Looking for some basic help to get you started on your new cannabis journey? Well, look no more! We’ve compiled a crash course on what you need to go from dazed and confused to Cheech and Chong in no time.
Weed, pot, marijuana, Mary Jane…cannabis is known by many names. But, what is cannabis? Cannabis is a plant that produces flower, or bud, that contains the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in addition to 483 other compounds like CBD, CBG, & CBN.
Sativa - The Head High
A subspecies of cannabis, Cannabis Sativa is a tall and slender plant with long, thin leaves.
When smoked, Cannabis Sativa tends to produce a head high that promotes alertness, creativity, energy, and makes you feel uplifted and euphoric.
Sativa strains are best for daytime use.
Indica - The Body High
Another subspecies of cannabis, Cannabis Indica is a short, bushy plant with short, wide leaves.
When smoked, Cannabis Indica tends to produce a body high that promotes relaxation, rest, munchies, and soothes muscles.
Indica strains are best for nighttime use.
Cannabidiol - CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD), like THC, is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. Unlike THC however, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high. CBD products are great for those looking to benefit from the wonders of cannabis without experiencing the intoxicating effects.
Also called the “nug” or the “bud”, flower refers the the part of the cannabis plant that you smoke.
Pre-rolls, joints, spliffs, and blunts are all terms for a rolled cannabis cigarette.
The highly potent product made from extracting THC and other chemical compounds from the cannabis plant. Oil, wax, dabs, rosin, resin, and shatter are all different forms of cannabis concentrate.
Edibles are snacks that have been infused with cannabis.
Vape cartridges are small devices filled with cannabis concentrate that are used with a vape battery.
Tinctures are cannabis extracts, normally alcohol based, that are taken sublingually or added to recipes.
What is rosin? Rosin is solvent-less extractthat uses heat and pressure to release the oils in the flower that can be smoked.
What is distillate? Distillate is highly refined oil that is run through many purification processes exposing it to heat and a deep vacuum. The result is a sticky honey-like oil. Terpenes are fractionated out separately and can be reintroduced.
What is THCA crystalline? THCA crystalline is a solid extract that goes through many processes and filters in order to destroy all plant matter. The results are clear crystals that can boast up to 99% THC.
What is nug run? Nug run is hash oil made from whole flower rather than shake and trim.
What is live resin? Live resin is extracted from cannabis that is frozen rather than cured before extracting and results in a higher quality product.
What is shatter? Shatter refers to the consistency of concentrate that is shelf stable, easy to work with, and breaks like glass when bent.
What is wax? Wax is a concentrate that is opaque and typically crumbly or peanut-butter like. It’s usually easy to scoop and good for beginners.
What is sugar wax? Sugar wax is a gritty sand-like oil that is easy to scoop unless it’s packed full of terpenes, then it might be a little soupy.
What is cannabis isolate? Isolate is THC concentrated down to its purest form.
RSO (Rick Simpson Oil)
What is RSO? RSO, short for Rick Simpson Oil, is a full plant extract, using all parts of the plant. RSO is made by soaking plant matter in alcohol. Afterward, the plant matter is filtered out. The resulting extract retains a tar-like appearance once the solvents have evaporated. RSO is usually consumed orally.
BHO (Butane Hash Oil)
What is BHO? BHO, short for Butane Hash Oil, is made by placing plant matter in a closed column, washing butane over it, and then recovering the solvent. The solvent pulls THC, CBD, and the terpenes. This is then poured out into a thin sheet and placed in a vacuum drying oven that removes any remaining solvents.
What is CO2 oil? CO2 oil comes from a supercritical fluid extraction that removes THC and terpenes from raw cannabis. This solvent and pressure are used to extract cannabinoids and terpenes. Using this solvent, the resulting extract is considered by many to be “cleaner” than butane or propane-derived extracts. This method results in a viscous, oily liquid. Moreover, this oil is frequently found in vaporizer pens and cartridges.
What does solvent-free mean? Solvent-free means that solvents were used but are fully purged out of the concentrate, like with distillate.
What does solventless mean? Solventless mean that no solvents were used at any time during the extraction, like with rosin, dry sift, bubble hash, or traditional hash.
What does it mean to decarboxylate weed? Decarboxylation is the process of converting the acid form (also called “inactive”) cannabinoids such as THCA to THC and CBDA to CBD. It is an essential part of the process if you wish to consume cannabis orally.
What is kief? Kief results from the separation trichomes from the marijuana plant. Kief is often referred to as dry sieve hash thanks to the use of screens to facilitate the extraction.
What is purging? Purging is the process of removing residual solvent from a concentrate.
What is a carb cap? A carb cap is a piece of glass, quartz, ceramic or titanium that is used to trap the air and activate non-vaporized oil when covered over the nail of a dab rig; Carb caps are commonly used for quartz bangers and titanium and ceramic domeless nails.
What is a terpene? Terpenes, sometimes referred to as “terps”, are aromatic compounds found in plants including cannabis. While only a handful make up a majority of most cannabis terpene profiles, there are over 100 different terpenes found in cannabis plants. Each cannabis strain has a unique terpene profile. As a result, different cannabis strains have different aroma/flavor profiles as well as different unique effects. That’s right, terpenes affect how you get high.
How do terpenes affect your high? Well, terpenes and other cannabinoids help THC absorb into the body more efficiently and promote a longer lasting high. Smoking pure THC with no other cannabinoids or terpenes present often leads to a short and shallow high. In addition to this, each terpene has it’s own unique effects on the body. To learn more in depth about what each terpene does, keep reading below.
CINDER BATTERY FAQ
VAPE CART FAQ
How long does a cartridge last?
On average, a ½ gram cartridge will last 10 days or ~200 puffs. How long it actually lasts depends on the user.
How does cost of hash oil compare to flower?
It is quite economical, but the answer again varies by usage. It really depends on how often you use it. Many members prefer using the hash oil because it is more discreet and easy to use.
Can I refill a cartridge?
It can be done, but not recommended. The cartridges are intended for use until the hash oil is consumed. We do have members that refill their cartridges with our syringes and have had success. Please note that if you elect to refill a cartridge, you will void the guarantee.
Will elevation or heat affect my cartridge?
Yes. Be sure to keep your cartridge out of direct sunlight, do not leave in your car on warm days. Also we have found major changes in elevation will affect the cartridge. There is a rubber stopper under the tip, this can be removed when traveling by car, just be sure to keep the cartridge in a fully upright position or the oil will leak out, keep the stopper in a safe place and restore it properly before using it again.
My cartridge is leaking, what should I do?
Immediately remove the cartridge from the battery, then clean the connection with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. Place the faulty cartridge back into original package and contact us.
Why does the oil change color?
It is normal for the oil to darken as it is repeatedly heated and cooled. Just like a joint that is lit multiple times, the color and the taste will change over time. Our cartridges are best consumed within a 30 day period once ignited.
If the cartridge has a manufacturers error then we will exchange the faulty cartridge if it is more than 3/4 full with the original packaging and receipt with in 10 days of purchase. Cartridges can only be returned to the Cinder location that they were originally purchased at. Please call any Cinder location for trouble shooting over the phone, or bring in your cartridge within 10 days of purchase and we would love to help you.
VAPE CARTRIDGE & BATTERY CARE
Cartridges roughly “go bad” around 2 years from the manufacture date. They will not “go bad”, however they may lose their efficacy over time. Below are some helpful tips to try if your vape cart is not working properly or stops working.
- Charge your battery: Before using a new cartridge, you’ll want to make sure your battery is adequately charged. Attach your battery to the charger and wait until the indicator light shows that it’s fully charged.
- Attach the cartridge: Remove all packaging and attach the cartridge by screwing it onto the battery. Make sure the unit is snuggly and properly connected. If you have a magnetic battery drop it in the battery.
- Activate the battery: Some batteries turn on automatically, while others require 5 taps of the button to activate. Batteries usually have a light that turns on when the button is pressed, letting you know that the unit is turned on.
- Press and inhale: Hold down the button on your battery while inhaling softly through the mouthpiece of the cartridge. You should see the battery light up and begin to feel vapor entering your lungs. You’ll also see amounts of vapor when exhaling, which lets you know the unit is working properly.
- Keep your unit clean: The threading on your cartridge and battery must be clean to ensure a firm connection when attached. Carefully using a q-tip with rubbing alcohol is the best way to clean these small parts. It’s important to avoid water exposure, which can damage your battery and also doesn’t work well for cleaning cannabis resin.
- Don’t overheat: If the unit stops working, it might be too hot. Prolonged activation of the battery can cause it to shut down. An overheated unit can also damage the cannabis oil inside the unit.
- Understand your battery: Knowing the features of your battery will help get the best results and troubleshoot when necessary. Most batteries will blink when they need to be recharged or they’ve become overheated. If your battery is blinking or its light changes color, the device is communicating something to you about its current condition.
- Store properly: For best results, cartridges should be stored away from bright light and extreme temperatures. Reapplying any caps or containers that came with the cartridge is recommended. Be sure to store your cartridge upright to avoid any leaking or uneven distribution of oil. Keep in mind that cartridges can sometimes work effectively for months after purchase, but performance will be strongest if used within a few weeks of purchase. When using an older cartridge, try warming it for a few minutes before use to loosen up the cannabis oil.
- Charge your battery in 30 minute to 1 hour intervals to avoid overcharging.
- Do not let your battery die completely.
- Use the charger and/or cable that came packaged with your vape pen. Different units sometimes run on higher voltages, and too much of a charge could cause your pen to overheat or even explode.
- Do not use your battery when it is low, this can lead to shorts, battery death, or other defects.
- The most common voltage range found on 510 thread batteries is 3.3v – 4.8v. In general, most slim vape pens will be in the lower 3.3v range
- mAh means milliamp hour and is a unit that measures (electric) power over time. A higher number means that the battery can store more energy. Most standard pens are a 500 mA
Initiative 502 legalized cannabis use for adults, however, there are still a number of restrictions. It is important for you to be aware of the following laws:
Age Limit – Only adults age 21 and older can purchase and possess cannabis.
Purchase Limits – Adults age 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis (flower), 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.
Buying and Selling – Cannabis can only be sold and purchased at state-licensed retail stores. A valid photo ID is required, and no one under 21 is allowed on the retail premises. Many retail cannabis stores only accept cash (Cinder is one of them).
Public Use – It is illegal to consume cannabis in view of the public.
Driving – It is illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis. Having more than 5 nano-grams of active THC per milliliter of blood will result in significant legal penalties.
Travel – It is illegal to take cannabis outside of Washington. Doing so will result in significant legal penalties.
The entourage effect exemplifies the combined effects of the various cannabinoids and terpenes found in a particular cannabis strain.
A good example of a literal entourage is a baseball team. The team travels and works together, but each player has their own special set of skills. The effectiveness of a team depends on how skilled each player is at their particular position. A baseball team can have the best pitcher in the world, but if the other positions aren’t covered, you have a losing team.
The same is true of cannabis strains. Although each cannabinoid and each terpene has its own particular effects, the combination of these can produce an overall effect which is far greater than the sum of its parts. You can have a strain which is high in THC, but without the other active compounds, its effects are actually very limited
Cinder cares is a testing program designed by the Purchasing Team at Cinder to maintain accountability and transparency about the cannabis products on our shelves with our customers.
Every month we purchase samples from our inventory and send them to a trusted lab for evaluation. When samples come back matching the label, we celebrate! When samples return disputing their label, we problem solve with the producer.
Often in the agricultural industry, the issues are unknown to producers or can be resolved as simply as applying a new, more detailed, label. If we find that we cannot fix the problem, the product will no longer be on Cinder shelves. We had many questions, and very few answers could be provided. It became time to go discover a solution.
Cinder believes in transparency. As a customer, you should have access to easy-to-obtain and straightforward information regarding the products. Due to a lack of state regulations regarding pesticide usage and product testing, we have decided to take it into our own hands to protect our customers and ensure accurate information is shared.
We truly value the relationship of Cannabis in our lives and promise to do our best to provide safe marijuana for you every time you purchase.