Cannabis Parties–A trend of the future…

Now that cannabis use is becoming more normalized and legal in various parts of the country and world. That I want to talk about something fun and exciting—Cannabis Parties.

What is a cannabis party? A cannabis party is party that is focused around cannabis usage and not alcohol. Make sure to tell people that these are children free events.

In Maine, we legalized adult use of cannabis and we have also had medicinal cannabis laws since 1999. So having a party with a bunch of people was completely legal. Know you local laws before hosting your own cannabis party. I have now had two amazing cannabis parties this year.

Cannabis parties can be for fun for everyone. For people with little experience with cannabis to long standing cannabis users and medical patients. It is a place to meet people and exchange stories, process, grow techniques, recipes, and of course get to try new cannabis strains, edibles and ect. The cannabis shop talk that happens when you bring cannabis growers, extractors and patients together can be an amazing learning experience and networking opportunity. The cannabis shop talk is my favorite part—I am in my element and it is invigorating.

As a host of a cannabis party it is good to make a verity of stuff. I had couple of strains of cannabis I grew and had people sample and tell me what they thought. I also asked my guest to bring and cannabis buds, dabs, or edible they wanted to share as well and most people did that were constant cannabis users. (Don’t expect occasional or light users to bring any as they don’t usually have much anyway)

I made a verity of edibles for people to try, as I love cooking and cannabis, so I tend to experiment with various foods. For my cannabis parties I had made infused cheese cake, lemonade, ice tea, cookies, and candies.Putting all infused foods on one table and letting people know what is and is not infused.

It is equally important to have non infused foods available as well. This is why I did a BBQ as well with a main course and several sides such as chips, pasta salads, veggie trays and more. Some people get the munchies from cannabis and don’t want them over indulging on cannabis edibles to satisfy their hunger. Have lots of water! People are likely to get dry mouth and want to quench their thirst. Both times I held these events more water was drank than soda. I had a large beach cool full of bottle water in ice. As the focus was cannabis not alcohol, I did not provide any and only a couple people had brought any and they only drank a small amount.

I also found that it is very helpful to have other things going on as well. I had card games going apples to apple and cards against humanity has everyone rolling in laughter. I eventually moved the party outside to a fire pit. This allows those that need time to cool down after consuming cannabis; possibly a larger dose than they are use to. If you are hosting a cannabis party, a cool down time needs to be part of your plan. You can’t feed people edibles, smoke and dab; then expect people to leave in a short period of time.

With cannabis being the center of the party verses when alcohol is the center of the party it makes for a more enjoyable atmosphere. Angry drunk fights just don’t happen. People are relaxed and in an enjoyable mood. This is why we must work to normalize cannabis use. It is a way better option than alcohol and safer at that.

I have really enjoyed having these parties and plan on hosting more of them in the future.

Have you ever had a cannabis centered party?

Have you been to a cannabis party before? Did you like it better or worse than a party with lots of beer?

Answer these questions and Tell me what you think about cannabis parties in the comments below…

And as always,

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FibroMan

Excited! 

I have some wonderful news. You guys love my blog. This morning I offiically passed last years views and vistor numbers. 

Whoot. 

Thanks for all the love. I’ve made more progress in my book. Some very interesting this about cannabis and its connection to eary Christianity. Stay tuned for a review of Chris Bennets book, “Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible” as soon as I am done reading it. 

Until next week,

“Spread Cannabis Knowledge!”

FibroMan

Update

I was not able to get a blog article written this week. I have been trying to enjoy the summer as in Maine it is very short. Join me on instagram to see some of my joint smoking fishing adventures.

I also recently ordered and received a copy of a new book, “Sex, Drug, Violence and the Bible,” that I plan on doing a review over. With my focus on what this book shows us about how cannabis was use in the bible.

Until next week,

Spread Cannabis Knowledge!
FibroMan

Cannabis Bath Solution

I recently tried a new topical application of cannabis to help me with my pain and muscle tension caused by my fibromyalgia and it was amazing.

What you need to get to have your own cannabis bath solution.

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4 Cups of Water
60 rinsed soapberries aritha (These I could only find on-line)
4 TBS of freshly scrapped aloe. (Found a large leaf at my grocery store and had more than enough.)
The dried peal of an Orange. (After pealing an Orange I left the peals in an empty drawer to dry in a paper bag.)
Sunflower Lecithin.
15 Grams of ground decarboxilated Cannabis Flower (See my article on How and Why to Decarb Cannabis)
2 TBS of Lavender flowers (this I got at a natural food store.)
~2 TBS Olive Oil
1 cup of Course Himalayan Pink Salt

 

Step one:

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil then add in the soapberry aritha, orange peals, and lavender. Cover and let sit overnight or at least 12 hours.

Step two:

Melt Sunflower lecithin on low heat in a small sauce pan into olive oil. Once fully dissolved put decarbed cannabis into a jar and pour the olive oil with Sunflower lecithin melted in over the cannabis. Mix around until fully coated. Add a tiny amount more of olive oil if cannabis is not well coated. Let this sit overnight as well.

Step three:

After you let it sit over night mix the two together. Add in 2tbs of fresh aloe and simmer on low for 45 minute or until about half the water has evaporated. Then let this sit until it only warm to the touch–strain. (Keep leftovers to make second less potent bath solution.)

This solution is perishable and needs to be refrigerated or frozen.

Step Four:

Mix 1 cup of coarse Himalayan Pink Salt with 2tbs of fresh aloe then mix 1 cup of bath solution into salt; add to a bath and enjoy.

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This bath will relax your muscles and relieve pain like a topical cannabis, but with this infusion process it also has a slight psychoactive effect and may effect different people differently. The longer you are in the bath the more of an effect you will feel. Plan accordingly and know how this will effect you before trying to do anything else.

I personally loved this application method of using cannabis.

 

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FibroMan

This recipe was originally found in “The Cannabis Spa at Home,” I made a few small changes, but highly recommend getting your hands on that book as it has many great recipes in it.

 

How to Clean Your Banger

If you use dabs then you have some kind of rig to dab with and if you use the banger style you can see that it can get pretty dirty fairly quick. In this short blog I am going to talk about how to keep the banger clean longer and how to clean it easy when it needs it.

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First, in your smoking spot or in your smoking kit add some Q-tips to the area. A few dampened Q-tips wiped on the inside of the banger after you dab will help collect some of the left overs that can crud up the banger. This will make it so you don’t need to clean it as often. Low temp dabs also make cleaning the banger something  that is not needed as often.

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When the banger does become pretty dirty looking you can clean it with fire. If you have a decent torch you can use it to burn off all the crud. The flame can come back out of the banger so make sure it is not coming out to much as this can burn you if you are not careful. When completed it will make the banger look pretty good and use can use a metal dabber to scrap off some of the crud to help as well and finish off with a wet Q-tip to collect the any left overs. Repeat as need until clean. You will need to focus the flame on all parts of the inside of the banger and can take a few minutes. In my comparison shot above my thermal banger was cleaned this way.

If you are a perfectionist and want the banger super clean you can use some acetone to clean it further. However if you do this make sure that the banger is not hot. Repeat don’t use acetone on a hot banger. Acetone is flammable and will ignite if the banger is over the flash point. Also you will want to rinse out the banger very well, as you don’t want any acetone left over in the banger. Yuck, to the taste and also don’t want it igniting. Also remember when cleaning with fire that things are getting very hot. Use common sense and safety precautions.

as always,

Spread Cannabis Knowledge!
FibroMan

Wet Vs Dry Trimming Pt.1

trimWhen you talk to people who grow cannabis you will find that those who hand trim fall into one of two categories. Those who wet trim buds and those who dry trim their buds.

Me, I have always wet trimmed. Why? It was how I learned from the caregiver that thought me. Also I have not been growing for a very long time. I have mastered wet trimming and have deiced to try out dry trimming. For me I can’t give an opinion as to what way is completely better. My perspective is slightly skewed with my experience. I did try out dry trimming for the first time and I do like it. I might be switching styles but can’t completely decide, yet. I only set a few branches aside to try out dry trimming. Now my next plant I plan on doing completely with dry trimming. To get a better idea of what a full plant harvest would be like with the dry trim method.

What I liked about the dry trimming method was it was less time consuming compared to wet trimming and I am pretty efficient at wet trimming now that I have been doing it for a little over 2 years. This was also easier on my physically, but again I was only doing a few branches, so did not have as much to do as normal.

I posted the picture above and asked my community on Instagram, Duby and Facebook; how they personally trim their cannabis and why they trim that way.  To see if I could get some kind of conciseness as to what the most popular ways to trim were.

The reason people said dry trimming was preferable were that wet trimming was much more work than dry trimming. Others claimed that wet trimming interferes with curing by cutting the leaves that evaporation during the drying/curing process could then only come out of the flower causing damage to the resin, terpenes, and overall cannabinoid profile. While others suggested longer dry periods with plastic and paper coverings to enhance the curing process. (Something for me to read more into latter)

The reason people said wet trimming was preferable was that when you dry trim you can see trichomes fly off as you clip the leaves off the buds and that the only time they ever dry trim is if they do not have enough time to wet trim.

Some of these arguments sound the same on both sides. But what does that mean? Is wet trimming better or is dry? Does one method of trimming cause damage to the cannabinoid profile? Or is it all just a matter of personal choice with what your preference is.

Here are my thoughts. I don’t think this is going to be something that we can just prove with a debate. There are experience growers on both sides of this debate.  So, I propose that we do an experiment. I think I should on one of my upcoming harvests take a top bud and dry trim one and wet trim another. Then submit these buds for a cannabinoid profile and terpenes profile test. Then compare the results to see if one method has a significant deference in their results.

TestedLabs in Maine does the tests I would need. The cannabinoid profile test is $40 per sample and the terpenes profile test is also $40 per sample. I have started a gofundme page to pay for these lab tests. As I don’t have the $160 to have all four required samples done to compare the two methods. Once I have the funding for theses tests I will be able to do a follow up article and revel if there is a significant difference in the profiles between wet and dry trimming.

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Until then,

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FibroMan

 

 

 

 

Ultra Sour Diesel Strain Review

usd1To review this strain, I had a cone joint of Ultra Sour Diesel (USD) and it was quite amazing honestly. Prior to smoking this joint I was having a higher fibromyalgia pain day with my pain starting off the day at around an 8 on a 10 scale for pain; with a low level of energy. Lethargic and fatigued would be the best way to describe my energy level. I had been doing to much lately and have been paying for it.

After lighting up this cone joint you could taste the a mellow pine flavor with a fuel after taste that comes with most diesel strains, but milder so not to be over bearing; like sucking on a tail pipe, unlike other diesel strains I have tried. While smoking ultra sour diesel it is smooth and with little to no coughing, even with long deep drags. About half way through the joint I could feel my muscles started to relax and my pain started to melt into the background to the point that, after I finished the joint my pain had dropped down to a 4 on a 10 scale. There is definitely an energy boost that comes with smoking Ultra Sour Diesel. After I was finished smoking it was like drinking an espresso or two. I became energized—ready to face the day and get some things done. (Like Writing this review.)

usd2Ultra Sour Diesel seems to be the prefect balance between Indica and Sativa hybrid as it has a powerful long lasting pain reliving properties and gives you a nice energy boost that allows you to get things done. I very much hope to be able to get my hand on this strain again.

On a scale between 1-5 I give Ultra Sour Diesel a 5; good to the last toke.

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FibroMan