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Arizer Air – Product Review



Arizer Air – Product Review

The Arizer Air portable hand-held vaporizer

Pros: Simple use, low maintenance, smooth vapor

Cons: Weight, Mouth-Piece Residue

Material: Dry Herb

The Arizer Air is a relatively small handheld portable vaporizer for dried herb that features convection heating and an internal rechargeable battery. I found it easy to load my material and inhale in a matter of minutes.


Look and Feel

Smaller than most herbal vaporizers, the Air was light and fit comfortably in my hand when taking a draw. As soon as you pick up this vape, you can tell that it’s made of high quality parts.

Portability – Medium

I don’t recommend carrying the Air around in your pocket. It fits easily in a bag or backpack, but you should put it in some kind of case to protect it from breaking. I currently use its original box when I’m carrying it in my bag.

Heating Element

The ceramic heating element operates by convection to heat the entire chamber, resulting in the herb being vaporized evenly without the need for mixing. Many other vaporizers use conduction, which heats only the bottom of the chamber, resulting in uneven vaporizing, even sometimes burning the herb. The Air produced really flavorful and comfortable vapor for me, and had the additional benefit of conserving my herb.


The battery is rechargeable and easy to replace. On a full charge, I got roughly an hour of constant usage, or around six 10 minute sessions. It has pass-through charging, which means you can turn it on and use it while it’s plugged in. That’s good for people like me who tend to forget about charging it. It also has an automatic shut-off feature which turns the heater off after 10 minutes of inactivity, in case you walk away without turning it off.


The down-stem (the area where you load your herb) holds around .3g. From that amount, I got around 10-15 solid, long draws.


Vapor Quality

The quality of the vapor is really good, but not perfect. When I leave the stem inside the heating chamber, after a while the vapor gets slightly hot and harsh, which usually means the herb is almost vaporized completely.


The Air vaporizes my herb efficiently without wasting any valuable medicine. With .2-.3 grams ground-up herb, I got around 10 potent draws (on the orange heat setting) before the material was pretty much fully vaporized.

Ease of Use

I found the Air extremely easy to use, even the first time I tried it. Two buttons turn on the unit and change the temp. After turning it on and choosing a temp, all you do is wait until the LED light goes from ‘blinking’ to ‘solid blue’ (indicating that it’s ready), then insert the glass stem and inhale. I liked how I could leave the material inside without it overheating and burning my herb right away.


Using the Air is discreet compared to traditional methods of consuming herb, but it’s still best used at home or in private areas. It emits a slight smell when used and builds up noticeable residue inside the glass down-stem, so I wouldn’t recommend using it in public places where cannabis is illicit.

The Wrap Up

The Arizer Air is all about getting straight to the point. Just turn it on, let it heat up, and you’re ready to insert the down-stem to vaporize. I am not a fan of the residue build-up in the mouth piece, or the fact that it is a little heavy to be considered ‘portable’. For me the best parts of the Air are being able to heat up my herb in a couple of minutes, not having to worry about burning it if I leave it inside for long, and it’s ease of use.

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Five Ways Cannabis Affects Sleep



Five Ways Cannabis Affects Sleep

Medical patients often suffer from not sleeping well. We dug into recent studies to see if cannabis improves sleep. Here are five things you should know:

THC boosts melatonin

The psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, THC has been shown to dramatically increase melatonin production, causing a spike up to four thousand times that of baseline levels. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates circadian rhythm and sleep.

Increase slow-wave sleep

According to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of San Diego, THC increases the third and fourth stages of the sleep cycle, also known as ‘slow-wave sleep’ (SWS). Increased SWS has been linked to an increased reduction of beta-amyloid, the harmful neural protein associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and other memory loss conditions.

Reduce REM

While cannabis is known for increasing SWS, it also reduces the fifth phase of sleep, commonly known as rapid eye movement (REM). Less REM means having less dreams, but there is yet to be any evidence of negative effects.

Treat sleep apnea

Cannabis’ sleep-inducing properties are an excellent natural remedy for those suffering from sleep apnea. This helps them to fall and stay asleep easier and with less interruption.

Reduce RBD in Parkinson’s Disease

By using a high-CBD cannabis before bed, you can lessen REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) effects such as tremors, violent movements, and nightmares. High-CBD cannabis has been found to be more effective than Levodopa, a prescription drug commonly prescribed to patients with Parkinson’s and onset-RBD.

More Information

Melatonin and marijuana (Lissoni, P., Resentini, M., and Fraschini, F. “Effects of Tetrahydrocannabinol on Melatonin Secretion in Man.”)
Cannabinoids for medical use (Journal of American Medical Association)
Effect of drugs on sleep (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
THC effects on sleep & sleep during withdrawal (Europe PMC)
How Cannabis can help RBD in Parkinson’s (

Has cannabis had an affect on your quality of sleep? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Grow Medicinal Marijuana At Home With A Grow Box



Grow Medicinal Marijuana At Home With A Grow Box

Growing your own medicinal marijuana is a liberating experience. You control all the variables. You know exactly what is in the bud you are smoking. grow box is a discreet and easy way to grow marijuana indoors at home, freeing yourself from dependence on both doctor and dispensary.

Gain independence with a grow box

A grow box is like a tiny, camouflaged green house. It is a self-contained unit with soil or hydroponic growing medium, lights, filters and pumps. Just add seeds, electricity and voila! You are growing your own medicinal marijuana.

Choose the right marijuana strain for you

There are two important considerations when choosing a strain of medicinal marijuana to grow yourself:

Your Medical Requirements – Are you looking for a powerful sedative effect to help with your insomnia or a functional day-time smoke to relieve pain and lighten anxiety?

Your Growing Space – Choose small, bushy strains like Indica or hybrid seeds instead of a tall, leggy Sativa. For your first grow an auto-flowering marijuana variety is the best choice because they require very little care or expertise.

Grow enough marijuana to meet your needs

Grow boxes are available in all sizes. Several surveys in the UK, Canada and the US suggest that most medicinal marijuana patients use 1-3 grams per day, or about 2 ½ pounds per year.

Even the tiny PC Grow Box, which holds just two small plants, can produce two pounds of dried bud per year. The compact SuperBox allows you to grow 8 plants at once with annual yields of 7 pounds or more.

Grow your medicinal marijuana under lights

Marijuana grows best under lights that mimic natural sunlight. There are three common types of grow lights used in the cultivation of marijuana:

  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
  • High Intensity Discharge Lights (HIDs)
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Most grow boxes use either CFL or full spectrum LED grow lights. HIDs don’t work well in the enclosed space of a grow box because they get too hot.

While you can grow small amounts of marijuana successfully using CFLs, high quality LED grow lights save electricity and produce the highest yields.

Obtain higher yields using hydroponics

A hydroponic system doesn’t use soil. Growing hydroponic marijuana is not as complex as it may sound.

Many grow boxes come with a simple hydroponic system already set-up. You simply add nutrients, which often come with the grow box, and water. You can even choose to grow marijuana with organic nutrients.

Grow marijuana naturally in soil

Some people prefer to grow marijuana as naturally as possible. The Earth Cab grow box series is one style of grow box designed for soil.

Grow a continuous supply of medicinal marijuana

Once you get started you don’t need new seeds for each growing cycle. You can propagate new marijuana plants by taking cuttings, called clones, of your favorite existing plant.

A dual chamber grow box has a special space for making clones. These grow boxes allow you to produce a constant supply of fresh buds.

Find the perfect grow box for your situation

For the many medicinal growers discretion is essential. Look for a specially designed stealth grow box.

You can also choose a fully automated grow box that allows you to leave town for two weeks and come home to healthy plants.

Use this detailed review of the best grow boxes of 2015 to find the perfect set-up for you.

Grow medicinal marijuana at home with a grow box

Are you considering growing at home? Let us know why in the comments below!

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How Edibles Are Made



How Edibles Are Made

Since there are so many manufacturers throughout the US, cannabis-infused foods are produced in a variety of different ways. Read up on how your favorite edibles are made and learn how to make your own medicinal treats:

They’re usually made with trim

Trim contains the leftover leaf matter from the cannabis flower that growers usually throw away. It’s less potent than bud, but it’s full of trichomes and can be used in large quantities to produce a stronger effect.

Cannabis is decarboxylated

Decarboxylation activates THC and other cannabinoids to result in a more potent product. To achieve this, cannabis needs to be heated either through smoking, vaping, or baking. The flower is typically cooked for a long time over low heat before it’s used to make edibles. Eating raw cannabis won’t have a very strong effect, and it won’t taste good.

Cannabinoids are extracted

Edibles are infused with highly concentrated cannabis extracts. Depending on the extraction method, edibles can contain either tinctures, canna oil, or cannabutter. If you’re wondering how a specific edible was made, ask your budtender or contact the manufacturer.

Canna oil and cannabutter are common

THC is fat soluble, so cannabis is often cooked with oil or butter. When heated, the activated cannabinoids absorb into these ingredients. Check out this recipe for cannabis cooking oil and this one for cannabis-infused butter. Or try making cannabis coconut oil.

Tinctures are used in hard candies

Some edibles don’t go through a baking or cooking process, so tinctures are added instead of flower. Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts made from a solvent like alcohol, vinegar, or glycerol. Rather than passing through the digestive system like cannabinoids in most edibles, these are absorbed by the body and can result in a quicker effect.

Have you ever made your own edibles? Tell us in the comments below.

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