19 Jul The Newbies Guide To Marijuana Products
We have compiled a list of items that are currently carried in most dispensaries. Educate yourself before you buy and ask your budtender as many questions as possible.
Marijuana infused products, commonly referred to as edibles, provide another option to patients who cannot, or choose not to smoke their cannabis. Edibles come in many different varieties, including tinctures (alcohol and glycerin based extractions), cooking oils, premade desserts, drinks, snack foods, candies, and even chewing gum. When you eat marijuana, it produces more body-centered effects compared to smoked marijuana, and effects are more evenly distributed throughout the body. Many patients believe that ingesting their cannabis is a healthier alternative to inhaling it because there is no exposure to carbon-rich smoke. There are marijuana edibles created for medicinal use, and recreational marijuana edibles. For patients with eating and digestive disorders, edibles are not only a great source of nausea-reducing CBD, but also a vital source of essential nutrients and calories. A few patients choose edibles because they are a more discreet way to medicate, while others simply prefer the longevity of effects when ingesting cannabis compared to the fast-acting effects of smoking.
The overall effects edibles will have on you depends on several factors: the type and potency of the edibles you are using, your tolerance, your body chemistry, and even how much you’ve had to eat. Because the effects of eating an edible differ greatly from the effects of smoking, many first time users are caught off guard by the stronger potency and long-lasting effects. The edible cooking process, as well as the high levels of THC found in edibles, work together to create the perfect treatment for many disorders, including chronic pain, muscle inflammation and spasms, autoimmune disorders, nervous system disorders, insomnia, and nausea.
Despite CBD’s anxiety relieving properties, many people experience a heightened sense of anxiety and paranoia when they initially ingest an edible. This is caused by various factors, but tends to mostly deal with fact that most people are not used to ingesting cannabis yet and have feelings of uncertainty, which leads to anxiety and paranoia. This seems to fade away the more you eat them, and get used to the effects. When you smoke marijuana you only receive a small amount of the cannabinoids in each hit, although it will be felt instantly. Where as, edibles tend to hit you much more slowly. This allows the cannabinoids to be released in waves, as they are processed by the stomach and digested.
It is best to store your medibles at room temperature out of direct sunlight to prevent melting and the degradation of active over time. If you refrigerate your chocolate to preserve it for the future, it may take on a dull appearance upon warming to room temperature. This is only an affect on the chocolate temper; it will not affect the taste or potency. It is not advised to freeze your chocolate.
Please keep your medibles in a secure location out of the reach of children and pets.
Cannabis concentrates falls under any product procured or created through an extraction process. Solvents (e.g., butane, CO2, ethanol) strip compounds from the cannabis plant, leaving behind a product with cannabinoids packed in every drop. Some types of extracts test as high as 80% in THC, while others rich in non-psychoactive compounds like CBD deliver an altogether “high-less” experience. It’s important to know that concentrates can have a number of consistencies, ranging from oily to glass-like. Though they are sometimes smoked differently and can have different levels of purity, the main difference is the extraction method that was used to make the product.
Usually the product of butane extraction and most often comes from a failed butter/shatter extract. Wax concentrates are often wax-like (not formed) and sticky. These concentrates can sometimes be found with a softer consistency, almost like watery peanut butter. It’s often the product of a failed budder/shatter extract, as there are still residual fats, lipids, and possibly butane left due to improper purging techniques. In comparison to budder, it’s stickier and not formed.
An extremely potent concentrate popularly consumed by dabbing or vaporizing. Oil is commonly extracted using the butane method and, unlike wax and shatter, is the same consistency of most other oil products. Also known as cannabis butter or oil is the product of butter or oil extraction. It’s one of the most natural and safest concentrates available. An excellent way to conserve cannabis, and change the experience, cannabutter is often eaten or baked/cooked into various foods. Though when consumed orally, cannabis becomes 4 times more potent, as the THC gets converted to a more psychedelic form in the liver.
Budder is also a product of butane extraction, while often whipping the wax into a more stable consistency. This concentrate has a yellow hue and crumbly texture.
Shatter is achieved through skillful purging of the butane and plant matter, often employing the use of a vacuum. This product is clear, often with a yellow or orange hue. Shatter is very malleable, almost like taffy.
Bubble/Ice Wax/Full Melt
This is one of the safest and cleanest concentrates due to the ice water extraction method. The trichomes are simply washed off of the plant with ice cold water (rather than using chemicals to absorb the trichomes). The product has a stable, grainy texture that looks a lot like beach sand.
This is the product of trimming wet plants that are very sticky. While handling and trimming plants, trichomes often get stuck to worker’s hands/gloves/scissors. The wet trichomes are rubbed off and what’s left is an extremely sticky, gummy-textured concentrate.
Made with the dry ice method, this type of concentrate is very potent. The final product has a consistency like dust or powder and has a tendency to melt easily in warm environments.
ISO HASH / QWISO
Iso hash is the product of a isopropyl alcohol extraction. QWISO is an acronym for Quick Wash Isopropyl Alcohol hash, a popular technique for creating iso hash. Using alcohol as a solvent is incredibly cheap, however the flavour isn’t as comparable to other solvents/methods. The product depends on the quality of the cannabis and extraction. High quality QWISO often looks clear and yellow, like a shatter, with a malleable texture. Low quality iso hash is often green (from plant chlorophyll) or black, and gummy in texture.
Smoking hash with a bong or bubbler is also an option, using attachments that replace the bowl/slide called skillets or hash nail domes. With a skillet or nail, the stoner has to heat it with a torch, and then drop their concentrate onto the skillet/nail(see above). The process is commonly called a dab or dunk. The metal or glass nail/skillet is heated to a temperature near THC’s vaporization point, providing less harmful smoke and more flavor. Depending on the quality of the concentrate and it’s extraction, there may be residue(resin) left over on the hash nail or skillet.
Vaporizing your hash/concentrates is another healthy option for medicating. There are several devices and apparatuses that allow for vaporization. All forms of hash and concentrate may be vaporized, excluding edibles (glycerine, cooking oil, or grain alcohol based hash). Vaporizers in general are an excellent start. A vaporizer is a device designed to heat up to the exact temperature that THC and other cannabinoids vaporize. It’s the healthiest and tastiest way to ‘smoke’. Depending on the quality of the concentrate and it’s extraction, there may be residue (resin) left over in the vaporizer
When it comes to telling the difference between different samples of marijuana, there are two main types that make up the majority of all medical marijuana strains that appear on dispensary menus. These two main classification types are popularly known as Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica.
We tend to think of indica strains as being more sedating and relaxing, with full-body effects that “lock” you to the couch (meaning you’re content to sit back, unwind, and enjoy a Netflix marathon of your favorite show). On the other hand, with sativas racier cerebral effects that leave us feelingn energized and uplifted. Because of this typical contrast, consumers tend to prefer indicas for nighttime use while sativas are typically used from morning to afternoon. As varying combinations of the two, hybrids are often thought of as a “balance” of effects, offering a little bit of what both have to offer.
Our expectations certainly play a role in how we experience any given strain, but this consistency is not insignificant. However, these expectations are sometimes over-generalized. Two types of cannabis compounds –cannabinoids and terpenes- hold most of the influence when it comes to effects. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are molecular structures with their own unique properties and medical benefits. Terpenes are the aromatic oils secreted in cannabis resin that modulate the effects of cannabinoids, and these too have their own set of effects. In this way, cannabis strains are the sum of smaller parts that may be passed on genetically. This helps explain the undeniable consistency in strain types, but there is still room for variation.
Sativa strains are known to produce an uplifting and cerebral high that is typically very energizing and stimulating. Sativa are known to make you laugh uncontrollably or engage in in-depth conversations about the meaning of life. These strains typically cause you to analyze the human experience and think creatively, which makes sativa strains very popular among philosophers, artists and musicians. Some sativa even have been found to enhance lights and sounds, making music, movies, and the rest of your surroundings more vibrant than ever before.
On the contrary, Indica strains are short and stout in composure (2-4 feet tall), and typically yield smaller, higher quality crops than Sativa. The plants or flowers are believed to have originated in the Middle East (Pakistan & Afghanistan), and thrive in cooler environments. Indica strains are typically darker green than sativa and have shorter, fatter leaves. Since the plants grow so short they are ideal for indoor growing. The buds are thick and dense, flowering in anywhere from eight to twelve weeks. The flavors and smells of indica flowers include; pine, pungent skunk, earth, hash, or a sweet and sugary fruit flavor.
The effects produced by Indica strains are very relaxing, typically providing a full-body, or “couch-locked” effect. Indica are perfect for those days spent curled up on the couch watching TV, or surfing the web. However, most people seek indica strains after a long day at work to relieve stress, provide full-body pain relief, and help them fall asleep at night.
There are also a wide range of cannabis strains in between Indica and Sativa. These strains are known as “Hybrids” and show traits directly related to the genetics in its lineage. The interesting thing about cannabis is that even when you compare strains across the, “pure Indica” and “pure Sativa”genres, there are clear differences in effects. Hybrids can be broken down into three basic categories:
- Sativa-dominant Hybrids: Cerebral high with a relaxing body effect. Provides physical and mental relief.
- Even Hybrids (50/50): Ideal strains for people seeking a perfect balance of head and body.
- Indica-dominant Hybrids: These strains provide a full-body pain relief, with a relaxing head high. Recommended for nighttime use to go to sleep, or daytime relief from minor pain. These strains are perfect for patients who suffer from all types of autoimmune diseases as well as insomnia or depression.
Phoenix Medical Marijuana Dispensary ~ Arizona
Visit our marijuana dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona, at 2439 West McDowell Avenue. The dispensary is conveniently located near the junction of I-17 and I-10. We have the largest selection of medical marijuana edibles, flowers, concentrates, oils, and creams in the state of Arizona. Call (480) 420-3145 for more information about our marijuana dispensary.
Fountain Hills Medical Marijuana Dispensary ~ Arizona
Visit our marijuana dispensary in Fountain Hills, Arizona, at 16913 East Enterprise Drive. The dispensary is conveniently located near Fountain Hills City Hall, just ¼ mile from the fountain. We have a unique selection of medical marijuana flowers, concentrates, oils, creams, and edibles. Call (480) 420-3135 for more information about our marijuana dispensary.
State College Medical Marijuana Dispensary ~ Pennsylvania
Visit our marijuana dispensary in State College, Pennsylvania, at 2105 North Atherton Street, near Penn State University. We have the largest selection of high-quality, low-priced concentrates in Pennsylvania, as well as a large variety of MMJ flowers, oils, creams, and edibles. Call (814) 924-0597 for more information about our marijuana dispensary.
Ellicott City Medical Marijuana Dispensary ~ Maryland
Visit our marijuana dispensary in Ellicott City, Maryland, at 10169 Baltimore National Pike, just off the Baltimore Pike. We sell our high-quality marijuana “deli” style – so that you don’t have to worry about Maryland state limits or pre-packed weight restrictions. Our medical marijuana products include flowers, creams, edibles, oils, and concentrates. Call (410) 988-6004 for more information about our marijuana dispensary.
Bay City Medical Marijuana Dispensary ~ Michigan
Visit our marijuana dispensary in Bay City, Michigan, near North Union and Euclid, at 3480 East North Union Road. We sell high-quality medical marijuana at reasonable prices, including edibles, concentrates, creams, oils, and flowers. Call (989) 301-9718 for more information about our marijuana dispensary.