Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cannabutter recipe- Updated and improved!

Here is the updated cannabutter recipe.
In previous posts I discussed different methods of making cannabutter, but I have found this is easier and you will know the butter's potency. Also- no smell!

Here goes!

Equipment:
                                      - a 1 quart saucepan
- a whisk or handheld blender
- a spoon
- a chef's knife
- a 32 oz round container with a lid


You will also need a digital scale and oral syringes, if you are measuring out the cannabis oil from a container versus using premeasured syringes of cannabis oil.




Ingredients:
2 pounds of unsalted butter
    28g of cannabis oil(RSO)


First off, clarify your butter.

Chop up the butter into 2oz or 1/4c pieces.
Place the butter in the saucepan and put this on the stove at either warm or low.

The main goal here is just to slowly melt the butter without any bubbling. Bubbling causes the milk solids to come up from the bottom and to mix back in.

If using a gas stove, simply place on a burner that has the pilot flame on.

This will take around 30 minutes, sometimes a little longer.


When it is done, the milk solids will be visible on the bottom of the saucepan and the milk fats will be a thin foam/skin on the top of the butter.

Skim off the milk fats off the top of the butter and discard them.

To take the butter off the butter solids, there are a few ways you can do this:
-slowly pour the butter into the plastic container until you have to use the spoon to collect the last of the butter

or

- use a ladle, large spoon or a large syringe like a meat injector without the tip- to collect the butter and place it into the plastic container



Once the butter is collected, while it is still warm- add all of the cannabis oil.

Incorporate it thoroughly using either a whisk or a hand held blender.
This is why I use a round 32 oz container-I need the room to mix it in without making a mess!

There may be up to 2 oz of butter lost after it has been clarified. However, clarified butter has a longer shelf life than unclarified butter and it has a higher smoke point.



Note: Cannabis oil percentages.
I use cannabis oil that is at least 50% THC, which means that per gram there is 500mg or more of THC.







Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lollipops- Updated and Improved!

Here is the updated lollipop recipe.

I used powdered jello as the flavoring and coloring in the older lollipop recipe shown on this blog.
However, I was not always happy with the finished candy, sometimes there were issues like these:
- a sandy/rough texture to the finished candy- this may be due to the longer stirring time to incorporate the jello and the fact that it is a powder.
- sometimes the candy would have cooled down so much after stirring, that I would be left with unusable candy - it had already set up in the candy funnel!


Done with the story- on to the recipe.

The equipment:
1. lollipop sticks




2. lollipop molds-these give the candy a place to set up on the sticks



              



3. candy funnel                                                                          
                                       4.candy  thermometer




5. a small, heavy bottomed saucepan or nonstick saucepan
                        
                            6. rubber spatula

7. measuring spoons-teaspoon and 1/2 teaspoon

8. non-stick cooking spray for the candy molds and candy funnel


The Ingredients:

3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/4 c. unsalted butter- this is where you make the substitution:
you can use all cannabutter
a cannabutter/unsalted butter mix or
you can add cannabis oil directly and use all regular unsalted butter
1 1/2 t. flavor extract



              1/2 t. food coloring 
                                  
Set up your equipment, spray your candy molds and candy funnel with the non stick spray, set up the lollipop sticks.
Have all of the ingredients measured out and ready to go, this goes fast.

Saucepan on the stove on low heat. Add butter.
When it melts add the corn syrup, let it liquefy, then add the sugar.
If you are adding cannabis oil directly- do this before adding the sugar.
Stir.
When sugar dissolves, turn the heat up to medium high. May stir occasionally until it reaches a boil. Bring it to a boil, do not stir after this.
Continue cooking until the temperature registers 275 degrees F.
Immediately remove from heat. Allow to rest until bubbles stop forming.
Then- immediately add the flavor extract and the food coloring, stir to incorporate quickly.
Using rubber spatula, carefully pour candy into the candy funnel.
It is time to pour the candy onto the lollipop sticks in the molds.

It's crunch time! You've got to move fast- because by the time you are done pouring all of them, the candy will almost be completely set up.

After the first few times you will be able judge how the candy spreads out and make adjustments when you pour to create a better looking lollipop.

I store the lollipops separately in their own plastic bags. These will last about 3 months or they can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. They need to be kept in airtight bags and out of direct sunlight.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Frank's Gift

After getting my Frank's Gift girls, I did a little research on the Frank's Gift strain.

There is a story behind it- a man who was trying to find a way to help his brother, Frank.
If you are interested in hearing some of this story, please go to:
http://strains.io/info/Oregon_Microgrowers_Guild/Franks_Gift/

This page also talks about CBD Skunk Haze and Frank's Gift S1.
CBD Skunk Haze and Cannatonic are said to be it's ancestors.

This strain is said to have a small percentage of THC- up to 9%.
And a high percentage of CBD - it can have up to 24%. 

Here are my Frank's Gift girls.
Thank you, Doug.

Lucy's Lion

Since getting a Lucy's Lion, I have started researching into her genetics.
I will try to find more time to research into this, but this is what I've found so far.

All I have seen so far indicates that it is AC/DC or at least connected to it.
AC/DC has a connection to Cannatonic, with some speculation that it is a high CBD phenotype of Cannatonic.
There is a range of between 10-22:1 CBD vs. THC ratio.
This may not apply to every Lucy's Lion, AC/DC or Cannatonic. There are different phenotypes and some may not have high CBD.
This also doesn't account for the other cannabinoids that may have an effect.
Someday further research may let us know more about the other 80+ cannabinoids that have been identified so far.


This is my Lucy's Lion.

And here is where I got her.
www.portclonia.com

They have a page about Lucy's Lion, please check it out.
Please read Lucy's story.

Thank you again, Paul.



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thank you!

This week I have reached out and I have met and talked with great people.
I want to thank them for giving me some of their time, we are all so busy and it is difficult to find a few minutes to listen and talk to someone who is barely an acquaintance, much less a complete stranger.

Amador- thank you for talking with me, hopefully we will talk again. I hope to learn about some of those wonderful strains you have.

Kipp- thank you for talking with me, I wish I could have been able to trade with you. I really appreciate the time and effort. I hope I talk with you again, I think you have a lot of useful knowledge and information. Kipp produces salves, tinctures, Co2 oil, infused cacao butter/coconut oil- they are very nice and the packaging is wonderful.
Please everyone check out his etsy page, you can find these wonderful CBD products here: www.etsy.com/shop/Botana


Paul- thank you for taking the time to meet with me. Thank you for this beautiful girl. Lucy's Lion.
Lucy's Lion
Everyone- Please check out Paul's website.     www.Portclonia.com          Thanks!
He's got a lot of great strains.


THC Soils- I talked with a great guy from THC Soils at the THC fair I went to this last weekend in Salem. He was very helpful to me and gave me some contact information for people who have CBD strains. They also have some great products including trimming machines- one more item on my wishlist!  Please check out their website:  www.THCSOILS.com


Kelly- Thanks for talking with me and offering to help. I know you have some great products and you gave me some of your time while you were working, I appreciate that. I hope we talk again soon.
Kelly's store is:  Healthy Harvest South, in Keizer, Oregon and they have a second location in Hillsboro, Oregon.  Please check out their website:  www.healthyharvestsouth.com  


Joseph Pietri- I met you at the first THC fair I went to in Salem about 4 months ago. You were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I talked with you again this last weekend at the THC fair(Again) in Salem. You asked me to show you pictures of the beautiful Durbin Poison girls I have. The seeds I got from you produced this beautiful girl-
Durbin Poison

And soon I will be able to show you pictures of the Lemon Kush I have from the other seeds I got from you. Thank you also for the great information and tips you gave me.
Joseph is a great resource for knowledge and information, he also has several books published.


The Herbal Gerbil- I talked with Mr. and Mrs. Prince at the THC fair this last weekend. You guys gave me a lot of your time and went out of your way to help me and give me needed information. You are awesome folks.
If you want some quality products without medication, please check them out!  Their website is:  www.TheHerbalGerbil.com


Tim- I am glad we were able to talk. Thank you, I will be talking to you again. I am glad I saw your craigslist posting. I hope that we can help each other and many other people.


James- Thank you for talking with me. I hope you see the picture of Lucy's Lion, she is a beautiful girl. I will be talking with you soon.
James is starting a clonery business and his website will be up soon. When it is, I will give you a link to it.


Doug- Thank you! I won't forget how much help you have given me. I was in a real bind (that I did to myself) and you have went out of your way to help me. It is very much appreciated. As is these two beautiful girls- Frank's Gift





Frank's Gift

I will be talking with you soon. Thank you!

I want to thank everyone who takes the time to check out my blog, my facebook and my website. Please feel free to contact me, I will respond. If we can help each other- that would be great!

This is my website:   cannaland.wix.com/cannaland

This is my facebook:   www.facebook.com/cannalandllc

This is my email:   rfloorininc@hotmail.com

Thank you!






Friday, April 15, 2016

The Hemp and Cannabis Fair


The Hemp and Cannabis Fair or THC Fair is this weekend- April 16&17 at the Jackman Long building on the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

I went to it the last time it was here and I liked it.
Lots of different booths from growing products-fertilizers, lights, even greenhouses to product vendors of plants and seeds, concentrates, medibles and topicals.
Also, there are business services, a grower's guild, a testing lab and hemp companies.
And Samples.


Here's a link to their website, check it out.
http://www.thcfair.com

Maybe I'll see you there.

More new stuff- T shirts

Yesterday, I talked about Cannaland, my new company and gave you a pix of my business card.

So, besides getting the business up and running, setting goals and creating product- well, we've been keeping busy.

Got a logo, business card and T-shirts designed.

Cannaland T shirt

The shirt- besides the black background, I have it in white- which has the design on the back of the shirt in royal blue and then a golden yellow and last but definitely not least- Awesome green!- I REALLY love the green background