Archive for July, 2013
Last week, we featured a couple of products with a special emphasis on taking care of the environment and the consumer. Thankfully, more and more companies are popping up with a strong dedication to that cause. RAW is another one of them.
The founder Josh Kesselman had the idea for RAW when his friends purchased “natural” 100% additive-free cigarettes. He looked at the bleach paper the cigarettes were rolled in and thought if they could make the tobacco additive-free, he could make a natural, unbleached, unrefined paper to wrap it in. (You can read a much, much longer version of Josh’s story here.)
RAW Natural Rolling Papers contain a hybrid blend of unbleached fibers, which give it a transluscent light brown color. Each paper is watermarked with RAW’s patented CrissCross watermark to prevent runs and maintain the smoothness of the burn. Arguably one of the best benefits is its taste – using a natural paper provides the least inhibiting taste. Some reviewers have said smoking with RAW papers tastes like smoking through a pipe.
Basically, while none of us are willing to put organic deodorant to the test, RAW rolling papers work!
The following is a list of their products, which of course are available here at the Glass House in a variety of sizes:
- Interleaved Papers (available in both classic and organic hemp)
- Creaseless Papers (available in both classic and organic hemp)
- Rolls (available in both classic and organic hemp)
- Tips (available in regular, perforated, prerolled, cone and gummed)
- Rollers (available in hemp plastic or bamboo)
- Accessories (trays, filters, etc.)
- The Connoisseur™ package – includes rolling papers, tips and a unique outer sleeve with natural rubber band (available in both classic and organic hemp)
- The Artesano package – contains rolling papers, tips and a pop-out spring-loaded rolling tray
Now, RAW has developed a sort of cult following. And for good reason! Not only are Josh & co. doing good things for consumer lungs, but they’re also using their profits for the good of society. For Josh’s birthday, RAW raised enough money to fix the clefts on 8 children. The team also worked together to raise $10,000 for Wine to Water, a non-profit dedicated to creating sustainable solutions to the problem of unclean water, building wells, educating local populations on proper sanitation practices and raising awareness. This donation saved at least 100 children from dying of water-related illnesses.
If you’re looking for multiple vaping methods in one unit within a reasonable price range, the Extreme Q may be your next great investment. Made by the same folks as the Arizer Solo (which we love), the Arizer Extreme Q has recently been redesigned and reengineered with a focus on higher quality, improved performance and durability.
The Arizer Extreme Q includes the following…
- Warming unit and power adapter
- 2 x Glass Cyclone Bowls
- 1 x Glass Potpourri Dish
- 1 x Potpourri Sample
- 1 x Screen Pk (Contains 1 flat/1Dome screens)
- 1 x Remote Control
- 2 x Interchangeable/Replaceable Glass Whip Mouthpieces
- 1 x Glass Stirring Tool
- 1 x 3 Foot Whip
- 1 x Mini Whip
- 2 x Balloons/Bags with Glass Balloon Mouthpieces & O-Rings (one assembled)
- 1 x Owners Manual
- 3-year warranty
With a 3-foot whip, a mini-whip and 2 balloons, you can choose your preferred vaping method and you can mix it up depending on the context. The mini-whip may be perfect for your own personal vape sesh, but passing the balloon at a party can always spice things up.
Another benefit to the Extreme Q is the remote control, which turns the unit off and on, adjusts the temperature between 6 presets ranging from 122°F to 500°F and controls the internal fan, which will inflate the balloon with your precious herbs or produce more vapor if you’re using the whip.
Using the Extreme Q is fairly simple, making it a great starter vape. Heat the unit up – it only takes 1 to 3 minutes but most users suggest letting it warm up for longer to get it nice and hot. Fill the bowl about halfway and you’re ready to go, either to draw from the whip or start filling the balloon. As with most vaporizers, it may take a few sessions to find your sweet spot with temperature and timing, but trust us, it will be worth it.
To see the Extreme Q up close and personal, come visit us at either of our locations! Feel free to visit us on Facebook or post below with your own vaporizer experiences or any questions or suggestions you might have.
If you liked the Maui Wowie Bootube we featured earlier this week, we want to make sure you also know about Beeline Hawaii’s hemp wick. Beeline Hawaii is dedicated to taking care of both the environment and the consumer – something we really admire. This commitment absolutely shines through their product, which is a 100% organic hemp wick used as an alternative to butane lighters and matches for lighting medicinal herbs, pipes, fine cigars and hand-rolled tobacco cigarettes.
You probably have two questions.
1. Why use hemp wick?
Beeline combines hemp and beeswax, two resources that have been around since the beginning of civilization, for an all-natural, higher quality flame. It’s sustainable and self-preserving, and compared to butane, it is better for your lungs and better for the environment. Beeline hemp wick does require an external flame, but by lighting the wick rather than hitting directly from a butane lighter, you allow the Beeline to cut the toxins for you.
Also – little known facts – apparently studies have shown that burning beeswax stimulates the pituitary gland, increasing intuition, creativity and dream activity. Who would have thought? Those honeybees must really know what’s up.
And, 2. How does it work?
First, you find a flame, whether a candle or a lighter. Point the beeline downward and light the end for a couple of seconds. Once it’s lit, hold it just above/in front of your piece of choice (pipe, bowl, cigarette, etc.) and light it just like you would with a lighter. Now taste those natural flavors, uninhibited by butane! Just don’t forget to extinguish that flame.
Something as simple as switching to Beeline hemp wick can improve your health and the health of Mother Earth. Added bonus – all of Beeline Hawaii’s packs, display boxes and literature are printed on recycled or hemp paper.
So check us out if you want to see Beeline up close and personal! Or, as always, hit us up on Facebook or in the comment section.
Of all industries, ours understands the importance of being “green” more than most! Thankfully, more and more opportunities are arising for us to smoke and toke while remaining environmentally friendly. If it’s from the earth, we should be able to enjoy it without hurting the earth. And we can!
Today we’re featuring a water pipe from the hillsides of Maui, Hawaii. I think we all know that Hawaiians have mastered the art of relaxation, and Hawaii was named the happiest state in America this year. Maybe the Maui Wowie Bootube has something to do with that?
The Maui Wowie Bootube is a bamBOO tube – made of black bamboo harvested from largest certified organic black bamboo farm in the western hemisphere. Maui Wowie calls it a 100% sustainable “Living Glass” water pipe and the only fully sustainable organic water pipe on the market. Maui Wowie did their research to discover this variety of black bamboo is naturally resistant to mold, mildew, cracking and water damage, making it an ideal choice for smoking.
The “green” aspect of the Bootube doesn’t end with the bamboo. Maui hand-harvested, organic beeswax seals the inside of the Bootube, and hempseed oil is used to finish the outside. You’ll find no inorganic, toxic or GMO materials in the Bootube. The bowl is crafted with standard clear milled glass-on-glass, but this can be upgraded with your choice of ten different bowls and customized branding.
We at The Glass House join Maui Wowie in encouraging you to burn green! Interested in the Bootube? Stop by and see us!
Feel free to share the ways you’ve found to keep your smoking friendly to the environment on our Facebook page or in the comment section below!
Many of our featured products so far have been vaporizers of all kinds, including portable, tabletop, essential oil, raw plant, etc. Today we’re moving on to water pipes – specifically, a brand called Scientific Inhalations (SI) located in Grass Valley (get it? get it?), California.
Water pipes are a great investment for those who enjoy prefer smoking to vaping and want something a little healthier, smoother and more potent than less filtered smoking methods. Water pipes also require less product than other traditional smoking methods, so if you smoke on the reg, you’ll reap the benefits in your wallet as well!
SI pieces are individually hand blown in the United States by professional glass blowers using high quality German joints and Simex or Schott glass, making them both elegant and durable. Straight pipes are available, which come with a downstem, bowl and five different color options for the lip and base band. SI also offers custom pipes, which come with a downstem hand-crafted custom splash guard and bowl. No two of their custom pipes will be exactly the same.
While SI’s custom and straight pipes are a great buy, McFinn’s water pipe, especially McFinn’s Triple-Filtered, is their real treasure. McFinn’s Triple-Filtered is perfect for those looking for the healthiest possible smoke, as it utilizes a special filtering system with Virgin Coconut Carbon. Virgin Coconut Carbon is used for air purification and absorption of odorous or colored substances, so it removes many of the impurities from the smoking process to give you a smoother, cleaner hit. Smoke is also pulled through organic cotton during McFinn’s filtration process, eliminating the synthetic chemicals present in conventional cotton.
McFinn’s standard version comes with a splash guard, standard filter, downstem, bowl and tube of Activated Virgin Coconut Carbon. The Triple-Filtered also includes a tube Organic Cotton and pictures to assist with the removal of used carbon and cotton.
As always, we’re here to help you find the pipe that works best for your needs. We love SI and we think you will too! Feel free to stop by either of our locations, visit our Facebook page or leave a comment in the section below!
We can’t lie – at the Glass House, we have a soft spot for herbs. And concentrates. And oils of all kinds. But we don’t discriminate! Nicotine lovers, The Glass House is a place for you too. We carry a variety of electronic cigarettes, including (but not limited to) Max Vapor products, the Ego-T, the E-Pine, the Blade, True Vapor products and Lush Vapor e-juices. If you already own an e-cigarette, we carry all replacement parts and all the e-juice you’ll need. If you’re just beginning your venture into the world of e-cigs, our starter packs are $35 and include a free 10ml liquid.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Why should you even consider an e-cigarette? Plenty of folks pick up e-cigs as a step to quitting cigarettes altogether or to simply enjoy a healthier smoke. Depending on the e-juice, e-cigarettes can provide the same amount of nicotine as a conventional cigarette – but they eliminate combustion. This in turn eliminates the toxins that can cause lung disease and cancer later in life.
The taste is another benefit of using an electronic cigarette. Instead of smoking tobacco, e-cigarette users vape a liquid solution usually made of propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerin (VG) mixed with concentrated flavors (and nicotine). These flavors include regular tobacco and menthol, but many e-juice makers like Lush Vapor also offer flavors as creative and delicious as Jolly Rancher, Orange Julius and Mountain Dew. Whatever flavor you’re after, you’re likely to find it!
With the variety of e-cigarettes on the market, you should have no trouble selecting one that fits your style. Some are almost identical to an actual cigarette, others look ultra-modern (like the sleek chrome finish of the Blade) and still others resemble a ballpoint pen and come in every color imaginable.
One thing we do NOT recommend is trying to vape essential oils or concentrates through your e-cigarette – unless you really know what you’re doing. Traditional vaporizers and even portable pen vaporizers are designed to provide enough heat to vape those materials, but e-cigarettes are not. Trust us on this one. We have plenty of vaporizers that vape essential oils, concentrates and raw plant beautifully, and we’re happy to show them to you!
Come by the shop to get the full array of e-cigarettes, e-liquids and replacement parts available. And don’t forget to let us know which products you prefer in the comment section below or on our Facebook page!
Far away in the land of Ontario, Arizer has given us arguably the most effective portable vaporizer for flowers on the market. The Arizer Solo takes less than a minute to heat up, is simple to use and to clean, and produces incredible clouds with excellent flavor and heat distribution. Those Canadians definitely know what they’re doing.
The Arizer Solo features elegant and durable design in either black or silver. At 4.5″ in height and 1.75” in diameter, the Solo is designed to fit in the palm of your hand (unless you have baby hands). It consists of a high-quality lithium ion battery, a ceramic heating element and 2 glass stems, one straight and one curved. Vaping is as simple as powering it up, choosing your temperature (7 settings) and packing the bowl.
The Solo has received rave reviews from vape fans everywhere, so we wanted to sum up some of its best features for you:
1. It’s completely portable, with no cords or wires. As it should be, since it is a portable vaporizer, after all.
2. It utilizes glass instead of mucking up the flavor of your herbs with plastic. The glass also makes the vapor path astonishingly smooth and capable of producing dynamite clouds.
3. The clouds, you guys. The clouds.
4. The lithium ion battery provides 1-2 hours of continuous use. This is a lot of battery power. It take about 4 hours to completely recharge and the vape cannot be used while it’s charging, but if you plug it in while you’re not vaping, you’ll be golden. 1-2 hours will cover several vaping sessions.
5. The diffusing tubes/draw whips include 2 small holes in the glass on the bowl end so no screens are necessary. The simplicity is not only more attractive, but makes cleaning the piece much easier.
The Solo also features a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty, restricted to normal use. Due to quality craftsmanship, the Solo’s heating element is backed by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty and the lithium battery is covered by a one year warranty.
Feel free to stop by, leave a comment below or visit us on our Facebook page to ask us questions or tell us about your experience with the Arizer Solo. We’re here to help!
Hand check! Today we’re featuring a hands-free table top vaporizer for flower with a whip-style mouthpiece. The VaporBrothers Hands Free includes a ground taper that fits on the vaporizer and allows the whip to stay connected. Because you have better things to be doing with your hands.
Comprising the VaporBrothers Hands Free are the actual wood box (available in natural, dark coffee and black) which contains the heating element, the Natural Mineral Easy Change HF Whip® handpiece and the Natural Mineral™ Mouthpiece. To use, power on, set the temperature to one of 3 options (310, 350 or 425), fill the bowl by pulling the herbs into the mouthpiece with the whip and vape away.
Included with the vaporizer…
- Organic Botanical Blend sample
- Bamboo pick
- AromaBulb™ oil diffuser
- Essential Oil Sample
- Natural Mineral Easy Change HF Whip® Handpiece
- Natural Mineral™ Mouthpiece
- Class IV medical grade plastic tubing
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
The VaporBrothers Hands Free especially appeals to the health conscious. VaporBrothers is committed to ensuring their products include no toxins. This means their plastic tubing is Class IV medical grade, BPA and DEHP-free. They abide by RoHS standards, tested free of lead, mercury and Cr6+, and their heater is a 100% ceramic Natural Mineral Heater made exclusively by them.
The Natural Mineral Easy Change HF Whip® Handpiece features a ceramic whip handle and ceramic mouthpiece made from the same material as the heating element. This ceramic is not only healthier and more natural than other vaporizers’ glass counterparts, but it’s also much more durable. The whip does include a stainless steel screen rather than a ceramic screen, but if you’re hardcore, you can replace it with a ceramic screen without compromising the integrity of the vape.
Questions about the VaporBrothers Hands Free? Visit us on Facebook, use the comment section below or come see us at either of our locations!
Since our 7/10 post, we can’t stop thinking about edibles. MagicalButter is an appliance that makes baking much easier – it grinds, heats and stirs (dirty!), extracting those sweet botanicals to help you make herbal butter, oil, tincture, lotion or whatever else you desire.
MagicalButter was founded by the friend of a Chrohn’s disease sufferer as a way to simplify the process of pain management. The company promotes trying herbal remedies before resorting to pharmaceutical pills, and edibles, oils and lotions are definitely a healthier option than smoking daily. Of course, MagicalButter can be used for more than just pain management – the website includes recipes for a hangover cure and toasted turkey, and there’s nothing like a special batch of brownies to spice up a party.
If you think using a crockpot is easy enough for concocting your own butter, you may be missing out. MagicalButter is simple to use and fairly self-explanatory, giving you the best temperatures and timer options for butter, oil and tincture and leaving little room for error. There is no scent with this device, so your house isn’t marinating in the scent of your product as it does its work. Oh…and did we mention it cleans itself?
How it works:
1. Open the lid and pour in your ingredients (see recipes on the MagicalButter website or make your own!).
2. Press the timer button to your desired function (butter/1 hour, oil/2 hours, tincture/4 hours, 8 hours or clean).
3. Press the temperature button to your desired function (160F, 190F, 220F, 250F) – default for herbs is 160F.
4. Let the cycle finish, open the lid and pour the contents into your own container using the filter provided.
5. Fill MagicalButter with soap and water, then press the button labeled “clean.”
And you’re done!
MagicalButter also comes with a one-year limited warranty.
Come visit us at either of our locations to see the MagicalButter for yourself, and please feel free to leave a comment below or on our Facebook page with your favorite recipe!
We know many of you wait all year for 4/20, and we’ve got many months to go before it comes around again. But guess what? We’ve got another holiday to tide you over. If 4/20 is for dry plants, think of this as a day to celebrate oils and concentrates. Turn OIL upside down and what do you get? 710. That’s today!
So in honor of 7/10, here are our top ten reasons to observe this very important day (as if we ever needed an excuse):
We’ve featured several pieces on the blog recently that are designed to vape just one thing – either essential oils or dry herbs. Today we’d like to tell you about the DaVinci Vaporizer, which can be used with essential oils, dry herbs or concentrates.
The DaVinci (yes, like Leonardo) is a portable vape about the size of a small cell phone that can be conveniently stored in a pocket or handbag. Although it may be compact, it certainly isn’t delicate – apparently the makers drop tested it six times from ten feet and the vape was still in tact. This kind of strength is important for certain people, like those who drop their cell phones on the ground all the time…you know who you are.
For power, the DaVinci features rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Battery life lasts about an hour and a half, and recharging can take three to four, but thankfully you can still vape while it charges. It comes with the following pieces:
- 1 Vaporizer
- 1 Cleaning Brush
- 1 110v-240v Wall Charger
- 1 Flexi Straw
- Pack of 3 Large Replacement Screens and6 small replacement screens
- 2 Oil Cans
- Instructional Manual, Quickstart Guide and Vaporizer Temperature Guide
- 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty
Using the DaVinci couldn’t be simpler. First, pack the vaporizer with herbs, or use the oil cans provided to pack it with oils or concentrates. The three buttons on the front turn the heater on or off and allow you to adjust the temperature based on what you’re vaporizing. It only takes a minute or two to heat up and you’re ready to vape away. Another nice bonus about the DaVinci is that it’s self-contained. No travel or accessory bag is necessary because it has a built-in storage compartment for its pieces.
So, if you’re looking for a convenient and compact vaporizer that will cover all your herb, oil and concentrate needs, the DaVinci just might be the one for you. Let us know your thoughts about the DaVinci or any of our other products by commenting below or visiting us on Facebook!
Calling all nerds! We’ve found the vaporizer for you: the Life Saber Vape (AKA the Light Saber Vape), made by the innovative professionals at 7th Floor in Colorado Springs. In all seriousness, though, this multi-use vape will appeal to more than just Stars Wars fans for its durability, effectiveness and downright cool design.
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