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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


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

25 miles in Week 6: Ralph’s Cannabis Events and Dispensary Stops

25 miles in Week 6: Ralph’s Cannabis Events and Dispensary Stops

Cannabis Season Week 6 was a good one!

This week includes my appointment at Hanger Clinic regarding my custom molded orthotics and the Cannabis Industry meet up at Prism House.   I also continue with my Dispensary Tour, this week around the Beaverton area.  Here is how I walked 25.3 miles from Sunday May 14 through Saturday, May 20.

Sunday, 5/14/17, 1.0 miles. It was a quiet day at home, writing up my thoughts on last week’s wandering when Pedro texted me.  Flo accompanied me to the NW Cannabis Club where she became their newest member.  As she sat and read, Kevin Jodrey and I spent hours wrapped in a far-reaching conversation regarding his history, businesses, and thoughts of the future relative to cannabis.  Over many dabs of Jack Herer I learned much from one of the most experienced cannabis entrepreneurs in our time. I look forward to our next conversation.  And now Flo knows what the NW Cannabis Club looks like and will be able to accompany me there in the future.

Monday, 5/15/17, 7.5 miles.  Today I get to have the prosthetic in my shoe evaluated by the tech at Hanger Clinic, and wow did he do a great job.  Now I get to walk on it for a few days and see if it will work long term.  From Beaverton I take public transportation to arrive at Canna-Daddy’s on SE Division, almost 20 miles away.  I am going there to take advantage of another one of the REL vape pen $5 sales.  I arrive at the dispensary just after noon, two hours after they open, and they inform me that the sale items are not yet in their inventory, so they cannot sell one to me. After contacting Steve Gold (The Daily Leaf) about the issue, I wander westward, finally stopping in at The Green Remedy where I pick up a gram of Yerba Buena’s Silver Hawk flower.

Tuesday, 5/16/17, 0.8 miles.  One of the first things I do in the morning is to put on my eyeglasses.  It is all part of a morning ritual that has evolved over a lifetime.  This morning was a bit different because the left arm of my rimless titanium frames broke a centimeter from the left lens.  It is rather difficult to properly focus when your spectacles no longer provide the correct distances for the angles to work in your favor.  It took a short while, but I finally found a wonderful and competent technician to correctly weld the arm and provide an affordable short term solution.  For a long term solution, I am turning to my brother Clarke who has owned his own optical shop in Apopka (FL) for a few decades now and has graciously supplied eyeglass services to his family.

Wednesday, 5/17/17, 0.2 miles.  A cool and rainy day, which I will spend catching up on stuff around the house.

Thursday, 5/18/17, 9.6 miles.  Today I hit the road again on my 2017 Dispensary Tour.  

Oregon Bud Company – Since the budtenders at Oregon Bud Company indicated last week that they would be receiving some new flower this week, I decide to begin with them.  First, this is one of the few dispensaries which do not have an ID check-in before heading into the retail part of the store.  I am so glad that I wandered back in just to check out their Pineapple Trainwreck, testing at 32.1% THC.  And then there is their GG#5 at 27.7% THC.  I would also like to try out the Crème Royal, based solely on the wonderful odor of the terpenes.  Oh yes, that wafting aroma!

Growing Releaf – along with checking out flower, I like to check on the prices of OMMP edibles, since they are becoming harder to find on dispensary shelves, and the prices are all over the place.  Here I found the Squib 100 edibles are $14, one of the lowest prices I have found anywhere.  They also have the OLCC approved 50mg+/- Grön chocolate bars at $15 for medical card patients, which is one of the lowest prices I have seen for this.

Stash Cannabis Company – When you bring up this Dispensary on Leafly, it displays only “Overview” and “Reviews”.  However, if you Google search for them you find a Leafly menu which displays only 8 chemovars (strains).  [Today, 5/23/17, they display 10 chemovars.]  Stash has only a few of the extracts that have flooded other dispensaries, and maintains only a small number of edibles.

The Green Planet – they have moved two stores down from their old location and in so doing they have expanded their showroom to become a very large glass and pipe retail outlet, with cannabis as another facet of the retail experience.  The first strain I was shown is a Purple Hindu Kush by HGP, selling at only $9 a gram.  For this chemovar, the price is excellent.  I was also shown a Northern Wreck from 45th Parallel Farms, testing in at 30.7% THC, White Super Skunk by Cultivated Industries, and Sweet Meringue by Novik Industries LLC, which is one of the best looking flowers I have seen today.  I looked at some of the other offerings from Novik (I hadn’t seen any of their flower before today) and have them in my mind to see what else of theirs I can find over this summer.

Stone Age Farmacy – anyone following my blog will note that I included this dispensary among my 10 best.  Today they have 44 chemovars on their shelves; a wonderful abundance of choices for the consumer!  Many of their offerings are grown by Stone Age Gardens in south Oregon and are some of the frostiest flower I have seen (as are most of the offerings found in all of the dispensaries on my top ten list).  I asked to be shown a sample from each end of the spectrum as well as a balanced hybrid, and they didn’t disappoint.  I was offered:  Blue Dream (25.6% THC), as a sativa dominant flower; Beast OG (19.7% THC), as an indica dominant flower; and Cherry Bomb (19.9% THC) as the sweet tasting middle ground hybrid.  However, with so many choices on flower, I doubt that you could go wrong with throwing a dart and picking any flower on the shelf.  And, something that retired consumers may like, there is a public restroom within the dispensary.

Parlour Cannabis Shoppe – let me start right off by saying that they have 1oz bags of shake for $70 medical ($80 recreational)!  For those who are interested in making edibles (canna butter is really big in Oregon at this time) or rolling joints old-school, this is something that is absolutely wonderful to find.  I have only found a few dispensaries out of the nearly 200 in our area who keep bags of shake on the shelf, so it is important to let you know when I discover another one.  Today they have 24 chemovars on their shelves and showed me a beautiful looking Lavender Trainwreck (20.6% THC) and Shaolin Kush (25.3% THC), both from Mindful Organics.  The Shaolin Kush is so very loaded with calyxes that it almost appeared to have a white cast.  It is oh-so-yummy looking!  For me, this dispensary is the prime example of how I see Cannabis storefronts becoming mainstream.  This shop is located within a very nice strip mall at a very busy 6-way intersection, with its name right along every other business, as one good business neighbor to another.  If you find yourself near the Sesame Donuts at the intersection of Scholls Ferry Rd and Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, visit this dispensary.  You will not be disappointed, and you may need to buy more doughnuts.

Five Zero Trees West – the first thing I notice while they are confirming my IDs (for OMMP cardholders we turn over our driver’s license as well as our OMMP card), is that they have tie-dyed shirts for their dispensary.  This is right up my alley, as it would be for many old-school pot heads of my generation.  So they get an early point for that!  They also have public restrooms, so another point for that.  The shelves are fully stocked, with 5 CBD-heavy chemovars, 14 high shelf chemovars ($12/g), 21 regular shelf chemovars ($10/g), and 5 special chemovars ($8/g).  When asked to show me a few examples of the best flower in the shop, my budtender produced: Golden Cobra by Bull Run Farms; Key Lime Pie from Prūf Cultivar (among the best farms in Oregon, IMHO); Primate Adhesive [definitely not a Gorilla Glue, since that is a trademarked name]from Nelson and Co; and BB #3 also from Nelson and Co.  In addition to the flower, they create 1 gram pre-rolls from flower on each of the three pricing levels, yielding joints that also cost $8, $10, and $12 each.  And, just for fun, they create $6 one-gram pre-rolls from a mixture of flowers all from TJ Gardens (another of those top tier cannabis farms, IMHO).  These are a definite bargain for those that need to pick up a few party favors and would like nothing better than a hybrid time for very little money.

New Vansterdam Medical – do not be fooled; even though “Medical” is in the name, they have had their recreational license since April.  This is the first dispensary where I have found Busy Bee flavored RSO (74.5% THC, 6.1% CBD, 3.4% CBN), and at $35 a gram it is one of the best prices for RSO I have seen anywhere.  Another first for me is a product from Canavore called “Weekend Getaway Kit”.  According to the label, it includes 4 half-gram joints and one 15mg edible, all for $30 to medical patients.  Based solely on quantity, this is a fantastic deal, assuming that the quality is anywhere near Oregon normal.  When asked to show me their best buds from the 20 chemovars on the shelf, they opted for: Mindful Kush from Mindful Organics (it had many mature calyxes, indicating that it was not rushed during its flushing and drying cycles); Shaolin Kush #11 from Mindful Organics; and Forum Cut Girl Scout Cookies from Frost Farms.  These are three more examples of Oregon flower with which one cannot go wrong.

Friday, 5/19/17, 6.1 miles.  Hey, I woke up to the Daily Leaf’s notice of another $5 REL vape pen drop, followed closely by a notice that it would not happen until noon.  No problem, and thanks for the heads up!  So off I go to Cannabis Corner in Southeast Portland, across from Mt. Scott Park.  When I arrived at 1:30pm they were extremely busy, too busy to spend much time chitchatting with me.  I will visit again later in the summer for a Dispensary Tour visit.  From here I walk the mile to Deanz Greenz on Foster to spend some time with Steve from The Daily Leaf at a networking event.  Here I spend some time with the folks from WHO (Walking Happy Oil) where I win a new lapel pin for my hat as well as the guys from Novik Industries where I earn a free t-shirt for purchasing some of their flower at the dispensary.  Since it is such a nice sunny day, I head to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and walk the East Esplanade along the Willamette River, cross the Steel Bridge, and continue south along the west bank of the river to Tom McCall Waterfront Park.  I love walking this route, as it is both wonderful to view and provides some fantastic people watching.  Although the people might not be dressed as I remember the lovely ladies of my youth along the stretches of sandy beach in New Smyrna Beach, the spring and summer fashions along the river in Portland are quite spectacular for this old man.  As the afternoon wears on, I head to the NW Cannabis Club to enjoy the company of other like-minded folks.  And tonight is a special sesh (we are too lazy to say session – two syllables and all ☺) featuring samples provided by Clay Wolf, a local extract producer.  And oh, are they so very flavorful!  And smooth.  And potent!  I love my life!

Saturday 5/20/17, 0.1 miles.  Home, with Flo.  I feel as though I am the luckiest person in the world, living the luckiest life possible.  Until next week, peace out.


Published at Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:43:19 +0000

Exclusive: Sam Elliott and Nick Offerman toke up in dank drama “The Hero”

Exclusive: Sam Elliott and Nick Offerman toke up in dank drama “The Hero”

Filmmaker Brett Haley wrote the script for his latest film, “The Hero,” with two muses in mind: veteran character actor Sam Elliott and the marijuana strain Platinum Cookies.

Elliott stars as Lee Hayden, an over-the-hill Western actor exiled to voiceover work who smokes weed with his dealer Jeremy (Nick Offerman) and dreams of once and future on-film glory. When he’s diagnosed with cancer, Lee is forced to come to grips with his mortality, past sins and lost opportunities.

Platinum Cookies makes its silver screen debut in this exclusive clip shared with The Cannabist by Haley and entertainment company The Orchard, which bought the rights to “The Hero” following its 2017 Sundance premiere. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, June 9, followed by a national rollout beginning July 4.

(Provided by The Orchard)

“Platinum Cookies is an indica-sativa hybrid I came across in my travels,” Haley told The Cannabist. “It was a fun, chill weed — and I liked the name.”

The strain name’s cadence made sense for this scene introducing Jeremy as Lee’s only friend, Haley said.

“Platinum Cookies, the real good shit,” a stoned Lee deadpans in his gravelly drawl to Jeremy, as if in the voiceover booth. It’s the only scene in which the film’s hero seems to find joy in his iconic voice.

Marijuana keeps Lee in the clouds, disconnected from the reality of his lonely life and, now, his devastating cancer diagnosis, Haley said.

It also fuels his dreams — an imaginary film shoot that Lee flashes in and out of — where he grapples with past glories, missed opportunities and hopes for one last shot at his brass ring.

Haley has said that he wrote “The Hero” as a love letter to Elliott, who also starred alongside Blythe Danner in Haley’s 2015 film, “I’ll See You in My Dreams.” But after reading the script, the veteran actor was a bit surprised by the amount of marijuana his character smoked, Haley said.

“‘Can people really smoke this much?’” Haley recalled Elliott asking him. When Haley told him he knew people who smoked that much weed, Elliott responded: “‘If that’s how you want the guy, I’ll give it to you.’”

“And that’s just Sam,” Haley said. “His star is brighter than it’s ever been, and I loved writing for him and working with him.”

Despite death’s long shadow, “The Hero” doesn’t linger on Lee’s mortality. Instead, the aging movie star’s arc shows that legacy isn’t defined by movie roles or awards, but in one’s personal connections in this world. As Lee deals with his cancer diagnosis, he rediscovers romance when he meets Charlotte (Laura Prepon), a stand-up comic with “a thing for old guys.” He also begins an emotional reconciliation with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter).

Near the film’s conclusion, Lee is back in the sound booth, enduring yet another voiceover session; nothing has changed, yet Lee is a transformed man.

“Escaping in a film can also mean engaging in truthful, honest characters that make you think of your own life,” Haley said. “At the end of this film, I want people to say, ‘I’m glad I spent this time with Sam Elliott.’”


Published at Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:03:08 +0000

Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board Appointed!

Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board Appointed!

Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board Appointed!

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed the five members of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board. Under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Board is responsible for working with the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (within which the Board is housed) to promulgate the rules that will govern the medical marijuana industry in Michigan. Beginning this December, the Board will start accepting license applications, and will then oversee the licensing and regulation of industry participants. Governor Snyder’s press release follows:

Gov. Rick Snyder makes initial appointments to the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board

Friday, May 26, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the initial appointments to the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board established by the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.

Housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the five-member board was created to implement the system of licensing and regulation established under the act for marihuana growth, processing, testing, transporting and provisioning.

“This board will help provide the proper oversight of medical marihuana facilities to keep the public safe by ensuring proper health and safety standards are being met,” Snyder said.

Member with term expiring Dec. 31, 2018:

Nichole Cover of Mattawan is a licensed pharmacist and healthcare supervisor for Walgreens. She currently serves as chair of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and previously served as the Board’s representative on the Controlled Substance Advisory Commission. Cover holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University. She will represent Independents.

Members with terms expiring Dec. 31, 2019:

Serving as the nominee of the Senate Majority Leader is Rick Johnson of LeRoy, who also will serve as chair. He manages Common Cents Farm in LeRoy. Johnson was a state representative from 1998–2004, serving his last four years as Speaker of the House. Johnson holds an honorary doctorate of public service from Ferris State University. He will represent Republicans.

Serving as the nominee of the Speaker of the House is David LaMontaine of Monroe.  He is a business agent and executive board member for the Police Officers’ Association of Michigan. LaMontaine previously served in the United States Marine Corps, as a police officer in Hamtramck, and as a hostage negotiator and detective for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. LaMontaine studied employment and labor relations at Wayne State University. He will represent Republicans.

Members with terms expiring Dec. 31, 2020:

Donald Bailey of Traverse City recently retired as a sergeant for the Michigan State Police with 36 years of law enforcement and investigative experience. Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern Michigan University, attended the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy, and received a certificate from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Police Management, Staff, and Command. He will represent Republicans.

Vivian Pickard of Bloomfield Hills is the president and CEO of The Pickard Group consulting firm. She recently retired as director of public policy for General Motors and served six years as president of the General Motors Foundation, during which she managed all the company’s U.S. philanthropic donations. Pickard holds a bachelor’s degree in human services management from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. She will represent Independents.

After this round of initial appointments, subsequent members will serve four-year terms.

For further updates on the rulemaking process and development of Michigan’s industry, check back here with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog.


Published at Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Nevada Hemp Legalization Bill Signed Into Law by Governor

Nevada Hemp Legalization Bill Signed Into Law by Governor

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed into law a bill legalizing hemp.

Senate Bill 396 received unanimous approval in the Senate in April, and last month was approved by the full Assembly with a 34 to 5 vote. Now, it has been signed into law by Governor Sandoval.

Senate Bill 396 expands a current law that allows hemp to be grown in the state for research purposes by creating “a separate program for the growth and cultivation of industrial hemp and produce agricultural hemp seed in this State”; this would allow hemp to be grown for commercial – and not exclusively research – purposes.

The measure “requires a person who wishes to grow or handle industrial hemp or produce agricultural hemp seed to register with the Department [of Agriculture”, and “requires the testing of commodities or products made using industrial hemp by an independent testing laboratory”

The bill also “allows a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products and a medical marijuana dispensary to acquire industrial hemp from a registered grower or handler”, and “allows a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products to use industrial hemp to manufacture edible marijuana products and marijuana-infused product”.

Finally, the proposal “allows a medical marijuana dispensary to dispense industrial hemp and edible marijuana products and marijuana-infused products containing industrial hemp”, and  “requires the Division of Public and Behavioral Health of the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt regulations setting forth minimum requirements for industrial hemp which is used by a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products to manufacture such products or which is dispensed by a medical marijuana dispensary”.

Cllick here for the full text of Senate Bill 396

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


Published at Fri, 02 Jun 2017 22:41:01 +0000

What is Limonene?

What is Limonene?

What is Limonene?

lemonene cannabis terpenes

Your favorite citrusy strains have limonene, a terpene, to thank for their delicious aromas. Aside from lending cannabis strains a great tasting flavor, limonene also has several notable health benefits. In some strains, limonene also produces hints of rosemary and peppermint. Limonene is also found in fruit rinds, juniper, pine, mint, and rosemary. Limonene is also a primary component of lemon essential oil.  Plants evolved to produce limonene naturally because it has natural insecticide properties, helping plants ward off predators.

It’s also one of the most commercially valuable terpenes, since it’s also used in detergents and cosmetics. The presence of limonene in high or low doses within a strain is one of the things that influence the effect of a strain. Cannabis strains that have high levels of limonene are known to promote an uplifting and positive buzz. Limonene has very low toxicity which is why it’s widely used in food as well as in cosmetics and household products.

You can also obtain the therapeutic effects of limonene by consuming more citrus fruits and taking dietary supplements (D-Limonene in particular). Eating up to 2 servings of citrus fruits a day can provide you with around 40mg of limonene. If you are looking to consume limonene as a supplement to help treat a specific ailment such as one of those that are listed below, you can consume more as long as it doesn’t go above 3,000mg per day and together with meals. Lemon essential oils are also an excellent source of limonene.

Health Benefits of Limonene

lemonene terpenes

Several studies show that limonene has significant therapeutic benefits especially for cancer and depression:

  • Anti-cancer: A 2011 study conducted by the University of Arizona and published in Oncology Reviews revealed that limonene has anti-cancer properties. This was discovered after administering limonene in animal models as well as in cell cultures. In 2012 a study was conducted, revealing that limonene has chemo-preventive properties which means that it helps prevent cancer. Another 2014 study showed that limonene has valuable anti-inflammatory properties which also showed that the terpene was effective in killing tumors because it decreases the ability of the tumor to develop new blood vessels.

    • A 1994 study showed that limonene has several properties that help prevent the growth of tumors
    • A 1995 study proved that limonene has anticarcinogenic characteristics
    • A 1996 study revealed that limonene can inhibit lung tumor growth
    • A 2002 study showed that limonene is effective in treating liver cancer

  • Depression: Limonene is effective in elevating one’s mood and relieves the symptoms of depression. A 2012 study revealed that limonene is beneficial in treating depression naturally.

  • Gastrointestinal health: Strains high in limonene, as well as the fruits and herbs it’s found in, make this terpene effective in maintaining gastrointestinal health by stabilizing the gut. One study discusses the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of limonene for the stomach in particular, supporting the claim that it does wonders for gastrointestinal health. Another study shows that limonene helps treat heartburn and indigestion, reducing gastric distress because it stabilizes gastric acid and prevents gastro-oesophageal reflux.

  • Antiseptic: Limonene has therapeutic properties for certain conditions especially against acne because of its bacteria-killing abilities.

  • Anti-cholesterol: Limonene is a solvent of cholesterol, helping clear fat that accumulates in the gallbladder.

  • Anxiety: A 2012 study published in Brain Research reveals that limonene has anxiolytic-like propreties that are so powerful and had mild side effects, suggesting that limonene would make an excellent treatment for those suffering from this dreaded mental disorder. Studies say that limonene causes an increase in dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters in the brain. When patients suffering from depression are exposed to limonene, it results in a decrease in depression symptoms and also stimulates the immune system.

  • Insomnia: Limonene can help improve quality of sleep and also possesses sedative properties

  • Anti-inflammatory: In 2010 a study explored the anti-inflammatory properties of limonene. The researchers found that limonene may hold promise as medicine for asthma because it can inhibit cytokines.

  • Antifungal: Limonene is a natural remedy that can be used to prevent and treat yeast outbreaks.

  • Diabetes and weight loss: Limonene supplements are used to alleviate insulin resistance and also helps prevent metabolic syndrome caused by non-alcoholic fatty disease. Limonene also works as an appetite suppressant and can help prevent weight gain.








Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Washington Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

Washington Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

By Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director

Governor Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5131, expanding patients’ access to medical cannabis and instructing regulators to consider home cultivation by non-patients.

The new law for the first time allows registered patients to legally purchase marijuana seeds, clones, and immature plants from licensed providers.

Other provisions in the law permit non-patients to legally share cannabis products with one another, and task the State Liquor and Cannabis Board to make recommendations regarding whether to permit the home cultivation of limited quantities of cannabis by adults. Washington is the only state that regulates the adult use of and commercial sale of cannabis, but does not permit adults to legally grow the plant themselves.

Full text of the engrossed measure is available here.

For more information, please contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


Published at Thu, 25 May 2017 20:26:10 +0000

Weed and Shrooms: A Closer Look

Weed and Shrooms: A Closer Look

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Psilocybin and Cannabis: A Comparative Analysis

According to the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) cannabis and psilocybin (commonly referred to ‘Magic Mushrooms’) have no accepted medical uses and a high potential for abuse. While this description for both of these substances is highly inaccurate for a wide variety of reasons, the current classification makes it very difficult to conduct research into the medical benefits of the plants.

Regardless whether these substances are illegal, millions of people around the world use these ‘Teacher Plants’ for recreational, medical and spiritual uses. Thus, in the following analysis we’ll be going into details about the effects, potential medical uses and potential pitfalls when consuming these substances.

How Accessible are Weed and Shrooms?

Despite the fact that there is an entire government system and an international collaboration to inhibit people from consuming these substances, it has done very little to stop people from taking them. In fact, the highest consumed illicit drug is cannabis. Mushrooms, on the other hand, are not consumed nearly as much as cannabis for obvious reasons (we’ll get into that later).

Today, there are 28 states in the United States that have some sort of marijuana legislation in play whereas zero states provide easy access to the hallucinogen psilocybin, save for a few universities where studies are being conducted.

Most people around the world find their own ways to get their hands on these substances, whether it’s through cultivating the plants at home, or purchasing it illegally on the black market.

Mushrooms grow wild in places where there is a lot of humidity and frequently can be found in cattle ranches or certain mountainous areas. People who consume magic mushrooms go on the “hunt” within the first few hours after it rained and before the sun is too potent that will make the mushrooms dry out and wither.

How to Consume Weed and Shrooms

For the most part, people consume cannabis via smoking it. Lately, with newer devices, vaporizing cannabis has become popular. However, with the expansion of the cannabis industry, the methods of consumption has evolved drastically.

From extracts to infusions, cannabis can now be consumed via smoking, vaping, eating, drinking and even topically through creams and so forth.

For mushrooms, however, most people eat it directly or drink it in a tea. Depending on the strength of the mushroom, usually 6 ‘caps’ would do the trick to send you into a hallucinogenic state. For preservation, some people place the mushrooms in honey, allowing it to be stored for years while others dehydrate the caps, which gives it a shelf life of about six months to a year.

The Effects of Cannabis and Mushrooms

Some people say you can’t “trip” on cannabis, however, they would be mistaken. It takes roughly 10 micrograms of cannabis in your system to induce hallucinations (in most) however, this mostly occurs through edibles. For those who smoke marijuana, the effects are usually mild, with a case of euphoria due to dopamine levels increasing, laughter, hunger (the munchies). Since cannabis has nearly an infinite amount of strains, the effects may range depending on the genetics of the plant you are smoking. It will either ‘lift you up’ or ‘lock you down’ depending on the phenotype you’re smoking (indica/sativa).

Mushrooms, on the other hand, are much more ‘intense’ in terms of experience. The mushroom trip lasts anywhere between 6-12 hours depending on the amount you consumed. As opposed to cannabis, psilocybin is a fully immersive experience that will create vivid hallucinations to the point where you can ‘smell colors’ or ‘feel sound’. This is due to the fact that when under the influence of psilocybin, the entire brain is connected and the sensorial experience is magnified.

For some, they experience psilocybin almost with a child-like fascination. It’s common to have people giggle like little children, frolic in nature and amaze at the wondrous sights they see. Others, experience a much more intense experience where there is a sense of inter-connectivity between the individual and the surrounding areas.

It’s quite difficult to explain a subjective experience such as psilocybin to someone who has never tried a psychedelic. In fact, every experience is unique. One of the most important factors is to have your mind in the ’right place’ to induce a pleasant experience. This means, not harboring feelings such as ‘guilt, envy, fear etc.’ Within the realm of psychedelics, these emotions tend to leak into the visual experience and can turn a ‘good trip’ into something ‘not-so-pleasant’

Medical Uses

Cannabis is said to treat up to 200 individual diseases and conditions ranging from cancer, depression, pain management, inflammation, seizure disorders, arthritis, PTSD and much more. There are over 20,000 publications outlining the medical benefits of cannabis and as laws surrounding the plant fades, more research will be conducted to verify the benefits of cannabis.

Psilocybin on the other hands has only recently been utilized for medical reasons. For the most part, researchers have been looking into mushrooms to treat things like depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental disorders.

Utilizing Cannabis and Mushrooms Simultaneously

Every good psychonaut uses cannabis with whatever psychedelic they are using. There are several reasons for this namely, Cannabis is a regulator allowing you to ‘surf the psychedelic’ and cannabis also acts as a booster for when your ‘trip is diminishing’ it can give you an extra few hours of “tripping”.

Cannabis and mushrooms go very well together and whenever you feel like your mushroom trip is getting ‘out of hand’, a few tokes from weed can bring down your anxieties and provide you with a slight sense of control over the experience.

The biggest factor when tripping on mushrooms is to accept your fate, to understand that you will be tripping for a few hours and that is ‘okay’. Simply accept it, ride it out and you’ll be fine.


To say that cannabis and mushrooms have no medical validity and a high potential for abuse is erroneous. No one has ever overdosed on cannabis as it is virtually impossible and similarly with mushrooms, people tend to stop after consuming a certain amount as the sensorial experience is intense and doesn’t require greater doses.

Of course, these are people who do abuse these substances, however for the most part…this is not the case.

Author Bio

VolcanoVape founder and vape enthusiast, Ian Lebowski has been involved in marijuana industry for close to a decade now. Originally working in quality control and testing, he has reviewed hundreds of vape products over the years. He also loves to write so he never misses a chance to share his knowledge trough some marijuana-related article.


Published at Thu, 18 May 2017 04:34:00 +0000