TOP 10 INDIE COMICS FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK SUPERMAN IS WACK

For many the word, “comics” infers dorky, collector-types obsessed with caped men and women that are allergic to crime and which all happen to have special powers that make them virtually invincible. Good and evil, what the fuck is that about? We are all good and evil. The dichotomy is so boring and most of us older than 17 understand this. The quarter billion dollar Marvel/DC movies and TV shows are sometimes fun to watch but to read the stories behind them… most of us aren’t going to do that. So comics stay relegated to the realm of the Comic-Con knob and the Hollywood producer’s reading assistant.

But wait, what if I told you there are comics that don’t suck?

What if I told you there are comics that don’t involve good samaritans or other boring tired crap? The comics I have recommended here are all about action/adrenaline with a heavy subject matter and outlandish themes. Plus these ones are fully published: no waiting for the next issue to come out. Crush em.

Side note, you won’t have to wear a Star Wars t-shirt to enjoy these alternative indie comics.

The key to a good comic is the writing. Sure the pictures are nice to look at but the story is paramount. Most of the comics recommended here are not from Marvel or DC. Some of these writers may work for Marvel or DC after writing a hit indie comic, but it pays to play in the big leagues. Is it selling out if you love what you’re doing and get paid more to do it? I dunno. There might be good Superman or Batman issues out there because of these writers, but I could care less about any mainstream foray because the top 10 ten superhero crap is played the fuck out. OK, that’s enough information. Let’s get cracking.

Sleeper – Ed Brubaker

The main character has been warped so that whatever violence is inflicted on him, is stored in his body and then released on whoever touches him… A family man who can no longer touch his family, he becomes estranged and is forced to work with psychopaths as they are the only ones that can appreciate his “condition.” In this comic, we have tons of action but we also have a shitload of gray morality. The main character who used to be a normal decent man is now the opposite of what he once was but still the same. Confusing? He’s the ultimate anti-hero. He’s a meta anti-hero.

Preacher – Garth Ennis

There is a TV show with this title. It is somewhat similar to the comic but for whatever reason, the TV show is a much weaker and a plodding version of this publication. This comic is about a tough guy who befriends a vampire and goes on a quest to kill God. Sick right? It really is and it’s the gold standard of shredding comics. Must read.

The Sandman – Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is most famous for his books, but this comic is a separate legend on its own. The comic is based around the Sandman, the lord of the dreaming, who has been alive since the beginning of time. He has just gotten out of prison after 70 years and he’s pissed at whoever put him there. This comic is very trippy/weird but is loaded with great storylines and characters. There’s not too many like this one.

V For Vendetta – Alan Moore

Most have heard this author’s name before but may not be aware of just how brilliant he is. He knows what you’re thinking before his pen touches the next sentence. It’s engrossing, action-packed with diamond-cut writing. I personally think the movie is great too but I digress – this really is a masterpiece of the genre. V for very, very good.

Y: The Last Man – Brian K Vaughan

A crazy virus kills all men at once except for one. Vaughan’s style elevates what could have been a simple excuse for a sex orgy. Instead, we get a story with lots of action and humor that makes the post-apocalyptic setting feel fun. Attempting to get his genes cloned so as to save the human race, the journey is fraught with many a twist and turn. This is a very original and entertaining story in which women are often the bad guy.

Scalped – Jason Aaron

If you are looking for harrowing, intense and exceedingly morbid, look no further. This comic takes place on an indigenous reservation in Dakota that is wracked with poverty, corrupt politicians/law enforcement, and domestic drug abuse — it’s context is rife with violent and wretchedly sad story opportunities. Whatever you’re imagining right now, it’s worse. An undercover indigenous FBI agent is attempting to get a collar on the infamous local Tribal Chief. This fed is fucked up in more ways than you’d expect from a crooked cop and has zero patience for his surroundings. The result is lots of people dying and/or getting their heads pulped. Enjoy!

Fables – Bill Willingham

Centered around a sub-world within NYC called Fabletown, classic fairy tale characters live as refugees having escaped their homeland that’s been taken over by a Voldemort-style bad guy. There isn’t always a ton of action but that doesn’t mean it’s a bore. The characters and the dialogue are unlike any other comic I’ve read. All the fairy tale characters are painstakingly crafted with their classic mannerisms and then extrapolated… Imagine Belle from Beauty and the Beast going psycho on the Beast when he doesn’t keep his beast in check… This comic is epic in scope and length having taken 13 years to complete. It’s a masterpiece of smart but not intellectual entertainment.

The Invisibles – Grant Morrison

Esoteric knowledge mixed with psychedelia and veiled new world order tropes: The Invisibles is a “trip” that goes beyond the typical kill-spree or weirdo characters of comic land. There is violence, but there is also Crowley-style chaos magic and mass amounts of 5d introspection. With poetry interspersed throughout and multiple acid trips described in meta terms, this comic goes way beyond entertainment and into a mind-changing territory. If you want to mentally grow while reading comics, this is the one.

For Queen and Country – Greg Rucka

A true indie gem. Only the covers are in color but the black and white pages are still full of energy. As close to a realistic spy story as it gets, this series is for the fan of action and intrigue. Lot’s of industry-specific jargon, you will most likely get swept up by the realism: the author did his homework. I wouldn’t say it’s action-packed but all the moments around the action are in no way superfluous; everything is interesting. A true gem.

Locke and Key – Joe Hill

This comic is scary. It’s also funny and down to earth while at the same time it’s full of magic keys and lots of blood. Two teens and a child lose their father to a homicidal seventeen-year-old. The tragedy obliges their mother to move them across the country to their family’s giant house called Keyhouse. The place is full of unique magical keys that each do a separate amazing thing. Sounds hokey (pun intended)? I’m probably just doing a crap job of explaining. There’s really nothing like this and it’s such a dope comic.

The author is the son of Stephen King. He intentionally avoided the association as he wanted to prove himself on his own merits so he is known as Joe Hill. You might not be a fan of his father’s writing and that’s OK because it seems that this is better than most of what Stephen has done.

SEOUL’S GROWING SUBCULTURE OF TATTOOING

South Korea has been responsible for some of the most infectious trends that have made their way over to the Western world. I’m going to abstain from mentioning cringe-worthy dances with billions of views on YouTube because the country truly has so much more to offer. For every cheesy Korean drama, there are arresting thrillers Spike Lee has copied, and for every shitty club blasting K-Pop with American army dudes, there are brothels that turn into rooftop sanctuaries for music aficionados on summer weekends (cc: Faust). Just like anything in life, you have to dig for diamonds. If you look hard enough, past the bustling streets and into the hidden alleys, behind sturdy clandestine metal doors you will find a thriving illegal tattoo culture.

I caught up with Steve Jang from Badhands (one of the OG tattoo shops in Seoul with sister locations in Busan and Osaka) to talk about the culture of tattooing and how it’s changing in Seoul and the rest of Korea.

Tell me about your experience growing up in Korea and how you got into tattooing?

I was originally born in Busan but I moved abroad for ten years. After my first year of school, I moved to Indonesia in Jakarta but there were protests about Koreans taking jobs and Korean people’s homes were being burned so my dad became paranoid and we moved to Hong Kong after a year. When I moved to Hong Kong I got expelled from school and I could only get into the crappy schools after that [so] we moved again to Mainland China until I went back to Korea for high school.

How was it when you moved back?

It was really hard adjusting to Korean culture because I was at an American international school with all American kids and [when] I moved back I became friends with the wrong people and was doing stupid shit but they introduced me to tattooing.

What was your first tattoo?

I got my first tattoo when I was in high school; it’s a tribal tattoo…it’s pretty shit haha, anyways that was my first contact with tattoos and I always wanted more but I didn’t have the money or the balls to get more.

At that time (8 years ago) was it hard to get tattoos or find a shop?

Ya, there were no signs. It wasn’t even on the Internet and you had to know people to get tattoos you know… because it was so illegal and nobody knew how to do it properly. People were using the same needle and without washing it and reusing it … you know real dirty shit.

You’re completely tatted now, when did you finally get more tattoos?

Hahaha well right after high school I stole my dad’s car and gold necklace and sold it, that was when I got my first sleeve done. I stole his car and all his gold man (laughing). He punched me so hard I woke up in the hospital. Anyways, I got that sleeve from a really legit guy. He was Air-Force… he was Korean American and he got discharged. I was going to learn right then and there but my dad forced me to go to the army when I was like 19 (all Korean nationals are required to do 2 years of military service). I told those guys that right after I finished the army I would come back and work for them.

So what happened when you finished the army?

Well, when I got back I kind of just messed around. I just wanted to drink and party so I didn’t start tattooing right away and went to university instead. After third year I wanted to get out of school because it’s bullshit you know… it’s a waste of time; you don’t learn anything. So I left school and my friends introduced me to old school tattooers and then I got too many tattoos and I was like fuck… no one is going to hire me. All my friends were tattoo artists and they were like you should tattoo. I told them I had never drawn anything and so they taught me and I started tattooing people at my house.

Tell me about Badhands and Unionway. You guys have some of the most famous tattoo artists in Korea and now an affiliate crew in Japan. What has that been like?

Oh, so Unionway is…. even in Japan… a crew of hardcore punk rock bands and they do gigs together. All the owners [of Badhands] are band members and they were a first generation punk band in Korea and were really famous before. But they fucked up on a live TV show by stripping – just doing punk shit and so the public hated them after that. But those original band members opened Badhands a little later on. The crew in Seoul and Busan do shows with the ones in Japan in our music club downstairs and we’ll fly to Kobe to do shows with them sometimes. It’s really just a group of people who are into tattoos and punk music but everyone is open-minded and soya, we joined with them.

How illegal is tattooing? Do the police actually do anything?

No, they know it’s there but they don’t really do anything about it. The only way they would come would be if another tattoo shop called the police on us. There is a lot of competition, especially in Hongdae.

I know in the past it has been hard to have tattoos. Are the attitudes changing at all?

Well 10 years ago when I had my sleeves done, old people on the Subway would kick their tongues at me or hiss at me. Some people would be like why did you do it? Don’t you have any respect for yourself or what do your parents think?

Where do you see Seoul and Korea in the arts in the next 10 years?

It is very hopeful; everyone is more open-minded now you know so people are freer to express themselves.

Is there anything else about the culture that you want to speak on?

Yeah, you know little kids these days have so many tattoos like their whole bodies and now they can’t get jobs and the only thing they can do is tattoo. I think it’s a little fucked up that some of the shops tattoo these young kids and give them full body suits. But its become really trendy to be a tattooer so now you see 20-year-old tattoo artists and there are way more artists than people getting tattooed… so I’m kinda fucked (laughing).

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THE HISTORY OF CANADA POT

This year, Canada became the second country in the world to fully legalize cannabis. But reaching this progressive state was a long process, taking almost a century from the 1923 prohibition until today. So how the hell did Canada get here?

Cannabis use since the dawn of time

Marijuana has been enjoyed by humans since as far back as the prehistoric era, being a major part of many cultures around the globe. While its exact origins are not 100% known, scientists believe cannabis originated in central Asia or China, and since then it has been harvested for many purposes. The plant has historically been used for producing fibres, for its great range of medicinal benefits, as well as for recreation. Its psychoactive effects have also been an integral part of spiritual or religious traditions for many cultures.

The climate and environment have influenced the way different cultures used cannabis in the past. As a weed, cannabis can grow practically anywhere, but different climates lead to the production of different strains. Hot and dry climates are great for producing weed with high THC levels, while cooler or humid environments lead to low potency strains, which are better for fibres. It’s no surprise then that regions with a hot climate have historically been using cannabis for recreation, or as part of traditions and rituals, due to the plant’s strong psychoactive properties. For example, bhang (a high-potency cannabis strain) has been used in India for thousands of years as an important part of various traditions.

On the other hand, in Europe and North America, the main purpose of harvesting cannabis until the 19th century was for its high-quality fibres, derived from hemp. This is in no small part thanks to the colder environment, which determined the qualities and properties of the plant.

Marijuana in North America

It’s not completely clear when pot started being used in North America for its psychoactive effects. There’s a chance that some native Americans were already using marijuana as part of their culture before white settlers’ arrival in the early 1600s, but the evidence is not clear.

Between the 17th and early 19th centuries, cannabis was mostly cultivated in the USA and Canada in the form of hemp. In 1801, hemp seeds were distributed to Canadian farmers, for fueling the economy.

Cannabis was also used for its medicinal benefits during the late 19th century. Its medical properties were widely researched at the time, with doctors commonly prescribing it for many health conditions. However, the development of opiates – faster and more effective painkillers – caused cannabis to gradually lose popularity in the medical field.

Underground culture

In the 1910s and 1920s, marijuana gradually became part of an underground culture in the USA, leading to a global perception shift, with this image not completely gone even today. At that time there was a wave of migration of Mexican workers into the USA, and smoking weed became more associated with minorities and the working class. In Canada, despite marijuana not being widely used, it became illegal in 1923, joining the list of other restricted drugs such as cocaine and morphine.

Pot Prohibition

The psychoactive properties of cannabis became better known in the USA and Canada in the early 20th century. At the same time, the rising synthetic textile and newspaper industries recognized the threat of cannabis fibres, therefore influencing government policies against the plant.

Canada Pot Popularity in the late 60s

The 1960s in the USA showed a boom in pot consumption, especially due to the hippie, psychedelic counterculture of the time. The movement reached Canada and became popular in the late 1960s and 70s, as Canadian youth began rejecting many social norms and values of the time, including racism, lack of women’s rights, and poverty.

Marijuana consumption sky-rocketed. Head shops became popular places among smokers, selling various weed and tobacco paraphernalia, such as bongs, vaporizers, grinders etc. Other counterculture items such as magazines, clothes, or posters were (and still are) also popular in head shops.

Multiculturalism is likely to have also played a part in the marijuana boom in Canada in the late 60s and 70s. Travelling to foreign cultures became a popular activity for Canadians, who were thus exposed to the traditional uses of marijuana in the East.

The immigration policy of Canada also changed in the 60s, and alongside immigrants from different cultures, the government also implemented a more open policy, allowing them to keep some of their cultural traditions, although marijuana was not seen as acceptable by the authorities. Canadians embraced pot, but the government did not.

Despite the growing weed consumption, the Canadian government tightened regulations, by signing the UN’s Convention on Psychotropic Substances in 1971. During the 70s and 80s, Canada was also influenced by the USA’s war on drugs. Despite the government’s efforts, smoking pot only increased in popularity, especially during the 1990s.

Medical Marijuana

Canada’s marijuana policy started shifting in the 1990s, for medical reasons, following the case of a man suffering from epilepsy. Terrence Parker was growing and using cannabis because of his epilepsy seizures, and he was arrested multiple times for possession. In 1997, he was once again arrested for possession, as well as cultivation and trafficking, as he had admitted to distributing weed to other patients. The judged ruled in his favour, claiming the law was unconstitutional and violated Terrence’s rights. His case caused a reconsideration of the policies on medicinal marijuana. In 2001, it became officially regulated through the Marihuana for Medical Access Regulations (MMAR).

The government made changes to the MMAR in 2013, implementing the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). The new regulation also allowed commercial licensing for the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis. However, the MMPR didn’t allow patients to produce their own cannabis, which meant they could only get marijuana from licensed producers. This changed in 2016, with the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

Possession and cultivation

By the 1990s, many European countries had already given up prosecuting people for possession. In Canada, possession was still criminalized, with policies and regulations changing throughout the 2000s and 2010s. In 2003 and 2005 the liberal government presented two decriminalization attempts for weed possession, but neither of them came into effect. A new anti-drug policy was implemented in 2006, doubling the maximum prison sentence for cultivating cannabis from 7 to 14 years.

In 2012 Justin Trudeau proposed complete legalization of marijuana as a major point in of his electoral campaign, becoming Prime Minister in 2015. The Cannabis Act officially passed in 2017 and came into effect in October 2018.

HOW TO ROLL THE PERFECT WEED JOINT

BEGINNERS GUIDE

Rolling a joint should probably be one of the first things a cannabis connoisseur learns if they’re interested in smoking quality weed. Indeed, the last thing you’d want when you acquire some exquisite smelling cannabis is the inability to smoke it due to a lack of pipe, or a friend to help you roll it. Put simply, if you can’t roll it, you can’t smoke it. So in this article, we’ll teach you how to roll the perfect joint through a comprehensive step by step guide.

Quality Rolling Paper

First things first though; you need to pick up some decent rolling papers before you can even consider rolling a joint. Rolling papers come in a variety of types/materials but if you want to keep it purely cannabis, you can just opt for unbleached or hemp based. Once you master the technique of rolling a joint, you can start using thin papers which make it easier to taste your weed.

Break Down the Cannabis

You can’t roll a joint unless the weed is finely broken down into a good consistency. Sure, you can smoke cannabis as it is by gathering the weed up without any paper/pipe, but your lungs will go berserk and the high would barely be worth it. This is why you need to use rolling paper, grinders, and pipes. They make weed smoking easier and efficient. While you can break down the weed by hand into an even consistency, a grinder is highly advisable since it reduces the possibilities of lumps/canoeing. Also, rolling sticky weed is easiest because it will compact better and not fall out before rolling.

Get the filter in.

This is totally optional and can be ignored if you prefer smoking raw. But many people prefer using filters to prevent the loose weed from coagulating in their mouth and averting finger burns. Just tear off a filter paper and fold one side into a W or some other shape without any gaps. Then roll the other end onto the W. One problem with Filters though, is that they add in a strong paper taste.

Get it on paper.

If there’s no weed on paper, there’s no need at all. Getting the cannabis onto paper is crucial, you need to choose your style on how to do it. You can either go with a little pinner joint or aim for a fat one (bat). Pinners are normal cigarette style joints which can be passed around, and hidden as well. While cones, on the other hand, pack a bigger hit and expand from the filter outwards holding more weed at the tip, giving a strong taste of the flower and allowing for a good smoke on the first few puffs. The choice is yours and ultimately comes down to how much pot you want to consume.

For Pinners, you need to sprinkle weed evenly throughout the joint whereas, with bats, you’ll want to start off less at the filter end and increase the quantity as you go towards the cone. When you have enough weed in the joint, you just need to shape it using your fingers by rolling the non-sticky side up and down until its cylindrical.

The Tuck

The most crucial step that separates the sensei from the student. You need to master the tuck to become an expert roller. The key is to roll the papers together on bother sides using your thumb and index finger. Don’t worry about pushing the weed down, because rolling the paper together, up and down, will naturally compress the weed for “The Tuck.” The trick lies in tucking the paper at either end, before finishing off the middle.

Roll over and lick it off.

Once the joint is tucked in, you need to roll it over all the way to the sticky end and lick it to add moisture, until it’s all sealed up with no gaps. You can push the weed in using a pin or shoelace to fill in gaps, but make sure there’s enough space for air to flow. You don’t want your joint to burn out.

Canoe

If your joint canoes, then it’s an indicator that there are gaps in the joint. But with practice, you’ll definitely get better at rolling joint and could even start experimenting with creative shapes. Trust us, Rolling the perfect joint is a vital skill in the arsenal of every smoker.

MENDOCINO PURPLE

GRAPHICS FOR EACH POINT

  • Strain lineage/genetics; showcase differing options
  • Direct descendant of the landrace North American Indica

 

  • Indica:Sativa Ratio
  • 60/40

 

  • CBD:THC ratio/range
  • 1:44

 

  1. CBD % range / THC % range; ratio bar
  • CBD: 0.5%
  • THC: 22%

 

  • Origin of the Mendo Purps Seed
  • B.C. Bud Depot
  • To get this herb in seed form they acquired a cut in 2004 and crossed it back into their Mendo Purps after selecting the best male. Genius move as Mendo Purps is one of the most coveted purple strains on the globe.

 

  • Country where first witnessed
  • Mendocino County, Northern California, United States of America

 

  • Famous growers/seed banks associated with said strain / who discovered it?
  • B.C. Bud Depot

 

  • Nose / Taste: Sweet, Earthy, Flowery

 

  • Aesthetic profile: stigma, trichome profile, nug colour tones (colour wheel range), nug size, jar appeal rank
  • Nug colour: one of the most purple strains in the universe. The nug is almost completely covered in the idyllic purple hue that first pops into your head when you think of purple cannabis (Magenta to Purple on the wheel).
  • Nug size: Picture a golf ball for size: dense and tight.
  • Trichome profile: Caked like a Christmas tree glistening under a very bright moon.
  • Stigma: orange stigma popout all over the nugs.
  • Jar appeal: 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽

 

  • Where to find the strain
  • West Coast Dispensaries

 

  • Popularity/Trending Rank
  • One of the most popular strain on the planet

 

  • Current cultural relevance
  • Well they did name the strain after a county in Northern Cali or was it the other way around and they named the county after the strain?!
  • Featured in both Big Boi and Rick Ross’s album

 

  • How high will you get on a scale of 1-10?
  • 7.34

 

ROSIN VS SHATTER WHAT’S BETTER?

ROSIN

Rosin is a concentrated cannabis extract created by using gentle heat and pressure on a bud. Shatter is a concentrated cannabis extract created by shooting a bunch of butane into a tube filled with bud. Rosin does not use any solvents so the end product is 100% safe right away.

rosin press

SHATTER

When it comes to shatter, you need to purge and sometimes whip your extract to remove all the residual solvent. Any remaining solvent will turn your brain into low-grade mush. Is shatter bad then? No, it’s not if it’s made properly. If a batch of shatter is made using a closed loop process, then you know it’s been made in a safe environment and it’s been purged of all solvents properly. Shatter is actually a really great potent product that’s superior to C02 since the process doesn’t destroy the terpenes in the bud being used to make the shatter.

shatter concentrate

Quality

When judging the quality of the extract you are consuming, the look and feel can give you some pretty good hints as to the type of bud used. If the extract is liquid and runny, low-grade trim was used. If the extract is hard and clear-ish, then it was made using high-quality bud and in the case of BHO-shatter, it was very well purged as well. C02 extractions get a lot of love since the process doesn’t use anything toxic. Unfortunately, it completely strips the bud of terpenes and other cannabinoid profiles. If you are a medical patient that needs cannabis for an illness, it’s much better to go with shatter or rosin if you are taking the extract route.

shatter concentrate 2

¿DIY?

Want to make your own rosin at home? It’s actually pretty easy. A quick google search will put you onto a bunch of videos that can show you how to make rosin with a hair straightener and some parchment paper (and some bud too). It’s totally safe to make this product so give it a shot if you are feeling adventurous. Shatter on the other hand should not be made at home and can cause huge fires and personal injury. DO NOT MAKE SHATTER AT HOME. OK, good, got that out the way.

RETAIL DISPENSARY VS BUYING ONLINE

Have you been thinking about buying cannabis, but don’t know how to go about it? We get it. There’s so much hype and it seems like you can buy cannabis anywhere, but you’ve really only got two options. Hit a retail store and pick up the finest smelling Marijuana, or order online after reading reviews from fellow connoisseurs. How you buy product is likely dependent on convenience, preference, quality, price, and accessibility. We’re going to take a look at the pros and cons of buying cannabis online and at a retail dispensary.

Online dispensary

Quality of product should be the first box you’re checking off. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the strongest weed in the world. But how it was grown, washed, and cured is important. Indeed, whether you’re buying it retail or online, the weed quality could range from mediocre to top-notch, but there’s never compromise the quality and effect for some peripheral factor. Good online stores have hundreds of user reviews about a strain/product and it’s effect. So it’s empirical, a first-hand experience that’s accessible before you order. Some sites will even provide details about the strain such as the style of trim, length of cure, and who grew it. These fields are often unknown at retail shops.

online dispensary

The inability to personally see or smell product and talk to a bud-tender is generally recommended if you don’t know much about cannabis. With that said, the upper echelon of online dispensaries has live chat. So you can talk with a bud-tender from the comfort of home and narrow down your options without leaving the couch. Moreover, a sites blog directory like ours should provide you more than enough information to make an educated decision as to which products you should buy. So it’s crucial to sift through only reputable and trusted sites with good reviews, a wealth of information, and history.

Storefront

All it takes for a long time smoker to determine quality is touching and smelling it. You can’t research a strain on the web and expect it to be the same as in store. Cannabis is fickle by batch and is constantly evolving. Newbies should speak with a bud-tender to get more insight (or spend time reading up on different strains and the relationship cannabinoids have to your body). The drawbacks though include a limited variety, lack of edibles/derivative products, and biased opinions of bud-tenders or even customers. It’s important to remember that cannabis has subjective highs and effects. The best way to find your Golden High is to educate yourself and experiment.

PRICE

Most online dispensaries maintain a very consistent price across products, and these are usually significantly lower than a retail store. The reason being low overhead expenses and all products being stored in a single location. Storefronts though have to markup the prices depending on their location, employee expenses, product costs, etc. The only expense that would pinch your pocket with online stores, is the shipping costs. But nowadays, websites usually offer free shipping if you cross a certain threshold. So you could very well buy in a bigger quantity if you’re looking for cost-cutting measures. We’d never advise on sacrificing quality for the price and try it out first before punching in a big order. Bargain hunting is not always the best way to purchase marijuana.

retail dispensary

Convenience

If there’s a retail dispensary nearby, then it might win on the accessibility criterion cuz you can just walk in, show your papers and buy it instantly. But if you’re looking for the utmost convenience of never leaving home or your couch, you can have the best quality weed delivered at your doorstep. You’ll also have the safety net of privacy, with all online dispensaries following strict policies and discrete shipping methods, which is, more often than not, compromised when you walk into a store directly.

WHAT ARE MARIJUANA CONCENTRATES?

Marijuana concentrates come in a bunch of different forms. From Shatter to Rosin, Terp Sauce, Hash, Budder, C02 Oil, BHO, Wax and whole plant cannabis oil (tinctures or honey oil), just to name a few. The chemical process and breakdown of each is entirely different, separated by physical characteristics and effects. Here, we’ll take a look at each extraction method, and the resulting products.

Herb contains 1% – 35% CBD & THC potency levels

For example, a strain might be 2% CBD, 22% THC.

Extracts contain 80% or more CBD & THC

For example, the concentrate might be 10% CBD, 90% THC.

extract cannabis concentrate

BHO

Butane Hash Oil is produced with butane to strip away THC and terpenes. The resulting product comes in various forms such as Shatter, Budder, Honeycomb, Oil, Crumble, Wax, and, Terp Sauce or Live Resin. Every single one of these will have a different texture to them due to the temperature at which the desired plant properties are extracted from cannabis. Through a closed-loop system, cannabinoids such as THC can reach 90% potency, which makes this an obvious choice for those with medical purposes, or those looking to get super stoned. Primo’s third-party BHO product will always be lab tested with the most accurate results, guaranteed.

live rosin

CO2 Oil

Under tremendous pressure, CO2 (carbon dioxide) liquifies from its organic state and strips away specific compounds from cannabis plant matter. This is considered the cleanest extraction process amongst many industry professionals because there are rarely any solvents used. For example, Supercritical C02 (liquified C02) is pumped into a vessel through a filter that separates the plant matter once the pressure intensifies. Here, the carbon dioxide is expected to fully evaporate and dissolve from the concentrated cannabis oil on its own. You can find Oils, Waxes, Shatters, Crumbles, Vape Pens, Distillate, Capsules, Edibles, Tinctures, Topicals, and Suppositories all infused with C02 concentrate on our site.

c02 oil

Rosin

Rosin is arguably the cleanest process of extracting cannabinoids because there are no solvents used at any point in the extraction process. All it is, is cannabis flower, kief, or trim pressed between two very hot surfaces which cause resinous sap from the bud to flow out the front of the rosin press. It looks very similar to shatter once dried with a translucent color. When made correctly, the cannabinoid profiles such as flavor, aroma, and terpenes will remain completely intact! You can even do this at home with a  hair straightener, but we really don’t recommend that…

c02 oil

Hash

There are plenty of ways to produce hash but Ice water extraction is the most common process. How well the trichome heads are preserved from the essential oils, stalks, and plant matter determines the quality of the hash. The size of the trichomes head is typically how the quality is then measured, but most importantly, how long the hash is dried out for. In some cases, solvents may be used to strip the cannabis plant of its cannabinoid-loaded trichomes. Hash might not be potent as other concentrates, but it’s an OG in the concentrates department.

hash

Recap

All of these extracts can be consumed in the same way, by dabbing, or in a “dab.” Taking a dab is much different than smoking a bowl of weed. You’ll need a dab pen, honey straw, portable dab rig, or dab bong. Either way, it works by placing extract in a preheated bowl (a specific temperature) and vaporizing while the user inhales. Nowadays, there are many, many satisfactory products on the market, but for the most PRIMO gear, peep our bongs and vapes.

BONG BUYER’S GUIDE

What Makes a Good Bong?

Why a bong in the first place? Why not just roll a joint or two? You could do that but it won’t have anywhere near the same effect a real juicy bong can deliver. That’s why we’ve made this Bong Buyer’s guide for you guys. Honestly, when it comes to bongs, there’s a massive discrepancy between high end and low-end products. If you don’t know, you don’t know, and to know, you need to try one, cause it’s that much better. If you are a true flower purist, nothing can touch the massive hits you can comfortably attain with a proper high caliber bong.

bong hit

What makes a bong special? Lots of stuff but most importantly, the ability to clear the toke quickly and easily is one of the main goals. Of course, the bong should be made solidly with at least 5mm thick glass and the glass should be borosilicate (German super glass that takes a lava hot forge to make – like the end of the world heat). Other signs of quality include the inclusion of an ice catcher, some bitchin’ percolators and if you are lucky a nice (non-wack) logo. There are also some accessories you can add to help make the bonging experience absolutely sick. One final thing I should mention about bongs, in general, is that they come in two main styles: straight tube and beaker. The beaker style holds way more water than the straight tube style. OK? Got that? Just look at the pics we posted with this article to get a better idea.

It’s All About the Percs Baby

Percolators diffuse the heat of a toke by adding moisture to the smoke and by increasing the time it takes the smoke to reach your lungs. Percs also filter the smoke of harmful stuff just by keeping the smoke in the water longer. Also fitted on some percs are splash guards. These are used with percs that are located close to where your mouth is so as to avoid getting splattered with bong juice. Gross man. Percs don’t all look alike but they do the same thing so don’t worry about the different kinds. What you need to worry about is those little perc holes getting clogged with resin. If you like cleaning your bong every 2 days then I guess it’s chill. Having more percolators means you need to suck harder with your lungs to get the toke thru so clogged holes makes for a strangled gasping experience unless like I said before you like cleaning your bong every 2 goddamn days. Percs are pretty to behold when they are churning but this bong cleaning shit is just no. But I want percs in my bong!

percs

Enter the Ash Catcher

Want to keep the percs but hold off on the every-other-day bong cleaning than you need the secret weapon of bong enthusiasts the world over. An Ash Catcher’s special power is its ability to filter and save the bong from most of the gunk destined for those percs we just talked about. They aren’t that expensive and they are lovely to see in action. You don’t need these but they are great to have.

ash catcher

Ice Catcher/Pinch is Not an Ash Catcher

An Ice Catcher is a little indentation that’s built into the tube (where you suck the smoke out of your bong). It’s designed so you can drop ice cubes into the tube to keep it elevated so it stays frozen longer. They help to cool the smoke even more. You can’t add them to a bong as they are “baked in” when they are made. A good feature to look out for when shopping though.

ice catcher

Downstem Diffuser For the Win

Beaker-style bongs and some straight tube bongs have one of these. The downstem is the piece of glass that goes from the bowl (where you put your weed) to the water inside the bong. If your bong’s downstem is customizable, there are some extra percs you can add by swapping in a special one of these.

downstem

Glycerin Tubes/Chamber Please

Want to cool that smoke even more? A glycerin tube/chamber is the final key on your bong cooling journey. Glycerin does not expand when put in your freezer (unless you live in space and your freezer is space) so the glass chamber it’s housed in doesn’t get cracked from pressure. We are talking super-cooled smoke here. If you really want to do it right, you should get two.

glycerin tubes

There are more accessories out there but I have listed all my current faves. There is a bunch of crap to consider when bong hunting, but a good takeaway to remember is, “will this bong survive falling from my coffee table?” and “will I be able to take massive fucking rips off this thing without singeing my lungs?” Borosilicate glass is the strongest, and percs will save the back of your throat and lungs. Just keep those two things in mind and set your wallet free to achieve your ultimate bonging goals.

bong mat

Bong Mats

If you’re going to invest in a proper bong or build your custom baby from scratch, we totally recommend getting a bong mat as a safe and fresh measure. Think of this as it’s home base. It can leave, it can let off smoke, travel with friends, but it always comes back home.

C02 & BHO EXTRACTION METHODS

Let’s Dumb Down The Process

While C02 and BHO concentrate looks, taste, and burn similar, there are some key differences between them. Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) means that carbon dioxide is used to extract the cannabinoids from the cannabis flower. Extreme pressure accumulates over 8 to 10 hours in tubes that liquefy the carbon dioxide and strips the plant of its cannabinoids, thus producing a terpene-less resin. Any remaining CO2 leftover in the cannabis oil will naturally evaporate by itself. However, producers will often introduce ethanol to coagulate with plant waxes or lipids, and 100% purge the carbon dioxide out of the oil. When using Butane to extract cannabinoids, the plant matter is loaded into a tube and soaked in butane to separate the oils for about 45-60 minutes. Once extracted, the weed oil is “purged” in an industrial vacuum for up to 3 days to ensure the plant matter is pure and solvent free.

C02

c02 closed loop extraction system

BHO

bho closed loop extraction system

Commonalities

In most cases, Terpenes will need to be introduced after the extraction process. Some producers will extract these terpenes and introduce them to the weed oil after purging, while many use artificial flavors. Whether C02 or BHO extracted, artificial flavors cost much less than the real thing (all our extract products will make this distinction) because Terpenes are the flavor and aroma molecules, naturally found in plant resins.

Advantages

C02 typically tests somewhere between 70 and 85 percent. Advocates will argue that you’re less likely to inhale unwanted pollutants like butane. In some circles, it is considered to be the cleanest method of extracting cannabinoids because it’s organic state is non-toxic and functions as a carbohydrate for certain plant life.

bho shatter

The THC content is typically higher when derived from the BHO process, in the 80 to 90 percent range, and the flavor profile remains intact much more than C02 because the flower is not completely stripped down to its cannabinoid matter. While the stigma behind BHO proposes the likelihood of butane remnants, any product sold on PRIMO will be 100% solvent free and equally as clean as C02.

RECAP
  • C02 Oil does not require any petroleum and is therefore considered a clean, safe, non-toxic method of extraction.
  • C02 Extraction strips away all terpenes and flavor profiles.
  • BHO uses butane to extract the cannabinoids and break down the plant matter. As a result, this oil must be purged of any petroleum-based products for a considerable amount of time.
  • BHO tends to have a stronger terpene expression that has more characteristics of the strain.
  • Both have the same burn temp for dab pens and weed vape pens.
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