Vapor Brothers Concentrate Pens

Well, I’ve tested all kinds of pens and tabletop vapes over the years and I’ve always had a bit of trouble with the pens. In my experience, the first few hits of a typical heated coil/battery base type pen taste a bit like metal. Furthermore, after a modest amount of use it seems the pens no longer give as nice of draw and the threads get gummed up with concentrate oil, etc. I’ve always looked at vapor pens as a poor way to enjoy concentrates due to the obvious limitations when compared to a dabbing rig or a really nice tabletop vaporizer.

This all changed when I was introduced to the Vapor Brothers “Eleven” and it’s slightly smaller twin the VB Eleven Mini.

Both kits include USB chargers, a tool for loading concentrates and nice carrying cases. The VB Eleven comes with a silicon storage container, while the mini does not. Both units feature a wick-less, hollow ceramic core, a Titanium coil and a strategically placed hole in the cone for improved airflow.

The design allows for ultra-easy loading of concentrates, much easier than any pen I’ve used before. The carrying cases look like a sunglasses case for the larger Eleven kit and a cigarette case for the smaller Mini. Both feature a semi-stealth appearance. Indeed, I went looking for the Eleven kit for a few minutes mistaking it for my wife’s sunglasses case several times.

The 510 batteries are simple and easy to use and charge. The ceramic/titanium combo on the skillet creates absolutely pristine, perfect hits with no metallic or plastic tastes that are so common with other vaporizer pens. Batteries last a long time, dozens of hits on either are no problem at all.

Parts from the mini and regular sized pens are interchangeable. Everything is easy to remove and EASY TO CLEAN!It’s obvious that the folks who design these pens listen closely to their customers and have created pens that are truly user friendly while not compromising the taste and potency of the concentrate delivery method.

I have several other pens that use the same battery base and charger. When I use these other pens I really can’t tell one concentrate from the other as they all impart a burnt metal taste to the vapor. But with the VB Eleven I could easily distinguish Skywalker OG from Maui Wowie from Trainwreck based on flavor alone! Yes, the hits really are that clean.

I also had the pleasure of using the Glass Globe Heater which allows the user to see the vapor being created. Other than that, it is identical to the regular cones.

I found that I needed to take small draws in order to enjoy large, lung filling hits of vapor. Trying to take a large hit basically resulted in breathing in too much vapor which resulted in a short coughing spell. But it is quite easy to take smaller hits and enjoy the vapor in silence without the coughing, which is what my wife and I did in the movie theater without detection from anyone near us.

I always try to include pro’s and con’s in my reviews, but in this case I really don’t have anything under the “cons” category to mention. Both of these pens work perfectly, exactly as advertised with zero problems.

What’s not to like?

You can even get a choice of color and some customizing with an additional cost.

 

 

Marijuana 101 By Professor Lee

Marijuana 101
Professor Lee’s Introduction to Growing Grade A Bud

As is the case with most books published on any one particular subject by different authors, Marijuana 101 Professor Lee’s Introduction to Growing Grade A Bud delivers its own unique perspective on Cannabis cultivation. Security should never be overlooked and one can never read too many books on cultivation; This is but one of many that provide the reader with insight and technical instruction dynamically in those areas, and can be of great value, especially for those new to growing Cannabis.

Marijuana 101, similar to many other Cannabis cultivation books is no slouch in the photography department, featuring plenty of professional pictures and pictorials for those whom, like myself, learn best visually or hands on. Most of the language is straight forward and easy to absorb, while more technical terminology is further explained leaving the reader with few if any questions.

If I had one wish when it comes to instructional books on Marijuana, it would be to have the information tailored to my learning style but alas, one must sort through the information as it is available to them. Speaking of style, I found the book to be a tad scattered in its presentation, as it seems to jump around from subject to subject at first glance, but after a thorough read it becomes clear what the author is doing with regard to teaching style. Some growers will get this book and all its contents the first time through, and some will need to read it twice. In my opinion, any good book worth a first read is worth a second, as there’s always something to be gained from reading instructional literature more than once.

In Lesson 1.1, Professor Lee begins his introduction of Marijuana to the novice reader with a brief FAQ called “Potology” in which topics such as the medicinal use of Cannabis, the life cycle and the differences between hemp and cannabis are touched on. Lesson 1.2 spends a few pages on common-sense security measures (not so common sometimes) like not throwing eight pounds of leaf trim in your personal garbage and remembering to keep your smoking paraphernalia off of the dash of your car. Obviously, I’m being facetious but you get the point. While I can’t advocate the breaking of state and local laws, I think it stands to reason that anything you do with regard to Cannabis cultivation should be kept private and sacred, so on to Lesson 1.3: Nutrients.

Familiar to most experienced growers are the famed N-P-K, or Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. The list goes on and on when it comes to the nutrients necessary to propagate our beloved plant, but a short read on macro- and micro-nutrients is all one needs when beginning cultivation of Cannabis. Listing numerous nutrient deficiencies and their symptoms, this lesson also explains proportions and ratios of nutrients typically used when feeding your plants, discusses organics, pH and other issues related to nutrients and their effects on the plant. I’d consider this chapter the real start of the learning experience.

With so many critical aspects of Cannabis gardening worthy of lengthy discussion, it’s hard to really call a book fewer than two hundred pages in length a true “lesson” in cultivation. It’s worth noting, though, that many topics commonly not discussed in other introductory type books ARE touched on in this one. These include but are not limited to: container selection and use, pests, atmosphere (very important), hydroponic gardening, soil gardening, plant “training”, cloning and even a section on making cannabis butter with your finished product. A fine addition to any growers library, I think Marijuana 101 could be of great benefit to the very new or slightly less than experienced growers. If you’ve never read a book on cannabis cultivation, there’s no reason this shouldn’t be your first with its palatable length, diversity of information and readable language.

Author: Professor Lee
Book Review By: Quixilvir
Publisher: Green Candy Press
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Baked: 50 Tasty Marijuana Treats

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing several cannabis cookbooks over the years and trying their various recipes. Some are better than others for different reasons. The best cookbooks excel in quality of recipes, pictures and ways of incorporating the active ingredient (like butter, oil, tinctures and the like).

Baked is a very simple, straightforward book all about deserts and sweets. Fudge, candy, cakes, cookies and bars are all featured. The cookbook has traditional recipes along with variations for those who have dietary preferences. Some are sugar free, while others are gluten free, dairy free and even vegan.

Here’s what I really like about this book!

  • The price. It can be downloaded as an E-book ($12) but the paperback is only $16. Very reasonable.
  • The pictures are beautiful.
  • The recipes are delicious and there’s something for everyone.
  • The physical size and layout. This book will fit perfectly on the counter top and each recipe takes up two facing pages. So when the book is opened on the counter, everything needed is right there so you do not have to flip through in the middle of baking.

The recipe for butter is easy and straightforward and this medicated butter is the foundation for all the recipes which are simple, delicious, short and sweet.

I would not recommend this book for a brand new cannabis chef. Other books I have read go into much more detail on how to make butter, oils and tinctures, which is really the most important part of baking with cannabis.

The section on making “Baked” butter in this book is very brief and completely lacking in details regarding temperatures and the “chemistry” of decarboxylation of cannabis in order to make it potent and active in recipes.

Certainly the author’s version of butter will get the job done, but those of us with a bit of experience in the kitchen will realize that some recipes should start with decarboxylated product, while others are better starting with fresh, non-activated cannabis as the baking process will do the job.

Experience tells me that while the recipes in the book will certainly taste delicious, the medication effect will tend to be very heavy and sleepy, due to the method of making the butter and the further degradation of the THC and cannabinols from the heat of the baking process.

Having said that, an experienced ganja chef will find a treasure trove of great recipes within the pages of “Baked.”

I recommend this book as a recipe library for cooking cannabis sweets. I also caution the cook who gets this book to either have a great deal of experience working with cannabis in the kitchen or to purchase another book that details the process of making butters and oils and how to determine when a recipe should start with activated or inactivated cannabis. Small changes to the amount of time cannabis is heated will have dramatic effects on how a person experiences the “high,” and unfortunately this information is lacking in Baked.

But if it’s tasty, easy recipes and ideas you’re after, this book won’t disappoint!

Author: Yzabetta Sativa
Book Review by: Doc Bud, 420 Magazine Product Reviewer
Publisher: GreenCandyPress.com
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The Ganja Kitchen Revolution

Let me start off by saying that I’m not a person who bakes sweet stuff or bread, in fact I rarely cook at all. I have some basic skills in the kitchen and have 4 or 5 dishes that I can prepare well, most of them simple and breakfast oriented. While I’m quite good on a wood fired barbeque, I admit to being essentially a novice when it comes to sauces, cakes, cookies, breads and the like. But I do enjoy eating delicious food!

Having said all that I’ll have to keep this book review short and sweet, as I am headed out the door as soon as I’m done with this to get some ingredients in order to cook a recipe I found in this book. Not only did this make me hungry viewing the pictures and reading the ingredients, but the book inspired me to take my medical cannabis consumption where it needs to be; consistently dosed, healthy and delicious.

This book is divided into seven concise sections:

  1. Butters, Oils and Extracts
  2. Breakfast and Brunch
  3. Lunch
  4. Appetizers
  5. Drinks
  6. Dinner
  7. Desserts

The author also includes a dosing chart in the introduction that is quite easy to follow and will keep the new user from ingesting too much active ingredient the first time. My first experience with edible cannabis was not quite as pleasant as it should have been, as like so many I ate too much and got far more impaired than I intended. Had I known about the dosing chart in this book I could have avoided that, as well as the new problem I have which is that edibles need to be very strong now to overcome my tolerance.

So let’s get right into it. Jessica Catalano is a trained chef, foodie and a cannabis connoisseur and her recipes all reflect a very simple concept: Quality ingredients combined with the proper strain to create dishes that taste every bit as good as the non-medicated versions without the “weed” taste that is so common.

She has a list of strains at the beginning of the book and links each strain to certain recipe’s based on the terpene profile of each strain. Ms. Catalano claims that by using the right strain, the inherent flavors are not just masked by the recipe, but the flavors in the cannabis complement and enhance the overall eating/drinking/smelling pleasure of each recipe.

These tips alone will result in better tasting edible creations. In this book we learn that some strains work well with savory dishes, some better with sweet, and Ganja Kitchen Revolution sorts each out and gives alternate choices if the preferred strain isn’t available. Lets be done with grassy, funky brownies and no more green, bitter butter please!

Her recipe for basic butter and oil is fantastic and simple, taking just over an hour with a saucepan. She explains the decarboxylization process and why some recipes call for uncooked cannabis, while others call for already activated butter or oil. In the course of reading, I discovered several errors in my own methods for cooking edibles which I can correct immediately for better results.

Ganja Kitchen Revolution does not recommend using trim or shake as an ingredient. All recipes are based on fully cured buds and/or kief, because using shake or trim results in chlorophyl flavors and other unwanted “extra’s” in the finished product. The recipes in this book stress quality, consistency and flavor. Use your best cannabis and get the best results! It’s as simple as that.

And this brings me to my first try of her recipes:

Warm Honey Headband Kief Walnuts in Greek Yogurt.

Since I didn’t have any Headband in stock, I consulted the strain substitution guide and discovered that an OG style product would work very well, of which I have plenty.

  • 4 cups plain Greek Yogurt
  • 4 servings of decarboxylated Headband kief. ( I used OG Kush)
  • 1 cup raw, whole, shelled walnuts
  • 1/2 cup clover honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

The decarboxylation process for the kief was very simple, as was the preparation of the other ingredients.

The result was amazing. There wasn’t really any “weed” taste or tell tale “flavor” to deal with. It was just as sweet and nutty tasting as a non-medicated recipe which was not only refreshing, but opened up a whole realm of new, easily obtained possibilities all due to this wonderful book.

Most recipes are quite simple, with easily sourced ingredients. Each recipe recommends a certain strain, along with a substitution guide.

There are also some very valuable warnings about food safety, shelf-life and things to look for if your butter might be going bad.

The pictures are extremely well done and the layout of the book is fantastic for a cookbook. It stays open on the counter and most recipes take up one page.

There are recipes for vegans, ovo-lacto vegetarians, omnivores and everyone else in between. Different nationalities of cuisine are also well represented in the panoply of recipes, so there is something for everyone in this book, but what really makes the book stand out is the fact that if a person uses the recommended strains there is no need to mask or hide the flavor of cannabis. On the contrary, the cannabis terpenes actually enhance and complement the ingredients.

Bravo Jessica Catalano! You have created the largest, most comprehensive marijuana cookbook ever published! You have included simple, highly effective methods for activating and preparing cannabis as a cooking ingredient and have each recipe designed around a specific strain to get the best tasting, most effective medical dose possible!

Well, like I said, I’m out the door right now to get ingredients for Strawberry Haze French Toast. This book makes me want to take up cooking as my new hobby.

Author: Jessica Catalano
Book Review by: Doc Bud, 420 Magazine Product Reviewer

Publisher: GreenCandyPress.com (book isn’t up on their website yet)

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Marijuana Made Simple Beginner’s Guide to Growing Like a Pro

While there are a vast number choices out there when looking for literature on Cannabis cultivation, there are but few that really give the novice or even completely “green” growers what they really need, a simple effective plan to put in place in the early stages of learning and developing their indoor gardening skills. I’ve never seen so much information, so easily arranged and condensed into so few pages, all the while leaving room for educational and entertaining photographs, feeding charts featuring not one but four of the major nutrient lines, and even a section to help new cannabis users understand their options for consumption.

Introduction to the book gives you a little insight into the author’s background, one which includes a battle with genetic affliction, as well as his reason for writing the book, an interesting short read that got me pumped to read the rest.

Chapter one takes the reader straight into the basics of Building Your Grow Room, full of everything you need to know to build a one-light setup to an impressive two, four and six-light setup. Everything is there including preparation of your floors and walls, ventilation, temperature and humidity, even installation of your hardware.
Keep in mind that there are pictures along every step of this process, making it easy for those new to indoor gardening. Chapters two through four cover propagation from germination through the flowering phase, while chapter five covers Choosing your Nutrients and How to Feed, which I found to be a tad backward with regard to the steps a new grower will actually take when jumping in to their first grow. That being said, I feel anyone with a desire to grow cannabis should read at least one full book, front to back before taking the project on anyway, but I digress.

Chapter six is something I’ve never seen in a Cannabis cultivation book before; An entire chapter, dedicated to detailed and perfectly understandable feeding instructions for four different nutrient brands, which outline dosage formulas based on your particular light configuration, from seedling to harvest. Really a step above.

Chapter seven, called Upgrade Yielding is something even intermediate or moderately experienced growers can benefit from. Mediman explains the efficacy differential between having many small plants in your space, and having fewer, but larger sized plants in your grow. “I came to the conclusion that you can only grow so much per square footage of light, regardless of how many plants are under the light.” The author explains his ability to produce nine pounds in a space that used to yield him less than two, and in less time.

Chapter eight covers Harvest, including tools needed, trimming with scissors or machines, temperature and humidity requirements, curing and storage; The latter is arguably the most important and overlooked aspect of attaining our goal of high quality, safe Cannabis for consumption.

Pest and disease mitigation or control are touched on briefly in chapter nine with the addition of odor issues related to growing, followed by security and safety in chapter ten.

Even a chapter attempting to articulate the characteristics of Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and hybrid variations thereof was included to give the novice user an idea of which type of strain may be helpful with their particular needs. Only 151 pages and so much to be learned from this book, I wish I’d have found this quick and informative read much, much sooner. Born with a horribly difficult disorder known as Wilson’s Disease, the prospect of writing a book surely seemed impossible for him in his younger years, but Mediman has nailed it with this one!

Author: Mediman
Book Reviewed By: Quixilvir – 420 Magazine Product Reviewer
Publisher: Green Candy Press
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DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer Review

Well, I’ve had this delightful device now for two weeks and I’ve used it alone, with my wife, and twice with four other friends, passing it around. I feel like I know the device well, have used it in all its intended methods, have heard feedback from others and have ample familiarity to write a review, so here goes! I’ll be including not only my own observations but also drawing on those from people who enjoyed this device with me during the last two weeks.

First of all, this vape is rather heavy, in a good way. It feels rugged and well made upon first contact, and during the time I’ve had it I’ve taken it apart for cleaning twice. The cleaning process is quite easy; basically removing 2 glass stems, soaking in isopropyl and using pipe-cleaners and Q-tips dipped in alcohol.

The device is deceptively simple: A heated ceramic bowl is located on the bottom of the unit, and immediately above this bowl is a glass tube that guides the vapor to the user. Ceramic and glass, this is a very healthy combination. There were zero solvent/plastic/manufacturing smells and tastes during the initial use of the vape, as I’ve experienced with other hand-held units. The simplicity and cleanliness of the Ascent definitely makes life very easy.

The company is nice enough to include a spare glass tube and mouthpiece with the unit, so “cleaning” is really as easy as removing a couple glass pieces, putting them in alcohol and replacing them with the clean ones. It takes less than a minute to have a completely free vapor path, including the time to clean the ceramic bowl with a q-tip. It gets an A+ for ease of maintenance.

Another very cool feature is the ability to order your Ascent vape with your personal choice of any color/pattern featured on the company’s website. This makes “his and hers” gifts quite natural and as we’ll see below, you’ll want to have two of these if you expect to vape at concerts and away from home. The DaVinci Ascent gets an A+ for aesthetics! It looks very much like an older cell phone, so there is also an element of “hidden in plain sight” with this vape.

It comes in a lovely package, with a 110 charger, 2 glass vapor tubes, 2 glass mouthpieces and 2 glass concentrate jars, with some stickers. There shouldn’t be any breakage during shipping, because the packaging is excellent, and by design the vape isn’t going to be breakable, even if you drop it, which I did. The glass vapor path is tightly sealed in silicon, so as long as the mouthpiece isn’t extended, this vape can take some punishment.

So, let’s get down to business and talk about how this thing works in the real world!

Turning the vape on requires a short finger nail and a firm push on a tiny button on the mouthpiece side of the unit. I had no problem depressing the button, but my wife could not do so without breaking a nail.

Once turned on a simple, intuitive interface with LED display appears, with up and down adjustments for temperature, and a “settings” button, all of which are easily navigated. The vape will remember the last temperature upon turning off, and the user can program up to 3 “personal” vape settings, which essentially means setting a temperature and a timer.

I did not see any value in the personal vape settings, because it was actually easier to just turn it on and adjust the temperature.

There is also an option that allows the user to set the motion-detector timer, which will turn the unit off if you set it aside and forget to turn it off. This is very likely to occur when using medicinal cannabis. The factory default setting seemed to work just fine, so I didn’t bother changing the timer.

The digital temperature display is quite good, and the temperatures appear to be accurate. If you like vaping your herbal material at 290, 370, 420 degrees or anywhere in between, you can easily to this with the up/down buttons. This is fantastic, as the terpene profile can be customized by altering temperatures.

One little trick I learned was this:

For a high CBD vape session, load the bowl and turn the temperature to 370. When the vape gets up to temperature (within seconds) blow through the bottom of the vape 3 or 4 times to vaporize all the THC, then turn up the temp to 420 degrees and start vaping from the “correct” end and the result will be a higher CBD medical dose. This is a must-have option for medical users who desire to customize the terpene and cannabinoid profiles of their medicine. I give this vape an A+ for medical applications!

The quality of the vapor is top notch, due to the accurate temperatures and the ceramic-to-glass vapor pathway.

Loading the bowl with dried herb is super easy. Twist the bottom of the unit, pour in some ground product, twist the bowl back the other way and that’s it! There are no parts to fall off or lose.

With dry herb use, a person can expect 4-6 good draws before the material is used up. I was able to use the vape consistently for about 2 hours before needing a recharge, which takes 5 hours.

Overall, I give the DaVinci Ascent an A+ for a portable, dry herb vaporizer. It’s absolutely fantastic for dry herbs and I can’t imagine anything being much better. I own two top-of-the-line table top vapes and the quality of vapor produced by the Ascent is every bit as good as these much more expensive, much less portable vapes.

Ah, but the Ascent is marketed as a dry herb AND concentrate vaporizer! That’s what those little glass jars are for, concentrates. This feature got me very excited at first, because when I saw those little jars I immediately thought of filling both with concentrated medicine and switching them out when one is used up. I had visions of being at a concert with 12 or so good, deep hits of concentrate just waiting for me, with the ability to switch strains as easy as a Keurig coffee machine!

Well, I’m sorry to say that while this vaporizer produces a FANTASTIC hit of concentrate vapor, it’s practicality as a concentrate vape is not good.

First of all, the jars come with a little silicon “lid” which supposedly keeps the hot, sticky oil from getting all over the place. The lids simply don’t work. They don’t go back in the jars properly, and get pulled out by the vape when you close it. How cool would it be to change jars in order to re-load? It would literally take a second!

But alas, after my first few hits of concentrate (and they were FANTASTIC) I opened the ceramic chamber to find a gooey, sticky mess.

I assumed this was because I didn’t put the silicon “lid” on properly, so I tried again, more carefully with the next jar, same problem. The directions said concentrates could be vaped without the lid, as long as the unit remained upright. While rather impractical, my quests “forgot” to keep the unit upright at times, even when being careful, a gooey, sticky mess resulted.

I tried again, same result. The Ascent made great, no make that INCREDIBLE vapor, with a big mess to clean up afterwards.

Because I really wanted this vape to work with concentrates (and I fixated on the idea of pre-loading little glass jars and swapping them out at the concert) I continued to search for a way.

I came up with a “hack” that made concentrate use slightly less messy. My solution was to take a metal sponge (from another vaporizer manufacturer) and put it in the jar, and then drip the concentrate into the metallic sponge until it was saturated.

Now the unit worked! Cleanup was still necessary after limited use, nothing near as easy as with dry herb, but it was workable. I can swap out 2 jars before the vape gets too sticky and messy for pockets. But my fix only made the unit workable. It still isn’t “right” for a concentrate vaporizer. In fact, I do not use the unit for concentrates as I have several pens that work well, with no mess to clean up.

The inability to vape concentrates was a big disappointment for me, because the DaVinci does indeed produce excellent vapor from concentrates, but the mess is simply untenable. I give the DaVinci Ascent a C- for use as a concentrate vaporizer.

For dry herbs, the DaVinci Ascent is a true masterpiece. But alas, it is disappointing as a concentrate vaporizer, not because it doesn’t produce excellent vapor, but because it makes a mess that can’t be cleaned up on the go. Even though it works a bit better with my metal sponge hack, it still isn’t something I’d choose for concentrates, because of the messiness.

But wow! It sure does the dry herbs well!

If a person carries a little vial of ground up herb, a re-load is possible very quickly:

Open the ceramic bowl, blow out the used material and gently pour in new herbal material and you’re ready to go. Four people were able to pass this unit around and everyone felt quite at ease sharing two bowls. The flavors are fantastic, better than other portables I’ve tried, and rivaling the very best table tops.

For this reason, I decided that the way to tackle a concert is to have two vapes and reload each once or twice. My Keurig-like fantasy about a convenient, pre-filled jar of concentrate will remain a fantasy for now, but until then, I’ll continue to enjoy using the DaVinci Ascent as my go-to dry herb vaporizer.

The little Ascent is rugged, attractive and very effective at producing vapor. I’d say it easily rivals the very best vaporizers on the market when it comes to producing vapor. If it wasn’t also marketed as a concentrate-ready vape I wouldn’t a single negative thing to say.

If you’re looking for an excellent, portable dry-herb vaporizer, look no further. The DaVinci Ascent fits the bill perfectly.

But if you’re hoping, as I was, that the Ascent also works well for concentrates, you’ll be disappointed, but not because the Ascent doesn’t produce superb vapor from concentrate. I can’t stress enough that the quality of vapor is excellent, it just makes a sticky mess when used with concentrates. The “fix” I outlined above is helpful, but I’m sure the manufacturer is going to come out with some new engineering to deal with this issue.

I certainly hope so, because every other aspect of this vape is nothing short of brilliant.

Vaporizer Review by Doc Bud – 420 Magazine Product Reviewer
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Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook

Matt Mernagh shows full color photographs of 150 common different cannabis strains and reviews the smells, tastes and effects of each strain. Each cannabis strain features a high quality color photograph of the strain and a review that is a guidebook for any cannabis smoker as a strain guide to smell, taste and effects too many of the most common cannabis strains that a smoker will encounter at dispensaries. I have also used the Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook to look up many of the strains grown on 420 Magazine to see how the buds appear as well as smell, taste and smoking effects to consider if the strain may help medical conditions.

This book is a smoker’s guidebook to cannabis strains written by the only Canadian medical marijuana patient legally allowed to posses and grow his own cannabis by court order! In the introduction Matt Mernagh chronicles his activism with the Toronto Hash Mob and arrests that led to his 5 arrests and court struggle. During his 4 year struggle, monthly court sessions and 13 day trial Matt Mernagh and lawyer Paul Lewin interviewed people across Canada about their inability to access the federal government’s medical marijuana program that resulted in the largest victory against prohibition ever achieved struck down Canada’s marijuana laws for personal possession and growing.

Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook also covers:

  • How can you tell if you have stellar weed
  • How to tell quickly if your dealer is selling great ganja or dank bud
  • How to tell if your marijuana has mold
  • How to tell if your marijuana has been sprayed for taste or weight
  • How to tell if you have an Indica or Sativa before you smoke it
  • How to moderate your cannabis consumption
  • How to tell if you’ve got indoor or outdoor grown grass
  • How to tell if you have organically or chemically fed marijuana
  • How to tell how potent your cannabis is
  • Advice for my medical marijuana friends

Here is the strain review of White Widow:

“A true cannabis champion. White Widow’s lively spiciness has garnered a legendary reputation. The aroma is close to peppery and will prickle a well-trained toker’s nose. Best of all White Widow voluptuous, unique smell exactly matches its flavor. Anticipate a black pepper and cinnamon explosion with every exhale and a pleasant body-relaxing buzz. However, there’s no dullness. Instead, White Widow has an alert, active quality, making it wonderful for intense mental activity. You’re going to be chilled and relaxed, but focused. This is excellent pot for social functions. White Widow is the mother of a long lineage of White marijuana strains and it continues to be a staple on many Dutch coffeeshop menus. A whole sub category of cannabis is dedicated to White strains and they’re my favorite; White Widow, White Rhino, and Great White Shark. I’m always on the hunt for great White strains.”

Whether you enjoy high quality cannabis photographs, grow cannabis and wish to see how the buds appear when cured or are a recreational or medical patient who is seeking a guide to cannabis strains smell, taste and effects this book will find a place in your collection!

At $15 USD this book is a great value for the information it contains!

Author: Matt Mernagh
Book Review by KingJohnC Product Reviewer
Publisher:Green Candy Press: A Whole New Flavor!
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DVD Movie Review – Code Of The West

Code of the West is a poignant and timely movie documenting the attempted repeal of Montana’s medical marijuana laws in 2010. The movie takes a mostly light-handed approach at presenting the differing viewpoints and key figures in a battle over an issue that continues to divide many in this country. While it is focused on Montana, the fight is emblematic of the challenges facing many states and the patients who are caught in the crossfire of political and legal battles surrounding the issue.

Representing the anti-marijuana stance is Cherrie Brady, a community advocate on a mission to completely repeal the medical marijuana laws in her state. Relying on facts and figures that are questionable at best, she rallies forces and applies political pressure for change amongst the Montana legislature. On the pro-cannabis side, Tom Daubert is a lawyer and lobbyist who was instrumental in the original creation of Montana’s medical marijuana laws.

It’s hard not to see through the attempts by Brady to characterize the patients in Montana as “old hippies” and children of “old hippies” – clearly utilizing stale stereotypes to support her argument. Brady also contends that the implementation of Montana’s medical marijuana laws resulted in increased recreational usage amongst teens. Richman Cohen presents research in the movie that clearly refutes this premise, though some of the key findings and figures were sadly not available during the debates in the Montana legislature.

While Daubert made compelling arguments against repealing Montana’s laws, he found himself caught in a bit of a conflict of interest, or at least a perceived one, as he partnered in a business venture to grow cannabis within the new laws he helped to create. While he was nearly successful in preventing the demise of Montana’s marijuana laws (the governor initially vetoed the attempted repeal), political maneuvering eventually resulted in a “veiled repeal” of the law. Essentially, the law was stripped down to prevent anyone from being paid for the cultivation of cannabis. In doing so, the result was the demise of nearly all of Montana’s legal growing operations.

The movies title Code of the West refers to a bill that was also being considered at the time in the legislature which attempts to apply traditional old-west style common sense logic to the governing of Montana. While the tie-in to the “Code of the West” bill is a creative touch, it felt a bit underplayed and the tie-in felt like it could have been expanded on a bit further.

Richman Cohen does a laudable job in putting a human face on the patients who rely on cannabis as medicine, though this could have been expanded on further. Especially moving is the highlighting of Lori Burnam, a cancer patient who had outlived her quoted life expectancy while eschewing the traditional opiates and stronger medications she had originally been prescribed. In the end, Burnam is unable to continue utilizing cannabis as a result of the modified laws, and is forced to utilize morphine again, lamenting the negative effects of the drug and her inability to function normally while in a morphine-induced state. Tragically, Burnam passed not long after the movie was made, and it’s hard not to wonder if the result would be the same had she been able to continue the cannabis treatment that even her physician approved of.

Code of the West is worth watching, even if it felt like there were some missed opportunities. There is some interesting drama as the opposing factions present their arguments to the Montana legislature. Especially dramatic is the nature by which the governor vetoes the original attempt at repeal by vetoing it with a branding-iron in front of the state capital. Given the current state and similar battles being waged in other states, the movie clearly delineates the challenges of making legal at a state-level something still very much illegal federally. Perhaps the most chilling aspect of the documentary is the sweeping federal raids on medical cannabis grow centers in Montana that just happened to coincide with the debate happening in the legislature. It’s an overall satisfying movie, even if watching legal and political wrangling can get a bit dry at times. It would have been nice to see more personal focus on some of the patients (ironically the opposing factions openly speak of the importance personal stories play in the legislative debate). Having said that, patients like Lori Burnam were well portrayed and fairly effective at showing just how sad it can be when sick people get caught in the middle of a political battle like the one debated in the Montana legislature.

Author: Rebecca Richman Cohen
DVD Review by: Xlr8 – 420 Magazine Staff Writer
Purchase Here: Code of the West

Review of the Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer Provided by Vaporizers.net

The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer turns all of your favorite cannabis strains into concentrated aroma and flavor that I can only compare to eating ice cream or candy! I pick up the remote control and set the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer to 400° Fahrenheit to vaporize all of the cannabinoids and aroma into condensed vapor. I let the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer warm up for 10 minutes prior to use to ensure the vaporizer’s warm air is heated enough to immediately vaporize the ground up cannabis in the glass cyclone bowl where the cannabis sits to produce the densest vapor. I preferred using the balloon kit instead of the 3′ whip kit as the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer can fill the balloons in minutes and can be inhaled at your leisure.

I have found that vaporizing highly resinous cannabis grown under LED light panels the Arizer Extreme Q can produce 6-7 dense bags of vapor per refill of the cyclone bowl. I use the glass stirring tool to stir up the cannabis loaded in the cyclone bowl between vaporizer balloon inflation. I Have also learned the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer when vaporizing resinous cannabis should have the top dome screen cleaned every 2-3 refill of the cyclone bowl for maximum vapor density. The quality of the vapor produced from resinous cannabis in the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer is dense enough to cause you to cough. All of the flavors and aromas are condensed into a thick and dense vapor that for the first time allowed me to truly taste all the the cannabis strains that I grow as they truly are without all of the green leaf tastes that come from smoking. The aroma of the dense cannabis vapor created by the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer is like a condensed perfume of all of the wonderful cannabis scents for each individual strain that you vaporize.

Pros:

  • The remoter control for the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer is intuitive and very easy to use to control the vaporizer with one hand and set the balloon back on or to remove the glass from the short whip end with your other hand.
  • The glass attachment for the short whip end and glass balloon can easily be cleaned with 90% isopropyl rubbing alcohol to remove the cannabis oil that accumulates on the glass parts.
  • The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer provides both a balloon kit and a 3′ whip kit for use.
  • Whip style vaporizing with the 3′ whip kit.
  • The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer produces vapor dense enough to stick the balloon together like scotch tape, when you notice the speed that the vapor is produced at in the balloon lengthen consider replacing the balloon.
  • The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer will heat your cannabis to -1° and +2° Fahrenheit from the temperature you set.
  • The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer can produce very dense vapor!
  • The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer has a lit display and LED’s that show you if the fan, timer and heating element is is on.
  • The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer has a very convenient light that illuminates the vaporizer in the dark so it is easy to find.
  • Can display temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius.
  • THe Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer comes with its own potpourri warming dome serving double duty with scent control.
  • The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer has many replacement parts available from the manufacturer Arizer.
  • Easy to use timer to set on time for the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer is adjustable.
  • Comes with its own power adapter.
  • Optional Arizer Extreme Q Rechargeable Portable Power Pack available from manufacturer Arizer making the Arizer Extreme Q portable.
  • I also noticed a persistent cough cleared up when I began to use the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer with the greatly reduced amount of smoke that I inhaled where I inhaled dense vapor instead.
  • I would recommend the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer to anyone who wishes to improve the respiratory health and avoid inhaling smoke.
  • I would recommend vaporizing with the Arizer Extreme Q to anyone who wishes to have a reliable home vaporizer.
  • I would recommend the Arizer Extreme Q to anyone who is new to cannabis and does not want to begin smoking or to anyone who wishes to stop smoking cannabis but still medicate themselves.
  • The experience of vaporizing with the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer was like eating ice cream or candy flavors and aromas from the same cannabis that I was only able to get hints of the strains or phenotypes individual characteristics smoking. Vaporizing is something that everyone must try at least once in their life to enjoy the most from their self grown cannabis medicine.

Cons:

  • The dome screens in the ends of the glass ends require frequent cleaning to produce consistently dense vapor.
  • The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer does take more then 5 minutes warm up time to produce the densest vapor.
  • The screen in the cyclone bowl must be hand formed to fit as you would normally fit a screen in a pipe and can be flipped over when stirring with the glass stirring tool.

“The Redesigned and Re engineered Arizer Extreme with a focus on even higher quality, improved performance and longevity! Too numerous improvements to mention, 27 upgrades in all! Here are some of the improvements listed on their website.

  • New Quiet Fan
  • New ‘Midnight Chrome’ Finish.
  • Cooler, more compact design.
  • Now with THREE Year Warranty.
  • New clear view LCD Screen,
  • Now with ‘fast heat’ ceramic heading.
  • Precise temperature control, now with triple heat sensors.
  • Redesigned with Solid State Circuitry.
  • 50% more energy efficient.
  • SAME (Introductory) PRICE !
  • 77% Quieter than our previous version!

You will receive:

  • Warming unit and power adapter
  • 2 x Glass Cyclone Bowls
  • 1 x Glass Potpourri Dish
  • 1 x Potpourri Sample
  • 1 x Screen Pk (Contains 1 flat/1Dome screens)
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 2 x Interchangeable/Replaceable Glass Whip Mouthpieces
  • 1 x Glass Stirring Tool
  • 1 x 3 Foot Whip
  • 1 x Mini Whip
  • 2 x Balloons/Bags with Glass Balloon Mouthpieces & O-Rings
  • 1 x Owners Manual”

“Take your vaporizing experience to the extreme with Extreme Q Vaporizer. This is the second generation of the Extreme Vaporizer – building off the quality, reputation, and popularity of the first. This device is unique in that most of its major components are made of borosilicate glass, which is deemed high quality and one of the strongest glass types in the world. While other vaporizers use plastic, aluminum, metals, Teflon, or even wood, Extreme Vaporizer uses glass because the material is naturally inert, preventing build up of toxins and facilitating production of smoother and tastier vapor.

You would surely appreciate the temperature screen of this product. Extreme Q Vaporizer’s aesthetic LCD display facilitates precision, clearly indicating preset and actual temperatures. There are even indicators for timer and fan speed. Extreme Vaporizer allows switching of temperature readings between degree Fahrenheit and Celsius.

The vaporizer’s upright cyclone bowl is described by most observers and reviews as simply the best bowl contained in any vaporizing product in the market today. Aside from being manufactured from borosilicate glass, Extreme Vaporizer’s bowl is strategically of perfect size, facilitating even distribution of heat, for a more efficient and effective vaporization and release of herbs’ potency and full aromatic flavor. This component, along with the equally excellent ceramic heater, makes vaporizing an ideal experience.

Use a balloon or a whip. Utilize the supplied balloon to inhale the vapor right at your own pace. The balloon could be easily detached from the unit so you could easily share the vapor to other people. Of course, there is an alternative: the whip, which is long enough and is made of medical/food grade tubing to assure smoother, cooler, and tastier vapor.

What’s more? The Extreme Vapor comes with a remote control, so you could just sit back comfortably on the couch and inhale the herb at your own pleasure using the provided whip. The remote control enables manipulation and adjustment of temperature, timer, fan speed, and more. Be amazed at its nine preset settings for temperature control.

Enjoy all these extremely good features by adding the vaporizer to your cart now! As further value add-ons, be ensured of excellent insulation system of the device for greater safety. The Extreme Vaporizer is even multi-purpose; you could use it as a steamer, an essential oil diffuser, an aromatherapy device, and a potpourri warmer, aside from as a vaporizer. You surely would easily assert the price tag is just reasonable. Plus, there is an automatic lifetime warranty for the ceramic heater.”

I would highly recommend the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer as a reliable home vaporizer that will produce many balloons of dense vapor from your resinous cannabis maximizing the medicinal effects of your cannabis and minimizing the amount of smoke that you inhale unnecessarily.

Review By: KingJohnC – 420 Magazine Product Reviewer
Purchase The Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer Here: Vaporizers.net

The Herbalizer: Table Top Vape Review By Doc Bud

It seems like I am always coming face to face with my limitations as a writer. For example; trying to express how much I like this vaporizer in printed word is proving to be a very difficult task.

Let me start by saying that this wonderful appliance has improved my enjoyment of legal, medicinal cannabis tremendously. There are many features that we’ll discuss below, but the single best feature of this vaporizer is the precise temperature control, which guarantees the hot air flowing over the material in the chamber is exactly the temperature the display is reading. This is what sets this vaporizer in a category of its own. The rest of the features are just convenient, cool and fun.

The packaging of this product is excellent and there were zero issues with shipping. The Herbalizer has a storage area that is pre-stocked with the following:

  • Aromatherapy oil
  • Dried Mint leaves
  • Metallic screens for concentrate use
  • Brush for cleaning the chamber between uses
  • Herb storage container
  • Mini “Cheese grater” for grating flowers down to perfect vaping size

All of the above items are stored securely in their own area in the upper half of the shell.

The lower half of the shell features a whip storage area and the main controls for the vaporizer. Due to the clamshell design, the Herbalizer packs up very well and fits perfectly into a small carry-on suitcase packed for a long, romantic weekend at a resort or some dreadful corporate retreat. Vaporizing is not smoking and leaves no odor or stains behind.

A person can use the unit in aromatherapy mode, (Hot Box Mode) which puts out a timed, constant stream of vapor, or in vapor therapy mode, which is the way most people use the unit for medicinal cannabis.

A small on-board computer, simple buttons and a nice display makes operating the unit intuitive. Plug the unit in and it powers on. Press the “VaporTherapy” button and the temperature of the vapor is clearly seen on the screen. The temperature is easily adjusted up and down by using the “plus” and “minus” buttons , both of which are clearly displayed. That’s really all you need to know to operate the vaporizer.

The herb chamber is magnetic which makes it easy to take on and off the Herbalizer. It is also coated with a silicone ring which keeps fingers from getting burned. A quick, easy twist is all it takes to open the chamber, clean it and load it with your favorite herbal material.

The quality of vapor this machine puts out is unsurpassed. Vaporizing is a simple matter of drawing precisely heated air over plant material which brings oils to their vapor point which liberates terpenes and cannabinoids, which are then drawn into a person’s lungs. This is a medically safe process that has no negative effects on lung tissue. Vaporizing is the healthiest manner to ingest medicinal cannabis into the lungs and the Herbalizer does this as good or better than the next best vaporizer on the market. The herbalizer isn’t the only device on the market that can produce clean healthy vapor, but it does produce the highest quality vapor possible.

You can use dry herb or concentrates; the Herbalizer will turn either one into premium vapor in no time at all.

All of that is well and good. However, as I alluded to at the beginning of the article, there is a very unique aspect to this appliance that is a game-changer, in my opinion.

It is the easy and precise ability to control temperatures from 290 to 445 degrees that sets this vaporizer apart from and above the other high-end table top vaporizers.

The herbalizer accomplishes this important function by varying current to a special lightbulb for the heat source, and by employing a temperature probe that measures the hot air being drawn over the material being vaped. The other vaporizers on the market might measure the temperature of the heating element, or the temperature of the air near the heating element, but the Herbalizer measures the exact temp of the air that is actually doing the vaporizing.

This feature changes everything!

I’ll tell a little personal story about my recent use with the Herbalizer that will hopefully allow a reader to understand just how much of an improvement in medicinal cannabis delivery this appliance can be.

It is a fact that various terpenes and cannabinoids vaporize at different temperatures. Dried leaf material catches on fire and burns at about 451 degrees, but some terpenes in cannabis resin begin to vaporize below 200 degrees, and on the way up we find that the cannabinoid THC changes state to vapor at 318-340 , CBD at 320 to 356, with CBN hitting at 365.

So, I took one of the four balloons that are standard equipment with the Herbalizer , pressed the “assist” button, which turns on a small fan that blows air through the vaping material and filled up the balloon with 300 degree air and set it aside. It had a nice, light visible vapor with lovely flavor. This bag included mostly terpenes and very little, if any of the cannabinoids.

Then, I bumped the temperature up to 318 degrees let the Herbalizer “boil off” all the THC without a balloon attached to the the Hebalizer. This took about 40 seconds. It is suggested by the manufacturer that a person should continue to vaporize THC up to 340 degrees to eliminate all of it.

After the THC was largely vaporized away, I again increased the temperature up to 400 degrees and filled up another bag with all the un-vaporized terpenes and cannabinoids left in the sample, which were largely CBD and CBN. Combining the “early” vapor, which has a calming, uplifting effect with the CBD/CBN vapor created the most relaxing, effective dose of medical cannabis that I ever experienced, and believe me, I’ve had plenty of medical cannabis in my day!

The very slight cognitive impairment felt with the above cocktail vanished in under twenty minutes. However, I was left with the most uplifting and happy sensation, coupled with very relaxed muscles and absolutely no joint pain at all. I felt more flexible within minutes of consuming two custom blended bags of terpene/CBD/CBN vapor.

This is nothing like being stoned!

This was a unique experience for me and opened up an entire new vista of “vapor cocktail” creation and enjoyment. A person could strive for an all CBD cocktail, or they could try to isolate THC and concentrate that aspect of the terpene/cannabinoid profile if that is the desired effect.

If a person finds themselves stuck in a hotel room for a weekend sales training and motivation seminar, they can always opt to merely turn the Herbalizer up to 395 and ingest all the vapor and just get high. There’s no need to get technical every time a person uses the Herbalizer, but the ability to customize dosage is an incredible feature.

In a sense, the Herbalizer has the ability to take any strain of cannabis and create a high THC, or high CBD cannabinoid profile via vapor extraction. It is not as critical to obtain high CBD cannabis as raw material, as normal cannabis also has CBD which can be isolated and concentrated with the Herbalizer.

I could go on and on about the convenience of the features and accessories that are included with the Herbalizer. Let me just say that this machine literally comes with everything a person needs to vaporize medicinal herbs and oils….it even comes with mint and an essential oil blend, both of which are delightful.

Every accessory has its own storage area. The cheese grater fits perfectly over the herb storage container and both pack away safely in the upper shell of the vaporizer. Little parts and pieces won’t get lost or left behind this way. This unit was designed by some very clever engineers, and the quality of construction and intelligence in the design comes through loud and clear.

Instant heat, precise temperature control, a carefully chosen panoply of tools and accessories, intuitive operation, sleek easy design and unsurpassed quality of vapor production are the hallmarks of the Herbalizer.

As far as this writer is concerned, the Herbalizer sets the standard for medical vaporizers. There is simply nothing on the market that combines all these features along with exquisite vapor production in a convenient package….nothing except the Herbalizer.

No review would be complete without mentioning negatives or suggesting improvements, so I’ll mention the only negative aspect of this machine:

The whip separates from the unit too easily. That’s all. You just have to be careful it doesn’t come off, especially if you stretch it while using it, which often happens when sharing with another person. This small issue might not be universal with all the Herbalizers, but it was the only “downside” to mine.

A suggestion for improvement on future models would be to include a multiuser/whip function with a larger vapor chamber, and possibly include some pre-programmed cocktail sequences for users who aren’t cannabis geeks and who may not have memorized vapor points for various terpenes and cannabinoids.

But these are small things! The simple fact of the matter is the Herbalizer sits on top of the growing vaporizer market and reigns supreme as the most effective medical cannabis device in existence at this time.

Well done Herbalizer! You have created a godsend for medical cannabis users and have increased the quality of life for what I hope are hundreds of thousands of people.

Bravo Herbalizer! Two green thumbs up on this one!

Book Review by: Doc Bud – 420 Magazine Product Reviewer
Purchase the Herbalizer Here: Herbalizer – Vape Like a Boss