Herbalism and Herbal Medicine Throughout the Ages

herbalism Austin Vape and Smoke is proud to carry our own line of herbal alternatives to pharmaceutical solutions: Professor Whyte’s kratom, CBD oil, lotion, crumble, and edibles. Herbal medicine and herbalism have a long history, and AVS is excited to tap into this wealth of knowledge to provide you with superior products. 

Ancient Roots

Many ancient cultures like the Chinese, Indians, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Native Americans practiced herbalism, or the study and use of plants as medicine. The earliest document recording herbal traditions is Chinese and dates from 3000 B.C. Much later, surgeons traveling with the Roman army spread their knowledge of herbalism throughout the Roman empire. For a while, herbalism was practiced...

So, Your City Banned Public Vaping: What it means for Austin’s vapers

A week ago, Austin City Council members voted unanimously to include e-cigarettes in the citywide ordinance that bans smoking from public places. Bars and restaurants around town had expressed uncertainty as to whether or not their patrons should be allowed to vape in their establishments, and this law answers that uncertainty with a resounding ‘no’. Advocates of the council’s move see e-cigarettes and the vapor they produce as potentially harmful, citing a lack of scientific evidence on the safety of vaping. To actual vapers, the news is a bit of a blow. Many Austinites trying to quit and stay off of cigarettes have switched to vaping, and credit e-cigarettes with improving their health and quality of life. In an Austin A...

Keeping it Weird: Hippie Culture in Austin

Austin’s been a bubble of blue in the great red sea of Texas for a while now, and the city’s liberal mentality has fostered a strong hippie culture that’s a huge part of why Austin is so well loved. Perhaps it’s because Austin is surrounded by red on all sides that the city’s inhabitants are so passionate about the counterculture hippie lifestyle, and have been for decades.   Austin’s hippie mentality is clearly seen by the things the city has held dear through the years, from celebrating Eeyore’s Birthday Party, a hippie bonanza that’s happened annually since 1963, with elaborate costumes, live music, and fun for all ages, to a city-wide obsession with the late Leslie Cochran, unofficial Queen of Austin, wh...

The Trouble With Tolerance: Tips and Tricks to Avoiding Kratom Tolerance (While Still Having Fun)

What’s the Deal?

As many of our kratoms customers might know (and many new users may not), frequent kratom use can cause your body to build up a tolerance to its effects, meaning you may no longer notice the amazing energy boost or pain relief you used to, or you might have to take quite a bit more kratom to get the same results.

Why Does Tolerance Happen?

Kratom alkaloids are processed by brain receptors, and over time these receptors become used to the alkaloids and are no longer stimulated by them, which is what causes tolerance. Different types of kratom will contain different alkaloids, so tolerance grows more quickly if you use one type of kratom exclusively. Even our blends of kratom, Euphoria, Uplift, and Calm, which are f...

CBD: The Facts About Cannabidiol

CBD, or Cannabidiol, and THC are two of the main components of marijuana and hemp plants, although there are “over 85 cannabinoids” in total (Medical Marijuana Inc). THC is the well-known psychoactive component of cannabis plants that causes the ‘high’ sensation popular for recreational use. CBD, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive component, meaning it does not produce the ‘high’ sensation. This means that any medicinal benefits that marijuana offers can be gotten from CBD without the side effect that concerns medical professionals.In order to most efficiently produce the desired results from CBD, the component is extracted from the cannabis plant via a CO2 extraction process, leaving the cannabidiol separated from...

CBD for EDS (Ehlers-Danlos-Syndromes)

EDS, or Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, are a group of connective tissue disorders caused by problems with collagen within the body. Because the body’s collagen is produced incorrectly or only partially, people with EDS typically experience loose and unstable joints, which can lead to frequent dislocations and early arthritis. There is no cure for EDS, so patients search for treatments that can improve symptoms and quality of life. CBD’s beneficial properties make it a perfect all-natural addition to a patient’s treatments. Below, a young woman with EDS describes how she uses CBD in combination with other medications to relieve symptoms.  Lucy*: So, I've used CBD but never vaped it, largely because I don't have much access. ...

Behind the Glass at Austin Vape and Smoke (AVS?)

glass blowing austin txAustin Vape and Smoke is proud to carry glass pieces (pipes and water pipes?) from a number of artists local to Austin. The amazing skill and creativity shown in every piece we display is the result of an artist practicing tirelessly, a dedication that has always been necessary when working with glass. Today’s popular techniques have built on centuries of glass blowing knowledge. Curious about how these delicate procedures came about, or how people started working with glass to begin with? Read on for a brief history of glass working! 

Humans and Glass

Natural glass has always existed, from occurrences like lightning strikes or volcanic eruptions, and it’s thought that stone age humans used pieces of naturally occurring glass...

How Trump And Friends May Effect CBD & THC Legalization?

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The State Of CBD & THC Legalization In Trump's Presidency

Not infrequently, a customer entering one of our shops will inquire as to the legality of our CBD and kratom products. We hear questions like: “Can I get in trouble for having this?” Our answers to these valid questions are happily positive - Kratom and CBD have been ruled to be completely legal in Texas and 43 other states, while recent and continuous strides forward in marijuana legalization would seem to be an indication that these rulings are here to stay. Seven states voted ‘yes’ to the legalization of either recreational or medical marijuana in our recent election, but these positive results are somewhat overshadowed by what I’m sure is a new question on ...

How Does CBD Affect Anxiety And PTSD In War Veterans?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the compounds that is found in cannabis. Like the other constituents of Marijuana, CBD belongs to cannabinoids. THC, a compound of Marijuana, is found in high concentration in the plant, followed by CBD. THC is the main psychoactive compound in Marijuana. The level of CBD and THC vary in different marijuana plants as each plant can make only a certain amount of resin; it is the resin content of the plant that contains both these compounds. Special breeding make it possible to make Marijuana that is high in CBD and very low in THC. Such kinds of Marijuana plants are legal in all the 50 states of America.

War Veterans and PTSD

ptsd_cannabis_veteransFor war veterans, adjusting back into the normal life can be very ...

How Does CBD Affect Pain?

Lately, there has been a lot of press about Cannabidiol or CBD, right from its ability to control seizures to being effective in pain management. CBD is the second most prevalent cannabinoid in medical marijuana; the first one being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

According to a study conducted in 2013, CBD helps reduce nausea, vomiting, seizures and combat anxiety and depression. Furthermore, CBD is also associated with anti-inflammatory properties along with antitumoral and antioxidant properties which help in fighting neurodegenerative disorders.

CBD topicals such as lotions and creams are extensively used for muscle soreness and arthritis. Those suffering from post-workout or chronic pain find these CBD topical creams very useful for ...