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Difference Between Nug Run and Trim Run Concentrates

THC based concentrates are prepared in many different ways. If you're exploring the difference, here's a good place to start.  After careful research, it appears there are different names for different types of concentrates. There's also that 'slangy' greyish area of terminology that tends to allow certain words the freedom to encompass different meanings for different people.

For instance, one online source has listed a NUG run as: Nectar — stating the term is a little vague, but stating the most common usage is referring to hash oil made from all nugs rather than trim. We'll take a look at Nectar in a moment but first let's take a look at another source who states; Hash oil or water hash as it may be called is made entirely from cannabis flowers rather than trim material. Since the flowers are the most trichome and terpene-rich part of the cannabis plant, these extracts are known for yielding quite a bit more than trim as well as providing a cleaner flavor.

With that summation from various sources, we then look at what's being said about trim run concentrates, noting a site saying; A Trim run is when concentrates are made from trim rather than buds. The site further states that Trim runs are generally thought to be a step below nug runs in terms of yield, potency and flavor. A variety of concentrate makers report similar results using either type of starting material.

Now let's turn to that oh so precious Nectar. First and foremost, let's understand the greater picture of 'Nectar' and the richness it is.  According to Greek Mythology, Nectar was called the divine drink that the Olympian gods had. It had the magical property to confer immortality on any mortal who had the luck to drink it. It was closely related to ambrosia, which was considered the food of the gods, although sometimes it was also thought to be a drink.

Studying further I stumbled onto an old blog with some interesting conversations posted one of which stated; "there are a lot of scientists/historians who believe the mythical drink "ambrosia" the nectar of the gods was created by having honey bee hives next to cannabis/hemp fields. The honey that is produced from that area then contains thc, that the ancient greeks would mix into a wine with euphoric like feelings."

So by connecting a few dots, we have a good idea of the origins of Nectar. Wiki says Nectar is a sugar-rich liquid produced by plants in glands called nectaries, either within the flowers with which it attracts pollinating animals, or by extrafloral nectaries, which provide a nutrient source to animal mutualists, which in turn provide antiherbivore protection.

Of course the conversation about bees, weed and honey got me to thinking and of course so did others, but to my astonishment, there's a fellow from france who calls himself Nicholas Trainer-bees who is becoming quite a little legend amongst both beekeepers and cannabis enthusiasts. He claims he has trained his bees to make honey from weed!  He states, “I have trained bees to do several things, such as collect sugar from fruits, instead of using flowers,” Nicholas said. “The aim arose for me to get the bees to obtain this resin.”

By using what he calls “a training technique whereby the bees collect the resin and use it in the beehive,” Nicholas and his bees have created the world’s first batch of “cannahoney.”


Well Howdy Doody! Do you think they'll package it in cans?  

Let's have some tea....pass the honey please.

MrD.

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What is 710?

Posted by CANNASaver on Wednesday, 23 June 2021 in Canna Blog - Latest News

Believe it or not, July is only a week and a half away. You may be gearing up for fireworks on the 4th, but as we are cannabis consumers, did you know 4/20 isn’t the only stoner holiday? Rejoice! This July stoner holiday has become very popular over recent years in Colorado. While maybe not as well known as the mother of cannabis holidays, 7/10 is a relatively recently established day in which cannabis concentrates are celebrated. But what is 710?

what is 710

The Code: 710

As I’m sure you are aware, 420 is the key code for establishing whether something is marijuana-related and the day in April on which to celebrate. Along with that comes the phrase "420 friendly" which describes whether an event, business, or household is accepting of marijuana-related activities. It helped to link like-minded pot-smoking people together.

In the years of legalization, a different three numbered code has emerged among the marijuana culture. 710 has become the term used to define marijuana concentrates (wax, shatter, etc.) and thus the celebratory day in which to dab down good and heavy. 

710 was chosen because when flipped around, 710 spells “OIL”. OIL is a term that has become synonymous with cannabis concentrates. Cannabis concentrates or “oil” is found in products such as wax, shatter, or live resin and when all put together with the specific smoking method creates dabbing. Like 420 friendly, if someone is 710 friendly they are perfectly fine with marijuana concentrates being around.

How Was 7/10 Started?

The popularity of cannabis oils has only appeared in recent years. Like most things in cannabis culture, some rumors, much like with the code “420”, extend back to the Grateful Dead in their heyday. But being only rumors, whoever coined the term 710 in relation to concentrates is a mystery though the code is widely used. Most likely, the code 710 only started to appear in the last decade. It has been said that the first 710 celebrations took place in 2012 when a group of oil enthusiasts pushed concentrates to the mainstream limelight.

710 holiday

It’s 7:10 on 7/10, What Will You Need To Celebrate?

A proper 7/10 will have you smoking your favorite concentrates on July 10, optimally at 7:10 a.m. or 7:10 p.m. Traditional “dabs” or pinhead size portions of concentrates, such as wax or shatter, are normally consumed by the use of a rig (small concentrate bong). You are also going to want a dab tool to pick up your concentrate with a torch to cause combustion. If you’re extra fancy, you can also attach an e-nail for consecutive hits without constant relighting.

Vape pens and other portable dab vapes have become incredibly popular in the past couple of years. They have made dabbing even easier for you to consume your favorite concentrates. Current vaporizers and portables allow you to heat your concentrate to an idle temperature making the devices very refined. Temperature control allows you to have complete control of the flavor and smoke production during your sesh.

710 Product Guide

Cannabis concentrates are products that contain much of the plant itself and appear in an assortment of ways. The naming of specific cannabis extracts can be a bit confusing to understand at first so let’s look at some concentrates.

Wax

A soft concentrate that can look many different ways in terms of color, texture, smell, and looks. It comes in varieties known as crumble, badder, budder, and honeycomb.

Shatter

A harder concentrate, shatter is named based on its likeness to glass. Shatter is a hard, fragile amber-colored, and translucent substance. Shatter also has a variety known as pull-n-snap. This is a softer concentrate texture making it easier to break up for smoking.

Live Resin

This delicious concentrate is widely known as the highest quality of marijuana extracts. Live resin is created by extracting plant materials process the marijuana plant has been cured/dried. With the process of live resin, the concentrate maintains its fullest terpene profiles. Another iteration is known as "sauce. This consistency has a more watery texture which drowns in rich flavor.

710 concentrates

As marijuana legalization spreads its way across America, the code term, 710, continues to gain traction as the years go by. 7/10 is a way to celebrate marijuana’s “OIL” with products like wax, shatter,  hash oil, and live resin. Concentrates such as these can be found as high in percentage as 90% THC.

Never underestimate the power of concentrates, not all marijuana products are equal; with differences in consistency, effects, and texture. 

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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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How to Trim Marijuana

Posted by CANNASaver on Monday, 04 October 2021 in Canna Blog

Well, boys and girls, it’s that time again. It’s Harvest Season! 

All that hard work and time you’ve spent growing your marijuana plant(s) to tip-top shape is about to be complete.

It’s now time for the trimming process.

Trimming marijuana flowers allows for a better-looking bud, higher potency, smoother smoke, and can eliminate mold growth.

So, if you are ready to start the next step in your harvesting, this will serve as your guide to the basics of how to trim your marijuana.

trim marijuana

The Importance of Trimming Your Cannabis

There are several reasons why you should trim your weed, but we’ll just tell you the biggest reasons why you should trim.

Appearance

To start, trimming allows your buds to look their best. Buds seen on our website, in dispensaries, magazines, etc. are always trimmed. This is probably how most of your weed looks.

Taste, aroma, and effects are the most important aspects of cannabis.

However, looks don’t fall far behind. After all, nothing feels as good as pulling pristine, manicured buds out of a stash jar. Trimming your flowers will transform them from rugged nugs into those worthy of a spot on the top shelf.

Aroma

Trimming allows for amazing aromas. Different strains offer a blend of unique terpenes which create the bud’s aroma.

Buds that are trimmed tend to gain a stronger/better smell and untrimmed buds tend to have a hay-like smell. 

Smoother Smoke

Trimming your marijuana majorly reduces the harshness you experience when smoking. Leaves and other plant material are much harsher on your lungs. Leaves contain more chlorophyll than buds. Chlorophyll when smoked has a more acidic feel in your throat. Trimming off the extra plant material makes your actual buds go down much smoother. 

THC Potency

Now, what you’ve all been waiting for. Trimming makes your weed stronger! Without sugar leaves, your trimmed buds will have higher potency levels of THC.

trimming marijuana

Wet vs Dry Trimming: Which Should You Choose?

When trimming your marijuana plants, there are two ways professionals do it. That’s either wet trimming (before the buds dry) or dry trimming (after the buds dry).

Wet Marijuana Trimming

When you wet trim your marijuana, it will be done all in one sitting.

You cut down the plant, cut buds off branches, trim the buds, and place the buds on a drying rack.

You should choose to wet trim if:

  • You have high humidity (Not a worry in Colorado)

  • You want your buds to dry faster

  • If you are worried about mold

  • If there are a lot of buds drying in a cramped area

Wet trimming is a sticky process. Trichomes will get on your fingers, shears, body, etc. If you wet trim, gloves are recommended. 

Dry Marijuana Trimming

When you dry trim your marijuana, you will cut down the plant and hang the whole batch to dry for several days.

When the buds are dry, you will cut buds off branches then trim those buds. 

You should choose to dry trim if:

  • Mold isn’t a problem

  • You want buds to dry slower

  • You want your buds to be denser

Dry trimming is a lot less messy with the bud’s trichomes hardening as your weed dries. This will reduce mess though keep in mind the trichomes become much more fragile when dry. Handle with care.

Tools You Will Need For Trimming

Gloves

When trimming, gloves are your best friend.

Gloves keep the plant resin off your hands, keeping them from getting incredibly sticky.

The gloves will also keep your hand juices off the cannabis.

Scissors

You will definitely be using a pair of scissors. Any grower will tell you, “get a good pair”.

Fiskars scissors are a common standard in the industry. Fiskars scissors are good (for experience) because they are very sharp, thin, and spring open after each snip.

Containers

You will need 3 jars. These containers will help you differentiate trimmed, untrimmed, and various trim you want for later.

Tray (optional)

Trimming WILL make a mess. Some trays will prevent mess/spillage from getting all over your floor. This is also convenient if you plan on making something out of your trimmings.

how to trim marijuana

Step By Step: How to Trim Marijuana

  • Set up your weed-trimming area: Give yourself room. This would also be a good time to set up a movie, TV show, or music. Trimming can feel extremely tedious very quickly. You will absolutely want to be comfortable. You will be here for a while. Strap on your gloves and grab your shears.

  • Cut a branch off your plant: Now that you’re all ready to go, cut a branch off your plant and lay it on your tray/table/surface.

  • Trim fan leaves: Fan leaves are those large leaves that have five distinct points. Like a weed logo. Fan leaves can be pulled with your fingers or clipped. 

Note: Some choose to clip fan leaves after the curing process. This will slow down the drying process but will then produce more flavorful buds.

  • Trim sugar leaves: The sugar leaves emerge from the buds themselves. Only their tips are typically visible. Use your scissors to cut these off.

  • Leave to cure: For curing, store your finished buds in a container. You will want an airtight glass jar to preserve flavors and aromas. The curing process typically takes two weeks to a month.

So, now you may think that trimming your buds is an absolutely dreadful experience but to smoke those buds, we have got to trim. With proper trimming, a much bigger yield of smokable weed will be available to you.

Trimming is a skill you will only acquire through practice and more practice.

Hopefully, with this information, you will be able to harvest successfully.

Happy harvesting!

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