He rocked the medical-marijuana world last year and drew attention from Congress when he apologized for giving short shrift to medical marijuana. At 10 p.m. Tuesday, CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be at it again, airing “Weed 2,” his second, hour-long special on the health benefits of cannabis.
Michigan’s medical-pot advocates say it could be a second bombshell in the national debate on pot. “We think it’ll be another big deal across our country, and hopefully even in other parts of the world where they are thinking about changing their laws,” said Heidi Parikh of Romulus, founder of the Michigan Compassion education groups that meet in Royal Oak and Southgate.
Gupta, who grew up in Novi and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, will narrate the show, which will include sick youngsters and their parents struggling to obtain cannabis against legal barriers placed by state and federal authorities.
“If you want to understand the science, this is something you’ll want to watch,” Gupta told the Free Press on Monday. “The drug continues to be unfairly rejected by most of the American medical establishment and by government drug regulators,” he said.
“My sense as a doctor is that people have an option now, something that actually was an option up until the 1940s (when the federal government made marijuana illegal).
“There’s a lot of evidence now that this not only works for many ailments but it often works where nothing else has,” he said. The show will discuss how cannabis can ease symptoms of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cancer and other diseases.
As a father as well as a brain surgeon and medical professor, Gupta said he remains opposed to exposing young people to marijuana. And he hedged when asked about legalization for recreational use, calling that an issue for a future show. But he said medical cannabis clearly has a key role to play in seizure disorders, the safe alleviation of pain and numerous other health applications.
Last week, the Medical Marijuana New Conditions Review Board in Lansing approved one new use for medical marijuana, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while denying applications that it be allowed for insomnia and bipolar disorder.
“If you look at the science, you don’t see the longer-term side effects (in adults who use marijuana) that you see in someone whose brain is still developing,” Gupta said. He said brain development is still incomplete in most young adults all the way to age 25, so marijuana and alcohol use should be strictly limited before then.
“Traditionally, we consider 21 to be the age of adulthood. But research clearly shows that our brains are still developing at 21,” he said.
Gupta said he’d reviewed reams of medical studies in preparation for the show, delving into the regulatory hurdles of getting medical marijuana accepted over the vested interests of giant drug companies, the medical colleges that teach doctors how to prescribe it, and the government regulators who are wedded to caution and the war on drugs.
Many illnesses don’t respond well to existing, FDA-approved drugs, he said.
“The American Epilepsy Foundation says there’s about a million patients out there who aren’t getting relief from their seizures,” Gupta said.
The show tells the story of many patients who had to move to Colorado to get the medical pot they need. Voters in Colorado, along with those in Washington state, voted to fully legalize marijuana last year.
“We’re all very excited” about Gupta’s second show, said Robin Schneider, legislative chairwoman for the Detroit-based National Patients Rights Association, an advocacy group for medical-marijuana laws.
“We thought his first show raised a lot of awareness about medical marijuana, particularly for children,” Schneider said. The timing is good because two bills that relate directly to Gupta’s program are getting fresh attention in Lansing this week, she said.
At a hearing scheduled for today, lawmakers will receive the first testimony on House Bill 4271, which would let each community in Michigan decide for itself whether to allow dispensaries where state-approved patients could buy tested medical pot, she said.
At the same hearing, lawmakers will discuss House Bill 5104, which would allow non-smokable forms of marijuana in Michigan, which are essential to treating children, Schneider said.
Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)
Author: Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
Published: March 10, 2014
Copyright: 2014 Detroit Free Press
Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world’s first accounting of the recreational pot business.
The tax total reported by the state Department of Revenue indicates $14.02 million worth of recreational pot was sold. The state collected roughly $2.01 million in taxes.
Colorado legalized pot in 2012, but the commercial sale of marijuana didn’t begin until January. Washington state sales begin in coming months.
The pot taxes come from 12.9 percent sales taxes and 15 percent excise taxes. Voters approved the pot taxes last year. They declared that the first $40 million of the excise tax must go to school construction; the rest will be spent by state lawmakers.
Colorado has about 160 state-licensed recreational marijuana stores, though local licensing kept some from opening in January. Local governments also have the ability to levy additional pot sales taxes if they wish.
Monday’s tax release intensified lobbying over how Colorado should spend its pot money. Budget-writers expect the nascent marijuana industry to be extremely volatile for several years, making lawmakers nervous about how to spend the windfall.
Budget-writing lawmakers joke that plenty of interests have their hands out to get a piece of the pot windfall.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has already sent the Legislature a detailed $134 million proposal for spending recreational and medical marijuana money, including new spending on anti-drug messaging to kids and more advertising discouraging driving while high.
State police chiefs have asked for more money, too.
“The whole world wants to belly up to this trough,” said Sen. Pat Steadman, a Denver Democrat who serves on Colorado’s budget-writing Joint Budget Committee.
Other countries also are watching Colorado, which has the world’s first fully regulated recreational marijuana market. The Netherlands has legal sales of pot but does not allow growing or distribution. Uruguay’s marijuana program is still under development.
Colorado’s pot revenue picture is further complicated by the state’s unique budget constraints, known as the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights not only requires voter approval for tax increases, it limits budget-writers when those taxes earn more than the figure posed to voters. Last year’s pot vote guessed that the taxes would produce $70 million a year, and it’s not clear what lawmakers can do with tax money that exceeds that figure.
Colorado’s JBC plans a Wednesday briefing with lawyers to lay out their options for spending pot taxes beyond $70 million.
“There probably is a tendency to want to just grab on to this revenue from marijuana and feed my own pet projects, and I don’t think it’s going to be that simple,” said Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs and another JBC member.
Colorado’s 2014-15 budget is under debate now and does not include any anticipated recreational marijuana taxes.
Source: Associated Press (Wire)
Published: March 10, 2014
Copyright: 2014 The Associated Press
By Ryan Reed
March 24, 2014 1:55 PM ET
It’s been more than two decades since Cheech & Chong blew their signature weed cloud over the face of American cinema. But it’s time to wake and bake: The world’s most famous stoner duo are teaming up with director Jay Chandrasekhar (veteran of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe) for a new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter (via Celebstoner.com). A smokesperson for Cheech Marin confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.
“[Jay is] working on a script right now for us,” says Tommy Chong. “We’ve had some preliminary meetings. It looks really good. It looks really funny. It will be about us going to a festival called the Burning Joint. All sorts of shenanigans happen. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Though the pair have appeared together in various films over the years, this would mark the first official Cheech & Chong movie since their 1983 sequel Still Smokin’. Given his stoner-friendly resume, which includes Broken Lizard vehicles like Super Troopers and Beerfest, Chandrasekhar seems like an ideal match. Chong hopes the as-yet-untitled project will begin filming this summer.
Chong also emphasized that he and partner-in-crime Marin were not involved in the making of 2013’s Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie, though they did approve of the film.
“It was not done with our involvement,” Chong says. “They animated the old records. I thought for what they had, it was great. We didn’t have to write anything. All Cheech and I had to do was look at it and go yea or no. I liked it.”
The duo also announced in a release that they have recorded a new song with veteran funk band War and will tour with the group this summer. “That L.A. Sunshine” will be featured on Evolutionary, War’s first new studio album in 20 years. The tour kicks off April 5th in Corpus Christi, Texas, with additional dates listed on the pair’s website.
California Democrats have approved a party platform including a plank calling for marijuana legalization, marking a major shift for the state party. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, state party delegates moved Sunday to adopt a platform that includes support for “the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol.” The platform was adopted by a near-unanimous voice vote.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, formerly the mayor of San Francisco, made the case for the position change during the Democrats’ 3-day convention in Los Angeles.
“It’s time for all of us to step up and step in and lead once again in California, just as we did in 1996. We did just that with medical marijuana,” Newsom said during his Saturday address to the convention. “But for almost 20 years now, we’ve sat back admiring our accomplishment while the world, the nation, and states like Colorado and Washington have passed us by. … It’s time to legalize, it’s time to tax, it’s time to regulate marijuana for adults in California.”
Newsom continued, “This is not a debate about hippies. This is not a debate about stoners. We can’t diminish this issue or the people involved in this debate by belittling them and trivializing them. Let me be clear. You can be pro-regulation without being an advocate for drug use.”
Watch Newsom’s Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXr_jp63R3E
Newsom’s remarks came less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) voiced his concerns over marijuana legalization in an interview with NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
“The problem with anything, a certain amount is okay,” Brown said. “But there is a tendency to go to extremes. And all of a sudden, if there’s advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together.”
Marijuana legalization has strong support in the state, with recent polls showing a clear majority of Californians in support of taxing and regulating the drug. However, voters will likely have to wait until 2016 to vote in favor of legalization — leading marijuana policy groups in the state have decided against putting a pro-pot measure on the ballot this year in order to build up campaign coffers and widen support for the bill.
The 2014 party platform also called for minimum wage hikes, stronger anti-poverty programs and prison reform. Delegates also added a plank calling for a moratorium on fracking.
Source: Huffington Post (NY)
Author: Mollie Reilly
Published: March 9, 2014
Copyright: 2014 HuffingtonPost.com, LLC
There should be, one might think, a note of triumph or at least quiet satisfaction in Muraco Kyashna-tocha’s voice. Her patient-based cooperative in north Seattle dispenses medical marijuana to treat seizures, sleeplessness and other maladies. And with the state gearing up to open its first stores selling legal marijuana for recreational use, the drug she has cultivated, provided to patients and used herself for years seems to be barreling toward the mainstream.
But her one-word summary of the outlook for medical marijuana is anything but sunny: “Disastrous,” she said, standing in her shop, Green Buddha, which she fears she will soon have to close.
The legalization of recreational marijuana for adults in Washington, approved by voters in 2012 and now being phased in, is proving an unexpectedly anxious time for the users, growers and dispensers of medical marijuana, who came before and in many ways blazed the trail for marijuana’s broader acceptance.
In the 16 years since medical marijuana became legal here, an entire ecosystem of neighborhood businesses and cooperative gardens took root, with employees who could direct medical users to just the right strain; there are now hundreds of varieties with names like Blue Healer, Purple Urkle and LA Confidential, each with a variety of purported medicinal benefits. Medical users could also start gardens in their backyards and keep large amounts of marijuana at home. It was all very folksy – and virtually unregulated, which the authorities say led to widespread abuses.
Now, under pressure from the federal government, the state is moving to bring that loosely regulated world, with its echoes of hippie culture, into the tightly controlled and licensed commercial system being created for recreational marijuana, which goes on sale this summer. (The first license to grow marijuana was issued on Wednesday.) This week, the Legislature is debating bills that would reduce the amount of the drug that patients can possess or grow, eliminate collective gardens under which most dispensaries operate, require medical users (unlike recreational users) to register with the state and mandate that all marijuana be sold only by new licensees, effectively shutting down the medical dispensary system.
Proponents say the changes are needed to stamp out fraud and help ensure that Washington has a uniform system, supplying the medical products people need and want while at the same time passing muster with guidelines issued by the federal government last summer, even though marijuana remains illegal under federal law. But many medical marijuana users and dispensary owners say the rules will inadvertently discourage the legitimate use of marijuana to treat illness and pain even as science has increasingly been validating its therapeutic effects.
Trusted dispensaries will be shuttered, they contend, and choices will diminish, with the varieties that marijuana medical users prefer squeezed off the shelves by more profitable recreational varieties grown for their greater, high-producing THC content, not for headache or nausea relief. In Seattle alone, about 200 dispensaries will have to close, replaced by 21 licensed retailers, and under current state regulations, employees in those shops will not be allowed to even discuss the medical value of the products for sale.
A medical marijuana user will of course certainly be able to enter a shop and buy marijuana, just like any other adult, once the new stores are open in June, but the old system of medical advice and supply, however flawed or beloved, is over, say both critics and supporters of the new rules.
“Prepare for the end,” said Hilary Bricken, a lawyer in Seattle who works mostly with the marijuana industry, summarizing the advice she is giving her medical marijuana dispensary clients.
Washington State’s struggles – and the inevitable comparison with Colorado’s different, smoother path toward retail marijuana – are being watched around the nation, Ms. Bricken and other legal experts said.
California, for example, with a medical marijuana system far larger but otherwise similar to Washington’s in its absence of state controls, also has active voter-initiative efforts pushing toward legalization. Twenty states as well as the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana, and at least 14 more are considering some form of it this year. Oregon’s Legislature is wrestling with how to administer its dispensary system even as efforts continue to put legalization on the ballot.
Colorado avoided trouble mostly by acting early. There, state regulators stepped in with strict rules for medical marijuana long before full legalization. And after voters approved legalization in 2012, those regulated dispensaries were put first in line for licenses, forming the backbone of the new recreational market. The dispensaries had supplies of the product in the pipeline – and expertise – which is why recreational marijuana sales started there from the first day of legalization, on Jan. 1, while Washington’s are still weeks away.
In Washington, some dispensaries might be well run, others poorly, but without oversight, state officials could not which was which. So a clean sweep – killing off the old system so that a new one could emerge – was seen as the only way forward, legislators say.
“We’re moving from the wild, wild West to the regulated West,” said State Senator Ann Rivers, a Republican and a sponsor of one of the leading bills. A similar bill, sponsored by a Democrat from Seattle, Representative Eileen Cody, passed the House last month.
Ms. Rivers emphasized that her goal was to protect, not punish, marijuana patients, though she said she understood their fear of change. Without formalized rules allowing patients to continue growing their own plants, for example (I-502, the initiative legalizing recreational marijuana, prohibits that), and to have more than one ounce in their possession, arrest and federal prosecution is a real risk, she asserts. Her bill allows for both.
A mandatory registry, she said, provided the legal spine to those protections. Under her bill, a registered patient buying medical marijuana at a licensed store with an “endorsement” from the state to specifically sell medical marijuana would also be exempt from the 25 percent retail tax charged to recreational buyers. (Other state taxes, assessed on growers and producers, would already be included in the retail price.)
“The feds have been very clear, that if we don’t get our ducks in a row, they are going to bring it to a screeching halt,” Ms. Rivers said. “We have a chance right now to define our destiny with this, and if we don’t we will most definitely allow the feds to define our destiny.”
To many patients and providers, though, the proposed mandatory registry is not a good thing. Some patients, especially those receiving Social Security or other federal aid, have said they would refuse to sign up because that would be a legal admission of drug use that they said could jeopardize their benefits. Others have told lawmakers they fear, with hacking and leaks of government data in the news, a loss of private information.
Some dispensary owners concede that the medical system was rife with abuses – but that patients were now about to pay the price.
“The state failed to regulate, allowing doctors to write these prescriptions to 20-year-old gangbangers on the street who said, ‘Oh, I hurt my knee playing basketball,’ ” said Karl Keich, a dispensary operator and founder of the Seattle Medical Marijuana Association, a group of collective gardens.
Andrea Mayhan, who takes medical marijuana to control muscle spasms and seizures that she suffers as a result of a degenerative disorder, says she believes she will be able to get the strains of marijuana she wants because she knows what to ask for. New patients, though, might walk in – or, like her, roll in using their wheelchairs – and find a clerk less familiar with medical strains, or prohibited by state rules from giving advice.
“They’re going to be lost,” she said.
It’s time to get real about marijuana laws in the state of Minnesota. Passing a medical marijuana law will, in all likelihood, be the first step in total legalization of the drug for recreational use, just as it has proved to be in Colorado and Washington and soon will in California and other states.
Why not go there now? Most Americans think marijuana is a tightly controlled substance in DEA Schedule I, the most addictive class of drugs, they believe, based on good scientific and medical evidence. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Whether the use of a drug is considered abuse or not is determined by society, not by health care professionals. Why else would tobacco and alcohol use be legal in the United States when these are both known to be harmful? In fact, the World Health Organization considers alcohol to be the most dangerous drug in the world, yet it and tobacco are completely legal to use by anyone over the ages of 21 and 18, respectively. However, go to an Islamic country and you’ll find that consumption of alcohol is considered drug abuse because society has deemed it so.
From our own country’s past we have learned that prohibition as a solution to a perceived drug problem (alcoholism) didn’t work, and we had to amend the Constitution a second time (21st Amendment in 1933) to undo the damage caused by the 18th Amendment in 1919, which prohibited the manufacture or sale of alcohol within the United States. The reason was practical. We recognized that people are willing to do almost anything to get a product they want, even if it means breaking the law.
During the 14 years of Prohibition, drinking still went on and burgeoning underground illegal sources filled the need. Actual criminals became rich, while ordinary citizens became criminals. Many hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on law enforcement to fix a problem that was unfixable. For sensible reasons, the country changed its mind on Prohibition, and alcohol became a regulated and taxable product.
During this entire time, the medical hazards of alcohol had not changed one iota. What had changed was society’s attitude toward the issue.
We are at the same point again when it comes to the use of marijuana. Poll after poll shows that a majority of Americans are in favor of legalized pot.
The major argument against legalization has always been that marijuana is a gateway drug to harder, more dangerous drugs, such as cocaine and heroin. Ask any user of those drugs what illegal drug they first used and they will tell you: marijuana. But the reverse is not true. Not every user of marijuana moves on to harder drugs. Look at it another way. Every alcoholic began by drinking socially, but only a small percentage of people who drink beer or wine or who have an occasional cocktail become alcoholics.
Another argument, the one put forth by Dr. Borchardt in a Star Tribune article (“Doctors split on medical use of marijuana,” March 4) is that it is dangerous to the developing brains of young people. I agree, and I think that — as with alcohol — the retailing of marijuana should be limited to adults over age 21. However, it should be available for younger individuals for specific medical reasons, as it appears to have at least some medical utility for a number of conditions.
I know many people will disagree with me for various reasons, including the argument that we shouldn’t legalize another “dangerous” drug; what will come next, legalization of heroin and cocaine and LSD? The reality is that someday society’s views on these drugs may change as well, and they might become legal. But I suspect that is not going to happen during my lifetime.
On the other hand, how will you deal with it if society decides that caffeine is a dangerous drug, and your daily latte becomes illegal? I guarantee you’ll be looking to get your fix from some underground, completely illicit equivalent of Starbucks and making a new group of criminals even richer.
Leonard Lichtblau is an associate professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. The opinions expressed here are solely his own.
Vector Viking Table Lighter Review
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This hefty black textured table lighter features solid construction and several highly desirable features for a serious cigar smoker. Obviously not something to easily pocket, this is designed to light dozens of cigars between refills and stay put at your home or shop. The lid is solid metal with a polished mirror on the inside. Actuation is easy and it has just the slightest wobble when open. The ignition button is perfectly weighted and very comfortable and natural to push and hold with your thumb as you light a stick up. The outside texture offers additional grip over a polished metal design and has no sharp edges, fitting perfectly in the hand for extended use. The side offers the largest fuel window I have ever seen for status at a glance. On the bottom are two useful tools and the only problem I have with the unit. Offered is both a flip out punch and a short draw poker, although I doubt such a short poker has any practical use The problem is, the punch sits just below the surface of the lighter, making the unit wobble when say down on a table. Personally I would simply remove the hinge pin and forgo the tools, making it an exceptional 4 jet lighter overall.
In my opinion, the Volcano is the best vape money can buy. It’s the Bentley of vaporizers. There are plenty of imitators, and plenty that try to compete, but few come close in terms of quality, performance, ease of use and cleanliness.
This is one of those things that at first you don’t understand how they can be so expensive, but then once you own it you don’t know how you lived without it.
I consider the vapor quality from this unit to be top-notch. It’s potent, tasty and comfortable. The density of the vapor it produces can easily be controlled by how finely you grind your material and how much you pack in the chamber. Generally, the finer the grind the thicker the vapor, and the more you pack the more balloons you can fill.
I have been using mine regularly for over 4 years now (bought it early-2009) and it still performs and looks like new. You rarely have to clean any parts of this vape, it’s the cleanest one I own, all you do is lightly brush out the herb chamber after each session. Most other vaporizers get residue buildup in various areas and need to be cleaned regularly to operate properly and to not look ugly. The Plenty happens to be the next cleanest model I’ve reviewed and it’s made by the same company.
The Volcano is available in two styles: Classic and Digit (digital). I have the Classic model, and I feel it is all you really need. There are two main differences between the two types: 1) The Digit has a digital temperature gauge on the front, while the Classic has a dial, and 2) the temperature fluctuation is slightly lower with the Digit, meaning the unit will stay slightly closer to the ideal vapor temp (we’re only talking a few degrees though).
You also have the choice of an Easy Valve or Solid Valve kit. I have the Easy Valve kit and that is what I recommend for most users – it’s the simpler, easier way to use this vape. With this kit the balloons come pre-assembled and the herb chamber is just two pieces. Each balloon should last you about 4 months, so the five that it first comes with should last you well over a year, after which replacement bags can then be purchased separately. The Solid Valve chamber is more parts and slightly more complicated, but the advantage of this kit is being able to make your balloons any size you want, and slightly lower costs in the future for more bag material. I think both kits work great but in my personal opinion the Easy Valve balloons are already the perfect size and are much more convenient to use.
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When it comes to the Vapor Genie I literally had one of those classic “too good to be true” moments. Here I am sitting in my buddy’s basement when he pulls out this little wooden pipe, or at least it appeared to be a pipe. After spending 5 minutes or so grinding up the herb he places it inside the bowl like you would any regular old pipe. But this is where it gets interesting. Instead of lighting it like a regular pipe, he places a small little chamber over the top and proceeds to light it. After a few puffs of some quality herb I must say that I’m thoroughly impressed. The vapor comes out light, smooth and with no trace of burned herb.
How does the Vapor Genie work?
As you can probably tell by the introduction above, the Vapor Genie works with a regular lighter instead of an electronic heating system. When you place your flame above the heating chamber only the heat itself actually reaches your herb. The chamber also mixes the heat with a bit of cold air in order to vaporize your medicine at a temperature that can range anywhere from 225-375 degrees. What I like about this vaporizer is its simplicity, this is basically it. Just pour your herb in the bowl and light the chamber as you would any other regular pipe. Because of this the Vapor Genie is perfect for those of you who may be new to using vaporizers and would prefer to start off with something a little more familiar.
While using the Vapor Genie it is also recommended by the makers that instead of using any regular old flint lighter, you get yourself an electronic one instead. This is because the flint lighters actually give off toxic substances that can be inhaled along with the vapor of your medicine.
- Discreet. This is one of those vaporizers that you can take anywhere. It’s not big and clunky like a lot of other products and will fit perfectly in the palm of your hand or even your pocket. Even better is that it resembles a normal tobacco pipe.
- Quality material. Made out of solid wood and metal and won’t break unless you whip out a hammer and intentionally “go to work”. Perfect for the clumsy smokers such as myself.:)
- No batteries or plugs to deal with. All you need is a basic lighter and you’re good to go! This makes it perfect for camping trips or even the occasional bathroom “break”.
- Comes with an unlimited lifetime guarantee, need I say more?
- No temperature controls. While using the Vapor Genie your vapor temperature all depends on the flame source you’re using and cannot be set by the user.
- Very small bowl. I felt like this was best for only a small group of people. Anywhere between 1-5 will be the sweet spot.
My final take on the Vapor Genie is that it is the perfect vaporizer to round off a good vaporizer collection. This thing is simple, effective, and not to mention VERY inexpensive. And don’t be fooled by the low price tag either, this vaporizer is built from quality materials and feels very solid.
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The Pax and the Firefly are both fantastic vaporizers, but they suffer from the same shortfall: neither can handle anything other than loose-leaf material. Try to vape a concentrate or essential oil and you’ll be spending the rest of your evening de-gooifying your equipment. Not so with Da Vinci’s latest portable offering.
What Is It?
A discrete portable vaporizer equally capable of handling concentrates and loose leaf plant matter alike.
Why Does It Matter?
Most vapes can only handle one or the other—either they’re concentrate pens or loose-leaf vaporizers like the PAX or the Firefly. Even the most basic $5 bodega glassware is capable of burning both loose leaf and concentrate; why shouldn’t your vaporizer?
It’s about the size of a Star Trek communicator, roughly two iPhones stacked atop one another. The front face features an OLED display that shows the unit’s current temperature (which ranges from 38 to 430 degrees F) as well as the unit’s menu button and temperature controls. The Ascent is available with a carbon fiber accent (as the review unit has) as well as burl wood and straight black.
A retractable glass mouthpiece pulls out from the top of the unit, next to the power button and integrated stainless steel poker. The vapor pathway is all glass, which better preserves the vapor’s flavor and doesn’t impart the horrid plasticky taste that the lastDa Vinci we tested did. The lower third of the unit swings 180 degrees open to reveal the heating chamber. To handle both types of material, the Ascent relies on a glass insert (two are included) to hold concentrates, waxes, and oils while loose leaf can simply be ground and stuffed into the heating chamber itself.
Flip out the heating chamber and either insert your loose-leaf directly or fill an insert halfway with concentrate, cover with the reusable rubber lid and drop that into the chamber. Shut the heating chamber, turn on the Ascent, and wait for it to heat to your desired temperature. The unit heats up in about half a minute and dutifully maintains a 5-10 degree range around the target temperature as you draw. The Ascent demands a deliberately slow and steady draw to get the most out of each bowl. Though it doesn’t produce the same volume of milky vapor as the Pax and Firefly, the Ascent definitely delivers the same user experience.
This unit takes about five hours to fully charge from a dead stop, nearly double what the Firefly requires and more than an hour than what the Pax does, but can endure three or four full sessions before dying again.
The Ascent’s versatility is a huge plus, especially for herb connoisseurs and legitimate medical marijuana patients in need of a more intense high without resorting to dabbing or baking. Plus, the user-set temperature feature allows a far greater degree of control over the vaping experience than what the Pax and Firefly can deliver.
Holy schamoley, everything gets sticky. The rubber vial covers are supposed to keep hot concentrates from being drawn up the vapor pathway. They don’t. A single session with bubble hash was enough to not only jam the vial in the heating chamber but also jam the entire swing-out loading mechanism and leave the back of my teeth slick with resin. Luckily, a quick heating (up to about 120 degrees) was enough to loosen the hash’s grip and the included secondary mouthpiece can cut down on the amount of hash you eat instead of vape, but you’ll want to keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol and some Q-tips at the ready after each session. Loose leaf vaping, on the other hand, should only require occasional cleanings.
Should You Buy It?
If you regularly vape both loose leaf and concentrates in equal portions while on the go and want to save some bag space with a single device that does everything, yeah, this is a great choice.
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Starbuzz is a big name in the hookah scene, they first came into the market back in 2005 and quickly became known for their unique flavors and tobacco that produces more smoke the competitors.
Now they’ve taken there brand a step further, porting their plethora of popular flavors to into liquid form and incorporating vaporizer technology allowing consumers to experience hookah in a portable, less harmful and more convenient form.
The products have been incredibly successful and continue to grow in popularity since their release.
The line up includes the E-Hose electronic handheld hookah.
The design of this product is elegant and noteworthy. It incorporates a bit of the traditional look and feel of a hookah hose combined with a modern sleek design.
Although the e-hose looks and feels great, it truly shines when you put it to work.
Once you begin to inhale you notice the likeness it has to smoking from a traditional hookah pipe. Your mouth doesn’t get hit with a rush of flavor instantly. Instead, it is a gradual, very natural feeling progression. Much like the real thing, you can inhale deeper when you would like and in turn you will get an increased flavor and a larger release.
The vapor release is quite large for those who love to blow smoke rings and the scent of the flavor is enjoyable.
The unit houses a rechargeable battery and 2 flavor cartridges. The flavor cartridges can be mixed and matched to create interesting new flavors. Each flavor cartridge lasts up to 1500 puffs and the battery can last several days depending on use. During my testing I was able to use it for 3 consecutive days before needing a charge.
The E Hose features a built-in LED that illuminates when you inhale, the LED blinks red when it is time to charge.
Overall, the Starbuzz E Hose handheld hookah is a revolutionary product, its the first of its kind to incorporate new vaporizer technology with a true hookah experience. The e hose feels a lot like the real thing but allows for more flexibility in terms of time consumption, convenience, and portability.
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As I grow older, I find myself in search of products from time to time, that will help to improve my overall health, and the Vapir Rise vaporizer was a blessing to review for that reason. A hepa filter to purify air intake, for starters, and a stainless steel construction add to the “sterile” feel of this machine. There’s something to be said about quality in a product and what that represents. In my eyes, it represents not only a manufacturer’s desire to sell product, but their desire to please the consumer and pride in their work as well. The Vapir Rise screams quality.
Combustion and inhalation of any substance will indeed coat the lungs and esophagus with tar, making any physical activity more laborious, and, vaporization of your favorite herb is absolutely one solution for a healthier, cleaner airway. Imagine also the relief a patient might feel knowing that it’s still possible to use inhalation as their preferred method of consumption, even though they’ve been told by their doctor to stop smoking. The trick is to find a product that not only looks like it’ll meet your needs, but actually lives up to its claims and meets your expectations. This unit has exceeded my expectations.
Aside from the characteristics the Vapir Rise shares with other vaporizers, (a healthier alternative to smoking), there are many qualities built into this unit that you won’t find in other vaporizers. The user interface is without a doubt as self-explanatory as they come, while featuring quite a number of fan speed/temperature combinations to customize your vaporization experience. The ability to vaporize using either the whip method or balloon method using one unit sets the Vapir Rise apart from many machines in its class. An adapter for multiuser vaporization (up to four whips) takes you yet another level up from other vaporizers. Throw in an oil chamber for aroma therapy, a hot chamber grabber, replacement mouthpiece and high quality replacement screens, three balloons and balloon clamp and well….Let’s just say that for the price tag, you get a heck of a lot of product. Even the balloon adapter comes with a high quality ball valve for hassle free vapor storage.
Getting started is a cinch, once you figure out what goes where with all the parts. Initial heating time can be achieved in 30 seconds (I’ve actually achieved a full vapor draw in under 30 seconds from power on to power off with this unit). Some people may prefer the whip to the balloons, and vice versa, so once your Vapir Rise unit is assembled in the configuration you prefer vaporization becomes quick and easy. As a side note, while writing this I decided to fill a balloon between sentences. After the first draw, I got…distracted. I came back to writing this review for around a half hour, and realized there was still a nearly full balloon in the bedroom. When I returned, there was still an inflated balloon which provided me with another nice draw.
With a plethora of vaporization devices on the market, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype, fall for marketing gimmicks or flat out get confused while looking for a product that suits YOU. I’m pleased to have found a unit that allows me the freedom to decide which way I’ll vaporize today, utilizing only one unit. Furthermore, I’m glad I’ve found a product that is built with obvious quality, without a ridiculous price tag.
What I like about the Vapir Rise:
Everything aforementioned, plus a one year manufacturer warranty.
What I don’t like about the Vapir Rise:
Upon first look, the number of unfamiliar parts can seem a bit overwhelming. Nothing a little time spent learning won’t cure, but it would be nice if the folks at Vapir inc. were able to somehow incorporate most or all of the functions into a less time consuming configuration. In other words, I’d like to spend less time unpacking and assembling parts than enjoying my product the first day, and less time in general switching from whip to balloon etc. These things are trivial, however, I simply have a duty to disclose if there are shortcomings of any sort.
Would I recommend this product to family and friends?
You bet your balloons I would. I’ve told more people about this vaporizer than I’ve told people about a lot of things. The Vapir Rise is on my top 5 list of quality products that I’ve enjoyed lately.
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The Puffit X is the successor to the very successful and universally loved Puffit. It looks the same as the aforementioned vaporizer, with the look of an inhaler kept up. This means that the PuffIt X is also super stealthy and very portable. You can take it in your car, keep it in your bag or keep it in your back pocket. Whatever you do, nobody will know what it is when you are using it, which is certainly very cool.
- 1 PUFFiT X Vaporizer
- 1 Puffit Vape Enhancer
- 1 Wall Charger
- 1 Silicone Heat Shield
- 1 USB Charger
- 1 Hard Shell Carrying Case
- 1 Removable Stir Tool
- 1 Cleaning Packing Tool
- 1 Blend Funnel
- 4 Replacement Screens
- 3 Mouthpieces
The heat in this vaporizer basically works the same way as it did with its predecessor. It heats up inside, but obviously, it has a silicone protection to prevent it from heating up too much on the outside. It has a dial which allows you to control the temperature as much as you need to. You can adjust both the speed and the fan levels, which allows you to have a totally customized experience as you are vaporizing. It has a hard shell that allows you to carry it at all times.
Ease of Use
This is a pretty simple vaporizer to use. However, because it is so versatile, it can take you a little while to hit onto something that you actually like before you find that you are doing the experience the way you want to. It takes a little bit of time for it to heat up, and once you do, you can take it wherever you are. You can still stir it. Make sure that your dry blend is very finely ground before you start vaporizing from it.
This is a very nice vaporizer. Perhaps the most outstanding thing about its construction is that it looks just like an inhaler. You can carry it wherever you want because of the way that it looks. It has a microprocessor and a gold heating chamber to ensure that the vapor is nice and tasty. It takes very little time to heat up and the blend chamber is designed in a way that keeps the blend away from the walls when you are vaporizing.
This is a somewhat affordable vaporizer, although it is not as affordable as its predecessor, perhaps because of all the advancements that have been made to the original PuffIt. If you look after it, it will probably last you longer than the original. It is a very nice vaporizer that you can take anywhere. You can carry it wherever you go in your pocket, in your bag and in your carryon. You can use it wherever you want as long as you load it beforehand. You can buy this super cute and stealthy portable vaporizer here.