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Weed Geek’s – Magic Flight Launch Box Review

November 18th, 2013 | By

Beautiful things really do come in small packages. At only 65mm long and 33mm wide, it’s not only small but seriously stealthy, extremely light and pretty much the cutest device I now own.

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I managed to get my hands on the premium version made of walnut. This costs a little extra but gives an even better look and feel of quality. It really is a well-made piece of kit.
I’ve actually wanted to own one of these for some time. I read the reviews and checked out the competition, unsure whether I would actually use it regularly enough to justify the price tag. Lets face it – if it’s not a pipe, bong or costs hundreds of pounds, I’ts a novelty item! This really isn’t!
First impressions were, “Wow, it’s so small”, and after a quick rumble through the kit content (that comes in a really nice quality tin), I quickly realised the batteries needed to be fully charged, which was disappointing as they take 4 hours from dead and I just wanted to get vaping.

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Having some time to spare, I read through the well written manual that’s not some scrap of paper with a quick “here’s your new toy” description, but a well laid out glossy, detailed instruction manual, with hints and tips as well as an interesting back story to the box design, etc.

I also had another look at the multitude of video guides available online including Magic Flight’s own website, which again, is well laid out and full of good information. This video LINK is really easy to follow. Surprisingly, the Launch Box manages to capture the throat hit I didn’t expect from a vapouriser. I’ve only ever used a friend’s Vapir One and it was close to the end of its life. It worked well but had a novelty feel.

The herb for the Flight Box has to be ground to a certain consistency, not too big and not too small. You can buy a purpose-made grinder, but you can make do with a standard small one. The trench has to be filled fully for best results but not packed in; it’s a really thin, delicate screen!

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Following the online guides made it simple to use, but even taking a common sense approach will get you where you want to go. The throat hit was surprising, and even after watching the video of the guy spluttering through his instructions, it still managed to throw me off guard it’s that small.

It takes a small amount of herb and doesn’t actually burn in the trench, yet has a decent kick, not like a full on pipe hit, more like a tickly cough.

The taste of the herb is amazing, really enhanced unlike burning, like the smell across the room when someone’s burning a fat one or how you imagine the taste would be with your nose in a bag of fresh dank. It’s a tastes like it smells kind thing. Only at the end of your session does it start to taste like a relit cigarette, but by then its over. Quick, clean and on to the next one.

I’m sure it’s all strain dependant, but I noticed a more uplifting and straight to the point effect than any other method I’ve tried. Lighting one up shortly after just made me want to hit it again.

The Magic Flight Launch Box is beautiful, well crafted, does the job. It’s stealthy and has a no-fuss life time warranty you just don’t get anywhere else, great reviews, a few after-market accessories and it’s really cute. I just can’t fault it at all! You can even cook with the leftover herb!

Steve

Weed Geek’s – Ploom Pax Review

November 4th, 2013 | By

If you’re looking for a small, effective vaporizer for on the go, this is the one. If you are looking for something to use constantly indoors, I would say this is not the one.

It is, however, brilliant at doing what it is supposed to – be a portable vaporizer. For a start, it just looks amazing and wouldn’t look out of place on a Star Wars set. See for yourself. It’s the kind of object that gives an impression that it may do something magical, but only in the most subtle of ways. And it does.

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Switching it on is very simple indeed and can be done with one hand. It has a decent sized bowl area that can be quite well packed down without any adverse effects. Loading this is straightforward, and a little pressure on the lid releases the cover – a nice feature which means anyone examining it is unlikely to stumble into your weed.

It’s quite nifty. The stealth aspect is off the scale and I have safely used this device in all number of places from supermarkets to restaurants even driving. Just walking down the street, the Pax makes it easy to just have a little toke and carry on as if nothing had happened.

I have been in the unfortunate situation of having to hide weed use from some family members so this vape has been invaluable for being able to have a toke in the house of anti-toking people. You can just nip to the bathroom and have a quick one, and the smell is gone in seconds, so to speak.

The size of it means it just slips into your pocket more easily than a mobile phone. It has three temperature settings that are very slightly fiddly to change, but as you generally only do this once, I don’t see a huge issue with this. If you put it down on a surface, it knows and goes into low power mode so you don’t blast your battery which is a fantastic feature.

It does mean that when it’s heating it kind of needs to be in your hand, or moving slightly, so that it doesn’t go into low power mode but you soon get used to this. It will create a smell when it is heating, however, that cannot easily be shielded. If for example you were at the cinema and switched it on, the people surrounding you would have an impression that you are cooking some kind of cabbage dish in your pocket – so you still need to be careful about your very immediate environment.

I have found that different strains come out of the Pax differently. Most of the time, this has been a good effect – or a positive thing. However on a recent trip, I was lucky enough to come across some proper Thai weed (the real deal), so I tried it in the Pax.

I have to say the effect compared to smoking was negligible. It was really slight. Smoking the Thai weed was great fun and bordering on hallucinogenic. Music immediately sounded amazing, objects were lost and a good time was had by all.

On the vape, it really was like “Oh, I feel like perhaps I have smoked something, feel a bit calmer but not much more.” Perhaps it was old Thai weed, anyway. I have not noticed this difference with any other weed and I have tried dozens of types through the Pax. So, it is a very minor criticism.

And yes, you can use it to vape hash, but again, the effect is very different. Not anywhere near as intense with the squidgy black I found. And you need to take care that the hash doesn’t run down into your machine – some types of hash will and you need to use a layer of weed in the bottom first.

The charger is very sexy indeed and the unit seems to go from no charge to full in a few hours time even after many uses. Can you tell I like it? It just makes life so much easier. If you are rushing out somewhere, it’s easy to load it up and chuck it in the car. Or take it with you going for a walk in the country. It opens up a whole new world of vaporization possibilities.

Giving it a shake when it is switched on will make it blink its battery level at you! As I mentioned, different weeds have different effects and some definitely produce larger amounts of vapour than others.

On the top setting, it is completely respectable and is comparable to the Arizer Solo. The Solo perhaps has a slight edge on the quality of hit. However, it falls down much more with its super breakable stem. I broke about ten in the first month of use. Whoever makes those stems must be making some serious money – it seems like the whole thing is designed to get hot and then be dropped onto a tiled floor ending your portable vaping fun. So I go Pax over Solo every time now. It doesn’t beat my reliable Extreme Q however. Nothing has beaten that yet.

The only down side is that it must be kept reasonably clean to run properly – something that is true of a lot of good tools. You end up needing a long pokey thing to open it up, but it all works OK.

I just chuck the mouthpiece in the dishwasher every now and again and clean the main shaft with pipe cleaners – some of which you do get with you Pax. I also put a little olive oil inside and around the mouthpiece to ensure that it doesn’t stick. My mouthpiece had begun to stick a little (resulting in the thing not heating properly) and the olive oil completely sorted that issue out – in case you have similar problems.

I have taken this thing on international flights also with no problem whatsoever. Obviously, I clean it well, so it looks almost as good as new, and then I put it in its original box just so the authorities can see it isn’t actually some kind of space age communication device.

Autoblueberry Grow and Smoke Report

October 22nd, 2013 | By

I find it hard to put my finger exactly on how the Autoblueberry makes me feel.  It’s definitely not your standard stone feeling. You do not feel sleepy. You feel positive, and pretty level headed actually, cheerful. I cannot imagine anyone using this plant and then being sad.

It certainly does not stop you going about your business in any way. I find that it’s good for creativity and thinking through problems. You can see how it would be useful in a medical context as it leaves people in a positive upbeat state. It gets me out into the garden and makes boring gardening quite enjoyable.

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And then there is the smell. Autoblueberry retains the original sweet berry aroma of blueberry – I’m sure this comes out beautifully in the cure.  I’ve never managed to get my AB to cure – which is a bit of a sin I know. It’s just so nice.

Autoblueberry is about the only thing that can keep me from being very upset about finding that some of my auto blueberry plants have been attacked by caterpillars (from moths I think) this year.  No photos I’m afraid.  Thank God there is one big healthy plant left.  Not an easy thing to come to terms to when they have been looking so well over the last few weeks.

It’s easy to grow. I use decent store bought potting soil with a small amount of feed already in and just add water. Always comes out nice this way. Never had any complaints. And it always seems so damned fast. I would like to plant 100 of these plants.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Pineapple Express Grow and Smoke Report

October 21st, 2013 | By

This plant was a real eye opener. I’ve been growing autos outside for nearly 5 years now and am nearly always disappointed with the final yield. I keep trying though. I knew that one day I would find something nice that worked well and produced amazing weed. That day arrived this summer with Pineapple Express.

This is one of the most remarkable autos I have come across. It’s fast-finishing in 60 to 70 days. It’s remarkably sticky – the huge buds are just oozing with THC and you can immediately tell so. And it produces well – despite being short. Some of the plants even had ‘double buds’ on the top cola.

All the buds were extremely bulky – it’s easy to get an ounce from the plant with very little care and attention.  Plant ten of these and you will have a nice bit of weed. Having grown Pineapple Chunk also, I can say in my experience that the buds on Pineapple Express look even bigger than those of Pineapple Chunk! Sounds crazy but that’s what it looked like to me.

The high is strong and pleasant. A proper smooth indica buzz without any couchlock.  A usable high that you can still operate OK on. You certainly know you’ve had it though. Just lovely weed. I cannot praise it enough.

Even taken a few weeks early, the weed is still outstanding!

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Like I say, for an auto, this is a remarkable plant and has certainly encouraged me to look further into the Barney’s Farm catalogue. I will definitely be growing it again and again. I’m really look forward to seeing what kind of bud this produces under indoor lights. A real achievement in autoflowering plants in my humble opinion. Definitely worth your attention if you are interested in seeing what a good auto can produce. Get some you will not be disappointed. Your friends will thank you.

CBD Crew Outdoor Mix Review

October 19th, 2013 | By

These were easy to grow plants, I grew them outside in Smartpots. Not massive yields but they were planted late in the year. I should point out that I have a high tolerance of cannabis especially at this time of year so your experience of this strain may differ hugely from mine.

Now, I realise what the point of a high CBD low THC is – it is not about getting high. The point is to make a medically effective strain for people so they can get relief and still go about their day. I would say that this strain will do that – I tore into some uncured buds this morning just after breakfast then again and again I smoked some more just to be sure.

I can say that I felt more relaxed, but not ‘stoned’ as such – so this stuff seems to be working as advertised. Pretty much.

After the third spliff I went out to do the shopping with absolutely no stoned issues that I might normally come across. It felt nice. Driving was no problem.

If I had no weed, and only had this weed as an option, then by god I would smoke it. It reminds me a little of the effect that I have had in the past from making hot chocolate milkshakes using used vape material.  Used vape material is generally low in THC and can contain CBD. A relaxed feeling, centred and calm but not off your head, basically. That’s how is was for me anyway. Probably not something I would seek out apart from in special circumstances – but I think it could be a great strain for people who only want the medical effects of the plant, which is the intention. It released some amazing citrus smells during growth. We will be making some oil from it.

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Update to CBD Crew Outdoor Mix Review

It just goes to show, one person’s medicine can be another’s nightmare.

We did make some oil for a friend using the high CBD weed and the Swiss pharmacist’s Olive Oil method.

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Instead of putting a jar in boiling water, we just use a slow cooker allowing the mixture to heat for 2 hours. This has the same effect and is safer.

It works really well.

Not having made oil this way before I was unsure of what dosage to recommend to our friend. I had smoked the weed and as above reported that the effects weren’t huge for me at all – in fact they were really negligible. I do smoke a lot however.

This stuff is 5% THC so having sampled it, I suggested my friend try starting with two tablespoons of the oil. My logic was that the oil was not concentrated (like oil made using the Rick Simpson method) so you would need to take more for it to do its’ work.  And of course the low THC content compared to most strains we are smoking these days – many of which are 15-20% THC or even more.

So my friend had quite an interesting night and ended up tripping her face off.

I felt awful when I heard about this, however. This lady is not a complete stranger to the hallucinogens. She was able to handle it but it just shows what can be achieved with a slow cooker, some weed and olive oil.