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The Best Cannabis Concentrates for Beginners

The Best Cannabis Concentrates for Beginners

Cannabis extracts, oils, and concentrates offer a wealth of benefits that you won’t find in a flower. From easy, convenient dosing to unadulterated flavors, concentrates put great emphasis on the active ingredients in cannabis — the main driving force behind its therapeutic and psychoactive effects. Looking for a strong, euphoric high? Or a fast symptom relief? What about symptom relief without the buzz? That’s possible, too. In this article, we’ll show you the best cannabis concentrates for beginners. Once you’ve learned which concentrates are the easiest to consume, you’ll have a good starting point for further discoveries. All aboard! The Best Cannabis Concentrates for Beginners Most people associate cannabis concentrates with dabs, which are the waxy extracts that you vape in a vaporizer or blaze in a dab rig. But, not all concentrates are consumed the same way. In fact, there are a few smoke-free consumption methods that you can incorporate into your routine. Of course, as a beginner, you don’t want to go all-in, which is why we’ve saved the stronger concentrates for another blog post. In this section, we’ll also help you figure out the best transition from flowers to extracts, and give you some handy dosage tips. Let’s start from the simplest forms of concentrated cannabis. 1. Kief When you closely examine your cannabis flower, you’ll notice a crystalline coating on every part of the bud. These are trichomes, where all the cannabinoids and terpenes are contained — the reason we consume the herb. When you grind the buds, some trichomes fall off during the process, forming a green powder referred to as kief. For collecting...
The Real Difference Between Sativa vs Indica

The Real Difference Between Sativa vs Indica

Categorizing cannabis strains by species — sativa or indica — is very common among consumers, especially those who are new to the herb. Ask your friends and they will tell you right away that you can get an indica or sativa (or hybrid strains). They’ll probably think that sativa makes you feel invigorated and uplifted, while indica induces a couch-locking high and a strong case of the munchies While this is true to some extent, this classification is oversimplified — the geographic origins of the plant doesn’t have much to do with determining its effects. So what’s the real difference between sativa vs indica cannabis strains? We’ll discuss it in this article — and blow the old system wide open. Are you ready to learn the truth? Sativa vs Indica: An Overview of the Differences Between the Two Cannabis Species Despite coming from the same plant family, sativa and indica originated in various parts of the world and thus have different characteristics and effects. Below we give you a detailed breakdown of the differences between the two species. 1. Geographic Origins of Sativa vs. Indica Cannabis sativaplants are native to countries near the equator, such as Mexico, Colombia, and Thailand. Some signs of sativas are visible in Nepal, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Cannabis indica plants belong to colder regions with higher altitude and mountainous terrains. These strains most likely originated from Afghanistan, Morocco, and Turkey. Many indica varieties have the “kush” end added to their name because this type of cannabis comes from the Hindu Kush region in the Middle East. 2. Visual Characteristics of Sativa vs....
Cannabis Concentrates: What Is Shatter?

Cannabis Concentrates: What Is Shatter?

The abundance of cannabis concentrates can be overwhelming for experienced consumers, let alone those who are new to dabbing. Shatter, oil, wax, crumble, budder, badder, resin — do you know which concentrate to pick for your first dabbing sesh? No? Don’t worry. Honestly, there’s no such thing like a bad concentrate. A properly manufactured dab is a good dab, regardless of its type. Nevertheless, each of those products has its own unique benefits. So does shatter. Shatter is one of the most popular concentrates as of right now — and a subject of our interest for today. We’ve got plenty of things to cover, so without further ado, let’s dive into this! What Is Shatter? Shatter is the purest form of concentrated cannabis that resembles a hard candy in texture. The final consistency of shatter depends on its temperature. Cold shatter looks like a sheet of glass, but when heated, it looks more like thick honey. Your shatter may also vary in transparency and intensity of color depending on a range of factors, such as the amount of terpenes and moisture levels, as well as heat the concentrate gets in contact with. Shatter boasts extremely high potency, with around 80% THC on average. The potency comes at the cost of shatter’s flavor. This product requires higher extraction temperatures to achieve the highest cannabinoid content, which destroys its many terpenes. Because of that, shatter is pretty bland compared to other concentrates. How Is Shatter Made? Shatter is produced through solvent-based extraction. The most common solvent used for making shatter is butane. It pulls THC along with other cannabinoids and terpenes...
Purple OG Strain Review

Purple OG Strain Review

Cannabis is a highly versatile medicine. It often succeeds where conventional treatment methods fail. The abundance of medical marijuana strains allows the users to pick a variety that will effectively tackle their ailments due to specific traits. Purple OG is one of the most renowned medical cannabis strains. This flower provides complete physical relaxation and relief from stress, proving an effective alternative for chronic anxiety, inflammation, severe pain, and lack of appetite on top of other conditions. Despite being a demanding strain in terms of cultivation, Purple OG can bring generous yields in the hands of an experienced grower. Let’s take a closer look at the Purple OG cannabis strain. Where Does Purple OG Come From? The purple OG marijuana strain is a descendant of Purple Kush and Cali OG Kush, both of which hail from the Hindu Kush and Afghani lineage. Purple OG’s parent strains are believed to have their roots in Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Afghanistan. What is the Average THC Content of Purple OG? On average, Purple OG has THC levels clocking at around 18% — falling into the “moderately potent category.” However, some phenotypes of this flower can reach as high as 27% of the psychoactive compound. Therefore, you should expect quite a punch from smoking the Purple OG strain. What Does the Purple OG Strain Look Like? Appearance-wise, Purple OG has dense buds that take on an earthy green shade, with some hints of purple noticeable among the bush of orange pistils. One of the telltale signs that you’re looking at Purple OG’s nuggets is the generous layer of trichomes — the crystalline glands...
What Are the Health Benefits and Risks of Cannabis?

What Are the Health Benefits and Risks of Cannabis?

The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that people have been using cannabis to treat various conditions and symptoms for at least 3,000 years — with first records of medical cannabis use dating back to ancient China and Emperor Shen Nung (2,700 B.C.). However, due to the chain of unfortunate events from the past 70 years, cannabis has gained a reputation of a dangerous substance with high potential for abuse and no approved medical applications, having been placed somewhere between ecstasy and heroin. Now we witness a true turnaround of these events, as weed is slowly but surely retaking its good name thanks to continuous research and efforts from cannabis advocates across the world. In this article, we’ll cover the most remarkable health benefits of cannabis — and shed some light on the potential risks of using the herb. What Are the Medical Benefits of Cannabis? As mentioned, people have been using cannabis for medical purposes for thousands of years. Over the last few decades, research has yielded results indicating that cannabis may be an effective treatment for a range of severe conditions — without the dangerous side effects caused by some prescription medications. Below we give you a list of conditions most commonly treated with medical cannabis. 1. Chronic Pain In 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a comprehensive review evaluating more than 10,000 scientific studies on the health benefits of cannabis. One of the most thoroughly examined areas of this report was the use of medical cannabis for chronic pain, a leading cause of disability that affects over 25 million people in the...
What Are Live Resin Cannabis Concentrates?

What Are Live Resin Cannabis Concentrates?

Sinking your nose into a fully mature, raw cannabis plant is an unforgettable experience. The complexity of fragrances captured in a single sniff of a living flower will completely change the way you perceive cannabis plants. At some point of your journey with the herb, you’ll start to wonder whether or not a translation of these gorgeous flavors and aromas into a consumable product is possible. The good news — yes, it is!  The not-so-good news — it’s easier said than done. Upon the harvest, a cannabis plant goes through several processes, such as drying and curing, both of which are essential to achieve a product that is ready for consumption, potent, and full of aromas and flavors. But, for making cannabis concentrates, many of these are lost during the extraction. Many techniques intentionally purge these elements to achieve higher potency at the cost of the essential oils called terpenes. So how is it possible to achieve a potent yet flavorful cannabis extract? The answer is simple— by making live resin. What is Live Resin? Live resin is a type of cannabis concentrate made with freshly harvested cannabis plants. The plant material is exposed to subcritical temperatures prior and during the extraction process. The flash-freezing process of live cannabis plants allows for the preservation of the plant’s entire terpene profile. Other types of concentrates use flowers that undergo drying and curing process. This, in turn, can have a serious impact on terpenes — the aromatic compounds that give cannabis strains their unique fragrances and flavors. With live resin, the plant is frozen right away after the harvest and kept...

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