Moroccan “love candy” called Majoun, brilliant storms of laughter

Fri, 25/Dec/20

Populated by Alice B. Toklas, also known by the movie “I love you Alice B. Toklas” from 60’s, the explorer, the author, she gave a cookbook to the world as an ultimate summary of her adventures. The book includes a hashish recipes among other yummies, and is also a biographic cookbook. Might be dope!

Moroccan Hashish Candy

However many link this Alice B’ Toklas recipe to the Moroccan traditional candy, and we know or at least we have heard thousand times how rich with hashish is the Moroccan dessert, supported by Berber culture: people live in desert, smoke dankest dank, they call it kif, make candies and ride camels over sand dunes glowing orange in the sunset, and no single stranger around – totally romantic. This is what she says in her book about that hashish love candy:

Euphoria and brilliant storms of laughter; ecstatic revelries and extensions of one’s personality on several simultaneous planes are to be complacently expected (from Alice B. Toklas cookbook)

The candy named Majoun, some say it is in Arabic a “love potion”, I do not know Arabic, let us believe it’s a true translation, no problem, sounds trustworthy enough. In Sri Lanka, in their Ayurvedic, they also use cannabis for aphrodisiac, and many stoners know for sure why it is so, haha.

Here’s the recipe of Majoun Hashish Candy

1) Take dry marijuana bud, or shake (stems and leaves, but you’ll need a double amount of it rather if buds) and toast them over very low heat until the aromas are released. It is a good idea to use a cooking thermometer, if you’re up to cooking, and to cannabis cooking specifically, the thermometer is the tiny investment which helps you to master the THC output off your cannabis cookies. The process is called Decarb, which is the most important thing in cannabis cooking, it makes your weed POTENTIAL.

2) Mix the leaves with raisins, walnuts, nutmeg, anise, ginger, honey, and water, adding more water if the mixture is too dry and crumbly.

3) Simmer together until the mixture is soft and thick. Mash by hand. Some sources recommend a food processor to blend, using several short pulses, however cooking marijuana edibles is a mystery and a joy for the heart: like rolling blunts manually you enjoy it the best, when grinder is the only allowed machinery, cooking by hands always give fruits. Doing any cooking, even if not cannabis, by hands you feel it better, you are part of the process, and you master it every single time. Also you lose an amount of bud material in a blender.

4) Stir in cannabutter, spoon into a jar, and refrigerate for storage. Spread on crackers or plain cookies, or use as a filling for stuffed cookies. Majoun will keep for about 2 to 3 months refrigerated, people say.

You will also need cannabutter, the tutorial is here: Free Edible Cookbook

(always careful with edibles, they are as potent as they are tasty)

 

How to make hashish

Fri, 12/Jun/20

Hashish (or Hash)

Hashish, and we also call it hash, is possibly the oldest marijuana concentrate we know, also can be made using none of any chemical solvents neither complicated machinery. It consists of trichomes, resin and oils. Take some frosty fresh buds, rub extensively with fingers, the substance left on your fingers is hashish. This way they do hashish in India, for example, they roll it into a big damn ball once scrabbed from hands, and keep it this way. Called charas.

In some countries, like in Kazakhstan, I heard, they make it for fun with a girlfriend running all over the cannabis field, it’s a sunny day and it’s hot, she sweats, and all top contents of the cannabis flowers (trichomes and resin) stick onto her body, and then — scrab and smoke.

Making Hash

Making hash is the extraction and preserving the psychoactive resin from the cannabis plant. This resin is HIGHly concentrated in the cannabis tops, in the buds, and is exactly the thing giving your nugs their “frosty” appearance. Smaller amounts of the psychoactive resin can be also found in the leaves and trim of both male and female plants, which makes the whole idea to learn how to make hashish HIGHly reasonable, to get the use of all parts the plant — extract hashish, we all love doing it, for real, an especially when it comes to consumption. In a long run, except of that it is the aromatic and the effective way to consume cannabis, it is also the HIGHly economic way to consume cannabis. And a re-use shake, leaves and stems, all remains of cannabis plants, yes, you make hash from it too, once extracted it’s same resin as good as that one from buds (of course shake contains less resin, yet in the other case we just throw it away, instead of having finest hashish, hm?)

Hashish is notable for having less smell (almost none) when you have it your pocket, may be important. Also less smell when smoking, and it is not that far famous smell, not all people know it, if compare to regular marijuana. Another great feature hashish is highlighting is small size, one finger tip block of hashish will last for couple of days, giving you less burning side products as you dub it, because of size of one hit. You can roll it with tobacco, or dub it, or use a small pipe, or use a can of Coca Cola, which is the best use for Coca Cola can, hahahaha )

Cold Method to extract Hashish at home

Fo this one we need a bucket or a smaller bowl (depending on how much harvest we want to “invest” into our hashish experiment, hahahaha), we put cold water into bucket, let’s make it half as we will need space for adding ice, so fill water wishice and then we drop the quantities of BUD. Then you use a blender or by spoon by hand, whatever you prefer, we crash this bud containing ice with blender until it turns to be crashed ice with bud in it, all way till the coctail-margarita state. Take away the remains of green plant material which keeps floating, and filter out the trichomes with screens. After drying it’s ready to use.

Don’t do anything to the buds before you put them into water. Crushing or grinding it in advance will only damage the trichomes, decreasing the potency. Stuff should be dry, may be frozen, you crash it already in water with ice.

This process is extremely clean and creates a pure, clean product, high in THC and extremely tasty with no chemicals. Freeze the buds in a fridge before you put them into ice, it’sll make the whole process even more smooth. Cold keeps trichomes brittle, so they separate easily.

For the very first experiments we suggest playing with small amounts before mastering to the bucket size full of kief. You may lose buds if anything goes wrong. Think about coctail shaker for the start.

Kief

Basically Kief is the Moroccan way for saying “hashish”, they call weed that way and they smoke weed in a form of hashish preferably. However technics go different, so we distinguish one hash from another, yet it’s nothing wrong to call all other hashish as kief and vice verca to refer kief as hashish — Names of Marijuana.

Moroccan Solventless Hash
This is how it appears, the Moroccan Solventless Hash, the image we’ve borrowed from a dispensary in Canada, delivering Moroccan hash: https://greenz.market

Kief is the most basic types of cannabis concentrates, counting the oldest history back into thousands years ago. It’s made of the dried trichomes, which are the glands of the cannabis plant and contain the highest share of thc.

Kief is light green or golden or brownish in color, depending on the original material, the strains it is made of, it appears as a sandy or very fine grain powder pressed into a solid piece. You smoke one small piece (like half a nail size) of it by a pipe or a bong and you’re already high, thse are pure trichomes. The cold method above in the end produces kief. Very tasty as soon as buds you use for the extraction also contain terpenes, and you get the terpenes well-densed in your kief, very pure, no oils inside neither plant tissue, mild in smoking and HIGH as hell.

In the standard weed grinder there is the third compatment, where the trichmes are collected as long as you use the grinder for grinding weed. It becomes dense there, the light green and yellow powder. This is kief.

Head image: The Dank Dutchess

★★★ Moroccan Hashish Candies, Alice Toklas’s Recipe

 

CBD Edibles vs Vaping: Bare Facts

Sun, 01/Sep/19

The abundance of methods to use cannabis that have come up recently can even put seasoned cannabis users in a dilemma. While there are conventional methods like smoking the herb straight away or using its oils or butter-based products, the next generation is getting more experimental with methods like vaping and edibles, that let you discreetly enjoy the benefits of CBD. If you are not able to decide which is the most suitable method for you among the two, here is all you need to know.

What Are Edibles?

The term edibles can have a wide array of meanings, but what exactly is a cannabis edible? In simple terms, a CBD edible is any food item or drink that has CBD in it. The market is brimming today with alternative food products infused with CBD that may help you reduce stress, or something. The ones who are new to it, ideally prefer to start consuming cannabis through edibles. On the other hand, the people who have a keen interest in cooking and cannabis, decide to combine it together. They make food dishes of their choice and then add CBD oil to it. If that’s not enough, restaurants are opening up in the States where it is legal. They offer an entire menu of cannabis-infused food and drinks. All you have to do is place your order and enjoy the delicacies with the goodness of some CBD.

Edibles give a lasting high

If you are seeking a more prolonged high, edibles are certainly the best way. When you ingest CBD (or THC) with food, your body takes time to digest the edible. After that, the THC (or CBD) goes through the liver and then into the bloodstream. It ensures that their effect lasts anywhere from 3 to 7 hours, many sources suggest. A medicated brownie however starts hitting in about 40-60 mins, that’s from personal tries, yet it holds long. As for a Cambodian happy pizza, it starts slower, indeed, and it reaches its best in, yes, about 3-4 hours. And it’s really-really high!

You get a variety of them

From gummy bears to chocolate, coffee to beer, cheesecakes, pancakes, pretty everything, and even smoothies; you can get some cbd ideas here, for example: cbd-infused products.

Yet, if you wish to cook, you can turn any dish into an edible by adding cannaoil or cannabutter into it. See these edible recipes, it’s a cookbook app, very handy and it’s free.

Edibles suit the medical purpose

Are you suffering from asthma? Or maybe you are not comfortable smoking? Edibles can become the best way for the people who cannot smoke the plant either due to health issues, age, or maybe by personal choice. It is a completely discreet method: From the looks of it, no one can tell if you are eating a typical thc-brownie or one that has CBD in it. So, edibles allow you to get your daily dose of CBD (or THC, or both) discreetly, even if you are in public.

The Cons

Takes longer to show effects

Since your body first has to digest the food, before the cannabinoids can get to your bloodstream, it can take a long time until you see the effects of CBD or THC. It can get a little troublesome if you are using the edibles to treat pain.

Difficult to regulate dosage

You can never accurately know how much CBD is there in the readymade edibles. And even when you make it yourself, it can get accumulated in a particular portion while the other might not have any CBD. Keeping a tab on the dosage is tricky with edibles.

There is a chance of over-indulgence

Do you love brownies and tend to finish the entire box in one go? Well, you can’t do that with cannabis-infused brownies, so you have to stop yourself from overindulging, which we all know is quite a challenge.

Vaporizers

Vaping is the latest trend among teenagers. A vaporizer is a tiny, compact, electronic device that lets you inhale the vapor that consists of cannabinoids. It consists of a rechargeable battery, a coil, and has a compartment that holds your weed, CBD oil, or vape juice. The vaporizer heats up the material to a temperature that it starts producing vapor that you can inhale.

What are the pros

Gives an instant effect

A vaporizer can provide immediate relief. When you inhale the vapor, the cannabinoids go first to your lungs and then into the bloodstream, pretty immediately, and it helps to relieve whatever you have to relieve.

Allows you to measure dosage

With a vaping device, you can measure the level of CBD you are going to smoke. It is solely upon you to pick a vape juice, decide the content of CBD, and how much time you are going to smoke it for. Once you start feeling the effects and get better, all you have to do is press a button to turn it off. 

Pocket-friendly

To start vaping, you have to invest in a quality vaping device that will last for a good time. The only recurring expenditure is of vape juice or CBD oil, but if you use it smartly, even that can go on for months. So, in the long run, a vape will not burn a hole in your pocket.

Takes time to get used to it

A vaporizer is a unique product based on technological advancement. While some are basic, many new devices have high-tech features as well. It can take a little time to get accustomed to the basic functioning and then make use of the many features.

Final Takeaway

CBD is a versatile compound, and the ways to consume it far exceed the benefits that it offers. Nonetheless, if you are looking for long-lasting effects, you can always either opt to buy it or make edibles. But, if you are using as a cure for pain, then you may choose to go for a quick hit of CBD, and a vape can give you exactly that. You can get a high-grade marijuana vaporizer from online stores and enjoy the therapeutic effects of CBD.