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WAKE 'n' BLOG

Our ongoing series of informational entries

WAKE's Latest Blog Entry

June 17, 2021

Baked with Love...and some Cannabutter


Brownies are usually the first thing to come to mind when we think of cannabis infused homemade baked goodies. Brownies are relatively easy and quick to make plus the chocolatey taste does a great job of disguising the pungent taste of cannabis. Whether you decide to make cosmic brownies, cookies or cake, cannabutter is an essential part of those recipes. The beauty of cannabutter is even if you are not a sweets person you can still use cannabutter in other ways like on bagels, in sandwiches or drizzled on popcorn!

Decarboxylate


Understanding why decarboxylating the flower before baking it into a tasty treat is vital to the success of its desired effects. Decarboxylate (or decarb for short) is the term that describes flower after it has undergone the decarbing process. Buds by themselves have a non-intoxicating cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). When heated, THCA converts into tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid that provides us with the euphoric feeling. Even if you are making strictly cannabidiol (CBD) goods, the same applies where cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is converted to CBD.


Lipids

Choosing your lipid or fat is an important step because cannabinoids like THC and CBD bind to lipids. Making sure you use enough fat to allow all the cannabinoids in your decarbed bud to bind with the available lipids is essential in activating the cannabinoids. If there is too much flower and not enough lipids to bind with, that excess flower is wasted.

So, how do you make cannabutter? Here is a simple recipe!


How to Make Homemade Cannabutter

Before you start this process you must know that decarbing will produce a smell that may linger for hours! Don’t be surprised if it smells like you’ve hotboxed the kitchen and possibly the entire house.


Step One: Decarb

Preheat oven to 245℉ and place buds on a non-stick baking sheet with parchment paper. Let the buds sit in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes. To mix, gently shake the baking sheet until the buds turn over.

If you are lucky enough to have a decarboxylator, like the Ardent FX Decarboxylator, follow those product instructions.

Step Two: Grind

Grab your favourite hand-grinder and coarsely grind your decarb.

Step Three: Butter

In a pot or saucepan combine a cup of butter and a cup of water and simmer on low to allow the butter to melt without scorching.

Step Four: “Canna” the Butter

Now that the butter is melted, add the ground decarb to the butter/water mixture and simmer for two to three hours, stirring occasionally. This should never reach a full boiling point.

Step Five: Strain

Place a funnel over a jar-like container and line the funnel with cheesecloth. When the cannabutter cools, carefully pour it into the funnel, letting gravity strain it freely. Avoid squeezing the cheesecloth in an attempt to get more product out of it; all this will do is make your cannabutter taste strongly of plant material.

Step Six: Refrigerate

Place your jar of liquid cannabutter in the fridge to become solid. If there is excess water at the bottom of your container, drain after the butter solidifies using a knife. Now that you have made your batch of cannabutter, it’s time to talk about dosing.


Dosage

The best way to determine the strength of your cannabutter is by sampling it in small increments. Before you jump into baking a batch of brownies you should first determine how much a serving of cannabutter is. Once you figure out how much cannabutter a serving size is you can calculate how much is needed to make them work. If you plan on making a batch of 12 baked goodies, multiply your personal single serving size by twelve.


Tips for Baking with Cannabutter

You can substitute or combine butter with cannabutter for almost any recipe

Carefully consider the amount of cannabis you use to avoid wasting it

(a 1:1 ratio of a cup butter or oil to a cup cannabis)

A cup of cannabis is around eight grams give or take a gram or two

Pay close attention to ensure baked goods don’t burn

Avoid grinding your decarbed flower too finley- this will make your baked goods taste grassy

Go low and slow when decarbing

Sample your cannabutter to determine its strength before making large batches (¼ - ½ of a teaspoon sample size)

Thoroughly stir your ingredients super well for even potency distribution (if you think you stirred it sufficiently, stir it one more time!)

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*Important Note: Homemade edibles are difficult to accurately dose. These tips will give you some guidance on dosing, however all do-it-yourselfers should know there is no way to guarantee the precise potency of the final product.

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JANUARY 4, 2021

CBD & Anxiety

The human body has many different receptors which are protein bases chemical structures attached to our cells. CBD is to knows interact with CBD1 and CBD2 receptors which are found in our nervous system by altering serotonin signals.

Serotonin plays role in our mental health. Low Serotonin levels are associated with people who have depression and anxiety. There are many forms of anxiety such as PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder, anxiety induced insomnia, nightmares etc.

You can take medications to alter your Serotonin levels or you may choose to try CBD and prefer natural treatment that may help your condition.

Research show that those people who used CBD experienced overall reduced anxiety levels.


Dosage:

For the amount taken, it is best to discuss with your Doctor as CBD may interact with other medication and dietary supplements.

Stepwise dosing is a process by which you first establish a baseline dosage / say for 7 days/ and adjust it incrementally by 1 or 2 mg every 3 days over a set period of time until you find your effective dose. Once you have determined your minimum effective dose you may wish to decrease your dosage by one step to see if you can maintain the benefits at a slightly lower dose. 

Blog Entry Two

DECEMBER 29​ 2020

5 Differences Between Sativa and Indica

Plants are classified according to a system dating back hundreds of years. Cannabis sativa L. is the binomial name or the species name for the cannabis plant. It is from the family of plants known as Canabaceae, which includes other plants like Hops and Hackberries.

Cannabis can be subdivided into two main subspecies sativa and indica. There are variations to those sub species in the form of hybrid’s and one other subspecies, Ruderalis, which is less common. For our purposes here we will be looking at the differences between sativa strains and indica strains.

Sativa strains originated in an area around the equator and can be found in countries like Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and several African Nations.

The Indica strains originated from a higher altitude and can be found predominantly in countries known for their hash culture such as Morocco, Afghanistan, Nepal and Turkey. These plants are shorter and fuller plants compared to their sativa counterparts.

The top five differences between indica and sativa are:

Size:

Sativas will always grow taller than their Indica sisters. Indoors I've seen sativas get as big as six feet while indicas tend to stay short - around three feet.

Effects:

Sativa’s, are uplifting and cerebral, enhancing creativity and productivity. Indicas provide what has been called a “body high,” while sativas deliver more of a “mind high.”

Flavor:

Sativas have a wide range in flavors from fruity, like a Fruity Thai or Amnesia, to what is known as the cat-piss flavor, which is more of an ammonia scent. The indicas can also be quite fruity which you see a lot in the Kush varieties, as well as sport skunk flavors as found in indica hybrids.

Flowering time:

Sativas can take a long time to finish, We’ve seen a plant even go over 20 weeks. With sativas you could always change the 12/12 photo period to 11 on and 13 off to speed things up in the last few weeks. Indicas have a much shorter flowering time with the quickest indica We've ever seen finishing around 44 days. However, generally, indicas are finished between eight and 10 weeks. With added CO2 they will usually finish a week earlier.

Yield: Generally speaking the indicas tend to have a higher yield than their sativa sisters. However there are exceptions. On the indica side of things, the OG Kush tends to be low-yielding compared to some of the other indica sisters which can be mega yielders.

Source: High Times

Blog Entry One

NOVEMBER 14, 2020

5 WAYS TO STAY PRODUCTIVE WITH WEED

It is not uncommon for some frequent users to face some challenges when it comes to getting things done. Maybe this is because it is easier to be distracted while high, or perhaps it is because cannabis use can trigger feelings of demotivation. Whichever it is, we have some advice on how to stay productive while high.

There is no shame in being one of those cannabis lovers that can’t accept the option of quitting weed. There must be another way! Well, you can absolutely have the best of both worlds. It is entirely possible to be a productive stoner. In fact, if you consider your marijuana intake a form of sustenance, just like food or water, then it is energy to do a lot of things! The trick is to channel that energy properly.

It is important to clear up that psychological standpoint before wanting to be productive while high. As long as you think marijuana makes you lazy, it will. It’s time to get rid of the idea that your laziness or unproductivity is completely due to your cannabis use.

The truth is that being productive and active has to do with several factors. For example, diet can be a huge contributor to sensations of laziness and overall inability to get things done. With that in mind, there are a few lifestyle-changes you can make to encourage motivation and productivity – even if you love the herb.


1. Set yourself goals

One of the most well-known theories for keeping employees motivated is the goal-setting theory. This isn’t just true for the relationship between employers and employees, but for the relationship we have with ourselves, too. When we achieve goals that we have set for ourselves, our confidence and motivation boost. This is what brings about high productivity.

2. Stay active

Once you’ve started your day on a marijuana buzz, keep using that energy to gain momentum. Once you slow down, laziness can start to tempt you. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can finish something later. That’s pure procrastination, and when you’re high it can get you into all kind of trouble.

Furthermore, if your task at hand involves being at a desk and doesn’t involve so much physical activity, it pays to get some exercise in. If you can go for a walk during your break, or get into the habit of walking to and from work if you’ve smoked the night before, you can be more productive during the day. Movement in the body is completely conducive to productivity, as it keeps the energy moving.

3. Pace yourself and be realistic!

When it comes to dosages while you are getting things done, pace yourself. Don’t get too high every time you decide to sit down for a break. If you’ve used a lot of cannabis before, you should know that an extremely strong effect could be debilitating. There’s no need to go there if you have a lot that you need to get done. You could even consider micro-dosing cannabis, as this has the possibility of increasing focus and attention, compared to not using cannabis.

4. Pick a strain that helps staying proactive

Your strain choice can have a huge effect on your productivity. Certain strains are more conducive to night time and drowsiness, while others encourage high physical energy. Sativa-dominant strains are usually linked with higher energy levels, while indica strains are usually associated with wanting to veg out completely.

If you are considering which strains you want to use to stay productive, you can consider the Trainwreck strain or Diesel Haze. Both strains encourage energetic highs that can put you in the mood to get work done. You can save your heavy indica smoke as a reward after a productive day!

5. Remember to enjoy!

Remember that the cannabis experience is a one to enjoy. If you simply enjoy using cannabis and relaxing, then maybe there is no reason to make it a part of your active day. You will get the best out of your marijuana experience by using it the way you like to

use it.

So, if after all of this advice you still cannot be productive while high, maybe it’s time to stop trying to be! If you can be productive without weed, then you can save your herbal time for more personal, relaxed activities. Or at the end of the day, your unproductivity could have nothing to do with your cannabis use!

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