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Cannabis Infused Mojito Drink

Cannabis Infused Mojito Drink

As many of you now know cannabis edibles and infusions will be coming to an OCS store and other regulated dispensaries at the end of October. Well, that what we can only hope since October 2019 is the time in which edibles and cannabis infusions are set to become legal. While you wait for this day to come, check out this recipe for a nice relaxing THC infused mojito!

There are many ways to make Cannabis infused drinks. One of the most common ways is to make a cannabis rum infusions by infusing the TCH into alcohol. This can usually take weeks to complete, but there are ways to do it within only 48-72 hours.

NOTE: If mixing cannabis with alcohol, be very careful as too much cannabis can result in a very potent drink!

How To Make A Cannabis Infused Mojito

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1/8 OZ of Cannabis
  2. 1 Bottle of White Rum
  3. Lime
  4. 5 TBSP of Sugar
  5. Lots of Mint
  6. Crushed Ice
  7. Carbonated Water

LET’S GET STARTED

  1. Preheat you oven to 240 deg.f
  2. Wrap your cannabis up in tinfoil and place it in the oven for 20 min. This will begin the decarboxylate process.
  3. Remove the cannabis from the oven and then squeeze it into a cheesecloth. This needs to be able to fit into the bottle of rum.
  4. Let the bottle with the cannabis inside sit for a minimum of 24 hours. Your can let it sit for upto two weeks, which will increase the potency. If you do this make sure to burp the bottle every 10 hours.
  5. Grab yourself a glass. Squeeze half of a lime into the glass and then mix in the sugar.
  6. Add your crushed ice to the glass.
  7. Get a hand full of mint and clench it within your hand. This will help release the mint flavor. Place the mint in the glass.
  8. Stir in 1 oz. of the cannabis infused rum, and then top the glass off with some carbonated water.
  9. Give the glass a nice stir, insert a straw, take a sip and enjoy!

We hope that you enjoy your Cannabis Infused Mojito. If you have any questions about cannabis or cannabis grow systems, including LED grow lights, grow tents, or nutrients, we at Herb Guys are always happy to help.

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Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis Edibles Coming Soon To Ontario

The day most Canadian’s have been waiting for is now within sight. In just over 1 month, you will be able to legally obtain and consume cannabis edibles.

The day cannabis edibles and other cannabis infused products become legal is October 17, 2019. This will be in effect for all provinces within Canada.

OCTOBER 17, 2019 – EDIBLES DAY!

Although the October 17th date is confirmed, I would not expect to see products on the Ontario Cannabis Supply (OCS) website quite quick. From the looks of things the OCS is already having a hard enough time keeping up with dry cannabis.

However, we should not lose all hope. The OCS has been actively signing new supply agreements over the past few months. These supply requests have been published on the OCS website and have requested many new products such as vape pens, TCH and CBD oil extracts, along with baked cannabis goods.

The TCH and brownie infused products will at the earliest be stocked on shelves come December 2019. This is because of a rule that requires 60 days to advise Health Canada of their intent to sell…..even if selling to a Provincial body.

The Canadian cannabis market is growing rapidly. It is expected that the soon to be legal cannabis edibles will be worth big; approximately $1.6 billion annually.

Now we all know the limits of how much dry cannabis one can legally possess, but how about edibles and oil concentrates?

Health Canada has confirmed that the maximum amount of THC in edibles will be 10mg and 1,000mg in concentrates used in vape pens. Further, multi-pack edibles will be limited to 100 mg of THC per packet. Many have already criticized the limits on single serve edibles (10mg) and the multi-packs (100mg) as being too conservative. To the above, these concerns have been made prevalent in many online forums, and surprisingly by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, stating that they would like to see single serve packs of edibles increased from 10mg to 100mg (max) of THC.

In light of the above, it seems that both the Provincial and Federal governments are moving in the right direction with regards to providing alternative types of cannabis products. It may also be due to the fact that the Canadian cannabis industry has become one of the largest in the world and is poised to generate billions of dollars on an annual bases.

For more information on cannabis infused edibles, please feel free to leave a comment below or head over to the Health Canada website by clicking HERE.

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Cannabis Terpenes - Terpenez - Herb Guys

Terpenez Terpene Booster and Oil Intensifier

When growing cannabis for medical or recreational use, a vital, yet frequently overlooked growing additive is  Terpenes. In this article we are going to be providing an overview of a new terpenes additive created by Zelda Horticulture called Terpenez Terpene Booster and Oil Intensifier.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes (terpenoids) are aromatic metabolites that are found in almost all plants. Terpenes are primarily found in plant oils. Notwithstanding plants such as tomatoes, mangos, strawberries, etc, there are over 100 different types of terpenes produced by cannabis plants.

In simplest terms, terpenes give your plants flavour and smell. When growing different strains of cannabis, the concentrate of terpenes is what produces the distinct smell and flavor between different strains.

Higher concentrate of terpenes = better smell

Terpenes Effect on THC and CBD

Several studies have found that terpenes have a direct correlation with how cannabinoids such as THC and CBD pass through one’s body. The concentration of terpenes found within a cannabis plant works to either increase or decrease the effects of the CBD and THC cannabinoids. When the amount of cannabinoids and terpenes is balanced within a plant, you will notice a stronger effect and an overall better end-user effect.

4 Common Terpenes in Cannabis

Pinene (pine): Pinene is the most common terpene found in cannabis plants. This type of terpene has anti-inflammatory properties, and is it also found in orange peels, pine needles, basil, and parsley.

Myrcene (earthy, musky, fruity): The Myrcene terpene is often found in mangoes, thyme, lemongrass, and basil, and like the Pinene terpene, it is also one of the most commonly found terpenes in cannabis. The Myrcene terpene can compose up to 50 percent of a cannabis plant’s terpenes, and it is very common in indica strains.

Limonene (citrus): The Limonene terpene is characterized by hints of lemons, oranges, mandarins, limes, and grapefruits, just like its name suggests. The Limonene terpene has been shown to elevate mood, and relieve stress.

Common Cannabis Terpenes - Terpenez - Herb Guys

Terpenez Booster and Oil Intensifier

Terpenez is formulated from all organic matter and is designed to assist the plant with the processes associated with oil and resin production during a plants growth stages. The producer of Terpenez is a company called Solis Tek, a distinguished manufacture of growing systems including grow lights and nutrients.

What we like most about the Terpenez product is its all natural formulation. Terpenez has been formulated as a 0-0-0- product, which means that Terpenez is free of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. This is great because when using Terpenez you don’t have to worry about it disrupting your pH balance soil or grow solution.

In addition to producing better smelling profiles and healthier cannabis plants and flowers, the Terpenez oil infuser product is also:

  • All natural
  • Vegan Compliant
  • Can be used up to finish with positive results
  • Can be replace your existing flushing agent
  • Able to increase systemic pest resistance
  • Able to increase cannabinoid production
  • Able to decrease fungal pathogens and root borne diseases

How to Use Terpenez Booster and Oil Intensifier

When using Terpenez Terpene Booster and Oil Intensifier you can rest assure you will only increase oil and resin production, without stressing out your plant, no matter how you decide to administer. Terpenez is very easy to use and can be used throughout the grow cycle; however, most people use it as a flush prior to harvesting.

Use 1 -2ml per litre throughout the flower cycle, ideal pH range: 5.8 – 6.4

During the flush use at 2 – 3ml per litre – ideal pH range: 5.6 – 6.2

Final Thoughts

Overall, Terpenez Terpene Booster and Oil Intensifier is one of our most favorite up and coming products. It can be used by commercial growers and at home growers alike. Terpenez will result in an increase in the essential oil production of your plants, and should be part of everyone’s growing regiment. It is safe to assume that your priority is to grow cannabis that smells and tastes great, using Terpenez is a great way to achieve outstanding result in a cost effective and easy way.

To learn more about the Terpenez Terpene Booster and Oil Intensifier, click here.

If you have any questions or require assistance with any of your growing projects, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave us a comment in the comment section below or get in touch with us by clicking here.

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Yellowing Cannabis Leaves

Yellowing Cannabis Plant Leaves: The Cause and the Fix

When you work so hard to grow your Cannabis plants there is nothing more devastating than watching them slowly wither away until they are dead. One of the most common complaints that we hear about is the yellowing of Cannabis plant leaves, and even sometimes parts of the plant stock. When yellowing is observed, there are many things that can cause this problem, and in this article we are going to explain to you how to prevent plant yellowing.

Moisture Stress

The most common issue that we see with cannabis home growers is over watering and under watering. Finding the right amount of water for your cannabis plants is a large balancing act. If your plant is yellowing, the first thing you should do is check your soil moisture level. You can do this by poking a 1in deep hole with your finger to see if the soil is damp, or by using a soil moisture reader. We recommend using a moisture reader, as they are accurate and can be found for less than 10$.

To prevent over watering and possible root rot, you should use a highly permeable soil as well as a collection dish below the pot. Over watering will cause the roots to rot or the plant to uptake too much moisture which will bloat the leaves and cause undue stress leading to yellowing.

Tip: Once the soil is dry to the touch wait 1 more day and then give your plants a deep water. Once the water pours out of the bottom of the pot, don’t water until the soil is completely dry again. This will help support strong and hardy roots.

Temperature & Light

Temperature and light can also cause yellowing cannabis plant leaves. Firstly, light is an essential pillar to growing a healthy cannabis plant. Plants grow through photosynthesis and low light will result in poor growth. When it comes down to lighting, you will want to aim for more light during the initial growth stage, and then slowly reduce the amount of light intake at the flowering/bloom stage. HPS and Full Spectrum LED Lights are always optimal for fast and health plant growth. To check out some great deals on Mars Hydro Full Spectrum Lights click HERE.

Growth Stage = 16 to 18 hours of continuous light.

Blooming & Budding Stages = 9 to 12 hours of light.

Further to the above, temperature can also cause yellowing in plants. When it is too hot or too cold leaves may change color and eventually turn brown and yellow. Typically, when leaves are yellowing, this is attributed to colder temperatures.

“Ensure that your plants are away from vents and cold drafts.”

Seeding Temperature = 20-25 Degrees Celsius

Seeding Humidity = 65 to 70%

Flowering Temperature = 18-24 Degrees Celsius

Flowering Humidity = 30 to 40%

Nutrition

Lastly, yellowing of your plants may also be caused by nutritional issues. Just like humans, plants also need nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies are often confirmed when the leaves are yellow, but the veins on the leaves are still green.

Many people think that adding more nutrients and especially fertilizer will make plants grow faster. This is not true and often leads to yellowing and the burning of leaves.

The most important thing for your plants is a balance in nutrition. Always follow the manufacture recommendations and do not exceed these requirements. When in doubt, always use less.

If you want well balanced nutrition for your cannabis plants check out the Terpenez Oil Intensifier. In addition to helping your plants grow better, the results from Terpenez is impressive. The flowers will be noticeably larger look healthier with Terpenez, along with a nice aroma.

To lean more about our Terpenez products, click HERE.

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Hydroponic Cannabis

Understanding The Basics of Hydroponics

What is Hydroponics

Getting started with hydroponic growing can be very confusing and a bit overwhelming, but worry no more, in this article we are going to provide you with a simple break down of the most common hydroponic grow set-ups and how to ensure optimal plant growth.

In short, hydroponics is the grow practice of growing plants using only water. That’s right, no soil needed! Although hydroponics does not require soil, you will require a growing medium which we will speak about in the later portion of this article.

When utilizing a hydroponic grow system, the concept and process is fairly simple. A bare root plant is placed within a growing medium (a protective casing) and water is either dripped over top or flowing below the root system. The continual flow of oxygenated water allows the plant to grow at a much faster pace without the need to worry about root rot, which is often caused by stagnant and stale water. In addition to the above, hydroponic grows also have the ability to precisely control the amount of nutrients the plant obtains. This is usually done through mixing nutrients or fertilizers into the grow systems water reservoir.

The Benefits of Hydroponics

Some may wonder what the benefits of growing hydroponically versus a more common soil based grow. Simply put, growing hydroponically can be more efficient, will result in faster harvest, and can be done so year round as growing outdoors is not required.

With hydroponic growing, it is not uncommon to notice at least 20% faster plant growth and 25% higher yields.

Contrary to the above, there are also some negatives associated with hydroponic growing. This includes:

  1. Higher set-up costs; and
  2. Maintenance of mechanical components (if required)

In our view, even with a very simple hydroponic set-up, the benefits far surpass traditional growing (soil grow) methods.

There are many types of hydroponic grow set-up’s. However, our favorites and the easiest to set-up and maintain include the following:

  1. Wick systems;
  2. Drip systems; and
  3. Deep water culture systems

Hydroponic Wick Systems

A hydroponic wick system is a very simple and straight forward concept, but it can be problematic under certain conditions. A wick system has been used in the agricultural industry for quite some time, and requires no mechanical components or power to run. That’s why this system is popular among hydroponic hobbyists and beginners.

The wick system uses an absorbent material such as a rope or felt which is strewn between the plant and the water reservoir located below the plant. In ordered for this method to work, the wick must be able to pull water upwards and into the plants root system. The plant should be encased within a growing medium which also acts as a sponge and ensures that the root system never dries out.

A great growing medium includes clay pellets, coconut coir, and Rockwool.

Wick System Pros:

  • Great for smaller plants that don’t require lots of water
  • Hands off and low maintenance
  • Great for hydroponic beginners

Wick System Cons:

  • Not the greatest for larger plants or plants that require lots of water (lettuce/green onion etc.)

Drip System

Hydroponic drip systems are amazing…… when you know what you are doing. The drip system is a very simple concept that does not require much work or money too setup. These types of systems are most prevalent in commercial growing.

Just like its name, a drip system works by slowly dripping water over a planting medium which in turn provide moisture to the plants root system. A drip system includes a reservoir that is filled with water and nutrients, and a pump/hose which provides the water to the plants.

The tricky part about operating a drip system is finding the perfect water balance (water frequency and drip rate). This usually involves a lot of trial and error as well as a pump timer which will assist you in controlling the frequency of watering.

“1 minute on and 10 minutes off”

Benefits of Drip Systems

  • High level of control over feeding and watering schedule
  • Relatively cheap

Downsides of Drip Systems

  • May be overkill for a smaller garden
  • Hard to dial in

Deep Water Culture System

Hydroponic growing using the deep water culture system is one of the easiest things to do. In simple terms the deep water culture system uses a reservoir to hold water and nutrients. The solution is aerated using a bubbler and the roots of the plants are suspended in the solution. This allows the plats to get a continuous water supply as well as nutrients and oxygen. Because the nutrient solution is oxygenated, root rot does not become a problem.

Like almost all hydroponic systems, the deep water culture system does not require any soil. Plants are bare root and are suspended in a growing medium. This includes foam board, rock wool, or clay pellets.

Deep Water Culture Pros:

  1. Very inexpensive and easy to make at home
  2. Extremely low-maintenance

Deep Water Culture Cons:

  1. Does not work well for large plants
  2. Does not work well for plants with long growing period
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Ontario’s Retail Cannabis Lottery – Its Almost Time!

The province of Ontario has announced the first 25 companies that can now legal apply for a retail licence to sell recreational cannabis in the province. This is a pivotal time in Ontario’s history and will also be a great case study to see how cannabis retail stores operate and whether they will have a positive impact or negative impact.

Although recreational cannabis consumption is now legal (with conditions) in Ontario and other provinces in Canada, the Ontario government has opted to only release 25 retail licences. The Ontario government will continue to operate the OCS Ontario Cannabis Store as their own retail platform.

With that said the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is in charge of issuing retail licences and was also in charge of the retail cannabis retail store lottery. The agency received more the 18,000 application from prospective retail store companies. Of those, nearly 50% of the applicants were sole proprietors, while only a third of the applicants were corporations.

The Criteria

If you were one of the lucky one to receive approval to apply for a retail cannabis licence there are still some large issues that you must sort out.

Those selected have 5 business days to submit their applications along with a non-refundable $6,000 application fee and a hefty non-refundable $50,000 letter of credit.

If an Applicant is selected in the lottery the AGCO will apply its full due diligence process to determine if the Applicant will carry on business in accordance with the law, and with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest. This may prove very difficult with respect to zoning matter under the jurisdiction of local Municipalities.

“Opening a Retail Store by April 1, 2019 is Required”

If an applicant cannot find a suitable retail store location and be up and running by April 1, 2019 they risk losing their licence as well as their $50,000 letter of credit. The amount to be lost from the letter of credit will be up to the Registrar, and will be addressed on a case by case basis.

As noted above, a big issue for retailers will be seen at the local level. Although one may have an licence to operate (in part) they can only operate a retail store if they find a location that is in compliance with local land use provisions (Zoning By-law).

In simple terms, the Zoning By-law as directed by our Official Plans and other Provincial Policy will dictate where retail stores can be located. Where compliance to Zoning By-laws are in question, applicants may be required to amend such By-laws to permit their use, which may hinder them from operation by the April 1st deadline.

Although there are some hurdles to jump through, anyone who has received 1 of the 25 licences are very lucky. Until such time that the provincial government decided to release additional licences, these operators will have a huge “on the ground” cannabis monopoly for the legal purchase of such goods.

At this time it is premature to speculate on how the cannabis retail stores will fair out and whether or not they will have any adverse impacts. Time will only tell.

We would like to hear what you think. Leave us a reply in the comment section below!

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