How To Troubleshoot Your Vape Cartridge

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At Mary Jane’s we’re natural problem solvers, it’s true, but you don’t always need our expertise to solve the most common cartridge problems.

We have found that more than 95% of returns, once tested (by us doing these simple troubleshooting tips), have worked just fine. Taking a few extra minutes to troubleshoot a cartridge saves you the time it takes to exchange the product. Here’s some tips to save you a trip if your vape cartridge malfunctions.

The #1 Cause for Malfunction: Cartridge is not connected to the battery.

This is caused when the battery contact on the cartridge has been pushed too far up into the base of the cartridge causing a loss of battery connection. We recommend that you only screw in the cartridge to the battery just until all threads meet; screwing it too tight can often times push the heating element in too far.  When the heating element gets pushed in too far it can prevent the element from connecting with the battery, thus not “pulling”. If you can make sure that the element is pulled out so it is flush with the bottom of the cartridge and then try it on a charged battery to see if it “pulls” properly – 9 times out of 10 this does the trick!

This is a delicate, yet fast and simple fix. The tip of a pocket knife, or the tip of a box cutter work well, even your fingernail if long enough. As always, use caution please don’t cut yourself! The top left picture above is where this element is pushed in too far in on the cartridge. The top right picture is where to insert the tool (paper clip, finger nail, razor blade etc.) to gently pull out the heating element. The bottom left picture is how to pull up the heating element and the bottom right is how it should look once pulled out. You want to make sure the element is flush with the bottom of the cartridge.

The #2 Reason – Weather!

When the warm weather is here, it is important to never leave the cartridge and battery exposed to hot temperatures, i.e. in the car, out at the beach, etc. This is a guaranteed way to cause the cartridge to simply not work properly. Almost like if you left your phone in the hot sun for 8 hours it would fry the phone. Make it a point to never leave your cartridge in the car. This helps more than you know!

When it’s cold outside, the same things apply. Don’t leave your cartridge in the cold car, outside on a deck or smoking area, etc. If the cartridge gets cold, the oil will thicken and cause it not to pull. If this happens, we advise you (after trouble shooting the battery and cartridge) to put the cartridge in a small ziplock bag in a warm cup of water to warm the oil. Then try it on your battery again.

Reason #3 – “My cartridge is not pulling”

If it seems the cartridge is not “pulling”, first check if your battery is fully charged. The batteries that we sell have a “baby” charge, and it is always recommended to fully charge the battery before using. Next, make sure that the battery you are using has a 180 MAH or less setting. If you are using a battery that is for an e-cig, for example, make sure it is at the lowest watt/volts possible.

When a cartridge is used on a battery that is too strong, it can potentially blow the element in the cartridge, causing it to not pull, or it simply will not connect the element and battery and not pull. Consider what kind of battery you will be using when you make your cartridge purchase and let our budtender know.

We hope this helps you troubleshoot any cartridge problems you may have, but if it doesn’t, don’t hesitate to come on in with your cartridge and battery and ask one of our professional budtenders to help you.

Vancouver’s Favorite Cannabis Strains

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We asked our budtenders and our customers what their favorite strains are. Here is what the cannabis consumers of Vancouver are really diggin’.

At the top of the list is the infamous Gorilla Glue #4, otherwise known as the Colorado strain. It is a potent hybrid strain that delivers heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch. Its chunky, resin-covered buds fill the room with pungent earthy and sour aromas inherited from its parent strains, Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. Taking first place in both the Michigan and Los Angeles 2014 Cannabis Cups as well as the High Times Jamaican World Cup, this multiple award-winning hybrid’s supremacy is no longer a secret, and consumers will search far and wide to get their hands sticky with Gorilla Glue #4.

Look for it at Mary Jane’s from Sunshine Farms, Vancouver. But hurry!

Another one that is getting a lot of buzz (no pun intended) is Lemon Sweet Skunk. Lemon Skunk was conceived from two separate Skunk phenotypes that displayed exceptionally zesty lemon traits. The skunky, citrus flavor draws you in immediately, and the happy, energetic buzz will shake you out of any funk. DNA Genetics has developed Lemon Skunk as great strain for combating depression and stress.

You can also find this favorite at Mary Jane’s.

A hot new strain exclusive to us right now is Pinkberry. This is a cross between Pink 2.0 (which is also fantastic) and Plushberry. Pinkberry is an indica-dominant hybrid with powerful body-focused effects. In its exceptional variations, pink hairs burst from bright green buds barely visible under a blanket of sugar-like trichomes, with traces of a sweet vanilla and candy perfume. The potency of this strain could be considered overpowering, and even small doses are known to eliminate pain, insomnia, and appetite loss. Pinkberry induces a deep relaxation in the mind and body, with calming qualities that melt away stress.

Pink 2.0 and Pinkberry are available from Northwest Recreational at Mary Jane’s.

XJ-13 is a sativa-dominant strain cherished for both its therapeutic potency and enjoyable euphoric buzz. This hybrid cross of Jack Herer and G13 Haze induces unencumbered cerebral effects perfect for stimulating creativity and conversation. As if we needed another reason to love this lightweight sativa, XJ-13 consistently exhibits a strong citrus aroma accented by notes of earthy pine. Novice consumers looking for an easy, paranoia-free experience can depend on XJ-13 as a surefire way to relieve stress and mood-related symptoms.

We have it from Heavenly Buds.

Master Yoda has been a fan fave for years. With lab-tested THC levels that reach over 20%, strong medicine, Master Yoda is. This strain, however, is not about brute “Force,” as the original Master Yoda would know, and the sativa side of this mostly indica buzz has just enough of an uplifting balance to please just about anyone. Master Yoda clinched 1st Place at High Times Los Angeles Cannabis Cup in 2012, where the OG Kush and Master Kush cross was already a local favorite. Growers also like this strain for its hybrid resilience and its 8 week flowering time.

Also in the store now from Heavenly Buds.

One we can’t seem to keep on the shelf once we get it is Orange Crush. Orange Crush is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain with a super sweet tangy flavor and aroma. Bred with California Orange and Blueberry for parents, Orange Crush produces a powerful cerebral sensation that can last up to two hours. It has small, dense buds that contain a large amount of trichomes and many orange pistils. Orange Crush has a flowering time of 7-9 weeks and a THC content of up to 15%. Don’t let the % fool you, though, those trichomes and terpenes work wonders.

Find this in our store from Fireline.

And who could forget Snoop Dogg’s favorite, Green Crack. Few strains compare to Green Crack’s sharp energy and focus as it induces an invigorating mental buzz that keeps you going throughout the day. With a tangy, fruity flavor redolent of mango, Green Crack is the perfect daytime medication for patients treating fatigue, stress, and depression.

You can find an oil infused Green Crack joint by Willie’s Reserve, or flower by Shango at Mary Jane’s.

10 Reasons The Stoner Stereotype is Dead

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Even with recent outspread legalization, many people still believe in the old stoner stereotype that people who use marijuana are unkempt, lazy, stupid, unproductive, or otherwise unsavory. But the recent legalization and opening of recreational stores are proving those stereotypes are just plain wrong.

Today’s recreational user is more like what you might see in your local coffee shop. Maybe because the new retail recreational stores are looking and feeling more like your local coffee shop. From the soccer mom to the college professor, from the young hipster to the white collar business professional, we are seeing a drastic trouncing of the old stoner stereotypes. Here’s why we think the new retail store format is helping to shape the new face of cannabis consumers.

1. Safer access. Gone are the days of the back alley deal with unsavory characters. Consumers over 21 can enter a clean store with professional bud tenders who are knowledgeable and friendly. That’s causing folks who wouldn’t go to the black market before, to come try the new legal retail market instead. And these are folks who definitely don’t fit the typical stoner stereotypes.

2. Safer products. All of our products are lab tested for quality, potency, pesticides, and to make sure there’s not a bunch of excess leaf, twig or other unsavories in your cannabis. Just the good stuff.

3. Higher quality products. Gone are the days of ditch weed. Legalization has brought formerly underground grow operations out into the open as Washington’s new producers. These are people who have been growing for years but are now able to expand their facilities and production, allowing for better growing conditions. These folks aren’t your average stoner growing pot in his mom’s basement. These are true artisans at their craft who are now able to grow in the most desirable conditions. Top quality growing facilities = some pretty amazing cannabis.

4. Control over the experience. If we haven’t experienced it ourselves, we know someone who has. A bad trip. When all you wanted was to feel stimulated and party all night, and what you got was a 6-hour couchlock. What was available in the market before was mostly indica. Why? Because it is smaller (read: easier to hide), and faster to flower (read: faster to market). But indica is the variety that can sometimes leave you couch-locked. So, if you bought from your dealer looking for something to get your motor going, or inspire your creative side, you may have been disappointed with the experience. The realization that you can be highly functional on weed, even more alert,  AND predetermine your outcome, is changing that stoned-on-the-couch stereotype.

5. Wider selection available. Post prohibition marked a rapid increase in the types of available liquor, beyond bathtub gin. The landscape is no different here. Legal growers are out in the open, allowing them better facilities and resources. They are cross breeding and creating new strains with great fervor and the result is an outstanding selection of flower. Want it to smell like berries? No problem. Want to taste an earthiness and enjoy a heightened sense of creativity? You got it. Need sleep? We’ve got you covered.

6. Closet consumers are “coming out” in droves. In a brilliant and touching ad, Green Flower Media calls out these closeted consumers and asks them to share their story. It’s called #ComingOutGreen. And we love it. Mostly because it shows average people. People that you might see in your local coffee shop, at a PTA meeting, at the high school football game, at work. And here’s the kicker, most of the time you would never have guessed they used cannabis.

7. Legality makes it legit. Those law-abiding folks who were reluctant to try it before because it was illegal, are more willing to step into a clean store to purchase it safely and legally. Also, see #6.

8. Tasteful advertising. Gone are the images of scantily clad women in compromising positions surrounded with smoke and holding a bong. Also gone are the slew of slang terms that bring the stereotypical stoner to mind.

You know, terms like pot, weed, dope, grass, green, ganja, herb, reefer, cheebah, chronic, Mary Jane, bud, skunk, doobage, sticky icky, and wacky tobaccy. As well as phrases like getting high, stoned, baked, ripped, faded, sparking up, smoking up, toking up, and, lest we forget, getting blitzed out of our gourds.

The best MJ marketers will not be using any of these terms because of the derogatory associations and because they really no longer apply.

9. Viewing cannabis growth for the art it is. We spend a lot of time and energy focusing on the art and craftsmanship that goes into our favorite beers and wines. Cannabis is no different. Much the way a viticulturist is a master of the grape vine, the people growing cannabis are experts in plant breeding, growth conditions, nutrients, and masters of the plant itself. With the new legalization, these folks can finally spread their wings, and it’s causing an amazing and sharp increase in the quality and variety of the products they are able to bring to market. With retail stores offering “meet your grower” experiences and featuring weed like fine wines, the stigma surrounding it is quickly fading.

10. Consuming responsibly. The new industry is being forthright in its advertising and advising folks to consume responsibly with ad campaigns focused on  anti-over-consumption and starting slowly – because let’s face it, this shit is getting real. Some strains are testing at 40% THC! And the edibles? Whoa. So seriously, start slowly and consume responsibly.

Our recreational clients are getting better quality, safer products and the education to empower them to make the right choice for them and the experience they want. All of those things put the power in the hands of the consumer for the first time. Consumers are finally emboldened to “come out”, and that alone is blowing the stereotype away (and blowing the doors off some closed minds).