You may have seen the label “shake” attached to certain kinds of weed. How is shake weed different from standard weed at the dispensary, and what are the different uses for it?
“Shake,” simply put, is a word that implies leftover weed, or whatever describes the marijuana equivalent of table scraps. It’s the bits of bud that aren’t good enough for display or weren’t properly cured. For this reason, shake is incredibly inexpensive at the dispensary and can even be found for under $50 per ounce in some lucky cases. If shake is much lower quality weed — literally the bottom of the barrel — compared to the average flower on the market, what’s the use? Here are a few practical solutions for your everyday shake.
Bud quality is not going to be as important in edibles as it would be in a joint. This makes shake the perfect ingredient to throw into some brownies or a batch of cannabis-infused cooking oil. Shake is already ground up finer than standard buds, which makes the preparation process significantly easier. One detail to be aware of, however, is that shake often comes from a medley of strains, making the THC content both unknown and impossible to measure.
2. Blunt stuffer
If you’re looking for a little extra stuffing to round out an under-packed blunt, shake is the best option. Padding a high-quality blunt with a few table scraps will give it both a nicer shape and extra punch. The good news is that filling in the gaps with shake probably won’t change the quality of your smoke.
3. Tinctures or extracts
Similar to edibles, shake is a great, budget-friendly ingredient for tinctures or extracts. It allows you to save the maximum potential of your top-shelf weed for smoking while allowing you to consume marijuana in other forms. To boost the potency of your tincture, you can also throw in a pinch of kief.
4. A more functional high
Many smokers have testified that smoking shake gives them a slightly lighter buzz than normal. This is perfect for smoking more joints in one session or getting high without losing total functionality. Of course, the quality won’t be the same, but it still serves a useful purpose.
5. Gravity bong
Gravity bongs, while great for large parties or groups, are terrible for capturing the full essence and flavors of a great strain of weed. If you want to get super high without wasting your best weed, toss some shake in the gravity bong for the same amount of fun.
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Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year for all of us. Not going home for the holidays means that you can elevate your own Thanksgiving feast without your family finding out. Cannabis cooking doesn’t have to be intimidating. You can cannabis-infused butter or oil to any standard Thanksgiving recipe. When using cannabutter or oil remember that edibles have a longer onset time and take into consideration the THC dosage that your guests can handle when microdosing each recipe.
Tangerine Dream Cranberry Sauce
Garlic Bud Mashed Potatoes
Cannabis-Infused Pumpkin Pie
To take your thanksgiving turkey to the next level is quite simple. Follow a turkey recipe that uses butter or oil. While basting the turkey use 1 to 3 teaspoons of cannabis-infused butter or oil.
Based in San Francisco, Miss Mirum's is a female-owned company, something more rarely seen in the cannabis manufacturing industry. In addition, their edibles are created by real chefs to ensure maximum quality in the gummies themselves. They claim to use all-natural ingredients, including premium cannabis grown on northern California farms.
While the company offers a limited number of products, quality is their main emphasis. Gummies are available in indica, sativa, and CBD variations to accommodate a diverse range of customers. Furthermore, their website promises that their "decadent culinary creations are made with the utmost care to elevate your mind and mood." Each flavor has a unique description detailing the type of mind or mood elevation offered. For example, the Maui Pineapple Sativa gummies are designed "to energize and inspire," the Wild Mango Indica gummies aim to "create a deep state of rest and relaxation," and the Passion Fruit Punch CBD gummies are targeted "to help soothe pain and reduce inflammation."
In addition to the physical moods that the gummies provide, Miss Mirum's also puts careful deliberation into marketing the mental moods associated with each flavor. The Passion Fruit Punch CBD gummies advertise "reminding you of palm trees and sandy beaches," while the Wild Mango Indica gummies encourage you to "unleash your wild side."
Miss Mirum's products are only available at licensed dispensaries in California. The following Miss Mirum's products are available for sale throughout the state: Maui Pineapple (sativa), Wowie Watermelon (sativa), Passion Fruit Punch (CBD:THC 20:1), Berry Bomb (indica), Wild Mango (indica), and Groovy Guava (CBD:THC 20:1).
Old cannabis seems like a bit of a bummer. Once it’s aged, it loses both potency and color vibrancy, meaning it wouldn’t be the highlight of a smoking sesh with your friends. However, not many people know that old cannabis is useful in other ways — particularly medicinal ways. It contains a higher ratio of a special ingredient called CBN.
Most people know about tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), the two primary cannabinoids in marijuana. However, the cannabis plant contains over 100 different types of cannabinoids, including cannabinol (CBN).
Put simply, CBN is aged THC, and is therefore abundant in old weed. As a result, it is non-intoxicating — not the best for getting high at a party — but useful for its range of medicinal benefits. What exactly are those benefits, though?
1. CBN contains antibacterial properties
In a study published in the Journal of Natural Products, five major cannabinoids were tested on strains of MRSA bacteria that had developed a resistance to normal antibiotics. All five cannabinoids, including CBN, exhibited antibacterial qualities against the evolved bacteria strain. This finding offers promise for the use of cannabinoids in a wider range of medicinal applications, including future antibiotics.
2. CBN contains neuroprotective qualities
In a study published in a neurological disorders journal, CBN was tested on rats with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The results showed that CBN was able to delay the onset of the disorder’s effects by a significant amount of time. This finding suggests that CBN and other cannabinoids may be useful in neuroprotective applications, meaning that they would help slow the progression of conditions that erode the brain’s functions.
3. CBN helps increase appetite
A study in the journal Psychopharmacology tested the effects of three cannabinoids, including CBN, on appetite change in rats. CBN was the only cannabinoid out of the three to drastically increase appetite, while the other two either reduced food consumption or had no effect. These results show hope for CBN as a key ingredient in medications that could help increase appetite in affected patients.
4. CBN may be useful for those with glaucoma
The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published a study examining the effect of several cannabinoids on intraocular pressure in healthy rabbits’ eyes. Most of the cannabinoids used, including CBN, were successful in reducing the pressure. This result may lead to future uses of CBN in glaucoma treatments.
5. CBN works for anti-inflammatory purposes
A study in the FASEB Journal found that CBN acts as a reliable anti-inflammatory agent, among other cannabinoids. This offers promise for the use of CBN in treatment for conditions such as arthritis and localized pain relief. While cannabis is already used for these purposes, further research could be conducted on the use of cannabinoids other than THC and CBD in anti-inflammatory medications.
We use our weekly discussions as a means to understand our community which we call Bento Family and answers questions they may have. In a previous post, we mentioned experimenting with cannabis to understand what works best for you. We know that’s easier said than done. The lack of knowledge of this industry doesn’t help. That’s where we come in, trying our best to provide the most relevant information to you. A common question we hear is “what’s the difference between smoking flower and eating an edible?” There are many horror stories of someone eating an edible, having a bad experience, and never trying cannabis again. We don’t want that to happen to you, so this week’s discussion will clarify the differences between edibles and smoking.
How Long Does It Take to Feel the Effects?
Effects can be felt faster from smoking than edibles. This is because smoking allows Delta-9-THC to travel through our bloodstream, thanks to the alveoli in our lungs, and binds to endocannabinoid receptors throughout our body, including our brain. Effects can be felt instantly or in a few minutes. When consuming edibles, it typically kicks in around 30-60 minutes. The edible needs time to metabolized through the stomach then liver.
Although, edibles provide more potent effects. When consumed, Delta-9-THC converts to 11-hydroxy-THC or 11-OH-THC. A 1973 study showed 11-OH-THC may be more potent than Delta-9-THC. 11-OH-THC is water soluble, while Delta-9-THC is oil soluble. This means edibles are more effective in crossing the blood-brain barrier. As a result, the effects from smoking moderately can last anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours while edibles can last four to 6 hours.
Risks and Benefits
Smoking is good for those who want to feel the effects immediately. Despite the fact smoking could irritate and inflame the respiratory tract. Edibles are great for those who don’t want to smoke, smell like cannabis, want a longer/stronger high, or prefer inconspicuous consumption methods. It is important to note some edibles have a stronger cannabis taste than others. If not careful, edibles come with the highest chance of over doing it. Understanding the perfect number of milligrams for you is important. So is taking into consideration your metabolism, how sensitive you are to THC, and what you ate that day. Start with 2.5mg or 5mg and if nothing is felt within an hour take another. Impatience leads to undesired results.
Experimenting to understand what works best for you is encouraged. Additionally, we want to make sure you experiment in a safe manner. If you like the information we discussed and want us to compare other methods, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below. Likewise, if there is something you want to learn more about, or if you have any feedback feel free to comment or email us along with any other questions you may have. After all, our discussions are focused on helping you.
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