DURBAN POISON WEED: LANDRACE STRAINS GUIDE

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There’s a scene in the 2001 Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg film “The Wash” where Snoop’s character, Dee Loc, buys weed from Tommy Chong. Chong claims to have driven his moped to Los Angeles all the way from Humboldt County in Northern California. After showing Snoop most of the options, Chong pulls out a single, tiny nug from his breast pocket. Naturally, the original famous crip from Long Beach laughs at the miniscule stash, but Chong argues back, “It’ll knock you on your ass man, it’s from South Africa. This is Durban Poison Weed.” He goes on to talk about its almost psychedelic effects and how it “wired him up” to drive a moped the length of California for two days straight. It’s so good, he won’t even sell it. He needs the famous landrace strain to fuel his trip back up the coast.

Chong’s humorous scene is rooted in truth. Here the stoner pioneer is pushing the citrus-y skunk strain at the start of the millennium, but Durban Poison goes back a few more decades. Originally a landrace strain hailing from the area surrounding Durban, South Africa in the 1970s, Durban Poison has always had a reputation as a stimulating choice for cannabis users. “Landrace”, with respect to weed, is a term that means the species of cannabis has evolved for many years in an isolated and specific geographic environment. Scientists and cannabis enthusiasts value these strains because they contain unique, unbothered and characteristic genetics. When the plant evolves naturally, it undergoes a much different process from when it is intentionally bred by cultivators. The slow, untampered evolution of landrace species leads to new, complex plants that are able to express novel quirks and variations. While many of these variations contribute to the plant’s overall survival in the wild, other variations could end up altering the potency, medicinal properties and terpene profile. Unlike the many modern hybrids that occupy today’s pot dispensary menus, this historic landrace strain has existed for centuries and been known by many names. It’s claimed that famed cultivator Ed Rosenthal came across it in the late while exploring Africa in search of unique genetics and Durban would soon become an important cornerstone in sativa breeding for decades to follow.

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Durban Poison

However long its isolation and whenever it took its current form, Durban Poison weed developed into a highly unusual example of 100% pure sativa. It’s smell and taste offer rich citrus and pine notes, followed by its famous grapefruit-like aftertaste. Its vivid and stimulating effects are the energizing focus and creative headspace that fans of sativa look for. It’s a proud grandparent too, influencing the genetics of today’s favourites like Girl Scout Cookies.

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Durban Poison’s THC levels float around 20 percent, high enough to pack a strong punch, especially in combination with its strong Sativa genetics but not too much that you can’t function. It is commonly used among medical patients for melancholic depression, motivating the user and giving them a rush of euphoria. At the same time, the anti-inflammatory effect will help in the long term to reduce the brain and body inflammation which is often at the root of depressive experiences. The strain’s stimulant-like effects make it an excellent choice for conditions attention deficit disorder without many of the drawbacks of traditional stimulant treatment for adult ADD and ADHD. Unlike stimulants, it will not leave the patient buzzing and unable to rest.

Whether you have access to Durban Poison or not, odds are you’ve enjoyed one of its progeny. It’s a diverse strain, used for ailments and stimulation, strong enough to sustain itself naturally in South African climate but familiar enough that you’ve probably seen it around. Do you enjoy toking Durban Poison? Do you use it for focus or relief? Let us know.

PRE ROLLED JOINTS CALIFORNIA WITH TOWER BY SOURCE CANNABIS

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In theory, pre-rolls should be the greatest thing you can pick up from your local cannabis dispensary. Instead of having to worry about preparing the bud and perfecting the rolling paper, someone’s taken care of it for you. All you have to do is smoke. If you’ve had any experience with pre-rolls, you know this isn’t the reality.

As cannabis continues to spread and become mainstream, some companies and dispensaries decide to cut corners. The weed isn’t the “top-shelf” they advertised, sometimes it’s full of stems, the paper doesn’t burn properly and it looks like it was rolled on a freeway with potholes. That’s why when you find a quality pre-roll product, you’ll want to remember it. Recently Primo had the chance to try Tower Pre-Rolls and we can definitively say it was one of the best pre-rolls we’ve had in recent memory.

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Tower is affiliated with Source Cannabis, whose products we’ve featured before, and they bring the same philosophy of pure, quality cannabis to the pre-roll game. They have many offerings but we tried the Quest varietal in a full gram pre-roll. The presentation is what initially sticks out to you, a sturdy box with gold and silver embossed tower on the cover that looks like the station of a Renaissance Italian fortress. This isn’t an old school way of smoking though. As they’ve say, Tower Pre-Rolls is like blazing in 2058.

All Towers are precision rolled by their carefully calibrated machine to perfection that humans just couldn’t reproduce every time. It’s kind of surprising though because of how well it’s rolled. There are no runs throughout the entire joint and each hit is flavorful and smooth. The strain, Quest, is a glue varietal that’s mostly sativa but enough punch to medicate you properly. Its smoothness is largely due to the flavour, fruity but buttery, and it tricks you into thinking it’s not as powerful as it really is. If you’re just looking for a quick smoke that you can share confidently with friends, check out Tower Pre-Rolls and find out where you can get them in Los Angeles here.

ROLLING CRAZY JOINTS WITH TONY GREENHANDS

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Every group of smokers has “the joint roller”, a friend who can roll joints at an almost mythical level. Whenever they’re in control of the rolling papers, numbers burn even, have good pull and are symmetrical, aesthetically-pleasing ways to get high. The joint roller gets respect from laymen and professionals, the former because they look up to his skill and the latter because they know how hard it is themselves. In the last five years, one name has floated above all smoker circles as the leading master of doobie art and rolling crazy joints, Tony Greenhand. Greenhand started to explode online around 2013 with his highly-detailed, smokeable creations and quickly established a place for himself in cannabis circuits.

Rolling Crazy Joints Takes Time To Learn

Originally from rural Washington State, Greenhand describes himself as crafty and says he always felt that way but, like everyone, he had to dedicate time to perfecting his joint game. For his friend group, a buddy named Jordan served as their designated roller. One day Tony decided to take the lead of the ritual in a parent’s garage. Like most, his first doobie was a disaster. Greenhand says the shape was mangled and deformed and there was so much saliva the whole joint was soaked. It’s humiliating of course, but Greenhand bounced back, got an ounce of weed and spent all of the following weekends rolling up every last little nug. By the end of his self-imposed joint boot camp, he was able to master the symmetrical, cone-shaped joint.

After dropping out of high school, Greenhand moved through the underground weed economy of the Pacific Northwest, working as a gardener and a cannabis breeder. His perfect rolls also started to get him noticed. About six years ago, a friend urged to him to publish a photo of a Sherlock Holmes-style pipe he had made to Reddit, kickstarting his cult fame for rolling crazy joints. He began to experiment with more elaborate and abstract shapes, like the ones we’re accustomed to seeing on his Instagram page today. If you’re unfamiliar with Tony’s work or are an avid disciple of Greenhand’s rolling paper mission, we’ve collected five of our favourite Greenhand works to show the range of his talent. Plus, it’s always nice to find an excuse to look at creative joints.

Shenron (Dragon Ball series)

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Animated series surrounding the Dragon Ball universe has been around since the mid-1980s and all of the storylines center back to collecting dragon balls, elusive orbs of power that grant their holder a wish. That wish is fulfilled by Shenron, the eternal dragon who appears in his classic green, twisting form with fiery red eyes. Greenhand does a great job of capturing Shenron’s mystique and gives this joint plenty of twists to make it authentic and vivid.

WWE Championship Belt

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I have fond memories of watching wrestling at my grandparent’s house in the early 2000s and now I wish I had hazy fond memories of smoking this WWE Championship belt joint. At about the length of two standard lighters, it’s not Greenhand’s largest work but the attention to detail is superb. It was always one of my dreams to get an expensive belt replica but perhaps the money is better spent on this joint.

Devil with Fiddle

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There’s a strange theme in blues music of artist and instrumentalists selling their soul to the devil in exchange for supernatural talent. Maybe that’s why Greenhand is good at rolling joints too. Regardless, this demonic addition to his work shows how complex his work can get. The fiddle and torso of the devil here have so many particulars that, if you didn’t believe before, you know Tony is a world-class joint sculptor.

Pikachu

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Here Greenhand does a representation of the most popular Pokemon character and your mom’s main reference point for that subculture, Pikachu. The artwork is thick and high quality and a clearly recognizable piece. I couldn’t even imagine getting the tail right on this one.

California Bear

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Tony is fond of using rolling papers but he doesn’t shy from a challenge. For this piece, Greenhand was commissioned for an ounce-sized bear in the style of the California State flag and wrapped in sweet aromatic Backwoods. The texture of the tobacco leaves looks like fur in the final product, giving this one a realism that would honestly make it hard for me to smoke. Although it seems like it’s great fun too, as Tony says, “light the feet and smoke through the bear’s nose.”

NEW STRAIN OF CANNABIS HOAX

Imagine if there were a new species of weed that got you high but the plant itself didn’t look anything like a weed plant. You could grow it in your front yard and no one would suspect you were growing cannabis. You could grow it on the Whitehouse lawn and the worst that would happen is their gardeners would remove it thinking it was a weed (pun intended).

Think of the money a person or an organization could make planting this new species all over the planet. The fear of getting busted would be near nil. Seeds for this plant would be worth so much money. Like $2000 a seed. At least that’s what people were offering when a bunch of stories on the discovery of a new non-weed weed strain were released back in 2015. High Times and a few other weed blogs reported this story all at the same time. But then, it was discovered it was a hoax.

The high tech troll, Reactor, created the elaborate scenario with a fake website and a post on Reddit. Making it all look mostly legit was part of his genius.

By writing a fake story and then purchasing a URL (web address) and then making a sub-domain for that address that included the name of a real news site while also copying the code from the real news site in question, he was able to make the story seem 100% legit. Except to one or two redditors https://www.reddit.com/ who were able to spot the abnormal URL address. Anyway, the editors at High Times missed the discrepancy too so they copied the fake news story and had everyone thinking the weed world was about to totally change.

Once it became clear the story was fake, most of the sites took down their stories or declared the whole thing a hoax. There is one site that just kept up the story though without declaring the story to be fake.

Why did they publish this story in the first place? High Times is supposed to be the gold standard of cannabis journalism yet they jumped the gun and got led into a fool ambush.

OFFSET JIM BULLIES THE BULLIES ON NO PRESSURE

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The NBA Draft assumed its current form, a weighted lottery, in 1990. That just means it’s unequal randomness. The higher draft picks are more likely given to teams that missed the playoffs and posted horrible records last season. It’s not meant to be chaotic, though the first few years of the system tested the limits of its own probability. In 1992, three years after the franchise played its first game, the Orlando Magic drew the first pick and drafted the seven-foot-one-inch center from Louisiana State University named Shaquille O’Neal. Still considered one of the most coveted draft picks to date, he added twenty wins to the dismal team’s record and broke two regulation-size goals in his rookie season. At 41-41, they had the best record of all teams that missed the playoffs and about a percent and a half chance of winning the 1993 first pick. Somehow, they drew it again. The Magic front office did a couple switcheroos and, after officially drafting Chris Webber of Michigan, landed Memphis guard Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway for the following season. The next three years with Shaq and Penny were the best basketball in Orlando Magic history.

Rappers like to use sports metaphors and that Magic team was known far beyond the Sunshine State, even to a kid named James in “The Twomps” neighbourhood of East Oakland’s San Antonio district. The area stretches the 20s streets and in the last couple of decades, assumed the name “Murder Dubs” because of a rise in violent crime. There’s no draft or lottery for rap, but good music seems to cluster in regions and the Bay Area is one of them. It’s hard to overstate how vital the area’s rhythmic lawlessness has been in the art form’s history—unlike the Orlando Magic to the NBA—but the Bay has been revealing potential stars back-to-back like the ‘92-93 draft. James grew up to be a player in Oakland’s current rotation of hustlers who rap on occasion, except now we call him Offset Jim, and he released a short project at the beginning of February called No Pressure.

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The twenty-six-year-old rapper’s career was spurred by his childhood friend and fellow Oakland representative, AllBlack. At what was supposed to be a late 2016 listening session for his NOSHAME 2 tape, AllBlack told Jim he wanted him on a track. Jim had been rapping since a teenager, but he says his verse added to Black’s “Noshame” that day was when it got serious. Realizing they have a natural chemistry, the two expanded their friendship and collaboration to include rapping. In April of last year, they released a song called “Penny & Shaq”, codifying their parallel to sports lore. When asked by Thizzler, Jim said that he’s the Penny counterpart and AllBlack jumps on the screen to ask back, “Y’all can’t tell I be dunkin’?”

While AllBlack is known for alert, bullish flows that jut out against the production, Offset Jim glides into the pocket boasting and insulting so casually you don’t even notice he’s actually talking about you. He often sounds disinterested over the No Pressure’s 23 minutes, like he doesn’t have time to tell you to eat at Weenie Hut Jr. or that you snitch like Randall from Recess or that the Runtz is better than the Trainwreck. It’s obligatory bullying—“bullying the bullies” he calls it—that’s only happening because his targets have stepped that far out of line. Producer David Teel, known as DTB, is versatile and gives Jim space on the project to throw his nonchalance over guitar samples (“Same Shit”) and swarming drums (“No Disrespect”). This makes No Pressure equally suited for freeway killing speeds or that playoff push in Madden ‘19. Whether Jim is refusing to “tap in” with your authority (“Tap In”) or riding with two glocks like Max Payne, his honesty and subdued pacing pull your attention and move his music to the foreground when played. He’ll get you to smile at his profit margins and then lean in when he mumbles, “God, forgive for my ways I’m just a victim.” At the end of the title track, Offset Jim synthesizes his rapping and confirms what we knew all along, “this shit easy.”

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8 TRIPPY DOCUMENTARIES ON NETFLIX

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TRIPPY DOCUMENTARIES

Streaming services mesh well with stoner culture. Instant entertainment and large offerings allow you to toke up and relax wherever you are and share engaging and enjoyable movies and television with friends. While it’s great to giggle at It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or re-watch The Office for the 17th time, sometimes you want a more thoughtful experience while high. Thanks to Netflix’s large stable of documentaries, you can satisfy this craving with a number of options. From nature documentaries to true crime, there’s always something new, stimulating and often so far-fetched you can’t believe you’ve never heard of it. To help guide you through the seemingly endless fog of content, we’ve compiled a list of 8 trippy documentaries on Netflix right now. Safe and happy travels!

Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee

If you remember a time before computers were ingrained in every fabric of our society, you probably remember the stir about anti-virus software. In the age of dial-up Internet and non-stop pop-ups, one name kept popping up, McAfee. Initially released in 1988, McAfee VirusScan was one of the first household names in virus protection. It’s founder, John McAfee, doesn’t seem quite so harmless. After getting rich off the software, John moved to Belize, where trouble seemed to keep popping up. His compound is raided in 2012 on suspicion of drug trafficking and, later that year, he goes on the run as a fugitive after his neighbour turns up murdered. The film compiles testimony from those who knew and worked for John in Belize, questions the nature he reveals to the public and investigates his suspicious behaviour. More importantly, it shows how quickly your reputation can change, as McAfee ran for president of the United States in 2016 and these events were barely mentioned. Also, pay attention to the hammock story, that’s all I’m saying about it.

Fyre, The Greatest Party that Never Was

You’ve probably heard about Fyre Festival, the luxury music festival that was supposed to take place in the Bahamas in spring 2017. Most people heard about it when the festival went horribly wrong and dozens of Instagram influencers were stranded on the islands for a couple of days. Fyre digs into what exactly went wrong with that festival, its founder Billy McFarland and his history of scamming and the impact it had on thousands of unpaid Bahamian workers and citizens. While Hulu’s documentary is more geared at asking ‘why’ this was possible for the millennial generation, Netflix’s Fyre does a better job of filling in the whole story and illustrating the key players in this disaster. One of the most pivotal scenes shows how the organizers were willing to do anything just to get bottled water for the festival.

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist

On August 28, 2003, Brian Wells robbed a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania. While that’s not typical behaviour for the average person, it’s common enough you can wrap your head around it. What no one was able to figure out for a while was why he did it with a live bomb strapped to his neck and a shotgun in the shape of a walking cane. What’s even more surprising is that, shortly after being apprehended by police down the street, the bomb explodes killing him. Evil Genius is a documentary centred around the bank robbery, the filmmaker’s belief that no one would do such a thing with a live bomb. The story quickly takes many turns and involves a number of players who had motives as diverse as jealousy, greed, arrogance and problems as deep and troubling as mental illness and megalomania. You won’t predict where Evil Genius ends up taking you.

Planet Earth

Whether you choose to watch the first or second installment of this award-winning documentary series, you’ll be in for a treat. The BBC documentary originally aired in 2006, with the second part coming ten years later, and features an exploration of nature across the globe. The series covers different ecological systems, such as mountains, shallow seas, seasonal forests, etc. and the wildlife that inhabits those regions. Naturalist David Attenborough gives his genre-defining narration and much of the camera work done for the original series was groundbreaking for its time, such as early drone use. Plus, you can watch Snoop Dogg comment on some scenes!

Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

Off the top, a documentary about people so obsessed with their cats they show them in competition doesn’t seem interesting. But you’re wrong. Catwalk follows the tales (and tails) of a number of cats and their owners locked in competition for the top cat of Canada. This short, warm feature highlights the deeply competitive and time-consuming nature of showing cats. If you love cats, it’s a must watch for the gorgeous animals alone, but they also do engaging profiles of the owners that try to answer their motivation for dedicating their lives to feline friends. To quote one of the guest judges from the American Cat Fanciers Association, “I have goosebumps.”

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

This colourful documentary takes a look at the Portland Mavericks, the last independent minor league baseball team that captured the heart of Portland, Oregon in the 1970s. Started by actor Bing Russell, and aided by his son Kurt, the Mavericks took in the players that no organizations wanted and weren’t beholden to major league money. It showed in their scrappy attitude and delightfully quirky ticks. Their winning record and local adoration speak for themselves and this documentary is a steal for any sports lover, baseball aficionado or anyone who likes an underdog story.

Wild, Wild Country

Directed by the same filmmakers as The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Chapman and Maclain Way, Wild, Wild Country dives into the strange world of controversial Indian spiritual guru, Rajneesh and his compound in Wasco County Oregon in the early 1980s. Quotes from some of the early participants claim they thought they were on the cusp of spiritual awakening and a call to consciousness. The greater community wasn’t buying it. Shortly after arriving, quarrels begin with locals and accusations of kidnapping, conspiracy and drug trafficking soon fall on the group. Over the course of its episodes you’ll learn about the first bioterror attack in US history, the largest case of illegal wiretapping ever recorded, and the world’s biggest collection of Rolls-Royce automobiles. Yes, they’re all connected to this quaint utopian compound in an Oregon desert.

Age Gap Love

I saved this one for last because I’ve never experienced a documentary series that becomes increasingly more ridiculous at the same rate as Age Gap Love. As the name suggests, it follows couples with a large age gap in their relationships. Across the six-part series, the filmmakers document the lives of age gap relationships across gender and sexuality, showing the difficulties of making them work, social acceptance and, in some cases, delusion. What makes Age Gap Love compelling is that you don’t always side with the people in the relationships. Some seem to be true love, others a money grab and still others some twisted kind of power game. Documentaries that take us to the fringe are mesmerizing though and Age Gap Love does that with its combo of engaging subjects, peak dry British narration and questions about the nature of love.

BUDDER EXTRACT & HOW TO SMOKE IT

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Looking to expand into the world of extracts?

You should really know budder.

 
A new era of legal recreational marijuana in Canada is already yielding some surprising—and not so surprising—data. Statistics Canada shows that folks along the East Coast like to smoke a lot of pot; the same stats demonstrate that British Columbia is holding steady when it comes to per person retail sales across the province.

However you slice it, the common theme amongst Canadian users appears to be a greater-than-average interest in weed consumption (as a nation, we ran out of stock on the first day of legalization). The cannabis production industry is booming; online and brick-and-mortar retailers are clamouring for digital and physical representation. And then there are the extractors.

Extracts are becoming more popular than ever. In order to meet the demand of a community of ravenous consumers, extraction labs and individual retailers continue to ramp up research and education in order to develop new, innovative methods of production. But it is one extract in particular that has proven to be a favourite, consistently delivering on its promise of purity and potency and garnering devoted fans from far and wide. But how well—and how much—do you know about budder?

There are many articles on budder currently floating around the web, however, without existing and extensive knowledge of green terminology, it is easy to become dazed and confused. So if this is your first rodeo and you want to get a sense of all of the various benefits of marijuana’s recreational and medicinal effects, it is important to know your options. And since cannabis use is now regulated on a federal level, there is an abundance of safe and unbiased information available to ensure that you know what you are using.

What is budder?

Budder is a potent form of cannabis concentrate. It is the result of a complex process that includes blasting chemical solvents (primarily butane, propane, or alcohol) through the marijuana flower buds in order to extract cannabinoids like CBD and THC. To safely experience this extracted compound, the harmful solvents held within the concentrate need to be purged by intense levels of heat and air pressure. During this process, the cannabinoids begin to crystallize, and the resulting sappy material is whipped into a batter-like substance. And then, voila!

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When processed properly it looks just like peanut butter and possesses that same yellow, creamy consistency. The greater control exercised during the extraction stage, the lighter and fluffier the budder will be.

Where did budder come from?

In order to get a clearer sense of what budder is, you should also know, definitively, what it is not. On the expansive range of cannabis wax extracts, let’s imagine that budder sits contentedly between two other concentrates known as “Shatter” and “Crumble”. While the extraction process for all three is relatively similar, the finished products differ significantly. Shatter is golden in colour and characterized by a brittle, glass-like texture; Crumble has the driest consistency of all concentrates, as evident by its name—good crumble should be able to break into customizable sized bits of wax. Budder lies, texturally, in the middle.

The origins of budder vary depending on who you ask. The long-accepted creator and original marketer of budder is The BudderKing, a pioneering (Canadian) brand in the field of cannabinoid extraction that to this day maintains a steadfast devotion to purity and authenticity (“Don’t be fooled by imitations!”). The story behind the budder name is actually quite fascinating. In short, BudderKing’s founder, having created the substance in the mid-1990s and hoping to deter future copycats, attempted to trademark the word “butter”, as it was known in its original iterations. The Canadian Trademark office justifiably shot down the request. Until, of course, a family member suggested a slight copy change. Budder was born, and dispensaries across Canada began stocking the newly minted brand name extract.

How can budder get me high?

Extraction practices have evolved significantly since the debut of budder. Current methods have been adapted to not only produce the popular wax, but to ensure that the substance has a high content of THC—the principal psychoactive constituent that gives weed it’s euphoric and, oftentimes, hallucinogenic quality. A high concentration of THC means that users get more bang for their buck—and since budder production features such an exhaustive process, costs are considerably higher than other extracts.

Budder is typically referred to as the most potent and pure of all the various forms of cannabis concentrate. When using high-quality flowers, in addition to proper manufacturing equipment, the THC content in budder can range from 60 to 80 percent. For perspective, the typical dispensary pre-roll marijuana joint accounts for about 10 to 25 percent THC. With this in mind, many users find budder a more economical choice as less product is required for consumption in order to attain the desired effect. Alternatively, the opportunity for overindulging, indicated by rapid heartbeat, excessive dry mouth, and hallucinations, is greater.

How can I use budder?

Once you’ve scored some highly potent budder, it is very important to know how to use it. Chances are, if you are shopping at a reputable retailer, an associate will be able to provide you with step-by-step instructions. But just in case, here are the best practices for consuming this and many other types of concentrates:

Rolled, in a joint—this is perhaps the default method for most first-timers. Break apart your budder with a dabbing tool or another clean utensil. Sprinkle the waxy substance along the length of the joint, distributing evenly.

Vaping—adding your budder to a vaporizer is simple, convenient and portable. However, low-cost devices will likely not heat the extract to the recommended temperature, resulting in poor quality. Vaping any type of herb is (loosely) considered a healthier alternative to smoking in that you are eliminating the need for paper while boiling out the herb compounds rather than combusting it with fire.

Dabbing—vaporizing your budder on a heated surface. Concentrates were made to be dabbed, as the devices are built with greater consideration to heating than your average bong or handheld vaporizer.

In a bong—this process is virtually identical to that of smoking a bong with buds. Add your budder to the bowl, light and inhale.

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It is important to note that improper storage of budder will speed up its already brief shelf life. For best results, the concentrate should be kept away from light in an air-tight silicone or glass container. Moisture, oxygen and warm temperatures will accelerate the degradation process and could alter the aroma, colour potency and TCH effects.

What does budder taste like?

As you know by now, budder is not simply kitchen butter infused with marijuana. Describing the taste of budder, or any other concentrate for that matter is complicated. In order to get an idea of what your taste buds can expect, you may require a brief trip back to high school science class.

Budder retains extremely high levels of terpenes which, in turn, help to make budder the most flavourful of all the cannabis concentrates. Terpenes are the aromatic metabolites found in the oils of all plants—there are approximately 20,000 terpenes in existence, and at least 100 that are produced by the Cannabis plant. In addition to providing various varieties (or strains) of plants with distinctive scents, terpenes also contain many individual naturopathic properties (anti-inflammatories, appetite suppressants, sedatives, etc.)

Pinene (pine)—the most common terpene of them all, it is also found in orange peels, basil, pine needles, and parsley.

Myrcene—the most common terpene in the Cannabis plant; it is also found in hops, thyme, lemongrass, and mangoes.

Limonene (citrus)—limonene smells…wait for it…like lemons, and oranges, limes, and grapefruits.

Caryophyllene—this spicy, peppery terpene features heavily in basils, cloves, cinnamon leaves, and black pepper.

Terpinolene—a smoky scent is a trademark here, residing in woodsy plants like sage and rosemary.

The aroma of your budder will depend primarily on the variety of plant you select. For example, if you opt for budder made from the Lemon Haze—a strain of plant that is high in limonene terpenes—this will result in a fresh, citrusy fragrance. For first timers, it is best to not set your taste expectations too high. Until a considerable palette has been developed, your concentrates are going to taste primarily like “weed”. Eventually, you will be able to get your head around the complexities of the strain. And, of course, provided the concentrate was prepared correctly, the nuances will gradually become recognizable and you are likely to develop a preferred flower—and terpene—for future experiences.

How safe is budder?

Devotees have been arguing the health benefits of marijuana for ages. In reality, inhaling any substance—foreign or natural—directly into the lungs is not going to garner support from many doctors or medical professionals.

For what it’s worth, BudderKing budder is rigorously tested for various plant abnormalities like molds, diseases, pesticides and toxins. They claim potency of 99.7 percent pure cannabinoids. If you are looking for an effective and near-instantaneous high, you really cannot go wrong. As always, practice everything in moderation. Know your limits and never ingest any cannabis-based compound prior to driving.

If you are considering an attempt at extracting your own budder—don’t. Butane and alcohol are volatile (and explosive) substances and should never be considered safe. Knowledge, experience and high-tech equipment are the minimum requirements for any alcohol extraction setup—and if you are reading this, you likely possess none of the above. Purchasing budder from a trusted vendor is the best option for any user.

There you have it. In the ever-expanding world of cannabis concentrates, budder is considerably better. While every cannabis user has their preferred extract, the proof remains in the pudding—budder offers a superior range of benefits. It’s highly potent, almost completely pure, and justifiably pricey. A quality recreational product standing at the front of a rapidly growing market.

LEIRA CANNAGAR WHERE TO BUY – ULTIMATE CANNABIS LUXURY

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Since legalization isn’t universal (yet), the cannabis industry has unique products across markets. While it would be nice to get your favourite strain or edible wherever you travelled, it does make travelling to legal states an adventure when it comes to discovering marijuana products. If you happen to be in Washington state or Las Vegas, you can try one of the latest high-class stoner indulgences: the Leira Cannagar.

Imagine a blunt but, instead of tobacco, the bud is wrapped in a cannabis leaf. Not a cheap “gas station” blunt either, but a high-quality, aficionado-level cigar. That’s the concept for the Cannagar. While there are plenty of companies scrambling to jump on the new trend, Washington’s Leira was one of the innovators.

Their cannabis leaves are filled with ground-up weed and a cannabis concentrate mixed in to give extra THC punch. Leira also only uses top-shelf pot. The company makes two versions of their “Cannagar” blunts: a “Cannarillo” filled with 4 grams of flower and half a gram of rosin and a “Corona” filled with 12 grams of flower and three grams of rosin. Prices vary, but the Cannarillo is usually around $100 and the Corona around $420. It’s a steep price, but they expect it to be a specialty celebration item for their customers. Leira rolls its cigars around a skewer, which leaves a hole down the center of the cigar. This gives them their smooth hit and that effortless smoking experience. “That helps keep it burning slow and also helps it burn smoothly,” according to Ariel Payopay, owner of Leira. “Our Cannarillos will last around an hour, and I’ve heard our coronas have lasted up to six hours.

Leira Cannagar Where To Buy

Leira is constantly adding new strains to the lineup and you can keep up with it on their Instagram page. Would you splurge on a Cannagar? Depends on how big the occasion. Find out where to purchase Leira Cannagars here.

ORGANIC WEED? WHAT IT MEANS TO THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

organic weed guide

As consumers become more conscious about products they consume, there’s a push for organic everything. But what does it mean for something to be organic?

If you’re in the United States, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines “organic” as “produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation”. That’s a specific definition, and definitely not what cannabis brands mean when they say organic weed. In fact, they might do a few of these things in the growing process.

Since cannabis is illegal on a federal level, the USDA isn’t able to prescribe safe growing standards the way they would for any other agricultural product being grown in the US. This puts the burden on state regulatory agencies to develop their own cultivation standards for cannabis, but until a couple of years ago these standards didn’t exist anywhere. In many states with legal pot, they still don’t.

So how do you measure organic weed?

California is a good example of how hard it is. As the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana in 1996, it still had no state-wide oversight boards for cannabis standards until 2015. That means for almost twenty years, growers could use whatever chemicals they wanted on their “organic weed” because there was nobody to tell them otherwise.

Enter Chris van Hook, a veteran of the USDA-certified organics industry. Since the mid-2000s, he’s been trying to advocate for buds being registered as a USDA organic agricultural product to assuage consumer fears about tainted pot. When van Hook reached out to the Department of Agriculture on the issue, he was told that it was impossible to certify cannabis as organic since it was a federally illegal substance. Moreover, if any of the cannabis cultivators so much as labelled their product as ‘organic,’ they would be in violation of federal law which gives a monopoly to the USDA on organic certification.

In 2004, Chris started Clean Green Certification, what he calls “the closest you can get to organic” in a legal sense. According to his website, to be Clean Green certified, the cannabis growing facility must “handle, clean and store their Clean Green cannabis so as not to come in contact with toxic chemicals or other cannabis that is not grown in accordance with the Clean Green program.” Since then, Chris has expanded to seven states and tries to keep the public and cultivators aware of the latest “green” innovations.

So, is organic weed a real thing? Not technically. Can marijuana be grown cleanly and safely? Yes.

What do you think about organic weed? Will it ever be graded and tested on a national level?

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