What is a Nectar Collector?

By Doug Mackar

Nectar collector are the ultimate one hitter for dabs. They consist of three main components: the tip, body and mouthpiece. The tip is made of glass, titanium or quartz, and is the only part of the collector that comes in direct contact with your concentrate. The mouthpiece is a removable glass extension much like the end of a chillum. The body of the collector may be a straight glass tube, or it may have a chamber with a percolator or diffuser in it.

The advantage over a dab rig is that nectar collectors are extremely efficient. Using a nectar collector is like sucking water through a straw. You only smoke what the tip comes in contact with, so there is little to no waste of your wax or oil, which you smoke out of a small glass dish. The biggest advantage, though, is that a nectar collector is the best way to get the best taste out of your concentrates. A nectar collector is definitely worth having in your arsenal.

nectar_collector_01Here’s How it Works

1. Fill it

If your collector has a chamber, start by filling it with water. Fill it halfway to start, then see what works best for you.

IMPORTANT: Filling your collector with water before putting the tip on is imperative so that water does not get trapped in the tip. Trapped water can cause cracking when it is heated up.

2. Connect it

Push the tip and mouthpiece in and turn it like tightening a lightbulb. The two parts “catch” each other and remain in place.

IMPORTANT: Make sure the tip is completely secure before you start to heat it up, otherwise it may fall out and burn you. Some kits have clips to attach the tip to the body.

3. Heat it

Hold the collector horizontally and heat the tip with your torch. Holding it horizontal keeps any oil or wax in the tip from leaking out. Excess heat causes cracking of the glass joint over time. It doesn’t need to be glowing red to work. Also, you’ll want to try different levels of heat with different types of concentrates, so experiment or ask your local budtender.

4. Smoke it

Touch the tip to the concentrate in the dish and draw in the smoke. Keep along the edges of the dish to keep the rest of your concentrate tasting good. If you start from the middle, you’ll burn the edges of the rest of your concentrate. Some smokers suggest drawing air through before you reach the oil in the dish.

nectar_collector_025. Clean it

Let it cool first. Remove the tip and mouthpiece. Don’t force it. If it gets stuck, submerge the entire piece in a bowl of hot water and let it sit for a minute. That should do the trick. To empty the chamber of water, hold it over the sink and blow through it.

To check out more styles of nectar collectors, see exact dimensions, or purchase one, just click here: NECTAR COLLECTORS

 

 

Why Canada’s Better At The Pot Business Than US Is

CANADA:  There’s a place where you can buy medical marijuana without any worries, a place where the people growing marijuana wear laboratory-style “clean suits,” where scientists do extensive research into potential treatments using cannabis, and where marijuana business owners can put their cash into a bank account instead of a vault.

It’s Canada.

“We don’t have a roadblock in regards to banking; we don’t have a roadblock in terms of conflict between state and federal law,” said Brendan Kennedy, president of Tilray, which runs a 60,000-square-foot, indoor marijuana facility in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Tilray produces and sells medical marijuana to 4,000 patients through a facility that can produce 4,000 kilograms of pot a year. It opened last year after the Canadian government decided to farm out medical marijuana production to privately run facilities. “We’re one of 15 companies licensed to produce cannabis for patients,” Kennedy said.

 

Marijuana Dispensaries Are Celebrating Black Friday, Too

WASHINGTON: For shoppers of age in Colorado and Washington state, the most novel deal this Black Friday isn’t a gadget like the iPhone 6. If what they’re looking for is relaxation, they’re in luck: For their first Black Friday ever, recreational marijuana dispensaries in those states are offering some great deals on weed.

“This is one of the first times in the nation that we’re going to be able to do such crazy discounts and specials on marijuana products, and have people 21 years or older be able to come in and join the festivities,” says John Satterfield, a distribution worker at Denver’s Kindman Premium Cannabis.

Kindman had its lights on for a few hours this Thanksgiving—“just in case you want[ed] to get away from the family,” says Satterfield—and will offer huge discounts all weekend to compete with other retail dispensaries. Deals will include $50 ounces for the first 16 Colorado residents per day Friday through Sunday, along with other price cuts on products like joints and edibles. Some discounts will hit 80 to 90 percent, Satterfield says.

For dispensaries, the move into Black Friday discounts represents another step into the mainstream. Sean Taggart, manager of the Green Room, said the Boulder, Colorado dispensary is also offering discounts, including pricing all of their eighths at $40—usually $50.

Smoke Swipes: Highlights From My Interview With Tommy Chong

By David Rheins

I had the pleasure of speaking to cannabis icon Tommy Chong about his latest brand endorsement — Tommy Chong’s Smoke Swipe, how the world has come around to his way of thinking, and his dream getting everyone in America — and the world — stoned.

Q: Good morning Tommy Chong.  First of all, thank you for speaking to MJ News Network this morning.  We’re huge fans of yours from way back. Speaking of which, you started out as a counterculture cannabis clown, and are now one of the most respected and widely quoted voices of legal pot.  How did that happen?

A: Well, I was always on the right track, and it was just a matter of everybody finally caught up with me.

Q: There was a little more than that. You went up the entertainment ladder of success – winning Grammy’s and having successful films — and then you had an encounter with the law that got you more politicized. Or were you always politicized?

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A: No, they forced me into that role. I was very happy just being the stoner. They gave me a choice, I could go to jail, or watch my son go to jail for selling bongs, which was legal where we were, and only illegal because of Federal law and the paraphernalia law in Pennsylvania. That act alone, politicized me totally.  I became what they wanted me to become or what they thought I was.

Q: That action ricocheted, and the culture caught up, and now what was once counterculture is now mainstream commercial culture.  That brings us back to why we’re having this conversation.  The Tommy Chong name has become a well-known brand; you’ve associated yourself with a number of commercial products, dispensaries, causes, and politicians — how do you decide what products are right for the Tommy Chong brand?

A: We’re using the shotgun effect. We’re taking on everything. And if it floats, if it catches the public eye, then we won. But if it doesn’t, it is just hit and miss.  It’s just like doing a music album, you don’t which song is going to be the hit, until you finish everything. And it is usually the one that you hated the most.

And in this business, it is almost the same thing. You can have some pet projects, but sometimes the simplest one will hit everybody’s imagination and that is the way it has been with this. The weird thing about this business is that there is no downside for me.  I like pipes, I like papers, I like bongs, every day is like Christmas for me in this business.

Q: I love it. It is interesting that you bring up Christmas, because MJBA is hosting the first ever “Cannabis Xmas Bazaar on December 6th at Seattle’s Magical Butter Studios.  And we’ll be showcasing products like Tommy Chong’s Smoke Swipe — part of a whole commercial suite of products and gift items that will be available to cannabis consumers this holiday season.

Q: Why did you decide to create Tommy Chong Smoke Swipes?

A: It was created by some business guys that had a problem: they’d go to do their 4:20 smoke and come back into the office and everybody knew what they’d been doing.  And they realized that their was no product out there that would wipe the smoke off their clothes, and so they developed this swipe.

Later they found out it worked great on tobacco smoke, cigar smoke and other smells like dog smells and so the product really has multi-use besides just making sure that your mother or your grandmother…that you’re not reeking when you come in for Thanksgiving dinner.

Q: Culturally, when the country seems to be going legal. We’ve got now not only Washington and Colorado, but with the recent elections Alaska and Oregon, and the District of Columbia, and cities in Maine and Michigan and throughout the country are moving legal. Why do you think we need something that is going to inhibit pot smoke? It reminds me of the old “Smirnoff leaves you breathless” campaign. You know when we were still feeling the after effects of prohibition.

A: The thing is, it is a smell. And not everybody enjoys that smell. And it also puts you in a category — you know, pothead category. So there are a lot of businessmen types — on Wall Street especially — they smoke up regularly. Or policeman, doctors, lawyers — I know judges who smoke — and they have to go to great lengths to protect their image. It is for professional people who cannot afford to have that pothead image.

Q: Does that mean we won’t be seeing a Tommy Chong line of Cannabis fragrances for those of us who enjoy the smell of sativa in the morning?

A: No, not really. Although I tell you, that is a good market. I could see a woman’s perfume, or especially a man’s cologne.

Q: We could call it ‘Dank Love’

A: Yeah, it is an aphrodisiac. Remember in the movie Annie Hall, she could only make love to Woody if she was high? So the smell, just like the word — when you talk about pot their is a body memory that kicks in — and all of the sudden you can recreate your stoner moment. That would be a good product to look into.

Q: MJNN reaches an audience of cannabis business folks.  I run the Marijuana Business Association. If one of our members had a business idea for a Tommy Chong product, how would they contact you, and would you be interested in that?

A: Yes, they can reach me at my web site, on Facebook, or via my Instagram and twitter @TommyChong. So there are lots of ways to get a hold of me.

Q: I remember seeing an old Dylan documentary where Bob was bemoaning the fact that everyone he met wanted to get Bob stoned. And I think, gosh, if that was Bob Dylan’s problem in the 60s, I can only imagine what it your life is like. What’s it like to be Tommy Chong where obviously everyone you meet wants to get high with you?

A: It’s great. When I was on Dancing with the Stars just recently, I made a promise that if won the mirror ball, I was going get everybody in America high. Well, I got eliminated in the semi finals, so I made a statement on the web site that I am going to keep my promise. I’m going to smoke with everybody in America, that’s my goal. And when I do that, I’m going to smoke with everybody in the world.

Q: Well, we love that and are going to help you achieve your goal. MJNN reaches hundreds of thousands of folks and I’d love to see if we could do a live synch up from our Hot Pot Products for the HIGH Holiday celebration in Seattle, and have you get high with folks all over America, and we’ll broadcast it via the internet and all our various channels.

A: Well, what we can do is have a national day of getting high.  I was going to do a national day of “OMing” so we can tie it together with that.

Q: Marijuana and meditation?

A: Well, there are a lot of people who don’t like to get high — for one reason or another. So while we are getting high, they can “OM.”

Q: Yes, that’s right. They can meditate for us.

A: So, let’s do that.

Q: OK. I will follow up with that. Anything else you like to share with our readers?

A: Yes, we have a new strain, the first official Tommy Chong strain, called ‘Chong Star’ at Marisol Gardens in Pueblo Colorado. That is where it is grown and manufactured. And we are going to be offering it to all the dispensaries in Colorado, and eventually around the world. It is the strain that I want to get everybody high on.

Q: Thank you again for everything you’ve done. You’ve been an inspiration to me personally since the 70s. It is just amazing how you have not only been the voice of counterculture, but now have helped to make that voice mainstream, and all along with humor and entertainment. It reminds me of John Lennon’s approach: make them laugh, and make them fucking think about it. And you are changing the world, and we thank you for what you are doing.”

A: OK. Well, let’s stay together, and let’s do it together!

Listen to David Rheins’ full interview with Tommy Chong here:

Company Developing Marijuana Breathalyzer

CANADA: One company is on a mission to put safety first as more states opt to decriminalize marijuana.

Cannabix Technologies Inc. is in the process of developing a marijuana breathalyzer.

The breathalyzer  system would help law enforcement investigate impaired driving and other offenses on the roadways.

The company says on their website that the system is a non-invasive solution that would be able to detect THC–the psychoactive component of marijuana.

The results would be instant–unlike saliva or urine tests.

The breathalyzer is just in the prototyping stages for now, but Cannabix says they are rapidly developing this technology.