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Get the Newest Granny Storm Crow’s List Here (July 2014 edition)

Granny Storm Crow’s List is finally here again! It’s the world’s most authoritative and complete collection of links to scholarly research and other articles about the medical effects of cannabis, and it’s now over 1700 pages!

Click on any of the above links to get a free PDF of the section you want, or click this for a ZIPped archive of all the files.

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Warning: Do Not Vaporize Edible Cannabis Oil

I have been seeing way too many people confused about this online, so I have decided to publish this content here in advance from our upcoming book (details to be released soon). Stay safe!

Hash Oil is the essence of cannabis that has been extracted so there’s nothing left but the raw cannabinoids. It is thick and oily in texture, but is not real oil, even though it’s called hash oil. This is intended for vaporizing (“dabs” or “e-dabs“).

Edible oil is made from actual oil (butter, coconut oil,  olive oil, or other edible oil) which has had the cannabinoids infused into it by heat. This is intended for oral consumption, baking into edibles, or used in Canna Caps. You do not and must never smoke or vaporize this kind of oil, because that could cause you to develop Exogenous Lipoid Pneumonia (ELP).

According to RightDiagnosis.com, symptoms of this condition include progressive shortness of breath, lung hemorrhage, fatigue, fever, night sweats, and dry cough. Left untreated, any pneumonia can be life-threatening. At the very least, this condition can cause serious lung damage.

Please be informed about what you’re doing, because ignorance of this can be life-threatening. You have been warned!
— Old Hippie

THC E-Cig Juice from Tincture - BeyondChronic.com

How To Make THC E-Cig Juice Using MBM Glycerin Tincture

When we reviewed the Magical Butter Machine, I used it to make a batch of glycerin tincture, and then added, almost as a throwaway line, that “this needs just one more step to make e-cig juice”. I’m glad that so many people are careful readers, because a number of them have been noodging me to tell them how ever since. In any case, your patience has finally paid off, just please don’t hate me when you see how easy it is :-)

Most available tinctures are alcohol-based. It’s generally not economical for commercial producers to make glycerin-based tincture, because glycerin doesn’t seem to be as good as dissolving cannabinoids as alcohol, so it takes far more cannabis to make the finished product strong enough for most people. But when you do it yourself, everything becomes much more affordable if it works.

As I related in the second half of the MBM product review, I had never been able to successfully make a good glycerin tincture before I got my Magical Butter Machine. But once I made two cups of the good stuff, the first thing I did after trying a few dropperfuls (whee!) was to see how it worked as e-cig juice (which was another thing I had been trying to work out). Because…

The vegetable glycerin you use to make glycerin tincture is exactly the same stuff that’s mixed into e-juice!

So really all you have to do is add some PG (propylene glycol) to dilute it so it’s the correct viscosity, and you’re done. I poured a small amount of my finished tincture into a calibrated shot glass, then added PG using an oral syringe at about 1/3 (30%) on top of the original volume and mixed well. I was trying to get close to the viscosity (“runniness”) of e-juice while adding as little PG as possible, to keep it strong. Many people prefer to get big clouds of vapor, so feel free to add lots more PG. A common ratio is 80% PG to 20% VG (which is simply your tincture).

Here’s the final result, loaded into a clearomizer, and it works quite well:

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THC E-Cig Juice from Tincture

It did take a full ounce of cannabis (in the original 2 cups of vegetable glycerin) to make this stuff work so well (not to mention the Magical Butter Machine itself and some lecithin), so there’s a certain amount of expense involved. And it would take you a long time to go through 3 cups of e-juice! But glycerin-based tincture is great to have around for lots of other reasons:

  • You can put a dropperful or two into your morning coffee or tea (it even acts as a sweetener!)
  • You can put it into soft drinks.
  • You can use it as a base for making medicated candy or other sweet treats.
  • You can just put it under your tongue, where you will feel it almost as fast as smoking.

Just please be careful and don’t leave this or any dosed food or drinks where children, pets, or non-MMJ patients could get to it by mistake.

Kiva Chocolate Bar

Katching Up With the Kushashians

Sigh. Life isn’t always easy, even when you think things are going pretty well. Or some would say…especially when you think things are going pretty well.

I haven’t written anything here in about six weeks, not because I didn’t have anything to write about, but because I’ve been overthinking again, I guess. I felt like I had my depression well under control, and we had just finished a successful trip to the High Times SF Medical Cannabis Cup. I had taken some decent photos and gotten some great material for lots of articles.

And then a bunch of things happened. First, I uploaded a set of pictures the first night I was back and proudly posted them to /r/trees — as if I was on some deadline and couldn’t wait to finish an article about it here — but literally nobody saw them. That hurt my ego, so to get back at myself I didn’t write an article.

Now I was feeling sorry for myself, but then Felicity came down with some mystery ailment involving a lot of pain, swelling, and several visits to the doctor over a few weeks. I’m hoping to write about our approach to this particular new challenge, because it involved much higher doses of Canna Caps than we ever thought we’d be dealing with. But although she’s finally getting back to normal and it wasn’t anything actually serious, it really stopped her from most all normal activities for a solid month at least. And it took a great deal of my time and energy too, in terms of caring for her, helping her figure out which capsules to take when, doing chores around the house for both of us, etc.

All this made me feel even worse, because I lose a lot of my hope and self-esteem and drive when my love and partner is sick, and part of me felt that I should have been able to take better care of her (I’m notoriously hard on myself). So I fell back into some old mental habits and patterns, such as a writer’s block like I haven’t seen in over 30 years, and then beating myself up for not writing a number of articles I had promised would be finished many weeks before, which of course led right to the same kind of depression I was dealing with 5 years ago.

Then I decided I would write this article to explain it all, and I’ve been staring at that blank screen for over a week now.

So it was just this evening that I said to Felicity…”Hey! You know what, I’m depressed again and back to a lot of my old habits, and all I’ve been doing has been taking heavy indicas to numb myself so I could fall asleep, so what I should do is go Back To Basics and help myself feel happy again, so it’s Sour Diesel and Kiva chocolates for me!”

Well, I did procrastinate like hell after that anyway, but then again…I got this article done in one sit-down. So things are definitely looking up!

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Magical Butter Machine Product Review (Part 2)

In Part One of this product review, I was really excited about the potential of the Magical Butter Machine. In this part, you’ll find out why! MBM light show Magical Butter Machine Product Review (Part 2) Here’s what I used to make my first pound of cannabutter with the Magical Butter Machine:

  • 14 grams of mixed marijuana buds
  • 4 sticks of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of soy lecithin
  • Put it all into the machine
  • Pressed the 160°F temperature button and the “butter” button

That’s all, folks! The machine melts the butter, lightly decarbs the weed, grinds and mixes it all up, heats it, and then beeps at the end (the LED light show on top is just a bonus). The only thing it doesn’t do is smell, except for the barest hint if you go right up to it while it’s heating. Then you pour it through the filter bag, squeeze it out (while holding the top of it really, really much more tightly shut than I did) into a container, and put it in the refrigerator. You’re done, except for cleanup, which is pretty easy if you don’t wait for the butter to harden onto everything or spill it on the stove like an idiot (not mentioning names here…) And speaking of done, here’s what it looks like when it’s done: