Great Concentration: Purple Bubba Kush, Grown Outdoors, Harvest 2018

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Oh Gawd! What is she making now?

That’s a great question and as soon as I know for sure, I’ll let you know. Lol!

This concentration of cannabis falls somewhere between hash oil, rosin, taffy and shatter.

I started with 50 grams of Purple Bubba Kush that we grew outside, this summer.

After buying a larger still, we then made our own over-proof alcohol from Turbo Yeast and copious amounts (100+ pounds) of white sugar.

This hooch clocked in at 95% and is strong enough to strip paint.

This strength of alcohol is potent enough to extract the essential oil of cannabis from its flowers and that’s ultimately what I am doing.

Here we go!

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We started with a new virgin tin paint-can that was purchased from a hardware store.

To this, we added 50 grams of frozen cannabis flower.

Not ground, not decarboxylated.

Then, we poured -20 degrees Celsius alcohol over top of the plant material.

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This is where it gets a little fucked up.
We know the risks and we accept them.

Let me introduce you to the newest piece of kit that we’ve added to our Canna-Lab :

A mid-century paint shaker!
(Insert gasping here.)
Shake it baby…

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No kidding. We drove 400 km to salvage this machine from the bone yard and it works like a charm to knock trichomes clean off their flowers.

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HahHaha! Now, come on…if you don’t do something that scares the hell out of you, every once in awhile, what’s the point of being alive?

We took precautions and I was at the ready with a fire extinguisher. I’m not kidding shaking alcohol especially at 95% can be extremely dangerous because it’s highly flammable and explosive.

After a 3.5 minute alcohol wash that was most definitely shaken, not stirred, you can see that the cannabis has been broken apart just like it had been ground.

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We then began the filtering process.

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First, with a fine mesh stainless steel strainer.

Once we got to the bottom of the alcohol and plant material mixture, you can start to see the mass of trichomes that have been separated.

The essential oil of cannabis with all its cannabinoids (read: THC, CBD and 109 more that we know about) are found in the gland heads of the trichomes.

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As you can see, these trichomes are delicate and under magnification, they look like glass mushrooms with long glass stocks and the occasional amber/cloudy cap.

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In the photo (above) you can see the trichomes which have settled to the bottom of my first filtering bowl.

If I had knocked these trichomes off without using a solvent (like alcohol) I could compress these structures and make hash. As I have used a solvent, I have stripped the majority of resinous oil from the gland heads and the trichomes are now depleted of their physchoactivity.

In the photo (below) you can see what the trichomes look like once all the alcohol and resin is removed.

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If you have a Kief tray on your grinder, this would be what you are collecting (only full of resin) and completely smoke or vapable.

Then, we filtred the remaining liquid, multiple times, using coffee filtres.

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Until we achieved a bright yellow coloured, transparent alcohol liquid.

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We then poured this into a Green Oil Machine which (in essence) is a small still.

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This machine lets us reclaim most of the alcohol that was used to strip the gland heads of their medicine.

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See What I See

You’ll notice that the alcohol went into the machine a decidedly yellow colour and it’s now colourless.

It takes approximately 25 minutes to reclaim the alcohol.

What is left are all the medicinal components in a very concentrated form.

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Sort of looks like a fridge experiment, gone horribly wrong. – Rebecca Ryan

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From here, the material is placed in a vacuum chamber where any additional water and alcohol is purged out of it for 96 hours.

Not quite yummy but getting there.

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After 24 hours:

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72 more to go…but you can see the resin that has been captured.

We generally work with a 10:1 ratio.

50 grams of plant material will produce 5 grams of resin.

Concentrate levels can hit 90% THC.

~ Rebecca

How To Make Cannabis Infused Chocolate

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There’s nothing better than a mitt-ful of cannabis infused dark chocolate.

First, you’ll need to make cannabis infused butter or ghee.

After that, if you can boil water and stir like you mean it, you’ve got this easy to execute recipe.

Here’s the directions from a previous post on the infusion part:

https://steemit.com/cannabis/@rebeccaryan/how-to-make-cannabis-infused-butter-aka-canna-budder

Ingredients:

1 cup of dark chocolate wafers (I used 72%.)
3 tbsp of infused cannabis butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Spend the money and use the real stuff. You skimp on ingredients (at this point) and you’re dead to me.
I’m not joking. There’s a few things in life that shouldn’t be fake and vanilla extract is one of those things.- Rebecca Ryan

1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp of ground ginger
1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp of ground cardamom
36 dried cranberries

Directions:

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  • Bring the water to a gentle boil in a double boiler or bain-marie. Shut the flame off and melt the butter, making sure not to burn or scorch it.

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  • Add the vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cardamom.

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  • Stir well to combine.

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  • Add the chocolate and continue to stir as it melts.

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  • Keep stirring. Just when you think you’ve got everything evenly folded in, stir it for another minute longer. The butter and spices need to be evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

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  • Pour the infused chocolate mixture into moulds and fill each, halfway full.
  • Insert one dried cranberry in the middle and fill to the top of the mould with chocolate. The cranberry will be completely covered by the chocolate.
  • This recipe yields 36 small pieces.
  • Refrigerate for 8 hours to let the chocolate harden.

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  • Small buds and trim work well for infusing butter and you want to aim for a finished piece that’s just a little bigger than a quarter.

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Enjoy!

~ Rebecca

How To Make Cannabis Infused Butter AKA Canna-Budder

Once you get beyond roach clips and hot knives, then there is the art of infusing food with cannabis.

Most commonly, people start by infusing cow butter because butter contains a decent amount of fat and it’s easy to use in any recipe.

Technically, the medicinal components found in cannabis require fat to bind to and fat is also needed for the components to be absorbed by the body, once it’s ingested. This makes butter a viable infusion medium for cannabis, that works efficiently.

In the photo (below) you can see what I see:

It’s a whole pound of butter that I infused with 30 grams ( or 1 ounce) of cannabis.

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In the cannabis culture, this level of infused butter is often referred to as Canna-Budder, so when you read this term, just know that it is describing infused butter.

Ghee (or clarified butter) can also be very successfully used as an infusion medium. Ghee provides an even more health-conscious infusion option because it (the ghee) itself is a powerful food medicine on its own.

In the photo (below) you can see what ghee looks like.

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Ghee contains the perfect ratio (1:1) of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids. It offers all the benefits of butter without the impurities and it feeds the beneficial micro flora of the gut. It’s the better choice for anyone who is concerned about addressing inflammation in their body. Be prepared, ghee is more expensive to buy than butter because it’s a concentrate.

To make infused butter you’ll need:

  • a full pound (454 grams) of cow butter or ghee

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  • an ounce (30 grams) of the cannabis strain of your choice (I prefer to blend strains and will often use 4-5 different strains, combined to make up 30 grams in total.)

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Directions:

  • Decarboxylate the cannabis at 240 degrees F for 45 minutes if you want to decarb specifically for THC.

If you are using a strain or strains predominantly containing CBD, then decarboxylate specifically for CBD. (Set your oven’s temperature to 295 degrees F and decarb for 75 minutes.)

CBD Decarbs At A Different Temperature For A Longer Amount Of Time To Effectively Activate.

Many people will say that they never decarb their cannabis before they make an infusion and that their finished edibles still provide a psychoactive effect.

All I can say to this is:

Yes, you will achieve a certain level of psycho-activity but if you take the time to decarb properly, you will extract even more of the available medicine contained within the material that you used.

I would also offer that cannabis (as a crop) usually takes about 3-4months to produce material that is ready for use. In most parts of the world it’s still expensive, difficult to buy, and not to mention, illegal.

This makes me question why anyone would take a chance, not extracting all that they could by simply taking a realitively short amount of time to decarb it.

So what if it takes another hour?

Its street value is $300 (at the moment) in Canada.

Why risk the potency or active effect for the sake of saving an hour?

Respect To The Herb:

If you’re not going to decarb, at the very least, strain the plant material out of your finished infusions and use it in a baking recipe. For the Love of Good Ganja, do not throw it out… or be forever hexed by Becca’s Blunt Curse.

Never tempt a green witch. Blunt Rant over (wink, wink).

Ok, back to the directions:

  • Melt the butter in a sauce pan over a low flame.

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  • Add the decarbed cannabis to the canister of a Magical Butter machine.

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  • Pour the melted butter over top of the cannabis.

You won’t have to grind the herb in advance because the machine has an immersion blender built right into it and it will grind and stir the pot as it keeps the infusion at the selected temperature consistently for the selected amount of time.

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  • Secure the lid of the machine in place. Then set the temperature to 130 degrees F, for 2 hours.

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  • After 2 hours, turn the machine off. Open it up and make sure that the buds are ground. Scrape any plant material (that may have clung to the sides of the canister or to the bottom of the lid) back down into the butter mixture.

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  • Secure the lid of the machine and run it again for another 2 hours at 130 degrees F.
  • Once completed, strain the cannabis pulp out of the butter using a fine mesh strainer while the infused butter is still warm.

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  • Pour the strained infused butter into a mould. As it is still warm, it will be a liquid which makes it easy to pour but also easy to spill.
  • Refrigerate the mould for 4 hours or until the butter returns to its solid form.

Respect To The Herb:

I used a glass bowl with a lid secured in place so that in case the infusion got bumped while it was in the refrigerator, it would remained contained. I then put the left over cannabis pulp into the freezer and froze it for future use.

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You’ll recapture about 1/3 of a cup of cannabis pulp in which you will be able to bake right into cookies or squares. Once you do this, each baking recipe should yield between 35-40 cookies or squares. This will produce a comfortable dose (per portion) for a person who regularly eats cannabis.

If you are new to edibles, start with a 1/4 of a portion and wait 2 hours before you eat another piece.

  • At this point, you can easily remove the infusion from the mould by slowly running warm tap water around the outside of your mould.

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  • Cut the infused butter into portions and freeze it in individual portions for longer term storage.

In most recipes, a 1/4 cup of infused butter will get the job done nicely.

Lets take a closer look:

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Now how about a practical application?

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…like melted over organic, gmo-free popcorn that was popped by using cannabis infused mct coconut oil for double the high.

~ Rebecca