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Sugar Wax THC

Sugar Wax THC

Posted by CANNASaver on Thursday, 26 November 2020 in Canna Blog

The modern age of marijuana has a different look to it. It has taken many different sizes, shapes, and forms in how you can enjoy the medicinal plant. THC can be extracted from the plant in its purest form. Sugar Wax THC is one of the most popular ways to enjoy marijuana concentrates. 

Learning about all the different types of concentrates at once can be a bit overwhelming, so in this article, we’ll focus solely on a type of concentrate called sugar wax. 

What exactly is it? Let’s dive in. Here are the basics of what sugar wax is, how sugar wax is made, and where to buy sugar wax.

sugar wax

What is Sugar Wax?

As “dabbing” becomes increasingly popular, manufacturers of concentrates continue to develop different types of dabs. The many varieties of concentrates can be confusing and a bit overwhelming if you're new to dabbing. 

A few types of concentrates:

  • Shatter

  • Live Resin

  • Rosin

  • Ear wax

  • Ice wax

  • Butter – just to name a few. 

Generally speaking though, a dab is a dab, which is a concentrated marijuana extract. The many types of concentrates or dabs are all very similar really, and the differences are mainly (for the most part) superficial. Different classifications of concentrates are primarily based on how the concentrate is extracted and on the consistency and texture of the end product. 

As for sugar wax, it’s a more solid way of extracting THC into concentrates. Much like shatter, sugar wax is refined using heat purging and vacuuming, which gives it a more solid, ‘sugary’ texture. This allows the THC and/or CBD to crystallize while keeping the terpene profile(s) intact. The THC extraction into sugar wax concentrate is very similar to how sugar is extracted from sugarcane, which gives it its name and resemblance.

sugar wax thc

How is Sugar Wax Made?

Here comes the “sciencey” part of our blog – sugar wax can develop naturally over time as the lipids in the wax begin to break down and separate from the cannabinoids, which causes the wax to crystallize. It can also result from condensation or other contaminants which get mixed in with the wax, or if the wax is overly agitated during production. 

Sugar wax can be the result of an accident or intention. Since many dabbers prefer the flavor and texture of sugar wax, some concentrate manufacturers intentionally produce it. Other times, what you see in the stores as sugar wax is of the accidental variety, resulting from a mistake in manufacturing or from an aging product

The quality of the sugar wax depends mainly on the potency of the marijuana from which it’s made, and not so much on how it's made, although a fresher wax is obviously preferable.

How is Sugar Wax Different?

Sugar wax is a marijuana concentrate with a full flavor and a slightly grainy texture. It replicates the look and feel of sugar, being cube-like in shape and being made up of tiny, glistening crystals. It's a little less messy than some of the other types of concentrates as it's a bit thicker and not quite as sticky. 

Many people prefer sugar wax for its richer, more complex flavor profile. Others will argue that sugar wax dabs are the best, as they’re easier to work with than other concentrates when it comes to using a dab tool. It also doesn’t take as much sugar wax THC to dab with – you can save the amount of concentrate you smoke by dabbing with sugar wax.

How Do You Smoke Sugar Wax?

Since sugar wax is a concentrate, you will want to smoke it, either through dabbing or vaporizing it or using it as a topper for any flower bowl or bong. While we don’t recommend the latter, sometimes it’s easier to carry around a glass pipe than it is a dab rig, unless you have a dab needle or something more portable.

Sugar Wax Weed

Don’t have a dab rig or perhaps you’re afraid of them for how high you get when using one? Then topping off your ground-up flower with some sugar wax is ideal – and cost-effective, as sugar wax and other concentrates cost less for the same amount of weed than flower usually would. This is one of the best ways to save money as a stoner. The other great thing about using sugar wax on your flower is that, since it’s not as viscous as other concentrates, it’s not going to make your piece so sticky. 

Sugar Wax Dabs

This is the most popular way to smoke sugar wax, is through “dabbing” or vaporizing. With an e-nail or coil pen that you can drop concentrate into, or a dab rig, which you can heat up and then drop concentrate into, sugar wax THC can be quite powerful, potent, and efficient. Less is more here, but it’s easy to just grab a few crystals at a time. You know the technique you use to tell the difference between salt in your cabinet and sugar? The same applies to when you’re dabbing sugar wax.

sugar wax dab

Where to Buy Sugar Wax

If you're a med customer wondering where to buy sugar wax, check out the dispensary deals this week at RiverRock South. They have grams of sugar wax from 710 Labs for just $20 each with the coupon from CannaSaver. For a good dispensary deal on sugar wax for recreational customers, head to the Stone Dispensary with this Cannasaver $17 sugar wax coupon.

Sugar Wax First-Timer

If you're curious about sugar wax, visit a local dispensary and ask them to show you the different concentrates that are available. Many weed stores in Denver have dispensary deals that let you mix and match with different types of concentrates, so you can test out some sugar wax in addition to your usual concentrate of choice and see for yourself how it compares. 

You can also find daily specials, too, like the 10% off Wax Wednesday deal at Whole Meds. Just take a quick look at CannaSaver to find the best deals on sugar wax near you.

 

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Solventless vs. Solvent Free

Solventless vs. Solvent Free

Posted by CANNASaver on Friday, 26 February 2021 in Canna Blog

Rather than smoking cannabis flower, these days, cannabis-enthusiasts are preferring to vape or dab their favorite danks.

These smoking methods increase the bioavailability or the proportion of marijuana that enters the circulation when introduced into the body and to have an active effect. They also hit fast and effectively.

Given that ol' Mary Jane concentrates typically contain 65+% in THC, canna-consumers have never been getting so much bang for their buck. 

But as concentrates evolve every day, it can often be hard to keep up with all the lingo. Solvent-based extractions, solventless extractions, and solvent-free extractions? What’s the difference? Let’s dive in.

solventless cannabis oil

A Closer Look at Concentrates

As with magical marijuana growth itself, concentrates come in many different forms and are made from a variety of methods.

Solvents

Solvent-based extracts first became a thing in the early 2000s. These are some of the most popular ways in which people enjoy marijuana concentrates.

Solvent-based extractions promote chemical solvents to expose the cannabis plant’s extremely potent resin glands.

BHO

Butane Hash Oil (BHO) utilizes the chemical, n-butane, which has a high purity compared to regular butane.

The common availability of the compounds of butane and propane (PHO) make solvent-based extractions idle for small to large scale productions.

Due to butane and propane being very flammable, BHO production is incredibly crude and extremely dangerous. Specialized professionals use a special closed-loop system to clean/purge any remaining BHO. Unrefined oils must be purged before any of it can be fit for consumption.

It then becomes...

butane marijuana wax

Wax/Budder/Crumble

Marijuana waxes are made by using butane or propane as a solvent. This will extract cannabis and its terpenes.

The result is a texture determined by heat, vaporization, chemical recomposition, and the purge of any residual chemicals. It turns the substance into a bee wax/ear wax-like matter of extreme potency.

Shatter/Sap/Taffy

Shatter’s production forms from separating raw cannabis through heat, compression. And inducing a solvent-lead vacuum chamber purge.

CO2 Oil

CO2 oil is a special solvent-based concentrate. The extraction technique ensures no unwanted plant-material sneaks into the batch. CO2 oil is made using high temperatures with high pressure, supercritical form of CO2 as the solvent.

The oil takes expensive, high-tech equipment to produce. CO2 is seen as a natural solvent and offers a low carbon footprint.

Solventless

Solventless extracts are, well, without solvents. This means that these are concentrates claiming to be absolutely solventless. Or rather, they have never contained any butane, propane, or similar solvents. These are the most “organic” of the marijuana concentrates. 

Kief

Kief is a craft-based approach to separating trichomes from marijuana plant material. This is created by the use of extremely fine micron screens and some good ol' elbow grease (grinder, anyone?). 

This style of solventless extraction is known as dry sifting.

Dried buds are rubbed over a screen to separate the trichomes. Back and forth, this turns surrounding trichomes into a pile of THC crystals or kief.

Fresh, dry sift kief is a great way to blitz out. Go ahead and sample that precious goodness collecting in the bottom of your weed grinder and remember why it's such a classic.

Bubble Hash

Bubble hash is a classic, high potency THC concentrate. The hash is made when the cannabis flower is submerged in ice-cold water and vigorously agitating the flower using fine micron bags (Bubble Bags) to filter out the plant material. The byproduct is a golden solventless delight that is safe for anyone to try making.

Rosin

Rosin is a highly versatile concentrate made from flower, kief, or hash. 

The concentrate is made from high temperature and extreme pressure. The reaction results in a gooey, solventless treasure that preserves more terpenes and cannabinoids than any other extraction methods.

A simple way to produce rosin is by squishing a bud, wrapped in parchment paper, with a hair strengthener. As for the professionals, they use specialized machine presses which allow for stronger temperature control.

moon rocks weed nuggets

Caviar/Moon Rocks

Marijuana caviar and Moon rocks are a relatively new way to enjoy solventless marijuana extractions. They are high-quality marijuana buds that were dipped in hash oil and rolled in a fine layer of kief. This beautiful combination leads to potencies between 50-90% THC.

And, alas, the Solvent-free Extraction

You might be asking yourself, “didn’t we just go over solventless extracts? Isn’t that the same deal?”

I know, it’s confusing but solvent-free isn’t the same as solventless.

A solventless extraction never uses a single solvent throughout the production process. More organic if you will.

A solvent-free extraction is one that uses solvents and then purges the solvent at the end of the process. This wording can be a bit confusing but then again, the English language is weird as hell.

The end product is supposed to have 0 ppm (parts per million) of solvents present.

Distillate

Marijuana distillate is a golden delight and an example of a solvent-free extract. The distillate is made through the actual process of distillation, think the way whiskey is made. For cannabis, distillation is achieved through fractional, short-path distillation. 

It begins as crude cannabis oil (plant material still present) and is purified through winterization and decarboxylation. 

The crude marijuana oil is mixed with ethanol or alcohol. The mixture is then placed in a frozen environment for 1-2 days. When the distillate mixture is removed, impurities from the crude oil are separated and fall to the bottom by using colder temperatures. 

The solvent removal process occurs when heat is applied, heated to the point which eliminates specific acids. Such heat allows cannabis compounds such as THCa to change into 100% THC. THCa alone does not get you high until the actual decarboxylation occurs. The process helps cannabinoids interact and hit correct brain receptors in your body.

Health and Solvents

Because of the way they are made, solventless extractions are the “healthiest” way to enjoy your favorite concentrates.

They do not contain any contaminants such as butane or propane. But be wary of where you buy. Although lab-grade butane is nearly pure, it is expensive to buy and hard to find. Not every dispensary takes care when acquiring such high-grade materials. Concentrates are also a relatively new product. Concerns of inhaling residual solvents may be unhealthy long-term and are being further studied.

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Cannabis Tinctures

Cannabis Tinctures

Posted by CANNASaver on Friday, 26 February 2021 in Canna Blog

Marijuana is a wonder plant. Yes, it’s great for smoking. But it can be used in a variety of other ways – from concentrates to edibles.

Somewhere along the line, some genius created cannabis tinctures.

cannabis tinctures

What is A Cannabis Tincture?

A tincture is a medication made by dissolving cannabis in alcohol. Alcohol is used as a solvent to extract the cannabinoids – like THC and CBD – to create an alcohol-based cannabis product.

Tinctures are similar to marijuana oils in that the cannabinoids and terpenes are extracted to make the end product stronger. Where it differs, though, is in the final product.

Marijuana and hash oils don’t contain any alcohol – in tinctures, it’s one of the main ingredients.

Tinctures are often found in small, dropper-capped bottles for easy dosing. Typically the tincture will be taken sublingually, or under the tongue. Tinctures contain all of the terpenes, cannabinoids, and trichomes that give weed its trademark psychoactive effects.

Tinctures have a long shelf life given their alcohol content and storage process. Combined with the ease of consumption, tinctures used to be a primary way to use marijuana.

 Because of the ease of making and ingesting, tinctures are now being considered as a good entry point for new marijuana users.

The History of Cannabis Tinctures

The use of tinctures is not a new development. The science behind it isn’t new technology either. A tincture itself doesn’t need to contain cannabis, just alcohol. The use of tinctures can date all the way back to the ancient Egyptians.

Up until the marijuana prohibition of the 1930s, cannabis tinctures were available even in American pharmacies. They were the main form of cannabis medicine up to that point. It earned the nickname ‘the moonshine of marijuana’ for its use of alcohol. Cannabis tinctures were even found in the United States Pharmacopeia.

 Tinctures were easy to make and safe to digest, so they were popular until outlawed. Now, with marijuana legalization happening across the US, tinctures have made a comeback.

How Tinctures Are Made

The process of making a cannabis tincture is quite simple when compared to other products such as rosin or moon rocks. 

Alcohol is a solvent – a substance which other materials dissolve in to make a solution. In this case:

·         Alcohol = solvent

·         Marijuana = other materials

·         Cannabis tincture = solution

Almost any part of the plant that contains cannabinoids are terpenes can be used to make a cannabis tincture. Some products use kief, others use trim. Naturally, the strength of the marijuana that goes in affects the strength of the tincture that comes out.

Alcohol content also has an effect on the end product. High-proof alcohol will extract more cannabinoids and terpenes than a low-proof one.

DIY cannabis tinctures

Types of Cannabis Tinctures

For the most part, cannabis tinctures are consumed sublingually, or under the tongue. Since the tinctures typically come with a dropper similar to eye drops, the process is quick and easy. While underneath the tongue, the tincture is dissolved and ingested through osmosis. The cannabinoids are then absorbed through osmosis directly into the bloodstream.

This process generally doesn’t take that long for one to feel the effects – somewhere between fifteen and forty-five minutes. If swallowed instead, the process can take up to about two hours.

Tinctures can also be orally ingested, but the results vary greatly from sublingual consumption. Think of oral ingestion like taking an edible – the effects take a long time, the dosage is hard to perfect, and you may take too much before you realize it.

You can also take tinctures topically, like a lotion. The cannabinoids are absorbed through the skin through osmosis. Topically taking a tincture is good for general pain relief, such as a bruise. The cannabis tincture can also be mixed with cannabis lotion for a stronger effect.

Though there are other ways to consume tinctures, sublingually remains the most popular. 

The Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures

Tinctures are certainly among the most uncommon ways to consume marijuana. In fact, they’re probably behind everything else.

But that doesn’t mean tinctures are worthless. Many cannabis enthusiasts think that tinctures are the most underrated way to use marijuana.

If you’re on the fence about trying tinctures, consider these benefits:

·         Ease of Consumption: No smoking, no eating, just a drop or two under the tongue. Boom, you’re done. Smoking is fun, but it can harm the lungs. Edibles are great, but they take longer to set in. Tinctures are as easy as they come.

·         Potency: Tinctures can also be pretty strong. Because of the way they’re created, cannabis tinctures are packed to the brim with cannabinoids and terpenes.

·         Dosage Control: A huge and often overlooked benefit of tinctures. There’s no better way to control exactly how much marijuana you’re ingesting. With tinctures, you can measure that down to the milliliter.

·         Discretion: There’s no worrying about getting caught taking a tincture – the process is over and done with in seconds.

·         Shelf-Life: Tinctures will last significantly longer than flower or other marijuana products.

·         Health Considerations: Tinctures have fewer calories than edibles. You also don’t need to inhale smoke and harm the lungs to take a tincture.

using cannabis tinctures

THC vs CBD Tinctures

Obviously, what you put into the tincture is what you get out of it. A tincture made from marijuana with a high THC content will act differently than one made with a high CBD content.

THC tinctures will get you high. THC is the cannabinoid that gives weed its trademark psychoactive effects. They offer the same benefits as CBD tinctures, but they also produce a high.

CBD tinctures are usually derived from hemp, not marijuana. These products have all the positive effects of THC tinctures – minus the high. A CBD tincture is used specifically for medicinal purposes. 

How To Make a Cannabis Tincture

Yes, you can make cannabis tinctures at home – and it’s easier than you think.

You’ll need high-proof alcohol, cannabis flower, a mason jar, and some coffee filters. Keep in mind this process takes time – so if you’re in a hurry, grab some from your dispensary.

First, you’ll need to decarboxylate the marijuana. This simply means heating it up so the THCA turns into THC. If you skip this step, the tincture won’t produce a very strong high.

 After decarboxylation, combine the flower and alcohol in the mason jar. Once closed, give it a good shake.

After that, store for about three weeks, making sure to shake it once a day. Once the time is up, strain the liquid through a coffee filter to catch the loose cannabis.

And that’s that. You’ve just made a cannabis tincture at home.

Congrats! 

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