REVIEW the Randy’s ZIPP Dry Herb Vaporizer


Included with the ZIPP:
Retracting USB charging cable
USB wall outlet charger
Packing tool
Cleaning brush
3 Silicone mouth tips
4 Screens



By now most of us have heard of, seen or burned some Randy’s Wired Papers. Since their founding in 1975, Randy’s has expanded into offering more varieties of wired papers, the smallest to the very large bottle brushes and pipe cleaners as well as some of the best cleaning solutions.

To be honest, I had forgotten about Randy’s until a bottle of Randy’s Black Label showed up in one of the subscription boxes I enjoy avery month. I immediately remembered one of the last times I had purchased a pack of Randy’s back when I was in college, many moons ago. You see, back in the olden days we not only walked uphill in the snow both ways to and from school but stores that carried specialty papers were few and far between. When I would happen upon a store that sold Randy’s, I would always pick up a pack.

Well, a lot has happened since those good ole’ days. Smoker’s options have certainly evolved and so has Randy’s.


Soon after contacting Randy’s, my new friend, Jason insisted that try out one of their vaporizers. How could I say no?

A couple days later, a ZIPP Dry Herb Vaporizer was in my mailbox. I unpacked it and immediately wanted to get it charging. The first thing I noticed was the clever retractable USB charging cable. Without going to much further into the box, I realized that Randy’s packs in a few extras in their standard package.

The “extras” are simple but thoughtful. Randy’s included a USB wall charger, 3 Silicone mouth pieces and 4 screens. I thought about it and Yes, I have been in USBless places where the wall charger would have come in handy. I also recall, passing a piece to a friend who unknowingly passed a cold or a bit of the flu right back. The mouthpieces would definitely come in handy in a potentially germy situation like that. The mouth tips also give your lips a nice break from the heat of a long sesh.

After about an hour or so, the ZIPP was charged and ready to go. I knew it was ready to go because not the blinking blue light gone solid but battery lever indicator read full. The digital display makes quite a difference. With the display, you know your charge level and you also know your exact temperature setting. Not only can you select one of 80 temperature settings, between 350º and 430º but your custom setting is saved and already set for the next time you fire up your ZIPP.

All in all, the Randy’s Dry Herb Vaporizer comes with everything you need. The ZIPP gets to your custom temperature setting quickly, even when the battery indicator shows the end of the charge. This vaporizer performs like a compact champ but the digital display is what keeps me going back to enjoy my Randy’s ZIPP.

    The ZIPP is definitely a gift you can give with confidence. Remember to use your MRSTINKYS coupon code and receive an additional 10% OFF the ZIPP or anything you find at randys.com.



Medical Marijuana vs Post Operative Pain

By Gooey Rabinski

Cannabis is proven to provide pain relief for a variety of conditions. Users tend to think of the analgesic (pain relieving) quality of marijuana in terms of specific diseases or ailments. It is widely understood that cannabis provides significant relief for Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. But what about more generalized conditions, like the pain and nerve damage that is frequently experienced following major surgery?

According to a study conducted in 2010, “An alarming portion of patients develop persistent or chronic pain following surgical procedures, but the mechanisms underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain states are not fully understood.”

A 2014 study in Australia of 1,514 patients using prescribed opioids revealed that 16 percent of them were supplementing with whole plant cannabis and 25 percent reported that they would have used marijuana to control their pain if it had been available to them.

While sativa varieties of cannabis tend to be the best for depression, pain relief is typically most effectively delivered by an indica strain. However, many sativa strains are also successful pain relievers.
One cancer patient who used cannabis to treat his pain following surgery reported:

“I would be using a 85 percent indica strain that I have used for the last few weeks to help with the original incision they made; it seems to be working a lot better then my heady sativas.”

The Studies

A study reported in 2006 conducted at Imperial College London involved 65 patients who had very recently undergone surgery. Each was given a cannabis extract called Cannador. Eleven patients received a 5 mg dose, 30 were given a 10 mg portion, and 24 received 15 mg. All of those who received the 5 mg dose requested additional pain killers, indicating that the dose was ineffective. Only 50 percent of those who received the 10 mg requested additional pain treatment, while only 25 percent of those on the highest dose (15 mg) required an additional analgesic.

One of the study’s researchers, professor Mervyn Maze, reported:

“We thought cannabis might be beneficial in helping manage pain following surgery, as previous research indicated cannabinoids help top up the body’s natural system for reducing pain sensation. This research proves it can be effective, with minimal side effects at low doses.”
Researchers noted that cannabis caused few side effects, making it especially safe for patients having just undergone surgery who often cannot tolerate conventional pharmaceutical drugs.
Dr Anita Holdcroft, a lead researcher from Imperial College London, stated:

“Pain after surgery continues to be a problem because many of the commonly used drugs are either ineffective or have too many side effects. These results show that cannabinoids are effective.”
A 2007 study at London’s University College Analgesia Centre involved a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Participants were given a 12 mg dose of cannabinor, a cannabinoid-like molecule that binds to CB2 receptors in the body’s immune system. Researchers noted that administration of cannabinor produced a “statistically significant decrease in patients’ overall pain versus placebo.” Interestingly — and in contrast to the 2006 study — larger doses of the drug did not result in better pain relief.

Another 2007 study conducted by San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California’s Pain Clinical Research Center, as published in the journal Neurology, reported that inhaling cannabis significantly reduced HIV-associated neuropathy compared to placebo. Researchers reported that smoking cannabis three times daily reduced patients’ pain by 34 percent, concluding:

“Smoked cannabis was well tolerated and effectively relieved chronic neuropathic pain from HIV-associated neuropathy [in a manner] similar to oral drugs used for chronic neuropathic pain.”
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego in 2008 reported similar findings. As published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers summarized:

“Smoked cannabis…significantly reduced neuropathic pain intensity…compared to placebo.”
A 2010 clinical trial at McGill University in Montreal was published in the the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study involved 21 men and women with an average age of 45. One participant was a patient who had knee surgery, during which the surgeon likely cut a nerve, leading to chronic pain following the procedure.

Participants were rotated between cannabis treatments containing 2.5, 6, and 9.4 percent THC — or a placebo. All participants received all four treatments. “We’ve shown again that cannabis is analgesic. Clearly, it has medical value,” reported Mark Ware, assistant professor of anesthesia and family medicine at McGill University.

 

Needed for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain and nerve damage are common following surgery of all types. The efficacy of cannabis as an analgesic should be seriously considered by the medical establishment. The need for cannabis or cannabinoid extract therapy is only exacerbated by the negative side effects and frequent lack of response of patients to traditional pharmaceutical drugs. In addition, cannabis reduces the risk of addiction to opiates following surgery.

These studies, combined with anecdotal patient reports, reveal that cannabis is a viable option for the treatment of post-operative pain and surgically induced nerve damage and should be studied further.

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Medical Marijuana vs Glaucoma


Glaucoma is the result of a number of diseases that lead to the damage of the optic nerve. The optic nerve is what sends signals to the brain on what the eye is seeing. While most types of glaucoma include increased pressure in the fluid of the eye, there are also types of glaucoma that do not include increased eye pressure. A comprehensive eye exam is necessary to identify diseases of the eyes. The increased pressure in the eye is a major factor in producing damage to the eye, specifically the optic nerve. If glaucoma is not addressed, it could result in permanent damage to a person’s eyesight. 

While anyone can develop glaucoma, there are three groups with a higher risk: African Americans over 40; everyone over 60, especially Mexican Americans; and those with a family history of glaucoma.

The National Eye Institute details a number of conventional treatments for glaucoma, including a variety of medicines, laser surgery, and conventional surgery that creates new drainage routes. All of these have major and minor side effects that can negatively affect quality of life.

Cannabis has been proven to have a positive effect in lowering intraocular pressure (IOP) with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), the most common type of glaucoma. Cannabis reduces the pressure in the eye for 3 to 4 hours after having been inhaled, or longer with edibles and vapor treatments.

There is some disagreement on whether cannabis is an effective method for treating specific types of glaucoma. Those opposed to its use cite the 3 to 4 hour effect of reduced eye pressure after smoking cannabis and potential negative side effects from inhaling the smoke. Proponents detail how cannabis can now be consumed a number of ways that increase the positive effects while reducing side effects. The end result of the information is that generally speaking, cannabis is no better or worse than other conventional treatments given the benefits, risks, and side effects.

However, a number of glaucoma patients relate how conventional treatments either failed to help them or that the conventional medications lost their effectiveness over time. Cannabis is a proven treatment in reducing eye pressure consistently over time.


The American Glaucoma Society offers additional hope in promising studies on topical treatments and the positive aspect of cannabinoids in protecting nerve cells like those in the eyes. These studies are on-going, but suggest that cannabis can be used as a protective treatment in addition to previously known benefits for treating glaucoma. 

As with any treatment for diseases, patients should consult with their physician on the best treatment for addressing glaucoma. Each individual is different, and it is important to begin with a comprehensive eye exam to fully understand potential eye diseases. The use of cannabis for the treatment of glaucoma has been studied since the 1970s with proven results for specific types of glaucoma. How it will work for you depends on your own needs and lifestyle choices.

For more information visit the American Glaucoma Society.

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REVIEW the GeniusPipe


The manufacturers of the GeniusPipe make some pretty big claims and promises when promoting the GeniusPipe. “Coolest pipe on the market”, “Easy to clean” and “Cough free”.

The timing of this review could not be more convenient. My GeniusPipe arrived a couple of days before a long trip thru the NE to visit friends and family. The trip gave me the opportunity to do some “show and tell” and testing with my fellow enthusiasts.

Early on in the trip a couple friends pointed out some things that I didn’t notice. The first thing is that even though I had already realized that the sliding cover was perfect for extinguishing the flame, the sliding cover also provided the opportunity for some easy bowl cornering. When I first checked out the GeniusPipe I thought that the bowl might be too small and shallow but I quickly realized that the sliding cover aides conservation to the point that a little goes a long long way.

The “coolest pipe…” claim can be confirmed on the first try. The dimples within the pipe certainly do their job and deliver on the cool hit promise from the first to the last hit. I also noticed that the cooling effect helped bring out the taste that is usually lost in the heat.

While visiting Martha’s Vineyard, a friend of mine had some Orange Crush, a strain native to the Vineyard. Even though my GeniusPipe was less than clean, the cooling effect gave me the opportunity to get a really good taste. Sure enough, the Orange Crush had a flavor that was a near perfect match to that first sip of a nice cold Orange Crush soda.

Over the course of my 2,000+ mile tour, I had to clean my GeniusPipe several times. All I can say is that it is super simple to clean. A little bit (maybe 1 ounce) of alcohol and a paper towel and your done.

The final promise is “Cough free”. Once you realize that you need only to gently inhale to get a nice hit and see that there is no need to create any suction, you see that this pipe performs as promised.

All in all the GeniusPipe delivers on every promise and claim. If you are looking for something new for you collection, you will not be disappointed. If you are searching for a super cool gift for your favorite stoner, this is a gift you can give with great confidence.


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Some Health Benefits of CBD Cannabidiol


There are at least 85 active cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol (CBD) is easily the most exciting though, offering a host of medicinal uses. CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects, meaning you won’t get high by ingesting it.

Cannabis is a profoundly powerful medicine that has been used for thousands of years. As science moves forward, we have been able to really examine just how the cannabis plant affects our body. What we have found is that it offers far more health benefits than previously thought, kind of a cure-all, from pain reliever to anti-cancer agent. We wanted to compile some of the well documented health benefits of cannabidiol to help raise awareness for this natural super-drug.

Cannabidiol has actually been found to negate some of the effects of THC (the psychoactive component in cannabis). More specifically, cannabidiol helps to prevent the acute memory impairment caused by Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Vitamin CBD – Antioxidant Benefits of Cannabidiol

 

We all know how important antioxidants are for our health, and we all know about Vitamin C and Vitamin E. What you probably didn’t know, is that cannabidiol is a more powerful antioxidant than either Vitamin C or E. 

The powerful antioxidant benefits of cannabidiol are thought to be partially responsible for it’s ability to fight chronic inflammation and protect brain cells from reactive oxygen species.

Cannabidiol for Pain Relief

 

“Cannabinoids may be superior to opioids in alleviating intractable pathologic pain syndromes.” – J. Manzanares

The cannabis plant is widely known for its analgesic properties. There are a few cannabinoids that help to relax muscles and relieve pain, but the most prominent is cannabidiol.

Cannabis extracts have been found to relieve pain even more effectively than opioid painkillers. Opioid pain relievers are widely prescribed for pain, however they pose some serious health concerns and are extremely addictive.

Cannabidiol can be used to help treat acute pain, postoperative pain, chronic pain and neuropathic pain. This has made it a preferred pain management treatment for cancer patients, individuals with multiple sclerosis, migraine sufferers and people with phantom limb syndrome.

Neuroprotective Benefits of Cannabidiol

 

Marijuana may have a bad reputation, associated with brain-dead pot-heads and lazy slackers. Contrary to this common misconception, cannabidiol actually helps protect our brain and cognitive function.

Inflammation is a leading contributor to virtually all known diseases, neurodegenerative disorders included. Because cannabidiol acts as a natural anti-inflammatory as well as a potent antioxidant, it is a very promising treatment option for all neurodegenerative disorders. 

Anti-Cancer & Anti-Tumor Benefits

 

Researchers have been searching for a cure for cancer for decades, looking for a treatment option that doesn’t ravage the entire body. After spending well over $100 billion on cancer research, we still don’t have a cure. But the answer may have been hidden in plain site, deep inside the cannabis plant.

Cannabidiol has been found to activate apoptotic pathways in breast cancer cells. Researchers are now exploring the cancer-fighting potential of cannabidiol and the initial results are very promising.

CBD is an antineoplastic agent, meaning it inhibits the growth and spread of tumors. Making it a promising potential treatment option for cancer patients of all kinds.

Improved Fracture Healing & Bone Strength

 

Alright, cannabidiol is a powerful sleep aid, pain reliever, yields serious benefits for our cognitive health and even helps fight cancer. As if that wasn’t remarkable enough, it even helps us heal broken bones.

Don’t expect miraculous healing powers like Wolverine, but one study shows that CBD lead to an improvement in fracture healing, playing a critical role in collagen crosslinking. Meaning it helped fractured bones repair themselves more effectively.

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