The Current Buzz Newspaper VOL 2 ISSUE 7 - Page 18

The Current Buzz Vol 2 Issue 7 Page 18 The BLUNT Truth your medical cannabis primer: extraction, extracts, and hash oil by Amy Addams extraction with a solvent. Of all the processes, only ONE we feel is ‘newbie- safe’; the Rosin Technique (below). We’ll give you a little knowledge of the others to make you dangerous, so please don’t use it. Physical Extraction Methods: We promised to teach you more about this new world of Medical Marijuana (MM to save space). Today’s lesson is about EXTRACTION: what it is, why it’s done, how it’s done, the expected results, and how the resulting product is used. 1. Ice Hash: ice is mixed with flower and water and filtered through fine screens where the resin is collected and dried. 2. Drying and Curing: hash is made when dried and cured buds are run through a screen where the trichomes are collected. We’ve simplified this a lot, but generally, the screening process of banging the screens or rolling the buds in a tumbler (called a ‘pollen collector’) is called keifing. 3. Finger Hash (or Charas): this gets its name from the sticky brown goo you get on your hands when you trim buds. If you put some (clean) latex gloves on when you trim buds, then freeze the gloves for 15 minutes, the resin on them will harden and can be gathered into a ball of hash to use. Extraction, simply put, is the process of pulling the waxes, oils and compounds such as trichomes, terpenes and cannabinoids from the MM flower via mechanical Chemical Extraction Methods: or chemical processes. Most of what extraction takes out of the bud are the oils 1. Alcohol Extraction: soak buds in that protect the plant from animals eating high-proof ethanol, then allow to dry it or provides a sunscreen to the DNA in either naturally or over a low heat the seeds. All of these oils are trichomes. allows the residue to dry and stick to If a female plant is pollinated, it will stop container (glass is recommended). producing trichomes and use its energy on This can be dangerous as alcohol growing seeds and reproducing. fumes can become flammable or explosive. Generally, there are two broad categorical 2. Rosin Technique: this is one types of extraction: physical extraction technique you can use at home, and resin head collection OR chemical using a hair straightening iron, parchment paper, and cannabis. Fold parchment paper around your MM and use the straightening iron to squeeze and heat the oils out of the cannabis. The oils will form a halo around the bud onto the paper (they won’t absorb into parchment). Scrape oil and use in vaping, shatter rigs or food. Now, this is where I get lost. All the dang NAMES! Most of the extraction methods net very similar results, with the look being more what defines the name of the resulting product than anything else. What many of the names define are butane hash oil or BHO, CO2 oil or hydrocarbon extracts for our tech readers, but for the canna-savvy folks, shatter, wax, budder, oil, honeycomb, sap, pull-and-snap, dabs, vape oil, tincture, hash, CBD oil, and concentrate. What I found was this: what your resulting extract looks like will be its definition. A clear, hard extract will be named shatter, but a cloudy, soft extract will be named wax. It’s not nearly as complex now that you know how the extracts get their names, eh? So, the naming ceremony happens after the extract is born, like waiting to name a baby Ginger, or Ebony or Blanca. You can’t use names like those until you know the color scheme. If the experiment with the straightening iron laid out your life’s path like a vision, there are plenty of companies out there looking for knowledgeable people who know the science and have the artist’s touch. You’ll want to read up beyond this before submitting your resume, but you could be the next bud whisperer. Make sure you tell your employer that The Current Buzz gave