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Review. Tobor Elite Vaporiser

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I’ve been using this new device for about a month now and I’m very impressed with it. It produces vapour more quickly than any other handheld vaporiser I’ve tried. It’s very easy to use and doesn’t seem to need the practice that others do before you get the ‘knack’ to using it effectively.

Even better, it costs less than £100, it’s robust and high quality. Like most vaporisers it’s let down by its battery which ideally would hold twice the charge. In practice it will only vape two bowls before it needs a re-charge but that seems to happen pretty quickly.

I think the reason it works so quickly is because the bowl is unusually large. I’ve learned not to fill it more than about one-third full and then the sheer size of the chamber, with hot air being pulled through it from all sides is what gets the evaporation going quickly. Another benefit is that it doesn’t need the temperature increased as you get to the end of the bowl. It just keeps cranking out vapour as the whole device, which nicely fills your hand, warms up and delivers those ‘big clouds’ which with many vapes are largely imaginary!

The poor battery life is a problem and means for those few hours in the evening when I want to use it, I have to have something else as well and at the moment (apart from the occasional neat joint) that’s my Arizer Solo 2 which has a fantastic battery life and I’ve acquired a water bubbler stem which is a definite plus. The Tobor Elite would work also well with a bubbler if one was available.

So this definitely gets a recommendation and the low price makes it a strong contender, particularly if it’s your first vaporiser as it’s so easy to use. The real test will be how the battery perfoms over time. They all deteriorate, hold less charge, take longer to re-charge and eventually give up completely. If it lasts a year I’ll be pleased, any longer would be exceptional. But this is excellent value for money and I don’t think anyone could be disappointed with it at the price.

It’s available here from Canna-Logic.

Written by Peter Reynolds

October 25, 2021 at 4:25 pm

Review. Kanabo VapePod

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I’ve been intrigued to try this vaporiser ever since I first heard of it.  Its stand-out feature, though not a unique claim, is that it accurately dispenses cannabis vapour, clearly an important facility for medical use.  Perhaps what’s even more important is that it’s part of a package from Kanabo, newly quoted on the London Stock Exchange, alongside cartridges of different cannabinoid content. It’s the first credible, all-in-one prescription product for vaporised medicinal cannabis.

It doesn’t disappoint.  The packaging looks just right to be sitting on a pharmacy shelf.  There’s no silly cannabis branding.  You couldn’t mistake this for a children’s toy or a stoner’s gizmo.  It hits the spot precisely: functional, medical, professional.  It’s going to inspire confidence from anyone, including a naive cannabis consumer, when they collect this from their pharmacy. It elevates the sometimes jokey level of medicinal cannabis products to where they need to be.  It is perfectly judged.

The device itself is a bit fatter and a bit shorter than the standard vape pens that we all know. It’s a black plastic, octagonal tube with a translucent coloured mouthpiece. I think I prefer its thickness compared to standard vape pens but that may be the size of my hands. A woman might still prefer the thinner design.

I was provided with two cartridges which come in smaller boxes. They’re described as “Pure Distillate Hemp Extract” and I have the “Reload. Feels like a moment of clarity and focus” and the “Relax. Quiet your mind & find tranquility”. The difference between them is the blend of terpenes which are added back into the distillate once it’s been refined.  Inside the box is what looks much the same as the small vape cartridges that we’re already used to, with the mouthpiece already attached.  It really couldn’t be easier.  You just drop the cartridge into the end of the tube and it’s ready to go.  Equally you can just pull one cartridge out, it’s held in by a magnet and replace it with another.  The only thing I’ve found to criticise so far is that there is no distinguishing mark on the cartridges so it’s impossible to tell them apart.

Of course, I’ve only been provided with the CBD cartridges. Where this product is really going to come into its own is when prescribed with cartridges that contain THC.

So to the crucial issue. How does it accurately dispense vapour, metered dosing as it is called? It’s a patent pending device, designed in Israel, where the only other metered dosing vape, as far as I know, the Syqe, also originates. It seems to work simply by limiting the duration of an inhalation to about two seconds.  In the interests of testing it out, I did see if I could cheat it and it’s definitely the case that if you pull harder you inhale more vapour. Each inhalation is supposd to dispense 1.2mg of CBD, so I think you can increase this fairly easily but only within a narrow band.  It’s no criticism.  I’m impressed with the way this works and I only wish I could try it with a THC cartridge.  But this is a new world now, in a good way.  I can’t see Kanabo sending me a THC cartridge to try if it’s not prescribed and that is the way it should be really.

As for the contents of the cartridges themselves, they’re clearly quality products and I fervently hope that prescribers will have the option of specifying from a wide range of cartridges with different cannabinoid and terpene content.

With the sole exception that each cartridge needs labelling so you know which one you’re using, I can’t fault this. It’s the right idea, well executed and this is the future of medicinal cannabis as a serious medicine.

Written by Peter Reynolds

August 3, 2021 at 12:58 pm

Review. CannaErbs, CBD Infused Herbs and Spices

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There is a very wide range of products now available that have added or infused CBD.  I finally decided this had become a little crazy when the CBD infused gym leotard came out.  But food with CBD in it is a natural fit. The thing is, I have no taste for sickly chocolate brownies or Krispy Kreme doughnuts which I think should definitely be a Class A drug.  So I was very pleased to hear about this range of CBD infused herbs and spices.

First things first, this is ‘real CBD’, not that nasty, useless isolate or synthetic that the Food Standards Agency and big business are trying to force on us.  These seasonings are hand blended with broad spectrum, THC-free cannabis extract.  I’ve been experimenting with them over the last few weeks and they are delicious, a very welcome addition to my food cupboard.

The vaporisation point of CBD is between 160 degrees and 180 degrees Celsius. That being said, CBD can be baked or cooked and still retain most of its nutritional benefits.  If you’re baking the internal temperature in the food is going to be significantly less than the oven but you do need to be careful with frying.  In this case you’re best off adding any CBD at the end of cooking.

I stumbled across a particularly tasty use for the Piri Piri flavour.  It works wonders in bubble and squeak!

Each jar of CannaErbs contains 50mg CBD, costs £3.99 in a grinder or £2.99 as a refill and they are are available in the following flavours:

All Purpose
Barbeque
Chilli
Creole
Jerk
Mixed Herbs
Piri Piri
Salt n Pepper
Seafood

Use this discount code PETER20 to get 20% off at https://cannaerbs.co.uk/

 

Written by Peter Reynolds

February 28, 2021 at 7:43 pm

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Review. ‘Drug Use for Grown-Ups’ By Dr Carl L. Hart

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“I discovered that the predominant effects produced by the drugs discussed in this book are positive,” Carl L. Hart writes in his new book. “It didn’t matter whether the drug in question was cannabis, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or psilocybin.”

Carl Hart is a tenured professor of psychology at Columbia University, an experienced neuroscientist and a father. He believes that if “grown-ups” like him would talk freely about the role of drugs in their lives, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in, a mess brought about by our ruinous drug policies, which have had such profound — and profoundly unequal — consequences for those who fall afoul of them.”

I’m reading Carl Hart’s book. Like him, I’m fortunate to have avoided any legal consequence from my ‘hobby’.  I share his advantage of having a decent education but I’m also white and from a relatively privileged, solid, two parent, loving family background.  If it wasn’t for this I doubt I would have been so lucky.  At one point in my life my hobby did become a habit but it was my advantages that got me through.
The older I become the more I realise that our appalling drugs policies are about class and race discrimination and they only serve to make these divisions worse. This is why our politicians do nothing because they, like me, can get away with doing as they wish.

Written by Peter Reynolds

February 28, 2021 at 3:15 pm

Review. California Hybrid CBD Oil

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If you’re one of the millions of people in Britain who have found CBD oil helpful, there are some big changes on the way and they’re not good news at all.

On the basis of no evidence at all, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has decided to impose massively expensive new regulations on CBD suppliers and it may mean the products you find most effective will no longer be available.

This excellent, THC-free oil, from CBD-UK, should be OK.  Its manufacturers have applied for a ‘novel foods authorisation’ which means they can continue to sell it. It’s what the FSA calls a ‘novel food’ because it has had even the smallest traces of THC removed.  Now you might think the authorities would regard that as making it safer.  After all, for decades they have been treating THC as the devil’s potion but you shouldn’t expect any logic or real responsibility from this regulator. The FSA is simply acting on behalf of the big companies that missed out on the CBD boom.  They have applied pressure and so these new regulations have been drawn up for no other purpose than to shut out the smaller businesses.

Thankfully, some smaller companies have managed to source supplies that will meet the new regulations but still work effectively.  California Hybrid oil is a good example of this and over the past six weeks or so I’ve been testing it.  It’s delicious and that is one of the most important qualities of CBD oil because unless you take it, little and often, on a regular basis, it will never work effectively.  The taste but also its effectiveness is because it is a whole plant extract (just with the THC removed).  Under these new FSA regulations, most products are going to be ‘isolates’ where all the goodness has been stripped out. Avoid these at all costs. They are just a waste of your money.

As well as the taste, it’s also a sensible level of concentration. It’s a 12% oil which means in this 10ml bottle there are 1200mg of CBD, providing about 6mg per drop, so two or three drops, two or three times a day, is just about ideal dosage. It is for me anyway. I weigh about 90 kilos, so you may need to adjust the dose if you’re bigger or smaller than me.

The inside information I can give you is that 12% is an “honest” extract. It’s about what you would expect from a straightforward extraction with no messing about. Weaker concentrations have been diluted. Stronger forms have been processed to increase concentration.

So I would strongly recommend this product if you want ‘real CBD oil’ but without any THC.  That will be very important to you if you’re subject to drug testing at work because even tiny amounts of THC, which will have no effect on you, can show up in a drug test.

In a few weeks time, high street stores are going to be stripped of good products like this.  Always check the label first.  Do not buy isolates.  They are nasty, ineffective and a waste of time and money. Only buy products that are labelled ‘whole plant’, ‘full spectrum’ or ‘broad spectrum’.  That may well mean you have to shop online.

Buy California Hybrid oil here.

Written by Peter Reynolds

February 15, 2021 at 3:07 pm

Review. Karma Coast CBD

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Karma Coast 1500mg CBD OIl

I hope you’ll take my word for it, that here are two of the best tasting and most effective CBD products on the market.  Karma Coast’s CBD oil and vape pen cartridges are as good as you can get and I have the experience and knowledge of this market to be able to make that statement with confidence.

Karma Coast CBD Vape Cartridge

I first sampled CBD oil back in about 2012.  Nobody knew anything about it back then and I wasn’t at all sure that this new angle on cannabis wasn’t just another scam or some internet myth.  There were some pretty extraordinary claims being made around Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO) but with its deliberate play on the famous RSO (Rick Simpson Oil), that simply reinforced my scepticism.

Then a good friend of mine with an appalling catalogue of health problems, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis, sciatica and more, started to experience some amazing results.  It wasn’t quite raising Lazurus from the dead but it he did get up out of his wheelchair and walk across the room – something he hadn’t been able to do for years.

Fortunately, I’ve never had any severe health problems myself but I’d already been campaigning on medicinal cannabis for many years and this felt like a breakthrough.  Back then there was little prospect of legal access to medicinal cannabis but here was something that was legal and offered many of the same benefits.  It was revolutionary.

It was the medicinal benefits of CBD that caused this market to take off.  Still today the reason people buy CBD is to deal with health problems and whatever the law and the medical establishment says about it, it works very effectively for millions of people.

One issue that has always been a problem is the taste of CBD oil. It can be vile and although some like their medicine to taste bad, it’s been something that has put many people off.

So I am delighted to have discovered Karma Coast products.  The oil is delicious.  Not just bearable or OK but quite genuinely it has a gorgeous cannabis flavour.  It won’t be any hardship taking this every day and holding it under your tongue for four or five minutes to absorb it most effectively.  It’s also supplied in sensible strengths and sizes at reasonable prices.  The basic 10ml bottle contains 1500mg of CBD in a genuine whole plant extract for £75.00. That means that each drop is equivalent to 7.5mg of CBD. For me, four or five drops per day is the perfect dose and this little bottle will last well over a month.

The crucial point is that this is a genuine whole plant extract.  It preserves all the compounds that were in the low-THC cannabis plants (industrial hemp) from which it was extracted. Experience and an increasing amount of research shows that this is how to deliver the benefits of CBD. Isolate-based products simply don’t work as effectively.  The bad news is that if the Food Standards Agency (FSA) gets its way then isolate-based products are going to take over and dominate the market. It is being supported by a big business lobbyist organisation, the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI), which is intent on taking over the market and wiping out the small businesses like Karma Coast that are delivering products that actually work.  The good news is that the FSA has slipped up in its definitions. It doesn’t really understand what CBD products are and a genuine whole plant product like Karma Coast won’t be subject to the ‘novel foods’ rules it has introduced.

So to the vape cartridges. Vaping CBD is the most effective method of absorption there is.  It can get three or four times more CBD into your bloodstream than ingesting the same amount of oil. The effect doesn’t last as long though, so if you’re using CBD for pain, anxiety or as a sleep aid, you should take your main dose as oil and use a vape to top up or accelerate the effect you need.

The brilliant thing Karma Coast offers is a range of flavours and, harking back to my hash smoking teenage years, I chose the Moroccan Hash variety.  Wow!  It really does bring back memories and the taste is exactly right.  This is achieved by addng terpenes to the oil to match the cannabis flavour you’re looking for – and it really works.

So I’m very fortunate in that I get offered a lot of CBD products to try.  The best I can say is that I am very happy to spend my own money on Karma Coast.  I highly recommend these products.  Go to the company website for more details and to order: https://www.karmacoastcbd.co.uk/

 

 

 

Written by Peter Reynolds

December 8, 2020 at 5:01 pm

Review. ‘The CBD Book. The Essential Guide to CBD Oil’ by Mary Biles

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If you are looking for a basic guide to CBD, then this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a more advanced guide, with in-depth detail about research, then this is also the book for you.

In fact, even if you’re a doctor or scientist, looking for the most comprehensive, user-orientated information about CBD, this is a remarkable achievement by the author, Mary Biles, who I am fortunate to count as a friend and she can justifiably be very proud of it.

As writers in the cannabis space, Mary and I have followed similar paths, so I understand exactly the challenges she will have faced in writing this book and she has handled them wisely.  It is easy-to-read, not in the least dry but manages to pack in a great deal of valuable information, clearly explained scientific evidence and sensible advice which will be of great benefit to all readers.

Contents include the basic science of cannabis, cannabinoids, CBD and the endocannabinoid system; an excellent section on research into using CBD for many medical conditions; wellness; how to take CBD and some useful case studies.

Mary sticks to the science but has a deeper understanding that is not found in simplistic objectivity.  Experience, both her own and learned from others, shows that the absence of evidence does not mean CBD doesn’t work but also that more extreme claims need to be treated with healthy scepticism.

Highly recommended and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

 

Written by Peter Reynolds

October 29, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Review. ‘For Ava’. For the Shame of Simon Harris, Fine Gael and the Irish Government

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An extraordinary book. Vera’s achievement as a novice author matches her achievement as a novice campaigner. I’ve worked with people who use cannabis as medicine for 40 years and I thought I was pretty hardened to the tragic and distressing stories but the tears were running down my face as I read this.

I was concerned it might be a rather turgid list of events but far from it, it is a riveting read. It is almost like a thriller, beautifully structured, it grabs you and won’t let you put it down as you have to turn to the next page.

The central message is of the inhumanity of bureaucracy and self-serving politicians who are not interested in an issue unless it can bring them easy and positive media coverage. They are impotent in the face of lobbying from vested interests such as the pharma industry and the medical establishment and prefer to do nothing rather than risk controversy, even while children suffer needlessly.

A magnificent achievement and SHAME on Simon Harris, Fine Gael and the Irish government. They will face judgement at the highest level for their inaction, cowardice and feeble conduct.

Written by Peter Reynolds

September 5, 2019 at 9:04 am

Review. Coffee Shot CBD Drops

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If I was asked to design the perfect product for consuming CBD, this would be it.  I’ve found after much experimentation that taking CBD in coffee is the best way for me. I enjoy the taste it gives to a double espresso and I find it works very well.

Equilibrium CBD has developed a special formulation that includes added terpenes selected for an ideal flavour blend with coffee.  Each drop contains 5mg of CBD so it’s easy to add what you want. I use between two and five drops in a double espresso two or three times a day.

Everything about this product has been thought through and worked out in the most effective way possible.  Extracted from organic, low-THC cannabis grown outdoors in Colorado, the oil is winterised and filtered to remove all impurities such as chlorophyll and waxes so that it is a clear, clean, highly refined product, nothing like the dark, acrid oils which can be very unpleasant to taste. It’s then mixed with MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil derived from coconuts to achieve the required concentration and enhance its ability to be easily absorbed.

I don’t take CBD for any particular medical condition but I’ve found that it does stabilise my mood very well.  This is supported by the science of the endocannabinoid system which shows that CBD acts to prevent the breakdown of anandamide (AEA), the endocannabinoid most closely related to THC, so there’s more of what has been termed ‘the bliss molecule’ naturally present in your system.  It also acts on the serotonin receptor providing a natural anti-anxiety effect.  There are also a host of other long term health benefits to be gained by nourishing your endocannabinoid system as a form of preventative medicine.

Equilibrium Coffee Shot CBD Drops cost £59.95 a bottle. That’s enough for at least 40 cups of coffee at about 70p a time. That’s excellent value for money and for me the perfect CBD solution.

Order Equilibrium Coffee Shot CBD Drops here.

 

Written by Peter Reynolds

July 3, 2019 at 2:59 pm

Review. Gincanna Hemp-Infused Gin

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Adding CBD oil to drinks has become de rigeur in the past year or two. Even Coca Cola has expressed interest in entering the market. So when I first heard of CBD-infused alcoholic drinks I was intrigued. Gincanna is a result of a joint venture between CBD company Ev8 Life and Selkirk Distillers and it certainly offers a new twist on your usual G&T.

It’s not about the therapeutic or ‘wellness’ properties of CBD, it’s about flavour, so gin is the obvious candidate for such an idea because it is essentially a neutral tasting spirit infused with juniper berries and other botanicals which give each product its individual flavour.

To those who find the taste of CBD oil quite disgusting this may seem strange! Please take it from me that cannabis can provide a very pleasant flavour ingredient if used properly.  The classic hash brownie is perhaps the best example. A good recipe delivers a delicious earthy, herbal richness which blends very well with moist chocolate cake. Gincanna successfuly achieves the same sort of alchemy and although it’s a completely different context, it’s equally delightful.

Taking my tasting responsibilities very seriously, I sampled Gincanna neat to begin with, not something I would usually do with gin.  The earthy taste is not very prominent but remarkably when you add tonic and lemon that seems to bring it out.

It’s a successful blend, more than just a talking point and with the boom in trendy gin brands this is something that could do very well. Gordons, Bombay Sapphire or Gincanna, the choice is yours and it will be good to see it offered in all the most fashionable bars and at the most sophisticated occasions.  I can personally verify that a Ginacanna and tonic goes down very well on a summer’s evening with a nice, fat joint!

Written by Peter Reynolds

June 12, 2019 at 4:08 pm

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