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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)?

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