Friday, June 24, 2016

Grinders: Getting Your Herb Ready to Vape

Weed grinders are a fundamental tool for any vaping individual, and their utility is indispensable when it comes to ensuring a tasty, effective, and efficient vaporizing experience. Not only do they amply prepare your herb for use, grinders can also serve as a decorative and unique piece in your vaping arsenal that comes in a virtually unlimited variety of colors and designs.

Grinding your herb allows you to pack the chamber of your vaporizer evenly, as opposed to haphazardly plopping an uneven bud inside. Aside from the obvious of being able to fit far more bud in your vaporizer when it’s ground, using a grinder to shred your herb also grants you the ability to easily pack a flat layer of dried leaf inside the chamber, which is important because a balanced dispersal of herb in your vaporizer results in greater surface area for your vaporizer to convert bud into tasty vapor.

If you don’t adequately grind your leaf, you’re running the risk of restricting airflow through the vapor path to the herb chamber, thus resulting in tighter draw resistance and a less effective (and less pleasurable) vaporization experience.

Grinders come various shapes and sizes. A 2-piece grinder will get the job done but provides few trappings. 3-piece grinders provide additional functionally, separating larger ground herb pieces from the smaller sizes with greater efficiency. If you go for a 4-piece grinder, expect an extra repository designed to collect pollen or kief (nearly powdered herb vestige consisting of high levels of THC).

Simply put, the more pieces or chambers your grinder has, the more collections of finer and finer ground herb you can scoop out for use.

The benefit of a 2-piece grinder is simply portability and ease of maintenance, where as a multi-piece grinder will store a variety of bud densities for you to choose at your discretion, but require more time and patience to amass. Prices increase depending on the number of pieces, and fluctuate based on the strength of the teeth composing the grinder internals.

From wood and plastic to metal and titanium, there are a lot of options and one will surely fall in your price range. The best, however, is a multi-piece grinder with strong teeth that will successfully grind your herb to a consistency that your vaporizer works best with. Consult your vape instructions for its individual requirements in terms of bud texture.

The only real step in preparing your leaf for vaping is to toss your bud between the grinder teeth and have at it. Depending on how fine you desire your herb, you may only have to give it a few twists back-and-forth. If you want a very fine consistency, you will have to grind your weed for a while, routinely inspecting inside the chamber.

If you’re using a portable vape such as the Prima, Haze, SideKick vaporizer, or other similar conduction type unit, you want a fine grind, but not a powder. If you grind the leaf too finely, you may find that your vape hits will include particles of toasted leaf.

On the flip side, if you’re using a portable convection vaporizer like the FireFly 2, or a desktop vaporizer like the Herbalizer, a coarser grind is best.

Ultimately, you will have to do a bit of trial-and-error to find the exact consistency that works best with your vaporizer. Start with a coarse grind and work your way towards a finer texture until your vape hits are clear, clean, and luscious.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Introducing the Gravity from KandyPens

The latest wax pen innovation from KandyPens has arrived! Improving upon the atomizer technology found on their popular Galaxy and Donuts wax pens, the Gravity includes a newly redesigned Dual Quartz Rod Atomizer w/ quartz cup and titanium coils, as well as a Coilless Ceramic Dish Atomizer.

In addition to the most advanced atomizers of any wax pen, the Gravity also features a stunning black sandblasted finish, giving it a stealthy, sleek & sexy look. There's no other wax pen vaporizer that can match the Gravity's style.

Unlike other wax pens that only offer a single heat setting, the Gravity's temperature controlled battery lets you choose between 4 temperature settings (300°, 350°, 390°, 430°F), giving you complete control over your dab sessions.

As always, KandyPens shows their commitment to their customers by covering the Gravity's battery under an industry-leading LIFETIME WARRANTY. No other manufacturer stands by their products the way KandyPens does.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Trailer Released

Big news today for Sci-fi fans, as the first trailer for the upcoming Star Wars spinoff 'Rogue One' was released. This sure to be blockbuster is the first standalone Star Wars film, apart from the main saga. Rogue One takes place somewhere in between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Episode IV: A New Hope. Slated to hit theaters December 16, 2016, (just in time for the holidays), Rogue One is almost certain to have the same massive opening numbers that The Force Awakens saw in its opening week.

The story follows Jyn Erso - played by actress Felicity Jones - whom you might remember most recently from The Theory of Everything. From what we can tell from the trailer, her Han Solo-ish nature is even a bit too rebellious for the Rebel movement. To clear her name and her criminal record, she accepts a mission from Rebellion leader Mon Mothma to steal plans for a new weapon being developed by the Empire; the Deathstar.

Familiar Star Wars staples such as Stormtroopers, AT-AT Walkers, Imperial Star Destroyers and those badass Imperial Guards (the red guys with the swords), all make appearances in the Rogue One trailer, leading us to think that director Gareth Edwards is following the tried and true formula of Star Wars success - and quite frankly - we couldn't be more excited!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Portable Vaporizers for Every Budget

If you're in the market for a portable vaporizer, then you're in luck! Right now is possibly the best time ever to shop for a new portable. We've recently added some great new wallet-friendy units to our inventory that have been receiving high praise from reviewers and customers alike.

Portable vaporizers have come a long way in the last year. It used to be really difficult to find a quality digital unit for under $150, which is anything but the case these days. Awesome new offerings from Pulsar, Atmos, and Cloud V are ultra-affordable and feature top-of-the-line performance.

Of course, when only the very best will do, top-shelf portables like the Crafty, Mighty, Prima and Arizer Air are as popular as ever and provide a vaporization experience that simply can't be beaten. These units will have you reaching a little deeper in your wallet, but true vapor enthusiasts agree that investing in one of these top-tier models is a worthy investment.

Here are a few of our favorite new portable vaporizers that are pocket-friendly in every sense of the word.

The new APX from Pulsar is the ideal unit for beginners looking for an affordable introductory unit. This little guy has more great features that other portables at twice the price. Super lightweight and compact, the APX can literally be concealed in the palm of your hand, making it the perfect companion for on-the-go vaping. A very generous .35g capacity herb chamber and long-lasting 1600mAh battery make the APX great for extended sessions, Five preset temperature settings and the ability to be used with both dry herbs and wax make this the most versatile portable in its class, hands down.

Atmos recently released a couple of new portable vaporizers that look super-sleek and perform incredibly, the first of which is the new Atmos Jump. No bigger than your average pen-style vaporizer, the Jump is equipped with an adonized heating chamber and operates on the basis of convection, meaning it's a true vaporizer. A carbon fiber exterior gives the Jump an elegant look, but also long-lasting durability. Because the Jump employs a single optimized heat setting (around 400°F), it's a great choice for novices who place a premium on ease of use.

ATMOS VICOD 5G - $139.95

Building on the success of the original Vicod portable vaporizer, the new Vicod 5G is smaller, sleeker and more streamlined. In fact, the 5G just might be the coolest looking portable vaporizer on the market today. But it's not all bout looks with the 5G - this thing really performs nicely. Precise digital temperature control along with an intelligent OLED display allow you to easily choose any temperature to vaporize at between 300°-435°F. A fully ceramic heating chamber allows for convection-style heating and pure, tasty vapor. And for flavor enthusiasts, the included extended glass mouthpiece allows you to experience vapor in its truest form.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pulsar APX Video Review

Our friends over at Vaporizer Review just released their video review of the new Pulsar APX portable vaporizer - which is one of our favorites. Small, compact, discreet and affordable, the APX is just $60, and outperforms other portables twice its price. Compatible with both dry herbs and wax concentrates, the APX is an awesome unit for beginners who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on their first portable vaporizer, or for vape veterans who are looking to get the most bang for their buck.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dab Anywhere with Portable E-Nails

Portable, battery-powered e-nails are quickly becoming the preferred devices of dab enthusiasts who value versatility - and we've got the latest offerings from two of the biggest names in the industry, Cloud V and Dr. Dabber! Unlike traditional e-nails that need to be plugged into a wall outlet, the Cloud V Electro and Dr. Dabber Boost are completely battery-powered and rechargeable, so they can be brought anywhere your dabs take you.

While old-school e-nails tend to be big, bulky and require attachment to an existing water piece, these new versions are smaller, highly portable, and come standard with their own water filtration devices - so you don't need to purchase any additional equipment. 

The Electro and Boost are also far more affordable than traditional dab rigs, which can cost anywhere from $400 - $1000! In today's technologically advanced world, you no longer need to spend an arm and a leg to get a top of the line wax concentrate experience.

Equipped with replaceable titanium nails, these units are capable of reaching max temperatures of up 700°F (Boost) and 1000°F (Electro). Even better, they operate solely on battery power, you're no longer restricted to only being able to enjoy concentrates indoors. Take the Electro or Boost with you anywhere, and enjoy your favorite dabs, shatter, crumble and oil in the great outdoors!

These modern marvels of wax vaporization are redefining the industry, and opening up a whole new world of performance and versatility to concentrate connoisseurs. Join the revolution, and pick up your portable e-nail from VaporNation.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New Pulsar APX Colors In Stock

The APX from Pulsar has quickly become a favorite among vaporizer newbies looking for an easy to use introductory portable device - and it's now available in multiple colors and designs. Ultra-compact and affordable, the APX is pocket-friendly in every sense of the word. Featuring five preset heat settings ranging from 356°- 428°F, and equipped with a high-quality ceramic heating chamber, the APX provides a true vaporization experience free of combustion.

Small in size, but big on performance, this little guy is the perfect unit for those interested in the health benefits of vaporizing, but don't necessarily wan't to break the bank. In fact, the APX is also a great option for season vape veterans looking to add to their collection. Lightweight and completely self-contained (no additional parts or pieces to carry around), this Pulsar vaporizer is ideal for on-the-go sessions.

Retailing for just $59.99, the APX has us redefining everything we thought we knew about portable vaporizers. There's simply no other unit that can match the portability and versatility of this latest herbal offering from Pulsar. Equipped with a long-lasting, quick charge 1600mAh lithium-ion battery,  and a surprisingly large .35g capacity chamber, the APX has it all - as it supports both dry herb and wax concentrates.

So, if you've been on the fence about investing in your first portable vaporizer, or have been vaping for years and just need a new road companion, the Pulsar APX is a unit you should seriously consider.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Our Favorite Local LA Breweries

Is there anything better than an end of the work-week vape session? How about taking a few draws from the Crafty on a Friday afternoon, and then hitting up a local brewery for a hop-heavy IPA, or a nice barrel-aged imperial stout? Beers and buds go together like peanut butter and jelly, and if you happen to live in Southern California, there’s no shortage of either. Whether you’re in town visiting, or have lived in LA your whole life, the following local breweries should definitely be on your short list of places to check out this weekend.

Smog City

Located in Torrance, Smog City opens the doors to its brewery each night, allowing hop-heads to come in and sip suds directly from the source. After all, beer just tastes better when you’re drinking it right next to the giant vat that it was brewed in. 

The atmosphere at Smog City is laid-back and relaxed, making it the perfect place to decompress and unwind after a long week at the office. There's a ton of great beers on tap, but our personal favorite is the robust Coffee Stout, which won the gold medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.


Much like Smog City, the Monkish brewery is nestled in to an unassuming South Bay industrial park. If you didn’t know it was there, you’d drive right by it, which makes finding a hidden gem like this even more satisfying. Snacks are available at the bar (including free pretzels), and you're welcome to bring outside food in, and your dog too!

Aside from the long list of delicious drafts, the ambiance at Monkish is what really keeps people coming back. Barrels replace tables, and giant bags of barley are your cushions – immersing you in a brew-house setting that’s ultra-conducive to good times. The icing on the cake is that you bring in your own growler and get it filled for about $15. You can't go wrong with the Caffe Della Vita, a Belgian style tripels with vanilla beans, pistachios and coffee.

The Strand

Named after the famous beachside bike path that runs from the Pacific Palisades to Torrance (also known as the Marvin Braude Bike Trail), The Strand brewery has been apart of the LA brew scene since 2009, and has helped make it what it is today.

Open to the public Wednesday thru Sunday, the Strand is a great place to meet friends, eat some tacos or organic hotdogs, play some shuffleboard and drink some truly tasty beers. Among our favorites are the Cold Pressed Coffee Amber, Espresso Stout, Harvest Ball and Atticus IPA. The tasting room is massive, so you'll have no problem finding a seat.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Allie in Weedyland Reviews the Prima

Our friend Allie in Weedyland just released her video review of the Prima portable vaporizer from Vapir. This is a great video to watch if you're interested in the Prima, but want to learn more about how it works and how it performs.

Since its release late last year, the Prima has quickly become one of the most highly-rated and most recommended portables on the market, even being named #1 in Vaporizer Review's list of the Top 10 Portable Vaporizers of 2015

It's modern design, superior build-quality and ability to support both dry herb and wax concentrate vaporization makes the Prima one of the most sleek, durable and versatile portable vaporizers to date.

Available in black, silver, blue and orange, the Prima is without a doubt one of the most aesthetically pleasing vaporizers we've seen in quite awhile. Few other portable devices look as sexy as the Prima. However, the Prima is more than just a pretty face. This modern marvel or portable vaporization is ultra-efficient and super-effective.

Four preset temperature settings ranging from 350° - 400°F allow you to experiment with different settings so you can find your vaporizing "sweet spot. Additionally, the ability to vape wax concentrates adds an element of versatility that you simply cannot get with most portable vaporizers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Munchies Corner: New Burger King Hotdogs

What's more American than the hog dog? The answer: fast food. Now, thanks to Burger King, you can be a true patriot and order a hot dog with your Whopper! Perhaps taking a play out of Sonic's book, BK recently unveiled a new addition to their menu - 100% beef grilled hot dogs. 

The Clasic Grilled Dog, described as "a flame-grilled hot dog made with 100% beef topped with ketchup, mustard, chopped onions, and relish and served on a fluffy baked bun". Or, you can go with the Chili Cheese Grilled Dog, described as "a flame-grilled hot dog made with 100% beef topped with warm chili, cheddar cheese, and served on a fluffy baked bun". Of course, since it's BK, you can have it your way - so several variations of each are sure to be ordered.

Appropriately enough, even Snoop Dogg has joined BK's marketing push to promote the new menu items.

The dogs themselves are actually Oscar Mayer weiners, which go for about $2 a dog, or $4 if you want add fries and a drink. And while Burger King is far from the first fast food establishment to offer hot dogs on their menu (Wienerschnitzel's 320 locations have been serving them up for 50+ years, and Sonic offers many variations including the new Croissant Dog). However, according to a BK press release, "Burger King restaurants will serve hot dogs in more restaurants than any other restaurant chain in the U.S." To be specific, BK has over 14,000 locations in over 100 countries.

While it may seem strange that as McDonald's is adding menu items such as a kale salad, BK is going the complete opposite route. However, they must be doing something right, as Burger King reported huge increases in revenue last year, compared to McDonald's sales slump.

We know we'll be giving the hot dogs a whirl this weekend after a few hits from the Prima vaporizer. If you descend on BK for some munchies and pull the trigger on the dogs, let us know what you think!