Value at the Dispo: Make the Cheapest and BEST Cannabis Edibles, FECO & RSO

After working with extraction and helping people make FECO & RSO for so long I’m shocked I didn’t think of this before. A friend reached out about cancer patients he was helping with FECO/RSO but having trouble with the cost and effort of doing the extractions. He was hoping I had an idea on how to make it easier and that’s when it clicked.

Buying retail edibles is often beyond disappointing and expensive while the price of FECO/RSO is absurd.  I’m going to turn that upside down right now and show you how to utilize value at the dispo to make the cheapest and best edibles, FECO & RSO with: 

NO expensive equipment. 
NO difficult or time consuming tasks. 
ONLY simplicity, great quality and enormous savings! 

Thinking of the best and cheapest edibles probably doesn’t conjure images of a dispo. However, by optimizing a trip to the dispo you can create extreme cost savings and customize edibles specifically for your individual needs.

EDIBLES, FECO AND RSO ARE INTERTWINED

I’m sure some will be quick to challenge my use of the terms “FECO” & “RSO” and using them interchangeably with “edibles” but I contend they all fit together cohesively.  Somewhere along the way, “medicinal” cannabis extracts became associated with concentrates that are pure black and full of chlorophyll.  It’s just wrong and a misassociation in my opinion.  Major and minor cannabinoids are the primary medicine with terpenes probably playing a supporting role.  Chlorophyll, lipids and waxes have no reasonable function in the medicine.  (Cue screams of disdain from the internet parrots that relentlessly spread the same old nonsense about “getting everything out of the plant or it’s not medicine.”)  I’m not going to spend a bunch of time here on why chlorophyll and undesirables have no place in cannabis concentrates but I’ll add an appendix to the end of this post clearly detailing my reasoning.  For my intent and purposes, FECO and RSO are equivalent to a full-spectrum, decarbed cannabis concentrate that’s the same as what I’d use to make incredible edibles regardless of the color and chlorophyll content.

DISPO SALES FOR THE WIN

Retail edibles cost around $15-$25 for a 100 mg product that’s often neither effective nor delicious.  That’s about ¢15-¢30 per mg for something that’s ‘meh’ at best.  At the same dispo you can often find acceptable quality concentrates on sale close to ¢1 per mg!  That’s 15 to 25 TIMES cheaper per mg than retail edibles and even cheaper than growing your own cannabis and making your own oil!  A $10 gram of dabs on sale has over 700 mg “total THC.”  Total THC measures how much THC will be present at full decarb (if you are not familiar with decarb check out my Decarb 101 post) and is required labeling information for most regulated cannabis packaging. 

7 grams of shatter from dispo. About 5,033 mg Total THC for $70 (before tax)

When concentrates go on sale, stock up!  There are often great sales on all holidays or apps like Leafly have a search function to locate the best deals near you. There’s no need to be picky, any form of concentrate (wax, shatter, crumble, sauce, diamonds, etc.) will work great and it’s ok if they sit around for a while after purchasing since they’ll be decarbed and used as edibles anyway.  To maximize value be careful to choose concentrates with the highest total THC potency.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DECARB

Cheap dabs on sale are often right next to FECO/RSO that’s selling for $100 a gram!  It’s crazy because FECO/RSO have a much lower cannabinoid potency but are considerably more expensive.  Dabs have higher concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes and that’s all we need to make great quality medicinals.  Using the Jar Tech Decarb guidance will retain terpenes and produce the cleanest high quality concentrates for edibles or FECO/RSO.  Crazy good, super easy and obnoxiously cheap.

Prepare and load concentrate for Jar Tech decarb.
After the jar cools open the jar and enjoy the most beautiful edible FECO/RSO.

With the decarbed concentrate in hand you have won the well-deserved freedom of escaping the limited selection and potency limits of the retail market while saving a ton of cash.  There are many ways to use the concentrate.

  • Store in a syringe or put in capsules to use as is. 
  • Combine with a oil/butter/fat of a recipe to make whatever edible you desire. 
  • Combine with a carrier oil to make an infusion with precise potency control dosing.
  • Combine with alcohol/ethanol to make a tincture. 
  • Combine with sugar for a treat or confectionary creation.

I have a very detailed post on Cooking With Cannabis Concentrates for more information on dosage, handling sticky concentrates and such.

This Is The Way

There are so many ridiculously expensive pieces of equipment out there that can be fun, but with a little bit of knowledge and planning they are completely unnecessary. This is easily the best possible way to the most economical, personalized, incredible edible.

If you have any questions hop in the FB group IchiBan’s Extraction Lounge and get involved.

STAY LIFTED MY FRIENDS !!!

APPENDIX: Chlorophyll & Undesirables

There’s all kinds of confused misinformation on the topic of cannabis component importance. Many internet thumpers push the idea that “You must include the WHOLE plant in an extract to get the medicinal value.”  They’ve been using equipment like rice cookers and Magic Butter Makers for a number of years to make poor quality extractions and have brainwashed themselves and each other into believing chlorophyll in extractions is not only a good idea but essential.  This is complete nonsense. The goodness is comprised of the cannabinoids and terpenes contained in the trichomes with comparably little elsewhere in the plant.

People that have been making the black FECO/RSO will be up in arms about my view, declaring that they’ve cured everything from glaucoma to cancer with their personal extraction method and convinced it’s superior and unique.  It’s not.  It’s just cannabinoids, usually heated so heavily during processing and decarb that terpenes are mostly decimated and the end product tar black with plant matter.  There’s nothing special about what they are doing regardless of how loud they holler. It’s just a very rudimentary extraction method akin to bathtub gin.  Dispensaries LOVE it because everyone that’s been convinced they need the black stuff pays a large premium for an inferior, lower potency product.

Undesirable plant components like fats, waxes and chlorophyll don’t contribute to the ‘medicine’ of the plant.  People will argue that the chlorophyll is good for you. It’s true, chlorophyll is good for you but in the case of cannabis concentrates it’s misapplied logic.  There are only two kinds of chlorophyll on earth so the chlorophyll in cannabis is not unique.  If the health benefits of chlorophyll are desired, eating fresh greens like spinach is a much better choice than polluting a concentrate with it.  Fresh greens are the key.  Chlorophyll in decarbed cannabis has been dried, aged, heated and degraded so much that there’s really no benefit to it.  There’s also the fact that the very tiny amount of concentrate contained in a typical edible serving is so small it’s even more meaningless.

In contrast, the problems caused by that garbage, even in very small amounts, are significant.

  1. Causes GI problems for many people.
  2. Lowers concentrate potency.
  3. Makes products smell like swamp.
  4. Makes products taste like swamp.
  5. Makes you belch swamp.

The idea that FECO/RSO must be black and full of chlorophyll to be effective comes from a looooong line of misinformation shared throughout the internet by home cannabis processors making RSO/FECO without the a deeper understanding of extraction science.  The reality is they simply got stuck with the chlorophyll and plant material turning the concentrates black because they didn’t know how to avoid it. They argue, “you must get everything out of the plant to be beneficial.”  This is simply not correct and is a kind of reasoning we don’t apply to almost anything else we consume.  We intelligently treat every botanical in a way to target, harvest and isolate the desirable components for consumption and discard undesirables, non-performing components, and things that make us feel unpleasant.  Cannabis concentrates should be handled the same way.

The confusion stems from a variety of inaccurate legacy “knowledge” and traditional cannabis product preparation practices.

  1. Tradition was a long soak cannabis in alcohol because the plant wasn’t understood as it is today.
  2. Less aggressive low-proof alcohol was used for making tinctures.
  3. The long soak was necessary for the natural decarb process to activate the THC to make it psychoactive.  Now we know there are better ways to achieve this ‘activation.’
  4. Traditional, long infusion techniques found their way into extraction methods.
  5. Consumers using machines like the Magical Butter have been misled into believing they need to chop the plant and have it pulverized in hot alcohol for hours to make a tincture.  This is an incredible disservice by that company onto the cannabis community. It’s the exact opposite of what should be done to make a quality product.

The term “full-spectrum” refers to a cannabis product containing the cannabinoids and terpenes of a certain cannabis sample that represent it’s medicinal properties.  The term has been twisted, mainly due to the factors listed above, into people wanting to extract the “whole plant.” There are going to be arguments that there are nutrients in the roots, possibly flavins in the plant, and even fiber in the plant material. For extraction a line must be drawn somewhere and I argue that’s with the contents of the trichomes which are cannabinoids and terpenes. If someone holds the different opinion that all components of the plant are necessary then concentrates are not the appropriate choice for consumption.  To consume the whole plant it would be most appropriate to either juice or just grind up the plant and eat which is not pleasant.

Lastly, have you ever heard an extraction professional tout the benefits of fats, waxes and chlorophyll in concentrates or is it only heard in internet groups? There’s nothing credible indicating that including these undesirables does anything but lower potency, make concentrates taste and smell horrible and cause gastric distress. 

Just say NO to BOROPHYLL !

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