Portable Dabbers

Portable dabbers are the newest in a long line of products made for convenient and efficient consumption of marijuana.  Just when you thought leafy green weed was taking the world by storm, a whole bevy of new consumables has become available.  In addition to tinctures, lotions, capsules, and edibles, wax or “dabs”, is a new concentrated bi-product of the marijuana industry.  Though it has many different forms, and several different manufacturing methods, at the end of the day, it all serves the same purpose. (photos)
  • Oil; A.K.A Honey Oil, Stick ‘n’ Pull, Sap, Errl, Goo, 710
  • Wax; A.K.A Earwax, Candle, Miyagi, Budder
  • Shatter; A.K.A Amber, Rosin
shatter Normally concentrate is consumed using a wa...

Is Kratom Legal?: The Pros and Cons

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Is Kratom legal?kratomillegal

Is Kratom legal? Seems like a simple question with a simple answer, right? Unfortunately it isn’t exactly so clear when it comes down to it. In the majority of the US, Kratom is fully legal, but a few states still have pending legislation, and several states have made it outright illegal.

Who Takes Kratom?

Kratom is an effective herbal remedy for a litany of symptoms and ailments, making it popular with people from all walks of life. Although Kratom does have some recreational effects, the medicinal possibilities are really what makes this plant so versatile.

Opioid Withdrawal

shutterstock_306061226One of Kratom’s most important uses is for opiate withdrawal. Kratom acts as a safe, natural alternative to Methadone or Suboxone, by ...

The Truth About Medical Marijuana

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Medical Marijuana; is this a joke?

Medical marijuana is one of the most talked about subjects in the US today.  It may seem like weed has been taking over the world since Colorado and Washington decided to fully legalize its use in 2012, but in reality, the fight for marijuana, both medicinal and otherwise, has been silently raging in this country since prohibition began.  The federal government defines a Schedule I drug as:
...drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. “
Drugs included in the Schedule I are:
“heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ma...

Answers to Your Diacetyl Questions

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What the hell is Diacetyl?

Lately, the use butter flavoring containing diacetyl has come widely under scrutiny. This may sound like bad news for vapers who love the oh-so-delicious buttery style e-liquid.diacetylAccording to the CDC:
Diacetyl is a chemical that was found to be a prominent volatile constituent in butter flavoring and air at the microwave popcorn plant initially investigated by NIOSH. Diacetyl is also known as the alpha-diketone, 2,3-butanedione, or by its Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number, 431-03-08.
Now for those of us that aren’t fluent in science talk, what they are saying is that diacetyl is a chemical in butter flavoring. It was only suspected of being harmful after several employees at a popcorn factory inha...

CBD Oil; Miracle Medicine?

CBD; What is this stuff anyway?

Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is changing how many people view cannabis. In order to understand more about CBD, it is important to understand the cannabis plant as a whole. There are over 480 natural components found within the Cannabis plant, of which 66 have been classified as "cannabinoids", chemicals unique to the plant. The most widely known and studied of the 66 cannabinoids is Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, however in the recent years, another cannabinoid, cannabidiol or CBD, has been getting quite a bit of attention.1318241492__image__thc-cbd-structureThere are both male and female cannabis plants. The male plant,commonly referred to as hemp, contains little to no THC. This is traditionally used to make everything fro...

Putting “fun” in FUNdraiser!

We like to put the "fun" in "fundraiser" here at Austin Vape and Smoke!We are committed to giving back, and although we do what we can to help all people who need it, Toys For Tots has a special place in our hearts.  We'd like to thank our US Marines for organizing Toys for Tots every year (like they don't have enough to do!).  The smile on the face of a child in need is something we can all get behind.A big thank you to everyone that came out to our fundraiser in support of Toys For Tots with us last weekend! If you missed it, it was a great time with fabulous entertainment, delicious food, cold beer and good friends.  Together we were able to collect lots of toys and over $200 in cash to send to our favorite charity Toys F...

Tunes for Tots!

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Tunes for Tots Fundraiser

 Here at Austin Vape and Smoke we are committed to community service and the betterment of our city.  Tunes for Tots is the latest fundraiser from the AVS crew.  Over the past 6 weeks or so, we have been working very hard to plan an event that will be fun and engaging for the members of the community, to benefit one of our favorite charities, Toys for Tots.  We're calling out to our fellow Austinites to come help us make a difference in lives of children. 

Tunes for Tots will feature live music from local musicians:

      David Stewart                                               Drag Me Over The Rainbow                                           F...

Kratom; What Is It?

If you’ve recently stopped by your local smoke shop, chances are you’ve seen a new product for sale called Kratom. Sold in the US as a fine, loose powder or in capsules, Kratom is a natural substance with a variety of uses. Commonly in the western world, it is used recreationally. Just like with cannabis, different strains of the plant produce different effects. Kratom-Colors 

What exactly is Kratom?

Kratom, or mitragyna speciosa, is an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. It’s medicinal and psychoactive effects have attracted a wide range of users and recently the plant has been growing in popularity in the United States. According to Wikipedia, the leaves of this plant have been used in Thailand as “an antidiarrhoeal, a...

Vaping Dry Herbs; What are the Benefits?

 420; Don't Blaze It

 If you’re living in one of the states that has legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use,  you’ve probably noticed that the stereotype of the “Cheech-and-Chong-lazy-stoner” is proving to be the exception rather than the rule.  In addition to it’s many medical uses, more and more people are using marijuana as a safer alternative to alcohol for rest and recreation.  There have been ZERO reported deaths due to marijuana overdose, while alcohol claims nearly 88,000 lives annually in the US alone. Now while marijuana may prove to be safer than alcohol in the moment, there are still dangers that come along with inhaling any type of smoke.  This is why vaping dry herbs is such an attractive n...

Tank Vaping vs Drip Vaping

To Drip or Not to Drip?

It may seem like vaping has taken over the world these past few years, but the truth is, the dream of an alternative to traditional cigarettes is much, much older than the current trend. According to Wikipedia, “The earliest e-­cigarette can be traced to American Herbert A. Gilbert who in 1963 patented ‘a smokeless non­tobacco cigarette’ that involved ‘replacing burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist, flavored air.' This device produced flavored steam without nicotine."While the idea has been around for more than five decades, the modern e-cigs that we all recognize today didn’t exist until 2003. Since its inception, vaping has exploded in popularity. The habit of cigarette smoking is not...