How to get your Cannabis and Cannabis products tested in a lab

How to get your Cannabis and Cannabis products tested in a lab

Because of pressure from the public, the government has allowed individuals who possess a current ACMPR to send samples into laboratories for testing! Previously, the law stated that all illegal substances tested could only be done so if they were sourced from a government agency. However, the public debate about contaminants and potency of dispensary cannabis prompted a need for access to testing so in 2016, the laws changed…

What this means…

If you purchase cannabis or cannabis products for personal use:

You can send in a sample to any medical labratory for full testing! This service will give a breakdown of the entire content of that product including cannabinoid profiles; for certain conditions, this will be invaluable. If you have ever wondered about the quality of the shatter you vape or what is the cannabinoid profile of that strain that works so well, you can access that information. Plus, you will never have to wonder how strong or safe your products are again!

If you produce or sell cannabis or cannabis products:
You can have everything tested in a medical lab and get printed results breaking down everything in your product!

What you need to do:

If you do not have your own personal ACMPR, have a patient of yours who does have a current ACMPR register with the Lab. Samples can be sent under the registered name and will be sent back with a full scope of test results.

While the current laws may protect the rights of an individual to test their personal medicine and a government Licensed Producer may also do so, dispensaries are still not given access. Furthermore, they are falsely villainized for having untested products, despite the fact that many dispensaries have put themselves at great risk to find ways to have lab analysis.

Chances are, both you or the ACMPR patient will likely sample the product being tested; the fact that it is also being produced or sold to others is redundant. Therefore, using a personal ACMPR for dispensary testing is one of those little loopholes that you can use and feel good about.


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Published at Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:20:56 +0000

Powerhouse cannabis firms form lobby group to protect state-based weed laws

Powerhouse cannabis firms form lobby group to protect state-based weed laws

Some big-name firms in cannabis have formed a national advocacy and lobbying organization with an aim of turning big bucks into big changes for marijuana on Capitol Hill.

Denver-based dispensary powerhouse LivWell Enlightened Health and lawn-and-garden giant Scotts Miracle-Gro are among the founding board members of New Federalism Fund, a non-partisan 501(c)4 organization backing state-based regulatory systems for marijuana and policies to change federal tax and banking laws to better those systems.

Other founding board members include Dixie Elixirs, a Denver-based cannabis products company; Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based marijuana private equity firm; Tryke Companies, a Tempe, Ariz.-based medical cannabis business; and Denver dispensary operators Native Roots and Medicine Man.

The launch of New Federalism Fund, or NFF, comes in the wake of White House spokesman Sean Spicer and Attorney General Jeff Sessions making unfavorable remarks toward the flurry of state-regulated legal marijuana programs.

“It’s really vitally important that we try to engage in a productive way and tell our story and try to educate the government,” Neal Levine, LivWell’s senior vice president of government affairs and spokesman for the NFF, told The Cannabist.

NFF’s priorities include protecting the state-based legal marijuana programs, limiting the use of enforcement resources on those systems, changing federal tax law to ensure that cannabis businesses are not penalized by IRS Code 280E, and promoting federal-level actions that would allow for cannabis businesses to openly bank.

A key component of NFF’s efforts will be conveying how the industry operates, contributes revenue to state and local coffers, serves as a source of employment, and offers a regulated means to pull the drug from the black market, Levine said.

“Let’s all agree, if we can, that marijuana is not going to be eradicated off the face of the Earth … we’re the solution to your drug cartel problem when it comes to marijuana,” he said.

The Internal Revenue Service classifies 501(c)4 groups as “social welfare organizations.” They can advocate for social causes and also engage in some political activity — so long as it is not the primary source for its funds, according to the IRS.

The Washington Post breaks that down in simpler terms in its Q&A-style explainer of the classification:

What that means in practice is that they must spend less than 50 percent of their money on politics. So long as they don’t run afoul of that threshold, the groups can influence elections, which they typically do through advertising.

There are no limits on the size of the contributions that can be made to 501(c)4s, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets.org.

It’s undetermined how much NFF intends to or could raise, Levine said, adding that the organization expects to wield a “significant amount” of money — into the seven figures “at least.”

As a 501(c)4, NFF can supplement the work of other organizations such as trade group the National Cannabis Industry Association, of which Levine is a board member, he said.

“We’re not getting involved in a federal legalization debate,” he said. “We are focusing on the federalism aspect of an unfair tax policy.”

IRS Code 280E disallows credits and business deductions for income generated from the sale of controlled substances, which is how the federal government classifies cannabis.

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Published at Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:50:06 +0000

Colorado may OK marijuana clubs

Colorado may OK marijuana clubs

The Columbian / Associated Press

DENVER — The Colorado Senate on Thursday passed a first-in-the-nation bill expressly permitting marijuana clubs. But Gov. John Hickenlooper is hinting that he’ll veto the measure unless it bans indoor smoking. 

The bill allows local jurisdictions to permit bring-your-own pot clubs, as long as those establishments don’t serve alcohol or any food beyond light snacks.

The bill doesn’t say whether those clubs could allow people to smoke pot indoors. That means it would be possible for a membership club that is closed to the public and has no more than three employees to permit indoor pot smoking.

Sponsors say the bill is necessary because Colorado already has a network of underground, unregulated pot clubs, and towns aren’t sure how to treat them.

Pot clubs could help alleviate complaints that Colorado’s sidewalks and public parks have been inundated with pot smokers since the state legalized recreational weed in 2012.

“We have a lot of problems throughout this state of people publicly using marijuana,” said Sen. Bob Gardner, a Colorado Springs Republican and sponsor of the club bill.

The measure sets up a showdown with the Democratic governor, who has told reporters that clubs could invite federal intervention in Colorado’s pot market. 

Colorado is in violation of federal drug law for not making it a crime to smoke pot, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other members of the Trump administration have said states should not be able to legalize pot. 

“I do think given the uncertainty in Washington that this is not the year to be out there carving off new turf and expand markets and make dramatic statements about marijuana,” Hickenlooper told reporters Wednesday.

Further, the governor seemed to chafe at the fact that the club bill doesn’t expressly ban indoor smoking. A separate pot-club measure going into effect in Denver limits smoking marijuana to special patios, meaning people could eat or vaporize pot indoors but not burn it.

“Smoking is bad for you,” Hickenlooper said. “I’m not sure that’s a great thing to be encouraging.”

Lawmakers who support clubs disagree that the bill encourages indoor smoking. 

“These marijuana membership clubs are so private that’s they’re more akin to being in your living room than to being in a restaurant,” Gardner said.

Ten Republicans voted against the pot club bill. Some of them said they fear it’ll be impossible to stop people from sharing or selling weed inside the clubs, even though marijuana sales in clubs are banned under the bill.

“How are we supposed to stop that?” asked Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley.

The bill passed on a 25-10 vote and now heads to the House, where its prospects are strong. One possible sticking point is that the bill bars food service in the clubs but allows them to sell light snacks that aren’t defined. 

State liquor regulations already bar the sale of alcohol and marijuana at the same place, so the clubs would look more like Amsterdam coffee shops than pot bars.

“I’m sure you can drink coffee and smoke marijuana, you just can’t drink whiskey and smoke marijuana,” Gardner said.

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AP writer James Anderson contributed to this report.

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This story has been corrected to show that Colorado’s governor says clubs should not allow indoor smoking.

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Published at Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:44:36 +0000

Over 100 Detroit medical marijuana shops closed down, more in jeopardy

Over 100 Detroit medical marijuana shops closed down, more in jeopardy

DETROIT — Detroit’s medical marijuana centers are finding difficulty in fulfilling the city’s list of strict requirements and regulations.

New figures released this week by the city reveal that only two prospective Medical Marijuana Caregiver Centers out of more than 260 applicants have been approved to operate, The Detroit News reported.

Green Cross opened in February as Detroit’s first licensed center. Manager Simon Berro said its operators were the first to apply under the law that went into effect last March and completed the “vigorous” zoning and licensing process Feb. 3.

“We went to the city. We listened to what they said. We followed their rules,” Berro said. “We took all precautions, and it was a vigorous process, but nonetheless, it worked out in the end.”

The Green Genie also has its license, but no staff was in attendance Thursday.

The new rules allowed Detroit to shut down marijuana shops failing to seek compliance under the ordinance or dispensing medical marijuana in unapproved zones. So far, 136 shops have closed down.

National Patient Rights Association official Robin Schneider said she’s disappointed in the lack of progress after a year.

“(Detroit) has the most exclusionary zoning practices of anything I’ve ever seen in the state,” she said. “I think the fact that patients still do not have access to licensed facilities is a disservice to patients.”

Detroit Corporation Counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell said the zoning legislation will allow about 50 shops overall.

“There will be an appropriate number of locations that will be made available for people to sell the medicine,” he said. “We just want to make sure that as they are opened, they are opening in an orderly fashion and meeting needs of patients required for treatment.”

Information from: The Detroit News

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Published at Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:57:36 +0000

Tips For Growing Indica Cannabis Strains

Tips For Growing Indica Cannabis Strains

Tips For Growing Indicas

growing indicas

Indica plants come from the Asian highlands, where the environment is harsh. The plant’s need to survive in climates with harsh winters and sudden weather changes have contributed to the indica plant’s unique growing characteristics and growing structure.

Novice growers won’t have a tough time growing indicas because grow rooms can be easily manipulated to replicate the weather of the Asian steppes. Indicas grow sturdy, short, and robust even in fluctuating environmental conditions that are typical in outdoor grows. Because they have a squat shape, they’re ideal for growing in grow boxes, the indoors, and small spaces.

They flower quickly as a result of their effort to quickly reproduce before the winter comes. This makes the indica plant ideal if you are looking for a quick harvest or only have a short outdoor growing season. Indicas tend to have a heavy and earthy flavor profile; often having spicy, hashy, skunky, or musky smells especially for pure and Indica dominant strains.

Here are some tips for successfully growing indica plants:

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  • Choose the right strain; you’ll have better luck using a strong hybrid instead of starting with a pure indica especially if it’s your first time. Hybrids are more forgiving of a novice’s mistake and are also more resilient. They also tend to be more resistant to pests and are less likely to rot compared to full strains.
  • The size of your plant can be controlled by varying the amount of time you let them stay in the vegetative phase. Once you change the lights to a 12/12 schedule, this will stimulate flowering. Note that plants can stretch during flowering although their maximum potential size is already definite. It’s recommended to put 6 large main branches per square foot beneath the lights. For a 16 square foot area, use 1000 WAT HID lights with good reflectors.
  • To get the highest yield for indica, grow small, fast, and full. This means that you should be planting as many as you can in your grow space while limiting the time spent in the vegetative stage. You can accomplish this using the Sea of Green growing method as well as the Screen of Green.
  • Unlike their long-legged sativa siblings, indica plants don’t reach crazy heights. They grow bush and short, and will have much thicker leaves. Because of these qualities, growers shouldn’t train them although you can use the low stress training techniques or super cropping in order to get them to do what you want.
  • Indica strains evolved geographical regions that always had a cool breeze. In the Hindu Kush mountains, temperatures at night drop significantly. On the other hand, sativa plants like tropical temperatures, but indica strains are used to changing weather. To get the best harvest, grow room temperatures should drop to 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit at night especially when the plants are already at the flowering phase.
  • Indica strains are known to have tough resinous buds. They originated from dry, cool regions where water was scarce; this makes them susceptible to rot and mold. To protect your indica plants from mold, follow these steps:

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    • Make sure that they have good airflow and ventilation
    • Air circulation can be improved by trimming fan leaves when it’s late in the flowering stage
    • Humidity shouldn’t exceed 50% during the flowering phase; while it should be kept below 40% on the last two weeks
    • If you are growing indica plants in soil, allow the top layer of the dirt to properly dry out between water
  • Indica buds should be cured and dried properly after harvesting. Although indicas are easier to grow than sativas, the addition of the drying aspect changes that. Its dense buds become vulnerable to mold and need to be dried and cured carefully. It’s recommended to put trimming sugar leaves on hold until it’s time to cure. However if you have unusually large and dense buds, it’s best to get rid of some sugar leaves during the drying process which will also help prevent mold.

Curing indicas are a joy since they’re much easier than sativas, but they also need to be handled carefully to prevent molding and rotting because they lack air circulation. With some care and attention you can easily grow strong and healthy indica plants.

What has helped you grow indica plants? Share with us in the comments below.

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Published at Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000

A Portable Vape Pen For Concentrates and Dabbing

A Portable Vape Pen For Concentrates and Dabbing

A portable vape pen for concentrates?  What?!?!

the dipper vape pen dabbing

Why is a portable vape pen for concentrates a big deal?  If you are a regular reader of Cannabis.Net you know that we have a few articles up that argue the point that dabbing is the way of the future, it is clean, cost effective, and the high is better. You can check out some of our dabbing articles at the bottom of this page. The only problem is that dabbing requires some hardware.  The hardware includes a rig, a nail, and even a blow torch type lighter.  For those recreationalists that just want a nice high, setting up a science kit is not on the schedule on a Friday night.

Hence, the problem is that while concentrates such as shatter and wax are great, the process to get them vaporized and into your lungs is a big cumbersome and long. 

Luckily, a new company has solved that problem with a new vape pen for concentrates.  The company is Dipstick Vapes and their new pen is called the Dipper, with the “i” upside down.   This is a great product that certainly fills a void in the dabbing market.   How do you take your concentrates and inhale them in a quick and easy way that doesn’t require all this hardware and torch?

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The company was founded by Chief Engineer, Matt Watson. Going into 2017, Matt brought in a few partners to take the business to the next level, including Jeffrey Zucker and Mike Bologna of Green Lion Partners, who are the company President and CEO respectively. 

Dipstick Vapes strives to create innovative products that provide users with the best consumption experience possible. Additionally, concentrates are the fastest growing segment in the industry, but a lot of casual users are intimidated by the traditional consumption method using a rig and torch. The Dipper allows for an approachable concentrate consumption option, as well as a great mobile option for heavier users. Additionally, it allows for easier specific dosing for medical patients. 

Great product and a great company.  If you want to order a Dipper head to www.Dipstickvapes.com and you can use the promo code CN15 to save an additional 15% at checkout.

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Published at Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000

A Complete Guide to Buying New Weed Grinder

A Complete Guide to Buying New Weed Grinder

Coffee with cream and sugar sounds pretty simple, right?

Some people can’t drink coffee without it.

Same goes for Vapes and Grinders.  

Yes, you read that right…

For those who love to vape, they must have the right herb grinder along side it.

It is next to impossible to get a good taste of your vapor if you use your hands to cut it.

Not only is this messy, it just doesn’t match up to the vaping experience when you have a good herb grinder.

No matter what kind of vaporizer you use, the absence of herb grinders can only make vaping half as fun.

Don’t even try to deny it.

It is just as important to have the best herb grinder that can turn the herbs in its finer form. It helps vaporizers to easily and quickly turn your material into vapor when grounded in small pieces.

If you are careful about your choice of a vaporizer, the same should be applied whenever you are going to invest in a herb grinder.

It should be safe, non-toxic, and not to mention, efficient.

It should also be durable and fits your attitude towards vaping.

Question:

Are you the type who vapes a good amount of herbs in one sitting with friends? Or maybe, you keep a small stash with you when vaping outside the house?

So, yes these are things that can affect your choice of herb grinder.

All of this can get quite intimidating fast.

So we have simplified everything for you, and put together all you need to know when investing in a new herb grinder.

All you need to do, is lay back, get comfy and keep scrolling!

So let’s get down to business. 

What is a weed grinder?

A herb grinder is a device used to churn and chop tobacco, marijuana, herbs and other small materials used for vaping.

Depending on the manufacturer, it can be anywhere from 1 to 3 compartments. Usual materials used on herb grinders include metal, acrylic, or wood.

Just imagine. 

Before the commercially available herb grinders, people used to rely on scissors or their hands to manually grind the herbs into small pieces.

With the help of herb grinders, preparing the material for vaping or smoking has become more efficient and less messy.

If you are somewhat new to the world of vaping with no idea which herb grinder to choose or what exactly should you be looking for It can get confusing at times, simply because there are so many grinders available on the market today.

Different Grinder Materials

There are different grinder materials that you’ll commonly see from different manufacturers.

But what you have to know is that material plays a major role in your vaping experience.

Think about it. 

Could you imagine using a toxic material on your herb grinder?

Let me take a wild guess. You won’t. 

Here are some of the most common options that you can go for in terms of grinder material.

Wood Grinder

Wood Grinder - Buying weed grinder guide

Wood is the type of material that is probably hardest to construct.

Typically hand-made, there are not a lot of wood herb grinders in the market due to the fact that it is harder to carve wood than make grinders from metal or acrylic. From a business standpoint, it is hard to mass produce this type of herb grinder.
A lot of people prefer wood over other materials because of the feel that it gives.

It has a more natural appeal which makes it a great choice for those who love organic materials.

Unfortunately, One disadvantage of wood is that it is typically a one compartment grinder. Thus you may not enjoy kief when you choose a wooden herb grinder. In addition to this, it has varnish that can potentially mix in your herbs.

Metal Grinder

Metal Grinder - Buying weed grinder guide

Let’s face it:

Metallic grinders are becoming popular today.

There are two types of metals typically used for herb grinders.

It can either be aluminum or titanium.

In most cases, a lot of products are made of aluminum but are titanium coated.

Most products that have this kind of construction have been advertised as ”titanium” grinders. The most common reason is to justify the higher price tag on the item.

Is aluminum a safe material?

It is possible that manufacturers are looking to get away from the negative connotation and the wrong impression that aluminum received over the years.

If you find some aluminum material flaking left, it is suggested that you simply brush it off.

So why is aluminum safe?

For starters, the melting point of aluminum is at 660°C, and the boiling point is at 2519°C. No amount of lighter or vaporizer can ever melt or boil this material and go to your lungs. Though it is true that you could be seeing metal shavings in your grinder, this can be rare, and you can just shake it off.

Acrylic

Acrylic Grinder - Buying weed grinder guide

Another material commonly used on grinders is acrylic.

It is another material, just like aluminum, that is frequently misunderstood.

A lot of vaping enthusiasts fear that acrylic is dangerous for our health. In reality, acrylic is a safe material since its melting point is at 1000°C and its boiling point is at 1,977°C.

Acrylic material is also known for its durability. However, if you’ll rate acrylic in comparison to other materials used on herb grinders, this is the least durable of them all.

Acrylic grinders are the ones that usually break about wood and metal. And this is the reason why it is also usually the cheapest.

Electric Herb Grinder

Electric herb grinder solves the common problem when it comes to messy dry herbs.

These devices are battery-powered and compact, and can even grind up to three grams of you material at a time.

It is usually a mix of different materials. Some electric herb grinder makes use of an acrylic container and metallic teeth.

Grinder type

There are different types of grinders based on the number of compartments and its design.

Here are the typical grinders that you’ll see in the market.

2 piece grinders

grinder 2 piece - Buying weed grinder guide

Otherwise known as 1 compartment herb grinders, this kind of herb grinder has one compartment which the herb is both retrieved and grounded.

The problem that you’ll typically encounter with a 2 piece grinder is the inconsistency of size.

Another common problem is that retrieving your herb can be quite difficult since the teeth are in the way.

You also can’t get to separate the kief if you are going to opt for the 2 piece grinders.

3 piece grinders

grinder 3 piece - Buying weed grinder guide

The three-piece grinder or a two-piece compartment grinder has the same grinding compartment as the typical 2 piece grinders.

There are holes that allow small herbs to fall down into the second compartment. And because of this design, you have consistent herbs that you can collect.

4 piece grinders

grinder 4 piece - Buying weed grinder guide

Another option is the four-piece grinders.

This type of grinder has three compartments. It works the same as the 3-piece grinder in collecting herbs.

The third compartment is then made for pollen or kief.

It also goes with a screen to allow a specific size of the residue to pass through the kief collecting chamber.

Herb grinder teeth

One of the things that dictate the ground result is the teeth of your grinder.

Let me explain. 

As rule of thumb, the more teeth that you get from your herb grinder, the better it is. More teeth give finer results, which means better vaping experience.

The best ones in the market have around 50 teeth for a 2.5” diameter grinder. Aside from the number of teeth, it is equally important to take a look at the shape of the teeth.

The shape allows the grinder to churn the herbs into small bits efficiently. Herb grinder teeth shape ranges from square to long narrow ones.

However, based on the number of products that we’ve reviewed, we recommend the diamond shaped grinder teeth if you are quite picky about the consistency of the output.

It also matters if how the teeth are positioned. If the teeth are evenly placed throughout the grinder, then you can expect consistent results from this kind of product.

Choosing the best grinder

As mentioned above, there are many factors that you need to consider if you are planning on investing in a new herb grinder.

But there’s one small catch

A quick browse online and you’ll  get quite overwhelming with all options, especially for someone who has no experience using these tools.

So, what are the main things you need to check in order to buy the best weed grinder?

Price

Let’s admit it.   

The first thing that you’ll most likely look into is the price of the grinders.

Vaping enthusiasts, especially casual ones are budget conscious.

Do you only plan on spending $50 on a grinder? Or maybe, you are planning to go for the high-end ones at the $100 range?

It’s simple. 

As rule of thumb, the more expensive grinders get, the longer these items last.

In addition to this, you’ll get to enjoy more if you stick with the more expensive ones because it usually comes with more compartments and a includes a kief catcher.

However, don’t be frustrated if you can’t spend on the high-end ones.

You’ll be surprised to see some great herb grinders around $20 to $40 that will meet your requirements.

Keep in mind that the price shouldn’t be the only thing that you have to check.

Always ask yourself if you are getting the best value for your money. Always look at reviews in order to judge other important aspects of a grinder.

Manual or electric?

Because of the advancement in technology, there are herb grinders that operate using batteries.

It results typically to a finer output than manually operated herb grinders. It can also give you fast results since all you need to do is to press the device.

Keep in mind that electric versions can be quite expensive. Also, you have to consider the fact that it needs batteries to operate.

In addition to this, since there are more moving parts, we can hypothesize that electric versions don’t last as long as the manual herb grinders since they are difficult to clean.

If it’s a long-term investment that you are looking for, it is a good idea that you stick to the manual options.

Size and capacity

Is the grinder handy?

You want to take a closer look at the measurement of the herb grinder to determine if it is travel-friendly.

If you are the type of vaping enthusiast who loves portable vaporizers, might as well keep a handy herb grinder that you can rely on. This gives you the chance to grind your herbs on the go.

On the other hand, if you are the type who loves to enjoy long periods of vaping sessions, you’ll need a large grinder that can accommodate a good amount of herbs for every batch.

Performance

The ideal results should be consistent, smooth, and broken down into small pieces enough to be vaped.

It is important that you read the reviews for the past experiences of other users.

Do the grind herbs small enough to be vaped or smoked smoothly?

The teeth of the grinder will most likely dictate the quality of the output.

High-quality grinders have evenly distributed diamond shaped teeth that can efficiently grind down herbs of different sizes that go inside the device.

Keep in mind 

The type of grind the grinder provides it is very important.

If you are using the grinder for your vaporizer, you need one type of grinder but if you using it for your joint you need a different one.

You may wonder why?

It is very important to know what you will end up using the grinder for. If you are looking for a fine grind, then there are some great options. For me though since I prefer the medium grind I choose to go with the Mama P’s. Simply the best grinder in my opinion.

It is also a good idea that you check the extras.

Does it have a magnetic lid?

The magnetic Lid ensures that your herb stays in place when you are grinding them down. Though not every grinder has a magnet, it is always a good idea to stick to options that have them.
Apart from the output, you also want to check the compartment.

Does it have a compartment that collects the kief?

If it does, you want to check the availability of the mesh screens that goes with the herb grinder.

Typically, you get to see mesh wires labeled 40, 60, 80, and 100.

What exactly do these numbers stand for?

A 40 mesh screen means that it has 40 wire threads per inch. Typically, it allows materials that are 420 microns and smaller to pass.
If you prefer to make resins and oils, you’d most likely stick to 100 mesh screens.

Other than that, you’d want to stick to either 40 or 60 mesh screens.

Quality

Next, it is just as important to check the quality of the herb grinder’s material.

Is it made of metal, acrylic, or maybe wood?

What are the usual pros and cons that you have to understand for each material?

For instance, is it made of titanium?

Is it titanium or was just advertised as such in order to have a hefty price tag?

If you are looking to buy a grinder made of wood, you also want to consider the fact that it has varnish that can mix with your material.

Make sure that you know the durability of each device.

If you opt to choose acrylic, for instance, just be open to the possibility that it could break sooner than other types of herb grinder.

Maintenance

To get the best results for your herbs, you will need to make sure that you also clean the device after every use.

It is important that the material of the herb grinder can be cleaned using isopropyl alcohol or by common cleaners at home.

An ideal herb grinder should also be able to tolerate cleaning methods to continuously provide the best output.

Does it include a cleaning tool?

If it doesn’t have a cleaning tool that goes with it, you can make use of a toothbrush.

You also have to evaluate the wear and tear on the screen.

If you are the type who collects the kief, it is a good idea that you check the physical appearance of the screen every now and then.

This is especially true if you are picky with the strains that you use. If you’re using high-grade cannabis, expect the screen to be a bit stickier. Therefore you will need to replace it regularly.

Replacement parts

There are instances when you need to replace the screen of your herb grinder.

It is important that the manufacturer of your herb grinder has some replacement parts that you can use. You don’t want to end up buying a new herb grinder now and then, especially if you paid a lot of money it.

Warranty

A lot of times, people forget about the importance of warranty on products that they purchase.

If you plan on buying herb grinders, you also want to know if the manufacturer is confident with the product it is selling. If it doesn’t go with a warranty, maybe, you want to do more research and check the reviews.

What is Kief and how you collect it

How do you collect the kief?

If you are a serious cannabis connoisseur with a very particular taste about the things you vape, you’ll most likely be interested with the kief. Kief is the loose pollen crystal that is considered a byproduct of grinding herbs.

In order to collect kief efficiently, you’ll first need to invest in a 4-piece grinder that has a kief catcher by the bottom.

The two-piece grinders will not be able to collect the residue of the plant matter the same way as the more expensive 4 piece grinders.

How does it work?

Once the teeth of the herb grinder churn on the herbs repeatedly, it breaks up the buds and falls into the screen. The screen then filters the material. Depending on the mesh screen that you are using, you can collect different sizes of kief.

The best time to collect the kief is when you are about to clean the device.

During this time, you want to maximize the residue of the herbs that gets stuck in the different parts of the grinder. Toothpick, brush, or gift cards can be a good way to scrap the material into a piece of paper.

Make sure that you also pay close attention to areas where the material can get stuck.

The edges and the teeth are the usual places that you might miss out.

The screen may also contain some residues that haven’t reached the lowest compartment of the grinder. Using a clean toothbrush, you can start collecting the residues on a clean paper.

How to clean your grinder

So, now that you have purchased your very own weed grinder it’s time to clean it.

You should always make sure that you follow proper maintenance in order to ensure that everything is going to work well.

Don’t be surprised if you need to clean your weed grinder on a regular basis, especially if you are using high-grade herbs that can get a bit sticky.

Cleaning your grinder could be a hassle, not to mention electric parts. However, regular cleaning gets you the desired and expected consistency in the ground herbs.

It also prolongs the life of your weed grinder and makes sure that all the parts stay operational the way it is supposed to be.

If you don’t clean it frequently enough, the resin will eventually get so sticky that it wont turn smoothly.

To make it easier for you, we gather some useful tips that you can us to make sure your herb grinder is clean and in the best shape possible.

So check these out:

Use a toothbrush

First, you want to disassemble the herb grinder.

If it involves electronic parts, it is best that you take the electronic parts off.

Next, if you have a herb grinder that collects kief, it is best that you take it out first.

Get a paper towel and brush off the kief into the towel.

There will be some kief stuck in between the teeth of your herb grinder.

Brush it off until there’s no noticeable material in between the teeth of your device.

If you don’t like using a toothbrush, you can also choose to experiment with different materials including a mascara brush, or a paint brush.

Try to see which brush gets into the groove of your herb grinder well.

Scraping tool

If you are worried about damaging the herb grinder when getting rid of the gunk in your herb grinder, it is a good idea that you use scraping tools along with your brush.

Once you’ve disassembled the grinder as described above, you can use an old ATM card or gift card to get rid of the hard to remove residues on your device.

You want to collect it in a paper towel still. But of course, keep in mind that this isn’t going to give your grinder the deep cleaning it needs especially after quite some time.

Put the grinder in the freezer

Yup, it’s not a mistake.

If you think that using a brush takes a lot of effort to maximize the retrieval of your kief, try putting the grinder inside the freezer for an hour.

After an hour, you can take the grinder out and just tap the grinder to knock the frozen kief into a paper towel.

You’ll notice how easy the buildup falls off.

Clean using ordinary cleaning solutions

The most effective cleaning tools for you herb grinder can be found in your kitchen.

You can make use of the common dishwashing soap mixed with 50% water to get the job done.

All you need to do is to soak your herb grinder for a night.

The next day, you can rinse it with warm water, and then wipe it dry.

Another great solution that you can use to clean your herb grinder is to make use of isopropyl alcohol.

Isopropyl alcohol can get rid of the weed gunk that gets stuck in your device.

If you are going to use alcohol regularly, keep in mind that it can weaken the acrylic material. However, the use of alcohol occasionally can be a good thing.

Use of boiling water

Boiling water can help get rid of the stiff material that gets stuck in between the teeth of your herb grinder.

Once you’ve removed the pieces of your grinder, just soak the material in boiling water for around 10 minutes.

Remember:

You should be extra careful though since this can burn your skin.

After ten minutes, you can take out the boiling water and just place warm water to rinse out the parts of your grinder.

Next, you can proceed by scrubbing the device using a brush.

Cleaning/replacing the screen

If you are cleaning the screen, make sure that you are extra careful with it.

If you see it already worn out, it is the time to replace it with a new one.

Cleaning the screen, you simply need to make use of a brush to get rid of the entire residue that gets stuck in it.

Follow the maintenance tips of the manufacturer

If you are cleaning the herb grinder, keep in mind that different materials may have different reactions to the cleaning methods that we’ve posted.

There’s a chance that wood and acrylic may get damaged when exposed to alcohol.

And your aluminum gets scrapped off when you use harsh cleaning solutions and scraping tools. It is always a good idea that you read the manufacturer’s maintenance tips.

Getting the right herb grinder shouldn’t be too hard.

The choice is yours. 

Yes, there are many types of herb grinders available in the market, but you shouldn’t be confused on which one to pick. You can read more about the best weed grinder here.

Given the number of options, you’ll find the right one that meets your preference as a vaping enthusiast.

Whether you are the type who loves to vape on the go or make oils from the kief, there’s the perfect for you.

Having the right knowledge of herb grinder’s characteristics can lead you towards the best product that is the right fit for you.

So there you have it.

Now it’s time to use all this knowledge to get your new weed grinder.

Do you still have any question about weed grinder? still feel confused? 

Comment below and let’s us know! 


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Published at Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:18:22 +0000

Michigan Seeks Input on “Inventory Startup,” Transition Issues

Michigan Seeks Input on “Inventory Startup,” Transition Issues

Michigan Seeks Input on “Inventory Startup,” Transition Issues

As the State of Michigan continues to move forward in developing rules to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today reached out for the second time for stakeholder input on critical issues. This time, LARA is asking for feedback on questions that LARA characterizes as concerning “inventory start-up.” Fundamentally, these questions address how and whether individuals involved in the current caregiver model under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act can transition to operating under the MMFLA.

Specifically, the Director of LARA, Shelly Edgerton, issued the following statement and request:

LARA is currently seeking comments from interested parties on the topic of inventory startup as it relates to the licensed categories. The purpose of this document is to gather information only and it is not meant to interfere with the authority of the Board or Advisory Panel procedures when these panels are appointed as provided under the Act. To that end we are asking for your input by responding to the questions below. We are only asking for brief answers, or comments limited to a short paragraph or a few sentences. Please provide your responses by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21st, 2017. After the responses are compiled, a meeting and/or conference call may be scheduled if appropriate to review the responses and receive additional input. Please submit your responses to curtisc8@michigan.gov.

Questions:

    1. Should LARA require all licensees to begin without inventory or zero product on day 1 of license issuance and thereafter track all cultivation from the date of licensure?
    2. Should LARA have an inventory startup period that allows a grower licensee to transition medical marihuana cultivated as allowed under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) into the future Statewide Monitoring System for tracking and inventory verification provided it is recorded/tracked? If yes, should LARA limit the timeframe in which these acquisitions can occur? What would you recommend as a timeframe?
    3. Should LARA consider an inventory startup period for all 5 license categories?
    4. Should a licensed grower or processor be permitted to include into a startup inventory the existing marihuana or marihuana-infused products cultivated or processed under the MMMA of the former registered primary caregiver who becomes an active employee of the licensee pursuant to the Act?

We can anticipate that LARA will continue to solicit stakeholder input, although LARA’s statement again notes that its work on the rules is to be in consultation with the yet-to-be-appointed Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Board and Advisory Panel. Given that the formal roles of advisory panels are fairly limited under the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act, the new Board and LARA will have some discretion with respect to how deeply they involve the Advisory Panel. While it remains to be seen what opportunities will be provided for public input into the rulemaking process (apart from those required under the APA), LARA’s continued outreach to the industry is promising.

As the rulemaking process in Michigan continues to unfold, check back here to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Project Gator is a crock

Project Gator is a crock

There’s no shortage of ridiculousness regarding the recent Project Gator raids on Cannabis Culture shops across the country.

There’s the fact that people were thrown in jail due to selling products that are supposedly going to become legal any day now.

Or that the raids were organized by Toronto police, whose former chief is meant to be the person steering the path towards legalization.

Or that Vancouver police, who had previously made the principled decision to leave dispensaries alone pending new laws, were evidently happy to do the bidding of their bigger city counterparts.

Or that the value of LP stock shot up due to the perception this was a victory for Big Pot at the expense of the underground craft cannabis industry.

Or that Ottawa cops are pretending they weren’t actually part of it and simply happened to raid a newly opened Cannabis Culture shop the same day by coincidence.

But perhaps the most ridiculous thing about this whole fiasco is the name Project Gator itself. It’s easy to assume it was chosen because alligators are apex predators and some cop – probably the kind of guy who calls his biceps “pythons” – thought it sounded badass.

Like the trenchcoat-wearing McGruff the Crime Dog, Project Gator would take a bite out of crime!

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But it’s worth keeping in mind the Toronto Police Service actually have a history of choosing names for their major investigations quite carefully. For people who regularly spell marijuana as “marihuana,” they have a surprisingly good way with words.

For example, they named a major drug bust Project Bread Maker because it began at a Dempster Street location and Dempster is one of the country’s biggest bread brands. Project Decepticon was named after a Transformers robot who showed up on ecstasy tablets, and Project Marvel was inspired by suspects who used comic book characters for codenames.

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Typically the lead investigator is in charge of picking a handle, but they sometimes ask underlings to come up with suggestions.

“Yes, sometimes [investigators] agonize over them,” Staff Inspector Randy Franks told the National Post in 2012. “I shouldn’t say we insist, but it’s been a standard that projects come along and they have names… These are serious investigations and if we add a little bit of lightheartedness, it isn’t intended to diminish the seriousness of the investigation.”

So it’s hard not to wonder about how Project Gator got its name. Here are some possible, albeit unlikely explanations:

  • Alligators aren’t native to Canada, so perhaps this was a subtle dig about the time Canadian police busted Cannabis Culture founder Marc Emery at the DEA’s request for selling seeds through the mail and he ended up serving hard time at federal prisons in Georgia and Mississippi. States that both have alligators.
  • It’s a play on the expression “see ya later, alligator.” Which could work given how frequently Emery finds himself arrested on pot charges.
  • “Project Gator raid” sounds like Project Gatorade and even cops can appreciate a good pun.
  • Project X was already taken.
  • Project Croc would’ve reminded people of “crock” – a word meaning nonsense – and this would’ve been a bit too accurate for this vast waste of taxpayers’ money.
  • Alligators are green. So is weed. Creativity at the T.O cop shop could be slipping.

But I’d like to think someone simply misspelled the word “gaiter,” a garment worn over shoes to keep feet dry. Because Toronto police have just stepped into a river of shit when it comes to popular opinion and they’re probably going to need them.

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Published at Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:13:50 +0000

Study: Cannabidiol (CBD) May Help Treat Anxiety-Related and Substance Abuse Disorders.

Study: Cannabidiol (CBD) May Help Treat Anxiety-Related and Substance Abuse Disorders.

Cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis compounds, may be useful in treating anxiety-related disorders as well a substance abuse disorders, according to a new study,

“[C]annabidiol, the main non-psychotomimetic phytocannabinoid found in Cannabis sativa, reduces anxiety”, states the abstract of the study, published by the British Journal of Pharmacology and the U.S. National Institute of Health. “There is also accumulating evidence from animal studies investigating the effects of cannabidiol on fear memory processing indicating that it reduces learned fear in paradigms that are translationally relevant to phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

The abstract continues; “Cannabidiol does so by reducing fear expression acutely and by disrupting fear memory reconsolidation and enhancing fear extinction, both of which can result in a lasting reduction of learned fear. Recent studies have also begun to elucidate the effects of cannabidiol on drug memory expression using paradigms with translational relevance to addiction.

The findings suggest that “cannabidiol reduces the expression of drug memories acutely and by disrupting their reconsolidation.”

Researchers conclude by stating that; “Understanding how cannabidiol regulates emotion and emotional memory processing may eventually lead to its use as a treatment for anxiety-related and substance abuse disorders.

The study was conducted by researchers the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham, both in London, as well as the University of São Paulo and the Federal University of Santa Catarina, both in Brazil. The full text of the study can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:07:48 +0000