Why Low Temperatures Are So Important for Dabbing
SPONSORED BY DR. DABBER & LEAFLY This article is sponsored by Dr. Dabber and MiniNail. Created out of necessity but fueled by desire, Dr. Dabber is the originator of the low heat vaporizer pen for concentrates. The future of concentrate vaporization, MiniNail is the creator of the low power, palm-sized, connoisseur-quality e-nail and other products designed for the daily dabber. Cannabis concentrates offer an amazing combination of potent effects and robust flavors. When concentrates are heated the cannabinoids and terpenes are released into vapor, creating the vast spectrum of effects and flavors that cannabis exhibits. Knowing which temperature to heat your concentrates to, however, is a crucial detail and can be the difference between experiencing delicious flavors and profound effects or tasting the burnt disappointment from temperatures too hot to vaporize effectively. Compare Cannabis Concentrates Why Temperature Matters When Dabbing So, why is temperature control so important for dabbing? In a single word: terpenes. If you’re unfamiliar with terpenes, they’re the compounds in cannabis that give the plant its unique smell. Although cannabinoids are also extremely sensitive to temperatures, THC and other cannabinoids are odorless, so each strain’s compelling fragrance depends on which terpenes predominate. Every terpene is unique in […]
Cannabinoids The cannabis plant contains dozens of active compounds called cannabinoids, which are found within the flower, leaf, and stem. Researchers have identified over 70 unique cannabinoids within the cannabis plant. The Most Common Cannabinoids Found in Cannabis Cannabis Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA) THCA is the main constituent in raw cannabis. THCA converts to Δ9-THC when burned, vaporized, or heated at a certain temperature. THCA, CBDA, CBGA, and other acidic cannabinoids hold the most COX-1 and COX-2 inhibition, contributing to cannabis’ anti-inflammatory effects. This cannabinoid also acts as an antiproliferative and antispasmodic. Cannabis Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) The most abundant cannabinoid present in marijuana, THC is responsible for cannabis’ most well-known psychoactive effects. THC acts as a partial agonist at the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The compound is a mild analgesic, or painkiller, and cellular research has shown that it has antioxidant activity. Cannabis Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA) CBDA, similar to THCA, is the main constituent in cannabis with elevated CBD levels. CBDA selectively inhibits the COX-2 enzyme, contributing to cannabis’ anti-inflammatory effects. Cannabis Cannabidiol (CBD) CBD has tremendous medical potential. This is particularly true when the correct ratio of CBD to THC is applied to treat a particular condition. CBD acts as an […]
Cannabis Concentrate Guide
Introduction Welcome to the rapidly expansive world of cannabis concentrates! Simply put, concentrates are cannabis-derived extracts that contain concentrated amounts of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and a multiplicity of other cannabinoids and terpenes. Despite the fact that most concentrates today are produced using modern technologies and extraction methods, they have a very extensive and established history. The first known uses of concentrated cannabis can be dated back to 10,000 B.C. in the Steppe Mountains of China. Popularity and demand for concentrates have increased dramatically with the legalization of marijuana in several states. This exponential growth in consumer interest has refined concentrate extraction methods to innovative heights, which is why so many new and exciting forms of concentrates are emerging. Concentrates are a great option for seasoned cannabis consumers looking to increase the intensity of their high, as well as flavor connoisseurs seeking to taste the most exquisite terpene profiles. Medical marijuana patients in need of relief also turn to concentrates for a direct, economical and fast-acting solution to their ailments. History of Concentrates Hashish/Kief Some of the earliest concentrate processes originated in Eastern Asia. The oldest method of creating concentrates simply involves rubbing cannabis flowers between hands, scraping the […]
HASHISHENE: THE NEW TERPENE ON THE BLOCK
HASHISHENE Those lucky enough to have smoked real Moroccan hash have undoubtedly noticed its subtle, intoxicating aroma that’s different from any buds or hash you can get in the USA. This difference in smell between hash and flowers has remained a mystery to the trans-Atlantic smokers at HIGH TIMES, until now; meet hashishene.On November 28, 2014 a study popped up in the Journal of Chromatography A titled Multidimensional analysis of cannabis volatile constituents: identification of 5,5-dimethyl-1-vinylbicyclo[2.1.1]hexane as a volatile marker of hashish, the resin of Cannabis sativa L. Eighteen months later it seems that the cannabis community has caught wind of a discovery made at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in the South of France. The scientists in Nice worked with French authorities to gain access to samples of cannabis and hashish from seizures in an attempt to develop a device that could detect the presence of contraband without the use of dogs. As they analyzed their samples, they found a mysterious peak the chromatogram, a new terpenoid?Through various experimental methods to decipher the identity of their new product, they were able to conclude that this mysterious peak was a 5,5-dimethyl-1-vinylbicyclo[2.1.1]hexane, a compound that had only ever been detected […]
Intro To Terpenes
There’s something about the aroma of cannabis that soothes the mind and body. Whether it’s the sweet fruity taste of Pineapple Trainwreck or that skunky smell that bursts from a cracked bud of Sour Diesel, we know there’s something going on under their complex and flavorful bouquets. Terpenes are what you smell, and knowing what they are will deepen your appreciation of cannabis whether you’re a medical patient or recreational consumer. Secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD, terpenes are the pungent oils that color cannabis varieties with distinctive flavors like citrus, berry, mint, and pine. Not unlike other strong-smelling plants and flowers, the development of terpenes in cannabis began for adaptive purposes: to repel predators and lure pollinators. There are many factors that influence a plant’s development of terpenes, including climate, weather, age and maturation, fertilizers, soil type, and even the time of day. Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, and every strain tends toward a unique terpene type and composition. In other words, a strain like Cheese and its descendants will likely have a discernible cheese-like smell, and Blueberry offspring often inherit the smell of berries. The diverse […]
Myrcene, Linalool, and Bisabolol: What Are the Benefits of These Cannabis Terpenes?
Myrcene, Linalool, and Bisabolol: This article is sponsored by Tilray, one of the largest and most sophisticated producers of premium medical cannabis in the world. Tilray is dedicated to providing safe, consistent and reliable products to patients and furthering clinical research. Terpenes are fragrant essential oils secreted in differing concentrations in different cannabis strains alongside cannabinoids like THC and CBD. These compounds are what impart cannabis varieties with distinctive aromas and flavors such as berry, pine, pineapple and diesel. Besides affecting aroma and flavor, there is some evidence suggesting that they may also modify cannabis’s effects. Terpenes are beginning to pique the interest of cannabis consumers more than ever before. While the spotlight has largely been on cannabinoids, web searches related to terpenes have grown steadily since Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational cannabis in 2012. While over 200 different terpenes can occur in varying concentrations in any given strain, there are about 10 primary terpenes that occur most commonly in the greatest concentrations, and about 20 more secondary terpenes that occur in lesser concentrations. Myrcene and linalool are among cannabis’s primary terpenes, while bisabolol is considered a primary terpene by some and a secondary terpene […]
What Is Limonene and What Are the Benefits of This Cannabis Terpene?
Limonene’s Have you ever wondered what gives strain like Super Lemon Haze, Chernobyl, and Tangie a sweet citrus aroma? That’s limonene, an aromatic cannabis terpene produced in the flower’s resin glands as well as in many everyday items like fruit rinds, cosmetics, and cleaning products. Terpenes are fragrant oils secreted alongside cannabinoids like THC and CBD, and these terpenes not only dictate the smell of marijuana, they can also modify its effects. Some strains tend to express higher levels of the limonene terpene, and oftentimes it’s the sour lemon scent that gives it away. But what’s so special about it? Limonene’s Effects and Benefits Limonene has a history in medicine, so it should come as no surprise that the limonene found in cannabis offers therapeutic benefits as well. Some of these studied effects include: Elevated mood Stress relief Antifungal properties Antibacterial properties May help relieve heartburn and gastric reflux Improves absorption of other terpenes and chemicals by way of the skin, mucous membranes, and digestive tract High Limonene Cannabis Strains Whereas THC levels typically makes up 10 to 20 percent of a flower’s biomass, limonene occurs in more trace amounts – generally from none at all to 1 […]
What Is Pinene and What Are the Benefits of This Cannabis Terpene?
Pinene Pinene (or α-pinene) is an aromatic compound commonly found in cannabis that smells a lot like – you guessed it – a forest of pine trees. But pinene brings a lot more to a strain’s experience than just flavor. Terpenes such as pinene are fragrant oils secreted in marijuana trichomes, and while they originally developed as an adaptive protection against predators, these compounds offer us humans a variety of benefits. And, fun fact: pinene can also be found in conifer trees, orange peels, turpentine, pine needles, rosemary, dill, basil, and parsley. Pinene’s Effects and Benefits Just as different cannabinoids have different effects, so do terpenes. These unique attributes contribute to the overall composition of a strain, adding a dimension to each one’s “personality.” Some of pinene’s known effects and benefits include: Anti-inflammatory Bronchodilator (helps improve airflow to lungs) Helps counter short-term memory loss associated with THC Promotes alertness You should note that these effects are modulated by other compounds. For example, strains containing high levels of the sedating terpene myrcene may not provide the alert effects mentioned above. It’s important to consider the entire chemical composition of a strain when looking for a specific effect. High Pinene Cannabis […]
WINNERS OF THE 2017 SOCAL CANNABIS CUP
By Sativa Von Teese April 23, 2017 Everyone brought their best to the 2017 HIGH TIMES SoCal Cannabis Cup! The competition was fierce across all of the categories represented, but ultimately the judges voted for these fine entries.Special thanks to Eureka Vapor, our presenting sponsor, as well as our premier sponsors: Advanced Nutrients, Atomik, Boundless Vapes, Cali Crop Doc, Cannabiotix, Cannasutra, FlavRx, Gold Drop, Kushman Brands, Moxie, New Amsterdam Naturals, Point Loma Patient Consumer Co-Op, Stoney LLC, The Cali Connection, The Green Doctors, CaliPlug, Nameless Genetics, Greenwolf LA, Trade Craft Farms and Stick E Vape. Here’s the complete list of winners: BEST EDIBLE 1st Place: Honey Cocoa Almonds by Zendo 2nd Place: 1:1 Gel Caps by Care by Design 3rd Place: Organic Vanilla Almond Milk by Mary Jane Juice Co. BEST TOPICAL 1st Place: Bear Butter Balanced by Honey Pot 2nd Place: Releaf Balm 50ml 3:1 THC:CBD by Papa & Barkley 3rd Place: Miracle Mending Skin Salve by Sunnabis BEST CBD EDIBLE 1st Place: Black Cherry 50/50 by Incredibles 2nd Place: Peaches and Dream by Eden’s Cure 3rd Place: Evie’s Drops by CBD Alive BEST CBD FLOWER 1st Place: AC/DC Cookies by Brown Dog Cannabis and Med Tree Seeds 2nd Place: […]
WINNERS OF THE 2017 NORCAL CANNABIS CUP
By Sativa Von Teese June 04, 2017 Everyone brought their best to the 2017 HIGH TIMES SoCal Cannabis Cup! The competition was fierce across all of the categories represented, but ultimately the judges voted for these fine entries. Special thanks to Gold Drop, our presenting sponsor, as well as our premier sponsors: Advanced Nutrients, Kushman Brands, The Cali Connection, The Green Doctor, Ocean Grown Seeds, North Star Collective, Point Loma Patient Consumer Co-Op, Cali Crop Doc, Cali Plug, Critical Concentrates, FlavRx, Greenwolf and AbsoluteXtracts. Another special thanks to our partner lab, CannaSafe Analytics. Here’s the complete list of winners: BEST EDIBLE 1st Place: Satori Chocolates by CannaCraft 2nd Place: Stratus: Blueberry, Lemon & Poppy Seeds Cluster by Atlas Edibles 3rd Place: Cannabis Love Bar by LuLu’s Botanicals with Higher Vision BEST TOPICAL 1st Place: 1:3 CBD Rich Relief Balm by Papa and Barkley 2nd Place: CBD Bath Bomb by Kush Queen 3rd Place: Rich Cannabis Body Cream by Cannaderm BEST CBD EDIBLE 1st Place: Blueberry Peach CBD/THC by Sensi Sweets 2nd Place: Toasted Sesame CBD Miso by Higher Vision with OM Edibles and Talking Trees Farm 3rd Place: 60mg THC-CBD Sea Salted Caramels by Higher Confections BEST CBD FLOWER […]
Cannabis Stocks Soar More Than 130% in Australia
There’s a buzz in Australia’s stock market. Shares of companies involved in the cultivation, production and research of medicinal marijuana have on average soared more than 130 percent in Sydney this year. That’s six times higher than their peers in the U.S. and Canada. The surge was sparked by Australia easing restrictions on imports of cannabis to treat illnesses from epilepsy to cancer. Australia’s nascent cannabis sector is a sliver compared to the U.S., where more than half of states have legalized medical uses of the plant. While that allows plenty of room for growth, companies with unproven business models and patchy cash flows remain at the mercy of regulators, according to Peak Asset Management LLC. Only Queensland allows specialist medical workers to prescribe pot-related products to people who don’t respond to conventional medicine. “The market is excited by the potential upside it could bring,” said Niv Dagan, Melbourne-based executive director at Peak Asset Management. Dagan has a very small chunk of his more than A$100 million ($76 million) fund exposed to Australian pot stocks. “The key risk we see is obviously regulatory risk,” he said by phone. Investor enthusiasm isn’t abating. The Hydroponics Co. Ltd., which makes lighting rigs […]
Legal issues for marijuana firm Pineapple Express
(Note: This story was updated March 22 to clarify the lawsuit and that Vincent Mehdizadeh no longer is with Pineapple Express.) Pineapple Express, which provides consulting, financial and real estate services to marijuana businesses, has been named in a lawsuit filed by three companies that allege the Los Angeles firm owes them nearly $685,000. Pineapple Express CEO Matthew Feinstein stressed in an email to Marijuana Business Daily that a subsidiary the company has since sold is the target of the lawsuit, not Pineapple Express. The Desert Sun reported that the plaintiffs – MSA Consulting, Orr Builders and Prest-Vuksic Architects – charge that “Pineapple Express and its subsidiaries” failed to pay for their work designing and building Pineapple Park, a 10-acre cultivation complex in Southern California. Pineapple Express said the debt stemmed from a bad real estate deal, The Desert Sun reported. The suit is the latest financial issue involving publicly traded Pineapple Express. The company announced March 3 that it had eliminated its chief compliance officer position and replaced its chief financial officer post with a public accounting and compliance firm. The cuts will save $30,000 a month, Pineapple Express said. In April 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission temporarily halted trading in Pineapple Express […]
Weed Macaroons Have you ever had coconut macaroons? They are simply divine little treats. For those of you who prefer edibles instead of smoking, here is a delightful recipe for marijuana with coconut macaroons that you can’t say no to. Ingredients: 1 and 1/3 cups of flaked coconut 1/3rd cup of sugar 2 tablespoons flour Pinch of salt Egg whites of 2 eggs Vanilla extract 2 tablespoons of cannabis butter Baking chocolate or chocolate chips Chopped nuts (optional) Instructions: The first step is to preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease a large biscuit sheet or tray. Next combine together in a bowl the coconut, sugar, flour and salt. Use your hands to mix them well and break off any large lumps of coconut or flour. Once they are mixed well, set them aside and move on to the egg whites. Crack the eggs and separate the egg whites from the yolk into a bowl. Then add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the egg whites. Next whip the egg whites very fast with a whisk or an electric hand mixer to get a nice shiny and frothy mixture. It is important to do this step well otherwise the […]