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The Ultimate Vape Guide

The Ultimate Vape Guide

By TheVape.Guide

Introducing The Vape Guide

We are a small group of avid Vapers that came together to guide users when buying a new vaporizer and reduce the guesses you have to make when searching for the best vaporizer for your needs. Together with every review, you will find our recommendations on where to purchase from, and the best deals including coupon codes when available. Our readers usually get 10% off from most major brands.

There is an abundance of Vapes and brands out there, and zeroing in on the perfect device may be overwhelming. We have years of experience, tested hundreds of Vaporizers, and did all the research so you can make the smart choice. If you purchase through our links, we get a small commission which we roll back into maintaining this website and continue doing what we love- VAPE and write honest and unbiased reviews. If you click on our links- you are awesome and we greatly appreciate that!

The vaping community has grown immensely over the past few years. Since 2008, the number of vaporizer shops popping up around the country has increased, and sales have reached to $3.5 billion. It is expected that in another ten years, use of e-cigarettes and vaporizers in the United States will surpass the use of cigarettes, explains the popular periodical, Business Insider.

There are many smokers deciding to make the switch to vaping, but what is vaping exactly? What are the different types of vaporizers? What are the benefits of vaping compared to smoking?

To answer all your questions, I am giving you an in-depth guide to getting started in the vaping community.

“…to inhale vapor through the mouth from a usually battery-operated electronic device (such as an electronic cigarette) that heats up and vaporizes a liquid or solid”

-Merriam-Webster.

Vapor from a vaporizer

Recent studies suggest that vaping is a safer, healthier alternative to tobacco smoking. Instead of lighting up a traditional tobacco cigarette, you can still get the same nicotine high from vaping. This means avoiding the side-effects and health risks that accompany smoking – as well as the stigma. When you smoke a cigarette, you exhale smoke that not only smells terrible but it leaves a stench on your clothes, your breath and even others around you (secondhand smoke).

With vaping, there is only vapor (or water vapor) that is emitted. Not only does it dissipate faster than cigarette smoke but it also smells better due to the use of flavored e-liquids. Instead of wasting money on buying pack after pack of cigarettes, you can invest in an electronic device that you can refill and recharge, saving you money…and years!

Vaping doesn’t just apply to e-cigarettes. You can also vape using cannabis products as well such as dry herb, wax, and oils.

The Vape Guide: How Vaporizers Work

Before we cover how vaporizers work, let’s quickly define what exactly a vaporizer is. A vaporizer is a device that delivers the benefits of either dry herbs or concentrates.

So, now that you know what a vaporizer is, your next question is most likely, “well, how does it work?” A vaporizer heats up dry herbs and concentrates to the ideal temperature – one that is high enough in which vaporization occurs, but low enough that combustion does not occur.

Conduction

Conduction requires that dry herb or concentrate comes into direct contact with the heating device.

This achieves fast vaporization, and some users feel that this method creates a more flavorful vapor.

vape guide

Convection

Convection heats up material by letting hot air pass in and around the substance from the heating chamber. The benefit of using conduction vaporizers is that it allows  more control over temperature and can instantly adjust with the press of a button.

FireFly 2 Vape

The Vape Guide: Vaping History

Most people believe that vaping was only recently established in the 1960s. However, it has been proven that the art of vaping originated in Egypt in the 5th century B.C. Herodotus, who was known as the “Father of History” recorded his encounters with inhaling cannabis vapors in his book, “The History of Herodotus.” At the time, he resided in an area known as Scythia where they would throw weed onto hot stones which would vaporize and then they would bathe in it and inhale it.

There is much speculation surrounding who truly invented the first electronic cigarette, but the one who filed a patent on the first e-cig was Joseph Robinson in 1927. While it was never commercially manufactured, Robinson still owns the patents for the first mechanical butane ignition vaporizer used for nicotine.

The electronic cigarette made a stunning comeback later in the 1960s by Herbert A. Gilbert. A Korean veteran, his blueprints are the basis for other modern-day vaporizers. He currently works for Emperor E-Cigarettes.

Between 1990 to 1994, Bill Amato (Eagle Bill) became well known for making cannabis vaporizers attractive. He advocated these vaporizers as a safe alternative to smoking. He has his exhibit in the Sensi Seed Bank’s ‘Hash Museum’ located in Amsterdam, and is credited with inventing the “Shake and Vape” vaporizer which consists of a pipe with a glass bowl where you would place your herbs and then heat up the bottom of the bowl.

1500 years after the first use of “vaping” came the birth of the hookah in present-day Afghanistan.

Irfan Shiekh from the Mogul’s Safavid Dynasty invented this waterpipe and then introduced it to India.

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Vaping Culture

For many, vaping is not just a hobby or activity. It is a way of life, and there is a vast subculture and fan base for the vaping community. Vaping has taken root with manufacturers selling sponsored gear, bars and online forums specializing in offering a vape-friendly environment, and even a whole sport just for vaping. A sport for vapers? Yep. The vaping world has their competitive sport known as cloud chasing!

Cloud chasing is a competitive sport where vapers (read: cloud chasers) attempt to create the biggest, thickest cloud of vapor possible. Competitors take long, deep draws and then release the vapor. Cloud chasing has become so popular that it has even reached a professional athletic level. Fans who spectate are referred to as cloud gazers.

There are also some vaping enthusiasts that attempt to do tricks with vapor. There are thousands of videos on social media and Youtube of these vapers blowing dense clouds and creating shapes in the air with vapor.

Vaping has spawned the creation of communities for vaping enthusiasts and people who have picked up vaping as a means of quitting tobacco smoking. There is much support for these communities.

The main goal of cloud chasing is to create the thickest cloud possible.
Cloud chasers create this effect by custom modifying their vaporizers.

Cloud Chasing from vaporizer

The Vape Guide: Vaping Legally

This question shouldn’t be all too surprising. Using a vaporizer can resemble smoking a cigarette and can cause someone to ask where they are allowed to vape. Nowadays, cigarette/cigar smoking has been banned from almost anywhere except a few places. Some places do allow vaping, but however, most places do not permit it.

The government and the FDA are attempting to apply their regulations about vaping, however, vaping is considered more socially acceptable than cigarette smoking and is allowed in more places. Each city and county have their vaping rules so do your research if you are unsure. As long as you respect the people around you when you vape and are respectful of the rules, there should be no issues.

Most of these signs have been adapted to reflect the use of vaporizers and e-cigarettes.

If you are unsure, ask any business that you frequent for their policies on vaping – or check the local laws.

No vaping no smoking

The Vape Guide: Different Types of Vaporizers

There are a few various kinds of vaporizers depending on how you want to use it. They have vaporizers for cannabis and vaporizers for those seeking a smoking alternative. There are a variety of vaporizers from table-top, electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), vaporizers that use the dry herb, oil or wax, and vaporizers that use a combination of dry herb and concentrates. Best of all, they have vape mods which are customizable for an optimal vaping experience.

Tabletop vaporizers

These vapes are not exactly ideal for users who only take a couple of draws and are done, instead, they are perfect for group sessions or users who are comfortable tackling a full bowl on their own.

These vaporizers are not ideal on the portability scale due to their large size. However, these vapes usually come with the best technology found in vaporizers. These vapes are on the higher level as far as cost but offer adjustable and more precise temperature control settings. Keep in mind that some herbs and concentrates vaporize at different temperatures which affect vapor flavor. Invest in a good table-top vaporizer which will vaporize the flower at the optimal temperature to deliver you the most flavorful vaping experience.

Volcano Vaporizer

The Volcano vaporizer by far is one ofthe most popular tabletop vaporizers. It’s perfect for users who have a flexible budget and are looking for a table-top vaporizer that gives them an amazing vaping experience. It comes in two different designs – Classic and Digital.

The Volcano vaporizer was first established in 2000 by the Storz & Bickel company in Tuttlingen, Germany. It’s known for creating top-notch vaporizers in both quality, design, and engineering.

It was also one of the first companies to receive an ISO or an International Organization for Standardization manufacturing certification. One of the unique features of the Volcano is that it is compatible with a variety of different vaping methods. You can use the balloon method or whip method depending on the length of session and your preference.

Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers

If you are looking for something smaller and more portable, a portable dry herb vape would be your best option. These vaporizers are perfect for enthusiasts who are always on the go, and while most of them are dry-herb only, there are some that are compatible with both dry herb and concentrate. These vapes function the same way as a table-top vaporizer, with the only difference being that they run on a battery and come in a compact design that is suitable for taking on-the-go.

Unlike desktop vaporizers, portable vapes are limited in their features. While some of the more new vapes have more precise temperature control, there are others that lack these features.

The vapor quality with dry herb vaporizers is one of the purest you can find: flavorful, smooth and dense.

dry herb vaporizer

The Vape Guide: Vape Pens

Vape pens, like dry herb vaporizers, are ideal for users who are looking for something smaller and portable. These vaporizers use concentrates versus flower and are perfect for concentrate enthusiasts who have a low budget but still want an amazing vaping experience.

These vaporizers look just like pens (hence the name “vape pen”) and are very popular because of their inexpensive battery and the oil used is smooth and lasts a long time. While there have been issues with some vape pens concerning battery life and leakage, these occurrences happen rarely. Some vaporizers require you to load your concentrate which is fine if you can’t afford vape pens that use cartridges but it can be tough to achieve the right consistency of oil that would normally be found in cartridge pens.

If you decide to pick up a cartridge-based oil vape pen, note that the oil used can cause different effects compared to other types of cannabis oil. Some describe their experience as focused more on the brain with fewer effects on the body but these experiences vary. Keep in mind that propylene glycol is used to dilute cartridge oils to help mix the oil to the right consistency to vape. If this is a deal breaker, you can always opt for a vape pen that doesn’t use cartridges.

These vapes are very easy to use. You can use your oil, or you have the option of using concentrate that is already sealed in an oil cylinder.

KandyPens All Wax Pens

Vape Mods

Vape Mods are like regular portable vapes but…on steroids…so to speak! These vaporizers are very customizable with the ability to attach additional parts and are usually more powerful and packed with more features than your standard portable vape. Some of these functions include better build quality, touch-screen functionality, shatter-resistant glass, bigger tanks, and more airflow control. These vape mods range in price from cheap to very expensive.

Vape Mods are optimal for those who want to control their vaping experience. Depending on how you customize your mod, you can create vapor that is easy on the throat and provides a rich and flavorful vaping experience, or, for cloud chasing, you can produce a thick vapor that lets you do vape tricks and make huge plumes of vapor.

There are many different types of box mods you can choose from for your vaporizer.

Each box mod is completely customizable.

iJoy RDTA Box Review

The Vape Guide: E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs are probably one of the most common vaporizers in the vaping community. These vaporizers are battery-powered, and their design mimics the feel of smoking a tobacco cigarette. They don’t use tobacco but rather e-liquids which come in a variety of flavors and with or without nicotine. They are relatively easy to use by just pushing a button or taking a draw.

There are many brands of electronic cigarettes out there; some look like cigarettes while others look like vape pens and resemble USB sticks. E-cigs range in price with the weaker, disposable electronic cigarettes being on the cheaper side while the higher-quality ones are at the more expensive end.

One of the hottest e-cigs out right now is the iQOS by Philip Morris.

IQOS Variation

Final Thoughts

Well, there you have it. I hope that after reading this guide, of sorts, that you have a better understanding of what vaping is, what kind of vaporizers exist, and how to use them. Keep in mind that vaporizers are intended for people who want to stop smoking, have already stopped, or simply enjoy using it for cannabis. It is never suggested that if you are underage or if you have never smoked to begin vaping. It is always important to be mindful of the people around who you choose not to vape. Vape responsibly! Enjoy 🙂

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 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:18:41 +0000

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What is going on with the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Roll Out?

What is going on with the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Roll Out?

Amendment 98 (also known as The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, received 53.11% of the popular vote during the November general election. The amendment will allow doctors to recommend the cannabis for patients suffering from specific medical conditions. Arkansas was definitely one of the closer races, as voters supported the amendment in 38 counties and opposed it in 37 counties.

As we have reported, there are many hurdles and and hoops to jump through during the implementation of this new amendment.  Two of them that policy makers, business owners, and law enforcement are dealing with currently are where the medical dispensaries will be located and how police can determine if drivers are impaired because of medical marijuana use.

Where will dispensaries be located in Arkansas?

The State of Arkansas has been divided into 8 zones, and each zone will have 4 medical marijuana dispensaries in it.  This has caused some disagreement between policy makers and business owners.

As reported by The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Mayor Robert “Butch” Berry of Eureka Springs is keen on having one and maybe even two dispensaries in this city.

“I would like to have four if we could get them,” Berry said. “Eureka Springs was originally founded on the basis of its healing waters. … Medical marijuana will dovetail perfectly into what has already been a place to come for rejuvenation and healing,” they reported.

It will be curious to see how some of the more conservative business owners feel about this, both in this zone of the state as well as the other 8.  During the implementation of Measure 91 here in Oregon, I watched several shops get most or all the way through the permitting process, only to be pushed out by a business association or neighborhood association.

How will police be trained to determine if a drive is impaired by medical marijuana use?

This seems to be a hot topic in all states with medical or recreational/adult-use cannabis laws.  TWB has looked into this and many states are using (or thinking of using) roadside saliva swab tests, but there still isn’t a golden answer here.  With the only test comparable (but not really) to this being a breathalyzer that is used to determine if someone is impaired by alcohol use, there is still much research and engineering that needs to be done for a standardized, accurate test.

According to Arkansas Online:

Police can quickly determine if a driver who has been drinking is legally impaired. A breathalyzer test or blood sample that measures 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content or more means a person is intoxicated under the law.

“My top concern is a public safety one — impaired driving related to marijuana use,” Bentonville Police Chief Jon Simpson said. “It will be difficult since there is no sort of standard field test to determine the level of intoxication.”

Bonnie Atchison, a staff attorney for Rogers, said a blood sample may help determine the level of intoxicants, but there isn’t a specific number pointing to drug intoxication comparable to a blood-alcohol content level.

Certainly police will receive extra training about impaired driving with an Arkansas medical marijuana law now in place.  However, if Arkansas does experience a significant increase in arrests for driving while impaired, my guess is that it would likely be a result of the additional training for officers and not additional drivers.  In a country with cannabis prohibition in place, you can bet that there are plenty of drivers out there driving under the influence of marijuana already.

What’s next?

While citizens of Arkansas can petition for a local option vote to ban dispensaries and cultivation facilities, so far none have proposed local option elections to ban Arkansas medical marijuana facilities (fingers crossed!).  TWB is hopeful that each state that legalizes marijuana will be able to roll out their laws increasingly quicker and with more efficiency, and we hope that Arkansas will not be an exception!

 

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Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:30:20 +0000

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Canada’s Cannabis Act Allows 18 and Older to Use Cannabis

Canada’s Cannabis Act Allows 18 and Older to Use Cannabis

The implementation of Canada’s Cannabis Act is deep into the implementation process.  After watching this process in Oregon, I can only imagine how long the roll out might take in entire country (as opposed to one state).  One piece of the Cannabis Act that has not been given much attention so far is the fact that the country would allow anyone 18 and older to use cannabis.  This is quite different from the U.S., where all of our legalized adult-use/recreational marijuana laws only allow for people ages 21 and older to consume cannabis.

Canada’s Cannabis Act definitely calls for strict regulation regarding youth, however, stating that no person could sell or provide cannabis to any person under the age of 18 and that if one is found giving or selling cannabis to youth or using a youth to commit a cannabis-related offense, they could receive maximum criminal penalties of 14 years in jail.

Additionally, in order to prevent youth from using cannabis, the Act would also prohibit products, packaging, or labeling that are appealing to youth, selling cannabis through self-service displays or vending machines, or promoting/advertising cannabis (except where the promotion could not be seen by youth).

While still tightly regulated, there are still mixed opinions about the age at which young people should be able to consume cannabis, particularly if it is being done so for recreational purposes (rather than medical).

According to Paste, Senator Jonathan Singer of Colorado would like to see the age in his own state lowered to 18. Repeating the feelings of many young adults, Singer said, “If you are old enough to go to war then you should be old enough to be trusted to use a recreational substance.” He added that lowering the age to 18 would help reduce widespread underage use.

There is no doubt that outcomes from the results of this Canadian cannabis roll-out could influence the future of marijuana legalization in America. We will wait and see!

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Published at Wed, 31 May 2017 17:10:51 +0000

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ABcann Global and Cannabis Wheaton Grow Napanee

ABcann Global and Cannabis Wheaton Grow Napanee

VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – May 29, 2017) – ABcann Global Corporation (TSX VENTURE: ABCN) (formerly Panda Capital Inc.) (“ABcann”) and Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. (TSX VENTURE: CBW) (“Cannabis Wheaton” or “CW”) are pleased to report that they have entered into a binding interim agreement (the “Agreement“) to fund the construction of 50,000 square feet of cultivation space (the “Expansion Production Area“) at ABcann’s proposed cannabis cultivation facility to be located in Napanee, Ontario known as the Kimmett facility (the “Facility“). Pursuant to the Agreement, Cannabis Wheaton has agreed to invest $30 million in ABcann as follows:

  • on the date that is the earlier of 10 days of the final closing of CW’s previously announced financing or by June 30, 2017, CW will subscribe for $15 million of ABcann common shares (each, an “ABcann Share“) at an agreed upon valuation of $2.25 per ABcann Share; and
  • on the date that is the earlier of 10 days of CW raising an aggregate of $150 million or March 31, 2018, CW will subscribe for an additional $15 million at a price per ABcann Share equal to the greater of two times the 10 day volume average trading price of the ABcann Shares at the relevant time or $2.25.

Upon completion of the $30 million investment, and upon accepting ABcann’s construction budget and timeline for the construction of the Expansion Production Area, Cannabis Wheaton will provide all necessary funding to complete the construction of the Expansion Production Area. This expansion will be in addition to ABcann’s current 100,000 square foot facility that is commencing construction imminently. In return, CW will receive 50% of the proceeds (net of certain costs) of future wholesale or retail sales completed by ABcann with respect to cannabis produced in the Expansion Production Area (the “EPA Allocation“). CW’s entitlement to the EPA Allocation will not begin until after the completion of CW’s $30 million investment.

Chuck Rifici said “This now adds a sixth licence to the Cannabis Wheaton portfolio, and our first publicly traded producer with a sales licence. Over the past three years, I’ve watched ABcann’s involvement and evolution in the Canadian cannabis industry. They are widely recognized for their proprietary cultivation methods that produce high quality cannabis with industry leading yields. It’s clear to us that they had their pick of funding sources, so it’s an honour to make this announcement today.

This partnership will bring to ABcann the support and funds necessary to break ground on the Kimmett site. Once construction is complete, the additional cultivation space will provide Cannabis Wheaton with an estimated 8,000,000 grams of cannabis per year.”

“This Partnership is a great opportunity for both ABcann and Cannabis Wheaton. ABcann significantly enhances its cash position through the equity investment, providing ABcann with the capital to construct up to 180,000 square feet of fully funded capacity.” said Aaron Keay, CEO of ABcann.

The Agreement remains subject to certain conditions precedent, including receipt by ABcann of applicable Health Canada and other regulatory approvals and the ability of the parties to agree on future construction budgets and timelines.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Chuck Rifici

Chairman & CEO

About ABcann Global Corporation (TSX VENTURE: ABCN)

ABcann was one of the first companies to obtain a production license under the marijuana for medical purposes regulations, which it received on March 21, 2014. It also obtained a sales licence on Dec. 31, 2015. Situated in Napanee, Ont., ABcann has spent the last two years focused on changing the face of medical cannabis. ABcann intends to be the first company to have repeatable products in multiple continents and to provide standardized medical cannabis to the world. Its flagship facility contains proprietary plant-growing technology, combining the concepts, systems and components to produce high-yielding plants, which, in turn, can generate high-quality products that are consistent from batch to batch.

ABcann grows its plants in controlled environmental chambers, where every key variable in the growing process is optimized to achieve the consistency that is needed for a standardized product. ABcann is able to control environmental and nutrient demands, tailor-made for a particular strain of cannabis, without the variation that is typical when producing large quantities in less-controlled, larger rooms and greenhouse-type structures, giving ABcann the ability to produce pharmaceutical-grade, plant-based medicine that can be prescribed with confidence.

Stay Connected

For further information about ABcann Global and our management team, please visit: http://www.abcannglobal.com or contact Aaron Keay ((604) 323-6911 or aaron@abcannglobal.com) or Leo Karabelas ((416) 543-3120 or leo.k@abcannglobal.com).

About Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. (TSX VENTURE: CBW)

Backed by a team of industry experts, Cannabis Wheaton is the first cannabis streaming company in the world. Our streams will include production from across Canada coming from our partners comprised of licensed producers of cannabis (LP) and LP applicants. Cannabis Wheaton’s mandate is to facilitate real growth for our streaming partners by providing them with financial support and sharing our collective industry experience.

Stay Connected

For more information about Cannabis Wheaton and our management team, please visit: http://www.cannabiswheaton.com, or follow us on Twitter @CannabisWheaton. Call: 1-604 687 7130 Email: Mario@skanderbegcapital.comhttp://www.skanderbegcapital.com.

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities law. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “continue”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “potential”, “proposed” and other similar words, or information that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur. This information is only a prediction. Various assumptions were used in drawing the conclusions or making the projections contained in the forward-looking information throughout this news release. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to: the ability to generate revenue through the streaming agreements, the ability to consummate transactions which are currently in discussions, requirements to obtain additional financing, timeliness of government approvals for granting of permits and licences, including licences to cultivate cannabis, completion of the facilities, where applicable, actual operating performance of the facilities, regulatory or political change, competition and other risks affecting the Company in particular and the medical cannabis industry generally. Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the information is made, and is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Neither ABcann nor CW are under any obligation, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward -looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Published at Tue, 30 May 2017 16:50:49 +0000

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New Hampshire Senate Committee Votes to Establish Commission to Study Marijuana Legalization

New Hampshire Senate Committee Votes to Establish Commission to Study Marijuana Legalization

Nevada’s Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to establish a commission designed to study the legalization of marijuana.

House Bill 215 will now move towards a vote by the full Senate. Given it has already been passed by the full House of Representatives, passage in the Senate would send it to Governor Chris Sununu for consideration.

The 22-person commission would be tasked with examining “the possible impacts of changing state policy to treat marijuana in a manner similar to the way the state deals with alcohol and shall study the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana including the specific issues related to growing, selling, taxing, limiting use, advertising, promoting, and otherwise regulating marijuana and marijuana-infused edible products.”

The commission “shall also study the experiences of New Hampshire and other states regarding the use of marijuana for medical purposes and for recreational purposes”, and “shall also study the experiences of states that have or are in the process of legalizing and regulating the recreational use of marijuana by adults, with particular attention to be given to the ways the changes in marijuana laws in Maine and Massachusetts, as well as Canada, impact our state.”

In addition, the commission “shall study any other issue that the commission deems relevant to its objective”, and may “solicit the advice or testimony of any organization or individual with information or expertise relevant to its study.”

According to the proposal the members of the commission shall be as follows:

(a)  Five members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(b)  Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(c)  The attorney general, or designee.

(d)  The commissioner of the department of safety, or designee.

(e)  The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.

(f)  The commissioner of the department of revenue administration, or designee.

(g)  The commissioner of the department of agriculture, markets, and food, or designee.

(h)  A representative of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, appointed by that organization.

(i)  A representative of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, appointed by that organization.

(j)  A representative of New Futures, appointed by that organization.

(k)  A representative of the Marijuana Policy Project, appointed by that organization.

(l)  A representative of the New Hampshire Bar Association, appointed by that organization.

(m)  A representative of the New Hampshire Medical Society, appointed by that organization.

(n)  A representative of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation, appointed by that organization.

(o)  Three representatives of the public, appointed by the governor.

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 Fri, 26 May 2017 19:35:22 +0000

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Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

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

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Everything You Need To Know About Kannastor Grinders – Expert Review

Everything You Need To Know About Kannastor Grinders – Expert Review

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Our Verdict

The Kannstor Grinder is the best grinder you can get on the market today. Beautiful designs, great prices and a variety of sizes makes this grinder a great buy!  

Want to know more about Kannastor grinders?

Smart move, you came to the right place.

Finding the right grinder is an absolute necessity for people that have a strong desire to have the best vaping experience.

Over the years, the demand for the best vaping experience has increased which also paved the way not only for high tech vaporizers but additionally for the high end high grade accessories that compliment them such as the grinder.

You’ve heard this advice a million time.

When looking for a new grinder, you need to make sure its user-friendly, durable, and a design that makes it functional.

It needs to do its job well of grinding herbs in order to maximize the vaping experience.

One of the brands that stood out over the years is Kannastor. Kannastor has been around making different types of grinders since 2003.

That’s 14 years of experience for them. 

They’ve covered both the single chamber and the multi-chamber varieties. And given their years in the business, this makes them a veteran in the world of vaporizers and grinders.

All these years, they’ve been working to adjust their designs in order to create the best grinders possible.

The Good

There are a lot of good things that can be said about the Kannastor vaporizers.

In fact, they offered some of the most advanced designs in the market today.

One of the features that make them unique and a stand out brand is the material used on their products.

Kannastor Grinders are made of aerospace grade anodized aluminum.

Aerospace grade anodized aluminum offers a more durable option than your typical aluminum grinders.

Still not convinced?

Get this: Kannator grinders have a glass fronted storage that allows you to see what exactly happens inside the grinder.

And having an exterior threading, the device secures the materials that you place inside the grinder.

Also, a trademark design of Kannastor Grinders is its ability to churn the herbs smoothly.

Let’s dig a little bit deeper. 

It has sharp diamond shaped teeth that can simply break down the herbs without a problem. You end up with consistent and smooth grind every time you use their products.

In some cases like the GR8TR grinders by Kannastor, it even made use of teeth on both top and bottom to make sure that it is easier for its users to make ground herbs.

It also comes with a warranty that ensures users that they purchased a durable product. Unlike other brands, you can guarantee that Kannastor Grinders will last for a long, long time.

The aerospace aluminum plays a role in terms of maintenance.

This makes it easier for you to get rid of all the dirt and pieces that were stuck from the last grinding session. All the

All the gunk and pieces stuck between the parts can easily be removed using household cleaning items.

In addition to that

The screen used on the Kannastor Grinders is made of stainless steel material. This prevents rusting and can help maintain the quality of your herbs.

The screen also has the perfect size that only allows the kief to be collected at the bottom of the device.

You can also choose different types of screens from Kananstor depending on how fine you want your herbs.

Another great feature of the Kannastor Grinders is its large storage capacity. This makes it the perfect option for those who prefer to do a long vaping session, not to mention help organized users store their herbs in one place.

The Bad

One of the most common problems that we have experienced with Kannastor Grinders is the fact that it is quite difficult to replace the screens.

It is a bit ironic on the part of the company considering their main selling point is Kannastor’s removable screens.

However, replacing the screen isn’t really something that you will have to do regularly.

If you are the type who vapes regularly, it is a good idea to already have additional screens right from the start the moment you purchased the Kannastor Grinders.

Another common problem is the plastic part on the Kannastor grinder sometimes detaches that can interfere with the process of grinding the herbs.

Design and Performance

Kannastor, over the years, perfected their grinder designs.

They’ve come up with different varieties that can help meet every vaping enthusiast’s preference and needs.

The construction of each grinder is quite different.

They’ve designed a range of single chamber to multi-chamber grinder designs for its markets with different needs and preferences.

The single chamber grinders make a perfect accessory for those who love to vape on-the-go while multi-chamber designs are perfect for those who love to vape for medical reasons.

All of its multi-chamber grinders have easy to remove screens that help you to maintain the device without a problem.

In fact

You can even choose how fine you want the screen to be!  That means that you can get the desired consistency that you want for your herbs.

Aside from the grinder’s screen, the design of Kannastor Grinders prevents resin from getting stuck in between the teeth of your unit.

Maintenance

Maintenance is an important part of ensuring a grinder’s performance.

Since the Kannastor Grinder is made of aerospace-grade aluminum, this is something easy to do. However, make sure that you use solvents such as alcohol to get rid of the resin stuck on your screen and in the teeth. You can also apply dishwashing soap and water on the grinder.

Different types of Kannastor Grinders

  • 4-Piece Kannastor Grinder

Kannastor produced many 4-Piece grinder variants. These grinders have a crank top which makes grinding easy. Watching the herbs go down the holes is also a thing of beauty in this particular device with its clear window top.

These grinders have a crank top which makes grinding easy. Watching the herbs go down the holes is also a thing of beauty in this particular device with its clear window top.

Watching the herbs go down the holes is also a thing of beauty in this particular device with its clear window top.

The 4-Piece Kannastor Grinder comes in different sizes from 1.25 inches to 3 inches depending on how wide you prefer your grinder to be.

The 4-Piece Kannastor Grinder has a magnet that keeps the top piece in contact with its lower pieces. This prevents you from making any mess while grinding your material. In true Kannastor fashion, this 4-piece grinder has a screen that does a great job separating the large particles and the small ones that end up on the bottom.

In true Kannastor fashion, this 4-piece grinder has a screen that does a great job separating the large particles and the small ones that end up on the bottom.

It also makes use of diamond-shaped teeth that allows the device to perform a good ground on the herbs that you place inside the device. Combine it with the crank design, and you end up with a user-friendly device.

The GR8TR by Kannastor is a highly versatile product that you can enjoy.

The GR8TR is available in Solid Body Grinder, Jar Grinder, and Vape versions.

Whichever you choose, the GR8TR offers a number of unique features that you might like to check.

For instance:

It has interchangeable grinding plates. This means that you can choose the consistency that you want every single session.

It has a Micro-Teeth and Dish Press Design which offers effortless grinding.

Which give you the ability to grind on both sides top and the bottom end of the grinder.

It was designed specifically for people with medical conditions requiring lesser physical effort in order to deliver the best ground for their vaping sessions.

Kannastor Grinders feature what they call Friction Rings. Offers is an easy grinding experience after

Friction Rings offers an easy grinding experience session after session.

The Friction Rings create an “air ride” which helps reduces the friction between the exterior wall and the inner wall of the grinding chamber.

In addition to this, the manufacturer also focused on providing better storage for their device.

It has storage for an additional GR8TR plate which allows you to adjust how fine you want the grind to be.

On top of the device, you can find more storage area that can be used for course, fine and unground material.

  • Single Chamber Grinder

From a 1.25-inch version to a 2.5-inch version, Kannastor offers good single chamber options for its users.

What makes the single chamber grinders still relevant today in the world ruled by multi-chamber grinders?

For starters, the single chamber grinders have a straight forward design.

It can also be a portable version that you can pair with your portable vaporizers.

Though it doesn’t have the screen that allows you to collect the kief, it offers a compact design which allows you to do the basic thing that every vape enthusiast wanted.

Final Verdict

Kannastor developed many different types of products over the years.

They’ve catered to the different types of vape enthusiasts ranging from those who love to maximize the kief to the more straightforward individuals who prefer the single chamber designs.

Kannastor grinders make the perfect pair for any device used for vaping.

It provides a smooth consistency that can make the vaping experience even better.

It has a non-stick feature that is also worth mentioning.

Sleek and modern design, it has the right kind of material that prevents messy preparations from happening when grinding your herbs to finer pieces.


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Published at Wed, 03 May 2017 15:21:04 +0000

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5 Cannabis Strains That Will Make You Laugh and Giggle All Night

5 Cannabis Strains That Will Make You Laugh and Giggle All Night

Man Rescued From Pot Smoke Inhalation By Fire Fighters

Two people have been arrested after a fire broke out in a cannabis factory thought to contain 200 plants.
The fire, which started last night in the flat above a shop in West Barnes Lane, New Malden, is believed to have been caused by carelessly disposed

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Published at Wed, 24 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Advertising Week and PRØHBTD MEDIA announce exclusive content partnership

Advertising Week and PRØHBTD MEDIA announce exclusive content partnership

LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Advertising Week and PRØHBTD® MEDIA are kicking off a new exclusive strategic partnership that will focus on original content to showcase the inner workings and challenges of building a brand in the cannabis industry.

“We are honored that Advertising Week chose PRØHBTD MEDIA to showcase a select few modern cannabis companies with this new docu-series,” says co-founder Drake Sutton-Shearer. “It will be a wild deep dive into the unique world of cannabis brand building and what it takes to win in this challenging industry.”

The completed docu-series will result in an eight-episode video series that showcases four cannabis companies taking a mainstream marketing and advertising approach to their premium consumer brands.

“The cannabis industry is poised to become one of the fastest growing media and advertising markets in the U.S.,” comments Douglas Rowell, Advertising Week Global Head of Development Original Content. “PRØHBTD MEDIA is at the center of this vibrant and booming marketplace, and I am so proud to be working with them to showcase these innovative companies and daring brands to our global audience.”

The series will be syndicated across the Advertising Week partner network to millions of global subscribers. A special showing of the docu-series will premiere at Advertising Week in NYC this September in addition to a featured panel focused on cannabis media and marketing.

Adds co-founder Joshua Otten, “The goal for this series is to show the concept and outcome for each challenge and solution faced by some of our brand partners. We will document and explore these obstacles on the road to success leaving no stone unturned.”

The series premiere will coincide with an invite-only private event for leading senior executives in the mainstream advertising and marketing arena featuring name-recognition talent that will be announced closer to the date.

“Within the next 10 years, the cannabis industry is poised to exceed $50 billion annually. This radical growth will have a direct effect on nearly every industry,” adds Sutton-Shearer. “We’re here not only to help cannabis brands tell their stories to a larger audience, but also to help mainstream brands access cannabis consumers in a way that is brand-safe and genuine.”

About PRØHBTD MEDIA:

PRØHBTD MEDIA provides world-class video production, digital marketing and branding solutions for more than 45 brand partners in the cannabis industry. As the leading content studio, PRØHBTD also produces original video and editorial with multi-platform distribution across the PRØHBTD Media Network, which includes prohbtd.com, AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Roku, Metacafe, Dailymotion and more reaching 100+ million monthly consumers and business owners.

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Since its creation in 2004, Advertising Week has drawn more than 2.5 million participants from around the world to New York City, London and Tokyo for weeklong hybrids of thought leadership seminars and unique evening events. This year marks the 14th edition of Advertising Week in New York City and the launch of Advertising Week Latin America (LatAm) in Mexico City. Beyond education, engagement, enlightenment and entertainment, the global mission of The Week is to inspire young people to join the craft, to focus on the social impacts of advertising, assemble the world’s best and brightest to foster dialogue on the most pressing and interesting issues facing the industry, and to shine a light on the business and economic influence of the advertising, media and marketing industries.

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Published at Tue, 23 May 2017 18:44:57 +0000

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Prosecutors say Sessions' severe penalities order “unnecessary and unfortunate”

Prosecutors say Sessions' severe penalities order “unnecessary and unfortunate”

A week after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” and follow mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, a bipartisan group of prosecutors at the state and local level is expressing concern.

Thirty current and former state and local prosecutors have signed an open letter, which was released Friday by the nonprofit Fair and Just Prosecution. The prosecutors say that even though they do not have to answer Sessions’ call, the U.S. Attorney General’s directive “marks an unnecessary and unfortunate return to past ‘tough on crime’ practices” that will do more harm than good in their communities.

“What you’re seeing in this letter is a different wind of change that’s blowing through the criminal justice field,” said Miriam Krinsky, a former federal prosecutor and executive director of Fair and Just Prosecution, a national network working with newly elected prosecutors.

“There does seem at the federal level to be a return to the tough-on-crime, seek-the-maximum-sentence, charge-and-pursue-whatever-you-can-prove approach,” Krinsky said. But, she added, at a local level, some believe “there are costs that flow from prosecuting and sentencing and incarcerating anyone and everyone who crosses the line of the law, and we need to be more selective and smarter in how we promote both the safety and the health of our communities.”

Signers of the letter include Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., and Karl Racine, attorney general of the District of Columbia.

The prosecutors say that there are no real benefits to Sessions’ May 10 directive, but they noted “significant costs.”

The letter states:

“The increased use of mandatory minimum sentences will necessarily expand the federal prison population and inflate federal spending on incarceration. There is a human cost as well. Instead of providing people who commit low-level drug offenses or who are struggling with mental illness with treatment, support and rehabilitation programs, the policy will subject them to decades of incarceration. In essence, the Attorney General has reinvigorated the failed ‘war on drugs,’ which is why groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the Cato Institute to Right on Crime have all criticized the newly announced policy.”

“It’s an interesting issue because the attorney general of the United States has no power over local prosecutors, so his directive doesn’t impact my work,” Deschutes County, Ore., District Attorney John Hummel said in an interview. “I thought it was important to tell the people in Deschutes County that this policy doesn’t bind me but I still disagree with it.”

Hummel, who is not affiliated with a political party, said the directive still will have an impact on his community, in that there are people in his jurisdiction who will be charged with federal crimes and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

“If the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon is now going to be seeking a sentence that is as tough as possible with incarceration as opposed to seeking a sentence that is most likely to result in this person not committing a new crime, well that person is going to be more likely to commit a new crime in Deschutes County when he comes home,” Hummel said. “So this policy is going to make Deschutes County less safe under the guise of ‘tough on crime.’ So when I see that happening, it is relevant to Deschutes County.”

The signers say the purpose of the letter is to make it clear not all those in the justice system share Sessions’ view.

“It’s a national message because all of us signed it. But I wanted to say, ‘Hey, that’s not how we do things in King County,’ ” Daniel Satterberg, prosecuting attorney in King County, Wash., said about the letter. Satterberg said he is now nonpartisan but that he has been elected three times as a Republican. “We consider the facts of the case and the law, and come up with what I think is a pretty thoughtful approximation of justice . . . and it doesn’t always mean seeking the maximum charge and the maximum length of time.”

Racine, D, the attorney general of D.C., said Sessions’ policy is “a return to the nonsensical days of tough-on-crime rhetoric as opposed to evidence-based policy.”

Racine and 14 other attorneys general signed another open letter Thursday, urging Sessions to rescind the order calling for mandatory minimums from federal prosecutors.

“A broad, bipartisan consensus exists that ‘tough-on-crime’ approaches like mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent, low-level offenses have not made our nation or our cities safer,” they wrote. “Simultaneously, there is strong evidence that contact with the justice system exacerbates the likelihood that a low-level offender will go on to commit more serious crimes. One-size-fits-all sentencing has, at best, a questionable deterrent effect.”

Larry Leiser, president of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, which supports Sessions’ order, said the tough sentencing practice, which was put in place in the 1980s and reaffirmed by U.S. attorneys general several times since, establishes consistency among all federal prosecutors. “Consistency is the hallmark of justice,” Leiser said.

In 2013, then-Attorney General Eric Holder put an end to the longtime approach, saying such penalties should be reserved for “serious, high-level, or violent drug traffickers.”

“So what you have here is Sessions really going back to the long-standing practice of the Department of Justice,” Leiser said. “I think the vast majority of around the country are glad we’re back to the practice that served us so very well for so many years starting in 1981.”

But John Chisholm, D, district attorney in Milwaukee County, Wis., said certain approaches, such as mandatory minimums, did not accomplish what they intended.

“I’m just a firm believer in people using judgment and discretion in every case and that includes judges,” he said. “The approach has not been demonstrated to be particularly effective and I don’t think it enhances public safety – and in some ways, it takes us backwards instead of moving us forward.”

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Published at Tue, 23 May 2017 14:14:48 +0000

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