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Weed Geek’s – Ploom Pax Review

November 4th, 2013 | By

If you’re looking for a small, effective vaporizer for on the go, this is the one. If you are looking for something to use constantly indoors, I would say this is not the one.

It is, however, brilliant at doing what it is supposed to – be a portable vaporizer. For a start, it just looks amazing and wouldn’t look out of place on a Star Wars set. See for yourself. It’s the kind of object that gives an impression that it may do something magical, but only in the most subtle of ways. And it does.

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Switching it on is very simple indeed and can be done with one hand. It has a decent sized bowl area that can be quite well packed down without any adverse effects. Loading this is straightforward, and a little pressure on the lid releases the cover – a nice feature which means anyone examining it is unlikely to stumble into your weed.

It’s quite nifty. The stealth aspect is off the scale and I have safely used this device in all number of places from supermarkets to restaurants even driving. Just walking down the street, the Pax makes it easy to just have a little toke and carry on as if nothing had happened.

I have been in the unfortunate situation of having to hide weed use from some family members so this vape has been invaluable for being able to have a toke in the house of anti-toking people. You can just nip to the bathroom and have a quick one, and the smell is gone in seconds, so to speak.

The size of it means it just slips into your pocket more easily than a mobile phone. It has three temperature settings that are very slightly fiddly to change, but as you generally only do this once, I don’t see a huge issue with this. If you put it down on a surface, it knows and goes into low power mode so you don’t blast your battery which is a fantastic feature.

It does mean that when it’s heating it kind of needs to be in your hand, or moving slightly, so that it doesn’t go into low power mode but you soon get used to this. It will create a smell when it is heating, however, that cannot easily be shielded. If for example you were at the cinema and switched it on, the people surrounding you would have an impression that you are cooking some kind of cabbage dish in your pocket – so you still need to be careful about your very immediate environment.

I have found that different strains come out of the Pax differently. Most of the time, this has been a good effect – or a positive thing. However on a recent trip, I was lucky enough to come across some proper Thai weed (the real deal), so I tried it in the Pax.

I have to say the effect compared to smoking was negligible. It was really slight. Smoking the Thai weed was great fun and bordering on hallucinogenic. Music immediately sounded amazing, objects were lost and a good time was had by all.

On the vape, it really was like “Oh, I feel like perhaps I have smoked something, feel a bit calmer but not much more.” Perhaps it was old Thai weed, anyway. I have not noticed this difference with any other weed and I have tried dozens of types through the Pax. So, it is a very minor criticism.

And yes, you can use it to vape hash, but again, the effect is very different. Not anywhere near as intense with the squidgy black I found. And you need to take care that the hash doesn’t run down into your machine – some types of hash will and you need to use a layer of weed in the bottom first.

The charger is very sexy indeed and the unit seems to go from no charge to full in a few hours time even after many uses. Can you tell I like it? It just makes life so much easier. If you are rushing out somewhere, it’s easy to load it up and chuck it in the car. Or take it with you going for a walk in the country. It opens up a whole new world of vaporization possibilities.

Giving it a shake when it is switched on will make it blink its battery level at you! As I mentioned, different weeds have different effects and some definitely produce larger amounts of vapour than others.

On the top setting, it is completely respectable and is comparable to the Arizer Solo. The Solo perhaps has a slight edge on the quality of hit. However, it falls down much more with its super breakable stem. I broke about ten in the first month of use. Whoever makes those stems must be making some serious money – it seems like the whole thing is designed to get hot and then be dropped onto a tiled floor ending your portable vaping fun. So I go Pax over Solo every time now. It doesn’t beat my reliable Extreme Q however. Nothing has beaten that yet.

The only down side is that it must be kept reasonably clean to run properly – something that is true of a lot of good tools. You end up needing a long pokey thing to open it up, but it all works OK.

I just chuck the mouthpiece in the dishwasher every now and again and clean the main shaft with pipe cleaners – some of which you do get with you Pax. I also put a little olive oil inside and around the mouthpiece to ensure that it doesn’t stick. My mouthpiece had begun to stick a little (resulting in the thing not heating properly) and the olive oil completely sorted that issue out – in case you have similar problems.

I have taken this thing on international flights also with no problem whatsoever. Obviously, I clean it well, so it looks almost as good as new, and then I put it in its original box just so the authorities can see it isn’t actually some kind of space age communication device.

How to Use the Butane Honey Oil (BHO) Extraction Technique

October 26th, 2013 | By

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It’s probably the most concentrated, strongest and most dangerous method of THC extraction – no fancy lab equipment, trade secrets or lengthy trials needed!

Making BHO really is simple and an extremely satisfying way of making weed concentrate, but it’s only for the serious or hobby grower. It can take a lot of dealer weed to make it worthwhile, but you can use trim, leftovers from seed weed or your grow mistakes (snapped, overfed, harvested too early, cured too long, not cured long enough) It’s all good! The best bud does get the best results, though.

THE DANGERS:

Ok, it’s dangerous! You don’t have to be an idiot to blow yourself up doing this. Even the cleverest stoner will sit back and burn one with explosive fumes nearby or overlook something simple. So be careful!

Obviously, it’s butane gas you are using, so smoking a joint while extracting is a no no. This shit doesn’t need a naked flame. Any spark from any source can and will ignite this shit! Even the slight internal spark from a light switch or electric appliance or even metal on metal can do it, so be careful.

I do it outdoors, away from all sources of ignition and so the fumes from the butane don’t get a chance to build up. This shit can also get you high and not in the good way. Some people do it in a garden shed, outhouse or well-ventilated room indoors somewhere, but it’s just not a good idea. It’s great stuff and I’d rather melt my face from inhaling the concentrated product and not the fireball.

There is a massive debate on the purity, safety and toxicity of using butane gas and other solvents to make oil concentrates. Please read up on them before deciding to use this guide. It’s your call!

WHATS NEEDED?

BUTANE:

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Couldn’t be simpler. Use as many cans of butane as you need. Depending on the amount of weed, this could be as little as 1. You can do multiple runs of the same material to get it all or cook with the leftovers (citation needed). I personally use 2 X 300mI cans on ½ ounce or 14 grams of pure dried bud. You could use more cans on lesser weed, but the quality will drop. There are a mass of butane brands available. Some will say “near” zero impurities, but I doubt any are actually 100% pure!

Simple test: Spray some butane on a glass surface, window or mirror. If the white residue stays behind, don’t use it! (or only at your own risk)

EXTRACTOR:

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You can buy purpose-made, plastic handheld or freestanding lab quality equipment  (like the Honeybee or Wax-Tek scientific glass extractor) that will stop any potential carcinogen causing deterioration from PVC, etc., but I like the Honey Bee. It’s cheap and good quality. Or you can make your own. I’ll not go into that as store bought are the same, and if you’re handy enough to make your own, you don’t need me telling you how to build a simple device!

GLASS DISH:

A square, good quality, high-sided , glass Pyrex dish (immaculately clean) is a must. If it’s not square or clean, you will have trouble harvesting or you could contaminate your honey oil.

WATERBASIN:

Again, anything will do here as long as you can fit your collection vessel inside it comfortably and it can hold hot water. Don’t use anything metal that could potentially cause a spark.

OIL SCRAPER:

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The perfect tool here is a single sided razor blade – the kind you get from craft or hobby stores. You will also need a flat tool, like another blade to clean off the residue from the scraper blade.

CONTAINER:

Again, anything you want to use here is fine. It must be non-porous and clean like a petri dish; a lid is also a must!

FILTER:

A standard coffee filter cut to shape will do for the honeybee or homemade plastic versions, you can double up to ensure better quality BHO. The glass visions require a tightly sealed filter material secured with appropriate clamps.

SAFETY:

Gloves are a must; you’re playing with highly flammable, extremely cold materials. Safety glasses and clothing is advisable – plus you get to look like a scientist, in all seriousness please be safe!

OPTIONAL:

Vacuum device. To get the best quality from your end product, you will want to purge the honey oil, I never have but definitely would if I had one easily available

 

That’s pretty much it. Quality lab equipment or homemade device, let’s get started.

1. Pack your material in the device, not too loose, not too tight. You are essentially knocking off the trichomes and liquefying them to oil, but you need the oil to pass all the way through the weed so it will take a bit more than you might imagine. Pack too tight – it won’t pass easily. Pack too loosely – it will pass too quickly! 

2. Attach the filter depending on the device – secure the filter (coffee filter for Honey Bee with custom-made space) 
 
3. Outdoors is best! (see dangers) Using gloves, hold your device with filter end facing collection vessel. Place butane can nib in the designed hole and add pressure (just like filling a lighter).
 
4. After a few seconds, the butane will make its way through the tube (collecting the oil as it passes through the weed) and start to slowly drip through the filter into your glass dish. You will see the butane gather in the dish as a liquid and the oil will have an amber tint. Continue passing the butane through the device until it runs clear. Place used weed to one side and repeat as necessary.  
 
5. When you’re out of butane or sure you’ve used enough, place the dish containing the amber butane in a warm basin of water. The hotter the water the quicker the butane will evaporate. Gently swishing the bowl will increase the evaporation speed. 
 
6. At this point, you have two choices.
Keep replacing the warm water and popping the bubbles in the oil with a toothpick. This will ensure a glass-like finish to the oil.
 
Whip the oil while it’s still soft for a more cloudy, gloopy oil. Reheating the oil will soften it for easier whipping. 
 
7. When all the butane is gone, gently warm the oil in the warm water basin again to soften it and start to gather your harvest with the scraper blade. 
 
8. You’re almost done! Gather your high quality concentrate for storage or smoking – or get ready to purge it. 
 
9. If you have any dry sift, you can add it now and make an oily, jelly-like hash by simply mixing it with the oil. The more you add, the firmer it gets – like soft black! 
 
10. Smoke that shit! You don’t need me to tell you how, but either use a dabber or simply wipe some on cigarette papers & mix with weed. You can also add to a bong, pipe or whatever and enjoy! 

 

Depending on the quality of your raw material, the amount of butane you have used or if you have used the same weed in multiple runs to extract every last drop, you may have enough material left to cook with. I personally always throw it away as I don’t purge my material and it may have toxins or chemicals from the butane left in it.

if you were to use it for cooking, I would heat, decarboxylate or purge it well before hand. If you have enough weed to do a BHO run or don’t worry about the cost, then bake with fresh goods!

Different strains will have different results, but using BHO is the strongest, longest lasting high I have ever experienced with cannabis and the quickest, simplest, purest method i have found to date. I recommend making hashes with the end result. It’s easy, less messy to use and you can customise the quality and workability of the final product.

Thanks for Reading

Steve

BHOO

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DISCLAIMER

Weedgeek is not responsible for your actions. This blog is just a guide some stoner thought he’d write to share his joys of BHO. All information is for educational purposes only. Weedgeek.co.uk does not encourage, endorse, condone or promote any illegal activity including, but not restricted to, cultivation or use of cannabis and cannabis-related products.

Butane gas is highly flammable and freezing cold; please ensure you have taken all and every safety measure to ensure you don’t blow up or snap your hand off.

 

Big Buddha Blue Cheese Outdoor Smoke Report

October 25th, 2013 | By

Once again this year, I am lucky enough to have some outdoor grown Big Buddha Blue Cheese, a king of weeds without doubt. And once again, it is lovely.

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Blue Cheese is potent, stinky, cheesy stuff that really gets you to another level, whilst not rendering you incapable. This weed was grown locally and is a fine example of a Cheese. And the more you smoke, the more stoned you get.  I cannot recommend this highly enough.

The crop from last year was the best weed I had ever smoked in my life. This year, it is excellent but not quite up to the same standard as last year which really was verging on being majorly hallucinogenic. This is not a complaint, merely an observation.

After pushing it for a while with this weed, there is some visual enhancement and a bit of sweat under the eyes I find. Go and grow some of this stuff outdoors – you will not be disappointed.

Andy

Autoblueberry Grow and Smoke Report

October 22nd, 2013 | By

I find it hard to put my finger exactly on how the Autoblueberry makes me feel.  It’s definitely not your standard stone feeling. You do not feel sleepy. You feel positive, and pretty level headed actually, cheerful. I cannot imagine anyone using this plant and then being sad.

It certainly does not stop you going about your business in any way. I find that it’s good for creativity and thinking through problems. You can see how it would be useful in a medical context as it leaves people in a positive upbeat state. It gets me out into the garden and makes boring gardening quite enjoyable.

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And then there is the smell. Autoblueberry retains the original sweet berry aroma of blueberry – I’m sure this comes out beautifully in the cure.  I’ve never managed to get my AB to cure – which is a bit of a sin I know. It’s just so nice.

Autoblueberry is about the only thing that can keep me from being very upset about finding that some of my auto blueberry plants have been attacked by caterpillars (from moths I think) this year.  No photos I’m afraid.  Thank God there is one big healthy plant left.  Not an easy thing to come to terms to when they have been looking so well over the last few weeks.

It’s easy to grow. I use decent store bought potting soil with a small amount of feed already in and just add water. Always comes out nice this way. Never had any complaints. And it always seems so damned fast. I would like to plant 100 of these plants.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Sadhu Sam’s Hash Extraction Technique

October 21st, 2013 | By

This is an excellent way of making hash from your weed – and works even with weed that has mold or other problems.

Materials needed: strainer, a jar, water, spoon, coffee filters, dried ground bud.

The cannabis is initially ground up using a standard grinder to get the plant matter into the smallest pieces possible. It is all then put into a jar, water is added.

The material left floating is skimmed off, and can be extracted again if you want. The resin in the bottom of the jar gets rinsed several times in cool water, shaken and then left to settle.

Floating material is removed once again before the final material at the bottom of the jar is poured into a coffee filter so that it can drain properly and then be left to dry (ideally) overnight somewhere warm. Once dry, the hash can be pressed in the hand until it doesn’t squeak! If it squeaks, it’s still wet.

This method can be used to extract hash from plants that have suffered from mold or from insect infestations.

All water must be properly removed from the mixture, otherwise it is likely to spoil and lose some of its taste and aroma. This technique will not remove sand from your weed.

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Here are the step by step instructions:

– Put your plant material into a jar. Do not fill more than 1/4 full

– Fill jar with cold water and screw the lid on

– Shake well for at least 30 seconds

– Leave to settle for at least 15 minutes

– Take off lid and remove any material that is now floating

– Now put this material into another jar repeating this process if you wish

– Once 1st Jar has settled, gently pour off all but one inch of the remaining water and refill the jar with cold water

– Allow to settle for 10 minutes

– Pour off all water apart from last inch again

– Gently swirl remaining water and resin into coffee filter, adding a little water to get any remaining granules

– Once drained of water allow, to cool overnight in a warm place

– Unwrap and squeeze with your palm, pressing smearing and rubbing the hash using great pressure. Fold and repeat.