The Newest and Most Portable Vaporizer
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As vaporizers continue to become more and more popular, the Palm is seeing new competition in the portable herbal market. There seems to be no shortage of discreet vaporizers popping up from manufacturers all across the country. While we love the Palm, there’s also some new kids on the block that we’ve had a chance to test out that we really like – one of those new units being the Chloris from Cloud Penz. It’s always great to have another tool in your arsenal, and the Chrlois may be the perfect companion to your Palm. Let’s take a look at what sets this vaporizer apart and makes it a must have.

Cloud Penz, who is largely known for their ellipse-style pen vaporizers, has recently taken a big step and produced its first true portable herbal vaporizer, the Chloris.

Featuring a LCD digital temperature control system which gives you the option to vape at any temperature between 350°- 430°F, there are few other units that offer the type of vapor control that this one does. Not only does the LCD display tell you the exact temperature the Chloris is running at, it also gives you a battery read out, so you’ll know precisely when it’s time to charge. As one of the smallest, most discreet portables on the market, Cloud Pen seems to have hit a home-run with this unit.

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I was given the chance to test out this vape earlier this week, and to be honest, I have very little negative to say about it. First, it heats up super-fast, reaching 390°F in just over 30 seconds. Second, it’s so simple to use. This is a great vaporizer for beginners, as it’s probably one of the most user-friendly units I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. Just load up your herbs, set your temperature, and start vaping – that’s it!

Because it’ small, the Chloris does getting pretty warm, so I highly recommend using the included mouth guards (three come with the unit). Other than that, I don’t really have anything bad to say about this vaporizer. This is a perfect vape for on-the-go use that will easily fit in your pocket, that also gives you advanced temperature control options.

It’s priced pretty competitively ($99.99) with other units in its class, such as the G-Pro, DigiToke, and Hylo Vaporizers. If you’re thinking about investing in a new portable herbal vaporizer, you can’t go wrong with the Chloris from Cloud Pen.

 

 

One of the premier summer music festivals in the US, FYF has announced its 2015 edition lineup. Starting on Saturday, August 22 at The two-day music festival will feature the likes of Frank Ocean, Morrissey, D’Angelo, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Belle and Sebastian, Spiritualized, among many other great acts.

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The event is a great example of one of the few urban musical festivals of this sort. The event takes place every year in downtown Los Angeles at the LA Arena and Exposition Park. In previous editions, FYF Fest has seen performances by the likes of Phoenix, Interpol, Julian Casablancas, The Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine, MGMT, Refused, M83 and Beirut.

FYF Fest began back in 2004. As the event grew in size and popularity, Goldenvoice became the producer of the event. In the past, the event has been held in Echo Park and the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown.

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CBD, or Cannabidiol, has been getting a lot of attention in the press lately. Even for the most avid proponents and enthusiasts of marijuana, it’s hard to keep up with all the emerging trends in the industry. Let’s take a minute to answer any questions you might have about CBD Oil.

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What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

CBD is a compound found in cannabis that has similar medical benefits to that of THC, but does make leave you with that “stoned” feeling. In fact, all strains of marijuana contain both CBD and THC compounds, but until recently, only strains high in THC have been desired and available. We’re now seeing an increase in CBD-rich strains for medical users.

What are the medical benefits of CBD?

CBD oil has been seen to have similar medical benefits to that of THC. CBD is used to suppress seizures, combat anxiety and depression, as well as help treat psychosis, inflammatory and neurodegenerative disorders. Perhaps most encouraging is the progress that has been seen when using CBD to combat cancer cells and tumors.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

Currently, the legality of CBD oil is in a bit of a grey area. While it is not listed on any schedule of The Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and until recently, the DEA has recently been attempting to regulate CBD like that of marijuana, a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

However, as marijuana reform continues to be in full-affect across the country, CBD oil is more widely available than ever and is now being viewed as a harmless substance with great medicinal value. CBD oil can be found is available without a prescription all across California, as well as parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Vermont and even Massachusetts.

Additionally, in-lieu of legalizing medical marijuana, many states such as Georgia and Oklahoma have legalized the use of CBD oil to treat patients with certain medical conditions.

Whats the Next Step for CBD Oil?

It seems like the popularity of CBD treatments will only continue to grow, especially because of the fact that it’s viewed as a “safe” alternative to medical cannabis. With a little more research, it won’t be surprising to see CBD oil legalized on a national level in the near future.

 

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This weekend I was lucky enough to take the newest version of the PUFFiT portable vaporizer, the V2, out for a spin. As a big fan of small portable herbal vaporizers, like the Palm, I was really excited to test out the newest offering from one of my favorite manufacturers, Discreet Vapes.

Every Saturday morning I go for a nice long bike ride and a hike to clear my head. I figured the PUFFiT 2 would be a great sidekick on this excursion, as I always try to be as discreet as possible while vaporizing in public. Before leaving the house, I sat down to pack up the ’2′, and was right away surprised by how different this little guy operates than the first version. First off, it’s even smaller and sleeker than the original, and looks a bit more like an actual inhaler – making it even easier to get away with using in public. Additionally, the heating element and battery can be separated and removed from the shell of the unit, making it really easy to charge and pack.

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I snapped open the magnetic lid of the heating chamber and packed up a bowl. You can’t really fit a lot of herb in it, but I suppose the herb chamber is proportional to the rest of the unit. Once packed, I hit the road and made my way to my favorite bike path that runs along the Venice Beach. As it was a beautiful and sunny day, I knew there would be no shortage of people out and about, which meant this would be a great chance for me to test out how discreet the PUFFiT 2 really is.

Once I got to the beach, I was eager to get vaping. I set the temperature to the highest setting, level 4, and waited for the unit to vibrate to indicate it’s fully heated. This is honestly my favorite new feature of the ’2′. Instead of having to check the LED light to see if the desired temperature has been reached, this new version uses haptic feedback, which sends a series of short vibrations during the heating process, and a final stronger vibration once it’s ready to go. This made it simple to take a hit while I was riding my bike, as I was able to just keep the unit in my pocket and wait for the vibration, then just pull it out and take a puff without anyone being the wiser.

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Overall I’d say this little guy performs quite nicely. While it’s different than the Palm, I think both are quality units, with each having some unique characteristics which set them apart from other portable herbal vaporizers.

Puerto Rico, the US protectorate, has just approved the legalization of medical marijuana. Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order that goes into immediate effect that would permit the use of marijuana as a medical prescription.

The Governor’s office essentially gave the green light to medical marijuana after reviewing research that supports the medical benefits of marijuana that could help relieve pain and symptoms from multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.

Puerto Rico’s Health department has yet to release the report which will outline how the executive order will work. This report could take up to 3 months to be released.

So far, it’s not clear which specific diseases and medical conditions the governor’s executive order for medical marijuana will cover. Also, it is not known if marijuana will be allowed to be grown on Puertorican soil.

The answers to these questions will be addressed and answered in the next few months. It’ll be interesting to find out wjat the extent of this legalization will be and how it will impact Puerto Rico in the future when it comes to recreational legalization.

This is a great step for Puerto Rico and the fight to legalize marijuana. Elsewhere in the Caribbean, Jamaica recently passed a law that (partially) legalized small amounts of marijuana and has largely paved the way for legal medical marijuana.

In Latin America, Uruguay legalized marijuana for recreational purposes just a couple of years ago. Additionally, Argentina allows possession of small amounts for personal use and in private locations. The same type of legislation is in place in other Latin American countries like Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Venezuela.

Thousands of lives have been lost and millions of people have been incarcerated because of the absurd war on drugs. It is good to finally find out that countries in the Western Hemisphere are adopting postures that give people more freedom to do whatever it is they want with their bodies.

Governments in Latin America have quickly realized that decriminalizing marijuana is an effective way to combat the war on drugs and local cartels. Unlike the US, Latin America has been able to cut down on policing and costs of imprisoning its population, and instead, has adopted smarter laws.

Puerto Rico now joins the other 23 US states which have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

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The Palm and the PUFFiT are a couple of the most discreet portable herbal vaporizers on the market. While both units are great for vaporizing on-the-go, each functions very differently. Before investing in one or the either, it’s important know the differences between them so that you’ll end up with the portable vaporizer that’s right for you.

Palm Vaporizer

The appeal of the Palm can pretty much be summed up in a few words: price, portability and simplicity.

The Palm is easily one of the smallest portable vaporizers every created.  True to its name, the Palm fits easily in your hand. However, due to it’s somewhat awkward design, it will feel a little weird in your pocket. With that said, you’d still be hard-pressed to find another portable vaporizer that is easier to conceal than the Palm.

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Price wise, retailing for around $90, the Palm is also one of the most affordable portable units around.

Perhaps the most enticing thing about the Palm is the fact that it’s so simple to use. While many other vaporizers have somewhat steep learning curves, the Palm is very straight forward and user-friendly. It’s operated by simply pressing the battery into the unit, which then activates the heat source. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

PUFFiT Vaporizer

Much like the Palm, the PUFFiT is all about discretion. Designed to look like an inhaler, when you pull it out to use in public, people just think you’re treating your asthma. The big difference withe the PUFFiT is that it’s a bit more high tech than the Palm.

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While the Palm operates at one specific temperature, the PUFFiT features four heat settings, 320°-410°F) selectable by the push of a button. While both units are ultimately going to serve the same purpose, if you’re looking for a little more control over your vaporizing experience, then the PUFFiT is probably going to be more appealing to you.

Considering how much more technologically advanced the PUFFiT is, it’s surprising that it doesn’t cost much more at all. For just under $100, it’s still one of the most economical viable options out there.

Which is Better?

That depends what you’re looking for – but  let’s break down the differences.

Price: While the difference is negligible, the Palm is cheaper. However, if you consider what you’re paying for, the PUFFiT seems like an overall better value.

Portability: The Palm is smaller, but it’s weird shape doesn’t necessarily lend itself to being more portable.

Simplicity: If you’re looking for a no-frills portable vaporizer, the Palm is just that.

Discreetness: Due to the PUFFiT’s unique styling, it’s easier to use in public.

 

UNDER-100-LOGOVaporizing is getting more and more popular, and companies are releasing new models of vaporizers all the time. It’s hard to know what the difference is between all these new vaporizers, and which ones will perform best. The following lists a few of my favorite portable vaporizes that fall beneath the $100 mark. Hopefully this will help eliminate some of the confusion from your next purchase.

NimbinVap – $59.99

Affectionately dubbed the ‘Swiss Army-Knife’ of vaporizers, the NimbinVap is perhaps the most affordable, functional vaporizers around. It’s biggest draw is its versatility, which allows this unit to be used in the following ways: Pipe Mode, Water Pipe Mode, Bong Mode, Hookah Mode, Joint Holder Mode, Chillum Mode, One Hitter Mode and Vaporizer Mode. Perfect for use on-the-go since it doesn’t rely on electricity.nimbinvap-v4-vaporizer-2

Palm – $89.99

The Palm is one of the smallest portable units on the market and a great value at less than $100. It’s a great vape for beginners looking to test the waters but who don’t want to spend and arm and a leg. It’s very simple to use and heats up quickly. The Palm also comes in a bunch of cool colors, so you’ll be sure to find one that matches your personality. Powered by a small rechargeable battery, this portable herbal vaporizer is ideal for on-the-road sessions.palm2-green

PUFFiT – $99.99

The newest version of the PUFFiT, version 2, has really made some great improvements from the first model. I would call this the most discreet vaporizer on the market today, as it truly looks like a standard inhaler. By utilizing vibrations to notify you the unit has reached the desired temperature, you can leave the PUFFiT in your pocket until the optimal heat setting has been reached, then just simply pull out the vape and take a rip! Everyone will simply think you’re taking your medicine, which in a sense, you are ^_^puffit-v2-unit-with-heat-shield

Today I want to let you guys know about two new palm-sized vaporizers that aren’t actually in the VaporBlunt “Palm” series:

 

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The first one is the Haze Vaporizer and this one is not affiliated with any existing company, at least that we can tell. Haze seems to have come out of nowhere, perhaps the result of someone taking the pulse of the vape industry and deciding to do their own thing. This thing looks really cool; it’s much sexier than the DaVinci or Sonic which both do the walkie-talkie sort of thing. Apparently it can do either wax or herbs. Has anyone tried this doo-dad? I’m curious about how well it actually vapes.

Indica Vaporizer

The other is the brand new Indica Vaporizer, the second in the slowly emerging class of stealthy “lookalike” vaporizers. But unlike the Puffit which resembles an asthma inhaler, the Indica is designed to mimic a Zippo lighter. While some of you are probably looking at this picture going, “how is it stealthy if you’re actively huffing a Zippo lighter? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?” Well…yeah. I’m asking the very same question. But I’ve tried it at a party and it actually produces pretty smooth, enjoyable vapor. Does anybody out there own one? What do you think about it?

Do either of these palm-sized vapes effectively compete with the Palm Vaporizer 2.0?

Glastonbury Festival

This festival in the middle of Somerset, England is one of the largest music festivals in the world and has seen such acts as Metallica, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, Muse, and David Bowie grace its Pyramid Stage. The festival began back in 1970 on September 19th, the day immediately following the death of Jimi Hendrix. Tickets cost a mere £1 and included free milk from the farm! The show featured a headlining performance by The Kinks.

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Nowadays you can see such diverse talent as U2, Jay-Z, Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, and Skrillex. The tickets have skyrocketed to £220 + a £5 booking fee. Portable vaporizers are a great choice for Glastonbury because the security really doesn’t bother people. They’re one of the most chill security details at any festival I’ve ever been to. You can choose to drive in every day and use day pass, or you can camp on-site. I’ve done both and while I had a great time at a local bed and breakfast in 2009, getting to actually camp at the festival in 2010 was truly an adventure. The Irish folk we met near our campsite were some of the friendliest metal head-hippies I’ve ever met. In fact I didn’t even know metal heads could be hippies til I experienced Glastonbury.

Running of the Bulls

Pamplona, Spain plays host to this notorious event each year in honor of the fourth full moon of the summer. The tradition of running alongside the bulls began in the early 14th Century as a way for farmers to speed a herd of cattle from the farm to the market for sale.

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Over the years, the practice turned into a competition, with young men racing in front of the bulls and trying to make it to their pens without being overtaken. These events are now held to commemorate the fiesta of Saint Jermin, which is an eight-day festival honoring Saint Jermin, a Spanish priest who was beheaded on 25 September in the year 303 AD.

If you’re going to run we’d recommend leaving your handheld vaporizer with someone on the sidelines or in a balcony. There’s a lot of jostling going on between runners, so you really wouldn’t have much opportunity to take a satisfying hit; not to mention the 2-ton beasts barreling toward you with Adrian Peterson-style ferocity. Yes, I’m going to qualify this one and say that the Palm Vaporizer is best kept in the spectator sections.

Diwali

This is the start of the Hindu New Year, also known as “the festival of lights” thanks to all the fireworks, candelabrum, and luminarium that adorn the streets of cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, and Goa. The festival is meant to symbolize the victory of light over the darkness, hope over despair, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

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Fireworks on Diwali over Golden Temple of Amritsar (courtesy of OxfordSikhs.com)

One of the traditions of Diwali is to fumigate, renovate, and decorate the home before Diwali night, which coincides with the new moon evening of the Hindu month Kartik. This typically occurs between mid-October and mid-November. On this evening Hindus dress up in their newest clothes and light up diyas inside and outside of the home, and say prayers (puja) to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. After prayers, the fireworks start, followed by a family feast featuring mithai, and a family gift exchange, similar to Christmas in Western cultures. As such, Diwali represents a lucrative shopping period for merchants in nations where Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism is widely practiced such as India, Trinidad and Tobago, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Fiji.

I have had the distinct pleasure of attending all three of these events and I really could not pick a favorite! Every step of the way I had the Palm 2.0 and believe me each experience was exhilarating and enchanting in their own way.

Indica Vaporizer

Indica Vaporizer

It is a wonderful day and age we live in and if you are a fan of vaporizers times have never been better.  It seems like new portable vaporizers are being released every day and new models are continually coming out.  The Indica is one of the newer portable vaporizers to be released and is excellent for vaporizing dry herbs.  It features a very large heating chamber that has above average capacity.  The Indica comes with a ton of great accessories as well, not only do you get a beautiful wooden storage case but you also get an insightful instruction manual that breaks down every single aspect of the portable vape.  With your online purchase of the Indica vaporizer you will also get the following:

  • Portable wall charger
  • Vaporizer charging kit
  • Extra vaporizer chamber door
  • 3x mini vape spacers
  • 2x vape picks
  • 4x vaporizer replacement screens
  • Cleaning brush
  • Cleaning kit

Another great vaporizer that was recently released is the Ascent vaporizer.  This unique portable vaporizer not only vaporizers dry herbs but it is also capable of vaporizing your cannabis concentrates.  The Ascent is also one of the customizable portables vapes of 2014, there are a variety of different models to choose from.  The Ascent is best suited for vaporists that put a premium on portability.  It fits easily in most pockets, purses and jackets.  It is lightweight and the glass draw stem retreats inside of the vaporizer so it wont be sticking out while it is in your pocket.  The Ascent vaporizer comes with a completely glass air path and that means you are going to get the most flavorful vapor imaginable.  The digital control system is easy enough to be used by almost anyone and allows you vape at your favorite temperature with ease.

If the Ascent is not the vaporizer you are looking for another powerful portable vape that continues to gain popularity is the Pinnacle Pro vaporizer.  The Pinnacle Pro comes equipped with multiple heat settings, a new and improved heating chambers.  The small and compact design allows users to travel from place to place with their vaporizer and medical marijuana without needing to worry about medicating.  If water filtration is a must for you the Pinnacle Pro makes even more sense, just make sure to go with the DLX because it comes with the Hydrotube.  The Hydrotube is a glass attachment that fits to the top of the Pinnacle Pro and really enhances the flavor the vapor while cooling it at the same time.