Time to Concentrate!

So many ways to consume cannabis!

High Level Overview of Concentrates in Alberta, Part 1 of 2

Weed looks a lot different these days. Concentrates have hit Albertan Retailer’s shelves. On the market, we hear words like shatter, caviar, badder, rosin and resin. We walk down memory lane when people mention hash.

In Part One of this two-part series, we look at how concentrates are different from oils, why people talk about live and cured concentrates, and what distillate is.

Oils and Concentrates

Cannabis licensed producers (LPs for short) collect plant biomass (in other words, anything that’s green: stems, leaves and all!). They activate the THC within the product, through a process called decarboxylation. LPs combine the activated biomass with a carrier oil, infusing said oil with cannabinoids. You can use oils to make edibles. On the Canadian market, we find MCT oil derived from coconut oil or palm kernel oil, as well as sunflower oil as carrier oils.

Oils are cannabis-infused; concentrates contain only cannabis.

Why this matters: You absorb medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) more easily than household oils, which are typically long-chain triglycerides. This helps the effects kick in faster.

Concentrates, on the other hand, are more like a cannabis reduction. Think “maple syrup”. LPs reduce tons of cannabis until an oily product is left.

The type of concentrate you get depends on the exact process you used to obtain your end product.

Live and Cured

Licensed producers use never-dried cannabis product to make live products. The plant material is either used immediately after harvest or cryogenically frozen to preserve it.

Why this matters: Fresh and flash-frozen cannabis contains the most terpenes, yielding a more flavourful experience.

Live Resin Badder are awesome concentrates

On the other hand, licensed producers can also use plant material that has been cured or dried to make… cured cannabis products! (Sometimes, the naming conventions are creative; other times, we have 7 products called Sativa on our menu — it makes no sense to me either.)

Distillate

Distillate isn’t just a cannabis reduction. You obtain distillate by distilling cannabis biomass down to until you obtain a specific cannabinoid — typically THC and CBD. CO2 is currently the main method of distillate extraction on the market.

Distillate applications include:

RedeCan's Vape products are made with Distillate
Vaporizers and cartridges
TGOD's THC Infuser
Food and beverage infusers
Premixed beverages and teas
LivRelief Transdermal Cream
Topicals

Distillate allows licensed producers to control with precision the levels of cannabinoids within for a product, ensuring consistent THC potency. LPs will sometimes add terpenes back in. If LPs use terpenes derived from cannabis plants, we deem this product to be “full spectrum.”

Some concentrates are full spectrum distillate products

Why this matters: There is some debate as to whether adding back in plant- or botanical-derived terpenes contribute to effects, or if they are only used for flavour.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the different products that are considered concentrates on the legal Canadian market.

Daikoku Discovers Dab Rigs

Anatomy of a Dab Rig

The time-tested, hands-on method for consuming your premium concentrates

Live Resin Caviar, Cured Badder, and Hash Rosin are finally on the menu! As enticing as these formats may sound, you might ask yourself: “How do I consume concentrates?” 

Cannabis concentrates have a higher boiling point. As a result, concentrates do not burn with a lighter the same way as dried flower. The solution? Use special accessories, like Dab Rigs, for optimal experiences. 

The Dab Rig

The more traditional method of consumption involves using a contraption called a dab rig, see below. Dab rigs arrived around the 1970’s thanks to professional glassblowing duo, Hashmaster Kut.

These days there are electric, self-heating options available for dab rigs, such as e-nails or dab pens, but we’re going to focus your attention on the more traditional model. 

  1. Mouthpiece: This is where you place your mouth. Ideally, you should create a seal and inhale slowly and evenly.
  1. Carb Cap: You place the carb cap on top of the hot nail after the concentrates have been added. You don’t need a Carb Cap. However, they prevent heat from escaping which helps direct airflow for better vaporization of your concentrates. 
  1. Nail: This is the key part to dab rigs. You heat the nail until it’s hot enough that added concentrates will reach their boiling point. Nails come in a variety of materials including quartz, titanium, and ceramic. Materials affect flavour, durability, and heating time. 
  1. Downstem: Smoke travels from the downstem into the water chamber. 
  1. Water Chamber: Helps filter the smoke and provide a smoother flavour. Some water chambers contain percolators that further cool the smoke. Remember to always use clean water.

Maintenance

It is critical to keep your device clean! Resin tends to form in the base and tube areas. This affects flavour and overall experience. Clean your device with coarse salt and isopropyl alcohol, then rinse it out. If appropriate, you can also place it in the dishwasher after each use.

Regular cleaning reduces disagreeable experiences and ensures optimal continued use.

You’re now ready to try out this artistic accessory for yourself and we’ve got the tools to help make that happen. Stop by and let us help you get started in the world of concentrates. Whether you need cannabis, accessories, or just have more questions, we’ve got you covered. 

Caviar: A Lady-Stoner’s Best Friend

Caviar by Premium 5 is a Live Resin Concentrate

Live Resin Caviar by Premium5 has landed. Many people have asked about concentrates – shatter being the most requested. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve finally received our first shipment of high-potency, Live Resin by Premium5. The Live Resin is available in badder (looks like crunchy peanut butter) and caviar.

The first time you’ll look at Live Resin Caviar, you’ll notice 3 things:

Live Resin Caviar, by Premium5

One gram of Caviar doesn’t look like a whole lot

Live Resin is unique because cannabis flower was either processed fresh or frozen. The flower is then cooled down to cryogenic levels. This preserves as many of the cannabinoids as possible. That being said, it can take upwards of 20g of flower to make 1g of live resin.
(Read: this product is better suited for experienced consumers, not someone starting their cannabis journey.)

There’s a gold-tinted liquid in the Caviar

Because the flowers are fresh or frozen, more terpenes are preserved in the process. In fact, the terpene content of Premium 5’s Caviar accounts for 10% of the product in your jar. Terpenes would be the main components of the oily liquid at the bottom of the glass jar.

There are larger spheres

These larger spheres are also referred to as ‘diamonds’ – ergo, the joke about being a girl’s best friend – and are pretty much pure THC.

Consuming Caviar and Badder

These types of concentrates are best consumed when using a concentrate vaporizer or a dab rig. You’ll want an e-nail (quartz, borosilicate glass or metal) to manipulate the concentrate with.

Final Note

Premium5 confirmed that the cultivar used for their first batches of single-strain Live Resin products was Glueberry OG. The terpene profile features myrcene leading out, followed by pinene, caryophyllene and limonene.

4-20 Calendar: April 5th – Sensi Star

These sales are no joke!

Sensi Star – do you pronounce “sen-see” or “sen-sei”? Either way, this evening cultivar pops up in the roster of several licensed producers.

Admittedly, it’s not surprising: Sensi Star has a high THC potential and relatively rapid growth. It is best suited for outdoor cultivation. The cultivar was first bred in Amsterdam in the mid-nineties by Paradise Seeds. Since then, it has won a plethora of awards.

Continue reading “4-20 Calendar: April 5th – Sensi Star”

4-20 Calendar: April 4th – Sweet Jersey 3

These sales are no joke!

Sweet Jersey 3 by Riff is another example of a licensed producer who renamed their product. In fact, this 1 gram pre-roll is Riff’s take on Jean Guy.

As a result, I thought we’d take some time to learn how to pronounce the cultivar’s name:

  • Jean Guy: You probably read that as blue jeans and a guy. We’ll understand, and might even correct you.
  • J-uh Ghee: This is the correct pronunciation! We’ll understand, and assume that you either speak French or were previously corrected.
  • Jean Grey: Not actually correct. We’ll understand, and we won’t correct you. We’ll assume you also like comic books.
04/04/20: Sweet Jersey 3 by Riff | High THC Sativa.

Did you know? This was the very first strain Mimi smoked on Legalization day. Suitably, it was an obvious pick for the first Saturday of the month. With a peppery kick, this Jean Guy variant is great to get chores done or to watch a bilingual buddy cop movie with your friends over the net. Inhale after every time you yell out “Social Distancing!”

About Sweet Jersey 3

Spice up your life with Sweet Jersey 3 pre-rolls. This hoppy citrus sativa has a hint of spice, sure to help kick things up a notch.

A word to the wise:

As with most pre-rolls on the legal market, these are machine packed and rolled by the licensed producer. We strongly recommend giving the J a little massage to loosen up the herb. Another option would be to use a long toothpick to poke through the centre of the bat to create a chimney. The chimney allows the air to flow better and can help prevent canoeing.

Please note:

It’s important to remember that combustion is not the method of cannabis consumption that has the lowest-risk. In fact, edibles, oils, and dry flower vaporization are more recommended methods of consumption because they pose less risk. Visit “Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines” for more information.

About Riff

Aphria is the medical licensed cannabis producer behind the brand Riff. Because they tend to produce high-THC, tasty and well known strains at a decent price, we often stock their products. Additionally, the oil vapes by Riff are full-spectrum, with cannabis-derived terpenes, and their cartridges are Pax Era Pods.

However, we do not stock their oils because they use Palm Oil derived MCT.

“RIFF is not a conventional cannabis brand. Created for the discerning cannabis consumer with an eye for the little things, RIFF is community x cannabis. Co-created by a community of artists, makers and cultural provocateurs, RIFF provides high-quality cannabis designed by nature.”

Our Cannabis Brands, Aphria

4-20 at Daikoku

Specials will be going on throughout the month to celebrate April 2020:

  • 20% off all non-liquidation accessories
  • A new sale on a cultivar every day that runs for the remainder of the month or until stock is out.

For more information, check out our menu.

4-20 Calendar: April 3rd – Great White Shark

These sales are no joke!

In the wonderful world of cannabis, there are certain differences between the legal market and the black market that consumers should be aware of.

One example is Great White Shark. Historically, the cultivar was known as a hard-hitting indica with a big bite.

On the other hand, San Rafael ’71’s take on the cultivar is a high CBD sativa. It also contains a bit of THC. In fact, the ratio of CBD:THC makes this cultivar is a good option for new users. Many first time users report feeling altered mental and physical states. However, it’s important to note that everyone’s experience with cannabis is unique. Remember to start low and go slow.

03/04/20: Great White Shark by San Rafael '71 | Balanced THC/CBD Ratio.

Great White Shark helps you end your week with a level head. Of sorts. With twice as much CBD as THC, its balanced ratio pairs well with lemon-ginger herbal tea, chores and quarantine induced binge-watching of the Sharknado series. Or Jaws, if you’re a classicist.

About Great White Shark

This is the only Great White you’d be cool sharing the beach with. Carefully cultivated to the highest standard of quality, this best in class 2:1 Sativa strain offers the benefits of both CBD and THC, and is enhanced by its unique, earthy dominant aroma.

Sativa dominant.

About San Rafael ’71

“San Rafael, California. It’s where five pals gathered every day at 4:20 to search for their holy grail – an elusive, near-mythical patch of cannabis. While this crop was never found, the story continues to inspire us today.”

Home page, San Rafael ’71 Website
Available in 1 gram packages
Myrcene is the primary terpene in Great White Shark
Guaiol is the secondary terpene in Great White Shark
Bisabolol is not actually Bisabo laughing out loud.

(Actually, no one really knows where 4:20 comes from… but we’ll gladly toke to it!)

4-20 at Daikoku

Specials will be going on throughout the month to celebrate April 2020:

  • 20% off all non-liquidation accessories
  • A new sale on a cultivar every day that runs for the remainder of the month or until stock is out.

For more information, check out our menu.

April 1 | April 2

4-20 Calendar: April 2nd – Quadra

These sales are no joke!

Stoners get a bad rap. The stereotype focuses on someone lazing about. Likely, they’re in their pj’s all day. They are homebodies who rarely leave the house.

In the era of social isolation, who’s a humble hero now?

The rest of you probably feel a little stir crazy. To break the monotony for a bit, why not take a “trip” to Quadra by Broken Coast?

02/04/20: Quadra byBroken Coast | A variant of Headstash.

Quadra is part of the Discovery Islands in BC. The island seems tame on its Wikipedia page. However, the fictional crime thriller MARRY, BANG, KILL by Canadian author Andrew Battershill paints the quaint island in a different light. Pick it up if you’re a fan of Terry Fallis (The Best Laid Plans) or Andy Weir (The Martian) and enjoy gritty crime novels.

About Quadra

Named after Quadra Island off the west coast of British Columbia, this strain produces thick, powerful smoke with a funky kush flavour and notes of mandarin zest.

It’s a variant of Headstash.

The cultivar is indica dominant.

Available in 3.5 gram containers.
Caryophyllene is the main terpene found in Quadra
Limonene is the secondary terpene found in Quadra
Terpineol is the tertiary terpene found in Quadra

About Broken Coast

Broken Coast is a licensed producer of medicinal cannabis located on Vancouver Island. We have deep roots in British Columbia, and we’re proud to contribute to the reputation our province has earned for producing outstanding cannabis.

About us, Broken Coast Website

Broken Coast was the first premium brand available on the non-medical legal market in Alberta. They are renowned for their relative freshness and frosty buds. Broken Coast’s respect for cultivars, the plant and its effect is obvious in the product that hits the shelves. On the non-medical market, they typically rename their products based on locations/ in BC (Quadra, Gabriola, Galiano, Savary to name a few).

4-20 at Daikoku

Specials will be going on throughout the month to celebrate April 2020:

  • 20% off all non-liquidation accessories
  • A new sale on a cultivar every day that runs for the remainder of the month or until stock is out.

For more information, check out our menu.

April 1 | April 3

4-20 Calendar: April 1st – Pre-98 Bubba Kush

These sales are no joke!

It’s probably the weirdest 4-20 in Canada. We go to weed stores to get our greens and get our groceries delivered — I remember when it was the other way around!

Start the month off with even more nostalgia: Qwest‘s Pre‑98 Bubba Kush is the first special for 4-20.

01/04/20: Pre-98 Bubba Kush by Qwest | This cultivar is no joke!

Reminisce about the good ole days, when TP was plentiful and weed was illegal (and now, we’re an essential service ?). Maybe your mom sang you to sleep when you were stressed out. The flavour in each of these 1 gram pre-rolls is a serious blast to the past and oh, so smooth.

About Pre-98 Bubba Kush

Pre-98 Bubba Kush comes packaged in 2x1 gram prerolls.
Myrcene is the main terpene found in Pre-98 Bubba Kush
Caryophyllene is the secondary terpene found in Pre-98 Bubba Kush
Linalool is the tertiary terpene found in Pre-98 Bubba Kush

THE original, old school Bubba Kush got its start in the mid-’90s and quickly became a favourite for indica lovers with its sticky denseness. The popularity of Bubba Kush meant that, over time, the strain’s genetics became diluted. Re-enter Pre‑98 Bubba Kush. It takes you back to the original mid-’90s undiluted strain that launched the legend.

Enthusiasts prefer the Pre 98 because of its pure genetics. This cultivar is for people who like the old school Cali Kush flavour.

If you think you’ve had Bubba Kush, Qwest’s Pre‑98 Bubba Kush is a wonderful reminder that you haven’t.

About Qwest

Qwest is premium (we could even say “luxury”) BC bud in all its glory.

A few factoids:

  • All their grows are small-batch grown, allowing Qwest to give each plant the specific care she needs
  • Hang dried
  • Hand trimmed
  • The fanciest water. Like, ever:

“Our plants are nourished by pure glacial mountain water which runs naturally through the Qwest Cannabis Estate.
A true gift from nature, this water happens to be perfectly pH balanced to the level that cannabis thrives on.”

About us, Qwest website

4-20 at Daikoku

Specials will be going on throughout the month to celebrate April 2020:

  • 20% off all non-liquidation items
  • A new sale on a cultivar every day that runs for the remainder of the month or (until stock is out)

For more information, check out our menu.

April 2 | April 3