conceived. Thank science it was. Flower-Rosins Jump back seven or eight years to around 2014 when a kid with his mom’s hair straightening iron invented a new solventless extraction method. By pressing a cannabis flower between the heated plates of a hair straightening iron, the pressure forces rosin to seep from the cannabis flower. Discovering the ease of this new technique, numerous companies capitalized on the concept by designing and manufacturing cannabis specific, hydraulic rosin-press machines. Made in all sizes, personal rosin presses allow this extraction technique to become an at home hobby. Between sheets of parchment paper, commercial rosin presses heat and squeeze rosin from the cannabis flower allowing the extractor to gather rosin from the surrounding wax paper. At this point the flower is basically trash, but a full profile of terpenes and cannabinoids are contained as a “dabbable” rosin. Unlike old-world bubble hash, flower-rosin melts on a quartz banger, allowing for lower temp- dabs that have become standard practice. This is the process used to make many half-priced, solventless products that are easily confused with high-grade hash-rosin at the dispensary. A clear distinction in terminologies will eventually stabilize, reflecting the drastically different quality and high, but for now companies who make flower-rosin are riding the coat tails of the solventless revolution. Be aware of products with only solventless labels, usually failing to distinguish which solventless method was used. Flower-rosin should be labeled clearly and although some companies do, the distinction between flower rosin and hash-rosin is often confused by bud-tenders, store menus, and misleading or unclear packaging. Bud-tenders often fail to mark these distinctions as the newly emerging industry of solventless extracts begins to mature. With such an immense amount of packaging and regulations, it’s ironic how rare it is for a consumer to see or smell a product before its purchased. Spending 50-60 dollars on what appears a great deal from a new company can be a major disappointment. Not that there is anything wrong with flower rosin or bubble hash as they’re apart of the evolution, but the confusion they cause can quickly lead to frustrated consumers. I've often found myself wishing I'd spent ten or twenty dollars more for a hash rosin brand I trust. Understanding exactly what you are purchasing will eliminate these disappointments and help classify flower-rosin as a distinctly affordable option that won’t break the bank. Since there are plenty of cannabis dispensaries where you never see the full packaging, or the product prior to purchase, solventless products are easily confused. Obviously, not all rosins are equal in quality, but the extraction processes differ as well. With flower-rosin once again appearing on shelves, learning the logistics helps consumers decipher price versus quality with clarity. Ice-Water Hash The grading scale of one star to six stars does not apply to rosin, but only to ice-water hash. With the invent of fresh frozen harvests, the same process used for bubble hash, done perfectly in a refrigerated environment, can produce six-star ice water hash. Judged partially by looks, the ability to melt when dabbed is the ultimate deciding factor for the quality of the hashish. This is where the term “full-melt” originates, referring to the hash's melt-ability. In Cali’s cannabis industry, any hash that can be dabbed as usual is or is near six-star quality. Starting with frozen cannabis, the mesh filter bags are used the same way, and sublimation technology helps to dry the refined hash. It is then sieved into a fine powder. Done to perfection, nothing but the heads of trichomes will remain, stacked one upon another in a perfect jar of hash heads. Unlike solvent extractions that dissolve the trichome heads, solventless ice water refinement preserves the full trichomes as nature intended. Dabbing six-star ice water hash is the closest method of experiencing a plant’s natural terpene and cannabinoid profile available today. And finally, this ice-water hash is the necessary starting material from which additional refinement processes and techniques are applied to create varying styles of solventless hash rosin. Live Hash Rosin Leading companies making fresh frozen ice-water hash can elect to purify the product further by bringing out the rosin press. Instead of pressing dried cannabis the way flower-rosins do, hash-rosin producers smash five to six-star ice-water hash into a live hash-rosin product that dominates connoisseur demand. It’s a world a part from flower-rosin that is fairly shelf stable, while hash-rosin and six-star ice-hash must remain frozen or refrigerated to prevent a change in consistency and to preserve the volatile terpenes heavily depleted in dried cannabis and solvent extractions. Live hash-rosins and ice-water hash do not distort the integrity of the trichomes natural terpene and cannabinoid profiles Mother Nature intended. This full profile leads to positive effects in everything from taste and smell, to appearance, but especially an improved high. The entourage effect is dependent upon different compositions of terpenes and cannabinoids, a profile that solvent extracts can only try to recreate by reintroducing extracted terpenes into the final THC-a extraction. With ice-hash, there isn't a need for reintroduction as the trichome heads remain largely intact, undamaged, and containing the full profile of each strain, or phenotype. Even pressing five and six star ice water hash into rosin can damage terpenes slightly as the heat melts trichome heads into a luxurious and translucent hash rosin. The most volatile terpenes do escape and off-gas when the trichomes are ruptured. Pressing ice-water hash works to clean five-star hash into a fully dabbable product by removing the thin outer membranes of each trichome gland. Some brands press their six-star hash, although unnecessary for dabbing, to remove any last impurities creating a premium hash-rosin product. Regardless of ice-water hash ratings, its fair to say hash-rosin is a monumentally superior product to flower rosin, having nearly completed the refinement process before turning to the rosin press. With the industry disturbing trend of solventless hash and hash-rosin products, only a couple elite producers have been able to maintain the standard they set. These elite solventless companies are undoubtedly worth the price, once an understanding of the care and craft quality necessary to achieve these results is better understood. While flower rosin is a solid and affordable product, to the concerned buyer, it lacks much of what less expensive butane extracts provide. With advancements in technology and skill, hydrocarbon extracts are better than ever making them an easy and cheaper option to higher priced flower-rosins. This makes it difficult to convince anyone that solventless flower-rosin is worth the increased price, over hydrocarbon solvent extractions. Head to head at equal prices, flower rosin is normally superior to B.H.O, but the prices don't match. Hash-rosin on the other hand is worth every cent, and is distinguished entirely from all butane extracts. Rosin Badders and Sauces After extracting ice water hash from fresh frozen cannabis, it is put through the rosin press before additional steps can be employed. Some brands are choosing to whip their rosins into a hash rosin badder that's slightly easier to work with than fresh-press hash rosin. Others are utilizing a cold-cure technique to create numerous consistencies for solventless products including live hash-rosin sauces, that allow terpenes and THC-a crystals to naturally separate. This is the area where information and explanations are the hardest to come by. Solventless ice-hash and hash-rosins are no longer a secret, but the varying dynamics used from there is still largely unknown. The idea behind solventless sauces and diamonds is to create a shelf stable product, unlike its predecessors of six-star and hash rosins that require constant refrigeration. With hash rosin companies producing in extremely limited batches, only a handful of retail stores across California are able to carry their products. This is not for a lack of demand, but precisely the opposite. Companies are unable to produce and manufacture enough quality hash and rosin to keep up with endless demand. This is where flower-rosins try to fill a void to the unsuspecting buyer, but words out, and brands are all scurrying to catch up. With even more demand, prices will eventually go down as more and more companies elect to go solventless. As consumers become educated of the intricacies of production and the demand for solventless peaks, many manufacturers will be forced to ditch the chemistry sets used in Butane hash oil extractions, in favor of hand-made, small batch, fresh frozen hash products. Instead far too often the best products sit unsold, with bud-tenders unwilling and uninformed to the latest industry products and trends. Now, as an industry designed around solvent extracts pivots to keep up, a lot of messy and borderline “rosins” are showing up in moderately priced jars. Just remember, you get exactly what you pay for and I only want to pay for hash rosin like this... #strain#buyersguide#solventless#hasheducation##copywriter #hashwriter #cannabiswriter #uc #photography #cannabis #icehash #6star hashwriter #hream#strains#phenotypes#710labs#710labsflower#hash#rosin#solventless#cannabis#hashwriter#mothership#KV#icehash#sixstar#macro#concentrates#hashlife#hashonomics#terps#terpenes#organic#ogsmakebetterog#hashlane#terps#society #cannabiscures#medicalcannabis#love#community#joint#cannabisgrow#terpenes

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The Fresh-Frozen Zeitgeist Unlocks Full-Melt Hash and Live Rosin

The Fresh-Frozen Zeitgeist Unlocks Full-Melt Hash and Live Rosin

What if I were to say that no new technology was discovered for modern ice water hash? Because it wasn't. All of the techniques needed to produce the finest cannabis product ever achieved, were already in use somewhere else. So, what changed that led to the immaculate inception of six-star ice water hash and live rosin? ... let's find out! While solventless hash has changed the face of cannabis as we know it, recent discussions were revealing. Hydrocarbon BHO extractions dominated the first decade of retail cannabis, as the older methods of solventless were largely forgotten. For generations bubble hash has been made from the trim and scrap material collected during harvest, producing the three-star bubble hash that most are familiar with. Bubble hash was the utilitarian answer to left-over trim. The problem with prior solventless bubble hash in a two to four-star quality, is that it cannot be dabbed the way even the lowest grade of chemically extracted cannabis can. Chemical extractions and further distillation removes and destroys so many of the valuable aspects contained within the plants trichome glands, that you're left with a clean melting oil (of the lowest possible grade). So while bubble-hash has been around for decades as a 2-3-4 star hashish, it was chemical extracts and BHO that led us to "dabbing". Rosin Emerges There was a time in late 2015 that a solventless form of flower rosin made a brief appearance on the shelves. This was a brand-new concept at the time, but receded into the background as BHO was improving fast. The additional price necessary to produce flower rosin made it more expensive than BHO, yet less potent and flavorful. It only took a gram or two of flower rosin to know my money was better spent on the new versions of BHO. Little did I know, the rosin press would soon be an integral part of making the best hash ever. Again, no new solventless technology was discovered to create perfect six-star hashish or Live Rosin. We already had the bubble hash machines and filter-bag technology, along with the more recent rosin press invention. So, what suddenly changed to turn solventless hash into the perfect cannabis product it is today? Fresh-Frozen Harvests The answer was first discovered through BHO. Rather than harvesting and drying the cannabis as we have for decades, someone decided to freeze cannabis plants during the harvest. We know that cannabis loses most of its valuable terpenes, nearly 80%, during the drying and curing process. It would only make sense to flash freeze the crop upon harvesting and keep it frozen right through the extraction process. Live Resin BHO was born, and quickly replaced the extracts of old. With a vastly superior spectrum of terpenes in the final product, these chemical extractions of Live Resin were set to dominate. At about the same time, solventless leaders put the pieces of the puzzle together and cannabis hasn't been the same since. Fresh Frozen Wash Using nearly identical methodology as we have for decades, bubble hash makers started washing fresh-frozen cannabis. The result was perfection. By freezing the plants prior to washing them in ice and water, it allowed for only the very tip or head of each trichome gland to easily and almost naturally break free from the plant. Properly grown and harvested cannabis trichomes have a seal or a joint, where the trichome head attaches to its stem. With minimal agitation the trichome heads can easily fall away from their much less potent stems. Once the bulk of cannabis material is removed from the water, the remaining trichomes are sieved or filtered out with mesh screens. This fresh-frozen method allowed bubble hash to become the Full-Melt or six-star quality of today. Live Hash Rosin Once the wash period is complete and the trichomes have been dried using modern sublimation freeze-driers, only then can it be tested for its quality. If it melts clean it can be sold as ice water hash, but anything less than high five to six-star quality, is put through the rosin press. Now, instead of pressing whole and dried cannabis flowers into flower rosin, we are pressing the trichomes recovered during the ice water wash. By packaging the hash into small micron-specific mesh envelopes, the heated-pneumatic rosin press filters the outer membranes of trichomes and any remaining plant materials or contaminants. Boom- out pours a perfect mix of terpenes and cannabinoids from the source and Live Rosin was born. And it was all thanks to the freeze. Even BHO chemical extracts are massively improved from the use of fresh frozen cannabis flowers. The solventless results are truly revolutionary. Nowhere else in cannabis have we ever experienced anything remotely similar to what live rosin and six-star hashish delivers. The closest product is cannabis flower itself, which is already missing nearly 80% of the terpenes that water hash includes. There's truly nothing else like it. In Closing Hash and rosin have quickly replaced all other products for their medicinal and recreational value. A comparison to all other products is not even close, with fresh frozen cannabis retaining all cannabinoids and terpenes present in the living plant. This refinement technique has quickly matured into an art form to be appreciated, as hash makers encapsulate the incredible work of California cannabis farmers. The future is frozen. Want to experience cannabis the way Mother Nature intended minus smoking a dead plant? Get with the hash and rosin. The Fresh-Frozen zeitgeist is today's miracle, but tomorrow's standard product. Subscribe to the Blog or become a site member for updates and reviews sent directly to your email. 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Refining the Industry: Cyma Flow Offers Next Level Sieving Concept with Serious Results

Refining the Industry: Cyma Flow Offers Next Level Sieving Concept with Serious Results

Cyma Flow ICM-1000 processor affectionately nicknamed the “Ice Cream Machine,” is the latest refinement tool to catch the industry’s attention. With modern solventless refinement practices only coming to popularity a few years ago, the technology and equipment used has plenty of room for improvement. Hauling trash-can sized buckets of ice, water, and weed around in walk-in coolers can use all the modern advances it can get. However, producers, consumers, and the industry’s best have largely shied away from the modern devices, choosing to stick with the traditional methods of "handwashing.” Cyma Flow has concentrated on what happens after the wash and during filtration to design the perfect companion to hand washed, (or machine washed) vessels. With solventless refinement manufacturers focused on automating the wash process, few have attempted to redesign the flush or the sieve. Everyone is still forced to rinse, pull, and scrape cannabis trichomes directly from mesh filter-bags, regardless of automated wash systems. Cyma Flow decided to concentrate on the tedious and tiring efforts of constantly cleaning, washing, and drying out filter bags run after run, to develop a whole new system and concept for filtering the wash. While the system includes five filters in standard sizes, producers can choose from even more. Rather than relying on gravity and plenty of user manipulation to filter, rinse, drain, and pull each mesh filter-bag in a slow and tedious process, Cyma Flow's industry first use of Sound Waves is a fascinating play. Utilizing Magnetic Transducers, which are unaffected by temperature, sound vibrations help filter the hash. The system has no moving parts leading to consistent and endless use without worrying about frozen or broken parts. Cyma Flow has stacked metal dishes that contain the same sized micron screens as filter bags. Each mesh filter bag that would normally go inside your collection container is replaced by a round stainless-steel dish. These stainless steel "dishes" are stacked in descending order of their micron sizes, the same way filter bags are. The stainless-steel outer dishes keep each filter screen pulled tight and separated from the ones above and below it, allowing water to drain at significantly increased speeds. This design concept alone speeds up the drainage process, even before turning on the industry-first use of sound wave technology to blow the competition away. And guess what? The yields are massive! After completing the wash, which again can be machine operated or hand-washed, the wash water is pumped through the top of the Cyma Flow stack and sound induction is turned on. Now despite claims that trichomes cannot physically be forced or withheld from making it through mesh filters of appropriate size, Cyma Flow’s research shows that drooping filter bags, especially when stacked one upon another in the wash basin, can close up and clog holes, leading to a slow drain. By drawing the micron specific material tight across each stainless-steel dish, it ensures rapid draining speeds that are honest and consistent in size. Despite the added surface area of large filter-bags, the usable area ends up being much less than each eight-inch dish. When sound induction is turned on, it allows this dynamic system to be the fastest and most efficient sieve in the game. Once the water has drained it can be pumped back through the stack, or into additional washes. The catch-tank on the unit can be matched with any size “Bruteless” or however many gallons you desire. The catch tank utilizes ice and hoses wrapped through the ice to keep the wash water ice cold. At a rate of about three gallons per minute, the Cyma Flow can wash 20 gallons of liquid in six minutes. With this type of speed and efficiency you can run each wash numerous times to ensure everything desirable is obtained. For the initial wash, a standard 220-micron wash bag is required, but afterward it’s ready for the Cyma Flow stack. 1.5 inch tri-clamp fittings and hoses come included to attach any “Bruteless” or “Osprey” wash system. Everything is made from 304 stainless steel or food grade materials, allowing for fast and easy clean-ups. With free delivery, set-up and training, and a three-year warranty included, Cyma Flow is gearing up to help you succeed. Check them out and see for yourself the ease, speed, and efficiency, not to mention the early numbers showing yields over 20%! 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HashWriter's 2021 Fresh Press Rosin Awards

HashWriter's 2021 Fresh Press Rosin Awards

Let me begin by saying that Cannabis Cups and competitions are a rather skewed and difficult way to judge cannabis. Sometimes there is a clear-cut winner, at least in certain categories, but quite often the results are lacking. Speaking of categories, the categories themselves are often lacking, if not completely out-of-date with what the market has come to expect. The other issue is the timing of the events, which granted is fair to all, but not fair to the life of a farmer and the seasonal patterns of the year. Although the events tend to happen mid-winter when all harvests have been completed and the product is on retail shelves, too often the best batches never make it into the competitions. With the widespread use of light-deps, numerous harvests occur outdoors each year and timing is everything for Emerald Cup entries. Being able to smoke at least a full gram of rosin is crucial to understanding the hash. One dab can be quite a bit different than the next depending on what stage the rosin has reached. Normally by the time I finish a one-gram size jar, I am able to smoke the rosin in all of its consistencies. Experiencing the rosin as it is curing and buddering is really necessary to make a fair evaluation of the hash. This is almost impossible comparing gram after gram after gram with only a dab or two from each. So rather than a competition with all entrees at once, I took a little scroll through the "official hash archives" (my iCloud Library) and wanted to share some of my favorites for the 2021 year. 1. The Golden Rosin Award Out of an abundance of excitement for this flavor, I'll begin with my favorite fresh press Live Rosin of the 2020 year that came from an unlikely place. His first ever drop was such fire, that he was left wondering why nobody noticed or bothered to share about it on the Gram. That is, until he learned to use Instagram and found he had been missing everyone's posts. That's how you know he's about it and a true grower, not some marketing wiz. This is a very close finish for my favorite rosin of the year, but @Uncle Mac's Mimosa was not only insanely photogenic, it's the same genetic that ended up winning the Emerald Cup this year (although called Strawberry Jelly and in the Ice Water Hash division). @UncleMacs also operates @southfacefarms, providing some of the best cannabis that @papas_select puts out. There was little doubt who my favorite was, having left such a strong impression on me that I almost doubt my own memory. It was enough however, that I took note and filed the rosin in my brain's catalogue of precious terpene memories. I remember realizing that this is the orange terps of all orange terps, that I had been forever in search of. The perfect orange profile, not sour, or strangely sweet. None of the sour tangie terps or orange-juice citrus, but instead the sugary orange flavor of cheap-orange drink. It's like drinking sweet orange candy. 2. The Silver Rosin Surfer No question who my number two is and who I would have bet money on to win the Emerald Cup. Not only is he a half-decent guy, Eric Walz is pumping out heat and was last year's reigning champion with his grape-tacular THC-Bomb, which remains an all-time favorite. @HumboldtKineFarms and @Papas_Select's Zberries takes terpene tasting to a new level. I'm yet to experience terpenes as heavy and flavorful as the Zberries. I've also never experienced a cherry terpene profile as distinguished as this. Unlike most rosin that will have some flavor on the inhale, but wets the palette upon exhale, inhaling the thick cherry vapor of Zberries is unlike anything you have tried before... Trust me. I cannot urge everyone enough to get their hands on some of the Zberries Live Rosin. Every time someone does, they are sure to tell me how incredible it was. You're welcome! I think it's safe to say, everyone knows what the bronze medal is called: The Bronze Rosin Boner Third Place takes a bit of thought, and I arrive at another fan favorite and one I think everyone can agree, really stepped things up. The Garlic Cocktail by @Kalya and @Vesuvio_Gardens was one I couldn't' get enough of. The big stinky, aka Garlic Cock-tail, blew me away. An absolutely fabulous collaboration with someone I'm proud to know and have met, as Joe of Vesuvio Gardens showed me nothing but love. A generous dude, dead set on bringing some rare cuts from his farms excellent hash making terroir in the Southern Humboldt area of Whitehorn. Fourth Place The Emerald Cup's bronze medalist takes fourth on my list. Honestly, this garlic juice could be paired against any of my top three and holds it's own. These were all such phenomenal rosins as 2020 was the year of the GMO and Papaya crosses. The Garlic Juice by @southfacefarms and @papas_select was so good that it earned a nickname: The Gruice. The #Gruice is loose baby! Keep your eyes peeled for this one in rosin and in ice water hash. Fifth Place and Shared Honorable Mentions I don't think the Dirty Tangie was heavily in circulation, but it was certainly one of the most spectacular looking rosins I saw all year. A collaboration between @papas_select and Sugar Leaf Farms, this twist on tangie terps brought a mesquite flavor tasting like a tangie BBQ marmalade. ... and just for kicks, this Garlic Lemonade was otherworldly. A mixed live rosin working with material from @Emeraldqueenfarms and @tarhillcannabis, the Garlic Lemonade brought out the best of both genetics. The Pink lemonade sits perfect with Garlic Cookies to create a rosin where each flavor caters to the other. From Papas Select. To Conclude Thanks to some huge sponsors, these events are judged from digital dab devices rather than with a quartz banger. There is just no way to experience the full depth of a genetic through these on-the-go contraptions. E-nails set to standardized solventless dabbing temperatures would have been far more adequate for the competition. Regardless of competitive deficiencies, these events are a great way to honor the grower and the hash maker, bringing well-deserved attention to the craft. This is why regardless of the downsides, I support friendly competitions like the Emerald Cup and their ability to connect some of the best producers with their newest fans. Stay tuned for my Ice Water Hash and Rosin Badder/Cold-Cure awards to come and Subscribe to the blog or become a site member to keep up with email notifications for new articles on hashwriter.org ... 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The Evolution of Cannabis Concentrates From Solvent to Solventless

The Evolution of Cannabis Concentrates From Solvent to Solventless

Trying to navigate the recreational market of cannabis concentrates has proven difficult even for experienced consumers. This article will explain the evolution in cannabis extraction technologies, the major methods defining extraction techniques, and give an insider’s perspective of the finest cannabis hashish available today. A Quality Awakening As cannabis markets continue to gain traction, inconsistent and largely unpredictable markets have left recreational consumers in an informational fog. Try as the industry may, or may not to inform consumers, the lack of knowledge was evident when an established Colorado hash company opened a second operation in California. Expecting high demand for their solventless concentrates, the demand for their solvent-based counterparts came as a surprise. Initially hoping to eliminate solvent extracts from their product line-up, the company was forced to devote about half their overall production to solvent extracts, until information spreads and attitudes start to change. Over the past year several companies have joined the solventless side of history, but consumer understanding remains largely stagnant. For those immediately overwhelmed by terminology, cannabis extracts, concentrates or hash are all interchangeable terms describing concentrated cannabis. Under these umbrella terms, two distinct categories emerge depending upon whether chemical solvents were or were not used to extract the hash. Hence: solvent or solventless. A brief overview of cannabis concentrates will help consumers to understand the evolution away from solvent extractions and toward a superior solventless future. Old World Methods: Dry Sift and Bubble Hash Before regulated cannabis markets, cannabis extracts had long been in use. These old-world methods of cannabis extraction use very basic solventless techniques to create more potent, concentrated forms of cannabis. Dry sifting is easily the oldest form of cannabis extraction and a prime example of one solventless technique. Something as simple as shaking dried cannabis over metal screens and collecting the residue underneath creates a solventless product called kief. Dark brown bubble-hash, made popular decades ago, is another ancient technique using only water to make hash, without chemical solvents. After decades of stagnant and limited old-world methods, changes in legislation allowed cannabis sciences to flourish. These old-world hash methods were quickly forgotten, replaced by the astonishing progress of modern solvent extractions. Solvent Based Extractions The emergence of solvent extracts revolutionized cannabis around 2011, creating new categories of cannabis products that exploded onto the scene. Not only did solvent extracts produce the most potent and cleanest forms of hash ever seen at this point, it also created new possibilities for hash-oil vape cartridges and cannabis extract infused edibles. These solvent extracts use butane, propane, or other hydrocarbon solvents to extract, or “blast” cannabinoids from the plant. By running solvents through cannabis and then purging or removing leftover, residual solvents, a super-potent, premium hash oil product is achieved. Regulated markets require testing to ensure only a safe level, if any, of the solvent used in the extraction process remains in the final product. Wax, Crumble, Shatter This technology ushered in the first wave of concentrates to medical and recreational markets under the descriptive titles of wax, shatter and crumble. While these effective and affordable products can still be found today, far superior products have largely replaced wax and shatter. Distillation techniques can further purify and isolate THC-a, while removing harmful residual solvents. For a time, Solvent-free was used to describe this ultra-purified distillate, but the needless term has fallen out of use. Solvent-free is still a solvent extraction using chemical solvents, don’t be fooled. Distillation extractions have fallen into general disfavor as they destroy the flavorful terpenes and valuable cannabinoids, necessary to create the “entourage effect.” The Entourage Effect This “entourage effect” happens when the medicinal and recreational properties are most effective, pronounced, and impactful due to a full range of terpenes and cannabinoids being present in the final product. With companies manually reintroducing terpenes to their final extracts, it’s an attempt to restore what was lost during solvent extraction processes. Many brands claim to use cannabis derived or food-grade terpenes to infuse or reintroduce terpenes into their purified hash oils. While this adds flavor and taste, especially to distillate cartridges, it’s far from an ideal solution. Armed with this new information, the informed consumer looks for a full profile of terpenes and cannabinoids in their hash. Fresh-Frozen and Live Resin BHO With terpene preservation a new priority, all aspects of hash making were reevaluated. By using fresh-frozen cannabis flower, solvent extractions quickly reached new heights. Using the same techniques as prior solvent extractions, the cannabis plant is frozen immediately upon harvesting, rather than trimming and drying the crop. Freezing the plant preserves valuable terpenes helping to create a new category for hydrocarbon extracts under the general label of live resins. This live resin, containing vastly greater profiles of terpenes and cannabinoids than earlier waxes, shatters or crumbles is sold as live-resin sauce, sugar, badder, frosting, diamonds and more. Many versions of live resin re-use previous terms that describe consistencies. These live resin solvent extracts outperform the wax, crumble, and shatters of old, and are priced accordingly. Some of the best solvent extracts available today use butane or CO2 to extract hash oil, which forms THC-a crystals and diamonds seen in live resin sauces. Having learned the value of terpenes and cannabinoids, early efforts to purify THC were clearly misled. The industry defining use of fresh-frozen cannabis flowers greatly improved the quality of all extracts having realized the psychoactive effects are largely dependent on the various profiles of cannabinoids and terpenes. Pure THC-a crystals and isolates are easily achieved with solvent extractions but, produce inferior effects both medicinally and for recreation. New World Solventless Methods Discovering the “entourage effect” as described earlier, these elements of cannabis allowed old-world solventless techniques to be re-inspired and reinvigorated with the benefit of healthy genetics and a hearty understanding of past mistakes. Having gone full circle, solventless techniques are again at the forefront of the cannabis industry, having attained near perfection for our current understanding of cannabis anatomy. Ice-Water Hash Using the lessons and tendencies of nearly all prior extractions, the solventless method, in all its final forms, begin with the same initial process to make ice-water hash oil. Often referred to as solventless hash oil (SHO), fresh-frozen flowers are submerged in ice and water, soaked and agitated before the water is filtered through mesh screens. As these mesh screens are measured by microns, the increasingly finer mesh works to separate and extract only the trichome heads that break free from the cannabis plant. The 120- and 90-micron mesh screens usually collect pristine trichome heads. After scraping the remaining material from the screens, its sieved onto trays where the hash can dry using modern techniques of sublimation. The results are beyond phenomenal and are sure to shock even life-long cannabis consumers. This technique isolates only the most potent and psychoactive parts of the plant, to produce white to clear solventless ice water hash. When done with precision 6-star ice water hash is formed. The hash can be sold and consumed as is or undergo additional solventless techniques to produce hash-rosin. Hash Rosin Not to be confused with live-resins, (or flower rosin) Live Hash Rosin uses pressure and slight heat to squeeze ice-water hash, into hash-rosin. Some companies have elected to whip t