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What is a Whole Plant Ounce?

Posted by CANNASaver on Thursday, 26 October 2017 in Canna Blog

What is a Whole Plant Ounce? Definition, deals, and more

When I was looking on CannaSaver the other day for ounce deals near me, I came across a term that I’ve been seeing more and more often in regards to weed: whole plant ounce. What exactly is a whole plant ounce, you may wonder? If you’re unsure about the definition of whole plant ounce, you’re not alone. It’s really quite simple, though. Here is all you need to know to get your questions answered about whole plant ounces, from whole plant ounce definition to where to buy a whole plant ounce in Denver, and what makes a whole plant ounce different than a “regular” ounce.

What is the Definition of Whole Plant Ounce?

You may have heard the term “whole plant” used in reference to concentrates. When “whole plant” is used in this way, it means that the concentrates, be it wax, shatter, or oils, was produced using “live” plants that have been frozen while still fresh--thus producing an extract that includes all the compounds of the marijuana plant, as some of those compounds can get lost in the process with other extraction techniques. However, when you hear the term “whole plant ounce,” it means something different. The definition of whole plant ounce is an ounce that has come from one single marijuana plant. Most of the time when weed is harvested at grow houses, all the buds from all the plants of a particular strain are mixed together. With a whole plant ounce, the buds from each individual plant are packaged separately. When you buy a whole plant ounce, you know that every single bud in that ounce came off the very same plant. This offers some distinct benefits for the savvy stoner who enjoys a consistent level of high from their buds.

How is a Whole Plant Ounce better or Different Than a “Regular” Ounce?

While a whole plant ounce is definitely different in that it comes from a single plant instead of being comprised of buds from who knows how many plants, it may or may not be “better” than that “regular” ounce you get. A whole plant ounce from a weak or mediocre strain is not going to be as good as a “regular” ounce from a super-potent strain. But--if you were to compare a “regular” ounce of the kickass bud with a whole plant ounce of that same bud, the whole plant ounce will be the winner. This is because with a whole plant ounce, the quality of the buds will be consistent throughout the entire ounce. Variations in marijuana potency occur not only from strain to strain, but from individual plant to individual plant. With a whole plant ounce, from the first bud you smoke till the last, what you experience is consistent and predictable. With a regular ounce, you might get that odd “dud” bowl that doesn’t seem to do much of anything. A whole plant ounce ensures that every bowl you smoke from that ounce will be pretty much identical in flavor and potency. As another benefit, some people feel that with a whole plant ounce, you get more of a complete picture of the “energies” of the marijuana plant. Sort of like whole bean coffee that’s freshly ground as opposed to pre-ground, pre-packaged stuff. It’s simply better all around.

Where to Buy a Whole Plant Ounce Deal in Denver

If you’re looking to buy a whole plant ounce in Denver, the best place to go is RiverRock. This Denver dispensary has two locations, so whether you want an ounce deal in north Denver or an ounce deal in south Denver, there is always a RiverRock nearby, which means there is always an ounce deal near me whenever I need one. RiverRock is one of only a few dispensaries in Denver that advertises whole plant ounces, and what’s more, they usually have amazing deals on these whole plant ounces. Right now with the RiverRock coupon on CannaSaver, a whole plant ounce is only $85 recreational, or $75 for medical members. This price is good at their north Denver dispensary as well as their south Denver dispensary.

More Cannasaver Ounce Deals

If you’re looking for ounce deals and you don’t really care whether or not it’s a whole plant ounce, you can find loads more ounce specials on CannaSaver. There are lots of ounce deals for less than $100 that you can take advantage of, plus you’ll find coupons for concentrates like wax, shatter, and live resin, too. Check it out today, then go get yourself one of those whole plant ounces and see for yourself if it’s better than the “regular

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What to Do With Weed Stems

What to Do With Weed Stems

Posted by CANNASaver on Wednesday, 10 February 2021 in Canna Blog

Ew, weed stems...those small (or sometimes rather large) sticks at the end of the cannabis flower.

Sometimes when you buy cannabis flowers or buds from a dispensary or online at a cannabis provider like CannaSaver.com, there may be extensive stem—depending on the quality of the product. 

Weed stems contain little to no THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

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Why Are Weed Stems Not Used? 

Because they contain little THC, weed stems have often been discarded as worthless. However, these parts of the cannabis plant can be used for several products.

Why Not Smoke Weed Stems?

Although it may be tempting to use every bit of the cannabis you’ve paid for or grown, avoid smoking weed stems.

Low in THC, weed stems will not get you high. 

There are also negative side effects. Healthline.com outlines some of them.

  • Smoke inhalation damages your lungs.

  • Toxins and carcinogens are released through smoking. These can cause cancer.

  • Breathing toxins can also increase the risk of heart disease.

  • Smoking stems can cause severe headaches.

  • Stem smoking may result in a sore throat.

  • Smoking stems may trigger uncontrollable and/or persistent coughing.

  • The smoke from stems is not pleasant. It tastes like charred wood chips.

  • Some stem smokers reported uncomfortable gas.

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Uses of Weed Stems

Even though smoking weed stems is not recommended, there are some products that can be made using the stems.

"CannaTea"

Thrillist.com (https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/how-to-make-cannabis-tea-recipe) provides a recipe for making weed stem tea.

Grind a gram of weed stems

Add:

  • A tablespoon of unsalted butter or coconut oil

  • Teabag in the flavor of your choice 

  • Four cups of water

  • Flavor ingredients like honey, lemon, mint, milk, sugar, or cinnamon

  • Cheesecloth, coffee filter, or a fine strainer

Boil water in a medium-sized pot. Add butter or coconut oil to boiling water. Allow to dissolve completely. 

Add ground cannabis. Turn the temperature to simmer.

Simmer for fifteen minutes. 

Use a cheesecloth or coffee filter to strain the mixture into an empty teapot. 

Add the teabag and extras. Steep for three minutes.

Remove the teabag. Stir well. Pour and enjoy.

Decarboxylation

Decarboxylation is the removal of the carboxyl group from cannabis stems. The process toasts the stems converting THC into a psychoactive form called Delta 9-THC. This increases the consistency and the potency of the weed. The heat acts as a catalyst. You can use your oven.

  • Pre-heat oven to 215° F.

  • Put weed stems on a cookie sheet.

  • Toast for 15 minutes.

  • Raise oven setting to 240° F.

  • Toast for 45 minutes more.

  • Remove from oven.

  • Cool.

  • Fine grind toasted stems.

  • Use immediately or store in a light-tight/air-tight container.

Kief

Break off weed stems. Place in Ziploc plastic bags. Put bags in the freezer. Let sit.  Add additional stems as they become available. Give the bag a thorough shake each time you add stems. A pile will build at the bottom of the bag. The frozen resin crystals will detach from the stems. Sift the stems out of the residue and discard them. What’s left at the bottom of the bag is kief. You can smoke this or you can cook with it.

Hash

Separating the trichomes from the cannabis plant produces hashish. Trichomes are hair-like structures on the surface of the buds. Hash can also be made from kief.

RoyalQueenSeeds.com provides a step-by-step guide to creating hash.

Using solvents like butane, propane, or CO₂ extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the trichomes or kief.

Before using, it is vital to purge the solvent. Whip it into a wax form, over a hot plate, or use a vacuum desiccation chamber. Be careful. The substance is highly flammable!

The Shoe Method is much safer.

Start with five grams of kief. You will also need a small piece of tape, parchment paper, and a pin.

  • Wrap kief tightly in parchment paper. Tape closed.

  • With the pin, punch a small hole through the package. This lets trapped air out. 

  • Place package inside the heel of a hard-soled, closed-toed shoe. 

  • As you walk, your weight will press the hash into a slab. This takes between fifteen and sixty minutes.

make cannabutter with weed stems

Cannabutter

As the name suggests, cannabutter is a product created by infusing butter with cannabis.

HerbieHeadshop.com offers this cannabutter recipe using weed stems. Have a coffee maker? That can work, too!

Preheat oven to 200 F. Grind stems. Lay ground-up stems on a cookie sheet. Bake for 40 minutes.

Melt butter at medium temperature. Add ten ounces of water and simmer. Add ground, toasted stems. Soak for three or four hours stirring every fifteen minutes. Add a half cup of water every hour. 

Set cheesecloth or a coffee filter over a heatproof container. Secure with string or elastic. Pour liquid slowly through the strainer. Bundle the edges of the strainer and squeeze tightly to extract all the cannabutter.

Place the container in the fridge. Let set. Collect the butter. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

There are many ways to use cannabutter in the kitchen. This is an easy recipe from Emily Kyle. You can use kief or weed stems to create cannabutter.

This cannabutter won’t be as potent as cannabutter made from bud or leaf. But, cannabutter made from stems is less likely to cause an overdose.

When it comes to making edibles with cannabutter, you are limited only by your imagination. 

Infused Liquor

Start with a bottle of strong clear vodka. For every ounce of liquid, grind one and a half grams of stems. Place the stems or kief in the bottle and leave it in a dark room for three weeks. Stir contents occasionally.

Strain the stems from the liquid. Serve the infused liquor as you would regular vodka. Blend with your favorite mix or fruit juice. This makes an awesome bloody mary, martini, or margarita.
 

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