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Intro to Vaping. The benefits that have made people start to carry pens again.

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Intro to Vaping

Vaping has quickly become one of the most commonly used methods for intaking cannabis. It seems like almost everyone has a vape pen these days. But what would make you choose to want to start vaping cannabis?

They are better for your lungs:

Vaping cannabis uses convection instead of combustion. This means that instead of an open flame, you are just using a heating element (dabbing is a form of vaping too).

True to its name, this puts off a vapor instead of a smoke. Where smoke can be irritating for our lungs, vapor is much gentler. This has allowed people with lung irritation issues, like asthma, a better way to consume cannabis!

Certain types of cartridges, called distillates, allow you to also bypass the fats and lipids that are found in the buds, providing you with a cleaner smoke and doing even less irritation to your lungs.


Often chosen for their discretion:

Cartridges are a great way to take your cannabis on the go without calling attention to it. People love to carry them because of the lack of noticeable smoke odor.


They have a higher THC/CBD content:

Which far surpasses the average percentage found in flower. This allows the consumer to cut back on their smoking time while achieving the same effect.

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Peak Extracts Cartridges- Vaping at Home Grown Apothecary
Farmers Friend Extracts C02 Cartridges in Sativa, Indica, Hybrid and CBD
Green Dragon Distillate Cartridges at Home Grown Apothecary
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Green Dragon Distillate Cartridges at Home Grown Apothecary
Pax Era Pods Cartridges- Vaping at Home Grown Apothecary
Farmer's Friend Extracts Cartridges- Vaping at Home Grown Apothecary

Things to watch out for:

Keep in mind that not all cartridges are the same. Many companies like to add flavors to their cartridges. To do this they are also adding filler oils, like propylene glycol (also known as PG). This compound works as a great carrier for artificial flavors, but is the component that gives people popcorn lung. Make sure to ask if your cartridge is made with any filler oils, PG’s, or artificial flavors.

You have probably heard about heavy metals in vape pens. Many vape pens have tested positive for heavy metals. This is most commonly due to the hardware they put their oil in, and not the oil themselves. However be wary of cheap cartridges- these prices normally reflect that the manufacturer has cut costs. We source all of our cartridges, but not all dispensaries do!

Remember that anytime you put anything in your lungs, it is bad for your lungs. Vaping is just one of the best methods. If you want to be the kindest to your lungs, consider a tincture or an edible!

In summary

Vaping can help save your lungs from some of the irritations that come from smoking cannabis. Remember that not all cartridges are the same. The quality of the oil and the cartridge itself play a huge role in the way it will effect you.

To find out more about how vaping can be beneficial to your health, peruse our other articles. There are a lot of good resources out there. We’ve took the liberty of providing you with links to some quality information below!

Why choose Cannabis?

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Why choose cannabis? The benefits that made for a huge shift in the people’s choice of medication.

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Why Choose Cannabis?

Cannabis could aid us in so many ways, but due governmental limitations we have been unable to study it until recent years. Now that we can finally research it with more depth, we are discovering that there are a multitude of potential benefits…

Consumers have been seeking out this plant in an attempt to deal with stress, anxiety, depression and appetite-loss. Researchers are studying the possible benefits of marijuana to mitigate and control chronic pain, digestion and insomnia, though these studies are not complete. And that is only putting our toe in the water.

The main reason for the big change is the switch to conscious consumerism. People want less chemicals entering their bodies. This means moving away from pharmaceuticals, with all the side-effects and dependency, to something more natural.

But there are so many words out there! CBD, CBD, Terpenes, Cannabinoids. Where do you start? Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the web, so checking your sourcing and making sure your information is coming from a reputable source is important.

Whether you need a tincture, topical, RSO or flower will vary depending on your needs. There are also a number of other factors to take into consideration. Ratios of CBD and THC will be unique to you as well. Cannabinoids that are lesser-known, like CBD, CBG, and CBN, will play a key role in your recovery. The terpenes of the strain you are using are another factor to consider. All of these variables together determine the ultimate effect of the strain/product.

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In summary

The important thing to remember is that your friends favorite strain may not be for you. Our budtenders take the time to learn about you and help you find the strain that best suits your needs. Your budtender can be your best resource, and you are ours- your feedback helps us to tell others what is working!

To find out more about how marijuana could be beneficial, peruse our other articles. There are a lot of good resources out there. We’ve took the liberty of providing you with links to some quality information below!

Meet Shiva


Home Grown’s Chief Bud Inspector

Recreational Taxes


Want to know what your 25% recreational cannabis tax goes towards? Here’s a simple breakdown.

Portland Mercury’s Weed Week


Home Grown has a feature in the Mercury’s Weed Week issue.

Recreational Sales Start Oct 1st


Finishing up the outside chalkboard. Anyone 21 and over can legally purchase cannabis flower and starter clones on October 1st, 2015. Who’s excited as we are?!

Introductory Marijuana Garden Seminar


Join us at Home Grown for an introductory seminar on starting your own marijuana garden. Please reserve your spot as space is limited.

WHEN: Monday, July 6th at 6PM

WHERE: Home Grown Apothecary

COST: $10

RESERVE: Online or call 503-232-1716

**Please include your contact info when reserving your spot.

April Superfood Snacks Seminar


WHAT: Come meet some great people and learn how to make your own healthy, organic, superfood snacks you can take on the go.

WHERE: Home Grown Apothecary, 1937 NE Pacific St, Portland, OR 97232

WHEN: Saturday, April 18th, 6pm, $20

HOW: Call 503-232-1716 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.


Elderberry Syrup Seminar


Join us for a seminar on how to make your own Elderberry Syrup, both non-cannabis and cannabis infused.

Thursday, February 19th, 5pm at Home Grown

$15 per person

All materials will be provided, and be prepared to go home with samples

Superfood Balls Class


Learn how to make raw superfood balls. Class will be hosted by Paleena Moyer of Unique Perfections Wellness and Yoga ( Recipes will use coconut oil and can accommodate OMMP patient needs. Discounted cannabis infused coconut oil and other superfoods will be available for attendees. All materials will be provided for you and plan to go home with samples. Class will be held at Home Grown Apothecary and is $25 with limited spaces so please call and reserve your spot today. 503-232-1716.

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