Giving BYOB a Whole New Meaning (Bring Your Own Bud)

The future of the decriminalization of marijuana in our nation continues to hang in the balance, with advocates and naysayers alike keeping a close eye on the early adopters in Colorado and Washington. A recent study by online legal resource Avvo found 70% of Colorado and Washington residents out of nearly 2,200 polled believed that in the not-too-distant future, bringing pot to a dinner party will be as routine as a bottle of wine.

Colorado and Washington in many ways are the guinea pigs for the marijuana industry as it stands as a decriminalized entity. The two states have enacted laws that allow for recreational use of marijuana, the first to do so. These newly passed laws demonstrate a growing contingent of Americans that see cannabis use as becoming more and more normalized. With the normalization of marijuana use comes the comfort of seeing pot in settings in a new and creative way. Enter pot substituting for wine as a dinner party gift.

The ramifications of the results from surveys such as these are potentially quite vast, especially from a resource such as Avvo – the web’s largest legal marketplace for consumers and attorneys. Almost more interesting than this singular statistic are the other findings produced by the survey: despite the increasing acceptance, smoking pot in front of the kids is still taboo (89% would not consider it, including 75% of those who intend to purchase pot in the future).

While these results may not be particularly surprising, given that the constituents of each state passed laws for recreational use, pot as a gift at a dinner party still provides a striking image. No doubt the survey demonstrates a shift in thinking, as pot continues to move from its status as taboo, and moves ever closer into the mainstream.

Simple Step-By-Step Guide For Making Premium Shatter BHO

 

  1. Take some good fresh uncut bud that has been dried. An ounce of high quality bud can yield you 3.6g of shatter provided you use about 12oz of butane and wash it twice.
  2. Place the bud in an extraction tube that is made of thick glass and is real clean. You don’t want excess contaminants in your batch that will degrade your dabs. You want to also make sure that there are no air pockets inside the tube, and you can eliminate those by using a rod to neatly but not overly pack your bud.
  3. On other end of the extraction tube you want to drip your butane through it in a slow yet evenly paced manner. On the opposite end use/attach coffee filters so that the liquid which runs down will have to go through it. The drippings should fall onto a collection dish. Note that you should do the extraction process outside as there is a chance of explosions or bursts of fire if the butane is dripped too fast.
  4. Once your butane can is spent remove it and let the excess butane still in the tube make its way down through the filter and into your pan.
  5. Next is the evaporation part of the process. Your pan should be filled with this golden brown liquid. Take your collection dish and place it in a larger frying pan filled with hot water and your mixture should begin to bubble. Change the water as needed if it cools and don’t expose it to the hot water for a long time as your product will become dark and degraded. Once the oil stops bubbling you are done and can scrape the product and either smoke it or place them in glass vials.

DISCLAIMER: This is just a guide laying out the steps to how shatter is made using butane.  I am not recommending that any of you try this at home without proper equipment or experience because it could involve in injury as butane is highly flammable and can be explosive.  This is an article meant to inform, not meant to inspire recreational weed smokers to screw around with butane and their leftover stash.

Why You Should Buy a Bubbler Pipe for Smoking Marijuana

 

Bubblers have since been the mystical method for smoking Marijuana to me.  Why is it mystical you might ask?  On first look to a novice it may look like a fancy pipe but for those that have marveled over the glasswork, you could get lost in the twists and turns funneling into multiple chambers, a water reservoir, and eventually getting you blazed.  Most people commonly use pipes, bong or simply roll a joint and blaze it the good ol’ traditional way to get high.   This article was written for those of you who haven’t smoked from a bubbler before, just give me 1 minute of your time.

Bubblers can be an alternative and fun method for smoking and should be used to add variety to your smoking experience.  Bubblers are usually alot smaller than your standard bongs and have a bowl, similar to that at the end of a pipe, which is removable and is located at the top of a cylinder (I’m sure you’ve seen it before). It is then inserted inside the bubbler and the bubbler is partially filled with water at a point above the cylinder object. A person then lights the bowl. Smoke then travels through the water and into the mouth of the user when he or she releases their thumb from the base of the bubbler. The water helps filter the THC and also decrease the temperature of the smoke that is inhaled.  So in the end its kinda like smoking a the lovechild of a bong and pipe.   But in my opinion and the opinion of many other bubbler users, the end result is a smoother smoke than that of a pipe.  Be careful though, as the water in the bubbler gets dirty real fast and if you pull the smoke too hard, you are likely to inhale some of that skunked water as well.  I recommend cleaning out the bubbler and emptying the water after every smoke session to ensure a great experience every time, but who am I kidding, that never happens.  So just make sure you clean it out once every few uses to keep your bubbler just as majestic as when you first saw it on the store shelves or in your online shopping cart.  Having a larger than pocket sized bong is just down right convenient.  Your hits are likely to not be as strong as fat as your bong hits but they will get the job done especially if you have some good bud.  No go fill that bubbler up with some water and let it rip!

A No-Frills Guide To Buying Weed In Colorado

The great state of Colorado opened it’s doors to Marijuana use on January 1st , 2014 (aka Green Wednesday).  The marijuana dispensary doors are now officially open for business and you want to get in on the action, here’s a few things you should know without having to read the Colorado marijuana use laws.

Who Can Buy Marijuana For Recreational Use?  Colorado’s age requirement to buy Marijuana is anyone that is 21 and older with a valid government issued ID.  As long as you are of age, you can legally purchase, possess, and smoke Marijuana in the state.  Colorado also has what I call a “sharing is caring” clause.  You can share your weed with anyone else who is 21 years or older as long there is no exchange of Marijuana for money.

I’m Not From Colorado, Can I Still Buy Marijuana?  The same laws apply to all United States citizens as stated above.  As long as your over 21 years of age with valid ID, you can cruise into a licensed retail shop and buy up to 1/4 ounce (out-of-state limitation)

What If I’m Not 21 Years Old But Over 18?  Great news for those over 18 years old but under 21, you can still buy Marijuana as long as you have a medical marijuana card.  Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000 but has now dropped the annual registration fee for the medical marijuana card to only $15 per year!

OK, I’m Finally In Colorado, Where Can I Buy Weed?  There have been 136 retail marijuana shop licenses issued throughout Colorado but MOST of these are in Denver.  But if you somehow find yourself in Summit County, there are four shops there as well.

How Much Marijuana Can I Buy?  If your a Colorado resident, you can buy up to 1 ounce of weed (equivalent to 60 normal sized joints) and out-of-state visitors can buy 1/4 ounce of weed at one time (equivalent to 15 normal sized joints).  That’s still alot of joints so there is nothing to worry about with this limitation.

Lastly, How Much Money Should I Prepare?  Your typical purchase of an eighth of an ounce will run anywhere between $25 to $45 with taxes on top.  The state tax is set at 25% and a very nice 5% city/county tax assessed in most places.

I Didn’t Smoke All My Weed, Can I Take It Back Home For My Family And Friends?  No.  Although you bought it legally, it is still illegal to take it with you across state lines.  It can even be tricky to transporting weed from city to city within Colorado because each city  and county have set their own individual marijuana laws.

Clean Butane Hash Oil Extraction: Vacuum Ovens Alternative

Following up with the original post about BHO extraction, some of our readers have suggested a few other alternatives (safer means of extraction) that I will be covering in the weeks to come.  I am all for smoking the good stuff but safety is always first.  So here is my vacuum edition of BHO extraction.

If you have the means and the money to purchase a vacuum oven, I suggest you do it if you want to smoke the cleanest wax ever. Vacuum Ovens can be a bit pricey especially for the good one and range from $1000 to $2500. Multiple websites such as eBay sell used vacuum ovens that are substantially cheaper (ranging from $200-$1000). Vacuum Ovens allow for even temperature control at low temps. Chemical duty vacuum pumps allow the user to insert his residue made by pushing butane through cannabis, and collect residual butane so that you may dispose of it. These types of pumps won’t be harmed by the butane and will last a lot longer that other type of pumps. You can also make large batches of shatter using vacuum ovens rather than other vacuum methods.

If you do not have the cash flow to purchase a vacuum oven, I suggest you at least use a glass vacuum desiccation chamber with a hot plate inside. Raising the hotplate temperature to 115F in the vacuum that is set at -29.9hg will leave behind a clear shatter when cooled. If your shatter remains sticky, you should purge it again. Small bubbles may exist in the end product but this is the result of not using a better purging mechanism like a vacuum oven. You should always smell your shatter to make sure there is no butane in it. A well prepared sharer will smell very good, and should serve as an assurance that no residual butane is left.

Marijuana Cultivation: Types Of Grow Lights Explained

Growing your own marijuana can be a difficult and tedious task. One aspect of growing is the light source you use. Marijuana isn’t legal everywhere so growing it openly in the sun is out of the question for many, not to mention the ease of theft if grown outside. Moreover, individuals living in certain parts of the world where sunlight is scarce will have a hard time in finding the right place to grow their strains. One popular solution is to grow their product inside somewhere and use special lights that act like the sun and encourage growth.

Light intensity is measured in nanometers (nm) of one specific wave length of light.  Marijuana plants differ in the appropriate amount of intensity that they need. For vegetative growth marijuana plants need about 420-550nm of intensity while for pre-flowering and budding they need about 550-670nm for optimal growth.

There exist three typical grow lights out in the market that many use to grow indoors. These lights are: HPS (high pressure sodium) lights, MH (metal halide) lights and LED (light-emitting diode) grow lights. HPS lights offer an intensity of 540nm to 700nm and are great in promoting budding of the plant while MH lights only offer intensity ranging from 350nm to 550nm and are used to promote vegetative growth. One downside to using these types of high intensity lights is that they get extremely hot and cooling fans are also needed to prevent them from overheating or blowing. LED grow lights offer the broadest range of intensity (from 420-750nm) making it the best but most expensive for growing marijuana. If you have the cash flow, you best use LED lamps as they offer the best lighting source for all your marijuana needs.

Best Bud of 2013: My Top 5 Favorite Marijuana Strains This Year

 

bud strains1.  Apollo 13– This kush is more of my style. It is not as fruity as the other popular marijuana types out there, therefore not as sough after, but it is my go to bud for smoking. It has a very unique smell that is pretty earthy and a little skunky. It is not as strong as other types of bud, but allows you to function and still provide that much needed relaxation.

2. Sour Diesel– This is a dark green plant with orangish leaves. It lasts a long while approx 3-4hours and you got a good head buzz going. Its sour name comes from the smell it leaves rather than the taste that it leaves in your mouth. I was told it has a little bit higher THC content than other herbs out there, and after smoking this shit, I have no reason to doubt this fact.

3. Blueberry Yum Yum– It has a unique color not unlike that of a blueberry, hence the name. It even smells like blueberries! I usually don’t like my weed to me too fruity, but this one I make an exception too.  It is very, very strong kush and after smoking this I usually don’t do any sort of work related activities or go out.

4. Purple Kush– Although this is not at the top of my list, this is probably one of the strongest buds I have ever smoked. It is sort of sweet when you exhale the smoke and earthy when you are inhaling. It is pretty fast acting as I usually feel it after only 5 minutes of smoking.

5. AK 47– This pointy green plant gives me a good high lasting about an hour. I usually smoke this when I have to work on some project at home or when I am answering work emails. It doesn’t make me all crazed, rather it gives me a relaxed attitude.

 

Are Dabs Better than Traditional Bud?

dabs

I find myself running into this problem on several occasions. What Should I Smoke? I have some oils but at the same time I have some nice blue dream flowers and a little bit of Sour OG Kush. Usually when I hit the oils I get knocked on my ass, but when I smoke my bud I just get that relaxing high. I know oils are a lot stronger than bud and a lot cheaper, but sometimes I just have that urge to chill out and just smoke bud. Maybe it is because I have been smoking bud for over 10 years and have only just started hitting dabs.

Whenever my buddies come over we always hit the bud and never the oils together. They seem to prefer passing the bong around rather than using wraps or joint paper too. Below I put some of the pros and cons of hitting bud and oils to help you make your decision when you run into this same problem.

BUD

DABS

PROS

CONS

PROS

CONS

▪You can never go wrong with some good bud▪I prefer the taste of some good bud, sometimes you can get a sweet tangy taste that lingers for awhile

▪ Easier to get a hold of than good quality oils (although my local dispensary is carrying dabs now)

▪ Seems to be the go to product when hanging out with friends and just relaxing

▪More expensive than oils  ▪Cheap $$$$▪Can be made from using the trim

▪ A greater high than using bud

▪Quicker acting than Bud

▪Maybe healthier than bud if you have some well purged shit as the resin content built up in your lungs is lower

▪Unless bought, it is dangerous and time consuming to make▪Sometimes the concentrates can get me too fucked up to the point where I am on my ass

▪ Can be expensive if you are using buds to make it

 

As you can see there are arguments on both sides on why you should get fucked up using one of the other. The consensus is that dabs for personal use will get you higher than you have ever been before, but bud will allow you to chill with friends without that freaking out you will get from wax.

What’s the right bong for me? A brief beginners guide to glassware

bong lined up

Bongs have been around for decades, and have been constantly adapting to new products that enter the market. Many first time users don’t know quite how to smoke marijuana and will go to the local marijuana shop and purchase a “cool” looking bong rather than one that will provide them with the best high. Bongs can be made from a variety of material such as plastic, glass or ceramic. Some old school Asian bongs are even made of bamboo.

The classic bong that many stoners use is one that is made of glass and is clear so that they can see the water and smoke when using it. Usually these bongs have sweet ass attachments such as splash guards, diffusers or ash catchers.  These types of bongs also can be bent so that an individual may take a hit when reclined. Plastic bongs are usually cheap bongs that allow for low budget stoners to get high. Using these bongs may dilute the taste of good weed (you get that plastic taste mixed in there) and more often than not do not have any separate attachments like glass bongs do. Ceramic bongs usually are the ones with crazy colors, and I usually don’t recommend those as I like to see my water inside the bong to make sure it is clean.

The best advice I can give the amateur stoner would be to try a few different bongs owned by some of your friends to find out which bong best suits you rather than go into a store an aimlessly throw money away.