Cannabis Indica Strains

When we talk about marijuana, pot or weed these days it’s inspiring to hear the term “Cannabis” being used more frequently among the general population as the propaganda from the past gradually fades away.

As a society we are becoming re-educated about this incredible plant that has served us for thousands of years as a medicinal and recreational herb, a plant that seems to be tailor made for humanity !

When we talk about “Cannabis Indica ” we are specifically referring to the genotype or landrace that originated in the middle east in the mountains of Afghanistan. We are all familiar with the potent “Hashish” that the locals make.  In fact entire cultures and lifestyles in these regions are based on the cannabis concentrates industry.

There are many well know strains of Cannabis Indica being grown and enjoyed worldwide such as Afghan Kush, Hindu Kush, Northern Lights and Blueberry Kush just to name a few.

Using these very potent Indica strains growers all over the world have developed many of the hybrids like “Blue Dream” which is a cross between the Indica Blueberry Kush and the Sativa Haze.

Each year growers are enhancing the technology being used in grow rooms allowing them to produce new strains and phenotypes with higher potency yields in both THC and CDB cannabinoids.

Cannabis Indica of course has its own unique characteristics when compared to Cannabis Sativa.

1. Cannabis Indica has broader leaves with the plants being generally shorter and more bushy.
2. The buds or flowers are more dense, which is one reason growers like to grow Indica strains as weight is an important factor when you’re selling a product by the ounce or pound.
3. The high is different from Sativa strains , being characterized as more of a “couch lock” effect , more relaxed, more sedated and usually best enjoyed in the evening or at night to unwind and slow down.
4. Cannabis Indica strains are typically higher in CDB ( Cannabidiol ) making them ideal for medicinal use when patients want to relieve pain, increase appetite and need more restful sleep,  all part of the healing process.

 

How To Make Concentrates

As the cannabis industry continues to grow each year  cannabis concentrates are becoming widely available at recreational and medicinal dispensaries around the country.

While the use of cannabis concentrates has been around for thousands of years the extraction process and certainly the potency level is advancing dramatically along with the technology used in the process.

There are 6 basic types of concentrates that have become popular with both recreational and medical users , some that are fairly simple to manufacture, while others require more advanced knowledge, experience and the proper equipment.

1. Kief is simply the trichomes that have been removed from the plant material.
2. Hash is the trichomes or resin that has been compressed to form small bricks.
3. Hash oil is a more modern concentrate requiring the use of solvents , very potent and commonly used when dabbing.
4. Co2 oil is a concentrate requiring expensive extraction equipment operating at high pressure.
5. CDB / RSO oil was developed by Rick Simpson of Canada for the purpose of treating cancer. The extraction process for RSO oil also utilizes solvents and heat creating a tar like substance.
6. Tinctures have been around for centuries and utilize the alcohol and glycerin extraction process.

 

How To Make Edibles

Cannabis edibles are one of the fastest growing sectors of the burgeoning cannabis industry with new vendors and products coming out each year as cannabis legalization continues across the United States.

What are Cannabis Edibles ?  Cannabis edibles are typically sweets and snacks. The most common being cookies, brownies and a wide assortment of baked goods.

However over the last few years cannabis edibles have gone way beyond the proverbial “Pot Brownie” and are being mass produced in high tech manufacturing facilities.  These new businesses are using state of the art extraction processes to produce products and packaging that can only be described as mainstream.

Cannabis edibles are being developed in a wide variety of candies such as gummy bears, lollipops, suckers, chewing gum, mints, chocolates, candy bars, just about any delivery system will work to get the cannabinoids into your bloodstream .

There are many methods to making cannabis edibles, even simple extraction and baking techniques that can be accomplished using tools and equipment found in the average home kitchen.

Others like Supercritical Fluid Extraction involving Co2 gasses under high pressure is only possible using expensive state of the art equipment and machinery found in industrial manufacturing facilities.

Here is a list of the most common edibles being produced , including some cannabis infused beverages, and the various extraction processes being used to manufacture these tasty treats for the palate , mind and body !

1. Baked goods like brownies, cookies are the most basic edible as far as the manufacturing process and can be done in any home kitchen. Typically
baked goods use cannabutter or some type of cannaoil for cannabis infusion.

2. Chocolate bars , mints and other non baked soft treats that are mass produced by hand or through cold extrusion equipment, are using hash oil and other infused oils mixed with their products.

3. Candies like suckers, lollipops and even gummy bears are being infused with cannabis by various methods including Co2 extraction and being sprayed with viscous hash oil.

4. Cannabis beverages are becoming very popular, utilizing just about every type of drink known to man. There is now on the market cannabis infused coffee, beer, fruit drinks, tea, wine, alcohol, soda and various elixirs that combine one or more of these components. Most of these are infused using one or more of the various processes already mentioned here.

 

How To Cook With Cannabis

Cooking with cannabis is a rapidly evolving culinary art form these days as chefs and cooks all over the world are learning the subtleties of infusing food with the complex cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

Because of the resurgence of cannabis in our society the culture of cannabis is changing as well.  Traditionally it has been about smoking and getting high in a social setting, sharing a joint among friends, at a concert or a party.

This dynamic has changed over the years however,  the new science and research is showing us the health benefits of cannabis and how it interacts with our bodies own endocannabinoid system.

These revelations have helped to catapult cannabis into the culinary world.  The list of cannabis infused recipes is growing daily, quickly moving beyond “Pot Brownies” into traditional meals, cannabis cuisine has become…”Whats for Dinner” !

The process of infusing food with the cannabinoids found in cannabis is accomplished by adding concentrates made for cooking, typically these break down into 3 categories.

1. Cannabutter is one of the most common and can be used in a wide variety of recipes from sweets and baked goods to regular meals that are common for the dinner table.
2. Cannaoil is another widely used concentrate that is generally used with dinner menu items as opposed to sweets. The oil used to make this concentrate is usually olive oil , coconut oil or even common vegetable or conola oil.
3. Cannaflour is also a viable way to infuse your meal.  Cannaflour is generally used for baking of course and is generally mixed in with regular flour with between 10% – 20% cannaflour and the rest traditional baking flour.