Frequently asked questions about cannabis
What's the secret trick to rolling the perfect joint?
Step by step instructions for rolling the perfect joint:
Step 1) Break up your cannabis into extremely tiny pieces so that the joint smokes evenly. It's recommended to use a grinder.
Step 2) Fill the rolling paper with the cannabis. Fill the paper with even amount of cannabis right up to the end. Some of the cannabis will fall out while rolling the joint and that is ok and to be expected.
Step 3) Make and add a filter. A small piece of thick paper should be rolled up and placed in one of the ends of the joint. A part of the rolling papers case, a matchbook cover, or a magazine insert work well.
Step 4) Roll the paper between your thumbs and forefingers up and down twice to even the joint out.
Step 5) Here's the secret trick and key to rolling the perfect joint every time: Use a hard flat surface - a table is perfect - to roll the joint up on.
Step 6) Roll the joint right up the table.
How do you do a "dab"?
Dabbing is a method of smoking cannabis concentrates such as shatter, bho, live resin, rosin, or wax by placing the concentrate on an extremely hot metal object called a nail, and then inhaling the THC vapors that are produced.
Step 1) Prepare your dab
Place a VERY small amount of concentrate on the end of your dabber (a dabber is a small metal tool like a thick pin, which can also be made out of glass or ceramic).
Step 2) Prepare your rig
Fill your dab rig or bong with a small amount of water.
Step 3) Heat the nail
The nail is then heated with a blowtorch until it glows red hot for a few seconds. The nail is then allowed to cool for a few seconds.
Step 4) Place the concentrate on the heated nail and inhale
The cannabis concentrate is then placed on the nail and the vapors are inhaled.
How do you do a bong hit?
Here are step by step instructions for how to smoke cannabis using a bong.
Step 1) Get the bong ready
Fill the bong with enough cold water so that the stem piece of the bong is submerged in about 1-2 inches of water. The amount of water needed willl vary depending on the size and shape of the bong. Careful, if you put in too much water, the water might splash your face when inhaling. It's easiest to fill the bong through the main mouthpiece (the open part at the top of the bong).
Step 2) Grind up the cannabis
The next step is to break up the cannabis into tiny pieces using your fingers, scissors, or ideally, a cannabis grinder.
Step 3) Pack the bowl
Now take the pieces of ground up cannabis and fill the bowlpiece with it. Don't pack the cannabis in to tight or else air won't be able to pass through, it will clog, and you won't be able to get a good hit.
Step 4) Light the weed and take a hit
Grab ahold of the bong in one hand and hold a lighter in your other hand. Make sure to press your mouth firmly inside the opening on the top mouthpeice of the bong so that there is a good seal and no air can escape from the sides of your mouth. Light the lighter next to the cannabis and start to inhale slowly. The water will bubble as the smoke passes though the chamber. Once the bong is filled with smoke, uncover the carb or pull out the bowl peice from the stem and inhale quickly to clear the chamber of the rest of the smoke.
What is decarboxylation? What's the best way to "decarb" weed?
Decarboxylation or “decarbing” or is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO2). When referring to the decarboxylation of cannabis, it is the process of turning the non-psychoactive compound THCA found in cannabis into the psychoactive THC which is what gets you “high”. If you want to feel a buzz or get high from your weed, it needs to be decarbed or "activated". Click here for step by step instructions on the best way to decarb your weed.
What is rosin and how do you make it?
Rosin is cannabis concentrate that is a sticky substance which is created when heat and compression meet a bud of cannabis flower. Unlike hash which is made with just trichomes, rosin is made with the entire cannabis bud. Rosin has a clear, yellow-golden color like shatter but it's stickier.
Rosin is a solventless extract that is actually quite easy to make at home using either a rosin press or you can even just use a hair straightener/hair flat iron.
Step 1) Break up the cannabis and place it into a micron bag. It's good to press the buds into the bag as tight as you can, molding it into a small rectangle.
Step 2) Next, set the temperature on your rosin press or hair straightener. It's best to start with low temperatures and then work your way up to higher temperatures. Around 250-300 degrees Fahrenheit, or 120-150 degrees Celsius is a good place to start.
Step 3) Place your cannabis filled micron bag between two pieces of parchment paper and then press with as much force as you can for about 2 minutes.
Step 4) Use a dabber to collect the rosin off of the paper.
What's the difference between CBD and THC?
Cannabidiol, best known as (CBD), is a chemical compound that can be found in the flowers of cannabis sativa. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (the first being tetrahydrocannabinol - THC). CBD is a cannabinoid that was discovered in 1940. CBD is one of more than a hundred and twenty cannabinoids which are unique to the cannabis sativa plant and it accounts for about 40 percent of the plant’s extracts. Many plants contain cannabinoids, but people most commonly link them to the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike other cannabinoids — such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - CBD does not get you "high" or produce a “psychoactive" effect. This is because CBD does not affect people the same way that THC does.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.
CBD is an entirely different compound from THC, and its effects are very complex. The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals from cannabinoids. It produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids. The ECS helps with functions such as sleeping, immune-system responses, and pain. CBD influences your body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively without the “high” associated with THC. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from their ailments without the psychoactive effects of marijuana or other drugs. CBD may change the effects of THC on the body if both are present.
I've heard CBD might be good for my pet, is that true?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis that has been shown to be a great solution for a wide variety of health issues for pets. The numerous health benefits of CBD can be applied in similar ways to your pet as it can be for yourself. It is effectively used to treat pain, reduce inflammation, lower anxiety and also treat symptoms of serious chronic illnesses.
The compound itself is non-psychoactive and will not get your pet ‘high’.
CBD can treat a wide variety of issues and can improve the general wellness of your aging or ailing pets.
The compound is safe, natural and effective.
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What's the best temperature to vape weed?
THC, which is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, has a boiling point of 315° F. Because of this, the lowest temperatures that you should vape cannabis at in order to feel the effects is a temperature of 325° F/163°C. Low temperature vaping (between 325°-350°F) offers the best flavor from your cannabis. The vapor at this temperature is also cooler and less harsh on your throat causing less coughing and not as strong effects.
Mid temperature range vaping is around 350°- 400°F/177° - 204°C. With this temperature range the vapor is thicker and warmer and you’ll taste more of the cannabinoids. The psychoactive effects will be stronger in this temperature range because more of the THC is being volatilized. This temperature range offers a great middle ground between effects and flavor.
High temperature vaping in the 400°- 440°F/204°-230°C - range offers the most cannabinoid extraction and the strongest psychoactive effects. This is the closest you can get to combustion without actually smoking. The vapor will be hotter and harsher and may cause some coughing.
It’s good to vape around 10°F hotter than the average boiling point of the desired terpenes and/or cannabinoids,
Please keep in mind that people's experiences will vary based on which strain you are vaporizing because each strain contains different levels of terpenes and cannabinoids, which volatilize at different temperatures and contribute to their smell, taste & effect.
What's the best temperature for dabbing concentrates?
Dabbing is the process of vaporizing small amounts “dabs” of cannabis concentrates or extracts.
Dabbing at low temperatures between 350°-450°F is considered to be low temp dabbing. Low temperature dabbing results in long, flavorful, smooth rips. Low temp dabs are easier on your lungs and offer more flavorful hits. Low temp dabs also ensure that no harmful compounds are produced during your dabbing experience. While low temp dabs may provide a less intense effect, these effects can be more prolonged when compared to high temp dabs. Many believe this is because of the effect from consuming not just the cannabinoids but also the terpenes which can be burned off and eliminated at higher temps.THC does not activate until it reaches 315 °F and CBD has a boiling point of 320–356 °F. Low temp dabbing between 350°-450°F vaporizes terpene profiles without burning them, allowing for the best possible flavor as originally intended by the extraction process.
450°F – 600°F (232°C – 315°C): In this medium temperature setting, you’ll experience lower flavor profiles but likely higher cloud production and stronger, more intense psychoactive effects but for a shorter time.
600°F – 900°F (315°C – 482°C): High temp dabs occur when the nail reaches temperatures of 600° and above (red hot), resulting in instantaneous vaporization of the concentrate and a strong, harsh hit. High temp dabs tend to offer much more intense psychoactive effects at a faster rate than low temp dabs. Users who dab in this range will see their concentrates combust quickly and produce thick clouds when vaporizing. Many of the unique flavors will be lost at these temperatures as more of the terpenes will be burnt off.