Batman-Themed Strains and Products for Caped Crusading Cannabis Lovers
We’re at the height of comic book culture, an era in which superheroes and the worlds they struggle to keep safe have become so mainstream, they have their own rich universes spanning across film franchises, streaming TV shows, toy lines, LEGO spinoffs, and jam-packed conventions. But before Jessica Jones grit, Aquaman hype, and the umpteenth Spider-Man reboot, we had the Caped Crusader, a Dark Knight who’s been keeping the streets of Gotham safe since 1939.
Over the ensuing decades, Batman would battle Jokers, Penguins, and, at one point, Floronic Man, who had the ability to accelerate plant growth thanks to his advanced knowledge of botany (sounds like a “sea of green” grower to me). While we don’t know for sure that this Gotham baddie with the green thumb was pro-cannabis, we can’t imagine a better way to celebrate Batman’s storied history and enduring pop culture relevance than by pondering which Batman-themed cannabis strains and products could win over Floronic Man, Poison Ivy, and even the Caped Crusader himself (because even Batman suffers from aches and pains).
Enjoy this roundup of items that may cause you to utter, “Holy smokes, Batman!
Batman-Themed Cannabis Products and Accessories
Batman Etched Glass Stash Jar
This stash jar from Etsy is a cheeky way to store your favorite nugs or edibles, especially if you’re an old school Adam West-era Batman fan.
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Grind up your bud of choice with this subtle black and silver 4-tier grinder featuring the Bat logo emblazoned across the top.
Does this Batgirl cowl have anything to do with cannabis? No, of course not. Can you wear it and feel like a bad-ass superhero during your next smoke sesh? Yes, of course you can.
Dark Knight Portable Pipe and Carrying Case
Show off your nerd love for the Dark Knight with this Batman-themed glass pipe. It comes with a protective case featuring the silhouette of the Caped Crusader himself, so you’re reassured in knowing that Bruce Wayne’s alter ego is keeping your accessories safe from harm.
Catwoman Custom Bic Lighter
Slink around town with this comics-inspired Bic lighter featuring Gotham’s most famous cat burglar. Each design varies slightly, so your feline fire starter will feature a unique Catwoman aesthetic.
Batman-Themed Cannabis Strains
Sour Joker is the stimulating sativa blend of Amnesia Haze and East Coast Sour Diesel (ECSD). This amped combination offers consumers a vigorous body buzz that is clear-headed and motivating, encouraging physical activity in or outside. Harness the mental clarity of this strain at lower doses and the fueled-up stimulation with continued use.
Harlequin (Harley Quinn)
Harlequin is a 75/25 sativa-dominant strain renowned for its reliable expression of CBD. A descendant of Colombian Gold, a Nepali indica, and Thai and Swiss landrace strains, you can depend on Harlequin to provide clear-headed, alert sativa effects. Unlike most high-CBD strains, Harlequin almost always develops a CBD:THC ratio of 5:2, making this strain one of the most effective out there for treatment of pain and anxiety, as CBD can counteract THC’s paranoia while amplifying its painkilling properties. Flavors can range from earthy musk to sweet mango, but without a doubt, what draws crowds to Harlequin is its ability to relax without sedation and to relieve without intoxication.
Batman OG, named for the Caped Crusader of the DC Universe, is a potent indica that hits the body like POW! This knockout strain binds the consumer to the couch and offers relaxing physical effects that are calming and sedative. Batman OG has deep earthy notes intermixed with scents of skunk and pine. It combats insomnia, stress, and chronic pain so well, it will have you saying, “Holy indica, Batman!”
Batgirl is a sativa-dominant hybrid with beautiful effects. This Jack’s Cleaner and Blueberry cross brings out a unique and pleasant aroma of sweet berry and spicy chemicals. The strain’s hybrid effects express themselves as a heady euphoria that uplifts the mind while gently coating the body in calming haze. Weight can be felt on the eyelids as Batgirl circulates a warm, calming sensation through the body, making this strain ideal for consumers looking to shrug off stress and fatigue while improving mood.
Riddle me this! Riddler OG, also known as “Power,” is a trichome-rich hybrid that blends the heady, uplifting euphoria of Sour Dubble with the mid-level Kush-driven body effects of Master Kush. These effects come together to form a well-balanced hybrid that is useful and enjoyable any time of the day. With bright hues and earthy undertones, Riddler OG caters to consumers looking for a middle-of-the-road body buzz with a happy, uplifted mental state that will induce laughter and an overall carefree sensation.
How to Make Charas [The Complete Guide]
Marijuana flower is becoming ever more potent, with some strains testing at 30% THC. Nonetheless, experienced users sometimes crave even stronger products, such as cannabis concentrates like wax and shatter.
In fact, concentrates have developed into a booming field with an incredible array of options. However, there is an old-school version of high-potency cannabis called charas, that very few people have heard of. This article outlines everything you need to know – including how to make it.
What Is Charas?
Charas has been around for millennia; it is a form of marijuana concentrate similar to hashish. It is best described as a homogenous mass of trichomes and resin that’s formed by simply rubbing fresh marijuana flower between the palms. Today, you can find this handmade concentrate in Jamaica, Nepal, Pakistan, and India.
Charas is hailed as one of the best and purest methods of creating cannabis concentrate. The process doesn’t involve expensive extraction equipment or solvents. Instead, you place the buds between your hands and rub them together. The friction causes THC-rich oils to secrete from the flower, and collect into balls on the roller’s hand. The best charas comes from landrace Indian and Pakistani strains that grow in Kashmir, Malana, and the Parvati Valley.
Charas is hailed as one of the best and purest methods of creating cannabis concentrate.
Traditionally, charas is smoked using a chillum, which is a pipe used by Hindu monks. Even today, charas plays a significant role in religious and spiritual practices. For example, the Shaivs is a Hindu sect that worships Lord Shiva as God. They usually depict Shiva smoking a chillum.
Take a trip to India, and you’ll find charas readily. However, the production of charas is mainly focused on the Kashmir and Parvati Valley regions. The latter is famed for creating high-THC charas called Malana Cream. Other notable versions include Kerala Gold and Idukki Gold.
Is Charas the Same as Hashish?
The two products are similar in many ways. However, there is one significant difference. Hashish comes from harvested and dried (cured) plant material. In contrast, charas is made from live (fresh) marijuana cuttings.
Another difference lies in the methods of creation. You can make hashish in a variety of ways, including dry sifting and the use of bubble bags. However, the most common way to make charas is via a special hand-rolling method which we outline later.
Charas purists will tell you that the real thing only comes from India’s Himalayan region. In their eyes, charas made in other nations, such as Jamaica, are not the true version. (This is analogous to saying that it is only champagne if the grapes come from the Champagne region of France. Everything else is sparkling wine!).
Incidentally, the standard unit of charas is the tola. One tola is the equivalent of 11.7 grams.
A Brief History of Charas
It seems that the word ‘charas’ comes from the Persian word for a piece of leather. People living in the Indian subcontinent have used it for thousands of years. Cannabis itself has played a major spiritual role in the history of India. The plant was mentioned in The Vedas, which are sacred Hindu texts, more than 2,000 years ago. Marijuana is classified as one of the five sacred plants.
Despite being used for thousands of years, not many people in the West knew about charas. One of the earliest mentions of it in Western scientific writing was in 1874 in Pharmacographia – a reference book that cataloged the growing array of plants and their derivatives used in Victorian medicine.
Despite its importance in Indian culture, the nation’s government bowed to pressure from the United States and made charas illegal in the 1980s. Trafficking and cultivating charas came with severe penalties. Being convicted of charas possession could have landed you in prison for a decade!
How to Make Charas
Making charas is a messy affair, and it requires a lot of patience. Also, we’re assuming that you don’t have landrace flowers sourced from the Himalayan region on hand. Fortunately, all you need are some trimmed cannabis buds from plants that are roughly 2-3 weeks from harvest (make sure you keep a little bit of stem when you trim). Now that you have the requisite material, here is a step-by-step guide to making charas.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before beginning. Ideally, you will use organic hand soap with no scent. Using dirty hands will contaminate your charas.
- Give the flowers you have plucked away an extra trim. Remove the sugar leaves to leave nothing but fresh, fat buds. (You can keep the leaves to make cannabutter if you like).
- Grab a few buds, or one large one, and start rubbing them slowly between your hands. Resin will begin to excrete out of the flower, sticking to your hands.
- Increase the speed of your hand movements until no more resin comes out. (However, avoid rubbing your hands too quickly as this could cause a loss of precious resin).
- Continue the process until resin stops coming out of the buds. At this stage, place the remaining buds on one hand, and press down on them with the thumb of your other hand. This will remove what’s left of the resin.
- Set the buds aside, and rub your hands together to create the famous charas ball.
It’s worth pointing out that you shouldn’t even think of making charas unless you have a real determination to complete the task. For reference, it can take up to eight hours to produce around seven grams of charas. On the plus side, this represents a large amount when you consider the highly potent THC content.
How to Use Charas
In an ideal world, you will locate a chillum and enjoy charas in the traditional way. Realistically, you can smoke charas with a little bit of tobacco if you already use this particular substance. Otherwise, you can add charas to a joint, bowl, or blunt to get an extra kick. It is even possible to vaporize or dab charas as you would with other cannabis concentrates.
How to make your own hash …
You can use any cannabis strain you like for charas, but the best options are strains with a high resin content. As we mentioned earlier, consider an indica with origins from Pakistan or India. You can pretty much choose any Kush variety, such as OG Kush or Grandfather Kush. Other options include Northern Lights, Bubble Kush, Royal Gorilla, or White Widow.
Final Thoughts on How to Make Charas
Making charas is a time-consuming affair that will make a complete mess of your hands. However, it isn’t easy to find charas products, and you’ll feel proud that you created this potent concentrate. Those who follow through often find that the process is a lot of fun.
It isn’t easy to find charas products, and you’ll feel proud that you created this potent concentrate.
Lastly, make sure you use fresh cannabis flower that’s been picked before the plant is harvested. (The use of dried marijuana is for the creation of hashish). Once you create the charas, use it responsibly because it contains a lot of THC.