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Cannacamp cannabis resorts

Cannacamp, A Bud and Breakfast All Inclusive Resort

Since the legalization of recreation pot in Colorado, marijuana tourism has taken off.  Allow me to introduce you to “Bud and Breakfast“, the new line of marijuana oriented vacation resorts and hotels.  With Amsterdam being destination number one for potheads worldwide, there is already much precedent for cannabis vacations.  But now, at Cannacamp, you can canna-tour Colorado style on the ranch.  

Without going on an insulting tirade about why I personally never went to a regular resort, I will just say that when you are deeply entrenched in a counter culture, those resort ads with happy smiling normal people drinking cola just don’t call out to me “you belong here”.  But checking out the cannacamp website, it was love at first sight.  This is a resort geared toward you and me!

Cannacamp is on 170-acres of some of the most mind blowing nature you’ve laid your eyes on, especially if you are not a rocky mountain native.  With accommodations which are luxurious but not pretentious, you can relax and enjoy the views with a joint in each hand out on the veranda without feeling overindulgent.  

There is so much to do at Cannacamp!  Depending on your style, you can puff on some indica and lounge your day away in your secluded cabin with your loved one or a book, or you can roll up a sativa spliff and spend the day hopping from activity to activity.  What is there to do at cannacamp other than get high in nature?  I’m glad you asked.

Cooking with Cannabis enjoy cooking classes that will teach you the art of THC infused gourmet cooking.  If you’ve come to cannacamp solo, this is a great opportunity to socialize and meet folks.

Cannabis Education Classes  whether your an old timer or a novice stoner, you may enjoy a little brain gym on your vacation.  Hey, it’s never too late to learn something new!  Cannacamp educators will enlighten you on various subjects ranging from marijuana law and economy, to the science behind your favorite mind altering compounds.

Cannabis Yoga despite what they say on their site, this is pretty much just doing yoga while high.  Not to be missed!

Canvas & Cannabis as you’ve probably already experienced, cannabis can get your creative juices flowing.  Just like high school art class except you don’t have to pretend that you aren’t high!

In addition, you can enjoy glass blowing demonstrations, bonfires, Cannabis pairing meals, cannabis infused massages, and the cannacamp signature hang out, the 4:20 happy hour, where guests gather to laugh and chill out together.

Have a honeymoon, anniversary, birthday or other occasion on the horizon?  Make your reservations http://cannacamp.co/contactnow!

 

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Vaporizer for the outdoors

The Vapium Summit

The Vapium Summit is like the official vaporizer for outdoorsman.  It’s practically sponsored by Cliff Bars or something.  Their whole thing is that it’s more like a part of your camping gear than it is a part of your secret stash drawer in your office desk.

It works in extreme temperatures, unlike other portable vaporizers.  So, theoretically, you could take the Summit skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, snow shoeing, ice picking, ice skating, ice fishing, cold water spelunking,  or just when you are out on a snow day building snowmen with your kids and you just want to get a whole new perspective on the experience.  So that’s one thing.

Another thing is the rubber grip.  I’ve never had a problem with handling my vape, but I suppose theoretically they could get slippery.  So if this has ever been an issue for you, and you’re sick and tired of dropping your slippery portable vaporizers, The Summit has it all worked out.

Perhaps one of the best features of the Summit is that for just $50 you can purchase their solar charger.  That pretty much makes this the only portable vape in the universe that you can take along with you for long camping trips or even week-long festivals.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this feature and I truly hope that other companies take note and follow suit.

Apropos your aforementioned spelunking habit, the whole thing comes in a very trustworthy dry bag in which you can store your Summit and additional accessories during underwater journeys.  Vapium really  is the outdoorsman’s vape company.

While no vaporizer is perfect, Vapium seems to have thought through some little details that make the Summit a nice piece to own.  For example, the oven door is connected to the body of the vape by a little piece of lanyard.  That way you never put it down and misplace it while packing your oven.  It’s got nice even heating, so you won’t find yourself opening up the oven for a stir midsession, which I’m sure you’ll appreciate.  They’ve got a pretty standard temp control system, one button for on/off and additional + and – buttons for raising or lowering respectively.

At just $149.00 I really think you’re getting an excellent product.  You’ll also notice that, unlikely many portable vapes in the same price range, the Summit produces really excellent tasting vapor.

Whether you’re an avid outdoorsmen or simply in the market for a good quality portable vape under $200, I highly recommend the Vapium Summit.

 

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Oral Mucosal – Ingesting Marijuana

Marijuana Delivery System –  Oral Mucosal

You can smoke it, vape it, eat it, drop it under your tongue, drink it, rub it on and even bathe in it.  Cannabis works on your body in so many ways!  Each method for cannabis intake is referred to as a delivery system.  Let’s take a look at the most common delivery systems and how they work.

Oral Mucosal

Oral mucosal intake refers to the process of ingesting marijuana through the lining of your mouth, under your tongue, or on your tongue itself.  THC can be absorbed into your blood stream through all three of these regions, although the fastest of the three is sublingual (under the tongue).  You will start to feel high anywhere from between 15 minutes to an hour.

If you are used to smoking weed, ingesting weed is quite a different ball game.  When you smoke, you reach your maximum high within 5 – 15 minutes, giving you a chance to check in with yourself and determine if you’d like to keep smoking or ride the wave your currently surfing on.  With oral mucosal ingestion, you won’t really know how high you are until up to an hour post-ingestion.  This means you’ve got to learn to be patient.  Enjoy the slow ascension of your high and take additional doses only if you still want to intensify your experience after a careful assessment.

The most popular method of oral mucosal cannabis ingestion is through tinctures (alcohol extractions).  Since THC, CBD and other cannabinoids are alcohol soluble, they can be transferred into a high potency alcohol solution when cannabis is ground and left to infuse in the alcohol.  Marijuana Tinctures are taken by dropping 1-3 drops under the tongue.  It’s not exactly a fun, ritualistic or social way to get high, so it’s popularity is mostly confined to medical marijuana users.  Those who are unfortunate enough to have children who suffer from diseases such as epilepsy most commonly use tinctures as their delivery methods since placing a few drops under the tongue is perhaps the easiest way to deliver cannabis to their children.

You can, of course, pick up a marijuana tincture at your local dispensary, but if you are the DIY type, here’s a quick how-to:

  1. Add grain alcohol and ground cannabis to a glass jar at a ratio of 1-6 grams of completely dry cannabis to 35 mL of alcohol depending on your desired potency.
  2. Soak mixture for about 10 days, mixing it gently each day.  Strain the plant matter out of the alcohol, pour carefully into a light proof bottle with a dropper and store in a cool dark place forever.  Alcohol tinctures should never go rancid.

 

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Nepal Glasspipes

Nepal Glasspipes – Support Nepal in Their Time of Need From within the Cannabis Community

If you never thought much about Nepal in the past, you probably do now.  I think it’s a poignant time to introduce you to Nepal Glasspipes dba Himalayan Handicrafts, a Nepalese glass blowing studio which specializes in marijuana smoking paraphernalia.

If you haven’t heard, Nepal was recently struck by a series of horrendously powerful earthquakes.  With the death toll in the thousands, and communication sparse, it is difficult to know whether or not Nepal Glasspipes is still operating.  But if they are, they could use our support now more than ever.  Those who haven’t been wiped out by the quake have been left homeless, hungry and jobless as nearly the entire country is in panic mode, scrambling to survive and maintain some semblance of “normal”.  The glass artists at Nepal Glasspipes dba Himalayan Handicrafts are no exception.

There are many things you can do to help the Nepalese people right now, including donating to any number of relief organizations.  Since we are stoners, we have a unique opportunity to both support some Nepalese artists in getting back on their feet, and getting something in return (other than brownie points).

It’s not just a good deed, the glass work of these artists is truly exquisite.  They use high quality borosilicate glass to create exotic eastern influenced cannabis paraphernalia.  Their water bongs feature wild curvaceous accents, and their chillums feature ornate delicate patterns.  Both are reminiscent of art you might find decorating a Hindu temple.

With designs emanating from the belly of the birthplace of the Buddha, if you are interested in devotional fine arts, this glass company won’t disappoint.

They offer COD shipping from Nepal all across the United States, but I won’t lie, their website is riddled with hard to understand Google translated information such as:

“We will reply you within 24 hours with detail, Then after receive your verification we will entertain that as an order receive. Order will conform only after receive the payment.”

The truth is, that while I cannot vouch for this company in particular, I can say that pretty much any money going to Nepal at this point is going for a good cause.  And if you happen to get some super beautiful glassware in the process, even better!  I myself wondered up and down the Thamel Market where their store front is many a time during my travels in The East, and the tragedies happening as we puff in our cozy lounge chairs are difficult to imagine.  So, even if you aren’t planning to order a new Nepalese bubbler, take a moment to send some prayers and good vibes their way.

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Dixie Elixir claims CBD industry farce

Dixie Elixirs’ Ex-Employee Claims Companies Products are a Farce

In 2013, the head of science for Dixie Botanicals, no longer working for the company, claimed that her company, and indeed the entire edible CBD industry, was largely a farce.

Marijuana is illegal in most states in America.  Even from legal state to legal state, shipping across state lines is still illegal.  So, if you are ordering “medicine” which claims to come from cannabis, but is legally shipped to you from one state to another, your product is likely not what it claims to be.  This fact is especially disturbing for those who are ordering CBD oil in hopes that it will cure their children of debilitating disorders.  Tamar Wise, head of Dixie Botanicals science department, made it clear that their CBD oils are actually just a “crude hemp paste”, hardly on the scale of true CBD medicinals such as Charlotte’s Web.

Tamar Wise, head of Dixie Science, posted this comment after leaving the company:

“I’m tired of so called CBD companies claiming that what they provide is medicine. Anyone using a CBD from hemp product please be aware of what you are actually getting because it is not what you think. These formulations start with a crude and dirty hemp paste (contaminated with microbial life! I have seen this and these organisms decompose the paste. The paste perhaps even contains residual solvent and other toxins as the extraction is done in CHINA) made in a process that actually renders it unfit for human consumption. What these companies are doing is criminal and dangerous. In fact MJNA’s RSHO is literally just this hemp paste diluted in hemp seed oil. No refinement at all!!! And what Dixie Botanicals is offering is beyond disturbing. I cannot keep quiet anymore. And since I formulated most of these products as head of Dixie Science, I feel responsible for spreading the truth. I left Dixie for ethical reasons but it is not enough to just walk away. These frauds need to be exposed for what they are. Look out for my tell all article coming soon and feel free to contact me directly with questions as it is time to blow the whistle. Let’s keep this industry pure and safe.”

Dixie Elixirs responded to Wise’s comments saying only:

“We are saddened that Ms. Wise has opted to now make slanderous allegations against Dixie Botanicals so long after her departure when none of these concerns ever came up during her term at Dixie,” the post said. “The company abides by strict confidentiality agreements designed to protect the privacy of the company, our employees and our customers. As a result we will not comment on this further and hope Ms. Wise honors these same agreements.”

Since the integrity of a company is a personal prerogative, and subsequent Dixie Elixir whistle blowers have not come forward, I cannot comment about whether the Dixie Elixirs company has changed its ways.  It is of course always possible that Wise’s comments were personally motivated and don’t reflect the truth.  But I am usually more inclined to trust the whistle blowers with nothing to lose, then a profit only company who doesn’t make much of an effort to set the story straight.

 

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Glass vaporizer- the Airizer

The Airizer Air Review

For those of you who have ADD and just want to know whether or not to buy Airizer’s newest model, Air, I’ll try to sum this up fast so you can move on.

Basically, if you have the solo, and you like it except that you think it’s too big, but have no other complaints, then you might want to invest in the Air.  It’s basically just a small Solo.

If you never drop things, and aren’t at all worried about having a delicate little glass mouthpiece which must be detached for storage and reattached for use, then you might want to invest in the Air.

If you don’t care so much about stealthy vaping, then the Air might be an option.  But if the idea of taking your vape out of a little case, attaching a (most likely dirty) glass mouthpiece and attaching it publically before getting high, then just stick with your firefly or whatever your vaping on right now.

Impartiality is not my greatest skill, and that’s ok for a paraphernalia reviewer.  Basically, I want to grab a small, pre-packed portable vape and throw it in my pocket.  I don’t want it to have any pieces with visible resin stains to show because the whole idea of a portable vaporizer (in my state anyway) is that every stranger on the street doesn’t realize that your actually smoking weed.  The Air kind of screams “paraphernalia” even to those estranged from the vaporizing craze.   Also, the fact that the mouthpiece has to be stored separately means that if anyone checks your pocket for any reason, this thing looks suspicious.  It’s only saving grace is that it more accurately duplicates the e-cigarette look than most portable vapes, so you could theoretically try to make the case that it’s not for weed.  But, if you packed a little nug in that little pouch, you’re out of luck.

However, if you are looking for a portable vape for your household, and  so therefore stealthiness is not your concern, it’s really not a bad vape.  If you just like to get high while cooking dinner, and you’re generally pretty careful with glass things, then you truly should consider the Air.  It has some nice features.  For one, you can use it while it’s charging.  Secondly, it has a battery which is easily switched out (as opposed to the Solo which you can only use after recharging), which is great if you are on the move and you want to be able to quickly switch out your battery.  And lastly, it has a nice temperature gradient, with 5 options.  This is nice.  I personally always use the middle setting on any vape, because I like to compromise on taste and vapor quantity and have the best of both worlds.

If I didn’t deter you too much, check out their website.

 

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Beautiful Beeline Hempwick

Beeline Hempwick – definitely a favorite

Beeline Hempwick is one of several certified 100% organic hemp wicks on the market.  I love ‘em and so will you.  You might be a hempwick connoisseur, or you might be wondering, what on earth would I do with that over priced string?

I’ll tell you.  Hempwick is not just more expensive hemp string.  Hemp wick is hemp twine coated in wax (in this case beeswax) which provides an alternative to matches and lighters and is most commonly used by marijuana enthusiasts who wish to enjoy the cleanest and purest flavor of their bowl.  As you may have noticed, using a butane lighter imparts some of that nasty butane flavor to your puff.  Although subtle, once one becomes aware of it, it’s hard to ignore it.  And it’s not just the flavor that deters one from regularly inhaling trace amounts of butane, it’s also a health issue.  Now that this healthy, organic alternative is available in nearly every headshop and multiple online stores, you can free yourself of that nasty butane taste and get with the hemp wicking.

But how?  It’s pretty simple really.  You light your hempwick with a lighter (I know, the old lighter again) and then hold the lit wick over your bowl and proceed just as if it were a lighter. One very important note is to be extremely careful to extinguish the wick after use.  Like a candle, this wick is designed to stay lit.  Think of how difficult it would be to use if it went out while you were trying to light your buds.  And it stays lit!  So avoid the temptation to take a hit and then place the wick down beside you.

If you’re anything like me, you are a chronic lighter loser and stealer.  I often come home with someone else’s lighter in my pocket and can’t for the life of me figure out where my own lighter went.  But, if you are not this guy, and you keep your lighters till their dying flame, you will be happy to hear that using hempwicks will extend the life of your lighter pretty much indefinitely.  Since you use the butane infrequently, just to ignite the hempwick, your lighter will last you years!  Keep track of your lighter by wrapping your hempwick around it.  It conveniently combines two tools which must be used in unison, keeps your hempwick from getting into a knotty bundle, and helps you indentify your lighter when you’re chilling around someone like me.

Beeline is a pretty cute brand.  They grew up in Maui and spent two years trying to create the perfect product in their parents kitchen.  Now all of their hemp comes from Eastern Europe and their products are shipped internationally.

 

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Gaboof Alfa

Gaboof Alfa Portable Vape Review

The Gaboof Alfa is a tiny lady like stealthy little portable vape.  The Alfa is a dry herb vaporizer, that requires pretty finely ground pot.  It’s incredibly stealthy and the performance is pretty awesome.  You can get seriously nice big clouds of vapor with just a small little draw.  It’s great for sitting and puffing away.  You can get about .3 grams of ground cannabis in the oven, which isn’t huge, but you can get a pretty nice session or two on a full herb chamber.

Herb Chamber

The herb chamber, which is also the oven, has a pretty cool feature.  It has a little pin that comes up in the center and is part of the heating element.  So you have your cannabis being heated both from the outside (the walls of the oven) and a little from the inside from the protruding heating element.  This gives you nice, evenly vaporized herbs.  It also is probably why you get such a nice cloud from such a short draw, you’re getting heat from all directions.

Temperature Dial

One of the nicest features on this vape is the temperature dial.  It’s super user friendly and kind of calming.  Instead of a bunch of numbers, you have high, medium and low which corresponds to temperatures that you’ll find in the instruction manual.  Additionally, you have A/P and A/T features. You’ll get very delicious and smooth hits on the low setting, but much much more vapor on medium.  It stays pretty smooth on the medium setting until the end of the session when the vapor does start to get a little harsh.

Novelty Settings

These settings increase the temperature from low to high as you puff or as time goes by.  This gives you a range of vaporizing experiences during your session.  You start with low and get nice tasty, smooth, aromatic draws.  This is your chance to enjoy those aspects of your ganja.  After a few hits you get to medium.  At medium heat your are getting the bulk of your draws and you will have maximum vape quality.  Lots of nice cloudy vapors.  Near the end the auto by puff or by time setting will bump up to maximum heat.  This is to utilize any remaining ganja, leaving nothing behind.  Auto by puff (A/P) works on a 10 draw system.  Starting you at low and by your tenth draw you are at high.  Auto by time (A/T) goes from low to high over a period of 15 minutes.

Personally, I love this vaporizer.  It is very aesthetic and produces high quality vapor.   I’m also super into the novelty settings, they let me sort of kick back and enjoy my session without switching modes all the tim

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Elevate’s one hit wood duggout

Nicest Dugout Ever!  – Elevate Accessories Wood Dugout with One Hitter

There are lots of reasons to want your weed paraphernalia to be stealthy.  Elevate Accessories has answered our prayers and given us one of the cutest little one hitter/ nug box combos on the market.  This thing is so small, you could stick it in your pocket or tuck it away in the palm of your hand.  I can’t tell you how many times a day there is some unwanted snooping in my purse.  My kids are looking for something, the security guard takes a peek as I walk out of a store, my mom is looking for my chap stick, I drop the entire contents of my purse out on the train while I struggle to lug my suitcases on or off, whatever the reason, it isn’t always a great time to announce to the world “Hey! I keep a one hitter and some cannabis with me at all times!”.  And that’s when stealthy paraphernalia comes in handy.

Potheads who are most partial to vaporizing are no stranger to the universe of stealthy blazing, but for us green herb combustors, our options are limited.  Sure your one hitter looks like a cigarette!  Until it drops on tile floor and makes a tiny metal “ping” sound.  That’s no fun.  Or your little blown glass nug jar with a cork top smashes on the train platform as your purse slides off the bench.  Anyway, I digress.  What I mean to impress upon you is this:  if you want to throw a pipe and some herb in your bag and head for town paranoia free – invest in an Elevate Accessories Wood Dugout.  No one who chances a glance will guess what’s inside.

Elevate accessories, based in Denver Colorado (where else), makes this sleek dugout out of tri-tone colored wood.  Inside it is a small “dugout” hole for your weed (or, as their website boasts, your tobacco), and a glass one hitter with a Wild Olivewood mouth piece.

My only complaint is that the dugout is a little deep and slightly inaccessible, so when you get to the end of your mini stash, you mind have a hard time getting it out.  If you happen to travel with a Swiss army knife, just bust out those little tweezers and problem solved.

For $90 it can be yours.  I know, it’s kind of expensive for a piece of wood and a little glass on hitter, but the plus side is that it’s made well, you won’t need to replace it (except maybe the glass one hitter), and the style and design are like no other.

 

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Pipes worth Celebrating

Celebration Pipes, by far the most aesthetic way to puff

Celebration pipes are the most beautiful marijuana receptacles on the planet.  Celebration Pipes, are called that by their original creator, Steve, because he hopes that when marijuana is finally liberated, and his friends who are senselessly in jail over cannabis possession are freed from their jail cells, we will all celebrate (hopefully by puffing some kush in one of his lovely celebration pipes).

Celebration pipes are made of lava stoneware.  Lava stoneware is an invention of Steve’s.  It’s basically a composite of different ceramic clays coated with lava rock.  The bowls are attached and then the whole piece is fired, sanded and finished.  The finishings are really what make this bowl gorgeous.  He plates them with 22K gold, opal, platinum, black coral, and so many other beautiful natural finishers.  You can expect your celebration pipe to last you a life time.  The things are stupid sturdy.  And if you puff out of one of these stunning pieces, you’ll be in the company of Arrowsmith, Willie Nelson and a handful of other famous tokers who boast celebration pipes in their collection.

Steve has been making these pipes since 1973 as part of his home ceramic business which originally featured  mugs and bowls (not that kind silly!  The kind for cereal and stuff!).  Out there in the middle of the ocean, on Laie Point , North Shore Oahu, the Sunshine festival was coming to town, and Steve wanted a new product on his table.  The people at the Sunshine Festival couldn’t get enough of his Celebration Pipes, and within a year he was flying to the mainland with a batch of hundreds of pipes and a meeting with the owner of a brand new magazine High Times.  He ran a full page ad in the magazine, and voila, Celebration Pipes have been high marijuana fashion ever since.

But you don’t need to take my word for it.  One peak at Celebration Pipes online store and you will be hooked. You can get a shimmering gold piece for $139.00, not crazy considering that this thing will probably last you for life.  But I opted for the more feminine “Panama Red” which cost only $109.00 (with free domestic shipping!).  It arrived like a diamond ring.  Wrapped in a black velvet bag inside a jewelry box, this is like every pot-headess’ 10th anniversary dream gift.

A percentage of all purchases is donated to NORML (marijuana reformation lobby), aiding to free jailed marijuana “criminals”.

 

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