The Da Vinci IQ Has The Sleekest App Integration I’ve Yet Encountered and a Ceramic Oven That Produces Tasty Clouds

The first time I saw a vape with an app, I was very excited. The original make of the first brand I encountered with an app, the Firefly, underwhelmed me. But with iPhone-based controls and some other new features, it seemed like the second edition would be a game-changer.

Well, I didn’t really like the Firefly 2, which I found buggy. That feeling is not universal—the Portland Mercury’s cannabis columnist called it “the best portable vaporizer on the market,” after getting the exact same review model I had—but for me it that opinion is rather deeply held. I’ve been a loyal Pax man since.

Related: The Best Affordable Vaporizers of 2016

Well, the DaVinci IQ ($275) might finally flip me. This handheld loose-leaf vaporizer is one of the sleekest I’ve yet seen.

And that starts with the app. While the forthcoming Pax 3 also has an app, it’s not yet ready to link to the latest Pax, which has the same body as the Pax 2.

The DaVinci IQ’s app is up and running, and boy is it slick. It’s totally intuitive, makes a connection as easily as Bluetooth headphones and allows you to set up custom preset paths to bake the most out of any particular flower over a set time period. It heats up fast—about 2 degrees per second—and displays the temperature on a retro-futuristic array of dots.

There’s not many details to talk about with the app, which is the highest compliment you can give it. As far as I can tell, it’s accurate, gently toasting at 300 and charring a little once you move above 400. If you keep it up near 420 for any length of time, it also runs too hot to hold comfortably in your hand.

The body is about the size of a slide-open cellphone with nice rounded edges and a reassuring heft. It’s a bottom-loader with a battery that recharges inside the device by micro USB.

Like the Firefly (but unlike the Pax), it has a ceramic bowl and air path, which I find very easy to clean. At least when it’s new, a few taps leaves it looking like it did when it left the factory. I also found it makes for tastier vapor, a little smoother and milder than you get from flower baked in metal.

Related: Looking for a Portable Loose-Leaf Vape? Check These Out.

Like Pax, the DaVinci line makes a wide range of accessories, from a keychain pick to a little cloth carrying case. At least for now, little goodies like that $15 carry case, an adapter for glass, and a little aluminum bud box come with it, which definitely left me feeling like a baller.

Once the Pax 3 and app are fully operational, it’ll be interesting to compare and contrast the two. But if you’re shopping around, you should definitely check out the DaVinci.

How Should You Be Storing Your Weed?

Remember Baggies™? It wasn’t so long ago that your cannabis came in a little Ziploc. I still have a few buds inside Baggies and sealed in Tupperware, actually. It’s a favorite strain (Space Queen) that mysteriously slipped through the cracks of Oregon’s rigorous medical marijuana regime two years ago, and which I have not seen again at recreational shops. It was a favorite, favorite flower for me, and I can’t quite bring myself to finish it off—especially now that it’s bone dry.

Ever crack a 5-year-old BridgePort barleywine that tastes like soy sauce? That’s what happens with old weed—except, in addition to the harsh flavor, it’ll be muted in effect.

But that’s not necessarily how it needs to be. Cannabis storage is getting serious, with products like the Cannador, a new humidor designed to maintain your flower at optimal humidity, like the Cubans I’ll soon be rolling blunts with. (Thanks, Obama!)

First, some cheaper and older wisdom: Your crazy college roommate wasn’t wrong. The best place to store your buds is the fridge.

“If it’s for a month or longer, cannabis does best in the refrigerator,” says weed wiz Jeremy Plumb of Farma. “The cool, steady temp helps to preserve aromatic compounds and freshness. It’s important to use an airtight jar, or the flowers will degrade due to dehumidification—ideally one that blocks light to prevent that oxidative force.”

Plumb says Mason jars are fine, but something that truly seals, like Oxo Good Grips, is a noticeable upgrade.

But if you really want to go pro? Check out the Cannador, which maintains cannabis at 55 to 62 percent humidity, which is the optimal range, according to a study by Boveda, a maker of tobacco and cannabis humidity packs.

The Cannador is priced between $159 and $249, depending on size, and is designed to maintain higher terpene and cannabinoid content along with robust flavor.

The company was founded by a cannaisseur-turned-gangapreneur named Zane Witzel, who came up with the idea in late 2013.

“I was out with a couple friends, and my buddy cracked out an old shoe box and brought out all his Baggies and paraphernalia and had them strewn about,” he says. “And I thought, ‘Good God, man, there has to be something better than this!’ And there wasn’t.”

I’ve long used cigar boxes for my best flower, which Witzel cautions against unless they’re made of mahogany; cedar has oils that taint the flavor.

The Cannador humidor has an odor-proof seal that works with beads or humidity packs that can be monitored with Bluetooth. It’s especially popular with vapers—the import drivers of the cannabis world—since dry bud is extra harsh as vapor.

Witzel says his system will keep flower as fresh as the day it was cured for at least three months.

And, he says, it can maybe help me bring back that Space Queen. He’s had success rehumidifying busted buds. Obviously, the terpenes will have degraded, but the burn of a desert-dry nug will be gone.

“At that point, at least it’s smokeable. You don’t have to throw it away,” he says. “There are obviously cost-effective means of doing that—you could put a Boveda pack in a Mason jar. But the Cannador is a normal, functional piece of furniture in my home, not some clear jar I have to hide in the closet. It’s a step up, I’d say.”

BUY: The Cannador can be purchased at

We Made a CBD Beer—You Can Try It This Weekend

There’s good reason for regulators to be cautious about weed beer.

I’m no nanny-state prohibitionist who wants to put limits on cannabis, but infused ales are—well, they’re a little dangerous. I’ve always been conservative in my own sippage, but we once had an intern who drank one-third of a bottle of delicious Belgian weed beer and spent the afternoon in silence. She later revealed she was too anxious to speak.

Related: We Drank Weed Beer—Here’s What Happened.

Perhaps you’ve had the experience of eating too much of a tasty infused dessert—I’ve overdosed and experienced visual hallucinations along with an intense body hum. OK, now picture what could happen if you had two proper pints? So maybe there’s a reason to restrict the intermingling of booze and weed in shelf stock.

But I sure hope the feds don’t crack down on CBD beer.

(Jake Southard)
(Jake Southard)

Cannabidiol (can-na-buh-DYE-all) is the unscheduled cousin compound to THC that doesn’t provide the cocktail of psychoactive effects generally referred to as “getting baked,” but that does lessen anxiety and reduce tissue inflammation.

Related: Want to smoke weed without feeling super high? Try these high CBD strains.

(Jake Southard)
(Jake Southard)

CBD-infused beer is a brand-new concept. Your first chance to try it in Oregon will be at Saturday’s Portland Pro/Am beer competition, where there will be small noncommercial samples of Barely Legal, a beer I made in conjunction with Sammy Sklover and Dean Pottle of homebrew speakeasy Dean’s Scene on Northeast Fremont Street. (Slover, Dean’s Scene’s brewmaster, did all the work.)
Barely Legal is a hazy, New England-style IPA infused with CBD and terpenes we bought through Slover’s friend “Alex the Inventor” of Santa Cruz CBD. We aimed for 10 milligrams of CBD per serving, which should be enough to chillax you right up.

(Jake Southard)
(Jake Southard)

Related: Natalie Baldwin Won the Annual Portland Pro-Am Beer Competition as an Amateur—Now She Returns as a Pro

Though our CBD beer is new to Oregon, there is a Colorado company called Dad & Dudes that released a hemp-derived CBD beer last year. CBD beer is, I think, a great idea, and something a commercial Oregon brewery should follow up on.
Down the line, maybe there will even be a THC-infused beer with the right dosage for commercial sale. Something with 5 milligrams per pint, maybe—super-sessionable, with all the advantages of both alcohol and weed, but which won’t leave you in stoned silence.

GO: The Portland Pro/Am beer festival is at the North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., on Saturday, Oct. 15. Noon-6:30 pm. $25. Tickets at

Meet the Most Weed-Friendly Candidate for Oregon Governor

Cliff Thomason wants to “free the seed.”

The Independent Party candidate for Oregon governor wants “to make Oregon great.” While that slogan sounds scarily familiar, and while Thomason has a background in real estate, he is no Donald Trump. Thomason also advocates sustainable jobs, increased funding for education and the continuation of Oregon’s medical marijuana program.

That third objective is particularly important to Thomason, a well-known hemp farmer who says his 2015 crop has been used in cosmetics, herbal extracts and beer. In addition, he serves as president of the Oregon Hemp Company and says he will promote the cannabis industry if he’s elected governor in November.

We spoke to Thomason about what inspired him to run for office, his planned cannabis policies and the hemp vodka he says the Oregon Liquor Control Commission won’t let him sell.

WW: What are you willing to do for cannabis that no other candidate will do?

Cliff Thomason: [Stop] the state’s systematically dismantling of the medical marijuana program. Literally thousands of patients are being affected by that. I think that after years of the medical marijuana program being legal and running fine, to go in there and put restrictions on it and add costs to it is just wrong. So I’m fighting for patients’ rights to make sure we don’t destroy the program simply because it doesn’t generate revenue for the state.

As governor, what specific steps would you take to protect medical marijuana?

If you get your medical marijuana card in Oregon and you’re an Oregon Health Plan patient, that’s subsidized. Yet we’ve done nothing to give affordable access to these patients. So I see a perfect world where patients go to their doctors, get a prescription, go down to their dispensary, get that prescription filled, and the dispensary will be able to bill that to the Oregon Health Plan.

Will you continue farming hemp if you’re elected governor?

I’m going to free the seed…and really blow it up as an agricultural commodity. You get so much more fiber and pulp from an acre of hemp than you do from an acre of a forest. [With the Clean Fuels Program in 2015], I would have found a way working with the DEA to release hundreds of thousands of pounds of hemp seed into Oregon so people who grow seed crops could provide them to bio-blend processing stations.

Your crops have been used in beer and herbal extracts?

For our seed crop, the seed oil is used and we sell that to the cosmetic industry. The shell of the seed goes into a beer and also into a vodka. Except it’s funny—the OLCC will not allow the vodka to be sold in Oregon stores. That’s through Humboldt Distillery. It’s controversial, which is crazy. What you have to remember about cannabis is that it’s the only plant since the beginning of time that can clothe you, house you, feed you and heal you. If I was standing on a deserted island and I could only bring one thing with me, it would be a bag of hemp seed.

How Is Legalization Affecting Old-School Head Shops?

It’s hard to remember now, but back in 2014, the best place for anyone in Portland to pick up a good piece of smokable glass was the old neighborhood head shop.

Not so long ago, the city was full of weed-centric stores that didn’t actually sell weed—instead content to be paraphernalia shops that doubled as community centers for the cannabis-inclined.

Related: Now That Weed Is Legal, Can We Finally Start Calling A Bong, A Bong?

In the wake of legalization, most dispensaries now carry a range of high-end glass. So, we wondered, how are Portland’s oldest head shops doing? Are they struggling because of competition, or thriving with new customers? A little of both, it turns out.

For North Lombard Street’s Pype’s Palace, which opened in 1976, legalization has been a boon, with ’70s-vintage stoners feeling liberated to return to cannabis.

“It’s been like an old-school reunion,” says co-owner Patty Collins. “When it became legal, they came out of the woodwork. We’re fixing their old bongs they pulled out of the attic.”

Related: The Story Behind Portland’s Oldest Head Shop

In the past year, Pype’s has filled its glass showcases with concentrate pens, more oil rigs and especially vapes. “That’s probably our hottest-selling new product,” Collins says. “Some of the old-timers can’t smoke like they used to, so they’re going for the dry vaporizers because it’s easier on the lungs.”

Things have been different at Third Eye Shoppe on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.

“We’re all competing with the internet and the convenience of pointing and clicking, and Chinese glass,” says owner Mark Herer, son of late cannabis legend Jack Herer, who co-founded Third Eye in 1987. “People will come in the shop and ask, ‘Is that the best price you have to offer?’ They’re willing to squabble and haggle over pricing. Do you go into Fred Meyer and ask, ‘Is this the best price on bread or a gallon of milk?’”

Related: Testing the Throwback Super-Strains of the ’70s

Third Eye, which sells all-local glass, feels it’s losing customers to dispensaries. “There are more dispensaries than liquor stores in the state of Oregon,” Herer says. “I mean, it’s a great day—my father would be proud. But at the same time, it’s killing the competition.”

Herer says he might have to change some of his business practices, especially when it comes to employee benefits. “I’ve always paid their medical, dental and vision benefits; not a penny comes out of their pocket,” he says. “I’m at a point where I’m forced to decide whether to keep with that practice. It’s a very sad day in the universe for me.”

Related: Celebrate Marijuana Legalization at Portland’s Classic Head Shops

At Silver Spoon Smoke Shop on Southwest Barbur Boulevard, the strategy for dealing with new competition in glass sales is diversification. This year, the family-run head shop installed a disc-golf display, clearing an entire section of the store to make room for a colorful arrangement of discs.

“There was nowhere on this side of town with a big selection [of discs],” says owner Ben McEwan. “People were driving all the way downtown from this side of town. We liked it, so we put it in.”

McEwan has seen a noticeable uptick in baby boomers coming through the store since weed became legal.

“The older generation are the new customers,” he says. “I get a lot more older people buying their first bongs.”

This Summer Is the Start of Open and Unapologetic Cannabis Use in Athletics

In America, sports has long been great for stirring social change.

Which is why, as America argues over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s antics, it’s been great to see a few sports figures giving cannabis the crossover moments it needs—scenes that show the rest of the country a glimpse of the normalization happening in Portland, Denver and Seattle.

Related: Colin Kaepernick: Sitting Down Without Making a Difference

There have been two such moments in the last month—occasions where regular ol’ non-stoners had a casual, positive cannabis experience. And, in one case, it’s actually leading to real commerce.

In late August, Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott—you may remember him shoving Oregon Ducks defenders around like a playground bully in Ohio State’s victory in the 2014 national championship game—visited a Seattle pot shop called Herban Legends. Sadly, he didn’t buy anything and was later forced to apologize, because NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has no respect for our regional laws or culture. Still, it started a conversation. Why, exactly, is the NFL prohibiting players from using cannabis in places where it’s legal?

A few days before that, the UFC provided a scene that may just lead to the first commercial crossover of the legal-weed era—CBD vapes.

UFC fighter Nick Diaz strolled into the press conference following his loss to Irishman Conor McGregor hooting on a cannabidiol cartridge.

“It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that,” Diaz told the assembled media. “So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”

CBD, most Portlanders probably know by now, is a compound that won’t make you high, but which is prized for calming nerves and reducing inflammation. Diaz’s cartridge was made by Tru, a California company that says it was started by an Afghanistan war vet who advocates CBD for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. The company says Diaz’s comments were “organic, unplanned and a complete surprise.”

Related: Want to smoke weed without feeling super high? Try these high CBD strains.

That Tru cartridge came out of the California medical marijuana program, and is a lot like the cartridges non-medical users can now finally buy in Oregon. I’ve purchased cartridges from two companies, and enjoyed them both. And you don’t even need to visit a dispensary to get pure CBD—more on that in a second.

Standard CBD cartridges available at Portland dispensaries contain a small amount of THC. Not enough to make you feel high, but some. If you ask at a dispensary, they’ll probably say CBD is more effective when paired with THC, something people call “the entourage effect.”

But that effect may be a myth, according to Farma’s Jeremy Plumb, who is probably the most knowledgeable person on the subject in the state. Last year, Plumb met with an Israeli pharmacology professor widely considered the father of modern cannabis research.

According to the professor, there is “not nearly enough substantive research yet to establish meaningful insights about the relationship between THC and CBD, or to lend any credence to the theory that either, or both, compounds are enhanced in each other’s presence.”

“At this point, it’s clear to me that the best therapeutic outcomes come from a personalized understanding of cannabis,” Plumb says. “Patiently observe and study the effect to find the ‘keys’ that fit your ‘locks.’”

On that note, it’s worth pointing out that CBD oil derived from hemp is effectively unregulated right now. Because there’s no THC, it’s technically an unscheduled drug. Most people who Googled Diaz’s chosen product probably discovered there are dozens of companies that mail vapable CBD oil. You can also find CBD gummy bears, CBD tincture and vegan CBD brownies. These useful cannabis products are available in Alabama or Arkansas—a potential game-changer.

Related: Five Anti-Anxiety Cannabis Strains to Try

In fact, CBD is starting to pop up at non-dispensary shops in Portland. Last week, we went to Vapes 4 Less in East Portland and bought 140 milligrams of CBD, along with a hazelnut flavoring compound. I don’t like it nearly as well as the cartridge containing some THC, but that could just be the flavoring.

Either way, Diaz’s open and unapologetic use of a cannabis product is a big crack in the wall of prohibition. Long after Goodell retires in disgrace and Elliot has his jersey number retired, we will remember this summer as the start of open and unapologetic cannabis use in athletics. Hopefully we’ll also remember to give some credit to Diaz, the warrior poet who told America that cannabis can “make your life a better place.”

Related: Try Fighting Depression with These Five Cannabis Strains

How to Hit Portland’s Dispensaries on a Dime

By Janelle Albukhari

As a freelance writer, I know what it means to live the cheap life. While it definitely has its own set of unique pleasures—eating copious amounts of Taco Bell and listening to crackheads on the bus—being broke is rough overall.

Luckily, there are plenty of dispensary deals floating around the city, so I decided to round up several opportunities to make your day a little brighter. Here are my picks for the best dispensaries on a dime. These are deals on flower. Since recreational oils and concentrates are newer to the game, they’re more likely to fluctuate in price.


2637 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-444-7538,

Daniel Cole
Daniel Cole

Related: Bloom feels like a quick stop for neighborhood guys in baseball caps and pristine Kobe 11s.

Bloom knows how to have a good time. The dispensary is fond of throwing special events that are not only awesome (free barbecue!) but come with some crazy deals on flower, too. Bloom has a rotating $20 “out the door” special (including tax) on eighths. The strain changes frequently, so be sure to stop by when you can.

Fresh Buds PDX

110 SE Main St., 503-477-4261.


Related: Fresh Buds PDX Prides Itself on Good Vibes and Short Lines

You’ll want to sign up for this shop’s mailing list ASAP, because the deals are flat-out insane. In June, I purchased an eighth of Shiskaberry (at a nice 22.26 percent THC) for a mere $15. Grams were available for $5. These beautiful, leafy miracles are well-advertised in Fresh Buds’ newsletter and occur on a semi-regular basis. Hell, the shop has even offered $14 eighths and $4 grams of Sugar Pine.

Blue Sky

729 SE Powell Blvd., 971-319-6298.

Emily Joan Greene
Emily Joan Greene

Related: Make Bulk Purchases of Value Strains at Blue Sky

If you leave a review of Blue Sky on Weedmaps, you can snag a gram of any strain for a penny. You also get 5 percent of your total purchases back at the end of the month, which you can redeem like cash to get extra discounts.

Attis Trading Company

2606 SE Gladstone St., 971-544-7685,

Henry Cromett
Henry Cromett

Related: Attis Is One of Oregon’s Top Emerging Chains

Not all cannabis is created equal, and sometimes budget weed has a noticeable dip in quality. Well, Attis’ impressive lineup offers a variety of strains on the cheap without having to skimp. Impressive offers include $6 grams and $20 eighths of Bubblegum (23.16 percent THC), $25 eighths of Platinum Girl Scout Cookies, and other favorites like Dutch Treat and Jillybean for $30 an eighth.

Terpene Station

1436 SE Powell Blvd., 503-477-8380,

Home to one of my favorite strains, Blue Shark, Terpene Station also features a rotating eighth special for $25. There are usually a couple of strains to try—three as of July 6—and the flower here looks much fresher than the bargain-bin stuff at other places.

Related: Five Anti-Anxiety Cannabis Strains to Try


916 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-206-4357,

Thomas Teal
Thomas Teal

Often hailed as one of the best dispensaries in the city for its focus on patient care, Farma has a little something for everyone, including a weekly strain of pre-packaged eighths for $25. I nabbed Face Off OG at 17 percent THC, but there are plenty of other great contenders from the regular menu like $8 grams and $27 eighths of Vintage Pakistani. At 24.4 percent THC, it’s one of the most potent strains you can get for your money.

Canna and the City

3607 SW Corbett Ave., 503-719-7216,

(Andrew Koczian)
(Andrew Koczian)

Related: Go to Canna in the City for Small Farm Strains

At $35 for an eighth, the deals here are a bit pricier than at other places in town. However, you get what you pay for, and the “bargain bin” strains are by far the best I’ve had in terms of quality. I’ve purchased everything from Chemdawg to Death Star, and the strains are always super-fresh, thanks to management’s enthusiasm for rotating flower.

Try Fighting Depression with These Five Cannabis Strains

By Janelle Albukhari

Like a seesaw from hell, depression and anxiety often go hand in hand. They’re two disorders on the mental health spectrum that are often comorbid, meaning they have a tendency to crop up simultaneously in patients. Since depression isn’t “one size fits all,” one of the best ways to conquer it is to break it down into a list of treatable symptoms. You can then examine a strain’s composition to find terpenes and cannabinoids offering symptom-specific relief for you.

Here are my top five local strains for managing depression on a long-term basis. Keep in mind that clinical depression is a serious medical condition that should not be taken lightly. We strongly recommend consulting a physician if you believe you are clinically depressed and talk to them about whether you should use cannabis as a part of your treatment.

Related: Five Anti-Anxiety Cannabis Strains to Try

1. Jillybean

24.9% THC, 0.07% CBD

Oregon’s Finest, 1327 NW Kearney St., 971-254-4765,

An upbeat and happy hybrid, Jillybean addresses a variety of depressive symptoms, including pain, stress and fatigue. Strains high in the terpene limonene work wonderfully as mood enhancers, and Jillybean is full of that sweet, powerful citrus smell, so you know it’s a winner from the get-go.

A bowl of this induces a fit of the giggles, though I have to say they’re pretty productive giggle sessions. I feel creative and smiley without feeling too recklessly euphoric.

Related: WW’s Oregon’s Finest Review

2. Girl Scout Cookies #12

22.23% THC, 0.08% CBD

Attis Trading Company, 2606 SE Gladstone St., 971-544-7685,

This batch left me writing strain notes like this: “I’m very smiley. Update: Now giggling. Can’t stop. Contagiously good mood.”

It’s a hybrid that specializes in mind-bending euphoria complete with full-body relaxation. The high CBG content—a cannabinoid with strong anti-inflammatory properties—makes it well-suited for dealing with pains, aches and appetite loss.

Related: WW’s Attis Trading Company Review

3. Shishkaberry

22.26% THC, 0.39% CBD

Fresh Buds PDX, 110 SE Main St., 503-477-4261.

One of the worst aspects of depression, insomnia, is generally treated with the use of an indica-dominant strain. The danger here, though, is that indicas often cause “couch lock,” which can be difficult for patients with low or waning energy levels.

Packed with a strong berry smell that reminded me of Starburst, Shishkaberry works wonders for insomnia, lack of appetite and pain management. This strain managed to turn the normal indica experience on its head for me: It starts off slow with a nice, mental buzz that’s rife with energy and slowly works its way down to a heavier, more relaxed state.

Related: WW’s Fresh Buds PDX Review

4. Dutch Treat

25.10% THC, 1.52% CBD

Treehouse Collective, 2419 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-894-8774,

This sativa-dominant hybrid smells so good that just opening the bottle is a constant source of delight to me. At 25.10 percent THC, it’s on the higher end of the THC spectrum with a sweet, piney smell that’s downright irresistible. It’s a “take a load off” strain with an uplifting, gentle head high that visibly calms and improves your mood, making it easy to see why patients turn to Dutch Treat to cope with perpetual stress.

5. Tangerine Power

23.45% THC, 0.08% CBD

Rip City Remedies, 3325 SE Division St., 503-235-6000,

While you could argue that the primary components of depression can be loosely categorized as exhibiting a low mood, lack of energy, and other physical effects like insomnia, one of the most debilitating tolls depression takes is on your creativity.

A powerful strain that’s ideal for creative types who want to stay functional, this citrus-heavy hybrid not only combats ailments common to depression like migraines and nausea, but infuses a heavy dose of creativity into the user. All it takes is less than a bowl’s worth before I want to paint, draw, write—anything to capitalize on the flurry of exciting new thoughts.

Related: WW’s Rip City Remedies’ Review

How to Celebrate 7/10 if You Don’t Have a Dab Rig

Oil Day, or 710, at its core, is an inclusive holiday—a time for people of all stripes to come together under the gorgeous green banner of dabs.

Yet not everyone will be to be able to celebrate this July 10. Did you know that as many as one in 10 Oregon households doesn’t contain a single functioning dab rig? Well, July 10, 2016, marks the first 710 since cannabis concentrates became legal for recreational users, which means there are a lot of people who might struggle to make the leap up from 4/20.

To address the lack of dab access for too many Oregonians, we’ve gone into overdrive looking for functional alternatives to buying an expensive dab rig. The darker recesses of YouTube are abuzz with instructional videos for makeshift dab rigs—we tried two of the most basic and found the best.

At first, we wanted to create something that would really pop. Something with style and form and a little bit of edge. So we got a light bulb.


The light-bulb pipe, a method first popularized by methamphetamine enthusiasts, seemed like the perfect place to start. Most people can find one lying around the house, and in theory, all you have to do is open it up with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, take out all of the innards, give it a little rinse, heat it up, and put a piece of wax or shatter in the bottom,

Unfortunately, opening up a light bulb is not as easy as the videos suggest. Despite multiple attempts on multiple bulbs, the casing simply would not budge. And when one of my light bulbs shattered so violently that I nearly took a shard to the eye, it was time to accept that this method was deeply flawed.


As I returned to the drawing board, it quickly became evident that the simplest approach was the best. The knife hit employs common household objects, minimizes risk of bodily injury and functions just as it’s supposed to.

For people who don’t have a fancy rig, the the knife hit is a classic trick—all you need is a metal knife, a paper clip or pen, and a disposable plastic water bottle.

Cut the plastic water bottle in half, and notch the bottom of the top half of the bottle. Take off the cap and stand the half bottle on a flat surface. Put a li’l dab of cannabis oil on your paper clip, or any other small, pointy metal object. Heat up a butter knife, preferably with a blowtorch—a stove top, Bunsen burner or campfire will also suffice. When you’re ready to take your hit, stick the hot knife through the slot you’ve made. Touch the oil to the hot knife, and inhale through the top of the bottle.

Funhouse Lounge Sends Up the Anti-Marijuana Camp Classic “Reefer Madness”

Since the release of the 1936 anti-cannabis propaganda film Reefer Madness, people have loved watching it while stoned. The film’s inane assumptions are hilarious on their own, with warnings of murderous, rape-y rage after a puff of what probably contained less than 1 percent THC at the time.

The film, originally titled Tell Your Children, was repackaged for the exploitation circuit as early as 1938, and then rediscovered in the ’70s. In 1998, writer Kevin Murphy adapted the story of high school preps-turned-drug-dealing miscreants into a stage musical of the same name—now playing at Funhouse Lounge for the next four weekends in an enthusiastic production by director John Monteverde.

The story centers on star-crossed lovers Jimmy and Mary Lane (Sean Ryan Lamb and Lydia Fleming), whose innocent romance is torn asunder by the devil’s lettuce. The scene following Jimmy’s first puff is a laugh riot, the rest of the cast gyrating in grass skirts and chanting with bongo drums as he laughs maniacally. Costume designer Mandy Khoshnevisan elevates the show with a period-appropriate wardrobe and also plays the role of Mae—the guilty girlfriend of a pot pusher—with dramatic, Old World femininity.

The pot-crazed characters in Reefer are the worst imaginable human beings: torturing animals, groping their mothers, selling their own baby for weed. Cast members put their all into the over-the-top characters, and most of them can actually sing.

Reefer fits in perfectly with the decommissioned carnival vibe at the Funhouse, where you’re greeted with the face of a hundred leering clowns. The casual seating arrangements and multicolored spotlights put you in an appropriately trippy mindset for enjoying the punch line to the joke that is prohibition. I had prepared myself with a Cherry Kush spliff, which I warn will tempt you to order noisy chips and salsa from the bar next to the stage.

“This is not the Keller,” announced the emcee before the curtain parted on opening night. “Have fun, cheer, laugh out loud!” The audience is encouraged to interact with the story, gasp when Principal Carroll explains the risk of marijuana to your children, and holler a victory cry when innocent Mary Lane goes all dominatrix after her first puff of the stuff. The room explodes in giggles when Jesus (played by Doug Dean with a stoner-surfer angle) ambles onstage in a gold lamé loincloth to say, “Try taking a hit of God, Jimmy. Do you think you can handle the high?”

But fortunately, at the Funhouse, there’s no risk of anyone in the audience being too high for the room.

SEE IT: Reefer Madness: The Musical is at Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 7 pm Thursday-Saturday, through July 23. $25 advance, $30 at the door. Buy a Thursday ticket for a free drink at the show.