A Clean Bong is a Happy Bong

There’s nothing better than taking your brand new piece home and trying it out for the first time. That first, smooth, tasty rip and you fall in love. Very shortly after your first smoke sesh you will begin to see how quickly glass can get dirty. Let’s face it, to some degree we’re all guilty of forgetting to change the water or letting grime build up for a little too long. However, the first day of owning a piece shouldn’t be the last time you see it sparkle! There are many effective ways to ensure your piece provides a clean, smooth rip every time.

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We don’t need to go through the different ways to clean your piece, a simple google search will reveal countless ways to clear that gunk. Quite possible the most popular, using isopropyl rubbing alcohol along with salt. The salt will loosen up any large chunks while the alcohol burns off any stains and leaves the glass looking great, after a few rinses you are good to go. If you want to take it one step farther we here at ASCHE INDUSTRIES sell an accessory cleaner which is naturally derived and free of all volatile organic compounds which can harbor bacteria. This great product will give your piece that extra sparkle to make it look exactly like the day you bought it

There’s a lot more to a clean bong than just a smoother hit, in fact probably the most important part, your health! Not many people know that even 22 hours after water is sitting in your bong, bacteria can begin to grow. When we smoke through a bong, particles in the water are taken into your lungs along with the bacteria that resides in it. This could lead to lung infections and a nasty cough.

So next time you go to smoke check your piece, if you think maybe you should give it a clean…DO IT! Whether it’s for the taste, the quality of the hit, your lung health, or just because you love the way a shiny clean bong looks. Enjoy and stay high, until next time.

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Get Out, Get High, and Go play

 Next time you’re outside smoking your strain of choice, get up and get active. Recent studies have begun to take away the stigma that cannabis and sports do not mix. One reason athletes may not want to smoke marijuana is because they believe it will decrease their lung function.  On the contrary, a study involving over 5,000 adults concluded that smoking a joint a day for 7 years does not negatively affect lung function, and can actually increase lung capacity. So next time you’re about to go for a run, light up some sativa and feel that runners high from the start.

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  • Have you ever felt those jitters or that deep pit in your stomach right before the big game? Many Athletes swear that a couple bong hits will calm those nerves and allow you to perform the best you can. Neuroscientists from Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo recently performed a study where they found that “Cannabis smoking can be helpful for some activities such as extreme sports, as it improves muscle relaxation, reduces anxiety, and extincts fear memories leading to enhanced performance.”

The use of marijuana by professional athletes has been increasing drastically in recent years. With medical marijuana laws being passed in 28 states around the country, there are many athletes who retain injuries and prefer to subdue pain the natural way rather than using synthetic opiates. However, in most professional sport leagues, marijuana is still on the banned substance list!

Not only are players who need marijuana as medicine not allowed to use it, there are constantly a number of suspensions being handed out for those players who do smoke cannabis. In some cases, these suspensions can be more severe than those given out for much more serious crimes such as: domestic violence, DUI’s, and assault. In the NFL, wide receiver Martavis Bryant was given a season long suspension for smoking marijuana which he said he was using to treat his depression. To put that into perspective, nose tackle Josh Brent received a 10 game suspension in 2011 after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and manslaughter. Yeah you heard that right… clearly there is a problem with the professional sports system if you can kill someone and receive less of a punishment than you can for smoking a joint.

Sources:

1)    https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2015/04/the-effect-of-weed-on-exercise/

2)    https://www.forbes.com/sites/leeigel/2016/12/07/its-time-to-normalize-medical-marijuana-in-pro-sports/#2acc5d3719e4

3)    https://www.merryjane.com/culture/best-athletes-suspended-marijuana

4)    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suspensions_in_the_National_Football_League

5)    http://thirdmonk.net/lifestyle/cannabis-athletic-performance-recovery.html

However, not everyone finds themselves transforming into a star athlete after getting high.  Many of us are the type of person who lights up and then just can’t find the motivation to get moving. Let’s face it, the only place we’re running to is the fridge. But there is good news!  Cannabis also improves muscle recovery time and provides users with a better sleep, so you can relax after a big workout. And for those of us who want to go out and have some fun with friends after a day of hard work, you won’t find yourself getting a beer belly with good ol’ Mary Jane! And the best part is when you wake up the next morning….NO HANGOVER!

However, not everyone finds themselves transforming into a star athlete after getting high.  Many of us are the type of person who lights up and then just can’t find the motivation to get moving. Let’s face it, the only place we’re running to is the fridge. But there is good news!  Cannabis also improves muscle recovery time and provides users with a better sleep, so you can relax after a big workout. And for those of us who want to go out and have some fun with friends after a day of hard work, you won’t find yourself getting a beer belly with good ol’ Mary Jane! And the best part is when you wake up the next morning….NO HANGOVER!

Cannabis and exercise have some extremely beneficial compliments to each other. With more scientific research becoming available all the time, it is showing us more and more why this is our favorite plant. Marijuana is also becoming the pain reliever of choice for not only athletes but people all around the country. It is hard to imagine there will not be rule and regulation changes in professional sports concerning the use of marijuana. Next time your hanging out with friends smoking some ganja, throw something, kick something, run somewhere, or lift something. Don’t be afraid to get active!

Cannabis and exercise have some extremely beneficial compliments to each other. With more scientific research becoming available all the time, it is showing us more and more why this is our favorite plant. Marijuana is also becoming the pain reliever of choice for not only athletes but people all around the country. It is hard to imagine there will not be rule and regulation changes in professional sports concerning the use of marijuana. Next time your hanging out with friends smoking some ganja, throw something, kick something, run somewhere, or lift something. Don’t be afraid to get active!

GIFT SOMETHING UNIQUE THIS HOLIDAY

               A Selection of Luxury Smoking Accessories that will Light Up Your Holidays!

 

 

 

The ASCHE Holiday gift guide for the elevated cannabis lifestyle. The list highlights some of our friends in the industry, fashion forward thinkers and the classics that we all have come to love!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  1. Jacquie Aiche matte baby pink snakeskin pouch with our signature grey snakeskin sweetleaf patch and fringe tassel $2100.00 http://jacquieaiche.com/collections/lifestyle/products/copy-of-sweet-leaf-clutch-grey-baby-pink
  2. Le Labo's Santal 26 is an aristocratic scent, at once gentle, smoky and leathery, that will fill your space and give it true personality $75.00 https://www.lelabofragrances.com/santal-26-33.html?size=245g
  3. Cannabis Beauty Defined Hemp CBD Mineral Soap relaxes the Mind and Detoxifies the Body $50.00 http://shop.medicalmarijuanainc.com/cannabis-beauty-defined-anti-aging-cbd-hemp-oil-therapeutic-detox-soak
  4. Levo oil infuser - Levo makes infusing any oil or butter with any HERB easy. Pre-order $139.99 http://www.levooil.com/pre-order/
  5. Fez vaporizer, the ultimate dynamic conduction portable vaporizer designed for dry herb $129.00 http://www.fez.com/store/p2/FEZ_NOIR.html
  6. Cartier gold lighter with godrons decor $1430.00 http://ca.cartier.com/en-ca/collections/accessories/accessories/lighters/ca120209-lighter.html
  7. The original authentic Space Case is one of the highest quality grinders available. Red size large $99.95 https://potberryco.com/product/space-case-matte-4-piece/
  8. Okay, we know this is our own gift set but it is a pretty amazing gift! Includes key joint clip, nickel scent-controlled pouchette and all natural accessories cleaner $260.00 http://www.ascheindustries.com/shop/holidaze-gift-set
  9. One of a kind stash box - we heart vintage and antiques BIG time $350.00 https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/boxes/decorative-boxes/pill-box-black-velvet-gold-accentspill-organizerdresser-box/id-f_5210243/
  10. Hermés perspective cavaliére change tray. We think this will do just fine as our rolling tray $660.00 http://usa.hermes.com/home/art-of-living/ashtrays-change-trays/vide-poches-porcelaine-2h-perspect-cavaliere-81439.html   

 

Revolutionary Dispensary Interior Design

1. The design of Park Range Recreationals pays homage to the local hunting scene of Oak Creek, Colorado. Designed by The High Road Design Studio, this dispensary features a modern open floor plan, high ceilings, hickory floors, detailed photography of their flower, and tall windows to let in that natural sunshine. Park Range Recreationals’ flower is displayed discreetly in stainless steel canisters along the back wall, which employees use a library-style ladder to get to. Their product is also showed off on flat-screen TVs displaying information about individual strains. 

Courtesy of www.interiordesign.net

2. Paper & Leaf, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, embraces a chic modern rustic design, courtesy of Johnson Squared Architecture. Paper & Leaf’s interior is open and minimalistic, embellished with vintage light bulbs dangling from elongated wires. The dispensary is furnished with a 12’ long oak table, tilted the “discovery station,” containing iPads programmed to help customers find the medical solution right for them. The large white walls are decorated with geometric wooden display cases, charmingly illuminating Paper & Leaf’s merchandise. 

Courtesy of www.interiordesign.net

Courtesy of www.interiordesign.net

3. One of New York’s first dispensaries is coming in hot and stylish, thanks to the famously sustainable architect, Bruce Hampton. Columbia Care’s interior design is medical and sterile meets modern and trendy. The entrance of Columbia Care contains a front desk resembling that of an upscale doctor’s office. There is a waiting area, featuring simplistic, contemporary furniture facing a wall covered with educational medical descriptions of the dispensary and its merchandise. The entirety of the dispensary is covered with white marble floors, furnished with white plastic/wooden tables containing tablets meant for educating patients. 

Courtesy of www.finepringnyc.com

Courtesy of www.finepringnyc.com

4. The McBride Company’s interior design work for Pineapple Express, of Los Angeles, CA, is our personal favorite. This dispensary’s design reflects that of a state-of-the-art Hawaiian resort. Pineapple Express’s interior pushes the envelope in that it isn’t just beautiful—it is so extraordinarily planned and designed that it succeeds in generating a unique branded retail experience… revolutionary in the medical marijuana industry. The unconventional embellishment lining the dispensary’s walls and ceilings feature artistic wooden structures, giant images of greenery, and an illuminated 3D pineapple sculpture. The shop’s product is encased in a funky wooden structure resembling a modern-day bookcase, perpendicular to a long table lined with electronic tablets designed to help customers make their purchase. The brand’s unique take on the industry could help revolutionize the old stigmatized view of marijuana in our country—we hope that Pineapple Express will get to live out their dream of going national!

Courtesy of www.finepringnyc.com

Courtesy of www.finepringnyc.com

Until next time. 

ASCHE INDUSTRIES

Cannabis Cigars: Cannagars

On 4/20, Ariel Payopay will be introducing a new way for cannabis connoisseurs to celebrate special occasions: Leira’s Cannagars (cannabis cigars). No, we’re not talking about your average Dutch Master blunt—we’re talking about handmade, luxurious cannabis cigars that aren’t made for any old night spent with Netflix and takeout. Each Leira Cannagar burns for 5-6 hours, and the only ingredient is marijuana. The Cannagars are 6” long, filled with 10 grams of flower and 3 grams of rosin oil, all wrapped up in nothing but marijuana leaves. Each Cannagar is packaged in a clear tube sealed with royal purple wax, so as to represent an image of power and wealth.  Ariel isn’t the first to invent the cannabis cigar, but he is the first to master it as an art form. When he started making Cannagars, Ariel spent 3-4 hours rolling each one; he now has the process down to an hour, but each cigar still takes over a month to cure. These babies are set to hit the market in Washington state at a steep $200-300 each, but, rest assured, you will be paying for one of the purest, most luxurious cannabis experiences available to date. 

 

Until next time. 

ASCHE INDUSTRIES

Marijuana Delivery Services

There are two trends we know to be true. One is the growing acceptance of marijuana use, and the other is the increasingly insatiable desire to have everything on-demand. Cannabis consumers are expecting the latest and greatest from the medical marijuana industry and the consumers’ wish is the industry’s demand.

 Consumers can now opt to have their medical marijuana delivered to their front step. That’s right. Pot. Delivered. To your front step. As the industry grows, however, more weed delivery services emerge, and it can be hard to determine which is best for you. After much time spent researching the weed delivery market, we’ve come up with three top services that suit the needs of registered medical marijuana users in different ways.

 1. Potbox  

Potbox is a monthly-subscription weed delivery service that caters to those looking for a more personal, luxurious experience. Available in San Francisco, CA (with trials underway in LA), Potbox prides itself delivering the “highest quality, most ethically grown… cannabis available,” that is “curated to meet the patient’s desired experience,” according to CEO, Austin Heap.  While the delivery options are limited to one pre-set package, the package itself is quite intricate and beautiful. Each monthly box comes with two corked glass bottles with two strains, and two pre-rolled joints on the side, amounting to a quarter-ounce of bud. According to Heap, the joints are “ground, filled, and sealed at the farm shortly before we deliver your order to achieve maximum freshness.” The joints also come in wax-sealed vials to help guarantee that freshness. Each strain comes with a brief description on its respective bottle, including its heritage and tasting notes. The package is also delivered with the strains’ official lab results, detailing their chemical levels, such as the THC level. Potbox is an online service, so subscribers must customize their box’s strains on the site. The site only offers a little over a dozen strains, but all bud offered is ethically grown on three small farms in the Santa Cruz area. Unfortunately, luxury comes at a cost, and for Potbox that cost is $149.99 per month.  Being that the California street price for a quarter-ounce is roughly $60, the service’s monthly subscription might appear a tad outrageous, but Heap assures subscribers that Potbox "provides a more sophisticated alternative to the various other ‘on-demand’ cannabis delivery services that simply aggregate and deliver whatever inventory is currently available at the local dispensaries.” 

Courtesy of Uncrate.com

Courtesy of Uncrate.com

2. SpeedWeed

SpeedWeed, one of the largest on-demand weed delivery services in the country, is known for two things—it’s magnitude, and its customer service. SpeedWeed has over 25,000 members, and it’s delivery services cover roughly 6,000 square miles in the LA greater area. SpeedWeed is California’s largest medical marijuana delivery service. This service is online-based, and its website offers 15-20 different bud strains, and 5-10 different oils and concentrates. SpeedWeed only allows you to purchase flower in units of grams or eighths, but their eighth-ounce prices range from $40 to $60, which is extremely reasonable. But, consumers aren’t limited to ordering just flower. Other marijuana products available for delivery include edibles, vapes, concentrate, lip balms, and breath strips. Despite its name, this service is not known to be a particularly speedy one, with wait times ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours; however, some might say that the additional $30 of free product with every order makes the wait worthwhile. That could mean three free extra pot brownies with your delivery. Perhaps over all, however, SpeedWeed prides itself on its well-trained and dedicated staff, who helps provide a consistent, professional customer experience. SpeedWeed’s customer service ensures a personal experience, while still remaining the largest weed delivery service in California.

 Courtesy of SpeedWeed.com

 Courtesy of SpeedWeed.com

3. Eaze

Last but certainly not least, we have Eaze, the multi-faceted weed delivery mobile application. (We’ll tell you right now, this one is changing the medical marijuana game entirely.) The Eaze app displays a variety of strains available at different local dispensaries that offer delivery in as little ten minutes. You can even track your delivery. Think “Uber,” but for pot! The bud selection is relatively large, coming it at about two-dozen strains, and prices fall within the reasonable range of $45-125 per quarter-ounce. Eaze’s delivery items also include, but aren’t limited to, pre-rolled joints, edibles, vapes, kief, oil, and shatter. The coolest part about Eaze though, is the “Eaze MD” platform that allows consumers to obtain a med-card through the app itself, as soon as within the hour. Customers can consult with a doctor through the app’s video chatting system for a medical marijuana assessment, and possibly receive a marijuana recommendation. The app allows qualified users to purchase a medical card for only $25 and receive it the same day, where as Californians would traditionally travel to a clinic, pay over $100, and wait several days to receive their card. Eaze is unlike any other weed delivery service out there.

Courtesy of Bstro.com

Courtesy of Bstro.com

All in all, there is a medical marijuana delivery service out there for everyone. Whether you’re looking for quick delivery, good customer service, monthly subscription, a large selection, or even a med-card, rest assured that there is a delivery service that suits your needs. While there are other medical marijuana delivery services out there, we believe that Potbox, SpeedWeed, and Eaze offer some of the most positive experiences, for both first-timers and veterans. Now….if only their services were available in NYC…

 Until next time. 

ASCHE INDUSTRIES