Today I collected the dried cannabis from my basement and divided the dried branches in small usable parts. These little parts I stored in an airtight box. Still I have quite some leftovers from the big plants I had. These leftovers I will use to make a cannabis butter, which can be used to make a nice cake with a special effect.
The active ingredient of cannabis is called THC and does not dissolve in water. It does however dissolve in animal fat. This is the characteristic we use to make cannabis butter. Make sure you use real butter. Use four times as much butter as the weight of the leaves or plants rests that you want to use. First clean the leaves and the plant parts to make sure it does not contain dust or other contaminants. Put all the leaves and plant parts in a big pan with water and let it slowly cook for about an hour. Add the butter and let it slowly cook for another hour.
Now throw the soup through a sieve and collect the liquid in a second pan. Rinse the sieve with left over plant residue with hot water to collect the ultimate parts of butter and collect all the liquid in the second pan. You can now throw away the plant residue. Put the second pan with the liquid in a cold place like the balcony or in the fridge. After a while the butter will solidify on the surface. Probably the butter will be colored differently and appear much more green. After all the butter has solidified use a spoon to take out the butter and store it in a little jar. You can store this cannabis butter up to months in the fridge.
600 grams is the result of my parents cultivation activities. After picking and drying the product is finally ready for consumption. Now only I need to find a market :-). Anyone interested in spending a very long time stoned / high / out of this world?
If was time. Normally a cannabis plant can be harvested late September or early October, and my plant was no exception. First cut the stems. The cut away all the large and small leaves and only leave the dense tops. Leave these to dry for a month. The result was a storage room with a wall full of marihuana and a bare plant ready for the dumpster.
This weekend I will check if the plants at my parents place are ready. Then I will need to think about what to do with a huge(!) amount of marijuana… anyone interested? The easiest will be to sell everything to wholesalers, in order to avoid any hassle. But it’s also fun to convert everything into tasty cake (or brownies) and by selling these… Oh, I have still a month of drying time to think of something. We shall see.
The plant before harvest:
The plant now, drying in my storage space:
Not all branches are neatly stripped of leaves, because that is a lot of work. Half is done very well and the other half I cut away a bit of the leaves and will clean these up when it they’ve dried. These branches are for experimenting on, and maybe I’ll use them to make some butter.
(the plants history…)
Just a few more weeks and then it’s time for the harvest. The plant looks good .. especially if you look at the very beginning. It is clear where I got my green fingers. The care of my parents for the plants was fantastic which is also evident from the exceptionally happy plant.
This night it was perfect weather and I was a man with a mission. Prevent my father to bake a typical Spanish delicacy while if should be eaten and enjoyed raw. This just had to be prevented. This combination of factors made me bicycle to the emmastraat and what I found exceeded my wildest expectations …
A gigantic plant!!!
I am very proud of my Cannabis plants. Finally I have a potential profitable situation where I have a use for my green fingers. From the plants I have my plan is to try and sell at least one. Maybe as a raw product, or maybe as a prepared good like a cake.
But I recently found out something… I am not alone. Worst even, in my family I am just an amateur, messing around with peanuts , a muddling fool.
Elsewhere in my family cannabis plants are being grown in large production halls, 250 plants at a time. Maybe it is a genetic thing, that gives me the need and drive to grow cannabis. Maybe next year I need to think bigger. I still have a room that I’m not using and an almost empty storeroom.
During my most recent visit at my parents I was quite unpleasantly surprised by what I found. Their plant was over twice as big as mine. My plant reaches around 21 cm in the air, and my parents plant has exceeded my expectations by reaching almost 43 cm in the air. It is over twice as large! Aargh!
But there is also good news. My plant and my families plant just got company. Imported from the Far East (NL) a new plant has been added to my balcony. It is another type but I expect fun and happiness in encouraging it to grow.
(more plant stories…)
Yesterday I did it. My plant was moved from my window sill to my balcony, because the smell began to be noticeable every now and then.
This afternoon I’ll go and check to see how my father’s plant is doing. I had already noticed that it was doing much better than mine. Her trunk was already twice as thick, it is full time in the greenhouse in the heat, and she has a huge(!) large pot with soil. This can only result in unbeatable enormity.
(more plant stories…)
The two plants have gone their separate ways. One was a gift for my father for his birthday and the other has been re-potted and is now in a nice white pot in my window in full sun (when it shines).
The plant is already one week old, and it looks like the purchase, transport and re-potting were survived without problems. I am planning to post occasional updates covering the entire plant history to this blog. From growing up to my efforts to sell after the harvest :-p. I wonder what will be the outcome.