Sous Vide Cannabutter

Today I woke up inspired. Maybe it was the Christmas gift I received from my brother, maybe it was the sativa I blazed up pre breakfast. Hell maybe it was a combo of the two. Either way lets get this shit going.

I was gifted an immersion circulator a.k.a. a sous vide cooker.

Most cooking aficionados might start dreaming of the magnificent steaks and fancy infused chicken or salmon meals in their future, and ill get there eventually.

In the meantime lets make some chef quality cannabis butter.

In my opinion you should never use good smoke-able weed for edibles. So lets reach past the premium, towards some of that outdoor from last summer.  I’m going to use a combo of some stem-ridden buds and other bags that I have laying around that I know I wouldn’t enjoy if I were to smoke. We’ll even switch to a step-by-step cookbook recipe style format as we dive into Tacoma House of Cannabis’ very own official Sous Vide Cannabutter.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ to ½ oz. of your not so dankest buds
  • Varying amount of water
  • 1 lb. of unsalted butter

Equipment:

  • Immersion circulator
  • Appropriate sized jar with lid
  • Blender
  • Strainer/cheesecloth
  • Big pot

Step 1

Fill up large pot with warm water, attach immersion circulator and preheat water to 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Lets get our desired amount of dried out buds and add them to the blender. For this batch I will be using roughly a ½ oz. (maybe a little more) of some stuff I got laying around. If you want extra potent cannabutter use a little more, if you are worried about battling a face melting edible high use a ¼ oz. or less. Put dry herb into blender and add water on top. If weed is extremely dry and soaks up water add more water. Blend up marijuana and water mixture. Make sure to not over blend or pulverize product in blender, you want a nice course grind.

Step 3

Chop up butter into squares set aside. Take blended water and weed mixture and empty from blender into appropriate sized jar. Jar should have enough room to fit butter and blended mixture with spare room. Put 1 lb. cubed butter into jar and seal

Step 4

Place sealed jar in 185 degree preheated water bath. Let immersion circulator run its process for at least 6 hours. You will have a separated oil and cannabis product sitting on top of water in sealed jar.

Step 5

Strain water/marijuana/butter mixture through several layers of cheesecloth into another jar or container of equal size. Squeeze out remaining product in cheesecloth and Set strained mixture into refrigerator over night.

Step 6

You will be left over with a hardened infused butter floated on top of water. Discard water underneath hardened butter. Enjoy by substituting infused butter instead of butter or oil in your favorite baked treat!

How to: Smoking on the Slopes

One of my favorite nostalgia moments when hitting the mountain is when you’re on the chairlift and you get that first intake of a dank smell from other mountain shredders getting their ganja on in the clean alpine air. Of course that usually makes one yearn to have a little smoke session of ones own, and hopefully the cycle repeats.

The numero uno, unrivaled feeling I have had on the mountain is having said toke session and then cruising some untouched, fresh powder lines through various tree runs or trails, capped off by sticking some gnarly little cliff jump. And to share that with a group of friends or family is my personal ultimate good time whilst cruising the slopes.

The issue of not being able to consume cannabis as openly as tobacco or beer and alcohol is still 100% real and at the mountain you have to be especially weary of this. Personally I’ve never let that slow down my consumption and I’m gonna key y’all in on some pro-tips I’ve picked up over the years to efficiently and safely have a cannabis filled day on the mountain.

#1 Doob tubes.

When you’re at the store stocking up make sure you get some pre rolls that come in joint tubes. Or if you roll your own, save them from previous purchases, you can always reuse those things. The little plastic or glass tubes pre-rolls come in have saved me much heartache over the years whilst on my more physical adventures. The doob tubes are handy because they are not bulky and they keep the joints in pristine shape until they are ready to be blazed.

#2 Mindful of where you blaze

I know weed is legal yada yada, you ain’t gotta tell me, I am the furthest thing from a closet smoker. Although, when on the slopes its important to not push the envelope. Cannabis consumption on the mountain should still be done in a discreet fashion. Don’t smoke on the chairlift unless you got the mountain to yourself and even then be careful you could get in trouble from a not so cool lifty and get your pass taken. I always urge peeps to find the trees, have a pow wow, its always a good time and sometimes a needed break. For the extremely initiated, pack the dab rig in the car depending on where were skiing you might have access to stop in throughout the day. Or hit it in the A.M. and let it chill in the whip until your ready to head home. Do yourself a favor and dump the water out in between uses. There is nothing worse than a bong or dab rig impeded by frozen water.

#3 Carry a Pack

Carry a pack of joints, carry a pack of edibles, hell, carry a pack of blunts if that’s your thing. Whenever I’m on the mountain and trying to consume these things its always smart to stash them in an easy to grab spot. Whether that’s in my snow jacket or my bibs, its key to have easy access to the danks and a lighter! Personally I don’t like carrying a backpack, but lots of my friends have in the past and it works for them. If carrying a backpack, stash it with all the essentials plus some water or snacks to guarantee your endurance on the slopes.

#4 Be Responsible

Charge your vape pens, pack a couple lighters, you know, plan for the day. Nothing worse than needing something that you don’t have and being stuck without it on shred day. That goes for the non paraphernalia items as well. Pack a multi tool, extra pair of goggles/gloves/ change of clothes. I don’t know how many times I’ve been blessed by someone bringing something that I forgot or vice versa. Preparation is always key to a good time. And now for probably the most important thing to remember, pack in what you pack out. Leave your smoke spot cleaner than what you left it and ready for the next set of shredders to do the same.

^ White Pass ^

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Thanksgiving & our normal hours

I love Thanksgiving. I don’t celebrate it in any sort of ridiculous old-timey fashion way by celebrating pilgrims, or anything. I celebrate my family and friends.

Sadly, I married young. One of the good things that came from it was having a family to celebrate Thanksgiving with, throughout my 20s, while in the Navy. So many other sailors were alone, with no place to go other than the Galley for the Navy’s overcooked food. My ex-wife, made some fabulous banquets using family recipes, everything was home cooked, and we always invited 3-10 sailors over to enjoy our Thanksgiving, while away from their homes.

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I think it is very important to give thanks to those around us, that support us, and help us fuel our dreams and paths towards achievement.

When we (Mike, Michael, and I) opened House of Cannabis – Tacoma, we made a commitment to Tacoma with regards to our operating hours, that we were going to be open 8AM to 11:55PM every single day of the year. Not everyone shares the same positive viewpoint on Thanksgiving, or Christmas, and while sad, no one can predict when a PTSD episode will strike, either. In fact, gathering with family you only want to see once per year (if that) can be stressful, traumatic, and episode inducing. So, we are here for those people.

However, being open requires a labor pool. I would never seek to make anyone work on a holiday that they intended to spend with their family, so when holidays come up, we offer the hours to those who are regularly scheduled, then open shifts from those who declined are offered to the rest of the crew. If no takers, the partners will work the shifts, themselves. Employees are paid time & a half for holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.) No one is compelled to work, except me.

For that reason, Nick (morning), Jessica (morning), Adrian (evening), and I (evening) will be working today. If you’d like to say hey, drop on by. I’ll be there from 4PM until close.

I hope you all have a good holiday, and enjoy your time with friends and family.

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All the best,

Kevin
(co-owner)

Cannabis and Fitness

How many of ya’ll out there blaze it up before hitting the gym? My people. Hell, maybe your a little less initiated and you dabble in using cannabis edibles or topicals as your post workout routine for relief. Wherever you fall on our little spectrum, you my friends, are the latest trend.

According to results from a research survey published by Frontiers in Public Health, cannabis use and fitness is on the rise in legal states.

605 people took the survey. The survey targeted people 21 years and older in recreational marijuana states who had liked some sort of cannabis page via facebook. In the full sample, 494 participants (81.7%) endorsed using cannabis before and/or after exercise and 111 (18.3%) did not.

I had the chance to chit chat with a couple that frequents our store as well as our very own Tacoma Center YMCA. For anonymity sake we’ll call them Jay and Nay.

“When I smoke before playing basketball it puts me in a different zone, I get more focused in on the game and have more fun.” Jay said.

“I like to smoke sativa before going to the gym normally, but lately I’ve been on a fruit chew kick,” said Nay. “It seems like it helps so I can lift more and ride the spin bikes longer.”

Ceres has edibles available in single or 10 pack packages, THC or CBD dominant.

Nay says that she prefers our Ceres brand Fruit Chews to some other types of edibles on the market. They don’t leave a bad taste in her mouth or make her more thirsty, so its a good product to use before the gym.

For all of those post workout aches and pains without the consumption Ceres has some of the most desirable products on the market available for topicals. The Dragon Balm by Ceres is easily our most popular topical product on the shelf. And you can get it out the door for $15.

Ceres has much more than Dragon Balm available. They have lotions, gels, and balms available depending on your preference or where you are applying.

I always compare Dragon Balm to the famous Tiger Balm in smell and consistency. Pro-Tip, its better, cause its jam packed with cannabis! Dragon Balm has a broad spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes as well as camphor oil and menthol essential oils. As i stated last week, different ratio’s of cannabinoids can be more beneficial for various ailments, and everyone is different so its always helpful to come in and explain what you’re looking for to our staff. Dragon Balm has 175mg THC, 175 mg CBD, and 20 mg CBN.

Topicals such as this will only provide relief and never a psychoactive effect. So don’t you worry you wont get high from this stuff.

Whether you are using marijuana to push your personal limits at the gym, or to cope with the healing and relief process. We pride ourselves at The House of Cannabis in carrying a product to fit every one of your cannabis needs, so come on down and chat it up with our knowledgeable staff and we’ll get you stocked for your next workout session.

Things to do While Stoned: Beach in the Fall Time

Going to the beach in the fall is just as good as the summer if you ask me. The key to a successful fall beach trip is picking the right time to go for optimal fun and adventure.

My friends, the time is now! According to a little birdie on my radio this morning The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife opened up season for razor clam digging today and the clams are plentiful. So far, the season opened today October 26th and it lasts for seven days.

All the official information that you may need regarding razor clam digging can be found at Washington’s Department of Fish and Wild Life website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#current. I Highly suggest checking out their website for licensing and harvesting information, current and future dig dates, and which beaches are open for digging.

For the official stoner guide to razor clamming step no further, I got you covered.

First and foremost we gotta get our stash right before heading out. When doing outdoor activities like fishing and crabbing I gotta have me some joints stashed to help pass the time while facing the elements. For the particular activity of razor clamming you are usually busy hunting for the clams to show you where they are in the sand, then when you finally see one you gotta dig that sucker up asap. This equates to less time to shoot the shit and smoke joints.

You guys, its all good! We have some of the best edibles on the market at Tacoma House of Cannabis, perfect to keep the buzz going on your busier activities, and they’re extremely affordable at that. Edibles starting out at $15 for 100mg of THC. Pop a few of those bad boys and you’ll be good til at least one limits worth of clams are harvested.

So we got our favorite edibles maybe a vaporizer for discreetness, and of course some joints stashed. All the rest of the things you need for razor clam digging can be found at the hardware stores near the beach; things like shellfish license, a digging utensil, and mesh bag for the bounty are a must.

It’s gonna be wet and cold out there in all reality. All that digging is gonna work up an appetite for some doobie breaks. So just remember to be respectful to others, and take a step back from the crowd before puffing on the magic dragon.

Happy hunting!