Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Science Behind Herbal Vaporizers

Article by WADE AGNEW

Herbal vaporizers are an effective and safe device for the delivery of the active alkaloids contained within cannabis. The efficient delivery of THC is equal to any traditional smoking system, with virtually no exposure to any of the disadvantages produced by smoking; these are toxic and potentially harmful.

So in layman terms what is vaporization? When any liquid is heated to its boiling point under normal atmospheric pressure; for water 100 degrees C, the molecules of the liquid are energized sufficiently to unbind them. When this occurs they escape the liquid state in the form of individual molecules of vapour until none remain. For water or other liquid this is referred to as "boiling". Each different solid substance needs different temperatures and amounts of applied heat to completely vaporize. This is known as the "latent heat of vaporization" for that substance. This demonstrates the concept of vaporization, and suggests that you need to experiment with not only different temperature settings on your vaporizer, but also the duration those temperatures are applied to the herbs, to achieve the optimum result.
The manner that heat is applied to your substance, in this case herbal cannabis, varies with each particular Vaporizer design. Some employ direct or contact heating, others use convection, with a heating element remote from the herbs, using heated air drawn over the them to bring them to vaporization temperature.

In a recent 2001 scientific study by Dale H Gieringer PHD it was observed that "the primary health hazard of cannabis is respiratory damage from marijuana smoke. Strategies for reducing the harm of smoking include the use of higher potency cannabis, and smoking devices aimed at eliminating toxins from the smoke produced. The most promising alternative appears to be "vaporization", in which cannabis is heated to a point where cannabinoids are emitted without combustion". "A feasibility study by NORML and MAPS has demonstrated that an electric Vaporizer can successfully generate THC at 185C while completely suppressing benzene, toluene, and naphthalene formation. Analysis of the vapour from the Vaporizer found it delivered 36%-61% of the THC in the sample. Studies of cannabis cigarettes smoked via a smoking machine under varying conditions of puff duration and air speed found very similar efficiencies of 34%-61%. Consequently Vaporizers can achieve the desired effect with a similar amount of cannabis as smoking. Further studies are needed to evaluate how their performance varies under different conditions."

There are a number of factors that govern the efficiency of any Vaporization device. Among the most important are the following;
1. The temperature setting of the Vaporizer
2. Overall weight of the sample
3. The consistence of the mixture, clumps or ground mix
4. The potency of the cannabis
5. The form of the sample, flowers or leaves
6. The inhalation technique employed

The alkaloids held within cannabis all vaporize at slightly different temperatures, but the most effective range for vaporization is between 180C and 220C depending on the variables mentioned above. It is also beneficial to "open" the cannabis using a herbal grinder, this avoids clumps that prevent even vaporization. Most users of Herbal Vaporizers will find that the best way to get the most from any batch of cannabis is to experiment to find the optimum temperature, inhalation regime, and vaporization time for that mixture.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

What is a Herbal Vaporizer?

Article by WADE AGNEW

Herbal Vaporizers are electrical devices that are commonly used to draw out the active alkaloids from herbs or herbal mixtures in a dry plant form. They can be standard 240 volt units that plug into an electrical outlet like any other appliance, or they can be portable and battery powered. These battery models, including more recent small so called "pen vaporizers"; because they resemble a pen in size and shape, are increasingly popular everywhere. Battery models require recharging after about 90 minutes of heating and usually employ a lithium ion battery.
Most consumers of marijuana hear about Herbal Vaporizers before they really know anything about them. All you really need to understand is that they give you direct access to the alkaloids held within cannabis, without drowning yourself in smoke and poisonous fumes. If you want to get high without feeling like you have sucked from the exhaust of a car, then a Herbal Vaporizer is what you need. The complete elimination of second hand smoke is just an added bonus. The cost of a Herbal Vaporizer can start at less than $100 and range up to $600 for top of the range models.

These active ingredients are held within the moisture content of the plants, and are extracted from the herbal mixture in the form of "vapour", hence the name "Herbal Vaporizer". The plant can be of any variety, but Vaporizers are mostly associated with marijuana or tobacco. Once the vapour is produced, it is then inhaled to take advantage of the benefits of the active alkaloids. The collection and delivery of the vapour varies with the design of the particular Vaporizer, but it is normally either a bag or a tube, more often referred to as a vaporizer whip.

Consumption of cannabis and/or tobacco is usually achieved by "smoking" the raw material, either in a rolled cigarette or joint, or some other smoking device such as a bong, at temperatures high enough to achieve combustion. The Herbal Vaporizer is employed as an alternative to traditional smoking, and produces vapour rather than smoke. Because vaporization occurs at much lower temperatures than combustion; for marijuana between 160C and 190C, the intake of harmful by-products of smoking can be almost completely avoided. These by-products may include toxic and carcinogenic ingredients.
As a rule the same level of intoxication can be achieved with less herbal material, making Vaporizers more efficient and cost effective than traditional smoking. Remember that marijuana has many different active alkaloids, all of which vaporize at different temperatures. By adjusting the set temperature of the unit, and varying your inhalation regime, you can access the alkaloids that best suit your requirements, whether they be medical or recreational. The speed and strength with which you inhale via whatever delivery system the Vaporizer offers, will dictate the temperature the herbal mix is subjected to in the unit. Generally the faster and stronger the inhalation, the higher the temperature delivered.

These days there is a tremendous choice of Vaporizers on the market, and you can get one that suits every individual requirement; from the large metal Vaporizers, to small, compact portable units. Herbal Vaporizers are definitely the way of the future for the consumption of all herbs and herbal mixtures.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Herbal Vaporizers and the Law in Australia

Article by WADE AGNEW

Recently in Australia there has been much hysteria about the proliferation of so called "hydroponic marijuana" and the physical and psychological effects it has on the consumer. This has become a favourite topic of conversation in the media, and a source of considerable consternation to the general public as a consequence. It is the introduction and application of new scientific data about the growing of marijuana that has made hydroponic marijuana possible.
The adverse climate and increased scrutiny of law enforcement in some Northern hemisphere countries, most notably Holland and Canada, have forced marijuana growers indoors. This has focused much effort into the cultivation of special hybrid strains of marijuana that can adapt to the  indoor conditions. In conjunction with the marijuana strains themselves, the development in the technology of "grow lights", especially by the Phillips company in Holland have created a special synergy to create the perfect partnership.
The new marijuana strains, and the new grow lamps have condensed the growing cycle of marijuana to 12 weeks and not only made growing indoors possible, but greatly increased the potency of the end product; in some cases to a THC content of 20%.
It is this new high potency marijuana that is the source of all the current consternation in the community. It is causing a huge increase in mental illness crow the anti-marijuana brigade. Of course this is complete nonsense, but the media are happy to go along for the ride; controversy sells papers after all. The only difference between the old regular outdoor marijuana, and the new "hydro" strains of marijuana is the strength, or THC content. It is not a different drug.

 So this is the legal climate and negative community attitude into which Herbal Vaporizers were first introduced into Australia by "Cheating the Hangman" in 2006. It was a brave and ground breaking move by the company. New laws were introduced into some Australian states in the new 21st Century banning "head shops" and the sale of bongs and what was deemed to be marijuana consuming paraphernalia. This in effect made bongs and all their components parts against the law in some states of Australia.
To start selling Herbal Vaporizers in this environment was problematic to say the least. However these devices can be and are used to access the active ingredients of a whole range of herbs, including for medical reasons. To outlaw Vaporizers altogether would be a legal minefield for the authorities, especially in a country where their sale is regulated by each individual state. Each individual jurisdiction would have to pass specific laws banning Vaporizers; fortunately they have been unwilling to pursue this course of action.
The federal government, through the agency of the Australian Customs service could pass federal laws banning the importation of Herbal Vaporizers, but this would entangle them in counter law suits by organizations involved in their legal application. Vaporizers are used extensively as a smoking cessation device, and well as for the consumption of legal herbs, with associated aromatherapy applications.
This has left the Herbal Vaporizer in a legal grey area, with their sale now exploding across the country. Of course each consumer still needs discretion, mainly because if they are using the Vaporizer to consume marijuana, they have to be aware that this is still illegal in every state. Citizens that consume marijuana for whatever reason, be it medical or recreational, are fully aware of the legal status, and for the most part organize their activities accordingly. The bottom line is that Herbal Vaporizers are legal in all states of Australia, with the caveat that using them to consume marijuana is not.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Marijuana and Hashish in Australia

Article by WADE AGNEW

         Back in Australia ensconced in Park Tower, I was between gigs and needing cash, receiving an offer that was too good to refuse. My friend Chris was a cocaine trafficker, distributing to the society set. He was waiting on a shipment of hash and needed somewhere safe to store it. With a low profile and known discretion, my apartment fit the bill.
         Chris had hooked up with a syndicate of Jewish dealers, an outsider's eye and flair for business, had them figuring prominently in the trade. A load of hashish was buried in Bali by two American soldiers, in the dying days of the Viet Nam war, coming back to collect it when the heat was off. Chris bought part of that shipment. I wasn't told the details, and quite frankly didn't want to know, I had enough secrets of my own. Dry surface on the half-kilo bricks suggested it wasn't fresh, but still strong enough to put you into coma, and smelling like the ocean, I reckoned it arriving by boat. Greenish black, with the elasticity of premium Afghani it was a magnificent sight.
          "Jesus Chris, sixty kilos of this stuff is bound to stink big time. Can we seal it somehow?" I commented on first smelling it. 

          Having just bought an apartment and with payments to meet, the offer was timely. Thinking about it now I must have been insane, falling for the romance despite the risk. With Chris hitting up coke and heroin cocktails continually, add hash to that volatile mix, how would he pull off a major drug operation without his head exploding bringing us all crashing down? But none of that mattered in the slightest. Duly counseled by other gang members, he laughed it off and the mission proceeded post haste.
         Luckily the lift travelled straight to the car-park, so we manhandled the large, metal chest from his car boot. Chris was built like Raging Bull, with an upper body burnt saving four people from fire at a bikies picnic, endearing him in perpetuity to The Hells Angels, now regular customers, the debt repaid with interest. When we closed the lift doors it smelt like an opium den, although Chris couldn't smell anything of course. I wedged them open, and explaining to the concierge I was moving in new belongings, she programmed it on express. After much bumping and thumping, we squeezed it into the apartment, the entire load a glorious sight, an Eldorado realising all my fantasies. With 63 kilos present and correct the mission began. 

         Our cut was three grand a week for storage and delivery, as much coke as we both wanted, plus an ounce of hash for every kilo sold, only on call in daylight, the night too risky. The basement car-space kept the innocuous Volvo out of sight, the whole mission set to take eight weeks. With coke from Chris, my rocks and the hash, I was never more inebriated. But to remain sane and curtail my paranoia, I imposed some restrictions of my own; no visits by gang members, and all in-coming calls from a public phone. It infuriated Chris when I hung up on him occasionally, failing to hear the coins drop. For the most part things went smoothly. The Drug Squad was going nuts trying to track down the hash, as even by then it was rare and precious. 
                
         "Happiness is so unreliable, and is the worst thing that can happen to an agent." One of the Cambridge spies Anthony Blunt, noted about his perilous vocation. It was the same for traffickers doing a run. Happiness was a dangerous state, when letting down your guard could be calamitous.     
         Park Tower had a very infuriating, and for me almost fatal flaw. At home one evening watching television we had a few grams, and as you do with cocaine, were using it till it was gone. We were progressing well, when the quiet night was shattered by fire engines, the city fire-brigade a stone's throw away across Fitzroy Gardens. The beautiful parkland allowed noise to travel fast, to penetrate our refuge. The wailing sirens came closer, until they seemed right outside.
         In our semi-conscience, agitated state, we tumbled onto the front balcony and looked through blood shot eyes for the smoke, but couldn't see any. Behind brief flashes of awareness, lay a suspicion we hallucinated everything. The sirens finally stopped and we returned to the security of television. Then suddenly, there was an almighty pounding on our door, the mixture of cocaine and adrenaline, quadrupling my heart rate in a flash. 

         "What the fucking hell was that? "I exclaimed involuntarily. Again there was pounding, and whoever was there wasn't going away. Only cops knocked like that, and I didn't want those fuckers getting in, now or ever. As I approached the door cautiously, I pressed my eye to the spy-hole, my heart leaping from its chest. Through the distorted fish eye, I saw four Roman gladiators in full battle dress, axes poised for action. I reeled back in horror as it pounded again.
         "Jesus they're going to cut us to pieces. What are we going to do?" I yelled at my startled girlfriend. Was it some horrible nightmare, a punishment for having too good a time with drugs? It was Armageddon and all over for us. She pushed me aside, and thrust her face towards the door as if about to head-butt it.
         "It's the fire brigade you fool, open it." She instructed, too calmly for someone who consumed as many drugs as me. I opened the door slowly, and four
Firemen in protective gear pressed in, towering over my quivering, crumpled frame.
         "Sorry to disturb you Sir. Your fire-detector went off, we're responding to the call. Do you mind if we come in to check the alarms?" He asked calmly.
         "Disturb us! You arseholes scared the shit out of us," was what I really wanted to say.
         "S..S...Sure, come in." I finally spluttered. The regiment burst into our haven with axes raised, wearing masks and heavy boots. No time to mention a no shoe policy I suppose, the sooner satisfied the better for us. The four gladiators quickly discovered the cause of concern in a spare bedroom. It was completely empty, except for discarded shelving in the corner and a large, metal trunk in the middle of the room, under the faulty alarm.
         "Can I stand on this?" asked the head fireman politely.
         "Sure, why not. Go for it." I responded, resigned to the worst.
         Satisfied, they marched out in single file with profound apologies, and disappeared down the hall and into the lift.
         "Whooooooo, what was that? " I gasped in total disbelief. 
         The fatal flaw I mentioned in Park Tower was the fire alarms; they tended to activate for no reason, connected directly to the city fire-station. It was very safe to be sure, a little too bloody safe for my liking.

         You can never fire-proof a life entirely, no matter how many precautions you take.

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