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To Vape Or Not To Vape? Is Vaping Good Or Bad For Your Health?

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Joints vs. Vapes

 

Whether you have been prescribed medical marijuana, use it religiously, or blaze for recreational purposes, we have all been hit with the burning question (pun intended), is it better to smoke marijuana or vaporize it? Although there are many forms of ingesting the medicine such as eating medical marijuana “edibles”, for those who want to avoid eating extra food to get their marijuana fix, inhalation is the preferred method. Smoking marijuana has always been the norm by conventional standards both for recreational and medicinal purposes.

With the latest glance at the daily news, people see images of their favorite celebrity or in some cases politician, smoking a “blunt” on stage or have been caught blazing a “joint” in a picture from their college years. In the last decade however, vaporizing devices have inundated the market and have shifted the culture into being more conscientious about their cardio vascular health by providing safer alternatives to marijuana use.

Vaporizing

Vaporizers come in different shapes and sizes, some of which you can put on your coffee table and others you can carry in your pocket on your way to the movie theater. Numerous methods of vaporizing are available on the market today, ranging in price from $20-$300 depending on caliber of the device and the quality of vapor extracted from the herb.

Although price may be an issue to someone with a low budget, the vaporizing process cuts out up to 95% of smoke toxins from the mist that is inhaled, which can prevent lung harm and potential risk for disease in your later years.Not only are a majority of harmful toxins and chemicals excluded, but 95% of the THC is absorbed in the first few seconds compared to minutes needed to feel the effects of smoked marijuana.

The way vaporizers work is that they only get the cannabis hot enough to release the most important aspects of the plant as vapors. Marijuana begins to combust at about 392 degrees Fahrenheit, where as in most vaporizers, the ideal sweet spot for vaporization occurs at 338 degrees, right below smoke temperature. Users tend to “sip” the vapor through their particular device of choice,  rather than “smoke” the medicine.

Smoking

Smoking is the more prevalent way that marijuana is ingested. Marijuana that is smoked is usually done so by using rolling papers, blunt wraps, pipes, water pipes, or concentrate pipes. Price ranges for most smoking devices can range in a few cents for single joint paper  to a few  hundred dollars for high end pipes.

Most people have the false impression that holding in marijuana smoke will somehow make you feel “higher”. Research has shown that this is in fact not the case, and that users can get just as high by taking “shallow puffs” without jeopardizing the harsh feeling on their lungs.Smoking anything  will eventually if not immediately cause irritation of the lungs which according to most medical marijuana doctors, can be a cause of a more serious lung conditions later on in life.

The major difference between smoking marijuana and vaporizing, is that smoke contains substances other than beneficial ones found in the plant, where as vaporizing reduces these substances drastically. Studies have shown that there are no known risks in the marijuana plant that pose a risk to human health; however, smoking the herb can lead to possible respiratory conditions later in life from the continual irritation of the lung tissue.

 

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Why You Should Buy a Bubbler Pipe for Smoking Marijuana

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Bubblers have since been the mystical method for smoking Marijuana to me.  Why is it mystical you might ask?  On first look to a novice it may look like a fancy pipe but for those that have marveled over the glasswork, you could get lost in the twists and turns funneling into multiple chambers, a water reservoir, and eventually getting you blazed.  Most people commonly use pipes, bong or simply roll a joint and blaze it the good ol’ traditional way to get high.   This article was written for those of you who haven’t smoked from a bubbler before, just give me 1 minute of your time.

Bubblers can be an alternative and fun method for smoking and should be used to add variety to your smoking experience.  Bubblers are usually alot smaller than your standard bongs and have a bowl, similar to that at the end of a pipe, which is removable and is located at the top of a cylinder (I’m sure you’ve seen it before). It is then inserted inside the bubbler and the bubbler is partially filled with water at a point above the cylinder object. A person then lights the bowl. Smoke then travels through the water and into the mouth of the user when he or she releases their thumb from the base of the bubbler. The water helps filter the THC and also decrease the temperature of the smoke that is inhaled.  So in the end its kinda like smoking a the lovechild of a bong and pipe.   But in my opinion and the opinion of many other bubbler users, the end result is a smoother smoke than that of a pipe.  Be careful though, as the water in the bubbler gets dirty real fast and if you pull the smoke too hard, you are likely to inhale some of that skunked water as well.  I recommend cleaning out the bubbler and emptying the water after every smoke session to ensure a great experience every time, but who am I kidding, that never happens.  So just make sure you clean it out once every few uses to keep your bubbler just as majestic as when you first saw it on the store shelves or in your online shopping cart.  Having a larger than pocket sized bong is just down right convenient.  Your hits are likely to not be as strong as fat as your bong hits but they will get the job done especially if you have some good bud.  No go fill that bubbler up with some water and let it rip!

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Best Bud of 2013: My Top 5 Favorite Marijuana Strains This Year

 

bud strains1.  Apollo 13– This kush is more of my style. It is not as fruity as the other popular marijuana types out there, therefore not as sough after, but it is my go to bud for smoking. It has a very unique smell that is pretty earthy and a little skunky. It is not as strong as other types of bud, but allows you to function and still provide that much needed relaxation.

2. Sour Diesel– This is a dark green plant with orangish leaves. It lasts a long while approx 3-4hours and you got a good head buzz going. Its sour name comes from the smell it leaves rather than the taste that it leaves in your mouth. I was told it has a little bit higher THC content than other herbs out there, and after smoking this shit, I have no reason to doubt this fact.

3. Blueberry Yum Yum– It has a unique color not unlike that of a blueberry, hence the name. It even smells like blueberries! I usually don’t like my weed to me too fruity, but this one I make an exception too.  It is very, very strong kush and after smoking this I usually don’t do any sort of work related activities or go out.

4. Purple Kush– Although this is not at the top of my list, this is probably one of the strongest buds I have ever smoked. It is sort of sweet when you exhale the smoke and earthy when you are inhaling. It is pretty fast acting as I usually feel it after only 5 minutes of smoking.

5. AK 47– This pointy green plant gives me a good high lasting about an hour. I usually smoke this when I have to work on some project at home or when I am answering work emails. It doesn’t make me all crazed, rather it gives me a relaxed attitude.

 

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Reminiscing my first date with dabs: Hash concentrates are the future

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Yesterday my mind was blown. I had just went to my local dispensary in Riverside and bought 1g of blue dream nug run crumble and boy was I blown away. This was the first time I tried using dabs and utilizing my oil rig and boy I have never had a high like that before in my entire life and I have been smoking marijuana for over 15 years. It was by far the single most incredible high of my life. Just one puff and I felt as if I had smoked a whole joint by myself. Granted I went all out on a full dab rather a half, but nonetheless it is some strong shit. The price of the dab was pretty high though at my local dispensary. I was charged $50.00 for just 1g of this shit. For the same price I could get an eighth or a fourth of weed, but I doubt it would give me the same effect if I smoked it all at once.

So how did it feel? At first I felt a huge rush to my head and was light headed for a bit. It was like a wave had just came crashing down upon you and you just completely lose your balance. The effect lasted about 10 minutes and after that the hair was still left standing on my arm just from the rush I just had. My body was relaxed and I had an amazing feeling of not caring about any of the problems in my life. The next time I hit up my dispensary I know I gotta save some serious cash and purchase 3 grams of this shit.

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Are Dabs Better than Traditional Bud?

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I find myself running into this problem on several occasions. What Should I Smoke? I have some oils but at the same time I have some nice blue dream flowers and a little bit of Sour OG Kush. Usually when I hit the oils I get knocked on my ass, but when I smoke my bud I just get that relaxing high. I know oils are a lot stronger than bud and a lot cheaper, but sometimes I just have that urge to chill out and just smoke bud. Maybe it is because I have been smoking bud for over 10 years and have only just started hitting dabs.

Whenever my buddies come over we always hit the bud and never the oils together. They seem to prefer passing the bong around rather than using wraps or joint paper too. Below I put some of the pros and cons of hitting bud and oils to help you make your decision when you run into this same problem.

BUD

DABS

PROS

CONS

PROS

CONS

▪You can never go wrong with some good bud

▪I prefer the taste of some good bud, sometimes you can get a sweet tangy taste that lingers for awhile

▪ Easier to get a hold of than good quality oils (although my local dispensary is carrying dabs now)

▪ Seems to be the go to product when hanging out with friends and just relaxing

▪More expensive than oils

 

▪Cheap $$$$

▪Can be made from using the trim

▪ A greater high than using bud

▪Quicker acting than Bud

▪Maybe healthier than bud if you have some well purged shit as the resin content built up in your lungs is lower

▪Unless bought, it is dangerous and time consuming to make

▪Sometimes the concentrates can get me too fucked up to the point where I am on my ass

▪ Can be expensive if you are using buds to make it

 

As you can see there are arguments on both sides on why you should get fucked up using one of the other. The consensus is that dabs for personal use will get you higher than you have ever been before, but bud will allow you to chill with friends without that freaking out you will get from wax.

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