I have not been freezing the buds first, a habit that I picked up when doing water hash extraction, where you should try to keep the trichs intact. The reason for not freezing before starting when making hash was because freezing causes the trichs to break open and fall apart, which for oil making sounds great. I'm still looking for a good examination scope that allows easier viewing of the trichomes, the little peep scopes are just painfully difficult. With a viewer I could see exactly what's going on, specifically, whether or not the trichs are melting and how much material is being left on the plant. With the small scope I can see the harvested stumps of trich stalks left on the material that gets tossed and wonder if that could be used for something like a balm.
Overall like this stuff better than Everclear, it is cheaper in the 5 gallon size, even considering shipping, but it is dangerous to have around and great care is required in handling. I just hope everyone plays safe with this so that we do not wind up with a prohibition after someone blows their ass up, like happened with butane.
Planning to harvest some kief in a day or 2, thinking using dry ice in a beverage cooler. Once I have the kief on hand, wondering if an oil can be made by blending with solvent and heating long enough to decarb. I think distillate is simply pressed kief, but not real sure, just saw something on Bong Apetit. This kief is going to be epic strength, made from an especially potent plant, a Fire OG crossed with Lucky Charms. Since it is so strong I thought that capsules made with the oil and then half decarbed, just half hour - 40 minutes at 240F. Took 650mg of oil made from Critical Jack and GDP last night and am slow to get rolling today, this playing with strains and dosing is a full time project. Oh, whoever started the rumor that CBD prevents or somehow reduces the mental effects of THC is incorrect. After a lot of testing I can state for sure that taking CBD oil and then taking THC oil will result in the same amount of being stoned as just taking the THC by itself. Taking a large dose won't necessarily get you higher, once you reach a certain mental state, there is something of a plateau before passing out. The strain selection sure varies between people, the 50mg capsule that barely moves the needle with me, causes a 4 hour paranoid freak out with someone else. Anyone played around with kief?