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From Cannabis Flower to Vape Pen

From Cannabis Flower to Vape Pen

If you’re a fan of using a vaporizer for consuming cannabis, you may have wondered how the flower was transformed into a liquid. This cannabis 101 blog will answer that and more! For those who are vape-curious, let’s start with a little background on vaping. The process of vaping has been around for about a century and was initially used for inhaling ‘medicinal compounds.’ In recent years shops popped up all over in the United States and rose to extreme popularity in 2018. The main factor for choosing a vape is the drag’s smoothness, which can make the high hit you reasonably hard if you’re not careful. Another factor for choosing the vape pen is the variable temperature that can match the concentrate’s specific melting point for maximum control of the cannabinoid’s effects. This control includes the intensity of the hit and the amount of juice you consume.

Converting Flower to Concentrate

The first step in making vape juice from cannabis flowers is making a concentrate. When the flowers are ready and beautifully covered with their crystals, they are harvested. While fresh, the flowers go through several ways to obtain the trichomes and create concentrates, including resin, rosin, shatter, or distillate. For more details on how concentrates are made, head over to our blog on How Do They Make Concentrates.

Mixing Concentrate into Juice

The next step to vaping is the mixing in and proper ratio of the concentrate with terpenes and diluent. Think of it as your favorite summertime lemonade. Just enough lemon juice, sugar, and water (with a splash of vodka) make the perfect sweet and sour liquid to sip away the hot afternoon. Too much of any one ingredient will make it unbalanced.

Distillates, hash, resin, shatter, and rosin concentrates, among others, can be used for vape juice. Starting with the base concentrate heated up under low heat (under 315 degrees Fahrenheit). Once the concentrate is in a liquid state, the flavorful terpenes and carrier liquid (diluent) are mixed. The mixture is stirred until well blended, then taken off the heat source and allowed to cool. Once cooled, the juice is evaluated for proper viscosity for pen vaping. If needed, the mixture may be reheated to add more terpenes and diluent, or more concentrate if it’s too runny.

Juicing the Vape Cartridge

Filling the vape cartridge may differ depending on the cartridge’s specific brand but is similar for most brands. The cap or stopper is removed and put aside. A syringe is an easy and efficient method commonly used to measure and inject the juice into the cartridge. Then the cap or stopper is added, and voila, you have a cannabis vape ready to go.

Do-It-Yourself Cannabis Vape Juice

There you have it, cannabis flowers to the vape pen, as simple as converting flower to concentrate, mixing the concentrate with terpenes and diluent, and filling the vape cartridge. It sounds easy. Technically, yes; however, if you’re going to try this at home, ask for advice from an expert budtender or vendor. You’ll want to be sure to have all the ingredients and tools to be successful such as a digital scale and high-quality ingredients. And, please, whatever you do, do not microwave your concentrate! Doing so will only kill your buzz in the end because the cannabis molecules overheat. If you’re a careful DIYer and like science, you can be successful. Any extra juice can be stored in a sealed, dark bottle, in a dark and cool place for up to a year.

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How do they Make Concentrates

Making Concentrates: What They Get Rid of and What Is Left

Concentrates are one of the more mysterious products that you can find in a dispensary and a lot of people will spend their time avoiding them for this reason. It isn’t that there is anything wrong with concentrates, but most people just don’t understand what they are or how they are made. Since this is the case, we wanted to take some time to breakdown what concentrates are and what makes them so special.

What Is A Concentrate?

A concentrate is a cannabis product that has been made using only preferred plant compounds. Instead of giving you the full spectrum of cannabis components, concentrates deliver very specific compounds. In most cases, they are made to focus on THC or CBD, which can both be isolated. These two prominent compounds are most sought after because of their perceived effects. When a concentrate is made, only these elements are left behind, generally only one or the other, so that the person can get the most concentrated form of it without anything else.

How Are Concentrates Made?

Concentrates are made in a wide range of ways. The most common method involves the use of solvents to extract the THC or CBD as needed. There are many different solvents that can be used to make this possible. Ultimately, they work together to leave only the desired compounds. Other methods include oil extractions, as well as solventless extractions. Oil extractions are another variation of solvent extraction that uses oils instead of traditional chemicals. Solventless extractions, like what we see with ice water hash or dry sift, focus on removing the elements without exposing the actual flower to chemicals. Concentrates can be produced in a wide variety of ways after the extraction process is complete.

Distillates, hash, resin, shatter, and rosin concentrates, among others, can be used for vape juice. Starting with the base concentrate heated up under low heat (under 315 degrees Fahrenheit). Once the concentrate is in a liquid state, the flavorful terpenes and carrier liquid (diluent) are mixed. The mixture is stirred until well blended, then taken off the heat source and allowed to cool. Once cooled, the juice is evaluated for proper viscosity for pen vaping. If needed, the mixture may be reheated to add more terpenes and diluent, or more concentrate if it’s too runny.

What Do We Lose?

The easy answer to this question is that with a concentrate, you lose anything that isn’t supposed to be there. Every bit of flower is actually filled with a wide range of cannabinoids, leaving users getting more than they accounted for a lot of the time. While there is no harm in the other cannabinoids, some people prefer to isolate one compound in particular. This can be used to increase potency, or even just to make it possible for someone to get CBD and not THC with it. At the end of the day, it is about creating a product that is exactly what it says on the label.

Conclusion

Cannabis concentrates are growing in popularity as more people learn how to use them. Though making them is not an easy process, they are fairly easy to use, and many people swear by their effects. If you have been looking specifically for THC or CBD in a product, concentrates will be great for you. They allow you to focus on only the ingredients you want to see so you can skip out on the other cannabinoids and focus on the ones that you choose!

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Making Concentrates: part 2

Making Concentrates: What Is Removed and What Remains (Part 2)

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Converting cannabis flowers into concentrates is an interesting subject. With the variety of methods available, it comes down to a mechanical extraction or extraction method without using solvents. These processes include beating, rubbing, or pressing the plant. Many consumers prefer this because of the natural process and safety with the lack of added chemicals that could taint the original cannabinoids. Below is a list of the most popular types of concentrates, ways to make and use them, what the concentrate consists of, and what was removed. Overall, cannabis flowers or leaves contain up to 25% THC, while concentrates carry 60% to 80% THC.

Kief: The Potent Crystals of Cannabis

When looking at a cannabis plant, crystallized resins and trichomes are visible on the leaves and buds. The crystals have the most THC and cannabinoids in the quantity that any part of the plant itself. Known for having the most concentrated THC levels, kief is also the least processed of all concentrates. Kief is generally further processed into a hash from the ice water method is very popular for a high-quality, exceptionally pure hash. It is also pressed into rosins, rolled into moonrocks, and other cannabis treats. Many consumers also use kief to enhance joints or bowls for greater potency.

Whether you shake, sift, dry-sift, or grind, kief will be accumulated. When using a grinder with dry buds, kief is the residue left in the grinder’s bottom. Another common way to convert flowers into concentrated kief is first to grind the plant. Then all the ground cannabis is run through a silkscreen machine or a hashish drum. An easy tried and accurate method is to shake the plant through a fine mesh. The key is that the more refined the mesh, the purer the kief. The second type of kief is extracted using ice water to then press into bubble hash.

Cannabis Oils: Pressed Edibles, Lotions, and More

The natural oils from cannabis plants can be extracted through pressing buds, leaves, or seeds. Of note, many types of cannabis oil are also made using solvents. These oils are further refined for their CBD content, use in lotions, topical oils, vapes, and edible oil products. There are both CBD and THC oils used in medical-related products for a variety of conditions.

Rosins: Flavorfully Sticky

Presses using heat to remove trichomes from buds and leaves (cured or uncured), kief, or hash create the concentrate known as rosin. The quality of the rosin, aroma, and taste is dependent on several factors, including the strain of cannabis and the method of extraction. It is generally considered the most flavorful form of concentrate. Rosin ranges from very clear to very dark colors, as a viscous, thick sap used in this form. It is also used in a variety of edible products. Rosin contains high-potency trichomes pressed and extracted through a low-heat process (150-180 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher heat (200-350 degrees Fahrenheit).

In Closing

Pure, unadulterated concentrates are an easy process of conversion from cannabis flowers, leaves, and seeds. The primary goal is to obtain the high-potency kief, oil, or resin to consume as-is for making other cannabis-based products.

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