HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN YOUR BONG


Nov 28, 2018

A beginners guide to cleaning and maintaining your water bong.

For those of us who choose to consume our cannabis in a water bong, there’s few things as satisfying as a cool, smooth toke from a freshly cleaned bong.

On the flip side, nobody wants to be passed a bong that has been used for an extended period of time without a cleaning; dirty water and dingy glass can be rather off-putting, especially in social smoking situations.

Science suggests that bacteria tales about a day to form in used bong water if it’s left to sit; leading to bad smells, tastes and the risk of inhaling bacteria into your lungs. And even if none of that concerns you, all it takes is one awkward moment to knock a bong filled with dirty bong water onto your floor or couch, and nobody should have to deal with that mess!

So, for those who choose to bong, let us help you ensure you don’t do it wrong…

 

HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN YOUR BONG

Give it a Rinse
The first thing you should do is empty out your bong water and rinse the bong with warm tap water. Try to remove any ‘floaties’ or debris clinging to the sides by swishing water around against the walls and main chamber. If you do this every time after use, it can often be enough. But if you are more of a reactive cleaner than a proactive one, keep reading…

 

The Ideal Solution
There are a ton of options when it comes to bong cleaners; from rubbing alcohol to more natural solutions and a variety of manufactured options available in cannabis shops. Regardless of what you use, it can help to add a small handful of salt into the bong as well to assist with the clean. For cleaning purposes, you typically need to fill the main chamber with slightly less solution than the amount of water you would fill it with to smoke.

 

PRO TIP: To ensure the salt gets to the main chamber, instead of sticking to the stem/smoke chamber, use a spoon to pour the salt down the chamber.

 

Get a Tight Seal
If you’ve ever absentmindedly shaken a beverage without a tight cap (or any lid at all) you probably created a mess you’d like to avoid in the future.

The same concept translates into cleaning your bong. Before you begin to swirl the cleaner against the walls of the bong, make sure you cover up the holes with something air-tight.

You can buy rubber caps for this at some novelty cannabis shops, but you can also use stuff around the house (plastic wrap, cotton balls, elastic bands, towels, etc) to accomplish the seal.

 

Soak and Shake
After you seal everything up, let your solution soak in the bong for a few minutes to soften up any dirt or resin on the glass. Next, shake it baby shake it! With a firm grip on the covered openings of your bong, shake and swish the solution all around your bong, making sure it touches all areas you want cleaned. Do this for about a minute, or until you feel you have cleaned everything you can with the solution.

If you use it, the salt you added acts as an abrasive capable of loosening some of the dirtier parts of your bong.

PRO TIP: Pipe cleaners and a little elbow grease (that means ‘effort’ for those of you that were born after 1990) will help you get any stubborn resin off the walls of your bong and especially in the down stem.

Rinse and Rewards
Once you are done cleaning, drain your bong of the solution you used and rinse it several times to ensure you remove any traces of solution, salt or loose resin. Once you are sure it’s all rinsed away, refill your bong with the liquid of your choice and enjoy a fresh new, clean, smooth bong session!

HOW TO PROPERLY STORE YOUR CANNABIS


Nov 26, 2018

The ins and outs of what you should keep your cannabis in and out of.

The legalization of cannabis in Canada has the potential to lead to more new cannabis consumers than ever before, but just because you are allowed to buy it legally, doesn’t mean you will automatically know what to do with it once you have it.

We aren’t talking about how to consume it. Instead, we’d like to cover storage basics (especially for newbies who may go through their supply a lot slower than regular consumers).

You will want to keep your cannabis fresh and at its original potency for as long as possible, and that means keeping your dried buds away from exposure to oxygen.  Just like air oxidizes iron into rust, exposing your weed to the open air will cause it to degrade faster – losing aromatic and taste profile as well as potency.

Also, just like any plant or food product, how you store it will drastically affect how it smells, looks and tastes when you’re ready to consume. You wouldn’t store your milk on the radiator and you wouldn’t set up your prized orchids in the cellar; in the same way there are some specific “no-no’s” when it comes to storing cannabis.

The following tips should help you understand what to do and what to avoid when it comes to storing your cannabis:

WHAT TO AVOID

Heat and Humidity
The temperature and climate of the area where you store your cannabis will drastically affect its quality. Exposing your buds to dry air or extreme heat will prematurely dry your cannabis out, which can lead to it losing flavour or even some of its potency, but on the other side, excess humidity (heat and moisture) can lead to mouldy cannabis, which is not something you would want to consume.

PRO TIP: An ideal benchmark of relative humidity (RH) is between 50% to 65%. You can revive dried out cannabis by placing it and an orange peel, carrot or wet cotton ball in a sealed jar for a few days.

Light
Exposure to direct light accelerates the degradation of THC into CBN (which leads to the sleepy, couch-lock feeling for some). For this reason, it’s recommended that you store your cannabis buds in a cool dark place.

PRO TIP: If you are storing it in a glass jar or see-through container, try wrapping  the jar with something that can block the light from getting in.

Extreme Cold
While keeping your cannabis in the fridge or freezer might make sense for other products that need to be preserved, their inconsistent humidity and extreme cold can cause the crystallized trichomes that cover the buds to freeze and break off when handled.

As the Trichomes hold the majority of the bud’s THC, terpenes and other cannabinoids, losing them will drastically affect the potency of your cannabis.

Excessive Handling
When you do get your hands on some impressive cannabis, the temptation is high to show it off to your friends. But every time you touch your dried cannabis buds, the more likely you are to destroy hundreds of delicate trichomes, reducing its potency and affecting your experience.

PRO TIP: If you need to handle your cannabis buds before consumption, try using a tool like tweezers or chopsticks. Use a delicate touch.

Plastic and Tin Foil
You would think that the more common a storage container is, the more likely it is to be a good fit – but with cannabis, common plastic bags and tin foil wraps are two of the worst options.

Tinfoil is too abrasive and can poke at the delicate trichomes when it gets folded or bunched around the buds. Plastic, while somewhat acceptable for short-term transportation, can produce a static charge over time that will attract the trichomes off the buds and onto the walls of the bag or container.

PRO TIP: Some plastics can contain chemicals that could potentially interact with terpenes or cannabinoids, changing the quality of the product in a way that is unpredictable.

YOUR BEST BET

The best storage option is an appropriate-size glass jar with an airtight seal, like a mason jar or canning jar. Avoid reusing condiment jars or anything from your fridge that doesn’t include a vacuum seal. Too much oxygen in your jar can dry out your buds, so make sure you get a good size for your stash, and consider downsizing to a smaller jar as the amount you have reduces over time.

TERP TALK


Nov 19, 2018

A deeper dive into the world of cannabis terpenes, with Jeananne Laing

Questions lead to stories, stories lead to more questions, and soon enough, everyone has  opinions and questions about cannabis. Our stores are buzzing with these types of conversation loops, and one popular topic for connoisseurs and newbies alike, is terpenes.

Research is abundant, but Cannabis Advisors have to navigate around the AGLC’s strict laws surrounding the ability to advocate for specific health benefits related to terpenes.

NewLeaf Press recently met with Jeananne Laing, a Registered Herbalist (AHA), Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Executive Director of CannU Education Services, and asked if she would share some of her opinions about terpenes, and why she believes it’s important for cannabis consumers to understand them.

DISCLAIMER

The thoughts, and opinions expressed in the following interview belong solely to Jeananne Laing, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of NewLeaf Cannabis, National Access Cannabis. It is our objective to present different sides of this conversation to our community. This is one such conversation. There is no substitute for the advice and recommendations offered by an individual’s doctor when it comes to if and how an individual should approach the consumption of cannabis.

 

NewLeaf: Does every LP offer a terpene profile?

Jeananne: Not yet, but they’re starting to.

 

NewLeaf: In your opinion, what are five most common terpenes people should know?

Jeananne: The ones that LPs are actually testing for are as follows:

  1. Myrcene
  2. Caryophyllene
  3. Linalool
  4. Humulene
  5. Pinene

 

(To learn more about these terpenes, check out our What’s That Smell blog)

NewLeaf: If you’re smoking cannabis are you still getting the terpenes?

Jeananne: Yes. But when you smoke you don’t just get the terpenes, you inhale the smoke from the whole bud.

 

NewLeaf: How does using a vaporizer make for a different terpene experience?

Jeananne: It’s a little more controlled. When you combust [cannabis] everything happens at once. When you vaporize at the right temperature, you vaporize just the terpenes and cannabinoids, without combusting the rest of the bud. Also, different terpenes are released at different temperatures, and vaporizers allow you to hone in on specific temperatures for that exact reason.

 

NewLeaf: Are there any advantages to vaping over smoking a joint?

Jeannane: it’s more of a preference thing, but taste and effects aside, when you smoke a joint, you can waste some as it burns between drags, but with a vaporizer, the product stays in the vaporizer until you inhale it. It’s an efficient way of consumption.

 

NewLeaf: Do CBD drops still have terpenes in them?

Jeananne: That depends who is manufacturing it and how it’s manufactured. Some of the oils that the LPs are making don’t have terpenes. They say the terpenes are removed. It’s possible they are being destroyed by the heating process, but some people (LPs) add them back in.

 

Cannabis legalization is paving the way for much-needed research and development in these areas. We are keeping an eye, or should we say ‘nose’ on the radar for more relevant information in the future to share with our customers. Stay tuned.

 

For more information about Jeananne Laing, visit http://www.jeanannelaing.com.

If this blog was your first introduction to terpenes, visit Terpenes Explained for more information about the flavoUr and scent profiles of each terpene.