How to Choose Between Smoking, Vaping, Eating, and Dabbing Weed

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Weed WeekWhether you’re a seasoned smoker or a first-timer at the dispensary, we’ve got everything you need to hack your high.  

After generations in the shadows and long nights of “still waiting on the guy, what’s up with the guy, should we call the guy again?” anxiety, buying legal cannabis is becoming a way of life in America. Recreational weed is now legal for adult use in 10 states and the District of Columbia, and medical use is allowed in 33, while even more states have decriminalized possession. The new legal menus at dispensaries can all be a little overwhelming, but in a good way, kind of like looking at the cost of medical care in a European country. So many options! So cheap! It comes in granola form now? What on earth is a “shatter”?

To take the edge of taking the edge off, we talked to a few experienced budtenders—yes, that is exactly what it sounds like—to explain the basics of different intake methods and who they’re for: Bethany Weisbacher, a budtender at the Farmers’ Market in Denver and author of the book Dispensary Life: A Survival Guide to Budtending in Cannabis-Legal States, and Troy Fimbres, a budtender at Exhale Med Center in West Hollywood, Calif.

Consider this a first-timer’s guide to putting weed in your body. Read up on and follow the local laws wherever you live, and if you’re brand new to this, please remember that it’s good etiquette to share.

Vape Pens

What they are: Efficient delivery systems for weed oil. The oil is made from cannabis plants, distilled down to their THC and cannabinoid base, then mixed with a harmless cutting agent, such as coconut oil or vegetable oil. You can buy cartridges of oil in myriad varieties at a shop. Usually the base of the pen itself is sold separately and is available in many forms, sizes and power—but they’re available everywhere, from regular smoke shops to bodegas.

Who it’s for: The discreet stoner on the move. Weisbacher recommends them for social gatherings and situations where carrying around a stinky bag of weed or joint would be too obtrusive. They’re light and elegant, a lightsaber compared to the laser blaster that is a joint. People use them at baseball games, the beach (that beach wind makes lighting a joint or bowl a real pain the ass), taking quick hits while walking down the street, and yes, even airplanes. It’s not, it should be noted, any more legal to hit one of these at a stadium or on a plane than it is to hit a Juul or other e-cig in a public space. But the whole point of these is that no one notices when you use one.

“It’s good for the discreet smoker, in-between-work break, when you don’t have time to bring a joint, or don’t want anybody to know,” Troy Fimbres said. “It’s easy, accessible, a nice light high.”

Edibles

What they are: Cannabis baked or cooked into snack items, or mixed into other foods. You might be picturing the classic brownie, but the assortment of edibles at shops now is as varied as an actual supermarket: gummies, truffles, lozenges, the aforementioned granola, lollipops, icicles, nuts, soda, taffy, espresso beans, cold brew coffee; if you’re lucky, maybe this weed-infused pizza delivery service will go nationwide one day. THC and CBD are fat-soluble, which means any fat can hold them, like butter, or coconut oil for vegan edibles. Thanks to the magic of oils, basically any food can be drizzled or mixed with cannabis now.

Who they’re for: People with lung issues, anyone who wants a long-lasting body high. But first timers beware!

Edibles can be very strong, and it’s easy to keep eating a bag of delicious gummies and forget that they’re little time bombs of incredible stonedness waiting to go off in your stomach. The internet is rife with stories of people who overdid it on edibles, most famously the Maureen Dowd of the New York Times.

Weisbacher recommends starting with 5 or 10 milligrams (dosage is usually listed on the package), then waiting up to an hour and a half to feel the effects. Smoking weed goes straight to the brain but edibles dissolve in your stomach, taking longer to kick in but also lasting much longer.

“You can always eat more but you can’t take it back,” Weisbacher said.

An edible is perfect for the situations where you can’t, or don’t want to, keep taking puffs to reup your high: a movie, concert, long hike or flight, for instance. But dear lord, don’t be the person who freaks out from edibles on an airplane. (One way to help ensure you don’t accidentally overindulge: buy a non-weed-infused version of whatever edible you’ve chosen, so you can keep snacking without accidentally ingesting way more THC than you’d bargained for.)

Topicals

What they are: Cannabis-infused products absorbed through the skin, including lotions, balms, oils, body washes, patches and body rubs.

Who they’re for: Anyone looking to treat localized pain, soreness and inflammation; often popular with older users.

Topicals are firmly in the more medicinal section of the weed spectrum, often used to alleviate pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia or just general soreness. Even in states where cannabis isn’t legally available, CBD oils (minus the psychoactive THC) are widely available. In legal shops, you can find oils that have both CBD and THC to alleviate pain and give you a little buzz.

Weisbacher likes to suggest a particular method: rubbing cannabis lotion on your feet and then putting socks on, which gives an all-over healing feeling, similar to a classic Vicks VapoRub remedy.

Concentrates a.k.a. dabs

What they are: Extremely concentrated, all-killer, no-filler cannabis compounds. They come in lots of different forms, from wax to the brittle “shatter” to the buttery “badder.” All these fall under the category of what people call “dabs.” A dab is way more intense: You might get up to 85 percent THC per hit, compared to 15 to 25 percent you get by smoking cannabis. You need a special dabbing rig and a butane blowtorch, like the one used for creme brulee, to use them.

Who they’re for: Power users, plant connoisseurs, people who want to limit their smoke intake.

Concentrates allow for a more potent hit, which means you have to ingest less smoke, and you get a true taste of the plant itself, Fimbres said.

“You really get the true flavor of the actual strain out of those things,” he said. “It’s very surreal the first time.”

Dabs are good for getting a little for a lot: a quick dab will get you very high, and the smell won’t linger as much as smoking weed would. Weisbacher said people who’ve been taking weed for a long time often turn to dabs to mix up their tolerance. Dabs are fun at parties too since they require special equipment. But they can be heavy duty stuff, involving goopy waxes and a dang blow torch, so it’s best to get some deep experience before you try dabbing on ’em.

Flower, a.k.a. weed classic, the greens, bud, nugs, the sticky icky, broccoli, trees, etc. 

What it is: Good ol’ fashioned cannabis in its bud form has been rebranded “flower” in the parlance of our increasingly legalized times. It’s still the standard, and any shop will have a menu with tons of options describing each strain’s effects, in addition to offering expertly crafted pre-rolled joints.

It comes in three forms: sativa, indica or a hybrid of the two. For deciding between them, the line used by generations of pot dealers is still good enough for us here: do you want to ride a bike (sativa, an upper weed) or watch a movie (indica, a relaxing one, a.k.a. “in da couch”)?

Who it’s for: Everyone who can stand a little smoke in their lungs.

Smoking weed, just like listening to vinyl records or reading a print newspaper, will never lose its classic charm, even as it makes less financial, practical and health sense as the industry evolves. Passing around a weed pen, with its antiseptic frill of vapor and seemingly endless toking supply, will never quite match the social and ritualistic aspect of twisting a fat bone to pass around with your crew.

“Very few people don’t want to smoke flower,” Fimbres said. “Flower is probably the most universally used in our whole dispensary.”

With so many varieties available, you can fine tune your high, or even get low-dosage flower to keep it mellow. Roll it into a joint, grind it into a bowl, use it for baking, stuff it in a one-hitter or load it into a bong if you’re feeling like you missed out on a classic college experience.

Picking which strain can be as complex as picking wine (that’s what the budtenders are for). Generally, Weisbacher said, sativa is an awake, creative kind of high. She calls it “adventure weed,” popular with outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado.

Indica will be more of a body high, a relaxed, almost sleep-like state best for chilling out. Hybrids will give you both the cerebral high and body highs.

This is all a lot to consider, but budtenders take their jobs seriously and most will spend the time to recommend safe, appropriate methods for all customers. Fimbres said first-time users in newly legal states shouldn’t be intimidated about popping in to check out a shop for the first time. And he pointed out something that’s been true since way before the overdue legalization trend started: everyone is already doing it.

“There’s something in the store for everybody,” he said “It’s more common than actually smoking cigarettes. A lot more people do it than you think.”

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Billionaire Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Reveals Extreme Daily Habits, Including Walking 5 Miles To Work And Eating NOTHING All Weekend

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Everything about Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is extreme. You don’t amass a net worth of $5.3 billion by waking up at 10 and digging into the leftovers from the night before. The 42-year-old NYU dropout made an appearance on the Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance podcast and revealed the habits he instills to be sharp enough to run one of the most powerful companies on the planet.

The Twitter and Square co-founder says he needs to be “performant” and “clear” to successfully run two companies.

Here are the habits he swears by.

Walking to Work

With the exception of Tuesdays and Thursdays when Dorsey works from home, the Twitter CEO walks five miles to Twitter HQ, rain or shine, every day.

“I might look a little bit more like I’m jogging than I’m walking,” Dorsey says. “It’s refreshing … It’s just this one of those take-back moments where you’re like, ‘Wow, I’m alive!’”

The commute takes him between an hour and 15 mints and an hour and a half.

7-Minute Workouts

When Dorsey doesn’t walk to work, he bangs out high-intensity interval workouts on the stationary bike– “I don’t have a personal trainer. I don’t go to a gym,” he told Greenfield.

Meditation

Dorsey claims that meditating has the “biggest impact” on his mental health, which is why he does it twice a day and has been practicing it for 20 years. Dorsey aims to meditates one hour in the morning and another hour at night.

Sauna and Ice Baths

Each day. Dorsey sits in his 220-degree barrel sauna for 15 minutes, then dips into a 37-degree ice bath for three minutes. He repeats this process three times.

He says starting his day with an ice bath unlocked a super power.

‘Nothing has given me more mental confidence than being able to go straight from room temperature into the cold. Especially in the morning, going into an ice-cold tub from just being warm in bed is — it just unlocks this thing in my mind and I feel like if I can will myself to do that thing that seems so small but hurts so much, I can do nearly anything.’

Dorsey switched from a Clearlight sauna barrel to a portable infrared SaunaSpace tent which is believed to heat the body from the inside out, causing one to sweat more in lower temperatures, and in turn, releasing more toxins.
Dorsey also says he has a single near-infrared bulb near the standing desk in his home office, which is said to promote cellular regeneration and anti-aging.
Supplements
“The only supplements I take are daily multivitamin and vitamin C, a lot of vitamin C,” Dorsey said. He said he takes the supplements at dinnertime and he first heard about the idea on a Wim Hof podcast two years ago..
Fasting 
Dorsey only eats one meal per weekday, between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. He eats a meal of fish, chicken, or steak with a salad, spinach, asparagus or Brussels sprouts. He has mixed berries or some dark chocolate for dessert and sometimes treats himself with a glass of red wine.
“During the day, I feel so much more focused. … You have this very focused point of mind in terms of this drive,” Dorsey says. And ”[c]ertainly, the time back from breakfast and lunch allowed me to focus more on what my day is,” he says.
He also says that intermittent fasting helps him sleep like a log.
“I can go to bed and actually knock out in 10 minutes, if not sooner than that. It really changed how quickly I felt asleep and more so how deep I felt I was sleeping.”
As if eating just one meal per weekday isn’t extreme enough, Dorsey turns it up a notch on the weekend.
“I’ll go from Friday ’til Sunday. I won’t have dinner on Friday. I won’t have dinner or any meal on Saturday. And the first time I’ll eat will be Sunday evening. I’ve done that three times now where I do [an] extended fast where I’m just drinking water,” Dorsey says.

“The first time I did it, like day three, I felt like I was hallucinating. It was a weird state to be in. But as I did it the next two times, it just became so apparent to me how much of our days are centered around meals and how — the experience I had was when I was fasting for much longer, how time really slowed down.”

Shit, I need to make some serious life changes.

[h/t CNBC]

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Birdcage: Revival Cycle’s Titanium-Caged BMW Boxer

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Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
BMW Motorrad have something big in the works. All they’ve shown us so far is a boxer engine and a drivetrain…but they’ve teased these in the most spectacular fashion.

First, they commissioned a build from Custom Works Zon for the Mooneyes show in Yokohama. Now it’s the turn of the highly talented team at Revival Cycles in Austin, Texas. They’ve answered with what is possibly their hottest machine to date: ‘Birdcage.’

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
Revival shop boss, Alan Stulberg, picks up the story: “BMW came to us months ago and presented us with an engine, gearbox and rear differential drive that was never before seen.”

“They gave us very few details, but it’s obvious they have big plans for the iconic opposed twin engine. It’s difficult to fully take in and absorb in these photos, but this boxer engine is colossal.”

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
With huge cylinders (we’re guessing a total capacity of around 1,800 cc) jutting out on either side, Revival’s challenge was to design a ground-up custom that would carry that mass—and emphasize its shapely beauty.

Alan wanted the concept to accomplish two things: “To appear as if it would not function, and to have an unencumbered view of the engine and drivetrain. I believe we accomplished both goals handily.”

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
So how did Revival get from that ideal to this exquisite, wire-framed oddity? By drawing inspiration from an old infatuation: the birdcage-framed race cars that Maserati and Porsche famously built in the late 50s and early 60s.

They decided to go ‘full birdcage,’ and subsequently built the first birdcage-framed motorcycle we’ve ever seen.

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
The Revival crew decided to work with titanium, picking it for its low weight and high strength. And as you’d imagine, crafting the framework took more than a minute. The main structure is made up of 138 carefully cut, coped and welded titanium frame members.

Every one of the motorcycle’s essential components attaches to this main ‘birdcage.’ And even though everything’s bolted in exactly where it needs to be, there’s a lot of free-form design going on too—thanks to the inherent asymmetry of BMW boxer engines.

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
“The best part of a BMW riding experience is generally how well balanced it all feels,” says Alan. “So it is more than ironic, as a builder, to look down upon the bare engine, gearbox and rear drive and see just how biased everything is towards asymmetry.”

“To design around that with harmonious shapes and lines was almost easy for me. There is only one single piece of titanium rod down the middle of the bike that is centered with the wheels—and the rest fell where they fit best, flowing all around the drivetrain.”

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
From there, Revival built a front suspension system in the same vein as BMW’s famous Telelever design. They designed the front end in CAD first—running simulations to make sure it would function well.

The fork lowers were lifted from a BMW R 1150 GS, and the shock is an Öhlins mountain bike unit. The rest of the setup is a mix of CNC-machine aluminum parts, and hexagonal carbon fiber tubing.

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
“It all feels like pure magic when you hold the components in your hand,” says Alan, “and it’s hard to fathom their strength to weight balance.”

The forks—and handlebars—were shaped to pay homage to another Revival favorite: the iconic Ernst Henne BMW Landspeeder. The controls are especially unique—both the throttle and classic inverted clutch are routed internally, and there’s a hand shifter mounted to the right of the frame, with a carbon fiber linkage.

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
Tricky engineering and enviable materials are all over this boxer-powered machine. Revival’s lead engineer and fabricator, Chris Auerbach, went to town on the details.

He built the huge aero-shaped valve covers, a carbon fiber seat, titanium fasteners for the axles, foot controls and a whole bunch of other pieces.

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
As a design exercise, Alan designed an aluminum cover for the engine and gearbox that would visually round off the drivetrain. But it also became the perfect spot to stash the custom ECU, charging and ignition systems, and most of the wiring.

Just behind it, and a bit lower down, is an aluminum fuel tank. It holds just a gallon, and has its own internal electronic fuel pump.

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
Revival went the old-school hotrod route for fueling, with large-mouth mechanical fuel injection bodies, and bell mouth velocity stacks. Those stacks look like they’re in the way, but they actually splay out just a bit wider than the valve covers.

“There’s ample room for the rider to tuck their knees in behind the cylinders,” says Alan, “for what we hope will be those top speed trials at Bonneville and the dry lake beds of California.”

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
With a 70” wheelbase and 23” Dunlop slicks, this BMW should run pretty stable. There’s only one brake to stop it though—a custom disc setup out back, operated on the left foot control. As an extra nod to the Henne racer, the rear wheel’s covered by aluminum discs.

Chief welder, Ty Burham, put together a full titanium exhaust system, that was anodized for a more unique finish.

Revival's amazing Birdcage custom offers a preview of the new BMW boxer engine.
Birdcage is a remarkable blend of art and engineering; a truly out-the-box build that showcases the Revival team’s vast pool of talent. And if you’d like to see it in the flesh, just head down to the Handbuilt Show in Austin this weekend—it’s there right now, turning heads and dropping jaws.

Alan would like to thank his entire team for their stunning performance: (in order) Chris Auerbach, Ty Burham, Chris Davis, Alec Padron, Ian Holt, Andy James and Josh Gage.

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Scientists print first 3D heart using a patient’s own cells

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Researchers at Tel Aviv University managed to successfully print the first ever 3D heart that uses cells and biological materials from a patient. The medical breakthrough, which was published today in Advanced Science, managed to produce an entire heart, complete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers — a marked improvement over previous attempts that only printed simple tissues without vessels.

The process of creating the heart started with a biopsy of fatty tissue taken from patients. The cellular material from the tissues was used as the "ink" for the print job. That allowed researchers to create complex tissue models including cardiac patches and eventually an entire heart. It should be noted that the heart isn’t very big — it’s only about the size of a rabbit’s heart. But the technology that made it possible could eventually lead to the production of a human-sized organ. Currently, the hearts can only contract but researchers plan on culturing the 3D printed hearts and teaching them how to operate like the real deal. Once that process is complete, they will attempt to transplant them into animal models.

Researchers have been working on 3D-printed tissues for years, with the eventual goal of creating functioning organs for transplant. The scientists involved in the heart project at Tel Aviv University theorized that within 10 years, organ printers could be available at hospitals.

Source: Tel Aviv University

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