Hey VaporizerTemp fans, we’re happy to announce that medical marijuana doctors are now starting to reserve appointments to get your medical marijuana card in Baltimore and the rest of Maryland state. With a variety of doctors coming out of the woodwork, be wary of fake doctors and fake cards. There have been reports of compeletely unlicensed doctors in other states giving out fraudulent cards. We recommend the good doctors at MyCannx.com – who clearly have a passion for providing patients with an alternative medicine with legal cannabis cards. They lay out all the steps required by the state, and have a network of licensed medical doctors. Doctors always recommend vaporizers or edibles as the healthiest forms of cannabis intake. Enjoy Maryland!
Check this out from our friends at Get High:
Ever taken that new, fresh atomizer out of the box, put your favorite e-juice in and gotten a not-so-flavorful hit? Or switched out your e-juice for another flavor only to get a hit of two mingling flavors that might not taste so great?
Don’t worry. We’ve all done it. It just means that you need to clean your tank. Cleaning it is relatively simple and should be done regularly to keep your tank working well and your vapor tasting as it should.
Whether you are an expert in vaping or just a beginner, keeping your tank clean is a must and it doesn’t take a lot of time. You don’t even have to use fancy-schmancy cleaning kits, though have at it if you want. All you really need are water, alcohol, unscented dishwashing liquid, a bowl, and paper towels.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting that atomizer tank squeaky clean.
- First, whether it’s fresh from the box or your old, trusty tank, you need to take it apart. This includes removing the o-rings and the screws. This part’s important – remember where everything goes. Draw yourself a diagram if needed.
- Using a clean container, pour a 90% alcohol solution into it and add your tank parts. Give them a quick rinse to remove any leftover oils.
- Empty the alcohol container and fill it again with enough warm water to cover all the parts. Add some of that handy dish soap and mix it in the water with a spare toothbrush. Let the parts soak for as long as your tank manufacturer recommends.
- Soaking is done. Now, take that spare toothbrush and gently scrub all the parts. Be sure to pay careful attention to the inner parts that air will be flowing over.
- Rinse the parts well and lay out to dry on a paper towel or other cloth. Microfiber works well here.
- Atomizer, assemble! If only just saying that worked. It’s time to put all the parts back together. Either trust your memory or grab that handy diagram you made earlier. First, your o-rings might be a little difficult to insert after they are cleaned. A simple solution is to use some e-juice or vegetable grease to lube them up.
- Once your o-rings are properly lubed, continue with assembly until it is complete. Remember to install a fresh coil.
- Now that you’re fully assembled, it’s time to enjoy a flavorful hit of vape!
Maintaining your battery/mod is also a simple process. Be careful not to drop it. Electronic mods have delicate parts that can break easily. If it has a built-in battery all you need to worry about is making sure the connectors are free of dirt and e-juice. Rubbing it with a Q-tip will go a long way to keeping it clean.
A box mod vape with removable batteries requires a little bit more maintenance. Check your cell connections every-so-often. Maybe once a week or so. Look for dirt, dust, and e-juice. Make sure the spring on the negative connection still has its spring. Make sure there are no signs of burns or corrosion.
Taking care of your vape gear ensures you will always get a tasty hit. It also ensures that your equipment will last the long run.
Michael is a marketing and creative content specialist at GotVape.com with primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points
We’ve scoured through the internets to find the best medical marijuana websites in the world!
1) Get High – Gethigh.com is the our favorite resource for a number of reasons. They offer great articles on activisim, vaporizers, strains and ebibles, dispensaries, and medical marijuana. The picture and video sections will also hold you hostage for hours.
2) High Times – Hightimes.com is the classic stoner resource. I remember my older friends getting this magazine, borrowing it from them, and it would feel just as naughty as a porno. Weed porn only though. Great news and articles written by professional writers.
3) Leafly – Leafly.com has a great strain database and more. A very clean and well polished website, it is commonly referred to as the Yelp of medical marijuana.
4) Tilray – Tilray.ca is the premier Canadian-only medical marijuana ecommerce website. Next day delivery of top shelf strains, this is the future of selling weed. A beautiful website, with tons of cool information in addition to the weed products.
Short answer, maybe. Long answer, we do not recommend it. The glycerin-based nicotine oil in e-cigs is inherently different from marijuana. This means that the device used it not meant to use the same temperature needed for cannabis, and the hardware is not built for the flower substance and after-effects. We recommend a vape pen like the Pax instead.
When you have a heavy strain like OG Kush, be sure to grind the flower properly to enable proper temperature flow. I recommend a 340-360F temperature to access the lower temp terpenes that release the flavors of the flower. If you are looking for a thicker vaporization of the OG Kush, you can bring the temperature from 380F and all the way to your vape’s maximum temp – 400F+ (but you will suffer from popcorn taste at high temps!!)
A decent article, relatively basic and lacking any real thought of medicinal benefits of vaporizing. Good to see a reputable and tech friendly blog like Engadget getting into the vape scene!
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Well, if you’re a smoker and tired of the aggro you get from the world around you — plus mom and dad’s special kind of grief — this gives you another avenue to get your nicotine fix. Also, the likelihood of your city/state/country already having banned tobacco use in public places is getting higher by the day, so simply finding a place to have a smoke is becoming a hassle. Next, consider the financials of smoking: yours truly was spending about $9.50 per day on smoking. Over the course of a year that shakes out to about $3,500. E-cigs are much less expensive: using various online calculators we see prices at about a third the cost per year. Prices will vary based on your habits, naturally.
If you’re a non smoker who despises smokers, there’s an added win for you, too. Consider that vaping isn’t like traditional smoking: there’s no smoke, and it really doesn’t smell bad at all. You can walk past or through a vape cloud and not smell a thing. Gone are your days as a smoker hater of having to roll your eyes and cough as you walk past smokers. Win, win, right?
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The technology is really simple and consists of: a power source, some coils that heat and vaporize the juice, and an LED light at the tip to make you feel at home. Mods are a whole other thing, though, featuring massive batteries and at times hand made coils for optimum performance. In fact, there’s a subculture within the vaping community called “cloud chasers.” These folks strive to make the biggest craziest clouds of “smoke” (vapor) possible, though this isn’t without risk. Using sub-OHM resistance setups in their atomizers can push their batteries hard enough to cause them to fail. Of course, the folks involved typically know the risks and the science behind a safe setup.
The same level of customization applies to marijuana vaporizers. Not only are vapes for weed portable and really simple to use, they’ve become downright fashionable looking. Take Ploom’s Pax vaporizer as an example: it’s made of brushed metal, has a retracting mouthpiece, a lovely glowing logo on the body and three temperature settings. Unlike the e-cigs and mods, the Pax has a small oven that is packed full and then the system heats up the pot and vaporizes the cannabinoids (THC and other active ingredients — the stuff that makes you feel high). Once its logo turns green, you’re set to puff away and, when done, pop the magnetic cover on the bottom off, empty it, then drop the Pax into its changing base for the next round.
Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts: Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts?
John M. McPartland
Ethan B. Russo
A central tenet underlying the use of botanical remedies is that herbs contain many active ingredients. Primary active ingredients may be enhanced by secondary compounds, which act in beneficial synergy. Other herbal constituents may mitigate the side effects of dominant active ingredients. We reviewed the literature concerning medical cannabis and its primary active ingredient, ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Good evidence shows that secondary compounds in cannabis may enhance the beneficial effects of THC. Other cannabinoid and non-cannabinoid compounds in herbal cannabis or its extracts may reduce THC-induced anxiety, cholinergic deficits, and immunosuppression. Cannabis terpenoids and flavonoids may also increase cerebral blood flow, enhance cortical activity, kill respiratory pathogens, and provide anti-inflammatory activity.
Read the full study in pdf at Cannabis-Med.org
*This image is not from study linked above, but we thought it was cool and relevant.
From CaliforniaNORML.org – an older but relevant study sponsored by NORML and MAPS.
California NORML Press Release – Jan 8, 2001
Medical marijuana patients may protect themselves from harmful toxins in marijuana smoke by inhaling their medicine using an electric vaporizer, according to results of a study by California NORML and MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies).
The study showed that it is possible to vaporize medically active THC by heating marijuana to a temperature short of the point of combustion, thereby eliminating or substantially reducing harmful smoke toxins that are normally present in marijuana smoke. Vaporizers may therefore substantially reduce what is widely regarded as the leading health hazard of marijuana, namely respiratory harm due to smoking.
Details of the study are published in D. Gieringer, “Cannabis Vaporization: A Promising Strategy for Smoke Harm Reduction,” Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics Vol. 1#3-4: 153-70 (2001). Reprints available for $5 from California NORML, 2261 Market St. #278A, San Francisco CA 94114.
NORML and MAPS sponsored the study in the hopes of helping medical marijuana patients and others reduce the health risks of smoking. The hazards of smoking were cited as a major obstacle to approval of natural cannabis by the Institute of Medicine in its 1999 report, “Marijuana and Medicine.” However, the IOM report failed to note the possibility of vaporization.
The NORML-MAPS study tested a device called the M1 Volatizer, an aromatherapy vaporizer
developed by Alternative Delivery Systems, Inc. It consisted of an electric heating element in a chamber that radiates heat downwards over a sample of marijuana sitting in a standard pipe or “bong” bowl. Output from the vaporizer was analyzed and compared to smoke produced by combusting the sample with a flame.
The vaporizer produced THC at a temperature of 185° C. (365° F.) while completely eliminating three measured toxins – benzene, a known carcinogen, plus toluene and naphthalene. Carbon monoxide and smoke tars were both qualitatively reduced by the vaporizer, but additional testing is needed to quantify the extent of the decrease.
Although the study was not designed to detect the highly carcinogenic tars known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are thought to be a leading culprit in smoking-related cancers, there was good reason to believe that they were suppressed, since they normally form at much higher temperatures of combustion.
When vaporized, the marijuana emitted a thin gray vapor and was left with a green to greenish-brown “toasted” appearance, whereas the combusted sample produced thick smoke and turned to ash.
Significant amounts of benzene began to appear at temperatures of 200° C. (392° F), while combustion occurred around 230° (446°F) or above. Traces of THC were in evidence as low as 140° C. (284° F).
Further details of the study will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics.
The vaporizer study was undertaken as a follow-up to a previous NORML-MAPS marijuana smoking device study, which concluded that vaporizers offered the best prospects for smoke harm reduction. The study found that neither waterpipes nor solid filters were effective at reducing exposure to smoke tars, due to the fact that they filtered out even more THC, thus forcing patients to inhale more to achieve the same effective dose. A recent Australian study also found that waterpipes failed to reduce tars or carbon monoxide (Linda Gowing et al., “Respiratory Harms of Smoked Cannabis,” Research Monograph No. 8. Adelaide: Drug and Alcohol Services Council of South Australia, 2000).
Other methods of marijuana smoke harm reduction include oral ingestion and potential new delivery systems, such as inhalers and patches, that are still under development. Smokers may also reduce their respiratory risks by using higher-potency marijuana, allowing them to inhale less smoke to obtain a given effective dose of THC. The medical marijuana popularly used in cannabis patients’ clubs is several times more potent than that commonly provided to researchers by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, according to a potency survey by NORML and MAPS. However, the Australian study found that higher potency marijuana does not always deliver more THC, apparently because THC output is highly sensitive to variations in the burning properties of different samples.
A wide variety of vaporizers are presently available on the market. Many medical marijuana patients say they prefer vaporizers because they deliver smoother, less irritating medication. However, there have been no published scientific studies of their effectiveness heretofore.
NORML and MAPS are currently seeking support for further research and development of vaporizers. Tax-deductible donations to the vaporizer research project can be made through the NORML Foundation c/o California NORML, 2261 Market St #278A, San Francisco CA 94114 (415) 563-5858.
Pulmonary function in cannabis users: Support for a clinical trial of the vaporizer.
Int J Drug Policy. 2010 Nov;21(6):511-3. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2010.04.001. Epub 2010 May 6.
Pulmonary function in cannabis users: Support for a clinical trial of the vaporizer.
Van Dam NT1, Earleywine M.
Debates about cannabis policy often mention respiratory symptoms as a negative consequence of use. The cannabis vaporizer, a machine that heats the plant to release cannabinoids in a mist without smoke and other respiratory irritants, appears to have the potential to minimize respiratory complaints.
Twenty frequent cannabis users (uninterested in treatment) reporting at least two respiratory symptoms completed subjective ratings of respiratory symptoms and spirometry measures prior to and following 1 month’s use of a cannabis vaporizer in a pre/post-design. Outcome measures included self-reported severity of nine respiratory symptoms as well as spirometry measures, including the maximum amount of air exhaled in 1s (forced expiratory volume; FEV1) and maximum total lung volume (forced vital capacity; FVC).
The 12 participants who did not develop a respiratory illness during the trial significantly improved respiratory symptoms (t(11)=6.22, p=0.000065, d=3.75) and FVC, t(11)=2.90, p=0.007, d=1.75. FEV1 improved but not significantly t(11)=1.77, p=0.053, d=1.07.
These preliminary data reveal meaningful improvements in respiratory function, suggesting that a randomized clinical trial of the cannabis vaporizer is warranted. The vaporizer has potential for the administration of medical cannabis and as a harm reduction technique.