Vape Pens – Seven Ways They Take You to Seventh Heaven

1. Health

The #1 reason to try anything new is because it’s healthier. While using a traditional vaporizer is still technically the healthiest way to inhale medical cannabis, vape pens are a very close second. The reason is simple: No fire. Remember, fire bad. Grrrr!

“Anytime you set something on fire and inhale smoke, you are hurting your lungs, because you are a human, not a dragon, and you breath air, not fire.” – Winston Churchill (did not say this ever)

Although the vapor that comes out of vaporizers and vape pens isn’t pure air, it is MUCH cleaner than smoke, and the amount of unhealthy, unwanted particles in your lungs is reduced dramatically. Perhaps the most immediately appealing side-effect of vaping is the elimination of smoker’s cough. Vape pen users no longer have to suffer the embarrassment of hacking like a sick cat and spiting out greasy balls of black tar. Oh, sure, some may get a bit nostalgic for all that retching, but most see it as a definite improvement.

It is important to note all vape pen cartridges are not created equal. Some will use higher quality oils, some will use lower quality oils. Some will work hard to use the cleanest extraction methods possible, others will use the cheapest, but in general they are almost always a healthier alternative to smoking.

2. Simplicity

The next-best reason to try something is because it’s easy, and using vape-pen is REALLY easy, pretty much just plug-and-play, or, in this case, just twist-and-puff. Almost all vape pens work the same way, you get two parts: a battery, and a cartridge. Just screw the cartridge into the battery, and, hey presto, you have a tiny portable vaporizer in your hands all loaded with wonderful medicine. All you do to medicate is just put it to your lips and inhale. Just like smoking, but without the extra step of something on fire. Remember, fire bad.

3. Convenience

leonardo-dicaprio-vaping-300x300Being easy to use is one thing, but vape pens are also great because they make everything else easier too. This is more than just a temporary replacement for your flower, you may find this so convenient you switch to it as your primary form of medicating. Why? Well, if you use a traditional vaporizer like me, you can only medicate as far as your extension cord will reach. Vaporizers are not travel-friendly. If you choose to smoke cannabis, you’re limited (at least) to places without a fire alarm. Vape-pens are truly the go-anywhere, do-anything way to medicate. Obviously, you should only medicate where it is legal to do so. But, aside from that one restriction, the sky is really the limit on where you can go with a pen. The charge on most batteries lasts for several hours, if not days, and most batteries recharge in just an hour or two.

4. Stealth

invisibilityA lot of the things that make vape pens so convenient also makes them remarkably stealthy, and that is really important because we are patients using a medication that is still very misunderstood and in most situation best used discreetly. Thankfully, vape pens were designed to do just that. The very name vape-pen’ describes the inherently stealthy pen-like design of the battery and cartridge. While some units are large and bulky, most are small and streamlines, designed to look like the stylus for an iPad or other computer tablet. Nearly all pens are extremely lightweight, fit comfortably in a shirt pocket, and, when carried separately as battery-and-cartridge, can even fit comfortably in the change pocket of a pair of jeans. Perhaps the most interesting stealth-trait of vape pens is that the vapor usually doesn’t; have a strong identifiable cannabis odor. Smoked cannabis can often be smelled from blocks away, and even vaped cannabis will leave a heavy odor in the room it is being used in, but most vape cartridges have an ambiguous, fruity aroma that even regular cannabis user have a hard time identifying. Now you can attend that awkward family reunion and medicate your anxiety attack without having to answer uncomfortable questions from unenlightened relatives about why your legitimate medical needs left you smelling a little skunky.

5. Potency

Another good reason to give vape pens a try is their sheer firepower. Again, each brand is different, and there are many levels of strength to choose from, but with that said, you can find some cartridges that have oil testing g as high as 56-78% THC, which is about 2-3 times stronger than the most potent forms of cannabis in their flower form. That means every time you inhale, you are getting literally 2-3 times the medicine. This is why we stress using extreme caution the first time you try a high potency vape pen cartridge. You can literally become unsafe to drive after just 2 or 3 puffs, so seriously, take it easy and stay at home until you can gauge how much this will affect you.

transparency6. Economy

Perhaps the greatest miracle of vape pen technology is the fact that increased potency does NOT come at an increased price. Quite the opposite. In fact, depending how they are used, vape pens are often a less expensive way to medicate than purchasing the equivalent in flower. The math is pretty simple: a high-tolerance cannabis user will go through a $40 .5 ml pen cartridge in 2-3 days.
$40 is flower cannabis will last a high-tolerance cannabis user about a day. Maybe. The only way $40 worth of flower will last a high-tolerance cannabis user 3 days is if he or she is asleep for two of them.

7. Elegance

Finally, a perfectly good reason to give pens a try is the simple beauty of their design. Artistically and mechanically, there is an underlying elegance to their overall design. They took something big, and made it small. They took something smelly and made it almost odorless. The took dangerous fire and replaced it with a completely hazard-free electric light. It may sound decidedly non-medical to say they made vaping cannabis look ‘cool’, even though they did, but it is very health-oriented to note that using a vape pen can also reduce a lot of the anxiety that comes from traditional smoking simply because it looks different, and, maybe even a little classier. No matter how seriously you take your medication, we all have to admit that cannabis smoking has developed a bit of a stigma, and that some people will view it negatively no matter the context.
Understanding that, it might just surprise you how much more accepting people are of vape pens that smoked cannabis. Psychologically, the ‘dirty smoker holding a joint’ is magically transformed into a responsible citizen trying a new medication. Sure, it is the same medicine, just as legal now as it was before it was put in a pen, but perception means a lot to people, and the sheer elegance of this design is enough to turn a lot of people around on cannabis in general.

So, there you have it, seven great reasons to give vape pens a try. Now, go out there, just twist-and-puff, and remember, fire bad.

Tush Kush has Arrived!

You might be somewhat perplexed, squeamish, or curious upon hearing this exciting (we think) news. But rectal / vaginal administration of cannabis has many advantages. In addition to being a viable option for patients who can’t ingest or inhale cannabis, cannabis suppositories provide faster uptake and longer-lasting effects compared with other inhaled or ingested methods. Suppositories are also very efficient; up to 70% of the medicinal compounds in a suppository are bioavailable.

Suppositories may be an ideal choice for patients experiencing severe nausea, surgery patients who are fasting before a procedure, and patients with gastrointestinal sensitivities or throat and lung issues. There are also anecdotal reports of patients finding relief for conditions like Crohn’s Disease, prostate cancer, and other rectal and pelvic diseases.

We’re offering patients a special low rate on this new product. We’re very interested in your feedback as we further develop this new medicine. Each suppository is approx. 2 grams with different cannabinoid ratios depending on whether you want more THC or CBD.  If your doctor has recommended a specific ratio please ask and we may be able to custom-blend something for you. If you are new to cannabis and wish to start with a smaller dose, you can cut the suppository in half lengthwise. KEEP REFRIGERATED at all times for best results!

Instructions are included in the box.

Ingredients: 100% organic, unrefined cocoa butter, alcohol-extracted cannabis oil (RSO).

You can read more about this “backdoor medicine” here.

Topical vs. Transdermal: new medicines from Mary’s Medicinals

CBDFor years, we  have offered topical cannabis preparations, which are considered non-psychoactive because a topical medication is intended to have an effect at the site of application. The use of topical medications does not result in significant drug concentrations in the blood and other tissues. Examples of topical medications include antibiotics for skin infections, corticosteroids for skin irritation, and some anesthetics. Topical cannabis can be excellent for eczema and psoriasis, minor burns, irritation, and rashes / itching, and many patients report localized pain relief as well.

Transdermal medications, like the new products from Mary’s Medicinals, are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.  When a medication is applied to the skin, whether the effect will be local (in the tissue beneath the site of application), or systemic depends on the preparation, and factors such as molecule size and solubility. To work in a transdermal patch, a medicine must be lipophilic (fat-soluble) and potent enough that a low dose will work, so cannabis is ideal in that respect.

Transdermal delivery is quite different from other methods of medicating (see chart below for comparison). Effects can be felt as quickly as a few minutes after applying the patch, and last up to 12 hours as long as the patch remains in place. The patch provides a controlled release of the medication, so the effects stay at a constant level rather than the “peaks and valleys” of other methods of administration. Transdermal dosing is also different from other methods. Due to the high bioavailability, a 10mg patch may deliver as much medicine to the bloodstream as an 80mg edible dose. Bioavailability is the fraction of an administered dose of unchanged drug that reaches the systemic circulation. By definition, when a medication is administered intravenously, its bioavailability is 100%, and the transdermal delivery system delivers medicine to the veins, so it is considered the same as intravenous administration.methods

The Family Tree of OG

OG Kush is a legendary strain whose origins are bit mysterious. The most likely theory states that sometime in 1993, a guy who had original Chemdawg got together with a guy who had a Lemon Thai x Paki Kush male he called the “secret ingredient”, and the brilliantly balanced hybrid OG Kush was born. It became wildly popular by 1995, and remains a staple in California dispensaries.

Growers have worked with this strain extensively over the past twenty years, creating an amazing variety of phenotypes and hybrids. Phenotypes have the same genetics, but differ in the expression of the genetic instructions, which are influenced by environmental and developmental conditions. The fantastic variety of phenotypes shows the versatility of the OG genotype, which gives growers so much to work with.

The following graphic shows the OG phenotypes and hybrids we have in stock right now, as they relate to each other (unconnected circles are phenotypes, connected circles show hybrids).  Making this graphic was pretty fascinating, and it led to the making of the second, expanded graphic (desktop wallpaper size, if you’re interested) showing past OGs we’ve had as well.

Our goal is to keep our menu stocked with something appealing in every category at every price point, and OG Kush in its many forms is a big part of that variety.

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Current OGs

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Extended Family Tree of OG

 

 

The 18-plus Club

While THC content is not the only measure of a good strain, it is still an important metric, especially for those with higher tolerances or more severe symptoms.  For those patients, we are happy to be able to offer twelve — that’s a full dozen — strains in our “18-plus” club.  This is a tribute to the knowledge and skill of our member/cultivators, who have been consistently knocking it out of the park lately (especially with that Jupiter, which is almost one fourth THC. One fourth.)

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Our medicines are tested, and all THC measurements are the net THC (tests measure THCA, but the lab takes into account the weight that the THCA will lose when it is heated, or decarboxylated).

And if you’re wondering just what almost-24% THC looks like, well, it’s … strong-looking.

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Juicing Raw Cannabis

The world has discovered the health benefits of juicing in recent years, and Sespe Creek Collective hopes to start regularly bringing those benefits to our patients.

Juicing helps pull the essential oils, minerals and vitamins out of plants into an easy to consume, nutrient-dense form. This holds true for the cannabis plant as well. Prior to drying or heating (from baking, vaporizing or smoking) the plant has little to no THC/CBD because the plant itself creates THCA/CBDA, or THC/CBD acids. THCA/CBDA becomes THC/CBD through a process called decarboxylation which occurs through heat. While still in its acidic form the THCA does not have psychoactive effects. It instead works on the endocannabinoid system to create neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects. It has been used in the treatment of epilepsy, cancer, autoimmune and GI disorders.

Kristen Peskuski is a researcher and patient who put her systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, interstitial cystitis, and numerous other conditions into remission by juicing fresh cannabis. Patients have reported success with osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, cancer and many other conditions using this unique therapy. This 15-minute video is worth watching:

Medical cannabis expert Dr. David Bearman recommends regularly consuming the juice from 20 cannabis leaves. In the spirit of Dr. Bearman’s advice we are now offering packets of 20 leaves and assorted popcorn flowers fresh from a healthy, mature plant for $25. Fresh cannabis leaves are perishable like any other  flowering plant, but they will keep in your refrigerator for a few days with no problem.

How to Juice

For the best results, use a juicer designed for leafy greens. These range from expensive and complicated to small and cheap; what you’re looking for is a “masticating” juicer, the kind you would use to juice wheat grass. The leaves will produce a small, not very palatable amount of juice, so you’ll probably want to mix it with other juices. If you don’t have a juicer, any blender will do, as demonstrated by Chef B, here:

Saluting an Old Friend

bluemauisourceWe just realized that we’ve had Blue Maui (the strain formerly known as Elvis) on the menu for almost two years! Remembering how excited we were to discover this strain, and now it almost feels like we take our dear friend for granted. He’s always there for us, reliable and consistent, month in, month out, and it’s time to show our buddy some love. We’re doing that this weekend by lowering the donation to $15/gram, $45/eighth (the discounts go all the way to the ounce price, which will be $300 — but it’s this weekend only!).

Blue Maui is fantastic against depression, and gives great relief from stress and pain while remaining upbeat and energetic. The donation goes back to the regular amount on Monday, so now’s the time to stock up!

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Five Strains under $200/oz (and one honorable mention)

It's a great time for bargain-hunters, with FIVE strains currently priced at or under the $200/oz mark, and one at $205 -- and this isn't counting the two different types of shake (House, and Blue Maui) we have! We've even included two wallpaper-sized pictures for your enjoyment.

Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies
$200/oz | 13.0% THC | 60/40 Sativa Dominant | Delicious!

Lemon Meringue

Lemon Meringue
$150/oz | 8.75% THC | 60/40 Indica Dominant | Light and energizing!

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie
$200/oz | 8.33% THC | 60/40 Indica Dominant

Blackberry Outdoor **

Blackberry Outdoor
**EDIT: ounces no longer available. | 16.53% THC | 70/30 Indica | POTENT!

Blue Maui Popcorn

Blue Maui Popcorn
$160/oz | 17.16% THC | 80/20 Sativa | Untrimmed, top-shelf potency

Larry OG

Larry OG
(honorable mention) $205/oz (so close!) | 13.04% THC | 70/30 Sativa | Sativa without anxiety!

It’s Raining Concentrates!

UPDATE

01/14/2014: We are offering, for a limited time only, $5 off on any concentrate on our menu. Use code FB420 (either tell the operator on the phone, or type the code into the comments box with your online order).

In the past two days we’ve added a whopping NINE brand new concentrates to our menu. We’re excited about each and every one of these masterfully prepared medicines, and we hope you are too! There are crumbles for the dabbers and hashes for those not quite ready for the whole ‘dab’ thing yet, and a brand new ‘taffy’ made from our CBD-rich Sour Tsunami flowers.

Also, you may have noticed our categories have changed a bit. We understand that high CBD medicines are not that easy to find, so we decided to make separate categories: one for CBD-rich flowers and another for other forms.

Blue Maui (or, the strain formerly known as Elvis) — and more!

First, Happy New Year! Holiday hours are: closing early today at 4:20, and closed tomorrow, New Year’s Day. And now for the fun stuff!

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We wanted to share this absolutely glowing review of our exclusive Blue Maui (aka Elvis) from 420Times:

Getting into these buds, you can see the beautiful frostiness of the blue dream genetics; you will also notice the bright orange and light greens. There are clear distinctions of both strains coming through by sight, smell and taste. The flavor is truly amazing; it is a full-bodied, smooth smoke with the sweet taste of tropical fruits, pineapple, and hints of blueberry. I also sense a pine note in there as well. Blue Maui is definitely the best of both families, creating the perfect sativa lover’s dream! The result is a very creative, inspiring, productive, and motivating effect.

View the whole review here, or just click the magazine image to the right →

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And these three gorgeous, “For The People” strains are here to help ease holiday stress for you and your budget — click any of the images to view in full size, and download (they are desktop wallpaper size!).