Cannabis 101: How to Vape CBD Oil

Cannabis 101: How to Vape CBD Oil

Before cannabis entered the mainstream, there weren’t a whole lot of ways to consume it. If you wanted to get high or medicate, you’d pretty much have to smoke it. Fast forward to present day, and you’ve got plenty of options: smoking, dabbing, edibles, tinctures, capsules, and of course, vaping. In this essential guide, get ready to learn a lot more than just how to vape CBD oil! We’ll also answer the following questions: Why Is Vaping CBD Oil Superior to Smoking? What Is Vaping CBD Oil? Is CBD Therapeutic? Why Is Vaping CBD Oil Popular? What Do I Need to Vape CBD Oil? Before we dive into the guide, it’s important to note that technically speaking, you can’t really “vape CBD oil.” That’s actually a misnomer. CBD oils are a form of concentrates that you take orally. Instead, you’re actually really vaping “CBD vape liquid.” However, most consumers (and businesses) use the terms interchangeably. In fact, most people use the term “CBD oil” rather than “CBD vape liquid.” So for the purposes of this article, we’ll use the more popular terminology. CBD “oil” is a broadly used term that can technically be used to describe either oral (under the tongue) CBD products or vapable CBD products Why Is Vaping CBD Oil Superior to Smoking? While there are pros and cons to each intake method when you’re learning how to vape CBD oil, the pros of vaping instead of smoking are a no-brainer. Vaping is better for your health Vaping produces a vapor that is up to 95% free of smoke and carcinogens You absorb up to 95% of...
Beginners Guide: How to Dab Concentrates

Beginners Guide: How to Dab Concentrates

Ah, how to dab! If you’ve never dabbed before, prepare yourself. Not only is dabbing way more potent than smoking flower, the first time you dab, your initial drag may be way too big and way too hot. Don’t be surprised if you start coughing like Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express! Once you recover from your coughing fit, you may actually be able to appreciate the flavor and terpene profile of your concentrate. Dabbing produces the cleanest intake of any form of cannabis, allowing you to really taste and appreciate the subtleties and nuance of the strain. What is Dabbing? Dabbing is a method of smoking cannabis concentrates like wax and shatter. In a nutshell, dabbing is the flash vaporization of cannabis concentrates. These concentrates are made using solvents like butane or carbon dioxide. The end product is a sticky oil that depending on its appearance may be called wax, shatter, budder, etc. They’re all made from Butane Hash Oil (BHO) or CO2 and are commonly referred to as BHOs. Dabbing has been around for at least a decade, but the flood of new technologies to hit the market in recent years has made dabbing a lot easier, and its popularity continues to rise. Dabbers smoke dabs by heating their BHO on a hot surface like a nail using a torch. Yes, a torch! Don’t worry, it’s the same kind of torch you’d use to heat Crème Brûlée. (Warning: We do not suggest dabbing Crème Brûlée. But, if you don’t heed our warning, let us know how it went!) Types of Dabs Dabs are BHOs that come in a...
What Is Cannabis Receptor GPR55 and How Does It Promote CBD Benefits?

What Is Cannabis Receptor GPR55 and How Does It Promote CBD Benefits?

No, GPR55 was not in Star Wars. It’s not a cousin to R2-D2 or C-3PO. But, given its prominent role in CBD benefits, GPR55 has been getting an increasing amount of attention in the cannabis and science communities. So, what the heck is “GPR55” and why is so important? Actually, it’s an abbreviation for G protein-coupled receptor 55. (In humans, this G protein-coupled receptor is encoded by the GPR55 gene.) Along with GPR119 and GPR18, scientists have identified it as a possible novel cannabinoid receptor. However, a growing body of evidence demonstrating the importance of GPR55 has led more and more scientists to believe GPR55 may be the third most important cannabis receptor after CB1 and CB2 (more on this in the next section). I know, I know… this sounds awfully nerdy and scientific, but I’ll try to break it down in more simple terms in this article. But, first, to truly understand and appreciate GPR55, you’ll need some foundational knowledge about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), your body’s own “natural cannabinoid system.” Crazy, right? Humans (and many animals) have a system that resembles the cannabis plant, in that in this system are endocannabinoids (Endo- means “within,” as in “within the body”) that are identical to phytocannabinoids (Phyto- means “related to plants”) found in the cannabis plant. Now that you know we all have a cannabinoid system (including your pets), let’s dive into what exactly this system is, what it does, and why it’s so important. Ready? Slap on your science hat, and let’s dig in! Background: The Endocannabinoid System   You may or may not know, but the endocannabinoid...
Get Your Munchies On: 5 Cheap Picks for Dining High in Bothell

Get Your Munchies On: 5 Cheap Picks for Dining High in Bothell

Okay, we’re pretty sure you don’t need to be convinced that the munchies are real anymore, right? (Though if you’re at all curious, the science behind eating high is pretty darn fascinating.) Instead, let’s focus on a more immediate question: What are some great places to eat while stoned? We’re not talking about junk food, either. At Have a Heart, we think cannabis is just one element in a healthy, happy and engaged lifestyle. So just like we don’t think lunch should be a bag of chips and a soda, we’re all about treating your body—and your mind—to healthful, fun and nourishing food. Check out 5 of our favorite Bothell places to eat while stoned. 5 Favorite Bothell Places to Eat While Stoned We think eating high can be a deeply stimulating and satisfying experience, so why waste it on empty calories? Here’s a quick rundown of some delicious—and convenient—food options right in our neighborhood! Bamboo House 22910 Bothell Everett Hwy #103A Bothell, WA 98021 (425) 485-6737 This rather generic-looking Vietnamese joint may not look particularly promising, but don’t be deceived. You’ll find zingy, refreshing takes on one of our absolute favorite cuisines here, from rich, aromatic pho—the beef-and-noodle that may be Vietnam’s most famous culinary export—to cooling salads, springy and crunchy rice-paper rolls, and a few surprises. Bamboo House comes highly recommended for the high among us. Korea House 20615 Bothell Everett Hwy B Bothell, WA 98012 (425) 486-8866 If some Asian cuisines—Vietnamese and Japanese, for a start—are notable for their subtlety, Korean is the exact opposite. Think big, bold, smack-you-in-the-face flavors and textures: Soft tofu vs. chewy...
5 Best Strains to Give You An Emotional Lift

5 Best Strains to Give You An Emotional Lift

Although spring is here, it can still be a bit gloomy and cold here yet in Bothell. Luckily, cannabis is here to help. Here are 5 cannabis strains that make you laugh and bring you into a rosy, warm state of being. Welcome spring with a smile and some giggles that will melt away your boredom and blues. Sunset Sherbet Bask in the warm glow of this amazing bud, a potent indica-leaning hybrid of Girl Scout Cookies and Cherry Pie. This strain is known to produce extreme relaxing effects and a strong body buzz almost immediately upon inhaling for the first time. Eventually, you will also experience mindblowing psychedelic effects as the true nature of Sunset Sherbet reveals itself to you and sends your brain on an uplifting cerebral adventure that could last for hours. This is definitely one to try the next time you spot some at a dispensary. Dutch Treat As the name implies, this sweet-smelling hybrid hails from Amsterdam, one of the world’s greatest centers of cannabis culture. Its super sticky bud is known to have a calming impact on those who toke it, which ripples into a happy feeling that encompasses the entire body and instantly lifts your mood. This is a great strain for insomniacs, too, as it will eventually put you to sleep—but not before you raid the fridge to satisfy a mean sensation of munchies. Blue Dream Blue Dream is one of the most famous sativas—and for good reason. This fragrant flower is one of the best-tasting smokes on the market. This is perfect for long days indoors when it’s too cold...
Dabbing & Cannabis Extractions: Is It Safe?

Dabbing & Cannabis Extractions: Is It Safe?

Cannabis extracts are relatively new, but they’re the fastest-growing segment of the retail cannabis industry. And it’s easy to see why they’re so popular; they’re potent and flavorful, they’re exciting, and they’re a great way to sample cannabis. But while you may be familiar with extracts, you might not be so familiar with the potentially dangerous side effects of dabs. A new study highlights the potential side effects of dabs, or concentrates. Namely, the potential for carcinogen exposure with some extracts. Here are some ways you can minimize your potential for harm by selecting the safest, highest-quality products. Trouble with Terpenes? The above-mentioned study is fascinating for several reasons, not least because its purpose was to specifically assess the safety and side effects of dabs, in the hopes of improving outcomes for both medical and recreational users. Its point of inquiry begins with terpenes, the chemical compounds that make each cannabis strain unique. Accurately assessing the medicinal effect of terpenes is difficult, but we can study their “degradation products.” Essentially, we can study what’s left behind when we combust extracts in a dabbing rig or vape pen. What did the study find? In broad terms, they found that the higher the temperature we use to vaporize cannabis extracts, the greater potential for harmful degradation products. Some such products, like methacrolein (MC), are characterized as “noxious irritants.” Others are even worse. Benzene, another harmful degradation product, is a potent carcinogen. It has been called the “largest single known cancer risk” commonly found in our air. Ouch. Luckily, we can still enjoy extracts without experiencing the harmful side effects of dabs....