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The Top Ten Reasons Why I Carry A VPUF

Bongs are for “bros”; extracts are for hardcore medicating, and vapes are an exclusive club all of its own. Joints, on the other hand, are what most of us smoked to start with, and they have their appeal, but that’s just not a good enough reason to keep using them.

For walking around, passing around and all around better flavor—because we’re all about those terpenes these days—it’s got to be a Vpuf. Here are my top 10 #nofilter reasons for carrying a Vpuf.

  1. It’s easier than rolling a joint

Even a seasoned surgeon’s hands can fall casualty to all the things that keep a person from rolling a smokeable joint. The conditions have to be perfect—steady hands, low wind, a filter, and the focus to roll it all up without ripping the paper. Oh, wait, that was your last king-size Raw? Dang. With a Vpuf, I get a sturdy pipe every time, and it takes me less than a minute to fold up.

  1. It keeps the mood mellow

Ever had that moment when all the elements are in place but someone forgot the papers? Vpuf is everything you need in one piece, and it fits like a credit card in your wallet or pocket. Just pull apart the bowl from the stem, fold both separately and then put them together to make the completed pipe. No running to 7-11 because something is missing, and no arguments either, just pure relaxation. That is unless the thing you forgot is the all-important Bic.

  1. You don’t have to deal with the roach

To smoke the roach down to the filter, or not? It’s a yucky prospect until you lament about all of the wasted herb down there. Even the top shelf stuff starts to taste sludgy closer to the end of the joint. Stop punishing yourself. The Vpuf, on the other hand, lets you make fragrant clouds out of a mini bowl and refill that bowl with fresh bud. Some resin will build up in the Vpuf over time and that’s when you know to throw it away and fold up a new one.

  1. It’s a neat party trick

Wait until you’re at the skate park, an outdoor concert or movie, or any other space that would make it difficult or awkward to roll a joint (never mind pull out a bong or dab rig) and then fold up your Vpuf. Suddenly you’re the hero of the day. You’re welcome.

  1. They are guaranteed impromptu “gifts”

Because they’re so compact, I carry a few Vpufs with me at all times, and after hanging out with a buddy, I leave them with one. It’s like giving them a little peace of mind for the next time they’re without papers or their vape unit has run out of batteries. One time, I even left one under the windshield wiper of a car because I noticed a Weedmaps sticker on the rear window.

  1. Vpufs get me business

When it came time to re-up on my business cards—something that I consider terribly old-fashioned, albeit necessary—I shopped around for something different. I looked at alternative materials, shapes and printing gimmicks, and then saw that Vpufs could brand each order. Maybe they wouldn’t work for everyone’s business, but because mine is cannabis-specific, they do. My networking is on point because not only is my new “business card” super memorable; it’s useful too. No one else at trade shows gets asked for their card twice except me. For my special clients, I give a little something to stick in that pipe later.

  1. No one gets burned

No re-lighting a roach or holding the choke with one finger while you hold fire to the bowl. The Vpuf keeps fingers far away from the fire the whole time.

  1. They’re made in the USA

At a time when cannabis industry folk are coming out of the woodwork and legislation is changing, it’s a good opportunity to stoke this new economy by paying attention to all of the excellent products being grown, produced and developed right in our own backyard. Let’s be proud to share this space with so many enterprising ganjapreneurs. Get out there and buy local!

  1. The bowl is the perfect size for micro-dosing

Because I’m often using cannabis to medicate, rather than get totally ripped, I keep my daytime doses small. Microdosing delivers all the benefits of marijuana with fewer side effects. Good for me because I get to use my Vpuf between client meetings and not feel the urge to gorge on munchies, fall asleep, or philosophize.

  1. It’s a comfort thing

The final reason is one that’s a little more personal, but if you made it this far then, I’d consider us intimate enough that I can disclose. I suffer from anxiety. Who doesn’t, right? But when your chosen method of medicating is cannabis, a substance that isn’t entirely legal everywhere (least not in public), and tends to garner unwanted attention due to its certain odor, it can be hard to medicate during the day. Even using a non-psychoactive CBD strain looks and smells a little suspicious. The Vpuf helps all that in a few ways. Keeping a Vpuf on me at all times means that I’m never without a method for medicating. Then, it also allows me to micro-dose at times when I just need a wee hit and don’t want to feel “inda-couched” when I’m trying to be productive. When done, I toss the pipe and continue odorless and anxiety-free through my day.

Those are my personal reasons for always having a Vpuf on hand. What are yours?

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The Truth About Foil

With all the “fake news” and fear-mongering amongst media news outlets, we have just one myth that needs to be squashed.

There is a belief out there that smoking cannabis from tin foil is harmful to our health but we’ve looked into the matter with a keen sense of the truth because our Vpuf Pipe uses a foil liner as part of its design, portability, and charm.

So, where did this myth come from? One theory could be that it is tied to a particular study of Alzheimer’s patients’ brains, in which deposits of plaque in the brain were found to had a high aluminum content. But the practice of using aluminum foil to fashion a portable pipe for medicating with cannabis is not actually tied to Alzheimer’s Disease. Not even if you use the old go-to method of using tiny pieces of aluminum foil to create a pop can pipe.

In actual fact, Alzheimer’s Disease is caused by the sticky, clumpy concentrations of a protein called Amyloid Beta around the brain. The buildups keep brain communications from moving through neural pathways smoothly and eventually leads to breaks in memory recall, problem solving and general cognition. Because the THC in cannabis actually blocks the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) from creating the Amyloid Beta plaque, it’s actually considered a neuroprotectant that helps to keep brain cells healthy and undamaged. In the 2014 research paper, titled “The Potential Therapeutic Effects of THC on Alzheimer’s Disease”, researchers concluded that THC also helps neural cells to protect themselves by creating their own energy.

It could stand to be said then that THC actually flips the assumed negative impact of smoking through tin foil has on the brain. In a 2007 letter to the Wesleyan Argus, a student asks the professor: Do aluminum foil bongs cause Alzheimer’s? The answer is both enlightening and revelatory for those who have been making on-the-fly bongs while camping out, fishing or hiking.

“Perhaps you’re worried that the short-term memory loss, confusion, and paranoia are due to the aluminum? It’s not likely. Aluminum is a fairly reactive metal and on exposure to the atmosphere, it quickly forms a surface layer of aluminum oxide, which protects the underlying metal from further reaction. Any aluminum that winds up in the smoke would be in the form of this oxide.

There is little data on aluminum oxide toxicity, but it appears to be about as toxic as other fine particulates. Additionally, a number of recent studies have indicated that the proposed link between Alzheimer’s disease and aluminum is weak or nonexistent.”

Instead of worrying about the foil factor of a custom smoking device, we should really be looking at some of the other materials that go into piecemeal pipes. Like, what about the hard polymer coating compound, bisphenol-A (aka, BPA), inside of pop cans? This mish-mash of different plastic compounds, when heated, create a caustic burn-off that irritates lungs to no end.

What you may remember in 2008 is the FDA declared that BPA is safe for human consumption, only to re-neg on that claim later because of its tie to brain disorders, behavior problems, and early developmental issues. The findings caused the FDA to formally ban the use of BPA in baby bottles last year. Why? Because the constant heating of the baby bottles caused enough of the BPA to diffuse out of the walls and leach into the contents of the bottle. Yikes! Now that’s something to worry about.

The Bottom Line

Basically, if aluminum foil was a trigger cause for Alzheimer’s Disease, we would be more at risk just by using the material in our everyday cooking and food preservation. Everyone needs to medicate in a pinch, from time to time. Especially if your pain, anxiety or nausea symptoms seem to come out of nowhere some days. Those are the optimal times to have dry bud, a lighter, and a reliable delivery system that hides in plain sight on your person. Aluminum is lightweight, does not greatly affect the taste and cannabinoid profile (more so than the actual lighting of your dry herb), and cools down quicker than pipes that are made exclusively from metal. Foil is totally safe! All we ask is that you think twice before guzzling a sugary, chemical-filled soda to quell your symptoms with a Vpuf Pipe.

Instead, always arm yourself with one of our amazing little wallet sized folding paper pipe with its foil liner that will have you medicated in no time without the risk of inhaling harmful chemical burn-off or residue. We tried many different materials and designs and landed on this one because of its portability, the ease with which it can be assembled and the little, lightweight part that makes the whole thing come together—the foil liner.

Citations:

  1. Can Marijuana Treat Alzheimer’s? THC Reduces Brain Plaque Buildup, Herb.co, 20 August 2015
  2. The Potential Therapeutic Effects of THC on Alzheimer’s DiseaseJournal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 29 April 2014.
  3. Ask a Professor: Do aluminium foil bongs cause Alzheimer’s?, The Wesleyan Argus, 2 October 2007.
  4. Bisphenol A (BPA): Use in Food Contact Application, FDA, November 2014.
  5. Updated Review of the ‘Low-Dose’ Literature (Data) on Bisphenol A (CAS RN 80-05- 7) and Response to Charge Questions Regarding the Risk Assessment on Bisphenol A, FDA, 24 May 2011

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