Cannagarz: the ultimate in smoking

As a member at ClubM, you appreciate the finer things. When it comes to smoking cannabis, there is no more refined way to approach it than by sparking up one of Cannagarz’ masterfully crafted cannabis cigars.

Cigar aficionados like to bring out their cigars at special occasions. Smoking a fine cigar is a timeless and tasteful way to celebrate successes or other occasions. And now, with Cannagarz, cannabis connoisseurs can enjoy an experience boasting a level of refinement on par with Cuban cigars.

It’s the concentrate

You might be wondering how a cannabis cigar is any different from a blunt. The critical difference between the two lies in the wrap. Traditional blunts are made by hollowing out tobacco cigars and then refilling them with ground cannabis. Cannagarz, on the other hand, use the actual leaves of the marijuana plant to create the shell that holds the ground cannabis. They also include cannabis concentrates inside the wraps, not just ground flower. Before anything is done with the leaves, they are washed to remove dirt and residue that cakes onto the leaves while they’re curing. According to Cannagarz, this results in the best possible flavor for the smoker.

Many cannabis smokers (myself included) have quit using tobacco because of the health risks associated with it. This is not to say that smoking marijuana poses no health risks; any type of smoke is irritating to the lungs and can cause respiratory issues. However, marijuana smoke has not been linked with lung cancer in the way tobacco has been proven to be. Cannagarz offer the luxuries of cigar smoking without nicotine, as the casing is made of washed marijuana leaves and packed and with top-quality flowers and concentrates for an unmatched experience.

A careful process; a pure product

To make the cigars, Cannagarz uses wooden molds to compress ground flower into acannagarz being made long, cigar-like shape around a skewer. Next, rosin (which has the consistency of warm, not-so-sticky shatter) is basted onto the leaves that will be used to wrap the cigar guts. Rosin is used instead of butane or CO2 extracts for a pure, solventless product.

After the layer of adhesive oil paste is applied, kief is sprinkled on the leaves to add another source of concentrated THC. Finally, the leaves are wrapped around the skewered blunt guts until a secure and aesthetic shell is formed. Next the skewer is removed, leaving an opening in the middle of the cigar for air to flow through, ensuring smooth hits (the absence of which can sometimes be a problem with non-skewered cannabis cigars).

It’s not a celebration without a Cannagar

The end result is a top of the line product which can provide top-level effects for even large groups of people, when considering just how much exponentially longer a Cannagar lasts than a traditional blunt or joint. It is a new and exciting way of consuming cannabis (read: hard hitting), and an especially appealing one for groups.

The best news: ClubM now offers Cannagarz products! We know our members will love these products — don’t be surprised if you discover a new favorite way of medicating.

 

Dabbing shatter

Dabbing 101: A healthier alternative to smoking

You might think dabbing is complicated (or even scary) because it involves a blowtorch. Actually, it’s pretty simple. And it’s actually a healthier alternative to smoking plant material, because dabbing produces a vapor, not smoke.

To take a dab, you use a “dab rig,” basically a small bong that has a titanium / quartz / ceramic nail.  There are two steps:

  • Heat the nail with a blowtorch until it turns red, then wait approximately 30 seconds for the nail to cool to 650 degrees Fahrenheit (at which point it will no longer be glowing red).
  • Using a dab tool, apply wax to the nail while inhaling through the dab rig.

In some cases a dome is put over the top to collect smoke, while in other cases the nail is “domeless” and a carb cap is put over the nail to aid vapor production.

The torch method has drawn criticism by some users who find the inhalation of residual butane or propane potentially harmful to their health. One reason to switch to dabbing from smoking is from a harm-reduction standpoint: smoking is irritating to the lungs and can cause respiratory problems. But dabbing does not involve smoke.

The e-nail is an alternative to using a torch

The downsides to using a torch for dabbing can be easily fixed by purchasing an electronic nail, or e-nail. These nails are specially built so that a coil can be placed around the nail, which, after being connected to a power box, acts as a heating element and keeps the nail at a constant, adjustable temperature. When using an e-nail, the user is not exposed to any butane or propane that was left on the nail after heating. Also, there is no guessing game as to exactly when the dab should be taken. It can be taken at any time, because the temperature is always set to the correct temp.

Different types of concentrated marijuana, or wax, include shatter, crumble, budder, and oil. Each different form of THC concentrate has different physical properties, caused by the differing methods used to make them. Usually a solvent is used to extract THC from cannabis – butane or CO2 are solvents most commonly used. Dabbers who are worried about the health effects of inhaling solvent residue need not worry, as there are solventless extraction methods as well, including ice water extraction and heat extraction. The only downside to the solventless extraction methods is that they tend to result in a finished product with lower potency than other THC concentrate methods.

Club M currently offers several high-quality concentrates of different types:

  • If you’re interested in an award-winning low-THC, high-CBD strain, you will enjoy the Blueberry OG shatter.
  • If you’re concerned about inhaling concentrate made with solvents, this solventless hash will put you at ease.
  • If you’re frustrated with the amount you need to smoke to achieve the desired effect, this potent Gorilla Glue shatter will knock your socks off.
  • And if you’re looking for a cut-rate deal on some reliable shatter that slightly varies in consistency from batch to batch, this shatter by Deviant Dabs will do just the trick.

Photo by Andres Rodriguez, Creative Commons

Make California’s last pre-legal 4/20 extra special

Every April, cannabis enthusiasts look forward to 4/20 as a unique day of celebration. This year is no different, except that the anticipation might be greater than ever, as the California cannabis community inches closer to the implementation of legalized recreational use, thanks to the passage of Prop. 64.

Here’s what makes this year’s 4/20 even more fun: Cannabis companies continue to roll out new products in advance of legalized use, giving us more choice from a wider and deeper variety of cannabis products.

We are approaching a new age of cannabis in California, and as always, ClubM has been doing your homework for you, checking out what’s good, and stocking the ClubM Shop with the best of the best.  

If you’re a top-shelf smoker (or you know one) your tastes have likely evolved. Ready for something new and different? Consider celebrating 4/20 with something special — perhaps one of our tinctures from Cordial Organic or Golden Goddess. Both have super-tasty formulations that enable you to titrate for a mellow springtime buzz.    

We also have cannabis-infused topical formulations in stock, including wellness products from Lord Jones, sensual enhancement oil from Foria, and medicated body butter from Sweet Releaf.

And of course, if you prefer to stick to tried-and-true tradition, we always have an amazing selection of super-premium California flower, from growers and providers including:

  • Dirt Ninja
  • True Humboldt
  • Lola Lola
  • EFF
  • Gold Seal and others.

4/20 is right around the corner — we’re here to make sure it’s special!

Check out the ClubM Shop now! 

A Perfect Moment: ClubM wins Best of Edibles List Award

We’re intrinsically motivated around here, but it’s still great to see the world sit up and take notice, right?

This happened on Feb. 26 when the MBox from ClubM was awarded first place for Best Packaging in the Best of Edibles List Awards 2016, presented by Edibles Magazine.

Our focus has always been on delivering an exclusive, luxury cannabis experience to our members, and it’s great to receive validation from important industry sources like Edibles Magazine.

We look forward to earning more recognition in the future as more people hear about ClubM and he amazing MBox!

Join us at Emerald Exchange III in Malibu!

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Culturally, you could say that Northern and Southern California are worlds apart. The north is home to the high-tech capital of the world, and all of the innovation and wealth that comes with that. The sun-soaked south has Hollywood and the epicenter of beach culture, as well as aerospace and many other huge industries.

But at both ends of the state, there’s a serious appreciation for the world’s finest cannabis. That will be the focus of the third annual edition of the Emerald Exchange, March 18, 2017 at a private ranch nestled in the hills of Malibu — and ClubM will be there as a Diamond Sponsor.

This year’s Emerald Exchange is timed to coincide with the vernal equinox, and will include a Farmer’s Market from noon to 6 p.m., followed by a Dance Party until midnight. Guests will also have the opportunity to:

  • Meet the small-batch farmers who grow world-class Northern California cannabis.
  • Discover more than 20 California-based luxury cannabis brands.
  • Interact with a like-minded members of a state-wide community devoted to wellness.

A very special MBox will be available at the event. It will include premium items from Emerald Exchange III vendors — exclusive California sun-grown cannabis that you can’t get anywhere else. Please join us for California’s premier cannabis celebration!

Learn more and purchase tickets to Emerald Exchange III.

 

Microdosing: when less is more

Less is more. That’s the thinking behind the growing trend toward microdosing cannabis. Wait, what? Why would you want to microdose? Isn’t the whole point to macrodose — to get as much medicine into your body (and head) as you can?

Sometimes. Then there are times when you may want to medicate just a little; as a way to maintain your clarity, enhance your creativity, and just mellow out. Or maybe you have to work or otherwise function, and you’d like a mild buzz that’s a less harmful alternative than bombarding your liver with the unhealthy effects of too much alcohol — and still fun.

Beyond that, as science uncovers more benefits of cannabis — as an organic plant-based medicine that can help with everything from insomnia to inflammation — some people are beginning to take a little bit of cannabis every day, like a supplement.  

Sure, there are times when you want to smoke to excess, just to test your limits and the bounds of reality. But there’s something to be said for moderation, and maybe you’re already consuming your cannabis this way. For instance, if you’re smoking burning plant matter, you’re aware that you’re inhaling carbon, which, let’s face it, is not the best thing for your lungs. In this case, it’s less damaging to inhale a little rather than a lot. One good hit might be all you need to change your perspective, and your day. We’ll count that as a microdose.

Same with vaping, which is an excellent way to microdose. As with smoking, you can inhale once and immediately decide if you’re where you want to be, or if you require a second microdose. And with a vape pen, it’s a little easier to do anywhere, anytime.

Edibles are good for microdosing too, and there are more options all the time: cannabis-infused mints, chocolate-covered espresso beans and other chocolates, gummies and other edibles and beverages are now available in doses from 2.5 milligrams up.

While discreet, edibles also take upwards of an hour or more before you feel any effect. And you have to be careful with how much you consume, which is why people start with low doses, 5 to 10 milligrams or less, and then adjust up or down.   

Ready to give microdosing a try? The ClubM stock has:

  • A large selection of indica, sativa and hybrid formulation vape pens that are ideal for microdosing.
  • If you find edibles more intriguing, 5-milligram Stokes would be a great place to start.  
  • Or a nibble from our large selection of incredible artisanal chocolates from Défoncé.
  • We also highly recommend Zen potion healing tea, which balances 7.5 milligrams of THC with an equal amount of CBD.

What do you think? Is microdosing an idea whose time has come? Or an already fading fad?

 

 

This just in: premium sun-grown cannabis — in a can!

You may have noticed that our innovative friends at True Humboldt have started packaging their premium sun-grown cannabis flower in pull-top cans.

Cannabis in a can?

Yes, it’s a concept who’s time has come, and for the same reasons that coffee companies and tuna fishermen have packaged their products in tin cans for decades: When you use nitrogen to seal the can, you protect the product from oxygen and humidity, as well as light. This means the terpenes will not degrade and your cannabis flower will stay as fresh as the day it was harvested, literally for years. Tin cans are also easy to recycle, thus more friendly to the environment than plastic bags.

Each True Humboldt nitro-sealed can contains 3.5 grams of one of their exceptional strains of cannabis. The can itself is small and discreet, about the size of a chewing tobacco tin and easy to carry in your pocket — with a much more pleasing aroma once you open it. And it has a resealable lid, so you can lock the goodness back in after you crack it open.

Isn’t is it high time we all ditch the baggies? The ClubM store has True Humbold’ts nitro-canned Skywalker Indica Dominat in stock, as well as their Blue Dream Sativa.  Order  yours now — because you can!

Vapor vs. smoke: which is better and why

You know intuitively that inhaling smoke isn’t great for your lungs, right?

It’s why you cough after a good hit. Your body is not loving the soot and other by-products produced by combustion, including harmful free radicals and carcinogens. These toxic by-products are why inhaling smoke (regardless of what’s being burnt) is the leading cause of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

Smoking tobacco is a well-known health risk, but logically, you want to limit your cannabis smoking too, if you care about your long-term health.

The good news: We have the technology to vaporize cannabis. A vaporizer heats the substance (flower, wax shatter, etc.) to the point of dehydration. A good vaporizer — the ClubM Shop has the VapeXhale (three models), and the portable Pax 3 — will enable you to heat your cannabis to the exact temperature where active cannabinoids are released, without igniting the substance.

This means you can medicate without sucking soot into your lungs. And after all, this is about wellness, right?

The sweet spot for vaporizing cannabis is 338 degrees, quite a bit cooler than the point at which the plant material will begin to combust, which is 392 degrees. By comparison, a joint can burn at up to 2,012 degrees. At that temperature, many of the trichomes and compounds in cannabis can be destroyed, which has an effect on the nature of your high.

How the vape high is different from the smoke high

When you inhale vapor, you’re not just getting less harmful garbage in your lungs, you’re actually getting more cannabinoids. The result is a high that many people describe as more clean and clear, more in the head than the body. So if you want to medicate and get up and do things, rather than be locked to the couch, you might want to try a good vaporizer.

Another thing: Your cannabis also goes further when you vaporize it, which makes a good vaporizer an economical choice.

Ready for a high-quality vaporizer? Your lungs, your head and your pocketbook will thank you. And your timing couldn’t be better, because ClubM has entered an exclusive partnership with VapeXhale. They make some of the world’s leading vaporizers, including the epic Evo™ — which is now available to ClubM members at a special price.

For portability, you can’t beat the technologically advanced Pax 3, also available now in the ClubM store.

Have one already? Let us know in the comments how your vaporizer is working for you.

ClubM is creating a massive buzz. In the media, we mean.

Sometimes you’re just ahead of the curve. If you joined ClubM in 2016, that was definitely the case. But the secret is out now. In the last few months, major media outlets, as well as the cannabis industry trade press have discovered ClubM and the MBox.

You may have seen some of these stories:

Los Angeles Times looks at the M1K Box

Forbes mentions the M2K Box

OC Weekly names MBox ‘Toke of the Week”

Dope Magazine reviews the MBox

Merry Jane’s Fresh Out of the Box video series opens the MBox

You get the idea — there’s been all that and much more, in print, on the web and over the airwaves.

While millions of people have heard about the MBox now, it’s really a luxury product, only for the discriminating few. That’s how we designed it, and that’s how it will stay. So thank you to our earliest members, who helped make 2016 such a crazy and spectacular ride!

Frequently Asked question and info about your Mbox Subscription

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FAQ

How does ClubM differ from other places where I can get cannabis?

ClubM is unlike any other cannabis buying option. It’s free to join, and once you’re a member, you subscribe and have our monthly MBox delivered. You can skip, pause or cancel your MBox delivery at any time. Members love the MBox because it allows them to experience various cannabis products at their leisure, in the comfort of their own homes.

Only ClubM lets you can touch, smell, taste and experience new cannabis products, when and where you want, and enables you to order more of the product you like, at a significant discount. ClubM is also a fast-growing community with a commitment to supporting the arts.

How do I become a member and order the MBox?

ClubM membership and Mbox delivery is available to California residents with a valid medical cannabis ID card. Simply fill out the membership form and viola…you’re all set!

Can I customize my MBox?

The MBox is a custom-curated assortment of cannabis products, selected by our team of cannabis experts to delight every kind of cannabis consumer. This means that you can’t choose specific items for your MBox, but when you find products you like, it’s easy to buy more of them at JoinClubM.com.  

Who’s behind ClubM?

ClubM was founded by a small team of entrepreneurs with experience in the tech and cannabis industries. ClubM founders are passionate about whole-plant medicine, business innovation, and the arts.   

Where is ClubM headquartered?

ClubM is headquartered in San Diego, and serves customers throughout California.

How do you choose products that go into the MBox?

The cannabis industry is in an era of explosive innovation, with exciting things happening every day in the research, development, and delivery of new products.  With contacts throughout the cannabis industry, ClubM is constantly monitoring the latest developments in cannabis, and bringing the best of the best new products to ClubM members. For each MBox we look for variety, quality and fit with other items in the box. Each month we select the best products we can find, and align them with a theme that speaks to the interests of the ClubM membership.   If you happen to have a high quality, well packaged and tested product that you would like to have considered for placement in a future Mbox  please feel free to contact support@joinclubm.com.

How many people subscribe to the MBox?

The MBox was extremely well received upon its introduction in February 2016, and has continued to break records every month since.

Does ClubM plan to expand outside of California?

We realize that there is a growing demand nationwide for cannabis products, and the service that ClubM delivers. We are careful to abide by all relevant legal restrictions, and will address expansion opportunities as the regulatory environment continues to evolve at the local, state and federal levels.

I’m not sure I can afford the MBox, can’t you price it lower?

We designed the MBox to deliver enormous value, and we work every day to fulfill that intent. And at $97 per month, it comes out to about $3.25 per day of the best new cannabis products — and they would cost you at least double that if you were to buy these items separately (plus the time spent driving around, surfing the web, and trying out all the bad products on your way to the good stuff). For sure, the MBox is not for everyone, but if you have an interest in cannabis and an open mind, you like new things, and appreciate value, you won’t find a better bargain — or anything like the MBox.    

Why does shipping cost so much?

We deliver every MBox in the most secure way possible, by professional courier. This does add to the cost, but it’s worth it to make sure that every MBox is hand-delivered in a safe and secure manner. 

Can I buy a past issue of the MBox?

Yes you can! The $97.00 pricing is available for first release only and then you can get the boxes at regular pricing in our store at anytime.