Dragon Balls – The Wonders Of 99% THC And Terpenes
Dragon Balls and terpenes are a fairly recent consequence of the legalization movement. These are sure to have a great impact on the industry and how we understand cannabis.
If you’re a big follower of cannabis Instagram pages or blogs, you’ve probably seen these before; whether you fully understood what they were, or had no idea what you were seeing was cannabis, now you have the chance to really find out.
By using an extraction process that removes everything from the cannabis plant except the cannabinoids themselves, a concentrate known as “The Clear” was born. It was created in Seattle by X-tracted labs. This concentrate is then poured into glass orbs, giving the breathtaking appearance of “Dragon Balls” (hence the name). The complete process of how they’re made is top secret. What we do know is that these are 99% pure THC balls with a weight of 3,000 grams. That’s almost as heavy as the average weight of a newborn baby.
With all this information, you can definitely begin to understand how this form of concentrate is changing the game.
For many novice stoners, the word “terpene” is a new addition to their dictionary. But that’s okay because Dragon Balls aren’t meant for the inexperienced stoner. This is a serious cannabis extract that requires serious knowledge to develop. But knowing about terpenes is essential for anyone who wants to learn more about how Dragon Balls are a crucial development in the industry.
Terpenes are found in a wide variety of plants, cannabis being one of them. These organic compounds are produced in the plant’s resin glands, creating the aromatic diversity of the many strains out there. Occurring in different combinations and concentrations, terpenes can produce a vast selection of flavours and aromas. Furthermore, they interact with THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids to facilitate different effects when ingested. One nifty interaction is the supposed potential of terpenes to modify the psychoactive profile of a plant. Depending on the terpene and its quantity, THC will affect you differently.
Because of their uniqueness and potential, terpenes are newly beloved by the cannabis industry. In many cases, terpenes are destroyed by the extraction process in order to obtain the purest solution of cannabinoids possible. This does not, however, mean that terpenes can’t be separately isolated and added to the solution afterward. This is exactly what the folks over at X-tracted labs did.
This process gives them much more control over the eventual effects the concentrate will have on the consumer. The final “Clear” concentrate of 99% pure cannabinoids is then mixed with different terpene combinations to mimic the effects of a specific strain. For instance, by adding terpenes from a Pineapple Kush genetic, you’ll be tasting its sweet, tropical flavours and be left with the uplifting high this strain provides.
If you’re interested in understanding more about terpenes and their specific psychoactive and flavour profiles, check out our blog here.
SMOKING DRAGON BALLS
So now you understand what these concentrate wonder balls are and what they mean for the cannabis industry. But what do they mean for you? How can the average consumer benefit from this?
Let’s take a look at the methods of consumption available: dabbing and vaping. These are two methods of consuming cannabis that have become especially popular in recent years, following more widespread legalization and decriminalization. Dabbing involves heating up a cannabis concentrate to extreme temperatures. The fumes it produces are then inhaled through a dab rig. Vaping, on the other hand, does not burn the concentrate. Vaping will only heat the air around your concentrate to a temperature where the desired components are released without being combusted.
The most popular method of consuming “The Clear” is dabbing. With a tailored flavour palette, most consumers call these the best dabs they’ve ever had. That is because only the essentials from the cannabis plant are included. This leads to an extremely “clean” solution to smoke. You’ll be able to taste your favourite strains like never before.
“The Clear” extract is also sold in vaporizer cartridges. This makes it extremely practical and discreet to consume your favourite blend. The problem with many vape cartridges is that a lot of people don’t enjoy their flavour and feel like they can’t vape too much, or feel nauseated after extended periods of consumption. That being the case, it’s hard to find someone that vapes exclusively from cartridges. But “The Clear” has changed this. Now, vaporizing is tastier and more pleasurable than ever before. That is because this solution isn’t mixed with any synthetic solvents. Being that terpenes can somewhat replicate this effect, they’re the only thing used to turn the concentrate into liquid form.
WHAT DRAGON BALLS MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF CANNABIS
With access to completely customisable solutions, individuals will be able to tailor their ideal concentrate to their desires and conditions. As you already know, terpenes affect aroma, flavour, and high. But these compounds interact in different combinations with cannabinoids and other plant constituents to produce different clinical benefits. This gives medical professionals the possibility to tailor cannabis medicine to the exact symptoms of the patient. The possibilities are endless and we are sure to discover so many more in the near future.
We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cannabis and its full spectrum of applications. One thing we do know is that there is a lot of potential. Only further research will tell us more. Our job as part of the community is to help inform and spread real news.
These are 3,000 gram balls of THC that have come to change the cannabis game. Learn more about Dragon Balls and how to smoke them!
What Is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a shredded, green-brown mix of dried flowers, stems, and leaves from the plant Cannabis sativa. A stronger form of marijuana, called hashish (hash), looks like brown or black cakes or balls. The amount of THC (the active ingredient) in marijuana and marijuana products has increased greatly over the years.
Marijuana is usually rolled and smoked like a cigarette (joints or doobies), or put in hollowed-out cigars (blunts), pipes (bowls), or water pipes (bongs). Recently, it has become increasingly popular for people to inhale marijuana or stronger marijuana extracts using a vaporizer (called “vaping” or “dabbing”). Some people mix it into food or brew it as a tea.
There is also “synthetic marijuana” — manmade drugs that are chemically similar to THC — that can be dangerously strong. Names for these drugs include “K2,” “Spice,” and “Herbal Incense.” They can be so potent that overdose deaths have happened.
The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). When someone smokes marijuana, THC goes from the lungs into the bloodstream. From there, it ends up in the brain and other organs.
THC connects with a receptor on nerve cells in the brain. The marijuana “high” results from THC’s effects on the nerve cells that control sensory perception and pleasure.
THC also connects with receptors on nerve cells in other parts of the brain that affect thinking, memory, coordination, and concentration. This can cause unwanted side effects, including:
- trouble thinking and problem solving
- problems with memory and learning
- loss of coordination
- distorted perception
These side effects are temporary, but they can make it dangerous to do things like drive while under the influence of marijuana.
People also might notice other short-term side effects of using marijuana, such as:
- an increased appetite
- feeling lightheaded or drowsy
- a decrease in inhibitions
Research has found that people who use marijuana over a long period of time can have more lasting side effects. For example:
Changes in the brain. Marijuana can affect the parts of the brain that play a role in our ability to remember, multitask, and pay attention.
Fertility issues. Animal studies suggest that using a lot of marijuana might be linked to decreased sperm count in men and delayed ovulation in women. Pregnant women who use marijuana might be more likely to have babies with developmental and behavioral problems.
Respiratory problems. People who smoke marijuana a lot can develop problems with the respiratory system — like more mucus, a chronic cough, and bronchitis.
Immune system problems. Using marijuana a lot might make it harder for the body to fight off infections.
Emotional problems. People who use a lot of marijuana are more likely to say they notice signs of depression or anxiety. If someone has a condition like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, marijuana can sometimes make symptoms worse.
Here are a few ways marijuana use could affect you:
Criminal charges. Marijuana laws can be confusing. Some states are changing their laws to make it legal to have small amounts of marijuana in some situations (like when it’s prescribed for medical use). Some have even made recreational use of marijuana by adults (over 21) legal. But there are conflicting federal laws against using, growing, or selling marijuana — and people caught with it could face charges, including jail time.
Career problems. People charged under marijuana laws may end up with criminal records that hurt their plans for college or finding a job.
Drug testing. These days, employers often test for drug use as part of the hiring process. Marijuana can show up on a drug test for several weeks after it was last used. So people who use marijuana may find they don’t get a job they want. Some companies do routine drug tests on employees, so people who use marijuana can lose their jobs.
Medical Use of Marijuana
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved pills containing THC or other cannabinoids (chemicals similar to THC) as a way to help relieve pain, nausea, muscle stiffness, or problems with movement. There’s still a lot of discussion about the medical use of marijuana, though. THC and other cannabinoid pills are only available in some states and require a doctor’s prescription.
At the moment, there’s not enough research to say for sure if smoking marijuana is any more helpful than taking THC or other cannabinoids as a pill. Scientists are still studying this.
What If I Want to Quit?
People who use marijuana for a while can have withdrawal symptoms when they try to give it up. They may feel irritable, anxious, or depressed; have trouble sleeping; or not feel like eating.
Marijuana withdrawal can be a bit like caffeine withdrawal: It’s usually worse a day or two after someone stops using marijuana. After that, withdrawal symptoms gradually decrease. They’re usually gone a week or two after the person no longer uses the drug.
Marijuana can be addictive. About 1 in 10 people who use the drug regularly can develop a “marijuana use disorder.” These people can’t stop using marijuana even though it causing problems in their lives. This is much more likely to happen in people who start using marijuana before age 18.
If you or someone you know wants to stop using marijuana but has trouble quitting, it can help to talk to a counselor. Studies suggest that a combination of individual counseling and group therapy sessions is the best approach for stopping marijuana use.
You’ve probably heard a lot of conflicting information about marijuana. Here’s what recent research has found.