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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.

 

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	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



 

Normally concentrate is consumed using a water pipe and what is referred to as a “nail”.  Nails can be made from quartz (think glass but much harder), titanium, or ceramic.  The nail is heated with flame, usually coming from a butane torch.  A “dabber” usually a quartz or titanium tool is used to scoop up a bit of the concentrate and drop it onto the nail.  After this, typically a “carb cap” is used to cover the hot nail and eliminate wasted vapor.  While this process is tried and true, it requires some space.  For those looking to consume…

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   Normally concentrate is consumed using a water pipe and what is referred to as a “nail”.  Nails can be made from quartz (think glass but much harder), titanium, or ceramic.  The nail is heated with flame, usually coming from a butane torch.  A “dabber” usually a quartz or titanium tool is used to scoop up a bit of the concentrate and drop it onto the nail.  After this, typically a “carb cap” is used to cover the hot nail and eliminate wasted vapor.  While this process is tried and true, it requires some space.  For those looking to consume…


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Is Kratom legal?
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
One of Kratom’s most important uses is for opiate withdrawal. Kratom acts as a safe, natural alternative to Methadone or Suboxone, by treating the symptoms of withdrawal. Kratom can soothe muscle and body aches, improve mood and attitude, regulate fever and even satisfy opiate cravings.  After a week or two, when the physical addiction has subsided, users can stop using Kratom and go on to begin opiate free lives.
Physical Pain
Strains of Kratom often used for pain are usually found in the Sunda Islands, more specifically Indonesia. Most Kratom strains found in this area have naturally developed a high alkaloid blend helping them to relieve pain,…

Is Kratom Legal?: The Pros and Cons




Is Kratom legal? 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 One of Kratom’s most important uses is for opiate withdrawal. Kratom acts as a safe, natural alternative to Methadone or Suboxone, by treating the symptoms of withdrawal. Kratom can soothe muscle and body aches, improve mood and attitude, regulate fever and even satisfy opiate cravings.  After a week or two, when the physical addiction has subsided, users can stop using Kratom and go on to begin opiate free lives. Physical Pain Strains of Kratom often used for pain are usually found in the Sunda Islands, more specifically Indonesia. Most Kratom strains found in this area have naturally developed a high alkaloid blend helping them to relieve pain,…


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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), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote”


 

That means, in the eyes of the federal government, marijuana is more dangerous than cocaine (Schedule II), methamphetamine (Schedule II), ketamine (Schedule III), and even benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium (Schedule IV).  That also means that as far as Uncle Sam is concerned, marijuana has no medical advantages.


 

 



 
Robert Randall
In 1975 while police were raiding a neighbor’s home, they discovered a marijuana plant growing on the front porch of Robert Randall.  Mr. Randall was subsequently arrested for possession of…

The Truth About Medical Marijuana




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), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote”   That means, in the eyes of the federal government, marijuana is more dangerous than cocaine (Schedule II), methamphetamine (Schedule II), ketamine (Schedule III), and even benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium (Schedule IV).  That also means that as far as Uncle Sam is concerned, marijuana has no medical advantages.       Robert Randall In 1975 while police were raiding a neighbor’s home, they discovered a marijuana plant growing on the front porch of Robert Randall.  Mr. Randall was subsequently arrested for possession of…


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Answers to Your Diacetyl Questions




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. According 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 inhaled large amounts of the chemical and developed bronchiolitis obliterans, what has become commonly known as “popcorn lung”. The CDC has not yet found a direct link between diacetyl and lung disease.   So what’s the worst case scenario? An epidemic of pulmonary disease was discovered among workers in a popcorn factory in Jasper, Missouri in 2001. Workers were suffering from Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome, a disease of the lung that m akes it difficult to breathe. This quickly became known as “popcorn lung”. After one year, 25 out of 117…


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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. There 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 from rope, to cloth, fuel and even soap. The female plant, which produces the flower, is the most commonly associated with consumption, however enthusiasts and manufacturers have found a way to harness the power of the male plant. In states where marijuana is still illegal, industrial hemp is being used to produce CBD oil. Even though industrial hemp contains little to no THC, it can be used to extract CBD oil. Since the hemp contains almost no THC, there is no federal…


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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 For Tots.  If you couldn’t make it, we hope to see you at a fundraiser of ours in the future!   Friends of Austin Vape and Smoke …


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Tunes for Tots!




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                                           Fred Spence & Michael B                                                                                          Grumpy Puppy:            …


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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.     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, as a treatment for opioid dependence, as well as premature ejaculation”. Traditionally, users chew between 10-60 fresh leaves a day. In addition to its medicinal advantages, the leaves can have other effects ranging from an enhancement in creativity to euphoria. In small doses, Kratom can have an uplifting and energizing effect, but as doses increase it is more likely to have a sedating effect.     Different strains of the plant are distinguished by their white, red or green veins. White Vein Kratom White Vein strains are the most energizing of…


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 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 new option. 

 



 
Smoking is a Thing of the Past
The most common form of marijuana consumption is arguably burning.  Whether rolled into a joint or smoked from an elegant piece of glass, most marijuana consumers are burning the plant and breathing in plumes of smoke.   Not everyone is comfortable with this process so the industry is constantly coming up with new ways for users to consume the plant. Long before legalization was even a pipe dream, smokers were already looking for new…

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 new option.      Smoking is a Thing of the Past The most common form of marijuana consumption is arguably burning.  Whether rolled into a joint or smoked from an elegant piece of glass, most marijuana consumers are burning the plant and breathing in plumes of smoke.   Not everyone is comfortable with this process so the industry is constantly coming up with new ways for users to consume the plant. Long before legalization was even a pipe dream, smokers were already looking for new…


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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 notoriously one of the hardest habits to break. You smoke when you drink, you smoke when you’re stressed, you smoke after you eat, when you wake up, before bed, after sex, in the car, and on your lunch break. For smokers, cigarettes are like a dear friend. A dear friend that’s always trying to kill you.

For years people have struggled to find ways to give up their vice in favor of a healthier lifestyle. From patches, gums and prescription medications, to lollipops, chewing straws and munching on…

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 notoriously one of the hardest habits to break. You smoke when you drink, you smoke when you’re stressed, you smoke after you eat, when you wake up, before bed, after sex, in the car, and on your lunch break. For smokers, cigarettes are like a dear friend. A dear friend that’s always trying to kill you. For years people have struggled to find ways to give up their vice in favor of a healthier lifestyle. From patches, gums and prescription medications, to lollipops, chewing straws and munching on…


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