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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.
Over the weekend, lots of folks celebrated 4/20 at the 2014 High Times Denver Cannabis Cup. This was an exciting year for Denver and for High Times – it’s the first year High Times had the opportunity to host their event in a state where recreational marijuana use is actually legal. They go balls to the wall in Amsterdam. Now they get to do it in Denver too!
Interested in checking out homegrown art from right here in Dallas Fort-Worth? Look no further than right here at The Glass House. We’re currently featuring artist Shahla Yma, and you’ll know immediately which paintings and prints are hers by their bold, vibrant colors and pop culture references. Shahla’s artistic focus is on illustration, painting, and branding.
In her own words:
January 1, 2014 has come and gone. Over a dozen marijuana stores opened in Colorado on New Year’s Day, licensed by the state to sell up to an ounce for recreational use. Washington is reviewing over 300 applications for state licenses for marijuana stores expected to begin opening in the spring.
So, how were the first two and a half days of legalized recreational marijuana? Is the scent wafting through the streets of Denver, distracting everyone from their daily routines? Have marijuana-related deaths increased due to overdoses and high driving? Are school children putting in more orders for fake ID’s so they too can purchase this crazy cannabis drug?
Au contraire! There’s no such thing as a marijuana overdose, silly!
You know what, though?
Colorado’s pot legalization legislation, Amendment 64, is estimated to create $60 million for the state in combined savings and additional tax revenue according to the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
Less inmates = less prison dollars. Inmates incarcerated on marijuana-related charges cost U.S. prisons $1 billion annually, according to a 2007 study, AlterNet reports.
Washington’s legalization of marijuana could bring the state an additional $500 million in tax revenue, WPTV reports.
Anyway, no, the scent isn’t wafting through the streets, the people of Colorado are hard at work, children are safe, and marijuana is legal. And the residents love it, and we might be a little jealous.
Also, you guys should definitely check out this Huffington Post recap of just how happy Colorado residents are. Welcome to 2014!
When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use, they forgot about one thing: that bud is dank, bro! The sweet, sweet smell of cannabis now wafting through the streets of quiet Colorado neighborhoods apparently doesn’t appeal to everyone. The solution? A not-so-little device called – get this – the NASAL RANGER. Sick.
Denver, Colorado literally has an odor ordinance, and citizens are becoming increasingly restless, calling on the city to enforce the ordinance so they can breathe clean air. To detect the scent, Denver is taking it to the streets! According to NPR, Ben Siller, a licensed “smell investigator” from Denver’s Department of Environmental Health, uses the Nasal Ranger to detect the presence and strength of odors, including cannabis. NPR compares the Nasal Ranger to Futurama’s “Smell-O-Scope” with its megaphone shape. (“If a dog craps anywhere in the universe, you can bet I won’t be out of the loop!”)
So far, complaints have mostly revolved around growers, not consumers of the plant. The scent has to be incredibly strong (8:1 clean to dank ratio) to warrant a fine, but the fine is pretty steep – $2,000. It’s been almost 20 years since anyone broke that threshold.
When stores selling marijuana for recreational use open up after the New Year, Siller expects even more odor complaints. Denver is considering making updates to its rules before then. They may define more restrictions around “open and public” marijuana use to prevent people from smoking in their yards or having the scent escape any windows.
Just one more thing to think about when crafting marijuana policies… no one said legalization would be easy!
Maybe you’ve noticed some of the incredible glass pieces we’ve posted on our Facebook page recently. You didn’t realize Winnie-the-Pooh could be both adorable and epic, did you? If you haven’t already checked it out, you should “friend” us on Facebook at TheGlass HouseTX. In the meantime, we’ll tell you a little about that Winnie-the-Pooh piece, designed and constructed by Franticus Glass.
Franticus is located in Tucson, Arizona and their mission is simple: to create and provide high-quality, American-made products and to give their clients the best customer service in the industry. We can vouch for them! Their products are absolutely high-end, from their intricately-designed glass pieces to their ceramics, wood, and metal. As they say themselves, this is the stuff dreams are made of.
Once you’ve seen a few Franticus pieces, you’ll be able to pick them out of a crowd. Vibrant colors, fascinating characters, and imaginative designs define their style consistently in one-hitters, water pipes, hand pipes, oilcans, and ceramics. These guys truly take glass and ceramics to a new level, perfecting not just the craft but the art as well.
If you’re looking for a piece to brag about, to set you apart from your friends, to accurately reflect your awesome personality, and/or just to become your new favorite, a Franticus piece might be exactly what you need. Come by either of our two locations and let us show you what we have in stock!
You can also check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Franticus or follow them on Instagram at @franticusglass.
Part of what we love to do at The Glass House is help you find THE piece – the one that will be your favorite for years to come. Come in to the shop and we are happy to talk you through selection, but this is a great place to start. In our last post, we looked at which pieces work best based on your smoking habits. To make a wise investment, it’s important to take into consideration where and how often you smoke. If you missed it, feel free to catch up here.
The other important factor to consider is what you like to smoke.
If you prefer flower…
Glass pipes or water pipes are your obvious choices, and bubblers are a nice medium. Like we discussed last time, a water pipe will cool the smoke the most out of these options and will be more beneficial to your lungs and pack more of a punch.
If you prefer flower and are interested in vaporizing rather than smoking, you have a few options. The following are just a few examples engineered specifically for flower, so they are generally more likely to provide the quality of vapor you want than a “one-size-fits-all” sort of vape.
- VaporBrothers Hands Free – tabletop vaporizer for flower
- Da Buddha – tabletop vaporizer for flower
- Arizer Solo – portable vaporizer for flower
- Pax – portable vaporizer for flower
If you prefer essential oils and/or concentrates…
The potency of essential oils and concentrates is undeniable. They may be tough to get your hands on and more work to make, but many would argue they’re worth the extra effort. In this case, you want either an oil rig or a vaporizer. We cover oil rigs in our Dabbing 101 post, so check it out!
Most vapes do really well with essential oils, even those engineered for multiple types of product. The Cloud is an example of a portable vaporizer that can only be used with oils, but the following are pieces that can be used with flowers, oil, or concentrates. If you like to switch off, these would be perfect options for you. Remember when using herbs with these, it’s important to make sure they are finely ground.
- DaVinci – portable
- Atmos Raw – portable
- Extreme Q – tabletop
- Volcano – tabletop
- Plenty – tabletop
We hope this helps you when you’re considering investing in a piece, whether it’s your first or fiftieth! Stop by the shop anytime and we’ll talk you through it.
Everyone has a different first-time smoking experience, but 9 times out of 10, it happens with someone else. Maybe you have a friend who has a water pipe, and they teach you how to use it. Eventually, though, you give in and you want your own. Then, the inevitable question…which piece is right for me? Glass pipe? Water Pipe? Bubbler? Oil Rig? Vaporizer pen? Tabletop vaporizer? …All of the above?
So many options! Lucky for you, whether you’re a seasoned smoker or brand new, we’re here to help.
First, and most importantly, consider your habits. How often do you smoke? Where do you smoke? And where and how often do you want to smoke?
If you’re an occasional smoker who lives alone, with roommates who don’t mind it, or with neighbors who aren’t too nosey, a glass pipe is an inexpensive and effective investment. It’s the simplest method – pack it, light it up, and smoke it. It gets the job done.
Unfortunately, a regular glass pipe does nothing to soften the smoke as it enters your lungs. If you smoke more often than once or twice a week (or even if you smoke less), it may be beneficial to pick up a bubbler or a water pipe. The water cuts the smoke, causing less discomfort to your lungs. Plus, the effects of smoking through a water pipe are undeniably powerful.
However, if you need to be a bit more discreet with your smoking, a pipe isn’t going to do the trick. In this case, a vaporizer is definitely the piece for you. With a vaporizer of any size, scent won’t give you away. A pen is more discreet for obvious reasons – you can stash it just about anywhere, and you can bring it just about anywhere. Do you want to smoke at the movies, or on a road trip? A pen will give you the flexibility you need. If you don’t plan to travel with it, then a tabletop will be much more potent.
A vaporizer is also a good option if you smoke on the reg. The vapor is much healthier for your lungs than smoke, even if the smoke is cut by water in a bubbler or water pipe.
We’ll continue this series next week when we talk about the best piece for what you smoke…but in the meantime, come visit us and let us help you choose one in person!
Also, share with us on Facebook – what was your very first piece?
As many of you know, on August 31st we lost our friend Jenny “Kush” Monson. Jenny and her boyfriend Jeremy DePinto were hit head-on by a drunk driver over Labor Day weekend. Jenny leaves behind four beautiful children and an abundance of family and friends.
Jenny lived in Colorado and was a passionate cannabis activist. She participated in Occupy Denver, helped found Moms for Marijuana in Colorado, and worked as an organizer for Mile High NORML. She also started her own radio show, SexPot Radio, which was an avenue to educate thousands on cannabis and sex.
Services and special activities to honor Jenny have been held everywhere, from Denver’s Hoodlab to the Boston Freedom Rally to the High Times Seattle Cannabis Cup. Rare Dankness Seeds founder Scott Reach and his wife Pamela were good friends of Jenny, and they have set up a FundRazr to help raise money for Jenny’s four children.
Jenny’s children are with their grandmother, Lori Monson. In her honor, the Reaches are collecting funds for her children to help with college costs and other expenses that many parents help their children with as they grow.
So far, friends and family have collected $15,162 towards the $100,000 goal. We have been honored to contribute as we can, and we hope you will too. Please visit https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/dapAc and help contribute to the future of Jenny’s children.
As we featured on our Facebook page over the weekend, Noble Glass is one of the many standout pipe brands available for purchase in our shops.
(Shameless plug for our Facebook page: “friend” us for updated information on our sales, events, and merchandise! We can be found at www.facebook.com/TheGlassHouseTx.)
Noble Glass was founded in Eugene, Oregon, about an hour south of Portland, with the mission of creating hand-blown soft glass pipes that stand out from the rest. Created by individual glassblowing artists without the use of molds, each piece from Noble is a little bit different from the rest, so you are guaranteed a unique product.
Another stand-out characteristic of Noble Glasses Pieces? Their vibrant colors. With 40 colors in their premium glass palette, Noble provides a variety of intense, brilliant alternatives to basic clear glass. While they are colored, the pieces are not completely opaque, so you can still see the smoke. Also, because each piece is created by an artist, they often feature styled feet and other intricate design characteristics.
When you’re considering the purchase of a water pipe, keep us in mind. Visit either of our locations or check out our Facebook page to see our knockout Noble Glass selection.
A week ago today, the New Jersey State Assembly and Governor Chris Christie made some changes to the state’s marijuana laws.
The vote allows marijuana to be prescribed to children in medical form as long as two doctors sign off. Parental permission is required for edible marijuana to be made available to minors through tablets, capsules, drops or syrups. The new law also allows dispensaries to grow and sell more than three varieties of cannabis to patients.
What inspired such a change in New Jersey’s laws regarding children and medical marijuana use? The growing number of families speaking out about the positive impact it could have on children with epilepsy.
For years, children have been taught the dangers of marijuana use by teachers, parents, and lawmakers. Most express concern that marijuana kills brain cells, and will therefore stunt growth and harm IQ. Dr. Sharon Levy, pediatrician and addiction specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told the Boston Globe that adolescents exposed to marijuana recreationally are often subject to mental health and thought disorders, as well as a lower long-term IQ.
However, for children suffering from epilepsy, leukemia, or other serious and painful illnesses, medical marijuana has been proven to ease pain, stop seizures, prevent nausea, and increase appetite. The magic ingredient here is CBD – cannabidiol. While THC is the main constituent of marijuana, CBD comes second at 40%. Most recreational marijuana users are looking for the high that comes with THC, but users in need of medical benefits look for a high CBD rate.
Doctors still aren’t completely sure why CBD works, although its medical benefits aren’t just psychological. But because steroids, chemotherapy, and other treatments can take such a toll on children (and adults), medical marijuana high in CBD and lower in THC seems to be an incredible and effective method.
NORML posted the following video from The Washington Post that explains more about medical marijuana use for children. Check it out! And we’ll continue to keep you posted on legalization information in the news.
Photo credit: HAILEY PHOTOGRAPH FROM SHANNON MAXIM (Source: http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2013/07/13/what-every-parent-needs-know-about-medical-marijuana/grvvHf7VAsRYJaori70p1L/story.html)
Those of you who have been into one of our shops or browsed our photos online know that we pride ourselves in our selection of local, hand-blown glass pipes. While we also aim to be your one-stop-shop for all your smoke and toke needs, we are The Glass House, after all.
When most people think of the art of glass blowing, they probably don’t immediately connect the thought with glass pipes. The studio glass movement began in the 1960’s when a ceramics professor and a chemist/engineer held workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art. During these workshops, they experimented with creating blown glass art from melted glass in a small furnace. It exploded into a worldwide movement. Now, many museums, studios, and educational institutions offer glassblowing resources for training and sharing.
And although many folks may not connect glass pipes with art, we believe they truly are an artistic medium, and we love knowing the pieces we use to smoke are one-of-a-kind.
In the DFW area alone, there are plenty of places to learn the basics of glassblowing.
Vetro Glassblowing in Grapevine features paperweight workshops for beginners, and a more advanced glassblowing class for those who have completed the prerequisites.
Similarly, Dallas Glass Blowing offers paperweight workshops for beginners. (What can be easier to start with than a paperweight, right?)
Bowman Glass in Dallas offers classes for beginners – no experience necessary!
In Forth Worth, American Glass Supply features a variety of classes for beginners and experts alike.
So, creative people, what’s stopping you? Check out one of these classes today! And keep us in mind when you’re crafting beautiful glass pipes.
Maybe you read this article on the Huffington Post last week, the one entitled, “Here Are All The People Who Have Died From A Marijuana Overdose.” If you didn’t, no worries! That’s why we’re here.
In the article, author Nick Wing shares the answer to the question the title implies – zero people have died from a marijuana overdose! In fact, he cites a study that claims a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying.
Yes, it’s true. With all the legal battles underway and the constant media references to the War on Drugs, we like to have all the facts.
In an ironic twist at the end of the article, Huffington Post includes a series of photos and stories of fourteen individuals killed not by marijuana, but by the War on Drugs. These stories do not discriminate based on age, gender, ethnicity, religion, employment status, or income level. For instance…
- Veronica and Charity Bowers – Veronica, the 35-year old mother of infant Charity, was a Christian missionary flying over the Amazon in 2001. After receiving information from the CIA that the plane was trafficking narcotics, the Peruvian Air Force shot it down. No narcotics were found, but the Christian missionaries were.
- Rev. Accleyne Williams – Rev. Williams, a 75-year old retired minister, died of a heart attack in 1994 after struggling with 13 members of a masked, heavily armed Boston SWAT team that stormed his apartment. The police later revealed that an informant had given them incorrect information.
- Alberto Sepulveda – Alberto was an 11-year old boy living in the Modesto area of California. A narcotics task force including DEA and FBI agents had been warned about Alberto’s father – that he may be “armed and dangerous.” After the police broke into the Sepulveda home, Alberto and his family were ordered to lie face down on the floor as officers pointed guns at their heads. Moments later, one of the officers fired his gun, killing 11-year-old Alberto Sepulveda from point-blank range. There were no drugs or guns in the Sepulveda home.
These are only snippets of the stories shared at the Huffington Post, but we encourage you to read them all here. Stay informed! And as always, keep us posted on your stories, news, and events!
We are saddened by news we received Saturday of the loss of one of our own.
As a result of what is legal in the great US of A, our friend Jenny Kush was taken from us. Jenny and her boyfriend were hit by a drunk driver Friday night on their way home.
We at The Glass House did not get the chance to know Jenny as well as her boyfriend Paul. But from the outrageous and hilarious stories Paul would tell us, we know Jenny was one of those people that could light up a room just by walking in. She was dependable and a true one-of-a-kind.
With our hearts heavy, throats choked and fighting the anger, we here in the DFW wish the best for Jenny’s family that was left behind.
We started a Facebook auction yesterday, Sunday the 1st, in memory of Jenny. We are auctioning off one of our Zii mini tubes. ALL PROCEEDS OF THIS AUCTION ARE BEING DONATED TO THE MEMORIAL OF JENNY KUSH!
This is a great opportunity to ease the burden on Jenny’s family. Let’s help an important cause by getting this amazing mini-tube from Zii into someone’s hands at a steal. The auction lasts until 8pm Central Time tomorrow, Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Visit our Facebook page to bid on the AUCTION post by using comments. Please bid in increments of $20.
Our hearts and minds are with Jenny Kush’s family and friends.
For more information about Jenny’s work, or to make a memorial donation, please visit https://www.wepay.com/donations/jenny-kush-memorial-fund.
Speaking of summer events out west, Burning Man started this week.
What is Burning Man?
Burning Man went from a small festival on the beach of San Francisco in the 1990′s to a 48,000+ member week-long event in Black Rock City, Nevada. Participants journey out to the Black Rock Desert to be a part of an experimental community where they are challenged to express themselves and rely on themselves. They set up a makeshift city and end the week with the burning of a massive effigy – the burning man.
According to the festival website, there are no rules about how everyone should behave or express themselves as long as they protect the health, safety, and experience of the rest of the community. Each individual decides for themselves how they will contribute to the community.
What’s to love about Burning Man?
What’s not to love about a festival that requires its participants to be one with the desert and with each other? The sheer amount of passion and creativity in one place results in incredible art throughout Black Rock City.
Burning Man also places heavy emphasis on taking care of the environment. While festival members camp in the desert for a week, they have a “leave no trace” policy, meaning that once the festival is over, there is literally no evidence that anyone has been there.
If you pare it down, Burning Man gives its participants the opportunity to experience something rare – self-discovery in the context of a safe, creative community. The journey to Black Rock City is like a pilgrimage, and the week spent there is life-changing for nearly everyone who experiences it.
Burning green at Burning Man
Something unexpected – Burning Man has actually been called the MOST dangerous place to do or share drugs in the United States.
Cannabis and Burning Man have a long history together, which comes as no surprise considering the relationship between cannabis and the artistic community (and the fact that Burning Man is known as a “hippie” festival). Tokers look at Burning Man as a place to let go and see where their art will take them.
Although the festival boasts freedom from rules to encourage self-expression, in the past few years, the marijuana community has found Burning Man to be a dangerous place to express themselves through that particular medium. The scent is everywhere, but the law enforcement that patrols Black Rock City will crack down if they know where it’s coming from. Smoking marijuana is still a felony in Nevada, and the state (and federal government) will not recognize medical marijuana cards.
Anyone ever made the journey out to Black Rock City? How was your experience? Let us know on Facebook, or come tell us your stories in person!