All Your Stash Bag Questions Answered

When it comes to stash bags and how to store your cannabis, you’ve got choices to make. Do you hide your stash away in a discreet spot? Do you keep it out on the coffee table for easy access? Or do you have a stylish stash bag made especially for it, like House of Puff’s new Crosby Pouch? We polled our community to find out where you’re keeping your stash. Your answers reflect the rapidly shifting attitudes towards cannabis these days. Very happily, in a positive direction. As attitudes toward the plant continue to change, cannabis consumers are starting to feel more comfortable talking openly about their relationship with the plant. Back in 2017, ⅔ of women in the US and Canada hid their stashes. We’re happy to report that, today, ⅔ of our community feels no need to hide their cannabis consumption at all. Now, that’s progress!

Where do you keep your stash?

Where’s the best place to keep your stash? For some of you, that’s the drawer of your coffee table or desk. One of you has repurposed an old pocket manicure kit to save any half smoked joints. That way, none of your cannabis goes to waste. Someone else in our community uses a wooden wine bin as their stash box. And some of you go for the classic mason jar—which is a great way to keep your flower fresh even if it’s not the most fashion forward.

Why do you keep your stash where you keep it?

Convenience is the most common answer we got from our community—signs of refreshing normalization. Having your stash easily accessible makes your life simple. When you’re in the mood for a smoke sesh or want to grab a CBD salve, the last thing you want is to have to search high and low for what you need. One of the most convenient places people choose to keep their stash bag is right by where they typically consume. 80% of women who consume cannabis specifically use it at night before they go to bed (Brightfield). So, if you’re a tincture person, you might keep it in your bathroom vanity. That way, you can easily incorporate it into your nightly routine. Or you might keep it your stash bag in one of your bedroom drawers. And, of course, for people who want to keep their consumption on the DL even within their household, discreet spots are still the way to go. But a lot of us clearly aren’t feeling that need for discretion anymore.

Do you have a bag or a box that’s specifically for your stash?

If you don’t yet have anywhere specific to store your cannabis, we recommend getting your hands on a stash bag or stash box that’s made specifically for it. Keeping it secure will minimize the risk of anything happening to what you’ve got. Of course, that’s not the only reason to invest in a stash bag. Most containers made for cannabis contain the odor, too. And even if you’re completely open and proud about your consumption, you still want to keep your stash fresh by using something that’s airtight. If you’re a heavy smoker, you’ll probably need a separate container for your flower. Same for edibles. But if you’re a microdoser, you can likely fit your entire stash into just one bag. It’s also nice to be able to keep all your cannabis products organized and close at hand. Most of our community, 63% to be exact, already own a stash bag.

Finding the right stash bag

Coming across the right stash bag for you and your cannabis use isn’t always easy. We get it. We know from personal experience that it can take time to find the perfect one. That’s why House of Puff created the new Crosby Pouch. This posh, pink stash bag is stylish enough to fit your lifestyle—including your designer handbags and your swanky interior design. It’s also odor-resistant, stain-resistant, and antimicrobial. That makes it practical for both at home and when you’re on the go.

Do you lock up your stash?

You might think that it’s common to lock up your stash. But most of us don’t. Only 11% of the people who responded to our poll put their cannabis under lock and key. Typically, the reason they do is to prevent others, like their children, from getting into it. One mom shared that she keeps hers in the garage. In her house, the garage is just for grownups.

Do you hide your stash? 

Locking up your stash is one thing. Most people do that for safety reasons. It keeps kids and pets from accessing cannabis. One of you shared that you lock up your stash in a filing cabinet just in case your landlord needs to get into your home. Even though cannabis is increasingly legal, not everyone is on board yet.  But attitudes about cannabis are clearly changing because 63% of you don’t hide your stash at all. Considering that, in 2017, 66% of us purposefully hid our cannabis consumption, that’s a stunning about-face! This change seems to be the result of three factors. First, legalization in the US and Canada is definitely a factor. Second, a growing majority of our society now recognizes the myriad medical applications of the plant. Third, with more research and education, the myth that cannabis is more dangerous than other socially acceptable adult-use substances, like alcohol, is being dispelled. So cannabis consumers are starting to feel more comfortable being open about their consumption. We’re certainly all for proudly embracing the beauty of cannabis culture.

What’s in your stash bag?

Now for the most important question—what are the go-tos in your stash bag? After all, cannabis culture has always been about sharing. Most of you shared that you have a little bit of everything. But one thing’s clear—flower is still the queen! Most of you make sure you always have plenty of your favorite flower strains as well as the accessories you need to consume them. So the most common things you keep on hand, by far, are pre-rolled cones, rolling papers, and lighters.

What’s your fave thing in your stash?

There are countless products to love, and here are some of your favorites. One of you adores your gold seashell grinder. Someone else in our community is especially loving the uplifting energy they get from the Durban Poison flower that they keep in their stash bag. And a few of you agree with us that your fave accessories are House of Puff’s Le Pipe One Hitters and Nebula Rolling Trays. 

An essential for your cannabis stash bag is your favorite flower

What do you most covet for your stash?

One of the best things about the growth of the cannabis industry is that new products are constantly hitting the market. So you can continue to grow your stash. Many of you are on the lookout for new strains to test out. And one of you is looking for a better herb grinder that isn’t metal. Hmmm, our ears are burning…. We can’t say more right now, but keep your eyes peeled in the months to come!

8 Secrets for How to Clean a Pipe

If you’re just getting the whole cannabis smoking thing down, your next question is probably about how to clean a pipe. Since we couldn’t live without our Le Pipe, we’ve got you covered. We know that even after just one hit, your pipe gets dirty. Here’s the cleaning secrets you need to know.

WHY CLEAN YOUR PIPE?

Whether you use alcohol, cotton swabs, or a boiling technique, it’s important to regularly clean your pipe. First, every time you do, you’ll extend its life by keeping plant resin from building up. And, if your pipe is ceramic, you’ll keep that resin from corroding the glaze. Resin might not just render your pipe nonfunctional, it’s also a health thing. Resin buildup can eventually cause ceramic glazes to crack or craze. Any reputable manufacturer will use non-toxic, food-safe glazes. Nonetheless, ceramic glazes are made from natural materials and can contain trace elements of minerals and metal. As long as the glaze is sealed and smooth, you’re totally golden. But if you do see any cracks or crazing develop with age, just to be safe, replace your pipe. 

With regular cleaning, you’ll also get rid of blockages that can inhibit your draw on any pipe. Plus, you’ll avoid the awful taste of a dirty pipe. Just like those designer shoes in your closet, you’ve gotta take good care of your puffware!

CLEANING SOLUTIONS

You can definitely buy fancy cleaning solutions for your pipe. But you don’t need to. What you have in your pantry will work just fine. We find that the solution you prefer depends on what else is important to you. Are you going for speed, an environmentally friendly solution, or a deep clean? No matter what your preference, here’s the inside scoop.

HOW TO CLEAN Your PIPE FAST

There are tons of ways to clean your pipe. But we know you’ve got a lot on your plate. If you’re looking to do it fast, our preferred method is rubbing alcohol. Hands down—it’s the quickest, and it’s as easy as it sounds. Just soak a cotton ball or swab with alcohol and gently rub all the soot and resin off your pipe. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies until any gunk or discoloration comes off. Alcohol isn’t the most environmentally friendly option, but this is your go-to if you just want it done. Literally in seconds, your pipe will be fresh, clean, and ready to go again.

Pro tip: After you finish with the rubbing alcohol, rinse your pipe thoroughly under warm water to remove any lingering medicinal taste or smell.

DEEP CLEANING

Kymberly Byrnes from TribeTokes is a big believer in the overnight soak. “I use my glass pipe by GravLabs daily, and it gets so gunked up! I use an old plastic container with a lid from takeout order (REUSE), that I fill with 99% Iso Pure Alcohol—enough to cover the pipe bowl. It soaks overnight with the lid on so the alcohol doesn’t evaporate (99% evaporates quickly). Boom, next morning I rinse it with hot water and I have a clean pipe to puff on.”

You can also use this technique with any of the other solutions we’ve detailed above. You might just have to do a little bit more scrubbing in the morning if you’re not using alcohol.

CAN I PUT MY PIPE IN THE DISHWASHER?

We feel you. But, unfortunately, no. For the same reason it’s important to clean your pipe regularly, it’s also important to do it by hand. Cannabis resin is sticky, and you’re burning it in your pipe with an open flame. Just like you can’t throw a pan with burned-on residue straight into the dishwasher, your pipe won’t really get clean unless you rub, soak, or boil off any schmutz.

Using household appliances for a quick deep clean

Sticking your pipe into the dishwasher isn’t a super safe method. But, using this microwave method can give you incredible results. Start by filling a microwave-safe container, like Pyrex, with enough water to cover your pipe. Microwave it for 2 minutes. It’ll be really hot, so use an oven mitt to take it out of the microwave. Pour in a generous amount of liquid dishwasher soap and microwave for another 1 minute and 30 seconds. Carefully take the container out, and stir until all the detergent has fully dissolved. Then gently place your pipe into the solution. After a few minutes of soaking, it should be sparkling clean. If there’s any remaining residue, submerge it again and give it a rub with a soft rag or a dish sponge. Once you’ve gotten rid of any stubborn bits, rinse it off and voila! You’ve got yourself a clean pipe in just a few minutes. 

Deon Hawkins of Cannaclusive shares her secrets for how to clean a pipe

CONSCIOUS CLEANING WITH DEON HAWKINS OF CANNACLUSIVE

Deon Hawkins, of Cannaclusive, was kind enough to share her pipe cleaning secrets with us, too. “When cleaning anything, I strive to be a conscious cleaner, using products that are green, but get the job done. When sanitizing and refreshing my pipe and bong mouthpiece, I use Higher Standards Salt Rox with a combination solution of alcohol and Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap in almond scent. It works best to get out the smell and taste from the alcohol. Finally, I sweep away any debris with pipe cleaners or Q-tips.  

HOW TO CLEAN A PIPE WITHOUT ANY CHEMICALS

If you’re like Deon but want to keep it completely green, try soaking your pipe in a combination of salt and vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar work well, too. @caffeinatedvegan also DM’d us this tip that she uses for her glass pipes: “I like to combine a teaspoon of salt and baking soda with water. Then I bring it to a boil and simmer it for about 10 min.” You could do something similar for your ceramic pipe. Just don’t put your pipe in the solution until after the boil and simmer very gently.

Pro tip: If you encounter any particularly hard bits, you can also throw your pipe in the freezer for a bit and then repeat.

An eco friendly option we love

Here’s an option for when you don’t want to use alcohol. We’ve all been there. If you want a more eco-friendly option, we’ve got you covered. You can lose the alcohol and the swabs. Instead, make a solution from water, baking soda, vinegar, and salt. Of course, you can play around with these ingredients to make something that works best for you. Add baking soda, vinegar, and salt to a pot of boiling water. Place your pipe in the water. Make sure you don’t cook your pipe. When your solution starts boiling, you’re gonna want to reduce it. The solution should loosen and remove the residue in about 10 minutes. If there’s any gunk left, you can scrub it off with a scrubber or pipe cleaner. We recommend giving your pipe a final rinse and dry. Then you’re good to go. Check out our video above to see a demonstration of this boiling method and 2 more!

More Green Cleaning with Lemon Juice

Say goodbye to the harsh chemicals in common cleaning solutions. You can clean your pipe with natural ingredients you already have at home. If you’ve got coarse salt and lemon juice on hand, try this method. Lemon juice can be substituted for isopropyl alcohol. It’s acidic enough to effectively get rid of resin and stains. Lemon juice and salt are also antibacterial and great for neutralizing odors. Simply shake up your accessories in the mixture of lemon juice and salt to strip away residue and gunk. With that and some rinses of boiling distilled water, you’ll get the most natural clean. Use a cloth and a pipe cleaner to wipe off the last bits of residue and you’re set for your next smoke sesh.

How to clean a pipe with olive oil

Yep, that’s right. You can even clean your pipe with olive oil. Even if you run out of other ingredients mentioned here, we’re betting you’ve always got olive oil or another plant-based oil in your pantry. While slathering your pipe in oil may sound  counterproductive, it’s actually a great cleaning option. The resin will soak up the oil and that will soften it, making it easier to get off your pipe. Plant-based oils can also minimize the appearance of scratches. 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN A CERAMIC PIPE?

If you’re a clean freak, you can clean your pipe after every use. But you don’t need to. We agree with Deon’s routine. She shared, “I do this process after 4-5 uses to help cut down any build up from plant matter.”  

A FINAL SHINE

Once your pipe is fresh and clean, you also might want to buff it with a soft cloth. Is this step necessary? Not at all. But if you’re a perfectionist like us, buffing your pipe will leave it extra sparkly. 

For more cannabis basics, check out how to grind cannabis with only the tools you can find in your kitchen.

Cannabis for Anxiety—Can It Really Help?

There’s no question that the past few years have upped our anxiety ante. Seems like there are more of those days when you’re feeling like Holly Golightly on the morning after. Some people take anti-anxiety meds. Others turn to natural remedies—from meditation to cannabis. But should you be taking cannabis for anxiety? Prohibition has prevented scientists from researching cannabis as a viable treatment for anxiety. So there’s still tons more work to be done in this field. While the scientific jury is still out, there’s tons of anecdotal evidence that cannabis helps a lot of us cope. We speak from personal experience. Whether your anxiety is chronic or situational, here’s what we do know.

What is cannabis?

Most simply, cannabis sativa is a plant. Its flowers, leaves, and seed oil are consumed for both medicinal and recreational purposes. The real magic happens within the plant. Cannabis includes over 120 different compounds and active ingredients. The two most abundant are cannabidiol and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Or as most of us know them, CBD and THC.

CBD or THC for anxiety?

When it comes to anxiety, which cannabinoids might help you? The short answer is that both have helped us. But THC and CBD have very different effects. For the cannabis curious, THC is the chemical responsible for cannabis’ psychotropic effect—the “high”. Unlike THC, CBD on its own can’t make you high. So you have options. If you don’t want to be high, stick to CBD.

Using cannabis for anxiety

Everyone gets anxious from time to time. Even people who aren’t diagnosed with an anxiety disorder do. As we all know, getting stressed is totally normal. More and more of us incorporate cannabis into our wellness routines to help soothe these feelings. Although additional research studies and clinical trials need to be done, there’s promising research about CBD for anxiety. A 2019 study looking at the effects of CBD for anxiety and sleep suggests that it might have benefits for those with anxiety-related disorders. CBD decreased anxiety symptoms in most participants who reported having high anxiety scores. With federal legalization, CBD oil has grown tremendously popular partially because of its potential benefits for reducing anxiety. 

Some people combine Big Pharma anti-anxiety meds with cannabis for anxiety relief

Strategies for optimal anxiety ease

While some of us only use cannabis to manage our anxiety, that’s not for everyone. It’s just like how many of us don’t want to rely solely on prescription meds for everything that ails us. It’s all about finding the best mix for you. Many of us who’ve been diagnosed with serious anxiety disorders find that cobbling together a combo of Big Pharma meds and cannabis works best for us. If you want to try adding cannabis to your wellness regimen you’ll likely have to experiment. It’s just like what most of us have done with Big Pharma meds. You know the drill. If one kind doesn’t work great for you, you can try another one or a cocktail of different kinds.  It’s the same with cannabis. To find what works best for you, play with a few different options. You can start with just CBD. Then, if that doesn’t do the trick, add in some THC. The most effective strains we’ve found for shutting off the vicious cycle of anxious thoughts in our heads also tend to put us to sleep. But that’s ok. So maybe you pop a Wellbutrin in the morning and take cannabis for anxiety at night. There’s no wrong answer.

Want to use cannabis for anxiety but worry about feelings of paranoia?

More people than you might think experience paranoia when they consume cannabis. There’s a scientific reason why. When you consume cannabis, the compounds of the plant bind to the cannabinoid receptors in your brain. THC binds to receptors in different parts of the brain, including the amygdala. The amygdala’s what regulates feelings of fear, anxiety, stress and even paranoia. When the brain receives too much THC, the amygdala can get overstimulated. That’s when you can get paranoia.

Avoiding that awful feeling

There are two ways to avoid feelings of paranoia. You can choose cannabis strains and products that are lower in THC. Or you could stick to CBD products and steer clear of THC altogether. CBD does bind to receptors in the brain, but not in the same way as THC. It doesn’t bind directly to cannabinoid receptors, while THC does. Or, like with Big Pharma anti-anxiety meds, you might just not have found the right cocktail of cannabinoids for you. Based on self-reporting, many of us have found ways to consume cannabis for anxiety without inducing paranoia.

Finding the right cannabis for you

Expect some trial and error. For anyone familiar with cannabis, you know that there’s a lot to consider when picking a strain to test out. Each strain is unique and will likely have different effects on you. You’ll want to consider the effects you want to feel. Our advice is to take your time doing research. And, if you can, consult your doctor and your budtender.

Cannabis 101

Here’s the quick low down. Not all cannabis is the same. There’s different strains––indicas, sativas, and hybrids. Most people think of indicas as being relaxing, sedative strains for nighttime. Sativas are often considered daytime strains for their stimulating, energy boosting effects. But that’s more conventional thinking. Science is constantly changing our understanding of cannabis and how it affects our bodies. Every strain also includes terpenes. The ones that show the most promise for easing anxiety are myrcene and limonene. So keep your eye out for those.

Best cannabis strains for anxiety we’ve found 

There are countless strains out there that are perfect for both newbies and experienced smokers. But a strain that might make a world of difference for one person may have no positive effects on someone else. To get started, here are some strains that have helped us with our anxiety.

Mendo Breath—for when you want to knock out 

You’ve had a long, stressful day and want some cannabis to combat your anxiety before bed. We like indica-dominant strains like Mendo Breath. With its sweet, vanilla-and-caramel taste, Mendo Breath is our go-to for a heavy, sleepy buzz. On those nights when you want to relax and unwind, try this strain. We like to keep Mendo Breath in our stash for those nights where stress makes it hard to get a good night’s rest.

More and more people are using cannabis for anxiety.

Tangie—for when you want to stay active  

For a mid-day anti-anxiety boost, give Tangie a try. It kicks our anxiety to the curb and leaves us feeling happy and energized. This is a potent strain best suited  in large doses for experienced smokers or for micro-dosing in your one hitter. Tangie is rich in sweet, citrusy aromas and flavors like tangerine. Some say it’s one of the best tasting cannabis strains out there. 

Ways to consume

So, you’ve found the right strain or strains. Now what? This is your opportunity to experiment further. There’s several ways to consume cannabis. You can smoke flower, give edibles and tinctures a whirl, or test out topical balms and salves. If you feel an anxiety attack coming on, your best bet is to seek immediate relief. Smoking will get the cannabinoids into your system the most quickly. But, if you’re treating anxiety-related insomnia, go for something longer lasting, like an edible. Those of us who deal with chronic conditions know that our best chance for relief includes pulling a variety of levers. So have some fun with it. There’s a whole world of cannabis and anxiety relief waiting for you.

5 Things to Do When You Get Too High

Whether you’ve had a little too much alcohol, cannabis (or something else), we’ve all been there. Getting too high or drunk happens, and more often than you’d think. You’re not the only one who’s overdone it. We asked our community about their experiences with getting too high and how they’ve handled it. Many of you were happy to share with us. Here are your stories, remedies, and tips.

 

Have you ever gotten too high?

Most people we surveyed have exceeded their THC tolerance at least once. 173 people responded to our poll, and 146 of them told us that they’ve been there. So it’s safe to say that many of us have found ourselves getting too high a time or two. Of course, part of that problem has been prohibition. When you’re just tapping “your guy”, you probably don’t have a choice about where your flower comes from. Worse, when you’re not buying legal cannabis, it’s hard to be sure what’s in it—let alone exactly how much THC. Happily, with legality spreading, dosing is getting a whole lot more precise.

 

Where were you when you got too high?

With recreational cannabis being legalized in North America, it’s easier than ever to get high outside your home. Some of you got too high in places the rest of us could easily guess. We got answers like at someone’s house, a party, or a concert. Others were a bit more unusual. One of our followers got too high while on a hike. The poor guy ended up laying face down on a dirt path. We love a good hike—especially at elevation. But the whole face-down-in-the-dirt thing would definitely kill our vibe. At the opposite end of the spectrum, someone else got too high at a Beverly Hills nail salon. Her husband ended up having to drive across town to pick her up because she couldn’t drive herself home. But at least her nails looked dope….

Our community shared their stories of when they got too high and what they do to come down from getting too high

Can you overdose on cannabis?

The spins, feeling out of body, nausea, dizziness, migraines, or paranoia…we’ve all been there. The sensations that come with getting too high don’t last forever. You can just ride it out. Or you can try some common remedies to come down quicker. Most importantly, did you know that you can’t fatally overdose with cannabis? That’s because our autonomic nervous system doesn’t include any cannabinoid receptors. The autonomic nervous system is the part of your body that controls your breathing and heart rate. So, unlike other drugs that do affect these autonomic functions, cannabis can’t stop your heart or your breathing.

How do you feel when you get too high?

Typically, people consume cannabis for its positive effects, like calmness, euphoria, and higher energy. But when you get too high, these feelings can be outweighed by less desirable ones. Sometimes ingesting too much THC can leave you feeling physically unwell. That’s the case for the 37% of you who reported either being dizzy or nauseous after getting too high. Even more of you, 40%, said you’ve felt paranoid. The other 23% of you have had out of body experiences. To some people, that might be a good thing. But, to each their own. Fortunately, any unwanted symptoms you’re experiencing with THC will eventually just go away.

How much THC gets you too high?

THC content is what makes or breaks the optimal cannabis experience. It’s the compound responsible for the majority of cannabis’ psychological effects. Keep in mind that everyone’s tolerance is different. So some people can handle higher doses of THC than others. With THC, there’s a point where the dosing is optimal for you. Over that dose is the point where negative effects can kick in. Microdosers prefer very small amounts, like 2.5-5mg. For a stronger effects, though, you might need to use strains and products with higher THC content. That’s usually around 5-15 mg of THC.

How much THC is too much for you?

People consume THC for different reasons. Some people prefer a light buzz over an out of body high. It’s all personal preference and the effects you’re trying to achieve. About 8% of you aim to microdose and stay under 10 mg. 17% of you draw the line at 20 mg, and 24% at 30 mg. Anything over 50 mg is where 51% of people who responded consider their cutoff.  

What can you do if you get too high?

If you ever get too high again, here are our community’s tips and tricks for weathering the storm. 

Super Simple Remedies

If you’re looking for a simple solution, try orange juice. Yes, we seriously mean that. Two people say they drink orange juice to come down from a strong high. Why? Because citrus contains an enzyme that counteracts the effects of THC. We haven’t tried it ourselves, but now we sure will. And chances are that you’ll already have OJ in your fridge. Hopping into the shower is another popular way to come down faster. 

What else can you use?

Chugging water is really popular in our community. And that’s a remedy that doesn’t require any forethought. For some, chewing on a few peppercorns works like magic. About 30% of you turn to CBD, while about 50% have gone the water route. Less than 1% of you have tried the peppercorn remedy. But if you have, you swear by it. The rest of you have come up with other coping mechanisms like just sleeping it off. There’s several remedies out there, so it’s all about what floats your personal boat.

One of the best things to do when you're too high is just relax and wait.

Our go-to when we get too high: CBD

This may sound contradictory, but research suggests that CBD may have the ability to counteract the negative effects of THC.  Why? For starters, while CBD is a cannabinoid, it doesn’t make you feel high. That’s THC’s role. CBD modulates the THC receptors in your body. And CBD may reduce THC’s ability to bind to the receptors in your brain. So CBD modulates excess cannabinoid activity in the brain, which can cause anxiety. That’s why using CBD is a popular choice. An edible or tincture can do the trick. But, if you’ve got some CBD flower on hand, you can get it into your system much faster by smoking it. We find that if you pair CBD with sleep and hydration, you’ll be feeling better in no time. 

Will Limonene Really Enhance Your Mood?

  • Limonene is the citrusy terpene found in cannabis, lemons, and oranges. 
  • Research is still in early stages, but limonene may provide many health and wellness benefits. 
  • These are our favorite limonene-dominant cannabis strains. 
  • This summer salmon salad pairs perfectly with limonene. 

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Terpene 101

Have you ever wondered why different strains of cannabis have their own distinct smells? Wonder no more. Terpenes, like limonene and myrcene, are the aromatic compounds that give cannabis and other plants their scents. But new research suggests that terpenes can also have therapeutic benefits—either on their own or in tandem with cannabinoids.

Limonene, the citrusy terpene

Limonene is one of the more popular terpenes because of its potential health and wellness benefits. The highest concentrations of it are in orange rinds. It’s got a bright, citrusy smell that’ll bring a little sunshine to your cannabis routine. You might think limonene would be high only in lemon-scented strains. But that’s not necessarily true. The only real way to know whether a strain is high in a particular terpene is to check the lab analysis on the package. Word to the wise, while cannabis flower typically contains 10-30% THC, its limonene content will be much lower—usually less than 2%.

The Science

Limonene is one of the most studied cannabis terpenes. Despite its potential for therapeutic benefits, though, we still don’t know much about how it actually works. Many of the limonene studies that have been completed thus far have depended on much higher doses of the terpene than is found in cannabis. So more research is definitely needed—especially in humans.

Limonene, cannabis, and anxiety

We all have anxiety, whether we like to admit it or not. And we can personally attest to consuming cannabis to soothe our own. We’ve found that limonene-rich strains are some of the best for relieving our anxiety. In fact, the inhalation of limonene has been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels in mice. Of course, part of that could be its ubiquitously uplifting citrus scent.

Limonene and inflammation

Whether you’re an athlete prone to injuries and inflammation, someone who’s on their feet all day, or you suffer from an inflammatory disorder, you might want to give limonene a try. A 2010 study in the Journal of Food Science found that limonene inhibits cytokines, which are responsible for triggering inflammation in the body. With this potential health booster, you might be able to fight off inflammation as easily as lighting one up after a tough crossfit class.

Limonene-dominant strains are recognized by their citrus scent

Limonene as an antioxidant

What if we told you there might be a connection between cannabis and reducing your risk of disease overall? Scientists still need to do more work on this one. But they have found that limonene might possess antioxidant effects. One study looked at the antioxidant activity of limonene and found it could potentially protect lymphocytes from diseases that are related to oxidative stress. In simpler terms, limonene could be a key player in protecting the body from disease as a whole. Now, wouldn’t that be something?

Digestive health and limonene

If you suffer from digestive issues, limonene might be your new BFF. Based on a 2009 study, the essential oil from Citrus aurantium (OEC) and limonene have shown promise in the development of a new drug targeted at preventing gastric damage. A combo of OEC and limonene are already being used to treat gastritis and other gastrointestinal disorders. The short version is that limonene has the potential to support a healthy digestive system. So, a new form of relief may be on the horizon for us sufferers of IBS, gastritis, etc. We’re all for any natural treatments we can get our hands on.

Limonene and heart health

Limonene could also impact your heart health. Yep, you heard that right. In a study on mice, a small dose of d-limonene seems to have reduced triglycerides, lowered fasting blood sugar levels, and decreased fat accumulation in the liver. Another study specifically explored how d-limonene might benefit people with metabolic disorders, like hyperglycemia and high lipid levels. Of course, we’re still waiting for human studies to confirm the findings. But we’ll keep our ears to the scientific ground.

Here’s how to get your guests in a great mood with limonene

Just like sunny yellow, limonene is unequivocally an uplifting scent. What better inspiration for your soirée than something that gets everyone in a great mood? Check out our video on how to integrate limonene into a fabulous dinner party.

Our Fave limonene strains

Have we convinced you to give limonene a whirl? Here are six of our favorite limonene strains. We think you’ll love them, too!

Do-Si-Dos

Sweet, earthy, and slightly floral, Do-Si-Dos is the perfect limonene-dominant strain to get you buzzed. Do-Si-Dos is an indica-dominant hybrid with a nice potency of 20% THC. Whether you smoke it or ingest it as an edible, you’ll be feeling relaxed and happy before you know it.

Berry White 

Berry White is the perfect strain to put you in an upbeat, creative mood. Its flowers have a sour berry/pine flavor. This limonene-dominant strain is the offspring of Blueberry and White Widow. Warning: Berry White may lead to a burst of creativity and happiness!

Tahoe OG

Staying in? Tahoe OG’s your best friend. Just make sure you plan on having a lazy day. This strain is strong, fast-acting, and known to induce sleepy relaxation. For that reason, Tahoe OG is best consumed at night when it can reduce insomnia and pain. What makes this strain unique from other indicas is its euphoric, sativa-like kick. The next time you need your best night’s sleep, give Tahoe OG a try.

Strawberry Banana

This strain is as sweet as it sounds. Like a strawberry banana smoothie, Strawberry Banana is fruity and sweet. Its dominant terpene is limonene, which contributes to its natural fruity flavor. With effects that sharpen creativity, Strawberry Banana is a must-try for your next day of DIY Pinterest crafts. Its high THC content is also sure to leave you feeling happy and peaceful.

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake is popular in the medical cannabis community because of its effects on pain, insomnia, and appetite loss. This is another top-tier limonene-dominant strain. It calms the body and mind into relaxed euphoria. Wedding Cake is rich, tangy, and earthy. It’s also pretty potent with about 22% THC. This is definitely a strain newbies and us microdosers will want to try with care. As always, start low and go slow!

Super Sour Diesel

Looking for a strain that does it all? Super Sour Diesel is here to save the day. Living up to its name, this strain tastes kinda like fuel when it’s smoked. But don’t let that deter you from all the benefits it has to offer. It’s also one of those strains that fosters euphoric creativity while killing off stress and pain. Like Wedding Cake, this strain is potent and produces strong cerebral effects that can overpower new cannabis consumers.

What goes with limonene?

Naturally, when you consume cannabis, you can get hungry. But we’re never satisfied with ordinary munchies. You want something delicious, flavorful, and refreshing—especially in the summer heat. Nothing compliments the citrusy notes of limonene better than herbs like thyme and oregano. The next time you consume a limonene strain, pair it with a yummy summer one-dish meal. We love this one that we found on Epicurious. It’s a quick-prep summer salad for 4 with salmon,  tomato, and za’atar dressing.

Summer Salmon salad with tomato and za’atar ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 bay leaves, preferably fresh
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons za’atar, plus more for serving
  • 5 ears corn on the cob, husked (optional)
  • 4 (5-6 ounce) skinless salmon fillets or smoked salmon
  • 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges (about 1½ lbs)
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • Baby arugula or other baby greens (for serving)
The spices and flavors in this salmon salad complement limonene perfectly

Summer Salmon salad with tomato and za’atar instructions

  1. Generously salt a large pot of water. Thinly slice half of 1 lemon and add to water along with garlic, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then let boil for 3-10 minutes until water is fully infused. 
  2. While mixture is boiling, whisk oil, 3 tbsp. lemon juice, 4 tsp. za’atar, and 1 tsp. salt in a small bowl.
  3. If using corn, add it to boiling water and cook until bright yellow and tender, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Reduce heat to low, gently add salmon, and poach just until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board with a slotted spoon or spatula and flake into chunks. Or substitute smoked salmon to really reduce your time at the stove.
  5. If you’re adding corn, slice it off the cob into a large bowl. Add tomatoes and onion, then toss with 1/2 cup dressing.
  6. Add flaked salmon to corn mixture and toss very gently just to coat with dressing. Transfer to a serving platter or divide among plates. Top with arugula, then drizzle with remaining dressing. Serve with additional za’atar alongside.

Meet the Artists who Inspire our Chic Smoking Accessories

House of Puff is all about supporting artists. We originally hail from the art world and are inspired by the art around us every day. So we continually draw on the visual arts to create our chic smoking accessories. We’ve always worked with artists—especially women artists—to create our products. We also consciously look to artists for our color palette. You might have wondered where our unconventional color names come from. Let us introduce you to the women artists we hope to honor with them.

Georgia O’Keeffe knew the power of Pink

There’s something about pink. Warm, vibrant, or exhilarating, it has a singular ability to lift your mood. Georgia O’Keeffe knew that and capitalized on it. So we borrowed her Camellia pink (yep, just like the flower) for our brand new Barrow Street Herb Bowl, which was inspired by a beautiful walk down a tree-lined lane in the West Village.

Radical Abstraction

Georgia is one of the most recognizable American artists. But when she started painting her abstractions of flowers in the early 20th century, they were radical. Because of them, she’s now recognized as the mother of American Modernism. She was also a fellow New Yorker, who painted skyscrapers. In fact, she studied at the Art Students League and lived in Manhattan for years with her husband, famed New York gallerist, Alfred Stieglitz. 

Combine Art, Color, and Cannabis to Lift Your Mood

We can’t help but get inspired whenever we see her work. Grind up a limonene-rich sativa in her namesake O’Keeffe Camellia herb bowl and combine it with a browse through her paintings to boost your mood anytime you’re feeling low.

Check out Georgia’s entire oeuvre online at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. 

Artemisia Gentileschi Self Portrait and Green House of Puff Herb Bowl

Like Cannabis, Artemisia Gentileschi is Reclaiming her Place in the Sun

Like cannabis, Artemisia Gentileschi has just started to regain her place in the sun. This 17th-century Italian artist was one of the most gifted painters of her time. Her self portrait above, inspired us to make our Barrow Street Herb Bowl in Gentileschi Green.

Busting Stereotypes and Stigmas

In the tradition of other strong women throughout history, Artemisia challenged stereotypical gender constraints. Not only a talented artist, she also taught herself to read and write. She even survived the social stigma of sexual violence. Against all odds, she enjoyed critical acclaim and financial success in her lifetime with a bevy of aristocratic, royal, and high church patrons. That’s an amazing feat for any artist.

Portraits of Real Women

What makes us love Artemisia even more is the way she revealed feminine strength in her subjects. The women she painted weren’t just victims or models of virtue. Her subjects reveal real women in all our power and resourceful glory. She once said, “The works will speak for themselves.” We can only hope ours lives up to her legacy.

For more, check out Artemisia’s recent exhibition at the National Gallery in London. 

Adela Andea Light Sculpture and Chic Smoking Accessories

ADELA ANDEA’S LUMINESCENT SCULPTURES AND OUR NEW BARROW STREET HERB BOWL

With the rough waters we’ve all been navigating this past year, soothing lavender feels especially appealing. So, when we looked for artistic inspirations for our Barrow Street Herb Bowl, the often purplish luminescence of Adela Andea’s sculptures was a natural. 

TURNING UNWIELDY TECH INTO DREAMY MAGIC

Adela offers a thoughtful take on the relationship between nature and technology. In a tech-infused world that can feel overwhelming, she reminds us how adaptable nature actually is. Made of unwieldy industrial electronic parts and other mass-produced objects, her work nonetheless evokes the dreamy magic of phenomena like bioluminescence. 

CHIC SMOKING ACCESSORIES AS CALMING AGENTS

When we sit down to enjoy a smoke with the newest of our chic smoking accessories, Adela Lavender reminds us of her calming illuminated sculptures. Like cannabis, her often all-encompassing installations ask us to slow down and fully experience the world around us. 

Experience Adela’s works for yourself at Cris Worley Fine Art.

Mickalene Thomas Inspired the yellow rolling tray

MICKALENE THOMAS’ PAINTING INSPIRED OUR YELLOW Nebula ROLLING TRAY

Yellow is clearly having a moment in the sun right now. It’s been popping up all over, from fashion runways to of-the-moment interiors for the past couple years. The Mickalene Marigold we used on our Nebula Rolling Tray is inspired by a portrait painted by pioneering Black artist, Mickalene Thomas.

WE’RE ALL ABOUT COMPELLING SUBJECTS

In Din, Une Tres Belle Nigresse #2 above, Mickalene’s compelling subject dominates the painting. That’s exactly how we see the House of Puff woman—independent, stylish, and unapologetic. You stand out, even when you’re set against a bold background, like the yellow and blue florals in this painting. Mickalene’s work is always a riot of color, which she explains, pays “homage to a certain ‘80s New Wave aesthetic,” as well as canonical artists like Matisse and Manet.

the Black woman and contemporary culture

Prefiguring the Black Lives Movement, Mickalene has been working for years to expose the relationship of the Black woman to contemporary culture. Perfecting a yellow that echoed the visual presence of this painting was no small feat for our team, but we persevered until we captured its power.

Read more about Mickalene at the Brooklyn Museum.

GET MORE CANNA-CURIOUS WITH BIRGIT BLUE

Our Birgit Blue rolling tray is a shade of cyan inspired by the Austrian photographer and painter, Birgit Jürgenssen. The artist makes her haunting cyanotypes by exposing photographic paper to sunlight through the filter of her negatives. Iron salts on the paper capture the sunlight to produce a stunningly luminous blue version of the image on the film.

Birgit Jurgenssen Cyanotype as Inspiration for Blue Rolling Tray

Like all great art, Birgit’s beautiful images also reveal deeper truths

Birgit’s works, which were often self-portraits, focus on the feminine form. As beautiful as they are, they convey a deeper meaning. The artist explained, “the identity of the woman has been made to disappear.” By revealing the daily truth of women’s lives, the artist strove to make a better future for all of us. Even though she was born in 1949, Birgit rejected the repressive constraints of her time on what a woman could do or be. Every time we roll a joint with her namesake tray, we love her for that!

See more of Birgit’s cyanotypes at Galerie Hubert Winter.

LET REMEDIOS RUBY INSPIRE YOU TO LEARN HOW TO ROLL THE PERFECT JOINT

Speaking of chic smoking accessories, what’s more chic than red? There really is a shade of red for everyone. But Remedios Ruby is one of our favorites. Inspired by Spanish-born Mexican painter, Remedios Varo, this color is part poppy and a bit coral, with a dash of crimson.

female empowerment and divine energy

If you’re not familiar with Remedios’ work, she’s an under-recognized genius of occult feminine imaginary. Over her lifetime, her Surrealist paintings increasingly focused on images of female empowerment and divine energy. Considering our own intimate relationships with cannabis, we connect with this artist’s oeuvre. Each work communicates Remedios’ belief in the deep relationship between the plant, human, animal, and mechanical worlds.

Remedios Varo Painting as Inspiration for Red Rolling Tray

In Remedios’ painting, La Llamada (The Call), one of the first things you’ll notice is the central figure’s poppy red hair. Getting our red Nebula Rolling Tray to this shade was something of a battle. But practice makes perfect. Since Remedios was a perfectionist, we wanted to make something she’d be proud of.

Dig deeper into Remedios’ work through her 2019 retrospective at the Museo de Arte Moderno.

CHIC SMOKING ACCESSORIES GET MORE GLAM WITH DELAUNAY LAPIS

Our pocket ashtray is all about glamming up even the simplest parts of your day. You use cannabis to improve the quality of your life. We want to help you make the most of those moments with chic accessories. That’s why we chose a lapis blue faux croc that the Russian-born French painter, Sonia Delaunay, would have adored.

bold experimentation with color and abstract forms

Sonia and her husband, Robert, pioneered Simultanism, a reaction to Cubism known for bold experimentation with color and abstract forms. Their work centered on the scientific phenomenon of “simultaneous contrast,” which causes the appearance of colors to shift depending on the colors around them. Check out the interaction of the green background with the blue tone of our La Poche just like the greens change the blues in the artist’s Propeller (Air Pavilion).

Sonia Delaunay Painting as Inspiration for Blue Pocket Ashtray

Sonia’s “exercises in color”

Breaking those glass ceilings for all of us, Sonia was the first living female artist to have a retrospective at the Louvre. She continually experimented with the unification of two-dimensional color, movement, and form. Eventually, she incorporated this idea into modern design, including fabric, furniture design, and clothing that she described as “exercises in color.”

Learn more about Sonia’s work at the Tate.

Kruger Cardinal Dares Us All to Come Out of the Cannabis Closet

The color cardinal originally took its name from the red robes of Catholic prelates. Most of us are more inclined, though, to think of it in terms of the bright red bird. We were inspired to make our Poche Pocket Ashtray in Kruger Cardinal as an homage to the feminist artist, Barbara Kruger.

We find inspiration for our chic smoking accessories in women artists of all kinds.

speaking truth to power

Barbara’s work features found photos and her eye-catching headline format, which is almost always in bold white-on-red text. She mimics this journalistic format to challenge conventional ideals of femininity, identity, consumerism, and power. She’s our hero because she exposes assumptions that we might not even realize we’ve internalized. Her work has never been more relevant, like her 2016 cover for New York Magazine turning 45’s fave name-calling against himself.

Barbara is the essence of New York cool. She’s supremely unconcerned with being what she’s “supposed” to be. She’s the original “you do you.” And, yes, she was doing it way before Supreme coopted her jam.

Check out more of Barbara’s work at MoMA.

7 Cannabis Concentrates for Beginners

Cannabis concentrates are big these days, but they tend to be a lot bigger with men than with women. We’re not sure exactly why that is across the board. Even when we have concentrates in the house, we usually end up reaching for easy edibles or familiar flower. Not that cannabis concentrates are that hard to use. We’re just less comfortable with them. We should all be able to access every benefit that this plant can offer us. So we asked Hala Laurette Elkhoury of The Good Strain to break them down for us. She obliged, and here’s everything you need to know to decide whether cannabis concentrates are for you.

How can someone know what’s the best cannabis concentrate for them? What’s the best one for beginners?

When it comes to concentrates, there’s no one right formula for everyone. As a general rule, they’re much more potent than flower. So, I would definitely suggest trying out different types of concentrates via your preferred method of consumption (vaping, dabbing, smoking, etc.). Start with a low dosage and gradually make your way up.

Walk us through each category of cannabis concentrates

Cannabis concentrates have gained popularity over the past few years due to their exceptionally high potency. In general, concentrates are made by extracting THC, CBD, or other compounds from the plant, and the end product is most commonly used for dabbing or vaping. Concentrates can be categorized by type, input material, extraction process, consistency, or consumption method. For simplicity and ease of explanation, we’ll take you through some of the most popular.

Shatter is a type of cannabis concentrate

1. Shatter

Shatter is one of the most common cannabis concentrates and the easiest to come across. This extract gained popularity due to its extremely high THC levels, upwards of 80%. Cannabis concentrates typically get their name because of their final form. This one is no different. Shatter has a hard, glass-like consistency, which shatters when broken apart. As with all concentrates, its final color and texture are directly linked to the plant’s initial constituents (terpenes and cannabinoids). Usually, though, shatter is a translucent solid material with an amber hue. Although shatter is thought to be more potent and pure than other extracts, that’s not always true.

How is shatter made?

Shatter gets its consistency and color through the specific processing techniques it undergoes. These techniques involve the use of solvents (like butane or hydrocarbons) to extract the cannabinoids from the plant. The extraction of essential compounds, like THC and CBD, results in a concentrated oil. The concentrated oil is collected and may be further refined using additional processing methods (see distillate oils). Then, the product undergoes a secondary step, called “vacuum-oven purging”, where the solvents and liquids evaporate, which leaves a hard, brittle product. Generally, shatters contain lower moisture levels and lower terpenes than other concentrates. The terpene profile in the original material, and what remains following the extraction, predict the final consistency and texture. 

How do you consume shatter?

Shatter is usually dabbed or vaped.

2. Crumble

Crumble (also known as honeycomb wax) also gets its name from its final texture, which falls apart, or “crumbles,” when handled. Classified as an extract, this concentrate is made with the addition of solvents. Crumble is usually made directly from the flower, cured or fresh. It has a soft and dry texture with a mustard yellow hue. But if it’s stored incorrectly, crumble can harden or darken over time. Unlike the other cannabis concentrates, which generally have a fluid consistency, crumble is defined by its unique texture: dry and crumbly. In fact, when made correctly, this product becomes the driest extract on the market.

Crumble is more versatile than other concentrates because it can be consumed in almost any way. Its versatility, coupled with its high potency, make it one of the most popular extracts.

How is crumble made?

Crumble can be made with almost any solvent, but the most common technique involves using butane. The extraction process follows generally the same steps as other extracts. What changes is the post-extraction process. Crumble is initially made in the same exact way as shatter. But then freshly made shatter can be transformed into crumble by either using higher temperatures during the vacuum-purge process, or by whipping it on a hot plate before the vacuum step. 

How do you consume crumble?

Crumble’s versatility means that you can either dab it or sprinkle it over blunts, bowls, or joints. Like most concentrates, crumble just needs to be activated with heat to maximize the cannabinoids.

Crumble is another cannabis concentrate.

3.Budder/Badder/Batter

Budder/badder/batter is identifiable by its malleable texture that’s like cake frosting. Hence, the name “batter”. Regardless, this concentrate doesn’t always look the same. Its color and texture can vary, depending on the starting materials and the extraction methods. Some badders have a stickier texture. Others have a drier, more crumble-like consistency. The color of these cannabis concentrates also varies from olive-green to buttery gold. Pro tip: the closer to bright yellow, the higher the quality.

Cannabis Budder/Badder/Batter

How do you consume budder/badder/batter?

Dabbing is the most common way to consume this extract because it accentuates the terpenes and strengthens its potency. But batter can also be vaped or sprinkled on top of a bowl, a joint, or a blunt.

Cannabis concentrate rosin

4. Rosin

The term “rosin” doesn’t refer to the finished product. It actually refers to the extraction process. Instead of using solvents, the rosin process squeezes the resinous sap from the flower, hash, or kief using heat and pressure. That produces a translucent, sappy, almost shatter-like product. When processed correctly, rosin can rival the flavor, potency, and high of solvent-based extraction products. Not only that, but rosin is one of the few “full-spectrum” cannabis concentrates. Rosin retains the plant’s full profile of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds to give you the healing power of the entourage effect.

How is rosin made?

The rosin process doesn’t require any foreign substances or chemicals. Because of that, rosin is gaining a lot of popularity. Since these cannabis concentrates are made only using heat and pressure, they don’t even require additional cleaning. The final product is clean and ready in just a few minutes. When consuming rosin, you are essentially getting shatter without any solvents, like butane. With no background in chemistry or extraction, you can even try making it at home with minimal risk. Rosin is a groundbreakingly versatile, efficient, and safe method for achieving high-grade, solventless hash oil.

How do you consume rosin?

Just like many other cannabis concentrates, dabbing is the most common way to consume rosin. But it can also be vaped or sprinkled on top of a bowl, joint, or blunt.

This cannabis concentrate is cannabis distillate oil

5. Distillate Oils

Distillate oils are unmatched when it comes to purity and versatility. That leads us to question whether these are the future of cannabis concentrates. These types of oils provide a clean, yet highly potent product with limitless application potential. They concentrate the plant’s pure cannabinoids with little to no residual flavors or aromas. That means they’re perfect for any kind of application. 

How are distillate oils made?

The process for making distillate oils is very complex and takes a long time. A mature cannabis plant contains hundreds of compounds that interact with our endocannabinoid systems, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The process of distilling these substances into their purest form is known as fractional or short-path distillation. This kind of distillation refines the cannabis concentrate to produce oils that can reach purity levels upwards of 99%.

Fractionation/short-path distillation has been used in numerous industries for many years. It’s been around since the early days of cannabis extraction research. While the extract travels a short distance (say, from one flask to another), its compounds are separated through alcohol and controlled temperatures. This process might need to be repeated multiple times to obtain the desired purity. Fractionation/short-path distillation minimizes compound loss, making it ideal for creating highly concentrated oils. 

How do you consume distillate oils?

The stunning versatility of distillate oils means you can consume them in almost any way. You can inhale them (vape or dab) or take them orally, sublingually, or transdermally. Not only that, but you can even combine these oils with other cannabis products to broaden your consumption options.

6. Live Resin

Live resin stands out among the concentrates because of its unique ability to capture the plant’s flavors and aromas. It typically has the most complex terpene profile, delivering the most tasteful cannabis experience. The end product could carry different consistencies, ranging between a sappy, jelly-like substance, all the way to a more shatter-like solid. The variations in potency, consistency and flavor-profile all depend on the initial material used. Typically, live resin is a dark yellow, malleable concentrate somewhere between the texture of oil and taffy. 

How is resin made?

The process involved in producing live resin is unique. Freshly harvested cannabis is frozen at extreme temperatures, skipping the drying and curing phases (which typically destroy a plant’s terpenes). From that point, the process is the same as the other solvent-based extraction techniques above. By flash-freezing the plant in its fresh state, the terpene profile, taste, and fragrance are retained in the end live resin product. 

How do you consume resin?

Although live resin is most commonly consumed through dabbing and vaping, it can also be added into a bowl, joint, or blunt for an added kick!

Cannabis Crystalline cannabis concentrate

7. Crystalline

Crystalline (aka crystals) is the purest of the cannabis concentrates. It consists of just one type of cannabinoid (e.g., Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), or Cannabidiol (CBD)). That means it’s free of any plant matter or terpenes, the compounds that give each strain its distinct aromatic profile. 

When exposed to heat, crystalline is quite potent. But you might not experience the full effect of this extract precisely because it lacks terpenes. Also, without terpenes, crystalline isn’t able to provide the same health benefits attributed to the entourage effect. It comes in a solid state and looks like granules of sugar.

How is crystalline made?

To make crystalline, cannabis oil is thoroughly refined to serve as a base for formulated cannabis products. THC Crystalline can be made in a number of ways. One way to understand the crystallization process is that it’s similar to making rock candy. To do that, you saturate hot water with sugar. As the water cools down, sugar crystals start to form. Crystalline works the same way. You mix a refined concentrate with a solvent and heat it. After you remove it from the heat, THC crystals form over time as the solvent evaporates.

How do you consume crystalline?

You can ingest crystalline orally, either in an edible or dissolved in oil (a tincture). You can also smoke or dab this cannabis concentrate. 

What are some useful cannabis concentrate-related tips?

When it comes to extending your concentrate’s shelf-life, it’s all about proper storage! Your concentrate/extract should be stored in an air-tight, light-proof container in cool temperatures. If it’s exposed to moisture, oxygen, light, or warm temperatures, the concentrate’s color and texture may begin to change. It could lose some of its potency. Another important thing to take into account is the way that the concentrate/extract was made. A cannabis concentrate is only as potent and flavorful as the plant matter that it comes from. Extracts that are made from the whole plant often end up with a more complex terpene profile than those from dried or frozen flowers.

What are your favorite cannabis concentrates?

Personally, my favorite is definitely THCA distillate oils. Their versatility is incredible. I can throw them into any food, drink, or vape pen! I love to start a morning with just a dash of oil in my coffee. Wow!! 

Rosin is also one of my favorites. To me, it feels like cannabis art. And it gets you HIGH like no other concentrate out there. 

 

For more info or questions, reach out to us @thegoodstrain.ca. We’d love to hear from you!

5 Tricks for Grinding Weed Without a Grinder

When you’re cannabis curious, it’s daunting to figure out how to use flower. While it’s pretty self-evident why you need to equip yourself with a pipe or papers. The need for grinding weed is probably the most overlooked part of the process. Cannabis newbies often skip the grinding altogether. (Guilty.) But just like letting a bottle of wine breathe before you drink it, grinding will vastly improve your experience of cannabis. 

 

Why should you be grinding weed?

One of the best reasons for grinding is to make the most of your cannabis budget. Ground cannabis packs easier and burns much more efficiently. A mix that has an even consistency will allow for better airflow. In turn, increased airflow means that all the cannabis particles in your joint or pipe will burn. Heat activates cannabis so the body can ingest it. If some of your mix isn’t heated, you won’t reap its benefits. Or you’ll have to ingest more to get the benefits you’re looking for. Even for edibles, you’ll get the strongest infusion if you coarsely grind your cannabis first.

 

Grinding prep

Cannabis flower is sold in the form of dried, whole buds. Since cannabis is a plant, it comes with stems—just like the produce you buy in the grocery store. We all know the nutritional benefits of a tomato aren’t in the stems. The same goes for cannabis. The benefits you get from cannabis come from the cannabinoids, like CBD and THC. All of those goodies are in the bud. To be really specific, they’re mainly in the sticky resin on all the little particles all over the bud (the trichomes). So trim off any stems before you grind. That’ll make your mix more potent.

 

Pro tip: If you don’t want to make your mix more potent, lace in some additional herbs instead of leaving in the stems. Up the aromatic ante on your smokes beautifully with Barbari’s herbal blends, like Airplane Mode.

 

What should ground cannabis look like for smoking?

When you’re done grinding weed, you want to end up with consistently sized flakes. Your goal is a dry mix that’s easily measurable, packable, smokable, or infusible. You don’t want powder or any big lumps. But the size of your flakes depends on how you want to consume your cannabis. If you want to smoke it, you should be grinding weed finely. For a good guideline, take a look at some of the other dried herbs in your pantry. Basil, marjoram, and lemon pepper are all similar to what you’re looking for to pack a joint or a pipe. 

If you want to smoke it, you should be grinding weed finely.

What should ground cannabis look like for making edibles?

If you want to cook with your cannabis, go for a coarser mix. There’s two reasons to keep your infusion cannabis coarse. First, the more you grind up the herb, the more difficult it will be to remove the plant matter from your butter, oil, etc. Second, grinding finely will release more of the plant’s chlorophyll into your infusion. Chlorophyll has a strong taste that will make your edibles grassy. Some chefs advise that you should just break your buds apart with your hands. But that can get sticky. So, if you’re grinding weed for edibles, use the sage in your cupboard as your rule of thumb, and keep it coarse.

 

5 methods for grinding weed without a grinder

If you have a grinder, then your work here is done. Use it and be happy. But if you find yourself without one—here are 5 methods for grinding weed using common kitchen tools.

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1.Gently cut your cannabis into small pieces with a butcher knife

Use a knife just like you would when mincing herbs. For a visual demonstration, check out our video showing how to do it on our new YouTube channel—At Home with House of Puff. This method gives you complete control over how small you make your mix. So it’s especially good for coarsely grinding weed for edibles.

 

2.Snip your bud with a pair of sharp scissors

Everybody’s got a pair of scissors lying around in their house. For this method, first cut your bud in half and then just gently snip away at it.

 

3.Grind your cannabis with a garlic grater

Grinding weed with a garlic grater creates a finer mix that’s perfect for packing a joint. Just grate your bud like you would a garlic clove. Keep in mind that you don’t want to grind the stems. They don’t contain that much THC. So try to avoid them if you can.

 

4.Grinding marijuana with a cheese grater

If you don’t have a grinder, your fourth option is a cheese grater. This is essentially the same technique as  using a garlic grater. With both of these grating methods, be careful not to grate your fingers, too!

 

5.Break up your cannabis with a mallet

Our fifth method is to use a kitchen mallet. Usually for pounding meat, a kitchen mallet works just as well with cannabis. Put your bud in a ziploc bag first. As you seal it, press as much of the air out of it as you can. You don’t want the bag to pop so that you lose any of your stash. Once it’s sealed, just beat it until it’s the consistency you’re looking for.

 

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When you’re done grinding, one of our favorite ways to imbibe cannabis is with our ceramic one hitter, Le Pipe. If you’re new to one hitters, they’re a great way to smoke cannabis—especially for the cannabis curious. The small bowl keeps your intake low and slow, so your dosage is manageable. Then the long body of Le Pipe cools off the smoke before it hits your throat. We just even lengthened Le Pipe an extra ¼”, which allows you to take deeper hits with little-to-no wear and tear on your throat.

 

Enjoy!

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