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Does Making Edibles with Distillate Smell Up the Kitchen?

Say you find yourself stuck inside your home for an extended period of time. Who knows why? Maybe you’ve found yourself unemployed unexpectedly after your employer had to close up shop. Maybe your local government has asked you not leave your home unle…

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Say you find yourself stuck inside your home for an extended period of time. Who knows why? Maybe you’ve found yourself unemployed unexpectedly after your employer had to close up shop. Maybe your local government has asked you not leave your home unless absolutely necessary because of a pandemic spreading across your country.

Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself with a lot of time on your hands and a lack of ways to fill it. There’s always streaming services, but sometimes you get the urge to do something a little more hands on. For example, baking. And since you have a bunch of hours to fill afterwards, why not make some edibles? After all, there’s few better ways to let the time pass indoors than with some delicious pastries that have a little extra kick. A nice brownie or a cookie both hits the spot as well as keeps you happy and hopefully sane.

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Making Edibles at Home and Dealing with Smell

Since everyone else is stuck inside too (hypothetically), you do need to be a little more aware of everyone’s personal space while you’re baking. That includes their nostrils. Making cannabis butter or oil requires a lot of ground up bud simmering on low heat for a couple hours. All that plant matter, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes heating up can fill the air with some real potent aromas. If everyone’s cool with that, go ahead and knock yourself out. Just be prepared to share your baked goods afterwards. If they’re not, well, you’ve got a bit of an issue.

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Distillate takes away much of the cannabis smell from edible infusions. photo credit

Of course, there are ways to lessen the overpowering smell of decarboxylating cannabis. You can use less weed in the mixture to shrink that cloud of roasting terpenes. You can open some windows and aim some fans out of them to keep the fresh air flowing. You can light up a stick of incense or plug in an air freshener to cover or confuse the smell. You could also cook up something even more overpowering at the same time, like curry.

However, if anyone in your place or in close proximity doesn’t like that rich aroma of cannabis hanging around for half a day, you might want to look into some other options. One of those options is to skip over the whole decarboxylating process altogether by using THC distillate.

Do Distillate Edibles Smell Like Cannabutter or Infused Oil?

As you may already be aware, distillate is that viscous, translucent oil that’s been purified of all cannabis plant matter through a process of distillation (hence the name). Whether the distiller is using butane, alcohol, carbon dioxide, or water, the end result is a liquid oil or crystalized solid of almost pure cannabinoid product such as THC or CBD. The distiller may add the terpenes and flavonoids extracted earlier in the process back in later to create a full spectrum distillate.

Using pure THC distillate in your edibles has plenty of benefits, but we’ll start with the main one: without the terpenes and flavonoids, you’re looking at a far more reduced aroma than cooking with cannabis butter or oil.

Any unsuspecting bystanders will lift their noses at the smell of…something, but distillate doesn’t quite have those same odors that basically hoist an olfactory banner emblazoned with “MARIJUANA.” Also, using a pure THC distillate means never having to deal with that underlying hashy taste of cannabutter again.

Plus, with distillate you have a much easier time dosing. A professional cannabis chemist has already done the work for you, both distilling the cannabis as well as measuring out the THC percentage in the final product. Thanks to all that information slapped on the label, you’ll know just how potent those brownies are rather than having to play everyone’s favorite game “How stoned am I about to get?” Think about it this way. Your distillate package should tell you that it contains around 900-1000 milligrams of THC. Adding the entire package to your cooking oil tells you exactly how much the entire batch contains. Then you can divide the portions with relative ease.

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Making Edibles with Distillate

Cooking with distillate is also way easier than making cannabutter. All you need to do is follow a couple of simple steps.

Infusing Butter or Oil with Distillate:

  1. Place your distillate container (jar or syringe) into a hot water bath. This will loosen the product up.
  2. Measure out how much butter or oil you’ll need.
  3. Pour your distillate into your oil.
  4. Stir everything together, then keep stirring to make sure you get even distribution.
  5. Heat your mixture in the microwave on medium for about two minutes so everything melts together. Don’t heat it up too much or you’ll start to damage the cannabinoids
  6. Pour your oil mixture into the batter and get your bake on! Just remember to keep the oven temperature at or below 325 degrees Fahrenheit so the cannabinoids aren’t denatured.

Cooking with distillate can even give you more options than with cannabutter, since distillate is already activated. In other words, you can just eat it without having to cook it at all. Because of this, you can get fancy. Whip up the distillate into some frosting and spread it on top of a cake. Or inject it into your cookies as they’re cooling to really get some control over the dosage. 

If you find yourself stuck inside with a hankering to bake, but are surrounded by people who aren’t down with the smell of weed, distillate is the best choice for keeping you and everyone around you happy until you can all go outside again.


Have you ever made edibles with cannabis distillate? Share your stories and experiences in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Brooke Lark (license)

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Q-Tipping and Quartz Banger Care: Step-by-Step Guide

If you’ve spent a bunch of money on your quartz banger – or even if you haven’t – it’s important to keep it nice and clean. Not only does keeping your banger clean help it look nicer in the long run, they’ll stay in good shape longer and improve the fl…

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If you’ve spent a bunch of money on your quartz banger – or even if you haven’t – it’s important to keep it nice and clean. Not only does keeping your banger clean help it look nicer in the long run, they’ll stay in good shape longer and improve the flavor of your dab. To keep your banger looking shiny and new, you’ll need to get in the habit of Q-Tip tech, the process of cleaning your nail or banger with a Q-Tip (or any cotton swab) after every use to maintain the freshness of the nail. The real trick to keeping your banger clean is to Q-tip immediately after a dab is taken, while the nail is still warm.

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Banger Care Essentials: What You’ll Need

Before we dig in on the supplies you’ll need to keep your banger clean, there are some items out there that might seem like a good idea but nonetheless should not be used. That includes bleach, or products that contain sulfuric, acetic, and gluconic acid. Be sure to avoid abrasive cleaning tools. They won’t help and will ultimately end up scratching your banger. A cotton swab will more than suffice, especially if you clean your banger from the get-go.

Q-tips and isopropyl alcohol

isopropyl alcohol and standard Q-tips are the most effective for keeping your banger clean.

You’ll need a few simple supplies to keep your banger in top shape: clean cotton swabs and ISO (isopropyl alcohol). Of course, there are more advanced products and accessories (such as ISO pumps and cleaning stations) but for now we’ll stick to the basics. Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, here’s a step-by-step look at how to Q-Tip your banger. 

Steps for Q-tipping your Banger

  • Take a dab. Remember that low temp dabs do not burn off as many cannabinoids as high temp dabs and make for a smoother and more flavorful hit. Low temp dabs also help extend the life of your banger
  • Let your banger cool long enough so that the puddle is solid but can still be lifted away, which takes about 30 seconds to a minute
  • Take a cotton swab and use it to absorb/remove the residue. Don’t forget to pay attention to the corners and the creases
  • Dip the other side of the cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol (ISO) and use it to wipe away any extra residue and clean the banger
  • Using a dry cotton swab, wipe off any extra alcohol (you can also wait for the ISO to evaporate)
  • Repeat after each dab

Cotton swabs can be found pretty much anywhere, but isopropyl alcohol has become a little trickier to find given some supply chain constraints due to COVID-19. However, players in the cannabis industry have repeatedly proven themselves to be innovative in meeting consumer demand, and at least one company has created ISO-Snaps. These cotton swabs are preloaded with ISO in the swab’s shaft. By snapping the swab, ISO is released into the shaft for one-step Q-Tip tech, making it uber convenient, especially when on the go.

Alternatives to Q-tips and Cotton Swabs

As simple as it is to clean your banger with a cotton swab, they do carry some negative environmental ramifications. Our oceans are full of more than 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic from human waste which can kill marine life and carry pollutants to humans through ocean currents. Cotton swabs are among the tiniest of those pieces but they still have an impact because many brands use plastic for the rods instead of something biodegradable, like paper or wood.

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The Humble Co. offers a great sustainable option for cotton swabs. photo credit

When picking a cotton swab to clean your banger, actual Q-Tips are among the better choices for the environment because they are made of sustainably sourced bonded paper that can be composted and eventually biodegrade. Another sustainable cotton swab option comes from the Humble Co. Featuring organic cotton tips and a rod made from bamboo, they are fair trade, biodegradable, and are packaged in recyclable paper. 

Dab nails do wear out over time. but by keeping your banger consistently clean, you’ll be able to prolong its life and have more flavorful experiences. And remember that it is possible to keep your bangers clean and make thoughtful choices that lessen your environmental impact. Just don’t put that cotton swab in your ear! It says not to right on the package.


Do you have any additional tips for Q-tipping your banger and keeping your quartz fresh? Share them in the comments below!

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Growing Marijuana in Space: Microgravity’s Effect on Plants

Cannabis has been used for ritual, medicine, enjoyment, and industrial applications like paper, textiles, and ropes for literal millennia, and as more states allow for legal medicinal and adult-use markets, industry players have created ever more innov…

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Cannabis has been used for ritual, medicine, enjoyment, and industrial applications like paper, textiles, and ropes for literal millennia, and as more states allow for legal medicinal and adult-use markets, industry players have created ever more innovative technologies and products that propel a booming cannabis marketplace.

One company experimenting in cannabis growth technologies is Kentucky-based Space Tango, a “leader in the commercialization of space through R&D, bioengineering, and manufacturing in microgravity.” The company, in partnership with Atalo Holdings and Anavil Market, is conducting experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) to learn how cannabis grows in space

So far, the company has conducted eight missions and 88 experiments on hemp – cannabis’ non-intoxicating and legal cousin – aboard the ISS. The primary challenge of growing any plant is space is microgravity, which NASA describes as the “condition in which people or objects appear to be weightless.” Simple enough, but what exactly does that mean for growing cannabis in space, and how do those findings make their way back to Earth?

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Is it Possible for Marijuana to Grow in Space and Microgravity?

Cannabis is a plant that requires certain stresses – both positive and negative – to grow into robust and efficacious plants. Some stressors that are necessary to healthy growth are air circulation, plant training, and the appropriate humidity and temperature.

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Researchers are currently studying the effects of microgravity on hemp and cannabis. photo credit

But negative stressors play a role, too; if there are interruptions in the light cycle, or humidity and temperature are too high or low, cannabis crops could be ruined. But finding the necessary balance between the positive and negative is a delicate process.

Current Research into Growing Weed in Space

Space Tango founder Kris Kimel is a former NASA engineer, whose theory begins with the idea that growing hemp in microgravity could be less stressful for the plant. Thus far, the startup has set up two micro laboratories in microwave-sized clean labs to conduct experiments on the ISS, using microwave-sized clean labs to conduct experiments.

Kimel hopes that by eliminating stress from the hemp growing process in a microgravity environment that they will learn how to bring those lessons quite literally back to Earth. This could potentially provide a better, more predictable, and efficient method for growing cannabis.

Dr. Joe Chappell, who serves on the Space Tango Science Advisory team speaks from experience, having actually conducted microgravity research on plants aboard the ISS. “When plants are stressed, they pull from a genetic reservoir to produce compounds that allow them to adapt and survive,” he said in a press release. “Understanding how plants react in an environment where the traditional stress of gravity is removed can provide new insights into how adaptations come about and how researchers might take advantage of such changes for the discovery of new characteristics, traits, biomedical applications, and efficacy.”

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As research advances, we are closer every day to the possibility of marijuana grown in space. photo credit

Kimel said that the company is focused in particular on how microgravity may affect the growth of hemp-derived CBD, a market expected to be worth $1.8 billion by 2022. For the time being, the experiments are being conducted on hemp (made legal in the U.S. by the 2018 Farm Bill), but as more legal markets open up via legislation or voter initiatives, applying the lessons learned from growing in microgravity could be applied to expanding legal marijuana markets as well.

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What’s Next for Space Hemp and Growing Weed in Low Gravity?

Though Space Tango is the first to grow hemp in space, they’re not the first to send cannabis beyond Earth’s atmosphere. A 2017 publicity stunt from near space exploration company Sent Into Space launched the Thin Mint GSC strain up to 118,000 feet. Upon its fall back to Earth, the weed was sold to a dispensary in Arizona. Luckily, the lessons learned from the Space Tango experiments could eventually benefit cannabis consumers across the country or even the world, and not just one dispensary.


What do you think about growing cannabis in space? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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2020: A Record Year For Cannabis Studies

The cannabis plant is arguably the most dynamic plant on earth. It can be used for medical purposes, it can be converted into fuel, and it can be made into countless types of textiles. In many ways it would be easier to come up with a list of things th…

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The cannabis plant is arguably the most dynamic plant on earth. It can be used for medical purposes, it can be converted into fuel, and it can be made into countless types of textiles. In many ways it would be easier to come up with a list of things that the cannabis plant cannot do versus compiling a list of everything that it can do. The cannabis plant’s versatility has been on display for many…

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