Top Pot Tips: Make friends with (cannabis) salad

As it turns out, the Simpsons were wrong. You can, in fact, make friends with salad.

Reminder: During a pandemic, please do not puff, puff pass. Rather, practice puff, puff… puff puff puff. If you’re used to sharing your stash, pack smaller bowls and roll smaller joints.

Start low – go slow.

What is a salad?

It’s a bunch of greens thrown together. 😏 

Have you looked up “Cannabis Salad” online? Most of your results will be about adding cannabis or hemp to your actual, food-based salads. 

Best bet for effect: Mix cannabis, either decarbed flower, oils or distillate powder, with your oil-based salad dressing since most cannabinoids are fat soluble.)

Do not eat straight decarbed flower. Don’t ask us how we know not to. Just trust us and don’t do it.

In the context of this blog post, a salad is a bowl or joint that has two or more cannabis products mixed in.

Why is mixing cultivars a good idea?

There are a few reasons to mix strains. It expands your strain horizons, it keeps your expenses down and it elevates the potential effects.

Expand your horizons

We have hundreds of cannabis products in store. Alberta has one of the country’s largest Licensed Producer roster, with 55 producers to choose from, not including subsidiary brands. It can be hard to figure out what ‘your strain’ is.

One way to do so is by finding a value-based, bulk option you like. Products from Daily Special, Pure Sunfarms, Namasté, Redecan or ReUp are priced just right. You can then pair it with products that can be purchased in 1 gram options. Another option would be to empty out 0.5 gram joints. This can help you find a brand you’ll love, discover a new cultivar, or reinforce the fact that you really don’t like caryophyllene… without wasting a whole eighth. 

Keep expenses down

In conjunction with discovering new strains, using a ‘base layer’ that you know and love can help keep your costs low. By pairing a bulk option with a smaller portion of high-end cannabis, you can keep costs manageable while enjoying a greater variation of feelings, flavours and effects.

Flavour fatigue: By adding a sprinkling of product to your bulk bowl, you’ll also avoid getting sick and tired of that big bag of weed you purchased. It keeps the flavour fresher for longer – and I’m not just talking about adding in an Integra Boost pack.

Elevated Entourage Effects

Most dried flower cannabis products will have under less than 4% terpene presence. Craft growers, who forego irradiation in favour of longer-cure periods, will reach those high percentages. On the other hand, mainstream growers that choose to irradiate will only reach 1%-2% terpene range.

As a result, pairing a non-irradiated cannabis with an irradiated cannabis will result in more terpenes being present in your bowl. Which in turn will enhance the entourage effect.

The downside?

Mixing your cannabis means that you don’t have a precise idea of how you liked a specific strain. It also skews how the master grower intended you to consume the product – a bit like saying you prefer the cover of a song to it’s original. It may have the same foundation, but it’s not the same song anymore.

Tips for Salad Making

  • Mix a low-THC, high-CBD strain to a base layer to add some CBD to your cannabis consumption rotation;
  • If you’re habitually an indica or a sativa consumer, try mixing in a hybrid;
  • Look at the terpene profiles of products to find 2 products with 2 distinct terpene profiles;
  • Empty out that container that only has a bit of weed left in it – you’re not dankrupt ’til you’re completely out!

Now the real question: How’s gonna roll it? 😅

Format Inspection: Hashing it Out

The history of hashish goes back thousands of years, with many origin stories claiming to be the first. Some say hash originated in Arabia after its mention in the classic Arabic fable, “The Tale of the Hashish Eater.” Others claim a monk discovered its therapeutic effects after finding the plant accidentally. We may never know hash’s true origin, but we have some ideas on how it got to our shelves.  😉

Note: This blog post uses the terms Hashish and Hash interchangeably

Continue reading “Format Inspection: Hashing it Out”

How can I find the best cannabis product for me

(Without Trying A Million Products)

Whether you consume cannabis regularly or have just started, it can be daunting to find the right product in the legal market. Our own cannabis boutique has hundreds of items on our menu!

To get you started, and help you in finding the cannabis product that’s right for you, let’s take a look at 4 basic elements that (should) affect your cannabis choice:

  • Method of Consumption
  • Terpenes and Potency
  • Brand and Price
  • Time of consumption
Continue reading “How can I find the best cannabis product for me”

Still Time Concentrate!

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

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

In Part Two of this two-part series, we take a look at the different products that are considered concentrates on the legal Canadian Cannabis market. Please note that at time of publishing, not all these products are available.

Chemical or Mechanical

Concentrates are created by taking a large amount of cannabis and extracting the desired cannabinoids, either through chemical solvents or mechanical processes.  Higher quality cannabis providers only use cannabis flower to create their products.

Chemically derived concentrates

Highly concentrated cannabis extract dissolved in petroleum-based or alcohol-based solvent (for example, butane and ethanol). THC potency in these products can be as high as 90%. 

Badder/Budder:

  • Looks like: Crunchy peanut butter
  • Consumed by: Using a dab rig or a concentrates vaporizer
  • Manipulate with: A dabber
Badder is also called budder

Caviar

  • Looks like: Caviar (surprisedpikachu.jpg)
  • Consumed by: Using a dab rig or a concentrates vaporizer
  • Manipulate with: A dabber
The diamonds in the caviar are THC concentrates

Wax

  • Looks like: Toffee/Soft caramels or hair pomade
  • Consumed by: Using a dab rig, sprinkling on a joint, capping off a bowl
  • Manipulate with: Your hands or a dabber, depending on consistency
Malleable

Shatter

  • Looks like: A broken lollipop
  • Consumed by: Using a dab rig or a concentrates vaporizer
  • Manipulate with: A dabber or tweezers

Note: Shatter can melt. Store in refrigerator or freezer

Shatter is a BHO derived concentrate

Hash oil

  • Looks like: Olive oil if it’s liquid, or a thin, orange-tinted sheet if it’s solid
  • Consumed by: Vaporizer pens, cartridges or, if solid, dab rigs
  • Manipulate with: A vape battery, a dabber or tweezers

Note: Hash oil, sometimes called Butane Hash Oil (BHO) or Propane Hash Oil (PHO)  is not for oral ingestion

Hash oil is also sometimes called honey oil or cannabis oil

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)/Phoenix Tears:

  • Looks like: Molasses
  • Consumed by: Ingestion
  • Manipulate with: A syringe

Resin:

  • Looks like: Rock candy coated in maple syrup
  • Consumed by: Using a dab rig, concentrate vaporizer
  • Manipulate with: Dabber

Mechanically derived concentrates

Loose trichomes or pressed resin from cannabis flower or hash. THC potency in these products can be as high as 60%. Products in this category include kief, hash and rosin.

Kief/Keef

  • Looks like: Thin, dusty powder
  • Consumed by: Sprinkling onto a bowl or joint that already has dry cannabis flower
  • Manipulate with: A kief spoon
DIY kief by using a multi-tiered grinder

Hash/Hashish

  • Looks like: Small, crumbly brownie or caramel chew
  • Consumed by: Sprinkling onto a bowl or joint that already has dry cannabis flower; ingestion
  • Manipulate with: Your hands
Forbidden snack. I mean, you could eat it, but... don't.

Bubble hash:

  • Looks like: Small, crumbly overbaked cookie
  • Consumed by: Using a dab rig (the hash will ‘bubble’ as you heat it up)
  • Manipulate with: Your hands

Rosin:

  • Looks like: Amber-coloured blown glass
  • Consumed by: Using a dab rig, concentrate vaporizer
  • Manipulate with: Dabber, clean hands

Wondering about concentrate basics? Then check out Part 1, where we discuss at how concentrates are different from oils, why people talk about live and cured concentrates, and what distillate is.

PS: When I was proofreading the blog post before posting it, I realized that a LOT of my “looks like” entries were about… food. So it made me think of this fun sketch (the link opens a YouTube video). I figure you deserve a treat if you’ve read the whole post. 😉

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 in Part 2.

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.