E-cigarettes this, e-cigarettes that…over the past few years, the trend has exploded, and now we see them everywhere from bars to cars. People use e-cigarettes for a variety of reasons – to quit smoking, or just as a safer alternative, to smoke indoors or in crowded venues where the smoke could bother others, or to prevent their children from inhaling secondhand smoke.
Scientists and health professionals have been warning us that not enough research has been done, and the devices simply haven’t been around long enough, to know whether e-cigarettes are truly a healthy alternative to cigarettes. We’re fans of the devices (although prefer Advanced Personal Vaporizers for more serious vapers), and we know you guys are too, so we thought we’d do a little research and let you know what we find.
And, what we found is that “no cigarette is a safe cigarette” is a pretty safe rule to live by. E-cigarettes don’t burn tobacco leaves combined with a ton of additives, at least 69 of which are carcinogenic, so that’s definitely positive! Voltages of e-cigarettes below 3.2V emit 800 times less formaldehyde than a cigarette. Higher voltages produce more carcinogens, and so it’s important for e-cig users concerned about safety to keep their voltage low, which is usually possible as many allow you to manually adjust.
At the end of the day, you’re still inhaling something into your lungs other than the air. So in that respect, “no cigarette is a safe cigarette.” But e-cigarettes, especially at low voltages, do still seem safer.
The following Daily Beast article is a great introduction to both e-cigarettes and vaporizers, and does a really great job of educating readers on E-Cigs 101. Check it out at http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/this-is-your-e-cigarette-on-drugs.html. And remember that we carry everything from the simplest e-cigarettes and juices to some pretty fancy schmancy portable vaporizers…if that’s something you want to check out.
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One of the best things about working at The Glass House? The culture and community (including you, our customers!). We’re surrounded by awesome people right here in the Dallas Fort-Worth area, but we’re also connected to a larger community of artists and advocates. Nothing beats it!
Today we want to give a shout-out to Dan P. Glass, a Michigan artist who has received international recognition for his sandblasting experiments, self-taught cold working techniques, and overall versatility. Dan P. is known best for his Native American Peace Pipes and large-scale weaponry like Oriental Swords and Battle Axes. Baller!!
If you’ve seen a Dan P. piece, you know it. The colors are vibrant, the technique is polished and sexy. Want to see flower petals on your pipe? Crushed opal to add some sparkle? Ethereal pendants? You got it. For those who like their pieces to reflect their personalities, or for function and beauty to go hand-in-hand, Dan P. is your guy. Stop by The Glass House and check out some of his gorgeous pendants. You can also see his other work at www.danpglass.com.
When Upworthy posted a selection from Emily Baxter’s art project, “We Are All Criminals,” we wonder if they anticipated such a wave of negative feedback (on Facebook, that is, where it’s too easy to forget that you should never read the comments).
You might remember when New York Times writer Maureen Dowd ignorantly consumed an entire edible – way more than the suggested dosage – and had an 8-hour anxiety attack. We know it sounds harsh calling Maureen ignorant, especially when the packaging of this particular edible doesn’t do much to call attention to the candy’s high concentration of THC. But let’s call a spade a spade. When was the last time you decided to do some drugs without asking any questions? If you did, and you enjoyed the experience, you should thank your lucky stars.
“But it’s legal! We shouldn’t have to ask questions about it!” Okay, think about that statement, and then take some personal responsibility.
But okay, okay, honestly, we’re glad Colorado and Washington are playing the guinea pigs of marijuana legalization. They’re staking out uncharted territory and figuring out what works and what doesn’t as far as industry best practices. And their communication lapses show us what information is important to communicate to those embarking on edible journeys for the first time.
Drug policy experts are pointing to candy bars like Dowd’s as a force that could fuel even more controversy and legalization backlash. They fear people may lose confidence from the many horror stories, especially pointing at American eating habits. We aren’t used to sitting down and eating half of a baked good. Thankfully, Colorado is now finalizing rules that will require edible makers to score their products into serving sized pieces, or to package serving sizes separately.
Think about it. After prohibition (or after the prohibition your parents inflicted upon you), people had to learn how much alcohol to drink so they wouldn’t puke, pass out, or make terrible, TERRIBLE decisions. Does that mean you call the liquor store or the news media and whine about how the alcohol you consumed got you too fucked up? I guess you could…but you’ll hear a LOT of laughing in the background.
With the growing marijuana industry, is now the time to purchase stock? We’re no market experts, but Cody Willard is. He writes for the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, and recently posted a summary of the best and worst stocks to purchase in the marijuana industry.
Willard’s biggest warning is to stay away from penny stocks. Playing penny stocks will likely lose you money. Not to worry, though – he offers alternative investment options, especially those that will supply the more industrial-sized marijuana farms, like Lindsay and Calgon Carbon.
Lindsay Manufacturing is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. It’s the manufacturer of Zimmatic brand center-pivot irrigation systems, and also manufactures farm and construction machinery, as well as road and railroad infrastructure equipment. Calgon Carbon is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and offers products and services that remove contaminants and odors from liquids and gases.
Another suggestion from Willard? Keep an eye on Potash Corporation. Located in Saskatchewan, PotashCorp is the world’s largest potash producer and the third largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate, three primary crop nutrients used to produce fertilizer.
What to stay away from, specifically? American Green ERBB, GrowLife PHOT, Hemp HEMP, Medical Marijuana MJNA, and any other hyped-up penny stocks.
Last year in Illinois, the state voted to adopt a Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP). Although it formally began on January 1, 2014, a legislative committee finally approved rules this week. Soon, growers and retailers will be able to apply for permits and get the ball rolling.
Representatives sponsoring the legislation have been very complimentary of Governor Pat Quinn and his office for their sincere engagement in the process. According to them, seven months actually wasn’t a bad timeline for the work necessary to implement this pilot program, which included pursuing public feedback, researching, and writing rules. The program does end in 2017, though, so the quicker the program gets on its feet, the better. At this point, it will be spring 2015 before the drug is actually available.
So, the basics:
1. Qualifying patients include those suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV, hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and more. There are a total of 30 conditions, but the law is still considered comparatively strict.
2. Beginning this September, patients should apply for a required medical cannabis registry identification card. Applications should take about 30 days to review.
3. Patients will pay $100 a year to apply for a medical marijuana card. Disabled people and veterans will pay $50.
More great news for Illinois – Jonathan Caulkins of Carnegie Mellon University made a rough calculation that the state’s annual sales of marijuana should range between $20 and $30 million. Growers will pay a 7% tax on their sales, and the state will also collect up to $6 million in permit fees annually. Makin’ bank!
Bob Morgan, the medical marijuana program coordinator for the Illinois Department of Public Health, answers questions after a Joint Committee on Administrative Rules meeting Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Chicago.The committee approved bringing legal marijuana one step closer to reality for qualifying patients. Illinois is joining a growing number of states that authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. New York recently became the 23rd state to make medical marijuana legal. Photo: Stacy Thacker, AP
FYI – if the marijuana farm in Central Texas belongs to you, federal investigators are probably headed your way. A rancher from Chambers County recently leased some land from the Army Corps of Engineers and found something he didn’t expect – 5,500 marijuana plants worth about $2 million. Ouch. That loss is going to hurt.
Poor Geovany Soto. Last week, the Texas Rangers former All-Star catcher and Rookie of the Year was arrested for marijuana possession – just under two ounces, to be a little more exact. Soto has been on the disabled list all season after having surgery on torn cartilage in his right knee. Maybe he was just medicating!
Medicating or not, 31-year old Soto was pulled over for speeding in Grapevine, about a half-hour northwest of Dallas. He must have had a pretty dank-smelling car, because the cops searched him and found the pot. Soto tested positively for marijuana during the World Baseball Classic in 2009, but generally Major League Baseball doesn’t conduct regular testing. If players are found using it, they are referred to a treatment board that will determine whether a treatment program is really necessary.
No next steps for Soto yet, but he has been released on a $500 bail.
Celebrities and athletes getting busted for pot is always amusing. Soto apologized to his fans, his family, and the Rangers organization – but come on, Soto, who cares? No one’s really worried that it’s going to enhance your performance, let’s be honest. Plus, marijuana is a healthier, more natural pain medication. And maybe he was using it to fight depression, too, since it must suck to be injured and have to sit on the sidelines all year. So, hopefully this little incident won’t get in the way of his career.
(His eyes look really red in that mugshot, though, don’t they?)
Health-conscious tokers may be interested to know that MANGO is an excellent accompaniment to pot smoking, according to a recent article at Cannabis Culture. Apparently, myrcene molecules found in mango can “increase, strengthen and even lengthen” the effects of marijuana. Myrcene is a type of molecule already found in marijuana, and research shows that it’s partially responsible for the high by affecting THC in the brain.
While myrcene will make your high stronger, it also allows THC to pass through the blood brain barrier faster. According to Cannabis Culture, it takes THC seven seconds to reach the brain after inhaling, but extra myrcene from mangos can cut that time in half if ingested 90 minutes before smoking.
But mango isn’t the only food that contains myrcene. It can also be found in apricots, walnuts, Valencia oranges, lemongrass, verbena, hops, and the West Indian bay tree, which is used to make bay rum. No wonder hops smell like cannabis. So, we suggest you blend up a smoothie before your next toke, especially if you’re working with low-quality stuff, and see what difference it makes. Let us know!
Fruit is great for everyday smokers for other reasons as well. Inhalation of smoke can deplete B and C vitamins, as well as Calcium and Magnesium. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to be healthy and partake. Just a little bit of extra vitamins and minerals can go a long way. Make sure green vegetables are part of your diet, as well as citrus and healthy fiber. Some tokers prefer to take daily supplements to keep them at the top of their game.
Let us know if you try a little mango next time you smoke! We’d also love to hear your vitamin/mineral/diet regimen, if you’re up to sharing. Find us on Facebook or use the Comment section below!
TOMORROW is 7-10! And here are five reasons you should celebrate this underappreciated holiday that honors the beauty of oils and concentrates:
1. Your tolerance is rising, isn’t it? It’s okay. You don’t have to take a break to get it back down. With oils and concentrates, the level of THC is considerably higher (hence the name “concentrates”). Meet your rising tolerance with higher levels of THC!
2. Speaking of which, how about dabs?
3. Maybe you’re unhappy with the quality flower you’ve acquired, ormaybe you just want to spice up your experience. Put a little concentrate on top of the bud when you toke – make sure it’s the correct sativa or indica strain that you want – and it can make ALL the difference.
4. Baking with concentrates can make edibles more delicious and more potent!
5. Geek out with new pieces. You can vaporize concentrates and oils more smoothly than you can with bud – it’s both the tastiest and healthiest way to smoke. Or, again, getting into dabs means you can get into awesome rigs, bubblers, skillets, hash nails, vapor domes, or concentrate bowls. So many cool pieces, so little time!
These are our reasons for observing 7-10! And the BEST news is that you can come into either of our three locations tomorrow and get 30% off of oil rigs (non-heady) and 20% off all oil accessories, including nails, domes, carb caps, and extraction tubes!
Come down to the Glass House and spread the love for 7-10!
Happy post-Independence Day! We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday with family and friends, celebrating our many freedoms, practicing gratitude for those who pioneered the way for us, and taking some time to reflect on how Americans can continue eliminating injustice and promoting freedom.
Or, if you just drank a lot of beer and shot off fireworks, that’s fine too.
Now that the 4th of July is over, we can focus more fully on this week’s MUCH lesser-known, sort of made-up holiday of July 10th! As many of you know, 7-10 can be likened to 4-20…in that it’s a holiday dedicated to honoring a substance still illegal in many states. The difference, other than origin and date, is that 4-20 celebrates all things cannabis, and 7-10 focuses specifically on oils (hence the date 7-10, which is OIL backwards).
We think of 7-10 as 4-20 on crack (not literally!) because of the high concentration of THC in oils as opposed to bud. In recent years, dabbing has become an especially popular form of partaking in oils, and we’re sure tokers are happy to have any excuse to celebrate and experience the beauty of the dab…since one hit will go straight to the dome. High Times likes to call July 10th “Dab Day” for that reason.
Another reason to celebrate 7-10? It reminds us of the healing power of cannabis oil for children suffering from Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, and a number of other conditions.
You can bet we’ll have some things planned for the holiday, so YOU should plan to stop by one of our THREE locations this Thursday for a great time!
The High Times Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup took place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in San Francisco this past weekend, with events going on all weekend culminating in an award show on Sunday night. Speakers included ministers, activists, journalists, cultivation experts and medical professionals, and even Harborside Health Center’s bud buyer.
As part of the weekend events, High Times presented its Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award to Valerie and Mike Corral, the founders of the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM). WAMM is the nation’s oldest medical cannabis collective. After being raided by the DEA in 2002, which destroyed their crop of state-legal medical cannabis, several of their members suffered and even died as a result of being cut off from their medication.
Valerie, Mike, and other members of WAMM successfully sued the federal government and now their garden grows again. Congratulations to Valerie and Mike on this huge honor, and thanks both to them and WAMM for their hard work and advocacy, both in their communities and all over the states.
An entire list of the weekend’s award winners can be found at High Times, but below are some notable highlights:
1 – Cloud Penz
2 – Oil Slick
3 – Cloud V
1 – Hitman x Mr. Gray Torch by Hitman Gass
2 – Nexus Glass
3 – Pulse Glass
Cracker Jack – Santa Cruz Mountain Naturals
Chem Scout – IC Collective
Thin Mint Cookies – Gold Coast Collection (ummm, did someone say THIN MINTS?!)
Congratulations to all the winners! And don’t forget – if you’re interested in picking up some of the award-winning products and glass, we carry them here at The Glass House…now in three locations!
As more states legalize cannabis, more jobs will be created in the United States – jobs in production, distribution, and sales. Like working at a brewery, jobs in the marijuana industry sound pretty cool. But of course with all the high, creative minds out there, we expect to see the industry grow in different ways as well. We’re excited to see some new business models out there. For instance…
Do you believe that the movement of the planets can affect the happenings in our daily lives? Take Mercury, for instance. Three or four times a year, Mercury slows down and appears to stop and move backwards. It isn’t really moving backwards, but it does slow down significantly, and many people (people who don’t even believe in “this kind of thing”!) believe its retrograde impacts us.
We’re currently coming to the end of one of these retrogrades – one of the most intense weeks being THIS week. According to astrologers, Mercury rules over communication, clear thinking, truth, and travel. That’s why during the retrograde, people claim they experience strange travel delays and mix-ups with contracts and communication. Everything seems foggy, and as Mercury gets back to its normal pace, the air seems to clear.
Whether or not Mercury is really affecting us, we have you covered with coping mechanisms here at The Glass House!
During the retrograde, we recommend the following survival tips:
- Mind the glass! Mishaps and broken glass aren’t unheard of during this time. Of course, if you need new glass, we can help you out. But we’d prefer you not break yours in the first place!
- Take it easy. This isn’t a time for finalizing huge changes or signing contracts. If you have travel plans, add a little wiggle room for delay. Use this time to give yourself physical and emotional rest, especially with a little help from our friends – essential oils, shisha, and tobacco. A little toke goes a long way.
- Spend time with the ones you love. Communication might be hard during this time, and arguments may develop over stupid shit. The best remedy? Come together over a glass pipe or a hookah. There’s nothing like the peace pipe to make you forget what you were fighting about in the first place.
- Stargaze. I mean, why not? Toking and stargazing are two activities that go together like a fat kid and cake. Let Mercury’s movements remind you that there is an entire universe out there – and many, many universes beyond it. Any hiccups in your day, week, or month will never change the fact that you are made of stardust.
Whatever you believe, stop by the Glass House and let us help you out with all your smoking and toking needs!
On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, finally legalizing marijuana for patients with one of a small number of medical conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy.
If you’ve been following our blog or news about this bill as it made its way through the state Senate, you know that its sponsors had to make several changes in order to satisfy Gov. Cuomo’s demands. Doctors can only prescribe the drug to patients with a limited number of conditions, and they can only prescribe edibles, oils and lotions – nothing will be smoked, and we are fairly certain no one will be seeing bud – just extracts.
As New York Daily News points out, this basically means that instead of giving medical doctors the permission to prescribe as they see fit based on their patients’ specific needs, the New York state government is giving them extreme restrictions. Basically, New York doctors, the government doesn’t trust your judgment. Because you know, it’s not like you spent years in school for this kind of thing, right?
So, when Gov. Cuomo says things like, “We believe this bill strikes the right balance” in regard to marijuana’s medical benefits and restrictions to curtail any risk factors, we think he’s pretty much full of shit.
The silver lining, though, is that medical marijuana will finally be an option for at least a number of patients suffering from chronic pain, effects of chemotherapy, epileptic seizures, and more.
Now, the State Health Department has up to 18 months to establish regulations, policies and procedures, including who can dispense and grow the drug. Initially, five organizations — both businesses and nonprofits — will be allowed to dispense marijuana, each at up to four locations around the state. The drug will be grown in New York, and the sales of it will be taxed seven percent.