A lot of time and money goes into marijuana research. But what if I told you that you could take a nug of weed, place it in an espresso machine and extract cannabis ingredients in under one minute?
OK, that’s an oversimplified description. Still, it’s more or less what a team of researchers was able to accomplish in a recent experiment detailed in a manuscript due to be published in The International Journal of Pure and Applied Analytical Chemistry.
Via The International Journal of Pure and Applied Analytical Chemistry.
The team wanted to test whether espresso-based extraction—a novel and relatively inexpensive analytic method, raved about in scientific literature—could be applied to marijuana. And it turns out that it can!
You don’t need a fancy, $2,000 setup, either. For the experiment, the researchers used a Nespresso Essenza Manual XN2003 machine, which goes for about $300 on eBay. (It’s not currently available on Amazon, though—possibly because they’ve all been snatched up by the chemist community).
“The use of hard cap espresso machines has been recently proposed for analytical extractions due to its easy use, speed, availability and low price, providing efficient extraction of organic compounds from solid samples in few seconds,” the researchers wrote.
Seized cannabis provided by Unidad de Inspección de Farmacia y Control de Drogas del Área de Sanidad in Valencia, Spain, was inserted into the filter after a thorough cleaning. The hard cap espresso machine was used to extract three main ingredients from the plant (THC, CBD and CBN).
Then the results of those extracts were cross-referenced with extractions of the same sample using three different, more traditional methods: Ultrasound-assisted extraction, gaschromatography-mass spectrometry and ion mobility spectrometry (IMS).
And consistent with results from non-marijuana-related studies, the extraction method seemed to work—in under one minute.
“It has been evidenced that the developed method for the major cannabinoids extraction is a really encouraging example of the wide range of possibilities that a conventional and low cost hard cap espresso assisted extraction could offer in analytical laboratories,” according to the study.
“The quantitative extraction of THC, CBD and CBN from buds, leaves and stems has been achieved in a single and fast extraction of 40 seconds.”
The researchers noted that after using a rigorous multi-step cleaning method, the coffee machine has been “used in our laboratory during the last two and a half years without observing any damage or incident.”
See the original article published on Marijuana Moment below:
Marijuana flower is certainly big business in Colorado, but that flower has some stiff competition from its more potent relative: dabs.
Dabs or cannabis concentrates, the modern form of hashish, have seen an astounding rise in Colorado’s legal cannabis market over the last couple of years. This April, Colorado reportedly sold an astounding$27 million worth of retail dabs.
That significant figure represents a quarter of the Colorado retail market’s total sales for April. It’s also a 133% rise in sales numbers in contrast to last year’s April concentrate sales in Colorado. On 4/20 alone, concentrate sales rose 250% from their average daily numbers.
Clearly, while concentrates have yet to surpass flower, consumers are seeking this more potent, faster-acting alternative to dried herb. This modern marijuana market is an ever-evolving one that has expanded far beyond your mom and pop’s “weed.”
From edibles to tinctures to yes, marijuana for menstrual paints, the future of marijuana is unwritten.
Most stoners are content packing their buds in a one-hitter or a Zig-Zag. But 2 Chainz is not the common consumer and he’s got some friends in high places.
On his new episode of GQ’s “Most Expensive Shit”, 2 Chainz gets down with cannabis experts Dr. Dina and Adam Ill on some of the world’s most expensive and expansive cannabis products. While it may sound like hyperbole stating that “2 Chainz samples half a million dollars worth of weed, bongs, and dabs”–it’s in fact accurate.
2 Chainz samples hash out of a bong that costs $50,000, torches THC crystals that cost a cool $2,500, and smokes a gun-shaped blunt worth $3,000. As you’d expect, the rappers mind and heart were both blown:
Dabbing is the most potent and powerful way to experience cannabis. In order to dab, however, one must have a dab rig. Typical dab rigs would involve a metal nail that requires a blowtorch to heat up the surface to red-hot, vaporizing temperatures. As you might have guessed, using a blowtorch in order to inhale cannabis concentrate vapor can be inconvenient and dangerous, which is why WeVape’s 74 Enail Dab Rig Pen is in a league of it’s own.
Sleek, stylish, portable and versatile, the WeVape 74 Enail is a marvel in this booming era of vaporizers, and helping to improve the standard of vaping across the industry. With three clicks of a button, the WeVape 74 Enail electrically heats a domeless titanium nail to an intense and safely confined 600 degrees. No blowtorch needed!
Simply load your favorite concentrate, like rosin, hash oil, wax, shatter, live resin or budder onto the heated titanium nail, cover the top with the magnetic carb cap, and start inhaling the powerful vapor. Water can be added to the detachable glass mouthpiece to make it a bubbler, drastically cooling down the inhaled vapors for a smoother hit. Be careful, though—this portable electric-nail is just as powerful as a normal dab rig, and is guaranteed to produce the same acute effects. A little goes a long way with this cutting edge vaping device.
The WeVape 74 Enail comes with 2 titanium nails and a USB charger. This electric rig can hold a decent charge, powering through several vape sessions. When it needs charging, it couldn’t be easier; simply plug the USB charger into a computer or outlet adapter and watch as the button on the Enail turns red, to indicate that it is juicing up.
Along with its respectable battery power, the WeVape 74 Enail is extremely portable. Packaged in a discreet metal box with black foam padding, the this Enail is powerful enough to dab, and portable enough to travel. Since the mouthpiece is made of glass, the carrying case ensures the Enail will remain safe during transit. Unlike other dab rigs, the WeVape 74 Enail is small and incredibly efficient, making it easy to carry from place to place and face to face.
I have highly enjoyed my time with the WeVape 74 Enail, and I couldn’t recommend it more to seasoned and sophomore stoners alike. This dab rig is convenient, efficient, safe, and satisfying. Purchase your own WeVape Enails Vaporizer Dab Rig for yourself, and experience the next evolution in vaping technology.
Read an expert review of another great product from WeVape — The Aquamizer Bubbler Attachment.
The first smokable art contest in Denver, Colorado will be held at the 710 Social Club in February. Begin perfecting your skills now, so you are ready for the big day! There will be a category for sculptures formed from anything dab-able with accents permitted and encouraged, and a second category for spliffagami to debut twisting skill and creativity. What is a spliffagami? That is up to you. See the photos below for examples.
There is no charge to enter your art into the competition. Contest rules state that the most creative sculpture will be triumphant. The more intricate, creative and unique your art is, the more your chances of winning increase. Sculptures and spliffagami entries must be submitted and checked in at the venue on Thursday February 6. One winner will be selected from each category. The winning pieces will be smoked on Sunday February 8 during the awards ceremony, and those that do not win may be taken home.
All creations must be formed from one-hundred percent smokable materials including flowers, water press hash, kief, co2 oil, and all forms of butane hash oil. Flowers may only be used as accents for your artistic vision, and may only account for five percent of the total weight. There will be one winner in each category.
Check out the contest poster below, and look at the contest facebook page for full details before you plan your art.