3 Ways To Become A Functional Stoner And Still Smoke Weed Every Day

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Do you like “that good good,” but are also attending school or working a full-time job? Then this one’s for you.

Stereotypically, stoners are seen in sort of a negative light. For many people, smoking weed actually turns them into more productive, useful human beings, and it can even make them happier. Weed allows you to think about things differently, stay calm and realize there may be alternative ways to deal with stressful situations.

My more “difficult” personality traits may or may not make me very anxious, rigid, controlling and ill-tempered. Many times, I tend to be my own worst enemy. I also work harder than most people I know.

My mom, who hates the fact that I smoke (even though we’ve never explicitly confirmed that I do), always said to me, “I don’t care what you do in your spare time, as long as you get good grades and stay out of trouble.” Well, I took that and ran with it.

I’ve gone through phases where I smoke every day to where I quit smoking altogether. Because of this, it’s easy for me to compare my stoner life and my sober life. Now, there’s definitely an art that goes into being a “functional stoner.”

So, for all of you out there who are worried you can’t be a normal human and smoke every day, here’s your how to guide:

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How do vape pens work? A peek inside these modern marvels

What is a vape pen, exactly, and how does it work? Here’s essential info (and cool trivia, too):

When cannabis is heated to temperatures between 300-450 degrees Fahrenheit, cannabinoids like psychoactive THC (and myriad other compounds) take flight, volatilizing into tiny airborne droplets that form an aerosol we call smoke or “vapor.” Vape pens accomplish this basic marijuana math using a battery-powered heating element to cook cannabis oil that is typically mixed with a substance like propylene glycol to decrease viscosity.

The first modern vape pen — crafted by Chinese pharmacist and inventor Hon Lik, whose patents are now owned and litigation-backed by Imperial Tobacco — actually vaporizes liquid into a gaseous state using high-frequency ultrasonic vibration. If that seems hard to wrap your head around, it totally is, which is one reason other vape pens just use a simple heater to approximate that patented vaporization idea.

A closer look at vape pen components

1. The tank

The cannabis oil holder is usually called a tank if refillable, or cartridge if it’s intended for single-use. It’s also typically combined with the atomizer as a single unit. Tanks are usually polycarbonate plastic, but glass and stainless steel tanks can also be found.

2. The atomizer

The little heater in a vape pen is called an atomizer. Fancier versions are called cartomizers, clearomizers or other new jargon, but they are still atomizers at heart — that pint-size heating element converts liquid to tiny airborne droplets. Atomizing is what we should really call vaping, but that’s a lost cause for sure.

If you dab a bit of oil on the heating element, that product will likely be labeled an atomizer. Surround the atomizer with polyfill material to keep it saturated with oil from a separate tank and it’s a cartomizer. Drip the oil from a separate tank onto the atomizer using a silica wick and it’s a clearomizer. The wick can be swapped for cotton, steel mesh, or other “premium” materials.

3. The sensors and software

Some vape pens automatically turn on when the user inhales through it, while others use a push button to toggle the heating element. Both of these methods require sensors to determine when the user is inhaling or button-pushing. Embedded software controls the various pen parts.

4. The battery

Vape pen batteries must provide enough current to power a tiny heater that reaches 400 degrees in mere seconds. So, just like your cell phones and other power-hungry devices, vape pens use rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which have high energy density. They also have a very small chance of exploding if improperly charged.

With these components working together — and some cannabis oil to fill it with — the vape pen produces a cannabinoid-rich puff of smoke.

 

[Article originally found on The Cannabist]

How to Roll a Blunt: Blunt Wrap

Have you ever wondered how to roll a blunt? This is Part 1 of a 4 part series that will teach you how to roll a blunt using a variety of different papers and techniques. Today, we’ll learn how to roll a blunt using a blunt wrap.

The term “blunt” refers to the thickness and rough edge of the wraps that are used in cigars. Rolling a blunt can be done with any tobacco leaf, though there are a few common ones. Blunt wraps are exceptionally common along the west coast and are very easy to roll. You can find blunt wraps at most convenience stores, along with cigars and cigarillos.

Blunt wraps are great for beginner rollers.

Step 1: Get Supplies and Prepare Filter

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Supplies:

  • 1 Blunt Wrap
  • 1 Gram of Cannabis
  • Filter (optional)
  • A Grinder (recommended)

Be sure to check your blunt wrap for rips, holes or dryness. If your blunt wrap is too dry you can lick it to re-moisturize it. We recommend getting a few extra blunt wraps incase you run into any issues with your first attempt.

If you are using a filter, take this time to roll that into the shape you like.

Step 2: Grind Up the Cannabis

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You can use your fingers, scissors, a grinder or something more imaginative, but the more evenly your weed is broken down, the more evenly your blunt will roll. If you’ve never used a grinder, check out our tutorial on how to use a grinder.

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Advanced Cannabis E-Liquid Guide

I recently purchased an O.Pen and I’ve been looking in to how to make my own e-liquid for the cartridges and I found this great article with the step by step process. I can’t wait to try this out and give you guy my update. For now, enjoy and I hope you learn something like I did!


[This article first appeared on vaporblog.org.]

I’ve written two previous guides on how to make cannabis e-liquid from loose leaf on VaporBlog which have received a ton of attention and lots of e-mails. However, I’ve recently discovered a new method which produces some incredibly potent e-liquid starting out with loose leaf cannabis that I feel the need to share with readers here. Although this method has produced the strongest cannabis e-juice of any loose leaf method I’ve used so far, it involves a lot more work than the other guides (but the end result makes it well worth it) and you’ll need to follow the steps closely. The process is done in two steps (which is why it works so well); the first step creates a potent cannabis concentrate, and the second step disperses the concentrate into e-liquid (the same kind found in e-cigarettes, but without any nicotine) in the most efficient manner possible. One of the biggest changes compared to the previous guides is the substitution of tradition e-cigarette juice with EJ Mix. EJ Mix is a special PG mix (less viscous, still food grade) used to transform cannabis concentrates into a liquid form which produces a much better result than with traditional e-liquid bases. This means better vaporization with less atomizer clogging. Batches require 1-2mL of mix so expect a bottle to last quite some time! Furthermore, you can substitute the loose leaf cannabis with already vaped bud (AVB) or a concentrate (which you can make from AVB!), just skip ahead to the appropriate section in the guide (start at Part One, Step 3 for AVB and Part Two for Concentrates!). Moreover, you can also use the Rosin Technique (see my guide) to make a potent concentrate and then skip ahead to step 2.

First you’ll need to obtain all the necessary ingredients and materials before you start the process. In order to make the advanced e-liquid, you’ll require the following items:

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