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Will Nevada be the First State With Cannabis Clubs?

Will Nevada be the First State With Cannabis Clubs?

We have been covering the topic of social cannabis consumption for quite a while at The Weed Blog.  Being based in Portland we would love to see Oregon be the first state to pioneer this area of the cannabis industry (and we are sure hopeful with Senate Bill 307 on the lines currently).  However, some legislative activity in Nevada this past week might make the Silver State the first to have legalized and regulated social cannabis consumption clubs.So, will Nevada be the first state with cannabis clubs?

From the Associated Press:

A bill allowing local governments to issue permits for marijuana social clubs has passed in the Nevada Senate.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the bill passed 12-9 Tuesday and next will be reviewed by the Assembly.  Lawmakers say tourists do not have a safe place to use recreational marijuana, which is legal in Nevada. They say this bill would give tourists a place to go and relieve some pressure off casinos and hotels.  Andy Abboud, Las Vegas Sands Corp. senior vice president, says pot lounges in Clark County would be located on the Las Vegas Strip.

As we all know, other states allowing recreational/adult-use marijuana have discussed public social clubs, but no such bill has yet been passed.  In Oregon, we were fortunate to have The World Famous Cannabis Cafe (WFCC) and have awesome event producers like Tokeativity who have been able to provide safe spaces for adults to consume cannabis together.

The City of Denver passed a social consumption ordinance last November and there has been a lot of talk about it here in the City of Portland as well.

Madeline Martinez is the founder/sole-proprietress of The WFCC and she explained it perfectly.

“Moving forward we need and deserve safe, cannabis-friendly social venues in all legalized states. We [cannabis consumers]are law-abiding, taxpaying citizens and, given the opportunity, we choose to consume legally, out of public view, to protect the rights of consumers and non-consumers alike.”

Indeed.

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Published at Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:23:49 +0000

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Iowa takes small step to expand medical marijuana program, but advocates want more

Iowa takes small step to expand medical marijuana program, but advocates want more

DES MOINES, Iowa — A medical marijuana oil program approved by the Iowa Legislature might not offer much help to patients with qualifying medical conditions, but advocates say it’s at least a step in the right direction.

The measure approved by lawmakers in the final hours of the legislative session Saturday would expand a little-used program now only available to people with epilepsy. If signed by Gov. Terry Branstad, the law would allow the limited production of cannabis oil at two locations in Iowa and legalize its use for an additional eight conditions.

Despite the expansion, medical marijuana advocates said the decision to cap the level of the active ingredient and limit the means of ingestion means the program has limited value.

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, called the program “the worst in the country.”

“For people who were opposed to doing anything, I suppose they think this is a big deal,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is that they shouldn’t have put all the conditions in the bill because the medicine isn’t going to provide a therapeutic benefit for eight of the nine conditions, and that’s sad.”

Besides prohibiting smoking, vaporizing or consuming marijuana edibles, the bill limits the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, allowed in the oil to 3 percent. THC is the compound known for psychoactive effects, and by capping it at 3 percent advocates said it limits the oil’s potential to help conditions besides seizures.

Some programs, mainly in conservative states, have caps with even smaller percentages of THC.

Only 38 people have medical cannabis cards under Iowa’s current system, which makes it illegal to manufacture or distribute the oil. It’s unclear how many more would enroll if the new program is signed into law.

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, a doctor researching cannabinoid medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said some conditions besides seizures could benefit from low-THC oil, but that the benefit is less certain because of the cap.

“It’s an extremely non-scientific regulatory framework for cannabis,” he said. “It’s all politics. This is no way to do medicine.”

Rep. Jarad Klein, a key supporter of the legislation, said the program’s limitations stem from the hesitation of House Republicans to legalize any form of marijuana.

“A lot of my caucus said ‘We don’t feel comfortable with this issue at all,’” Klein said.

The bill would also create an advisory board to recommend changes to the cannabis oil program, though Iowa lawmakers would have the final say.

Klein acknowledged an interest in potentially raising the THC level above 3 percent if the medical board recommends it.

“A lot of this boils down to a compromise, and this is not necessarily … my personal ideal,” he said. “I had to get something I knew we could pass and that I have a high confidence the Governor will sign.”

The conditions covered in the expanded program include: cancer; multiple sclerosis; seizures; HIV or AIDS; Crohn’s disease; Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Parkinson’s disease; untreatable pain; and any terminal illness with a life expectancy of under a year.

The Marijuana Policy Project, a national lobbying organization, said 29 states have comprehensive medical marijuana programs, while 16 offer cannabidiol extract with minimal THC. By the group’s standards, Iowa falls in the second category and is not considered to have a “workable” medical marijuana program.

“It will certainly be beneficial to those suffering from seizure disorders, no question,” said Maggie Ellinger-Locke, legislative counsel for the organization. “But the THC cap will leave most patients behind.”

Nonetheless, Iowa Epilepsy Foundation director Roxanne Cogil praised the overall effort.

“We feel this is a significant step forward to ensure meaningful access for Iowans,” she said. “We do look forward to continue to working with legislators to help improve the program.”

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Published at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:24:40 +0000

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What Is The International Church Of Cannabis?

What Is The International Church Of Cannabis?

The International Church of Cannabis opened last April 20 in Denver, Colorado. Founded by Lee Molloy and Steve Berke, the establishment is a remodeled church that has been converted with the intention of providing cannabis enthusiasts a physical place to come together and enjoy rituals with the plant, and in the process, discover their higher self.

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Cannabis.net talks to Lee Molloy, who tells us more about this one-of-a-kind concept in the community: 

1. Congratulations on your opening last April 20. How did the program go?

 

Thank you so much. The opening went great. We had some incredible artists and performers who elevated the crowd and really set the scene for the weekend. It was a wonderful experience, and I feel personally blessed to have spent so much time with so many wonderful, open and honest individuals.  

 

2. Please tell us more about the celebrations centered around cannabis.

 

This weekend was a fundraiser, it was about being entertaining and trying to get fellow cannabis enthusiasts and Elevationists to part with their hard earned money. Therefore, other than the general theme, our main ritual use during the weekend was a 4.20 ritual smoke session each day with a minute of meditation and a meet and greet session.

 

3. There’s been a lot of conflict and criticism from city and state officials as well as residents leading up to the opening. How did it all pan out on 4/20?

 

Well, first we had to deal with the hypocrisy of State-Rep Dan “The Drunk” Pabon who attempted to distract from his own inadequacy as a human being by bringing an entirely bogus amendment to a State bill at the last-minute to prevent us from our religious practices, which was not only pathetic, but it was clearly blatant religious persecution. Thankfully his more intelligent fellow politicians did not follow his lead. Meanwhile, at the City level, we had some hoops to jump through, but overall we were treated quite graciously by the City Attorneys.   

 

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4. Elevationists intend to help members bring out the best version of themselves through cannabis rituals. Would you say that the church is similar to the modern day approach of Shamans and the use of psychoactive plants for healing?

 

I am not an expert in Shamanism, but Cannabis is a healing flower – used for emotional and physical pain relief.

 

5. What kinds of causes will you volunteering will you be working with in the community?

 

That depends entirely on the Elevationists involved. We will be facilitating volunteering efforts for as many causes as our members are interested in pursuing. However, once broken down into groups, those groups will follow their own path. Keeping the City clean and volunteering with those with disability are two ideas that have come up and will likely be executed soon.

 

6. Can you tell us a little more about the kind of person or members of a community whom you think can benefit the most from becoming a member?

 

Those who are interested in exploring their minds and spiritual nature by way of the Cannabis Sacrament are welcome to join us. We know that all those with an open mind and a desire to improve their live may benefit from becoming a member of our church.

 

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7. Is there a fee to become a member of the Elevationists?

 

There is no fee to visit the church during public hours. However, we are currently looking at the structure of Church Membership – which will allow not just for spiritual congregation, but also to take part in the elevated entertainment and education classes we are putting together.

 

8. Using cannabis for meditation and spiritual activities is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. We think that spirituality is one of the many things the plant can definitely help with. Is there a certain dosage, method of ingestion, or certain strains that you think is best to enhance one’s spirituality?

 

Just as there are as many paths to Elevationism as there are Elevationists, there are as many “correct” doses and methods of ingestion. Elevationism is a journey of self-discovery. So, with some pastoral counseling people may find their path, but ultimately, their path is revealed to them.

 

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9. Where did you get the idea to start the Church of Cannabis?

 

We were lucky enough to be in a position to acquire the physical church. Once that was purchased it took almost a year to really decide to go for it and start the congregation.  

 

10. What are your plans for the rest of 2017 in terms of development and new activities for members?

 

We still have a lot of work to do on renovations. We are also developing programming with local artists and educators – including the likes of elevated yoga, elevated guided meditation, elevated creativity classes and more.

 

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Published at Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Throws Out Over 21,000 Drug Convictions

Massachusetts Supreme Court Throws Out Over 21,000 Drug Convictions

In the largest dismissal of convictions in U.S. history, Massachusetts has thrown out more than 21,000 drug convictions linked to a former state chemist who admitted to faking test results.

Former state chemist Annie Dookhan.(Photo: David L. Ryan/AP)

The convictions were overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court several years after former chemist Annie Dookhan admitted to faking test results in 2013. The court threw out all drug cases where Dookhan was involved, in order to make sure that none of the individuals convicted were done so wrongly. In total, 21,587 convictions were overturned, by far the largest single dismissal of criminal charges in United States history.

According to NPR; “Over the nine years Annie Dookhan worked at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute outside Boston, she admitted to returning positive results on drug evidence she never tested and to sometimes forging co-workers’ signatures.” As the scandal unfolded, hundreds of people were released from prison and hundreds more had their charges dismissed. Dookhan herself was released from prison last April after serving about two and a half years of her three- to five-year sentence.

“Innocent persons were incarcerated,” Justice Carol S. Ball of Suffolk County Superior Court wrote in her 2013 sentencing decision. “Guilty persons have been released to further endanger the public, millions and millions of public dollars are being expended to deal with the chaos Ms. Dookhan created, and the integrity of the criminal justice system has been shaken to the core.”

But the ACLU says it’s not just a single person who is to blame. Kade Crockford of the ACLU writes that the scandal stemmed from a system that is set up to facilitate convictions. Crockford continues, “It was that system that enabled her abuse, covered it up, and then fought to preserve the convictions that stemmed from it.”

NPR’s Tovia Smith reports that on top of the 21,587 convictions tossed Thursday, prosecutors are still seeking to uphold several hundred others, which may also involve tainted evidence.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:41:30 +0000

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420 Vancouver 2017

420 Vancouver 2017

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Martin Szabo is a commercial and portrait photographer who lives in Vancouver, BC. Martin specializes in cannabis product photography, still life, portraits, animals, and food & beverage as those are the things he loves most in life. His style, although always evolving, can be best described as minimalist, elegant, pure & sexy. When he is not squinting behind the viewfinder or editing in a dark studio nook, you can usually find him obsessing over another photography book, enjoying the back country outdoors and mountaineering, cooking up a new Szabo du jour for two, or sipping on a glass of his favorite BC vintage.

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Published at Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:49:04 +0000

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Growing Your Own Marijuana

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

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Ganja Yoga Book From Dee Dussault

Ganja Yoga Book From Dee Dussault

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A couple years ago I was introduced to Ganja Yoga, a class given by Dee Dussault one of the first Yoga practitioners to infuse her yoga classes with cannabis. It was a very relaxing journey and she’s now released a book for those who are unable to attend her classes.

I’ll be reviewing her book as soon as my copy arrives, but just wanted to let me readers know that her book is on sale now.

The day has finally come:

Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief, and Enlightened Self-Discovery is officially on sale!

Early reviews of the book have come in and it’s wonderful to see people appreciate and enjoy the message of Ganja Yoga. Here’s a sampling of what people are saying:

“Finally—the book that we’ve all been waiting for! Dee Dussault has masterfully crafted the ideal handbook on how to integrate the vast powers of yoga and cannabis. This beautiful book incorporates glistening pearls from Eastern philosophy, yet speaks to the average person, in a readable style that almost feels personal—and it may change your life. Beautifully illustrated and creatively designed, I couldn’t recommend Ganja Yoga more highly.” –David Jay Brown, author of The New Science of Psychedelics and Mavericks of the Mind

“Dee Dussault has led the way in bringing the age old combination of ganja and yoga to the Western world. In an easy to read accessible guide she explains the many benefits to be found in a marriage between sacred medicine and hatha yoga.” –Chris Bennett, author of Cannabis and the Soma Solution

“Hip, user-friendly…Dussault employs both scientific studies and humor while handing out tips on safe consumption and class etiquette…though some yoga purists may resist the concept, Dussault makes an entertaining and well-informed case for the marriage of cannabis and yoga.” –Publishers Weekly

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Published at Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:50:31 +0000

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Cannabis Merchant Account Crackdown

Cannabis Merchant Account Crackdown

Cannabis Merchant Account Crackdown

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President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions completely scared off financial service providers. Major companies like Paypal, Square, and Stripe purged companies selling ancillary marijuana products around January and February earlier this year.

Entrepreneurs speculate that this happened because Trump’s brilliant idea of suggesting that the feds regulate recreational pot even more, and AG Jeff Sessions referred to the legal cannabis industry as “violent”. Using menacing language like this rocked the boat, and as a result businesses that sell CBD products, software, and even vaporizers were affected. Payment processors basically kicked them out as customers.

According to an article on Inc.com, Shanel Lindsay of Boston startup Ardent which produces a decarboxylating device used to cook cannabis flowers, was kicked out of Square, Stripe, PayPal, and at least 4 other online financial services. As a result she missed three weeks’ worth of sales since she had to wait to be approved by offshore financial providers during the first two months of Trump’s administration.

Cannabusinesses throughout the country felt the shock. “Everyone running an ancillary business got kicked off all at once,” Lindsay said. “It was an unrelenting wave; you could not deny it. All of the banks seemed to be highly attuned to the issue and there was no flying under the radar.”

CANNABIS AND CASH PAYMENTS

As if cannabusinesses didn’t have enough problems to worry about especially when it comes to dealing with banks and payments, this time it was much worse. Previously, banks had to face yearly compliance reviews from the feds and internal audits were done. Businesses that were perceived to be too risky were shut down. However, during President Obama’s term he helped loosen up the situation by encouraging banks to work with cannabis businesses although his memo was not binding.

To add insult to injury, here comes White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying tht he thinks there will be greater enforcement on recreational cannabis, and Sessions comes out using more menacing language about the legal cannabis industry. Banks expunged cannabis-related accounts. Even if you look at the terms of service of payment processing giants like PayPal, it’s clear that cannabis businesses are viewed as pariahs. They state that cannabis and ancillary cannabis businesses are prohibited from using their services. Banks underwrite services like PayPal so in the event that a bank is required to purge a business, these guys have to do the same thing. However, PayPal, Stripe, and Square spokespeople deny that these moves have anything to do with the Trump administration.

Stephen Brudner, who founded Merchant Services Consulting Group, a business that matches companies with payment processors, there was a sudden spike in interest from companies who were getting in touch on February. Naturally, they all asked for help to get on payment processors but he was unable to help them. “Our phones rang constantly. People selling vaporizers, CBD products, other ancillary companies, we just had to tell them we don’t have a home for you right now,” says Brudner. “Ancillary marijuana companies are considered ‘unbankable’ at the moment.”

CANNABIS JARS

The cannabis industry continues to grow and there are no signs that it’s going to slow down. Because of this, there will always be payment processors and banks that are willing to take the risk and work with cannabuisnesses although payment processors who operate overseas have to face a more challenging situation.

Lindsay’s payment processor emailed her saying that the business was “suspended by our bank”. According to the processor, the bank identified transactions which were used to pay for prohibited products although they didn’t divulge any more details. As if that wasn’t enough, the processor told Lindsay that the $35,000 in her account would be held for 90 days to protect themselves from disputes and charge backs, severely affecting the cash flow of her business.

April 20 is just a few days away, which is officially the biggest cannabis holiday of the year, translating to a surge in sales for businesses. However, since they have to deal with a lack of payment issues April 20 could actually be problematic. Instead of celebrating the green rush from the holiday, cannabis businesses will be scrambling to find solutions to their banking problems.

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Published at Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Everything You Need To Know About Vapexhale Vaporizer

Everything You Need To Know About Vapexhale Vaporizer

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This guys created one of the best desktop vaporizers out there. The Vapexhale is a great investment and with all the different attachments, the ability to vape through water, and the punch it packs, it’s a hard one to beat.

Want to know more about VapeXhale EVO Cloud Vaporizer?

You come to the right place.  

Over the years, a lot of cannabis users have resorted to desk and portable vaporizers for their herbs and e-liquids.

Let’s Be Honest

Unfortunately, A lot of people can’t afford to invest in an expensive Volcano as their primary desktop vaporizer.

Good news:

Given these dilemmas, the VapeXhale EVO vaporizer makes a great option.

It isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of VapeXhale vaporizers.

In fact, the VapeXhale EVO is already the improved version of the original VapeXhale Cloud vaporizer.

The VapeXhale CloudEVO is the newer and lighter version that has faster heat times and a steadier temperature than the original VapeXhale Cloud. And the good news is that the first version of the VapeXhale Cloud was already considered a stand out by both vape connoisseurs and critics alike.

For someone anticipating the best vaporizers for this year, the 2017 VapeXhale Evo Vaporizer is probably one of the best things that you shouldn’t miss. It has a lot of hype behind it, thanks to its sturdy construction and improved design.

The Good/ For starters, The VapeXhale CloudEvo offers high-quality vapor and impressively large clouds with the VapeXhale CloudEvo because of the vaporizer’s superb heating element and PerpetuaHeat technology.

Though it isn’t advertised as a medical device, its all-glass vapor path ensures that you only get high-quality vapor from this device.

For some, we may even be looking at the next contender to possibly dethrone the best vaporizers in today’s market.

Unlike other vaporizers that simply cater to herbs, the VapeXhale Evo is also a versatile option that can cater to your preference for different materials.

Users have the choice to use either herb or concentrates on this device.  And since it has a flexible temperature range, you can get the best-tasting vapor regardless of the material that you use.

You can also choose to replace the mouthpiece with different glass attachments called Hydratubes.

The purpose of these glass attachments is to provide different kinds of diffusion to its users.

That simply means an entirely different vaping experience for the same unit.

You can make use of a Hydratube specific for mild to more concentrated output.

The Bad  / We’ll have to admit that there are not a lot of bad things to say about this device. However, let’s discuss things that can still be improved.

For instance, you have the 30-minute auto shut off feature. Though it was included in its design for safety and to decrease wear and tear on its parts, however, it can also be a cause of slight inconvenience.

If you are the type who loves to vape for a couple of hours with friends while doing other things, you’ll have to wait for the device to start again once it turns off.

Next, in order to enjoy maximize the use of the VapeXhale EVO vaporizer, you’ll have to make an extra investment with the Hydratube.

That simply means that unlike other vaporizers that come with either a whip or balloon (or both), you still have to spend a few extra dollars in order to enjoy the full potential of the device.

And since it has a lot of glass parts, it is a good idea to be very careful when using the device.

Though it goes with a warranty, it can be a bit annoying to wait for the replacement of the hydratable once you’ve accidentally dropped it.

If you are very particular about the temperature of your vaporizer, you might find the vaporizer’s design a bit problematic.

Without LED display, you have no idea if you are hitting particular temperature.

Since it only makes use of a knob, you’ll just have to remember the position of the knob to get the exact same setting that you liked the last time.

In terms of performance, though you get excellent flavor from the device.

Though it takes a bit longer for the device to heat up, it is something worth it. You’ll have to wait for two minutes for the CloudEVO to get to the right temperature.

However, when it has reached your ideal temperature, you still have to wait a bit longer before you can take a draw.

And lastly, after consuming a bowl, it takes around 10 minutes between sessions to cool the bowl in order for you to load new material.

Yes, it still takes a bit of patience when using the CloudEVO. But don’t worry, it is all worth it from here.

What’s New

VapeXhale Vaporizer - What's new What exactly is new on this device?

Let’s begin discussing its design approach.

The CloudEVO makes use of a simplified approach to desk vaporizers. It doesn’t have any additional fancy feature that complicates things. That being said, it is the perfect non-intimidating device for beginners.

Also, this convection vaporizer is quite different from forced air versions that make use of a fan to get air into your lungs. Instead, it only provides vapor for every draw that you make, allowing this unit to give the user the best value for their money on their material.

Also, unlike other vaporizers that give you fixed vaping experience, it offers different options to choose from.

Are you the type who loves to get strong vapor from every draw? Or perhaps, you are the type who simply likes a mild hit?

Investing on Hydratubes can help give you the right fit for your device.

Construction and Functionality

VapeXhale Vaporizer - Build  The CloudEVO is an 8 inches high device minus any glass attachment on top.

It has an out-of-the-box design compared to other products that you see out there.

It doesn’t have the usual LED lights that you see on your typical desk vaporizer.

Though it looks a bit odd, its design is functional meant for the user’s vaping preference.

A default version of the VapeXhale CloudEVO standard starter kit has a standard mouthpiece.

When attached, it adds around 6-8 inches on top of the vaporizer. It also goes with two herb baskets and the VapeXNail concentrate attachment.

If you prefer a more specific vaping experience, you can choose to replace the mouthpiece and have the VapeXhale Hydratubes. The Hydratubes makes use of water filtration and adds 6-10 inches to your device.

The initial size of the VapeXhale CloudEVO isn’t too big without the glass attachments but suddenly becomes a stationary vaporizer once all the necessary glass attachments have been placed.

Compared to the other vaporizers, it is still much smaller than the Volcano. The VapeXhale EVO’s base is stable even with all the contraptions.

It has a durable design with easily accessible on and off switch. You simply have to turn the knob fully clockwise to tinker the preferred temperature that you want.

The device itself heats up in just two minutes, while it also includes an auto-shutdown feature that turns off the device after 30 minutes of inactivity.

The chamber can hold as much as 0.5 grams of material depending on how packed you placed your material in its bowl.

Performance

VapeXhale Vaporizer - Performance In terms of performance, the device is among the top in the vaporizer industry today.

But what makes this product unique is the different kinds of experience that you get for every Hydratube contraption that you opt to attach to the unit.

It caters to individuals who love getting a strong vapor to those who love an average level of diffusion.

As a convection vaporizer, VapeXhale Cloud EVO offers flavorful draws.

It makes use of a patent pending “PerpetuaHeat” technology that allows the system to adjust the temperature according to its user inhales method, which means that the herbs in your chamber are not used if you are not drawing.

This also means that the vapor doesn’t have any plastic taste due to the all-glass path design of this vaporizer.

How easy is it to use The CloudEVO?

All you need to do is to switch the power and select the temperature.

You can even opt to just leave the device at your desired temperature as last time for it to automatically heat at that the same temperature once you begin a new session.

The glass piece will turn red once it starts to heat up and then turns green once it hits the desired temperature.

Heating Element and Temperature

VapeXhale Vaporizer - Heating elementPrecision is the key to what makes this vaporizer stand out. It has a ceramic unit along with the Thermal Technology system.

But unlike other convection devices that have a noisy fan, the VapeXhale simply relies on your draws to heat the herb in its chamber.

In terms of temperature, there’s no way of telling exactly what the device is going to give you.

However, the device can give you the lowest temperature at 7:00 at approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

The highest at 5:00 which gives a temperature of around 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Placing the knob at 12 o’clock can give you approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Depending on the material that you use, you’ll have to play around with the device to get the best results.

As for dry herbs, you can start placing the dial at 1 to 2 o’clock and play around from 3 to 4 for the concentrates.

Your dial approach will also depend on your choice of Hydratube contraption.

It is suggested that you stick to experimenting with the dial of your device in order to get the best flavor.

How to use the vaporizer?

VapeXhale Vaporizer - How to use Simplicity is what makes The VapeXhale CloudEVO vaporizer a great device.

Though for some, the lack of LED lights to indicate the temperature is somewhat a bit of a turn-off.

It is undeniably beginner friendly and has a less intimidating approach to modern day desk vaporizers.

  • Loading your herb

The first step is to load your material on the device. As rule of thumb, 50% full is an ideal setup since it is a convection vaporizer and you’ll need air to heat the material. Packing as much 75% of the bowl’s capacity will simply not give you the best results.

Also, make sure that you don’t pack the material too tightly since you will need to draw in order to heat the substance. The good thing about this device is that it includes EZ bowls. It makes loading of your material easy.

  • Loading concentrates

We mentioned that the VapeXhale CloudEVO also allows the use of wax, e-liquids, and oils. For this scenario, you have the VapXnail which is a separate attachment that can be used. It is made of same glass material that ensures butane free vaping sessions.

  • Filling with water

Next, you’ll want to fill the mouthpiece percolator chamber with water. Next, you will have to set it on top of the vaporizer neck.

  • Heat and draw

Then, you can turn on the device and toggle to the preferred temperature. Once the LED light turns red, it signals that your device is already heating towards the desired temperature. And once it turns green, this means that the desired temperature has been reached. This signifies that you can already take your draw from the VapeXhale CloudEVO. From here, you can take a draw and enjoy.

Bottom line

VapeXhale proved that there’s so much more to improve even if you already got it right the first time around.

But since the company is committed to crafting the next “king of vaporizers,” they’ve provided the market with the VapeXhale CloudEVO.

They took the simplified approach to vaporizer design and got it right!

It is a breath of fresh air to see no LED temperature display and other quirky controls in front. It is also lightweight and durable, not to mention it also offers clean tasting vapor.

Also, the Hydratubes is considered a game changer by many vape enthusiasts.

This allows users to tweak their vaping experience without relying on a new device.

It gives you the opportunity to control the diffusion that you want for your vape sessions.


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Published at Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:36:38 +0000

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Pharma, Beer and the Future of Cannabis

Pharma, Beer and the Future of Cannabis

Pharma, Beer and the Future of Cannabis

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There has been a lot of news this year in relation to cannabis, some good, some bad and others well…”meh.” Today we’ll be talking about a few issues relating our favorite plant and the organizations surrounding it.

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Cannabis the New Beer

Firstly, you’ll be more than happy to hear that cannabis is gaining momentum in the US and many beer drinkers are opting in to buy weed over brew. A new survey by Cannabiz Consumer Group revealed that 27% of beer drinkers in states that have legalized, are opting to buy weed over their favorite beverage and participants in states that currently don’t have a legal system in place agreed.

The total sample pool was of about 40,000 people. Currently, the Beer industry is generating roughly $100 billion in sales each year, however if cannabis were to be legalized, they expect to be losing more than $2 billion per year as the Cannabiz Consumer Group expect roughly 7% of national beer drinkers to make the switch once fully legalized.

This in my humble opinion is a lowball figure as the surveys revealed that more like 25% of the beer drinking population will most likely make the change.

Now this doesn’t mean that cannabis consumers don’t like beer. Every now and then a smooth joint and a cold beer can do wonders, especially if it’s sunny out and you’re chilling next to the pool. However the average cannabis consumer doesn’t drink nearly as much beer per week as the average beer consumer.

Nonetheless, I think it’s a good thing that people are switching to cannabis over beer due to the fact that it’s just healthier and doesn’t incite violence, as alcohol does. Did you know that nearly half of all violent crimes can be linked back to alcohol? Knowing figures like this, the switch from beer to cannabis is a welcome one.

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Pharma still Meddling with Cannabis Legalization

Perhaps 80 years ago the biggest opponent of legal marijuana was the oil and petroleum industries, however these days big Pharma is one of the biggest opponents. This is evident with the legalization efforts that happened in Arizona this past year. Insys gave $500,000 USD to “Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy” which is the most prominent anti-cannabis organization operating within the state.

This was just a few months after the DEA “okayed” one of their newest drugs “Syndros” which is a synthetic version of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Obviously, if Arizona legalized last year, it would have cut deep into their profit margins and pharma can’t have that happen now can they?

The donation they gave to ARDP roughly constituted 10% of their total donations which means it was quite sizable. In the end, they attributed to maintaining marijuana on the back burner for a few more years all because they want to protect their profit margins.

Now, it’s okay for a company to want to protect their profit margins, however when you do it at the expense of everyone else…well then you’re simply being a dick about it.

This is nothing new. The prison industrial complex, Big Pharma, Big Alcohol and the works all supports prohibition because as you can see, regardless of where marijuana is legalized…it’s cutting into their profit margins.

Prisons will have fewer inmates if cannabis was legal. Pharma would lose out on billions if marijuana was legal because patients prefer to use cannabis over pharma meds where possible. This is the crude reality every cannabis activist should be aware of…money and power are the main motivators for the prohibition of marijuana.

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The Future of Cannabis

Now, we might look at the information presented to us and see a dreary landscape for the future of cannabis, however according to GreenWave Advisors it might not be so bleak.

They speculate that by 2021 the entire US will go the way of legalization. Regardless of what the Trump administration is attempting with cannabis, the people have spoken. There are already ballots in motion for 2018 and 2020 for other states that want to opt in for legal marijuana.

The main motivators behind these initiatives are tax revenue, healthcare and of course seeing how well it’s working in other states like Washington, Colorado and so forth.

With more investors ready to dish out the cold hard green, we will begin to see an explosion within the cannabis industry over the next few years that will overshadow the progression we have made in cannabis over the past two decades.

Once enough states have legalized marijuana, the Federal government will essentially have no more jurisdiction over cannabis, seeing that there are roughly 5,500 DEA agents globally, it’s nearly impossible to prosecute cannabis operations without state involvement.

If all states or most states have legalized cannabis, they would not be able to assist the DEA since it would technically be legal within the state. And thus, the hand of the federal government will be forced and they would have no other option but to bend to the will of the people.

And once this occurs, we’ll see the cannabis industry grow to new heights…and this is something to look forward to.

The Sticky Bottom Line

While the landscape surrounding cannabis might seem stormy at moments, the fact of the matter is that there is seemingly nothing that can be done to stop the legalization of cannabis. It seems we have finally hit the tipping point in relation to legalization.

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Published at Fri, 14 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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