3 Great Uses for Your Extra Weed

Nuggets of weed on a table

Nuggets of weed on a table

It’s a very good problem to have, having excess weed. Whether you’ve been growing your own weed or you have some raw flower still hanging around from a recent purchase from our cannabis dispensary in Long Beach, there are some ways you can get creative with using what is leftover.

So what can you do? Other than just rolling it and smoking it or storing it away for later, keep reading to check out our list of some unique ways to get the most out of your extra weed.

Bubble Hash / Ice Water Hash


If you are looking for a cheap, easy, and chemical-free way of transforming your extra weed, we highly recommend turning it into bubble hash. Sometimes dubbed as ‘ice water hash’, bubble hash is created by using extremely cold temperatures to remove trichomes from buds and plant material, which are harvested and collected to make hash.

Because of the way it melts and bubbles, it is called bubble hash, known for its meltability. Using a one to six star scale, bubble hash is graded on it’s refinement. In this case, six is the highest at ‘full melt’ quality.

In order to make even a small, potent amount of bubble hash, you’re going to need a lot of flower. Our recommendation is to begin with about an ounce, if not more. To create bubble hash, you need a small list of gear, some of which you may already have on hand.

  • Two 5-gallon buckets
  • Bubble bags
  • Ice
  • Tap water
  • Stirring stick

To begin the process, soak your bud in a 5 gallon bucket filled with ice water for at least 20 minutes. From there, mix it and stir it around, agitating the bud. Once that is done, pour everything into the second bucket, this one containing a bubble bag. 

If you don’t know what bubble bags are, they are a set of mesh bags. They are sold in varying degrees of fineness or microgrades. Once your ice water and planet material mix is poured into the set of bubble bags, pull them out one at a time to refine or further refine the trichome mixture

Rosin


For another great idea that is chemical-free and can be made at home, take a closer look at making rosin. Rosin is created by using both heat and pressure. By pressing buds between two heated plates, a hot oil will ooze out. That oil is called rosin.

A simple way of making rosin is by using parchment paper and a curling iron. Though make sure it isn’t the same curling iron you plan on using to style your hair, later because it is going to get a bit sticky! 

Or, you can always choose to invest in a rosin press. They can vary in cost, but most are around a few hundred dollars. These presses are often equipped with a device to help you pack flower into neat little pucks. Those pucks are what you then press.

Once you are done pressing, remove the wrung-out weed from the parchment paper then scrape off some rosin with a dab tool and load it up into your favorite dab rig.

Cannabutter


Are you an edibles lover? The holiday season is right around the corner, and baking is an especially fun holiday passtime. You can spice up your pumpkin pie or other favorite dish by adding in a bit of cannabutter. It will taste all the more delicious knowing it’s something you made yourself!

So what will you need to get started? The list is easy:

  • 7-10g weed
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • A cheesecloth

To begin, you will need to decarb (aka decarboxylate) your weed prior to simmering. To do this, heat it at a low temperature for around 30 minutes. This will work to activate the weed, changing it from THCA to THC, which is what will get you high. When you’re smoking, this process is done with the flame from your lighter. However, when you’re making cannabutter, your oven does the work.

Once you have decarbed your weed, simmer it in butter and water for a few hours. From there, strain it through your cheesecloth. Let it solidify and stand up before throwing it in your favorite baked good recipe. Remember, as an important rule of thumb when ingesting edibles: go slow! 

If you’re interested in making your own cannabis coconut oil, you would follow a similar process. Cook with it, add it to your favorite foods, or even use it as a topical – there are so many possibilities!

A plate of brownies with cannabis leaf

Tinctures


If you are looking to make a cannabis product that is discreet, fast-acting, and easy to use, take a closer look at tinctures. They do not have an odor and you can simply add a few drops under your tongue. While tinctures do take a little longer to make than the aforementioned methods, they will stretch and last you a long time.

To begin, start by soaking your flower in high-proof, ethanol-based alcohol. We recommend something like Everclear or moonshine. A good baseline is about an ounce of weed per 750mL bottle of alcohol. 

Just like we talked about in the cannabutter example previously, you will need to decarboxylate your weed first. Once that step is done, put it in a mason jar with alcohol for a few weeks. Remember to shake it at least once per day! Finally, strain it through a coffee filter and you’re all set.

Visit Us in Long Beach


Remember, that if you have more questions about making any of these great products, don’t hesitate to stop by our cannabis dispensary in Long Beach. Our helpful staff is ready to help you navigate any questions you may have as well as point you in the right direction and make recommendations for different types of flower you can purchase. 

Remember, which flower you buy will dictate the sort of effects and highs that these cannabis products will create. With these creative options to try, which one will you start with first? 

How to Use CBD to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

A young woman in a winter coat smoking cannabis outdoors

A young woman in a winter coat smoking cannabis outdoors

This time of year is known for many things: get-togethers with family and friends while eating a lot of good food, holiday shopping for the perfect gift, and doing all your favorite activities related to the changing of the weather. While there are so many positive things about the onset of fall and winter, if you’re someone who feels down once summer fades away, know that you are not alone. In fact, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from SAD.


What is ‘SAD’?

SAD is seasonal affective disorder, a condition that is caused by the oncoming of the colder months where we tend to feel sad, tired, and sluggish. Often dubbed as the ‘winter blues’, it’s common among many Americans, especially after the time change. This is because we are spending less time out in the daylight, the sun usually setting below the horizon before we’ve even had a chance to finish our commute home from work. 

Overall, seasonal depression just leaves us feeling not at all like ourselves. While it can manifest in different ways and affect people differently, we want you to review this quick list of symptoms:

  • Carbohydrate or sugar cravings
  • Significant decline in overall energy
  • Social withdraw
  • Tendency to sleep a lot or go to bed much earlier than usual
  • Weight gain
  • Persistent sadness, seemingly out of nowhere
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulties sleeping or staying asleep throughout the night

While this is not a totally comprehensive list, if any of these sound like you, know you’re not alone! Unfortunately, we all can’t flee to some tropical paradise and wait it out until the winter months are done and over with. However, we have another, more realistic solution in mind: CBD.


Medical Cannabis Can Help

Depression and anxiety are often caused by reduced levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. When we have too little of these chemicals, we find ourselves feeling sad and disconnected, having a negative impact on our mood. Dopamine and serotonin actually serve as our brain’s neurotransmitters and play an important role in regulating our mood.

Don’t worry, we do have some good news – one of the main active compounds found in CBD has been proven to help boost serotonin and dopamine levels. This happens when the cannabinoids in CBD interact with our body’s endocrine system.

 

Which types of cannabis should you use?

To put it simply, you want to purchase products that are high in CBD. One thing that is important to note is that products containing only CBD, and no other compounds, will not have any psychoactive effects. This is worth mentioning just in case you are seeking to use cannabis to help alleviate some of the symptoms of SAD but are not wanting any of the ‘high’ feeling that comes along with it. 

If you are seeking prolonged relief, we recommend using CBD oils or CBD capsules and ingesting them. These should take a little while to work, but you will feel the effects from anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. 

For instant relief, we recommend vaping with CBD-infused dried flower. When using this type of product, the onset of effects should come on in just a few minutes.

A jar of CBD oil with a cannabis leaf

Recommended Products

When shopping around our weed dispensary in Hanover, MI, we have a few items we think you should add to your cart, especially if you are someone who suffers from SAD. Check them out below:

Papa & Barkley Tincture

Using a CBD product sublingually is a great way to ingest cannabis without having to smoke, vape, or eat an edible. Plus, you can always add it to your favorite mug of tea to help boost your mood, too. Papa & Barkley offers a great tincture to help you sleep. So if anxiety from SAD has you up at night tossing and turning, and the restlessness is starting to wear at you – don’t fret! Add this to your cart today and start feeling some relief.

Care by Design’s Gummies

For a discreet and delicious treat you can take with you almost anywhere, you have to grab a pack of Care by Design’s Mixed Berry Gummies. These gummies are crafted by a team of culinary experts and cannabinoid scientists to strike a powerful balance between deliciousness and wellness. Containing a flavorful combination of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, the Mixed Berry gummy is vegan and gluten-free. The 18:1 ratio includes just enough THC to amplify the benefits with little to no psychoactivity. The 18:1 is typically non-intoxicating and great for relieving mild stress during the day.

Pure Vape’s Rise and Shine

Just like the name suggests, Pure Vape’s Rise and Shine is sure to put a little pep in your step and combat those negative feelings brought on by the winter blues. This product is a CBD disposable, meaning that once you are done, you are free to throw away or recycle the cartridge. These are available in non-psychoactive (1:0 boost), low psychoactive (4:1 rise & shine) and psychoactive (1:1 half & half) options. Each disposable has a unique flavor to choose from!


Chocolate from ReCreate

This time of year is all about the sweets! The holidays are sure to bring around some of your favorite comfort foods. This time, however, we think you should reach for these delicious chocolates from ReCreate. Naturally flavored with Golden Chai, this healthy and decadent milk chocolate is packed with functional ingredients to help support a sense of calm and relaxation. Take a bite and let yourself unwind and relax this winter.

Shop From The Earth

Don’t let another winter season go by without feeling your best. If this time of year gets you feeling down and depressed, it’s more than okay to seek out a little help. In fact, stop by our weed dispensary in Hanover, MI, or any other of our great locations, and talk to one of our helpful team members today! Let us help you answer any questions you may have or provide more product recommendations to best suit you and your needs. If you suffer from SAD, know you’re not alone and From The Earth is here to help!

The 10 Best Cannabis Products to Help Manage Joint Pain

A jar of topical cannabis balm

A jar of topical cannabis balm

The cooler weather is here and while many look forward to the changing of seasons, this time of year is notorious for bringing on stiff and painful joints. When this happens, it slows us down and keeps up from participating in all of our usual favorite activities. While we can’t necessarily make the cold weather disappear, we can turn to cannabis as a means to help alleviate some of our joint pain.

For this, we have compiled a list of our ten of favorite products that we definitely think you should give a go!

Papa and Barkley’s Releaf Balm

If you are in search of a topical product to apply to your elbows, hands, knees, and feet when you are feeling stiff and achy, we highly recommend Papa and Barkley’s Releaf balm. This balm is made with clean cannabis and organic essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, and lavender. This is also a non-intoxicating product, meaning that it won’t make you feel high, only working to bring about joint pain relief. This topical balm smells great, too, and is a sure-fire remedy.  

 

Kanha’s Infused Gummies

For a treat packed with fun and vibrant flavors, look no further than Kanha’s cannabis infused blue raspberry gummies. This product is all-natural and made up of only the highest-quality cannabis oils to provide the most consistent and safest experiences on the market. These raspberry gummies are bursting with sweetness and provide a great mix of relaxed and energized, allowing for some pain relief. 

 

Almora Farm’s Hindu Kush

If you are someone who prefers to toke up as a means for joint relief, then you have to check out Almora Farm’s Hindu Kush. The flavor profile is a delicious combination of sweet, earthy, and woody. This indica is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and at ease, bringing about much needed pain relief and is perfect for a day of vibing on the couch and binging a new series on Netflix. The best part is that it is available for delivery! Our Long Beach marijuana delivery service is here to help bring the goods right to your home. 

 

Care By Design Tinctures

One of the best ways to help bring about joint pain relief is to enjoy a warm beverage, such as hot tea. Now, you can enhance your favorite mug of brew by adding in a few drops of Care by Design’s tinctures. Made with a 40:1 ratio featuring the highest quality CBD on the market, this ratio is an excellent choice for relieving stress, prompting overall wellness, and is even great for day time use. Because there are little to no psychoactive side effects, this is a wonderful product if you’re new to the world of cannabis. 

 

A cup of tea with a marijuana leaf

Korova’s Peanut Butter Dip Cookie

Take a bite out of joint pain with a delectable classic and a marijuana dispensary favorite – the peanut butter dip cookie from Korova. Loaded with crunchy peanuts and dipped into silky chocolate, this edible hybrid product is an excellent way to not only curb your cravings for something sweet, but also for providing much-needed pain relief. 


Heavy Hitter’s Infused Pre-roll

Sometimes, joint pain can hit us the hardest in our hands, making it difficult for our fingers to move and function as they should. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to even roll a joint properly. If this is the case for you, try infused pre-rolls instead. We think you should check out Heavy Hitter’s Cookies and Cream preroll, packed premium flower and 98%+ THC diamonds. 

 

OG’s Rove

For those who enjoy vaping, you have to add OG’s Rove to your cart right away. This indicat dominant blend is potent as well as fast-acting, boasting earthy pine flavors with just the right amount of floral sweetness. Grab this for an excellent nighttime remedy that can provide a heavy body sensations as well as relief from pain, insomnia, and lack of appetite. 

 

Wyld’s Hybrid Enhanced Gummies

Are you new to edibles and aren’t sure where to start? If so, we highly recommend Wyld’s peach edibles. With a 2:1 CBD:THC ratio that is more CBD than THC, it is a solid choice for getting introduced to the world of edibles. Made with real fruit and enhanced using a balanced hybrid terpene profile, it can assist in creating a sense of ease and overall well being. Also, this product would make a great stocking stuffer for someone who has been struggling with joint pain lately!

 

Papa & Barkley’s CBD Releaf Patch

Recovery is made simple with Papa & Barkley’s CBD Releaf Patch. This product works as a slow-release patch that offers pain relief through transdermal delivery of full-spectrum cannabinoids. An easy single application offers up to 12 hours of relief for wherever you need it most. Please note that there is some potential for psychoactive effects and it is recommended that you find that ratio that best suits your specific needs. 

 

Heavenly Sweet’s Cannabutter

Baking is a holiday must and a well-loved tradition by many. For those who enjoy whipping up your own edibles and confectionary treats, grab a tub of Heavenly Sweet’s Cannabutter. This delicious, real-cream butter contains lab-tested sativa-dominant hybrid cannabis. This added element is sure to make your holiday baking and cooking all the more savory, as well as the added benefits of pain relief. 

 

Delivery Right to Your Door

This winter, don’t suffer through all the joint stiffness and body aches that often come about once the seasons change. Take care of yourself and treat your body to the best cannabis products available one the market, a wide variety offered up for just about anyone’s needs. 

Did you know that we deliver? Don’t meander out and about in the cold if you don’t have to – let us bring your weed right to your door! Our Long Beach marijuana delivery service is ready to help you fight the winter blues. Place an order today and start feeling the relief you deserve! 

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