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2017’s Hottest Cannabis Technology Innovations

There simply isn’t a better way to get your finger on the pulse of what’s hot in innovation than to get out and go see what’s going on at the trade shows. With cannabis trade shows, expos, and conferences beginning to circulate in the new year, the latest products and innovations are revealed to consumers and industry professionals alike.

This year, the cannabis industry is fixing to see a massive explosion in technological innovation as legalization continues to spread at a staggering pace. Lighting technology, grow room automation, soil amendments, extraction hardware, and seed to sale software are on the list to see major overhauls in the coming months. Let’s take a look at a few of the most interesting innovations to look forward to this year.

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LED Lighting

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Undoubtedly one of the most rapidly expanding sectors of the cannabis market is in lighting technology, and LEDs are at the forefront of the innovation game. Both consumers and commercial cultivators alike are eying LEDs as they continue to make advancements. The research happening in this field is astounding, and more companies are beginning to invest in LED research and development.

Cost ownership of LEDs is proving to be lower over time, with fixtures beginning to incorporate longer-lasting diodes that produce more light and require less power. Another promising feature with LED technology is the ability to customize light spectrums, throwing the control into the hands of the cultivator. These advancements are leading the way for growers to be able to develop species/strain-specific light spectrums that will maximize phenotypic responses in various cultivars.

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As of now, the price point for LEDs is still considerably higher than alternative lighting solutions such as high-pressure sodium, metal halide, and T5 fluorescent. However, prices are beginning to plateau and even decrease with the influx of new developers as well as the declining price of components.

Isolated Terpenes

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Terpene isolation technology has seen a rapid rise in popularity within the industry. What was one a niche market within the cannabis concentrate sector is now expanding with the introduction of crossover technology from both the essential oil and fragrance industries. Isolation technologies such as short and long path steam distillation systems are seeing their way onto convention floors, with members of peripheral distillation markets beginning to service the interests of cannabis businesses.

Both cannabis-derived and non-cannabis-derived terpene isolates can be used to infuse various products, and companies are beginning to blend terpenes into profiles that resemble strain-specific fragrances. Often high-cannabinoid distillates are reintegrated with pre-formulated strain profiles that resemble the aromatic properties of various strains in their flower form. These blends contain varying measurements of isolated terpenes such as myrcene, b-caryophyllene, and pinene. Together, certain blends of terpenes can react with cannabinoids with the potential to create new synergistic properties.

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This year, expect to see isolated terpenes and blended terpene profiles to reach more markets as companies look to jump onto this exciting new trend in concentrates.

Solventless Extraction Technology

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Perhaps the greatest explosion of tech innovation the industry has seen this year so far has been in the solvent extraction community. Developers are flocking to cannabis expos to show off their new solvent extractors and rosin technology as this new and exciting form of cannabis concentrate reaches the hands of more consumers.

Today, rosin sits right next to solvent-based concentrates on the shelves of almost every dispensary. Contrary to products such as BHO, which can take up to a week to make, solvent extracts such as rosin hash oil can be manufactured in seconds. Commercial-sized presses are beginning to pop up on trade show floors along with intimate personal home presses designed to process small amounts of starting material into hash oil.

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Pneumatic and hydraulic presses are now able to reach pressures exceeding 20 tons, allowing for much lower extraction temperatures that are vital for terpene preservation. New innovations such as flower pre-presses, seamless nylon pressing pouches, and titanium collection tools are among some of the hot new tools being introduced. Pollen collectors, cold water hash processing bags, and dry sifting bins are all seeing improvements, as well, with companies beginning to introduce these products to manufacturers and consumer enthusiasts alike.

Solventless extraction tech has the unique advantage over hydrocarbon extraction tech of being able to reach the consumer market because it’s not dangerous to produce hash in the comfort of one’s own home (contrary to BHO and other expensive hash oil extraction techniques). The industry is beginning to see a transition into DIY craft concentrates akin to the craft home beer brew movement, and it will be interesting to see how solventless tech innovation caters to this paradigm shift.

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All in all, 2017 looks to be an exciting year for innovation as a whole within the cannabis community. If you have the opportunity, try to make it out to a cannabis trade show in your area to see some of the exciting new developments that are in store for the coming year. Without a doubt, this season will surely see an explosion of new tech, new brands, and new products all designed to service the ever expanding cannabis industry.

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Stylish Art and Corkscrew Glass Blunts: The Best Cannabis Products for February 2017

Welcome to Leafly’s cannabis products roundup for the month of February, where we take a look at a few of the many different products that are making a splash in the industry. This month’s offerings include a one-of-a-kind stash jar, gorgeous artwork, vape kits, and more. Take a look and plan your purchase!

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Product Review: Sensi Chews Amoré Medicated Chocolate

I met some folks from Sensi at a Women Grow event in LA and was instantly curious. An aphrodisiac chocolate chew? Would it make me feel aroused, or just less stressed? Would it increase sensation or reduce inhibitions? Here’s the lowdown.

Amoré Medicated Chocolate at a Glance

Manufacturer: Sensi Chew

Product: Amoré – Aphrodisiac Medicated Chocolate Caramel

Ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup, butter, cream, cocoa, vanilla, Tongkat Ali extract, cannabis extract.

Cannabis content: 25mg THC per chew (two chews per package)

Available in: California

Initial Impressions

Pros:

  • I appreciate that the package is resealable. The label doubles as a press-and-seal so if you don’t want to do the full 25 milligrams, you can bite one of the chews in half and save the other half for another time.
  • It tastes really yummy, though I don’t get as much of the caramel taste; the chocolate is more noticeable. There isn’t a strong cannabis taste, either. The consistency is like fudge; it reminds me of a less chewy version of a Tootsie roll.
  • As I felt the effects begin, I could feel a bit of spaceyness behind my eyes. I felt emotionally open and communicative but not unpleasantly chatty. I was able to discern a difference in body sensation after the chew took effect.
  • The high is mellow and balanced. I felt my entire body relax and come online in a pleasant way. I asked my friend to touch my arm and he sort of patted it, and I grinned and said, “no, sexy touching,” and he started dragging his fingertips lightly over my forearm. I felt a difference with the second type of touch. It was intentional and it evoked a stronger reaction in my body, notably enhanced by the Amoré chew.
  • The other active ingredient, aside from cannabis, is Tongkat Ali. This flowering plant from Indonesia has been studied as a natural testosterone booster. I had no way to test my testosterone levels, but I did feel more touch-oriented and magnetized after I enjoyed the Amoré square.
  • I tried the other chew at a different time to test it out for solo play and I found that it helped me relax and enjoy the experience of pleasure rather than getting caught up in how long it was taking me to get to a specific destination. I didn’t feel like it specifically decreased inhibitions (not that I have a ton anyway) but I definitely felt less stressed and more balanced.

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Cons:

  • The packaging feels flimsy and a bit dated. I showed it to my friend Arden and she said, “it looks like something you’d see at a gas station on a shelf next to bottles of Horny Goat Weed.” Perhaps sharper than I would have gone, but she has a point. I also found myself a bit confused – if it works on all bodies (as indicated by the “for him and her” designation on the label) then why does the packaging need to feature a man and woman kissing? I’d love to see more forward-thinking packaging that reflects the quality of the product inside of it.
  • The dosage is potentially too high for new users. I typically suggest that a newbie start with 2.5mg to 5mg total, which would be difficult to manage with this product since it comes in two individual doses of 25mg each.
  • As with any edible product, the onset time and duration will be largely dependent on your metabolism and tolerance. I started to feel the effects after about 50 minutes and noticeable effects lasted for about an hour and a half to two hours. The package suggests that it could last up to six hours, which is entirely possible depending on your specific reaction to the amount of THC you ingest. Dose yourself accordingly.

Our Verdict

I enjoyed this product. I could imagine bringing a two-pack of chews and going on a weekend adventure with a lover, planning to fill at least one of the days with nothing but sensual delights. Have you tried the Amore Sensi Chews? What did you think?


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Deals of the Week for February 13, 2017: Bong Condoms, Humidity Packs, and Dab Rigs

Keep the germs away with bong condoms, your cannabis fresh with humidity packs, and your glass collection up-to-date with a great new dab rig.

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Product Review: The 2-Strain Cannador With Blustream Hygrometer

Welcome to Leafly’s Product Reviews, where we take a closer look at a cannabis gadget, accessory, or consumable, and give it a test spin. Today we’re trying out the 2-Strain Cannador with the Blustream Hygrometer.


2-Strain Cannador at a Glance

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Product type:
Portable e-nail and vape pen

Manufacturer: Cannador (bluetooth hygrometer by Blustream)

Price: $159.00 (bluetooth hygrometer costs an additional $59.00)

Features:

  • Hardwood exterior in cherry or walnut colors
  • A porous mahogany interior with beveled edges that seal in odor
  • A lock and two keys for primary Cannador compartment
  • One utility drawer for accessories

Includes:

  • Humidity Bead System
  • Two keys
  • Two vented jars (each one holds almost one ounce of cannabis)

Initial Impressions

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Cannabis has a shelf life. There is a span of time where your bud will be the freshest, meaning the smoke or vapor will be smoother and more flavorful. Cannabis connoisseurs can preserve their herb a number of different ways, but none reach the level of understated beauty and refinement like the Cannador.

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I recently tried out the 2-jar Walnut Cannador and couldn’t be more pleased. The wood grain is beautiful and the matte finish allows the natural exterior to shine while blending in elegantly on a desk or vanity. A utility drawer and single lock are minimalistic touches that add convenience and temptation to the Cannador.

Cannador, Inside and Out

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While the lock, semi-decorative key, and accessory drawer give the piece a jewelry box feel, it also invites passersby to investigate. Nosy ne’er-do-wells can be a bit of a problem because while the interior design of the Cannador is designed to be odorless and contain any residual smell, rendering both your love of cannabis and the flower itself invisible while hidden in plain sight, the only available paraphernalia drawer doesn’t have a lock. If the drawer on the front also locked when you locked the Cannador’s central compartment, wham, bang, boom, problem solved. Having a locking drawer would also encourage Cannador owners to hide their key well instead of in the conveniently unlocked drawer of their Cannador.

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The interior of the Cannador is that of a classic humidor, featuring mahogany walls to help regulate relative humidity. Its smooth beveled edges seal in odor while displaying the detail and craftsmanship that went into the product’s construction.

The Cannador’s interior configuration comes in several different styles. We received the two jar set-up, which can hold a half ounce of cannabis bud between the two jars or one and a half ounces of ground flower in total.

Pro-tip: I believe flower, like coffee beans, should always be stored unground and away from light. This preserves the natural essence of the plant, making the smell and potency much richer upon consuming it freshly ground or broken apart.

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Prepping Your Cannador and Blustream

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The Cannador is prepared pretty easily. Although the process does take time, the investment goes a long way in preparing your Cannador for the long-term commitment of keeping your cannabis fresh. The Blustream hygrometer and app are more-or-less plug and play. A sensor syncs with the user’s phone and the app displays valuable humidity and temperature information through graphs that can display hourly, daily, or monthly statistics. This is a nice technological touch, especially since 10 separate sensors can be tethered to a single phone, allowing the simultaneous monitoring of multiple Cannadors, humidors, wine cellars, etc.

After it’s seasoned, the Cannador maintains humidity very well. The Humidity Bead System is simple to use and only takes distilled or reverse osmosis water. Combined with the Blustream Bluetooth hygrometer, these features allow consumers to keep tabs on the freshness of their cannabis. The seamless blend of digital and analog technology gives the Cannador another touch of sophistication.

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Note that Bluetooth has a limited range and while the Blustream app is functional and easy to use, the proximity requirements might feel cumbersome to some users. “The Blustream Sensor stores up to 10 days of hourly temperature, humidity, and activity information without connecting to a smart phone or tablet,” Blustream’s website explains. “Upon connection, the information is transferred to the user’s smart device and backed up to the Blustream data server for long-term storage in the user’s account.”

Additional Perks

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This product is for the consumer looking to both flaunt and conceal their love of cannabis; the well-crafted exterior blends in with modern furnishing while also begging to be opened. The Cannador is a functional piece of cannabis-inspired carpentry that does its job well and would be received warmly by cigar/blunt aficionados, refined cannabis consumers, as well as any quality-oriented flowerchild looking to keep their grass under lock-and-key. The Blustream sensor is sold separately and is a nice luxury for the digitally savvy cannabis consumer, but is not required with thorough Cannador seasoning and regular humidity monitoring.

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Cannador, like many ecologically sound cannabis companies, has created a business designed to be sustainable. This is better for the environment, the business, and the consumer long term, as they all get to do the right thing while investing in the growing collection of popular, environmentally-conscious cannabis products. Zoe Wilder, publicist and spokesperson for Cannador, put it like this:

“[Our] lumber is sourced from environmentally sustainable timber growers that adhere to strict cultivation practices. Cannador [also] plants a tree for each unit made to offset the carbon footprint.

As part of our corporate social responsibility, we have pledged to plant one tree for every Cannador purchased. As citizens of the earth, we believe in replenishing what we take and therefore have a responsibility to create a better planet for future generations. Plant-It 2020 is a non-profit in Colorado dedicated to properly planting, maintaining, and protecting as many indigenous trees as possible. We will be working with Plant-It 2020 to help meet their goals in promoting sustainable reforestation.”

For more information about Plant-It 2020, please visit their website: visit their website.

Conserve, preserve, and reserve a special place for your bud.


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Product Review: Weed Wipes Deluxe Cleaning Kit

Welcome to Leafly’s Product Reviews, where we take a closer look at a cannabis gadget, accessory, or consumable, and give it a test spin. Today we’re trying out the Weed Wipes deluxe cleaning kit.


Weed Wipes at a Glance

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Product type:
Cleaning kit for dirty glass

Manufacturer: Weed Wipes

Price: $34.99

Includes:

  • Weed Wipes resin remover (2-oz container)
  • Canna Mags resin scrubbing Kit
  • Double-ended bong brush
  • Pipe brush
  • 2 vape and/or stem brushes

Initial Impressions

The act of cleaning dirty, sticky, and resin-stained glass is a time-consuming and occasionally frustrating act, depending on the size and shape of the glass. It’s a tedious tradition that all cannabis consumers must go through from time to time, which has led to all sorts of cleaning methods and tools (I myself have usually stuck with the classic rubbing alcohol, Epsom salt, and shake techniques).

Thankfully, the folks at Weed Wipes have concocted a natural, plant-based cleaning solution and process that is both easy to follow and very effective. Their deluxe cleaning kit comes with a 2-oz bottle of cleaning solution, a Canna Mags device that’s a nifty way to help clean the tough to reach spots through magnetic cleaning wands, and also four brushes of various sizes for any type of glass you may have. While I found myself primarily using the smaller brushes for a portable e-nail and regular dab rig, I did appreciate that the large bong brush comes double-ended with a smaller and larger brush on each side to handle the different parts of your bong.

Cleaning with Weed Wipes

Cleaning with Weed Wipes
While there are only five easy steps towards cleaning your glass with this product, it’s very important you follow each step in order to get the best results. Straying from the process won’t hurt your glass in any way, but you’ll end up spending a lot more time cleaning and redoing some steps if you go out of turn.

The first piece I decided to clean was the SOURCE Nail that I had recently tested. It’s a very tiny dab rig with some tough to reach spots, so I was a bit skeptical about being able to clean most of it. However, my tune quickly changed when I first started in on the banger portion of the rig. Despite only needing a very small amount of the cleaning solution, I was pleased to find that the banger looked brand new after the final hot water rinse, as if I had never used it.

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I was further impressed when I was able to use the smaller vape brush to easily scrub the concentrate and resin-soaked quartz dab tool and carb cap. After following the steps and some light scrubbing, I was left with a perfectly clean tool and cap. The Weed Wipes solution also completely cleaned a dirty bowl piece a friend had lent to me, leaving it looking brand new by the time I was finished scrubbing it.

Curious about using the Canna Mags device, I figured it would be best used on the inner bubbler portion of the portable rig since the space was too small for any of the brushes to reach.  The Canna Mags tool uses the power of magnetism to allow you to control a magnetized scrubber that can reach those tough spots in your glass. I had a hard time getting the magnetic scrubber itself out of tube, but when I finally got it out and had poured some cleaning solution in I was ready to just drop the scrubber into the small opening of my glass.

Once the Canna Mags was in my glass piece, I was able to control the movement of the scrubber by putting the magnetized end of the tube against the glass, allowing me to move the magnetized scrubber. Because the rig I was working with was very small, I wasn’t able to get everything since even the scrubber was too big for some of the spaces. However, I was still able to get into some spaces that the brush was not able to reach, which had an even greater and noticeable effect on my larger, non-portable dab rig. I was able to really get to those annoying spots with the Canna-Mags that I had previously given up on ever fully cleaning.

Our Verdict

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For all of your cleaning woes, the Weed Wipes cleaning solution really does work extremely well in cleaning your dirty, resin-caked glass as long as you follow the steps. While the kit may be a little pricy at $34.00, you can purchase just the solution off their site if you feel like having a bunch of brushes is a bit too much for what you have. (The Canna Mags can also be purchased separately.)

Although I had some trouble setting up the Canna Mags, which didn’t clean every single small space, I can still see it being a valuable tool for people who have trouble cleaning trickier glass pieces like bubblers. I would say it’s least worth getting a package that involves some of the smaller brushes, as I found those to be incredibly helpful with scrubbing and cleaning almost all of the pieces I tried.

All in all, the Weed Wipes cleaning formula makes cleaning the stickiest, dirtiest glass a breeze. The full cleaning kit itself gives you a nice assortment of tools for whichever types of glass you may have, but I wouldn’t say that all of the brushes are necessary to have depending on the type of glass you own.


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Product Review: SOURCE Nail Portable eNail & Vape Pen Temp Control eRig

Welcome to Leafly’s Product Reviews, where we take a closer look at a cannabis gadget, accessory, or consumable, and give it a test spin. Today we’re trying out the SOURCE Nail Portable eNail & Vape Pen Temp Control eRig.


The SOURCE Nail at a Glance

Product type: Portable e-nail and vape pen

Manufacturer: SOURCEvapes

Price: $249.95 for the whole kit, $99.95 for just the e-nail attachment

Features:

  • Split glass bubbler for better airflow
  • Works with water pipes
  • Works as both a portable e-nail and a vape pen
  • Works with 4-Series and XL-Series atomizers
  • 7-second heat up time
  • 15-extended second auto-shutoff
  • Lifetime no-hassle warranty

Includes:

  • One Source Nail attachment with split-glass bubbler
  • One Source Nail globe
  • Three 4-Series atomizers
  • One Source volt max temp control battery
  • One carrying case
  • Quartz cap and dab tool
  • MicroUSB cable

Initial Impressions

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As someone with limited experience with dabbing, I felt a bit daunted when I first popped open the sleek carrying case that held the SOURCEvapes Portable eNail Kit. The bundle includes the battery, the SOURCE Nail and water bubbler attachment, a separate globe dome for traditional vaping, a handy quartz carb cap and tool, and three different types of atomizers.

While I was glad I had so many options for customization, I also felt like I didn’t know where to begin, so after doing a quick rundown of the instructions, I felt comfortable enough to start assembling the unit. I chose to use a ceramic and coil-less atomizer for optimal flavor and lower burn temperatures, but I had an initial bit of trouble getting the little bit of water that’s necessary for the bubbler attachment. This is mainly due to the very small opening and shallow depth of the bubbler that can easily lead to overflowing, but once I was done fiddling with the water levels it was effortless to screw the bubbler/nail attachment on to the battery.

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Once fully assembled, the SOURCE Nail stands at around 7” tall and is a bit top-heavy, so keep an eye out for any potential tip-overs and falls when this unit is standing upright. Despite its somewhat cumbersome size, the fully assembled unit’s slim profile makes it really easy and comfortable to hold in your hand.

I don’t recommend you carry the SOURCE Nail around with you if you intend to use it while on-the-go, walking around the city, etc. There’s just no simple way to carry it while assembled. It is ideal, however, for trips, camping, hiking, hanging out in the park, etc., if you bring it unassembled in its carrying case.

Loading and Operating the SOURCE Nail

Setting up the temp control battery took a few steps, but once you set your preferences it’s smooth sailing from there. Pressing the square power button five times on the battery will bring it to life as a “Hello” message scrolls across the display screen. From there, you are guided through multiple steps with the two small directional buttons on the battery that will allow the battery to calibrate itself.

This battery is a temperature control (TC) one, so three more additional presses of the power button will take you to a set of options that will allow you to switch to Variable Wattage mode instead of the Temperature mode with Fahrenheit and Celsius units. I stuck with the Variable Wattage mode as well as the recommended wattage range that SOURCEvapes advised, which was between 27-30 watts, but to me this seems to be more of a matter of preference instead of actual performance.

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Once you set the battery for the first time you won’t find yourself adjusting it again too often, which I really appreciated after going through those occasionally time-consuming steps of initially setting up the device. After that, you’re free to take the included quartz tool and cap and load up the tip with your concentrate of choice (I myself was using a soft and crumbly Super Silver Haze BHO wax).

I liked that the cap is attached at the bottom of the tool, giving the tool a nice flat surface to stand upright. Despite the little bit of time it took to get the battery calibrated and set up, it was nice to know that I didn’t need to make any further adjustments during use, aside from if I wanted to switch between the temperature/wattage units.

Vaping with the SOURCE Nail

Vaping with the SOURCE Nail
Successfully hitting and dabbing all of your concentrate was a little bit of a process, albeit fun and very effective when it was all said and done. Holding down the square power button on the battery starts the heat-up process, which you can measure by looking at the timer race on the battery’s display screen.

There’s a 15-second shutdown feature to the battery, so the best way to effectively dab with the SOURCE Nail is to hold the power button until the 7-10 second range, after which the chamber will be hot enough for you to slide your concentrate off the tool and into the chamber. Next, press on the power button again to restart the timer in order to take a full hit.

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After a few seconds, flip the tool over to place the cap over the chamber, inhale, and watch your concentrate flow through the water bubbler attachment into your waiting lungs. Every time I used the SOURCE Nail I was able to rip a nice, huge, and powerful dab that was also full of flavor, which really surprised me the first few times I used it and made the previous setup and heat-up steps worth it.

I also liked that the nail’s water bubbler attachment was able to filter and cool down my dab before inhaling, making for a pretty authentic dabbing experience in a portable, handheld package despite the short process. Additionally, the battery life for the SOURCE Nail was great; I only had to fully recharge the battery once after almost 3-4 days of consistent use, which makes it even better if you take it out on long hikes or camping trips.

Our Verdict

SOURCE Nail and Temp Control E-Rig unit
Overall, the SOURCE Nail and Temp Control E-Rig provides an authentic dabbing experience in terms of strength and flavor with an easily transportable package. Thanks to its carrying case and ease of assembly, it would be a great option for anyone who enjoys being out camping or hanging out in a park or at a friend’s place.

Even though it took a little bit of time to set everything up due to the various battery options, tiny openings in the water bubbler, and the actual dabbing process itself, the effort was well worth it as I was consistently blowing large clouds of tasty concentrate with relative ease once I got the hang of everything.

The secondary globe attachment also allowed the unit to function as a regular vape pen, so I found myself taking advantage of the SOURCE Nail’s flexibility by using that version of the unit while I was on the go.

At a very fair $250 for the whole rig and temp control battery (or just $99 for only the e-nail attachment if you already have a temp control or regular SOURCE volt battery), I would definitely recommend the SOURCE Nail to any dabbing aficionado looking for more ways to dab, or to anyone else who doesn’t want to use torches or pay really high prices for dedicated e-nails.


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What are Live Resin Cannabis Concentrates?

Getting up close and personal with a fully mature, living cannabis plant is somewhat of a transcendent experience. The bouquet of aromas captured in a single sniff off a living bud will completely redefine your expectations of the relationship between cannabis flowers and their many complex fragrances. However, facilitating a translation of these distinct flavors and aromas into a consumable product is easier said than done.

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Once a cannabis plant has been harvested, the myriad of intermediary processes between when the shears touch the stalk and when you consume the final product has the potential to all but completely eliminate those valuable flavors and aromas. To add fuel to the fire, many cannabis extraction techniques intentionally purge these elements, leaving the consumer with an odorless concentrate completely void of the “essence” it once carried.

How is it possible to capture the flavors and aromas from a living plant and bring that experience to the cannabis consumer? The answer is with “live resin” concentrates.

What is Live Resin?

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Live resin is a type of cannabis concentrate that is manufactured using a technique that takes freshly harvested cannabis and freezes it to subcritical temperatures prior to and throughout the extraction process. Where these methods differ from other extraction processes is in the amount of time harvested cannabis plants are allowed to dry and cure before the extraction.

The drying and curing process that a cannabis plant typically undergoes can have a devastating impact on terpenes, the flavorful factory molecules present within the trichomes that line virtually every corner of a mature cannabis flower and its surrounding foliage. With cured concentrates, the cannabis plant is allowed a certain amount of time to wick itself of moisture and chlorophyll before the extraction occurs. During this time, trichomes are subjected to conditions not conducive to terpene preservation. Interactions such as increased exposure to heat, oxygen, physical agitation, and light all play a role in degrading terpenes.

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However with live resin, the plant is flash frozen immediately following harvest and kept at freezing temperatures throughout the extraction process.. By doing this, the cannabis plant retains its valuable terpene profile, thus retaining the plant’s original flavor and fragrance that can then be carried over into the final product. (Learn more about live resin extraction in Episode 1 of our “The Art of Extraction” series, and explore how other concentrates are made in other episodes as well.)

Where Did Live Resin Originate?

live-resin
Live resin is relatively new to the cannabis concentrate scene. Its humble origins stem back to between 2011-2013 with a small group of growers and extractors practicing out of Colorado. Among them, William Fenger, otherwise known as “Kind Bill,” and EmoTek Labs founder “Giddy Up” were the two pioneers largely coined with stabilizing and introducing live resin to the cannabis concentrate scene. They did this by developing a specialized BHO extractor capable of maintaining the incredibly low temperatures needed to produce live resin, and combined that with their vision of using freshly frozen plant material for their extract.

Together, these two were able to develop methods capable of extracting concentrates laden with very high levels of terpenes, on average much higher than the extracts produced using cured resins.

What Makes Live Resin Different from Other Concentrates?

Gorilla Glue Shatter

The distinguishing factor that separates live resins from other concentrate products is the elevated terpene content that these extracts tend to contain. Live resins, on average, carry a more robust terpene concentration than traditional cured BHO extracts. In addition to producing a more pungent aroma, higher and more complex terpene profiles can also deliver an elevated psychoactive experience because terpenes can interact with cannabinoids such as THC and CBD.

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Both of these factors have influenced why live resins have risen to the top of cannabis concentrate market. Fans of cannabis extracts tend to place a high value on flavor and aroma as well as effect. Typically, concentrates bearing the name “live resin” sell for higher premium in the recreational market as a result of this.

What Distinguishes Live Resins from One Another?

Christmas Fir Tree

A live resin doesn’t necessarily contains a higher concentration of cannabinoids or terpenes than an extract made using a cured flower. Due to the plethora of strain types and extraction techniques used to make live resins, a spectrum of varieties exists today.

Products that are labeled as live resins can often differ in viscosity, ranging anywhere between saps to sugars, jellies, butters, and even more solid shatters. While terpene concentration can play an effect on viscosity, oftentimes products are mechanically altered post-extraction, such as when viscous saps are “whipped” into butters.

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Another common misconception with live resins is the complexity of their terpene profiles. There are over 100 identifiable terpenes found in cannabis plants, all ranging in molecular weight and structure. Many live resins only contain blowouts of certain lighter monoterpenes such as as pinene and myrcene compared to their flower counterpart.

These extracts, in many cases, lack the existence of many other less prevalent varieties of terpenes, which can have an impact on the flavor and effects. Variations occur in part due to the fact that some extraction processes fail to capture these terpenes. However, this is also largely influenced by the terpene profile of the starting material being used. A concentrate, no matter how it has been extracted, is only as potent and palatable as the cannabis plant (including which parts) it came from. Extracts utilizing the whole plant can often have a more complex profile of terpenes than those utilizing only the fresh frozen flowers.

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Live resins have come quite a long way since their Colorado inception. As recently as a few years ago, they were an enigmatic and rare product only found in certain connoisseur markets at premium prices sometimes exceeding $100 per gram. Although live resins are still sold at a higher premium than other concentrate products, namely BHO’s, nowadays live resin prices are much more accessible and affordable, with most dispensaries carrying some variation.

As the market for cannabis concentrates continues to demand more flavorful options that offer a more complex experience, live resins will continue to become more available to the consumer. After all, enjoying a concentrate that remains loyal in fragrance to the flower it came from is a truly remarkable experience.


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Product Review: The SOURCE Orb 4 Premium Coil-less Quartz Vape Pen

Welcome to Leafly’s Product Reviews, where we take a closer look at a cannabis gadget, accessory, or consumable, and give it a test spin. Today we’re trying out the SOURCE Orb 4 Premium Coil-less Quartz Vape Pen


The SOURCE Orb 4 at a Glance

Product type: Portable vaporizer pen for concentrates

Manufacturer: SOURCEvapes

Price: $99.95

Features:

  • Six different concentrate atomizers
  • Magnetic lock for easy loading
  • 2nd gen. variable airflow system with five settings
  • Works with nine different 4-series atomizers
  • Lifetime no-hassle warranty

Includes:

  • One SOURCE Orb 4 attachment,
  • One SOURCE Orb 4 premium battery
  • Six 4-series atomizers
  • One premium dab tool
  • One 510 charging cable
  • One silicone container
  • One microfiber cleaning cloth

Initial Impressions

SOURCE Orb 4 vape pen initial impressions
The SOURCE Orb 4 Premium Kit and Coil-less Vape Pen by SOURCEvapes provides a quality and reliable vaping experience into a sleek and super simple design. I couldn’t help but feel a small sense of relief when I first put together the Orb 4. Right out of the box you are given the battery, the orb attachment where the mouthpiece and atomizer are kept, and six atomizers to choose from, so there’s a strong emphasis on customization and finding the right setup for you (more on this later).

Once you have screwed the oval-shaped orb attachment onto the cylindrical battery, the Source Orb 4 presents a very clean, slim, and sleek profile thanks to the metallic finish that is smooth to the touch. The orb attachment is much heavier than the battery due to the high-quality and heavy-duty constriction of the orb attachment, which makes the assembled pen a bit top-heavy, so I wouldn’t recommend standing it up on its own.

Despite that unequal weight distribution, the SOURCE Orb 4 isn’t unwieldy and difficult to carry around at all, as I found myself stuffing the pen into my pants or jacket pocket and backpack with little to no struggle. That combined with its clean, metallic look makes this pen a great option for almost any scenario you can imagine yourself in. Whether you’re running errands around town, going for a hike, or just hanging out with friends (or by yourself!), the SOURCE Orb 4 is discreet enough to be used without raising attention and also compact enough to be easily transported anywhere.

Loading and Operating the SOURCE Orb 4

Operating the SOURCE Orb 4 is incredibly easy, but first there’s a little bit of setup required. This is fine, though, since it involves picking one out of the six available atomizers that come with the pen. I really like that SOURCEvapes includes this atomizers, and the Orb 4 attachment can use up to nine different atomizers if you’re using the more-powerful 30w SOURCEvapes battery.  I was only using the included battery, but having six atomizers to choose from was more than enough for me.

Since I value flavor and ease of use, I decided to go with the coil-less quartz plus atomizer, but I did switch it up occasionally for the white ceramic double coil atomizer when I felt like blowing some bigger clouds. There’s seriously an atomizer here for any occasion, making this vape pen ideal for concentrate connoisseurs or for those who like having options to find what’s just right.

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I’m also glad that operating the battery itself was such an easy and hassle-free process. There’s (thankfully) no frills to this battery — just press the single button five times to bring the pen to life and adjust the wheel at the bottom to set your voltage settings. The voltage range is from 2.7-4.2 volts, and with so many different atomizers it was awesome to find that SOURCEvapes keeps a chart on their website that lists the type of atomizer and the recommended power range, depending on what unit you’re using.

Another thing that I found to be really convenient is that the part of the orb attachment that holds the atomizer is sealed by a strong magnet, so whenever you need to reload the pen with your concentrate of choice, just pop off the top part of the orb attachment and voila –– an empty atomizer ready for whatever concentrate you’ve got.

Once you’ve loaded the pen and set the battery output to your preferred setting, all that’s left is to hold the button and inhale. The battery color will change to indicate the amount of power remaining, but other than choosing an atomizer, the loading and operating process for the SOURCE Orb 4 is refreshingly simple and quick.

Vaping with the SOURCE Orb 4

Vaping with the SOURCE Orb 4
The SOURCE Orb 4 consistently delivers a strong and effective vaping performance paired with very simple functionality. I had a lot of fun adjusting the ventilation air holes that are on either side of the orb attachment. There are five on each side and a smooth metal slat that covers up the amount of holes you want, allowing you to customize your airflow. I love the level of customization SOURCEvapes allows for such a simple device. Adjusting the air holes with my chosen atomizer made for the ideal vape experience, as the Orb 4’s powerful battery allows for full and flavorful hits.

The battery changing colors to indicate lower energy levels was a nice and subtle way to keep me aware of how much longer my pen had while in use. Its performance is pretty strong, as I went through multiple vape sessions with this pen for about two days or so before needing to charge the unit, but keep in mind that this was with really constant use.

I experienced a very strong high, especially for a vape pen, which is a testament to the powerful battery performance. During my time with the Orb 4, I found myself blowing clouds and tasting my delicious UW shatter with ease, whether I was on the couch or walking around town, and that flexibility and overall simplicity makes the Orb 4 fun and easy to use, no worries attached.

Our Verdict

The SOURCE Orb 4 vape pen
The SOURCE Orb 4 Premium Kit and Coil-less Vape Pen provides a great vaping experience. SOURCEvapes goes beyond the call of duty by providing each kit with six high-quality atomizers, plus adjustable ventilation holes. You have a lot of customization options without worrying about any confusing setup thanks to the single-button functionality and magnetic atomizer chamber lock.

Simply put, this pen just works, which is what anybody should be looking for in a solid vape pen. I never felt like I had to worry about whether I put enough or too much concentrate in or if there would still be some juice left in the battery to efficiently vape everything. Each session with the SOURCE Orb 4 left me very stoned and very satisfied.

As for the pricing, I feel like $99.95 is a steal for both the simple yet powerful performance of the pen and the amount of extras the kit comes with. Whether you’re looking for a vape pen for the first time or if you’ve been looking to add one to your collection, do yourself a favor and check out the SOURCE Orb 4 vape pen.

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Product Review: Xternal Topical Balm

My line of work involves attending a lot of trade shows and conferences, and attending two back-to-back weeks of events recently meant a lot of time spent standing and walking.

Let me educate you on a simple formula:

Heels + standing + hard concrete floors with the barest hint of carpet on top of them = unbelievably painful feet

My aching feet needed a little extra help for trade show month. I was on them for 12-14 hours per day for several days, had a brief two-day respite, and then went back to standing for another four days. Thankfully, a little one-ounce jar of infused balm called Xternal Topical Balm (plus several hot baths) saved me a lot of pain and frustration.

Xternal Topical Balm at a Glance

Manufacturer: Making You Better Brands

Retail Price: $7 for 1 oz. container

Ingredients: Ricinus communis seed oil, cannabis, hydrogenated castor oil, beeswax, and copernicia cerifera wax

Cannabinoid Content: Unclear. The website notes that a “proprietary blend of cannabinoids,” specifically CBDA and THCA, are used in their formulations, but there’s no indication of how many milligrams the balm contains.

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Initial Impressions

Pros: It works quickly. Within five to eight minutes of application, I could feel the discomfort decrease dramatically. If you have a willing volunteer, it can be a great excuse to ask for a massage for all of those tough to reach places (like your shoulders and back). I also love that the product is petroleum-free.

I’ve used Xternal Topical Balm at the base of my neck and on my temples for headaches, on my wrists for my carpal tunnel, and even on my stomach when I’m feeling crampy. It works to counteract both inflammation and pain, which makes it ideal for sprains and strains as well as sore joints and muscles. I even gave some to a friend who had surgery on his pinky finger, and he said it helped more than the painkillers that he was prescribed.

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Cons: I feel frustrated when I can’t immediately tell how many milligrams of cannabinoids are in an infused product. I want to get an idea of potency so I can dose accordingly. That said, a little goes a long way with this product, and I’ve been using the same one-ounce tub of balm for the last six months.

Keep in mind that the balm’s consistency feels a little tacky (not quite greasy) after applied to skin, I suspect due to the beeswax and castor oil, so make sure you plan accordingly.

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My other minor gripe is that I always prefer to see lab testing information on product websites, and I couldn’t find lab results when I searched the site.

Our Verdict

Overall, I definitely think it’s worth having Xternal Topical Balm in your medicine cabinet. I also recommend picking up a smaller-sized tub (like the one-ounce option) for travel. I can assure you that when I’m walking the red carpet at an awards show or strolling around a conference space all day, I have a tub of this stashed in my purse so I can apply it as soon as I’m able to take off my shoes.


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