Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eric Pangburn

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Eric is a staff writer for Green Scene Marketing. A freelance writer and blogger currently based of Indianapolis, Eric has traveled the world including places such as India, Australia, and Holland. Eric has always been interested in the topic of marijuana and legalization of marijuana industry.

First of all, let me start by saying if you haven’t already watched both installments of the Ted movie series, this article contains some real spoilers. After a successful launch of the first part of this movie, Seth MacFarlane decided that the world wanted another.

Ted 2 Bong SceneAfter we learned the whole story about Ted and his human buddy John in the first movie, the sequel had to take a different angle. After Ted hooks up with Tami-Lynn, the two lovebirds decide to get hitched and have a baby. One problem becomes apparent though; Ted is is not recognized as ‘human’ in a court of law, and is consequently denied the right to parent a child. Ted and his best bud John (Mark Wahlberg) set out on a mission to change this.

The HVY Glass bong scene

Ted 2 is jam-packed with hilarious scenes, with weed references throughout. One scene in particular had me in stitches.

Lawyer Samantha Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) is sitting in her office with Ted and John, discussing their legal issues. The two buddies are initially a little apprehensive about the lack of experience that the 26-year-old lawyer has behind her. However, this uncertainty goes straight out the window the moment Samantha pulls out a HVY Glass bong and takes a massive pull.

Samantha quickly explains that she smokes pot to help her deal with migraines, and it quickly becomes clear that Ted and John are not the slightest bit phased about her marijuana use, and are in fact more interested in trying out her bud. Ted and John love to smoke and get high, so they are only too happy to work with a lawyer who shares their passion.

Samantha comes out with one of the best lines in the movie at this point. When Ted questions that Samantha, a lawyer, is getting high, instead of “fighting the war on drugs”, her response is pretty spot on:

“Please, the war on drugs is a joke. It’s just a way for the government to inflate law enforcement budgets and lock up minorities for no good legal reason. And you, my friend (Ted), are a minority.”

Here is a censored version of the scene on YouTube. The part when she actually takes a rip of the bong has been removed, but you can see the HVY Glass bong sitting on her desk in the second half of the clip.

 

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Dabs dabs dabs.Dabbing is undoubtedly one of the most popular “new” methods for consuming cannabis products. Purer, more powerful, and more flavorful, dabs are fast taking hold over the recreational and medical marijuana markets.

Of course, the increasing popularity of dabbing means that there is a need to revise and update the social conventions. Dabbing etiquette comes with its own new set of rules, and you definitely don’t want to commit a social faux pas. Although many of the principles should be familiar to most cannabis users, they bear repeating all the same.

Help those with less experience than you – Not everyone will take to dabbing as easily as you did, so help others out with their first few tries. Helpful advice is always welcome, particularly when it relates to handling the equipment and avoiding hot objects.

Practice common courtesy – Cannabis use has always involved certain ritualistic practices and courtesy is one of them. Never grab the dabber before anyone else, and always offer someone else the first hit from your own rig.

Keep your rig clean – If you are okay with sharing your rig with other people (not everyone is), at least put some effort into keeping it clean. If you are using someone else’s rig, try not to gunk it up if you can avoid it.

Have everything you need on hand – Make sure you have everything you need before you get started. This means making sure your butane torch is topped up and that you have enough wipes or paper towels around to clean up afterwards.

Don’t be wasteful – Use only as much concentrate as you can inhale comfortably. Loading up a large dab is wasteful and pointless, and it will probably result in a severe coughing fit or knocking you out cold.

Pay for your share – No one likes a sponger, so try to pay your way whenever possible. If you know anyone with seemingly unlimited supplies of concentrate and is willing to share, then indulge by all means. Otherwise, be prepared to chip in from time to time.

Dab in moderation – Don’t take too much at one time or keep dabbing beyond the point of reason. Dabbing will provide diminishing returns, and you won’t really need much more than a couple of hits. Taking too much will simply knock you out or leave you couch-locked for the next few hours, and it is simply wasteful.

Respect others’ property – Dabbing rigs are personal pieces of equipment, so consider yourself fortunate if someone is willing to let you use theirs. You should be as respectful as possible, and keep your hands off unless you are given permission to use the rig. This goes for most other pieces of dabbing equipment as well.

Watch where you place the dabber – Be careful where you place the dabber; it can cause a serious burn or mark furniture. Before you even take your hit, ask your host where you can safely place the dabber down afterwards.

Beware of hot nails – Keep your fingers well away from the hot nail. Always be aware that this will stay hot for several minutes, so stay clear in order to prevent burning yourself.

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Among recreational users and medical marijuana patients, there is a growing demand for higher quality and more potent forms of cannabis. There are a number of ways by which the raw plant material can be made purer and provide stronger effects. One of the methods that has come back into vogue after being largely neglected for many years is supercritical fluid extraction or SFE, which can be used to make CO2 oil. This is an especially effective method for producing extracts with high terpene content.

CO2 OilSFE involves the use of gases compressed to beyond the “critical point.” Carbon dioxide is ideally suited for this process, due to its relatively low critical point. While many other gases reach this point at temperatures high enough to deactivate the terpenes in the marijuana plant, CO2 reaches the critical point at a low 90°F. In addition, CO2 molecules function as non-polar solvents, and it is a much safer alternative to other gases with the same properties such as butane and hexane. It can also be extracted fairly easily, simply by reducing the pressure applied to the solution.

In SFE, supercritical fluids exhibit similar functions to liquids and gases. Like liquids, they can be used in order to dissolve compounds. They also diffuse through solids in much the same way as gases do. Furthermore, supercritical fluids have practically zero surface tension, allowing them to penetrate into the trichomes of the plant very efficiently, dissolving the essential oils it comes in contact with.

Extraction controlled by application of pressure

The dissolving properties of supercritical CO2 vary depending on the pressure applied. Oil extractors take advantage of this by employing different vessels with varying pressures in order to extract specific compounds from the plant. By varying the pressure precisely, it is possible to separate the terpenes from the cannabinoids, and from everything else for that matter.

Using CO2 the SFE process generally results in products with a much higher terpene content compared to products resulting from other extraction processes. With butane honey oil or BHO extracts for example, a terpene content ranging from 0.5 to 3.5 percent is typical. With CO2 SFE, the terpene content can be as high as between 8 and 10 percent.

THC the least soluble cannabinoid

It is interesting to note that THC is actually the least soluble cannabinoid in the CO2 SFE process. CBG, CBD, and CBN are in fact all more soluble than THC. Using the CO2 SFE process, researchers at Holland’s University of Leiden managed to extract only 50 percent of the THC from cannabis, although it must be said that the process involved the use of a strain that had only 13 percent THC.

Research on strains with higher THC content produced more favorable results. In a series of studies conducted by researchers at the University of the Basque Country in Spain, a number of different high-THC strains were subjected to different extraction processes. With a modified CO2 SFE process that included the use of ethanol, as much as 95% of the THC was extracted from the test strains.

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Pesticides have gotten a bad rep over the decades, usually for good reason. The dangers of certain types of pesticides have been well-documented, and more than a few have even been banned entirely for the threats they pose to animals and humans, and to the environment.

Nevertheless, some pesticides have been proven to be remarkably useful in certain situations, and they have certainly helped bring about bigger harvests, better quality produce, and higher earnings.

Marijuana pesticidesFor cannabis growers, the pesticide issue is a particularly touchy one. After all, there are a number of concerns unique to cannabis cultivation, processing, and use. Apart from flavor, there is also the need to maintain the purity of the product. This is an especially important concern for medical marijuana patients, for whom the least amount of impurities can have a significant effect. Many marijuana growers are therefore keen to remove pesticides from the grow room environment entirely.

Can we eliminate pesticide use?

But can modern-day growers actually afford to do without pesticides? Is banishing pesticides from the grow room a feasible option? It has to be said that not everyone is as concerned about having access to pesticide-free produce as others. For some, it is enough that the marijuana they purchase provides the expected effect, and the issue of pesticide use never enters the picture at all.

Of course, the market for organic products is always growing, and the cannabis market will undoubtedly experience a similar growth in the demand for organically grown products as well. A grower who has already opted out of the pesticide route might just be in an ideal position to take advantage of the inevitable market demand for pesticide-free cannabis. One thing that is certain is that marijuana growers will have to find their own ways of dealing with the pesticide issue one way or another.

What does ‘organic’ mean?

There are actually a number of growers who have ceased using pesticides entirely, or have at least made efforts to curb their use. A significant challenge faced by many growers and even consumers is that there is very little in the way of government regulation with regard to what and what does not constitute “organic” products. As it stands, most anyone can simply call their produce “organic”, whether or not it conforms to standard practices. With such a broad and varied definition of what passes for organic nowadays, many consumers simply do not know what they are actually getting.

As to whether or not pesticides have a place in the cannabis grow room, it is important to note that there is very little research on the long-term effects of pesticides on the health of people who use cannabis. The vast majority of pesticide-related research involves the study of its effects on food and industrial crops. In contrast, there is no significant body of data on how pesticide use will affect marijuana users in the long run. Considering the studies that prove the detrimental effects of pesticide use on food crops and other plants however, it would seem that leaving them out of the grow room is the better option.

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Robot Oil Recycler
Oil Crisis – Jerome Baker Designs

Jerome Baker Designs is a glass company that has been around since the 90s. It was started by two creative men, Jason Harris and Saeed Mothadi, as a way to help draw attention to the glass art industry. Commonly known as JBD, Jerome Baker Designs has become famous in the world of glass art, and are especially known for their creative and unique bongs particularly, their limited edition JBD robot oil rigs.

 

Jerome Baker Designs
Enlighten All Humans – Jerome Baker Designs

The JBD Oil Rigs

Jerome Baker Designs has come out with a limited edition series that features four unique JBD robot oil rigs, so-called because they only use hash oilor honey oil,paste-like wax or budder,or shatter. Using concentrates like these allows for much more control over how much is inhaled with each hit. Each of the four models has been designed with incredible intricate detail.

 

A Number of Rigs to Choose From

Jerome Baker Designs
Mind Control – Jerome Baker Designs

There are 4 uniquely designed rigs to choose from. The first in the limited edition series is known as Robots Love Dabs. It has a honeycomb perc on the bottom and the oil drip themed labels that are strategically placed around the rig are both emotional and industrial. The direct inject joint on this BakerBot is also different from the others because it is strategically placed for optimal function of the perc.

The second bot in the series is known as Mind Control, and the concept of the theme behind the artwork is abstract. The labels and artwork include eyes, a light bulb on the robots head, and labels that indicate battery and oil level. Unlike the first bot, the Mind Control robot features an inline perc.

The third BakerBot is known as Oil Crisis, and it features the most complex design out of the four because it features both an inline perc and a recycling function. The labels and artwork do well to convey the sense of a real oil crisis by having its OIL meter label near zero. Also, near the base of the rig, the label makes it look like oil is spilling all over the place.

The last in the Jerome Baker Robot Oil Rig series is known as Enlighten All Humans, and has an inline perc that sits in the belly of the bot. It also features enlightening labels and big wide eyes.

Jerome Baker Designs
Robots Love Dabs – Jerome Baker Designs

The Fine Print

Each rig is only 9 inches tall, making them the shortest among all home-use rigs. Additionally, the 10mm joint helps to concentrate the toke.

Each complete kit costs about $259.66, and theyre all assembled in the United States with only the highest quality glass German Schott borosilicate glass.

Legal Smoke Shop

Check out the Baker Bots being showcased below.

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If you’re new to the world of concentrates, don’t let all of the big and fancy words and jargon scare you away. Sure they come in a number of different forms that can be used with a number of different devices and processes, but once you learn and understand a bit more about the different concentrate types, you’ll be a lot less confused. So read on for an overview of all you need to know about concentrates!

Marijuana concentrateFor starters, what does the term concentrateseven mean? Its simple. A concentrate refers to products made from the trichomes from plants. Theyre often smoked, and there are different ways they can be extracted. These different methods of extraction result in a different type of concentrate all varying in levels of potency. Some concentrates are waxy, some are oily, and some look like yellow or amber glass. For a break down of the different types of concentrates, continue reading:

Types of Concentrates

Shatter. This results from one of the more complex methods of extraction, and is the result of processing the trichomes from plants with butane. Its also commonly done with a vacuum mechanism, is typically yellow or orange, and has a soft, pliable consistency.

Wax. This type of concentrate can be accomplished from butane extraction. I know, sounds scary. Its actually quite simple. Butane extraction commonly results from failed attempts at extracting budder or shatter concentrate. This wax concentrate is more gooey than some other forms of concentrate.

Oil. This is another type of concentrate that can be achieved with butane extraction. Its more liquid-like and fluid than wax concentrate, and is often vaporized or even dabbed. 

Budder. Yes, it sounds like butter, and even looks like it too. It can be produced with butane extraction, and starts out as a wax. However, once its whipped, the consistency gets more solid and crumbly and has a yellowish hue.

Bubble. This is an interesting type of concentrate because its the result of an ice water extraction process that involves washing the trichomes off of the plant instead of using chemicals to extract it. The result is a safer, cleaner product, and has a texture resembling packed sand.

Scissor. Some people refer to this type of concentrate as finer concentrate. It derives from the trim of the plants and the trichomes are collected from things like the gloves of the people working with the plants. The people working with the plants can wipe the trichomes from their gloves, leaving a little pile of gum-like residue that it turned into the concentrate, scissor.

Dust. This type of concentrate is a very potent powder. Its made using dry ice, and melts quickly.

Methods of Extraction

So weve covered the different types of concentrates. What about the different methods? Read on to learn about the more common methods used to extract concentrates.

Butane. Butane is used in an assortment of different concentrates, like shatter, honey oil, earwax, goo, and more. Though the process is a bit complicated in that it involves dousing the plant matter in butane, the result is a clear, sometimes amber, product, similar in consistency to earwax. Its popular because it produces a clean and very potent product.

Water and Ice. Water and ice are important tools when extracting concentrates, and are used to collect ice wax, full melt, and bubble concentrates. Theyre popular because they produce virtually no ash when vaporized and melts down completely without leaving a trace. However, the production process is complicated and time consuming, so the concentrates arent all that common.

Acetone/alcohol. This method makes concentrates like honey oil and black gold through a process using alcohol or acetone to soak the plant material. Though the initial product can be a but hard at first, when its heated up it turns into an oil. However, because small traces of alcohol or acetone might still be in the final product, care should be taken when used.

Dry Ice. This method is often used to create clean, potent products, like Gold Dust. Its made by tossing the plant material and dry ice into a container and then shaking it. This process causes the trichomes to separate from the plant, resulting in a clean product that resembles powdered gold.

CO2. Shatter concentrate is produced with CO2. The CO2 extraction process is much like butane extraction, though it produces a higher quality, cleaner product than products made using butane extraction, and it has a better flavor.

So there you have it, a guide to all things concentrate related.

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How to make shatter hash

Shatter hash and similar concentrates are growing in popularity and are actually becoming one of the fastest-growing areas of the marijuana industry, especially in Colorado. Despite this, theres still a lot of controversy surrounding shatter concentrate. Why? Because its dangerous to produce, and is a very potent way to ingest THC.

The controversy isnt stopping people from seeking out shatter, though. In fact, it turns out that people are willing to pay a lot for shatter. In some areas, shatter can cost upwards of $40/gram. When you consider the fact that gold sells for about $43/gram, you can see how much some people value shatter. But why?

The answer is simple. Shatter hash is much more potent and has significantly less plant matter in the product. Residual plant matter is what produces carcinogens. Shatter hash is known for being cleaner and free of the harmful plant matter that other concentrates may have.

So, how do you make shatter hash?

There’s a quick and easy method that anyone can try at home. For starters, you want to take some low-grade hash and toss it into a small mesh bag or empty tea bag. Smooth it out with your fingers and then de-wax the hash with a hair straightener.

How? It’s simple. Simply heat the straightener up to medium heat.

Next is the pressing phase, and its very important not to skip it. To press the hash, wrap the mesh bag of hash in a sheet of parchment, then press the heated hair straightener on the parchment-wrapped mesh bag filled with hash, about 2-3 times for 3-4 seconds each.

Make sure you dont overheat it. You dont want to burn off the trichomes, nor do you want to see a small cloud of smoke. You want to utilize the heat to mechanically remove the waxes from the hash. If youre in doubt, a good rule of thumb to follow is to apply additional pressure, not heat.

If you follow these steps, youll end up with some clean, high-quality shatter hash. Enjoy!

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There are many artists out there who dabble in glass art, but none who have had such an impact of the medium as Jerome Baker Designs has had. Jerome Baker Designs, otherwise known as JBD, has been around since the American pipe movement really got going. They quickly made a name for themselves by creating glass bongs much more unique and beautiful than anyone had ever seen.

The Glass Company, Jerome Baker Designs, was started by two men, Jason Harris and Saeed Mothadi. Over the years, theyve worked hard to bring attention to glass art and have forged a demand for glass that is now a multi-million dollar industry that has thousands of glassblowers working within it. Now thats success!

Fostering the growth of the industry

Jerome Baker Designs RigsBack when Jerome Baker Designs first started off back in 1991, they werent very big. They were only employing about 70 glassblowers to create their functional glass. With the advancements in shipping glass, Jerome Baker Designs has been able to begin shipping their unique creations through the internet to customers all over the place. This has allowed them to create a new market for glass with people that wouldnt have otherwise been interested.

Unfortunately, all good things experience a few bumps in the road, and Jerome Baker Designs was no exemption. In 2003, the company was shut down by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for selling paraphernalia. Understandably, those working for Jason Baker Designs didnt really know what to expect in terms of the future of the business and that future of the glass culture they had created.

Glass culture lives on

Jeromer Baker Crisis Baker Bot

Fortunately, the glass culture is still alive and kicking, and even Jerome Baker Designsglass creations can be found for sale on the internet at websites like LegalSmokeShop.coman online head shop that sells pipes, water pipes, vaporizers, and more. It also sells a number of different Jerome Baker products. The top seller, which is making real waves at the moment, is the Jerome Baker Crisis Robot oil rig piece.

In addition, Jerome Baker Designs also has social media sites set up to promote their products. You can find them on Instagram and Facebook.

So if youre in the market for a unique glass piece for your home or recreational activities, check out Jerome Baker Designs. Theyre sure to have that little something special that youre looking for.

Check out one of the Jerome Baker Designs’  dabbing rigs in action.

💨💨Clouds for daze!! When the kush so good ya can’t feel your face😬😬Nothing hits like an oldschool daily driver!! @whatdraysay

A video posted by Official Jerome Baker Designs (@jerome_baker) on

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Recreational pot may be legal in four states and D.C. but in 20 other states around the nation, you have to prove a link to some medical marijuana dispensary to avoid arrest for cultivating the weed. For the most part, you can get away with planting marijuana for any purpose at all in Alaska, DC, Seattle, Colorado, and Oregon.

Pick a Remote Location

Outdoor cannabis growThe trouble is trekkers and the odd hunter who encounter your crop in forest glades and other open areas will very likely want to sample and harvest it wholesale for their recreational use. Since you probably won’t have a cabin in the woods like “Pa Butt”, it helps to camouflage your weed garden well so as to protect the time you’ve invested in clearing and planting in dispersed fashion and let the bushes get the most sunlight during the growing season.

Find the remotest glade or sun-drenched forest you can, away from clearly-trodden footpaths or obvious camping grounds. Tack small bills on saplings or tree trunks. When you return in two or three weeks and find the telltales still intact, you have a suitably remote site. Clear the undergrowth and start planting. The most convenient method is to use starter cubes or seedling plugs.

Hoist the Plants Out of Sight (and Inquisitive Noses)

In an “old-growth” forest, you might try hoisting your potted plants up the trees until their characteristic leaf pattern blends in with, say, pine needles or broad oak leaves. You could pretend you’re stringing up orchids so vegetarian animals can’t get at them and strip them bare. Paint the pots green so they blend in better with local coloring in the middle or upper forest canopies.

The Less They Smell, the Better

Avoid the really aromatic varieties like “Girl Scout Cookies” and the “Kush” variants. Since you will never get the abundant harvest you expect by hanging them up trees, you’ll have to settle for ground planting and camouflaging them with aromatic herbs and spices like mint (a prolific grower) and plant smelly herbs around like rosemary, lavender and lemongrass as a ground cover around your cannabis.

Disguise Works

Cannabis disguise
Most important tip for planting in the wild: avoid the temptation to plant in straight lines. You’re not planting the classical English red and white rose garden anyway. Instead, bring along your trusty Roto-rooter and plant your cubes and plugs helter-skelter. Run a false trail across brambles, over and under sprawling roots, as long as your beloved weed gets sunlight for half the day.

Procuring Ducksfoot is another way of disguising your grass plantation. The fan-like leaves look nothing like spindly marijuana bushes. They are closer to webbed ducks’ feet in appearance. Only the leaves around the buds are dead giveaways that a normal pot harvest is ready for picking.

Pruning for Proper Growth

You’ll want to prune your little babies at the vegetative stage of growth because cutting off the main stem stimulates branching and growth from side-shoots, eventually leading to a bushier plant. This makes your plantation look like shrubs instead of the pine saplings typical of neglected cannabis growing in the wild or your untended rooftop.

As your little plantation flourishes but before the important buds show up, prune the large fan-like leaves and collect them for later use.

Intercropping as Disguise

You could disguise what’s going on even further by planting tomatoes and strawberries as the climate suits. The ripening cycle of just 3-4 months for each crop keeps you busy during inspection visits to your weed farm. And if you’ve been planting them in ragged lines like your main weed crop, you could be picking and harvesting pretty much all year round. This gives your unsuspecting family delightful vitamins and desserts to boot.

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Paul Richard Davis, “Pa Butt” to his medical marijuana patrons, has raised two generations of deer and dogs who get along famously at his cannabis trimming and drying hideout in Southeast Oregon.

The tame deer, both responding to “Sugar Bob”, have been placid companions to each of his dogs.  The first of the dogs, Bacon, passed on 14 years ago.  The second dog, a beagle who goes by “Trouper D.”, is also on his last legs and drowses in the sun most days.

Meantime, the second Sugar Bob stays close by because the young fawn just loves chewing fully-cured marijuana buds off the drying racks.  The young deer also picks up large shade leaves, trim leaves or trichomes.  Sugar Bob does not know or care that the psychoactive chemicals differ in abundance.  After all, this mammal first chews his cud in the rumen.  When there are no more castoffs in sight, Sugar Bob retires to the trim room, cleans up all the trimmings in sight and soon falls into THC-induced dreamland.  Owner Davis is only too glad to sleep off the effects of home-rolled joints beside his pet.  Happily, Trouper D is no vegetarian and prefers to dream of his puppy days.

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