420 Canceled Early

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The Compassionate Caregivers Of Maine also know as CCM decided to hold a 420 event this year. They rented the American Legion in Gardiner Maine and informed them it was going to be a 420 cannabis event for legal card carrying medical patients and that cannabis use would happen outside on the premise in a designated smoking/vaping tent. Along with having a few vendors. All of this was approved before the event was to take place. Or so we thought…

I should up early to the event to help lend a hand. In the vape tent there was an Ice sculpted dab rig and that thing hit amazing. Mad props to subzero ice sculpting. That thing was amazing. Although it did not last long the metal table it sat on was at a slight angle and in the direct sunlight. It slide off the table while our backs were turned. There was some amazing infused cotton candy.

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Shortly after the CCM 420 event was scheduled to start the bartender showed up. Realize it was a cannabis event where there was edibles and people smoking cannabis on the property. She had some moral abjection to cannabis people and called the police. Who never showed by the way. But they did call the Company Commander of the American legion. Who basically had the event canceled. So it is okay to drink poison but not okay to use plant biased medicine. Strange that the legion would approve the event and then turn around and do this. I am not happy with the legion and they will hear from me.

Maine has had legal medical cannabis since 1999 that is almost 20 years now and we have had legal adult use laws since 2016,  but still waiting on retail regulations. Today we really got to see where we are in our regulations. We may have legal cannabis use but we are not quite at the point of being able to hold cannabis events in Maine. And that is a shame.

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,

Spread Cannabis Knowledge!
FibroMan

Beyond Buds Book Review

Cannabis can be used in many ways and can be used in the plant form and most likely the most used way is the smoke that plant typically the buds of the female plant. This is old news for most. What about the ways to cannabis that are Beyond Buds?

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New users to cannabis may not know exactly what is beyond buds like more season cannabis users that already knows about kief and hash along with dabbing, edibles and more. Enter the book Beyond Buds by Ed Rosenthal the Guru of .

Beyond Buds starts by over the basics and is a good review for even the knowledgeable person. Then moves into talking about kief with a little about the history of the term and moves along to various ways to extract kief from cannabis bud, trim and leaves. This includes manual screens, dry ice extraction and water hash and some advance hash making. Including several step by step.

The chapter on vaporizers while it had some basic information about how vaporizers work it was more a chapter of advertisements for various vapes.

Beyond Buds on dabbing is an essential chapter of this book. Dabbing I think is one of the most misunderstood parts about cannabis world. Many are unsure of what to make of it since the media called it the dabs the “crack” of weed. Ed Rosenthal put it better saying, dabs are more like the espresso of pot. Beyond Buds also goes over the various ways to use dabs with the various equipment needed to dab and is like the vaporize chapter a mix of ads for that gear too. It also lays out some of the different kind of dabs out there like BHO, shatter, wax and others Including Clear that I suspect is a distillate and HBC dab. This is kind of interesting and never heard of this myself. HBC uses a hyperbolic chamber (the one used on divers that have the bends) to extract the cannabinods.

After the basics on dabs, Beyond Buds talks about how to make dabs. There is a chapter specifically on Butane Extractions (BHO) and CO2 extractions oddly Rosen is missing. Between CO2 and Butane the comparison I got way:

Butane is more dangerous to use. Safety Precautions Required. The equipment for butane extraction is way cheaper (Butane will cost $500-$1000 to set up. CO2 several thousand and can easily cost up to 10 thousand). Butane is more effective at extraction process. The equipment for butane won’t need extensive training to use whereas CO2 equipment will require significant training.  Butane must be purged almost completely less than 500 ppm ideally and CO2 does not require this and is considered cleaner because of this, but purging is part of the equipment setup for butane so if done correctly should have a low ppm butane.

While Beyond Buds does not recommend making dabs with butane they do explain in great detail how to do it if a few different ways; along with what safety measures to take to do it safely. If you choose to make your own dabs and use butane make sure you use all safety precautions and never cut corners.

Then Beyond Buds ends with the basics on making tinctures, edibles, and topical uses of cannabis that if you wanted to expand into using cannabis in any of those ways this book is a good place to start to learn more about those methods. It even covers a little bit about terpenes, but not enough.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. While I felt that there are definitely more ads in here than I would have preferred. I can also see the use of them as well as they expose you to some of the various companies making the gear and equipment to help you go beyond buds and if that is something you have not been exposed to these ads can help you with that and they are not distracting like many ads. This book is certainly a great place to start if you are thinking you want to go beyond your buds.

In Appendix 4 is the list of all the sources that went into making this book and there are now several of those books and scientific articles on my to-read list now. I personally love when these books cite sources. This way you can do your own follow up to the information they provided.

And of course as always,

“Spread Cannabis Knowledge!”
FibroMan