June 2017 | ClubM | Volume 17 | PRIDE
ClubM Volume 17 brings members PRIDE for June 2017.
Our adventure begins with a powerful message of positivity and mention of the delights found inside this month’s PRIDE edition. True to form with the M Box wax seal and personalized content menu of sought after items.
Nestled inside PRIDE we found an adorable portable bubbler in a carry case, 1:1 ratio tincture, an energy shot, water alternative that helps keep your piece clean from residue, a coveted Nativ (Born in Venice CA) pre-roll and a full 1/8 of birthday cake kush cannabis. Everything you need to create your own shared #perfectmoments. (Please tag us @femmenuri in your MBox social media posts!!!)
MJ’s Arsenal’s adorable glass piece was such a delight! Comes in a padded carrying case with a quality zipper and carabiner attached. This glass bubbler can be worn as a necklace and is pleasantly light weight. Great for smoking pre-rolls to lessen the heat from the combustion. Simple to use; Fill with water (in our case Piece Water), place pre-roll in holder, inhale from mouthpiece. This was appreciated as an inclusionary part of this box.
The always sought after Nativ products!!! These pre-rolls are known for their high quality ingredients as well as their beautiful sleek branding. This Do-Si-Dos didn’t disappoint, heady and relaxing. I really love having this container left to re-use as a pre-roll container. I’m excited to try the Black & Grey Label as well! I am especially thankful they can be found on the ClubM storefront!
I don’t do energy drinks so I give these to my husband. Definitely serve cold as to do the product justice. Carl reported:
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Boy did this come in handy between the martian bubbler and that Nativ white label! It was like when you are playing slots and that first row stops on cherry, and you are like, “no way!”. Then the second row, BAM cherry. You are thinking, “nope, no way, it’ll bust for sure.”, then, ding! ding! ding! That third row slammed to a halt on cherry too!!! WooHoo, the trifecta! We can smoke right this very second!!!! Wait, who has a lighter? Matches? Correction: We can smoke this as soon as we locate a lighter.
LEAF California provided us with a lovely Birthday Cake Kush. This nice indica dominant strain was relaxing but not sleepy for me, I found it pleasant and mildly euphoric. Weighing in at an exact 3.5 grams by our scale this dense nug was frosty and aromatic. It came in a chiffon satchel inside a cosmetic looking container. I appreciated the testing results included on the packaging.
Therapy Tonics & Provisions continue to impress me, I have only recently been introduced to their line of tinctures and I am loving what I am seeing so far. This 1:1 is an improvement from my previous favorite 1:1 tincture. Symmetry delivered on its promise of balance, I found myself relaxed, it managed my pain, while keeping me clear-headed and alert. This is why I love tinctures, the quick onset like smoking or vaporizing without the oral damage. This tincture being MCT based it acts quickly like my favored alcohol tinctures minus the alcohol. But like I mentioned fast acting as they do not have to processed by the liver first. Under the tongue 30-60 seconds and I feel the effects personally in minutes.
Thank you once again ClubM for another edition of the M Box, PRIDE included a variety of fun new items. A new set of tools for creating our own shared #perfectmoments
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How are edibles infused?
I would like to begin with my original resource and favored acquisition, The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook by Robyn Griggs Lawrence. If you do not have a copy and intend to cook with cannabis I highly recommend you pick up a copy, a well rounded source on using cannabis for cooking.
Edible extraction science simply put is that honey, milk, oils, and butters all bind with THC-a and CBD-a, when heated gently they extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant matter and convert them into THC and CBD. Alcohol and glycerin maceration may also be used to extract cannabinoids, heating increases processing time and potency with this method.
I will cover the topic to the best of my knowledge, I am not a doctor nor a culinary professional, the following is my understanding of the data available to me.
In its natural state is infused and includes plenty of terpenes, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory treating CBD, a complete protein containing omega fatty acids and essential amino acids. Patients can juice raw cannabis fan leaves or eat raw cannabis flower daily allowing them the therapeutic benefit with little to no psychotropic effect. Leaves can be juiced or chopped and added to salads, flowers are recommended to blend into smoothies or juice, cannabis is bitter it is recommended to complement accordingly with your ingredients to achieve the best flavor. Cannabis seeds fall under raw cannabis, minimal THC content with a nut butter taste. Easy to consume and can be eaten shelled like sunflowers seeds or ground into powder and mixed into oils. The golden rule of edibles applies for raw cannabis as well, start low, go slow; Effects may take 1-3 hours.
We have come to learn that cannabis high in THCa, the acidic, raw, non-psychotropic form of THC has been shown to have immensely successful therapeutic value. This value is appreciated by those treating children with cannabis.(1) Consuming unactivated THC-acid therapies is great for many older patients looking for an alternative to the “high” but still getting the benefits of treatment. Patients treating with MS, ALS, autism and fibromyalgia report successful anecdotal results from THCa therapies.(2) THCa has also been proven to be of medicinal benefit to those dealing with nausea.(3)(4)
THCa sublingual tinctures can be found at most dispensaries.
Oils & Butters
These cooking fats are commonly used in most edibles. They are infused by heating the cured cannabis, your selected fat and water together, then straining out the infused fat/oil from the water and plant matter. Ratios depend on desired potency and will vary batch to batch. For optimal infusions the method is low and slow at no more than 200 degrees fahrenheit. Ghee infused with cannabis is another option for the lactose intolerant and can be stored unrefrigerated for up to 6 weeks. All of these vehicles offer the means to add activated cannabis to any meal.
The effects of THC are intensified by protein rich, fatty foods, they come on fast and diminish quickly with sugar and when THC is mixed with alcohol it may cause paranoia. When baking with infused fats never exceed 300 degrees fahrenheit and increase cooking time by 50 percent.(5) Every time you heat your infused butter or oil you run the risk of burning off cannabinoids so know that. THC that is processed through the liver last longer and is more potent. Many patients look to edibles as alternative to smoking cannabis but find the inconsistency in dosing problematic.
Concentrates are typically infused over a low heat melting into oil or butter. Using concentrates reduces the herbal flavor and are far more potent than using plant matter. Solventless products are preferred for health reasons, bubble hash and dry sift being optimal. When working with waxes and other firm concentrates may require more effort in the beginning dissolving the concentrate but little straining of impurities at the end of the process.(6) Some edibles are made with concentrate infused oil/butter and some have cannabis oil sprayed on top(7). Keif is the powder in the bottom of your grinder, trichomes from your cannabis. Hash is heated and pressed trichomes. When using hash or kief, once decarbed, they can be added directly into the recipe or food in some cases. (8)
There are many edibles on the market infused with concentrates, read labels, ask questions; How was the concentrate processed or where was it sourced from? Edibles made with concentrates tend to be more potent with a quicker onset, with edibles effect already being more potent, and with longer lasting effects should all be taken under consideration.
These are important things to know and understand about edibles. We need to know how edibles are infused and what we are putting into our bodies. How was the cannabis in your edible processed? Use this information to make the best treatment choice for optimal results. There are various appeals to edibles beyond that of those looking to not smoke. Edibles effects last longer and therapeutic benefits outlast the high, raw cannabis and cannabis seed add another layer to holistic nutrition aspects and if you are looking for a potent edible try one infused with concentrate.
Thank you for your interest in learning more about how cannabis edibles are infused. Next week we will discuss micro and nano dosing.
Pure Analytics (2)
THCa and CBDa (4)
Medical Jane (5)
The Cannabist (6)
The Denver Post (7)
Cannabis Cheri (8)
In February Club M brought us Volume 13, Swoon, including products from 2wnty3, Therapy Tonics & True Humboldt.
The inclusions in this box certainly made us SWOON, from smooth cannabis oil cartridges to frosty flowers, a sweet gold flaked milk chocolate with 175 mgs of THC and a cannabis infused frappuccino-like drink.
As with each and every box the intention letter is an important part of the box opening ritual each month. I really loved this month’s letter speaking to gratitude in reference to our experiences and the intention of SWOON for February’s M box. Keeping the ultimate luxury experience in mind it is always printed on high quality stock and comes with the official Club M red wax seal.
Let’s start with the flower, in True Humboldt style these fragrant crystallized flowers were a nice and easy sativa dominant hybrid. It kept me a bit relaxed but not sleepy. Notably not high functioning, more of a A Netflix and Chill selection.
These smooth oil cartridges are swoon-worthy, they are nearly flavorless and no burn on inhalation, notable. Granted I am not a fan of the battery kits, I use my carts on a temperature adjustable battery I picked up for about $20, this allows me to gift my extra battery kits to patients in need.
We were provided a Hybrid, OG Super Lemon Haze and Sativa, Tangie oil cartridge. These sexy products also contain a high quality cannabis oil. I honestly have not experienced anything like it; Nearly flavorless and smooth as silk.
2twnty3 went the extra step and provided us with a QR code to access a full lab-tested strain profile for your oil cartridge, how cool is that?
Admittedly I was excited about trying the Therapy Tonics Vanilla Caramel cannabis coffee, at 80 mgs I wanted to try an experiment. I consumed 1/3 of the bottle every 20 minutes. My effects lasted over 6 hrs, this included pain relief and great energy. It was not too much like you might imagine combining a sativa and caffeine. I expected a crazy espresso type result but it was more like a real relaxed high functioning state.
So the taste, everyone wants to know what it tastes like, I felt like this was along the lines of a shot of whiskey in your dessert coffee, you know it’s in there after tasting the sweet creamed coffee, that whiskey shot after burn, and I use burn in the mildest sense. I will definitely purchase more of this cannabis coffee.
Gold leaf Chocolate Heart, 175 mg by Medi CrockeRx
I ate about a 1/3 of this very potent chocolate and peaked about 2 1/2 hours in. This is a wonderful sleep aid and I have at least 2 more doses for future use on a night we really need to sleep. Remember the edibles are more potent and last longer once passed through your liver.
This concludes Volume 13 from Club M, I was charmed by Swoon’s smooth and sexy luxury products this month and and grateful for the #perfectmoments created.
As always, many thanks to Club M for their continued dedication to elevating the cannabis experience.
Let’s talk about eating your cannabis – Part I – Ingestion vs. Inhalation
Sounds a little ridiculous doesn’t it? But ingesting your medicine is a whole new ball game, as well as an arena with much potential for patient care. There has been a lot of discussion surrounding edibles, usually stories about over-medicating, ranging from the hilarious to the terrifying. It was with this in mind that I went a-researching.
Eating your medicine, The Basics.
My first stop, a non-cannabis source for a basic understanding of the process, of course was Wikipedia. (Keep it simple.)
“11-Hydroxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (11-OH-THC) is the main active metabolite of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is formed in the body after cannabis is consumed. The conversion from THC to 11-OH-THC is relatively high when cannabis is consumed in the form of cannabis edibles and, compared to oral consumption, lower when it is smoked or vaped. 11-OH-THC is more potent than THC and crosses the blood–brain barrier more easily. 11-Hydroxy-THC has been shown to be active in its own right. This might partially explain the biphasic effects of cannabis, whereby some effects such as increased appetite tend to be delayed rather than occurring immediately when the drug is consumed.
Fresh cannabis contains Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), which is converted into THC after heating and then metabolized by the body into 11-Hydroxy-THC. Peak THC concentrations are lower after eating/drinking cannabis than after administration by smoking or vaping, but conversely, 11-OH-THC/THC ratios are higher after eating/drinking than after smoking cannabis. After administration through eating or drinking, approximately equal quantities of THC and 11-OH-THC are formed, whereas 11-OH-THC is a minor constituent after administration by intravenous or smoking routes. Because edible doses are processed by the liver before entering the bloodstream, THC consumed as edibles produces high levels of 11-OH-THC, while smoked cannabis, which goes directly from the lungs to the brain via the bloodstream and does not enter the liver, produces lower levels.
11-Hydroxy-THC is subsequently metabolised further to 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC, which is not psychoactive but might still play a role in the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis.”
Well all right then, you catch all that?
What we have come to know is that ingested cannabis that is metabolized by one’s liver provides a different experience with various effects. For example, a longer onset but with longer duration. Also the effects are stronger and therapeutic benefits outlast the “high” once metabolised further. Patients treating chronic pain and inflammatory conditions may do well to consider edibles as a treatment option.
HelloMD has a great article on edibles, I will post it below. It covers the essentials of edibles: Understand potency, How long to wait and Read the label! All of these will help you to determine your dose and schedule in addition to preparing you for the results.
Something notable in selecting your edible I would like to mention is processing and strains. There is such a flood of edibles on the market, from homemade to recognized brands to luxury cannabis cuisine, I do not want anyone overlooking the obvious. Is the cannabis lab-tested? Where is it sourced? How is it processed? Is the edible lab-tested? What strain(s) is/are being used?
Regulation, its coming.
This is a tipping point for edibles in California, with the passage of Prop 64 these companies must fall into compliance or be forced out of business. Admittedly a necessary action for consumer safety but also financially punitive for those who wish to participate as a business in the state cannabis industry. Notably any direction from the state on these matters is still forthcoming leaving current business to tread water and hopefully seek counsel on next steps.
My advice, only consume lab-tested edibles, preferably tested as the edible not just lab-tested cannabis or cannabis concentrate used on the edible. These are not currently regulated and we must be proactive in protecting ourselves. Just recently a Los Angeles media source ran a piece on random cannabis products being sold in dispensaries as safe, lab-tested cannabis. A disturbing 84% of samples collected from all over the city of Los Angeles tested positive for pesticides in an independent test from Steep Hill Labs. It was disappointing to see some really respected brands on this list, if anything reaffirming the need to educate yourself.
On to cannabis strains! It is worth mentioning that what we know about certain strains of cannabis flower or concentrate may not cross over into edible treatments. Depending on processing, application and formulations the effects can widely vary in comparison to your smoking or vaping experience. For example the breakdown of certain cannabinoids and terpenes will impact the overall profile, thus my recommendation to have the edibles lab-tested. Check out The Cannabist’s article on edibles from 2016 here:
It is still early and many more companies are lab-testing as well as planning for state compliance in many ways. One of my favorites as of late is the addition of a QR code right on the product label in which you get immediate access to that product batch lab-test results. It is really fun when the vendor goes for the FULL testing profile complete with terpene, heavy metals and pesticide analysis!
Eating your cannabis may be the way to go if you do not want to smoke, have a condition that prevents one from smoking or feel more comfortable consuming in food. Understanding the differences in medicating only increase your ability to provide yourself with optimal care. This also opens the door to making your own medicine by cooking with cannabis and normalizing your treatment. Maybe you would rather make a batch of infused preserves to spread on toast each morning versus taking a pill, just one of many examples. This also solves the issue of sourcing and processing, especially if you have your own personal cannabis grow.
Check back soon for more on, Eating your Cannabis.
January’s Club M brought us Volume 12, THRIVE, a collection of products to encourage a healthy & fulfilling engagement. Some of the wonderful brands included are Pura Vida Health, Synergy, Dirt Ninja Farms, Sweet ReLeaf and a special discount from VapeXhale!
I was inspired by this new theme and took the box out to our local running trail to get some shots of the Thrive box products.
As per usual, the intention letter was ideal. I enjoy the setting of the stage that Club M provides with each new box. THRIVE’s presentation was beautiful and achieved the expected Club M high standard. The products gave a wide array of experiences; A heady hybrid to get in an enjoyable elevated outdoor experience complete with on-the-go device, health conscious edibles to nourish and replace nutrients, a 5 hr energy infused shot to assist you in getting the most out of your day to a soothing topical for aching muscles post activities.
Thrive’s featured brands:
5-hour Synergy shot, Berry flavor
This item contains 50 mg of THC (strain unidentified), 100mg of Caffeine in this 2 oz. bottle. Flavored with organic fruit juices my husband found palatable. I don’t typically do energy drinks and he is a bit of a connoisseur. He found the flavor pleasing and experience pleasant. A definite increase in energy with no negative effects.
Pura Vida Health Gramola & Mega Protein bar
Gramola First Love
With oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, cranberries, maple syrup, cinnamon and cannabis you really can’t lose. This 3 oz. bag contains 10 doses and a total 250 mg of THC, that averages 25 mg a dose. As a higher tolerance user this edible suits me fine. I like being able to just take a pinch or add it to my snack. Admittedly this is my top choice of Pura Vida health products.
Higher Power MEGA Protein bar, Sweet Berry
This mega bar’s ingredients of dates, oats, cranberries, mulberries, pea protein and maple syrup provides and sweet and savory edibles. The fact that it is packed with protein is an addition any canna-athlete or edible user can appreciate. 1.5 breaks into 4 doses of 50 mg THC each, a total of 200 mg THC per bar.
These products are great for our athletic friends and potent healthy edible consumers, for managing chronic pain issues or any condition our mid-higher tolerance patients may be treating. Like every Pura Vida Health product states, “Don’t sacrifice your body for a buzz.”
Dirt Ninja Farms Grapefruit OG (16.5%) & Twisty Blunt
Dirt Ninja Farms
An artisanal collective based in the North Bay who are deeply committed to beyond organic, sungrown, permaculture based farming. This fragrant Grapefruit OG was an ideal choice, it’s fairly heady effect coupled with the terpene profile provided a uplifting and creative experience. Great for daytime but does have a definite mild body high. (Indica dominant hybrid)
Here we have a play on the glass blunt with the added fancy feature of a loading corkscrew. It is a fun device and convenient for on the go.
This strictly topical by Sweet ReLeaf has been around for awhile, they have consistently provided patients with a pain and inflammation reducing cannabis product. From the website: “We infuse our body butter with cannabis trichomes, the most potent, broad spectrum extract. We collect the trichomes* from chilled cannabis. No chemical solvents necessary. Because sweet relief is what we’re after. We blend a number of whole, organic ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and our unique blend of essential oils to bring you a natural alternative to traditional medicines, that come with negative side effects.”
Bonus for Thrive, Club M Members
As if all that wasn’t enough this month’s box includes a $100 off discount for VapeXhale products for Club M members, visit the Club M shop and take advantage of this deal on a premium tabletop vaporizer. Another innovative cannabis product developed to help you health not hinder it.
Another Club M box comes to a close, we loved this month’s theme and feel Club M covered all the bases. Our experiences were well cultivated and the products available truly encouraged us to THRIVE, here is to many more #perfectmoments
Thanks Club M!
This month’s Club M box, FEAST, brings us a cornucopia of cannabis delights.
I am especially excited about the download for Keena Moffett’s eCookbook, Cannabis Creations: Beyond the Brownie. Included in this month’s box is Keena’s recipe for infused Chocolate Pecan Pie, sure to be a holiday hit. I will follow up with the results from my own experience using locally sourced cannabutter, look for more on the website in coming weeks.
The flower in this edition was Candyland from True Humboldt, “This award winning sativa dominant strain is an amazing collage of color alternating in hues of green with bright orange hairs all densely enshrouded in a forest of trichomes. This often potent strain offers a wide range of relief while maintaining a jovial and social functionality. This is a great strain for enhancing creativity.”, according to True Humboldt’s website. I found this to hold true, it did well on my pain management as well, not an anxiety causing sativa for me personally either. Also shown is the beautiful glass one-hitter included, well suited for a classy on-the-go piece.
The Lord Jones sea salt caramels were delicious and mildly potent for my high tolerance at 20 mgs of THC each. I found the caramels to be consistent in dosing in my experience. The taste is as wonderful as any other non infused high end caramels on the market. If you are looking for a tasty infused caramel treat try them for yourself. They would make a great patient gift to be sure. (They come in a variety of doses)
Another appropriate inclusion in this month’s FEAST themed box is CannaOil Co.’s extra virgin infused olive oil. I was really excited to find this inside because I have a recipe from The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook I’ve wanted to try but have been short, you guessed it, cannabis infused olive oil. The recipe even calls for the exact amount I have in the bottle!!!
The new Evoxe pen, DEEP, with its blend of Indica cannabis oil, organically grown Lavender, Chamomile & Orange essential oils is a great go-to vaping option for me. The effects are relaxing but not sleepy, helping to manage anxiety in those stressful holiday situations. I enjoy the free flowing draw of this pen vs. it’s competitors.
And finally the all around infusing option, A package of Jane’s Brew powdered THC to put in anything you want, from beverages to foods this powder can be added to them all. With 12 servings of 10 mgs THC each (120 mg THC in packet) you can control your dose as needed. If you are looking for a restful night’s sleep for instance you may want to double your normal dose. Or, as a first-timer, you may want to halve the dose to see how it affects you on your inaugural run.
Thank you again to Club M box for another addition of delightful treats for members with, FEAST.
September Artisan of the Month: Dapper Labs Moon Rocks
This month’s artisan are skilled craftspersons in the art of cannabis concentrates, Andrew & Rick. I know Andrew to have a solid knowledge and distinguished taste for cannabis.
These moon rocks are top shelf cannabis flower buds, rolled in wax (cannabis concentrate) and then rolled in kief (resin trichomes of cannabis) making them very potent. The appeal to me with this type of product is the combination of strains at each stage. Hypothetically, let us say we are looking for something for our insomnia, let us say high THC flower is not really cutting the muster but we may not be ready to dive into cannabis concentrates just yet. Enter Dapper Labs moon rocks, a little goes a long way.
Insomnia & pain management are both getting great results from higher CBN strains, according to Steep Hill Labs, 5 mg of CBN is as effective as 10 mg dose of diazepam. Dapper Labs Indica & Hybrid moon rocks both contain higher CBN content vs. typical strains used in moon rocks in my experience. The Indica moon rocks have been great for insomnia and the Hybrid moon rocks have been wonderful for my deep bone pain during the day. For example the Hybrid moon rocks are Pineapple Express flower (25.89% THC, 0.04% CBD, 0.02% CBN) in Gorilla Glue Wax ( 70.88% THC, 0.15% CBD, 0.07% CBN) Sweet Island Skunk kief (47.21%, 0.08% CBD, 0.02% CBN) I have used this medicine for functioning daytime pain management, I don’t use a lot, no need to. Impressive.
Dapper Labs moon rocks can be found in the September Club M box, Explore, as well as the Club M website for purchase. I recommend these as an introduction to concentrates or if you are looking for something a little stronger to manage your symptoms. A little goes a long way so when trying a new product allow yourself space to safely test how a stronger medicine will affect you, keep calm, always try to have some pure CBD on hand to balance any over-medicated feelings. Due to the addition of concentrates the bud will burn slower and longer, something else to bear in mind. No fancy equipment is needed, you can use a pipe, water pipe or add it to a pre-roll.
Thank you, Dapper Labs and Congratulations!!!
Learn more about Dapper Labs here: http://www.dapperlabsca.com/