MMJ RECIPE TIP: Use your Vaped Weed for Baking


For those of you who have baked with weed before, this step should be a piece of cake (or special brownie). If you are unfamiliar with culinary ganja, don’t fret. It really is not that difficult, and remember that you are using vaped weed that you probably would have thrown away otherwise. If anything, this is a great bridge to get you into the wonderful world of pot baking.

For this post, I will describe how to integrate your vaped bud into oil. It is also possible to cook your weed into butter, but I find it a bit more challenging because it is easier to burn your butter than oil when integrating. I personally prefer using canola oil because it’s easy to find and has a higher smoking point than olive oil. I’ve also heard coconut oil is a godsend for baking, but you might not be able to find it at your grocery store.

Okay, so have your baking mix (brownie, cake, cookie, or any recipe that works with cooking oil), cooking supplies, something to strain with, and your vaporized herb. How much vaped pot your should use kind of depends on how well you vaporize your weed. If the herb is still somewhat green, you may only need to use around 20 grams. If your vaped bud is mostly brown, I would play it safe and wait until you have 40 or 60 grams.

Empty your bud into a bowl and grind it up into fine pieces using a smaller bowl in a mortar and pestle style. Typically, you will want to proportion about equal parts weed and oil; I just pour the finely-ground weed into a measuring cup and match that amount with canola oil. Pour the oil into a pan on low heat; it should be low enough that it will feel hot but won’t burn your finger if you touch the oil.

Once the oil is warm, slowly add in the vaped bud; you can also add in some stems for the hell of it (not sure how effective they are, but why not?). Sway the pan from side to side to even out the mixture of oil and bud and make sure that the herb is immersed in oil. Ever so slightly turn op the heat; you will see small bubbles forming occasionally and may hear some faint sizzling over the pan. You may see a very light steam lift from the oil, but make sure it isn’t smoking or bubbling too rapidly. Keep stirring every couple minutes. Do this for about an hour.

Take the mixture off heat and let cool for about 20 minutes. Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a bowl. 

There are a variety of different straining methods from using two meshed stainless steel strainers (one straining into the other which strains into the bowl) or you can even use a cheesecloth if you’re super fancy, as this is probably the cleanest way to filter the oil from the bud. Really, though, you could cook the weed into the baking item if you so desire (the only thing it will compromise is the taste); I’ve also heard of people using a garlic press to get some extra oil from the plant.

Keep in mind that the oil will look much darker now, but don’t worry, it’s a good thing. At this point you just follow the directions of the recipe of whatever you’re baking. Odds are you probably have too much oil than the recipe calls for, so you have two options: keep some oil in the fridge for a second batch or (more preferably in my opinion) add some dry baking ingredients (like flour) to the mix till it thickens. Keep in mind that baking recipes usually have to pretty exact so improvisations might not lead to the most consistent bake.

Lastly, bake around 300 to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Any more and you risk burning and wasting your precious vaped goodness. If a recipe calls for a higher temperature, just bake it longer until a toothpick comes out clean in the center. After the baked good is out of the oven, let it cool, and dig in. Remember that it takes longer to experience any effects of baked goods due to your metabolic rate, so I would eat one piece (or half) and wait an hour before deciding that you need more. Also, keep in mind that your high will last much longer (up to eight hours) than what you would experience from smoking. Other than that, chow down and enjoy!

Source: The Weed Blog

MMJ STUDY: Cannabis Use and Healthy Blood Sugar Levels


A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine has revealed a potential benefit from the use of cannabis. The article, entitled “The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among U.S. Adults,” investigated the blood sugar-related effects of cannabis use among participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005 to 2010.

In several other studies of large populations, lower rates of both obesity and diabetes have been noted among users of cannabis, as compared with non-users. This curious fact encouraged the three primary authors of the study to examine cannabis use among the 4657 participants in the national survey. The researchers noted that although cannabis smokers generally consume more calories than non-users, they paradoxically live with lower body mass indexes (BMIs) and reduced rates of both obesity and diabetes. Of the participants in the national survey, 579 were currently using cannabis and 1975 had previously used cannabis.

To assess blood glucose, insulin resistance and other factors among cannabis users, the authors organized survey participants into three groups – those who had never used cannabis, those who had used cannabis but not within 30 days, and those who were current users. The authors put study participants through tests for fasting blood sugar levels, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) testing, and assessments of blood pressure, BMI and waist circumference.

The researchers found that subjects who were current cannabis users had lower levels of fasting insulin, lower levels of insulin resistance, smaller waist circumference, and higher levels of HDL cholesterol, which is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This supported findings from earlier studies in which cannabis users showed improved weight, improved insulin resistance, and reduced incidence of diabetes, as compared with non-users.

While the potential relationship between cannabis and improved body mass and blood sugar has yet to be fully understood, it is believed that cannabis acts on the cannabinoid 1 and 2 receptors in the brain, enhancing the activity of adiponectin. This hormone helps to regulate blood sugar and plays a role in controlling weight and reducing the tendency toward diabetes.

Read More: Fox News

Indoor Grow Tip: 30% Better Yields by Plucking Leaves


“Those big, light-blocking leaves on my pot plants, should I pluck them off so the rest of the plant gets more light and air?"

Most growers think that removing one or two big leaves is okay, especially since the removal of the large ones allows other parts of the plant to produce bigger sticky buds. But then again, those big home-grown solar panels are gathering energy for the plant. Removing them is like cutting off a source of energy for growth.

Recently, while visiting one of the more skilled growers I have met in my travels, I asked the secret for getting consistent quality and big yields from top to bottom on very-tall indoor plants. I was told that plucking leaves were key. Turns out the answer has more to do with when rather than yes or no.

With OG Kush crops, after about four weeks into the bud cycle, the growers almost completely defoliated the big, beautiful leafy plants. Seeing the before and after, I was a little shocked (“what are these guys smoking?”): Big, healthy bushes stripped to sticks with just a few fan leaves, but with all of the budding sites intact.  

Yet, when they showed me a section that had been treated this way and was now ready to harvest, it became clear that there was a method to what appears as madness.

Read More: High Times

Four Not So Fun Facts About Growing Marijuana


Cannabis cultivation can be a rewarding experience in many ways, but few words have been written about the potential pitfalls of the lifestyle that comes with growing pot. HIGH TIMES’ senior cultivation editor Danny Danko lays down some harsh realities in this expose of marijuana manufacturing mishaps.

Ed. Note: We realize times have changed and not all of these apply to everyone growing pot these days, but unless you’re one of the lucky ones in Colorado or Washington who can put “Professional pot growing” on their resume, most of these will resonate with you in one way or another.

You Lie to Everyone You Meet

Friendly lady at the library trying to have a conversation with you? She’s gonna want to know what you do for a living. Meeting your new girlfriend’s parents for the first time? They’re gonna want to know what you do for a living. Sitting at a bar having a drink and minding your own business? Bartender might want to know what you do for a living. Understanding the pattern developing here? It’s hard to be an honest outlaw when you’re lying all the time.


Which leads to…


You Become Reclusive and Paranoid

It’s easier to stay inside and play X-Box 360 than to deal with being around people who all seem to be potential risk factors to your ultimate goal. Besides, there’s always work to do in the garden. Plus, hasn’t that van been parked on the street for a week? Did I throw out that cardboard box with “Hydro Harvest” printed on it? Did you hear that noise? Is that a helicopter? Cue the Good Fellas scene with Ray Liotta trying make the sauce with the Feds on his tail and you now know what life in a grow house feels like sometimes.  


Police and Thieves

You and your garden are prey to a variety of pests besides spider mites and whiteflies. Cops and robbers both view you as an easy target. The cops know you’re probably not gonna freak out and start shooting. They also know that they will most likely go home safely to their families if they bust pot growers. Robbers, on the other hand, know you can’t go to the cops if you have a problem. This leads to many bad and worse situations until you actually have real cops robbing growers. If you think you’re safe from this type of thing out in Humboldt County, take a look at this.


Partners?

Want to know how most busts happen? Disgruntled business partners, angry girlfriends or scorned wives drop a dime on you and the cops just come to your door and make a simple arrest. This means you have to keep all potential partners happy. Think it through before you bring anyone in on your horticultural hobbies. What do they bring to the table that you can’t handle yourself? If there’s no answer, there should be no partnership. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of someone’s partnership or relationship leading to the demise of the grow project. Choose wisely.


Great Insight: High Times

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