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Why Do People Vape CBD Oil and Juice?

So many health benefits are associated with the use of a CBD vape juice or oil. It is true that you can enjoy the same benefits by using CBD as a topical solution or digesting it. But, still, you there is a huge fan base for CBD vape oils. It all comes down to personal preferences. Some people enjoy the sensation of inhaling the compound, and they like it because vaping allows rapid absorption of CBD so there are almost instantaneous results.

There are some other reasons too. For instance:

  • A great thing about CBD vape oils is that they are available in different flavors. Many people enjoy earthy flavor, which is usually the result of the oil being derived from hemp. However, some people don’t, so manufacturers have come with different techniques to mask the flavor with mint, vanilla or fruit or something more pleasant.
  • The ease of use is yet another reason why people prefer vaping instead of eating or applying it topically. It seems the perfect choice if you’re already into vaping. All you have to do is add a few drops of the oil to your cartridge and inhale slowly to experience its effects.

Because of its ability to offer fast-acting relief, so many people suffering from pain caused by serious illnesses prefer vaping. But, you should also bear in mind that although inhaling CBD oils offers quick relief, they are usually quite short-lived, especially compared to other types of CBD-based products.  In most cases, the effects wear off in about a couple of hours. Therefore, you may have to vape more often, which often makes people ask another question.

Can CBD vaping get you too high?

The truth is that if you’re buying from a quality manufacturer and they source their CBD oil from hemp, you don’t need to worry about getting too high. Reliable sellers use oils obtained from industrial hemp that contains higher levels of CBD but very low concentrations of THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.  You’re likely to get a high if CBD oil you use contains high levels (5%-20%) of THC, which usually happens if the oil comes from marijuana not hemp. So, knowing the source of the oil is of paramount importance.

Even if you’re taking CBD oils with lower concentrations of THC, your personal body chemistry will play a role in how you feel. Your body weight can change the equation too. However, some studies have shown that you should do fine if you take anywhere between 1mg and 6mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. Still, it is a good idea to stick to the lowest dose in the beginning and find out how it affects you.

Whether you enjoy vaping CBD because it helps you relax, even get a little high or want to try vaping for its medical benefits, it’s good to know there are options to make it more palatable and to help talking it fit into everyday lives. In all honesty, as long the THC levels in your vaping oil stay low, it’s pretty difficult to get stoned on a vape. In most people it produces more of a gentle buzz, like the inner warm glow you’d get from a scotch or couple of glasses of wine.

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Juul Halts Sale of Fruit, Dessert Vape Flavors

By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Juul, which makes the top-selling brand of electronic-cigarettes in the United States, said Thursday it will no longer sell fruit or dessert flavors of its products.

The company’s decision comes as it faces widespread criticism that its flavored nicotine products are hooking a generation of teenagers on nicotine and vaping, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The company faces multiple investigations by Congress, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and several state attorneys general. Juul is also being sued by adults and underage vapers who allege they became addicted to nicotine by using Juul’s products, the wire service said.

The Trump administration has also proposed banning nearly all e-cigarette flavors.

The flavors dropped by Juul will be mango, creme, fruit and cucumber, which account for 10% of its sales. The company will continue to sell its most popular flavors: mint and menthol, the AP reported.

Juul’s decision to continue selling mint and menthol shows “it isn’t serious about preventing youth use,” said Matthew Myers, from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

“Juul knows that 64% of high school e-cigarette users now use mint or menthol flavors, and this number is growing all the time,” Myers said in a statement.

His group and others say the Trump administration should ban all vaping flavors except tobacco, the AP added.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that the number of severe lung illnesses continues to climb: There are now 1,479 cases reported in 49 states. Seventy-eight percent of those cases involved products that contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Seventy percent of these patients were male, and 79 percent were under the age of 35.

The death toll also went up, hitting 33 deaths in 24 states. The median age of patients who have died is 44, the CDC added.

Products containing the marijuana chemical THC seem to be a main driver behind the illnesses.

While THC is a main suspect in the CDC’s investigation, a recent study suggested other chemicals might play a role.

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Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Arizona conducted an examination of 17 cases involving vaping-linked lung injury — including lung biopsies. All of the patients examined had severe forms of the illness, and two had died.

“Based on what we have seen in our study, we suspect that most cases involve chemical contaminants, toxic byproducts or other noxious agents within vape liquids,” said lead researcher Dr. Brandon Larsen. He’s a surgical pathologist at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, in Scottsdale.

Those findings were published Oct. 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

While THC does seem to figure prominently in many cases, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, has stressed that nicotine-containing vaping products without THC cannot be ruled out as a potential cause of harm. Because of that, the CDC recommendation for everyone to stop vaping stands.

What is clear is that the illnesses that are affecting vapers can be sudden and severe. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath and chest pains. Some patients have had so much trouble breathing that they wind up on oxygen, and in extreme cases are placed on a mechanical ventilator.

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SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release,  Oct. 17, 2019;  Oct. 3, 2019 media briefing with: Anne Schuchat, M.D., principal deputy director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;Associated Press; Oct. 17, 2019, statement, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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Stricter Rules Loom Over THC Vape Products in Colorado

The recent outbreak of lung illnesses connected to THC vaporization products is pushing the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division to implement new regulations that could include the prohibition of certain vaping additives in the regulated marketplace.

New rules banning the production and sale of cannabis vape products containing polyethylene glycol (PEG), vitamin E acetate and medium chain triglycerides (MCT oil) were proposed by the MED on October 7, according to the agency, with the proposed rules up for public discussion on Tuesday, October 15.

The proposed regulations also include additional labeling requirements for concentrates or products intended to be inhaled through a vaporizer or metered dose inhaler, according to MED rule-making documents, mandating that vaping additives be listed on the label, which would also be required to include the statement “Not approved by the FDA.”

Although most members of the pot industry expect the ban to be approved, MED spokesperson Shannon Gray notes, “These are proposed rules, which are not in effect until adopted and signed by the State Licensing Authority.”

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After weeks of reports of lung illnesses suffered by consumers of nicotine and THC oil vaping products, public health officials face more pressure to react — but a definitive cause of the problems hasn’t been identified. On Friday, October 11, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Deputy Director Anne Schuchat announced that 1,299 cases across the country, 26 of them ending in death, have been linked to vaping since the outbreak began, but health officials continue to look for exactly which chemicals or devices are leading to the health issues.

Most of the deaths and hospital visits are linked to THC vaping products obtained on the black market, made with the additives in the MED’s crosshairs as well as toxic pesticides and other harmful chemicals. As of October 2, nine reported hospitalizations in Colorado have been linked to vaping, with some patients reporting THC use and others citing nicotine. While the vast majority of hospitalizations for THC products have been linked to black-market cartridges with traces of harmful pesticides and additives, at least one death was reportedly connected to a legal product purchased from a dispensary in Oregon.

The chemicals banned by the MED haven’t been explicitly fingered as the culprits, but some cannabis business owners and health officials aren’t waiting until they are. In late September, Medicine Man dispensaries announced that its stores would no longer sell pre-filled vape cartridges containing vitamin E or PEG. The dispensary chain’s parent company, Medicine Man Technologies, was a leading force pushing the MED’s proposed ban.

“That’s just a start. It’s a good start, but they should also ban propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin,” says MMT chemistry director Dr. Tyrell Towle. “They’re not necessary to be used with cannabis for vaporization. You can create products for vaporization that don’t have these additives.”

According to Towle, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s cannabis science and policy work group — which comprises public health officials and industry stakeholders — had been trying to define potentially dangerous vaping additives and ingredients over a year ago, but “it wasn’t as pressing at the time, and there was a lot of pushback from industry members who still used some of those ingredients,” he notes.

“We can always bring them back if we can get the research funding and do eventually find out these are safe, although I doubt they are,” Towle adds.

The proposed vaping restrictions are part of a much larger set of new regulations that have been part of MED rulemaking throughout the summer and fall, including requirements for social consumption business licenses and dispensary delivery services. 


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CDC Says ‘Don’t Vape’ As Lung Injury Cases Rise

FRIDAY, Aug. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of people who’ve developed a severe form of lung disease potentially tied to vaping has now risen to 215 cases across 25 states, and federal health officials are recommending that Americans not use e-cigarettes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a health advisory saying, “if you are concerned about these specific health risks, consider refraining from the use of e-cigarette products.”

As of Aug. 27, 215 possible cases have been reported — but other reported cases are also under investigation, the CDC noted.
Last week marked the first fatality tied to these lung crises: An adult in Illinois died after being hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness after using an e-cigarette.

“In many cases, patients reported a gradual start of symptoms, including breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, and/or chest pain before hospitalization,” the CDC explained in the advisory issued Friday. “Some cases reported mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness including vomiting and diarrhea, or other symptoms such as fevers or fatigue.”

The respiratory symptoms appear to be caused by inflammation that causes the lungs to fill with fluid, said Dr. Karen Wilson, vice chair of clinical and translational research for pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Wilson first became aware of these cases a month ago, when the teenage son of a family friend wound up in the ICU with lung injuries possibly linked to vaping.

The 17-year-old is improving, and his prognosis is good, Wilson said.

“In general, I think kids are recovering from this, but it’s hard to say if there’s going to be any long-term risk of lung injury or asthma or other illness,” Wilson said.

According to the CDC, in many cases, patients have said they recently used tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette products. THC is the chemical in marijuana that provides a high.

“At this time, there does not appear to be one product involved in all of the cases,” the CDC said, “although THC and cannabinoids use has been reported in many cases. At this time, the specific substances within the e-cigarette products that cause illness are not known and could involve a variety of substances.”

Continued

Dr. Albert Rizzo is chief medical officer for the American Lung Association. He noted that e-cigarette vapor contains many ingredients that could cause lung irritation, such as ultrafine particles, oil, and heavy metals like nickel, tin and lead.

Flavored vapor also can contain diacetyl, a chemical linked to a condition called “popcorn lung,” Rizzo noted. The condition is so named because more than a decade ago workers in a microwave popcorn factory developed lung ailments after breathing in butter-flavored diacetyl.

In popcorn lung, the tiny air sacs in the lungs become scarred, resulting in the thickening and narrowing of the airways, the American Lung Association explained.

There’s also the possibility that heavy levels of nicotine are affecting the lungs, Rizzo added.

“One of the more common e-cigarettes contains as much nicotine in a pod as in a whole pack of cigarettes,” Rizzo said. “It’s very hard to smoke a pack of cigarettes in 15 minutes. You can ingest a whole pod by vaping in 15 minutes.”

In the meantime, the CDC said it and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are working with state health departments to gather information on any products or substances used by patients, including the brand and types of e-cigarette products, where they were obtained, and whether any fall under the FDA’s regulatory authority.

The FDA is providing laboratory assistance, and has so far received about 80 samples for testing.

Right now, CDC is advising against vaping. The agency says that if you do use e-cigarette products, be sure not to buy them off the street (for example, products containing THC), don’t modify the e-cigarette, and don’t add any substances that are not intended by the manufacturer.

It also said that when using e-cigarette products, look out for symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and chest pain. Seek immediate medical attention if you have any concerns about your health.

The CDC has long advised that e-cigarette products not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently smoke “traditional” cigarettes.

Continued

Wilson agreed with that recommendation.

“Particularly for adolescents and young adults, they should not have access to these products and they should not use them,” she said. “This is more evidence they’re not a safe product for teenagers and young adults.”

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As Lung Injury Cases Rise, CDC Says ‘Don’t Vape’

FRIDAY, Aug. 30, 2019 — The number of people who’ve developed a severe form of lung disease potentially tied to vaping has now risen to 215 cases across 25 states, and federal health officials are recommending that Americans not use e-cigarettes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a health advisory saying, “if you are concerned about these specific health risks, consider refraining from the use of e-cigarette products.”

As of Aug. 27, 215 possible cases have been reported — but other reported cases are also under investigation, the CDC noted.

Last week marked the first fatality tied to these lung crises: An adult in Illinois died after being hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness after using an e-cigarette.

“In many cases, patients reported a gradual start of symptoms, including breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, and/or chest pain before hospitalization,” the CDC explained in the advisory issued Friday. “Some cases reported mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness including vomiting and diarrhea, or other symptoms such as fevers or fatigue.”

The respiratory symptoms appear to be caused by inflammation that causes the lungs to fill with fluid, said Dr. Karen Wilson, vice chair of clinical and translational research for pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Wilson first became aware of these cases a month ago, when the teenage son of a family friend wound up in the ICU with lung injuries possibly linked to vaping.

The 17-year-old is improving, and his prognosis is good, Wilson said.

“In general, I think kids are recovering from this, but it’s hard to say if there’s going to be any long-term risk of lung injury or asthma or other illness,” Wilson said.

According to the CDC, in many cases, patients have said they recently used tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette products. THC is the chemical in marijuana that provides a high.

“At this time, there does not appear to be one product involved in all of the cases,” the CDC said, “although THC and cannabinoids use has been reported in many cases. At this time, the specific substances within the e-cigarette products that cause illness are not known and could involve a variety of substances.”

Dr. Albert Rizzo is chief medical officer for the American Lung Association. He noted that e-cigarette vapor contains many ingredients that could cause lung irritation, such as ultrafine particles, oil, and heavy metals like nickel, tin and lead.

Flavored vapor also can contain diacetyl, a chemical linked to a condition called “popcorn lung,” Rizzo noted. The condition is so named because more than a decade ago workers in a microwave popcorn factory developed lung ailments after breathing in butter-flavored diacetyl.

In popcorn lung, the tiny air sacs in the lungs become scarred, resulting in the thickening and narrowing of the airways, the American Lung Association explained.

There’s also the possibility that heavy levels of nicotine are affecting the lungs, Rizzo added.

“One of the more common e-cigarettes contains as much nicotine in a pod as in a whole pack of cigarettes,” Rizzo said. “It’s very hard to smoke a pack of cigarettes in 15 minutes. You can ingest a whole pod by vaping in 15 minutes.”

In the meantime, the CDC said it and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are working with state health departments to gather information on any products or substances used by patients, including the brand and types of e-cigarette products, where they were obtained, and whether any fall under the FDA’s regulatory authority.

The FDA is providing laboratory assistance, and has so far received about 80 samples for testing.

Right now, CDC is advising against vaping. The agency says that if you do use e-cigarette products, be sure not to buy them off the street (for example, products containing THC), don’t modify the e-cigarette, and don’t add any substances that are not intended by the manufacturer.

It also said that when using e-cigarette products, look out for symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and chest pain. Seek immediate medical attention if you have any concerns about your health.

The CDC has long advised that e-cigarette products not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently smoke “traditional” cigarettes.

Wilson agreed with that recommendation.

“Particularly for adolescents and young adults, they should not have access to these products and they should not use them,” she said. “This is more evidence they’re not a safe product for teenagers and young adults.”

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on e-cigarettes.

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Posted: August 2019

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E-Cig Makers’ Free Stuff Leads More Teens to Vape

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Coupons, samples, branded hats and T-shirts: When teens use or wear promotional items from companies that make alternative tobacco products like electronic cigarettes, they are more likely to try those products, new research shows.

The study included 757 California teens, aged 13 to 19, who were followed for a year. At the beginning of the year, none of them had ever used alternative tobacco products such as e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, cigarillos, pipes and hookahs.

However, 81 owned items that promoted tobacco products, including 52 who owned promotional items for e-cigarettes.

During the next year, 129 participants (17%) started using alternative tobacco products but not traditional cigarettes, and 12 began using traditional cigarettes alone or in combination with alternative tobacco products, the findings showed.

Before adjusting for other factors, the researchers found that teens who owned promotional items were 2.3 times more likely to try alternative tobacco products than those who did not.

After adjusting for age, gender, race/ethnicity, maternal education level and baseline alcohol and cigarette use, teens who owned promotional materials were 2.1 times more likely to begin using alternative tobacco products.

Among teens who tried both alternative tobacco products and cigarettes, the influence of owning promotional materials was not statistically significant, the researchers said.

The findings were published online May 17 in JAMA Network Open.

“The increase in use of alternative tobacco products poses a threat to the decades of hard work that public health experts have done to reduce tobacco use,” said study author Hoda Magid. She is a postdoctoral scholar in health research and policy at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.

These findings suggest that no tobacco company — including e-cigarette makers — should be allowed to give marketing materials to teens, and that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should further restrict such marketing techniques, senior study author Bonnie Halpern-Felsher said in a university news release. Halpern-Felsher is a professor of pediatrics at Stanford.

Magid added that “manufacturers say they’re not marketing to teens, but teens are reporting owning these promotional items, and they’re reporting use of alternative tobacco products.”

So while the study cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the results “provide evidence that ownership of marketing materials is strongly associated with more young people using e-cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products,” the researchers said in the news release.

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Kids Who Vape Face Toxin Dangers, Study Finds

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 — Teenagers who use e-cigarettes expose themselves to cancer-causing toxins, particularly if they choose fruit-flavored products, a new study reports.

Urine tests revealed elevated levels of five different toxins in the bodies of teens who use e-cigarettes (often called vaping). And all of the toxins are known or suspected carcinogens, said lead researcher Dr. Mark Rubenstein, a professor of pediatrics with the University of California, San Francisco.

Teens who used e-cigarettes had up to three times greater amounts of the toxins in their urine than teens who never vape, the researchers found.

“One of the reasons why more teens are using these products is they feel that they are safe and/or safer than smoking,” Rubenstein said. “Based on these results, if the teenagers kept using these products over the years, we believe it could be dangerous.”

The toxins — acrolein, acrylamide, acrylonitrile, crotonaldehyde and propylene oxide — all belong to a class of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

In particular, fruit-flavored e-cigarettes produced significantly higher levels of acrylonitrile. That’s a concern because fruit flavors are most popular among teens and acrylonitrile is a known carcinogen, the researchers said.

“Right now a lot of the flavors being marketed seem to clearly be targeting teens,” Rubenstein said. “I think it’s difficult to argue that you’re marketing these products to adults trying to wean off cigarettes when you’re offering flavors like ‘unicorn poop’ and bubble gum.”

Volatile organic compounds are released when e-cigarette liquid is heated to the point when it becomes vapor, Rubenstein said. The liquid contains solvents that are approved food additives, but when heated these additives can form other chemical compounds, including VOCs, he said.

Toxic VOCs also are present in traditional tobacco cigarettes, and in greater quantities. The researchers behind the new study said “dual users” — teens who alternate between cigarette smoking and e-cigarette smoking — had up to three times higher levels of five toxins than those who only vape.

Gregory Conley is president of the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit that advocates for e-cigarettes. He said: “The results of this study fall in line with prior literature estimating the cancer risk from e-cigarette use to be orders of magnitude lower than the risk from smoking cigarettes. While it is clear from the data that environmental sources of toxins played a considerable role in the levels measured among all groups, the data nonetheless shows significant reductions in exposure among exclusive e-cigarette users.”

But to Dr. Norman Edelman, senior scientific advisor to the American Lung Association, the study results show that e-cigarettes aren’t as harmless as some might think.

“Now, it’s true that if they smoked combustible cigarettes they would get more of this stuff,” Edelman said. “But this does make it quite clear that vaping is not safe.”

To investigate chemical exposure from e-cigarettes, the researchers looked at three different groups — e-cigarette users, “dual users” who also smoke traditional cigarettes, and teens who don’t smoke or vape.

The researchers recruited 103 participants with an average age of 16, and analyzed urine samples from all for the presence of potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds.

“They’re doing it the right way. They’re not measuring what’s in the vaped liquid, they’re measuring what gets into the kids’ bodies, which is really the important question,” Edelman said.

All e-cigarettes appear to create VOCs, even those that don’t contain nicotine. The VOCs acrylonitrile and acrylamide were found in elevated levels in the urine of teens who said they don’t use nicotine-laced e-liquid.

“That was interesting and surprising to us,” Rubenstein said. “Although most of the teenagers used the nicotine-containing products, some did not and we were able to find these toxins even in them. That’s because the solvents are still in these products, even if there’s no nicotine.”

Edelman said the study exposes the erroneous assumption that because e-cigarettes are “more safe” than tobacco, they can serve as a substitute for quitting smoking altogether.

“The most safe approach is smoking cessation, and for kids the most safe approach is smoking prevention,” Edelman said. “What I’m concerned about is that all this talk about ‘more safe’ under the rubric of harm reduction is going to make us forget about the importance of smoking prevention and smoking cessation.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to step up regulation of e-cigarettes, particularly when it comes to teenage use and fruit-flavored products that appear to target teens, Rubenstein said.

“I definitely think there needs to be greater regulation to prevent teenagers from using these products,” Rubenstein concluded.

The study appears in the March 5 online issue of the journal Pediatrics.

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Posted: March 2018

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Are You a Real Marijuana Connoisseur? This Vape Is for You

If you just want a nice buzz or something, it’s not hard to find a decent vape oil that can help you accomplish that. However, like craft beer drinkers, some of us want a “higher” level experience. There are a lot of fine vape cartridges to choose from, but one I’d like to talk about today is the O.penVAPE Craft RESERVE .

The Craft Reserve, as I’ll call it from here on out, is made from small batches of hand-picked cannabis. The distillate oil is made using CO2 extraction, and each cartridge is filled with terpenes from only one strain. It tastes delicious, and it ensures that you’re not getting a mix of things you didn’t ask for.

There are sativa, indica and hybrid varieties to choose from, and all of them are high quality, in my opinion. The Craft Reserve produces a very clean vaping experience, as it only uses pure cannabis distillate oils, unlike some that also use an excipient. It’s kind of like getting a nice Stone beer instead of a cheap light beer that might be half high fructose corn syrup. You can definitely tell it’s straight cannabis oil when you’re pulling on it, because it just feels like a slightly heftier pull, but it’s still very smooth.

“Pure cannabis oil requires investment in superior technology, equipment and professional hands-on attention throughout the molecular distillation process,” Ralph Morgan, O.penVAPE CEO, said about the Craft Reserve in a press release last year. “With Craft RESERVE, our highly educated and accomplished scientists perfected the art of extracting the best parts out of every terpene to satisfy the demand of a rapidly maturing and selective market.”

Not only is the oil high quality, but the vape is extremely attractive. That’s pretty much always the case with O.penVAPE products, but there’s something I like about this one even more than the others I’ve tried. Perhaps it’s the color of the oil.

The Craft Reserve won the 2016 High Times Cannabis Cup for best vape pen cartridge, so it’s no secret that it’s good, but we’re still very impressed. It’s an easy-to use-vape, and we’re into it. It might be hard to go back to other vapes after this one.

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Dear Stoner: I have a broken hash-oil cartridge. Can I open it up and eat the oil? Maybe put a drop or two in some food or a drink? I don’t want that sweet juice going to waste.
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Dear Steady Buzz: There are a few factors to consider when ingesting hash oil, especially if it’s in a vaporizer cartridge. First, you need to see if the THC in the hash oil is activated, or THCa. Hash oil made with decarboxylated cannabis has activated THC, so it doesn’t require heat to release the psychoactive effects before ingestion. If it’s not decarboxylated, you’ll have to heat it for ten to fifteen minutes at around 220 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, you’ll want to figure out how much the oil weighed before you started using it, and how many milligrams of THC were in it. This will help you dose your infused food or drink.

You can still vape the oil if you have the right syringe and an empty vaporizer cartridge.

You can still vape the oil if you have the right syringe and an empty vaporizer cartridge.

Herbert Fuego

It’s also important to determine if that hash oil was diluted with any sort of vape juice, like propylene glycol. Although the United States Food and Drug Administration classifies propylene glycol as generally safe for use in food, the research on its toxicity is limited. Personally, I wouldn’t ingest it or any other vaping additives, but that’s up to you.

Send questions to marijuana@westword.com.

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Denver Vape and Play Hopes to Be Denver’s First Pot Lounge

The City of Denver announced it was ready to accept applications for social cannabis consumption areas in late August, but no businesses have yet applied for license. That may change soon, however, now that three local entrepreneurs plan to open a cannabis vaping lounge – once they find a location, that is.

In a video they posted on their Facebook page over the weekend, Sterling Barrus, Jason Galeone and Taylor Rosean announced that they plan to open Denver Vape and Play, a vaporizing lounge for cannabis consumption. All three have experience in the cannabis or vaporization arenas: Barrus has been developing cannabis vaporizers for over a decade, while Galeone and Rosean have worked for several dispensaries in various capacities.

“We were kind of late to the game. We didn’t hear about the movement until during the winter, and we’ve been developing the idea for a while,” Rosean says. “Once we were in, we started reaching out and getting involved as far as we could.”

The partners say they’ve been meeting with city officials to make sure everything is in order before they submit an application; they’ve also been working with attorneys at Vicente Sederberg, a well-known leader in cannabis policy that was instrumental in drafting Initiative 300, the measure voters passed last November that allows social consumption in Denver.

Their biggest hurdle, Rosean believes, will be securing a written approval from a neighborhood organization in the area where they hope to open up shop, a requirement for any business applying for a consumption license. “We’ve been spending the better part of summer and past year developing a good relationship and business model that would be accepted in their neighborhoods,” he says.

Unlike already-established businesses that are might be prohibited from allowing common consumption because of I-300’s location restrictions, Denver Vape and Play doesn’t yet have a physical location. This allows its founders to search for a location that’s the required 1,000 feet away any school, child-care establishment, drug or treatment facility, city park, pool or recreation center.

Until the application is officially submitted, Rosean won’t share which parts of town Denver Vape and Play has been looking at and which neighborhood groups it’s been talking to, but he does say that possible locations are all in high-traffic areas, and that his team has an open invitation from several neighborhood organizations to submit their final business plan for review.

Denver Vape and Play founders Taylor Rosean (middle right) and Jason Galeon (right) meet with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Denver Vape and Play founders Taylor Rosean (middle right) and Jason Galeon (right) meet with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Denver Vape and Play

The proposed lounge will have a U-shaped bar where an attendant will load and operate around a dozen handmade vaporizers with disposable mouthpieces for customers. There will also be electronic nails available for concentrates, as well vending machines with international food and simple, classic munchies like chips and sweets, Rosean says.

Because of the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, there will be no smoking allowed inside. “I think I prefer it like that, anyway,” he says. “It’s healthier for our customers and employees.”

Denver Vape and Play expects to open in early 2018 if all goes according to plan, Rosean says. The company plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo within the next week and will reveal more about the concept then, he adds.

Mutiny Information Cafe owners have also said they’re interested in applying for a social consumption license, and might host monthly parties with cannabis consumption. Like Denver Vape and Play, though, Mutiny Information Cafe has not yet submitted an application while it continues consulting with attorneys and city officials.

Toke of the Town

Review: Hmbldt Dose Vape Pens

Science and technology have come a long way over the last few years when it comes to cannabis and how we consume it. Hmbldt has developed a better vape method and more efficient way of dosing cannabis.  They are targeting the effects based on levels of THC, CBD, accessory cannabinoids, and just the right terpenes for specific conditions or desired effect. Hmbldt brand (short for Humboldt) has four standard formulas that are designed for different patients in mind; sleep, relief, bliss, and calm. Each recyclable vape pen is designed to give 200 doses. The pens are designed to express each dose for roughly 3 seconds and will vibrate and shut off when it’s time to stop inhaling, amazing! The latest addition to the line is a limited release of dose pens called Arouse & Passion.

Arouse is designed to get you in the mood to unwind and relax with plenty of THC for euphoria, CBD for calming, other cannabinoids for good measure and finally with five terpenes that complete the entourage effect that gets you in the mood. These terpenes work in conjunction and have many benefits including; elevated mood, stress relief, helps digestion, antifungal and antibacterial, and many more potential benefits. It has a very woodsy and spicy flavor on inhale and an earthier flavor on the exhale. See website for more details.

Passion is comprised of an equal level of THC and CBD as the arouse formula, however the passion has a different combination of terpenes that sets the two apart. Passion has Myrcene as one of the primary terpenes, which explains the sweeter, fruity flavor and good feeling that it creates.  B-Caryophyllene another of the five key terpenes in this formula and it has many health benefits and has a spicy flavor. Each formula and each dose pen is perfectly blended together for a revolutionary new experience.

These formulas are impressive and effective, the precise dose with each inhalation is perfect for inexperienced and experienced patients. There is nothing on the market today that compares to Hmbldt’s revolutionary design and formulas. This is no ordinary vape pen by any means, this is the future of precision cannabis consumption. Hmbldt brand has taken all aspects of cannabis to the next level with their line of cannabis oil vaporizers with their superior technology and formulations. This brand has developed a product that will appeal to all types of patients, our team is thrilled with the precise dosage and various formulations that will serve patients better for their desired result. We’ll be exploring this brand and the science behind Hmbldt products in the next issues, so stay tuned for more.

Make sure to discover Hmbldt products for yourself by visiting their website and to find a location near you that offers Hmbldt products. Go to www.hmbldt.com

The 420 Times

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Rove Marijuana Vape Cartridges and Pens, Good To The Last Drop!

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Review: O.Pen VAPE

Introducing the greatest thing since you discovered cannabis; it’s the O.penVAPE!

Premium cannabis Co2 fluid with terpenes, oh my! Convenient and discreet, no one needs to know you are medicating, unless you want them to.

The smell of the vapor is minimal in our opinion; however that’s not to say that it doesn’t have characteristics that are “weed like” so that people who know, will know. The game changer with O.penVAPE is the vast amount of choices of strain flavors that are available.

We tried several different varieties, some of them were Super Lemon Diesel, Banana Split, Dead Head Durban, along with some hybrid, indica, and sativa cartridges. Each cartridge comes in various volumes; we used the 150mg cartridges and that seemed to last our reviewers a week or more, it really depends on the individual.

All concentrates inside O.penVAPE cartridges are lab tested and we really like the packaging and ease of use. Thank you O.penVAPE for such a great product, we have HIGH hopes for the future!

Get yours today at your favorite collective, if they don’t have them, find a collective that does, you won’t look back after that. For additional details and locations that carry O.penVAPE, visit http://www.openvape. com/fi nd

Review: O.Pen VAPE
Weed highly recommend this product to our cannabis-consuming cohorts. – The 420 Times
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4.7Overall Score
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