Weed and Shrooms: A Closer Look

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Weed and Shrooms: A Closer Look

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Psilocybin and Cannabis: A Comparative Analysis

According to the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) cannabis and psilocybin (commonly referred to ‘Magic Mushrooms’) have no accepted medical uses and a high potential for abuse. While this description for both of these substances is highly inaccurate for a wide variety of reasons, the current classification makes it very difficult to conduct research into the medical benefits of the plants.

Regardless whether these substances are illegal, millions of people around the world use these ‘Teacher Plants’ for recreational, medical and spiritual uses. Thus, in the following analysis we’ll be going into details about the effects, potential medical uses and potential pitfalls when consuming these substances.

How Accessible are Weed and Shrooms?

Despite the fact that there is an entire government system and an international collaboration to inhibit people from consuming these substances, it has done very little to stop people from taking them. In fact, the highest consumed illicit drug is cannabis. Mushrooms, on the other hand, are not consumed nearly as much as cannabis for obvious reasons (we’ll get into that later).

Today, there are 28 states in the United States that have some sort of marijuana legislation in play whereas zero states provide easy access to the hallucinogen psilocybin, save for a few universities where studies are being conducted.

Most people around the world find their own ways to get their hands on these substances, whether it’s through cultivating the plants at home, or purchasing it illegally on the black market.

Mushrooms grow wild in places where there is a lot of humidity and frequently can be found in cattle ranches or certain mountainous areas. People who consume magic mushrooms go on the “hunt” within the first few hours after it rained and before the sun is too potent that will make the mushrooms dry out and wither.

How to Consume Weed and Shrooms

For the most part, people consume cannabis via smoking it. Lately, with newer devices, vaporizing cannabis has become popular. However, with the expansion of the cannabis industry, the methods of consumption has evolved drastically.

From extracts to infusions, cannabis can now be consumed via smoking, vaping, eating, drinking and even topically through creams and so forth.

For mushrooms, however, most people eat it directly or drink it in a tea. Depending on the strength of the mushroom, usually 6 ‘caps’ would do the trick to send you into a hallucinogenic state. For preservation, some people place the mushrooms in honey, allowing it to be stored for years while others dehydrate the caps, which gives it a shelf life of about six months to a year.

The Effects of Cannabis and Mushrooms

Some people say you can’t “trip” on cannabis, however, they would be mistaken. It takes roughly 10 micrograms of cannabis in your system to induce hallucinations (in most) however, this mostly occurs through edibles. For those who smoke marijuana, the effects are usually mild, with a case of euphoria due to dopamine levels increasing, laughter, hunger (the munchies). Since cannabis has nearly an infinite amount of strains, the effects may range depending on the genetics of the plant you are smoking. It will either ‘lift you up’ or ‘lock you down’ depending on the phenotype you’re smoking (indica/sativa).

Mushrooms, on the other hand, are much more ‘intense’ in terms of experience. The mushroom trip lasts anywhere between 6-12 hours depending on the amount you consumed. As opposed to cannabis, psilocybin is a fully immersive experience that will create vivid hallucinations to the point where you can ‘smell colors’ or ‘feel sound’. This is due to the fact that when under the influence of psilocybin, the entire brain is connected and the sensorial experience is magnified.

For some, they experience psilocybin almost with a child-like fascination. It’s common to have people giggle like little children, frolic in nature and amaze at the wondrous sights they see. Others, experience a much more intense experience where there is a sense of inter-connectivity between the individual and the surrounding areas.

It’s quite difficult to explain a subjective experience such as psilocybin to someone who has never tried a psychedelic. In fact, every experience is unique. One of the most important factors is to have your mind in the ’right place’ to induce a pleasant experience. This means, not harboring feelings such as ‘guilt, envy, fear etc.’ Within the realm of psychedelics, these emotions tend to leak into the visual experience and can turn a ‘good trip’ into something ‘not-so-pleasant’

Medical Uses

Cannabis is said to treat up to 200 individual diseases and conditions ranging from cancer, depression, pain management, inflammation, seizure disorders, arthritis, PTSD and much more. There are over 20,000 publications outlining the medical benefits of cannabis and as laws surrounding the plant fades, more research will be conducted to verify the benefits of cannabis.

Psilocybin on the other hands has only recently been utilized for medical reasons. For the most part, researchers have been looking into mushrooms to treat things like depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental disorders.

Utilizing Cannabis and Mushrooms Simultaneously

Every good psychonaut uses cannabis with whatever psychedelic they are using. There are several reasons for this namely, Cannabis is a regulator allowing you to ‘surf the psychedelic’ and cannabis also acts as a booster for when your ‘trip is diminishing’ it can give you an extra few hours of “tripping”.

Cannabis and mushrooms go very well together and whenever you feel like your mushroom trip is getting ‘out of hand’, a few tokes from weed can bring down your anxieties and provide you with a slight sense of control over the experience.

The biggest factor when tripping on mushrooms is to accept your fate, to understand that you will be tripping for a few hours and that is ‘okay’. Simply accept it, ride it out and you’ll be fine.

Conclusion

To say that cannabis and mushrooms have no medical validity and a high potential for abuse is erroneous. No one has ever overdosed on cannabis as it is virtually impossible and similarly with mushrooms, people tend to stop after consuming a certain amount as the sensorial experience is intense and doesn’t require greater doses.

Of course, these are people who do abuse these substances, however for the most part…this is not the case.

Author Bio

VolcanoVape founder and vape enthusiast, Ian Lebowski has been involved in marijuana industry for close to a decade now. Originally working in quality control and testing, he has reviewed hundreds of vape products over the years. He also loves to write so he never misses a chance to share his knowledge trough some marijuana-related article.

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Published at Thu, 18 May 2017 04:34:00 +0000

Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

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Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Is vaping safer than smoking? Pitched as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco, we unravel the hype and break down the controversy surrounding vaping and vaporizers to evaluate the question: are e-cigarettes really a safe alternative to tobacco?

What are the benefits, risks and controversies surrounding Vaping?

The concept of vaping has rapidly shot to the spotlight over the last few years, and is rapidly becoming a mainstream phenomena. Evolving from a socially acceptable smoking alternative, vaping and vaporizers have now become the epitome of cool for millennials and gadget-enthusiasts alike. As the popularity of vaping intensifies, vaping it has even become a full-fledged competitive sport – ushering in a new era of self-styled YouTube stars, vaping communities, and even fierce competitions! If vaping is so socially acceptable and trend-setting, why are many states and countries gradually banning vaporizers from public places, and even stigmatizing or alienating vapers? Marketed as a healthy cigarette alternative, each week there seems to be a myriad of conflicting reports on the subject. For every positive study there is a negative one on the health effects, dangers and risks of vaping. So we have put our detective glasses on, to produce your e-guide to vaping. We break down the hype, opinions, stigmas and studies to evaluate the question: are e-cigarettes really as healthy as they smell?

Vaping vs Smoking Cigarettes

Why is Smoking Dangerous?

Back in the day, smoking was marketed as the essence of style, grace and even prescribed by doctors to pregnant ladies for positive health benefits. However with the advancement of medicine, science and technology, studies have shown smoking tobacco is highly addictive, containing tar, nicotine, carcinogens as well as plenty of other cancer-causing agents. And that’s just the start, as tobacco contains dangerous chemicals that can cause lethal diseases. The World Health Organization reports that smoking kills around 6 million people per year worldwide. Smoking has slowly become less socially acceptable and in this millennial age of health-obsession, conventional smoking has become socially outlawed and banned in most public places.

Is Vaping a Healthy Alternative?

To answer this question, we had to dive into the archives, as there have been many conflicting reports on the health benefits, dangers and risks involved with vaping. In one monumental study from the UK’s Department of Health, e-cigarettes were found to be 95% safer than traditional cigarettes and therefore a much healthier alternative to tobacco. Another recent scientific study

by Cancer Research UK, showed that after six months, smokers who switched to e-cigarettes had fewer toxins and cancer-causing chemicals in their bodies than tobacco smokers. The report also negated previous studies which suggested vaping is as dangerous as smoking.

However, across the pond in the US, many authorities have taken a negative and cautious view on e-cigarettes. Some studies have shown that vaping is harmful, as vaporizers use e-liquid or e-juice, which contains nicotine. Other reports show e-cigarettes contain toxins, formaldehyde, or even cancer-inducing chemicals. In another twist, other studies have shown that this is only harmful with e-cigarettes been used at high temperatures. In moderate temperatures, there is actually less nicotine and chemicals than cigarettes. The vape is also not lit like a cigarette, so there is no combustion or release of carcinogens. Instead, the user inhales flavoured steam, which is comparatively safer. Others would argue that there still are traces of other chemicals, which one would not otherwise inhale and there are issues with second-hand smoke.

Why do many states have a negative view of vaping?

Despite numerous studies showing that vaping is a cooler, healthier alternative to smoking, vaping is still stigmatized by many and viewed on par with smoking. This is because e-cigarettes and vaporizers still produce “second-hand vapor” and trace-chemicals. People also argue that studies are not conclusive at the moment, as we will only know the long-term effects of vaping in years to come. Since there is still some controversy surrounding vaping, many countries, states and cities have even begun banning vaping in public places.

Conclusion: Vaping Versus Smoking

In a show-down battle between vaping and smoking, vaping would win hands down. In health terms, e-cigarettes and vapes contain less nicotine and other cancer-causing chemical and concoctions than tobacco. Another benefit is the smell, as many e-liquids have a mesmerizing aroma, like sweet vanilla, and do not discolour your fingers or teeth. This means vaping is comparatively more socially acceptable, less offensive and there are less bans and laws about vaping than smoking. Another cool benefit is that vaping has become a fierce competitive sport and “claim to fame”, with a new generation of vaping super-stars and viral videos. Another plus for gadget-enthusiasts is that vapes come in variety of vaporizer models from beginner to pro, with a myriad of trendy accessories, gadgets and kits. You can also find uber-convenient dry herb vaporizers that are compatible with weed, and stealthy vape pens for your wax.

So, while vaping still contains nicotine, and we have to wait to see full the long-term effects, it’s safe to say vaping is comparatively safer than smoking. Vaping also wins hands-down in terms of cool factor, trendiness, and social acceptance.

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Published at Fri, 19 May 2017 04:51:43 +0000

Vaping Cannabis or Smoking – Which is Safer?

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Vaping Cannabis or Smoking – Which is Safer?

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Vaping cannabis or smoking – which one is safer of better?

Cannabis can be enjoyed in several different ways. It can be smoked, vaped or dabbed. There’s a constant debate happening around the main pros & cons of vaping Mary Jane versus conventional cigarette smoking. Most studies argue that the mere idea of vaping cannabis is losing ground. Nonetheless, there are people who have positive things to say about vaping marijuana. As opposite to smoking pot, vaping it doesn’t harm the lungs; even though the effects are milder, three hits are enough to get you high.

Is vaping cannabis healthier than smoking it?

Vaping is without a doubt healthier than smoking – whether it’s nicotine or cannabis, it doesn’t really matter. Burning the cannabis plant creates tar – just like tobacco – as well as additional carcinogens. Through vaping, it’s just essential plant oil; this happens because the plant doesn’t catch fire. The effects of vaping marijuana comes from the terpenes and cannabinoids oils, meaning that vaporization can have the exact same effects as smoking pot.

However, there’s a main drawback associated with vaping pot. For starters, there are lots of devices out on the market, and many of them are made in China. This means they don’t work properly, and might feature defects. Rumor has it that some may even contain heavy metals or glue which are off-gassed at increased temperatures.

But there are trusted manufacturers out there. It’s very important to stick to the one that makes quality parts. The best vaping pens are made from titanium and ceramic heating elements, which excel in quality are a lot better than those manufactured from glass or steel.

Vaping is discreet

Portable vapes have increased in popularity because they’re more discreet and subtle. When you use a vaporizer, the smoke is barely noticeable, and it doesn’t catch on your clothes, breath, and hair. High-quality vaporizers have a soft smell that instantly dissipates when you exhale. Furthermore, the device is thinner and sleek; it almost looks like a very interesting tech gadget, and some people won’t even tell if a cannabis vaporizer. Another added benefit is that vaping devices are very easy to charge with an USB recharger. You can forget all about taking the time to roll a joint or load a bong.

Different flavors

Since vaping doesn’t involve burning the cannabis plant, the flavor is cleaner and free of that woody and harsh finish we often get when we smoke pot. Some people prefer this nuanced flavor, but this doesn’t mean you should too. Just remember that smoking catches tar and additional chemicals you won’t find when using a vaporizer. As far as flavors are concerned, they vary and often depend on grow skill, plan strain, and more.

It’s no secret that smoking – whether cigarettes or weed – is harmful to the health. Burnt tobacco and pot produce tar and other toxic chemicals that might get straight into your lungs. Vaping on the other hand, is a lot safer because it doesn’t involve burning. This means that the intake of carbon monoxide is reduced, leading to fewer toxic hydrocarbons. Basically, a vaporizer can fill out a need without the side-effects.

Interesting designs & outstanding effects

There are lots of efficient, incredibly appealing vaping pens in the marketplace. Choose the shape and size that best appeals to your personality, and forget all about rolling joints. These cool new devices are very high-tech. To some degree, you might confuse them with the most interesting social device, but with an added twist. You won’t need lighters anymore because vaporizers are recharged by USB.

We can’t guarantee that vaping cannabis is healthy. But it is healthier than smoking cannabis. Vaporizers can be even better, and make you higher without too many puffs. It all depends on how qualitative the device is. We prefer them because they’re flavoured liquids. The pungent flavor of pot doesn’t fade away when vaping, and you only need a few hits to get the desired effect. Now it’s all up to you, although it’s best to thoroughly assess all your options. This way you’ll be able to a make a sensible choice; a choice that might help preserve your health and the health of those around you.

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Published at Fri, 12 May 2017 04:48:32 +0000

Michigan’s Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Announces Filing of 2018 Ballot Initiative

Michigan’s Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Announces Filing of 2018 Ballot Initiative

Michigan’s Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Announces Filing of 2018 Ballot Initiative

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol today announced that it has filed petition language with the State of Michigan, kicking off an effort to enact an adult use law at the ballot box in 2018.

As of the writing of this post, ballot language was not available on the Coalition’s website. Earlier today, that website linked to a March 22, 2017, draft of the ballot measure. Highlights of that draft included:

  • Allowing cultivation, processing, possession and use of marijuana by all Michigan residents more than 21 years of age.
  • Allowing “homegrow” of up to 12 plants.
  • Protecting users of marijuana from adverse governmental actions.
  • A unique provision for “microbusinesses,” which could grow up to 150 plants, process marijuana into infused products, and sell marijuana and marijuana products.
  • Provisions for licensing growers, processors, testing laboratories, retailers, and transporters, largely mirroring the State’s new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA).
  • Limits on market entry—for two years, only businesses licensed under the State’s MMFLA could receive adult use licenses for businesses other than the new microbusinesses or 100-plant growers.
  • Providing for licensure and regulations by Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Allowing municipalities to “opt out” of allowing licensed businesses, although decisions to opt out would be subject to citizen referenda.
  • Providing a short time frame for the State to act on license applications.
  • Providing that if the State did not have regulations completed within one year, adult use businesses would have the right to apply for licensing at the local level. If licensed at the local level, the State would be prohibited from enforcing regulations against the licensee for one year.
  • Although the earlier draft split tax revenue on a new 10 percent excise tax between municipalities, counties and community colleges, the Coalition’s website now states that taxes will be split between the School Aid Fund, the Transportation Fund (for repairs to roads and bridges), municipalities, and counties.

Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog will have more details on both the initiative and the next steps in the process as they become available.

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Published at Thu, 04 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

RocVape Vaporizer Reviews

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RocVape Vaporizer Reviews

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Vaporizer Reviews

RocVape sent us a couple of vaporizers to review. Following is a review of these two vaporizers by our expert reviewer KC:

  • Origo CVB – Utilizing the latest Complete Vaping Box technology, the Origo CVB presents an incredibly small form factor and looks extremely stealthy. It designed with great ease of use. Give the leak-proof built-in tank, you are ready to go!
  • Origo CVT – The new Complete Vaping Tube technology makes the Origo CVT a next generation vaping starter kit! It integrates the battery, chip set and tank, etc. into a whole, presenting incredible simplicity and solidity. Pull it out of your purse or pocket, give the leak-proof tank a refill and enjoy the delicious clouds!

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Origo CVT Vaporizer Review

PROS:

  • Small and easy to conceal
  • Top fill to prevent leaking
  • Good throat hit
  • Adjustable air flow
  • Good battery life
  • Leak-proof tip to prevent juice in your mouth
  • Cool/sleek design
  • Good beginner or on-the-go vape
  • Changeable tip
  • Cheap price (around $25)

CONS

  • Tank is smaller than it looks / does not hold much juice
  • No adjustable heat
  • Does not work when charging!
  • Vape is nicotine only, no THC

OVERALL

The Origo CVT is a good vape for vapers who are not looking for the “cloudy” type vapes. this vape is very easy to use, comes with all the necessary equipment, and is a good mod. One definite improvement they can make to this vape is to allow it to hit while charging.

Origo CVB Vaporizer Review

PROS

  • Very small and easy to conceal
  • Light weight
  • Cool design
  • Built-in tank helps prevent leaking
  • Air flow on the top to help prevent leaking
  • Good/strong hit
  • Button on top which helps prevent “firing” when in your pocket
  • Interchangeable tips
  • Good battery life
  • Standard micro USB charger
  • Comes with all necessary items
  • Good price (around $43)

CONS

  • Small tank
  • Cannot change wattage
  • Cannot hit while charging!
  • Vape is nicotine only, no THC

OVERALL

Overall, I would give this vape a 5/5. Some vapers like huge clouds. I personally like when a vape has a good “throat hit.” the Origo CVB has the ability to blow big clouds or just keep it simple and have a small hit. With its adjustable air flow, this vape meets the needs of all vapers. I would recommend this product to anyone in the vaping industry who is looking to have a simple mod, but still get the satisfaction of a well-designed vape.

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Published at Tue, 02 May 2017 04:19:24 +0000

Illinois Cannabis Update

Illinois Cannabis Update

Illinois Cannabis Update

Action has been heating up in Illinois recently regarding cannabis regulation that culminated in legislative hearings this week centered on the prospect of potential legalization of recreational cannabis use in the state. On Wednesday, a joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee met to take testimony from Barbara Brohl who is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. The hearing was in response to recent legislative initiatives that have been introduced in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly to authorize the regulation and taxation of cannabis for recreational use. Brohl provided information and took questions from committee members regarding Colorado’s experience with recreational use sales. Among the highlights of her testimony were specifics regarding the Colorado regulatory and tax structure for recreational use cannabis as well as what she perceived as her state’s successes and struggles with implementation of this process. Significant debate was had between Brohl and committee legislators regarding the state’s tax structure and the resulting revenues generated for various Colorado state services. This discussion played out against the backdrop of Illinois’ ongoing state budget crisis and lawmaker’s continued efforts to find additional revenue streams. Another focus of the debate centered on the ongoing cannabis banking conundrum that has caused significant difficulty for cannabis businesses and their customers from utilizing traditional banking services across the country. Further committee debate focused on legislator’s concerns with reports of increased emergency room visits in Colorado and other recreational use states as well as concerns with DUI enforcement and restrictions on access to minors. Rounding out the testimony provided to the committee this week was a representative of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) who gave a national update on which states have authorized recreational use of cannabis and their preliminary findings. One particularly interesting note from this testimony was that all states that now allow recreational use have done so via ballot initiative and not through direct legislative authorization. Most Illinois cannabis observers agree that direct legislative authorization will be necessary here due to the state’s notoriously difficult ballot initiative process. 

While sponsors of the pending Illinois legislation aimed at authorizing recreational cannabis use have conceded passage of legislation is unlikely this spring, they announced to the committee  this week that more in-depth hearings are to follow in the coming weeks and months with an ultimate goal of calling legislation for a vote at a later date.   

A link to both the language of the pending bills mentioned above are linked below. They are identical and pending in both the Illinois House and Senate at this time.

HB 2353

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/100/HB/10000HB2353ham001.htm

SB 316

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/100/SB/10000SB0316sam001.htm

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Published at Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Growing Your Own Marijuana

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Growing Your Own Marijuana

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Why You Should Try Growing Your Own Marijuana

Marijuana has been proven time and time again to have healthy benefits. It is a lifestyle choice that can relieve stress, pain, and can create a general sense of calm and a state of relaxing. There are many benefits to having a supply of marijuana but even more positive benefits to growing your own.

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should try growing your own marijuana.

It will save you money

If you happen to live in an area of the world where cannabis is legal, you will quickly find out that it is quite expensive. Prices for just a single gram of marijuana can exceed £20. Having a supply of several cannabis plants can really help to mitigate costs. Plus, if you have several plants at your disposal, producing a large amount of cannabis buds, you may be able to play around with different delivery methods that consume a large amount of cannabis.

Cannabis can be used for more than just smoking

Having an ongoing supply of cannabis means that you will be able to experiment more with the plant. Cannabis can be used for so much more than simply smoking. Through various refinement techniques, people are very successful at being able to use the plant for oils, juicing, or cooking.

Being able to cook with cannabis requires a large amount of the plant, but opens the world up to creating different edibles. Plus, juicing cannabis has been found to have some amazing health effects. But, in order to obtain cannabis juice, you will need to have raw marijuana leaves, and a great deal of them.

You will be able to have exactly what you want

Growing your own cannabis from seed means that you will always have the exact strain of cannabis that you want. If there is a particular type of cannabis strain that you like, you can be sure to only grow that type of plant. If you are looking for weed seeds, UK has some of the best available with the widest variety (and some of the best prices).

You will know exactly where your marijuana came from

Being able to grow your own marijuana means that you know exactly where your cannabis came from and what it went through. Not only does this mean that you will be able to pick the exact strain of marijuana seed that you like, but you will be able to control every aspect of the growth process. This means that you know what soil was used, the conditions that were used to raise the plant, and the way in which the plant was handled.

Marijuana is not new, but being able to legally distribute and purchase the plant is. This means that there are not a ton of quality assurance methods in place and sometimes manufacturers can take short cuts to simply produce a product. These short cuts can take the form of dangerous bacteria or pesticides that may have been used on the plant. By growing your own marijuana, you will know exactly what has been used to grow the plant and you will know that it is safe.

Growing your own marijuana means that you will have plenty to share

Having your own marijuana plants means that you will have a big supply of cannabis to be able to share with friends and family. Not only will having enough cannabis to share with friends and family be good for the above listed health benefits, but it can help to end the stigma surrounding marijuana. Having the plant in public to show to friends and family can help others see the beauty in the plant and can help educate.

Being able to grow marijuana is rewarding

Beyond the end product made from growing cannabis, being able to produce a healthy cannabis plant from seed is rewarding. There is a reason why house plants are so popular! It can be exciting to germinate, grow, and harvest a healthy plant from seed. Not to mention the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment once the seed and plant has finally taken shape.

It is a great hobby with plenty of benefits to your health and way of life.

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Published at Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:15:45 +0000

The 5 Best Weed Vaporizers of 2017

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The 5 Best Weed Vaporizers of 2017

Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers are as popular nowadays as they have ever been in the past. New Portable Weed vaporizers seem to be released week after week as the advancements in vaporizing technology shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. There has been a continuous growing trend in recent years as we see people become more health conscious and this can also be seen to be spilling over into the vaporizer industry as people seek the most healthy and efficient way to consume their dry herb materials. Vaporization offers many fantastic health benefits over combustion and this combined with the growing advancements in Vaporization technology means we are seeing vaporizers that are more compact, aesthetically pleasing and more efficient than ever before. Of course this is absolutely fantastic for all the Vape enthusiasts out there who wait patiently to get their hands on the newest and most anticipated vaporizers on the market, however it can become over-whelming, especially for those of us out there who do not have the best knowledge of the vaporizer market. This is what we will be aiming to do today, taking a much closer look at the best weed vaporizers that are currently available today. Some of the brands you may recognise as they have become near household names (especially within the Vaping industry) and some of the brands may be new to you, but whatever the case may be, here below are the top 5 best portable weed vaporizers that are currently available in 2017.

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Firefly 2 Vaporizer

The original Firefly Vaporizer was one of the most well-known and popular portable dry herb vaporizers to first burst onto the scene. The original Firefly Vaporizer was a huge success and Vape enthusiasts across the world fell in love with it. The Firefly was known for it’s super quick heat up time, and believe it or not the Firefly 2 has actually improved on this. The Firefly 2 was hugely anticipated once it was announced that the original Firefly was to have a successor and people from all walks of life waiting impatiently for the release of this new beast. Similar to the original unit, the Firefly 2 Vaporizer is the perfect vape for someone who is in search for a portable vaporizer that is capable of producing premium, high quality vapor nearly on-demand. The Firefly 2 Vape has nearly instant on demand heating systems so this is the perfect unit for those of us who enjoy splitting a bowl across multiple sessions or are in need of a quick session without wasting any of the good dry herb materials.

Firefly 2 – Design

The Firefly 2 is a much more compact piece than the original vaporizer. In comparison to it’s predecessor, the Firefly 2 Vape is roughly 33% smaller and more compact and it weighs in almost 55% lighter which really shows just how far the vaporizartion technology has come in recent years. If we were to compare it to other well known vapes out there, the the Firefly 2 Vape is a similar height and weight to the Crafty Vaporizer from Storz and Bickel. The Firefly 2 is much lighter as manufacturers turned to using a magnesium alloy body as opposed to the stainless steel one found in the original Vaporizer. The Firefly 2 is definitely a very stylish vaporizer and it’s colour scheme may be off-putting for people who value discreetness as a priority in their Vaporizers, however with it’s super impressive heat up time, the Firefly 2 Vape allows for ultra-quick sessions and also minimal smell is left behind in comparison to other handheld weed vaporizers.

Firefly 2 – Technology

In comparison to the original Firefly, the Firefly 2 Vaporizer is a much improved piece of equipment. The FF2 makes use of a impressive 50 watt heater system that is also combined with a whole borosilicate glass bowl, the combination of these two things is the reason behind Firefly’s impressive premium vapor. The Firefly 2 Vape comes with six different heating settings which include 5 that are for vaping dry herb materials and one heat setting specifically for vaping concentrates. The heating system in this vaporizer really is no slouch, it’s capable of reaching 400F (240C) in just 3 seconds and can hit 420F (215C) in a mere 5 seconds, this thing is seriously impressive. The Firefly 2 Vape will only heat your dry herb materials when you are hitting them and this is why it is so successful at splitting a bowl across many different sessions, something that is a massive advantage over other handheld dry herb vaporizers. The Firefly 2 Vape also has a much better airflow than it’s predecessor and this is down to a unique design change: the bowl of the FF2 has a 55 hole pattern in it which allows it to intake much more air and thus improving airflow which means that the vapor produced is much more pure and delicious.

Firefly 2 – Summary

The Firefly 2 is a fantastic vaporizer. The fact that it can produce premium vapor that is on par with some desktop vaporizers really says it all. As far as portable dry herb vaporizers go, the Firefly 2 is damn near the top in terms of quality of vapor produced. The Firefly 2 also has a minimal learning curve and is hugely accessible to all people, regardless of their previous Vaping experience. The FF2 is also a very low maintenance piece, requiring minimal cleaning and updating to keep it in top condition. This Vaporizer is also extremely good for those of us out there who enjoy vaping concentrates (one of the fastest growing aspects within the Cannabis industry) the 500F temperature setting for concentrates allows for supreme, tasty and pure vapor – something that would be very difficult to find in other portable weed vaporizers.

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Boundless CFX Vaporizer

One of the standout Vapes to be released in recent years. The Boundless CFX Vape took us, and many more, by surprise – a really, really good surprise. The Boundless CFX was released at a very competitive price for the quality that this vape is capable of. The Boundless CFX is a portable dry herb conduction vape that is paired alongside it’s brother vape the CF Vaporizer (which is a smaller, less powerful handheld weed vaporizer) and they are both aimed at the classic Storz and Bickel Vapes the Mighty and Crafty. Both of the Boundless Vapes were released at significantly lower prices and can easily compete with competition due to their powerful batteries and heating systems. The CFX Vape comes with a complete temperature spectrum which can be controlled by the user and is displayed on a 1.7″ LCD display screen.

Boundless CFX – Design

The Boundless CFX Vaporizer may not be the most compact or small vape when we compare portable weed vaporizers, however it does have a very nice feel in your hand and it can be easily pocketed if discreetness is something that you require in a vaporizer. The CFX Vaporizer does come with a large bowl which makes using it in groups and in a session with friends, easy and enjoyable. The Boundless CFX Vape stands at 5 inches tall and is roughly 3 inches wide to just over an inch in depth, so it is quite a decent portable vaporizer but maybe not as compact as others within this list.

Boundless CFX – Technology

The CFX Vaporizer comes with a ceramic heating chamber that is combined with a medical grade plastic vapor path whihc ensures the smoothest, pure and tasty vapor is produced. This vaporizer also has a full range of heating temperatures at it’s disposal, the spectrum ranges from 100-430F (38-221C). One of the best aspects to the Boundless CFX Vape is it’s quick heat up time. The CFX is capable of heating up to 400F in roughly 20 seconds which is extremely good for a dry herb portable vape of this size and at this price. The Boundless CFX actually has one of the fastest heating systems for conduction styled vaporizers currently on the market. As far as vapor quality goes, the Boundless CFX Vape is exceptional for the price of this vaporizer. You can expect to get real dense vapor that is both cool and smooth with top notch taste as well, you can’t really ask for much more, can you?

Boundless CFX – Summary

For their first release of portable Vaporizers, Boundless have really hit a home run here. The Boundless CFX is an extremely good vaporizer for it’s price, and those out there who have tried it have had only great things to say about the device. The CFX has the ability to reach full temperature in roughly 20 seconds, it offers a complete range of temperature spectrums, so whatever you preferred vaping temperature is, the CFX has you covered and it can produce thick, dense clouds of vapor almost effortlessly. All in all, the Boundless CFX is a top notch dry herb portable vaporizer that is available at an extremely competitive and consumer friendly price.

Buy the Boundless CFX Vaporizer here!

DaVinci IQ Vaporizer

DaVinci have been involved in the manufacture of Vaporizers for quite some time now and the IQ Vaporizer is their third portable vape that they have produced. DaVinci put their name on the scene when they introduced the first DaVinci Vaporizer which was a massive hit when it was first released. They then followed this up with the release of the Ascent Vaporizer, another fantastic portable weed vaporizer which had a hugely anticipated release and subsequently lived up to the hype as people feel in love with the DaVinci brand. Towards the end of 2016, DaVinci announced the imminent release of their third portable dry herb vaporizer, the DaVinci IQ Vaporizer and this one is the best by far and away. The IQ Vape comes with entirely new and slick design and has many impressive features including smart path technology and the use of zirconia for their vapor path (zirconia ceramic bowl, zirconia vapor path, and mouthpiece).

DaVinci IQ – Design

One of the most impressive things about the IQ Vaporizer and probably the first thing that you will notice is how small and compact a vaporizer it really is. This is a look at just how far vaporization technology has come as the DaVinci IQ is one of the most powerful yet smallest vapes. As for as aesthetic purposes go, the IQ Vape is one of the nicest and slickest looking portable dry herb vaporizers currently on the market. Seriously, this thing is gorgeous. The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer weighs in at roughly 145 grams, which means it isn’t the lightest portable dry herb vape on the market (for reference the Pax 3 Vape weighs in at around 95 grams) however the IQ more than makes up for this with it’s compact size.

DaVinci IQ – Technology

Straight to the point, the vapor quality that is produced from the IQ Vaporizer is fantastic, in fact it has gotten such rave reviews that people have said it is the best vapor that you will get from a conduction based portable dry herb vaporizer. One of the main reasons for this is that the IQ Vaporizer has a vapor path constructed 100% from zirconia and this helps to produce very dense and cool premium vapor quality. The IQ Vaporizer is quite the powerful vaporizer and it sure is capable of producing some huge, dense vapor clouds and it also is powerful enough to not become over-worked or over-powered as easily as other conduction based portable vaporizers when you’re looking to hit the vape back to back. The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer is also extremely efficient when vaping your herb and the AVB (Already Vaped Bud) that is left over can be seen to be toasted quite evenly. The IQ Vaporizer also comes with a full range of temperature spectrum which ranges from 250F all the way up to 430F. The heating system also works exceptionally fast and the IQ Vape can reach your desired vaping temp in roughly 45 seconds.

DaVinci IQ – Summary

The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer is one of the finest portable weed Vaporizers to be released for some time. The combination of it’s superb style, exceptional battery and efficient vaping with it’s price point means that the IQ Vape is really a winner.  DaVinci have hit the ball out of the park with the IQ Vape: the quality of this Vape is seen through it’s solid and sturdy build, innovative heating systems and features and the size, design and style are all massively on point. All in all, DaVinci have done it yet again, the IQ Vaporizer is a real winner.

Buy the DaVinci IQ Vaporizer here!

Pax 3 Vaporizer

Pax is a name that has become synonymous with portable vaporizers. The original Pax was one of the most well known and popular vaporizers to be released and since then Pax have continued to release real quality portable weed vaporizers. Pax has been dubbed the “iPhone of Vaporizers” and it’s really hard to argue with this as they continue to up the ante on all other competitors within the portable dry herb vaporizer industry. Towards the end of 2016 we seen them get ready for the release of their most highly anticipated vape yet, the Pax 3 Vaporizer. The Pax 3 was a significant upgrade over it’s predecessor (the Pax 2 Vape) and it included the ability to vape concentrates (which more and more people are looking for to be a standard in their portable weed vaporizers).

Pax 3 – Design

The Pax 2 Vaporizer was one of the most popular portable dry herb vaporizers so naturally there was huge anticipation for the new release of the Pax 3 Vape. The Pax 3 has the same physical dimensions as it’s little brother however it has gained 3 extra grams due to the change in features and internal functions. The Pax 3 Vaporizer is a very beautiful and stylish vaporizer and it is discreet and compact so it can be slipped into a pocket at a minutes notice if needs be. The finish on the Pax 3 Vaporizer is also one of it’s best features as it has a gleaming, high polished finish and looks fantastic.

Pax 3 – Technology

This is one of the biggest areas of improvement for the Pax 3 Vaporizer. The Pax 3 has a significantly faster heat up time in comparison to the Pax 2. The Pax 3 is capable of reaching it’s desired vaping temperature in roughly 15 seconds, which is perfect for those of us who wish to enjoy a quick vaping session. The Pax 3 Vaporizer comes with 4 different heating temperatures that range from 360F(182C) to 420F(215C). The biggest new feature to be added to the Pax 3 Vaporizer is it’s ability to vape concentrates. This was obviously influenced by the growing demand within the cannabis industry for all things concentrate related, and Pax listened to their die-hard fans and delivered. The Pax 3 Vaporizer is also compatible with a smartphone app which allows the user to gain exceptional control over the range of vaping temperatures.

Pax 3 – Summary

Overall the Pax 3 Vaporizer is a seriously impressive vape. The upgrades to the Pax 3 from the Pax 2 have made this a significantly more efficient and powerful portable weed vaporizer. the faster heat up time on the Pax 3 Vaporizer is certainly a massive draw for fans, and combined with the smart control app means that this is one of the finest portable vapes currently on the market.

Buy the Pax 3 Vaporizer here!

Mighty Vaporizer

The Mighty Vaporizer is brought to us from German Vape manufacturers Storz and Bickel. The Mighty is portable vape that uses a hybrid convection heating system, which is the same for its little brother vape the Crafty. The Mighty differs from the Crafty in that it is nearly twice as powerful and and over twice the battery life.  The Mighty Vaporizer has one of the best battery life out of all portable weed vaporizers and that really is saying something.

Mighty Vape – Design

The Mighty Vaporizer is one of the largest portable vaporizers that is currently on the market and there have been arguments made over whether it is a true portable vape or not. However it is handy to throw into a bag or purse, you may run into difficulty trying to squeeze the Mighty Vaporizer into your pocket. This is a fantastic Vaporizer to be used when you are hanging with friends and it’s perfect for sharing when in a group session.

Mighty Vape – Technology

The Mighty Vaporizer is unique in that it uses both conduction and convection heating elements which can also be called a hybrid. This method allows the Mighty Vaporizer to produce some outstanding vapor which is dense and absolutely full of flavour. The Mighty Vape is capable of producing this premium vapor consistently and will vape your bud evenly and efficiently. The Mighty Vape has a built in LED display that makes using it so simple and it also is super easy to control and maintain the temperature.

Mighty Vape – Summary

All in all, the Mighty Vaporizer is one of the best vaporizers you can get at the moment. It is exceptionally powerful and efficient. This is a vaporizer that could be marked as a “Must have” and if you can deal with the the ability to easily hide it, then this is the perfect vaporizer for you, regardless of your vaping needs. The Mighty Vaporizer is so easy to use, produces premium and dense vapor and is one of the most consistent vaporizers on the market.

Buy the Mighty Vaporizer here!

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Published at Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:11:43 +0000

Marijuana Withdrawals and How To Cope

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Marijuana Withdrawals and How To Cope

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Can You Suffer from Marijuana Withdrawals?

Even though Cannabis is illegal on the federal level, it doesn’t mean it’s not used often. Marijuana is used for recreational fun and even medicinally. Actually, up until 1937 before America enacted the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, it was legal for everyone to experiment with it. Before that time, it was simply a plant being grown and no attention was really paid to it. Until America’s “who’s who” found a way to have the government stop its citizens from using it so they can profit off other endeavors. The government started spreading false lies saying that entertainers, which consisted mainly of African-Americans and Latinos, were smoking pot and raping white women. (Learn about Refer Madness here.) This worked to scare people away and paved the way for more propaganda and lies for the following 80 years.

The truth is, medical marijuana has untold uses. Hemp is a strong tool that can be used for foods, crafts and ropes. Marijuana can be used to help sick patients with cancer and other serious illnesses. Upon making it illegal, the government and big corporations (including Big Pharma) could now benefit and profit from people who are caught using marijuana while the pharmaceutical companies line the politicians’ pockets.

However, with all the talk on the benefits of marijuana, there are also a few drawbacks. With daily pot usage, comes some minor and minimal effects. For a lack of better words, we will call them marijuana withdrawals. The withdrawals are not what you’re used to, which is why “withdrawals” is not the perfect word. You don’t go into cold sweats and get nauseous. Rather, the marijuana withdrawals are very small and only last a day or two.

Bud Says: There are a few herbs to help you quit if you are looking to stop altogether.

Lack of Sleep – You will notice, the first day you don’t smoke weed, it will be hard to sleep. Your body is not relaxed like it is used to so you’re generally up longer with a ton of thoughts running through your mind constantly while you try to sleep. A nice warm chamomile tea right before bed might help with this.

Lack of Appetite – The one marijuana withdrawal people find when quitting is that they’re not that hungry the next day. This is common and usually lasts only until dinner time. A good way to combat this is to exercise during the day. Not only will it make you hungry enough to eat a good amount, but it will also get you tired enough to sleep more quickly.

Anger – Some people have said that, after smoking marijuana every day for a long time, they tend to get aggressive for the first couple days when they stop. This marijuana withdrawal could be because you’re not as relaxed as you were previously or because you’re less mindful of what’s going on. Either way, meditation is a wonderful way to help with this. Meditation helps you become more mindful, but relaxes you at the same time. It’s good to meditate right after waking up and/or just before sleeping.

Marijuana is nothing like the lies would have you believe, but there are some minor withdrawals that can linger for a couple days after you stop using it daily. Use the tips provided above to make things easier for you if and when you ever decide to quit or take a break.

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Published at Fri, 14 Apr 2017 05:47:46 +0000

Michigan Announces Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, Seed-To-Sale Solution

Michigan Announces Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, Seed-To-Sale Solution

Michigan Announces Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, Seed-To-Sale Solution

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the State of Michigan formally announced the creation of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. Contained within the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, popularly known as LARA, the new Bureau brings together oversight of the patient and caregiver registry under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act with the new regulatory structure of the Medical Facilities Licensing Act. The Bureau is helmed by Andrew Brisbo, most recently the Director of LARA’s Licensing Division.

LARA today also announced that the State has chosen Franwell, Inc., to operate the “seed-to-sale” monitoring and tracking program required for participants in the State’s new medical marihuana regulatory framework. Franwell’s Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Regulatory Compliance system, or “METRC,” is also used in Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska.

Notably, the State has still not announced appointees to the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board. LARA is required to consult with that Board in promulgating rules for the industry. With only 8 months until the State is required to begin accepting license applications, the fact that the Board has not yet been appointed makes it highly likely that the State will need to adopt emergency rules.

LARA’s announcement regarding the new Bureau may be found here: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-79571-409429–,00.html 

As the State continues to move forward with developing a regulated system for medical marihuana, check back with the Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000