NUUD’s HHC Sex Vapes Enhance Intimacy

Sex and cannabis make great bedfellows. NUUD is on a mission to become the market leader in alternative sexual wellness products. NUUD launched its first Sex Vape in 2022, and with no competition in the vape sexual wellness market, they’re poised to become the leader in the space. The company’s latest product uses a patent-pending blend of all-natural hemp and organic extracts to elevate sexual wellness for both men and women.

The all-natural vape is the first of its kind on the market and caters to pleasure enhancement that produces results through the essence of vapor, an aphrodisiac—or Vapordisiac, as NUUD likes to call it. It all comes together to provide a mind and body adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced, and without tobacco or nicotine.

While some successful personal sexual lubricants have been launched with cannabis and hemp-derived organic compounds, NUUD vapes are the first to introduce an entirely new delivery method comprised of HHC, or hexahydrocannabinol, which is a hemp-derived psychoactive cannabinoid. They also take advantage of other naturally occurring plant-based terpenes to add flavor and stimulate the body.

NUUD was developed to turn on sexual pleasure points for heightened performance during intimate sessions. Each formula has been precisely designed to elevate men’s and women’s individual sexual receptors to unleash an increased level of lust. Every formula goes through rigorous testing to ensure the highest levels of satisfaction. Since NUUD offers products catering to both men and women, let’s take a look at some of their different product offerings.

NUUD Vapes for Women

Formulas: Vanilla Lavender, Strawberry Basil, Passion Fruit

These vapes are an aphrodisiac designed specifically for women and may provide powerful sexual enrichment, including elevated performance, increased libido, reduction in stress, mood elevation, deepened awareness and heightened sexual arousal. Each product is beautifully packaged, and all of the NUUD vapes provide a complete list of certified ingredients for the specific batch bought, giving consumers an extra layer of protection while providing trust in their products. HHC is the main ingredient in both men’s and women’s formulas.

NUUD Vapes for Men

NUUD sex vapes for men

Formulas: Citrus Peppermint, Peach Vanilla, Watermelon Mint

Designed for men, these formulas focus on increasing libido, pleasure enhancement, sexual elevation and reducing stress. They may also elevate moods, deepen awareness and heighten sexual arousal. Like the women’s formulas, the men’s products are packaged elegantly and come with full disclosure on ingredients in every batch.

Made With Care and Quality

Proud of their ingredients, NUUD uses only the highest quality organic compounds for optimum results. HHC is the predominant ingredient, followed by terpenes, the compounds that give the plant its distinct taste and aroma. These unsaturated hydrocarbons are produced predominantly by plants, including hemp and conifers, but are also present in various other flora.

Terpenes can have strong, often pleasurable aromas. These compounds are also known for their natural healing and aphrodisiac properties. Terpenes can be found in everything from perfumes and cosmetics to food and drink products—and now in NUUD Vapordisiac formulas to arouse and excite while enhancing pleasure and increasing libido.

While each formula differs slightly, the main components of their Vapordisiacs are HHC, Botanically Derived Terpenes, Hexahydrothymol, trans-Caryophyllene, (R)-(+)-Limonene, Linalool, 3-Carene, alpha-Pinene, Eucalyptol, beta-Pinene, beta-Myrcene, Geraniol, Nerol, Terpineol, Fenchone, Caryophyllene oxide, alpha-Humulene, and Camphene.

These are all types of natural compounds and chemicals that can be found in various plants and herbs. Each one has its own unique properties and benefits. There’s scientific evidence supporting the potential benefits of these compounds, but further research will help fully understand their positive effects on the human body.

Passionate Executive Team

NUUD is devoted to merging the vices of sexuality and vapor to elevate your sexual experience. The company’s products are targeted towards couples between the ages of 21 and 65, although singles are still in the mix. NUUD also goes a step further by using customer feedback to improve and expand on current product offerings, hoping to solve the lack of HHC products addressing functionality and pleasure in the bedroom.

The NUUD executive team includes skilled specialists who have an intricate understanding of the technology behind aphrodisiacs and vaporizers. They work closely with leading manufacturers to ensure products are of the highest quality and meet all safety standards.

In addition to their first and only Vapordisiac, NUUD offers a wide range of gummies and chocolates with special ingredients to elevate your sexual experience.

“With our heads in the clouds, we dreamt of ways to make love between intimacy and vaping, and voilà– NUUD was born (in a birthday suit, of course),” their website states. “We desired to create a vape device that elevates your sexual experiences– because why not spice things up?”

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Announcing the High Times Cannabis Cup New Mexico: People’s Choice Edition 2023

What has a plentiful landscape of natural beauty, is famous for hatch green chiles, is the birthplace of Neil Patrick Harris, is the current residence to author George R.R. Martin (seriously, he has a day held in his honor annually on March 29), has a multitude of culture, and is also home to a bustling cannabis scene? We are proud to announce that we’ll be expanding our popular cannabis competition to New Mexico for the very first time! Welcome to the High Times Cannabis Cup New Mexico: People’s Choice Edition 2023.

New Mexico adult-use cannabis sales launched on April 1, 2022. On that day alone, consumers swarmed nearby dispensaries with a huge $3 million in sales during its first weekend and has kept a steady rise in sales ever since. Nearly one year later, the industry is thriving, and we know you’re ready to dive into some of the state’s best products.

For New Mexican consumers, here’s the deal: you have the power! Pick up one of our judge kits from our retail partners at Pecos Valley Productions (more to be announced soon) starting on June 17 through Aug. 20. We have 11 categories available for this cup:

Entry Categories:

  1. Indica Flower (2 entries max per company)
  2. Sativa Flower (2 entries max per company)  
  3. Hybrid Flower (2 entries max per company) 
  4. Pre-Rolls (2 entries max per company) 
  5. Infused Pre-Rolls (1 entry max per company) 
  6. Solvent Concentrates (2 entries max per company) 
  7. Non-Solvent Concentrates (2 entries max per company) 
  8. Vape Pens & Cartridges (2 entries max per company) (category may split) 
  9. Edibles: Gummies & Fruit Chews (2 entries max per company)
  10. Edibles: Chocolates & Non-Gummies (2 entries max per company)
  11. Sublinguals, Capsules, Tinctures + Topicals (3 entries max per company)

After you pick up your judge kit, log in to our online judge’s portal and let your comments be known. Depending on the category, judges are invited to carefully analyze their products with numerous criteria in mind. The aesthetics of a product and its packaging, aroma/scent, taste/flavor profile, and effects/effectiveness are just a few things we ask judges to consider. Depending on each product’s overall scores, we calculate which ones were most praised by judges, and will announce winners via a digital awards show on Sept. 3.

The goal of our People’s Choice Edition competition is to help put the spotlight and some of the most unique and one-of-a-kind products throughout the state. For those who want to enter the competition, you can submit your products to our intake partner, Pecos Valley Productions, between June 5-7. There are some rules for entry though, so please review the following information carefully:

Entry Requirements:

  • Flower: (228) 1-gram samples. We will not accept any 3.5-gram entries.
  • Pre-Rolls & Infused Pre-Rolls: (228) samples: Pre-Rolls will be capped at 2g flower-only each; Infused Pre-Rolls will be capped at 3g flower equivalency or 1g concentrate equivalency each.
  • Concentrates & Vape Pens: (228) .5-gram samples. We will not accept any 1-gram entries. Batteries required for carts.
  • Edibles: (100) samples with 50mg THC max.
  • Sublinguals, Capsules, Tinctures + Topicals: (60) samples with 100mg THC max.

The price for one entry is set at $250, which is non-refundable. Two entries are marked at $100 each, also non-refundable. However, if you submit three or more entries, each entry is $100 and it is a refundable deposit per entry held. You can get refunded when all entries are successfully submitted, and those fees are waived if you choose to become a sponsor of our event.

As a reminder for competitors, email competition@hightimes.com ASAP for information on how to compete, and for judges, please visit cannabiscup.com/preregister to sign up for updates on how to be a judge.

A special thank you to our partners and sponsors!

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Nip It In The Bud: The Truth About the ‘Harms’ of Vaped CBD

A recent study claimed to show vaped CBD is more harmful than vaped nicotine, and while several news outlets have reported on it, they all missed numerous flaws in the methodology. As a result of numerous confounding variables, there is no way to actually show that any of the harms they found were from CBD, and not one of the many other chemicals in the oil. High Times spoke to several cannabis vaping experts in an effort to nip this story in the bud, and stop it before it can spread further. 

Seeing Through the Hazy Cloud of Vaped Variables

Rather than test a range of CBD and nicotine products, Dr. Yasmin Thanavala and her colleagues only looked at one CBD and one nicotine product, using the same Juul device to aerosolize both. The study was done on groups of ten mice, and rather than direct inhalation, the mice were in chambers filled with vapor. Things got off to a rocky start, with Table 1 showing the CBD sample used propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG) and the nicotine sample used medium chain triglycerides (MCT), yet every other part of the study reported the CBD sample used MCT and the nicotine sample used PG/VG.

Source: “Not All Vaping is the Same: Differential Pulmonary Effects of Vaping Cannabidiol Versus Nicotine”

Dr. Thanavala told High Times “that is an error in Table 1,” confirming the CBD sample used MCT oil, which is banned by five legal cannabis states due to concerns over EVALI-like symptoms. Despite being “aware that ~ 5 states have banned MCT oil as a vape additive,” Dr. Thanavala and her colleagues used a CBD sample with MCT. Paradoxically, given their choice to use samples with MCT, VG, and PG, the researchers noted that “any respiratory toxic effects of vaping could potentially be exacerbated by the presence of other constituents,” like MCT, VG, PG, and terpenes.

Dr. Jeff Raber is the CEO, CVO, and a co-founder of the cannabis analytical laboratory, the Werc Shop, and is an expert on vaped cannabis and common vape additives. “VG/PG blends can be irritating to the vapor pathway,” which is one reason why they are not widely used in the cannabis industry today. Dr. Raber said “the concern with MCT is that it could stay in the lungs and lead to lipid pneumonia,” which is normally caused by “long chain fats” with over 40 carbons in their chain, cautioning “we don’t know the ‘magic number’ on what is safe to inhale.” Dr. Raber is an advocate for using alternatives that are “naturally in the plant” like terpenes or cannabinoids, and thinks terpenes are a great alternative to PG, VG, or MCT.

Dr. Peter Grinspoon is a primary care doctor, cannabis specialist at Harvard Medical School, and author of the upcoming book Seeing Through the Smoke. Dr. Grinspoon echoed some of Dr. Raber’s concerns, “I can’t see the rationale for dissolving them in different solvents, as the solvents themselves could be responsible for some of the findings.” Dale Gieringer Ph.D. is the Director of Cal NORML and a vaporizer research pioneer, who told High Times, “It’s impossible to draw meaningful conclusions about vaped CBD from this study.”

The next thing you see in Table 1 is there are a dozen terpenes in the CBD sample and seven terpenes in the nicotine sample, which all are “confounding variables,” in other words, potential sources for the supposed harm of CBD which were not controlled for by their study. When asked about their attempts to limit the myriad of confounding variables, Dr. Thanavala said, “Our goal was to test commercial pods the way a user would.” 

“That’s a fair point to test the pods consumers buy,” said Dr. Raber “but they did not clearly delineate that the CBD was the culprit.” Dr. Raber then fired off some questions for the researchers: “How pure was the CBD? Could it be the combination of that formula with that hardware? How consistent was the hardware made? How was it stored? Did they use a new battery or an old one?” Dr. Raber noted the “time and cost limitation to studies” but would have preferred to see “2-3 different CBD and tobacco samples tested to see if they all behaved the same way.” 

When pressed about the variables clouding their data, Dr. Thanavala told High Times, “Our goal was not to dissect out the effects of the individual components.” As that was their goal, one major question remains: Why did they “dissect out” the CBD and blame all the reported harms on it? If they truly wanted their study to demonstrate real-world harms of consumer-available products, they should have reported on that, rather than singling out CBD, which their study was not constructed to control for. 

Designing a Better Study

Dr. Raber had an easy solution to control for the numerous confounding variables,“they could have gotten rid of concerns by just filling the cartridges themselves.” That would allow them to test terpene and solvent free samples, limiting confounding variables significantly. As a result, Dr. Raber was “disappointed” and felt they didn’t run “the right blanks and controls.” He also brought up a meta level issue of risks vs. rewards. Any potential harms need to be weighed against the potential benefits in what Dr. Raber called a “medicinal cost benefit risk analysis.” Considering the benefits of cannabis will be one way to improve a follow up study.

Another confounding variable they did not properly control for was the temperature samples were heated to. When asked if they knew how hot their samples got, Dr. Thanavala pointed to their supplemental section, which only had information on the room temperature, not device temperature. A 2021 study found that some “vape pens” heated to temperatures far above the point of combustion (450 °F, 232 °C), in worst cases as high as 633 °F/334 °C when containing liquids or 1000 °C when dry heating the coils. “Temperature is a key parameter but very hard to determine,” said Dr. Raber, because the temperature around the coil is hotter than the vapor stream. “The rate of molecular change doubles every 10 degrees celsius you go up,” said Dr. Raber, “a jump of 50 degrees can lead to a lot of changes.” The study hinted to these concerns saying, “Numerous potential degradation byproducts were detected … suggesting that both products are susceptible to high temperatures.” The CBD sample “may have been more susceptible to thermal degradation compared with nicotine product.” 

One final way to improve their methodology is to use more accurate puff topography. “At present there is no information on CBD user topography,” said Dr. Thalanavala, so their study “followed the same puffing protocols for both products.” They did note that “users of cannabis-based vaping products may use these products in a very different way than nicotine vapers.” 

Arnaud Dumas DeRauly is the CEO of the Blinc Group, and Chair of the ISO & CEN Vaping Standards Committees, and has researched cannabis user puff topography. DeRauly told High Times that this study used a puffing regime similar to Coresta Recommended Method 81, which “is totally different” than what Blinc’s research showed. In the study, “Animals were exposed … to a total of 20 puffs generated over 1 hour (1 puff every 3 min), 5 days/week.” Blinc’s research found that, while rates were different for U.S. and Canadian cannabis consumers, most needed only 20 puffs per day rather than 20 puffs per hour like the mice. Beyond puff topography, DeRauly was critical of the decision to use the Juul atomizer for both samples, and said “the Juul coil is not compatible with lipids like CBD oil.” Finally, DeRauly pointed out that one of the researchers, Maciej L Goniewicz, received funding from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, which the study noted was “outside of this work.”

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Source: “Blinc Group and Labstat”

Mice: Nice Animals, Definitely Not Humans

As previously mentioned, this was a study done on small groups of mice, which means the results might not even be generalizable to the broader population of rodents, let alone, humans. While Dr. Thanavala said that ten mice per group is an “adequate group size,” the study’s discussion section said “larger numbers of mice could have further strengthened our study conclusions.” Dr. Raber viewed the findings as “not generalizable” and said, when it came to rodent lungs and humans, “It is a model, it is not an exact replica.” The mouse lung is not just smaller than human lungs, it “is considerably different in structure,” namely, while both mice and humans have five lobes in their right lung, “unlike the human the mouse has only a single left lung.” Research on mouse lungs also shows they lack “mast cells in the peripheral lung” and “extensive pulmonary circulation.” 

Another way this study could be improved is to actually do it on humans, which currently is very difficult due to the federal ban on cannabis research with a positive hypothesis. If a researcher sought to prove the claim that vaped CBD is more harmful than nicotine, they could be eligible for funding, but if they wanted to disprove that claim, they would not. While a lot of research is done on mice, in the words of the recently deceased Father of Cannabis Research, Raphael Mechoulam, “Mice are nice animals but they are definitely not humans.”

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510 Vape Battery Bogo Deal: Only $7/Battery

Are you looking for a high-quality vape battery that is compatible with a variety of vape cartridges? Look no further than the 510 Vape Battery 2-Pack offered as part of our Deal Of The Day opportunities. With this amazing BOGO deal and an additional 25% discount using the Delta25 coupon code, you can get two batteries for only $14 after the discount. That’s only $7 per battery, a great price for this needed product.

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About the 510 Vape Battery

The 510 Vape Battery 2-Pack is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a reliable and versatile vape battery that can work with a variety of cannabinoids and is compatible with most vape carts. With the additional discount using the Delta25 coupon code, it’s an unbeatable value.

This battery is specially designed to work with carts featuring Delta 9 THC, Delta 8, HHC, or any other popular cannabinoid, providing a reliable and consistent power source for your vaping needs. It features a simple operation with easy-to-use controls that allow you to adjust the voltage and preheat your cartridge as needed.

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To turn on the battery, simply press the button five times. Press the button three times to adjust the voltage, which is indicated by the color of the LED light. Green indicates a voltage of 3.4V, blue indicates 3.7V, and red indicates 4.0V. And if you need to preheat your cartridge, just press the button twice.

But the 510 Vape Battery isn’t just compatible with Delta 8 THC cartridges. It can also be used with a variety of other cannabinoids, including Delta-9 THC, HHC, CBD and more. This versatility makes it a great choice for anyone who wants to experiment with different types of cartridges and experience their unique effects.

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Safety and Battery Care:

It’s important to follow proper safety and battery care guidelines to ensure your safety and the longevity of your battery. Proper storage is also important for the 510 Vape Battery. We recommend storing it in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and sources of heat. Avoid storing it in a location where it could be damaged or punctured, as this can cause leakage or other problems. It’s also a good idea to store your battery in a protective case when not in use.

The 510 Vape Battery is designed to work with many different cannabinoids, such as Delta-9 THC, Delta 8, HHC, CBD and more. This versatility makes it a great choice for anyone who wants to experiment with different types of cartridges and experience their unique effects.

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Q: How do I know when my 510 Vape Battery needs to be charged?
A: The LED light on the battery will blink when it needs to be charged. When the battery is fully charged, the LED light will turn off.

Q: How do I charge the battery?
A: To charge the battery, simply connect it to a compatible USB charger using the included charging cable. The LED light will indicate when the battery is fully charged.

Q: Can I use the 510 Vape Battery with other types of cartridges besides oil cartridges?
A: Yes, the battery is compatible with most brands of cartridges that use a 510 thread.

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Q: How long does the 510 Vape Battery last?
A: The lifespan of the battery will depend on how often you use it and how well you take care of it. With proper use and care, you can expect the battery to last for several months to a year or more.

Q: Can I use the 510 Vape Battery while it’s charging?
A: No, we do not recommend using the battery while it’s charging. This can potentially damage the battery and cause safety hazards.

Q: How long does shipping take?
A: The seller strive to ship all orders as quickly as possible. Typically, you can expect to receive your order within 3-7 business days.

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Q: What is the warranty for the 510 Vape Battery?
A: The battery comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. If you experience any issues with your battery within the first year of purchase, please contact the seller of this product for assistance.

Q: How do I dispose of my old 510 Vape Battery?
A: Vape batteries should be disposed of properly to avoid harm to the environment. Most vape shops and recycling centers will accept old batteries for proper disposal. Do not dispose of your battery in the trash, as this can potentially cause environmental damage.

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Q: What should I do if my 510 Vape Battery is not working properly?
A: If your battery is not working properly, first check to make sure it is fully charged and connected properly to the cartridge. If the problem persists, try cleaning the battery and cartridge contacts with a cotton swab. If the battery is still not working, contact the seller for assistance.

Q: Can the 510 Vape Battery be used with other types of vaporizers?
A: No, that battery is designed specifically for use with 510 thread cartridges and is not compatible with other types of vaporizers.

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Enjoy Your Weed Without Coughing—Guaranteed!

The folks at Cough Shield are on a mission to make cannabis smoking and vaping cough free, by making the cough weed causes a thing of the past! 

Familiar scenario: You start a nice toking session, but two puffs in and you are plagued by a tickle in your throat that grows in intensity, until you can’t hold it anymore and break out in a fit of coughing, which further irritates your throat and lungs. Besides being uncomfortable and embarrassing when in company, it is also exhausting and certainly not great for your lungs. Your session is now quite compromised, when all you wanted was to smoke your weed in peace and enjoy! Cough Shield was invented to make this very scenario disappear forever!

Courtesy Cough Shield

How Does It Stop Smoking or Vaping Cough?

Cough Shield is a revolutionary product with a completely new approach to addressing the unpleasant effects of cannabis on your throat. While we all look for the benefits of the herb for energy, inspiration, mood, mental health, sleep and pain relief, one thing we could do without, is the cough weed can cause, even after the first toke and even for very experienced smokers. The smoke makes your lungs irritated and hurt, which is exhausting and can be embarrassing. 

Coughing is a reaction of your body to any irritants in your breathing passageways. Both smoke and heat can irritate the linings of the throat, producing a reaction from your lungs to expel air forcefully. Once you start coughing, you are much more likely to cough again and again, potentially ruining what would otherwise have been a great session. Coughing is physically exhausting and has the potential to negatively affect your enjoyment of weed.

While vaping tends to cause less coughing than pipe or joints, it is still not the perfect solution. If you want to enjoy weed cough free you need to stop the cough reflex BEFORE it even starts. This means preventing irritation before it begins. Cough Shield coats your mouth and throat linings with a powerful herbal-honey glycerite blend, so it can withstand the onslaught of smoke particles without starting a massive cough attack. Cough Shield really does shield your throat, and the makers of Cough Shield actually guarantee that you will enjoy your session with peace of mind and cough free.

Courtesy Cough Shield

How Do You Use It To Stop Smoking or Vaping Cough?

The idea behind Cough Shield is to stop the irritation before it begins. One squirt of the delicious tasting syrup on your tongue soothes and moisturizes your mouth and throat, coating them with a film of Slippery Elm and Marshmallow in a honey-glycerite base and preparing them for smoke and heat, so your next joint, vape or bowl does not feel harsh and irritating at all. 

Cough Shield acts as a cough inhibitor so you can enjoy your tokes from now on.

This revolutionary new approach and the use of all natural, organic and beneficial ingredients makes this one of the most innovative products to enter the cannabis world in years. We want to smoke in peace and enjoy for years to come, so we need to protect our mouth, lungs and throat. Coughing is a major turn off, so let’s stop it! That Cough Shield is also very pleasant tasting, has no harsh chemicals and made in the US, with organic ingredients, are just lovely bonus points to boot.

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Courtesy Cough Shield

Why Slipper Elm, Why Marshmallow Root? What Are the Ingredients?

Cough Shield is a honey colored, tasty liquid syrup to coat your throat and mouth BEFORE you start to smoke. Its ingredients are all natural and age old remedies to soothe and moisten – combined in a new way and blended specifically to address the coughing concerns of regular weed smokers: 

Slippery Elm (Ulmus Rubra) is a traditional Native American healing herb. It has been used as a food and for its health benefits for centuries. It can heal wounds, burns and inflammation, both externally and internally. It relieves coughs, throat irritations and digestive ailments. It offers superior soothing action and a very pleasant taste.

In this formula Slippery Elm is backed up by Marshmallow Root (Althaea Officinalis), the root portion of a dainty little flowering plant. It has been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years and the common candy known as marshmallows takes its inspiration from one of the original herbal recipes to cook the pith and sap into a sticky sweet treat. Marshmallow root is helpful for a dry and irritated throat and helps prevent coughing. It is also beneficial for the rest of the body as it helps repair the gut lining, acts as a pain reliever and has heart and digestive benefits.

Honey is a healing food used by humans since the stone age. It is pleasant tasting and has numerous health benefits. It has immune supporting qualities, is rich in antioxidants and fights inflammation. It acts as a natural cough suppressant outperforming many over-the-counter cough syrups. It has no expiration date since honey cannot spoil. It also lends Cough Shield its pleasant sweet but mild taste.

Glycerine is an oily syrup derived from vegetables that brings moisture to any tissue it coats, therefore shielding the throat from drying out. Its coating action soothes the delicate mucous membranes. 

MCT Coconut Oil provides a thin film to further protect and shield the throat and delicate mucous linings of the esophagus. It is a gentle oil that is used for its moisturizing action. 

Pre-coating before toking is the way to go to prevent embarrassing, exhausting coughs that are getting in the way of enjoying weed the way it was intended. 

Cough Shield was created by a Clinical Herbalist in the New York Hudson Valley, who was trying to help her artist husband, a smoker for many decades, who could not enjoy his daily toke in peace. No matter which method of cannabis consumption he tried, the annoying cough remained. 

The combination of honey, herbs and glycerin in Cough Shield proved incredibly successful preventing his cough and also everyone else’s who tried it. 

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Courtesy Cough Shield

Cough Shield comes in an environmentally conscious glass bottle – portable and an indispensable part of your toking kit. It is incredibly popular at parties, since passing Cough Shield around makes you the hero of any gathering – nobody enjoys the dry mouth, scratchy throat coughing sensation!

Each bottle offers 220 servings. One serving per session may be all it takes to make your next session cough free, or some may want to reapply in between tokes as needed, to keep that cough at bay.

Cough Shield comes with a “No cough – Money Back Guarantee” and is shipped nationwide.

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Announcing the High Times Cannabis Cup SoCal: People’s Choice Edition 2023

Earlier this month, we announced the launch of the High Times Cannabis Cup People’s Edition in Michigan, but now we’re hyping up the West Coast for the return of its own People’s Choice Awards! Welcome to the High Times Cannabis Cup SoCal: People’s Choice Edition 2023, a recreational-only competition celebrating some of the best cannabis products in the region.

The SoCal Cannabis Cup was first introduced in 2015, where it thrived as an in-person event between 2015-2019. Back in 2015, strains like Flower Bomb Kush, True OG, and Amnesia Haze were the cream of the crop, and categories like “Best Booth” and “Best Glass” were still commonplace. The pandemic may have put a halt to in-person events, but the People’s Choice has taken the nation by storm, with a People’s Choice competition held for SoCal in both 2020 (with winners announced in 2021) and 2022. In 2021, huge favorites like Biscotti, Gelonade, and Lemon Sponge Cake took first place, among a varied selection of pre-rolls, edibles, and more. Our 2022 SoCal: People’s Choice Edition was one of the biggest cups so far, with winners such as Top Shelf Cultivation’s Whoa Si Whoa, Sense’s Pink Certz Flower, Wizard Trees’s Studio 54, and Team Elite Genetics’s Pearadise Flower—just a few of the amazing strains that won over our judges.

Fast forward to this year’s High Times Cannabis Cup SoCal: People’s Choice Edition 2023, and we’re expecting another exciting collection of products to experience. With that in mind, here’s the schedule for this year: Product submissions will be dropped off at the Moxie Lynwood facility between May 8-10. Then our official intake partner, Moxie, will build the judge kits and then we’ll transport the kits to all participating High Times and Have a Heart retailers. On May 20, judge kits will officially go on sale! Judges will have between May 21 to July 10 to test out their goodies, submitting their thoughts on product differentiators such as aesthetics, aroma/scent, taste/flavor, effects/effectiveness, and so much more.

According to High Times Director of Competitions Mark Kaz, 2021 was a record-breaking year in terms of participation. “Twenty-one Cups, 339 brands, 1,389 batches of entries, all judged by about 15,000 judges who helped crown 249 award-winners for best products in their state,” Kaz said. “Our industry is going through a tough recession, restrictive regulations, and plenty of other woes, but one thing that’s for certain is that people want to find out who has the best weed, and we’re here to help.”

For companies who want to submit products for this year’s competition, please refer to the following rules.

Entry Categories:

  1. Indica Flower (2 entries max per company) 
  2. Sativa Flower (2 entries max per company)  
  3. Hybrid Flower (2 entries max per company) 
  4. Pre-Rolls (2 entries max per company) 
  5. Infused Pre-Rolls (1 entry max per company) 
  6. Solvent Concentrates (2 entries max per company) 
  7. Non-Solvent Concentrates (2 entries max per company) 
  8. Vape Pens & Cartridges (2 entries max per company)
  9. Edibles: Gummies & Fruit Chews (3 entries max per company)
  10. Edibles: Chocolates & Non-Gummies (3 entries max per company)
  11. Edibles: Beverages (2 entries max per company)
  12. Sublinguals, Capsules, Tinctures + Topicals (3 entries max per company)

Entry Requirements:

  • Flower: (228) 1-gram samples. We will not accept any 3.5-gram entries. 
  • Pre-Rolls & Infused Pre-Rolls: (228) samples: Pre-Rolls will be capped at 2g flower-only each; Infused Pre-Rolls will be capped at 3g flower equivalency or 1g concentrate equivalency each.
  • Concentrates & Vape Pens: (228) .5-gram samples. We will not accept any 1-gram entries. Batteries required for Carts.
  • Edibles: (100) samples with 100mg THC max.
  • Beverages: must be a max of 16 fluid ounces, non-glass containers preferred. 
  • Sublinguals, Capsules, Tinctures + Topicals: (60) samples with 500mg THC max

In terms of submission pricing, competitors should note the entry fees depending on how many products they submit. While one entry is $250, and two entries is $100 per entry (both non-refundable), submissions of three or more entries is a $100 refundable deposit per entry held, which is refunded when all entries are successfully submitted. Finally, if you’d like to sponsor this year’s High Times Cannabis Cup SoCal: People’s Choice Edition 2023 then all entry fees are waived. We also offer multiple tiers of sponsorship, including General, Bronze, Silver, and Presenting Sponsorships.

That sums up the details of our event this year but check out our High Times Cannabis Cup website to view all of the details.

A special thank you to:

Moxie – Official Intake Partner

Have a Heart – Official Retailer Partner

High Times Dispensaries – Official Retailer Partner

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The FLÜT—A MISHMASH Dial-in Exclusive

Say hello to my little friend. Meet the all-new FLÜT: your new premium tabletop vaporizer for cannabis concentrates. And it comes with not one, but two types of glassware for you to sip your tasty dabs with no water required! So, raise your FLÜTs and cheers to that! No worries, you will cheer again at the end.

Introducing a whole new experience to vaporization, it’s called: NOSTALGIA. Do you remember your first time…? One toot and the FLÜT will send your senses back in time feeling “just like the first time.” Reminisce upon those epic times and relive those unforgettable experiences you miss so dearly, once again. With four variable voltage setting profiles and up to 30 seconds ‘til blast off, just choose your perfect combination for an awesome mission to Mars.

Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin… Here’s the breakdown:

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The Vaporizer Base
Sleek design with a soft-touch finish and electroplated accents. Its 1600mAh built-in lithium battery comes with MISHMASH’s new safety feature, Lithium Cell Protection™, that prevents malfunction while charging. Tap through all four voltages, from 2.8V-4.0V, to find your ideal setting to get the best flavor and vapor production in every hit. It’s also equipped with a 30-second auto start which you may stop at any time to control how long your vape session lasts. This way you will not blow up in smoke as you ease into the power of the FLÜT. Enjoy your favorite concentrate with your choice of FLÜT coil atomizer or screw on any 510 thread cartridge to the adapter!

The Glassware
All dishwasher safe FLÜT Glasses and Coffee MÜGs were specifically designed to snugly fit the FLÜT bases, and they come with branded color-combined silicone parts. Whether you want to sip an Indica or drink your Morning Hybrid Blend from a straw, the FLÜT glassware has you covered. Throwing a party? Get a couple, a 4-pack, or a 6-pack of FLÜT Glasses or MÜGs and be the hit of the party. Now you can share without sharing and everyone will still get blazed.

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The Accessories
All the essential merch to get the party started (well, you’ll still need to BYOC). From thin dab mats that can withstand temperatures up to 400F to dab handles with changeable tülz – the pick, sickle, and shovel – these are only some of the perfect compliments to the FLÜT. But wait, there’s more! Choose from triple quartz coil or ceramic coil atomizers. Other accessories include MISHMASH™ USB-C cord and adapter, custom lanyards, and more to take you to your happy (burnin’) place.

The Bundles
MISHMASH’s flagship FLÜT Bundles come fully loaded with everything there is to offer: FLÜT Vaporizer Base, FLÜT Triple Quartz Coil, FLÜT Ceramic Coil, FLÜT Glass and/or Coffee MÜG, Lanyard, Dab Mat, TÜL (Pick, Sickle & Shovel), UL Wall Adapter, and USB-C Cord. All hardware and accessories are packed inside the vintage yet modern TÜLBOX or LÜNCHBOX, making it easy to take your vaporizer experience with you wherever the next session is. It’s easy to use and comes with everything you need to get started. So, whether you’re at home or in the great outdoors, these FLÜT Bundles have you covered!

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Now, if you really want to rock everyone’s world and go dabbing in the Metaverse, the MISHMASH Crew also has you covered with their NFT Exclusive Bundle. This limited-edition MISHMASH x MAYC25317 is an industry-first and the ultimate collection piece to your 420 drip. Starring MISHMASH’s Mutant Ape Yacht Club 25317 artwork and properties, this bundle is literally Ape Sh!t.

Ready for liftoff? Visit theflut.com to learn more and start your countdown to a whole new experience to vaporization. All products are available for pre-order now. Don’t be left empty-handed when everyone raises their FLÜTs… and cheers (again) to that!

Add Promo Code: HIGHTIMES420 at checkout for a 10% off your entire purchase.

For wholesale and distribution inquiries holla back at holla@theflut.com.

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FLÜT Product Specs
Input Voltage: 5V/1A • Output Voltage: 2.8V-4.0V • Output Current: 3.5A-5A • Output Power: 10-20W • Battery: Lithium Battery • Capacity: 1600mAh • FCC, CE, and RoHS Tested & Compliant.

About the FLÜT Creators
MISHMASH is an established B2B cannabis branding, product development, and manufacturing company. With their signature Dial-In process and OEM/ODM solutions, they are the perfect partner for any cannabiz brand global expansion. For general inquiries visit mishmashco.com or holla back at holla@mishmashco.com.  

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I Just Moved in With My Partner; How Can I Still Smoke Without Stinking up the Place?

For nearly the last quarter century, American couples have been moving in together at higher rates. In 2019, the Pew Research Center analyzed data from the National Survey of Family Growth, concluding that the rate of U.S. couples cohabitating increased from 3% to 7% between 1995 and 2019. 

Whether planning to marry or for other reasons, millions of couples live together in America. It’s a rather significant milestone that takes people by surprise. Challenges come in many forms, from communication changes to financial worries to losing personal space. Differences in opinion and living habits are sure to rear their head early and potentially often. One significant sticking point can be pot use, specifically its dank, lingering aroma.

I recently moved in with my girlfriend after a year and some change of dating. The stress of moving in together has undoubtedly been real. Thankfully, pot smoke hasn’t been a terrible issue, but it has been one we’ve discussed a few times over the past few months. Coming from my last apartment, where my dog and I ran the place and smoke dominated the bedroom and bathroom, my girlfriend had minor concerns about the smell of the new place. 

I agreed with her for a few reasons: As a mostly vape and edible consumer, heavy pot smells were something she didn’t dislike but didn’t regularly surround herself with. Additionally, our new nine-unit Brooklyn building had at least one set of kids aged five or under. The last thing I wanted to do was cause some situation between the parents and me over the smell. That concern may seem over the top to some, but hey, this neighborhood is Park Slope adjacent. That’s where Williamsburg’s aging hipsters go when they want to become bougie-rich Brooklyn parents with opinions nobody asked for. 

I had a few options to test out and possibly collab for the perfect solution. My top choice was the balcony. While an ideal outdoor option, I did run into two potential pitfalls. The neighbor I share a balcony with sleeps with their window open, and I don’t know how 420-friendly they are at this point. Also, it’s cold as hell in New York in the winter. Not like a Midwest cold, but it’s still brutal until at least mid-March.

Without wanting to get off on the wrong foot with my neighbors, and more so not piss off my partner, I turned to a few classic options to varying success:

  • Smokeless options: Weed tech is a beautiful thing. Today, we can enjoy weed in numerous odorless forms, from vapes to edibles to distillates to topicals. To some extent, oil and flower vapes work for me, and I enjoy high-dose edibles to end the night. But I have to admit that smoking flower is still my preferred option. The others are fine but don’t make me feel as satisfied as flower does. 
  • Smoke Outside: Aside from days when the New York weather is unbearable, smoking outside may be the best option. As part of New York’s legalization bill, adults can consume cannabis anywhere cigarette smoking is allowed. This option could get riskier depending on how the law is in your state or city. 
  • Opening the Windows and Doors: A little fresh air is always good for you and any dank parts of the apartment. Kind of like the balcony, this option can make the place colder than you’re comfortable with. I typically do this when my girlfriend is out, but if she’s cool with it, I’ll close the door in the living room and open the balcony door while I re-watch the hit TV show Oz. 
  • Odor Killers Of Many Kinds: Our place is fragrant as all get out. From incense to candles to Palo Santo and more, we burn a bunch of stuff to make the home smell pleasing. I also use plenty of them to mask weed smells. I also use an air purifier. 

But two options stand out above the rest. Ozium is by far the best at killing odors and sanitizing air. They make some intense aromas to choose from. Still, the original should do fine at covering up weed smoke smells and other aggressive odors. 

You could also turn to the spice rack. Reach for a pan, lightly oil it and toss in a hefty dose of fresh, minced or powdered garlic. Set the pan to around medium heat and let the garlic warm up. In no time, that pot smell will be masked by waves of garlicky goodness. This is also my preferred choice for masking odors when decarbing flower. I love this approach for many reasons but beware. With a house full of garlic, your partner may expect you to have a fire meal to accompany the aroma. 

How Could Someone Hate The Smell of Pot?

The rationales can range from understandable to frustrating. They include:

  • Medical: Cannabis smoke has been linked to some adverse medical reactions, affecting people with lung, airway, and other issues. People suffering from various conditions, including bronchitis to cancer, may be negatively affected by the aroma or presence of smoke.
  • Lingering Stigmas: A tainted view on pot remains across age groups, particularly in older and more conservative communities. These groups often still hear cannabis prohibition from leaders in law enforcement, religion and other influential sources. It’s certainly less likely that you’ll hear someone calling pot the Devil’s Lettuce or a gateway drug these days. However, many young and old still have much concern and uncertainty over the plant and its effects.
  • Personal Preference: Some people don’t like the smell of weed. That’s fine, though frustratingly baffling at times to enthusiasts. It’s like how my best buddy Greg thinks chocolate and peanut butter are a revolting flavor pairing. He’s stone cold wrong with that atrocious opinion, but I still like him and his terrible palate. Kidding aside, many Americans and Canadians continue to dislike the aroma as of just a few years ago. Respect their choices, especially when living with them.

Expecting parents need to be particularly aware: Sensitivity to cannabis and other intense aromas is common during pregnancy due to a regularly heightened sense of smell.

“Just recently, my wife stopped liking the smell when she got pregnant,” said Kevin Amaya, a consumer responding via Instagram DM. Amaya, whose baby is due in August, now smokes outside and showers after.

In another DM response, Gerald Moore Jr. said his wife became sensitive to various smells during her first pregnancy, pot included. He said he now goes to his garage, deck, or shed to smoke.

Moore has taken up alternative consumption options as well. “I’ve also been smoking less and consuming in more alternative discrete ways,” including edibles, pills, vapes, tinctures, and patches.

Making It Work

Every relationship is different, but making a relationship work comes down to communication, compromise, and mutual comfort. 

My girlfriend and I are only two months into living with each other, so I’m no expert. Plenty of other relationship hurdles will come up in time, and weed smoke could be a part of the conversation again. Hopefully not, but that is the reality. I’m not terribly concerned because my girlfriend is open to pot, and the conversations have always been respectful and light. 

One way we’ve helped ease her further into that comfort is through education. Answering her questions and explaining aspects of weed that excite and intrigue me helped fuel conversations. Over time, she’s sampled various types of cannabis at her leisure. 

In turn, I need to keep an open mind to her thoughts and feelings about the smell. I have to respect our space and not fill the place with pot odors whenever possible. With hope, by spring, when it’s warm, I’ll be able to get a good read on the neighbors and mostly smoke out on our balcony. 

Other couples may run into more complicated conversations about pot and the smell. You two probably should’ve hashed these issues out before moving in, but hey, you’re here now. The topic could get sticky for some. 

Be prepared for the worst possible outcomes: You may have to give up cannabis indoors or possibly altogether. For many, myself included, that’d be a deal breaker—just as pot smells could be a deal breaker for your significant other. This possible impasse could lead to your time as a couple ending. But in most cases, you won’t need to reach an “It’s me or the weed” scenario. Just talk it out and find a solution that works best for you. 

With plenty of options, find what makes both of you happy. As long as you two go to bed happy each night, all should be well regarding your relationship and weed. 

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What is THCA, and What Are All Its Benefits?

Just when you thought you were almost done learning the specifics of the cannabinoids THC and CBD, how they affect you, how they interact with terpenes, which are another class of cannabis-derived substances, and perhaps even what the “entourage effect” is, there’s another cannabinoid that you should know about. The cannabinoid that you should be aware of is THCA.

Cannabis plants produce more than 100 different cannabinoids, and each one has a different effect on how you feel when you smoke, vape, eat, or topically apply them. You might not be aware of it, but the plant contains THCA, and it’s time you learned more about it.

What is THCA?

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, also known as THCA, is a substance that exists naturally in cannabis plants. It is a precursor to THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The “high” associated with THC is not produced by THCA because it is non-psychoactive. The cannabinoid THCA, which is present in the highest concentration in raw cannabis, is created when the plant is dried and cured. It is also the most stable variety of cannabis, which enables long-term storage without deterioration.

THCA has a variety of potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and anti-anxiety effects. Its potential to lessen seizures in people with epilepsy has also been researched. In addition, THCA has been studied for its potential medical benefits, which are still undergoing research and testing.

Many people are turning to THCA as an alternative supplement. It comes in various formats, including oils, tinctures, capsules, and edibles. It is important to remember that THCA is not psychoactive and does not produce the same “high” effect as THC. As such, it is a safe and effective way to experience the potential benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects.

The legitimacy of THCA is a complicated matter. The 2018 Farm Bill was a major piece of legislation that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in December 2018. The bill had a major impact on the hemp industry, as it legalized the cultivation and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCa). The bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, allowing hemp to be legally grown and sold in the United States.

The 2018 Farm Bill has been a major boon for the hemp industry, as it has opened up a new market for hemp-derived products. THCA is just one of the many compounds that can be derived from hemp, and its legalization has allowed consumers to access this compound without the psychoactive effects of THC. This has opened up a new market for hemp-derived products, including THCA-infused oils, tinctures, and edibles. 

THCA is not a scheduled substance, but local and federal prohibitions still apply if you possess THCA-rich goods like marijuana or concentrates in an illegal amount. Therefore, arresting officers won’t take into account the fact that raw cannabis isn’t intrinsically intoxicating if you’re found in possession of a pound of marijuana.

What Are THCA’s Effects and Benefits?

There is no high when raw cannabis is consumed without first being decarbed. However, ingesting raw cannabis for its THCA concentration, such as through juicing or taking a tincture or edible based on THCA, offers some of the same advantages as activating THC without getting high.

THCA’s chemical structure prohibits it from connecting with CB receptors in our bodies’ endocannabinoid systems, contrary to some anecdotal reports that claim it has some effect.

Though it still interacts with our receptors in a more peripheral way, there isn’t enough evidence to say that THCA doesn’t give people pain relief in the same way that THC does. According to studies, it may also possess neuroprotective properties that could help to delay the onset of or prevent neurodegenerative illnesses like Huntington’s disease. THCA might also help in the treatment of certain intestinal conditions like colitis and IBS. Preliminary studies suggest that THCA may be helpful for seizure disorders. Even so, a lot more research and studies must be conducted before these advantages can be verified.

How To Use THCA

Many patients and stoners frequently use THCA that has been transformed into THC by smoking, dabbing, vaping, or eating an edible to get the full effects of THCA. In these circumstances, THCA primarily acts as a conduit for the benefits of THC. The benefits of THCA when used alone, however, are being recognized by more and more businesses.

Consuming raw cannabis is a well-liked and convenient approach to using THCA. You can actually just eat it, but for more effectiveness and flavor, many people like to include it in their daily juicing routine. Many businesses also make THCA tinctures and topicals that can be used as part of a regular regimen, much like vitamins or massage oils after strenuous activities.

How To Activate THCA

Activating THCA is as simple as “pack, light, and inhale,” which is good news! Smoking marijuana, taking dabs, using a vape pen, or engaging in any other form of heat-producing intake activates a person’s THCA every day.

Cannabis can also be decarboxylated for topical applications, tinctures, and edibles. You may do it in a few different ways, but the most straightforward is to place the cannabis flower in a regular oven and heat it to between 200 and 245 °F for 30 to 40 minutes. Cannabinoid content will be destroyed by anything over 300 degrees and excessive cooking time.

Should You Dab or Smoke THCA?

Yes, but only if you have the right gear. You must really subject your THCA-infused cannabis product to heat in order to experience the high and other perks. THCA will start converting to THC as soon as it comes into contact with heat, such as that produced by your lighter, a vape pen battery, or a quartz dab nail. So you are mostly breathing THC when you smoke a joint, load a bowl, rip a bong, rip a Volcano bag, click your vape, etc. There are so many different ways to use THCA, as long as you can get it heated to the right temperature to get the most out of it.

THCA: Can It Show Up in a Drug Test?

Yes, a drug test will detect THC and THCA as positive substances. You are likely absorbing THCA as well because it is impossible to fully decarboxylate the entire THCA content of the weed you smoke or the dabs you consume into THC. THCA is a target analyte for marijuana testing in a range of drug tests. As a result, THCA might show up on a drug test as positive. Avoid using or eating THCA-containing items if you intend to get tested. To reiterate, THCA will indeed be detected in a drug test.

Where Can I Find the Best THCA Products?

CannaAid is the best place to buy THCA products because they offer a wide selection of high-quality products at competitive prices. Their products are lab-tested and verified for purity and potency, so you can be sure that you are getting the best quality product available. They also offer fast and reliable shipping, so you can get your THCA products quickly and conveniently. Additionally, their customer service team is knowledgeable and friendly, so you can get the help you need when you need it. You can rely on CannaAid to provide you with the best THCA products on the market. 

Check out CannaAid’s THCA Diamonds, an amazing concentrate that will give you a one-of-a-kind experience. The THCA Diamonds come in a 1-gram jar with 1000 mg of THCA with three different options to choose from. You can either get the THCA Diamonds in the Granddaddy Purple strain, Sour Diesel, or the Natural, which has no terpenes.

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Product Review: The New Volcano Hybrid is Slick as Hell

Full disclosure: I loathe vaping cannabis flower. I find it to be a weak and cruel suggestion and I simply prefer bong rips or dabs which skip all the bullshit and force you into a death grip of buttery happiness as soon as it hits your lungs. That said, the Volcano Hybrid has genuinely made me reconsider this. It brings the science and tech of dabbing to smoking bud and makes more efficient use of your flower than a lighter would. Allow me to enlighten thee, good stoners of the world.

The classic Volcano has been around since 2000 and people still rave about it to this day. I have admittedly never used one because anytime I have $400 to spare I usually blow it on hash within minutes. I’ve long admired the way the bag system works and always meant to try one but it just never came up. I’ve tried about 100 other various flower vaporizers and hated every single one of them. They all tasted like burnt ass popcorn and I never felt like I was getting high enough.

When the Volcano Hybrid arrived at my house I wanted to leave my reaction completely up to science so I bought two eighths: one was super midsy on purpose and the other was some of the new Bad Apple from Connected (the single best eighth in the dispensary that day). I bought those two specific eighths so I could approach this from the perspectives and palettes of both an average consumer and myself.

Unpacking the Volcano Hybrid was a bit overwhelming. There’s a lot of tubes, bags and different attachments that can be confusing if you don’t read the instructions so definitely read the little quick start manual that comes with it before using.

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There’s essentially two ways to use it: the classic method of filling up a pre-made bag with vapor and then inhaling from the mouthpiece attached to the bag, or you can attach a tube directly to the unit itself and inhale as you please. I tried the Bad Apple using the bag first and it took a few tries to get it right but it was a super clean and relatively flavorful hit compared to other flower vaporizers I’ve tried. In my opinion, the same flower still tasted better out of a clean bong but it actually got me higher out of the Volcano because it made more efficient use of the flower than I imagine a lighter would have. I also tend to only hit a bowl once because after the lighter touches the flower, anything remaining usually tastes charred after the first hit but each hit out of the Volcano bag had a consistent, smooth flavor.

I wanted to try two distinctly different qualities of weed because in the past, all flower tasted the exact same out of any flower vaporizer I’ve tried. To my absolute delight, not only did the good flower taste significantly better than the lower quality flower, but the midsy stuff smoked much more smoothly for me than it would have out of a pipe or a bong. I truly cannot stand to smoke mid and it was very tolerable in the Volcano Hybrid. That alone should be a testament to its effectiveness.

It’s also worth noting that I caught a bit of a cold the day after the Volcano arrived so it was very nice to have a smoking option around the house that was easier on my throat. Ultimately, I still needed a couple dabs to get where I wanted to be but my throat was appreciative nonetheless because normally I dab like a loon from sunup to sundown.

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Now let’s get to the features. I compared the Volcano Hybrid to dabbing because you can choose your own experience every single time. When I’m dabbing in the morning I let my nail cool down for 82 seconds exactly but later in the afternoon when I want to get punched in the face a little bit I hit it at 75 seconds or so. The Volcano Hybrid gets me extremely wet in this regard because it has an app that lets you fully automate and customize your smoking experience with regard to temperature and air. I can set it to heat up my flower for two minutes at 190 degrees Celcius, blow air and vapor into the bag for five seconds, then heat up an additional five degrees, then blow air for ten seconds and so on. The possibilities are truly endless. The app is only available for Android at the moment but there’s a web browser version for iPhone users.

I didn’t notice much of a difference using the tube versus the bags so I mostly stuck to using the bags because frankly, it looks cool as hell. But it is nice to have the tube option when you just want to lay in bed in the morning and get super high without moving at all or waking up sleeping people with the noise from the bag.

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Now comes the big question of “Is it worth the money?”

Well, it retails for about $699 and I would argue that even though I personally would not spend that money on it, I advocate that others should and here’s why:

I’m a writer and writers aren’t typically swimming in disposable income, for one. But in all seriousness I just don’t care about flower much in the first place and I have an extremely high tolerance that does not beget the smoother, less aggressive experience you get with the Volcano Hybrid compared to more traditional methods of smoking. 

However, I am not most people. The overwhelming majority of consumers I talk to just want to get high without losing a lung, not to mention the extremely high number of medical cannabis patients that need to consume weed but can’t smoke it without risking lung infection or something equally as ghastly. The Volcano Hybrid is worth the money for those people. It’s the ultimate experience for people who value the cilia lining their throat cavity and want to use cannabis with minimal damage to their body. 

I’d suggest patience with this machine because flower vaporization is not instant and if you want it to taste good, “low and slow” is your new motto. Let it cook for a few minutes longer at a cooler temp rather than speed up your hit by five minutes. With midsy stuff that rule goes double because it already tastes bad, you don’t need to make it taste worse. 

Another tip I have is to spend the time to figure out what temperature your flower will burn best at because I promise you it will vary from strain to strain and even from microclimate to microclimate so any temperature or time suggestions I have won’t be super helpful. 190 degrees Celcius is the recommended max temp but if you don’t care as much about flavor you can ramp that up to about 206 and get a solid bagful within two or three minutes without sacrificing too much flavor.

Overall, this thing is super slick and worth the extra money over the Volcano Classic in my opinion. It won’t be a daily driver for me because I’m a hash head at heart, but this thing will definitely be getting a lot of use in my house. 

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