Everything you need to know about the Hydrology9 NX Vaporizer

The Hydrology9 NX Vaporizer from Cloudious9 is the new and evolved version of the Hydrology9, featuring dual functions for both flower and concentrate. This all-in-one device stays true to the sleek and smooth design and functional technology the company is known for. 

As with their original model, the water filtration feature ensures each hit is cooled, perfect for those who are sensitive to vapor or just looking for a luxuriously smooth vaping experience. 

Below, find out everything you need to know about the Hydrology NX.

What is the Hydrology9 NX Vaporizer? 

The Hydrology9 NX is an electronic liquid filtration vaporizer that can be used with dry herb or concentrate. There is an internal heating system as well as a leak proof inner chamber surrounded by cool water to cool down the vapor before inhalation. 

The overall piece fits together like a glove with a few different parts, including two interchangeable chambers: one for flower and one for concentrate. It is small and lightweight enough to be easily portable, and discreet enough in its design to integrate into all kinds of activities. 

Once you get the hang of it, it’s a breeze to use while maximizing your stash. 

What’s in the box:

  • Assembled vaporizer with silicone sleeve
  • Heating chamber inserts (flower and/or concentrate) 
  • Magnetic charging kit
  • Tool and cleaning kit with loading tool, brushes, replacement silicone parts, and magnetic mouthpiece cover 
  • User manual

How does the Hydrology9 work?

There are a few moving parts to the Hydrology9 NX, depending on if you plan on using flower or concentrate, but setting up for both is easy and quick.  

Assembly

The vaporizer comes already assembled, with each module fitting together perfectly, though you’ll need to unscrew the top piece to fill the water chamber up to 70% full. The no-spill design ensures that you won’t get water into other parts of the device. 

Once filled with cool water, it’s time to choose and insert either the fower heating atomizer or the concentrate atomizer. 

The flower atomizer can be pre-loaded and comes with a cover to keep the flower snuggly in place. The concentrate atomizer comes with a quartz and ceramic cup to choose from, as well as a magnetic carb cap located on the top of the mouthpiece. 

How to use

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There is one main circular button to turn the Hydrology9 NX on and off. The temperature is controlled by twisting the ring on the very bottom of the device. 

The temperature presets range is represented by blue (lowest), light blue, yellow, purple, red, and white (highest), and vary depending on if you’re using the concentrate or flower atomizer, something the device itself automatically senses and adjusts. 

The temperature range for concentrate is 450-750°F, while the range for flower is 324-468°F. To activate a heating cycle, twist the dial to set the desired temperature preset, indicated by the color coordinated light flashing, and when the light turns solid green, it is ready to go. As always, lower temperatures favor flavor, while higher temperatures are for stronger effects. 

The Hydrology9 NX will stay at the set temperature for two minutes before entering a stand-by mode for one minute, indicated by a solid blue light, before cooling down to end the session. If left on, the auto shutoff will kick in after 10 minutes. 

Charging

The charging adapter of the original Hydrology9 got an upgrade on this new model and is now magnetic, making it super easy to connect. The device will flash red when charging and green when it is fully charged. Full charge is reached after about an hour. 

How to clean the Hydrology9 NX 

Included in the package is a cleaning kit with high quality tools, just like the previous model. It’s definitely a bonus that these tools come included, rather than being offered as pricey add-ons. The brushes in particular make it easy to deep clean all parts of the machine whenever necessary. 

To keep the body and water chamber clean is easy: shake it up with clean water and let it dry completely between uses. For the flower atomizer, brush out any excess, making sure to clear any debris from the airflow holes. For the concentrate atomizer, the ceramic and glass chambers are removable and can be swabbed down with alcohol, or soaked and cleaned if they have a lot of build up.

Keeping the airflow chamber free of debris and clean is also important, especially if it gets clogged after using concentrates. This is simple since it is easily accessible and comes with long and custom fitting brushes. 

What’s the appeal? 

The new and improved version of Cloudious9’s original invention has noticeable upgrades, not least of which is the dual functionality for flower and concentrate. It’s apparent that every detail of the Hydrology9 NX was carefully thought out, from the snuggly fitting parts made of high-grade materials to the magnetic details that make it fun and functional. 

Practically speaking, the heating technology that heats from all sides is efficient, maximizing your materials and providing consistently full hits. The water cooling function makes it like an electric bong in the best possible way. Another bonus is the tool kit that comes standard with the device. In the same vein, having a replaceable battery extends the life of the overall device with the purchase of a new battery, rather than needing to purchase a whole new device. 

While you can choose to purchase the Hydrology9 NX with just the flower or concentrate atomizer and tool kit, it’s absolutely worth it to buy the complete set for an extra $30 and essentially get two devices in one. 

At $300 for the dual capacity set up, it’s well-priced for the versatility, function, and design it offers. 

Find the HydrologyNX at cloudious9.com.

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Everything you need to know about the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah

Gravity bongs use air pressure and water to force out a stream of smoke that you inhale. While they’re often made with household items, like bottles and buckets, the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah adds polish and modern engineering to this once exclusive DIY smoking experience. 

Much like the gravity bongs that came before it, the Stündenglass Hookah relies on kinetic force, but it differentiates itself with cascading water and opposing air flow technology that makes it operate better than the gravity bongs of the past. Engineered to function seamlessly, the Stündenglass is quite simple and easy for anyone to get the hang of, making it great for house parties and group smoke sessions. 

If you’re interested in combining true smoking classics with modern tech and design, then look no further. Here’s everything you need to know about the Stündednglass Gravity Hookah.

The design 

The Stündenglass Hookah looks elegant and comes in packaging that makes the unboxing experience feel like opening up a brand new iPhone. Its clean, minimalistic design uses aircraft grade aluminum, surgical grade stainless steel, and high-quality Teflon seals. This is not your grandpa’s gravity bong. 

It features a 360° rotating hookah, which is what produces the kinetic force mentioned above, and is positively mesmerizing once it’s in use. 

How does it work? 

The Stündenglass can accommodate flower, concentrates, and shisha, giving you the fun of a gravity bong with the versatility to consume a variety of products. Fitted with a 14 millimeter joint, the Stündenglass works with any 14 millimeter accessory, including bowls, bangers, and the GPen Connect

Here are the basics of how to get started: 

  1. Start by filing one chamber with water. 
  2. Attach both chambers to the base. 
  3. Load flower or concentrate into the bowl. 
  4. Apply heat 
  5. Flip the device and watch the water pull through the two-way stem. 

The flipping gives you control over the amount of smoke and speed of combustion. For example, a 180° flip will push out more smoke than a 45° flip. Exploring the flipping and the perfect hit size is part of the fun. Once the bottom chamber is filled with water and the other with smoke, you’re ready to flip and hit. As you start to flip the device, a steady stream of smoke will flow through the contactless mouthpiece, perfect for germ-free consumption — but it can be kind of overwhelming. The strength of the smoke flow depends on how far the unit is flipped, using gravity to control the ignition of materials and output of smoke. If you want more control over the smoke, you can attach the accompanying hose for a hookah-like experience. 

Regardless of which method you use, the inhalation experience is much like that of taking a bong rip. If that scares you, start slow, do small flips, and pack small bowls until you get the hang of it. With the time you save on assembly, you can spend getting to know your preferred setup.  

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What’s included?

Stündenglass provides everything you’ll need for the best gravity bong experience:

  • Base
  • Two globes 
  • Flower bowl
  • Hookah bowl
  • Coal tray
  • Hookah mouthpiece 
  • 3-foot hose

Extras

You may be eyeing the Stündenglass to wow your weed-loving friends, but it could also win over cocktail lovers too. The included 3-foot hose can be used to add smoke to drinks, elevating both your home smoking and imbibing skills. The Stündengalss also comes with a 10-year warranty, so long as you register within 30 days of purchase. Much like major technological purchases, the warranty offers peace of mind for your investment. 

Stündenglass also offers a number of customizable accessories: hookah hoses and tips, interchangeable globes, and mouthpieces are just a few of the ways you can customize your device to match your style.

How to clean the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah

Much like other glass smokeware, isopropyl alcohol does the trick. Pour the alcohol into one globe, reattach the other, and flip the device until the globes are coated with the solution. Remove the globes and give them a rinse with soap and warm water. 

To clean the base, you can use a q-tip and alcohol to get into the crevices and remove any residue. For a deeper clean, disassemble the elbow or joint of the Stündenglass, remove the rubber plug, and clean the valve. You can also remove the stems and clean them with alcohol as well. Stündengalss offers a cleaning kit that comes with all the tools, brushes, and wipes you’ll need to keep your own shiny and well-functioning.  

What’s the appeal?

In the past, gravity bongs were part science project, part smoking experience. The nostalgia of old school gravity bongs shouldn’t be forgotten, and Stündenglass maintains that classic fun while removing the work of assembling your own piece. It’s perfect for folks looking to honor the history of consumption, with a sleek, modern twist that’s perfect for covid-friendly smoke sessions. 

At $599.95, the Stündenglass is for the early adopter smoker — like me — who wants to have all the cool new gadgets, loves weed, and desires to enhance their group smoking experiences. 

Check out the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah on stundenglass.com.

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Everything you need to know about the Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Vaporizer

The Hydrology9 Vaporizer from Cloudious9 features a futuristic design that looks and feels good. Cloudious9 is known for forward looking designs, blending smooth lines and cool-toned materials with technology that feels intuitive. 

And if you’ve been wanting to try a new flower vape that’s easier on the lungs, this unique piece with a water filtration system may do the trick. Below, find out everything you need to know about the Hydrology9.

What is the Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Vaporizer? 

The Hydrology9 is an electronic liquid filtration vaporizer for dry herb. Using an internal electronic heating system, vaporized flower passes through a leak-resistant water chamber that cools down the vapor before inhalation. 

Its modular construction and attention to detail creates a smooth experience from initial set up to clean up. While not handheld, the Hydrology9 can still be considered a portable vaporizer — easy to pack up and place in a bag on the go.

What’s in the box:

  • Assembled vaporizer 
  • Charging cable and adapter 
  • Cleaning kit with brushes
  • User manual
  • Leather carrying case 

How does the Hydrology9 work?

No complicated directions here — the Hydrology9 is an efficient, portable vaporizer from the start. 

Assembly

The vaporizer comes fully assembled, but you’ll need to load it with water and — of course — your favorite flower. Giving it a quick rinse is always a good idea too. 

First, put your ground flower into the chamber at the bottom of the device, it easily unscrews to reveal a bowl in the form of a perforated ceramic cup. There is also a hook on the bottom cap piece that can be used to stir up your flower mid-session for an even burn. 

Next, unscrew the glass mouthpiece to fill up the glass chamber with water — up to 70% full — using the no-spill intake top that ensures you won’t get water into any other part of the machine where it doesn’t belong. The magnetic top cap pops on and off easily to reveal the mouthpiece. 

Operations 

There is one main circular operations button that controls the on/off switch and temperature. Press it three times fast for “on” or “off,” and once it is on, press the button once to cycle through the five temperature settings. Every time you press the button, it will go to the next temperature setting on a loop —the lights will flash to indicate which temperature setting is selected. When you’re on the setting you want, just wait until the flashing color coded light turns solid green, indicating it is at temperature and ready to use. 

The temperature presets range are represented by blue (lowest), yellow, orange, purple, and red (highest), and cover a span of 392 – 464°F. This temperature range makes for a delicious flavor experience, and the upper ranges are plenty strong. 

The Hydrology9 will stay at the set temperature for two minutes and then enter a stand-by mode for one minute, indicated by a solid blue light, before cooling down to end the session. If left on, the auto shutoff will kick in after 10 minutes. 

Light Shows

There are two extra light modes built into the Hydrology9: “lava lamp,” which cycles through colors, and “party mode,” which cycles through a light show while also keeping the set temperature for 10 minutes for extended sessions. 

To activate lava lamp mode, hold the operations button down for three seconds when the machine is on but not in use. For party mode, hold the button down for three seconds after it has reached the set temperature indicated by the green light. 

Charging

To check the battery level, hold and press the operations button while it is turned off. Green light is full battery, blue light is half battery, and red light is low battery. The included charger and adapter are all you’ll need to charge the Hydrology9, which takes about an hour. 

It is not recommended to use the device while it is charging. 

How to clean the Hydrology9 

The machine itself comes with a cleaning kit which includes high quality brushes and metal tools that can also be used for loading and packing the device. It’s worth noting that many other companies sell similar high quality items as add ons. 

Routine upkeep is as easy as shaking the Hydrology9 up with clean water and letting it dry completely before reassembling after each session — along with lightly brushing out the vaped flower. 

For deep cleaning, use the included brushes in the heating chamber and air intake hole. There is also a screwdriver included for access to the interior air duct cover next to the heating chamber on the bottom. This area can be accessed and cleaned with the included pick tool as well as cleaned off with water or alcohol.

You should be cleaning your vaporizer after every couple of sessions, or when you notice lessened air flow.  

What’s the appeal? 

This electronic aqua portable vaporizer is enticing for anyone who wants an ultra smooth vaping experience with a futuristic aesthetic. And who doesn’t want to feel like they’re living in the future? The Hydrology9 is simple and straightforward to use, with nothing overly complex about the operations, even though the overall feel is hi-tech. 

The parts fit together satisfyingly, and the smooth cylindrical shape feels good in the hands. Its unique design would match any minimalist or space-age aesthetic. And being able to easily twist the hook inside the heating chamber is a small detail that enhances the overall experience and makes the best use of the flower.

At under $300, it’s a high quality and fun piece to invest in. 

Find the Hydrology9 at cloudious9.com.

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Everything you need to know about the KandyPens Oura Atomizer

Launched in July 2019, the KandyPens Oura has become a favorite among the e-rig community and has received various awards. The first thing that catches the eye is the design — it’s slightly futuristic and whimsical while remaining sophisticated and easy to use. One of the key features of the Oura is a lifetime warranty on all parts, making it a safe investment for dabbing newcomers. Dabbing veterans will appreciate the sky-high temperature range, and features like the exclusive colors and portability make it a well-rounded and user-friendly device.  

With this product, electronic dab rigs are taken to new stylish heights while prioritizing customer comfort all at once. Here’s everything you need to know about the KandyPens Oura.

What is the KandyPens Oura?

The KandyPens Oura is an easy-to-use electronic dab rig. It comes with all of the parts and pieces needed to be functional right away and comes packed in a compact and secure box. One noticeable difference from some of the other e-rigs available at similar price points is that items like the ceramic cup inserts and the glass carb cap are included, rather than being offered as extras. 

Here is a complete list of what’s included in the Oura package:

  • Electronic base
  • Charging cable & USB-C charging adaptor 
  • Glass bubbler top
  • Quick start instruction guide 
  • Atomizer
  • Crystal and ceramic cup inserts
  • Carb cap and tether 
  • Sample of alcohol filled cotton swabs for cleaning 
  • Accessory bag 

How does it work?

The operations are straightforward and simple. Set up is easy, with the parts fitting together intuitively — only a bit of attention needs to be given to matching up the intake hold of the bubbler top to the out-flow hole of the base. The atomizer screws into the base, adding an extra layer of stability.

The main operations are done through the touch sensor button, which is unique; where most other e-rigs have press-in buttons, the main button for the Oura is a touch-sensor, so no need to press, just light tapping it is enough to activate. Tapping five times turns the unit on and off, tapping three times changes the temperature pre-set, and tapping twice activates the heat cycle. It takes about ten seconds to heat up and stays hot for around one minute. 

The KandyPens Oura comes with four temperature presets and they are notably higher than many other e-rig presets or temperature ranges. Each preset is color-coordinated, and the light ring on the base illuminates with the color to indicate which temperature is activated. 

Temperatures settings:

  • Yellow: 620°F
  • Green: 860°F
  • Red: 980°F
  • Blue: 1090°F

Charging is simple and fast, it takes about one hour to fully charge with the cable and power adapter, which can also be plugged in while the unit is in use for uninterrupted dabbing. 

Vape in style

It’s always nice when a go-to device looks good on the shelf or coffee table. The Oura looks and feels like a device from the future in the best possible way. Customers can choose from a range of nine colors: black, smoky white, lavender, turquoise, salmon pink, lime green, “kandy” apple red, and an iridescent rainbow hue called the “Oura Odyssey.” 

The glass attachment has bubble-like curves and is just the right size to be a cute but powerful accessory, and there’s also a sleeve available for the base, which is non-slip in a smooth matte finish. The matching toggle for the glass carb cap lends a high-quality feel to the functional design. 

How to clean the Oura

Cleaning the insert cups after each session is recommended, otherwise, it can quickly accumulate into a sticky mess. 

The best way to clean the Oura is to let it heat up on the highest temperature setting for one cycle, and then let it cool down enough to handle safely. Then, using a cotton swab and alcohol, clean out any residue from the insert cup. If there is a sticky buildup, you can remove the insert and soak it in alcohol for an hour and then spot clean any residue. 

Pro tip: don’t overfill the chamber, it can spill out of the insert cup and create a sticky residue on the atomizer, which will then have to be soaked in alcohol and cleaned separately. 

Is the KandyPens Oura vaporizer worth it? 

The KandyPens Oura offers sky-high temperature settings for dabbing and is an eye candy specialty piece fit for front and center display — the style doesn’t compromise function. And a lifetime warranty on all pieces is a huge deal, ensuring that this e-rig is built to last for the long haul. Because of the high temperatures it offers, it’s ideally suited to those that are looking for power and extraction from their dabs, rather than low-temp flavor chasers. It can be a little harsh, but for those who want to vape at those temperatures, the Oura offers some of the highest temperatures available. 

The company has a good reputation with consumers and is also committed to supporting the industry from within. KandyPens was proud to donate to The Last Prisoner Project last summer. 

At $300 the price tag is not the lowest or the highest on the market when compared to similar devices, but with the warranty, it’s a modest price for a stylish and functional device that is designed to last a lifetime. 

Find the KandyPens Oura at kandypens.com

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Everything you need to know about the Plenty Vaporizer

Portable vaporizers may be all the rage, but there’s something to be said for an at-home system — especially during lockdown. While desktop vapes and plug-in devices ruled the market in the 90s and 2000s, they’re now few and far between, and usually on the pricier side. 

It’s rare to find an at-home flower vape that works well and doesn’t break the bank. But to find one that also — and perhaps most importantly — dominates every conversation and smoke sesh with its unnerving size and bizarro aesthetic? Look no further than beloved German vaporizer brand Storz and Bickel’s wildest contraption yet: the Plenty Vaporizer. 

With its power drill aesthetic, giant vapor stainless steel cooling coil, and thick, potent clouds, the Plenty looks like a piece of machinery (and hits like one too). This balance of wacky design and unmatched quality is typical of Storz and Bickel, whose similarly bombastic Volcano Vaporizer pioneered desktop devices in the 90s. Whimsical yet industrial, their products have a sense of humor that pairs perfectly with the stoner they’re getting high. 

The most affordable option from this premium brand, the Plenty Vaporizer shines in its analog simplicity, gonzo vibe, and claims of producing some of the coolest vapor on the market. 

Below, here’s everything you need to know about the Plenty.

What is the Plenty Vaporizer?

The Plenty is a handheld vaporizer from the German brand Storz and Bickel that resembles a power drill. In addition to its perfectly sized flower chamber and protruding coil that cools vapor, the Plenty is loved for its simplicity. With no LED whistles or app-capable bells, the Plenty is one of the safest bets on the market, and the most affordable.  

While all Storz and Bickel vaporizers are lauded for their fabulous construction and vapor quality, they’re generally super expensive — especially the larger units. Coming in at $249, the Plenty Vaporizer is a great way for casual users to experience the power and class of a top tier vapor brand at a fraction of the cost of other Storz and Bickel’s at-home devices.  

With this functionally pared down device, just plug the Plenty in, set the temperature control, and hit. The coil will keep the vapor cool no matter how hard or fast you vape. The potent and dense vapor it consistently produced had almost a menthol-like quality from the cooling function, and I was a bit taken aback by how powerful the device was. Whereas most flower vapes give you an experience that is decidedly underwhelming, this device got me so high it was almost a bit much.

What can you vape with the Plenty?

The Plenty Vaporizer is compatible with ground flower and includes an additional liquid pad for concentrates. 

How do you use the Plenty?

Using the Plenty Vaporizer is easy, follow the steps below for a streamlined experience: 

Parts:

  • 1 pc. PLENTY Vaporizer
  • 1 pc. vaporization unit
  • 1 pc. tubing section, long
  • 1 pc. tubing section, short
  • 3 pcs. normal screen (approx. Ø 30 mm)
  • 1 pc. drip pad (approx. Ø 28 x 4 mm)
  • 1 pc. herb mill (approx. Ø 59 mm)
  • 1 pc. cleaning brush
  • 1 pc. Instructions for Use

Basic operation:

  1. Open filling chamber.
  2. Grind flower.
  3. Fill chamber with ground flower —be sure to fill the chamber completely up to the upper edge to ensure proper vaporization.
  4. Switch on the device (orange power switch).
  5. Press auto off release handle.
  6. Temperature settings on the numeric dial:
    • 1: 266 degrees
    • 2: 288 degrees
    • 3: 310 degrees
    • 4: 331 degrees 
    • 5: 352 degrees 
    • 6: 374 degrees
    • 7: 396 degrees
  7. Set dial number to desired vaporization temperature.
  8. Inhale.

Is the Plenty Vaporizer worth it?

The Plenty is a great vaporizer to fall in love with during winter lockdown, as long as you’re the right match for this very unique device. While its design definitely doesn’t appeal to everyone, its functionality will, as it’s a beautifully constructed device and one of the hardest-hitting flower vapes on the market. 

Initially, you may think needing to plug in your vaporizer is a drawback, but this throwback feature has its upsides too. For one, it will never die. You’ll never lose the charger, or the vaporizer itself for that matter. And, with close to no heat up time, it’s ready to go whenever you are. 

And let’s be honest, none of us are going anywhere anyways. You might as well invest in a wacky gift to yourself that will make sitting around getting high in your living room for months on end feel whimsical again. Sometimes good things come in strange spackages, and this is one of those times. The Plenty Vaporizer gives you plenty to love — and even more to talk about. 

Find the Plenty Vaporizer on storz-bickel.com.

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Buds & Baby Boomers

Steve,
51, remembers well the first time he got high.

“I was
a freshman in high school and my friend Chovi from India found me on the
handball court where I had been spray-painting images of Alfred E. Newman with
a stencil I’d made,” says Steve. “Chovi must’ve been about 4’6” and had this
massive afro shaped like a square helmet that was three sizes too big for his
face. The guy was hilarious based on looks alone. I had low expectations,
because I had tried pot twice before and had never felt anything. And I didn’t
notice much from this at first, either, but it turned out to be a creeper.”

Heading
home, Steve remembers “feeling like Albert Hofmann on his famous bike ride”
after discovering the formula for LSD. Then, suddenly, he found himself overly
high and met with a locked door at his parent’s house – meaning he’d have to
confront his mom.

“Oh
God, my mom was going to have to let me in,” he recalls. “I couldn’t face my
mom like that. As soon as she opened the door, I pushed past her and dashed up
the stairs. She shouted up to me all concerned, ‘Is everything okay?’ And I
shouted back, ‘Yep! Everything’s great, Mom!’ And I locked myself in my room
and played my KISS records.”

That
was 1977. Three businesses and a home in the wealthiest zip code of the Bay
Area later, Steve finds himself enjoying a new wave of Mary Jane’s alluring
wiles. Only these days, instead of rolling a doobie, he puffs his vape pen.

Steve’s story isn’t particularly unique. Baby boomers across the nation are getting reacquainted with cannabis after a hiatus from pot through their middle years. According to a 2012 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration comparing trends with 2002, cannabis use among people between the ages 50-54 and 60-64 has almost doubled. Meanwhile, pot use among boomers age 55-59 has more than quadrupled. And they’re not merely dabbling. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that baby boomers are regularly consuming cannabis an average of once a week. And these numbers are expected to rise. By the end of 2015, nearly 111 million Americans over 50 were projected to be cannabis consumers, according to research by IBISWorld. That figure could jump another seven percent by 2020.

Baby boomers across the nation are getting reacquainted with cannabis after a hiatus from pot through their middle years.

Partly
responsible for this reefer renaissance is the rapidly increasing social
acceptance of cannabis as a medicine and recreational choice. 

“When
medical marijuana became a thing and I realized I could get a pot prescription
and get my anxiety issues under control at the same time, that’s when I got
reacquainted with pot,” says Steve.

Indeed, studies suggest that boomers are using cannabis medicinally more than recreationally, often to deal with age-related issues such as chronic pain, depression and rheumatoid arthritis. Even Steve calls his vape pen “the most entertaining anti-anxiety medicine I’ve ever been prescribed.” In fact, the only time he labels his cannabis consumption recreational is in the context of a bad trip.

“When I
first came back to it around 2009, I had just met a lady, so I asked the
budtender to give me the very best they had. I didn’t ask for a strain that
does a particular thing, or makes you feel any particular way – just the best.”

The budtender recommended OG Kush, a name that he says he’ll always remember just so that he can avoid its super strength. 

“It was
unbelievably intense,” he says. “Way too advanced for my old-school roots. I
brought it with me to my lady friend’s house, thinking I’d impress her with how
hip I was. We had tickets to a show, but ended up just sitting on the couch for
about four hours. Not talking, not moving; I wasn’t even sure she was still
there most of the time. Every now and then, she would laugh, then I’d start
laughing. Then it would be silent again for another hour. That was awkward. I
will never smoke a strain that strong again, not unless I’m method-acting for
the role of a corpse. There was nothing recreational about that experience at
all.”

With
potency five to 10 times greater than the Mexican swag smokers enjoyed in the ’70s,
baby boomers are understandably trepidatious about coming back to cannabis.

“I miss
the giggling,” continues Steve. “Pot back then used to be really light and
giggly. Today’s pot is too heavy for me. It weighs me down.”

Despite the industry’s race to breed strains with the highest THC possible, options do exist for baby boomers who want to get pleasantly elevated without blasting off into the stratosphere. Cannabis with THC in the low double-digits – say, the 10-14 percent range – may provide a low-impact way to get a gentle buzz. And with the advent of the vape pen, boomers are strolling the path back to pot with more ease and grace than ever.

“Last
year, I was bed-ridden after a skiing accident,” recalls Judith, a 60-year-old
San Francisco travel agent. “All I could do was lay in bed taking pain killers
and watching Netflix. The pain pills had me so groggy and out of it that I
would suffer through [the pain] as long as I could before finally giving in and
taking one. When my son came over and offered me a puff off his new vape pen –
my first thought was, ‘My goodness, what kind of robot joint is this?’ But let
me tell you, it literally changed my world.

“I
mean, it [worked] faster than the pain pills, and it didn’t turn me into a
zombie,” she says. “Pretty much one little puff every hour or two kept my pain
at bay, and I have to admit, it was pretty fun, too! I mean, I was laughing at
things that, on the pills, I couldn’t do more than stare at with my eyes glazed
over. With that little pen, I felt like myself again. And bonding with my son,
watching documentaries and laughing at movies together, was a brilliant,
unexpected bonus. Now when I have friends over, we’ll have a little vape with
our tea.”

Vape
pens are becoming ubiquitous as a discreet way for cannabists, many of them
boomers, to consume concentrated versions of the plant. Because it lends itself
so easily to taking just one puff at a time, the vape pen provides users with
an easier way to manage dosage. And because the oil contains such a high
concentration of THC to begin with, one hit will often suffice.

“That’s just a classy way to get high, in my opinion,” says Steve about vape pens. “Mine even doubles as a stylus. It’s my new favorite way to get high.”

Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.

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Everything you need to know about the Crafty+

As the vaporizer market continues to explode, it seems that most brands are focused on producing devices that are flashy and futuristic, as opposed to reliable and well-made. While features like endless controls and LED light shows make sense for extract vaporizers and the hypebeast culture they predicate, flower vapes cater to a different mentality, one that is a little slower and more thoughtful. 

If concentrate vapes are about blasting off, flower vapes are about savoring the experience. They tend to attract those who enter the cannabis market from a wellness angle, as opposed to those looking to obliterate themselves. Part of this is due to the fact that vaporizing is better for you, mentally and physically, than smoking. 

When you vaporize flower, you’re boiling the high-inducing chemical compounds like terpenes and cannabinoids at optimal temperatures, as opposed to eviscerating them with a lighter. Not only is it easier on the lungs, it doesn’t make you smell, generally lending itself to a more discreet consumer. The best flower vaporizers are simple, because that’s all they need to be. 

One of the most trusted brands in the industry, Storz & Bickel, nailed it with their stunning new Crafty+, an updated version of their original Crafty flower vape. With its survivalist aesthetic, pared down functioning skills, and impressive capability, this is the perfect device for the enthusiast on the go. 

What is the Crafty+?

The Crafty+ is a compact and portable flower vaporizer by respected European vape brand Storz & Bickel. With a simple yet effective design, this device reduces the act of vaping flower to its most basic form. 

Similar to the much larger Storz & Bickel Mighty, the Crafty+ is ready to go with perfected factory settings. Literally all you have to do is insert your ground flower, press a button, and get high. 

Upgrades from the original Crafty include a 30% faster heat-up time, a new design for optimized grip, and “super boost” function where triple pressing the power button takes you to the max temperature of 410°F. There is also an app for Android users for further customization — but more on that later. 

At the crux of the Crafty+’s stellar performance record is its patented hybrid heat exchanger. By combining conduction and convection heat, then filtering the vapor through a cooling element in the mouth piece, this device keeps temperatures stable, resulting in a laid back and flavorful experience that never burns your lungs. 

Storz & Bickel

What can you vape with the Crafty+?

The Crafty+ is compatible with ground flower and includes a drip pad for concentrate use.

How do you use the Crafty+?

Now that you’re familiar with the Crafty+ vaporizer, how does it work?

Parts:

  • 1 pc. CRAFTY+ Vaporizer
  • 1 pc. USB Cable
  • 3 pcs. base seal ring, small
  • 3 pcs. normal screen, small
  • 3 pcs. coarse screen, small
  • 2 pcs. drip pad, small
  • 1 pc. dosing capsule
  • 1 pc. cleaning brush

Basic operation:

  1. Charge fully before use using the USB cable.
  2. Unscrew cooling unit from the vaporizer by turning it 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
  3. Fill the chamber with ground flower up to the plastic rim — do not overfill.
  4. Screw the cooling unit onto the vaporizer by turning it back 90 degrees clockwise.
  5. Switch on vaporizer.
  6. Red LED light indicates device is heating up.
  7. Green LED means it’s ready for use.
  8. Inhale.

The Crafty+ App

While the Crafty+ arrives ready to go and shines in its implementation of easy-to-use one button controls, there is also a Storz & Bickel smartphone app available for Android users. And though the Storz & Bickel app is not currently available in the app store, there is a WebApp for Apple users as well.  

The Remote Control App allows you to customize different settings, like temperature control, shutoff timer, brightness, and various alerts. While the app is definitely a cool feature, it’s not a must. The device works perfectly with its basic factory settings. Any further customization would simply be a matter of preference. 

Is the Crafty+ worth it?

Coming in at $279, the Crafty+ does fall on the pricier end of the vaporizing spectrum. However, given its years-long warranty, reliable design, and a battery powerful enough to vape for 40 minutes on a full charge (up to five or six full sessions), makes this device totally worth it. 

My favorite thing about the device is the simplicity of the design. Resembling binoculars, it has a super discreet, kind of spy gadget feel. In a backpack or bag of similar outdoorsy items, no one would peg this for a vaporizer. 

From it’s internal function to its external aesthetic, this is a cohesive device that delivers on the wellness-angled stoner lifestyle it indicates. Perfect for nature lovers, medicinal users, and those looking to give their lungs a much deserved break, the Crafty+ proves the age old notion that less is more. 

Find the Crafty+ vaporizer on storz-bickel.com

Featured image courtesy of Storz & Bickel

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