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By Rafi at iBakeDenver

It's such a rewarding feat to create your own food products from cannabis, knowing that all of the ingredients are healthy, organic, and full of goodness. Homemade no bake edibles with cannabutter are such treats that involve paying attention to flavor, consistency, and patience. Oftentimes, as a beginner making your own weed butter, it helps to elicit advice from the online professionals, as they've been in the cooking trenches of these edibles for longer than you can imagine.

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What is CannaButter?

To be clear, cannabutter is a combination of cannabis and butter and is commonly used in baked goods such as brownies or cookies. These cannabis edibles contain cannabinoids--THC and CBD--which allow you to feel a little of the psychoactive effects from the THC and gain the wellness benefits from the CBD. It's sort of like the best of both worlds.

Prior to making cannabutter, understand what effects you are trying to achieve with creating no-bake edibles. Since cannabis offers numerous health benefits and is becoming more accepted as a natural treatment for aches and pains, the popular choice of cannabutter is the next step as a smoke-free option for making edible cannabis products. This marijuana butter is versatile, improves the quality of your sleep, and manages nausea, pain, and vomiting.

How Do You Make CannaButter?

If you're searching for a cannabis recipe to properly dose it for your weed edibles, look no further than cannabutter. As the integral ingredient for all homemade marijuana edibles, the secret lies in how easy it is to make and to understand how much you are ingesting once the result of the product is complete. Take your time with the entire process; the last thing you need is to make any mistakes and absorb too much cannabis into your system when you hadn't planned on it.

Whipping up your own natural cannabutter relies on nine necessities:

1. 7 grams of cannabis flower
2. 1 cup of raw, organic butter
3. 1 cup of filtered spring water
4. A cannabis grinder - basically, an herb grinder with two halves
5. One large nonstick baking sheet
6. One medium stovetop pot
7. A thermometer to ensure proper cooking temperature
8. A swath of cheesecloth large enough to hold the final product
9. An airtight glass jar to preserve the cannabutter when it's ready

Then follow these simple steps:

Step One: Decarbing Your Cannabis Flowers

  • First, grind your cannabis flower.
  • Heat your oven to 230 to 245 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Spread your ground cannabis on the nonstick baking sheet
  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • Try not to overbake, as you'll end up baking the cannabinoids right out of the final product.
  • After the above has been completed--commonly referred to as ‘decarbing your weed’ --you're ready for the next step of steeping it all on the stovetop. Now, this is the most crucial part, so you don't want to miss a step and make a mistake, something we'll cover in a bit.

Step Two: Cooking Your Creation

  • Melt the cup of water and cup of butter together
  • Keep your burner on the lowest stovetop heat
  • Add your decarbed weed and mix into the heated pot and cover with a lid
  • Let simmer on low for a minimum of three hours

Step Three: Straining Your Butter (The finale!)

  • Place one or two layers of cheesecloth over a jar and secure them with a rubber band wrapped around the mouth of the jar.
  • Slowly pour the butter through the cheesecloth and into the jar
  • Let it cool for 30 minutes at room temperature
  • After it's cooled and solidified, pour the excess water out that has risen to the top of the jar.

Your cannabutter is now ready to be the primary ingredient in your no-bake edibles. Savor every bite of your creation and prepare yourself to enjoy the wellness benefits of cannabis.

What are the Top 3 Mistakes, and How Can You Avoid Them?

When cooking with cannabis--and despite cannabutter being the easiest to make for all beginners entering into the no-bake edible sphere--there are some mistakes that can be made along the way. We'll show you what they are and how to avoid them. 
As mentioned above in Step One, it's crucial to decarb your cannabis. Failure to do so will result in an awful tasting final product. You can't cook raw weed. Therefore decarbing is an essential step to take before you begin making your cannabutter. 

Secondly, over-grinding your cannabis to the point where the THC is less than what you originally had dosed out. Too much grinding and the taste becomes bitter, and your butter isn't a quality cannabutter, with all the goodness that cannabis provides.

And the third and final mistake, infusing the cannabutter without enough water, or any at all. While your final product may seem alright, it's a good idea to add the water as this keeps the temperature low and helps the butter from burning. There's nothing more terrible tasting than burnt cannabutter.

So you see, the key to a perfect cannabutter recipe for your brownies, cookies, or other no-bake edibles involves consistency. It takes a great deal of practice when you first start out and a few hiccups along the way as well, but don't get discouraged. Oftentimes, your initial batch of cannabutter may be either too potent or not potent enough, and once you taste it and feel the effects, you can alter the doses of cannabis on your next attempted go round.

In Conclusion

There's no denying that cannabutter, or marijuana butter, is the primary ingredient in making baked goods and edible candies. The results of your efforts will do wonders for your health in terms of inadequate sleep or relieving pain associated with cancer-related symptoms. To avoid overconsuming your cannabutter, simply follow the above recipe, change the dosage if needed to arrive at the proper outcome, be okay with making some mistakes along the way, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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How Much Are Edibles

How Much Are Edibles

Posted by CANNASaver on Friday, 04 December 2020 in Canna Blog - Latest News

Cannabis is not all about smoke and fire, there are ways to make your next high smoke-free. Edibles come in many different flavors, shapes, and sizes and are a great, non-discreet way of consuming cannabis. But are they cost-effective? How much are edibles compared to other marijuana products?

A Guide to THC Edibles

Edibles are a widely available solution to engage with cannabis in a vapor-less form. Taste the wide-ranging culinary creations infused with cannabis and get a sense of the flavors you enjoy in everyday foods and snacks, that pair well with cannabinoids. 

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Types of Edibles

There are plenty of savory snacks to choose from, like: 

  • Cookies

  • Brownies

  • Tinctures

  • Dissolvable packets

  • Gummies

  • Hard candies

  • Chocolates

  • Teas

  • Sodas, and more.

How Much THC Are In Edibles?

Colorado State Regulations mandate that (recreational) edibles come packaged in no larger than 100 milligrams of THC doses with identifiable portions. The most common measurement is 10 mg in a bite. Most products will be portioned out or have a clear dosing schedule on the label. 

The exception is for tinctures and syrups which can run up to 1000 milligrams of THC in a bottle. These infused liquids will also have a measuring syringe so you can achieve the precise dosing you desire. Most single-serve drinks such as soda pops or lemonades are dosed at 10 milligrams of THC in a bottle.

What does it all mean though? What is the best bang for your buck? 

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The Most Cost-Effective Type of Edibles

Tinctures and syrups are the most potent and cost-effective way to ingest THC.

By volume, strength, and price, syrup, or tincture will be the strongest type of edible you can get! These are liquids infused with THC and CBD and have the highest concentrations. The flavors are pretty good and usually resemble a sweet concoction to help this medicine go down smoothly. The activation times range from 10 minutes to 30 minutes and the doses are measured by syringe or capful. 

You can find up to 1000 mg containers from between $45 to $70 dollars. A 100 mg syrup can be found for as low as $15!

Drinks contain the least THC with about 10 mg in a bottle but are convenient and great for lighter social flights. 

Typical Prices for Other Edibles

For the pan-baked experience, there is a plethora of brownies, cookies, bars, chocolates, and stroopwafels which are doled out in 100 mg containers are the tastiest and most versatile option. These baked goods go from $6 for a bar of single-serving chocolate to an average price of $22 for a full 100 mg package of multiple cookies or chocolates. These offerings have a sufficient amount of THC in the whole package to remind you of your aunt’s space cake, but ultimately you can decide how many bites until your preferred high. 

This article starts off with the lightest infusions and saves the heaviest hitters for last.

Your taste buds will dance when a Cannabis-Infused Cola splashes over your tongue. There are many flavors to choose from such as classic, orange kush, root beer, blue razz, and purple passion. These drinks are at the higher end of the scale as far as milligrams per dollar but are great for first-timers and social buzzes. These drinks cost around $8-$10. Drinks are usually portioned at 10 mg of THC content, which is the lower end of the spectrum. You can also find bagged teas infused with cannabis. There are also strictly CBD drinks with no psychoactive effect. Those are a little cheaper. Thursdays are a good day to quench your thirst and coupons range from 10% to 25% off. You can score some coupons from cannasaver.com at these links.

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Best Denver Dispensary Prices and Deals on Edibles

Pure Dispensary

Pure Dispensary is currently offering 25% OFF Thursday edibles, drinks, and more.

Green Heart Dispensary

Green Heart Dispensary is offering 10% OFF Thirsty Thursday Drinks. The most diverse range of offerings comes in the baked goods section. These products are portioned out by state law at 100 mg per container. The pricing ranges from $15 to gourmet delectables at $25. Due to the way some people metabolize THC, your body might be more affected by fat-containing cookies, the perfect amount of vegan chocolate, or you have a sweet tooth and enjoy gummies. Experiment and find out what works with your physiology in terms of activating your senses and quelling your hunger. The portions per morsel, piece, or bite are always listed on the container and usually are about 10 milligrams per piece.

The Lodge Dispensary

The Lodge has a great BOGO (Buy One Get One 50%) deal on edibles, this nets 25% off of two items. This is a great way to pick up a couple of different snacks. The 100 mg caramel stroopwafels are super tasty and potent! The lodge also has infused “forbidden fruits." These are dehydrated or freeze-dried fruit pieces infused with cannabis. That is nothing short of amazing and a fun snack for your next hike to the peak. The perfect way to stimulate your sense and make your own day or bring a smile to your significant other's face is CHOCOLATE! Make your day (and theirs) and pick up your favorite cacao-based treat. You can find almost any flavor of chocolates and truffles. From dark chocolate, with 68% cacao to milk chocolate or cookies and cream mixes all bases are covered. There are non-chocolate bars too such as key lime pie, banana pudding, apple pie, and more. These bars run about $20-$24 and their inspired flavors are remarkable and will have you craving for more! 

The Stone Dispensary

The Stone on the west side of Denver has $15 100 mg syrups. This is a phenomenal price per milligram.

Mary Jane's House Dispensary

Mary Jane's House has a BOGO (Buy One Get One for a Penny) deal on 100mg THC tinctures. This special rendition of rice crispy bars, aptly named Chaos Crispies, will fill your cravings and give you tidal waves of nostalgia, all while elevating you to the next level. With one of the best milligrams per dollar value, you can score a 100 mg pack for $13 at Mary Jane’s House, too.

AMCH Denver

If you have your medical card, you can find one of the best deals on 1000 mg Drip syrups for $45 at AMCH Denver

No matter your craving, CANNASAVER.COM will help you find the tastiest snacks, drinks, and “tincs” at the best prices.  Satiate your cravings and save your dollars with these coupons towards edibles and such.


 

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When you unbox the Source Turbo from Extract Craft, it's hard not to feel intimidated by how complicated it looks to make your own concentrates. For me, in all honesty, I gave up the blonde hair. I dyed mine blue-black just to make sure I could easily operate this unit. The blonde needed to go away so that a mad scientist could take her place.

Source Turbo

In reality such a drastic makeover wasn't necessary to operate this baby. It's actually a very simple process, the machine itself. What you need most is patience and the ability to follow instructions (for all the steps!) before and after using the Source.

At the time of this writing, I have only made shatter and pull n' snap. I have not tried Jar Tech yet to make EHO (Ethanol Hash Oil) or edibles. This is the part that still intimidates me just a hair.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Reclaims ethanol
  • Makes smokables and edibles
  • Price

Cons:

  • Process requires patience
  • Ethanol required isn't legal in all states (check your local laws)
  • Ethanol is expensive
  • Loud

In A Nutshell:

Patience is something this Squirrel lacks almost completely. At the age of 10 I unwrapped all my Christmas presents and rewrapped them. Nobody was the wiser until I confessed many years after. Now nobody wraps my presents. The best I can hope for in the way of wrapping is the shipping box.

While waiting for your Source Turbo to arrive you have to watch and read all the documentation, maybe several times. Take lots of notes and make a "Flight check list" for all the steps you will need to take in prep, extraction and post processing of oil.

Here are a few helpful links:

All the steps might seem intimidating and they are, until you do it the first time. Then you are wondering why this all seemed so complicated in the beginning. In my case it's probably because I barely passed Chemistry in high school, probably due to the fact I was smoking weed. So it's a bit ironic that weed is to blame in rekindling my interest in the subject I failed to excel in so many moons ago.

After my 3rd batch of making the THC oil with my Source I don't need my check list anymore. Everything is pretty simple. The only tricky part that I am still trying to master is when to actually end my process. Getting that sweet spot for the oil takes time and experience to get it right.

If you have the right friends perhaps you can get trim or shake to experiment with until you get the hang of making your shatter. The only downfall with using trim verses bud is that it tends to hold onto more of the ethanol during the wash portion. At least that was my experience. For my second attempt at washing trim I was able to get more ethanol out by letting the mason jar sit longer upside down in the measuring cup, for almost an additional 1 1/4 cups.

For this review I am going to focus more on the machine use verses the whole process. A detailed account of the steps, from prewash to finish with journal of my first few sessions visit my personal reviews site, Racky's Reviews

Extract Craft was out of their buchner filter and flask so I had to order on Amazon. Personally, this is a must have as it really speeds up the process with the Source's vacuum assist and gets your wash clean. Some people use mason jars with coffee filters to do their filtering with patience and success too.

The hose that came with my Amazon flask was horrible. I needed to be a descendant of Kâli to use the vacuum assist on the Source with this rigid short tubing. I couldn't find anything local that worked either. So the first two washes I relied on gravity to filter my "tincture".

After much frustration at gravity intentionally deciding to move much slower under my watchful impatient gaze, I started plotting ideas to make my own vacuum hose. For once being on oxygen had it's perks. With my "no crush" green tubing, a swivel O2 male connector and racers tape *aka duct tape* I made an ugly but amazingly efficient vacuum hose. What took hours with gravity now only took a fraction of the time. The vacuum assist on the Source is easy to use and works great.

Now I was ready to use the Source. First set altitude, which is super easy. Hold the green button for 10 full seconds. Click out your elevation at 1 click per 1000FT. If at 300FT round up to 1k. Yes, their rounding rules are weird.

The written instructions are slightly different from the video. I think someone may have been smoking some weed when they wrote them out. Per video you hold for 4 full seconds to start turbo mode. Unit will give 2 slow flashes. To stop press button once. Unit will give you 3 *not 2* quick flashes.

Use a timer because the Source does not fully shut off at the end of the 120 min cycle. The fan still runs so you might not realize your session ended. On turbo mode, wash filled to Fill Line, it took about 2 hrs and 45 min to get my oil to the consistency I wanted. The last 30 minutes watch carefully, checking every 5-10 minutes. 

Their app is another great way to monitor your time too. This app has to be the most fool proof software I have ever used. It automatically connected to my Source without me having to push anything on the unit.

This wonderful little machine is loud. I think I would hesitate to use this in an apartment. Especially if female. When the pump kicks on, it's pretty loud and who knows what dirty images that might conjure in your neighbors heads. They might get the wrong idea on why you are so happy all the time! Oh my!

However, if you like distillate and other concentrates you NEED this unit. What better way to get the flower and flavors in the concentrates you love than make your own? Plus you know what all is in your concentrates. You can even add additional terps with companies like TrueTerpenes line of products. Custom blended and super yummy.

The unit really is "So Easy A Squirrel Can Do It." It consists of one button and one screw "knob," not much you can screw up there. The prep and post process are a little more complicated but if you visit the links above and familiarize yourself with all the steps, it really isn't that hard. Make sure to make use of their FaceBook Group too. There is a huge wealth of knowledge there with very friendly and helpful users. 

If you grow your own flower and have the money I would highly suggest getting the ETOH Pro, although there is something very therapeutic about doing the smaller batches in the Source. It helps to get my fluffy biscuit up and moving about. 

This unit due to it's simple, quality design and ease of use earns it a Wacky Racky Seal of Approval.

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What Can You Do With Kief?

What Can You Do With Kief?

Posted by CANNASaver on Friday, 19 February 2021 in Canna Blog

Picture this: you’ve just opened up the bottom of your grinder and find a huge mound of kief. The question is, what should you do with it?

Kief can be used in a variety of ways. As many smokers will tell you, it’s more potent than its flowery brother. Be careful not to waste any of it.

If it’s been a while since you’ve used your grinder, make sure the kief is still safe to consume. Then, use this list to elevate your high.

What is Kief?

Kief is defined as “an accumulation of the trichomes, or resin glands, sifted from cannabis flowers.” This naturally makes kief more potent than flower, as it has a higher concentration of THCA. Concentrates like wax and shatter contain an even higher amount, so kief is a good middle ground between bud and concentrates.

 Kief is collected by using a grinder. When using a grinder, the middle portion collects the flower to pack in bowls, joints, etc. The very bottom part collects all the finely ground cannabis or kief. The more you use your grinder, the more kief you’ll have. 

The potency of the kief depends on the quality of the original flower. Buy higher quality weed à get higher quality kief.

What Can You Do With Kief?

Pothead engineers have come up with a diverse collection of ways to utilize kief. Because it’s more potent, less needs to be used to get a good high. Here are some ways to put that extra-potent kief to good use.

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Top Off a Bowl

The simplest way to make use of kief is to use it as a bowl topping. Pack a bowl with regular flower, then sprinkle on your preferred amount of kief and light it up.  You can also layer the sides of the bowl with kief to make it last longer. Adding kief to an average weed bowl spike the potency way up.

It’s possible to pack a bowl of straight-up kief, but because it’s like a fine powder, inhaling hits harder.

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Roll It

In the same vein as topping off a bowl, you can also add kief to your joints or blunts. Remember – kief is especially potent. Add what amount feels right to you and go from there.

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Turn It Into Butter

Making cannabutter is a great way to use up your kief. If you enjoy cooking with cannabis, there are few better ingredients than a stash of kief.

Cannabutter is used in a variety of marijuana recipes. The process of making it is pretty simple too. Cannabutter can be made using just flower, but switching that out for kief has some interesting effects:

·         Kief has a much more subtle taste, changing the flavor of your edibles.

·         Kief is exceptionally more potent, changing the high of your edibles.

To make cannabutter, start by heating up the kief. This activates the THCA and turns it into THC, one of the chemicals that produces weed’s psychoactive effects. Then, combine the kief with melted butter, simmer for a couple of hours, and strain and freeze.

Voila! You just made some extremely potent cannabutter.

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Spike Your Coffee

One of the most popular ways to use kief is by adding it to a cup of coffee. The heat from the brew activates the cannabinoids and creates a cannabis coffee that’s sure to brighten your morning. 

You may be nervous about mixing caffeine and marijuana, but no negative effects have been found about the combination. In fact, a study conducted in 2014 found that caffeine may actually improve the high attained from marijuana. 

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Make Moonrocks

Moonrocks are an especially potent form of marijuana made with kief. The process is simple: cover buds in hash oil and roll around in kief. This gives the bud a glossy, but the coarse texture (hence the name moonrocks).

Moonrocks have been accepted by the weed community as a form of homemade concentrates, as their potency is much higher than that of just the ingredients.

Typically, moonrocks are smoked with a pipe, but they can be rolled into joints as well.

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Try Your Hand At Hash

Hash is essentially heated and pressed kief. Doing this to the kief creates a softball of super-concentrated cannabinoids.

The look and consistency all depend on how much pressure and heat are applied, but doing this process does change the look, taste, and feel of the original product.

Roll a Caviar Joint

Joints are awesome, many stoners favorite way to smoke weed. There is nothing wrong with smoking a flower-packed joint, but maybe you want to step your game up.

Caviar, essentially small moonrocks, is the main ingredient in these high-potency joints. Typically, a caviar joint will run up the bill at a dispensary, but being able to make your own is an invaluable pothead skill. 

Your friends are going to love you if you’re the guy who always supplies the caviar.

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Make Some Tea

So you’re not a coffee drinker. No worries, it’s not for everyone. You can achieve a similar effect by using hot tea. The concoction will give a relaxing body high that doesn’t mess with your gut like coffee sometimes does.

Cook Up Some Rosin

Rosin is a version of concentrates made using kief. It is an extremely strong form of marijuana that’s consumed by dabbing.

Making rosin can be somewhat complicated, but not impossible with a little effort.

You’ll need some parchment paper, a hair straightener (a rosin press is even better), and a significant amount of kief. Collect the kief on the paper, press between the straightener with a good amount of pressure, and wait for a sizzle. Don’t keep on too long, as it could burn.

Once it cools down, you’ve got a killer DIY rosin to dab.

Make Vape Juice

This is the most scientifically involved way to use your kief, but it’s possible to make vape juice with kief to put in a vape pen. The science can be complicated, and you’ll need some extra ingredients.

 If all goes well, you’ll have a homemade, highly-potent weed vape juice to brag about. 

If you’re looking to do any of these things, but find yourself low on weed, check out Cannasaver for deals to get started on your next kief project.

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Summer 2018 Weed Deals for Denver

As the beginning of summer approaches, you know there’s one thing you can always find in Denver to make the blazing heat more bearable: great local weed deals so that you can do a little blazing of your own! Right now, many Denver dispensaries are offering some of the cheapest ounce deals, moon rocks deals, concentrates deals and more to help you welcome the official start of summer in “high” style. Check it out.

Denver Weed Deals

Some of the best ounce deals in Denver right now can be found at The Lodge Cannabis. This Federal Boulevard dispensary has a $79 recreational ounce deal on Gorilla Glue #4 or Gooch. They also have a north Denver dispensary on High Street. For another great Denver dispensary deal, check out LaConte’s Clone Bar, where you can get a $20 recreational quarter of select strains. LaConte’s has two locations: a north Denver dispensary on Washington, and a dispensary near Cheesman Park on 7th avenue.

Summer' Best Concentrates Deals

For Denver concentrates deals, head to High Street Growers where shatter grams are just $13.99 each for recreational customers. If you prefer to buy in bulk, check out the deals at Rocky Mountain High Stapleton dispensary. You can get a concentrates deal on four grams of wax or shatter fr only $60. Chronic Therapy Wheat Ridge dispensary also has four grams of wax or shatter for $60, on the popular Chronic Creations concentrates. Can’t decide if you want concentrates or weed? Why not choose both?! Get yourself some concentrate-dipped primo flower, aka moon rocks, at Herbs4You. They have a moon rocks deal at only $20 a gram recreational.

Denver Edibles Deals

Make your summer picnic an occasion to remember with a selection of edibles! Back to the Garden dispensary on Broadway has 100 mg edibles on sale for $10, or you can get two 100 mg edibles for $15 on select brands. At Herbal Remedies Denver Barnum West dispensary, all medical edibles are 25% off right now. Feeling thirsty? Get 25% off Cannapunch THC infused beverages at all Livwell Denver dispensary locations.

More Denver Weed Deals for Summer

Like these dispensary deals? You can find hundreds more on Cannasaver, the first marijuana coupons site. Just browse by store or search for the products you want to find the best Denver weed deals, ounce specials, concentrates deals, and more.

Happy Summer!

 

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First Timers Guide to Edibles: Marijuana Gummies and Cannabis Candy

If you're a first timer or you're traveling to Denver for the marijuana tourism, you might be in need of a little guidance regarding what to buy at the local dispensaries. One of the most interesting and unusual marijuana products you can buy at Denver dispensaries are the marijuana edibles such as the marijuana gummies and other marijuana candy. Edibles can be enjoyed discreetly, and they're also a fun novelty, which makes them very popular among Denver marijuana travelers who come here for the marijuana tourism. Edibles are also a great choice for first timers looking for a consistent, controlled, and measured dose. There are a ton of edibles on the market, from beverages to pastries to chocolates. First timers and Denver travelers are often intrigued by the marijuana gummies and other types of marijuana candy, but they wonder, What edible should I try first? What marijuana candy is right for me? Here is a list of marijuana gummies and other marijuana candies available at Denver dispensaries that have come to be local favorites:

Marijuana Gummies for first timers and travelers

Highly Edible Gummies: Produced by Colorado cannabis company Cannapunch, Highly Edible Gummies are vegan, handmade, and organic marijuana candies that come in a variety of flavors. Many gummies contain gelatin, a product derived from animals. Vegetarians and vegans seeking a cruelty-free buzz should check out Highly Edible Gummies. They're as potent as they are delicious.

Americanna Gummies: Another good choice for first timers and marijuana tourists traveling to Denver is Americanna Gummies. These star-shaped marijuana candies are substantial, being both larger and denser than many other cannabis gummies on the market. You can get sweet gummies, or sour gummies. Americanna Gummies can be purchased in bottles containing ten gummies of 10mg each, and you can find them at Livwell Broadway and many other dispensaries in denver.

Edipure: Edipure products are lab-tested and carefully prepared to produce a marijuana candy with a consistent dosage and minimal cannabis aftertaste. They make an extensive line of marijuana gummies and other marijuana candies. First timers who aren't quite ready for a heavy head high should try the sour gummy bears. The sour gummy bears deliver 75 mg CBD and 25 mg THC per serving for a mild, nicely balanced effect. Their Raspberry Jellies feature both raspberry and blackberry flavored jellies,infused with 10 mg THC per serving. If you're looking for a marijuana gummy without gelatin, trythe Edipure Cherry Loves. They're made with natural cherry flavor and include organic grape juic concentrate, organic sugar, and black carrot juice concentrate. The bear-shaped gummies and fruit-shaped gummies will only be available until July 1st when a new marijuana law goes into effect prohibiting the sell of animal-shaped or fruit-shaped marijuana gummies, so act quick if you want these products.

Marijuana Mints and other Marijuana Candy

Dixie Elixirs: Dixie Elixirs makes a great line of marijuana mints. One of their most popular is their Synergy Mixed Berry Mints. These mints contain 5 mg CBD and 5 mg THC per mint, providing a nice balance for the first timer or marijuana tourist seeking a milder effect. Just place the mint under your tongue, and allow it to dissolve. Their Awakening Mints are also worth trying if you're looking for a mild energy boost. These mints contain ginko, matcha, ginseng, and orange oil to help support mental alertness and enhance physical stamina. Awakening Mints deliver 3 mg THC per mint and are sold in packs of 16. Rocky Road Aurora and MMJ America both have a full line of Dixie products.

Med-a-mints: Med-a-mints are another marijuana mint to try. Infused with 10 mg THC per mint, Med-a-mints are sugar free and loaded with vitamin C. They come in a variety of interesting flavors like Exotic Chai Mint, Relaxing Vanilla Mint, and Energizing Vanilla Mint. You can get Med-a-mints at Medicine Man Denver.

CannaCubes: A great choice for first timers or marijuana tourism seekers, these small, sweet, indulgent Belgian sugar cubes are infused with high quality cannabis oil. Each cube delivers a 10mg dose of THC, and they're sold in packs of two. CannaCubes are part of The Dutch Girl line of products.

So Much Candy!

There are so many more marijuana gummies, mints, and other marijuana candies to try, this list just represents the must-try marijuana candies for first timers or marijuana tourism adventurers traveling to Denver. The best thing to do is to head to the closest dispensary and see for yourself the vast variety of marijuana candies and edibles available.

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How to Strain Cannabutter Without Cheesecloth

How to Strain Cannabutter Without Cheesecloth

Posted by CANNASaver on Saturday, 02 January 2021 in

In Colorado, cannabis is pretty easy to find these days. However, when you’re trying to be adventurous with your cannabis and make some homemade edibles and goodies, you don’t always have all the equipment you need for cooking. Have no fear, here’s how to strain cannabutter without cheesecloth.

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What is Weed Butter?

Also known as marijuana butter or cannabutter, weed butter is a combination of cannabis and butter. Weed butter is most commonly used to make cannabis edibles. These include cannabis cookies and brownies.

Why is Straining Required?

Once it is infused, cannabutter needs to be strained. This is often done by slowly and carefully allowing the product to seep through cheesecloth. This method allows only the oil to get through the filter.

You don’t have to strain your cannabutter. You can take the plant bits out of the cannabutter using a slotted spoon. However, you will have to be content with plant pieces floating around in your weed butter.

Straining is required to ensure that the product with which you are going to bake doesn’t contain excess plant materials.

Problems with Using Cheesecloth for Straining

Cheesecloth is gauze-like, woven cotton cloth. It was originally used to create and wrap cheese. Hence, its name. Cheesecloth is costly and can be used only once.

Cheesecloth is tricky to cut. It is also messy and time-consuming to use as a strainer. If you squeeze the cheesecloth to hurry the process, you can end up with plant materials in the cannabutter.

A final disadvantage is that most households don’t have cheesecloth on hand. It is not always easy to find. You can buy cheesecloth at a kitchen supply store or a fabric store by the yard but you need to cut it to the size you need for your strainer.

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Alternatives to Straining with Cheesecloth

  1. Try Muslin

Select 100% cotton, unbleached, lightweight muslin. The cheaper the quality of the muslin the better it is for straining. You want a loose weave. This will provide a strainer that is tighter than cheesecloth and much cheaper. Muslin is also easier to find and to cut than cheesecloth.

Place the muslin over the mouth of a bowl, a cup, or a measuring cup. Secure with a device like an elastic band or clips. Place the cannabis leaves or buds in the muslin. Pour hot butter over the cannabis and allow it to strain into the receptacle below.

  1. Consider Found Materials

You don’t have to go out and purchase cheesecloth or muslin. Look around you. Straining materials are there. How about using a pillowcase, a tea towel, a bandana, or a scrap of fabric from your craft basket?

Stretch the material over the mouth of a bowl. Hold in place with an elastic band or clips around the rim. Put the cannabis in the material and pour hot butter over the material. Allow to strain. 

When done, discard the cannabis. The fabric can be washed and reused.

  1. Create an Herb Bag

Use found material to create a pouch. Place the cannabis materials inside and sew closed. Place this bag in a bowl of warmed butter. Allow the cannabis to infuse the butter, stirring from time to time. 

When the butter is infused to your liking, take the bag out and discard it. You can make several of these bags while you have your sewing machine out. Store in a closed, dry container until they are needed.

  1. Coffee Filters Work

You have them on hand. Coffee filters make good strainers for cannabutter because they are already set up to be used to filter materials and infuse the liquid. 

First, run hot water through the filter to remove the paper taste. Place the filter in a mug, a bowl, or a dish. Put the cannabis buds or leaves in the filter. Then, pour heated butter in a circular motion over the cannabis and allow the mixture to brew.

Once the butter is infused, remove the filter with the cannabis inside and discard it. You’re left with delicious cannabutter for cooking.

  1. Cloth Table Napkins are Versatile

Those cotton table napkins or cloth diapers can also serve as filters. Stretch the material over the mouth of a bowl. Hold in place with an elastic band or clips around the rim. Put the cannabis in the material and pour hot butter over the material. Allow to strain. 

When done, discard the cannabis. The fabric can be washed and reused.

  1. Look for a Fine Mesh Bag

Fine mesh bags can be purchased in a hardware store. Mesh bags are worth the price because they are easy to clean and can be reused.

Put the cannabis in the mesh bag. Pour hot butter over the bag. Allow to strain. 

When done, discard the cannabis. The mesh bag can be washed and reused.

  1. Select a Fine Wire Sieve

A wire sieve is easy to clean. It can be used several times. Be sure to choose a sieve that catches the plant materials. Because it is reusable, a wire sieve is an inexpensive strainer. Moreover, it is easy to use and not messy.

  1. Repurpose Pantyhose

Stockings or pantyhose are a good substitute for cheesecloth. Simply stretch a clean pair of pantyhose or tights or a nylon stocking over the mouth of a large mixing bowl. When you have finished straining the cannabutter, toss the pantyhose in the washing machine and reuse it.

  1. Use the Two-Cup Method

Originally used to brew tea, this also works for cannabutter. Place cannabis in a cup. Pour hot butter over top. Stir until the butter is fully infused. Then pour the mixture into a strainer over a second cup. Discard the plant pieces remaining in the sieve.

If you don’t have a strainer, you can pour the mixture in the first cup into the second cup using a slotted spoon to catch the plant pieces.

If you don’t have a slotted spoon, use a fork to hold back the plant material as you pour the infused butter from the first cup into the second one.

  1.  Create a Tin Foil Infuser

Cut out a square of tin foil large enough to cover the surface of a cup. 

Fold the square twice so you have a small square. Use a sharp paring knife to make holes in the closed corner.

Fold out a pocket and place it in the cup. Put in the cannabis material. Pour in hot butter. Allow mixture to brew, stirring occasionally. When the butter is infused, remove the tin foil infuser with the plant material and discard it.

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** Don’t Use a Paper Towel

People often make the mistake of assuming a paper towel will work as effectively as a filter when they are considering how to strain cannabutter without cheesecloth.

Avoid using paper towels as strainers. Paper towel production uses bleaches and other chemicals. When you strain the butter through a paper towel, it leaches these chemicals into the cannabutter. 

And that's how to strain cannabutter without cheesecloth.

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Wax Edibles

Posted by CANNASaver on Friday, 16 July 2021 in Canna Blog

Homemade edibles have always been made the old-fashioned way - with marijuana flower or trim. The green tint and strong marijuana flavor in cannabis-infused butter are a result of this process.  But cannabis concentrates are the fastest-growing product sector on the cannabis market. Types of concentrates range from BHO to live resin. For some stoners, crafting an edible infusion is a right of passage – wax edibles.

Due to their large THC potency, cannabis concentrates are becoming a popular and effective ingredient in high-potency edibles.

Let’s get our heads in baking mode (pun intended) and look at what exactly wax edibles are.

edibles made with wax

Let’s Concentrate on the Edibles

Edibles rarely make it into the cannabis concentrate conversation. Much like dabs, edibles provide a long-lasting, potent high depending on the dose. The biggest difference between dabs and edibles is the onset time. 

If smoked/vaped, your high will kick in almost instantly. However, eat an edible and your high may take up to two hours to even reveal itself. But, edibles offer a strong, unique marijuana experience. 

Though they have an onset time between 30-90 minutes (depending on your metabolism), these tasty treats can last anywhere from 6-8 hours. Compared to smoking/dabbing lasting between 1-3 hours.  Infused drinks are known to hit much faster between 20-30 minutes. 

It does not take much of an edible to get a desired high. With this, comes a bit of caution. Start with low doses and be patient. Overeating edibles can cause a bad time, especially in those new to cannabis.

When the edible begins to digest, THC forms into a different byproduct in the liver making a chemical 2.5x stronger than regular THC. This chemical is known as Delta-9 THC.

More Potent Edibles? Is That Even Possible?

In 2013, it was reported that cannabis wax contains 80 percent THC with effects so hallucinogenic that consumers have been sent to the hospital from just one dab of the stuff.

Though not too common, you can make edibles with your marijuana concentrates. You can use concentrates instead of cannabutter/oil. Make sure to "decarb" your cannabis concentrates before infusing them. Decarbing is huge for converting THCA into THC. After the decarbing process, THC has its psychoactive effects which we all know and love.

wax concentrate

Best Waxes For Edibles

Alright, if you're going to make wax edibles, here are some of the best concentrates to use for that.

Distillate

Known for its high potency and being decarboxylated, Distillate is the perfect flavorless and scentless concoction for a fat component of your chosen recipe.

RSO

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is great for edibles due to its ease of use. RSO requires no decarboxylation step and can be directly added to recipes. 

Sugar Wax

Any entourage-like benefits contained in cannabis oils are not typically present in distillate. More solid-like concentrates such as sauce, live resin, budder, and sugar wax have the potential to contain large amounts of THCA. Which becomes THC.

Concentrate On Your Menu

Most cannabis concentrates can be used to medicate your food, and the main variables of potency, flavor, perfume and viscosity can all be managed with relative ease.

For example, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is a full-spectrum extract which means it contains the botanical essence of the whole plant. CO2 and BHO extracts are mainly flavorless.

Certain cooking oils are more effective carriers for THC. For example, dairy fats are less stable than vegetable oil (like olive oil) and are less likely to melt in a way that ensures even dosing throughout. MCT oil is an excellent flavorless carrier but its low smoke point makes it less skillet-friendly than virgin coconut oil or canola. Examine your recipe to learn which oil or infusion method will be most effective.

Cooking With Wax

Alright, Chef...we know you can make some great banana pancakes, but when you introduce cannabis/concentrates to the kitchen, there are a few things to consider:

Decarboxylate Concentrates When Necessary

Before cooking, you’ll want to be sure that your concentrate is decarboxylated. This converts non-intoxicating THCA into the euphoric THC we all know and love.

Higher temperatures are more likely to eliminate valuable cannabinoids and other compounds, so decarbing low and slow is generally the best way to go.

To make cannabutter/oil
Warm butter up to around 200 degrees Fahrenheit and measure the temperature with a probe. Allowing the heat of the butter to heat up the wax, continue to stir until it is fully mixed. If the butter begins to harden too early, add warm water to the mix. Placing the bowl in the fridge, the butter and water will separate as the butter cools, making it easy to remove. 

Dosing

The main goal when consuming highly potent, wax edibles is to have as much fun as possible by taking things slow and low. Edibles are highly known to be difficult to dose.

Things to consider, some numbers for the scientists:

  • The weight of your concentrate (in grams)

  • The potency of the concentrate (% THC or CBD)

  • The number of servings the cooked dish yields (i.e. “makes a dozen cookies”)

edibles made from wax

Benefits of Wax Edibles

It’s time to open your mind up to the potentials of weed — it’s more than just a joint or a bowl. 

  • Higher Potency
    Cannabis concentrates are typically incredibly high in cannabinoid levels. Reaching 90% THC and CBD. They also provide terpenes.

  • Reduced Herb Flavor
    Cannabis tends to have a bit of a grassy/earthy taste when used in edibles. Concentrates in edibles eliminate the issue by adding potency without plant material.

  • Healthiest Option For Your Lungs
    Eating cannabis or using tinctures is always going to be better for your lungs than smoking it is. The fact is, smoking anything creates combustion, and the combustion creates harmful toxins and carcinogens which we then inhale into our lungs. On top of that, 88 percent of the combusted smoke gases from marijuana don't even contain cannabinoids.

In the end, edibles are also a health-conscious way to get high, protecting your lungs from toxins and carcinogens found in smoke.

If you’re interested in your body’s overall health, chances are you are exploring the health benefits of CBD.

With the option to add CBD into your daily diet, you may find relief of pain and anxiety, allowing you to better concentrate on your day’s tasks. 

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I don't even know where to begin with this review. I am that in LOVE with this unit.

This is beyond "so easy a Squirrel can do it". Heck, even a Sloth could handle it just as easily too. The set up, processing and even the clean up is simple, fast and easy to do. No worries about finding the clean-up chore to be such an ordeal that your brain switches to procrastination mode.

Pros:

  • Easy to use - Temp and time presets is what I used for all of my tincture batches.
  • Clean up takes under 5 minutes.
  • Doesn't take up a lot of counter space.
  • Lots of color choices.
  • A ton of accessories you can buy to make edibles (which I did not purchase, yet)

Cons:

  • Leaks a little while infusing and when you release the reservoir to clean.
  • Marijuana smell is present, not as bad as it would be with other methods, but you can still smell it.
  • Nothing to compress all the oil out of the flower.

Levo 2 Oil Infuser - Used with Permission by LEVO

Why You NEED This Machine:

I think we can all agree, while smoking herb has a lot of benefits, it also has some health risks too. Especially if you are like me and have COPD. With smoking the relief is instant and strain-specific. This isn't the case with most edibles, tablets or tinctures you buy pre-made.

Frankly when I started thinking about what products I wanted to review, I really had my doubts about tinctures. I had tried tinctures from several of my dispensaries and the results were too unpredictable. So I gave up and switched to dry-herb vaping instead.

Honestly I almost lost hope at doing any edibles at all.

I knew one of the biggest problems with dispensary-purchased tinctures is that they weren't typically strain-specific. For whatever reason most of them tasted absolutely horrible as well. There also seemed to be differences in the amount of time it would take for the effects to kick in per batch, probably due to the non-specific strains used.

With the Levo you are in control of what strains you put in. For me, the only time I might make tinctures that are not strain specific would be when using the stock of kief that I've been carefully saving. Honestly, I'm torn on whether to use my kief this way, totally conflicted. I love combining my flower, concentrate and kief in my DaVinci stainless steel .3g pods when I need extra pain relief. It's my lazy Squirrel "moonrocks" (technically I guess I should call them "moonpods").

After trying strain-specific tinctures I am completely and totally sold on the idea of using tinctures over smoke.

In the last 3 days I have used my vaporizer only once. It was only because I needed immediate relief verses 10-20 minutes of waiting for a tincture to kick in.

Levo 2 Oil Infuser - Used with Permission by LEVO

In A Nutshell:

The Levo, IMHO is a must have for any cannabis user.  Having strain-specific tinctures is extremely beneficial since different strains treat different problems. Different strains also have different onset times. If a strain is a creeper when smoked, it will most likely be a creeper in a tincture as well.

You can use different oils depending on your taste preference. You can even use butter if you want to bake edibles instead of making just tinctures. Just make sure if you are making tinctures, you don't buy the wrong oil.

I sent my son, Thing 1 out to the store to get coconut oil and he came back with organic raw coconut oil, which was solid. It will turn liquid if stored above 76°. What you need to buy if making tinctures is fractionated coconut oil. I prefer this oil because it doesn't have much taste. Other oils people recommend (but I haven't tried yet) are sunflower and hemp oil.

Personally, I think hemp oil would make it taste more suitable for a goat--but that's just me--while Sunflower would probably add pleasant taste to the tinctures. A nice roasted flavor that might help mask the weed taste.

I would also suggest getting some flavor extracts and play with your tincture taste. Just remember this will change the strength of your tinctures just a tad depending on how much flavoring you add to your mix. Which I add after the infusion process.

Levo 2 - Automatic Oil Infuser - Used with Permission from LEVO

Tested Strains:

For this review I made two different tinctures. First I used Chocolatina because that is what our dispensary had in shake. Shake is cheaper than flower and I was afraid that I would honestly screw up my first batch. I also made sure to get a strain I wouldn't weep over screwing up. I am not a sativa lover so the fact the dispensary only had this strain available as shake was fine with me.

This strain is a bit of a creeper for me when I have smoked it in the past. It effected me the same way as a tincture too. Silly Squirrel here decided to take another dose instead of patiently waiting. Needless to say, it was an entertaining evening for all, well for me anyways.

Once I realized this made tinctures Squirrel-proof, I grabbed my beloved Pop Rocks strain and went to work. 3 hours later, liquid gold was ready for consuming.

Tincture Details:

I went ahead and procured some fractionated coconut oil. I also wanted my tinctures to be strong so I adjusted my recipe accordingly. The more oil you use the less THC in your dose.

I like doing batches of 5g. I believe the flower container can hold up to 10g. For 5g of flower I used 1/4 cup of Coconut oil.

First process is to decarb. You do not put your oil in the reservoir yet. This is a 30 minute process with an added 10 minute "preheat."

After you hear the beep, it's time to add the oil and switch to infuse. This is a 2-hour process. Keep a small bowl under the spout in case of oil leakage--which my unit had a little issue with. One 1/2 cup of oil (8 Tbsp) produces just over 6 Tbsp of tincture:

  • My Chocolatina at 25% THC produced a Tincture with 630mg of THC (1Tbsp ≈ 104mg)
  • 5g of Pop Rocks at 26% THC produced a Tincture with 655mg of THC. (1Tbsp ≈ 108mg)

To figure out your dosage you don't have to be good with math. All you need to do is download a wonderful app from Sugar Leaf Media called THC Calculator. This is available on Android and iPhone. I was honestly debating whether to share this app information or not. I really just wanted ya'll to assume that I am incredibly smart and good with math. But my conscience got the better of me.

Would I Change Anything:

Two things. I would add a weed press to squeeze all the oil out of the flower.

I had a hard time finding the hole to get the flexible reservoir "straw" inserted so the reservoir could snap into place. This though could honestly just be me getting old, IDK?

Let me end in saying this, the last 3 days my stomach has been the happiest, warmest tummy ever. I don't know if it's the combination of the coconut oil and THC that is helping to coat and soothe? But I have not had this level of stomach pain relief ever. 

The Levo Oil Cannabutter Machine, hands down, earns the very rare, very exceptional Wacky Racky seal of approval

*Photos used with permission by LEVO. Find more reviews at wackyracky.com

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