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How to Vape Weed – Beginners Guide

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Vape weed

Vaping has become one of the most popular ways to consume not just nicotine, but weed as well. There are numerous benefits that come with vaping. For example, when you vape weed it lowers the risks associated with smoking tremendously. It is also rather discreet and affords you a lot of much- needed privacy. But for beginners, vaping can be something of a challenge. There is a lot of jargon and understanding the working mechanism of the vaporizer can be difficult at times. So, what exactly is vaping and how do you go about it? Read on to find out.

What is Vaping?

Vaping refers to inhaling a drug in the form of vapor-like smoke from an electric device. You can inhale a wide variety of drugs, but two of the most common ones are nicotine and marijuana. Usually the electric device you use contains a vape juice, which is a liquid that contains the drug immersed in a solvent. For more information on vape juices, be sure to visit the Canada E-Juice Inc. website.

Why Should You Vape?

One of the best things about vaping is that it significantly lowers your exposure to many drug-related illnesses. This is because with vaping, you only consume the compounds that give you the high that you need. The same can hardly be said of smoking. When you smoke, you inhale myriad compounds some of which can cause serious harm to your health. Research shows that the carcinogenic substances found in weed blunts are not found in the extract, and this is all the proof you need of how much safer vaping is.

Additionally, vaping offers you a lot of discretion. With vaping, you don’t have to worry about the conspicuous smell of weed at all. Moreover, the vape pen and other e- cigarettes aren’t automatically recognizable for what they are, and this can save you a lot of unwanted attention. You can in fact comfortably vape in a public space and people won’t be any the wiser about what you are doing.

Another benefit of vaping is that it is a cost-effective way to get really high. Although buying the device can be costly at first, it will end up saving you a lot of money over the long haul. With vaping, you get high using much less of the substance than you do when you smoke blunts.

How Does Vaping Work?

The working mechanism of a vaporizer is not nearly as complicated as you may imagine it to be. With vape pens specifically, there is the plant component dissolved in oil and there is the heating element. The battery is also an important component of the device. When you turn it on, the heating element heats up the plant material thus releasing the vapor which you then go ahead to inhale. Others heat up the weed directly using a hot surface which then releases the cannabinoids you want to inhale.

How to Vape

Before you vape, you first need to ensure that the battery of your pen is fully charged. You will then fill up the vape cartridge with an oil of your choice. After that, all you need is to turn it on and then enjoy your weed. However, it is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to turn the device on since they are not all the same. There are those that are turned on by the push of a button and others are activated as soon as you start puffing. Also, take care to use only the recommended type of oil and product.

What Kind of High Will You Get?

The kind of high you get is determined by a number of factors. First, what kind of weed strain are you using? How much of it have you inhaled? What are your tolerance levels? As a beginner, you can expect to get a long-lasting high; it could last anywhere between one and four hours. If you use edibles, the high will be much stronger and last for a lot longer. It could even last for more than 12 hours! This is why it is not advisable for beginners to try edibles.

Conclusion

Vaping is not as complicated as you may think. With such simple devices as e-cigarettes and vape pens, you should not have difficulties vaping even as a beginner. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions before you start vaping and start slow. As you get the hang of it, you can advance to more complex devices.

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Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Brain Damage, Contrary to Popular Belief

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Everyone has an opinion on whether marijuana is good for you or not. There’s also the ongoing debate over whether marijuana can cause brain damage — but is it a debate worth having?

What is Brain Damage?

Brain damage is an injury that causes brain cells to deteriorate, and there are various types of brain injuries ranging from mild to severe. Some of the most common types of brain injuries result from concussions, car accidents, falling, sports, exposure to toxic substances, and medication misuse.

Let’s take a look at some facts from experts and studies that poke holes in the theory that marijuana can have negative long-term effects on the brain.

 

Pot Might Be Good for Growing … Brain Cells

An article on WebMD explains conclusions of a study that found long-term marijuana use does not cause permanent brain damage and may only cause only small impairment in memory and learning. The regions of the brain linked with short-term memory are where the abnormalities appeared, specifically the thalamus — or the “Grand Central Station” of neuro-information on the way to the cortex.

“We were somewhat surprised by our finding, especially since there’s been a controversy for some years on whether long-term cannabis use causes brain damage,” said lead researcher and psychiatrist Igor Grant. “I suppose we expected to see some differences in people who were heavy users, but in fact the differences were very minimal.”

In fact, even the Federal Drug Administration, who advises the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to keep marijuana illegal, doesn’t claim that cannabis use causes brain damage, a lower IQ or psychosis — claims that started becoming rampant in the 1930s when the movie “Reefer Madness” came out.

Marijuana proponents laud recent efforts of the DEA to remove information on its website that claims cannabis damages brain cells, even if it was driven by a push from an outside organization through legal petition. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) said the DEA wasn’t publishing true information, which violates the Federal Information Quality Act.

There’s evidence that the brain can actually grow new cells with cannabis use through a process called neurogenesis. There’s a pot-based pharmaceutical patent held by the U.S. government for treating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

“Although we have no clinical studies showing that smoking cannabis causes neurogenesis, we do have controlled studies that show isolated cannabinoids (like THC) can do this in animal models,” according to an article on Colorado Cannabis Tours. “The brain region that’s especially sensitive to cannabinoid-facilitated neurogenesis is the hippocampus, a region responsible for learning and memory. The hippocampus can also direct our nervous system to repair itself, so the suspicion is if we can regenerate brain cells in the hippocampus, it could cascade to regeneration in other parts of the brain and spinal cord, too.”

Drugged & Drunk Driving

We’d be remiss not to mention that marijuana may be known to disrupt short-term memory but only temporarily. Anyone who’s smoked before knows this to be true. Plus, the chemical changes in the brain when THC bind to nerve receptors can result in impaired coordination, judgment, balance, focus, and reaction time — most of which are critical in driving a vehicle.

There’s a growing concern about drugged drivers. THC can negatively impact a driver as they may have less perception of time and speed, for example. While a person does need critical motor functions to drive a vehicle, there’s no direct causality found between legal marijuana use and fatal car crashes, according to the American Public Health Association.

Evidence to the contrary was found by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The organization cited two European studies that discovered “drivers with THC in their blood were roughly twice as likely to be culpable for a fatal crash than drivers who had not used drugs or alcohol.” But it should be noted that the role pot plays in crashes is sometimes unclear because it can be detected in the blood for weeks after intoxication. Alcohol likely played a factor in these accidents as well.

Regardless, we know it’s not wise to get high and drive, just like we know it’s dumb to drink and drive. Your ability to drive is especially affected by the use of both substances at once. The problem with cannabis is there’s no test to determine if you’re too high to drive.

The myth that all pot smokers are spacey and missing a few brain cells is simply a stereotype perpetuated largely by the government. As for evidence that marijuana causes long-term brain damage, the evidence doesn’t support the claims. There are some studies that show the brain is impacted, while other studies have not found significant structural differences between users and non-users. There is no definitive conclusion that cannabis use causes brain damage.