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  1. Ernie Lowe said:

    Growing CBD rich strains. Any research on relative CBD content between leaves and buds? Do plants have to be fully mature to get the CBD?

    • Karl said:

      Check out:
      Personally, I find eating a teaspoon of dried leaves of sativa helps all the ailments I have, and as the plants get older(15+ weeks), the potency seems to get stronger. I also read that drying leaves of other herbal plants helps the potency of the plant, ie oregano.

  2. Gerrie said:

    Any advice on what strain to use for severe insomnia? I made canna-caps with true blueberry/og kush. They help my pain and anxiety but don’t help the insomnia.

  3. Ernie Lowe said:

    ACDC CBD-rich strain is working well for us for sleeping, taken in caps. Somehow it also is very pleasant for daytime use, with body high and clear head.

    • Anthony said:

      Happen to be in so cal Ernie? I’m desperately seeking something similar to ACDC for my medical condition but have gotten zero help from dispensaries around here.

      If anyone can help me find some high % CBD low % THC in OC or near OC it would be beyond appreciated.

      Yes I do have a Rec and am legal.

  4. Leo said:

    Bought some inexpensive indica bud for 1st batch of tincture. I decarbed at 350F for about 5 min until it started to smoke with intent to boil off some of the THC leaving a more CBD rich 1/2 oz of indica, I filled with 151 everclear, enough to cover grind plus about one oz more of 151. I kept in dark and shook well two times a day for 5 days. Pouring over recipes and methods, to decrease the one month wait, I decided to heat mixture in rice cooker full of water and put my jar in it until the contents simmered and evaporated off about 40%. Waited to cool it and shook it more. Strained with cheese cloth and tried 2 drops. My mouth burned from the alcohol leaving one of the most pleasant tastes ever, just kidding, it was plain bitter and nasty. It took about 40 minutes and my body was more relaxed. Subsequent dosing tests led me the perfect dose of 1/2 dropper. The result was better than I had expected with much more of a body high than head. Any ideas on masking bitterness for sublingual use?

    I started using MMJ 2 months ago to reduce Percocet usage for pudendal nerve pain. Pain that is Ranging from 6 to 10, sometimes times leaving me in fetal position with fists clinched and sobbing uncontrollably. Dealing with this type of pain for 9 years, I can see the benefits to medicating this way after work.

    So, my search continues for the holy grail of tincture recipes, the fine balance of all the “good things” MMJ has to offer with the most optimal method of delivery . Also looking for high CBD strands in south OC. Curious the effects and differences of using a top shelf indica or more efficient methods of extraction at home without equipment investment. Any ideas or input to curb this degree of pain with other medicating methods without smoking would be appreciated. Sorry for the novel, “what a long strange trip it’s been!”
    Thank you.

    • Anthony said:

      Hi Leo,

      I’m also seeking high CBD strains to treat my medical condition as well and am in South OC. Please let me know if you find some and I will do the same.

  5. Ernie Lowe said:

    Check out
    A friend in Berkeley has been getting a CBD rich tincture for pain there.

    Here we’re using ACDC, Cannatonic, Sour Tsunami and Omrita RX tinctures and oils we’ve made.

    Have had good success with a cold extraction method for tinctures–
    4-5 gm ground bud
    4 gm ground shake
    1 cup 150 proof Everclear

    shake in a jar for 5 minutes and put in freezer
    shake a minute or so every 4-6 hours

    strain thru cloth and store in brown or blue eyedropper bottles
    keep the material in its cloth bag to dab on sore spots

    more on tinctures at Dr. Alan Frankel’s site:

  6. Timothy Wilkerson said:

    Dear Old Hippie, my tastebuds are crying for the flavor of sweetleaf, red bud, and some good old fashioned Columbian Gold flavors. Wondering in your guru experience, if I could get some flavorings for some home grown tobacco. The buzz is appreciated, but not as much as the flavor though. Wondering if there was some way to separate the buzz from the flavor, and use the flavor for tobacco, somehow?

    • Old Hippie said:

      Tobacco itself has a pretty strong flavor, so I don’t know if it would work, but the only commercial flavorings I am familiar with are intended for ecig juice and are generally more fruity than reminiscent of pot strains from 30 years ago. I’m not sure where you could go for this but you’d need a terpene expert I think. Nugs and hugs!

  7. jani from Finland said:

    I found this vaporazing way just a few days ago. Today I tried first time AVB with butter. It was very nice. I have a sad history of using drugs. I went to psychosis in 1999. After that I started to live straight. I fell ill with depression later. I have eaten an antidepressant three years now. About half a year ago I started to use cabbabis about two or three times a week. And like I said last days I have been learning to vaporaze my bud.

    What do you think do I have to use my antidepressant anymore? Can use bud as a medicine to my depression?

  8. Jani said:

    Do you use cannabis every day? And how long have you done that? Have you noticed any adverse drug reactions? What about benefits? Can you tell more about benefits?

    • Old Hippie said:

      Yes, I’ve been using cannabis medically and legally here since June 4, 2010, and I’ve been talking about it all here ever since! The closest thing to an adverse drug reaction I’ve had is that my blood pressure started going too low, so I had my doctor adjust the dosage of my blood pressure medication. As far as benefits, this whole site is full of them, but if you’re a fast reader, you might get through this list of studies by the end of the year :-)

  9. fghfghfghfgh said:

    Hey old hippie. Would REALLY like to see a home-made co2 hash guide. I could figure it out myself I suppose though.

    • Old Hippie said:

      Nothing personal, but due to long experience seeing lots of people completely ignore safety warnings even for simpler stuff, I am not going to be the guy who posts a procedure that can easily kill the foolish or illiterate among us.

  10. bearbayou said:

    Dear old Hippie: my disabled, adult son (complex partial seizures) has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I’ve read about making cannabis oil (using Everclear or 99.9% isopropyl alcohol available). Son is scheduled for ‘focal laser ablation” in Galveston, Jan. 9,’14– but what to do after the procedure? Money is an issue for all of us. We want to get some clones, but at this point have to buy something. My question is: What is your personal opinion for how to begin addressing possible spread of cancer in son: make the expensive cannabis oil? juice raw cannabis leaves? BTW: as recovering alcoholics, son (plus husband & I) don’t want head trips, though we understand that some THC is helpful against cancer. (Yes, we’re all newly certified with proper ids, ready to buy) thanks.

    • Old Hippie said:

      Dear Bearbayou,

      I have to make this very clear: I am not a doctor and cannot recommend particular strains or specific courses of action for a disease. What I can tell you is that TWM (traditional Western medicine) has a fairly spotty record of achievement with some cancers, and even though you’ll see great statistics from the American Cancer Society for prostate cancer, all I have to say about that is: Frank Zappa.

      So as someone with a prostate himself who’s thought about this, what I would personally do in such a case would be to use Rick Simpson Oil that I made myself. I’ve made some test batches with Everclear and think that’s a lot safer than using something far more poisonous like isopropyl alcohol or naptha, even if they are fractionally more efficient than ethanol. Juicing leaves, as I understand it, is more for other types of diseases.

      Last time I read his book, Rick Simpson was talking about good-quality indica strains as being good for making the oil. A lot of people are just using CBD because “it’s more medical”, which I feel is a big oversimplification of a number of issues. But I’ve also read of experiments — and remember, if you do any of this, you are basically experimenting on yourself — where researchers have used both THC and CBD in an attempt to kill cancer cells, because they work in different ways. Personally, if I had a son who was also having seizures, I’d definitely look into using high CBD strains to work against that problem alone!

      Ideally, I’d be in an area where I could readily buy things like indica strains with high CBD. I’d start with a few ounces, so I could make a test run of the oil, get practice making it, and end up with enough to start treatment and see how it goes. In some places, like California’s Bay Area, I might even be able to get some pre-made oil, making sure it’s medical oil made for ingesting, not hash oil for vaping.

      Best of luck kicking cancer’s ass! And please write back if you need more info.

  11. judy said:

    Greetings!! I live in VA and need to buy my CBD online (it totally calms my jitters caused by other meds). In the last month the prices for product like cibdex capsules have doubled. Is this to make more money or is there a supply-and-demand issue (if you know)?

  12. elle hayes said:

    Dear Old Hippie and Co-Old Hippie Lady: The past couple of weeks I’ve been baking small batches of Oatmeal-Raisin-Walnut cookies for my evening calming and pain control. I also take Canna Caps that my son makes for excellent concoction that helps my back, knee and hip pain a great deal.

    My daughter has tried my Oatmeal+ cookies and 1/4 of a cookie gives her a bad case of the trots…Montezumas revenge…A need for Kaopectate shall we say. The cookies (and I can eat a whole one with excellent sleeping aid results) are the standard Oatmeal cookie recipe using canna butter. I make half a batch, which is about 15..4″ wide cookies and calls for about 1/2 a cup of canna butter. The strange thing is some of the cookies from the same batch don’t have any affect on her and some do. It’s strange isn’t it?
    Ant ideas or has anyone else had issues with canna butter and the trots, runs, poops or whatever you want to call it.
    Appreciage it
    Plantcrone in Oregon…and OMMP patient (Oregon Medical Marijuana Program) and next year we hope to me Marijuana legal!!

    • Old Hippie said:

      Dear Elle,

      We have had a joint discussion here and suspect that this has nothing to do with the cannabutter per se, but most probably from the oatmeal (very high fiber that can affect people that way) and/or the raisins (which by themselves will do that to me!).

      It’s also possible that the butter was contaminated (food poisoning), but that’s less likely.

      • elle hayes said:

        We’d really considered these things, but thanks for your thoughts.
        We have oatmeal several days a week for breakfast, usually with raisins and brown sugar and butter..all things in the oatmeal cookies.
        I suggested the contamination to her, but I don’t have any issues with them and I’m the one with the sensitive tummy!. One would think I’d be most easily affected by it.

        I’m going to make a new batch with a different flower blend in a week or so. I use salted butter (what I had) but I’ll try unsalted and keep everything at a high temp and not wait to make the cookies after I make the canna butter (wish I could afford a butter machine)

        She’s upset because as a massage therapist who averages 6 clients a day she’s very achy at the end of the day. She really needs a massage! Her sister therapists say, every evening after they have worked all day, that
        ” if they weren’t so tired they’d give each other massages..but lets go get a beer instead.”

        Namaste Plantcrone

        • Old Hippie said:

          Well, that’s all we could think of. Unsalted/salted shouldn’t make any difference for the potency or anything but taste, I guess. As long as you’re decarbing properly and straining out all the plant matter, there should be no stomach issues either. The only *other* thing I can thing of is some people get issues if they get too high, but presumably you’ve had enough experience for that one, too. I heard Mercury was in retrograde so maybe it’s that! :-) Nugs and hugs and better luck next time!

  13. elle hayes said:

    Appreciate your input…and that I’d considered the things you pointed out. Do have a question about plant matter..Assuming there was some bits and pieces of unstrained flower material in it, and considering that you frequently post about adding plant vaped stuff for example…into your salad and pizza, how important is keeping ALL the plant matter out of my cannabutter? I used a garlic press to squeeze material out but small bits still get thru. I didn’t sweat this but perhaps I should strain in a coffee filter after the garlic press?

    Any ideas about this? I suppose people like my daughter, who is not a real user of pot may be very sensitive to the itsy bitsy pieces that ended up in the canna butter.

    In any case, Muchas Gracias Senor.


    • Old Hippie said:

      Yes, indeed, some people are very sensitive to the plant matter. Felicity warns about eating leaves because they have nasty little hairs on them. Sensitive people usually get stomach upset but others could well have intestinal problems. I’m not so sensitive to this, so that’s why I can sprinkle the AVB on with abandon :-)

      Try not to use a paper filter, because it will absorb a lot of oil/butter. I always recommend a permanent gold basket-type coffee filter for this kind of stuff, or a bubble bag.

  14. elle hayes said:

    Yeah–I used a paper filter the first time I made canna caps and was blown away as the loss of my coconut oil concoction. I’ll check at my nearby store for a permanent filter..I’m a tea drinker so I don’t have much in the way of coffee things.
    Have a good spring guys..and be well

  15. elle hayes said:

    Hi again Old Hippie…it’s PlantCrone here again with a little question for you all….
    I decided to purchase a Magical Butter Machine..took a bit of saving up of the old Social Security dole to do so, but I read thru your reviews and decided that if I can save 50% of the bud I’ve used making old fashioned canna butter then, as you say, it’s a no brainer.

    My #1 son has access to tubs of leaf-and I would like to try making canna butter with them..they are, after all, free for me.

    Can you give me an estimate of how much I ought to use when using leaves? I was sure I’d read a review about leaves on your blog somewhere but haven’t been able to locate it a second time…or I read it someplace else.

    Suggestions appreciated.
    PlantCrone in Orygun

    • Old Hippie said:

      The classic recipe for cannabutter is 1 ounce of leaves to 1 pound of butter. Decarb the leaves, use the MBM, and you will have the best butter in town! Remember, after the first test batch you can make 5 cups at a time! If the taste is too strong, try water curing the leaves. Nugs and hugs!

  16. elle hayes said:

    Thanks so much for the quick answer guy..appreciate it a lot. I’m sure it will take a lot of leaves to make an oz!

    Another question..I’ve never decarbed do I do it without ending up with burned pot mulch? Although there are instructions for decarbing nugs in the MB machine it does not say anything about needing to decarb before making canna butter with them. Have you used leaves to make butter yet?

    I’m way excited about being able to make 2# of butter in in fell swoop but I wonder if 2oz of leaves will even fit into the machine…after all, leaves are lighter but take up more space than nugs….don’t they?

    Seems like they should at least.

    Also the potential for canna caps,which is the ONLY way I can sleep a full night, is fantastic with the MB machine..can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait…I’m way excited..can you tell?

    • Old Hippie said:

      Dear PC,

      To decarb any kind of marijuana, put it in a pie plate (or similar) and bake it in a prewarmed oven for 75 minutes at 200F or 30 minutes at 250F (the latter temperature might yield more THC). Decarbing is necessary for cooking *anything*. And don’t worry, once that blender starts whirring, your leaves will be powdered!

  17. elle hayes said:

    Hi Old Hippie..I ut this short supplement to the butter machine review together and thought I’d send it to you to review

    Some hints when using the Magic Butter Machine to make butter.

    After several uses of this great invention I have a few helpful hints to make your use happier.

    I’ve had several Amazon Customers write me to ask it it is necessary to decarb prior to using the machine. My experience with both flowers and leaf is-NOT NECESSARY! Especially using leaf. To 5 cups of butter I use 15 gr of leaf now and get killer butter, which I now cut by 1/3 with regular butter when baking cookies. I’ve been using weed since the 1960s and have a good tolerance. Of course it’s best to do your own trials but it only took me 3 trials to decide to make strong butter then cut it when baking. If you’re making butter to spread on toast or even sweet corn, I’ve found that less is better when it comes to taste. I like the taste of things, not the taste of weed.

    1 Put the butter in then the lecithin then the weed or leaf you are using…I’ve discovered that if you put the dry ingredients in first, the machine tends to scorch at the bottom. I haven’t noticed a scorched taste and it’s fairly easy to clean off with a scotch type scrubby sponge after initial cleaning and soaking in hot water and dish soap for half an hour or so.

    2 If you’ve used a full complement of ingredients and the machine is full, place it on a platter while processing as things can ‘boil over’. This makes a big mess on the counter and is easier to clean up from a platter.

    3 If you have a gold ‘permanent’ coffee strainer, put the bottom of the supplied strainer into the coffee strainer, then place the coffee strainer on top of your largest coffee cup. When the coffee cup gets 3/4 full, decant it into the permanent container then process by straining the balance of the butter.

    4 I’ve found it very helpful to chill my canna butter in 1 cup portions, using standard coffee cups. After the butter has solidified, I place several into a freezer bag and keep them in the freezer-this makes baking and letting the canna butter soften easier.

    5 Let the machine cool for at least an hour prior to pouring thru the strainer-the canna butter has cooled but not solidified after an hour and pouring it thru the strainer is much easier then.

    6 Cleaning the machine is easy if you use the “CLEAN’ function then let it soak and using hot soapy water, wipe down the external part of the machine, let it dry overnight and pack it back into it’s storage box until the next time!

    Best wishes again-to both of you!
    Elle (PlantCrone)