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Animal residues breakdown slowly in cannabis. After the plant metabolises the nutrients, animal residues remain. This affects your overall quality and is particularly noticeable in the taste of the finished product. Kushman is confident that cannabis grown using a veganic nutrient system is the cleanest cannabis you will find. Increased potency is an additional benefit of going veganic according to Kushman. By ensuring maximum nutrient bio-availability through the application of beneficial microbes, you ensure maximum potency. The only bi-product of plant-based nutrient metabolism is a complex carbohydrate which is then consumed by microbes in the soil, continuing the cycle.

Veganic Cannabis Cultivation

Although not widely talked about, utilising veganic growing techniques can really push a cannabis grow to the best it can be. All it takes is a little planning.

With many of us looking for new and healthier ways to cultivate cannabis, growers are moving past organic cultivation and are exploring the benefits of veganic cultivation. Veganic cultivation is a method of horticulture that does not utilise any animal products, instead turning to soil enriching microbes and plant-based nutrients.

WHAT IS VEGANIC CANNABIS CULTIVATION?

There are several reasons why growers and cannabis consumers are turning to this newer healthier way to produce the highest quality organic marijuana. Veganic cultivation looks to replace the nutrients that come from animal bi-products, present in most organic nutrient blends, with fermented plant-based nutrients.

Nutrients made from animal bi-products not only impact the quality of the bud produced, but also negatively impact soil pH which then can interfere with your plant’s ability to take in nutrients. Organic fertilisers made from animal products, leave residues behind. These residues affect taste, potency, and aroma. Veganic gardening also systems don’t require pH management and they provide an overall healthier ecosystem for your plants to thrive in.

Leading the charge in veganic cultivation is the legendary Kyle Kushman. Kushman is a five-time High Times Cannabis Cup winner, and the founder of Kushman Veganics. Kushman came across veganic cultivation in 2009. The origins of veganic gardening, however, go back to the forties. While it is not a new idea, Kushman is the first to pioneer this avenue of horticulture in the new millennium.

While researching organic nutrients, Kushman found that most organic compounds used in cultivation are comprised of animal bi-products. In nature, a plant might seldom be exposed to the remains of an animal, whereas in organic cultivation, they are being exposed to animal products on a regular basis, far exceeding what they would have been exposed to in nature.

THE IMPLICATIONS FOR CANNABIS

Animal residues breakdown slowly in cannabis. After the plant metabolises the nutrients, animal residues remain. This affects your overall quality and is particularly noticeable in the taste of the finished product. Kushman is confident that cannabis grown using a veganic nutrient system is the cleanest cannabis you will find. Increased potency is an additional benefit of going veganic according to Kushman. By ensuring maximum nutrient bio-availability through the application of beneficial microbes, you ensure maximum potency. The only bi-product of plant-based nutrient metabolism is a complex carbohydrate which is then consumed by microbes in the soil, continuing the cycle.

Veganic cultivation relies on soil full of various bacteria and fungi that take part in a process resulting in 100% nutrient bio-availability. Soil nutrient bioavailability is a measure of the amount of ingestible nutrient in the soil by the plant’s root system. Synthetic nutrients comprised mostly of salts can have absorption rates as low as 20-25%. Maximising the soil’s bioavailability is the key to veganic cultivation.

The plant-based nutrients have to be converted. Plants depend on microbes to metabolise nutrients in the soil, turning them into a form that can be readily absorbed. Beneficial bacteria and fungi, like several of the Actinobacteria and Bacillus species, consume and break down decaying plant matter, excreting it into a nutrient form that the plant’s root system can take in. The relationship between the microbes and the plant becomes one of life or death, both depending on each other for survival. By applying the beneficial microbes to your soil as part of a veganic regimen, you help ensure the that your plants are absorbing as much of the available nutrients as possible.

GETTING STARTED WITH VEGANICS: COMPOST TEA

Making a compost tea is an easy way to introduce your veganic nutrient blend to your plant’s root system. A good tea starts with a good compost. You can buy microbes to add to your soil however a compost creates its own micro-environment in which these beneficial bacteria and fungi thrive. A good compost should be made of mainly decaying green waste. Greens will provide the bulk of your primary macronutrients. You can use grass cuttings, old fruits and vegetables, seaweed and just about any green plant. The breakdown and reuse of decaying organic matter is the beginning of the cycle of life. Decaying trees and other plants have fed the next generation since the dawn of time.

As the green waste decays, it becomes home to a community of insects, worms, larva, bacteria, fungi and slew of other organisms which consume the organic material. The nutrient-rich excrement then goes on to become part of the compost fertiliser you will eventually use to feed your garden. The black sludge you find at the bottom of your compost bin is a combination of worm and insect excrement full of nutrients and beneficial bacteria. You’ll want to avoid any animal products when making your compost for all the obvious reasons. There are different recipes for making a compost tea requiring different amounts of time, but fundamentally compost tea is made exactly as it sounds. You soak the compost in water and strain it out through a cheesecloth. One hefty shovel of compost will net you around five gallons of tea. The addition of these beneficial microbes to your garden will help your plants move toward 100% soil bioavailability.

The move toward veganic cultivation is the next logical step for organic cannabis growers. Veganic cultivation aims for 100% nutrient absorption by converting decaying plant waste into a thriving environment for beneficial bacteria and fungi. The bacteria and fungi, in turn, support a healthy ecosystem in which the plant can absorb all available nutrients. The nutrient rich environment void of animal fertilisers results in no residues being left behind and a cleaner, tastier smoke. If you are looking to push your yields and grow the best quality cannabis out there, going veganic will help you get there.

Cannabis plant seed
These trichomes can be found in much larger numbers than the bulbous trichomes. It appears as if these trichomes don’t really have a stalk, like if they would sit directly on the plant. The gland often consists of 8-16 cells, giving this trichome a total diameter of about 25-100 microns.

Cannabis Concentrates and Extracts: A Quick Introduction

Cannabis is a plant full of highly valuable terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavourful resin. This blog describes different ways of extracting the desired compounds.

Cannabis extracts and concentrates provide highly efficient ways to get stoned, or medicated, if you prefer to put it this way. There is proof that mankind used cannabis extracts since the 18th century but humans used cannabis as a medicine way earlier in earth’s history.

It’s a fact that cannabis tinctures were often used by the royal upper class. Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland for example, used cannabis extracts to treat various medical conditions, and, to rule the empire in a laid-back and relaxed way, of course. Her majesty would have been one of Royal Queen Seeds’ best customers if we would have launched our genetics and CBD-Oil a few hundred years earlier. Anyway, we thought, better late than never.

One can observe the upcoming of various new types of concentrates, since the legal marijuana movement in the US allowed an industry to flourish, and yes, to literally grow. This blog is meant to give interested cannabis enthusiasts a quick introduction to different kinds of cannabis concentrates.

WHAT ARE CANNABIS CONCENTRATES IN GENERAL?

It may sounds like a silly question but why not define what we’re talking about before diving into the details. The technical process of extracting active ingredients, like THC or CBD for example, from the cannabis plant, is often more or less the same with different types of concentrates. Most of the time, temperatures play a superior role, meaning that the plant matter is often exposed to low or high temperatures, in order to collect as much trichome heads or -glands as possible.

There is a big variety of concentrates because all kinds of carrier materials, and different kinds of extraction methods are being used. The chosen carrier material, along with the specific method, gives the cannabis extract a certain texture, flavour, potency, and appearance.

BRIEF DIGRESSION: TRICHOMES

It makes sense to talk about trichomes in the context of extract production. It’s a wise decision to buy a good magnifying glass online, to observe the building and development of trichomes on your buds. The small ones that jewelers use to examine the quality of diamonds seem to work fine.

Back to trichomes, there are basically three different kinds:

1. Bulbous trichomes

They are the tiniest among trichomes, only 25-30 microns tall. The stalk and the head are both formed by only 1-4 cells. When plants are getting closer to reach their point of full maturity, they usually form a tiny little bubble with some resin in it.

2. Capitate-sessile trichomes

These trichomes can be found in much larger numbers than the bulbous trichomes. It appears as if these trichomes don’t really have a stalk, like if they would sit directly on the plant. The gland often consists of 8-16 cells, giving this trichome a total diameter of about 25-100 microns.

3. Capitate-stalked trichomes

These trichomes are also known as glandular trichomes, and are perfect for any kind of extract or concentrate production. They are the largest in size, with 150-500 microns, and are responsible for producing the majority of cannabinoids. Extract production usually works from the phenomenon that heads of capitates-stalked trichomes, can be easily separated from the stalk. The reason for this is a layer of cells, separating the head, and the stalk of a trichome. This layer of cells gets broken down, and trichome heads are collected in some kind of carrier material.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONCENTRATES AND EXTRACTS

1. BHO (Butane Hash Oil)

Butane Hash Oil or BHO is the generic term for things like shatter, wax/budder, crumble, and pull-and-snap, things we ‘re going to talk about later. What sounds delicious and potent usually is delicious and potent! So called “dabbers” commonly use BHO’s to get the desired effect, without having to smoke vast amounts of bud. The organic compound butane (C4H10) is being used to extract terpenes, CBD, and THC, from the plant matter. Butane is highly flammable what makes a certain expertise necessary to produce BHO’s. Obstacles are there to be overcome though. THC levels of more than 80% should be motivation enough.

2. Ice-Water Hash (Bubble Hash)

This is the most common way for hobby growers to produce delicious, high-quality hash. You can buy many different kinds of kits online, all working by the principle of exposing buds and trim to very cold water, with ice cubes or crushed ice in it. The very low temperatures help to strip the trichomes from the plant matter. By filtering the cannabinoid-infused liquid through bags that have different sized mesh material at the bottom, one can produce home-made hash. Ice-water hash is also something that can be a good alternative to cannabutter, when large amounts of trimmings need to be processed after harvest.

3. Fresh-frozen Hash (Live Resin)

Fresh-frozen Hash or live resin is an upcoming phenomenon among hash makers. It can be another option with a few advantages in comparison to the classic ice-water method. It’s so successful because it can produce similar amounts of hash from the same amount of plant matter but in a much better quality. The flavours are closer to the original aromas of the plant because one uses freshly harvested plants, in the case of live resin for instance. By only cooling the flowers to about 4 °C, and not freezing them, ice crystals won’t build inside the plants cells. With no ice crystals that can bust open cell walls, which leads to a release of great amounts of chlorophyll in our final product, we can observe a much purer quality, and better taste. Here is a link to a blog that provides more information on live resin.

4. Kief (a.k.a dry sift)

The extraction method to produce kief is rather simple and works mechanically, without any kind of carrier material or solvent. It’s the stuff most grinders have an individual compartment for, at the bottom. By running dry plant material through screens with different sizes, trichomes are forced mechanically to fall off the buds or trimmings. Having some natural “angel dust” in your stash box, to spice up a spliff from time to time, is definitely nice.

5. Wax (or Budder)

Wax is a wonderful thing to smoke. The name derives from the fact that those extracts have a waxy and soft consistency. Butane is getting pushed through the plant matter with the result of extracting large parts of essential oils and active ingredients. After evaporating the remaining butane, one gets this highly potent wax, with THC levels of sometimes over 90%. Potheads and patients who experienced problems with a high tolerance to THC because of frequent consumption, only need to smoke tiny amounts of wax, to reach the desired effect.

6. Shatter

This type of Butane Hash Oil uses the exact same extraction method that is being used to produce wax or budder. The big difference is the glass-like consistency in the stable form of the final product. It can be broken into tiny pieces, just like shattered glass. Shatter is made by applying higher temperatures at the end of the BHO process, resulting in more moisture being released from the wax, leaving highly potent shatter behind.

7. CO2 Oil (often CBD Oil)

Using CO2 to extract the desired compounds of cannabis from the plant is also very common. CO2, together with a good amount of pressure, forces compounds like THC, CBD, and terpenes, out of the plants cells. Royal Queen Seeds is offering a premium 4% CBD Oil that is made by experts, constantly quality-checked and monitored, just to ensure to maintain the highest quality available on the European market today. This can be a good option when you came to the conclusion to try some CBD Oil, before investing large sums in technical equipment to make your own. Queen Victoria would have done the same!