Cooking with Marijuana – Cannabis Butter

25 02 2009

As our last post on cooking with Marijuana is very popular we have another recipe for you. As you might know eating marijuana is not only healthier then smoking, it is also more efficient.

Anyway, the recipe below comes from a little website called thestonerscookbook.com a site which clearly is a good initiative but can use a bit more content. So if you have a nice recipe that you like to make yourself be sure to register and upload your recipe here.

Making Cannabis Butter

– 250 gram of butter
– 2 litre of boiling water
– 30 gram of course dry shake (aka trim leaf)

Cannabis butter is the main ingredient for most recipes with cannabis and IMO the best way of using cannabis in dishes.

Bring your water to a rolling boil, then put a small amount of butter in the water. Quickly, the butter melts, and mixes in with the water because the whole mixture is at a rolling boil.
Then put the grass in and boil it. (Of course, you will need to seperate all of the seeds first so you can plant them in the nearby park.) Now all the grass is riling around with the water and butter, and get this: The cannabinoids dissolve into the butter, while most of the nasty flavours and gook dissolve into the water. You need to stir the stuff regularly. After cooking the grass like this for a while (say, half an hour), your kitchen will really smell incriminating. Strain out the spent plant matter, squeeze all the juice out of it, and put the liquid in the fridge.

A few hours later, the mixture is cool enough that the cannabutter has solidified on the surface. It looks kind of scummy, but its just enchanted butter. Scoop it out and retain it in a bowl or a jar. The grass-nasty water is thrown out.

Now you can use the butter in any kind of normal recipe. Just use your imagination or your grandmothers cooking book.

PS. Maybe it is smart to start with more butter the first time you try this, so you are sure the dose is not to strong.





Cannabis Growing Guide 6/6 – Flowering & Harvesting

28 01 2009

The flowering

Indoor your cannabis grow when you give them 18 hours light per day. If you cut this to 12 hours of light per day they will start flowering.  This means 12 hours of light and 12 hours of absolute darkness. This cycle will have to continue, depending on the kind, for 8 to 9 weeks. After that period the marijuana should be ready for harvesting.. Flowering plants should not be sprayed often as this will promote mold and rot. Keep humidity levels down indoors when flowering, as this is the most delicate time for the plants in this regard.
If you are growing your plants outside you will have to wait until the days grow shorter at the end of the summer/ beginning of the fall. September is the harvest month for weed in your garden.
Look for the white hairs to turn red, orange or brown, and the false seed pods ( you did pull the males, right?) to swell with resins. When most of the pistils have turned color (~80%), the flowers are ripe to harvest.

Harvesting

Most new growers want to pick early, because they are impatient. That is OK! Just take buds from the middle of the plant or the top. Allow the rest to keep maturing. Often, the tops of the plants will be ripe first. Harvest them and let the rest of the plant continue to ripen. You will notice the lower buds getting bigger and fuzzier as they come into full maturity. With more light available to the bottom portion of the plant now, the plant yields more this way over time, than taking a single harvest.
Do not touch those buds! Touch only the large fan leaves if you want to inspect the buds, as the THC will come off on your fingers and reduce the overall yield if mishandled.

Drying

Do not cure pot in the sun, it reduces potency. Slow cure hanging buds upside down in a ventilated space. That is all that is needed to have great sensi. Drying in a paper bag works too, and may be much more convenient. Bud tastes great when slow dried over the course of a week or three.

Use a seal-a-meal to hermetically seal the bag with no air inside. Never ever store your buds when they are not 100% dry.  Freezing your buds is the best way to conserve your weed for a long long time.

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Cannabis Growing Guide 5/6 – Male/Female

28 01 2009

Cannabis plants are either male or female. The male plants produce pollen which pollinates the flowers of the female plant, which once pollinated, produce seeds. If the female plant is not pollinated (if there are no male plants nearby producing pollen), the flower/buds continue to develop and produce THC. Female plants which are not pollinated are referred to as sensemilla (without seeds).

Usually 40-50% of the plants are male.

A female can either generate a large seedless bud, a large bud with a few seeds, or a large bud that is almost totally seeds. The first case is achieved by removing all the male plants before any of their flowers open. The second case occurs when a few male flowers have opened but you remove them before any more open. The third case occurs when you miss-time the flowering of the male. This can be devastating if you have big female plants because you could loose 90% of the smokable herb to seed production.

The spotting of males is one of the most difficult of things to explain to a person that`s never grown since it really takes careful attention to how the tops of male plants look at this stage of development. Even experienced growers will be unsure at times and will have to wait till the next visit to be sure. When a male enters the stage of flower development, the tips of the branches where a bud would develop will start to grow what looks like a little bud (little balls) but it will have no white hairs coming out of it. Females will have no balls and will have small white hairs.

Male is on left with cluster of balls and female is on right with wispy white hairs.

Difference between Male and Female Cannabis plants

Difference between Male and Female Cannabis plants

Males are often, but not always, tall with stout stems, sporadic branching, and few leaves. Males are usually harvested except those used for breeding, after their sex has been determined, but before the pollen is shed. When harvesting, especially if close to females, cut the plant off at the base, taking care to shake the male as little as possible. This helps prevent any accidental pollination by an unnoticed, open male flower.

Tip for beginners: Buy feminized seeds! This way you will only get female plants.

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Cannabis Growing Guide 4/6 – Indoor Growing

28 01 2009

You can make a very professional weed growing room out of your basement, attic or guest room. By growing inside you are able to control the complete growing environment. It will require some knowledge though. We will give you an impression of what it means when you want to become an indoor weed farmer; a short description of the complete indoor cannabis culture. With some knowledge and “green fingers” it will be easier than you think.

The climate of the plant will determined by 3 factors: air, light and soil..

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Growing Cannabis Guide 3/6 – Outdoor growing

28 01 2009

As we haven’t been able to post for quite some time now, we will make it up to you by posting the whole growing cannabis guide in one go. Here is episode 3!

10 weeks after sowing the seeds the plants will be  30-40 centimeter (10-15 inches) high. During the months May an June we can move the seedlings into the ground outside. In the other months of the year it is best to do the growing inside. For inside growing we will have to move the seedlings to larger containers.

When you take your youngsters outside please keep in mind they still have to get used to the sun, give them some shade the first week.
You can improve the soil in your garden to get better results from your hemp plants. It just depends on how rich the ground is. If other plants are doing well in your garden you won`t even have to do a thing. But in some areas the soil can be poor.

Improving the soil

Buy a bag of organic potting soil and mix this in with the existing soil. This soil is not often found at your local all-purpose store so some searching may be required. Potting soil is richer soil than commercial top soil so it goes a little bit farther when mixed with the existing soil. Lime may be necessary in areas with acidic soil and peat moss is a good additive for soils with a clay type consistency. How much fertilizers you will be using is based on experience and guessing, using twice amount of  the prescription on the bag will do fine. But beware that an overdoses of  fertilizers can be deadly to your plants.

The soil where you will plant your babies must not be too wet or too dry. The distance between each weed plant depends on the space you have. The best would be 1 square meter per plant. If you put the plants to close together they will prevent one an other from absorbing the light, which could be causing big differences in growth. If you are not using feminized seeds half of the plants in the ground will turnout to be male (so useless as always) and will have to be removed to prevent seed production.

It is a good habit to have a spare plant in a pot for every plant that is standing in the ground.  This way you can easily replace a male by a female as soon at this can be detected. Click here to read more about this. Also take care the wind can blow through your cannabis plants, outside cannabis that is too much protected from wind will be extra vulnerable for fungus.

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Growing Cannabis Guide 2/6 – From seed to seedling

22 12 2008

Last week we started with the first part of our series of marijuana growing tips. This week it is time for part 2!

Growing Cannabis Guide 2/8 – From Seed to Seedling

In our previous post you could read up on growing outdoor versus growing indoor. Whatever choice you have made, except from the time of sowing the sowing is done in the same way. In the that you want to grow cannabis inside you can sow whenever you like, if you want to grow cannabis outside you will have to do it in the springtime.

To get the best results when germinating cannabis seeds, we advise you to germinate the seeds according to the procedure below, with which we obtain germination rates of plus 95 % :

1. Use a place with a stable temperature of 20°C (70°F)

2.
Use soil with a pH-value of ± 7.0. ( or germination soil mix from the gardening center)

3.
Sow the marijuana seeds in a container about 5 mm (0.2 inches) deep.

4.
1 Seed per small container is easy for later moving to a larger container or ouside. Keep 5 cm (2 inches) distance between the seeds in larger containers.

5.
After sowing press the earth lightly, this stimulates even sprouting.

6.
Spray the soil lightly with water. The soil should not be too dry or too wet.

7.
Cover the container with thin transparent plastic film to achieve an
optimal greenhouse effect.

8.
After 1 to 10 days the seeds will have sprouted. Now remove the
plastic film.

9.
Sprinkle the soil regularly with water, wait till the upper layer has dried
out, and sprinkle again with water.

10.
After 1 – 2 weeks the seedlings will be strong enough to put them in a larger container.

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Growing Cannabis Guide 1/6 – A good start is half the work

15 12 2008

This week we will kick of with a series of marijuana growing guides. Every other day we will have a new post with growing information for you guys (and girls) to enjoy. The goal is to end up with a manual for the breeding of healthy, usable cannabis plants from sprout to harvest. Growing your own weed is fun and absolutely not difficult! In the following posts we will explain in a clear way what you must and must not to do to get the best results out of your seeds. Have Fun!

Growing Cannabis Guide 1/6 – A good start is half the work.

First you will have to figure out where you want to grow your plants. What kind of cannabis strain should you purchase? A good seed shop will offer you the choice between outside growing, inside growing and inside/outside growing.

Every way of growing has it`s own advantage and disadvantage, outdoor cannabis will have to grow and flower for a longer period compared to inside growing cannabis, but the results after harvesting will also be much better. The table below will help you in making your choice.

Factor Inside Outside
Privacy High Low
Harvest results Good Better
Growing time 9-10 weeks 20-25 weeks
When All year Season
Skills More complicated Easy
Costs High investment Low investment
Climate Steady Variable

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Gourmet cooking with the Herb – Cannabis cooking class

16 10 2008

This particular video features gourmet chef Hans who teaches you all about gourmet cooking using your favorite herb. Not only a good way to improve your cooking skills, but this video also shows you how to use cannabis in a responsible and healthy way.





How To: Easy Hydroponic Growing

15 07 2008

Hydroponic cultivation need not be complex or expensive, and requires only a little more equipment than indoor growing using soil.

Hydroponic growing differs very little from soil growing. The plants grow and flower in the same light cycle and are fed the same nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N-P-K,

plus micro-nutrients and trace elements). The main difference is that hydro plants root and grow in a neutral medium which, unlike soil, has no nutrients of its own.

Hydroponic nutrient is water soluble and is immediately available to the plants when applied to the growing medium, while organic nutrients must be broken down by bacteria in order to enrich the soil to which they are added.

Aside from the indoor basics of light(s), timer, fans and air exchange (all of which are required for indoor soil growing, of course), hydroponic growers will require two meters for testing the nutrient water they give to their plants.

  • An electrical conductivity or EC meter measures the amount of nutrient in the feed water and presents it as a simple number, allowing growers to be sure that they do not over-feed or under-feed their plants. Nutrient meters in different regions and countries may measure in other scales: TDS (total dissolved solids) or PPM (parts per million).
  • A pH meter tests the acidity/alkalinity of water. Cannabis prefers an acidic growing medium, so hydroponic feed water is usually lowered to around pH 5.8.
  • Most growers will also require a substance for lowering and/or raising pH. Tap water typically has a higher pH than ideal for hydroponic cannabis, so it usually must be lowered. Household products such as lemon juice or vinegar are sufficiently acidic to lower pH.

In addition, hydro cultivation will require a hydroponic growing medium, such as rock-wool (ideal for starting seeds and clones) or expanded clay-balls (a re-useable medium and an excellent second stage for plants that start in rock-wool), and hydroponic nutrient for the growing and the flowering stages.

Cannabis plants growning hydro on rockwool

In this diagram, plants are growing in rockwool slabs. The reservoir is filled with nutrient water, and contains a pump(attached to a timer) which delivers feed-water to the slabs several times per day.The slabs are inclined so that excess water runs off and flows back to the reservoir.





How to: Tell when a plant is ready to harvest

25 06 2008

Apart from referring to the given flowering times, one of the best indicators of a female cannabis plant’s ripeness is the colour of the hairs covering its flowers.

These hairs start out white, darkening to orange or red as the plant matures. A plant is generally at its ripest when about 75% of the hairs on its flowers have changed colour.

Observed with a high-powered magnifying glass, the resin glands on a ripening flower will undergo the same colour change, darkening from clear to opaque then usually to yellow, amber or orange. As this happens, THC is turning into the more soporific of cannabis’ active ingredients, CBD.

Some growers choose to harvest their marijuana plants when about 50% or fewer of the hairs have turned orange, reasoning that while the overall amount of resin produced will be less, a higher proportion of it will be THC.








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