So living in southern California, there are so many things going on with legal Marijuana, let me start by saying, I have no idea what I am talking about, hence I am so confused. To start with we have propositions asking to tax, not to tax, government should be in the process, no government, outside agency bodies, inside agency bodies, big bodies, small bodies, and so on. Proposition A, B, C, D, E, F, and so on. So what does this all mean for you and me Joe public. I have no friggin idea!! So I figure I will go on and rant about the fact that we have no idea what is going on. We continue to go down the path of doctors and patients, not paying tax, or are we, buying legally, or are we? What is going on. I am open to hear from anyone who really thinks they know. So for now. Peace, love and Mary Jane, A.K.A. Marijuana for you youngsters out there.
For a guy who needs spell check and has not been known to be the greatest writer of all time, I am going to begin blogging about cannabis, the big “M” marijuana, weed, spliff, ganja, and weed for a start. I hope to bring reason, understanding, fun, reviews of product, medical updates from around the world and so much more. It is important to remove the stigma around marijuana. I am not a doctor, but in my, and only my humble opinion……facts to follow another day,Marijuana is not a gateway drug, if you are looking for a gateway drug, look no further than alcohol….what you say, alcohol a drug? Alcohol is classed as a depressant, meaning that it slows down vital functions—resulting in slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions and an inability to react quickly. Last time I checked, there are millions of people in rehab for alcohol, drunk driving, violent behavior, and inhibitions lost, yet we serve it up in bars, restaurants and venues around the globe People who smoke, vape and or ingest marijuana like to chill out, hang with friends and perhaps eat a piece of pie. So, come one folks, lets be honest, you can not tell me that the green is evil. Have you heard it helps people with epilepsy, Parkinson, glaucoma, and so much more. Why would we deprive children, yes children who use this plant. We are only at the beginning of understanding marijuana and its medical benefits. The epilepsy association web site states the following” individual reports of children with refractory (or intractable) epilepsy who have tried cannabis, usually with high ratios of cannabidiol to THC, have reported marked improvements in seizure frequency, including a report describing the results of a girl with Dravet syndrome. Now this is NOT meant to be a medical recommendation, always consult your medical professional. Ask others about their personal experiences, and if you have had a positive experience, let me know, and let others know. There is no shame.
Peace out for now.
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!
Portable Bong Launches – turn any water bottle into a bong with WaterPuff
In a world before waterpuff, we owned bongs. You know, those beautiful decorative water purification smoking apparatuses? Sure, they are awesome, but they are also bulky, breakable and hard to clean, not exactly an on-the-go bong. So, in that pre-waterpuff world, when we were on the move, we smoked out of a one hitter, a bubbler, or whatever piece was on hand. But what about the die-hard bong lovers who for some reason or another find themselves bongless? You have not been forsaken! Waterpuff is here to save you. Never again spend your afternoon McGuivering bongs out of a watermelon, your mom’s tights and some of your window screen (your parents will notice that little squares of screen keep going missing!).
What is waterpuff? Waterpuff is a small tube and bowl which attach to any standard water bottle and create the perfect disposable bong. Despite the claims on their website, waterpuff is not actually the one and only brand that makes such a product. There is competition in the market! Check out the Bottle Rocket Bubbler, and see which product is better for you. The price is similar. The main difference is this; the bottle rocket bubbler has a removable bowl, much like your glass one at home, this allows you to completely clear the bong. With the waterpuff, there is no way to remove the bowl and clear the bong. So, in the event that you don’t finish a whole bongsworth of smoke, you’ll be inhaling nasty stale smoke on your subsequent hit. This is a major bummer. You can make a little carb hole in the bottle without much effort, but it is an additional step that you should know about. The best tricks for making a no-fuss carb hole on your water bottle are –
- Hold a lighter up to the bottle just long enough to make a small hole, this could get messy and make a way bigger hole that your finger can cover.
- Heat a metal paper clip or safety pin over a flame and then touch it to the bottle in your desired location, this is significantly safer and more precise than the aforementioned technique.
- You can use a small knife such as a fish gutting knife or an exacto knife and carve out a little hole. This is obviously the healthiest since it doesn’t involve burning plastic… which brings me to my next subject.
I can’t write this review without at least mentioning that you are heating up and then inhaling plastic. Small particles of plastic enter your smoke and then your lungs. This is totally toxic. I have to endorse the plain ol’ glass water bong and recommend resorting to the waterpuff only when necessary.
On that note, enjoy
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.
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 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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.