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Researchers find increased pot use by college students

The Columbian / Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A study by Oregon State University researchers has found college students at an undisclosed large public university in the state are using more marijuana since recreational pot became legal two years ago.

The Register-Guard reports the researchers’ study was published Wednesday in a journal called Addiction. The study found increased use is mainly by students who are binge alcohol drinkers and by students who are under the legal pot consumption age of 21.

OSU researchers also found increases at six out of seven universities around the country. But the unnamed Oregon university rose above the others with the highest increase.

Data for the study came from 10,924 undergraduate students ages 18 to 26. The researchers also used existing data, previously collected by the University of Michigan.

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Published at Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:11:21 +0000

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The Best Portable Vaporizers On The Market For 2017

Planning to enjoy cannabis?

A rolling joint is no longer that hype in today’s modern times.

I’ve been there.

And let me tell you something: If you plan on taking your joint outside the house, the best way to do it is by using portable vaporizers.

Unlike the desktop vaporizers, the best portable vaporizers are handy, while some other versions can even be discreet. Some might even be mistaken for a phone, making vaping enjoyable without the unnecessary attention.

But not all portable vaporizers are equal. There are those options that offer better overall experience to its users.

Ultimately, there will be features and categories you’d find more important when choosing the best portable vaporizer.

At Smokazon, we offer some of the best Portable vaporizers that you’ll see in the market today. Since we know that different users have different needs, we’ve come up with a list of the best portable vaporizers for 2017. 

For this list, we divide them into categories, and we grade each vaporizer by multiple different factors such as:

Performance, Quality, Probability, Easy of use, Vapor Quality, Value for money,  and Price.

The categories listed below for the best portable vaporizers are as follows: 

Best Overall Vaporizer, Best Discreet Vaporizer, Best vapor quality vaporizer, Best pocket-sized vaporizer, Best vaporizer in the price range, Best all in one vaporizer, best cheap vaporizer, most user-friendly vaporizer.

You can read an explanation for each category here.

We’ve also included a full review for each vaporizer under the table made by our in-house Vapor experts.

Read on to discover our best portable vaporizer pick for each category! You can either skip to your favorite vape using these table or grab a vape, get comfy and keep scrolling!


Best Overall Portable Vaporizer

Best Features: Above average battery life, Ease of Use, Temperature Settings, Vapor Quality

Mighty Vaporizer – Was $399 Now $349

Mighty Vaporizer - Best vaporizer 2017Made by the same company that made the Volcano, this product doesn’t disappoint. Unlike most portable devices that are considered conduction vaporizers, the Mighty is convection and conduction type portable vaporizer. It is a hybrid vaporizer that brings twice the battery life and capacity than Crafty, its smaller counterpart.

Design

The Mighty vaporizer isn’t built to be discreet.

It’s relatively huge size among the other portable vapes makes it a good candidate for other essential features.

So, why have we chosen the Mighty as the best portable vaporizer in the overall category?

Here’s why.

The Mighty weighs a whopping 230 grams and measures 5.5 inches tall by 3.2 inches wide, with a depth of 1.2 inches. But it is big for really good reasons.

First is the battery life.

It’s difficult to look for a portable vape that lasts up to 90 minutes of continuous vaping time. But the Mighty easily achieves just that.

So, the Mighty is designed to give you continuous sessions between charging cycles. And that’s something very essential for seasoned vapers.

The chamber size of the Mighty can hold around 0.2 grams of dry herb, while it can extend to 0.3 grams if you grind the herb quite fine.

This can give you around 5-6 hits. And because of the size of the Mighty, it was able to accommodate a decent sized battery that can give you a good number of sessions before it gets drained. You can get around 8 sessions from this device.

But of course, if you are the type of enthusiast who is particular about being discreet in public, its size can be a problem.  And coming from the same makers as the Volcano, expect that this product can be quite pricey.

Vaping Experience

Because of its size, the Mighty can bring the heat without the aid of a separate app. Heat up time takes around 1:30 to 2:00 minutes which is quite faster than the Crafty. In contrast to other portable vaporizers, this can be considered a bit slow, since a lot of portable vaporizers can easily heat up at one minute mark. However, you’ll notice that the Mighty can provide much more consistent temperature during draws.

Heat up time takes around 1:30 to 2:00 minutes which is quite faster than the Crafty. In contrast to other portable vaporizers, this can be considered a bit slow, since a lot of portable vaporizers can easily heat up at one minute mark. However, you’ll notice that the Mighty can provide much more consistent temperature during draws.

In contrast to other portable vaporizers, this can be considered a bit slow, since a lot of portable vaporizers can easily heat up at one minute mark. However, you’ll notice that the Mighty can provide much more consistent temperature during draws.

The Mighty vaporizer is also easy to use.

Just load the chamber, turn the unit on and set to your desired temperature.

After reaching its desired temperature, the unit shuts down after 60 seconds when not in use. This may save much battery life but could prove inconvenient for some. To override the auto shut-off feature, just press the button before the 60-second period lapses.

When it comes to vaping experience, the Mighty vaporizer is the sure winner of them all. Vapor density comes at just the right pace, and the flavor is always pure and genuine, as what you expect from your dry herbs. This is a huge factor, plus the longer battery life is what places the Mighty on top of our list as the best vaporizer, overall category.

Battery

The best part of the Mighty Vaporizer is the longest battery life we’ve seen in portable vaporizers: 90 minutes of vaping!

That’s essential if you don’t have the time to recharge your unit or if you just want to stay outdoors longer.

In contrast, the Crafty (Mighty’s smaller counterpart), only has about 45 minutes of battery life.

Other portable vaporizers fair around this range too, or even lower.

So hats off to the Mighty not only for its impressive battery life, but also for its superb vapor quality, performance, consistency, and durability.

It deserves the top spot this year!

Full Mighty Review             Shop Mighty Vaporizer

Best Discreet Portable Vaporizer

Best Features: Incredibly Discreet Design, Ease of Use, Temperature Settings, Vapor Quality

Pax 3 Vaporizer – $274

Pax 3 Vaporizer - Best vaporizer 2017If you loved the PAX 2 vaporizer with its incredible performance, vapor quality and style, the PAX 3 will surely make you one happy vaper.

All all the changes were made possible because the makers of the PAX 3 made sure the user experience is the focal point of such improvements.

First on the list is the functionality, which now supports concentrates with the use of the concentrate oven insert.

Second is the faster heat-up time of 15 seconds. Then comes smartphone app support for greater control of your device.

Here are the details:

Design

The PAX 3 Vaporizer is designed to be efficient and user-friendly for all.

It only takes one press of a button to activate the device.

To avoid accidental activation, the button is located not on the sides (the area always exposed to external contact) but right on top of the device, in the center of the mouthpiece.

To toggle between the 4 pre-set temperatures, just hold the button for 2 seconds to enter temperature control mode, then click the power button one more time to choose the desired heat setting.

When it comes to its appearance, there hasn’t any major revamp on the PAX vapes.

Perhaps it is because they have already perfected the stealth factor, ergonomics and overall design of the device.

The only addition is the LED lights that indicate readings such as the battery level.

Vaping Experience

Despite its small size, the PAX 3 does exceed our expectations when it comes to vapor quality.

The cloud is dense, and the flavors are clean, crisp and pure, without a trace of impurities that might otherwise come from materials found in cheap, low-quality vaping devices.

But what surprised us the most is the minimal draw resistance. Each draw is as easy as puffing a cigarette.

Now we don’t really find this pleasant experience in other vapes. So it’s a thumb up for PAX 3.

The cloud is dense, and the flavors are clean, crisp and pure, without a trace of impurities that might otherwise come from materials found in cheap, low-quality vaping devices. But what surprised us the most is the minimal draw resistance.

Each draw is as easy as puffing a cigarette. Now we don’t really find this pleasant experience in other vapes. So it’s a thumb up for PAX 3.

The cloud is dense, and the flavors are clean, crisp and pure, without a trace of impurities that might otherwise come from materials found in cheap, low-quality vaping devices.

But what surprised us the most is the minimal draw resistance. Each draw is as easy as puffing a cigarette. Now we don’t really find this pleasant experience in other vapes. So it’s a thumb up for PAX 3.

Now we don’t really find this pleasant experience in other vapes. So it’s a thumb up for PAX 3.

So it’s a thumb up for PAX 3.

After finishing up all the vaping material, you can really tell that the PAX 3 efficiently distributes heat without the risk of combustion.

The used botanicals come in dark orange to brown, an indication that there isn’t any combustion, which would have produced blackened material.

Again, the PAX 3 has proven its worth when it comes to vaping experience, which is pretty much an essential factor when deciding what vaporizer to buy.

Use with Concentrate

PAX listened! After all the complaints about the predecessors not supporting concentrates, PAX 3 now has such feature.

Just use the concentrate cannister that comes with the kit. Place a small amount of the material on the bottom of the cannister, just right between the air holes, making sure nothing comes in contact with the holes.

So, how does the PAX perform with concentrates? We’d say it did achieve the kind of standard others had to offer, especially vapor quality.

But we must admit there are better devices out there that do a better job with this kind of material.

Well, it’s PAX Labs’s first time to enter into this realm, so improvements could make the future releases perfect in all sense.

Battery

From 3000mAh in the PAX 2 to 3500mAh in the PAX 3, the battery capacity did significantly improve, giving you several more minutes of pleasurable vaping experience.

But the PAX Labs didn’t stop there.

They also improved heat up time to about 10 to 15 seconds. That gives a whole new essence of what a portable vaporizer really means.

What’s even better is the improved sensor with lip-sensing technology and internal accelerometer that know when you’re using the device. So, it’s another win for the PAX 3 this year in terms of several categories.

Full Pax Review             Shop PAX 3 Vaporizer

Best Vapor Qaulity Vaporizer

Best Features: Vapor Quality, Ease of Use, Efficiency

Firefly 2 Vaporizer $329

Firefly 2 Vaporizer - Best vaporizer 2017The Firefly 2 Vaporizer is our top pick for the vapor quality category. No doubt.

Don’t be deceived by its smaller heating chamber capacity or its slim size.

It even boasts an instant heat on demand feature so you could enjoy vaping while on the go.

The new version supports both dry herbs and concentrates, and is the vaporizer you’ll ever need if vapor quality is your top priority.

Design

With the new improved design, the Firefly 2 comes 33% smaller and 55% lighter.

That means improved portability without sacrificing (in fact, features got better!) the performance or vapor quality.

Coming in different colors, the look of the Firefly sets in a more sporty side.

It comes in 2 main parts, the body of the device and the magnetic lid, which can easily snap off to reveal the heating chamber and air path.

The lid has a transparent part to let you see what’s inside the chamber.

So you’d know whether the herbs are already used during the vaping process.

The mouthpiece is removable, which means easy cleaning and maintenance. And the vapor path is made of glass to maintain the purity and quality of the vapor.

But we think the most exciting part of the Firefly 2 is the iPhone-like touch-sensitive feature of the device.

With no buttons, the Firefly offers full control with just touching the contact points of the device.

To turn it on, just touch the either side of the unit.

How cool is that?

Once activated, it only takes about 5 seconds for the glass-sided chamber to heat up and give off that orange glow. So everything about the Firefly 2 speaks technology, ergonomics and superb vaping experience.

Vaping Experience

The Firefly 2 Vaporizer takes your vaping experience to the next level by supporting dry herbs and concentrates this time.

We’re impressed by the consistent vapor quality each time we use this product.

The glass vapor path and the glass-sided chamber perhaps do an excellent job keeping the flavors fresh and pure all the way to your mouth.

If you want higher temperatures than what’s preset in the device, you can always install a smartphone app for that.

The glass vapor path and the glass-sided chamber perhaps do an excellent job keeping the flavors fresh and pure all the way to your mouth. If you want higher temperatures than what’s

If you want higher temperatures than what’s pre-set in the device, you can always install a smartphone app for that.

Battery

While the battery of the Firefly 1 was its setback, the Firefly 2 now has a huge advantage, improving efficiency and battery capacity. This results in almost twice longer vaping time.

It now takes about more puffs before the next charging cycle.

We love fast charging time using a USB charger, taking only about 45 minutes to fully load the juice for your next session. But perhaps the greatest advantage is that the battery can easily be replaced by the user.

And Firefly included two batteries. You can recharge the first one while using the other one using an external charger.

This results in almost twice longer vaping time. It now takes about more puffs before the next charging cycle.

We love fast charging time using a USB charger, taking only about 45 minutes to fully load the juice for your next session.

But perhaps the greatest advantage is that the battery can easily be replaced by the user. And Firefly included two batteries. You can recharge the first one while using the other one using an external charger.

It now takes about more puffs before the next charging cycle.

We love fast charging time using a USB charger, taking only about 45 minutes to fully load the juice for your next session. But perhaps the greatest advantage is that the battery can easily be replaced by the user.

And Firefly included two batteries. You can recharge the first one while using the other one using an external charger.

But perhaps the greatest advantage is that the battery can easily be replaced by the user. And Firefly included two batteries. You can recharge the first one while using the other one using an external charger.

And Firefly included two batteries. You can recharge the first one while using the other one using an external charger.

The improved battery life, plus the added compatibility with herbs, added more value to the Firefly 2. No doubt, this product has made it to our list for 2017!

Best Pocket-Sized Portable Vaporizer

Best Features: Vapor Quality, Discreet Design, Ease of Use

Davinci IQ Vaporizer – $274

Davinci IQ Vaporizer - Best vaporizer 2017Finally, years of hard work paid off with the release of the DaVinci IQ Vaporizer. If you enjoyed the classic DaVinci and the Ascent, there’s no reason not to love the new IQ portable vaporizer. The features look like a reflection of what the vape users have long asked for. So now we present the IQ.

DaVinci IQ Design

The DaVinci IQ was built with portability, quality, and stealth in mind. Gone are the visible mouthpiece and other parts that just serve as a giveaway that makes other portable vapes more noticeable. The resistant anodized aluminum casing gives the IQ a more futuristic look and feel. But the most noticeable design change adopted by DaVinci is the simplistic design that rivals PAX and Firefly vaporizers. The device also comes with 51 dazzling LED lights that serve as the display.

Vaping Experience

The DaVinci IQ may be a conduction vaporizer, but the vapor quality is surprisingly on par with convection vapes. In fact, it’s the best conduction-type performance we’ve experienced. Thanks to the ceramic zirconia vapor path and an efficient heating chamber, vapor quality is one of the best for its kind. The short pathway offers a slightly warmer vapor, but as you get past the warm sensation, you’d appreciate the crisp and true flavors coming from your favorite herbs. For best results, stir the herbs after a few hits to ensure more even heating.

The DaVinci IQ offers precise temperature settings from 250°F to 430°F. A fast heat up time of 20-45 seconds makes the IQ one of the fastest portable vapes to use. Then there’s the Boost mode that shoots the temperature up to its maximum as long as you press and hold the top button. This gives you that extra kick. Once done with the Boost mode, the temperature goes back to your desired set temperature.

Unique Features

One of the most notable features unique only to the DaVinci IQ is the flavor chamber. This piece of the insert is placed in the vapor path just before the vapor reaches your lips. DaVinci claims that placing chunks of your dry herbs inside this chamber enhances the overall vapor flavor. The idea is to heat up the herbs here just a little bit to help give off some aroma, enhancing your vaping experience.

In addition to the flavor chamber, The makers of the DaVinci IQ intend to further set this vaporizer apart by adding the unique IQ Smart Paths. This cutting edge feature is pre-programmed settings that let the chamber heat up at the desired temperature, then gradually increasing by 20 degrees for over 10 minutes. You can set the Smart Paths temperature, though the IQ comes with its own default settings already. Use the Smart Paths app to control this feature using your smartphone.

Battery

The DaVinci IQ vaporizer comes with a replaceable and rechargeable 18650 3500mAh battery. This offers convenience especially if you plan to use the device outdoors and continuously. Just purchase extra batteries and replace used ones for recharging and for that continuous vaping experience. On average, each fully charged battery lasts for 40 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, depending on the draw and frequency of use. The 2-hour charging time also makes the DaVinci IQ one of the fastest in this feature.

Best Portable Vaporizer Under $150

Best Features: Vapor Quality, Ease of Use, Efficiency, Temperature Settings

G Pen Elite – $149

G Pen Elite - Best vaporizer 2017Grenco Science is one of those brands that made a reputation for making generic portable vaporizers straight from Alibaba.

The G-Pen Elite, on the other hand, is a bit different than other products from Grenco Science.

It is considered by critics as the device that showcased a “monumental leap in technology.”

The G Pen Elite Vaporizer comes as a fresh new product that’s designed push Grenco Science’s status to an even higher level in the vaping world.

In times when vape pens get a bad rap for combusting herbs, vape companies scramble to release new products that offer true vaporization. Thus, came the G Pen Elite.

Design

The G Pen Elite Vaporizer comes in a sleek, slim and lightweight design.

Its relatively small size do not scream superb performance and power. But later, we’ll see how this vape pen is one worthy contender as one of the best buys this year.

Inside the Elite, the 360-degree ceramic element enables rapid heat-up time and equal distribution of heat throughout the entire chamber.

This uniformly vaporizes the herbs and leaves nothing untouched, hence the consistent vapor quality.

The heating element can offer a fully adjustable temperature range from 200 to 428 degrees Fahrenheit.

So, you freely choose the perfect or sweet spot catered to your taste. And with a large chamber that can fill up to .4 to .5 of your dry herbs, expect denser flavors and longer draws.

If there is one drawback of the Elite, it is perhaps the shorter mouthpiece, which renders vapors slightly warmer when reaching your mouth.

But we eventually got the hang of it. One quick workaround is by setting the temp at a lower temperature.

Overall, we consider the black matte finish of the Elite as a winning factor in terms of discreet vaping.

Vaping Experience

The Elite Vaporizer managed to meet our expectations in terms of vapor quality. At lower temperatures, vapor was light, consistent and comfortably warm. It gets a tad harsher as you go higher with the temp, so it’s really up to your preference. You can also be sure that the dry herb material inside the

At lower temperatures, vapor was light, consistent and comfortably warm. It gets a tad harsher as you go higher with the temp, so it’s really up to your preference. You can also be sure that the dry herb material inside the

It gets a tad harsher as you go higher with the temp, so it’s really up to your preference. You can also be sure that the dry herb material inside the

At lower temperatures, vapor was light, consistent and comfortably warm. It gets a tad harsher as you go higher with the temp, so it’s really up to your preference. You can also be sure that the dry herb material inside the

It gets a tad harsher as you go higher with the temp, so it’s really up to your preference. You can also be sure that the dry herb material inside the chamber won’t get burned all throughout. This alone is a winning feature of the Elite.

Battery

The Battery life of the Elite Vaporizer is impressive given its small size. Other vapes its size do not perform well in this aspect. But the G Pen Elite managed to keep this part really well. Charging time isn’t impressive, though, as it takes about 2 to 3 hours go get the device fully charged.

Other vapes its size do not perform well in this aspect. But the G Pen Elite managed to keep this part really well. Charging time isn’t impressive, though, as it takes about 2 to 3 hours go get the device fully charged.

All in all, the Elite vaporizer may be a tad pricier than other portable vapes, but the excellent vapor quality, above average battery life and discreet design makes the Elite worthy to be included in our list.

Grenco Science is one of those brands that made a reputation for making generic portable vaporizers straight from Alibaba.

The G-Pen Elite, on the other hand, is a bit different than other products from Grenco Science. It is considered by critics as the device that showcased a “monumental leap in technology.”

This vaporizer has been designed for flowers. It measures around 3 inches which make the device handy and comfortable to use.

The device can handle around 0.75 grams in its ceramic heating chamber. According to the company, it is a combination of both conduction and convection system.

The device can heat up to 420 degrees Fahrenheit in just half a minute.

The mouthpiece functions as an airflow restrictor. But it was made for a good reason. If not for the air restriction function of the mouthpiece, the vapor would’ve been too hot.

The downside about the G Pen Elite is that it has minimal room for cooling.

Full G-Pen Elite Review             Shop G-Pen Elite Vaporizer

Best Entry Level Portable Vaporizer

Best Features: Moderately Discreet Design, Ease of Use, Temperature Settings, Affordable Price

Kandypens K-Vape Vaporizer – $99

Kandypens K-Vape Vaporizer - Best vaporizer 2017The K-Vape is the first convection-type portable vaporizer released by Kandypens. Not only is the K-Vape a hit because of the zero smoke it promises, but also because it is surprisingly cheap. For less than a hundred dollars, you enjoy features such as three temperature settings, pure vapor, and user-friendly design. These make the K-Vape an ideal buy for beginners who like to enjoy pure vaping pleasure without spending too much.

Not only is the K-Vape a hit because of the zero smoke it promises, but also because it is surprisingly cheap. For less than a hundred dollars, you enjoy features such as three temperature settings, pure vapor, and user-friendly design. These make the K-Vape an ideal buy for beginners who like to enjoy pure vaping pleasure without spending too much.

For less than a hundred dollars, you enjoy features such as three temperature settings, pure vapor, and user-friendly design. These make the K-Vape an ideal buy for beginners who like to enjoy pure vaping pleasure without spending too much.

These make the K-Vape an ideal buy for beginners who like to enjoy pure vaping pleasure without spending too much.

Design

To keep its price low and maintain high quality, the K-Vape sports a sturdy plastic outer body. This also helps keep the device lightweight. The

This also helps keep the device lightweight. The matte black rubber finish adds a more sophisticated look and feels to the device.

The K-Vape comes with a button to switch between the three preset temperatures.

To switch between different heat settings, just press and hold the power button, and a light indicator will display the different colors according to the following temperature:

  • Red (360 degrees Fahrenheit),
  • Green (380 degrees Fahrenheit), and
  • Blue (420 degrees Fahrenheit).

For beginners, you can choose the lowest temperature because it offers milder vapor density. You can slowly go up the options as your tolerance increases.

Vaping Experience

The K-Vape features true convection technology.

That means zero smoke every time you vape with your favorite dry herbs.

Just pack the dry ground material inside the stainless steel heating chamber (maximum of 0.6 grams), and hot air passes over the herbs, releasing pure vapor.

This feature is noteworthy among those who use dry herbs for medical purposes.

The K-Vape Also Sports user-friendly features.

To turn the vaporizer on, just press the power button five times.

Do the same steps if you want to power down the device. This feature prevents the vaporizer from accidentally turning on when not in use.

Battery

The battery life of the k-Vape model comes at an average when compared with other vaporizers.

The 3-minute automatic shut-off feature helps save battery life. And the universal micro USB connection makes charging convenient because you can also plug the charger into your laptop and other devices.

If you want an affordable convection type vaporizer to avoid smoke present in conduction-type vaporizers, the K-Vape is the best way to go.

Best Portable Vaporizer Under $130

Best Features: Good value for money, above-average vapor quality, quick charging time

Boundless CF Vaporizer – $129

Boundless CF Vaporizer - Best vaporizer 2017Boundless Technologies proudly unveils the CF vaporizer, a dry-herb portable vaporizer made to be more portable and more affordable.

Dubbed as the little brother of CFX, the CF sacrifices some features such as a digital display to give way to ease of use and greater portability.

Design

The Boundless CF Vaporizer is, at first glance, a truly well-made device.

A closer look at the rubber finish also gives it a nice matte look, plus a tighter grip in the hands.

But the mostly plastic body may give it a rather cheaper feel, but the sturdy built ensures the CF will stay durable and functional for a relatively long time.

Although the CF does not have a screen display, it sports a series of LEDs near the button to indicate current temperature.

The CF has the following 5 preset temperature settings: 355°F / 370°F / 385°F / 400°F / 415°F.

What’s good about the CF is the interesting combination of convection and conduction type of heating. This means you still enjoy pure vaporization and fast heat-up time (20 seconds).

When it comes to discreet design, the CF vaporizer comes at a fairly average to large size, measuring only 4″ x 2.4″ x 1.2″.

But its heating chamber, with a capacity of only 0.3 grams, still gives off that impressive vapor quality that’s really comparable to top vapes in the market.

Vaping Experience

The Boundless CF Vaporizer gives off identical vaporizer with that of the CFX vape.

It’s perhaps the internal workings haven’t changed, and only the more superficial features such as the screen display were sacrificed to make the CF more affordable and more discreet.

The vapor we experienced with the CF is also superb. At the lowest temperatures, the flavors were thin, and as you go higher, the denser flavor comes a bit harsher. But then again,

It’s perhaps the internal workings haven’t changed, and only the more superficial features such as the screen display were sacrificed to make the CF more affordable and more discreet.

The vapor we experienced with the CF is also superb. At the lowest temperatures, the flavors were thin, and as you go higher, the denser flavor comes a bit harsher. But then again, the vaping experience can always be subjective.

Battery

Battery life of the CF vaporizer isn’t as impressive as the CFX’s.

The smaller size results in shorter battery life. But still, holds enough juice to last several minutes of continuous vaping sessions. But what’s good about the CF is the fast charging time of just around 30-45 minutes.

The smaller size results in shorter battery life. But still, holds enough juice to last several minutes of continuous vaping sessions.

But what’s good about the CF is the fast charging time of just around 30-45 minutes.

Of course, for a good-quality true vaporizer that’’s less than $130, we can’t complain. And we’d say with the vapor quality and ease of use, the CF Vaporizer is worth the buy.

Best Cheap Portable Vaporizer

Best Features: Ease of Use, Simplicity,Price

Magic Flight Launch Box Vaporizer – $119

Magic Flight Launch Box Vaporizer - Best vaporizer 2017The Magic Flight Launch Box Vaporizer has become a ubiquitous portable vaping device because of its utter simplicity and affordable price (though it still costs more than a hundred dollars thanks to its genuine wooden built and finish). So the MFLB made it to our list of best vapes.

Here’s a quick rundown on the details.

Design

“Love is that which enables choice. Always stronger than fear. Always choose on the basis of love.”

That’s the mantra beautifully engraved on each Magic Flight Launch Box. And so beautiful is this portable vape that you’d love this too the longer you use it.

The MFLB isn’t like any portable vaporizer out there. It has no power buttons, no temperature controls, and no LED displays.

It’s a simple wooden box, covered by the acrylic glass lid on top that easily slides open or close as you fill or replace the dry herbs.

Without the bells and whistles, the MFLB guarantees that the vapor you inhale is pure, not otherwise contaminated by plastics, heavy metals or any foreign materials commonly present in cheap vapes.

And with a dimension of only 2.5 by 1.25 by 0.9 inches, this device is also one of the most lightweight portable vapes in the market.

The glass stem serves as the mouthpiece, which cools the vapor is it travels along the pathway. So all in all, the design is basic, simple yet efficient and, for many users, cool to look at.

Vaping Experience

With the MFLB, you activate the heating element by inserting the battery into the slot on the side of the device.

Yes, it’s as simple as that, but it takes a steeper learning curve of pulling the battery out and putting it in again to get to that ideal amount and density of flavors from the dry herbs.

As we mentioned, vapor quality is superb given that the only thing present inside the chamber is the metal heating element and the connection to the battery, and that’s it.

Battery Life

Battery life of the MFLB is not that impressive. It only takes very few draws before the battery runs out.

So, it makes sense that the MFLB is designed with removable batteries so you can carry extras, especially when using the device outdoors for longer periods.

If you’re satisfied with just a few draws per session, then this should not be a problem.

The MFLB wins in terms of simplicity and its low price point. Without the bells and whistles of electronics, LEDs, and screens, the MFLB guarantees a longer lifespan, hence making it worthy for its affordable price.

Full MFLB Review             Shop MFLB Vaporizer

Best All-in-One Portable Vaporizer

Best Features: unique functionality, ease of use, vapor quality, All in one (Wax, oil dry herb)

Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer – $249

Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer - Best vaporizer 2017When it comes to all-in-one functionality, the Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer is a portable vape like no other.

So, we placed this on top in this category.

Priced at more than $250, this isn’t something for the budget vaper, but the functionalities and the overall performance still make it a worthy pick.

Design

What makes the Haze Dual V3 vaporizer unique is the dual heating chambers inside the device, hence the name.

You can use one for dry herbs and the other, for your concentrates.

Both ovens are made of stainless steel. And you can even choose the convection screen, conduction screen, the dry herb can and concentrate can for your Botanicals.

Technically, you can vaporizer herbs by conduction or convection. How more flexible could that get?

When it comes to the build quality, the Haze Dual V3 vape is one thing to reckon with.

Everything — from the body to the chamber to the battery compartment — securely designs that guarantees to work well for you for a long time.

The mouthpiece is hidden inside a unit compartment, which you can open every time you use the device.

Each oven can handle about 0.3 to 0.4 of your material. But we recommend not to overpack it to allow proper circulation while vaping.

The Haze Dual V3 vape also comes with stainless steel and glass stems. So let your preference dictate which one to choose. For cooler vapors, we recommend the glass stem.

Vaping Experience

The Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer has a fairly improved vapor quality compared to its predecessors.

Overall, we love the vapor quality of the Haze, but there is still room for improvements when it comes to using concentrates.

But hey, your experience might be a tad different than ours. And we say, for a price range that’s above $200, you can’t go wrong with the Haze.

Battery

The Have V3 kit already comes with two rechargeables, removable and user-replaceable 18650 2600mAh batteries.

A charging dock also comes in handy to charge the spare one as you use the other one. Each full charge can give you about 5-7 sessions, depending on the length and frequency of draws.

Is the Haze worth it for its price range?

The functionality alone screams yes!

Most User Friendly Portable Vaporizer

Best Features: ease of use, vapor quality, performance

Alfa Vaporizer – was $199 now $99

Alfa Vaporizer - Best vaporizer 2017The Alfa portable vaporizer by Goboof is one surprising newcomer in the vaping world.

The company behind it wasn’t even popular, to begin with. But when the Alfa surprised us with its ease of use and superb vapor quality, we were just blown away.

So here are the details of the Alfa and why we vouched for it to be one of the most popular this year.

Design

No power buttons.

No unnecessary fancy features.

That’s what Alfa is all about.

All it has for the controls is the dial, which lets you change the temperature as you like.

The Alfa is also one of the smallest vaporizers we’ve reviewed.

The parts are much simple to identify. The top section has the removable silicone mouthpiece, and the bottom part has an attached lid that opens for you to access the herb chamber.

On the outside, the Alfa has a sturdy build. And it too doesn’t feel cheap to the touch.

The slightly matte black finish, with its simple contours, makes the device one of the most discreet vaporizers to use.

Inside the Alfa, the herb chamber actually houses a heating pin in the middle of the oven.

This ensures that even the middle portion of your dry ground materials is exposed to heat. This is probably the reason why the vapor quality produced by the Alfa is impressive.

Vapor Quality

As we’ve mentioned, the vapor quality of the Alfa is remarkably superb, given the product’s status as a newcomer in the market.

Don’t expect it to be Volcano-like or Mighty-like though.

However, for its price range, the Alfa is an excellent choice.

Flavors are potent enough but not strong. And the vapor is warm enough but not too harsh.

We give credit to this device for sporting an additional rod at the center to help evenly distribute the heat in your dry herbs.

Battery

With the Alfa vaporizer, you can get more than 30 minutes of vaping sessions.

Surprising?

Yes, given the compact size of this portable device. Perhaps the only drawback with the battery is the longer charging time required–up to 3.5 hours.

To solve this slight setback, the Alfa does support pass-through charging, which means you can enjoy vaping your dry herbs even while the device is plugged in.

Best Portable Design Vaporizer

Best Features:  Design, ease of use, vapor quality, performance

Arizer Air Vaporizer – was $229 now $164

The Arizer Air is the latest portable vaporizer released by Canadian based company Arizer. Made to comfortably sit alongside its larger counterpart, the Solo, the Arizer Air comes with more simplified features and designs without sacrificing vapor quality and performance.

Design

 The Air is designed as the more compact counterpart of the Solo. It addresses some of the issues users encountered with the Solo. For one, the Air, when fitted with the glass mouthpiece, comes significantly smaller and more lightweight. So, the device fits perfectly in your pocket, which means enhanced portability.

 The Air sports a ceramic heating element to produce pure vapors from your dry herbs. Pair that with the glass vapor path and those flavors are guaranteed pure all throughout its journey from the chamber to the mouthpiece. Inside the chamber, you can pack up to 0.25 grams of dry materials. Although the Arizer Air comes with preset temperatures, it now offers just five, down from the seven setting the Solo has. But the range still gives you enough choices: 180C/356F (Blue), 190C/374F (White), 200C/392F (Green), 205C/401F (Orange), 210C/410F (Red).

When it comes to discreet vaping, the Air isn’t really the best contender. The glass stem (albeit shorter than the Solo), is already a giveaway. Portable vapes like the PAX 3 and the DaVinci IQ are the clear winners in this department. But if you are after performance and more serious vaping sessions, the Arizer Air is still a very good choice.

Vaping Experience

The Arizer Air is designed for serious vapers who prefer denser and more pronounced flavors from dry herbs. We’ve noticed that the AIR’s minimum temperature is a tad higher than the Solo’s. So don’t expect to start off with much more gentle vapors. But in fairness, the lowest setting is still comfortable enough. Only when you extend your vaping session for several minutes will you notice a bit of a harshness when choosing higher settings. Overall, vapor quality with the Arizer Air is above average. Given its price tag, it should be performing well in this aspect. And it does meet our expectations.

Battery

If there’s one big improvement from the Solo placed in the Arizer Air, it’s how the rechargeable battery is designed to be removable and replaceable. This means you can always purchase extra batteries for continuous vaping sessions. One major setback though is that the Air still uses a proprietary charger instead of the more widely compatible micro USB chargers. To counter this, pass-through charging is possible with the Air, in that you can still enjoy vaping even if the device is still in charge.

So, at $164, does the Arizer live up to its promises and slightly hefty price tag? In terms of durability, it does stand out, as we’ve had users having them for more than a year now without having any issues.

As far as reliability, the Arizer Air is a big winner. In terms of vapor purity, it comes at above average. And lastly, battery life can be a non-issue if you purchase extra batteries to keep your sessions going. Is it worth the price? You bet it is.

When it comes to vapor purity, the Arizer air is above average.

And lastly, battery life can be a non-issue if you purchase extra batteries to keep your sessions going. Is it worth the price? You bet it is.

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Here’s how we picked the best vaporizer for each category:

Best Overall Portable Vaporizer  – a vaporizer deserves this crown when it achieves a perfect balance of the most sought-after features in a portable vape: vapor quality, performance, efficiency, battery life and stealth. Achieving all these qualities isn’t easy, so the one that gets this title really deserves to be in this spot.

Best Vapor Quality Vaporizer – The purest vapor, the most inert components inside the chamber and pathway, and the most comfortable vapor temperature are the factors we consider when choosing the best vape with the best vapor quality.

Best Vaporizer According to Price Range – Portable vaporizers come in different shapes, sizes, features, and price range. For the budget vapers who are willing to shell out within specific price ranges, we’ve recommended the best ones to you.

Best Pocket-Sized Portable Vaporizer – This vaporizer isn’t necessarily the smallest, but it is one of such category, without compromising vapor quality, performance, battery life, and durability.

Best All-in-One Portable Vaporizer – While most portable vapes are designed to support one or two types of vaping materials only, there is always that product that stands out because of its versatility. How convenient it would be if such portable vape supports all kinds of dry herbs, oils, and waxes? Thus this category.

Best Discreet Portable Vaporizer – The vaporizer in this category must not have the most obvious components be easily visible. These giveaways sacrifice stealth, and many users just don’t want to flaunt their devices. The simplest designs or those that mimic mundane, everyday objects win in this category.

Best Cheap Portable Vaporizer – Of course, we choose the best one with one of the lowest yet most reasonable price tag without sacrificing the other essentials such as vapor quality and performance.

Best Entry Level Portable Vaporizer – Beginners usually make their first purchase on a budget. Of course, testing the waters doesn’t have to be expensive. Thus, you can buy a portable vape that may be inexpensive but still delivers satisfactory performance all the time.

Most User-Friendly Portable Vaporizer – The vaporizer in this category performs best with the least effort. A vaporizer doesn’t have to include complicated rocket science just to give you the best vaping experience. The simplest yet easy-to-understand features are the winning factors.

Besides individually recognizing the top vaporizers according to their best qualities, we’ve also rounded up the best choices according to their price range. That means more options for you. Here are our top picks.

BEST VAPORIZER UNDER $100

K-Vape Vaporizer – $99

While vaporizer pens of the same price range still come with exposed coils and oftentimes burn your herbs, the K-Vape might just be the answer if you’re in for true vapors and better vaping experience.

The K-Vape vaporizer by Kandypens does not only offer true combustion of your dry herbs, but it also features three preset temperature settings.

The K-Vape is ideal for beginners and budget connoisseurs who like to keep things as affordable as possible without sacrificing performance and quality.

Puffco Vaporizer$99

No glues, exposed metals, heating coils and unnecessary parts.

The Puffco+ vaporizer is built to be a no-fuss vape that comes with advanced features not seen in regular vape pens.

Talk about three temperature settings, an all-ceramic oven and a coil-free chamber that are all integrated into one reliable device. You can never go wrong using your favorite oils and waxes with the Puffco+, no less.

Best Vaporizers: 101-$150 Price Range

CF Vaporizer -$129

This is another portable vaporizer to watch out for because of features you’d surely need, whether you’re a beginner or a serious vaper.

The CF vaporizer by Boundless comes with 5 preset temperature settings, a large capacity chamber, 80w hybrid convection/conduction heat and a fairly efficient battery.

All these essentials you’d find in a scaled-down version of the CFX, but still, maintains that vapor quality that makes the Boundless products popular these days.

Vapium Summit Vaporizer -$149

This portable vaporizer for dry herbs impresses us because of its heavy-duty features.

Built to perform well even outdoors, the Vapium summit boasts 8 temperature settings, LED display, fast heat-up time and a textured Thermoplastic Urethane Grip for Secured Handling.

So if you love to travel and want to enjoy your favorite dry herbs anywhere, the Vapium Summit vaporizer is the way to go.

Magic Flight Launch Box Vaporizer -$119

The Magic Flight Launch Box vaporizer is perhaps the simplest portable vape you could find.

With no power buttons, the MFLB requires you to insert the battery every time you vape with your dry herbs.

The wooden finish gives it a lighter body, and the transparent acrylic lid allows you to check on your material inside the chamber.

What more could we say about this vape? Try this and you’d be surprised b the beauty of this vape and the awesome vapor quality.

Best  Vaporizers:  $151-$200 Price Range

Pax 2 Vaporizer – $274

Everybody loves the PAX 2 vaporizer.

The design alone makes it one of the most discreet portable vapes.

The awesome vapor quality, minimal draw resistance, and durability that make the PAX 2 an all-time vaporizer.

The 4 preset temperature settings allow you to choose your sweet spot that easily. And the high-capacity battery means you vape for longer hours than usual. Get yours now!

G Pen Elite Vaporizer – $149

Despite its compact design, the G Pen Elite boasts precise temperature control, a large-capacity heating chamber and LED display as a status indicator.

The black finish and the smooth contours make the G Pen Elite a very discreet vaporizer, yet it packs great performance and promises consistent vapor quality from your dry herbs.

DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer– $199

The DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer has become popular because of its unique features.

For one, this portable vaporizer supports all types of vaping materials.

Yes. Whatever you have–oils, waxes, herbs–you can be sure the Ascent does an excellent job vaporizing these botanicals for you.

The Ascent also has a Glass on Glass Vapor pathway, ensuring superb vapor quality each and every time.

You just can’t go wrong with the Ascent.

Best  Vaporizers: $201-$250 Price Range

Arizer Air Vaporizer -$229

In times when vaping on a single battery charge isn’t enough, the Arizer Air takes your experience to a new level with the removable 18650 battery.

This means you can vape on and on as long as you have extra batteries to use.

But the winning factor of the Arizer isn’t just this feature. Of course, vapor quality from this Canadian-made device is always superb, each and every time.

Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer – $249

It’s the dual oven that makes the Haze V3 a very popular vaporizer today.

You won’t have to keep swapping dry-herb and concentrate cannisters every time you want to switch between the two vaping materials.

You can use each chamber for your favorite botanicals, as easy as that.

The Haze V3 portable vaporizer also has 4 temperature settings to help you find your sweet spot so easily.

Best  Vaporizers: $270 and up

PAX 3 Vaporizer– $274

From the outside, the PAX 3 may not look sharply different from its predecessor, the PAX 2.

But inside are awesome improvements that exceed your expectations.

The PAX 3 now supports both dry herbs and concentrates. Plus, the larger battery capacity lengthens your already superb vaping experience. Fast heat-up time is also notable in the PAX 3.

All these improvements are definitely worth the price!

Crafty Vaporizer – Was $339 Now $279

If you love the vapor quality from the Volcano vaporizer but wants to experience portability of rechargeable vaporizers, the Crafty is definitely for you.

The same company, Storz and Bickel, now gives you the Crafty. The efficient heating element guarantees excellent vapor quality from your dry herbs.

Plus, the smartphone app allows you to take full control of the Crafty to take your vaping experience to the next level.

Mighty Vaporizer – Was $399 Now $349

The Mighty Vaporizer by Storz and Bickel is dubbed as the Crafty’s big brother.

Unlike the Crafty though, the larger Mighty sports a display screen and precise temperature controls without the need to install a smartphone app.

But perhaps the biggest difference is the longer battery life (up to 90 minutes of continuous vaping).

This means the Mighty is our big winner int terms of battery capacity, compared to most of the portable vapes in the market.


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Published at Sat, 13 May 2017 13:38:33 +0000

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Secret Service Can Now Smoke Marijuana

By Mike Adams, TheFreshToast.com

The Secret Service can now smoke marijuana: Apparently, it was really hard to find people to fill positions.

It has become so difficult for the U.S. Secret Service to find recruits that have never before experimented with marijuana that the agency’s new director, Randolph Alles, has thrown his hands in air on the issue, announcing last week that he has relaxed the drug policy for potential new hires.

During a recent press briefing, Mr. Alles, who has been at the helm of the agency for less than three months, told reporters that it has become necessary for the Secret Service to be a little more lenient when it comes to dealing with job candidates that may have used marijuana at some point in the past.

It is for that reason that, as of last month, the agency’s drug policy has been revamped to not immediately disqualify a candidate with a history of cannabis use. Instead, the Secret Service is now giving consideration to the length of time a person has refrained from using the herb when reviewing his or her application.

For example, applicants younger than 24 are only required to show they haven’t used marijuana for a period of 12-months. Other candidates, 28-years or older, are expected to be pot-free for at least five years.

Although the agency will no longer discount candidates who admit to smoking a little weed, Alles said the agency would still maintain a strict interview process, which includes a polygraph and an extensive background check.
Now that marijuana has become legal in a growing number of states, and attitudes over the dangers associated with the substance have become more relaxed among the majority of civil society, it has become next to impossible for federal agencies, like the Secret Service, to track down qualified applicants that have not at least tried smoking weed.

If the previous drug policy were to continue, Alles said the agency would struggle to fill thousands of positions.

The agency’s new drug policy is expected to facilitate in the placement of nearly 10,000 new employees over the next several years.

“We need more people. The mission has changed,” Alles said, according to CNN. “It’s more dynamic and way more dangerous than it has been in years past.”

There is speculation that the Secret Service, whose only two jobs are to provide security for the president and his family and investigate financial crimes, is beefing up personnel in an attempt to deal with all of the anti-Trump cases that are expected to emerge over the next four years. It is the duty of the agency to investigate every threat made against the President of the United States, even if the supposed menace comes in the form of Photoshopped image posted by a D-list comedian.

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.

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Published at Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:33:53 +0000

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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.

Conclusion

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.


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

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5 Simple Ways to Save Money on Vaping Products

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Whether you’re a smoker or not, you cannot deny the effects smoking has on your body. From literally destroying your lungs to making you prone to harmful diseases like cancer, smoking causes everything. Fortunately, the majority of smokers are starting to shift to vaping, or at least consider the move.

Why Vape?

Well, for starters, vaping does not cause cancer. It does not squeeze the life out of your lungs, and it does not make you prone to critical illnesses. If that isn’t enough reason for you to begin vaping, here are some of the enticing factors about it.

  • One of the best things about electronic cigarettes is that they limit the intake of nicotine to a bare minimum. In fact, most vaping products don’t even contain nicotine.
  • Vaping liquids come in a variety of flavours. This means that you don’t have to resort to that unpleasant smoky tangent coming from your mouth.
  • The key element that causes cancer is tar that is present in abundance in a regular cigarette. When you shift to vaping, you are exposed to absolutely no tar, reducing the chances of extracting cancer by a huge margin.

Keep Your Money in Your Pockets

One of the best things about vaping is that you get to make the most of your hard-earned money instead of just smoking it out. If you are planning to make a shift, here are five great ways to make sure that you save a good portion of your money while using vaping products.

#1: Enter a Contest

One of the simplest ways get your hands on some vaping products is to enter a contest. There are several different contests held by companies throughout the year that offer free vape gear. This is a way for the vaping community ad manufacturers to make sure more people switch to this healthier alternative. So, look out for contests and giveaways!

#2: Write Testimonials

The vaping industry on a whole is still in its infancy. Businessmen that are a part of it require more people to use their products for the industry to flourish. There aren’t many ways to get a person to vape than a true testimonial. You can simply contact a vendor and ask them for a vaping kit, and in return, you can write a true testimonial. You can even offer to sponsor them on your social media in which case you can give their product a shout-out.

#3: Deals and Discounts

Want to keep things simple? Always watch out for deals! Companies tend to offer discounts from time to time and this can be a great way to save some money and get a vape pen at an extremely affordable price. You can find discounts that start at 10% and go up to an amazing 45%.

The key to landing a great product on an excellent deal is to always be on the lookout.

#4: Incentive Programs

A lot of companies also offer a variety of referral programs. Whether you use the product or are planning to make a purchase, these programs are a great way to keep your money in your pocket while getting a vaping kit. The way it works is that you will be required to refer a potential user to the company. Some manufacturers offer you points simply by referring, while others would offer your points if the referred person purchases something.

Either way, you can gather enough points to eventually purchase vaping gear on a discount. You can even get something for free, provided you have enough credit points from referrals.

#5: Engage in a Gathering

People who vape often form a co-op. This means that they acquire a large amount of vaping pens and kits from a wholesaler. This allows them to get these products at extremely low prices. You can look for such groups online or even ask a fellow vaping partner if they know someone from a co-op.

In a Nutshell

The benefits of vaping outweigh the reasons you smoke conventional cigarettes. Not only does vaping allow you to stay away from the detrimental aspects of a cigarette, it replaces them with benefits that you can enjoy! The only thing that bars a lot of people from vaping is the initial costs.

Once a person has those covered, it is expected that the vaping industry will grow at an even better pace. You can make use of the above-mentioned ways to get an e-pen without paying the full retail price.

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Published at Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:42:58 +0000

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

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Average Rating

  • PERFORMANCE

  • GRINDING QAULITY

  • VALUE FOR MONEY

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

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.


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

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Louisiana House Approves Marijuana Research Resolution, Full Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Louisiana’s House of Representatives has passed House Resolution 1899, and the full legislature has approved Senate Bill 35.

House Resolution 1899, sponsored by Representative Frank Hoffman, was passed by the House with a unanimous 93 to 0 vote. 12 member abstained from voting.

According to its official legislative digest, House Resolution 189: “Urges and requests the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Centers at New Orleans and Shreveport, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and the Louisiana State University and Southern University Agricultural Centers to pursue opportunities for basic research, applied research, and clinical trials to evaluate the safety and clinical efficacy of marijuana for therapeutic use.”

The full text of the three-page measure can be found by clicking here.

A separate marijuana-related measure, Senate Bill 35, was recently sent to Governor Bel Edwards for consideration. That measure would exempt those involved in the state’s medical marijuana program from arrest and prosecution. For the full text if Senate Bill 35, click here.

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.

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Published at Thu, 08 Jun 2017 03:34:59 +0000

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Michigan’s Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Announces Filing of 2018 Ballot Initiative

Michigan’s Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Announces Filing of 2018 Ballot Initiative

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol today announced that it has filed petition language with the State of Michigan, kicking off an effort to enact an adult use law at the ballot box in 2018.

As of the writing of this post, ballot language was not available on the Coalition’s website. Earlier today, that website linked to a March 22, 2017, draft of the ballot measure. Highlights of that draft included:

  • Allowing cultivation, processing, possession and use of marijuana by all Michigan residents more than 21 years of age.
  • Allowing “homegrow” of up to 12 plants.
  • Protecting users of marijuana from adverse governmental actions.
  • A unique provision for “microbusinesses,” which could grow up to 150 plants, process marijuana into infused products, and sell marijuana and marijuana products.
  • Provisions for licensing growers, processors, testing laboratories, retailers, and transporters, largely mirroring the State’s new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA).
  • Limits on market entry—for two years, only businesses licensed under the State’s MMFLA could receive adult use licenses for businesses other than the new microbusinesses or 100-plant growers.
  • Providing for licensure and regulations by Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Allowing municipalities to “opt out” of allowing licensed businesses, although decisions to opt out would be subject to citizen referenda.
  • Providing a short time frame for the State to act on license applications.
  • Providing that if the State did not have regulations completed within one year, adult use businesses would have the right to apply for licensing at the local level. If licensed at the local level, the State would be prohibited from enforcing regulations against the licensee for one year.
  • Although the earlier draft split tax revenue on a new 10 percent excise tax between municipalities, counties and community colleges, the Coalition’s website now states that taxes will be split between the School Aid Fund, the Transportation Fund (for repairs to roads and bridges), municipalities, and counties.

Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog will have more details on both the initiative and the next steps in the process as they become available.

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Published at Thu, 04 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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