Opioid Addiction and Alcoholism Vs the Pothead Problem

Everyone seems to agree, we have a problem in American society
with opioids. Statistics should warrant the same concern over alcoholism. Yet, the government continues to treat cannabis with the same lies and tired fairy-tale arguments that have kept so many in the dark on this issue for so long. Marijuana was never the problem but it might very well be the answer for many.

No One Wants To Be A Druggie.

Growing up in America in the 1970s and ’80s, if we learned only one thing it was that drugs were bad. There was Reefer Madness, then cocaine and crack and free-basing and all this scary stuff happening in dark alleys and the War on Drugs. There really was no delineation back then. Cannabis, weed, marijuana, whatever you want to call it was thrown right on in there under the heading of DOPE with heroin, cocaine and all these life-destroying, “illicit” drugs. I feel very naive today that I accepted those lies at face value and I feel foolish that I continued to accept them for so long. Opioid addiction and alcoholism are serious, man-made problems that could be helped by the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis and proper focus and blame placed on the appropriate source.

An observation I believe warrants further discussion is the behavior exhibited by cannabis users overall compared to various subgroups such as cannabis use with and without alcohol, w/ & w/o meth, heroin, etc. I see “news” articles all the time that point out data concerning marijuana use that, at best, paint an incomplete and confusing picture.

For instance, there was an article in my local paper recently where the headline seemed to indicate that since the state legalized recreational marijuana, Colorado’s emergency rooms have been overwhelmed by patients seeking treatment for a bad marijuana experience. This is just dumb! If you over-do it on weed, you don’t need to go to the ER, you need to find a corner to curl up in for a bit. You’re not going to overdose on marijuana, give it a couple hours and you’ll be alright.

But mix cannabis with alcohol or any other mood altering substance and all bets are off.

Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.

All this negativity about the cannabis plant in the U.S. seems to have sprung from events that occurred in the 1930s which may or may not have involved some very rich and powerful figures in American history. Men with names like Dupont, Mellon and Hearst.

Their involvement or motivations at the time are of no account to us today. Whomever is to blame, the last 80 yrs happened and can’t be undone.

The tragedy is that while folks are out there dying from prescription drug addiction and alcohol is reeking havoc on our national health, there are still plenty of lawmakers, businessmen and medical professionals willing to spout the same lies about cannabis.

Everyone Wants Their Piece of the Pie.

With public approval for both medical and recreational marijuana at all-time highs, some state lawmakers have shifted tactics. Faced with imminent legalization, they seek to defend there interests by gutting laws before they’re even put to a vote of the people or pushing preemptive legislation that would benefit few.

And on the federal level we have an Attorney General who acts like cannabis is a scourge, the likes of which has never been seen and it calls itself recreational weed. It will be very interesting to see, as time goes on here, how the federal government’s treatment of cannabis develops. We already have over half the states with some form of legal cannabis. It should become more difficult for the federal government to take a hard line on cannabis as more states legalize and decriminalize the plant.

Should, however, is not a certainty.

Making Bandits Out of the Afflicted.

There’s a song by Cross Canadian Ragweed called “Cold Hard Fact” that includes the lyrics:

“What kind of world do we live in

when you can’t be forgiven for the shape that you’re in?”

They talk about the dangers of weed as a gateway drug. Hell, life is a gateway drug. What about the people who have blown through that gateway? For some, it was society that sold them the taxable liquor or prescribed them the chemicals that addicted them, why not offer them a better quality of life if there’s one available? Weed does not destroy lives, it just doesn’t.

How Does A Responsible Society Treat Cannabis?

How ironic would it be, if cannabis was made illegal to pave the way for Dupont’s chemical nylon technology only to have chemical addiction through accepted prescription medicine practices lay waste to our society and the law not allow citizens to treat it with that same organic plant that never hurt anybody in the first place? Weed has really gotten a bad rap over the last 80 or so yrs.

Just a few things the uninitiated in society should be aware of:

  • Weed doesn’t really make people “do” or “feel” so much as it makes you content with whatever you’re feeling or doing.
  • If you take an angry, aggressive drunk and give him some weed and he smokes it, he’ll probably be content to be angry until the booze wears off. Or he gets sick. Or passes out.
  • Even if you live in an illegal state, you encounter multiple people on a daily basis who use cannabis like many use coffee.
  • The health risks associated with smoking have traditionally been a major factor for many who choose not to use cannabis. However, cannabis has many applications other than combustion.
  • It’s not necessarily offensive to use the term “pothead” but it is offensive if you use it in a derogatory fashion.
  • If you make excuses for or feel the need to qualify stories about your drinking habits, you should quit drinking.
  • Weed does not cause grown-ass adults to piss the bed.
  • If you’re scared, weed will only magnify that fear.
  • Most people are nervous and scared the first time they smoke weed.
  • A lot of people have taken a small sampling of cannabis experiences and let that dictate a much larger issue.

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Stash Box Review: Master Lock SafeSpace Personal Safe

It’s nobodies business what medicine your doctor prescribes for you. Why should cannabis be any different?

When Will Reason Prevail?

I live in a state where cannabis is illegal, so the need for a locking stash box may seem like a no-brainer but what if you live in a legal state? Does it make a difference if your state is medical, recreational or a combination of both? And what about traveling to another state?

I have discussed these issues in greater detail elsewhere but until the dust settles on our current political climate, I believe it is wise to protect yourself when you can. I’m not talking about storing up MRE’s, seeing a conspiracy in your bowl of cereal or hoarding gold bricks.

I’m only saying, while over half the states in the union have some form of legalized marijuana(and it seems to grow with each election cycle) it’s still a federal crime to possess even small amounts of the plant. Somewhere along the way it may become an afterthought but there are still places in this country where you can not purchase cold beer in excess of 3.2% alcohol by volume so I personally wouldn’t count on it.

The Path You Choose Is Yours

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Master Lock SafeSpace Personal SafeMaster Lock SafeSpace Personal Safe

Price: $27.59

Place to Purchase: Amazon.com

Pros: Sturdy, can be reset to your own combination, very spacious

Cons: Plastic, no memory for personalized combination, a tad on the heavy side

DependableFlame.com Rating: 9.5 out of 10

I originally purchased two of these and while I was initially disappointed by the Master Lock SafeSpace vault’s heft, its versatility more than makes up for the weight. It is largely made of plastic(you can read more about my opinion of plastic here) and yet as I’ll explain in a moment it’s pretty damn sturdy. The combination lock actually has dual features which when you consider the cost of this safe, I think make it an excellent choice assuming weight is not an issue for your specific application.

The combination lock not only fastens the safe shut but also has an inlet for the Master Lock SafeSpace Personal Safecable which, when not in use, forms securely along the outer spine of the safe. When employed, the cable lock  allows the user to secure the safe similar to the way a bicycle cable lock functions.

You will also want to be careful to take note and memorize the combo if you change it from the factory setting as there is no way to reset it if you lose or forget your personalized combination. My advice would be to set it to something easy for you to remember.

I forgot the combination on the first one that I used so I unfortunately had to test just how secure this thing is. It’s not like I took it out and ran it over with a tank(I had contents inside that I didn’t want to damage if at all possible) but I tried everything I could not to destroy it and in the end peeled it open with the help of a drill and hand saw. It’s pretty tough and I would not be worried in the slightest about the Master Lock SafeSpace just popping open.

Raw Lockable VaultRaw Lockable Vault

Price: $60.00

Place to Purchase: Rolling Paper Depot

Pros: Locks securely with a key required to open,

Cons: Very small

DependableFlame.com Rating: 9 out of 10

The Raw Lockable Vault may be my next purchase despite its small size. It is marketed as a companion piece for one of their grinders and that intrigues me because it would be nice to have a locking stash box that actually attached to your grinder. My hands are not what they used to be and I fumble and drop things more often than I’d like to admit.

I couldn’t find the dimensions of this vault listed anywhere. Judging by the aize of lock and the fact that it is marketed to attach directly to a grinder, I don’t think you are going to have much storage space in this vault but even if it only holds a few grams, it would still be very handy to fill up, lock and take with you for a weekend trip or a night out on the town.Raw Lockable Vault

It is also an aesthetically pleasing design and I believe would be more concealable than most, if not all, roomier personal safes. Price points will generally vary by brand and the Raw vault is a little toward the pricey side. However, it is a more stylish design that is also marketed in conjunction with other accessories that could lend this vault more value in the long run.

Do You Have a Favorite?

Do you have a favorite stash box or a clever hack for creating one? Maybe you’d like to share a story of a time that a hidey-hole came in handy for you or you’d have been a lot better off if you’d had one. Perhaps, yours is a cautionary tale and you’d like to scare us all straight? Doesn’t matter, I’ve heard it a thousand times and would love to discuss it here again.

We are living at an incredible time in history and if we’re wise then I believe we must start listening to each other and caring for each other and letting go of wive’s tales we were told as children and realize that just because we are afraid of something, that doesn’t mean our fear is justified. Maybe we need to consider why that fear is there in the first place.

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In Search of the Best Online Head Shop: One Man’s Quest

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place you could go online to get most, if not all your smoking needs?

First Off, the Important Stuff

Back in the day, like a whole ten yrs ago, people had to go to the store to buy rolling papers, flint and other articles necessary for combusting their favorite foliage. I don’t know about you but where I grew up we would have called that a head shop.

When I started smoking, I asked myself, “what is the best online head shop?” I might be a tad slow but I know how to perform an internet search and I think it took me close to a yr, maybe a little more before I finally figured it out and that’s why I’m writing this blog today.

I’m going to explain a few things in this article:

  1. The one website that I use for all the smoking paraphernalia that I buy online.
  2. How I figured out it was the best.
  3. How the flow of products has changed the way business is done and will be changing even more radically sooner than we may think.
  4. How you can use the changing global marketplace to your advantage, if you’re so inclined.

Now, in the grand scheme of things I understand that the best place to buy our papers maybe shouldn’t be our priority but it is what you searched for so let’s get that out of the way first.

Almost All Your Needs In One Place

Rolling Paper Depot is the one website where I consistently found the products I needed for the best price with the best shipping terms(often they were running some sort of promotion for free S&H.) They have more papers than I can imagine ever having enough time to try but that’s okay because I already have a favorite and they carry them.

I personally like the Raw brand of papers, specifically the King Size Slim Creaseless. They are cut to about the perfect width for a square paper, smoke very cleanly and least important to you but most important to me, I like the texture and the way they feel in my fingers.

Rolling Paper Depot offers all their papers for sale by the pack or by the case, which from what I have ordered, the cases were suitable display for retail sale. I’m not going to tell you they stock everything I’d like them to because they don’t. But they are the one place that carries most of it. Just a sampling of what they offer:

  • Most offerings include hemp products when available
  • Cases, doob tubes, stash/storage containers
  • Pre-rolled and flat material filter tips
  • Rolling machines, trays, grinders, packing tools
  • Cones, funnels, loaders
  • Ashtrays, apparel, incense
  • Pipes, screens, deodorizers and cleaners
  • Fuel, flint, wicks, hemp wick
  • A decent selection of lighters of varying quality(of course, I’d suggest checking out my working vintage lighters first, there are several that would love nothing more than to be taken off the shelf and put back into service)

Now for the first link in the chain, how did I settle in at Rolling Paper Depot?

I Googled It

I Googled something similar to what we talked about earlier and time after time I
ended up on Amazon and then searching there for papers or pipes or whatever I happened to be curious about that day. So pretty soon, I was skipping Google and just heading straight to Amazon.com.

Amazon sells everything! You ever notice that? I mean, you get on there and start filling up your shopping cart and then when you go to checkout you don’t even think about it, you just pay and wait for the stuff to arrive.

Over time, I began to realize that most of the items I was receiving in the mail had actually been shipped from Rolling Paper Depot. And most of the packages that were not from Rolling Paper Depot took much longer to arrive.

Long story short(this is part of the flow of product and I’m not going to have enough space today to explain it all in detail,) those other packages on Amazon were usually being drop shipped from China. That in itself is not necessarily a bad thing but it is definitely a bad thing if you’d like to receive your purchase in a timely manner. That was the most important discovery I made and not only because it was the quickest, least expensive way to get my papers.

Never Pay More Than Necessary

You might ask, “Why don’t you just run down to your local head shop and pick up what you need?” I’ll give you one example and then I’ll shut up about it.

I walked into a shop recently and discovered a device that I had to own. I paid $25 because I had to try it even though I knew I could find it much cheaper online. I would have had a tough decision to make if it was priced at $50. This was a chillum but the design was like none I’d seen before and I was sure that this thing was going to change my life.

It is an excellent pipe, I’m still using it over a yr later but you can buy them online all day every day for $10 with free drop shipping from China. I’ve learned a lot of things about drop shipping, affiliate marketing, SEO and a dozen other terms I was clueless about just a short time ago. Some of it is good and some is bad and this is when we get to the point of if your so inclined.

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Best Vaporizer Pens for Weed? A Lighter Mechanic’s Perspective

First thing you need to know: buy a vaporizer with a 510 thread.

What Will You Be Vaping?

I sometimes wonder if people realize how much about themselves they reveal when responding to a question they’ve been asked directly. But the main thing is it’s nobody’s business what you intend to vape. We may be asked, “Where to buy vapes for marijuana?” or “What are the best vaporizer pens for weed?” but if we just have a basic idea about the vaporizers available then we have a better grasp on the questions we’re asked.

In May of 2016, I started down the road I’m on today. I smoked cigarettes for a good portion of my adult life but quit for good about ten yrs back. I never had any interest in the whole vaping fad because smoking was in my rear view mirror.

But then I had the need for a vaporizer. Yrs of alcohol abuse had left my liver gasping for air. The doctors impressed upon me the gravity of the situation but cautioned against quitting alcohol abruptly. Imagine that, I’ve been able to legally buy alcohol just about anywhere I wanted since I was 21 yrs old, including one time in Tyler, TX where I had to join a “club” to circumvent the local laws, but that shit was killing me.

And here’s a plant that God created that was legal until a little over 80 yrs ago. For reasons that no one seems to be able to explain, cannabis was made illegal and we all grew up being warned of its wickedness. Is it any worse than prescription pain pills, liquor or even caffeine?

Multitude of UsesAtmos Forge Kit

The number one key that I look for when purchasing a vaporizer is does it have a 510 thread. There are many advantages to vaping and one of the most important is versatility. If you have landed on this page then there’s a good chance that you are going to want to take advantage of the multitude of pre-filled cartridges on the market today.

The key things to remember related to the cartridges:

  1. All the pre-filled cartridges that I have seen are for a 510 thread vaporizer, at this point I think buying a vaporizer not equipped with a 510 thread would be the equivalent of purchasing Betamax over VHS in the mid 1980s.
  2. You need a variable temperature battery because the oils being vaped vary in consistency and therefore require different temperatures.
  3. Cartridges, like vaporizers, vary in quality(it is very easy to burn up a poor quality cartridge by using a poor quality vaporizer.)
  4. You are going to end up with a ton of cheap plastic chargers from the cheap batteries you pick up along the way, so if your main pen has a 510 thread you’ll never be in lack of a charger.

Always Remember a ChargerAtmos 510 Charger

There are several multi-purpose vaporizers on the market that come with the 510 thread. The first vaporizer that I owned was made by AtmoRx. It came with the battery, an ejuice cartridge, a ceramic heating chamber for dry material and a glass screen that slid in the ceramic chamber for vaping wax products.

This sort of multi-use vaporizer can come in very handy and if you get one with the 510 thread then there could be times when the battery is all you need. Well, you’ll always want to make sure you have a charger because if that battery goes dead and all you’ve got is cartridges it won’t do you any good if you can’t recharge it.

Invest in QualityAtmos Forge Plus

This is something I struggle with because there are inexpensive or even cheap options that will generally get the job done. The problem is they seem to not work properly when you need them most. I have a dozen cheap vape pens lying around that may or may not work.

You really do get what you pay for and because of that, I don’t grab those cheap pens when I’m heading off for the weekend or to a friend’s place for the evening. I grab the pen that I know is going to work.

The connections on those cheap pens are very poorly soldered. You don’t dare leave one of them floating around in your pocket because they do come apart easily.

The AtmosRx vaporizers that I have purchased and used have all been quality products that did what they were advertised to do and did it very well. As I said earlier, I started down this road about a yr and a half ago. I had no idea what I needed or where to get it and the internet is an awfully big place.

I purchased a bunch of stuff in the beginning that was drop shipped from China and while some of the products were actually not bad, it took them forever to get here after I purchased them.

Never Be Found Lacking

If I had it all to do over again, I probably wouldn’t buy the cheap 3 for $20 or $10 per with free shipping variety at all. They were okay when they were okay but never anything special. When they failed, and they all failed fairly quick, then all I was left with was a bunch of chargers.

At the time that I bought my first AtmosRx, they all came with the Atmos thread. Atmos Vicod 5G 2nd GenAtmos has since started offering many of their most popular vaporizer pens with the 510 thread. I wholeheartedly recommend the AtmosRx line of vaporizers.

They likely have a kit that will provide the exact vaping experience you are looking for. This article has focused on the more portable vaporizer pens but there are desktop, all-in-one and other unique proprietary systems being introduced all the time.

Do you have a favorite vaporizer style or brand?
Are you new to vaping or are you an old pro?

Whatever your level of experience with vaping, I’d like to hear from you. I know I can learn from like-minded folks and hope that through this site, I can help you find what you need without you having to go through the internet with a fine-toothed comb.

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Can You Buy Marijuana Paraphernalia Online? The Short and Long of It

In today’s ever-changing social climate, what is it legal to buy and where?

What is Paraphernalia?


I grabbed this definition from Google’s dictionary. So, it seems to me that in order to be considered paraphernalia it has to be integral, necessary or at least useful in regard to the activity undertaken. So, that brings us back to the original question, “can you buy marijuana paraphernalia online?” and the answer is complicated. I think to fully answer the question we need to first understand exactly what makes a particular tool paraphernalia.


This is what has always made this whole issue so murky for me. It seems to me that a lighter could be considered paraphernalia. There are plenty of illicit drugs out there that require combustion of one form or another in their particular delivery system.

But there are way more people out there carrying lighters so they can light the government taxed tobacco cigarettes they bought at the store. So I guess lighters
are common enough for legal activity that it’s not even worth lighters being considered as evidence of criminal intent.

Pocket lighters are used for a myriad of other purposes such as camping, candles, getting rid of nose hair, etc.

When I decided to start selling lighters, I never considered whether they might be paraphernalia simply because you can buy them anywhere. They don’t sell anything bad at Wal-Mart do they? Ya, okay.

Pipes and Papers

When I was a kid I wasn’t really around any pipe smokers or weed smokers. The only thing I knew about pipes was how sweet and aromatic they were when they were lit. The smell seemed to fill the entire room. I remember smoking cigarette tobacco out of corncob pipes with my friends when we were teenagers.

An empty aluminum soda can, crushed in slightly with a small puncture can be a very serviceable pipe. Same goes for a piece of fruit that’s carved out or a drilled carrot would last forever. Anyhow, once a person smokes illegal drugs out of them, they are paraphernalia.

And the papers. When was the last time you saw someone roll their own tobacco cigarette? You probably never have, maybe never will. But if you have friends who live in a state where cannabis is legal, then it’s possible they use those papers bought at CVS to administer their medicine.

But if a person in a THC illegal state commits the same action then the papers are paraphernalia. It’s all about the laws where you live, your intent and of course, the authorities’ willingness to enforce laws that they may or may not personally agree with.


Vaporizers make things really confusing. It is possible to carry a device which is capable of vaporizing nicotine ejuice and cannabis oil. It’s as simple as unthreading a cartridge and screwing another one on.

Hell, there’s nothing keeping a person from mixing cannabis oil into their nicotine juice. That makes me think about the last trip I took to my local head shop.

Keep in mind I live in a state where THC is illegal. There is no medical or recreational marijuana.

But I walk into my local head shop and it looked like some pictures I see on the internet of products being sold in states where cannabis is legal. They had hash wax made from hemp. They had CBD oil made from hemp that was marketed as a nicotine ejuice additive.

I don’t think a vaporizer could be considered paraphernalia these days any more than a lighter could. And to further complicate matters, how are they going to determine if you have used it for illegal purposes? Well, if there’s residue in the vaporizer and THC in your system…but how do they measure the THC in your system?

A simple Google search will clear that up, huh? No, not so much. There is no reliable test to determine how “high” a person is from THC.

Stash Containers

Once again, I’ve seen weed hidden in places where you remove weed from the situation and there’s absolutely no way there’s paraphernalia. Anything with a secret compartment could be paraphernalia if it is concealing marijuana in an illegal state. Obviously, my perspective is from the United States. That’s what makes it worse, other countries have different regulations than the US and the United States can’t even agree amongst ourselves or our federal government.

There are still states where retailers and distributors are made to jump through hoops to get products on the shelf by arcane laws restricting alcohol percentages and the condition they are allowed to be sold in.

Let’s hope we find a little better uniformity on cannabis than we did on the liquor laws. It’s an odd position to find yourself. I live in a state where cannabis is illegal. The federal government says cannabis is illegal. I’m all for state’s rights but what if my state is afraid to ignore federal law?

I believe strongly that we need to start listening to each other. Not only that but we need to start speaking plainly to each other and actually caring for each other.


Seem More Complicated Than It Needs to Be?

None of it makes any logical sense. I sell vintage collectible lighters and I have a Twitter account for that purpose. At least four times in the last month, I have received a direct message from someone offering to sell me marijuana or marijuana and pills. They don’t know anything about me and they are not even worried about that.

Sometimes I think we get comfortable and then when we face resistance we tend to accept things we should not accept because we don’t want to lose all the things that make us comfortable. The whole while, growing more and more uncomfortable.

Regardless, I don’t think there’s any way any of the products that you’re able purchase legally on Amazon can be considered paraphernalia.

At least until you intend to use them for illegal purposes…

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