The DIN: A Doctor’s Dangerous Safety Net

The DIN: A Doctor’s Dangerous Safety Net

I work at a Cannabis Clinic that follows all of the rules.  Our Doctors get paid through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (aka OHIP) to assess patients only after copious amounts of supporting documents are received.  Heck, sometimes I think we ask for more just to ask for more!

This is because our Doctors are also overly scrutinized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (aka CPSO).  Capping THC and limiting grams per day keeps them on their toes and ever-aware that they’re risking their license to help strangers use a plant.

A friend has been going through a stressful time at work.  Depression is ever close at hand in times like these so he went to his Doctor for help.  His Doctor couldn’t see him, so another stepped in. She gave him Clonazepam for immediate effect.

Immediate effect or immediate addiction?

What’s more curious is this friend hadn’t been to the Doctor this one replaced in 25 years.  There was no relevant medical history, no supporting documents to prove diagnosis or need for medication at all, and she gave him one of the most addictive, sedative, and damaging meds created.


If this guy came to my Cannabis Clinic, he would never have been booked for an assessment.  We’d make a file for him and we’d send requests for information to his Doctor, but no visits means no treatment notes, no medical history at all.  To be prescribed medical Cannabis you need relevant medical history and a clear diagnosis even though by toxicity cannabis is safer than water.

What’s the difference between Clonazepam and Cannabis?  A Drug Identification Number or DIN.

The DIN is the medical industry’s way of identifying drugs.  To get a DIN, the drug has to go through rigorous testing and studies so that its effects, side effects, and contraindications are known.

So she knew Clonazepam is highly addictive, and that still didn’t deter this Doctor from prescribing it to my friend.  Why is that? Because with that DIN all she has to say is that the patient needed an anxiolytic, which means it treats anxiety.  The DIN protects the Doctor and the Pharmacist goes over risks and contraindications.  Easy-peasy.

The DIN is a dangerous safety net that allows too many of us to be harmed and addicted to meds that do no good.

Cannabis on the other hand doesn’t have a DIN and if you talk to most Doctors outside of the Cannabis industry, they’ll tell you there are no studies.  Absolute nonsense.  Humanity has been doing a Cannabis study for the past 5000 years.  And guess what?  By toxicity, Cannabis is the safest medication known to man.

Then why the fiery hoops?  Why do the Cannabis-curious have to prove diagnosis, list past meds, and give a urine sample to be given permission to try this uber safe plant while my friend got a highly addictive benzodiazepine that is incredibly difficult to withdraw from?

When you’re stressed and on the verge of the dark hole of depression, you’re like a hungry Sunfish biting at any therapy thrown at you.

But who questions the white-coats?

We do, every single day through search engines and family friends, online forums and support groups.  As a member of this pack I feel that we are obligated to warn our fellow human about medications like this, and share the good news about Cannabis.

Lastly, only we can change Canada and these archaic prescribing mindsets.  When Cannabis was mentioned my friend says the Doctor acted like she didn’t hear him.  She could have prescribed him Cannabis and capped his THC at 10%, recommending high CBD and 1:1 strains only.  But the evil you know is better than … a plant that has never killed anyone I guess and it’s because of that stupid DIN.

Write your MP and your MPP and demand respect, research, and better access for Cannabis-curious Canadians.


Published at Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:25:38 +0000

Shocker! New Study Finds That Cannabis Users Are Happier And More Successful

Shocker! New Study Finds That Cannabis Users Are Happier And More Successful

Shocker! New Study Finds That Cannabis Users Are Happier And More Successful


The days of the typical lazy, couch-locked, dumb, and unproductive stereotypes are quickly fading away.  

New research from BDS Analytics certainly proves this. The study, the first of its kind, analyzed cannabis consumers as well as abstainers, all coming from different backgrounds including financial factors, social, and mental attitudes. The researchers studied the participants’ level of satisfaction with life, and took into account their attitudes on parenting. They also studied employment data, their enthusiasm for spending time out

The survey, entitled, Cannabis Consumers are Happy Campers used widespread data from the two most prominent states in the country when it comes to cannabis legalization and consumption: California and Colorado. Two thousand subjects in both states participated in the study, while ensuring that 1,200 of them used cannabis over the last 6 months. In the Golden State, the findings revealed that 20% of cannabis users graduated with a master’s degree, while it was 12% for those who didn’t want to use the plant.

Consumers were also found to have a significantly higher household income ($93,800), while abstainers took home just $70,000. Colorado revealed similar results, as 64% of cannabis users had full-time jobs, while just 54% of abstainers had full-time jobs.

When it came to parenting, consumers were also more likely to welcome parenthood, which also disproves the typical stoner stereotype of avoiding responsibilities. In California, the researchers found that 64% of participants have already started raising families of their own, while it was 55% for abstainers.

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Overall Life Satisfaction

The researchers found that almost 5 in every 10 consumers in Colorado agreed that they are happier with their lives today compared to a year ago. For abstainers, only 4 out of 10 said the same.

The findings in terms of social activity and healthy habits were also interconnected; 36% of Colorado consumers referred to themselves as “very social people” while just 28% of abstainers described themselves as social. Users in both states also said they significantly enjoyed outdoor activities.

Consumers also tended to volunteer more; 38% of users in California spend their time helping the less fortunate or have causes. In contrast, just 25% of abstainers said that they engage in volunteer work.

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Feedback From Linda Gilbert

Linda Gilbert, who heads the consumer research division at BDS, said that “Cannabis consumers are far removed from the caricatures historically used to describe them.”

One theme that clearly emerges from the research is the overall healthy well-being of cannabis consumers… when compared to ‘acceptors’ (people who do not consume cannabis but might consider it) and ‘rejecters’ (people who do not consume cannabis and would not consider it),” says the report.

According to Gilbert, she expected to see an equal number of consumers who turned to cannabis for medical purposes although the findings in this area also surprised her. “It actually ends up that a lot of consumers claim to use cannabis for self-care” instead of traditional medical reasons, she says. “These are likely the same people who use supplements or eat organic and vegetarian foods.”

Gilbert also noticed significant differences among responses from participants in both states, which she thinks is “reflective of the maturity of the legal market” in Colorado. Participants from Colorado were less likely to blame cannabis as a factor for mental illness, or the use of other addictive drugs; while that kind of thinking is still prominent in California. Volunteers from Colorado also shared the same sentiment in the sense that they think cannabis legalization helped reduce crime while increasing revenue for the state.

“The thing everyone agrees on,” Gilbert said, “is that cannabis can impair your ability to drive, and that we need tests to determine if you are driving under the influence.”

Gilbert also adds, “The aim is that this will eventually be a national study…. I hope and expect that ten to twenty years from now, this study will still be continuing.” 

We certainly now have reason to believe that cannabis consumers are actually among the most successful and well-adjusted members of society, based on the findings of this study. We sure hope the anti-legalization camp gets their hands on this study and changes their minds – which can contribute significantly to legalization.








Published at Sat, 17 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Listen: Country music has a new cannabis anthem

Listen: Country music has a new cannabis anthem

Greta Gaines didn’t intend to write a country cannabis anthem–or record an album, for that matter.

But the six songs comprising her new album “Tumbleweed,” available today on iTunes, poured out over a two-week period last fall as an act of post-election artistic activism, Gaines told The Cannabist.

“I felt helpless, so I turned to music, the only touchstone in my life capable of ameliorating the pain I was experiencing as a patriot,” she said. “I was struck by deep pains of nostalgia, so each song is like a Polaroid of a different place in time.”

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Country artist and marijuana advocate Greta Gaines’ new album “Tumbleweed” includes bonus track “Light it Up.” (Courtesy Big Air Records)

Opening track “Tumbleweed” flashes back a care-free childhood; “Begin Again” recounts a breakdown experienced while hiking deep in the woods; “Sweet William” channels a bygone era of Americana; “Heal Me” celebrates cannabis as lifesaving presence.

Whereas the first six songs on the album were written from a subconscious place, bonus track “Light it Up” is a cannabis anthem that is conscious and very much in the present, Gaines explained.

“I wrote it with ‘This Land is Your Land’ on my mind,” she said.

Gaines will donate all proceeds from sales of “Light it Up” to cannabis non-profits National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Patients Out of Time and Tennesseans United.

Though Nashville resident Gaines is “an activist at my core” and a member of the NORML Advisory Board, she hadn’t previously written a song overtly advocating cannabis legalization.

But the Trump administration’s stance on marijuana and the rhetoric of Attorney General Jeff Sessions inspired her to take a stand.

“This horse is out of the barn,” she said. “Across the country, Americans are using cannabis, and I wanted to write about that–this movement is happening and you can’t tell us how to light it up.”


Published at Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:30:27 +0000

The Lowdown on Nevada’s New Marijuana Laws

The Lowdown on Nevada’s New Marijuana Laws

Nevada is nearing the expected July 1st start date for it’s newly passed recreational/adult-use marijuana program and regulations.  Seemingly, cannabis advocates and consumers walked away from this year’s legislative session with more ups than downs, despite the social cannabis consumption bill not passing.

A recent article from RJG goes over many of the new regulations, including taxes, edibles, DUIs, and previous convictions.

Starting in July, all marijuana — both medical and recreational — will be taxed 15 percent at cultivation, and only recreational marijuana will be sold with a 10 percent sales tax.

Medical marijuana currently is taxed 2 percent at cultivation, 2 percent at production and 2 percent at sale.

“What’s important Is that you’re creating that delta between medical and recreational costs – it’s keeping the cost down for medical,” Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks, who sponsored the tax bill.

Revenue collected from the cultivation will be funneled toward schools, and revenue from recreational marijuana sales tax will go towards the state’s rainy day fund.

“This is a brand new industry, we really don’t know (how much it will bring in),” Ratti said. “To have no services dependent on this money, I think it’s really fiscally responsible.”

This method of taxing is different from how Measure 91 rolled out in Oregon, where the taxes from ALL cannabis businesses are pooled together and then split between the various agencies/departments that the funds are allotted to.

In terms of how the new recreational/adult-use program will affect the already existing medical marijuana program in Nevada, legislators and advocates certainly seem to have considered medical patients in the new regulations.  Medical marijuana patient cards used to cost about $100 for a year.  They will cost about half that because background checks no longer are required, and cards will be good for 2 years.  The Nevada Department of Public Health will continue to issue the medical cards.


Published at Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:54:34 +0000

Family in Mexico Wins the Right to Import CBD for Medical Use

Family in Mexico Wins the Right to Import CBD for Medical Use

As Mexico approaches full legalization of medical cannabis and research, one company has been a driving force. HempMeds Mexico helped tell the story of Raul Elizalde and his 11-year-old daughter Grace: A family in Mexico wins the right to import cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil to treat Grace’s severe epilepsy.

The Elizalde family’s story spurred an April 28 vote by the Mexican Congress to legalize the use of cannabis for medical and scientific needs.

The bill, which overwhelmingly passed in a general floor vote with 371 in favor, seven against and 11 abstentions, will now be sent to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to be signed into law.

The senate’s vote on this law would have stalled if not for vocal advocacy by Elizalde and HempMeds Mexico, which is a subsidiary of San Diego-based Medical Marijuana, Inc. Elizalde’s daughter Grace lives with Lennon-Gastaut Syndrome. The Elizaldes are well-known proponents of medical cannabis; they sued the federal government and won the right to import cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil.

“This changed my life, my daughter’s life, changed life for all the family,” Elizalde recently told Pittsburgh’s Channel 4 News. Grace Elizalde once experienced hundreds of tremors daily. He founded the Por Grace Foundation in her honor as result of the benefits she is receiving from CBD hmp oil, and to supoort cannabis initiatives in Mexico to help other families.

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Raul Elizalde, the father of Grace Elizalde, and his family were the first in Mexico to sue the federal government and win the right to import CBD hemp oil to treat their daughter Grace’s severe form of epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaux Syndrome. Here, Raul speaks to Mexican legislators about CBD hemp oil.

After the Elizaldes’ victory, a legal precedent was set for other families in Mexico to gain access to CBD, including the Maldonado family. The Maldonado were granted the first-ever federal import permit from the Mexican government for a CBD oil made in the US called Real Scientific Hemp Oil-X (RSHO-X), for their 11-year-old daughter Aline.

Dr. Stuart Titus, CEO of Medical Marijuana Inc., (HempMeds is a Medical Marijuana Inc. subsidiary) explained, “HempMeds has furthered the dialogue in Mexico regarding cannabis in general. Having been the first approved company to legally import a cannabis based product in Feb 2016, we have continued to show our leadership role. HempMeds Mexico has been developed, adding to our HempMeds worldwide family of companies. We have sponsored and co-sponsored numerous events within Mexico regarding the legalization of cannabis (Mexico City, Monterrey, Tijuana) as well as sponsored doctor symposiums (Feb 2016, Oct 2016, Feb 2017). Additionally, we have had two favorable research studies performed by Doctors Aguirre and Garza regarding our products.  We look forward to another doctor educational event on medical cannabis and CBD this June 28th in Monterrey as well as additional research and study within Mexico in the near future.”

Real Scientific Hemp Oil-X became the first and only cannabis product allowed for import into Mexico from the United States in a decision by Mexico’s FDA, COFEPRIS.

Author bio: Jesse Carpender is a cannabis industry freelance reporter. When not covering the green rush, she’s managing a team of craft and food bloggers for a leading digital publishing platform.


Published at Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:58:21 +0000

Mama P’s Grinder: Build To Last – Expert Review

Mama P’s Grinder: Build To Last – Expert Review


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Our Verdict

If you are looking for high quality, an all American made grinder, and best results, the Mama P’s was built for you!  

Can I be honest with you? 

The best vaping experience doesn’t just come from your vaporizer.

You’ve heard the advice a million times,

You need to have the right accessories to get the best vaping experience.

If you are tired of making a mess when prepping your herbs, it’s time that you explore the Mama P’s Grinder.

Mama P is a brand known for its high-quality grinders that you can use for your vaping needs.

The company is a five-time cannabis cup winner and is popular for their award-winning products.

Mama P’s classic grinder received the 1st place for Best New Product at the High Times Cannabis Cup in Detroit in 2012.

Not only are Mama P’s grinders popular among random recreational cannabis users, their innovative products have also received praises from the medical community as well.

They’ve won the 2012 Los Angeles Medical Cannabis Cup for the Mama P’s Wholesome Grinder.

Apart from the different grinders, they are also known for other cannabis related products.

They are the makers of the first only magnetic lighter. They also have water pipes, and pollen presses to name a few. What this means is that they have the ability to create out-of-the-box ideas using high-quality materials and craftsmanship.

Mama P is one of the brands that still manufacture their products in the US.

In fact,

They inspect each product no less than 10 times before it reaches circulation. Considered even by connoisseurs as one of the top companies in the US, Mama P implements top-notch materials on all of their grinders such using 100% aircraft grade aluminum on their products.

They also made it a practice to make use of a 60-micron titanium screen that ensures uniform sized herbs to pass through once the herbs have been churned by the grinders’ teeth.

The Good

There are a lot of positive things that can be said about Mama P’s as a company.

In today’s day and age wherein companies would most likely purchase from Alibaba and rebrand these items as their own product, Mama P took the effort to do their own research and build their grinders in the US.

And for this reason, they’ve been able to provide high-quality products above the usual products that you would see in the market.

They are also known for providing products that are known for their durability.

They’ve made products with high-quality materials including aircraft grade aluminum that can withstand a good amount of grinding sessions.

Also, Mama P specifically made their screen replaceable and easy to clean. Made not of your typical stainless material but of titanium, you can take it out whenever it already becomes messy.

And if you are the type who is taking cannabis for medical reasons, might as well pair your high-end vaporizer with a Mama P’s grinder.

The Bad

There are not a lot of bad things that we can say to a multi-awarded company that brought us some of the best grinders in the business.

So what are the things that customers usually don’t like about Mama P’s grinders?

If there is anything that the company can improve on, let’s take a closer look at the price. Yes, their grinders are more expensive than your average grinders.

However, let’s admit that you pay for what you get.

As a multi-awarding company that produces grinders that can surpass any of its competitors, you just can’t expect anything cheap from this company.

Design and Performance

Classy, durable, and efficient are just some of the things that can describe the usual Mama P products that you see in the market. The design of each grinder is known for its durability given that the company made use of the very same aluminum used on aircraft. It is said to have all the elements of what an all American made product is all about.

In terms of its performance, it offers precision by providing the right sized herbs for each user.

And if you think that they are simply offering the usual herb grinders, they also have the likes of a 1-inch mini herb grinder. It can even be placed on your neck and fit your fashion statement.

If you are a fan of making the most out of your herb, Mama P doesn’t disappoint. The four piece grinders made by the company also has high-quality stainless steel mesh that allows you to maximize the kief for later use. It has 60-micron holes in order to make sure that only the finest excess goes into the compartment where the kief is stored.

Sharp diamond shaped teeth can efficiently grind down the herbs into small pieces. And as long as you are placing the ideal amount of herbs on the grinders, you can expect nothing but the high-quality output from Mama P grinders.


Maintenance is another thing that you will love about the medical grade Mama P grinders. Aluminum is not only a great option if you like grinders that can last the usual wear and tear; it is also an easy to clean material that guarantees the clean herbs for every session.

You can also remove the titanium screen for easy cleaning. And if it is time to replace the screen, you can easily get a new one preventing you from changing the entire grinder.

Different Types of Mama P’s Grinder

Mama P’s Classic Herb Grinder

The Classic Herb Grinder by Mama P is probably the most popular product that came from the company.

This product is a four stage herbal grinder that gives you the chance to enjoy not only the herbs that have been grounded but also the kief.

It offers an easy to clean and durable material that you can use for years.

In terms of performance, it is also easy to use the grinder. It is best known for its ergonomic design and even praised by people in the medical cannabis industry. It was made to function with minimal friction that caters to users that have mobility concerns.

The 60-micron screen filter made of titanium is also what makes the product a great choice. You can easily get a new one for this screen if it already needs replacement due to wear and tear.

Mama P’s Custom Two Color Herb Grinder

If you prefer grinders that are out of the ordinary, Mama P’s Custom Two Color Herb grinder is probably the best option that you can go for. It offers a chance for users to express their personality with these hand painted grinders. According to Mama P, this makes no two Custom Two Color Herb Grinders have the same design.

It isn’t just about the looks. It has been viewed by some of the most respected figures in the vaping industry including High Times Magazine and was even dubbed as the “world’s best grinder, period”.

The Neodymium magnets is a cool feature that holds the herbs in place, to make sure that everything is air tight inside the unit.

There are few interesting features that you rarely see from the other products:

It has an ashtray that can hold a pipe and Lighter mate lighter.

It also offers replaceable titanium screen. Making sure that you can simply get a new screen once it has been ruined or gets funky from regular use. And because of Mama P’s confidence to its product, it has a lifetime warranty.

Mama P’s Exclusive Color Herb Grinder

Mama P’s Exclusive Color Herb Grinder is another stand out product from the company. For starters, it makes use of the same aluminum used on aircraft. Similar to Custom two Color Herb Grinders, this product also has room for a pipe or a Lighter mate lighter.

It also offers smooth grinding operations and a removable titanium filter.

This filter can come in handy in its maintenance or when having a new screen.

And if you opt to use the herb grinder as your herb container they cover it too.

You can rest assure that its magnet can keep the materials air tight to maintain maximum freshness.

Final Verdict

In terms of reputation and products in the market, Mama P is undeniably among the best out there.

They provide the best grinders that caught the attention of vape enthusiast and even by medical cannabis industry users.

It says a lot that they have won many prestigious awards given to exceptional products for the medical cannabis niche.

Mama P Grinder is the perfect product if you are looking for:

  • An all American-made product
  • Great quality
  • Can produce the best results.

Unfortunately, their items don’t come cheap.

But is it really worth it?

If you are the type of vaping enthusiast who prefers the cleanest vape experience, consider their products as a good investment that can last for years.


Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:59:12 +0000

Vancouver Police on Cannabis Strategy

Vancouver Police on Cannabis Strategy

The Vancouver Police ignore Justin Trudeau’s insistence that arresting people for simple possession is eh-okay.

After all, what’s a “just society” got to do with it?

The law is the law is the law. Even though Justin Zoolander himself has smoked cannabis. He even had a brother who’s cannabis conviction disappeared thanks to nepotism.

So why do police charge for cannabis anyway? The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) have the motto “beyond the call,” which really speaks to what we expect from police in society.

The VPD have always prioritized other issues, and one quick stroll down East Hastings clearly shows why.

Vancouver’s hard drug epidemic make “illegal” cannabis shops look like play-doh dispensaries.

The VPD has for some time held the position that the criminal code is not an effective tool for enforcing cannabis prohibition.

And finally, the Liberals have listened and agreed. There are much better ways to control cannabis.

With fentanyl overdoses up 29%, it’s little surprise VPD reports show a drop in cannabis-related offenses.

But at the end of the day, when the Toronto Police want in at the Cannabis Culture Headquarters on East Hastings, the VPD are more than happy to oblige.

But for the most part, the VPD lay-off the cannabis users, perhaps because there are vape-lounges you can go to smoke. Perhaps it’s because skunks litter the lower mainland so if a cop smells you smoking a joint, you’ve always got a valid excuse.

But as the VPD has told the media and city council, there are only a finite number of resources available to the department, and so they choose to focus on more important matters, such as the fentanyl problem.

So, if the VPD were to get a massive 500% budget increase, we should expect them to prioritize other crimes, and since Justin refuses to decriminalize, that should, technically, include cannabis.

But until then, as Staff Sgt. Randy Fincham told the Georgia Straight, “we are also looking at a shift in society in the acceptance of the use of marijuana.”

It’s not always a good thing to have local police decide which laws to enforce and which ones to ignore, but sometimes it is. Sometimes there are social norms only a tight-knit community can comprehend and administer.

Law enforcement is not a homogenous blob that can be summed up in a civics textbook. It’s more like an array of capital and labour across time, each police department is within its own cell of unique, particular circumstances of time and place.

In other words, ignoring the price system demands a credible alternative and so far there hasn’t been one.

Hence, why policing services need a competitive pricing system. This may not be so evident in Canada with cannabis, but it certainly should be a pressing issue for the English and the Europeans who have been victims of terrorist attacks.

Policing and governing services provided in a free, competitive market are not limited by the technicalities of what government has provided (or has failed to provide) up to this point.

A free market system of security, of a fair interpretation and enforcement of laws, is fundamentally unpredictable in detail but can be conceptualized using economic truths.


Published at Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:03:32 +0000

Volcano Vaporizer Review: The Best Desktop Vaporizer in Today’s Industry

Volcano Vaporizer Review: The Best Desktop Vaporizer in Today’s Industry

There are two kinds of vape enthusiasts.

First, you have the recreational users.

These are the individuals who usually use the vaporizers to relax during their free time.

Then there’s the second type of users that make use of vaporizers medically.

In the past years, there are a growing number of people who are using their vaporizer as a medical device. With changes in legislation, you now have a growing market of medical cannabis users in need of vaporizers that can deliver THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.

But let’s admit it. Times have changed.

And no matter what type of vape enthusiast category you fit in, there’s a rise in the number of people looking for high-quality vaporizers.

And what do vape connoisseurs go for?

Vape connoisseurs look for excellent vapor experience regardless if it’s for a medical or recreational purpose.

But unfortunately, not all vaporizers can give you this.  Then, there’s the Volcano.

The Volcano vaporizer has changed the landscape of the vaporizer industry. It has set the bar of what vaporizers should look like and how it should perform. And it is the device that has successfully surpassed expectations since the early 2000s.

What’s The Volcano Vaporizer

The Volcano is a vaporizer made by one of the best vaporizer companies today, Storz and Bickel. It is the same German company that made the Mighty, Plenty, and Crafty. And over the years, Storz and Bickel kept the Volcano as the top product for both desk and portable vaporizers.

Despite the age of this model, The Volcano is still considered as the gold standard of vaporizers in the industry. The Volcano, over the years, has been known for its user-friendly design, durability, and great overall performance.

As for its appearance, it has a pyramid shaped construction for stability when placed on the table. Though you may hesitate to purchase the Volcano vaporizer,  mainly due to its hefty price tag, it is definitely something worth investing if you are a serious vape enthusiast. It’s one of those items that you simply can’t live without once you tried it.

What exactly makes it so special?

For starters, it is made of the best materials. It makes use of stainless steel and durable medical grade materials that ensure the cleanliness of its output. It is also the type of vaporizer that provides you with options whether you like using a balloon or a tube when vaping.

The vaporizer has been designed to reach an optimum temperature for vaporization. And an evidence of such is the clean taste that you get from the vapor. Though the device will be cycling on and off, you can guarantee that you are not getting off the optimum temperature zone with the Volcano. According to experts, you can expect that the device won’t be off by 5 degrees from the optimum temperature zone.

Also, the vaporizer offers options for different vaping preferences. It caters to both herbs and concentrates. And the good news is that regardless of what you actually prefer, both equally taste good on the Volcano vaporizer.

As mentioned earlier, the device can be attached to either balloon or pipe. And what exactly does it mean? Vaping enthusiasts can enjoy vaping alone, or they can even have a bag that can be passed around with friends.

Digital vs. Classic Volcano

By 2007, the Storz and Bickel decided to improve the Volcano by releasing a digital version of the superb vaporizer. Are you still trying to compare which one is better? Maybe, you haven’t decided yet whether or not you are switching from the classic analog Volcano to the digital version?

Here are some key differences that you need to know:

The first thing that you might notice about the Digital and the Classic Volcano is the price. The newer version is pricier than the already expensive Classic Volcano. If the Classic Volcano costs somewhere around the $500 range, you can expect the Digital version to be somewhere around the $600 to $700.

What makes the Digital Volcano much expensive than its predecessor?  One of the things that make the Digital Volcano better is precision. With its digital controls, you can input the exact temperature and get exactly the heat that you want for your herbs.

One of the things that make the Digital Volcano better is precision. With its digital controls, you can input the exact temperature and get exactly the heat that you want for your herbs.

Next, the Digital version also has a new and improved auto-shutoff feature just in case you forget that you are still using the device. This feature helps preserve the heating element and to save energy in the process.

Does it make the Classic an obsolescent version of the Volcano?

In truth, this isn’t really the case. The Classic Volcano works just fine. You can still expect high-quality sessions with the Classic version, it’s just that Storz and Bickel found a way to even improve the already impressive design of the Volcano. In addition to this, you will hear some connoisseurs to actually prefer the older version saying that the Classic Volcano is actually a much more dependable vaporizer because of its durability.

In case you’ve purchased the Digital version though, you have nothing to worry about since the warranty is going to cover for all of this.

For the additional $130 to shift from Classic to Digital Volcano, is it worth it?

In reality, for the slightest difference between the two Volcano Vaporizers, it isn’t really worth it. If you have the resources to burn, not to mention a taste for something hip, then, by all means, you should go for the Digital Volcano.

Easy and Solid Valve

Aside from the digital and the classic versions, you also have to decide whether you like the Solid or the Easy Valve version.

In case you are wondering which system suits you better, there are only main two points that you will need to consider.

One, do you want a maintenance free option? Second, do you like to save money? Unfortunately, you can’t choose both a maintenance-free and economical option when choosing between the Easy and Solid Valve Volcano Vaporizer.

Still confused on what to choose?

Let’s take a closer look at the solid and easy valve to know the pros and cons of both options.

The Solid Valve is made up of high quality and durable stainless steel and heat-resistant plastic. One of the perks of choosing solid valve is the customizable balloon size options. The Solid Valve offers a higher quality chamber and mouthpiece than the Easy Valve.

It is also the type of valve that will allow you to save a good amount of money on maintenance. However, you have to deal with the fact that you have to clean it regularly.

On the other hand, there’s the Easy Valve option. This system is best known for its maintenance free design perfect for people who simply want to vape and not worry about anything. However, though users save a lot of time from cleaning the vaporizer, it costs more yearly to have this system. It costs around $25 yearly in contrast to the $5 to $10 per year cost of Solid Valve.

How Does The Volcano Work?

What makes the vaporizer such a great device that produces the highest quality vapor?

If you are still wondering by now, Storz and Bickel simply did everything correctly.

For instance, they’ve offered a large heating area that allows the herbs and oils to get heated evenly. By the time you decide to use the device, what you get is a consistent vapor that feels perfect. And with excellent temperature control, you can guarantee that the material doesn’t get burned. And because of this, it isn’t surprising why The Volcano is used in some parts of the world as a medical device.

It is also a highly versatile vaporizer. Unlike other vaporizers that only allows you to stick to one type of vaping method, this vaporizer offers the best of both worlds.

Are you the type who shares his or her sessions with friends? Or are you the vaping enthusiast who loves warm vapor on your sessions?

This vaporizer offers both a balloon and a whip method.

Balloon method has become highly popular not only for people who shares his or her sessions but also for people who love to cool their vapor first. Once the balloon has been filled, you can take it out of the Volcano and latch the mouthpiece for your enjoyment. When using the balloon method, just make sure that you are not going to fill it up too full since it could burst.

To make the Volcano from filling the balloon, simply hit the green temperature button right in front of the vaporizer.

Also, make sure that you are taking out the ingredient chamber when you are not filling the balloon. If not, you can easily burn your entire supply. Though you don’t have to turn the system off, you still have to get the herbs and oils out in between sessions.

Whip method is another way to enjoy the Volcano’s exquisite vapor. Though it isn’t as good as the balloon method in terms of taste, it does offer some perks such as being able to control the vapor better. Also, if you are tired of passing the balloon to your friends, the Volcano allows up to 4 whip attachments all at once. In fact, you don’t need to also remove anything to enjoy your session.

Temp settings and how to use it?

The Volcano can be considered an extremely user-friendly vaporizer. Though it does look a bit intimidating at first, using the device even for the first time is quite a breeze.

To use the device, you need to press the heat button. Next, you will have to wait for around three to five minutes before the device reaches the temperature that you want for your sessions. If you are using the Classic Volcano, you can make use of the operating dial that ranges from 1 to 9. Each number represents a specific temperature. As for most users, they usually start getting the right taste once the setting hits 6.

On the other hand, if you are using the Digital version, the Digital Volcano has an LCD display that reads the preset temperature you are currently using for your session. To adjust the temperature, you will need to press the “+” and “-” buttons to get to the right temperature.

Of course, there are a number of things at play when it comes to the vapor quality that you are going to get from your device. From how fine you grind the herbs, to the type of herbs and oils that you use.

It is also worth mentioning that the Digital and the Classic version have different temperature spectrums. Though both can only go as high as 446°F, The Classic Volcano can only be set as low as 266°F while the Volcano Digital can dip as low as 104°F.

Does it make a huge difference? For most people, it really doesn’t matter since most users don’t go lower than 300°F to enjoy their sessions.

How exactly do you get the best results?

For starters, it is highly suggested that you pick the best quality herbs and oils. Next, you can start on lower temperature settings. Once you notice that you are not getting but hot air, you can then move the setting up by turning the temperature up slowly. This method prevents you from burning your material, not to mention you can also compare the vapor from different settings.


You probably won’t find a better vaporizer than the Volcano today. In fact, regardless if you prefer the digital or the classic version, it doesn’t really matter. The same goes which system you’d like to have whether you prefer the easy or the solid valve system.

Why use the vaporizer? Volcano provides the ultimate vaping experience that meets both the requirements of recreational and medical users. It is also compatible with both balloon and whip methods giving you different options to enjoy.

And though it is quite an investment, you pay for what you get. It is made of high-quality parts designed for serious vaping connoisseurs.


Published at Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:54:55 +0000

Vermont Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana for PTSD, Crohn’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

Vermont Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana for PTSD, Crohn’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

A bill expanding Vermont’s medical marijuana program has been signed into law by Governor Phil Scott.

Senate Bill 16 was signed into law yesterday by Governor Scott, following overwhelming approval in the state’s House and Senate. The measure expands Vermont’s medical cannabis program, including adding three new qualifying conditions; post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Crohn’s Disease and Parkinson’s diseasey.

Senate Bill 16 also doubles the number of medical cannabis dispensaries in the state from four to eight, increase the amount of cannabis a patient can possess to three ounces, and allow patients to grow cannabis at home even when they have a designated dispensary (which wasn’t previously allowed).

In addition, the new law allows dispensaries to advertise, waves the three-month patient-health care professional relationship requirement “when the patient is referred to a specialist who completes a full examination and signs the medical verification form”, allows patients and caregivers to cultivate cannabis at home even if they have a designated dispensary, allows dispensaries to become for-profit, and requires the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to “independently test marijuana-infused edible or potable products sold by a dispensary to ensure the appropriate labeling of the tetraydrocannabinol content.”

Cllick here for the full text of Senate Bill 16.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:11:21 +0000

Colorado toughens up on home grows, boosts funding for black market enforcement

Colorado toughens up on home grows, boosts funding for black market enforcement

Colorado may be the laboratory for testing adult-use marijuana regulations, but it doesn’t need to be the Wild West of cannabis legalization, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday.

Hickenlooper signed two bills that aim to both clamp down on the black market and rein in regulations to close loopholes spurring “gray market” activity.

“The whole point of legalizing marijuana is you don’t continue to have a black market,” Hickenlooper said.

Hickenlooper signed House Bills 1220 and 1221, which cap home-grow limits at 12 plants and allocate $6 million of marijuana tax revenue toward black market enforcement efforts, respectively.

Related: See which 2017 Colorado marijuana and hemp bills became law

Hickenlooper, who stood in the West foyer of the state Capitol and was surrounded by lawmakers and law enforcers, said the state’s previous home-grow limits of 99 plants for medical marijuana purposes effectively created “large-scale grow operations in people’s homes.”

“So by setting a limit of 12 plants per home, I think we’re protecting neighborhoods from violence often associated with illegal drug trafficking,” he said during the public bill-signing ceremony.

The 12-plant cap puts Colorado more in line with other states that have marijuana programs in place, and it also could hit at the heart of gray market activity, Hickenlooper said following the ceremony.

“But we know for a fact that people are pretending to grow medical marijuana and then exporting it to other states — not one, not two, many,” Hickenlooper told The Cannabist. “So we’re trying to tighten that loophole up.”

Colorado’s Amendment 64 approved by voters in 2012 allows an adult age 21 and older to cultivate up to six marijuana plants, with a maximum of three in a mature, flowering state. A number of municipalities, including Denver, already have set caps on the number of plants allowed in a residence, regardless of how many adults live there.

HB 1220 was amended to allow for medical marijuana primary caregivers with “exceptional circumstances” to have up to 24 plants, if they register with the state.

The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Rob Corry, a Denver-based marijuana attorney, told the Colorado Springs Independent earlier this week that he may file an injunction against the state’s new plant-count law.

That lawsuit will be filed in a matter of days, Corry told The Cannabist on Thursday.

“We’ve got bills here that are in direct conflict with the voters’ will in enacting Amendment 64 as well as the voters’ will in enacting (medical marijuana) Amendment 20,” Corry said.

Hickenlooper, when asked about the claims and potential suit, responded with: “Bring it on.”

“If he wants to sue us, he can sue us … that’s why democracy is so great,” he said.


Published at Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:39:44 +0000