Vape Pen Tutorial For Beginners

Vape Pen Tutorial For Beginners

Vape Pen Tutorial For Beginners

Not every medical marijuana patient likes the burnt, skunky smell of cannabis in their living room. And if you live with other people who aren’t medical patients, they may not like that smell either.

Also, you’re bringing that smoke directly into your lungs. Smoking marijuana may be safer than smoking tobacco, but that doesn’t mean it’s great for you.

“There’s always edibles,” you may say. “ I don’t have to smoke marijuana if I can just eat it.”

Awesome! We love edibles. They’re very useful to patients who don’t mind waiting 30 minutes to two hours for them to kick in. But for patients who need immediate relief, the “edibles wait-time” can be frustrating.

Then there’s the issue of edible dosage: how well can you control it? You may need more medicine on certain days than on others, but it’s hard to be precise when you’re cutting up a brownie.

Patients who don’t want to smoke or eat marijuana should consider vaporizers – specifically the vape pen. And for those of you who have no idea what that is, keep reading our vape pen tutorial for beginners!

What are Vaporizers?

Marijuana vaporizers do just that: they turn your marijuana into a vapor that you can inhale.

  • The vaporizer will heat your marijuana at a temperature anywhere from 175 to 210 degrees.
  • At this temperature, the cannabinoids and terpenes in your marijuana will evaporate, allowing you to inhale them.
  • The experience is similar to smoking, but remember: you’re not bringing smoke into your lungs. You’re bringing in vapor. That means no harsh toxins or carcinogens, for the most part. It’s a smoother, cleaner experience that may generate a more powerful “high,” because you’re inhaling pure cannabinoids.
  • Vape pens, in particular, give off a slight, almost unnoticeable odor, so you don’t have to worry about smelling up the whole house.

So What Are Vape Pens?

Vape pens are portable vaporizers that are shaped like pens. Because of their shape and small size, they can be carried anywhere and used discreetly.

Boom, there’s your vape pen tutorial right there! That was easy, wasn’t it? Thanks for reading and good luck figuring the rest out!

Just kidding. We know it’s a little more complicated than that.

There are four main components to a vape pen: the battery, cartridge/chamber, mouthpiece and the charger.

The Battery

Don’t let the name “battery” fool you. It’s not the kind of battery that you insert into a device.

A vape pen battery is actually the main body of the pen. Once you attach the cartridge/chamber and mouthpiece to the battery, you have a fully formed vape pen.

The Chamber / Cartridge and Mouthpiece

If you have a vape pen that vaporizes dry herb/flower, then it will typically come with:

  • A chamber to hold the plant material
  • A mouthpiece through which to inhale the vapor.

On the other hand, oil vape pens either have a refillable oil cartridge and mouthpiece, or they use a pre-filled, disposable cartridge with a mouthpiece already attached.

The Charger

Eventually, your vape pen battery will run out of power, and you’ll need to recharge it. Your vape pen should come with a USB charger that you can attach to your battery. Then you just plug it into a wall socket or a computer.

How to Use a Vape Pen

1. Do your research

There’s a lot of different kinds of vape pens out there.

First, decide which type of pen you want (dry herb or oil). Once you’ve narrowed it down a bit, start researching different brands. Compare and contrast their benefits and downsides.

Things to consider include:

  • Price
  • Whether or not the pen is easy to use
  • Oil quality – How was it made? Does it contain any toxic chemicals?
  • Battery quality – How long does it hold a charge? Does it break often? Does it come with a warranty?
  • Reviews – What are people saying about the product? Are the reviews mostly positive or negative?

2. Once You Have Your Vape Pen, Figure Out How It Works

You’ll notice we said, “Figure out how it works” and not “Read the instructions.”

That’s because your vape pen might come with instructions, but you shouldn’t take it for granted.

One of our team members recently purchased a popular brand of vape pen, and it didn’t come with instructions. Luckily, a dispensary staff member gave him a thorough tutorial. Also, the vape pen company had instructions on their website.

Instructions may vary when it comes to vape pen, but you’ll definitely need to…

3. Charge the Battery

Attach your USB charger to the battery. Plug it into a wall socket or a computer. A red light will appear, indicating that the battery is charging. The red light should turn green once the battery is fully charged.

How long will it take to fully charge? Again, the exact time may vary, but you should expect to charge it anywhere from two to four hours.

4. Attach Your Cartridge / Chamber

We included videos further down below to show you how this step works with three different kinds of vape pens.

5. Inhale

Some vape pens turn on automatically the minute you start inhaling. Others have a button on the battery that needs to be pressed.

When you inhale for the first time, don’t overdo it, especially if you’re vaping with a concentrated oil. That oil may be more potent than dry flower, so use your initial puff to figure out just how strong it is.

Inhale for a period of about two to three seconds. Then wait 10 minutes to gauge the effects. If you feel you are ready for another dose, inhale again.

We Promised Vape Pen Tutorial Videos. Here They Are.

DISCLAIMER: We don’t officially endorse any of the products or dispensaries shown in these vape pen tutorial videos. We like these clips simply because they offer short, clear examples of how different types of vape pens work.

 

Dry Herb

 

Refillable Oil Cartridge

 

Pre-filled, Disposable Oil Cartridge

We hope you enjoyed our vape pen tutorial for beginners!

Vape pens are a great, easy way to get into the vaporization world, but don’t take our word for it. Check them out for yourselves.

Do you use vape pens? Do you have a particular type or brand that’s your favorite, or do you dabble in all kinds? Visit us on social media and let us know what you think!

And, as always, if you’re ready to become a medical marijuana patient, give us a call at (702)-707-2414 or click here to schedule an appointment today!

 

CBD For Dogs

CBD For Dogs? How Marijuana Can Help Your Pet

CBD For Dogs? How Marijuana Can Help Your Pet

Dogs and humans have a lot in common. In fact, your dog can suffer from many of the same types of illnesses that humans do – illnesses such as:

  • Inflammation
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Glaucoma

Prescription drugs can help, but they often come with negative side effects. Pain medications, in particular, can knock your dog out, reducing their level of activity.

And unfortunately, not all medications can help with the most severe symptoms. In those cases, your dog still suffers, and you and your veterinarian are left feeling helpless and without any viable treatment options.

But nowadays, more dog owners are combining holistic, alternative medicine with traditional Western medicine. The same goes for pet food; owners are as conscious about the foods they feed their pets (non-GMO, organic, grain-free) as they are about the foods THEY eat.

That’s why some dog owners are giving medical marijuana to their furry companions, specifically CBD.

And they’re seeing results.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a beneficial compound found in the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, the compound in marijuana that gets you “high,” CBD is non-psychoactive.

But even though CBD doesn’t pack the euphoric punch that THC does, it’s still very powerful and offers a host of health benefits such as:

  • Pain relief
  • Anti-inflammation
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Anti-seizure

Marijuana manufacturers already make CBD-dominant products for people who want pain relief but don’t want to get high.

And now some companies offer CBD for dogs in the form of products like oils and treats.

Does CBD For Dogs Actually Work?

  • In the March 2017 issue of Elevate Nevada, Julie Vigil reports the story of Karbon, a German Shepherd who suffered from severe seizures once a week, despite being on prescription medication. Once his owner started giving him CBD oil, he became, in her words, “a different dog” His seizures now only occur about every 10 days, they last less than five minutes (originally they lasted up to an hour), and their severity fell by about 75%. Best of all, Karbon has more energy and is more alert.
  • The New York Times reported a story about Emmett, a 12-year-old dog who had his leg amputated because of bone cancer. He was on painkillers, but they made him so drowsy he wasn’t able to stand on his remaining legs. His owner gave him a cannabis tincture, and now Emmett has no problem standing on his own. The tincture also helps his anxiety during 4th of July fireworks celebrations.
  • CBS News did a story featuring Hudson, a 12-year old dog in pain from arthritis and an amputated toe. Prescribed painkillers kept knocking her out. Her owner treated her with cannabis extract placed in yogurt, and..well…you guessed it. Hudson finally got her energy and spunk back.

Check out this short clip from CNBC about CBD for dogs:

Can Veterinarians Prescribe or Recommend CBD For Dogs?

No, they can’t.

Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug, and that includes both THC and CBD-based products. Veterinarians who try to prescribe or recommend CBD for dogs risk losing their licenses.

It should be noted that the American Veterinary Medical Association doesn’t have an official stance on cannabis. However, they have stated that

  • veterinarians have a responsibility to exercise their best judgment when deciding on treatment options for their patients
  • more research is needed on cannabis’s effect on animals before we can say conclusively that it’s an effective treatment

Should I Tell My Veterinarian That I’m Using CBD to Treat My Dog?

Absolutely. It obviously helps if you have an open-minded veterinarian, and many of the anecdotal stories we’ve come across feature vets who are just that.

But either way, your veterinarian needs to know if you’re giving CBD to your dog so that he or she can track your dog’s progress. Your vet can also avoid prescribing medications that could negatively interact with marijuana.

Do Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Carry CBD Products For Dogs?

Some do! Call your local dispensary first, or look at their online menu so that you don’t trek all the way down there for nothing. They can also recommend certain products over others.

Hemp-Based Products For Dogs Work Too

If your dispensary doesn’t carry CBD for dogs, there are a number of hemp-based products on the market that are also specifically designed for canines.

Hemp products are legal in the U.S. because they have such a low amount of THC and CBD in them. Luckily, that doesn’t affect their medicinal impact.

Certain hemp products contain additional, non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes that can be used to treat pain, inflammation, anxiety, cancer, and arthritis.

Can Animals Safely Consume Medical Marijuana Meant For Humans?

Absolutely not! Don’t ever give your pet the medical marijuana that YOU use.

THC is toxic to animals. In fact, it’s not uncommon for dogs to wind up in the emergency room because they got into a stash of weed or edibles, ate everything, and overdosed. They often wind up needing to be hospitalized as a result.

If you do decide to purchase CBD for your dog, be sure to purchase products specifically designed for animals. No blowing marijuana smoke into your pet’s face to “help her relax!”

Share Your Experiences!

Do you treat your dog with CBD products? Do you have results to report? Get in touch with us by commenting below!

Your dog can’t actually get a Florida medical marijuana card, but if you personally suffer from any of these qualifying illnesses…

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea or chronic pain
  • PTSD

…then you’re eligible for a card. Remember: medical marijuana products are cheaper and more potent than recreational products.

Schedule an appointment with our doctor today, and we’ll get you on the path to pain relief at a lower cost.