Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Friday, September 1st, 2017

The debate about marijuana has received a mixed response from the different groups. The fact that more than 158.8 million people all over the world use marijuana. Which is more than 3.8 percent of the world population. Advocates for its legalization. A survey by the national survey on drug use and health reveals that 2.1 million people in the US abuse marijuana in their lifetime, hence opposing the move to legalize marijuana.  

Many Americans believe that marijuana should be legalized like in other countries for several purposes. One of the most recent places where marijuana has been legalized is Colombia. Marijuana there is used only for medical purposes. Canada legalized marijuana for medical purposes.The country is  also considering legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. In the Netherlands, marijuana can be bought in certain coffee shops. It has been sold and smoked openly in Copenhagen since 1970.

Should Marijuana Be Legalized? : Reasons for “No”

Like smoking any substance, including marijuana, can negatively affect our health. Marijuana can affect our memory, IQ, and our judgment. There are several cases where the use of marijuana increases the chance of mental illness. Marijuana also causes impairment. If someone drives under the influence of marijuana, he/she could is more likely to cause an accident. Marijuana also has the ability reduces one’s ability to remain productive. It is dangerous for certain professions like pilots, care providers, and doctors.

Marijuana affects the development of brain among young people if smoked at young age. If marijuana is to be legalized, young people can easily access it; it may be destructive for the future generation.

In this case, corporations will market their products to young people to increase sales without considering the long-term effects of using marijuana. According to the national research council, if marijuana is used for a long time, it may alter the nervous system function hence promote violence. If marijuana is legalized, many people will want to try it since it’s one of the most widely used drugs.  Legalization will increase its consumption since it would be accessible and the price will drop.

Marijuana also affects people sex life; smoking marijuana cause infertility and importance in male. Several studies also link marijuana smoking to testicle cancer among young men.

All in all, marijuana is listed among narcotic drugs along with heroin, cocaine, and meth. Marijuana is perceived, as the gateway to other hard drugs. Users who take cannabis are likely to abuse other narcotic drugs like heroin and cocaine.

Those who take marijuana in large quantities can be affected in several ways; some smokers find themselves lacking the energy to work or lack motivation. Some smokers cannot carry out normal tasks like cleaning; this means marijuana is dangerous because those smoking will not support their families as expected.

Like alcohol, marijuana can also cost the government ten times more that revenues gained if it is legalized. Marijuana increases the chance of road accidents and damages the body I the long run.

No country would legalize marijuana owing to its negative effects. However, many people agree that policy changes would enable the country to reap some of its benefits.  Marijuana can help patients with severe illnesses, but health is one of the concerns of why many governments hesitate to legalize marijuana.

Should Marijuana Be Legalized? : Reasons for “Yes”

Those who advocate for the legalization of marijuana state that research studies have shown that marijuana can alleviate pain and other symptoms of various illness including cancer and sclerosis. A research study reveals that marijuana if used properly, can reduce the demand for narcotic drugs hence reduce overdose of painkillers. The research view marijuana as medicine that needs to be studied to cure diseases like cancer, epilepsy, and Alzheimer.

As states and local government struggle to generate revenue, many of them look for creative ways to increase revenue. Economic experts believe that legalization of marijuana will help solve the revenue problem.

However, the product needs to be monitored by the authorities as it happens with alcohol and tobacco. Legalizing marijuana means the products will be taxed to generate revenue.  In addition, the police and the judiciary will use their resources to fight serious crimes. Legalizing marijuana will also reduce drug related crimes, even if the state legalizes local marijuana demand will increase. But banning marijuana will encourage illegal drug cartel and the drugs will still be accessible in the black market.

Final notes

Marijuana could help sick people by alleviating their pain. There had been lots of debate about legalizing marijuana with many Americans advocating for its legalization like other countries. However, we also need depth research and strengthen laws to advocate for treatment and proper use of marijuana.

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Published at Fri, 01 Sep 2017 05:16:53 +0000

 Causes and Effects of Smoking Marijuana

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 Causes and Effects of Smoking Marijuana

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Marijuana is dried leaves, seeds, stems and flowers from Cannabis sativa or the Cannabis indica with a Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) chemical and other compounds that alter the mood or psycho activity of a person. The plant has different names such as ganja, sensi, herb, pot and weed among others. Marijuana ranks third in the USA with one out of three people in the USA alone have tried it. According to a research, more than 11 million youths of 18 to 25 years use marijuana in the recent past. About 44 percent of U.S. high-school students at one time have smoked the drug.

Most states in the USA are currently legalizing the use of marijuana especially for medical purposes and adult recreational use. These are such states as Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Washington and District of Columbia among others. Irrespective of its medicinal values, marijuana reveals numerous, psychological, physical and therapeutic effects which are both short term and long term, positive and negative.

Causes of Smoking Marijuana

Well, the obvious reason for smoking marijuana is its tendency of increasing the pleasure in the mind of a person which then translates to happiness. The high sensitivity of the body occurs when the THC overrides the endocannabinoid system which leads to great feeling. Besides, it raises the mood of the user in moderation. However, high intake leads to impaired brain coordination and memory loss.

Secondly, many students use marijuana due to peers pressure. On a separate note, the increasing evidence of the medicinal benefits, as well as the spreading perception of the non-addictive aspect of the drug, make more people use marijuana. Besides, the adult users are on the rise due to the recreational aspect coupled with the need for money as well as revenue through sale.

Effects of Smoking Marijuana

Marijuana use is on the rise due to the legalization processes that take place in different states of the USA. However, the plant has many effects that include medical, physical and psychological to the users. The effects manifest in both short term and long term with users feeling positive and negative aspects at different levels of the usage.

Physical effects  of marijuana :one of the prominent physical effects is breathing difficulties. Marijuana users in particular through smoke cause irritations to the lung which lead to breathing problem of the use. The various challenges during breathing can include phlegm, cough, lung diseases, and lung infections among others. The users exhibit reddening of the eyes, problems of respiration and impairment in coordination. The users can also have high heart rates. Marijuana increases the heart rate for about three hours.  There could be an increase in muscle weakness during contraction after smoking the drug. The rapid heart rate is because of the dose dependence which results to high dosage of THC. Such cases increase incidences of heart problems. Also, marijuana causes reddening of the eyes due to the swelling of the minor conjunctiva vessels.

Separately, marijuana can lead to child development problems after pregnancy. Expectant mothers who use marijuana could  give birth to low birth weight babies. This could result to higher risks of both behavioral problems to the baby. The brain of the fetus might fail to develop fully so long as his or her mother uses marijuana during the pregnancy periods. Therefore, the children exhibit problems such as impatient when paying attention, memory problems and slower problem- solving skills. Also, the woman who is a smoker excretes THC in the breast milk. The high concentration of the THC in the breast milk of the nursing mothers can affect the development of the brain of the baby.

Medicinal Effects: the use of marijuana has numerous medicinal effects such as pressure reduction in the eye for the patients with glaucoma. Besides, marijuana increases the appetite for patients, reduces nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. Also, patients with blocked airways use it to open the airways, especially in asthmatic patients.

Psychological Effects: most marijuana users feel relaxation upon the use of marijuana, distortion of time, increase in euphoria, frequent panic, and dreadfulness. In some cases, marijuana users have distorted perceptions, and loss of self-control.

Mental Effects: in some cases, marijuana users experience mental effects after a longer period of use. Therefore, the users may have mental illnesses which could include paranoia, hallucination, worsening symptoms of schizophrenia coupled with disorganized thinking. On the same note, users experience depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts and anxiety.

Wrapping it up

Some marijuana users treat it differently with regards to their perceptions. Others can treat it as a narcotic substance that causes numerous physical, social and mental problems. Other love it as a remedy that provides relaxation, motivation of the mind and pleasure. Therefore, the use of marijuana is highest among the youths of age between 18 and 25 years. Different states are currently legalizing the drug due to its medicinal use as well as a recreational drug for adults. However, other states prohibit its use as it provides a gateway to other illegal drugs.

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Published at Wed, 30 Aug 2017 06:02:57 +0000

Focusvape Tourist Vaporizer Review-Featuring the Zeus Bolt Grinder

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Focusvape Tourist Vaporizer Review-Featuring the Zeus Bolt Grinder

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Focusvape Tourist Vaporizer Review Featuring the Zeus Bolt Grinder

In this blog we are reviewing Focusvape Tourist vaporizer review as well as the Zeus Bolt Grinder.

A 2 in 1 heavy duty style vaporizer, the Focusvape is designed to provide the user with the ability to enjoy quality water cooled vapor from both concentrates and botanical herbs in the same unit.

 “Taking the Tour ” Using the Focusvape Tourist

When it came to reviewing the Focusvape Tourist, I was excited. To me it just looked sturdy, like it was made well and would be able to handle any size session for any connoisseur.

I was also interested in the glass water attachments, they just looked like they would be a pleasure to use. It has a heavy body, LCD display and dual temp settings for concentrates and dry herbs and a +/-buttons so you can customize your temperature within a single degree.

Dry Herb Function:

When vaporizing dry herbs, the Focusvape is a conduction style vaporizer. What that means is the dry herb get packed into the high quality ceramic “oven”. The dry herb is then heated to the users desired temperature.When you draw air thru the herb, all of the oils that have been heated join the air and are carried it into your lungs.

With the Tourist, you decide whether you want to use the very “cool” water attachment or the very slick glass mouth piece. The unit can be switched into herb mode by the simple flick of a switch provided on the side of the vaporizer.

Once turned on, the unit will quickly heat to the desired temperature. The user is notified that the unit is ready with lite vibration. The LCD screen display will the current temperature and you are now vaping herb like a true connoisseur.

Wax/Concentrate Function:

As for wax/concentrates the Focusvape Tourist performed very well. The unit uses a ceramic rod capped by a titanium nail for vaporizing concentrates. Unlike the dry herb function you do not have a choice in using a mouth piece or glass attachment. You have to use the glass attachment when using the wax function.

It took a little time to get used to it, but once I got it I really enjoyed it. Once the unit is heated to the desired temperature, you simply add some concentrates to your dabber, place your dab tool in the little hole on the side of the glass attachment that lines up perfectly with the titanium nail and inhale.

If you want to do a quick dab but don’t want to pull out your torch and rig, this is a great go to option.

Zeus Bolt Grinder

Up next we have the Zeus Bolt Grinder. Made of aircraft aluminum, this grinder has diamond cut teeth and is perfectly calibrated to grind your bud for vaporizing. When paired with the Focusvape Tourist these products made a great combo.

 Zeus Bolt Grinder Features:

  • 4 pieces (3 chambers)
  • 5.5 cm diameter x 4.5 cm height
  • Magnetic lid
  • Diamond cut teeth
  • Calibrated for vaporization
  • Made of anodized air craft aluminum

Focusvap Tourist and Zeus Bolt grinder provided by TVAPE.com

From Bud: If you are looking for the best 2 in 1 option for herb and concentrates then this would be a great fit!

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Published at Fri, 25 Aug 2017 18:55:34 +0000

Insights From Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Public Meeting: Dispensaries Are Not Ordered to Shut Down (Yet); Rulemaking Process Continues, as Working Groups Are Announced

Insights From Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Public Meeting: Dispensaries Are Not Ordered to Shut Down (Yet); Rulemaking Process Continues, as Working Groups Are Announced

Insights From Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Public Meeting: Dispensaries Are Not Ordered to Shut Down (Yet); Rulemaking Process Continues, as Working Groups Are Announced

This afternoon, the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board held its second public meeting. Unlike its first meeting, which provided more questions than answers, today both the Board and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) provided important insights.

The first topic addressed initially left the audience uneasy. Board member Don Bailey began the meeting by reiterating that current dispensary owners, as well as growers and processers assisting them, are operating in violation of Michigan law. He further stated his view that the continued operation of these facilities is fundamentally unfair to those seeking to enter the industry anew once the application process opens up on December 15, 2017. To remedy these problems, Mr. Bailey moved that all existing dispensaries be given until Labor Day to close—and that any who do not comply with this mandate be made ineligible to receive a state license.

Mr. Bailey’s motion was tabled until the end of the meeting, so that the Board could hear from the public. And the public’s statements seemed to have an impact. Although Board member Vivian Pickard initially sided with Mr. Bailey (while recommending that dispensaries be given a couple of additional weeks to wind down their operations), at the end of the meeting she stated that the public had raised many important points, and that she could not definitively say whether the dispensaries should be shut down. Echoing a motion made earlier in the meeting by Board member David LaMontaine, she asked that LARA provide its recommendation, with the Board to revisit the issue at its next public meeting on October 12. Although Mr. Bailey disagreed with this strategy, his request that the dispensaries be ordered to shut down did not have the votes at this time, although Chairman Rick Johnson warned those in the audience that such a result could be inevitable.

Next, Board member David LaMontaine offered two motions that were adopted unanimously:

  • First, the Board asked LARA to present a plan to the Board on how the State is to transition from the current system of dispensaries to the new licensed framework.
  • Second, the Board asked LARA to reach out to municipalities to identify all current dispensaries in the State and determine which of these intend to seek licenses.

Next, Andrew Brisbo, Director of LARA’s Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (“BMMR”) addressed the Board. Mr. Brisbo started by observing that the Board cannot simply make policy by resolution, but needs to work in consultation with LARA. He then provided a brief update on the statewide seed-to-sale monitoring system, Franwell’s Metrc. Metrc has now established a new website to provide Michigan-specific information on its system. Additionally, Mr. Brisbo announced that in November, LARA will do public “roadshows” across the state to both explain the Metrc system and provide information about the licensing process.

Sarah Hernandez of LARA then provided an update on the mechanics of the application process itself. The State will offer an online application system, to be up and running for the December 15 application date. Specifics on when it will be operational were not available, however.

Finally, LARA Deputy Director Colleen Curtis provided an update on the rulemaking process itself. Ms. Curtis made it glaringly obvious that the State will have emergency rules for the initial application stage. She also announced that for the final, permanent rules, LARA will be forming “work groups” to gather information and receive feedback on five separate topics that the Department must address through the rulemaking process. Each of the five work groups will be comprised of one Board member, as well as members of the public who are knowledgeable in the subject matter. The work groups, and the Board member assigned to the work groups, are as follows:

  • Growers: Vivian Pickard;
  • Processors: Rick Johnson;
  • Safety Compliance: Nichole Cover;
  • Provisioning: Don Bailey; and
  • Secure Transporters: David LaMontaine

Those interested in applying to serve on the work groups may send an email to the Department outlining their contact information, qualifications, and the work group they are interested in serving on by September 5, 2017, at 9 a.m. Work group selections will be made by September 12. Ms. Curtis indicated that additional details regarding the work group process will be made known on the Department’s website.

With all of these additional developments announced, and the application date nearing, the pace is picking up. Please check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates, or contact your Dykema attorney with any questions.

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Published at Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Announces Second Public Meeting

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Announces Second Public Meeting

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Announces Second Public Meeting

In June, Dykema provided coverage on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board’s first public meeting, which allowed members of the public to address the Board for the first time. At that meeting, Chairman Rick Johnson indicated that there would be “at least” one public meeting between the end of June and October 2017.

This week, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced that the Board’s second public meeting will be held on August 21 at 1:30 p.m. Likely in response to the overflow crowd at the first public meeting, the location has changed to the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in Big Ten Conference Room A. Those unable to attend the meeting in person will be able to stream the meeting live on the Bureau of Medical Marihuana’s website.

As we noted, although the first public meeting was largely an opportunity for the Board to listen to the public, as opposed to a question and answer session, important insights were gained. Dykema will be monitoring the second public meeting for any new information that may come out.

Please check back with the Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Process Officially Underway in Michigan

Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Process Officially Underway in Michigan

Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Process Officially Underway in Michigan

On July 20, 2017, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (the “Department”) filed Requests for Rulemaking under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (“MMFLA”), 2016 PA 281, and the Marihuana Tracking Act, 2016 PA 282 with Michigan’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention (“ORR”). On Tuesday, August 8, these RFRs were approved.

Michigan law provides the ORR with authority to approve Requests for Rulemaking “only after it has indicated in its response to the request for rule-making submitted by an agency that there are appropriate and necessary policy and legal bases for approving the request for rule-making.” MCL 24.239(3). Because the MMFLA explicitly requires the Department to promulgate rules, MCL 333.27206, and because the Marihuana Tracking Act requires the Department to establish a statewide tracking system, there was little doubt the requisite “appropriate and necessary policy and legal bases for approving the request for rule-making” existed.

This approval was a necessary first step. But the work is just beginning. Now that the RFR has been approved, proposed rules may be drafted and submitted to ORR, a “Small Business Impact Statement” and a “Regulatory Impact Statement” must be prepared, public hearings held, and the rules reviewed by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

The entire rulemaking process will unfold over a number of months. As we have reported previously, there simply is not time for this process to conclude before applications for licensure can be submitted December 15 of this year. Consequently, the Department will need to issue emergency rules to govern the industry during the time before permanent rules are fully promulgated.

As we reported last week, the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board has set a public meeting for August 21. We anticipate that more information about the rulemaking process may be announced at that time.

Clearly, there is a lot of work left to do, and this week’s approval of the Request for Rulemaking is just the start. Stay with us as the rulemaking process continues to unfold.

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Published at Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

CBD: How Much Cannabidiol Should I Take?

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CBD: How Much Cannabidiol Should I Take?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Full disclosure -we can’t tell you exactly how many CBD Gummies you can eat after your next smoke shop visit, thank to limitations from the FDA. Nor can we tell you exact health benefits (many) or make claims about Cannabidiol itself. Everything in this article is written in a “wink-wink, nudge-nudge” fashion, not to be taken seriously. We suggest you read on if you like a portion of gray-vee with your morning breakfast. Readers, it’s all downhill from here.

Getting the CBD

Chances are, you’re not growing, manufacturing, or extracting CBD right now, or maybe you are. Let’s pretend for the argument that you aren’t – where do you get CBD products in the first place?

Online

The internet has tons of websites peddling off CBD. Some of the most common products are:

  • Oils/Tinctures
  • Gummies
  • Capsules
  • Topicals – Creams/Balms/Lubricant
  • Syrups
  • CBD for pets
  • Sprays

While there will be some variations to this list, these are the CBD products you will encounter most frequently. It’s important though, that with so many sellers and products online, that you have a way to sort through the good and the bad.

Extraction

Look for indications of a company’s extraction methods. Many companies resort to extraction methods involving propane, pentane, butane, and hexane, flammable hydrocarbon gases found in petroleum. Oils made though these practices may be neurotoxic and compromise immune function and healing – definitely not what you’re looking for out of CBD products.

Look for brands that perform Supercritical CO2 extraction. This method uses high pressure carbon dioxide at cold temperatures to isolate and extract pure CBD. CO2 extraction is the most efficient and clean method for extracting CBD, killing off toxins and maintaining purity throughout the extraction process.

Where Is It Sourced?

There is no doubt the climate and conditions where Hemp is raised affects the quality of the final product. Hemp is actually a type of plant known as a “hyperaccumulator,” which means it soaks up the nutrients in the soils it grows in at an above average rate. This places even more of an emphasis on its quality of environment. If your Hemp is grown in a bed of contaminants and pesticides, you’ll ingest a polluted product more so than in other plant-derived substances.

Look for CBD products sourced from reliable European Farms, such as in Germany. Germany is known to have an active regulatory system overlooking the harvest, processing, and extraction of Hemp. There’s also the EU umbrella’s regulations, which are much stricter than regulations placed on American hemp growers. Simply, Europe has a much richer history for Hemp farming, with better procedures than is available in other places around the world.

Brick and Mortar

Due to growing demand, many more storefronts are carrying CBD products on their shelves. You can often find CBD brands in places like smoke shops, gas stations, and dispensaries. Like shopping online, go through some due diligence to find the quality of the products being sold. You may also want to go directly to a brand’s website to check for retail prices. Often, by the time a product reaches your hand, it has gone through a number of transactions with a long money trail. You may be able to buy the same product at lower prices directly.

Taking the CBD

You’ve got the CBD in hand, now, how much goes in mouth? Currently, CBD is unregulated by the Food & Drug Administration. As such, there are no data-driven recommendations for dosages. At this point, “recommended doses” are either made out of common sense or anecdotal evidence. With that said, it is suggested that each individual finds their “golden dosage” through a process of trial and error. Finding the right dose will take time, and may be frustrating, but it’s key to unlocking the therapeutic potential of your Endocannabinoid System.

It’s not only the physiological response that determines dosage but also the symptom. The dosage a Dravet Syndrome patient takes daily may not be a recommended dose for someone who needs to destress. God forbid, someone with an advanced cancer takes CBD as a last resort, may have a different approach than someone taking CBD for muscle pains. This rule might be thought of as “common sense.” That is, while there is not enough scientific data to make claims about Cannabidiol dosage, users should make the best circumstantial decisions they can.

Now, for some readers, the lack of number crunching in this article may be deeply unsatisfying. After all, “common sense” doesn’t have a divisible value. For those readers, here is a chart that presents some ideas about where to start with your CBD dosing plan.

cbd chart

As you can see, normal considerations like weight play a role as well as the severity of the condition, which we touched on earlier. Again, while these guidelines can be taken very generally, self-testing is going to be the most reliable method to find the right dosage.

Review

While there is no definitive answer to “How much Cannabidiol should I take?,” getting the right Cannabidiol could be more important. Potential buyers should examine the extraction and growing methods behind each CBD brand. Once they are confident in their CBD, a period of testing will indicate the proper dosage.  Then, it’s time to let the Endocannabinoid System take over and do its thing.

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Published at Wed, 09 Aug 2017 01:01:38 +0000

VaporFi Air 2: First Time Vaper’s Dream

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VaporFi Air 2: First Time Vaper’s Dream

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

If you’re anything like me, you’re right on the cusp of being an actual “grown-up” and a bonafide millennial–I’m the last to catch onto the latest bangers of the season, reality tv shows come and go faster than I can catch up to my HBO Go watch list, and I’m definitely late to the viral popularity of vaping culture, yet not so sure if I should follow the trend. Naturally, when given the option to check out the VaporFi Air 2, I jumped at it. Slim and discreet, so I can keep up my facade of “too cool to be a vape kid”, I must say that I am really enjoying the ease of use and the cosmopolitan aesthetic that allows me to easily conceal my new favorite guilty pleasure.

First Time Vaper; Long Time Fan

The VaporFi Air 2 vape pen wins a cool 5-stars for being easy to get started with. I got the startup kit and it came with a very easy-to-understand Quick Start-up guide to point out all the components and where they go. These vape units tend to be some pretty complex devices, and there’s definitely a level of apprehension that comes with making a mistake and ruining the parts your very first time. This particular model came with minimal parts to assemble and instructions concise enough to hold even the shortest of Buzzfeed-fed, twenty-something attention spans. Kudos there. The starter kit included everything I needed, to include the unit, mouthpiece, and two 1.1 ohm oil atomizers. It would be nice for the pack to come with some trial size vape juice to get started; that could have   Double kudos to the unit coming packaged with a fully charged battery; that made the anticipation of trying my vape for the first time easy; unlike other dry herb vaporizers I didn’t have to wait, like back in the days of having to charge a new cell phone or iPod a full three hours before the fun begins.


Coolest vape in the club; and it probably costs way less than yours!

Vaporfi Air 2

My single favorite thing about the VaporFi Air 2 is hands down its sleek aesthetic design and portability. Aside from its ease of assembly and changing out oil/e-liquid, I love how stylish and portable the unit is. The size and appearance are the perfect match for the skinny-jean loving fashionista like myself, and the tiny designer clutch-carrying diva alike. Unlike the typical box units that tend to appear garish and unsightly, and take up more space than desired, the Air 2 model is a perfect fit for my jeans’ fifth pocket–easily its best attribute.

Not to mention, I’ve received nothing but compliments and requests to “hit your new pen” since hitting the office and streets with it. And at a fraction of the cost of comparable pens on the market, it makes even a newbie vaper like me wonder what “the other guys” are doing. I’m not an avid smoker, (though I have been in the past) but one minor disappointment to the user experience is that I don’t necessarily feel the volume of vapor on the draw versus how much comes out of the exhale. So I don’t typically feel how much I’m taking in. I tend to feel more the effects of the CBD oil (I prefer the Blue Moon Hemp Half Moon) over the few nicotine variations I tested out. After refilling the tank several times, I would say I found my “sweet spot” of mixing 3 to 1 CBD oil to 30mg nicotine juice gave me a solid and manageable ease of mood and relaxation. Solid balance through and through.

The battery lasts for only a handful of hours throughout the day, though this is effortlessly compensated for by its recharge time of only 5-10 minutes. I imagine as the newness and allure of the pen wear off, this battery time could extend a full work day on one charge with light to moderate vaping. So as an occasional unit for the light “vaper” or a convenient backup to the most seasoned of fans, I give the VaporFi Air 2 a solid 8/10. Though the first vape of my own (as I’ve briefly tested a few friends’ models), I imagine this will remain my vape of choice at least for the time being.

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Published at Tue, 08 Aug 2017 04:37:57 +0000

Guide to The Different Vaping Devices

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Guide to The Different Vaping Devices

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Takeaway: Vaping is one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis among new weed consumers, and an increasingly more available method of consumption. Here’s what’ll get you started on the right track as a beginner vaper.

From delicately and perfectly dosed pre-filled syringes to sweets that contain enough THC to put out an bear, there are just so many ways to consume CBDs, THC and any cannabis product out there. The medical marijuana scene has grown exponentially in just the last decade, with so many consumption methods for just about EVERY type of consumer!

One of the most popular ways to consume cannabis among new weed users, and an increasingly more available method of consumption, is vaping.

To explain the logistics of vaping, it is simply the precise heating of cannabis, or any related chemicals, into a fine vapor. The plant matter does not burn or toxify, and the user inhales it. Because combustion is not involved, it is believed to provide a healthier method of consumption than traditional smoking.

This popular method can become your favorite, here are many vape tips and tricks that can come in handy to the beginner.

Gearing up: Guide to The Different Vaping Devices

There are so many types out there, but deciphering them is fairly simple. To begin with, there are three main types:

Desktop Vapes

The table-top vape can feel a little like a small appliance, size wise. They’re not portable, and attempting to bring them out of the house, might just mean you need to get something portable to supplement. More like plug-in small appliances, they tend to be the most expensive, but they are the most technologically advanced.

A desktop vaporizer is an investment and is ideal for the serious user as it will, in turn, allow the user to vape with precision and have ultimate control over temperature. The importance here is that different cannabinoids and terpenes – all with their own unique effects and medical benefits – require different temperatures to vaporize best.

Cheaper vaporizers can make your cannabis taste burnt and roasted, while a quality tabletop vaporizer will deliver the best flavors. Anyone needing specific, and strong medication at home, then this might be the choice for you.

Dry Herb/Flower

Typically more portable in nature are dry herb vaporizers. Handheld, and easy to use, they come in a wide variety themselves. Many features and price ranges are vast but they will all generally function the same way. Dry herb vaporizers take the herb and heat it up to release vapors without carbonization.

What differs here is that there is rarely much temperature control, unless you are dealing with extremely high-class model vaporizers.

Someone who was a previous tobacco smoker and is concerned with experiencing the same taste and effect as smoking, a hand-held portable will provide a very similar experience to actually smoking the flower. However, it is important to remember that because the way the chemicals are being released, the type and length of the effect may vary with smoking.

Concentrates/Oils

Because of convenience, cartridges and oil vaporizers are possibly the most popular types of vaporizers out there. Also known as pen vaporizers, they’re designed to be small and discreet for those on the go. Pen vaporizers are battery powered and can provide some very strong effects.

Those who need more potency will consider the strength of an oil-based vaporizer to feel closer to dabbing then to smoking actual herb. However, effects will always vary as cartridges come in every way. Cool packaging, lower upfront costs and general effectiveness make cartridge pen vaporizers extremely popular.

Choosing the Right Vaporizer for You

With so much variance and options, it is important to choose the right one for you.

Deciding between flower and concentrates is a big decision, and it will depend on your needs and what vaporizing experiences you are looking for. Perhaps experiment with both to see which fits your needs the best.

Choosing the Right Consumable for Your New Vape Gear

You can’t just pick anything! Of course, if you’re using a dry herb, or a concentrate vaporizer, then you simply choose your favorite strain and stick it in.

But if you’re dealing with cartridges and oils, things get a little trickier. The market is full of brands to choose from, companies to explore, and flavors to experience.

Common for e-cigarette users, many people like to research the chemical solvents contained in their cannabis oil. Many cannabis oils come from an organic process, and the oil is pure (solvent-free), while others may have certain chemicals added to them to make them function better.

Purity is something certain companies take pride in. Adding nothing to their product and staying “green” is a great choice, but will definitely result in higher prices. Keep in mind, though, that what you put into your device is probably more important than the device itself. In other words, it could be the most important consideration to make before seriously getting into vaping.

How do you want to feel?

Vaping your cannabis with a vaporizer can be very different than smoking, or ingesting cannabis in some other form. Results definitely vary, depending again on the type, the effect, as well as how long the user wants the effect to last.

Table top vaporizes will provide powerful, and pure hits of specific terpenes, while dry herb vapes will be similar to traditional smoking.

For a concentrated and strong feeling, albeit sometimes short lived, cartridges and oils will be a better idea. Many people say that oils provide more of a cerebral high vs. a body high, which could be troublesome for those looking for pain relief.

However, speaking from personal experience, it depends on the brand of cartridge, the contents, and the amounts of active ingredients, whether it be the presence of THC or CBD present in the oil. It is important to know what you are buying because concentrates with THC will have psychoactive effects, while CBD oil won’t.

Experimenting different strengths, types, and materials to see what works best for you and your needs is a great journey to natural health and wellness, which can make this process really enjoyable!

Don’t Forget: Care for your Vaping Gear

It is imperative to maintain your gear. So many people fail to do this and end up having a bad experience, especially with some of the pricier gear.

If you completely neglect even just rudimentary cleaning and caring altogether, it could really ruin a vape. Keeping vaping gear clean and well taken care of is imperative to a good experience overall, cleaner consumption and protecting the pocketbook.

For all those who wish to begin vaping, we hope that we’ve equipped you with the guide that can lead you to the best decisions for you and the experience you want to create. Happy Vaping!

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Published at Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:56:35 +0000

Life in a DEA Dystopia

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Life in a DEA Dystopia

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Hemp is like the 50’s version of the ideal woman: you can cook with it, heal with it – and many report, you can sleep with it too. Unlike 50’s television however, the laws surrounding Hemp aren’t in black and white. As most surely know by now, the DEA has labelled CBD as “Schedule 1 substance,” even though this may beyond its lawmaking powers. For now, with the legislative rigmarole going on in the background, CBD products are still being manufactured for the consumer on a large scale. If this changes, however, here’s what the world would be missing in such a DEA dystopia.

Addiction Recovery

Recently, a group in the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit of University College London, published a double-blind experiment on cigarette smokers whereby half the group would receive CBD treatment and the other half would receive a placebo. In the study, every time a participant had the urge to smoke a cigarette, they were asked to draw a puff from an inhaler. For twelve people, the inhaler was packed with CBD. For the other, nothing. At the end of one week, the group that was administered the CBD reported a 40% decrease in the cigarette consumption compared to the placebo group, who reported no decrease.

In New Mexico, HB 527 has been passed opening up medical marijuana to victims of opioid addiction, an issue New Mexico has been combating for years. A proponent of medical marijuana treatment and supporter of the bill, Anita Willard Briscoe, had been prescribing cannabis as a treatment for opioid addiction through her own private practice leading up to HB 527. According to Briscoe, up to 25% of her cannabis patients were successful in canning their addictions. After years of record substance abuse and overdose, New Mexico lawmakers will be hoping to repeat her success.

Acne Treatment

In a study performed by the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the National Institute of Health, CBD was shown to be an effective sebostatic and anti-inflammatory agent for acne. The study even suggested a “trinity” of anti-acne effects, including the limitation of lipogenesis.

In Australia, dermatological company Botanix Pharmaceuticals Ltd has just completed phase one trials of its CBD acne product. In the trial, twenty participants without acne symptoms were treated with the product to test its safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetic breakdown. During future trial phases, the company hopes to show proof of CBD’s anti-acne profile.

Anxiety Reduction

Last year, UK-based researchers began studying the anxiolytic effects of Cannabidiol. Carl Stevenson, neuroscientist and researcher at the University of Nottingham, found CBD has a profound effect on the brain’s response to fear. And with the dissipation of fear, so too anxiety.

This may not be news however, as a 1993 review published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology revealed that test subjects exposed to CBD had less anxiety when “subjected to social phobia.” A later study from 2011 echoed this research, finding CBD to reduce anxiety for those fearful of public speaking.

Fibromyalgia

A study dating back to 2011 measured the effects of marijuana on FM patients. Two equal-sized groups of users and non-users were asked to ingest cannabis both orally and through inhalation. After two hours after ingestion, patients reported a statistically significant reduction in pain and stiffness, increased relaxation, and heightened feelings of well being. These results were strong enough that the researchers called for greater examination of marijuana treatment for patients with Fibromyalgia.

PTSD

Martin Lee is an affiliate of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and an expert on the subject of PTSD and CBD. He says that some interesting connections have been made on the relationship between PTSD and the much-discussed endocannabinoid system. According to Martin, researchers have found those with PTSD have lower levels of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid compound, compared to those without symptoms of PTSD.

Lee states that anandamide is innate to all mammals and triggers the same receptors that THC activates. The reasoning stands that PTSD must as some level stem from from an endocannabinoid deficiency, which can help be righted the introduction of marijuana and CBD. The research suggests that the integration of marijuana into the endocannabinoid system will regulate function and bring back the “gift of forgetting,” which PTSD patients struggle desperately with.

MJ for MS

There’s already a groundswell of research and a few products available promoting marijuana’s effect on patients of Multiple Sclerosis. According to the advocates of CBD for MS, products greatly reduce neuropathic pain, spasticity, muscle spasms, and sleep disturbances, common symptoms of of the disease. While CBD products for MS are not currently available in the United States, they are being used in countries worldwide to help relieve its symptoms.

Sleep Function

THC gets you stoned. CBD gets you sleepy, at least according to recent research. A study in 2006 showed CBD’s influence on the sleep mechanisms in rats. CBD was associated with greater alertness in the presence of light, but with no effect with the lights off. This effect could have huge implications for individuals with day-time somnolence, elevating their alertness during the day for better sleep at night.

It is also believed that CBD’s anxiolytic nature can help individuals with insomnia sleep better. Anxiety is one of the most common factors that keeps sufferers awake long after they want to be. Thus, the anti-anxiety properties of CBD may help insomniacs get on a more regular sleep schedule.

There’s Hope

Since being placed in the limelight in 2013, a wave of CBD attention, research, and administration has followed. Like any issue that starts to register on the Washington pulse, CBD has become a hot topic with a split audience. The DEA has made no bones that it sees CBD in the same company as Heroin and Methamphetamine, despite its therapeutic nature. It is our responsibility to be critically conscious consumers, voters, and citizens. You know the realities of a DEA dystopia. Now do what’s in your power to prevent it.

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Published at Sat, 15 Jul 2017 01:58:07 +0000