Are you wondering why and how to clean a bong? Bongs get dirtier with every utilization but using a dirty bong is not advisable. Especially, if the dirt has been pilling up for a long time. When bongs become really nasty, you may even notice that the flavor of cannabis is being shadowed by a pungent smell. Nevertheless, many stoners become lazy (especially after the smoking session), which makes them not willing to clean their pieces. Yet, doing so is a fast and easy procedure.
Before we begin to explain how to clean a bong, there are some important equipment’s you will need in order to fully follow these steps. These tools include salt and alcohol, small bags or containers, cotton balls, and hand towels, Q-tips or toothbrush and a constant flow of hot water. When you have all the needed equipment, you can start the cleaning process.
Bong water is usually dirty and has a pungent smell. Therefore, the first (and probably the most logical) step is to ensure to empty it before you do anything else.
After successfully emptying the dirty bong water, you can begin detaching the bowl and the stem from the bong. Carefully detach them to avoid breakage. Your bong might have several detachable parts, so ensure you remove all, leaving behind only the native bong.
The real cleaning begins by rising all the parts with the hot water. You can decide on your preferable temperature, but the hotter the better. Just be careful you won't burn your hands.
After rising, place detachable parts in a small bag or some sort of container. Remember, only detachable parts. We'll clean the core of the bong separately.
Now put alcohol and salt in every bag or container with detachable parts. The amount of salt and alcohol will depend on the size of your pieces. Around a ¼ cup of alcohol and one tablespoon of salt is appropriate for smaller pieces and around ½ cup of alcohol and two tablespoons of salt for bigger pieces. But you can always add some more to make sure that it will work efficiently.
Shake the sealed bags/containers after adding alcohol and salt. Doing so, alcohol and salt will penetrate the smallest holes and remove the sticky residue. More you shake, faster will alcohol and salt work. Do this for at least 5 minutes. If you haven't cleaned your bong in ages, it's advisable, you leave them to rest in alcohol and salt for some more minutes and then shake them again. When you will feel like the detachable parts are clean enough, you can start cleaning the main thing.
Similar to the detachable parts, you should add alcohol and salt in your bong. Again, larger the piece, the more alcohol, and salt you will need. Add at least ½ cup of alcohol and 2-4 tablespoons of salt.
Before shaking, you might want to cover all the holes in your bong. (Imagine a scenario where you don't.) You can do that by using hand towels, cotton balls or any appropriate tool. You can be creative here.
After covering all the holes with the desired tools, shake the bong to allow the alcohol and salt to penetrate every part of the bong. The longer you shake, the cleaner your bong and the better the outcome.
After rapidly shaking your bong until you get tired, empty the mixture of alcohol and salt from your bong. Also, remove the small pieces from the bags/containers. Now, rinse everything with a constant flow of hot water. Hot water will get rid of the alcohol, salt, and any sticky resin left. If you'll still spot dirt anywhere, try using Q-tip or toothbrush to remove it.
After rinsing all the parts, keep them separate to make sure every part will dry up completely. This will also fasten the drying process.
After doing all the steps, your bong should be clean. However, if your bong hasn't been cleaned in a while, it's possible, that following these steps once won't make your bong sparkling clean. In that case, redo the process until the bong is clean by your standards. Remember, you can also always increase the amount of alcohol and salt in your bong to facilitate the process.
After carrying out all the steps of how to clean a bong, you will realize cleaning your bong isn't such a hard and time-consuming task. And it takes even less time if you do it regularly. Also, you don’t need to buy any expensive chemicals and you will usually have all the tools needed at home. And believe me, after cleaning your bong and seeing how shiny it is you will feel extreme satisfaction.
Now that you know how to clean a bong, make sure you'll follow these steps regularly. Since taking a hit from a clean bong is always better than from a dirty one.
A urine test is most oftenly used method to check if someone is utilizing marijuana. This is mostly because it's usually the cheapest way. Additionally, marijuana can be detected in urine for a longer period of time than in saliva. So the question arises: "How long does THC stay in your urine?"
A conventional way of thinking recommends that weed remains in your body for a month (+/- couple of days). However, the appropriate response isn't generally that high contrast. When it comes to urine tests, metabolism, weight, body fat, the measure of weed utilized, and how regularly you utilize weed all factor into to what extent the THC will stay in your pee.
Here's a general guide of how long does THC stay in your urine:
Meaning, heavy users will likely fail drug test even if they stop smoking a month or so before the drug test. This shows that the amount of cannabis that someone smokes is the most important factor determining how long will THC stay in your urine.
But like already mentioned, there are also other factors. For example, also body fats play an essential role. The more body fat you have, longer it'll take for THC to leave your body. Also, a quick metabolism contributes to how long does THC stay in your system. The quicker your digestion, the quicker THC metabolites diminish. Also, everyday factors like exercise, food intake, lifestyle in general, stress, etc. play a role. But it's hard to say to what degree since little research has been done so far concerning this matter.
You've probably already heard about a way or two how to fool the urine test. Some suggest that you can clean your system by drinking plenty of water. Consequently, you urinate more frequently and "wash your system out." This lowers the percentage of THC found, but it doesn't remove it completely. Others add something to the urine, such as bleach, salt or detergent. However, those can be easily traced in the lab. Furthermore, many people use detox drinks or pills to remove THC from their system.
Nevertheless, all those (and many more) methods are urban legends and won't remove THC from your body completely. Especially, if you're a frequent or everyday smoker. However, the less you smoke, the higher are the chances that you'll successfully fool the urine test. But in most cases, it at most reduces the percentage of found THC.
In many societies, it's becoming quite normal to roll a joint or to take a hit from the bong. Dabbing, on the other hand, it's something that has been around for a while, although, only recently, it gained on its popularity. And while dabbing weed might seem like the only scientist would understand, it's actually quite simple.
You might be wondering what are dabs and how are they made. Well, let's put it simply - dabs are cannabis concentrates, made by extracting essential oils (THC and other cannabinoids) of the marijuana plant. This is usually done with a chemical solvent (e.g. butane or CO2). The final result can be anything from wax, shatter, budder, rosin to butane hash oil (the most used one), etc. Common to all of them is that they all have high THC content. It varies from 50% to even 95% THC in some cases.
A quite logical conclusion is then that dabbing weed is a method of consuming those concentrates. This is done by dropping a small amount of concentrated cannabis oil on a hot surface, which creates an inhalable vapor.
The extraction itself is a quite dangerous process. Since it can, in a worse case scenario, result in an explosion because of the combination of poor ventilation and flammable gases. Therefore, it's not recommended to do it at home. And even if you manage to proceed the extraction without any accident, there's no way to guarantee the quality and purity of your end product. Consequently, you might be inhaling hazardous chemicals. For example, if you make dabs at home and the equipment you use contains nasty ingredients such as rust, it will inevitably make its way into your system through the dab that you'll produce. And of course, that's not a good news.
In addition, you might be exposed to cancer-causing toxins while dabbing weed. As an investigation distributed in the American Chemical Society's ACS Omega discovered, concentrates presented to the high warmth typical to dab setups delivered higher levels of cancer-causing and toxic compounds. Also, the long-term effects of dabbing are not yet well-known.
And of course, since dabs are cannabis concentrates and have extremely high THC content, you can easily "overdose." This doesn't mean, that you will end up in a hospital. But it can easily happen that you'll be out for the rest of the day. Needless to say, it's very important you take only a small amount of concentrate. Especially, if this is the first time you'll be dabbing and if you don't utilize weed regularly.
Dabbing gets you high (really really high) very quick. As this can be a negative side, it can be a positive side as well. You don't need to waste 15 minutes to prepare and smoke a joint. You just take one hit and you're good to go. Voila, you just saved more than 14 minutes of your time! And thanks to electronic nails, dabbing weed can be very discreet as well.
Many people, especially those with chronic pains, also choose to dab because it offers a massive and prompt alleviation. Meaning, you don't need to sit tight for your high to kick in, since dabs go to work immediately and relieve your pain almost instantly.
On top of that, dabs' flavor is very pleasant since they have a higher level of terpenes. And because you vaporize and don't inhale burning plant parts, the smoke is easier and less harmful for your lungs.
At the end of the day, dabbing is simply just one more approach to utilize cannabis. If you have an opportunity and are curious to try it out, do so. Just be careful to use only a little bit!
A little tip for rookies: If it seems you've taken too little, take even less! Trust me, your experience will be way more pleasant.
What is CBD, the most known compound of cannabis next to the THC? What is the main difference between them and how does CBD work? Also, what are its benefits and how you can consume it if you don't wish to smoke it? No doubt these are questions that arise to many people's minds. Therefore, High Thoughts team decided to make short and simple insight into what is CBD.
First, we need to understand that the marijuana plant contains in excess of 100 diverse substance mixes known as cannabinoids. The two best known are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The main difference between these two is that THC is psychoactive, while CBD isn't. We could also put it like that - THC is the substance that gets you high and CBD is the one that makes you feel better.
Even though that it won't change our view of the real world, it still influences the brains. It focuses on a wide assortment of proteins in the mind and sensory system that regulate cell activities all over the human body. By doing so in different ways, it can provide both mental and physical benefits. Even more, CBD may profit our bones and immune system.
Consuming CBD results in mental and physical advantages without the neurosis, snickers or lounge chair bolt. It's helpful with PTSD, insomnia, nausea, menstrual cramps, seizures, joint pain, chronic pain, opioid addiction, arthritis, even epileptic seizures and many more.
Animal research and little scale human examinations have indicated that CBD is also helpful with anxiety and that it has of anti-inflammatory properties. Retired basketball players are utilizing CBD to oversee physical agony and weakening cerebral pains. Some even use its skin items to fight indications of maturing. Additionally, CBD anti-cancer properties are being explored.
In short, CBD is definitely something you would like to utilize when you're in any sort of distress. Since it will most likely help you. And while numerous clients report advantages of just CBD, a few specialists say that a little THC enables CBD to work in the body.
This is frequently called the "entourage effect". It's a blend of CBD, THC, and the phytochemicals (the terpenoids), that furnishes you with the best helpful impact.
CBD has risen as a simple way for the individuals who need the wellbeing advantages of weed yet might be distrustful of getting stoned. What helps it gain on popularity is the fact that methods of consuming CBD are constrained just by one's creative ability. You can devour CBD by eating, drinking or dropping it under the tongue. You can also purchase CBD lip balm, lotion, soft gel capsules, droppers, and sublingual sprays. Finally, there are additionally traditional ways how you can consume CBD. You can smoke a joint, light up a bowl, or vaporize rich-CBD bud.
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If you wish to try marijuana for the first time or you're just a beginner when it comes to toking, then you're probably wondering how to roll a joint. Fear not, because, with this easy step-by-step tutorial, you'll learn how to roll a joint before you'll even know it.
Most basic things you'll require to roll a joint are weed and rolling papers. For most people also filter and tobacco are something that they use with every reefer, but they're not absolutely necessary. In this tutorial, we'll also add those two components. We'll use a filter because it's easier to roll with it. And assuming that you're a beginner at smoking weed, adding tobacco will reduce the chances that you'll get too high and that you will cough because of the smoke.
Do not worry fellow smoker, we got you covered.
In this step, we're going to grind weed, prepare a rolling mixture and prepare filter.
Grinding weed isn't a big science. Just grind the amount of weed you wish to smoke by hand, using scissors or with a grinder. The latter is also the most effective way since the bud will grind evenly and quickly.
When you finish grinding, don't forget to remove woody parts, seeds or anything similar, then add tobacco and mix everything a little bit. The appropriate ratio would be around 1:4 (tobacco : cannabis).
Also, prepare filter as seen on the picture below.
Now it's time you place rolling paper in your hand. Place it in a way that the glue will be on top and facing towards you. Then put rolling mixture you've prepared in the previous step on the rolling paper. Try to distribute it as evenly as possible, but leave some space for a filter on either left or right side. Choose what feels more natural and add the filter.
Leave one hand in one place, holding the paper. Use the other hand to shape joint by moving the mixture across the paper. Do this until the mixture is evenly distributed and the joint is shaped nicely. This is extremely important. If your joint has a weird shape now, it will only get worse once you'll try to roll it. So do your best!
Now comes "the hard" part. Or at least something you'll need more practice with before you'll master it. Basically, what you need to do is to tuck the lower (unglued) side into the roll. Once you've tucked it in, lick the glued side and roll the paper all around. Then move your fingers up the joint to ensure that the glue was glued everywhere.
Lastly, hit the joint with the filter side on the table or any other hard surface. This will distribute the mixture evenly. Also, use (e.g.) a pen to pack the cannabis down through the top of the joint. Close the joint and voila, you've rolled your first joint!
Hopefully, this tutorial gave you a clear insight into how to roll a joint. Happy toking!
Once you get used to rolling joints, you may want to try out rolling a backwood blunt.
All cannabis plants fall into three categories: indica, sativa, and hybrid. But which one to choose? To answer this question, we must first understand the difference between indica and sativa. We're going to look at different aspects, such as:
Indicas grow relatively fast and have a higher yield than sativa. The plant is short, bushy and has wide leaves, darker green color. This makes it appropriate for indoor growing. They have a strong smell, usually described as sweet or sour. Indica-dominant strains increase mental and muscle relaxation, decrease nausea and acute pain, increase appetite, dopamine, etc. It gives you a strong physical body high that will in most cases make you sleepy or ‘couch-locked’. It also provides a deep relaxation feeling, which makes it appropriate for night time use.
Indica strains: Northern Light, Bubble Kush, O.G. Kush, Bubblegum, Ice, Speedy Chile Express, etc.
Sativas need more time to grow, mature and require more light. They grow tall, thin and have narrow leaves, lighter green color. This makes it appropriate for outdoor growing. They have a smell usually described as grassy. Sativa-dominant strains are anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, treat chronic pain, increase focus and creativity, increase serotonin, etc. Its' high is known to be more energetic and uplifting, which makes it appropriate for daytime use.
Sativa strains: Lemon Haze, Jack Herer, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Cough, Super Silver Haze, Amnesia, etc.
Let's summarise what are the main differences between indica and sativa.
|Growth||short period, indoor||longer period, outdoor|
|Appearance||short, bushy||tall, thin|
|Effect||body high||head high|
|Usage||night time use||daytime use|
Hopefully, now you have a clear understanding of what is the difference between indica and sativa.
Choose wisely next time you'll toke!
Check out our cannabis education section, where you can read everything from common knowledge to advanced growing cannabis techniques.
If it is your first time going to a dispensary, keep on reading and check out how to prepare yourself for the trip to the dispensary and how you will pick weed or edibles and follow their guidelines for the best customer.
Are you still a little shy? You can buy cannabis legally online too. You can start here at Online dispensary Canada.
So let's begin. Before arriving at the dispensary check out the website of the dispensary, as it contains a lot of information about their strain menu and edibles. If you are a total beginner, we advise you to educate yourself about types of consummation and health recommendations. When arriving at the dispensary, you must know that the budtender will expect you already know what you are going to get, as the bartender expects that you already know what are you going to drink when ordering.
So if you don't know what are you going to get, let the budtender know, that you will need guidance. You must provide the budtender with enough information about the effects you are looking for and the preferable consumption type.
For the best choice, you must ask yourself the next questions:
If you provide budtender with all of this in formations, we are positive he or she is going to make you a great recommendation on what to use. If you are not certain you should get anything after the recommendation, don't feel an obligation to buy anything, and thanks budtender for the help and his time. Good luck!
Next to the curing, knowing how to store weed is essential if we want to keep our weed fresh and still feel its effects after a longer period of time. Therefore, we present to you 5 tips on how to keep weed fresh.
When storing weed, it’s important you minimize oxygen exposure. Many people put in extra effort and vacuum seal their buds. However, glass jar with airtight seal will do its job perfectly. Also, it’s a more accessible solution. Regardless if you decide for vacuum sealing or jar, just avoid plastic jars, since they encourage sweating and have a static charge, which has negative effects on your buds.
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You should always hide your buds from the direct sunlight or even better, hide it in the dark – away from daylight completely. Namely, harmful UV rays degrade weed over time and this way you remove the threat completely. Also, in the dark, it’s usually colder, which is great for keeping your buds fresh.
Many people think using a tobacco humidor is a great idea. And in theory, it is. However, many tobacco humidors are made of cedar wood. Here comes the problem - the oil from this wood can be absorbed by the weed which consequently influences bud’s flavor.
Similarly, to the problem with tobacco humidor, many things can alter the flavor of your weed. Therefore, it’s crucial that you don’t add anything to the weed you’re trying to store. Especially not lighters, pipes or anything similar.
Some people swore on freezing weed or keeping it in a refrigerator like it was food. However, it’s not and consequently, the effects are completely different. Storing it in the refrigerator increases chances of mold and mildew. Freezing temperatures, on the other hand, result in trichomes breaking off when handled.
Following this 5 tips on how to store weed will definitely pay off and your buds will stay fresh. Even if you decide to use it after a couple of months or even more.
Do you have any other tips on how to store weed to keep it fresh? Share your knowledge and leave a comment below!
Making edibles is quite simple. But there's a misbelief that the infusion is extremely hard and similar to the science class you had in school and hated it so much. However, this is not the case! Especially, when it comes to making cannabis oil. On top of that, the two cannabinoids (THC and CBD) are well represented in cannabis oil and it can be used in numerous dishes, so you won't run out of ideas on how to make edibles. So, let us take a look at how to make cannabis oil.
You can always add more (or less) cannabis, depending on how potent end product you wish to produce. To help you determine the amount of cannabis, use edibles dosage calculator. You can make cannabis-infused oil out of leftovers from the trimming since this is not a good material for smoking, but still contains cannabinoids. However, if you don't grow on your own, you'll have to use pure buds. Whatever it may be, it’s advisable to use high-quality strains.
And regarding the oil – you can use any oil you wish to. However, olive and coconut oil are the most popular choices.
The first step of how to make cannabis oil is quite obvious – grind your weed. It's important you don’t grind your material too much. Since anything smaller than the holes in the strainer will become a part of your end product.
Before you start doing anything else, also make sure you have: slow cooker, double-boiler (or something that could be used as double-boiler) or saucepan, strainer or cheesecloth, and glass jar, where you’ll store your finish product.
Here comes the “hard” part. Put oil of your choice in double-boiler, slow cooker or saucepan, then add cannabis. Your mission at this point is to activate THC (decarboxylation). You do this by heating the mixture of oil and cannabis at a low temperature for a couple of hours. Here it’s important that the temperature of the oil is never higher than 245ºF (118ºC).
If possible, choose slow cooker since it allows you to maintain just the right temperature for the decarboxylation.
The time needed depends on what pan you’re using. If you’re using a slow cooker, you should cook for 4-6 hours while occasionally stirring. If you’re using double-boiler increase the cooking time for at least 2 hours, again stirring occasionally. If you’re using a saucepan, approximately 3 hours will do but stir frequently to avoid scorching (the process of demolishing active ingredients in cannabis).
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Lastly, strain the cannabis oil in the glass airtight container. Preferably using cheesecloth since it, in most cases, keeps smaller parts from becoming a part of your end product than a strainer. Strain well, but don’t squeeze the cheesecloth too much since it will cause more chlorophyll to be added to the finished product.
Store in dark and cool place (could be a cabinet where’s not that hot or refrigerator). It’s advised to use it in a couple of months to avoid the cannabis oil to ruin.
The oil might get a little bit hard in cool temperatures (especially coconut oil for example) so gently warm the oil before use. When using the oil to make edibles, cook on low heat if that’s possible. Never microwave!
Now you see that the process of how to make cannabis oil is really simple, even though it’s time-consuming. Now all you need to do is to make some edibles using canna oil!
Do you prefer cooking with cannabutter? You can make brownies or cookies using simple recipes.
The first step in making edibles is to infuse cannabis in either butter or oil. This all sounds great and simple, however, it can be a little bit tricky.
No doubt you've already heard about situations where edibles hit someone so hard that they fell into another universe. There are two possible reasons behind it - the person might have eaten too much or edibles were highly potent. There's also another scenario where you only feel lightheaded even though you've eaten enough. That's why it's crucial we use edibles dosage calculator before making cannabutter or cannabis oil to determine the right amount of cannabis that we're going to use.
Before making edibles we must ask ourselves how potent our cannabis is, how potent edibles do we wish to make and what's our tolerance level.
Determining the right ratio can be challenging since we (probably) don't know how potent our cannabis is. On average, buds have 10-20% of THC. So we can assume that our cannabis has at least 10%. If we know the strain, we can even make more accurate predictions based on the usual potency of this strain.
This, of course, doesn't apply to the ones that live in countries with legal cannabis utilization. Since they can easily purchase cannabis in a dispensary and ask the budtender about its potency.
After we determine the (approximate) potency of cannabis, it's time to decide how potent edibles do we want to make. If your tolerance is high, you'll logically want to make more potent edibles and vice versa.
Considering that one gram of cannabis weights 1000 mg and a strain has 10% of THC, we could safely say that one gram of cannabis has at least 100 mg of THC. Meaning, if you'd smoked one joint made of 1 g of bud, you would consume approximately 10 mg of THC. This is a recommended dose for light users or in other words, a dose that won't make you regret your decision later. If you're a new user 2,5 mg of THC will do just fine, while heavy users can consume 100 mg of THC or more.
Now here comes the math. We take the weight of cannabis and convert it into mg, then we determine the amount of THC per-serving by dividing it with the recipe yield. Let's say we have 6 g of cannabis with 10% THC, which equals 600 mg of THC. If we divide this with the recipe yield, for example, 60 cookies (the number of cookies we get with a classic recipe), we get 10 mg of THC per cookie. This is an appropriate amount for new and light users.
We can always moderate the potency by either choosing strains with lower/higher THC, using less/more cannabis or by dividing/doubling the number of ingredients in the recipe. Also, keep in mind that during the decarboxylation some of the THC gets removed so you might end up with edibles with little or zero effect if you don't use enough cannabis or if the amount of THC is too low.