A Canadian member of Parliament openly consumes marijuana, something he says will be completely normal and not at all noteworthy soon in light of the country’s new legalization law that went into effect this week.
“Just as someone might have a glass of wine or a scotch on a Friday night, I would turn to my vaporizer,” MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith said in an interview with CBC news.
But it’s not all about getting high for fun and relaxation for the member of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party. He also consumes cannabis medicinally.
“I have Crohn’s, so sometimes I turn to it for that reason as well,” he said.
Within a matter of years, though, no one will care whether lawmakers toke up, Erskine-Smith believes.
“Five years from now, no one will be interested in this question because we’ll all recognize we’re responsible adults, and this is far less harmful than alcohol, far less harmful than tobacco,” he said. “And we should use it responsibly, yes, because there are potential harms.”
“Certainly Canadians are capable of doing this because we’ve been doing it for decades.”
On that point, Erskine-Smith acknowledged that he too has been consuming cannabis before prohibition officially lifted on Wednesday.
“It would be sort of silly for me to stop now, wouldn’t it?” he asked.
Trudeau himself previously admitted that he illegally smoked marijuana while serving in Parliament, but said this week that he has no intention of consuming cannabis now that it is legal.
See the original article published on Marijuana Moment below:
Canadian Lawmaker Vapes Marijuana And Doesn’t Care What Anyone Thinks
If you haven’t been living under a rock the past few years, you’ve probably noticed the massive popularity that vape pens have been gaining as an alternative to smoking herb. Since most are now designed to fit in your palm or pocket, the vape pen of today is a much more portable, discreet, and stylish way to vape than the vaporizers of the past.
The use of personal vaporizers as a means of enjoying or medicating with marijuana has become so commonplace that the word “vape” was recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary, and was even named as their word of the year in 2014.
These portable vaporizers are designed to heat the cannabis product to a temperature just below that of combustion, producing a tasty, smooth vapor to be inhaled instead of smoke.
Vaping is a popular alternative method of THC delivery among medical marijuana patients who may be unable to smoke because of their condition, and is gaining popularity in the recreational market because they provide a much less obvious way to use cannabis in public or at home. A small amount of vapor is less visible and has a more subtle odor than a cloud of, say, bong smoke.
Vape pens are also an easier tool with which to travel. If you do travel with your personal vaporizer, we recommend keeping it out of sight and protected with something like a slim and smell proof vape case. They help keep your vape pen safe and away from prying eyes — and noses.
Besides that, a vape case is a handy place to store additional vape pen accessories such as chargers, vape oil cartridges, or your wax oil concentrate container so you can bring your necessary vaporizer supplies on the go.
There are many different types of vape pens. Some are made to be used with dry herb, some with hash or vape wax, and some are made to be used with vape pen oil cartridges, which we will look at a little later on.
But first, let’s take a look at the history of the vaporizer and its evolution into the modern-day vape pen.
The Evolution of the Vape Pen
There is some controversy around when the vaporizer was first created, however sometime during the 1960s the first patented e-cigarette was designed as an electronic device to consume nicotine vapor.
Though it closely resembled the e-cigarettes of today, this ancestor of the modern vape pen never officially went on the market. It wouldn’t be until decades later that cigarette smokers, who wanted to quit smoking and learned about the potential harm reduction that inhaling vapor provided over smoking standard cigarettes, started adopting the practice.
Fast-forward to the late 90s, and we have the birth of what is perhaps the world’s most iconic and recognizable desktop vaporizer specifically designed for cannabis, the Volcano.
Apart from its classic stainless steel design, what made the Volcano kit unique was its patented detachable balloon chamber. The balloon chamber provided a way for the user to comfortably and safely consume the herb vapor, without coming into contact with the heating element, by using a fan to blow the vapor into a bag to be inhaled.
The Volcano is considered to be the first commercially successful modern vaporizer designed for consuming dry herb vapor, and dominated the vapor industry before the advent of portable vape pens. There were various attempted knockoffs of the Volcano’s design, however due to their inferior engineering they were never able to usurp the throne from the German-engineered product.
The modern day era of the vape pen as we know it began around the end of the 2000s, when the first compact vape pens began appearing.
The first modern vape pen was actually designed by a Chinese pharmacist and inventor and was intended for consuming nicotine vapor. Modern herb vapor pens have generally imitated the design and functionality of this first vape pen, with modifications so that they can be used in conjunction with either dry herb, wax, or oil cartridges.
Ten years ago the idea of “vaping” herb was a bit of a novelty, but today it has become a widely accepted practice for both medicinal and recreational marijuana users. With the countless varieties available on the market, there is a vape pen suited to everyone’s tastes and budget.
The Three Types of Vape Pen Explained
A dry herb pen vaporizer is generally the least expensive and simplest type of vape pen available.
This type of vape pen functions by heating up the dry cannabis flowers to the point that the active ingredients are released as a vapor without burning the herb (from 310-430 DegF). These are basically pocket-sized versions of the classic herb vaporizers.
A dab pen is the vape pen alternative to a dab rig, they are designed to work with wax and concentrates such as hash or shatter, rather than actual herb. Many people prefer wax vapor to herb vapor as it is a more concentrated and purer form of THC.
There are basically two types of dab pens, those that use a wick and coil combination that heats up the wax quickly, and those that use a coilless chamber that heats up and produces the vapor at a relatively slower rate.
The third type of vape pen out there is the kind designed to be used with oil cartridges that come pre-loaded with THC oils, also known as vape juice.
Like other vape pens, these heat up the oil with a tiny heater, powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery, to the point that it becomes vapor ready to inhale. The main difference in the components of this type of vape pen is that instead of having a refillable chamber, the cartridges are replaced once the cannabis oils are used up.
In addition to the three types of vape pen mentioned above, there are some vape pens that are designed to function with more than one variety of cannabis product. For instance the Pax 3 gives the user the ability to vape both dry herb and concentrates right at their fingertips.
Combo vapes like the Pax 3 are a great option for people who enjoy switching between cannabis flowers and wax. The removable concentrate inserts are easy to take in and out depending on what your session calls for, allowing for a versatile vaping experience.
Marijuana Oil Cartridges for Vaporizer Pens Analyzed
The vape pens used with dry herb and concentrates like hash or wax require a person to load the THC product into the vape pen’s heating chamber. This means that the person using the vaporizer pen knows exactly what is being loaded into it.
The vape pens designed to be used with oil cartridges are a little bit trickier because the vape juice cartridges are most often purchased pre-filled with the marijuana concentrate liquid.
With the recent discovery that many medical marijuana products in California were improperly labeled with incorrect lab test results, the good people at O’Shaughnessy’s decided to investigate some of the most widely purchased vape pen oil cartridges on the market. They used lab test results from SC Labs in Santa Cruz, CA to provide an analyzed, side-by-side comparison of 19 different vaporizer pen oil cartridges.
The graph below shows the lab test results for the THC content in each of the 19 oil cartridges. They are ranked in order of THC content with the highest tested product at the top. The calculations were provided by O’Shaughnessy’s:
The vaporizer cartridges that tested highest for THC content were Pure Cure (71%) and Absolute Xtracts(70%). Some vapor pen oil cartridges from the line created by Absolute Xtracts are even strain specific. None of the other oil cartridge brands tested in this sample named which strain of cannabis was used to make the oil.
Just as the THC content in each cannabis oil cartridge is different, so are the mixing agents used. Some are cut with additives like propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, and some are not. The Pure Cure and Absolute Xtracts brand vape pen cartridge test results show that these products do not contain any type of additive. The rest of the cartridges tested in this sample did test as having been cut with some type of additive.
The graph below uses the lab tested percent of THC and the amount of liquid in each vape pen cartridge to determine how many milligrams of THC are in each concentrate cartridge. This information can be used to calculate the average price per milligram of THC, depending on how much the cartridge costs at each retailer. The calculations were provided by O’Shaughnessy’s, and the “size” is measured in milligrams:
To determine your cost per milligram of THC, divide the price you pay for the concentrate cartridge by the milligram of THC (provided in the right column of the graph above).
Price paid for oil cartridge ÷ MG of THC = cost per milligram of THC
Based on O’Shaughnessy’s calculations, Absolute Extracts, Pure Cure, and Eureka oil cartridges provide users the best value of the 19 concentrate cartridges that were analyzed in this particular sample.
Whether you’ve been vaping for years and are an old pro, or you’re new to the concept and just looking to get your foot in the door with your first vape pen, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest data and trends in this relatively new and rapidly evolving area of the legal bud industry. Keeping informed will ensure that you’re getting the most out of your money and always know what you are putting in your vape pen, so that you can enjoy vaping to its full potential!
If you like microdosing — consuming low dose THC — then pay attention to Lucid Mood’s brand new line of four disposable vape pens and sippers. Rather than deliver a psychedelic THC high, Lucid Mood harnesses the power of aromatic compounds called terpenes to elicit specific mood-based experiences.
With Lucid Mood, you can vape yourself into Bliss, Focus, Relaxation, or Energy, and count on a consistent experience every time. For the purpose of this review, we’ll focus on the Bliss Sipper.
The first blissful thing about Lucid Mood? They’re smaller than almost every other pen out there—about the size of a cigarette. Next, the vapor exhaled has a familiar clove-like scent, easily passed off as a flavored tobacco should you be questioned. I was not when I whipped mine out at a cafe in Philly (I took the pen in my carry-on via airplane, another testament to their discretion).
Crafted in Colorado by a team of Boulder-based scientists, each pen comes with a mild one-to-one THC to CBD ratio formulated to ease consumers into a subtle high, which is then guided by the pen’s powerhouse pack of terpenes. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD, is known to buffer the psychoactive effects of THC, and no matter how many times I puffed, I never felt more than slightly high.
The trick to Lucid Mood is to sip. The shorter the puff, the more concentrated the sweet, clove flavor and the smoother the pull.
Like most intoxicants, effects depend on your surroundings. I tried Bliss to calm me down as I was stressed over a deadline. Bad move—I rely on stress in those situations, and had to work twice as hard to finish. However, sipping on Bliss right after work? It was just as effective as a beer. Bliss-ing before a massage? Yes, oh dear god, yes. Using bliss vapor while banging out monotonous paperwork? I merrily typed along with quite a stupid grin on my face. But the true test? Getting Blissed throughout Thanksgiving dinner. It was the first time I could stomach being in a room with Trump supporters! Could Bliss be what gets us through the next four years? I’ll be keeping mine handy.
In the past few years, the market has been flooded with vaporizers for cannabis concentrates that all offer the same features. In game changing fashion, however, Dr. Dabber has developed a product that extends beyond the edge of the envelope.
The Aurora Vaporizer Pen from Dr. Dabber is a sleek, slim magnetic dab pen equipped with three calibrated heat settings, and each pen comes with three different atomizers. Also included with the purchase of Dr. Dabber Aurora is a silicone storage container, a dab loading tool, keychain, and a charger for the unit. The heat and atomizer variations provide an optimal experience for those who enjoy low-temperature dabbing.
The most distinguishable feature of the Aurora is its magnetic parts, which make loading and charging the device a breeze. To load more concentrates, just pull the magnetic cap and base apart — no twisting necessary. The magnets do the work when you’re ready to recharge the Aurora too, as you just have to connect the battery to the charger before plugging it into the power outlet. Typically the threading of a portable vape pen battery gets sticky with residual oil, but you can evade this problem indefinitely with the magnetic design of the Dr. Dabber Aurora. Although it’s easy to pull apart, the connection is just as tight as threaded units.
Using the Aura allows the consumer to taste the cannabis terpenes, like myrcene and limonene, rather than just combustion. The ceramic and quartz atomizers also allow the flavor of the terpenes to shine through. Switching from one heat setting to another is also easy with the Aurora, as a simple click of the button three times will fluctuate between the different settings. In my opinion, there’s no better way to experience the full flavor of the terps than by vaporizing at the lowest temperature with the ceramic donut atomizer.
One of the most important aspects to using a vaporizer pen for concentrates is how well it hits once it’s loaded. The Dr. Dabber Aurora gets a round of applause from me in this regard. These days, people are chasing clouds and dabbing as much as possible, and Dr. Dabber has stepped to the plate to give the market what it’s asking for. Even on the lower settings, every puff on the Aurora from Dr. Dabber is sure to be a satisfying one.
Photos courtesy of Dr. Dabber.
My last cannabis flower vaporizer was a wooden box with a plastic slide cover, heating coils, and a battery. Comparing my old wooden vaporizer to the G Pen Elite is like comparing a rotary phone to the iPhone. Sleek, portable and high tech, my G Pen Elite Vaporizer arrived in a black cylindrical box that included a several tools — a plastic keychain scoop (G Pen Tool), credit card grinder (G Card), cleaning brush, and a charger. The G Pen Elite Vaporizer from Grenco Science has an LED temperature display, rapid heat up time and a large range of heating options, all at a competitive $170 retail price.
I really liked the modern packaging that the G Pen arrived in, and the little G tool, G Card Grinder and cleaning brush make using it fool-proof. The G Card, which is more like a grater, is great for on-the-go vaping. Since the compact and discreet size and shape of the G Pen Elite is perfect for on-the-go vaping, I appreciated the inclusion of a portable grinder that fits in a wallet.
The chamber that you load your cannabis into is the biggest on the market, holding .75 grams of ground material, so this is a great option for those who don’t want to reload after a few draws.
Users have precise control over the heat setting of the G Pen Elite, as it can be set anywhere between 200 and 428 degrees Fahrenheit. It heats up quickly and displays the temperature clearly on a small LED screen. This allows the user to more intentionally explore various terpene and cannabinoid profiles through vaping at different temperatures. The heating chamber is right beneath the mouthpiece, so the hotter temperatures may be a little uncomfortable to use.
The vaping experience with the G Pen is subtle, but the flavor is off the charts. Vaping removes the flavor of combustion that permeates anything that burns like pipes, joints or bongs. When smoking, to discern the flavor profiles of various strains of cannabis, one must wade through the taste of combustion. The G Pen Elite allows the full flavor of whatever strain is loaded to come through unobstructed. It has allowed me to rediscover the flavor of my favorite cannabis strains.
It is discreet, compact and high tech. I am so impressed with the flavor I get from the G Pen Elite that I will be using it when I review strains from now on to get the purest flavor profile. I would recommend the G Pen to most people looking for a cutting-edge handheld vaporizer.
Photos courtesy of Grenco Science.