Solventless vs. Solvent-Based

Cannabis concentrates can be divided into two main categories – solventless and solvent-based.  In this article, we explore the differences (and similarities) between the two and explain the different formats available.  

Solventless Concentrates vs. Solvent-Based Concentrates 

The two categories of concentrates, solventless and solvent-based, are distinguished from one another by the extraction method used to create the product.  

Solvent-based products are made using an external solvent. A solvent can be defined as a chemical compound that turns a solid into a liquid-like solution. In solvent-based concentrates, a solvent is used to strip the trichomes (containing the terpenes and cannabinoids) from the cannabis plant to be used in a consumable extract. Common examples of solvents include butane, propane, C02 and alcohol.  

Solventless products, on the other hand, are created through a process that removes trichomes from the cannabis plant without the use of an external solvent, typically by using agitation, heat, pressure or a combination of these methods. 

What are the different types of Solvent-Based Concentrates?  

Solvent-based concentrates are named after their appearance, texture and consistency and/or their extraction methods. 

Shatter 

Shatter can be made with various solvents but the most common method is through a butane hash oil (also known as BHO) extraction process. Other lesser-known solvents such as liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) and ethanol can also be used to make shatter. 

Shatter derives its name from its hard, brittle consistency, producing a product that will “shatter” if manipulated. This concentrate is typically semi-transparent and can range in colour from dark amber to bright gold. It is one of the most popular and common forms of solvent-based concentrates. When exposed to heat and light, shatter’s consistency begins to change and can be manipulated and transformed into budder and wax-like concentrates. 

 Budder  

A concentrate that originated in Canada, budder is a from of cannabis wax and has a soft but solid consistencyBudder is typically made through a Butane Hash Oil (BHO) extraction method. They are then purged at a higher temperature while being whipped like a batter. That’s why you may also see these concentrates being referred to as batter and badder. 

Live Resin/Sauce 

Unlike the previously mentioned solvent-based concentrates, live resin (or sauce/diamonds/caviar) is made from plant material that hasn’t been dried or cured. Plants are harvested and are instantly frozen, which helps preserve the most desirable compounds and retain the full flavor of the cannabis plant. Then this fresh frozen material is run through an extraction process, typically BHO, resulting in high-quality and flavourful extracts. High Terpene Full Spectrum Extracts (HTFSE) and High Cannabinoid Full Spectrum Extracts are also commonly referred to as sauce, depending on the consistency.  

Distillate 

Distillate-makers use an extraction process that effectively separates and refines molecules and contaminants to create a clean, almost completely clear concentrate. Distillate typically contains a higher THC (or CBD) potency than other types of concentrates and is heralded for being “pure”. However, the distillate extraction method completely removes all terpenes, resulting in a concentrate that does not contain all of the full plant benefits of cannabis. Distillate can be dabbed, vaporized and can even be eaten raw (or infused into edibles) since the contained THC is already activated. 

 C02 Oil 

C02 oil, sometimes referred to as honey oil, is a solvent-based cannabis concentrate that is made with Carbon Dioxide (C02). The process is efficient and yields pure and clean product with a more “natural” solvent. The resulting extract is usually an amber-coloured liquid-like oil that can be dabbed, vaporized or used in pre-filled vaporizable cartridges.

What are the different types of Solventless Concentrates? 

Solventless concentrates are named after the extraction process utilized to create the product. 

Flower Rosin & Hash Rosin 

Rosin is a solventless concentrate that comes in a variety of colours and consistencies. It can be made from any cannabis starting material including nugs, loose shake and even physically concentrated extracts like hash and kief. The former is referred to as “flower rosin” while the latter is called “hash rosin”.  

Rosin is created by pressing your chosen cannabis material between two hot surfaces with pressure for a specific amount of time, which results in resinous sap being squeezed out of the plant material. The result is typically an extract with a sappy texture and translucent color. If rosin is made correctly, it will retain the flavour, aroma and terpenes of the original flower. This process can be compared to squeezing the juice out of a fruit or the oil out of an olive. 

Kief 

Kief, a word derived from the Arabic language meaning ‘pleasure’refers to the resinous trichomes of cannabis that may accumulate in containers or are sifted from loose, dry cannabis with a mesh screen or sieve. Some cannabis enthusiasts will use a multi-compartment herb grinder to collect the trichomes that fall off of cannabis buds as they are milled. This collection of trichomes, or “kief”, can then be consumed in a variety of ways. Kief can be added to cannabis flower in bowls, joints and blunts for an extra kick of cannabinoids. Additionally, kief can be used as starting material and extracted into hash or rosin using techniques that apply heat and pressure to the substance.  

Traditional Hash

Traditional-style hash is often named after the region or country of origin. The most common countries that hashish comes from are Morocco, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Now, hashish is being manufactured legally in Canada. This form of solventless concentrate typically possesses between 5-40% THC depending on the potency of the starting material and the effectiveness of the extraction process. 

Traditional-style hashish can be smoked, combined with cannabis flower and/or used in the cooking and baking of infused edibles. 

Dry Sift Hash 

Dry sift hash is a form of solventless concentrate that derives its name from the process used to make it. The dry sift technique involves using screens with fine mesh to hand-sift the dried cannabis buds, removing the cannabinoid-filled trichome glands. The end result is an extract with a granular-like consistency. 

Dry sift is a versatile substance that can be consumed in a number of ways. Similar to kief, dry sift hash can be pressed into rosin or turned into traditional-style hash. Dry sift can also be added to any joint, blunt or bowl for additional potency. 

Bubble Hash 

Bubble hash, also known as ice water hash, ice wax sift or wet sift, is a cannabis concentrate comprised of trichomes (resin glands) that have been separated from the plant using ice and water, agitation and a sieve. The resinous trichomes freeze and break off of the plant matter, sinking to the bottom of a metal sieve, usually within a series of mesh screens, each with a diminishing sized mesh. The finer the mesh, or “micron,” the finer the material and lesser the plant matter. Bubble hash gets its name from the way that it bubbles when exposed to flame. This form of hash is commonly consumed through dabbing, but similarly to the other types of hashish, can also be added to flower for increased potency. 

Live Rosin 

Live rosin is a unique solventless extract that is made by pressing bubble hash ,made from freshly harvested and frozen cannabis,  in a rosin press at a specific temperature, pressure and period of time. The result is a much lighter coloured sap-like extract that does not contain any unwanted plant material. Using top quality bubble hash will achieve “full melt” status, meaning it fully dissolves when heated vs. leaving residue behind. Consumers enjoy live rosin for its robust and and incredibly pungent terpene profiles. 

The Evolution of Concentrates

Solvent-based extracts have been the popular choice among concentrate enthusiasts for the past few decades. However, more recently, there has been a movement towards solventless techniques and products. Solventless products such as flower rosin have become increasingly popular as they are seen as a cleaner and more natural option, since there is no risk of consuming residual solvents.  

There has been a lot of innovation in cannabis concentrates over the last ten years. Most of the concentrates we know today were created and popularized during a ten year period, between 2010 and 2020, including live resin, diamonds, sauce, distillate, isolate and more. 

Now that concentrates are becoming more well known and are legally manufactured and available throughout Canada, that innovation will continue.  

History of Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates are a new and exciting category in the legal Canadian marketplace, but the existence of concentrated and extracted forms of cannabis pre-date legalization by thousands of years. Let’s take a look at the worldwide history of concentrates.

Concentrates + Middle Ages

Cannabis concentrates, namely hashish, appear in historical records dating back to 900 AD. These records show that scholars were debating the pros and cons of consuming hash at the time. This is about 800 years after the first reported use of dried cannabis in Ancient China.

Use of hashish was widespread throughout Arabia during the 10th century and appears in various literature, plays and manuscripts. At that time, the substance was eaten, not smoked.

Between 1000 and 1200 AD it reportedly gained popularity with assassins in Persia and by 1300 AD Marco Polo went back to Europe, bringing the legend of hashish with him. It took another 500 years for hash to actually make its way to Europe, most likely by Napolean Bonaparte’s troops during the French campaign in Egypt.

Concentrates + Modern History

During the early 19th century, European doctors began promoting medicinal uses for hashish. It was seen as an effective treatment for various diseases and was utilized as an analgesic and anticonvulsant. Hashish was also incorporated into psychiatric practices at the time. These hashish products and concentrates could be purchased in pharmacies and were prescribed by doctors. Pharmaceutical companies began manufacturing various extracts and tinctures using hashish. However, this period of medicinal cannabis use was short lived.

By the start of the 19th century, most pharmaceutical firms opted to replace cannabinoids for opioids and other more stable substances due to the varied potency and quality of cannabis. Between the mid 1800s and early 1900s, most developed countries had banned cannabis, and in turn, concentrates. Canada prohibited the use and possession of cannabis, including hashish, with the Act to Prohibit the Improper Use of Opium and other Drugs in 1923.

Pre-Legalization in North America

For almost 100 years cannabis remained illegal on a global scale; but that didn’t stop the evolution of concentrates. The first reported solvent-based cannabis extraction for vaporization surfaced in the 1940s. These products were made using adaptations of the botanical extraction technologies that pharmaceutical companies created in the 1800s for medicinal purposes.

Declassified World War II files show that the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) used a THC “serum” for its controversial biochemical interrogation practices. Agents used hash oil-laced tobacco cigarettes to interrogate unsuspecting individuals. Later, in the 50s and 60s, the same techniques were used in the well-known CIA program ‘MK Ultra’.

Concentrates regained popularity in the 1970s with the rise of cannabis culture. By 1977, what we consider “modern hash oil extraction” was introduced in a book by author Michael Starks titled “Marijuana Chemistry: Genetics Processing and Potency”. This book describes the process to make hashish and hash oil using various solvents (including ethanol, isopropanol and chloroform) and outlines the materials and devices to use. By the 90s, the process of distillation using butane in a closed loop system was introduced and many of the concentrate products we know today came into existence.

The Evolution of Concentrate Formats

Hash and hash oil are the first cannabis concentrates used by people for thousands of years. Hash can be consumed through a method known as “hot knifing” – which is a process that involves heating up a knife, placing a cannabis concentrate on it and inhaling the resulted vapours. Nowadays, most hash is consumed by smoking it in a pipe or bong or by combining it with dried flower in a joint or blunt.

By the late 1990’s, online forums helped proliferate the popularity of BHO (butane hash oil) and dabbable concentrates. BHO products include shatter, wax, budder and crumble. Early BHO processes were quite dangerous but this eventually led to the invention of the first closed-loop system for extracting cannabis. Closed loop systems provide two main benefits: they reduce waste and they significantly reduce the risk of explosion.

In 2010, BHO products made their debut at the High Times Cannabis Cup, exposing them to a wider audience of cannabis enthusiasts. Solvent-based concentrates have continued to evolve into formats including live resin, diamonds, terp sauce, honeycombs, High Terpene Full Spectrum Extracts (HTFSE) and High Cannabinoid Full Spectrum Extracts (HTFSE).

More recently, the division of the category between solvent and solventless concentrates have created a movement towards cleaner processes and techniques. Solventless extracts do not use a solvent to extract cannabinoids and instead rely on heat, pressure, agitation or a combination of these methods. Solventless products have become increasingly popular as there is no risk of consuming residual solvents that can be harmful and many see it as a cleaner option. Examples of solventless extracts are hash, flower Rosin, bubble Hash, live rosin and kief.

7ACRES currently focuses on solventless extraction methods for the cleanest, purest and most natural way to produce concentrates.

Vape pens are another relatively new way to enjoy cannabis concentrate products. 7ACRES partnered with Canada’s leading vaporizer brand, PAX Labs, to offer high end cannabis in PAX Era pods. Available across Canada now.

Concentrates + Canada

Canadians have been consuming cannabis concentrates for decades. In fact, both the form of concentrate “budder” and the method of dabbing are believed to have been born in Canada.

In the late 1990s, the cannabis products of choice among Canadians were dried flower, hashish and the rare batch of honey oil. A British Columbia-based man named “BudderKing” and his friends were always looking for the most potent and effective ways to consume cannabis and concentrates.

When experimenting with honey oil one day, he created a shatter-like concentrate that he referred to as “glass”. About a year later, one of BudderKing’s friends left a piece of this “glass” on a windowsill in the sun. They noticed that the substance quickly became more malleable and transformed into a butter-like consistency when stirred with a metal tool. This new concentrate, dubbed “Budder”, was pliable and much easier to consume than shatter, which tended to break and make a mess when manipulated. BudderKing and his friends found that this new extract also tasted better than the “glass” they had been smoking.

BudderKing decided that he needed a better and more efficient way to consume this novel extract. Legend has it that in the 2000s, he was the first individual to develop and use a traditional dab rig, a small unit designed to vaporize concentrates.

By the late 2000s, interest in dabbable concentrates surged and early versions of wax, sap and budder appeared throughout North America. Between 2010 and 2020, many new forms of concentrates were developed including rosin, resin, diamonds, distillate, isolate and more. Most recently the division of the category between solvent and solventless concentrates have created a movement towards cleaner processes and techniques.

Cannabis 2.0 Legalization in Canada

In October of 2018, cannabis was legalized for adult recreational use in Canada. However, this initial form of regulation only permitted the sale of dried flower, tinctures and capsules.

In June of 2019, the Canadian government announced additional amendments to the Cannabis Regulations to allow for the legal production and sale of cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals. The new amended regulations came into force on October 17, 2019, the one-year anniversary of recreational legalization in the country.

7ACRES is excited to bring dabbable concentrates to the legal market. We recognize the hard work of concentrate enthusiasts, extract artists and activists that have paved the way for us to exist as a company and we are excited to continue evolving the category into the future.

How to Consume Concentrates?

New to the concept of cannabis concentrates? Want to discover some other ways to enjoy your favourite extract products? We’ve got you covered. In this article we examine all the different ways to consume cannabis-derived concentrates.

What are Concentrates?

Let’s start with the basics. Concentrates, also known as “dabbable” extracts, are consumable concentrations of the most desirable compounds found within the cannabis plant, including cannabinoids and terpenes. This category of products, along with vape pens, edibles and topicals, were made legal in Canada on October 17th, 2019.

7ACRES concentrates are crafted in house by our passionate team and showcase each cultivars pungent aroma and flavour. High quality concentrates require high quality inputs. This makes 7ACRES high end flower the ideal input for producing concentrates that are terpene-rich, highly pungent and incredibly flavourful.

What are the Different Methods of Concentrates Consumption?

Cannabis concentrates can be consumed in a variety of ways. They can either be combusted, vaporized/dabbed or infused into edibles or topicals.

The best method for you depends on what materials you have available to you, what type of concentrate you want to consume and what experience you desire.

Let’s explore the different cannabis concentrate consumption methods:

Dabbing

The preferred method of consumption among concentrate enthusiasts is a process called dabbing. To consume using this method, you will need to purchase a glass dab rig, a dabber tool, a banger and a blow torch. That’s right, a blow torch. Think Elon Musk, but smaller.

Glass dab rig: Also known as an oil rig, these devices are very similar to a glass water pipe/bong, but are used exclusively in the consumption of dabbable concentrates. Glass dab rigs vary widely in size, shape, functionality and price.

Banger/Nail: The banger is a dish that is heated up and used to vaporize concentrates. The equivalent of the “bowl” on a bong or pipe. Bangers are typically made from glass, quartz, ceramic or titanium. We recommend quartz bangers.

Blow torch: A small, hand-held butane-fuelled torch lighter is required to heat up the banger for dabbing. There are brands and products made specifically for this purpose, but torches used for baking (Crème Brulee for example) will also work. We recommend the Blazer GT8000 Big Shot Butane Torch, which is available for under $100 CAD.

Dabber tool: Any pointed metal tool that can scoop a concentrate product and drop it on to a heated nail or banger. Head shops and cannabis stores sell a variety of tools made specifically for this purpose, but any pointed metal household item will work too.

To take a traditional dab, you must first gather your concentrate on a metal dabber tool, heat up the banger with a blow torch for about 30 seconds to 1 minute (until the banger glows orange), let the banger cool for around 20 seconds to 1 minute (depending on the type of banger and your preference), then place the concentrate into the warm banger using the dabbing tool and inhale through the mouthpiece of the rig. You just did a dab!

A desktop e-nail is an electronic concentrate vaporizer/rig. These devices utilize some type of electric heating element and power source to create optimal temperatures for dabbing. Most desktop e-nails are electronically powered bangers that are simply attached to regular glass dab rigs. Instead of heating and re-heating the banger each time you go to take a dab, these e-nails can be set to a specific temperature for as long as one desires.

Recently, there has been an influx in popularity of new age dabbing systems, also called portable e-nails, that allow consumers to take the convenience of a e-nail anywhere they go. These systems include the Puffco Peak, the Dr. Dabber Switch, the Dabado Bolt and the Kandypens Oura.

Another form of dabbing utilizes mini oil rigs known as nectar collectors, dab straws or honey collectors. These are simple devices that feature a quartz or titanium tip and a glass or silicone body and mouthpiece. After heating the tip using a blow torch, the device is slowly dragged across a concentrate, as the consumer inhales the vapor.

Vaporization

In addition to dabbing, concentrates can be vaporized through a pen or device designed for concentrates.

If you are looking for a convenient and portable handheld vaporizer that will allow you to consume concentrates, we recommend the PAX 3 device. The PAX 3 allows you to consume dried flower, but also has an additional chamber for concentrate products. This device allows you to set the temperature as you desire.

Even many desktop vaporizers, such as the Storz & Bickel volcano vape, offer attachments or “drip pads” that allow you to consume concentrates.

It is important to take into account the temperature when vaporizing cannabis concentrates. The optimal temperature for vaporizing most concentrates is somewhere between 160°C and 280°C, depending on your desired experience.

Smoking and Combustion

No dab rig or vaporizer? No problem. Concentrates can be smoked through a variety of combustion methods. Extracts such as rosin can be smoked in a glass bowl, joint or blunt.

A “bowl” is the location on a bong or pipe where the cannabis flower (or concentrate) is placed and lit. Cannabis concentrates can be sprinkled on top of grinded flower, or consumed alone, through a bong or pipe. Simply combust the concentrate using a lighter while inhaling through the mouthpiece, like how you would usually consume dried flower.

Cannabis concentrates can also be added to joints or blunts. The most effective way to do this is by sprinkling or spreading the extract throughout the inside of the paper or blunt leaf, adding your cannabis flower and then rolling it up. However, some enthusiasts get creative and wrap the concentrate around the outside of the joint or blunt, which results in a visually appealing (but potentially messy) consumption experience.

“Twaxing” is a term used to describe the process of adding any concentrate to any dried flower product. If you choose to consume your concentrates in conjunction with buds through any of the methods – you’re twaxing!

Although these types of products can technically be smoked, it is not the most effective way to experience all the potential effects and benefits. If you truly want to taste the terps, we recommend dabbing or vaporizing 7ACRES concentrates.

Edible and Topical Infusions

If you don’t want to dab, smoke or vaporize concentrates, you can infuse them into your own edible and topical products. Most forms of concentrates can be directly added to food while cooking. THC is fat-soluble, so concentrates can be easily infused into butters, oils or other cooking fats (such as ghee) for use later.

When creating edibles or topical products with concentrates, it is important that you decarboxylate your starting material. Cannabis flower and concentrates contain THCA, which needs to be converted into Delta 9 THC to produce the desired effects that consumers are looking for. Decarbing activates the THC and cannabinoids in a way that our bodies can metabolize and absorb.

There are three main ways to decarboxylate cannabis concentrates and flower, the “Stove Top Method”, the “Crock Pot Method” and the “Oven Method”. To understand each method and learn more about decarboxylation and making edibles, click here.

7ACRES concentrates are best enjoyed through dabbing or vaporizing – not infusions. This is because the infusion process generally degrades terpenes and typically only results in THC-based products. To enjoy the full flavours and experience of High End Concentrates, we suggest dabbing or vaporizing these products.

How to Purchase Concentrates in Canada?

7ACRES concentrate products can be purchased through provincially-run and privately licensed cannabis retailers throughout Canada. Click here, to learn more about available products.

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TASTEBUDS: What’s the best vape temperature for 7ACRES cultivars?

Vaporizing dried flower is a fantastic way to respect the plant and enjoy the many tastes of cannabis. Different cannabinoids and terpenes will activate at varying temperatures, allowing consumers to choose the taste profile and experience they prefer.

We want to help you get the most flavour out of flower. So, we asked Shane, also known as “Vape The Bud” for his vaping temperature recommendations for each of our high end cultivars to help you fully taste all of the terpenes.

Shane, AKA Vape The Bud, is a medical cannabis patient, enthusiast and reviewer. He has been writing detailed reviews about Canadian cannabis products since September of 2014. Shane primarily uses cannabis to help manage his chronic pain.

“I enjoy trying new types of cannabis and examining how each one affects me, understanding what quality means and conveying that information to others for educational purposes.”

Shane is one of Canada’s most trusted legal cannabis reviewers and his primary method of consumption is dry herb vaporizing, making him the perfect expert to provide these recommendations.

Before diving into the best heat setting for each of our cultivars, it is important to note that a higher temperature is not necessarily better than a lower one when it comes to dry herb vaporizing.

“Higher temperature doesn’t always mean better, nor does it mean it’ll get you higher. At least from my observations over the years with myself and others who vaped with me.”

Optimal Cannabis Vaporizer Temperatures

Overall, Shane recommends a basic range of around 170° Celsius to 195° Celsius for most cannabis flower.

Jack Haze

Jack Haze is 7ACRES first proprietary cultivar and is a true sativa. A savoury cultivar with bright, terpinolene-dominant aromas, balanced with a signature spice reminiscent of the Jack Herer strain. The cultivar has a truly unique aroma of pine and sweet citrus with crisp, lively spice notes.

Shane’s recommendation: “To enjoy the pleasant tastes of Jack Haze, I recommend vaping at 175° Celsius, which allows you to pick up on the citrus, lime and pine notes. If you enjoy increased vapour then 190° Celsius might be a better fit, while still allowing you to taste the more prominent flavour notes.”

Jean Guy

Jean Guy is 7ACRES’ tribute to the legendary French-Canadian cultivar made famous by the Montreal Compassion Club. Jean Guy is a balanced hybrid with a robust and upbeat citrusy and woody aroma that has earned a reputation as a top-shelf cultivar among Canadian cannabis enthusiasts.

Shane’s recommendation: “My all-time favourite cultivar, I’ve vaped this one many times. Jean Guy grinds up nice and fluffy, perfect consistency for a dry herb vaporizer. The citrus and earthy Jean Guy is best vaporized at 175° Celsius to maintain the full unique flavour.”

Sensi Star

Sensi Star is a legendary, award-winning indica cultivar. With chunky, high THC buds and a rich, funky gassy lemon and pepper aroma. Sensi Star has earned recognition as one of the world’s great cannabis cultivars.

Shane’s recommendation: “One of my favourite strains ever, Sensi Star, is enjoyed best within the range of 180° to 185° Celsius. This temperature range will allow you to experience the floral, gassy lemon aromas that the cultivar is known for. Sensi Star packs a punch.”

White Widow

White Widow is a multiple award-winning cultivar that was named after the visually prominent white coating of trichomes that it produces. This cultivar is a highly resinous balanced hybrid with a pungent sweet, musky, woody aroma.

Shane’s recommendation: “Bring out the best of citrus and honey with White Widow around the temperatures of 185° Celsius when vaporizing for the fullest flavour 7ACRES has to offer. I find that the flavours of this White Widow are still very noticeable at higher temperatures. When compared to other cultivars, this one can stand a bit more heat.”

Which Dry Herb Vaporizer Should I Use?

At 7ACRES, we recommend the PAX 3 dry herb vaporizer to help you fully taste the terps of our high end cultivars. It is an extremely portable device that allows you to consume discreetly and comfortably. The PAX 3 is smart and well-designed but is still very easy-to-use for the average consumer. This device allows for precise temperature controls through the hardware and the PAX Android app. Learn more about the PAX 3 here.

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TASTE BUDS: Jean Guy. Infused Recipes and Meal Pairings.

Jean Guy is 7ACRES’ tribute to the legendary French-Canadian cultivar made famous by the Montreal Compassion Club. Jean Guy is a balanced hybrid with a robust and upbeat citrusy and woody aroma that has earned a reputation as a top-shelf cultivar among Canadian cannabis enthusiasts.

We asked the top cannabis chefs in Canada to provide their best recommendations for infused recipes and meal pairings for each of our cultivars. For Jean Guy, they recommended sweet and savoury preparations for chimichurri sauce and maple lemon gummies.

Our first recipe is prepared by The Cannabis Cooking Company, an organization that helps consumers, enthusiasts and aspiring chefs cook with the cannabis plant. Cannabis Cooking Company offers classes that are informative, fun, and are a great way to get familiar with something that might seem intimidating. The company also offers the first culinary chef certification in Canada taught by certified chefs.

Brent Leitch from The Cannabis Cooking Company recommends infusing our Jean Guy with his maple lemon gummies recipe.

Brent Leitch has worked in the Culinary industry for 19 years in some of the top Michelin restaurants in the world including The French Laundry in California, La Capinera in Sicily, Bo Innovation in Hong Kong, and Nahm in Bangkok. Brent is passionate and experienced about growing and cooking with cannabis. As a cannabis cooking instructor, his goal is to educate people about how to cook safely with the plant, with an emphasis on precise dosing that meets each individual’s needs.

Jean Guy has a sweet, citrus, and woody aroma which pairs nicely with the flavor of these gummies. The limonene is an obvious match with all the lemon juice, and the woody aroma aligns well with the maple syrup. As a kid, I remember drilling and tapping my big maple tree each year for maple syrup. That was the inspiration for this recipe. Jean Guy is a perfect cultivar to complement these treats.”

Recipe #1: Maple Lemon Gummies

Cannabis infused gummies are a classic treat. Like most of our recipes, we like to make them low dose so we can enjoy more than a few.

Ingredients

      • 140g maple syrup
      • 35g cannabis infused coconut oil
      • 50g freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
      • 35g gelatin powder

Equipment

      • 2 Ramekins (or small bowl)
      • Medium size pot
      • Small fry pan
      • Small whisk
      • Spatula
      • Silicone gummy mold
      • Dropper or squeeze bottle (if possible)
      • Fine mesh strainer
      • Cannabis Grinder
      • Cheese cloth 8x 125ml Mason jars

Step-By-Step Instructions

      1. Place lemon juice in a ramekin. Sprinkle in gelatin powder, give a quick stir. Leave it aside to let it bloom for 5 minutes.
      2. Put water in a small fry pan and turn to high heat. This will be used to place the ramekin of lemon juice and gelatin inside, in order to melt the mixture, once it has bloomed.
      3. In the meantime, place maple syrup and cannabis infused coconut oil into a small saucepan, over very low heat. Whisk to dissolve. Remove if warm, does not need to boil.
      4. Once gelatin has bloomed, place the mixture – still in the ramekin – into a small fry pan with simmering water and let melt. Gently stir every minute or so until fully melted and liquid.
      5. Pour gelatin and lemon juice mixture into the maple syrup and coconut oil pot. Use a spatula to get all of the gelatin! You must be very precise with this recipe.
      6. Whisk everything to combine away from the heat. You’ll notice that the mixture will split if it is too hot. The gelatin will begin to set if the mixture is too cool. Since this is an emulsification, you must work quickly when the recipe is at a good working temperature – not too hot and not too cold.
      7. If the mixture starts to set prematurely, simply place the pot over low heat and stir to dissolve, until it is a pourable liquid again. Do not overheat! If the mixture gets too hot and separates, cool it down while whisking to keep it emulsified. It needs agitation and the correct temperature to emulsify. If it gets too hot, stick the bottom of the pot in a bowl of cold water, to help cool it down. It is important to keep stirring to maintain the emulsion while you’re casting the gummies.
      8. Cast into the silicon molds while the mixture is in ideal working temperature. Either pour directly from the pot or use a squeeze bottle or dropper (if available).
      9. Place molds in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to set and pop out of the mold. Ideally, let dry for 24 hours uncovered to allow the outside of the gummies to become less sticky.

Bonus Recipe: Cannabis Infused Clarified Butter

Ingredients

      • 5g 7ACRES Jean Guy, finely ground
      • 1lb Butter, unsalted

Step-By-Step Instructions 

      1. Preheat oven to 325F.
      2. Grind cannabis and place onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Bake at 240F for 30 minutes to decarboxylate.
      3. While cannabis is baking, place butter in a medium size pot and melt over low heat.
      4. After melting, skim away the milk solids that rise to the top. Be careful to not agitate the mixture too much. The idea here is to separate the butterfat (around 80-84%), from the milk solids and water that are in the butter. The water will evaporate as it melts, so all we need to do is remove the milk solids (they will rise and sink in the butterfat). You should yield approximately 300g of clarified butter.
      5. Place decarboxylated cannabis and 250g clarified butter into a Magical Butter machine and cook at 160F for 2 hours. Alternately, use a double boiler and monitor the temperature to keep at 160F, stirring every 15 minutes. You may also cook in a mason jar, using the sous vide method, with the water bath set to 160F (71C), again, stirring every 15 minutes.
      6. Strain out cannabis through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. Press to get every last drop of goodness you can.

*Note: This is an active infusion method that adds a slightly roasted flavour to the cannabis. 

**Ghee is similar to clarified butter. The main difference is that when making ghee, you brown the milk solids lightly, which gives it a nuttier flavour, whereas with clarified butter, you do not want to brown the milk solids, leaving it with a much more subtle flavour. Either one will work in this recipe, so use what you have!

Dosing

      • 2.5g @ 20% THC = 500 mg potential THC
      • 500mg THC maximum in 250g butter.
      • 2mg THC in 1g of butter
      • 35g butter infusion = 70mg of THC maximum
      • 70mg THC in 35 gummies = 2mg THC per gummy

Dosing Accuracy

These calculations are based on the assumption of a 100% extraction rate. Using spectrometry (tCheck testing), Cannabis Cooking Company tests show extraction rates between 85% and 92%. We utilize a 100% extraction rate in all of our recipes to ensure that the maximum possible dosage is accounted for and to mitigate accidental overconsumption.

Our second Jean Guy-infused recipe was prepared by Cody Lindsay, also known as The Wellness Soldier, who is Canada’s leading cannabis cooking educator with a focus on helping veterans. He is a chef of 20 years that has been featured on Bong Appetit, Leafly, Lift&Co., CLN, CBC, CTV and more. Cody learned to be a cook while serving in the Canadian military.

The Wellness Soldier recommends pairing or infusing 7ACRES’ Jean Guy with his favourite chimichurri sauce recipe.

“Jean Guy is an amazingly flavourful strain that pairs well with savoury applications such as our Chimichurri recipe. The sharp, sweet floral notes in Jean Guy perfectly complements the refreshing tangy flavours of my Chimichurri sauce.”

Recipe #2: Cannabis Infused Chimichurri Sauce

You can use chimichurri as a meat marinade or as a dipping sauce. If you use the chimichurri as a marinade, it would be best not to infuse, since cooking the meat afterwards may burn off cannabinoids. However, the flavours of Jean Guy in a joint or in a vaporizer pair nicely with meat covered in non-infused Chimichurri. Jean Guy-infused chimichurri dipping sauce can be made using olive oil. This recipe is incredibly simple, quick and tasty.

Ingredients

      • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
      • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more
      • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
      • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
      • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano
      • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (w/ your dosage of cannabis)
      • 3-4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or minced
      • 1 shallot, finely chopped
      • 1 Fresno chile or red jalapeño, finely chopped (optional)
      • 1 cup Olive Oil

Equipment

      • Knife
      • Food processor / blender
      • Stove top and pot or crock pot
      • Spatula

Step-By-Step Instructions

For Oil:

      • Desired amount of ground or crushed Jean Guy dried flower
      • 1 Cup Olive Oil

For Stove Top:

      • Pour oil into pot and put heat on low. DO NOT LET BOIL.
      • Once oil is warm, add your Jean Guy dried cannabis, stirring until all material is incorporated.
      • Continue stirring every 10 minutes for the next 2 hours, using a cooking thermometer ensure the mixture stays between 93.3C (200F) and 121C (250F).
      • After two hours remove from heat and allow to cool.
      • Once cooled, strain through cheesecloth, and pour into glass container.

For Slow Cooker:

      • Add oil and Jean Guy cannabis to crock pot and heat on low for 6-24 hours.
      • Once cooled, strain through cheesecloth, and pour into glass container.

For Chimichurri Sauce:

      1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until finely chopped & incorporated.
      2. Serve, Eat Well, Be Happy. 

Thank you for cooking with us! We hope you enjoy. Share your 7ACRES Jean Guy-infused recipes with us by tagging @7ACRESmj on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our page!

Don’t forget to show The Wellness Soldier and The Cannabis Cooking Company some love as well.

Need to re-up? You can find Jean Guy in your area here.

TASTE BUDS: Jack Haze. Infused Recipes and Meal Pairings.

Jack Haze is 7ACRES first proprietary cultivar and is a true sativa. A savoury cultivar with bright, terpinolene-dominant aromas, balanced with a signature spice reminiscent of the Jack Herer strain. The cultivar has a truly unique aroma of pine and sweet citrus with crisp, lively spice notes.

We asked the top cannabis chefs in Canada to provide their best recommendations for infused recipes and meal pairings for each of our cultivars. For Jack Haze, they recommended delicious preparations for cinnamon buns and cheesecake.

Our first recipe was prepared by Cody Lindsay, also known as The Wellness Soldier, who is Canada’s leading cannabis cooking educator with a focus on helping veterans. He is a chef of 20 years that has been featured on Bong Appetit, Leafly, Lift&Co., CLN, CBC, CTV and more. Cody learned to be a cook while serving in the Canadian military.

The Wellness Soldier recommends pairing or infusing 7ACRES’ sativa-dominant Jack Haze with his signature cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing.

“The sweet citrus and hint of pine notes lend well to my signature Cinnamon Buns recipe. Those uplifting citrus and pine notes add a wonderful taste and smell when combined with cinnamon!”

Recipe #1: Cannabis Infused Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Icing

Cinnamon buns are a delectable dessert with a fluffy sweet dough filled with cinnamon brown sugar mix and topped with cream cheese icing. A perfect treat to accompany the sweet and spicy flavours of Jack Haze. The dough in this recipe takes about two hours to prepare but it is absolutely worth every minute.

Ingredients

To create the Dough

      • 1 Tbsp Instant Yeast
      • 1 Cup Milk, warm (115 F),
      • 1/3 Cup Sugar
      • 1/2 Cup Butter
      • 1 tsp Salt
      • 2 Eggs, large, room temperature
      • 4 Cups All Purpose Flour

To create the Filling

      • 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
      • 1 ½ Tbsp Cinnamon, ground
      • ¼ Cup Butter, unsalted, softened

To create the Cream Cheese Icing

      • 4 Oz Cream Cheese, softened
      • ¾ Cup Powdered Sugar
      • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract

Step-By-Step Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 375F
      2. Activate the yeast by adding it to the warm water with a touch of the sugar, set aside,
      3. In a mixing bowl add all ingredients,
      4. When the yeast is activated, add the mixture to the bowl,
      5. Mix all ingredients until well incorporated,
      6. After it’s mixed transfer dough to a floured surface and knead the dough for an additional 5-10 minutes.
      7. Set aside in a clean bowl and allow the dough to proof/rise to double its size,
      8. After proofing is finished, punch down the dough and roll into a rectangle,
      9. Add the filling on top of the dough and roll the dough,
      10. Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces,
      11. Set aside to proof one final time for 45 minutes,
      12. After proof is finished add the cinnamon buns to a pan,
      13. Bake for 15-18 minutes,
      14. Remove, allow to cool,
      15. Top with cream cheese icing,

Enjoy your delicious infused cinnamon buns!

Our second recipe is prepared by The Cannabis Cooking Company, an organization that helps consumers, enthusiasts and aspiring chefs cook with the cannabis plant. Cannabis Cooking Company offers classes that are informative, fun, and are a great way to get familiar with something that might seem intimidating. The company also offers the first culinary chef certification in Canada taught by certified chefs.

Brent Leitch from The Cannabis Cooking Company recommends pairing our Jack Haze with their infused cheesecake recipe.

Brent Leitch has worked in the Culinary industry for 19 years in some of the top Michelin restaurants in the world including The French Laundry in California, La Capinera in Sicily, Bo Innovation in Hong Kong, and Nahm in Bangkok. Brent is passionate and experienced about growing and cooking with cannabis. As a cannabis cooking instructor his goal is to educate people about how to cook safely with the plant, with an emphasis on precise dosing that meets each individual’s needs.

“Jack Haze’s uplifting notes of sweet citrus and subtle hints of pine enhance the cheesecake with a distinct cannabis taste; a perfect complement that doesn’t overpower.”

Recipe #2: Cannabis Infused Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Streusel

Mini Cheesecakes (makes 8)

Ingredients

      • 500g Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
      • 100g Organic Cane Sugar
      • 2g Kosher Salt
      • 3 Whole Eggs (140g)
      • 5g Vanilla Extract
      • 65g Buttermilk
      • 65g Cannabis Infused Cream (passive decarboxylation method to preserve terpenes)

Equipment

      • 8x 125ml Mason jars
      • Stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment
      • Fine Mesh Strainer or cheesecloth
      • Small pot
      • Small whisk
      • Spatula
      • Canning Tongs
      • Cannabis grinder or sharp knife
      • Deli container or pitcher to pour from neatly

Step-By-Step Instructions

      1. For the cheesecake, heat the water bath with an immersion circulator to 80C.
      2. Put the cream cheese, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Whip well to combine. Stop and scrape the bowl with a spatula to ensure everything is fully combined and smooth.
      3. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Stop and scrape the bowl again to ensure there are no lumps.
      4. Add vanilla extract, buttermilk, and cannabis infused cream. Mix well to combine, scraping sides of the bowl often to ensure all ingredients incorporated with no lumps.
      5. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer and cast into jars as directed. Wipe rims clean, and place lids on ‘fingertip tight’. The goal here is tight enough that no water gets in, but not so tight that no air can escape. Pressure can build up and burst the jars if the lids are too tight! (No need to stress if this happens, continue the cooking process, the rest of the cheesecakes will be fine if a single jar bursts. This is extremely rare if directions are followed correctly). Label each jar lid with your name!
      6. Cook for 60 minutes in the 80C water bath. Remove jars and let stand at room temperature for 10-20 minutes to cool down naturally.
      7. Label well with the date and THC content. Refrigerate for minimum 2-3 hours before serving. Will last 7-10 days in the refrigerator.

Bonus Recipe: Graham Cracker Streusel

Ingredients

      • 130g Graham Crackers
      • 70g Unsalted Butter, Melted
      • 30g Organic Cane Sugar

Step-By-Step Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 325F.
      2. Crush Graham Crackers in a bowl or food processor to break them up.
      3. Add melted butter and sugar. Pulse to combine.
      4. Bake on a sheet tray for 18-20 minutes until golden brown, stirring half-way through. The mixture will get crunchier as it cools down.
      5. Top cheesecake with your favourite jam, fruit puree, fresh berries or macerated fruit, and a sprinkle of streusel for added crunch. Mint or even a cannabis sugar leaf make excellent garnish options too!

Bonus Recipe #2: Cannabis Infused Cream Ingredients

      • 1g 7ACRES Jack Haze, finely ground
      • 75ml 35% Cream

Step-By-Step Instructions

      1. Grind or chop up Jack Haze cannabis finely and place into a mason jar with 75ml of 35% cream.
      2. Put lid on jar, very loosely. The top should not be submerged, the water level should cover the cream, but the jar should not float. Adjust water level accordingly.
      3. Carefully place jar into a water bath with an immersion circulator set to 160F (71C), for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
      4. Strain out cannabis using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Press to get every last drop of goodness you can.

*Note: This passive infusion method will help to preserve the terpenes.

Thank you for baking with us! We hope you enjoy. Share your 7ACRES Jack Haze-infused recipes with us by tagging @7ACRESmj on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our page!

Don’t forget to show The Wellness Soldier and The Cannabis Cooking Company some love as well.

Need to re-up? You can find Jack Haze in your area here.

TASTE BUDS: Sensi Star. Infused Recipes and Meal Pairings.

Sensi Star is a legendary, award-winning indica cultivar. With chunky, high THC buds and a rich, funky gassy lemon and pepper aroma. Sensi Star has earned recognition as one of the world’s great cannabis cultivars.

We asked the top cannabis chefs in Canada to provide their best recommendations for infused recipes and meal pairings for each of our cultivars. For Sensi Star, they recommended delicious savoury recipes for Pasta Carbonara and Steak with infused Gorgonzola Cream Sauce.

Our first recipe is prepared by The Cannabis Cooking Company, an organization that helps consumers, enthusiasts and aspiring chefs cook with the cannabis plant. Cannabis Cooking Company offers classes that are informative, fun, and are a great way to get familiar with something that might seem intimidating. The company also offers the first culinary chef certification in Canada taught by certified chefs.

Tamara Lilien recommends infusing our Sensi Star cultivar with their Pasta Carbonara dish.

Coming from a 14-year background in Palliative Care, Tamara has a keen understanding of gaps that exist in the health care system. After experiencing the medical benefits of cannabis firsthand, she transitioned into a career in Cannabis Education and Consulting. Tamara believes strongly that all Canadians deserve easy access to cannabis and associated resources for both medical and recreational purposes.

“Sensi Star has strong notes of pepper that are a perfect match with all the black pepper used in a traditional carbonara. The beautiful earthiness and muskiness in this cultivar pairs well with the cheese in the dish. Since this is an active oil infusion, the flavours of the roasted cannabis will also enhance the Guanciale that is crisped up. Truly a match made in heaven!”

Recipe #1: Pasta Carbonora

Pasta Carbonara is essentially your classic bacon and egg pasta. Good almost any time of the day. Guiancle, which is cured pork jowl, is the traditional cut of pork we use here. We recommend making the pasta uninfused, and simply drizzling the desired dose of infused oil for each guest over the plate right before enjoying.

 Ingredients

      • 225g Spaghetti
      • 15ml Extra virgin olive oil
      • 40g Guanciale, cut as directed
      • 3 Eggs
      • 1 Garlic clove, sliced
      • 20g Parmigiano reggiano
      • 20g Pecorino romano
      • Black pepper, freshly ground
      • Parsley, chopped
      • Cannabis infused olive oil, to taste – see dosing info below

Equipment

      • Large pot for pasta
      • Small fry pan
      • Cutting board
      • Knife
      • Tongs
      • Medium size bowl
      • Cheese Grater
      • Cannabis Grinder
      • Fine Mesh Strainer
      • Cheese Cloth

Step-By-Step Instructions

      1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt to taste. (Should taste of the sea: and remember- most of it will end up down the drain). Add pasta as directed.
      2. While the pasta cooks, in a fry pan over medium/high heat, add the olive oil, and the guanciale.
      3. Render the guanciale until brown and crispy. Remove from heat and add the garlic allowing it to cook from the residual heat.
      4. Crack three eggs into a medium-sized bowl, add in the grated parmigiano reggiano, a pinch of salt, and some freshly ground black pepper.
      5. Once pasta is cooked, remove from boiling water and place directly into the small pan with garlic and guanciale, being sure to allow a little pasta water to go in with it. Toss to coat. Immediately add in egg and cheese mixture. Toss with tongs to combine. With the pasta water, rendered guanciale fat, eggs, and cheese, you’ll create a nice creamy emulsion. Put back on heat very briefly if it looks a little wet, to help it set. Use caution here; you do not want to end up with scrambled eggs!
      6. Plate pasta, and top with Pecorino romano cheese, freshly chopped parsley (although not traditional), and desired amount of cannabis infused olive oil (also not traditional). Lastly, a good few grinds of black pepper. This is a major flavour component of the dish, so don’t be shy!

Bonus Recipe: Active Cannabis Infused Olive Oil

      • 5g 7ACRES Sensi Star, finely ground
      • 250ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil (‘First Cold Pressed’ is ideal)

Step-By-Step Instructions

      1. Grind cannabis and place onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Bake at 240F for 30 minutes to decarboxylate.
      2. Place decarboxylated cannabis and olive oil into a Magical Butter Machine and cook at 160F for 2 hours.
          • Alternatively, use a double boiler and monitor the temperature to keep at 160F, stirring every 15 minutes. You may also cook in a mason jar, using the sous vide method, with the water bath set to 160F (71C), again, stirring every 15 minutes.
      1. Strain cannabis through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Press to get every last drop of goodness you can.

*Note: This active infusion method provides a slightly roasted flavour and higher potency.

Dosing

      • 2.5g @ 20% THC = 500mg potential THC
      • 500mg THC into 250ml olive oil infusion = 2mg THC/1ml Oil (assuming 20%THC)
      • 1tsp oil =5ml = 10mg THC & 1tbsp =15ml = 30mg THC

Dosing Accuracy

These calculations are based on the assumption of a 100% extraction rate. Using spectrometry (tCheck testing), Cannabis Cooking Company tests show extraction rates between 85% and 92%. We utilize a 100% extraction rate in all of our recipes to ensure that the maximum possible dosage is accounted for and to mitigate accidental overconsumption. 

Our second Sensi Star-infused recipe was prepared by Cody Lindsay, also known as The Wellness Soldier, who is Canada’s leading cannabis cooking educator with a focus on helping veterans. He is a chef of 20 years that has been featured on Bong Appetit, Leafly, Lift&Co., CLN, CBC, CTV and more. Cody learned to be a cook while serving in the Canadian military.

The Wellness Soldier recommends pairing or infusing 7ACRES’ Sensi Star with his favourite Steak with infused Gorgonzola Cream Sauce recipe.

“The Fuel and Peppery notes pair well with a delicious savoury recipe such as our Steak with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce recipe.”

Recipe #2: Steak with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

MMMM, there is nothing better then a fat steak dipped in some cannabis infused gorgonzola cream sauce. Cody learned this recipe while working at STeaK Modern Steakhouse in Ottawa from Chef Matt Gregoire. You can use this recipe on everything from potatoes, to scallops, roasted veggies, pasta, seafood, chicken, and everything in between. It even pairs well with homemade french fries too.

Ingredients

      • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
      • 1/4 Cup Onion, minced
      • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
      • 1/2 Cup White Wine
      • 2 Cups Cannabis Infused Cream (Heavy Cream 35%)
      • 4-6 oz Gorgonzola Cheese
      • Salt & Pepper

Equipment

      •  Stove top and pot
      • Spatula
      • Bowl
      • Cannabis grinder

Step-By-Step Instructions

 For Infused Cream:

      • 7 grams of ground or crushed Sensi Star dried flower
      • 2 Cups 35% Cream

We are simply going to infuse our cream by adding the cannabis to the heavy cream and allowing it to double boil on a medium pot of water for 40+ minutes. Once it’s finished, we’ll strain and store it for use in this recipe.

For the cannabis infused heavy cream, use 7 grams of cannabis per 2 cups of 35% cream. You can scale up or down depending on how much you need.

We know that if our THC content is around 20%, which equates to 200mg THC-a per gram of cannabis. So, if we multiply 7 (grams) by 200 it equals 1400mg THC-a.

After decarboxylation, converting the THC-a to THC, (1400mg X .88) we are left with 1,232mg THC. After infusion, THC multiplied by 80%, gives us a grand total of….

Approximately 986mg THC infused into your 35% cream.

For Gorgonzola Sauce

      1. In a medium pot, heat up the olive oil and sautee the onions,
      2. Once onions are translucent add the garlic, cook for another 2-3 minutes,
      3. Deglaze the pot with white wine and reduce by at least half,
      4. Add your infused cream and bring up to temperature until a rolling simmer is reached,
      5. Once temperature is reached, add gorgonzola cheese
      6. Taste, season with salt and pepper
      7. Eat Well & Be Happy!

Thank you for cooking with us! We hope you enjoy. Share your 7ACRES Sensi Star-infused recipes with us by tagging @7ACRESmj on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our page!

Don’t forget to show The Wellness Soldier and The Cannabis Cooking Company some love as well.

Need to re-up? You can find Sensi Star in your area here.

TASTE BUDS: White Widow. Infused Recipes and Meal Pairings.

White Widow is a multiple award-winning cultivar that was named after the visually prominent white coating of trichomes that it produces. This cultivar is a highly resinous balanced hybrid with a pungent sweet, musky, woody aroma.

We asked the top cannabis chefs in Canada to provide their best recommendations for infused recipes and meal pairings for each of our cultivars. For White Widow, they recommended delicious recipes for Pasta Alla Norma and chocolate protein balls.

Our first recipe is prepared by The Cannabis Cooking Company, an organization that helps consumers, enthusiasts and aspiring chefs cook with the cannabis plant. Cannabis Cooking Company offers classes that are informative, fun, and are a great way to get familiar with something that might seem intimidating. The company also offers the first culinary chef certification in Canada taught by certified chefs.

Tamara Lilien recommends infusing our White Widow cultivar with their Pasta Alla Norma dish.

Coming from a 14-year background in Palliative Care, Tamara has a keen understanding of gaps that exist in the health care system. After experiencing the medical benefits of cannabis firsthand, she transitioned into a career in Cannabis Education and Consulting. Tamara believes strongly that all Canadians deserve easy access to cannabis and associated resources for both medical and recreational purposes.

“White Widow has a sweet, earthy, and woody aroma which pairs nicely with this dish. The herbaceous flavour of the oil complements the flavours in the pasta. Beta-caryophyllene, a terpene found in this cultivar, tastes of basil and oregano, the same herbs we used in this dish. Citrus notes from the limonene further enhance the robust flavours of the pasta.”

Recipe #1: Pasta Alla Norma

Pasta Alla Norma is a classic Sicilian dish consisting of fried eggplant, garlic, tomatoes, fresh basil, and ricotta salata.

Ingredients

      • 225g Spaghetti
      • 60ml Extra virgin olive oil
      • 250g Eggplant, ideally Italian, half peeled and cut into ¾ cubes
      • 2 Garlic cloves, sliced
      • 1-2 pinches of red chili flakes
      • 2tsp Oregano, dried
      • ½ Bunch Fresh Basil
      • Ricotta Salata, to grate on top (Pecorino Romano will work as well)
      • Kosher salt or sea salt to taste
      • Black pepper, freshly ground
      • Cannabis infused olive oil, to taste – see dosing info below

Equipment

      • Large pot for pasta
      • Large fry pan
      • Cutting board
      • Knife
      • Tongs
      • Medium sized bowl
      • Cheese grater
      • Cannabis grinder

Step-By-Step Instructions

      1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt to taste. (Should taste of the sea: and remember- most of it will end up down the drain). Add pasta as directed.
      2. While the pasta cooks, in a large fry pan over medium/high heat, add ¾ of the olive oil, and fry eggplant until golden brown. Do in batches if needed. Remove to a plate or bowl, but do not drain (unless you’re looking to cut calories, then drain away).
      3. Once the eggplant is browned and removed, add a little more olive oil to the fry pan, and the sliced garlic. Once you see a slight browning, add the chili flakes. Let the chili flakes fry for only a quick moment, and do not let the garlic get too brown. Add the tomatoes – this will stop the garlic and chili from overcooking. Add the oregano.
      4. Crush the tomatoes in the pan but leave a few nice chunks. Tear about two thirds of the basil, place into the sauce and let it cook slightly to infuse.
      5. Let the chili flakes fry for only a quick second, and do not let the garlic get too brown. Add the tomatoes, this will stop the garlic and chili from overcooking.
      6. Once the pasta is cooked, remove from boiling water and place directly into sauce, allowing a little of the pasta water to come along with it. Let the pasta simmer in the sauce for another minute or two. Add a touch of pasta water if it gets too dry. Drizzle in a little extra olive oil. Toss well to coat.
      7. Plate pasta, and top with grated ricotta salata cheese, more fresh torn basil, and of course, your desired dose of cannabis infused olive oil.

Bonus Recipe: Passive Cannabis Infused Olive Oil

      • 5g 7ACRES White Widow, finely ground
      • 250ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil (‘First Cold Pressed’ is ideal)

Step-By-Step Instructions

      1. Place cannabis and olive oil into Magical Butter machine and cook at 160F for 2 hours. Alternately, use a double boiler and monitor temperature to keep at 160F, stirring every 15 minutes. You may also cook in a mason jar, using the sous vide method, with the water bath set to 160F (71C), again, stirring every 15 minutes.
      1. Strain out cannabis through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. Press to get out every last drop of goodness that you can.

*Note: This is a passive infusion method that helps to preserve the terpenes and lends a nice herbal flavour to the oil.

Dosing Formula:

      • 2.5g @ 20% THC = 500mg potential THC
      • 500mg THC x .4 = 200mg
      • Since we used a passive infusion, we lose approximately 60% of the active THC, but many of the delicious tastes and smells of this cannabis are preserved.
      • 200mg in 200ml olive oil infusion = 1mg THC / 1ml oil (assuming 20%THC)
      • 1 tsp oil is 5ml, or 5mg THC & 1 tbsp is 15ml, or 15mg THC

Dosing Accuracy These calculations are based on the assumption of a 100% extraction rate. Using spectrometry (tCheck testing), Cannabis Cooking Company tests show extraction rates between 85% and 92%. We utilize a 100% extraction rate in all of our recipes to ensure that the maximum possible dosage is accounted for and to mitigate accidental overconsumption. 

Our second White Widow-infused recipe was prepared by Cody Lindsay, also known as The Wellness Soldier, who is Canada’s leading cannabis cooking educator with a focus on helping veterans. He is a chef of 20 years that has been featured on Bong Appetit, Leafly, Lift&Co., CLN, CBC, CTV and more. Cody learned to be a cook while serving in the Canadian military.

The Wellness Soldier recommends pairing or infusing 7ACRES’ White Widow with his signature Wellness Peaces (chocolate protein balls) recipe.

“The sweet and woody aromas of White Widow go perfect with my favourite healthy snack, chocolate protein balls. The earthy flavours of the cultivar lend well with the seeds and chocolate used in the protein balls.”

Recipe #2: Wellness Peaces (Chocolate Protein Balls)

The Wellness Soldier’s Chocolate Protein Balls, or “Wellness Peaces” are the perfect snack for when you’re on the go. These little chocolately bites are full of energy and provide a great source of protein and vitamin B.

Ingredients:

      • 1 cup pitted dates
      • 4 tbsp almond butter
      • 2/3 cups quick oats
      • 1 tbsp white chia seeds
      • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
      • 1-1/2 tbsp goji berries
      • 1/4 cup cacao powder
      • 1 tbsp vanilla
      • 1 ml cannabis infused coconut oil

Equipment:

      • Food processor / blender
      • Bowl
      • Spatula

Step-By-Step Instructions

For Oil:

      • Desired amount of ground or crushed White Widow dried flower
      • 1 Cup Coconut Oil

For Stove Top:

      • Pour oil into pot and put heat on low. DO NOT LET BOIL.
      • Once oil is warm, add your White Widow dried cannabis, stirring until all material is incorporated.
      • Continue stirring every 10 minutes for the next 2 hours, using a cooking thermometer ensure the mixture stays between 93.3C (200F) and 121C (250F).
      • After two hours remove from heat and allow to cool.
      • Once cooled, strain through cheesecloth, and pour into glass container.

For Slow Cooker:

      • Add oil and White Widow cannabis to crock pot and heat on low for 6-24 hours.
      • Once cooled, strain through cheesecloth, and pour into glass container.

For Chocolate Protein Balls:

      1. Add the dates, almond butter, and vanilla in a food processor and run until smooth.
      2. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients.
      3. Add the date mixture to the bowl and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
      4. Once incorporated, shape to the shape you prefer.
      5. Serve, Eat Well, and Be Happy!

Thank you for cooking with us! We hope you enjoy. Share your 7ACRES White Widow-infused recipes with us by tagging @7ACRESmj on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our page!

Don’t forget to show The Wellness Soldier and The Cannabis Cooking Company some love as well.

Need to re-up? You can find White Widow in your area here.

7ACRES PAX Era Guide

How to optimize your PAX Era premium extract vaporizer?

The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. has partnered with Pax Labs, Inc. to provide 7ACRES high-end cannabis in Era-compatible pods.

7ACRES is highly respected for cultivating quality cannabis products that are loved by Canadians across the country. Now we’ve partnered with PAX, the global leader in portable cannabis vaporizers, to bring you your favourite cultivars in a vaporizable concentrate format. Taste the robust flavours of 7ACRES flower in a pocket-friendly PAX Era. Available now.

Android users can download the PAX Era Mobile App to help them adjust temperature, monitor battery life and get further information. If you don’t have an Android device, here are some tips to get the most out of your PAX Era.

What is the PAX Era?

The PAX Era is a sleek and compact vaporizer device that is designed for use with cannabis concentrates. The device allows for pre-filled pods to be inserted and swapped out at the user’s convenience.

Minimalistic and relatively small, the PAX Era comes in at just 3.3″ tall, 0.72″ wide and 0.40″ thick.

The PAX Era comes in two parts – the device (or the battery) and the pod (filled with concentrate).

What are the benefits of the PAX Era?

PAX Era devices are perfectly sized and can easily fit in the palm of your hand, your pocket or your bag.

The PAX Era is compatible with SimpleClick™ pods, which are available in a variety of strains from a number of producers. 7ACRES high-end cannabis PAX Era vape pods can be found here.

The PAX Era device lets users customize their experience.

How to Insert PAX Era Pods?

Inserting a concentrate pod into your PAX Era device is straight forward.

Simply take your 7ACRES pod with the mouthpiece side-up and click it in until contact is made with the battery. You will know that your pod has been fully inserted when the LED display on the front of the device pulses white. This is an indicator that the device is ready for use.

When you are finished with one concentrate pod, swapping it out with a new one is just as simple of a process. Pull the old pod out and click the new pod in the exact same way.

The PAX Era will pulse white if ready for use and will show a blue LED indicator if the pod has been disconnected from the battery.

How To Turn On The PAX Era?

The PAX Era device uses sensor technology to detect when a user is inhaling on the mouthpiece so you don’t have to turn the device on or off. When you are ready for consumption, simply bring the device to your lips and begin inhaling for 1-2 seconds to start vaporizing the concentrate contained inside of the PAX Era pod. If the device is out of battery it will not activate.

Charging and Checking Battery Life

When you first purchase a PAX Era device, it may require charging before use. The PAX Era device battery charges using a standard micro USB and a charging cable is included with every device. As the device charges, the LED indicator will display the updated battery level.

While using the PAX Era, you can check the battery level at any time by gently shaking the device side-to-side. The LED indicator will show the current battery level, with each luminated petal representing 25% of the total battery life.

How To Adjust the Temperature?

The PAX Era supports four different temperature settings that range between 520°F to 790°F. You can change these settings even without the mobile app by entering “Temp Set mode”.

Here is how to enter Temp Set mode:

    1. Lightly shake the PAX Era device side-to-side: this will display the current battery life.
    2. Once the battery life is displayed, gently but quickly remove the concentrate pod from the device.
    3. Your current temperature setting will be displayed. The device will then begin automatically cycling through all of the 4 temperature settings.
    4. Once the device displays the temperature setting that you desire, quickly but gently re-insert the concentrate pod. This will change the temperature to the chosen setting.

Temperature Settings

Once your device is in Temp Set mode, the LED indicator will adjust to display which of the four settings that you have currently selected:

7ACRES Recommendation: At 7ACRES, we recommend a vaporization temperature of around 610°F for our concentrate pods, which is represented by the “medium low” setting on PAX Era devices. Lower temperature settings allow you to savour and taste the terpenes of 7ACRES’ high-end cannabis concentrates.

Importance of Temperature Control

Temperature can profoundly impact and alter your cannabis vaporization experience. Different temperatures are optimal for different people, products and even occasions, depending on the specific experience that you desire.

The two main experience factors that are dictated by temperature settings are vapour production and flavour.

In general, the higher the temperature setting, the larger amount of vapour that a device will produce. While on a high temperature setting, a single puff or inhale can generate a large vapour cloud, while vaping on lower temperatures allows for a more subtle exhale.

The second factor is flavour – which is one of the most important aspects of enjoying a cannabis product. Adjusting the temperature setting on your PAX Era device has the ability to change the taste of your concentrate pod. Different oils require different temperatures for an optimal experience.