The Delta 8 Deception

The Delta 8 Deception

The Delta 8 Deception

Without question, Delta-8 THC is a hot topic no matter what state you’re living in. With 11 states now banning the lab-made cannabinoid, the negative spotlight on the hemp industry is anything but flattering.

However, most of these products are not what they’re cracked up to be. In a recent study, Leafreport found that more than half of the products contained more Delta-9 THC than reported, with some up to 15% THC – far beyond the legally allowed limits. Additionally, about 63% of the products contained more Delta-8 than reported on the label.

In this podcast, I’ve invited Eloise Theisen, one of the authors of the report by Leafreport to discuss her findings and why the hemp industry so desperately needs to implement regulations on the production of Delta-8 and other THC isomers.

An interview with Eloise Theisen, one of the authors of Leafreport’s new research regarding Delta-8 THC.

Eloise Theisen is a board-certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in cannabis therapy. For over 20 years, Eloise has worked primarily with cancer, dementia, and chronic pain patients. In the last 6 years, Eloise has focused her efforts on cannabinoid therapies. Eloise is the president of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

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Getting Organized with the Blazy Susan

Getting Organized with the Blazy Susan

Getting Organized with the Blazy Susan

You know what I hate? I hate having to look all over the house for something I need. The bong is downstairs, weed is upstairs, and God knows where the hell my lighter went. Concentrates are on the kitchen counter, dab straw is bedside, and the torch is under the couch. It never fails… UGH! Thanks to the folks over at Blazy Susan – I finally have a place to hold everything I need, all in one place. There’s never any question as to where our tools are… because they’re always on the Blazy Susan!

Disclosure: The products pictured in this video were sent to me by the PR Agency representing Blazy Susan. I do not promise coverage for products, nor do I take any monetary compensation for the content I produce. I choose the products to share based on how well they work for me. I only share the products that I feel are worthy of resharing with my elevated audience.

I am not affiliated with Blazy Susan and do not make any money from the company in any way.

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Marrying Elegance & Engineering: The Stündenglass Gravity Hookah

Marrying Elegance & Engineering: The Stündenglass Gravity Hookah

There’s an age-old joke in the world of cannabis consumption that says when you give a group of potheads some marijuana with nothing to smoke it with, they’ll turn into engineers. But what happens when you give a bunch of engineers some pot?

You get the next generation of cannabis consumption technology.

Now, I have always been a fan of GPen devices; I’ve reviewed the GPen Connect. I’ve used PuffCo, I’ve tried Dr. Dabber, I’ve tried off-brand e-nails and several sub-par wax pens and battery-operated dab straws. Most of them are sitting in an empty drawer in my desk, a virtual graveyard for technology that didn’t deliver.

A couple of months ago, as a podcast host of “A Tech Moment” on Cannabis Tech, I had the opportunity to interview B-Real, frontman for Cypress Hill and visionary behind the Dr. Greenthumb, California cannabis company.

An heirloom device, built with quality, design with elegance, the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah is the last bong you’ll ever need to buy.

As a perk for lining up that interview, Grenco Science, makers of GPen and the Stündenglass, sent over a care package of Dr. Greenthumb branded GPen devices.

And let’s just say – my mind was blown.

Good-Bye Cheesy Gravity Bong

Most old-school cannabis consumers have a story they tell about the gravity bong they built with nothing more than a bucket of water and a plastic bottle. The entire concept behind these contraptions is that the water does the hard work – all the smoker needs to do is light the bowl, slowly lift the bottle, and the suction created by gravity and the void in the bottle draws the smoke. Cooled by the water, gravity bong hits are smooth and generally quite powerful.

However, unless you’re still living in your mom’s basement or at a nearby frat house, no one wants to have an old trash can and an empty 2-liter of Pepsi sitting in their living room.

Allow me to introduce… the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah. As seen on several celebrity podcasts, including Seth Rogan, Wiz Khalifa, and B-Real, this device blows every other cannabis-consuming device out the window. Although a little on the pricey side, there is nothing about this feat of cannabis engineering that disappoints.

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The Stündenglass Gravity Hookah – The Specs

So before we talk about how it works, let’s talk about the overall design and how it ships. The Stündenglass Gravity Hookah ships in a specially designed case that fits all the little pieces and parts. I won’t lie; when I unboxed this bad boy – I was a little intimidated. This is the first bong I’ve ever owned that actually came with a schematic.

Fortunately, the Stündenglass ships with everything you need – just in case. Not only do they send the schematic that shows you how it all goes together, but they also send all the little O-rings, plastic pieces, and things that ‘could’ go bad over time. The device is mostly assembled; all you have to do is put the major pieces together and add water.

Assembly is quick and painless. All of the pieces and parts are either threaded and screw into place or – in true Grenco fashion – they are magnetic, so they simply snap into place.

Grenco science

Get ready to impress everyone.

Versatility is the Name of the Game

One of the biggest benefits of the Stündenglass is its ability to smoke just about anything. In the box, the device ships with a glass bowl for smoking cannabis flower and a sheesha bowl that allows consumers to smoke tobacco – if you genuinely want to use it as a hookah. If you are a concentrates consumer, then you’ll have to spend a little more money to order the GPen Connect but believe me when I say – you won’t be disappointed, it’s worth it.

Made out of anodized metal with a 10-year warranty, the Stündenglass is an heirloom device that brings elegance and sophistication to cannabis consumption. You will want to keep this gravity bong on display, but be prepared to answer, “Oh my God – what is THAT?!” every time someone new walks into your house.

Then you can really blow their minds…

The Design and How it Works

When I saw how the Stündenglass works, I immediately thought, “Wow, the design IS the technology!” Per their website, the 360-degree rotatable mechanism “uses kinetic motion activation, cascading water and opposing airflow technology to deliver the most powerful and unique smoking experience.”

In other words, after lighting the bowl, or activating the Connect, when you rotate the globes, gravity pulls the water through the percolators into the lower globe. The rotation allows air to pull the smoke or vapor into the upper globe. Rotate it one more time, and the airflow forces the smoke collected in the globes through the up-stem, through the hose, and right to your mouth.

Because the device does the draw for you, the consumer can control just how much they inhale. By holding your lips away from the end of the mouthpiece, you can take as much or as little of the vapor/smoke as you want. On the flip-side, if your goal is to get wrecked, put your lips on the mouthpiece and breathe in deeply to take in all the vapor.

Be aware, during my conversation with B-Real – Dr. Greenthumb himself called the Stündenglass “The Devastator.” In fact, he said, “If you want to test your level of ‘stoner’ – this is the device that will do it.”

Please… Drink the Bong Water

While most people are learning about the Stündenglass from celebrity podcasts, I learned about the device when a PR rep sent me a video of a mixologist using the Stündenglass. In the video, he “smoked” alcoholic beverages by burning wood chips through the globes.

Immediately, my mind started racing – what if we could infuse mixed drinks with cannabinoids using the Stündenglass? So, during our annual 4/20 week celebration, we put the Stündenglass to the test with “Smoked Margaritas.” Let me tell you – we were all impressed.

Rather than filling the globe with water – we filled it with margarita mix, tequila, and triple sec. Then, using a high-quality Clementine Live Resin – we used the GPen Connect to do a few dabs. Each hit and each rotation of the globes, the vapor from the Clementine filtered through the alcohol.

Now let’s think about this from a physics perspective. Essentially, you’re taking a solid (the extract), heating it to a vapor (using the GPen), then cold-filtering the vapor through a blend of alcohol where it re-condenses. Once everyone has had their dab, remove the globe, pour the thoroughly blended margaritas on ice and watch your guests light up when they realize what just happened.

What’s the result? You end up with dabs that taste like margarita and cannabis-infused, drinkable ‘bong water.’ Our test used high-terp, Clementine resin – the orangey, sweet flavor came through in the blend, and you could actually taste the cannabis in the glass. Not only that, but you could also feel the wax on your lips as you drank.

We quite literally smoked our Margaritas and drank our weed.

Mind. Blown.

The Bong You’ll Love to Clean

As a well-versed cannabis consumer, the first thing I think about when we shop for a new bong is – “How easy is it to clean?” I know that if it’s hard to clean or a pain-in-the-ass to take apart – it’s not going to happen very often. Nobody wants to smoke from a grungy bong. Eww.

While I feel like you’re going to think I’m just trying to play up the device, so you’ll buy one – I can honestly say, I look forward to cleaning my Stündenglass. This is quite simply the easiest device to clean that I’ve ever reviewed. As I mentioned earlier, everything either screws together or snaps into place with a magnet, so taking it apart is super simple.

I use a 9 x 9 glass baking dish; put all the stems, percolators, and removable pieces in the dish and cover the items with isopropyl. While they soak, I use a cotton swab and alcohol to clean the mechanism in the Stündenglass. Then, I use a little more alcohol and a paper towel to wipe out the globes.

*Pro Tip: Rather than using massive amounts of alcohol, after I clean all the individual stems and pieces, I will use the alcohol in the baking dish to rinse the globes. Then, rather than simply dump it, I will use a funnel and pour the alcohol into a container I have labeled as “dirty.” Now, obviously, you won’t want to use this to disinfect anything – but it can indeed be reused to clean your pipes and other smoking accessories.

Very Few Drawbacks

The Stündenglass is versatile, well-built, and above-average in the design and functionality department. But, like all things – there are a few areas to note when you’re considering making a substantial purchase like this.

  • The Price – Ok, I get it – not everyone has an extra $600 laying around to buy a cannabis smoking device. It is an investment, no matter how you look at it. I’ll be the first to say that had Grenco Science not sent me the device, I probably wouldn’t have bought it. But now that I have it – I won’t give it up, and I would likely replace it if something happened to it.
  • The Reclaim – This is my only complaint about the GPen Connect. When smoking concentrates, the reclaim drains from the device and into whatever device you’re using. In this case, the reclaim pools in the channel and, so if you’re using it regularly, plan to clean it out no less than once a week, or the entire thing will get gummed up.
  • The Hose – I do not recommend using the hose with any kind of ‘smoke.’ The vapor from dabs is fine, but smoke tends to adhere to the hose and leave a nasty smell and flavor. If you plan on smoking flower or tobacco, I recommend removing the hose and simply inhaling right from the up-stem.

The Long and Short of It

The pros far outweigh the cons of this device. Although it’s a significant investment, this device will likely last you a lifetime. Sure, you may need to replace a few pieces here and there, but the simplicity of the design and the versatility of functionality make it well worth the price.

Don’t want to spend the money without trying it first? Book your Colorado cannabis vacation at SKOL Ranch today, and come try ours!

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Cheeba Cheeba Cheesecake

Cheeba Cheeba Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 Box Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed (1 box, minus the number of cookies my husband pilfered out of it when I wasn’t looking)
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 gram THC distillate

Cheesecake Filling

  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature (important!)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 gram THC distillate
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • Pinch of Salt

Candied Bacon

  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cannabis Kief

Instructions

Caramel Sauce Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a double-boiler, add the THC distillate and whisk thoroughly.
  2. Mix in the brown sugar, half-and-half, and salt and heat over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker.
  3. Turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into a jar. Allow to cool. (It will thicken as it cools.)

Candied Bacon Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Layout the bacon on a bacon baking pan.
  3. Sprinkle with cannabis kief. (Decarbing isn’t necessary – much of the kief will decarb during the baking process.)
  4. Generously cover with brown sugar.
  5. Bake until crisp. (25-30 minutes)
  6. Place on parchment or a plate to cool. The melted brown sugar will stick to a paper towel.
  7. Crumble and set aside.

Cheesecake Instructions

  1. Select a pie pan whose inside top dimension is at least 9″, and whose height is at least 1 1/4″. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the butter and add the gram of distillate to the melted butter and whisk thoroughly. The better you blend it the better the THC will be dispersed throughout the crust.
  3. Make the crust by stirring together all of the crust ingredients, mixing until thoroughly combined.
  4. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan, making a thicker layer on the bottom than on the sides.
  5. Make the filling by mixing together the room-temperature cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, again mixing until smooth. To avoid beating too much air into the batter, use a mixer set at low-medium speed. To avoid lumps, make sure the cream cheese is softened, and/or at room temperature.
  1. Set the pie pan onto a baking sheet, if desired; this makes it easier to transport in and out of the oven, and also protects the bottom of the crust from any potential scorching. Pour the filling into the crust.
  2. Place the cheesecake in the oven. Bake it for 20 minutes, then add a crust shield; or shield the crust with strips of aluminum foil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes (for a total of about 30 minutes). A digital thermometer inserted into the filling 1″ from the edge should read between 165°F and 170°F; the filling won’t look entirely set in the center.
  3. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, and set it on a rack to cool. Once the cake is cool, refrigerate it, covered, until you’re ready to serve it.

Serve cheesecake in wedges, topped with the bacon crumble, drizzled in caramel. Store any leftovers (there probably won’t be any, just sayin’) in the refrigerator for several days; freeze for longer storage.

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420 is Our Christmas

420 is Our Christmas

420 is Our Christmas

In my family, Christmas was celebrated in grand fashion. With seven siblings, their spouses, and all their kids, our grandparents, aunts and uncles, and several close friends, our holidays were a major production – including buffets of food, unlimited booze or beer, and hundreds of gifts. Everyone was happy, most of them were drunk, and by the end of the night there’d be bodies passed out all around the house. Christmas morning often came with hangover remedies.

The festive parties slowed down as my family aged, then came to complete halt when our matriarch passed in 2014. For me, Christmas just doesn’t have the cheer it once had. I don’t feel festive, and I certainly don’t feel like there’s much to celebrate.

Why the unofficial ‘stoner holiday’ means as much to me as any other holiday we celebrate.

Over the last several years, April 20th has brought more joy to my life than any other day of the year.

In Our House

Yes, We Celebrate Cannabis 

I am no sure why people question the need and/or desire to celebrate cannabis. There are multiple angles, I can think of, that make it perfectly logical.

How many times in your life have you been asked this question?

Have you accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as your Savior?

Typically, the person asking this question is about to tell you their life-altering story of how finding religion has absolutely saved their life. Maybe it saved them addiction… maybe it saved them from a life of debauchery… maybe finding God simply gives them something bigger to live for – but either way, they want to share it with you.

I know hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have found life-altering miracles in the infamous herb, so why wouldn’t someone want to tell you about it? It helped them and they want you to know about it.

Health & Wellness

You know someone who has drastically changed their lifestyle. Maybe they had a gastric bypass or found a fitness solution that helped them lose weight. How many people have told you about intermittent fasting recently? Even in line with this topic, I’m sure someone has suggested CBD for whatever ails you, because they have experienced some level of success with it. Ok, so maybe they don’t set a holiday around it, but people do celebrate their own successes.

Alcohol

If you’ve ever celebrated St. Paddy’s Day, chances are good you publicly celebrated your freedom to drink green beer. I’m relatively certain most new 21-year-olds celebrate their legal drinking age in similar fashion – at a bar. Hell, I don’t remember a single, family holiday that didn’t revolve around alcohol.

 

Still don’t think alcohol is celebrated? Check out this list. At least cannabis only claims a couple of days a year. (Don’t forget about 7/10!)

Jan. 17: Hot Buttered Rum Day

Jan. 24: Beer Can Appreciation Day

Jan. 25: Irish Coffee Day

Feb. 22: Margarita Day

Feb. 27: Kahlua Day

March 3: Mulled Wine Day

March 5: Absinthe Day

April 7: Beer Day

April 19: Amaretto Day

May 2: Homebrew Day

May 9: Moscato Day

May 25: Wine Day

May 30: Mint Julep Day

June 4: Cognac Day

June 13: Rose Day

June 14: Bourbon Day

June 19: Martini Day

July 2: Anisette Day

July 10: Pina Colada Day

July 11: Mojito Day

Different Strokes for Different Folks

In each of the aforementioned situations, someone has experienced a life-changing event that has either changed their lives or allows them to celebrate their freedoms and have a little fun. Cannabis does all that and more for my husband and me.

We Celebrate our Successes

A little more than five years ago, my husband and I weren’t even sure we still had a marriage. Chronic depression and anxiety, combined with grief, addiction, and a mid-life crisis aren’t typically good influences on any marriage. This unfortunately just starts to scratch the surface of what our marriage endured up to that point. Cannabis not only provided us with a pathway, it gave us the tools we needed to survive.

We Don’t Drink, We Smoke

While we’ll definitely have a margarita when the mood strikes, we gave up drinking when we moved to Colorado and took a greener journey. We don’t wake up with a headache, or the brown bottle flu, anymore. So, while most people are lining up the Uber because they drank too much to make it home, we’re choosing to do things a little differently.

4/20 is When Everyone Visits

Look, when you live in the Rocky Mountains, in a cannabis legal state, there’s no shortage of friends. And starting several days before 4/20 – our house starts filling up with friends. Although we shut out everyone last year due to the pandemic, this year we hosted 22 people from 5 states over the course of 4 days.

We may not have had a Christmas tree, but I can guarantee you, we had just as much festive spirit. We made giant, infused meals. We make cannabis-infused margaritas and we played every Cheech and Chong movie we own – along with a few other ‘stoner classics.’ We listened to Stick Figure, Cypress Hill and other cannabis-inspired tunes.

But most of all… we laughed, we enjoyed each other’s company, and we displayed our gratitude for our freedom to celebrate however we saw fit.

Yes, in our house – we celebrate cannabis.

 

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