[Canniseur: This book is not just for newbies, but it’s also for those who are fairly experienced. There’s a plethora of information in the book as well as it being fun to look at. Enjoy.]
A lot of people labor under the impression that when something is cute, that thing is not worthy of serious regard. Terming art, literature or even people ‘cute’ can be a roundabout form of dismissal, a qualifier meant to soften some later blow: “Yes, it’s cute, but…”
Michelle Lhooq’s non-fiction book, titled “Weed: Everything You Want to Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask,” is undeniably cute. Its kelly green cover, decorated with pink and white doodles by illustrator Thu Tran, is a reliable indicator of the book’s tone and content in the best way possible. But just because Lhooq’s debut book is cute doesn’t mean it lacks substance. In fact, it’s veritably overflowing with information.
“Weed: Everything You Want to Know…” is divided into six sections: How It Works, How to Smoke, How to Make, How to Grow, How to Be and How to Score. Each of these sections contains a variety of inserts and asides, from straight how-tos like recipes and joint-rolling instructions to dispensary reviews, jokey illustrated lists and annotated diagrams explaining things like the inner workings of pipes and bongs.
Lhooq is a seasoned party journalist (yes, it’s a thing, and yes, it’s as cool as it sounds) who’s hosted “weed raves” on both coasts, and her bona fides as a writer and as a genuine head shine through in all 159 pages of this book. She’s a sharp, entertaining writer who manages to avoid condescending to her pool of presumably greener potheads-to-be. Although I found myself skimming some of the more basic sections, like the earlier ones describing various terpenes and cannabinoids, I found this book very readable — even as someone with an above-average cannabis knowledge base.
One of the things that really sets this book apart from potential peers is the steady stream of interviews — with figures both central and tangential to the modern world of weed — peppered throughout its various sections. Lhooq is a skillful interviewer and selected interesting people from all over the cannabis industry, from a recent Oaksterdam graduate to a “cannasexual” sex educator to a weed sommelier. These additional voices add depth and dimension to the book’s overall arch and neatly illustrate one of its primary theses: Enjoying cannabis should be a collective and collaborative experience.
While I wouldn’t necessarily give this book to a seasoned weed smoker or everyday dabber, I think it would make a great gift, especially for a friend who is looking to gain a hearty background on the modern weed scene but who’s less interested in the nitty gritty of cannabis, especially when it comes to global and national cannabis policy or the inner workings of cannabusiness. Not that those subjects feel like omissions — instead, they’d probably make the book feel flimsy and, soon, dated.
Instead, it’s got an “of-the-moment” vibe and a Cool Older Sister voice, both of which make it the kind of book I would have devoured as a teenager — right alongside other Urban-Outfitters-approved guides to fashion and pop culture. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
[Canniseur: I love the new Volcano Hybrid device. The first time I saw a Volcano was in Amsterdam many years ago. This seems like a terrific update and refinement of the original. I also love the idea of the … well, read it and find out all the features the new version has.]
Many of our readers are likely familiar with the Volcano vaporizer. It has been around for several years now and is considered by many to be the gold standard when it comes to desktop vaporizers. But, just as everything else in the cannabis world is evolving, so too is the Volcano.
The Volcano Hybrid is the latest Volcano to hit the market and it encompasses all that advanced technology has to offer. You can vaporize with the Volcano via either the familiar balloon or a new tube attachment – for those who don’t want to wait for the balloon. And, you can also use the Storz & Bickel app on your smartphone to control all the same settings as the buttons and even set up advanced workflows with different temperatures and automatic pumping at your own timed intervals after you have connected your phone to the Volcano via Bluetooth.
The new rotatable tube system allows you to decide precisely how much vapor you wish to take in, providing ultimate flexibility and control over your experience. Or, if you’re an “old school” Volcano aficionado, the traditional Easy Valve balloon system may be your preferred method of inhalation.
Another improvement over previous Volcano models is the double helix heat exchanger that can preheat to your preferred temperature even faster, in less than 40 seconds. Featuring a sleek, luxurious design, the Volcano Hybrid is manufactured in Germany using the highest quality materials available.
The S & B app works on Android and iOS devices; as long as you have Bluetooth enabled, you can connect to your device.
In many ways, the evolution of the Volcano is indicative of the overall evolution the cannabis community has undergone over the last ten years. It shows how fast things are moving and how much legalization laws can contribute to advancements in technology. Companies like S & B are catering to the demands of cannabis consumers and many of them no longer have to hide those demands.
Cannabis consumers are people too, people who aren’t harming anyone else with their use. They have money and want to spend it and there is nothing wrong with a company recognizing that and creating products they think those consumers might want.
It’s hard to imagine what may be available in just 5 years, considering how fast things are moving on the technology side of cannabis products. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what can be accomplished, as long as people are allowed to make their own choices.
Under those circumstances, a lot of people will choose a product like the Volcano Hybrid, something good for daily use or for having a large group of people over. For ease of use and speed, it’s hard to beat.
Cannabis users are entering an era where they don’t have to hide anymore. They can enjoy their recreation or their medicating without fear, which – when coupled with technology – opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
One of those possibilities is the new Volcano Hybrid.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to reflect the specific views of the publication.
[Canniseur: Perhaps it’s time to codify how various cannabis products are judged and develop real criteria. I love reading about Cannabis Cup winners and especially the names of the winners. But, how the winning entries are judged? I’ve been honored to be a judge at many wine competitions and there are some pretty strict rules about how to taste and judge wine. I can accurately taste over 50 wines per day, but I’d bet I can’t do that many cannabis variants…maybe even in a week!]
This year’s Northern California Cannabis Cup brought together cannabis enthusiasts, activists, and some stiff competition. Here are the winners of the 2019 NorCal Cannabis Cup:
1st Place:(Greenstone) Top Shelf Cannabis – Whoa-Si-Whoa 2nd Place: Sovereign – Blueberry Muffin 3rd Place: LitHouse – Dark Dosi
1st Place: Sovereign – Mothers Milk 2nd Place: Atrium Cultivation – Lemon Love 3rd Place:Team Elite Genetics – Orange Juice
1st Place:North County Pharms – Dosickeys 2nd Place: Atrium Cultivation – Juicy Gushy 3rd Place:Fig Farms – Animal Face
[Editor’s Note: Dry herb vapes have a place in the connoisseur’s selection of consumption methods. Sometimes a dry herb vape is just the thing. There’s a few missing though.]
Yes, the vaporizer for dry herbs market is saturated, but we’re here to help. Check out our top picks for the best dry herb vaporizers in 2019.
With vaping more popular than ever before, new dry herb vaporizers are hitting the market regularly. While this influx can make it hard to keep up, it also drives new innovation and technology that leads to better designs and more outstanding herbal vaping experiences.
If you’re looking for the best dry herb vaporizer available today, we’re here to help. Here we list the best dry herb vaporizers of 2019, so you can find today’s top-rated portable or tabletop dry vaporizer that works best for you.
What are Dry Herb Vaporizers?
A dry herb vaporizer is a personal inhalation device that precisely and evenly heats dry herb materials and flowers to produce a pure botanical-filled vapor that can be inhaled.
Vaporizers for dry herbs have surged in popularity over recent years, as more people look for a safer alternative to smoking. While vaporizers heat up the herbs, they never reach high enough temperatures to cause combustion, avoiding the harmful toxins and other byproducts that are created when smoking.
Instead, dry herb vaporizers use convection or conduction heating to heat materials to their respective vaporization points, producing clouds of pure, clean vapor that better prioritizes the health of your lungs.
Dry herb vaporizers come in various sizes and styles, allowing you to choose between handheld battery-powered devices for vaping while you’re out and about, and at-home units that plug into a power source and generally offer greater functionality and precision.
When trying to find the best dry herb vaporizer of 2019 for you, first ask yourself whether you intend to use your vaporizer while out and about, at home, or both.
Best Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers
Are you someone who is always on the go? These two best portable dry herb vaporizers offer portability and travel-friendly designs without sacrificing performance.
The CFX Vaporizer from Boundless allows you to enjoy the revitalizing experience of a full-fledged dry herb vaping session using a conveniently portable device. Equipped with precise heating capabilities (100°F-430°F) and an all-ceramic chamber, the Boundless CFX is built to accommodate every dry herb vaping preference.
With its powerful 2500 mAh battery, the sleek, palm-friendly Boundless CFX herb vaporizer is able to reach your chosen temperature in a rapid 20 seconds, perfect for quick, discreet draws throughout the day. Convenient up-down buttons and a large 1.77-inch HD digital display make it easy to dial in on your favorite vaping settings.
As a bonus for those who value versatility, the Boundless CFX dry herb vaporizer also works with botanical concentrates like extracts and waxy oils.
Minimalists will appreciate the sleek design and seamless performance of the DaVinci IQ Vaporizer. This innovative portable dry herb vaporizer touts both precision temperature capabilities and Smart Path Technology, allowing you to choose between fully controlling your session or selecting one of four temperature range programs for a uniquely personalized vaping experience.
If you value tasty hits, the DaVinci IQ should be on your radar. An industry-exclusive all-ceramic zirconia vapor path ensures your dry herb draws will be smooth and flavorful.
A replaceable 18650 battery powers the DaVinci IQ, while a grid of 51 LED dots along its front serve as the display, covertly conveying temperature and settings. Available in multiple color options, the IQ dry herb vaporizer from DaVinci is equipped with Bluetooth technology, allowing those who opt for greater control to access additional setting options using the DaVinci IQ App.
Best Tabletop Dry Herb Vaporizers
For dry herb enthusiasts interested in investing invest in a premium device for at-home vaping experiences, our two best tabletop dry herb vaporizers offer unparalleled functionality, precision, and efficiency to always put flavor first.
Offering unmatched performance and functionality, the Storz & Bickel Volcano has undisputedly been the market’s top dry herb vaporizer from the time it was initially released over a decade ago. Built for dry herb vaping connoisseurs, the Volcano Classic is a forced air vaporizer that pumps clean, pure vapor into a balloon for you to savor over time or share with others.
Utilizing true convection heating, the popular Volcano dry herb vaporizer from Storz & Bickel dehydrates and heats your favorite herbal materials evenly and efficiently, producing combustion-free, flavorful clouds of vapor that are unrivaled.
While always ready for vaping dry herbs, the Storz & Bickel Volcano will also vaporize your favorite concentrates.
The extremely popular and powerful Arizer Extreme Q dry herb vaporizer delivers powerfully flavorful clouds of botanical vapor at a more accessible price. Boasting precise temperature control, pure convection heating, and a 100% ceramic heating chamber, the Extreme Q from Arizer is a great tabletop dry herb vaporizer choice for anyone interested in savoring the botanical benefits of herbs at home.
The Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer features a powerfully dynamic forced air heating system and allows you to draw vapor from a balloon bag or whip attachment. A remote control and clear-view digital LCD display makes managing temperature settings easy.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizers Under $100
As vaping grows in popularity, manufactures have started to introduce affordable vaporizers for those considerate of price. You can find high-quality, high-performing dry herb vaporizers for under $100. Here are the two best affordable dry herb vapes we recommend:
This upgrade to the original CFC Vaporizer from Boundless offers enhanced airflow and water pipe adaptability for smooth, flavorful herbal vapor. Nearly unheard of for a dry herb vaporizer under $100, the CFC 2.0 dry herb vaporizer from Boundless touts precise temperature control and a 0.5-gram ceramic chamber, putting you in the driver’s seat of your vaping experience.
With its sleek black, ultra-durable design, the Boundless CFC 2.0 is a dry herb vaporizer that will happily accommodate you wherever life leads. Its lighting-fast 18650-capacity internal battery produces clouds of dry herb vapor in seconds, so you can take quick, discreet draws whenever the feeling arises.
The Boundless CFC 2.0 even lets you make your hits smoother and cooler with its easily-attachable water pipe adapter.
Even seasoned dry herb vaping enthusiasts will appreciate the high performance and quick-heating capabilities of the KandyPens K-Vape Vaporizer. This highly popular portable dry herb vaporizer heats in less than 30 seconds and comes with three predetermined temperature settings (360°F, 380°F, 420°F) for hassle-free vapor personalization.
The K-Vape dry herb vaporizer is the first from KandyPens to utilize true convection heating, ensuring combustion-free, respiratory-friendly vapor. Its 0.6-gram capacity stainless steel heating chamber heats a generous amount of dry herbs. The K-Vape herbal vape also makes managing power and draws easy with its single-button functionality. The KandyPens K-Vape is an ideal dry herb vaporizer for anyone hoping to get the most bang from their buck.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer For Beginners
For consumers new to vaping botanical dry flower, we’ve identified the best dry herb vape pen that offers a simplified vaping experience.
Those new to vaping dry herbs will appreciate the straightforward simplicity and compact size of the Atmos Jump Vaporizer. The Jump herbal vaporizer from Atmos features a single optimized temperature setting, eliminating the hassle of having to find the right temperature.
Accessing the heating chamber to packing the Atmos Jump with your favorite dry herbs takes just a gentle counterclockwise twist on the mouthpiece. The Atmos Jump dry herb vaporizer features single-button functionality, simplifying use.
Available in carbon black, carbon gold, red, blue, and green color options, the Atmos Jump vaporizer has a convenient 4-minute auto shut-off feature, a highlight particularly for beginners who are still getting the hang of the vaping process. Vaping beginners will welcome how convenient, quick, and easy-to-use the Atmos Jump makes the vaping experience.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer for Connoisseurs
True dry herb vaping maestros seeking the best of the best in flavor, precision, and efficiency will no doubt appreciate this high-caliber dry herb vaporizer.
Despite its incredibly compact 5.5-inch height, the Mighty Vaporizer from Storz & Bickel touts both high performance and efficiency. Offering patented full hot air convection with additional conduction heating and a 1.4cm3-filling chamber, the Mighty vape is an ideal vaporizer for herb vaping connoisseurs who value flavor first. This battery-powered dry herb vaporizer ensures efficient and vaporization from the very first tasty draw.
The Mighty herbal vaporizer is equipped with precise temperature control (104°F to 410°F), allowing you to tailor the flavor and cloud production to your personal vaping preferences. Not only is vapor quality of the Mighty on par with most tabletop dry herb vaporizers, it’s also easy to use. It features a bright digital LED screen and convenient up-and-down buttons for temperature control.
While the Storz & Bickel Mighty Vaporizer has been around since 2014, it continues to reign as the best dry herb vaporizer, particularly for those who enjoy vaping on the go. Keep in mind that it is a bit big for most pockets, but will easily fit in bags or purses.
Vessel Vape Pen, review by Canniseur team, Steve and Annie. This vape pen has captured our attention. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, this vape pen will be cherished by your favorite cannabis consumer.
The Vessel Vape Pen is Super Stylish
Designed to be sleek, stylish, and elegant, the Vessel pen speaks quality. It’s a vape pen that you’ll be proud of when you pull it out of your pocket or purse. It speaks ‘class’. It’s the perfect gift for your best weed smoking friend. The Vessel vape pen makes a great birthday or holiday gift for those with discerning taste.
The Vessel Vape Pen’s Best Features
How the Vape Pen Felt in Our Hands
We have two of the styles and both pens operated identically. They both had a great weight balance. Handling of either Vessel pens compares to holding a well-balanced tool. The weight of a well-crafted tool feels perfect. The two handsome pens looked very different from each other.
The Expedition style is mechanical looking with knurled knobs around the pen for holding it. It has a nice heft and felt good in the hand even with metal all around. The red charging tip lends an especially nice design touch to this vape pen version. The industrial design of this vape pen lends itself well for the more mechanically-minded individual. It’s a nice butch-looking vape pen. (We’re speaking in generalities, and not saying fems or gender-fluid can’t be mechanical.)
Wood Core – Slate/Walnut
The second style we tested was the Wood Core – Slate/Walnut version. It had a beautiful piece of real walnut for the barrel which gave it an extra flare. This is a vape pen one might use in a c-suite or boardroom. The Wood Core pen barrel feels great to the touch and has the same weight and heft of the Expedition.
They both feel incredibly natural in your hand. Both are a pleasure to look at. Very nicely designed indeed.
Vessel has 4 other styles and they looked equally as sophisticated.
How Well Does the Vessel Vape Pen Work?
The draw is what really separates the Vessel vape pens from others in the marketplace. Simply put, it’s fantastic. Smooth, powerful, and clean, you get a lot of vapor, with a very easy inhalation. We’re used to having to really pull in the vapor, but not with Vessel pens. And the vapor is…well, it’s just velvety smooth. This pen had the best draw of any vape pen we’ve ever used, and we’ve (collectively) used a number of them. The Vessel, stands heads & shoulders above the other pens we’ve tried.
While we don’t typically set products on a scale, the superior draw of the Vessel puts it at the top of any chart.
The Mechanics of the Vessel Vape Pen
Vessel Charging System
The charging system turns everything on its head. Instead of screwing in a small, fussy, and tiny nub on the pen, a magnetic attachment on the bottom of the pen takes care of your charging needs. What really rocks is that you don’t need to disassemble the vape pen to charge it up. How long does it take to charge? We don’t know as the Vessel Vape Pen comes ready to use and it has held the charge for the two weeks we’ve had them. So, safe to say the Vessel Vape Pen holds a charge very nicely.
The Cartridge Fit
Screwing in the cartridge is a breeze and like most other pens. However, we really like that the cartridge is mostly hidden by the vape pen’s barrel. This creates the pen’s impressive looks. There’s just enough visual to guide you as to when you’re getting low on oil.
Room for Improvement
We’re all about ease of use. The controls for both turning the Vessel on and setting the temperature are fussy. It takes 5 clicks to turn it on and 3 clicks to go through the temperatures. That’s a lot of motion and counting, and remembering… And trying to coordinate the clicks while you’re under the influence can be a bit of a challenge. Then again, if you’re unable to turn it on, perhaps you should put it down.
Vessel Vape Pen – On/Off Demo
One of us is sometimes slow on the take and has forever been partial to bongs. She likes the tactile and aromatic experience of a good bong. However, the discreet nature of vape pens is slowly winning her over. Being a bit less experienced with vape pens, she was not sure how to work the pen, and didn’t know how to check if it was pre-charged (comes at about 60%). Going to the vesselbrand.com website to look for a how to use video, turned up nothing. We would love to see a bit more instruction included in the box for the slower of us.:-) After a short while, she got the hang of it.
Some vape pens have the click system, others don’t seem to. The PAX Era for cartridges and several others have iPhone/Android apps, and far easier access to set the temperature. We recommend The Vessel add more embedded software for it’s control system.
The Final Recommendation for the Vessel Vape Pen Is…
Overall, this is a fine instrument. The draw is fine, smooth, and excellent. The aeration is superior. We heartily recommend purchasing this vape pen above all others.
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