Making cannabis edibles was something I had wanted to do for a long time. Basically to do anything with cannabis interests me as it provides another side to explore the plant. Edibles seemed out of reach for me normally since buying the quantity needed would never make edibles worth it. Luckily, with the proliferation of Hemp AND the wondrous Franklin, making THC edibles was finally within my grasp.
Having a pound of hemp is certainly an interesting experience. Biggest concern is what to do with all of it. Not wanting it to go to waste, I started searching for ways to store it and prolong it’s usefulness. I decided to order a Magical Butter machine as an all-in-one solution for making awesome Franklin based edibles.
It is hard to get more convenient than an all-in-one machine that also includes basic recipes and an online community. Getting started I broke apart 2 ounces of Frank and placed it inside a mason jar for decarbing in the oven. I did it at 250F for 30 minutes, burping the jar and shaking every 10 minutes.
Once the 30 minutes was up, I took the Frank out and placed it inside the Magical Butter machine with 2 cups of MCT oil and 1 Tbps of Sunflower Lecithin. I then put the lid on, plugged it in, set the MB to 160F and hit the one hour button.
That’s it! The machine goes and does its thing for an hour and while I waited I was sure to get a good sesh in with me D8 vape.
After the hour elapsed I removed the head of the unit and poured the oil through the straining bag that came with the MB. The result was about 2 cups of infused oil that had a nice dark green appearance.
Cleaning the MB is a breeze, the entire inside is stainless steel so it is easy to just rinse off and wipe dry. I then poured the oil into a dark container for longer storage.
In Part two, I’ll go over how I made up some delicious infused chocolates!
The hemp industry is a vibrant and varied one. While there are some large farms that produce many of the smokable hemp varieties in circulation, smaller farms are also producing hemp that has some unique characteristics. Franklin hemp by Veteran Grown is one of these hemp strains.
Franklin hemp was created purely by accident and will forever go down in hemp lore. With a combination of factors, including abnormal weather, Veteran Grown was able to produce one of the most unique and controversial hemp strains in recent memories. What makes Franklin so special is the high THCa %, legal Delta-9 THC limit, and also a low CBD %; all these combined make Franklin an almost 1:1 strain of THC to CBD.
THCa is the precursor acid to delta-9 THC. THCa will convert to delta-9 when exposed to heat. With this in mind, smoking Franklin will produce some psychoactive effects given the 6% THC content. Now, the original 2018 Farm Bill only had provisions that limited the delta-9 THC content in flower to 0.3%. The oversight on the Fed’s part is that delta-9 THC is not very present on flower and its mostly THCa. They fixed this by issue by implementing a new “Total THC” rule which was defined as D9-THC content plus .87 of the THCa content and that rule goes into effect in November which will make Franklin illegal.
But for now we can legally purchase and enjoy Franklin. Franklin is not the prettiest hemp flower, it is not the best tasting hemp flower, but Franklin does exactly what it is supposed to do. It reminds me of the low-grade cannabis I was able to purchase in high school and even college. It does the job and with all the benefits of ordering off the internet and getting it shipped to my house; my what a time to be alive!
Franklin is the type of hemp that’s good for rolling a couple joints and going on a hike in the woods. You don’t go to outer space but get into a good mood to enjoy the hike. I also find myself using Franklin while relaxing around a fire or just winding down for the day. It pretty much is a good anytime strain to chill or, when consuming in higher quantities, is good for recreational reasons.
Having enjoyed retail Δ⁸ vape carts for the past couple months, I noticed that the options were lacking in terms of variety. All the manufacturers are using a high purity Δ⁸ distillate and mixing in botanical terpenes. Some are starting to use hemp derived terpenes, but those are currently only a few. While Δ⁸ by itself is a decent experience, I found that mixing it with other cannabinoids(like smokeable hemp) really brought out the effects to be more well rounded and enveloping thanks to the entourage effect. With the variety of options available in terms of Δ⁸ and hemp distillate, I decided to start making my own.
To start, I picked up some Δ⁸ distillate from Greene Rush Hemp. Their supplier has been putting out higher and higher purity products and also tested the distillate against a full panel for purity, pesticides, metals, and residual solvents.
Having tried botanical terpenes and experienced the harshness, I was focused on finding hemp or cannabis derived ones as others have reported them to be much smoother and encourage the entourage effect. I purchased a few hemp distillates, but for this first cart I used some purchased from Apical Greens and having Sour Diesel terpenes, which they report to be cannabis derived.
Mixing the cart was pretty easy, but I did prepare with several supplies. To start, I warmed all the distillates and CCell vape cart in my oven at 190F for 15 minutes. I had a beaker sitting on a hotplate and glass stir rod ready for when everything was at temperature. Taking everything out of the oven, I put roughly .25mL of the hemp distillate and .75mL of the Δ⁸ into the beaker and gave it a quick stir for a 3:1 Δ⁸ to hemp ratio. After that I sucked it back up into a syringe and dispensed it into the CCell.
I waited a day to vape the cart to let the air work its way out of the ceramic of the cart(atleast, that is what I read should be done). First thing I noticed was that the vape was incredibly smooth, way smoother than the retail carts using botanical terpenes. It still took roughly 20 minutes to feel the effects of the Δ⁸ and the experience was what I was hoping for.
A full mix of cannabinoids provided a significant entourage experience where I found myself not wanting to smoke any of the hemp I had to enhance the feeling. It provided significant relaxation compared to the normal Δ⁸ I have grown accustomed to. I think this is my new favorite mix of cannabinoids and I look forward to further experiments with ratios.