Originally Posted by Douglas.Curtis
When you smoke clean cannabis, there is no harshness, no 'burnt plant' flavor which starts strong and ends strongest. There is no heat on the throat and lungs and it's difficult to tell you've actually inhaled smoke. It's a massive intake of amazing aromas and delicious flavors.
Sorry but you can't breed or grow tar and carbon out of a plant. Its a taint to the vapor, in any amount. No matter how rich the bud, there's gonna be black tar in the bowl. Until you grow a single giant waterballoon trichome on a vine, this will remain true. Maybe Monsanto or GW is working on that?
All those contaminants you listed have nothing to do with the fundamental plant tars, contaminants are readily detected at vaporization temperatures while lung-coating tars are not. The yield of black tar that comes out of a 2 week iso soak of already extracted material is absolutely disgusting. I dont remember the numbers but my God, you could probably refine a lb of duff into a quart of diesel. When you blow a brown patch onto a paper towel after taking a drag, thats not the kind of sticky anyone wants, but it's unavoidable with combustion of raw plant matter.
Smoking flower is like growing lesser quality herb or rolling bad hitting joints on purpose. Why? We want the cleansing "Seafoam" power, adding any amount of engine sludge to the mix is detrimental. Burning off your membrane-cleansing solvents is also detrimental. Cannabis was always meant to be processed, to seperate plant material and it's tars from Cannabis metabolites.
I've seen smokers cough up black shit the first time vaping, preceeding utter confusion as to how high they got. If your herb is good in a joint, you'll be blown away by its pure form. I keep asking myself why people combust their prized herb. If someone thinks vaporizers are lacking in any way, they are not getting high off Cannabis isoprenes, but off of the same tar and carbon you could get from a tree leaf,no joke. Or their vaporizer is busted Chinese conduction junk. Its the 21st century, and people can do what they want to themselves, but there's really no reason to light unprocessed plants on fire, a trend which was only a result of black market circumstance in the first place. No one in Afghanistan was ever lighting plants on fire, not even the homeless. Cannabis is meant to be processed. Hash was not about potency, it was a carbon/tar reduction necessity when the herb was taken out of the censer and into the handpipe.
I'm surprised Cannabis cups allow archaic combustion as an evaluation of quality. They should be using the same standardized vape! No hiding behind wood smoke and unqualified judges who can't tell what the hell they are smoking (which is minimally 2/3 of the population according to the armpit study, where 1/3 reported detecting vanilla and 1/3 could not detect the sweat sample at all). Hopefully we never see hickory-smoked bud with grill marks on the market,but the alarming association with carbon smoke and a strains flavor/potency says it's likely to happen. I hear it all the time: "Some strains vape better, some smoke better". Nonsense. If bud doesn't vape good it's garbage. If you prefer any percentage of tar smoke to the flavor of untainted resin vapor, youre not qualified to judge Cannabis.
Been vaping over a decade. Dont have to make hash. Vape pens suck. Modern concentrates muddle the effect immensely. Cant get high off a pipe. Can get high off 0.03 in a vape. Bottom line, vaping herb is where it's at. If 'rosin tek' ever evolves (which would involve atmospheric pressure differential for a fuller extraction), only then would it mimic the quality of a convection vape output. I really question growers who don't vape or hash their product. You cant pull the oldschool card while on Instagram and using humidity sensing light controllers. Get a frickin vape. Every grower owes it to himself and to the plant. If something tastes bad, the vape will tell you what it is, plain as day. Why would any grower reject that opportunity?
Any seed seller who puts a bag blower on his table will soar in sales, letting people experience the full potential of the raw unprocessed herb, independent of the unavoidable tars of combustion.