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:
Instagram has quickly become the major social media platform of choice for sharing cannabis. You can readily find 420 friendly model accounts filled of scantily clad women with hundreds of thousands of followers to low level ‘I’ll ship you weed’ profiles spamming any comment chain they can.
Recently Venture Beat called Instagram out in a piece titled “Instagram has a Drug Problem,” bringing to to light the amount illicit drug activity that happens on their app. Since that article has posted there have been a number of high profile cannabis centric accounts shut down or made private in an attempt to prevent their account from being closed. Coincidentally this has helped niche cannabis specific applications like MassRoots gain quick popularity and effected the outcome of this list. (You can’t embed pictures from accounts that are private.)
Illegal drug sales aside, Instagram has become a effective platform for legal cannabis businesses, concentration extraction labs specifically, to promote their businesses. Because the labs themselves do not have store fronts, there are limited marketing opportunities for them to reach the end consumer. Instagram allows them to easily show what’s under the hood, a process that is normally behind the scenes. Followers get detail on specific steps in the extraction process, from the garden to finished product. Below are some of our favorites at the Whaxy HQ.
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.