Reviews: AbsoluteXtracts Honey Straws: These are fantastic and so versatile. I think you’re going to be seeing more honey straws, if for no other reason than honey acts as a great substrate for those looking to incorporate a cannabis edible into another food, like toast or tea.
Reviews: Care By Design’s 1:1 CBD sublingual spray: I got a few twitter DM’s and emails about this, since I suggested it could be swapped out for acetaminophen or ibuprofen from time to time. Well, for me, it can. Leave a message in the comments if you feel strongly about this!
Reviews: AbsoluteXtracts Vape Cartridge in Blue Jay Way: For patients looking to medicate, a vape cartridge is such a simple, easy way to get your meds with very little fuss. As much as I love the social ritual of rolling a joint, passing a pipe or grinding up plant material, it’s not ideal when your IBS is acting up or you have a 4-alarm migraine on its way.
The marijuana industry is still in its infancy, but that hasn’t stopped ambitious entrepreneurs from developing new ways to consume marijuana. In general, products are much more potent than they were even a few years ago, and it’s partially due to the advent of cannabis concentrates. Connoisseurs will be familiar with cannabis concentrates like wax, shatter, budder, crumble and oil, but vape cartridges containing some of these concentrates are appealing to new users for their convenience and ease of use.
It’s not surprising at all. The devices used to consume concentrates can be hundreds of dollars, and people new to cannabis aren’t likely to make such an investment on a whim. So when a bud tender presents a disposable marijuana e-cigarette for under $20 to a brand new cannabis consumer, it will appeal far more than a $50 for a customer interested in vaping extracts.
The problem with some of these cheaper vape products is the additive known as PEG, or polyethylene glycol. As one scientist quoted to me when I asked for a laymen’s summary, “it’s great for getting stuff in and out of other stuff.” It has many industrial applications, but its FDA-approved use in medical applications is how vape cartridge manufacturers justify its presence in their products.
In a cartridge, PEG helps make marijuana extracts more viscous, allowing for better vaporization. This especially benefits disposable e-cig products that have a weak power source. It can be found in inhalers, laxatives, eyedrops and in pills for slowing the rate of absorption, giving the pill a time-release effect.
So what do these applications, and the FDA’s assessment of PEG, have in common? None of them involve the heating of PEG to temperatures much higher than the human body’s core temperature.
First, I’d like to mention that I’m grateful to be able to view this film on demand, in my own home. And if you think I had a few tokes while I watched this, you’d be correct.
Judging from the trailer, I assumed Rolling Papers would be a summary of Colorado’s marijuana from well-covered angles, without delving too deeply.
I was partially correct. This film is great for someone who knows little about Colorado’s legal marijuana scene and wants a top-sheet of the status quo. It doesn’t contain any lengthy insight on federal legalization or the intricacies of marijuana-based businesses. Those topics could be films on their own. The creators went for broad appeal, as marijuana culture still resides within counter-culture and is mysterious to the masses. In that way, this film serves as the first snapshot for future documentaries about marijuana reform in America¹.
This is perhaps the lesson children learn immediately after learning about the concept of laws. Like so many other ideas, the dichotomy of right and wrong or good and bad lend themselves to “legal and illegal.” The human race loves contrast, and why wouldn’t we? Dualities are easy. It’s a simple way to classify our entire world. We can label something as one or the other and get on with our lives, filing away whatever judgement we’ve made for a later date. We even identify ourselves by these dichotomies. Male or Female? Republican or Democrat? Vanilla or Chocolate?
Grey areas are difficult. They’re messy and confusing, and we have a difficult time dealing with them. In the absence of dichotomies, we create complex “if-then” scenarios. Each of those are still a dichotomy but function as a whole. They create circumstance and allow us to make individual choices. They also allow us to reevaluate or revise our judgements.
Hello, folks. It’s been a very long time since my previous post. For anyone who previously followed my blog: this post is for you, and I ask that you give it a chance.
In addition to some new topics, I’m going to be writing about a drastically different subject matter: medical marijuana. I’ve already been doing so over at Whaxy.com and it’s been a fulfilling experience. Some of you are going to read this and not want to read about stoners. You may dislike the idea of reading about degenerate drug addicts. You may think I’m a bad person for using such a substance, regardless of the health benefits and the vast improvement in my quality of life. If so, you are misinformed.
But not to fear: many people are misinformed about cannabis. Marijuana has a complex social stigma. What I’ve found is that people don’t necessarily dislike marijuana; they dislike the people who use marijuana. Visions of hippies, draft dodgers, drug dealers and degenerates are often paired with marijuana use, but that vision is changing. For medical marijuana patients today, the vision could be anything: young people, old people, rich people, poor people, any race, any religion and so on: the face of marijuana is changing and it can look like anyone. Including me.
My writing is going to focus on marijuana as medication. It’s a complex plant that includes substances beyond THC. In fact, the “high” (while enjoyable) is secondary for me. My perspective as a user who does not smoke anything will be different than your typical long-time marijuana enthusiast.
If you’ve read this and would love nothing more than to strike my blog from your internet history, be my guest. My sincerest hope is that readers can reconsider medical marijuana objectively, without clinging to cultural history or political predispositions. If that’s outside the realm of possibility for you, then this is where I leave you, and I wish you well.
When Mr. Los Angeles told me he wanted to start getting into the credit card points “game,” I was a little annoyed. It sounded like a lot of work trying to figure out which card to use when and for which purchases. At the time, I had my one solitary Visa that I used for everything. The fact that it had a points program (and and not a very good one, as it turns out) meant nothing to me. And then to redeem those points seemed even more daunting. Honestly, I don’t have the patience for that kind of minutia.
Honestly, when you look at how my time is spent, there’s not a ton of time left over to become a credit card Points Pirate:
30% working in an office
30% beauty sleep
20% being awesome (blogging is included in this category)
10% figuring out what I want on my breakfast burrito
5% FREE TIME.
There are plenty of people who have made credit cards points a hobby, even going so far as to bend or violate the rules of the credit card terms, usually at their own peril. Sometimes they’ll sign up for the hefty point bonus and then get rid of the card, known as “card churning.” This might work a few times but banks are hip to this scheme and are cracking down. Everyone wants something for nothing, I suppose, and initially that seemed like what I’d be getting into.
Traveling puts you outside of your normal routine, which for me has meant struggling with breakouts and stressed skin on the road. My instinct is to bring my entire medicine cabinet with me “just in case” and at times I’ve needed it.
Instead of spending a fortune on new skincare and makeup products, I’ve simplified my routine and made it travel-friendly as a bonus. I’ve put together a list of what’s in my cosmetic bag, as well as a list of some of my favorites that are staying home…
I will be traveling to Peru to hike up to Machu Picchu.
I will be traveling to Paris for two weeks just for funsies.
I may or may not be doing another trip to Europe… we’ll see…
But I’ve obviously been doing a ton of research (as I’m so apt to do) on my destinations, especially for my Peru trip. I want to be as prepared as possible since it will be a strenuous hike and well outside the norm. It’ll also be the first trip I’ve been on that requires a trip to the doctor for some vaccines and boosters… yeesh.
I’ll be detailing these trips, especially the gear and various preparations for Machu Picchu in subsequent posts but I’ve been browsing the internet looking for travel-friendly clothing and gear. Most of the time, anything “travel-friendly” falls under what has been (incorrectly) described as normcore. At some point it passes the point of simply being versatile and becomes boring. I swear… if I never saw a pair of wrinkle-free cargo pants again…
So we’ll ignore the fact that I haven’t posted in a while. I’ll be catching you up on what’s been going down since then. But as I’m spending my weekend looking for workout clothing, I realized I had something to talk about.
If I haven’t mentioned it before, I’m 5’11” and any pants that are considered “regular” length simply look like capris. It might sound selfish to complain about being tall but the fact is I’ve spent a good chunk of time looking for longer lengths in pants and tops alike. Slowly, retailers like Gap have rolled out “tall” sizes and it has been my saving grace, especially for basics. Workout, athletic and “technical” clothing is still a little far behind the times but slowly they’re updating as well. Lululemon was one of the first I experienced that had dedicated tall-sized pants and their jackets and tops ran a little long as well.
In case you’re wondering, I do have a little bit of street cred when it comes to workout apparel. I’ve spent well over a decade stuffed inside leotards and have learned what makes them great, what makes them terrible and how to care for them to get the most amount of wear possible . Somewhere in there I started buying yoga apparel and that goes for Lululemon as well. At first, it was like someone answered my prayers! I justified the high price tags by reminding myself how difficult it was to find long inseams and lengths.
When skinny jeans debuted I wasn’t thrilled. Having thighs akin to Beyonce’s meant skinny jeans weren’t necessarily a good look for me. Every once in a while I’ll see a skinny pant/jean with zippers located at the ankle. More often than not, they appear on the outseam of the pant and not the inseam and I think more designers should consider the inseam. It’s a cleaner look from the outside and still gives you that fitted-with-a-slight-flare for those of us who don’t want to go Full Skinny. It’s easier to find an ankle-zip pant than it is to find pants or jeans with a demi-bootcut that’s fitted all the way to the lower calf and then a slight flare at the ankle (but if you are looking for that, American Eagle’s Skinny Kick jean is just that: almost completely skinny but with a slight flare just at the ankle). This way, your leg opening is customizable!
Anyway, now that the motorcycle-look is reappearing, there are more pants and jeans with random zippers popping up and so I’ve rounded up a few ranging in price. Click the photos for links on where to buy.*
Old Navy “The Rockstar Zip Pocket Pant” should really call out the zippers at the ankles and not the pocket. They come in four colors including this awesome red one. About $35. Bonus: TALL SIZES.