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Review. Flower Power CBD Infused Coffee

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My name is Peter and I am a coffee addict.

I am hopelessly dependent, both physically and psychologically. Even more serious for the long term is that I really like my thick, sweet, very strong espresso and I have neither the desire nor any intention to give up!

Compared to coffee, my relationships with cannabis and alcohol, my other daily habits, are free and easy.  I can do without even if I’d rather not.  Once I walk away from my keyboard in the early evening then a beer and firing up my vaporiser are my cues to switch off and relax.  But I can go without. Not without the thick black stuff though.  I cannot get to lunchtime caffeine-free.

So the opportunity to combine coffee with CBD is right up my street.  I’ve tried it before and I’ve also tried a wider spectrum of cannabinoids in coffee.  It’s a marriage made in heaven. A caffeine kick mellowed with a cannabis cuddle, or a cwtch as we say in Wales.

From the Flower Power coffee range, I chose Morning Glory.  It promises strength and South American stimulation.  I wasn’t disappointed.  It is truly delicious, blending excellent coffee with the earthy taste of CBD extract in a way that really works.  It’s very easy to get this wrong.  Some of the hemp coffee I’ve tried has been truly disgusting, managing to capture the very worst flavour of the nastiest, most bitter CBD oil you’ve ever tried.  Flower Power have got this right, it’s gorgeous. As they used to say about that other black stuff, it tastes good and it does you good!

To order or for further information go to the website: http://flowerpowercoffeeco.uk/ or contact Scott Hardacre, National Sales Director at: info@flowerpowercoffeeco.uk

 

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November 1, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Review. Hydrology 9 Vaporiser.

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The Hydrology 9 has reawakened my enthusiasm for vaporisers. It has its faults but overall this is a great machine and a real advance in vaporiser technology. It also has one nifty little feature that is very simple but makes a huge difference.  It’s genius in fact and more of this later.

I’ve assessed it over about four weeks and all that remains is to see how well it lasts.  This is an expensive machine at around £200.00 and if it packs up after a few months that isn’t going to be any good. I have high hopes though. Like all vaporisers it does need looking after and regular cleaning.  The problem with some is that the dismantling and cleaning is what causes them to deteriorate.

The first and golden rule about vaporisers is that they all take practice before you learn to use them properly. Each one is different and until you get the ‘knack’ they can all seem very frustrating. The Hydrology 9 is no exception and it took me a week before it finally started working for me.  As usual, I was at the point of giving up and then suddenly everything clicked.  Another three weeks on and it’s become a very special friend, I am loving it!

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The most dramatic effect of starting to use it regularly is that my consumption of cannabis has plummeted. What I would put in one neat joint fills the Hydrology 9 about six times over, far more than I want to consume in a whole evening.  The quality of the high is much better as well, smoother, cleaner, fresher and, well, higher!  If you’ve never really appreciated vaping before the breakthrough comes when you realise that half of the effect from smoking a joint is the carbon monoxide fugging up your brain.  I’ll never stop smoking joints because I enjoy them and sometimes nothing else will do but vaporising has to be first choice.

It’s very well made.  The water chamber isn’t entirely leak free but not so that it’s a problem as long as you keep it tightly closed at both ends.  You load it at the bottom by unscrewing the bottom lid to reveal a small chamber.  When you screw the lid back on there’s an outer revolving ring that operates a stirrer inside the chamber. This is the genius feature that I was referring to.  It enables you to stir the weed while you’re actually vaping it, ensuring the hot air reaches all the way through and it’s thoroughly consumed.  A simple but incredibly effective idea that I’m sure we will soon see on other vaporisers.

My only reservation is that I don’t think the battery is powerful enough.  I have settled on using it at its fourth highest out of five heat settings. If it’s freshly charged then it will just about last for three or four fully-loaded chambers – but only just.  You have to be careful to give it a rest before each inhalation.  Go back on it too quickly and the heat will drop right off.  Of course, you do get used to it and learn to adapt the way you operate it but I would definitely prefer a more powerful battery. This raises one other concern about its longevity. How long will the battery last and what will it cost to replace it?  My favourite to date handheld vaporiser has been the Puri5 Magnum 2.  My best investment with this has been to purchase three spare batteries and a mains charger. It’s very easy to swop an exhausted battery for a new one and I always have one fully charged on standby.  This, perhaps with a more powerful battery is the only significant improvement I would like to see in the Hydrology 9.

Overall I rate the Hydrology 9 extremely highly and although I haven’t yet come to a final conclusion, it may well yet take the accolade of being my favourite ever vaporiser.

 

 

Written by Peter Reynolds

September 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Review: The SteamCloud Mini Vape Cartridge Battery

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This product is genius. It makes vape cartridges even more convenient and easy to use.

Since I first experienced quality vape pen cartridges I’ve become convinced they are the future of cannabis, both as a consumer product for adults and as a medicine. They are neat, clean, convenient and if you choose a reputable brand they are the safest, most effective method of consuming cannabis.  The most important factors are that they are made by a safe extraction  process which nowadays usually means CO2 extraction and that the oil is ‘winterised’.  This means it goes through a secondary process to remove plant waxes, lipids, fats and chlorophyll.  The purified product is then safe for vaping.

Of course, in the UK it’s not easy to get hold of any vape cartridges. There are some good CBD products available and for anyone using these I highly recommend they invest in a SteamCloud Mini from NY Vape Shop.  I had to turn to the delights available in California to give the SteamCloud the sort of test it deserves.  I sampled a few cartridges from Absolute Xtracts.  All I can say is it is an absolute tragedy that these lovely little containers of bliss are not obtainable in the UK, in fact nowhere outside California.  If you get to take a trip to one of the enlighted US states where such products are available, you can certainly find similar cartridges and in my opinion, the SteamCloud Mini is the best way to use them.

It charges up quickly using the usual USB  cable. You have to screw on a small magnetic cap to the cartridge first (two are provided in the box) and then this lovely little device just seems to nestle perfectly in the hand, much nicer than the long and rather flimsy vape ‘pens’ which most people are using. It’s also an extremely powerful battery giving big clouds of vapour and lasting a long time.

So I give the SteamCloud Mini ten out of ten. I’d say for the modern cannabis consumer it’s as essential as your pack of kingsize papers used to be.

Written by Peter Reynolds

April 24, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Darkest Hour.

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This film is brilliant. The first movie I have watched in years where it felt too short rather than too long. Instead of self indulgence from a director with far too high an opinion of his work, this is beautifully crafted, paced and at the end I was thinking “no, surely it can’t be over now?”

The final minute delivers the most massive emotional punch which had me reeling and as the credits began to roll the tears followed them down my face.

Just magnificent.

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January 22, 2018 at 9:20 am

Review: The Saber Vape Pen

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I’ve enjoyed trying out the Saber Vape Pen over the last couple of months.  It’s a vape pen for concentrates: wax, shatter, oil and all types of cannabis extracts with textures ranging from brittle toffee to gloopy sludge.  In use, the main difference is how easy it is to get the gloop into the bowl – and sometimes it’s not easy, it quickly becomes a sticky mess!

Of course the sort of product that this is designed for isn’t easily available in the UK, so I turned to California for a selection of the delights available there.  I asked for wax but ended up with two types – the first was called shatter but it wasn’t at all brittle, in fact it’s soft and pliable.  The second, which seems to be the latest thing, is known as juice.  It’s a very smooth and thick oil that goes stringy when you pick it up with a dab tool and you have to twist it like spaghetti round a fork to try and poke it into the bowl. I had a selection of strains: Banana OG, Blue Sherbet, Pineapple Express, Nug Run, King Louis OG, Juliet, Starfighter – yes I was that kid in a sweet shop!

Concentrate pens are essentially very simple devices.  They consist of a battery, a bowl and a mouthpiece.  The bowl heats up when you press a button and usually it can be set to three different heat levels.  The big difference is in the technology that the bowl uses, either dual quartz coils, literally two tiny coils at the bottom of the bowl that heat up or a ceramic bowl that is just a clean, uncluttered reservoir where the bottom of the bowl heats up.  The ceramic bowl seems preferable but in practice dual quartz coils generally works a bit better but are more difficult to clean. You really have to try for yourself to see which you prefer.

The Saber comes with both types of bowl and I prefer the dual quartz coils.  The unique feature of the Saber is that it holds together magnetically. The battery connects to the bowl with a magnet which in turn connects to the mouthpiece with magnet, there’s no screw thread at all.  This is convenient and it works well but where it falls down is in connecting to the charger which is also achieved with a magnet.  This means that you always have to use the Saber charger and not one of the standard chargers of which I have many.  This is inconvenient and if you lose or break the Saber charger you’re going to have to buy a new one.

All concentrate pens work in a very similar way and it’s difficult to differentiate between them.  The type of mouthpiece, its size, the overall size of the pen, all these factors effect how each pen works and, to be honest, I think it’s just a question of getting used to each type and learning its idiosyncracies.  I do like the Saber. I have tended to stick with it although I have another three or four in my drawer.  I find it a handy size, it’s not too harsh as some pens can be and, with the exception of the magnet connection to the charger I have nothing to criticise about it.

If you haven’t used a concentrate vape pen before and experienced the effect of a good quality concentrate and the wonderful flavour and intense hit, then it’s something you can really look forward to. Take it slow! It’s very easy to rip your throat out if you pull too hard and as most of these concentrates are 80% THC and more, it’s very easy to blow your brains out!  Even for an experienced cannabis consumer, be careful, these are very, very powerful and you need to learn how to use them so that the experience is safe and enjoyable. When you get it right though, there’s not really anything to beat it. It’s clean, convenient, wonderful flavour and you’re inhaling far less smoke or vapour than by any other method.  In my opinion, this is the best way to consume cannabis.

My Saber Vape Pen came from NY Vape Shop.  Thank you to them for giving me the opportunity to try it.

Written by Peter Reynolds

January 21, 2018 at 4:53 pm